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Rhapsodies The Sound of the Police

Overcoming our ingrained fear of the bleating sirens BY KYLE O’CONNOR


hile driving down Highway 116 to Guerneville recently, I spotted six police cars of various shapes and sizes; the typical sheriff’s cruiser, the Ford SUV with the occupant’s more “approachable” baseball cap, the black-andwhite intimidator of the CHP. Why was there such a congregation of “the Man” on this particular day?

It is amazing how paranoia envelopes even the most wellbehaved of us. Whenever I see the police I am afraid. I understand the risks law enforcement officers take every day. I am a military veteran. I can walk a mile in their shoes. It is a job that can be very dangerous. Yet somehow, some way, they scare the crap out of me every time I see them. We have become suspicious of the police, and they seem to always be suspicious of us. If you’re lucky enough to be “picked” by the police, you instantly become submissive and they become dominant. Every interaction appears to be met with intimidation and fear. My registration is current. My headlights both work. But I still feel helpless and void of freedom in their presence. If this dance of roles is real, and feels misplaced, how can we counteract this impulse of opposition, both the citizenry and law enforcement? We can wave. Whenever I see them, I wave. People waved at Sheriff Andy Taylor and Deputy Barney Fife. They waved back with a smile. They were part of the community, as our police are. Maybe they need to hear from us some other time than when we are in that uncomfortable situation of a “professional” encounter. Could a kind word to police officers limit their willingness to beat a teenager after a hot pursuit or help a BART policeman control his weapon more effectively? Anger builds and so does love. I prefer love. We are still a democracy and this is still a relationship, not a police state. And this relationship should not only exist in a crisis or when we break the rules. Wave as you pass by or say hello when you see them at the coffee shop or the supermarket. It feels weird at first. But consider the present alternative. We welcome your contribution. To have your topical essay of 350 words considered for publication, write

Vouchers for Botched Trees

Well, I sure can relate to your story about PG&E and Davey Tree (“Hack Job,” March 2). Thanks to the Johnny Appleseed efforts of a previous owner, our rural property is overflowing with aging pines and eucalyptus that grow like weeds. Every year, I go head-to-head with Davey Tree, and while they always want to chop, chop, chop, and I’m always urging restraint, I have to say that all in all they’ve done all right by me over the years. Also, in the past, PG&E has compensated us for removing or severely trimming trees with vouchers ($50 per tree) at Home Depot. Whether they still do this or not, I don’t know. I’m all for responsible tree trimming, but on the other hand, I’m not about to leave my day job for a spot on a PG&E repair crew during the next big storm.

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Hold the Rabbit I would have thrown your rabbit-ascuisine piece (“Cottontail Club,” March 2) on the floor in disgust, but my own pet rabbit was sleeping at my feet, and I didn’t want to disturb her. Thanks for a useful article. Now I know which restaurants to avoid.


Right On, D’Argenzio This is a great article about a relevant topic (“Art Official Intelligence,” March 2). I really wish more building owners in San Francisco would take this idea and allow the up-and-coming artists of the

city to enliven the dead spaces that are otherwise falling to ruin and dust. It would be such a benefit for all.

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Local Yokels Love the Boho’s new, clean lines and brightly colored layout—but I have one rant I just have to express. You’ve cut off half of our local yokel voice! I’m referring, of course, to the “Open Mic”—now a mere blip in the new “Rhapsodies” section. How can we locals scream out loudly or even just inform the uninformed about our mindexpanding insights and opinions with only a half (and a measly half) page? Even the letters to the editor now have more space on their side of the page! The new Culture (Clash) gets a whole page, and with all the emphasis on culture and dining, the Boho is starting to look suspiciously like San Francisco Chronicle-lite! Hmmm . . . How rather homogenous we’re all starting to seem.


Hi Linda—thanks for the feedback. The Open Mic section was always a half page, but now simply occupies half of a slightly smaller page. Our letters to the editor section has actually expanded, since our readers, like yourself, tend to submit their opinions largely in letters instead of formal Open Mic submissions. All told, that important screaming localyokel voice is still represented just as much as in our older design—only now with more voices. Glad you’ve noticed our culture and dining coverage. Please also enjoy our news story this week on U.S. Uncut’s actions in San Francisco, which went entirely unreported by the Chronicle, as well as our cover feature on wineries’ excessive use of groundwater, which the local daily has yet to investigate.


Dept. of Birth Names While putting in long hours last week working on a cover-to-cover redesign of the Bohemian, some wayward tissue in our brains decided to redesign some people’s names, as well. Namely, the program director for Youth Studios Sonoma County for the Imagine Bus Project is Brino Ism, not Bruno Ism. Moreover, the president of the Sonoma Beerocrats is Alan Atha, not Alan Altha. We can only surmise that U’s and L’s crept into the copy like soft light from a UL-rated lightbulb, settling in and making themselves at home. We hereby evict them, and regret the errors.


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The U.S. Army has stayed mum for too long, according to a lawsuit filed by the American Small Business League (ASBL) on March 1. The Petalumabased organization is suing the Army for refusing to respond to a Freedom of Information Act request for reports on contracts awarded to Bechtel, the largest engineering company in the United States. In court documents, the ASBL claims that the Army and Bechtel have committed fraud by circumventing a federal law that requires 23 percent of all federal contracts to be awarded to small businesses. This isn’t the first lawsuit that the ASBL has filed against the federal government—and it might not be the last, since the league asserts that the government has awarded small-business contracts to large corporations including Lockheed Martin and Dell Computer.

Zoning Out SUFFICIENT FUNDS Corporate tax loopholes are becoming more widely recognized—and condemned.

Closing the Gap US Uncut, the ‘progressive Tea Party,’ demands corporations pay their fair share BY LEILANI CLARK


n a recent Saturday, the Bank of America in San Francisco’s Union Square overflowed with a different kind of “customer.” Lined up one by one, dozens of people approached the tellers to cash checks—for $1.5 billion. Made out to the “United States c/o Tax Paying

Citizens” for “unpaid taxes on a 2009 earned income ($4.4 billion),” the amount reflected what Bank of America, the fifth largest corporation in the United States, would have paid in federal income taxes. If it had paid any at all. Instead, Bank of America joins a growing list of corporate tax dodgers like Best Buy, Citigroup,

ExxonMobil and General Electric who pay no income tax whatsoever. “We want people to know that these corporations are not paying taxes,” says Leslie Dreyer, an Oakland-based artist and organizer who arranged the fake-check protest and who made it into the bank branch before the doors were locked and the police called. Dreyer and the other customers in Union Square call themselves “Uncutters.” Their group is US Uncut, and the San ) 10

The Williamson Act gives farmers and rural landowners a tax break in exchange for the preservation of open space and farmland. Recently, a state audit led to proposed changes in zoning ordinances mandated by the 1965 act. Rural residential areas—where zoning previously allowed for farming and animal husbandry that fit with primarily residential use—will be opened to slightly expanded agricultural uses, including agricultural processing and sale of products grown on-site. Find out more when the Sonoma County Permit and Resource Management Department hosts an informal public workshop to discuss the proposed changes on Monday, March 7, in the Planning Commission Hearing Room. 2550 Ventura Ave., Santa Rosa. 3–5pm. 07.565.1924. —Leilani Clark The Bohemian started as The Paper in 1978

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Francisco action was one of 50 that took place in cities across the nation. As the recession lumbers on, US Uncut says that it’s time to reframe the debate about deficits and expenditure cuts. “This isn’t about all of us having to tighten our bootstraps. Working-class people do not need to take a pay cut,” Dreyer says. “If the [corporations] paid Bush-era taxcut levels, that would provide up to $100 billion a year.” Populist and decentralized, the Uncutters came about after an article in The Nation by contributor Johann Hari titled “How to Build a Progressive Tea Party.” Like a similar Uncut UK movement, they use Twitter and Facebook to foment real-life actions going beyond passive point-and-click “activism.” At a time when Congress has proposed $1 billion in cuts to Head Start Programs and when publicsector workers in Wisconsin fight to prevent pensions from disappearing into state coffers, the upstart movement says that uncollected taxes are the solution to the country’s financial woes. “The $3 in my pocket is more than the 2009 tax liability of Bank of America, Citigroup and ExxonMobil combined,” says Joanne Gifford, a US Uncut coordinator from Napa County. Between 1998 and 2005, an annual average of 1.3 million U.S. companies paid no income taxes, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Adds Gifford, “I paid more in taxes than these giant corporations.” Some claim that this is simply business as usual. Pulitzer Prize– winning investigative journalist David Cay Johnston, author of Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (And Stick You with the Bill), points to corporate tax havens in places like the Cayman Islands as a root cause of multinational companies evading payment. “Everything down in those places is simply a symbol moved around on pieces of paper. It has

nothing to do with economic substance,” says Johnston by phone from Rochester, N.Y. Bank of America funnels its income through 115 foreign tax haven subsidiaries, and it isn’t alone. The GAO also reported that 83 of the 100 largest U.S. companies squirrel away money in such havens. “Congress has written all of these laws that favor various kinds of business interests,” Johnston adds, explaining that complicated tax codes benefit corporations rather than the “average Joe Sixpack.” Tom Rollison, a retired woodworker from Novato, participated in the San Francisco protests to fight what he perceives as the “overt war on the workingclass people,” and views the Uncutters as a much-needed example of true populism in action. “There’s an inherent falseness to the Tea Party, where it’s supposed to be this grassroots movement, but as we all know it’s a creature of people like the Koch brothers and their billionaire buddies, who are just showering all kinds of money on it,” says Rollison. “It’s amazing that there hasn’t been a more, shall we say, ‘educated’ populist movement.” Gifford thinks the Uncutters is just that movement. “When people find out the truth about it,” she says, “they’re shocked and outraged.” More actions are planned by US Uncut in the coming weeks and months. And though it remains to be seen whether their rapid-fire energy can grow into an actual force to be reckoned with—like the Tea Party, whose members won elections across the country last November—their existence answers the 21st-century call for a liberal movement that actually instigates people to action. “The fact that the movement is decentralized is a very good sign, strategically speaking,” says Cynthia Boaz, an assistant professor at Sonoma State University who specializes in nonviolent action and civil resistance. “I think the movement will grow quickly, as it has an authentic and truly populist message that is likely to resonate across all social and political spectrums.”

Sequel Sickness

Why try to improve on ‘Blade Runner’? BY DAEDALUS HOWELL


ertain films are so singular in vision, so spectacular in their realization that they’re fundamentally immune to the disease of sequel-itis, or its often more virulent form, prequel-itis. Among those in this rarified canon are Citizen Kane (of course), Casablanca (duh) and, until last week, Blade Runner. Whether or not one agrees that the futuristic depiction of dystopian Los Angeles circa 2019 belongs in the company of Welles’ and Curtiz’s respective masterpieces is subject to debate (mind you, it made the American Film Institute’s Top 100 list), but what’s not is that, to a certain generation, Blade Runner is something of a holy relic. And now it’s getting some cinematic siblings. Original Blade Runner producer Bud Yorkin, who retained the rights to the 1982 flick starring Harrison Ford as a hardboiled detective on the trail of a band of rogue bio-engineered androids, is concluding negotiations for both a prequel and a sequel with Alcon Entertainment, a 13-year-old company perhaps best known for the Sandra Bullock weeper The Blind Side and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. The film deal, reports online industry rag The Wrap, also has a provision for “other projects,” which suggests possible spillover into television (paging J. J. Abrams) and video games. The original film is an

adaptation of sci-fi author Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, penned for the screen by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples, who, like Dick, has some Bay Area provenance. Who will write the sequel? A computer, perhaps? Meanwhile, producers are said to be shopping for an auteur of similar gravitas to Ridley Scott, who delivered the original in three different edits, no less. Batman rebooter Christopher Nolan has been mentioned in the trades as a candidate. Nolan’s possible participation makes the notion a bit more palatable; as a card-carrying Gen X-er, he should have a native appreciation for cyberpunk and an understanding that, to many, Blade Runner is as profound a statement of existential yearning as Picasso’s Guernica is about the horrors of war. But Guernica 2: Horse Returns is not coming to a museum near you, so why trifle with an icon like Blade Runner? In a statement released to the media, Alcon co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove explained, “We recognize the responsibility we have to do justice to the memory of the original with any prequel or sequel we produce. We have long-term goals for the franchise, and are exploring multiplatform concepts, not just limiting ourselves to one medium only.” But do they know they’re replicants? Daedalus Howell does skin jobs at


