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Rhapsodies Too Big to Fail Why we’re occupying in Santa Rosa BY FRANCISCO DIAZ

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easoned activists know that when it comes to creating change, most factors are out of one’s control. The Occupy Wall Street protest was regarded with skepticism by many when it began— skepticism that seemed vindicated when 20,000 people failed to materialize in the first days like the organizers had hoped.

However, as some of the protest signs in New York have stated, “No one can predict the moment of revolution.” In hindsight, the reasons always seem obvious: gross inequality, a young and frustrated populace with a lack of opportunity, a system that lacks transparency and accountability. The organizers of Occupy Wall Street recognized that these factors played a role in the Arab Spring, and they tried to tap into that same energy here in the States. The result was not merely 20,000 people in New York; instead, there are many more, in over 200 actions across the country. The wide breadth of messages coming out of the occupied spaces popping up everywhere are a direct response to the media’s often derisive question, “What do they want?” The selection of Wall Street, financial districts and bank offices around the country as the focus of discontent is not arbitrary; ultimately, it is the disproportionate amount of wealth being amassed by the top 1 percent of the country that is causing the problems for the rest. The recent $5-a-month debit-card fee Bank of America has imposed on its customers is another example that there is something inherently rotten with the machinations of government and finance. The process of decision-making that has taken root in encampments across the country is long and complicated, but out of it is the amplified voice of peoples’ frustrations and ideas on how to solve them. The spirit of the occupation is spreading to anywhere that the excesses of our top-heavy financial system has destroyed lives—which is to say, everywhere. On Oct. 15 at 2pm, it will come to the plaza in front of city hall in Santa Rosa. We hope people will come out to participate in what is quickly becoming the defining struggle of our time. Francisco Diaz is a student at the SRJC and one of the organizers of Occupy Santa Rosa. He lives in Marin County. Open Mic is a weekly feature. To have your topical essay of 350 words considered for publication, write openmic@bohemian.com.

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This morning I opened my email to find several petitions. The petitions included one aimed at Bank of America. B of A is instituting a $5 per month fee for using a debit card. A customer was outraged, and many people signed a petition. ABC News tracked down the CEO and he was very embarrassed. By the time you read this, perhaps B of A will have rescinded this fee, and will use their action to demonstrate how they listen to their customers and how responsive they are. It certainly can be more convenient to bank at an institution that has a branch or ATM on every corner and in every state. But, of course, there is a price one pays for that convenience—and the $5 per month debit card fee is the least of these payments. We know what these banks have done to our economy, and how much of our money has gone to bail them out. Even more than this, they are the financial underpinning of a system that, ultimately, does not embody the values we need to foster in the world today. So I ask my fellow Americans, if you cannot or will not risk imprisonment or death for the sake of social change, would you consider moving your money out of these big banks and into community-based institutions? You may find that it is no inconvenience at all, or that the personal service you receive more than makes up for whatever inconvenience does result. This is one way we, as ordinary Americans, can move from being “consumers,” concerned principally with our own ease and satisfaction, to “citizens,” who take into consideration the effects of our actions on our community, our country and our planet. If we cannot do at least this much, it is difficult to see how an American Spring will happen.

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I am a fan of your “Best Of” issue every year. It’s great to find out (in yet another way) how spoiled I am to live in such a cool and educated county. All I ask is that you please do not run another “Best of Writers’ Picks” section. Your motives are as transparent as scotch tape, and even as educated as the population in this county is, the last issue was laid out in such a way that it had most everyone (especially the “winners”) believing that they were special beyond the nepotistic scope of a single writer, whose taste in quality hinged on a free drink or two.

MARC GROAH Healdsburg Hi Marc, thanks for writing. You’ve got your wish! Please enjoy our Best Of handbook contained in this issue, which is free of any pesky insights by writers. To clarify, though, our writers picks in the Best Of issue are in fact specifically laid out to differentiate from the readers’ picks, taking up a completely separate side of the fold and marked by “Writers Picks” at the top of every page. We include the writers’ picks precisely to represent those lesser-known, out-ofthe-way spots that might not garner a blip on the readers’ poll, thus helping to make the county even more “cool and educated.” As for being bribed? Prove to me that we’ve accepted a free drink in exchange for positive coverage, and I’ll personally eat my hat.—The Ed.

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good,” Wyle recounted Jobs saying to him during an interview for Fortune) that he was subsequently invited to perform the first five minutes of Jobs’ keynote as a gag at MacWorld. Though one can imagine Wyle saying “I’m not Steve Jobs, but I play one on TV,” it doesn’t guarantee an opening weekend. But Samuel L. Jackson does. This was the suggestion of the wags at Gizmodo in a facetious feat of stunt-casting. In terms of capturing Jobs’ occasional bouts of ferocity on the floor of Apple headquarters, Jackson would seem amply qualified (and he can use the black turtleneck from his Nick Fury get-up in the forthcoming Marvel movie The Avengers). However, the novelty would wear thin after about five minutes—or the average length of a Saturday Night Live sketch.

‘The only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did.’ The actor most likely to score the role who has a reality distortion field of his own (which he’s usually in), who has box office draw and A-list provenance is Tom Cruise. Pause, let it sink in. Think back to Cruise’s turn as Frank T. J. Mackey in Magnolia while leading a self-help seminar. Now, tone that down a couple of notches and throw in some granny glasses. It’s getting close isn’t it? Surely, casting Cruise would be divisive and controversial, but lest we forget in the midst of all his eulogizing, so was the man who encouraged us to “Think Different.” Until the film is made, however, we’ll never know who was the right man for the Jobs.

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Casino, a 72-year-old bar, operates as a watering hole and

de facto town square for tiny Bodega. Owner Evelyn Casini contracts out food service to Malicki and other chefs when he’s off. It’s a pop-up restaurant like no other, and for Malicki it’s as good a gig as the talented, iconoclastic chef has ever had. “I’ve never been happier at a job,” says Malicki. In spite of its humble surroundings, in many respects Casino is a chef’s dream of complete freedom. Seasonality, bursts of inspiration and plain

happenstance are the driving forces behind Malicki’s cooking at Casino. His menu changes daily. He often dreams up the next night’s dinner as he drives the country roads from his home in Petaluma. Once, he saw a thicket of wild fennel growing on the side of the road, cut a few stalks, and used them to skewer whole roasted fish. Sometimes a customer will call and ask what’s for dinner. If nothing’s planned, Malicki simply asks what the caller wants to eat and builds a menu on that.

When I talked to Malicki last Tuesday, he had no idea what his menu on Thursday would contain, other than Gleason Ranch pork shanks. I returned Thursday and saw what he’d created: late summer corn soup with burrata and first-ofthe-season chanterelles, wild boar prosciutto with Kashiwase peaches and arugula, roast pork shanks and trotters with scarlet runner beans and French fillet beans, whole roasted Bolinas rock cod with wild fennel, a plate of Barhi dates, pomegranate, Tempranillo grapes and Mt. Tam cheese, and pound cake with fig gratin for dessert. Definitely better than stale pretzels and Beer Nuts. Malicki, who at 52 has a droll sense of humor, thick glasses and a crooked smile, started cooking out of necessity growing up in New Haven, Conn. His mother died when he was 12, and since his bereaved father wasn’t about to pick up pots and pans and start cooking, the young Malicki took over. Eventually he took his skills to New York City in the early 1980s, and to a Manhattan that had yet to lose its dicey edge and where an apartment on the Upper West Side rented for under $300. He started cooking for fashion photographers, earning in a day what he’d made in a week as a line cook. For a few years he served as Richard Avedon’s personal chef. But then he met a woman from a faraway place called Sebastopol and took a trip out west. “I’d never been west of 12th Avenue before,” he says. The trip was a revelation. Malicki went back to New York. He worked on a photo shoot for Esquire magazine. The crew was photographing shoes. It was cold, and an icy wind blew off the Hudson River. As Malicki recalls it, “I remember saying ‘What am I doing here?’” Just like that, he knew that he was done with New York City, and promptly moved to Sebastopol with his wife-to-be. That was 25 years ago. Moving from Manhattan to Sebastopol was a shock. “I used to go to Safeway at night and read ) 20 magazines,” he says.

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Malicki opened a restaurant called Truffles, and later took a job at Iron Horse Winery that lasted for 13 years. From there he bounced from one kitchen to another, opening restaurants and cheďŹ ng for hire in others, and he opened a barbecue stand on Bodega Highway thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s since grown into Maxwellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Feel Good Barbecue. His shoebox-size Cafe Saint Rose opened in 2006 in Santa Rosa, and was a favorite of locals and visiting celebrities like writer Michael Ondaatje and ďŹ lmmaker Joel Cohen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was very successful, and that was the problem,â&#x20AC;? Malicki says. When his landlord learned of the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success, he drastically raised the rent. Malicki reluctantly closed in Santa Rosa and relocated to a scenic spot just west of Sebastopol, but closed 17 months later. He did short stints (â&#x20AC;&#x153;About an hour,â&#x20AC;? he jokes) at the French Garden in Sebastopol and in Benicia before spotting an ad on Craiglist for the job at Casino. Right from the start, the old bar and the veteran chef were a perfect match. Initially, he did everything: cooked, washed dishes and served food. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a server now, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still just Malicki in the kitchen. On Malickiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s days off or while catering, the capable Moishe Hahn-Schuman sits in; other cooks do stints in Casino, too. Part of Casinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appeal may be one of low expectations. Who expects to ďŹ nd great food among pool tables, Hammâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beer displays and a thicket of deer trophies on the walls? That the bar serves food at all in a town of limited culinary options makes it something of an oasis. No one would begrudge the place if it just sold burgers and corn dogs, but Malickiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rareďŹ ed dishes make it one of the West Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s star attractions. The clunk of muddy boots on the worn wooden ďŹ&#x201A;oors and clack of pool balls only serve to heighten oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gustatory pleasureâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and Malickiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can spend another 30 years here,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still excited about it.â&#x20AC;? Casino Bar & Grill, 17000 Bodega Hwy., Bodega. 707.876.3185.

Our selective list of North Bay restaurants is subject to menu, pricing and schedule changes. Call first for confirmation. Restaurants in these listings appear on a rotating basis. For expanded listings, visit www.bohemian.com. COST: $ = Under $12; $$ = $13-$20; $$$ = $21-$26; $$$$ = Over $27

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Rosso Pizzeria & Wine Bar Pizza. $-$$. Friendly, plentiful staff at outstanding and creative pizzeria. Excellent and affordable wine list. Creekside Center, 53 Montgomery Dr, Santa Rosa. 707.544.3221.

Yao-Kiku Japanese.

S O N OMA CO U N TY Abyssinia Ethiopian/ Eritrean. $. Authentic and filling, and a welcome culinary addition. Lunch and dinner daily; breakfast, Sat-Sun. 913 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.568.6455.

Carmen’s Burger Bar American. $. Excellent and innovative burgers with a Mexican flair. Beef comes fresh daily from Pacific Market next door. Lunch and dinner daily; breakfast, Sat-Sun. 1612 Terrace (in Town and Country center), Santa Rosa. 707.579.3663.

Charcuterie French Mediterranean. $$. Intimate bistro has casual European wine-bar feel. Lunch, MonSat; dinner, Sun-Thurs. 335 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.431.7231.

Chelino’s Mexican Restaurant Mexican. $. Standout generous taqueria fare with fresh ingredients daily. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 1079 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.571.7478.

D’s Diner Diner. $. Classic diner serving a bevy of breakfast delights, as well as delights for other meals too. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. 7260 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.8080.

De Schmire Hearty continental. $$-$$$. Informal, with emphasis on seafood. Generous portions, open kitchen, outside dining. Dinner daily. 304 Bodega Ave, Petaluma. 70.762.1901.

Dry Creek Kitchen California cuisine. $$$-$$$$. Fresh wine country cuisine from chef Charlie Palmer. Lunch and dinner, ThursTues. 317 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.431.0330.

East West Cafe California cuisine. $$. All vegetarian-

friendly. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 128 N Main St, Sebastopol. 707.829.2822.

East West Restaurant California cuisine. $$. Comfortable and casual, Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 557 Summerfield Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.6142.

El Coqui Puerto Rican. $-$$. Authentic and delicious Puerto Rican home cooking. Plan on lunching early–the place fills up fast. 400 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.542.8868. Healdsburg Bar & Grill American. $-$$ Gourmet burgers and potent cocktails from the owners of Cyrus. It ain’t fancy, but it’s awfully good, with topnotch ingredients and low prices. Lunch and dinner daily. 245 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.433.3333.

JhanThong BanBua Thai. $-$$. Sophisticated and delicate Thai cuisine. Fresh ingredients, packed with flavor. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 2400 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.528.8048.

JoJo Sushi Japanese. $-$$. Hip downtown eatery features fresh sushi, sashimi, teriyaki, and innovative specials. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 645 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.569.8588.

Mac’s Delicatessen Diner. $. Large selection of Jewish-style sandwiches; excellent cole slaw. Breakfast and lunch, Mon-Sat. 630 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.3785.

$$-$$$. Fresh sushi with ingredients flown in from Japan steals the show in this popular neighborhood restaurant. Lunch and dinner daily. 2700 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.578.8180.

Zazu Cal-Euro. $$$. Perfectly executed dishes that sing with flavor. Zagat-rated with much of the produce from its own gardens. Dinner, Wed-Sun; brunch, Sun. 3535 Guerneville Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4814.

MA R I N CO U N T Y Benissimo Ristorante & Bar Italian. $$. Hearty and flavorful food in authentic neighborhood-style Italian restaurant. Lunch and dinner daily. 18 Tamalpais Dr, Corte Madera. 415.927.2316.

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$$$$. Enjoy flavorful and rich regional fare in the rustic décor of an Argentinean ranch. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner daily. 340 Ignacio Blvd, Novato. 415.833.0901. American. $-$$. Comforting Momma-style food like fried green tomatoes, onion meatloaf and homey chickenfried steak with red-eye gravy in a restaurant lined with cookbooks and knickknacks. Open breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 566 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo. 415.459.6862.

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American. $$-$$$. A Marin County institution. Delightful food, friendly and seamless service, and a convivial atmosphere. Try one of the many exotic cocktails. Lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 15 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley. 415.331.2600.

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Portelli Rossi Italian. $$. Tasty and affordable fare in a cozy setting. Lunch, Tues-Sat; dinner, Tues-Sun. 868 Grant Ave, Novato. 415.892.6100. Tommy’s Wok Chinese. $-$$. Tasty and filling Chinese fare without the greasy weigh-down. Nice vegetarian selections, too. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat; dinner only, Sun.3001 Bridgeway Ave, Sausalito. 415.332.5818. The William Tell House American & Italian. $$. Marin County’s oldest saloon. Casual and jovial atmosphere. Steaks, pasta, chicken and fish all served with soup or salad. Dinner daily. 26955 Hwy 1, Tomales. 707.878.2403

Yet Wah Chinese. $$. Can’t go wrong here. Special Dungeness crab dishes for dinner; dim sum for lunch. Lunch and dinner daily. 1238 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.460.9883.

N A PA CO U N T Y Ad Hoc American. $$-$$$. Thomas Keller’s quintessential neighborhood restaurant. Prix fixe dinner changes daily. Actually takes reservations. 6476 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.2487. Boonfly Cafe California cuisine. $-$$. Extraordinary food in an extraordinary setting. Perfect pasta and mussels. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 4080 Sonoma Hwy, Napa. 707.299.4900.

Bouchon French. $$$. A Keller brother creation with a distinctly Parisian bistro ambiance, offering French classics. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 6540 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.8037. Bounty Hunter Wine country casual. $$. Wine shop and bistro with maverick moxie for the wine cowboy. Premium bottles for sale, also. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Sun; open late, Thurs-Sat. 975 First St, Napa. 707.255.0622.

Cole’s Chop House American steakhouse. $$-

SMALL BITES

Bite Back at Bugs Proteins like beef, pork, chicken and fish are expensive, and not just at the grocery store. The environmental costs of feeding, processing and cleaning the animals we eat exact a heavy toll on human and planetary health. But what if we stretched our consciousness and cultural conditioning about what proteins were good to eat? In short, what if we ate bugs? As a source of protein, insects are dramatically more efficient and easy on the environment than a bacon cheeseburger. Raising livestock is a resource-greedy industry that requires vast acres to grow feed crops and huge petroleum inputs in the form of pesticides, fertilizers and transportation. Insects, on the other hand, are the green, nutritious alternative. Research has found that that the lowly cricket contains more than 1,550 milligrams of iron, 25 milligrams of zinc and 340 milligrams of calcium, and can be more nutritious than an equal quantity of beef or pork. That’s all well and good. But how do bugs taste? Find out at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, which hosts a special multicourse dinner featuring insects from California and Mexico. Part performance art, part culinary experience and part educational seminar, the event is presented by Monica Martinez, owner of the Don Bugito “pre-Colombian” food truck; “bioartist” Phillip Ross and entomophagy (insect eating) expert Rosanna Yau. Get bugeyed on Thursday, Oct. 27, at Edible Insects and Other Rare Delicacies, the Headlands Center for the Arts, 944 Fort Barry, Sausalito. 6:30pm. $50. 415.331.2787. For more, see www.headlands.org.—Stett Holbrook

$$$. Handsome, upscale 1950s-era steakhouse serving chophouse classics like dryaged porterhouse steak and Black Angus filet mignon. Wash down the red meat with a “nostalgia” cocktail. Dinner, Tues-Sat. 1122 Main St, Napa. 707.244.6328.

Gilwoods Cafe Diner. $-$$. Classic hometown diner, specializes in the homemade. Breakfast and lunch daily.

1320 Napa Town Center, Napa. 707.253.0409. 1313 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.1788.

Go Fish Seafood/sushi. $$-$$$. An über-trio of chefs all in one fantastic fresh fish house: Cindy Pawlcyn, Victor Scargle and Ken Tominaga. Need we say more? Open for lunch and dinner daily. 641 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.0700.

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The Bohemian’s Best of the North Bay Readers Poll, 2011—Redux! Every year, we ask you to give us your top picks for the best places to dine out or eat in, find a new dress, play with the kids, drink a glass of wine, spoil the dog, fall in love and work up a sweat. And every year, you respond in droves with an insider list of great places to shop, play and frequent here in the North Bay. We call the issue “Best Of,” and it pubCulture p4

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lishes every March. In the autumn, we reprise your picks—the Readers Poll—in this handy guidebook for use in deciding where you’ll take the car for an oil change or remembering the best summer camp for next year’s frivolities or deciding which independent bookstore to visit for that new bestseller; we hope you’ll pull it out, save it and use it as a constant in-the-know resource. Food & Drink p9

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On the following pages, we’ve reprinted all of your 2011 picks for everything from the best band to the best bike shop to the best place to get hitched. All of these people, places and businesses are local and unique to Sonoma, Napa and Marin counties, and we’re very proud to support them. The following sections offer the Best of the North Bay: Family p18

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237 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley. 415.388.6786.

