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n times of war, U.S. presidents have often talked about yearning for peace. “I am continuing and I am increasing the search for every possible path to peace,” Lyndon Johnson said while escalating the Vietnam War. In early 1991, the first President Bush offered the public this convolution: “Even as planes of the multinational forces attack Iraq, I prefer to think of peace, not war.” More than a decade later, George W. Bush told a joint session of Congress: “We seek peace. We strive for peace.” While absurdly hypocritical, such claims mouthed the idea that the United States need not be at war 24/7. But the last decade has brought a gradual shift in the rhetorical Zeitgeist while a tacit assumption has taken hold—war must go on, one way or another. In this era, after all, the amorphous foe known as “terror” will never surrender—beatable, but never quite defeatable. A permanent-war psychology has dug a groove alongside the permanent-war economy. Right now, we’re told, President Obama is wrestling with the question of how much to reduce U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan. But just as the reduction of U.S. troop strength in Iraq allowed for escalation in Afghanistan, the search for enemies is apt to be inexhaustible. The tacit assumption of war without end is now the old normal, again renewed in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death. Every day, the warfare wallpaper inside the mass-media echo chamber becomes more familiar, blurring the public vision into more drowsy acceptance of perpetual war. Years ago, U.S. military spending climbed above $2 billion per day. Some of the consequences can be understood in the context of words that President Dwight Eisenhower uttered in April 1953. In the speech, Eisenhower declared: “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. . . . This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.” Norman Solomon is the author of a dozen books, including ‘War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.’ He lives in Marin, where he is a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives. We welcome your contribution. To have your topical essay of 350 words considered for publication, write

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Cutting ties with PG&E and developing a local power supply through a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) is a noble goal (“Voltage and Violets,” May 25). The article names some possible local power sources: solar panels, geothermal, chicken manure, wave power.

I agree with Bruce Robinson (“Sour Grapes,” May 18) that John Jenkel has been an overbearing person. He has paid the homeless to protest his causes and has shouted loudly in public meetings, the very definition of a loon, and in my opinion has given the antiwar movement a bad name.

PG&E has recently abandoned trying to generate electricity from ocean waves. If PG&E can’t do it, I doubt that a Sonoma County CCA can. “Sonoma County is the Saudi Arabia of geothermal energy,” gushed the article, “with room to expand.” I read the environmental impact statement (EIS) section regarding seismic activity, when Santa Rosa began pumping its wastewater into the Geysers, some years ago. The EIS stated that this action would increase the incidence of earthquakes, which it has. Just ask the residents of Cobb, near the Geysers, after reading the official statistics. Cloverdale is too close for comfort to the Geysers. Santa Rosa’s wastewater could trigger our Big One. As for chicken droppings and solar energy, I hope that they work. It would be fitting for a chickenshit utility like PG&E to be bested by bird turds.


Sorry, Ry Cooder I thought you captured perfectly, in one brief phrase, the entire mood of Down Home Music and Arhoolie: “Eyefuls of boredom” (“Fifty Years of Howlin’,” Jan. 26). I know this scene very well, and you were able to convey it without belaboring a thing. Excellent work.


But just as a teacher does not steal a child’s lunch money just because he disrupts the classroom, the Sonoma County court shouldn’t have given away John Jenkel’s land simply for being an annoyance. Winemaker Paul Hobbs says this all started with Jenkel damaging his trees, but driving along Highway 116 shows what his retribution is: Jenkel’s redwood trees, chopped into oblivion. Clearcutting redwood trees to put in more vineyards for the so-called community good? What sort of community does he think he lives in? It is my hope that the court reverses its decision or offers some kind of retribution, but it’s already too late— the redwoods have been felled. All we can hope for is that when Paul Hobbs himself is old and senile, someone takes advantage of him the way he’s abused John Jenkel, and steals the land back.

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he word “gulag” conjures images of dank, slimy Russian prisons overrun with rats, teeming with inmates confined to tiny cages and standing in puddles of their own urine—not a scene normally associated with the United States. But according

to a Supreme Court ruling issued on May 23, overcrowding in California prisons has led to gulag-like conditions, constitutional violations and treatment of inmates verging on cruel and unusual punishment. In a 5–4 majority ruling written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Supreme Court stated that

the governor must reduce the Golden State’s prison population by approximately 33,000 inmates over the next two years after revelations of rampant Eighth Amendment violations in the prison system arose. Three photographs were appended to the court’s majority decision in Brown v. Plata, showing prisoners crowded into gymnasiums stacked one on top of the other in ) 10

St. Helena Star publisher Doug Ernst has accused the St. Helena City Council of violating the Brown Act, charging that a March 30 closed session agenda failed to disclose to the public that the council would be discussing city manager Mary Neilan’s firing and severance package. According to a “cure and correct” letter filed by Ernst at the end of May, the council has engaged in other closed-session agendas, secret voting and unclear meeting locations, practices which could expose the city to potential litigation. “More importantly, it exposes the council’s overall contempt for open government, which this newspaper is required to report,” writes Ernst. Mayor Del Britton has defended the council’s actions, but has come short of addressing all of Ernst’s concerns, leading to further questions about how much secrecy is allowed, if any, in decisions made by city council.

Bird Calls More than 500 people have been killed by devastating tornadoes across the Midwest in 2011. After Joplin, Miss., was pummeled by a “supercell” tornado last week, 232 people remain missing and 125 are dead. While climate-change author Bill McKibben proclaims that “we’re making the earth a more dynamic and violent place,” the Climate Protection Campaign will look at how all of this affects the bird population. Conservation science expert Ellie Cohen shares strategies on how to manage natural resources in the face of accelerating changes to climate, ocean and land use on Friday, June 3, at the Dwight Center for Conservation Science. 3450 Franz Valley Road, Santa Rosa. 7pm. Free. 707.591.9310.—Leilani Clark

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Prisons ( 9 “ugly beds,” and telephone-booth sized cages with no toilets where inmates on suicide watch are held for long periods. (After 24 hours, one inmate ended up catatonic and standing in a puddle of his own urine.) In the decision, Justice Kennedy describes a broken prison system where thousands of prisoners are denied access to the most basic medical and mental healthcare. “A prison that deprives prisoners of basic sustenance, including inadequate medical care, is incompatible with the concept of human dignity and has no place in civilized society,” he writes.

One inmate ended up catatonic and standing in a puddle of his own urine. With one of the largest prison systems in the world, California houses more than 143,000 prisoners in facilities designed for less than 80,000, according to the Prison Law Office. Monday’s ruling says that the population must be reduced to 110,000. “All the Supreme Court has done is essentially affirm what people have been saying for a decade,” says Ruth Wilson Gilmore, author of Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis and Opposition in Globalizing California. “The ruling puts into motion, with force of law, recommendations from all kinds of people, including Republicans like George Deukmejian.” A fear-mongering backlash to the ruling has erupted among conservatives, originating from comments made in a dissent by Justice Antonin Scalia, who called the decision “staggering” and “absurd.” In a heated statement from the bench, Scalia said that

the released “will not be prisoners with medical conditions or severe mental illness, and many will undoubtedly be fine physical specimens who have developed intimidating muscles pumping iron in the prison gym.” Gilmore, one of the founders of abolitionist prison organization Critical Resistance, which seeks to “end the prison-industrial complex,” says that she is outraged by not only Scalia’s comments, but those made in a separate dissent by Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., who wrote “the majority is gambling on the safety of the people of California.” “Fear is central to this, and fear is racist,” Gilmore tells the Bohemian. “You know as well as I do when someone says criminal, the image that comes to people’s minds is a black man with big muscles.” Reached by phone, David Spady, California director of Americans for Prosperity, a taxpayer-advocacy group funded by evangelical Christian media company Salem Communications, says that the Supreme Court ruling enables the state government to “release prisoners onto the streets when they [the government] run out of money.” “We think it’s an outrageous and potentially dangerous situation that they are putting California into,” says Spady. “The governor and the Legislature’s first priority should be public safety.” But according to Jeanne Woodford, San Quentin warden from 1999 to 2004 and who is now the executive director of Death Penalty Focus, public safety is not an issue. “When you look at 2009, 47,000 inmates went to state prison for 90 days or less, and that isn’t public safety,” says Woodford. According to a study by the Center for EvidenceBased Corrections at UC Irvine, California leads the nation in sending parolees back to prison. Parole violators now represent 67 percent of all admissions. Woodford testified in the Brown v. Plata case, she says, because overcrowding during her tenure as warden ) 13



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prevented the provision of constitutionally adequate mental and physical health services to inmates. She describes how inmates were corralled into the gymnasium and even the historic chapels at San Quentin when they ran out of room. Prisons operating at 190 percent overcrowding (a figure affirmed in the Supreme Court ruling) are a “powder keg waiting to go off,” says Woodford. One way to comply with the court ruling lies in Gov. Brown’s realignment plan, now awaiting funding after being passed by both Legislature and the governor, says Woodford. The state plan calls for diverting some short-term, low-risk felons to county jails or home detention rather than prison. Others like Gilmore say the transfer of inmates to county jails is not enough, and that it’s time to examine why people end up in prison in the first place. “There are all kinds of things that are criminalized now that were not before this big prison build-up,” she says. “Somebody might have gotten a ticket in 1978 for something that would send them to prison in 2011.” Since statistics overwhelmingly show that a disproportionate number of those that end up in prison are poor, illiterate or

suffering from mental-health issues, the ruling could provide an opportunity for California to look at why these people have been shoved away in cages and “ugly beds.” Alcohol- and drugtreatment programs, mental healthcare and alternative community sanctions are all ways that those being funneled into and out of prisons can be rehabilitated within the community instead. “Ninety-five percent of the people that come to our prisons leave our prisons, and most people come and go within a year,” says Rebekah Evenson, staff attorney with the Prison Law Office, whose director, Donald Specter, argued the Brown v. Plata case. “All the research shows that sending people to overcrowded prisons, where they are getting no rehabilitative programming because all of the space for providing programs is filled with bunk beds, only increases recidivism and crime,” says Evenson. “By taking a hard look at who we send to $50,000-a-year prison beds, and how we treat our prisoners, we can actually improve outcomes while saving money by incarcerating fewer people and providing more community-based approaches.”

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Summer School Marin Headlands offers climate science for (bold) teachers BY JULIANE POIRIER


n the end, we will conserve only what we love,” ecologist Baba Dioum told an international conservation group in 1968. “We will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.”