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Their new solar thermal system, powered by 15 rooftop modules, installed by the CoGenra company, heats water to 165 degrees Fahrenheit for the routine cleaning of wine tanks and washing of barrels. The company will now reduce its payments to PG&E for natural gas by an estimated 35 percent. They’ve reduced their water consumption, and the solar thermal system now prevents an estimated 120 metric tons of CO2 annually from being released into the atmosphere. That’s about 20 percent of their annual greenhouse gas emissions. “The CoGenra project just fell into our laps,” explains Granoff, who says the company had solicited bids for a PV system as far back as 2003 but opted instead to follow advice from consultant John Garn, who warned them not to fall into a common trap of “solarizing their inefficiencies.” Simply buying a solar system, Garn explained, does not a sustainable business make. Luckily, Granoff didn’t rush into buying a PV solar system. The company first took stock of how much water and energy it used, and how it was used. Working with

environmental engineer John Rosenblum on efficient water management, including rainwater capture, the idea of solar thermal came along. “John introduced us to the CoGenra people,” explained Granoff, “and we really liked them and what they proposed to do. The appeal was multifold. It addressed our hot water needs and combined PV. It’s a nice cogeneration hybrid system.” CoGenra maintains and operates the solar-thermal system and receives the rebates from PG&E. “The deal will offset an estimated 45 percent of our gas use,” explains Granoff, “and 10 percent of our electrical.” Co-generation, which captures lost heat from reuse, is an energyefficiency concept that has been commercially viable for years. But it’s relatively new to the wine industry, being site-specific and most effective at sites that use a significant amount of hot water, such as apartment buildings. Granoff is a solar thermal advocate now. “PV cells lose energy to heat,” she says. “The hotter the cells get, the less efficient they become. And they degrade. But the elegant simplicity of the solar-thermal system is how they put it together and capture that lost heat. We shouldn’t just give up all this heat to the atmosphere.” Well said. See or www.

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BRINED AND BOILED So it’s not authentically Irish. As if that’ll turn us away.

Make Mine Salted Cabbage and corned beef, the ‘Irish borscht’


funny holiday is observed on March 17 in Suffolk County, Mass. Green ink was used to sign this holiday into law, and many Irish people and their friends celebrate it by drinking copious amounts of beer and whiskey.

I’m referring, of course, to Evacuation Day, the important historical holiday marking the day during the Revolutionary

War when the British redcoats retreated from Boston. To some Irish, saying goodbye to a Brit is legitimate cause for celebration, but native Massholes like me have known since the second half of first grade that Evacuation Day is really just a clever ruse to give the day off to public workers who would otherwise have called in sick with a pre-hangover. That’s because, not coincidentally, St. Patrick’s Day, which was denied public holiday status, also falls on March 17.


You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy the official food of my hometown’s unofficial public holiday. In fact, back in Ireland, the dish is mainly prepared for export and tourists. But in the States, corned beef has become a genuine part of American culture, dating back, by many accounts, to the times when Irish and Jewish people shared the low-rent districts of certain East Coast cities. Brining meat in salt water is an age-old preservation method. The word “corned” refers to the large

grains, or “corns,” of salt that were traditionally used. Corned beef and cabbage, which often contains potatoes, onions and carrots as well, was a dish you could make at the end of winter in the days before refrigeration. Today, it’s a meal that makes sense for local hoarders trying to make the most of the dregs of last year’s harvest. Some recipes claim to produce corned beef and cabbage without the brining step. I tried one such—the highest recommended hit for “corn beef and cabbage” on I was instructed to put everything in a slow cooker and wait. Such meals can often turn out fine, but cabbage and crock pot are a dangerous pair. Nine hours later, my kitchen smelled like it had been sprayed with mustard gas, and the cabbage-like mush was bitter and sulfurous, with no redeeming flavor or texture whatsoever. To prepare a meal of corned meat and cabbage, bring a pot of water with a chunk of corned meat to a boil. Change the water, and boil again. Reduce heat and simmer until the meat is tender, which takes 3 to 5 hours for most cuts. Then, and only then, add carrots, potatoes and onions if you wish. Simmer for half an hour, and then add cabbage, sliced or cut into wedges. Half an hour later, it’s ready. It’s a good idea to prepare more meat and potatoes than what you think you will eat for lunch and dinner on March 17, in order to leave leftover meat for breakfast hash the following morning. Cook leftover potatoes in the pan with safflower oil. Add corned beef and chopped onions. Toss leftover corned meat with fried potatoes, on low heat. Take your time, and let the corned beef develop a crisp. Meanwhile, make scrambled eggs in a separate pan, erring on the side of undercooked. Toss it all together, season it with salt and pepper, and serve with coffee. It will probably chase away your post–Evacuation Day blues. Of course, you might still call in sick. And in Boston, rest assured they will.

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Bovolo Italian/ Mediterranean. $-$$. Slow Food from Northern California-sourced ingredients. Fabulous made-in-house pork sandwiches, pizzas and salumi, Lunch and dinner daily. 106 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.431.2962.

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

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

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

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Mirepoix French. $$$. Inspired European dishes with nary a culinary misstep. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Sat; lunch only, Sun. Reservations encouraged. 275 Windsor River Rd, Windsor. 707.838.0162.

Thai OrchidThai. $-$$. Rich Thai food made with crisp, fresh ingredients, reasonably priced. Lunch and dinner daily. 1005 Vine St, Healdsburg. 707.433.0515. Your basic Vietnamse fare, prepared to perfection. Great for light meals. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Sat. 810 McClelland Dr, Windsor. 707.838.6746.

Water Street Bistro Eclectic. $$. Homemade soups, salads, sandwiches and entrées. Breakfast and lunch, Wed-Mon. 100 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.763.9563.

Nonni’s Ristorante Italiano Italian. $$. Hearty family recipes served with neighborly hospitality. Familyowned. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner daily. 420 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.527.0222.


and excellent brews. Two words: beer bites! Lunch, SunFri; dinner daily. 725 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.2337.

Sapporo Japanese. $$. An excellent choice when the sushi urge hits. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 518 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.575.0631. Simply Vietnam Vietnamese. $. Friendly Vietnamese for all ethnic tastes. Savory, satisfying and filling. Pho can be hit or miss, depending on the meat quality. Lunch and dinner daily. 966 N Dutton Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.566.8910.

Starlight Wine Bar American bistro. $$. Tasty concoctions with a New Orleans flair. Menu is divided into pizzas, small plates, charcuterie and desserts. 6761 Sebastopol Ave (in the Gravenstein station), Sebastopol. 707.823.1943.

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

Russian River Brewing Co Eclectic. $. Decent pizza


Arigatou Japanese Food to Go Japanese. $. Cheap, delicious and ready to go. Lunch and dinner daily. Miracle Mile Plaza, 2046 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.453.8990.

Bubba’s Diner Homestyle American. $-$$. Comforting Momma-style food like fried green tomatoes, onion meatloaf and homey chickenfried steak with red-eye gravy in a restaurant lined with cookbooks and knickknacks. Open breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 566 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo. 415.459.6862.

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

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sushi cool. Regulars rave about the rolls, in particular the dragon roll. Lunch, Mon-Thurs; dinner, Mon-Sat. Two locations: 119 Fourth St, Railroad Square, Santa Rosa. 707.576.9309. 869 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.721.0392.


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Wed-Sat. (Cash only.) 350 Harbor Dr, Sausalito. 415.331.FISH.

Pine Cone Diner Eclectic. $$. Ambitious dishes, like cherry-wood-smoked pork loin with lavender gastrique, and steak au poivre with peppercorn brandy sauce are served in homey atmosphere. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Closed Mon. 60 Fourth St, Pt Reyes. 415.663.1536.

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Pizza. $$. Slow Food-informed Marin Organics devotee with a cozy, relaxed family atmosphere and no BS approach to great food served simply for a fair price. 17 Madrona Ave, Mill Valley. Open for lunch and dinner daily. 415.383.4200.

Sushiholic Japanese. $$$$. A nice addition to the local lineup, with a lengthy and wellcrafted repertoire including uncommon dishes like nabeyaki udon, zaru soba, yosenabe and sea bass teriyaki. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. Rowland Plaza, 112-C Vintage Way, Novato. 415.898.8500.

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Alexis Baking Co Cafe. $-$$. Alexis excels at baked goods and offers killer breakfasts and sensible soup’n’-salad lunches. 1517 Third St, Napa. 707.258.1827.

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Bouchon French. $$$. A Keller brother creation with a distinctly Parisian bistro ambiance, offering French classics. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 6540 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.8037. Celadon Global comfort food. $$. Relaxed sophistication in intimate neighborhood bistro setting by the creek. Superior wine list. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner, MonSat. 500 Main St, Ste G, Napa. 707.254.9690.

Fujiya Japanese. $$-$$$. Good, solid sushi. The Fujiya Deluxe combo is a standout. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Sat. 921 Factory Stores Dr, Napa. 707.257.0639.

La Toque Restaurant French-inspired. $$$$. Set in a comfortable elegantly rustic dining room reminiscent of


Petri Dishes If you’re in a cooking rut—say you’ve cooked everything in Mastering the Art of French Cooking twice and can’t find the inspiration to bring wooden spoon to pot—maybe a pinch of transglutaminase is all you need. Transglutaminase, an enzyme that makes noodles firmer and milks creamier, is the subject of one of the classes that molecular food experts Aki Kamozawa and H. Alexander Talbot are teaching this week at Madrona Manor. The couple, whom the New York Times refers to as “the chic geek’s answer to Alton Brown,” are the authors of Ideas in Cooking, which combines chemistry and biology to scientifically explain why certain dishes work better than others. “I think that anyone who really enjoys cooking can always benefit from learning more about what’s happening in the kitchen,” Aki Kamozawa. The couple will cook a five-course meal at Madrona Manor on March 16, and will teach classes on transglutaminase, liquid nitrogen, eggs and aroma March 14–15. “Aroma is a really fun thing to play with,” adds Kamozawa. “It adds a whole new level of flavor because if you can’t smell, you can’t taste. If you can do something to accentuate the aromas of your food, you’re going to make your food taste better.” Whether or not liquid nitrogen ends up in one’s repertoire, Kamozawa says she still hopes students “get a little bit of education, information they wouldn’t necessarily know before, and I hope they have some fun. Cooking should always be fun.” Classes and dinner March 14–16 at Madrona Manor. 1001 Westside Road, Healdsburg. Classes, $100; dinner, $90. 707.433.4231.—Shelby Pope

a French lodge, with a stone fireplace centerpiece, La Toque makes for memorable special-occasion dining. The elaborate wine pairing menus are luxuriously inspired. Dinner, Wed-Sun. 1314 McKinstry St, Napa. 707.257.5157.

Siena California-Tuscan. $$$$. Sophisticated, terroirinformed cooking celebrates the local and seasonal, with electric combinations like

sorrel-wrapped ahi tuna puttanesca. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa. 707.259.0633.

Ubuntu Vegetarian. $$$$. Some of the most remarkable specimens of high-end vegetables and fruits available on a restaurant plate. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 1140 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5656.

Most reviews by James Knight. Note: Those listings marked ‘WC’ denote wineries with caves. These wineries are usually only open to the public by appointment.

SONOMA COUNTY Arista Winery Nothing big about the wine list, just style-driven, focused wines. 7015 Westside Road, Healdsburg. Tasting room open daily, 11am–5pm. 707.473.0606. Baletto & DuttonGoldfield They’re making some good stuff over at Dutton-Goldfield and Balletto. Being out of the touring loop, it’s generally a low-key place that picks up a bit on weekends. 5700 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa. Open daily, 10am–4pm. 707.568.2455.

David Coffaro Vineyards Coffaro specializes in unique red blends and Zinfandels. Coffaro keeps an online diary of his daily winemaking activities ( html). 7485 Dry Creek Road, Geyserville. Appointment only. 707.433.9715.

