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The Petaluma Police Department recorded 152 domestic violence incidents in Petaluma in 2011. Countless other incidents go unreported. It is unacceptable that any act of violence should go unreported. It is unacceptable that any victim should carry that pain and anguish without an avenue for release and healing. One Billion Rising for Justice is a global call to survivors of violence and those who love them, to gather safely in community outside places where they are entitled to justice—courthouses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, work places, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes or simply public gathering places where people deserve to feel safe but often do not. It is a call to break the silence—politically, spiritually, outrageously—through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, testimonies and whatever way feels right. On Feb. 14, V-Day.org is inviting 1 billion people to rise up for justice, walk out, dance and demand an end to this violence. For the second year, 1 billion rising will move the earth, activating women and men around the world to demonstrate their collective strength, numbers, and solidarity across borders. One billion people rising is a revolution. While numerous One Billion Rising events are scheduled in the Bay Area, one in particular is scheduled for the North Bay, North Bay Rising (Petaluma). To participate at the event nearest you, go to www.OneBillionRising.org. Join us, along with over 182 other countries, in rising for justice and saying “No more!” to the violence.

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Two quick points: The California State Constitution gives every Californian, as a right, free access to fishing and navigable waterways of the state. That fishing thing is Article 1, Section 25. The access part is in Article 10, section 1 and section 4. Why doesn’t the Coastal Commission have to get a constitutional amendment for this? Second point: Back in the early ’90s, many people spent their weekends protesting at the various beaches, especially Bodega Head and Goat Rock, where they tried to install kiosks and where they were set to install the iron rangers all the way from South Salmon to Jenner. Friendly picketers (us) convinced motorists not to pay the $5 fee. One of the kiosks ended up in the bay. Even when the kiosks were in place, they had to let you in for free, if you explained you were a fisherperson and had to go up to Bodega Head to observe sea conditions. You had to promise to return within 20 minutes, but they had to let you—it’s in the state bill of rights!

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“We’re old enough that our parents aren’t going to throw us a nice wedding, and that would have been the main draw for me—a great big smashing party,” she says. While she supports marriage as an opportunity to validate unions, she is also discomforted by the societal expectation of marriage, which she says “perpetuates gender-normative behavior.”

‘We’ve had people call our kids bastards on more than one occasion.’ Nevertheless, she refers to her daughter’s father as her “husband” in her professional and academic setting. “We did pick up on a certain stigma when we moved to D.C.,” says Sarah, who made the move from San Francisco. “I would say it might be localized to the administration of my school, and maybe some of my younger classmates. But I’ve definitely noticed it.” The couple currently has no plans to marry, even though Sarah’s partner is not an American citizen. With the birth of their daughter, he has secured dual citizenship. Even if the family decides to relocate to his native country, Sarah would be entitled to the same benefits as a spouse. But despite resorting to matrimonial language in her daily life, Sarah resists the notion that she would like to pass as married. She views “husband” simply as shorthand for the live-in father of her child, with whom she is entwined financially and emotionally. Koa Beck is the former editor in chief of Mommyish.com. Follow her on Twitter @Koalani.

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TWO COOKS Husband and wife Josh Norwitt and Miriam Donaldson opened Wishbone in the former Three Cooks Cafe space in Petaluma.

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Over 50 years later, their grandson Josh Norwitt and his wife, Miriam Donaldson, are reliving the dream—except this time around, the two artist-andmusicians-turned-restaurateurs, who recently opened Wishbone in Petaluma, moved to the ranch from San Diego, lured mostly by the vision of (gasp!) a rent-free place to live. They christened it the Tilted Ranch because, as Donaldson points out, “There’s no barn, hardly any fences, not much infrastructure. It’s a rough piece

of property. It’s not your typical ranch.” Which is part of what makes it so lovely. On a recent Tuesday I’m lucky enough to be picnicking at the ranch’s apex, a gentle mountain of scrubby grass and ancient rocks that offers a 360-degree panorama of the county. “There’s Santa Rosa and there’s Rohnert Park,” Donaldson says, pointing, “and if you have a drink and squint just right, you can even see the coast out there.” She hands out hunks of seeded

bread and blackberries. Norwitt periodically chases after their two-year-old nephew, Leto, named after the worm God-Emperor from the Dune books. Tippy-Suzie, the last of the ancestral Norwitt cows and the sole limousin breed, roams the land with some 30 Scottish Highland cattle—the source of every steak, burger and pâté plate served at Wishbone. There are also seven sheep and one brand-new lamb, born less than 30 hours ago. (Norwitt pulled the lamb out himself; his threeyear-old daughter Poppy promptly dubbed it “Head Bottle.”) Three generations live on the Tilted Ranch, including Norwitt’s father, Bruce, sister, Brook, two nephews and brother-in-law, Dan, who makes pastries and pasta at Wishbone. (“If it’s got flour in it, Dan made it,” says Donaldson.) Near the thick of trees they call “the Brain” (“a neat, Hobbity place,” explains Donaldson) sits the trailer that she and Norwitt lived in for three years while running their first restaurant, Humble Pie, in Penngrove. Some nights, jonesing to watch a movie after work, they’d use a car battery for juice. They’ve since upgraded to a cozy little house, built mostly by Norwitt, with cathedral ceilings, paint swatches on the walls and jars of fermenting kraut on the porch. In late 2010, when they lost their lease at Humble Pie (which shared a building with the Black Cat Bar) just weeks after Poppy was born, people mourned the loss of Donaldson’s biscuits and homemade ketchup. Next came Blue Label, which they essentially inherited after helping Bill Cordell, who abruptly bowed out, launch the place. “We never intended on getting that deep into it,” Norwitt explains. Donaldson chimes in: “Even though someone was handing us a restaurant, we wanted something that was actually our brainchild.” So after a few months of serving sublime truffle egg biscuits in the sunny spot above the Belvedere, they went back to the ranch,

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raising cattle, raising Poppy. A few years later, Wishbone came true, thanks to a few investors, including two Humble Pie regulars. Located in the corner spot that was the Three Cooks Cafe (whose iconic sign will hang for eternity, according to their lease), Wishbone is an expression of the couple’s natural DIY aesthetic. It’s cool but not contrived. (“Just don’t call us trendy,â€? Donaldson pleads. “Trendy sucks D.â€?) Norwitt built the benches, and Donaldson raided her fabric stash to cover them. (“That’s my retro coat in the nook.â€?) The chairs they got for a buck apiece from Petaluma High School, where Norwitt carved “Marilyn Manson Rulesâ€? and “Biology Sucksâ€? into one of them many years ago. By 10am on a recent Saturday, the place is nearly packed. A turntable plays Neil Young and Dizzy Gillespie, photos of an irie Bob Marley hang on the wall, and a giant wreath—we’re talking boughs, not twigs—hangs above the main dining area. “Raising food, growing food and cooking food for the public takes up about 92 percent of my brain space at all times,â€? says the selftaught chef Donaldson, who enjoys hitting an “off-kilter harmonyâ€? with her food. To wit, the brunch menu features chili and eggs ($10), sourdough apple pancakes ($11) and smoked herring on toast, served with mascarpone, arugula and fruit ($12). Steeped in vanilla bean and cinnamon sticks and served over ice, the vanilla milk is delightful ($4). Humble Pie fans will ďŹ nd the “pork chop of awe + wonderâ€? ($25) and beef “blueballsâ€? ($9) served with Brussels sprouts and that homemade ketchup. The Valentine’s menu features a prix ďŹ xe meal that includes oysters, lamb chops, cheese and vegetable tarts, and chocolate fondue for dessert. “We like to create a little party,â€? says Donaldson, explaining the whole point of Wishbone. “It’s communal, a fun little piece of magic you have to experience with someone else.â€?

