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SU’s recent decision to not rehire me—in the wake of my leadership role in the “Shame on SSU” protest against banker Sandy Weill—is a political and not an academic decision.

Ironically, the high point of my five years at SSU was this semester’s creation of the Mario Savio Speaker’s Corner. Savio, who taught at SSU from 1990 to 1996, is best known as a leader of the Free Speech movement at UC Berkeley in the mid-’60s. It remains to be seen if SSU’s administration will improve its respect for free speech. Last year, the student newspaper published articles on the “Shame on SSU” protest, which opposed giving Weill an honorary doctorate for donating $12 million to the Green Music Center. The newspaper mysteriously disappeared from newsstands (SSU staff was seen taking them away). SSU’s leadership course, which I taught for three years, has an excellent text, Exploring Leadership. It advocates inclusiveness, empowerment, ethics and diversity. Being a college administrator is not easy; I served as one for a decade at Harvard. This book might help not only students and teachers, but also their administrators. After being informed in a terse, impersonal email that I would not be rehired, I asked for the reasons for my rejection but received no real response. I deserve an explanation of why I was not hired. It would be the relational way to communicate that is taught in the SSU leadership course. I wonder what selection criteria were used for leadership faculty. It is usual to consider things such as having a doctorate, experience teaching the particular course and teaching in general, rank, publishing and student evaluations. None of the nine chosen teachers had better academic qualifications than mine. I plan to continue exercising free speech at Mario’s corner, including critical thinking about the administration and how it mistreats lecturers. I welcome others to join me and exercise their free speech in various ways at SSU, even as it becomes more corporatized by the likes of Weill and MasterCard, and prostrating public higher education to meet the financial goals of corporations rather than the needs of students. Shepherd Bliss teaches college at various North Bay campuses. Open Mic is a weekly op/ed feature in the Bohemian. We welcome your contribution. To have your topical essay of 350 words considered for publication, write openmic@bohemian.com.

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While traveling for business in St. Helena, I came across your publication in a local coffee shop, and was intrigued. I lean toward the blue and live in a red state, and was curious just how far the leaning could go in Northern California. While reading articles that I can subscribe to pointing fingers at department stores and Amazon, asking people to shop local, I found the majority of the local boutiques carrying products made in China (“The Money Where Our Mouth Is,” Dec. 5). How is that “shopping local”? How is shopping “at Talbots back home” really that much different from buying a cute purse at a store in downtown Healdsburg that is made in China? It isn’t. One portion of another “shop local” article I found especially revolting was, “We’re also lucky not to live in the rural Midwest, where Walmart has decimated downtowns.” Shudder. Sorry to tell you that there are lots of cute, quaint, historic small towns in the rural Midwest without Walmarts. California does not own the patent to shopping in small local businesses. I suggest you look around: Is the flour the bakery uses to make its scones local? Are coffee beans grown here? Is your water even local? You know what is local? The wine is local, and I found some of the winery reviews harsh too, describing one, “their biggest client is Costco, but the tasting room is a hole-in-the-wall in a drab beige facility.” When you point one finger outward in judgment, three more are pointing back at yourself.

ELAINE MOONEY Ste. Genevieve, Mo.

Hi Elaine, thanks for writing. You’re confusing purchasing locally made products with shopping at locally owned businesses, but I agree with your overall point. Ironically, the issue of the paper to which you refer has historically been a “Made in the North Bay” issue, spotlighting products made locally; we felt this year that the presence of big-box stores and online retailers was threatening enough to our smaller mom

‘n’ pops that we’d skew it toward supporting them. As for Walmart, I’ve been to 49 of the 50 states in America and have seen firsthand more abandoned downtowns in the rural Midwest than anywhere else in the country. I’ve talked to lifetime residents of these small towns who all, invariably, point their finger squarely at Walmart. I didn’t mean to denigrate the many vibrant downtowns that do exist in the Midwest—it sounds like yours is still intact, luckily—but the ratio of Walmarts to ghost towns is, in fact, strongest in that particular region.—The Ed.

Delayed Education Many students have been helped with the passing of Proposition 30. I would like to share one of the many unintended consequences created by structuring state funding in this fashion. Given the unknown status of state university funding, state and UC acceptance of new and transfer students has been put on hold for winter semester enrollment. Instead, they will compete with first-time enrollees next fall, nine months from now. This is an expense, borne by all transferees, due to the delay created in completing their education.. I wonder what the outcome would be if we were to place some of Sacramento’s favorite programs on the chopping block instead. It is clear that the “budgetary education deficit” was a cognitive choice made by our leadership in Sacramento. Leadership is pulling the strings, and we are reduced to emotional reactions in place of responsible questions.

KERI PRATT Sebastopol

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American Psychos A hunter’s perspective on the NRA

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he National Rifle Association claims to be the largest pro-hunting organization in the world. But as a hunter, I couldn’t feel any less represented by the NRA. And as a human being, I object to being associated with those bullies. The NRA is not for hunters any more than AAA is for bicyclists. Sure, some

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hunters are NRA members, but first and foremost the NRA serves gun fetishists and the firearms industry. In 2011, nearly 14 million Americans hunted, while NRA members number about 4 million fewer than half of those who actually hunt. Unlike a lot of gun fetishists, hunters actually use their guns as the killing tools that they are. Hunters feel the jitters while

trying to shoot, and we shoot in all kinds of uncomfortable and less than ideal circumstances. We’ve seen what bullets can do to a body. We can contemplate, in a somewhat informed way, questions such as whether an armed civilian could stop a mass murder. If for some reason a nongovernment militia had to be organized, it would doubtless be composed largely of hunters, along with military veterans and, of course, gun freaks. The NRA wants desperately

to welcome more hunters into its ranks, but fewer than one in five hunters is a member, and most hunters who haven’t joined by now probably won’t. Like me, many hunters consider the NRA a bunch of paranoid loonies, with an increasing volume of innocent blood on their hands. When I say “Fuck the NRA,” as I do quite often lately, it’s for a host of reasons both personal and political, but has nothing to do with my feelings for guns or the Second Amendment. The very fact that it’s kind of scary to say “Fuck the NRA” is one of the biggest reasons to say it. It’s a bullying organization, quick to use language like “traitor.” NRA members have a lot of guns, and the organization appears to keep track of who does what and who says what. Ask any politician or gun-control activist. Their Big Brother–style intimidation tactics extend to individuals like myself. When I take my gun to the store to get it worked on, the information slip I fill out includes a line for my NRA number, despite the fact that only about 4 percent of gun owners are NRA members. Will the gunsmith treat my gun with less love if I leave that line blank? Does the NRA keep track of who services which gun when, even as it decries federal attempts to keep track of guns? I face the same field requesting my NRA number when I buy a membership at my local shooting range. Fewer than one in five hunters is an NRA member. So how is it that the NRA has so much power and the seeming ability to control politicians like marionettes? Money, of course. More than can be raised from membership dues and bake sales alone. Between 2005 and 2010, the NRA took in about $40 million from the nation’s gun manufacturers, according to the Violence Policy Center. Fear-mongering is one of the best ways to create demand for guns, and nearly every piece of NRA propaganda does that. We need guns to protect us from the government, the U.N., home intruders, strangers on the street, they say. We all need to be armed! On the Monday following the Sandy Hook shootings,

Don’t Drive Drunk New Year’s Eve may be the time for gulping down gargantuan amounts of Champagne, but it’s most definitely not the time for getting behind a wheel after high-flying indulgence. Enter Tipsy Tow, a program run by AAA that offers drivers, passengers, party hosts, bartenders and restaurant managers free rides for themselves or those they deem too drunk to drive; a vehicle tow is included. If you or someone you know needs a ride between 6pm on Monday, Dec. 31, and 6am on Tuesday, Jan. 1, just call 1.800.222.4357 to receive a free tow home of up to 10 miles. You don’t need to be an AAA member; all you have to do is slur into the phone, “I need a Tipsy Tow.”

Clean Slate Lynn Woolsey’s legacy as an advocate for the environment was cemented permanently with the Dec. 20 announcement that the Gulf of the Farallones and the Cordell Bank marine sanctuaries would be expanded. Woolsey first introduced a bill in 2004 seeking the expansion, and just one month before her retirement, the long-serving congresswoman sees the culmination of these efforts by herself and fellow Democratic lawmakers. The process may take up to two years, but ultimately, the stretch of ocean between Bodega Bay and Point Arena will be off limits to oil drilling forever. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration agency holds a meeting to explain the proposal and listen to public comments on Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Bodega Bay Grange Hall. 1370 Bodega Ave., Bodega Bay. 6pm. Meetings are also scheduled in Gualala and Point Arena; see www.noaa.gov.—Leilani Clark

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a Utah sixth-grader took a pistol to elementary school, for “protection.” Obama’s re-election has been an absolute bonanza for the industry. But he can’t get re-elected again. That reality, combined with the unprecedented national trauma and soul-searching that Sandy Hook has inspired, could spell tough times ahead for the gun industry. Stock in publicly traded gun manufacturers, like Ruger, which makes my hunting rifle, has been punished since Sandy Hook. On the Tuesday after the shooting, Cerberus Capital Management announced it was selling its 95 percent stake in the Freedom Group, a privately held conglomerate whose companies include some of the world’s largest weapons manufacturers, including Remington, Barnes Bullets and Bushmaster, which makes the AR15 assault rifle used in Newtown. Could a hunter or some other armed citizen have prevented the Sandy Hook shootings? Such a thing hasn’t happened in at least 30 years, according to a recent study by Mother Jones, which looked at 62 mass shootings in the last 30 years: “In not a single case was the killing stopped by a civilian using a gun. . . . [I]n recent rampages in which armed civilians attempted to intervene, they not only failed to stop the shooter but also were gravely wounded or killed.” Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence supports the observation that gun owners and their families are more likely to be shot by their own guns than to successfully repel attackers with them. In pretending otherwise, the NRA is selling the myth of security while it sells public safety down the river. The NRA needs hunters a lot more than hunters need the NRA. And the nation needs the opinions of hunters more than it needs the opinion of the NRA. Hunters are intermediaries between government armed forces and private citizens. We are armed citizens who know what guns can do, and if sensible gun-control policy is ever to be pursued, hunters need to be part of the conversation. And we can start by saying “Fuck the NRA.”