First Street Wines Half a block off the main street, a cooperative of two family wineries, serving Hart’s Desire Wines and Pendleton Estate Wines in an art gallery setting. 105 E. First St., Cloverdale. Open Friday–Saturday, 11am– 6pm; Sunday, 11am–5pm. 707.894.4410. Gallo Family Vineyards Before there was the box, there was the jug, and among local producers, Gallo has long been a favorite. 320 Center St., Healdsburg. Open daily, 10am–6pm. 707.433.2458.

Gundlach Bundschu Winery (WC) A fun, casual winery with enjoyable wines. Shakespeare and Mozart performed on the grounds in the summer. 2000 Denmark St., Sonoma. Open daily, 10am– 5pm. 707.938.5277.

right on the Russian River. 6050 Westside Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 707.433.6491.

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

Roche Carneros Estate Chardonnay is king. 122 W Spain St, Sonoma. Open daily, 10am– 5pm. 707.935.7115.

Rosenblum Cellars Funky and offbeat with Native American art, rave-review Zinfandels and friendly, lowkey staff. 250 Center St., Healdsburg. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 707.431.1169.

Sbragia Family Vineyards Ed Sbragia makes stellar Cab in Zin country. 9990 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 11am– 5pm. 707.473.2992.

Simi Winery Pioneered female winemaking by hiring the first female winemaker in the industry. The tastingroom experience is mediocre, but the wine is fantastic and worth the wait. Excellent Chard, Sauvignon Blanc and Cab. 16275 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 707.473.3213.

Valley of the Moon Winery This winery was once owned by Sen. George Hearst. Perhaps instead of the epochal utterance “Rosebud,” we could dub in “Rosé.” 777 Madrone Road, Glen Ellen. Open daily, 10am–4:30pm. 707.996.6941.


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pleasant and rural, Hop Kiln has an extremely popular crisp white wine (Thousand Flowers) which sells out every year. The grounds are gorgeous,

Tasting room is a white barn lit by skylights and often staffed by the owner’s wife and mother. 333 Silverado Trail, Calistoga. Open Thursday–

Sunday, 11:30am–4:30pm. 707.942.5854.

Casa Nuestra Winery Endearingly offbeat, with a dedicated staff and a collection of goats and dogs roaming freely. 3451 Silverado Trail N., St. Helena. Open daily, 10am– 5pm. 707.963.5783.

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

Domaine Carneros Inspired by Taittinger’s Château de la Marquetterie of Champagne, this house of premium sparkling wine is a hard-to-miss landmark on the Carneros Highway. Enjoy a private Balcony Package for special occasions or taste sparkling and still wines paired with artisan cheese and caviar with the masses. Luxury bubbly Le Rêve offers a bouquet of hoary yeast and crème brûlée that just slips away like a dream. 1240 Duhig Road (at Highway 12/121), Napa. Wine flights $15; also available by the glass or bottle. Open 10am–5:45pm. 800.716.2788.

Truchard Vineyards (WC) No matter how attentive you are to the directions, 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.

V. Sattui Though a regular stop on the tourist circuit, it remains charming in the Italian style. With no distribution except via the Net, wines can only be purchased onsite. 1111 White Lane, St. Helena. Open daily, 9am–6pm. 707.963.7774.

Elder Berries


ike middle age, the term “old vine” has no precise definition, and is subject to continual revision, with some wags putting the threshold for “old vine” as always older than themselves. When speaking of Zinfandel, most vintners agree on vines that are 50-plus years. Many were planted as far back as the 1880s through 1910s, are dry-farmed by default, have deep root systems and yield a modest but concentrated, consistent crop in their golden years. These vines know who they are, and so should we recognize them in the glass—or so the story goes. Others don’t bother much with the term, even when their vineyards are positively wizened, complaining that “old vine” is essentially as meaningless as “reserve.” This selection was assembled from wines that are explicitly labeled as such. Blind tasted by three and scored from 1 to 5.

Gamba Vineyards 2008 RRV Estate, Old Vine Zinfandel ($43) Warm baking spice, boysenberry aroma over cool, tart red fruitsauce, grape jelly flavors; hint of caramel. Balanced, supple and lively, finishing on big, leathery tannins. (Postscript: After two days open, the Gamba sweetens up and moves to the top of our list.) ++++ Carol Shelton 2006 Karma Zin, Russian River Valley, Rue Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel ($33) Deep, dark and blackberryhued, with cocoa-encrusted, charred blackberries, black pepper, tar and nutmeg aromas, and chewy black fruit flavors. A seriously structured Zin that just pulls off the balance right. Break out the cocoa and pepper-crusted filet. ++++ Rosenblum Cellars 2008 Sonoma County Old Vine Zinfandel ($18) Light-hued, light-bodied with a dusty, earthy haze over subtle fruit aromas; maple syrup and raspberry jam. Strawberry and raspberry preserve flavors on a spicy, long-lingering finish; simpler, but a solid pleaser. ++++ XYZin 2007 100-Year-Old Vines, Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel ($45) Dark earth and cardamom pods, with deep red plum aromas atypical to the genre. Cooked blueberries in sauce, tart black cherry and blueberry flavors leaving a sticky coating of tannin. Pretty good with chocolate. ++++ Ravenswood 2007 Sonoma County Old VIne Zinfandel ($17) Deep color and a bouquet of eucalyptus, camphor or a purple ink tone more typical of Petite Sirah. Warm and chewy on the palate, before a bitter blackberry-seed finish. +++ Cline 2009 California Ancient Vines Zinfandel ($18) Fruit aromas masked by dusty, sage powder or a whiff of flowery perfume. Varietally recognizable flavors step in, and the finish is not demanding. Not the favorite, but not too bad. +++ —James Knight

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JUST RAIN Glen Ellen dry-farmer Will Bucklin, pictured among vines that have lasted since 1851 with no irrigation at all.

Sapping the Well A rising chorus criticizes wineries’ hoarding of unregulated groundwater. Is dry-farming the answer? BY ALASTAIR BLAND Note: This is the second in a series on the wine industry’s impacts on the environment.


yler Heck remembers the summer days that often sent him down the hill from his family’s home off Erland Road and into the cool waters of Van Buren Creek for relief. He remembers diving into the water and swimming, even in July and August. It was the 1980s.

By the 1990s, a person could still get wet, but those summer swimming holes had become knee-deep wading pools. Over the next decade, the creek’s flows continued to visibly drop. Its steelhead stopped returning to spawn. In the past three summers, the stream, which flows into Mark West Creek, has been completely dry. Heck, now 32, says several nearby vineyards—which have grown in size—have taken the water, draining the ground below via wells and pumps. Three neighbors, he also reports, saw

their wells go dry three years ago. At least one has had to pay trucking companies to deliver water. “And that’s just so they can have a drink and take a shower,” says Heck, whose own well still produces but seems fated to go dry soon. A decade ago, the water level stood 150 feet belowground; it has since dropped 500 feet. Still, development in the area continues, and a proposal by Heck’s adjacent neighbor to subdivide his property and build a second large home is now under review by the county.

Heck suspects the man, allegedly a Texas-oil millionaire who wants to sell the property, is going to plant several acres of vines to increase the appeal of the real estate. Heck lives at 1,300 feet of elevation, at the end of a long, winding road. Trucks carrying tons of water could never reach the top, he says, and Heck is formally appealing to the county on March 10 to block his neighbor’s building proposal, which Heck fears will facilitate the disappearance of his water supply. The widespread practice of spraying vines to protect them from nighttime frost would use even more water. Heck’s personal crisis reflects a greater issue affecting the entire state: the unregulated overallocation of groundwater. California is the last state in which groundwater use remains virtually unregulated and unrestricted, according to Natural Resources Defense Council’s senior policy analyst Barry Nelson. Anyone willing to drill for it and pump it from the earth can do so, free of charge, and the only restriction, it seems, may be the availability of water itself—and according to experts, it’s running out. In 2003, state hydrologists estimated that Californians are overdrafting their groundwater supplies by 1 million to 2 million acre feet per year. “We’re pumping it out faster than Mother Nature recharges it,” explains Nelson, who has closely studied the state’s groundwater and its relation to surface water, and who believes that overdrafting has grown worse in the past eight years. The problem has been most severe in Kern County, where dramatic land subsidence—as much as 30 vertical feet—has occurred as tremendous volumes of water vacate the ground below via wells. The Cosumnes River, a major tributary of the San Joaquin, has entirely disappeared in recent summers, Nelson says, because it’s been drained dry from below. In the South Bay, too, land has subsided measurably. South of Sonoma, wells have reportedly begun drawing up saltwater as San Pablo Bay’s

high, dry and thirsty. Yet state water managers have not officially recognized a connection between groundwater and surface water, Nelson explains, though most hydrologists do. As a result, groundwater is essentially ignored, largely unmanaged and free for the taking. “Anyone who wants can go punch a new well and take all the water they want,” says Nelson, who likens the lawless situation to the early days of western America. “In many ways California thinks of itself as still being part of the Wild West frontier,” Nelson says. “But the hydrological frontier has closed. We’re out of rivers we can tap into, and we’re out of groundwater supplies. The next frontier is going to be efficiency.”


he state’s chronic water shortages have spurred a new interest in an old trick among farmers, one as old as agriculture yet almost obsolete today: dry-farming. Its underlying principle, that plants can grow without ever a receiving a drop of irrigated water, runs counter to what many people today believe they understand about gardening and growing. But for ages, dryfarming was the way of the agricultural world. Even today, the system remains the standard grapegrowing practice in the bonedry summers of Greece, Italy and Spain. In California, a century’s worth of farmers never watered their crops, and only with the advent of drip irrigation in the late 1960s and 1970s did dry-farming all but vanish. More than 100,000 acres of wine grapes—about 20 percent of the state’s vineyards—grow in Napa and Sonoma counties, making up about 95 percent of the region’s cultivated land. Most are generously irrigated, and Dehlinger in Sebastopol, Bucklin Old Hill Ranch in Glen Ellen and Frog’s Leap near St. Helena are among the few wineries with vines where decades have passed without a drop of piped water entering their soil. At Frog’s Leap, winegrower Frank Leeds guesses he saves

Napa County some 64,000 gallons of water per acre per year through the practice of dry-farming. The same rate of savings could amount to several billion gallons of water annually in Sonoma and Napa counties if growers dryfarmed everywhere feasible. Leeds, considered a local dryfarming guru, believes about 90 percent of Napa County’s traditional, valley-floor grape country could be dry-farmed. The practice, he says, requires appropriate soil types capable of holding water like a sponge. It also demands intensive labor, a season-long regime of tilling and massaging the soil to maximize its so-called capillary action, which draws moisture up from below. Many winemakers simply aren’t game. Leeds tells of a Napa grape grower who years ago transitioned the family property to irrigation, abandoning a dry-farming tradition. When Leeds’ uncle, a dry-farmer, quipped that the man’s late father would roll in his grave if he saw the black plastic pipes laid across the family vineyards, the man, according to Leeds, replied, “But it’s so easy. I can just turn on the water, go to town and see a movie.”

seminars in the North Bay wine country since 2008. As many as 150 interested winemakers and farmers have attended each event. Board member Janus Holt Matthesis believes “dry-farming will be a hard sell” among larger, more profit-oriented wineries. Will Bucklin, of Bucklin Old Hill Ranch, believes the same. He dryfarms a 130-year-old vineyard and is now weaning his 12-year-old Zinfandel vines off their water. But a neighbor is doing just the reverse, introducing his old vines to irrigation to increase his fruit yields, which can increase dramatically when vines are pumped with water. On arid hillsides, dry-farming may not be possible. Stu Smith at Smith-Madrone Winery says he manages with little to no irrigation (“If I can dry-farm in these mountains,” he observes, “then everyone in the valley should at least be thinking about it”), but most winemakers in the hills must drill wells. Tyler Heck himself is a winemaker with John Tyler Wines in Healdsburg. Heck, who makes a living in the wine business, says many winemaking operations are financially unsustainable due to the cost of acquiring enough water. He speaks of three wealthy neighbors who have invested in their own wineries. “They aren’t even making any money, but they have unlimited resources to truck in water when this hillside goes dry,” he says. “They don’t give a damn if we run out of water. These vineyards are just ego trips for them. Some of us [make wine] for a living. For them, it’s just a place to invite their friends.” Jim Doerksen, too, believes the vineyards surrounding him, including Pride and Fisher, should never have set roots in such arid country. “These guys in the hills can’t dry-farm,” says Doerksen. “There’s not enough water. They have no business being here— absolutely none.”

