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Rhapsodies Japan’s Nuclear Scare

Crisis in Fukushima underscores need for truth about nuclear power’s danger BY NORMAN SOLOMON


n the edge of Capitol Hill, day after day, we heard wrenching testimony from people whose lives had been ravaged by the split atom.

That was three decades ago. I was coordinating the National Citizens Hearings for Radiation Victims in 1980, one year after Three Mile Island. The voices came from uranium miners, atomic workers, veterans, downwinders exposed to atmospheric nuclear bomb tests . . . and many others. The people who testified were from a wide array of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. But in addition to radiation exposure and suffering, they had one huge experience in common. They’d been lied to—not once or twice, but repeatedly. Year after year. There is no danger, the officials told them. You are safe. Radiation levels? Not to worry. But gradually, the clusters of cancer or leukemia or severe thyroid ailments or birth defects became too conspicuous to ignore. Still, officials kept saying that the nuclear industry was blameless. Later, while working on a book, Killing Our Own: The Disaster of America’s Experience with Atomic Radiation, I learned that deception was routine and central to the nuclear age. The basic storyline was steady denial. The gist was that nuclear weapons and atomic power plants made us safe. But later, declassified documents would tell a very different story. Government and corporate officials, committed to nuclear agendas, were careful to suppress key facts, trash critics, excel at media spin—and treat employees and the public as expendable, best kept in the dark. Now, as catastrophe has struck at nuclear reactors in Japan, I feel a terrible sense of return to the future. From Tokyo to Washington, the authorities are doing all they can to downplay realities. The oxymoronic talk is about “safe nuclear power”—right up there with “jumbo shrimp” and “clean coal.” Who do they think they’re fooling? Norman Solomon co-chaired the Commission on a Green New Deal for the North Bay. His books include ‘War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.’

Our Forebearer Chimes In

Having just survived a record breaking flood where I live in Brisbane, Australia, your piece on the 1986 Valentine’s Day flood and The Paper’s role in providing quality coverage (this despite the fact that the reporters/ photographers involved often had their own homes underwater) was both timely and moving. While each event had distinct causes and impacts, what stands out is how similar they were in detail, e.g., reluctant insurance companies, lawsuits against culpable government bodies, as well as personal despair and mud to the rafters. Most importantly, however, they highlighted how communities and individuals are willing and able to pull together when “attacked” by the elements. Meanwhile, on a coincidental, if not ironic, note, as The Paper’s general manager, I wrote a series on the impact of urbanization on the speed of downstream flooding (for which I received the Lincoln Steffens Journalism Matthew Reid

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Award, sponsored by the Sonoma County Press Club) and am now in the middle of putting together a piece for a journal I write for and edit on the role poorly regulated development and zoning can have on flood damage, inundation levels and property values. The Paper series led to changes in how the Army Corps of Engineers managed its water flow responsibilities. I’m hoping the Brisbane equivalent will have a like result.

TOM RICHMAN General Manager, ‘The Paper,’ 1986

See It Again I read with quizzical interest your review of The Final Scene at the Sixth Street Playhouse (“Soap Box,” March 9). You praised the “confident clarity” of the direction (lots of laughs and pratfalls by Jeremy and Milton), yet failed to recognize that the performances you labeled as “one-note” (Allison and Gretchen) were crafted from that same direction. However, the characters of Allison and Gretchen are not farcical. They are character studies and don’t rely on laughs alone. One (Allison) is conniving and manipulative, with overreaching ambition. The other (Gretchen) is attempting to maintain her dignity as


she watches everything she has lived for unravel over the course of a day. She has been a positive influence in many people’s lives and sees how little effect in the end she has over her own. These characters, along with that of Joseph (whom you credited with providing a “counterbalancing pathos”) give the play depth. I agree with you that The Final Scene is “hugely entertaining.” It is a must-see event, and you might consider giving it another look with a fresh point of view.


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THE FORCE With the GOP’s heist in Madison last week, recall proponents have emerged determined—and creative.

Madison Report An on-the-scene view from the Capitol building BY NIKKI JACKSON


or the last month, our family has demonstrated and will continue to demonstrate at the Capitol in Madison, Wis., because we believe in defending our rights as workers, and to support the 175,000 union members—teachers, construction workers, snowplow drivers, social workers—scapegoated by

Gov. Scott Walker and his allies. The national news accounts of a “riot” and “angry” protesters are patently untrue, and it took several days to convince the national media that this isn’t about a “budget repair bill” but about union-busting by severely limiting our right to collective bargaining. The scene inside the Capitol has been mesmerizing—at least

during the time it was fully open to the public. The crowds outside may ebb and flow depending on the time of day and schedule of events, but the rotunda has been packed with people drumming, chanting and singing, trying to get their voices heard by the politicians behind closed doors and to the world at large. The signs alone have become an internet meme, like the demonstrators dressed up as Star Wars–inspired “Imperial Walkers.” Kids trace

After a dozen rounds in the ring in his fight against U.S. Bank, Sebastopol boot maker Michael Carnacchi has finally lost the battle. On Friday morning, March 11, Judge Mark Tansil ruled against Carnacchi’s first cause of action in his longrunning case against the credit card company. Carnacchi will be required to pay his original debt in full and the legal fees of his opponent, US Bank, the fifth largest bank in America. The fight has been going on since January 2007, when Carnacchi missed one credit card payment. Despite his pristine payment record, US Bank exorbitantly increased both his interest rate and monthly payment and refused to negotiate a workable payment plan. The bank formally sued, and Carnacchi has since then trained himself in law to single-handedly fight for his cause. “It has been a long and tiring fight,” says Carnacchi, wearily. “I’ve aged and lost a lot of sleep over it.” Still, he is thankful to some parts of the legal system. “Many people, including the Sonoma County courts, have been exceedingly patient with me. I’m thankful that our system of government allowed me to take on the fifth largest bank in the country by myself.” Along the way, Carnacchi’s case—first reported in the Bohemian—has been covered in the Press Democrat, San Francisco magazine, KTVU news and elsewhere. A similar case of Carnacchi’s with Citibank is still pending. “It takes a lot of courage—and work— to speak out against a financial giant,” says Carnacchi. “Hopefully, I’ll have inspired someone to take up where I’ve left off.” —Suzanne Daly The Bohemian started as The Paper in 1978


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people as they lay on the sidewalk making colorful chalk drawings surrounding the entire block, with the words “Chalkers against Walker.” There have also been grade-ins (for teachers), study-ins (for students) and knit-ins (for crafty types). Indeed, our days at the Capitol have made lovely, if chilly, family days. People have stopped and thanked us for bringing our oneand-a-half-year-old daughter. She’s spent hours in the Teaching Assistants’ Association union headquarters, eating cold pizza and swinging in chairs while union members phone-bank and strategize their next move. When we push her in the stroller through the Capitol during particularly crowded events, people yell, “Baby coming!” so others know to be especially careful. The show of support here from firefighters and police officers is particularly powerful, because Gov. Walker exempted their unions from the limitations in the bill. The firefighters, in either dress blues or in work gear, are often on the march. The same show of support is true of the police officers, who came to the Capitol the morning after demonstrators first spent the night, bringing doughnuts and water. (And bratwurst, of course; this is Wisconsin, after all.) People have reciprocated. It’s been well-publicized that supporters from all over the world have been ordering pizza for those giving up their time at the Capitol. The police are not allowed to accept pizza from citizens directly, so when a pizza delivery car pulled up to the building recently, we witnessed a demonstrator stopping others from taking the pizzas and telling the police to come take however many boxes they wanted straight from the delivery guy. Everyone is taking care of everyone else. This continues to be an amazing show of democracy in action, of celebrating peacefully our right to assemble. To paraphrase a friend, the GOP vote that severely limited rights to eliminate union power without the Democrats present did not signal the beginning of the end, but the end of the beginning. Now we work on recalls.

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Bill McKibben calls for businesses to leave the Chamber BY JULIANE POIRIER


’m a great supporter of going local. But not when it’s the Chamber of Commerce, possibly feeding funds to its national incarnation, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Because of where the U.S. Chamber stands (against climate protection) and how much money it gives to anti-environmental policies on the national level (more than oil giants), I stand against them and alongside all the progressive chamber groups who have resigned their membership as part of an organized civil disobedience. After the U.S. Chamber threatened to sue the Environmental Protection Agency in 2009, even PG&E dropped out, which is saying something. Each Chamber is a private business club providing business owners with the advantages of aggregate marketing clout in the community, business favortrading with other members and the opportunity to attend the ubiquitous Chamber mixer, a timehonored ritual where members drink, eat appetizers, answer phones, trade business cards and smile at one another. All this appears innocuous enough. Some members are even owners of green businesses. But climate advocate Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and Deep Economy, says that when it comes to issues of energy and climate, the Chamber goes from slightly nerdy and cliquish to exploitive. McKibben, director of, is presently waging a national leave-theChamber campaign. He claims the U.S. Chamber is out to destroy climate protections, noting that it outspent even Exxon Mobil in lobbying for the Dark Side of

politics, making them “one of the biggest barriers to climate progress in the entire world.” In short, the U.S. Chamber percieves that sustainability intereferes with the pursuit of commerce. Local chambers claim separate status. While affiliated with the U.S. Chamber, the San Rafael Chamber says it is apolitically aligned, and Santa Rosa Chamber president Jonathan Coe says the Santa Rosa organization is not a part of the U.S. Chamber. Napa Chamber CEO Lisa Batto also says her group is not a member of the U.S. Chamber and boasts that the Napa Chamber, took a stand against Proposition 23 in the last election, which threatened to overturn climate legislation in California (the Santa Rosa Chamber stayed neutral). Meanwhile McKibben—and more importantly, for she whom Chief Arvol Looking Horse tells me the Indians call the “Great Mother”—needs help to get businesses and local Chambers to resign fro the U.S. Chamber. McKibben points out that only 16 giant corporate entities supply 55 percent of the Chamber’s funding, which claims to represent small American businesses. “And they used all that corporate cash to make sure that the planet kept warming, opposing almost every measure that might have made even a small difference,” McKibben writes. McKibben asks via the site, “When you’re shopping, going to the gym, renewing your insurance, or getting your hair cut, ask to speak to the owner . . . get them to sign the pledge—make a video.” In short, disobey creatively and civilly. For more information, visit

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Dining BARLEY MAN John Fendley of the Sustainable Seed Company, one of many heirloom purveyors in Petaluma .

