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As a young woman, I understand the difficult choices I make daily about my body. I personally do not believe I could ever abort a child, but I do believe that I cannot make that choice for others, because I do not walk in their shoes. It is because of this core belief that I strongly believe the government has no place in making these decisions for the people. The Stupak Amendment proposes to do that and more. We cannot deny coverage
So, watching butchers cut up whole animals in the Bloodhound Bar is the â€œnewest live entertainmentâ€?? (â€œViscera and Voyeurism,â€? Nov. 18). Be honest: itâ€™s blood sport. And now, butchers, your timeâ€™s up. Youâ€™ve had your 15 minutes of fame. Next! Oh, by the way, if thirty-something hipster foodies really want to save tradition, maybe they should apprentice to a skilled butcher. You know, to learn
something. What you can pick up in a bar isnâ€™t really educational or going to â€œsave tradition.â€? Ya know?
Whoa, there, Michael: Rising stars Ryan Farr and Taylor Boetticher did apprentice under master butchers and do respect the craft and art of the profession.
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Whoa, there, Chris: The admittedly repugnant display of raw animal parts at Primal was not exactly like being trapped inside the fetid apartment of deranged serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.
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Were hop markets deliberately manipulated last year to drive up prices? By Alastair Bland
he great hops shortage of 2008 created a scare so real that many brewers began planning for a future without IPAs and other hop-heavy beers. Others looked up archaic recipes for malt beverages flavored with herbs and spices, and around the nation brewers grew so concerned about availability that when middleman brokers offered long-term contracts at sky-high prices, many jumped at the chance. But few brewers ever ran out of hops, and many if not most are back to brewing beer as usualâ€”except that now theyâ€™re handing over four, five and six times what they paid for their hops prior to the panic. This huge price hike has occurred disproportionately
on the broker-to-brewer end of the equation, sources say, and that has some brewers a bit miffed. Some even suggest that things worked out suspiciously well for the middlemen from whom they buy. â€œSomeone made some money on the whole shortage panic, and [brewers] are the ones hurting for it,â€? says Russ Klisch, president of Lakefront Brewery in Wisconsin. Klisch had been paying roughly $5 per pound for hops in 2007, but is now locked into a contract at rates ranging up to $18 per pound. Gayle Goschie, a hop farmer in Oregonâ€™s Willamette Valley, indicates that dramatic pricing markups have occurred on the broker-to-brewer side of business. Goschie says that while she is now receiving roughly 30 percent more money for her hops from
the brokers she sells to, â€œitâ€™s nothing like the price spike of hundreds of percent that we saw with some varieties as they went from dealer to brewer.â€? According to numbers supplied by the Washington Hop Commission, United States hop merchants paid farmers an industry-wide average of $3.97 per pound for their hops in 2008. These merchants in turn sold to brewers at anywhere between $14 and $25 per pound. At Avery Brewing Company in Boulder, Colo., brewmaster Adam Avery has no doubt that a legitimate hop shortage occurred following the poor harvest of fall 2007. â€œSure, the supply wasnâ€™t totally adequate,â€? he says, â€œbut was it fair that hop prices quadrupled? Absolutely not.â€? Arne Johnson at Marin Brewing Company recalls paying between $2 & &
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decided it was time. The current economic climate only fueled my cause with firings and layoffs representing the new â€œday at the office.â€? If Starbucks and General Motors could lay off an army of people, I could fire my family. They, unlike a diligent workforce, had given me enough just cause to fill a Microsoft office park. It sounded crazy, yes, but some crazy is worth considering. I walked down the memory lane of my near forty-year life. One thing was consistent. No matter how much the world revolved and I evolved, my parents, as much as they loved me, could masterfully cut me down to my most insecure self quicker than I could place fork to plate during an awkward family meal. I didnâ€™t want to act hastily, so I polled a few of my friends, the ones with rock-solid relationships with their parental units. I probed into uncomfortable places like only a good parent could do. â€œHas your family ever asked inappropriate questions about finances, sexual proclivities, hygiene, alcohol consumption, body fat and routes to work?â€? What about friendly game nights that turn into heated rounds of Trivializing My Pursuits, replete with home-spun questions about failed relationships, finances and career debacles? Some friends stared at me blankly. Others laughed, especially when I mentioned my momâ€™s pastime of sending me magazine articles on sex and dating, with Post-It notes directing my attention to tips about condoms, abstinence and dressing for dating â€œsuccess.â€? The more I probed, the more I learned that many had unhealthy relationships with their families. After careful analysis of the data, I came to the conclusion that the strife stemmed from boundariesâ€”the lack of them. Like any work-related dismissal, itâ€™s never advisable to fire a family member out of the blue. You need to monitor behavior and then open up a dialogue when enough undesirable events have occurred. I developed a list of infringements: my fatherâ€™s tabletop dancing at my wedding and my motherâ€™s nicknaming my former husband â€œgigolo hussyâ€? made the cut. (I blamed the latter on her crush on Richard Gere.) I noted their behavior and planned to open up a dialogue when the next inappropriate incident occurred. It came
when I received an unsolicited airline ticket to a government career fair. The fact that I had no experience or interest in the field didnâ€™t matter. After five minutes of contemplation, I decided to put my parents â€œon notice.â€? I called them back the next day to communicate some boundaries. This gave them an opportunity to correct their conduct. I politely informed them that if they crossed the line again, I would suspend them from my life. I could tell they were perplexed, so I gave some examples. Mom, if you talk down to me on the phone, I will tell you to stop. If you donâ€™t, I will end the call. Dad, I told you not to disparage my career. If you do that again, Iâ€™m going to discontinue our weekly calls. When their behavior improved, I rewarded them with more frequent calls and visits. When they reverted to their old micro-managing tricks, I tempered my contact, guilt free. By stipulating what was and wasnâ€™t acceptable, I had given myself a new birthright, one that removed my parentsâ€™ ability to wage war against my life. Did I banish them for good? No, life is too short, and frankly weâ€™re all too old to hold that kind of grudge. But what I achieved in firing them was a justified reason to restrict their access to certain aspects of my life. I still need to occasionally remind them of the ground rules. When they break them, I put them back on notice. Iâ€™m at peace with my family for the first time since my days in diapers. I now understand that my parents have been unable to transition from the role of parent of a young child to parent of an adult child. I, however, have made the shift. Iâ€™ve grown up, and for the first time in my life, I own my adulthood.
