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Rhapsodies Bring Kasandra Home A sister’s tireless search for answers BY JESS POSHEPNY


e have all been going in circles with thoughts of “Why?” and “How?”—but we always come back to “What?” Kasandra has been the light in our eyes since the beginning. Something is keeping her away from us, and we are worried sick about her. News of her disappearance has devastated our family.

Kasandra was declared missing on July 9 and was last seen in Healdsburg with Robbie Huffman, 19 years old. We have attempted contact with close friends of Robbie’s, but have had no success. Our family and friends have been canvassing the streets of Santa Rosa, where we continue to receive calls about possible sightings. We have been working closely with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department, and local news publications have been following the story. We believe Kasandra is in danger of some sort. She has not used her cell phone since July 8. There has been no contact between her and any of us or her friends. This behavior is completely out of character for her. Kasandra and I would talk regularly; she kept in constant contact with our aunt. But no one has heard from her. Up until July 8, Kasandra was the typical teenager, addicted to Facebook and attached to her phone. She had five days left of summer school at Sonoma Valley High. She was back on track with school and showed excitement for her senior year, talking about going off to college. Her family hopes and prays everyday for her safe return. If she is out there safe and sound, we just want to know. If anyone has any information as to the whereabouts of Kasandra Rose Poshepny or Robbie Huffman, please call the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department at 707.565.2121 or e-mail or call her sister, Jess Poshepny, at 707.243.3062.

The Hope in ‘Harry Potter’

My daughter “Grew up Potter” (“Growing Up Potter,” July 13). Most of the time while watching her devotion to the stories, I thought she was obsessive (she read the first book over 15 times). A few times, I worried she would lose touch with reality. She’s in Florida right now at the Harry Potter theme park, with real friends from all over the country, made from their mutual connections to the Harry Potter stories. She developed her rapid reading skills reading and rereading Harry Potter books. She admits she used Potter to escape when growing up, but she did not escape from reality; she is now an honors student. But make no mistake, she digested Harry Potter and the stories are a part of her. I must admit: my daughter is a Potterhead. Me? I’m 52 years old and suffer from debilitating cynicism. Americans’ inability to stop and listen and our unwillingness to take the time to understand each other keeps me worrying about the collapse of American society. It seems it takes an Olympic event or a war to generate national pride. (Not even economic collapse will bring us together.) More and more I think of Americans—whether from the left, right, up or down—as nasty, compulsively competitive and blinded by their own ideologies. But when I thought about the generation of Potterheads after reading “Growing Up Potter,” I surprised myself by strangely feeling a bit hopeful about the future. I see character and morality in my kids and their friends, qualities reinforced by the Harry Potter saga. I see them developing a balanced worldview and an openness toward different people. Not enough Americans read, we don’t know how to evaluate complicated subjects, and we don’t read and sit around and exchange ideas like the Americans from the 18th and 19th centuries—except for Harry Potter fans.

Rowling did a good job in realistically writing about aloneness, friendship, competition, hope, despair, self-doubt, sacrifice, betrayal, stubbornness, anger, moral depravity, loss, blindness, emotional pain, the inability to forgive, imperfection, bravery, misunderstanding, murder, discipline, admission of guilt, sorrow, deception, guts, loyalty and faith. With each of these subjects, I thought of a specific scene. Harry Potter himself becomes incorrectly judgmental and obtusely stubborn—God bless him. (Or should I say Rowling bless him by making this fictional character so real and imperfect. Even I once blurted out to Harry, “Shut up and listen to your friends” while reading one book.) And the heroes often died in the stories. In many ways, this series of stories tells the same archetypal tale of heroism told throughout the world and throughout history. I suspect that Rowling’s handling of real-life issues is why the Harry Potter stories are so important to the generation of Potterheads. In a world when presentation is valued more than reality, and lies are given heavier weight than truth, this fictional story is brought to life sometimes more clearly than some of our experiences of reality—experiences that can make us think we live in a world of lies. I exhibit tremendous discipline by allowing you to fill in your own examples.

However, I feel hopeful that the generation of Potterheads, walking around with such a deep and moral story in their heads, will give the world just a little bit more balance. Since much of the story describes deception and lies, it makes me feel good imagining millions of Potterheads running around with Their Story working about their brains. The fans of Harry Potter have already started transforming their inspiration from the fantasy by forming real charitable activist organizations. And in Harry Potter’s world, even though some of the heroes die, evil is ultimately exposed. Bad guys ain’t got no heart.



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Back Home BEHIND THE SCENES In addition to editing, designing, writing and illustrating, Valentine often shot photos for ‘The Paper’ in its infancy. This newspaper’s first editor, he died last month in Australia.

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ick Valentine— founding editor of The Paper, the West County weekly newspaper that eventually became the Bohemian—passed away on June 25, after a short illness. He was 69 years old. Working in the late 1970s as a chef at the River’s End restaurant in Jenner, Valentine decided to retrain as a journalist at Santa Rosa Junior College after being


involved in a serious car crash, says second wife Elizabeth Valentine, who owned The Paper from 1979 to 1989. After studying under Cathy Mitchell, the Pulitzer-winning former publisher of the Point Reyes Light, Valentine was hired by the Russian River News. But thoughts of creating a better, more aggressive community newspaper pushed him to start something new. “He just wanted a good paper that would serve the needs of the community,” says Elizabeth by

phone from her home in Santa Rosa. “He was good at knowing the important stories on the river and the whole West County.” The first issue of The Paper went into circulation in June 1978. Conceived and designed by Valentine, production was made possible through publisher Bob Lucas, as well as a small group of staffers, including Valentine’s first wife, Suzanne. Valentine undertook editing, writing, design, illustration and more at The Paper )


