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Rhapsodies Living on Faith My fall from middle class to homelessness BY MICHELE ROCHA

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have been without a home for a year now. Calling myself “homeless” upsets some of my friends. “You’re not really ‘homeless’,” they say uncomfortably. “You’re not living under a bridge or pushing around a shopping cart.” True enough. However, I don’t have a home. I scramble for the occasional housesitting job and couch-surf the rest of the time.

After years as an executive director of nonprofit agencies, most of my belongings are now in storage. The things I really need to feel like myself—clothes, music and boom box, spiritual books, belly dancing gear and Pilates mat—is in my unregistered 16-year-old car. I have no income and don’t qualify for unemployment, which is another story. I have borrowed money from almost everyone I know, and currently have about $4 to my name. No bank account, no credit cards, no husband, no family. All that is true, and yet I’m sitting in a beautiful park right now, looking at ducks in the pond as they stretch, quack and splash. They seem content. I hear teenagers loudly talking, “You know what would be hella sick? To lay down turntables all over here and play all day!” I smile at their exuberance. The sky is blue. I ate a healthy meal earlier, and I am going to get a massage later, a trade I’m doing with a friend. When I breathe in and feel my body, my feet are warm, hands a little stiff, and I inhale sweet honeysuckle as the soft breeze rustles the life around me. Even without a man, home, money or job, I am still happy. I recall that as a child I wanted to be a saint and, later, a movie star. I wanted to be extraordinary, to perform miracles, to prove love was the most transformative energy in the universe. I wanted to have the sweet smell of enlightenment surround me, or short of that, a lot of Chanel No. 5. Perhaps that is what I am becoming: the movie star of my own life, and a miracle worker facing the truth of having nothing but faith. Michele Rocha is a former nonprofit executive director in Sonoma County and is since back on her feet as an administrative assistant—with a home. Open Mic is a weekly feature in the Bohemian. We welcome your contribution. To have your topical essay of 350 words considered for publication, write openmic@bohemian.com.

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Bravo to Peter Byrne’s exposé (“Basin Street Blues,” June 1). Finally, an intelligent exposure of very confusing facts. The marriage of Basin Street and Barella is so obvious. Barella knew his low offer to Basin Street would be well-rewarded to cover his low bid. I’m wondering which city officials got kickbacks. Mr. Byrne has only touched the tip of the iceberg, and I hope he will continue to pull the string. My dad used to say, “Never do anything unethical—you don’t know who or what it may affect. Mr. Business was said to be good for what he did on Sunday—but Mr. Business went to hell for what he did on Monday.” It’s sad, but your cover picture of the smiling girl, innocent and hopeful, reminds me of the first movie theater fundraiser held across from the mill in the car lot—courtesy of George Lucas, who befriended the determined and ethical young girls who decided on their own that a theater would benefit downtown. What a magical night to attend the film American Graffiti and see the town backing the girls. And so the good news spread—and so the sharks and jackals came sniffing around, and so the city council officials basked like deer in the headlights.

CLAUDIA PHELPS Petaluma

Hobbs on Lock In Graton there sits a vintner named Paul Hobbs, whose ruthless reputation increases daily. Owner of 10 vineyards, he has recently acquired eight acres of his elderly neighbor’s land at prices far below market value (“Sour Grapes,” May 18). Hobbs is now clear-cutting his newest acreage in Pocket Canyon, near Guerneville, though he has been issued a stop order.

Our community needs to work together to stop this individual’s negligent and destructive operations. Serious negative consequences to the environment, water table and quality of life do not concern him. But the consequences are already heavily impacting our community.

UNA BURKE Stewarts Point

Libya: Not a War? A bipartisan group of lawmakers has filed a lawsuit accusing the Obama administration of waging unconstitutional military operations in Libya. The suit says President Obama violated the War Powers Act by failing to obtain congressional approval for the Libya attack within 60 days. Last week, the White House issued a lengthy report arguing Obama had the authority to ignore the 60-day window because the U.S. role in Libya was limited and therefore outside the scope of Congress. The people are brainwashed.

TED RUDOW III Palo Alto

Ugly Inner Workings Leilani: Your article was a smear, as I expected (“Hidden Agenda,” June 15). You attacked my partner, did not interview her for the facts, solicited quotes from people with a grudge against us without giving us a chance to respond, distorted my statements, deliberately tried to injure my employment by naming my employer though I asked you not to (and you agreed), and coined a term, “Agenda21ers,” in order to diminish the importance of the issue. A couple of years ago, I reported Michael Allen to the Fair Political Practices Commission, and the Press Democrat did a smear article on me using Judy Kennedy. Now I reported Valerie Brown to the FPPC, and the Bohemian used Judy Kennedy—the quote is nearly identical. Gary Wysocky neglected to mention that he stole the position of JCNA president


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Left Laughs OUT OF THE NEST First it was Amazon reviewers; now, the publishing industry coddles ‘mommy bloggers’ on Twitter.

Twitterature An author at this year’s Book Expo America asks: Where are all the books? BY DANIELA HUREZANU

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very year at the end of May, professionals of the publishing industry meet for three days at the Javits Center in New York for the biggest book trade event in North America. I had attended Book Expo America several years ago, but this year’s event signaled a deep

change. If there was still any doubt that the book is disappearing, this year’s BEA dispensed with any of it. About a third of the exhibit was dedicated to various electronic devices that are replacing print, and another third was children’s books. I have nothing against children’s books, but when all of them seem to be participating in a

contest to see which can sport the the most outrageous combination of colors, an aesthetic model being set up that will account for the bad taste of generations to come. This year’s BEA confirmed what most writers and book reviewers already know: that the publication of serious literature, and particularly of literary fiction, has been abandoned by the big publishers to the ) 10 small or medium-sized

Unabashedly left-leaning, the comedians of Laughter Against the Machine find laughs in places more yellow-bellied comics are afraid to go. This tour’s incarnation features Nato Green and W. Kamau Bell (named Best Comedian 2008 by the SF Weekly) as well as Janine Brito, winner of the 2009 SF Women’s Comedy Competition. Sample joke from Bell: “Barack gets all that weird criticism that no other president gets. . . like every day there’s those Tea Party members on TV going, ‘Barack Obama is a leftist militant Muslim.’ Every time I hear that shit, I’m like, ‘Man . . . I wish.’” Be there on Thursday, June 23, at 142 Throckmorton Theatre. 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. $18–$21. 415.383.9600. —Leilani Clark

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and the authors court them assiduously. At the Book Bloggers reception, I met many girls in their early 20s who already have hundreds of followers on Twitter. As far as I could tell, I was the only person at the convention who doesn’t tweet. All these 20-yearold bloggers form a community that is replacing traditional book reviewers; they know each other, read each other’s blogs and blog about the same books. So, in a paradoxical way, this subculture is even more limited in its interests than the mainstream media.

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Insert five zillionth ‘Weiner’ pun here BY DAEDALUS HOWELL

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o tweet or not to tweet?”—that should have been the question for former U.S. representative Anthony Weiner, whose infamous social media snafu made him and his briefs-ensconced boner a household name synonymous with “moron.” Not only did Weiner’s foray into softcore porn (and subsequent revelations about “sexting” with numerous women) provide a wide berth for dick jokes and puns of every stripe (which he’s probably endured since grammar school on account of his name), it cost him his career in politics.

The argument that what one does in one’s private life should not be subject to public scrutiny went out the window when Weiner made his privates public by inadvertently posting them onto his Twitter stream rather than as a direct message to a 21-year-old Washington state woman. It begs the question, “Why are men so

eager to put their penises online?” Chatroulette, the video chat service that randomly pairs participants in two-way tête-àtêtes, is notorious as a veritable museum of male masturbation. The site rapidly cycles through chat pairings with either user given the option to hit “next” and move on to another chat—usually within seconds. After cycling through eight live images of users in front of their web cams— bingo!—a crotch shot at the ready. In the pantheon of paraphilias, exhibitionism is perhaps the most benign, though clinicians describe it as “coercive” since it usually involves forcibly imposing one’s genitalia into another’s line of sight without consent. The notion of an old-school trenchcoatclad flasher is damn near quaint compared to the lone gunman taking aim at a webcam. Albeit, confronting an exhibitionist in the flesh is surely a harrowing experience, however, it does permit one the ability to express one’s revulsion, reciprocate with bodily harm or perhaps even flash back (any of which may or may not be the offender’s goal). The online penis parader, however, uses social media to broadcast his exhibitionism from the comfort of his own home. It combines the privacy that endusers of porn expect from direct delivery of content to their laptops with the inversely proportionate ability to broadcast oneself freely, cheaply and nakedly to millions with relative anonymity and without retribution. This is perhaps one reason that everyone from media pundits to House minority leader Nancy Pelosi came down so, um, hard on Anthony’s weiner. It was as if he received the aggregate slapback awaiting all the faceless exhibitionists lurking on the internet. Consider his monkey spanked. Daedalus Howell’s spam folder runneth over with dick pics at FMRL. com, the Future Media Research Lab.

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no mention of a five-year study the United Nations published in 2009 called “The International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development” (IAASTD). In the IAASTD, some 400 experts advised just the opposite for feeding the world—i.e., relying on smaller farms and old-fashioned sustainable farming practices. The same year the IAASTD report was completed, environmental expert Heidi Siegelbaum on the American Public Media’s Marketplace website (June 26, 2009) wrote a post that anticipated Monsanto’s infiltration of NPR with greenwashing. Siegelbaum pointed out that Monsanto was already violating the FCC rules that “govern how underwriters are represented in sponsorship ads and acknowledgments.” These rules, wrote Siegelbaum, are “not supposed to promote the company, products or services of a donor.” And yet the trusted voiceover from NPR recited, for two years, the following script: “Marketplace is supported by Monsanto, committed to sustainable agriculture, creating hybrid and biotech seeds designed to increase crop yield and conserve natural resources. Learn more at ProduceMoreConserveMore.com.” Monsanto’s website claims a commitment to improving the lives of poor farmers. Yet let’s not forget the tragic outcome when GE seeds and pesticides were foisted upon poor farmers in India during times of drought. In 2005, PBS reported, “Suicide by pesticide is an epidemic in India, where farmers try to keep up with the latest pest-resistant seeds only to find themselves trapped in a vicious cycle of pesticides that don’t work, drought and debt. Since 1997, more than 25,000 farmers have committed suicide, many drinking the chemical that was supposed to make their crops more, not less, productive.” The evidence is clear: the future of the world’s food crops is best directed by advice from the IAASTD, not from Monsanto.


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INJERA INJECTION Wodi Merso began cooking as a young girl in a family of 12 in northeastern Ethiopia.