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When it was created in 1966, the Civil Rights and black power movements were both vibrant and still on the rise, so it was thought by originator Maulana Karenga that African Americans needed their own holiday, separate from the traditions of a country that enslaved them here centuries ago. Yet this holiday has none of the anger that marked those turbulent political years. Instead, it carries hope for a better world, a more united people. Seven humanitarian principles unite the celebrants of Kwanzaa: unity,

self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. All of these coincidentally represent the goals of the sustainability movement, about which I write every week. So I wonder whether I can crash the Kwanzaa celebration just this once. On behalf of kids like my own who will inherit the planetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s problems, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d also like all children to receive a great poetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s promise and blessing. In the 2009 awardwinning ďŹ lm about Kwanzaa, The Black Candle, poet Maya Angelou sends a message to young people of color, a promise that may have found wings when, coincidentally, the ďŹ rst African-American president was inaugurated in the year of the ďŹ lmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s release. My Kwanzaa wish is that Angleouâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s powerful words would extend to all children, including my white sonâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;whose freckles, I tell him, are deposits of pigment from every race of the world. I tell him we are all in this together, regardless of how skin pigments are expressed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Young women, young men of color,â&#x20AC;? recites Angelou, in a voiceover, â&#x20AC;&#x153;we add our voices to the voices of your ancestors who speak to you over ancient seas and across impossible mountaintops. Come up from the gloom of national neglect; you have already been paid for. Come out of the shadow of irrational prejudice; you owe no racial debt to history. The blood of our bodies and the prayers of our souls have bought you a future free from shame, and bright beyond the telling of it. We pledge ourselves and our resources to seek for you clean and well-furnished schools, safe and nonthreatening streets, employment which makes use of your talents, but does not degrade your dignity. You are the best we have. You are all we have. You are what we have become. We pledge you our whole hearts from this day forward.â&#x20AC;?

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FLUTE-ROCK FRIDAY Great is the day each December when we leave our desks to critique the area’s bubbly. Ahhhh . . .

Tiny Bubbles Toast the new year with the North Bay’s limited-release sparkling wines BY JAMES KNIGHT

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his year’s holiday edition Swirl celebrates a small, new trend in local sparkling wine. It’s North Bay wine country’s equivalent of the Champagne region’s grower-produced bubbles. “Farmers fizz,” for fun.

This year, we’re raising a glass to the little guys. These are medium to small wineries whose main business is still table wines, many of them solely farmers and winemakers by trade, who’ve opted to punch up their tastingroom experience with a little bubbly. Easier desired than done. Most are only able to offer this thanks to a Hopland outfit called Rack and Riddle that specializes in

turning their estate-grown grapes into twinkling starlight. “The equipment to do this properly is so very expensive that I do not know any growerproducers that are doing all of this themselves,” says Kathleen Inman, who made our second-ranked sparkling wine with their help. “Many make the base wines in their own facilities and bring them up to a custom crush for bottling,

but quite frankly, the facility at Rack and Riddle is like a candy shop for a small winemaker.” What better way to celebrate the signal moments of the coming year than with sparkling wine that’s truly one-of-a-kind? As is our annual custom, members of the Bohemian staff assembled to taste, rate and heatedly debate a roster of locally produced sparkling wines. The idea is to get first impressions and preferences from casual wine consumers. Blind-tasted, listed in order of the group’s averaged rating, and scored more generally from one to five stars. Ramazzotti Wine NV North Coast Frizzante Brut ($35) As soon as somebody said “cream soda,” everyone else had to jump on the bandwagon. Tinted a light pink-bronze hue, our highestrated sparkler has rich, nutty aromas of pecan pie and cream soda. It’s fairly dry, filling the pie hole with a foamy wealth of light, creamy bubbles. Chardonnay from the grower’s own Mariani Ranch in Dry Creek Valley contributes 75 percent of the blend, some North Coast Pinot Noir making up the balance. We’re not the only fans; since we acquired our sample, this wine has already sold out. Happily, the next release is scheduled for the very beginning of 2013. +++++ Inman Family Wines 2009 ‘Endless Crush’ Brut Rosé Nature ($68) Long before it was revealed to have been created by Kathleen Inman to celebrate the Inman’s 25th wedding anniversary, mind you, the women among our group were unanimous in their appraisal: it’s a “feel-good,” perfect “wedding wine” that’s just “lovely.” Take note, romantics. It’s a pretty light, pink rose hue, with essence of cherry flavor and cranberrycherry-muffin aroma, and a very active mousse. No dosage added, but the tart, clean finish feels balanced. The fruit is estategrown on Olivet Road; 138 cases produced. +++++

NEW YEAR’S EVE Hagafen Cellars 2007 Napa Valley Brut, late disgorged ($42) Good for an expanded roster of holidays and celebrations throughout the new year, this sparkling wine is certified kosher. Light tint of salmonpink, with rosewater, faint raspberry aroma; the austere, raspberry beer flavor is offset by a full, creamy mousse. A crowd-pleasing bubbly. Four hundred cases. ++++

Ram’s Gate Winery NV North Coast Brut ($30) Light gold color; sweet tarts, pear cotlet aromas; Gravenstein apple flavor and a lean, foamy finish. Ram’s Gate is laid out more like a resort hotel lounge than tasting room, complete with fireplaces roaring in midday and sweeping views. The menu is oriented to small-plate food pairings, so it’s easy to see why a house sparkling is a wise addition to their program. Forty percent estate-grown Pinot Noir; 499 cases produced. ++++

Frank Family Vineyards 2008 Blanc de Noirs ($45) Watermelon candy, maybe peach flavors, with brisk bubbles and scoury acidity on a steely, chalky finish. Frank Family is a Napa Valley favorite, in part because a glass of this welcomes visitors when they walk through the door. They get to call it “Napa Valley Champagne” because Hanns Kornell’s efforts on this same site grandfathered in the term. ++++

Harvest Moon Estate 2009 Russian River Valley Sparkling Gewürztraminer ($38) A unique, bone-dry méthode champenoise Gewürz that highlights the difference in aroma perception between individuals. Where some found fresh pine needles and sweet gardenia, others insisted on vanilla and marzipan. The creamy, nutty flavor of marzipan and orgeat, however, was both unmistakable and widely praised as remarkable. Visitors will see these old vines flanking the driveway to this industrious little family winery. Sorry, this just sold out, too; instead, check out their just-released Sparkling Pinot ($36) rosé that didn’t make it into our tasting. ++++

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Hagafen Cellars 2007 Prix Napa Valley Brut ($60) Also light, salmon pink, with strawberry and cream, pie crust aromas. Pleasant and approachable, with medium-vigorous bubbles and a dry, lingering finish. Also kosher. Ninety-two cases. ++++

Cline Cellars 2011 Nancy’s Cuvée Sonoma Coast ($23) Light copper color, aromas of sour beer and something “eggy.” Retasted, the Cuvée did not recover from its slightly off, sulfury aroma, bitter palate and timid effervescence. One bottle tasted. +++ Frank Family Vineyards NV Rouge ($45) A sparkling red wine, mostly Pinot Noir, with a dark but translucent color and a sort of Beaujolais nouveau aroma of light, new wine. This style has been done to good effect, but our tasters felt there was something lurid in the combination of smoky, meaty flavors and effervescence, and it did not win anyone over. ++

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River Road Family Vineyards NV Russian River Valley Brut ($18.99) Widely considered the most likely to fit “Champagne” expectations, this lean brut has austere, floral aromas. Impressions ranged from “cotton candy” to “traditional, stately,” “white carnation” and “unripe pear.” Flavor trends toward dry pear cider, and the finish is clean, fresh. Little wonder: the tasting notes date this NV brut to 2011, bottled late March 2012. River Road, which has been quietly making competitively priced Russian River Valley wine for decades, was purchased in 2011 by Republic of Tea owner Ron Rubin; 408 cases. ++++

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Dining 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

Rating indicates the low to average cost of a full dinner for one person, exclusive of desserts, beverages and tip.

Perennial winner of SF Chron’s “100 Best,” Frantoio also produces all of its own olive oil. Dinner daily. 152 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley. 415.289.5777.

Il Piccolo Caffe Italian. $$. Big, ample portions at this premier spot on Sausalito’s spirited waterfront. Breakfast and lunch daily. 660 Bridgeway, Ste 3, Sausalito. 415.289.1195. Mountain Home Inn

S O N OM A CO U N T Y 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.

Bistro Ralph Bistro. $$. Classic and classy–bistro food at its best. Wine bar. Lunch, MonFri; dinner daily. 109 Plaza St, Healdsburg. 707.433.1380.

Madrona Manor Eclectic California cuisine. $$$$. Romantic fine dining in grand historic landmark mansion. Seasonal menu and superior wine list. Dinner daily. 1001 Westside Rd, Healdsburg. 707.433.4321. Mombo’s Pizza Pizza. $. The crust is thin and the toppings eclectic. Delivery. Lunch and dinner daily. 1800 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.528.FAST. 560 Hwy 116 N, Sebastopol. 707.823.7492.

Papa’s Taverna Greek. $$. Satisfying food in riverside setting. Sun afternoons, Greek dancing. Lunch and dinner daily. 5688 Lakeville Hwy, Petaluma. 707.769.8545. Real Döner Turkish. $-$$. Casual, cafe-style ordering from a friendly staff. Get the coffee and buibal yuvasi dessert. Lunch and dinner daily. 307 F St, Petaluma. 707.765.9555. Water Street Bistro Eclectic. $$. Homemade soups, salads, sandwiches and entrées. Breakfast and lunch, Wed-Mon. 100 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.763.9563.

Willi’s Seafood & Raw Bar Seafood. $$. Delicious preparations of the freshest fish and shellfish. Lunch and dinner, Wed-Mon. 403 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.433.9191.

Willi’s Wine Bar Small plates/wine bar. $$$. Bistro dishes and extensive wine list. A terrific place to dine before a show at the Wells Fargo Center. 4404 Old Redwood Hwy, Santa Rosa. 707.526.3096.

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.

MARIN 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.

Buckeye Roadhouse 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.

Finnegan’s Marin Pub fare. $$. Irish bar with the traditional stuff. Lunch and dinner daily. 877 Grant Ave, Novato. 415.225.7495.

Fish Seafood. $$-$$$. Incredibly fresh seafood in incredibly relaxed setting overlooking bay. Lunch and dinner, Wed-Sat. (Cash only.) 350 Harbor Dr, Sausalito. 415.331.FISH.

Fradelizio’s Italian. $$. Locally sourced northern Italian dishes with a Californiacuisine touch. The house red is a custom blend from owner Paul Fradelizio. Lunch and dinner daily. 35 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 415.459.1618.

Frantoio Italian. $$-$$$.

American. $$-$$$$. Great summer sandwiches with a view atop Mt Tamalpais. Breakfast, Sat-Sun; lunch and dinner, Wed-Sun. 810 Panoramic Dr, Mill Valley. 415.381.9000.

Nick’s Cove Seafood/ contemporary American. $$$$. Fresh from the bay oysters, upscale seafood, some steaks and a great burger. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 23240 State Route 1, Marshall. 415.663.1033.

Sushi Ran Japanese. $$$$. This beautiful restaurant attracts locals and tourists with its fresh catches. A wide selection of nigiri, depending on what’s fresh. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner, Mon-Sun. 107 Caledonia St, Sausalito. 415.332.3620.

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.

Brannan’s Grill California cuisine. $$-$$$. Creative cuisine in handsome Craftsman setting. Lunch and dinner daily. 1347 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.2233.

