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Rhapsodies Robert ColemanSenghor, 1940–2011 Remembering a life

By Jonah Raskin


o one owned Robert Coleman-Senghor, the Sonoma State University professor and former mayor of Cotati who died at the age of 70. He gave his life to SSU and, not surprisingly, died at SSU, beloved by many students and colleagues. Born in Louisiana and raised in Berkeley, he was both a Southerner and a Californian. An African-American intellectual, he refused to be pushed into an academic ghetto or to teach just black literature or black culture, though he knew both intimately well from experience, deep reading and uncommon listening to people he met everywhere he traveled. He followed nobody’s orders but his own, belonged to no circle except the circle he created for himself, his family and friends, and he adhered to no set of beliefs except those that he forged out of his own inborn love and rage. A member of the English department since 1972, ColemanSenghor didn’t complete his Ph.D. and never wrote any of the books he talked about writing, though he expressed brilliant ideas on the role of literature in American society, the proper function of a university and the corrosive power of racism in our culture. At times, he seemed to take on the black man’s burden that he chose to inherit from a host of black scholars including W. E. B. Dubois. He made it his mission to point out hypocrisy, sham, and the enervating deceits of everyday American life. Fearless and unsentimental, he seemed to have no illusions, and so he never had illusions to lose. With those who were disillusioned, he could be impatient. Never silent for long, or self-censoring, either, he would pause now and then to weigh the words that emerged from his lips. In death, he seems like one of the larger-than-life characters that inhabit Zora Neale Hurston’s magnificent novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. Like them, Coleman-Senghor give birth to whole worlds through his lips. A memorial service for Coleman-Senghor will be held at SSU on Friday, April 29, 2-5pm. For more information call the English Department, 707.664.2140. Jonah Raskin is a Bohemian contributor and professor at SSU. We welcome your contribution. To have your topical essay of 350 words considered for publication, write

Bungled Operation

Not being a scientist, I don’t feel qualified to argue the merits of this type of research (“Tagged Out,” March 30), but I did watch this particular episode, and a more bungled, amateurish operation I have never seen. The failure to insert the pins in the gate which led to this shark having a buoy in its mouth—despite one of the crew noticing on camera that the pins were missing before the operation went ahead—is just one example. These people should not be allowed within 20 miles of these sharks, let alone hooking them in a marine sanctuary. I’m stunned this was allowed to happen, and I’ll be writing to whatever officials I can find to express my extreme disappointment.


Cowboy Approach Just because field biologists can perform what are really medical procedures on their animal subjects does not mean that they necessarily should do so. The fact is that they do not have the indepth knowledge and training required by veterinary personnel, and therefore in many cases are not as careful or thorough with regard to the potential for infection or injury resulting from an invasive procedure. I have participated in a fair amount of field work on marine mammals and have worked with researchers who were very careful and concerned for the animals’ welfare, as well as those who take a more “cowboy” approach, inflicting major stress and possible injury to the animal. Any procedure on an animal has the potential to cause long-term damage. We count on animals’ immune systems and healing powers to carry them through, but it does seem very counterproductive to injure or kill the very animal you are often researching in a conservation context.


Waiting for More Evidence

While I don’t support the method used to land the animal, I also think that these images should have been released with a thorough explanation by the people that released them and fully in context, or not released at all. To do otherwise invites just the kind of knee-jerk speculation that is currently happening, when the fact is that there is no way to determine what the problem is without more access to the animal. Domeier could be right, the speculation could be right or it could be something other that happened out in the middle of the ocean in the year between when the animal was last in the area and its return. The instant reaction I had when I first saw them was “Look what happened because of . . .”—and that is unfair without any other corroborating evidence. So far there has been no comment from whoever released the images. I’d like to hear all sides before a conclusion is drawn.


On a Mountaintop I would like to urge the members of our community to take action by writing their members of Congress about the importance of halting the practice of mountaintop-removal coal mining and the significance of the Environmental Protection Agency’s actions against it. Mountaintop removal is both unsustainable for the environment and deleterious to our health. Mining companies have already destroyed over 500 mountains in Appalachia and buried about 2,000 miles of streams in coal-mining waste. Habitat has been heavily degraded and water supply heavily contaminated as a result of this irresponsible mining practice. To our advantage, the EPA has taken some steps to limit mountaintop removal. The problem now is that some members of Congress are trying to prevent the EPA from achieving further progress on this


issue. These members have been lobbied by coal-mining companies to loosen the EPA’s restrictions. We simply cannot let them further degrade these systems. Whether or not we are from Appalachia or have relatives there, this is something we should all be concerned about. We are all Americans, and we need to come together to protect each other and our natural resources. Please write to your senators and representatives today and tell them to oppose and bills that prevent the EPA from protecting the people and the environment from mountaintop removal mining. Don’t let our government deliberately subject the American people to these dangers.


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On Monday, April 18, over 200 people protested outside Bank of America’s downtown Santa Rosa branch. The crowd was there to draw attention to the fact that in the tax years 2009 and 2010, Bank of America, the nation’s largest financial organization, paid exactly zero dollars in taxes. Last year, according to a report by Make Wall Street Pay, Bank of America received a tax refund of $666 million. Entering the bank on Monday, Tony White and a group of others presented branch employees with a tax bill for money owed to the United States. Linda Gray, an account holder, went in to withdraw all of her money in protest. Erin Weimar, a banker and spokesperson at the bank, offered no comment about Monday’s actions.

MINE, YOURS, WHATEVS Lite Initiatives’ Portia Sinnott hopes to help develop a prototype program for car-sharing.

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The laws are in place for car-sharing programs to thrive in Sonoma County—now all it takes is the will of the drivers BY LEILANI CLARK


hen it comes to perceived inalienable rights in the United States, car ownership and cheap gas are right up there with freedom of speech. And while most cars spend more time parked than being driven, their association with freedom and happiness

seems as intractable as Michigan factory steel. But for Sebastopol resident Portia Sinnott, owning two cars, even one, runs counter to true happiness. The executive director of Lite Initiatives, a group that runs Community Bikes in Santa Rosa and promotes more efficient living, Sinnott practices something she calls “pod-sharing” as part of her car-light lifestyle.

“It’s based on trust,” says Sinnott, who has use of a neighbor’s truck when she needs to haul something larger than her compact car can handle. “If everyone is going to yoga across town at the same time, you start asking each other, ‘Want a ride?’” With rising gas prices, concern over environmental hazards and new California insurance laws, car sharing has gone ) 11 from an eccentricity to

Retired Piner High School English teacher Bill Vosburg attended the first US Uncut protest in San Francisco in February, as well as the recent Santa Rosa protest. “If we could just get corporations to pay their fair share, California and the country wouldn’t be in the state they are in,” he said. Linda Hemenway, Sonoma County Council Coordinator for, said that 196 people officially signed up for the “Day of Action,” but that more had definitely shown up. “We’ve hit a nerve with this subject,” she said. “We may not agree on everything, but we do agree that the wealthy should be paying taxes,” said Hemenway.—Leilani Clark

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mainstream in a few short years. From 1998 to 2010, membership in North American car-sharing programs grew from 905 to 516,000, according to a UC Berkeley study by Susan Shaheen. Suzanne Smith, executive director of the Sonoma County Transportation Authority, says that the county is interested in bringing a car share program to the North Bay, but that applications for funding thus far have been denied. “We think it’s great,â€? Smith says. The Transit Authority even entered into discussions with established car-share companies City CarShare and Zipcar, both based in San Francisco, about bringing their model north. Ultimately, the Sonoma County program stalled after grant funding was denied by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Still, Smith sees car sharing as a viable and smart possibility for the county. “There are a lot of ďŹ nancial reasons to not own a car, including the cost of insurance, the cost of the car itself and the cost of gas,â€? says Smith. “Multiple-car families could use this to reduce the number of vehicles they have in their personal eet.â€? Smith believes that such a program might sit well for a community such as Roseland, where studies show that access to a car can be a hurdle for some people. Mike Romano, an insurance agent from PaciďŹ ca, says that insurance is the biggest challenge to building a car-sharing program. “Let’s say you have four or ďŹ ve people driving your car, and one of them kills someone,â€? says Romano. “After your insurance is exhausted, they go after the policy owner—you.â€? But in California, this possibility was mitigated with the January 2011 passing of AB 1871. The new law, the ďŹ rst of its kind in the nation, allows car owners to rent out their cars without having to get livery insurance, the type used by taxicabs. The law stipulates that the money earned must not surpass the amount it costs to own and operate the car.

