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This Earth Day, raise a middle finger to CalTrans BY GABE MELINE

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But CalTrans has a problem, and since it’s that time of year when the words “Earth Day” appear so cheerfully in marketing materials but not as often as they should in indictments of public agencies, let’s look at CalTrans’ relationship with the environment right now. First came Rachel Dovey’s report in the Bohemian, in January, about the dozens of redwood trees cut down recently along Highway 101. Rather than protecting the redwoods, CalTrans promoted their removal by allowing the job contractor, Ghilotti Construction, to take possession of and sell the trees for a profit. In fact, Ghilotti was able to pocket $98,000 by selling 200 of the logs to the county of Sonoma. How can a private company profit from removing, then selling, public property? Because, in the words of a county planner, CalTrans classifies redwood trees as “debris.” Then, at the beginning of April, CalTrans called on a CHP SWAT unit to forcibly remove five tree-sitters protesting the Willits bypass, a project with assured environmental impacts. At dawn, the SWAT officers used cherry pickers and lead bean-bag bullets to extract the protesters from the trees and arrest them, despite there being mediation talks planned with state leaders over the project. And last week, CalTrans netting along the Petaluma River bridge on Highway 101 was found to have ensnared and killed over a hundred cliff swallows, a protected species. Sebastopol’s Veronica Bowers alerted the agency one month ago to the issue, but despite a rising chorus of protest and filmed documentation of the birds’ twisted necks and wings caught in the netting—killing them dead, dead, dead—CalTrans repeatedly refused to remove the nets. Yes, CalTrans is in the business of roads—those things that help with forward motion. Would that the agency overseeing them could embrace some forward thinking as well. Gabe Meline is the editor of this paper. Open Mic is a weekly op/ed feature. To have your topical essay of 350 words considered for publication, send it to openmic@bohemian.com.

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I am praying for the whole Herczog family. Houston should not be added to that statistic of 400,000 mentally ill in prison. In a hospital, Houston can teach doctors more about his disease so this doesn’t happen to another family. I am holding the right thought that he will not be sentenced to prison. I am beyond sad for this whole family.

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What a sad story. My sympathy to the family. I remember Mark, Annette and Marilyn from the mid-1980s in San Francisco. May God have mercy.

VERNA SHAHEEN San Francisco

I absolutely agree with the thrust of this article. After having known Mark personally, and having a nephew who suffers from this disease, I believe that a delicate balance between mercy, wisdom and keen judgment desperately needs to be exercised. Mark was a deeply caring individual, and probably would be the first to testify on Houston’s behalf.

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From NAMI’s website: In 1992, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and Public Citizen’s Health Research Group released a report titled Criminalizing the Seriously Mentally Ill: The Abuse of Jails As Mental Hospitals, which revealed alarmingly high numbers of people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other severe mental illnesses incarcerated in jails across the country. A report issued by the United States Department of Justice in 1999 revealed that 16 percent of all inmates in state and federal jails and prisons have schizophrenia, manic depressive illness (bipolar disorder),

major depression or another severe mental illness. In the years following these reports, the situation has not improved. This means that on any given day, there are roughly 283,000 persons with severe mental illnesses incarcerated in federal and state jails and prisons. In contrast, there are approximately 70,000 persons with severe mental illnesses in public psychiatric hospitals, and 30 percent of them are forensic patients. NAMI’s position is for treatment, not punishment.

My thoughts and prayers are with all affected by this tragedy, including Mark, his family, friends, acquaintances and our whole community.

ROSEMARY MILBRATH, Executive Director, NAMI Sonoma County

Internet Access at SSU Last Friday I went to the Jean and Charles Schulz Information Center at Sonoma State University to inquire about SSU’s recently implemented restrictions to internet access. With incredulity, I listened to an IT employee inform me that inside the Information Center (where most people on campus access the internet), the university can do as it pleases with the endowment it received from the Schulz family. I was then instructed to direct my complaint in writing to the Information Center CIO. In response, Information Center CIO Jason Wenrick explained that because of bandwidth limitations and security concerns, internet access is now only granted at the university to students, staff and faculty (current and former), and, on a temporary basis, to those “sponsored by an official SSU person.” While perhaps within his legal right to restrict access, I remind Mr. Wenrick that the mission of a public university is to provide higher education opportunities for everyone, not just current students. The university should follow the lead of other public institutions, such as San Francisco State University and

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JOSEPH PERSICO, SSU ALUMNUS Rohnert Park

Dept. of Milkshakes In last week’s proďŹ le of Pick’s Drive-In in Cloverdale, we accidentally named the owner as Claudio Clow. The owner’s name is, in fact, Claudia Clow. Rather than spend any more time apologizing in print, however, we’re headed up there now to regret the error in person with a bacon cheeseburger and a side of fries.

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for the winery’s semiannual Earth Day lecture series, she picked Jared Diamond, author of the 2005 doom-and-gloom opus Collapse, which compares our situation today with the uncomprehending, doomed society of ancient Easter Island. Sterling says that it was Diamond’s positive message that attracted her attention, in a speech several years ago. “He was saying we’re in a neck and neck

horse race between the horse of hope and the horse of doom. Fortunately, he said he’s betting on the horse of hope.” The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel is the scheduled guest speaker at the winery’s Earth Day celebration on April 21. Diamond was an explorerin-residence at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C., which ) 10

An overview of the city of Santa Rosa’s investment portfolio raised several eyebrows at a city council meeting on April 9. According to a presentation by the city’s investment management team, PFM Asset Management, Santa Rosa’s $298.2 million portfolio is invested in a variety of federal, state and corporate pools. The city’s corporate investments, totaling $44.7 million, include JPMorgan Chase, General Electric and the Walt Disney Company in amounts of roughly $6 million each, and Wells Fargo, Pepsi and Toyota in amounts of roughly $3 million each, among others. Additionally, roughly $3 million is invested in the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. While PFM advocates so-called socially responsible investment policies by refusing corporate investments in the tobacco, firearms, alcohol, pornography, gambling and petroleum industries, councilmember Gary Wysocky pointed out that many Sonoma County residents may not consider JPMorgan Chase, GE and Wells Fargo to be socially responsible. He also questioned investments in Southern California’s water district. Councilmember Jake Ours agreed with some of Wysocky’s concerns, calling the water district in question “the big bad guy.” Councilmember Julie Combs expressed a desire for the city to invest more in the local economy, ultimately voting not to amend the city’s current practice to allow municipal investments out of state. While the amendment passed, council asked city staff to research the boundaries of the poorly titled social responsibility clause, to be discussed at a later date.—Rachel Dovey

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Sterling supports with donations from Iron Horse’s sparkling Ocean Cuvée. “We met over a glass of Joy’s wine,” Diamond explains from his home in Los Angeles, recently returned from a trip to New Guinea. Diamond’s most recent book, The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?, derives its title from his assertion that “traditional societies . . . retain features of how all of our ancestors lived for tens of thousands of years, until virtually yesterday.” The idea that Westerners might glean a useful tip from the mercifully less civilized is older than Margaret Mead’s Coming of Age in Samoa, of course. Diamond proactively demurs that he does not romanticize what he calls traditional societies, societies that exist outside of the “WEIRD” world: “Western, educated, industrialized, rich and democratic societies.” “I’m not telling people what they should do,” Diamond says in a phone interview. “Instead, I’m describing the enormous range of human behavior around the world, much greater than we have in the United States.” Diamond draws from his experiences among the highland people of New Guinea, where he has done fieldwork since 1964, as well as anecdotes from around the world. Fans, such as Sterling, feel that Diamond’s broad reach is his genius. “His books are considered required reading if you care about the future of this planet,” she says. “He is able to connect the dots in all kinds of disciplines.” In 2009, two New Guinea tribesmen filed a $10 million lawsuit against Diamond because of his article “Vengeance Is Ours,” published in the New Yorker. Daniel Wemp, who had been Diamond’s driver while he conducted unrelated ornithological research, alleged that Diamond falsely named him as instigator of a clan war that resulted in dozens of deaths and

atrocities. A high-profile lawyer went on the case, which was supported by the investigative website iMediaEthics, published by Rhonda Shearer, widow of evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould. The suit was withdrawn after the lawyer’s untimely death. “My notes were very accurate of what he said,” Diamond tells the Bohemian. “But New Guineans, like Californians, are very litigious people, and if they see an opportunity to gain financially, they will take that. But that’s something that you see in Northern California as well.” The time-consuming resolution of conflict by face-to-face, relationship-rebuilding interaction is, perhaps ironically, one of the hallmarks of traditional societies, according to Diamond. Nevertheless, the episode with Wemp does not appear in Yesterday. Instead, Diamond draws on accounts of a 1961 “war” in New Guinea to support his assertion that life in traditional societies, and, thus, that of all of our ancestors in the relatively recent past, is more rife with violence than today’s WEIRD society. The so-called Dani War, as depicted in anthropologist Robert Gardner’s 1963 documentary Dead Birds, served as a much different inspiration for the author of Ecotopia, the ultimate environmental “what if?” book. Berkeley’s late Ernest Callenbach said that the ritualized but largely harmless warfare in his fictional society was modeled after the film. Much of Yesterday concerns uncontroversial subjects like the high salt and sugar diets of modern populations. But Diamond only goes so far in his recommendation that we adopt the practices of tribal societies. “I love the fact that he’s a foodie,” says Sterling. “He’s a huge foodie. His first question was whether I could get him a reservation at the French Laundry.” Jared Diamond appears on Sunday, April 21, at Iron Horse Vineyards. Noon; $50. For more, see www.ironhorsevineyards.com.