SONOMA

NAPA

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Napa Valley Ballet www.napavalleyballet.org

SONOMA

Joweh

Brent Farris, KZST 100.1-FM

www.terrianneandjoweh.com HONORABLE MENTION

Raks Rosa Dance Company

3392 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.528.4434.

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Best Dance Studio

3565 Standish Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.588.0707.

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Roco Dance & Fitness

Bill Bowker, KRSH 95.9-FM

237 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley. 415.388.6786.

Best Festival

NAPA

MARIN

Academy of Danse 1123 Jordan Lane, Napa. 707.226.6170. SONOMA

Solstice Dance & Yoga Studio 2450 Third St., Santa Rosa. 707.322.0701. HONORABLE MENTION

Dance Center 56 W. Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 707.575.8277.

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Festival Del Sole 1556 First St., Napa. 707.294.2800. SONOMA

Great West End & Railroad Square Handcar Regatta www.handcar-regatta.com HONORABLE MENTION

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Best Music Festival

1 Old Ranchero Road, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

MARIN

NAPA

KWMR Far West Fest

1350 Third St., Napa. 707.259.0123. SONOMA

Hopmonk Tavern 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.7300. HONORABLE MENTION TIE

Aubergine Vintage Emporium & Cafe 755 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 707.827.3460.

Mystic Theatre 23 Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma. 707.765.9211.

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Professor Cosmo, KWMR 90.5-FM State Route 1, Ste. 1, Pt. Reyes Station. 415.663.8068. NAPA

Kellie Fuller, KVYN 99.3-FM 1124 Foster Road, Napa. 707.257.8463.

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Mustard Mud & Music Festival www.calistogavisitors.com

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Napa Valley Opera House

The Imaginists Theatre Collective www.theimaginists.org

1030 Main St., Napa. 707.226.7372.

HONORABLE MENTION

SONOMA

Sixth Street Playhouse

Wells Fargo Center for the Arts

52 W. Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 707.527.7006.

Best Music Venue

HONORABLE MENTION

MARIN

Sixth Street Playhouse

142 Throckmorton Theatre

52 W. Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Best Theater Troupe

NAPA

MARIN

SONOMA

Marin Theatre Company

McNearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mystic Theater

397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 415.388.5208. NAPA

Lucky Penny Productions www.luckypennynapa.com

Uptown Theatre 1350 Third St., Napa. 707.259.0123.

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Hopmonk Tavern 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

READERS CHOICE

Recreation Best Bike Shop

425 College Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.573.0112.

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Mikeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bikes 836 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.454.3747. 1 Gate 6 Road, Sausalito. 415.332.3200. NAPA

Best Independent Bike Frame Builder MARIN

Otis Guy Cycles

Calistoga Bike Shop

115 Ridge Road, Fairfax. 415.250.2585.

1318 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 866.942.2453.

NAPA

SONOMA

Mikeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bikes of Petaluma 264 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 707.776.0606. HONORABLE MENTION

Bike Peddler / NorCal Bike Sport 605 College Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.571.2428.

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Best Gym MARIN

Tamalpais CrossFit 555 Francisco Blvd. E., #19, San Rafael. 415.256.9400. NAPA FIRST PLACE TIE

Synergy Medical Fitness Center 3421 Villa Lane, Napa. 707.251.1395.

Fitness First 1330 Gerard St., Calistoga. 707.942.5275. SONOMA

SONOMA

Tone 850 Fourth St. #A, Santa Rosa. 707.526.3100. HONORABLE MENTION

Pilates Collective 132 Weeks Way, Sebastopol. 707.829.8746.

Best Yoga Studio MARIN

Bikram Yoga San Rafael 1295 Second St. # 201, San Rafael. 415.453.9642.

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Coaches Corner

NAPA

420 Morris St., Sebastopol. 707.829.5180.

Ubuntu Restaurant

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515 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.284.4664.

1140 Main St., Napa. 707.251.5656. SONOMA

Bikram College of India

Best Health Club

522 Wilson St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.9642.

MARIN

HONORABLE MENTION

Bay Club Marin

Three Dog Yoga

220 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera. 415.945.3000.

2097 Stagecoach Road, Santa Rosa. 707.528.1071.

NAPA

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Airport Health Club

Woodenhead Award Winning Hand-Crafted Pinot Noir, ZInfandel, Syrah, and Methode Champenoise too! Three Years in a Row!

Open Thurs thru Mon 10:30 to 4:30 www.woodenheadwine.com 707-887-2703

MARIN

Kim’s Martial Arts Institute

432 Aviation Blvd., Santa Rosa. 707.528.2582.

85 Red Hill Ave., San Anselmo. 415.455.0471.

HONORABLE MENTION

NAPA

Parkpoint Health Club 1200 North Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.578.1640. 19111 Sonoma Hwy., Sonoma. 707.996.3111.

Red Dragon Karate 2000 W. Pueblo Ave., Napa. 707.255.5470. SONOMA

195 Foss Circle, Healdsburg. 707.385.2500.

New School Aikido

Best Pilates Studio

HONORABLE MENTION

MARIN

5700 River Road Santa Rosa

Best Martial Arts School

880 Piner Road #55, Santa Rosa. 707.571.2013.

ATA Martial Arts

Fit First Pilates

1415 Fulton Road, Ste. 221. Santa Rosa. 707.523.1144.

21 Tamal Vista Blvd. #162, Corte Madera. 415.264.2157.

1416 Sonoma Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.568.4321.

NAPA

397 Aviation Blvd., Santa Rosa. 707.591.0800.

Downtown Pilates 1338 Pearl St., Napa. 707.257.7382.

9 Brotherhood Board Shop

MARIN

1216 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.546.0660.

Demo Sport

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SONOMA

Best Outdoor Gear Shop

HONORABLE MENTION

1101 Francisco Blvd., San Rafael. 415.454.3500.

Santa Rosa Ski & Sport 1125 W. Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.578.4754.

NAPA

Napa River Velo

Best Surf Shop

796 Soscol Ave., Napa. 707.258.8729.

MARIN

SONOMA

Battens & Boards

Sonoma Outfitters

2640 Northgate Mall, San Rafael. 415.479.0103

145 Third St., Santa Rosa. 707.528.1920.

NAPA

Snowdrift

HONORABLE MENTION

Clavey Paddlesports

3090 Jefferson St., Napa. 707.255.3509.

409 Petaluma Blvd. S., Petaluma. 707.766.8070.

SONOMA

Best Snow / Skate / Board Shop MARIN

Northern Light Surf Shop 17191 Bodega Hwy., Bodega. 707.876.3032. HONORABLE MENTION

Brotherhood Board Shop

Battens & Boards 2640 Northgate Mall, San Rafael. 415.479.0103.

1216 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.546.0660.

NAPA

Boardgarden 2740 Jefferson St., Napa. 707.253.7949.

FoodDrink READERS CHOICE

Best Farmers Market MARIN

Marin Civic Center Farmers Market 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.421.8497. NAPA FIRST PLACE TIE

Calistoga Farmers Market

HONORABLE MENTION

Sebastopol Farmers Market Downtown Plaza, Sebastopol. 707.522.9305.

Best Bagel

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MARIN

FORESTVILLE KITCHEN

Bartonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bagels 645 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 415.458.8818.

1546 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.8892.

NAPA

St. Helena Farmers Market

3240 Jefferson St., Napa. 707.258.1413.

Crane Park, St. Helena. 707.486.2662.

SONOMA

SONOMA

Grateful Bagel

Santa Rosa Farmers Market

300 S. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.829.5220.

Veterans Building, Santa Rosa. 707.522.8629.

Sonoma Valley Bagel

Golden Bagel

6OTED"EST New Restaurant Honorable, Sonoma

HONORABLE MENTION

707.887.1055

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Best Bakery

Best Pizza

MARIN

MARIN

Emporio Rulli

Lo Cocoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

464 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 415.924.7478. NAPA

638 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 415.453.1238.

Model Bakery

NAPA

644 First St. #B, Napa. 707.259.1128.

Azzurro Pizzeria

SONOMA

1260 Main St., Napa. 707.255.5552.

Village Bakery

SONOMA

7225 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.8101. 1445 Town and Country Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.527.7654. HONORABLE MENTION

Wild Flour Bread 140 Bohemian Hwy., Freestone. 707.874.2938.

Momboâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pizza 1886 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.528.3278. HONORABLE MENTION

Old Chicago Pizza 41 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 707.763.3897.

MARIN

Best Candy / Chocolate Shop

Roadside BBQ

MARIN

Best Barbecue 5000 Northgate Mall #135, San Rafael. 415.479.7200. NAPA

Busterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s BBQ 1207 Foothill Blvd., Calistoga. 707.942.5605. SONOMA

Lombardiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s BBQ & Catering

Gandolfâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fine Chocolate, Marin Farmers Market 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 707.861.0489. NAPA

Anetteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chocolate Factory 1321 First St., Napa. 707.252.4228.

3413 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 707.773.1271.

SONOMA

HONORABLE MENTION

Viva Cocolat

BBQ Smokehouse Restaurant

110 Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma. 707.778.9888.

6811 Laguna Park Way, Sebastopol. 707.575.3277.

HONORABLE MENTION

Best Burger MARIN

Phyllisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Giant Burgers

Sonoma Chocolatiers 6899 McKinley St., Sebastopol. 707.829.1181.

Best Chocolatier

2202 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.456.0866.

NAPA

NAPA

Woodhouse Chocolate

Gottâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Roadside 933 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.3486.

1367 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.8413.

644 First St., Napa. 707.224.6900.

SONOMA

SONOMA

Sonoma Chocolatiers

7665 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati. 707.665.9999.

6899 McKinley St., Sebastopol. 707.829.1181.

HONORABLE MENTION

HONORABLE MENTION

The Original Superburger

Viva Cocolat

1501 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.546.4016.

110 Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma. 707.778.9888.

Mikeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at the Crossroads

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Jamba Juice 266 Northgate One, San Rafael. 415.491.7700. Bon Air Shopping Center, Ross Valley. 415.925.8470. 45 Camino Alto #111, Mill Valley. 415.380.0773. 5720 Nave Drive, Novato. 415.881.9256.

SONOMA

Howard’s Station Cafe 3611 Bohemian Hwy., Occidental. 707.874.2838. HONORABLE MENTION

Dierk’s Parkside Cafe 404 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.573.5955.

Best Brunch MARIN

SONOMA

Buckeye Roadhouse

Juice Shack

15 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley. 415.331.2600.

2154 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.522.6289.

NAPA

1810 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.528.6131.

1347 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.3799.

901 Village Court, Santa Rosa. 707.522.6822. 1708 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 707.664.1787. HONORABLE MENTION

Fruit in Motion 3 Fourth St., Petaluma. 707.776.4559.

Best Cafe / Coffeehouse MARIN

Market SONOMA

Willow Wood Market & Cafe 9020 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.0233. HONORABLE MENTION

Flamingo Resort Hotel 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

Best Diner MARIN

Bubba’s Fine Diner

Marin Coffee Roasters

566 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 415.459.6862.

546 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 415.258.9549.

NAPA

1551 S. Novato Blvd., Novato. 415.892.8373. NAPA FIRST PLACE TIE

Yo el Rey Roasting 1217 Washington St., Calistoga. 707.942.1180.

Soscol Cafe 632 Soscol Ave., Napa. 707.252.0651. SONOMA 7260 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.8080. HONORABLE MENTION

948 Main St., Napa. 707.224.2233.

125 Keller St., Petaluma. 707.773.1143.

Flying Goat Coffee 324 Center St., Healdsburg. 707.433.3599. 419 Center St., Healdsburg. 707.433.8003. 10 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.575.1202. HONORABLE MENTION

Best Chinese Restaurant

D’s Diner

Napa Valley Roasting Company SONOMA

Hallie’s Diner Best Chinese in Marin

Best Deli

Homestyle Chinese Cooking

Novato • 415-892-8838

MARIN

Vintage Oak Shopping Center

Michael’s Sourdough

Petaluma • 707-762-6888

3095 Kerner Blvd., Ste. L, San Rafael. 415.485.0964.

Theater Square, C Street & 2nd W W W. J E N N I E L O W. C O M

A’Roma Roasters Coffee & Tea

NAPA

95 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.576.7765.

1550 Trancas St., Napa. 707.253.8686.

Best Breakfast MARIN FIRST PLACE TIE

Crepevine 908 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.257.8822.

Half Day Cafe 848 College Ave., Kentfield. 415.459.0291. NAPA

Gilwoods Cafe 1320 Town Center, Napa. 707.253.0409.

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Best Juice Bar

Genova Deli SONOMA

Traverso’s Gourmet Foods 2097 Stagecoach Road, Santa Rosa. 707.542.2530. HONORABLE MENTION

Mac’s Deli 640 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.3785.

Best Outdoor Dining MARIN

Sam’s Anchor Cafe 27 Main St., Tiburon. 415.435.4527.

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NAPA

NAPA

Solbar at Solage Calistoga

Elaine Bell Catering

755 Silverado Trail, Calistoga. 866.942.7442.

776 Technology Way, Napa. 707.603.1400.

SONOMA

SONOMA

Corks at Russian River Vineyards

A La Heart Catering 600 Wilson St., Santa Rosa. 707.527.7555.

5700 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Forestville. 707.887.3344.

HONORABLE MENTION

HONORABLE MENTION

Rendez Vous Bistro 614 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.526.7700.

Best Dining After 10pm MARIN

Marin Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1585 Casa Buena Drive, Corte Madera. 415.924.2081. NAPA

Norman Rose Tavern 1401 First St., Napa. 707.258.1516. SONOMA

Underwood Bar & Bistro 9113 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.7023. HONORABLE MENTION

Rendez Vous Bistro 614 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.526.7700.

NAPA

Norman Rose Tavern

Pamposh Fine Indian Cuisine

1401 First St., Napa. 707.258.1516.

52 Mission Circle, Santa Rosa. 707.538.3367.

SONOMA

Rustic, Francisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Favorites

Best Italian

300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville. 707.857.1485.

MARIN

HONORABLE MENTION

35 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1618.

Sarahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Forestville Kitchen 6566 Front St., Forestville. 707.887.1055.

Ristorante Allegria 1026 First St., Napa. 707.254.8397.

Aioli Deli

MARIN

SONOMA

6536 Front St., Forestville. 707.887.2476.

Jennie Lowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Best Chef

38 Miller Ave., Mill Creek Plaza, Mill Valley. 415.388.8868.

Adam Mali, Nickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cove

NAPA

117 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.523.2227.

23240 Hwy. 1, Marshall. 415.663.1033.

Soo Yuan

NAPA FIRST PLACE TIE

Ken Frank, La Toque Restaurant 1314 McKinstry St., Napa. 707.257.5157.

Matt Spector, JoLe 1457 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.5938. SONOMA

Tony Najiola, Central Market 42 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 707.778.9900. HONORABLE MENTION TIE

Josh Silvers, Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar & Oven

1354 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.9404. SONOMA

Gary Chuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 611 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.526.5840. HONORABLE MENTION

China Room 500 Mission Blvd., Santa Rosa. 707.539.5570.

Best French MARIN

Le Garage Bistro 85 Liberty Ship Way, Sausalito. 415.332.5625. NAPA

Brian Anderson, Bistro 29

540 Main St., Napa. 707.252.8115.

620 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.546.2929.

SONOMA

MARIN

Best Restaurant

Carpe Diem Wine Bar 1001 Second St., Napa. 707.224.0800. SONOMA

Willow Wood Market & Cafe

114 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 707.782.1130. HONORABLE MENTION

Best Spot to Dine Solo

NAPA

Cucina Paradiso

Vintage Oaks Mall, Novato. 415.892.8838.

MARIN

Angèle

901 Lincoln Ave., San Rafael. 415.451.5765.

NAPA

Best Chinese

135 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.6900.

Sol Food

Fradelizioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ristorante

La Gare 208 Wilson St., Santa Rosa. 707.528.4355.

MARIN

HONORABLE MENTION

Le Garage Bistro

Bistro 29

85 Liberty Ship Way, Sausalito. 415.332.5625.

620 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.546.2929.

NAPA

JoLe 1457 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.5938.

Best Indian MARIN

LoCocoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Best Japanese / Sushi MARIN FIRST PLACE TIE

Sushi Ran 107 Caledonia St., Sausalito. 415.332.3620.

Kamikaze Sushi Bar 223 Third St., San Rafael. 415.457.6776. NAPA

Sushi Mambo 1202 First St., Napa. 707.257.6604. SONOMA

Sushi Tozai 7531 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol. 707.824.9886. HONORABLE MENTION

Hana Japanese Restaurant 101 Golf Course Drive, Rohnert Park. 707.586.0270.

Best Mediterranean MARIN

Hannaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Italian Mediterranean Restaurant 1700 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.457.6252.

SONOMA

Avatars Punjabi Burritos

NAPA

9020 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.0233.

ZaZu Restaurant & Farm

15 Madrona St., Mill Valley. 415.381.8293.

Small World Restaurant

HONORABLE MENTION

3535 Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4814.

131 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 707.765.9775.

928 Coombs St., Napa. 707.224.7743.

HONORABLE MENTION

NAPA

SONOMA

Peter Lowellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 7385 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.1077.

El Coqui

Neelaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Afendiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Turkish Grill

400 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.542.8868.

975 Clinton St., Napa. 707.226.9988.

299 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. 707.763.1998.

SONOMA

HONORABLE MENTION

MARIN

Best New Restaurant

Sizzling Tandoor

East West Restaurant

Insalataâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

409 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.579.5999.

MARIN

HONORABLE MENTION TIE

557 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. 707.546.6142.

Osteria Stellina

Himalayan Kabob & Curry House

Best Caterer 120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 415.457.7700.

11285 Hwy. 1, Pt. Reyes Station. 415.663.9988.

220 Western Ave., Petaluma. 707.775.4453.

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966 North Dutton Ave. Santa Rosa, CA 95401 Mon–Sat 10–9 ~ Sun 11–8 707.566.8910

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Best Mexican

NAPA

MARIN

976 Pearl St., Napa. 707.255.5417.

Puentez Taqueria

Bui Bistro

243 Third St., San Rafael. 415.721.7992.

SONOMA

NAPA

966 N. Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.566.8910.

FIRST PLACE TIE

HONORABLE MENTION

Compadres

Pho Vietnam

505 Lincoln Ave., Napa. 707.253.1111.

711 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa. 707.571.7687.