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t’s hard to talk about heirloom seeds without a little endof-the-world-aswe-know-it creeping in. With Monsanto pushing a genetically modified agenda; with the USDA approving genetically modified Roundup Ready

alfalfa, which could kill organic dairy practices; with organic giants like Whole Foods and Stonyfield Farm surrendering to Monsanto; and with crosscontamination from GMOs threatening the foundation of food as we know it, where’s a person to turn?

BY KYLIE MENDONCA Well, Petaluma, actually. With a proliferation of heirloom seed companies, Petaluma has become ground zero for a growing revolution in farming. Unlike many hybrid and genetically modified varieties, heirloom variety plants—generally more than 50 years old and openpollinated—contain viable seeds. Before WWII, most plants

would have been considered “heirloom,” and while many “new” heirloom varieties are becoming available to consumers, there are several varieties lost each year via cross-pollination or other means. Saving and protecting heirloom varieties, especially in light of Monsanto’s raid, is more important than ever. Petaluma is home to two separate seed houses that do just that, specializing in cataloguing, propagating and protecting heirloom variety seeds. In downtown Petaluma, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company occupies some of the best real estate in the city with its Petaluma Seed Bank. A former bank, the building is stately and imposing, an amusingly ironic place for a company with a mission-beforeprofit attitude. Paul Wallace, manager, says the location is perfect. “When you go to any city,” Wallace says, “it’s like the bank is the focal point. In San Francisco, you have the Bank of America building, and it’s the same here. In this town, the bank is the focal point, but for a different reason.” Baker Creek Seed Company was founded in Missouri and expanded into the Petaluma location in 2009. This fall, it holds the first-annual National Heirloom Exposition in Santa Rosa. Christian Dake recently joined the company to plan events like the expo, and says the renewed interest in heirlooms is natural, given the state of agriculture in the United States. “People are realizing what we have right now, and what we have to lose,” Dake says. “It appears that corporations want to have control over what we grow. Once a corporation owns your right to plant a seed, you lose a lot of freedom.” Like many in the heirloom movement, Baker Creek and its founder Jere Gettle are concerned about just such a corporate takeover of food; genetically modified crops, particularly corn, have been known to crosspollinate with non-GMO varieties, often rendering them sterile and unsellable. Because of this, the

farming,” he adds. “American farm families are going extinct.” Within blocks of Sustainable Seed Company’s farm, yet another major seed house is scrambling to fill orders, during what’s the busiest season of the year for seed companies. The Natural Gardening Company sells both live plants and seeds, mostly organic with some heirloom varieties. It has another distinction—the company’s owner, David Baldwin, claims the Natural Gardening Company is the oldest certified organic nursery in the United States. Started in 1986 in San Anselmo, the company moved to a half-acre Petaluma farm in 1993. Baldwin may have been ahead of his time, but he doesn’t quite fit the conventional image of an organic pioneer. He wears a cordless phone earpiece and slacks, and doesn’t sing the same gospel of dying bees, corporate Frankenfoods and vanishing heirloom strains that’s so common in the modern organic food movement. “The heirloom thing has gone through cycles. In my lifetime, this is probably the second cycle,” Baldwin says. “When I was young and I thought I was hip, it was rock and roll. Now, if you’re young and hip, you want to have a garden. I think it’s great.” Of the 300 or so varieties sold through the Natural Gardening Company, Baldwin says 20 to 25 are grown on-site. “I didn’t go into this because I wanted to rage against the machine,” Baldwin says. “I guess you could say it’s more of a personal interest. We don’t go around trying to proselytize. We try to offer good products and offer compelling information.” Baldwin says Petaluma was a natural choice for a location, with a rather plain explanation. “It was affordable,” he says, “at a time when we needed space for additional greenhouses.” All three seed companies had similar rationales for choosing their home base. Why Petaluma? Good weather, affordable land and the area’s agricultural history all play a role. “Honestly, we were looking for something that had enough structures on it,” Fendley says. “Petaluma, because of the history of agriculture, it was perfect.”


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company tests every batch of corn that comes in, and has taken a stance that every heirloom seed is valuable, from marshmallow flowers to the African jelly mellon. “We’re not gong to get rich selling African jelly melons in Petaluma,” Wallace quips. A couple miles away, in an old barn on a three-acre farm, employees at the Sustainable Seed Company are filling orders that come in through their online-only catalogue. Founders John Fendley and Theo Bill say they started the company in 2009 because they saw a space in the market for preserving heirloom varieties. “I looked out there,” Fendley says, “and there just weren’t very many companies selling seeds that were open-pollinated. It really made me nervous.” Fendley says the company’s focus is on preserving and developing the right seeds for California growers. His company has taken to resurrecting grains developed by Luther Burbank— barleys that require little water to grow, for example—and other crops that can tolerate foggy nights in coastal regions or dry summers in the Central Valley. “You try to take a tomato that is grown in the hot parts of China,” Fendley explains, “and try to move it here. It’s not going to do well with the foggy nights.” Proponents of heirloom varieties say that’s one of the great things about old strains. They were developed by generations of people who farmed in the same area, who selected for traits that made certain plants desirable for specific locations. Fendley says that today, many seeds are grown outside the United States and sold to consumers without much thought to matching varieties with optimum growing locations. Also, he says, it’s hard to monitor overseas farms. Even crops with organic and heirloom labels may be grown using destructive slash-and-burn agriculture techniques, he says. “We’ve been trained in California to ask where our food is coming from,” Fendley says. “But we’re not yet asking where our seeds are coming from, or were they grown sustainably? “We’re supporting American

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Dining Our selective list of North Bay restaurants is subject to menu, pricing and schedule changes. Call first for confirmation. For expanded listings, visit COST: $ = Under $12; $$ = $13-$20; $$$ = $21-$26; $$$$ = Over $27

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

SONOMA COUNTY Bear Republic Brewing Co Brewpub. $-$$. Award-winning ales and pub fare. Hearty portions and friendly service. Casual dining, outside patio. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Sun. 345 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.433.2337.

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.

Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar Californian.

Johnny Garlic’s California. $$. At Johnny’s, garlic is God–all dishes are infused with the glorious stinking rose. Lunch and dinner daily. 8988 Brooks Rd, Windsor. 707.836.8300.

La Fondita Mexican. $. Hearty, filling, very tasty. No glop or goop here. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 816 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.526.0881.

Lynn’s Thai Thai. $$. A taste of real Thailand in convivial atmosphere. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 8492 Gravenstein Hwy, Ste M (in the Apple Valley Plaza), Cotati. 707.793.9300.

Tres Hombres Mexican. $-$$. Excellent food in Petaluma’s Theater District, and a fun place to hang before or after a flick.Lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sat-Sun. 151 Petaluma Blvd S, Petaluma. 707.773.4500.

preparations of the freshest fish and shellfish. Lunch and dinner, Wed-Mon. 403 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.433.9191.

Phyllis’ Giant Burgers

Nonni’s Ristorante Italiano Italian. $$. Hearty

American. $. Come with a hearty appetite for an old-fashioned patty. Three locations: 4910 Sonoma Hwy, Ste B, Santa Rosa. 707.538.4000. 924 Diablo Ave, Novato. 415.989.8294. 2202 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.456.0866.

The Restaurant at Sonoma Mission Inn

Fine Chinese food in elegant setting. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Sun. 611 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.526.5840.

California cuisine. $$$. In this world-class spa setting sample Sonoma County-inspired dishes or an elegant traditional brunch. Dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 18140 Sonoma Hwy, Boyes Hot Springs. 707.939.2415.

Hang Ah Dim Sum

Saddles Steakhouse. $$$-

Chinese-dim sum. $. Low prices and good variety make it pleasing. Buffet-style quality and greasiness can be a letdown. Lunch and dinner daily. 2130 Armory Dr, Santa Rosa. 707.576.7873.

$$$$. A steakhouse in the best American tradition, with top-quality grass-fed beef. Pies are made from fruit trees on restaurant property. Dinner daily. 29 E MacArthur St, Sonoma. 707.933.3191.

Gary Chu’s Chinese. $$.

Syrah California-French. $$$. Sophisticated cuisine in restaurant or indoor courtyard. Seasonally changing menu and inventive desserts. Lunch, MonFri; dinner daily. 205 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.568.4002.

Sports bar: barbecue, big appetizers, burgers. Lunch and dinner daily. 21 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

Cucina Paradiso

California cuisine. $$$-$$$$. Fresh wine country cuisine from chef Charlie Palmer. Lunch and dinner, ThursTues. 317 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.431.0330.

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.

Willi’s Seafood & Raw Bar Seafood. $$. Delicious

family recipes served with neighborly hospitality. Familyowned. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner daily. 420 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.527.0222.

Dry Creek Kitchen

Starlight Wine Bar

McNear’s Alehouse. $.

$$$$. As fancy as foie graschestnut froth parfait for dinner, as simple as huevos rancheros for breakfast, and all superb. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 1325 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.931.2042. Northern Italian. $-$$. Delicious innovative fare. Lunch, Mon-Sat; dinner daily. 114 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.782.1130.

Shangri-La Nepalese. $-$$. Authentic and enriching Nepalese cuisine. As its name suggests, a culinary paradise. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 1708 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.793.0300.

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

Chez Pierre FrenchItalian-American. $$. A former Denny’s turned Parisian bistro, with surprisingly competent cozy French favorites like escargot and chicken Cordon Bleu. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 7330 Redwood Blvd, Novato. 415.898.4233.

507 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.927.3331.

Pine Cone Diner Eclectic. $$. Funky diner meets upscale bistro. 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.

Sorella Caffe Italian. $$. The embodiment of Fairfax casual, with delicious, highquality food that lacks pretension. Open for dinner daily. &%,7da^cVhGY!;Vg^[Vm#)&*#'*-#)*'%# Yet Wah Chinese. $$. Can’t go wrong here. Special Dungeness crab dishes for dinner; dim sum for lunch. Lunch and dinner daily. 1238 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.460.9883.

NAPA COUNTY Ad Hoc American. $$-$$$. Thomas Keller’s quintessential neighborhood restaurant. Prix fixe dinner changes daily. Actually takes reservations. 6476 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.2487. Bounty Hunter Wine country casual. $$. Wine shop and bistro with maverick moxie for the wine cowboy. Premium bottles for sale, also. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Sun; open late, Thurs-Sat. 975 First St, Napa. 707.255.0622.

Cole’s Chop House American steakhouse. $$$$$. Handsome, upscale 1950s-era steakhouse serving chophouse classics like dryaged porterhouse steak and Black Angus filet mignon. Wash down the red meat with a “nostalgia” cocktail. Dinner, Tues-Sat. 1122 Main St, Napa. 707.244.6328.