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Forty-one years after that speech, Dioum’s oft-quoted sentiment resonates with environmental educators, including those at Marin Headlands Institute, who teach more than 20,000 visitors a year to understand, to love and to conserve this particular coastal paradise. For the past two years, the institute has boldly added climate science to its curriculum and is offering assistance to teachers bold enough to teach it. On June 20–21, a professional development workshop will be offered free to middle school

teachers (grades six through eight), with a focus on climate science in the classroom. With such scorching controversy surrounding that particular branch of science right now, I couldn’t help but wonder whether anyone at the Headlands had been burned for teaching climate science. Talking with education director Melissa Meiris, I learn that it’s the schoolteachers themselves, not the institute staff, who take the heat from parents. “If a teacher who brings a class selects climate science from the menu of topics, then we teach it,” explains Meiris. “If they choose it, they generally have buy-in from the parents, although educators occasionally do have a student who wants to debate. But we’re careful to avoid setting up situations that encourage debate. We talk about the carbon cycle, the weather, the greenhouse effect.” Sticking with the science has been the norm since the institute was founded in 1977, but the most important part of reaching and teaching kids and adults over the years is simple: immersion in a gloriously unspoiled landscape. “Where we have to begin,” explains Meiris, “is to provide people experiences with nature. I don’t think people care about or take action about things unless they have a personal experience with them.” The results, according to Meiris, are multiple “a-ha” moments. “Those moments happen where a child is sitting on the hillside writing in a journal and feeling really inspired because they just learned that this place is a national park and it belongs to all of us. Or when a teacher goes back to school and starts a recycling program.” Teachers participating in the Marin Headlands Institute’s free program this month will spend two days and one overnight stay at the Headlands while they work on climate curriculum with their peers. Teacher registration deadline is Wednesday, June 1. For more information, contact program coordinator Amy Osborne. aosborne@ 415.332.5771, ext. 14.

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Chaating It Up Delectable Indian street food at San Rafael’s Lotus Chaat BY KATRINA FRIED


otus Chaat and Spices, a new casual Indian eatery and market on a nondescript stretch of Fourth Street in downtown San Rafael, is proof that delicious, affordable eats can be found in the most unexpected places. The only restaurant in the North Bay to serve India’s traditional street foods, Lotus Chaat may have the ambiance of a

cheerful cafeteria but it produces vegetarian dishes that taste of exceptional home cooking. This is not the first time around the block for owner Surinder “Pal” Sroa, whose empire of restaurants already includes Cafe Lotus in Fairfax, Lotus Cuisine of India in San Rafael and Anokha Cuisine of India and Golden Egg Omelet House in Novato. To reach the spacious and colorfully painted dining room, customers walk through a small specialty market, packed with

shelves of fragrant Indian sauces, spices, herbal remedies and snacks, and a large freezer full of take-away packaged foods. It is a more tempting pause on the way out, when the memory of the meal is still fresh and the desire to take a bit of those Indian flavors home is strong. Though the ingredients of many of the dishes at Lotus Chaat are familiar, their preparations were entirely new to me. Chaat (literally translated as “lick”) make up a broad category of

Indian snacks that generally share a component of bread or dough, served cool or at room temperature, and are easy to eat on the go. The first dish I tried was dahl puri—bite-sized, crispy, hollow breads (almost like mini poori) filled with potato, chili and tamarind, and doused in a lightly sweetened yogurt. As my waiter set them down on the table, he advised that these are best eaten first and quickly, before the bread turns soggy. With each mouthful there was an explosion of flavors— tart, spicy, sweet and salty: a wake-me-up for the taste buds. The menu’s chaat offerings are followed by a selection of South Indian specialties, such as giant paper-thin dosas wrapped around a filling of potatoes, tofu and vegetables, and vada, a dense, chewy, deep-fried doughnutshaped pastry that comes slathered in a cool yogurt sauce or submerged in a bowl of hot sambar, a thick spicy vegetable soup. (A friendly couple originally from Mumbai sitting at the next table described this to me as the “gumbo of India” (minus the meat), and that is a perfect American translation.) A cup of sambar also accompanies the dosas, for dipping like gravy, and the combination is addictive. Perhaps my favorite dish of all was the finale, chole bhature, large, puffy flatbreads, deep-fried to order and served alongside a warm spiced chickpea stew. Sweet and savory, crunchy and chewy, it’s best eaten with the hands and could easily have been a meal in itself. Most of the vegetarian dishes at Lotus Chaat are priced at a modest $5.99, and portions aren’t skimpy. A mango lassi is an excellent foil to the spiciness of dinner; fruit flavored Indian sodas, masala chai tea and madras coffee round out the drinks menu. This is the perfect food for sharing and tasting and having just one bite more. Lotus Chaat and Spices, 1561 Fourth St., San Rafael. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11am–8pm, and Sunday, 11am–7pm. 415.454.6887.


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

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

S O N OM A CO U N T Y Baci Cafe & Wine Bar Italian $$-$$$. Creative Italian and Mediterranean fare in casual setting, with thoughtful wine list featuring local and Italian wines. Lunch, Thurs-Sat; dinner, Thurs-Mon. 336 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.433.8111.

Cafe Zazzle Eclectic cafe. $-$$. Colorful, tasty food cooked Mexican-, Japanese-, Thai- and Italian-style. Lunch and dinner daily. 121 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.762.1700. JhanThong BanBua Thai. $-$$. Sophisticated and delicate Thai cuisine. Fresh ingredients, packed with flavor. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 2400 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.528.8048.

Lynn’s Thai Thai. $$. A taste of real Thailand in convivial atmosphere. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 8492 Gravenstein Hwy, Ste M (in the Apple Valley Plaza), Cotati. 707.793.9300.

Murphy’s Irish Pub Pub fare. $. Casual, homey place serving no-nonsense pub grub like shepherd’s pie. Lunch and dinner daily. 464 First St E, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.

Nonni’s Ristorante Italiano Italian. $$. Hearty family recipes served with neighborly hospitality. Familyowned. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner daily. 420 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.527.0222.

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

Sea Thai. $$. An oasis of exotic Bangkok with some truly soul-satisfying dishes. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Fri; dinner only,

Sat-Sun. 5000 Petaluma Blvd S. 707.766.6633.

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

Vineyards Inn Spanish. $$. Authentic foods from Spain, fresh fish off the fire broiler, extensive tapas, as well as paellas and more. Emphasis on organic. Open for lunch and dinner, WedMon. 8445 Sonoma Hwy. (Highway 12), at Adobe Canyon Road, Kenwood. 707.833.4500.

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

Bubba’s Diner Homestyle American. $-$$. Comforting Momma-style food like fried green tomatoes, onion meatloaf and homey chickenfried steak with red-eye gravy in a restaurant lined with cookbooks and knickknacks. Open breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 566 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo. 415.459.6862.

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.

Il Piccolo Caffe Italian.

$$. Big, ample portions at this premier spot on Sausalito’s spirited waterfront. Breakfast and lunch daily. 660 Bridgeway, Ste 3, Sausalito. 415.289.1195.

Insalata’s Mediterranean. $$$. Simple, high-impact dishes of exotic flavors. Lunch and dinner daily. 120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo. 415.457.7700. 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. $-$$. Excellent soups, salads, pub grub and awardwinning pork-beer sausage. Lunch and dinner daily. 1809 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 415.461.4677. Portelli Rossi Italian. $$. Tasty and affordable fare in a cozy setting. Lunch, Tues-Sat; dinner, Tues-Sun. 868 Grant Ave, Novato. 415.892.6100.

Sushiholic Japanese. $$$$. A nice addition to the local lineup, with a lengthy and wellcrafted repertoire including uncommon dishes like nabeyaki udon, zaru soba, yosenabe and sea bass teriyaki. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. Rowland Plaza, 112-C Vintage Way, Novato. 415.898.8500.

Tommy’s Wok Chinese. $-$$. Tasty and filling Chinese fare without the greasy weigh-down. Nice vegetarian selections, too. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat; dinner only, Sun.3001 Bridgeway Ave, Sausalito. 415.332.5818.

N A PA CO U N T Y Ad Hoc American. $$-$$$. Thomas Keller’s quintessential neighborhood restaurant. Prix fixe dinner changes daily. Actually takes reservations. 6476 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.2487. Alexis Baking Co Cafe. $-$$. Alexis excels at baked goods and offers killer breakfasts and sensible soup’n’-salad lunches. 1517 Third St, Napa. 707.258.1827.

Angèle Restaurant & Bar French. $$$. Thoroughly French, but not aggressively

so. Lunch and dinner daily. 540 Main St, Napa. 707.252.8115.

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

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

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

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

Celadon Global comfort food. $$. Relaxed sophistication in intimate neighborhood bistro setting by the creek. Superior wine list. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner, MonSat. 500 Main St, Ste G, Napa. 707.254.9690.

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

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


Blocks of Ox As unappealing as it sounds, there’s something sensual about pit beef. The aroma, the preparation, the fact that it takes over half a day to cook— it’s all about love. But is pit beef, by any other name, still just as sweet? What if it’s called, say, roast ox? That might be stretching the gastronomic terminology just a bit, but the Sonoma Community Center is calling its first summer event of the year as such, and for $12 per plate, who cares what it’s called? And they’re accommodating—nay, inviting—children to attend, with plates for little ones at just $7. Twelve bucks a plate for dinner on the Sonoma Plaza is about as rare as catching the Blue Man Group having an intense discussion about theology and literature at Wal-Mart, but it turns out it’s simply continuing a long tradition. “The ox roast is almost 50 years old,” says the Sonoma Community Center’s Toni Castrone. “Back in the day, folks would dig a fire pit in the plaza and roast a whole ox. These days, we’re more considerate of the natural setting of our plaza, so we use giant firebox barbecues and roast a thousand pounds of beef.” A “Sauce Your Ox” barbecue sauce competition will be judged by popular vote with music supplied by the Air Force Band Mobility and BackTrax. Ducks on the square have been advised to waddle away from the enormous grills for the day. The Sonoma ox roast takes place Sunday, June 5, on the Sonoma Plaza. Food at 11am, music at 1pm. 707.938.4626. —Nicolas Grizzle

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.

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

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

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

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

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.



SONOMA COUNTY Boisset Taste of Terroir Compare local Pinot with Burgundy from Burgundy in French wine magnate’s snazzy tasting salon. 320 Center St., Healdsburg. Daily 10:30am–5:30pm; till 9pm Thursday–Saturday. Fees vary, $12–$100. 707.473.9707.

