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Rhapsodies Let’s Not Forget It’s time to close California’s nuclear power plants BY NORMAN SOLOMON

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he facts all point to this inconvenient truth: the time has come to shut down California’s two nuclear power plants as part of a swift transition to an energy policy focused on clean and green renewable sources and conservation.

The Diablo Canyon plant near San Luis Obispo and the San Onofre plant on the Southern California coast are vulnerable to meltdowns from earthquakes and threaten both residents and the environment. Each nuclear power plant creates radioactive waste that will remain deadly for thousands of years. This is not the kind of legacy that we should leave for future generations. In the wake of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown, we need a basic rethinking of the U.S.A.’s nuclear-energy use and oversight. There is no more technologically advanced country in the world than Japan. Nuclear power isn’t safe there, and it isn’t safe anywhere. The perils are clear. In a recent letter to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein noted that “roughly 424,000 live within 50 miles of the Diablo Canyon and 7.4 million live within 50 miles of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.” As someone who was an Obama delegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention, I believe it would be a tragic mistake for anyone to loyally accept the administration’s nuclear policy. The White House is fundamentally mistaken in its efforts to triple the budgeting of federal loan guarantees for the domestic nuclear power industry, from $18 billion to $54 billion. Our tax dollars should not be used to subsidize the nuclear power industry. The federal government has no business promoting this dangerous industry while safe and sustainable energy resources are readily available. The fact that federal law imposes a liability cap of roughly $12 billion on a nuclear power accident is a reflection of the fact that those plants are uninsurable on the open market. People want bold and responsible leadership as we face up to the well-documented realities of nuclear power on this fragile planet. Norman Solomon is exploring a run for Congress this year. We welcome your contribution. To have your topical essay of 350 words considered for publication, write openmic@bohemian.com.

In Praise of the Phone Book

This Arrived Before May 1

I have found the Yellow Pages to be a far more efficient way to research companies and products than the internet (“Yellow Fever,” March 16). Looking up local companies and specific business categories online yields sparse information, but the Yellow Pages have high information density, always a plus. And it’s easy to find your way around.

Why the Donald, his trophy wife and robotic children could be our next “first family”: Time magazine (a magazine for the masses?) just nominated the world’s 100 most influential people. There are nearly 7 billion people in the world. Included in Time’s top 100 are Justin Bieber, Amy Poehler, a chef, a cricket player, Mark Wahlberg, Matt Damon, John Boehner and Chris Colfer (who?). Therein lies the mentality that ranks influential people. That “pop culture” mentality would vote for roadkill and/or the Donald, if it was packaged for the masses. Influential indeed.

But do we need the paper White Pages? Does the phone book need to include cell phones? Probably not.

NEIL DAVIS Sebastopol

AUNTY M. Sacramento

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Sarcasm Is a Fragile Tool Call it the making-lemonade-fromlemons mentality: I am comforted to know that the severe weather we are now witnessing is the foreshadowing of the end of war on our planet. Whether or not we want to believe it as being our fault, the Earth has decidedly declared war on us. There simply are not enough resources available to waste them fighting with each other. We’re gonna need every helicopter and 4-by-4 vehicle we can get our hands on, every back that can bend to the shovel, our best and brightest minds put to the limits of their imaginations. We’re in for the fight of our lives! Though we may never again be at peace with the planet, the ferocity of battling the elements will force all humanity into harmony and teach us how to work together. Ain’t it great? Peace at last!

J. T. YOUNGER Santa Cruz

Bin Laden is dead, and we are celebrating. Brainwash personified. We are excited at the achievement that we did it, we killed him. Are we all asleep, in that we are choosing to be thrilled that someone died?

BETINA MANSBACH Sebastopol

View from the Street Thoughts from a walk on Elliot Avenue, by the Santa Rosa Junior College: Hey, dude with the souped-up car! Do you really need to prove how much Middle Eastern oil you can burn? Do you


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After the resignation of executive director Christine Culver, the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition has appointed former transportation planner Gary Helfrich as its new ED. Helfrich takes the helm at a challenging time. The SCBC’s original plans for the Humboldt Street Bicycle Boulevard were dismantled by the Santa Rosa City Council last year, while in December, a proposed pedestrian and bicycle bridge over Highway 101 caused controversy. Helfrich begins by leading a team in the Team Bike Challenge, a National Bike Month event promoting long-term bicycle commuting habits. More information at www.youcanbikethere.com.

Minister of Information SECURED Valentin Cuevas Lopez at the May 1 march in Santa Rosa against ICE collaboration. A bill advancing in the

Assembly could effectively end the program, which has had complex, unintended consequences.

Seeking TRUST An Assembly bill would let county sheriffs opt out of collaborating with ICE. Is Sonoma County even interested? BY LEILANI CLARK

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ithout question, the collaboration between the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a program known as Secure Communities, has led to a host of problems. Women have become

terrified of reporting domestic violence for fear of being deported; arrests for minor traffic violations have resulted in families in upheaval; and distrust and fear of law enforcement is rampant in the immigrant community. Even as pressure mounts in Sonoma County to end the ICE

collaboration, county officials have insisted that their hands are tied, since Secure Communities is a federally mandated program. But a bill authored by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, which last week advanced in committee to be heard on the assembly floor, may be the solution. If passed, AB 1081, aka the TRUST Act (Transparency and Responsibility Using ) 11 State Tools), would allow

As executive producer of Block Report Radio on KPFA, JR Valrey has interviewed a multitude of political and culture figures. His new book, Block Reportin’, collects his interviews with Mumia Abu Jamal, Paul Mooney, Gil Scott Heron, Cynthia McKinney, Mos Def and others. Valrey writes: “The news I help to broadcast is for the lowand the no-income, the people of all ages that live in the ghettos and barrios, the people that schools are not reaching.” An assistant editor at the San Francisco Bay View newspaper, the evocative and controversial political journalist speaks on Monday, May 9, at Sonoma State University. Stevenson Hall 1002. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 7pm. Free. 707.664.2588. —Leilani Clark

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‘AB 1081 will help law enforcement win back some trust with immigrant communitites. That, in turn, will improve pubic safety for everyone.’ However, when the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) unanimously passed a resolution urging the county to stop funding any sheriff’s activities that cast too wide a net on the immigrant community through collaboration with ICE, or that go above or beyond what is required by state and federal law, it was rejected by the county administrator. The supervisors have yet to place it on their agenda. “We felt like we hit a dead end,” says commissioner Dale Geist, who was involved in drafting the resolution. “Valerie Brown and Efren Carrillo have really staked a position that we are not going to interfere with the sheriff’s department one bit because of the idea that Secure Communities is mandatory.” If the TRUST Act becomes law, the board of supervisors may be subject to political pressure to

make changes recommended by the CHR without the excuse that the program is federally required. “It would be pretty embarrassing to the supervisors if that happened,” says Geist. Steve Freitas, who was elected Sonoma County sheriff in January, told the CHR in March that it was not his job to enforce federal law. He also said that community concerns have caused him to review certain policies currently in effect in the county. It remains unclear if, like San Francisco Sheriff Hennessey, Freitas publicly endorses the TRUST Act. (Freitas could not be personally reached for comment by press time.) Supervisor Valerie Brown says that even if the TRUST Act passes through the full Assembly and is signed into law by the governor, she doesn���t know if it could be legally implemented by local California governments. “My understanding is that federal law trumps us, especially in an arena where there are people that have committed felonies that quite honestly need to be deported,” says Brown. “The only thing that overrides federal law is constitutional amendment.” Brown adds that AB 1081 could put law enforcement and local governments in a difficult position with the federal government, ending in conflicts that would need to be worked out in a courtroom. Carrillo stands by the assertion that giving local government the power to make decisions on immigration enforcement and use of county resources, a basic tenet of the TRUST Act, is a good thing. “If you allow local municipalities an opportunity to determine whether they want to want to opt out,” says Carrillo, “it really allows local governments to set specific parameters and conditions so that you don’t have racial profiling and so that you are protecting children and domestic violence survivors. There’s a safety component. Any time you allow local government the power to participate in establishing any program, you usually end up with a better result.”

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local governments to opt out of the program if they so choose. At last week’s vote in Sacramento, San Francisco County Sheriff Michael Hennessey testified in support of the bill before the Public Safety Committee. In an earlier statement, Hennessey called the program “flawed,” adding that “AB 1081 will help law enforcement win back some trust with immigrant communities. That, in turn, will improve public safety for everyone.” Omar Gallardo, site coordinator for the Graton Day Labor Center, attended the hearing last week along with 10 immigrant workers. “Sheriff Hennessey mentioned some of that fear that has been going on in San Francisco,” says Gallardo, “especially among women—some of these women were actually present at the hearing as well—who have been placed on holds after reporting domestic violence.” Gallardo reiterates that many people in Sonoma County experience the same worry—that any contact with law enforcement will lead to deportation. Originally sold by Homeland Security as a way to capture and remove “dangerous criminal aliens” from communities using fingerprint technology to determine the immigration status of those booked into the county jail, Secure Communities has lately come under fire for flawed design. Critics like Sheriff Hennessey have gone on record saying the program was forced on local governments and jails without consent. Furthermore, data reveals that most of the immigrants swept up by ICE holds have not committed felonies. According to data released by ICE in March, 72.55 percent of 470 deportees in Sonoma County between 2008 and 2011 were noncriminals or minor offenders; 42.55 percent, or 200 out of 470, had no criminal record whatsoever. Sonoma County Board of Supervisors chair Efren Carrillo told the Bohemian that he

supports the TRUST act. “I do believe that allowing local governments to have a say is critically important, particularly with a program that has drawn so much controversy,” Carrillo says of the collaboration with ICE. “We learned about the program, quite frankly, when the press came out with a story around it.”


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Blazing the Trail A Napa Valley trail? Yes, we can! BY JULIANE POIRIER

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’ve never met Chuck McMinn in person, but we’ve both asked the same question when enjoying multi-use trails in other communities: “Why can’t we do this in the Napa Valley?”

Now, thanks to McMinn and others, we can. As word gets out (email fans exceed 5,000) and donors step forward, the Napa Valley Vine Trail will be built in sections over about 10 years—a 44-mile multi-use path that starts in Vallejo and runs the length of the entire Napa Valley, making it possible for San Francisco visitors to get off a ferry in Vallejo and bike or walk all the way to the foot of Mount St. Helena in Calistoga. Shared equally between local residents and the 4.7 million visitors traversing the Napa Valley each year, the Vine Trail could eliminate an estimated 150,000 car trips per year. “We will get to enjoy this beautiful place without having to see it only through the window of a car,” McMinn tells the

Bohemian. “And the path is for all abilities, including moms with strollers, kids on tricycles and people in wheelchairs—not just those Spandex-wearing bike riders.” Eschewing Spandex himself, McMinn didn’t even own a bicycle when he got the trail project rolling. He simply liked the idea of a walkway for public use. “When I’d ask why we couldn’t have a path through the Valley,” says McMinn, “people would say, ‘Great idea, but the wine industry would never let it happen.’” Yet—who knew?—it was the Napa Valley Vintners Association in 2008 who plunked down the first $5,000 donation to create the Vine Trail nonprofit, of which McMinn is now (unpaid) director. The second $5,000 of support came from the Land Trust of Napa County, and the third from the Napa Valley Grapegrowers Association. Supporters of the Vine Trail now include nearly every community sector from the sheriff’s department to the local Sierra Club. McMinn, a vineyard and winery owner of Vineyard 29 north of St. Helena, says his nonprofit is eager to partner with all five municipalities and the County to help complete environmental reviews and about a third of the engineering documents to get the project “shovel ready” and eligible for federal and state grant money. Cost sharing will be critical for this $50 million project, although $1.5 million has already been raised without much strain. “We haven’t even begun our fundraising,” explained McMinn, who expects to raise $12.5 million for construction and $7.5 million for an endowment to cover maintenance. “This is a legacy project for the Napa Valley,” declares McMinn. “It will benefit our kids and our grandkids.” And though it may not make him a Spandex guy, McMinn does at least own a bicycle now—a gift presented, good-humoredly, by the Vine Trail board. To support the Vine Trail, visit www.vinetrail.org.

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WHAT SHE’S HAVING Slow-simmered pastrami is the backbone of this Reuben-inspired pot.

Champion Chili

Petaluma Chili Cook-Off inspires succulent simmering BY NICOLAS GRIZZLE

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o man can be friends with a woman that he finds attractive. He always wants to have sex with her,” says Harry Burns in When Harry Met Sally. What he means is an easygoing, casual relationship can never exist because of pure, primal instinct for instant gratification. But a

good bowl of chili will tell otherwise. Slow-cooked with layers of flavor, each bite can take minutes to develop. It builds a relationship, and rewards taking time to get acquainted. It’s not just for Frito boats and hot dogs; chili can be a serious foodie obsession. That’s what brought my chili team together in the first place. We’ve won awards in the Great Petaluma Chili Cook-Off each of our two years in competition

with both meat and vegetarian entries. “Mount Chilimanjaro” and “Chili Vanilli” were themed dishes, including goat and vanilla, respectively. This time, the secret ingredient is a Reuben. With this year’s entry, “When Chili Met Sally,” we drew inspiration from the scene when Sally Albright proves to Harry he couldn’t tell if a woman was faking an orgasm. The flavors mimic that of a pastrami Reuben from Katz Deli in New York, where the scene was filmed.

Extensive research was performed to ensure authenticity, including a trip to Katz Deli itself and comparisons with Mac’s Kosher Deli in downtown Santa Rosa. The sandwiches at Katz Deli are huge—over one pound of fresh, hand-sliced pastrami on ridiculously fresh rye bread with sauerkraut and Swiss. They’re also $15 and come with pickle spears (sour or half-sour). Shooting for this mark, our chili includes flavors of the Rueben, like rye, caraway, fenugreek, ajowan, mustard seeds and dill seeds, all toasted to make their flavors pop. Braised brisket and slow-simmered pastrami are included, some cut into chunks and some shredded. We use kosher salt to ensure purity (and, you know, to make sure it’s kosher) and fresh ground pepper from a mortar and pestle to ensure freshness (and, you know, to make sure our wrists are Jello for a week). As with all real chili, no beans are included. And the pièce de résistance? The chili pepper we use is most unusual to traditional chili but induces a good sweat without tainting the flavor. (I’m sworn to secrecy on its identity.) Though it’s not a professional competition—there is no real prize—contestants take the Petaluma Cook-Off very seriously. During our test sessions, intense focus and sampling help create the chili’s personality. Ingredients and comments are written down to ensure continuity. Photographic records are kept, though the evidence remains in a safety deposit box in the Nevada desert. In When Harry Met Sally, Harry ultimately proves himself wrong by falling in love with Sally, his best friend. It takes time to realize this love; one could say it’s slowcooked to perfection. Just like a good pot of chili. The 14th Annual Great Petaluma Chili Cook-Off, Salsa and Beer Tasting takes place Saturday, May 7, in Herzog Hall at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. 175 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma. 1pm–5pm. $10–$25. 707.763.8920.


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

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Abyssinia Ethiopian/

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Eritrean. $. Authentic and filling, and a welcome culinary addition. Lunch and dinner daily; breakfast, Sat-Sun. 913 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.568.6455.

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. Blu American Eatery American. $-$$. Perfect when looking for a great spot between cafe and restaurant. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, Tues-Sun. 140 Second St, Ste 100, Petaluma. 707.778.6965.

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

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

Risibisi Italian. $$-$$$. An oasis of urbanity that will transport you to New York, Paris even. The menu keeps freshly seasonal and changes weekly. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner daily. 154 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.766.7600.

Italian. $$. Reliable home-style Italian cooking. Dinner, TuesSun. 4776 Sonoma Hwy, Santa Rosa. 707.539.0260. American. $$-$$$. Friendly, warm service in a spot whose menu is thick with local, organic ingredients. Dinner, Wed-Sun; brunch, Sun. 14415 Coast Hwy 1, Valley Ford (at the Valley Ford Hotel). 707.876.1983.

Simply Vietnam Vietnamese. $. Friendly Vietnamese for all ethnic tastes. Savory, satisfying and filling. Pho can be hit or miss, depending on the meat quality. Lunch and dinner daily. 966 N Dutton Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.566.8910.

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. 8445 Sonoma Hwy. (Highway 12), at Adobe Canyon Road, Kenwood. 707.833.4500.

Volpi’s Restaurant Italian. $$-$$$. Festive atmosphere teams with great traditional Italian dishes at one of county’s oldest eateries. Accordion in the speakeasy if you’re lucky. Dinner daily. 124 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.2371.

Washoe House Roadhouse. $$. Since 1859, serving straightforward roadhouse grub and Italian fare. Canned green beans, buffalo burgers, amazingly satisfying pies. The bar alone is worth a trip. Lunch and dinner daily. Stony Point and Roblar roads, Cotati. 707.795.4544.

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

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

Zazu Cal-Euro. $$$. Perfectly executed dishes that sing with flavor. Zagat-rated with much of the produce from its own gardens. 3535 Guerneville Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4814.

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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.

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

Cafe Gratitude Vegan. $$$. Mecca for vegans and raw foodists. Clean, light, refreshing food. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 2200 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.824.4652. Comforts Californian. $$. The Chinese chicken salad is beyond rapturous. Excellent celebrity sightings. Eat in or takeout. 335 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo. 415.454.9840. Fish Seafood. $$-$$$. Incredibly fresh seafood in incredibly relaxed setting overlooking bay. Lunch and dinner, Wed-Sat. (Cash only.) 350 Harbor Dr, Sausalito. 415.331.FISH.

Iron Springs Pub & Brewery Brewpub. $$. Pub grub gets a pub-cuisine facelift. Lunch, Sat-Sun; dinner daily. 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax. 415.485.1005.

Joe’s Taco Lounge & Salsaria Mexican. $. Mostly authentic Mexican menu with American standbys. Lunch and dinner daily; takeout, too. )

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382 Miller Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.8164.

Koffee Klatch Diner. $. Amid 1950s Hollywood memorabilia, suck on a delicious chocolate shake and enjoy the tacky charm. 57 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.454.4784.

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.

Sushi Ran Japanese. $$$$. This beautiful restaurant attracts locals and tourists with its fresh catches. A wide selection of nigiri, depending on what’s fresh. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner, Mon-Sun. 107 Caledonia St, Sausalito. 415.332.3620. Sushiholic Japanese. $$$$. A nice addition to the local lineup, with a lengthy and wellcrafted repertoire including uncommon dishes like nabeyaki udon, zaru soba, yosenabe and sea bass teriyaki. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. Rowland Plaza, 112-C Vintage Way, Novato. 415.898.8500.