La Toque Restaurant

Left Bank French. $$-$$$.

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

Splendid, authentic French cuisine. Lunch, Mon-Sat; dinner daily; brunch, Sun.

Siena California-Tuscan. $$$$. Sophisticated, terroir-

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


Field Days There’s a whole new meaning to the slow-food mantra “farm to table” when the table itself is actually in the middle of the farm. That’s the hyper-local culinary experience offered by Outstanding in the Field, artist and chef Jim Denevan’s roving al fresco dinner party. Each unique dining event features the ingredients of local producers, prepared by a celebrated area chef in a bucolic outdoor setting. Amid the elements of nature, guests, farmers and culinary artisans converge around an epically long table to share a four-course feast with wine pairings. Now in its 12th year, Outstanding in the Field’s iconic red and white bus will be pulling into the North Bay this May and June to host a series of dinners at farms, ranches and wineries throughout Napa, Sonoma and Marin. Highlights include Chez Panisse Cafe chef Beth Wells at McEvoy Ranch in Petaluma, chef Joseph Humphrey of Cavallo Point at Devil’s Gulch Ranch in Nicasio and chef Christian Caiazzo of Osteria Stellina at Barinaga Ranch in Marshall. Further North Bay events will be held at County Line Harvest in Petaluma, Tres Sabores Winery in St. Helena and Hudson Ranch in Napa—and if the sound of the surf appeals, choose one of four dinners staged in a “secret sea cove” along the Bay Area coast, featuring chefs Tom McNaughton of Flour + Water, Melissa Perello of Frances, Richard Reddington of Redd and Staffan Terje of Perbacco. Tickets at $200–$240 (BYO plate!) go on sale Sunday, March 20. Last year, some dates sold out in less than 10 minutes. For more, see —Katrina Fried

informed 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.

Zuzu Spanish tapas. $$. Graze your way through a selection of tasty tapas in a lively rustic chic setting with a popular wine bar. Bite-sized Spanish and Latin American specialties include sizzling prawns, Spanish tortilla, and Brazilian style steamed mussels. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner daily. 829 Main St, Napa. 707.224.8555.

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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 Alexander Valley Vineyards At family-run Alexander Valley Vineyards, the Wetzels serve as curators of local history, having restored Cyrus’ original adobe and schoolhouse. 8644 Hwy. 128, Healdsburg. Tasting room open daily, 10am–5pm. 707.433.7209.

Copain Wine Cellars Barn-style tasting room provides panoramic view of the Russian River Valley and a peek into the cellar from whence emanate low-alcohol, food-friendly, continentalstyle Syrah and Pinot Noir crafted with subtle oak, forest-floor notes and cool dark fruit flavors on a smooth finish. 7800 Eastside Road, Healdsburg. Open Thursday– Sunday, 11am–5pm; Tuesday– Wednesday, by appointment. 707.836.8822.

Fetzer Vineyards Even as a corporate giant, Fetzer retains its conscience about the earth, the grapes, the land and its wine. Chardonnay is what Fetzer does especially well. The winery also has a small deli and inn. 13601 Old River Road, Hopland. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 800.846.8637. Gourmet au Bay Seafood takes to wine even better than water. Wine bar and retail shop offers flights served on custom wooden “surfboards,” artisan cheese and cracker plate, and liberal bring-your-own picnic policy. Cold crab cakes and sparkling wine at sunset on the bay? Sounds like a date. 913 Hwy. 1, Bodega. Wine surfing, $8. 707.875.9875.

Paul Hobbs Winery Unfiltered and unfined wines, fermented with native yeasts. 3355 Gravenstein Hwy. N. (Highway 116), Sebastopol. By appointment. 707.824.9879.

St. Francis Winery Simple but cozy, inspired by the monk St. Francis and styled as a California mission. Beautiful views and food pairings. 100 Pythian Road, Santa

Rosa. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 800.543.7713, ext. 242.

3340 Hwy. 128, Calistoga. 707.942.6684.

Thumbprint Cellars

Castello di Amorosa

Erica and Scott LindstromDake started Thumbprint in their garage, and recommend vegetarian food parings with their wine. 36 North St., Healdsburg. Open daily, 11am–6pm. 707.433.2393.

Twomey Cellars Framed by the spacious environs, through a massive glass wall, a panoramic $10 million view of the Russian River Valley awaits tasters. 3000 Westside Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 9am–5pm. 800.505.4850. Wilson Winery Friends should never let friends drink shitty wine. Do you have a truck? After all, friends don’t let friends drink alone. 1960 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 11am– 5pm. 707.433.4355.

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

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

NAPA COUNTY Bennett Lane Winery The old trope “beer-drinking NASCAR fans vs. Chardonnaysipping highbrows” runs out of gas at a winery that sponsors an annual NASCAR race and has its own car, emblazoned with grapes. A Roman emperor who appreciated hearty vino as much as a good chariot race inspired Maximus White and Red “feasting wines.”

Not only an “authentic Medieval Italian castle,” but authentically far more defensible than any other winery in Napa from legions of footmen in chain mail. In wine, there’s something for every taste, but don’t skip the tour of great halls, courtyards, cellars, and—naturally—an authentic dungeon. . 4045 N. St. Helena Hwy., Calistoga. 9:30am–5pm. Tasting fees, $10–$15; tours, $25–$30. Napa Neighbor discounts. 707.967.6272.

Round Pond Estate Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc served tableside on the terrace with scrumptious food pairings. Who can’t imagine cozying up next to the big gas-burning hearth, watching the sun set and savoring that Rutherford dusk? 875 Rutherford Road, Rutherford. Tastings by appointment daily, 11am to 4pm. $25. 888.302.2575.

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

Taste at Oxbow Discover refreshing white varietals Albariño and Vermentino in stylish setting across from Oxbow Market, then move on to Pinot Noir from Carneros pioneer Mahoney Vineyards; Waterstone Wines, too. 708 First St., Napa. Sunday– Thursday, 11am–7pm; Friday– Saturday, 11am–9pm. Tasting fee $10. 707.265.9600. Vincent Arroyo Winery Small, tasting room is essentially a barn with a table near some barrels, but very friendly, with good wines. 2361 Greenwood Ave., Calistoga. Open daily, 10am– 4:30pm. 707.942.6995

ZLUO 8 Russian River Vineyards


t was five years ago this winter we last reported from this place. Then, under gathering clouds of transition, we feared that the iconic compound known for decades as “Topolos” was headed for a precipitous decline. The restaurant was closed, the wine program erratic—would the grapes soon be overcome by blackberry vines, a cloud of bats streaming out at dusk from under the steeply pitched, wrecked roofs? Locals say the tormented ghost of Stu Pedasso wanders the grounds, searching for his lost corkscrew . . . for eternity!

It’s all true about the bats, you know. Over a thousand of the furry insectivores (like miniature pugs, except with wings, cuter and more useful) have taken up residence in the building’s twin cupolas, built to echo the Russian colony at Fort Ross. They’ve even moved into the former bride and groom’s rooms. These days, weddings take place under a grand oak tree in the vineyard, and ceremonies are relatively mosquito-free. Thank a bat. During the light of day, things are looking up at Russian River Vineyards. The new restaurant, Corks, has a new chef and new menu; the dining room a clean, updated look. After a rocky start, the new regime has got it right. The tarted-up, awkwardly placed bar and the raisined glop of a Syrah we tasted last year are gone, replaced by a simple slab of tree trunk in the spacious center of the restaurant, and crisp, delicious libations. Aplets and Cotlets announce the 2009 Chileno Valley Vineyard, Marin County Riesling ($25); tropical and lean grapefruit flavors provide the narrow core, leaving just a kiss of residual sugar. The 2008 Bella Sonoma, Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($35) is heady with cinnamon and allspice, orange peel and cranberry flavors. Pair with penne and marinara sauce, natch. The harvest was split equally between winemaker Anthony Austin and Woodenhead’s Nick Stez, and the resulting juicy 2008 Bella Sonoma, Sonoma Coast Syrah ($29) twins show the same violet, blueberry and far-away feral animal aromas, with Austin’s warmer and Stez’s darker. In the future, look for a “bat blend” that will benefit restoration efforts in cooperation with the California Bat Conservation Fund. Bat boxes will be built throughout the vineyard, in hopes that the colony will stay during winery remodeling. Otherwise, those gathering clouds might be made of mosquitoes. Russian River Vineyards, 5700 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Forestville. Tasting 11am to 5pm daily. $5 fee. 707.887.3344.—James Knight

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RESOURCE OR LITTER? Phone book companies are fighting legislation that would limit delivery—and ad revenue.

Yellow Fever

As phone books pile up on doorsteps across the nation, the battle rages to eliminate what some see as a 20th-century fossil BY LEILANI CLARK


t was the final straw. After coming home to yet another stack of yellow pages blocking the entrance to her apartment building last year, Aimee Davison couldn’t take it anymore. “Dear Yellow Pages, I’m breaking up with you. I don’t need you anymore,” she posted on Twitter, after stepping over the pile of unsolicited books. “Stop showing up at my house, you tree killer.” But her disdain didn’t stop at

the digital realm. A few days later, as Davison drove past an empty lot, she began to imagine it filled with a mountain of yellow pages— a striking visual testament to the waste caused by the clunky, space-hogging, 20th-century artifact known as the phone book. “Damn, I should do something like that,” she thought. So she did. In the fall of 2010, selfdescribed “digital girl” Davison, with the help of friend Kyle McDonald, searched the streets of Montreal for discarded and unrecycled yellow pages— starting, of course, with the ones on her own doorstep. The two

filmed the adventure, gathering books and opinions from people on the street regarding the relative usefulness of phone books along the way. Davison and McDonald managed to easily collect over 500 unwanted books. They stuffed their take into the back of a U-Haul and drove to the Yellow Pages offices. There, in a clever role-reversal, they dumped the entire pile onto the sidewalk at the company’s front doors. (“Yellow Page Mountain,” a video that documents the stunt, currently has over 25,000 views on YouTube.) “They’re junk mail,” says