In June, the Bohemian reported on San Rafael resident Regina Carey’s participation in the U.S.-to-Gaza flotilla. Though the plan to sail from Athens never materialized after the Hellenic Coast Guard halted the boat and forced it to return to harbor, Carey returns to the United States in late July bringing a report on the historic venture. In addition, Israeli professor and activist Dalit Baum will discuss corporate involvement in Israel/ Palestine and her work on the “Who Profits from the Occupation” initiative. Carey and Baum speak on Monday, July 25, at San Rafael First United Methodist Church. 9 Ross Valley Drive, San Rafael. 6:30pm, potluck; 7:30pm, program. Free. 415.505.8012.—Leilani Clark

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Nick Valentine ( 9 for nearly a decade, covering essential stories in Guerneville and beyond. Working out of cramped office quarters across from the Pink Elephant Bar in Monte Rio, Valentine led a small but dedicated staff in stories about the devastating 1986 Valentine’s Day flood, the flooding issues resulting from the growing amount of paved land in Santa Rosa, the impact of AIDS on the community and the controversial Dubrava housing development at Guernewood Park. At one point, articles about North Coast offshore oil drilling from The Paper were used in congressional hearings, says Elizabeth. “He did a very good job focusing on the activist community and trying to keep the paper afloat,” says Mary Moore, a longtime activist who founded the original Bohemian Grove protests. “In my archives is much coverage from the ‘80s, especially on Bohemian Grove, that wouldn’t exist if it hadn’t been for The Paper.” But things weren’t always serious around the office, says Elizabeth. Staffers threw a “Slugfest”—a celebration of the banana slug, offering slug races and a “Largest Slug” contest. An “Ugly Lamp and Clock” contest “dragged on forever, with no winner ever announced, leaving us with an office full of ugly lamps and clocks which had been abandoned by their owners,” she says. “There were people willing to work for nothing because of what Nick molded the paper into,” says Janet Zagoria, who worked as a production manager and photographer during those early years. While not the most social creature (“He really didn’t like being around people outside the office, to the point that people in the community used to ask if there really was a Nick Valentine,” says one former staffer, asking not to be named), Valentine was known for his attention to detail and his willingness to teach skills to people that they didn’t know they had. “He gave a lot of people a chance,” says Zagoria. “Working

there tested my mettle and helped me learn.” A few years in, when office politics surrounding the paper’s masthead led to tension, Valentine eliminated titles entirely, listing everyone under “Production,” without even naming himself as editor.

‘It was a remarkable group of people under a remarkable man.’

In 1988, Valentine stepped down as The Paper’s editor. He went on to work for several years as a designer for Pomegranate Communications, a Petaluma publishing house specializing in cards and calendars. Eventually, he settled in Brisbane after marrying his second wife. He returned to live in the States for a short amount of time, but returned to Australia for his remaining years. He is survived by four adult children. In the North Bay, Valentine’s legacy is rooted firmly in his role as The Paper’s first editor. A look through the archives at the current Bohemian office reveals a paper both down-home and strong-voiced, a passionate undertaking by a dedicated group of people. And still, says Elizabeth, if asked, Valentine probably would have described himself first and foremost as an artist and a painter. “I’m glad our joy and passion came through,” Elizabeth says. “It was a remarkable group of people under a remarkable man, and the paper we produced was a testament to that.”

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A constant sap of squandered power by the TV BY JULIANE POIRIER


hen the New York Times reported that America’s 160 million set-top cable boxes were sucking up the “annual output of nine coal-fired plants” at a ratepayer cost of $3 billion annually (“Power Hungry Devices,” July 4), my anger was sparked by the fact that this waste could have been avoided with regulation, as it has been in Europe.

Because cable boxes, DVR devices and streaming players like the Roku box use almost as much electricity sitting there unused as they do when in use, the Times reporter asked why these devices were not designed with power-saving sleep modes. “One manufacturing company,” the reporter noted, “said nobody ever asked them to use less power.” While the Department of Energy—after asking nicely for years for voluntarily compliance with Energy Star program guidelines— might be tiptoeing toward regulation, individual states are stepping up. New York introduced legislation in January of this year

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limits of our cognitive bandwidth, can we even sustain another network? Many people’s existing social networks have a head count that far exceeds the Dunbar number, a theoretical limit to the number of relationships one can maintain with any sense of stability proposed by Brit anthropologist Robin Dunbar: a mere 150. Some theorists suggest our inability to proficiently keep up with any more than that is something of a vestigial evolutionary trait that once helped us navigate our tribal communities. Since then, of course, our notion of what constitutes a “community” has pushed into new gradations, which extend the concept from the person with whom you’re sharing a sandwich to the outer reaches of pure metaphor. But social networks have evolved too, and Google+ has found an elegant way of managing one’s “friends” that more accurately represents who and what they are to you. The “Circles” function allows users to organize one’s online associates into various bubbles, from obvious distinctions between friends, family and acquaintances to other bubbles for business or specific projects or whatever other form of quarantine you require. Moreover, its interface far and away trumps its competitors. Likewise, Circles allows one to share posts and messages with specific groups instead of everyone in your network. Your editor, for example, need not know that you’re blowing off a deadline to binge-drink with the high school drama club you just reconnected with online. Though Twitter and Facebook provide some means of social ordering, Google’s is the most efficient and egalitarian—all “friends” have a place in your life, just not every place in your life. One need not feel like a “mean girl” while pruning the social bonsai tree, which is definitely a plus. Daedalus Howell is nonplussed at, the Future Media Research Lab.

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Cage Match As goes California, so goes the rest of the country in chicken-welfare regulations BY ARI LEVAUX


hen news broke on July 7 that United Egg Producers had struck a deal with its longtime nemesis, the Humane Society of the United States, a lot of people had to check and make sure they weren’t reading the Onion by mistake. The surprise announcement drew gasps

of “stunning,” “historic,” “a landmark” from observers in the food and agriculture community, as the often bitter antagonists appear to have buried the hatchet, at least temporarily, and not up each other’s bottoms. Gary Truitt, in Hoosier Ag Today, wrote, “‘Unprecedented’ does not do the situation justice.” The former adversaries will

jointly seek federal legislation based on their multipoint agreement to increase animal welfare standards on egg farms. The industry-standard cage currently used by more than 90 percent of producers will be phased out. Replacements will be equipped with perches, nesting boxes and scratching areas so the animals can attempt to act and feel like chickens, and the space allotted per chicken will nearly double. Practices like starvationinduced molting to extend the

laying cycle will be ended, and limits will be placed on ammonia levels in henhouses. The agreement also calls for labeling mandates, which if enacted could be its most enduring legacy. The National Pork Producers Council unleashed a scathing response to the agreement, saying that if enacted it will “take away producers’ freedom to operate in a way that’s best for their animals, make it difficult to respond to consumer demands, raise retail meat prices and take away consumer choice.” It’s ironic that the pork industry would claim the egg agreement threatens consumer choice; after all, it only came about because consumers did choose, decisively—or at least voters did. Arizona, Michigan and Ohio, along with California, have already passed ballot initiatives for reforms similar to those called for by the new national agreement, and similar efforts are currently underway in Oregon and Washington. (In 2008, more Californians voted for Proposition 2 than for any other initiative in state history.) United Egg Producers choose to bargain at the federal level rather than face state-by-state rejection of the practices it currently endorses. And while some are calling the agreed-upon reforms of these practices a decisive victory for animal rights, the industry may see it as a strategic retreat that secures a pretty good deal in the long run. The proposed reforms would roll out at a seemingly glacial pace, especially in chicken years. As written, it will take 18 years from the date of enactment for the improvements to be fully phased in. This probably isn’t the paradigm shift that most animal-rights activists, in their heart of hearts, really want. By signing off on improvements to the industry’s worst practices, the Humane Society may be forfeiting the opportunity to make future enhancements to the quality of life of ) 14

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S O N OMA CO U N TY Applewood Inn California cuisine. $$$. California wine country food inspired by European traditions. Dinner daily; midweek locals’ specials. 13555 Hwy 116, Guerneville. 707.869.9093. Blu American Eatery American. $-$$. Perfect when looking for a great spot between cafe and restaurant. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, Tues-Sun. 140 Second St, Ste 100, Petaluma. 707.778.6965.

Bovolo Italian/ Mediterranean. $-$$. Slow Food from Northern California-sourced ingredients. Fabulous made-in-house pork sandwiches, pizzas and salumi, Lunch and dinner daily. 106 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.431.2962.

Carmen’s Burger Bar American. $. Excellent and innovative burgers with a Mexican flair. Beef comes fresh daily from Pacific Market next door. Lunch and dinner daily; breakfast, Sat-Sun. 1612 Terrace (in Town and Country center), Santa Rosa. 707.579.3663.

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

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

Gohan Japanese. $$-$$$. Superb Japanese favorites with modern twists like green-tea cheesecake and wakame snow-crab caviar salad in a martini glass. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat; dinner only, Sun. 1367 McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.789.9296.

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.

Juanita Juanita Mexican. $. Fun and funky. Lunch and dinner daily. 19114 Arnold Dr, Sonoma. 707.935.3981. LaSalette Portuguese. $$-$$$. Authentic rustic dishes include classic lusty Portuguese stews and seafood. Dinner, Wed-Sun. 452-H First St E, Sonoma. 707.938.1927.

Mac’s Delicatessen Diner. $. Large selection of Jewish-style sandwiches; excellent cole slaw. Breakfast and lunch, Mon-Sat. 630 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.3785.

Monti’s Rotisserie & Bar California cuisine. $-$$. Small plates and a few larger entrées with emphasis on house-roasted meats. Lunch and dinner daily. 714 Village Ct, Santa Rosa. 707.568.4404.

Papa’s Taverna Greek. $$. Satisfying food in riverside setting. Sun afternoons, Greek dancing. Lunch and dinner daily. 5688 Lakeville Hwy, Petaluma. 707.769.8545.

Ravenette Bistro. $$. Here’s that secret spot you look for all your life: great food, cheery service and a cozy ambiance. Menu changes weekly, with focus on tapas-style small plates. Dinner, Thurs-Sat; brunch, Sun. 117 North St, Healdsburg. 707.431.1770.

Roberto’s Restaurant Italian. $$. Reliable home-style Italian cooking. Dinner, TuesSun. 4776 Sonoma Hwy, Santa Rosa. 707.539.0260.

Sizzling Tandoor II Indian. $-$$. Coastal gem offers a great view of the Sonoma Coast. Come for happy hour and stay through dinner. 9960 Hwy 1, Jenner. 707.865.0625.

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

MA R I N CO U N T Y Avatar’s Indian-plus. $. Fantastic East-meets-West fusion of Indian, Mexican, Italian and American, with dishes customized to your palate. Lunch and dinner, MonSat. 2656 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.8083.

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

Casa Mañana Mexican. $. Big burritos a stone’s throw from the perfect picnic spot: Perri Park. The horchata is divine. Lunch and dinner daily. 85 Bolinas Rd, Fairfax. 415.454.2384.

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.

Marin Brewing Co Pub food. $-$$. Excellent soups, salads, pub grub and awardwinning pork-beer sausage. Lunch and dinner daily. 1809 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 415.461.4677. Paradise Bay Californian. $$. For tasty standards and vegetarian items. Also get a delicious curry here. Lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sat-Sun. )


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Sushi Tozai Japanese. $$. Spare, clean ambiance and some of the freshest sushi you’ll ever eat. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Sun. 7531 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.9886.


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1200 Bridgeway Ave, Sausalito. 415.331.3226.

Portelli Rossi Italian. $$. Tasty and affordable fare in a cozy setting. Lunch, Tues-Sat; dinner, Tues-Sun. 868 Grant Ave, Novato. 415.892.6100. Sol Food Puerto Rican. $. Flavorful, authentic and homestyle at this Puerto Rican eatery, which is as hole-inthe-wall as they come. Lunch and dinner daily. Two San Rafael locations: 732 Fourth St. 415.451.4765. 901 Lincoln Ave. 415.256.8903.

Tommyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wok Chinese. $-$$. Tasty and filling Chinese fare without the greasy weigh-down. Nice vegetarian selections, too. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat; dinner only, Sun.3001 Bridgeway Ave, Sausalito. 415.332.5818.

N A PA CO U N T Y Boonfly Cafe California cuisine. $-$$. Extraordinary food in an extraordinary setting. Perfect pasta. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 4080 Sonoma Hwy, Napa. 707.299.4900.

Cindyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

Go Fish Seafood/sushi. $$-


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

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


Pesto (Dis)Pleasures Gourmet grocery stores and college sophomore kitchens alike are brimming with one of Julyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finest treats: pesto, the all-purpose condiment. Why more of my friends havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t discovered the joys of homemade bruschetta is beyond me. Toast some sourdough bread, smear some pesto on it and topple any of your crummy snack foods on top (old walnuts? cheap cheese shreds?), and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve faked your way into creating an appetizer thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seemingly sophisticated and definitely delicious. Pesto is also an easy way to trick your children into eating disgusting food. As a child who managed to survive on a diet of popcorn, baloney slices and American cheese, I know first-hand the techniques that my parents would employ to trick me into consuming something that wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t end up killing me in 50 years. Combine pesto with some steamed squashed, broccoli, tomatoes, carrots and mushrooms and observe the fairly appetizing results. The hypothesis? Pesto is good on everything. Well . . . almost. Never foregoing a chance to completely debase ourselves, the staff of the Bohemian this week decided to test that hypothesis. Sitting around a wooden table, we stared at the containers of pesto and French vanilla ice cream which were, for better or for worse, about to become one. Most of us were disgusted. A few of the masochists were pleased with the mixture. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I still feel like theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re those two really cool, interesting friends that should never be in a relationship,â&#x20AC;? mused one of our taste-testers, as he plopped a spoon of pesto into his ice cream. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh fuck, man, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disgusting.â&#x20AC;? Enter one step at a time and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get too in over your head, because the pool of pesto isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t for the faint of heart.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Emily Hunt

Miguelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mexican-

Pizza Azzurro Italian. $.

Californian. $$. 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.

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.

Siena California-Tuscan. $$$$. Sophisticated, terroir-informed cooking celebrates the local and seasonal. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa. 707.259.0633.

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

S O N OM A CO U N T Y Boisset Taste of Terroir Compare local Pinot with Burgundy from Burgundy in French wine magnate’s snazzy tasting salon. 320 Center St., Healdsburg. Daily 10:30am–5:30pm; till 9pm Thursday–Saturday. Fees vary, $12–$100. 707.473.9707.

Eric K. James Vineyards Venture down to an off-the-Plaza arcade to find refuge from the maddening crowds, day-brightening Pinot Noir and Syrah, plus the prettiest Rosé in the valley. A grower’s collective for several Carneros-area vineyards. 452 First St. E., Sonoma. Open Friday, noon–8pm; Saturday– Sunday, noon–5:30pm. No fee. 707.996.1364.

Gary Farrell The namesake is gone but the quality remains. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. 10701 Westside Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 11am–4pm. 707.473.2900.

Hauck Cellars Peach-tree state wine fans on a mission to be the “best Bordeaux house in Sonoma County” doing fine so far. Tin-roofed, 1948 Quonset hut off the plaza sports a long bar with plenty of elbow room. 223 Center St., Healdsburg. Friday–Tuesday, 11:30am–5pm; until 7pm, Friday–Saturday. $10 fee; one taste free. 707.473.9065. Littorai Wines The future of integrated, sustainable wine farms may be glimpsed through a window darkly, while Sonoma Coast Pinot and Chard are brilliant in the glass. Tour and tasting by appointment. In west Sebastopol, 707.823.9586.

Moondance Cellars Dogs, Cabs and cars are the focus; when a supercharged 1965 Corvette is parked in front, the vintner is in the house. Also, Port and Sherry from Sonoma Valley Portworks. 14301 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen. Daily 11am–6pm. $5 tasting fee. 707.938.7550.

Sausal Winery Simple, rural, without corporate crosspromotions and pretense. Good Zinfandel and nice cats. 7370 Hwy. 128, Healdsburg. Open daily, 10am–4pm. 707.433.5136.

Truett Hurst Newly planted biodynamic estate features patio seating, gardens, steelhead habitat, plus frisky goats and sheep. Taste brambly Zin and “Burning Man” Petite Sirah in airy, barnlike house, furnished with rough-hewn recycled materials. 5610 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Tasting, 11am–5pm daily, no fee. 707.433.9545. Wind Gap Wines Onetime vintner of big, opulent Pax Syrah refocuses on coolclimate locales that yield a more savory, European style. 6450 First St., Forestville. By appointment only. 707.887.9100.

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

Ceja Vineyards To Ceja Vineyards’ motto, “Vinum, Cantus, Amor,” and when there’s wine, song and love, there’s dance. Founded by one-time field workers, the Mexican-American-owned winery celebrates culture and wine at this sleek downtown lounge. Wine flights, light bites and one of the few full-bodied rosés “con huevos” in the county. On Saturdays, free salsa lessons and dance party spice up the night. Bailamos! 1248 First St., Napa. Sunday– Friday, noon–6pm, Saturday,

noon–10pm; free salsa class starts at 7:30pm. Tasting fees vary. 707.226.6445.

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

Folie à Deux A good picnic or party wine, the Ménage à Trois–white, red and rosé– are tasty blends. 3070 N. St. Helena Hwy, St. Helena. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 1.800.473.4454.

Hess Collection Winery An intellectual outpost of art and wine housed in the century-old Christian Brother’s winery. Cab is the signature varietal. 4411 Redwood Road, Napa. Open daily, 10am–4pm. 707.255.1144.

