All work, no play

All work, no play
Up-and-coming photographer Jerome Love is a true go-getter.
Jamie Santiago | Guest Writer | thisisjamiesmail@yahoo.com
December 8th, 2010

Freelance photographer and City College student Jerome Love works at Sacramento News & Review, specializing in portraiture and shooting music bands. Photo by || Kimberly Washington || freelancerphoto@yahoo.com

Most 20 year olds mainly worry about the midterm they’re having next week or what their plans are for the weekend.

Most 20 year olds don’t have to worry about working a full-time job, establishing a career as a photographer or completing homework for six classes.

Describing Jerome Love as an overachiever would be an understatement. Love goes to school full time, and then some, works the graveyard shift full time at a halfway house for adults with mental illnesses, and is a full-time photographer who has big plans for his future.

“I sleep like four to five hours a day,” Love says. “I try to work around my schedule as best as possible.”

In the past, Love has shot for local bands, traveled and taken pictures at the Vans Warped Tour, a music and extreme
sports festival that travels nationwide, and spent three months in Africa working as a photojournalist for a non-profit organization.

Anthony Calisterio, Love’s good friend of five years, thinks Love has done a lot more than any other 20 year old.  “He’s always been on top of everything,” Calisterio says. “He doesn’t do something unless he does it all the way. ”

Love’s track record speaks to this.

Currently he is shooting for the Sacramento News & Review and for Toro, a local company that sells quality biking goods.

“I’ll see whatever comes my way and try to get it done,” Love says. “I probably get around two to three jobs a month.”

Love says he enjoyed his experience as a long-term photojournalist in Africa but prefers a more personable
approach to photography.

“Whether it’s this gnarly brain surgeon and he’s just crazy about brains…or the next up-and-coming band, or if it’s just this incredible humanitarian who’s saved millions of lives through simple water relief, or if it’s just a kid in the neighborhood who started a community center,” Love says, “those are the stories I want to tell visually.”

As Love talks about his aspirations for photography, one can see past this busy, hard-working 20 year old. He seems to have a lot more wisdom, humility, and earnestness than the average young adult.

Love’s City College ethics professor, Elizabeth Forrester, calls Love a commendable person and notices how conscientious and thoughtful he is in class.

“He seems to be in school to expand his knowledge and become a truly educated person—not just to get a job or bide time,” Forrester says.

Love has his week strategically planned out. A typical day is scheduled something like this: Start work at 11:30 p.m., squeeze in some homework for a communications class, get home at 8 a.m., sleep for five hours, go to class until 3 p.m., take a break, run errands, or work on photography, and go to class again until the evening.

Even though Love says he can get stressed out with so much on his plate, he is philosophical about his life.

“I think it’s important to build on your strengths,” Love says. “I think we spend so much time looking at our weaknesses and beating ourselves up for what we can’t do well. But why not highlight what you can do well and build on that?”

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Portugal the Man’s sound has evolved since it released the post-emo-rock Waiter: “You Vultures!” in 2006. Within a matter of years, it’s become a little more difficult to describe the band’s sound, yet it’s gained a hefty following to augment the original emo-scene fans. Its newest album, American Ghetto, mixes together jazzy sounds and psychedelic-funk melodies and proves to be a progression from previous albums. By listening to the band’s catalog of music, it’s no doubt that Portugal the Man continues to challenge and reinvent itself, and the next album, due in May, will surely be a treat. 2708 J Street, http://portugaltheman.com.

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A Lot Like Birds will be bringing head-nodding, mosh-pit-starting music to Ace of Spades, playing alongside Green Audio, Twenty Days with Julian, Ember Beside Us and the Astral Effect. This local seven-piece released its post-hardcore debut Plan B in 2009, and ever since then, has built up a following and taken flight. Winners of the 2010 Sammies, A Lot Like Birds proves that dissonant sounds, screamo vocals and catchy guitar melodies can create an unusual harmony. Besides, the band’s onstage antics will keep you entertained, and the guys actually knImageow what the hell they’re doing. 1417 R Street, www.myspace.com/alotlikebirds.

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Is that that guy from American Pie? And singing a duet with Autumn Sky? Why, yes: Thomas Ian Nicholas, a man with three first names, gigged Naked Lounge Downtown last Saturday.