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and $6 per pound for various hops in 2007. Now the brewer is locked into a multiyear contract at rates between $14 and $20 per pound. â€œThe brokers know that weâ€™ve got to make beer and that weâ€™ll pay whatever we have to to get hops,â€? Johnson says. But some wonder how dire the shortage really was. Tony Magee, president of Lagunitas Brewing Company, observes that between the height of the panic and the apparent return of availability months laterâ€”when dealers abruptly began quoting prices for eager brewersâ€”no harvest had taken place. â€œI remember talking on the phone to [my brokers] in December of â€™07, after the harvest, and they were saying they didnâ€™t have the hops,â€? Magee says. â€œThen they called in February saying they had them, and I was like, â€˜Wait a minute! If you didnâ€™t have the hops just three months ago, where did they come from?â€™â€? Others have suggested that the fall 2007 harvest may have been held in temporary storage warehouses until prices had escalated satisfactorily. The timing of events has stirred Klischâ€™s suspicions, as well. â€œAs soon as I signed my contract, we saw people online selling hops,â€? he recalls. â€œThatâ€™s not a sign of a shortage.â€? But certain so-called aromatic varieties favored by craft brewers did, in fact, become so genuinely scarce that some small brewers had to rearrange their beer recipes to account for unavailability. According to Jim Solberg, manager and CEO of Indie Hops, a supplier in Portland, it was a lack of communication between brokers and brewers in the years before the panic that caused the aromatics shortage. Solberg explains that farmers at the time were answering to the mega-breweriesâ€™ demands by steadily replacing their relatively obscure aromatic varieties with high-alpha, extra-bitter varietiesâ€”the kinds favored by the large companiesâ€”and the brokers, says Solberg, didnâ€™t warn the brewers. â€œThe merchants never told the craft brewers what was happening,â€? he says. Then, quite abruptly in 2008, some of the aromatic varieties were gone. â€œIf craft brewers had signed contracts for these hops years earlier,â€? says Solberg, â€œfarmers wouldnâ€™t have run out and prices would have remained lower, too.â€? In the past 18 months, Northwest hop acreage has increased by 30 percent, or about 10,000 acres, say industry sources, and supplies are back up, though just how diminished those supplies ever were could remain a subject of speculation for years. Why, Magee asks, after such a panic did the industry not feel greater impacts? â€œSo this big gun goes off, but the bullet never lands?â€? At Marin Brewing, Johnson says that at the height of the crisis all signs pointed toward a genuine shortage. Yet it appears to have been nothing that some extra cash couldnâ€™t fix. â€œThere seems to have been a shortage, but I think if you really wanted hops you could get them,â€? Johnson says. â€œIt just depended on what you would pay.â€?
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he movie WALL-E is a must-see, both as a perfect example of classic science fiction (futuristic world revealing uncomfortable truths about the present one) and as a glimpse at what earth might look like if weâ€”oops!â€”bury it in trash. In WALL-Eâ€™s world, humans languish for centuries in a space station because the trash gets so out of control down on Earth that nothing can live there. Up in space, we get fat and lazy riding in powered vehicles and overeating processed food until neither bones nor brains can hold the species erect. (What did I say about scifi?) But there is a happy ending to WALL- E, and some recent good news about our actual gargantuan garbage problem. In California, we bury or incinerate 42 million tons of trash a year. The good news? Hit-and-run trashing from businesses is being challenged by a city leader near you, including jurisdictions in Napa, Sonoma and Marin counties. These communities want new laws demanding manufacturers to take responsibility for the excess packaging and toxic disposables they dump on consumers. Such legislation might make us less like the nearly boneless humans in the movie, save us money and help preserve our favorite neighborhoods. Did I mention it would cut greenhouse gas emissions and solve landfillshortage problems? Most of the stuff we throw away is packaging, neither reusable nor recyclable. After we pay for our goods, we pay again for getting rid of our packaging, and then for the disposal of electronic goods that become obsolete so rapidly. Toxic discards need special handling, which costs extra. For example, Del Norte County calculated that disposing properly of mercury-containing florescent bulbs was $7,500 per ton, compared to $100 per ton for other trash (their garbage rate is high because they have to truck their trash to Oregon). How can ratepayers possibly afford to cover costs like that? In other countries, those bulbs go back to the manufacturers who made them. Itâ€™s the law. But California has no such law, and jurisdictions have to cover the costs for
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1TTcD_ My true-life story of the Russian mafia, rampant mayo and, naturally, borscht By Ari Le Vaux
ate at night on a train in Siberia, I had a run-in with the Russian mob over a bowl of borscht. I should have listened to the little voice in my gut when I entered the dining car at the back of the train, because something was wrong. This wasnâ€™t like the other dining cars scattered along the halfmile iron serpent winding its way north from Ulan Batar, Mongolia, to Irkutsk, Siberia. The back half of this dining car was stacked high with boxes. Two heavily made-up babes played poker and smoked cigarettes at a table, while electronic trance music thumped relentlessly, masking the pounding of the train. Intrigued yet nervous, I sat down and ordered borscht. A large woman smiled sympathetically as she took my order. I never saw her again. A stone-faced man brought a bowl of faintly purple water, in which pieces of sliced hot dog floated
among stray shards of cabbage. While it was easily the weakest excuse for borscht ever, the sight of the chef standing in the galley door fondling his machete-sized knife inspired enough appetite for me to finish my bowl. Then came the bill: $50. I protested, using gestures and pointing at the menu to communicate the accounting error; the borscht was advertised at $3 a bowl. The server kept his arms folded and then employed gestures of his own, picking up various pieces of tableware to explain that I also had to pay for the use of the silverware, plates, salt, pepper and napkins. After further protest on my part, he made another gesture, moving his hand across his thigh in a slicing motion. â€œMafia,â€? he said. The babes kept playing poker. The chef double-checked the sharpness of his knife in the galley door. I paid and got out of there. Later that night, in a train station on some windswept plain, the dining car at the end of the
train was removed. While that overpriced meal certainly left a bad taste in my mouth, I suppose it did qualify as borscht, if only because borscht is such a general term for a wide category of Eastern European soups. The name comes from the Russian â€œborshch,â€? which means cow parsnip (the plant is widely distributed in the United States as well, where it goes by the common name â€œhogweed.â€?) While often considered to be synonymous with â€œbeet soup,â€? borscht can be made with cabbage, tomato or sorrel, to name just a few of the common main ingredients. In The Gold Cook Book, chef Louis P. De Gouy describes a Polish borscht (bortsch Polonaise) made from, among other things, duck, leeks, beets, egg whites and crushed egg shells. In many regions, borscht is served with a dollop of sour cream or a dollop of mayo if youâ€™re in Russia, where mayo has achieved a standing on par with vodkaâ€”when a vessel is opened for the first time, the cap is often thrown away. &+ THE BOHEMIAN
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This throwing-away-the-cap ritual is something I learned only a few days after my run-in with the Russian mafia. When we were stuck in a whiteout while driving a monster truck across the frozen surface of Lake Baikal, we opened vodka and threw away the cap. When I was served a bowl of chicken soup in a fishing village on the shore of Lake Baikal, we threw away the cap of mayo. The size of the mayo dollops heaped into those steaming bowls of soup left me forever changed. Whatever itâ€™s made of or served with, at the end of the day borscht remains cold-weather peasant comfort food. Like ratatouille, polenta, sausage and coq au vin, borscht wears the â€œpeasant foodâ€? banner with dignity and grace, proof that a culinary masterpiece can be made from the most humble ingredients. Even though my dear mother makes a fantastic cabbage borscht, my favorite is a variation Iâ€™ve developed based on the beet borscht recipe in The Joy of Cooking. Trim a pound of beets, cut them into quarters, place them in a baking dish, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake at 400 degrees until theyâ€™re soft, and let them cool. If youâ€™re afraid of skins, pull them off. (The skins wonâ€™t hurt you; theyâ€™ll add vitamins and a nice earthy quality to the borscht.) Slice the cooked beets. Meanwhile, cut a pound of red meat, like beef or venison, into cubes, and brown the meat in oil in the bottom of a soup pot or Dutch oven. After the meat has browned, add a quart of stock (I like chicken stock, if not homemade then the Better Than Bouillon brand), a quart of water, and four or five chopped medium tomatoes (or a 28 ounce can, drained and chopped). Simmer. When the meat becomes tender, add two to four cups shredded cabbage, two chopped medium onions, two sliced carrots, three sliced celery stalks or a sliced medium-size celeriac, and the roast beets, with enough water to cover everything, and simmer. As it simmers, adjust the water to maintain your desired proportion of broth to chunks. After half an hour, add the juice of a lemon, two tablespoons cider vinegar, four cloves chopped garlic and salt and pepper to taste. Adjust water content a final time and simmer for 15 minutes. Serve with a garnish of dill or chervil. Now open a jar of mayo and throw the cap over your shoulder. Add a dollop of mayo (or sour cream or crĂ¨me fraĂŽche) to your bowl, but donâ€™t mix it in. Rather, allow the dollop to float like an iceberg in your bowl, with soft corners occasionally breaking off and drifting onto your spoon. The broth is tart with lemon, vinegar and tomato, and rich with vegetal flavor. It gives a tasty counterbalance to the meat and beet chunks, while the mayo/sour cream/crĂ¨me fraĂŽche unifies the constituents under a layer of white. The soup is a majestic earthy tapestry, something those mafia guys would have been more justified in charging $50 for. Indeed, lesser food is regularly priced higher in many big-city restaurants, though they donâ€™t usually threaten to break your legs if you complain.