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

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. Velo Vino Napa Valley Cycling-themed bungalow is filled with enough gear to outfit a peloton, plus wine and espresso, too. Tastings include spiced nuts and dried cherries, but sample-sized Clif and Luna Bars are readily available for your impromptu energy bar and wine pairings. 709 Main St., St. Helena. Daily, 10am–6pm. $10–$25. 707.968.0625.

8ZLUO VML Winery


t’s high noon on Monday, the extra inning of the wine country weekend, but the hour has seen only a few people trickle in, all on business with the winery. Could be on account of the temporary banner, surmises my host, or the unfamiliar name, albeit hoisted across the entrance to a facility that is eminently familiar to locals and returning wine tourists. Known as C. Donatiello for a few years, and Belvedere for a greater stretch before that, VML is backed by a familiar crew, notably Bill Hambrecht, with Mark DeMeulenaere and Truett Hurst partners Phil Hurst and Paul and Heath Dolan. Out of the shade of the vineyard and into the fore, for the first time, is namesake winemaker, Virginia Marie Lambrix. “It’s been like a rollercoaster and a whirlwind all at once,” says “Ginnie” Lambrix of the fast-paced creation of this brand, which has expanded from a few cases under her own label to having a onetime 100,000-case facility at her disposal. “But if you had told me that this was the end result . . .” she marvels, passing by a battery of pumps and a fleet of forklifts—well, she would hardly have believed it. Tasked in past and present endeavors with Biodynamic winegrowing, the young winemaker came to the practice after an early career in science. While VML wines are not labeled as such, many are sourced from vineyards that practice organic and biodynamic-style viticulture. When the artist who created VML’s new labels learned this, he said, “‘Ah, so you’re a witch!’” laughs Lambrix. The latest releases sport a rather wild design that’s a mashup of an Albrecht Dürer engraving and a sort of 19th-century steampunk seed packet. Competitively priced for the region, the 2010 Russian River Valley VML Chardonnay ($25), made from old Wente clone grapes, has the faintest aroma of toasty oak over butterscotch and Meyer lemon, with a soft, sweet sensation of caramel that lolls around the palate for days, courtesy of a nice balance of acidity. Lambrix enjoined me from reviewing the just-bottled 2010 VML Pinot Noir ($30)—“It’s just a baby”—but it’s floral, bright and promising. From the western frontier of the appellation, the 2009 Ivywood Vineyard ($45) has foresty, redwood aromas and lush, meaty black cherry and plum-skin fruit; the 2009 Boudreaux Vineyard ($45) is more aromatic of cool cherry and raspberry, with a firm, dark fruit finish that sticks to the palate. Such wines can be enjoyed daily—and, for now, without crowds—at the tasting room and during a continuing tradition of concert weekends. VML Winery, 4035 Westside Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 11am–5pm. Tasting fee, $10. 707.431.4404.—James Knight

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What a Scoot

In which a penny-pinching gal hops right on a scooter, rides to the coast and falls in love BY LEILANI CLARK


’ve always thought of scooters as kind of dorky.

No matter how many stylish Italians ride Vespas around Roman streets for cappuccinos and cafe conversation, there’s something about the way you have to sit on the buzzy little things, perched and upright, like a Midwestern schoolteacher or something. It just isn’t cool. So it’s with reluctance that I go to the DMV to pick up the “California Motorcycle Handbook.” I need it to pass the written test for a Class M motorcycle permit, which will allow me to legally drive a scooter, and in preparation, I head over to Revolution Moto, the scooter shop in downtown Santa Rosa owned by Roy and Johnna Gatinella since 2003. “There’s a dork factor, definitely,” says Johnna, laughing. “It’s not like you can get on and be thinking, ‘I am a total bad-ass.’ You just have to be like, ‘Yeah, I’m giving it up. I’m on a scooter.’” And yet the Gatinellas, and their customers, are part of a growing segment of Americans embracing scooters as an alternative to cars. According to the Motorcycle Industry Council, U.S. scooter sales jumped 50


percent for the first quarter of 2010, compared to 2009. “We’re trying to shift people’s viewpoints on how they travel,” says Roy as we sip water and lemonade outside the shop. Jerry Bender, husband of ex–Santa Rosa mayor Jane Bender, zips out of the parking lot on his scooter, waving before he disappears into traffic on College Avenue. A large part of the appeal is that scooters require very little oil and gas, and they take up a small amount of space, says Johnna. “If you look at European households, they spend less than 1 percent of their household income on gasoline,” adds Roy. “In the United States, we spend 10 percent of our household income on gas. That’s ridiculous.” With gas prices fluctuating between high and higher, many folks in the North Bay have taken up scooters as a form of fun and practical transportation. From the SRJC student who commutes to his job in Windsor, to the fiftysomething woman Realtor from Healdsburg, to the architect who commutes to projects in Calistoga and beyond on his Vespa, scooter riders cross age, gender and cultural boundaries. Truly, they’re not just for mods anymore. “It’s a slower way of life,” says John Curnutt, founding member

of the Napa Valley Scooter Club. “In Napa Valley, we have the Slow Food movement and wine culture, and that’s kind of what scootering is all about. It’s the journey, not just the destination.”


rumpy and tired at the DMV on a Monday, waiting in line to take the written test, I have to remind myself of Curnutt and the Gatinellas’ enthusiasm for scootering. Admittedly, scooters are growing more intriguing to the frugal environmentalist in me. The average scooter gets up to about 75 miles to the gallon, meaning a two-

gallon tank filled up for under $10 can last for 150 miles. Insurance can be as low as $200 a year. Studies show that scooters made after 2006 produce, on average, 72 percent less carbon dioxide emissions than cars and 78 percent less than the average SUV. My after-work studies pay off when the woman behind the counter says that I’ve passed the test. With permit in hand, I’m ready to take to the streets. Hell, maybe I’ll get really brave and try to get myself knighted into the Royal Bastards. Dan Carls lives in Sebastopol and is a founding member of the Sonoma

Throw those two fingers sideways with these scooter clubs

SoCo Scooterists The goal of one of the original scooter clubs in Sonoma County is to “bring local scooterists together to ride, talk and share our passion for scooters.” Prospective members can join and search for the most current rides after registering in the online forum. www.

