Issue: November 22, 2012

Hey, at least we waited until almost Thanksgiving: This week's issue contains SN&R Holiday Gift Guide, at your service! Just in time to spend local, we've got choices that are stingy, spendy, tacky and last-minute. And they're all available from local stores and vendors, where your Sacramento dollars will do the most good. But we didn't stop there. We've also got the Christmas funny from Sacramento comedian Keith Lowell Jensen; the tale of the boy who hated Santa Claus from Raheem F. Hosseini; and a thought to spare for missing loved ones at the holiday season from Rachel Leibrock. Get ready to get your happy holidays cheer on with this week's feature package.

And of course, we've got some news and commentary for you, too. In this week's Frontlines, Nick Miller gets behind the local politics in North Sacramento that have neighbors up in arms over a cardroom, and Dave Kempa, SN&R's newest staff writer, takes a look at how people who rely on food stamps are going to make a turkey day out of Thanksgiving. Hint: It ain't easy.

And if you know Cesar Chavez Plaza, you probably know Princess. She's a homeless pup who frequents the spot with her equally homeless person. And Princess needs some (veterinary) medical attention. Nick Miller writes about it in this week's Midtown&Down. In Bites, Cosmo Garvin takes a final nibble at our recent election, checks out the grades for some local politicians, and says “thanks” to a couple of departing politicos.

In Arts&Culture: Jeff Hudson loves Mistakes Were Made at Capital Stage; Patti Roberts loves the Shakespeare-meets-Spinal Tap groove of Love's Labour's Lost at Big Idea Theatre; Jim Lane loves The Life of Pi; and Rachel Leibrock talks to Richie Lewis in Music.

Don't let a deficit of cash keep you from a surfeit of good times. Check out SN&R's Sweetdeals, and have fun while saving money: