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Rhapsodies What’s the Buzz?

Yes, colony collapse disorder is still crucially important BY PALIKA BENTON


ommercial and backyard beekeeping in our country is oppressed by the same philosophies and protocols of our genetically modified seed and crop monocultures, which masquerade as healthful food farming. Genetically modified seeds—sown in dead and toxic soils, fed petroleum fertilizers and laced with pesticides and fungicides as they grow—are laid out in Martian landscapes which are hostile to endangered honey bees and pollinators. In fact, if honeybees were left in monocropped acreage for more than approximately two weeks, they would die of starvation. These artificial monocrops masquerading as “natural” food from the earth are then harvested, processed and FDA-approved for our consumption, as is the honey that’s made from them. Sound crazy? It is. Because 85 percent of our food crops are honeybee-pollinated, our survival is directly linked with theirs. Understanding and deconstructing colony collapse disorder within the context of commercial beekeeping and its relevance to backyard beekeeping is essential for our well-being. Commercial honeybees, like commercial livestock, are fed substandard nutrition—genetically modified corn syrup, commercial-grade sugar cane syrup and genetically modified soy derivatives. Would you feed your baby genetically modified soymilk formula and expect the kind of health that results from feeding breast milk? I don’t think so. In a weakened confused state, hyped on sugar and high on drugs, commercial bees are taken to pollinate tainted food sources and then packed up and shrink-wrapped, a thousand hives per flatbed truck, and shipped up to 2,000 miles to pollinate yet another commercial crop for our consumption. Both honey and wax from the commercial industry have been shown to be laced with pesticides and genetically modified genes, as have the bees themselves! Imagine that you are a guardian, not a keeper; a steward, not an owner; a recipient of gifts of honey, not an entitled consumer, and you’ll get the idea. Palika Benton is a regenerative permaculture educator and designer from Santa Cruz. We welcome your contribution. To have your topical essay of 350 words considered for publication, write

Using the Word ‘Illegal’

I’m writing this regarding an article I read titled “Seeking TRUST” by Leilani Clark (The Paper, May 4). Now I realize your magazine caters to “the left,” as it’s commonly referred to, but are you kidding me?! Really?! You keep referring to illegal aliens as “immigrants.” Why is it some people insist on skewing reality when it comes to immigration? To refer to people who knowingly and willingly violate our laws is an insult to all legal immigrants such as myself. In the article, you say that the Secure Communities Program has resulted in families in upheaval, fear of deportation, and distrust and fear of law enforcement. Bull! All these things are a result of breaking the law. I don’t believe it’s ever a good idea to teach people, especially children, that it’s OK to cheat, OK to break the law, OK to push in front of others who are following the rules because there will be no penalties or punishment for doing so. I wonder how the county board of supervisors chair Efren Carrillo would react if a group of people pushed in front of people waiting to speak at a Tuesday board meeting, because they didn’t want to follow the rules or wait their turn like everybody else. If you break the law, you should be punished. The punishment for violating immigration law is and should be deportation.


When Abortion Was the Enemy

Will Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal, be overturned if the ruling comes again before the Court? Will “back alley” and self-induced abortions or expensive long trips to states where abortion is still legal be the order of the day? A free public showing of the prize-winning documentary, When Abortion Was Illegal, sponsored by the Sonoma chapter of NOW (National Organization for Women), will take place on Saturday, May 14, at 2pm at the Peace and Justice Center, 467 Sebastopol Ave., Santa Rosa. A review and discussion of the current national and state threats to women’s reproductive health will follow.

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Nobel Peace Prize Blues Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize in a stunning decision that honored the first-year U.S. president more for promise than achievement, and drew both praise and skepticism around the world. But critics called the Nobel committee’s decision premature, given that Obama has achieved few tangible gains, as he still grapples with challenges ranging from the war in Afghanistan and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to nuclear standoffs with Iran and North Korea, and now the war on Libya. The raid has further strained ties between the United States and Pakistan. Both Democratic and Republican lawmakers are calling for a review of billions in aid to Pakistan in light of the revelation that bin Laden was living inside a heavily fortified compound in a wealthy Pakistani suburb. Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf


criticized the United States for attacking the compound without Pakistan’s knowledge, calling it a violation of Pakistani sovereignty. “It’s very important to use this defining moment, I think, to rally the American people and to remind the American people that we are spending trillions of dollars, billions every week, on this open-ended longest war in American history and that we have economic priorities, economic recovery, job creation priorities here in our own country that this money can be used for,” U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee said. We’ve got to remove our young men and women from harm’s way, and we’ve got to really make sure that our presence in countries throughout the world does not create more danger and more anger toward the United States, which, you know, diminishes our national security.


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H. G. Wells once said, “Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the human race.” The documentary With My Own Two Wheels highlights the impact of the bicycle in Zambia, Ghana, India, Guatemala and California, and premieres this week as part of a benefit for the Bicycle Works of San Anselmo—a DIY cooperative bike workshop—and the new Women on Wheels Program of the Marin County Bicycle Coalition. Producerdirector Jacob Seigel-Boetnner is on hand for a Q&A, and Sol Food caters the pre-screening reception on Sunday, May 15, at the Marin Youth Center. 1115 Third St., San Rafael. 6:30pm. $12–$15. 415.459.6884.

Stay Gold

PAST LIVES Jeri Becker, now 60, holds a portrait of herself from 1983.

On the Outside

Released after 24 years behind bars, a ‘model prisoner’ finds her footing in the real world BY LEILANI CLARK


s Jeri Becker’s prison sentence stretched from two years to 24, her life constrained to a cell and a prison yard, she made a vow that when she got out, if she got out, she would live in a cabin by the water. Now, seven years after being paroled, Becker lives in a little house near the Russian River. She makes art. She

writes. She talks to her best friend and ex-cellmate Vonda White on the phone everyday. But it’s not all fairy-tale ending for the “model prisoner,” the one that trial judge Warren E. McGuire described as the “most successful rehabilitation” he had ever come across. It’s been two years since Becker has been able to work, when a workplace injury ended her

waitressing career. “I’ve been through enough in this life,” says 60-year-old Becker, tugging at the brim of a floppy sun hat at the wooden picnic tables outside Carr’s Drive-In in Forestville. Since the injury in 2009, Becker has maxed out her credit cards and struggles to teach the art classes that once supplemented her income, her right arm virtually useless despite two operations. The story of her ) 10 incarceration—and her

No one’s going to argue the fact that California is in decline. Schools, prisons and local governments struggle to cover even basic expenses, and the Golden State is first in the nation for job loss, adult illiteracy and budget collapse. With state government as gridlocked as an L.A. freeway at rush hour, CSU professor of government Jeff Lustig asks: What happened to the potential of the West Coast’s golden child? And how might that potential be fulfilled? With his recently released anthology, Remaking California: Reclaiming the Public Good (HeyDay Books; 2011), Lustig speaks on the roots of crisis in California and remedies culled from the book’s essays by leading writers and scholars on Friday, May 13, at the Peace and Justice Center. 467 Sebastopol Ave., Santa Rosa. 7pm. Free. 707.575.8902. —Leilani Clark

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struggles since—begins in 1980. That’s when Becker, 26 years old and addicted to heroin, got stiffed during a drug deal gone bad. The dealer had run off to a Sausalito houseboat with her money. Becker brought a guy named “Mario” back to the houseboat to try to get the money back. It turned out that Mario was really Bruce Cerny, a drug addict from Queens, and that he had a gun with him. A struggle ensued, ending when Cerny fatally shot drug dealer Rickey Caponio. Becker, who never actually held the gun, was convicted of first-degree homicide with willful intent. In court, a psychiatrist had testified that Becker masterminded the murder, even as that theory was later disproved by witness testimonies. “I had very poor representation,” says Becker. “Going through the courtroom trial is the worst thing you can imagine. It’s like theater. The best team wins.” She began her prison sentence soon after. “It took me two years to realize I wasn’t in the Twilight Zone,” says Becker, with a resigned smile. She counted on a relatively quick parole, but when that didn’t happen, the former drug addict threw herself into the task of making life bearable. “To say I kept busy in prison,” she says, “would be an understatement.” Becker created a 12-step program, wrote letters and taught arts and crafts in the AIDS ward. After writing an article about prisons having grown so overcrowded that women were using bean cans for toilets, she became known as the “toilet queen.” She founded a peer-counseling program with the help of Vonda White. Becker was lauded by everyone from the prison chaplain to McGuire, her sentencing judge, as a “model prisoner.” “Time stops when you are in prison,” says Becker now. “You leave this culture. You leave this society. And you either allow yourself to be where you are or you go crazy or you die.” But this rehabilitation wasn’t

enough for California governor Gray Davis—in the throes of cronyism with the California Correctional Peace Officer’s Association—who denied Becker’s parole each time it came up for review, beginning in 1997. She wasn’t alone. Davis approved only nine of 374 potential parolees during his tenure. It wasn’t until Gov. Schwarzenegger took office that Becker was finally approved for release in 2004. Considering that 58 percent of female ex-inmates returned to prison in 2010, Becker did well after leaving the California Institution for Women in Corona, Calif. She worked two jobs, saved money and bought a car. She made art in earnest—intricate gourds painted with peacocks and dragons, a skill she taught at the local community center. In her free time, she volunteered at a homeless shelter and did yoga. She started going by her maiden name after realizing that Googling the phrase “Jeri Becker” brought up many hits—not all of them flattering. “Killer to be freed after 23 years,” reads one San Francisco Chronicle headline. “The name was like the Scarlet Letter,” Becker says. “Not because of me, but because of people’s inherent prejudice against people who were in prison.” But the damage to her arm has made the last few months difficult. She says that she has “got by on the skin of my teeth.” Recently, literary magazine The Sun printed a letter from Becker, who was introduced by editor Sy Syfransky as a “long-time reader and friend” of the magazine. In it, she explicitly asks for help, saying she is “haunted day and night” by debts she cannot pay. “The response has been phenomenal,” says Becker. “For people to be moved by something and act on it says something for humanity. We’re not in such bad shape.” Still, Becker says, sitting before a small pile of photographs of her art, she’d like to get back to the art and the teaching that got her through the long, dark night that was prison. “The very best posture you can do,” she says, “is stand on your own two feet.”