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The Jimtown Store, Mirepoix, K&L Bistro and Dawn Ranch Lodge are among those houses tithing a full half of the tab to charity; Sushi Hana and Sushi Tozai are among those donating 25 percent from both food and alcohol sales to the cause. Everyone involved is doing good. Itâ€™s one of those classic win-win-win situations that helps launch the holidays. Patrons get an excellent meal, restaurateurs get excellent patrons, and Food for Thought, the Sonoma County AIDS Food Bank gets some excellent and much-needed dosh. To see the full list of participating restaurants and make a reservation, go to www.diningoutforlife.com and pull Sonoma County down on the regions tab. For those who donâ€™t have time to commit to a full-on dinner, the Epicurean Connection hosts a reception that night from 6pm to 8pm. Admission is free, but a lovely canned good donation for Food for Thought is encouraged. Ten percent of all sales that night will be donated to Dining Out for Life. 18812 Sonoma Hwy., Sonoma. 707. 935.7960
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Cahill occupies a few unprepossessing warehouses just steps away from the West Country Trail, Green Valleyâ€™s own little Weinwanderweg, from which sidetracked ramblers ďŹ nd their way to this ramshackle shed. Scattered with furniture both used and disused, itâ€™s like an oversized backyard clubhouseâ€”but no, thatâ€™s not a 200-gallon beer bong over there in the corner. Itâ€™s a tank full of Cahillâ€™s jug wine blend, and the very reason I sought this place out. Boutique purveyors of jug wine delight the hearts of connoisseurs of all things backward and antiquated yet also boast modern-day green business cred. Cahillâ€™s Red Blend ($18 for one gallon) is endlessly reďŹ llable at the point of sale, just like vintners and green grocers sold wine in the old days, when the electriďŹ ed Petaluma and Santa Rosa Railway rolled through Green Valley. Poured innocently from the dregs of a long-opened jeroboam, itâ€™s a bit long in the tooth, so we pick up a fresh jug for porch times later. Sure enough, itâ€™s a robust, gutsy red, with woodsy, oak essence, juicy blackberry and olallieberry. But wait, thereâ€™s still more wine to sip from funky little liqueur glasses: singular and rustic Sauvignon Blancs ($10â€“$16); an aromatic 2005 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir ($28) with bright raspberry, jammy fruit and a cleanly earthy, dry ďŹ nish; the surprising 2006 Cole Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon ($15), with the nose of pressed, new wine, the palate of a Pinot. But thatâ€™s not all. Winemaker Don Payne also runs Petalumaâ€™s Stillwater Spirits distillery. Cahill is not licensed to pour the grappa and the pear eau-de-vie (featuring a whole pear in each bottle), but itâ€™s already a veritable backroads hoochfest here. The port-style 2005 Xport Lot No. 7 ($15) is a sweet, seductive medley of nectarine, hazelnut and chocolate; the 24 Degrees ($18), a crystal clear, Chardonnay-based 48-proof spirit for mixing cocktails in beer and wine-licensed bars, like soju. Clear and potent, with a faint citrus aroma, it would make a smashing stand-in for white tequila in margaritasâ€”itâ€™s also good in Red Bull, weâ€™re told with unalloyed lack of wine country airs. Meow. Cahill Winery, 4950 Ross Road, Sebastopol. Open Friday, 1pm to 5pm; Saturdayâ€“Sunday, 11am to 5pm. No fee. 707.823.1335.
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onâ€™t get us wrongâ€”we know the names of the three wise men and all eight reindeer, and we can sing most of â€œGood King Wenceslas.â€? Also, we are fans of the Rankin-Bass claymation Christmas specials, so please do not bother us with invitations to do less important things on the nights those programs are airing. Because we do love the holidays. But weâ€™ve had it up to hereâ€”by which we mean way up thereâ€”with Christmas waste. Not just the wrapping paper, which is bad enough but can be recycled. No, this is a problem with the holiday gifts themselves, purchased hastily in the weeks leading up to Dec. 25 in a white-knuckle drive to get something, anything, under the tree. This can end in the unfortunate triumph of quantity over quality: we buy multiple second-rate items instead of one good one. And in the
nature of second-rate items, these gifts soon break or wear out or just donâ€™t get used at all because theyâ€™re of poor quality to begin with. Within a couple of years, off to the landfill they go to make room for replacements that are just as cheap, just as shoddy, just as surely headed for the trash heap on the same short schedule. Letâ€™s dump that racket now! Hereâ€™s an idea: buy the good one from the get-go. It costs more up front, but in the long run it saves money, saves the hassle of replacing the item later and is better for the planet. Instead of the $10 headlamp that might last one camping season (but probably wonâ€™t), spring for the hardy Petzl. Skip the flimsy handmixer and get the aspiring cook the sturdy KitchenAid, the one that would break your foot if it fell off the counter (not that such a thing could ever happen; it weighs far too much to push).
Itâ€™s a mild-mannered, sociable revolution, and in these pages weâ€™re jump-starting it with a list of quality items suited to different age groups that will stand the test of time.â€”Traci Hukill
Toddler Tales Ah, the telltale signs of Christmas Eve: the careful placement of milk and cookies for the charitable red trespasser, the hushed tittering of children pretending to sleep, the muffled curses of Santa as he furiously assembles the big-ticket giftâ€”a pink tent or remote-control car or bipedal death machineâ€” before sunrise, only to be completely destroyed by lunchtime, possibly taking one or two good little boys and girls with it. It just wouldnâ€™t be Christmas without all these things, would it?
