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‘Frank and Jamie McCourt, who own the Los Angeles Dodgers, have not paid any income taxes since 2004.’ COV E R STO RY P22 HUD Cracks Down on Marin County N EWS P 9

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Taking action against corporate tax dodgers BY MARK GREEN SOLOMONS ohemian writer Leilani Clark helped inform me of the grassroots organization US Uncut spreading to make corporate tax cheats accountable, starting in Great Britain and expanding in the United States to counter the Tea Party (“Closing the Gap: US Uncut, the ‘progressive Tea Party,’ demands corporations pay their fair share,” March 9). I initiated my own action: to open an account at Redwood Credit Union. Decisions in the State Legislature and Congress punish middle-class working Americans. There is a solution to cutting our budget, beyond Gov. Brown’s tax proposal or the federal cuts. Why not make the richest of the rich pay their fair share in taxes, just like anyone else?


The $3 in my wallet is more than the combined income tax liability of multibillionaire top Fortune 500 companies like Bank of America, Exxon Mobil, GE and Citigroup combined. That should be a clear red flag to our leaders that the richest of the rich are gaming the system. Tax avoidance is immoral. In the United States, there is a corporate culture of tax avoidance. Before one more teacher is fired or one more education program cut or food assistance for the poor eliminated, the richest of the rich—i.e., Bank of America and the other corporations listed above—need to pay their fair share, just like anyone else. As a geriatric social worker in the elder-care industry, I am flabbergasted at the shortsightedness of legislators in Sacramento proposing cuts in Adult Day Health Care, leaving frail elders with no choice but to go to more expensive nursing homes. Here is a chance to be proactive! US Uncut, and Move Your Money all advocate that we speak with our checkbooks and transfer our bank accounts from Bank of America (and others) to local credit unions. Join me on Saturday, April 16, at the Redwood Credit Union in San Rafael’s Montecito Plaza at 10:30am to open an account. Or be seen at Bank of America in Fairfax on tax day— Monday, April 18, at 9am—to hold this giant corporate tax cheat accountable. I pay, you pay—why doesn’t B of A? Mark Green Solomons is a former social service director from Fairfax. For April 18 actions at Bank of America branches in Sonoma, Santa Rosa and San Rafael, see We welcome your contribution. To have your topical essay of 350 words considered for publication, write to

A Record Store Worker Writes In

In the article “Fifty Years of Howlin’: A visit with Arhoolie Records’ Chris Strachwitz,” Robert Kravolec states: “An older gentlemen, also doing inventory, gives me the once over, adding a few cagey questions and eyefuls of boredom.” As the “older gentleman” mentioned, allow me to clarify. The day Mr. Kravolec visited, we were closed to the public and in the midst of our annual inventory. Mr. Kravolec may have misunderstood, Chris Strachwitz (pictured) does not frequent the retail store. He is more easily reached through his office at Arhoolie Records. We were rather busy attempting to meet a deadline, but nonetheless took time to protect him from any needless inquiry. I recall that Mr. Kravolec failed to clearly identify himself or his business, hence the cagey questions. As for the eyefuls of boredom, this may well be in the imagination of Mr. Kravolec. In closing, I would also recommend that Mr. Kravolec refrain from resorting to any unneeded derogatory descriptions like mousey to describe our staff. Perhaps I’m missing the point. If so, my apologies.

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Tax All Meat and Dairy Products This country would be in better shape, physically and financially, if we implemented a tax on meat, eggs and dairy products. At least then the tax code would reflect our social incentives and burdens, the tax would help to curb the self-destructive health impacts of consumption of these foods, and revenues could compensate society for the associated devastating environmental impacts. It’s hardly a radical concept, and there are already

similar taxes on tobacco and alcohol products, as well as some states taxing soft drinks and other junk foods.

Revenues could reimburse Medicare and Medicaid for treating victims of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and other chronic killer diseases, all linked conclusively with consumption of animal products, and even pay for the restoration of waterways and wildlife habitats devastated by meat and dairy production. Benjamin Franklin said, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” However, death can be deferred and taxes reduced selectively with a tax on meat and dairy products.


Well-Oiled Wall Street Why is it that our country will involve itself in illegal and immoral military engagements, tolerate massive environmental destruction and give tax incentives and preferential treatment—only to allow our energy sources to be threatened by speculators and gamblers on Wall Street? How is that protecting our interests? Am I the only one to notice that the first thing that happened after the crash of 2008 was that gas dropped radically in price? Then we bailed out the banks, but instead of loaning that money to small businesses, they ran out and bought gas and oil shares with the money—driving up the price. Gas is again rising to unsustainable prices for the workingclass to afford. Fear of unrest in the Middle East is being used as an excuse. It threatens our fragile recovery. Why isn’t it part of our National Defense Policy to restrict speculation on necessary commodities such as oil, which has such a direct influence on our economy?

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Burgers Aren’t 25 Cents Anymore Sorry to say, but when the Pine Cone restaurant changed, it was not for the better. It may fit well with modern-day Sebastopol, but they lost something in the change. I went to Analy in the ’50s and it was our regular hangout. We could get a hamburger and a cherry Coke for 25 cents. After the change I went in once, looked at the menu and prices, and got up and walked out. As far as I’m concerned, they ruined an old icon of the town. Sometimes it’s best to leave things as they are. If it works, don’t fix it!


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County Fair? HUD accuses Marin County of violating federal anti-discrimination laws BY LEILANI CLARK


hough one of the wealthiest counties in the nation, Marin County is on the hot seat when it comes to promoting and providing access to affordable housing for minorities and people with disabilities. A recent review by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban

Development (HUD) concludes that the county has failed to comply with the 1964 Civil Rights Act and two other antidiscrimination statutes in its use and spending of federal grants and funds. If the issues aren’t fixed, millions of dollars in HUD grants and funding could be withheld from Marin.

The county has since entered into a voluntary compliance agreement with HUD and commissioned a document from Fair Housing Marin titled “Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice” (AI). The barriers to fair housing listed in the report include strict zoning ordinances and restrictions on development of high-density, multi-family housing; negative stereotypes ) 10

Richard Coshnear began his water-andjuice-only hunger strike on March 31 —Cesar Chavez’s birthday. An immigration attorney and Committee for Immigrant Rights member, Coshnear has been at the forefront of a fouryear struggle to get the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors to take action limiting the Sheriff’s collaboration with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Statistics show that of the roughly 70 persons turned over to ICE each month from Sonoma County jails and courts, 72.5 percent have no felonies on their record. His office receives about 10 calls every week from families of people with ICE holds, says Coshnear, a fact that has grown increasingly frustrating for the longtime activist. His fast is to encourage others to “wake up to this issue, take it more seriously,” and to contact county supervisors with a plea to put the issue on the board agenda. Those interested in joining Coshnear’s hunger strike can reach him at

Earth First The city of Santa Rosa celebrates Earth Day this weekend in Courthouse Square. Attendees can recycle e-waste and appliances, drop off unwanted medication and check out the eco-friendly crafts, activities, local vendors and volunteer opportunities on display. Ride your bike there and bring refillable bottles and cups to truly embody the experience on Saturday, April 16, in Courthouse Square. Fourth and Mendocino, Santa Rosa. 11am–3pm. Free. 707.543.3935.—Leilani Clark

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HUD ( 9 about Section 8 voucher holders; predatory lending practices; and insufficient outreach to those for whom English is a second language. Response from the community has been varied, with many residents sharing frustration over the complicated nature of the issue. John Young, executive director of the Grassroots Leadership Network of Marin, explains that his organization has two major concerns about how the document was developed. First, he says, “protected groups”—the actual minority and disabled populations addressed in the report—were not allowed to give insight into the findings. “It says a lot about what everybody knows, but it doesn’t really say how those things can be resolved or corrected,” Young says. He also claims that the report doesn’t address the ultimate underlying factor in the lack of diversity in Marin: racism. “How can you prepare an analysis of impediments as to why there is a low proportion of minority people in this county, and skirt around the very reason why?” Young says. According to Nancy Kenyon, executive director of Fair Housing Marin, race has played a part in many of the housing discrimination cases investigated by her organization in a county that, according to 2010 census figures, is 80 percent white. In one situation, Fair Housing Marin received a call from a white mobile home owner in Marin County who wanted to sell his home to a Mexican family. When the manager told him that they “wouldn’t take Mexicans in the complex,” the homeowner filed a complaint. Fair Housing Marin investigated, sued the mobile home park and won. In spite of instances like this, Kenyon argues that Marin’s track record on affordable housing is decent, including predominantly white areas like Corte Madera and Tiburon. Yet the county

was also cited for inadequately updating and tracking ethnicity statistics, making it difficult to come into compliance with HUD regulations. The fact that the only family public housing in the county is located in Marin City, already the highest-density minority area in the county, is also problematic, according to the AI. “I hope that some of the changes that we recommended in the report come to fruition,” says Kenyon. “They will require money, and that’s going to be tough, and it might bring up opposition to the goals.” But Chuck Hauptman, regional director of the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at the San Francisco HUD headquarters, says that Marin County has been cooperative and has already made positive steps towards remedying the situation. “The county has been great. They jumped onto the AI,” says Hauptman. “At some point, they will analyze the information that is required. And then decide what action they want to focus on.” Marin County Community Development Agency coordinator Roy Bateman has been collecting public comments on the AI, and is working to bring the county into alignment with the voluntary compliance agreement. Bateman says that the real question has become: “Where do you find the real Marin?” “Even at the upper end of the income spectrum, Marin has not been successful in attracting minority populations,” says Bateman. “Is it just that we have such a small minority population that people who have a choice would prefer to be somewhere where they won’t be the first people in the area that look like them? And how do you get past that as a community?” The Marin County Board of Supervisors holds a public hearing on the ‘Analysis of Impediments’ on Tuesday, May 10, during their regularly scheduled meeting. Call 415.499.6779 after May 6 for specific details and times.


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hey look like the bastard offspring of a crossword puzzle and a crop circle. QR codes, also known as “quick response” or “quick read” codes, are often seen lingering on the corner of magazine ads, clothing tags or band fliers as a bridge for our digital and terrestrial worlds through the aid of one’s smartphone.

Though nearly 20 years old, the technology, which was originally devised to track auto-parts for Japanese auto manufacturers, has only recently penetrated American consciousness since being appropriated as an advertising gimmick. However, it seems the codes will eventually transcend marketing as artists and others embrace the technology—in fact, the Bohemian itself themed its recent Best Of issue around QR codes that linked to editorial videos. The process is simple: download any of a dozen free QR code reader apps to your camera-equipped

smartphone, and tap into a world of info that would otherwise be inscrutable. QR codes take the “Easter egg” concept of sequestering content in obscure places within a game environment or DVD and apply it to reality. Google has been issuing such codes with its “Google Places” initiative as a means of muscling into Yelp territory. Stroll by hip ROE Nightclub in San Francisco and stuck to the corner of a window is a QR code that, when read, links to a half-off lunch coupon to present to your server. Conference badges now boast QR codes for the facile swapping of contact information. Indie-music service CD Baby’s Kevin Breuner recently posted a blog and video about using QR codes to promote one’s band. The little iconic square is becoming ubiquitous. “Pick up any magazine, go walk around the city, go up to a hotel—it’s all over the place, and, in general, in Asia and Europe, it’s much more accepted. We are very far behind with the QR code here in the U.S.,” observes Peter Philipp Wingsoe, CEO of Entertainment Fusion Group, which has produced QR marketing campaigns for Guess and Neuro Beverages, among others. Though his company has used QR codes for five years, he’s only seen an up-tick in requests for QR-related campaigns this year. Wingsoe suggests the relatively slow acceptance of QR codes in America is because the software to read them is not preloaded on our smartphones, as it is in Asia and Europe. “We’re seeing a huge pick up, and I think that in the near future we’re going to see a lot more, and you can start doing more with the QR codes,” says Wingsoe. “We’re actually making the codes look like logos.” Of course, it’s only a matter of time before logos themselves become encoded with secret information—as if they aren’t already. Daedalus Howell is encoded at


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WORLDS L’APPART Washed brick walls and handwritten menus mark this retooled French neighborhood hotspot.

Bistro, Part Deux A reopened L’Appart Resto excels in San Anselmo BY KATRINA FRIED


alking into the reopened L’Appart Resto in San Anselmo on a recent weeknight, I was greeted by the sound of Serge Gainsbourg’s raspy voice and a French-accented host welcoming us for dinner. It set the tone for the meal ahead: authentically French, and graciously so.