Taqueria Rosita

Simply Vietnam

1214 Main St., Napa. 707.253.9208.

Best Vegetarian

SONOMA

MARIN

Mi Pueblo Taqueria

Cafe Gratitude

800 Petaluma Blvd. N, Petaluma. 707.762.8192.

2200 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.824.4652.

HONORABLE MENTION

NAPA

Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Old Mexico 305 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.823.4458.

Ubuntu Restaurant 1140 Main St., Napa. 707.251.5656.

Best Seafood

SONOMA

MARIN

Seafood Peddler

1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491.

100 Yacht Club Drive, San Rafael. 415.460.6669.

HONORABLE MENTION

NAPA

Cafe Gratitude

Go Fish 641 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.0700. SONOMA

Williâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Seafood & Raw Bar

Gaiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garden

206 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.723.4461.

Best Bartender MARIN

403 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.433.9191.

Lila Mullins, Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nightclub

HONORABLE MENTION

842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

The Tides Wharf

NAPA

800 Hwy. 1, Bodega Bay. 707.875.3652.

Best Thai MARIN

Royal Thai Restaurant 610 Third St., San Rafael. 415.485.1074. NAPA

Mini Mango Thai Bistro 1408 Clay St., Napa. 707.226.8884. SONOMA

Sea Thai Bistro 2323 Sonoma Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.528.8333. HONORABLE MENTION

Jhanthong Banbua 2400 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.528.8048.

Best Vietnamese

FIRST PLACE TIE

Danny Bazzoli, Calistoga Inn Restaurant & Brewery 1250 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.4101.

John Shaver, Calistoga Inn Restaurant & Brewery 1250 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.4101. SONOMA

Frank Dice, Underwood Bar & Bistro 9113 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.7023. HONORABLE MENTION TIE

Sean Dal Colletto, Santi 2097 Stagecoach Road, Santa Rosa. 707.528.1549.

Scott Beattie, Spoonbar 219 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.433.7222.

MARIN

Best Brewpub

La Maison de la Reine

MARIN

346 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera. 415.927.0288.

Broken Drum Brewery 1132 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.456.4677.

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SONOMA

La Crema Winery

Best Cabernet

3690 Laughlin Road, Windsor. 707.571.1504.

MARIN

HONORABLE MENTION TIE

Point Reyes Vineyards

Lynmar Estate

12700 Hwy. 1, Pt. Reyes Station. 415.663.1011.

3909 Frei Road, Sebastopol. 707.829.3374.

NAPA

Ferrari-Carano

Darioush

8761 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. 707.433.6700.

4240 Silverado Trail, Napa. 707.257.7056.

Best Sparkling Wine

SONOMA

B.R. Cohn Olive Hill Cabernet

HONORABLE MENTION

Ironhorse Vineyard 9786 Ross Station Road, Sebastopol. 707.887.1507.

Kosta Browne

5700 Occidental Road, Sebastopol. 707.568.2455.

3044 Midway Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.823.7430.

Best Zinfandel

Best Pinot Noir MARIN

NAPA

Pey Marin Pinot Noir www.marinwines.com

The Terraces at Quarry Vineyards

NAPA

1450 Silverado Trail S., St. Helena. 707.963.1707.

Zacherle Wines

Medlock Ames

FIRST PLACE TIE

Seghesio Vineyards & Winery

3487 Alexander Valley Road, Healdsburg. 707.431.8845.

Woodenhead Winery

14730 Grove St., Healdsburg. 707.433.7764.

5700 River Road, Forestville. 707.887.2703.

NAPA

11447 Old Redwood Hwy., Healdsburg. 707.431.3646.

Balletto Vineyards

SONOMA

12700 Hwy. 1, Pt. Reyes Station. 415.663.1011.

J Vineyards & Winery

3690 Laughlin Road, Windsor. 707.571.1504.

HONORABLE MENTION

HONORABLE MENTION

Point Reyes Vineyards

SONOMA.

La Crema Winery

5 Fitch St., Healdsburg. 707.433.3473.

SONOMA

15000 Sonoma Hwy., Glen Ellen. 800.330.4064.

1400 Schramsberg Road, Calistoga. 707.942.4558.

HONORABLE MENTION TIE

Longboard Vineyards

1501 Cedar St., Calistoga. 707.337.9072.

MARIN

Schramsberg Vineyards

SONOMA

Best Syrah MARIN

Balletto Vineyards

HONORABLE MENTION

Woodenhead Winery

5700 Occidental Road, Sebastopol. 707.568.2455.

5700 River Road, Forestville. 707.887.2703.

Pey Marin Syrah www.marinwines.com NAPA

T-Vine Cellars 3130 Old Lawley Toll Road, Calistoga. 707.942.8685.

READERS CHOICE

Romance

Best Place for Singles to Meet

NAPA

HONORABLE MENTION

FIRST PLACE TIE

Jenner Inn & Cottages

Best Couples Spa

Bottega Napa Valley

10400 Hwy. 1, Jenner. 707.865.2377.

MARIN

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6525 Washington St., Yountville. 707.945.1050.

Downtown San Rafael Farmers Market

Tra Vigne

EVO Spa

Best Boutique Hotel

Fourth Street, San Rafael. 415.492.8007.

1050 Charter Oak Ave., St. Helena, 707.963.4444.

MARIN

NAPA

SONOMA

23240 Hwy. 1, Marshall. 415.663.1033.

The Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant

NAPA

FIRST PLACE TIE

Morimoto Napa 610 Main St., Napa. 707.252.1600.

Downtown Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brewery & Restaurant 902 Main St., Napa. 707.258.2337. SONOMA

Christyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on the Square 96 Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa. 707.528.8565.

7871 River Road, Forestville. 707.887.3300. HONORABLE MENTION

Caâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Bianca Ristorante 835 Second St., Santa Rosa. 707.542.5800.

Nickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cove & Cottages

FIRST PLACE TIE

Wine Country Inn & Gardens

MARIN

NAPA

Spa Solage 755 Silverado Trail, Calistoga. 707.226.0820. SONOMA

Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary

1152 Lodi Lane, St. Helena. 707.963.7077.

209 Bohemian Hwy., Freestone. 707.823.8231.

Oak Knoll Inn

HONORABLE MENTION

2200 E. Oak Knoll Ave., Napa. 707.255.2200.

Best Staycation

800 Redwood Hwy., Frontage Road, Ste. 216, Mill Valley. 415.383.3223.

SONOMA

Mermaidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spa 115 S. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.823.3535.

The Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant

Best Lingerie Shop

7871 River Road, Forestville. 707.887.3300.

MARIN

HONORABLE MENTION

Chadwickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of London

755 Silverado Trail, Calistoga. 707.226.0800.

Metro Hotel & Cafe

MARIN

SONOMA

526 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 415.721.7119.

Nickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cove

Kenwood Inn & Spa

508 Petaluma Blvd. S., Petaluma. 707.773.4900.

23240 Hwy. 1, Marshall. 415.663.1033.

10400 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. 707.833.1293.

HONORABLE MENTION

Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar & Oven 135 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.6900.

Best Romantic Dinner

Nickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cove & Cottages 23240 Hwy. 1, Marshall. 415.663.1033. NAPA

Solage Calistoga

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NAPA

Calla Lily Fine Linens

Best Bridal Salon

1222 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.8188.

MARIN

SONOMA

Milvali

Sensuality Shoppe

3 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley. 415.388.0988.

www.sensualityshoppe.com

NAPA

HONORABLE MENTION

Anna’s Bridal Boutique

Ma Cherie Et Moi

1014 Clinton St., Napa. 707.257.6135.

2332 Magowan Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.573.1103.

SONOMA

Best Erotica Store MARIN

Pleasures of the Heart 1310 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.482.9899.

The Powder Room 2560 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.537.7968. HONORABLE MENTION TIE

Starlet Bridal

NAPA

718 Village Court, Santa Rosa. 707.544.0334.

Pleasures Unlimited

Wine Country Bride

1424 Second St., Napa. 707.226.2666. SONOMA

Sensuality Shoppe www.sensualityshoppe.com HONORABLE MENTION

Spice 6597 Commerce Blvd., Rohnert Park. 707.588.0525.

Best Wedding Planner NAPA

Sasha Souza Events

3201-A Cleveland Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.544.3695.

Best Wedding Reception Venue MARIN FIRST PLACE TIE

Falkirk Cultural Center 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 415.485.3328.

Marin Art & Garden Center 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 415.454.1301. NAPA

609 Cabot Way, Napa. 707.253.8160.

Beaulieu Garden

SONOMA

www.beaulieugarden.com

Jess Flood Event Design

SONOMA

www.jessflood.com

Vine Hill House

HONORABLE MENTION

3601 Vine Hill Road, Sebastopol. 707.823.8590.

Cirkl Productions

HONORABLE MENTION

3201-A Cleveland Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.544.3695.

Paradise Ridge Winery 4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.528.9463.

READERS CHOICE

Family Best Baby Gift Store MARIN

Heller’s for Children 514 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.456.5533. NAPA FIRST PLACE TIE

Freckles 1309 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.1201.

Mud Puddles 1443-B Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.5925. SONOMA

Cupcake 641 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.579.2165. HONORABLE MENTION

Earth Child 200 S. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.824.0940.

1667 W. Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.546.7147.

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HONORABLE MENTION

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NAPA

MARIN

1040 Main St., Napa. 707.257.7700.

A Childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Delight 190 Northgate One Shopping Center, San Rafael. 415.499.0739. NAPA

ToyBVille 1343 Main St., Napa. 707.253.1024. SONOMA

The Toyworks 531 College Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.526.2099. 2724 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.576.8609. 6940 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.2003. HONORABLE MENTION

The Little Gourmet SONOMA

Sift Cupcake & Dessert Bar 7582 Commerce Blvd., Rohnert Park. 707.792.1681. 404-A Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.703.4228.

Best Imagination Center

Earth Child

MARIN

200 S. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.824.0940.

Bay Area Discovery Museum 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 415.339.3900.

Best Kids Clothing

NAPA

MARIN

Scientopia Discovery Center

Kidiniki 800 Redwood Hwy., Frontage Road, Mill Valley. 415.383.3110. NAPA FIRST PLACE TIE

Mud Puddles 1443-B Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.5925.

4 Kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Sake 1757 Tanen St., Napa. 707.257.3657. SONOMA

1785 Tanen St., Ste. B, Napa. 707.259.1559.

Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum of Sonoma County

Western W ester n Farm Far m Center Center

www.cmosc.org HONORABLE MENTION

Environmental Discovery Center Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa. 707.539.2865.

Cupcake

Best Private School

641 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.579.2165.

MARIN

HONORABLE MENTION

Wee Three Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Store 1007 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.525.9333.

Best Consignment Shop MARIN

Avant Garde 1328 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.485.4497. NAPA

Aliceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Consignment Shop 1746 Yajome St., Napa. 707.927.3224. SONOMA

Sisters 117 W. Napa St., Ste. B, Sonoma. 707.933.8422. HONORABLE MENTION

675 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Kentfield. 415.464.3800. NAPA

Blue Oak School 1436 Polk St., Napa. 707.261.4500. SONOMA

Summerfield Waldorf 655 Willowside Road, Santa Rosa. 707.575.7194. HONORABLE MENTION

Sonoma Academy 2500 Farmers Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.545.1770.

Best Summer Day Camp MARIN

Dance Palace 503 B St., Pt. Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.

200 S. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.829.3312.

NAPA

MARIN

Bay Area Discovery Museum 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 415.339.3900.

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Best Birthday Party Place

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Oxbow Summer Art Camp 530 Third St., Napa. 707.255.6000. SONOMA

Best Kennel Best Dog Obedience School Everyone raves about our Doggie Day Care too!

Camp Wa Tam at Howarth Park 630 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3292.

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HONORABLE MENTION

Camp Chai

Fit ’n’ Furry

1301 Farmers Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.528.4222.

860 Lindberg Lane, Petaluma. 707.769.7387.

Best Pediatrician MARIN

Dr. Fernando Ulloa 711 D St., San Rafael. 415.454.4100. NAPA

Dr. Victoria C. Morgese, Loffler-Barry & Morgese

Fideaux 1312 Main St., St. Helena. 707.967.9935.

170 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 707.762.0364.

Give Your Dog a Bone HONORABLE MENTION

401 Bicentennial Way, Santa Rosa. 707.571.4000.

10333 Old Redwood Hwy., Windsor. 707.838.1896.

MARIN

Marin Humane Society 171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato. 415.506.6263. NAPA

Napa Valley Dog Training Club 68 Coombs St., Napa. 707.253.8666.

Debbie’s Pet Boutique

Best Animal Shelter MARIN

Marin Humane Society 171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato. 415.506.6263. NAPA

Napa County Animal Shelter 942 Hartle Court, Napa. 707.253.4382. SONOMA

Sonoma Humane Society 5345 Hwy. 12, Santa Rosa. 707.542.0882. HONORABLE MENTION

Pets Lifeline Animal Shelter 19686 Eighth St., Sonoma. 707.996.4577.

SONOMA

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Dr. Mark Sloan, Kaiser Permanente

Best Dog Obedience School

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218 Greenfield Ave., San Anselmo. 415.485.1158.

SONOMA

616 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 707.778.3171.

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SONOMA

Dr. Sunjya K. Schweig

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2160 Jefferson St., Napa. 707.259.0700.

HONORABLE MENTION

Best Used Bookstore, Bookstor e, Marin!

Best Pet Boutique

Olivet Kennel & Dog Training Resort

Best Solar Retail Sonoma County

707-538-8554

C-10/C-46 Lic. #695095 716 College Avenue, e Suite E Santa Rosa, CA 95404 www.GaiaEnergySystems.com

MARIN

HONORABLE MENTION

Bed & Biscuits

County-Wide Dog Training Club

4240 Redwood Hwy., San Rafael. 415.499.0199.

887 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa. 707.544.7479.

Wine Country Pet Resort

Best Doggie Daycare MARIN

Alpha Dog 254 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley. 415.383.2111.

System Design Permit & Rebate Acquisition Professional Installation ResidentiXc › Commerciac › C`ght Indust s rial

NAPA 1199 Cuttings Wharf Road, Napa. 707.252.7877. SONOMA

Olivet Kennel 2404 Olivet Road, Santa Rosa. 707.542.2066. HONORABLE MENTION

NAPA

Anderson Acres

FIRST PLACE TIE

531 Hunter Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.588.8494.

Camp Rawhide 1452 Silverado Trail, Napa. 707.226.6010.

On-Site Evaluation

Best Kennel

2404 Olivet Road, Santa Rosa. 707.542.2066.

Ruff Dog Daycare & Hotel

Best Feed Store

49 Enterprise Court, Napa. 707.258.2020.

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Marin Tack & Feed

Camp Bow Wow

1599 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 415.456.2929.

2120 Bluebell Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.546.2267.

FIRST PLACE TIE

21 11250 Hwy. 1, Pt. Reyes Station, 415.663.1223. NAPA

FIRST PLACE TIE

Dr. Glenn G. Baker, Twin Oaks Veterinary Clinic

Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Feed & Supply

1195 Mee Lane, St. Helena. 707.963.4843.

1700 Yajome St., Napa. 707.252.0316.

Dr. Larry Miller, Alley Cat Small Animal Hospital

SONOMA

1041 Wine Country Ave., Napa. 707.224.2525.

Western Farm Center 21 W. Seventh St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.0721. HONORABLE MENTION

Rivertown Feed

SONOMA

Dr. Matthew Carter, Central Animal Hospital 203 D St., Petaluma. 707.762.2693.

200 First St., Petaluma. 707.762.4505.

HONORABLE MENTION

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Best Veterinarian

1010 Gravenstein Hwy. S., Sebastopol. 707.823.3250.

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4140 Redwood Hwy., San Rafael. 415.499.8387.

READERS CHOICE

Everyday Best Resale Store MARIN FIRST PLACE TIE

HONORABLE MENTION

Art & Soul of Sebastopol 156 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.824.4837.

Stellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 848 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 415.453.6191.

Best Gift Shop

Magpie Consignment

MARIN

1822 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 415.258.0200. NAPA

LoLoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1120 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.7972. SONOMA

Sisters 117 W. Napa St., Sonoma. 707.933.8422. HONORABLE MENTION

Gallery Route One 11101 Hwy. 1, Ste. 101, Pt. Reyes Station. 415.663.1347. NAPA FIRST PLACE TIE

Zenobia 1410 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.1050.

North Star Gift Shop 1441 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.758.3898.

Pick of the Litter

SONOMA

1701 Piner Road #A, Santa Rosa. 707.570.2590.

123 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.824.1155.

Best Art Supply Store MARIN

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Milk & Honey HONORABLE MENTION

Heebe Jeebe General Store 46 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 707.773.3222.

Rileystreet Art Supply 1138 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.457.2787.

Best Bookstoreâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;New

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Cartons & Crates

Book Passage

3250 California Blvd., Napa. 707.224.7447.

51 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera. 415.927.0960.

SONOMA

Rileystreet Art Supply 103 Maxwell Court, Santa Rosa. 707.526.2416.

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Copperfield’s Books

Tall Toad Music

2316 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.578.8938.

43 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 707.765.6807.

138 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.823.2618.

People’s Music

140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 707.182.0228. HONORABLE MENTION

Readers’ Books 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. 707.939.1779

Best Bookstore—Used

We Have Your Energy!

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Rebound Bookstore 1611 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.482.0550. NAPA

North Bay’s Solar Solutions

888.56.SOLAR RealGoodsSolar.com

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Last Record Store 1899-A Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.525.1963. HONORABLE MENTION

Incredible Records & CDs 112 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.824.8099.

CALL NOW FOR YOUR CONSULTATION & SPECIAL PRICING

Best Musical Instruments Store

Kimberly Henry

P L A S T I C S U R G E RY

MARIN

1317 North Town Center, Napa. 707.224.0997.

5 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 707.769.0221. HONORABLE MENTION

Milk & Honey 123 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.824.1155.

Best Knitting / Craft Store MARIN

Dharma Trading Company 1604 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.456.7657. NAPA FIRST PLACE TIE

Muse Yarns & Arts 1309 Main St., St. Helena. 707.967.9500.

Yarns on First 1305 First St., Napa. 707.257.1363. SONOMA

Cast Away 111 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.546.9276. HONORABLE MENTION

Knitterly 1 Fourth St., Petaluma. 707.762.9276.

Bananas at Large

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350 Bon Air Road Greenbrae

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Napa Valley Jewelers

Hollingsworth Jewelers

2226 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.258.9745.

Offer expires October 31, 2011

1273 Napa Town Center, Napa. 707.252.8953.

SONOMA

Bedrock Music & Video

BOTOX | JUVEDERM | LATISSE

FIRST PLACE TIE

138 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.823.2618.