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lanning in advance of the holiday, cub reporter Sally Smart decides on a BPA-free week. “Mom, I’ve got the perfect Mother’s Day idea,” says Sally, arriving breathlessly at her mother’s office. Professor Smart, marking statistics exams with a red pen, says dryly, “Grade these—that would be a gift. Besides, I hate commercial holidays.” “But Mom, this gift is anticommercial!” says Sally. “And it involves statistical analysis.” The professor looks up. “Really?” “Yes. You are going to eat for a whole week without packaged foods—no cans—and reduce the BPA levels in your body by 60 percent.” “BPA?” Professor Smart wrinkles her brow. “Uh, the creeps who destroyed the Gulf?” “No, Mom. BPA is a chemical present in canned foods we eat at home or in restaurants. Canned drinks, too. It’s an endocrine disruptor that researchers believe may play a role in breast cancer, prostate cancer, early puberty, obesity, diabetes and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder. The Centers for Disease Control

claims BPA is detectable in 91 percent of Americans.” Professor Smart shrugs. “I’ve never seen BPA on a can label.” “Mom, it’s not put into the food. It’s applied to the lining of the metal can to create a seal,” explained Sally. “But it leaches into the food. A study with some Bay Area families showed that by taking canned foods and beverages out of the diet for a while, BPA levels in children and

‘BPA?’ Professor Smart wrinkles her brow. ‘Uh, the creeps who destroyed the Gulf?’ adults dropped an average of 60 percent. So as part of my Mother’s Day gift I’ve printed out a little card to post on your fridge. It says, ‘Eat fresh food. Store food in glass or stainless steel containers. Avoid plastic water bottles. Don’t microwave food in plastic.’” “I see you made two cards,” says Sally’s mother, accepting the card. “I thought this was just for me, a Mother’s Day scheme.” “It’s a gift for both of us. If BPA is an endocrine disruptor,” says Sally, “the odds of my becoming a mother myself someday—and having a child that won’t hit puberty at the age of six because of hormone dysfunctions—greatly depend on what I eat and drink. So my kitchen and my body are becoming BPA-free zones. Happy Mother’s Day!” More info can be found at and

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Wild Style Author Langdon Cook on food, foraging and fungi renegades BY LEILANI CLARK


t’s the outlaw mushroom hunters, those hardy souls that venture into the wild without compass, that most intrigue Langdon Cook—almost as much, he says, as the rumors of gun battles that have ensued over secret, bountiful mushroom spots.

“I’m fascinated by the mushroom people. They’re making a living in this underground economy, which in many ways is the last gasp of

the Wild West,” says Cook, on the phone from his home in Seattle. “A lot of people would be nervous to be off-trail, bushwhacking deep into the wilderness, picking mushrooms and then trying to find their way out at the end of the day as it’s getting dark. It’s definitely not everyone’s cup of tea.” Cook writes about his own adventures foraging for fiddleheads, Dungeness crab, huckleberries, morels and squid in his essay collection Fat of the Land: Adventures of a 21st Century Forager (Skipstone Press; $26.95).

Raised in Connecticut, Cook didn’t grow up picking wild foods; if anything, his childhood food history is supremely allAmerican: TV dinners, processed foods and sugar. “Food was bought at a grocery store, mushrooms were toadstools, and all greens were potentially poisonous if they came from the wild,” says Cook. It wasn’t until the aspiring journalist moved to Seattle from the Bay Area, in 1991, that he began spending more time in the outdoors. “The next thing I knew,” Cook

says, “I was planning to go morel hunting or free diving for crabs or spear fishing lingcod.” Realizing the preciousness of foraged foods—he likens a morel bounty to “pirate’s booty”— Cook began learning cooking techniques from his wife, who was from a Polish-Italian family that handed down recipes. The cooking and the foraging began to inform each other. “You want to do something that honors the food and really makes the best meal possible,” says Cook. Each essay in his collection ends with a recipe, as well as tips on preparing crabs, oysters, shrimp, fiddleheads and dandelions. Cook now leads foraging tours in Seattle and sometimes teaches local chefs how to search for wild foods. But after nearly 20 years of foraging foods on land and sea, Cook says the novice should start close to home, unlike the fungi renegades of what’s known as the “Mushroom Trail,” a route that runs from Northern California to Alaska. “Start with the weeds in your own backyard and then get more adventurous as you go,” says Cook. The golden rule is to never eat anything that you can’t identify with 100 percent certitude, he says, and finding a mentor is the best option of all. “I wouldn’t just start trying to identify plants through pictures in a field guide and start grazing, because you can get yourself into trouble,” says Cook. “It really helps to go out with someone and see these plants and fungi in the wild, what they look like, get a sense of them, hold them in their hand.” After that, it’s only so long until that food gets buttered up in a pan, tossed onto a plate and fearlessly eaten. Langdon Cook appears on Wednesday, April 20, at Copperfield’s Books (138 N. Main St., Sebastopol; 6pm; 707.823.2618), and speaks on Thursday, April 21, to the Sonoma County Mycological Association meeting at the Sonoma County Farm Bureau (970 Piner Road, Santa Rosa; 7pm;

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Steakhouse. $$$$. Could be the best steak you’ll ever have. “Other than steak” menu changes seasonally. Happy hour Mon-Fri, 3 to 6. Dinner daily; lunch, Mon-Fri. 521 Adams St, Santa Rosa. 707.546.5100.

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

Stout Brothers Pub & Restaurant Irish. $$.


Atmospheric, if a little faux, but a great ploughman’s lunch. Lunch and dinner daily. 527 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.636.0240.

Annapurna Nepalese. $-$$. An exotic taste of the Himalayas at this comfortable restaurant. Authentic Nepalese dishes include steamed momos, dal soup, curries and many vegetarian offerings. Lunch and dinner daily. 535 Ross St, Santa Rosa. 707.579.8471.

Bistro 29 Bistro. $$-$$$. Get an honestly prepared plate of excellence, reasonably priced, at this veritable palace of crepes. Lunch, Tues-Fri; dinner, Tues-Sat. 620 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.546.2929. Carmen’s Burger Bar American. $. Excellent and innovative burgers with a Mexican flair. Beef comes fresh daily from Pacific Market next door. Lunch and dinner daily; breakfast, Sat-Sun. 1612 Terrace (in Town and Country center), Santa Rosa. 707.579.3663.

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.

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

Flavor California cuisine. $-$$. Fresh and organic white-tablecloth food at paper-napkin prices. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 96 Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa. 707.573.9695. Healdsburg Bar & Grill American. $-$$ Gourmet burgers and potent cocktails from the owners of Cyrus. It ain’t fancy, but it’s awfully good, with topnotch ingredients and low prices.

Lunch and dinner daily. 245 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.433.3333.

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.

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.

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Thai Pot Thai. $$. A local

kinds of burgers imaginable; fries Friday only, no shakes, da Jets. Lunch and dinner, MonSat. 7665 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.665.9999.

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

Peter Lowell’s California. $-$$. Casual, organic cuisine with a healthy twist. Italian-inspired cafe, deli, wine bar. All food offered as takeout. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 7385 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.1077.

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favorite for authentic Thai recipes with pad Thai, curries, exotic appetizers and entrées. Lunch and dinner daily. 2478 W Third St, Santa Rosa. 707.575.9296. 6961 Sebastopol Ave (across from West America Bank), Sebastopol. 707.829.8889.

Tonayan Mexican. $ Truly wonderful Sonoran-style classics at rock-bottom prices. The enormous El Jefe combination can’t be beat. Lunch and dinner daily. 500 Raleys Towne Center, Rohnert Park. 707.588.0893.

Toyo Japanese Grill Japanese. $$$. Well-crafted traditional Japanese with some modern extras like deep-fried mashed potato croquettes with mayo. Lunch and dinner daily. 3082 Marlow Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.527.8871.

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.

Tres Hombres Mexican.

Saddles Steakhouse. $$$-

Underwood Bar & Bistro European bistro.

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

Sizzling Tandoor Indian. $$. A Sonoma County legend for almost 20 years, and for good reason. Of the more than 100 menu choices, all are worthwhile. Lunch, Mon-Sat; dinner daily. 409 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.579.5999.

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

$$. 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.

Vineyards Inn Spanish. $$. Authentic foods from Spain, fresh fish off the fire broiler, extensive tapas, as well as paellas and more. Emphasis on organic. Open for lunch and dinner, ) Wed-Mon.



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

Avatar’s Indian-plus. $. Fantastic East-meets-West fusion of Indian, Mexican, Italian and American, with dishes customized to your palate Lunch and dinner, MonSat. 2656 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.8083. Buckeye Roadhouse American. $$-$$$. A Marin County institution. Delightful food, friendly and seamless service, and a convivial atmosphere. Try one of the many exotic cocktails. Lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 15 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley. 415.331.2600.

Cafe Gratitude Vegan. $$$. Mecca for vegans and raw foodists. Clean, light, refreshing food. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 2200 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.824.4652. Casa Mañana Mexican. $. Big burritos a stone’s throw from the perfect picnic spot: Perri Park. The horchata is divine. Lunch and dinner daily. 85 Bolinas Rd, Fairfax. 415.454.2384. Il Piccolo Caffe Italian. $$. Big, ample portions at this premier spot on Sausalito’s spirited waterfront. Breakfast and lunch daily. 660 Bridgeway, Ste 3, Sausalito. 415.289.1195. Marin Brewing Co Pub food. $-$$. Excellent soups, salads, pub grub and awardwinning pork-beer sausage. Lunch and dinner daily. 1809 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 415.461.4677. Nick’s Cove Seafood/ contemporary American. $$$$. Fresh from the bay oysters, upscale seafood, some steaks and a great burger. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 23240 State Route 1, Marshall. 415.663.1033. Pine Cone Diner Eclectic. $$. Funky diner meets upscale

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

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

Sol Food Puerto Rican. $. Flavorful, authentic and homestyle at this Puerto Rican eatery, which is as hole-inthe-wall as they come. Lunch and dinner daily. Two San Rafael locations: 732 Fourth St. 415.451.4765. 901 Lincoln Ave. 415.256.8903. Sushi Ran Japanese. $$$$. This beautiful restaurant attracts locals and tourists with its fresh catches. A wide selection of nigiri, depending on what’s fresh. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner, Mon-Sun. 107 Caledonia St, Sausalito. 415.332.3620.