After shuttering last November after only five months of business, L’Appart re-emerged from winter hibernation in February with a more informal look and a new bistro menu. The original restaurant had a distinctly special-occasion vibe and suffered from slow weekday traffic, leading the owners to retool their concept toward a more family- and neighborhood-friendly approach. Judging by the number of kids and four-tops in the dining room, it seems they’ve succeeded.

With a spring chill still in the air, the enclosed outdoor patio remained empty, but one can easily imagine sipping Pinot Blanc and devouring bowls of mussels Provençal at one of the umbrella-shaded tables with a group of friends on a warm summer evening. The interior dining room is intimate, with barely 30 seats (the patio seats another 40), a communal farmstyle dining table, a six-stool bar and diffused lighting. Within moments of being

seated, a basket of crusty warm baguette arrived, along with an aperitif menu featuring classic French libations such as a Kir Royal, Dubonnet rouge and a mimosa. I opted for a Lillet Blanc on the rocks, and perused the rustic French dinner menu: modest but varied, comprised of seven appetizers and nine entrées, plus four sides and a cheese-and-charcuterie plate. Prices vary from a $6 soup du jour to a $15 foie gras au torchon for appetizers, and from a $15 Manila clams marnière to a $25 steak frites for entrées. (A $13 kobe beef cheeseburger is sure to please the small fries.) Our first appetizer of croquettes de brandade—breaded and fried balls of cod and potatoes served with a bright pesto aioli—was perfectly paired with a crisp Pinot Blanc. Crunchy and hot on the outside, creamy and salty on the inside, the croquettes came nested in a mesh basket lined with French newspaper, and were gone in two minutes. An order of squid stuffed with chorizo, peppers and rice, baked with tomato basil concassé, was devoured less fervently. The wine list at L’Appart offers an excellent selection of wines by the glass, both French and Californian, which enticed us to switch to a full-bodied Côtes du Rhône for our meatier main courses. An entrée special of rabbit with olive-stuffed loins was perfectly braised and tender, served atop a bed of buttery rich fettuccini and steamed baby vegetables. But the steak frites was the star dish of the night. L’Appart’s version includes a thin cut of mild but juicy Black Angus rib-eye with green peppercorn sauce and a heaping pile of housecut fries. The gravy’s bold flavor is a perfect foil to the rib-eye, and the shoestring potatoes are light, crisp and addictive. I cleaned my plate and had to pass on the profiteroles for dessert—but I can’t say I wasn’t tempted. L’Appart Resto, 636 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. Open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday–Saturday. 415.256.9884.

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SONOMA COUNTY Bistro des Copains French. $$. Homey Provencal food prepared to near perfection. Desserts are house-made and stellar. 3782 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental. 707.874.2436.

Cafe Zazzle Eclectic cafe. $-$$. Colorful, tasty food cooked Mexican-, Japanese-, Thai- and Italian-style. Lunch and dinner daily. 121 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.762.1700. Chloe’s French Cafe French. $. Hearty French fare, decadent desserts and excellent selection of French and California wines. Breakfast and lunch, Mon-Fri. 3883 Airway Dr, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3095.

East West Cafe California cuisine. $$. Comfortable, casual, all vegetarian-friendly. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 557 Summerfield Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.6142. 128 N Main St, Sebastopol. 707.829.2822.

Graffiti Mediterranean. $$-$$$. Jazzed-up waterfront destination really is all that jazz. Big menu focuses on creative seafood dishes, also steak and lamb. Variety of indoor and outdoor seating; wide selection of appetizers– half vegetarian–can make the meal. Lunch and dinner daily. 101 Second St, Petaluma. 707.765.4567. Hopmonk Tavern Pub fare. $$. More than serviceable bar food with a menu that hops the globe. Lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sat-Sun. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Kirin Chinese. $$. Specializing in Mandarin, Szechuan and Peking styles. Kirin’s pot stickers are the best in Sonoma County. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat; dinner, Sun.

2700 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.525.1957.

Mac’s Delicatessen Diner. $. Large selection of Jewish-style sandwiches; excellent cole slaw. Breakfast and lunch, Mon-Sat. 630 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.3785.

Mombo’s Pizza Pizza. $. The crust is thin and the toppings eclectic. Delivery. Lunch and dinner daily. 1800 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.528.FAST. 560 Hwy 116 N, Sebastopol. 707.823.7492.

Pazzo MediterraneanMoroccan. $$-$$$. Dishes from Spain, France, Italy, Greece or Morocco that are all excellent, like the chicken Marrakech, goosed with Moroccan spices, garlic, onions, tomatoes, eggplant and almonds. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner daily. 132 Keller St, Petaluma. 707.763.3333.

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

Sal’s Bistro Italian. $$$$$. A nice neighborhood place for pizza, pasta and specials like cioppino. Lunch and dinner daily. 919 Lakeville Ave, Petaluma. 707.765.5900.

Sonoma-Meritage Martini California-French. $$$. The menu, which changes daily, is well-rounded with plenty of options, thanks in no small part to the fresh seafood bar. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Wed-Mon; brunch, SatSun. 165 W Napa St, Sonoma. 707.996.5556.

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

The Underwood’s classy bistro menu and impressive bar belie its rural setting. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Sat; dinner only, Sun. 9113 Graton Rd, Graton. 707.823.7023.

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

M A R I N COUNTY Cafe Gratitude Vegan. $$$. Mecca for vegans and raw foodists. Clean, light, refreshing food. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 2200 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.824.4652. Fradelizio’s Italian. $$. Locally sourced northern Italian dishes with a Californiacuisine touch. The house red is a custom blend from owner Paul Fradelizio. Lunch and dinner daily. 35 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 415.459.1618.

M&G’s Burgers & Beverages American. $. The ultimate in American cuisine. Crispy fries, good burgers and friendly locals chowing down. 2017 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. 415.454.0655.

Portelli Rossi Italian. $$. Tasty and affordable fare in a cozy setting. Lunch, Tues-Sat; dinner, Tues-Sun. 868 Grant Ave, Novato. 415.892.6100. The William Tell House American & Italian. $$. Marin County’s oldest saloon. Casual and jovial atmosphere. Steaks, pasta, chicken and fish all served with soup or salad. Dinner daily. 26955 Hwy 1, Tomales. 707.878.2403

N A P A COUNTY Ad Hoc American. $$-$$$. Thomas Keller’s quintessential neighborhood restaurant. Prix fixe dinner changes daily. Actually takes reservations. 6476 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.2487. Buster’s Barbecue Barbecue. $. A very

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Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen Eclectic. $$-$$$. As comfortable as it sounds, with a rich and varied melting pot of a menu. Lunch and dinner daily. 1327 Railroad Ave, St Helena. 707.963.1200.

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

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

Fumé Bistro & Bar California cuisine. $$$. California bistro fare that nearly always hits the mark. Lunch and dinner daily. 4050 Byway E, Napa. 707.257.1999.

Gilwoods Cafe Diner. $-$$. Classic hometown diner, specializes in the homemade. Breakfast and lunch daily. 1320 Napa Town Center, Napa. 707.253.0409. 1313 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.1788.

Go Fish Seafood/sushi. $$$$$. An über-trio of chefs all in one fantastic fresh fish house: Cindy Pawlcyn, Victor Scargle and Ken Tominaga. Need we say more? Open for lunch and dinner daily. 641 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.0700.

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

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

The Secret’s Out The “supper club” experience is often a pricey one, but at Camp Meeker, $10 is all it takes to enjoy great food, live music and a community gathering. One night every month, rotating chefs from acclaimed area restaurants cook at Anderson Hall, right along the creek and under the redwoods in this tiny West County enclave. For the last year, it’s been Camp Meeker’s best-kept secret. “For a while, I was a little protective of it, but I think it’s fine now to let the word out, because we aren’t trying to be exclusive,” says Seth Minor, board member of Camp Meeker Parks and Recreation and organizer of the supper clubs. “I think it’s a really good thing for people to come out who don’t live there as well.” While many supper clubs may charge upwards of $100 for an evening, Camp Meeker keeps it well under that price for meals. “A lot of people have suggested raising the prices,” says Minor. “But I have avoided doing that because then you start excluding those who can’t afford it. I want to bring the community together. Keeping it at $10 makes it accessible to everyone. The next supper club takes place Monday, April 18, when chef Lata Pagare makes cocktail samosas and salad, coconut chutney, lamb curry, basmati rice and naan. BYOB. Anderson Hall, First and Tower Streets, Camp Meeker. 6–9pm. $10. 707.874.9246. —Mira Stauffacher

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

Red Rock Cafe & Backdoor BBQ American.

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Redd California cuisine. $$$$$. Rich dishes balanced by subtle flavors and careful yet casual presentation. Brunch at Redd is exceptional. Lunch, Mon-Sat; dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 6480 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.2222.

Californian. $$. Ultracasual setting and laid-back service belies the delicious kitchen magic within; chilaquiles are legendary. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 1437 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.6868.

$-$$. Cafe specializing in barbecue and classic diner fare. Messy, delicious. Lunch and dinner daily. 1010 Lincoln Ave, Napa. 707.226.2633.


busy roadside destination–for a reason. It’s the hot sauce, available in two heats: regular and hot. And the hot, as the sign says, means “hot!” Lunch and dinner daily. 1207 Foothill Blvd, Calistoga. 707.942.5606.






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

SONOMA COUNTY Audelssa Audelssa’s wines are indeed as dramatic, dry and rugged as the location suggests. 13750 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen. Tasting room open Friday–Sunday, 11am–5pm; Monday–Thursday and vineyard estate visits, by appointment. 707.933.8514. De Loach Vineyards In the 1970s, Cecil De Loach established this pioneering producer of Russian River Zinfandel and Pinot Noir par excellence.1791 Olivet Road, Santa Rosa. Open daily, 10am–4:30pm. 707.526.9111.

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(WC) Part of the international Freixenet wine empire, owner Jose Ferrer’s family has been in this business since the 13th century. Explore the Champagne caves on a guided tour. 23555 Carneros Hwy., Sonoma. Open daily, 10am– 5pm. Cave tours at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. 707.996.7256.

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offers tasting in a small, somewhat disheveled indoor office or an outdoor deck. Indoors is where the tasty black olive and bread samples are, and the folks are lowpressure and friendly. Free tasting, anything you like. 23120 Burndale Road, Sonoma. Open daily, 10am–4pm. 707.996.6935.

Kaz Vineyard & Winery Kaz’s motto is “No harm in experimenting.” Organic, low-sulfite winemaking results in fulsome liqueur aromas. Also a trilogy of ports under a second label, the Bodega Bay Portworks. 233 Adobe Canyon Road, Kenwood. Open Friday–Monday, 11am–5pm. 877.833.2536.

Martin Ray Focus is on mountain Cab. And continuing the old tradition, folks can pick up a gallon of hearty Round Barn Red for $13. 2191 Laguna Road, Santa Rosa. Summer hours, daily, 11am–5pm. 707.823.2404.

Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs (WC) Paul Draper is one of the top five winemakers nationwide. The wines are fabulous and tend to inspire devotion in drinkers. The tasting room is an environmentally conscious structure. 650 Lytton Springs Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 11am–4pm. 707.433.7721.

Siduri Winery A Pinotheavy slate. 980 Airway Court, Ste. C, Santa Rosa. By appointment. 707.578.3882.

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

Woodenhead Damn good wine. Pinot, Zin–yum, yum, yum. 5700 River Road, Forestville. Open Thursday– Sunday, 10:30am–4:30pm. 707.887.2703.

N A P A COUNTY Brown Estate Vineyards (WC) A beautifully restored and converted stone and redwood barn is the winery and tasting room facility at Brown Estate. And the construction of a 6,500square-foot subterranean wine cave was completed in 2005. Visitors are currently limited to wine club members by appointment only. 3233 Sage Canyon Road, Napa. 707.963.2435.

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

Eagle & Rose Estate (WC) Tours of this small winery are led either by the winery owner or the winemaker himself. 3000 St. Helena Hwy.

N., Napa. By appointment. 707.965.9463.

Grgich Hills Mike Grgich’s Chardonnays famously beat the competition at the 1976 “Judgment of Paris” and the allestate winery is solar-powered and practices organic and biodynamic. 1829 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford. Open daily, 9:30am–4:30pm. 707.963.2784. Peju Province Vineyards Talented staff, terrific food pairings and fantastic Cab. 8466 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford. Open daily, 10am–6pm. 707.963.3600.

St. Supéry Expect to find the tasting room crowded with a harrassed staff, but St. Supéry features an interesting art gallery with changing exhibitions. 8440 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford. Open daily, 10am– 5pm. 800.942.0809.