MARIN

BREAST AUGMENTATION | BREAST RECONSTRUCTION

Norman Mahan Jewelers

2316 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.578.8938.

Best Record / CD Store

American Cancer Foundation

1632 Redwood Hwy., Corte Madera. 415.924.9711.

Silver Sensations

625 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.525.1782.

contribution to the

Julianna’s Fine Jewelry

1330 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.1616.

Treehorn Books

Dr. Kimberly Henry in her

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3900 Bel Aire Plaza, Napa. 707.252.8002

140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 707.182.0228.

for yourself in October,

Best Jewelry Store

2211 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 415.461.5333.

Copperfield’s Books

special

122 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.823.7664.

Copperfield’s Books

SONOMA

Do something

HONORABLE MENTION

1504 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.457.7600. NAPA

All Star Guitars 2522 Jefferson St., Napa. 707.224.6577.

Best Clothing Store— Men’s MARIN

Gene Hiller 729 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.3636.

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Sole Desire

1223 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.1603.

2411 Magowan Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.542.1690.

SONOMA

1011 Santa Rosa Plaza, Santa Rosa. 707.544.2792.

211 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera. 415.924.1715. 150 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 707.765.1715. HONORABLE MENTION

Arboretum

Rainsong Shoes 117 Plaza St., Healdsburg. 707.433.8058. est

2410 Magowan Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.576.8919.

Best Costume Shop 2011

MARIN

Pleasures of the Heart

MARIN

1310 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.482.9899.

Viva Diva

NAPA

1327 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.256.8380. NAPA

Mustard Seed 1301 Napa Town Center, Napa. 707.255.4222. SONOMA

Arboretum 332 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.433.7033. HONORABLE MENTION

Silk Moon Gallery 195 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.824.4300.

Wild Cat! 1210 First St., Napa. 707.257.8702. SONOMA

Disguise the Limit 100 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.575.1477.

98 Montg Montgomery omery Dr., Drr.., Santa RRosa, osa, CA CA 95404

Funk & Flash 228 S. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.829.1142.

Best Home Furnishings MARIN

Best Vintage Clothing Store

4100 Redwood Hwy., San Rafael. 415.472.2919.

MARIN

Casa Design

Lola’s Depot

1419 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.2228.

1826 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 415.451.4973.

SONOMA

NAPA

529 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.548.4044.

1210 First St., Napa. 707.257.8702.

NAPA

Cokas Diko HONORABLE MENTION

Pedersen’s Furniture

SONOMA

707 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.542.1855.

Aubergine 3690 Bohemian Hwy., Occidental. 707.874.9034.

Best Home Improvement

HONORABLE MENTION

MARIN

Skirt Chaser Vintage 208 Davis St., Santa Rosa. 707.546.4021.

Pini Ace Hardware 1535 S. Novato Blvd., Novato. 415.892.1577. NAPA

Best Shoe Store MARIN

Lark Shoes & Repair 2239 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 415.461.6226. NAPA

Shoes on First 1227 First St., Napa. 707.252.7280.

Creating Cr eating Healthy Beautiful Smiles 7707.578.7424 07..578.7424

HONORABLE MENTION

Mary’s Futons

Wild Cat!

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HONORABLE MENTION

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332 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.433.7033.

1400 Guerneville Road #4, Santa Rosa. 707.571.8043.

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Mario’s

Silverado Ace Hardware 1450 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.4396. SONOMA

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HONORABLE MENTION

SONOMA

Sebastopol Hardware Center

Revolution Moto

660 Hwy. 116 N., Sebastopol. 707.823.7688.

HONORABLE MENTION

Best Solar Retail MARIN

Real Goods www.realgoodssolar.com SONOMA

GAIA Energy Systems 716 College Ave., Ste. E., Santa Rosa. 707.456.0881. HONORABLE MENTION

Solar Works 400 Morris St., Sebastopol. 707.826.8282.

It is a pleasure and honor to serve you!

501 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.5190.

United Markets 515 Third St., San Rafael. 415.454.8912. 100 Redhill Ave., San Anselmo. 415.456.1271. NAPA FIRST PLACE TIE

Vallerga’s Market

MARIN

Cal Mart

Royal Coach Car Wash 990 E. Francisco Blvd., San Rafael. 415.454.5660. NAPA

Classic Car Wash

3385 Solono Ave., Napa. 707.253.8780. 1491 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.6271. SONOMA

Oliver’s Market 546 E. Cotati Ave., Cotati. 707.795.9501.

1050 Freeway Drive, Napa. 707.255.5655.

560 Montecito Court, Santa Rosa. 707.537.7123. HONORABLE MENTION

Andy’s Produce

MARIN

HONORABLE MENTION

RAB Motors

Advanced Auto Detailing

Best Ethnic Market

540 Francisco Blvd. W., San Rafael. 415.454.0582.

2549 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.526.2200.

MARIN

Best Auto Repair

5 Mary St., San Rafael. 415.459.7133.

Hanlees Subaru 495 Soscol Ave., Napa. 707.253.9100.

MARIN

SONOMA

Peter’s Zaab Service

Freeman Toyota

142 Mill St., San Rafael. 415.456.0540.

1009 Foothill Blvd., Calistoga. 707.942.8664.

2875 Corby Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.542.1791.

NAPA

SONOMA

HONORABLE MENTION

Hansel Prestige 2800 Corby Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.545.6602.

1945 Cleveland Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.579.3710.

Universal Auto 480 Soscol Ave., Napa. 707.257.1592. SONOMA

Best Auto Dealer— Used

Out West Garage

MARIN

G&C AutoBody

RAB Motors

251 Bellevue Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.525.3520.

540 Francisco Blvd. W., San Rafael. 415.454.0582.

896 Lakeville St., Petaluma. 707.762.7556.

1691 N. Gravenstein Hwy., Sebastopol. 707.823.8661.

Asian Market NAPA

Vallarta Market

Asia Mart 2481 Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa. 707.542.3513. HONORABLE MENTION

321 Second St., Petaluma. 707.769.0162.

Lola’s

HONORABLE MENTION

440 Dutton Ave. #17, Santa Rosa. 707.577.8846. 1680 Petaluma Hill Road, Santa Rosa. 707.571.7579.

10661 Old Redwood Hwy., Windsor. 707.473.9620.

Best Natural Foods Store

555 Main St., St. Helena. 707.200.4297.

Best Nursery

MARIN

SONOMA

MARIN

Epps Chevrolet & Pontiac Manly Honda 2750 Corby Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.542.5377. HONORABLE MENTION

West End Nursery

1966 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 415.454.0123.

NAPA

NAPA

Van Winden’s Pueblo Garden Center

Golden Carrot Natural Foods

1805 Pueblo Ave., Napa. 707.255.8400.

1621 W. Imola Ave., Napa. 707.224.3117. SONOMA

Realtor, Certified EcoBroker, Seniors Real Estate Specialist

Best Scooter Shop

SONOMA

NAPA

Harmony Farm Supply & Nursery

Big Kid Toys 467 Soscol Ave., Napa. 707.256.3300.

Good Earth Natural & Organic Foods

1938 Fifth St., San Rafael. 415.454.4175.

1310 Auto Center Drive, Petaluma. 707.769.4044.

landograce@comcast.net

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Best Auto Detailing

Jeffrey Seligson

707.824.4543

Best Grocery Store

Auto Sport Detailing

Hansel Honda

Wine Country Group Realtors 7300 Healdsburg Avenue, Suite B Sebastopol, CA 95472

1212 13th St., Santa Rosa. 707.542.4782.

SONOMA

NAPA

Thank You My Wonderful Clients for Voting Me Sonoma County’s Best Real Estate Agent, Again!

ZAP

King’s Nursery

Best Auto Dealer— New

NAPA

FiveYears in a Row!

518 College Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.523.2371.

HONORABLE MENTION

3244 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Sebastopol. 707.823.9125.

Santa Rosa Community Market 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.546.1806.

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Best Plastic Surgeon

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HONORABLE MENTION

SONOMA

Oliver’s Market

Thrive Hydroponics

546 E. Cotati Ave., Cotati. 707.795.9501.

70-A W. North St., Healdsburg. 707.433.4068.

560 Montecito Court, Santa Rosa. 707.537.7123.

HONORABLE MENTION

Best Culinary Store

Best Hair Salon MARIN

2555 Main St., St. Helena. 707.967.0600.

1146 Main St., Napa. 707.251.8468. SONOMA

iLeoni

Elle Lui

120 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 707.762.9611.

205 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.575.1474.

HONORABLE MENTION

HONORABLE MENTION

Hardisty’s Homewares

Radici Hair Studio

1513 Farmers Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.545.0534.

847 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.573.9692.

Best Pipe / Cigar Shop

Best Body Art Place

MARIN

Lucky Drive Tattoos

NAPA

1525 Lincoln Ave., Napa. 707.254.7125.

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Garage Ink SONOMA

Monkey Wrench Tattoo

SONOMA

1066 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.575.0610.

Peacepipe

HONORABLE MENTION

622 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.541.7016.

Buddha’s Palm 974 Gravenstein Hwy., Sebastopol. 707.829.7256.

3372 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.545.5081.

Best Day Spa

1099 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.457.2420.

MARIN

Best Hydroponic Supply Store

1003 Third St., San Rafael. 415.460.6506.

MARIN

Marin Hydroponics 55 Frosty Lane, Novato. 415.233.4104. 721 Francisco Blvd. E., San Rafael. 415.482.8802. NAPA FIRST PLACE TIE

Endless Green Hydroponics 25-3 Enterprise Court, Napa. 707.254.0200.

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664 Redwood Hwy., Mill Valley. 415.388.0440.

HONORABLE MENTION

(green building between 3rd & 4th)

Bloom Creative Hair Salon

SONOMA

1018 First St., Napa. 707.255.4434.

208 Davis Historic Railroad Square

536 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 415.454.1347. NAPA

Baker Street Downtown

www.skirtchaservintage.com OR facebook: skirt chaser vintage

Benvenuto

Culinary Institute of America

Telford’s Pipe & Cigar

707.546.4021

6542 Front St., Forestville. 707.887.2280.

Tyler Florence NAPA

Victorian to 80s Men Women & Kids

The Shop

MARIN 59 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 415.380.9200.

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New Harvest Hydroponics 807 Washington St., Calistoga. 707.942.4100.

Asante Day Spa & Holistic Health Center NAPA FIRST PLACE TIE

The Meritage Resort & Spa 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa. 707.251.1900.

Villagio Inn & Spa 6481 Washington St., Yountville. 707.944.8877. SONOMA

Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary 209 Bohemian Hwy., Freestone. 707.823.8231. HONORABLE MENTION

Sumbody 118 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.823.2053.

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Cavallo Point 601 Murray Circle, Sausalito. 415.339.4767. NAPA FIRST PLACE TIE

HONORABLE MENTION

Dr. Majid Zeinal, Vibrant Life Chiropractic & Family Wellness Center 511 S. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.829.9009.

Best Orthodontist MARIN

755 Silverado Trail, Calistoga. 707.226.0800.

Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics

1507 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.4102. SONOMA

3325 Chanate Road, Santa Rosa. 707.576.4000.

Best Optical Store Optica Optometry

1 Angwin Plaza, Angwin. 707.965.2483. 1407 Main St., Ste. 100, St. Helena. 707.963.9404.

FIRST PLACE TIE

6 Loch Lomond Drive, San Rafael. 415.459.8006.

Site for Sore Eyes

NAPA

Eyeworks

1333 Napa Town Center, Napa. 707.224.7483.

SONOMA

HONORABLE MENTION

SONOMA

Sonoma Eyeworks

Kenwood Inn & Spa

Bernstein Orthodontics

10400 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. 707.833.1293.

2245 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.575.0600.

Best Acupuncturist

8741 Brooks Road S., Ste. 200, Windsor. 707.836.8360.

Community Acupuncture of Marin 7075 Redwood Blvd., Ste. L, Novato. 415.250.4009. NAPA

Irit D. Weir, Acupuncture Center of Napa 1011 Professional Drive, Ste. A, Napa. 707.226.9470. SONOMA

Saxena Clinic 633 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.575.4826. HONORABLE MENTION

David Russell, Russell Family Acupuncture 134 Howard St., Petaluma. 707.773.3375.

Best Herbal Clinic MARIN

Pine Street Clinic 124 Pine St., San Anselmo. 415.485.0484. SONOMA

Peace in Medicine 6771 Sebastopol Ave. #100, Sebastopol. 707.823.4206. HONORABLE MENTION

Farmacopia 95 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.528.4372.

Best Chiropractor MARIN

Dr. Martin Borge, Whole Health Associates 880 Las Gallinas Ave., Ste. 1, San Rafael. 415.492.9355. NAPA

Dr. Ann Ernish 1119-A Hunt Ave., St. Helena. 707.968.9803. SONOMA

Dr. Julie Restad 1197 E. Washington St., Petaluma. 707.773.2225.

534 Larkfield Shopping Center, Santa Rosa. 707.578.2020. HONORABLE MENTION TIE

Empire Optical 720 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.527.7444.

HONORABLE MENTION

The Eye Care Institute

Dr. Woo & Dr. DeBerardinis 1476 Professional Drive, Ste. 506, Petaluma. 707.762.0211.

1017 Second St., Santa Rosa. 707.546.9800. 1370 Medical Center Drive, Ste. A, Rohnert Park. 707.585.6110.

Best Esthetic Dentist

Best Med Spa

MARIN

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Dr. Catherine J. Cox 750 Las Gallinas Ave., Ste. 217, San Rafael. 415.479.2623. NAPA

Dr. Jayma Clause 3416 Valle Verde Drive, Napa. 707.251.8099. SONOMA

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NAPA

176 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.1203.

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www.bankofmarin.com

Silverado Credit Union

Dr. Dale G. Fessenden

25 Matheson St., Healdsburg. 707.431.2800.

Bank of Marin

807 D St., San Rafael. 415.454.3443.

1006 First St., Napa. 707.254.2020.

Hotel Healdsburg

Best Bank MARIN

MARIN

Solage Dr. Wilkinson’s Hot Springs Resort

Sutter Medical Center

SONOMA

Exchange Bank 545 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.524.3000. HONORABLE MENTION

Redwood Credit Union 3033 Cleveland Ave. #100, Santa Rosa. 707.545.4000. 250 Rohnert Park Expwy., Rohnert Park. 707.545.4000. 301 N. Mcdowell Ave., Ste. B, Petaluma. 707.545.4000. 2763 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.4000.

Best Real Estate Agent / Company MARIN

Carol Scott, Bradley Real Estate 700 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 415.258.4141.

Mt. Tam Laser & Skin Care

NAPA

1030 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ste. 130, Kentfield. 415.482.3888.

Tony Pereira

NAPA

SONOMA

Spa Gaia 3600 Broadway, American Canyon. 707.674.0168.

Dr. Sean Wilson

SONOMA

98 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.579.1555.

Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary

HONORABLE MENTION

209 Bohemian Hwy., Freestone. 707.823.8231.

Fountaingrove Dentistry

HONORABLE MENTION

2305-A Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.525.1502.

Asyrah’s Garden 8967 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.2866.

www.napalandman.com

Jeffrey Seligson, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate 7300 Healdsburg Ave., Ste. B, Sebastopol. 707.824.4543. HONORABLE MENTION

Peter Colbert, Paragon Real Estate Group pcolbert@paragon-re.com

Best Nonprofit

Best Hospital / Healthcare Clinic

Best Plastic Surgeon

MARIN

MARIN

Hospice by the Bay

MARIN

Dr. Kimberly A. Henry

17 E. Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Larkspur. 415.927.2273.

481 Via Hidalgo, Ste. 1, Greenbrae. 415.924.1313. 141 Lynch Creek Way #B, Petaluma. 707.778.2313.

NAPA

NAPA

1000 Trancas St., Napa. 707.257.4044.

Dr. Rebecca L. Jackson, Napa Valley Plastic Surgery

SONOMA

1175 Trancas St., Napa. 707.258.6053.

35 Maria Drive, Ste. 852, Petaluma. 707.778.4798.

Novato Community Hospital 180 Rowland Way, Novato. 415.209.1328. NAPA

Queen of the Valley Medical Center

Queen of the Valley Medical Center

Mentor Me Petaluma

1000 Trancas St., Napa. 707.252.4411.

SONOMA

HONORABLE MENTION

SONOMA

Dr. David E. Marcus, Cosmetics Surgery & Laser Center

Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County

Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital 1165 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3210.

1128 Sonoma Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.575.1626.

HONORABLE MENTION TIE

Dr. Francisco Canales

Palm Drive Hospital

4625 Quigg Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.537.2111.

501 Petaluma Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.823.8511.

HONORABLE MENTION

1300 N. Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.544.6911.

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Most reviews by James Knight. Note: Those listings marked ‘WC’ denote wineries with caves. These wineries are usually only open to the public by appointment. Wineries in these listings appear on a rotating basis.

S O N OM A CO U N T Y

celebrated member of the “Pinot posse” by its other moniker, Siduri. 980 Airway Court, Ste. C, Santa Rosa. 707.578.3882.

Bella Vineyards (WC)

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Specializing in Zinfandel, Bella Vineyards farms three vineyards in Sonoma County: Big River Ranch in Alexander Valley, and the Lily Hill Estate and Belle Canyon in Dry Creek Valley. 9711 W. Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 11am– 4:30pm. 866.572.3552.

Kenwood Vineyards Icon of 1970s wine boom remains more or less the same, a tidy but rambling barn with a modest L-shaped bar serving up ever-popular Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and exclusive Jack London Vineyard wines. Prices also frozen in time: pick up a solid, Sonoma County wine without being left wearing nothing but a barrel. 9592 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. 10am–4:30pm daily; tasting fee, $5. 707.833.5891.

Martin Ray Focus is on mountain Cab. And continuing the old tradition, folks can pick up a gallon of hearty Round Barn Red for $13. 2191 Laguna Road, Santa Rosa. Summer hours, daily, 11am–5pm. 707.823.2404.

Meeker Vineyard You might expect Meeker to be more slicked-out, what with its big-time Hollywood origins (co-owner Charlie Meeker is a former movie executive). But that’s clearly not the case. 21035 Geyserville Ave., Geyserville. Open Monday–Saturday, 10:30am– 6pm; Sunday, noon–5pm. 707.431.2148.

Nicholson Ranch (WC) Best known for its Chardonnays and a winery tour from the depths of the caves to the height of the property’s grandmother oak. 4200 Napa Road, Sonoma. Open daily, 11am–6pm; tours by appointment. 707.938.8822. Novy Family Winery Daily tastings by appointment in a no-nonsense warehouse, and is better known as a

some track to the “Gateway to Graton” and take your palate on a ride with Boxcar Syrah and Trolley Pinot from Sonoma Coast vineyards. Next stop: Côte-Rôtie on the way to Beaune. 8400 Graton Road, Sebastopol. Thursday-Monday 10am-4:30pm. Tasting fee $10. 707.829.8500.