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From the folks of Taverna Santi, with artisan wood-fired pizzas and elaborate antipasti served in a rustic-chic old brick former smokehouse. Lunch and dinner daily. 21021 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville. 707.814.0111.

Haku Sushi. $-$$. Cleverly named rolls like “Jedi Mind Trick” and “Roll me a Fatty” are as flavorful as they are fun. Lunch and dinner daily. 518 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.541.6359.

K&L Bistro French. $-$$$. This comfortable restaurant serves fine food with a friendly Sebastopol flair. Zagat-rated, consistently excellent and surprisingly innovative. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat; dinner, Sun. 119 S Main St, Sebastopol. 707.823.6614.

Mai Vietnamese Cuisine Vietnamese. $. Fresh and authentic, with a warm and breezy atmosphere. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Sun. 8492 Gravenstein Hwy (in Apple Valley Plaza), Cotati. 707.665.9628.

Parish Cafe Cafe. $$. Authentic po’ boy sandwiches elicit the sound of a big brass marching band with every bite. Breakfast favorites include shrimp and grits, but don’t forget the beignets. Breakfast and lunch, Wed-Sun. 60-A Mill St, Healdsburg. 707.431.8474 Peter Lowell’s California. $-$$. Casual,

organic cuisine with a healthy twist. Italian-inspired cafe, deli, wine bar. All food offered as takeout. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 7385 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.1077.

Shangri-La Nepalese. $-$$. Authentic and enriching Nepalese cuisine. As its name suggests, a culinary paradise. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 1708 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.793.0300. Tonayan Mexican. $ Truly wonderful Sonoran-style classics at rock-bottom prices. The enormous El Jefe combination can’t be beat. Lunch and dinner daily. 500 Raleys Towne Center, Rohnert Park. 707.588.0893.

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

MARIN CO U N T Y Boca South American. $$$$$$$. Enjoy flavorful and rich regional fare in the rustic décor of an Argentinean ranch. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner daily. 340 Ignacio Blvd, Novato. 415.833.0901.

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

Citrus & Spice Thai/ Californian. $$. Thai meets California, with fresh fruit accents, light herbs and spices, and a great mango-duck summer roll. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner daily. 1444 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.455.0444.

Comforts Californian. $$. The Chinese chicken salad is beyond rapturous. Excellent celebrity sightings. Eat in or takeout. Breakfast and lunch daily. 335 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo. 415.454.9840. Finnegan’s Marin Pub fare. $$. Irish bar with the traditional stuff. Lunch and dinner daily. 877 Grant Ave, Novato. 415.899.1516.

Fish Seafood. $$-$$$. Incredibly fresh seafood in incredibly relaxed setting overlooking bay. Lunch and dinner daily. (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, brunch, Sat-Sun. 35 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 415.459.1618.

Marin Brewing Co Pub food. $-$$. Excellent soups, salads, pub grub and awardwinning pork-beer sausage. Lunch and dinner daily. 1809 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 415.461.4677. Mountain Home Inn American. $$-$$$$. 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.

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.

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.

Sol Food Puerto Rican. $. Flavorful, authentic and homestyle at this Puerto Rican eatery, which is as hole-in-thewall as they come. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. San Rafael locations: 811 Fourth St. 415.451.4765. 901 & 903 Lincoln Ave. 415.256.8903. Mill Valley location: 401 Miller Ave, Mill Valley.

All Seasons Californian. $$-$$$. A Calistoga institution specializing in fresh, seasonal wine country cuisine. 1400 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.9111.

Bistro Jeanty French. $$$. Rich, homey cuisine. A perfect choice when you can’t get a chance to do your Laundry. Lunch and dinner daily. 6510 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.4870.

Boonfly Cafe California cuisine. $-$$. Extraordinary food in an extraordinary setting. Perfect pasta and mussels. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 4080 Sonoma Hwy, Napa. 707.299.4900.

Bouchon French. $$$. A Keller brother creation with a distinctly Parisian bistro ambiance, offering French classics. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 6534 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.8037.

Cole’s Chop House American steakhouse. $$$$$. Handsome, upscale 1950s-era steakhouse serving chophouse classics like dryaged porterhouse steak and Black Angus filet mignon. Wash down the red meat with a “nostalgia� cocktail. Dinner daily. 1122 Main St, Napa. 707.224.6328.

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.

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

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.

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Highly recommended, but by appointment only. The family has been making wine in France for 400 years. Wellknown for Chardonnay. 4155 Wine Creek Road, Healdsburg. 707.433.7427.

Paradise Ridge Winery A gorgeous, provocative sculpture garden with annually changing exhibits set amid a pygmy forest. Stay for sunset Wednesday evenings April–October. 4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive, Santa Rosa. Open daily, 11am–5:30pm. 707.528.9463. Paradise also offers its food-friendly wines at an accessible little shack in the heart of Sonoma Valley. Try structured clarets from the estate’s high-elevation Rockpile vineyards; do some time with “the Convict� Zinfandel. Open daily, 10am– 5pm. 8860 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. 707.282.9020.

Sojourn Cellars Complex but lissome Sonoma Valley Cab is the star at comfortable tasting salon just off the Sonoma Plaza that’s as comfortable as a living room. No need to fear sit-down, appointment-only tastings; just focus on Sojourn’s lawn chair logo and

relax. 141 E. Napa St., Sonoma. Complimentary tasting by appointment. 707.938.7212.

Talisman Wine Husbandand-wife industry veterans play out their passion for Pinot in unassuming warehouse space—now pouring earthy, spicy Pinot in rustic Glen Ellen. Brunch alert: steps away from Garden Court Cafe. 13651 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen. Thursday–Monday, noon– 5pm and by appt. Tasting fee, $25. 707.721.1628.

WALT Wines Chardonnay and Pinot specialists Roessler sold their brand to Kathyrn and Craig Hall. The bar is compact, the atmosphere casual, the young fellows running the joint good-humored. Wow, this is Pinot Noir? Yes, toots, this is Pinot Noir. 380 First Street West, Sonoma. Open daily, 11am–6pm. Tasting fee, $10. 707.933.4440.

Wine Guerrilla Comrade, it brings glory to the revolution to inform you that this artistic, quixotic all-Zinfandel brand now has its own spacious tasting room in downtown Forestville. I’d say that these screw-capped but definitely serious Zins are worthy of cellaring, but that would be so bourgeois. 6671 Front St., Forestville. Daily, 11am–5pm. Tasting fee, $10. 707.887.1996.

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what food to pair with Napa Valley “mountain grown� Cabernet Sauvignon? How about sake-marinated poached cod in a light broth? Yeah, it is different up here. 3800 Langtry Road, St. Helena. Tour and tasting by appointment only, Monday– Friday, 10am and 11:30am; Saturday, 10am and noon. $35. 707.963.1616.

Hagafen Cellars There shall be no wine before it’s certified kosher. Wide variety of varietal wines, the go-to choice for many a White House state dinner. 4160 Silverado Trail, Napa. Open daily, 10am to 5pm (yes, they’re open Christmas). $5–$15. 707.252.0781.

Monticello 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.