Royal Bastards Sonoma County You have to

Napa Valley Scooter Club Founded in 2003, the

be ‘knighted’ to become a Royal Bastard (in an actual sword ceremony!), but SOBs (“supporters of Bastards”) are welcome to join the chapter for rides—and to be considered as candidates for Bastardom. Formed in 2010, they host second Sunday rides that take riders all over the county.

club hosts a ride meet-up every second Tuesday at 5pm starting at Gott’s Roadside at the Oxbow Public Market, 644 First St., Napa. 707.477.0422.—L.C.

Scooter Rosa

bellied scooter rider into a braver soul, and while I still feel like every moving vehicle spells potential doom, I keep going and soon I’m riding over to the gas station— where I gasp in pleasure when $2 nearly fills up the tank. Oh, this is good.


nd then it happens. Scooter dreams begin to haunt my days and nights. Propelled by fantasies of a shiny red scooter, I start thinking about how I’ll need to take a safety training course to get truly legit. I enlist my friend Laura, a recent scooter convert who commutes from Santa Rosa to Freestone on her white Vespa, to take me on a ride around West County. Before we hit the road, Laura takes me to a long, almost empty parking lot where we practice the skills—like the counterintuitive push turns—that

will allow me to gracefully navigate curvy rural roads. And then, we’re doing it, riding up and down hills, winding around roads, past side-of-the-road pink ladies, vineyards, meadows and rustic farmhouses. We stop to take in the elegant views of the valley from a ridge on Burnside Road and fly by eucalyptus groves, slowing down to take the curves with a wild mobility that doesn’t happen in a car. It’s a freedom I haven’t experienced in a long while, like one of those dumb movies where the 30-something woman moves closer to a state of grace through unexpected romance—except that my state of grace comes from scooting at 50 mph down Highway 1, heading toward Valley Ford and the Sonoma Coast, buffeted by the wind on a fantastic little machine. To think that a week ago, I thought scooters were dorky. Now? I’m in love, and it’s deep.

Five Great Scooter Rides in the North Bay Chalk Hill Road Beginning

scooterists will enjoy the vineyard views, meadows, redwoods and farm animals along this semi-hilly ride between Windsor and Highway 28. Westside Road Take River

Road to Wohler Bridge and head north on Westside Road into Healdsburg. A classic wine country ride through some of West County’s most scenic climes, suitable for beginners. Enterprise Road Starting at

the southeast end of Santa Rosa, take Bennett Valley Road to Enterprise Road and bask in the oak woodlands, vineyards and sweeping pastureland. Make a stop at Matanzas Creek Winery on the way back to smell the sweet-scented lavender fields. Beginners can handle this one, too. Chileno Valley Road The cows still outnumber the people on this ride through the emerald valleys between Tomales Road and the outskirts of Petaluma. A bit more challenging, this ride is suitable for more experienced riders.

HOP ON Whether modern

or vintage, scooters get crazy gas mileage. 75mpg, anyone?

Sonoma County’s annual scooter shindig

Scooters take over the streets of Sonoma County during the third annual Scooter Rosa, a weekend celebrating a love for scooters of all stripes with rides, raffles, food, wine-spitting contests, scavenger hunts and music. No, music will not be provided by Zanger Rinus’ “Met Romana Op de Scooter” (Google it and weep) but, rather, Royal Bastard Dan Carls will take the stage with his band Days Like Nights to entertain the scooter-frenzied crowd. Sponsored by Revolution Moto, all proceeds from the weekend go to Worth Our Weight, a local nonprofit that provides culinary training for at-risk youth in the preparation and serving of sustainable food. Scooter Rosa kicks off on Saturday, July 24, at Revolution Moto. 518 College Ave., Santa Rosa. 9:30am. $30.707.523.2371.—L.C.

Napa Valley For the ultimate (and more challenging) Napa Valley ride, start at Brown’s Valley Market, Napa. Take Highway 29 up to St. Helena. From there, turn onto Deer Park Road and then Howell Mountain Road. Stop in Angwin for gas (you’ve got $3, right?) and then go toward Pope Valley. Take Chiles Pope Valley Road to Highway 128 east. Ride that down to Highway 121 and head back into Napa. A nice, long tour of the Napa Valley.—L.C.

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County chapter of the nationwide scooter club. The more the merrier, he says, when it comes to scooter riders. “We don’t care what you ride, as long as you ride,” says Carls, who sometimes commutes to carpentry jobs in San Francisco on his Piaggio BV500, a larger beast that almost rivals a motorcycle. “I try to use my scooter as much as possible,” he explains. “It’s cheaper, it’s more fun. It’s just a great way to get around. It saves so much time on commuting and getting from here to there.” After all this positive reinforcement, I approach my first solo ride on a borrowed Genuine Buddy 150cc with more trepidation than anticipation. I squeeze the helmet over my head only to spend 20 tear-inducing minutes trying to start the damn thing. Finally, with help from the scooter’s owner, I get the engine going, throttle up, and go. My first thought: Is this the day that I will die? Fear sits down right behind me. It appears I’ve stayed away from scooters all these years not just for the dork factor, but also from terror at driving a motorized vehicle that doesn’t offer two tons of steel protection. Quiet and virtually car-free streets in a residential neighborhood allow me to buzz around at slow speeds without breaking a bone. After about an hour of practice, my worry shrinks a little; with hopping endorphins, my confidence increases, and soon, busier roads call. I carefully turn and cross through a major intersection—heart pounding. Survival makes this yellow-




Clowning Around

Happy Hayes

There’s nothing like rock veterans coming together to make new music. The members of Cast of Clowns have played with the likes of Santana, Ray Charles, Sly Stone and the Jerry Garcia Band, and together, they jam to lyrics from the Grateful Dead’s Robert Hunter and the original tunes of founder Craig Wright. With bassist extraordinaire Bobby Vega, the band tours this summer between recording sessions for their new album. Catch them at one of three shows this weekend on Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23, at 9:30pm at Aubergine (755 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol; $12–$15; 707.861.9190) and Saturday, July 23, 4:30pm, at the San Geronimo Music Festival (San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Frances Drake Blvd., San Geronimo; $20–$25; 415.488.8888).