Russian River Vineyards The iconic, Fort Ross–styled building may have bats in the attic, but the remodeled tasting room and restaurant feature crisp, delicious libations and a new menu. Nice Chileno Valley Riesling and Sonoma Coast Syrah. Look for the Bat Blend; proceeds benefit the bats. 5700 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Forestville. 11am to 5pm daily. $5 fee. 707.887.3344.

N A PA CO U N TY Bouchaine Vineyards Venerable producer of estategrown Burgundian style wine in the rustic wind-scraped hills of Carneros. Pinot Noir and Pinot Meuier with a coolclimate, cherry-skin crispness that nearly crunches in the mouth, and Chardonnay with a “mouth of butter.” Patio service in fair weather, cozy hearthside tasting in cooler days; good-humored hospitality throughout. 1075 Buchli Station Road, Napa. Open daily, 10:30am–4pm; tasting fee $5. 707.252.9065.

Brown Estate Vineyards (WC) A beautifully restored and converted stone and redwood barn is the winery and tasting room facility at Brown Estate. And the construction of a 6,500square-foot subterranean wine cave was completed in 2005. Visitors are currently limited to wine club members by

appointment only. 3233 Sage Canyon Road, Napa. 707.963.2435.

Clos Pegase Winery (WC) Practically an art museum. A 2,800-square-foot “cave theater” plays frequent host to parties and more. Tasting flight of four wines, red and white, $10. 1060 Dunaweal Lane, Calistoga. Open daily, 10:30am–5pm. 800.366.8583.

Constant (WC) Boutique winery specializing in the kind of Cabernet that makes the Wine Spectator drool. 2121 Diamond Mountain Road, Napa. By appointment. 707.942.0707. Corison Winery Winemaker Cathy Corison proudly describes herself as a “Cabernet chauvinist.” 987 St. Helena Hwy., St. Helena. By appointment. 707.963.0826.

Cuvaison Estate Wines (WC) Producing some 65 percent of its product as Chardonnay, Cuvaison has a 22,000-square-foot cave. 4550 Silverado Trail N., Napa. By appointment. 707.942.6266.

Del Dotto Vineyards (WC) Caves lined with Italian marble and ancient tiles, not to mention Venetian chandeliers and mosaic marble floors. They host candle-lit tastings, replete with cheese and chocolate, Friday–Sunday. Opera resonates until 4pm; rock rules after 4pm. 1055 Atlas Peak Road, Napa. By appointment. 707.963.2134.

Rubicon Estate Despite the celebrity hype, the wine is award-winning. 1991 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 800.782.4226.

Taste at Oxbow Discover refreshing white varietals Albariño and Vermentino in stylish setting across from Oxbow Market, then move on to Pinot Noir from Carneros pioneer Mahoney Vineyards; Waterstone Wines, too. 708 First St., Napa. Sunday– Thursday, 11am–7pm; Friday– Saturday, 11am–9pm. Tasting fee $10. 707.265.9600.

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ime was when every sizable town had its “Little Italy,” a cluster of narrow clapboard houses on “the other side of the tracks,” within a short walk of the railroad station where Italian immigrants made their first stop. They stayed in brick hotels or cannery row houses, later setting up house with their families, opening groceries and restaurants. Roughly mirroring Santa Rosa’s historic district west of Railroad Square, Napa’s Little Italy grew up on the east side of the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks. Today, the neighborhood is home to luxury hotels and the Oxbow Public Market, but just across the street, some of the original little houses remain. Some are winetasting rooms, naturally.

Just a few doors down from Filippi’s Pizza Grotto, actually a more recent outpost of a Southern California Italian family restaurant, seven Zanardi Family children were born at 645 First Street, in the early 1900s. Somewhat rundown by the 21st century, the house was remodeled by a Napa family of a more recent vintage. Uncorked at Oxbow is simply the snappy, attentiongetting moniker of Ahnfeldt and Carducci Wines. Bruce Ahnfeldt, a Napa attorney who specializes in litigating the unfortunate legacy of asbestos, launched a happier legacy early in his career, planting vineyards in the mid-1980s. He started his own brand in 2002, and wines are made by Paul Hobbs, the Sebastopol-based doyen of luxury Cabernet Sauvignon. For all that, what’s appealing about this joint is that it’s pretty casual and unaffected. Pop music plays on a radio, bar stools encourage plunking down and lingering for a while, and the host on a recent afternoon was a long-time local who talks frankly even while subtly selling tourists on the wine club. Ask about the horse on the label. A kitchen-sink blend of whatever Hobbs fancied to throw in, from Pinot to Cab, the 2010 Rosato ($18) is flirty with light bubblegum aromas. With cigar-box aromas, raspberry, black cherry flavors and the like, the 2007 Ahnfeldt Napa Valley Merlot ($39) is warm, smooth and spicy; voted best Napa Syrah at the California State Fair, as staff is wont to point out, the 2007 Ahnfeldt Syrah ($32) is more Napa than Syrah, with baking chocolate and ripe, fig notes. The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon White Label ($59) is what it’s all about: tobacco leaf, eucalyptus and a lean, dry finish with a good old dusting of Napa tannins. Not bad for vino from the other side of the tracks. Uncorked at Oxbow, 605 First St., Napa. Open daily noon to 8pm; winter hours may vary. Tasting fee $10–$20. 707.927.5864. —James Knight

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assignment in a communications course taught by Carl Jensen at Sonoma State University, the perennial project has evolved into a book, a radio show and the Project Censored and Media Freedom International websites, which aggregate underreported independent news stories from around the globe. Students and professors engaged in unearthing oft-ignored stories—part of a nationwide network of affiliates working under the direction of Diablo Valley College history professor Mickey Huff—bring a harsh critique to mainstream media. “Corporate media (singular) is the information control wing of the global power structure,” former Project Censored director Peter Phillips writes in the introduction to Censored 2012: Sourcebook for the Media Revolution. “The corporate media systematically censors the news stories that challenge the propaganda of empire.” In Huff’s words, “We try to highlight the things that are highly relevant, that seem to be conspicuously absent.” The selection process for the top censored stories begins with nominations of independent articles that readers feel

warrant greater attention than they’ve received, Huff says. From there, students comb through LexisNexis or other databases to see whether they’ve been adequately covered. If not, they factcheck the stories with professors or other experts in the field. Once they’ve been “validated” in this way, they’re posted to Project Censored’s sister site, Media Freedom International. The famed Top 25 Censored Stories list, which has long served as the tagline of the organization, is the result of a ranked-choice voting process. “Journalism is the rough draft of history,” Huff notes, “and if you have these mainstream corporate news outlets getting so much of it wrong or missing it, how does that impact historical construction?” For the most part, Project Censored’s story list offers a sampling of smart, investigative journalism produced by the independent press. They include deep investigative pieces such as “Diet Hard: With a Vengeance,” by David

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More U.S. soldiers committed suicide than died in combat in 2010 Six more, to be exact. That’s the figure reported by Good magazine and spotlighted by Project Censored in an article highlighting the fact that 462 American soldiers were killed in combat in 2010 while 468 soldiers, counting enlisted men and women as well as veterans, took their own lives. This was the second consecutive year that more soldiers died by their own hands than in combat; in 2009, the 381 suicides of active duty soldiers recorded by the military also

exceeded the number of deaths in battle. The Good report, which references Congressional Quarterly as a source, was published in January 2011, just weeks after military authorities announced that a psychological screening program seemed to be stemming the suicide rate among active duty soldiers. “This new data, that American soldiers are now more dangerous to themselves than the insurgents, flies right in the face of any suggestion that things are ‘working,’” Good Senior Editor Cord Jefferson wrote. Project Censored also spotlighted Chris Hedges’ sobering portrayal of Jess Goodell, a marine who was stationed in the Mortuary Affairs unit in Iraq. Goodell published a memoir titled Shade It Black: Death and After in Iraq, also the name of Hedges’ column.

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U.S. military’s ‘friend’ fake-out

Anyone suspicious of “sock puppets,” those online commenters pretending to be someone they’re not, would be unnerved by the U.S. military’s “online persona management service,” a little-known program described in The Guardian UK, Raw Story, and Computerworld stories unearthed and highlighted by Project Censored. The U.S. Central Command (Centcom.mil) secured a contract with a Los Angeles–based tech company to develop the program, which enables U.S. service workers to use fake online personas on social media sites to influence online chatter. Using up to 10 false identities, they can counter charged political dialogue with pro-military propaganda. “These ‘personas’ were to have detailed, fictionalized backgrounds, to make them believable to outside observers, and a sophisticated identity protection service was to back them up, preventing suspicious readers from uncovering the real person behind the account,” according to a Raw Story account.

A Centcom spokesperson told The Guardian UK that the program would only intervene in online conversations in Arabic, Farsi, Urdu or Pashto, and that it wouldn’t initially target Twitter or Facebook. However, critics likened this U.S. endeavor to manipulate social media to China’s attempts to control and restrict free speech on the Internet.

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Obama’s hit list

The Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. military have the authority to kill U.S. citizens abroad, outside war zones, if strong evidence exists that they’re involved in terrorist activity, the Washington Post reported in a front page story in January 2010. Despite this prominent press treatment of targeted assassinations under the Obama administration, Project Censored deems this an underreported news story because “a moral, ethical and legal analysis of the assassinations seems to be significantly lacking inside the corporate media.” The authors instead point us to coverage in Salon, the Inter Press Service, Common Dreams and several other sources that sharply question the president’s authority to license extrajudicial executions of individuals. In December 2010, Human Rights Watch asked for clarification of the legal rationale behind this practice after a judge dismissed a lawsuit challenging the notion. Columnist Glenn Greenwald blasts the practice in Salon: “Bush merely imprisoned [Jose Padilla] for years without a trial. If that’s a vicious, tyrannical assault on the Constitution—and it was—what should they be saying about the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s assassination of American citizens without any due process?”

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Man-made food crisis

David Moberg offers an in-depth breakdown of the global food crisis for In These Times in an article highlighted

by Project Censored, touching on the environmental context of worsening droughts and flooding, as well as the economic ramifications of a system in which free-market speculators stand to profit from volatile food prices. Beyond crop reductions resulting from irregular weather patterns, Moberg places the blame for rising food prices and increasing malnutrition on flawed economic policies. “Hunger is currently a result of poverty and inequality, not lack of food,” he concludes. The food price index rose to its highest level since 1990 in February 2011, according to a report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. “Since 2010 began, roughly another 44 million people have quietly crossed the threshold into malnutrition, joining 925 million already suffering from lack of food,” Moberg writes. “If prices continue to rise, this food crisis will push the ranks of the hungry toward a billion people.”

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Prison companies fund anti-immigrant legislation

When Arizona governor Jan Brewer ran for reelection in 2010, her greatest out-of-state campaign contributions came from high-ranking executives of Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), one of the nation’s largest prison companies. Brewer gained notoriety among immigrant-rights advocates after championing SB 1070, strict anti-illegal immigration legislation that drew criticism for legitimizing racial profiling. SB 1070 established new crimes and corresponding prison sentences relating to illegal immigration; CCA profits directly from building and operating prisons and detention centers. Bringing it closer to home, CCA previously employed two of Brewer’s legislative aides as lobbyists. ) 26

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Moberg of In These Times, and a portrayal by Chris Hedges of a marine stationed in a mortuary unit in Iraq. Yet there are instances when Project Censored seems to wander afield. Their claims of “censorship” seem dubious at times, as with the charge that the mainstream media has ignored the real unemployment rate because it hasn’t turned an eye toward the analysis of economist John Williams, who maintains a website called Shadow Government Statistics. Huff and Phillips regularly discuss questions surrounding the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Center on their KPFA radio show, and their emphasis on this particular issue, along with a recent tendency to give weight to fringe theories concerning things like suspicious contrails issuing from airplanes, have caused allies of the organization to defect in the past. The organization’s definition of censorship has evolved, too, to the point where the authors now cast it as a form of propaganda that is “intentional by nature. . . . In essence, this is a conspiracy.” Nevertheless, the Project Censored team delivers yet another rundown of surprising, alarming and thought-provoking stories that are worth noting— more so, perhaps, because they received so little attention to begin with. Without further ado, here are the top 10.

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In a CounterPunch article entitled “Wall Street and the Criminalization of Immigrants” that is spotlighted by Project Censored, Peter CervantesGautschi spotlights Brewer’s links to CCA and goes deeper still, offering a historic account of how investors in CCA and prison giant Geo Group have for years actively pushed for legislation that would result in the widespread incarceration of undocumented immigrants.

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Stay positive—at all costs

A military training program that Project Censored has deemed “U.S. Army and psychology’s largest experiment— ever” was profiled in a detailed American Psychologist series in early 2011. Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF) is described as a “holistic approach to warrior training,” emphasizing positive psychology as a means to counter mental health problems arising from horrific combat situations. While the American Psychologist series reads like a puff piece finessed by the professionals who developed CSF, Project Censored spotlighted articles in Truthout and The Psychology of Well-Being that raised questions about the wisdom of launching a required, untested psychology program for more than 1 million soldiers, one that encourages soldiers to think positive even in the face of traumatizing events. In an article appearing on OpEdNews.com, authors Roy Eidelson, Marc Pilisuk, and Stephen Soldz write that the CSF “training” program would better be described as a research project. They point out that a hypothesis of the program’s success lies at the very core of CSF, “yet it is merely a hypothesis—a tentative explanation or prediction that can only be confirmed through further research.”

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The myth of clean nuclear power

The terrifying meltdowns of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear reactors reignited a worldwide debate about the wisdom of relying on nuclear energy as an electricity source. While Germany opted to phase out its nuclear facilities by 2022 in the wake of the tragedy, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) came under scrutiny after a Union of Concerned Scientists report analyzed 14 “near misses” at nuclear power plants in 2010, revealing the shortcomings in NRC inspections.

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The government is manipulating the weather

This one stretches credulity, and it’s probably the best example of why Project Censored has gained detractors even on the left in recent years. The authors point us to a Centre for Research on Globalization article titled “Atmospheric Geoengineering: Weather Manipulation, Contrails and Chemtrails” by Rady Ananda, who begins by informing readers, “The military-industrial complex stands poised to capitalize on controlling the world’s weather.” It describes an “international symposium” held in Belgium in May 2010 during which “scientists asserted that manipulation of climate through modification of cirrus clouds is neither a hoax nor a conspiracy theory,” and is “fully operational.” That sounds rather serious, but a web video of that symposium easily located online offers a closer look. One speaker begins by showing slides of old paintings to demonstrate “what the sky is supposed to look like,” then offers evidence of a chemtrail coverup by quoting an unnamed pilot who tells someone in an online comment that he could reveal

The ‘real’ unemployment rate

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) calculates the “official unemployment rate” by counting everyone who had no job, was available for work, and had actively sought work in the last four weeks, according to the BLS website. But alternative BLS statistics incorporate socalled discouraged workers, unemployed individuals who’ve given up on the job hunt. In the first four months of 2011, the national unemployment rate officially stood at around nine percent, while a BLS statistic incorporating discouraged workers and the marginally employed bumped that figure up to 15.9 percent. However, Project Censored highlights an article by Greg Hunter published on Information Clearinghouse, claiming that the “real” unemployment rate is actually 22.1 percent, or one out of five U.S. residents. Hunter’s claim is based on his interview with San Francisco–based economist John Williams, who maintains a website called Shadow Government Statistics. By ignoring the claims of this one economist, Project Censored argues, the mainstream media is engaging in censorship. Peter Phillips reads from ‘Censored 2012: The Top 25 Censored Stories of 2010-11’ on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at River Reader. 16355 Main St., Guerneville. 7pm. Free. 707.869.2240.

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the truth about chemtrails, but is bound by contract to shoot anyone he tells. Scientific American and other publications have reported that geoengineering—spreading tiny atmospheric particles to reflect sunlight as a method to counter climate change—has actually come under serious consideration in recent years. Yet Project Censored seems to conflate this with a fringe obsession with supposedly suspicious airplane contrails.

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Project Censored’s critique of mainstream media’s treatment of nuclear power is that it’s too willing to endorse the idea that nuclear power is safe so long as proper safety measures are in place, and that major news publications readily go along with the nuclear industry’s branding of the power source as “clean” and “carbon free” when it’s really not. Claiming that “the refrain of the corporate media” is that nuclear power is “perfectly harmless,” the authors spotlight a number of articles and literature from antinuclear nonprofit organizations explaining the health hazards of radiation, plus Jeff Goodell’s “America’s Nuclear Nightmare,” an in-depth Rolling Stone article investigating ties between the NRC and the nuclear industry.

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The week’s events: a selective guide

LEGATO Natasha Paremski plays with the Santa Rosa Symphony Oct. 15–17. See Concerts, p33.

—Lacie Schwarz

REDWOOD EMPIRE Stephen Kesslerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent subjects include Bukowski, Dylan, Millerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and some guy named Brickner.