‘The hyrological frontier has closed. We’re out of rivers we can tap into, and we’re out of groundwater supplies.’ Today, as little as 5 percent of the state’s vineyards are dryfarmed. Paul Dolan, who lives and grows grapes near Ukiah along the upper Russian River, believes that will change. “Dry-farming will be an important adaptation to climate change and an important element to build into our vines in the future,” says Dolan, who grows a portion of his grapes without irrigation. The Community Alliance with Family Farmers is actively pushing a dry-farming campaign. The group has hosted five

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waters encroach to fill the void left by overdrafting. And Mark West Creek, which once ran year-round, now disappears each summer, as reported Jan. 26 in the Bohemian. A 2003 report prepared by Kleinfelder Inc. for the Sonoma County Permit and Resource Management Department found “a clear trend of increasing average well depths over time” in three North Bay study areas; in the west Sonoma County Joy Road study area, well depth had increased from “about 50 feet in 1955 to over 140 feet in 1990”; in the Mark West study area, “about 120 feet in 1950 to about 300 feet in 1997”; and in the Bennett Valley, north of Sonoma, “from about 150 feet in 1940 to about 350 in 1990.” Though individuals have suggested that landowners may simply be drilling wells from increasingly high elevations, the Kleinfelder report concluded that the water table itself is dropping. Jim Doerksen, a retired South Bay hydrologist who now lives just a stone’s throw from Mark West Creek and not far from Tyler Heck’s residence, says that two vineyards upslope of him have drilled at least nine wells. The deepest is reportedly 1,200 feet and has gone dry in the recent past, Doerksen says, and in 2008 and 2009—years in which residents of Santa Rosa were asked to stop watering their lawns and curtail water use, due to drought—tanker trucks rumbled from Santa Rosa uphill past his home every day, carrying water to feed the vines. Two natural springs that once supplied Doerksen’s and a neighbor’s home with all their domestic water needs for more than a century petered out four years ago. “If you take water faster than the ground is recharged, the water that’s coming out of the ground stops, and the springs start flowing in reverse, back into the ground,” he explains. “That’s what’s happening here.” Evidence, both scientific and anecdotal, seems to clearly indicate that wells can drain streams from below, drying out mountainsides, stranding fish and leaving property owners

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Classic Rock As novelties go, musical hybrids of seemingly disparate genres usually have a short shelf life. The rap-metal phenomenon died quickly; punk-jazz confined itself to the ’80s. Classical music and hard rock, on the other hand, have proven everlasting bedfellows, never waking up hungover to regret their consummation. The East Village Opera Company is the most sophisticated among groups pairing arias with power chords, and in a pairing with the Parsons Dance Co., they present the multimedia show Remember Me on Thursday, March 10, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $15–$45. 707.546.3600.


Round Wound Kids: all they wanna do is shred. Say you bought your teenager a Stratocaster last year, and every day you have to hear Cradle of Filth songs emanating from the amp in the bedroom. No dis to Cradle of Filth or anything, ’cause you’re a hip parent and all, but you’re dying to introduce a different type of music to the neverending barrage of Boss Distortion pedals. Try then, if you will, John Pizzarelli. The jazz guitarist shreds the hell out of songs like “Avalon” and “I Got Rhythm” with the kind of speed and dexterity that would inspire even the crustiest metal diehard, and he plays Friday, March 11, at the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., Napa. 8pm. $40–$45. 707.226.7372.


Underdog Champion Called the “greatest counterculture lawyer of his time,” J. Tony Serra is a criminaldefense wizard whose reputation as a passionate defender of minorities and the underrepresented is known far and wide in legal circles. Courtroom sketch artist Paulette Frankl took note of Serra’s cases,

and began a 10-year research project into his life, philosophies and working methods. The result is Lust for Justice, a biography that eloquently captures Serra’s renegade approach to law while painting the judicial system as a merciless steamroller for minorities. Frankl and Serra both appear on Saturday, March 12, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 4pm. Free. 415.927.0960.


All Ashore Canadians! What will they think of next? First socialized medicine, then . . . rock versions of sea shanties? Great Big Sea, who formed in Newfoundland in 1993, have been thrilling Canadians for nearly two decades by adding an edge to 500-year-old folk songs. A phenomenon in their own land, where YouTube comments such as “Sean McCann: Sexiest bodhran player in the world” seem perfectly normal, the group routinely wins Juno Awards and sells out “Ships and Dip” cruises, performing for a week on a cruise ship. They fare thee well on our shores on Tuesday, March 15, at the Mystic Theatre. 21 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 8pm. $26. 707.765.2121.


Renewed Rumbling Its liner notes thank “all the loyal and patient Rum fans over the years,” and it’s true: fans of the Santa Rosa band the Ruminators have been a patient lot. From their early days packing the Studio KAFE to 20 years later, the group has released its music sporadically, but for the better: their new EP, Is It True, is well-honed, showcasing the songwriting of Greg Scherer, who’s got a delivery akin to Richard Thompson or Warren Zevon, and a delicate backing band comprised of topnotch players. They celebrate the EP’s release with a free in-store on Saturday, March 12, at the Last Record Store. 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 3pm. Free. 707.525.1963.

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DESPERATE MEASURES ‘The Bicycle Thief’ screens March 12 at Spoke Folk Cyclery in Healdsburg. See Film, p32.

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The week’s events: a selective guide

ArtsIdeas Alexander Richter

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TIMES SQUARED Being a father ‘makes me work that much harder,’ Gigz says.

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Meet Roach Gigz, hip-hop’s half-Nicaraguan hope BY RACHEL DOVEY


t’s Monday at 4pm, and Roach Gigz is rapping down Folsom Street. He punctuates each verse with a raised hand and shuffles forward, singing: “If my liquor was some candy I would have a sweet tooth / And I don’t see proof that they eat cheese poofs.�

The 22-year-old rapper is ďŹ lming the video for “This Is

RB2,� a song from his latest mixtape, Roachy Balboa 2. His friend and sometimes producer Young Remedy holds the camera and laptop playing his beats, but Remedy is in a wheelchair, so I’m pulling him backward down the street in time with Gigz’ calculated steps. Old ladies, businessmen and toddlers in Hello Kitty gear step aside to watch this strange parade, taking quizzical note of the pale, skinny guy who might just be hip-hop’s next big thing.


igz isn’t rapping when we meet earlier that day; he’s watching the Travel Channel. After showing me into the Oakland apartment he shares with his girlfriend and nine-month-old son, he sits on the couch and points to the television. “I want to be just like Anthony Bourdain when I grow up,� he says, as the chef searches a Moroccan bazaar for sheep heads. “I think that’s a cool job—to travel and have someone else pay for it.� He’s no Bourdain, but Gigz is

starting to get around. He’s just returned home from New York and is about to tour the Bay Area, playing the Phoenix Theatre in Petaluma on March 10 and 11. He’s unsigned and has yet to release a studio album, but with spots on the KMEL Freshmen 10 list and MTV2, his hype is clearly growing. It’s no accident—with verses touching on everything from addiction to buck teeth, the witty rapper skewers selfseriousness and still forces his listeners to think. Gigz is small and lean, with a thin black mustache and arched eyebrows. He’s wearing jeans, a California beanie and a green jacket that covers his tattoo sleeves. His apartment, in Oakland’s San Antonio district, is a brown building amid faded Victorians and graffiti-covered warehouses; posters of Mac Dre, Bob Marley and The Godfather adorn its walls. Gigz has converted a small back room into a studio, where he writes whenever he can. “As long as he doesn’t distract me,â€? Gigz says, nodding affectionately toward his son Orlandito, or “Dito,â€? who’s just crawled into the room. Gigz never knew his own father, who was a Nicaraguan and supporter of the Sandinista National Liberation Front during the country’s Contra and Sandinista war. In the late 1980s, his American mother returned to San Francisco from Nicaragua to give birth to her son, naming him Orlando Campbell. Gigz began rapping in high school after becoming involved with the East Bay nonproďŹ t Youth Radio. He’s since released three mixtapes under his current moniker, the latest of which explores everything from cough syrup to police brutality. When Gigz talks about the fatal shooting of unarmed Oakland


ack on Folsom, Gigz has finished walking. He’s arrived at his destination, a bright purple Victorian decorated with a mural of the universe. Remedy continues to film as Gigz ascends the purple steps and sits next to fellow rapper and lifelong friend Cheese. The two gesture and continue to sing: “Sometimes

I feel cursed / But I know people have it worse.” The three planned every step of this video beforehand, with Remedy taking the artistic lead. A young African-American man in his early 20s, Remedy wears a Blue Jays baseball cap and sports a gold grill. He was wounded by a gunshot in ninth grade, and ended up in the wheelchair he uses now. The producer has decided he should pan up at the end of the song, to get a fuller view of the house. “They’re gonna think there’s some deeper meaning to it,” he smiled earlier to Gigz.

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civilian Oscar Grant, his body becomes rigid and he jumps up from the couch. “I’m not a political rapper; I just had a strong connection to that,” he says of the protests that ensued, which he both samples and raps about on “The Moment.” “I’ve had guns put on me, like multiple times. I’ve been on the floor and looked back up and seen an officer with a gun not knowing what to do.” Gigz won’t go into detail about these events, but he talks about getting pulled over and being falsely accused of carrying a gun himself. “It was when I was younger, and wilder than I am now, and it wasn’t always for no reason,” he admits. “But they just feel the need to control people with guns every time.” Meanwhile, at the opposite end of the Roachy Balboa 2 spectrum, Gigz raps about two ladies named “Codina” and “Dextrolina” on “Syrup Thighs.” “I drink her with my Sprite / I’m thinking that she might / Make me fall into a coma / I’m dope for her aroma,” he rhymes to tinny beats. He shows evidence that this song is confessional, saying he blacked out once from a combination of syrup and pills in L.A. On our drive into San Francisco, he drinks something that he says “isn’t water” from a plastic bottle. But even “Syrup Thighs” isn’t completely flippant, with Gigz mentioning his father’s absence and desire to do better by his son. I ask the new father how his son has affected his career. “It’s beautiful,” he responds, “but it makes me realize I have to work that much harder, because I have no other options. I want to make his life as good as possible.” He stretches his arms out and looks around the room: “I don’t want to live here forever.”

Gigz never knew his own father, who was a supporter of the Sandinista National Liberation Front. The plastic bottle slips as they pass it, and the rappers lunge to grab it. Framed by the building’s purple pillars, lace curtains and, on the bottom floor, unicorn-themed stained glass, they continue the song, chanting: “Roach went and had a baby . . . With no hesitation / I would die for him / As far as I can see the limit is the sky for him / So I love and provide for him.” Gigz chants along with the song coming from Remedy’s laptop: “Hey, I was gonna keep going but I can’t think of a better way to end that.” Remedy pans up at the universe mural on the house, without any deeper meaning. Finally Gigz declares: “That’s a motherfucking wrap!”

by Oscar Wilde Directed by Wendy Wisely This production is underwritten by the F. and C. Lahm Family


Buy Tickets Online: Recommended for age 12 and above

Roach Gigz performs with Too Short Thursday and Friday, March 10–11, at the Phoenix Theatre. 201 E. Washington St., Petaluma. 8pm. $25. 707.762.3565.

March 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19 at 8 PM March 19, 20 at 2 PM BURBANK AUDITORIUM, SANTA ROSA CAMPUS Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Ave


Tickets: $10-$15, Box Office: 707.527.4343 Hours: Wed, Thurs, Fri – Noon to 5 PM




Tickets available one hour before each show in the Burbank Auditorium lobby


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LADDER CLIMBER Rebekah Patti has high hopes in this original play.