Davison, on the phone from Montreal. “If they didn’t deliver the yellow pages, most people would forget about them. They wouldn’t miss them.” Indeed, the combination of growing internet savvy and increased consciousness about conversation may just lead to the end of the big yellow book. According to a recent survey by the Kelsey Group, only 28 percent of teens said they would consult the Yellow Pages first when searching for local businesses. Is it a sign of the times, that the death knell for the item most likely to be used as a computer monitor prop and a child’s booster seat has been tolling louder ever since “Google” became a verb? Marin County supervisor Charles McGlashan thinks so. “Given the new internet era we live in,” he says, “for the most part, phone books are not worth distributing to every household on the assumption that they are being used.” McGlashan, who championed the recent successful plastic bag ban in Marin, hasn’t opened up a phone book in over a year. He believes people should be allowed to request a phone book if they want one, effectively ending delivery to everyone else. McGlashan’s idea is what’s known in the rising battle over the telephone book as an “optin” program—the strictest of the solutions proposed. The phone book companies, who turn a tidy profit on yellow pages advertising, are fiercely fighting opt-in programs, instead hoping to convince people that “opt-out” programs would have the same effect. Meanwhile, the stacks of unwanted phone books continue to pile high. Yellow page distribution in the U.S. currently stands at 540 million, more than the entire population of the United States. That statistic alone accounts for the stacks of phone books gathering mold on streets and sidewalks across the country, and one for which we can blame the Supreme Court. Those over the age of 30 remember a time when there was just one phone book, published

few calls from people saying that the New York Times should stop publishing.” Shea is right. According to the 2009 “Municipal Solid Waste in the United States” report by the EPA, newspapers generated about 5,060 tons of waste, while telephone directories generated 650 tons. Yet newspapers offer a built in “opt-in” system in the form of subscriptions, while yellow pages seem to invade our lives on a regular basis. Hanging up on these perceived space invaders might be the next step as cities across the United States begin to propose anti–phone book ordinances. In October 2010, Seattle passed a popular law that made opt-out programs mandatory. If Supervisor David Chiu has his way, San Francisco will be next in line for a phone book ordinance. One and a half million phone books are sent out to San Francisco residents every year, according to estimates by Chiu’s office, and the majority end up in the recycling bin. Last month, Chiu declared yellow pages to be a cause of “neighborhood blight,” and proposed legislation that would effectively ban the distribution of unsolicited phone directories in the city. The law would require Yellow Page distributors to get approval from residents and businesses before delivery—an “opt-in” program— and offenders could face fines in the hundreds. If the ordinance is passed, it would the first of its kind in the nation. The Yellow Pages Association, the trade group that lobbies for the $14 billion yellow page industry, has already responded with claims in the San Francisco Chronicle that such an ordinance would be “an infringement on our constitutional rights—the right to distribute speech.” The same trade group, along with other lobbyists, helped to bring down a similar legislative proposal by California State Sen. Leland Yee in 2009. The Yellow Page Association lobbied heavily against Yee’s statewide mandatory opt-in program; it

was trounced on the senate floor. (Anti–phone book bills have also died in North Carolina, Florida and New Mexico.) In an act that to an average observer might appear counterintuitive, the Yellow Pages Association now sponsors the website where one can opt-out of receiving directories from their local publishers. The website boasts links to sustainability reports and information about how to recycle phone books. But promoting an opt-out program is a calculated move by the association. Shea addresses the issue of opt-in vs. opt-out in his book, outlining that only 7 percent of the population in Norway chose to opt-out of receiving phone books when a similar program was implemented there—and this in a country where environmental consciousness is a way of life. “Very few people will opt-out because of laziness,” says Shea, blaming human nature. “Whenever you ask people to do something, it’s going to be a very low percentage that actually do it.” Unless more aggressive opt-in programs are implemented, he suggests, phone books will continue to pile on front steps. So it makes sense for the Yellow Pages Association to voluntarily create a page that purports to help, when in reality they’re deflecting attention away from the very action that would eliminate the problem. David Chiu’s opt-in solution would make the phone book publishers do all the work, meaning that soon, the Yellow Pages, at least in San Francisco, could be the ones making the first call. One of Chiu’s major beefs with the phone-book industry is the sheer amount of recycling needed to take care of unused or out-ofdate books. Ken Wells, former executive director of the Sonoma County Waste Management Agency, says the system in the North Bay for recycling

telephone directories has been highly efficient and convenient since a 1993 overhaul. Still, even as someone who continues to use the phone book (“I’m a little bit old-school,” he says), he sees a need for an altered approach. “An opt-in program will dramatically reduce the number of phone books that are produced and distributed,” says Wells. “I want one, but I don’t mind them asking me. The people who want them will get them, and otherwise they don’t. It’s a pretty optimum system in terms of resources.” According to Ammon Shea, the phone book isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, no matter which type of law is enacted. Even if the books are destined for the recycle heap, torn apart in YouTube stunts or used as parking stops, a large enough segment of the population still relies on access to the books rather than the internet—plus, he notes, the billions of advertising dollars generated by Yellow Pages are enough to keep people in the business of advertising and being advertised to. “It’s kind of an unstoppable force,” says Shea. But if activists like Davison have their way, the fall of the phone book will be inevitable. “I get frustrated, because there are alternatives,” says Davison. “If people are still receiving the Yellow Pages when they don’t use them anymore, they are complicit in the environmental costs of printing the book.”

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and distributed by the telephone company. But in the 1991 ruling Feist Publications v. Rural Telephone Service Company, Justice Sandra Day O’ Connor ruled that the information and facts collected in the phone book are not subject to copyright, explaining the contents as “devoid of even the slightest trace of creativity.” The decision opened the floodgates, allowing anyone with Quark and an entrepreneurial spirit to republish the Yellow Pages and collect advertising revenue. Denny Rosatti, executive director of Sonoma County Conservation Action, says that his group canvasses over 70,000 doors a year, and that he can’t even estimate how often canvassers see phone books sitting untouched on doorsteps. He says it’s time to look at ways to eliminate the waste. “Sonoma County is an incubator for environmental ingenuity,” says Rosatti. “Especially given the digital age we are in, our options for information are robust.” But might the rush to relegate phone books to the historical basement be too rash? Not everyone has access to the internet or even a computer, and even those who do may not have the skills to efficiently sort through a list of Google results. Debbie Head, interim branch manager at the Sonoma County Library, still sees five people or so a day requesting to see phone books. “People can use the internet, but that doesn’t mean they are particularly skilled at it,” says Hand, pointing out how phone books create the categories for the reader. Ammon Shea, author of The Phone Book: The Curious History of the Book That Everyone Uses But No One Reads, says that he is “loath” to see the white and yellow pages on the decline. “I’m somewhat confused as to why this particular book arouses such umbrage in people,” says Shea, on the phone from New York. “Newspapers probably waste a considerable amount of paper, and yet there are very

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In 2006, while the rest of the rappers in the hyphy-crazed Bay Area were making Thizz faces and dancing the Bird, the Fillmore district hip-hop icon San Quinn made what’s probably the best album of his career, The Rock: Pressure Makes Diamonds. “I think people sleep on the Bay Area,” he said in an interview before the record’s release. “We wearing gold teeth and you can wear any color you want up here, we ain’t trippin’ like that. No disrespect to Los Angeles, but that ain’t what’s crackin’ up here.” Four albums later, San Quinn is still crackin’, unconcerned with national attention. He lights it up on Saturday, March 19, at 19 Broadway. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 10pm. $10–$15. 415.459.1091.

Like her Olympic predecessor Debi Thomas, the San Jose-bred Olympic figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi has long been a Bay Area favorite. When she’s not on the ice—or on Dancing with the Stars—the Olympic gold medlaist roots for the San Jose Sharks, tends to her Always


Kant Miss It Few tourists walking by on Grant Street in San Francisco’s North Beach district would recognize the stringyhaired regular sitting at a cafe table swilling espresso, but to locals, the sight of Jefferson Airplane founder Paul Kanter is unmistakable. Kanter turns 70 this week, and to celebrate, 142 Throckmorton is hosting a two-day, all-star soiree with Jefferson Starship headlining. Guests throughout the residency include members of Hot Buttered Rum, Big Brother and the Holding Company, the Mother Hips, Prairie Prince, Slick Aguilar, Pete Sears, David Freiberg and many more. Join the party on Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20, at 142 Throckmorton. 142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 8pm. $45–$125. 415.383.9600.

Dream Foundation and writes books for kids. Her latest, Dream Big, Little Pig, is an inspiring tale for kids; she reads and signs on Thursday, March 17, at the Redwood Empire Ice Arena (1667 W. Steele Lane, Santa Rosa; 5:30pm) and Friday, March 18, at Copperfield’s Books (140 Kentucky St., Petaluma; 4:30pm). Free. 707.762.0563.

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Maker’s Mark Known for his classic Mushroom Jazz albums throughout the ’90s, the San Francisco DJ Mark Farina combines beats in a fluid, mellow style—the aural equivalent of a lava lamp. Farina’s aesthetic is decidedly pre–Aphex Twin, fertilized in an acid-jazz era before electronic music splintered into a thousand scattered subgenres. Call it allpurpose beatmaking: music that’s perfect for driving, reading and, this Thursday, dancing. Farina returns to the Juke Joint in an epic two-hour set showcasing his signature style of hip-hop, downtempo and jazz breaks on Thursday, March 17, at Hopmonk Tavern. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 9:30pm. $15. 707.829.7300.

NATION HEALING Zion-I and the Grouch celebrate a new album by playing a benefit for music programs at the Phoenix Theater on March 22. See Concerts, p27.

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ArtsIdeas LEAVING THE ISLAND The Oscar-nominated â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sun Come Upâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; follows the struggles of the ďŹ rst climate-change refugees.