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realized that none of these white-tablecloth places were calling my name. “Oh, my God,” I exclaimed to my partner. “Hi Five has ruined me.” “We could go back to Guerneville,” she responded patiently. “No, no,” I said. “I’m too hungry. Let’s eat here.” The next evening, we were back at Hi Five. We ordered bibimbap—a rice bowl with vegetables, fried egg, seaweed, kimchi and a choice of

protein—and giant beer-battered shrimp with sushi rice and a variety of Korean condiments. Our appetizer was a paper cone of hand-cut french fries, smothered in whole chili peppers, garlic cloves, seaweed and scallion rings. It was all deeply satisfying, as expected. Those who haven’t been to Guerneville in the past few months might be wondering what I’m talking about. The truth is, you could walk right by Hi Five without noticing it. That’s because

it’s a dinnertime pop-up situated in the 1950s-style diner Pat’s, where the Hines family has been serving breakfast and lunch since they purchased the place in 1943. At 3pm, Pat’s closes for the day and the Hi Five crew rush in to prep for dinner, stashing all the Pat’s paraphernalia in a back kitchen and bringing out the Hi Five platters and condiments. David Bloomster, who owns Hi Five with business partner and chef Eugene Birdsall, says he’s had his eye on Pat’s for years, and sharing the space with a dinneronly restaurant is a not-too-risky way to begin. “It’s so authentic,” he says, noting its old-fashioned soda fountain, giant wall map of Russian River fishing holes and minimalist décor. “I could never have designed it myself.” Bloomster and Birdsall met next door at Boon Eat + Drink, one of the first major contributors to Guerneville’s culinary renaissance. At the time, Bloomster was the manager and Birdsall was the chef. They worked together for four years, developing respect for each other’s expertise. Bloomster, whose background is in art and design, had an idea for what he calls a “postmodern” restaurant, where the setting is laid-back, the food is sophisticated, and the approach is about having fun. Birdsall, he decided, was the man who could pull this off, with years of hardcore experience and a fearlessness about which foods work together. And it is working. So far, the restaurant is crowded every night, chock-full of locals, tourists from the Bay Area and day-trippers from Santa Rosa, Healdsburg and beyond. Clearly, there is something unique happening here, between the vintage décor, the ’80s disco music (they will turn it down if you ask), the personable, intelligent waiters and the food. Oh, yes, the food. Birdsall combines his intimate knowledge of the Korean ) 14

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

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S O N OMA CO U N TY Caffe Portofino Italian. $$-$$$. Great flavors and some eclectic dishes at this Santa Rosa institution. 535 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.1171.

Dierk’s Parkside Cafe American. $. Classic, fresh diner food in a comfortable diner setting. Ought to be in a movie. Breakfast and lunch daily. 404 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.573.5955.

Forchetta / Bastoni Asian-Italian. $$. Southeast Asian street food served alongside rustic Italian in unique two-in-one restaurant. Heart-warming Italian from Forchetta, while Bastoni’s focuses on Vietnamese and Thai. Lunch and dinner daily. 6948 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.9500.

Garden Court Cafe & Bakery American. $-$$. Traditional diner food treated with utter respect; the quality ingredients make for sublime eating. Breakfast and lunch, Wed-Mon. 13647 Arnold Dr, Glen Ellen. 707.935.1565.

Hamburger Ranch & Pasta Farm American. $. Old-fashioned, informal mom’n’-pop roadhouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 31195 N Redwood Hwy, Cloverdale. 707.894.5616.

Le Bistro French. $$. A tiny space, simple menu, excellent food–and a reasonable price. Dinner, Wed-Sun. 312 Petaluma Blvd S, Petaluma. 707.762.8292.

Monti’s Rotisserie & Bar California cuisine. $-$$. Small plates and a few larger entrées with emphasis on house-roasted meats. Lunch and dinner daily. 714 Village Ct, Santa Rosa. 707.568.4404.

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.

Roberto’s Restaurant Italian. $$. Reliable home-style Italian cooking. Dinner, TuesSun. 4776 Sonoma Hwy, Santa Rosa. 707.539.0260.

Sonoma-Meritage Martini California-French. $$$. The menu, which changes daily, is well-rounded with plenty of options, thanks in no small part to the fresh seafood bar. Dinner daily. 165 W Napa St, Sonoma. 707.938.9430.

Stout Brothers Pub & Restaurant Irish. $$. Atmospheric, if a little faux, but a great ploughman’s lunch. Lunch and dinner daily. 527 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.636.0240.

Thai Taste Restaurant Thai. $-$$. Lovely ambiance and daily specials showcase authentic Thai flavors. A hidden gem in Santa Rosa’s Montecito neighborhood. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Fri; dinner, Sat. 170 Farmers Lane #8, Santa Rosa. 707.526.3888.

Underwood Bar & Bistro European bistro. $$. The Underwood’s classy bistro menu and impressive bar belie its rural setting. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Sat; dinner, Sun. 9113 Graton Rd, Graton. 707.823.7023.

MARIN CO U N T Y Bay Thai Thai. $. Fresh Thai food with curries that combine the regions classic sweet and tart elements. Some of the best fried bananas to be found. Lunch and dinner, MonSat; dinner, Sun. (Cash only.) 809 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.458.8845.

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, SatSun. 15 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley. 415.331.2600.

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Comforts Californian. $$. The Chinese chicken salad is beyond rapturous. Excellent celebrity sightings. Eat in or takeout. Breakfast and lunch daily. 335 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo. 415.454.9840. Fish Seafood. $$-$$$. Incredibly fresh seafood in incredibly relaxed setting overlooking bay. Lunch and dinner daily. (Cash only.) 350 Harbor Dr, Sausalito. 415.331.FISH.

Insalata’s Mediterranean. $$$. Simple, high-impact dishes of exotic flavors. Lunch and dinner daily. 120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo. 415.457.7700.

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M&G’s Burgers & Beverages American. $. The ultimate in American cuisine. Crispy fries, good burgers and friendly locals chowing down. Lunch and dinner daily. 2017 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. 415.454.0655.

Mountain Home Inn 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.

Piatti Italian. $$-$$$.Rustic, seasonal, Italian food. Kidfriendly. Lunch and dinner daily. 625 Redwood Hwy, Mill Valley. 415.380.2525. Poggio Italian. $$-$$$. Truly transportive food, gives authentic flavor of the Old World. The cheaper way to travel Europe. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 777 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.7771.

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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.

Fazerratiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pizza. $-$$. Great pie, cool brews, the gameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always on. Great place for post-Little League. Lunch and dinner daily. 1517 W Imola Ave, Napa. 707.255.1188.

FumĂŠ Bistro & Bar California cuisine. $$$. California bistro fare that nearly always hits the mark. Lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sat-Sun. 4050 Byway E, Napa. 707.257.1999.

Gilwoods Cafe Diner. $-$$. Classic hometown diner, specializes in the homemade. Breakfast and lunch daily. 1320 Napa Town Center, Napa. 707.253.0409. 1313 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.1788. Pizza Azzurro Italian. $. Run by a former Tra Vigne and Lark Creek Inn alum, the pizza is simple and thin, and ranks as some of the best in the North Bay. Lunch and dinner daily. 1260 Main St (at Clinton), Napa. 707.255.5552. Red Rock Cafe & Backdoor BBQ American. $-$$. Cafe specializing in barbecue and classic diner fare. Messy, delicious. Lunch and dinner daily. 1010 Lincoln Ave, Napa. 707.252.9250.

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

S O N OM A CO U N T Y Dutcher Crossing Winery Barnlike room offers fireplace to warm the mitts on winter days; owner Debra Mathy leads monthly bike rides in better weather. Try the Maple Vineyard Zinfandel; ask the well-informed staff about the Penny Farthing bicycle. 8533 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Open daily 11am– 5pm. Tasting fee $5–$10. 866.431.2711.

Gourmet au Bay Seafood takes to wine even better than water. Wine bar and retail shop offers flights served on custom wooden “surfboards,” artisan cheese and cracker plate, and liberal bring-your-own picnic policy. Cold crab cakes and sparkling wine at sunset on the bay? Sounds like a date. 913 Hwy. 1, Bodega. Wine surfing, $8. 707.875.9875.

Hawley Winery Barrelfermented Viognier, kiwistyle Sauvignon Blanc, plus toothsome reds. Winemaker John Hawley helped to grow some of the big-name brands; now his sons have joined him in this small, Dry Creek Valley family business. 36 North St., Healdsburg. Open daily, 11am– 6pm; $5 fee. 707.473.9500.

Mercury Geyserville No fee, 20 percent discount for Sonoma County residents and 12-pack wooden crates of mini-jug wine; two turntables, an LP record player–put on your winged shoes, it’s time to party in sleepy Geyserville! Also pickled comestibles, jam, peppers–and pretty good Pinot, Cab, Cab Franc, and Merlot. 20120 Geyserville Ave., Geyserville. Open Thursday– Monday, 11am–6pm. No fee. 707.857.9870.

Robert Rue Vineyard A new wave of Zin specialists helped keep small, old vineyards like this in production. Now, they’re making their own; refreshing Sauvignon Blanc, too. 1406 Wood Road, Fulton.

Friday to Sunday, 10am–5pm, or by appointment. Tastings $5. 707.578.1601.

VML Winery Acronym of Virginia Marie Lambrix, who practices organic and biodynamic winegrowing— the artist who created VML’s wacky new labels said, “Ah, so you’re a witch!” Bewitching Russian River Valley Chard and Pinot, to be sure. 4035 Westside Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 11am– 5pm. $10 fee. 707.431.4404.

N A PA CO U N T Y Beringer Vineyards (WC) This historic winery offers some seven daily tours for nominal fees, most of which end gratefully with a glass and a spin through the underground wine-aging tunnels. Open daily, 10am– 6pm (summer hours). 2000 Main St., Napa. 707.963.7115.

Ceja Vineyards To Ceja Vineyards’ motto, “Vinum, Cantus, Amor,” and when there’s wine, song and love, there’s dance. Founded by one-time field workers, the Mexican-American-owned winery celebrates culture and wine at this sleek downtown lounge. Wine flights, light bites and one of the few full-bodied rosés “con huevos” in the county. On Saturdays, free salsa lessons and dance party spice up the night. Bailamos! 1248 First St., Napa. Sunday– Friday, noon–6pm, Saturday, noon–10pm; free salsa class starts at 7:30pm. Tasting fees vary. 707.226.6445.