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

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Problems and Solutions With the seemingly unstoppable beast that is Monsanto, simply eating organic is not enough to stay away from genetically modified food. As the USDA is allowing GMO production without adequate testing or even labeling, Norman Solomon moderates a discussion, ‘Symposium on the Food Crisis,’ with the Center for Food Safety’s Jeffrey Smith, author Claire Cummings and Mark Squire from the Non-GMO project. Health implications and legal aspects of the issue will be discussed on Friday, May 6, at the San Rafael Community Center. 618 B St., San Rafael. 6:30–10:30pm. Free. 415.454.0123. The Marin County Farm-to-Fork Tour exemplifies the alternatives to Monsanto. In collaboration with the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, Bay Area Green Tours provide a day for green-goers to spend on organic farms in Marin County. Visitors will meet the farmers, learn about sustainable agriculture, discover local organic delights and leave educated about true sustainability. For an extra $15, guests can enjoy a pre-ordered lunch made with farm-fresh ingredients. Travel arrangements via shuttle are included on Saturday, May 7, departing from the Marin County Mart, 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 9:30am–5:30pm. (Also departing from Gather Restaurant, 2200 Oxford St., Berkeley; 9am–6pm). $85. 510.809.0400. —Mira Stauffacher

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.

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.

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.

Siena California-Tuscan. $$$$. Sophisticated, terroirinformed cooking celebrates the local and seasonal, with electric combinations like sorrel-wrapped ahi tuna puttanesca. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa. 707.259.0633.


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 Adobe Road Winery Award-winning Cab, Pinot, Zin, Cab Franc, Syrah and Petite Sirah. Their tasting room is located in Petaluma at the Racers Group Porsche race headquarters. 1995 S. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. 707.939.7967.

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

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

Davis Family Vineyards Friendly, funky barrel-room bar readily located by wacky recycled sculpture. Handcrafted estate wines, apple brandy to lift the spirits– but the zesty Sauvignon Blanc is from down under. 52 Front St., Healdsburg. Open Thursday–Sunday, 11am–5pm. 707.433.3858.

Dutton Estate Winery Vineyard-designated Pinot, Chard, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc. 8757 Green Valley Road, Sebastopol. Open daily, 11am–5pm. 707.829.9463.

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.

Wine Tasting of Sonoma County A nice stop for a nibble and a sip on the way to the coast. Featured wines chosen from an eclectic local selection; prized allocations of Williams Selyem Pinot also for sale. Cheese plates, deck seating, and a pellet stove for chilly afternoons. 25179 Hwy. 116, Duncans Mills. Open Wednesday– Monday noon to 6pm. Closing varies; call ahead. 707.865.0565.

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.

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.

Beaulieu Vineyard History in a glassful of dust– Rutherford dust. Somethingfor-everyone smorgasbord of solid varietal wines, plus library selections of flagship Georges de Latour Cab back to 1970. 1960 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford. Daily, 10am–5pm. Tastings $15–$20; Reserve Room, $35. 707.967.5233.

Bennett Lane Winery

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.

The old trope “beer-drinking NASCAR fans vs. Chardonnaysipping highbrows” runs out of gas at a winery that sponsors an annual NASCAR race and has its own car, emblazoned with grapes. A Roman emperor who appreciated hearty vino as much as a good chariot race inspired Maximus White and Red “feasting wines.” 3340 Hwy. 128, Calistoga. 707.942.6684.

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Pey-Marin 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. Windsor Vineyards Creaking wood floors, free tasting and gold medals at founder Rodney Strong’s

(WC) This historic winery offers some seven daily tours for nominal fees, most of which end gratefully with a glass and a spin through the underground wine-aging tunnels. Open daily, 10am– 6pm (summer hours). 2000 Main St., Napa. 707.963.7115.

Black Stallion Winery Owned by a pair of Midwest liquor-distribution barons who hired a capable winemaker and envision it to be a retaildestination winery. The wines are quite good. 4089 Silverado Trail, Napa. Open daily, 10am– 5pm. 707.253.1400.

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Waterless Wonders “Our vines struggle to survive, producing small yields of tiny grapes with concentrated flavors that perfectly reflect their terroir.” That’s the story that wineries like to tell, as if it were as federally mandated as the government warning on the label. Ask if those vines can mount the struggle untethered to a trust fund of water from an irrigation hose, and the story is different: Oh, no, the yields would be small, and the vines would suffer from the vagaries of soil and weather; in short, their “terroir.” Curious. While comparisons are meaningless without controlled experimentation, we offer the following reviews of wines made from dryfarmed grapes on their own merits. Kunde Family Estate, 2008 Kinneybrook Vineyard Chardonnay ($24) Many acres of this rambling property are dryfarmed, some of which include centenarian Zinfandel vines. That’s not news—but when typically production-oriented Chardonnay is dry-farmed, it is. Rosemary spices up typical butterscotch aromas, while the creamy, custardy mouthfeel is rounded out with a sweet weight. Underneath light custard and butterscotch flavors, lean, crisp white grapefruit and pear fruit flavors shine through. Bouchaine 2007 Gee Vineyard, Napa Valley-Carneros Pinot Noir ($55) From an older vineyard across the road, this “Burgundian” exemplar is perhaps as close as they come, with smoky wood tones, fruity potpourri and a bright red hint of cherry cordial. Thyme and bitter herbs with dried red berries glide silkily over the palate, leaving a black tealike finish. In the neighborhood, the closest relation to this wine might be Hanzell Vineyards’ Pinot. Dehlinger 2008 Goldridge Vineyard, Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($45) Made from 20 to 35 year-old vines that hold their own in the deeper soils between Dehlinger’s hills, this mediumbodied Pinot combines chalkboard dust minerality with the sweet warmth of strawberry preserve flavors and cherry-vanilla cola, powdered candy and roasted chicory aromas. Its broad appeal has a complex, sweet, lingering finish. Frog’s Leap 2009 Sauvignon Blanc ($18) The palest shade of chartreuse, it’s got aromas more like honeydew melon, kiwi and barely ripe papaya than grass. Bracing, green-grape acidity attacks, but the body is lively and balanced, with lime-cream on the tongue before a lasting finish of pronounced astringency. At an oldfashioned alcohol of 12.6 percent. Frog’s Leap 2007 Rutherford ($75) This 93 percent Cabernet Sauvignon has deep ruby, piquant with smoke, new leather, plum, and purple, mineral pigment aromas. Lacquered, lively and classic flavors of high-toned plum, cedar and black currant enveloped by furry, thick tannins, as if a purple Himalayan cat had just decamped from one’s tongue after a day’s napping.—James Knight


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How Dry I Am Why the buzz about dry-farmed vineyards? Maybe because their wine tastes better BY ALASTAIR BLAND

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Note: This is the third in a series on the wine industry’s impacts on the environment.

hen a property purchase in 1999 subdivided an apple orchard in Sebastopol, the farm’s owners, Dan Lehrer and his wife, Joanne Krueger, lost access to what had been their surest water source—a deep and dependable well that had irrigated the land’s 20 acres of trees since they were planted in 1973. Though the pair still had two wells onsite, one was reserved for the other half of their business, the Flatland Flower Farm nursery, and the third collapsed in 2003.

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“We went from water to no water for our apples in five years,” says Lehrer, who sells 25 varieties at local farmers markets. “The trees weren’t very happy about the change.” The trees began to wither, leaves browning and branches breaking, as one by one they died of thirst. Yet only a handful perished, and the rest—by what would seem a miracle—pulled through the initial shock and recovered. “The trees are still unhappy,”

Lehrer says. “They look bad, and they’re thirsty.” But for eight waterless summers they have produced fruit—fewer apples and smaller than those they once bore, but noticeably crisper, tastier and denser, Lehrer says. They ripen more slowly, and after harvest they last longer in cold storage. “What we lost in yield we’ve gained in every other way,” he says. “We wound up with a better apple.” Lehrer and Krueger also

OLD WAYS Dehlinger Winery’s estate vineyards in Sebastopol have been dry farmed since 1975.

discovered what the world’s farmers knew for millennia but collectively began to forget about four decades ago—that crops can grow in the absence of irrigated water.

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OR MOST of the history of agriculture, growers dry-farmed their lands, and they still do in many places. Then, in the 1970s, drip irrigation conquered the world. A farming practice as old as agriculture itself fell to the wayside as wells

were drilled, streams tapped, and pipes and hoses were run through thousands of acres of vineyards and orchards. By no coincidence, water supplies have now entered an era of decline. Unmeasured allocation of groundwater is rampant in California, where land is subsiding in many regions as the aquifers below are emptied. Above ground, many small streams have drained into the earth; they may still flow— just underground. The Colorado River barely trickles into the Sea of Cortez today, most of its visible volume diverted to desert agriculture and cities. And one of the earth’s greatest recent ecological disasters is a result of unregulated water diversions and irrigation: the vanishing of the Aral Sea, once the fourth largest lake on earth but swiftly disappearing into a salty desert basin. Water shortages and low summertime stream levels in the North Bay can be largely attributed to agriculture, and the wine industry is the biggest player in that sector. Winegrape acreage has steadily grown for decades, and now constitutes more than 90 percent of Napa and Sonoma counties’ cultivated land. Most vineyards are irrigated in the dry months of the year, and


under stressed conditions, produce smaller grapes than watered vines. The result is a greater quantity of tannin-rich skins and seeds to volume of juice, which can render denser, richer wines. The trick of a dry farmer is to lock the winter and spring rainfall in the soil for the duration of the dry season. At Frog’s Leap, Leeds’ approach to doing so is to shred the ground each spring to almost a foot of depth, softening it and sparking an essential spongelike mechanism in the earth, which draws subterranean water upward, against gravity, into the vines’ root zone. As the spring rains peter out in May, Leeds seals the ground with a layer of dust mulch. Throughout the growing season, this top layer is reworked almost weekly, churned into a fluffy cover of insulation. During the scorching heat of July, August and September, water remains in the soil, and the vines—though thirstier than irrigated vines—find all the moisture they need.

