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Best of the North Bay 2011 P1 3 Recreation P24 Food & Drink P34 Romance P 52 Family P 56 Everyday P 62

About the Artist

This issue’s cover art is by Joe Leonard of Santa Rosa, whose love of WWII–era bric-abrac is rivaled only by his wide reputation. He tattoos at Monkey Wrench Tattoo, where six-month waiting lists are not uncommon. 1066 Fourth St., Santa Rosa, 707.575.0610.

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Rhapsodies Fit for Display

Why are city officials censoring a 15-year-old girl? BY CHRIS WILLIAMS

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ast month, the city of Santa Rosa and the National Arts Program co-sponsored an art exhibit and contest at the Finley Center. At this event, city officials made decisions based on personal bias that permitted the censorship of art. These acts of censorship are in violation of the First Amendment right of freedom of speech.

According to the representatives for this event, the censored painting was deemed offensive to potential visitors of the Finley Center due to the artist’s choice of the color red. The content of the painting—a silhouette of a person—was not deemed to be offensive. It is ironic that a perceived meaning behind this painting was more offensive than other paintings that were not censored, including those with meanings clearly of death and violence. The quality and meaning of art by definition is subjective to the viewer. All art can be found offensive in one manner or another. If the city is in the business of censorship, as it appears to be by this act, why is censorship not equally applied to all offensive content? Recently we have seen the Supreme Court rule in favor of the Westboro Baptist Church, protecting them their right to “the intentional infliction of emotional distress” through the First Amendment. Through rational and educated examination, this painting cannot be considered an intentional infliction of suffering. Clearly, a simple painting of a silhouette in red cannot be considered evil, wrong or offensive when compared to the Westboro Baptist Church’s actions. The young 15 year-old artist who was censored, offended and wronged by the city resubmitted her painting for display. The painting was covered with paper, containing an essay expressing her bewilderment and frustration. I ask the representatives of the city of Santa Rosa to make right these wrongs, to allow all to express themselves through speech, artistic expression and other avenues without censorship; make amends to this young artist through public recognition and apology; teach our citizens that as “Government Representatives, Protectors of the Constitution, Servants of the People,” this elected government body is fulfilling its charter and oaths taken to protect our constitution and the rights of its people. Chris Williams is a member of the people. We welcome your Open Mic contribution. To have your topical essay of 350 words considered for publication, write openmic@bohemian.com.

The Bootmaker’s Banking Battle

I am writing to thank the Bohemian and everyone in my extended community who have offered their support for my case against US Bank and usurious lending in general (“Round 12: TKO,” March 16). This letter will also set the record straight with regard to my case. On March 11, in my 12th personal appearance in Sonoma County Superior Court, the judge threw out my crosscomplaint (all seven causes of action) and therefore, it does not look promising for me. However, I have not lost, and my fight is not over, because there is a 13th round on April 12, at which time US Bank will attempt to prevail on their original complaint and lawsuit against me. If I am able to make it through this round, a jury trial is set to begin three days later. I am extremely confident that I will survive the next round. Up until this date, I, like David, have pummeled US Bank with stones from my slingshot with little effect. Now, in keeping with the script of David and Goliath, I must move quickly and forcefully directly toward the neck in an effort to behead my opponent. My sword is sharp with an edge polished with statutory law, and Goliath will fall, so help me God. The odds were never in my favor, and just like the Biblical story, we will all celebrate when the earth trembles from the aftershock of the giant’s headless body crashing down. Needless to say, my imagination has largely contributed to my stamina to stay the course until the end in the hope that we will all live happily ever after.

MICHAEL CARNACCHI Sebastopol

Deputized My partner and I had an interesting run-in with one of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s finest two days before this

article ran (“Sound of the Police,” March 9). I agree that we are all human, and also that we are somehow ingrained with an inherent fear of law enforcement. But when stopped for an ambiguous traffic violation, illegally searched and grabbed on the side of Highway 101, stuffed in the back of the sheriff vehicle while our vehicle was illegally searched for marijuana with no outcome, the fact that we should be fearful of law enforcement who are supposed to protect and serve was ingrained a bit more. Wave at your local law enforcement officer if you’d like, but remember, even in our small community, corruption still exists, human or not.

ANONYMOUS Via email

Witch Hunt The Republican Party, not content with its assault on rights for wage and healthcare negotiations, now wants to drag us back to one of the lowest points in American history. Enter one Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., who has convened hearings targeting American Muslims in a disgusting display reminiscent of the disgraceful McCarthy hearings of the ’50s. Scapegoating is as old as the Bible, and it bubbles up to the surface here at home every so often. Some pass it off as just a distraction, and that might be in the Republican’s playbook, but it’s a dangerous one. If history teaches us anything, it’s that tribunals of this nature—singling out a particular group for bigoted scrutiny and suspicion—can have disastrous consequences. These kinds of witch hunts should be roundly and loudly condemned by every newspaper in every city and town across the country. King, those on his committee, and anyone in league or in agreement with this despicable act are an affront to the citizenry of our nation.

WILL SHONBRUN Sonoma


THIS MODERN WORLD

Thanks, Person I get my morning coffee at Peet’s Coffee on Fourth Street in downtown Santa Rosa every morning, and I see your newspaper rack and publication. I feel you give out special key data for keeping everyone in Sonoma County tuned, and I just wanted to write and tell you how much I appreciate you. You keep me attuned and keep my blood flow pumping to good rhythm.

DAILY COFFEE DRINKER Santa Rosa

Dept. of Cooking An anonymously submitted item in last week’s calendar regarding a cooking class at Viva in Sebastopol was incorrect and should have been caught by our editors. The Bohemian regrets the error.

THE ED.

Santa Rosa

By Tom Tomorrow

Top Five 1 “Funnel cloud” hits Santa Rosa, not actually a fun carnival treat after all

2 Finally everybody seems to realize that Chris Brown is a gigantic jerk

3 Outtake from The Birds:

mural of Bloomfield in lobby of Summerfield Cinemas

4 RIP, art historian Leo

Steinberg—90 years old. Not a bad run!

5 Shawerma plate at Falafel Hut on Fourth Street in San Rafael . . . mmmmmm

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Is it better to be proactive or reactive when it comes to “intractable generational problems” like crime, substance abuse, homelessness, unemployment, child abuse and domestic violence? With the introduction of the Upstream Investments Initiative, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors is taking the proactive route, aiming to create evidence-based programs and policies that will potentially prevent these problems rather than repair them after the fact. Supervisor Efren Carrillo kicks off the first of six community forums to explain the initiative in greater detail and discuss its implications on Wednesday, March 23, from 3pm to 5pm in Santa Rosa. Supervisor Valerie Brown leads the second forum on Monday, April 4, from 3:30pm to 5pm in Boyes Hot Springs. For more information and future forums, see www.sonomaupstream.org.

SAWS AND ALL Tools are loaned free of charge at Dustin Zuckerman’s library, which he’s run from his house since 2008.

License to Lend One of only a handful of its kind in the country, the Santa Rosa Tool Library expands to downtown storefront BY LEILANI CLARK

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or Dustin Zuckerman, it’s all about the tools. The founder and executive director of the Santa Rosa Tool Library asks just three things of his board members: (1) to accept that a fee will never be charged for the library’s services; (2) to realize that

the organization will never promote sociopolitical causes; and (3) to understand that the organization exists for one thing—loaning out tools. “The biggest challenge has been trying to keep it simple,” says Zuckerman. “Too many libraries have folded because they got too ambitious at the beginning.” Zuckerman began the Santa

Rosa Tool Library with decidedly humble ambitions in August 2008, running it out of his onebedroom apartment where tools inhabited every space (“Except for maybe the refrigerator,” he says, not joking). But on April 4, one of Sonoma County’s most unique community resources will make its biggest leap yet—into a downtown storefront on Fifth Street, fulfilling one of ) 10

Beyond Hotel Rwanda In 1994, as the Hutus began butchering Tutsis in an act of genocide that ended with over 800,000 people dead over the course of a hundred days, Carl Wilkens was the only American to remain in Kigali, Rwanda. Wilkens now speaks about his first-hand experience of the tragedy in classrooms and colleges across the country. He has since founded World Outside My Shoes, a nonprofit organization committed to highlighting global unity. He speaks on Tuesday, March 29, at Ives Hall on the Sonoma State University Campus. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 4pm. Free. 707.664.2832. —Leilani Clark

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Tool Library ( 09 Zuckerman’s earliest visions for the venture. Modeled after tool libraries in Berkeley and Oakland (Portland, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Columbus also have them, but few other major cities do), the tool library’s idea was originally conceived after Zuckerman

‘We don’t charge a membership fee, we don’t hold a credit card number. There’s no barrier to using the library.’ bought a $35 tool that he only used once. He started cataloguing his own tools on a Microsoft Word document, and created a system whereby people could borrow and share saws, sanders and hammers instead of buying new ones. As first reported in the Bohemian in 2008, the tool library’s process is simple. First, patrons register by filling out a borrower’s agreement with a valid photo ID and a recent piece of mail with a matching address. Patrons can then choose from hundreds of tools, which can be checked out for between four and seven days. Late fees are just $1 to $2. Zuckerman, who works days at the Santa Rosa Junior College library, will run the downtown front desk from 5pm to 7pm on weekday afternoons. In an innovative co-working situation, the tool library shares space with an architect and two attorneys in a spacious, high-ceilinged brick building. Zuckerman says

the shared arrangement keeps overhead low, so that the library can focus on accumulating more tools and creating as efficient a system as possible. “I started the tool library based on the premise of whether there was a need for this service,” says Zuckerman, seated between buckets of saws and empty shelves in a back room soon to be filled with rentable tools. “If I start to see that there seems to be a need for the service, let’s let it grow based on the demand.” Now, with over 600 patrons and increased media attention, it’s clear that the community is clamoring for services like this one. Zuckerman attributes the positive response to the organization’s roots in two tried and true institutions: a tool rental company and a public library. “We don’t charge a membership fee, we don’t hold a credit card number. There’s no barrier to using the library. It’s very palatable,” says Zuckerman. With the new storefront, he looks toward an increased level of confidence from both patrons and potential funders, especially as the tool library takes on an expanded public presence. “We’ve received funding, but when you are run out of a house, it doesn’t quite give the confidence that you have something that could sustain itself,” says Zuckerman. While one could presume large hardware outfits like Friedman’s Home Improvement fearing the tool library cutting into their profits, the locally owned Friedman’s has actually donated resources to the library— including two large shopping carts, which will be converted into dollies for transporting the bigger items. “Folks are so much more in tune with collaborating and sharing resources, especially in this county,” says Zuckerman. “It just gets people excited. It’s kind of a feel-good type of thing.” The Santa Rosa Tool Library opens Monday, April 4, at 642 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. Monday–Friday, 5pm-7pm; Saturday, 9am–2pm. 707.576.0590. www.borrowtools.org.


Situation: Unpredictable

NOW IS YOUR TIME

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Hoping Obama hears the message from Emperor Akihito BY JULIANE POIRIER

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he nuclear disaster in Japan has shaken the world and changed the dialogue about nuclear power development everywhere.

The Christian Science Monitor last week reported, “Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, capturing the public mood as Europeans watch the tops blown off of reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, calls the disaster ‘a turning point in the history of technologybased society.’” The Monitor also noted, “Europe is the most nuclearized zone on the planet, with 143 reactors and eight more under construction.” Elsewhere, the German press reported that Merkel, enacting a three-month moratorium on older plants, shut down seven nuclear reactors. Obama seems only to have shut down his heart and mind. Even after Japan’s horrific disaster, the president continues to believe nuclear power is sustainable (a fantasy equivalent to the Orwellian “clean coal”). Energy Secretary Steven Chu says Obama is still budgeting $36 billion to guarantee loans for new reactor projects, according to an ABC report of March 16. Only last month we reported here about lingering devastation caused by the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown 25 years ago, currently documented by photographer Gerd Ludwig to bring attention to the damages and suffering caused by nuclear meltdown (“Chasing Chernobyl,” Feb. 9). Human tragedies can be conveniently overlooked by nuclear proponents, who claim that reactors can be

made safe. The problem is that the movement of earth’s crust cannot be accurately predicted. And it certainly cannot be controlled. Japan has a legacy of superior design and technology, but no technology can stop the seismic eruptions that occur along the so-called Ring of Fire that frames the Pacific Ocean. This is an earthquake zone. The pro-environment group Greenpeace is among the organizations taking an antinuclear stand. On its website can be found the scraps of poignant evidence arguing for a more humane alternative to nuclear power—from personal memorabilia to live feeds of radiation levels over Japan. Nuclear energy, like pesticide, is a profit-making reapplication of a weapon developed for war. Japan is one country that will never forget that. “Despite what the nuclear industry tells us,” states Greenpeace, “building enough nuclear power stations to make a meaningful reduction in greenhouse gas emissions would cost trillions of dollars, create tens of thousands of tons of lethal highlevel radioactive waste, contribute to further proliferation of nuclear weapons materials and result in a Chernobyl-scale accident once every decade.” Spikes in radiation levels at the Fukushima Daiichi plant prompted Emperor Akihito’s first public message after the disaster. According to a BBC report, Akihito is “praying for his people [and] concerned about the nuclear situation because it is unpredictable.” Let’s hope Obama does the same.

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ere at the Bohemian, we’re always making new discoveries. That just-opened junk shop behind the strip mall packed with incredible curios; the guy who sells the world’s best tamales at that abandoned gas station; that fantastic secret supper club tucked in the redwoods. As our readers know, most of the time we rush eagerly to print with such information, energized at the opportunity to share that oh-so-awesome cool little Thing That Everybody Must Know About Right Now. Some discoveries, however, we keep close to our chests, preferring their details whispered furtively from cautious lips to trusting ears instead of posted online for the world to see. These are the hidden gems, the off-the-beaten-path secrets that one can’t find in a tourism brochure or, for the most part, on Yelp. They’re the types of

cherished finds that for many reasons stay kept inside our pockets. Well, dear readers, we’re pulling our pockets inside-out and spilling all. Along with the winners for Best Bookstore, Best Italian Restaurant, Best Hair Salon and others voted by readers in our annual poll, you’ll find in the following pages those hidden gems that we’ve heretofore kept secret and which give the North Bay its unique character. Think of it as running into a born-andraised local who knows the territory. In keeping with our “Hidden Gems” theme, you’ll also find little funny-looking binary squares scattered throughout this issue. These are QR codes, which can be scanned on any smartphone or mobile device to unlock online video content. Most QR code apps are free to download (ScanIt is the one we like) and very easy to use—just scan the code, and up pops

the video. We hope you’ll try it out and play along in this issue, uncovering even more hidden gems along the way. The flatfoots, eagle eyes and treasure hunters contributing to this endeavor include Alastair Bland, Leilani Clark, Suzanne Daly, Jessica Dur, Katrina Fried, Nick Grizzle, James Knight, Kylie Mendonca, Jonah Raskin, Mira Stauffacher and David Templeton, represented by their initials and their passion for the concealed and unsung. Hence, without further ado, we bring you the North Bay’s hidden gems. —Gabe Meline


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Culture Best Damn Place in Santa Rosa

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stage dripping with banjos, sweat and hootenanny tunes. Feet stomping on a dance floor for hours to DJs spinning beats. Teenagers tearing into their instruments as if there’s no tomorrow. Walls covered in photos, art, T-shirts and hand-painted skate decks. Local filmmakers, David J from Bauhaus solemnly smoking a cigarette on a cob bench in front, kids hanging out in the cozy little lounge or the guy making pizzas in the cob ovens—talking, waiting for the next good thing to happen, as it always does, at the awesome-as-hell, best-thing-to-happento-Sonoma-County-in-a-long-time Arlene Francis Center.

Line? Francis’ son Peter Gabel and partner Martin Hamilton have turned the former New College building into a resource for artists and thinkers, Hamilton says, that’s accessible to the entire community.

The place itself is named after Arlene Francis, who starred in the ’50s and ’60s as an actress and panelist on the popular television show What’s My

“Being more than a club is really important to us,” Turconi says. “Having a space for an artistic outlet is really important—that’s what I feel as an

Twenty-one year-old Celeste Turconi is a familiar face at the Arlene Francis, in charge of everything from booking to security and stamping hands at the door. Turconi already has a long history of activism and organizing, and her enthusiasm and dedication has helped the Arlene Francis Center bloom into the go-to place for indie, alternative and experimental bands, art shows, burlesque performances and film screenings.

artist, and I think that everyone in the community feels that way too.” Turconi and Hamilton envision a future including a free school, a fully functioning cafe, social-justice workshops, ethical and green business activities, film festivals and more music and art shows. Hamilton notes running a place that generously pays bands is “not the easiest thing to pull off.” Turconi says that economic security is the next step. “We’ve been talking about grant-writing, funding, budget and how to grow that way,” she says, her voice fueled by optimism. Here’s hoping its growth continues well into the future. The Arlene Francis Center for Spirituality, Art and Politics. 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.—L.C. ) 17


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Voted “Best of the North Bay” 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 We feature the top fine art painters and photographers of the North Bay Area in a museum-quality setting.

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Culture Best Art Gallery

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Di Rosa Preserve 5200 Carneros Hwy., Napa. 707.226.5991. SONOMA

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Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.454.1222.

132 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 707.775.4278.

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Sharpsteen Museum 1311 Washington St., Calistoga. 707.942.5911. SONOMA

Charles M. Schulz Museum 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452. HONORABLE MENTION

Sonoma County Museum 425 Seventh St., Santa Rosa. 707.579.1500.

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Cameo Cinema

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Sebastiani Theater 476 First St. E., Sonoma. 707.796.9765.

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Marin Ballet 100 Elm St., San Rafael. 415.453.6705. NAPA

Napa Regional Dance Company 1527 Polk St., Napa. 707.252.4615. SONOMA

Sebastopol Ballet School 390 Morris St., Sebastopol. 707.824.8006. HONORABLE MENTION

Dance Center 56 W. Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 707.575.8277.

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Sausalito Art Festival

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www.sausalitoartfestival.org

237 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley. 415.388.6786.

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Even for those who don’t knit, a peep into the Cast Away Yarn Shop window display never fails to provide a delight. The double-glass windows always contain some small (or large) treasure—a blue bicycle with a basket teeming with rolled-up yarn, a candy box filled with fabric cupcakes below a row of knit red hearts or even a bird’s nest dripping with string and filled with felt eggs, birds hanging from the ceiling above. Keeping up this lost art of commercial window displays is owner Justine Malone, who mentions a popular display of white jellyfish, hanging in an oceanscape. “We painted the outside of the glass water-blue and left ovals and circles,” says Malone, while working on her latest display. “Each little peekhole had a jellyfish hanging in it, so it had an aquarium kind of feel. People would get right up to the glass and peek in.”

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Malone says the display-worthy windows formed part of the reason she chose the Railroad Square location for her adorable and immaculate yarn shop. With the help of friend Nichole Skalski, the trinkets in the window have become increasingly artful and intriguing. Oftentimes, inspiration comes from thrift-store finds. A vintage cooler led to a summer-themed piece centered around real sand, knitting magazines scattered about, knitted beer koozies and the cooler full of beer. “The guys liked that one,” Skalski says, laughing, though ironically, she doesn’t knit herself. “I don’t have the patience,” she says—reminding Malone about the knit bikini she’ll need for next summer’s window. On this day, they’re putting together a Presidents’ Day piece, featuring white wigs made for last year’s Handcar Regatta. Malone’s 14-year-old daughter painted a portrait of a presidential-looking character in the window, based on decals found at the second-hand store, as well as black curlique frames through which the bewigged styrofoam heads peep. “I still have so many ideas. I really want to do a Thanksgiving one where we find a small vintage stove and I knit a turkey,” says Malone. “You can do yarn with any theme.” 111 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.546.9276.—L.C. ) 19

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Culture Best Reaching Across the Rubber Mat A cyclist taking a yoga class to salve his aching hamstrings becomes fast friends with the cyclist on the mat next to him. A woman in desperate need of daycare finds it after an announcement by her yoga teacher. A couple meets and falls in love. At Solstice Dance and Yoga Studio, relationship-building is par for the course, and is one of the reasons why itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your pick for Best Dance Studio in Sonoma County.