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

Yet Wah Chinese. $$. Can’t go wrong here. Special Dungeness crab dishes for dinner; dim sum for lunch. Lunch and dinner daily. 1238 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.460.9883.

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

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

Angèle Restaurant & Bar French. $$$. Thoroughly French, but not aggressively so. Lunch and dinner daily. 540 Main St, Napa. 707.252.8115.

BarBersQ Barbecue/ California. $-$$. An upscale ’cue joint with a high-end chef and high-end ingredients. Gorgeous chipotle-braised short ribs and pulled pork. Lunch and dinner daily. 3900-D Bel Aire Plaza, Napa. 707.224.6600.

Bistro Jeanty French. $$$. Rich, homey cuisine. A perfect choice when you can’t get a chance to do your Laundry. Lunch and dinner daily. 6510 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.0103. Boonfly Cafe California cuisine. $-$$. Extraordinary food in an extraordinary setting. Perfect pasta and mussels. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 4080 Sonoma Hwy, Napa. 707.299.4900.

Bouchon French. $$$. A Keller brother creation with a distinctly Parisian bistro ambiance, offering French classics. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 6540 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.8037.

Bounty Hunter Wine country casual. $$. Wine shop and bistro with maverick moxie for the wine cowboy. Premium bottles for sale, also. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Sun; open late, Thurs-Sat. 975 First St, Napa. 707.255.0622.

Brannan’s Grill California cuisine. $$-$$$. Creative cuisine in handsome Craftsman setting. Lunch and dinner daily. 1347 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.2233.

Buster’s Barbecue Barbecue. $. A very 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.

neighborhood bistro setting by the creek. Superior wine list. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner, MonSat. 500 Main St, Ste G, Napa. 707.254.9690.

Checkers California. $$. Perfect casual spot for dinner before the movie. Try the panéed chicken and butternut squash ravioli. Lunch and dinner daily. 1414 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.9300.

Fazerrati’s Pizza. $-$$. Great pie, cool brews, the game’s always on. Great place for post-Little League. 1517 W Imola Ave, Napa. 707.255.1188.

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

$$-$$$. Eat Godzilla maki and hamachi carpaccio in aquarium-chic environs. Hearty portions. Dinner TuesSun; late-night dining, ThursSat. 1148 Main St, St Helena. 707.967.9100.

French-inspired. $$$$. Set in a comfortable elegantly rustic dining room reminiscent of a French lodge, with a stone fireplace centerpiece, La Toque makes for memorable special-occasion dining. The elaborate wine pairing menus are luxuriously inspired. Dinner, Wed-Sun. 1314 McKinstry St, Napa. 707.257.5157.

Celadon Global comfort food. $$. Relaxed sophistication in intimate

Miguel’s MexicanCalifornian. $$. Ultracasual setting and laid-back service

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Weekend Taste What does Alexander Valley taste like? Evidently, a combination of pork cheek and caviar—at least according to those behind Taste Alexander Valley, who just released tickets to the 14th annual wine and food event. Taste Alexander Valley gives gourmands a chance to travel between parties held at over 30 different wineries, with each winery offering wine and food pairings, entertainment and weekend-only discounts. The opening gala takes place at Francis Ford Coppola winery, where attendees can choose between snacking on exotic hors d’oeuvres from Healdsburg’s Peloton Catering, dancing to Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers or hobnobbing with winemakers and other industry bigwigs. The event’s website promises a taste of “the causally elegant wine country lifestyle”—which probably means you should refrain from cannonballing into Coppola’s justopened swimming pool. Taste Alexander Valley runs Saturday– Sunday, May 21–22. Opening gala on Friday, May 20, at Francis Ford Coppola Winery. 300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville. Weekend passes $65–$90; 0pening gala $90. 888.463.0210.—Shelby Pope

belies the delicious kitchen magic within; chilaquiles are legendary. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 1437 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.6868.

high-end vegetables and fruits available on a restaurant plate. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 1140 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5656.

Pizza Azzurro Italian. $.

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

Run by a former Tra Vigne and Lark Creek Inn alum, the pizza is simple and thin, and ranks as some of the best in the North Bay. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner daily. 1260 Main St (at Clinton), Napa. 707.255.5552.

Ubuntu Vegetarian. $$$$. Some of the most remarkable specimens of

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. C. Donatiello Winery Chris Donatiello downsized the former Belvedere Winery to 7,000 cases of the region’s star Burgundian varietals, but the koi fish still lazily swishing in their fountain have hardly noticed. Extensive landscaping provides picnic spots, aroma herb garden and rose-studded paths leading to spacious, remodeled tasting room. Classy and accessible Russian River Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to enjoy in the here and now. 4035 Westside Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 11am–5pm. Tasting fee, $5–12. Summer concerts on Sundays. 800.433.8296.

Chateau St. Jean Winery Take the educational tour and sample both reserve and premier wines on acres of vineyard with gardens and gourmet food. Famed Riesling and rare Malbec. 8555 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 707.833.4134.

Downtown Wine Casual spot with LP records on the turntable and relaxed vibe, founded by surfer-skater turned winemaker. Offers an eclectic range of wines from delicate, Thai-cuisine–inspired Banyan whites to rustic, brambly Hobo reds inspired by the open road. Folk Machine and Branham Estate Wines, too. Don’t skip the refreshingly dry Santa Lucia Highlands Riesling. Ramble on in. 132 Plaza St., Healdsburg. Open Thursday–Monday, 11am to 6pm. Tasting fee, $5. 707.473.0337.

Family Wineries Kenwood More than ready for tourists and locals.

Shelves are stocked with olive oils and sundry wine country snackery, grab-and-go chilled white wines, and strangely irresistible wooden ducks. If that was not enough, a model wine train circles above the horseshoe bar. Wine tasting by multiple choice. 9380 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. Open daily, 10:30am–5pm. Tasting fee, $5–$10. 888.433.6555.

Graton Ridge Cellars Formerly an apple shed beloved by regular customers who drove up to get juice and apples, this tasting room is clean and contemporary, with a bit of vineyardy wine country art on the walls, and an apple dessert wine. The apples are not gone after all. 3561 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Sebastopol. Tasting room open Friday–Sunday, 10am– 4:30pm. No fee. 707.823.3040.

Little Vineyards All of the Little’s wines are made from their 15-acre estate vineyards, and they’re serious about their product. Zin and Syrah are stars here. 15188 Sonoma Hwy., Glen Ellen. By appointment. 707.996.2750.

Mill Creek While the historically inspired building is just spinning a decorative wheel, quaint is just a footnote to quality. All the wines are above average. 1401 Westside Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 10am–4pm. 707.431.2121.

Nicholson Ranch (WC) Best known for its Chardonnays and a winery tour from the depths of the caves to the height of the property’s grandmother oak. 4200 Napa Road, Sonoma. Open daily, 11am–6pm; tours by appointment. 707.938.8822. Raymond Burr Vineyards Unpretentious, ’70s-den-style room with loads of memorabilia, Emmies and miscellany that the late television great picked up in his travels. Weekends at 11am, greenhouse tour showcases hybridized orchids in all the colors of the rainbow. 8339 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Daily 11am to 5pm. No fee. 707.433.4365.

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Tin Barn Vineyards Yes, it is located in a tin barn, of sorts–in the midst of a remote industrial park, home to “Eighth Street wineries.” From allspice to Jolly Rancher, coriander, fresh raspberry, jelly Danish and horsetail to a simply enjoyable claret style quaff, it’s all flavor and no frills in this friendly warehouse winery. 21692 Eighth St. E., Ste. 340, Sonoma. Saturday– Sunday, 11am–4pm. Tasting fee, $6. 707.938.5430.

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

MARIN COUNTY Bacchus & Venus A trendy place for beginners and tourists. Great place to learn the basics. 769 Bridgeway, Sausalito. Open daily, noon– 7pm. 415.331.2001. Pey-Marin Vineyards A Marin wine adventure where cow country meets conifer forest, at the historic, hospitable Olema Inn. Discover razor-lean “Shell Mound” Marin County Riesling, opaquely purple, yet eminently food-friendly “Punchdown” Syrah, and more. 10000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Olema. Open daily from noon to 4pm. $12 fee. 415.663.9559.

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

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

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Creaking wood floors, free tasting and gold medals at founder Rodney Strong’s original location. Grab a picnic wine and take the Blue & Gold ferry to Angel Island. 72 Main St., Tiburon. Sunday–Thursday, 10am–6pm; Friday–Saturday to 7pm. No fee. 415.435.3113.

NAPA COUNTY August Briggs Winery Tasting room is a white barn lit by skylights and often staffed by the owner’s wife or mother. 333 Silverado Trail, Calistoga. Open Thursday– Sunday, 11:30am–4:30pm. 707.942.5854.

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

Chateau Montelena The winery triumphed at the 1976 “Judgment of Paris” tasting where French judges, quelle horreur, found that they had awarded top honors to a California contender. 1429 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga. Open daily, 9:30am–4pm. 707.942.5105.