The (smaller) future of venture capital BY DAEDALUS HOWELL


oney makes the world go around—really, really fast—which is why one’s head tends to spin with each new billion-dollar valuation and smug twentysomething on a magazine cover. This isn’t anything new; it’s even something of a Bay Area tradition. Or at least that’s the impression one might get watching Something Ventured, Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine’s documentary exploring the history of venture capital and the men who first saw dollar signs in Silicon Valley. “We start at the back, and if the numbers are big, we look at the front to see what kind of business it is,” laughs the dapper Tom Perkins, early in the film. Perkins is the gimlet-eyed partner of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, who successfully funded companies like Google, Amazon and Genentech. The film, which screened earlier this month at the San Francisco International Film

Festival, serves to remind that not only did these swaggering money men make possible companies like Apple, Atari, Cisco and Intel, but they’re responsible for recasting the American dream with a geek sensibility. At the Founder Conference in Mountain View last week, the geeks were in full force, attending panels and seminars with titles like “Can You Really Raise Angel Money with One Email in 2011?” (I wasn’t able to get the answer.) Presented by—that’s not a typo, but rather a spelling both predicated on the availability of domain names and a hip, postdot-com disregard for vowels (think “Flickr”)—the conference was crammed. According to its romance copy, organizers promised a “simple alternative to incorporating for Web 2.0 startups,” which came in the form of meet-ups and some order of “virtual company product.” Whichever way companies surely sprang from the event, it was evident that cash was flowing. The numbers, it’s worth noting, were not in the obscene, let’sbuy-a-foosball-table amounts of last decade, but rather sober seedlings of cash that almost seemed quaint. I overheard a sharp-dressed man talking loudly on a mobile phone, insisting to his interlocutor that he “can get you $50,000 in seed money right now, if that’s all you want. People love the concept—you’re a candlemaker in Marin!” Sure, candlemaking might not be Facebook material, but here was a guy in a suit obviously excited about the notion. This is what the Bay Area does best—it takes little ideas, infuses them with passion, smarts and drive, and turns them into big ideas. Even my toddler son seemed to get the bug. He filched a penny from my coat pocket and promptly threw it in the fountain— a small investment that turned an otherwise banal water feature into a wishing well. Daedalus Howell invests in media arts at

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Survive— or Thrive? Jeff Vander Clute on reframing sustainability BY JULIANE POIRIER


’m only one of 10,000 others riding this wave,” says technology expert Jeff Vander Clute, a North Bay transplant whose linguistic long board is propelled by a new social wave. Conceptual surfers including Vander Clute are asking communities to replace the goal of sustainability with a vision of thriving, a shift from fearbased to creativity-based problem solving. Vander Clute, 37, is a socialmedia architect who has determined that communities only existing online are not whole. Seeking the missing piece, he experienced two extremes: Silicon Valley and Whidbey Island, Wash. “When I was in Palo Alto, high school students were throwing themselves in front of trains on a daily basis, and that didn’t feel like community,” said Vander Clute. “But on Whidbey Island, I met

inspiring people doing incredible work. My experience of nature and the feeling of kinship drew me into relationships in a community that takes care of itself. Everyone eats, there is very little crime and their food system is beyond organic.” Inspired by what he’s experienced, Vander Clute is now working in Napa County as part of a privately funded exploration of what thriving might mean to locals. “We want to find what’s working and support that,” explains Vander Clute, “allowing dysfunctional systems to be supplanted with thriving ones over time.” Vander Clute claims three survival options for our species. The least desirable is that we fail. The better option is that we pass the bar and survive, but the shining option is that we make it by figuring out how to thrive. Along with the “10,000” other social creatives, Vander Clute sees that communities focused on thriving rather than surviving will benefit from an immediate burst of creativity and motivation, because the driving force for change will no longer be fear. “The synonyms for thriving are few compared to all the words we have for merely sustaining, for treading water or just getting by,” Vander Clute says. “We don’t have as many ways to express thriving.” (So we increase the lexicon while having more fun finding survival solutions—who knew?) “A lot of this is totally new to me,” Vander Clute confesses. “But the one thing I do know is that nothing new comes from certainty. We need a relationship with uncertainty. To be open and receptive allows for the creativity that will provide the solutions.” Solutions do include social media; among more than 30 platforms supporting face-to-face community, Vander Clute recommends www. or

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DAILY SPECIAL Note the hand-changed prices at Lao Saetern’s stand—lowered, not raised.

Fields of Flavor Lao Saetern’s pesticide-free berries fly off the stand BY SUZANNE DALY


riving through the cold winter rain on Highway 12 between Sebastopol and Santa Rosa, local residents have looked longingly at the closed strawberry stand just west of Llano Road, waiting for spring and the “Open” sign to appear. Finally, at the end of April, the sight of baskets of red berries brightening the small

wooden farm stand appeared, and those who made the much-anticipated turn off the highway found they were not alone. It’s not unusual for 10 or more cars to fill the lot, with customers eagerly awaiting their turn to taste some of the sweetest and most healthful strawberries in Sonoma County. The farm stand, owned and operated by Lao Saetern, is

largely a one-man operation, open seven days a week, “when there are berries,” he tells me, between customers. “Most of the time, I work by myself. From 6 to 9am I pick, then sell berries or maintain the farm.” Saetern describes an extremely difficult life of poverty in his native Thailand, where even clothing and shoes were hard to obtain. “My life is farming,” he says. “Since I was young, I farmed. My parents were farmers and needed my help, so I took over

what they did.” Sponsored by his brother who had immigrated earlier, Saetern and his wife moved to Sacramento and raised five children. After five years in Sacramento, Saetern established his farm on five rented acres in the Santa Rosa area to take advantage of the better weather and longer growing season for berries. A neighbor of Saetern’s pulls into the stand. They chat about the flock of wild turkeys that destroyed the berries on the farmland bordering her home. “Even fencing won’t keep them out,” she rues. “They just fly over it.” In halting English, Saetern discusses the hardships of farming. “During strawberry season, I live near my fields. When I have time, I go home, but now there is no time. I try to be like the olden days, so I don’t use any pesticides or chemicals, but it’s hard to control insects; they destroy your plants by eating the leaves and fruits and sucking out all the juices.” Spider mites appear when it gets hot, usually at the beginning of June, and Saetern waits out their natural life cycle until it is over and the leaves grow back on the plants. “That takes a couple of months, and I don’t have any profit. I only use black plastic between the rows to keep the weeds down, heat in and moisture in the soil.” Saetern also grows a variety of vegetables to augment his income, but it’s the strawberries that draw customers off the road. In less than 10 minutes, the 30 baskets for sale have disappeared, three at a time. As more customers pull in, Saetern asks them to wait a few minutes so he can replenish the stand. He hops into his small blue pickup, heading into the back fields to pick a fresh supply. “I only pick enough to sell one day at a time,” he explains. “I don’t keep them for the next day. They’re not good for tomorrow. They should be fresh.” Sonoma County Strawberry Farm, 5556 Hwy. 12, Santa Rosa. Open 9am–7pm, seven days a week when berries are available; closed when none available.

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Nonni’s Ristorante Italiano Italian. $$. Hearty

cuisine. $$$. Fish is the thing at this airy spot that features local and sustainable foods. Lots of pork dishes, too–and they’re insanely good. Dinner daily. 42 Petaluma Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.9900.

Charcuterie French Mediterranean. $$. Intimate bistro has casual European wine-bar feel. Lunch, MonSat; dinner, Sun-Thurs. 335 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.431.7231.

Chelino’s Mexican Restaurant Mexican. $. Standout generous taqueria fare with fresh ingredients daily. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 1079 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.571.7478.

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

The Girl & the Fig Bistro. $$$. Country food with a French passion. Great wine bar, great patio. Lunch and dinner daily. 110 W Spain St, Sonoma. 707.938.3634.

JhanThong BanBua Thai. $-$$. Sophisticated and delicate Thai cuisine. Fresh ingredients, packed with flavor. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 2400 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.528.8048.

Kirin Chinese. $$. Specializing in Mandarin, Szechuan and Peking styles. Kirin’s pot stickers are the best in Sonoma County. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat; dinner, Sun. 2700 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.525.1957. La Fondita Mexican. $. Hearty, filling, very tasty. No glop or goop here. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 816 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.526.0881.

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

Willow Wood Market Cafe Mediterranean. $$. Homey, eclectic foods. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 9020 Graton Rd, Graton. 707.823.0233.

Wolf House Californian. $$$-$$$$. Stick with the simple, classics dishes, as they always shine. Lunch, Tues-Fri; dinner, Tues-Sun; brunch, SatSun. 13740 Arnold Dr, Glen Ellen. 707.996.4401. Yao-Kiku Japanese. $$-$$$. Fresh sushi with ingredients flown in from Japan steals the show in this popular neighborhood restaurant. Lunch and dinner daily. 2700 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.578.8180. Zazu Cal-Euro. $$$. 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.

MARIN CO U N T Y Buckeye Roadhouse American. $$-$$$. A Marin County institution. Delightful food, friendly and seamless service, and a convivial atmosphere. Try one of the many exotic cocktails. Lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 15 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley. 415.331.2600.

Drake’s Beach Cafe Californian. $$-$$$. More dinner party than restaurant, and the food is fresh and

American. $. Take a gander at the extensive list of Easy Street specials and get a spot by the window to watch Red Hill shoppers wander by. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 882 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo. 415.453.1984.

Finnegan’s Marin Pub fare. $$. Irish bar with the traditional stuff. Lunch and dinner daily. 877 Grant Ave, Novato. 415.225.7495.

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.

Fradelizio’s Italian. $$. Locally sourced northern Italian dishes with a Californiacuisine touch. The house red is a custom blend from owner Paul Fradelizio. Lunch and dinner daily. 35 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 415.459.1618.

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

Left Bank French. $$-$$$. Splendid, authentic French cuisine. Lunch, Mon-Sat; dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 507 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.927.3331.

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

Marin Brewing Co Pub food. $-$$. Excellent soups, salads, pub grub and awardwinning pork-beer sausage. Lunch and dinner daily. 1809 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 415.461.4677. Mountain Home Inn American. $$-$$$$. Great summer sandwiches with a view atop Mt Tamalpais. Breakfast, Sat-Sun; lunch and dinner, Wed-Sun. 810 Panoramic Dr, Mill Valley. 415.381.9000.

Piatti Italian. $$-

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amazing. A meal to remember. Lunch, Thurs-Sun; dinner, Fri-Sat. 1 Drake’s Beach Rd, Pt Reyes National Seashore. 415.669.1297.


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$$$.Rustic, seasonal, Italian food. Kid-friendly. Lunch and dinner daily. 625 Redwood Hwy, Mill Valley. 415.380.2525.