Frank Family Vineyards A media mogul imagineered a Napa Valley winery that’s surprisingly no-frills, friendly and free of charge, from the flute of bubbly welcome to the last sip of award-winning Cab. Emphasis is on the historic Larkmead winery, the wine and, natch, the guest at this popular tasting room set in the

winery’s remodeled craftsman farmhouse. Frank Family Vineyards, 1091 Larkmead Lane, Calistoga. Tasting daily, 10am–4pm, $10; reserve, $25. 707.942.0753.

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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 brewpub-style 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.

Stony Hill Vineyard 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.

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CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE: NORTH BAY EDITION

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IN WHICH OUR RESIDENT TOURIST GUIDE LETS YOU BE THE STAR OF THE STORY BY RACHEL DOVEY, NICOLAS GRIZZLE AND GABE MELINE

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t 10,000 feet, your parachute opens and you’re floating above the North Bay. The clear sky allows you to see for miles in every direction, each holding its own set of adventures. With navigation in your hands, the choice is yours. Do you head north, to the land of wine and open country; south, to the edge of the Golden Gate; west, to the shore of the Pacific Ocean; or east, to the warm valley of vineyards and cheese?

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2......... Hunger gets the best of you and you continue north. Somehow, you’ve got a car, a 1964 Volvo. After driving a while on 101, you smell the glorious aroma of hamburgers. And they smell like old-timey hamburgers, too. Sure enough, when you pull into the Hamburger Ranch in Cloverdale, you’re so hungry you can hardly choose between the pasta, burgers or smoked barbecue. After chowing down on a quarterpounder, you need to burn off those calories. Do you head out to the Green Trail of Dry Creek Valley? (Go to No. 3.) Or do you ditch the Volvo to join a couple of hitchhikers on the Highway 101 onramp holding a sign that says “Bolinas”? (Go to No. 4.)

3......... You buy a bike at Lytton Springs Salvation Army and ride from winery to winery on

the Dry Creek Valley Green Trail—Ridge, Quivira, Martorana, Hawley. Between learning about their biodynamic and organic practices, you pull up to the Dry Creek General Store, open since 1881, and sit a spell on the wooden front porch. An old man tells you how this all used to be olive trees, and how some wineries are even converting back to olive production. You ride on up to Lake Sonoma, and marvel that in June, Bret Michaels from Poison will perform here. The very thought requires another round of high-quality vino. Do you go to Matanzas Creek Winery? (Go to No. 5.) Or to Kunde Family Estate Winery? (Go to No. 6.)

4......... You wait it out along 101 with the Bolinas-bound hitchhikers, who’ve just returned from Arcata with a stop to protest the Willits bypass along the way. Their dog has a bandana and a rope leash; you feed him the rest of your quarter-pounder. After five minutes, a car pulls up and you pile in with your new traveling companions, but when you start down the freeway, the car takes to the air and starts flying . . . you feel dizzy . . . and . . . (Go to No. 22.)

5......... Good heavens, you’ve arrived at Matanzas Creek Winery during the 17th annual Days of Wine and Lavender, and the place is packed. You take a trolley ride. You listen to live music. You lounge under the oaks, even get a massage, and, too bad for you, you discover you’re allergic to lavender. Like, really allergic. Better get out of there, because this place is like the outskirts of Marseilles— there’s lavender everywhere. But just as you’re about to bid your adieus, you feel a tingly feeling. The bountiful lavender has consumed you entirely . . . (Go to p27.)

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6......... What do you know, Kunde Family Estate just got a new tasting room bar, and, yes, you take advantage of it. After a few tastings, some guy named Jeff comes by and introduces himself as a fourth-generation winemaker. Jeff takes a shine to you, and furtively sneaks you into something called the Wildwood Room, where he promises reserve tier wines and proprietary blends. But, alas, the Wildwood Room seems to be some strange portal, because you feel hazy and groggy, and you don’t remember going unconscious, but the next thing you know you wake up and look around you . . . (Go to No. 22.)

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Landing in a petting zoo in Calistoga, some of the goats faint at your presence. Disrobing from your chute, you realize where you are—the Old Faithful Geyser of California. This looks pretty cool, you think to yourself, while petting a four-horn sheep. Maybe you’d like to explore a bit. But maybe that rumbling isn’t just the geyser. Maybe it’s your belly crying for sustenance. Do you stay and explore the geyser up close? (Go to No. 8.) Or do you head out to find something to eat? (Go to No. 9.)

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8......... You walk up the geyser, ignoring all signs telling you not to do so. “I wonder what’s in there?” you ask, pulling out your phone to take a Valencia-filtered shot to post on Instagram. But a rumble startles you, resulting in the phone dropping into the geyser seconds before a gigantic blast of agua erupts in your face . . . (Go to p27.)

9......... Using your stomach as a guide, you head down to Napa for something to eat. The painted side of a building reading ‘Genova Delicatessen’ catches your eye, and you pull into a strip mall. The wait is long, but the sandwiches are authentically Italian. Mozarella, proscuitto, mortadella, olives, fresh basil and even anchovies are on the sandwich list. Mmm. But the line is long, and there other things you want to check out. Do you wait it out? (Go to No. 10.) Or search for faster food? (Go to No. 11.)

10....... After the first bite you’re getting emotional. It’s like tasting fine art. The combination of meats, cheese and dressing paints your tongue like Van Gogh, and now other senses are getting jealous. To satisfy this artistic craving, you head out to di Rosa and take a two-hour tour around the premises. The giant sculpture garden is surrounded by nature’s own works of art—giant oak trees. It’s so beautiful that all you can think of is that Flaming Lips song “Do You Realize.” So you head back to town, buy a ticket to the BottleRock Napa Valley festival and set up a sleeping bag at the Napa Fairgrounds. You’re not even the first in line, and you settle in for a nap after meeting some new friends. “Wait, how long was I out?” you wonder upon waking. Your head is throbbing and light burns your eyes. “Where am I?” you say aloud. It looks like—no, it can’t be! . . . (Go to No. 22.)

11....... Your impatience guides you away from what might have been the best sandwich ever and toward the Oxbow Public Market. This outdoor space has everything—tacos, oysters on the

day’s end, you feel like you’ve lived a full life. (Go to p27.)

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half shell and even a store with an 80-year-old book on identifying psychedelic mushrooms in the wild. Good food is plentiful here. After the tacos, you try some cheese. And then a roast beef sandwich. Don’t forget the pizza. And there’s a whole restaurant with a menu that might change tomorrow, so you’ve got to try everything there. Last but not least, Anette’s chocolates for dessert. But you can’t eat another bite, you’re so stuffed. You feel like you’re about to explode. Oh, but this tiny little wafer-thin mint won’t hurt . . . just one . . . (Turn to p27.)

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A gentle breeze suggests you head south, so you take the hint. The scenic landscapes of Marin County are breathtaking from the air, and you’re so distracted that when it comes time to land, you forgot to find a landing strip! You scramble and find a space on the waterfront in Sausalito, knocking over the carefully stacked rocks while the artist yells at you and

everyone taking photos: “Hey! That’s a dollar per picture!” Hurredly removing your chute, you run down the street into the crowd of tourists eating ice-cream cones. Do you duck into an art gallery? (Go to No. 13.) Or try your luck in the crowded rock concert at the Plant? (Go to No. 14.)

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You escape your pursuer in the hushed tones and focused lights of Petri’s Art Gallery. Looking around, you see large paintings by Dr. Seuss. The style is instantly recognizable from his children’s books, and it makes you feel like a kid again. There’s the red fish and the blue fish—and Horton the elephant. You hop on a bus to McInnis Park in San Rafael, where 18 holes of golf is just $8. OK, it’s mini golf, but you’re still feeling like a kid. A full course and driving range are available should you grow out of your Seussian childhood. Do you give in to your bliss and stay on the mini golf course? (Go

Phew, he didn’t see where you went, so you can enjoy a concert while waiting out your pursuer. If this looks like a famous recording studio, that’s because it is—well, it was. The Plant has taken to hosting concerts these days, and you’re digging a guitar solo when you realize you’re standing next to Giants pitcher Barry Zito, who says this unsigned jam band is his favorite group. Who are you to argue? You agree emphatically and strike up a conversation. Turns out you’re both hungry, and Zito knows a great Puerto Rican place in San Rafael called Sol Food. You agree, suggesting that the $126 million man can pick up the check. This doesn’t sit well with the tall southpaw, and he hurls Stevie Nicks’ old microphone with a two-seam grip directly at your head. (Go to p27.)

You parachute in over the water, toward that mini-peninsula known as Bodega Head. You land gracefully on the grass-covered slope, remove your parachute and walk to the coastline’s edge, where you join a crowd of tourists staring out at the borderless blue. They pass binoculars around. They’re quiet and seem like they’re waiting for something. When a woman in khaki shorts passes the binoculars to you, you also stare out at the swelling water, wondering what they’re waiting for. Suddenly you see it—white water, as something comes up that looks like a tail. Water shoots into the air through what can only be a blowhole. Exhilarated by your first whalewatching experience, you wonder what to do next. Do you go to Freestone to eat delicious baked goods? (Go to No. 18.) Or do you wander into the city of Bodega? (Go to No. 19.)

15....... 18....... Channeling your inner Peter Pan, you stay for another round of mini golf. It’s getting dark, and you’ve got nowhere to go. Sneaking past security guards, you find a structure in the dark. It’s roomy, and looks like it has wheels. You stretch out and fall asleep. The next morning, you realize you’ve made your bed in . . . wait, where are you? . . . (Go to No. 22.)