Schramsberg (WC) Sparkling wine at its best. The “tasting room” is a branch of the cave illuminated with standing candelabras. 1400 Schramsberg Road, Calistoga. By appointment. 707.942.4558.

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars (WC) Their three estate-grown Cabs are among the most highly regarded in the world. 5766 Silverado Trail, Napa. By appointment. 707.944.2020.

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

Trefethen Winery Some critics claim Trefethen’s heyday was in the ’60s, but the winery proves them wrong with dependable, delicious wines. Trefethen is one of the oldest wineries in Napa. 1160 Oak Knoll Ave., Napa. Open daily, 11:30am–4:30pm. 707.255.7700.



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veryone sees it, yet hardly anybody knows it’s there. Like a riddle bottled up in a mystery, Windy Hill is all but hidden in plain sight. Regular drivers along Highway 101’s Cotati Grade know that it’s significantly colder up here, thanks to a fishtail-inducing wind and a dark finger of fog, straight out of the Petaluma Gap, that condemns this bald-headed hill to cold, gray summer afternoons. For a time, it looked like the vineyard that spirals precipitously around these slopes might lose its battle against tall weeds; then one day, sheep appeared to mow them down. The next year, sheep were gone. Signs went up announcing a blowout “divorce sale.”

It’s the kind of place that might suggest exotic stories, as if some charismatic, high-flying foreign investor had launched a grand boondoggle before decamping to the deserts of Libya, popping back in once in a while to wave away sheep or lower prices. And yet, that’s the story exactly. Impervious to phone calls or emails, the truth can only be found at the end of a winding drive, past the stunted survivors of what must have been planned as a palm tree-studded promenade, where we find a modest little winery atop the hill. Inside, an affable tasting-room manager named Bill laments that he’s the Maytag repairman of the wine business: hardly anyone comes up here. There’s a long bar with stools, a fantastic view and a custom-built chopper for sale, quite randomly. Bill says they’re aiming for a Burgundian style here, and on at least one count, that is no tired line: alcohol content of all but one vintage is a positively European 12.5 percent. A little allspice and milk chocolate warms up the 2006 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($15), wrapped up with a fine herbal, cranberrytart finish. The 2005 Pinot Noir ($15) got the dark, toasty oak treatment, with chewy dried berry fruit and bigger tannins, while the 2004 (also $15) veers between volatile and green candied aromas, prettied up with potpourri. The blowout-priced wine is the library, 2001 Pinot Noir ($9). Long in the tooth by Californian standards, it smells of aged weeds but finishes with wispy-fine tannins. Fans of moderately priced Burgundy, at the least, should find nothing to complain about. Small praise, but watch this unlucky little vineyard as it grows up. Who knows, it might turn out that everybody talks Burgundian, but hardly anybody knows it’s here. Windy Hill Estate Winery, 1010 W. Railroad Ave., Cotati. Open Saturday and Sunday, noon–5pm. $5 fee. 707.795.3030. —James Knight

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Breaks, cuts and loopholes have tipped the scales so far that many top corporations pay no taxes at all.

The tax facts that fall through the cracks


or three decades, we have conducted a massive economic experiment, testing a theory known as supply-side economics. The theory goes like this: lower tax rates will encourage more investment, which in turn will mean more jobs and greater prosperity, so much so that tax revenues will go up, despite lower rates. The late Milton Friedman, the libertarian economist who wanted to shut down public parks because he considered them socialism, promoted this strategy. Ronald Reagan embraced Friedman’s ideas and made them into policy when he was elected president in 1980.

For the past decade, we have doubled down on this theory of supply-side economics with the tax cuts sponsored by President George W. Bush in 2001 and 2003, which President Obama has agreed to continue for two years. One would think that the question of whether this grand experiment worked would be settled after three decades—that the practitioners of the science of economics would look at the data and pronounce a verdict, the way Galileo and Copernicus did when they showed that the earth revolves around the sun. But economics is not like physics. Tax policy is something the framers left to politics. And in politics, the facts often matter less than who has the biggest bullhorn. The same mad men who once ran campaigns featuring doctors extolling the health benefits of smoking are now busy marketing the dogma that tax cuts mean broad prosperity, no matter what the facts show. As millions of Americans prepare to file their annual taxes, they do so


in an environment of mediaperpetuated tax myths. Here are a few points about taxes and the economy, with figures adjusted for inflation, to consider during this tax season.

don’t make enough to owe income taxes. But they still pay plenty of other taxes, including federal payroll taxes. Between gas taxes, sales taxes, utility taxes and other taxes, no one lives tax-free in America. Additionally, when it comes to state and local taxes, the poor bear a heavier burden than the rich in all 50 states, Citizens for Tax Justice calculated from official data. In Alabama, for example, one-fifth of Alabama families make less than $13,000 but pay almost 11 percent of their income in state and local taxes, compared with less than 4 percent for those who make $229,000 or more.

1. Poor Americans do pay taxes. Gretchen Carlson, Fox News host, said last year: “Forty-seven percent of Americans don’t pay any taxes.” John McCain and Sarah Palin both said similar things during the 2008 campaign, and Ari Fleischer, former Bush White House spokesman, once said that “50 percent of the country gets benefits without paying for them.” Actually, they pay plenty in taxes, just not a lot of federal income taxes. Data from the Tax Foundation shows that in 2008, the average income for the bottom half of taxpayers was $15,300. This year, the first $9,350 of income for singles and $18,700 for married couples is exempt from taxes— just slightly more than in 2008. That means millions of the poor

2. The wealthiest Americans don’t carry the burden. Sen. Rand Paul, the Tea Party favorite, told David Letterman recently that “the wealthy do pay most of the taxes in this country.” It’s true that the top 1 percent of wage earners paid 38 percent of the federal income taxes in 2008 (the most recent year for which data is available). But people forget that income tax make up less than half of all federal taxes, and only one-fifth of taxes at all levels of government. Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance taxes (known as payroll taxes) are paid mostly by the bottom 90 percent of wage earners. Once one reaches $106,800 of income, Social Security taxes stop rising. Warren Buffett pays the exact same amount of Social Security

taxes as one who earns $106,800. 3. In fact, the wealthy are paying less in taxes. The Internal Revenue Service issues an annual report on the 400 highest income tax payers. In 1961, there were 398 taxpayers who made $1 million or more. I compared their income tax burdens from that year to those in 2007. Despite skyrocketing incomes, the federal tax burden on the richest 400 has been slashed, thanks to a variety of loopholes, allowable deductions and other tools. The actual share of their income paid in taxes, according to the IRS, is 16.6 percent. Adding payroll taxes barely nudges that number. Compare that to the vast majority of Americans, whose share of their income going to federal taxes increased from 13.1 percent in 1961 to 22.5 percent in 2007. (Incidentally, during seven of the eight Bush years, the IRS report on the top 400 taxpayers was labeled a state secret, a policy that Obama overturned almost instantly after his inauguration.) 4. Many of the very richest pay no current income taxes at all. John Paulson, the most successful hedge fund manager of all, bet against the mortgage market one year and then bet with Glenn Beck in the gold market the next. Paulson made himself $9 billion in fees in just two years. His current tax bill on that $9 billion? Zero.

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Congress lets hedge fund managers earn all they can now and pay their taxes years from now. In 2007, Congress debated whether hedge fund managers should pay the top tax rate that applies to wages, bonuses and other compensation for their labors, which is 35 percent. That tax rate starts at about $300,000 of taxable income; not even pocket change to Paulson, but almost 12 years of gross pay to the median-wage worker. The Republicans and a key Democrat, Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, fought successfully to keep the tax rate on hedge fund managers at 15 percent, arguing that the profits from hedge funds should be considered capital gains, not ordinary income, which got a lot of attention in the news. What the news media missed is that hedge fund managers don’t even pay that 15 percent, at least not currently. So long as they leave their money, known as “carried interest,” in the hedge fund, their taxes are deferred. They only pay taxes when they cash out, which could be decades from now. How do these hedge fund managers get money in the meantime? By borrowing against the carried interest, often at absurdly low rates, currently about 2 percent. Lots of other people live taxfree, too. I have Donald Trump’s tax records for four years early in his career. He paid no taxes for two of those years. Big real estate investors enjoy tax-free living under a 1993 law President Clinton signed which lets “professional” real estate investors use paper losses like depreciation on their buildings against any cash income—even if they end up with negative incomes, like Trump. Frank and Jamie McCourt, who own the Los Angeles Dodgers, have not paid any income taxes since at least 2004. Yet they spent $45 million in one year alone. How? They borrowed against Dodger ticket revenue and other assets. To the IRS, they look like paupers.

5. Since Reagan, only the wealthy have gained significant income. The Heritage Foundation, the Cato Institute and similar conservative marketing organizations tell us relentlessly that lower tax rates will make us all better off. Since 1980, when President Reagan won the election promising prosperity through tax cuts, the average income of the vast majority—the bottom 90 percent of Americans—has increased just $303, or 1 percent. Put another way, for each dollar people in the vast majority made in 1980, in 2008 their income was up to $1.01. Those at the top fared far better. The top 1 percent’s average income more than doubled to $1.1 million, according to an analysis of tax data by economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez. The very wealthy—the top 1/10th of 1 percent—each enjoyed almost four dollars in 2008 for each dollar in 1980. The top 300,000 Americans now enjoy almost as much income as the bottom 150 million combined. 6. The story is much the same for corporations—less in taxes. Corporate profits in 2008, the latest year for which data is available, were $1,830 billion, up almost 12 percent from $1,638.7 in 2000. Yet even though corporate tax rates have not been cut, corporate income tax revenues fell to $230 billion from $249 billion— an 8 percent decline, thanks to a number of loopholes. The official 2010 profit numbers are not added up and released by the government, but the amount paid in corporate taxes fell further, to $191 billion, a decline of more than 23 percent compared with 2000. 7. Corporate tax breaks can destroy jobs. Despite all the noise that America has the world’s second highest corporate tax rate, the actual taxes paid by corporations are falling because of a growing number of loopholes and companies shifting profits to tax havens like the Cayman Islands.

8. Republicans like taxes, too. President Reagan signed into law 11 tax increases. His administration and the Washington press corps called the increases “revenue enhancers.” Among other things, Reagan hiked Social Security taxes so high that the government collected more than $2 trillion in surplus tax since 2008. George W. Bush signed a tax increase, too, in 2006, despite his written pledge to never raise taxes on anyone. It raised taxes on teenagers by requiring incomeearning kids up to age 17 to pay taxes at their parents’ tax rate, which would almost always be higher than the rate they would otherwise pay. It was a story that ran buried inside the New York

Times one Sunday, but nowhere else. In fact, thanks to Republicans, one in three Americans will pay higher taxes this year than they did last year. First, some history. In 2009, President Obama pushed his own tax cut—for the working class. He persuaded Congress to enact the Making Work Pay Tax Credit. Over the two years 2009 and 2010, it saved single workers up to $800 and married heterosexual couples up to $1,600, even if only one spouse worked. The top 5 percent or so of taxpayers were denied this tax break.

Thanks to Republicans, one in three Americans will pay higher taxes this year than they did last year. The Obama administration called it “the biggest middle-class tax cut” ever. Yet last December, the Republicans, back in control of the House of Representatives, killed Obama’s Making Work Pay Credit while extending the Bush tax cuts for two more years, a policy Obama acquiesced to. By doing so, congressional Republican leaders actually increased taxes on one-third of Americans this year, all of them the working poor. As a result, of the 155 million households in the tax system, 51 million will pay an average of $129 more in taxes this year. That’s $6.6 billion in higher taxes for the working poor, the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center estimates. In addition, the Republicans changed the rate of workers’ FICA contributions, which finances half of Social Security. The result: the

top 5 percent, people who make more than $106,800, will save $2,136, and two-career couples will save $4,272. 9. Other countries do it better. We measure our economic progress in terms of a crude measure known as gross domestic product. The way the official statistics are put together, each dollar spent on solar energy equipment counts the same as each dollar spent investigating murders. We do not give any measure of value to time spent rearing children or growing our own vegetables or to time off for leisure and community service. We also don’t measure the economic damage caused by shock, such as losing a job, which means not only loss of income and depletion of savings but loss of health insurance, which a Harvard Medical School study found results in 45,000 unnecessary deaths each year. Compare this to Germany, one of many countries with a smarter tax system and smarter spending policies. Germans work less, make more per hour and get much better parental leave than Americans, many of whom get no benefits such as healthcare, pensions or even a retirement savings plan. To achieve this, German workers on average pay 52 percent of their income in taxes. At first blush, the German tax burden seems horrendous. But in Germany—as well as Britain, France, Scandinavia, Canada, Australia and Japan—taxsupported institutions provide many of the things Americans pay for with after-tax dollars. And buying wholesale rather than retail saves money. A proper comparison would take the 30 percent average tax on American workers, add their out-of-pocket spending on healthcare, college tuition and fees for services, and compare it to taxes that the average German pays. Add it all up, and the combination of tax and personal spending is roughly equal in both countries, but with a large risk of catastrophic loss in America, but only a tiny risk in Germany.