Soap Box Gene Abravaya’s promising debut of ‘The Final Scene’ BY DAVID TEMPLETON

Wed, Mar 9 8:45–9:45am; 5:45–6:45pm Jazzercise 10am–12:15pm Scottish Dance Youth and Family 7–11pm Singles & Pairs Square Dance Club Thur, Mar 10 8:45–9:45am; 5:45–6:45pm Jazzercise 7:15–11pm Circle ‘n Squares Square Dance Club Fri, Mar 11 7:30–11PM

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wo years ago, actordirector-producer Gene Abravaya added another hyphen—and the word “playwright�—to his string of achievements, unveiling the satisfyingly fresh comedy The Book of Matthew, which mined juicy comedic material from his rocky relationship with his father. With his new play, The Final Scene, Abravaya dips back into his own past, this time grabbing inspiration from his days in New York, working on the soap opera As the World Turns.

The Final Scene, directed with conďŹ dent clarity by Tim Kniffin, takes place on one very long day on the set of the once-popular soap The Promising Dawn. Corporate executives, seeking to

bolster viewership, have decided to kill off The Promising Dawn’s reigning grand dame, played by imperious actress Gretchen Manning (Jennifer Weil). As the cast and crew prepare to ďŹ lm her big death scene, beleaguered producer Joseph (Peter Downey) juggles his way though a compounding number of crises and complications, including the Machiavellian meddling of ladderclimbing exec Allison (Rebekah Patti), the outrageous ineptitude of self-deluded actor Jeremy Slade (Paul Huberty) and the escalating unpredictability of Gretchen, who keeps ďŹ nding ways to delay her own onscreen death. There are some huge laughs in the show, the biggest supplied by the crafty performances of Huberty (who deserves combat pay for the intensity of his pratfalls) and Eric Thompson, who, as Slade’s hilariously outraged agent, Milton, uses his frenetic physicality to strong effect. In a more subtle performance, Downey (excellent) brings a counterbalancing pathos to the supremely decent Joseph. The play could still use a signiďŹ cant amount of trimming, and the production is hampered by some one-note performances in key roles, particularly those of Patti and Weil. Patti is a gifted comic actress, and I’d like to see more of her usual inventiveness in her work as Allison. There is a nicely crafted arc to the character of Gretchen Manning, with lots of comedic meat to chew on, and the show’s chief disappointment is that Weil does not take appropriate advantage of the many comic possibilities. In spite of this, The Final Scene remains hugely entertaining, a loving and funny examination of the way different people can evolve into meaningful, if wildly dysfunctional, families. ‘The Final Scene’ runs Friday–Sunday through March 27 at the Sixth Street Playhouse. Friday–Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2pm. 56 W. Sixth St., Santa Rosa. $15–$32. 707.523.4185.


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TEXAS TWISTER Kirsten Dunst and Ryan Gosling make eyes, but not much else.

Uneasy Pieces

‘All Good Things’ has only a few of ’em BY RICHARD VON BUSACK


t’s strangely comforting watching how mixed up All Good Things is; one feels a lot better about not being able to draw a bead on the film from seeing its previews. Andrew Jarecki (of the fascinating documentary Capturing the Friedmans) directs this fictionalized account of the life of Robert Durst, the millionaire murderer who managed to be acquitted after dismembering his neighbor’s body and tossing it into Galveston Bay.

A miscast Ryan Gosling plays David Marks, the character based on Durst, a recessive, tight-nerved scion of a New York real estate fortune. On the one hand, David’s arrogant father (Frank Langella) is buddies with Sen. Daniel Moynihan. On the other, part of the family’s immense fortune depends on David acting like a bag man, picking up briefcases full of dollars as rent from the seedy hotels and grindhouse theaters of Times Square in the 1970s. Alienated by this dirty job (and haunted by the terrible death of his mother), David tries to find some happiness in his marriage with Katie (Kirsten Dunst). But her desire to have a family shakes him up. He starts to go more erratic, ever more violent. Dunst can’t do much with this lamb-to-slaughter role, and neither can Kristen Wiig in a serious part as Katie’s confidante. Taking place between the 1970s and the year 2000, All Good Things sprawls. Worse, Jarecki uses a patchwork of cinematic styles, none of which seems right: the scavenged home-movie flashbacks or the venetian-blind-shaped shadows of film noir. Also, All Good Things is soggy with pity; it stresses David as a damaged child who goes on to do damage. Jarecki considers the film a telling record of a time, but it lacks period atmosphere. The tale is too unusual to credit as an indictment of rich people’s privilege, plus it seems equally uneasy on both sides of the class divide. Ultimately, All Good Things dies trying to be an American tragedy. ‘All Good Things’ opens Friday, March 11, at Summerfield Cinemas.

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All Good Things (R; 101 min. ) Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst costar in drama based on a notorious murder. See review, p25.

Battle: Los Angeles (PG-13; 116 min.) Aliens are turning Earth to rubble, and it’s up to the Marines, and Sgt. Aaron Eckhart, to stop them. (AD) I Love You Phillip Morris (R;


100 min.) Con man Jim Carrey falls for his prison mate (Ewan McGregor), and becomes obsessed with freeing him from the big house. (UL)

Mars Needs Moms (PG; 88 min.)


Little Martianlings need nurturing in 3-D Disney animation produced by the Zemeckis boys and starring the voices of Seth Green and Joan Cusack. (AD)

Red Riding Hood (PG-13; 120 min.) From the director of Twilight, werewolves get there due in this Gothic love story set in a Medieval town. With Amanda Seyfried and Gary Oldman. (UL)

ALSO PLAYING The Adjustment Bureau (PG-13; 109 min.) Strange agents trail a politician who runs the risk of behaving honestly. Stars Matt Damon and Emily Blunt; based on a short story by Philip K. Dick. (UL)

Barney’s Version (R; 132 min.)



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The great Paul Giamatti stars as Barney Panofsky in this adaptation of the novel by Mordecai Richler. Spanning 40 years and through many time shifts, this sprawling film tells the story of Barney’s friendships, failed marriages and pursuit of his true love. (UL)

Beastly (PG-13; 95 min.) Manhattan preppie insults a Goth girl witch and is transformed into a scarred creature until some other lady declares love for him. Reasonably amusing redo of Beauty and the Beast that turns into a nouveau fairy tale with too much time on its hands. (RvB) Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (PG-13; 108 min.) Martin Lawrence dons the extra-large pink floral print in the further adventures of undercover FBI agent Malcolm Turner. (AD)

Biutiful (R; 138 min.) Directed by

Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel) and starring Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men), Biutiful follows the last weeks of Barcelona crime boss Uxbal, a devoted father trying to provide for his children after receiving a terminal diagnosis. (UL)

Black Swan (R; 108 min.) Natalie Portman plays a coddled ballet dancer who gets her big break to find herself trapped among rival, director and smothering mother played by Barbara Hershey in the latest from Darren Aronofsky (Pi). (RvB)

Blue Valentine (R; 120 min.) Director Derek Cianfrance’s intimate and frighteningly close study of the bad side of love stars Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams as a couple with problems. Thanks to Williams’ acting, the film shows us something bigger than the couple’s feud; it’s more like the war of the body and the soul. (RvB)

Cedar Rapids (R; 96 min.) Comedy about fun and debauchery at annual insurance convention stars Anne Heche and John C. Reilly. (AD) Drive Angry (R; 104 min.) Nicolas Cage escapes Hell to keep a loony cult from sacrificing his granddaughter. Great character actor William Fichtner (Contact, Black Hawk Down) plays Satan’s “Accountant,” tasked with tracking him down. (UL)

The Fighter (R; 115 min.) DIcky (Christian Bale) could have been a contender, instead he’s the druggedout brother to Mark Wahlberg’s Mickey. With little chance of success, Mickey needs to shift gears, put his full attention into the ring and ignore his troubled but heart-of-gold older brother. (RO) Gnomeo & Juliet (G; 84 min.) It’s Romeo and Juliet, of course, set on your lawn. With the voices of Emily Blunt and Dame Maggie Smith. (AD)

Hall Pass (R; 98 min.) Latest from the Farrelly brothers stars Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis as best friends who receive one-week “hall passes” from their wives, no questions asked, to quell a marital restlessness. With Christina Applegate and Jenna Fischer. (AD) I Am (NR; 76 min.) Director Tom Shadyac (Ace Ventura, Bruce Almighty) documents “the meaning of life” after an accident had him reconsider his life’s purpose. (AD)


Film capsules by Richard von Busack, Alaric Darconville, Ugo Lambui and Rothtana Ouch. I Am Number Four (PG-13; 110 min.) Mysterious forces compel mysterious kid with mysterious powers into a nomadic life on the run in sci-fi thriller from director D. J. Caruso (Disturbia, Eagle Eye). Based on the bestselling young adult novel co-authored (pseudonymously) by James Frey. (UL)

The Illusionist (PG; 80 min.) Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets of Belleville) brings to the screen mime Jacques Tati’s unproduced 1956 script about the friendship between a young woman and an out-of-work magician in Scotland. At the Rafael. (UL)

Just Go with It (PG-13; 110 min.) This year’s Valentine romcom. Adam Sandler plays plastic surgeon and cad whose ruse of scoring chicks through pretending to be unhappily married fails him after he falls in love with a pair of impossible breasts. Co-stars Jennifer Aniston as his assistant, enlisted to play the impending exwife (UL) Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (G; 105 min.) Justin Bieber plays himself in this 3-D biopic documenting his rise to stardom. Includes concert footage. (AD)

The King’s Speech (R; 118 min.) Colin Firth gives a deeply affecting portrayal of a shamewracked man born and bred to be a spokesman, yet who is handicapped with a crippling stammer. (RvB) Nora’s Will (NR; 92 min.) A woman’s death triggers a time for reflection and reunion for her family. At the Smith Rafael Center and Summerfield Cinemas (RO)

Rango (PG; 107 min.) Rango the pet chamelon (Johnny Depp) finds himself the new hero sheriff in the lawless town of Dirt. (AD) Take Me Home Tonight (R; 116 min.) Comedy set in the ’80s about a slacker MIT grad who tries to win his high school crush at the big dance party. (AD) True Grit (PG-13; 110 min.) Based on the novel and starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Hailee Steinfeld. Bridges lulls us with his take on the part, doing things that John Wayne wasn’t capable of as an actor. The Coen brothers have the bravery to deliver the downbeat coda to this story left out of the 1969 version. (RvB) | |

CONCERTS SONOMA COUNTY Bluegrass & Folk Festival features Stairwell Sisters, Euphoria, Jim Hurst, Black Crown Stringband and others. Mar 12, 1 to 8. $25-$33. Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris St, Sebastopol, 707.823.1511.

Bottle Shock Long-running band formed well before film of same name (and better) releases new CD, “Edge of the Crowd.” Mar 10 at 7:30. $10 includes CD. Aubergine, 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol, 707.861.9190.

East Meets West Redwood Arts Council present Amelia Piano Trio with Wang Guowei. Mar 12 at 8. $10-$25. Occidental Center for the Arts, Graton Road and Bohemian Hwy, Occidental, 707.874.1124.

Great Big Sea Drinking songs with pop sensibility. Mar 15 at 8. $26. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, 707.765.2121.

230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol, 707.829.7300.

The Ruminators Rock-Americana band celebrate release of new EP, “Is It True.” Mar 12 at 3. Free. Last Record Store, 1899-A Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, 707.525.1963.

Matthew Santos Songwriter and Lupe Fiasco collabrator joins Ian Thomas in horse rescue benefit. Mar 15 at 6. $25. Kodiak Jack’s, 256 N Petaluma Blvd, Petaluma. 707.765.5760.

Too Short Original West Coast rap star returns. Roach Gigz opens. Mar 11 at 8. $25. Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St, Petaluma, 707.762.3565.

Winter Concert Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra perform pieces by Beethoven and Respighi. Mar 13 at 3. $10-$12. Jackson Theater, Sonoma Country Day School, 4400 Day School Place, Santa Rosa, 707.54.MUSIC.


Steve Kimock

Bring on the Blues

Psychedelic world rhythm section backs up guitarist of Zero fame. Mar 11-12 at 8. $30. Hopmonk Tavern,

Benefit concert with Shana Morrison, Volker Strifler, Charlie Musselwhite and others. Mar 11. $85. Marin Center, 10

Broadway to Hollywood Broadway sing-along with professional cast of musicians and vocalists. Mar 13 at 5. $22-$26. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael, 415.444.8000.

English Beat British ska revivalists. Mar 12 at 10. $20-$22. 19 Broadway Club, 19 Broadway, Fairfax, 415.459.1091.