Ethiopian Ether Abyssinia Restaurant spices up Santa Rosa BY SUZANNE DALY

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xotic” is a word not often used to describe Santa Rosa, but the Ethiopian cuisine at Abyssinia Restaurant transports diners from a nondescript stretch of Fourth Street to the spice markets of the East African highlands. Inside,

the green, yellow and red striped curtains handwoven in Ethiopia echo the colors of the national flag, and goatskin paintings of Emperor Haile Selassie and colorful basketry decorate the walls of this family-run business. Owner and chef Wodi Merso was born into a family of 12

children in Wollo, Ethiopia, and attended school in the capital city, Addis Ababa. She started cooking at an early age, learning the basics on both the open charcoal fire and gas stove in her family’s kitchen. “It’s traditional for little girls to learn to cook, and they start by learning easy tasks, like making coffee and sauces,” says Merso. “The girl who knows how to cook well has prestige. Cooking in our

culture is the definition of how good of a woman you are, even more than the way you handle yourself. Cooking is something you have to know.” Merso married young and became a mother before the age of 20. After earning a degree in science, she worked at an electrical company for 10 years in Addis Ababa while raising five children. When civil war wracked Ethiopia in the early ’90s, the family left the country and sought political asylum in Washington, D.C. “Everything you know and have you leave behind, and you have to start again emptyhanded,” Merso rues. Sixteen years later, Merso moved to California. As she looked for jobs, the hard work of running a restaurant wasn’t on her list. Yet a restaurant business became available at a deal too good to pass up, with an initial plan to run Abyssinia for just a short time. “In fact, for some reason, I enjoy it,” Merso says with a smile. “I love cooking for my family. Cooking is an art. At the same time, I introduce my culture and my country to other people.” Merso points out that Abyssinia is the only Ethiopian restaurant in the North Bay, and that the “short time” has quickly stretched to three years. Merso and her sons all work at the restaurant, sharing all jobs involved. All the dishes served at Abyssinia are made from scratch and are freshly prepared each day. Some ingredients are imported from Ethiopia, including spices, honey wine, beer and grains such as teff, a native grass used to make injera, the slightly sour and very airy flatbread that serves as a bed for most of the spicy, saucy meat or vegetable dishes. (Merso tones down the spiciness of her sauces, accounting for American palates unaccustomed to the heat.) The menu offers a short primer on eating in the traditional fashion, using small pieces of injera instead of a fork to scoop up the food. “Food is an introduction into our traditions,” says Merso. “You can tell where a person is from by the way he eats, more than the way he talks. To try our food, you


Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant, 913 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. Open Wednesday–Monday, lunch and dinner. 707.568.6455. www.my-abyssinia.com.

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have to be adventurous. Some people are afraid to touch the food with their hands, but it’s funny because they touch it with their mouths. I say this, the hand, came before the metal of the fork.” She notes that in Ethiopian culture, people eat together and share the same meal on the same plate, while in American culture we all want our own plate and sometimes won’t eat if we have to share our food. “The longest journey is from here, the plate, to here, the mouth,” Merso says, gesturing with her hands. “People who are open-minded like our food. Regulars come in every day, and I know what they like. Mostly, I love the kids who are five to six years old, who were picky eaters but now love our food.” Although Merso offers only a few of the 200–300 traditional dishes she has mastered, vegetarians and carnivores alike have a wide range of flavors to sample. Appetizers include different dips made with lentils or garbanzo beans ($4.50–$5), and sambusas ($5), the hot, flaky pastries filled with a choice of lentils or ground beef, both deliciously spiced. Diners can try a sampler of dishes by ordering the vegetarian ($11.95 single serving, $19.95 double) or Abyssinian combo ($12.95 single or $20.95 double), which includes spicy chicken, beef, and lamb stews. Both combos come with salad, vegetables and additional injera to sop up the exotic sauces. For dessert, there’s baklava ($3.50), a Middle Eastern influence which has seeped onto the menu via the Arabic countries that share borders with Ethiopia. Happily for locals, Merso is now thinking long-term, hoping for a larger space in a location where she can host live music and offer a full bar. “I like to cook, but I never thought that I’d open a restaurant,” she says. “Cooking is warming a house and making it your home.”

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S O N O MA CO U N T Y Applewood Inn California cuisine. $$$. California wine country food inspired by European traditions. Dinner daily; midweek locals’ specials. 13555 Hwy 116, Guerneville. 707.869.9093. Baci Cafe & Wine Bar

Cafe La Haye CaliforniaFrench. $$-$$$. Chef Norman Owens marries the very best Sonoma ingredients with nouvelle French cooking styles at this comfortable bistro. Dinner, Tues-Sat. 140 E Napa St, Sonoma. 707.935.5994.

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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.

$-$$. Colorful, tasty food cooked Mexican-, Japanese-, Thai- and Italian-style. Lunch and dinner daily. 121 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.762.1700.

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

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

Hopmonk Tavern Pub fare. $$. More than serviceable bar food with a menu that hops the globe. Lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sat-Sun. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

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.

Rocker Oysterfeller’s American. $$-$$$. Friendly, warm service in a spot whose menu is thick with local, organic ingredients. Dinner, Wed-Sun; brunch, Sun. 14415 Coast Hwy 1, Valley Ford (at the Valley Ford Hotel). 707.876.1983.

Rosso Pizzeria & Wine Bar Pizza. $-$$. Friendly, plentiful staff at outstanding and creative pizzeria. Excellent and affordable wine list. Creekside Center, 53 Montgomery Dr, Santa Rosa. 707.544.3221.

Shangri-La Nepalese. $-$$. Authentic and enriching Nepalese cuisine. As its name suggests, a culinary paradise. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 1708 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.793.0300. Thai Issan Thai. $$. Popular full-spectrum Thai restaurant. Lunch, Mon-Sat; dinner daily. 208 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.762.5966. Willi’s Seafood & Raw Bar Seafood. $$. Delicious preparations of the freshest fish and shellfish. Lunch and dinner, Wed-Mon. 403 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.433.9191.

Mon-Sat. 1444 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.455.0444.

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

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

Fish Seafood. $$-$$$. Incredibly fresh seafood in incredibly relaxed setting overlooking bay. Lunch and dinner, Wed-Sat. (Cash only.) 350 Harbor Dr, Sausalito. 415.331.FISH.

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

Frantoio Italian. $$-$$$. Perennial winner of SF Chron’s “100 Best,” Frantoio also produces all of its own olive oil. Dinner daily. 152 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley. 415.289.5777.

Hatam Persian. $. Fresh and lushly seasoned regional fare. Lunch and dinner, TuesSun. 821 B St, San Rafael. 415.454.8888.

Il Piccolo Caffe Italian. $$. Big, ample portions at this premier spot on Sausalito’s spirited waterfront. Breakfast and lunch daily. 660 Bridgeway, Ste 3, Sausalito. 415.289.1195. Nick’s Cove Seafood/ contemporary American. $$$$. Fresh from the bay oysters, upscale seafood, some steaks and a great burger. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 23240 State Route 1, Marshall. 415.663.1033.

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Hikuni Sushi Bar & Hibachi Japanese. $$$.

Pizzeria Picco Pizza. $-$$. The wood-fired oven keeps things cozy, and the organic ingredients and produce make it all tasty. Lunch and dinner, Sat-Sun; dinner only, Mon-Fri. 32o Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.945.8900.

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Poggio Italian. $$-$$$.

Terrific teppanyaki plus a full sushi bar, tonkatsu, udon and bento. Lunch and dinner daily. 4100 Montgomery Dr, Santa Rosa. 707.539.9188.

Californian. $$. Thai meets California, with fresh fruit accents, light herbs and spices, and a great mango-duck summer roll. Lunch and dinner,

Truly transportive food, gives authentic flavor of the Old World. The cheaper way to travel Europe. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

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


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Ever wondered how your favorite chefs make magic happen in the kitchen? Chef demonstrations happening daily at the Sonoma-Marin Fair promise to lift the veil on foodie secrets. Lilly and Audrey Andrews, nine-year-old “Twin Chefs” from Sonoma, kick off the week-long series on June 22 at 3:30pm, cooking up some of their “yummy, healthy” food (so forget about a tribute to the Olsen twins “Gimme Pizza”). Grown-up chefs doing demos include Josh Silvers of Petite Syrah and Jackson’s Bar & Oven (Thursday, June 23, at 5pm), John Stewart and Duskie Estes of Zazu (Saturday, June 25, at 2pm) and Michael Tusk of Quince (Sunday, June 26, at 2pm). The fair runs June 22–26 at the SonomaMarin Fairgrounds. 175 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma. 707.283.3247. www.sonomamarinfair.org. Kick off summer by feasting on gourmet foods, rare wines and sweet treats at Mill Valley Wine and Gourmet Food tasting. Started in 1981 as a “little wine and cheese” gathering, the event has grown into a fullblown gastronomic carnival for wine and food enthusiasts. Local chefs, food vendors and vintners from all over the West Coast and the world converge to share their fare. In homage to the North Bay’s new distinction as “beer country,” this year marks the first appearance of artisan and craft beers, with Lagunitas Brewing Company, Mill Valley Beerworks, Iron Springs Brewery, Anderson Valley Brewery and others pouring samples of their tasty brews. The 30th Annual Mill Valley Wine & Gourmet Food Tasting takes place on Sunday, June 26, at the Depot Plaza. Miller and Throckmorton avenues, Mill Valley. 1–4pm. $35–$45. 415.388.9700.—Leilani Clark

777 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.7771.

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

N A PA CO U N T Y Ad Hoc American. $$-$$$. Thomas Keller’s quintessential neighborhood restaurant. Prix fixe dinner changes daily.

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cuisine. $-$$. Extraordinary food in an extraordinary setting. Perfect pasta and mussels. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 4080 Sonoma Hwy, Napa. 707.299.4900.

Bouchon French. $$$. A Keller brother creation with a distinctly Parisian bistro ambiance, offering French classics. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 6540 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.8037. Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen Eclectic. $$-$$$. As comfortable as it sounds, with a rich and varied melting pot of a menu. Lunch and dinner daily. 1327 Railroad Ave, St Helena. 707.963.1200.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

SONOMA CO U N T Y Arrowood Winery Most of Arrowood’s wine is done in the Bordeaux style of France. 14347 Sonoma Hwy., Glen Ellen. Tasting room open daily, 10am–5pm. 707.935.2600. Bella Vineyards (WC) Specializing in Zinfandel, Bella Vineyards farms three vineyards in Sonoma County: Big River Ranch in Alexander Valley, and the Lily Hill Estate and Belle Canyon in Dry Creek Valley. 9711 W. Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 11am– 4:30pm. 866.572.3552.

Buena Vista Carneros Syrah, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Chard done to perfection. 18000 Winery Road, Sonoma. Open daily, 10am–4pm. 707.938.1266.

Medlock Ames Tasting Room Low-key urban aesthetic meets selfconscious sustainable land stewardship, with home-grown food pairings–plus a dark and stylish, full bar in the back. Make this your last stop of the day. 6487 Hwy. 128, Healdsburg. Daily 10am–5pm. $12.50 fee. Alexander Valley Bar opens at 5pm. 707.431.8845.

Raymond Burr Vineyards Unpretentious, ’70s-den-style room with loads of memorabilia, Emmies and miscellany that the late television great picked up in his travels. Weekends at 11am, greenhouse tour showcases hybridized orchids in all the colors of the rainbow. 8339 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Daily 11am to 5pm. No fee. 707.433.4365.

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

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Formerly of Lytton Springs Road, Peterson Winery has relocated to Timber Crest, where they pour on weekends right at the cellar door. Also on hand is Papapietro-Perry and the six Family Wineries of Dry Creek. Dashe Cellars crafts mainly powerful Zinfandels and other reds. At Kokomo Winery, it’s about the reds. Also look for Mietz Cellars, Lago di Merlo and Collier Falls. 4791 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Tasting rooms generally open daily from around 10:30am to 4:30pm. 707.433.0100. Peterson Winery is open weekends only. 707.431.7568.

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

Unti Vineyards Very friendly and casual with an emphasis on young Italianstyle wines. Yum. 4202 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. By appointment. 707.433.5590.