Saintsbury A contrarian enterprise in the 1970s, now a hallowed hall of Carneros Pinot Noir. Visitors may linger under shade trees in fair weather or sit down for a serious tasting adjacent the office. 1500 Los Carneros Ave., Napa. Monday– Saturday, by appointment. 707.252.0592. 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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We’re at the third stop of the tour at Robert Mondavi Winery, the California-mission-styled facility for which the epithet “iconic” is forever fresh. Mondavi’s gambit, the well-known story goes, was a game-changer who inspired those that followed to create what wags have called a “wine Disneyland” along Highway 29. He was so closely identified with the success of California wine that when the actual Disneyland wanted a taste of wine country in its California Adventure theme park, Mondavi briefly operated the Golden Vine Winery there. That’s all gone now, as well as namesake Robert Mondavi, who would’ve turned 100 last year had he not passed on in 2008, his life’s work already absorbed by the corporation that cut its chops on Wild Irish Rose. But hell, this is still sacred ground, blessed at the beginning of harvest every year since 1966. Even if Mondavi needs no introduction, there’s little point in choosing the bar over the tour, which begins in a humble stucco room for a history lesson, winds through the cellars, and ends with a sit-down tasting complete with empanada snack. Taking the genre to a new level, the 2011 Napa Valley Unoaked Chardonnay ($34) has hints of toffee and pear candy but ends up more like a darn good Pinot Grigio than a Chardonnay of any description. The 2011 Carneros Pinot Noir Reserve ($60) is a plump sweetie of a Pinot, spoiling tasters with all kinds of cherry licorice, clove aromas and vanilla and licorice flavors. Least costly on the menu, the 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($28) is the flagship wine here, and still sports 30 percent To Kalon fruit in the blend. With an aroma reminiscent of the fermentation room that we just left, it’s got a lithe, gentle palate of black licorice and blackberry pie that belies its brooding color and aromas. After the affable tour guide pours everyone a final sip of Moscato, we find ourselves once again beside the St. Francis of Assisi statue in front of the winery. I wonder if his arms are outspread in a blessing, or cryptically pointing in two possible directions. Robert Mondavi Winery, 7801 St. Helena Hwy., Napa. Daily, 10am–5pm. Signature Tour, $30; family-friendly Discovery Tour, $20. 888.766.6328.

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20 Sex Ed ( 19 “It’s important to incorporate into your everyday parenting the assumption that your kids are going to grow up and be sexually active, relationshiphaving people and you [should] treat their sexual health like you treat all of the other parts of their health,” says sex-positive parenting expert Airial Clark. According to Clark, sexpositive parenting is not just about lecturing our kids to use condoms so they don’t get pregnant or infected with STIs— which, however, we absolutely should be doing (the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention reports that young people between the ages of 15 and 24 are infected with diseases like chlamydia and gonorrhea at a whopping rate four times higher than the rest of us). In fact, Clark says that talking to kids about safe sex happens to be the easiest aspect of having sex-related dialogue with our kids. But, she points out, there’s much more that we should include in our conversations, regardless of how squeamish it makes us.

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lark, who lives in Oakland with her two teen sons, runs the Sex-Positive Parent blog and offers private consultations and workshops where she coaches parents on having healthy conversations about sexuality with their kids. She recommends providing a specific style of sex education at home that deconstructs media and social messages about sexuality with kids in developmentally appropriate ways, an idea that at once seems awkward and practical at the same time. Yet talking about sex can be tricky for parents with even the most open-minded of intentions. As Clark points out, they can either learn from us or from the myriad conflicting messages they receive through mainstream media. Clark says she took a look at “all of the different things that kids are being told about heterosexuality and compulsive

do with it? Are you going to allow masculinity” and thought, “Wow, it to shut you down? Or are you I’m gonna raise date-rapists if I going to take steps to do self-care don’t intervene. And I also wanted on your own end so you can be them to know that they were available to educate and support not immune to exploitation or your kids?” immune to abuse. I wanted them Several studies, including one to know ‘your body matters’ and conducted by the CDC, show make consent a personal issue, that teens who talk with their not some external issue that I parents about sex, relationships, think we see too much of, like ‘Oh, birth control and pregnancy consent is something that girls begin to have sex at later ages, have to worry about and boys use condoms and birth control don’t.’ more often if they do have sex, “I wanted to take the gender have better communication out of that dynamic, so they know with romantic partners and that human beings are vulnerable have sex less often. It seems and bodies deserve respect and that parents—or other trusted protection at all times, no matter adults—can have a huge impact whose body it is.” on the sexual literacy of our kids. In a country sharply divided But according to Abigail Barajas, over how we educate our kids a youth program about sex and coordinator with contraception, the Santa Rosa this might Community all seem Health Centers, progressive parents aren’t and liberating having those to us here in much-needed California’s conversations. endless “There is no summer. Yet conversation when it comes going on between to actually the kids and the talking to our parents,” she kids about says. “It’s like, ‘I the realities don’t want to talk of sexuality WE NEED TO TALK Speaking to your about it,’ or if we and the kids about sex can be scary, admits do talk about it, different ways parenting coach Airial Clark, but is key it’s going to be relationships to altering our sexually violent culture. me telling you manifest when how horrible it is clothes come and all of these horrible things are off and body fluids and feelings going to happen to you.’ are involved, it’s only natural for “Who teaches us about parents to freeze up. relationships? Who teaches us “It’s usually based in fear, and I about communication? Parents. try to validate them,” Clark says. They are role models. I don’t “How can you raise children in understand how parents, in this this society and not be freaking day and age, are still so narrowterrified? You live in a rape minded about sexuality.” culture. We feel super-helpless because victims are blamed. So if your kid does get hurt, the he Santa Rosa Community whole planet is gonna tell your Health Centers, which kid that it’s their fault—and by runs a clinic at Elsie Allen extension, its your fault. And High School, is doing its best if you experienced any kind of to fill in the dialogue gap with sexual trauma, you were told it limited funding and through was your fault. peer-education groups. But as “So I try to tell them,” Clark Barajas points out, the rate of teen pregnancies and cases of continues, “‘Yeah, you should be STIs in Sonoma County has scared. If you weren’t scared, I’d increased since her outreach and be worried. It’s normal.’ But the education program underwent question is, what are you going to

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major funding cuts three years ago—right at the very time she felt the programs were making a positive impact on incidents of teen pregnancy. Still, her efforts are making a difference, which she attributes to open, honest and normalized conversations about sexuality. “We got money maybe 10 years ago to start a teen pregnancyprevention program,” says Barajas, “and in the group that I started, [teens] came and we got all of the information we needed to start the teen services. Then after that, they didn’t want to go away. They wanted to learn more, they wanted us to teach them life skills so when they were out with their friends, they could help them. “It has been an ongoing group for 10 years and I’ve had about 300 youth go through the group,” Barajas adds. “Some of them are now working in our center, and some of them went on to become educators with health education. I’ve seen that it works because they are constantly texting me and we are constantly in contact with them. It does work.” Like Clark, Barajas doesn’t end the conversation with information about STIs, HIV and teen pregnancy prevention. “We want to be positive about sex, but the mainstream schools, they want us to go in there and show pictures of nasty STIs, and that’s not really sex ed,” she says. “Most of all, I want them to be aware of their bodies, I want them to honor and respect their bodies. Otherwise, they’re not going to take care of themselves.” Even with programs like Barajas’ and with information about sex more readily available from here to Poughkeepsie, what is most often heard about teens and sex are the accounts of golden boys on football teams drugging or intoxicating young girls and sexually assaulting them for fun. We all watched as newscasters gushed sympathy for the Steubenville rapists. The religious right continues to be militant in its anti-choice agenda, shaming teen moms and slutshaming women who want access to contraception.

dominant narrative is man-andwoman reproduction, but that’s never gonna happen if you’re gay, so why teach that ďŹ rst and then teach yourself as this weird secondary or periphery sexuality when it’s your family? If you have an alternative sexuality, there’s ways to explain it where it doesn’t violate your child’s boundaries.â€?