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.

N A PA CO U N T Y Brannan’s Grill California cuisine. $$-$$$. Creative cuisine in handsome Craftsman setting. Lunch and dinner daily. 1347 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.2233.

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

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

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

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


Wednesday Night Wine Serving wine isn’t usually a controversial idea in Sonoma County, but to read the terrified public comment that’s emerged about Santa Rosa’s Wednesday Night Market hosting a winetasting area, you’d think that the downtown is about to be littered with vomiting hobos smashing storefronts, peeing in the street and punching newborn babies. The horror! This, of course, is an exaggeration. “There’s been a lot of time and effort into creating a tasting-room experience,” assures Chris Denny, Market board member, “and not a drunk fest.” Denny, who moved here six years ago from Florida, wasn’t around to remember the first great scare for what was once known as the Thursday Night Market, back in the 1990— namely, that “undesirable elements” from out of town were causing problems. The decision that ultimately resulted changed the name of the Market for good, and provided plenty of eye-rolling: If we move the Market to Wednesday night, organizers determined, then gang members from Vallejo will get confused and stop coming. Which is why it’s nice to hear Denny says things like “Sonoma County is very diverse, and the market is, too. I love that.” As for the hubbub over winetasting? “We’re kind of happy that it’s controversial in some ways,” he assures. “It just shows that people are passionate about the market.” Tip your plastic glass of Merlot, grab a plate of food and see people you went to high school with every Wednesday night through Aug. 31 on Fourth Street in downtown Santa Rosa. 5–8pm. Free. www.srdowntownmarket. com.—Gabe Meline

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.

Miguel’s MexicanCalifornian. $$. Ultracasual setting and laid-back service belies the delicious kitchen magic within; chilaquiles are legendary. Breakfast, lunch and

dinner daily. 1437 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.6868.

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


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

S O N OM A CO U N T Y 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.

Cahill Winery Sample whites, reds, distilled Chardonnay spirits and a refillable one-gallon jug wine with unalloyed lack of wine country airs in this ramshackle warehouse steps away from the West Country Trail, Green Valley’s own Weinwanderweg. Bring your dog; the cat doesn’t mind. 4950 Ross Road, Sebastopol. Open Friday, 1–5pm; Saturday– Sunday, 11am–5pm. No fee. 707.823.1335.

Quivira Winery Certified biodynamic producer that promotes creek stewardship and steelhead-salmon-habitat restoration. Dry Creek Zinfandel is a regular favorite; Mourvèdre and other Rhône varietals are outstanding. As the steelhead have lately rediscovered, Quivira is worth returning to year after year. 4900 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 11am–5pm. 800.292.8339.

Sapphire Hill Sharing a property with such as Camilla Cellars and other boutique wineries on a compound they simply call “Front Street 5,” production is mainly reds, with the exception of an estate Chardonnay. 51 Front St., Healdsburg. Open Thursday– Monday, 11am–4:30pm. 707.431.1888.

Sheldon Wines New location in an “Urban Winery Village,” same couple of young, globe-trotting harvest hobos who caught wine fever like an express train and held on tight. 1301 Cleveland Ave., Santa Rosa. Open Friday– Sunday, noonish to sixish; Thirsty Thursdays, 4–8pm. 707.829.8100. Twomey Cellars Framed

by the spacious environs, through a massive glass wall, a panoramic $10 million view of the Russian River Valley awaits tasters. 3000 Westside Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 9am–5pm. 800.505.4850.

popular tasting room set in the winery’s remodeled craftsman farmhouse. Frank Family Vineyards, 1091 Larkmead Lane, Calistoga. Tasting daily, 10am–4pm, $10; reserve, $25. 707.942.0753.


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

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

Ross Valley Winery In existence since 1987, the 17Ross Valley Winery produces Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Zin port wines. 343 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. Open Tuesday–Sunday, 1–7pm. 415.457.5157.

N A PA CO U N T Y Frank Family Vineyards A media mogul imagineered a Napa Valley winery that’s surprisingly no-frills, friendly and free of charge, from the flute of bubbly welcome to the last sip of award-winning Cab. Emphasis is on the historic Larkmead winery, the wine and, natch, the guest at this

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

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

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Quixote There is a sense of dignity to the colorful little castle that grows out of the landscape beneath the Stag’s Leap palisades, commensurate with the architect’s humanistic aspirations. 6126 Silverado Trail, Napa. By appointment. 707.944.2659.

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


Live Jazz every Thursday & Friday

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

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Sheldon Wines at Urban Winery Village


f you know of a young person of modest means who, after but one or two harvests, has stars in his eyes and dreams of starting his very own winery, the best advice is probably prudence: get a degree, pay your dues, and don’t jump into anything foolishly romantic. And for goodness sake, don’t tell them about the Sheldons.

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Having launched into the business headlong on a shoestring budget—selling a car, sleeping on the floor—Dylan and Tobe Sheldon ran the county’s most twee tasting room when we last saw them, in Sebastopol. Although the duo has since decoupled the caboose and set up on the other side of the tracks, sandwiched in between the 101 freeway and a ready-mix cement plant, Sheldon, their partners Krutz Family and MJ Lords Wine Cellars, and neighbors D’Argenzio Winery are making the best of their industrial-strength location, calling it the “Urban Winery Village.” Trellised grape arbors and a bocce ball court are in the works, and a gourmet kitchen, deli and possibly a beer tasting room are threatening to join them soon. For now, noshables are provided via food truck on every “Thirsty Thursday” evening. Each winery offers a five dollar wine by the glass, paired with mobile offerings from Street-Eatz, La Texanita or Chicago Hot Dog, as you like it. Starting last weekend, on Mother’s Day, May 8, mobile crêpery Ultra Crepes will pull in around 11am to 3pm, every Sunday. Sheldon’s 2009 La Naris ($28) just might be the ticket for the savory crêpe pairing. With floral, cool, white-rose and mandarinorange aromas, this white Rhône mashup is full-bodied but has racy acidity. Sheldon seeks out unusual varietals in family-run vineyards, resulting in rarities like the 2009 Graciano ($28). With nose-tingling scents of jasmine tea, incense and pepper, this soft, lively red, from 19 feet below sea level in the Delta, is tagged “Super Freak.” It’s unusual as a varietal wine even in its native Spain. Typifying the Sheldon style, their Dry Creek Cabernet Sauvignon is what Tobe describes as an old-fashioned Cab from decades past: a medium-bodied claret with Chianti-like fruit and brightness. It’s got finesse and balance, yet you could take it to your next pasta feed and drink it by the keg—literally. Sheldon distributes the Cab and a white in stainless steel kegs, the equivalent of 26 bottles. What’s better than that? Crêpes and wine, folks, spring and summer Sunday mornings. Sheldon Wines, 1301 Cleveland Ave., Santa Rosa. Friday–Monday noonish to sixish; tasting fees $5–$15 include nekkid logo tasting glass. Thirsty Thursdays, 4–8pm. 707.865.6755.—James Knight

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The Maker Faire’s open-source explosion of DIY creativity returns BY MARIA GRUSAUSKAS AND LEILANI CLARK


he Makers are getting ready. From basements and scattered warehouses in the Oakland hills, from cabins in Occidental all the way down to garages in Santa Cruz, they’re putting the finishing touches on their projects for the fast-approaching Maker Faire 2011. Once described as “Burning Man without the nudity,” the extravaganza of invention and self-expression poised to erupt on the San Mateo County Fairgrounds May 21–22 is the largest do-ityourself fair in the world, with over 600 participating crafters, engineers and inventors.

The Maker Faire’s hands-on, playground atmosphere provides multigenerational entertainment, but it also serves as a mash-up of knowledge where the most creative minds in the Bay Area meet—and in a forum with a new set of rules. The open-source philosophy of the Maker Faire means that all Makers share their designs with the world. There are no copyrights. There are no profits. As Sherry Huss, general manager and founder of the Maker Faire, puts it, “You can take something from the big pot and work on it, and if you add to it, then you should put it back into the community so other people can work on it. It’s not proprietary.” Although this country’s cultural tradition is to buy new things made by private corporations, the emerging open-source DIY movement is spreading through our regional

hotbed of innovation and technology. “DIY is so important to the creation of technology. It’s unconstrained by bureaucracy and it’s fueled by passion instead of profit,” says Eric Stackpole, a mechanical engineer who’s bringing his telerobotic submarine to the faire. “When people follow their passion, they try things businesses that rely on market research never would, and the kind of communities passionate people end up networking and collaborating with are all like-minded.” Part playground, part science fair, part workshop and part county fair, the Maker Faire is also a famous catalyst where disparate elements meet and new forms of art and technology are born. “When the knitters start talking to the folks from the Grafitti Research Labs, that’s when the magic happens,” says Huss, referring to the “yarn bombs,” or knitted graffiti, that came out of a Maker Faire in New York. Six years after Sebastopol-based O’Reilly Media presented the first Maker Faire, the movement has caught fire—and the possibilities are endless.— Maria Grusauskas

Jaws of Light Artist and sculptor Todd Williams was in the middle of Nevada’s Black Rock Desert when he saw a tumbleweed suspended above a remotecontrolled truck. It was 1998, his first year at Burning Man, and the hovering bundle planted a seed of inspiration that would come to fruition years later. “There’s just something so elegant and ridiculous about seeing a tumbleweed floating by instead of tumbling around,” says Williams. “I never really thought

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ALL TEETH Todd Williams with his remote-control predators.

about putting art on a remotecontrolled car before that.” Captivated by another floating object in the desert that week—a two-dimensional neon horse “galloping” over the black sand—he found his fascination deepening. The horse had been fashioned from electroluminescent wire, or “el wire,” a new material that was at that time coming out of Israel. Essentially copper wire coated in phosphorescent material, it required only a low voltage charge to glow as if red-hot. Williams began experimenting, and returned to Burning Man in subsequent years with various el wire art projects—horses, UFOs and “alien bug things,” all strapped to remote-controlled monster trucks. For the underwater-themed

year of Burning Man, six years after he began working with el wire, he crafted his most popular and intriguing piece of work to date: a four-foot neon shark named Sparky. “There’s juju to it. It’s more than just a fish. There’s the danger side to it,” says Williams. “It’s one of the more powerful animals on the planet.” Sparky’s skeleton was crafted with wire, welded into a sharkshaped basket and covered with a scaly aluminum screen, papiermâché and paint. (The result, in daylight, is realistic-looking sharkskin.) The final touch was outlining the whole shape with el wire, with segmented jaws, gills and tails lit in succession to create the illusion of breathing and biting. Perched on long metal