Dan Hicks Americana legend and his School’s Out Orchestra present “Kollege of Musical Knowledge,” with guests the Whiz Kid Singers. Mar 12 at 8:30. $25-$40. Palm Ballroom, 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael, 415.389.5072. Psychedelic descendants of Jefferson Airplane. Mar 11 at 8. $20-$45. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, 415.499.6800.

Ives Quartet Group perform classical and modern compositions. Mar 13 at 5. $25-$90. Mt Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave, Mill Valley, 1.800.838.3006.

Marin Symphony Orchestra present “Cross Currents and Vocal Splendor” featuring singers Elsa Davis and Manoel Felciano. Mar 13 and 15 at 7:30. $29-$70. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, 415.499.6800.

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Orchestra performs pieces by Schubert, Handel, Mozart and others. Free. Mar 11 at 8 and Mar 12 at 4, Angelico Hall, Dominican University, San Rafael. Mar 13 at 4, Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley.

Setchko & Meese Intimate acoustic music featuring Bodhi Setchko. Mar 9 at 7:30. $10-$15. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo, 707.488.8888, ext 253.

NAPA COUNTY Earth Day Concerts

plays March 15 in Petaluma. See Concerts, above.

McNear’s Dining House


Hot Tuna Blues

Mill Valley Philharmonic

PIANO MAN Lupe Fiasco collaborator Matthew Santos


Series helps support Earth Day 2011 celebration. Mar 12 at 8, Oakland Jazz Choir. $15-$35. White ) Barn, 2727 Sulphur





ZEPPARELLA No Children Under 10 Allowed For All Ages Shows

23 Petaluma Blvd, Petaluma


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Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, 415.499.6800.

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28 Music ( 27 Springs Ave, St Helena, 707.251.8715.

In My Life Musical theater tribute to the Beatles. Mar 11 at 8. $15-$39. Lincoln Theater, 100 California Dr, Yountville, 707.944.9900.

John Pizzarelli Jazz guitarist and singer joined by Jessica Molaskey. Mar 11 at 8. $40-$45. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa, 707.226.7372.


Flamingo Lounge Mar 11, Sugar Foot. Mar 12, Valley RhythmSection (funk). 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa, 707.545.8530.

French Garden Restaurant Mar 10, Haute Flash Quartet. Mar 11, Solid Air. Mar 12, Da Puna Bruddahs (Hawaiian). Mar 13, Krasny & Walker (see Events). 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol, 707.824.2030.

Gaia’s Garden Mar 9, Jim Adams (jazz guitar). Mar 12, Marshall, Bolt and Harr (Americana). 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, 707.544.2491.

Hopmonk Sonoma

SONOMA COUNTY The Aquarium Mar 12, Bob Pittman Band with Robin Pfefer. 1030 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, 707.778.8825.

Aubergine Mar 10, Bottle Shock CD release party. Mar 11, Locura, DJ Malarkey. Mar 12, Nothing But Style art party. Tues at 7, ladies’ limelight open mic with Tawnie. Mar 15, Delhi 2 Dublin, Chango B. 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol, 707.829.2722.

Bluewater Bistro Mar 10, Yancie Taylor. Mar 14, Chris Lods (folk). Links at Bodega Harbour Golf Course, 21301 Heron Dr, Bodega Bay, 707.875.3519.

Mar 13 at 3, Artifacts. 691 Broadway, Sonoma, 707.935.9100.

Hopmonk Tavern Mar 10, Juke Joint with John H of Fort Knox 5, Chango B, Beset. Mar 11-12, Steve Kimock and friends (see Concerts). Mon, Monday Night Edutainment. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol, 707.829.7300.

Jasper O’Farrell’s Mar 9, Brainstorm with Nitgrit. Mar 10, Subb Kulture Sound, London Fog Project. Mar 11, Biodiesel. Mar 12, DD Uprise. 6957 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol, 707.829.2062.

Mar 11, Windshield Cowboys. Mar 12, Machiavelvets. Mar 13, Dynamo Jones. Mar 16, Blue Merle. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma, 707.778.8776.

Band, Silverback. Sun, Lester Chambers Blues Revue. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael, 415.226.0262.

Last Day Saloon

Mar 9, Sticky’s Backyard. Mar 11, Afro Massive. Mar 12, English Beat (see Concerts). Mar 13 at 5, dance party with Jules Broussard; at 9, Buddy Owen. 19 Broadway, Fairfax, 415.459.1091.

Mar 9, Easy Leaves, Alison Harris, Javier Montiel (folk). Mar 11, ADD/C, Simoon, Yeibichai (rock). Mar 12, Jug Dealers, Jugtown Pirates, Misner and Smith, Homebrew (folk). Mon, karaoke. Mar 15, Saving Abel, Red Line Chemistry, Desperate Union (rock). Mar 16, Skiffle Symphony, Petticoat Discipline, Dead Set (folk). 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa, 707.545.2343.

Little Switzerland Mar 11, Los Peones del Norte. Mar 12 at 2, SF Starlight Orchestra; at 8, Backtrax (Petty tribute). Mar 13, Edelweiss Band. 19080 Riverside Dr, Sonoma, 707.938.9910.

Main Street Station Mar 9, Phat Chance Quartet. Mar 10, Greg Hester and friends (bebop piano). Mar 12, Gwen “Sugarmama” Avery. Sun, Kit Mariah’s open mic. Tues, Out of the Blue (swing). 16280 Main St, Guerneville, 707.869.0501.

Mystic Theatre Mar 15, Great Big Sea (see Concerts). 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, 707.765.2121.

Lagunitas Tap Room

Peter Lowell’s

Mar 9, Critical Measures Trio. Mar 10, Emma Lee Project.

Mar 11, Paper Dolls (indie). 7385 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol, 707.829.1077.

Phoenix Theater

Across the Bridge Presented by

Peter Murphy Bauhaus frontman plays rare small club date. Mar 9 at Mezzanine.

McCoy Tyner Legendary jazz pianist appears with Bobby Hutcherson and Gary Bartz. Mar 10 at Yoshi’s SF.

Meshell Ndegeocello Formidable funkstress with singular vision covers songs by Prince. Mar 13 at the Independent.

House of Pain Everlast and that other guy return to hallowed venue to jump around. Mar 15 at the Fillmore.

Caroliner Rainbow San Francisco noise pioneers still at it with multicolored, blow-your-mind show. Mar 16 at Cafe du Nord.

More San Francisco events at

Mar 10-11, Too Short (see Concerts). Mar 12, Chasing Truth, Kings Divide, Forerunner, Silence O Israel, Voices, Mirrors. 201 Washington St, Petaluma, 707.762.3565.

Plaza Bistro Mar 11, Chris Amberger & his Hot Dogs. 420 First St E, Sonoma, 707.996.4466.

Russian River Brewing Co Mar 12, Active 808, Radioactive. 725 Fourth St, Santa Rosa, 707.545.BEER.

Tradewinds Mar 11, Kaye Bohler (blues). Mar 12, Levi Lloyd. 8210 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati, 707.795.7878.

MARIN COUNTY George’s Nightclub Wed, standup comedy (see Comedy). Mar 10, Tia Carroll and Hard Work. Mar 11, Unauthorized Rolling Stones (tribute). Mar 12, Bob Hill


19 Broadway Club

Old Western Saloon Mar 11, Mike Scaliani and friends. Mar 12, Dave More Band. Main Street, Pt Reyes Station, 415.663.1661.

Peri’s Silver Dollar Mar 9, Blue Diamond Fillups. Mar 10, Buxter Hoot’n. Mar 11, Buckaroo Bonet Band. Mar 12, Sage. Mar 15, Miles Country. 29 Broadway, Fairfax, 415.459.9910.

Rancho Nicasio Mar 11, Nightsage (gothic rock). Mar 12, Ron Thompson & the Resistors (blues rock). Mar 13, Beso Negro. Town Square, Nicasio, 415.662.2219.

Sausalito Seahorse Mar 9, Tengo Tango. Mar 10, Regina Pontillo. Sun at 4, Salsa-lito. Mar 14, Rumbache. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito.

Sleeping Lady Mar 9, finger-style guitar showcase. Mar 12, Danny Click’s Texas Blues night. Mar 13 at 2, trad Irish; at 6, Judy Hall. Mar 15, Modern Day Moonshine. 23 Broadway, Fairfax, 415.485.1182.

Station House Cafe Mar 13, Paul Knight and friends. 11180 State Route 1, Pt Reyes Station, 415.663.1515.

NAPA COUNTY Downtown Joe’s Mar 10, Simon and Herman. Mar 11, DJ James. Mar 12, Stan Ernhart Trio. 902 Main St, Napa, 707.258.2337.

Oxbow Public Market Fri, Rennea Couttenye (Latin). Tues at 6, Locals Night. 610 First St, Napa.

Silo’s Wed at 7, jam session. Mar 11, piano bar sing-along. Mar 13, Sketchy Black Dog. 530 Main St, Napa, 707.251.5833.

Uva Trattoria Wed and Fri, Philip Smith & the Gentlemen of Jazz. Sun, dinner piano with Donny Mac. Tues, James Todd and Ted Timper (jazz duo). 1040 Clinton St, Napa, 707.255.6646.

Strawberry Jam Animal Collective, Primus, Charles Lloyd all coming A major coup for the Phoenix Theater: Animal Collective, the experimental-indie Brooklyn ensemble whose crossover hit Merriweather Post Pavilion was named Album of the Year by Spin, Pitchfork and Entertainment Weekly, will play the Petaluma venue on Sunday, April 10. Tickets go on sale Thursday, March 10, at 4pm, and will sell out immediately. Refresh your browser at Say it together: Primus sucks! Having last played Sonoma County at the Phoenix in 2003, the legendary band will headline this year’s Harmony Festival. Along with the previously announced Flaming Lips, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, the June fest hosts G. Love and Special Sauce, Natcha Atlas, Ghostland Observatory, Michael Franti and Spearhead and others. Tickets are at The Healdsburg Jazz Festival, bouncing back from the hands of a now-resigned-inshame board, boasts a roaring lineup of jazz greats this June: Charles Lloyd with Zakir Hussain and Eric Harland, Charlie Haden, Bobby Hutcherson, Bennie Maupin, Fred Hersch with Julian Lage, Arturo Sandoval, George Cables, Pete Escovedo, John Santos, Ray Drummond and many others. See The Kate Wolf Festival brings back Taj Mahal, Los Lobos, Mavis Staples, Bruce Cockburn and more in June. The Uptown Theater in Napa has Gretchen Wilson (March 20), the Psychedelic Furs (May 5) and a strong comedy lineup with Lisa Lampanelli (April 1), Bob Saget (May 6) and the insane glory that is Joan Rivers (Aug. 26; tix on sale March 10).—Gabe Meline

SWEET OLD WORLD Lucinda Williams

loves universally on her latest album.

We Were Blessed Lucinda Williams’ return to form BY GABE MELINE


hen Lucinda Williams played the area last, she was drunk as hell, muttered few words to the crowd and staggered immediately onto her bus before the last song was over. But seeing Lucinda Williams drunk—it’s not rare—is, in a certain light, the perfect scenario. How else but in wild intoxication can optimism and pessimism so freely intermingle?