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

Gundlach Bundschu Winery (WC) A fun, casual winery with enjoyable wines. Shakespeare and Mozart performed on the grounds in the summer. 2000 Denmark St., Sonoma. Open daily, 10am– 5pm. 707.938.5277.

Hartford Family Winery Tucked away on a winding backroad, manicured lawns, sunshine and the shade of sycamores. Sample a classic Sonoma-style Burgundian suite: Chard, Pinot and Russian River old vine Zin. 8075 Martinelli Road, Forestville. Daily 10am– 4:30pm. Fees vary. 707.887.8010.

Imagery Estate Winery Results from a 20-year collaboration between winemaker Joe Benziger and artist Bob Nugent. The concept: Commission unique artwork from contemporary artists for each release of often uncommon varietal wines. The wine gets drunk. The art goes on the gallery wall. Not so complicated. Count on the reds and plan to take a stroll down the informative “varietal walk” on the grounds. 14335 Hwy. 12, Glen Ellen. Summer hours, Sunday–Thursday, 10am–

4:30pm; Friday–Saturday, 10am–5pm. 707.935.4515.

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

NAPA COUNTY Castello di Amorosa Not only an “authentic Medieval Italian castle,” but authentically far more defensible than any other winery in Napa from legions of footmen in chain mail. In wine, there’s something for every taste, but don’t skip the tour of great halls, courtyards, cellars, and–naturally–an authentic dungeon. . 4045 N. St. Helena Hwy., Calistoga. 9:30am–5pm. Tasting fees, $10–$15; tours, $25–$30. Napa Neighbor discounts. 707.967.6272.

Eagle & Rose Estate (WC) Tours of this small winery are led either by the winery owner or the winemaker himself. 3000 St. Helena Hwy. N., Napa. By appointment. 707.965.9463.

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.

Olabisi & Trahan Wineries In the fancy heart of downtown Napa, a low-budget “cellar” where wines are shelved, with clever economy, in stacks of wood pallets; vibes are laid-back and real. Carneros Chardonnay and fruity but firm and focused Cab and Merlot from Suisin Valley, Napa’s much less popular stepsister to the east. 974 Franklin St., Napa. Open daily, noon–5:30pm. Tasting fee, $15. 707.257.7477.

PlumpJack Winery Part of the huge empire in part helmed by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. Syrah, Merlot and more. 620 Oakville Crossroad, Oakville. Open daily, 10am– 4pm. 707.945.1220.

Robert Sinskey Vineyards In the lofty, barnlike hall, visitors can take in the tank room action; at least, the gleaming stainless steel, framed by wood and stonework and brewpub-style chalkboard menus imbues the space with a sense of energetic immediacy. “Gluttonous Flight” pairs savory munchables prepared in the gourmet demonstration kitchen with biodynamically farmed Careros Pinot Noir and Bordeaux varietals. 6320 Silverado Trail, Napa. Open 10am–4:30pm daily. 707.944.9090.

Round Pond Estate Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc served tableside on the terrace with scrumptious food pairings. Who can’t imagine cozying up next to the big gas-burning hearth, watching the sun set and savoring that Rutherford dusk? 875 Rutherford Road, Rutherford. Tastings by appointment daily, 11am to 4pm. $25. 888.302.2575.

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

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

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.


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.


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omprising six square blocks in the center of town, Petaluma’s Theatre District was hailed on completion in 2007 as a visionary mixed-use development and a transformative project for the city. But new

ALTER EGO After cost overruns and broken promises, John Barella’s ties to Basin Street Properties have left Petaluma officials feeling further betrayed.

information has surfaced that calls into question conflicts of interest in the project, and shows that the developer backed out of promises to share cost overruns, leaving the city of Petaluma with a $9.6 million burden. Such facts may not have come to light were it not for the ongoing fight over the Roblar Road quarry, which the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved by a 3–2 margin late last year, and which a group of over 200 residents have filed a lawsuit to stop. The owner of the quarry property is John Barella, founder of local construction firm North Bay Construction. Barella is also a major investor in Basin Street Properties, a real estate investment and development firm headquartered in Reno. Basin Street Properties has a strong interest in the quarry because its main properties are in the North Bay, but the extent to which Barella is and has been involved in Basin Street Properties has only recently surfaced. In April, Barella filed a declaration in the Superior Court lawsuit asserting that he is the “largest single investor in Basin Street Properties, and sits on its board of directors.” Barella has been involved with Basin Street Properties since 1996 and has guaranteed $96 million in loans to Basin Street Properties. “I take an active role in the management and affairs of Basin Street and its related entities,”

Barella declares in the filing. “The quarry project is part of my longterm strategy with Basin Street, as it will provide raw material to be used in our land developments over the next twenty years.” Barella also claims that “under the . . . ‘alter ego’ test, Barella and Basin Street [are] considered the same for conflict of interest purposes.” This disclosure of Barella’s relationship with Basin Street calls into question the propriety of the government-funded Theatre District project, say former and current Petaluma city officials. The redevelopment of the public infrastructure portion of Petaluma’s Theatre District cost the city nearly $10 million more than it had initially budgeted, public records show. The construction work was performed by North Bay Construction under the supervision of Basin Street Properties, which was contracted with the city to do so. Matt White, president of Basin Street Properties, confirms that Barella was invested in his firm’s Theatre District project. White does not view this fact as posing a conflict of interest. Others disagree. “It appears that an egregious disclosure omission occurred, if what’s now been sworn to by John Barella and Matt White of Basin Street in the Roblar Road quarry litigation is true,” says former city council member Pamela Torliatt. “If Barella and Basin Street are one and the same, there are a lot of questions that need to be ) 22


The shady dealings behind Petaluma’s Theatre District and the nearly $10 million bill left to the city BY PETER BYRNE


22 Basin Street Blues ( 21 answered regarding the millions of dollars paid to North Bay Construction and Basin Street.” Torliatt and Petaluma mayor David Glass are concerned that Barella’s dual role as a Basin Street Properties investormanager and as the owner of North Bay Construction may have impacted the ability of Basin Street Properties to impartially manage the city’s financial interests in the Theatre District project. “If I had known of Barella’s financial interest in Basin Street Properties at the time, I would not have approved of the arrangement with North Bay Construction,” Glass says. “Finding this out now is like being hit on the head by a 2-by-4.”

How It Began In 2003, the Petaluma City Council approved Basin Street Properties’ plan to develop a $100 million residential and business complex on a riverfront site previously occupied by automobile dealers, auto body shops and gas stations. The city also agreed to pay for improving sewage, street, sidewalk and electrical infrastructure in the public portion of Basin Street’s proposed Theatre District. Eager to redevelop the downtown area, the city sweetened the deal by covering not only its share of costs for constructing public infrastructure, but also the developer’s share, which was $4.8 million. The city took on the entire public infrastructure cost of $7.5 million, which included paying PG&E and SBC to underground their wires in the public area, normally the responsibility of the developer or the utility company. The city contracted with Basin Street Properties, who, acting on behalf of the city, put the city’s portion of the work out to bid. North Bay Construction was selected as the low bidder in early 2004. This subcontracting arrangement meant that Basin Street Properties was

responsible for signing off on the payment of city funds to North Bay Construction, and that Basin Street Properties received a portion of the public infrastructure budget for supervising North Bay Construction. Concurrently, North Bay Construction was also constructing nonpublic infrastructure for Basin Street’s sprawling development, which eventually encompassed the Boulevard Cinemas multiplex, a parking garage, waterfront office buildings, residential lofts and other retail. So there was some logic to the arrangement—until the initial construction costs and management costs increased by than 150 percent to $17.1 million, and until Basin Street reneged on a promise to help defray $2 million in cost overruns. As the project’s budget skyrocketed, other city projects stalled in its wake. In the end, Petaluma was out of pocket for $9.6 million. In order to determine how this happened, thousands of pages of public records were examined. Current and former city officials and council members were interviewed, as well as Matt White, president of Basin Street Properties, and his general counsel, Paul Andronico. Barella did not return repeated telephone calls and emails requesting comment.

Toxics? What Toxics? In August 2003, a geotechnical study commissioned by the city reported that “soil and groundwater in the [Theatre District] improvement area are impacted by gasoline and diesel fuel range hydrocarbons. [Therefore] special handling of soil and groundwater may be required in these areas during construction.” But in its eagerness to jumpstart the public-private deal, the city council hastily forged ahead with the Basin Street

AT THE GATES North Bay Construction was adding a 15 percent markup for itself

on bills from a subcontractor for the Theatre District, according to a city inspector.

Properties contract, declaring that there was “no evidence” that the massive development would have a significant effect on the environment, nor that there were hazardous wastes and toxic substances buried in the soil and groundwater of an area which had been occupied by automobile dealers, body shops and filling stations for decades. In mid-January 2004, however, the city’s engineering manager, Dean Eckerson, reported that proposals of construction costs were “exceed[ing] our original cost estimates as well as Basin Street Properties’ estimates [which are] elevated due to difficult subsurface conditions due to high groundwater and unstable soils, possible contaminated soil conditions, an aggressive schedule and performing underground work during the rainy season.” Eckerson concluded that “based on a comparison to our recent bid prices for similar work, many of the items of work are higher than expected. . . . Consequently,

it seems reasonable for Basin Street Properties to pay for the apparent cost differences since they are controlling the schedule resulting in the elevated costs for public infrastructure.” But Eckerson was overruled. In February 2004, Matt White, president of Basin Street Properties, wrote to city manager Mike Bierman that Basin Street Properties was contracting with North Bay Construction for a “guaranteed maximum price contract” of $8.7 million. White informed Bierman that the city’s redevelopment commission “will need to fund an additional $4.4 million” in related costs, including costs of design, engineering, landscaping, legal fees and construction management. This brought the city’s total cost to $13.1 million— already $5.6 million beyond the original budget. White softened the bad news to Bierman with a promise: “The balance will be paid by means of an assessment district [generating] $4.1 million. As we have discussed, Basin Street

budget was intended to be used only for construction change orders, and not assigned to unspecified “potential impacts” to Basin Street Properties. Andronico defends Sherrill’s performance, saying that he and the city’s construction managers were a good team. In fact, after the Theatre District job was completed, Basin Street Properties hired Sherrill as a staffer. And, as Andronico points out, some of the cost overruns were due to inadequate planning by city engineers. Delays also occurred because the city tried to minimize the effect of construction-related street closures on traffic and local businesses. All in all, there were plenty of unanticipated consequences. The burning question became: who pays?