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ssay writing is a sideline to Stephen Kesslerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life work: the â&#x20AC;&#x153;marginal yet essentialâ&#x20AC;? creation of poetry, the translation of same and the editing of the Redwood Coast Review, a quarterly literary broadsheet of current Northern California writing. Kesslerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new collection The Tolstoy of the Zulus: On Culture, Arts & Letters

(El Leon Literary Arts; $20) looks backward to older writers, artists and technologiesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the little magazine, the postcard, the personal letter. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s even a celebration of the typewriter, which many of us writers still have cached in case of a worldwide computer crash. Ah, computers. Sometime during the last decade, Kessler got a website. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A loss of the soul,â&#x20AC;? he calls it. The constant

fray of tweeting and postingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;all that blogorrheaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;thins the skin. Then again, whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thick skin when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in the cultural prognostication grift? Kesslerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2001 essay â&#x20AC;&#x153;Terror, Propaganda and Imaginationâ&#x20AC;? is expert soothsaying, perfectly stage-setting the Ten Years of Dismal Insanity after Sept. 11. Kessler was in New York so soon after the attacks that he could still nose â&#x20AC;&#x153;the stench of smoldering synthetics,â&#x20AC;? but he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want revenge; rather, he hoped for

â&#x20AC;&#x153;vaccinations against blind hopelessness.â&#x20AC;? To describe his task in these essays, Kessler appropriates a Julio CortĂĄzar term, â&#x20AC;&#x153;polygraph,â&#x20AC;? meaning someone who can or must write about any subject. Here are subjects the author knows well, such as reportage on Carlos Fuentesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 1994 visit to Santa Cruz. (Kessler has translated Fuentes, as well as CortĂĄzar and Jorge Luis Borges). Even Kesslerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passing brushes with literary giants are enlightening. Visiting Henry Millerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house, Kessler caught sight of a card on the door with â&#x20AC;&#x153;something to the effect of: THE GREATEST TRIBUTE YOU CAN PAY THE MASTER IS TO LEAVE HIM ALONE.â&#x20AC;? He was close enough to Charles Bukowskiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s radius to suspect Ham on Ryeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s title reďŹ&#x201A;ects The Catcher in the Rye. (In Kesslerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s view, J. D. Salingerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s withdrawal from the world was â&#x20AC;&#x153;his masterpiece.â&#x20AC;?) One of the delights of literature is timeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s redemption of neglected ďŹ gures. It is famously not a race that goes to the swift. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a number of not-household names hereâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;among them the San Jose poet Greg Hall (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Poetry has lost one of its truest souls, and hardly anyone will ever know,â&#x20AC;? Kessler laments) as well as the out-ofprint New York novelist Richard P. Brickner, whom Kessler met when he was writing his own novel The Mental Traveler. Such pieces cast light on the title of Kesslerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book, taken from Saul Bellow. Here, memorialized and analyzed, are stories of ďŹ rstrate writers. Because of the way the publishing game goes, they might as well be the leading talents of some remote nation. Stephen Kessler reads from â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Tolstoy of the Zulusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on Sunday, Oct. 16, at River Reader. 16355 Main St., Guerneville. 4pm. 707.869.2240.

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Mary Shelley’s classic tale comes to eerie life BY DAVID TEMPLETON

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here’s something undeniably magical about puppets, and something that’s also a little bit sinister. At first glance, they appear simply as little artificial toys with frozen expressions. And then they begin to move. Yes, there is something eerily impossible and slightly wrong about puppets—and that essential wrongness is largely what supplies a puppet’s sense of creepy wonder.

Because of this, Mary Shelley’s classic 1818 novel Frankenstein is particularly well suited to life-sized puppets. Frankenstein, of course, is the story of an inanimate man (a gruesome, stitched-together

craft project made of dead body parts) brought to life by a grieving mad scientist—then abandoned and released into the world to fend for itself. Frankenstein has fascinated artists, playwrights and filmmakers for over 19 decades. Universal Studios managed to turn Frankenstein’s monster into one of the most instantly recognized characters on the planet. Earlier this year, a spectacular version of Frankenstein was staged by the acclaimed the National Theater of London, selling out every performance. And now it’s the Independent Eye’s turn. With puppets designed by Conrad Bishop and an atmospheric soundtrack created by Elizabeth Fuller, the Sebastopol-based theater troupe has just premiered Frankenstein in the Studio at the Sixth Street Playhouse, its latest mashup of puppetry, acting, multimedia and music. Bishop’s puppets and Mary Shelley’s story turn out to be a well-suited match, making for a strangely beautiful, visually arresting spectacle of inanimate oddness. Working within a large puppet stage “set” adorned with images of writhing figures, a team of three puppeteers (Bishop, Fuller and Eli Bishop) operate the somewhat vocally muffled characters in full view of the audience, the actors’ faces tucked away behind mysterious masks. The script—lyrical and full of humor, but occasionally somewhat baffling—focuses on “the creature” as an abandoned boy-child, less a monosyllabic monster than a heartsick wild man. Gone are the horror/science-fiction clichés (no electricity, no grave-robbing), replaced by a more intimate story of a damaged, increasingly angry soul in search of love, who, denied the family he desires, ends up settling for revenge. ‘Frankenstein’ runs Friday–Sunday through Oct. 30 in the Studio at the Sixth Street Playhouse. 52 W. Sixth St., Santa Rosa. Friday–Saturday and Oct. 27 at 8pm; Sunday matinees, 2pm. $10–$20. 707.523.4185.

CRIMINAL Gerard Butler plays a guy who tries to do the right thing in Sudan.

God, Guts and Guns A criminal helps Sudanese orphans in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Machine Gun Preacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

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he glib way to sum up Machine Gun Preacher is that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a case of too much preaching and not enough machine guns. Marc Forsterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ lm, as tone-deaf to American culture as his art-house hit Monsterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ball, has an interesting real-life story. Sam Childers (Gerard Butler) was a born-again former biker and petty criminal from Pennsylvania who decided to give up everything to help war refugees in Sudan. In Africa, he turned into a machine-gun carrying guerrilla to protect the orphans in his care from raiders, even though (as this movie claims, anyway) this obsession endangered his marriage.

Jason Kellerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s script reduces this unusual story to pure Chick-tract comic; Fosterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s action sequences are only slightly more legible than the edited-to-shreds stuff he did in Quantum of Solace. Glimmerings of the ďŹ lmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s potential are visible from Michelle Monaghan, as his absurdly loyal wife, but the show here is stolen by Michael Shannon, in a preview of his startlingly ďŹ ne acting in Take Shelter. Shannon plays Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best bud Donnieâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;loose in tongue, wild in eyeballs and twitchy even in recovery. Shannon demonstrates the art of mush-mouthing dialogue that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worth enunciating. Sam hits bottom during a wild ride with Donnie, who is trying to shoot up a spoonful of something or other, even as heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s driving through a winter night. Compared to this diabolical inspiration, Childersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; wrestling match with his God isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t as interestingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monotonous, from getting dunked at a brick church to rounding up orphans. The kids themselves are so indistinguishable to Forsterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s camera that one of them has to be scar-faced and mute so we can tell him from the rest. In all, the ďŹ lm doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seriously consider the Christian duty to turn the other cheek, and it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fulďŹ ll its duty to its grindhouse title, either. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Machine Gun Preacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; plays through Oct. 13 at Century Northgate 15. 7000 Northgate Drive, San Rafael. 415.491.1314.

5)"5¤43*()5063"//6"-+*7&83*5*/($0/5&45 *4(0*/(6/"#"4)&%-:$3*.*/"- This year, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re asking you for a 400 words-or-less piece of fiction themed around this shameless declaration. Stolen cars, stolen hearts, stolen files, stolen kisses, stolen ideasâ&#x20AC;Ś we want to read what your wily imagination puts forth. Just make sure that your story at some point includes the phrase â&#x20AC;&#x153;I stole it and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m glad I did.â&#x20AC;? Our favorite little thieving Jive entries will be published in our Fall Lit issue, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have a party and reading with the winners that very night, Oct. 19, at Copperfieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books in Sebastopol at 6pm. Send us your entries to: javajive@bohemian.com. DEADLINE IS WEDNESDAY, OCT. 12, AT 5PM.

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NEW MOVIES The Big Year (PG; 100 min.) Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black co-star as birders in a competition to find the most species in this new comedy from David Frankel (Marley & Me, The Devil Wears Prada). Based on Mark Obmasick’s book The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature and Fowl Obsession. (NB)

Machine Gun Preacher (R; 123 min.) An ex-biker’s religious conversion finds him avenging East African orphans. See review, p31.

The Thing (R; 102 min.) Billed as a prequel taking place three days prior to the events in John Carpenter’s 1982 remake, this Thing stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Death Proof) and a mostly Norwegian cast. Directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. (NB)

ALSO PLAYING Abduction (PG-13; 106 min.) Taylor Lautner

African American maids in the South at the dawn of the Civil Rights movement is based on Kathryn Stockett’s bestselling debut novel. (NB)

The Ides of March (R; 101 min.) Ryan Gosling continues his rise to ultimate moviestar status in this drama about an idealistic young campaign consultant who discovers that all is not what it seems on the campaign trail. George Clooney plays the presidential candidate at the center of a struggle for power. The power-house cast includes Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, Jeffrey Wright and Philip Seymour Hoffman. (LC)

Killer Elite (PG-13; 105 min.) (R; 105 min.) Based on the 1991 novel The Feather Men by

Contagion (R; 105 min.) Acclaimed director

Moneyball (R; 105 min.) (PG-13; 133 min.)

2007 Israeli suspense film about Mossad agents who learn mission 30 years earlier to bring a Nazi war criminal to justice may not have been successful after all. Stars Helen Mirren. (NB)

Dolphin Tale (PG; 113 min.) A young boy

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The Help (PG-13; 137 min.) Drama about

Ranulph Fiennes, this action-packed film tells the story of a member of Britain’s Elite Special Air Service who is called out of retirement after a series of assassinations. Starring Jason Statham (The Expendables), Clive Owen (Children of Men) and Robert De Niro. (LC)

The Debt (R; 114 min.) English remake of

Petaluma International Film Festival® is an annual event showcasing the independent feature and short films from around the world.

50/50 (R; 99 min.) Kyle (Seth Rogen) uses any and every means necessary—sex, drugs and profanity—in this heavy-hearted comedy to help his best friend Adam (Joseph GordonLevitt) cope with a recent cancer diagnosis. (LS)

stars in this thriller about a young man who discovers his baby photo on a missing persons website. Adventures ensue when he later learns that his true identity is a thing of danger. With Sigourney Weaver and Alfred Molina. Directed by John Singleton (Boyz n the Hood). (LC) Steven Soderbergh and an all-star cast add their two cents to the disaster genre in thriller about a fast-spreading virus and the society in ruins it leaves behind. Costars Matt Damon, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow and Laurence Fishburne. (NB)

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getaway driver for hire in action thriller based on a James Sallis novel. (NB)

(Nathan Gamble) becomes friends with a dolphin that has become seriously injured by a crab trap. Morgan Freeman plays the doctor who creates a prosthetic tail for the creature. Based on a true story, the film also stars Harry Connick Jr. and Ashley Judd. (LC)

Dream House (PG-13; 92 min.) Yet another haunted house film that aims to scare the viewer into questioning what’s really hiding underneath the bed. Daniel Craig proves yet again that he’s the alpha male in this suspensethriller that places an unknowing family in a house with a murderous past. (LS) Drive (R; 100 min.) Ryan Gosling plays a Hollywood stuntman moonlighting as a

Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) builds a winning baseball team through a statistical system called sabermetrics. Co-stars Jonah Hill and Robin Wright. (LC)

Real Steel (PG-13: 127 min.) Hugh Jackman plays a struggling ex-boxer in this actiondrama set in a future where robot boxing has become a popular sport. His discovery of a discarded robot with champion potential offers a second chance at success and a renewed relationship with the young son he never knew he had inspires a reinvigorated sense of courage. Co-stars Evangeline Lilly (Lost) and Dakota Goyo. (LC)

Restless (PG-13; 91 min.) A girl with terminal brain cancer (Mia Wasikowska) falls in love with a boy (Henry Hopper) who spends his weekends crashing funerals. He also finds solace in the company of a the ghost of a Japanese kamikaze pilot named Hiroshi (Ryo Kase). Gus Van Sant directs this gloomy and quirky tale of doomed love. (LC) What’s Your Number? (R; 106 min.) With a face that begs the question “Where have I seen this girl before?,” Anna Faris stars as a hopelessly single woman who believes one of her many ex-boyfriends may have been “the one” that got away. (NB)

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John Allair

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Van Morrison keyboardist and piano tuner to the stars tickles the keys. Vickie Guillory & Sugar Cats, Three Legged Sister and Phoenix House Band open. Oct 16 at 4. $15. Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

The songwriter of “867-5309/ Jenny” returns to San Anselmo promoting a new book and playing some classics. O ct 14-15 at 7. $20. Playhouse, 27 Kensington Rd, San Anselmo. 415.258.4640.

Dave Alvin & Guilty Ones Former Blaster and Flesh Eater plays loud, blistering blues. Oct 15 at 8. $26. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

Friday Night Music Live music weekly, Fri at 5. Oct 14, Carlos Herrera. $5. Michel-Schlumberger Winery. 4155 Wine Creek Rd, Healdsburg. 800.447.3060.

Jazz in the Lobby Every Fri-Sat. Oct 7, John Simon and Cliff Hugo. Oct 14, Robb Fisher and Keith Saunders. Oct 15, Terry Henry, Bill Fouty and Bill Moody. Free. Hotel Healdsburg, 25 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.431.2800.

Fairfax Feis Traditional Gaelic arts festival featuring performances by Tipsy House, Lucia Comnes. Oct 15 at 9. $15-$17. 19 Broadway Club, 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

NAPA COUNTY Ryan Adams Mandy Moore’s husband, now in his second decade as the premier failure/success figure of the alt-country scene, tours in support of “Ashes & Fire.” Oct 15 at 8. Sold out. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Oct 16, Blues Society. Free. Main Street Park, Napa Junction retail center, Highway 29, American Canyon.

10am – 5pm

Lu’au, hula and slack-key guitar from a master of the form. Oct 16; lu’au at 5, show at 7. $25-$95. Lincoln Theater, 100 California Dr, Yountville. 707.226.8742.

Shelby Lynne

Preview Exhibit at

Former Grammy-winning pop-country pixie now reborn as touring songsmith with a knack for chart-friendly tunes. Oct 17 at 7. $30-$35. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

WELLS FARGO CENTER FOR THE ARTS Sept 24 – Oct 28 Additional preview exhibits at Pelican Art Gallery and Graton Gallery. Visit artrails.org or call 579-2787 for details!

Louis Prima Jr. Jump, jive and wail with the son of Las Vegas lounge royalty. Oct 14 at 7 and 10. $35$40. Silo’s, 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

The Spinners From the era of choreographed moves and sharp matching suits come the soulful vocal quintet, including original members Henry Fambrough and Bobby Smith. Oct 15 at )

King Yellowman & Sagittarius Band

Discover the region’s best art at the 26th annual ARTrails Open Studios, a free self-guided tour of 133 painters, sculptors, jewelers and craftspeople.

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Dub and dancehall legend of epic proportions performs with live band. Oct 17 at 10. $10-$15. Hopmonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Lyrics Born Backpack-rap legend of Quannum and Latryx fame hits West County with a conscious, lyrically dense boom-bap. Skins & Needles open. Oct 12 at 8. $20. Hopmonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Marty Party One big giant dubstep bassrumble; with Smasheltooth and Dub Specialists. Oct 14 at 8. $20. Phoenix Theater, 201 E Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

Santa Rosa Symphony Season opener features works by Prokofiev and Stravinsky with guest pianist Natasha Paremski. Oct 15-17; Sat at 8, Sun at 3, Mon at 8. $15$65. Wells Fargo Center,

October 15-16 & 22-23

George & Keoki Kahumoku

WAVERLY PLACE So Many Wizards play the Arlene Francis Center on Oct. 13. See Clubs, p34.

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McNear’s Dining House Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner BBQ • Pasta • Steak FRI 10/14 • 8:00PM DOORS • $21 • 21+ NEIL DIAMOND TRIBUTE BAND

SUPER DIAMOND PLUS THE CHEESEBALLS SAT 10/15 • 7:00PM DOORS • $26 • 21+ ROOTS ROCK

DAVE ALVIN AND THE GUILTY ONES PLUS JEFFREY HALFORD

& ANY DAY A SHOW IS SCHEDULED AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE PARTIES, BANQUETS, FUNDRAISERS AND OUTSIDE PROMOTERS 707.545.5876 7:30 PM | $5/8 | FOLK

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A North Bay Hootenanny

Poncho In Paradise 8:30 PM | $10 | CLASSIC ROCK

10/14

Metal Shop + AZ/DZ (tribute to AC/DC) 8:30 PM | $11 | BLUES $1 OF COVER GOES TO "NIGHT OF SWEET RELIEF" BENEFITTING ILL, DISABLED, AND ELDERLY MUSICIANS IN NEED

10/15

Daniel Castro Band 8:00 PM | $10/13 | ROCK

10/21

FRI 10/21 • 7:30PM DOORS • $16 ADV/$21 DOS • 21+ TOM PETTY TRIBUTE

Royal Bliss

PETTY THEFT

PLUS ZOO STATION U2 TRIBUTE SAT 10/22 • 8:45PM DOORS • $18 • 21+ DANCE/PARTY HITS

WONDERBREAD 5 FRI 10/28 • 7:00PM DOORS • $21 • 21+ AMERICAN BLUEGRASS

STEEP CANYON RANGERS

10/29

9:30 PM | $15 | ROCK

halloween party costumes encouraged

11/2

8:00 PM | $15/18 | BLUES

HALLOWEEN BASH

The Blues Broads

NICK BLUHM AND THE GRAMBLERS

with Tracy Nelson, Annie Sampson, Dorothy Morrison, Angela Strehli, Deanna Bogart

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JUNIOR BROWN PLUS DAVID LUNING

8:30 PM | $20 | ROCK

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Elvin Bishop

all shows are 21+ unless noted No Children Under 10 Allowed For All Ages Shows

23 Petaluma Blvd, Petaluma

707-765-2121 www.mcnears.com

Aqus Cafe Oct 12 at 7, Jazz Jam. Oct 13, Pluck n Squeeze. Oct 14, Misner & Smith. Oct 15, Un Deux Trois. Oct 16, Jazz Roots. 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.

Arlene Francis Theater Oct 13, Teenage Sweater, Headlands, So Many Wizards, Memecatcher. 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.

Aubergine Oct 13, Midnight Sun Massive. Oct 15, Kazamoze, Mad Maggies. Oct 18, Dial-Up. 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2722.

Lil' Brian & The Zydeco Travelers

SAT 10/29 • 8:00PM DOORS • $25 • 21+ ROCK

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SONOMA COUNTY

Flamingo Lounge

+ Andre Thierry Zydeco

for reservations: 707.545.5876

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Clubs & Venues

Centre du Vin

Adema

SUN 10/30 • 7:00PM DOORS • $26 ADV/$28 DOS • 21+ JAM BAND/POP/ROCK

8. $45-$65. Lincoln Theater, 100 California Dr, Yountville. 707.226.8742.

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Oct 15, Amber Gougis. 480 First St East, Sonoma. Oct 14-15, Crossfire. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

French Garden Restaurant Oct 14-15, Solid Air. 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.2030.

Gaia’s Garden Oct 12, Da Fe. Oct 13, Tpny Gagarin. Oct 14, Carlos Aguilar. Oct 15, Doug Jayne. Every Tues, Jim Adams (jazz guitar). 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491.