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.

Constant (WC) Boutique winery specializing in the kind of Cabernet that makes the Wine Spectator

drool. 2121 Diamond Mountain Road, Napa. By appointment. 707.942.0707.

Corison Winery Winemaker Cathy Corison proudly describes herself as a “Cabernet chauvinist.” 987 St. Helena Hwy., St. Helena. By appointment. 707.963.0826.

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

Fantesca Estate & Winery (WC) Set on land that was the dowry gift when Charles Krug married in 1860, this estate winery specializing in Cab features a wine-aging cave built right into the side of Spring Mountain. 2920 Spring Mountain Road, Napa. By appointment. 707.968.9229.

Far Niente (WC) Far Niente was founded in 1885 by John Benson, a ’49er of the California Gold Rush and uncle of the famous American impressionist painter Winslow Homer. The estate boasts beautiful gardens as well as the first modern-built wine caves in North America. 1350 Acacia Drive, Napa. By appointment. 707.944.2861. Folie à Deux A good picnic or party wine, the Ménage à Trois–white, red and rosé–are tasty blends. 3070 N. St. Helena Hwy, St. Helena. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 1.800.473.4454.

Frank Family Vineyards A media mogul imagineered a Napa Valley winery that’s surprisingly no-frills, friendly and free of charge, from the flute of bubbly welcome to the last sip of award-winning Cab. Emphasis is on the historic Larkmead winery, the wine and, natch, the guest at this popular tasting room set in the winery’s remodeled craftsman farmhouse. Frank Family Vineyards, 1091 Larkmead Lane, Calistoga. Tasting daily, 10am–4pm. No fee. 707.942.0753.

Freemark Abbey In 1881, Josephine Tychson was the first woman to own and operate a winery in the valley. Enjoy the Cabs. 3022 St. Helena Hwy. N. (at Lodi Lane), St. Helena. Open daily, 10am-5pm. 800.963.9698.

Mumm Cuvée Napa Californian-style fizz factory, all barn and no chateau, offers a robust account of how the bubbles get in the bottle. Sparkling winetastings offered on the patio, or take it to the next level in plush love seats on the Oak Terrace. Sparkling red is novel; DVX Brut among the best in the valley. Photography gallery includes Ansel Adams prints and other exhibits. 8445 Silverado Trail, Napa. Open 10am–5pm daily. Tasting $6–$20; Oak Terrace $30. 707.967.7700.

Nichelini Winery Take a joyride in the Napa backcountry and discover this rustic little winery that’s been in the family for generations. See the only Roman wine press in the Western Hemisphere. 2950 Sage Canyon Road, St. Helena. Saturday and Sunday, 10am–5pm. No fee. 707.963.0717.

Rubicon Estate Despite the celebrity hype, the wine is award-winning. 1991 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 800.782.4226.

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latest geotectonic eruption on Highway 29 is a stylish place to explore famous Chardonnay, Meritage blend and wineryexclusive Italian varietals. Hip but not too cool, the 30-yearold family winery surely has a sense of humor as well as sense of place. 677 S. St. Helena Hwy., St. Helena. Open daily, 10am– 5pm. Tasting fees, $15–$25. 707.967.8032.

Not lotus-eating, per se, but caviar, Grana Padano, artisan chocolate bonbons–same idea. Whimsically elegant Salon or informal, candystriped Sip Shoppe. Known for Merlot. 1271 Manley Lane, Rutherford. Sip Shoppe Thursday–Sunday 11am–5pm; call or ring gate. Fee $15–$20. Salon by appointment, $60. 707.754.4018.

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t’s a fine April Sunday, there’s no need for disagreement. Joyride to the coast or winetasting? We can do both in the Sonoma Coast, a sprawling, 40-mile viticultural area that resembles the dough left over after the cookies have been cut out. Those with a dog in the hunt prefer to speak of the “true Sonoma Coast,” where, if vineyards do not exactly sweep down to the very edge of the cliffs, the cool Pacific breeze is felt every day.

The source of much hush-toned Pinot, this forested hinterland might as well be some moon of Endor, as far as the casual winetaster is concerned. Enter the Sonoma Coast Wine Tasting Room, installed inside the landmark Timber Cove Inn during a remodel. The rotating lineup includes local notables like Hirsch, Flowers and Peay. MacMurray Ranch’s bright 2009 Sonoma Coast Pinot Gris ($27) is crisp and sweet with lychee and pear cocktail— might pair well with seafood and vegetables from the kitchen, where new executive chef Riley Huddleston is mixing it up with contemporary innovations like liquid-nitrogen-blanched asparagus. Just the way the vintner likes it, remote Wild Hog Vineyard’s 2007 Pinot Noir ($28), with aromas of redwood bough and wild raspberry, is deliciously sweet, soft and jammy all the way through. Thirty minutes north, family-owned Annapolis Winery commands views from above the fog line and is a favorite wedding spot. Where Russian immigrants planted apple trees 150 years ago, Basil and Barbara Scalabrini started their vineyard in 1978, watering by hand. “We weren’t hampered by any knowledge of farming,” says Barbara. But at least one of the “water bucket crew” ventured back; after studying at UC Davis, Aron Scalabrini took over as winemaker and vineyard manager. Their Gewürztraminer is the clear favorite, and sold-out for now; with pretty plum aromas, the 2006 Sonoma Coast Cabernet Sauvignon ($34) has a long, agreeable finish. Yes, you heard “Sonoma Coast Cab.” The fog has lifted. Timber Cove Inn, 21780 North Coast Hwy. 1, Timber Cove. Winetasting Saturday and Sunday, noon–5pm. $20 for two. 707.847.3231. Annapolis Winery, 26055 Soda Springs Road, Annapolis. Open daily. 707.886.5460. The Ninth Annual Whale & Jazz Festival features Sonoma County French-funk favorites Dgiin on Friday, April 29, at Timber Cove Inn. 7–10pm; Free admission, special menu available in Alexander’s Restaurant. Saturday, April 30 from 1 to 4pm, Annapolis Winery hosts the Latin and Flamenco sounds of the Sang Matiz trio. Donation $5–$25. More events throughout the week. For information, go to—James Knight

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ife in the year 2025, with all of its struggles, needs no introduction. Squeezed between $10 tomatoes and $50 commutes, trapped in sprawling suburbs, we plant our gardens and make do; the lucky few among us ship out for choice guest labor jobs in Europe, where they planned for the real 21st century when it showed up at the door.

But this gloomy landscape ignores the bright spots, the urban pockets that are thriving amid today’s challenges. Naturally, the counties north of San Francisco enjoy a mild climate and a history of progressive politics, but luck and good intentions alone didn’t save the North Bay from whipsaw crises that came sooner than anyone expected. In fact, it all started with a colossal piece of bad luck. Fortunately, nobody was out shopping when the San Pablo quake struck early on the morning of Dec. 21, 2012, and the Santa Rosa Plaza collapsed in a heap of brick and concrete.

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The fortresslike mall was a relic of so-called urban renewal following a smaller earthquake in 1969, and even by 1970s standards, a stunningly shortsighted forfeiture of public space, blocking four streets and hogging twelve city blocks. In an unprecedented reversal of civic apathy, when federal redevelopment funds arrived in 2014, the town revolted. A new crop of visionary leaders made it their first project to replace City Hall itself—a Brutalist-style structure that had folded like a house of cards—with an awardwinning design that spans Santa Rosa Creek with graceful bridges. The creek actually had to be disinterred from the underground concrete sarcophagus to which it had been consigned by “oldschool” urban renewal. This time,

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parking is underground, not the creek. Planners then introduced aesthetic codes to ensure that new construction both reflected local, historical trends—like the craft of early 1900s Italian stonemasons—and makes use of green technology. Single-use office stock once made this a ghost town on weeknights; now businesses and housing are tiered in the same buildings. At street level, the town looks like a blast from the past—with a cool breeze from the trees of rooftops above. Mall rats still have a hangout, to be sure. Occupying one block, the Xī mīng Group’s Rose Garden Mall is powered by its jade-green skin of chlorovoltaic panels. With the decline of the internet retail model in the face of rising shipping costs, the prospects of downtown establishments are looking up. ) 24

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BY LEILANI CLARK, JESSICA DUR, GABE MELINE, SHELBY POPE AND MIRA STAUFFACHER Regenerative Design Institute The Commonweal Gardens, a 17-acre farm at the Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas, is paradise on earth. Once a month, one can tour the graywater systems, production greenhouse, goats, “chicken palace” and cob and natural buildings that fortify the vibrant gardens. The institute offers foraging tours, wild tea crafting, permaculture training and “right livelihood” classes on re-skilling, teacher training and water issues. 451 Mesa Road, Bolinas. 415.868.9681. Change of Greenery Electric Bicycle Rentals Want to tour wine country without the nasty carbon emissions of a car? An electric bicycle tour might be just the thing. Endorsed by Napa Valley Car Free, this two-year old company rents bikes by the hour and offers a series of self-guided tours through the valleys and vines of one of the area’s most beautiful locales. Located inside the Napa Valley Marriot Hotel. 3425 Solano Ave., Napa. 707.596.0499.