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ennifer Redfearnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary Sun Come Up opens with Eden-like scenes of island life: kids climbing posts and leaping into the ocean, contented locals feasting on fresh-caught ďŹ sh and coconuts, families singing and dancing together. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are an island community,â&#x20AC;? says Ursula Rakova, a young woman

whose home is the Carteret Islands. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have lived here for thousands of years. This is a way of life for us.â&#x20AC;? But this paradise off the coast of Papua New Guinea wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t last much longer. The Carteret islanders are among the planetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ rst global-warming refugees. As seas have risen, saltwater has polluted their freshwater wells, inundated their ďŹ elds and washed away some of their houses. The 2,500 residents of the Carteret

Islands are seeing their home slowly erode into the sea. Yet the islanders arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fatalistic or angry. They mount a mission, sending some of their young leaders to Bougainville, an autonomous region of Papua New Guinea about 50 miles from their home. The Carteret islanders go on a three-week, 15-village tour in Bougainville, seeking permission to relocate some of their people in each village. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a taut and well-told story, culminating in an ending so

poignant that viewers will want to spread the word. The Academy Award judges felt the same way, this year nominating Sun Come Up for best Documentary (Short Subject). The ďŹ lm is one of 58 screening at the fourth annual Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, slated for March 18â&#x20AC;&#x201C;20. Each documentary will show just once, with the exception of award winners and whichever ďŹ lm is most popular. That ďŹ lm could well be Sun Come Up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted to tell this story because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not an outside organization [coming in to relocate the Carteret islanders], but local people taking matters into their own hands,â&#x20AC;? said Redfearn, the ďŹ lmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s producer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They understand local politics, land ownership and local initiative. The land is intimately connected to peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s identityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; they describe the land as their bonesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s their history, ancestry, culture and communal ties.â&#x20AC;? Redfearn notes that by the middle of this century, projections say there will be between 50 million to 250 million climatechange refugees. Sun Comes Up shows how hard it is to resettle a relatively small number of people, giving viewers a sense of the task ahead. But the success of the ďŹ lm lies not in facts or ďŹ gures, but in the human story. In one of the ďŹ lmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most heartrending scenes, an islander realizes that to survive theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to integrate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will no longer be Carteret,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are now Bougainville.â&#x20AC;? Among the other highlights of the festival is a closing-night blowout: Coals to Newcastle, the saga of a funk band from Leeds bringing their sound to New Orleans, followed by a live performance by that very band, the New Mastersounds.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nobodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seen these ďŹ lms, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what makes it so exciting,â&#x20AC;? says Jason Perdue, program director. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the ďŹ lm festival world itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to have the newest docs.â&#x20AC;? Also worth catching will be the 40th anniversary of New Day Films, a collective of independent ďŹ lmmakers who formed to distribute ďŹ lms no one else would touch. Screening March 19 will be Jim Kleinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1976 Oscar-nominated documentary Union Maids, about three women who were organizers of the ďŹ rst industrial unions in

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Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t-Miss Picks â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Goodnight Nobodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (75 min.) A haunting, artistically filmed journey through one night in the lives of four insomniacs from four different places: Shanghai, Burkina Faso, Arizona and Germany. Festival director Jason Perdue says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably the most beautiful film weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever shown.â&#x20AC;? Director Jacqueline ZĂźnd is expected to attend the screening. Ticket price includes openingnight reception at Sebastopol Center for the Arts following the screening. (Friday, March 18, 7pm; Sebastopol Cinemas.) â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Boys of Summerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (93 min.) An upbeat, rollicking ride along with Curacaoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s little league baseball team that against all odds keeps making it to the Little League World Series. This tiny Caribbean island off the coast of Venezuela has found a way to groom young players that can compete with the best in the world. (Saturday, March 19, 4:30pm; Guayaki Yerba Mate.) â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Big Uneasyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (98 min.) Harry Shearer isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t buying the official version of the Katrina disaster. In his view, it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a natural disaster but a human-made calamity. The bottom line, according to the New Orleans resident, voice on The Simpsons and star of This Is Spinal Tap: â&#x20AC;&#x153;People didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to die.â&#x20AC;? (Shearer appears in person at the screening, Saturday, 7pm; GTO Seafood House.) â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Pianomaniaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (93 min.) Watching someone whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best in the world at what they do can be riveting, even if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tuning a piano. Stefan Knuepfer, head technician at Steinway in Vienna, works with world-famous pianists to find the instrument, tune it to perfection and finally to get it on the stage. (Friday, 7pm; Sebastopol Center for the Arts.) â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Marwencolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (82 min.) As a teenager, Mark Hogancamp was beaten into a coma by five men outside a bar. To help regain control of his life, he builds a one-sixth-scale World War IIâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;era town in his backyard. When a New York gallery discovers it and asks to feature it, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s forced to choose between the safety of his fantasy life and the real world that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s avoided since the attack. (Saturday, 7pm; Sebastopol Cinemas.) â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Ed Hardy: Tattoo the Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (75 min.) Over the past half century the tattoo has gone from an emblem of the drunken sailor to a work of art. Don Ed Hardy is a big contributor to that evolution. Born in 1945, he decided at age 10 to become a tattoo artist and is now a near-ubiquitous brand. (Saturday, 1pm; Hopmonk.) For more information about films, venues and prices, visit


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ll of the pieces from which this stage work comes,” says writer-actor Eliot Fintushel, “were originally written to be read. They were all short science fiction stories. So it’s wild to see them spring to life onstage.”

Fintushel is discussing his new play, Science Fiction Theater: We from Afar, developed with Santa Rosa’s Imaginists Theatre Collective, where it opened last weekend. The theater legend is best known locally for his lyrical solo shows, in which he adapts famous texts for the stage, performing word-for-word versions of everything from the scandalous poetry of Baudelaire to the apocalyptically wacky Book of Revelation. Last month, also at the Imaginists, Fintushel performed

his show Gross, Mystical, taken from the poetry of Walt Whitman. In the second part of a Fintushelflavored one-two punch, the Imaginists now present a theatrical mashup of the Nebula Award–winning author’s best short sci-fi creations, including one in which an alien comic delivers a routine set in a dystopian world. “The actor who does it is Brandon Wilson,” Fintushel says, “who actually is a standup comic. The stories all had to be changed into a dramatic format, of course, and I feel really lucky to be working with the Imaginists, Brent Lindsay and Amy Pinto. They have the most startling, fertile imaginations. So watching them take my stories and render them for the stage is like watching a twodimensional object just blow up into four dimensions.” Though Fintushel has published dozens of short stories, many of which have appeared in anthologies of the best science fiction of the year, and seen his novel Breakfast with the Ones You Love published two years ago by Random House, his current show marks the first time his twistedfunny-disturbing sci-fi tales have been adapted to the stage. “It’s been really interesting and fun,” he says. “[The stories] really change texture—they have to change texture when they’re on the stage— compared to what they were like on the page. I also have some parts in the play, so in the story “Forbidden Planet,” this world that I imagined is now looming up all around me. And at one point, I’m watching Santa Claus be beaten up, ’cause you can do that in the future, and in another bit, an alien is gangbanged by females from the future.” Fintushel laughs at the weirdness of it all. “These are matters of a phrase on a piece of paper,” he says, “but it takes on quite another aspect when it’s taking place onstage all around you.” ‘We from Afar’ runs Thursday– Saturday through March 26 at the Imaginists Theatre Collective. All shows at 8pm. 461 Sebastopol Ave., Santa Rosa. $10–$12. 707.528.7554.

FLATFOOT Phil Ochs in the ’60s, perhaps embracing the crawling ravioli instead.

Singing for Justice Phil Ochs documentary covers all the bases BY RICHARD VON BUSACK


he long-awaited documentary Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune leaves nothing to be desired. Director Kenneth Bowser has the cooperation and collaboration of the Ochs family. Bowser also talks to people outside the circle of friends. Not that I wasn’t moved by seeing the greats of the folk world, but Bowser also interviews Jello Biafra (a figure with a lot in common with Ochs), Billy Bragg and Christopher Hitchens.

Forty songs by Ochs adorn the soundtrack, all reflecting the hopes and terror in the air of America in the 1960s. And in turn, this Zeitgeist harmonizes with the manic depression Ochs self-medicated with booze. Just as Bowser doesn’t overpraise or underpraise Ochs, he’s also not rolling in the squalid side of the singer’s life. A figure this nakedly open wouldn’t have given much dirt to a Behind the Music documentary anyway. As the music, promoter Sam Hood says, “Phil was never cool. He exposed himself in a way that was ultimately lethal.” Still, the first half-hour has something of the preaching-to-the-choir key to the folk era. The film’s connecting theme is Ochs’ scrapbooks; he considered himself a journalist, using songs as broadsides. The ever-shrewd Dave Van Ronk describes Greenwich Village songsmithing here as “the topical song movement.” Some of that topicality is gone. Ochs’ late 1960s work was far more musically impressive. His “Pleasures of the Harbor” ought to be as well known as a song it rivals, Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne.” The ragtime “Small Circle of Friends” may have been stimulated by something topical, the Kitty Genovese outrage. But the generous and angry spirit that sings here makes the song relevant, and shaming, today. That spirit of course is needed now. Our 2011 crises of injustice and endless colonial war could have been addressed in Ochs’ lyrics: “Even treason might be worth a try / This country is too young to die.” ‘Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune’ opens with a filmmaker reception with Meegan Lee Ochs on Friday, March 18, at the Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael. It also plays Tuesday, March 29, as part of the Rialto Film Festival at the Sixth Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa.

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The Music Never Stopped (PG; 90 min.) Through ’60s music, a father is able to communicate with his son, whom a brain tumor has rendered incapable of forming new memories. At Summerfield Cinemas. (AD)

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Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune (NR; 98 min.) Kenneth Browser’s doc of the great folk singer. See review, p25.

Tempest (PG-13; 110 min.) Filmed on location in Hawaii, this adaptation of Shakespeare by visionary Julie Taymor (Titus, Frida) stars Helen Mirren as a gender-reversed “Prospera.” David Straithairn, Chris Cooper, Alfred Molina, and Russell Brand co-star. At Summerfield Cinemas. (UL)

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Film capsules by Richard von Busack, Kennish Cosnahan, Alaric Darconville, Ugo Lambui and Rothtana Ouch. 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) 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)

Cedar Rapids (R; 96 min.) Comedy about fun and debauchery at annual insurance convention stars Anne Heche and John C. Reilly. (AD)

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) I Am Number Four (PG-13;

(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)

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)

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Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst costar in drama based on the story of a New York real estate heir who got away with uxoricide. (AD)

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

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)

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

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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) 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) 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)

Of Gods and Men (R; 120 min.) Based on a 1996 incident where seven Trappist monks living in harmony with the Muslim population in Algeria were kidnapped and beheaded by an extremist sect of Islam. (AD)

Rango (PG; 107 min.) A stranded pet lizard (Johnny Depp) lies his way into being made sheriff of the droughtstruck village of Dirt. Rango doesn’t lack momentum—just direction. So almost great, it hurts. (RvB)

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) 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) White Material (NR; 100 min.) Isabelle Huppert plays the wife of a coffee plantation owner who tries to save the land in the midst of encroaching civil war in an unnamed African nation. At the Lark Theater and Cameo Cinema. (KC) | |

CONCERTS SONOMA COUNTY Bennett Friedman Quartet Jazz instructor accompanied by Randy Vincent, Chris Amberger and Lorca Hart. Mar 18 at 8. $5-$10. Newman Auditorium, Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa.

help celebrate Nonesuch School’s 40th anniversary. Kate Price, Jeff Martin and Under the Radar open. Mar 19 at 6:30. $20. Masonic Center, 373 N Main St, Sebastopol. 707.696.6800.