16....... Childhood can’t last forever, so you hop into a golf cart and drive to the Smith-Rafael Film Center to catch a grownup movie. There’s no Wreck-It Ralph here—it’s strictly independent films, documentaries and live recordings of ballet and opera. The films are so engaging, you grow wiser by the hour. At the

In Freestone, you go to Wild Flour Bread. You order a sticky bun and are shocked by the giant mass of sugar, butter and dough that comes back. You sip coffee from Taylor Maid, and pull off chunks of the gooey pastry, amazed by how delicious it tastes. Someone tells you this building used to be an import auto shop, owned by Robin Jackson, and up the way, a little newspaper called The Paper had an office. (So did a guy named Doug Bosco.) You wander into the garden, through the flowers and lettuce and raspberry plants, and wonder why everyone around you seems so relaxed. They also have radiant, well-exfoliated skin. Alas, you walk down the street and discover why—it’s Osmosis Day Spa. You decide to go in, get a massage and bathe entirely in mud. When the goopy dirt-substance has

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cleansed your aura, you have to decide. Do you head to Occidental for a zipline tour? (Go to No. 20.) Or do you take on more mud in the Russian River Mud Run? (Go to No. 21.)

would be a complete thing of the past. You’ve solved the ultimate problem! As you zip into your final landing, you feel like you’ve reached Nirvana. Everything goes fuzzy, and then black . . . you’re still floating? . . . (Go to No. 22.)

19....... 21....... The small, idyllic town of Bodega is peaceful—full of white, antiquated buildings and coastal charm, and an old bar called Casino with great food. The flock of birds in this town seems nice. They’re black and soft; you don’t notice how oddly prehistoric they look. You also don’t notice their sharp talons and beaks and small, deadlooking eyes. You wander over to a white church with a needle-thin steeple and stained glass windows. As you stand there admiring it, you look over at a large building with a Victorian tower. It seems like some kind of school, and out front people are taking pictures and saying the word “Hitchcock” over and over. Suddenly, you notice that the sun is gone. Inky-gray fog is rolling in from the coast. You look up. Birds are everywhere! The dark sky is full of screeching and flapping wings. As you stand there wondering what is happening, you notice one diving toward you, its claws outstretched, inches from your eyes! Everything goes black . . . (Go to p27.)

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You’re feeling energetic and sadistic. You get a number at the Russian River Mud Run and pin it to your shirt. You’re off! You grab a log the size of a small tree and hurl it as hard as you can. Then you’re down into the dirt, under a wall. Now you’re scaling another wall. Down a bank, feet first and into a mud pit. The mud is warm and smells like a mix of old water and rotting fish. You almost can’t take it, but you clamber out, covered in goop. You slide down another sandy slope, into the river. You run, until you fall, face-first into the water. The current almost takes your tired body away, but you manage to pull yourself up again. You climb another bank, then a trail, until you’re falling, slipping down another bank. You fall facefirst into yet another pool of mud . . . So much mud . . . it swallows you . . . (Go to p27.)

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I’LL BE YOU S.F. post-punk heroes the Mallard play the Arlene Francis Center on April 19. See Clubs, p32.

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To those whose heart palpitates whenever they think of Tim Curry singing “Sweet Transvestite”: ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ screens this week with a live cast acting out the film onstage. The audience is encouraged to dress as their favorite character, not limited to Rocky Horror—how badass would it be to see Petaluma Batman do the pelvic thrust? See the golden Speedos in person on Saturday, April 20, at the Phoenix Theater. 201 E. Washington St., Petaluma. $10. Midnight. 707.762.3565.

Before Randy Jackson sat though hundreds of off-key singers for American Idol, he was producing albums for Travis Tritt. Performing since the early ’90s, Tritt started his career as somewhat of a bad boy with a heart of gold, his outlaw image a contrast to the honky-tonks and cowboy hats of the Billy Ray Cyrus era. The two-time Grammy winner looks better as the years go by; he plays Saturday, April 20, at the Lincoln Theatre. 100 California Drive, Yountville. $55–$65. 9pm. 707.944.9900.

The supergroup Blue Sky Riders includes Kenny Loggins and Gary Burr, who started playing together while Loggins was working in Nashville. The two had so much fun that they decided to call up Georgia Middleman, and the rest is history. It’s no wonder the group feeds off of each other so well; feel their chemistry on Friday, April 19, at the Sweetwater Music Hall. 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 9pm. $37. 415.388.3850.

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should know that some people in the early stages of grief ďŹ nd that this is not a great ďŹ t for them. Death Cafe is not a therapy group, though it does sometimes have therapeutic outcomes. We laugh a lot more than we cry. We do cry here, but we laugh even more.â&#x20AC;? After her introductory remarks, Siniard invites everyone to ďŹ nd a table with three or four others and start the conversations. There are no rules and no guidelines. At one table, a spontaneous review of the Albert Brooks afterlife comedy Defending Your Life leads to a lively exchange about great death-themed movies. At the next table, after each person has explained his or her particular interest in death, the topic rapidly turns to parents and the struggle of ďŹ nding end-of-life options for parents unwilling to face that they can longer be independent. At another table, an artist who claims to be able to speak with the dead describes her process of sculpting dolls to help the living with their grieving process. Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cafe has drawn a wide mix of people, from grounded and fact-based realists to more spiritually inclined adventurers. Some want to talk about their feelings. Some are seeking practical information about how to write a will. Around the room, the tone is respectful, curious, interested and supportive. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a personal mission for me,â&#x20AC;? explains Siniard, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s currently working toward her Ph.D. in thanatology, the study of dying, death and grief. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of us here are involved in death and dying in some way. Some are grief counselors or hospice workers; some are doctors, ministers or funeral directorsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;something that has to do with end-of-life or postlife work and thought.â&#x20AC;? The Sonoma County Death Cafe is one of about ) 28

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against the stupidity of all who would unwittingly invite such incognito firebugs into their homes. Then comes the knock at his door. Schmitz (Michael Ray Wisely) is a charmingly eccentric, unemployed circus wrestler, who drops by asking for a sandwich and a bed. Biedermann is initially suspicious, but whatever he expects an arsonist to look like, this unmenacing goofball is not it. In fits and starts, Biedermann gradually warms to the sweetfaced newcomer, his easily manipulated sense of decency tangled into knots by Schmitz’s stories of his life as the orphaned son of a poor coal miner. Biedermann’s wife, Babette (Gwen Loeb), is also suspicious, resenting the presence of the strange man lurking in her attic, but despite the gutfeeling warnings of their nononsense maid, Anna (Dina Percia), and a chorus of resolute firefighters (Kevin Clarke, Tristan Cunningham and Michael Uy Kelly), she eventually consents to Schmitz’s guilt-tripping guile. Even after the arrival of the straight-talking, tuxedoed excon Eisenbing (Santa Rosa’s Tim Kniffin, menacingly cordial), and the rapid accumulation of gasoline barrels, fuses and detonators in the attic, the Biedermanns are afraid of appearing judgmental, their self-justifications pushing them closer and closer to complicity in the disaster that seems to be formulating right in their home. Brilliantly directed by Mark Jackson, with a tense and escalating sound design composed of ambient noise and overlapping melodies, The Arsonists is crisp, superbly performed and deliciously fun to muse over afterwards, at once challenging, playful, and thought-provoking. As the firefighters ominously demand, in one plaintive voice, “If the odor of change frightens you more than the odor of disaster . . . how will you stop disaster?” Rating (out of 5): +++++

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is not folly to be Wiseau. Tommy Wiseau, star and director of The Room, is the man behind the cult film that, in some cities, has played for two or four or even 10 years.

The Room is an unusual movie. It’s mumblecore and melodrama wrapped into one big burrito. It’s a love story in a cinematic culture that pigeonholes such films as chick flicks. On April 25, it finally makes its way to Santa Rosa as part of the Roxy Theater’s weekly cult film series, which in the last seven months has brought fan favorites like Creepshow, Evil Dead, My Bloody Valentine, Troll 2 and dozens of others in popular double features every Thursday. Local improv troupe Opposing Media will riff on the movie, MST3K-style, during the screening, and they’ll have plenty of source material. Like Troll 2,

The Room is routinely cited as one of the worst movies of all time. And—by “Roomies”—one of the best. “What people don’t understand,” says Santa Cruz filmmaker Jesse Goldsmith, “is that The Room isn’t a bad movie at all. The Room is a masterpiece. Really. One of the few essential San Francisco movies since Vertigo.” Considering Wiseau’s international promotional tours, CNN interviews and a choice line-drop on The Simpsons (“Lisa, you’re tearing me apart!”), he must have done something right. Loosely, The Room is the story of a brooding, long-haired and heavily accented man savaged by romantic betrayal in San Francisco. “It was a movie made by design,” Wiseau explains by phone from Los Angeles. “I spent a lot of money to create this little baby. As a filmmaker, the more colors you use, the better; the more details, the better. The elements of the story—the drugs; two are better than three; three’s a crowd—all this stuff is based on life and the interaction between humans.” The 10th-anniversary edition of The Room on Blu-Ray includes new documentary footage that Wiseau says proves that there was a method to his romantic madness. Wiseau’s source was his own 800-page novel, which he then shortened into a play—and then a film script. (The source book may be published soon.) The origin of the film’s cult status can be traced to an Oscar-qualifying Los Angeles screening in a theater where the only available slot was late at night. Wiseau purchased a billboard (“With good traffic—it wasn’t cheap”) to promote the screening. Thanks to word of mouth, the film drew a crowd. Wiseau ended up extending the billboard contract for five years. The Room’s fame has even changed the opinions of people who worked on it. “After 10 years,” Wiseau relates happily, “I’m running into people who quit the film who now want credit on it.” ‘The Room’ screens in a double feature with ‘The Big Lebowski’ on Thursday, April 25, at the Roxy Theater. 85 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 7pm. $10. 707.522.0330.