In Williams’ remarkable songwriting canon, there resides a persistent push-and-pull between dwelling on life’s pains and reveling in its joys. In her ďŹ ner moments, she’s able to combine the two in one breath; “Lake Charles,â€? “Fruits of My Laborâ€? and “Blue,â€? three arbitrary songs from three consecutive albums, all



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ďŹ nd solace in sorrow. It’s telling that two years ago, the 58-year-old singer chose the worn, dirty stage of First Avenue in Minneapolis as the place to become married to her most recent husband. Squalor and abiding love to Williams have always gone hand in hand. But Blessed, Williams’ newest album, separates the two cleanly. It’s her best album since 2003’s World Without Tears, and fans who had understandably abandoned her recent records would do right to re-register their faith. Take album opener “Buttercup,â€? with guest Elvis Costello on lead guitar, which echoes the character from Car Wheels on a Gravel Road’s “Drunken Angel.â€? Whereas Lucinda was clearly stricken with the character in “Drunken Angelâ€?—based on the songwriter Blaze Foley—she’s now realized that ex-junkies who keep asking to borrow money aren’t the best guys to fall in love with. It’s a atly condemning song. The same directness is present on “Seeing Black,â€? a hard look at suicide without any of the poetry of Williams’ previous ruminations on the matter. On the other end of the spectrum, “I Don’t Know How You’re Livin’â€? and “Born to Be Lovedâ€? take on a universal care, as if directed to the many downand-out characters in the albums’ artwork, and “Soldier’s Songâ€? beautifully drives home the disconnect between domestic life and Army life with alternating imagery and a rising tension. But tension in Williams’ world almost always contains a promise of calm. Take the title track, with its two chords and a torrent of poignant images: neglected children, wounded men, battered women, girls selling roses, all rising above adversity, and through whom, Williams sings, “we were blessed.â€? As the chimes of freedom peal, a thick syrup of simultaneously soloing instruments plays her out of the song, with those two driving chords, the echo of that painsoaked voice and the welcome sense that a thousand more truths could pour out of Lucinda Williams’ lips in the coming years. I’ll drink to that.

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ArtsEvents Art OPENINGS Mar 9

From 4 to 6pm. Steele Lane Community Center, “Art from the Inside,� a juvenile hall art show. 415 Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3282.

Mar 11

From 5 to 8pm. Art Works Downtown, “Familiar Stranger,� a solo photo exhibition by Elen Gales. Reception, Mar 11, 5 to 8. Tues-Sat, 10 to 5. 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.451.8119.

Mar 12

From 2 to 5pm. Pelican Art, “Celebration of Creativity,â€? artwork by students of Cats and Dragons art studio. 143 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.773.3393. From 4 to 7pm. Marin MOCA, “Deep Structureâ€? works by John Ruszel, Owen Schuh and Kate Stirr. Novato Arts Center, Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Dr, Novato. 415.506.0137. From 5 to 8pm. Backstreet Gallery, “The Art and Poetry of Sherrie Lovler.â€? Uribe Studios, 461 Sebastopol Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.537.9507. From 5 to 8pm. Gallery One, “Beasts and Beauties,â€? works by Lucy Arnold, and “Cliffs, Water and Sky,â€? works by Bernard Healey. 209 Western Ave, Petaluma. 707.778.8277. From 5 to 9pm. Riverfront Art Gallery, “Enchanting Venice: Winter Memories,â€? photographs by Stephanie Hamilton-Oravetz; also, “What Came First?,â€? photographs by Jerrie JernĂŠ and paintings by Christine Kierstead. 132 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.775.4ART.

Mar 13

From 5 to 7pm. Journey Center Gallery, “Reflections,� paintings by Samuel Farinato. Reception, Mar 13, 5 to 7. Mon-Fri, 9 to 5; weekend hours by appointment. 1601 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.578.2121.

GALLERIES SONOMA COUNTY Arts Guild of Sonoma Through Mar 26, “The Repo Show: Recycle, Re-Claim, ReUse,� silent auction pieces composed of up-cycled materials. Wed-Thurs and Sun-Mon, 11 to 5; Fri-Sat, 11 to 8. 140 E Napa St, Sonoma. 707.996.3115.

BackStreet Gallery Through Mar 27, “The Art and Poetry of Sherrie Lovler.� Reception, Mar 12, 5 to 8. Poetry reading and talk, Mar 23, 7 to 8:30. Sat, 11 to 5, and by appointment. Uribe Studios, 461 Sebastopol Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.537.9507.

Charles M Schulz Museum Mar 12 at 1, Cartoonist-InResidence. Through Jun 5, “Turn Another Page.� Through Jun 19, “The Browns and the Van Pelts: Siblings in ‘Peanuts.’� Through Jul 11, “’Peanuts’ Philosophies.� $5-$8. Mon-Fri, noon to 5; SatSun, 10 to 5. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452.

Coffee Bazaar Through Mar 31, paintings by Ted Babcock. Hours: Daily, 7am to 9pm. 14045 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville. 707.869.9706.

Gallery 300 Through Mar 31, “Color and Character,� work by SOFA artists. Open Sat, 12 to 5, and by appointment. 300 South A St, Santa Rosa. 707.332.1212.

Gold Coast Coffee Company Mar 13-Apr 13, “Rainbow Bridge,� works by James Gauer. 2351 Steelhead Blvd, Duncans Mills. 707.865.1441.

Graton Gallery Through Apr 10, “High Desert Outback,� paintings by Pam Lewis. Reception, Mar 13, 2 to 5. Tues-Sun, 10:30 to 6. 9048 Graton Rd, Graton. 707.829.8912.

Hammerfriar Gallery Through Apr 16, “Radix Ipsius,� artwork by Pamela Holmes. Tues-Fri, 10 to 6. Sat, 10 to 5. 139 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.473.9600.

Healdsburg Center for the Arts Through Mar 28, “Figure, Face and Form,� interpretations of the human figure by various artists. Daily, 11 to 6. 130 Plaza St, Healdsburg. 707.431.1970.

Journey Center Gallery Mar 13-Apr 13, “Reflections,� paintings by Samuel Farinato. Reception, Mar 13, 5 to 7. MonFri, 9 to 5; weekend hours by appointment. 1601 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.578.2121.

Pelican Art

Through May 7, “Still-Life to Steampunk,� contemporary realism by Bill Cutler and Ken Berman. Mon-Sat, 10 to 4, and by appointment. 106 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.823.8181.

Mar 9-Apr 2, “Celebration of Creativity,� artwork by students of Cats and Dragons art studio. Reception, Mar 12, 2 to 5. Open Tues-Thurs and Sat, 11 to 6; Fri, 11 to 8; Sun-Mon by appointment only. 143 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.773.3393.

Dimensions Galleria

Petaluma Arts Center

Through Apr 10, “The Garden Palette,� artwork by Diana Crain, Mark Lifvendahl and Jan Schultz. Wed-Thurs and Sun, noon to 6; Mon-Tues, by appointment only. 115 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.763.3515.

Ending Mar 13, “Family Tree: Fine Woodworking in Northern California,� woodcraft by 25 artists. Mar 13, 1 to 4, closing party (see Events). 230 Lakeville Street at East Washington, Petaluma. 707.762.5600.

Gallery One

Petaluma Historical Museum & Library

Cutler Gallery

Through Apr 3, “Beasts and Beauties,� works by Lucy Arnold, and “Cliffs, Water and Sky,� works by Bernard Healey. Reception, Mar 12, 5 to 8. 209 Western Ave, Petaluma. 707.778.8277.

Through Apr 3, “Flight,� a tribute to Aviation. Wed-Sat, 10 to 4; Sun, noon to 3; tours by appointment on MonTues. 20 Fourth St, Petaluma. 707.778.4398.

‘FAMILIAR STRANGER’ Photography by Elen Gales shows at Art Works

Downtown in San Rafael. See Openings, adjacent. Quercia Gallery Through Mar 28, “Spirit,� exhibit of abstracts. ThursMon, 11 to 5. 25193 Hwy 116, Ste C, Duncans Mills. 707.865.0243.

Quicksilver Mine Company Through Apr 10, “In Material,� works by Susan Field, Brooke Holve and Elizabeth Sher. Artists in conversation, Apr 7 at 7. Thurs-Mon, 11 to 6. 6671 Front St, Forestville. 707.887.0799.

Riverfront Art Gallery Mar 9-May 8, “Enchanting Venice: Winter Memories,â€? photographs by Stephanie Hamilton-Oravetz; also, “What Came First?,â€? photographs by Jerrie JernĂŠ and paintings by Christine Kierstead. Reception, Mar 12, 5 to 9. Tues-Thurs and Sun, 10:30 to 6. Fri-Sat, 10:30 to 8. 132 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.775.4ART.

Sebastopol Center for the Arts Through Mar 19, “Art of the Line,� a juried exhibition in a variety of media; also, “All in the Family,� work by Margaret, Geoffrey and Dennis Bolt. Tues-Fri, 10 to 4; Sat, 1 to 4. 6780 Depot St, Sebastopol. 707.829.4797.

Sonoma County Museum Through Apr 24, “Emerging Artists,� work by Laine Justice, Andrew Sofie and Tramaine de Senna. Through Mar 13, “Post by Air: Fred Wiseman’s Famous Airmail Flight,� exhibition chronicles world’s first airmail flight, made between Petaluma and Santa Rosa in 1911. Ending Mar 13, “ArtQuest: A Juried

Student Exhibition.� Mar 25Jun 5, ceramics by Jun Kaneko. Tues-Sun, 11 to 4. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.579.1500.

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art Through May 15, “Eco Chic: Towards Sustainable Swedish Fashion,� and “Daniel McCormick: Iterations of Ecological Art and Design.� Free-$8. Wed-Sun, 11 to 5. 551 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.939.SVMA.

Bolinas Museum Through Apr 17, “Sacred Walls: Deities and Marriages in Mithila Painting,� curated by Malini Bakshi. Fri, 1 to 5; Sat-Sun, noon to 5; and by appointment. 48 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.0330.

Donna Seager Gallery Ending Mar 15, new paintings by Michael Cutlip. Tues-Wed and Fri-Sat, 11 to 6; Thurs, 11 to 8:30. 851 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.4229.

Gallery Route One

Through May 6, “Art from the Inside,� a juvenile hall art show. Reception, Mar 9, 4 to 6. Mon-Thurs, 8 to 7; Fri, 8 to 5. 415 Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3282.

Through Apr 3, “Sleeping with the Anemones,� altered books and related objects; also, “Reflections on Water,� work by various artists, and artwork by Candace Loheed in the Annex. Wed-Mon, 11 to 5. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1347.

University Art Gallery

Marin Civic Center

Through Mar 20, “Art Faculty Exhibition.� Tues-Fri, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, noon to 4. Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2295.

Through Apr 7, “Art on the Farm,� works of 35 artists. Portion of proceeds benefit Marin Organic Interest-Free Farmer Loan Fund. 3501 Civic Center Dr, San Rafael.

University Library Art Gallery

Marin Community Foundation

Through Mar 31, “Miracles on the Border: Folk Paintings of Mexican Migrants to the US.� Mon-Fri, 8 to 5; Sat-Sun, noon to 5. SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.4240.

Through Mar 17, “Forming a Life: Paths in Studio Craft,� Baulines Craft Guild master, apprentice journeyman annual exhibition. Open Mon-Fri, 9 to 5. 5 Hamilton Landing, Ste 200, Novato.

Steele Lane Community Center

MARIN COUNTY Art Works Downtown Mar 10-Apr 5, “Familiar Stranger,� a solo photo exhibition by Elen Gales. Reception, Mar 11, 5 to 8. TuesSat, 10 to 5. 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.451.8119.

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

and third Sat monthly, 11 to 4. Boyd Gate House, 1125 B St, San Rafael. 415.454.8538. Through Apr 10, “Deep Structure” works by John Ruszel, Owen Schuh and Kate Stirr. Reception, Mar 12, 4 to 7. Wed-Sun, 11 to 4, Novato Arts Center, Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Dr, Novato. 415.506.0137.

Marin Society of Artists Through Mar 26, “Dance, Music and Flowers,” a juried exhibition. Mon-Thurs, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, 12 to 4. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 415.454.9561.

Noci Gelateria Through Mar 31, “Living in Grey,” paintings by Ashley-Jayne Nicolaus. 17 E Blithesdale, Mill Valley.

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts

Napa Valley Museum Through Apr 30, “It’s Not What It Used to Be: Fresh Art from Found Elements,” artwork by Chris Blum, Daniel Hale, Burges Smith, Susan Leibovitz Steinman, Ib Larsen and Monty Monty. Wed-Mon, 10 to 5. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. 707.944.0500.

Volakis Gallery


Through Apr 9, “Foliage,” silver gelatin photographs by Brian Oglesbee. 421 Walnut St, Ste 180, Napa. 707.320.8796.

Comedians Diane Amos and Marga Gomez unleash adult content in all of its hilarity. Mar 12 at 8. $20-$25. Dance Palace, Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.

COMEDY Amos & Gomez

Capitol Steps

Mar 15-Apr 30, paintings by Manel Anoro. Open daily, 10 to 6. 1328 Main St, St Helena. 415.531.6755.