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1124 Foster Road, Napa. 707.257.8463.

56 W. Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 707.575.8277.

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Best Place to Dance

3392 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.528.4434.

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2450 Third St., Santa Rosa. 707.322.0701.

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Uptown Theatre 1350 Third St., Napa. 707.259.0123. SONOMA

Brent Farris, KZST 100.1-FM HONORABLE MENTION

3565 Standish Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.588.0707.

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Hopmonk Tavern

Italian Street Painting Festival

230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

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Best On-Air Exorcism Hearing the exuberant, genreupsetting music of our youth described as “oldies” may be more alarming than finding that first gray hair. We’d like the oldies playlist to stay exactly the same as when we were newbies, and there’s one radio show that does just that. (If the doo-wop, she-bob tunes of the 1950s aren’t oldies, then congratulations on that full head of naturally colored hair, sir or ma’am.) On Friday nights on mostly-Spanish bilingual radio station KBBF, vintage gringos Duke and Banner spin one-hit and no-hit wonders alike. In between the obscure 45s and copious cornball banter, the duo pay their respects to whatever one-time recording artist or media personality has passed on during the previous week—axiomatic of the genre, they’re checking out in far greater numbers than checking in. But the silly-somber, radio play–like schtick is a strange comfort: “I understand his ghost is hanging around the KBBF radio antenna right now!” they say, putting on a caterwauling sound effect, telling the unhappy wraith to “Go to the light, just go to the light, man! There he goes.” The exorcism is always a success. Given the community station’s budget woes, we only hope that Duke and Banner need not have to guide its own poor soul home. KBBF. Fridays, 9pm to 1am, 89.1 FM.—J.K.

Best Way to Rock with the Neighbors ‘Pillow Storm,’ the weekly radio show on KRCB-FM hosted by Josh Staples and Josh Drake, is the best thing to happen to Wednesday nights since Adult Skate. Drake and Staples feature blocks of music, a local musical guest and snarky and silly commentary. Listeners might get a 10-minute-long treatise from Staples on the ’90s Petaluma crust-punk band Lungbutter or possibly an extended rant from Drake about how much he hates hiking and loathes AC/DC. Ah, public radio . . . The show began in 2010, an offspring of the show called Left of the Dial. Staples says it’s the only indie- and alternative-rock show on the station, and though it showcases music from all over, the

Joshes shine the spotlight squarely on local bands, which means a chance to hear local music that might push your cool meter up a few notches. Over at 101.7-FM the FOX, Chris Caballero hosts ‘North Bay Underground,’ home to nearly every local metal and hard-rock band, as well as indie acts like Odd Bird, Pack of Wolves, Vices and Semi-Evolved Simians. The hour-long, Sundayevening show began four years ago when Caballero, a graphic-design student and musician, approached the FOX program director. “I’d been listening to local music since high school and thought it would be a good idea,” says Caballero. The station agreed, and the rest is (local music) history. ‘North Bay Underground’ airs Sundays, 7–8pm, on 101.7-FM the Fox. ‘Pillow Storm’ airs Wednesdays, 10pm–midnight, on 91-FM KCRB.—L.C. ) 21

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Culture NAPA 1556 First St., Napa. 707.294.2800.

Best Theater Troupe

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Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics by Tim Rice

Great West End & Railroad Square Handcar Regatta

Marin Theatre Company

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397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 415.388.5208.

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Harmony Festival

Lucky Penny Productions

Festival Del Sole

April 29, 30, May 4, 5, 6, 7 at 8 PM April 30, May 1, 7, 8 at 2 PM

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Burbank Auditorium, Santa Rosa Campus

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The Imaginists Theatre Collective

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State Route 1, Ste. 1, Pt. Reyes Station. 415.663.8068.

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52 W. Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

Mustard Mud & Music Festival

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Sixth Street Playhouse

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Robert Mondavi Winery Summer Music Festival

Petty Theft

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Each year year,, with the help of thousandss of their readers, the North Bay Bohemian selects Napa County’s County’s “best” “besst” in a wide variety of categories. For 2010, voters chose Queen of the Valley Vaalley Medical Center, Center, the Queen of the Valley Vaalley Medical Center Foundation Foundattion and Synergy, Synergy, a Medical Fitness Center as best in the following areas. %% Queen of the Valley Valley a C Medical Center was voted “Best Hospital/Health Care Clinic Clin nic - Napa County” %% Q Queen of the Valley Valley a y Medical Center C Foundation County” was voted “Best Non-Profit - Napa N %% Synergy was voted “Best Health Healtth Club - Napa County” %% Synergy was voted as “Best Gym Gyym - Napa County”

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Best Use of Taxpayer Money “Oh, people are very taken with this facility,” says Jim dePriest, artistic director of the brandnew Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, smack in the historic downtown of Sonoma County’s most northerly city. “Since we were first more or less open in December, people drop by every day,” says dePriest, “interested in looking around. I’ve accepted that part of my job is now tour guide, so whenever I’m working there during the day, I expect to be showing people around now and then. I’m happy to do it. It’s a wonderful facility.” It’s hard to believe that at a time when storied local theater companies are saying goodbye (Pacific Alliance Stage Co. being the first, Sonoma County Repertory Theatre the most recent), there are still parts of the North Bay where new theater facilities are actually being born—with multimillion dollar buildings to house them. After a “soft opening” in December with a production of A Christmas Carol, the state-of-the-art, 99-seat facility had its official grand opening in January with dePriest directing a sold-out run of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). The show was a hit, though even more celebrated is the building itself. Approved by local voters before the economic downturn, it features a gorgeous lobby with huge windows that slide back to open out to the street (in anticipation of Cloverdale’s notoriously hot summers), stunning fixtures by local artisans and an underlying sense of glamour and culture that the people of Cloverdale are not taking for granted. “It’s just so classy,” says dePriest. “Everything about the facility is beautiful. To me, it’s the perfect theater.” 209 Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale. 707.894.2214.—D.T.

Best Place for Teens to Nerd Out and Nosh Up On a recent afternoon, five teen girls sit in folding chairs, nibbling on muffins and sipping from plastic cups. “We’ve had objections that tea is a granny drink, so we have hot chocolate, too,” says a Copperfield’s employee, before introducing Young Adult author Elizabeth Partridge. This is Copperfield’s Books’ Literary Tea for Teens series, and far from sullen, these teens are actually interested in what the author has to say. At a time when rapt attention is paid to singers with dollar signs instead of S’s in their names (not

that I’m judging), it’s refreshing to spend a moment with a bunch of teens talking about a book with its author. Grace Bogart, the Copperfield’s employee who came up with the idea, says that the impetus came from a desire to showcase local Young Adult authors—and sometimes mini-pizzas. “The high schools don’t seem to be able to make time in their schedules for author visits, so we decided to bring them into the store, and offer snacks as well,” says Bogart. She says the teens often blog about the events afterward. The teas, limited to Copperfield’s Petaluma location, will pause in May and resume in January 2012. 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 707.762.0563.—L.C. ) 22

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Best Example of Art Clearly Inspired by Diego Rivera Now Placed in Service of Ale-Drinking Patrons Yet Rarely Noticed by the $2.50 Tuesday Brat Eaters and Beer Drinkers Who Gather Beneath It on a Regular Basis “Today, Caui’s style is very abstract, with a lot of animal themes,” remarks Kevin McCracken about artist Caui Lofgren. “But back when he was doing album covers for my terrible punk band, Engage, his style was different, a lot more like that mural he painted at Third Street Aleworks.” The mural in question, painted in the late ’90s, is a gorgeously retro splash of colorful up-with-themasses inspiration: lots of people, swarthy ale-brewers, lab-coated technicians, happy people getting sloshed and other iconic figures one might imagine in a brewpub if painted by, yes, Diego Rivera. Though Lofgren, who once served as curator at the Sonoma County Museum, now lives in Florida, he left this imprint on Sonoma County across the circular cupola inside Third Street Aleworks, one of Santa Rosa’s busiest brewpubs. A fine example of public art, the painting definitely captures some of the up-with-the-proletariat pathos of Rivera’s best-known murals, although Lofgren is better known for his current work, mind-bendingly chimerical paintings that resemble Rorschach inkblots as if designed by M. C. Escher. As McCracken recalls, Lofgren was so startlingly good that, even though the now-defunct band he played with was full of graphic artists, they all wanted Lofgren to design their album’s cover. “It was a great cover,” McCracken says. “The album’s not worth shit, but I’m sure that painting is worth a lot by now.”—D.T.

Best Presidential Compliment It was a close call when Bill Clinton appeared at the Uptown Theatre this past October; two months prior, the just-rejuvenated jewel of downtown Napa might not have had a green room for the former president. But luckily, when the fundraiser for Congressman Mike Thompson was announced, manager Sheila Groves-Tracey and owner George Altamura had put the finishing touches on a dressing room for performers at the 1930s movie house-turned-live music venue. What they couldn’t have counted on, however, was rain.

“We had this meet-and-greet in the patio courtyard,” Groves-Tracey says, “and it was pouring rain. Everybody was standing under these umbrellas and tents that weren’t working so well. It was kind of a makeshift lastminute shelter that we had to create.” Clinton’s appearance meant the usual background checks and bomb-threat protocol that come with Secret Service visits, but once Clinton arrived, he spent a good two hours shaking hands and chatting. And what did he think of the Uptown? “I met him as well, as one of the dripping masses,” Groves-Tracey says. “He looked me right in the eye, and said it was a beautiful theater. Gorgeous theater, happy to be in Napa, what a place.” 1350 Third St., Napa. 707.256.0123.—G.M.

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eb Willner pulled her bike off the stand at Community Bikes in Santa Rosa and settled up. She’d trued her wheel, adjusted her derailer, straightened her chain ring, mounted a bottle cage and replaced a seat post by herself—all with the use of the nonprofit’s parts and tools. “It’ll be $32,” said Cole, the weekend manager, somewhat reluctant to even charge Willner at all. “Aw, I’ll go out and get you something, too,” Deb offered. “You want something sweet? Chocolate?” Public generosity and baked goods are not uncommon at Community Bikes, the little shop with a big community spirit that offers anybody and everybody the chance to learn how to work on their bicycle for

just $10 an hour, all tools and expert guidance included. For those short on cash but eager to experience Sonoma County’s legendary cycling routes, the volunteer-run shop carries hundreds of used bikes and shares the skills to fix them. If something’s not quite right on the bike of one’s dreams (“Front shifter is weird,” reads a price tag on a red Schwinn), there’s most likely an inexpensive used part to fix it stored in one of dozens of packed milk crates lining the perimeter of the shop. “All the bikes here are donated, so they can come in any state of repair,” Cole says, estimating that 90 percent of donations are salvageable. At any given time, there’s usually a half-dozen regular people doing just that, be it replacing a hub, wrapping handlebars

or regreasing a bottom bracket. Conventional bike-shop service workers might shudder, say, at the stock of used, frayed brake cables (like everything else, they get reused), but since opening in 2004, Community Bikes’ patch-it-together, do-it-together philosophy has worked just fine for the average cyclist. “They’re really good to homeless people, too,” adds Willner, arriving back from the store with food in hand. Turns out the volunteers at Community Bikes prefer bananas. “And look at my bike, all fixed up. For $32 and a few bananas, that’s a pretty killer deal.” 4019 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa. 707.579.5811.—G.M.


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Best 18 Holes to Backhand a Frisbee The coolest thing to do in Rohnert Park is golf, but not with woods and irons. The best course is actually just outside the city, and it requires Frisbees. The Steve Werner Memorial Disc Golf Course at Crane Creek Regional Park is a five-minute drive from Sonoma State University, and the 18-hole hike can take 20 minutes to two hours to finish, depending on the golferâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mood. The course is free to all (thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a $6 Crane Creek parking fee), and like the park, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s open sunup to sunset. The beautiful scenery can be mesmerizing, from 100-year-old oaks to miles of agriculture untouched by the bulldozers and cranes of development. For nongolfers, the occasional jingle of a disc hitting the metal chain and basket can seem a strange addition to chirping birds, rustling tall grass and bellowing bovine. But soon the sound blends in as part of the nature of the park, and the air doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem complete without it. 5000 Pressley Road., Rohnert Park. 707.477.2468.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;N.G.

Best Breathtaking Olive Ranch The perfect climate for winemaking also happens to be the perfect climate for olives, and in the rolling hills just west of Petaluma, on 550 acres, sits the privately owned McEvoy Ranch. Once a dairy farm, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been reincarnated as an organic olive tree orchard by the iconoclastic Nan McEvoy, who purchased the land in 1991. What began with a thousand imported Tuscan seedlings is now a thriving orchard responsible for award-winning McEvoy olive oils, widely considered to be among the best in the country. Arguably the most beautiful piece of ranch land in the area, McEvoyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s views, vistas and horticulture are breathtaking. Access to this pastoral sanctuary is rare, but the ranch does offer a dozen or so tours and workshops to the public every year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once you see it for yourself, you realize how special it isâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the land really speaks for itself,â&#x20AC;? says Jill Lee, the ranchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tour manager. Events scheduled this year include orchard

and garden walks with tours of the mill and olive press, plus a series of more specialized sessions devoted to birding, olive pruning and organic garden-to-table cooking. Many of the classes and tours include an olive oil tasting and/or a light meal; all include a primer on the ranchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s colorful history and the opportunity to visit the otherwise shuttered ranch store. For reservations, keep close tabs on McEvoyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, where events are posted a couple months in advance. www.mcevoyranch.com.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;K.F.

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Recreation Best Bike Shop MARIN

Mike’s Bikes

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Coaches Corner 420 Morris St., Sebastopol. 707.829.5180.

836 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.454.3747.

HONORABLE MENTION

1 Gate 6 Road, Sausalito. 415.332.3200.

515 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.284.4664.

Powerhouse Gym

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Calistoga Bike Shop 1318 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 866.942.2453. SONOMA

Mike’s Bikes of Petaluma 264 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 707.776.0606. HONORABLE MENTION

Bike Peddler / NorCal Bike Sport 605 College Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.571.2428. 425 College Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.573.0112.

Best Health Club MARIN

Bay Club Marin 220 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera. 415.945.3000. NAPA

Synergy Medical Fitness Center 3421 Villa Lane, Napa. 707.251.1395. SONOMA

Airport Health Club 432 Aviation Blvd., Santa Rosa. 707.528.2582. HONORABLE MENTION

Best Independent Bike Frame Builder MARIN

Otis Guy Cycles 115 Ridge Road, Fairfax. 415.250.2585. NAPA

Curtis Inglis, Retrotrec www.ingliscycles.com SONOMA

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Parkpoint Health Club 1200 North Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.578.1640. 19111 Sonoma Hwy., Sonoma. 707.996.3111. 195 Foss Circle, Healdsburg. 707.385.2500.

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Fit First Pilates

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21 Tamal Vista Blvd. #162, Corte Madera. 415.264.2157.

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Soulcraft Bikes

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1338 Pearl St., Napa. 707.257.7382. SONOMA

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Tamalpais CrossFit 555 Francisco Blvd. E., #19, San Rafael. 415.256.9400. NAPA

Tone 850 Fourth St. #A, Santa Rosa. 707.526.3100. HONORABLE MENTION

Pilates Collective 132 Weeks Way, Sebastopol. 707.829.8746.

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Synergy Medical Fitness Center 3421 Villa Lane, Napa. 707.251.1395.

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Fitness First

Bikram Yoga San Rafael

1330 Gerard St., Calistoga. 707.942.5275.

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Best Love / Hate Relationship with Core Muscles Pilates is no joke. The first time I tried it, I went in confident in my strength and flexibility. I walked out realizing just how weak and inflexible I really am. Who knew that using one’s own body weight as resistance for a mere half hour could cause days-long soreness? That said, it’s certainly a workout worth trying, and Downtown Pilates is your pick for Best Pilates Studio in Napa County. Along with regular pilates mat classes, Downtown Pilates teaches fusion, a challenging exercise done to music and a style that combines elements of pilates, yoga, ballet and Lotte Berk. Equestrian pilates classes are also available, an innovative workout that enhances the muscles,which benefits both horse and rider. If you’re able to keep it up (unlike me), eventually your body could be as ripped as Madonna’s—pilates is her fitness secret of choice.—M.S.

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Ubuntu Restaurant 1140 Main St., Napa. 707.251.5656. SONOMA

Bikram College of India 522 Wilson St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.9642. HONORABLE MENTION

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New School Aikido 880 Piner Road #55, Santa Rosa. 707.571.2013. HONORABLE MENTION

ATA Martial Arts 1415 Fulton Road, Ste. 221. Santa Rosa. 707.523.1144.

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Demo Sport 1101 Francisco Blvd., San Rafael. 415.454.3500. NAPA

Napa River Velo 796 Soscol Ave., Napa. 707.258.8729. SONOMA

Sonoma Outfitters 145 Third St., Santa Rosa. 707.528.1920. HONORABLE MENTION

Clavey Paddlesports 409 Petaluma Blvd. S., Petaluma. 707.766.8070.

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Samuel P. Taylor State Park Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Lagunitas. 415.488.9897. NAPA

Bothe Park 3801 St. Helena Hwy. N., Calistoga. 707.942.4575. SONOMA

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Best Antecedent to Coit Tower Sometimes there’s nothing more refreshing than being surrounded by milehigh redwoods, forest vegetation and the reassuring sound of running creek water. Doesn’t sound like a bad way to spend a relaxing day or even a weekend, which is why so many locals and wine tourists alike are drawn to Bothe State Park, your pick for Best Park in Napa County, located in the heart of Napa Valley. Named after Reinhold Bothe, the park has a long history. In the 1870s, much of the park was acquired as a country estate for Charles Hitchcock (whose daughter, Lillie Hitchcock Coit, would eventually have a tower erected in her name) for social gatherings and a popular vacation spot for San Francisco’s elite. The valley’s attractiveness prompted Bothe to acquire part of the estate when the last of its original owners passed away in 1929. Initially calling it Paradise Park, Bothe continued operations as a private resort until the state park system acquired it in 1960. With over 50 campsites meant for family camping and five historic hiking trails stretching over 10 miles of land, Bothe Park is every nature lover’s happy place. Because of its prime proximity to many wineries, many visitors discover it on accident, not having known it’s even there. Large picnic grounds are available for day use and a swimming pool is open for visitors in the summer. The park is principally located on volcanic ground, and ash from its tectonic past can be seen on the cliffs of Ritchy Canyon. Sun, trees, historic grounds and delicious sandwiches packed for lunch. What could be better?—M.S.

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StoneTree Golf Club

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Santa Rosa Ski & Sport

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Bennett Valley Golf Course 3330 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.528.3673. HONORABLE MENTION

Windsor Golf Club

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3090 Jefferson St., Napa. 707.255.3509.

Northern Light Surf Shop 17191 Bodega Hwy., Bodega. 707.876.3032. HONORABLE MENTION

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2740 Jefferson St., Napa. 707.253.7949.

1216 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.546.0660.

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1338 Pearl Street, Napa www.downtownpilates.com

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Michael Amsler

Best Place to Pretend You’re in a Bollywood Movie

Fast-forward a week later, to a sunny afternoon, as nine beauties in a rainbow of colorful costumes dance outside in the plaza’s gazebo. After the applause dies down and the audience disperses, the smiles continue. “I love the energy of Bollywood dance—it’s unique to the style,” says dancer Athena Wheaton. “Even the pieces that have attitude are really joyous.” 134 Weeks Way, Sebastopol. 707.823.1074.—S.D.