Landsharks are Exhibit 415 in the Dark Room of the Fiesta Building. Williams will be running the sharks for 20 minutes on the hour every hour except noon. Get a preview at

Beat Maker As the husband to its founder Sherry Huss, Joe Szuecs has been a part of every Maker Faire since it first began in 2006. And while he’s known for bowls and flowers made from old records and birdhouses repurposed from used materials, this year he’ll be showing off his latest invention, the “New Music Box.” Powered by an arduino—a microcontroller that’s become a Maker technology favorite—and inspired by John Cage’s prepared piano, Szuecs’ neat wooden boxes generate

his workshop, putting the final touches on his music boxes and turntables, making sure everything works well and sounds good. “This weekend is ‘vacuum form experiment,’” Szuecs says, laughing. In classic Maker fashion, it’s all about the tinkering, getting gadgets to work, getting his boxes to play those beats, simply for the pure joy of it.—Leilani Clark The New Music Box is Exhibit 5117 of Area A in the Expo Building. Demonstrations will occur throughout the day. Get a preview at

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MUSIQUE CONCRETE Joe Szuecs was inspired by John Cage’s prepared piano.

percussive beats different than your standard drumset. “The kinds of sounds I go for are a little more abstract,” says Szuecs, sitting by the window in sunny Renga Arts, the store and gallery that he’s owned for six years. The beatmaking device, made from recycled parts and featuring decoration by friend and collaborator Laura Paulini, can store up to six rhythms, says Szuecs. Mechanical gadgetry inside the box creates the sounds, which “had people dancing in New York City.” Szuecs himself is a jazz guitarist, and eventually he wants to incorporate his beat generators into an actual live performance, composing pieces as Cage did with his piano. Another piece making its debut at Szuecs’ Maker booth is a turntable contraption that allows for multiple records to be played at once, which has a “Charles Ives pedigree to it,” he says. Right now, he’s in the experimental stage, gutting an old record player and figuring out how to get the right materials for the tone arms. He spends time at thrift stores like Garbage Reincarnation in Santa

Rosa’s Roseland district, as well as various surplus electronics places, looking for salvageable materials for his work. “I like old knobs,” he says. Renga Arts recently moved from its small Occidental space to this much larger location on Gravenstein Highway, on land shared with West County sculptor Patrick Amiot, the artist behind all those rambunctious metal mermaids and motorcycle riders plunked all over West County. An Amiot piece stands at the entrance to the store (an enormous cow jumping over a moon) while inside, a de facto Maker gallery unfolds with work made from recycled goods. Art made of classroom rulers, bottle caps and discarded pieces of rubber cover most of the surfaces. Wooden birds hang from the ceiling, with wings constructed by Szuecs from salvaged swimming pool liner. The contents of Renga Arts conjure feelings of possibility and innovation, and Szuecs personifies this attitude. He’ll spend the weekend getting ready for the Maker Faire in

Adventurer Eric Stackpole has been burning the candle at both ends. Designing his second remotely operated vehicle for underwater exploration is “just a work of passion,” he says, a passion he somehow finds time for when not working on his senior thesis at the University of Santa Clara’s school of mechanical engineering. But dividing his time between school and building robots is one of Stackpole’s talents; in fact, while an undergrad at San Jose State, he once built a robot named ESTR that he outfitted with a webcam and sent to attend lectures in his stead, controlling it from his dorm room. The drive behind his passion is clear: exploration. “In the last 10 years alone, some of the greatest exploration that has been done— missions to the deepest parts of Earth’s oceans and the highest latitudes of Mars’ poles, and many places in between—has been with telerobots,” says Stackpole. His latest remotely operated vehicle—we’ll call it the second OpenRov for now—was inspired by his desire to delve into the mysterious depths of Hall City Cave, a cavern in the mountains of Northern California with a seemingly bottomless water-filled shaft rumored to contain a stash of stolen gold. Although many people have attempted ) 22 to explore the shaft, no

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rods above a remote-controlled vehicle, Sparky “swims” a couple feet off the ground—the perfect height for nibbling at the calves of unsuspecting festivalgoers. “What started as a toy to play with in the desert for a week turned into a cult favorite,” says Williams, who’s coming to be known as “the shark guy” and now has four “festival-durable” sharks, two modeled after great white sharks (Sparky and Betty) and two hammerheads (aka “glamorheads”), Hammie and Stella. “You never know what people will do. I’ve had people run up and tackle them,” says Williams. And since most people have never seen a neon shark swimming toward them in the dark, there are thousands of different reactions to be had. Williams will bring all four of his sharks to the Maker Faire this year, while a life-sized 12-foot shark—one large enough to ride, he says—prowls the far reaches of his imagination. Last year, his sharks were such a hit that he won three blue ribbons; this year he brings not only his sharks but also various pieces of clothing he has been making, naturally, out of el wire.—Maria Grusauskas

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THE ABYSS Eric Stackpole is building robots to dive deep for gold.

one has ever reached its end. “Using a home-built OpenROV submarine, I intend to telerobotically explore the parts of this submerged labyrinth that have never been seen by human eyes before,” says Stackpole, whose OpenROV features a highresolution camera on board—part of its mobile device “brain”—and magnetic thrusters that allow it to go to more extreme depths than ROV-1. But the most notable aspect of Stackpole’s new OpenROV is that it is an “open hardware project,” meaning that it will be built from materials that can be obtained at tech and hardware stores (rather than commissioned by special companies), and the entire blueprint will be open and free to the public. “The open hardware movement is just emerging now, but it has huge potential,” he says. “The advantages to keeping it open is that the design work is transferable, the cost of development is spread among users and it’s shared within a community of people.” The one stipulation for the open hardware project is that it always

remain in the public domain—all subsequent modifications and improvements in design are to be shared with the community, just as the first design was. So, a project motivated by an altruistic desire to share the ability to explore the world’s mysterious places, and not by patents, copyrights or profits? “Imagine what we could do if the average person had access to serious telerobotic exploration equipment and could conduct expeditions to unknown places on his or her own with the same ease as playing a video game. That’s what I envision for OpenROV,” says Stackpole. —Maria Grusauskas OpenROV debuts at Exhibit 38 in the Expo Building. Get updates at

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Is it chamber music? Is it jazz? Does it matter? In the vein of Amélie composer Yann Tiersen, Leonard Bernstein’s ballet sequences and the indie-Balkan outfit Beirut, the latest incarnation of Tin Hat (née Tin Hat Trio) straddles the genres to evoke a metropolitan experience, where sounds are piled beside each other in close quarters to commingle and create something altogether stronger than the sum of its parts. The group, who’s collaborated with Tom Waits and members of Mr. Bungle and is anchored by the versatile violinist Carla Kihlstedt, perform on Thursday, May 12, at 142 Throckmorton Theater. 142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 8pm. $18. 415.383.9600.


Left of the Dial Considering that the FCC has approved such call letters as KCUF (read it backwards) and KUNT, the soon-to-beaired FM radio station KWTF seems soft in comparison. Not that it’ll be broadcasting Céline Dion; rather, the upstart station, license in hand, is “dedicated to advancing local and global news, arts and culture and promoting social change by helping to inform, entertain, involve, educate and connect Northern California’s diverse multilingual communities.” Funds are raised when Comanche Hi Power, the New Trust and Brian Fitzpatrick play on Saturday, May 14, at the Arlene Francis Center. 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 5pm. $20 donation. 707.528.3009.


Holmes, owner of Napa Valley Art Supplies. For two years now, Holmes has hosted the Spray Can Slam, inviting artists to wield aerosol against canvas on the front lawn of his store and helping change conceptions about graffiti. “My mission is to give legitimacy to this form of art,” says Holmes; see it in action as the region’s upcoming street artists paint live on Saturday, May 14, at Napa Valley Art Supplies. 3250 California Blvd., Napa. Noon-5pm. Free. 707.224.2775.


Hustlin’ He’s been considered obscene by middle America, convicted for engaging in organized crime, sent to jail, released to spend time with naked women 24/7, shot at and paralyzed, and had a biopic made of his life—and no, he is not Notorious B.I.G. Hustler publisher Larry Flynt has a new book out, One Nation Under Sex, which examines the role that presidents’ sex lives have had in shaping White House policy, and further exercises the right of free speech that he’s fought fiercely to defend. He and co-author David Eisenbach appear in discussion on Sunday, May 15, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 4pm. Free. 415.927.0960.

Gabe Meline

Spray It Say “graffiti” to the average person and several connotations pop to mind— trespassing, vandalism and gang ties, generally. “Artist” isn’t part of that wordassociation game, unless you’re Jeff

FAMILY TRADITION Vieux Farka Touré keeps his father’s flame alive May 17 at the Mystic Theatre. See Concerts, p28.

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ArtsIdeas BIGGIE SHORTY From ‘Pootie Tang’ to Proposition 8, Sykes has unmistakable style.

Syke-Delic Wanda Sykes stands up


t’s not like people are gonna cast me to play George Clooney’s lover anyway,� jokes Wanda Sykes.