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

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

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

Del Dotto Vineyards (WC) Caves lined with Italian marble and ancient tiles, not to mention Venetian chandeliers and mosaic marble floors. They host candle-lit tastings, replete with cheese and chocolate, Friday–Sunday. Opera resonates until 4pm; rock rules after 4pm. 1055 Atlas Peak Road, Napa. By appointment. 707.963.2134.

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

On the Edge A key stop for devotees of the cult to Charbono. 1255 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. Open daily, 10am– 5:30pm. 707.942.7410.

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.

Taste at Oxbow Discover refreshing white varietals Albariño and Vermentino in stylish setting across from Oxbow Market, then move on to Pinot Noir from Carneros pioneer Mahoney Vineyards; Waterstone Wines, too. 708 First St., Napa. Sunday– Thursday, 11am–7pm; Friday– Saturday, 11am–9pm. Tasting fee $10. 707.265.9600.

SRJC’s Shone Farm

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hris Wills admits that when he graduated from UC Davis, enology degree in hand, he was the model of the book-learned winemaker: he had never racked a single barrel or punched down one cap. Now, heading up Santa Rosa Junior College’s first student-run, commercial winery, he’s able to offer aspiring Waukesha jockeys hands-on experience to supplement their classroom studies. For decades, students have come to the college’s 365-acre Shone Farm to learn grape growing—it’s part of the backstory of dozens of area wineries. But winemaking was limited to a few buckets of Cabernet Franc, barely enough for a semester of “coffee breaks,” until new legislation and a voterapproved bond measure made the 300-case Gallo Family Wine Education Laboratory possible.

From crushing one-ton lots in the lab’s new Diemme destemmer, through label design and merchandising, students are involved in every aspect of the business. Before being loosed on the market, however, wines are subjected to a final exam by an expert panel including writer Dan Berger, vintner Greg LaFollette and wine merchant Bill Traverso. If they say no, it’s a no go. If butterscotch were a rose, it might smell like the 2009 Chardonnay, Block 8 ($28). High and light on the palate, it’s only ethereally sweet, like caramel cotton candy wrapped around an elegant, bright core of acidity. The 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, Block 7 ($18), made in the so-called New Zealand–style, stints us no pyrazines. The nose is more cat tinkle than cut grass, but that blows off over some time, leaving this barrel-aged Blanc with zippy lemongrass, lime and early-picked golden apple. Deep pink, trending fuchsia, the 2010 Rosé of Syrah, Block 1 ($15), has pleasant, chalky cherry and strawberry aromas and a dry, firm palate. Only 25 cases of this spot-on, Southern Rhône–style quencher were produced. The 2009 Pinot Noir, Block 9 ($30), was released early, says Wills, because he needed a red to anchor the lineup, but it’s drinking deliciously right now. With black licorice and violets over dark, toasted oak that’s more than matched by juicy black cherry and blackberry, this fresh Russian River Pinot has plenty of stuffing and is likely to only improve. Shone Farm wines can be found at Traverso’s, 2097 Stagecoach Road, Santa Rosa; Bottle Barn, 3331 Industrial Drive, Santa Rosa; G&G Supermarkets, 211 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa and 701 Sonoma Mountain Pkwy., Petaluma; Big John’s Market, 1345 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg; Sonoma Market, 520 W. Napa, Sonoma; Andy’s Market, 1691 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Sebastopol; and online at www.shonefarm.com.—James Knight


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I don’t know about you, but I’m still kind of upset that we don’t have flying cars and personal jet packs like we were promised back in the 1960s. Until that days comes, it’s an automobile-driven world, pun intended. If it rolls, men—and more often these days, women—will race it. Automobile racing is steeped deep in the fabric of American tradition, responsible for more than just a fun afternoon in the sun. Racing is typically the proving ground for improvements to automobiles, especially for safety. The rearview mirror was first used at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1911, years before it was ever implemented on production automobiles. Features like “crumple zones” on modern vehicles—areas of the car that absorb impact during a collision—and better and safer guardrails on America’s highways are all direct results of auto-racing technology and innovation. Also, racecars go fast, which means they have to stop fast as well. The first hydraulic braking systems were used on racecars, and even front-wheel

drive was tested on the track years before it went into commercial vehicle production. Many ask the question: With gasoline at over $4 a gallon, isn’t auto racing a waste of fuel? How much gas could we save if we just stopped doing it? Let’s have a look at the numbers and put some things into perspective. According to Brad Klein, from NASCAR’s marketing department, the average race weekend uses 11,800 gallons of gasoline. Whoa, that’s a lot, right? Well, consider that, according to Boeing’s website, a 747 in a cross-country flight uses one gallon of jet fuel each second. Thus, all the gasoline used in a NASCAR weekend equals the amount consumed by one 747 on one 196-minute flight. Klein’s figure covers all three NASCAR race circuits—the Sprint Cup, the Nationwide Series and the Craftsman Truck Series—so to approximate, let’s divide it by three. Hence, the fuel burned at this weekend’s Sprint Cup at Infineon Raceway will equal the amount of fuel used in 65 minutes on a single 747 flight. According to Mike McCarron, spokesperson ) 24

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I’m not against racing. I run the occasional 10k and half-marathon. I realize competition is a genetic imperative for the human species. But the popularity of NASCAR offends, mystifies and intrigues me. I pick up the newspaper and section after section warns, exhorts and accuses me of being immoral because I’m not “green” enough. So be it. I don’t drive a hybrid, I eat New Zealand lamb and I refuse to throw away perfectly good lightbulbs so I can use those costly-yet-somehowmoney-saving incandescent corkscrews. And I’m certainly not going to buy new appliances until the old ones don’t freaking work anymore. But nearly every item on every page of the newspaper chides that I need to be greener than Kermit the Frog. And then I open the sports page. Emblazoned across the front is the coiffed, manicured and incredibly fresh-looking winner of the week’s NASCAR race.

The sports page features NASCAR pictures and NASCAR race coverage and NASCAR season standings and prognostications and the usual overblown polysyllabic and hyperbolic blather that sports writers love. But there’s no mention of the fact that 30 or so high-performance 10 mpg (if that) NASCAR racecars just burned an ocean of gasoline to go around an oval for four hours. Where are all the greennecks, all the holier-thanthou assholistic prophets of doom when it comes to NASCAR? Why does NASCAR receive absolution for burning up several tons of fuel—in a sanctioned and celebrated manner—to drive precisely, specifically and intentionally back to where they started? Think of the fuel—and tires and belts and oil and lubricants and filters and antifreeze and steel and plastic and the occasional human being—burned through in testing, qualifying and racing. Think of the greenhouse gases that could be eliminated by outlawing these beastly indulgent mechanical hedonists. Each of these races attracts a sea of ) 25

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Green Machines ( 22 for San Francisco International Airport, there are an average of 608 of those flights each week originating from SFO alone. The flights are six hours, one-way. Put into perspective, the amount of fuel used at an auto race is literally a drop in the bucket. And what about that fuel? It’s cleaner-burning fuel than what you can put in your Prius at the local gas pump and use to drive to Whole Foods. Once again, auto racing is at the forefront of innovation and fuel technology, as the fuel NASCAR will run at all its events this year is a special hybrid refined by Sunoco in Pennsylvania. It emits 20 percent fewer greenhouse gasses than the unleaded fuels sold in every gas station in the country, and it also gives the engines increased horsepower. The mix, called Sunoco Green 15, is a blend of racing fuel and ethanol. It’s just one of the many green initiatives NASCAR has focused on in recent years. Some of NASCAR’s initiatives include the planting of 10 trees for each drop of the green flag, which last year resulted in the planting of over a thousand trees. That program has now expanded to 21 tracks nationwide. There are new LEED green-certified office buildings, office paper reduction and mandates that race haulers no longer idle at the tracks. NASCAR has a robust recycling program at its race venues, with over a thousand tons of material expected to be recycled in the 2011 season. Much of the recycling is done on the spot, with partners CocaCola and Coors Light providing the equipment that moves from track to track. NASCAR race teams are seeing that being greener equals operating leaner, with the help of GE to install energy-efficient bulbs in many of the facilities, turning to solar for power and using soy- and water-based chemicals for cleaning. Even

FUN IN THE SUN Infineon is aiming to generate 40 percent of its electrical power needs from solar sources.

the racecars themselves are recyclable, with Roush Fenway racing pledging to recycle 96 percent of each racecar that is retired. At this point, many might ask: “Well, what about all those tires? Racing sure uses a lot of those, right?” Again, let’s put it all in perspective. A typical NASCAR weekend will use about 3,500 Goodyear tires. Calculating for all three circuits, 1,100 or so tires will be used at Infineon for the Sprint Cup race this weekend. According to the EPA website, in 2003, the last year data is available, there were 300 million passenger car tires “scrapped” each year. That doesn’t count commercial vehicles, including pickup-truck tires. Once again, NASCAR is way ahead of the curve when it comes to recycling, with 100 percent of its used tires recycled the following week of the event at Goodyear’s North Carolina facility, where the material is shredded and used for asphalt

mixtures. The general public’s recycling rate for tires is at about 80 percent, which leaves about 60 million tires heading to the landfill each year—or, even worse, dumped illegally. Here in our own backyard, Infineon Raceway is leading the charge when it comes to operating greener. Just this year, a partnership with Panasonic will allow the facility to generate over 40 percent of its power from the sun. Its new sign, seen from Highway 37, is completely solar-powered. The facility has a full-time, year-round shepherd and about 3,000 sheep that keep the vegetation down, minimizing the need for gas-powered equipment. Numerous owl boxes around the facility help with rodent prevention without the need for pesticides and poison. Since 2004, when the recycling program went into full swing, the facility has recycled over 74 tons of material and was recognized by the state of California for its efforts. Ninety percent of all its janitorial

products are environmentally friendly, and water-saving facilities in the restrooms have resulted in a reduction of water use by 36 percent. The raceway also has its own water and sewage systems, not relying on the county or city for any of its water needs, and all vegetation is maintained with recycled water. Infineon also recycles over 3,000 pounds of cardboard each month, with onsite balers. All oil and chemicals are gathered for recycling by SafetyKleen Systems, who last year alone recycled over 220 million gallons of used oil from racing facilities around America. So now you can go out and enjoy the race. When you do so, feel good that you’re having fun with a sport that truly cleans up after itself. James Marshall Berry is a musician and internet consultant who’s painted the number 43 on anything with wheels since he was five years old, and he’s tempted to do the same to his 2007 Nissan Altima. Find him at www.jmberry.com.


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THE OTHER VIEW Driving in a circle, over and over—what’s the point?

victim’s chest, it was not simply the death of a human. It served to honor a deity who would continue to approve and prolong and provide for some holy aspect of Aztec civilization. So it is today with the United States and our car cult. Highways are our Aztec pyramids, sacred sites where we practice our incidental human sacrifice. Highway deaths are accepted as the price of keepin’ it rollin’ down the line. The unprecedented popularity and cult of personality that surrounds NASCAR (“Who’s your driver?”) has installed those drivers, whether NASCAR likes it or not, as high priests in this cult. There are millions of Americans who adore and emulate these drivers with a “24,” “03” or “88” bumper sticker. The NASCAR boys drive faster and farther and better than we do. They visibly risk death every week, and when

they survive, we survive. Our cars, our culture survives. NASCAR escapes scrutiny, environmental damage is never hinted at, the word “waste” is never uttered. NASCAR’s spectacle rationalizes a plunder economy in search of petroleum. It makes starting a war neither for liberty nor to ensure peace but to secure oil fields somehow worthwhile. Road carnage and the oil-war dead are slickly and stylishly justified every week by the NASCAR spectacle and the art of human sacrifice. Find Rob Loughran’s mystery fiction, science fiction, children’s fiction, joke books and short story collections at www.robloughranbooks.com. Rob lives with his wife, Penny, and a 2001 Saturn L300 in Windsor, Calif.