Americans take on $85 billion of debt each year for higher education, while college is financed by taxes in Germany and tuition is cheap to free in other modern countries. While soaring medical costs are a key reason that, since 1980, bankruptcy in America has increased 15 times faster than population growth, no one in Germany or many other parts of the modern world goes broke because of accident or illness. On the corporate tax side, the Germans encourage reinvestment at home, and German rules tightly control accounting so that profits earned at home cannot be made to appear as profits earned in tax havens. Adopting the German system is not the answer for America. But crafting a tax system that benefits the vast majority, reduces risks, provides universal healthcare and focuses on diplomacy rather than militarism would be a lot smarter than what we have now. We started down this road with Reagan’s election in 1980 and upped the ante in this century with George W. Bush. How long does it take to conclude that a policy has failed to fulfill its promises? And as we think of that, keep in mind George Washington. When he fell ill, his doctors followed the common wisdom of the era: they cut him and bled him to remove bad blood. As Washington’s condition grew worse, he was bled even more. And like the mantra of tax cuts for the rich, the same treatment continued to be applied until he was killed. Luckily, we don’t bleed the sick anymore. But we are bleeding our government to death. David Cay Johnston is a Pulitzerwinning columnist who has been called the ‘de facto chief tax enforcement officer of the United States’ for his reporting in the ‘New York Times,’ which has shut down many tax dodges and schemes. He currently writes for, teaches the tax, property and regulatory law of the ancient world at Syracuse University College of Law and Whitman School of Management, and is finishing his latest book, ‘The Fine Print.’


Right now, America’s corporations are sitting on close to $2 trillion in cash that is not being used to create jobs. Instead, it’s acting as an insurance policy for managers unwilling to take the risk of actually building the businesses they are paid so well to run. A corporate tax rate that is too low actually destroys jobs. That’s because a higher tax rate encourages businesses (who don’t want to pay taxes) to keep the profits in the business and reinvest, rather than pull them out and have to pay high taxes. The 2004 American Jobs Creation Act, which passed with bipartisan support, encouraged more than 800 companies to bring profits that were untaxed but overseas back to the United States. But instead of paying the usual 35 percent tax, the companies paid just 5.25 percent. The companies said bringing the money home—“repatriating” it, they called it—would mean lots of new jobs. Sen. John Ensign, the Nevada Republican, put the figure at 660,000. Pfizer, the drug company, was the biggest beneficiary. It brought home $37 billion, saving $11 billion in taxes. Almost immediately it started firing people. Since the law took effect, it has let 40,000 workers go. In all, it appears that at least 100,000 jobs were destroyed.




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Duke Dreams Though jazz pianist Randy Weston left New York City in 1967 to live in Morocco and specialize in African rhythms, he remains indebted to the American masters. Now 84, Weston is one of the few living masters of jazz piano enjoying a still-expanding creativity; he pays tribute to Duke Ellington in a solo piano performance and signs copies of his autobiography, African Rhythms, on Saturday, April 16, at the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., Napa. 7pm. $35–$40. 707.226.7372.


Caroline Calling In the years since the fateful day in 1963 when her father was assassinated in Dealy Plaza, Caroline Kennedy has led a life most can only begin to imagine. Now an attorney and author, Kennedy spends much of her time in public work and not, as her withdrawal from the possibility of filling a New York Senate seat in 2010 shows, in politics. Kennedy reads from her latest book of poetry, She Walks in Beauty, on Wednesday, April 13, at Dominican University. 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 7pm. $35 includes book. 415.927.0960.


Populist Progress Even-minded author and occasional Bohemian contributor Norman Solomon has announced his exploratory run for Congress, and his fundraising is kicking off with none other than Jim Hightower, the aw-shucks commentator, columnist and personality with a ten-gallon hat and twenty-gallon charisma. Along with former KPFA host Aimee Allison and music by Bruce Barthol, Hightower and

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Solomon appear on Saturday, April 16, at the French Garden (8050 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol; 1pm; $50) and the Corte Madera Recreation Center (498 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera; 7pm; $50). 415.250.5200.


Many Melodies In 1976, when Linda Ronstadt included three songs by an unknown songwriter on her smash album Hasten Down the Wind, the industry was abuzz over the name: Karla Bonoff. Several solo albums followed, but Bonoff soon disappeared from recording and was largely inactive until recent touring, with a band featuring the fantastic guitarist Nina Gerber. She performs hits like “Someone to Lay Down Beside Me” and “Tell Me Why” with Gerber on Saturday, April 16, at Studio E. Address provided with tickets, Sebastopol. 8pm. $35. 707.542.7143.


Rockin’ Rave-Up Whether brandishing a quadrupleneck guitar, a longhorn bass or just his own animated baritone, the rockabilly attraction Deke Dickerson is one of the genre’s most fun-loving, high-kicking performers. In a break from his schedule at county fairs, downtown markets, dive bars, guitar shows, Sunday brunches and, yes, a Kid Rock cruise, Dickerson attracts the lindy-hopping, hot-rodding crowd in a show with the Modern Sounds on Wednesday, April 13, at the Hopmonk Tavern. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 7pm. $10. 707.829.7300.

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BITTER & SWEET Ashley Judd reads and signs her new memoir April 15 at Book Passage in Corte Madera. See Events, p37.

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ost of us in the United States are well acquainted with media tycoon Ted Turner. We watch his brainchild CNN, we ďŹ&#x201A;y over the 2.1 million acres of U.S. land he owns, we witness his challenges to ďŹ ght Rupert Murdoch, and if our name is Jane Fonda, we were married to him for 10 years.

The 1993 Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cup winner, who will speak April 17 at Green Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Earth Day festival at Iron Horse Vineyards, is the owner of the largest bison herd in the world and owns 46 locations of bisoncentric Tedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Montana Grill, where diners can sip Big Sky Lemonade through an environmentally friendly paper straw as they munch on Bison Nachos. Like many billionaires, Turnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success started with failure. After getting kicked out of Brown University for having a girl in his

room overnight, he went to work for his father, an ultraconservative military man who charged Ted rent and would beat him for not reading a new book every two days. When Ted was 24, his father committed suicide, leaving Ted in charge of a $1 million billboard company. After buying several Southern radio stations, Turner bought an obsolete UHF Atlanta television station and sweet-talked the FCC into letting him use a satellite broadcast, creating the ďŹ rst superstation. In 1980 came CNN,

the ďŹ rst 24-hour news channel. He soon created Turner Network Television and Cartoon Network, all while managing to squeeze in various odd jobs like owning the Atlanta Braves, buying MGM and appearing as Confederate colonel Waller Patton in the ďŹ lm Gettysburg. During this period, he amassed 2.1 million acres, making him the largest private landholder in the country. As his wealth increased, so did the kookiness of his public commentary. To the seemingly ďŹ lterless â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mouth of the South,â&#x20AC;? Christianity is â&#x20AC;&#x153;a religion for losers.â&#x20AC;? If we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do anything about global warming, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s said, in 10 years â&#x20AC;&#x153;most of the people will have died and the rest of us will be cannibals.â&#x20AC;? Furthermore, â&#x20AC;&#x153;men should be barred from public office for a hundred years in every part of the world.â&#x20AC;? Turner is now worth $1.9 billion, a third of what he once was. Yet it seems as Turner refuses to care about reclaiming his billions, instead focusing on environmental issues. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s converted most of his land into preservations, worked with the U.N. to develop worldwide environmental standards for tourism and launched an antinuclear nonproďŹ t. Turner himself points to a personal reason for reaching for bigger, immaterial goals: the specter of his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suicide, still hanging over his head. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My father told me he wanted to be a millionaire, have a yacht and a plantation,â&#x20AC;? he told Time magazine in 1992. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And by the time he was 50, he had achieved all three, and he was having a very difficult time. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not going to rest until all the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s problems have been solved.â&#x20AC;? Ted Turner speaks Sunday, April 17, at Iron Horse Vineyards. 9786 Ross Station Road, Sebastopol. Noon. $65. 707.887.1507.




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Puddy Fuddy ‘Fuddy Meers’ twists amnesia with dark humor BY DAVID TEMPLETON


pparently, my name is Claire!”

So surmises Claire (a delightfully befuddled Mollie Stickney), a woman with a rare form of amnesia; every night, her memory is erased, leaving her as blank as a scrubbed chalkboard. In David Lindsay-Abaire’s cultishly beloved comedy Fuddy Meers (running through April 24 at the Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley), Claire’s daily confusion is attended to, with loving intensity, by her husband, Richard (Andrew Hurteau). Kenny (Sam Leichter), Claire’s angry, pot-smoking son, has nothing but inarticulate resentment for Richard, who patiently explains Claire’s condition to her every morning, helped by a book filled with pertinent life details—and a few glaring omissions.

For example, the limping, oneeared, ski-masked man who is hiding under the bed, and who claims to be Claire’s long-lost brother, is not mentioned in the book. Then again, the Limping Man (Tim True), insists that Richard is a dangerous murderer planning to kill Claire, a fate he offers to save her from if she will accompany him on a little drive to the country. Remaining amiably goodnatured (considering the overwhelming uncertainty within which she lives), Claire gradually begins filling in the details of her situation. At the remote rural home of her mother, Gertie (Joan Mankin), Claire learns that her mom suffers from her own rare ailment, a form of aphasia that makes her words come out strange—for example, turning the phrase “funny mirrors” to “fuddy meers.” Joining them in the country is Heidi (Dena Martinez), a uniformed Latina with a tough demeanor, and Millet (Lance Gardner), a manchild with a sweet disposition and a hand puppet that says foul things, such as “Scratch my itch, bitch!” Until winning a Pulitzer for the hard-hitting Rabbit Hole, LindsayAbaire was known primarily as an absurdist, a reputation first established with Fuddy Meers. Though full of loose ends and a troublingly discordant balance between comedy and plain-out meanness, it is easy to see why Fuddy has so many fans. There’s something brazenly appealing about all these weird people, and the play is directed by Ryan Rilette with a sense of vandalistic glee. But the production suffers somewhat from its own tonal imbalance, a problem made worse by Rilette’s decision to play the darkest moments as painfully, unhumorously real. Though there is much to enjoy in the production, it becomes harder to laugh in the second act, when Lindsay-Abaire’s twisted imagination reaches into some truly unpleasant, violent places. In Fuddy Meers, it’s all very funny—except when it’s not. ‘Fuddy Meers’ runs Tuesday–Sunday through April 24 at Marin Theatre Company. Showtimes vary. 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. $32–$53. 415.388.5208.



LED AWAY Robin Wright plays Mary Surratt in Robert Redford’s new film.

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Wright underplays the part of this suffering prisoner with Scandinavian movie simplicity. Surratt is defended by Maryland senator Reverdy Johnson (Tom Wilkinson), assisted by Frederick Aiken, a veteran; he’s played by James McAvoy, filling the underwritten outline of the part with little enthusiasm. Despite the viewer’s hopes, Wilkinson rolls out of the picture, and as the prosecutor, Danny Huston seems ready for some kind of deviltry— which never happens. The movie rarely leaves the dungeon. The murky would-be Daguerreotype photography and the mutter of voices makes The Conspirator a movie for those with sleep disorders to avoid. The script tells us about the ambient fear and rage in America circa 1865, but the visuals don’t convey the sense of a state of emergency, or even of post-war shock. And is this movie about 1865, anyway? Throughout the trial of Mrs. Surratt, we can feel Redford whispering in our ears: “Stanton is like Cheney, no? This suspension of rights . . . Remarkable how it anticipates Gitmo. Military tribunals, this hooding of prisoners, like Abu Ghraib. Did you notice the parallels?” We do, but the parallels aren’t enough to make this stumbling and verbose film breathe completely.



he new film from Robert Redford, The Conspirator, concerns a shameful episode from 1865 that deserves to be remembered. After the Lincoln assassination, John Wilkes Booth’s accused accessories are rounded up. Caught in the dragnet is one female prisoner, the landlady Mrs. Mary Surratt (Robin Wright), a 42-year-old woman whose son had been in cahoots with Booth. Kept dungeoned, the woman “who kept the nest that hatched the egg” refuses to inform.