Famously coming out in 2008 amid the Proposition 8 campaign, the comedian’s decision raised awareness about the issue more than it threatened her career. “I wasn’t really worried about that,� she adds in a phone interview. “Like, ‘Ahh, there goes that Brad Pitt sex scene I was about to do.’�


Yet for almost 20 years, Sykes has been just about everwhere else. The East Coast comedian started her standup career at a Washington, D.C.–area showcase and continued to perform at local venues until her ďŹ rst big break in 1992, when she opened for Chris Rock. She later joined the writing team for The Chris Rock Show, winning an Emmy for outstanding writing. Since then, she’s starred in her own sitcom, been the host of her own talk show, had a recurring role on the popular

sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine and been named one of Entertainment Weekly’s 25 funniest people in America. Currently on tour, Sykes is making her way to the wine country for the ďŹ rst time, something she hopes to take advantage of while she’s here. “I’m trying to ďŹ gure out how I can squeeze in a couple extra days to do some winetasting,â€? she says. “It’s such a nice word to say: ‘winetasting.’ Instead of, you know, to get plastered or get drunk. I love that. It sounds so

cultured. Not, ‘I’m gonna drink till I pass out.’â€? When told that Sonoma County was recently named the second most gay-friendly place to live after San Francisco, Sykes responds in trademark style: “Oh, that’s good to know! So when I’m drunk and passed out in the middle of the vineyard, then somebody will get me home.â€? Patience, she says, is the most important factor in earning marriage equality. “I think it’s just time,â€? she says, “and continued dialogue with those who are opposed to it. Courts have righted wrongs, and I think that’ll happen with marriage equality.â€? During the short time that same-sex marriage was legal in California, Sykes married wife Alex, who gave birth to twin babies, Lucas and Olivia, just two years ago. “They’ve taken over the house,â€? Sykes sighs. “I used to have a really cool, sexy house. Now my house is baby-proofed. I don’t even recognize my house anymore!â€? Even as a seasoned comedian, she admits to still getting a bit nervous before stepping out onstage instead of a camera. “I love the whole live aspect of standup,â€? says Sykes. “There’s no, ‘Ooh, let’s go back and do that again.’ There’s something dangerous about that, and that’s what I enjoy.â€? In her act, Sykes touches on the subjects of gay marriage, her children, Obama, the metric system and doctors. And once this tour comes to an end, other projects are in the works, including voice recording for Ice Age 4 and another as-yet-unspeciďŹ ed television undertaking. “I’ll be back out there,â€? she teases. Wanda Sykes will be out here on Friday, May 20, at the Wells Fargo Center For the Arts. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $50– $65. 707.546.3600.

n the Tony-winning musical Hairspray, opening next week in a Mountain Play production at the massive outdoor Cushing Memorial Amphitheater on Mount Tamalpais, a free-spirited teenage girl from Baltimore named Tracy Turnblad wins a spot on her favorite television dance show—and ends up changing the lives of everyone around her, as well as her own.

To a degree, the same thing is happening with Kimberly Swanson, who won the role of Tracy Turnblad after auditioning with dozens and dozens of other young actresses. “I do feel that Tracy is pretty

‘Hairspray’ runs Sundays at 2pm from May 22 to June 19 at the Cushing Memorial Amphitheater on Mt. Tamalpais (shuttle busses available and recommended). $30–$40. 415.383.1100.

MASHED POTATO TIME Kimberly Swanson stars in the stage version of John Waters’ cult film .

Big Girl Now No dull moments in ‘Hairspray’ BY DAVID TEMPLETON


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iconic,” Swanson tells me, “because she’s an everyday girl who gets her dream of being on a TV show, and she ends up achieving equality for that show by getting it integrated.” Set in the early 1960s, a major part of Hairspray’s story involves the efforts of black teenagers to be allowed to dance on the show alongside white teenagers, an effort Tracy becomes passionately involved in as she befriends a group of African-American kids at the local record shop. “Though Tracy is pretty iconic,” Swanson continues, “I can’t say I’ve felt like an icon yet myself—because, you know, I’m just . . . myself. I’m just a simple girl from Novato High School.” Directed by James Dunn, the rock-and-roll-fueled show follows many unique conventions established in the original Broadway show, particularly with casting a man in the role of Edna Turnblad, Tracy’s housewife mother who finds her own life changing along with her daughter’s. In the Mountain Play production, Edna is played by Joshua Castro (a Mountain Play veteran who last year delighted audiences in the role of NicelyNicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls). “I feel a little like Joshua is my mother, at least during rehearsals,” Swanson laughs. “I’m by far the youngest cast member in the show, so Joshua watches out for me, takes care of me. He’s a very nurturing, loving guy. So it’s like he’s my mom, whether he’s dressed as a woman or not.” Asked to describe the show for anyone who’s been living in a cave and has never heard of Hairspray, Swanson says, “Oh, I think everyone’s in for a treat. There isn’t a dull moment in this musical. You are instantly pulled into 1962 Baltimore. There’s a song in the show called ‘You Can’t Stop the Beat,’ and this show, the beat literally never stops. It’s just a blast.”


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TYPE ‘BLAM’ Michelle Williams, right, anchors this Oregon Trail epic.

Meek Inheritance

Pioneer women get due in ‘Meek’s Cutoff’ BY RICHARD VON BUSACK


or every Jim Bridger or Kit Carson, there must have been a dozen fools like the hoarse-voiced, lying guide Stephen Meek. Director Kelly Reichardt’s Meek’s Cutoff, based on a true story, shows us a group helpless in the hands of a moody and not quite sane mountain man.

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In the 1840s, Meek (Bruce Greenwood) leads a small group of pioneers on a hazardous shortcut off the Oregon Trail, through terrain too far away from the Columbia River. The chance of Piute attack increases, and, as Meek says, “Even Indians despise these Indians.” Befitting the film’s smaller scale, there’s only one Indian (Rod Rondeaux), an injured brave taken hostage by the whites. He’s as foreign as can be, either unable or unwilling to communicate. And Meek, a foaming racist, knows no sign language. For reasons of budget or focus, the group in the film consists of just three wagons. On them are three women, and one of them, Michelle Williams as Emily Tetherow, is perhaps the canniest. She volunteers to mend the Indian’s torn moccasin, but not out of Christian kindness; stabbing it with a needle and thread, she mutters, “I want him to owe me something.” The film’s focus on the pioneer women is more than overdue. (At Sundance, Reichardt said she wanted to make a Western seen through the eyes of the person who made soup for John Wayne.) And having made a movie full of excitement and integrity, Reichardt decides to leave the ending open. Questioned about it at Sundance, Reichardt justified her own cutoff: “We all know how it ends,” she said; namely, the West gets settled. That kind of logic could be a game for Twitter. I’ll start: Why watch the last reel of Casablanca if you know the Germans eventually lose the war? ‘Meek’s Cutoff’ opens Friday, May 13, at Summerfield Cinemas in Santa Rosa.

NEW MOVIES Bridesmaids (R; 125 min.) Hangover for the girls. Hilarious Kristen Wiig co-stars with Maya Rudolph in raunchy-ish chic flick about a Vegas bridal party that goes too far. Directed by Paul Feig of Freaks and Geeks fame and produced by Judd Apatow. The Double Hour (NR; 102 min.) A retired cop in Turin falls for a Slovenian maid, but their romance is endangered when her dark past is exposed on a trip to the country. In Italian with English subtitles. At the Smith Rafael Center. (AD) Everything Must Go (R; 100 min.) Will Ferrell drops into a serious role as an alcoholic who sells everything in an attempt to start over. Based on a story by Raymond Carver. At Summerfield Cinemas. (UL) The Little Traitor (NR; 88 min.) A young boy discovers the “enemy” isn’t always detestable in this story set in the Britishoccupied Israel of 1947. Based on the novel Panther in the Basement by Amos Oz. At Summerfield Cinemas. (KC)

Meek’s Cutoff (PG; 104 min.) A view of the West as seen from pioneer women. See review, adjacent page.

My Brother Mike (NR; 90 min.) Meet filmmaker Lisa Sheridan and sibling Tai Sheridan at a screening of this doc about brother Mike, whose mental illness interfered with his dreams of rock stardom. May 19 at the Smith Rafael Center. (KC)

Priest (R; 97 min.) I guess we lose the vampire wars in this horror adaptation about the remnants of humanity living in walled cities. Based on the Korean comic book. In 3-D. (AD) Project Happiness (NR; 90 min.) Documentary about four unhappy teens who meet peers in India and Nigeria through the internet in an innovative school program that asks “What is happiness?” With producer Randy Taran in person May 15 at the Smith Rafael Center. (UL)

ALSO PLAYING 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) 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) 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)

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)

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)

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) 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)

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) 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) 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) Thor (PG-13; 130 min.) The summer season kicks off early with fantasy-adventure based on the Marvel comic. Directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins as Thor’s pop, Odin. (UL). 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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Film capsules by Richard von Busack, Kennish Cosnahan, Alaric Darconville, and Ugo Lambui.

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7:30 PM | $5/8| FOLK ALL AGES

A North Bay Hootenanny Production


Music Concerts SONOMA COUNTY Marv Ellis Portland MC with live band sets sights on good vibes. With Activ808. May 14 at 9:30. $10. Aubergine, 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2722.

Eliza Gilkyson

14 Piece Tribute to Michael Jackson Zombie, MJ attire encouraged

Folk singer-songwriter and activist celebrates release of her new CD. May 13 at 8. $20$25. Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris St, Sebastopol. 707.823.1511.

7:30 PM | $8/10 | FOLK

Hot Club of Cowtown


9:30 PM | $10/13 | COVERS



A North Bay Hootenanny Production


SUN 5/15



8:30 PM | $10 | BLUES




9:30 PM | $10/13 | REGGAE ROCK


Trio honors Western swing king Bob Wills in new album “What Makes Bob Holler.” May 12 at 8. Andrews Hall, Sonoma Community Center, 276 E Napa St, Sonoma. 707.938.4626.

Landmark Concert Series Sat, 1 to 4. May 14, Eric Cabalo (Latin guitar). May 21, Laurent Fourgo (jazz). Landmark Vineyards, 101 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood. 707.833.0053.

Peresson Quartet Sonoma Classical Music Society present violinist Nigel Armstrong and his quartet. May 13 at 7. $10-$35. Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, 24724 Arnold Dr, Sonoma,

Realistic Orchestra Jazz and hip-hop combo pay tribute to music of Stevie Wonder. Chango B and Beset open. May 12 at 9:30. $15. Hopmonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

John Santos Latin jazz legend hosts twohour jazz appreciation class to benefit Healdsburg Jazz Festival. May 15 at 6. $10-$15. Heladsburg Center for the Arts, 130 Plaza St, Healdsburg. 707.433.4633.

Vieux Farka Touré Malian singer and guitarist the “Hendrix of the Sahara.” May 17 at 8. $21. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

band, the Delta Rhythm Kings. May 14 at 8:30. $15-$18. Rancho Nicasio, Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

Sewer Band Los Gallinas Valley Sanitary District’s non-marching band play a variety of styles. May 17 at 7:30. Free. Lagoon Park, Marin Civic Center, San Rafael. 415.499.7000.

Tin Hat Somehow both melancholy and joyful, quartet blend classical and folk in a unique musical experience. May 12 at 8. $18-$21. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Young Artists Concert Young classical musicians and scholarship-winners perform classical pieces, presented by Marin Music Chest. May 15 at 5. Free. Mt Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave, Mill Valley. 415.381.4453.

MARIN COUNTY Harmony Sweepstakes A cappella festival champs. May 14 at 8. $29.50-$39.50. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.7000.

