Issue: December 13, 2018

In this week's cover story, Scott Thomas Anderson introduces us to California poet Dana Gioia, who defeated anti-arts conservatives in Congress and confronted a crisis in American reading habits. Now he's back in California as poet laureate, and you can find out what he's doing.

In News, Kate Gonzales reports some encouraging news for efforts to keep young black men in the Sacramento region from becoming another grim statistic. Raheem F. Hosseini follows up on the anti-fascist counter-protestors who face felony charges from the violent melee with white supremacists at the state Capitol in June 2016. And in our continuing coverage of the Camp Fire, we ask whether the same fate awaits some in Butte County that befell survivors of the Tubbs Fire last year in Sonoma County.

In Arts, Aaron Carnes tells us about a popular local sex-positive podcast called Brown Chicken Brown Cow. In Scene & Heard, Mozes Zarate writes about Metallica's show at the Golden 1 Center. In Music, Maxfield Morris profiles a jazz-hip-hop band called Bap Notes. It's holiday season, so that must mean A Christmas Carol; we have a review of the production at Sacramento Theatre Company plus the satiric sequel at B Street Theatre. In Dish, learn about a new pizza joint in West Sacramento called La Crosta Pizza Bar and about specialty toast at Oblivion Comics & Coffee in downtown Sacramento.

Finally, there's an editor's note about arts coverage, plus kudos for Mayor Darrell Steinberg from Jeff vonKaenel, SN&R's president and CEO.

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— Foon Rhee