Cindy Pawlycyn’s Wood Grill & Wine Bar American. $$-$$$. Classic American fare that stays up on current mainstays like crispy pork belly, braised short ribs and crab roll but doesn’t skimp on the burger. Long wine list, kids menu, patio and more. Lunch and dinner, WedSun. 641 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.0700.

Compadres Rio Grille Western/Mexican. $-$$. Contemporary food and outdoor dining with a Mexican flavor. Located on the river and serving authentic cocktails. Nightly specials and an abiding love of the San Francisco Giants. 505 Lincoln Ave,

Napa. Lunch and dinner daily. 707.253.1111.

Fazerrati’s Pizza. $-$$. Great pie, cool brews, the game’s always on. Great place for post-Little League. Lunch and dinner daily. 1517 W Imola Ave, Napa. 707.255.1188.

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.

Gott’s Roadside Tray Gourmet Diner. $. Formerly Taylor’ Automatic Refresher. Lunch and dinner daily. 933 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.3486. Also at Oxbow Public Market, 644 First St, Napa. 707.224,6900.

Pizza Azzurro Italian. $. Run by a former Tra Vigne and Lark Creek Inn alum, the pizza is simple and thin, and ranks as some of the best in the North Bay. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner daily. 1260 Main St (at Clinton), Napa. 707.255.5552.

Red Rock Cafe & Backdoor BBQ American.

$-$$. Cafe specializing in barbecue and classic diner fare. Messy, delicious. Lunch and dinner daily. 1010 Lincoln Ave, Napa. 707.226.2633.

Redd California cuisine. $$$$$. Rich dishes balanced by subtle flavors and careful yet casual presentation. Brunch at Redd is exceptional. Lunch, Mon-Sat; dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 6480 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.2222. Siena California-Tuscan. $$$$. Sophisticated, terroirinformed cooking celebrates the local and seasonal with combinations like ahi tuna puttanesca. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa. 707.259.0633. Zuzu Spanish tapas. $$. Graze your way through a selection of tasty tapas in a lively rustic chic setting with a popular wine bar. Bite-sized Spanish and Latin American specialties include sizzling prawns, Spanish tortilla, and Brazilian style steamed mussels. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner daily. 829 Main St, Napa. 707.224.8555.

Tommy’s Wok Chinese. $-$$. Tasty and filling Chinese fare without the greasy weigh-down. Nice vegetarian selections, too. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat; dinner only, Sun.3001 Bridgeway Ave, Sausalito. 415.332.5818. Yet Wah Chinese. $$. 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.

PLACE AT THE TABLE Farmstead in St. Helena hosts a six-course prix fix

menu on New Year’s Eve. See Food & Drink, p28.

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 Bohème Wines Earthy, balanced Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from an enterprising young winemaker who’s found a home in this redoubt in the redwoods. Also try the Bodega Rancho coolclimate Syrah. 3625 Main St., Occidental. Friday, 3pm to 6pm, Saturday–Sunday, noon to 5pm, or by appointment. No fee. 707.874.3218.

Cline Cellars Look for single-vineyard designate Zinfandels–gorgeous fruit bombs. 24737 Hwy. 121, Sonoma. Open daily, 10am– 6pm. 707.940.4000.

Dutton Estate Winery Vineyard-designated Pinot, Chard, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc. 8757 Green Valley Road, Sebastopol. Open daily, 11am–5pm. 707.829.9463.

Dutton-Goldfield Winery Spacious, clean and bright, otherwise not much to recommend it–except a stellar lineup of finely crafted, fruit-forward wines. 3100 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Sebastopol. 10am–4:30pm daily. $10 tasting fee. 707.827.3600.

Eric Ross Winery Just friendly folks pouring Pinot, Zin and Marsanne-Roussane; don’t ask about the rooster. Ask about the rooster. 14300 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen. Thursday-Monday 11am– 5pm.707.939.8525. Family Wineries Kenwood More than ready for tourists and locals. Shelves are stocked with olive oils and sundry wine country snackery, grab-and-go chilled white wines, and strangely irresistible wooden ducks. If that was not enough, a model wine train circles above the horseshoe bar. Wine tasting by multiple choice. 9380 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. Open daily, 10:30am–5pm. Tasting fee, $5–$10. 888.433.6555.

Fetzer Vineyards Even

as a corporate giant, Fetzer retains its conscience about the earth, the grapes, the land and its wine. Chardonnay is what Fetzer does especially well. The winery also has a small deli and inn. 13601 Old River Road, Hopland. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 800.846.8637.

Homewood Homewood offers tasting in a small, somewhat disheveled indoor office or an outdoor deck. Indoors is where the tasty black olive and bread samples are, and the folks are lowpressure and friendly. Free tasting, anything you like. 23120 Burndale Road, Sonoma. Open daily, 10am–4pm. 707.996.6935.

J Vineyards & Winery Save the sit-down, threecourse food and wine pairing in the Bubble Room for a special occasion, like, “Hey, it’s Sunday.” Weekend program offers deceptively wee courses that change every six weeks to feature seasonal produce. Diverse and intense flavors, matched with sparkling wine, Pinot and Chardonnay, sure to amuse anyone’s bouche. 11447 Old Redwood Hwy., Healdsburg. Open daily 11am–5pm, regular tasting $20. Bubble Room, Friday–Sunday, 11am–3pm, $60. 888.594.6326.

Murphy-Goode Winery Value is a premium. Be sure to try the Brenda Block Cabernet and Fume Blanc. The new tasting room is a classy, low-key experience. 20 Matheson St., Healdsburg. Open daily, 10:30am–5:30pm. 800.499.7644.

Topel Winery Hailing from Hopland, Topel offers estategrown Meritage and other wines in this well-appointed tasting room with casement windows open to the street, across from Oakville Grocery. Cedar, chicory, chocolate and brown spice–makes one hungry for a portobellomushroom-on-focaccia sandwich. 125 Matheson St., Hopland. Open daily, 11am– 7pm. Tasting fees, $5–$12. 707.433.4116.

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Chateau Montelena The winery triumphed at the 1976 “Judgment of Paris” tasting where French judges, quelle horreur, found that they had awarded top honors to a California contender. 1429 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga. Open daily, 9:30am–4pm. 707.942.5105.

Pey-Marin Vineyards

Madonna Estate

A Marin wine adventure where cow country meets conifer forest, at the historic, hospitable Olema Inn. Discover razor-lean “Shell Mound” Marin County Riesling, opaquely purple, yet eminently food-friendly “Punchdown” Syrah, and more. 10000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Olema. Open daily from noon to 4pm. $12 fee. 415.663.9559.

Millennial contingent of multigenerational family winery, once known as Mount St. John, finds success running it old-school: touristy, oldfashioned, and wildly popular. Refreshing Gewürztraminer for summer picnics. 5400 Old Sonoma Road, Napa. Daily 10am to 5pm; $5–$10. 707.255.8864.

Point Reyes Vineyards

Thomas Jefferson had no success growing wine grapes; happily, the Corley family has made a go of it. Although winetasting is not conducted in the handsome reproduction building itself, there’s a shaded picnic area adjacent. 4242 Big Ranch Rd., Napa. Open daily, 10am–4:30pm. $15. 707.253.2802, ext. 18.

The tasting room features many varietals but the main reason to go is for the sparkling wines. Open Saturday–Sunday, 11am–5pm. 12700 Hwy. 1, Point Reyes. 415.663.1011.

Ross Valley Winery In existence since 1987, the Ross Valley Winery produces Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Zin port wines. 343 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. Open Tuesday– Sunday, 1–7pm. 415.457.5157.

Tam Cellars Spacious wine bar quietly distributes the soul-salve of the ages and, like its soul mate the coffee shop, passes the laptop test. Cheese plates, wine flights and comfortable seating arrangements make a nice place to convene with the companion or flat screen of one’s choice. Wine shop features international, eclectic selection at fair prices. 1803 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. Open Monday–Wednesday, 4–9pm; Thursday–Saturday, 4–10pm. 415.461.9463.

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Monticello Vineyards

Mumm Cuvée Napa Californian-style fizz factory, all barn and no chateau, offers a robust account of how the bubbles get in the bottle. Sparkling winetastings offered on the patio, or take it to the next level in plush love seats on the Oak Terrace. Sparkling red is novel; DVX Brut among the best in the valley. Photography gallery includes Ansel Adams prints and other exhibits. 8445 Silverado Trail, Napa. Open 10am–5pm daily. Tasting $6–$20; Oak Terrace $30. 707.967.7700.

Nichelini Winery Take a joyride in the Napa backcountry and discover this rustic little winery that’s been in the family for generations. See the only Roman wine press in the Western Hemisphere. 2950 Sage Canyon Road, St. Helena. Saturday and Sunday, 10am–5pm. No fee. 707.963.0717.

Acacia Vineyard

Olabisi & Trahan Wineries In the fancy

Acclaimed Pinot and Chardonnay; their biggest client is Costco, but the tasting room is a hole-in-the-wall in a drab beige facility. 2750 Las

heart of downtown Napa, a low-budget “cellar” where wines are shelved, with clever economy, in stacks of wood pallets; vibes are laid-back and

real. Carneros Chardonnay and fruity but firm and focused Cab and Merlot from Suisin Valley, Napa’s much less popular stepsister to the east. 974 Franklin St., Napa. Open daily, noon–5:30pm. Tasting fee, $15. 707.257.7477.

6488 Washington St., Yountville. Tasting room open noon-8pm Monday–Thursday; to 9pm, Friday–Saturday; to 10pm, summer. Tastings $15– $40. Ranch tours by appointment, $50. 707.944.8200.

On the Edge A key stop

Stony Hill Vineyard

for devotees of the cult to Charbono. 1255 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. Open daily, 10am– 5:30pm. 707.942.7410.

In the 1940s, advisers from UC Davis told them, “Under no circumstances plant Chardonnay.” So they planted Chardonnay. Intimate tastings in the flagstone-studded, Eisenhower-era McCrea living room; Chardonnay and White Riesling are legends. 3331 St. Helena Hwy., St. Helena. By appointment, Monday through Friday, weekends when available. $25. 707.963.2636.

Raymond Vineyards Burgundy scion Jean-Charles Boisset has put his stamp on staid Napa producer. See the Theater of Nature, depicting biodynamics; feel the Corridor of the Senses; luxuriate in the members-only Red Room, party in the gold-plated JCB Room; or just taste good Cab in the club-like Crystal Cellar. 849 Zinfandel Lane, St. Helena. Daily, 10am– 4pm. Fees vary. 707.963.3141.

Robert Sinskey Vineyards In the lofty, barnlike hall–as elegant as a theater, as solid as a ski lodge–visitors can take in the tank room action; at least, the gleaming stainless steel, framed by wood and stonework and brewpubstyle chalkboard menus imbues the space with a sense of energetic immediacy. “Gluttonous Flight” pairs savory munchables prepared in the gourmet demonstration kitchen with biodynamically farmed Careros Pinot Noir and Bordeaux varietals. Not to worry: there’s no flight for ascetics offered, so go for it. 6320 Silverado Trail, Napa. Open 10am–4:30pm daily. 707.944.9090.