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

NEW MOVIES Arthur (PG-13; 110 min.) Russell Brand plays a drunken Manhattan billionaire who covets the one thing money can’t buy, a girl from Queens (Greta Gerwig). Meanwhile, Arthur’s tyrant mother (Helen Mirren) is insists that he marry a vicious heiress (Jennifer Garner). The film suffers for being a vehicle for Brand, who wears the expensive clothes well, but there’s no comedic poetry in his motion. An above-all unfunny remake of the 1981 comedy starring Dudley Moore. (RvB) Bill Cunningham New York (NR; 84 min.) Documentary about photographer Bill Cunningham, whose candid shots of New York’s fashion world became an institution in the New York Times. (AD)


The Conspirator (PG-13; 122 min.) Robert Redford directs this tale of the aftermath of the Lincoln assassination. See review, p29. Poetry (NR; 139 min.) A 60s-ish woman

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takes up poetry to help cope with the onset of Alzheimer’s and an increasingly irresponsible— and criminal—grandson. In Korean, with English subtitles. At the Smith Rafael Center. (KC)


Scream 4 (R; 111 min.) Much of the gang’s all here in the first installment of a proposed second trilogy when director Wes Craven again teams up with Kevin Williams, writer of the first two Screams, and actors David Arquette, Courtney Cox and Neve Campbell. (UL)

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Hop (PG; 95 min.) Son of the Easter Bunny chucks the family business to pursue his dream of becoming a rock drummer. With the voices of Russell Brand, Elizabeth Perkins and Hank Azaria. (AD)

I Am (NR; 76 min.) Director Tom Shadyac (Ace Ventura, Bruce Almighty) documents “the meaning of life” after an accident leaves him reconsidering his life’s purpose. (AD)

Insidious (PG-13; 104 min.) The body of a comatose boy whose mind is trapped in some weird realm draws evil spirits to his family’s home. Barbara Hershey’s in it! (UL)

Jane Eyre (PG; 121 min.) Director Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre) plays up the darker aspects of Charlotte Brontë’s 1847 novel in this adaptation co-produced by BBC Films and starring Mia Wasikowska (Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland) and Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds). At Summerfield Cinemas. (KC)

Limitless (R; PG-13) Down-on-his-luck writer (Bradley Cooper) gets hooked on an experimental drug that gives him total recall, which he uses to make a killing on Wall Street. With Robert De Niro. (AD)

Potiche (R; 103 min.) When the wealthy boss of an umbrella factory finds his workers on strike, his sympathetic wife takes over and improves working conditions. With Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu. At Summerfield Cinemas and the Rafael. (KC)

Soul Surfer (PG; 105 min.) Teenager conquers fears and limitations to return to surfing after losing an arm in a shark attack off Kauai. With Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt. (UL)

Source Code (PG-13; 94 min.) Jake Gyllenhaal The Adjustment Bureau (PG-13; 109 min.) Strange agents trail a politician who runs the risk of behaving honestly. Stars Matt Damon and Emily Blunt; based on a short story by Philip K. Dick. (UL)

Certified Copy (NR; 106 min.) A French gallery owner (Juliette Binoche) and an English lecturer on art forgery (William Shimell) spend a day in Tuscany talking about art and life. At the Rafael Film Center. (KC)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules (PG; 96 min.) The tribulations of a younger brother, now entering seventh grade, continue in this sequel based on the popular Young Adult novels by Jeff Kinney. (UL)

Hanna (PG-13; 111 min.) Living in the permafrost, Hanna (Saoirse Ronan), now 16, was raised by her ex-assassin father (Eric Bana) to kill. Dad’s idea of a debutante party is to contact the CIA, which has been seeking Hanna since birth with the intent of rubbing her out. Directed by Joe Wright (Atonement), this weirdly artsy mash of Jack London and Alias is meant as a pleasure machine, but it’s an oddly dour thrill ride that insists on repetitive training over the free-style adaptation it claims is the only key to survival. (RvB)

stars as a soldier on an odd assignment: inhabiting the body of a dying terrorist to discover where his next target will hit. Directed by Duncan Jones (Moon) (AD).

Sucker Punch (PG-13; 120 min.) Directed by Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen). Set in the 1950s, a young inmate in an asylum escapes into a dream world to free herself from her dark reality, then plans an actual escape with four other inmates. Stars Emily Browning, with Jena Malone and Jon Hamm. (AD)

Win Win (R; 106 min.) Virtuous, heartfelt, unexciting. Paul Giamatti plays Mike, an ethically compromised lawyer and high school wrestling coach in a small Jersey town. The arrival of a troubled young man (Alex Shaffer in a solid debut) seems a godsend, but he also accidentally forces Mike to confront his own shady dealings. Giamatti gives the film some palpable desperation, but it’s hard to feel that there’s any true downfall at stake. (RvB)

Your Highness (PG-13; 102 min.) Fantasycomedy starring Danny McBride, Natalie Portman, James Franco and Zooey Deschanel about a knight’s younger bro who’s got to give up the easy life behind the scenes and save the maiden, slay the dragon, etc. (AD)







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SONOMA COUNTY Beer Blossom Festival Wild circus attractions, microbrews and live music by Greenstring Farm Band, Ash Reiter, Ali Weiss, the Crux, Hubbub Club and others goes all day and night. Apr 16 at 8. Free-$10. Hopmonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Karla Bonoff Timeless songstress joined by guitar prowess of Nina Gerber. Apr 16 at 8. $35. Studio E, address provided with tickets, Sebastopol. 707.542.7143.

Cabaret Exotiques Bohemian cabaret with entertainment by DJ Malarkey, El Radio Fantastique, Wild Card Belly Dance, Jug Dealers, Plectrum Duo and others. Apr 16 at noon. Free-$12. Aubergine, 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.861.9190.

Deke Dickerson Music historian, guitarist and bonafide rockabillyite. Apr 13 at 7:30. $10. Hopmonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

BC Fitzpatrick Rugged and sweet strike masterful balance in singersongwriter’s new album, “Lost,

Stolen and Strayed.” Robert Ethington plus Ian and Ben of Old Jawbone open. Apr 13 at 7:30. $5. Last Day Saloon, 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.2343.

Foxes in the Henhouse Bluesy all-girl band live. Apr 16 at 7:30. $20-$22. POST Wellness by Design, 224A Weller St, Petaluma. 707.763.0100.

G Love & Special Sauce Bluesy hip-hop blend from Philly. Apr 19 at 9. $26. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

Gr’ups Rockabilly-punk heroes bring spastic Gilman vibe with Ashtray, Severance Package, Endemics, Bobby Joe Ebola and Children McNuggets. Apr 16 at 8. $10. Share Exchange, 531 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.393.1431.

release of “La Gran Señora,” an exploration of regional Mexican genres. Apr 17 at 8. $30-$100. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Sell the Heart Fest III Rock fest lineup includes Days Like Nights, Mowz, Starskate, Teenage Sweater, Goodriddler and many others. Apr 16 at 6:30. $7. Arlene Francis Theater, 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.

Verna Druzhina Live Balkan dance music hosted by Snap-Y Dancers. Apr 16, 8 to 11. $8. Hermann Sons Hall, 860 Western Ave, Petaluma. 415.663.9512.

MARIN COUNTY Jackie Greene American roots music from all over the map. Apr 15 at 9. $30. Palm Ballroom, 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael. 415.389.5072.

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American folk royalty. Apr 15 at 8. $33-$40. Analy High School, 6950 Analy Ave, Sebastopol. 707.823.1511.

Transcendental acoustic and electric exploration. James Nash and the Nomads open. Apr 16 at 8:30. $15-$30. Palm Ballroom, 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael. 415.389.5072.

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Singer-songwriter and visionary rocker GuruGanesha on “Song of the Soul” tour. Apr 16 at 7:30. $25-$35. Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.568.5381.

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Lively and energetic combination of styles incorporates hot jazz, Ukrainian folk-punk, tangos and more. Apr 15 at 7. $11$14. Dance Palace, Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.





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Arlene Francis Theater Apr 14 at 7, Judgment Day, Mercy Ties, Maere. Apr 16, Sell the Heart Fest (see Concerts). 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.

Aubergine Apr 16, Cabaret Exotiques (see Concerts). Apr 17, Pulsators. Apr 18, Fall Star. 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2722.

Chrome Lotus Apr 15, Sessions Two with DJs Sykwidit, Minimex, Escobar and Primo. Apr 16, Zodiac with DJ Sykwidit. 501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa.

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BRING THE FAMILY Arlo Guthrie plays Sebastopol and Napa this week. See Concerts, adjacent. Sat, live music. Apr 16, Valley Rhythm Section. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

French Garden Restaurant Apr 14, Haute Flash Quartet. Apr 15-16, Solid Air. Apr 16 at 1, fundraiser for Norman Solomon (see Events). 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.2030.

Gaiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garden Apr 13, Jim Adams (jazz guitar). Apr 16, Doug Jayne and friends. Apr 18, Greg Hester (jazz piano). Apr 19, blues jam with Sonny Lowe. 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491.

Hopmonk Tavern Apr 13, Deke Dickerson (see Concerts). Apr 14, Juke Joint with Zack Darling, Damian and iNi. Apr 15, Antioquia. Apr 16, Beer Blossom Festival (see Concerts). Apr 17, poetry slam. Mon, Monday Night Edutainment. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Apr 15, HOTS. Apr 16, Dynamo Jones. Apr 17, David Thom. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

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RELEASE THE KRAKEN + A Time for Panic + Headlands + Nescience + Ove The Garden + Josh & Tony + Daelian + Travis Rinker 4/19 8:30 PM | $15 | ROCK



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Little Switzerland

8:30 PM | $15 | R&B/ROCK/DANCE

Apr 14, Tri Tip Trio (Cajun). Apr 15, DJ Aca-Style. Apr 16, Lost Weekend (Western swing). Apr 17, Steve Balich Band. 19080 Riverside Dr, Sonoma. 707.938.9910.


Monroe Dance Hall

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Apr 16, Big B & his Snakeoil Saviors. 1400 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.529.5450.

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Apr 14, Subb Kulture Sound with London Fog Project. Apr 15, Ezra Forrest (hip-hop). Apr 16, Double D. 6957 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2062.

Apr 15, Adam Traum & the Traumatics. Apr 16, Perfect Crime. Apr 17, Arann Harris & the Farm Band. 464 First St, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.

Lagunitas Tap Room

Apr 15 at 2, Mark Anderman and Adam Charp ) (jazz); at 7, Mitch

Apr 13, Doug Adamz. Apr 14, Jesse Brewster, Allyson Paige.


Last Day Saloon Apr 13, BC Fitzpatrick (see Concerts). Apr 15, Bulletboys, End of Days, Gray Coats (rock). Apr 16, Ozzy Alive, Metal Shop (rock). Apr 17, Release the Kraken, A Time for Panic, Headlands, Nescience, Ove the Garden, Josh and Tony, Daelian, Travis Rinker (hard rock). Apr 19, Taproot, Absolution, Shotgun Harlot (rock). 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.2343.

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Music ( 33 Thomas Band. Apr 16, DJs. 1810 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.829.3403.

Mystic Theatre Apr 15, Zepparella, Flametal Skeletons, Lapdance Armageddon. Apr 19, G Love & Special Sauce (see Concerts). 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

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Apr 15, Dubee, Sleepy D, Lil Rue, DB tha General. Apr 16, Brothers Comatose, Mr December, High Class, Travis Hendrix & the Blessed Moonshiners, Les Bons Temps. 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

River Rock Casino

Poor Man’s Whiskey. 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax. 415.485.1005.

19 Broadway Club Apr 13, Sticky’s Backyard. Apr 16, D Wiggins (CD release party). Apr 17 at 3, Lonestar Retrobates. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

Old Western Saloon Apr 15, Red Meat. Apr 16, Shark Alley Hobos. Main Street, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1661.

Peri’s Silver Dollar Apr 13, Blue Diamond Fillups. Apr 14, All Ways Elvis. Apr 15, Elephant Listening Society. Apr 16, Rusty Evans & the Ring of Fire. Apr 19, Crosby Tyler. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.

Apr 13, Beatles Flashback. Apr 15, Mel Smith and Hott Spell (blues). Apr 16, Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums. 3250 Hwy 128, Geyserville. 707.857.2777.