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Alborosie, from Sicily to the concrete jungle ˜ BY JACQUELYNNE OCANA

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amaica has a tradition with pirates,” Alborosie once told the Jamaica Star. “To me, being in Jamaica you have to be a pirate as a European.” As an outsider, learning to move without invading another’s space, led the Italian rude-boy-turnedRastafarian to focus on raw and honest subject matter. From his studio in Kingston, Jamaica, Alborosie pauses between tracks to consider his last tour, a nearly sold-out run of Argentina last month. “Latin American people are cleanhearted. But I see nuff sufferation— same like Jamaica. I hope reggae can bring some positive vibes into people’s lives and upliftment, like how it help down here in JA.” Born Alberto D’Ascola, Alborosie emigrated from his native Sicily to the island of

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Jamaica in 2000, already a seasoned performer. Under the moniker “Stena,” his previous band, Reggae National Tickets, made eight records for BMG Italy. Searching out the real roots, Alborosie set up shop in Kingston working as a producer and sound engineer for the likes of Sizzla, Luciano and Gentleman. A solo career took off when legendary U.K. sound selector David Rodigan named his single “Herbalist” the 2006 song of the year, prompting Alborosie to become the first white artist distributed by Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong Records. His dreads are 20-years long, his Italian-tinged patois is legit, and his music is backed by some of the most respected in the industry. Yet Alborosie is quick to acknowledge he is new-school, merely absorbing inspiration from the original roots makers. And the multi-instrumentalist wears his influences on his sleeve: Burning Spear, Black Uhuru, Bob Marley. Across the board, his tunes are laced with 1970s and ’80s “conscious” lyrics and one-drop rhythms, mixing in dancehall, dub, and Latin beats. It has been two years since the release of Alborosie’s 2011 record, 2 Times Revolution. The album received both praise and flak for the expanse of rhythms it covered. “Reggae music at 360 degrees,” he told Oufah Media last month. “Rub-a-dub, roots, Cuban, hip-hop, everything else—it’s still reggae, still Alborosie.” Alborosie’s new album drops in June. Featured are the Abyssinians and Ky-Mani Marley, but more exciting is Italian rocksteady vocalist Nina Zilli. Linking up with fresh artists keeps the music accessible, especially for the West Coast scene—Humboldt County’s Jah Sun dominated 2010’s chronic mafia tune “Ganjah Don”. As for Alborosie coming back to the best coast, “In Cali, people love reggae. Straight connection between Cali and Jamaica from the late 1960s,” he says. “Plus the homegrown is wicked.”

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Concerts SONOMA COUNTY Alborosie Sicilian-born reggae artist has a worldwide following. Apr 18, 9pm. $30. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

Blues with Bowker Apple Blossom Festival music lineup features Rick Estrin & the Night Cats, Volker Strifler Band, the Red Hot Mamas and Pat Jordan Band. Apr 20, 11am5pm. $5-$10. Ives Park, Willow Street and Jewell Avenue, Sebastopol.

Neil Diamond Tribute Santa Rosa Symphony and Neil Diamond tribute band perform Neil Diamond hits. Apr 21, 3pm. $32-$75. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Joan Osborne Grammy-nominated singerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest album is a collection of blues, R&B and soul. Girls and Boys open. Apr 24, 8pm. $26. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

SF Conservatory Piano Trio Program features Beethovenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Piano Trio in G Major, Mendelssohnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Major and DvorĂĄkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dumkyâ&#x20AC;? Piano Trio in E Minor. Apr 20, 8pm. $25. Occidental Center for the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.874.9392.

Taj Mahal Trio Blues musician incorporates world rhythms. Apr 20, 8:30pm. $46. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

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Georgia Middleman and Gary Burr released its debut album this year. Apr 19, 9pm. $37. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

Jefferson Starship Paul Kanter and others perform 1967 album â&#x20AC;&#x153;Surrealistic Pillowâ&#x20AC;? in its entirety. Apr 19-20, 8pm. $67. Hopmonk Novato, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200.

NAPA COUNTY Dead Can Dance Australian world-fusion group. David Kuckhermann opens. Apr 17, 8pm. $60-$70. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Arlo Guthrie Arlo continues the celebration of his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s immeasurable contributions to the landscape of American folk music. Apr 20, 8pm. $45-$50. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Medeski Martin & Wood Trioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amalgam of jazz, funk, â&#x20AC;&#x153;avant-noiseâ&#x20AC;? and a million other musical currents and impulses is nearly impossible to classify. Apr 19, 8pm. $25-$30. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Helen Reddy Internationally known for her dynamic anthem â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Am Woman,â&#x20AC;? she became a catalyst for feminine empowerment. Apr 20, 8pm. $40-$95. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Travis Tritt Country star with a golden voice and many hits over a long career. Apr 20, 9pm. $65. Lincoln Theater, 100 California Dr, Yountville. 707.226.8742.

Clubs & Venues SONOMA COUNTY

Gardner. 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.

Arlene Francis Center Apr 17, Manzanita Falls, Highway Poets, Loves It!, Girls in Suede. Apr 19, Shannon & the Clams, the Mallard, Meat Market, Pookie & the Oodlez, the Atomic Happens, We Are the Men, Cool Ghouls, Pets Sounds. Apr 20, John Courage & the Great Plains, Zodiac Death Valley, Travis Hayes, Adam Von Passow, Bill Wild. 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.

Aubergine Apr 18, Genna & Jesse. Apr 19, Free Peoples. Apr 20, Goodbye Taxes, Hello Mary Jane. 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2722.

Bergamot Alley Apr 21, Steve Pile. 328-A Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.433.8720.

Christyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on the Square Apr 18, We Are the Men, Starskate, Couches, Breathing Patterns. 96 Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa.

Flamingo Lounge Apr 19, Groove Foundation. Apr 20, Crossfire. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

Forestville Club Apr 19, Kyle Martin. 6250 Front St, Forestville. 707.887.2594.

French Garden Apr 19, Prisma Trova. Apr 20, Maria Bija. 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.2030.

Glaser Center Apr 21, Music of Jerome Kern. 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.568.5381.

Healdsburg Community Church Apr 20, Enso String Quartet. 1100 University Ave, Healdsburg.

Hopmonk Sebastopol Apr 17, Minesota, Dr Dylon, Mose. Apr 19, Pepperland. Apr 20, Norris Man, Ancient Mystic, Christafari, Sizzlak & Dinger. Apr 24, Freq Nasty. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Hopmonk Sonoma Apr 19, Solid Air. Apr 20, Ricky Alan Ray. Apr 21, Scott Foreman. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.

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Banana. Apr 19, the String Rays. Apr 20, Ain’t Misbehavin’. Apr 21, Staggerwing. Apr 24, Rivereens. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

Last Day Saloon Apr 19, the Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, the Pine Box Boys. Apr 20, McKenna Faith, Trailer Park Rangers. 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.2343.

Main Stage West Apr 19, 8pm, Mads Tolling Quartet. 104 N Main St, Sebastopol.

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Apr 19, Midnight Transit, Highway Poets, Kingsborough. 397 Aviation Blvd, Santa Rosa. 707.765.2515.

Murphy’s Irish Pub Apr 19, Timothy O’Neil Band. Apr 20, Perfect Crime. Wed, trivia night. 464 First St E, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.

Mystic Theatre Apr 18, Alborosie & the Shengen Clan, DJ Jacques & Guacamole. Apr 20, Taj Mahal Trio. Apr 24, Joan Osborne, Girls and Boys. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

Penngrove Pub Apr 21, Jeff Walters. 10005 Main St, Penngrove. 707.664.8018.

Petaluma Museum Apr 21, Elizabeth Walter & Carol Menke perform Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet. 20 Fourth St, Petaluma. 707.778.4398.

Phoenix Theater Apr 19, Walk the Atmosphere, Incredible Me, A Sun That Never Sets, Dennis Is Dead, Creatures of Origin. 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

Redwood Cafe Apr 20, Redwood Tango Trio. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.

Rio Nido Roadhouse Apr 21, Celebration of the life of Mardell Mardeau. 14540 Canyon 2 Rd, Rio Nido. 707.869.0821.

Peter Williams came from Yoshi’s San Francisco to the Napa Valley Opera House last year, and as artistic director wasted no time booking world-class jazz talent: Branford Marsalis, Jack DeJohnette, Joshua Redman, Bill Frisell and many others. This week, the Opera House’s jazz offerings continue with avant-funkalicious trio Medeski Martin & Wood. The cacophony of these bad daddies of cool are sure to light a fire under the usual provincial wine-andcheese audiences. Many recent MM&W albums have been live, like last year’s Free Magic, and this show sees them on acoustic instruments, just like their early days of the 1990s. MM&W get into some serious jams, but don’t compare them to Phish—these guys bring in hip-hop and funk, and even released a children’s album. Will they lay down a clown carnival of confusion and dissonance? Will it be a night dedicated to Thelonious Monk? Whatever’s on the itinerary, the show will no doubt unsettle the town with psychedelic soundscapes and unresolved riffs resting on beautiful musical architecture. Ready to take the trip? Medeski Martin & Wood lead the way on Friday, April 19, at the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., Napa. 8pm. $25–$30. 707.226.7372.—Elise Guillot

River Theatre Apr 20, Caribbean Allstars, Midnight Sun Massive, Thugz, Apartment H. Thurs, Thugz. 16135 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.3194.

Russian River Brewing Co Apr 21, AfroFunk Experience.

725 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.BEER.

Ruth McGowan’s Brewpub Apr 19, the Sticky Notes. Apr 20, the Blenders. 131 E First St, Cloverdale. 707.894.9610.

Sebastiani Theatre Apr 19, Tommy Thomson All Star Band, Pine Needles, Sean Carscadden. Apr 20, Creation Band, Big Brother & the Holding Company, Frobeck. 476 First St E, Sonoma. 707.996.9756.

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Sprenger’s Tap Room Apr 20, Punching Billy. 446 B St, Santa Rosa. 707.544.8277.

The Locals Apr 20, the Acoustamatics. 90 Mark West Springs Roa, Santa Rosa. 707-623-9505.

Toad in the Hole Pub Apr 20, Strange Cabbage. 116 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.544.8623.

Tradewinds Apr 17, Down with May. Apr 19, the Honey Wilders. Apr 21, Genna & Jesse. Apr 24, Clean Slate. 8210 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7878.

Vintage House Apr 20, Larry Vuckovich: Beyond Category Ensemble. 264 First St E, Sonoma.