Best Concealed Expanse of Yellow Beauty The hidden grove of daffodils in the Point Reyes National Seashore is one of those beloved secret spots that locals protect with intense ferocity. So newcomers, grab a pencil—I’m about to spill the beans. The unmarked trail that leads to this flora-filled clearing can be found by following Limantour Spit Road to the Point Reyes Hostel. There, alongside the dirt drive about 30 feet from the hostel’s front door, you’ll spy a very narrow trailhead leading into the brush. The path to the daffodils is a veritable obstacle course and requires traversing a narrow, slippery bar to cross a rushing stream some six feet

below; scaling a leaning tree trunk followed by a steep embankment using a rope left by previous explorers; and holding one’s arms skyward to avoid the constant threat of poison oak or wild nettles, both of which grow abundantly along the trail. If you survive this short but perilous hike, and pick the right week in February (usually toward the end of the month) to make the trek, you’ll be rewarded with a glorious blanket of daffodils that reach deeply into the surrounding thicket as far as the eye can see. Rumored to be a remnant of a bulb farm that once operated there more than half a century ago, the grove is—or rather was—one of Point Reyes’ best-kept secrets. Along the Laguna Trail; begin at 1390 Limantour Spit Road, Point Reyes Station.—K.F.

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the mountainside, visitors can enjoy an ethereal view of the surrounding forest. Stocked with a collection of oldschool gamesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;from backgammon to Scrabbleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and a revolving selection of German lagers and ales on tap, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the perfect spot to kick back, enjoy a cold one and hug a few trees. The traditional German-Austrian design of the clubhouse reflects the storied history of the Nature Friends. Dating back to 1895, the nonprofit organization was founded in Vienna for the purpose of providing workingclass Joes with places to study and commune with nature. The Club quickly spread across Europe and the Americas, and today there are more than a thousand lodges and 600,000 members worldwide. The Tourist Club in Mill Valley was founded nearly a

century ago by a group of German Nature Friends living in the Bay Area, who, along with other members, built the lodge by hand. Since then, the Tourist Club has been a secret oasis for those in the know. Sitting on the lower patio below the terrace one afternoon, a young woman playing gin rummy with a group of friends tells me she loves to invite people on a hike nearby and then surprise them by leading them unknowingly to the clubhouse: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The look on their faces when we turn the corner of the trail and the lodge comes into view is just priceless,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A beer garden? In the middle of nowhere? No way!â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? 30 Ridge Ave., Mill Valley. 415.388.9987.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;K.F.


Best $5 Moroccan Veal Tongue Taco Around and across the food-seeking North Bay, there has evolved a growing squadron of nomadic restaurants on wheels, each of which has its own die-hard following. In recent months, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a spanking-new arrival on the scene, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exactly what its emergence has been causing: a scene. The Taco Guys (Justin Close and Jason Hoffman) materialized out of the blue last fall, piloting a vibrant orange-red van with a big blue logo featuring their own smiling faces. Old-school road warriors in the social media age, the Guys have fast become the hottest movable feast on the road. Found mostly in Marin, Close and Hoffman travel the Bay Area cooking up some of the best and weirdest $5 tacos in Northern California. Outrageous flavor mish-mashes include smoky pork and pumpkin; beef Colorado with chayote-jicama slaw; Maui fish (crispy and tender) with curried eggplant and leek; and cinnamonbraised beef cheeks with pickled peppers and epizote salsa verde. A true nomadic culinary experience, the Taco Guysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tantalizing tacos have developed a maniacal following of fans, who keep up via Facebook and Twitter. Followers are alerted to the Guysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; next location, and are assigned secret passwordsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x153;Slo mo, hoboâ&#x20AC;? was a recent oneâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that result in free beverages. Locations vary. www.thetacoguys.com.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;D.T.

Best Long & Winding Farmers Market Vineyards along Russian River Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Westside Road and West Dry Creek Road are packed together as tightly as a bunch of Zinfandel grapes after an October rainstorm. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still more grapes than glitz here, however, and mainly family farmsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;often farming more than just grapes, imagine that. Flower farms, orchards and market gardens share the sunshine here, and from summer through fall, popular wineries and smallholders alike offer up the other fruitsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and veggiesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;of the valley. Preston

Vineyards piles peppers, squash and fruits on a table outside its tasting room, possibly the only surface not occupied by a lounging cat, and Dry Creek Peach and Produce provide juicy alternatives to the grape. Verdure Farm (aka â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tomato Heavenâ&#x20AC;?) on Westside Road has a one-stop Italian focus with heirloom tomatoes, peppers, Tropeana Lunga onions and Genovese basil, while Roshambo Farms plans to run a farm stand during weekend wine events. Neighbors get into the act, as well, some with just a basket of pomegranates set out under a shade tree with hand-scrawled instructions to weigh your own and pay accordingly on the old-fashioned honor system. Now, if we could just set up and sell our backyard hooch this way . . . Westside and Dry Creek roads, Healdsburg.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;J.K.

Best Dried Kiwis with a View Downtown Oakland stands stately like Oz in the distance. Closer, the Bay sprawls like a valley floor and terminates at the Sausalito shoreline, bristling with boat masts and bustling with traffic. From here, Mt. Tamalpais begins its climb from the water, and the winding Panoramic Highway rises to meet you. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a vista almost worth paying forâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and, surely, this fruit stand halfway to the top of Tam boasts the sort of view unknown to most roadside produce shacks of the flatlands. Based out of an old white pickup truck on the south shoulder of the road, this mobile establishment makes itself known with a flying American flag and a sign announcing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Macadamiasâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cherries.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to draw you in, and a closer look reveals a wealth of goodies in bags and bulk: butter toffee almonds, orange honey almonds, honey smoked almonds, dried kiwis, mangos, bananas, figs, dates and papayas. Most fruits are dried, with fresh fruits appearing in summer, and each is labeled â&#x20AC;&#x153;fun to eat.â&#x20AC;? On warm days, expect chilled lemonade and drinks, but be warned: in cold weather the mysterious battered pickup never arrivesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and all youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find is a stellar view of the Bay. Mile marker 0.38, Panoramic Hwy. No phone.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;A.B. ) 37

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Best Peanut Butter & Jelly Cupcake

People seeking treasure at the Antique Society in Sebastopol should be prepared to find it in an unusual place. The Snapdragon Bakery is equal parts â&#x20AC;&#x2122;50s kitsch, small-town coffee shop and Grandmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kitchen. Bakery owner Tracy Elizabeth Walls says thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just what sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going for. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People come in and they feel at home,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They even clear their own tables.â&#x20AC;? Walls is tall and slim, with long braids over her shoulders, and she often wears vintage dresses and aprons as she buzzes around the cafe to serve up classic favorites like macaroni and cheese with a more modern, adult flairâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;broccoli, asparagus, mushrooms and artichoke. And though the lunch specials are certainly appetite-inducing, her real specialty is cupcakes, made from scratch. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Frosting is my thing,â&#x20AC;? Walls admits. Try cinnamon chocolate cake with brown butter frosting, Meyer lemon cakes with lemon frosting, seasonal favorites like peppermint and blackberry cakes with blackberry frosting or the innerchild favorite: a butter cake with jelly in the middle topped with peanut butter frosting. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quite possibly the best PB&J cupcake on the West Coast. Walls plays the part of a down-home cupcake chef so well, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to believe she used to work in mortgage banking. When she was laid off from that job more than a year ago, Walls decided to leave the world of cubicles and computers and to pursue her passion for pastries instead. Three months ago she opened the doors to Snapdragon, and the results are as clear as the lines to the door on Saturday afternoons. The cupcakes are a hit, but they do sell out, so get there early. 2661 Gravenstein Hwy., Sebastopol. 707.823.0144.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;K.M.

Best Place for Dollar-Beer Goggles â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to be kidding me,â&#x20AC;? I think, after spotting the sign outside of Brodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Burgers and Brews. But there it is, advertising $1 pints. Back in the day, we used to call beer like Oly or Natty Light schwag, and I imagine the brews at Brodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s are most definitely going to be of the watery variety passed off as real beer. But no. Happily, Brodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s carries at least one decent beer on tap at all times (next to the requisite Bud), including a Brodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pale ale made by Firestone Walker Brewing Company. Other beers on rotation have included an oatmeal stout by Anderson Valley, and Velvet Merlin, also made by Firestone (this one might run you a steep $2). Owner Dale Eckebrech was inspired to start â&#x20AC;&#x153;Buck a Brewâ&#x20AC;? because of his own

experience as a college student, when he and his friends used to go to a place called the Wild Cat House. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You could go there and be part of the gang for a dollar,â&#x20AC;? says Eckebrech. With the down economy, he wants to provide the same experience for the broke folk of the North Bay. Just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t try to order more than four pintsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the cutoff point. 3135 Cleveland Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.526.4878.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;L.C.

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7225 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.8101.

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140 Bohemian Hwy., Freestone. 707.874.2938.

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Sebastopol Farmers Market Downtown Plaza, Sebastopol. 707.522.9305.

1207 Foothill Blvd., Calistoga. 707.942.5605.

3413 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 707.773.1271.

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Best Beans for Peace of Mind Fair trade. Single origin. Green-certified. Organic. Artisan-roasted. These are just a few of the reasons why you voted Yo el Rey Roasting as Napa Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best coffeehouse. J. Kirk Feiereisen opened the roastery and cafe in 2008, after learning about fair trade while at a protest. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had to find out what it was,â&#x20AC;? Feiereisen says. His research exposed him to a new world of coffee sourcingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;in particular, how fair trade helps out the farmer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growing it from the soil and putting his sweat, blood and tears into it. The coffee itself is a little more expensive and the extra money goes to the farmer,â&#x20AC;? he explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It helps support the infrastructure of the villages and gives them a place to stand as businessmen and women, to better their lives.â&#x20AC;? Feiereisen likens the complexities of flavors and dependence on terroir of his medium-roasted coffee beans to wine, an apt comparison considering the cafeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s location in the heart of wine country. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most of the people here are tourists that come for wine,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I connected the coffee to wine, used that analogy and they perked up and said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oh, I know exactly what you mean.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;L.C.

NAPA

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1260 Main St., Napa. 707.255.5552.

Honey Moon Frozen Yogurt

SONOMA

7108 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.9866.

Azzurro Pizzeria Momboâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pizza 1886 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.528.3278. HONORABLE MENTION

Old Chicago Pizza 41 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 707.763.3897.

Best Ice Cream MARIN

Fairfax Scoop 63 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. 415.453.3130. NAPA

Three Twins Ice Cream 610 First St., Napa. 707.257.8946.

Best Candy / Chocolate Shop MARIN

Gandolfâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fine Chocolate, Marin Farmers Market 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 707.861.0489.

Anetteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chocolate Factory 1321 First St., Napa. 707.252.4228. SONOMA

Viva Cocolat 110 Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma. 707.778.9888.

Screaminâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Mimiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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Lalaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Creamery

Sonoma Chocolatiers 6899 McKinley St., Sebastopol. 707.829.1181.

134 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 707.763.5252.

Best Frozen Yogurt MARIN

Berry Bliss Yogurt 2247 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 415.925.1955. NAPA

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Tucked away below street level, hard to find unless youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for it, is Petalumaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Taps Restaurant & Tasting Room, an eccentric, wide-open sports bar with random touches of the classic German Hofbrauâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and the greatest array of whimsically named hot dogs in the North Bay. By sheer word-of-mouth, the year-old eatery-drinkery has drawn scores of first-timers down the stairs into the secretive subsidewalk hotspot with promises of highly addictive, bun-served entrĂŠes and outrageously tasty side dishes. Not only have Tapsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; salt-andpepper french fries become the stuff of local legend (slathered in big crushed flakes of pepper and enough salt to ruin your blood pressure for days), the fiendish genius Abraham Asay (pictured) has concocted the BLT hot dog: a bacon-wrapped, allbeef dog, deep-fried to a crispy perfection, served on a bun with lettuce, tomatoes and wickedly swizzled mayonnaise on top. With a tall, foamy beer to wash it all down, cardiac arrest never tasted so good. 205 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 707.763.6700.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;D.T.

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SONOMA 6902 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol. 707.823.5902.

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Best Chocolatier NAPA

Woodhouse Chocolate 1367 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.8413. SONOMA

Sonoma Chocolatiers

3900 Bel Aire Plaza, Napa. 707.226.1899.

6899 McKinley St., Sebastopol. 707.829.1181.

SONOMA

HONORABLE MENTION

Berry Chill Frozen Yogurt

Viva Cocolat

708 E. Washington St., Petaluma. 707.778.8878.

110 Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma. 707.778.9888.

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Underground Market. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just saw great potential for something similar in Marin, which has such a strong food community,â&#x20AC;? Adolphs explains. Launched under a year ago, so far the members-only market has popped up in Sausalito, San Anselmo and various spots around San Rafael. Vendor lineups vary from month to month, creating an ever-changing mixture of old and new offerings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The vibe is a little different every time,â&#x20AC;? says Adolphs, who has recently added cooking demos and live music to the mix. Chocolate-dipped bacon brittle, organic cupcakes, saucy dumplings, solar-cooked jams, heirloom ketchups, artisinal empanadas, sugarcane juice, meatless German currywurst (made by Adolphsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; husband), slowroasted soups and vegan truffles are some of the products one might find on hand. Membership sign-up in the club is a must (itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free), and then admission is just $5â&#x20AC;&#x201D;sign up online,

and save a dollar at the door. The next market takes place on April 10, from 11am to 5pm, at the Marin Fencing Academy in San Rafael. Various locations in Marin. www.homegrownmarinmarket.com.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;K.F.

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Best Juice Bar MARIN

Jamba Juice

SONOMA

Howardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Station Cafe 3611 Bohemian Hwy., Occidental. 707.874.2838.

266 Northgate One, San Rafael. 415.491.7700.

HONORABLE MENTION

Bon Air Shopping Center, Ross Valley. 415.925.8470.

Dierkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parkside Cafe

45 Camino Alto #111, Mill Valley. 415.380.0773.

404 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.573.5955.

Best Brunch

5720 Nave Drive, Novato. 415.881.9256.

MARIN

SONOMA

Buckeye Roadhouse

Juice Shack

15 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley. 415.331.2600.

2154 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.522.6289.

NAPA

1810 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.528.6131.

1347 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.3799.

901 Village Court, Santa Rosa. 707.522.6822.

Willow Wood Market & Cafe

Market SONOMA

1708 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 707.664.1787.

9020 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.0233.

HONORABLE MENTION

Flamingo Resort Hotel

Fruit in Motion

HONORABLE MENTION

2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

3 Fourth St., Petaluma. 707.776.4559.

Best Cafe / Coffeehouse MARIN

Marin Coffee Roasters

Best Diner MARIN

Bubbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fine Diner 566 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 415.459.6862.

546 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 415.258.9549.

NAPA

1551 S. Novato Blvd., Novato. 415.892.8373.

632 Soscol Ave., Napa. 707.252.0651.

NAPA

SONOMA

Soscol Cafe

FIRST PLACE TIE

Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Diner

Yo el Rey Roasting

7260 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.8080.

1217 Washington St., Calistoga. 707.942.1180.

Napa Valley Roasting Company

HONORABLE MENTION

Hallieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Diner

948 Main St., Napa. 707.224.2233.

125 Keller St., Petaluma. 707.773.1143.

SONOMA

Best Deli

Flying Goat Coffee 324 Center St., Healdsburg. 707.433.3599. 419 Center St., Healdsburg. 707.433.8003.

MARIN

Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sourdough

10 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.575.1202.

3095 Kerner Blvd., Ste. L, San Rafael. 415.485.0964.

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Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Roma Roasters Coffee & Tea

Genova Deli

95 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.576.7765.

SONOMA

Best Breakfast

Traversoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gourmet Foods

1550 Trancas St., Napa. 707.253.8686.

MARIN

2097 Stagecoach Road, Santa Rosa. 707.542.2530.

FIRST PLACE TIE

HONORABLE MENTION

Crepevine 908 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.257.8822.

Half Day Cafe

Macâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Deli 640 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.3785.

848 College Ave., Kentfield. 415.459.0291.

Best Outdoor Dining

NAPA

MARIN

Gilwoods Cafe

Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Anchor Cafe

1320 Town Center, Napa. 707.253.0409.

27 Main St., Tiburon. 415.435.4527.

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farmers debate Caterpillar vs. John Deere and the place where for the last few months, chef Mark Malicki has been bringing his culinary talents to the menu. Malickiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cafe Saint Rose resides in the pantheon of great Sonoma County restaurants, and his new residency at Casino makes a perfect if lesser-known fit. Recent menus at Casino have included Dungeness crab, Manila clam and smoked hamhock stew; griddled rabbit sausage with French lentil salad; roast pork loin and belly with French turnips in brown butter; wild nettle and butternut squash lasagna; and crispy goose breast with escarole, olives and orange vinaigrette. Most entrĂŠes range from $10 to $15, which suits Superbowl regulars just fine. While the game enters the second quarter, Malicki sits out on the patio, behind his grill, among tables kept shady by Miller Genuine Draft umbrellas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I guess Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m rooting for Pittsburgh, because thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where the Andy Warhol museum is,â&#x20AC;? he says, disinterestedly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never watched a football game.â&#x20AC;? 17000 Bodega Hwy., Bodega. 707.876.3185.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;G.M.

floor, and recycled glass milk bottles form the countertops. The real motivation to put on those walking shoes is the Trading Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s delicious family-friendly menu of farmers market salads, savory soups, grilled sandwiches, local hot dogs and organic juices. The breakfast menu includes freshly baked goods from the beloved Rustic Bakery. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The mornings are a particularly special time here,â&#x20AC;? Klein says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;with the low-hanging fog and crisp air, we get a lot of locals and regulars then, stopping in to get their first cup of coffee and a pastry after a morning walk or run.â&#x20AC;? Open daily from 9:30am to 4:30pm, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the perfect place to start or finish a hike. A creamy cup of organic tomato soup and a gooey Mt. Tam grilled cheese in the middle of an enchanted forest? Fantasies do come true. In Muir Woods National Park, Mill Valley. 415.388.7059.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;K.F.

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In an age when most small wineries are eager to tweet, blog and friend their way toward fame, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the contrarian vintner who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bother to advertise his presence at all. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an even more special kind of contrarian whose website materials, such as they do exist, are mainly in Latin and Middle French, who offers no tasting room and whose elusive winemaking operation is well off of the well-trodden path. Appropriately situated in the west Marin town of Bolinas, a bohemian and surfer enclave whose vigilant citizens refuse to abide road signs pointing the way there, Sean Thackrey presides over a â&#x20AC;&#x153;cultâ&#x20AC;? wine production of some 4,000 cases. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s said that there, under the shade of a eucalyptus grove, Thackrey practices â&#x20AC;&#x153;Medievalâ&#x20AC;? arts on his grapes, his methods culled from centuries-old texts, and lets his wines sleep during the long night of ĂŠlevage under the constellations for which theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re named: Pleiades, Orion, Andromeda. Neither email nor telephone is likely to elicit a visit; the would-be winetaster may as well chart his path by the stars. Not open to the public; for (some) information go to ) 51 www.wine-maker.net.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;J.K.

Nestled in the depths of Muir Woods, surrounded by protected wilderness and wildlife, lies a most delicious surprise. The Trading Company Cafe, a casual, farm-driven eatery, is not your typical park cantina. Reached via a short, flat walking path through the towering redwoods from the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main parking area, the organic cafe is a glowing model of sustainability and environmental responsibility. Aiming to leave as small a carbon footprint as humanly possible, the Trading Company sources the majority of its ingredients from farms and producers within a 40-mile radius, including local favorites like Cowgirl Creamery, Rocky Chicken and Strauss Farm. A startling â&#x20AC;&#x153;90 percent of the cafeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s waste is recycled and composted,â&#x20AC;? says project manager Frank Klein. And nearly every inch of the renovated cabin and outlying deck is built from recycled materials. Reclaimed wood from a batch of 1950s picnic tables has been repurposed into the dining room

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Ken Frank, La Toque Restaurant 1314 McKinstry St., Napa. 707.257.5157.

Matt Spector, JoLe 1457 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.5938.

Marin Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

SONOMA

1585 Casa Buena Drive, Corte Madera. 415.924.2081.

Tony Najiola, Central Market

NAPA

42 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 707.778.9900.