Schramsberg (WC) Sparkling wine at its best. The “tasting room” is a branch of the cave illuminated with standing candelabras. 1400 Schramsberg Road, Calistoga. By appointment. 707.942.4558.

Smith-Madrone Riesling is Smith-Madrone’s main fame claim. Its Riesling has steadily gained fame while Napa Valley Riesling in general has become a rare antique. 4022 Spring Mountain Road, St. Helena. By appointment. 707.963.2283. Somerston Wine Co. Ambitious ranch and winery inclues utility-vehicle “buggy” rides by appointment. The cheese shop and grocery opens in April. All that and wine, too.

Storybook Mountain Vineyards (WC) Jerry and Sigrid Seps and a few likeminded winemakers founded Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP), through which they continue to proselytize on behalf of “America’s heritage grape.” 3835 Hwy. 128, Calistoga. By appointment. 707.942.5310.

Summers Estate Wines Excellent Merlot and that rarest of beasts, Charbono. Small tasting room and friendly staff. 1171 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga. Open daily, 10am– 4:30pm. 707.942.5508.

Swanson Vineyards Not lotus-eating, per se, but caviar, Grana Padano, artisan chocolate bonbons–same idea. Whimsically elegant Salon or informal, candystriped Sip Shoppe. Known for Merlot. 1271 Manley Lane, Rutherford. Sip Shoppe Thursday–Sunday 11am–5pm; call or ring gate. Fee $15–$20. Salon by appointment, $60. 707.754.4018.

Truchard Vineyards (WC) No matter how attentive you are to the directions, no matter how much you study the quaint, hand-drawn map found online, no matter how vigilantly you watch the street addresses numerically climb along Old Sonoma Road, you will inevitably miss Truchard Vineyards. What follows is a three-point turn on a blind, two-lane road, with a single thought in your head: “This wine had better be worth the insurance deductible.” But with Cabernet this good, it is. 3234 Old Sonoma Road, Napa. By appointment. 707.253.7153.

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After the End of the World The Bohemian’s brief guide to bearing the terrible burden of enjoying life again BY NICOLAS GRIZZLE

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o the world didn’t end—that’s reason enough to go out and celebrate. On top of that, the wretched/ glorious (people had different seats in the arena) span of time known as 2012 is coming to an end. Dancing, music, food, Champagne and balloons are custom, but there’s some unusual ways to celebrate throughout the North Bay, too, for a variety of ticket prices. In case your savings went toward enough cans of Spam, evaporated milk and Cup-O-Noodles to last through the apocalypse, fear not! There are still plenty of affordable ways to party the year away. And midnight kisses are still free, right?

Sonoma County Children of all ages ring in the new year at the Schulz Museum’s Charlie Brown New Year celebration, with two chances to toast with friends of the Peanuts gang. At noon (the “other” 12 o’clock), watch the up/down balloon drop and toast with root beer; at 3pm, ice cream is added for a root beer float toast. Why not

do both? There’s also plenty of hands-on crafts and more kid fun, free with admission. How do rhinos toast at midnight? Reserve a spot at Safari West for a wild New Year’s Eve adventure with KZST’s Brent Farris as he hosts this year’s Romp with the Beasts. For $100, guests can dine, dance, drink and encounter furry friends; or, for $500, two adults can do all of the above, and spend

You’ve got your dancing shoes strapped on tight, but where to guide them? Onye and the Messengers, a nine-piece Afroworldbeat band, should get them kicking. A force for world peace and love between all peoples bring the year to an end at the Arlene Francis Center in Santa Rosa with DJs Loisaida, Broken Record, Kudjo, E Drum and Bankshot on the decks for $10-$15. It can be tough (and expensive) find a babysitter on New Year’s Eve, but the Flamingo Hotel has you covered. Each $75 adult admission to their family NYE celebration includes one child’s ticket, with additional child’s tickets available for $20. Fiz-Nik Rick DJs, and there’s a casino room for adults while kids can hang out in the movie room; there’s even an infant and toddler room. Everyone who’s not conked out by midnight can toast the new year, and an adults-only party gets swinging in the Lounge for $30 with Groove Foundation. Choppin’ Broccoli brings the ’80s back in the best way possible, with tunes by Van Halen, Prince, Billy Idol and more at Russian River Brewing Company. No cover charge. Don’t be suspired to hear some Beastie Boys right after a Duran Duran tune. Oh, yeah, and all that delicious beer. So much beer… A chance to win $100,000? And a disco party? It’s happening at River Rock Casino, with four wheel spins throughout the night for prizes between $10,000 and $100,000. What casino experience would be complete without a prime-rib buffet ($19.99)? If 2012 wasn’t your year, maybe the final hours will bring good luck. Poverty and strife has never been so funny with ‘A Couple of Blaguards’, which follows the McCourt brothers’ life in impoverished Ireland and their escape to America. Starring Tim Kniffin and Steven Abbott, the play

opens New Year’s Eve and runs through January 20, with a special anniversary gala after the opening show. Tickets are $25–$35 for the play, $65–$75 for the gala.

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Hoping for an early bedtime? Take in a classical concert of Beethoven and Brahms at the Petaluma Museum with players from the San Francisco Symphony accompanying pianists Marilyn Thompson and Elizabeth Walter beginning at the friendly hour of 7pm. True to form, wine and cheese will be served. $35–$45.

Pink Floyd tribute band House of Floyd brings back your favorite psychedelic memories with support from fellow trippers Moonalice at Guerneville’s historic River Theater. Yes, there will be a laser show. Be ready. $40 includes “celebrities galore.”

Let the vibes flow through your body with the legendary “Gimme No Crack” reggae-rap star Shinehead on the mic and on the turntables at Sebastopol’s Hopmonk Tavern. With $3 Red Stripes all night long, try not to get cross-faded from second-hand (or first-hand) smoke. The party starts at 10pm and costs a reasonable $20. Over at Hopmonk’s Sonoma location, Loosely Covered plays

a special acoustic set of their heaviest tunes. Well, other bands’ tunes, actually, hence the band name. Free. Do the musicians in Wonderbread 5 ever get to celebrate New Year’s offstage? Probably not, because their bighaired antics and classic cover tunes create the ultimate dance atmosphere. Find your groove with Wonderbread 5 and Pete Stringfellow at the Last Day Saloon in Santa Rosa for $50. Aubergine in Sebastopol hosts the Artists and Models NYE Ball with music by Free Peoples, David T. Carter and others, replete with exotic dancers, performers and famed rock artist Stanley Mouse. Cocktails and “good Champagne” available. $30–$35. Get down with the Alameda All Stars at the Tradewinds Bar in Cotati for $15, including a midnight toast and party favors… The French Garden in Sebastopol swings with the Susan Comstock Swingtet and luxurious dinner beginning at 5pm, $28–$78… Tommy Castro and the Painkillers come back to

the Mystic Theatre in Petaluma with Lost Dog Found, $51… Santa Rosa’s Sixth Street Playhouse features Sandy and Richard Riccardi in an All-Comedy Cabaret with 10 sexy new songs, $25… Cynthia Carr and the Carrtunes play at Murphy’s Irish Pub in Sonoma, free… The Thugz play the Redwood Café in Cotati, $8… ADD/C and Shotgun Harlot play at Spancky’s in Cotati… Enter the new year with Dances of Universal Peace at the Sebastopol Community Center Annex for $20… Lucky 13 plays a disco party at Jasper O’Farrell’s in Sebastopol for $13… Rocker Oysterfeller’s in Valley Ford is hosting a 1960sthemed four-course réveillon dinner for $75. ...

Marin County El Radio Fantastique rings in the new year at Dance Palace in Pt. Reyes, but don’t be alarmed if it feels like New Year’s 1923. This group is full of old-timey surprises and mischievous songs and stage antics. Horns, washboards, pots and pans are all fair game. Tickets are $55–$65. ) 18

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plays at Station House Café in Pt. Reyes… Tom Finch Group takes the stage at the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax… Petty Theft steals Tom Petty’s best tunes at Hopmonk in Novato, $45… Sausalito’s Osteria Divino offers a Tuscan dinner with music by the James Moseley Quartet, and it’s $10 if you want music only… The Presidio Yacht Club in Sausalito hosts the Lonestar Retrobates with fireworks at midnight, $40. ...

Napa County

Year’s Eve in luxury with caviar, bubbly, a gourmet meal and dancing, all on a moving train! Well, moving some of the time—it returns to the station at 11pm, but the party keeps rolling until 1am. Tickets are $237, $267 or $45 for the afterparty only. Celebrate in Monaco, figuratively speaking, at a Monte Carlo-style Casino at 1313 Main in Napa. Dress to impress, the flyer says, .007 style. Hopefully that doesn’t include fighting two hired goons in a Komodo dragon pit (James Bond wouldn’t mind, but you might). Tickets are $40-$135. Westin Verasa Napa and La Toque host a Red Tie Affair, which includes a five-course dinner at La Toque and dancing held at the Westin Verasa Napa. Tickets start at $75.

The Best of the San Francisco Comedy Competition comes to the Marin Center in San Rafael. This year features Mike E. Winfield, Robert Duchaine, Sammy Obeid and Tommy Savitt, serving up the much-needed yearend laughs. $35.

New Monsoon at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley. The evening also features an intriguing dinner menu built around the theme “Soiree from the Spice Route.” Tickets are $37 for show only, $77 for dinner and show.

The Tubes had a couple of hit songs, but they’re much more than just some white punks on dope. They’re one of those groups for which the magic is the entire live experience; theatrical shows are the norm for these one-in-amillion new wavers. They play at George’s in San Rafael with Fee Waybill for $55–$65. Comedians Michael Meehan, Bill Dwyer and Mark Cordes present an evening of poignant and funny observations about relationships in a Year-End Comedy Show at the Osher Marin JCC in San Rafael. Party and toast in the new year with the comedians after the show. Tickets start at $25. Accordions are loud. Good parties are loud. This is not a coincidence. Party down Cajun style with the Zydeco Flames at Rancho Nicasio with party favors and a Champagne toast for $35 to $45. Get swept away with rock group

If only every train were as elegant as that one in Harry Potter. Well, there is one that outclasses even that: the Wine Train. Spend New

Singer-songwriter Joan Osborne burns down the house with two sets of her country, blues and folk stylings and Mark Karan opens the night with rock and roll at Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael. Tickets are $45. Get down with the Monophonics and the Ironsides at 19 Broadway in Fairfax, $18–$25… Brewnell plays at the Old Western Saloon in Pt. Reyes… Stir it up for a reggae party at Smiley’s in Bolinas… Guitarist Bart Hopkin

Blues Brothers tribute band Briefcase Full of Blues plays two shows at Silo’s in Napa, $45 (early show) to $75 (late show)… Domaine Chandon in Yountville hosts a Carnival New Year’s Eve celebration and dinner for $300… Silverado Resort and Spa offers dancing, Champagne and a midnight balloon drop for $50… Longmeadow Ranch Winery in St. Helena offers a four-course farm-to-table meal and live music for $85. See you later, 2012!