Hopmonk Tavern Oct 12, Lyrics Born (see Concerts). Thurs, Juke Joint with Bass Cadet, Ian Arun, John Stud. Oct 14, Infidels. Oct 15, Woodwork Sessions with Girls & Boys and others. Oct 17, Monday Night Edutainment presents Yellowman (see Concerts). 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Local Atlas New compilation puts 14 local bands on vinyl A compilation of local bands is one thing, but a compilation of local bands pressed on vinyl? You’d have to go back to the early 1980s to find such a thing, with vintage slabs of wax like Sonoma Soundtrack and Sonoma Gold highlighting such bands as Osage, Jim Corbett and the Subz from the days when turntables were king. The just-released Atlas Amped keeps that tradition alive. Pressed on splattered pink vinyl and featuring over a dozen local bands, the collection contains recordings almost exclusively made at Atlas Studios, a small space owned by musician Jesse Wickman in the South A district in Santa Rosa. Atlas attracts a wide range of styles— Atlas Amped begins with a one-two punch of blistering hardcore by Snag and honkytonk storytelling by Shelby Cobra—and the record’s variety is impressive: the Eastern Europen punk of Brothers Horse, the accordion of JD Limelight, the cinematic rock of Snipers. What’s fascinating is that Atlas Amped represents just a small cross-section of the hundreds of bands in Sonoma County; what’s novel is you can file it next to your Abba records on the shelf. Find it at the Last Record Store in Santa Rosa, or at www.selltheheartrecords.com.—Gabe Meline

Lagunitas Tap Room Oct 12, Welcome Matt. Oct 13, Doug Adamz. Oct 14, WilsonHukill. Oct 15, Calafia. Oct 16, Ain’t Misbehavin. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

Last Day Saloon Every Wed at 7, North Bay Hootenanny’s Pick-Me-Up Revue. Oct 14, Metal Shop, Az/

Dz. Oct 15, Daniel Castro. Mon, karaoke. 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.2343.

Little Switzerland Oct 15, Lost Weekend. 19080 Riverside Dr, Sonoma. 707.938.9910.

Main Street Station Oct 12, Phat Chance. Oct 13, Susan Sutton. Oct 14, Vernelle

Anders. Oct 15, Yancie Taylor. Sun, Kit Mariah’s open mic. Oct 17, Willie Perez. Oct 18, Bruce Halbohm. 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.

Murphy’s Irish Pub Wed at 7:30, trivia night. Oct 14, Joyride. Oct 15, Perfect Crime. 464 First St, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.

Mystic Theatre

Occidental Center for the Arts Oct 15, Cavani String Quartet. Oct 16, Carey Dubbert & others. Oct 16, Unlikely Duo. Graton Rd and Bohemian Hwy, Occidental.

Olde Sonoma Public House Oct 13, Uncle Jesse & Porch Junkies. 18615 Sonoma Hwy, Ste 110, Sonoma. 707.938.7587.

Phoenix Theater Oct 14, Marty Party, Smasheltooth, Dub Specialists (see Concerts). Oct 16, John Allair (see Concerts). 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

The Rocks Oct 13, Mushrooms, Holy Child. Fri-Sat, Top 40 DJs hosted by DJ Stevie B. 146 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.782.0592.

Spancky’s Oct 14, Metal Shop. Oct 15, Weekend at Bernies. 8201 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.664.0169.

Tradewinds Oct 14, Gravity Hill. Oct 15, Linda Ferro. 8210 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7878.

Dixieland. Tues at 8:30, open mic with Damir. 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.1392.

Old Western Saloon Oct 14, Big Tamborki. Main Street, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1661.

Peri’s Silver Dollar Oct 14, Eddie Neon. Oct 15, Breakin Bread. Oct 16, Songwriters’ Corner. Every Mon, acoustic open mic. Oct 18, Ejector Seats. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.

NAPA COUNTY Wed, open mic. Thurs, reggae DJ night. Fri, old-school DJ night. Sat DJ night. 1250 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.4101.

Napa Valley Opera House Oct 13, Keiko Matsui. Oct 15, Katie Herzig, Butterfly Boucher. Oct 17, Shelby Lynne (see Concerts). 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Rancho Nicasio

Silo’s

Oct 14, Dan Hicks & Bayside Jazz. Oct 16 at 4, Joe New; at 7, 77 El Deora. Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

Oct 12, Hall 1. Oct 13, Napa Valley Symphony. Oct 14, Louis Prima Jr (see Concerts). Oct 15, Terry Bradford. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

Sleeping Lady Oct 13, Danny Click’s Texas Blues. Oct 14, Fairfax Feis (see Concerts). Sat at 2, uke jam. Sun at 2, Irish music. 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.485.1182.

Uptown Theatre

Smiley’s

Uva Trattoria

Wed, Larry’s karaoke. Sun, open mic. Mon, reggae. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311.

Oct 12, Dan & Margarita. Oct 13, Collaboration. Oct 14, Jon Popenoe. Oct 15, Old School Band. 1040 Clinton St, Napa. 707.255.6646.

Southern Pacific Smokehouse Wed, Philip Claypool and friends. Oct 13, Eddie Neon. Oct 14, Edge. Oct 15, emerging artist showcase. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.899.9600.

George’s Nightclub Wed, standup comedy (see Comedy). Oct 13, David Bennett Cohen. Oct 14, Bonnie Hayes. Oct 15, Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

19 Broadway Club Oct 12, Phil Hardgrave & Continentals. Oct 13, Battle of the Bands. Oct 14, Clusterfunk, Calmodee. Oct 16 at 3, Lonestar Retrobates; at 8, Local musicians’ night. Mon at 9, open mic. Tues at 9, Uzilevsky Korty Duo with special guests. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

No Name Bar Fri at 9, Michael Aragon Quartet. Sun at 3, Mal Sharpe’s

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Brewery Tours Daily at 3! 1280 N McDowell, Petaluma 707.769.4495

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Oct 16, Eloquence String Quartet. 2727 Sulphur Springs Ave, St Helena. 707.251.8715.

Lunch & Dinner Sat & Sun Brunch

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Oct 13, Gonzalo Bergara Quartet. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Listen to Live Local Music while you knock back a frosty beer & a sandwich in the Tap Room

White Barn

Every Sun, Rock ‘n’ Roll Sunday School. 527 Barham Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.542.0980.

142 Throckmorton Theatre

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Sep 18, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience. 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

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People Under the Stairs Party-rocking So Cal hip-hop duo celebrate new selfreleased LP with free in-store. Oct 12 at Amoeba SF.

DIN N E R & A SHOW Fri

Oct 14

Bryan Ferry

JOE NEW Oct 16 Original Americana 4:00pm / No Cover

77 EL DEORA

Alternative Country 7:00pm / No Cover Thur

Oct 20

Former singer of Roxy Music in rare stateside appearance to support his latest, “Olympia.” Oct 14 at the Fox Theater.

Treasure Island Music Festival

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McCoy Tyner Master jazz pianist revisits “John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman” with vocalist José James. Oct 16 at Herbst Theatre.

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SINGER /S ONGWRITER SERIES

7:00pm / In The Bar Fri

Death Cab for Cutie, Flying Lotus, Battles, Hold Steady, St. Vincent and many more. Oct 15–16 at Treasure Island.

DAN HICKS & BAYSIDE JAZZ Dance to Dan’s Favorite Standards 8:30pm

Sun

Foster the People One ubiquitous single, two back-to-back shows: “Pumped Up Kicks” keeps going and going. Oct 13–14 at the Fillmore.

7 Days A Week Reservations Advised

Oct 21 Oct 22

STAGGERWING

Americana/Folk Rock 8:00pm / No Cover

LE JAZZ HOT

The Quartet of The Hot Club of San Francisco 8:30pm

JOHNNY VEGAS Oct 29 AND THE HIGH ROLLERS Sat

Rockin’ Halloween Costume Ball 8:30pm

AN EVENING WITH Nov 16 WILLIE K Wed

Special Winter Luau

Thur

Nov 17

ANNIVERSARY SHOW

Celebrating 70 Years of Rancho

415.662.2219

On the Town Square, Nicasio www.ranchonicasio.com

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n 2007, after the surviving members of Led Zeppelin teamed up with the late John Bonham’s son, Jason, on drums for a one-off London show, there was a chance the iconic band might have a future.

Not long after that concert, guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist/ keyboardist John Paul Jones and Bonham began jamming together, writing material and openly talking about the idea of a full Led Zeppelin tour. There was just one problem: Robert Plant wasn’t interested. With the Led Zeppelin reunion tour seemingly a lost dream, Bonham has resumed a touring project to which he has devoted a considerable amount of time lately: Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience.

While there are plenty of Led Zeppelin tribute bands making the rounds, Bonham says his show is different in a variety of ways. It’s the kind of tribute to John Bonham that only his son could do, as he shares memories with audiences of growing up with his famous father, shows rare video of his dad, and he and his band perform a selection of Led Zeppelin songs. John Bonham died in September 1980 when Jason was 14. “You know, this is a man that would grow up to be ‘the Beast,’ the guy—‘Bonzo’—the legendary guy that was one of the first to throw a TV set through a window,” Bonham says. “But realistically, he was my dad and just an everyday guy really. So within the context of the show I talk a little about him as a personal person, you know, as a guy that I knew, not so much as the guy that you know as ‘Bonzo,’ but as my father.” Looking back on the writing sessions and rehearsals with Page and Jones, Bonham said he really thought something was going to come of the get-together, and he was disappointed when it didn’t come to fruition. “I was very much under the illusion that we were going to write an album and we were going to put together a new project,” he said. “Whether it be under the banner of Led Zeppelin, which I doubted, but it was going to be a new project that would feature Jimmy and John Paul and myself. I believed it was eventually going to continue on, and be whatever it was going to be.” As for rumors about Aerosmith’s Tyler coming on board as the singer? That idea was explored, says Bonham, and Tyler came to the rehearsal space to try singing with Page, Jones and Bonham. “I remember him being brilliant,” Bonham said of Tyler. “I was playing and then he got on the keyboard and played a bit of ‘Dream On’ and, you know, I enjoyed it immensely.” Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience plays Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. 8pm. $50–$155. 707.259.0123.

Galleries OPENINGS Oct 14 From 5:30 to 7:30pm. Napa Valley Museum, “Dia de Los Muertos,” works by local artists and high school students. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. 707.944.0500.

Oct 15 From 4 to 7. Gordon Huether Gallery, “Minion Collective,” Gordon Huether Crew Show, with glass, scultpure, photography and painting. 1821 Monticello Rd, Napa. 707.255.5954. From 6:30 to 8:30pm. Medlock-Ames Winery, “In Honor of Melissa,” a photography series about honey bees by Amanda Lane. Reception includes presentation by “bee whisperer” Michael Joshin Thiele of Gaia Bees. 13414 Chalk Hill Rd, Healdsburg. 707.431.8845.

Oct 16 From 2 to 4pm. Marin Society of Artists, “84th Annual Members’ Show,” a juried exhibit featuring works by MSA members. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 415.454.9561.

SONOMA COUNTY Art Honors Life Through Oct, “Funeria’s Fifth Biennial International Ashes to Art Exhibition,” a collection of 100 funerary vessels by various artists. 2860 Bowen St #1, Graton. 707.829.1966.

Buddha’s Palm Tattoo Gallery Through November, “Our Backyard Bohemia: the People and Places of Sonoma County.” Tues-Wed and Fri-Sat, noon to 8; Sun, noon to 4. 313 North Main St, Sebastopol. 707.829.7256.

Calabi Gallery Through Nov, “Beyond Borders,” works by artists of the Central and South American diaspora. Wed-Sun, 11 to 5. 144 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.781.7070.

Charles M Schulz Museum Through Jan 29, 2012, “The Flipside of Schulz’s Art: More Than Peanuts,” original drawings by Charles Schulz. Through Dec 11, “Pop’d from the Panel,” parallel worlds of fine art and commercial art. Through Nov 28, “The Games Children Play.” $5-$8. Mon-Fri, noon to 5; Sat-Sun, 10 to 5. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452.

Gallery of Sea & Heaven Through Dec 31, “Make Yourself at Home,” exhibit of unusual home and garden accessories. Wed-Sat, noon to 5 and by appointment. 312 South A St, Santa Rosa. 707.578.9123.

Gallery One Through Nov 7, “Texture with Paper,” “Glimpses of Nature” and “Heavy Mettle.” 209 Western Ave, Petaluma. 707.778.8277.

Graton Gallery Through Oct 23, “ARTrails Preview Show,” works by local artists. Tues-Sun, 10:30 to 6. 9048 Graton Rd, Graton. 707.829.8912.

Hammerfriar Gallery Through Nov 30, “On and On: Sequel of Memories,” installation work by Kathleen Yorba. Tues-Fri, 10 to 6. Sat, 10 to 5. 132 Mill St, Ste 101, Healdsburg. 707.473.9600.

Healdsburg Center for the Arts Ending Oct 16, “Red Dot 2011: Think Twice,” mixed media by Allegra Burke, sculpture by Charlese Doiron Reinhart and photography by Jerry Takigawa. Oct 18-Nov 14, “Reassembling Reality: Contemporary Botanicals Resyled,” acrylics by Kathryn Cerasoli. Daily, 11 to 6. 130 Plaza St, Healdsburg. 707.431.1970.

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Through Oct 29, “Abstractions,” an abstract multimedia group show. Graton Rd and Bohemian Hwy, Occidental. 707.874.1557.

Petaluma Arts Center Through Nov 6, “Bridges of Light / Puentes de Luz,” visual art and altars for the Dia de los Muertos celebration. 230 Lakeville St at East Washington, Petaluma. 707.762.5600.

Petaluma Museum Through Nov 28, “Pirates,” a kid-friendly exhibit featuring everyone’s favorite seafaring marauders. Wed-Sat, 10 to 4; Sun, noon to 3; tours by appointment on Mon-Tues. 20 Fourth St, Petaluma. 707.778.4398.

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Through Nov 13, “Signs,” recent oil paintings by Cecilia Armenta Hallinan. Through Dec 24, “Rambin Modes,” an evolving window display by Monty Monty. Thurs-Mon, 11 to 6. 6671 Front St, Forestville. 707.887.0799.

Robert Bryer Talks About His Art Fri, Nov 4, 6:30–8pm

SEBASTOPOL GALLERY

150 N. Main St. Sebastopol, Ca 95472 707-829-7200 www.sebastopol-gallery.com

RiskPress Gallery Through Oct 27, “Resilience,” work by Jann Aanestad; also, assemblage art by Libby Martin. Wed-Sun, 1 to 6. 7345 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol.

Riverfront Art Gallery Through Nov 6, “Two Photographic Views,” photography by Amber Reumann Engfer and Craig Melville; “Soft Focus,” photography by Rhen August Benson and Mayr McLean. Wed-Thurs and Sun, 11 to 7; FriSat, 11 to 8. Tues-Thurs and Sun, 10:30 to 6. Fri-Sat, 10:30 to 8. 132 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.775.4ART.

Medlock-Ames Winery

Sebastopol Center for the Arts

Oct 15-Nov 15, “In Honor of Melissa,” a photography series about honey bees by Amanda Lane. Reception, including a

Through Oct 22, “Roots,” juried mixed-media; also, ceramics by Michiko Sodo Kinoshita. Tues-Fri, )

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Emmanuel Catarino Montoya 1989 Exhibiting a diverse selection of unusual antique, modern & contemporary artworks.

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A Tale of Murder and Redemption

IN THE BALANCE ‘Daratt,’ a film about family revenge set in Chad, screens Oct. 14 and 16 at SSU. See Film, p40.

Arts Events 10 to 4; Sat, 1 to 4. 6780 Depot St, Sebastopol. 707.829.4797.

Sonoma County Museum Through Feb 5, “Customized: The Art and History of the Bicycle,” with bicycle innovations, art bikes, regional history and more. Through Nov 4, Day of the Dead altars. Tues-Sun, 11 to 4. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.579.1500.

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Through Jan 1, “Sonido Pirata,” curated exhibit dealing with the phenomenon of pirated music. Free-$8. Wed-Sun, 11 to 5. 551 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.939.SVMA.

University Art Gallery Ending Oct 16, “The Future is Now,” works by new Bay Area MFA graduates Shenny Cruces, Katie Dorame, Kathleen Eastwood, Noah Krell, Chris Morring, Mitsu Okubo, Chelsea Pegram, Manuel Fernando Rios, Amber Stucke, David Gregory Wallace and Bing Zhang. TuesFri, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, noon-4. Tues-Fri, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, noon to 4. Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2295.

MARIN COUNTY 142 Throckmorton Theatre Through Nov, “Reflections in Yesterday,” paintings by Anne Herrero. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Donna Seager Gallery Ending Oct 15, “Full Circle,”

( 37 wire, drawing and gouache by Emily Payne; also, “Grey Matter,” book collage by Lin Max, and drawings on monoprint by Sylvia Gonzalez. Tues-Wed and Fri-Sat, 11 to 6; Thurs, 11 to 8:30. Tues-Wed and Fri-Sat, 11 to 6; Thurs, 11 to 8:30. 851 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.4229.

Elsewhere Gallery Through Nov 2, oil paintings by Jean-Marc Brugeilles. Daily, 11 to 6. 1828 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. 415.526.2855.

Gallery O Ongoing, still lifes and abstract landscapes by Tim Schaible, and glasswork by Colleen Cotten. Thurs-Sun, noon to 5, and by appointment. Highway 1 and Dillon Beach Road, Tomales. 707.878.2898.

Gallery Route One Through Oct 30, mixed media by Geraldine LiaBraaten, Debra Stuckgold and Eric Engstrom. Wed-Mon, 11 to 5. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1347.

Marin Arts Council Gallery Through Nov 12, “Asia Observed,” works addressing the cultural complexity of Asia. 906 Fourth St, San Rafael.

Marin History Museum Ongoing, “Treasures from the Vault,” local artifacts; also, “Ranching and Rockin’ at Olompali” features history of State Park; also, “Growing the Future: Farming Families of Marin.” Tues-Fri, plus second

and third Sat monthly, 11 to 4. Boyd Gate House, 1125 B St, San Rafael. 415.454.8538.

Marin MOCA Through Nov 1, “Legends of the Bay Area: Manuel Neri,” mixedmedia drawings and sculpture. Wed-Sun, 11 to 4, Novato Arts Center, Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Dr, Novato. 415.506.0137.

Marin Society of Artists Oct 16-Nov 12, “84th Annual Members’ Show,” a juried exhibit featuring works by MSA members. Reception, Oct 16, 2 to 4. Mon-Thurs, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, 12 to 4. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 415.454.9561.

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts Through Oct 27, “What’s the Big Idea,” juried group show. Tues-Sat, 10 to 2; also by appointment. 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.4331.

NAPA COUNTY Artists of the Valley Ongoing, mixed-media work of 57 artists in two Napa locations. An artist is always on-site. Daily, 10 to 6. 710 First St and 1398 First St, Napa. 707.265.9050.

Di Rosa Ending Oct 15, “Artivore Antics,” preview works from Auction X. Tours available Sat at 10, 11 and noon (reservation required) and Tues-Fri at 10, 11, 12 and 1 (reservation recommended). Gallery hours: Wed-Fri, 9:30 to 3. Sat, by appointment only.