“Oh, yes, this is powerful stuff.” So sings Sean Hayes on his latest album, and although he is not talking about his own music, he may as well be. The singersongwriter’s lyrical, lilting sound is reminiscent of Jack Johnson with a slightly funkier twang, and his songs are both calming and energizing at the same time. His album Run Wolves Run was released last year, and his songs have recently been featured on TV shows and Subaru commercials. Sing along when Arann Harris and the Farm Band open on Saturday, July 23, at the Hopmonk Tavern. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 9pm. $15. 707.829.7300.


Crime Scene If you’re not sick of murder cases after the recent Casey Anthony trial, here’s another. Lawyer Marcia Clark, who rose to fame as prosecutor in the O. J. Simpson case—perhaps the only in recent history to top Anthony’s—knows a few things about murder trials and, lucky for us, is willing to share them in fictionalized form. Her novel Guilt by Association was published in April and a sequel is forthcoming. The timing is perfect given the recent reading of the Anthony case verdict, which Clark has publicly denounced. Talk about crime both real and fictitious with Clark on Friday, July 22, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7:30pm. 415.927.0960.

Southern Flavor Sometimes we all need a good dose of old soul. The Marshall Tucker Band have been playing since 1973 (although only one of the original members, Doug Gray, remains), and they always promise to bring some Southern spirit. Most recently, they played for U.S. troops stationed in Iraq and Kuwait. Kick back, relax and enjoy some classic boogie rock when the Marshall Tucker Band bring a little bit of the South to Northern California. Moonalice open on Friday, July 22, at the Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. 8pm. $40. 707.259.0123.

—Justine McDaniel

I LOVED YOU SO ‘These Amazing Shadows,’ a documentary on the National Film Registry which screens July 21, 23 and 24 in Santa Rosa (see Film, p35), gives us a perfect excuse to run a photo of the marvelous Kim Novak in ‘Vertigo.’

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ArtsIdeas DUKE OF BURL If Bukowski lived in the Mission, he might make art like Charles Linderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s.

Hunting High At least Charles Linder isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t boring



â&#x20AC;&#x2122;m deep in the middle of the Sonoma wilderness,â&#x20AC;? says Charles Linder, taking a break from boar hunting to talk on his cell phone. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m surprised Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m getting reception.â&#x20AC;?

Boar blood might not be exactly what comes to mind when one thinks of Napa Valley. Regardless, KQED and the di Rosa Preserve both continue their fostering of modern artists on July 27 with Linder, the ďŹ rst speaker in their series of summer lectures with Spark artists. KQEDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spark follows various


personalities in the Northern California arts scene. And for â&#x20AC;&#x153;personality,â&#x20AC;? Linder certainly ďŹ ts the bill. Past performances of his include two full pig roasts done in the Tenderloin of San Francisco (â&#x20AC;&#x153;The locals came out, which was bizarre,â&#x20AC;? states Linder bluntly) and a performance-art piece with Linder sawing through boar heads after drinking all day. Linderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ rst gallery, Refusalon, began in an adopted garage south of Market in San Francisco. In 2006, Linder was featured by Spark for his creation of Lincart gallery, which supported various artists including Yayoi Kusama and Tucker Nichols. Since then,

he has foregone gallery ownership to focus more heavily on his individual art career. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Owning the gallery was such a dysfunctional idiosyncrasy of my personality,â&#x20AC;? chuckles Linder. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was an obsession I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop. I always used to deny this, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very hard to do two things at once well. I had to admit to myself that I was not being that creative of an art dealer or artist.â&#x20AC;? The di Rosa has paid particular interest to Linder throughout his career and currently owns eight of his works, one of which is Fiat Lux, a collection of animal crossings signs demolished by grime and bullet marks.

Linderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art has continued on a similar theme. One of his current collections, Twenty Five Easy Pieces, involves the artistic altering and mounting of taxidermy animals, found skulls and the oil canvas rendering of an adorable woodland creature holding a sign that says â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fuck you / Pay me.â&#x20AC;? Growing up in Alabama, Linder hunted as a child but stopped after his move to the more animalrights-oriented state of California. He has recently gotten back into the chase again, and, he jokes, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s made it a large part of his art. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love spending time in the woods stalking, and the whole food-preparation aspect. Boars are introduced, nonnative species wreaking havoc on the fauna and watershed. But they taste good,â&#x20AC;? Linder says on the growing connection between his art and lifestyle. That very connection, according to Linder, is what makes the San Francisco art scene special. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I gotta admit itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of cursed,â&#x20AC;? says Linder. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone lives here, I think, for the lifestyle. I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say I stayed here for money or career. My lifestyle has become a career. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think I could do that in L.A. or New York as easily.â&#x20AC;? Indeed, Linder continues to harness his lifestyle into an art with his newest exhibition at San Franciscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guerrero Gallery, displaying photos, painting and physical representations of pools. According to Linder, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the deep aqua colors and the association between poolside and traveling hotels that inspired the collection. As is only protocol, a goat roast kicked off the opening reception. In Napa, a wine and cheese reception follows Linderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lecture. Charles Linder speaks Wednesday, July 27, at the di Rosa. 5200 Sonoma Valley Hwy., Napa. 7pm. $5â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$10. 707.226.5991.

tephen Sondheim’s 1970 musical Company may be one of the best-known shows that few people have actually seen. Its most famous song, the addictively bouncy “Side by Side,” has come to stand as one of Sondheim’s mostbeloved tunes—a popular Broadway stage revue of the composer’s music was actually titled Side by Side by Sondheim—and yet many would be incapable of identifying which musical “Side by Side” originally came from.