Mayflower Community Chorus Hawaiian choir Na Leo Nahenahe join local chorus in “Island Fever.” May 13-14 at 8. $12-$17. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.7000.

Roy Rogers Slide guitar genius and his

NAPA COUNTY Take 6 A cappella jazz group heirs to tradition of doo-wop and new wave of jazz. May 13 at 8. $35-$50. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Voena A cappella choir of eight- to 18-year olds lifts spirits with world music and unique vocal arrangements. May 15 at 4. $25-$30. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.225.7372.



8:30 PM | $13/15 | BLUES ROCK



(OF Charlie Musselwhite, Canned Heat, The Rolling Stones, John Mayall)


7:30 PM | $13/15 | ROCKIN BLUES


9:30 PM | $20/25 | REGGAE


HAPPY HOUR 4 - 7 PM all shows are 21+ unless noted for reservations: 707.545.5876

707.545.2343 120 5th st. @ davis st. santa rosa, ca

OUT WEST The Hot Club of Cowtown play in Sonoma May 12. See Concerts, above.


Clubs A’Roma Roasters May 13, Collaboration. May 14, EZ Kewl (jazz). 95 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.576.7765.

Aqus Cafe May 14 at 10:30am, Shari Garn and Deeper Rhythm. 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.

Aubergine Wed at 7, open mic. May 12, Great Magnet, Box Office Poison. May 13,Mike Gibbons Band, Machiavelvets. May 14, Marv Ellis & the Platform, Activ808. May 15, Nate Lopez, Blusion, Love Choir. Tues at 7, open mic. 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2722.

Chrome Lotus May 13, Sessions 3 with DJ Sykwidit, Jason Singer and DJ Young Will. 501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa.

Flamingo Lounge Wed and Thurs, karaoke. Fri and Sat, live music. May 13, Simply Amazing. May 14, Electric Avenue. Sun, salsa with lessons. Tues, swing night with lessons. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

French Garden Restaurant May 11, Hopkin and Winge. May 13-14, Un Deux Trois. 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.2030.

Gaia’s Garden Every Tues, blues with Sonny Lowe and friends. May 12, Tony Gagarin. May 14, Marshall, Bolt & Harr. May 16, Greg Hester and friends. 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491.

Highland Dell May 13, Buddy Owen. 21050 River Blvd, Monte Rio. 707.865.2300.

Hopmonk Tavern May 11, Rubblebucket (funk). May 12, Juke Joint with Realistic Orchestra (see Concerts). May 13, Petty Theft, Jerry Hannan. May 14, Hoytus & the One Heart Band. May 15, Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers, Hillbilly Hellcats (blue). Mon, Monday Night Edutainment with DJs Jacques and Guacamole (reggae). Tues, open mic night. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Hotel Healdsburg May 13, Chris Amberger and Keith Sanders Duo. May 14,

RHYTHM KING John Santos hosts a jazz appreciation seminar May 15. See Concerts, adjacent.

Stephanie Ozer Trio. 25 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.431.2800.

16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.

Inn at the Tides

Fri, DJ Alexander. May 14, Blue Shift. 16246 First St, Guerneville. 707.869.3377.

Sat at 7, Maple Profant (solo piano). Bay View Restaurant. 800 Hwy 1, Bodega Bay. 800.541.7788.

Lagunitas Tap Room May 11, Lauralee Brown (jazz). May 12, Stefanie Keys. May 13, Del Rey. May 14, Steve James. May 15, Beso Negro. May 18, Blue Merle. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

Last Day Saloon May 12, Skitzo, Imperial Omen, 26 MPH (metal). May 13, Foreverland (14 piece tribute to Michael Jackson). May 14 at 1, Aftertayst, Road Crew, Ashkira, Krawl (rock); at 7, David Luning Band, Steve Pile Band, Pine Needles, Jill Cohn, Alison Harris (folk). May 15, David Allan Coe Band. Mon, karaoke. 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.2343.

Little Switzerland May 14, Gator Beat (Zydeco). 19080 Riverside Dr, Sonoma. 707.938.9910.

Main Street Station May 11, Phat Chance Quartet. May 12, Greg Hestor (bebop piano). May 13, Vernelle Anders. May 14, Rhonda Benin (R&B). Sun, Kit Mariah’s open mic. May 16, folk and Celtic. May 17, Out of the Blue (swing).

Mc T’s Bullpen

Monroe Dance Hall May 14, Stompy Jones. 1400 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.529.5450.

Murphy’s Irish Pub May 13, Hellhounds. May 14, Larry Carlin’s Mostly Simply Bluegrass. May 15, EZ Kewl. May 17, Dan Martin. 464 First St, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.

Mystic Theatre May 13, Chuck Prophet & Mission Express, East Bay Grease. May 14, Tainted Love. May 17, Vieux Farka Toure (see Concerts). 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

North Light Books & Cafe May 12, Hoodwink (rock). May 15, Voice Garden. 550 E Cotati Ave, Cotati. 707.792.4300.

Phoenix Theater May 14, Victim of Society, Pyrozombies, Silent Redemption, Civilian Assault, Thought Vomit, Narcissistic. 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

Rio Nido Roadhouse May 14. Levi Lloyd.

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Lunch & Dinner Sat & Sun Brunch


McNear’s Dining House Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner BBQ • Pasta • Steak FRI 5/13 • 7:30PM DOORS • $16 • 21+ SINGER/SONGWRITER



May 19 Fri

May 20





OLD 97’S WED 6/8 • 7:00PM DOORS • $21 • 18+ SONGER/SONGWRITER




THOMAS MAPFUMO & BLACKS UNLIMITED No Children Under 10 Allowed For All Ages Shows

23 Petaluma Blvd, Petaluma


Rancho Debut!


May 27 Sat

May 28

May 13, DJ Cris. May 14, Anna Kristina Band. 3250 Hwy 128, Geyserville. 707.857.2777.

Russian River Brewing Company




High Octane Americana 5:00pm

Hosted by Lauralee Brown 7:00pm


A Salute to the Beatles 8:30pm

THE RANCHO ALLSTARS May 21 Great Dance Band May 22

14540 Canyon 2 Rd, Rio Nido. 707.869.0821.

May 12, Wanda Stafford. May 17, Bryan Gould (blues). 4 Bayview St, San Rafael. 415.457.3993.

May 14, Five AM. May 15, Haute Flash. 725 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.BEER.


May 15

SAT 5/14 • 8:00PM DOORS • $21 • 21+ 1980’S COVER BAND



8:00pm / No Cover



TUE 5/17 • 7:00PM DOORS • $21 • 21+ ROCK/REGGAE/SOUL/WORLD



Panama Hotel Restaurant

River Rock Casino


STAGGERWING May 13 Americana/Folk Rock Fri



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Original Alternative Western 5:00pm / No Cover FROM THE FLATLANDERS Rancho BUTCH HANCOCK Debut! 8:30pm


Amazing Singer,Keyboardist,Songwriter,Saxaphonist 8:30pm

# # # # Memorial Day Weekend # # # # BBQs on the Lawn 4:00pm Sun May 29 THE BLUES BROADS Mon

May 30 LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS ################## 415.662.2219

On the Town Square, Nicasio

May 11, Tritanic, Volker Strifler. Thurs, DJ Dave. May 13, Levi Lloyd & the 501 Band. May 15, Bobby Voltage. Mon, Donny Maderos’ Pro Jam. 8210 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7878.

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

MARIN COUNTY 142 Throckmorton Theatre May 12, Tin Hat (see Concerts). 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Dance Palace May 14 at 2:30, French Connection (harpsichord);at 8, Lester Chambers’ Blues Revue. May 15 at 4, Sarah Cahill. Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.

Sleeping Lady

Peri’s Silver Dollar May 11, Lost Dog Found. May 12, Dr Mojo. May 13, Hustler. May 15, Rusty’s songwriters. Every Mon, acoustic open mic. May 17, Amber Snider. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.

Presidio Yacht Club May 12, Four Teardrops (British rock). Fort Baker, Sausalito. 415.332.2319.

Rancho Nicasio May 13, Staggerwing (Americana). May 14, Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings (see Concerts). May 15, Houston Jones (Americana). Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

Sausalito Seahorse May 12, Stuart and his Jazz Band. May 13, Mari Mack, Livin’ Like Kings. May 14, the Tickets (rock). Sun at 4, Salsa-lito. May 15, Louie Romero y Mazacote. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito.

May 11, finger-style guitar showcase. May 12, Danny Click’s Texas blues night. May 13, Chloe Roth, Dylan Flynn, Ace of Cups. May 14, uke jam. May 15, trad Irish. May 17, White Hill Jazz. 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.485.1182.

The Smokehouse May 17, Lorin Rowan. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.899.9600.

Station House Cafe May 15, Grandpa Banana. 11180 State Route 1, Pt Reyes Station. 4 15.663.1515.

NAPA COUNTY Downtown Joe’s May 12, Simon and Herman. May 13, Xstatic. May 14, Simply Amazing. 902 Main St, Napa. 707.258.2337.

Silo’s Wed at 7, jam session. May 14, Terry Bradford. May 15, NVJS (jazz). 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

Servino Ristorante

Uva Trattoria

May 12, Jump To It (blues). May 13, Jeff Derby (jazz sax). May 14, Girls Night Out, Hands on Fire. 9 Main St, Tiburon. 415.435.2676.

May 12, Davies Dukes (blues). May 13, Nate Lopez Trio (blues). May 14, Jack Pollard and Dan Daniels (blues). 1040 Clinton St, Napa. 707.255.6646.

George’s Nightclub Wed, standup comedy (see Comedy). May 13, Pocket Change, Elliot’s Evil Plan. May 14, James Mosely Band, Living Proof. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

Iron Springs Pub & Brewery May 11, Tom Finch Group. 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax. 415.485.1005.

19 Broadway Club May 13, Cream of Clapton (tribute). May 14, Cambo & the Life. May 15 at 3, Lonestar Retrobates; at 9, Mercuryville Band. Apr 18 at 6, Buddy Owen; at 9, Rayner Brock. Tues at 9, Uzilevsky Korty Duo with special guests. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

Old Western Saloon May 13, Hilary Marckx, 45/90. Main Street, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1661.

Osher Marin JCC Fri at 6:30, Rennea Couttenye and Marcelo Puig (Latin grooves). May 14, Rumbaché. 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.

San Francisco’s City Guide

Joan of Arc Chicago’s Tim Kinsella keeps the ashes of Cap’n Jazz afloat and in the studio. May 12 at Cafe du Nord.