Norman Rose Tavern

HONORABLE MENTION TIE

1401 First St., Napa. 707.258.1516.

Josh Silvers, Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar & Oven

Underwood Bar & Bistro

135 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.6900.

9113 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.7023.

Brian Anderson, Bistro 29

HONORABLE MENTION

620 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.546.2929.

614 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.526.7700.

Best Spot to Dine Solo MARIN

Sol Food

Best Restaurant MARIN

Le Garage Bistro 85 Liberty Ship Way, Sausalito. 415.332.5625. NAPA

901 Lincoln Ave., San Rafael. 415.451.5765.

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NAPA

1457 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.5938.

Carpe Diem Wine Bar

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MARIN

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MARIN

NAPA

SONOMA

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HONORABLE MENTION

Best Dining After 10pm

Best Japanese/Sushi Restaurant, Marin

6536 Front St., Forestville. 707.887.2476.

Adam Mali, Nickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cove

614 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.526.7700.

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5700 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Forestville. 707.887.3344.

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HONORABLE MENTION

SONOMA

1001 Second St., Napa. 707.224.0800.

ZaZu Restaurant & Farm

SONOMA

3535 Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4814.

Willow Wood Market & Cafe 9020 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.0233. HONORABLE MENTION

HONORABLE MENTION

El Coqui 400 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.542.8868.

Peter Lowellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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Take Home Dinners Fresh Seasonable Sides Gourmet Sandwiches Fish Tacos,

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6536 Front St., Forestville, CA 95436

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7385 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.1077.

Best Caterer MARIN

Insalataâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 415.457.7700. NAPA

Elaine Bell Catering 776 Technology Way, Napa. 707.603.1400. SONOMA

A La Heart Catering 600 Wilson St., Santa Rosa. 707.527.7555.

Best New Restaurant MARIN

Osteria Stellina 11285 Hwy. 1, Pt. Reyes Station. 415.663.9988. NAPA

Norman Rose Tavern 1401 First St., Napa. 707.258.1516. SONOMA

Rustic, Francisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Favorites 300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville. 707.857.1485.

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Sarahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Forestville Kitchen 6566 Front St., Forestville. 707.887.1055.

SONOMA

MARIN

114 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 707.782.1130. HONORABLE MENTION

Vintage Oaks Mall, Novato. 415.892.8838.

117 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.523.2227.

Soo Yuan 1354 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.9404. SONOMA

Gary Chuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 611 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.526.5840.

1501 4th Street 10070 Main Street 546.4016 665.9790 originalsuperburger.com  penngrovesuperburger.com

Sushi Ran 223 Third St., San Rafael. 415.457.6776.

Best French

NAPA

MARIN

1202 First St., Napa. 707.257.6604.

Le Garage Bistro 85 Liberty Ship Way, Sausalito. 415.332.5625.

Sushi Mambo SONOMA

Sushi Tozai 7531 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol. 707.824.9886. HONORABLE MENTION

SONOMA

Hana Japanese Restaurant

La Gare

101 Golf Course Drive, Rohnert Park. 707.586.0270.

HONORABLE MENTION

Bistro 29

Best Mediterranean

620 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.546.2929.

MARIN

Best Indian

Hannaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Italian Mediterranean Restaurant

MARIN

Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re proud to be a Sonoma County favorite for many years!

Avatars Punjabi Burritos

BEST INDIAN RESTAURANT

Neelaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

15 Madrona St., Mill Valley. 415.381.8293. 131 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 707.765.9775. NAPA 975 Clinton St., Napa. 707.226.9988.

Honorable Mention (tie)

SONOMA

Thank You!

Sizzling Tandoor 409 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.579.5999.

1700 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.457.6252. NAPA

Small World Restaurant 928 Coombs St., Napa. 707.224.7743. SONOMA

Afendiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Turkish Grill 299 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. 707.763.1998. HONORABLE MENTION

East West Cafe

HONORABLE MENTION TIE

557 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. 707.546.6142.

Himalayan Kabob & Curry House

Best Mexican

220 Western Ave., Petaluma. 707.775.4453.

(at Hwy 12 & Mission Blvd.) pamposhrestaurant.com

FIRST PLACE TIE

Kamikaze Sushi Bar

500 Mission Blvd., Santa Rosa. 707.539.5570.

208 Wilson St., Santa Rosa. 707.528.4355.

52 Mission Circle, Santa Rosa

MARIN

107 Caledonia St., Sausalito. 415.332.3620.

540 Main St., Napa. 707.252.8115.

707.538.3367

Best Japanese / Sushi

China Room

Angèle

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LoCocoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

HONORABLE MENTION

NAPA

Celebrate with us!

Cucina Paradiso

38 Miller Ave., Mill Creek Plaza, Mill Valley. 415.388.8868. NAPA

Penngrove

1026 First St., Napa. 707.254.8397.

Best Chinese Jennie Lowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Santa Rosa

NAPA

Ristorante Allegria

MARIN

Pamposh Fine Indian Cuisine

Puentez Taqueria

52 Mission Circle, Santa Rosa. 707.538.3367.

NAPA

Best Italian

243 Third St., San Rafael. 415.721.7992. FIRST PLACE TIE

Compadres

MARIN

505 Lincoln Ave., Napa. 707.253.1111.

Fradelizioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ristorante

Taqueria Rosita

35 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1618.

1214 Main St., Napa. 707.253.9208.


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Mi Pueblo Taqueria

Gaiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garden

800 Petaluma Blvd. N, Petaluma. 707.762.8192.

1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491.

HONORABLE MENTION

HONORABLE MENTION

Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Old Mexico 305 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.823.4458.

Best Seafood

Cafe Gratitude 206 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.723.4461.

Best Bartender

MARIN

MARIN

Seafood Peddler

Lila Mullins, Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nightclub

100 Yacht Club Drive, San Rafael. 415.460.6669. NAPA

842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

Go Fish

NAPA

641 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.0700.

FIRST PLACE TIE

SONOMA

Danny Bazzoli, Calistoga Inn Restaurant & Brewery

Williâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Seafood & Raw Bar 403 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.433.9191.

1250 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.4101.

HONORABLE MENTION

John Shaver, Calistoga Inn Restaurant & Brewery

The Tides Wharf

1250 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.4101.

800 Hwy. 1, Bodega Bay. 707.875.3652.

SONOMA

Best Thai

Frank Dice, Underwood Bar & Bistro

MARIN

Royal Thai Restaurant 610 Third St., San Rafael. 415.485.1074. NAPA

Mini Mango Thai Bistro 1408 Clay St., Napa. 707.226.8884. SONOMA

Sea Thai Bistro

9113 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.7023. HONORABLE MENTION TIE

Sean Dal Colletto, Santi 2097 Stagecoach Road, Santa Rosa. 707.528.1549.

Scott Beattie, Spoonbar 219 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.433.7222.

2323 Sonoma Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.528.8333.

Best Brewpub

HONORABLE MENTION

MARIN

Jhanthong Banbua 2400 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.528.8048.

Best Vietnamese MARIN

La Maison de la Reine 346 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera. 415.927.0288.

Broken Drum Brewery 1132 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.456.4677. NAPA FIRST PLACE TIE

Calistoga Inn Restaurant & Brewery 1250 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.4101.

NAPA

Downtown Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brewery & Restaurant

Bui Bistro

902 Main St., Napa. 707.258.2337.

976 Pearl St., Napa. 707.255.5417.

SONOMA

SONOMA

Russian River Brewing Co.

Simply Vietnam

725 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.2337.

966 N. Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.566.8910.

HONORABLE MENTION

HONORABLE MENTION

Pho Vietnam

Dempseyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant & Brewery

711 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa. 707.571.7687.

50 E. Washington St., Petaluma. 707.765.9694.

Best Vegetarian

Best Microbrew

MARIN

MARIN

Cafe Gratitude

Moylanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brewery

2200 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.824.4652.

15 Rowland Way, Novato. 415.898.4677.

NAPA

NAPA

Ubuntu Restaurant

Napa Smith Brewery

1140 Main St., Napa. 707.251.5656.

1 Executive Way, Napa. 707.255.2912.

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NAPA

Russian River Brewing Co.

Bottega Napa Valley

725 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.2337.

6525 Washington St., Yountville. 707.945.1050.

HONORABLE MENTION

SONOMA

Lagunitas Brewing Co. 1280 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. 707.769.4495.

Best Cocktails MARIN

Buckeye Roadhouse

Winner Best Chardonnay

15 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley. 415.331.2600. NAPA

Coleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chop House 1122 Main St., Napa. 707.224.6328. SONOMA

Underwood Bar & Bistro

Flatiron Sports Bar & Late Night Grill

1403 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.9777. SONOMA

Beyond the Glory 1371 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. 707.775.3775. HONORABLE MENTION

Ausielloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fifth Street Grill 609 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.579.9408.

Best Dive Bar MARIN

2AM Club

Sonoma County

FIRST PLACE TIE

7900 St. Helena Hwy., Oakville. 707.944.9442.

Hydro Bar & Grill

Mumm Napa Valley 8445 Silverado Trail, Rutherford. 707.967.7700. SONOMA

Medlock Ames 3487 Alexander Valley Road, Healdsburg. 707.431.8845. HONORABLE MENTION

Bella Vineyards & Wine Caves 9711 W. Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. 707.473.9171.

Best Sauvignon Blanc NAPA

Charles Krug 2800 Main St., St. Helena. 707.967.2200. SONOMA

Medlock Ames 3487 Alexander Valley Road, Healdsburg. 707.431.8845.

380 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 415.388.6036.

HONORABLE MENTION

NAPA

9592 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. 707.833.5891.

Panchaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 6764 Washington St., Yountville. 707.944.2125. SONOMA

601 MURRAY CIRCLE FORT BAKER SAUSALITO, CA 888.651.2003 WWW.CAVALLOPOINT.COM

Rickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wine Cellar

Best Sports Bar

3425 Solano Ave., Napa. 707.254.3343.

SPA RESERVATIONS: 415.339.4767

MARIN

Opus One

Characterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar & Grill

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Best Winetasting Room

521 Adams St., Santa Rosa. 707.546.5100.

FIRST PLACE TIE

HONORABLE MENTION

29 North St., Healdsburg. 707.433.3311.

NAPA

NAPA

HEALING ARTS CENTER & SPA

Cyrus

HONORABLE MENTION

724 B St., San Rafael. 415.453.4318.

Winner Best Pinot Noir

HONORABLE MENTION

207 Corte Madera Ave., Corte Madera. 415.927.9466.

MARIN

The Winning Wine Labels 2011

403 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.433.9191.

9113 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.7023.

Starkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Steakhouse

Sonoma County

Williâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Seafood & Raw Bar

Round Robin 616 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.575.1354. HONORABLE MENTION

Belvedere 727 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.542.1890.

Best Wine List MARIN

Rickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wine Cellar 207 Corte Madera Ave., Corte Madera. 415.927.9466.

Kenwood Vineyards

Best Chardonnay NAPA

Rombauer Vineyards 3522 Silverado Trail, St. Helena. 707.963.5170. SONOMA

La Crema Winery 3690 Laughlin Road, Windsor. 707.571.1504. HONORABLE MENTION TIE

Lynmar Estate 3909 Frei Road, Sebastopol. 707.829.3374.

Ferrari-Carano 8761 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. 707.433.6700.


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Best Unmarked Salsa North of the Border The Whole Foods across the street from Ortegaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market might have fancy, organic, GMOâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;free salsa made from lovingly massaged tomatoes. But the small, Latino market in a strip mall next to a doughnut shop is where to find the truly flavorful shizznit. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re lucky, a plain unmarked plastic tub or two of the red spicy deliciousness will be waiting on top of the

meat counterâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;right near the mole, directly above the tripeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;ready to be bought by the next lucky salsa fanatic. If itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not there, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gone for the day, or until one of the employees decides to whip up another batch. Losses can be soothed with a rice pudding La Michoacana paleta or a crumbly De La Rosa peanut mazapĂĄn candy, and you may just want to pitch a tent outside to be the first person through the door the next morning. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that good. 331 Guerneville Road #J, Santa Rosa. 707.527.9100.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;L.C.

Best Sparkling Wine

SONOMA

MARIN

5 Fitch St., Healdsburg. 707.433.3473.

Point Reyes Vineyards 12700 Hwy. 1, Pt. Reyes Station. 415.663.1011. NAPA

Schramsberg Vineyards 1400 Schramsberg Road, Calistoga. 707.942.4558. SONOMA.

J Vineyards & Winery 11447 Old Redwood Hwy., Healdsburg. 707.431.3646. HONORABLE MENTION

Ironhorse Vineyard 9786 Ross Station Road, Sebastopol. 707.887.1507.

Best Cabernet MARIN

Point Reyes Vineyards 12700 Hwy. 1, Pt. Reyes Station. 415.663.1011. NAPA

Darioush 4240 Silverado Trail, Napa. 707.257.7056. SONOMA

B.R. Cohn Olive Hill Cabernet 15000 Sonoma Hwy., Glen Ellen. 800.330.4064. HONORABLE MENTION

Medlock Ames 3487 Alexander Valley Road, Healdsburg. 707.431.8845.

Best Syrah

Longboard Vineyards HONORABLE MENTION

Balletto Vineyards 5700 Occidental Road, Sebastopol. 707.568.2455.

Best Pinot Noir MARIN

Pey Marin Pinot Noir www.marinwines.com NAPA

Zacherle Wines 1501 Cedar St., Calistoga. 707.337.9072. SONOMA FIRST PLACE TIE

Woodenhead Winery 5700 River Road, Forestville. 707.887.2703.

Balletto Vineyards 5700 Occidental Road, Sebastopol. 707.568.2455. HONORABLE MENTION TIE

La Crema Winery 3690 Laughlin Road, Windsor. 707.571.1504.

Kosta Browne 3044 Midway Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.823.7430.

Best Zinfandel NAPA

The Terraces at Quarry Vineyards 1450 Silverado Trail S., St. Helena. 707.963.1707.

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SONOMA

Pey Marin Syrah

Seghesio Vineyards & Winery

www.marinwines.com NAPA

14730 Grove St., Healdsburg. 707.433.7764.

T-Vine Cellars

HONORABLE MENTION

3130 Old Lawley Toll Road, Calistoga. 707.942.8685.

5700 River Road, Forestville. 707.887.2703.

Woodenhead Winery

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n the side of Alberto Martinez’ big white van is a full-color photograph of himself, microphone in hand, cowboy hat on his head, eyes closed in concentration—singing a love song, quite obviously, with all his heart. “I love to sing,” says Martinez, of Healdsburg, leading the way past his van and into his garage. “When I sing,” he says, firing up his computer, “all of my troubles go away. That’s what happens to the people listening, too.” Martinez—known as “El Cantante”—and his karaoke program have become prominent fixtures at weddings, parties, restaurants and quinceañeras. The sheer charm of his full-throttle performances aren’t lessened by the fact that his “band” is a machine. “To me, sure, it would be easier

singing with a real band than singing karaoke,” admits Martinez. “I used to be with a band, but we didn’t agree on everything, so we . . . kaboom! But we were very good! Now I just use my karaoke machine, and people like that a lot.” Most of the songs he sings he has memorized—no small feat. “I don’t have that many songs yet,” he says humbly. “Only about 275 songs.” A year ago, Martinez suffered a serious injury while working his day job at a local winery, resulting in a broken knee and tibia. He now has 18 screws and three pieces of metal in his leg, and is often still in pain. “Sometimes,” he says, “it makes me so sad when I think about my accident. Since that time, I’m not the same guy as before. I used to be really—what’s the word?—I used to go zoom-zoom, all

around, all over town. Now I’m more at home all the time, because I am in so much pain sometimes. But when I sing, all the pain goes away. I feel like a new guy.” Martinez tests his microphone, hits a few keys on his laptop and music fills the garage. Though his audience this afternoon is only a reporter and a photographer, Martinez gives a wonderfully energetic performance. “People really love it when I sing,” Martinez says. “They tell me, ‘Hey Alberto, someday you are going to go far.’ I hope so. “So,” he says, a big smile on his face as he taps again at his karaoke screen, “you want to hear another?” Alberto Martinez, 707.228.4849.—D.T.

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Best Place for Singles to Meet

Best Staycation MARIN

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Nick’s Cove & Cottages

Downtown San Rafael Farmers Market

NAPA

23240 Hwy. 1, Marshall. 415.663.1033.

Fourth Street, San Rafael. 415.492.8007.

Solage Calistoga

NAPA

755 Silverado Trail, Calistoga. 707.226.0800.

FIRST PLACE TIE

SONOMA

Morimoto Napa

Kenwood Inn & Spa

610 Main St., Napa. 707.252.1600.

10400 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. 707.833.1293.

Downtown Joe’s Brewery & Restaurant

HONORABLE MENTION

Jenner Inn & Cottages

902 Main St., Napa. 707.258.2337.

10400 Hwy. 1, Jenner. 707.865.2377.

SONOMA

Best Boutique Hotel

Christy’s on the Square 96 Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa. 707.528.8565. HONORABLE MENTION

Jackson’s Bar & Oven

MARIN

Nick’s Cove & Cottages 23240 Hwy. 1, Marshall. 415.663.1033. NAPA

135 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.6900.

FIRST PLACE TIE

Best Flower Shop

1152 Lodi Lane, St. Helena. 707.963.7077.

MARIN

San Rafael Florist

Wine Country Inn & Gardens Oak Knoll Inn 2200 E. Oak Knoll Ave., Napa. 707.255.2200.

831 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.457.4711.

SONOMA

NAPA

The Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant

Beau Fleurs 1508 Silverado Trail, Napa. 707.224.7993. SONOMA

Stems Floral Design 864 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.546.7522. HONORABLE MENTION

Dragonfly Farms 425 Westside Road, Healdsburg. 707.433.3739.

Best Romantic Dinner

7871 River Road, Forestville. 707.887.3300. HONORABLE MENTION

Metro Hotel & Cafe 508 Petaluma Blvd. S., Petaluma. 707.773.4900.

Best Couples Spa MARIN

EVO Spa 800 Redwood Hwy., Frontage Road, Ste. 216, Mill Valley. 415.383.3223. NAPA

MARIN

Spa Solage

Nick’s Cove

755 Silverado Trail, Calistoga. 707.226.0820.

23240 Hwy. 1, Marshall. 415.663.1033.

SONOMA

NAPA

Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary

FIRST PLACE TIE

209 Bohemian Hwy., Freestone. 707.823.8231.

Bottega Napa Valley

HONORABLE MENTION

6525 Washington St., Yountville. 707.945.1050.

Tra Vigne 1050 Charter Oak Ave., St. Helena, 707.963.4444.

Mermaid’s Spa 115 S. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.823.3535.

Best Lingerie Shop MARIN

SONOMA

Chadwick’s of London

The Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant

526 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 415.721.7119.

7871 River Road, Forestville. 707.887.3300.

9 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 415.388.7704.

HONORABLE MENTION

NAPA

Ca’ Bianca Ristorante

Calla Lily Fine Linens

835 Second St., Santa Rosa. 707.542.5800.

1222 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.8188.

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Best Place to Bathe in Cedar Imagine escaping to a world where stress no longer exists, where an authentic Kyoto-style Japanese garden is built on a six-acre site, therapeutic enzyme baths beautify the skin and full body massages enhance well-being. That world does exist, and it’s at the Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary, your pick for Best Couples Spa in Sonoma County. Osmosis is the only spa in the United States to offer the experience of a detoxifying cedar enzyme bath. “It is an incomparable relaxing experience,” says Michael Stusser, Osmosis founder. “It is why we have had over 200,000 visitors.” The enzyme treatment is just one of many holistic services Osmosis offers, providing guests with increased sanctuary. “Osmosis is made up of an incredible community of people,” says Stusser. “We have a deep sense of commitment and we’re in it for the spirit and the wonder of creating sacred time and sacred space.”—M.S. SONOMA

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Sensuality Shoppe

Anna’s Bridal Boutique

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Ma Cherie Et Moi 2332 Magowan Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.573.1103.