PHOTO BY STEVEN CHEA

Wear your holiday worst:
Truth be told, I’ve never actually been to a bad-holiday-sweater party. But I’m quite intrigued as to which of the five performers at this Friday-night gig will take home the prize of ugliest damned Xmas sweater: Chris Twomey, Dean Haakenson of Be Brave Bold Robot (playing with full band), Ken Burnett or Adam Varona of the Inversions? If I had to put money on it, I’d bet on Haakenson, as he’s a man with a vision who’s sure to deliver some tacky-ass threads. Though I won’t underestimate Twomey, either. Or, hell, maybe I’ll have the best dang sweater? Find out this Friday, December 17, at the Fox & Goose, 1001 R Street; $5. (Nick Miller)

Lord of the ball-squeezing falsettos:
I’m certain my wife and I were the only Sacramentans present at the recent Blind Guardian show in San Francisco at the hallowed Regency Ballroom. It’d be a good guess, as there were (maybe) around 300 metalheads in an area that safely holds three times as much on a good night. Even the balcony was closed. WTF?

Either way, as my luck would have it, her favorite band is Blind Guardian, that plays a brand of music that I, out of sheer hate, have dubbed “Mordor metal.” What is that? If you took the elements of Dungeons & Dragons, Lord of the Rings and all the bombastic, unnecessary singalong choruses you could (or couldn’t stomach), this would be the ungodly result.

As luck would have it, Holy Grail, a Pasadena-based five-piece old-school outfit, replete with ball-squeezing falsettos, was the highlight of the night. Touring in support of their latest release, Crisis in Utopia, these lads came out swinging to the near empty room with a dual guitar assault that would make any mom proud. James Paul Luna ran around the middle of their allotted stage (they’re openers, you know?) screaming at the top of his lungs, only pausing for brief interims to head-bang.

What about the headliner? Blind Guardian took the stage, and its drummer was shirtless before the first song even started. Enough said. (Eddie Jorgensen)

Pizza-parlor mosh pit:
A crowd of guys—and two or three girls—wearing either plaid shirts and polos, emo glasses or uncomfortably tight pants, Vans or Chuck Taylors, and all with disheveled long hair, waited eagerly at the foot of Luigi’s Fun Garden’s stage for A Lot Like Birds.

The openers of the show—local bands So Stressed, the Speed of Sound in Seawater, and Oregon-based Duck. Little Brother, Duck!—managed to get a few shy head bobs at the beginning of the show. And the lineup was a pretty good mix: the Speed of Sound in Seawater boasted upbeat melodies and catchy bass lines; Duck. Little Brother, Duck!’s emo-rock instrumentals and memorable vocals, comparable to Taking Back Sunday’s Adam Lazzara, kept me interested and genuinely head-bobbing along with the crowd.

But when A Lot Like Birds’ Cory Lockwood’s scream vocals filled the room, a mosh pit was already in the making. The ridiculously long changeover almost had me indifferent by the last set, but A Lot Like Birds’ first song converted. Lockwood’s onstage antics, Ben Wiacek’s guitar skills and the stage presence of the entire band created an epic atmosphere.

The witty banter among the band’s members and some random guy’s failed attempt to crowd-surf were entertaining, but A Lot Like Birds’ ending performance was definitely the cherry on top. (Jamie Santiago)

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City College student killed in Second Saturday shooting

SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2010
By Jamie Santiago

Brown Issues club members reflect on the death of club co-founder Victor Hugo Perez Zavala Sept. 14. Photo by Vincent Fernandez.

A City College student was killed and three others were injured after a shooting that took place during Second Saturday, a popular art walk in Midtown Sacramento, Sept. 12.

Victor Hugo Perez Zavala, a sociology and international relations major, was an innocent bystander caught in the middle of crossfire at this weekend’s Second Saturday, according to the police.  He died three days before what would have been his 25th birthday.

The shooting took place shortly after midnight at J Street between 18th and 19th streets.

Zavala made a big impact on City College campus as a founding member of the Brown Issues club.  He was in the Puente club and also played the lead role in a film City College English instructor Travis Silcox wrote and produced in 2008. The film, “AB 540” examines how a bill passed by the state Legislature allowing undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition affected a City College student.

“When I heard it was Hugo that had been shot and killed, I couldn’t believe it,” Silcox said. “He was the type of student that was always there if you needed a hand.”

Zavala’s younger brother Ricardo said in a Sacramento Bee interview that he didn’t expect anything like this to happen since Zavala was never involved in bad activities.

According to friends and family members, though Zavala sometimes sported a tough demeanor he was a kind person, a family man intent on finishing up a college degree and staying out of trouble.

Brown Issues club member Jacquelyn Vargas said Zavala was a consummate hard worker and lived up to his personal motto: ‘Get work done or get out.’

Vargas said that Zavala’s death will encourage other Brown Issues club members to step up and fill the void.

“I think more than anything it will motivate us to do more,” Vargas said. “Once a leader leaves,  you don’t have to replace him—not necessarily, but more people have to take over some of the projects that he had.”