Youth Annex Apr 20, Audrey Auld & David Luning. 425 Morris St, Sebastopol. 707.874.3571.

MARIN COUNTY 142 Throckmorton Theatre Apr 18, Allison Miller’s Boom

Tic Boom. Apr 20, Danny Click and the Hell Yeahs!. Apr 21, Spring Fling with Strings: A Tribute to Billie Holiday. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Apr 20, Rusty Evans & the Ring of Fire. Apr 21, Red Valley Trappers. Apr 23, Tommy Odetto. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.

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Apr 19, Whiskey & Women. Apr 20, Johnny Allair’s Birthday Dance Party. Apr 21, Houston Jones. Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

Apr 18, Linda Imperial Band. Apr 19, Mary Jenson & Beyond Standard. Apr 20, Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers. 919 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.813.5600.

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Apr 19, Pride & Joy. Apr 20, Rudy Colombini & the Unathorized Rolling Stones. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

Apr 17, Kelly Peterson. Apr 18, Steve Wolf, Teja Bell, David Smadbeck & Iseult Jordan. Apr 19, Playground. Apr 21, Dave Getz Straight Up Jazz. Apr 23, Judy Hall. 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.485.1182.

Hopmonk Novato

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Apr 19-20, Jefferson Starship. Wed, Open Mic. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200.

19 Broadway Club Apr 18, Selassie. Apr 19, Cole Tate Band, Lumanation. Apr 20, the Skywalkers. Apr 21, Dale Alstrom’s Jazz Society. Apr 23, Ortiz Brothers, One of Many. Apr 24, Eugene Huggins Band. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

Peri’s Silver Dollar Apr 17, Elvis Johnson Soul Review. Apr 19, Swoop Unit.

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Apr 18, Michael Pinkims Jazz Jam. Apr 19, Stages of Sleep. Apr 20, Wasted Noise. Mon, reggae. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311.

Station House Cafe Apr 21, John Allair. 11180 State Route 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1515.

Studio 55 Marin Apr 20, Manring Kassin Darter. 1455 E Francisco Blvd, San Rafael. 415.453.3161.

Sweetwater Music Hall Apr 17, Jim Campilongo Trio. Apr 18, Roadkill Ghost Choir. Apr 19, Blue Sky Riders. Apr 20, Storm Large. Apr 21, Sunday Brunch with Hot Club of Marin. Apr 24, Michael Landau Group, Soulpie. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

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Seriously, folks—she’s got an elegant new album of jazz standards, and it’s decent! Apr 16 at Yoshi’s SF.

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Vampire Weekend

Apr 19, Disturbing the Peace. Apr 20, Mutha Cover. 902 Main St, Napa. 707.258.2337.

Ivy Leaguers with new single that “borrows” heavily from the Bay’s own Souls of Mischief. Apr 17 at the Fox Theater.

Lincoln Theater

How to Destroy Angels Until Nine Inch Nails returns, Trent Reznor has a scary, visual-laden side project. Apr 18 at the Regency Ballroom.

Apr 20, Travis Tritt. 100 California Dr, Yountville. 707.226.8742.

Savages

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Post-punk abrasion returns with morbid bent in this muchbuzzed new British quartet. Apr 18 at the Independent.

Prince Two nights at 800-capacity club are sold-out, but tickets are out there for those willing to sell their car. Apr 23-24 at the DNA Lounge.

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Apr 19, Medeski, Martin & Wood. Apr 20, Arlo Guthrie. 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Silo’s Apr 20, CR Vibes. Apr 21, Lavay Smith celebrates Duke Ellington. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

Uptown Theatre Apr 17, Dead Can Dance. Apr 20, Helen Reddy. 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

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Healdsburg Center for the Arts

RECEPTIONS Apr 18 At 4pm. University Art Gallery, â&#x20AC;&#x153;BFA Exhibition 2013,â&#x20AC;? featuring work from 15 art students graduating this spring. Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2295.

Apr 20 At 4pm. Marin MOCA, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Altered Book Arts Show,â&#x20AC;? 150 artists draw inspiration from discarded books. Novato Arts Center, 500 Palm Dr, Novato. 415.506.0137.

SONOMA COUNTY Artlife Gallery Through May 30, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Silver & Oil,â&#x20AC;? silver prints and oil paintings by Rogers and Thomas Wood. 958 Gravenstein Highway S, Sebastopol. 707.824.8881.

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Through Apr 21, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Illusions,â&#x20AC;? distinctive, imaginative, abstract paintings by David Kingwill. Apr 24-Jun 2, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Botanicals & Birds,â&#x20AC;? piaces by Victoria Kochergin, Elizabeth Peyton, Vi Strain and Nancy Wheeler. 1580 Eastshore Rd, Bodega Bay. Daily, 10 to 5. 707.875.2744.

Occidental Center for the Arts Through May 5, â&#x20AC;&#x153;M for Mystique,â&#x20AC;? exploring the theme of intrigue. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.874.9392.

Perdita Productions Through May 12, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Out Come the Divs,â&#x20AC;? paintings by Laine Justice. 21025 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville.

Petaluma Arts Center

Through May 11, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Human Presence in Art,â&#x20AC;? group show. 144 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. Wed-Sun, 11 to 5. 707.781.7070.

Charles M Schulz Museum

Riverfront Art Gallery

Through Apr 28, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Usable, Loveable Peanuts,â&#x20AC;? highlights from 33 years of Peanuts products plus the licensing and manufacturing stories behind them. Through Sep 1, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art of the Line,â&#x20AC;? describing Schulzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s process, from the tools he used to the research he undertook. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. Mon-Fri, noon to 5; Sat-Sun, 10 to 5. 707.579.4452.

Through May 5, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Juried Photography Show,â&#x20AC;? featuring local artists. 132 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. Wed, Thurs and Sun, 11 to 6. Fri-Sat, 11 to 8. 707.775.4ART.

Gallery of Sea & Heaven

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Through Jun 2, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cosmic Terrain,â&#x20AC;? individual and collaborative works by Mars-1, Damon Soule, Oliver Vernon and Ricky Watts. 230 Lakeville St at East Washington, Petaluma. 707.762.5600.

Calabi Gallery

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Through May 5, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Scissors... Wax... Glue,â&#x20AC;? collages of found, painted or collected materials. 130 Plaza St, Healdsburg. Daily, 11 to 6. 707.431.1970.

Through Jun 8, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Atmosphere,â&#x20AC;? works of art creating a space of being. 312 South A St, Santa Rosa. Thurs-Sat, noon to 5 and by appointment. 707.578.9123.

Gallery 300 Through Apr 27, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Light/Wave 450nm,â&#x20AC;? Collaborative Sculptures By Virginia Harrison and Patrick Scott. 300 South A St, Santa Rosa. Open Sat,

Sebastopol Center for the Arts Through May 10, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flower Power,â&#x20AC;? using flowers as a central theme. 282 S High St, Sebastopol. Tues-Fri, 10 to 4; Sat, 1 to 4. 707.829.4797.

Sonoma County Museum Through Apr 21, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harry Dixon: The Metalsmithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Workshop,â&#x20AC;? well-known metalsmith was the brother of painter Maynard Dixon. Through Apr 21, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mail Call,â&#x20AC;? story of military mail and communication from the American Revolution to current wars. Through Jun 2, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tools as Art,â&#x20AC;? collection of witty and

light-hearted works based on familiar forms. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. Tues-Sun, 11 to 4. 707.579.1500.

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art Through Jun 16, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Minidoka on My Mind,â&#x20AC;? paintings by Roger Shimomura. 551 Broadway, Sonoma. Wed-Sun, 11 to 5. 707.939.SVMA.

University Art Gallery Through May 11, â&#x20AC;&#x153;BFA Exhibition 2013,â&#x20AC;? featuring work from 15 art students graduating this spring. Reception, Apr 18, 4pm. Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. Tues-Fri, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, noon to 4. 707.664.2295.

MARIN COUNTY Bolinas Museum Through Apr 27, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cross Pollination,â&#x20AC;? molas and huipiles from the collection of Sandy Dierks. Through Apr 28, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Of Golden Light,â&#x20AC;? Photographer Patty Mulliganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prints on glass backed in gold. 48 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. Fri, 1 to 5; Sat-Sun, noon to 5; and by appointment. 415.868.0330.

Corte Madera Town Center Apr 19-May 12, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marin Open Studios Exhibition,â&#x20AC;? featuring local artists working with various media. Reception, Apr 27, 5pm. Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera.

Elsewhere Gallery Through May 21, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Its Worser Than Louie Armstrong,â&#x20AC;? paintings, poetry and aphorism by Jack Carter. 1828 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. Daily, 11 to 6. 415.526.2855.

Gallery Route One Through Apr 28, Eric Engstromâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s digital photography of the American landscape. Artist talk, Apr 28, 4pm. Through Apr 28, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Book: Confessions of My Inner Dog,â&#x20AC;? paintings by Dorothy Nissen. Artist talk, Apr 28, 4pm. Through Apr 28, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The True Cost of Plastic,â&#x20AC;? mixed-media installation by Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang. Artist talk, Apr 28, 4pm. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. Wed-Mon, 11 to 5. 415.663.1347.

Earth Day Marin Talks given by well known speakers, kids activities, comedy, music and food. Apr 21, 11am. Free. Redwood High School, 395 Doherty Dr, Larkspur.

Jewish Cultural Festival

LEADING THE WAY Art by students graduating with BFA degrees opens at SSU’s University Art Gallery on April 18. See Receptions, adjacent.

Marin Community Foundation Through May 31, “Millennial Abstractions,” choice of color, form, shapes and mark making are transformational and inspiring in the deepest sense. 5 Hamilton Landing, Ste 200, Novato. Open Mon-Fri, 9 to 5.

Marin MOCA Apr 20-May 25, “Altered Book Arts Show,” 150 artists draw inspiration from discarded books. Reception, Apr 20, 4pm. Novato Arts Center, Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Dr, Novato. Wed-Sun, 11 to 4. 415.506.0137.