Pots & Pans Owner and head chef Michael Gyetvan of Azzurro Pizzeria e Enoteca in Napa used to cook at home with aluminum pans bought from restaurant suppliers, but he noticed that they tended to warp over time. So what does an award-winning chef use in his own residential kitchen? â€œIâ€™m a pretty firm believer that All-Clad is the way to go,â€? he says, citing the Pennsylvaniamade cookware thatâ€™s been around for four decades. â€œObviously, they cost a little bit more, but with the durability, the evenness of cookingâ€”they last a long time.â€? Gyetvan uses restaurant-supply pans at Azzurro, but heâ€™s cooked at home with his All-Clad pans for six years now, and theyâ€™re â€œexcellent.â€? Like most serious cooks, Gyetvan also swears by the cast-iron skillet. He found his Lodge skillet 15 years ago at a flea market, and itâ€™s still a top-quality workhorse. â€œI use it for anything from fried chicken to cooking steaks,â€? he says. â€œYou can bake in it, you can make macaroni and cheese in it, you can make a stew in it. Itâ€™s just super versatile.â€? Lodge cookware, still owned by descendants of the original Lodge family, has been made in Tennessee since 1896, and some pans from the turn of the last century
are still in use on stovetops throughout the country. “As long as you season it when you first get it and take care of it,” Gyetvan says, “it’s one of the most versatile and longlasting pieces of kitchen equipment you could ever own.”—Gabe Meline
College Coiffure A broke college student’s options are limited when it comes to good hair. Running around from class to class and subsisting on a steady diet of alcohol and ramen can doom a girl’s hair to a life of frizzery. The solution? The Bespoke Labs T3 Featherweight hair dryer. One of the best on the market, this Consumer Reports– approved hair dryer from heaven has the potential to send curly-haired maidens to a utopia where rats’ nests cease to exist and split ends are nothing but a myth. This ionic masterpiece contains crushed tourmaline jewels (we wouldn’t joke about this) that, when heated, produce negative ions and infrared heat to ensure a speedy blow-dry and shinier, static-free hair. While I’m no chemistry major, I do know that the presence of negative ions will seal the moisture in the hair’s cuticle, leaving it ready to brave the elements.
This bad boy may seem a bit pricey, ranging from $80 to $200, but the T3 is sure to last a lot longer than a dinky Conair that will leave the ladies looking like Sideshow Bob. No girl deserves to spend hours styling only to step outside and watch her hair instantly grow like a Chia pet. So when the bells are ringing and the children are singing and the college students are heading home for the holidays, consider giving the student in your life the gift of fabulous, shiny hair worthy of any winter wonderland. It’ll blow her mind.—Rula al-Nasrawi
Sling It & Fling It Every holiday season, my parents take
me to buy my annual messenger bag. Not because it’s a cherished ritual, but because every time I step off the plane, my mom wrinkles her nose at the ragged shell of the prior year’s messenger bag. Most importantly, no real messenger would deign to use my messenger bag.
So I called one—a messenger, that is. “Chrome bags,” says Rick Graves from Clutch Couriers without hesitation. “We use them in all weather, riding on a daily basis.” Chrome bags are made from Cordura, a nylon fabric used in military wear, and all Chromes are guaranteed for life. That means even though my Secret Santa will be shelling out somewhere between $80 and $180, I’ll never have to go bag shopping with my parents again. Ever. I’ll be asking Santa for the Buran bag ($140), which is technically a laptop bag, a little smaller and trimmer, with ample padding for my computer and a comfy shoulder strap made from seatbelt material. It perfectly skates that fine line between professional and urban. Plus, it avoids the embarrassing issue of sashaying down the street with a half-empty professional messenger bag flopping around on your back in front of real couriers.—Jessica Lussenhop
Turntable Fever With the release this year of the video game DJ Hero, kids will surely be asking for DJ equipment this Christmas. According to DJ Amen, who along with his weekend radio shows on KMEL 106-FM also plays out in clubs once or twice a week, there’s no reason to buy any brand of turntable but Technics 1200s. “There’s nothing else that matches up,” he says, adding that if your budding turntable king gets tired of cutting and scratching, Technics rigidly retains its resale value. “You could have bought Technics 1200s 10 years ago for $500,” he says, “and you could still probably sell a used pair for $350 to $400.”
For cartridges, Amen uses Ortofon’s DJ Q-bert Concorde cartridge, since it sticks well to the record without skipping, and its needle lasts for years. The top mixer these
days is a Rane TTM-57SL, which has the ever-popular Serato Scratch Live software built into it. “It’s the industry standard right now,” says Amen. “You can control your laptop with the mixer; you don’t even have to touch the computer. It’s what people like Jazzy Jeff and DJ AM were using, all the way down to people like me.” The monitors he and all his friends use are M-Audio BX5ADs, and his choice of headphones, which need to be loud and durable, are Technics RPDH 1200s.—G.M.
Bamboo Bedding Luxurious sheets are something every woman adores, whether she knows it yet or not. And once she’s figured that out, finding the perfect linens can become something of an obsession. One option, of course, is the classic highthread count, 100 percent cotton sheet, the kind that’s rough and scratchy for a few years until it finally softens and then, decades later, turns into that magnificent texture that’s part silk, part suede and all delicious. The problem is, they literally don’t seem to be making those anymore. Instead, manufacturers are claiming exorbitant thread counts (500 and 800 are common nowadays) and charging accordingly. But it’s fuzzy math—math that counts the piled portions of threads rather than the warp and weft, math that shrinks and pills on the first washing. Consumer Reports busted one maker who claimed a thread count of 1,200; when tallied in the traditional manner, the thread count totaled 416.
Very Old Boys The modern video game geek is faced with three choices when it comes to home consoles: Nintendo Wii ($199), Microsoft Xbox 360 ($199) and Sony Playstation 3 ($299). Each system has its perks; the Wii has the motion sensitive “Nunchuk” controller and the Mario franchise; Xbox 360 has the big online community and the Halo series; and Playstation 3 has the multiple functions and warp-speed processor. So which system will put more joy in your stick? If it’s pure entertainment value you’re after, the resounding answer is the Playstation 3. Sure it costs a Benjamin more than the Xbox 360 and the Wii, but that extra cash buys you a Blu-ray player, a wireless internet browser and movie downloader, high definition 1080p output, free online play, 120GB of storage and the ability to also play PS1 and PS2 titles. The Wii, with its small processor, doesn’t approach high-definition output or play even “regular” DVDs. The Xbox 360 boasts a high def gaming output that’s nearly as high as the PS3, but you’ll have to fork over an extra $100 for an adapter if you want to watch HD DVDs (Blu-ray’s all-but-extinct evil twin). And neither system allows you to play old games from its predecessors or browse the internet for free. When it first dropped in 2006, the newest Playstation’s success suffered from a huge $599 price tag and a lack of big-name exclusive games. Today, both issues have been remedied with the price cut in half and titles like Metal Gear Solid 4 and Killzone 2 on shelves, and the long awaited Final Fantasy 13 title coming in a few months. Holiday cash may be harder than ever to come by, but if your loved one is a gamer who also watches movies, uses the internet or owns an HD television, you’ll be doing him or her a favor in the long run by going with the PS3.—Curtis Cartier
Enter the 100 percent viscose sheet set. Made from bamboo, these are smooth, silky sheets that are room temperature rather than cold when you first get in them; they’re almost like a very fine flannel in that regard, except that, somehow, they’re cool in the summer. And fast-growing bamboo is, of course, the ultimate ecofriendly material. They’re not cheap—a 250 thread-count set from Dreamsack will run upward of $200—but they’re that elusive combination of high-quality, durable, green and luxurious, and they’re guaranteed to make getting that all-important beauty rest a decidedly decadent affair.—T. H.