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The next time we invade a country that had the audacity to build their pissant culture on top of our precious oil, we couldn’t use the National Guard or the U.S. Army, both NASCAR sponsors. Worst of all, Little Debbie snack cakes are off limits: she sponsors a car in the Sprint Cup. But if NASCAR were outlawed, it would result in a civil war. Our entire civilization is currently designed for cars, not people, and NASCAR happens to be the racing circuit by and for the people. These days we humans, minus our Detroit exoskeletons, are the interlopers on our own cities’ streets. Parking spaces trump pedestrians and bicycles. Our street construction and repair budgets dwarf human-services monies. We’ve designed Habitrails for mindless and soulless automobiles, and yet we live here dodging cars, breathing fumes and waiting with compliant stupidity for the “WALK/DON’T WALK” light to change. We are absolutely blind—in the same autonomic way we are unaware of our heartbeat and respiration—to our worshipful obeisance to automobiles. As John B. Rae wrote, “The automobile is the idol of the modern age. The man who owns a motorcar gets for himself, besides the joys of touring, the adulation of the walking crowd, and . . . is a god to the women.” Not coincidentally, NASCAR’s premier race day is Sunday. Hundreds of thousands worship in person; millions watch on the tube. Auto racing is sacrosanct because the automobile is the United States of America’s one true god. And we feed that hungry god, with human flesh, on a daily basis. Millennia ago when an Aztec priest plunged his surgically sharp stone knife and a stillbeating human heart was plucked from the sacrificial

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humanity that motors in from hundreds of miles away driving Winnebagos and cars and vans and trucks. If we want to reduce dependence on foreign oil, wouldn’t eliminating NASCAR (and all the subsidiary “minor league” racing circuits that exist to prepare drivers and crews) be an immediate and definite and substantial savings of oil that American soldiers are, right now, dying to procure and/or protect? Rather than, say, replacing my energy-gobbling incandescent Curious George nightlight? Think for a moment: If the engineering acumen and cashbacking that goes into making these cars go fasterfasterfaster were dedicated to seeing how far and fast we could go on one tank of gas we’d have a car capable of 100 mph and 100 mpg within two years. Wanna bet? I say give each existing NASCAR race team subsidies and sponsors and just 10 gallons of gas every Sunday—with the last car running declared the winner. Keep the financial incentives the same, and this new LASTCAR racing series would be more popular than American Idol. But, alas, LASTCAR will never happen. You can’t replace NASCAR; you can’t even effectively boycott NASCAR. You can boycott the races by not attending or watching them on TV, but to really hit them where it hurts, we’d need to boycott the sponsors—i.e., don’t buy a Big Three car or a Toyota. After this it gets tricky. We’d also have to stop eating M&M’s, Kellogg’s cereal, Burger King, Domino’s pizza and Cheerios. We’d forgo drinking Budweiser, Crown Royal, Miller Lite, Red Bull, Jack Daniels and Jim Beam. We couldn’t use FedEX or UPS for our shipping needs. Shopping at Lowes, Office Depot, Home Depot, Best Buy and Target would be forbidden.

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Eva Gabrielsson has a few things to get off her chest. In There Are Things I Want You to Know About Stieg Larsson and Me, her new memoir about her lifelong relationship with the late author, she tells a story only she could tell. Larsson, author of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest and the subsequent books in the Millennium trilogy, died suddenly in 2004, leaving Gabrielsson alone. Based on the themes of justice, human rights and activism found in both the trilogy and in his life work, Gabrielsson’s book is a must-read for Larsson fans; she reads and signs on Tuesday, June 28, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 11am. Free. 415.927.0960.

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Feelin’ Lucky If you’ve found yourself pining for some good old-fashioned swing and rockabilly music like they used to play it back in the day (whether you were alive then or not), Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys can offer you a good dose of head-bopping nostalgia. Around since 1988 and having played such venues as the Grand Ole Opry and the stage at Late Night with Conan O’Brien, the traditional rockabilly and Western swing combo serves up vintage tunes that appeal to all. Find them at Rancho Nicasio’s BBQ on the Lawn, along with some horseshoes and hot grilling action, on Sunday, June 26. Rancho Nicasio, Town Square, Nicasio. 4pm. $15. 415.6621.2219.

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s a child, a sickly Andy Warhol spent long winters in bed, entertained by the medium of the dayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; comic books. Years later, when the future â&#x20AC;&#x153;prince

of pop artâ&#x20AC;? abandoned commercial illustration, he famously painted a can of Campbellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tomato soup that would forever change the perception of what is considered art. Further appropriating commonplace

cultural images, in 1981, Warhol returned to comics for his Myths series, using Mickey Mouse and Superman as subjects of large-scale paintings. Stories like this inspired Schulz Museum curator Jane

Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Cain as she procured art for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Popâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d from the Panel,â&#x20AC;? a group exhibition opening June 25. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Popâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;dâ&#x20AC;? explores how comics have inďŹ&#x201A;uenced artists like Warhol, Wayne Thiebaud, Christo and Jean-Claude, and Roy Lichtenstein, as well as contemporary artists. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For many of that generation, comics were their entrance into art, and that early influence rose up later in their lives,â&#x20AC;? says Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Cain, as she shares a sneak preview of a JosĂŠ RamĂłn Lerma piece in a bright-lit room off the Schulz museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main gallery. Titled The Missing Moustache: An Homage to Duchamp, the collage portrays a Mona Lisa playfully entwined with a shadowy Mickey Mouse. The Disney mouse is an image that Lerma returned to in his abstract paintings and collages throughout the years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Growing up in the Central Valley in the 1930s, comics were one of the first ways that [Lerma] experienced art,â&#x20AC;? says Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Cain. While researching for the exhibit, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Cain also came across a Smithsonian Museum interview with Wayne Thibeaudâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;painter of pasteled cakes, pies, lipsticks and gumball machinesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;in which he recalled his artistic origin myth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He would clip comics out of the paper and he would try to trace and draw them,â&#x20AC;? Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Cain relates. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He started to enter competitions in Life magazine. He would create the cartoon and send it in. He was actually published a couple of times.â&#x20AC;? Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Cain steps outside to show off Suzanne Morlockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largescale installation piece Sweater, which looms over the museum courtyard, glittering in the summer sunlight. Morlock used the mylar byproducts from a sequin and spangle factory as material for the nine-foot-tall,


‘Picasso and Miró were fans of comics—the early ones like “Katzenjammer Kids” and “Krazy Kat.”’

“She’s playing off the ‘Charlie Brown as everyman’ concept,” explains O’Cain. In the midst of recession, Morlock believed the reference to the buffoonish, cute underdog would be inspiring to a community wracked with unemployment and hard times, says O’Cain. The intersection between fine art and comics began long before the pop art movement brought comic art vernacular to gallery walls, says Michael Schwager, professor of art history at Sonoma State University and co-curator of the exhibit. “Picasso and Miró were fans of comics—the early ones like Katzenjammer Kids and Krazy Kat—and used some of the line quality and the left-right narrative sequencing of images,” says Schwager. “They were avowed fans of popular culture. It went away with abstract art, but then pop art really embraced popular culture.” While Juxtapoz magazine

teems with artists using a cartoon-like style, Schwager says he and O’Cain deliberately focused the exhibition on those that employ recognizable cartoon imagery. For this reason, much of the art in the exhibit appropriates or subverts not only Peanuts characters, but iconic imagery from Disney and Marvel as well, regurgitating them in surprising new ways. The survey of works begins in the mid-20th century and spans five decades to include contemporary artists like Enrique Chagoya, Tom Everhart, Sherri Levine, Suzanne Morlock and Ron English. A progenitor of street art, English is best known for his shiny, bulbous, somewhat perverted paintings of Ronald McDonald. His piece in the Schulz exhibition is tame in comparison, featuring Spiderman pushing his way out of a webbed comic panel, but the artist has made a career of placing comic figures like Mickey Mouse in compromising positions. “When you look at what he has written, comics were a very important early influence,” says O’Cain, explaining how English has said that as a child he identified closely with the misfit Charlie Brown. According to O’Cain, this is only the second exhibit of fine art in the museum’s history. The first featured Tom Everhart, the artist who creates abstract versions of Peanuts panels and characters. Everhart is part of “Pop’d from the Panel” and appears June 25 as a guest artist. Schwager, a longtime comics fan himself, says the two-year process of collecting art for the show acted as a reminder of the pervasive influence of comics on contemporary art. “I had an inkling,” he says, “but this really confirmed how deep and wide it had been over the 20th century, and [how it is] continuing today.”

‘Pop’d from the Panel’ runs June 25– Dec. 11 at the Charles M. Schulz Museum. Opening discussion with Tom Everhart, June 25 at 3pm. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. $5–$10. 707.579.4452.

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t’s hard to decide what’s more miraculous—that a big-budget Broadway musical titled The Book of Mormon could become the hottest ticket in New York City, that it would go on to win the Tony award for best new musical, or that its original cast recording would instantly hit No. 3 on the Billboard charts.

It’s the first time since 1969— when Hair ruled the charts for 13 weeks—that a Broadway cast album has appeared in the Top 10. Though Hair boasted its share of provocative lyrics, its hippy-dippy love-in was a kindergarten class compared to Book of Mormon, with songs like “Hasa Diga Eebowai” (the title turns out to be a Ugandan

phrase meaning “Fuck you, God!”) and “Joseph Smith American Moses,” retelling the story of Mormonism though an African villager’s eyes, complete with references to warlords, AIDS, clitoral circumcision and making babies (“Fuck your woman! / Fuck your man! / It is all part of God’s plan!”). The ingeniously captivating story follows two mismatched teenage Mormon missionaries sent to a remote village in Africa. There, in Uganda, their faith is sorely tested—and one of them accidentally does end up changing the world. Elder Price, played with earnest sincerity (and a killer voice) by Andrew Rannells, is both naive and fearless, certain he was born for missionary greatness. Elder Cunningham (a delightfully awkward Josh Gad) is happy just to be his partner’s sidekick until circumstances force him to dig deep and man up—“Man Up” being the title of his most hilarious solo (“I’m taking the reins / I’m crossing the bear / And just like Jesus / I’m growing a pair!”). Conceived and written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone (South Park) with Robert Lopez (Avenue Q), The Book of Mormon is salty and sweet—part satire, part comingof-age story. It is also the most four-letter-word-packed musical in Broadway history; the original cast recording comes with a strongly worded parental advisory. Far more surprising is how multilayered this musical is— nailing some genuinely moving moments in and around all the pointed puncturing of sacred cows—and how uniformly good the songs are. The sneaky “Baptize Me,” in which Cunningham baptizes the lovely Nabulungi (Nikki M. James), may rank as the sexiest song about salvation ever written, and Rannells’ giddy profaith anthem “I Believe” is both funny and exhilarating. Only the makers of South Park could deliver a musical as outrageous, silly and sinfully smart as The Book of Mormon. You may go to Hell for loving it, but you’ll definitely go there singing a happy tune. ‘The Book of Mormon’ original cast recording is in stores now.