Di Rosa Through Apr 16, “Surviving Paradise,” work by Enrique Chagoya. Tours available Sat at 10, 11 and noon (reservation required) and Tues-Fri at 10, 11, 12 and 1 (reservation recommended). Gallery hours: Wed-Fri, 9:30 to 3. Sat, by appointment only. 5200 Carneros Hwy, Napa. 707.226.5991.

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

Mumm Napa Cuvee Through Mar 13, “Yesterday

EVENTS Antiques Show

Toby’s Feed Barn

Caldwell Snyder Gallery

Parsons Dance and East Village Opera Company perform high-energy contemporary dance with lighting and visual effects. Mar 10 at 8. $25-$45. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Through Mar 31, “Sights/ Insights,” juried exhibition presented by Napa Valley Photographic Society. 570 Soscol Ave, Napa. 707.257.0900.



Remember Me

Studio II

Through Mar 31, “Social Networks and Alternate Realities,” a group show. Tues-Sat, 10 to 2; also by appointment. 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.4331. Through Mar 29, “Geography of Hope,” a group show. MonSat, 9 to 5; Sun, 9:30 to 4. 11250 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1223.



Former senate staffers satirize people and places that employed them. Mar 12 at 2 and 5. $35-$40. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Monday Nite Live Improvisational and sketch comedy with monthly theme. $10. Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.763.8920.

Standup Comedy Enjoy a good laugh every Wed at 8. Mar 9, Ellis Rodriguez, Trenton Davis and friends. Mar 16, Joe Klocek, Cory Robinson and friends. $10. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

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

Over 70 dealers displaying and selling collectibles. Mar 12, 10 to 6; Mar 13, 10 to 5. $6. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

Second Sat monthly at 1, meet, watch and talk to professional cartoonists. Mar 12, “The Secret Adventures of Hamster Sam” with Dave McDonald. Free. Charles M Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452.

Closing Party Current exhibit wraps up with preview of film, “Woodsmith: The Life and Times of Arthur Carpenter.” Mar 13, 1 to 4. $5. Petaluma Arts Center, 230 Lakeville St at East Washington, Petaluma. 707.762.5600.

Distinguished Young Women Beauty contest formerly known as Sonoma County Junior Miss provides scholarships. Mar 12 at 7. Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. 707.328.9255.

Irish Hooley Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with traditional music, song and dance. Mar 15 at 8. $25-$35. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Krasny & Walker Host of KQED’s “Forum,” Michael Krasny, in conversation with influential author and poet, Alice Walker. Proceeds benefit Sebastopol Community Center. Mar 13, 5 to 9. $150. French Garden Restaurant, 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.823.1511.

Patrick’s Barbecue Annual festival and barbecue with all the fixins. Mar 13, noon to 4. $7-$18. Dance Palace, Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station. ) 415.663.1075.


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Marin MOCA

and Today,” photographs by Art Rogers. Daily, 10 to 5. 8445 Silverado Trail, Rutherford. 707.967.7740.

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32 ArtsEvents FOOD & DRINK Barrel Tasting Weekend

( 31 3:15, 5:30 and 7:45, “Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune.� $8-$10. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa.

Spring Cinema

Sample wines, meet the makers and purchase futures. Mar 11-13, 11 to 4. $20-$30. Wine Road, Association of 145 wineries and 50 lodgings, Alexander, Dry Creek, Russian River, Chalk Hill and Green Valleys in Northwest Sonoma County.

Petaluma Film Alliance present classic, foreign and independent films Wed at 7. Mar 16, “Goodnight Nobody.� $5. Carole Ellis Auditorium, SRJC Petaluma Campus, Petaluma.

Friday Night Bites

Film series offers a unique selection of quality films curated by film critic Harlan Jacobson. Mar 10 at 7. $10-$15. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

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

FILM Bike Film Festival Weekly films begin at 7 and benefit Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition and Team Swift. Mar 12, “The Bicycle Thief.� $5. Spoke Folk Cyclery, 201 Center St, Healdsburg. 707.545.0153.

Four Lions Black comedy about unimpressive team of bumbling terrorist wannabes. Mar 12 at 7. $10. Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main St, Napa. 707.255.5445.

Talk Cinema

Tuesday Night Flicks Free film every Tues at 7. St Helena Library, 1492 Library Lane, St Helena. 707.963.5244.

Vision Life of Christian mystic, composer, philosopher, physician Hildegard von Bingen Mar 11 at 7; Mar 13 at 4. $10.50. Sonoma Film Institute, Warren Auditorium, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.


Hollywood & Vines

Chaney & Crowe

Effects experts Craig Barron and Ben Burtt screen and discuss movie magic of Tarzan films. Mar 13 at 3. $10.50. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.1222.

Ventriloquist Steve Chaney and his puppet partner Cornelius Crowe. Mar 13 at 1. $7-$8. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.

Italian Movie Night


Culinary school serves up Italian fare at 6:30 and Italianlanguage films with English subtitles at 7 on the first Fri of every month. Mar 11, final movie night with performance by Due Zighi Baci. $5-$15. Viva, 7160 Keating Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.9913.

Monday Night Movies

donation. Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.292.5281.

READINGS Book Passage

Angel Street

Santa Rosa Copperfield’s Books

Oxford friends force their friend to pose as Charley’s Brazilian aunt. Through Mar 27; Fri-Sat at 8, Sun at 2. $20. Pegasus Theater Company, Rio Nido Lodge, Canyon Two Rd, Rio Nido. 707.583.2343.

Mar 9 at 7, “Mastering Creative Anxiety� with Eric Maisel. 2316 Montgomery Dr, Santa Rosa. 707.578.8938.

Petaluma Copperfield’s Books Mar 10 at 4, “Sean Griswold’s Head� with Lindsey Leavitt. 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.762.0563.

Healdsburg Copperfield’s Books Mar 12 at 1, “The Wisdom of the Radish� with Lynda Hopkins. 104 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.433.9270.

Hopmonk Tavern Every second Sun at 8, North Bay Poetry Slam. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

142 Throckmorton Theatre Mar 9 at 7:30, “Getting to Happy� with Terry McMillan. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Point Reyes Books Second Mon at 7, Knit Lit group. Third Tues at 7, women’s book group. 11315 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1542.

Rialto Film Festival

Science Buzz Cafe

Through Apr 26, gems from throughout the world on big screen. Mar 15 at 1, 4 and 7, “Carlos� part three. Mar 29 at 1,

Every Thurs at 6:30, gather with scientists and amateur science fans to discuss weekly topics. Mar 17, no lecture. $3

Intro to natural beekeeping methods. Mar 12, 10 to noon. $15. Sonoma Ecology Center, 20 E Spain St, Sonoma. 707.996.0712, ext 110.

Musical tribute to legendary country singer. Mar 12 at 8. $25. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Mar 11 at 7, “The New Biographical Dictionary of Film� with David Thomson. Mar 12 at 4, “Lust for Justice: The Radical Life and Law of J Tony Serra� with Paulette Frankl and Tony Serra; at 7, “American Veda� with Philip Goldberg. Mar 13 at 4, “Mastering Creative Anxiety� with Eric Maisel; at 7, “Found: A Memoir� with Jennifer Lauck. Mar 14 at 7, “Half In Love� with Linda Sexton. Mar 15 at 7, “To a Mountain in Tibet� with Colin Thubron. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 415.927.0960.

Series explores variety of topics. Mar 14 at noon, “Into the Forest,� a conversations with Jean Hegland. Free. Newman Auditorium, Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.527.4372.

Beekeeping 101


Always . . . Patsy Cline

Arts & Lectures

Every Mon at 7:30, enjoy a classic film. Mar 14 at 7:30, “A Civil Action.� Free. Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.389.4292, ext 116.


Readers’ Books

Psychological thriller set in Victorian London inspired film “Gaslight.� Through Mar 13; Thurs-Sat at 8, Sun at 3. $20$22. Novato Theater Company, 484 Ignacio Blvd, Novato. 415.883.4498.

Audition: Graton’s Got Talent Variety show seeks all varieties of family entertainment. Mar 13, 1 to 4. Graton Community Club, Graton Road and Edison Street, Graton, 831.428.2343.

Charley’s Aunt

Detective Story Film Noir-style play set in frenetic New York City police station. Through Mar 20. $10$20. Fine Arts Theater, COM, 835 College Ave, Kentfield. 415.485.9385.

The Final Scene Soap opera comedy. Through Mar 27; Thurs-Sat at 8, Sun at 2. $15-$32. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

Gypsy Dazzling story of burlesque icon’s rise to fame. Mar 11-27; Fri-Sat at 8, Sun at 2. $15-$20. Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center, 2277 Napa Vallejo Hwy, Napa. 707.256.7500.

The Importance of Being Earnest Cinnabar Young Rep present Oscar Wilde classic. Ending Mar 13. $5-$10. Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.763.8920.

Mar 10 at 7:30, “Connecting the Dots: Breakthroughs in Communication as Alzheimer’s Advances� with Judith London. 130 E Napa St, Sonoma. 707.939.1779.

In My Life

Sebastopol Center for the Arts

Les Miserables

Second Sun at 4, Westword Salon open reading and discussion. $1 donation. 707.829.1549. 6780 Depot St, Sebastopol.

Musical theater tribute to the Beatles. Mar 11 at 8. $15-$39. Lincoln Theater, 100 California Dr, Yountville. 707.944.9900. Marin Youth Performers present epic musical of struggle against adversity in 19th century France. Ending Mar 13; Fri at 7:30, Sat-Sun at 2. $14-$30.

Miles of Style

Art, DJs, vintage clothing in Sebastopol Art shows continue to move out of the brieand-Ak Mak realm and into the universe of boogie with “Nothing but Style,â€? an event thrown this Saturday at Aubergine in Sebastopol among the vintage clothes. While the rhythms of DJs Sha One, Mad Planet, Drasar Monumental, Riff Raff and more provide the soundtrack, the futuristic street art of Emagn One (above), Bron 5045, Kufu, Izzy and Daze WST will be on display for purchase. There’s talk of some custom motorcycles and jewelry rounding out the full-bar event, and a b-boy showcase is planned, but be assured: according to event organizers, the night is for the “local artist community, not just homies.â€? Check out the local avor on Saturday, March 12, at Aubergine. 755 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 8pm. $10; 18 and under free. 707.861.9190. —Gabe Meline

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

Playback Theater Group performs personal life stories. Mar 12 at 8. $15-$18. Open Secret, 923 C St, San Rafael. www.bayareaplayback. com.

The Majestic Kid Aaron Weiss comes to the southwest to help Apache tribe save their land. Mar 11-Apr 3. $15-$23. Raven Theater, 115 North St, Healdsburg. 707.433.3145.

We From Afar Sci-Fi tales performed by Project 104. Mar 10-26; Thurs-Sat at 8; Thurs, pay-

what-you-wish. $10-$15. Imaginists Theatre Collective, 461 Sebastopol Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.528.7554.

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Creative Visualization Prayer Class Examine effective visualization examples in the Bible. Integrate the use of meditation techniques and written affirmations with simple art images.Mon, March 21, 7-9 pm, Journey Center, 707-578-2121,

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Meditative Nature of Psychotherapy A spiritual practice for couples and individuals unfolds psychological problems and embraces them as transformative paradoxes. After 12 years in Berkeley, Gateway Institute is now in Healdsburg. Heather Parrish, Ph.D. MFC36455. 707-473-9553.

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Sunday School & Service 10:30am. Non-traditional. Inter-denominational. A spiritually-minded community. 4857 Old Redwood Hwy 707-542-7729

Rocks and Clouds Zendo Memorial Day Weekend Meditation Retreat. Fri., May 27th - Mon. May30th. Email us with any questions: Find us on the web at 222. or call 707-824-5647

The Journey Center: A Place for Transformation Growing Together Workshop Assess strengths and growth areas in your relationship; work on communication and conflict-resolution skills. Fri, March 11 (7-9p) & Sat, March 12 (10a-4p). Register by March 4. Journey Center,Ê707-578-2121,

Meeting the Mystics Series Bernadette Roberts: Mystic, Mentor, Friend Explore the life of contemporary contemplative Bernadette Roberts (author of seven books on Christian Mysticism and self and consciousness in the spiritual journey). Sat, March 19, 10a-12p, 707.578.2121

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