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Zippy The soft shell jacket is one of the great inventions of textile science, tailored for winter fun. Itâ€™s made of the stuff Gore-Tex calls Windstopper. Feather-light, with a texture halfway between neoprene and cashmere, this miracle fabric is windproof, virtually waterproof, breathable and insulates like a wetsuit. The Marmot Sharp Point Soft Shell runs about $200. Itâ€™s cut perfectlyâ€”it fits snugly, but thanks to its trademarked â€œAngel-Wingâ€? design, it allows for a remarkable freedom of movement. With a zippered turtleneck collar, velcro wrist-closures and drawstring waist, it battens down completely to keep blowing snow out and body heat in. And pit-zips prevent overheating if your idea of winter fun requires some exertion; as a cross-country ski enthusiast, I appreciate that feature on the uphill runs.
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worn under a hard-shell parka, but Iâ€™m oldschool.â€”Eric Johnson
See & Be Seen Winter weather doesnâ€™t stop avid cyclists from tearing up their favorite routes. They just need the right gear, even if that means splurging on a few necessary â€œgood ones.â€? Kim Baenisch, executive director of the Marin County Bike Coalition, puts highquality, practical accessories on her wish list this year. â€œA really great headlight and rear blinking light is the kind of thing any cyclist will use, because one of the greatest dangers is being invisible at night,â€? says Baenisch. â€œBut also by law, you need to be riding with a light at night.â€?
With enough LED power to guide Santaâ€™s sleigh, the light Baenisch would put on her bike is the Light & Motion Stella ($270, www.coloradocyclist.com). To stay visible and warm during the day, Baenisch recommends the Womenâ€™s Touring Jacket ($150, www.showerspass.com) in Yelling Yellow, a windproof and waterproof zip-up that will last for seasons to come. â€œIt is sturdy enough to withstand the rain, but also breathable and makes me visible while riding in dark conditions with reflective banding. â€œItâ€™s something I already own,â€? she confesses. â€œIâ€™ve had this jacket for a couple years, but I think is a fantastic piece of gear.â€?â€”Tori Masucci
Flowering from the Stem I donâ€™t care how the rustic peasants in
Provence drink their plonk, even if it does look romantic in the movies. I shudder at the very idea of serving an everyday albariño, much less that special occasion Burgundy, in some cheap, generic wineglass. I want classy Riedel stemware for the ages, made by experts to flatter, enhance and maximize every last drop of precious vino. Yes, it does matter what size, shape and density of glassware you use. If the bowl of the glass is too small, the wine just doesn’t have room to “open,” which means in plain English that there’s not enough space for oxygen to blend with the wine and magnify the flavors and sensory qualities. And when the whole point is to taste the wine, well, you’re essentially defeating the experience.
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Also, if the lip of the glass is crude and thick (as in glassware used at bureaucratic lunches), then the wine cannot be guided to the exact point of tongue and palate to deliver the most flavor. Thick glass insults both the drink and the drinker. If the glassware is chunky, the experience is chunky. Every Riedel glass is carefully designed with ample room for flavor expansion and to deliver specific varietals to their intended taste bud. Riedel makes crystal glasses for every wine varietal, with 24 percent lead content crystal to guarantee color-heightening clarity. A great wine deserves a great glass. And a decent wine will sip much better than it otherwise would when poured into a great glass. That’s why I want Riedel. Worried about breakage? At $30 a glass, one tends to be careful.—Christina Waters
Get ’em a Mac! Yes, you’ll have to spend more upfront. And no, you might not find a dirty little third-party app that converts the icons in ChickenEyeball TurboXtreem into Windows Media movies. But by shelling out more for a Macintosh computer than for a PC, you’ll give your giftee a computer that will work, and last, for years. Let’s talk tech: Macs have firewalls already built in, don’t attract every virus, worm and Trojan horse ever born, and come with free security updates that automatically appear, download at the click of a button and virtually self-install. In addition, Macs feature decent operating systems built upward, in English, from their core. Each OS is built on the last, so unless you want the newest and grooviest, updating is optional. And when you do update, you’ll find that each new version is actually better, rather than less bad, with most features right in the same familiar places, but working even faster and more easily.
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Someone to Love Sonoma State University’s Stevenson Hall is covered in old ivy, its vines now crawling over more of its north face than back when President Ruben Armiñana took office in 1992. As the last of autumn’s red and gold leaves fell outside of his window, Armiñana took a few days away from his Stevenson office to recover from surgery. His “good one” is a humble reminder that man’s best friend can offer comfort and companionship for years to come. “We lost a dog two months ago, and the one I have now, a flat-coat retriever, is a bit bored by himself. I am looking for another purebred, but from a rescue place as I did with my present dog, Hubert. This way, I get the best of two
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An evening of offbeat, off-the-wall Holiday tales, read aloud by some of the North Bay’s funniest, most dangerous people, plus a musical tribute to the Christmas songs of Weird Al Yankovic, by “accordian babe” Renee De La Prade.
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Sound Waves Hoytus Rolen always greets customers at Peopleâ€™s Music in Sebastopol with a big smile. With graying dread locks captured by his signature colorful woven cap and heavy ethnic jewelry of silver and beads, Rolen exudes a natural warmth. His calm demeanor serves him well when dealing with customers or his young music students. When asked what Santa might bring him if he wanted just one good item, the shaggy musician answers without hesitation. â€œIâ€™d like a Bose Wave music system (about $500). I wouldnâ€™t need another system
made harmonica, and I think Seydels are as good and often better than some custom harps Iâ€™ve played.â€? Harmonicas arenâ€™t the only thing on Musselwhiteâ€™s mind this Christmas. â€œThe other gift Iâ€™d like to mention is I once saw a flying alarm clock for people who just turn the alarm off and go back to sleep,â€? he says. â€œThe clock has a propeller like a helicopter, and when the alarm goes off, it sounds like a helicopter, it lifts off and flies around the room and you have to get up, chase it, catch it and put it back in the clock base to turn it off. Well, by then you are definitely up and out of bed and not going back to sleep.â€?â€”G.M.
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for the rest of my life, and I could listen to anything better than Iâ€™ve ever heard it.â€? Another friend enters the shopâ€”and the conversation. Maceo Campbell, a musician with the Peace Warriors whose giant laugh mirrors his ample physique, chimes in. â€œYouâ€™ve got to have a subwoofer, too. When you add the subwoofer, youâ€™re going to be in heaven!â€? Rolen nods, and adds that although the system can be moved anywhere, he would most likely listen to it in his studio, and never come out. â€œExcept to pee!â€? Maceo shouts, to laughs all around.â€”S.D.