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the benefits are most pronounced in drier years, when a dry-farmed wine tends to show particularly concentrated flavors. But in food crops, also, flavor improves under dry farming. At Oh! Tommy Boy’s organic farm in Valley Ford, Nathan Boone’s dry-farmed potato patches are remarkably tastier, thicker skinned and hardier against diseases and pests than irrigated potatoes, according to Boone. At Canvas Ranch in west Petaluma, where Deborah Walton and her husband Tim Schaible, grow six acres of vegetables, their tomatoes show “an incredible difference in flavor.” David Little, owner and operator of the Little Organic Farm, also swears by the enhanced flavors of dry-farmed fruits. Ten years ago, his first crop of dry-farmed tomatoes nearly didn’t make it. The vines struggled, their leaves curling and wilting, but as death seemed imminent, the plants bounced into production. “That crop,” Little says, “eventually went to Chez Panisse.” Like Leeds, Little acknowledges the rigorous labors of dry-farming and calls it “an art of working the soil.” Not all are game for the job, and Little says some farmers have attempted to cash in for free.

“‘Dry-farmed’ is such a buzz word now, and we have some people cheating, giving their tomatoes water and saying they’re dry-farmed,” he says. Some growers water their tomatoes just until the plants establish their roots, he says, while others irrigate until the vines flower. “But true dry farming is no water at all.”

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use of groundwater to this end is unregulated; any landowner may legally drill a well and pump water without reporting the volume taken—and almost every landowner with grapes on the property does exactly this. As coho salmon and steelhead struggle to maintain viable populations in dying streams, activists and a small number of farmers are promoting a shift to dry farming. Such advocates are quick to point out that the European Union actually forbids irrigation of many vineyards even in the arid southern belt, ostensibly to assure regional wine quality. In other words, dry farming of grapes works, and irrigation is often unnecessary. So says Frank Leeds, who has been dry farming grapes for Frog’s Leap Winery for almost two decades. Leeds stresses that saving water is not the reason that he farms without irrigation, but merely a positive side effect. “We’re doing this foremost for the quality of the wine,” he says. “Nothing showcases the terroir of a vineyard like not adding water or synthetic fertilizers or herbicides.” Dry-farmed wines, many sources say, are better. They explain that grapevines, working


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root-infesting insect, dry-farmed vines, according to witnesses, survived when nearby watered vines did not. On the Bucklin property, sideby-side plantings of watered vines and dry-farmed vines have matured into a vivid demonstration of how dry farming can strengthen a plant, according to the land’s owner and winemaker Will Bucklin. When temperatures spiked drastically last July, for instance, his dry-farmed old vines, which are 130 years old, simply “shut off,” Bucklin says, their leaves “drooping like tissue paper in the wind,” while his watered vines attempted to work through the heat, which held at 115 degrees for two days. The effects of the heat wave hit weeks later, when the watered vines dropped 30 percent of their grape clusters to the ground. The dryfarmed vines, however, resumed business as usual and produced average yields. Convinced of the virtues of dry-farming, Bucklin is transitioning his younger vines off their irrigation, but whether the wine industry will ever do the same may be unlikely. Forty years of reliance on irrigation has instilled in people “an indoctrination that irrigation is a necessary part of farming,” when it’s not, Bucklin says. But Nick Frey disagrees. Frey is president of the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission, and he says dry-farmed grapevines produce on average such low yields that many or most North Bay wineries would fold if they were to cut off their irrigation. Vineyards on hillsides or in areas of loose, gravelly soil would be especially vulnerable to unpredictable crops and profit loss, Frey says, and an annual production of four tons per acre could crash to one and a half. “We wouldn’t be able to support 60,000 acres of grapes without drip irrigation,” he says. “If you’re a winery trying to manage your product supply, you need drip irrigation.”

Frey believes the North Bay’s natural water supply is sufficient— just poorly managed. Regulations, he says, forbid many farmers from diverting wintertime floodwaters, creating storage ponds and utilizing a seasonal overabundance of a resource. Thus, when summer comes, these same grapegrowers may have no choice but to draw water from their wells. This removal of the earth’s groundwater can directly affect nearby streams, which may “sink” into the ground—i.e., “dry up”—as they are drained from below. In some cases, creeks that flood each winter also run dry each summer.

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TU SMITH, however, believes many of Napa County’s vineyards could be weaned off their water. He has advocated for a shift for a decade but with little positive response, he says. As a board member of the Farm Bureau from 1999 to 2001, Smith spoke periodically with his colleagues about pushing a dryfarming conversion campaign. “But it just fell on deaf ears,” he recalls. Smith also took a seat on the Napa River Watershed Task Force in 1998 and the Napa County general plan update’s steering committee in 2003, appointed to each post by the board of supervisors. In these positions of political leverage, Smith says he advocated for dry farming as a water conservation measure. There was, he says, “no interest.” Legal restrictions on groundwater use remain lenient, at best, though some local governments have taken steps with state-level assistance to curb unmonitored withdrawals. Should that patrolling finally be enacted in California— the only state in which groundwater use remains virtually unregulated and unrestricted, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council—Hedlund at Dehlinger Winery believes it will force a widespread conversion to dry farming if it results in groundwater use fees. “Water could get extremely expensive,” he says. “And if it’s too expensive to water your lawn, what do you do? You turn off the water.”


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The image is burned into any classical fan’s brain: the stark black-and-white profile, the young bush of hair, the piercing gaze downward at the keys. Yes, the cover photograph for Van Cliburn’s triple-platinum RCA Victor recording of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto no. 1 is as iconic as it gets. This weekend, pianist Jon Nakamatsu handles the famous concerto in a Russian program with the Santa Rosa Symphony on Saturday–Monday, May 7–9, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. Saturday and Monday at 8pm; Sunday at 3pm. $28–$55. 707.546.8742.

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Young at Heart Let’s hear it for the rock ’n’ roll wives—the Patti Scialfas, the Linda McCartneys—who make a go of a music career despite knowing that the world will always view them in the shadow of their husbands. Let’s hear it, too, for Pegi Young, who would be lauded enough for her work with children living with speech and physical impairments. Young’s latest, Foul Deeds, doesn’t owe much directly to right-hand man Neil; Pegi’s voice is free of nasal vibrations, and her songs are simpler constructions. She sings on Friday, May 6, at the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., Napa. 8pm. $25–$30. 707.226.7372.

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Weir There! Postponed last year, rescheduled this year, the Marin Symphony’s collaboration with Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir is one of the most anticipated Marinrock-guy-with-symphony events since Metallica’s S&M. Billed as “First Fusion,” the night ends with an improv jam after a program of Grateful Dead compositions. A rehearsal video of the track “Let It Grow” has made the rounds so far, sounding less like the Boston Pops and more like a rock band (Weir sings). The cohesion commences on Saturday, May 7, at the Marin Center. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 8pm. $50–$75. 415.479.8100.

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Street Party So many crazy and inspiring things have happened in the old Albertsons parking lot in Roseland—pop-up soul food stands, weekend flea markets, midnight fire-spinning—that we’d almost be sad if the plan to convert it into a town square were to become a reality. There’s a special kind of potential in an empty lot, realized each year at Roseland’s Cinco de Mayo Party with lowrider parades, breakdance contests, food galore, live music on two stages and much, much more. Be there on Thursday, May 5, at the old Albertsons parking lot. 600 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa. 4–10pm. Free. 707.529.8651.

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TALK TALK TALK The Psychedelic Furs play their classic album and more on May 5 at the Uptown Theatre in Napa. See Concerts, p30.

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Leaving Lowbrow ‘Four Mexicans and a White Girl’ brings cartoonists into the art gallery BY LEILANI CLARK

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“We’re still at the back of the bus,â€? explains Jaime Crespo, curator of “Four Mexicans and a White Girl Walk into a Gallery,â€? opening May 6 in Point Reyes. “Cartooning is a viable art form, and it’s celebrated in practically every country in the world—but here.â€? Raising funds for West Marin community radio station KWMR, the show’s featured artists— Gabrielle Gamboa, Javier Hernandez, Janelle Hessig and Crespo (Isis Rodriguez had to drop out due to scheduling conicts)—all hail

from the underground comic world. Gamboa’s illustrations have been published in Bust magazine and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Javier Hernandez has his own imprint Los Comex, with his most well-known creation El Muerte, and Crespo himself is a six-year contributor to the Bohemian with the strip Slice. Hessig, the “white girl� in the title, has the distinction of not only being name-checked in songs by Born Against and Bratmobile (“The Real Janelle�),

but for Tales of Blarg, a comic zine detailing Hessig’s adventures as a dumpster-diving, drunk, barďŹ ng punk rocker in the ’90s, which she continues to publish, albeit infrequently. In January of this year, she edited Maximum RockNRoll’s punk comics issue. “I’m not really a gallery person,â€? says Hessig on the phone from the East Bay. “I’ve always worked within self-publishing, so there’s a bit of distance between me and whoever is looking at my stuff. I’m not used to the formality of gallery shows.â€? Hessig will show mostly single-panel story pieces. “It’s all pretty loose. There’s a lot of humor involved,â€? she says. Crespo reiterates Hessig’s ambivalence when it comes to galleries. “I still feel more comfortable with self-publishing, just putting them out there, and moving on to the next thing,â€? he says. “But I go to a lot of art shows, and I thought, ‘Well, gee whiz, why are we still marginalized?’â€? Speaking of marginalized, how did Crespo respond to concerns from at least one Latino artist, whose open studio was scheduled to share the gallery on the same night, that the title “Four Mexicans and a White Girlâ€? constitutes racial stereotyping? “I told him, ‘Dude, you realize that Mexican is an ethnicity?’ It’s not slang. It’s not a derogatory term,â€? explains Crespo. Instead, Crespo, who took to skateboarding and music as a teenager, says the meshing of races, cultures and art forms, is cause for excitement. “I wanted cartoonists there,â€? he says, “I feel that these people are really important artists, not just cartoonists, but artists with something to say.â€? ‘Four Mexicans and a White Girl Walk into a Gallery’ opens on Friday, May 6, 6–9pm, and runs through May 31 at Toby’s Gallery. 11250 Hwy. 1, Point Reyes Station. Free. 415.663.8068.