Seager Gray Gallery Through Apr 30, “Postcards,” paintings by Chris Gwaltney. 23 Sunnyside Ave, Mill Valley. Tues-Sat; 11 to 6. Fri-Sat, 11 to 7; Sun, 12 to 5. 415.384.8288.

NAPA COUNTY di Rosa Largest collection of contemporary Bay Area art. Tours daily. 5200 Sonoma Hwy, Napa. Wed-Sun, 10am to 6pm. 707.226.5991.

dimension, reflection and process. 1348 A Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.812.2201.

Grand Hand Gallery Through Apr 30, “Vernal Equinox,” paintings by Sandra Juniper Booth and Kim Frances. 1136 Main St, Napa. No phone.

Napa Valley Museum Through Apr 30, “Angels of the Valley,” photographer Mars Lasar’s unique collection on display. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. Wed-Mon, 10 to 5. 707.944.0500.

Through Apr 30, “Radiant Ruins,” local artists focus on

The Magic Toy Shop A shopkeeper’s beloved toys come to life and perform for prospective customers, until two spoiled girls enter the store. Presented by the Sonoma Conservatory of Dance. Apr 20-21, 1pm. $12-$22. Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St E, Sonoma 707.996.9756.

Comedy Events Will I Ever Wear a Bikini Again?

Marilyn Kentz (formerly of “The Mommies”) explores the aging process. Apr 18, 7:30pm. $25. Charles Krug, 2800 Main St., St Helena. 707.967.3993.

Dance Spring Dance Concert

ECHO Gallery

Cassie Meador and Matthew Cumbie from Dance Exchange. April 18-20. $10-$17. Person Theater, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.

“Water Works” theme by guest choreographers Christine Cali, Nancy Lyons, Scott Wells and

Apple Blossom Festival Brace yourselves: apples are coming. Music, food, beer and wine will be on hand to help prepare. Apr 20, 11am-5pm; festival continues with blues concert and more fun on April 21, 10am-5pm. $5-$10. Ives Park, Willow Street and Jewell Avenue, Sebastopol.

Community Building Community Pizzas, bake sale, cake walks,

Film

Matinee

Documentary is unprecedented record of a major artist at work. Apr 18, 7pm. $7. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

A colorful movie producer (John Goodman) in 1962 takes his latest gimmick-laden B-horror epic to the monstercrazy youth of a Florida coastal town.Hosted by David Templeton. Apr 18, 7pm. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.1222.

Don Quixote

A Place at the Table

Story of the curious adventurer recorded live from Paris Opera Ballet. Apr 20, 7pm. $10. Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main St, Napa. 707.255.5445.

Documentary shines light on the 50 million people in the US who don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Apr 23, 7pm. $10. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

David Hockney: A Bigger Picture

Live music, ethnic food, artists, vendors and lots of schmooze time. Apr 21. Free. Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Hall, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.565.7176.

Drying for Freedom

Mardell Mardeau Memorial Gathering

A Fierce Green Fire

Celebration of beloved violinist with music from friends and local musicians. Apr 21, 1-3pm. Rio Nido Roadhouse, 14540 Canyon 2 Rd, Rio Nido. 707.583.6386.

Documentary shows stories of the environmental movement where people fought and succeeded against enormous odds. Director Mark Kitchell in person. Apr 21, 4 and 7pm. $8-$14. Dance Palace, Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Film Classics

Take Back Your Power

Apr 17, “Airplane.” 7pm. $8. Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley St, Sebastopol. 707.525.4840.

Documentary investigates the smart meter program being rolled out worldwide. Apr 17, 7pm. Donation. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S High St, Sebastopol. 707.829.4797.

Field Trips Bird Walk View the natural splendor of avian in flight. Sat, Apr 20, 8:30am. Free. Spring Lake Park, 391 Violetti Dr, Santa Rosa. 707.527.4465.

Earth Day Hikes Focus on wildflowers, birds, reptiles and plants and their interconnected role in the web of nature. Apr 20-21, 10am. $10. Jack London State Park, 2400 London Ranch Rd, Glen Ellen. 707.938.5216.

History Hike Led by retired ranger and archaeologist Daniel Murley. Apr 20, 9am. Free. Mayacamas Sanctuary, Pine Flat Road, off Highway 128, Healdsburg.

Nature Walk Led by Petaluma Wetlands Alliance. Sat, Apr 20, 10am. Free. Shollenberger Park, Parking lot, Petaluma.

Spring Wildflower Walks Preserve known for one of the most incredible wildflower displays in Sonoma County. Sat, Apr 20, 10am and Sun, Apr 21, 10am. Free. Van Hoosear Preserve, Grove Street, El Verano.

Documentary on drying clothes on a clothesline. Apr 19, 6:30pm. $10-$15. Share Exchange, 531 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.393.1431.

Films in 4k Four classic movies at twice the resolution of standard digital. Apr 21 &23, “The Bridge on the River Kwai”; Apr 19, 20, 21 & 24, “Dr. Strangelove”; Apr 20 & 22, “Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion”; Apr 19, 20, 21 & 24, “Groundhog Day.” Apr 19-24. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.924.5111.

5 Broken Cameras Documentary about a Palestinian farmer’s chronicle of his nonviolent resistance to the actions of the Israeli army. Apr 17, 7pm. $8. Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St E, Sonoma. 707.996.9756.

G-Dog Documentary about Greg Boyle and Homeboy Industries. Discussion follows. Apr 17, 5:30pm. $5. NVUSD District Auditorium, 2425 Jefferson St, Napa.

The Long Goodbye Altman adaptation of Philip Marlow novel. Discussion led by Jonah Raskin follows. Apr 19, 7pm. $7. Sonoma Film Institute, Warren Auditorium, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2606.

Pretty Slick Documentary on the year of the BP Oil Spill. Apr 24, 7:30pm. $10. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Cult classic inspires costumed performances of songs like “Time Warp” during the screening. Apr 20, 11:30pm. $10. Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

Food & Drink Japanese Farm Food Author of “Japanese Farm Food,” Nancy Singleton Hachisu, talks about her book. Recipes prepared by Whole Foods chef Jerry Aman. Apr 20, 1pm. Free. Whole Foods Market, 3682 Bel Aire Plaza, Napa. 707.224.6300.

The Molecular Universe of Wine Moderated by chef Elizabeth Binder, a panel discusses the tastes of wine’s many flavors. Apr 19, 6pm. $35. Jessup Cellars, 6740 Washington Street, Yountville. 707.944.5620.

Rocky Fino Author of “Will Cook for Sex” makes food to pair with wine. Apr 20, 1pm. $20. Muscardini Cellars Tasting Room, 9380 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood. 707.933.9305.

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live music, vendors, raffle prizes and more. Fundraiser for market’s new Barlow location. Apr 20, 11am-5pm. Free. Community Market, 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.546.1806.

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Featuring Danish Ebleskiver, Norwegian smoked salmon and scrambled eggs and Swedish Janson’s Fristelse potatoes. Apr 20, 11am. $16$18. Sons of Norway Hall, 617 W Ninth Street, Santa Rosa.

Sunday Supper with Deborah Madison

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Tailwags & Handbags Ladies luncheon and purse auction to benefit Pets Lifeline animal shelter. Apr 19, 12pm. $85. The General’s Daughter, 400 W Spain St, Sonoma. 707.933.0450.

Lectures Digestive Wellness Clinical Herbalist Lily Mazzarella shares her personal and professional experience in herbal and nutritional support. Apr 23, 6pm. $10-$35. Ceres Community Project, 7351 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.8295.

Lillian Judd Author of “From Nightmare to Freedom” tells her story of Holocaust survival. Apr 21, 3pm. Free. Pegasus Theater Company, Rio Nido Lodge, Canyon Two Rd, Rio Nido.

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Dinner with Vegetable Literacy, hosted by Margaret Grade and Daniel DeLong, owner/chefs of the Olema. Apr 21, 5pm. $70. Olema Inn & Restaurant, 10000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Olema. 415.663.9559.

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Author talks about innovative approaches to writing a story. Apr 18, 7pm. $15. Petaluma Community Center, 320 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma.

More Than a Catfight Fear, lies and social class in the lives of Irene Redfield and Clare Kendry, moderated by Abby Bogomolny. Apr 17, 12pm. Free. Newman Auditorium, Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.527.4372.

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Apple Blossom Time Parade, Red Hot Mamas, vintage cars and more Everyone loves a parade, and especially in Sebastopol, the town that made the Gravenstein apple world-famous. The 67th annual Apple Blossom Festival kicks off on Saturday, April 20, with a parade that begins at 10am at Analy High School and ends downtown around noon. The theme for this year’s festivities is “Hometown Reunion,” with food, music and down-home hospitality as bands blare, floats drift by, school kids march and vintage autos cruise. Where else can one see floats from vineyards side by side with floats from marijuana dispensaries? On Sunday, April 21, inimitable bluesman Bill Bowker hosts an outdoor festival of music in Ives Park with Rick Estrin and the Nightcats, Volker Strifler and San Francisco’s Tia Carroll and Cathy Lemons— but don’t miss warmup act the Red Hot Mamas, this weekend comprising Nancy Wenstrom, Jackie Enx, Diane McFee, Diva Ladee Chico and the Queen of North Bay blues, Sarah Baker. “We’re definitely red hot, and we’re definitely mamas who deliver rhythm and blues,” Baker says. “When we play together we connect with our musical roots. I think we’ll do much the same for you, so come on down and listen.” Festival runs 10am–6pm on Saturday and 11am–5pm on Sunday in Ives Park, Sebastopol. $10 general admission. For more info, visit www.sebastopol.org.—Jonah Raskin

Book Passage COWBOY JUNKIES

Apr 17, 7pm, “The Dream Merchant” with Fred Waitzkin. Apr 18, 7pm, Pam Houston in

Conversation with Joshua Mohr. Apr 19, 7pm, “The Edge of the Earth” with

Christina Schwartz. Apr 20, 1pm, “Marin’s Mountain Play” with Elisabeth Ptak. Apr 20,

Dance Palace Apr 19, 7pm, “Becoming Animal” with David Abram. $20. Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.