Put Your Lips Together and . . . Charlie Musselwhite shudders at the thought of cheaply made harmonicas given as stocking stuffers. â€œI only use Seydel harmonicas,â€? says the 23-time W.C. Handy Awardâ€“winning bluesman. â€œThe Seydel company is even older than Hohner, and they still make them by hand, one at a time, in a little town in Germany. Hohners are now mass-produced in China. The Seydel people make a wide variety of harps, and the ones I use have stainless steel reeds. They can be initially costly, but when you realize that one Seydel will outlast a dozen other brands, youâ€™re actually saving money. The only better harmonica would be a custom-
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Not Too Much to Ask Pt. Reyes Stationâ€™s Bovine Bakery smells heavenly the moment you enter, and the mouthwatering sights match the scents. Behind the counter, longtime owner Bridget Devlin looks perplexed as she ponders what her one good gift might be. She asks the question of the other women working the dough in the back. Tugging at one of her blond, shoulder-length braids, brows furrowed over her bright blue eyes, she sighs. â€œI donâ€™t really want much of anything.â€? Rethinking her statement, she comes up with the idea of an original piece of art, refining her request to â€œan original Alexander Calder hanging mobile, in bright, primary colors.â€? It would hang aloft in her high-ceilinged bedroom, moving with the air currents. Co-worker Elsie Riley has no problem figuring out what she would want. â€œJust give me $5,000 a month for the rest of my life,â€? she smiles. â€œI would be quite happy with that.â€?â€”S.D.
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Coffee-table books sure to banish any Kindle urges By Michael S. Gant
have, under dire circumstances, been reduced to reading downloaded stories on the ultimate popular-culture fetish object, the iPhone. All the more reason still to covet the ultimate intellectual fetish object: the coffee-table art book. Nothing yet nurtured in Jeff Bezosâ€™ brain can reproduce the sensual frisson of fingering the thick, glossy pages of a fine-arts volume. When you give a book, make sure that it is literally worth the paper itâ€™s printed on, full of high-quality images and packed with significant text, something worth reading and displaying. Several sterling new publications fit the bill. They can all be easily obtaining by dropping in on a local bookstore, which is a gift in and of itself. â€˜Insects of Surinamâ€™ by Maria Sibylla Merian (Taschen; $39.99). For a woman to pack up her daughter and travel to the jungles of Surinam and return three years later with exquisitely detailed, botanically and entomologically accurate and visually stunning paintings of flora and fauna is an impressive achievement. To have done so circa 1700 is nothing short of astonishing. This oversize book reproduces in full folio dimension the colored engravings from her greatest work. The plates demonstrate Merianâ€™s uncanny mix of scientific detail
and aesthetic sense, as she arrays curious and colorful insects in various states of metamorphosis flitting around or munching on the branches and leaves of exotic plants. â€˜Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Presentâ€™ by Gail Buckland (Knopf; $40). Our memories of famous rockers are determined as much by images as by sounds. Bucklandâ€™s book surveys the iconizing efforts of scores of photographers, from the celebrated (Annie Leibovitz and Dennis Hopper) to the obscure. The mostly black-and-white pictures here range from Alfred Wertheimerâ€™s candid shots of Elvis on the cusp of stardom to the raw action of Ian Dicksonâ€™s in-the-moment snap of the Ramones in 1977. French photographer JeanPierre Leloir captures Chuck Berry in 1996 putting his tight pants to the ultimate test with a spread-eagle split. Mark Seligerâ€™s closeup of an anguished-looking Neil Young has the power of an Avedon. â€˜The Collected Letters of Robinson Jeffers: With selected Letters of Una Jeffers, Vol. One, 1890â€“1930â€™ edited by James Karman (Stanford University Press; $95). California poet Robinson Jeffers has always seemed a formidable, even forbidding figureâ€”something about that fortress known as Tor House in Carmel, and verses like â€œWe must unhumanize our views a little,
and become confident / As the rock and ocean that we were made from.â€? This remarkable cache of letters, beginning with a note from the three-year-old Jeffers to his mama, helps to humanize the poet, especially the passionate, sometimes to the point of gushing, exchanges with his wife, Una. There are also illuminating bits of correspondences with publishers, critics and other writers. Coming as it does from a university press, the book is dense with critical apparatus, footnotes and a substantial biographical introduction. â€˜Historical Atlas of the American Westâ€™ by Derek Hayes (UC Press; $39.95). The appeal of old mapsâ€”richly colored, redolent with the sense of discovery, frequently embellished with artistic flourishesâ€”has driven some addicts to archival crimes. Luckily, Derek Hayesâ€™ Historical Atlas satisfies the cartographical itch within the bounds of the laws. This extralarge selection begins with Native American settlements and runs through the Spanish explorers, early forays by American pioneers, the Gold Rush, the building of the Transcontinental Railroad to the rise of urban centers. Hayes provides considerable context for survey, land grant, topo and tourism maps. A brochure route map for the Great Northern streamliners trumpets the â€œNew Empire Builder,â€? echoing the whole dubious project of Manifest Destiny. A 1940 Arizona Highways guide to the state features scores of tiny vignettes with cowboys, cacti and cattle. â€˜Playing with Pictures: The Art of Victorian Photocollageâ€™ by Elizabeth Siegel (Yale University Press; $45). Scrapbooking is faddish now, but it is hardly a new phenomenon. The Victorians (women mostly) delighted in constructing fanciful bound volumes full of clever collages. The rise of photography and, in particular, the carte de visitĂŠ, provided English women of the mid-1800s with endless source material for their imaginative constructions. Many of the examples in this fascinating study involve watercolor backgrounds in which cutout images of the famous have been pasted, frequently in multiple scales and perspectives, creating surprisingly surreal results. In one sample, a painted boy blows bubbles; in the gossamer spheres, one Georgina Berkeley has pasted cut-out heads of her acquaintances. It isnâ€™t far from here to Joseph Cornell. â€˜The World in Vogue: People Parties Placesâ€™ edited by Alexandra Kotur (Knopf; $75). Whatever dreams of a life of international indolence we ever strived for have been thoroughly dashed by the Great Recession. But vicarious thrills galore can be found in this paean to wretched excess in that most wretchedly excessive of all human endeavors: high fashion. The aptly homonymic Alexandra Kotur has assembled an enormous collection of large-scale pictures from the bible of well-dressed society, Vogue magazine, covering the last 40 years or so. Some major shutterbugsâ€”Richard Avedon, Bruce Weber, Helmut Newtonâ€” contribute studio and in situ portraits of society icons, celebs and movie stars like Babe Paley, Warholite Edie Sedgwick, Jackie O. and even Angelina Jolie doing stretching exercises on a Louis Quatorze settee. Oddly, the magazine seems infatuated with the upper echelonâ€™s canine companions: Brooke Astor, resplendent in pink tweed, poses with her dachshund; Jennifer Lopez walks a brace of menacing Dobermans; Naomi Campbell chauffeurs three Dalmatians in a convertible. Weirdest of all is Weberâ€™s photo of his golden retrievers at a staged doggie wedding.
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North Bay theaters prepare for the holiday stage By David Templeton
s that great champion of Christmas, Charles Dickens, once wrote, â€œTime was with most of us, when Christmas Day, encircling all our limited world like a magic ring, left nothing out for us to miss or seek.â€? Typical of Dickens, this sentiment is both lovely and slightly incomprehensible, but one piece does seem reasonably clear: at Christmas time, we tend to seek something a little richer, a little deeper, a little bit more than we expect the rest of the year. So as we gather in those small anthropologically meaningful groups we call â€œfamilies,â€? our television channels are scheduled full of holiday specials, the radio waves blare songs intended to soften our hearts and the movie theaters trot out at least two or three new Christmas-themed entertainments. Even the world of live theater gets in the act. But there is something different about these live theatrical offerings, an attitude of enhanced community spirit and playful generosity that sets such stuff apart. Between Thanksgiving and New Yearâ€™s, the North Bay is a fine example of this, as an already bountiful array of stage companies, dance schools and Christmas Carol junkies fill their collective hearts with that mysterious magic Dickens so blissfully honors in his prose.