Best Erotica Store MARIN

Pleasures of the Heart 1310 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.482.9899.

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Pleasures Unlimited 1424 Second St., Napa. 707.226.2666. SONOMA

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Spice 6597 Commerce Blvd., Rohnert Park. 707.588.0525.

Best Wedding Planner NAPA

Sasha Souza Events 609 Cabot Way, Napa. 707.253.8160. SONOMA

Jess Flood Event Design www.jessflood.com HONORABLE MENTION

SONOMA

The Powder Room 2560 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.537.7968. HONORABLE MENTION TIE

Starlet Bridal 718 Village Court, Santa Rosa. 707.544.0334.

Wine Country Bride 3201-A Cleveland Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.544.3695.

Best Wedding Reception Venue MARIN FIRST PLACE TIE

Falkirk Cultural Center 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 415.485.3328.

Marin Art & Garden Center 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 415.454.1301. NAPA

Beaulieu Garden www.beaulieugarden.com

Cirkl Productions

SONOMA

3201-A Cleveland Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.544.3695.

Vine Hill House

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1014 Clinton St., Napa. 707.257.6135.

3 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley. 415.388.0988.

3601 Vine Hill Road, Sebastopol. 707.823.8590. HONORABLE MENTION

Paradise Ridge Winery 4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.528.9463.


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Best Hallucinogenic ‘I Do’

There are few settings more unusual and enchanting for a tiny wedding ceremony than the 360-square-foot Sea Ranch Chapel, which appears like a long-winged creature alongside Highway 1 in the seaside community of Sea Ranch. Designed by architect James T. Hubbell, this Dr. Seussian sanctuary was built largely out of native redwood, local stone, metal and glass, and from a distance, its wavy walls and roof seem to be in motion. A stone pathway leads visitors to a pair of elaborate teak doors with stained glass inlays, and the inside—adorned with sculptured wood, twisted ironwork and carved redwood pews, and softly illuminated by colorful stained-glass windows and doors—is like a Narnian dream.

The chapel was originally commissioned by longtime Sea Ranch residents Robert and Betty Buffun in 1984, who described it as “a place that seems to stimulate the imagination . . . one sees with ‘new eyes’ natural materials used in dramatic combinations to create a work of art.” Open to the public every day from 8am until sundown, the chapel’s sign posted outside reads simply: “The nondenominational Chapel is for prayer and meditation. Please respect its sanctity.” Despite its award-winning design, the chapel is largely unknown outside of Sea Ranch, although a number of small weddings have taken place within its redwood walls over the years. The cozy proportions accommodate up to 40 people (standing-room only) and can be rented by contacting the Sea Ranch Association. Mile marker 55.5, Highway 1, Sea Ranch. 707.785.2444.—K.F.

Best Actual Hidden Gems Outside the entry to Santa Rosa’s Byron Blodgett Jewelry Tech one day, a heavily tattooed man dropped to one knee and opened a small box. He slid the diamond ring onto the finger of the blushing woman in front of him, and as she threw her arms around him, the staff, watching from inside, burst into tears. “We all cried,” says Byron Blodgett, veteran jeweler and owner of the vintage jewelry store, now celebrating its fifth anniversary in Railroad Square. The store specializes in art deco diamond engagement and wedding sets, but potential brides and grooms can also find unique pieces ranging from Victorian styles to modern jewelry made by Blodgett. “We get lots of low-key couples looking for something affordable and nonconventional in a vintage mounting,” says Blodgett. Adding his two cents, a customer says, “Byron is an honest jeweler, does great repair work, and prices are very fair. He has my trust.” And that’s worth its weight in gold. 130 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.528.3378.—S.D.

Best $10,000 Wedding at a Barn Owned by a Founder of Esprit The North Bay is a mecca for destination weddings, but for those couples in search of a matrimonial spot far off the beaten path to the altar, I offer the Peace Barn. It’s so hush-hush, I can’t tell you too much about it. Located in the hippy-meetsyuppie community of Bolinas, where celebrities like Alice Waters and Joel Coen retreat for privacy, the Peace Barn—so called for the glowing blue peace sign that hangs on its front—is owned by Susie Tompkins, co-founder of Esprit and close pal of Hillary Clinton. For years, Tompkins has made the impeccably restored barn available at no rental fee for a select number of weddings, which come complete with tables, chairs, lighting, bandstand and all the fixings. There’s a catch, of course—the betrothed couple must donate $10,000 to one of several charities supported by Ms. Tompkins. That is, if you can find her. Location under wraps, Bolinas—K.F.

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ids, dogs, roosters, ducks, rabbits, horses, cats, birds, the occasional sheep—one expects to find these things in West Marin, rural Calistoga or the agricultural outskirts of Sebastopol. But in the center of Sonoma County’s largest city?

the rail at one time and we used to get boxcars of feed and dog food,” says Lou Bertolini, who at age 79 still owns Western Farm Center with his brother Larry. “Back then, there was just nothing here, except for trees and a dump yard. We just starting building it up a little at a time.”

you take a look at the height of the hay, and when we have the equipment running around and they’re seeing it, it’s gotta be pretty awesome to ’em. And then we have the live birds—the chickens over there, doves, quails, rabbits, things like that. It’s very important to ’em. It’s a learning process to ’em.”

This is Western Farm Center, which since 1967 has supplied all manner of feed and other needs to the region’s farmers and livestock owners. Like Imwalle Gardens down the road a bit, it stands as an agricultural oasis from a former time, tucked into Railroad Square in the middle of a city that now prohibits keeping livestock—although one wouldn’t guess it from the nearconstant crowds buying hay, saddle oil and shearing supplies.

Even for those without horses, goats or emus to care for, Western Farm Center still provides some of the best kids’ entertainment to be had—and for free. An alcove in the north end of the parking lot houses roosters, bunnies, ducks and other birds, where it’s not uncommon to see suburban-raised children pointing and clucking along to something they might only ordinarily see on TV. For larger groups, Bertolini says, the company often arranges tours of the grounds.

Part of the store’s charm is in its old cash registers, but the store also allows animals to roam the aisles. “We feed any animal, A to Z,” Bertolini says. “We like to help the backyard hobbyists, whatever animal they want to raise. And the people we hire, we try to always have people who are very knowledgeable. We have people that’ve been here for over 30 years.” 21 W. Seventh St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.0721.—G.M.

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Elizabeth Seward

Best Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater (With Cows)

If all anybody wanted were pumpkins, we’d go to the supermarket. Those in the North Bay know there’s so much more to the autumn ritual of carving out a jack-o-lantern than just the big orange squash with the prickly green stem; it’s about the experience of acquiring it. Tucked way back in the hills of West Petaluma is Peter Pumpkin Patch, located on Spring Hill Farm, a working dairy making cheese. There are cows for the kids to milk, pigs to pet, old farm machinery strewn about, tractor rides, cheese made on-site and handmade ice cream. In the shadow of the early 20th-century Sears kit house, the hay bales and games for kids give way to a giant patch of pumpkins to pick from—which, among the authentic farm experience and otherworldly atmosphere hidden off the main path, will no doubt be an afterthought. 4235 Spring Hill Road, Petaluma. 707.762.3446.—G.M.

Best Baby Goat Day What’s better than several hundred baby goats? Probably nothing, except having an entire weekend to play with them. That’s exactly what happens twice a year at Redwood Hill Farm in Sebastopol—four days, actually, of baby goat madness. For the last 15 or so years, when the baby goats (called kids) are hearty enough, the local farm and dairy opens its doors to the public for a wild weekend of goat-milking, picnicking, cheese sampling and baby goats, and it’s all free. Folks at Redwood Hill Farm don’t actually call the event “baby goat day,” because it’s more of an open house, timed just when the kids are ready to play. This year the dairy is expecting between 200 and 300 new babies, which according to herd manager Trinity Smith should be arriving any day. Redwood Hill Farm was born about 40 years ago, Smith says, when a 4-H goat herd grew out of control. The Bice family, who still own the farm, decided to turn their lemons into lemonade—or goats into goat milk, as it were. Today, Redwood Hill Farm has about 300 adult goats and their cheese, milk and yogurt is available across the country. The farm’s baby goat day tours this year fall on April 9–10 and May 7–8, from noon to 4pm. Folks at the farm say if you plan to come, try carpooling—parking is limited, and the country roads aren’t meant to

be parking lots. 5480 Thomas Road, Sebastopol. 707.823.4790.—K.M.

Best Rebuttal to the Osmonds Twenty kids are crammed onto a platform raised over the noisy machinery, watching bug-eyed as a forklift dumps a huge load of apples into the water bath. Two sorters cull through them, placing the washed Gravensteins onto a conveyor belt for boxing and explaining just what that bad apple could do to all the rest. The Osmonds had it wrong when they sang “One bad apple don’t spoil the whole bunch, girl,” and children can literally learn this lesson at Sebastopol’s Twin Hills Apple Ranch. The 69-yearold farm delights kids with harvest season tours that teach apple processing from tree to sauce, cider, bread, pie or any other incarnation of the juicy fruit. Groups are also ushered into the walk-in cold fridge to see how the harvest is stored, and afterward are treated to juice and bread—you guessed it, both apple— in the rustic picnic and play area outside. New owner Jeff Palk started working at the ranch as a 12-year-old, and he and wife Kerry are keeping up the founders’ traditional offerings. Tours, picnics, weddings, photo shoots, legendary Christmases and everything apple are found in this bucolic setting and familyfriendly atmosphere. 1689 Pleasant Hill Road, Sebastopol. 707.823.2815.—S.D.

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Heller’s for Children 514 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.456.5533. NAPA FIRST PLACE TIE

Freckles 1309 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.1201.

SONOMA

Avant Garde

Scientopia Discovery Center 1785 Tanen St., Ste. B, Napa. 707.259.1559.

1328 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.485.4497.

Children’s Museum of Sonoma County

NAPA

www.cmosc.org

Alice’s Consignment Shop

HONORABLE MENTION

1746 Yajome St., Napa. 707.927.3224.

Sisters

SONOMA

117 W. Napa St., Ste. B, Sonoma. 707.933.8422.

Cupcake

HONORABLE MENTION

641 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.579.2165.

Launch

Best Toy Store

557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 415.339.3900.

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SONOMA

200 S. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.824.0940.

Bay Area Discovery Museum NAPA

1443-B Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.5925.

Earth Child

MARIN

Best Consignment Shop

Mud Puddles

HONORABLE MENTION

Best Imagination Center

971 Gravenstein Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.3312.

Best Birthday Party Place

Environmental Discovery Center Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa. 707.539.2865.

Best Kids Sports Venue MARIN

Practical Martial Arts 5768 Paradise Drive, Corte Madera. 415.927.0899.

MARIN

NAPA

Rockzilla

A Child’s Delight

Bay Area Discovery Museum

849 Jackson St., Napa. 707.255.1500.

190 Northgate One Shopping Center, San Rafael. 415.499.0739.

557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 415.339.3900.

SONOMA

NAPA

Sports City

MARIN

NAPA

The Little Gourmet

921 Piner Road, Santa Rosa. 707.526.2884.

1040 Main St., Napa. 707.257.7700.

HONORABLE MENTION

1343 Main St., Napa. 707.253.1024.

SONOMA

Scandia Family Center

SONOMA

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ToyBVille The Toyworks 531 College Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.526.2099. 2724 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.576.8609. 6940 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.2003. HONORABLE MENTION

Earth Child 200 S. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.824.0940.

Best Kids Clothing Store MARIN

Kidiniki 800 Redwood Hwy., Frontage Road, Mill Valley. 415.383.3110. NAPA FIRST PLACE TIE

Mud Puddles

1667 W. Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.546.7147. HONORABLE MENTION

Sift Cupcake & Dessert Bar 7582 Commerce Blvd., Rohnert Park. 707.792.1681. 404-A Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.703.4228.

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant

5301 Redwood Drive, Rohnert Park. 707.584.7298.

Best Private School MARIN

Marin Catholic High School 675 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Kentfield. 415.464.3800. NAPA

HONORABLE MENTION

Camp Chai 1301 Farmers Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.528.4222.

Best Pediatrician MARIN

Dr. Fernando Ulloa 711 D St., San Rafael. 415.454.4100. NAPA

Dr. Victoria C. Morgese, Loffler-Barry & Morgese 2160 Jefferson St., Napa. 707.259.0700. SONOMA

Dr. Mark Sloan, Kaiser Permanente 401 Bicentennial Way, Santa Rosa. 707.571.4000. HONORABLE MENTION

Dr. Sunjya K. Schweig 616 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 707.778.3171.

Best Dog Obedience School MARIN

Marin Humane Society 171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato. 415.506.6263. NAPA

Napa Valley Dog Training Club 68 Coombs St., Napa. 707.253.8666. SONOMA

Olivet Kennel & Dog Training Resort 2404 Olivet Road, Santa Rosa. 707.542.2066. HONORABLE MENTION

County-Wide Dog Training Club 887 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa. 707.544.7479.

Blue Oak School

Best Doggie Daycare

1436 Polk St., Napa. 707.261.4500.

MARIN

SONOMA

Alpha Dog

Summerfield Waldorf

254 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley. 415.383.2111.

655 Willowside Road, Santa Rosa. 707.575.7194.

NAPA

882 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 415.453.1984.

HONORABLE MENTION

FIRST PLACE TIE

NAPA

2500 Farmers Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.545.1770.

The Little Gourmet

Best Summer Day Camp

MARIN

Easy Street Cafe

1040 Main St., Napa. 707.257.7700. SONOMA

Sonoma Academy

Camp Rawhide 1452 Silverado Trail, Napa. 707.226.6010.

Ruff Dog Daycare & Hotel 49 Enterprise Court, Napa. 707.258.2020. SONOMA

MARIN

Camp Bow Wow

Dance Palace

2120 Bluebell Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.546.2267.

503 B St., Pt. Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.

HONORABLE MENTION

Mary’s Pizza Shack

NAPA

Fit ’n’ Furry

Oxbow Summer Art Camp

Cupcake

535 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. 707.538.1888.

530 Third St., Napa. 707.255.6000.

641 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.579.2165.

3084 Marlow Road, Santa Rosa. 707.573.1100.

SONOMA

Best Groomer

HONORABLE MENTION

790 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Sebastopol. 707.829.5800.

Camp Wa Tam at Howarth Park

MARIN

Canine Design

101 Golf Course Drive, Rohnert Park. 707.585.3500.

630 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3292.

1435 Fourth St., Ste. C, San Rafael. 415.456.4112.

1443-B Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.5925.

4 Kids’ Sake 1757 Tanen St., Napa. 707.257.3657. SONOMA

Wee Three Children’s Store 1007 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.525.9333.

Velasco’s North of the Border 190 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 707.773.0882. HONORABLE MENTION

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Pet Cottage 218 Greenfield Ave., San Anselmo. 415.485.1158. NAPA

Fideaux 1312 Main St., St. Helena. 707.967.9935. SONOMA

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Marin Tack & Feed 1599 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 415.456.2929.

Toby’s Feed Barn 11250 Hwy. 1, Pt. Reyes Station, 415.663.1223. NAPA

Wilson’s Feed & Supply 1700 Yajome St., Napa. 707.252.0316. SONOMA

Western Farm Center 21 W. Seventh St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.0721.

Debbie’s Pet Boutique

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Marin Humane Society 171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato. 415.506.6263. NAPA

Napa County Animal Shelter 942 Hartle Court, Napa. 707.253.4382. SONOMA

Sonoma Humane Society 5345 Hwy. 12, Santa Rosa. 707.542.0882. HONORABLE MENTION

Pets Lifeline Animal Shelter 19686 Eighth St., Sonoma. 707.996.4577.

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Bed & Biscuits 4240 Redwood Hwy., San Rafael. 415.499.0199. NAPA

Wine Country Pet Resort 1199 Cuttings Wharf Road, Napa. 707.252.7877.

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Dr. George Walters, Northbay Animal Hospital 4140 Redwood Hwy., San Rafael. 415.499.8387. NAPA FIRST PLACE TIE

Dr. Glenn G. Baker, Twin Oaks Veterinary Clinic 1195 Mee Lane, St. Helena. 707.963.4843.

Dr. Larry Miller, Alley Cat Small Animal Hospital 1041 Wine Country Ave., Napa. 707.224.2525. SONOMA

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Best Place to Dance, Eat Candy, Pet the Cute Dog & Buy Real Film eremiah’s Photo Corner is almost certainly the only local photo shop with a disco that’s actually been used for late-night photo shop dance parties, but that’s not all that sets it apart. The store itself is something of an anachronism: it sells film, photo paper, instant Polaroid-style cameras and oldschool Holgas; it keeps a bowl of candy at the register; it has Ophelia, a Boston terrier who’s there during store hours; and perhaps most quaint of all, it offers service from real, knowledgeable humans.

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Jeremiah Flynn and his coworker embrace digital photography as well. They can answer questions about the latest Canon 5D Mark II as well as the correct medium-format film for shooting high-speed motion on a cloudy day with a broken light meter. “Photographers are photographers,” Flynn says, plainly, “digital or traditional.” Waxing philosophical about the changing industry and changing psyches in a world with more images than ever before, Flynn talks excitedly about the corner store’s simpler approach and blurts out a possible slogan to reflect it: “Let’s dance; eat some candy; pet the dog!”

Flynn is the kind of guy who can’t help but stick out in a crowd. At 6-foot-6, lithe and lively, he’s got a mane of frizzy, curly hair that goes past his shoulders. Gesturing toward his only employee, Maria Villano, he says, “She’s the manager, even if there’s no one else but me to manage.” Jeremiah’s is an anchor pulling together the A Street art corridor, a slow-moving gem where real people still make real art. With real dogs. And real film. 441 Sebastopol Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.544.4800.—K.M. ) 65


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Best Old-School Apothecary Walking into West County Herb Company in downtown Occidental feels like walking into a simpler time, when instead of popping Tylenol, people healed themselves with the elixirs of the land. Inside, herb-wreaths hang above antique bookshelves displaying all manner of medicine-making suppliesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; beakers, graduated cylinders and droppers. A sign above the entryway quotes Frankensteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monster: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Friend . . . good,â&#x20AC;? as sunlight brightens the jars upon jars of sumptuous, medicinal herbs, all locally sourced from the Sonoma County Herb Exchange in Sebastopol. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love everybody whose products I sell,â&#x20AC;? enthuses shopkeeper Lisa Kurtz, who displays an exacting knowledge about her many wares. Everything from black trumpet mushrooms to silk eye pillows can be found here. Need some sheepâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s milk soap? Hers is one of the few places in the nation that carries it. Want to actually know whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in your makeup? Check out locally made Green Glamour Cosmetics. Beeswax candles, neti pots, seaweedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got to come from around here for Kurtz to carry it. She also rents out space next doorâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;with a raised stage and a cozy winged nook, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perfect for all manner of musical performances, workshops, yoga classes, lectures and movie nights. For those low on funds, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a vast lending library chock-full of books, a basket of free tinctures and salves, and the visceral pleasure of sipping a cup of tea as one browses, sniffs and marvels through this cozy garden of herbal delights. 3641 Main St., Occidental. 707.874.9567.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;J.D.

Best Public Pun The problem with folklore, if there is one, is that after too many years the truth gets inextricably mixed with legend. Such is the case with the greatest public pun. The truth is thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a little bridge between Glen Ellen and Eldridge with an enigmatic plaque on it that reads â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Buck Stops Here.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s undetectable from the road, and even some locals donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s there. According to lore, the weatherworn little plaque on the side of the bridge marks the spot of a daily ritual thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more than a decade old. It refers to a gentleman named Buck, who literally stops there on the bridge most every day to toss rocks and watch them hit the water below. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been there long enough that no one can remember when it appeared or who put it there. Officials at Eldridge say that the sign has been there for 10 or 15 years, but they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know who Buck is, and even if they knew, they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t at liberty to talk about it. Locals say Buck still goes to the bridge, and he stops right there by the plaque. Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;K.M.