Presidio Yacht Club

Russian River Brewing Co

Rancho Nicasio

Apr 16, SuperUnknown. Apr 17, Pladdohg. 725 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.BEER.

Share Exchange Apr 16, Gr’ups, Ashtray, Severance Package, Endemics, Bobby Joe Ebola and Children McNuggets. 531 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.393.1431.

Toad in the Hole Pub

Apr 14, Utopian Dreams (jazz). Apr 15, Lucky Drive. Apr 16, Cajun country dance party. Fort Baker, Sausalito. 415.332.2319.

Schoenberg Guitars Apr 16, Jacque Stotzem. 106 Main St, Tiburon. 415.789.0846.

Sleeping Lady Apr 13, finger-style guitar showcase. Apr 16 at 2, uke jam, at 9:30, Blane Lyon. Apr 19, White Hill (jazz). 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.485.1182.

Smiley’s Apr 14, Molly Maguire. Apr 15, Five-Cent Coffee (Americana). Apr 16, Sub-Bourbonites. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311.

Station House Cafe Apr 17, Dale Polissar Jazz Trio. 11180 State Route 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1515.

NAPA COUNTY Downtown Joe’s Apr 14, Simon and Herman. Apr 15, Residual Sugar. Apr 16, Lucky Dog. 902 Main St, Napa. 707.258.2337.

Apr 15, Learning Curve (rock). Apr 16, Petty Theft (Tom Petty tribute). Apr 17, Kit & the Branded Men (classic country). Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.


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z. Apr 14, Davies Dukes. Apr 15, Gentlemen of Jazz. Apr 16, Jack Pollard and Dan Daniels. 1040 Clinton St, Napa. 707.255.6646.

Apr 14, San Francisco Medicine Ball Band. Apr 15, Craig Caffall. Apr 17, Mazacote (salsa). 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito.

Apr 15, Zoo Station (U2 tribute). Apr 16, Who Too (Who tribute). 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

Uva Trattoria

Apr 15, Smokehouse Gamblers. 116 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.544.8623.

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Tradewinds Apr 13, Chris Towzey Band. Thurs, DJ Dave. Apr 15, Bobby Young Project. Apr 16, Blair’s jazz party. Apr 19, Brian Francis. 8210 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7878.

MARIN COUNTY 142 Throckmorton Theatre Apr 14, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble. Apr 17, Jacques Stotzem. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Finnegan’s Marin

Titus Andronicus Paul Westerberg, Conor Oberst and Joe Strummer evoked in this brilliant Jersey fury. Apr 13 at the New Parish.

Rusko Mad Decent dubstep producer rattles the walls with that womp-womp sound. Apr 14 at the Fox Theater.

Raphael Saadiq Former Tony Toni Toné powerhouse making solid case for the continued retro-soul revival. Apr 15 at the Regency Ballroom.

Apr 14, Black Cat Bone. Apr 16, Hustler. Mon, open mic with KC Turner. 877 Grant Ave, Novato. 415.899.1516.


George’s Nightclub

Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Apr 15, Lost Weekend (Western swing). Apr 16, Vinyl, Cup O’Joe. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

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San Francisco’s City Guide

Iron Springs Pub & Brewery Apr 13, Laura Benitez. Apr 20,

Colin Newman revisits “Pink Flag” classics with newer material from “Red Barked Tree.” Apr 17 at Slim’s.

New York indie-pop band plays free in-store to support new full-length, “Belong.” April 19 at Amoeba SF.

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Kate Nagle

OLD SOUL Brian Fitzpatrick carefully took years to record a proper solo debut.

Sweet Revenge Brian Fitzpatrick’s new album BY GABE MELINE


here’s no doubt that ’round these parts, old-timey music is more popular than ever. There’s simply a tremendous number of teenagers and twentysomethings interested in jigs, shanties, rave-ups and talking blues—which, like the swing revival of 1997–1999, is delightfully incomprehensible to said generations’ parents.

Keep in mind that someone who’s now 20 was born in 1991, and has parents who were most likely into C&C Music Factory, Bobby Brown, Bon Jovi and Richard Marx. Playing musical saw and washboard? That’s just the sensible teenage rebellion to the late 1980s, with all its hairspray

B. C. Fitzpatrick plays on Wednesday, April 13, at the Last Day Saloon (120 Fifth St., Santa Rosa; 7:30pm; $5; 707.545.2343) and Saturday, April 23, at the Feed Barn (55 Middle Rincon Road, Santa Rosa; 8pm; $12).

35 BIG B AND HIS SNAKE OIL SAVIORS Saturday, April 16 8:45–9:45am; 5:45–6:45pm Jazzercise Scottish Dance Youth and Family Singles & Pairs Square Dance Club 8:45–9:45am; 5:45–6:45pm Jazzercise Circle ‘n Squares Square Dance Club New Dancer class Plus Dancing 8:45–9:45am Jazzercise North Bay Country Dance Society/ Contra Dance $10 Sat, Apr 16 8–9am; 9:15–10:15am Jazzercise 10:25–11:15am Scottish Country Dance Youth & Family 11:30am–1:30pmVintage Dance with Gary Thomas 7pm DJ Steve Luther presents Big B and his Snake Oil Saviors $15 Sun, Apr 17 8:30–9:30am Jazzercise 10:30–11:45am Zumba Fitness with Anna 5:30–9:30pm DJ Steve Luther Country Western Lessons & Dancing $10 Mon, Apr 18 8:45–9:45am; 5:45–6:45pm Jazzercise 7–10pm Scottish Country Dancing Tues, Apr 19 8:45–9:45am; 5:45–6:45pm Jazzercise 7:30 African & World Music Dance with Live Drumming $13 Wed, Apr 13 10am–12:15pm 7–10-pm Thur, Apr 14 7:15–10pm 7:15–8:45pm 8:45–10pm Fri, Apr 15 8pm

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and spandex and Glasnost and over-the-top everything. Twenty years ago, Brian Fitzpatrick wasn’t listening to C&C Music Factory. He wasn’t even really into a lot of punk, like his friends. Instead, he was listening to Neil Young and John Prine. I remember Fitzpatrick then, a rough but regal presence at hardcore shows in Sonoma County. He wore denim and spoke softly while everyone else was yelling as loud as they could in leather jackets. He was trying to start a band, too, though it wasn’t easy finding other people into Bill Monroe at a Born Against warehouse show. Eventually, Fitzpatrick found that band, Cropduster, who played every single dive bar, house party and dingy nightclub in town. Watching Fitzpatrick play Cropduster’s version of Bill Monroe’s “California Cottonfields” to a room of ex–punk rockers always emitted, to lift a phrase from John Prine, a sweet revenge. In the last several years, Fitzpatrick is no longer the outcast in the room. In fact, he blends right in, nearly invisible—just another picker with an arsenal of twangy riffs and bent B-strings. Who would have guessed that the same guy who pioneered old-timey music before it was cool would all of a sudden have to prove himself before a jury of his peers? Lost, Stolen and Strayed is Fitzpatrick’s courtroom argument, and it should lay the case to rest. Fitzpatrick has recorded a brilliant album that meditates on carnival lovers (“Rollaway Town”), shore leave (“Shipwreck off the Coast”) and Alaskan veterans (“Winter Town”), each tinged with sparse, eerie accompaniment and carried by Fitzpatrick’s weighty, carburetor-like voice. That quiet guy in denim in the back of the room? There’s lot more in him than meets the eye, for sure.



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ArtsEvents Galleries OPENINGS Apr 14 From 7 to 9. Mahoney Library Gallery, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rock Poster Art from the San Francisco Ballroom Era and Beyond.â&#x20AC;? SRJC, 680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway, Petaluma. 707.778.3974.

Apr 16

Bliss Bakery Through May 15, photography by Bridget Hayes. 463 Sebastopol Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.542.6000.

Branscomb Gallery Ongoing, oils by Ralph Beyer, collages by Edmund Dechant, sculptures by Sharyn Desideri and watercolors and etchings by James D Mayhew. Daily, 11 to 4. 1588 Eastshore Rd, Bodega Bay. 707.875.3388.

From 4 to 6. Quicksilver Mine Co., â&#x20AC;&#x153;Adam Wolpert: New Paintings.â&#x20AC;? 6671 Front St, Forestville. 707.887.0799.

Calabi Gallery

From 5 to 7. Marin MOCA, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Altered Book Show,â&#x20AC;? work by over 100 artists. Novato Arts Center, Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Dr, Novato. 415.506.0137.

Charles M Schulz Museum

From 5 to 7. Occidental Center for the Arts, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spring Fever,â&#x20AC;? work by various artists. Graton Road and Bohemian Highway, Occidental. From 8 to 10. Daredevils & Queens, paintings by Milan Evje. 122 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.575.5123.

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Thurs and Sun-Mon, 11 to 5; Fri-Sat, 11 to 8. 140 E Napa St, Sonoma. 707.996.3115.

From 3 to 5. Commonweal Gallery, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arthur Okamura: His Bolinas Life,â&#x20AC;? curated by Harriet Kossman. Reception, Apr 17, 3 to 5. Mon-Fri, 10 to 4. 451 Mesa Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.0970. From 3 to 6. Graton Gallery, abstract paintings by Soo Noga, plus works by guest artists Lorraine Cook, Linda Koffman and Ron Smoot. 9048 Graton Rd, Graton. 707.829.8912.

SONOMA COUNTY Arts Guild of Sonoma Through May 2, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Small But Grand Works,â&#x20AC;? art by Sonoma Valley High School students and artists members. Wed-

Through Apr 31, â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Landscape to Mindscape.â&#x20AC;? Wed-Sun, 11 to 5. 144 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.781.7070.

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.

City Hall Council Chambers Apr 18-Jun 16, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tara MathenySchuster: New Works.â&#x20AC;? 100 Santa Rosa Ave, Ste 10, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3010.

Cutler 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.

Tea?â&#x20AC;? Work by Kathleen Lack, Ronnie Kaiser and Harriet Burge. 209 Western Ave, Petaluma. 707.778.8277.

Graton Gallery Through May 22, abstract paintings by Soo Noga, plus works by guest artists Lorraine Cook, Linda Koffman and Ron Smoot. Reception, Apr 17, 3 to 6. Tues-Sun, 10:30 to 6. 9048 Graton Rd, Graton. 707.829.8912.

Healdsburg Center for the Arts Through May 2, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Around the Mountain and More,â&#x20AC;? annual members show. Daily, 11 to 6. 130 Plaza St, Healdsburg. 707.431.1970.

Healdsburg Museum Ongoing, comprehensive permanent displays describe aspects of Healdsburg and northern Sonoma County history. Tues-Sun, 11 to 4. 221 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.431.3325.

Imagery Estate Winery Ongoing, exhibition of over 190 pieces of original work used in winery labels. 14335 Sonoma Hwy, Glen Ellen, 877.550.4278.

Mahoney Library Gallery Through Apr 30, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rock Poster Art from the San Francisco Ballroom Era and Beyond.â&#x20AC;? Reception and gallery talk, Apr 14 at 7. Mon-Thurs, 8 to 9; Fri, 9 to 1; Sat, 10 to 3. SRJC, 680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway, Petaluma. 707.778.3974.

Daredevils & Queens

Matanzas Creek Winery

Apr 16-May 16, paintings by Milan Evje. Reception, Apr 16 at 8. 122 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.575.5123.

Apr 16-Jun 1, â&#x20AC;&#x153;ARTaste Series,â&#x20AC;? work of several artists. Daily, 10 to 4:30. 6097 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.528.6464.

Finley Center

New Leaf Gallery

Through Jun 3, work by Green Greenwald. Mon-Fri, 8 to 7; Sat, 9 to 1. 2060 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3737.

Through Jun 12, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Animal Dreams: Animals as Visual Metaphors.â&#x20AC;? Daily, 10 to 5. Cornerstone Place, 23588 Hwy 121, Sonoma. 707.933.1300.

Gallery of Sea & Heaven Ending 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.

Gallery One Through May 15, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Afternoon

Occidental Center for the Arts Through May 31, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spring Fever,â&#x20AC;? work by various artists. Reception, Apr 16, 5 to 7. Graton Road and Bohemian Highway, Occidental.

Pelican Art Through Jul 2, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Masters of Today,â&#x20AC;? artwork by Carole

David Singer

1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.527.4298.

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

MARIN COUNTY Art Works Downtown Through Apr 23 in 1337 Gallery, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Refunkified,â&#x20AC;? recycled art by Martin Freeman. Tues-Sat, 10 to 5. 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.451.8119.