Zavala worked part-time at the State Department of Managed Health Care, helping people with insurance issues and also for his father’s landscaping business.  He performed as a disc jockey at family parties and enjoyed Mexican music.

Zavala graduated from Luther Burbank High School in 2004 and planned to attend UC Riverside after graduating from City College in 2011.

“He brought warmth to the [“AB540”] set and sensitivity and groundedness,” Silcox said. “ This is a young man, 24, who was very grounded, unflappable.

Zavala is survived by his six younger siblings and his parents.

A candlelit vigil for Zavala will be held today, Sept. 14, at 8 p.m. between 18th and J streets to remember his life and celebrate his birthday.

To watch Zavala play lead in the short film “AB540,” click here.

Reporters contributing to this article: Vincent Fernandez, Christopher Geanakos, Libby Parenti, Michael Saechao and Amy Wong.

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Strong and Sexy

Strong and sexy

By Jamie Santiago

This article was published on 10.21.10.

PHOTO BY WES DAVIS

Most dancers who want to learn something new might take a ballet or jazz class to sharpen their skills. But Sacramento Pole Dance Studio owner and instructor Lisa Hellmann teaches a challenging sport that not many people have mastered—except maybe the strippers at your local club. Hellmann teaches pole-dancing and lap-dance routines that can seriously tone your body and give you an extra boost of confidence. For more information, visitwww.sacramentopoledancestudio.com.

What types of classes do you offer?

Pole, lap, burlesque, and we do private classes and private parties. We do fitness-oriented classes every day, and we do private classes for whatever the meaning is. We get a few dancers in who want to up their game, and we get a lot of women that just want to do something special for their husband, or they’re too intimidated to take a regular class. Then we do a lot of private and bachelorette parties.

Who is allowed to take classes?

Well, technically, anyone is allowed to take classes. I always prefer girls to be older so that they’re aware of what they’re doing. I have had moms bring in their daughters. And as long as I get a release of liability from a parent, they can.

How do you feel about people who think pole dancing as a sport is inappropriate?

I think they need to watch us, and find out how gymnastics- and artistic-like it is. Pole dancing can be done in different ways, and [you can] approach the pole in a manner that’s very gymnastics-like and very smooth. My background is ballet, and if you approach it from that aspect, it becomes something totally different than if you approach it from a seductive point of view.

None of our teachers here have been strippers, and so we all have an athletic or gymnastics or ballet or fitness approach to it. There’s so much creativity in the positions and the things you can do, and you’re figuring out how your body works. It’s really not [as] seductive [as] people think it is. It can be, if that’s how you want it to be done.

What made you want to teach these kinds of classes?

I did have ballet, and I’ve always just loved dance. I started doing it for myself. I was in my 30s, and I was attracted to it. And I put a pole in my house and started playing on it, kind of figuring out what I can do and started dancing with it, and I got pretty good pretty fast, and I didn’t tell anybody, because it seems taboo. Like, “What are they going to think of me?”

And then I got to the point where I have to find someone else to do this with, because I have to feed off of somebody. So I started telling my friends, and they asked me to teach them.

Do you ever have girls come in with the intention of wanting to become a stripper?

I do have students that come in with the intention to be a stripper. Basically, they’re coming in to get comfortable with the pole before they audition, and I can certainly teach them how to do that. I can teach them spinning. I can teach them to become confident with the pole, but I know nothing of stripping, and so I can’t teach them anything but how to act confident and comfortable and move loosely around the pole so they’re not as nervous when they do audition.

What kinds of things do you teach your students?

Everything is very progressive. We start with movements of how to move on the floor, how to do leg movement, how to make your legs look more attractive, how to be more confident, how to walk more confident, how to move smoothly around the pole and how to spin. And basically we just go from these very small things.

And there’s always another step and then another step, so as they progress and build their strength they’re getting stronger within the movement and building on the same movement. So if you really break it down, we have probably 25 different movements, but you just keep building on and making them bigger.

Is it hard for people starting out?

Yes, if you want to become good. Anybody can come in and do it, but to become good, yeah, it’s really hard. It’s hard on your skin. A lot of it is just traction on the skin and gripping the pole on the right spot and finding where your core has to be or where your head has to be in order to balance it out. It is very hard. It is very challenging.

What are the benefits of taking pole-dancing classes?

Extreme toning. But that’s why strippers have good bodies, because floor work and pole work is constant toning. It burns like 400 to 500 calories an hour, and you have another aspect of it: That you’re more confident and you move different. Anytime you’re stronger or more confident, just the way you walk and you talk will become more confident.

What’s the sexiest move you’ve taught students?

I can suspend and shake my butt. So you’re pulled up on the pole suspending and pushing out and popping your hips. And I can do splits upside down. It’s pretty provocative.