Mill Valley Live

Full-moon sock hop with the Passions. Mar 19 at 7. $10. Occidental Center for the Arts, Graton Road and Bohemian Hwy, Occidental.

All-star gala celebrates Paul Kantner’s 70th birthday with performances by Jefferson Airplane, Moon Alice, Big Brother & the Holding Company and others. Mar 19-20 at 8. $45-$125. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

New Mastersounds

Down-to-earth singersongwriter. Mar 18 at 8. $25$30. Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris St, Sebastopol. 707.823.1511.

British funk band performs after viewing of their documentary “Coals to Newcastle: The New Mastersounds from Leeds to New Orleans.” Mar 20 at 8. $20-$23. Hopmonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Group perform jazz with a twist in release party for latest CD, “New Beginnings.” Mar 18 at 7:30. Free. Carston Cabaret, Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Classical Six Santa Rosa Symphony perform pieces by Rihm and Brahms with guest violinist Elina Vähälä. Mar 19 at 2 and 8, Mar 20 at 3, Mar 21 at 8. $28$55. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.54.MUSIC.

Cypress String Quartet Group performs pieces by Stravinsky, Dvorak and others. Mar 18 at 7:30. Free. Healdsburg Community Church, 1100 University Ave, Healdsburg. 707.524.8700.

Daedalus String Quartet Group perform pieces by Mozart, Janacek and Schubert. Mar 19 at 5. $10$40. Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, 24724 Arnold Dr, Sonoma,

Daniel Castro Band Smokin’ blues band joined by opener John Allair. Mar 18 at 8:30. $10. Last Day Saloon, 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.2343.

Mark Farina Mushroom jazz mastermind spins unique brand of house music. Malarkey and Chango B open. Mar 17 at 9:30. $15. Hopmonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

David & Tracy Grisman Mandolin legend and his wife

Lansdale Station and friends rock to help offset health costs as Zero vocalist battles cancer. Mar 20, 6:30 to 10. $15-$20. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

KOWS Benefit

Greg Brown


Judge Murphy Benefit

Michelle Shocked Self-proclaimed hillbilly with indie sensibilities. Mar 18 at 8. $20-$23. Hopmonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Songwriters in Sonoma Concert series features local musicians third Fri monthly at 7. Feb 17, Glenn Carter, Jeff Falconer and Adam Traum. Free with drink. Cornerstone Sonoma, 23570 Arnold Dr, Sonoma. 707.934.4090.

Two Orchestras Unite SRJC Orchestra and College of Marin Symphony Orchestra perform pieces by Beethoven, Prokofiev, Vivaldi and Haydn. Mar 19 at 8. $10. Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 415.485.9460.

Willful Creatures Bohemian’s own Leilani Clark rocks the guitar in indie lineup with Levator, 5>1 and Flyover States. Mar 18 at 8. $5. Arlene Francis Theater, 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.

Zion I & the Grouch West coast hip-hop stalwarts joined by openers Blu, Jazz Mafia’s Shotgun Wedding Quintet. Mar 22 at 8. $14. Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

MARIN COUNTY Cavalcade of Stars Musical extravaganza with members of SF Opera and its

San Quinn Oaklander born into hotbed of West Coast rap. Mar 19 at 10. $10-$12. 19 Broadway Club, 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

Turtle Island Quartet “Have You Ever Been . . .?” an exploration of jazz, classical and world music styles in tribute to Jimi Hendrix. Mar 18 at 8. $25-$35. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

Two Orchestras Unite SRJC Orchestra and College of Marin Symphony Orchestra perform pieces by Beethoven, Prokofiev, Vivaldi and Haydn. Mar 20 at 4. $10. Unity in Marin, 600 Palm Dr, Hamilton, Novato. 415.485.9460.

Wake the Dead Celtic jam band performs Grateful Dead covers. Mar 19 at 8. $18-$23. Dance Palace, Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.


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NAPA COUNTY Café Cabaret Christopher M Nelson, G Scott Lacy and Alicia Teeter celebrate music of Irving Berlin. Mar 20 at 4. $20-$25. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Greg Brown Down-to-earth singersongwriter. Rugged bohemian with a guitar and a gift. Mar 19 at 8. $25-$30. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Gretchen Wilson Bona fide “redneck woman” sings of hard work ) and hard play.




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A North Bay Hootenanny Production


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Hot Soul Music 8:30pm



WTJ2 Featuring Wendy Fitz Mar 20 5pm / No Cover

3/18 8:30 PM | $10 | BLUES


Mar 20 at 8. $60-$70. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Men of Worth Folk duo honor St Patrick with traditional Celtic music. Mar 17 at 7. $25. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.


Gourmet Western Music 8:30pm


Original Blues and More 8:30pm

THE B STARS Mar 27 Hillbilly Swing 5pm / No Cover

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CLUBS SONOMA COUNTY A’Roma Roasters Mar 18, Organix (Jazz). Mar 19, Robert Ethington. 95 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.576.7765.

Aqus Cafe Mar 18, Under the Radar. Mar 19 at 10:30am, Kurt Huget; at 7, Un Deux Trois. Mar 20 at 2, Dave Haskell (Jazz). 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.

Arlene Francis Theater Mar 18, Willful Creatures (see Concerts). 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.

Aubergine Wed at 7, open mic. Mar 17, the Gas Men (Irish). Mar 18, Dgiin. Mar 19, Choppin’ Broccoli (‘80s). Mar 20, Rule 5. Tues at 7, ladies’ limelight open mic with Tawnie. 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2722.



Mar 19, Jason Bodlovich. 16 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.766.8162.

3/26 9:30 PM | $10 | DANCE ROCK

Chrome Lotus



Mar 18, So’le Music, DJ Sykwidit (funk). Mar 19, DJ Sykwidit. Mar 21, Double D & Wobble Factory. 501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa.


Flamingo Lounge

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4/2 9:30 PM | $10 | DANCE ROCK

LOVE FOOL + AQUA NETT 4/7 8:30 PM | $10/13 | AMERICANA

BAND OF HEATHENS 4/8 8:30 PM | $20 | METAL


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Mar 18, the Fundamentals (R&B). 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

French Garden Restaurant Mar 16, Hopkin and Winge. Mar 17, Inish Quartet (Irish). Mar 18-19, Greehouse (Celtic fusion). 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.2030.

Gaia’s Garden Mar 17, Roger Bolt and Phil Marshall. Mar 19, Three Legged Sister. Every Tues, blues with Sonny Lowe and friends. 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491.

Hopmonk Tavern Mar 17, Juke Joint with Mark

So . . . This Happened ‘Bohemian’ post on Rebecca Black sees 75,000 views It’s not everyday that one writes a simple blog post that eventually gets picked up by the Onion, New York Magazine, the Huffington Post, Gawker, the Daily What, Yahoo! and hundreds more sites around the world. But that’s just what happened to us here at the Bohemian this past week. We’re still in a daze. “Who the Hell Made Rebecca Black’s ‘Friday’ Video?” is at 75,000 views and counting on City Sound Inertia, the Bohemian’s music blog. It broke the story on Ark Music Factory, a shady Los Angeles production group responsible for churning out formulaic teen-pop dreck like Rebecca Black’s now-viral “Friday” video, which is at 6.5 million views at press time. Read it yourself and watch the video at—Gabe Meline

Farina (see Concerts). Mar 18, Michelle Shocked (see Concerts). Mar 19, Shimshai (reggae). Mar 20, New Mastersounds (see Concerts). Mon, Monday Night Edutainment with DJs Jacques and Guacamole (reggae). 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Jasper O’Farrell’s Mar 16, Brainstorm with Smasheltooth. Mar 17, Subb Kulture Sound with Ricky Switch. Mar 18, Green Shade (reggae). Mar 19, Family Room. 6957 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2062.

Lagunitas Tap Room Mar 16, Blue Merle. Mar 17, Poitin. Mar 18, Emma Lee. Mar 19, Easy Leaves. Mar 20, David Thom Band. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

Last Day Saloon Mar 16, Skiffle Symphony, Petticoat Discipline, Dead Set (folk). Mar 17, Skitzo, Ariabes, Heller (see Concerts). Mar 18, Daniel Castro Band, John Allair (see Concerts). Mar 19, Petty Theft, Stung (rock covers). Mon, karaoke. 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.2343.

Little Switzerland

Main Street Station Mar 16, Folk and Celtic jam. Mar 19, Susan Sutton Jazz Trio. 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.

Monroe Dance Hall

Mar 19, Scallywags. Main Street, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1661.

Panama Hotel Restaurant Mar 16, Primavera (Latin jazz). Mar 17, Deborah Winters with Jean Michel Hure. Mar 22, Anna Estrada. 4 Bayview St, San Rafael. 415.457.3993.

Periâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Silver Dollar

Sleeping Lady Mar 16, Jack Irving and friends, Cullen Gray. Mar 17, Mad Maggies. Mar 18, Kinky Buddha. Mar 19, Dgiin. Mar 20, trad Irish. Mar 22, Jayme Pohl, Javier Montiel, Karen Sonnenblick. 2 3 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.485.1182. Mar 17, Alisha Manner. Mar 18, Tom Finch Band (rock). Mar 19, Chrome Johnson. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311.

Mar 19, Punch Brothers, Honeymoon. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

Phoenix Theater

Rancho Nicasio

Mar 17, DJ Mini Mex, Bobby Brackins. Mar 18, Skulltrane, Lysurgeon, StressKnot, Diamonds & Sloths, Brothers of Gonzalez. Mar 22, Zion I & Grouch (see Concerts). 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

Mar 18, Tom Rigney and Flambeau. Mar 19, James Moseley Band (soul). Mar 20 at 5, WTJ2; at 8, Paul Thorn Band (SOLD-OUT). Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

Downtown Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Sausalito Seahorse

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

Mystic Theatre

Russian River Brewing Co Mar 17, Pat Jordan. Mar 19, the Aces (blues). Mar 20, Wild Card Belly Dance. 725 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.BEER.

Tradewinds Mar 16, Timothy Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neal. Thurs, DJ Dave. Mar 18, Johnny Tsunami. Mar 19, Linda Ferro Band. 8210 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7878.

Mar 16, Tengo Tango. Mar 17, SF Medicine Ball Band. Mar 19, Doc Kraft & His Wild Band. Mar 20, Mazacote. Sun at 4, Salsa-lito. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito.