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TO SCALE Matt Jones and Jeanette Harrison seek harmony in ‘Two Sisters.’

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‘Two Sisters and a Piano’ runs Wednesday and Friday–Saturday through May 29. Wednesday at 7:30pm; Friday–Saturday at 8pm; Sunday matinees at 2pm. 888 Fourth St., San Rafael. $25. 415.454.2787. www.altertheater.org.

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pair of culturally refined women who’ve been under house arrest for having signed an anti-Castro manifesto, an act they’ve already served prison time for. Pianist Sofia (played by Harrison) and writer Maria Celia (Dawn Scott) have each adapted to the situation differently, but when word comes that the Soviet Union has fallen, both sisters anticipate the speedy end of Castro’s oppressive rule and their own imminent freedom. Directed by Ann Brebner, the show is staged in typically nontheatrical surroundings. AlterTheater traditionally performs their shows up close and personal, using nontraditional performance spaces—in this case, a former retail store—that allow the audience to have an intimate connection with the actors. “The great thing about working this way,” Harrison says, “is there’s no place to hide—and the terrible thing about it is, there’s no place to hide! Because of the intimacy of the staging, we look for plays that have strong characters. Since the audience is going to be so close, you want them to have a strong connection with those characters. “This play,” she adds, “has incredible characters. Who wouldn’t want to spend two hours with these women in their living room?” Given the developments in the Middle East, Harrison expects audiences to react to Two Sisters in very powerful ways. “With all of the political unrest in the world,” she says, “the revolutions and personal politics we’ve seen played out on the news over the last several months,” she muses, “it’s important to look at what happens to the people who speak up when the revolution isn’t successful. This play is in some ways about holding on to hope at all costs, about fighting to hold on to hope, and the moment when that hope is broken.”

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utting Chris Hemsworth in closeup on the poster for Thor was a big risk, but the risk pays off. It is a star-making performance for Hemsworth, another Australian actor who knows the old ways of movie heroism, how to embody heartiness and bravado without looking like an arrogant thug. Hemsworth was playing King Arthur at age 19, and he assumes this even nobler role with ease, charm and humor.

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In this, his best non-Shakespearean film, Kenneth Branagh finds the perfect tone. The movie is as full of grand, ringing voices as it is with fight scenes and fireworks. One of the biggest voices belongs to Idris Elba, as the gatekeeper between worlds; he seems as massive and mysterious as Rex Ingram’s genie in The Thief of Bagdad. Thor (Hemsworth), the son of Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and lord of heavenly Asgard, is cast to Earth in modern-day New Mexico. He must redeem himself, even as his dispossessed and troubled brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), schemes to keep him in exile forever, while Natalie Portman is endearing as an astrophysicist befuddled by the arrival of a God. Thor’s witty script sources all the science-fiction films about 1950s scientists worrying whether to contain an alien threat or destroy it outright. A subplot about the planet of the Asgardian’s ancient foes, the Ice Giants, counterpoints this human problem in the land of the immortals. The busy, anonymous score by Patrick Doyle is a drawback, but the marvelous production design by Tim Burton veteran Bo Welch makes Asgard a realm of old gold and bronze. Thor was made with fine understanding of the graphic fist of Jack Kirby (who is credited with thanks). The movie is full of rare sights: Loki crouched on his stolen throne, crowned with a Gothic headdress of curved horns, or the startling crimson of Thor’s cape as he’s drawn to the heavens by his enchanted hammer. ‘Thor’ opens in wide release Friday, May 6.


NEW MOVIES The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (PG-13; 90 min.) New documentary from Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) explores the world of advertising and product placement—partly financed, not so oddly, by products appearing in the film. (KC)

In a Better World (R; 113 min.) A Danish couple, on the verge of divorce, must confront their bullied son’s new defender, a violent boy angry over the loss of his mother to cancer. (UL) Jumping the Broom (PG-13; 101 min.) A wedding in Martha’s Vineyard brings together two African-American families from different economic backgrounds in this comedy starring Angela Bassett. (KC) My Dog Tulip (NR; 83 min.) The gold standard of animal literature comes to the big screen in an animated version from Paul Fierlinger, with the voices of Christopher Plummer, Lynn Redgrave and Isabella Rossellini. Based on J. R. Ackerley’s 1956 book. At Summerfield Cinemas. (UL) Prom (PG; 103 min.) A Walt Disney Pictures comedy about a group of teenagers planning the big dance. From director Joe Nussbaum of cult hit George Lucas in Love fame. (AD) Something Borrowed (PG-13; 103 min.) Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin and John Krasinski star in rom-com about friends sleeping with friends’ fiancees and whatnot. Based on the 2005 bestseller by Emily Giffin. (KC)

Super (R; 96 min.) The latest in the real-life superhero mold stars Rainn Wilson as the Crimson Bolt, taking the law into his own hands to rescue his ex-wife from the clutches of a drug lord. Co-stars Ellen Page. With Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon and Nathan Fillion. (UL)

Thor (PG-13; 130 min.) Marvel kicks off the summer season early with fantasy-adventure directed by Kenneth Branagh. See review, adjacent page.

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

Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil (PG; 94 min.) Hansel and Gretel are missing, and it’s up to teen Red and the Sisters of the Hood to restore order, with the help of the Happily Ever After Agency. Animated with the voices of Bill Hader and Hayden Panettiere. (KC)

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)

Medea’s Big Happy Family (PG-13; 106 min.) The latest from Tyler Perry finds Medea and the gang confronting sober issues when Medea’s neice is diagnosed with a serious illness. (AD)

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

Princess of Montpensier (NR; 139 min.) Director Bertrand Tavernier adapts Madame de La Fayette’s 17th-century romance La Princesse de Clèves set against the French Wars of Religion. At the Smith Rafael Center. (UL)

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) 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)

African Cats (G; 89 min.) From Disneynature 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)

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)

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)

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).

Fast Five (PG-13; 113 min.) Vin Diesel and Paul Walker team up with Dwayne Johnson in the fifth installment of the Fast and Furious series. (UL)

Hanna (PG-13; 111 min.) Living in the

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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)

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MUS IC: Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Group, Rick Vandivier Quintet, Evan Francis Group, Times 4, Delta Wires, Santos Perdidos, Horace-Scope, Rue Manouche, Fog City Stompers, Mo’Fone, Du Gris, San Francisco Bourbon Kings W INE: Audelssa Estate Winery, Beltane Ranch, Benziger Family Winery, Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, Gofessel Vineyards, Haywood Estate, Little Vineyards Family Winery, Muscardini Cellars, Nicholson Ranch, Roche Winery, Roessler Cellars, Stone Edge Farm

Randy Vincent (jazz). May 14, Eric Cabalo (Latin guitar). May 21, Laurent Fourgo (jazz). Landmark Vineyards, 101 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood. 707.833.0053.

All ages shows performed by community bands first Fri monthly at 7:30. May 6, songs of Bob Dylan. $5-$10. Sebastopol Community Cultural Center Youth Annex, 425 Morris St, Sebastopol. 707.823.1511.

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Dynamic duo blend country and blues. May 7 at 8. $25. Studio E, address provided with tickets, Sebastopol. 707.542.7143.

Devil Makes Three Two days of strumming, stomping porch punk to be recorded live for new LP. Miss Lonely Hearts open Fri, Brothers Comatose open Sat. May 6 at 9; May 7 at 8:30. $19. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

Jazz Combos Bennett Friedman presents JC student combos plus special guest trumpeter Erik Jekabson. May 9 at 8. $5. Newman Auditorium, Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.527.4266.

Landmark Concert Series Free live music and winery activities Sat, 1 to 4. May 7,

Performance of “Guarini and the Madrigal: Shepherds and Nymphs, Together or Not.” May 6 at 8. $8-$15. St Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 9000 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood, 877.914.BACH. Celebrate impending apocalypse with postindustrial bellydancers Dusty Paik, Blackhoodygrrl, Joweh, plus music by DJ JoDiesel and JD Limelight. May 6 at 9:30. $7-$10. Aubergine, 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.827.9480.

Santa Rosa Symphony Pianist Jon Nakamatsu joins orchestra in allRussian program including Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.” May 7 and 9 at 8; May 8 at 3. $6-$10. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.8742.

Sierra Leone Refugee All-Stars Formed in a refugee camp during Sierra Leone’s civil war, group finds musical acclaim in the US. Frobeck open. May 8 at 8:30. $21. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

MARIN COUNTY Bob Weir & Friends Marin Symphony join forces with Bob Weir in ‘First Fusion’ to perform Grateful Dead songs. May 7 at 8. $50-$300. Marin Center’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.7000.

Hot Buttered Rum Left-coast rock-Americana band celebrate release of new album, “Limbs Akimbo.” May 7 at 8. $18-$23. Dance Palace, Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.

NAPA COUNTY Michael Bulatao Mother’s Day cabaret to raise money for Rianda House. May 7 at 8; May 8 at 3. $25. White Barn, 2727 Sulphur Springs Ave, St Helena. 707.251.8715.