Best Back-Door Free Hangers After spring-cleaning closets and accumulating a bounty of gently used clothing and accessories, I head over to Pine Grove Consignment Store in Sebastopol to trade for something â&#x20AC;&#x153;newâ&#x20AC;? and unique to revitalize my wardrobe. Celebrating its 25th year as the longest running consignment store in Sonoma County, Pine Grove recently was remodeled and refreshed by owner Autumn Morrison and manager Emily Chavez. As a bonus, a container of nice hangersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not the wire Mommy Dearest kindâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;are by the back door, free to customers to be used for new purchases. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do keep a couple of wire hangers on hand,â&#x20AC;? Chavez smiles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re great for retrieving locked keys.â&#x20AC;? 149 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.829.1138.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;S.D.

Best Feral Forager of Hidden Gems Kevin Feinsteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feral nature serves him well when he plunges fearlessly into forests, fields and meadows on the trail of edible mushrooms, nuts, fruits and grasses. Hey, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free for the picking. Sometimes, Feinstein goes solo into the great outdoors, but he also leads groups all over the Bay Area, showing civilized folk how to live off ) 69

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Thursday, April 7, 7pm DAVE EGGERS and VENDELA VIDA in conversation with DAVIA NELSON

Bay Area authors, editors, and publishers Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida will speak in the Jackson Theater on Thursday, April 7 at 7pm. The event will be moderated by Davia Nelson, one of the two Kitchen Sisters, whose radio shows appear on National Public Radio. OUR PANEL: DAVE EGGERS is the author of seven books, founder of an independent publishing house, and co-author of a series about international human rights crises. His latest book, Zeitoun, prompted the establishment of the Zeitoun Foundation to aid the rebuilding of New Orleans and promote inter-faith understanding. VENDELA VIDA Winner of the Kate Chopin Award, and author of two novels The New York Times selected as Notable Books of the Year. Her most recent novel, The Lovers, was published this past summer to great critical acclaim. DAVIA NELSON and her radio collaborator Nikki Silva are best known as National Public Radio’s Kitchen Sisters. Ms. Nelson is also a screenwriter and casting director.

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Ringseis Designs

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NAPA

Rousseau’s Fine Art Framing

Antiques on Second 1370 Second St., Napa. 707.252.6353.

1431 Grant Ave., Novato. 415.892.7908.

SONOMA

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Sienna Antiques

Fastframe Napa

119 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 707.763.6088.

1346 Trancas St., Napa. 707.226.3422. SONOMA

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Pelican Art Gallery & Custom Framing

Chelsea Antiques 148 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 707.763.7686.

Best Resale Store MARIN FIRST PLACE TIE

Stella’s 848 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 415.453.6191.

Magpie Consignment 1822 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 415.258.0200. NAPA

LoLo’s 1120 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.7972. SONOMA

Sisters 117 W. Napa St., Sonoma. 707.933.8422. HONORABLE MENTION

Pick of the Litter 1701 Piner Road #A, Santa Rosa. 707.570.2590.

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My Daughter the Framer 1617 Terrace Way, Santa Rosa. 707.542.3599.

Best Gift Shop MARIN

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Zenobia 1410 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.1050.

North Star Gift Shop 1441 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.758.3898. SONOMA

Milk & Honey 123 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.824.1155. HONORABLE MENTION

Heebe Jeebe General Store

Best Art Supply Store MARIN

Rileystreet Art Supply 1138 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.457.2787. NAPA

Cartons & Crates 3250 California Blvd., Napa. 707.224.7447. SONOMA

Rileystreet Art Supply 103 Maxwell Court, Santa Rosa. 707.526.2416. HONORABLE MENTION

Best B est Dog Dog Obedience Obedience School School

46 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 707.773.3222.

Best Bookstore— New MARIN

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Copperfield’s Books 3900 Bel Aire Plaza, Napa. 707.252.8002. 1330 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.1616. SONOMA

Copperfield’s Books 2316 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.578.8938.

Art & Soul of Sebastopol

138 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.823.2618.

156 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.824.4837.

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Readers’ Books 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. 707.939.1779

Best Jewelry Store MARIN FIRST PLACE TIE

Best Bookstore— Used

Julianna’s Fine Jewelry

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Norman Mahan Jewelers

Rebound Bookstore

1632 Redwood Hwy., Corte Madera. 415.924.9711.

1611 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.482.0550.

2211 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 415.461.5333.

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FIRST PLACE TIE

3900 Bel Aire Plaza, Napa. 707.252.8002

Silver Sensations 1273 Napa Town Center, Napa. 707.252.8953.

1330 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.1616.

Napa Valley Jewelers

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Hollingsworth Jewelers

2316 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.578.8938.

5 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 707.769.0221.

138 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.823.2618.

Milk & Honey

140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 707.182.0228.

123 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.824.1155.

HONORABLE MENTION

Best Knitting / Craft Store

Treehorn Books 625 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.525.1782.

Best Record / CD Store MARIN

Bedrock Music & Video 2226 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.258.9745. SONOMA

Last Record Store

1317 North Town Center, Napa. 707.224.0997.

HONORABLE MENTION

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Dharma Trading Company 1604 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.456.7657. NAPA FIRST PLACE TIE

Muse Yarns & Arts 1309 Main St., St. Helena. 707.967.9500.

Yarns on First 1305 First St., Napa. 707.257.1363.

1899-A Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.525.1963.

SONOMA

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111 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.546.9276.

Incredible Records & CDs 112 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.824.8099.

Best Musical Instruments Store MARIN

Bananas at Large 1504 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.457.7600. NAPA

All Star Guitars 2522 Jefferson St., Napa. 707.224.6577.

Cast Away HONORABLE MENTION

Knitterly 1 Fourth St., Petaluma. 707.762.9276.

Best Clothing Store—Men’s MARIN

Gene Hiller 729 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.3636. NAPA

Mario’s

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Tall Toad Music

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“It’s technical, driving-wise, because you have to get these vehicles placed just correctly,” says Jake Rosen, owner of Jake’s Performance Hobbies, which provides organizational help and a de facto meeting spot for the Crawlers. “You have to be able to read the rocks for the available grip and best lines to take.” Navigating through 10 sets of cones, the trucks must get through the rocky course with the fewest number of tumbles or roll-overs to win. Sometimes the trucks, making the slightest errant turn, tumble all the way down to the water below—to the wild hysterics and groans of the other Crawlers.

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Opened 21 years ago, Jake’s shop is the go-to spot for all things R/C: helicopters, planes, boats, cars and more. It’s also one of those places, like gaming shops or comic book stores, with its own surrounding culture and community. In addition to finding axles, transmissions, steer knuckles and tires, the club swaps ideas about their chosen sport and plans upcoming events. Is running a remote control car in Santa Rosa Creek legal? “Oh, it’s perfectly legal,” says Rosen. “Councilmembers come by, cops come by. The Water Agency guys in particular are ecstatic that it’s being used by somebody besides transients, bums and junkies.” 6650 Commerce Blvd. #21, Rohnert Park. 707.586.3375.—G.M.

the land. Eyes peeled, he looks for a whole host of wild stuff: scarlet pimpernel, blue dicks, witches butter and yampah, a forager’s wet dream. “Bay Area chefs want sexy stuff like yampah seeds,” he says. “They don’t care about ordinary miner’s lettuce anymore.” Recently, in Sonoma, across territory novelist Jack London roamed, he showed followers how to tell poisonous plants from the medicinal and delectable. Starting with oaks and acorns, he moved to vetch, soap root and thistle—which, he swears, makes excellent pesto. Euell

Gibbons, the author of Stalking the Wild Asparagus, the forager’s bible, would have been impressed by Feinstein’s lore, most of which is self-taught. After a decade of foraging in California, he’s a feral master with several educational videos on YouTube. His new book, Bay Area Forager, is out later this year. “I love foraging in the hills,” he says, smiling. “I eat what I find right in the open or cook it at home. I harvested enough untended olives recently to made olive oil to last a year.” In and around the hills of Sonoma, 510.717.2293.—J.R. ) 75

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Arboretum 332 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.433.7033.

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2411 Magowan Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.542.1690.

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Sole Desire 1011 Santa Rosa Plaza, Santa Rosa. 707.544.2792. 1400 Guerneville Road #4, Santa Rosa. 707.571.8043. HONORABLE MENTION

Rainsong Shoes 117 Plaza St., Healdsburg. 707.433.8058. 2410 Magowan Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.576.8919.

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Lola’s Depot

Pleasures of the Heart

1826 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 415.451.4973.

1310 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.482.9899.

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1210 First St., Napa. 707.257.8702.

1210 First St., Napa. 707.257.8702.

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3690 Bohemian Hwy., Occidental. 707.874.9034.

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208 Davis St., Santa Rosa. 707.546.4021.

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Best Home Improvement

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Martin & Harris Appliances

Pini Ace Hardware

2158 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.454.2021.

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Harbison Appliance

1450 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.4396.

333 Third St., Napa. 707.253.2141.

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Steves Hardware & Homeware

Friedman’s Home Improvement

1370 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.3423. SONOMA

Asien’s Appliance Solutions

660 Hwy. 116 N., Sebastopol. 707.823.7688.

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Sunrise Home 831 B St., San Rafael. 415.456.3939. NAPA

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GAIA Energy Systems 716 College Ave., Ste. E., Santa Rosa. 707.456.0881. HONORABLE MENTION

Solar Works 400 Morris St., Sebastopol. 707.826.8282.

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Sebastopol Hardware Center

422 Wilson St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.1195.

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Copy Corner 2200 Jefferson St., Napa. 707.258.1835.

529 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.548.4044.

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Sprint Copy Center

Pedersen’s Furniture 707 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.542.1855.

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Clone Digital 618 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.527.6565.

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Classic Car Wash 1050 Freeway Drive, Napa. 707.255.5655. SONOMA

Auto Sport Detailing 1945 Cleveland Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.579.3710. HONORABLE MENTION

Advanced Auto Detailing 2549 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.526.2200.

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Peter’s Zaab Service 142 Mill St., San Rafael. 415.456.0540. NAPA

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601 Francisco Blvd. E., San Rafael. 415.456.3345.

Best Grocery, Napa Valley (tie)

Napa Valley Classics

1491 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga 770.942.6271

NAPA

1310 Auto Center Drive, Petaluma. 707.769.4044.

Hattar Motorsports

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501 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.5190.

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G&C AutoBody 251 Bellevue Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.525.3520. 896 Lakeville St., Petaluma. 707.762.7556. 10661 Old Redwood Hwy., Windsor. 707.473.9620.

820 Third St., Napa. 707.253.8185.

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7601 Redwood Drive, Cotati. 707.793.9180.

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2875 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.542.5355.

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Best Little City Built for Two Grapes, wild turkeys, luscious springs, cresting hills, privacyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; northern Sonoma County is a vast playground of spontaneous romantic adventures. The next time the urge strikes to get away with a loved one, fill up the tank and head for Alexander Mountain. Up in the hills east of Healdsburg, tributaries meander below old bridges and the vineyards give way to shrubby grasslands that smell of captured sunlight. Seismic activity hums just under the surface, causing the nearby geysers to hiss their steam. Just three weeks before our wedding, my husband and I spiraled up the mountain to find ourselves in Mercuryville, possibly the smallest town in America. With a population of two, this â&#x20AC;&#x153;1/2 Mile High Cityâ&#x20AC;? is a lovely, mysterious, gated, flower-laden manifestation of what a union can produce. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the perfect opportunity to pull over, stretch the drive out of your legs and marvel at how relationships, like tectonic plates, are powerful, evershifting entities. Head back down the mountain and into Geyserville, where shiny new wineries and restaurants rub elbows with antique stores and paint-peeling porches. And in the spirit of death giving way to life, a sunset walk along the decrepit railroad tracks yields a stunning wildflower bouquet. Geysers Road, Geyserville. No phone.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;J.D.

Best Place to Get Something Other Than a Garden Gnome to Decorate Your Backyard Operated by the same family for over a hundred years, West End Nursery has staked its place in history. A respite from bigbox nurseries with bright neon lights, this San Rafael mainstay offers everything for both green and black thumbsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;including decorative supplies like gazing

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Best Way to See Gals Goinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Round the Outside Going to a roller derby bout is much like stepping into a foreign country: strange names and costumes abound as mysterious odors invade the nostrils like an imperial army. But once youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve found your seat (preferably one right on the rink!), the shoe-sweat smell is a small price to pay to witness the cool choreography and thrilling rambunctiousness of the game, where two teams, skating in packs and with names like Ms. Kitty MaulHer and Pain Galaura, fight to release their offensive â&#x20AC;&#x153;jammer,â&#x20AC;? who must lap the opposing team in order to score points. Due to a recent split in the Sonoma County Roller Derby team, locals now have twice as many opportunities to witness live action whip-its. The SCRD remains a nationally competitive team who are officially part of the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Flat Track Derby Association and who, according to Erica Hart (aka Honey D. Linkwent), â&#x20AC;&#x153;want to be number one!â&#x20AC;? Echoing the DIY spirit of the popular sport, SCRD will play on a mobile â&#x20AC;&#x153;sport courtâ&#x20AC;? that can be set up on any flat surfaceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;like the Sonoma County Fairground pavilion, where theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll play their first bout of the season against the Mission City Brawlinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Betties on April 16. Out of the ashes of the splitâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the result of two different visions skating in different directionsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;also rises the Resurrection Roller Derby league. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll continue skating at Rohnert Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cal Skate as a less competitive recreational league committed to nurturing confidence, community service and, above all, fun. April 23 sees them squaring off against the Monterey Beasts of Eden. Both SCRD and Resurrection RD are skater-owned and operated, and both are eager to recruit ) 77

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Best Taco Truck with the Club Jams Since all the local hip-hop stations have gone off the air and reception for 106.1FM KMEL is spotty in parts of the North Bay, where’s one to go for the latest club jams? Taco trucks, that’s where. Outside brickand-mortar eateries like Lola’s Taqueria, F. Magiy Mariscos and El Michocano in Santa Rosa, the offerings of gray-area CDs peddled from weathered cardboard boxes fortified by duct tape has meant a steady supply of knock-off Juan Gabriel, Los Bukis and Shakira compilations. But the trucks, like Delecias Elenitas on Sebastopol and West avenues, seem to have the jams. Reggaeton collections, recent hiphop hits and mix tapes like Phat Jamz Vol. 502 can be picked up for just $10, containing all the new Drake remixes and Gucci Mane bangers one could want. Sometimes the mixes don’t gel—Black Eyed Peas followed by Waka Flocka Flame, for starters—but that’s part of the charm. With the best selection of oldies, reggaeton and CDs by Akwid, a Latino rap duo, the truck also sells “Movimiento Hyphy” CDs—but be forewarned. “Hyphy” in Mexico means something entirely different than in the Bay—it’s not hip-hop at all. But with Phat Jamz Vol. 503 being released at the truck soon, who’s complaining? Sebastopol and West avenues, Santa Rosa.—G.M.

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Best Man on the Street In November last year, a man in a fedora with a microphone stood in downtown Santa Rosa, interviewing passersby on Fourth Street. “I’m talking about validation,” he’d say, angling the microphone toward his subjects. “Do you have any thoughts on being validated by others? Have you thought about that much?” A “Man on the Street” is a rare sight these days—especially one using an over-the-shoulder analog cassette player. But even more out of the

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Best Repair of Your Sole or Trenchant, Digressive Discussion of Why Not Everyone has a favorite, well-traveled pair of shoes that sooner or later wears out, rips or separates from the sole, begging to be made whole again. But cobblers are as rare as alchemists these days—and as idiosyncratic. For instance, you wouldn’t want to say that former Soviet Union citizen Victor Vladimir Besedin, who practices the lost arts in Santa Rosa at South A Leather & Shoe Repair, is someone who goes with the flow. Go with the flow, says Besedin, has a very unsavory translation in Russian. The front of the shop, larger than a postage stamp by a factor or two, contains an old Authorized Birkenstock Repair display, sturdy-looking shoes and boots for sale, and a map of the world under the countertop glass, among other curios. People come with silver dollar-sized holes in the soles of their expensive shoes— and they’ll say so. People bring shoes that were bought on the cheap—they say so also. The problem is, too many shoes are simply not meant to be repaired in the first place. “Look at this,” Besedin points out the broken pseudo-welt on a $150 boot made in Italy for J.Crew. “They cheated. What can I do?” The unwitting customer is flustered. But Victor doesn’t blame them. “It’s like you have to be a professor of everything here, just to get by. It’s crazy!” The way Victor remembers it, U.S. products used to be considered the best in the world, but we’ve thrown away craftsmanship in exchange for a few lousy bucks. Now, we buy stuff looks nice, but is made to be thrown away. “Plastic crap, made in Schmackistan,” he complains. “The whole world is now like a junk yard. But nice-looking junk.” Besedin came to the United States on a visa in 1989. Nothing political, he says; just looking for a change of scene. In fact, nobody wanted to talk to him after they learned he had nothing particularly bad to say about the U.S.S.R. Now, even though leather repair shops have dwindled to a handful, business is as slow as ever. “It’s a $29.99 society,” Besedin laments. The worst part about it, he says, is that nobody protests the way things are, instead keeping their head down and following the herd. “In U.S.S.R., they dream of this for 70 years,” he marvels. “It’s crazy!” 308 S. A St., Santa Rosa. 707.526.6560.—J.K.

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Solage 755 Silverado Trail, Calistoga. 707.226.0800.

Dr. Wilkinson’s Hot Springs Resort

Douglas Mosher 55 Angwin Place, Angwin. 707.965.0532. SONOMA

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1507 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.4102.

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25 Matheson St., Healdsburg. 707.431.2800.

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134 Howard St., Petaluma. 707.773.3375.

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575 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Greenbrae. 415.925.1771.

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Dr. Jayma Clause 3416 Valle Verde Drive, Napa. 707.251.8099. SONOMA

Dr. Sean Wilson 98 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.579.1555. HONORABLE MENTION

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534 Larkfield Shopping Center, Santa Rosa. 707.578.2020.

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Novato Community Hospital

720 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.527.7444.

180 Rowland Way, Novato. 415.209.1328.

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The Eye Care Institute

NAPA

1370 Medical Center Drive, Ste. A, Rohnert Park. 707.585.6110.

Queen of the Valley Medical Center

Best Med Spa

1000 Trancas St., Napa. 707.252.4411. SONOMA

Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital

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1165 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3210.

NAPA

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3600 Broadway, American Canyon. 707.674.0168.

Palm Drive Hospital 501 Petaluma Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.823.8511.

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3325 Chanate Road, Santa Rosa. 707.576.4000.

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Asyrah’s Garden 8967 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.2866.

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Dr. Kimberly A. Henry 481 Via Hidalgo, Ste. 1, Greenbrae. 415.924.1313.

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Jeffrey Seligson, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate 7300 Healdsburg Ave., Ste. B, Sebastopol. 707.824.4543. HONORABLE MENTION

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1128 Sonoma Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.575.1626.

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15025 River Road, Ste. C, Rio Nido. 707.321.5028.

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Silverado Credit Union 1 Angwin Plaza, Angwin. 707.965.2483. 1407 Main St., Ste. 100, St. Helena. 707.963.9404. SONOMA

Exchange Bank 545 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.524.3000. HONORABLE MENTION

Redwood Credit Union 3033 Cleveland Ave. #100, Santa Rosa. 707.545.4000. 250 Rohnert Park Expwy., Rohnert Park. 707.545.4000. 301 N. Mcdowell Ave., Ste. B, Petaluma. 707.545.4000. 2763 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.4000.