GUERNEVILLE

One in a Million

The closest I ever came to having a famous friend was when I was four years old and living as a wild child on Kauai. There, I found a kindred spirit in a little girl named Sparrow— we’d gallivant around, without any parental supervision. Years later, I found out Sparrow’s dad was David Killingsworth, who replaced Fee Waybill as the lead singer for the Tubes in the ‘70s. Best known for their early ‘80s hit “She’s a Beauty,” as well as elaborate and controversial stage shows, the band is still around (sans Killingsworth). They play with Virgil Shaw and Pollo Enfermo on Friday, Dec. 28, at the River Theater (16135 Main St., Guerneville; 8pm; $25; 707.869. 8022) and headline Monday, Dec. 31, at George’s (842 Fourth St., San Rafael; 9:30pm; $55–$65; 415.226.0262).

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Hit ’Em Anyone who’s heard the song “Silly Putty” by Zion I knows the power of the Berkeley-based producer/MC combo. MC Zumbi and DJ AmpLive—the latter has produced tracks for Goapele, Too Short and Del the Funky Homosapien—have been laying down beats and rhymes since 1997, when they released the cassette-only Enter the Woods. You could call them conscious hip-hop, with a brief dip into the hyphy movement that took over the Bay back in 2005, but what remains true is that they continue to be one of the enduring hip-hop groups to come out of the Bay Area. Zion I beat the atomic clock with Mistah F.A.B. on Friday, Dec. 28, at the Phoenix Theater. 201 Washington Ave., Petaluma. 8pm. $20. 707. 762.3565.

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DURSTING IN AIR Will Durst leads his annual Big Fat Year-End Kiss-Off comedy show around the North Bay. See Comedy, p27.

S E B A S TA P O L

Prophet Driven

What do Chuck Prophet and Richard Nixon have in common? Not politics, I’ll tell you. What they do share is a birthplace—good old Whittier, Calif. Prophet’s album Temple Beautiful doesn’t pay tribute to Whittier, instead taking San Francisco as inspiration. On Prophet’s most recent visit to Healdsburg’s main square, a long way from gritty Whittier Boulevard, he shouted out “Beverly Healdsburg!” Let’s see what Sebastopol gets nicknamed when Chuck Prophet plays Saturday, Dec. 29, at Hopmonk Tavern. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 8:30pm. $15–$18. 707.829.7300.

FA I R FA X

Moore Noise Gather ’round, kids. I’m going to tell you about a time when funk/ska/ rock music ruled the world, and lording over it all was Fishbone. Fronted by the outrageous Angelo Moore, Fishbone’s live shows always bring it hard. Just try to count how many times “Party at Ground Zero” has been played at parties and skate parks, but I guarantee you’ll die counting. Fishbone bring the noise on Saturday, Dec. 29, at 19 Broadway. 17 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. 9pm. $20. 415.459.1091.

—Leilani Clark

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can hardly fathom it. From January 2012 to the present, I have seen 89 plays and musicals. And that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even everything that hit the stages in the North Bay. Still, once a year I am compelled to name my top ten favorites among those shows Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve actually seen. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no easy task, sorting through a yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth of torn theater tickets, arranging them from least to most favorite. But here they are: the shows I know I would not have wanted to miss, the ones that made me laugh the most, smile the most, feel the most. I give you my top 10 torn tickets of 2012. 1. The Lion in Winter (New Spreckels Theatre Co. and Main Stage West): James Goldmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

knotty Medieval drama, directed by Keith Baker, was a true dazzler, its ďŹ rst-rate cast wringing gallons of juicy humor and breathcatching heartbreak from an immensely entertaining script. As the feuding King Henry of England and his imprisoned wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, Barry Martin and Sheri Lee Miller electriďŹ ed the stage from start to ďŹ nish. So good, I saw it four times. 2. A Steady Rain (Marin Theatre Company): Stylishly directed by Meredith McDonough, Keith Huffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s riveting drama was an intense story of crime, corruption and cannibalism, told by two disgraced Chicago cops. The gritty performances by Khris Lewin and Kevin Rolston were nothing short of astonishing. 3. The Weir (Main Stage West): The cozy theater at the corner of Main Street and Bodega in Sebastopol was supernaturally transformed into an Irish pub for Conor McPhersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lyrical drama about ďŹ ve lonely people swapping stories on a windy night. Directed by Sheri Lee Miller with spot-on delicacy, and brought to life by a brilliant cast, this unforgettably moving play was gorgeously hauntingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;in more ways than one. 4. The Ratcatcher (The Imaginists): In a wildly fruitful collaboration with local gypsyroots band the Crux, this freaky, weird-ass adaptation of The Pied Piper of Hamlin was disturbingly electrifying. The deeply fractured fairytale takes place in the creepy, shell-shocked town of Hamlin, still locked in dangerous denial 10 years after the disappearance of its children, its fear-wracked elected leaders staunchly refusing to accept responsibility for the choices that took away their future. Performed with sublime physical commitment by a superb cast, The Ratcatcher was a work of theatrical dark magic, and easily the best new musical of the year. 5. The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Sixth Street Playhouse): Rocking the house hard, director Barry Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ&#x201A;ashy, trashy crowd-pleaser about the low-rent denizens of the Armadillo Acres Trailer Park had tons of charm, a toe-tapping score and acres of heart.

6. 39 Steps (Sixth Street Playhouse): Alfred Hitchcock done Monty Python style! Director Craig Miller kept this wacky romp spinning through a madly labyrinthine plot involving spies, evil plots, cow-loving yokels and April Krautnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hilarious parade of over-the-top femme fatales. My sides still hurt from laughing.

The play was so good, I saw it four times. 7. Other Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Money (Main Stage West): Crisply directed by Beth Craven, Jerry Sternerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perceptive fable about the pros and cons of corporate greed may have had a great cast (John Craven, Joan Hawley, Laura Lowry), but the show was stolen, corporate-raider-style, by Keith Baker, who took the meaty role of a disgustingly charming millionaire on the make and turned it into one of the most crude, outrageously funny performances of the year. 8. Rabbit Hole (Sixth Street Playhouse): Beautifully directed by David Lear, David LindsayAbaireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aching tale of grieving parents never succumbed to easy sentimentality. With a superb, openhearted cast and a perfectly pitched tone, Rabbit Hole was among the most satisfying tearjerkers of the year. 9. Othello (Marin Theatre Company): Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve lost count of how many productions I have seen of Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boat-rocking interracial romance-thriller. Directed with astonishing genius by Jasson Minadakis, this one, exploding with sexiness and impending tragedy, is without question the best. 10. Beauty and the Beast (Santa Rosa Junior College): Magic. Music. Students dressed as dancing spoons. Directed with contagious delight by Laura Downing Lee, Disneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fairy tale has never been more fun than this engagingly splashy gem.

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Samantha Barks as Eponine and Eddie Redmayne as Marius.

Nip It in the Bud

‘Les Misérables’ is terrible BY RICHARD VON BUSACK

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es Misérables runs 157 minutes, few of them endurable. One might feel some kind of chest flutter for an instant during “I Dreamed a Dream” or try to respect the maelstrom of tears wept by 25 years of matinee crowds, a monsoon undiminished by the fact that, for decades, South Park has been roasting this thing as if it were a luau pig.

Yet critics go on tiptoe, worried about being punched out by theater fans, as if those idlers had any iron in their bones. Say it proud: Les Misérables is bad. It can’t contain the discursive beauty of the book. It zips around making characters turn up aged with white hair for yet another coincidental pathcrossing, requiring them to describe their emotions in “What is this I’m

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feeling right now?” lyrics. The politics on display have a musty centrism that only looks like even-handedness; this is the least rousing call to the barricades imaginable. Plus, you could mash the revolutionary anthem “One Day More” with “Tomorrow” in Annie and scarcely miss a beat. A group on a bare stage can make Les Misérables weepworthy live, maybe, but the pitiless camera exposes the conceit, the coincidence, the motivelessness, suggesting (unforgivably) that it is Victor Hugo who creaks. Tom Hooper’s film version seeks streetworthiness with handheld cameras and an emphasis on blood and filthy sewers. Amid this squalor, Hugh Jackman (Jean Valjean) and Russell Crowe (Javert) bellow at each other at close range. But Hooper is also trying to emulate Tim Burton’s last great movie, Sweeney Todd, in the soot-and-satin costume design, the gore, the whores. Why, here are two of Sweeney’s cast members, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen, as the two thieving proprietors of a brothel. Amanda Seyfried gets the role of good-girl Cosette; the good-bad Éponine is the not-bad Samantha Barks, a stage actress who has a voice that gives the songs some dynamism. As the more-sinned-against-thansinning Fantine, Anne Hathaway gives something like 10,000 percent. Fantine falls into unemployment, shearing, mutilation, prostitution and consumption in the time it takes to nuke some popcorn, but there’s no time to feel anything for her. She sings her swan song straight to the camera, big, brown hollow eyes pleading for a Golden Globe. There’s a bit of retching in her singing: a cry from a broken stomach. This film is a job for FEMA. Ultimately, what dooms this mammoth mistake are the lyrics, and the insistence on the close-up for every incidental line. The Warner Bros. cartoon vibe suggests itself when Valjean himself offers up this request: “Shoot me now / Or shoot me later.” It’s the uncredited writing of Daffy Duck.

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Concerts SONOMA COUNTY Brothers Comatose Incredible bluegrass musicians come home after relentless touring. Dec 28, 8:30pm. $15-$18. Hopmonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Cracker & Camper Van Beethoven These two ’80s-‘90s groups share members; get your grunge-era on. Dec 29, 8:30pm. $26. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

Doug Jayne with Clusterfolk Folkster plays with the band that’s just barely OK to say in front of the kids. Champagne toast at midnight. Dec 31, 9pm. $25-$35. Gaia’s Garden, 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491.

Corrick & Norma Brown Pianist Norma Brown, clarinetist Jeff Chan and cellist Valerie Marshall perform Brahms Trio; Corrick joins in for duet. Dec 30 at 3pm. Free. Friends House, 684 Benicia Dr, Santa Rosa, 707.573.4532.

House of Floyd Psychedelic rock with a laser show, what more would one ask? Moonalice opens. Dec 31. $40. River Theatre, 16135 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.3194.

Shinehead Legendary reggae rapper on turntables and on the mic. Dec 31, 10pm. $20. Hopmonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Zion I Oakland duo successfully mixes spiritualism and hiphop. Mistah Fab opens. Dec 28, 8pm. $20. Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

MARIN COUNTY El Radio Fantastique Bring in the new year with elegance and eye-popping mischief. Fancy attire encouraged. Dec 31, 8:30pm. $55-$65. Dance Palace, Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.

plays with Sacramento Blues Society’s No. 1 band. Dec 29, 8pm. $20-$25. Silo’s, 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

Clubs & Venues SONOMA COUNTY Aqus Cafe Dec 28, Prima Trova. Dec 30, Joe & the Hendersons. 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.