Servino Ristorante Mar 17, Citizenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Trio (jazz). Mar 18, Cedricke Dennis. Mar 19, Paula Bradman (dance). 9 Main St, Tiburon. 415.435.2676.

Station House Cafe Mar 20, Foxes in the Henhouse. 11180 State Route 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1515.

NAPA COUNTY Mar 16, Kith and Kin. Mar 18, High Water Blues. Mar 19, Jinx Jones. 902 Main St, Napa. 707.258.2337.

Oxbow Public Market

Siloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wed at 7, jam session. Mar 17, Kith n Kin. Mar 19, KatieCat and Cain (jazz). 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

Uva Trattoria Mar 17, Smokinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Joe and Steelhead (blues). Mar 18, Nate Lopez Trio (funk). 1040 Clinton St, Napa. 707.255.6646.

MARIN COUNTY Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nightclub Wed, standup comedy (see Comedy). Mar 17, Honeydust, Vintage City. Mar 18, Beautiful Loser, Tres Mojos. Mar 19, Sun Kings. Mar 20, Judge Murphy benefit (see Concerts). Sun, Lester Chambers Blues Revue. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

Iron Springs Pub & Brewery Mar 16, Jack Pribbleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Living Room. Mar 19, Tom Drohan and Gayle Schmitt. 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax. 415.485.1005.

19 Broadway Club Mar 16 at 6, Buddy Owen; at 9, James Forman Jazz Ensemble. Mar 17, Machiavelvets. Third Fri monthly, reggae and dancehall. Mar 19, San Quinn (see Concerts). Mar 20 at 3, Lonestar Retrobates; at 9, Local Music. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

Old Western Saloon Mar 18, Crosscut Blues Band.

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Mar 16, Whiskey Pills Fiasco. Mar 17, Rahmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s songwriters in the wrong. Mar 18, WedJ. Mar 19, Pulsators. Mar 20, Rustyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s songwriters corner. Mar 22, Circus Moon. Mar 23, Royal Deuces. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.

Mar 19, Steve Lucky. 1400 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.529.5450.


Across the Bridge Presented by

Marc Ribot Longtime Tom Waits guitarist accompanies Charlie Chaplin film. Mar 16 at YBCA Forum.

Marnie Stern Incredible indie guitar shredder from Brooklyn. Mar 18 at Bottom of the Hill.

Girl Talk The lucky winner of the Great Mash-Up DJ Lottery of 2003. March 18 at the Fillmore.

Regina Carter Jazz violinist explores African melodies in improvisation. Mar 20-21 at Yoshiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s SF.

Destroyer Plaintive and insightful indie songwriter on a slow but sure rise. Mar 21 at the Great American Music Hall.

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Mar 18, Grupo Gitano. Mar 19, Pete Olsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cajun House Party. Mar 20, Gruber Family Band. 19080 Riverside Dr, Sonoma. 707.938.9910.

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BOLD AS LOVE No cellos were lit on fire in the making of the album.

Out of the Shell The Turtle Island Quartet tackle Jimi Hendrix


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ow often do you go to a string quartet concert where people are tapping their feet?” It’s not just a rhetorical question from Mark Summer, cellist and founding member of the Turtle Island Quartet. Over its 25-year history, the Bay Area ensemble has become known for pushing the boundaries of what can be done with 16 strings, and they stretch in even newer directions on their latest CD, Have You Ever Been . . . ? Eight of the disc’s dozen tracks are replications of songs recorded by Jimi Hendrix, mostly from his landmark Electric Ladyland LP, each thoroughly deconstructed and retooled for TIQ’s markedly different instrumentation. “You’ll see the quartet operating like a band, creating all the parts,”

Michael Amsler



Summer explains, “really trying to harness the energy that [the Jimi Hendrix Experience] was able to create, the focused power of what starts out as the blues and goes someplace quite amazing.” How do they do it? “What I do is create the ‘bass and drums,’ hitting the instrument on the fingerboard and playing it like a bass, part of the time, and part of the time playing it with my bow,” he elaborates. At other times, rhythmic roles are spread around among all four players. The violins and viola “do something called a chop, which is from bluegrass, like an imitation of a snare drum sound,” often played on mandolins as well as fiddles. “You use everything you’ve got to create rhythm.” But for one track, Summer is entirely on his own, performing “Little Wing” as a solo showcase for his instrument. “I had to use it in many different ways, so the cello is imitating the sound of the electric guitar, the iconic opening when Jimi slides down . . .” He approximates a vocal demonstration. “But I’m also playing pizzicato parts imitating the sound of the bass, and then striking the instrument on the fingerboard to create a drum sound. And it’s not easy; it’s very physically demanding.” This is a long way from Summer’s conservatory training, but a precise fit with the intent of the TIQ, which first came together in 1985. “The idea was to have four string players who were equally versed in the art of improvising but also classical and bluegrass, jazz, be-bop,” Summer says. Moreover, they almost exclusively play original compositions or arrangements, mostly scored by co-founder David Balakrishnan. “We’re coming from the chamber music tradition and we’re paying homage to it, and then we’re taking it into the 21st century,” Summer summarizes. “We’re very aware that we’re not playing electric guitar, bass and drums; we’re playing stringed instruments,” he concludes. “This is a quartet that Joseph Haydn would recognize.” The Turtle Island String Quartet perform Friday, March 18, at the Marin Center. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 8pm. $25–$35. 415.499.6800.

ArtsEvents OPENINGS Mar 18 From 5 to 8pm. Dimensions Galleria, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Garden Palette,â&#x20AC;? artwork by Diana Crain, Mark Lifvendahl and Jan Schultz. 115 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.763.3515.

Charles M Schulz Museum Mar 20 at 10am, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art of Cartooningâ&#x20AC;? (see Lectures); at 1, meet â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rhymes with Orangeâ&#x20AC;? cartoonist Hilary Price. Through Jun 5, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Turn Another Page.â&#x20AC;? Through Jun 19, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Browns and the Van Pelts: Siblings in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Peanuts.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Through Jul 11, â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;Peanutsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Philosophies.â&#x20AC;? $5$8. Mon-Fri, noon to 5; SatSun, 10 to 5. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452.

Cutler Gallery

by appointment on MonTues. 20 Fourth St, Petaluma. 707.778.4398.

Quicksilver Mine Company Through Apr 10, â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Material,â&#x20AC;? 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 Through May 8, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Enchanting Venice: Winter Memories,â&#x20AC;? photographs by Stephanie Hamilton-Oravetz; also, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Came First?,â&#x20AC;? photographs by Jerrie JernĂŠ and paintings by Christine Kierstead. Tues-Thurs and Sun, 10:30 to 6. Fri-Sat, 10:30 to 8. 132 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.775.4ART.

At 8pm. Flying Goat Coffee, â&#x20AC;&#x153;BLT Collective,â&#x20AC;? work by Tony Speirs, Lisa Beernsten and Bob Stang. 324 Center St, Healdsburg. 707.433.3599.

Through May 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Still-Life to Steampunk,â&#x20AC;? contemporary realism by Bill Cutler and Ken Berman. Mon-Sat, 10 to 4, and by appointment. 106 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.823.8181.

Mar 20

Dimensions Galleria

From 2 to 5pm. Calabi Gallery, â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Landscape to Mindscape,â&#x20AC;? works by various artists. 144 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.781.7070.

Through Apr 10, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Garden Palette,â&#x20AC;? artwork by Diana Crain, Mark Lifvendahl and Jan Schultz. Reception, Mar 19, 5 to 8. Wed-Thurs and Sun, noon to 6; Mon-Tues, by appointment only. 115 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.763.3515.

Sonoma County Museum

Flying Goat Coffee

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

GALLERIES SONOMA COUNTY Arts Guild of Sonoma Through Mar 26, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Repo Show: Recycle, Re-Claim, ReUse,â&#x20AC;? 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 Apr 30, â&#x20AC;&#x153;BLT Collective,â&#x20AC;? work by Tony Speirs, Lisa Beernsten and Bob Stang. Reception, Mar 19 at 8. 324 Center St, Healdsburg. 707.433.3599.

Gallery of Sea & Heaven Through Apr 16, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beautiful,â&#x20AC;? group multimedia exhibit of collage, sculpture, skateboard decks and video. Wed-Sat, noon to 5 and by appointment. 312 South A St, Santa Rosa. 707.578.9123.

Through Mar 27, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Art and Poetry of Sherrie Lovler.â&#x20AC;? 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.

Hammerfriar Gallery

Barry Singer Gallery

Through Apr 2, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celebration of Creativity,â&#x20AC;? artwork by students of Cats and Dragons art studio. 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.

Mar 17-20, â&#x20AC;&#x153;AIPAD Photography Show: New York.â&#x20AC;? Tues-Sat, 11 to 6, and by appointment. 7 Western Ave, Petaluma. 707.781.3200.

Calabi Gallery Through May, â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Landscape to Mindscape,â&#x20AC;? works by various artists. Reception, Mar 20, 2 to 5. Wed-Sun, 11 to 5. 144 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.781.7070.

Through Apr 16, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Radix Ipsius,â&#x20AC;? artwork by Pamela Holmes. Tues-Fri, 10 to 6. Sat, 10 to 5. 139 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.473.9600.

Pelican Art

Petaluma Historical Museum & Library Through Apr 3, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flight,â&#x20AC;? a tribute to Aviation. Wed-Sat, 10 to 4; Sun, noon to 3; tours

Through Apr 24, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Emerging Artists,â&#x20AC;? work by Laine Justice, Andrew Sofie and Tramaine de Senna. Tues-Sun, 11 to 4. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.579.1500.

Through May 15, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eco Chic: Towards Sustainable Swedish Fashion,â&#x20AC;? an exhibition by the Swedish Institute; also, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Daniel McCormick: Iterations of Ecological Art and Design,â&#x20AC;? sculptures from riparian materials. Free-$8. Wed-Sun, 11 to 5. 551 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.939.SVMA.

MARIN COUNTY Art Works Downtown Through Apr 5, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Familiar Stranger,â&#x20AC;? a solo photo exhibition by Elen Gales. TuesSat, 10 to 5. 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.451.8119.

Bolinas Museum Through Apr 17, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sacred Walls: Deities and Marriages in Mithila Painting,â&#x20AC;? 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 Mar 18-Apr 30, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Art of the Book,â&#x20AC;? pieces by various artists. 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 Apr 3, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sleeping with

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;LA PALOMAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Collaborative acrylics by Tony Speirs, Lisa Beernsten and Bob Stang show at Flying Goat in Healdsburg. See Openings, adjacent.

the Anemones,â&#x20AC;? altered books and related objects; also, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reflections on Water,â&#x20AC;? 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.