Connolly Ranch A reminder of Napa Valley’s agricultural history, this 12-acre ranch provides children in the community with hands-on experience in farm-based environmental programs. Its mission is to teach future farmers of tomorrow about the importance of sustainability and the value of nature through school-sponsored field trips. 3141 Browns Valley Road, Napa. 707.224.1894. Napa’s Earth Day Organized by the Environmental Coalition of Napa County, this year marks the 41st Anniversary of the annual Earth Day celebration. On Saturday, April 23, over a hundred booths will offer environmentally friendly products and tips on green living. Third and Main streets, Napa. 707.944.0799.

Landpaths With its flagship urban farm project Bayer Farm in Roseland, Landpaths works hard to meet its mission of fostering a love of land in Sonoma County. The nonprofit offers slidingscale tours of open spaces, farms and parks-in development, and partners with schools to get low-income kids into the great outdoors. 618 Fourth St., #217, Santa Rosa. 707.524.9318. Daily Acts An ecotopia wouldn’t be complete without urban food forests, busy bees, tasty fermented foods, thriving mushrooms, graywater systems and luscious, healthy gardens. Daily Acts, a Petaluma-based nonprofit, aims to build community self-reliance and mindful living through hands-on action. Tours and classes promote all of the above. P.O. Box 293, Petaluma. 707.789.9664. Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve Located near the base of Sonoma Mountain, this 162-acre preserve is known for its variety and quantity of wildflowers. During the spring season, the Sonoma Ecology Center leads guided walks popular when flowers are in full bloom; the next one is Saturday, April 23. Reservations are required and space is limited. Grove Street, Sonoma. 707.996.0712.

Sonoma Mountain Village With its sprawling suburbia and big-box friendliness, Rohnert Park hardly seems like a spot for a sustainable utopia. Yet the Sonoma Mountain Village project aims to be just that: a solar-powered, zero-waste, mixed-use planned community centered around a “five-minute lifestyle” with a myriad of food, entertainment and housing options all a fiveminute walk from the town square. 1400 Valley House Drive, Rohnert Park. 707.795.3550. Laguna Farms One of the undisputed mackdaddies of local farms, Laguna Farm spreads out over 30 acres adjacent to Northern California’s largest freshwater marsh. Their CSA program provides weekly boxes of fresh seasonal produce, and the farm is home to the Sonoma County Herb Exchange, a clearinghouse for locally and ecologically grown herbs, as well as the Earth Camp Collective, a summer program that teaches kids how to grow food and friendships. 1764 Cooper Road, Sebastopol. 707.823.0823.

Green Valley Village On the site of an ancient Pomo village in rural Sebastopol sprawls this intentional community of 330 acres of forest and farmland. GVV hosts workshops, sweat lodges, full moon fires, yoga classes, a CSA program and a free school that’s open to the community. Join them on the second Sunday of the month for an open house/potluck, or at 10 am on Saturday for the weekly work party to get an inside peek at the goats, cow, chickens and creative thinkers who call this place home. 13024 Green Valley Road, Sebastopol. 707.569.6912. Pepperwood Preserve Sure, Pepperwood Preserve is beautiful, with stunning views of Sonoma County populated by over 650 types of plants, but there’s much more to this 3,000acre preserve. As one of the largest scientific preserves in Northern California, Pepperwood makes it their goal to educate the community, be it through school tours, community stargazing or opening its fields to SRJC biology students. 3450 Franz Valley Road, Santa Rosa. 707.591.9310. Redwood Empire Farm Community supported agriculture programs have taken off, with more and more people picking up their weekly box of veggies at local farms. Redwood Empire Farm helps bring the food to you, with pick-up locations ranging from its Rincon Valley location in Santa Rosa to Three Dog Yoga Studio in Fountaingrove and Fleet Feet Sports in Railroad Square. Tours of the farm’s grounds, chickens and goats occur periodically in this pocket of county land amid city limits. 55 Middle Rincon Road, Santa Rosa. 707.953.6150. EcoOdyssey A one-week, 100-mile journey from Geyserville to Novato takes participants via bicycle, kayak, train and foot through a veritable what’s-what of eco-friendly living in the North Bay. Stops include Bayer Farm in Santa Rosa, Sonoma Mountain Village in Rohnert Park, Steamer Park in Petaluma and Roseland’s Cinco de Mayo celebration. Along the way, talks from mayors, authors, community organizers and railroad authorities illuminate the region’s sustainability. Essentially, EcoOdyssey is the dream trip that all resident tourists wish they had the time to embark upon. For reservations and information, visit or call LandPaths at 707.544.7284.

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Some even came back from the dead. The original California Theater was torn down 50 years ago for a parking garage. Resurrected on the same spot, this center for film and cultural events is owned by the city. “People said, ‘But that’s socialism!’” laughs artistic director Feven Aguilar, while sipping a gin fizz in the elegant lounge. “I said, ‘Gosh, really?’ But look around—it’s one of the most social places in town.” Back in 2008, voters authorized funding for Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit, but the train was slow to leave the station. Support waned until the booming economy of the teens met its first oil crises, and SMART ridership took off. People still complained, of course, but this time the cries were different: “Why aren’t there more trains running?” Healdsburg contractor Hunter Dudaček, settling into a seat and unrolling his iScreen, admits he used to call it “the dumb train.” But Dudaček works in Marin, and soon he was spending $75 a day on gas. “So I parked the truck in Marin, and I ride the train. And guess what? I’m saving $1,000 a month.” Meanwhile, tethered to San Francisco by a certain red bridge of renown, Marin County was wary. Original plans for Bay Area Rapid Transit to serve Marin had enjoyed popular support in the 1960s, but political wangling killed the proposal. Affluent residents might still be able to gas up their Rovers, but local business relied on commuters, so the county made a U-turn on SMART—and 10 years later, finally welcomed BART. In 2026, San Francisco’s Geary Street subway will turn north to San Rafael, where SMART train riders can hop on for the ride back. The one-time “Egg Basket of the World,” Petaluma enjoyed a gentle slide into quaintness during the freeway age. Redevelopment around the turn of the century added a smart mix of housing and retail without completely gentrifying the

Guide riverfront; wine bars shared the street with light industry and feed stores, setting the scene for the day when river commerce again became an attractive alternative to crumbling roads and soaring fuel costs. Next, Petaluma restored its old streetcar tracks and built out more to serve industrial and residential areas on the other side of the river. Following suit, Santa Rosa’s first streetcar linked downtown with its college and hospital districts, and brings tourists to the restored Fountaingrove Winery’s Thomas Lake Harris hospitality center; another ventured into the sprawling west side, after a squabble over which neighborhoods would get the trolley. Advocates for a third line east had it easier. Community opposition had already killed a planned freeway that would have blasted though Spring Lake, leaving a two-mile swath of greenway all the way to Howarth Park. It’s not all California sunshine here; summers, cushioned with fog in the morning and cooled with evening ocean breezes, are even more ideal for bicycling. But as late as 2010, for example, the Prius-driving, Earth-saving burg of Sebastopol had never bothered to stripe a single bike lane. However, it was connected with excellent multi-use paths, whose popularity inspired the building of a countywide “super path” network on easements won from landowners through innovative incentives. Redundant, four-lane roads were re-striped or outfitted with curbs to separate car and bike traffic. Critics of such measures used to say, “But this isn’t Europe,” and they were right. The weather is a whole lot better here. Spurred by high food prices, a new generation of young farmers has headed for the country. For some, high hopes have hit the ceiling of reality, while others hit pay dirt. Typical of this new

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abaret is not easy. The edgy 1967 musical by Joe Masterhoff, John Kander and Fred Ebb has never been simple to stage, and even when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done right, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not that easy to watch eitherâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good. Novelist Christopher Isherwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s frank descriptions of 1930s Berlinâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;at the start of the Naziâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rise to powerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;were ďŹ rst transformed into a Broadway play in 1951 under the name I Am a Camera. That show was later reworked into the musical version we know today as Cabaret, packed with ear-catching, Tonywinning tunes and sexy songand-dance routines set among the patrons and performers of Berlinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s underground Kit Kat Klub. Many productions fail by attempting a kind of theatrical misdirection, drawing attention to the scandalous, entertaining parts, deliberately diminishing the

downer partsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;mainly everything to do with the Nazis, who often appear merely as generic bad guys. Boo. Hiss. In the powerful new production that just opened at Sixth Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa, visionary director David Lear puts as much energy into establishing a feeling of looming evil as he does into staging, with energetic choreography by Tony Gianchetta, the showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s many fetchingly sinsoaked dance numbers. In Learâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hypersurrealist vision, the action is overseen by several eerily symbolic ďŹ gures, evolving from light-hearted party animals into malevolent demons as Berlin falls further into the clutches of the Nazi party. In this Cabaret, the enemy isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just Nazism; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also the fearful nonresistance of otherwise good people. As Sally Bowles, the ďŹ ercely frail English singer who takes a chance at love with a gentle American writer, Marjorie Rose Taylor brings all the raw, emotional intensity one could ask for, though her singing on opening night was frequently a bit pitchy. As the emcee of the Kit Kat Klub, Ralph Avalon is both frightening and seriously irresistible, adding ďŹ&#x201A;avors of Dr. Frankenfurter and Mephistopheles to his performance. Local favorite Mark Bradbury emphasizes the in-over-his-head naivetĂŠ of Cliff Bradshaw, the blocked novelist who shares a bed, but little more, with the self-destructive Sally. The entire cast is fully committed to Learâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision, ďŹ nding ways to play the spectrum of each characterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s battered humanity, despite some one-dimensional writing in the script. The ending is especially effective, as Learâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unďŹ&#x201A;inching insistence on telling the whole truth comes to life. Instead of sending us away with a tune on our lips, as many productions attempt to do, Lear and company leave one with a ďŹ nal emotional kick in the gutâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a kick some wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop feeling for some time after. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Cabaretâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; runs Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sunday through May 15 at the Sixth Street Playhouse. Showtimes vary. 52 W. Sixth St., Santa Rosa. $22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$39. 707.523.4185.