The Money Hits the Fan On Sept. 19, 2005, the city council amended its original agreement with Basin Street Properties and upped the original project budget of $7.5 million to $17.1 million. Searching for ways to fund the $9.6 million gap, the council, acting as the redevelopment commission, snatched money away from an array of redevelopment projects already in the works, including Turning Basin improvements, railroad depot reconstruction and street pothole repairs. It also took funds out of budgets for wastewater operation, flood mitigation and street reconstructions. City services deteriorated as a result. At the Sept. 19 meeting, city council members castigated city manager Bierman for allowing

overruns to occur for a year and a half without informing the council that the project was in deep financial straits. Bierman said he was “personally embarrassed” and that he “would not do it this way again.” Councilman Mike Healy tried to soften the blow: “This is a teachable moment,” he said, while voting for the increase. Only council member Torliatt voted against the measure to absorb the extra costs. Objecting to the city picking up the increased tab, she noted, “We [originally] picked up $4.8 million as a public agency which a normal developer would pay for.” In approving the massive Theatre District cost overrun, the city council relied on White’s promise to pay a portion of the overruns through the formation of the special tax assessment district, which would assess Basin Street Properties and other property owners in the area for construction and upkeep of public improvements. The city paid a consultant $72,000 to write a proposal for forming the tax assessment district. But when the matter was slated to come before area property owners for a vote in late 2006, Basin Street Properties informed the city that it would not vote to assess itself, thereby forcing Petaluma to cover the $2 million in additional costs that White had said Basin Street would cover. By that time, Basin Street Properties was the sole property owner subject to the proposed tax, so it only took one vote to kill it. According to the final audit trail on the project, the city ended up on the hook for the whole $17.1 million. That figure does not include the interest on bonds the city sold to finance payments

to North Bay Construction and Basin Street Properties or to cover the internal costs of its own project managers, engineers and technical consultants. Key to the city’s ability to pay off the bonds it sold to finance the Theatre District project was an arrangement that Basin Street’s newly developed property deliver the $500,000 per year in “tax increment” funds that the city had calculated in 2003 would flow from an increase in district property taxes. But City Manager John Brown says he does not know if the tax increment is generating the amount needed to service the debt or not. Regardless, it’s clear that the Theatre District cost overruns flooded the city in red ink, even as the economy was sinking into deep recession. And it is clear that despite its own administrative failings, which were considerable, the city relied upon Basin Street Properties to act independently of North Bay Construction. But unbeknownst to top Petaluma officials contacted for this story, Basin Street Properties and Barella are, as Barella swears under oath, “considered the same.” That’s not just another run-ofthe-mill conflict of interest. In Petaluma’s case, it turned out to be a very expensive one.

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Properties will participate in such an assessment district up to $2 million.” The dedicated property tax was to be paid only by property owners in the Theatre District. Taking White at his word, city managers went along and approved the mounting cost overruns. Part of the problem was that when the hard costs of materials and construction labor increase, the “soft” costs of overseeing construction rise in tandem. The hard cost approved by the city council in 2003 was $6.2 million. In July 2008, the city recalculated the hard costs at $14.6 million. The increased soft costs brought the total to $17.1 million. Several city redevelopment officials did try to rein in costs by rejecting Basin Street Properties’ bills for “defective” construction work. They disputed tens of thousands of dollars in North Bay Construction invoices passed along to the city after having been approved by Basin Street’s outsourced construction manager, Matt Sherrill, of San Francisco–based Conversion Management Associates Inc., which charged $311,000 for his services. The city’s staff of construction managers and building inspectors on the job site had their hands full. For example, on Feb. 10, 2005, a city inspector reported that North Bay Construction was impermissibly adding a 15 percent markup for itself on bills from a subcontractor that was itself overcharging for travel and overtime and making “excessive” and “unreasonable” surcharges. And in May, a city redevelopment manager wrote to Sherrill that a $600,000 “super contingency” in the project

Crush P E TA L U M A




Wrecked Man

Bluegrass Bentley

Take Pride

Mountain Lions

There’s just something about a literate, smart, quick-witted heartbroken man. The Old 97s, who take their name from an old country song, have for 18 years consistently been more like a college thesis than a scratchy old 45. Frontman Rhett Miller has an erudite way with words befitting his creative-writing background, even while draining his guitar of feedback and his beer bottles of their liquid inspiration. Live, the band is a throwback to the energy that made “alt-country” important in the first place before it got distilled by Prozac and commercial success. Get swept up in their sweet boozy twang on Friday, June 3, at the Mystic Theatre. 21 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 9pm. $21–$23. 707.765.2121.

Like many country stars before him, Dierks Bentley broke away last year to record a confident bluegrass album, Up on the Ridge. Featuring covers of Bob Dylan and U2, the record also has Americana stars Del McCoury and Alison Krauss. Bentley brings this new sound to the Sonoma Country Music BBQ, featuring Kellie Pickler and Joe “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off” Nichols, on Saturday, June 4, at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. 4pm. $45–$55.

There are two main events for Pride Weekend, and neither is to be missed. Julie Goldman, a self-described New York “butch-lez,” and Ali Mafi, “maybe the world’s only gay Iranian comic,” headline Pride Comedy Night on Saturday, June 4, at 8pm at the Wells Fargo Center (50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa; $19–$35; 707.546.3600). The next day sees the fabulously titled celebration Gay Sera, Syrah, with a morning parade down Main Street in Guerneville and ending with a festival featuring Coyote Grace, Sistahs in the Pit, Ananta, Polkanomics and others on Sunday, June 6, at the Guerneville Lodge (15905 River Road, Guerneville; 12pm; free). For more information, see

In mountain-biking circles, the Rockhopper is the stuff of legend. A race featuring early adopters of a new kind of racing. Guys like Gary Fisher, Gavin Chilcott, Tom Murray. And the place couldn’t have been better: Annadel State Park. With threats to close Annadel coming from Sacramento almost monthly, it seems, Bike Monkey is bringing back the Rockhopper under the banner of the Annadel XC, a 14-, 19and 27-mile race benefiting park upkeep and providing a formalized race on the best mountain biking trails in the region on Sunday, June 5, starting in downtown Santa Rosa through to Annadel State Park. 8am. Spectators free; registration open until day of race.

Gabe Meline

DAYDREAMING Jenny Scheinman opens for Bruce Cockburn on June 2 at Napa’s Uptown Theatre. See Concerts, p30.

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The week’s events: a selective guide



ArtsIdeas GOLDEN GRAHAM Author Megan McDonald says Jordana Beatty playing heroine Judy makes a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;perfect ďŹ t.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

Mood Enhancing Sebastopol authorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Judy Moodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; series hits the big screen BY NICOLAS GRIZZLE


lot of writers I know really donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have anything to do with the ďŹ lm,â&#x20AC;? says Megan McDonald, author of the Judy Moody childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book series, about books made into movies. But McDonald is a special case. Not only did she co-write the script for Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, in theaters


June 10, but she spent three months on set every day giving input to the ďŹ lmmakers and facilitating last-minute changes. McDonald, a Sebastopol native, has been traveling the country in the past month, promoting the ďŹ lm, but it was just last week that the reality a major motion picture sunk in. During a phone interview from New York, McDonald says sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surprised at how big the series is in the Big

Apple. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can tell the buzz is really building, but something about being in the heat of Manhattan, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a huge, huge billboard in Times Square . . . Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sort of one of those â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;pinch meâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; moments.â&#x20AC;? With degrees in English and library science, McDonald is humble and literary when she explains her favorite thing about the movie. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where it really gets me is that there are so many kids who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know Judy Moody yet,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is going to be so cool, because it may

make readers out of them.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the nicest, most genuine people Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever met,â&#x20AC;? says Maraline Olson, owner of Screamin Mimiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ice Cream in Sebastopol, which is featured in the Judy Moody series. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a great personâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and I liked her before she was famous!â&#x20AC;? Olsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shop has become a destination for local fans and tourists alike. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We get calls from kids in New York City, all around the United States, that have read her books.â&#x20AC;? The shop will be central to the opening weekend on June 11, when Olson hosts a party with McDonald for what will likely be hundreds of fans. That might have enticed the star of the movie, Jordana Beatty, to extend her publicity tour before returning to her native Australia. Beatty will be at a special screening of the movie at Petalumaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Boulevard Cinemas on June 12, and at CopperďŹ eldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books, nearby, after the movie. Beatty, a fan of the series, is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;perfect ďŹ tâ&#x20AC;? for the role of Judy, says McDonald. Though she had to develop an American accent before shooting began, she has similarities to Judy, even off-set. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of spunky like her, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big reader, loves to collect stuff like Judy Moody does,â&#x20AC;? said McDonald. With stars like Heather Graham, with the ďŹ lm in wide release and especially with the authorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s involvement, Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer could be poised to break the book-to-movie curse. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have,â&#x20AC;? says Olson, â&#x20AC;&#x153;very high hopes for it.â&#x20AC;? Screaminâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Mimiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Judy Moodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; party takes place Saturday, June 11 (6902 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol; 4pm; 707.823.5902); the hosted screening at Petalumaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Boulevard Cinemas is Sunday, June 12 (200 C St., Petaluma; $6.50â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$7; 707.762.7469), at 11am followed by a free celebration at CopperďŹ eldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books at 2pm (140 Kentucky St., Petaluma; 707.762.0563).

Cinnabar goes to Greece with ‘Shirley Valentine’ BY DAVID TEMPLETON


In Willy Russell’s powerful, onewoman comedic drama Shirley Valentine, running through June 12 at Cinnabar Theater, Shirley is now Shirley Bradshaw, a middleaged housewife with two grown children, a husband who is less than caring and a tendency to talk to her kitchen wall while fixing dinner. Through a brilliantly constructed, humor-laced script, Shirley—played to hilarious and

‘Shirley Valentine’ runs Friday–Sunday through June 12 at Cinnabar Theater. 3333 N. Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma. Fridays–Saturdays at 8pm; 2pm matinees on Sundays. $15–$25. 707.763.8920.

original etchings by david


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s a working-class English schoolgirl, Shirley Valentine used to jump off rooftops for fun. She was hungry for adventure and dreamed of traveling the world. Mostly, Shirley wanted a life as large as her own kind but cautious heart.

Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm


Dreams Fulfilled

551 Broadway Sonoma, CA

Images from Top: The Boy Hidden in a Fish, c. David Hockney. Rendevous, c. Dominic L DiMare.

plays Shirley Valentine to perfection.

Open Wed–Sun 11am – 5pm


Eric Chazankin

MUST-SEE Mary Gannon Graham

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heart-breaking perfection by Mary Gannon Graham—recounts the uninspiring details of her life: her boring days, ungrateful children and unsatisfying sex life, all while adding her own wry and pointedly funny observations. “Marriage,” she says, “is like the Middle East—there’s no solution.” Gradually, she confesses her unfulfilled dreams, all of them buried years ago along with her name and her once-spirited self. We soon learn, however, that one of those dreams may have recently been unearthed as Shirley’s neo-feminist friend Jane invites her along on a two-week trip to Greece. It’s a trip she is aching to take, but is too terrified of asking her husband for permission. “I have led such a little life,” she cries in a moment of despair. “Why do we get all these feelings and dreams and hopes if we don’t ever use them? That is how Shirley Valentine disappeared—she got lost in all this unused life.” We easily root for Shirley, hoping she will find the courage to follow her heart, and when she does, the result is electrifying. The second half of the show is set in Greece, where Shirley recounts her gradual reconnection with that youthful self she’d thought was gone forever. Directed by John Shillington with a sense of elegant ease and a knack for illuminating Russell’s emotionally multifaceted language, the play immediately leaps to the top of the “must-see” list of the summer. As good as the script and direction are, the main attraction is Gannon Graham as Shirley. Another performance of such loving generosity, depth and skill would be hard to find. As our heroine says toward the end of the play, “I’ve fallen in love with the idea of living.” In this lovely, deeply moving and subversively wise play, Shirley Valentine’s life-affirming discovery is nothing short of contagious.



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CUTTING GLASS January Jones in a rare lingerie-free scene.

Full Circle

Simple fun, shallow characters in ‘X-Men: First Class’ BY RICHARD VON BUSACK


verloaded and over-charactered, X-Men: First Class is a movie about the 1960s, and like all recent movies about the 1960s, it assumes that every historical moment in that decade happened at the same time. Nonetheless, Cold War paranoia and the Cuban Missile Crisis add historical resonance to the dispute between mutants and humans. James McAvoy is the young Professor Xavier, the world’s most powerful psychic; Michael Fassbender is the bitter Erik, later to become master of magnetism, Magneto. The conflict of two worthy adversaries evokes the dispute between Martin Luther King and a young Malcolm X, and CIA liaison Moira (Rose Byrne) and the mutant Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) add their personalities to the struggle. There’s also a ’60s spy movie motif, complete with split screen, mini-skirts and Austin Powers pickup lines. Fassbender is on the trail of a powerful ex-Nazi, Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon), who has a private nuclear submarine loaded with a collection of postimpressionist art, a literally Satanic henchman (Jason Flemyng) and a lingerie-clad psychic moll Emma Frost (January Jones). This is, as it sounds, fun. But it wasn’t enough. Someone also thought this movie should be Harry Potter; thus, dead-on-the-screen scenes of students sharing their powers over Cokes, Oreos and “The Hippy Hippy Shake.” By the finale, director Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass) is lining up his mutants like a boy playing with action figures. Vaughn’s strength— not that I admire it—is to employ cartoon violence and take it too far. In X-Men: First Class, Vaughn could have gotten further punch from the destruction by telling us more about the characters we came to see. We don’t get the sense Xavier ever had childhood trouble because he read the wrong mind; we don’t see the two adversaries agree that people are often no good. And Xavier has no hothead tendencies, even when he’s young. Lack of dramatic ground work leads to the uninspiring finale: a moment of caped and cowled menace made dismayingly, ineptly comic. ‘X-Men: First Class’ opens in wide release Friday, June 3.


diet is responsible for most of our ailments. At Summerfield Cinemas. (NB)

Midnight in Paris (PG-13; 100 min.) A screenwriter writing a first novel in Paris is transported to the city’s rich 1920’s culture in the latest from Woody Allen. Co-stars Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates and Adrien Brody. At Summerfield Cinemas in Santa Rosa and CineArts in Mill Valley. (NB)

The Hangover Part II (R; 102 min.) This time the boys are in Thailand to quietly celebrate the wedding of Stu (Ed Helms), but things of course go terribly, terribly wrong. There’s a funny monkey! Co-stars Zach Galifianakis and Bradley Cooper. (NB)

X-Men: First Class (PG-13; 140 min.) A trip down memory lane shows us the early work of noble mutants Professor X and Magneto as they fight to stop a nuclear holocaust. See review, adjacent page

ALSO PLAYING 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. (NB)

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. (NB) Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG; 95 min.) Jack Black is back voicing Po, panda warrior, who must protect the Valley of Peace—and the art of kung fu itself—from a new danger. Also features the voices of Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen and Jackie Chan. (NB) Meek’s Cutoff (PG; 104 min.) Wagons heading west are led astray by a loony mountain-man guide in this view of the West from the perspective of pioneer women. (NB)

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (PG-13; 137 min.)

(NR; 90 min.) This documentary from the great Werner Herzog takes viewers inside France’s Chauvet Cave, site of the oldest known human art, created over 30,000 years ago. At Petaluma’s Boulevard Cinemas. (NB)

Number four in the franchise follows Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow on a quest for the Fountain of Youth. New perils on this journey include mermaids, zombies and the dread pirate Blackbeard. Also in 3-D. (NB)

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. (NB)

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. (NB)

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. (NB)

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. (NB)

The First Grader (PG; 120 min.) Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl) directs the story of an 80-year-old Kenyan man determined to learn to read after the government institutes the nation’s first public school system—and the parents and school officials who don’t want resources wasted on him. Based on a true story. At Summerfield Cinemas and the Smith Rafael Center. (NB) Forks Over Knives (PG; 90 min.) An acclaimed documentary that examines the claim—and evidence—that our meat-based

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. (NB) 13 Assassins (NR; 126 min.) From cult director Takashi Miike comes the remake of a ’60s martial arts classic about a band of samurai enlisted to defeat a sadistic warlord. At the Smith Rafael Center. (NB)

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. (NB) 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 Nicholas Berandt and Richard von Busack.

Aaron Haggerty


West County Professional Tea Sippers Band



An old-timey hoot. Jun 4 at 8. $10. Occidental Center for the Arts, Graton Road and Bohemian Highway, Occidental. 707.874.9392.

MARIN COUNTY Left Coast Chamber Ensemble Ensemble presents “Viaggio Italiano,” a concert informed by Italian perspectives. Jun 7 at 8. $15-$20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

NAPA COUNTY Bruce Cockburn Songwriter and guitar virtuoso. Jun 2 at 8. $35-$45. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Grand Night for Singers

charles lloyd zakir hussain charlie haden geri allen fred hersch julian lage

john santos madeline eastman bobby hutcherson john heard george cables and many more!

First Sat of the month at 8, vocalists from around Northern California and beyond take turns onstage. $15. Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main St, Napa. 707.255.5445.

E=MC2 Our Vinyl Vows celebrate ‘You, Me and Einstein’

on June 4 at the Phoenix Theater. See Clubs, p31.

Concerts SONOMA COUNTY Don Carlos Dub Vision and Jimmy D back reggae legend with really cool hair. Don Cha Noah and Dubtown Dread open. Jun 2 at 9:30. $20-$25. Last Day Saloon, 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.2343.

and features live music by Fruit Bats, J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr, Richard Swift, Sonny & the Sunsets and others. Jun 4, 2 to 11. $55. Gundlach Bundschu Winery, 2000 Denmark St, Sonoma. 707.938.5277.

Landmark Concert Series Free live music Sat, 1 to 4. Jun 11, Adam Traum (Americana). Landmark Vineyards, 101 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood. 707.833.0053.

Country Music BBQ

Old 97s

Dierks Bentley, Joe Nichols, Kellie Pickler and Pete Stringfellow kick it on the Great Lawn with 15 BBQ masters. Jun 4 at 2. $45-$100. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa. www.

Texas alt-country shitkickers. Sarah Jaffe opens. $21. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

First Friday Concerts Jun 3, Songs of the ‘60s. $5$10. Sebastopol Community Cultural Center Youth Annex, 425 Morris St, Sebastopol. 707.823.1511.

Huichica Music Festival All-day concert honors land once owned by General Vallejo

Philharmonia Healdsburg Orchestra presents inaugural performance, “The Young Beethoven.” Jun 4 at 8; Jun 5 at 2. $10-$25. Raven Theater, 115 North St, Healdsburg. 707.433.6335.

SR Symphonic Chorus Chorus performs “Carmina Burana.” Jun 4 at 8; Jun 5 at 3. $10-$15. Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.527.4999, ext 9228.

Healdsburg Jazz Festival Jazz makes a triumphant return with two weeks of topnotch talent including Charlie Haden, Bobby Hutcherson, Charled Lloyd and many, many others at venues throughout Healdsburg. Jun 3-12. www.

Super Diamond Neil Diamond tribute band with opener Brian Fitzpatrick. Jun 3 at 8. $25. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Clubs SONOMA COUNTY Aubergine Jun 2, Smiling Iguanas. Jun 3, Pepperland. Jun 4, Fresh (pride dance party). Tues at 7, ladies’ open mic. 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2722.

Brixx Jun 4, Doni Harvey. 16 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.766.8162.

Chrome Lotus First Fri monthly, Funkadelic Fri with DJ Lazyboy and DJ Sykwidit. Jun 4, Slick D (SF Giants official DJ), DJ Sykwidit. 501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa.

Main Street Station

Plaza Bistro

Jun 3-4, Patton Leather. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

Jun 1, folk and Celtic jam. Jun 3, Susan Sutton Jazz Trio. Sun, Kit Mariah’s open mic. Jun 6, Gwen “Sugarmama” Avery. Jun 7, Out of the Blue (swing). 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.

Jun 3, Erik Jekabson Trio (jazz). Jun 4, Mad and Eddie Duran. 420 First St E, Sonoma. 707.996.4466.

Gaia’s Garden Every Wed, Jim Adams (jazz guitar). Jun 3, John Howard’s Dixie Recyclers. Jun 4, String Rays. Every Tues, blues with Sonny Lowe. 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491.

Highland Dell Jun 3, Johnny Tsunami & the Hurricanes. 21050 River Blvd, Monte Rio. 707.865.2300.