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ike selling stocks, making films is a division of gambling, and every streak ends at some point. The sad news about Cars 2 is mitigated by the hope that it might just be a temporary slump. Cars 2 is a Bond parody. And it’s the stale kind, with a bumpkin mistaken for a secret agent. Agent Finn McMissile (a sentient Aston Martin voiced by Michael Caine) is on the track of a mysterious monocled Zündapp Janus known as Professor Z. Events lure Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) into a race demonstrating alternative fuels in Paris, London and Tokyo; tagging along is his gauche tow-truck buddy from Radiator Springs. Tow Mater attracts the attention of McMissile’s assistant Holley Shiftwell (Emily Mortimer), as curvy as a Miata, who remains as subordinate as the 007 girls of three decades ago. It’s not that Pixar’s new film is really bad; it’s just that it’s cute and relentless, and paced to tickle five-year-olds. The comedy, on the other hand, is gear-headed, with the strange gauge of British Standard Whitworth tools being essential to a mystery. The heart of the matter—the class-crossing friendship between a yokel and a celebrity—is synthetic as possible. The blame has to go to the comedy stylings of Larry the Cable Guy, Tow Mater’s voice. Also, there’s a new emphasis on bathroom humor. Pixar usually had too much class to go there. Admittedly, the Ginza scenes are more of an eyeful than the toyTokyo Gaspar Noé built in Enter the Void. Even NASCAR fans might admit there should have been an interior story with some heft here. The debate between regular fuel versus fossil fuels ends with such nervousness that you’d think director John Lasseter was dealing with a controversial matter. There’s got to be a way to find the ground between soapboxing and treating a well-accepted idea as viable. That kind of triangulation used to be what made Pixar more than just a sum of its own technology. ‘Cars 2’ opens in wide release Friday, June 24.

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NEW MOVIES Bad Teacher (R; 92 min.) Judd Apatow buddy Jake Kasdan (Walk Hard) directs this comedy starring Cameron Diaz as a gold-digger putting in time at her day job as a middle school teacher. After her rich boyfriend dumps her, she sets her sights on an eligible co-worker, himself pursued by the school’s model teacher. (NB)

Beginners (R; 104 min.) Comedydrama about a father (Christopher Plummer) who, at 75, comes out to his son after learning he has a terminal illness. Directed by Mike Mills (Thumbsucker) and co-starring Ewan McGregor and Mélanie Laurent. (NB)

Cars 2 (G; 113 min.) The sequel to the 2006 Pixar hit adds an espionage plot to the racing fun. See review, p31.

ALSO PLAYING The Art of Getting By (PG-13; 84 min.) Romcom about what happens when a high school senior who’s never done a minute of homework meets the like-minded girl of his dreams. (NB)

Bride Flight (NR; 130 min.) Three women emigrating from Holland to marry awaiting fiancés in New Zealand become friends on the flight and meet a handsome chap who falls for one of the new friends. At the Rafael Film Center. (NB)

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)

Green Lantern (PG-13; 114 min.) Ryan Reynolds (Definitely Maybe) is Hal Jordan, the first human to join the intergalactic league of protectors known as the Green Lantern Corps. But, naturally, with intergalactic powers come intergalactic bad guys. With Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard and Tim Robbins. (NB)

The Hangover Part II (R; 102 min.) Maybe the saddest words in the movie, as the ensemble stir from an evening of blackout debauchery in Bangkok: “I think it happened again.” The script takes far too much time to explain why Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) got back together in the first place, and it’s hard to get into the spirit of things until Ken Jeong’s profane Mr. Chow turns up. Runner-up for humor after Jeong is a spider monkey, who does a lot of things that the SPCA wouldn’t like. (RvB) Incendies (R; 130 min.) At the reading of their mother’s will, twins learn their father still lives and they have a brother they never knew existed. At Summerfield Cinemas. (NB)

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer (PG; 91 min.) Third-grader Judy’s boring summer turns adventurous when kooky Aunt Opal comes for a visit. Based on the popular children’s books by Sebastopol author Megan McDonald. (NB)

min.) Woody Allen’s newest stars Owen Wilson as Gil, a disenchanted screenwriter who wants to be a novelist. On a trip to Paris with family, he starts receiving midnight visitations from F. Scott Fitzgerald (Tom Hiddleston) and Zelda (Alison Pill). As the forays continue, Gil meets the artistic and literary lights of the 1920s, magically reincarnated, but the not very pungent point is stretched into a culture-vulture’s version of Play It Again, Sam. Midnight in Paris is a harmless, gentle nothing, but it’s also a moldy vision of the city during its era of artistic adventurousness. (RvB)

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Mr. Popper’s Penguins (PG; 95 min.) The classic 1938 children’s books comes to the screen in an adaptation starring Jim Carrey as divorced businessman Tom Popper, who finds his house (and life) overrun with a bevy of inherited penguins. (NB) Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (PG-13; 137 min.) 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)

Super 8 (PG-13; 112 min.) Something creepy may have escaped a train wreck witnessed by teens making a Super 8 movie in this film written and directed by the very busy J. J. Abrams. Produced by Steven Spielberg. (NB)

13 Assasins (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. (NB)

The Tree of Life (PG-13; 138 min.) Sean Penn and Brad Pitt co-star in Terrence Malick’s ambitious new film that follows the eldest son of a Texas family as he wrestles questions of life and existence. At the Rafael and Summerfield Cinemas. (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. (NB)

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Bring low-back lawnchairs for evening of music, food and drink Thurs at 6. Jun 23, Everest, Smokehouse Gamblers. Free. KRSH, 3565 Standish Ave, Santa Rosa. www.krsh.com.

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Exotic Evening Bellydance superstars Elana Quihuis, Krysta Cook, WildCard BellyDance and others perform with music by DJ Chango B. Jun 25 at 8:30. $7-$10. Aubergine, 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.827.3460.

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Live music and dancing every Fri at 7. Jun 24, Albino! (Afrobeat). Free. Cloverdale Plaza, Cloverdale Boulevard between First and Second streets, Cloverdale. 707.894.4410.

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Bring a picnic or indulge in food trucks for night of live music weekly, Fri at 5. Jun 24, Youngblood (acoustic bluegrass). $5. MichelSchlumberger Winery. 4155 Wine Creek Rd, Healdsburg. 800.447.3060.

Landmark Concert Series Free live music and winery

activities Sat, 1 to 4. Jun 25, Eric Symons. Landmark Vineyards, 101 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood. 707.833.0053.

LocoMojo Festival of music with Whiskey Thieves, SoundDrift, Dirty Cello and others. Jun 25, 1 to 7. Free. Sonoma Plaza, First St E, Sonoma. 707.295.0615.

New World Gypsy String Band Chris Caswell, Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter play world fusion. Jun 25 at 8. $15-$20. Occidental Center for the Arts, Graton Road and Bohemian Highway, Occidental. 707.874.9392.

Siren Local punk favorites reunite to help kick Nicole McCracken’s cancer’s ass along with the Velvet Teen, Cropduster (reunited!), Aim Low Kid, Stoner Dad and others. Jun 25 at 7:30. $10. Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

Summer Nights on the Green Live concerts during farmers market every Thurs at 6. Jun 23, It’s a Beautiful Day (rock). Jun 30, Tommy Castro (blues). Free. Windsor Town Green, Bell Road and McClelland Drive, Windsor.

Tuesdays in the Plaza Free summer concerts every Tues, 6 to 8. Jun 28, Patsy & the Bobcats (country). Downtown Plaza, Healdsburg Avenue and

Matheson Street, Healdsburg. 707.431.3301.

Village Concerts Jun 25 at noon, the California Beach Boys. Free. Montgomery Village Shopping Center, Santa Rosa. 707.545.3844.

Lucinda Williams Down-to-earth Americana singer-songwriter blends the sweet and the raw. Jun 24 at 8. $39-$45. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

MARIN COUNTY BBQ on the Lawn With sunshine comes grilled meat, cool bear and good-time music. Every Sun at 4. Jun 26, Big Sandy & his Fly-Rite Boys, Red Meat, $15. Rancho Nicasio, Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

Dynamic Duet Dani and Julie bring best of blues and broadway. Jun 2425 at 8. $25. Novato Theater Company, 484 Ignacio Blvd, Novato. 415.883.4498.

Friday Concert Series Get your groove on in the plaza monthly at 6. Jun 24, James Moseley Band. Free. Pacheco Plaza, 366 Ignacio Blvd, Novato.

Lansdale Station High-energy psychedelic blues rockers help raise money for Judge Murphy in his fight against liver cancer. Jun 24 at 9. $20-$30. Palm Ballroom, 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael. 415.389.5072.

Latin Fever Bachata and Salsa dance lessons kick off an evening

Cream of Clapton (salute to Eric Clapton featuring Kevin Russell & members from Sammy Hagar's Waboritas)

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TOO COOL Lucinda Williams is at the Wells Fargo Center June 24. See Concerts, above.


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Gregg Rolie Cofounder of Santana and Journey plays intimate solo CD release concert. Jun 23 at 8. $25-$35. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

Still Crazy After All These Years

Urban Renewal Tower of Power return to Sonoma-Marin fair Unrelenting sixteenth notes, wavering subtly, played with rhythmic precision and singular invention—it’s a bass line so iconic, they made a T-shirt out of it. This is bassist Francis “Rocco” Prestia’s contribution to Tower of Power’s “What Is Hip?,” and it still stands strongly as advice for aspiring bassists on taste over flash, especially in the showy, slappypoppy world of funk bass playing. Not that “showmanship” is absent from Tower of Power’s vocabulary. No matter how many new members have entered the East Bay juggernaut’s ranks, the recruitment is, evidently, the same, with tight musicianship and dynamic arrangements alongside good ol’ synchronized dance moves. (When current singer Larry Braggs sings “I’m down on my knees,” you can guess what the entire 10-piece band does next.) Tower of Power have played fairs in Sonoma County at least a dozen times, but the other acts in Petaluma this weekend are perennial returnees, too—Rick Springfield (June 23), the Charlie Daniels Band (June 24), Blue Öyster Cult and Foghat (June 25), none of which can come within 10 miles of the dynamism of Tower of Power. Take a ride to Bump City on Wednesday, June 22, at the Sonoma-Marin Fair. 100 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma. 8pm. Free with $10–$15 fair admission. 707.283.3247.—Gabe Meline

of music by DJ Gabby, Erick Barberia y su Conga Cubana and Jasdance Academy.

Jun 25 at 7. $20. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.306.0423.

Vox Populi and Plan Be perform Paul Simon songs. Jun 26 at 7:30. $18-$25. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Tiburon Music Festival Classical music festival in breathtaking setting, with each concert beginning at 7:30. Jun 24, pianist Paul Smith. $5$20. St Hilary Catholic Church, 761 Hilary Dr, Tiburon. 415.457.5226.

NAPA COUNTY Ana Moura Internationally beloved Portuguese fado singer. Jun 26 at 7. $30-$35. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Spencer Day Vocalist, songwriter and pianist. $25-$30. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Clubs SONOMA COUNTY A’Roma Roasters Jun 24, Joaquin Fioresi (Americana). Jun 25, Collaboration with David Scott (jazz). 95 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.576.7765.