5200 Carneros Hwy, Napa. 707.226.5991.

Gordon Gallery

Gordon Huether Gallery Oct 15-Nov 2, “Minion Collective,” Gordon Huether Crew Show, with glass, scultpure, photography and painting. Reception, Oct 15, 4 to 7. Ongoing, evolving exhibition of Gordon Huether’s fine art. 1821 Monticello Rd, Napa. 707.255.5954.

Hess Collection Winery Ongoing, outstanding private collection featuring work by Andy Goldsworthy, Francis Bacon, Frank Stella and other modern masters. Daily, 10 to 5:15. 4411 Redwood Rd, Napa. 707.255.1144.

Steven Wright King of deadpan monotone delivery and wry, ironic oneliners. Oct 16 at 8. $40. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Events Bayer Farm Tending Every Fri, 3 to 6, all ages welcome to join LandPaths for garden care. Bayer Farm, 1550 West Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.524.9318.

Corvettes at the Castle Admire the iconic American sports car amidst the vines. Oct 15, 11 to 4. Free. Ledson Winery, 7335 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood. 707.537.3810.

Fort Ross Harvest Festival

Through Nov 13, “Signs of Life,” photographs by Robert Buelteman. Daily, 10 to 5. 8445 Silverado Trail, Rutherford. 707.967.7740.

Gather the harvest and reap the rewards with a traditional Russian soundtrack by Kedry. Oct 15, 10 to 4:30. $12/car. Fort Ross State Historic Park, 19005 Hwy 1, Jenner. 707.847.4777.

Napa Valley Museum

Gong Show

Through Oct 30, “Discrepancy: Living Between War & Peace,” works from various artists addressing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Oct 14-Nov 14, “Dia de Los Muertos,” works by local artists and high school students. Reception, Oct 14, 5:30 to 7:30. Wed-Mon, 10 to 5. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. 707.944.0500.

Performers let it all hang out and do their best to not get gonged. Oct 15 at 9. Free. Toad in the Hole Pub, 116 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.544.8623.

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Robert Mondavi Winery Through Nov 9, “Water and Wood: Paintings and Sculptures Inspired by Nature,” paintings and sculpture by Carine Mascarelli and Crystal Lockwood. Daily, 10 to 5. 7801 St Helena Hwy, Oakville. 707.968.2203.

St Supery Gallery Through Nov 6, “Contemporary Still Life Paintings,” works by Michael Beck and Michael Tompkins. 8440 St Helena Hwy, Rutherford. 707.963.4507.

Comedy Holy City Zoo Improv Workshop Every Mon at 7, weekly comedy improv workshop. $15.

Napa Vallery ARTS ‘11 Month-long festival of visual art, music, theater, dance, comedy and more through Oct at various venues. For full schedule, see www.nvarts.org. Various locations, Napa Valley, Napa. 707.257.2117.

Oktoberfest Dance

through shamanic drumming and chanting, as well as Scandinavian petroglyphs. Oct 17 at 12:15. Newman Auditorium, Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.527.4372.

Tolay Fall Festival Hay rides, pumpkin seed spitting contests, a Native American village, straw maze, creepy-crawly critter room and more. Oct 13-23. Thu-Fri, 9 to 3; Sat-Sun, 11 to 5. $1-$4. Tolay Lake Regional Park, Cannon Lane, Petaluma. 707.565.2041.

West Side Stories Storytelling forum an offshoot of popular “Moth” series and gives 10 storytellers five minutes to weave a tale. Second Wed monthly at 7:30. $5. Pelican Art, 143 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.773.3393.

Zhatva: A Russian Harvest Ritual Traditional Russian music by Kitka, food and dance honoring the autumn season and its symbolic weight. Oct 15, 1 to 3. Free-$8. Fort Ross State Historic Park, 19005 Hwy 1, Jenner.

Food & Drink Civic Center Farmers Market Sun at 10am, “Eat Local 101” provides walking tour with information, cooking advice and ideas inspired by locally grown foods. Marin Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Dr, San Rafael. 800.897.3276.

Greet Fall with food, drink and music by JoyRide to raise funds for Sonoma Valley Teen Services. Oct 15, 6 to 10. $35 suggested. Sonoma Valley Moose Lodge, 20580 Broadway, Sonoma.

Cocktail Competition

Once Upon a Circus

Healdsburg Crush Festival

Local movers and shakers dress up as clowns, lion tamers and trapeze artists for this Santa Rosa Symphony fundraising gala dinner and auction, featuring a performance by Natasha Paremski. Oct 14 at 6. $225. Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club, 333 Country Club Dr, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3485.

Shamanic Performance Get connected with the ancient indigenous mind

“RAUCOUS COMEDY DRAMA”

Cocktail pioneer Scott Beattie and SF-Based Distillery No. 209 team up for competition. Oct. 13, 7 to 10. Spoonbar at h2h hotel, 219 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.433.7222.

Local wineries, restaurants and food purveyors provide a festive atmosphere to celebrate the crush. Oct 15 at 6. $65. St John’s School, 217 Fitch St, Healdsburg.

Olive Oil Open House Third Sat monthly, noon to 4, try fresh olio nuovo and meet with expert guides. Round Pond Estate, 886 Rutherford Rd, Rutherford, 877.963.9364. )

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biglove by Charles L. Mee

Recommended for age 18 and above. Contains nudity and strong language.

Oct. 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 at 8 PM Oct. 8, 9, 15, 16 at 2 PM Burbank Auditorium, 1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA Box Office: 707.527.4343 Buy Tickets Online: www.santarosa.edu/theatrearts Presented by special arrangement with International Creative Management, Inc.

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Ongoing, original landscape paintings and limited-edition prints by Steven Gordon. Wed-Sun, 10:30 to 5:30. 6484 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.0823.

142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

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40 Arts Events Point Reyes Farmers Market Every Sat, 9 to 1, through Nov 5. Toby’s Feed Barn, 11250 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. www.marinorganic.org.

Renaissance Tea Third Sun monthly at 3, treat the belly with specialty teas, sandwiches, scones and sweets. RSVP; ages 12 and up. $35. Cedar Gables Inn, 486 Coombs St, Napa. 707.224.7969.

Santa Rosa Farmers Markets Sat, 9 to 12. Oakmont Drive and White Oak, Santa Rosa. 707.538.7023. Wed and Sat, 8:30 to 12. Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.522.8629.

Sebastopol Farmers Market Through Nov; Sun, 10 to 1:30. Sebastopol Plaza, McKinley St, Sebastopol. 707.522.9305.

Way of Tea Traditional Japanese tea service by Michiko Kinoshita. Oct 14, 6:30 to 8. $15. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 6780 Depot St, Sebastopol. 707.829.4797.

Whole Hog Hands-on instruction in breaking, trimming and wrapping the most delicious beast of all. Oct 15, 4 to 8. TBD. Viva, 7160 Keating Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.9913.

Windsor Farmers Market Sun, 10 to 1, through Dec. Windsor Town Green, Bell Road and McClelland Drive, Windsor. 707.838.1320.

Field Trips Luther Burbank Tweed Ride Coffee and pastry reception followed by a 16-mile group bike ride to Gold Ridge Farm. Oct 15 at 10. Free. Sonoma County Museum, 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.579.1500.

Twilight Hike Listen carefully for the calls of the Great Horned and Screech Owls during this guided

( 39 evening hike. Oct 14, 6 to 9. $25. Bouverie Preserve, 13935 Hwy 12, Glen Ellen.

Film Daratt An elliptical drama set in Chad with themes of revenge and forgiveness. Oct 14 at 7, Oct 16 at 4. Free-$6. Sonoma Film Institute, Warren Auditorium, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2606.

El Sistema Oct 15 at 7. $10. Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main St, Napa. 707.255.5445.

The Met: Live in HD High-definition opera broadcasts from the Metropolitan Theatre in NYC. “Anna Bolena,” Oct 15, 19. $16-$23. Jackson Theater, Sonoma Country Day School, 4400 Day School Place, Santa Rosa.

Mill Valley Film Festival World-class international festival screening animation, documentary, short and feature-length films. Films shown at CineArts, 142 Throckmorton and Smith Rafael Center. See www. mvff.com for schedule. $5$25. Downtown Mill Valley, Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley.

Vintage Film Series Through December, classic films on the big screen. Oct 24 at 7 and Oct 26 at 1, “Wizard of Oz.” Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St E, Sonoma. 707.996.9756.

Lectures Foreign Policy Michael Nacht, Professor of Public Policy at U.C. Berkeley, discusses foreign policy. Oct 18 at 7:30 Free-$5. Spring Lake Village Auditorium, 5555 Montgomery Dr, Santa Rosa.

Science Buzz Cafe Every Thurs at 6:30, scientists and amateur science fans discuss weekly topics. Oct 13, “Perpetual Motion Machines,” with Craig Van Horn. $3 donation. Coffee Catz,

6761 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.292.5281.

Two Wheels North Discuss Vic McDaniel and Ray Francisco’s famous 1909 bicycle tour to Seattle from Santa Rosa and learn more about the early days of bicycle travel. Oct 13, 6 to 7. $5-$7. Sonoma County Museum, 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.579.1500.

Readings Book Passage Oct 12 at 1, “Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness, Only More So,” with Mark Vonnegut; at 7, “The Forgotten Waltz,” with Anne Enright. Oct 13 at 1, “In Vain” A Prequel to the Averillian Chronicles,” with Barbara Geisler; at 7, “Lights, Camera... Travel,” with Don George. Oct 14 at noon, Literary Luncheon with Julia Glass; at 7, ���Courage and Croissants,” with Suzanne Saxe-Roux and Jean Roux. Oct 15 at 1, “You Deserve Nothing,” with Alexander Maksik; at 4, “The Marriage Plot,” with Jeffrey Eugenides; at 7, “The End of Wasp Season,” with Denise Mina. Oct 16 at 4, “Black, White, Other: in Search of Nina Armstrong,” with Joan Lester; at 7, “Everett Ruess: His Short Life, Mysterious Death and Astonishing Afterlife,” with Philip Fradkin. Oct 17 at 7, “Go The Fuck to Sleep,” with Adam Mansbach. Oct 18 at noon, Literary Luncheon with Alice Hoffman. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 415.927.0960.

Dance Palace Oct 14 at 7:30, “Hot: Living Through the Next 50 Years on Earth,” with Mark Hertsgaard. Oct 16, “The Cat’s Table,” with Michael Ondaatje. Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.

Healdsburg Senior Center Third Sunday Salon. Join Healdsburg Literary Guild third Sun monthly, 2 to 4, to honor and discuss craft of writing with featured author. Oct 16, poet David Magdalene. Free. 707.433.7119. 133 Matheson St, Healdsburg.

Area poets reading works published by Kelly’s Cove Press. 130 E Napa St, Sonoma. 707.939.1779.

CRITIC’S CHOICE

Mary Oliver One of America’s foremost poets shares works of precision and grace. Oct 14 at 8. $25-$25, Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Theater Frankenstein Through Oct 30; puppets, poetry and stagecraft combine to create a unique vision of Shelley’s gothic tale. Fri-Sat at 8, Sun at 2. $20. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

The Glass Menagerie Ending Oct 15; Tennessee Williams’ well-received memory play on failure and reconciliation. Fri-Sat at 8, Sun at 2. $15-$18. Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 N Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale. 707.829.2214.

The Golem Through Oct 22; magical Czech-Jewish legend of the clay man brought to life by a Rabbi. Puppetry, shadow techniques, animation and sound design enhance the production. Fri-Sat at 8; Sun at 5. Oct 13, pay what you wish. $12-$18. Imaginists Theatre Collective, 461 Sebastopol Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.528.7554.

Gothic Double Bill Oct 14-15, 20-22, 28-31, “We Love You, Nosferatu,” vampire satire returns for a witty and welcome second run, then screening of Murnau’s “Nosferatu,” set to a live score by Dave Mac Nab. All shows at 8, Oct 30 at 2. $15-$20. Main Stage West, 104 North Main St, Sebastopol.

Kite’s Book Through Oct 23; a tale of intrigue, villainy, murder, corruption, and revenge set in eighteenth-century London in the 1750s. Thurs-Sun at 8, Sat-Sun at 2. $15-$32. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

Take Thy Leave! Mr. Darcy lives in Eugenides’ latest Jeffrey Eugenides, author of The Virgin Suicides and the 2003 Pulitzer Prize winner Middlesex, writes the kind of stories that make you want to just say, “Well, fuck it all. If you need me, I’ll be over there on the couch for the next 12 hours reading this book and subsisting on graham crackers and coffee.” Eugenides’ latest novel, The Marriage Plot, contains the same detailed character strata and lively plot developments that made his previous work so all-consuming. Adding to his usual talents here is his revival of an apparently outdated 19th-century novel device as the novel’s spine: the marriage plot. (Don’t know what that is? Just turn to page 153 of Pride and Prejudice.) The book tells the story of Madeleine Hanna, a graduating Brown University senior, who lets herself love with luminous sentiment the clinically depressed and perversely sexy Leonard Bankhead while being loved by the brilliant, parentallyapproved religious studies major Mitchell Grammaticus. Add a dash of 1980s recession-era social unraveling, post-college aimlessness and the travails of a love triangle that can intellectualize themselves beyond everything but their own hearts, and you’ve got a recipe for some seriously obsessive reading sessions. Jeffrey Eugenides appears on Saturday, Oct. 15, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 4pm. Free. 415.927.0960.—Leilani Clark

Readers’ Books Oct 13 at 7, “Off the Menu: Staff Meals from America’s Top Restaurants,” with Marissa Guggiana. Oct 16 at 2:30, Bay

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GEMINI (May 21–June 20) On the front of every British passport is an image that includes a chained unicorn standing up on its two hind legs. It’s a central feature of the coat of arms of the United Kingdom. I would love to see you do something as wacky as that in the coming week, Gemini—you know, bring elements of fantasy and myth and imagination into some official setting. It would, I believe, put you in sweet alignment with current cosmic rhythms. (P.S. If you decide to invoke the archetype of the unicorn, unchain it.) CANCER (June 21–July 22)

I’ve come across two definitions of the slang term “cameling up.” One source says it means filling yourself with thirst-quenching liquid before heading out to a hot place on a hot day. A second source says it means stuffing yourself with a giant meal before going out on a binge of drinking alcohol, because it allows you to get drunk more slowly. For your purposes, Cancerian, I’m proposing a third, more metaphorical nuance to “cameling up.” Before embarking on a big project to upgrade your selfexpression—quite possibly heroic and courageous— I suggest you camel up by soaking in an abundance of love and support from people whose nurturing you savor.

LEO (July 23–August 22) I love Adele’s voice. The mega-famous British pop singer has a moving, virtuoso instrument—technically perfect, intriguingly soulful, capable of expressing a range of deep emotion, strong in both her high and low registers. And yet there’s not a single song she does that I find interesting. The lyrics are clichéd or immature, the melodies are mostly uninspired and the arrangements are standard fare. Does what I’m describing remind you of anything in your own life, Leo? A situation you half-love and are half-bored by? An experience that is so good in some ways and so blah in other ways? If so, what can you do about it? You may be able to improve things if you act soon. VIRGO (August 23–September 22) There’s a good chance that you will soon find something you lost a while back. It may even be the case that you will recover an asset you squandered or you’ll revive a dream that was left for dead. To what do you owe the pleasure of this blessing? Here’s what I think: The universe is rewarding you for the good work you’ve done lately on taking better care of what’s important to you. You’re going to be shown how much grace is available when you live your life in rapt alignment with your deepest, truest values.

LIBRA (September 23–October 22) Chris Richards wrote a story in the Washington Post in which he complained about the surplus of unimaginative band names. At this year’s SXSW music festival in Austin, he counted six different bands that used “Bear” and two with “Panda.” Seven bands had “Gold,” including Golden Bear. Marshmallow Ghosts was one of seven bands with “Ghost” in their names. You’re in a phase of your life when it’s especially important not to be a slave of the trends, Libra—a time when it’s

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SCORPIO (October 23–November 21) You’ve got to cry one more tear before the pungent comedy will deliver its ultimate lesson and leave you in peace. You’ve got to make one further promise to yourself before you will be released from the twilight area where pain and pleasure became so tangled. You’ve got to navigate your way through one more small surrender before you will be cleared to hunt down your rebirth in earnest. But meanwhile, the catharses and epiphanies just keep on erupting. You’re growing more soulful and less subject to people’s delusions by the minute. Your rather unconventional attempts at healing are working—maybe not as rapidly as you’d like, but still, they are working.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21) “Most people who profess a deep love of the Bible have never actually read the book,” says religious writer Rami Shapiro. If they did, they’d know that Satan is not implicated as the tempter of Adam and Eve. There’s no mention of three wise men coming to see baby Jesus, nor of a whale swallowing Jonah. Homilies like “This too shall pass” and “God helps those who help themselves” never appear in the scriptures. And contrary to the Ayn Rand–style self-reliance that evangelicals think is a central theme of their holy book, the Bible’s predominant message is that goodness is measured by what one does for others. I bring this up as a teaching about how not to proceed in the coming weeks, Sagittarius. You really do need to know a lot about the texts and ideas and people and situations upon which you base your life. (tinyurl.com/BibleFog) CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19) “The artist’s job is not to succumb to despair, but to find an antidote to the emptiness of existence.” So says the Gertrude Stein character in Woody Allen’s film Midnight in Paris. As an aspiring master of crafty optimism myself, I don’t buy the notion that existence is inherently empty. I do, however, wish that more artists would be motivated by the desire to create cures for the collective malaise that has haunted every historical era, including ours. In alignment with your current astrological omens, I invite you to take up this noble task yourself in the coming weeks, whether or not you’re an artist. You now have much more than your usual power to inspire and animate others. AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18) The world-famous whiskey known as Jack Daniel’s is produced in Moore County, Tenn., which prohibits the sale of alcohol in stores and restaurants. So you can’t get a drink of the stuff in the place where it’s made. I suspect there’s a comparable situation going on in your life, Aquarius. Maybe something you’re good at isn’t appreciated by those around you. Maybe a message you’re broadcasting or a gift you’re offering gets more attention at a distance than it does up close. Is there anything you can do about that? The coming weeks would be a good time to try. PISCES (February 19–March 20)

Once you drive your car into Norway’s Laerdal Tunnel, you’re in for a long haul through the murk. The light at the end doesn’t start appearing until you’ve traveled almost 14 miles. Using this as a metaphor for your life in the here and now, I estimate that you’re at about the 12-mile mark. Keep the faith, Pisces. It’s a straight shot from here. Can you think of any cheerful tunes you could sing at the top of your lungs?

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