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When a whopping 44 percent of rape victims are under 18, according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, it is crucial that kids are educated about consent and healthy boundaries. And that’s the hard part—teaching our kids about sex and self-respect, along with the joys and risks of emotional and physical intimacy, even if it scares the bejeezus out of us. But what about our sexuality as parents? Is it OK to disclose information about what we’re into, how many partners we’ve had or what really happened after that hiking date last week? Married, single, hetero, gay, bi, trans, poly—whatever our sexual orientation, how much is too much information for our kids? And how are we ever going to be able to look them in the face again if they discover we are into some really kinky stuff? Or that we have more than one lover? Or that we’re gay? “There’s a big difference between educating and pushing it onto your kids. I’m deďŹ nitely not advocating for anyone to push any kind of sexual agenda onto their children. That’s really the opposite of what I hope my work is doing,â€? says Clark. “But the baby boomer version of sexuality, the consumer culture around sex—it’s dysfunctional and it makes us feel bad when we’re real about sexuality because we don’t have enough examples.â€? Clark says some of her coaching, which includes clients from as far away as Australia, India, Ireland and Eastern Europe, focuses on helping parents with coming-out strategies with their kids and how parents with other kinds of “alternativeâ€? sexualities can be open and honest about who they are. “How do you talk about your sexuality,â€? Clark asks, “and not make it an exception in your own household, right? Because the

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Don’t Fear the Beard What began as a plan for a one-off performance of Leonard Cohen tunes sung a cappella by a couple of friends has turned into a 10-year odyssey of fine suits, dynamic singing and beards, naturally. Originally imagined by the late performance artist Peter Kadyk, and now counting upwards of 30 members, San Francisco’s Conspiracy of Beards combines the smoky, poetic folk of the enigmatic songwriter with the harmonic punch of a large choral ensemble. Already a fixture at festivals like Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, the conspirators take their a cappella styling out of the choir hall and into bars and bookstores alike. This time they perform Friday, Feb. 7, Throckmorton Theatre. 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 8pm. $21–$26. 415.383.9600.

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For almost half a century, legendary Vegas crooner Engelbert Humperdinck has made one heck of a name for himself—literally. The stage name, adopted by British singer Arnold Dorsey after the 19th century German composer, at first made his manager break out in tears. Yet somehow the name stuck and propelled “Humpy,” as he’s affectionately called, to international stardom through a slew of No. 1 hits and even a short-lived TV show. Before the Hump’s latest duet-filled album drops in March—featuring guests like Willie Nelson and Gene Simmons—he makes a special appearance to sing love songs in an appropriately intimate evening on Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 7:30pm. $45–$65. 707.546.3600.

“Hello Mother, Hello Father, here I am at Camp Granada” will always live on in my head as that one time the Simpsons did it. Its where Homer mistakes the heavy Chicago accent of comedy writer and novelty song man Allan Sherman for his eightyear-old daughter Lisa on the family’s answering machine. I never really got that reference, but Sherman’s funny bit still gets a giggle every time. Nevertheless, now may be the best time to learn all about the man and his legacy when author and Sherman biographer Mark Cohen shares stories and lost recordings on Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Osher Marin JCC. 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 4pm. Free. 415.444.8000.

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CREATIVE HISTORIAN Author Robin Oliveira got a look at the Musée d’ Orsay’s private stash on Edgar Degas

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uses historical fiction to examine the complex relationship between the two painters, all in the context of a shining Paris positively bristling with artists. Oliveira appears at Book Passage on Feb. 7. The nature of the relationship between Cassatt and Degas remains a mystery, even to the biographers and historians who’ve spent years poring over musty diaries, journals and letters, trying to find clues. Were they in love? Had they been lovers at any point

in time? It’s a historical lacuna into which Oliveira dived with enthusiasm, after discovering the anecdote about the burned letters during a 2009 trip to Paris with her husband. Set during the Belle Époque— the “beautiful era” of peace and prosperity (for a privileged few) tucked between the early years of the French Third Republic and World War I—I Always Loved You takes readers into the inner lives of Degas and Cassatt, and

on a journey through the salons, cabarets, bistros and studios populated by artists and writers like Édouard Manet, Berthe Morisot, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Emile Zola. Taking Mary Cassatt as her centerpiece, Oliveira draws an engaging portrait of the young American painter, whose dedication to her art, combined with talent and innovation, led her to being the only American asked to show work alongside the formidable impressionists, the renegade group that rejected the rules of the Salon, France’s art-establishment giant. She was invited into the insular circle by Degas, who had become intrigued with Cassatt after spotting her at the opening of the Salon, and after seeing much promise in one of her paintings. Unsurprisingly, the book also digs into the complicated relationship between Cassatt and her father, a wealthy stockbroker and land speculator who didn’t quite approve of his daughter’s artistic impulses. “I like writing strong female characters,” Oliveira says, on the phone from her home outside of Seattle. “To think about the kind of strength and determination that she had to defy her father.” But Oliveira found the biggest challenge came with Degas. “He was a very difficult person for me to understand,” explains Oliveira. “He was a really irascible guy. He was pretty much difficult to everybody, but he would write these lovely notes to his friends as well.” Best known for his breathtaking, light-infused paintings of young ballerinas onstage and ) 24

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in the studio, Degas struggled with what was most likely a form of macular degeneration from an early age, says Oliveira. Despite this significant challenge, he managed to create an astounding body of work. In order to find a deeper connection with Degas, Oliveira leapt through a series of hoops to be able to see artifacts from Degas’ studio now kept at the Musée d’Orsay, items stored in the basement and not generally seen by the general public. The visit helped her create a more nuanced depiction of a man some call a misogynist, though Oliveira doesn’t see him that way. “I think he was a realist. He was reacting against the strict Salon art, and he said, let’s paint women how they really are.” Along with her visit to the Musée d’Orsay, Oliveira traveled to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Louvre and the National Gallery in London to view works of art by her main subjects. She read some 50 books on art history, art technique, diaries and biographies of the impressionists, all of which formed the foundation for the novel. The author of one other work of historical fiction, My Name Is Mary Sutter, Oliveira finds the research process to be a “complete blast.” “My approach is that I don’t change the facts of their lives,” she says. “I don’t move them from place to place. I don’t make up incidents. I’m very careful about the schedule of their lives. I won’t invent things that couldn’t possibly have happened, but I’m very attuned to the creation of who they were. I’m always balancing between fiction and history, and taking a great deal of care [with] why the things that happened, happened.” Robin Oliveira appears on Friday, Feb. 7, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7pm. 415.927.0960.

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our years ago, Sixth Street Playhouse presented playwright Robert Caisley’s actionadventure Kite’s Book, establishing Caisley as an author to watch. Last year, he returned with Happy, one of the best plays of the season. Now, Caisley returns a third time, with Date Night, a triptych of unconnected one-acts, each helmed by a different director, each telling a tale of romantic love gone totally sideways. The third time, unfortunately, is not a charm. Yes, there are some strong, committed performances in Date Night (and one truly great one). There’s also one play so off-thewall and disturbing you may want to tell people about it just to see the stunned look on their faces. The first piece is the best, largely due to an outrageously

‘Date Night’ runs Friday–Sunday, Jan. 24–Feb. 16 at Sixth Street Playhouse. 52 W. Sixth St., Santa Rosa. Friday–Saturday, 8pm; 2pm matinees on Saturday and Sunday. $15–$20. 707.523.4185.