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Hospice by the Bay 17 E. Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Larkspur. 415.927.2273. NAPA

Queen of the Valley Medical Center 1000 Trancas St., Napa. 707.257.4044. SONOMA

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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)

The Music Never Stopped (PG; 90 min.) Through â&#x20AC;&#x2122;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)

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)

Paul (R; 104 min.) Sci-fi comedy about an alien among us stars Hot Fuzz guys Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, with Kristen Wiig, Jason Bateman, and Bill Hader. (KC)

Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune (NR; 98 min.) Kenneth Browserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s balanced doc of the great folk singer includes interviews with Billy Bragg, Christopher Hitchens, and Jello Biafra. (UL)

Rango (PG; 107 min.) A stranded pet lizard (Johnny Depp) lies his way into being made sheriff of the droughtstruck village of Dirt. Rango doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lack momentumâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;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)

Lincoln Lawyer (R; 119

Take Me Home Tonight

min.) Matthew McConaughey plays a defense lawyer operating out of the back of his Lincoln sedan when he get the

(R; 116 min.) Comedy set in the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;80s about a slacker MIT grad who tries to win his high school crush at the big dance party. (AD)

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Tickets on Sale Now! Ticket Line: (415) 789-8854 Festival Office: 1680 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon

Closing & Awards Ceremonies Friday, April 15 Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant in Tiburon 27 Main Street

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Masked Marauders It’s not for nothing that California has a reputation for providing a playground for the boundary-breaking and the bizarre. Maybe it’s our proximity to a Pacific Ocean that gives Golden State artists and thinkers a license to skewer societal tropes. Moira Scar fit like a glove into the West Coast freakalicious tradition. They wear masks. They play strange Sun Ra–esque punk. They embrace theatricality and fractured rhythms with abandon. San Francisco distilled into a band, really. Moira Scar strap on the cat masks and headgear on Friday, March 25, along with Love Dimension, Shrew Florist, Anti Ear, Pristine, and Spiral Bombs at Unity Music. 840 Piner Road, Ste. 8, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $6.

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Y El Corazón Los Lobos have been playing their rootsy blues-tinged rock and roll since the early ’70s. The Chicano rockers went back to where it all began and recorded their latest album, Tin Can Trust, at Manny’s Estudio in East Los Angeles. One of the songs on the new album, “Twenty Seven Spanishes,” tells the story of the Spanish conquest of Mexico in its entirety, the kind of ambitious thing a band can get away with when they’ve been around as long as these guys. Los Lobos rock en Espanol y Ingles on Saturday, March 24 at the Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. 7pm. $37–$47. 707.259.0123

CORTE MADERA

Good Morning, Vietnam Tatjana Soli’s debut novel The Lotus Eaters takes place during the Vietnam War to capture the tale of three photographers, one of whom is intriguingly “addicted to the narcotics of violence.” Called “haunting,”

The week’s events: a selective guide

“ambitious,“ “lyrical” and . . . well, just fill in the blanks with the standard words that get attributed to really excellent first books, Soli’s writing is gaining deserved notice in the literary world. Tatjana Soli discusses The Lotus Eaters on Tuesday, March 29, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7pm. Free. 415. 927.0960

SAUSALITO

Quickfire Art The reality cooking show Top Chef always starts with a “quickfire challenge.” SQUART! (short for spontaneous queer art) takes this concept and applies it to art world. Created by San Francisco–based dancer Laura Arrington, the concept of the performance is simple. Preselected participants divided into teams of four are given two themes and 24 hours to generate four original works on-site. At the end of the allotted time, the pieces will be performed for the public and a team of “celebrity” judges. Harrington says the results are “creative, inspiring and bizarre.” Check out the creations on Sunday, March 27, at Headlands Center for the Arts. 944 Fort Barry, Sausalito. 3pm. $5–$10. 415.331.2787.

Leilani Clark

RISE UP South Africa’s Eyezon visits the Lyricist Lounge at Aubergine on March 26. See Clubs, p90.


CONCERTS SONOMA COUNTY Bays & Mathias Irish fiddler Randal Bays plays intimate house concert with guitarist Davey Mathias. Mar 25 at 8. $20. Studio E, address provided with tickets, Sebastopol. 707.823.5316.

Down the Back Lane Traditional Irish, Scottish and American songs. Mar 25 at 7:30. $12. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 6780 Depot St, Sebastopol. 707.829.4797.

Passionee l’Amore Concert of love songs by Bizet, Donizetti, Verdi and others. Mar 26 at 4. $15-$20. Occidental Center for the Arts, Graton Road and Bohemian Highway, Occidental. 707.874.9392.

Sell the Heart Music festival with Over the Falls, Box Office Poison, SemiEvolved Simians, Brothers Horse and others. Mar 26, 6:30 to 11:30. $7. Arlene Francis Theater, 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.

Songwriters in Sonoma Monthly series features local musicians. Mar 24 at 7, Lucy Billings, John Burdick and Pete Olson. $10. Meadowcroft Wines, 23574 Arnold Dr, Sonoma. 707.934.4090.

SONOMA COUNTY How Sweet the Sound Jane Siberry, Barbara Higbie and Linda Tillery honor Women’s History Month with soul-stirring harmonies. Mar 23 at 8. $20-$23. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Mark Karan Extended Grateful Dead family member and guitarist joined by Jemimah Puddleduck. Mar 25 at 9. $15-$30. Palm Ballroom, 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael. 415.389.5072.

Mastery of Schubert New Century Chamber Orchestra featuring soprano Melody Moore. Mar 27 at 5. $29-$49. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.257.1111.

Hecka cellos, an upright bass and drums turn out jazz, rock and experimental chamber jams. Mar 27 at 7. $18-$21. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

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SONOMA COUNTY Acoustic Africa Musical journey in African guitar tradition. Mar 23 at 8. $35-$40. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Modern swing revivalists honor Cab Calloway, along with originals. Mar 25 at 8. $37-$47. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Earth Day Concerts Mar 26 at 8, Buckeye Knoll. $15-$35. White Barn, 2727 Sulphur Springs Ave, St Helena. 707.251.8715.

How Sweet the Sound Jane Siberry, Barbara Higbie and Linda Tillery honor Women’s History Month with soul-stirring harmonies. Mar 26 at 8. $25-$28. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Los Lobos Soulful Chicano rock. Mar 24 at 7. $37-$47. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Taj Mahal Prominent figure in late 20thcentury blues and roots music. Mar 27 at 8. $37-$47. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

CLUBS SONOMA COUNTY A’Roma Roasters Mar 25, Joaquin Fioresi. Mar 26, Solid Air (Rock). 95 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.576.7765.

Aqus Cafe Mar 23, bluegrass jam. Mar 24, St. Vincents HS Music Club. Mar 25, Pine Needles. Mar 26, Roadhouse Pilgrams (Americana). Mar 27 at 2, Blue Ambeince (Jazz). Mar 28, German Stammtisch. 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.

Arlene Francis Theater

TWO HEARTS Des Ark plays the Arlene Francis

Center March 29. See Clubs, adjacent.

Mar 26, Sell the Heart (see Concerts). Mar 29, LftW, Pygmy Lush, Des Ark, Odd Bird. 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. ) 707.528.3009.

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Aubergine

CRITIC’S CHOICE

Mar 24, Zach Deputy. Mar 25, Soft White Sixties. Mar 26, Lyricist Lounge with Eyezon & the People Like Us, Random Abiladeze and DJ Radar. Mar 27, Sunday Gravy & Friends with Brycon and Loisaida. 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2722.

Bluewater Bistro Mar 24, Haute Flash (rock). Links at Bodega Harbour Golf Course, 21301 Heron Dr, Bodega Bay. 707.875.3519.

Brixx Mar 26, Third Rail Band. 16 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.766.8162.

Chrome Lotus Mar 24, Dj Guacamole, Dj Sizzlak. Mar 26, DJ Sykwidit. 501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. www.chromelotussr.com.

Flamingo Lounge Mar 25-26, UB707 (R&B). 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

French Garden Restaurant Mar 25, Solid Air (Americana). Mar 26, Gypsy Cafe. Mar 27, Faith Ako (Hawaiian). 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.2030.

Gaia’s Garden

Wed, Mar 23 8:45–9:45am; 5:45–6:45pm Jazzercise 10am–12:15pm Scottish Dance Youth and Family 7–11pm Singles & Pairs Square Dance Club Thur, Mar 24 8:45–9:45am; 5:45–6:45pm Jazzercise 7:15–11pm Circle ‘n Squares Square Dance Club Fri, Mar 25 4–6pm 7–11pm

8:45–9:45am Jazzercise Vintage Dance with Gary Thomas WALTZAPALOOZA with DJ Steve Luther $10

Sat, Mar 26 8–9am; 9:15–10:15am Jazzercise 10:30–11:15am Scottish Country Dance Youth & Family 11:30am–1:30pm Scottish Challenge Dance by invitation only Sun, Mar 27 8:30–9:30am Jazzercise 10:30–11:45am Zumba Fitness with Anna 5–9:30pm DJ Steve Luther Country Western Lessons & Dancing $10 Mon, Mar 28 8:45–9:45am; 5:45–6:45pm Jazzercise 7–10pm Scottish Country Dancing Tues, Mar 29 8:45–9:45am; 5:45–6:45pm Jazzercise 7:30–9pm African & World Music Dance

Santa Rosa’s Social Hall since 1922 1400 W. College Avenue • Santa Rosa, CA 707.539.5507 • www.monroe-hall.com

Mar 24, Hobo. Mar 25, Greenhouse (Celtic). Mar 26, Doug Jayne and friends. Mar 28, Neil Buckley Octet (jazz). Every Tues, blues with Sonny Lowe and friends. 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491.

Hopmonk Tavern Mar 23, Music for Animals, Girls in Suede. Mar 24, Juke Joint with Great Mundane, iNi, Sonar. Mar 25, Sol Horizon, David Lunning. Mar 26, Siraaj Burning Man fundraiser. Mon, Monday Night Edutainment with DJs Jacques and Guacamole (reggae). 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Hotel Healdsburg Mar 25, Chris Amberger Duo. Mar 26, Jimmy Gallagher Trio. 25 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.431.2800.

Jasper O’Farrell’s

Sung Tongs

Announcing our Animal Collective ticket contest We know, we know. You tried to buy tickets. But floor seats were gone in three minutes. Balcony seats not long after. Don’t even look on Craigslist—you’ll just get depressed. Here’s the good news: the Bohemian has two general-admission floor tickets to see Animal Collective at the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma on April 10. We’re giving them away. They’re yours. No strings. You just have to enter our contest, and win. The rules are easy: You record a cover of an Animal Collective song and send the mp3 to us, we listen to it and select some finalists, and if you’re picked as the best entry, you win two tickets to the show. Entries must be received by March 30; one entry per person. Winner will be announced in our April 6 issue and on our Facebook page. One need not have a band to submit an entry, and in fact, we’ll probably be charmed if you sing while playing on a typewriter and ketchup bottle or something. Entries will be judged not on how accurately the song is represented but by how much it tickles our fancy, so be creative. Send your mp3 to lclark@bohemian.com.

Mar 24, Wilson-Hukill Blues Duo. Mar 25, JimBo Trout. Mar 26, Beso Negro. Mar 27, Disorderly House Band. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

Mar 23, Brainstorm, Ill-esha. Mar 24, Subb Kulture Sound, London Fog Project. Mar 25, Green Shade (reggae). 6957 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2062.

Last Day Saloon

Lagunitas Tap Room

Little Switzerland

Mar 23, Jason Bodlovich.

Mar 26, Rett Hammer Blues

Mar 23, Mr December, Spark & Whisper, Homebrew. Mar 26, Notorious, DJ Matt McKillop. Mon, karaoke. 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.2343.

Band. Mar 27, Krische Band. 19080 Riverside Dr, Sonoma. 707.938.9910.

Main Street Station Mar 23, Phat Chance Quartet. Mar 24, Greg Hester. Mar 25, Vernelle Anders. Mar 26, Jess Petty. Sun, Kit Mariah’s open mic. 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.

Mc T’s Bullpen Mar 26, Jody Counter and Walt Perkins. 16246 First St, Guerneville. 707.869.3377.


Mystic Theatre

Servino Ristorante

Old Western Saloon

Sleeping Lady

Mar 24, Bobby Voltage. Mar 27 at 1, Eldorado Syncopators. 550 E Cotati Ave, Cotati. 707.792.4300.

Mar 25, Fleeting Trance and friends. Mar 26, Jay Lingo & the Little Devils. Main Street, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1661.

Papa’s Taverna

Panama Hotel Restaurant

Mar 23, troubadour night. Mar 24, Danny Click’s Texas blues night. Mar 25, Sweetie Pie & the Doughboys. Mar 26, Spark and Whisper. Mar 27, Namely Us. Mar 29, Staggerwing. 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.485.1182.

North Light Books & Cafe

Mar 25, Ray Brock Blues Band. 5688 Lakeville Hwy, Petaluma. 707.769.8545.

Phoenix Theater Mar 25, Scissors for Lefty, Finish Ticket, Chasing the Leap Year, Handshake. 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

River Rock Casino Mar 25, Sugarfoot. Mar 26, Pulse. 3250 Hwy 128, Geyserville. 707.857.2777.

Russian River Brewing Co Mar 26, Bone Drivers. Mar 27, Thugz. 725 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.BEER.

Share Exchange Mar 25 at 7, Rum Rebellion, Violation, M Section, Arrastrados. 531 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.393.1431.

Tradewinds Mar 23, Simplistic. Mar 25, Simply Amazing. Mar 26, Purple Haze. 8210 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7878.

Unity Music Mar 25, Neuscience, Shrew Florist, Anti Ear, Pristine, Moira Scar, Spiral Bombs, Love Dimension. Mar 25, DJ KuDjo, Floating Corpses, Masta Smash, Joshua David Rosevear. 840 Piner Rd, Suite 8, Santa Rosa.

SONOMA COUNTY

Mar 24, Funny Farmers. Mar 29, David Brewer (flamenco). 4 Bayview St, San Rafael.. 415.457.3993.

Peri’s Silver Dollar Mar 23, Royal Deuces. Mar 24, Gabe Diamond-Ortiz. Mar 25, Dgiin. Mar 26, Danny Montana & Bar Association. Mar 27, Beso Negro. Mar 29, Andre and friends. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.

Presidio Yacht Club Mar 24, Tommy Atkins (R&B). Fort Baker, Sausalito. 415.332.2319.

Rancho Nicasio Mar 25, Windshield Cowboys (Americana). Mar 26, Volker Strifler Band (blues). Mar 27 at 5, B Stars (hillbilly swing). Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

Sausalito Seahorse Mar 23, Lau (Brazilian). Mar 24, SF Medicine Ball Band. Mar 25, Eddie Neon (blues). Mar 26, Strong Like Bull. Mar 27, Edgardo and Candela. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito.

Mar 24, Lady D (jazz). Mar 25, Girls Night Out. Mar 26, Michael LaMacchia (soul). 9 Main St, Tiburon. 415.435.2676.

Smiley’s Mar 24, Matt Turk (folk rock). Mar 25, Beso Negro (Gypsy jazz). Mar 26, Jerry Hannan and friends (Irish folk). 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311.

Station House Cafe Mar 27, Paul Knight and friends. 11180 State Route 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1515.

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3/23

7:30 PM | $5 | FOLK

A North Bay Hootenanny Production

MR. DECEMBER + SPARK & WHISPER + HOMEBREW

3/25

9:00 PM | $12/14 | LATIN ROCK

SFARZO LIVE -A NIGHT OF LATIN ROCK

GIBBY ROSS (OF MALO) + SPECIAL GUESTS + THE MILES SCHON BAND + ALEX BOSTON'S ELECTRIC SHAMAN BAND

3/26

9:30 PM | $10 | DANCE ROCK

NOTORIOUS (80's

Mar 25, Walter Hand & Blue Hand Band. Mar 26, XTATIC. 902 Main St, Napa. 707.258.2337.

+ the space between + DJ MATT MCKILLOP 3/30 7:30 PM | $5 | FOLK

Wed at 7, jam session. Mar 26, Hall 1 (rock). 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

A North Bay Hootenanny Production

THE COURTNEY JANES + JUAN BOULDER + HEATHER VAN CLEVE + TESSA RISSACHER 8:30 PM | $10 | ROCK/METAL

Uva Trattoria

3/31

Mar 24, Nate Lopez (funk). Mar 25, Jon Popenoe (blues). Mar 26, Hellhounds (blues). 1040 Clinton St, Napa. 707.255.6646.

SFARZO PRESENTS ROCK THURSDAYS

DARKSIDE SHINE + BAD BOY EDDIE + THE SUPER UNKNOWN

4/2

9:30 PM | $10 | DANCE ROCK

LOVE FOOL

Across the Bridge Presented by SFstation.com

Naughty By Nature Commercially acclaimed hip-hop heroes still down with O.P.P. Mar 24 at Yoshi’s SF.

Mar 24, Buckaroo Bonet, Moxie. Mar 25, Pulsators, Sorrentinos. Mar 26, Shana Morrison, Felsen. Sun, Lester Chambers Blues Revue. Mar 27, Big Cat Tolefree, Hypnotics. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

Toro Y Moi

Iron Springs Pub & Brewery

Irma Thomas

Mar 26 at 2, Courtney Janes. 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax. 415.485.1005.

Classic soul songstress and Allen Toussaint collaborator still has time on her side. Mar 27 at Palace of Fine Arts.

Mar 23, Gail “Mojo” Muldrow (Blues). Mar 24 at 6, Diamond Jazz; at 10, hip-hop Night. Mar 25, Prezident Brown, Jahdan Blakkamore, Jah Sun.

OPEN AT 4 PM WED. - sAT. & ANY DAY A SHOW IS SCHEDULED

Downtown Joe’s

Silo’s

Chaz Bundick’s excellent one-man, every-genre solo project. Mar 25 at Great American Music Hall.

David Dondero Unpredictable Bay Area boy returns with a brand new bag of songs. Mar 27 at Hemlock Tavern.

Crosby & Nash Stephen Stills stays home to nurse his voice while two legends sing. Mar 28 at he Warfield.

More San Francisco events at www.sfstation.com.

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George’s Nightclub

19 Broadway Club

the last day saloon

(90'S PARTY BAND)

+ AQUA NETT (HAIR METAL BAND

4/7

8:30 PM | $10/13 | AMERICANA

THE BAND OF HEATHENS 4/8

8:30 PM | $20 | METAL

DEATH ANGEL + AUTUMN'S END + COPY CAT KILLERS 4/19 8:30 PM | $15 | ROCK

TAPROOT + ABSOLUTION 5/15 7:30 PM | $30-50 | SOUTHERN ROCK

DAVID ALLAN COE

DON’T FORGET…WE SERVE FOOD TOO!

McNear’s Dining House Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner BBQ • Pasta • Steak FRI 3/25 • 7:30PM DOORS • $26 ADV/$28 DOS • 21+ BLUES

ROBBEN FORD TRIO SAT 3/26 • 8:30PM DOORS • $18 • 21+ R&B PARTY HITS

AN EVENING WITH

PRIDE & JOY THUR 3/31 • 5:30PM DOORS • $50 • 21+ 5 COURSE DINNER, SIX BEERS

BEER PAIRING DINNER WITH BEAR REPUBLIC

SAT 4/2 • 7:30PM DOORS • $21 • 21+ NEIL DIAMOND TRIBUTE BAND

SUPER DIAMOND PLUS THIS CHARMING BAND THUR 4/7 • 8:00PM DOORS • $21 • 21+ ROCK-N-ROLL

AN EVENING WITH

CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD FRI 4/8 • 7:00PM DOORS • $21 • ALL AGES SINGER/SONGWRITER

AN EVENING WITH

DAVID WILCOX SAT 4/9 • 7:00PM DOORS • $17 • 21+ JOHNNY CASH TRIBUTE BAND

CASH’D OUT FRI 4/15 • 8:00PM DOORS • $18 • 21+ LED ZEPPLIN TRIBUTE BAND

ZEPPARELLA TUE 4/19 • 7:00PM DOORS • $26 • 18+ ALTERNATIVE/BLUES/HIP HOP/SOUL

G LOVE AND SPECIAL SAUCE THUR 4/21 • 8:00PM DOORS • $26 • 18+ BLUGRASS/ROCK

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Mar 26, Monophonics. Mar 27 at 2, Cathey Cotten & Elliot’s Evil Plan; at 9, Samuka & Wild Tribe Band. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

Mar 25, Robben Ford Trio. Mar 26, Pride & Joy. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.