Aqus Cafe Jun 22, bluegrass jam. Jun 23, Tony Magee (blues). Jun 24, Midnight Sun. Jun 25 at 10:30am, Jon Gonzales (ukulele); at 7, Calm & Chaos. Jun 26 at 2, Dave Haskell. 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.

Arlene Francis Theater Jun 24, Crazy Famous, Our Vinyl Vows, Box Office Poison, Publiquors. 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.

Aubergine Wed at 7, open mic.

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Stout Brothers Jun 22, Robert Herrera. Jun 25, Trapezio Band (Latin). 527 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.636.0240.

Tradewinds Jun 22, Unidentified Power. Jun 23, Tim O’Neal. Thurs, DJ Dave. Jun 24, Cougar Juice Promo with Jake Richmond and Leah Miller. Jun 26, Bobby Voltage. 8210 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7878.

Wischemann Hall Jun 25, contra dance with Angell Brothers. 460 Eddie Lane, Sebastopol. www.transformativedance.com.

The Zoo TRAIN WHISTLERS Three Legged Sister celebrate their new EP opening for Red

Molly at Hopmonk on June 24. See Clubs, below.

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230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

and Peter McCauley. 464 First St, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.

Jun 23, Misner and Smith. Jun 24, Sang Matiz. Jun 25, Exotic Evening (see Concerts). Jun 27, Chris Chandler and Paul Benoit. 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2722.

Hotel Healdsburg

North Light Books & Cafe

Bluewater Bistro Jul 23, Haute Flash. Links at Bodega Harbour Golf Course, 21301 Heron Dr, Bodega Bay. 707.875.3519.

Christy’s on the Square Jun 24, Penguins (jazz). 96 Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa.

Chrome Lotus Jun 23, Casa Rasta, DJ Beset, DJ Konnex. Jun 24, DJ Ajaxx, DJ Sykwidit. Jun 25, Bass Rocks with DJ DSharp, DJ Sykwidit. 501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. www.chromelotussr.com.

Flamingo Lounge Wed and Thurs, karaoke. Jun 24, CT Cruisers. Jun 25, Touch of Class Band. Sun, salsa with lessons. Tues, swing night with lessons. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

Highland Dell Jun 24, Black Zeppelin. 21050 River Blvd, Monte Rio. 707.865.2300.

Hopmonk Tavern Jun 22, Great American Taxi (Americana). Jun 23, Juke Joint with Space Cowboys. Jun 24, Red Molly, Three Legged Sister. Jun 25, Sambada, DJ Malarkey. Jun 26, North Bay Poetry Slam. Mon, Monday Night Edutainment with Junior X.

Jun 24, Susan Sutton Duo. Jun 25, Trevor Kinsel Trio. 25 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.431.2800.

Jasper O’Farrell’s Last Sat monthly, Good HipHop. 6957 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2062.

Lagunitas Tap Room Jun 22, Buck Nickels, Loose Change. Jun 23, Sage. Jun 24, Moonlight Rodeo. Jun 25, Machiavelvets. Jun 26, JayDub and Dino. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

Last Day Saloon Jun 23, Marshall House Project, Hillside Fire, Mercuryville, Brett Fenex (rock). Jun 24, the Mud, the Blood & the Beer, Scar Pink (alt rock). 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.2343.

Little Switzerland Jun 26, Edelweiss Band. 19080 Riverside Dr, Sonoma. 707.938.9910.

Main Street Station Jun 22, Phat Chance Quartet. Jun 23, Greg Hester (bebop piano). Jun 28, Out of the Blue (swing). 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.

Monroe Dance Hall Jun 25, Mitch Woods & the Rocket 88s. 1400 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.529.5450.

Murphy’s Irish Pub Jun 23, 2 on a Match. Jun 24, Dan Martin. Jun 25, High Country. Jun 26, Dave Aguilar

Jun 23, Jonezin. 550 E Cotati Ave, Cotati. 707.792.4300.

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

Phoenix Theater Jun 24, Angel Island, Fire Child, Great Magnet, Punk Floyd. Jun 25, Siren, Velvet Teen (see Concerts). 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

River Rock Casino Jun 22, KA Your DJ. Jun 24, Tess and Hip Trash. Jun 25, Third Rail. 3250 Hwy 128, Geyserville. 707.857.2777.

Rocker Oysterfeller’s Thurs, Arann Harris. 14415 Hwy 1, Valley Ford. 707.876.1983.

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.

Russian River Brewing Co Jun 25, St Peterbilt. Jun 26, Sean Carscadden. 725 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.BEER.

Sizzling Tandoor Wed, Ragas to Riches (sitar). 409 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.579.5999.

Spancky’s Jun 24, the Session. Jun 25, Metalshop, Fantasia, Gray

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

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Beso Negro. Jun 28, Andre and friends. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.

Presidio Yacht Club Jun 23, Buddy Owen Band. Jun 24, Mighty Groove. Jun 25, the Tickets. Fort Baker, Sausalito. 415.332.2319.

Rancho Nicasio Jun 24, Firewheel (roots rock). Jun 25, Johnny Vegas & the High Rollers. Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

un 25, Stefanie Keys. Sun, open mic. Mon, reggae. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311.

Southern Pacific Smokehouse Jun 22, Philip Claypool & the Smokehouse Band. Jun 23, Matt Eakle Band. Jun 24, Danny Click. Jun 25, Shana Morrison. Jun 28, Bonnie Hayes songwriter showcase. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.899.9600.

Sausalito Seahorse Wed, Tingo Tango. Jun 23, James Moseley. Jun 24, Ned Endless Band. Jun 25, Cryptical. Jun 26, Edgardo and Candela. Sun at 4, Salsalito. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito.

Servino Ristorante Jun 23, Lori Carsillo. Jun 24, Jeff Derby, Girls’ Night Out. Jun 25, Michael LaMacchia. 9 Main St, Tiburon. 415.435.2676.

George’s Nightclub

Sleeping Lady

Wed, standup comedy (see Comedy). Jun 23, Gregg Rolie (see Concerts). Jun 24, Pride & Joy. Jun 25, Lumanation, Cole Tate Band. Jun 26, Delta Rae, Emily Rath, Alex Cornell. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

Jun 22, Coasties night. Jun 23, Darren Nelson and friends. Jun 25 at 2, uke jam. Jun 26 at 2, trad Irish; at 6:30, Namely Us. 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.485.1182.

Smiley’s Jun 23, Steve Pile Band. J

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

Downtown Joe’s Jun 23, North Bay Blues Jam with Jimi James. Jun 24, Walter Hand & the Blue Hand Band. Jun 25, Wall of Blues. 902 Main St, Napa. 707.258.2337.

Silo’s Wed at 7, jam session. Jun 23, Nate Lopez (jazz/funk). Jun 25, Unauthorized Rolling Stones. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

Iron Springs Pub & Brewery Jun 29, Jugtown Pirates. 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax. 415.485.1005.

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

19 Broadway Club Jun 22 at 6, James Forman Jazz Ensemble; at 9, Gail “Mojo” Muldrow (blues). Jun 23 at 6, Diamond Jazz; at 9:30, Beats & Bars (hip-hop). Jun 26 at 5, Dale Alstrom’s Jazz Society; at 9, Samuka & Wild Tribe. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

Old Western Saloon Jun 24, Half After. Jun 25, Lonestar Retrobates. Main Street, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1661.

142 Throckmorton Theatre Jun 25, Wangari Trio. Jun 26, Still Crazy After All These Years (see Concerts). 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Peri’s Silver Dollar Jun 22, Royal Deuces. Jun 23, Sticky’s Backyard. Jun 24, Sage. Jun 25, Hustler. Jun 26,

San Francisco’s City Guide

Okkervil River Literate and feisty indie-rock rabblers with new album, “I Am Very Far”’ Jun 22 at the Fox Theater.

Panic! at the Disco After half the band left, Brendon Urie and Spencer Smith soldier on, with exclamation point. Jun 22 at the Warfield.

Peter Murphy Incomparable Bauhaus frontman plays free in-store in advance of sold-out show. Jun 23 at Amoeba SF.

Ana Moura Popular Portuguese fado singer counts Prince among her many fans. June 25 at Herbst Theatre.

Sondre Lerche Boyish French idol crafts sweeping pop in a diversity of settings. Jun 28 at the Great American Music Hall.

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LIVE AID It took a friend in need to

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Clarion Call

Local ’90s favorites Siren wail again BY GABE MELINE

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hey grew from the ashes of an ultra-political prog-hardcore band, they performed in suits, they gave away free peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and, in 1997, they won the title of “Best Punk Band” from this very paper. Say the word “Siren” to a certain generation of Sonoma County residents, and the jubilant, melodic, D.C.-inspired band comes rushing back vividly, a band with equal amounts accessibility and confidence who loudly provided an eyeopening gateway to new ways of living.

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McNear’s Dining House Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner BBQ • Pasta • Steak WED 6/29 • 7:00PM DOORS • $21 ADV/$23 DOS • 21+ FUNK

IVAN NEVILLE’S DUMPSTAPHUNK PLUS MOONALICE FRI 7/1 • 7:30PM DOORS • $21 ADV/$23 DOS • 21+ REGGAE

THE MELODIANS PLUS DJ JACQUES THU 7/21 • 7:00PM DOORS • $16 • 21+ FOLK/FOLK ROCK

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LANGHORNE SLIM WED 8/3 • 7:00PM DOORS • $22 ADV/$25 DOS • 21+ ROOTS/REGGAE

THE MIGHTY DIAMONDS PLUS BOBBY JO VALENTIE THUR 8/4 • 7:00PM DOORS • $17 ADV/$21 DOS • 21+ BLUES

MATT SCHOFIELD THUR 8/11 • 8:00PM DOORS • $17 ADV/$21 DOS • 21+ COUNTRY/PSYCHEDELIC/ROCK

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But in 1997, Siren played their last show, quietly, in Richmond, Va. Singer Brian Zero and guitarist Adam Glidewell had tried to keep the band going after bassist and drummer Joe Carr and Kevin McCracken left, but the blow was hard to take—especially when it came to light that McCracken, hooked on heroin, had burned through $1,200 saved for a local startup collective called the Independent Arts Coalition. “I want to make this really clear,” emphasizes McCracken, sitting behind a drum kit last week at one of the first Siren practices in 14 years. “I don’t make any excuses for what I did. None. Not for any of the people I fucked with or stole from. And I’ve made serious reparations for that.” In the practice space—and out of it, for that matter—the consensus is clear: Kevin’s OK now. He’s since cofounded Social Imprints, a printing company that hires former addicts whose clients include Metallica, Wikipedia, JetBlue and others. In 2009, he even entertained the idea of reforming Siren for a reunion show, but something wasn’t right. “I just thought it was silly for us to get back together,” says Glidewell, the lone holdout. “What this band always meant to me was being able to do positive things with it, and to benefit others.” That opportunity comes this weekend, when Siren play their first show in 14 years to help pay the medical bills of McCracken’s wife, Nicole, who’s been diagnosed with breast cancer. Siren fans are flying in from all over the country for it, and today, the band’s making sure they won’t let them down. Someone shouts “One-twothree-four!” and Siren launch into “Die Cast Mottos,” an appropriate anthem for a benefit show. “It’s what you take, not what you give, is this our motto?” Zero sings, as powerfully as he did 14 years ago. “How much you make, not how you live, is this our motto?”