Bolinas Museum

Gray-Weihman and Nobee Kanayama. Open Tues-Thurs and Sat, 11 to 6; Fri, 11 to 8; Sun-Mon by appointment only. 143 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.773.3393.

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

Petaluma Arts Center

Sebastopol Library

Through May 15, 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.

Through Apr 23, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Katachi Form,â&#x20AC;? woodblock prints and collages by Micah Schwaberow. Mon-Tues, 1 to 5 and 6 to 9; WedSat, 1 to 5. 7140 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.823.7691.

Quicksilver Mine Company Apr 15-May 22, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Adam Wolpert: New Paintings.â&#x20AC;? Reception, Apr 16, 4 to 6. Thurs-Mon, 11 to 6. 6671 Front St, Forestville. 707.887.0799.

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

Sebastopol Center for the Arts Through Apr 30, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Abstract,â&#x20AC;?

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

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

Ending 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.

Commonweal Gallery Apr 17-Jun 24, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arthur Okamura: His Bolinas Life,â&#x20AC;? curated by Harriet Kossman. Reception, Apr 17, 3 to 5. Mon-Fri, 10 to 4. 451 Mesa Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.0970.

Donna Seager Gallery Through Apr 30, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Art of the Book,â&#x20AC;? pieces by various artists. Tues-Wed and Fri-Sat, 11 to 6; Thurs, 11 to 8:30. 851 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.4229.

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Falkirk Cultural Center Through May 28, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Falkirkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 Annual Juried Exhibition.â&#x20AC;? 1408 Mission Ave, San Rafael. 415.485.3438.

Gallery Bergelli Through May 4, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tim Weldon: New Work.â&#x20AC;? 483 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.945.9454.

Gallery Route One

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.

Through May 15, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Life Is Tricky,â&#x20AC;? mixed-media paintings by Vickisa; also, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Far from Home,â&#x20AC;? prints by Shane Weare, and artwork by Zea Morvitz in the Annex. Wed-Mon, 11 to 5. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1347.

SRJC Art Gallery

Ending Apr 15, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Palette,â&#x20AC;? works by 28 artists. 906 Fourth St, ) San Rafael.

Apr 18-May 14, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Student Show 2011.â&#x20AC;? Mon-Thurs, 10 to 4; Sat 12 to 4. SRJC, Doyle Library,


Marin Arts Council Gallery


Arlo Guthrie


â&#x20AC;&#x153;Journey Onâ&#x20AC;? with Abe Guthrie and The Burns Sisters



Tax Day April 15

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Eliza Gilkyson Friday, May 13

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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.

ON THE CORNER Psychedelic poster art of 1960s San Francisco shows at Mahoney Library with artist talk and reception April 14. See Openings, adjacent.

Memorial Day Weekend May 27â&#x20AC;&#x201C;30, 2011 Capay Valley / Rumsey

Steele Lane Community Center




Marin Community Foundation

Caldwell Snyder Gallery

Through Apr 14, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Baulines Craft Guild Master Show.â&#x20AC;? Open Mon-Fri, 9 to 5. 5 Hamilton Landing, Ste 200, Novato.

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

Marin History Museum

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Silverado Museum Ongoing, tribute to Robert Louis Stevenson includes original letters, manuscripts, photographs and memorabilia. Tues-Sun, noon to 4. 1490 Library Lane, St Helena. 707.963.3757.

Ending 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.

Marin MOCA

Downtown Napa

Apr 16-May 21, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Altered Book Show,â&#x20AC;? work by over 100 artists. Reception, Apr 16, 5 to 7. WedSun, 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.

Improv comedians perform personal life stories based on audience suggestions. Apr 16 at 8. $15-$18. Open Secret, 923 C St, San Rafael. 415.457.4191.

Gallery 1870

Standup Comedy

Ongoing, works by various artists, currently highlighting Imre Buvary, Kay Geis and Takayuki Harada. 6525 Washington St, Yountville. 800.322.1870.

Enjoy a good laugh every Wed at 8, with a different comedian featured weekly. Apr 13, Geoff Brown, Bob Fernandez and friends. Apr 20, Daniel Dugar, Phil Johnson and friends. $10. Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

Through May 1, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spring Rental Show.â&#x20AC;? Mon-Thurs, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, 12 to 4. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 415.454.9561.

Museum of the American Indian Through Jan 15, 2012, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jewelry of California and the Southwest.â&#x20AC;? Tues-Fri, 10 to 3; Sat-Sun, 12 to 4. 2200 Novato Blvd, Novato. 415.897.4064.

Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Hanlon Center for the Arts Through Apr 28, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Continuing Conversation,â&#x20AC;? artwork by Cayen Robertson and Tom Robertson. Tues-Sat, 10 to 2; also by appointment. 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.4331.

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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.

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.

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San Geronimo Valley Community Center Through Apr 29, work of Sunila Bajracharya. 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo. 415.488.8888.

NAPA COUNTY Artists of the Valley Ongoing, mixed-media work of 57 artists in two Napa locations. An artist is always on site. Daily, 10 to 6. 710 First St and 1398 First St, Napa. 707.265.9050.

Caâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Toga Galleria Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Arte Ongoing, murals, ceramics and wood sculptures by Carlo Marchiori. Thurs-Mon, 11 to 6. 1206 Cedar St, Calistoga. 707.942.3900.

Gordon Huether Ongoing, evolving exhibition of Gordon Huetherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fine art. 1821 Monticello Rd, Napa. 707.255.5954.

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

Mumm Napa Cuvee Through May 1, photographs by Art Rogers. Daily, 10 to 5. 8445 Silverado Trail, Rutherford. 707.967.7740.

Comedy Playback Theatre

Three Blonde Moms Standup comedy for the whole family. Apr 16 at 8. $25-$28. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

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

Napa City Hall Through May, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our ARTwalk along the Napa River,â&#x20AC;? artwork by Blue Oak Elementary School second-graders. 955 School St, Napa.


Napa County Historical Society Gallery

Main Street parade kicks off two days of fun, food, winetasting, music, crafts, activities for kids and more. Apr 16, 10 to 6; parade at 10am. Apr 17, 10 to 5. Free$10. Ives Park, Willow Street and Jewell Avenue, Sebastopol. 707.823.3032.

Through May 20, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Retrospect Revisited,â&#x20AC;? artwork inspired by historical structures in Napa County. Ongoing photography exhibition explores Napa Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worldwide influence. Goodman Library, 1219 First St, Napa. 707.224.1739.

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

Apple Blossom Festival

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


Earth Day Seven wineries join forces to honor the planet with guest speaker Ted Turner. Apr 17, noon to 4. $65$300. Iron Horse Vineyards, 9786 Ross Station Rd, Sebastopol.

Earth Day Restoration

Plastic Plague

‘Bag It’ among eco films on national tour In celebration of Earth Month, the Do Something Reel Film Festival travels to 70 cities nationwide with six films—Bag It, Lunchline, On Coal River, Planeat, Urban Roots and The Vanishing of the Bees. Bag It takes us on a journey with Jeb Berrier, an average dad-to-be who decides to research Americans’ obsessive use of plastics and the effect it has on our surroundings. Many of us assume that plastic bags, bottles and containers just go away once we’re finished with them. Bag It poses the question, “Where is ‘away’?” In January of this year, the Marin County Board of Supervisors approved a ban on plastic bags to be enacted in 2012. Additionally, Sonoma County has led exploratory meetings about a potential ban, making Bag It more relevant than ever. Bag It screens Sunday, April 17, at the Sebastiani Theatre (476 First St. E., Sonoma; 707.996.9756) and Tuesday, April 26, at Summerfield Cinemas (551 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa; 707.522.0719). For a complete list of screenings, see —Mira Stauffacher

Lend a hand in trail-work, garbage-collection and trail beautification. Apr 16-17, 9am to 1. Jenner Visitor Center, 10439 Hwy 1, Jenner. 707.869.9177.

Food Not Bombs Help prepare and serve free vegan meals every Sun afternoon; served at 5. Courthouse Square, Third Street and Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa. 415.408.8094.

Get Zen Spa day with wine, yoga and massages. Apr 16, 11 to 4. $20. Matanzas Creek Winery, 6097 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa. 800.590.6464, ext 7030.

Every Fri, 3 to 6, all ages welcome to join LandPaths for garden care. Bayer Farm, 1550 West Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.524.9318.

in 30th annual parade and festival with events throughout town. Apr 16, 10 to 5; parade at noon. Free. Downtown Petaluma, Fourth and Kentucky streets, Petaluma. 707.762.9348.

Butter & Eggs Days


Celebrate Petaluma’s heritage

Create art in nature using

Spring Plant Sale Purchase organic heirloom and rare varieties, and tour the property. Apr 16-17, 9 to 5. Free. Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, 15290 Coleman Valley Rd, Occidental. 707.874.1557, ext 201.

West Side Stories Storytelling forum an offshoot of popular “Moth” series and gives 10 storytellers five minutes to weave a tale. Second Wed monthly at 7:30. $5. Pelican Art, 143 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.773.3393.

Wine & Art Performer and painter Geoff Ellsworth in zany mix of circus arts, cyber-Western music and exercise. Apr 14 and 16, 11 to 1 and 2 to 4. $20. Judd’s Hill Winery, 2332 Silverado Trail, Napa. 707.255.2332.

Field Trips

Ashley Judd

Beginners’ Birdwalk

Actress and humanitarian discusses new book, “All That Is Bitter and Sweet.” Apr 15 at 7. $26. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 415.927.0960.

Learn to identify swallows, sparrows, and other winged friends. Apr 16, 8:30 to 11am. Free. Spring Lake Park, 391 Violetti Dr, Santa Rosa. 707.539.8092.

Caroline Kennedy

Dairy Farm Tours

American royalty discusses her collection of poetry, “She Walks in Beauty: A Woman’s Journey Through Poems.” Apr 13 at 7. Angelico Hall, Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave, San Rafael. 800.999.7909.

Family farm with focus on environmental preservation offers series of tours. Apr 17 and 30 at 1. Free-$10. McClelland’s Dairy, 6475 Bodega Ave, Petaluma.

Greg Mortenson

Gentle 90-minute walk around Olive Hill Estate Vineyards along with gourmet box lunch. Apr 16, 11 to 2:30. $35. BR Cohn Winery, 15140 Sonoma Hwy (Highway 12), Glen Ellen. 707.931.7929.

Bestselling author of “Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace One School at a Time” brings his message to Marin. Apr 13 at 8. $25-$45. Marin Center’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

Norman Solomon

Bayer Farm Tending

17, noon to 5. Free. Community Education Center, Napa Valley College, 1360 Menlo Ave, Napa. 707.815.8232.

Grassroots fundraiser for congressional hopeful features guest speakers, gourmet food, wine and music. Apr 16, 1 to 3:30. $50. French Garden Restaurant, 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.2030.

Spring Ceramics Show Snatch up a variety of ceramics, sculpture, mosaics and other fine crafts. Apr 16, 9 to 5; Apr

Estate Hike & Picnic

plaza. Reservations required. $20-$30. Downtown Plaza, Healdsburg Avenue and Matheson Street, Healdsburg. 707.484.6249.

Night Flicks

Hoosear Hikes

Rialto Film Festival

Series of guided outings at wildflower preserve during peak season. Apr 14, 23 and 30 at 10am; night walk, Apr 16 at 5:30. Free. Van Hoosear Preserve, Grove Street, El Verano. 707.996.0712, ext 124.

Through Apr 26, gems from throughout the world on big screen. Apr 19 at 1, 3:15, 5:30 and 7:45, “Kings of Pastry.” $8$10. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa.

Jenner Workday

Spring Cinema

Lend a hand with Sonoma Land Trust. Apr 16, 10 to 2. Jenner Headlands, Highway 1, Jenner. 707.544.5614, ext 2.

Petaluma Film Alliance present classic, foreign and independent films Wed at 7. Apr 13, sound editor Walter Murch screens and discusses Francis Ford Coppola’s film “The Conversation.” Apr 20, “The Big Animal.” $5. Carole Ellis Auditorium, SRJC Petaluma Campus, Petaluma.

Mayacamas Hikes Bring lunch and liquids for a day hikes at all levels. Apr 15, 9 to 3. Free. Mayacamas Sanctuary, Pine Flat Road, off Highway 128, Healdsburg. 707.829.7234.

Sonoma County Frontrunners LGBTQ folks are invited to get some fresh air and exercise at Spring Lake. All ability levels and genders are welcome to run or walk every Sat at 8:30. Meet at main parking lot. Free. Howarth Park, 630 Summerfield Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.548.5249.