Of Montreal Quite possibly the most theatrical, costume-changing band on tour today. May 13 at the Fillmore.

The Cars Yes, Ric Ocasek is back in the band, but no, that doesn’t mean their new album is a masterpiece. May 13 at the Fox Theater.

A-Trak ITF champ and Kanye’s DJ heats it up with Kid Sister and the Gaslamp Killer. May 16 at Mezzanine.

Bill Charlap Trio Versatile Blue Note recording jazz pianist with Peter and Kenny Washington. May 17 at Yoshi’s SF.

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MONEY Subtle artwork in this 2003

reissue reveals record labels’ priorities.

Lapse of Reason

Why does the industry keep looking back? BY GABE MELINE



ink Floyd RedeďŹ ne Their EMI Legacy,â€? reads this morning’s music industry press release, touting a rerelease series “encompassing CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray discs, SACD, an array of digital formats, viral marketing, iPhone Apps and a brand-new single-album ‘best of’ collection.â€? Ironically, the “release campaignâ€? is titled “Why Pink Floyd?â€?—as in, why continue to repackage a band who’s seen their music reissued in every format dozens of times already? Well, sales, for one. But more than Arnold Schwarzenegger adores his former gang-banging, bodybuilding self, more than the Republicans adore their tax cuts and torture, more than the oil industry adores its old-fashioned conception of bottomless

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resources, the music industry adores its own cultural impact, its revolutionary anthems, its pioneering artists—all, universally, from at least 20 years ago. Can you imagine Wall Street acting this way? “Man, remember the Savings and Loan crisis? Thrill to every junk bond transaction all over again with this nostalgic portfolio package!â€? This is not to trot out the old maxim involving the sun and the lack of newness beneath it. Everyone knows that all great musicians steal from other great musicians— thus, we get the ’70s harmonies of Fleet Foxes, the ’80s dance pulse of Cut Copy and the ’90s dirge of whatever band is ballsy enough to kick-start the grunge revival. This is, rather, to point out the very odd practice that the music industry has of patting itself on the back, whether in awards shows (the Grammys, the VMAs, whatever new made-up awards get founded this year), overblown charity events (Live Aid, Farm Aid, Wyclef Jean pretending to help Haiti) or mummiďŹ cation of its stars (the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame). But no proďŹ t-making, selfcongratulatory maneuver is as backward-looking as the deluxe reissue, the “classic albumâ€? (Elton John’s Reg Strikes Back, say) rereleased with bonus tracks, alternate artwork, extra liner notes, a DVD documentary, the smell of the bassist’s hair gel embedded into the booklet and scans of ticket stubs from concerts that cost $1.50 instead of the present price of a reliable used vehicle. As anyone under the age of 30 will point out, modern life has rendered these bonus features useless, because like check deposits, travel plans and sexual encounters, the album’s bonus tracks and the bassist’s hair gel scent can be transmitted via mobile device for free, likely from the “Fuck Yeah, Reg Strikes Backâ€? tumblr. As that same person will also point out, Dark Side of the Moon can be found in the dollar bin on vinyl, and more importantly, there’s the world’s best new band playing down the street. And you can only pat yourself on your back so many times before your palm gets too sore to high-ďŹ ve anything new.

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ArtsEvents Galleries OPENINGS May 13 From 5 to 7pm. Journey Center Gallery, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Portals of Light,â&#x20AC;? paintings by Kathy Cia White. 1601 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.578.2121. From 5:30 to 7:30pm. Napa Valley Museum, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wanderlust: Journeys with Napa Valley Photographers,â&#x20AC;? featuring photos by seven artists. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. 707.944.0500. From 6 to 8pm. Gallery Bergelli, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Daniel Tousignant: Recent Paintings.â&#x20AC;? 483 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.945.9454. From 6 to 9pm. Starstruck Boutique, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Superstitious,â&#x20AC;? paintings by Ricky Watts. Reception, May 13, 6 to 9. Daily, 11:30 to 8. 123 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.766.6199.

May 14 From 2 to 4pm. Local Color Gallery, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wavescapes,â&#x20AC;? paintings by Pamela Wallace and graphite drawings by Linda Gamble. 1580 Eastshore Rd, Bodega Bay. 707.875.2744. From 5 to 8pm. Healdsburg Center for the Arts, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Abstract Artist Showcase.â&#x20AC;? Reception, May 14, 5 to 8. Daily, 11 to 6. 130 Plaza St, Healdsburg. 707.431.1970. From 5 to 9pm. Riverfront Art Gallery, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Late Spring Showâ&#x20AC;? with work by various artists. 132 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.775.4ART. From 6 to 9pm. Hammerfriar Gallery, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Figments for a

Burge. 209 Western Ave, Petaluma. 707.778.8277. Warrior,â&#x20AC;? new series by Catherine J. Richardson, 139 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.473.9600.

May 15 From 2 to 5pm. Headlands Center for the Arts, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Darkness and Light: Image and Object Cultivated in the Wild,â&#x20AC;? graduate fellowship exhibition. Bldg 944, Fort Barry, Sausalito. 415.331.2787. From 3 to 8pm. RiskPress Gallery, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Three Times the Risk,â&#x20AC;? new gallery opens with paintings by Warren Bellows, Patti Tauscher and Larry Banaski. Reception, May 15, 3 to 8. 7345 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol.

SONOMA COUNTY BackStreet Gallery Through May 28, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Experiments with Natural Forms: Recent Artwork by Fred Vedder.â&#x20AC;? Sat, 11 to 5, and by appointment. Uribe Studios, 461 Sebastopol Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.537.9507.

Charles M Schulz Museum May 15 at 1, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cartoonist-inResidenceâ&#x20AC;? (see Events). May 18 at 1, free artist demo with Suzanne Morlock. 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.

Gallery of Sea & Heaven 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.

Gallery One Ending May 15, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Afternoon Tea?â&#x20AC;? Work by Kathleen Lack, Ronnie Kaiser and Harriet

Hammerfriar Gallery May 14-Jul 2, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Figments for a Warrior,â&#x20AC;? new series by Catherine J. Richardson, Reception, May 14, 6 to 9. Tues-Fri, 10 to 6. Sat, 10 to 5. 139 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.473.9600.

Healdsburg Center for the Arts Through May 30, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Abstract Artist Showcase.â&#x20AC;? Reception, May 14, 5 to 8. Daily, 11 to 6. 130 Plaza St, Healdsburg. 707.431.1970.

Journey Center Gallery May 13-Jun 30, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Portals of Light,â&#x20AC;? paintings by Kathy Cia White. Reception, May 13, 5 to 7. Mon-Fri, 9 to 5; weekend hours by appointment. 1 601 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.578.2121.

Local Color Gallery May 14-Jun 27, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wavescapes,â&#x20AC;? paintings by Pamela Wallace and graphite drawings by Linda Gamble. Reception, May 14, 2 to 4. Daily, 10 to 5. Closed Wednesdays. 1580 Eastshore Rd, Bodega Bay. 707.875.2744.

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 Historical Museum & Library Through 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;? ThursMon, 11 to 6. 6671 Front St, Forestville. 707.887.0799.

RiskPress Gallery May 15-Jun 15, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Three Times the Risk,â&#x20AC;? new gallery opens with paintings by Warren Bellows, Patti Tauscher and Larry Banaski. Reception, May 15, 3 to 8. 7345 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol.


Ricky Watts

‘Superstitious,’ a show of new canvas works in Petaluma. See Openings, adjacent.

Riverfront Art Gallery May 11-Jul 10, “Late Spring Show” with work by various artists. Reception, May 14, 5 to 9. Tues-Thurs and Sun, 10:30 to 6. Fri-Sat, 10:30 to 8. 132 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.775.4ART.

Sonoma County Museum Through Jun 5, ceramics by Jun Kaneko. May 14 at 2, lecture and artist reception. Tues-Sun, 11 to 4. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.579.1500.

Starstruck Boutique May 13-Jun 13, “Superstitious,” paintings by Ricky Watts. Reception, May 13, 6 to 9. Daily, 11:30 to 8. 123 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.766.6199.

University Art Gallery Through May 28, “BFA Exhibition 2011.” Tues-Fri, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, noon to 4. Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2295.

MARIN COUNTY Art Works Downtown Through 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.

Gallery Bergelli May 13-Jun 15, “Daniel Tousignant: Recent Paintings.” Reception, May 13, 6 to 8; artist’s talk at 7. 483 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.945.9454.

Headlands Center for the Arts Through Jun 11, “Darkness and Light: Image and Object Cultivated in the Wild,” graduate fellowship exhibition. Reception, May 15, 2 to 5. SunFri, noon to 4. Bldg 944, Fort Barry, Sausalito. 415.331.2787.

Marin Community Foundation Through Jul 30, “Black Power, Flower Power,” black and white photographs of Black Panthers and Haight-Ashbury by Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marion Baruch. Open Mon-Fri, 9 to 5. 5 Hamilton Landing, Ste 200, Novato.

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.

Marin Society of Artists Through May 28, “High School Show.” Reception, May 15, 2 to 4. Mon-Thurs, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, 12 to 4. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 415.454.9561.

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts Through May 31, “Black and

White and Shades of Gray,” a group show juried by Richard Whittaker. Tues-Sat, 10 to 2; also by appointment. 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.4331.

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NAPA COUNTY Di Rosa Through Jun 4, “Reconstructed World,” work by nine artists. Tours available Sat at 10, 11 and noon (reservation required) and Tues-Fri at 10, 11, 12 and 1 (reservation recommended). Gallery hours: Wed-Fri, 9:30 to 3. Sat, by appointment only. 5200 Carneros Hwy, Napa. 707.226.5991.

Downtown Napa Through May 2011, “ARTwalk,” an interactive public exhibition by 10 artists. First Street and Town Center, Napa.

Gordon Huether Ongoing, evolving exhibition of Gordon Huether’s fine art. 1821 Monticello Rd, Napa. 707.255.5954.

Napa Valley Museum May 13-Jul 16, “Wanderlust: Journeys with Napa Valley Photographers,” featuring photos by seven artists. Reception, May 13, 5:30 to 7:30. Wed-Mon, 10 to 5. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. 707.944.0500.

St Supery Winery Through Jun 30, “Mountains,” paintings by Wayne Thiebaud. 8440 St Helena Hwy, Rutherford. ) 707.963.4507.