The Family Traditions There are few Christmas clichĂŠâ€™s as pervasive as the yearly re-arrival of a dozen Nutcrackers (thank you, Mr. Tchaikovsky) and Christmas Carols (same to you, Mr. Dickens). But as certain as such overfamiliar staples are to return to the stage year after year, there are always a few companies eager to put a fresh new spin on these undying favorites.
In an effort to add something new to its own seasonal presentation of the famous â€˜Nutcracker Ballet,â€™ the Sebastopol Ballet Company has earned a reputation for putting its money where the Mouse King is, spending a whopping $50,000 to add such unexpected eye-candy as a dancing unicorn, a dancing, pointe-shoe-wearing lobster, plus numerous mermaids and an enormous sea beast. This dazzling alternative to undulating coffee beans runs Dec. 18â€“20, at the Analy High School Theater. Call 707.576.3906 for ticket information. . . . Of course, it is easier avoid the common cold than to miss seeing a sign for somebodyâ€™s production of â€˜A Christmas Carol.â€™ Fortunately, new tricks have a way of slipping up the sleeves of creative companies, as evidenced by the Sonoma County Repertory Theatreâ€™s eternally evolving version of the play, with a word-for-word(-ish) script by Preston Lane and Jonathan Moscone. Scott Phillips directs for the first time in years, with a brandnew approach that makes Ebenezer Scrooge even more integral to the action, and a cast of fresh actors are chomping to tackle the stories and numerous manic-depressive delights. It runs through Dec. 20. Call 707.823.0177. . . . Meanwhile, up in Cloverdale, Jim dePriest is helming his own adaptation of â€˜A Christmas Carol,â€™ with an eerie-funny script by Jerry Patch that serves to remind audiences that, warm hearts and sweet sentiments aside, this show is basically just a great big ghost story. This one runs Dec. 11â€“19, at the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center. 707.894.2214. . . .
The Odd Relatives No holiday is complete without the appearance of a few slightly cranky, conspicuously on-the-fringes family members. The same is true of theater, where even at
Christmas time the weird stuff always has a place at the table. David Sedarisâ€™ slippery â€˜SantaLand Diariesâ€™ is a great example, and this year, the North Bay has two of them. Repeating the sold-out success of last year, actor David Yen once again teams up with director Argo Thompson for a decidedly unique production of Sedarisâ€™ nasty-sweet tale, the slightly true story of the authorâ€™s hellish days working as an elf at New Yorkâ€™s Macyâ€™s Department Store. With a cleverly altered script (slipping in juicy tidbits from some of Sedarisâ€™ other holiday essays) this version lands like a herd of tiny reindeer on the stage of Spreckels Performing Arts Center, running Nov. 27â€“Dec. 13. Call 707.588.3400. The other production of The SantaLand Diaries, presented by the Pegasus Theater Company in Monte Rio, stars actor John Rowan as the entertainingly exhausted elf in question. This version runs Dec. 5â€“20 at the SonomaWest Inn. For info, ring up 707.522.9043. . . . On the never-before-seen side of the tree, Santa Rosaâ€™s Sixth Street Playhouse pops down the chimney with a world premiere by one of Sonoma Countyâ€™s favorite native sons, Shad Willingham. The much-honored Willingham has written a sassy little comedy titled â€˜Ham for the Holidaysâ€™ and will himself be directing the show at Sixth Streetâ€™s intimate Studio Theater. The play follows a squabbling band of radio thespians gathered in a small radiostation studio on Christmas Eve awaiting the arrival of Orson Welles, with whom they plan to present a live play. Stuff goes wrong. Things get broken. Laughs are definitely had. The show runs Dec. 4â€“20, and further facts may be gleaned by calling 707.523.4185. . . .
The High-Calorie Desserts Meaning no disrespect to turkey, the best part of a Christmas dinner is the pie, that one extra little slice of sweetness that makes the whole day seem just a little more perfect and your bathroom scale just a little more annoying. Every holiday season has its share of rare confectionary events. â€˜Itâ€™s a Wonderful Lifeâ€™ is the Raven Playersâ€™ live radio version of the classic tale of angels, miracles and bipolar bankers, performed by a cast of actors with great voices and a practiced knack for reading their lines and then dropping their pages on the floor. To give it an extra dash of authenticity, this radio show will actually be simulcast on KRCB 91.1-FM. It happens one night, on Dec. 11 at 8pm at the Raven Theater in Healdsburg. Info available only online, at www.ravenplayers.org. . . . And finally, in beautiful Marin County, home to the Ross Valley Players, is an evening of holiday music and stories so tasty and delicious it apparently needs no name. Directed by Linda Dunn, with musical direction by Scott DeTurk, the show is a stocking-stuffed with Christmas carols, classically slinky-sexy favorites (â€œSanta Baby,â€? anyone?), massive dance numbers, actorly readings of beloved stories (â€œA Childâ€™s Christmas in Wales,â€? â€œThe Night Watchmanâ€™s Storyâ€?), barbershop quartets and lots of audience sing-along stuff. This dessert tray of an evening happens only four times, Dec. 17â€“20, inside the big red barn at the Ross Arts and Garden Center. 415.456.9555. All of these activities are evidence of our fondness for something extra special at this time of year. There is certainly plenty to choose from. So if the Ghost of Charles Dickens appears at any of these events, donâ€™t be surprised. And take notes. That might make a good show for next year.