Marin MOCA Through Apr 10, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Deep Structureâ&#x20AC;? works by John Ruszel, Owen Schuh and Kate Stirr. Wed-Sun, 11 to 4, Novato Arts Center, Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Dr, Novato. 415.506.0137.

Noci Gelateria Through Mar 31, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Living in Grey,â&#x20AC;? paintings by Ashley-Jayne Nicolaus. 17 E Blithesdale, Mill Valley.

Tobyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Feed Barn Through Mar 29, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Geography of Hope,â&#x20AC;? a group show. MonSat, 9 to 5; Sun, 9:30 to 4. 11250 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1223.

NAPA COUNTY Di Rosa Through Apr 16, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Surviving Paradise,â&#x20AC;? 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.

Napa Valley Museum Through Apr 30, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Not What It Used to Be: Fresh Art from Found Elements,â&#x20AC;? 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, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Foliage,â&#x20AC;? silver gelatin photographs by Brian Oglesbee. 421 Walnut St, Ste 180, Napa. 707.320.8796.


Courthouse Square, Third Street and Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa. 415.408.8094.

Frank Balzerak Magician performs every Wed at 6:30, Free. Hopmonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Taste of Yountville Preview party kicks off three-day exhibit and sale throughout town, Mar 18, 5 to 8. $20. Open studios, Mar 1820. Yountville Community Hall, 6516 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.9211.

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Lily Tomlin Brilliant and zany comedic legend. Mar 19 at 8. $70-$85. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Standup Comedy Enjoy a good laugh every Wed at 8. Mar 16, Joe Klocek, Cory Robinson and friends. Mar 23, John Fox, Mike Betancourt and friends. $10. Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

Tuesday Evening Comedy Mark Pitta hosts. Tues at 8. $15-$20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.


Impress your friends this Easter by skillfully jamming a blade into a baby animal. Light dinner and blood of Christ included. Mar 19, 6 to 9. $85. Viva, 7160 Keating Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.9913.

Corned Beef & Cabbage Fundraiser for Tim Furlong scholarship. Mar 17 at 4:30. $15-$25. Tomales Town Hall, 27150 Hwy 1, Tomales, Reservations. 707.878.2519.

Fox & Moon Tearoom Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day appreciation with special tea blends, homemade desserts and live quartet music. Apr 23, 3:30-5:30. $35. Monroe Hall, 1400 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. Reservation only.

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32 ArtsEvents brought together when Argentina is hit by epidemic of auto accidents. Spanish with English subtitles. Mar 19 at 7. $10. Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main St, Napa. 707.255.5445.

Coals to Newcastle Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival present story of British funk band, the New Mastersounds, followed by live performance. Mar 20 at 6. $10-$23. Hopmonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Documentary Film Festival View 58 films from 21 different countries in six downtown venues. Mar 18-20. $10-$20. Venues throughout Sebastopol. Sebastopol.

Make Way for Tomorrow Masterful comedic drama deals with aging. Mar 18 at 7, Mar 20 at 4. $6. Sonoma Film Institute, Warren Auditorium, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.

Monday Night Movies Every Mon at 7:30, enjoy a classic film. Mar 21 at 7:30, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Insider.â&#x20AC;? Free. Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.389.4292, ext 116.

Petaluma Cinema Series Lecture followed by film every Wed at 6. Free. Mar 16, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Goodnight Nobodyâ&#x20AC;? with Swiss filmmaker Jacqueline ZĂźnd. Carole Ellis Auditorium, SRJC Petaluma Campus, Petaluma.

Spring Cinema Petaluma Film Alliance present classic films Wed at 7. Mar 16, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Goodnight Nobody.â&#x20AC;? $5. Carole Ellis Auditorium, SRJC Petaluma Campus, Petaluma.

Vintage Film Series Enjoy a classic film one Mon monthly at 7. Mar 21 at 7 and Mar 23 at 1, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wuthering Heights.â&#x20AC;? $8. Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St E, Sonoma. 707.540.6119.

FOR KIDS Kristi Yamaguchi Figure-skating superstar

( 31 presents her childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dream Big, Little Pig.â&#x20AC;? Free. Mar 17 at 5:30, Redwood Empire Ice Arena, 1667 West Steele Ln, Santa Rosa. Mar 18 at 4, Petaluma Copperfieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books, 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma.

LECTURES Art of Cartooning â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rhymes with Orangeâ&#x20AC;? cartoonist Hilary Price leads adult class, â&#x20AC;&#x153;No Snoopy, No Lucy, No Linus: Creating a Strip Without Characters.â&#x20AC;? Mar 20, 10 to 11:30am. $32-$40. Charles M Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.284.1263.

HortiCULTURE Series Speakers explain how plant kingdom has informed their own accomplished work. Mar 17 at 5:30, Terese Tse Bartholomew presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hidden Botanical Meanings in Chinese Art.â&#x20AC;? $10-$15. Quarryhill Botanical Gardens, Highway 12, Glen Ellen. 707.996.3166.

Wildflowers & Pollinators Audubon at Home workshop. Mar 19, 11 to noon. $5-$10. Richardson Bay Audubon Center, 376 Greenwood Beach Rd, Tiburon, RSVP. 415.388.2524.

Writers Forum Literary agent Gordon Warnock discusses writing trends. Mar 17 at 7. $15. Petaluma Community Center, 320 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma.

LITERARY EVENTS Book Passage Mar 16 at 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Company We Keep: A Husband-and-Wife True-Life Spy Storyâ&#x20AC;? with Robert and Dayna Baer. Mar 17 at 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Magnetic Northâ&#x20AC;? with Sara Wheeler. Mar 19 at 2, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Three Weissmans of Westportâ&#x20AC;? with Cathleen Schine; at 4, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Next Medicine: The Science and Civics of Healthâ&#x20AC;? with Walter Bortz. Mar 21 at 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Emotional Freedomâ&#x20AC;? with Judith Orloff. Mar 22 at 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Weird Sistersâ&#x20AC;? with Eleanor Brown. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 415.927.0960.

Congregation Shomrei Torah Mar 16 at 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Three Weissmans of Westportâ&#x20AC;? with Cathleen Schine. 2600 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.578.5519.

Falkirk Cultural Center Mar 17 at 7:30, readings from â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Place that Inhabits Us: Poems of the San Francisco Bay Watershedâ&#x20AC;? with poets Kay Ryan, Jane Hirshfield and Ellery Akers. Free. 1408 Mission Ave, San Rafael.

Healdsburg Senior Center Third Sunday Salon. Mar 20, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Healdsburg Chroniclesâ&#x20AC;? with Ted Calvert. Free. 707.433.7119. 133 Matheson St, Healdsburg.

Napa Copperfieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books Mar 20 at 1, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Opening the Gates of the Heart: A Journey of Healingâ&#x20AC;? with Carolyn CJ Jones. 3900-A Bel Aire Plaza, Highway 29 and Trancas Street, Napa. 707.252.8002.

Redwood Empire Ice Arena Mar 17 at 5:30, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dream Big, Little Pigâ&#x20AC;? with Kristi Yamaguchi (see For Kids). 1667 W Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.546.7147.

REI Santa Rosa Mar 17 at 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Islands of San Francisco Bayâ&#x20AC;? with photojournalist James Martin. Southside Shopping Center, 2715 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.540.9025.

THEATER Charleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Aunt Oxford friends force their friend to pose as Charleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

Detective Story Film noir-style play set in frenetic New York City police station. Ending 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

iconâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rise to fame. Through Mar 27; Fri-Sat at 8, Sun at 2. $15-$20. Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center, 2277 Napa Vallejo Hwy, Napa. 707.256.7500.

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Is Ennybody Home? Sheilah Gloverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theatrical exploration of nine types of the Enneagram. Mar 18 at 8. $25-$35. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

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

Quilters Patchwork of stories experienced by family of pioneer woman. Mar 18-Apr 17; Thurs at 7:30, Fri-Sat at 8, Sun at 2. $20-$30; Pay-what-youwill preview, Mar 17 at 7:30. Barn Theatre, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 415.456.9555.

The Ticking Clock Over 150 interviews with women transformed into humorous and moving play about the biological clock. Mar 18-Apr 3; Thrus-Sat at 8, Sun at 2. $10-$25. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

Vagina Monologues A group of SSU women perform vagina-related onewoman theatrical pieces. Mar 18-19 at 8, Mar 20 at 2. Free. Cooperage, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2382.

We from Afar Sci-fi tales performed by Project 104. Through Mar 26; Thurs-Sat at 8; Thurs, paywhat-you-wish. $10-$15. Imaginists Theatre Collective, 461 Sebastopol Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.528.7554.

Wild Oats Hilarious send-up of Old West based on Restoration comedy of John Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Keefe. Mar 18Apr 3; Thurs at 7:30, Fri-Sat at 8, Sun at 2. $8-$21. Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. 707.588.3400.

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Cartoonist Lynn Johnston comes to Santa Rosa Lynn Johnston, syndicated cartoonist of For Better or for Worse, looks out the window of her lakefront home in North Ontario, Canada. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The lake is frozen solid and the temperature is ďŹ ve below zero. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really warmed up in the past few days,â&#x20AC;? says Johnston. Soon sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be in temperate Santa Rosa, appearing with Jan Eliot, creator of the comic Stone Soup, at the Charles M. Schulz Museum. Both women will draw, sign books and answer questions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll pretty fun and pretty ďŹ&#x201A;uid,â&#x20AC;? says Johnston of the collaboration. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We enjoy each other very much.â&#x20AC;? A longtime friend and colleague of Schulz, Johnston fondly recalls Sparkyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advice to her as a budding cartoonist: to do her best work daily, no matter what. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let yourself get comfortable with second best; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not good enough,â&#x20AC;? says Johnston. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Someone reads your work every day.â&#x20AC;? Adds Jessica Ruskin, the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director of education, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lynn Johnston has also done something with her strip that most cartoonists donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do. She has aged her family and explored issues of real life and death. Most comic strip characters, Peanuts included, are captured at one period of time, and they stay there. Many readers have quite literally grown up with Johnstonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s characters.â&#x20AC;? Lynn Johnston and Jan Eliot appear Sunday, March 27, at the Schulz Museum. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 1pm. $5â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$10. 707.579.4452.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Suzanne Daly

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