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entertaining performance by Craig Miller. Titled “The Apology” and tightly directed by Lennie Dean, the fierce, funny monologue follows a stammering goofball apologizing to an unseen woman. What begins with the description of a truly bad date turns rapidly into something much, much darker. Unfortunately, many of the goofball’s explanations and revelations contradict and challenge the logic of his previous remarks, which strains the already thin credibility of the entire piece. The second one-act is “Hungry 4 U,” directed by Edward McCloud. As a young newlywedded couple (Rose Roberts and Braedyn Youngberg) arrive at their honeymoon hotel, it is clear that there is something slightly off about these two. But who would guess that what these crazy kids are into involves so much blood and so much screaming? What might have been a tasty little shocker worthy of Alfred Hitchcock loses some of its power by taking far too long to get to its creepy, icky (but sort of satisfying) point. Speaking of taking too long, Date Night’s third and final piece is a tedious, repetitive slog-fest called “Kissing.” Directed by Miller, the rambling one-act about an extramarital interoffice affair (Jessica Short Headington, Marianne Shine), runs a full 90 minutes, structured as numerous different drafts of what is basically the same scene, intercut with narration about kissing and some stuff about the workmates’ spouses (John Browning, Randy St. Jean) wandering around in a park. If “Kissing” featured sharper writing or had been directed with some sense of pace and purpose, the endless running time might have been acceptable. But as a capper to an already uneven evening, this dry, boring kiss comes as no consolation after what’s a very unsatisfying date. Rating (out of 5): ++

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en years ago, I was calling Philip Seymour Hoffman “America’s wettest actor” on the grounds of a bad movie, Love Liza, about a gashuffing widower mourning his wife. Hoffman, who died last Sunday in Manhattan at the age of 46, always challenged us to get past the queasiness caused by his worst-case-scenario characters.

Today, I think the loss of Hoffman is inconceivable. The means of that loss is immaterial, as far as I’m concerned. Actors have breakthroughs, whether the audience is there to watch them or not. One such was in The Savages, a bleak comedy about old age and decay, in which Hoffman showed a great capacity for tenderness. Hoffman’s character—a university professor in some distress because of a bum spine—was eminently lovable, listening to Kurt Weill and driving around Buffalo, N.Y., under the influence of a few stolen Percocets. Tribute reels will recall his Bond-style villain in Mission: Impossible III, a perfect tuxedoed ogre, and the smooth croak of a voice that could rumble like distant thunder. They’ll include the older scenes, back when actors were tethered to telephone chords like leashed, pacing dogs, as when Hoffman had a fuck-you shouting contest with Adam Sandler in Punch-Drunk Love. Significantly, some of Hoffman’s best performances were played pressed to telephone receivers, or alone, banging his skull in rage or disappointment. He won the Oscar for Best Actor for Capote, and he was sensational, but it was his last huge performance that should have been honored. I saw The Master in 70mm. It justified Paul Thomas Anderson’s faith in a grand, dying film format to see the final close-up of Hoffman’s L. Ron Hubbard surrogate Lancaster Dodd as he was kissing off a favorite disciple (Joaquin Phoenix). There might have been an insinuation of sexual attraction; if so, that insinuation was just a skinthin mask over something scarier: a raw urge to dominate and devour. I’ll never forget Hoffman’s face on that big screen, more frightening than the domed green head of the great and powerful Oz.

Concerts SONOMA COUNTY Chicago The “rock and roll band with horns” packs a high-powered show. Feb 11, 8pm. $60-$100. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Engelbert Humperdinck Bring your valentine for an evening of romantic music. Feb 9, 7:30pm. $45-$65. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

MARIN COUNTY Bob Weir & RatDog Bob Weir reunites with RatDog in 2014 for the first full tour since 2009. Feb 5, 8pm. Soldout. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

Boz Scaggs With his first studio album in five years, Scaggs looks back musically and biographically. Feb 11, 8pm. $65-$85. Marin Center’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

Sammy Hagar & the Wabos Concert for Liza featuring Sammy Hagar & the Wabos, Joe Satriani, Michael Anthony (Van Halen), Jack Blades (Nightranger), plus special guests. Feb 12, 8pm. Sold-out. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

Clubs & Venues SONOMA COUNTY Aqus Cafe First Thursday of every month, Celtic Night. First Wednesday of every month, Chamber Music. Second Wednesday of every month, Jazz Jam. 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.

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Epicurean Connection Feb 9, Vagabondage. 122 West Napa St, Sonoma. 707.935.7960.

Finley Community Center Feb 7, Larry Broderick Trio. 2060 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3737.

Flamingo Lounge Sun, 7pm, salsa with lessons. Tues, Swing Dancing with Lessons. 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.

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Wed, Open Mic. 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.

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Coffee Catz Sat, 2pm, bluegrass jam. Mon, 6pm, open mic.

Wed, North Bay Blues Revue. 1901 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.540.0395.

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heart Feb. 12 at the Lagunitas Tap Room. See Clubs & Venues, adjacent page.

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Spyralites. Feb 10, DJ Jacques. Feb 12, Lafa Taylor. Mon, Monday Night Edutainment with Jacques & Guac. Tues, 7:30pm, open mic night. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Hopmonk Sonoma Feb 7, Sean Carscadden. Feb 8, Dan Martin. Wed, Open Mic. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.

Hotel Healdsburg Feb 8, Lee Charlton Trio. 25 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.431.2800.

Inn at the Tides Sat, Maple Profant. Bay View Restaurant. 800 Hwy 1, Bodega Bay. 800.541.7788.

Lagunitas Tap Room Feb 5, Matthew Bolton. Feb 6, Grandpa Banana. Feb 7, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys. Feb 8, Pink Sabbath. Feb 9, Junk Parlor. Feb 12, Emily Elbert. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

Main Street Station Sun, Kit Mariah’s Open Mic Night. 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.

Mc T’s Bullpen Thurs, 9pm, karaoke with Country Dan. Fri, DJ Alexander. 16246 First St, Guerneville. 707.869.3377.

Monroe Dance Hall Wed, Singles and Pairs Square Dance Club. Thurs, Sun, Circles ‘n Squares Dance Club. 1400 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.529.5450.

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Mystic Theatre Feb 8, Black Uhuru. Feb 11, the Devil Makes Three. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

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Thurs, Open Mic. First Friday of every month, Dginn. Second Sunday of every month, trad Irish. Second Tuesday of every month, 9pm, Barnburners Poetry Slam. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.

Mon, open mic with Phil the Security Guard. Second Sunday of every month, Ian Scherrer. 116 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.544.8623.

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.

Ruth McGowan’s Brewpub Sun, Evening Jazz with Gary Johnson. 131 E First St, Cloverdale. 707.894.9610.

Society: Culture House Thurs, Casa Rasta. First Friday of every month, Neon with DJ Paul Timbermann & guests. Sun, Church on Sundays. 528 Seventh St, Santa Rosa, No phone.

Spancky’s Thurs, Dj Tazzy Taz. 8201 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.664.0169.

Tradewinds Thurs, DJ Dave. Mon, Donny Maderos’ Pro Jam. Tues, Jeremy’s Open Mic. 8210 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7878.

MARIN COUNTY 142 Throckmorton Theatre Feb 7, Conspiracy of Beards. $21. Mon, Open Mic with Derek Smith. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Club 101 Wed, 8:20pm, salsa dancing with lessons. 815 W Francisco Blvd, San Rafael. 415.460.0101.

Fenix Wed, Blues Night. 919 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.813.5600.

George’s Nightclub Feb 7, Pride & Joy. Wed, Salsa & Bachata. Thurs and Fri, DJ Rick Vegaz. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

Hopmonk Novato Feb 9, Jann Klose. Wed, Open Mic. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200. Mon, Wed-Sun, DJ dance. 848 B St, San Rafael. 415.454.5551.