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he possibility of Avatarâ€™s success couldnâ€™t stop a hell rant by Bruno Ganzâ€™s Der Fanboy Fuhrer, dubbed in once again on YouTube by yet another anonymous prankster. In the spoof, Hitler puts it best: â€œJames Cameron should have left the remake of Ferngully: The Last Rainforest to Lucas! Itâ€™s The Clone Wars: Thundercats!â€? Only previewsâ€”and the profile articles Cameron has so generously allowedâ€”give clues to whether â€˜Avatarâ€™ (Dec. 18) will be titanic-sized or a resounding f lop. What we do know is that itâ€™s a sci-fi parable of planet invasion, heavy with colonialist guilt. Sam Worthington is a crippled warrior using technology to inhabit one of the nine-foot-tall, azure-skinned, giraffe-eared, technically unsophisticated members of a faraway planet. IMAX and Real3D will add something to the impact of the CGI thatâ€™s impossible to judge from computer-sized screens. Terry Gilliamâ€™s â€˜The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassusâ€™ doesnâ€™t have a firm release date locally, but itâ€™s playing in the British commonwealth already. Tom Waits is Satan, dressed a bit like Neville Chamberlain, and Gilliamâ€™s recovery from the loss of his star, the late Heath Ledger, through a prisming of the character into several other name movie stars is clever in this modern-day Faustian tale with Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Christopher Plummer and Colin Farrell. The plot, contrasting deep wells of fantasy with the desolation and pollution of
London, echoes Ray Bradbury and The Circus of Dr. Lao. Speaking of London, thereâ€™ll be so much suffering in the other theaters that I think weâ€™re all entitled to something a little emotionally restrained: Robert Downey as â€˜Sherlock Holmesâ€™ (Dec. 25), even if weâ€™re not too jazzed by director Guy Ritchieâ€™s urge to make our hero â€œaccessibleâ€?â€”i.e., faster and more violent. Rachel McAdams is the troublesome Irene Adler, Jude Law is Watson, and the reliable Mark Strong plays the disreputable Lord Blackwood, a peer with plans for the British Empire. Moriarity (Brad Pitt) is in it for a moment, too, in preparation for a sequel thatâ€™s already underway. And as the junior version of Holmesâ€™ sovereign, Emily Blunt plays â€˜The Young Victoriaâ€™ (Dec. 18), with Rupert Friend as Albert, Jim Broadbent as the sailor-king William IV, Julian Glover as Wellington and so forth. People love it when you elbow them in the ribs and tell historical stories about the personages when theyâ€™re trying to look at the gowns. The chill season is warmed with â€˜Nineâ€™ (Dec. 18), featuring Penelope Cruz honeyed up in lingerie; itâ€™s Rob (Chicago) Marshallâ€™s musical version of Felliniâ€™s 8 1/2, with Daniel Day Lewis in the Mastroianni part. Sophia Loren is Lewisâ€™ mother, just one of the women pulling the bedeviled director in separate directions. Nicole Kidman is also in it, because whatâ€™s a winter without icicles? And on the subject of fateful icicles, â€˜The Lovely Bonesâ€™ (Dec. 11), Alice Seboldâ€™s harrowing, tear-wringing and seemingly
From Christopher Isherwoodâ€™s 1964 novel â€˜A Single Manâ€™ comes the screen version starring Colin Firth as a Southern California professor recovering from the death of his male lover during the JFK years. â€˜Itâ€™s Complicatedâ€™ (Dec. 25) finds director Nancy Meyers of the satisfying Somethingâ€™s Gotta Give leading a love triangle with Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin playing monkeyin-the-middle with Meryl Streep. â€˜Up in the Airâ€™ (Dec. 25) is the new film by Jason Reitman, with George Clooney as a layoff specialist who never considered hiring a wife and kids. Anna Kendrick co-stars; sheâ€™s best known for the intrepid supporting work she does in the Twilight movies as Bellaâ€™s gabby, dippy gal-pal. â€˜Invictusâ€™ (Dec. 11), the new Clint Eastwood movie, parallels the story of Nelson Mandela with the Rugby World Cup of 1995 held in race-torn South Africa, with Matt Damon as an Afrikaner player. Because of the rugby theme, one guesses that the moral of the story is that black and white bleed the same color. William Earnest Henleyâ€™s bad poem gives us the odd title. For children, thereâ€™s â€˜Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquelâ€™ (Dec. 23), and Disneyâ€™s make-or-break attempt to revive classic f lat animation, â€˜The Princess and the Frogâ€™ (Dec. 11), a Creole-themed fairy tale with voodoo, and R&B songs by Randy Newman. A medium seemingly headed for extinction at the hands of CGI makes it to the end of this tumult-ridden decade. This may be the best news of the end of the year.
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It usually costs upward of 20 bucks to see the Christmas Jug Band, and even then, youâ€™re never sure if Dan Hicks is going to show up or not. The budget-line version of the Christmas Jug Band, however, delivers the same amount of laughter and holiday cheer for less than a fraction of the price. How? Because itâ€™s absolutely free when Four Elves Named Mo take the f loor in West Marin this Sunday. Hear â€œI Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas,â€? â€œSantaâ€™s Going Crazy This Year,â€? â€œChristmas in the Bottleâ€? and everybodyâ€™s favorite, â€œSanta Lost a Hoâ€?â€”along with some nonseasonal Americana roots tunesâ€”when Paul Rogers, Tim Eschliman, Gregory Leroy Dewey and â€œTurtleâ€? Vandermarr get swinginâ€™ on Sunday, Nov. 29, in the bar at the Station House Cafe. 11180 Hwy. 1, Point Reyes Station. 5pm to 8pm. Free. 415.663.1515.
Yountvilleâ€™s Festival of Lights turns 21 this year, which seems appropriate for the winemaking regionâ€™s annual holiday bash. Starting at 2pm the day after Thanksgiving, Santa Claus will be on hand with welcoming lap and open ears for the kids, while the townâ€™s wineries and restaurants supply tastings and samples for the adultsâ€”at just $1 a ticket. At sundown, Washington Street comes alive with thousands of tiny, twinkling lights, and the horse carriage rides begin. (Friday, Nov. 27, along Washington Street in downtown Yountville; 2pmâ€“6pm; Free; 707.994.0904). The next day, in Napa, thereâ€™s the Napa Christmas Parade, with caroling choirs, ballet folklorico and Mayor Jill Techel and Congressman Mike Thompson lighting an unprecedented 29foot tree in Veterans Park. Santa parks his sleigh at the Oxbow Public Market afterwards for the kids. (Saturday, Nov. 28, along First Street in downtown Napa; 5pm; Free; 707.257.0322.)
Modern Tramp Film buffs have spent the better part of 70 years grasping at a greater understanding of Charlie Chaplinâ€™s masterpiece, â€˜Modern Times.â€™ Living up to its name, the 1936 film that pokes fun at the Industrial Revolution, Nazis and law enforcement still feels strikingly fresh. This is the Trampâ€™s final picture, and itâ€™s full of wonderful imagery. Paulette Goddard furiously slicing bananas for her fellow unemployed. Chaplin being force-fed by a feeding machine. A breathtaking roller-skating scene in an afterhours department store. Itâ€™s all here, collected into one tight, 86-minute film, concluding with Chaplinâ€™s signature song, â€œSmile.â€? The Rafael kicks off its free Everybodyâ€™s Classics series with a screening of Modern Times on Sunday, Nov. 29, at the Rafael Film Center. 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. Noon. Free; first come, first served. Free. 415.454.1222.
We live in a world where parents actually tell their children to stop playing in the dirt. Where a three-hour viewing of the latest Disney feature is seen as less harmful than roaming the hills. Where discovering nature comes with all sorts of hand-wringing worries. The Fairfield-Osborn
Preserve hopes to lay those worries to rest with its series of Saturday Naturalist Hikes. With over 400 acres of wildf lowers, basalt rock, salamanders, frogs, newts, deer and the occasional mountain lion, the preserve is a perfect place to open the eyes of the nature-restricted child in your life. Saturday hikes last two to three hours; bringing water, a snack and a curiosity for nature is recommended. Hit up Gravity Hill on the way there on Saturday, Nov. 28, at the Fairfield-Osborn Preserve. 6543 Lichau Road, Penngrove. 10am. $3. 707.795.5069.
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NEW RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE SAT 11/28• 7:00PM DOORS • $20 • 21+ CD RELEASE ROOTS.BLUES
ROY ROGERS AND THE DELTA RHYTHM KINGS
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RICHARD THOMPSON TUE 12/8 • 7:00PM DOORS • $25 • 21+ COUNTRY/ROCKABILLY
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