Saturday, May 14 Wed, May 11 8:45–9:45am; 5:45–6:45pm Jazzercise 10am–12:15pm Scottish Dance Youth and Family 7–11pm Singles & Pairs Square Dance Club Thur, May 12 8:45–9:45am; 5:45–6:45pm Jazzercise 7:15–11pm Circle ‘n Squares Square Dance Club Fri, May 13 8:45–9:45am Jazzercise 7:30–11pm Waltz Lesson and Ballroom, Latin & Swing Dance hosted by California Ballroom Sat, May 14 8–9am; 9:15–10:15am Jazzercise 10:30–11:15am Scottish Country Dance Youth & Family 10:30am–1:30pmVintage Dance with Gary Thomas 7pm STOMPY JONES hosted by DJ Steve Luther $15 Sun, May 15 8:30–9:30am Jazzercise 10:30–11:45am Zumba Fitness with Anna 5:00–9:30pm DJ Steve Luther Country Western Lessons & Dancing $10 Mon, May 16 8:45–9:45am; 5:45–6:45pm Jazzercise 7–10pm Scottish Country Dancing Tues, May 17 8:45–9:45am; 5:45–6:45pm Jazzercise 7:30–9pm African & World Music Dance

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Best Music Venue / Best Place for Singles to Meet


Spray Can Slam Left Coast Live Sketch comedy by American Dream Players. May 13-14 at 7:30; special matinee, May 15 at 2. $15. Graton Community Club, 8996 Graton Rd, Graton. 707.538.7543.

Playback Theatre Improv comedians perform personal life stories based on audience suggestions. May 14 at 8. $15-$18. Open Secret, 923 C St, San Rafael. 415.457.4191.

Queer on Their Feet Evening of stand up comedy and improv. May 15 at 7. $16.50-$20. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Futons, 4100 Redwood Hwy, San Rafael. 415.472.2919.

Mort Sahl Legendary comedian sports V-neck sweater and biting wit. May 14 at 8. $30-$40. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Stand Up! Oak Hill schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fundraiser gala for kids with autism hosted by comedian Mark Pitta, with music by Eoin Harrington. May 13 at 7. $150. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Standup Comedy May 25 at 8, hypnotist comic Ron Stubbs, G King. $10. Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.


Events Cartoonist-inResidence Meet, watch and talk to professional cartoonists. Apr 14 at 1, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iceheartâ&#x20AC;? creators Elena and Pancha Diaz. Free. Charles M Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452.

Food & Drink

Community Radio Fundraiser

Art of Eating

Fundraiser to launch KWTF includes dinner, silent auction and music by Little Lost Boys, New Trust and Comanche Hi Power. May 14, 5 to 10. $20. Arlene Francis Theater, 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.681.5983.

Concours dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Elegance Showcase of over 180 unique and elegant vehicles and boats. May 15, 10 to 4. Free$20. Lagoon Park, Marin Civic Center, San Rafael. 415.499.7000. World-class automobile exposition. May 15, 10 to 4. $20. Marin Fairgrounds, Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. http://

Green String Mixer Get to know local farmers with demonstrations, documentary, live music and farm-fresh meal. May 14 at 4. $3-$5. Green String Farm, 3571 Old Adobe Rd, Petaluma. 707.778.7500.

Home & Garden Tour Food For Thoughtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual event showcases spectacular homes and lush gardens. May 15, 10 to 5. $45. Participating Homes, West Sonoma County. 707.887.1647.

Piece Work

March for Babies

Dances inspired by art and poetry. May 13-14 at 8; May 14-15 at 2. $12-$15. Burbank Auditorium, SRJC, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.527.4343.

Enjoy a beautiful walk and raise money for March of Dimes. May 14; Registration at 8am, Walk at 9am. donations appreciated. Howarth Park, 630 Summerfield Rd, Santa Rosa. 415.788.2202.

Spring Dance Concert Original, eclectic and cuttingedge choreography. May 12 at 6:30; May 13-14 at 7:30. $9$16. Person Theater, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2353.

Just Dance Academy Classical ballet, hip-hop, tap and more. May 15 at 4. $20$22. Marin Center, 10 Avenue

Live demos with street artists. May 14, noon to 5. Free. Napa Valley Art Supplies, 3250 California Blvd, Napa. 707.224.2775.

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

Orienteering Club Gather for sport of navigation with strategy, map-reading,

Tribute to MFK Fisher with wine and gourmet foods made from recipes inspired by Fisherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life, stories and philosophy. May 14, 2 to 5:30. $125. Bouverie Preserve, 13935 Hwy 12, Glen Ellen. 415.868.9244.

Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market Fare Cooks of all levels transform market finds into gourmet meal. May 15, noon to 3:30. $75. Bauman College, 10151 Main St, Ste 128, Penngrove. 800.987.7530.

Puff Pastry Workshop Dominique Cortara demonstrates painstaking process of creating delectable, flaky layers. May 12, 10:30am to 1:30. $65. Viva, 7160 Keating Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.9913.

Sonoma Valley Reserve Unearth hidden gems and rare wines at destinations seldom open to public. Includes four winery visits, transportation and lunch. May 14-15. $85$135. Sonoma Valley wineries, Wine Country, Sonoma. 707.935.0803.

Tasty Tuesdays Round-up of food trucks and home grown produce every Tues afternoon, 10 to 2. Rohnert Park Community Center, 5401 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. www.facebook. com/TastyTuesday.

Wednesday Night Market

Field Trips


CRITICâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S CHOICE

Le Tour de Coop Self-guided tour of Sonoma County chicken coops helps raise money for Sonoma Ecology Center. May 14, 10 to 2. $20. Sonoma Ecology Center, 20 E Spain St, Sonoma. http://

Mayacamas Hikes Bring lunch and liquids for day hikes at all levels. May 1 at 9am, digital nature photography hike with Bryant Hichwa. May 12 at 8:30am, birdwatchersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; walkabout with Tom McCuller. Free. Mayacamas Sanctuary, Pine Flat Road, off Highway 128, Healdsburg. 707.829.7234.

Film Bill Cunningham New York Filmmaker Richard Press offers a look into the life and art of enigmatic fashion photographer. May 14 at 7. $10. Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main St, Napa. 707.255.5445.

Monday Night Movies May 16 at 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Virtuoso: The Olga Samaroff Story.â&#x20AC;? Free. Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.389.4292, ext 116.

Spring Cinema Wed at 7. May 11, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You, the Living.â&#x20AC;? May 18, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Annie Hall.â&#x20AC;? $5. Carole Ellis Auditorium, SRJC Petaluma Campus, Petaluma.

Talk Cinema May 12 at 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Screaming Man.â&#x20AC;? $10-$15. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Farmers market and street fair features live music and entertainment every Wed, 5 to 8, May 11-Aug 31. Free. Downtown Santa Rosa, Fourth and B streets, Santa Rosa.

Gently comic tale of death and rebirth set in rural Thailand. Thai with English subtitles. May 13 at 7; May 15 at 4. $6. Sonoma Film Institute, Warren Auditorium, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.

Zazu Farmstand

Under Our Skin

Sat, 11 to 2. Zazu, 3535 Guerneville Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4814.

Film investigates untold story of Lyme disease. May 14 at 2; May 18 at 6. Free. Guerneville

Parking Patina Whether scrounging for a spot at Safeway or simply trying to avoid the meter maid, â&#x20AC;&#x153;charityâ&#x20AC;? isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t usually the ďŹ rst word that comes to mind when it comes to parking. Neither, typically, is â&#x20AC;&#x153;kindness,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;compassionâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;honor.â&#x20AC;? Conceptual artist Peter Hassen aims to change that this month with the premiere of the Values Project, where he and his crew of volunteers paint stenciled values in 30 parking spots around Napa. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are just so many different people out there, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m completely enthralled about what we have in common,â&#x20AC;? Hassen says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And what I think we all have in common are values.â&#x20AC;? Hassen came up with the list of 16 values by ďŹ nding the common threads between focus groups, literature and religious treatises. His decision to stencil in parking spots came from a desire to create â&#x20AC;&#x153;an unexpected message in an unexpected place,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taking a space thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not designed for this and turning it into venue for public art.â&#x20AC;? Hassen says the city of Chico has contacted him about replicating the project, and he hopes to bring it to communities around the country. Ultimately, to Hassen, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not about enforcing a message, but starting a dialogue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not saying be honorable or be justâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just throwing the word out there,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can take away from it what you want. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to get the wheels turning.â&#x20AC;? For more, see www.thevaluesproject.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Shelby Pope

Library, 14107 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville. 707.869.9004.

Vintage Film Series May 16 at 7 and May 18 at 1,

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lawrence of Arabia.â&#x20AC;? $8. Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St E, Sonoma. 707.540.6119.

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of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.7000.

walking, running and treasurehunting. May 15, 9 to noon. $6-$15. Spring Lake Park, 391 Violetti Dr, Santa Rosa. 707.778.1604.

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( 35 Free. 707.433.7119. 133 Matheson St, Healdsburg.

Peace & Justice Center Book Passage

The Green Issue

Healdsburg Senior Center Join Healdsburg Literary Guild third Sun monthly, 2 to 4, to honor and discuss craft of writing with featured author. Apr 17, poet David Alpaugh.

May 13 at 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Remaking California: Reclaiming the Public Goodâ&#x20AC;? with Jeffrey Lustig. 467 Sebastopol Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.575.8902.

Readersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Books May 12 at 7:30, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Financial Recovery: Developing a Healthy Relationship with Moneyâ&#x20AC;? with Karen McCall. 130 E Napa St, Sonoma. 707.939.1779.

River Reader May 13 at 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Recreating the American Home: The Passive House Approachâ&#x20AC;? with Mary James. 16355 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.2242.

Santa Rosa Copperfieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books May 11 at 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Collective Visioning: How Groups Can Work Together for a Just and Sustainable Futureâ&#x20AC;? with Linda Stout. 2316 Montgomery Dr, Santa Rosa. 707.578.8938.

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. Ending May 15; Fri-Sat at 8; matinee May 15 at 2. $10$15. Studio Theatre, College of Marin, 835 College Ave, Kentfield. 415.485.9555.

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

Collection of six hilarious oneact plays. Ending May 15; FriSat at 8; matinee, May 15 at 2. $20-$25. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, S anta Rosa. 707.523.4185.

Dogs! Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Musical! Silver Moon Theatre presents a coming-of-age canine drama. Ending 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.

Joy with Wings Chaucer Theatre presents story of a turbulent family landscape. Through May 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 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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