Brandi Carlile Young, fearless popAmericana. May 7 at 8. $30$40. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Psychedelic Furs Brat Pack’s soundtrack is alive and well as new wave greats perform album “Talk Talk Talk” in its entirety. Apr 5 at 8. $35. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Roby Lakatos Ensemble Gypsy violinist a classical virtuoso, jazz improvisor and more. May 4 at 8. $39-$49. Lincoln Theater, 100 California Dr, Yountville. 707.944.9900.

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Pegi Young Guitarist and songwriter celebrates release of her latest album, “Foul Deeds.” May 6 at 8. $25-$30. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Clubs SONOMA COUNTY A’Roma Roasters May 6, Christian Foley Beining and Todd Smith (jazz). May 7, Mokai (blues). 95 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.576.7765.

Aubergine Wed at 7, open mic. May 5, Audiafauna, Blind Willies. May 6, Risk-A Cabaret (see Concerts). Tues at 7, ladies’ open mic. 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2722.

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May 5, ‘Cinco de Drinko’ with Beardo. May 6, Hangover with Dray Lopez and Young Will (dance). May 7, URFriends, Miles Medina, DJ Panic City. 501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. www.chromelotussr.com.

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Gaia’s Garden May 6, John Howard’s Dixie Recyclers (Dixieland jam). May 7, String Rays (rock). May 9, Dan McGee Three (jazz). Every Tues, Sonny Lowe. 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491.

Highland Dell May 6, Nick Gravenites. 21050 River Blvd, Monte Rio. 707.865.2300.

Hopmonk Tavern First Wed monthly at 7:30, Dead Dance with the Thugz. May 5, Juke Joint presents Cinco de Playo with DJ Vadim, Dr Isreal and iNi. May 6, Frankie Boots (indie). May 7, Alma Desnuda, the Crux (Americana). Mon, Monday Night Edutainment with DJs Jacques and Guacamole

Wild Style The Devil Makes Three record live album The Devil Makes Three have been spoiled by good audiences. As in, crazy good. In Portland, the band sold out the 800-seat Wonder Ballroom, and two nights before that, fans were bum-rushing the stage when they played to a thousand people in Humboldt County. “It was complete mayhem,” says guitarist and lead singer Pete Bernhard. “Now when we get a quiet, normal audience, we’re like, ‘Don’t you like us?’” The answer’s yes. Among the new songs DM3 are playing on this tour is “He Calls That Religion,” a song originally done by the Mississippi Sheiks in the 1920s. “It’s sort of a cover song, except I rewrote all the lyrics,” says Bernhard. “There are so many great preacher scandals right now.” Another untitled new song sees the band branching into yet another genre—Sam Cooke–type soul—and a third, “This Life,” is a classic our-life-as-a-band tale. “It’s all about how what we do is somewhat insane, but we all love it a lot,” says Bernhard. There’s that element of psychosis again. On this tour, the craziness will be documented for a live album when the Devil Makes Three play Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7, at the Mystic Theatre, 21 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 8:30pm. $19. 707.765.2121.—Steve Palopoli

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Fouty. May 7, David Udolf Trio. 25 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.431.2800.

Lagunitas Tap Room May 4, Grandpa Banana. May 5, Jeff Campbell. May 6, Tim Weed. May 7, Whisky Pills Fiasco. May 8, Blue and Lonesome. May 11, Lauralee Brown (jazz). 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

DON’T FORGET…WE SERVE FOOD TOO!

McNear’s Dining House Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner BBQ • Pasta • Steak FRI 5/6 • 8:00PM DOORS • $19 • 18+ SAT 5/7 • 7:30PM DOORS • $19 • 21+ WORLD

Last Day Saloon May 5, Hoodwink, Carny Brat, Shotgun Harlot (rock). May 6, Chava Cruz and Trapezio, Gravity Hill (Latin rock). May 7 at noon, Thought Vomit, Nuclear Tempest, Pyrozombies. 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.2343.

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George’s Nightclub Wed, standup comedy (see Comedy). May 6, Metal Shop, Gray Coats (‘80s tribute). May 7, It’s a Beautiful Day with Linda and Dave Laflame. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

Rancho Nicasio May 6, Tommy Castro Band. May 7, Shana Morrison. Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

Schoenberg Guitars May 6, Leftover Dreams. 106 Main St, Tiburon. 415.789.0846.

Iron Springs Pub & Brewery

NAPA COUNTY

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

May 7, Conrad Diehl Band. 16246 First St, Guerneville. 707.869.3377.

May 4 at 6, Buddy Owen; at 9, Bone Dweller. May 5, Diamond Ortiz. May 6, Burn It Down Fridays. May 7, Honey Dust. May 8 at 5, Dave Getz and friends (jazz); at 9, Buddy Owen. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

Murphy’s Irish Pub

Old Western Saloon

Mc T’s Bullpen

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May 7, Hot Buttered Rum (see Concerts). May 8 at 7, Blackfire, Beso Negro. Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.

Downtown Joe’s

May 4, folk and Celtic. May 5 at 6, Greg Hester and friends. May 7, Yancie Taylor (jazz). May 10, Out of the Blue (swing). 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.

REFUGEE ALL STARS

Dance Palace

May 5, Modern Day Moonshine. May 6, Rusty Evans & the Ring of Fire. May 8, female singer-songwriter night. Every Mon, acoustic open mic. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.

May 4, Sang Matiz (Latin). May 5, Eleanor Dubinsky. May 11, Tom Finch Group. 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax. 415.485.1005.

Main Street Station

SIERRA LEONE’S

George CD release, Tom Luce, Tiny Television. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

May 5, Edge of Town. May 6, Sonoma Mountain Band. May 7, Andrew Freeman. May 8, Sean Carscadden. 464 First St, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.

May 6, Bo Gypsy. May 7, Miracle Mule. Main Street, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1661.

Peri’s Silver Dollar May 4, Whiskey Pills Fiasco.

May 5, Maple Station Express. May 6, Jinx Jones. May 7, Amber Snider Band. 902 Main St, Napa. 707.258.2337.

Rainbow Room Fri-Sat at 10, DJ dancing. Sun, Salsa Sundays. 806 Fourth St, Napa. 707.252.4471.

Silo’s Wed at 7, jam session. May 5, Dean-o-Holics (Rat Pack tribute). May 6. 707 Band (Latin fusion). May 7, Tip of the Top. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

Mystic Theatre May 6, Devil Makes Three (see Concerts). May 8, Sierra Leone Refugee All-Stars (see Concerts). 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

San Francisco’s City Guide

Phoenix Theater May 7, Kristof Memorial Celebration with Jeff and Them, Free Cowboy Hats, Maniacal Rejects, Josh Staples, Skitzo, Lee Maverick. 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

The Rocks 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.

The Zoo Every Sun, Rock ‘n’ Roll Sunday School. 527 Barham Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.542.0980.

MARIN COUNTY 142 Throckmorton Theatre May 5 at 7, karaoke with Jimmy Dillon Band. May 7, Victoria

Fleet Foxes Seattle folk-rockers with new harmony-heavy album, “Helplessness Blues.” May 5 at the Fox Theater.

Diddy Dirty Money Puff Daddy in his recent Euro-pop R&B incarnation, with Dawn Richard and Kalenna Harper. May 6 at the Warfield.

Corin Tucker Band One of indie rock’s most rafter-shaking vocalists, formerly of Sleater-Kinney . May 7 at the Bottom of the Hill.

TV on the Radio Tremendously fiery live act rebounds from recent death of bassist. May 9-10 at the Independent.

Fred Frith & Beth Custer Snake-charming guitarist and steel-twisting clarinetist in unpredictable jazz collaboration. May 9 at Yoshi’s SF.

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SURVIVORS Music has helped heal the violence in group members’ past.

Like a Refugee ‘It’s like a dream’ for Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars BY MICHAEL SHAPIRO

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erely being alive is a miracle for some of members of Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, who fled their country during a wave of violence that culminated in a 1999 rebel attack called Operation Kill Every Living Thing.

While trying to escape Sierra Leone with his father in the 1990s, Refugee All Stars singer Black Nature watched in horror as his dad was locked in his car and burned alive by rebels. Band leader Reuben Koroma and his wife walked almost 50 miles without food, sometimes stepping over corpses, to evade rebels’ bullets and bombs. “I never

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars play with Frobeck opening on Sunday, May 8, at the Mystic Theatre, 21 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 8:30pm. $21–$23. 707.765.2121.

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thought I’d be alive at this time,” he says in a phone interview. “It’s like a dream to me,” says Koroma of the All Stars’ rise from the squalor of sun-baked, vermin-ridden refugee camps in Guinea to global fame and adulation. “I never imagined we’d become famous and tour the world.” With the All Stars’ uplifting blend of deeply indigenous West African rhythms, undulating reggae beats and hip-hop, it’s easy to understand why they’ve gone from jamming in ramshackle huts to playing before thousands of fans at festivals from Bonnaroo to Japan. The band’s break came in 2002 when filmmaker Zach Niles traveled to Guinea, which borders Sierra Leone, to hear refugees’ stories. At the last camp he visited, he met the All Stars and knew he’d found his documentary subject. Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, released in 2006, won several film festival awards and is currently available on Netflix instant streaming. Niles was looking for a band whose music would speak to the world. He says he was seeking to use art and music to “spread awareness in an empathetic way and figure out creative ways” to educate people about the human toll of the conflict in Sierra Leone. Though they’ve lost their homes and seen their loved ones killed, Koroma and the All Stars remain upbeat and optimistic, and seek to tell the world about what’s good in Sierra Leone. One of those good things, says Koroma, is “the cultural music of Sierra Leone. It’s good for everyone in the world.” For Koroma and the All Stars, music has been a salve to help heal the trauma that tore apart their homeland. “You can’t let it weigh you down; you’ve got to let it go out of your mind and make yourself happy,” he says. “Life is happiness.”