19 Broadway Club Tues, Bluesday Piano Night. Feb 5, Gabe Diamond. Feb 6, Oranguhtango. First Friday of every month, First Fridays with DJ Dans One. Feb 9, Gyptian. Feb 12, Charles Neville. Mon, 9pm, open mic. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

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

Panama Hotel Restaurant Feb 5, Tina Ferris. Feb 6, Wendy DeWitt with Kirk Harwood. Feb 11, James Moseley. Feb 12, Dave Getz. 4 Bayview St, San Rafael. 415.457.3993.

Periâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Silver Dollar Mon, acoustic open mic. Tues, John Varn & Tom Odetto. First Wednesday of every month, the Weissmen. Second Sunday of every month, Sexy Sunday: Women Rockers. First Thursday of every month, Burnsyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sugar Shack. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.

Sweetwater Music Hall Feb 7, 9pm, Cryptical. $24$18. Feb 8, 9pm, San Quentin Music Lockdown. Feb 11, 8pm, Greg Johnson & Glass Brick Boulevard . Mon, Open Mic. Every other Wednesday, Wednesday Night Live. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

Terrapin Crossroads Wed, Terrapin Family Band, Rusty String Express. Thurs, Tiny Television, First Mate Quartet. Fri, 4:20 Happy Hour with live music. Fri, Brian Lesh & Ross James. Fri, Walking Spanish. Sat, Go by Ocean. Sun, Midnight North, Chris Hague. Sun, Terrapin Family Band. 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael.

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Sausalito Seahorse Wed, Tango with Marcello & Seth. Sun, salsa class. Tues, Jazz with Noel Jewkes and friends. First Wednesday of every month, Tangonero. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito.

Feb 9, Lara St John. 100 California Dr, Yountville. 707.226.8742.

Napa Valley Opera House Second Tuesday of every month, Cafe Theatre Comedy Series. 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Pica Pica Maize Kitchen First Friday of every month, salsa dance party. Oxbow Public Market, 610 First St, Napa.

Rainbow Room Sun, salsa Sundays. Fri, Sat, 10pm, DJ dancing. 806 Fourth St, Napa. 707.252.4471.

Siloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Feb 6, Bobby Simmons. Feb 7, the Fabulous Screwtops. Feb 8, Antsy McClain. Wed, 7pm, jam session. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

Feb 8, Jinx Jones. Wed, Jumpstart. Sun, DJ Night. 902 Main St, Napa. 707.258.2337.

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Wed, Gentlemen of Jazz. Sun, James & Ted. 1040 Clinton St, Napa. 707.255.6646.

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The Hounds Below Garage rock from former Von Bondies member blends countless influences. Feb 6 at Bottom of the Hill.

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Hammerfriar Gallery Through Mar 1, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flasks of Fiction,â&#x20AC;? sculptures by Bella Feldman. Reception, Feb 1, 6pm. 132 Mill St, Ste 101, Healdsburg. Tues-Fri, 10 to 6. Sat, 10 to 5. 707.473.9600.

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Through Jun 1, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Precious Cargo,â&#x20AC;? exhibition of California Indian cradle baskets. Feb 7May 4, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Camellia Has Fallen,â&#x20AC;? the first US exhibit featuring contemporary Korean artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; reflections on the Jeju uprising. Reception, Feb 7 at 6pm. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. TuesSun, 11 to 4. 707.579.1500.

History Center Through Feb 6, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sculpture Trail,â&#x20AC;? outdoor exhibit with sculptures along Cloverdale Boulevard and Geyserville Avenue changing every nine months. 215 N Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale.

Laguna de Santa Rosa Environmental Center Through Mar 25, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once Upon a Wetland,â&#x20AC;? art by Ane Carl Rovetta. 900 Sanford Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.527.9277.

Petaluma Arts Center Through Mar 16, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Form and Finish,â&#x20AC;? Sculptures by Michael Cooper and John de Marchi. Gallery talk, Feb 2, 2pm, $10. Panel discussion, Feb 5, 6:30pm, $10. 230 Lakeville St at East Washington, Petaluma. 707.762.5600.

Petaluma Historical Museum & Library Through Mar 16, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s All About the Music,â&#x20AC;? featuring tribute to Nelson Mandela 20 Fourth St, Petaluma. Wed-Sat, 10 to 4; Sun, noon to 3; tours by appointment on Mon-Tues. 707.778.4398.

Redwood Cafe Through Mar 11, Sandra Jill Anfang presents acrylic paintings and collage. Reception, Jan 29, 6pm. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.

Russian River Art Gallery Feb 7-28, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love Is in the Air,â&#x20AC;? with all the artists at the Russian River Gallery sharing the love. 16357 Main St, Guerneville. Daily, 10 to 6. 707.869.9099.

Sebastopol Center for the Arts Through Feb 14, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vessels,â&#x20AC;? juried exhibition. 282 S High St, Sebastopol. Tues-Fri, 10 to 4; Sat, 1 to 4. 707.829.4797.

Through Mar 1, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Fashion Statement,â&#x20AC;? wearable art. Reception, Feb 7, 5pm. 150 N Main St, Sebastopol. Open daily, 11 to 6. 707.829.7200.

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art Through Mar 2, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Site & Sense,â&#x20AC;? the architecture of Aidlin Darling Design. 551 Broadway, Sonoma. Wed-Sun, 11 to 5. 707.939.SVMA.

MARIN COUNTY Art by the Bay Weekend Gallery Through Mar 30, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beyond Geometry,â&#x20AC;? paintings by Jon Langdon. Reception, Feb 2, 3pm. 18856 Hwy 1, Marshall. 415.663.1006.

Art Works Downtown Through Feb 28, paintings by Jeremy Morgan. Closing reception, Feb 14, 5pm. 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. Tues-Sat, 10 to 5. 415.451.8119.

Dance Palace Through Feb 16, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Birdhouses and Beyond,â&#x20AC;? hand-made tiny avian homes. Party and auction, Feb 16. Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.

Falkirk Cultural Center Through Mar 8, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Artisans,â&#x20AC;? emerging and internationally known artists. 1408 Mission Ave, San Rafael. 415.485.3438.

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Film Petaluma Film Alliance Spring Cinema Series The new Spring Cinema Series features a kaleidoscope of rarely screened international gems, brand-new awardwinning documentaries with directors in conversation, Hollywood classics and some of this year’s top Oscar contenders. Wed through May 14. Carole L. Ellis Auditorium, 680 Sonoma Mountain Pkwy, Petaluma. 415.392.5225.

Rebels with a Cause Feb 9, 4pm. Free. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

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O’Hanlon Center for the Arts Through Feb 20, “Real and Imagined,” mixed media by Deborah Sullivan. Reception, Feb 4, 6pm. 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. Tues-Sat, 10 to 2; also by appointment. 415.388.4331.

Osher Marin JCC Through Apr 7, “Sacred Words,” interfaith art. 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.

Seager Gray Gallery Through Mar 2, “Andrew Hayes: Volumes,” a tactile exploration of space. Reception, Feb 7 at 6pm. 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 Through Apr 6, “Inherent Vice: This Is Not a Bruce Conner Exhibition,” Will Brown works with Bruce Conner collaborators to make a fluctuating exhibition related to the artist. 5200 Sonoma

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Molinari Caffe Through Feb 28, “Like/Share: Cell Phone Photography,” images captured with telephone cameras. Reception, Feb 1, 7pm. 815 Main St, Napa. 707.927.3623.

Napa Valley Museum Through Mar 23, “Thinking Outside the Bottle,” exploration of the artistic passions of the people behind the wine. Feb 8, 2pm, Families can learn the art of Victorian card making and create one-of-a-kind keepsake treasures. Bring pictures of loved ones or a special memento to personalize your Valentine’s Day creation. Free. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. Tues-Sun, 10am to 4pm. 707.944.0500.