Arlene Francis Theater Dec 28, the Atomic Happens, We Are the Men, Pet Sounds. Dec 31, Onye and the Messengers. 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.

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Still going strong after 25 years with their incomparable blend of ska, rock and politics. Dec 29, 10pm. $20. 19 Broadway Club, 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

Dec 27, the Broken Moon, Mighty Chiplings. Dec 28, the Rock Collection. Dec 29, Sunday Gravy. Dec 30, the Leftovers. Dec 31, Artists and Models NYE Ball. Dec 31, 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2722.

Joan Osborne Soul and blues singer known for her song “One of Us.” With Mark Karan and Keith Cotton. Dec 30, 8pm and Dec 31, 8pm. $35-$45. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael.

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Outrageous stage shows are common for this Bay Area band who made it big in 1975 with “White Punks on Dope” and stayed hot through the ‘80s. Dec 31, 9:30pm. $55-$65. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

Dec 28, Bruce Halbohm & the Blue Jazz Trio. Dec 29, Honey B & the Pollinators. Dec 31, Susan Comstock Swingtet. 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.2030.

NAPA COUNTY Used Blues Band with Darrell Mansfield Blues Hall of Fame member

Dec 28, Simply Amazing. Dec 29, Midnight Sun. Dec 31, FizNik Rick, Groove Foundation. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

Friar Tuck’s Fri, DJ Mike. Wed, Sat, karaoke. 8201 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.792.9847.

Gaia’s Garden Dec 28, Soul Fuse with Roger Volz. Dec 31, Doug Jayne with

Tommy Castro & the Painkillers Bluesman back in Petaluma for annual New Year’s Eve bash. Lost Dog Found opens. Dec 31, 8pm. $51. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

The Tubes Outrageous stage shows are common for this Bay Area band who made it big in 1975 with “White Punks on Dope” and stayed hot through the ‘80s. Dec 28, 8pm. $25. River Theatre, 16135 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.3194.

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Clusterfolk. 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491.

Hopmonk Sonoma Dec 28, Chris Ahlman. Dec 29, Solid Air. Dec 31, Loosely Covered. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.

Mavericks Dec 28, Natural Vibrations. Dec 30, Pure Cane. 397 Aviation Blvd, Santa Rosa. 707.765.2515.

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Dec 28, Brothers Comatose. Dec 29, Chuck Prophet. Dec 31, Shinehead. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Dec 27, Dan Martin & Noma Rocksteady. Dec 28, Timothy O’Neil Band. Dec 30, Sean Carscadden & Marty O’Reilly. Dec 31, Cynthia Carr & the Cartunes. 464 First St E, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.

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Sat, Maple Profant. Bay View Restaurant. 800 Hwy 1, Bodega Bay. 800.541.7788.

Jasper O’Farrell’s Dec 28, Sol Horizon. Dec 31, Lucky 13. Wed, Brainstorm. Last Saturday of every month, Good Hip-Hop. 6957 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2062.

Lagunitas Tap Room Dec 26, Richard & Tyler. Dec 27, Now & Zen. Dec 28, Smoehouse Gamblers. Dec 29, Thick Soup. Dec 30, Todos Santos. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

Last Day Saloon Dec 29, Volker Strifler Band. Dec 31, Wonderbread 5, Pete Stringfellow. 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.2343.

Ledson Lounge Dec 29, Dan Daniels and Jack Pollard. Ledson Hotel, 480 First St E, Sonoma. 707.996.9779.

Main Street Station Dec 26, Gwen Avery. Dec 27-28, Susan Sutton. Dec 29, Prisma Trova. Dec 30, Jess Petty. Dec 31, Brulee. 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.

Dec 29, Cracker & Camper Van Beethoven. Dec 31, Tommy Castro & the Painkillers. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

Northwood Restaurant Thurs, 7pm,Thugz. 19400 Hwy 116, Monte Rio. 707.865.2454.

Phoenix Theater Dec 28, Zion I, Mistah Fab. Mon, 7pm, young people’s AA. Tues, 7pm, Acoustic Americana jam. Wed, 6pm, Jazz jam. Fourth Thursday of every month, writers workshops. Sun, 5pm, rock and blues jam. 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

Redwood Cafe Dec 29, Undercover. Dec 31, Thugz. Thurs, Open Mic. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.

River Theatre Dec 28, The Tubes. Dec 29, Jody Counter, Hookah Stew. Dec 31, Moonalice & House of Floyd. 16135 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.3194.

Riverside Bistro Fri, Jazz on the River with the Peter Welker Sextet.

54 E Washington St, Petaluma. 707.773.3200.

The Rocks Bar & Lounge Fri and Sat, Top 40 DJs hosted by DJ Stevie B. 146 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.782.0592.

Russian River Brewing Co Dec 30, Lost Dog Found. 725 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.BEER.

Society: Culture House Thurs, Casa Rasta. Sun, Rock ‘n’ Roll Sunday School. 528 Seventh St, Santa Rosa, No phone.

Spancky’s Dec 31, ADD/C, Shotgun Harlot. Thurs, 9pm, DJ Dray Lopez. 8201 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.664.0169.

Sprenger’s Tap Room Dec 31, Ricky Ray Band. Wed, Sonoma County Blues Society live music. 446 B St, Santa Rosa. 707.544.8277.

Sunflower Center Tues, Sunflower Music Series. 1435 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.792.5300.

Toad in the Hole Pub Live music and beers on tap. Dec 31, Girls & Boys New Year’s celebration. 116 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.544.8623.

Tradewinds Dec 28, Johnny Tsunami and the Hurricanes. Dec 29, Levi Lloyd & the 501 Band. Dec 31, Alameda All Stars. 8210 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7878. )

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Thurs and Fri, DJ Rick Vegaz. Dec 31, the Tubes. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

Hopmonk Tavern Session Room Dec 28, Stone Foxes. Dec 29, Sol Horizon. Dec 31, Petty Theft. Wed, Open Mic. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200.

19 Broadway Club Dec 26, Gail Muldrow. Dec 28, Mystic Man & Lakay. Dec 29, Fishbone. Dec 30, Amha Selassie Baraka & the Rootical Players. Dec 31, Monophonics. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

No Name Bar Tues, 8:30pm, open mic with Damir. Fri, 9pm, Michael Aragon Quartet. Sun, 3pm, Mal Sharpeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dixieland. 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.1392.

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Rancho Nicasio Dec 28, Jamie Clark Band. Dec 29, Big Sandy & his Fly Rite Boys. Dec 31, Butch Whacks and the Glass Packs. Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

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Hannan. Dec 28, Pato Banton. Dec 29, Super Diamond. Dec 30, Moonalice. Dec 31, New Monsoon & This Old Earthquake. Every other Wednesday, Wednesday Night Live. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

Terrapin Crossroads

Mon, Blue Monday Jam Session with the Taters. 300 Napa St, Sausalito.

Dec 30-31, Joan Osborne with Mark Karan & Keith Cotton. 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael.

Sleeping Lady Dec 26, Youth Music Showcase Alumni. Dec 27, Appleberry Jamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guitar Pull. Dec 29, Fenton Coolfoot & the Right Time. Dec 30, the Pure Drops. Dec 31, Tom Finch Group. Mon, 8pm, open mic with Simon Costa. Sat, Uke Jam. Sun, 2pm, Irish music. 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.485.1182.

NAPA COUNTY Downtown Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brewery & Restaurant Sun, DJ Night. 902 Main St, Napa. 707.258.2337.

Molinari Caffe Thurs, Open Mic. 815 Main St, Napa. 707.927.3623.

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Smileyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dec 27, Eli Carton Pearson. Dec 28, Monophonics. Dec 29, Fogdub. Dec 31, Reggae New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve. Wed, Larryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s karaoke. Sun, open mic. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311.

Station House Cafe Dec 31, Bart Hopkin. 11180 State Route 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1515.

Sweetwater Music Hall Dec 27, Elliot Randall & Jerry

Dec 26, West Coast Songwriters Competition. Dec 27, Suzahn Fiering. Dec 28, Sing a Song. Dec 29, Used Blues Band with Darrell Mansfield. Dec 31, Briefcase Full of Blues New yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve Party. Wed, 7pm, jam session. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

Uva Trattoria Wed, Gentlemen of Jazz. Sun, James and Ted. 1040 Clinton St, Napa. 707.255.6646.

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Osteria Divino Dec 26, Suzahn Feiring. Dec 27, Norris Clement Trio. Dec 29, Passion Habanera. Dec 30, Joan Getz Duo. Dec 31, James Moseley Quartet. 37 Caledonia St, Sausalito.

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X Annual post-Christmas hangover show with John, Exene, Billy & D.J. Dec 28-29 at Slimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s.

Trombone Shorty TremĂŠâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finest slides it in and out during a three-night stand. Dec 29-31 at the Fillmore.

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Dec 27, C-JAM. 4 Bayview St, San Rafael. 415.457.3993.

A stellar band backs the queen of neo-soul, with the Coup and Syd tha Kid opening. Dec 31 at the Fox Theater.

Periâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Silver Dollar Dec 26, Eric Meade & Friends. Dec 28, Cutcodemzon. Dec 29, Rusty Evans & the Ring of Fire. Dec 30, Now & Zen. Dec 31, Beso Negro, Chrome Johnson, 35R. First Wednesday of every month, Elvis Johnson Soul Review. Fourth Thursday of every month, Markâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jam Sammich. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.

Presidio Yacht Club Dec 31, Lonestar Retrobates. Fort Baker, Sausalito.

Dawes From the winding trails of Laurel Canyon, with a Jackson Browne co-sign. Dec 30-31 at the Independent.

Primus Les Claypool and the gang unveil â&#x20AC;&#x153;Primus in 3Dâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Frankensteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Masquerade.â&#x20AC;? Dec 30-31 at the Warfield.

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Galleries SONOMA COUNTY Art Changes Life Through Dec 31, “Deep Listening, Songs from the Earth,” mixed-media paintings by Richard K Bacon; also, paintings by Kristin Gustavson, photographs by Ananda Fierro, encaustic by Caterina Martinico and prints by Linda Shelp. 954 Gravenstein Hwy S, Sebastopol. 707.824.8881.

Arts Guild of Sonoma Through Dec 31, “December Invitational,” including new work by guild members. 140 E Napa St, Sonoma. Wed-Thurs and Sun-Mon, 11 to 5; Fri-Sat, 11 to 8. 707.996.3115.

Calabi Gallery Through Dec 31, “Extraordinary” features the work of various artists on the narrow theme of life and death. 144 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. Wed-Sun, 11 to 5. 707.781.7070.