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Galleries OPENINGS May 5 From 4 to 6pm. University Art Gallery, â&#x20AC;&#x153;BFA Exhibition 2011.â&#x20AC;? Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2295.

May 6 From 6 to 8pm. Arts Guild of Sonoma, membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; show with featured artist George Dawnay. 140 E Napa St, Sonoma. 707.996.3115. From 6:30 to 9pm. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spring Art Show,â&#x20AC;? work by 100 artists. 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo. 415.488.8888.

May 7 From 5 to 7. Sebastopol Gallery, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inner Journeys,â&#x20AC;? paintings by Susan St Thomas. 150 N Main St, Sebastopol. 707.829.7200. From 5 to 8pm. Backstreet Gallery, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Experiments with Natural Forms: Recent Artwork by Fred Vedder.â&#x20AC;? Uribe Studios, 461 Sebastopol Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.537.9507.

Wed, May 4 8:45â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9:45am; 5:45â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6:45pm Jazzercise 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;12:15pm Scottish Dance Youth and Family 7â&#x20AC;&#x201C;11pm Singles & Pairs Square Dance Club Thur, May 5 8:45â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9:45am; 5:45â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6:45pm Jazzercise 7:15â&#x20AC;&#x201C;11pm Circle â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;n Squares Square Dance Club Fri, May 6 7:15â&#x20AC;&#x201C;11pm

8:45â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9:45am Jazzercise DJ Steve Luther hosts WEST COAST SWING PARTY $10

Sat, May 7 8â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9am; 9:15â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10:15am Jazzercise 10:25â&#x20AC;&#x201C;11:15am Scottish Country Dance Youth & Family 11:30amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;1:30pm Scottish Dance Workshop for Everyone 7â&#x20AC;&#x201C;11pm Singles & Pairs Hoedown/ Adobe Squares Sun, May 8 10:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;11:45am 1:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3:30pm 5:00â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9:30pm Mon, May 9 7â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10pm

8:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9:30am Jazzercise Zumba Fitness with Anna Vintage Dance with Gary Thomas DJ Steve Luther Country Western Lessons & Dancing $10 8:45â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9:45am; 5:45â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6:45pm Jazzercise Scottish Country Dancing

Tues, May 10 8:45â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9:45am; 5:45â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6:45pm Jazzercise 7:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9pm African & World Music Dance

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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.

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

Cloverdale Library Gallery Through May 21, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spring Library Show,â&#x20AC;? woodcuts by Edward Ryden, woven sculpture by Virginia Harrison and oil paintings by Jeanette LeGrue. Mon-Wed, 1 to 5 and 7 to 9; Tues and Thurs-Sat, 1 to 5. 401 N Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale. 707.894.5271, ext 5.

Daredevils & Queens Through May 16, paintings by Milan Evje. 122 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.575.5123.

Dimensions Galleria Wed-Thurs and Sun, noon to 6; Mon-Tues, by appointment only. 115 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.763.3515.

Finley Center 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 of Sea & Heaven

May 5-30, membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; show with featured artist George Dawnay. Reception, May 6, 6 to 8. WedThurs and Sun-Mon, 11 to 5; Fri-Sat, 11 to 8. 140 E Napa St, Sonoma. 707.996.3115.

Through Jun 18, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Perfect,â&#x20AC;? a unique exhibition of portraits by Becoming Independent artists. Wed-Sat, noon to 5 and by appointment. 312 South A St, Santa Rosa. 707.578.9123.

BackStreet Gallery

Gallery One

May 7-28, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Experiments with Natural Forms: Recent Artwork by Fred Vedder.â&#x20AC;? Reception, May 7, 5 to 8. Sat, 11 to 5, and by appointment. Uribe Studios, 461 Sebastopol Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.537.9507.

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.

Arts Guild of Sonoma

Ayurvedic

463 Sebastopol Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.542.6000.

Bliss Bakery Through May 15, photography by Bridget Hayes.

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 30, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Abstract Artist Showcase.â&#x20AC;? Daily, 11 to 6. 130 Plaza St, Healdsburg. 707.431.1970.

Matanzas Creek Winery 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 Dreams: Animals as Visual Metaphors.â&#x20AC;? Daily, 10 to 5. Cornerstone Place, 23588 Hwy 121, Sonoma. 707.933.1300.

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

Pelican Art 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.

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.

Petaluma Historical Museum & Library May 7-Jul 4, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beyond: Visions of Planetary Landscapes,â&#x20AC;? traveling Smithsonian exhibition of over 50 NASA photographs. Wed-Sat, 10 to 4; Sun, noon to 3; tours by appointment on Mon-Tues. 20 Fourth St, Petaluma. 707.778.4398.

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


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Marin History Museum Ongoing, “Treasures from the Vault,” local artifacts; also, “Ranching and Rockin’ at Olompali” features history of State Park; also, “Growing the Future: Farming Families of Marin.” Tues-Fri, plus second and third Sat monthly, 11 to 4. Boyd Gate House, 1125 B St, San Rafael. 415.454.8538.

Marin MOCA Through May 21, “Altered Book Show,” work by over 100 artists. Wed-Sun, 11 to 4, Novato Arts Center, Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Dr, Novato. 415.506.0137.

OUR LADY Roseland lets its light shine with a huge street party on Cinco de Mayo. See Events, p39.

Sebastopol Gallery Through Jun 12, “Inner Journeys,” paintings by Susan St Thomas. Reception, May 7, 5 to 7. Open daily, 11 to 6. 150 N Main St, Sebastopol. 707.829.7200.

Sonoma County Museum Through Jun 5, ceramics by Jun Kaneko. Tues-Sun, 11 to 4. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.579.1500.

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

SRJC Art Gallery Through May 14, “Student Show 2011.” Mon-Thurs, 10 to 4; Sat 12 to 4. SRJC, Doyle Library, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.527.4298.

University Art Gallery May 5-28, “BFA Exhibition 2011.” Reception, May 5, 4 to 6. 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 Mon-Fri, 8 to 5; Sat-Sun, noon to 5. SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.4240.

MARIN COUNTY 142 Throckmorton Theatre Through May 15, “Kiddo!” an exhibition of art by kids. May 20-Jun 30, “From Here to Eternity: A Love Story,” work by Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Art Works Downtown Through Jun 17, “Love + Pleasure,” work of Susan Danis and Livia Stein. Tues-Sat, 10 to 5. 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.451.8119.

Bolinas Museum Through Jun 5, “Arthur Okamura: His Bolinas Life,” photographs by Troy Paiva plus painted prints and collages by Barbara Ravizza. Fri, 1 to 5; Sat-Sun, noon to 5; and by appointment. 48 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.0330.

Commonweal Gallery Through Jun 24, “Arthur Okamura: His Bolinas Life,” curated by Harriet Kossman. Mon-Fri, 10 to 4. 451 Mesa Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.0970.

Marin Society of Artists May 8-28, “High School Show.” Mon-Thurs, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, 12 to 4. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 415.454.9561.

Museum of the American Indian Through Jan 15, 2012, “Jewelry of California and the Southwest.” Tues-Fri, 10 to 3; Sat-Sun, 12 to 4. 2200 Novato Blvd, Novato. 415.897.4064.

San Geronimo Valley Community Center May 7-15, “Spring Art Show,” work by 100 artists. Reception, May 6, 6:30 to 9. 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo. 415.488.8888.

NAPA COUNTY Art on Main Images Fine Art outlet. Ongoing, regional to international contemporary representational painting and sculpture. Daily, 10 to 5:30. 1359 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.3350.

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

Di Rosa Through Jun 4, “Reconstructed World,” work by nine artists. Artist talk, May 26 at 7. Tours available Sat at 10, 11 and noon ) (reservation

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Through May 15, “Life Is Tricky,” mixed-media paintings by Vickisa; also, “Far from Home,” 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.


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

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

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

Napa County Historical Society Gallery Through May 20, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Retrospect Revisited,â&#x20AC;? artwork inspired by historical structures in Napa County. Goodman Library, 1219 First St, Napa. 707.224.1739.

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

Comedy

Jr. May 25, hypnotist comic Ron Stubbs, G King. $10. Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

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

One-man show exposes hilarity in appalling reality. May 6 at 8. $20-$30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Left Coast Live Sketch comedy by American Dream Players. Through May 15; Fri-Sat at 7:30; special matinee, May 15 at 2. $15. Graton Community Club, 8996 Graton Rd, Graton. 707.538.7543.

Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Improv Off-the-cuff improv comedians take it beyond â&#x20AC;&#x153;yoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; mamaâ&#x20AC;? jabs. May 8 at 8. $14. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

Standup Comedy May 4, Luenell, Marvin Deloatch

Marin Human Race Run, walk, roll or crawl to raise money for a bevy of charities. May 7 at 8:30am. Donations appreciated. Marin Fairgrounds10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. www.marinhumanrace.org.

Marin Open Studios

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

Bee Day Bee and veggie garden tours, observation hive, products, crafts and more. May 7, 1 to 4. $10-$20. MichelSchlumberger Winery. 4155 Wine Creek Rd, Healdsburg. 800.447.3060.

Bingo Try your luck with Roseland Lions Club first Thurs of each month at 6:30. Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa. www.roselandlions.com.

Compassionate Cinco Compassion Without Borders celebrates Cinco de Mayo with Mexican feast, wines, margaritas, music, silent auction and more. May 7, 3 to 6. $50. 59 Driftwood Ct, San Rafael. 707.474.5545.