Dance Sausalito Seahorse Feb 6, 7:30pm, Los Flamencos del Pueblo, Live Flamenco Show with Andrea La Canela & Aldo Ruiz dancing, Mercedes Molina singing & David Brewer ‘Cervecero’ flamenco guitar. $10. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito.

Events Dating Abuse Awareness Fair Feb 10. Caleruega Hall,

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Lawyers with Heart 2014: Winterfest Ball Annual fundraiser benefits Legal Aid of Sonoma County. Feb 7. $100. Mary Agatha Furth Center, 8400 Old Redwood Hwy, Windsor.

Paws for Love Paintings done by rescued and sheltered animals are auctioned off during the gala event. Feb 8, 6pm. $50. Finley Community Center, 2060 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3737.

Power of the Purse Bring your gently used handbags to auction off for children in need. Feb 6, 5pm. Bertolini Student Center, SRJC, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.527.4266.

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.

Rumi’s Caravan Rumi’s Caravan is a magical evening of poetry, authentic Persian appetizers, a whirling dervish dance performance and guests dressed in lavish attire. Feb 8, 5:30pm. $25. Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.568.5381.

Feb 7, “Chasing Shakespeare”; Feb 14, “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?.” Fri, 7pm. $5-$7. Sonoma Film Institute, Warren Auditorium, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2606.

Swan Lake From Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg. Feb 8, 7pm. $10. Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main St, Napa. 707.255.5445.

Food & Drink AAUW Crab Feed Benefit dinner with all you can eat crab, salad, dessert, wine and beverages. Feb 7, 6pm. $45. Saturday Afternoon Club, 430 10th St, Santa Rosa. 707.575.8436.

Ballroom & Dining Room One-hour dance lessons followed by a special threecourse menu created by chef Aaron Wright. Second Mon of every month. $40. Lark Creek Inn, 234 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur.

Sausalito Herring Festival The Sausalito Herring Festival will showcase food, beverages, information, and entertainment from the surrounding Richardson Bay. Feb 9, 11am. Free. Gabrielson Park, Anchor Street, Sausalito.

So You Think You Can Brew? Your chance to wow judges from Lagunitas with that home brew you brag about. American

IPAs only. Feb 11, 6pm. Toad in the Hole Pub, 116 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.544.8623.

Lectures Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group For family members giving care to an elder with Alzhiemer’s or dementia. First Thurs of every month, 3pm. Rianda House Senior Center, 1475 Main St, St Helena. 707.967.5502.

From Pen to Published: A Sneak Peek at What It Takes Join author Ransom Stephens, PhD, in a presentation on the pros and cons and variations of different types of publishing and learn which option is right for your work. Feb 9, 3pm. $8. Flamingo Resort Hotel, 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah: The Life & Comedy of Allan Sherman Hear a few of Sherman’s long lost recordings and learn about his tumultuous life from Mark Cohen, author of Sherman’s first biography. Feb 9, 4pm. Free. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.

Integral Relationship with Martin Ucik Integrating mind, body and soul to improve loving relationships. Feb 7, 7:30pm. Songbird Community Healing Center, 8297 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.2398.

Keltic Travels With Ed Callaghan. Feb 5, 7pm. Redwood Cafe, 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.

Lincoln Comes Alive! Our 16th president will tell you about his life, his views and his involvement in the Civil War 150 years ago. Presented by Norman Zucker, impersonator and historian. Feb 8, 2pm. Guerneville Library, 14107 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville. 707.869.9004.

Science Buzz Cafe Feb 6, “Marine Bioacoustics” with Michael Stock; Feb 13, “Wild Polar Bears of Manitoba” with Forrest Blau; Feb 20, “The Role of Mutation in Evolution” with Philip Harriman, PhD; Mar 6, “Entrepreneurs, Money & Crowd Funding” with Rob Eyer, PhD; Mar 20, “Geological

History of Planet Earth” with Richard Ely. First Thurs of every month, 7pm. $5. French Garden, 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.2030.

Readings Angelico Hall Feb 5, 7pm, “Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread–The Lessons from a New Science” with Alex Pentland. Feb 6, 7pm, “Ripper” with Isabel Allende, includes signed book. $32. Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave, San Rafael.

Book Passage Wed, Feb 5, 7pm, “The Pope and Mussolini” with David Kertzer. Feb 7, 6:30pm, “Cress” with Marissa Meyer. Feb 8, 7pm, “Point Reyes Sheriff’s Calls” with Susanna Solomon. Feb 9, 7pm, “The Free” with Willy Vlautin. Feb 11, 7pm, “Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer” with Novella Carpenter. Feb 12, 7pm, “Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming” with McKenzie Funk. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera 415.927.0960.

Santa Rosa Copperfield’s Books Feb 5, 4pm, pizza party with Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando. 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa 707.578.8938.

Left Bank Restaurant Feb 9, 6pm, “Bold: A Cookbook of Big Flavors” with Susanna Hoffman & Victoria Wise. 507 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur 415.927.3331.

San Rafael Copperfield’s Books Feb 5, 4pm, Tom Angleberger, Join Tom Angleberger, author of the awesome “Origami Yoda” series, for Yoda-folding contest. 850 4th Street, San Rafael 415-524-2800.

Theater Date Night Three short plays, including “The Apology,” “Hungry 4 U” and “Kissing.” Thurs-Sat, 8pm and Sun, 2pm. through Feb 16. $15-$25. Studio Theatre, Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

Dr Cook’s Garden Spine-tingling, suspenseful drama. Times vary. Fri-Sun through Feb 16. $15. Pegasus

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Fiddler on the Roof Sing a long The special interactive theater event for all ages is a great introduction to musical theater for children. Feb 9, 5pm. $17. Person Theater, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.

Gypsy Serenade: Music for the Vagabond Heart A dinner and concert of romantic, nostalgic songs from old Europe. Reservations required. Feb 9. $40. Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.763.8920.

Journey’s End West Coast premiere of this World War I drama. Times vary. Fri-Sun through Feb 16. $13-$26. Barn Theatre, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 415.456.9555.

The Sleeping Beauty Performed by the Moscow Festival Ballet. Feb 7, 8pm. $65-$20. Marin Center’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

TAO: Phoenix Rising TAO combines the traditional art of Japanese drumming with spectacular modern effects. Feb 9, 7:30pm. $45-$20. Marin Center’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

Write Nite/Play Day A performance of new plays written and performed in only 24 hours by high school theater artists from Marin County. Feb 8, 8pm. $5. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.5208.

Yankee Tavern This edge-of-your-seat drama, directed by MSW artistic director Elizabeth Craven is brimming with mystery and intrigue. Feb 7-23. $25. Main Stage West, 104 N Main St, Sebastopol.