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Arts Events Galleries OPENINGS Jun 24 From 5 to 7pm. City Hall Council Chambers, paintings by Suzanne Edminster. 100 Santa Rosa Ave, Ste 10, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3010.

Jun 25 From 11 to 4pm. Gold Coast Coffee Co., “The Portrait Project: Faces of Gold Coast,” portraits by Harvey Mendelson and Lenny Weinstein. Reception continues Jun 26, 11 to 4. 2351 Steelhead Blvd, Duncans Mills. 707.865.1441. From 4 to 7pm. Slaughterhouse Space, “Sensory Interventions,” multimedia installations by Hugh Livingston and Pat Lenz. 280 Chiquita Rd, Healdsburg. 707.431.1514. From 5 to 7pm. Sebastopol Gallery, “Scorched Earth,” sculpture and ceramics by Connie Robeson, and “Bibliophoria,” handmade books by Lin Max. 150 N Main St, Sebastopol. 707.829.7200.

Jun 26 From 1 to 6pm. RiskPress Gallery, “Magical Earth,” work by Zak Zaikine and John O. Hanses. 7345 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol. 707.775.5001.

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to 8. 140 E Napa St, Sonoma. 707.996.3115.

appointment. 1601 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.578.2121.

Charles M Schulz Museum

Local Color Gallery

Jun 25 at 3, artist talk with Tom Everhart. Through Jul 11, “’Peanuts’ Philosophies.” Through Oct 2, “A Change of Scene: Schulz Sketches from Abroad.” Jun 25-Dec 11, “Pop’d from the Panel,” parallel worlds of fine art and commercial art. $5-$8. Mon-Fri, noon to 5; SatSun, 10 to 5. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452.

City Hall Council Chambers Through Aug 19, “Terra Incognita,” paintings by Suzanne Edminster. Reception, Jun 24, 5 to 7. 100 Santa Rosa Ave, Ste 10, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3010.

Finley Center Through Aug 5, “Life,” recycled metal sculptures by Tyson Barbera. Mon-Fri, 8 to 7; Sat, 9 to 1. 2060 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3737.

Gold Coast Coffee Company Jun 25-Jul 8, “The Portrait Project: Faces of Gold Coast,” community project of portraits by photographer Harvey Mendelson and painter Lenny Weinstein. Reception, Jun 25-26, 11 to 4. 2351 Steelhead Blvd, Duncans Mills. 707.865.1441.

Graton Gallery

Local Folkal Ongoing, co-op artists’ work. Tues-Sun, 10 to 5 117 N Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale. 707.894.8920.

Pelican Art Through Jul 2, “Masters of Today,” artwork by Carole Gray-Weihman and Nobee Kanayama. Open Tues-Thurs and Sat, 11 to 6; Fri, 11 to 8; Sun-Mon by appointment only. 143 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.773.3393.

Petaluma Arts Center Through Jul 24, “Fire/Ice,” a juried exhibition of art dealing in opposites. 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.

Through 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.

Quicksilver Mine Company

Hammerfriar Gallery

Jun 25-Jul 24, “Magical Earth,” work by Zak Zaikine and John O. Hanses. Reception, Jun 26, 1 to 6. 7345 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol. 707.775.5001.

Through Jul 2, “Figments for a Warrior,” work by Catherine J Richardson. Tues-Fri, 10 to 6. Sat, 10 to 5. 139 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.473.9600.

Healdsburg Center for the Arts

Ending Jun 30, work by Roberta Ahrens. 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.

Ending Jun 27, “Art in the Garden” and “Tins of Imagination.” Daily, 11 to 6. 130 Plaza St, Healdsburg. 707.431.1970.

Arts Guild of Sonoma

Journey Center Gallery

Through Jul 5, “June Invitational,” work by various guest artists. Wed-Thurs and Sun-Mon, 11 to 5; Fri-Sat, 11

Through Jun 30, “Portals of Light,” paintings by Kathy Cia White. Mon-Fri, 9 to 5; weekend hours by

Aqus Cafe

Ending 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.

Through Jul 4, “Winter Landscapes,” paintings by Jerrold Ballaine. 6671 Front St, Forestville. 707.887.0799.

RiskPress Gallery

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

Sebastopol Gallery Through Aug 6, “Scorched Earth,” sculpture and ceramics by Connie Robeson, and “Bibliophoria,” handmade books by Lin Max. Reception,

MASA MAIDEN Tortilla-making, food, live music and outdoor activities abound at San Anselmo’s Mexican Arts Festival June 25. See Events, pTK.

Jun 25, 5 to 7. Open daily, 11 to 6. 150 N Main St, Sebastopol. 707.829.7200.

Slaughterhouse Space Jun 25-Sep 10, “Sensory Interventions,” multimedia installations by Hugh Livingston and Pat Lenz. Reception Jun 25, 4 to 7. Sat, noon to 5, and by appointment. 280 Chiquita Rd, Healdsburg. 707.431.1514.

Sonoma County Museum Ending Jun 26, “Zone of Focus,” a juried exhibition of photography by high school students. Through Sep 11, “Gertrud Parker: Artist and Collector,” and “Pat Lenz: Nobody’s Poodle.” Meet the artist, Jul 9 at 2. Tues-Sun, 11 to 4. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.579.1500.

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art Through Aug 28, “Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: Original Etchings by David Hockney.” Free-$8. Wed-Sun, 11 to 5. 551 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.939.SVMA.

Steele Lane Community Center Through Jul 1, paintings and collages by Sara Langlois; also, ceramic egg cases by Catherine Poloynis. Mon-Thurs, 8 to 7; Fri, 8 to 5. 415 Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3282.

Tea Room Cafe Through Aug 1, “Broken Cups,” drawings by Mark Grieve.

316 Western Ave, Petaluma. 707.765.0199.

MARIN COUNTY Bolinas Museum Jul 3 at 5:30, “Cocktails in the Courtyard” (see F&D). Through Jul 31, work by Wolfgang Bloch, Lawrence La Bianca, Stephen Galloway and Michael Porter; also, “The Last Wooden Schooner Built in Bolinas: The Elizabeth Muir.” Fri, 1 to 5; Sat-Sun, noon to 5; and by appointment. 48 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.0330.

Gallery Route One Ending 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. Jun 26 at 4, artists talk. Through Jul 3, “Seventh Street Studios,” a group art exhibit. Wed-Mon, 11 to 5. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1347.

Marin Arts Council Gallery Through Jul 15, “Pop Art,” exhibition by TeamWorks teachers and students, and “Zero Breast Cancer Hat Collection,” hats created by Plexus Arts Group. Through Aug, members’ exhibit. 906 Fourth St, San Rafael.

Marin Community Foundation Extended through Aug 30, “Black Power, Flower Power,” black-and-white photographs

of Black Panthers and HaightAshbury by Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marion 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.

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts Through Jun 30, “Beautiful Dissolution: OHCA’s eighth Annual Wabi-Sabi Exposition,” and “Mixed-Media Works by Jeff Hvid.” Tues-Sat, 10 to 2; also by appointment. 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.4331.

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.

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

Di Rosa Through Sep 17, “Zombie-


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.

Comedy

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

Jessel Gallery Ongoing, watercolors by Jessel Miller, oils by Timothy David Dixon and others. Daily, 10 to 5. 1019 Atlas Peak Rd, Napa. 707.257.2350.

Mumm Napa Cuvee Through Nov 13, “Signs of Life,” photographs by Robert Buelteman. Daily, 10 to 5. 8445 Silverado Trail, Rutherford. 707.967.7740.

Napa Valley Museum 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.

Preservation Napa Valley Through Jun 30, “Memory Bank: A Discovery of Old Hands, Old Faces and the Way It Was,” photographic and film

Dance

Laughter Against the Machine Guerrilla standup comedy with Nato Green, W Kamau Bell and Janine Brito. Jun 23 at 8. $18$21. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Playback Theatre Improv comedians perform personal life stories based on audience suggestions. Jun 24 at 8. $15-$18. Open Secret, 923 C St, San Rafael. 415.457.4191.

So Not the Cleavers Comedians Kevin Meaney, Vickie Shaw, Maryellen Hooper and Dan St Paul stand up to repeal Prop 8. Jun 23 at 8. $20. Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. Also Jun 24 at 8. $20. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. www.sonotthecleavers.com.

Samba do Coracao “Samba from the Heart” perform Brazillian dance and percussion Jun 25 at 8. $8$24. Dance Palace, Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.

Events Art, Sound & Culinary Pairing Enchant all of your senses in benefit for Anderson Marsh. Jun 25 at 7. $55. Cuvaison Carneros Tasting Room, 1221 Duhig Rd, Napa, oakgrove. eventbrite.com.

Bridal Fashion Show Artstart benefit with theme “Rustic Romance” celebrates all things bridal. Jun 24, 7 to 9:30. $20. DeTurk Round Barn, Decker and Prince streets, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3737.

Collage Workshop Artist Deborah Donahower leads two crafty workshops. Jun 25 at 11am for kids, $5; at 2 for adults, $10. Napa Valley Museum, 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. 707.944.0500.

Tuesday Evening Comedy

Days of Wine & Lavender

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

Visit garden in peak bloom, enjoy wine and gourmet lavender-inspired foods. Jun 25, noon to 4. $75. Matanzas Creek Winery, 6097 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa. 800.590.6464.

Hands Across the Sand Join environmental groups to show solidarity in banning offshore oil drilling and singleuse plastic bags. Jun 25 at 11am. Free. Doran Beach, 201 Doran Beach Rd, Bodega Bay. 707.869.9177.

Mexican Arts Festival Festive outdoor bilingual celebration of Latino culture with music by Los Cenzontles and activities for all ages. Jun 25, noon to 5. Donations appreciated. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo. 415.488.8888, #253.

Open Gardens Bird and butterfly sightings, walking tours, children’s activities and more. Jun 26, 10 to 4. Free. Hallberg Butterfly Gardens, 8687 Oak Grove Rd, Sebastopol. www.hallbergbutterflygardens.org.

Save the Ta Tas Motorcycle poker run, raffle, dinner, live music and car show all in the name of boobies and the cancer therein. Jun 25, 11 to 2. $20. Twin Oaks Tavern, 5745 Old Redwood Hwy, Penngrove. 707.292.5909.

Sonoma-Marin Fair Carnival ride, live entertainment, livestock, exhibits and more. Jun 22, Tower of Power. Jun 23, Rick Springfield. Jun 24, Charlie Daniels Band. Jun 25, Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat. Jun 26, Destruction Derby. Jun 22-23, 1 to 11; Jun 24-25, noon to midnight; Jun 26, noon to 11. $8-$19. Petaluma Fairgrounds, 100 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma. 707.283.FAIR.

Spray Can Slam Live demos with street artists. Jun 25, noon to 5. Free. Napa Valley Art Supplies, 3250 California Blvd, Napa. 707.224.2775.

Sunday Cruise-In Last Sun monthly at noon, fire up your hot rod and bring the kids for day of live music, food, prizes and more. Free. Fourth and Sea Restaurant, 101 Fourth St, Petaluma. www.SundayCruiseIn.com.

Tractor Pull

THE ‘OTHER’ NASCAR Napa’s first annual tractor pull gets underway June 25

at the Napa Fairgrounds. See Events, this page.

Full-throttle fun with modified and mini tractors plus food, wine beer and live music. Jun 25 at 5:30. Free-$22. Napa Valley Exposition, 575 Third St, Napa. 707.224.5403.