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Darling Denueve ‘Potiche’ a colorful, engaging ’70s ode BY RICHARD VON BUSACK


he trailers for Francois Ozon’s Potiche look fairly atrocious, so it’s a surprise to see why it’s been sticking around. The film is based on a 1970s farce by Barillet and Grédy (Cactus Flower), and Ozon (working with cinematographer Yorick Le Saux of I Am Love) goes vintage Hollywood. So many films now are made by people who don’t know how to work a color wheel, so the flood of color here is fairly intoxicating. Ozon wields tricky shades of orange and forest green before turning to more flamboyant rose colors. (The action takes place at an umbrella factory, so Ozon can get in a tribute to the colors of Demy’s Umbrellas of Cherbourg as well.)

The premise is lightly feminist: a “potiche” (trophy wife) of 1977, played by Catherine Denueve, is under the thumb of her factoryowning husband (the undersized Fabrice Luchini). Though he married into the business, the chauvinist pig still conducts himself as if he built the factory from the ground up. Moreover, he’s sleeping with his secretary (the ace comedian Karin Viard). When the boss is taken hostage by his striking employees, Mrs. Pujol is left to sort things out. Fortunately, she has a liaison: she once had a cross-class affair with the local communist MP (Gerard Depardieu). Depardieu is now as huge as a Frigidaire, and his trademark pumpkin-shell haircut is going thin, but he does have some gallantry left. Despite his lumbering bulk, he makes the premise work; he’s holding forth an ancient regime French tradition of romance doing what politics can’t. Like Made in Dagenham before it, Potiche has a deeper nostalgic appeal than the clothes, the color and the sugar-frosted pop music. Being farce, it’s a reinforcement job, not a demolition, and recalls a time when labor had clout—before the only position for a worker was prone. ‘Potiche’ is currently playing at the Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael and Summerfield Cinemas in Santa Rosa.

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films and narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, this documentary looks at life for lions and cheetahs on the African savannah. A portion of all proceeds benefits the African Wildlife Foundation. (AD)

Rio (PG; 96 min.) Blu, a pet macaw, leaves his comfortable home in Moose Lake, Minn., to seek a mate. Animated, with the voices of Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg. (UL) Trust (R; 137 min.) A parent’s nightmare. Family bonds are tested when a teenage daughter becomes the victim of an internet predator. With Clive Owen and Catherine Keener. At the Rafael Center. (KC) Water for Elephants (PG-13; 122 min.) A veterinarian (Robert Pattinson) is saved by the circus during the Great Depression, where he falls for the star of the horse show (Reese Witherspoon), wife of the sadistic animal trainer. (AD)

ALSO PLAYING 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. (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

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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)

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)

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). (KC)

Poetry (NR; 139 min.) A 60s-ish woman 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) 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. See review, p31. (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) 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)

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)

Source Code (PG-13; 94 min.) Jake Gyllenhaal 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).

The Conspirator (PG-13; 122 min.) Robert Redford directs this tale of the aftermath of the Lincoln assassination with some heavyhanded references to post-9-11 justice. (KC)

Win Win (R; 106 min.) Virtuous, heartfelt,

Even the Rain (NR; 104 min.) A Spanish filmmaker (Gael Garcia Bernal) travels to Bolivia to take a movie about Columbus during the nation’s massive protests over privatization of water. At Summerfield Cinemas (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

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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Music Concerts SONOMA COUNTY Jello Biafra Former Dead Kennedys frontman and Green party activist graces Santa Rosa with his band, the Guantanamo School of Medicine. Prizehog and Jack Attack open. Apr 22 at 8. $12. Arlene Francis Theater, 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.

British Re-Invasion Beatles tribute band Pepperland live with Patchwork Orange. Apr 23 at 8. $10. Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. 707.588.2226.

Chris Robinson Brotherhood Black Crowes lead singer finds new rock direction. Apr 22 at 9. $21. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

Beau D Jaxx pianist performs concert following student recital. Apr 23 at 6. Free. Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.

Dark Dark Dark Soft, eerie chamber-folk sounds from Minneapolis both soothe, elate. Apr 25 at 7. $8. Arlene Francis Theater, 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.

BC Fitzpatrick Singer-songwriter celebrates release of excellent new album â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lost, Stolen and Strayed.â&#x20AC;? Emily Jane White opens. Apr 23 at 7. $12-$15. The Feed Barn, 55 Middle Rincon Rd, Santa Rosa.

at 7. Donations appreciated. Guerneville Community Church, 14520 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville. 707.869.3273.

Trio Navarro Piano trio includes compositions by Ned Rorem, Carl Fruhling and Beethoven. Apr 24 at 4. $8-$12. Green Music Center 1029, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2353.

Vicious Rumors They might take away the Fox, but they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take away the rock. Apr 23 at 8:30. $12-$15. Last Day Saloon, 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.2343.

Kenny White Singer-songwriter, pianist, guitarist, storyteller and megatalent. Apr 23 at 8. $23. Studio E, address provided with tickets, Sebastopol. 707.542.7143.

Yonder Mountain String Band Acoustic alchemy of the highest order. Apr 21 at 9. $26. Mystic Theatre, 21 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

MARIN COUNTY Melvin Seals Powerful funk presence with equally soulful JGB band. Apr 23 at 9. $25-$40. Palm Ballroom, 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael. 415.389.5072.

Susan Werner Songwriter slides between folk, jazz and pop. Apr 23 at 8. $24-$29. Dance Palace, Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.


Helping Heart

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Benefit for baby Jamesonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s medical bills features live music, DJs and raffle prizes. Apr 22, 10 to 2. $10. Chrome Lotus, 501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa.

Blues guitarist and singer Tommy Castro joined by boogie and blues balladeer Marcia Ball. Apr 23 at 7. $30. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Jug Dealers

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Alt-jug band celebrate release of their new album. Radioactive and Danny Eisenberg open. Apr 23 at 10. $12. Aubergine, 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.827.3460.

Award-winning singersongwriter best known nowadays for his musical contributions to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Toy Storyâ&#x20AC;? films. Apr 21 at 8. $55-$65. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

River Choir â&#x20AC;&#x153;Christ Lag in Todes Bandenâ&#x20AC;? explores music of Bach. Apr 26

Steven Curtis Chapman Christian singer-songwriter

the Pollyanna of rock. Apr 21 at 8. $40-$50. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Clubs SONOMA COUNTY Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Roma Roasters Apr 22, Solid Air (folk). Apr 23, Mokai (blues). 95 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.576.7765.

Aqus Cafe Apr 20, West Coast songwriters competition. Apr 22, Edge of Town (Americana). Apr 23, Windshield Cowboys (Americana). 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.

Arlene Francis Theater Apr 22, Jello Biafra and Guantanamo School of Medicine, Prizehog, Jack Attack (see Concerts). Apr 25, Dark Dark Dark, Y La Bamba, Odd Bird. 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.

Aubergine Wed at 7, open mic. Apr 21, Teresa Tudury, Joanne Rand and Megan McElroy. Apr 22, John Courage Band, Denim Wedding. Apr 23, Jug Dealers (see Concerts). Apr 24, Sunday Gravy. Tues at 7, ladiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; limelight open mic. 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2722.

Brixx Apr 23, Endorphins. 16 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.766.8162.

Chrome Lotus Apr 22, Helping Heart Benefit (see Concerts). Apr 23, Winning party with DJ Sykwidit. Apr 25, Zeds Dead, Dub Specialists. 501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa.

Coffee Catz Thurs, Science Buzz Cafe (see Lectures). Sat at 2, bluegrass jam. Mon at 6, open mic. 6761 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.6600.

Flamingo Lounge Apr 22-23, Crossfire. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

French Garden Restaurant Apr 22, Swing Set Trio (jazz). Apr 23, Roadhouse Pilgrims. 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.2030.

Gaiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garden Apr 20, Jim Adams (jazz guitar). Apr 22, Three Legged Sister. Apr 25, Neil Buckley Octet. Every Tues, blues with

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Sonny Lowe and friends. 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491.

Highland Dell Apr 22, Ed Earley Band. 21050 River Blvd, Monte Rio. 707.865.2300.

Hopmonk Tavern Apr 21, Juke Joint with Diego’s Umbrella and Chango B. Apr 22, Yo! Pizzaface, Tone Monsters. Apr 23, Vagabond Opera, Mark Growden, Malarkey. Mon, Monday Night Edutainment with DJs Jacques and Guacamole (reggae). Tues, open mic night. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Hotel Healdsburg Apr 22, Stephanie Ozer and Jim Passarell Duo. Apr 23, Robb Fisher Trio. 25 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.431.2800.