Hopmonk Tavern Jun 3, Brothers Horse (Gypsy punk). Jun 4, Michael Landau Group (blues). Jun 6, Monday Night Edutainment with Gappy Ranks. Tues, open mic. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Hotel Healdsburg Jun 4, Bennett Roth Newell and John Norris. Jun 5, Robb Fisher Trio. 25 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.431.2800.

Lagunitas Tap Room

Mc T’s Bullpen Wed, open mic. Thurs, karaoke. Jun 3, DJ Alexander. Jun 4, the Get Down. 16246 First St, Guerneville. 707.869.3377.

Murphy’s Irish Pub Jun 3, Loose Shoes. Jun 4, Andrew Freeman. Jun 5 at 3:30, Celtic jam; at 6:30, Two Rock Ramblers. 464 First St, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.

Mystic Theatre Jun 3, Old 97s, Sarah Jaffe (see Concerts). Jun 8, Donovan Frankenreiter, Seth Pettersen. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

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

Jun 1, West County Professional Tea Sippers Oldtime String Band. Jun 2, WishBones. Jun 3, Smokehouse Gamblers. Jun 4, Whiskey Pills Fiasco. Jun 5, David Siegler. Jun 8, Royal Deuces. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

Occidental Center for the Arts Amphitheater

Last Day Saloon

Jun 5 at 6:30, contra dance with the OpporTunists. 518 B St, Petaluma.

Jun 2, Don Carlos (see Concerts). Jun 4, venue’s 38th anniversary with Pride & Joy. Mon, karaoke. 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.2343.

Little Switzerland Jun 2, Tri Tip Trio (Cajun). Jun 3, Sello de Mexico. Jun 4, Backtrax. 19080 Riverside Dr, Sonoma. 707.938.9910.

Jul 3, the Moonbeams. Jun 5, Gray Street Band. 4008 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental.

Petaluma Woman’s Club

Phoenix Theater Jun 3, Fallujah, Aenimus, Simoom, Ashkira, Native Shores. Jun 4, Our Vinyl Vows, Brooks Was Here, Fire Child, Semi-Evolved Simians. 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

Rio Nido Roadhouse Jun 4, Pulsators. 14540 Canyon 2 Rd, Rio Nido. 707.869.0821.

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

Tradewinds Thurs, DJ Dave. Mon, Donny Maderos’ Pro Jam. 8210 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7878.

Wischemann Hall Jun 5 at 2, English country dance with the Humuhumunukunukuapua’a and Strathspey Society Band. 460 Eddie Lane, Sebastopol.

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

MARIN COUNTY Cucina Thurs at 6:30, Bonnie Hayes. 510 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo. 415.454.2942.

Dance Palace Jun 5 at 1:30, Steve Lucky & Rhumba Bums with Carmen Getit. Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.

George’s Nightclub Wed, standup comedy (see Comedy). Jun 3, Luvplanet, Jesse Brewster Band. Jun 4, Tony Lindsay. )

JAZZ IS BACK Ed Reed sings June 4 in Recreation Park as part of the irreplaceable Healdsburg Jazz Festival. See Concerts, p30.


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mic. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.

842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

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Iron Springs Pub & Brewery


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MATT SCHOFIELD No Children Under 10 Allowed For All Ages Shows

Jun 1, Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys. Jun 8, Alison Harris & the Barn Owls. 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax. 415.485.1005.

Moylan’s Brewery Thurs at 8:30, jam session. 15 Rowland Way, Novato. 415.898.HOPS.

Nickel Rose Sun, Mon, Wed-Fri, DJ dance. 848 B St, San Rafael. 415.454.5551.

19 Broadway Club Jun 1 at 6, Buddy Owen; at 9, Bone Dweller. Jun 2, Diamond Ortiz. Jun 3, Jason Glavis’ “Burn It Down” Friday. Jun 5 at 2, Cathey Cotten and Elliott’s Evil Plan; at 6, Goodtime Band; at 9, Phil Hardgrave & the Continentals. Mon at 9, open mic. Jun 8, Dead Winter Carpenters. Tues at 9, Uzilevsky Korty Duo with special guests. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

No Name Bar Fri at 9, Michael Aragon Quartet. Sun at 3, Mal Sharpe’s Dixieland. Mon at 8:30, Kimrea. Tues at 8:30, open mic with Damir. 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.1392.

Brannan’s Grill

Jun 3, Jeb Brady’s Band (R&B). Jun 5 at 5, Windshield Cowboys (Western). Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

Fri-Sun, Herb Gibson (jazz). 1347 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.2233.

Calistoga Inn

Sun at 4, Salsa-lito. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito.

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

Servino Ristorante

Hydro Grill

Sausalito Seahorse

Jun 2, Tia Carroll (blues). Jun 3, Key Lime Pie (funk). Jun 4, Big Cat & the Hypnotics. 9 Main St, Tiburon. 415.435.2676.

Fri-Sat, blues. Sun at 7, Swing Seven. 1403 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.9777.

Sleeping Lady

Pica Pica Maize Kitchen

Mon at 8, open mic with Simon Costa. 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.485.1182.

First Fri monthly at 6, salsa dance party. Oxbow Public Market, 610 First St, Napa.



Jun 2, Fox & Woman. Jun 3, Starman 47. Sun, open mic. Mon, reggae. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311.

Wed at 7, jam session. Jun 3, Caravanserai (Santana tribute). Jun 4, Riccardi/Reed (comedic blues). 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

Southern Pacific Smokehouse Jun 1, Philip Claypool & the Smokehouse Band. Jun 2, Jerry Hannan Band. Jun 3, Mel Martin Band. Jun 4, Rubber Souldiers. Jun 7, Ali Weiss and Warren Mann. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.899.9600.

Uva Trattoria Wed, Philip Smith & the Gentlemen of Jazz. Jun 3, Rhythm Cats. Sun, James and Ted (jazz). Tues, James Todd and Ted Timper (jazz duo). 1040 Clinton St, Napa. 707.255.6646.

Old Western Saloon Jun 3, Big B & the Snake Oil Saviors. Jun 4, Aktion, Featherwitch. Jun 5, West Nile Ramblers. Main Street, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1661.

142 Throckmorton Theatre Jun 5, Cory Jamison. Jun 7, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble (see Concerts). 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

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

Panama Hotel Restaurant Tues at 7, Swing Fever. 4 Bayview St, San Rafael. 415.457.3993.

Papermill Creek Saloon


Wed, Kevin McConnell, Dan Dickson and Phil Wood. 1 Castro, Forest Knolls. 415.488.9235.

Peri’s Silver Dollar

23 Petaluma Blvd, Petaluma


Every Mon, acoustic open

San Francisco’s City Guide

Architecture in Helsinki Mason-jar–tight Australian pop mavericks and multiinstrumentalists play free in-store. Jun 3 at Amoeba SF.

Bootsy Collins Bassist supreme brings whatever band he may h ave with whatever personality he may have. Jun 4 at the Fillmore.

ROVA Saxophone Quartet Bay Area avant-garde legends celebrate exactly 33 1/3 years together. Jun 4 at Swedish American Hall.

Omar Souleyman Syrian phenomenon described as “Jihadi techno” always brings, bamboozles the party. Jun 7 at Mezzanine.

Matmos Electronic duo whose apex remains an album entirely sampled from plastic surgery. Jun 8 at Bottom of the Hill.

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LITTLE EDIE Hell is other people to

J Mascis, secret lover of Edie Brickell.

Where He Been

J Mascis flies solo toward Sonoma BY LEILANI CLARK


t’s 1988, or maybe1989. J Mascis is in a van, driving cross-country on tour with Lou Barlow and Murph, the drummer. As Dinosaur Jr., they haven’t quite yet become the stuff of indie-rock legend. In a few months, they’ll score an underground hit with a cover of the Cure’s “Just Like Heaven,” and they’ll be embraced by alternativerock overlords Sonic Youth, and Barlow will either be fired or choose to leave the band (depending on who’s telling the story).

But right now, Murph is obsessed with two albums— and one of them is Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars by Edie Brickell. When it’s his turn to drive,

and he’s not playing Frank Zappa, he’s playing Edie Brickell. Twenty years later, a cover of Brickell’s song “Circle,” the most heartfelt song from one of the ’80s most earnest albums, will find a place in Mascis’ live set as he tours for his 2011 release, a collection of acoustic songs called Several Shades of Why. “Megan, who runs Sub Pop, wanted me to do it. She was our Dinosaur T-shirt person for the tour where Murph was playing that Edie Brickell album all the time, so we kind of got into it, just because we heard it so much,” says Mascis on the phone from his home in Amherst, Mass. “I kind of hated it at first, but started liking it. At least it was a change from Zappa.” On the surface, the cover might seem like a shock from Mascis, a gray-haired Rip Van Winkle–type reclusive figure who speaks like he’s just woken from a hundredyear nap. But Brickell’s song about the joy of being alone actually fits well with the pensive songs on Several Shades of Why, a big departure from Mascis’ usual blisteringly loud guitar dynamics. Mascis says while the tone of his solo effort may be sweetly aching, this is not a break-up album, though songs like “Is It Done” might come across that way. “It’s just kind of about general depression. Trying to deal with other people,” he says. “It’s not all autobiographical. “ The tour for the album takes Mascis across the country, including a stop at Gundlach Bundschu winery’s Huichica Festival on June 4. While playing acoustic live and alone is “nerve-wracking,” he says, one thing keeps him going. “The thought of having to go back to a band and dealing with other people helps me,” says Mascis. “Because then I think about, ‘Oh man, dealing with all these other people,’ and then it’s just like, well, maybe this isn’t so bad.” Yes, in J Mascis’ world, being alone really is the best existence. J Mascis plays on Saturday, June 4, at Gundlach Bundschu Winery along with Fruit Bats, Sonny and the Sunsets and more. 2000 Denmark St., Sonoma. 2–11pm. $55. 707.938.5277.


Galleries OPENINGS Jun 2 From 5 to 8pm. Phantom IV Gallery, work by Robin Burgert and William O’Keeffe. 9077 Windsor Rd, Windsor. 707.527.5447..

Jun 3 From 6 to 8pm. Arts Guild of Sonoma, “June Invitational,” work by various guest artists. 140 E Napa St, Sonoma. 707.996.3115. From 5 to 7pm. Caldwell Snyder Gallery, “Figurative Sense,” paintings by Bobbie Burgers. 1328 Main St, St Helena. 415.531.6755. From 6 to 8pm. Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, “Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: Original Etchings by David Hockney”; also, “Rebound: A Survey of Contemporary California Book Art.” 551 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.939.SVMA..