History Walking Tour Learn about historic downtown San Rafael with a tour by Marin History Museum. Every third Sat. $5 general; members free. Marin History Museum, Boyd Gate House, 1125 B St, San Rafael.

Marin Moonshiners Hike Join monthly three-mile hike to experience sunset, moonrise, picnic and spectacular views. Pack your own picnic. Apr 16 at 6. $15. Pelican Inn, 10 Pacific Way, Muir Beach. 415.331.0100.

Healdsburg Walking Tours Take insider’s peek around town. All walks are easy and last 90 to 120 minutes. Daily at 9, history tour; at 11, specialty foods sampler; at 2, chocolate; at 4, burritos; at 8, ghost tour. Meet at fountain at downtown

Vanishing of the Bees Screening of documentary followed by presentation by beekeeper Randy Sue Collins. Apr 15, 6 to 9. Free. New Arts Project, 738 Wilson St, Santa Rosa. 707.490.5039.

Vintage Film Series Enjoy a classic film one Mon monthly at 7. Apr 18 at 7 and Apr 20 at 1, “Singin’ In the Rain.” $8. Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St E, Sonoma. 707.540.6119.

Lectures A-List Series Pulitzer Prize-winner Leon Litwack discusses “The Legacy of the Civil War” with Marin IJ op-ed contributor Noah Griffin. Apr 13 at 7:30. $12-$15. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Arts & Lectures


Estero Workday Help maintain Estero Americano Preserve. Apr 15, 10 to 2. Downtown Bodega, Bodega Hwy, Bodega. 707.544.5614, ext 2.

Free film every Tues and Thurs at 7. Apr 14, “Bag It.” St Helena Library, 1492 Library Lane, St Helena. 707.963.5244.

I Know Where I’m Going Enchanting British love story filmed in 1947. Apr 15 at 7. $6. Sonoma Film Institute, Warren Auditorium, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2606.

Monday Night Movies Every Mon at 7, enjoy a classic film. Apr 18, “Sabotage.” Free. Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.389.4292, ext 116.

Series explores variety of topics. Apr 15 at 7, “Peter Leveque Natural History Lecture” with David Kavanaugh. Apr 19 at 7, “Why I Ride: Low and Slow,” film discussion with Debra Koffler and Veronica Majano. Free. Newman Auditorium, Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.527.4372.

Backpacking Basics Backpacking specialist Adam Dawson takes mystery out of adventure. Apr 14 at 7. Free. REI Santa Rosa, Southside Shopping )



natural materials in Earth Day event with Zach Pine. Apr 16, 11 to 3. Free. Stinson Beach, Calle del Mar and Highway 1, Stinson Beach.


40 ArtsEvents Center, 2715 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.540.9025.

Bodhichitta Acharya Suzann Duquette explores what it means to have an awakened heart. Apr 18, 7 to 9. Free. Shambhala Meditation Center, 7 09 Davis St, Room 206, Santa Rosa. 707.528.8196.

Connections Supportive community of women in business hosts a breakfast meeting featuring keynote speakers on the third Fri of each month, 7:45 to 9:30. $25-$35. Flamingo Lounge, 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa, RSVP. 707.522.9399.

( 39 Laguna Wastewater Treatment Plant (Administration Building), 4300 Llano Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.823.8527.

Readings Angelico Hall Apr 13 at 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;She Walks in Beautyâ&#x20AC;? with Caroline Kennedy (see Events). Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave, San Rafael.

Book Passage

Speakers explain how plant kingdom has informed their own accomplished work. Apr 21 at 5:30, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reverence for Materials in Zen Architectureâ&#x20AC;? with temple builder Paul Discoe. $10-$15. Quarryhill Botanical Gardens, Highway 12, Glen Ellen. 707.996.3166.

Apr 13 at 1, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Thousand Times More Fairâ&#x20AC;? with Kenji Yoshino; at 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookoutâ&#x20AC;? with Philip Connors. Apr 14, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Big Shiftâ&#x20AC;? with Marc Freedman. Apr 15 at 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;All That Is Bitter and Sweetâ&#x20AC;? with Ashley Judd (see Events). Apr 16 at 4, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Young Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guide to Late Capitalismâ&#x20AC;? with Peter Mountford; at 7, poetry with Jeanne Wagner and Christina Hutchins. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 415.927.0960.

Science Buzz Cafe

Depot Bookstore & Cafe

Every Thurs at 6:30, gather with scientists and amateur science fans to discuss weekly topics. Apr 14, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yellow and Blue Money: Finance at the Threshold.â&#x20AC;? Apr 21, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two Robots Live: A Robotics Competitionâ&#x20AC;? with Tech High Robotics Team and Greg Weaver. $3 donation. French Garden Restaurant, 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.292.5281.

Apr 13 at 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Indian Voices: Listening to Native Americansâ&#x20AC;? with Alison Owings. 87 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.2665.

HortiCULTURE Series

Sentencing Reform Fri lectures provide an overview of sentencing guidelines and political climate in California. Free. San Quentin, State Prison, San Quentin, Call to attend. 415.455.5008.

Spring Science Salon Bernie Krause and Tom Rusert lecture on topic, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Great Animal Orchestra: How Nature Communicates By Sound.â&#x20AC;? Apr 16, 2 to 4. $35. Bouverie Preserve, 13935 Hwy 12, Glen Ellen, RSVP. 415.868.9244.

Two Worlds of Ishi Last of the Yahi tribe discussed in Tillie Hardwick lecture series. Apr 16, 1:30 to 3. Free. California Indian Museum & Cultural Center, 5250 Aero Dr, Santa Rosa. 707.579.3004.

Wildlife Photography Photographer Tom Reynolds shows pictures and discusses technique. Apr 14 at 7. Free.

Healdsburg Senior Center Third Sunday Salon. Join Healdsburg Literary Guild third Sun monthly, 2 to 4, to honor and discuss craft of writing with featured author. Apr 17, poet David Alpaugh. Free. 707.433.7119. 133 Matheson St, Healdsburg.

Petaluma Copperfieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books Apr 15 at 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Epiphany: True Stories of Sudden Insight to Inspire, Encourage and Transformâ&#x20AC;? with Elise Ballard. 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.762.0563.

Point Reyes Books Apr 16 at 7:30, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Emotional Currency: A Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guide to Building a Healthy Relationship with Moneyâ&#x20AC;? with Kate Levinson. Third Tues at 7, womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book group. 11315 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1542.

Readersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Books Apr 16 at 3, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Themâ&#x20AC;? with Wayne Pacelle. 130 E Napa St, Sonoma. 707.939.1779.

River Reader Apr 15 at 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Death-In-A-Boxâ&#x20AC;? with Alta Ifland. 16355 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.2242.

Sebastopol Copperfieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books

members of the Crux, Little Lost Boys, Travis Hendrix and others. Apr 15 at 7. $7-$10. Arlene Francis Theater, 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.

The Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Temple

Apr 18 at 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Be Different: Adventures of a Free-Range Aspergian with Practical Advice for Aspergians, Misfits, Families and Teachersâ&#x20AC;? with John Elder Robison. Apr 19 at 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rose: Love in Violent Timesâ&#x20AC;? with Inga Muscio. 138 N Main St, Sebastopol. 707.823.2618.

Theatrical piece explores stories of Jonestown massacre survivors. Ending Apr 17; Thurs-Sat at 8, Sun at 2. $10-$15. Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center, 2277 Napa Vallejo Hwy, Napa. 707.256.7500.

Tobyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Feed Barn

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

Apr 16 at 7:30, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Emotional Currency: A Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guide to Building a Healthy Relationship with Moneyâ&#x20AC;? with Kate Levinson. 11250 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1223.

Theater Auditions: Latino Street Theater Spanish-speaking troupe forming to promote public health education. Come prepared to do a 60-second monologue. Apr 16 at 10am. Community Action Partnership, 1300 N Dutton Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.544.6911, ext 1074.

Cabaret Saucy musical celebrates life, art and escapism amidst turmoil of 1929 Berlin. Apr 15-May 15; Thurs-Sat at 8; SatSun at 2. $22-$39. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

Cosmic Cabaret Live science, multimedia, musical theater and onewoman show under the stars. Apr 16, 23 and 30 at 8. $5-$10. SRJC Planetarium, Lark Hall 2001, 1502 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.527.4266.

Dogs! Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Musical! Silver Moon Theatre presents a coming-of-age canine drama. Apr 15-May 15; Fri-Sat at 8, Sun at 3. $20. Andrews Hall, Sonoma Community Center, 276 E Napa St, Sonoma. 707.938.4626, ext 1.

Little Shop of Horrors Sci-fi spoof a bloody, fun campy musical. Through May 1; Thurs-Sat at 8, Sun at 3. $15$25. Novato Theater Company, 484 Ignacio Blvd, Novato. 415.883.4498.

OIW Theater Championship Writers play games to receive prompts for upcoming theater challenge, with music by

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Reefer Madness: The Musical Narrow Way Stage Company parodies 1938 cult classic film on dangers of marijuana. Apr 15May 1; Thurs-Sat at 8, Sun at 5. $20. Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. 707.58.3400.

Stand by Your Man Triumph and tragedies of country music star Tammy Wynette. Ending Apr 17; FriSat at 8. $20-$35. Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.763.8920.

Theatresports Improv talents go head-tohead in a zany yet fierce competition of wits. Apr 15-16 and 22-23 at 8. $14. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

Wizard of Oz Classic magical adventure with American Family Theater. Arrive an hour early for fun with art. Apr 16 at 2. $10-$14. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

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Scarves & Guitars Shop Party: not your Grandmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s craft fair Indie bands, velvet wolf paintings, DJs, monster dollsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;these arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t items one typically associates with a craft fair. But when Meredith Lenci and Olivia Browning decided to expand their winter craft nights into something more ambitious, they did so with style and edge.

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7/2+ 3(/03 FREE: LEARN TO MEDITATE In this inspiring, practical course, you`ll learn all the basics to free yourself from daily stress and enjoy a calm, peaceful mind. 4 Saturdays, April 30-May 21, 11AM -noon. Compassion Buddhist Center, 436 Larkfield Center, Santa Rosa, RSVP:

Women’s School presents 5th Chakra meditation; power of voice, truth, creativity. Visualization, movement. April 14, 7 to 9. $15. Cotati. 981-8501

John Muir: Earth Day Reflections from a Voice of the Wilderness Celebrate Earth Day with readings, stories, live music and projected images utilizing John Muir’s writings. Fri, Ap. 22, 7-9p, Journey Center,707-578-2121,

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Meditative Nature of Psychotherapy Dialogue in the spirit of inquiry unfolds unconscious resistance to change and generates insight capable of dissolving the paradox. It doesn`t have to hurt. After 15 years in Berkeley, Gateway Institute is now in Healdsburg. Heather Parrish, Ph.D. MFC36455. 707-473-9553.

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

Mahakaruna Buddhist Meditation Center Offers ongoing introductory and advanced classes. Weds at noon, Tues & Weds evenings 7:30-8:45pm. Prayers for World Peace - Sun - 10:30 - 11:45am Everyone welcome. 304 Petaluma Blvd., North - Petaluma (707) 766-7720

Berkeley Psychic Institute Presents Psychic Faire, Sunday, April 17 1:00-6:00PM. Seminary of the Church of Divine Man. 516 Sonoma Ave. Santa Rosa. 707-545-8891

Buddha`s Birthday: Celebration Potlock Sun Apr 17th 2:00pm - 5:00pm (afterhalf day retreat). Bring some food, your family (kids are welcome) and friends. Buddha’s Birthday: Half Day Sit Sun, Apr 17th 10:00am 2:00pm. Email us with any questions: Find us on the web at Or call 707-824-5647.

The Journey Center: A Place for Transformation Growing Together Workshop Assess strengths and growth areas in your relationship; work on communication and conflict-resolution skills. Fri, March 11 (7-9p) & Sat, March 12 (10a-4p). Register by March 4. Journey Center, 707-578-2121,

Singles Group Nine-week group to explore what’s keeping you single, improve relationship skills & meet other singles. Weeknights, San Rafael. Renee Owen, LMFT #35255. (415)453-8117.

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

How to Develop Concentration The essence of Buddha’s teachings depends upon our ability to focus our mind in meditation. The transformation we seek requires concentration. This day course will reveal the essentials of concentration, mindfulness and alterness. Sat, Apr. 16, 10am - 5pm / Mahakaruna Buddhist Meditation Center, 304 Petaluma Blvd. N, Petaluma. $25 suggested donation. Veg lunch included. Everyone welcome. RSVP: 707-776-7720

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