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Love Stinks! ‘Heartbreak in Peanuts’ reminds us who’s the saddest of them all In the history of sad sacks, is there anyone as gloomy as good old Charlie Brown? Cursed with equal parts determination and sour luck, the balding, blockheaded leader of the beloved Peanuts comic strip never gets a break. If it’s not the kite in the tree, it’s the rotten advice from his “psychiatrist.” Yet, these hapless insults pale in comparison to his unrequited love for a certain little redhaired girl. And Chuck’s not the only one who finds himself futilely trying to find love. Lucy pines for the clueless piano-playing Schroeder, and Charlie’s sister, Sally, longs for her “sweet Babboo” Linus. Even Snoopy finds himself stood up at the alter at one point. Certainly, if there’s one cast of characters best suited to represent the pure agony of Valentine’s Day, the Peanuts gang is it. “Heartbreak in Peanuts,” the new exhibit at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa beginning Feb. 5, brings together 70 classic comic strips all about the woe and wretchedness of first loves and early crushes. Commiserate with Charlie, Snoopy and friends as they languish in the forlorn funnies that focus on the quest for romance. On Valentine’s Day, the museum continues the tradition of letting in all little red-haired girls (and boys) for free. “Heartbreak in Peanuts” opens Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Charles M Schulz Museum. Open 11am– 5pm, weekdays; 10am–5pm, weekends. Closed Tuesdays. $5–$10. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452—Charlie Swanson

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For the week of February 5

ARIES (March 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;April 19) â&#x20AC;&#x153;You know itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Saturday when you are wiping off vodka stains from your face with a marshmallow,â&#x20AC;? testiďŹ es the woman who writes the Tumblr blog French Fries Absinthe Milkshakes. I really hope you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even come close to having an experience like that this week, Aries. But Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m worried that you will. I sense that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re becoming allergic to caution. You may be subconsciously wishing to shed all decorum and renounce self-control. To be clear, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing inherently wrong with relaxing your guard. I hope you will indeed give up some of your high-stress vigilance and surrender a bit to lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sweet chaos. Just please try to ďŹ nd a playful and safe and not-too-insane way to do so.

LIBRA (September 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;October 22) Food aďŹ cionado Michael Pollan says that Americans â&#x20AC;&#x153;worry more about food and derive less pleasure from eatingâ&#x20AC;? than people in other countries. If you ask them what their association is with â&#x20AC;&#x153;chocolate cake,â&#x20AC;? they typically say â&#x20AC;&#x153;guilt.â&#x20AC;? By contrast, the French are likely to respond to the same question with â&#x20AC;&#x153;celebration.â&#x20AC;? From an astrological perspective, I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appropriate for you to be more like the French than the Americans in the coming weeksâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not just in your attitude toward delicious desserts, but in regards to every opportunity for pleasure. This is one of those times when you have a license to guiltlessly explore the heights and depths of bliss.

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SCORPIO (October 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;November 21)

In the Inuktitut language spoken among the Eastern Canadian Inuit, the word for â&#x20AC;&#x153;simplicityâ&#x20AC;? is katujjiqatigiittiarnirlu. This amusing fact reminds me of a certain situation in your life. Your quest to get back to basics and reconnect with your core sources is turning out to be rather complicated. If you hope to invoke all of the pure, humble clarity you need, you will have to call on some sophisticated and ingenious magic.

GEMINI (May 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;June 20) When songwriters make a â&#x20AC;&#x153;slant rhyme,â&#x20AC;? the words they use donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really rhyme, but they sound close enough alike to mimic a rhyme. An example occurs in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bad Touch,â&#x20AC;? a tune by the Bloodhound Gang: â&#x20AC;&#x153;You and me baby ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t nothing but mammals / So letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s do it like they do on the Discovery Channel.â&#x20AC;? Technically, â&#x20AC;&#x153;mammalsâ&#x20AC;? doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t rhyme with â&#x20AC;&#x153;channel.â&#x20AC;? I suspect that in the coming week you will have experiences with metaphorical resemblances to slant rhymes. But as long as you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fuss and fret about the inexactness you encounter, as long as you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t demand that everything be precise and cleaned-up, you will be entertained and educated. Vow to see the so-called imperfections as soulful.

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What is the single best thing you could do to fulďŹ ll your number one desire? Is there a skill you should attain? A subject you should study? A special kind of experience you should seek or a shift in perspective you should initiate? This is a big opportunity, Taurus. You have an excellent chance to identify the speciďŹ c action you could take that will lead you to the next stage of your evolution. And if you do manage to ďŹ gure out exactly what needs to be done, start doing it!

CANCER (June 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;July 22) â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;Almost,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? writes novelist Joan Bauer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big word for me. I feel it everywhere. Almost home. Almost happy. Almost changed. Almost, but not quite. Not yet. Soon, maybe.â&#x20AC;? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure you know about that feeing yourself, Cancerian. Sometimes it has seemed like your entire life is composed of thousands of small almosts that add up to one gigantic almost. But I have good news: there is an excellent chance that in the next 14 to 16 weeks you will graduate from the endless and omnipresent almost; you will rise up and snatch a bold measure of completeness from out of the ever-shifting ďŹ&#x201A;ow. And it all kicks into high gear now. LEO (July 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;August 22) One of the chapter titles in my most recent book is this: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ever since I learned to see three sides to every story, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m ďŹ nding much better stories.â&#x20AC;? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m recommending that you ďŹ nd a way to use this perspective as your own in the coming weeks, Leo. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crucial that you not get stuck in an oppositional mode. It would be both wrong and debilitating to believe that you must choose between one of two conďŹ&#x201A;icting options. With that in mind, I will introduce you to a word you may not know: â&#x20AC;&#x153;trilemma.â&#x20AC;? It transcends a mere dilemma because it contains a third alternative. VIRGO (August 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;September 22) In 1984, Don Henleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s song â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Boys of Summerâ&#x20AC;? reached the top of the Billboard charts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Out on the road today / I saw a Deadhead sticker on a Cadillac,â&#x20AC;? Henley sings wistfully near the end of the tune. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dismayed by the sight of the Grateful Deadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s logo, an ultimate hippie symbol, displayed on a luxury car driven by snooty rich kids. Almost 20 years later, the band the Ataris covered â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Boys of Summer,â&#x20AC;? but changed the lyric to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Out on the road today / I saw a Black Flag sticker on a Cadillac.â&#x20AC;? It conveyed the same mournful contempt, but this time invoking the iconic punk band Black Flag. I offer this tale to you, Virgo, as an encouragement to update the way you think about your lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mythic quest . . . to modernize your old storylines . . . to refresh and refurbish the references you invoke to tell people about who you are.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;What is the purpose of the giant sequoia tree?â&#x20AC;? asked environmentalist Edward Abbey. His answer: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The purpose of the giant sequoia tree is to provide shade for the tiny titmouse.â&#x20AC;? I suggest you meditate on all the ways you can apply that wisdom as a metaphor to your own issues. For example: What monumental part of your own life might be of service to a small, fragile part? What major accomplishment of yours can provide strength and protection to a ripening potential thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s underappreciated by others?

CAPRICORN (December 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;January 19) â&#x20AC;&#x153;To burn with desire and keep quiet about it is the greatest punishment we can bring on ourselves,â&#x20AC;? wrote the poet Federico GarcĂ­a Lorca. I urge you to make sure you are not inďŹ&#x201A;icting that abuse on yourself in the coming weeks, Capricorn. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always dangerous to be out of touch with or secretive about your holy passions, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s especially risky these days. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not necessarily saying you should rent a megaphone and shout news of your yearnings in the crowded streets. In fact, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s better if you are discriminating about whom you tell. The most important thing is to not be hiding anything from yourself about what moves you the most. AQUARIUS (January 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;February 18) Back in 2002, three young men launched YouTube, in part motivated by a banal desire. They were frustrated because they couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ďŹ nd online videos of the notorious incident that occurred during the Superbowl halftime show, when Janet Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wardrobe malfunction exposed her breast. In response, they created the now-famous website that allows people to share videos. I foresee the possibility of a comparable sequence for you, Aquarius. A seemingly superďŹ cial wish or trivial interest could inspire you to come up with a ďŹ ne new addition to your world. Pay attention to your whimsical notions. PISCES (February 19â&#x20AC;&#x201C;March 20)

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what 20th-century author Truman Capote said about his own writing process. Back in that primitive precomputer era, he scrawled his words on paper and later edited out the extraneous stuff. Judging from your current astrological omens, Pisces, I surmise youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in a phase that needs the power of the scissors more than the power of the pencil. What you cut away will markedly enhance the long-term beauty and value of the creation youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working on.

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