Jun 4 From 3 to 5pm. SoCo Coffee, paintings by Ed Coletti. 1015 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.433.1660. From 5 to 7pm. Toby’s Feed Barn, “Water, Water Everywhere,” exhibition inspired by Tomales Bay watershed. 11250 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1223.

Jun 7 From 6 to 8pm. O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, “Beautiful Dissolution: OHCA’s eighth Annual Wabi-Sabi Exposition,” and “Mixed-Media Works by Jeff Hvid.” 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.4331.

SONOMA COUNTY Art Honors Life Through Oct, “Funeria’s Fifth Biennial International Ashes to

Art Exhibition,” a collection of 100 funerary vessels by various artists. 2860 Bowen St #1, Graton. 707.829.1966.

history. Tues-Sun, 11 to 4. 221 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.431.3325.

Arts Guild of Sonoma

Through Jun 30, “Portals of Light,” paintings by Kathy Cia White. Mon-Fri, 9 to 5; weekend hours by appointment. 1601 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.578.2121.

Jun 2-Jul 5, “June Invitational,” work by various guest artists. Reception, Jun 3, 6 to 8. WedThurs and Sun-Mon, 11 to 5; Fri-Sat, 11 to 8. 140 E Napa St, Sonoma. 707.996.3115.

Charles M Schulz Museum Ending Jun 5, “Turn Another Page.” Through Jun 19, “The Browns and the Van Pelts: Siblings in ‘Peanuts.’” Through Jul 11, “’Peanuts’ Philosophies.” Jun 8-Oct 2, “A Change of Scene: Schulz Sketches from Abroad.” $5-$8. Mon-Fri, noon to 5; Sat-Sun, 10 to 5. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452.

Gallery of Sea & Heaven Through Jun 18, “You’re Perfect,” 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.

Graton Gallery Ending Jul 3, “Explorations,” prints, etchings and paintings by Rik Olson; also, photography by Ann Gaughen and oil paintings by Lisa Skelly. TuesSun, 10:30 to 6. 9048 Graton Rd, Graton. 707.829.8912.

Guayaki Mate Bar Through Jun 9, “Walk with Pride,” photo exhibition documents gay pride marches around the world. 6782 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.6644.

Hammerfriar Gallery Ending Jul 2, “Figments for a Warrior,” work by Catherine J Richardson. Artist talk, Jun 11, 6 to 9. Tues-Fri, 10 to 6. Sat, 10 to 5. 139 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.473.9600.

Healdsburg Center for the Arts Jun 1-27, “Art in the Garden” and “Tins of Imagination.” Daily, 11 to 6. 130 Plaza St, Healdsburg. 707.431.1970.

Journey Center Gallery

Local Color Gallery Through Jun 27, “Wavescapes,” paintings by Pamela Wallace and graphite drawings by Linda Gamble. Daily, 10 to 5. Closed Wednesdays. 1580 Eastshore Rd, Bodega Bay. 707.875.2744.

Matanzas Creek Winery Jun 4-Jul 14, mixed-media collage by Sherry Parker. Daily, 10 to 4:30. 6097 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.528.6464.

Occidental Center for the Arts Jun 5-Jul 30, “Summer Light,” work by various artists. Graton Road and Bohemian Highway, Occidental.

Petaluma Arts Center Jun 4, “Arts D’Light” (see Events). 230 Lakeville St at East Washington, Petaluma. 707.762.5600.

Petaluma Historical Museum & Library Through Jul 4, “Beyond: Visions of Planetary Landscapes,” 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.

Phantom IV Gallery Jun 2-30, work by Robin Burgert and William O’Keeffe in previously empty Windsor Town Green storefront. Reception, Jun 2, 5 to 8. 9077 Windsor Rd, Windsor. 707.527.5447.

Quicksilver Mine Company Through Jul 4, “Winter Landscapes,” paintings by Jerrold Ballaine. Thurs-Mon, 11 to 6. 6671 Front St, Forestville. 707.887.0799.

Healdsburg Museum

Sebastopol Center for the Arts

Ongoing, comprehensive permanent displays describe aspects of Healdsburg and northern Sonoma County

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Sebastopol Gallery

Gallery Bergelli

SoCo Coffee

Gallery Route One

Jun 4-30, paintings by Ed Coletti. Reception, Jun 4, 3 to 5. 1015 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.433.1660.

Sonoma County Museum Ending Jun 5, ceramics by Jun Kaneko. Through Jun 12, “People at Work,” photography from permanent collection. Through Jun 26, “Zone of Focus,” a juried exhibition of photography by high school students. Tues-Sun, 11 to 4. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.579.1500.

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art Jun 4-Aug 28, “Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: Original Etchings by David Hockney”; also, “Rebound: A Survey of Contemporary California Book Art.” Reception, Jun 3, 6 to 8. Free-$8. WedSun, 11 to 5. 551 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.939.SVMA.

Tea Room Cafe

MARIN COUNTY 142 Throckmorton Theatre Through Jun 30, “From Here to Eternity: A Love Story,” work by Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

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



On Water.” Tues-Wed and FriSat, 11 to 6; Thurs, 11 to 8:30. 851 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.4229.

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

Through Aug 1, “Broken Cups,” drawings by Mark Grieve. 316 Western Ave, Petaluma. 707.765.0199.

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Bolinas Museum Ending 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.

Through Jun 15, “Daniel Tousignant: Recent Paintings.” 483 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.945.9454. Through Jun 26, “Finding My Way: Maps, Grids, Signs,” work by Will Thoms; also, “The Left Coast: California on the Edge,” work by Alex Fradkin and Tim Graveson. Through Jul 3, “Seventh Street Studios,” a group art exhibit. Wed-Mon, 11 to 5. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1347.

Headlands Center for the Arts Through Jun 11, “Darkness and Light: Image and Object Cultivated in the Wild,” graduate fellowship exhibition. Sun-Fri, noon to 4. Bldg 944, Fort Barry, Sausalito. 415.331.2787.

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

Marin MOCA Through Jul 10, “Artfully Reclaimed V,” fine art made from recycled and repurposed materials; also, “Spectrum: Color as Expression and Form.” Wed-Sun, 11 to 4, Novato Arts Center, Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Dr, Novato. 415.506.0137.

Piscioneri and Deanna Pedroli. 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo. 415.488.8888.

Toby’s Feed Barn Jun 4-30, “Water, Water Everywhere,” student exhibition inspired by creeks, bogs, bays and beaches of Tomales Bay watershed. Reception, Jun 4, 5 to 7. MonSat, 9 to 5; Sun, 9:30 to 4. 11250 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1223.

NAPA COUNTY Caldwell Snyder Gallery Jun 3-30, “Figurative Sense,” paintings by Bobbie Burgers. Reception, Jun 3, 5 to 7. Open daily, 10 to 6. 1328 Main St, St Helena. 415.531.6755.

Di Rosa Ending 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.

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

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

Napa Valley Museum

Annual art auction, Jun 4, 7 to 10. Mon-Thurs, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, 12 to 4. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 415.454.9561.

Through Jul 16, “Wanderlust: Journeys with Napa Valley Photographers,” featuring photos by seven artists; also, “A Year in Flowers,” work by Joanne Youngberg and Nina Antze. Wed-Mon, 10 to 5. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. 707.944.0500.

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts

Preservation Napa Valley

Marin Society of Artists

Jun 7-30, “Beautiful Dissolution: OHCA’s eighth Annual Wabi-Sabi Exposition,” and “Mixed-Media Works by Jeff Hvid.” Reception, Jun 7, 6 to 8. Tues-Sat, 10 to 2; also by appointment. 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.4331.

Donna Seager Gallery

San Geronimo Valley Community Center

Through Jun 18, “Kay Bradner:

Jun 2-28, work of Kathleen

Through Jun 30, “Memory Bank: A Discovery of Old Hands, Old Faces and the Way It Was,” photographic and film documentation of local old timers. 1400 First St, Napa.

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

Historic Motorsports Festival

Home & Garden Expo Discover newest trends and favorite traditions. Jun 4, 10 to 6; Jun 5, 10 to 5. Free$8. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael.

‘HEART 1’ Paintings by Ed Coletti show at SoCo

Coffee through June. See Openings, p35.

Comedy Monkey Fight Tony Sparks hosts night of standup with Jabari Davis, Matt Morales, Lydia Popovich, Mike Olson, Josh Argyle and Juan Carlos. Jun 4. Rapture, 528 Seventh St, Santa Rosa,

Pride Comedy Night Line-up of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender comedians starring Julie Goldman and Ali Mafi. Jun 4 at 8. $19-$35. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Standup Comedy Every Wed at 8, with a different comedian featured weekly. Jun 1, Will Durst and friends. $10. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

Events Annadel XC Historic mountain bike venue resurrected with first race in almost 25 years. Event begins in downtown Santa Rosa. Jun 5 at 8am. $35-$68. Annadel State Park, Channel Drive, Santa Rosa.

Art at the Source Open studio tour throughout Sonoma county. Jun 4-5 and 11-12, 10 to 5. Free. Various locations, around Sonoma County, Santa Rosa.

Arts D’Light Illuminated art, wine, food, live music and silent auction. Jun 4 at 6. $50. Petaluma Arts Center, 230 Lakeville St at East Washington, Petaluma. 707.206.2573.

Child Silhouettes Artist creates silhouettes with masterful scissory. Jun 7, 1 to 5. $25. Cupcake, 641 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.579.2165.

Day on the River Day of free boating, rowing, paddling, kayaks and river love. Jun 5, 9 to 3. Free. Foundry Wharf, Second and H street docks, Petaluma. 707.765.2516.

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

Forestville BBQ Barbecued food of every kind plus carnival, crafts, contests, live music and more. Jun 4-5, 11 to 8; parade Sat at 10am. Free. Forestville Youth Park, Mirabel Road, Forestville. 707.575.3484.




June 3

R&B and Blues 8:00pm / No Cover



June 5

Gourmet Western Music 5:00pm / No Cover


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June 17

Pride Parade & Celebration Day of fun themed “Gay Sera, Syrah,” kicks off with a parade followed by live entertainment, wine, beer, food, children’s area and more. Jun 5, 11 to 6. Free. Guerneville Lodge, 15905 River Rd, Guerneville. www.