Charles M Schulz Museum Through Feb 3, “The Art of Peanuts Animation” features 16 never-before-displayed Peanuts drawings and cels, including five cels rescued from Schulz’s 1966 studio fire. Dec 1, Charles Solomon and Lee Mendelson talk about new book “The Art and Making of Peanuts Animation.”. Through Apr 1, “Peanuts Celebrations” highlights 70 original strips which celebrate the major holidays throughout the year and features the history of the Peanuts-themed balloons in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Through Apr 28, “Useable, Loveable Peanuts,” highlights from 33 years of Peanuts products plus the licensing and manufacturing stories behind them. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. Mon-Fri, noon to 5; Sat-Sun, 10 to 5. 707.579.4452.

Doorway Gallery & Artists’ Studio Through Dec 31, “Reno Confidential: All In” features paintings, ceramics, prints and works in stone by Darryl Ponicsan. 254 First St E, Sonoma. 415.309.7440.

Gallery of Sea & Heaven Through Feb 2, “Holiday Lights Exhibit and Sale,” Becoming Independent’s two- and threedimensional arts and crafts. 312 South A St, Santa Rosa. Thurs-Sat, noon to 5 and by appointment. 707.578.9123.

Graton Gallery Through Jan 13, “Prelude 2013,” featuring work by Bruce Hopkins, James Freed, Sandra Rubin and others. 9048 Graton Rd, Graton. Tues-Sun, 10:30 to 6. 707.829.8912.

Healdsburg Museum Through Jan 6, “Magical Toyland,” nostalgic fun for anyone born from 1860 to 1960 featuring toys, games and dollhouses. 221 Matheson St, Healdsburg. Tues-Sun, 11 to 4. 707.431.3325.

Neon Raspberry Art House Through Dec 31, 6pm, “Blind Passenger” fall 2012 show features Nicole Markoff’s project and new oil paintings from Colorado-based painter Erin Donnelly. Free. 3605 Main St, Occidental. 707 874 2100.

New Leaf Gallery Through Jan 6, “Nature Abstracted” features metal sculpture inspired by nature by Matt Devine, Jon Krawczyk and Rob Lorenson. Cornerstone Place, 23588 Hwy 121, Sonoma. Daily, 10 to 5. 707.933.1300.

Quercia Gallery Through Dec 31, “Sea, Land, City” features the miniature work of 12 artists. 25193 Hwy 116, Duncans Mills. 707.865.0243.

Quicksilver Mine Company Through Dec 31, “Last Hurrah” is the final exhibition at the Quicksilver Mine Co. 6671 Front St, Forestville. Thurs-Mon, 11 to 6. 707.887.0799.

RiskPress Gallery Through Jan 28, “Scenic Journey: Sonoma County and Beyond,” a series of landscapes by Terry Sauvé. Reception, Jan 6, 1pm. 7345 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol. No phone.

Riverfront Art Gallery Through Jan 6, “California Photo Adventures,” photographs by Lance Kuehne. Through Jan 6, “Wildlife as Art,”

photographs by Jim Coda. 132 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. Wed, Thurs and Sun, 11 to 6. FriSat, 11 to 8. 707.775.4ART.

Rohnert Park Community Center Through Jan 7, Photographs by Rich Arik and paintings by Dearca Devo. 5401 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. Mon-Thurs, 8 to 9; Fri, 8 to 5. 707.584.7357.

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Sebastopol Gallery Through Jan 13, “Trees and Trinkets: Obtainable Art” features the functional tableware of Kalia Kilbana. 150 N Main St, Sebastopol. Open daily, 11 to 6. 707.829.7200.

Sonoma County Museum Through Jan 13, “The California Landscape,” exhibition of landscape paintings from museum’s collections. Through Jan 13, “Peace at Sunset,” painting from 19th-century artist Thomas Cole, on loan from the De Young Museum in San Francisco. Through Jan 13, “Wild Land: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Landscape Painting” uses a combination of graphics, immersive environments and images on a journey through Cole’s creative process. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. Tues-Sun, 11 to 4. 707.579.1500.

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art Through Dec 30, “The Art of Handmade Paper” offers glimpse into historical practice of papermaking with large display of rare Japanese papers. Through Dec 30, “Coastal Echoes” features the new works of respected painter Larry Thomas. 551 Broadway, Sonoma. WedSun, 11 to 5. 707.939.SVMA.

MARIN COUNTY 142 Throckmorton Theatre Through Dec 31, “Starring the Throckmorton,” fine art by Joni Bissell, Victoria Mimiaga, Francis Whitnall and Douglas Andelin. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

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

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E Loren Soderbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s works on display. 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.3871.

Bolinas Museum Through Dec 30, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Slapstick,â&#x20AC;? vintage Hollywood cinema photography from the collection of Robert Flynn Johnson. 48 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. Fri, 1 to 5; Sat-Sun, noon to 5; and by appointment. 415.868.0330.

Book Passage Through Feb 28, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tom Killion Woodcut Prints,â&#x20AC;? Marin County artist and owned of Quail Press. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 415.927.0960.

Gallery Bergelli Through Jan 1, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winter Group Show,â&#x20AC;? new work by gallery artists Alberto Ludwig, Braulio Delgado, James Leonard and others. 483 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.945.9454.

Marin Community Foundation Through Feb 5, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Works on Waterâ&#x20AC;? features the work of 30 artists exploring the aesthetics and politics of water. 5 Hamilton Landing, Ste 200, Novato. Open Mon-Fri, 9 to 5.

Reminiscence and Fabrication,â&#x20AC;? new photography by Deborah Sullivan. Novato Arts Center, Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Dr, Novato. Wed-Sun, 11 to 4. 415.506.0137.

Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Hanlon Center for the Arts Through Dec 27, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art of the Spirit,â&#x20AC;? entries may address the spiritual world, politics, ecology, ritual, myth, mysticism or spiritual expression. Through Dec 27, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dream Landscapes,â&#x20AC;? mixed-media works by Dr Peller Marion. 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. Tues-Sat, 10 to 2; also by appointment. 415.388.4331.

Rebound Bookstore Through Jan 10, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phases of the Moonâ&#x20AC;? features various artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; found images and abstract works in the many shapes of the moon. 1641 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.482.0550.

Seager Gray Gallery Through Dec 30, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyday Saints,â&#x20AC;? carved wooden figures by Joe Brubaker. 23 Sunnyside Ave, Mill Valley. Tues-Sat; 11 to 6. Fri-Sat, 11 to 7; Sun, 12 to 5. 415.384.8288.

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Grand Hand Gallery Through Dec 31, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Out of the Woods,â&#x20AC;? Wood Sculpture for Home and Garden by Freeland Tanner. 1136 Main St, Napa. No phone.

Hess Collection Winery Ongoing, outstanding private collection featuring work by Franz Gertsch, Robert Motherwell and other modern masters. 4411 Redwood Rd, Napa. Daily, 10 to 5:15. 707.255.1144.

Sharpsteen Museum Ongoing, dioramas depicting 1860s life at Brannan Hot Springs Resort, stagecoach, restored cottage and Disney producer Ben Sharpsteenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oscar. $3 donation. 1311 Washington St, Calistoga. Daily, 11 to 4. 707.942.5911.

Silverado Museum Ongoing, tribute to Robert Louis Stevenson includes original letters, manuscripts, photographs and memorabilia. 1490 Library Lane, St Helena. Tues-Sun, noon to 4. 707.963.3757.

Mike E. Winfield, Robert Duchaine, Sammy Obeid and Tommy Savitt. Dec 31, 9pm. $35. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

Juan Carlos Also featuring Dave DeLuca with Donald Lacy, “Uncle” Charlie Adams, Sara Whitmore and Gary Anderson. Dec 29, 8pm. $10. Christy’s on the Square, 96 Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa. 707.528.8565.

Comedy Headliner Different headliner each month. Last Fri of every month. Heritage Public House, 1305 Cleveland Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.540.0395.

$20. Sebastopol Community Center Annex, 350 Morris St, Sebastopol.

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Dhyana Center Lofts Last Thursday of every month, Catalyst Community Dance, Monthly community dance party with various DJs and prayer rituals. 186 N Main St, Sebastopol 800.796.6863.

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Bayer Farm Tending

Ian Edwards, Tony Sparks, KC Chandara and Nick Hoffman. Hosted by Ricky Del Rosario. Dec 29, 9pm. $20. Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. 707.588.3400.

All ages welcome to join LandPaths for garden care. Wed, 4-8pm. Bayer Farm, 1550 West Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.524.9318.

Joe Klocek Also featuring Matt Gubser, Kevin Tienken and Torio Van Grol. Dec 29, 6:30 and 9pm. $15. Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St E, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.

Fundraiser and community builder for Cass Gidley Marina Sausalito Community Boating Center with live music by the Waterfront Pickers. Thurs, Dec 27, 4:30pm. Free. Dunphy Park, Napa and Bridgeway, Sausalito.

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Highlight performers from “Best of Sonoma County Improv 2009” tackle improvised comedic theater games on the fly. Last Thurs monthly at 7. Free. Aqus Cafe, 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.

Bubble wands, bubble sculptures and pure bubble magic with the Bubble Lady. Dec 29, 11am. $5-$14. Bay Area Discovery Museum, Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds Rd, Sausalito. 415.339.3900.

Stand-Up Celebration Mark Cordes, Bill Dwyer and Michael Meehan. Dec 31, 9pm. $35-$55. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.

Follow the signs and view art with strolling tour of shops and galleries. First Wed-Thurs of every month, 5-7pm. Free. Downtown Calistoga, Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.225.1003.

Tuesday Evening Comedy

Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tree Grove

Mark Pitta hosts ongoing evenings with established comics and up-and-comers Tues at 8. $15-$20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Snow flurries, 175 decorated trees and holiday music create a holly, jolly atmosphere. Through Dec 31. Free. Windsor Town Green, Bell Road and McClelland Drive, Windsor.

Will Durst’s Big Fat Year End Kiss Off 20th annual year-end kissoff show, featuring Johnny Steele, Debi Durst, Michael Bossier, Mari Magaloni and

Boat Rides & Barbecue

Calistoga Art Walk

Dances of Universal Peace Enter the New Year with an awakened spirit and an open heart through sacred circle dancing and joyous singing. Dec 31, 8:30pm.

Discovery Days for Kids Kid-friendly activities. Dec 28, paper insects; Jan 2, pine cone bird feeder; Jan 4, sew what? Fri, Dec 28, 1-3pm and Wed, Jan 2, 1-3pm. $7. Napa Valley Museum, 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. 707.944.0500. Constantine Darling leads conscious movement dance using earth’s alchemy followed by sound healing. Monthly, last Fri at 7. $15-$20. Meridian Sports Club, 1001 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.2490.

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Game Tournaments Various tournaments, including the Yu-Gi-Oh tournament, Dungeons and Dragons tournament and Magic: The Gathering tournament. Fri, 5:30-9pm, Sun, 1-5pm and Tues, 5:30-9pm. Outer Planes Comics and Games, 526 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.546.2000.

GRO Salon Discussions of art with current exhibitors Marj Burgstahler Stone, GRO’s annual Wild Book Show artists, t.c. moore and others. Dec 30, 4pm. Free. Gallery Route One, 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1347.