Food & Drink Civic Center Farmers Market Sun at 10am, “Eat Local 101” provides walking tour with information, cooking advice and ideas inspired by locally grown foods. Marin Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Dr, San Rafael. 800.897.3276.

Fireworks in the Kitchen Cooking class invites you to meet the cows that make the cheese, then enjoy lunch made with their fine product. Jun 24. Fork, 198 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo, RSVP. 800.591.6878.

Healdsburg Farmers Market Market and music every Sat, 9 to noon. Through Nov, market every Tues, 4 to 7. Healdsburg Farmers Market, North and Vine streets, Healdsburg. 707.431.1956.

Kiddie Bites Class will teach parents to create kid-approved foods. Jun 26, noon to 3:30. $75. Bauman College, 10151 Main St, Ste 128, Penngrove, RSVP. 800.987.7530.

Mill Valley Wine & Gourmet Fine winetasting and gourmet food sampling celebrates 30 years. Jun 26, 1 to 4. $35-$45. Depot Plaza, Throckmorton and Miller, Mill Valley. 415.388.7208.

Occidental Farmers Market Bohemian market with live music every Fri through Oct 29, 4 to dusk. Downtown Occidental, Bohemian Highway, Occidental. www. occidentalfarmersmarket.com.

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.

Sebastopol Farmers Market Through Nov; Sun, 10 to 1:30. Sebastopol Plaza, McKinley St, Sebastopol. 707.522.9305.

Sonoma Farmers Market Fri, 9 to noon. Depot Park, First St W, Sonoma. Also, Through Sep; Tues, 5:30 to dusk. Sonoma

Plaza, First St E, Sonoma. 707.538.7023.

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Wednesday Night Market Farmers market and street fair features live music and entertainment every Wed, 5 to 8, through Aug 31. Free. Downtown Santa Rosa, Fourth and B streets, Santa Rosa. www.srdowntownmarket.com.

Windsor Farmers Market Sun, 10 to 1, through Dec. Thurs evenings, 5 to 8, through Aug. Summer Thurs night market features produce, al fresco dining and live entertainment (see Concerts). Windsor Town Green, Bell Road and McClelland Drive, Windsor. 707.838.1320.

Field Trips Cemetery Tour Walking tours every 20 minutes led by costumed docent. Jun 25, 10-11am. Donations appreciated. Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery, Franklin Ave at Monroe Street gate, Santa Rosa. 707.573.0103.

Ellis Creek Walk Join Petaluma Wetlands Alliance for a casual hike. Rain cancels. Jun 25 at 9. Free. Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility, 3890 Cypress Drive Ave, Petaluma. 707.763.2934.

Salt Point Walks Meet at Gerstlle Cove visitor center, walk the bluffs, explore coastal trails on two-hour hike. Free. Jun 26, 10 to noon. Salt Point State Park, Highway 1, Jenner. 707.847.3437.

Film Ballet & Opera Live presentations of highbrown entertainment beamed from all over the world in HD. Jun 26, “Swan Lake.” $12-$20. Summerfield Cinemas, 551 Summerfield Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.522.0719.

Film Night in the Park Family films now showing at parks throughout Marin county, Fri-Sat at 8pm. Jun 24, “Breakfast Club.” Jun 25, “National Velvet.” Free. Creek Park, Hub ) Intersection, Sir

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For Kids

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Princess & the Pea

Live theater in film format, Oscar Wilde play beamed from Broadway to Sonoma County in high def. Encore performance, Jun 28 at 1. $15$22. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.539.9771.

Missoula Children’s Theatre presents culmination of children’s theater workshop in musical interpretation of beloved fairytale. Jun 25 at 2 and 4:30. $9-$13. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Macbeth

Sundown Stories

Verdi’s operatic take on Shakespeare play performed at the Royal Opera House in London. Italian with English subtitles. Jun 25 at 7. $20. Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main St, Napa. 707.255.5445.

Six Grimm’s fairy tales dramatically told by regional storytellers, evenings at 8. Jun 22, “Rapunzel” and “The Little Sea Hare.” Free-$5. Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, 551 Broadway, Sonoma. www.svma.org.

Met Opera Summer encore series features classic operas beamed from all over the world Sat mornings at 10am. Jun 25, “Don Pasquale.” Jul 2, “Simon Boccanegra.” $10-$15. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.924.5111.

Monday Night Movies Every Mon at 7, enjoy a classic film. Jun 20, “Some Like It Hot.” Free. Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.389.4292, ext 116.

Movies in the Park Free family entertainment with weekly featured film, activities, live music, BBQ and more every Fri at 6:30. Jun 24, “Despicable Me.” Lucchesi Park, 320 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. www.petalumamovies.com.

Rialto Film Festival Independent gems shine on the big screen. Jun 28 at 5 and 7:30, “Something Ventured.” $8-$10. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. www.rialtocinemas.com.

Summer Opera Classic opera performed at world’s finest opera houses beamed from across the world onto HD big screen with lush surround sound. Jun 22 at 1 and 6:30, “Don Pasquale.” Jun 29 at 1 and 6:30, “Simon Boccanegra.” $15. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.539.9771.

Vintage Film Series Enjoy a classic film one Mon monthly at 7. Jun 20 at 7 and Jun 22 at 1, “Some Like It Hot.” $8. Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St E, Sonoma. 707.540.6119.

Jane Smiley. Jun 23 at 7, “The Passionate Mind Revisited” with Joel Kramer and Diana Alstad. Jun 24 at 7, “Night of Pure Breathing” with Gerald Fleming. Jun 25 at 1, “Best Women’s Travel Writing 2011” with Laura Deutsch, Marcy Gordon and Erin Van Rheenan; at 4, “Jesse’s Ghost” with Frank Bergon; at 7, “The Devil Colony” with James Rollins. Jun 29 at 1, “Maine” with Courtney Sullivan. Jun 28 at 11am, “There Are Things I Want You to Know about Stieg Larsson and Me” with Eva Gabrielsson. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 415.927.0960.

Center for Spiritual Living Jun 24 at 7, “All Is Well: TwentyNine Stories of Guts and Grace, Courage and Compassion” with David Bruner. 2075 Occidental Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.4543.

Hopmonk Tavern

Lectures

Jun 26, poetry slam. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Consumer Affairs

Napa Copperfield’s Books

Salvatore Scintalini discusses “What To Do When You Feel Cheated As a Consumer.” Jun 23. Free. Sebastopol Senior Center, 167 High St, Sebastopol. 707.829.2440.

Empowerments Ven Lama Tsang Tsing offers series of empowerments. Jun 18 at 3, Vow of Refuge. Jun 25 at 2, Chenrezik Empowerment. Jun 26 at 2, Green Tara Empowerment. $25. Kagya Takten Puntsokling, 5594 Volkerts Rd, Sebastopol. www.ktpling.com.

Science Buzz Cafe Every Thurs at 6:30, gather with scientists and amateur science fans to discuss weekly topics. Jun 30 at 7, “Dazzling Dragonflies & Damselflies of Sonoma County: Heralds of the Sun” with Kathy Biggs. $3 donation. French Garden Restaurant, 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.292.5281.

Story of MALT Gather round and listen to the legend of Marin Agricultural Land Trust. Jun 26, 4 to 6. $10$15. Dance Palace, Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1158.

Readings Book Passage Jun 22 at 7, “Private Life” with

Jun 25 at 10:30am, “Devil’s Plaything” with Matt Richtel. 3900-A Bel Aire Plaza, Highway 29 and Trancas Street, Napa. 707.252.8002.

Petaluma Copperfield’s Books Jun 26 at 2, “If Rocks Could Sing: A Discovered Alphabet” with Leslie McGuirk (for kids). 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.762.0563.

Point Reyes Presbyterian Church Jun 26 at 3, “Thomas Berry, Dreamer of the Earth: The Spiritual Ecology of the Father of Environmentalism” with Allan Combs. 11445 Shoreline Hwy, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1349.

Readers’ Books Jun 25 at 2, “The Lazy Gourmet: Magnificent Meals Made Easy” with Robin Donovan and Juliana Gallin. 130 E Napa St, Sonoma. 707.939.1779.

River Reader Jun 25 at 2, “Harvesting Color” with Rebecca Burgess. 16355 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.2242.

Santa Rosa Copperfield’s Books Jun 23 at 7, “Wear This, Toss That” with Amy E Goodman. Jun 26 at 2, “I’m Walking as Straight as I Can: Transcending Disability in Hollywood and Beyond” with Geri Jewell. 2316 Montgomery Dr, Santa Rosa. 707.578.8938.

Theater

CRITIC’S CHOICE

Avow Gay couple seeks church’s blessing and challenge deeply held beliefs. Jun 24-Jul 24; Fri-Sat at 8, Sun at 4. $15-$30; every Fri beginning Jul 1 are pay-what-you-can. Pegasus Theater Company, Rio Nido Lodge, Canyon Two Rd, Rio Nido. www.pegasustheater.com.

Hairspray Theatrical version of John Waters’ cult classic film a delightful musical. Jun 25Aug 13. $10-$25. Burbank Auditorium, SRJC, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.527.4266.

Hank Williams Lost Highway Musical autobiography of country music legend. Jun 25 at 8. $25. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

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

Pirates of Penzance Gilbert and Sullivan musical about trials of a young pirate who seeks to change his ways. Jun 24-Jul 24; Fri-Sat at 8, Sun at 2. $20-$30. Raven Theater, 115 North St, Healdsburg. 707.433.6335, ext 11.

Tiny Alice Edward Albee’s theatrically innovative play examines man’s relationship with God. Ending Jun 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.

The BOHEMIAN’s calendar is produced as a service to the community. If you have an item for the calendar, send it by email to calendar@bohemian. com, or mail it to: NORTH BAY BOHEMIAN, 847 Fifth St, Santa Rosa CA 95404. Please DO NOT SEND e-mail attachments. The BOHEMIAN is not responsible for photos. Events costing more than $35 may be withheld. Deadline is 2 weeks prior to desired publication date.

Hella Gay Comedy show fighting Prop. 8 leaves it to ‘Beaver’ The fight for gay rights isn’t funny, but a current comedy troupe is trying to prove that there’s humor in any situation. Billed as So Not the Cleavers, two gay parents (Kevin Meany and Vickie Shaw) and two straight parents (Maryellen Hooper and Dan St. Paul) are teaming up for a Bay Area tour, including dates in Santa Rosa and Mill Valley, to benefit the American Foundation for Equal Rights to repeal Prop 8. (This adds to the good news for Prop. 8 opponents after a ruling that Judge Vaughn Walker, who overruled the proposition, could not be dismissed from hearing the case due to his relationship with another man.) The evening probably won’t feature Margaret Cho–style raunchiness, as these comics are billed as “neither crude nor offensive” but “classy.” Clean comedy in a non–bar setting? It might be prudent to—dare it be mentioned—bring the kids to experience this gay ol’ time. If nothing else, this comedy tour is a reminder that in 50 years, when this whole “civil rights round two” hullabaloo is pretty much over, we’ll all be able to laugh at how dumb we were, way back then. So Not the Cleavers runs Thursday, June 23, at the Glaser Center (547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa; 8pm; $20; 707.568.5381) and Friday, June 24, at 142 Throckmorton Theatre (142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley; 8pm; $20; 415.383.9600).—Nicolas Grizzle


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