Quilt Show


Moonlight Quilters of Sonoma County exhibit and sell works of art. Jun 4, 10 to 5; Jun 5, 10 to 4. $2-$10. Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa.

June 24


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June 12


“America’s Favorite Cowboys”


Father’s Day with June 19 PABLO CRUISE Sun

June 26

Silent Auction Fundraiser features a range of prizes from gift certificates for local restaurants to lavish vacations. Jun 5, 10 to 4. Dance Palace, Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.

Outdoor Dining 7 Days A Week Reservations Advised

Lunch & Dinner Sat & Sun Brunch


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Solar Viewing View our active sun, planets and galaxies through special telescopes. Jun 4, noon to 4 and 9 to 11. $3-$8. Robert Ferguson Observatory, Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood. 707.833.6979.

Summer Nights Santa Rosa Winetasting, outdoor dining, arts, crafts and music first fridays monthly, 6 to 9. Railroad Square, Fourth and Wilson streets, Santa Rosa. 707.490.5039.

Food & Drink


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Rialto Cinemas Film Festival

Hilar y Swank Sam Rockwell

Beerfest Face to Face benefit a festive microbrew and food tasting extravaganza. Jun 4 at 1. $40$45. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

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Historic racing machines by Porsche, Lotus, Ferrari and others take to the track. Jun 45, 8:30 to 5. $20-$40. Infineon Raceway, Highways 37 and 121, Sonoma, 800.870.RACE.



Arts Events homemade desserts and quartet accompaniment. Jun 11, 3-5:30. $35. Monroe Hall, 1400 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. Reservation only.

Free Pancake Breakfast Breakfast extravaganza plus tours, jumpy house, fire safety trailer and more. Jun 5, 6:30 to 10:30am. Donations appreciated. Fire Station 1, 1039 C St, San Rafael. 415.485.5070.

KJ Farm Stand Fresh, seasonal produce and a taco truck roundup held first Sat monthly, 10 to 1. KendallJackson Wine Center, 5007 Fulton Rd, Fulton.

Ox Roast Feast upon BBQ delights, with wine available in a commemorative glass, plus contests and live music. Jun 5 at 11am. $7-$12. Sonoma Community Center, 276 E Napa St, Sonoma. 707.938.4626, ext 1.

Santa Rosa Farmers Markets Sat, 9 to 12. Oakmont Drive and White Oak, Santa Rosa. 707.538.7023. Wed and Sat, 8:30 to 12. Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.522.8629.

Single Vineyard Night Russian River Valley Winegrowers’ next generation vintners host evening of winetasting, single bites, auction, DJ dancing and more. Jun 4, 6:30 to 10. $45-$80. Thomas George Estates, 8075 Westside Rd, Healdsburg.

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

Field Trips

America. Jun 7 at 6. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.381.4123.

Coppelia Encore presentations of ballet filmed live at Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. Jun 5 at 1; Jun 6 at 8am. $12-$18. Summerfield Cinemas, 551 Summerfield Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.522.0719.

The Crash Course Film describes our interdependence and converging challenges of economy, energy and the environment. Jun 6 and Jul 25, 7 to 9. $10. Share Exchange, 531 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.888.9646.

The Importance of Being Earnest

Join botanists for a scenic hike and picnic in grasslands around estuary. Jun 4, 10 to 2. Sonoma Land Trust, 966 Sonoma Ave, Santa Rosa. www.

Live theater in film format, Oscar Wilde play beamed from Broadway in high def. Jun 7 and 14 at 7. $15-$22. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.539.9771. Jun 6 at 7:30. $20-$24. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.924.5111.

Mayacamas Hikes

Mad in LA

Estero Americano Hike

Bring lunch and liquids for day hikes at all levels. Jun 5 at 9:30, find and identify dragonflies along Pine Flat road with Kathy and Dave Biggs. Jun 12 at 9:30am, discover rare blooms at Red Hill. Free. Mayacamas Sanctuary, Pine Flat Road, off Highway 128, Healdsburg. 707.829.7234.

Film Bicycle Dreams Documentary follows bicyclists hell-bent on riding across

Three Latina immigrants working in garment sweatshops attempt to win basic labor protections. Jun 2 at 7:30. Free. Healdsburg Senior Center, 133 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.431.1129.

Rialto Film Festival Independent gems shine on the big screen. Jun 8 at 1, 4 and 7, “Conviction.” Jun 13 at 1, 3, 5 and 7, “The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls.” $8-$10. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. www.

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Bettina Pauly, are at Sonoma Valley Museum opening June 3. See Openings, p35.


Historic Motorsports Fetsival June 4-5. See Events, p37.

film. Jun 6, “A Fish Called Wanda.” Jun 13, “Cat Ballou.” Jun 20, “Some Like It Hot.” Free. Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.389.4292, ext 116.

Free. Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley.


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A-List Series Basketball star Alvin Attles in conversation with Bruce MacGowan. Jun 8 at 7:30. $12$15. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Discover Nature Lecture series explores various aspects of our natural environment. Jun 3 at 7, “Climate Change: Birds, and the Role of Conservation in Securing Our Future” with Ellie Cohen. Free. Pepperwood Preserve, 3450 Franz Valley Rd, Santa Rosa.

Science Buzz Cafe Every Thurs at 6:30, gather with scientists and amateur science fans to discuss weekly topics. Jun 2, “Stardust and the Molecules of Life” with Richard Boyd. $3 donation. French Garden Restaurant, 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.292.5281.

Speaker Series Lectures first Wed of every month at 7:30 in Creekside Room. Jun 2 (a Thurs), “The History of the Dipsea Race” author and historian Barry Spitz.


of Beasts” with Erik Larson. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 415.927.0960.

Rebound Bookstore Jun 7 at 7, traveling poetry show hosted by Yvonne Postelle. 1541 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.482.0550.

Londonberry poets read original work on themes of memory and desire. Jun 4, 4 to 6. Free, RSVP. 707.829.1966. Funeria Literary Arts, 2860 Bowen St #1, Graton.


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Three short performance pieces by Gertrude Stein. Jun 3-18, most shows Fri-Sat at 8; Jun 15 at 5. $10-$12. Imaginists Theatre Collective, 461 Sebastopol Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.528.7554.

Poetry SoCoCo. Join Ed Coletti and friends for evening of poetry on the first Sat of every month, 7 to 9. Free. 707.527.6434. 1015 Fourth St, Santa Rosa.

Book Passage Jun 1 at 7, “No Biking in the House Without a Helmet” with Melissa Fay Greene. Jun 2 at 7, “Run: 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss” with Dean Karnazes. Jun 3 at 7, “Real-Lifetales of First Love” with Andrea Richesin, and “An Extravagent Hunger: The Passionate Years of MFK Fisher” with Anne Zimmerman, and “Real-Lifetales of First Love” with Andrea Richesin and contributors. Jun 4 at 1, “Self-Compassion” with Kristin Neff; at 4, “The Tenth Door” with Michele Hebert, and “Sweetness and Blood” with Michael Scott Moore; at 7, “Transforming Terror” with Karin Carrington and Susan Griffin. Jun 5 at 4, “Wicked Bugs” with Amy Stewart. Jun 6 at 7, “Children and Fire” with Ursula Hegi. Jun 7 at 1, “In the Garden

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D’Arc: Woman on Fire Play depicts a present-day intercession by Joan of Arc in life of Joanne, a contemporary mother. Through Jun 5; Thurs-Sat at 8, Sun at 2. $15-$20. Main Stage West, 104 North Main St, Sebastopol. 707.823.0177.

The Drowsy Chaperone Roustabout Theater presents a musical tale about a follies starlet giving up the stage for love. Jun 3-12; Fri-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 3:30. $16-$26. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Hairspray Beloved John Waters musical about a teenage dancer who rallies against racial

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segregation in 1962. Through Jun 19; Sat-Sun at 2. $30-$40. Sidney B Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre, Mt. Tam, Mill Valley. 415.383.1100.

Picasso at the Lapin Agile Steve Martin’s comedy about a fictional meeting between Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein at a Paris bar in 1904. Through Jun 19; ThursSat at 8, Sun at 3. $15-$19. Novato Theater Company, 484 Ignacio Blvd, Novato. 415.883.4498.

The Mystery of Irma Vep Gothic, melodramatic spoof where music takes on a role of its own. Jun 3-26; Thurs-Sat at 8, Sun at 2. $15-$32. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

Shirley Valentine Disillusioned housewife finds adventure, hope and love. Through Jun 12; Fri-Sat at 8, Sun at 2. $15-$25. Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.763.8920.

Stalag 17 Humorous and suspenseful play depicts day-to-day survival of 13 US airmen held captive during World War II. Through Jun 12; Thurs at 7:30, Fri-Sat at 8, Sun at 2. $8-$21. Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. 707.588.3400.

Tiny Alice Edward Albee’s theatrically innovative play examines man’s relationship with God. Jun 7-26; Tues and Thurs-Sat at 8, Wed and Sun at 7:30. $32-$53. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.5208.



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Live opera continues on the big screen It’s tough to afford even going out to see a movie these days, let alone world-class opera. Well, leave the Benjamins at home and put on a Tshirt and blue jeans, kids, we’re going to the opera—in Santa Rosa. Not one, but two theaters are showing live opera on the big screen this year. Rialto Cinemas, who pioneered opera screenings in the area, continues its Metropolitan Opera HD broadcasts from June 15 to July 27. Madame Butterfly (above) kicks things off on June 15, with Don Pasquale, Simon Boccanegra, La Fille du Régiment, Tosca and Don Carlo to follow. Additionally, the Rialto shows live theater, with Oscar Wilde’s Importance of Being Earnest and Anton Chekov’s Cherry Orchard screening in June and July, as well as good old independent films. Screenings are at Sixth Street Playhouse, 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 707.525.4840. Not to be outdone, Summerfield Cinemas is also showing live opera and ballet in the Rialto’s former location. First up are two completely free HD screenings on June 2 of Giuseppe Verdi’s most well-known work, Aida, broadcast live and conducted by Zubin Mehta from the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, Italy. It’s got war, love, drama and tragedy—kind of like Titanic, which has never been performed by the Met (that we know of). Also on the slate are Macbeth, Swan Lake, Don Giovanni, Spartacus, La Bohème and more, screening at Summerfield Cinemas, 51 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. 707.522.0719.—Nicolas Grizzle



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