Handmade for the Holidays Goodies galore up for sale. Through Jan 6, 2013. Free. Healdsburg Center for the Arts, 130 Plaza St, Healdsburg. 707.431.1970.

Heirloom Craft Hub

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Each evening includes instruction for a specific craft. Last Thurs of every month. $5. Marin History Museum, Boyd Gate House, 1125 B St, San Rafael. 415.454.8538.

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Holiday Wonderland Open House Artist Susan Bellach transforms the Sebastiani Theatre into a magical winter holiday fairy land. Dec 26, 4pm. Free. Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St E, Sonoma. 707.996.9756.

Kids Cook with Peanuts Make waffles in the shape of Peanuts characters. Dec 26, 9am. $25. Charles M Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452.

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culture through hands-on art activities and performances. Jazz performance by E. W. Wainwright at 11am and 1pm. Dec 26, 9am-5pm. Free admission all day long. Bay Area Discovery Museum, Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds Rd, Sausalito. 415.339.3900.

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Mix Kool-aid colors and make your own slime, create marbleized paper, spray paint a T-shirt to take home. Dec 28, 1pm. $25. Charles M Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452.

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First Tues monthly, 6 to 8, downtown area galleries and businesses showcase local artists. First Tues of every month, 6-8pm. Free. Downtown Mill Valley, Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley. 415.721.1856.

NYE Party for Kids Countdown the new year and dance to DJ music. Dec 31, 9am-12pm. $11-$15. Bay Area Discovery Museum, Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds Rd, Sausalito. 415.339.3900.

Preschool Storytime A lap-sit program for infants, one day to 17 months old, accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Fri, 10:45am. free. Petaluma Library, 100 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma. 707.763.9801.

Resolution & Meditation Workshop Plant the first seed of your intentions for success and

happiness on the first morning of the year. Jan 1, 9:30am. $13$20. Yoga Community, 577 Fifth St W, Sonoma. 707.935.8600.

Last Sat of every month. $15. Mountain Home Inn, 810 Panoramic Dr, Mill Valley, RSVP. 415.331.0100.

Resource Clinic Get info on housing, transit, food stamps and Medi-Cal. Wed, 11am-1pm. Free. Petaluma Health Center, 1301 Southpoint Blvd, Petaluma. 707.559.7500.

Sunday Cruise-In Last Sun monthly at noon, fire up your hot rod and bring the kids for day of live music, food, prizes and more. Last Sun of every month. Free. Fourth and Sea Restaurant, 101 Fourth St, Petaluma. www.sundaycruisein.com.

West Coast Live Live radio broadcast with special guests. Fri, 10am. $12$20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Field Trips Afternoon Community Service Participate in center restoration projects. First Wed of every month. Richardson Bay Audubon Center, 376 Greenwood Beach Rd, Tiburon. 415.388.2524.

Sunset Hike & Dine Meet at parking area across from inn for monthly two-hour hike on moderate to steep trails with midhike wine and cheese served overlooking Pacific Ocean. Optional dinner and socializing at inn follows.

Film Cult Film Series â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trading Placesâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Four Rooms.â&#x20AC;? Dec 27, 7pm. $10. Roxy Stadium 14, 85 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.527.7699.

Food & Drink Farmstead Dinner Six-course prix fix menu. Dec 31. $85. Long Meadow Ranch Winery, 738 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.4555.

Friday Night Bites Interactive classes with tastes every Fri at 6. $75. Fri. Cavallo Point, 601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito. 888.651.2003.

Redwood Empire Farmers Market Sat, 9am-noon and Wed, 9am-noon. Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa.

RĂŠveillon Dinner Classic dishes and cocktails from the 1960s. Dec 31, 6pm. $75. Rocker Oysterfellerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 14415 Hwy 1, Valley Ford. 707.876.1983.

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For Kids American Canyon Library Preschool storytime. Tues, 10:30am. Free. American Canyon Library, 3421 Broadway (Highway 29), American Canyon. 707.644.1136.

Bay Area Discovery Museum Ongoing, “Animal Secrets.” Hands-on art, science and theater camps, art studio, tot spot and lookout cove adventure area. Dec 26, Free admission all day in Kwanzaa celebration (see Events). Thurs at 10 and 11, music with Miss Kitty. $5-$6. Fri at 11, aquarium feeding. Ongoing. Admission, $8-$10. Bay Area Discovery Museum, Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds Rd, Sausalito. 415.339.3900.

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Carolyn Parr Nature Center Learn about Napa County habitats and birds of prey through tours, dioramas, games, hands-on activities and books. Ongoing. Free. Carolyn Parr Nature Center Museum, Westwood Hills Park, 3107 Browns Valley Rd, Napa. 707.255.6465.

Central Library Babytime, Tues at 10:15. Storytime for toddlers, Tues at 11. Preschool storytime, Fri at 11. Tues-Fri. Free. Central Library, Third and E streets, Santa Rosa. 707.545.0831.

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For the week of December 26

ARIES (March 21–April 19) In the sci-fi film trilogy The Matrix, the heroes are able to instantaneously acquire certain complex skills via software that’s downloaded directly into their brains. In this way, the female hacker named Trinity masters the art of piloting a military M-109 helicopter in just a few minutes. If you could choose a few downloads like that, Aries, what would they be? This isn’t just a rhetorical question meant for your amusement. In 2013, I expect that your educational capacity will be exceptional. While you may not be able to add new skills as easily as Trinity, you’ll be pretty fast and efficient. So what do you want to learn? Choose wisely.

TAURUS (April 20–May 20)

Are you familiar with the fable of the golden goose? The farmer who owned it became impatient because it laid only one gold egg per day. So he killed it, thinking he would thereby get the big chunk of gold that must be inside its body. Alas, his theory was mistaken. There was no chunk. From then on, of course, he no longer got his modest daily treasure. I nominate this fable to be one of your top teaching stories of 2013. As long as you’re content with a slow, steady rate of enrichment, you’ll be successful. Pushing extra hard to expedite the flow might lead to problems.

GEMINI (May 21–June 20) Here are some of the experiences I hope to help you harvest in the coming year: growing pains that are interesting and invigorating rather than stressful; future shock that feels like a fun joyride rather than a bumpy rumble; two totally new and original ways to get excited; a good reason to have faith in a dream that has previously been improbable; a fresh supply of Innocent Crazy-Wise Love Truth; and access to all the borogoves, mome raths and slithy toves you could ever want. CANCER (June 21–July 22)

In her gallery show “Actuality, Reminiscence and Fabrication,” artist Deborah Sullivan includes a piece called Penance 1962. It consists of a series of handwritten statements that repeats a central theme: “I must not look at boys during prayer.” I’m assuming it’s based on her memory of being in church or Catholic school when she was a teenager. You probably have an analogous rule lodged somewhere in the depths of your unconscious mind— an outmoded prohibition or taboo that may still be subtly corroding your life energy. The coming year will be an excellent time to banish that ancient nonsense for good. If you were Deborah Sullivan, I’d advise you to fill a whole notebook page with the corrected assertion: “It’s OK to look a boys during prayer.”

LEO (July 23–August 22) For years, the gravestone of Irish dramatist Oscar Wilde was covered with kissshaped lipstick marks that were left by his admirers. Unfortunately, Wilde’s descendants decided to scour away all those blessings and erect a glass wall around the tomb to prevent further displays of affection. In my astrological opinion, Leo, you should favor the former style of behavior over the latter in 2013. In other words, don’t focus on keeping things neat and clean and well-ordered. On the contrary: Be extravagant and uninhibited in expressing your love for the influences that inspire you—even at the risk of being a bit unruly or messy. VIRGO (August 23–September 22)

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In 2013, I hope to conspire with you to raise your levels of righteous success. If you’re a struggling songwriter, I’ll be pushing for you to get your music out to more people—without sacrificing your artistic integrity. If you’re a kindergarten teacher, I’ll prompt you to finetune and deepen the benevolent influence you have on your students. If you’re a business owner, I’ll urge you to ensure that the product or service you offer is a well-honed gift to those who use it. As I trust you can see, Virgo, I’m implying that impeccable ethics will be crucial to your ascent in the coming year.

LIBRA (September 23–October 22) After Libran poet Wallace Stevens won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1955, Harvard University offered him a job as a full professor. But he turned it down. He couldn’t bear leaving his day job as the vice-president of an

insurance company in Hartford, Conn. I suspect that in the first half of 2013, you will come to a fork in the road that may feel something like Stevens’ quandary. Should you stick with what you know or else head off in the direction of more intense and unpredictable stimulation? I’m not here to tell you which is the better choice; I simply want to make sure you clearly identify the nature of the decision.

SCORPIO (October 23–November 21)

In 2013, I will try to help you retool, reinvent and reinvigorate yourself in every way that’s important to you. I will encourage you to reawaken one of your sleeping aptitudes, recapture a lost treasure and reanimate a dream you’ve neglected. If you’re smart, Scorpio, you will reallocate resources that got misdirected or wasted. And I hope you will reapply for a privilege or position you were previously denied, because I bet you’ll win it this time around. Here are your words of power for the year ahead: resurrection and redemption.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21) Based on experiments at the Large Hadron Collider, a team of physicists in France and Switzerland announced last July that they had tentatively discovered the Higgs boson, which is colloquially known as the “God particle.” What’s all the fuss? In her San Francisco Chronicle column, Leah Garchik quoted an expert who sought to explain: “The Higgs boson is the WD-40 and duct tape of the universe, all rolled into one.” Is there a metaphorical equivalent of such a glorious and fundamental thing in your life, Sagittarius? If not, I predict you will find it in 2013. If there already is, I expect you will locate and start using its 2.0 version.

CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19) In 2013, I pledge to help you bring only the highest quality influences and self-responsible people into your life. Together we will work to dispel any unconscious attraction you might have to demoralizing chaos or pathological melodrama. We will furthermore strive to ensure that as you deepen and fine-tune your self-discipline, it will not be motivated by self-denial or obsessive control-freak tendencies. Rather, it will be an act of love that you engage in so as to intensify your ability to express yourself freely and beautifully. AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18) “Genius is the ability to renew one’s emotions in daily experience,” said French painter Paul Cezanne. What do you think he meant by that? Here’s one interpretation: Many of us replay the same old emotions over and over again—even in response to experiences that are nothing like the past events when we felt those exact feelings. So a genius might be someone who generates a fresh emotion for each new adventure. Here’s another possible interpretation of Cezanne’s remark: It can be hard to get excited about continually repeating the basic tasks of our regular routines day after day. But a genius might be someone who is good at doing just that. I think that by both of these definitions, 2013 could be a genius year for you Aquarians. PISCES (February 19–March 20)

Home is not just the building where you live. It’s more than the community that gives you support and the patch of earth that comforts you with its familiarity. Home is any place where you’re free to be your authentic self; it’s any power spot where you can think your own thoughts and see with your own eyes. I hope and trust that in 2013 you will put yourself in position to experience this state of mind as often as possible. Do you have any ideas about how to do that? Brainstorm about it on a regular basis for the next six months.

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