Do you get a lot of thank you notes from boyfriends or husbands of students?

I had one today. It was the strangest thing. Yeah, we do. Women talk about their confidence that it brings to their relationship. And yes, men are very eager to get their women in here so they move different.

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State of the Media 2010

In the Project for Excellence in Journalism’s “Magazines,” the article discusses the magazine industry in general and how circulation, readership, and ads have changed.

Being an avid magazine buyer and reader, I found it upsetting that circulation has declined. It’s also a let down knowing that in the past recent years, unpopular magazines have been discontinued.

It makes me think about what will happen in the next upcoming century. Where will journalism go? How will journalism be in the future? Will magazines and newspapers eventually be eliminated altogether?

I honestly love reading print material. I don’t think journalism will be the same. It is always changing.

The College Education

In the Sept. 24 New York Times’ “The College Education,” David Leonhardt discusses whether or not having a college education is worth the money that students pay. He looks at both sides–the students and the skeptics–and asks whether or not getting a degree is truly making a difference in students’ futures.  This question is something that I, as a student, have constantly asked myself. Coming from a very prestigious catholic college-preparatory high school, education has always been of great value to me. I always studied hard and worked hard for the good grades. However, as much as I studied, I felt like I would never be as smart as some of my classmates.  In 2008 I was studying my little heart out, maintaining a 3.8 grade point average and still not getting into any of the U.C.’s. And then there were those classmates who seemed to not try at all, and yet were still reaping the benefits of awards, scholarships, and acceptance letters. It made me wonder, “Does getting this higher education even make a difference? No matter how hard I try, would I be able to get as far as those naturally intelligent people?”  That situation is similar to the issue discussed in the article. Maybe an expensive high school education or college education isn’t really worth it. Who knows? Regardless of the facts and figures, I still think it’s important to be educated.

Second Saturday

In the Sept. 14 Sacramento Bee’s “Outcry after post-art walk shooting in midtown has a familiar ring”, Ryan Lillis writes about how the Sept. 12 Second Saturday shooting has raised questions about the safety of the Second Saturday art walk.
According to the article, the mayor and business leaders are discussing ways to keep the event safe, such as adding more officers to patrol the event.
When did Second Saturday become an event where an innocent student gets caught in the middle of crossfire?
I have been attending Second Saturday since I was 15, the age when going to events like these and shopping at the mall were the only options for weekend fun. I used to walk around with my friends, thinking I was cool and looking at all the art galleries.
Since I am an avid artist and musician, I truly appreciated the culture surrounding Second Saturday.
However, as the years progressed, I’ve found Second Saturday to lose the appeal it once had.
Second Saturday has turned into an event where underage teenagers have an excuse to get drunk, walk around in huge crowds, and desperately look for a cool party via Facebook or Twitter where they can get even more drunk.
Art? Live music? Who cares?
Apparently it’s all about the most popular hipsters, parties, and cheap drinks.
Don’t get me wrong; the event still occasionally manages to have great live music and art–keyword: occasionally.
Although the event isn’t going to be shut down, it is obvious that something needs to change.
Although a Bee review of police data shows that Second Saturdays aren’t more dangerous than any other summer Saturdays in midtown, residents are afraid that the area is losing its livability.
Hopefully, this will be a lesson for Sacramento residents.

In the Sept. 14 Sacramento Bee’s “Outcry after post-art walk shooting in midtown has a familiar ring”, Ryan Lillis writes about how the Sept. 12 Second Saturday shooting has raised questions about the safety of the Second Saturday art walk.According to the article, the mayor and business leaders are discussing ways to keep the event safe, such as adding more officers to patrol the event.When did Second Saturday become an event where an innocent student gets caught in the middle of crossfire?I have been attending Second Saturday since I was 15, the age when going to events like these and shopping at the mall were the only options for weekend fun. I used to walk around with my friends, thinking I was cool and looking at all the art galleries.Since I am an avid artist and musician, I truly appreciated the culture surrounding Second Saturday.However, as the years progressed, I’ve found Second Saturday to lose the appeal it once had.Second Saturday has turned into an event where underage teenagers have an excuse to get drunk, walk around in huge crowds, and desperately look for a cool party via Facebook or Twitter where they can get even more drunk.Art? Live music? Who cares?Apparently it’s all about the most popular hipsters, parties, and cheap drinks.Don’t get me wrong; the event still occasionally manages to have great live music and art–keyword: occasionally.Although the event isn’t going to be shut down, it is obvious that something needs to change.Although a Bee review of police data shows that Second Saturdays aren’t more dangerous than any other summer Saturdays in midtown, residents are afraid that the area is losing its livability.Hopefully, this will be a lesson for Sacramento residents.