Occidental Center for the Arts Apr 19, 7pm, “Sometimes I See You” with Michael David Fels. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.874.9392.

Petaluma Copperfield’s Books Apr 17, 7pm, “The Accursed” with Joyce Carol Oates. Apr 18, 7pm, “Approaching the Natural: A Health Manifesto” with Sid Garza-Hillman. Apr 23, 6pm, “Amity and Sorrow” with Peggy Riley. Apr 24, 7pm, “The Art of Character” with David Corbett. 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.762.0563.

Petaluma Library Apr 20, 2pm, “The Body’s Perfect” with Christopher Riebli. 100 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma. 707.763.9801.

Point Reyes Books Apr 21, 4pm, “Vegetable Literacy: Cooking and Gardening with Twelve Families from the Edible Plant Kingdom” with Deborah Madison. 11315 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station .415.663.1542.

Santa Rosa Copperfield’s Books Apr 23, 7pm, “Palisades Park” with Alan Brennert. 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. 707.578.8938.

Sebastopol Copperfield’s Books Apr 22, 7pm, “The Pipeline and the Paradigm” with Samuel Avery. 138 N Main St, Sebastopol 707.823.2618.

SHED Apr 20, 2pm, “Vegetable Literacy” with Deborah Madison. $15. 25 North St, Healdsburg. 707.431.7433.

Sonoma Valley Grange Hall Apr 18, 7pm, “Foodopoly” with Wenonah Hauter. 18627 Sonoma Hwy, Boyes Hot Springs.

The Apple Box Apr 19, 6:30pm, “Tremors” with Anita Amirrezvani and Ari Siletz.. 224 B St, Petaluma 707.762.5222.

Theater Dead Man’s Cell Phone Comedy by Sarah Ruhl blends mundane with metaphysical. Fri-Sat, 8pm and Sun, 2pm. through Apr 28. $18. Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 N Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale. 707.829.2214.

Hairspray Social commentary is par for the course in this wacky musical comedy presented by Broadway Bound Kids. Apr 18-19, 7:30pm and Sat, Apr 20, 1 and 5pm. $15-$17. Marin Center Showcase Theatre, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

Happy How vicious and enviable we can be of people possessed with a natural joie de vivre, but absolution in attitude can win the day. World Premiere. Times vary. Thurs-Sun through Apr 21. $10-$25. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

The Imaginary Invalid A man who’s convinced he’s sick is surrounded by friends and family, some who’d like him to stay convinced, some who wouldn’t. Fri-Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2pm and Thurs, Apr 18, 8pm. through Apr 28. $11-$23. Raven Performing Arts Theater, 115 North Street, Healdsburg. 707.433.5900.

Legally Blonde: The Musical Bubbly and stylish sorority president applies to law school to win back her boyfriend. Her exploits ensure that Harvard Law and the legal system will never be the same. Thurs-Sat, 8pm and Sun, 3pm. through May 5. $10-$18. Burbank Auditorium, SRJC, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa.

Light All the men in Lyle’s family have been struck by lightning except him. Staged Reading directed by Marissa Wolf. Apr 22, 7pm. Free. Marin Theatre Company,

397 Miller Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.5208.

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Murder at the Taylor Estate Murder mystery dinner fundraiser for Analy Arts Theatre Department set in 1928. Sun, Apr 21, 5pm. $35$40. Aubergine, 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2722.

Orpheus in the Underworld Greek gods, bored with life on Olympic Heights, let down their hair, hell-bent for excitement and fun. Presented by Pocket Opera. Apr 21, 2pm. $39. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

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Quicksand Tango! Wow! Staged reading of new play by Tony Sciullo. Apr 22, 7pm. Free. Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 N Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale. 707.829.2214.

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ARIES (March 21–April 19) The writer Oliver Burkeman has some advice that would be helpful for you Aries folks to hear right now: “When you assume your current preferences won’t alter, you’ll make bad decisions: embarking on a career or marriage, say, not with a view to its durability, but solely based on how it makes you feel now.” I am most definitely not predicting that you are about to make the kind of bad decision Burkeman refers to. I’m sure my warning here in this horoscope will derail any temptation you might have to make short-sighted moves. TAURUS (April 20–May 20)

I’m happy to report that help from the invisible world is available to you right now. Of course, you won’t be able to use it, let alone tune in to it, if you don’t believe there is any such thing as help from the invisible world. So if you are the type of person who is very sure that reality consists of nothing more than what your senses reveal, I suggest that you temporarily suspend that belief. And if you are someone who has had direct experiences with blessings that come from the unseen realm, be aware that the imminent delivery is quite different from those you have known in the past.

GEMINI (May 21–June 20) In her book A Monster’s Notes, Laurie Sheck describes the nuances of the term “ghost” in the German language. A mediocre wine may be called “unghostly,” she says. A witty, lively person is “rich in ghostliness,” whereas a dull, blank type “has no ghost in him.” In this spirit, Gemini, I suspect you will have some pretty fine ghostliness working for you in the coming weeks. And there’s a good chance that part of your extra-special mojo will arise from your creative engagement with energies that resemble the more traditional definition of “ghost.”

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A one-minute video commercial for the Cosmopolitan luxury resort in Las Vegas shows an elegant woman at a sumptuous feast. She’s eagerly holding her dinner plate up to her face so she can lick it clean of its last delicious taste. The scene shifts to a well-dressed man who’s down on all fours serving as a chair for a chic woman. She applies her make-up while gazing into the shiny mirror-like surface of a high-heeled shoe. New scene: an 80year-old woman pats the butt of a handsome young stud with whom she’s slow-dancing. At the end of the ad, a catchphrase appears: “Just the right amount of wrong.” I say, let that be your mantra in the coming week, Cancerian.

LEO (July 23–August 22)

Albert Einstein published his general theory of relativity in 1916. It had radical implications for the field of theoretical physics, but remained an unproven concept until 1919. Then a British physicist verified its accuracy with evidence gathered during a solar eclipse. The Times newspaper in London announced the event with the headline “Revolution in Science: New Theory of the Universe, Newtonian Theories Overthrown.” Not wanting to be left behind, the New York Times assigned one of its own journalists to cover the revolution. Unfortunately, the person they sent was a sports reporter whose specialty was golf. His article was less than illuminating. The moral of the story, as far as you’re concerned, Leo: When big developments are underway, show up at full strength, with all your powers engaged.

VIRGO (August 23–September 22)

“Never to get lost is not to live,” writes Rebecca Solnit in her book A Field Guide to Getting Lost. In fact, she says that not knowing how to get lost is unhealthy. These are useful ideas to consider right now, Virgo. It will probably do you good to get at least semi-lost. As you wander around without a map or compass, I bet you will stumble upon important teachings. At the same time, I hope you will put some thought into how you’re going to get lost. Don’t just leave it to chance. Make sure there’s a method in your madness.

LIBRA (September 23–October 22)

In the English language, “low man on the totem pole” is an idiom that refers to a person who has the worst job or the least status. He or she is considered to be at the low end of the hierarchy. But it’s an incorrect metaphor. The creators of the original totem poles were indigenous

Native American tribes of the Pacific Northwest, and for them the figure at the bottom of the pole was the most important one. I foresee the possibility of a similar situation arising in your sphere, Libra. Be alert for a misapprehension that needs to be righted. It may be the case that what’s last should actually be first. Something that has been beneath or behind “more important” matters should perhaps get higher priority.

SCORPIO (October 23–November 21)

In his book Karmic Traces, Eliot Weinberger describes the life story of naked mole rats. They’re animals that never leave their underground tunnels. Normally you Scorpios have nothing in common with them. But in the coming days, I’m hoping there will be one resemblance. According to Weinberger, the naked mole rats “change direction by somersaulting.” Metaphorically speaking, I think this would be an excellent strategy for you. There’s no need to mope cautiously as you alter your course. No need to be lackadaisical and fitful and full of doubts. Just spring into action with a cheery bounce, and move on with a renewed sense of purpose.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21) The famous philosopher John Searle unleashed a witty dig about the famous philosopher Jacques Derrida, saying he is “the sort of philosopher who gives bullshit a bad name.” One of your fun assignments in the coming week, Sagittarius, is to do the opposite of what Derrida’s work does. In other words, give bullshit a good name. How? Well, you could engage in creative verbal expressions that boost morale and propagate delight and lubricate worthwhile connections. Make up noble fictions that are more accurate and useful that the literal truth. Spread uplifting gossip that heals and invigorates.

CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19) “The ideal piano player is the one who wants to be the piano,” says a character in Thomas Bernhard’s novel The Loser. He continues: “I say to myself every day when I wake up, I want to be the Steinway, I want to be the Steinway itself.” Your assignment, Capricorn, is to apply this attitude to your own personal situation. In other words, merge with the tool you want to master. Immerse yourself in the skill you’re working to perfect—disappear into it. In your imagination, become completely united with the thing or person or experience you desire. AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18) “The trouble with our age is that it is all signpost and no destination,” said writer Louis Kronenberger. I’m concerned that you may have fallen under the sway of this kind of myopia, Aquarius. A steady stream of useful tips and clues has been appearing, but you’re missing some of them. Your long-range goals aren’t sufficiently clear, so you don’t always recognize the significance of new revelations. Here’s the cure: in your imagination, create a vivid picture of your next big destination. PISCES (February 19–March 20)

A group of bicyclists in Southern California challenged a blogger to a race. They said they could cover the 38.4 miles from North Hollywood to Long Beach faster on their bikes than the blogger could get there by plane. As it turned out, they were right. Their trip took an hour and 34 minutes. As for the blogger, he had to drive to the airport, wait for the plane to depart, fly to a different airport, then catch a cab to the designated destination. He arrived about an hour after the cyclists. Can you guess which of those two modes of travel is the preferred metaphor for you this week, Pisces? The earthy, simple, stripped-down approach will get you where you need to go better than the big, elaborate, expensive method.

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