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awaouwaborita! Hey hey hey! Hammy Swagar here, getting fired up for an extra-special MidwestAmerica-fans-only reading from my new rock-ubiography Blue: My Life as a Censored Rock Star Totally Ruined by Livin’ in the Shadow of a Dude Who Wears Spandex LeopardPrint Butt Chaps Over Thongs. Getting’ ready by drinkin’ some of my own special primo tequila, bro, made from only the most primo agave. Me-hi-co! Woooo!

That spandex wearing mo-fo Diamond Lee Toth is gonna be joining me onstage for an epic ROCK session—hey, they say to keep yer enemies close. Toth is

getting all fancy-toed next to me here, talking about the runnin’ with the devil and weed and limos with Jacuzzis in the trunk, and how he’s just a gigolo or something and offering me massages. And I’m just like, hey buddy, pour me MAS TEQUILA. I ain’t driving tonight— not 55, at least. Yeaaaaaahhhh! But seriously, let’s get back to my book. I got three words for ya: loud rock, fast cars and Cabo. That about sums it up. A sweet haiku to my life as a true rock and roll ANIMAL! Yow! But hey, all this tequila made me forget I still need to pick out my outfit for my epic reading tonight. Yellow shirt with the yellow sunglasses and neon Jams? Or silky shirt with the margarita—I mean WABORITA—painted all in pastels on the front. Hey, this shirt represents my lifestyle man, my LIFESTYLE. Diamond can run that comb through my sweet poodle ’do before we take the stage, bro. So yeah, there’s that chapter where I talk about how that guitaristwho-shall-not-be-named but who does the, yeah I’ll say it, the most RAWKIN’ finger-tappin’ EVER called me a fruitcake, and I’ll tell you about what it was like to be the most premier rockin’ rocker of the rockin’ ’80s, the BLUE KOCKER, yeah, and how it feels to have a thousand hefty blonde chicks flashin’ you from a crowd of millions. Now Diamond’s getting feisty cuz I keep remindin’ him how after I got in as chief hombre in “BandThat-Shall-Not-Be-Named,” we had four No. 1 albums. FOUR. You know how many they had with that kook? NONE. It don’t matter how many Russians you can do while making kissy face, it’s about raw talent, and I have as much of that as I have tequila flowing in my Mexican hacienda’s waterfalls. But I digress. It’s time to go ROCK the stage. Just like I did back at Fontana High School, before I had this totally natural blonde perm. That’s in the book, too. A certain rocker who may or may not resemble portions of this article by Hammy Swagar will be appearing on Saturday, March 26, at Copperfield’s Books. 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 7pm. 707.762.0563.


ArtsEvents OPENINGS Mar 24 From 6 to 7:30pm. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Abstract,â&#x20AC;? a juried exhibition; also in Gallery II, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Catalpa Series,â&#x20AC;? an exhibition of work by Roberta Alexander. 6780 Depot St, Sebastopol. 707.829.4797.

Mar 25 From 5 to 7pm. Sonoma County Museum, ceramics by Jun Kaneko. Reception, Mar 25, 5 to 7. Tues-Sun, 11 to 4. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.579.1500. From 5:30 to 7:30pm. Falkirk Cultural Center, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Falkirkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 Annual Juried Exhibition.â&#x20AC;? 1408 Mission Ave, San Rafael. 415.485.3438.

Mar 26 From 6 to 8. Donna Seager Gallery, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Art of the Book,â&#x20AC;? pieces by various artists. 851 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.4229. From 6 to 9pm. Arts Guild of Sonoma, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Repo Show: Recycle, ReClaim, Re-Use,â&#x20AC;? closing reception. 140 E Napa St, Sonoma. 707.996.3115. From 4 to 7pm. Petaluma Arts Center, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oyster Farm,â&#x20AC;? photographs of the Drakes Bay Oyster Company by Evvy Eisen; also, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Field Days: At Work and at Play,â&#x20AC;? photographs by Paige Green and text by Jonah Raskin. 230 Lakeville St at East Washington, Petaluma. 707.762.5600..

GALLERIES SONOMA COUNTY

Show: Recycle, Re-Claim, ReUse,â&#x20AC;? silent auction pieces composed of up-cycled materials. Closing reception and live auction, Mar 26, 6 to 9. Wed-Thurs and Sun-Mon, 11 to 5; Fri-Sat, 11 to 8. 140 E Napa St, Sonoma. 707.996.3115.

BackStreet Gallery Ending 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.

Charles M Schulz Museum Mar 27 at 1, Lynn Johnston of â&#x20AC;&#x153;For Better or for Worseâ&#x20AC;? (see Events). 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.

photographs of the Drakes Bay Oyster Company by Evvy Eisen; also, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Field Days: At Work and at Play,â&#x20AC;? photographs by Paige Green and text by Jonah Raskin. Reception, Mar 26, 4 to 7. 230 Lakeville St at East Washington, Petaluma. 707.762.5600.

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 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. ThursMon, 11 to 6. 6671 Front St, Forestville. 707.887.0799.

Riverfront Art Gallery

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.

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.

Gallery of Sea & Heaven

Sebastopol Center for the Arts

Cutler Gallery

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.

Graton Gallery Through Apr 10, â&#x20AC;&#x153;High Desert Outback,â&#x20AC;? paintings by Pam Lewis. Tues-Sun, 10:30 to 6. 9048 Graton Rd, Graton. 707.829.8912.

Hammerfriar Gallery 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.

Mahoney Library Gallery Mar 28-Apr 30, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rock Poster Art from the San Francisco Ballroom Era and Beyond.â&#x20AC;? Mon-Thurs, 8 to 9; Fri, 9 to 1; Sat, 10 to 3. SRJC, 680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway, Petaluma. 707.778.3974.

Arts Guild of Sonoma

Petaluma Arts Center

Ending Mar 26, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Repo

Mar 25-May 15, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oyster Farm,â&#x20AC;?

Mar 24-Apr 30, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Abstract,â&#x20AC;? a juried exhibition; also in Gallery II, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Catalpa Series,â&#x20AC;? an exhibition of work by Roberta Alexander. Reception, Mar 24, 6 to 7:30. Tues-Fri, 10 to 4; Sat, 1 to 4. 6780 Depot St, Sebastopol. 707.829.4797.

Sonoma County Museum Through Apr 24, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Emerging Artists,â&#x20AC;? work by Laine Justice, Andrew Sofie and Tramaine de Senna. Mar 26-Jun 5, ceramics by Jun Kaneko. Reception, Mar 25, 5 to 7. Tues-Sun, 11 to 4. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.579.1500.

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art 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.

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Steele Lane Community Center Through May 6, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art from the Inside,â&#x20AC;? a juvenile hall art show. Mon-Thurs, 8 to 7; Fri, 8 to 5. 415 Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3282.

University Art Gallery Mar 30-Apr 24, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Juried Student Exhibition.â&#x20AC;? Reception, Mar 30, 4 to 6. Tues-Fri, 11 to 4; SatSun, noon to 4. Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2295.

( 93 Book,â&#x20AC;? pieces by various artists. Reception, Mar 26, 6 to 8. TuesWed and Fri-Sat, 11 to 6; Thurs, 11 to 8:30. 851 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.4229.

Falkirk Cultural Center Mar 25-May 28, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Falkirkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 Annual Juried Exhibition.â&#x20AC;? Reception, Mar 25, 5:30 to 7:30. 1408 Mission Ave, San Rafael. 415.485.3438.

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Networks and Alternate Realities,â&#x20AC;? a group show. Tues-Sat, 10 to 2; also by appointment. 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.4331.

Tobyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Feed Barn Ending 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

Ongoing, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Treasures from the Vault,â&#x20AC;? local artifacts; also, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ranching and Rockinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; at Olompaliâ&#x20AC;? features history of State Park; also, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Growing the Future: Farming Families of Marin.â&#x20AC;? Tues-Fri, plus second and third Sat monthly, 11 to 4. Boyd Gate House, 1125 B St, San Rafael. 415.454.8538.

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.

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Downtown Napa

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.

Through May 2011, â&#x20AC;&#x153;ARTwalk,â&#x20AC;? an interactive public exhibition by 10 artists. First Street and Town Center, Napa.

Bolinas Museum

Museum of the American Indian

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.

Mar 23-Jan 15, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jewelry of California and the Southwest.â&#x20AC;? Reception, Mar 30, 5:30 to 7:30. Tues-Fri, 10 to 3; Sat-Sun, 12 to 4. 2200 Novato Blvd, Novato. 415.897.4064.

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.

University Library Art Gallery Through Mar 31, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Miracles on the Border: Folk Paintings of Mexican Migrants to the US.â&#x20AC;? Mon-Fri, 8 to 5; Sat-Sun, noon to 5. SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.4240.

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.

Donna Seager Gallery

Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Hanlon Center for the Arts

Through Apr 30, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Art of the

Through Mar 31, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Social

TIES THAT BIND â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Art of the Book,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; a reimagining of bound print matter, opens at Donna Seager Gallery in San Rafael March 26. See Openings, p93.

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.

Studio II Through Mar 31, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sights/ Insights,â&#x20AC;? juried exhibition presented by Napa Valley Photographic Society. 570 Soscol Ave, Napa. 707.257.0900.

Hess Collection Winery

Volakis Gallery

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

Through Apr 9, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Foliage,â&#x20AC;? silver gelatin photographs by Brian Oglesbee. 421 Walnut St, Ste 180, Napa. 707.320.8796.

COMEDY

DANCE Taylor 2 Paul Taylor Dance Company in modern dance performance. Mar 25 at 8. $20-$25. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Train, 1275 McKinstry St, Napa. 800.427.4124.

Michael Pollan Author and activist discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Sun Food Agenda.â&#x20AC;? Mar 24 at 8. $25-$45. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.7000.

Spring Night Delight

EVENTS Food, Wine & Art Benefit for music education features food- and winetasting, art, auctions and music by Santa Rosa youth orchestra ensembles. Mar 27, 4 to 6:30. $35-$40. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.8742.

Singles dance for single professionals of all ages. Mar 26 at 8. $10. Embassy Suites Hotel, 101 McInnis Pkwy, San Rafael. 415.507.9962.

Talking Baseball Conversation between Mark Ibanez and KNBRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hall of fame broadcaster Jon Miller. Mar 23 at 8. $29-$100. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Sammy Hagar Free Pizza Comedy Mar 24 at 8, Liz Grant on Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s History Month. SSU Pub, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2382.

Standup Comedy Every Wed at 8. Mar 23, John Fox, Mike Betancourt and friends. Mar 30, Baby Boomer Comedy Allstars. $10. Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

3 for All Comedic masters Rafe Chase, Stephen Kearin and Tim Orr. Mar 25-26 at 8. $22-$35. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600. Tom Caravaglia

BODY ELECTRIC The Paul Taylor Dance Company ďŹ&#x201A;ies into the Napa Valley

Opera House on March 25. See Dance, adjacent.

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

The rocker who has made partying his life signs copies of his new book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock.â&#x20AC;? Mar 26 at 7. Free. Petaluma Copperfieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books, 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.823.8991.

Lynn Johnston â&#x20AC;&#x153;For Better or for Worseâ&#x20AC;? cartoonist joined by Jan Eliot of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stone Soupâ&#x20AC;? in booksigning and discussion. Mar 27 at 1. Free. Charles M Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452.

Orchid Society Annual show and sale with demos, raffles, bulbs and more. Mar 26-27, 9 to 4. Napa Senior Center, 1500 Jefferson St, Napa. www.nvorchidsociety.org.

Piano Bar Sing along in 1960s-era piano bar for all ages. Mar 24, 7 to 10. Free. Napa Valley Wine

FOOD & DRINK Foraged Food Slow food workshop and dinner with John McReynolds of Stone Edge Farm. Mar 24, 10:30 to 1:30. $75. Viva, 7160 Keating Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.9913.

Fox & Moon Tearoom Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day appreciation with special tea blends, homemade desserts and live quartet music. Apr 23, 3:305:30. $35. Monroe Hall, 1400 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. Reservation only. www.foxandmoontea.com.

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FILM May I Be Frank Documentary documents transformation of one man from obesity to healthy lifestyle. Mar 27 at 7. Free-$4. Aqus Cafe, 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.765.0888.

Permaculture

Appetite for Destruction? Michael Pollan vs. the dollar menu

“Our only home is bone,” sang They Might Be Giants in “Cowtown,” an early-’80s nod to the sacredness of our bodies. Thirty years later, as Americans continue to get fatter and drive-throughs are as clogged as our arteries, many can’t help but wonder: why do people (willingly) destroy their own “homes” by eating unhealthy food? The answer, according to Michael Pollan, is that America now produces cheaper food than ever before in history. Yet what’s good for the wallet is devastating to our bodies, our environment, our climate and indeed our quality of life. “Cheap food,” Pollan points out, “is dishonestly priced—it is in fact unconscionably expensive.” The author of six books, including The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food and, most recently, Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, Pollan’s proposes “resolarizing” and “reregionalizing” the American farm. This means replacing the ruthlessly profit-driven industry of vast swaths of monocropped agriculture, petroleum-based pesticides and factory feedlots with localized polyculture farms that produce healthy plants and animals, and by extension, healthy people. Michael Pollan speaks on Thursday, March 24, at the Marin Center. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 8pm. $20–$45. 415.499.6800.—Jessica Dur

599 Bellevue Ave, Santa Rosa. 707528.5489.

Simple Plates Interactive demonstration class focuses on quick and easy

mid-week dinner. Mar 23, 6 to 8:30. $65. Cavallo Point, 601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito, 1.888.651.2003.

Documentary shows hopeful solutions for a balanced future for Food and Agriculture. Mar 26 at 7. $10-$15. Jenner Community Club, 10432 Hwy 1, Jenner. 707.865.1616.

Rialto Film Festival Mar 29 at 1, 3:15, 5:30 and 7:45, “Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune.” $8-$10. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. www.rialtocinemas.com.

The Secret of the Grain Warm family drama centers around couscous. Mar 25 at 7; Mar 27 at 4. $10.50. Sonoma Film Institute, Warren Auditorium, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.

FOR KIDS Bay Area Discovery Museum Ongoing, “Animal Secrets.” Hands-on art, science and theater camps, art studio, tot spot and lookout cove adventure area. Wed-Thurs at 10 and 11, music with Miss Kitty. $5-$6. Fri at 11, aquarium feeding. Admission: $8-$10. Bay Area Discovery Museum, Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds Rd, Sausalito. 415.339.3900.

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ROBBEN FORD TRIO SAT 3/26 • 8:30PM DOORS • $18 • 21+ R&B PARTY HITS

AN EVENING WITH

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BEER PAIRING DINNER WITH BEAR REPUBLIC

SAT 4/2 • 7:30PM DOORS • $21 • 21+ NEIL DIAMOND TRIBUTE BAND

SUPER DIAMOND PLUS THIS CHARMING BAND THUR 4/7 • 8:00PM DOORS • $21 • 21+ ROCK-N-ROLL

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CASH’D OUT FRI 4/15 • 8:00PM DOORS • $18 • 21+ LED ZEPPLIN TRIBUTE BAND

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Farm Day Hands-on fun with farm animals. Mar 24, 9 to noon. Free. Marin )

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FRI 4/8 • 7:00PM DOORS • $21 • ALL AGES SINGER/SONGWRITER

Chops Teen Club Hang-out spot for Santa Rosa teens ages 12 to 20 offers art studio and class, open gym, tech lounge, cafe, recording studio and film club. Hours for high schoolers: Mon-Thurs, 3 to 9; Fri, 3 to 11; Sat and school holidays, noon to 11. For middle school kids: Mon-Fri, 3 to 7; Sat and school holidays, noon to 7. Film club meets Tues at 4. Membership, $5-$10 per year. Chops Teen Club, 509 Adams St, Santa Rosa. 707.284.2467.

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Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.7000.

Mammoth Follies Hudson Vagabond Puppets explore wonders of dinosaurs in musical trip through prehistory. Arrive an hour early for fun with art. Mar 25 at 6:30. $12-$17. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Wooleycat Musical morning of songplay features twists on rhymes, fairytales and fables. Mar 26 at 10am. $5. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 6780 Depot St, Sebastopol. 707.829.4797.

LECTURES Science Buzz Cafe Every Thurs at 6:30, gather with scientists and amateur science fans to discuss weekly topics. Mar 24, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mandelbrot: Father of Fractal Geometryâ&#x20AC;? with Fab Fred Sommer. $3 donation. Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.292.5281.

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Mar 23 at 10am, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bless This Mouseâ&#x20AC;? with Lois Lowry (for kids), at 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Complaintsâ&#x20AC;? with Ian Rankin, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Lesson in Secrets: A Maisie Dobbs Novelâ&#x20AC;? with Jacqueline Winspear. Mar 26 at 4, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The National Parks: Our American Landscapeâ&#x20AC;? with Ian Shive; at 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Song of Slaves in the Desertâ&#x20AC;? with Alan Cheuse. Mar 27 at 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Szyk Haggadahâ&#x20AC;? with Irvin Ungar. Mar 28 at 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live Wireâ&#x20AC;? with Harlan Coben. Mar 29 at 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lotus Eatersâ&#x20AC;? with Tatiana Soli. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 415.927.0960.

Petaluma Copperfieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books Mar 24 at 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Scorpia Risingâ&#x20AC;? with Anthony Horowitz. Mar 26, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Red: My Uncensored Life in Rockâ&#x20AC;? with Sammy Hagar (see Events). Mar 29 at 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best of the Best: A Baseball Great Novelâ&#x20AC;? with Tim Green. 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.762.0563.

Healdsburg Copperfieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books Mar 26 at 1, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Opening the Gates

( 95 of the Heart: A Journey of Healingâ&#x20AC;? with Carolyn CJ Jones. 104 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.433.9270.

THEATER Charleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Aunt Oxford friends force their friend to pose as Charleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brazilian aunt. Ending Mar 27; Fri-Sat at 8, Sun at 2. $20. Pegasus Theater Company, Rio Nido Lodge, Canyon Two Rd, Rio Nido. 707.583.2343.

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

Four of a Kind Staged reading a look at a poker game in San Francisco, circa 1888. Mar 26 at 8. $10. Dance Palace, Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.

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.

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.

Mark Twain Tonight Hal Holbrookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one-man play combines satiric truisms with impeccable comic timing. Mar 26 at 8. $25-$45. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.7000.

7:30. Barn Theatre, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 415.456.9555.

Rock â&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Roll Tom Stoppard play explores communismâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oppressive reality in 1960s, and rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s promise of freedom. Mar 25Apr 2; Fri-Sat at 7:30, Mar 27 at 2, Mar 30 at 6:30. $9-$16. Person Theater, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2353.

Squart Culmination of competition to create performance art. Mar 27 at 3. $5-$10. Headlands Center for the Arts, Bldg 944, Fort Barry, Sausalito. 415.331.2787.

Stand by Your Man Triumph and tragedies of country music star Tammy Wynette. Mar 25-Apr 10; Fri-Sat at 8; Apr 3 and 10 at 2. $20-$35. Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.763.8920.

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

We from Afar Sci-fi tales performed by Project 104. Ending 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. Through Apr 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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The Wellness Toolkit: Self-Empowering Healthcare A multi-layered approach to holistic wellness. Presented by Acupuncturists Lorelle Saxena and Monisha Chandanani. April 2: Effective Anxiety Management April 16: Choosing Happiness and Opening to Healthy Relationships April 30: Maintaining a Strong Immune System May 7: Holistic Prevention and Treatment of Back Pain Using meditation, acupressure, yoga poses and food therapy. Saxena Clinic, Santa Rosa from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. $120 per 3 hr class, or $400 for series. Discount for early registration. Limit 10 people per class lorelle@thesaxenaclinic.com (707) 575-4826.

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