Jasper O’Farrell’s Apr 20, NastyNasty, Dr. Dylon, Ini, Mose. Apr 21, Subb Kulture Sound wit London Fog Project. Apr 22, Green Shade. Apr 23, Family Room (deep house). Apr 27, Mr. Rogers. 6957 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2062.

Lagunitas Tap Room Apr 20, Rivereens. Apr 21, Blue Merle. Apr 22, Beso Negro. Apr 23, the Hicktones. Apr 24, Jason Bodlovich. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

Last Day Saloon Apr 20, Karen Lovely, Blues Defenders, Orchid Killers (blues). Apr 21, Soulshine Blues Band, Jon Popenoe Blues Band, Scallywags. Apr 22, Average Dyke Band (rock). Apr 23,

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Vicious Rumors, Darkside Shine, Krawl (hard rock). 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.2343.

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Phoenix Theater

Apr 22, Veneno. Apr 23 at 1, Gold Coast Jazz Band; at 8, Courta Bleu (Cajun). 19080 Riverside Dr, Sonoma. 707.938.9910.

Wed at 6, jazz jam. Apr 22, Decent Criminal, 26 mph, Devil in the Machine. Apr 23, Lysurgeon, StressKnot, PinkybearThuggin, Brothers of Gonzalez. Sun at 5, rock and blues jam. Mon at 7, young people’s AA. Tues at 7, acoustic Americana jam. 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

Main Street Station Apr 21, Greg Hester and friends. Apr 22, Bruce Halbohm & the Blue Jazz Trio. Apr 23, Out of the Blue (swing). Sun, Kit Mariah’s open mic. Apr 26, Out of the Blue (swing). Apr 27, Phat Chance Quartet. 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.

Thurs at 7, the Thugz (cosmic rock). 19400 Hwy 116, Monte Rio. 707.865.2454.

Apr 22, Michael Zilber. 420 First St E, Sonoma. 707.996.4466.

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Apr 23, Street Pyramids. 16246 First St, Guerneville. 707.869.3377.

Apr 20, Love Fool. Apr 22, KA your DJ. Apr 23, James Moseley. 3250 Hwy 128, Geyserville. 707.857.2777.

Apr 21, Solid Air. Apr 22, Sweet Burgundy. Apr 24, Dave Aguilar and Peter McCauley. 464 First St, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.

Rocker Oysterfeller’s

My Friend Joe

Fri, Lust with Geronimo, Rob Cervantes and guest DJs (sexy Top 40). Sat, Deja Vu with Geronimo (old-school beats). 146 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.782.0592.

Apr 23, Conception Vessel One. 1810 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.829.3403.

Mystic Theatre Apr 21, Yonder Mountain String Band. Apr 22, Chris Robinson Brotherhood (see Concerts). Apr 23, Film Fest Petaluma (see Film). 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

North Light Books & Cafe Apr 21 at 1, Third Party. 550 E Cotati Ave, Cotati. 707.792.4300.

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fourth Sun, Ian Scherer (jazz). Mon, open mic with Phil the Security Guard. 116 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.544.8623.

Tradewinds Apr 20, Tim Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neal Band. Thurs, DJ Dave. Apr 22, Reed Fromer Band. Apr 23, GDX. Apr 24, Bobby V. Mon, Donny Maderosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Pro Jam. Apr 27, Dgiin. 8210 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7878.

The Zoo Every Sun, Rock â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Roll Sunday School. 527 Barham Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.542.0980.

MARIN COUNTY Finneganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Marin Apr 21, Corey Powers. Apr 23, Acacia. Mon, open mic with KC Turner. 877 Grant Ave, Novato. 415.899.1516.

Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nightclub Wed, standup comedy (see Comedy). Apr 22, Memorials, Vintage City, Points North. Apr 23, Monophonics, Olive & the Dirty Martinis. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

Iron Springs Pub & Brewery Apr 20, Poor Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Whiskey. Apr 27, Savannah Blue. 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax. 415.485.1005.

Presidio Yacht Club Apr 21, Miracle Mule (Americana). Apr 22, Brewnel. Apr 23, Bonnie Hayes. Fort Baker, Sausalito. 415.332.2319.

Rancho Nicasio Apr 21, songwriter series with Lauralee Brown. Apr 22, Jason King Band (blues). Apr 23, Kingdom Travelers (gospel). Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

Sausalito Seahorse

Smileyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Apr 21, Denim Wedding, Jennifer Faust. Apr 22, Dgiin. Apr 23, Blue Diamond Fillups. Sun, open mic. Mon, reggae. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311.

NAPA COUNTY Anaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cantina Fri-Sat, live music. 1205 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.4921.

Calistoga Inn Wed, open mic. Thurs, reggae DJ night. Fri, old-school DJ night. Sat DJ night. 1250 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.4101.

Apr 21, Lonestar Swing. Apr 22, Stuart & His Jazz Band. Apr 23, Samuka (Brazilian). Sun at 4, Salsa-lito. Apr 24, Edgardo and Candela. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito.

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Wed at 7, jam session. Apr 21, Napa High Jazz Band. Apr 23, Caroompas Room. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

Apr 21, Dale Polissar. Apr 22, Glen Walters (R&B). Apr 23, Jeff Derby (jazz soprano). 9 Main St, Tiburon. 415.435.2676.

Sleeping Lady Apr 20, Todd Boston. Apr 21-22, Danny Clickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Texas blues night. Apr 23 at 2, uke jam; at 9:30, Spark and Whisper. Apr 24 at 2, trad Irish; at 6:30, Namely Us. Mon at 8, open mic with Simon Costa. 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.485.1182.

Apr 21, Maple Station Express. Apr 23, the Voltones. 902 Main St, Napa. 707.258.2337.


Uva Trattoria Apr 20, T Olah (jazz). Wed, Philip Smith & the Gentlemen of Jazz. Apr 22, Hellhounds (blues). Apr 23, Nate Lopez Trio (funk). Sun, James and Ted (jazz). Tues, James Todd and Ted Timper (jazz duo). 1040 Clinton St, Napa. 707.255.6646.

19 Broadway Club Apr 20 at 6, Buddy Owens; at 9, James Forman Jazz Ensemble. Apr 21, Machiavelvets. Apr 22, Pride & Joy. Apr 23, Endoxi. Apr 24 at 2, Cathey Cotten and Elliotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Evil Plan; at 9, Samuka & the Wild Tribe. Mon at 9, open mic. Tues at 9, Uzilevsky Korty Duo with special guests. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

No Name Bar Fri at 9, Michael Aragon Quartet. Sun at 3, Mal Sharpeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dixieland. Tues at 8:30, open mic with Damir. 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.1392.

Old Western Saloon Apr 22, Forgotten Passage. Apr 23, Staggerwing. Main Street, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1661.

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85s. Apr 23, Ron Thompson & his Resistors. Apr 24, Beso Negro. Apr 26, Andre and friends. Apr 27, Royal Deuces. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.

Apr 20, Ancient Future. Apr 21, Deborah Winters and Jean Michel Hure. Tues at 7, Swing Fever. 4 Bayview St, San Rafael. 415.457.3993.

Periâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Silver Dollar Apr 20, Whiskey Pills Fiasco. Apr 21, Azure Moon. Apr 22, the

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Dengue Fever Chhom Nimol and band present Cambodian pop in its most authentically retro form. Apr 20 at the Fillmore.

Ty Segall Scattered, sometimes sloppy rock and roll with a determined thrust. Apr 21 at the Bottom of the Hill.

Lil B Former member of the Pack, current â&#x20AC;&#x153;Based Godâ&#x20AC;? and allaround hip-hop phenomenon. Apr 21 at the Mezzanine.

Nicki Minaj Yeah, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opening for this guy named Lilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Wayne. But everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s getting there early. Apr 24 at the Oracle Arena.

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Cutler Gallery

From 6 to 8pm. Cloverdale Library Gallery, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spring Library Show,â&#x20AC;? woodcuts by Edward Ryden, woven sculpture by Virginia Harrison and oil paintings by Jeanette LeGrue. 401 N Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale. 707.894.5271, ext 5.

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.

Occidental Center for the Arts

Finley Center

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

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Apr 23 From 3 to 5pm. Bolinas Museum, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arthur Okamura: His Bolinas Life,â&#x20AC;? photographs by Troy Paiva and painted prints and collages by Barbara Ravizza. 48 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.0330.

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

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

Bodega Landmark Studio Ongoing, fine arts and crafts by west Sonoma County artists. FriSun, 11 to 5. 17255 Bodega Hwy, Bodega. 707.876.3477.

Charles M Schulz Museum 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.

Cloverdale Library Gallery Apr 22-May 21, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spring Library Show,â&#x20AC;? woodcuts by Edward Ryden, woven sculpture by Virginia Harrison and oil

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.

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

Dreams: Animals as Visual Metaphors.â&#x20AC;? Ongoing, sculpture, fountains and kinetic sculpture by over 50 artists. Daily, 10 to 5. Cornerstone Place, 23588 Hwy 121, Sonoma. 707.933.1300.

Through May 31, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spring Fever,â&#x20AC;? work by various artists. Graton Road and Bohemian Highway, Occidental.

Pelican Art

Petaluma Arts Center 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.