Folk Art Festival Jimmy Tingle for President

courses for their favorite charities. May 7 at 8am. Donations appreciated. Herbert Slater Middle School, 3500 Sonoma Ave, Santa Rosa. www.humanracenow.org.

Folk art dealers and artists share their wares, along with food, drinks and live music by Now and Then. May 7, noon to 5. $10. Laird Family Estate Winery, 5055 Solano Ave, Napa. 707.257.0360.

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.

Honoring Tommy Smothers ACLU awards comedian and free speech advocate. May 6, 5:30 to 9. $40-$60. Friedman Center, 4675 Mayette Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.765.5005.

Human Race Thousands of Santa Rosans walk and run in 3k and 10k

Pick up a map and discover artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; treasures in self-guided arts tour throughout town. May 7-8 at 14-15, 11 to 6. Free. Marin Arts Council, 906 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.666.2442.

Matchmaking Party Find your soulmate or a bit of company for the evening. May 5 at 7. $10. Flamingo Lounge, 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.556.2106.

May Madness Car parade, street dance and a day of family fun. May 7, noon to 6; parade at 5. Free. Downtown San Rafael, Fifth and A streets, San Rafael. 415.720.5591.

Mix Art, music and cocktails. May 7, 8 to 11. $25 includes membership. Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, 551 Broadway, Sonoma. www.svma.org.

Mothers Day BBQ Celebrate greatest woman in your life with a feast, wine, wagon rides, live music, games and more. May 8, 11 to 4. $12$25. Larson Winery, 23355 Millerick Rd, Sonoma. 800.938.WINE.

Park Anniversary Rededication and celebration of parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 100th anniversary with speakers, reception and guided hikes. May 7 at 1pm. $25. Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, 3801 St Helena Hwy, Calistoga, Reservations. 707.963.3757.

Roma Festival Romani festival with food, dance, and music by Balkan Expeditionaries, Benji and Sani Rifati, Ruzsa Lakatos and others. May 7, 10:30 to 9. $15$17. Ives Park, Willow Street and Jewell Avenue, Sebastopol. www.voiceofroma.com.

Summer Plant Sale Purchase organic heirloom and rare varieties, and tour the property. May 7-8, 9 to 5. Free. Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, 15290 Coleman

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Food & Drink Basic Butchering Make sausage, pancetta and salame using centuries old Italian recipes. May 7, 6:30 to 9:30. $85. Viva, 7160 Keating Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.9913.

Chili Cook-Off Chili, salsa and beer tasting â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;til the cows come home. May 7, 1 to 5. $40. Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, 175 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma. 707.763.8920.

Fox & Moon Tea Summer tea, homemade desserts and quartet accompaniment. Jun 11, 3-5:30. $35. Monroe Hall, 1400 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. Reservation only. www.foxandmoontea.com.

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

Film Happy Search for what makes people happy leads scientists and film crew all over the map. May 4 at 7 ($10; Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000) and May 5 at 7:30 ($12; Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372).

Le Quattro Volte Film follows humble daily rituals of rural folk in Italy. Italian with English subtitles. May 6 at 7; May 8 at 4. $6. Sonoma Film Institute, Warren Auditorium, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2606.

Spring Cinema May 4 at 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You, the Living.â&#x20AC;? $5. Carole Ellis Auditorium, SRJC Petaluma Campus, Petaluma. www.petalumafilmfest.org.

The Magic Flute Mozartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opera bursts onto big screen, performed at Teatro alla Scala. May 5 at 7; May 8 at 1. $15-$18. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael. ) 415.454.1222.

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Petaluma Museum hosts Smithsonian space exhibit Ever wanted to visit outer space? With the underfunding of NASA, a more feasible option is the Petaluma Museum, with spectacular images, real-live astronauts and artifacts from the ďŹ nal frontier. Starting May 7, the museum hosts â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Beyond: Visions of Planetary Landscapes,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; a new Smithsonian traveling exhibition featuring 35 composite photographic prints by artist Michael Benson. The poster-sized images were compiled using planetary research data collected from satellite cameras and roving robots that landed on Mars, Venus and the moons of Saturn and Earth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;During the last year of the space shuttle and with the lack of emphasis on our space program,â&#x20AC;? says museum president Joe Noriel, â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our chance to reenergize the interest for space in the new generation.â&#x20AC;? Meteorites loaned by the California Academy of Science are also on view along with space exploration memorabilia. A galaxy of speakers, including Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart, artist Michael Benson, astronomers, NASA research scientists, geologists and SRJC and SSU professors of astronomy and physics expound on the excitement of exploring the universe each Saturday. A ďŹ lm on the space shuttle missions, The Dream Is Alive, is offered as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an emotional and introspective experience,â&#x20AC;? says Noriel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll leave the exhibit a changed person, with an appreciation for the unique world we live in.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Beyond: Visions of Planetary Landscapesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; opens Friday, May 6, with a free reception at 6pm, and runs through July 4 at the Petaluma Historical Museum. 20 Fourth St., Petaluma. $8â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$10. 707.778.4398. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Suzanne Daly

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Cabaret May 9, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mustang, Tibet: Journey of Transformation.â&#x20AC;? Free. Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.389.4292, ext 116.

Lectures Bike Maintenance Basics Learn how to make minor repairs and adjustments to your trusty two-wheeled steed. May 4 at 7 (REI Corte Madera, 213 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera. 415.927.1938) and May 5 at 7:30 (REI Santa Rosa, Southside Shopping Center, 2715 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.540.9025). Free.

Burbank Lecture Series May 10 at 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Church of One Treeâ&#x20AC;? with Bill Montgomery. $10. Luther Burbank Home & Gardens, Santa Rosa Avenue at Sonoma Avenue, Santa Rosa. 707.524.5445.

Science Buzz Cafe May 5 at 6:30, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hot Hawaii: Geology of Volcanoesâ&#x20AC;? with Terry Wright. $3 donation. French Garden Restaurant, 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.292.5281.

Readings Bean Affair May 10 at 7, Center Literary Cafe workshop with poet Carlos Reyes. 1270 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.395.0177.

Healdsburg Copperfieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books May 7 at 1, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Opening the Gates of the Heart: A Journey of Healingâ&#x20AC;? with Carolyn CJ Jones. 104 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.433.9270.

May 5 at 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parents Behaving Badlyâ&#x20AC;? with Scott Gummer. May 6 at 1, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Broken Promises: A Novel of the Civil Warâ&#x20AC;? with Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman; at 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Indian Voices: Listening to Native Americansâ&#x20AC;? with Alison Owings. May 7 at 1, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tornâ&#x20AC;? with Samantha Walravens; at 4, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You Think Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bad: Storiesâ&#x20AC;? with Jim Shepard; at 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Box of Darknessâ&#x20AC;? with Sally Ryder Brady, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Conversations with Scorseseâ&#x20AC;? with Richard Schnickel. May 8 at 5, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Diva Doctrine: 16 Principles Every Woman Needs to Knowâ&#x20AC;? with Patricia V Davis. May 11 at 1, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Jane Austen Educationâ&#x20AC;? with William Deresiewicz; at 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Financial Recovery: Developing a Healthy Relationship with Moneyâ&#x20AC;? with Karen McCall, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black Tideâ&#x20AC;? with Antonia Juhasz, Peter Coyote and Robert Bea. May 9 at 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Devilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lightâ&#x20AC;? with Richard North Patterson. May 10 at 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Say Her Nameâ&#x20AC;? with Francisco Goldman. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 415.927.0960.

Dr Insomniaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffee & Teas Second Mon at 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Poetry Farm,â&#x20AC;? readings by local writers. 800 Grant Ave, Novato. 415.897.9500.

Northpoint Coffee House First and third Wed at 7, Sunset Poetry by the Sea open mic and readings. 1250 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.331.0777.

Point Reyes Books Second Mon at 7, Knit Lit group. 11315 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1542.

Rebound Bookstore May 10 at 7, traveling poetry show hosted by Margaret Stawowy. 1541 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.482.0550.

West End Cafe First Wed at 7, open mic poetry evening. 1131 Fourth St, San Rafael.

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

Book Passage May 4 at 1, â&#x20AC;&#x153;My New American Lifeâ&#x20AC;? with Francine Prose; at 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cherished: 21 Writers on Animals They Have Loved and Lostâ&#x20AC;? with contributors.

Theater Black Comedy When young man tries to impress his wealthy, future father-in-law by â&#x20AC;&#x153;borrowingâ&#x20AC;? fancy furnishings, wackiness ensues. Through May 15; Fri-Sat at 8; matinees May 8 and 15 at 2. $10-$15. Studio Theatre,

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

Comedy Tonight Collection of six hilarious oneact plays. Through May 15; Fri-Sat at 8; matinee, May 15 at 2. $20-$25. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

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

Jesus Christ Superstar Jesus and Judas duke it out with spectacular â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;70s rockopera intensity. Through May 8. $10-$18. Burbank Auditorium, SRJC, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.527.4343.

Joy with Wings Chaucer Theatre presents story of a turbulent family landscape. May 6-22; Fri-Sat at 8, Sun at 2. $20-$25. Trevorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 4208 Redwood Hwy, San Rafael. 800.838.3006.

The Love List Gypsy dating service provides the perfect match . . . or is she? May 6-8 and 13-14. $15-$18. Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 N Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale. 707.894.2214.

Over the River & Through the Woods Italian-American grandparents aim to sabotage grandsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s out-of-town job opportunity. Through May 22; Fri-Sat at 8, Sun at 2; pay-what-you-can night every Friday. $20. Pegasus Theater Company, Rio Nido Lodge, Canyon Two Rd, Rio Nido. 707.583.2343.

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