Quicksilver Mine Company Through May 22, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Adam Wolpert: New Paintings.â&#x20AC;? ThursMon, 11 to 6. 6671 Front St, Forestville. 707.887.0799.

Riverfront Art Gallery

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.

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.

Mahoney Library Gallery

Sebastopol Center for the Arts

Healdsburg Museum

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

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

Matanzas Creek Winery

Sonoma County Museum

Through 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.

New Leaf Gallery Through Jun 12, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Animal

Ending 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.


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425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.579.1500.

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

University Art Gallery Ending 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.

University Library Art Gallery Ending Apr 14, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Mystical Arts in Tibet: Mandal Sand Painting.â&#x20AC;? Mon-Fri, 8 to 5; Sat-Sun, noon to 5. SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.4240.

MARIN COUNTY Bolinas Museum Apr 23-Jun 5, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arthur Okamura: His Bolinas Life,â&#x20AC;? photographs by Troy Paiva and painted prints and collages by Barbara Ravizza. Reception, Apr 23, 3 to 5. Fri, 1 to 5; Sat-Sun, noon to 5; and by appointment. 48 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.0330.

Commonweal Gallery Through Jun 24, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arthur Okamura: His Bolinas Life,â&#x20AC;? curated by Harriet Kossman. 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.

Gallery Route One 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.

Marin MOCA Through May 21, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Altered Book Show,â&#x20AC;? work by over 100 artists. Wed-Sun, 11 to 4, Novato Arts Center, Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Dr, Novato. 415.506.0137.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;MOUNTAINSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Paintings by Wayne Thiebaud are on display at St. Supery Winery. See Galleries, below.

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

Napa County Historical Society Gallery

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.

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.

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

NAPA COUNTY Caldwell Snyder Gallery Through Apr 30, paintings by Manel Anoro. Open daily, 10 to 6. 1328 Main St, St Helena. 415.531.6755.

Napa Valley Museum Through Apr 30, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Not What It Used to Be: Fresh Art from Found Elements,â&#x20AC;? artwork by Chris Blum, Daniel Hale, Burges Smith, Susan Leibovitz Steinman, Ib Larsen and Monty Monty. Wed-Mon, 10 to 5. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. 707.944.0500.

Silverado Museum

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

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.

Hess Collection Winery

St Supery 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.

Through Jun 30, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mountains,â&#x20AC;? paintings by Wayne Thiebaud. 8440 St Helena Hwy, Rutherford. 707.963.4507.

Downtown Napa

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

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Apr 20, Daniel Dugar, Phil Johnson and friends. Apr 27, Huck Flynn, Dave Deluca and friends. $10. Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ladder to the Moon.â&#x20AC;? Apr 21 at noon. $55. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, Reservations. 415.927.0960, ext 1.

Tuesday Evening Comedy

Bring what you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want and find what you need in flea market where no money changes hands. Last Sun monthly at noon. Free. Veterans Memorial Park, Third and Main, Napa. 707.257.2117.

Mark Pitta hosts ongoing evenings. Tues at 8. $15-$20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Events Are You Smarter Than a Fifth-Grader? Fundraiser pits grammarschool-aged children against grownup local big-wigs. Apr 23 at 6. $25. Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 126 First St W, Sonoma. 707.935.9566.

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

Cloth Diaper Challenge Bring your babies and cloth diapers for a synchronized global diaper-change to help set a world record. Apr 23 at 9am. Free. Kennedy Park, 2296 Streblow Dr, Napa.

Really Free Market

Food & Drink Sprouting Health & Energy Discover beauty of sprouts and take home your own equipment to continue on path to better health. Apr 23 and 30, 9 to 11am. $70. Ceres Community Project, 330 S Main St, Sebastopol. 707.829.5833, ext 3.

Friday Night Bites

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.

Luck of the Draw

Film Bag It Earth night celebration with screening of documentary about consumer plastics and their effects on the environment. Apr 23 at 6. Oxbow Public Market, 610 First St, Napa. 707.226.6529.

Film Fest Petaluma Celebration of short film with submissions in varying genres from around the world. Apr 23, 2:30 to midnight. $10-$25. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma.

John Korty Filmmaker presents three documentaries. Apr 22 at 7:30. Dance Palace, Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.

Meridel Lesueur

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

Documentary film on life and work of Midwestern writer, feminist and activist. Apr 20 at 7. Free. French Garden Restaurant, 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.2030.

Field Trips

Monday Night Movies

Especially for You Music series for kids, Sat mornings at 11. May 14, Short Attention Span Circus. $5-$12. Bay Area Discovery Museum, Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds Rd, Sausalito. 415.339.3942.

journey. Apr 23, 10 to 1. Free. Mount Tamalpais State Park, 198 Pan Toll Rd, Mill Valley, RSVP, catriona.Macgregor@

Cultural History Hike Pomo tribal elder Nick Tipon and ranger Jeff Taylor lead guided hike. Apr 23, 9 to 1. Free. Tolay Lake Regional Park, Cannon Lane, Petaluma. 707.789.9644.

Hoosear Hikes Series of guided outings at wildflower preserve during peak season. Apr 23 at 10am. Free. Van Hoosear Preserve, Grove Street, El Verano. 707.996.0712, ext 124.

Fifty guests will each receive a number to be randomly selected for an opportunity to choose from 50 pieces of artwork. Apr 22, 6 to 9:30. $150-$160. Imaginists Theatre Collective, 461 Sebastopol Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.528.7554.

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Literary luncheon with Barack Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sister as she discusses her childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book,

Join â&#x20AC;&#x153;Partnering with Natureâ&#x20AC;? author Catriona MacGregor on history tour and mystical

Natural history tour and spirit hike with Catriona. Apr 24, 11 to 1:30. Free. Samuel P Taylor State Park, Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Lagunitas, RSVP, catriona.Macgregor@

Every Mon at 7, enjoy a classic film. Apr 25, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pulp Fiction: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave.â&#x20AC;? Free. Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.389.4292, ext 116.

Paul Jacobs & the Nuclear Gang Join filmmaker Saul Landau and journalist Norman Solomon for screening of documentary on health hazards following nuclear tests of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;50s and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;60s. Apr 25 at 7:15. $10.50. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.1222.

Rialto Film Festival Final film in series â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Circoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; explores life in a Mexican family circus. Apr 26 at 1, 3:15, 5:30 and 7:45. $8-$10. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa.

Night Flicks Free film every Tues at 7. Apr 26, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rebecca.â&#x20AC;? St Helena Library, 1492 Library Lane, St Helena. 707.963.5244.


Petaluma Campus, Petaluma.

HortiCULTURE Series Speakers explain how plant kingdom has informed their own accomplished work. Apr 21 at 5:30, “Reverence for Materials in Zen Architecture” with temple builder Paul Discoe. Apr 23, 10 to 3, Free Earth Day celebration for entire family. $10-$15. Quarryhill Botanical Gardens, Highway 12, Glen Ellen. 707.996.3166.

Honoring Okamura

Longtime Bolinas artist subject of two exhibits An esteemed painter, art teacher and central figure of the Bolinas community for 50 years, Arthur Okamura passed away of a sudden heart attack in 2009 at the age of 77. His memory lives on, however, in his art, in the inspiration he instilled and in two concurrent retrospectives in his hometown. Okamura came to prominence in during the San Francisco Renaissance of the 1950s. He taught at the California College of the Arts in Oakland for 31 years, and retired as a professor emeritus in 1997. Nationally recognized, some of Okamura’s work resides in the permanent collections in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the Whitney Museum in New York and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Yet Okamura took exceptional pride in his relationship with Commonweal Gallery in Bolinas, where he served as a board member for more than 10 years and taught weekly classes. Currently, Commonweal holds an exhibition of his silkscreen prints, paintings, etchings, sculptures and acrylics through June 24 (451 Mesa Road, Bolinas; 415.868.0970) while the Bolinas Museum opens an exhibit celebrating his work and life with a reception on Saturday, April 23, at 3pm (48 Wharf Road, Bolinas; 415.868.0330).—Mira Stauffacher

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Readings Sebastopol Copperfield’s Books Apr 20 at 7, “Fat of the Land: Adventures of a 21st Century Forager” with Langdon Cook. 138 N Main St, Sebastopol. 707.823.2618.

Guerneville Library Apr 20 at 6:30, “In Envy Country” with Joan Frank. 14107 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville. 707.869.9004.

Murphy’s Irish Pub Apr 26 at 5:30, “Madness at the Gates of the City: The Myth of the American Innocence” with Barry Spector. 464 First St, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.

Readers’ Books Apr 20 at 7:30, “Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life” with Claudia Welch. 130 E Napa St, Sonoma. 707.939.1779.

Book Passage Apr 20 at 7, “We All Fall Down: Living with Addiction” with Nic Sheff. Apr 21 at noon, literary luncheon with Maya SoetoroNg (see Events); at 7, “Imperfect Birds” with Anne Lamott. Apr 22 at 1, “In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works and Shapes Our Lives” with Steven Levy. Apr 23 at noon, “From the Back Porch” with Ace Remas; at 2, “Métis: Mixed ) Blood Stories”


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

Strangers in Their Own Land Encore performance of bilingual play, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Extranjeros En Su Propia Tierra.â&#x20AC;? Apr 26 at 8. Free. Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.528.7554.

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

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