For those who’ve never had the opportunity to hear the songs together with the actual play, Summer Repertory Theater is now staging the 41-year-old musical. Of course, 41 years of buildup is

‘Company’ runs through Aug. 7 at Summer Repertory Theater. 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. Dates and showtimes vary. $10–$25. 707.527.4343.

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bound to produce some disappointment, and ultimately the show as a whole does seem less than the sum of its musical parts. Essentially plotless, with its most irritating song, “Bobby,” repeated endlessly throughout the proceedings, Company is a series of vignettes about struggling marriages strung together as 35-year-old Bobby (Nathan C. Crocker), questioning his own aversion to marriage, visits his married friends, one unhappy couple at a time. Little actually happens in Company, and the lovely song “Being Alive” turns out to be a less successful climax to Bobby’s angsty quest than I’d hoped. With a generally weak book by George Furth, the show is all about the songs, and under the musical direction of Alex Wise, the music in the SRT production is the real power source of the show. The cast, though noticeably tired early on in the run, all have fine voices, and many find truly entertaining ways to infuse their songs with eccentric, character-driven life. Highlights include Cody Craven’s light and lovely take on the wistful “Sorry-Grateful,” in which Bobby’s friend Harry describes marriage as a bittersweet collision of conflicting emotions; “Getting Married Today,” in which Amy (sung with delightfully supersonic mania by Sarah Crane) tries to talk herself out of marrying Paul; the aforementioned “Side by Side,” in which Crocker is joined by the entire cast in a clever celebration of friendship; and most memorably, “The Ladies Who Lunch,” a raw, very funny dissection of female survival techniques, magnificently sung by Tiffany Denise Hobbs, nearly taking the roof off the theater with her no-holds-barred ferocity. Ultimately, it is the performances of the committed and talented cast, backed by a solid orchestra, that make this Company worth keeping.

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LA PIAZZA Audrey Hepburn gives it a spin in ‘Roman Holiday.’

Vrooom! Scooters in film BY EMILY HUNT

A sexy scooter? Not such a paradox after all. Whether we realize it or not, a number of movies also offer picturesque shots of characters living out lives atop the ultimate accessories in scooter luxury. ‘Roman Holiday’ (1952) Would adolescent girls everywhere still be quite as obsessed with this classic if not for the movie’s press shot featuring dapper Gregory Peck and elfin Audrey Hepburn laughing atop a European Vespa? Doubtful. This movie is one of the first and smartest romantic comedies, with astounding views of Rome as seen from the seat of a glamorous scooter. Not so surprisingly, the 1952 film resulted in over 100,000 Vespa sales. ‘Quadrophenia’ (1979) The ultimate scooter movie. A weekend in Brighton offers the punks and the mods a chance to settle their score to a soundtrack by the Who, and there are vintage scooters everywhere. The final scene, where Jimmy drives Sting’s scooter off a

cliff, is a heartbreaker. ‘Empire Records’ (1995) This 1995 cult classic features signature punk Debra (Robbin Tunney), who shows up for work on her Vespa early in the film and continues about her day in a socially unconventional vein. Although the film no longer receives much buzz, it did feature notable actresses Renée Zellweger and Liv Tyler at the early stages of their careers. ‘American Graffiti’ (1973) George Lucas’ film didn’t show off only retro hot rods and convertibles; one of the film’s main protagonists, Terry Fields (Charles Martin), shows up on a white Vespa early in the film. Director George Lucas allegedly used Terry to represent himself as a teen in all his nerdy, academic and Vespariding glory. ‘Repo Man’ (1984) This wacked-out sci-fi has gained notoriety for its gritty dialogue, ludicrously dated special effects, kooky plotline and oddly honest portrayal of Los Angeles; however, it also puts the violence in Vespa. At one point in the film, rock group the Untouchables make cameos as a sinister “scooter gang” and end up beating the shit out of Emilio Estevez. See it. ‘Larry Crowne’ (2011) The newest addition to the scooter movie microgenre, Larry Crowne is all about self-worth and adventure . . . and it opens with a gas-station scene pitting SUV against scooter. When Larry (Tom Hanks) joins a scooter club and takes to courting Mercedes (Julia Roberts) on his new ride, scooters become a symbol for self-discovery. Not so surprisingly, this year’s scooter sales have gone up considerably. ‘Dumb and Dumber’ (1994) “Just when I think you couldn’t possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this . . . and totally redeem yourself!” exclaims Dumb and Dumber’s Harry to his best friend Lloyd regarding the latter’s recent decision to sell their car and travel to Aspen on a motor scooter. Needless to say, the rest is a scooter-heavy comedy of errors. Don’t miss these others: Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Alfie (2004), Run Lola Run (1998), La Dolce Vita (1960), La Haine (1995) and Il Bidon (1955).

Film capsules by Nicholas Berandt and Richard von Busack.


of Freaks and Geeks fame and produced by Judd Apatow. (NB)

Captain America: The First Avenger (PG-13; 124 min.) 4F-ed

Buck (PG; 88 min.) Documentary

from the Army, patriot Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) volunteers for a secret military experiment that transforms him into Captain America in Marvel’s latest superhero franchise. With Tommy Lee Jones and Hugo Weaving. (NB)

Friends with Benefits (R; 105 min.) Friends Dylan (Justin Timberlake) and Jamie (Mila Kunis) discover that adding a physical element to their friendship brings complications indeed—just like the Hollywood romcoms told them. (NB)

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (R; 100 min.) Parallel friendships in a Shanghai separated by a generation are examined in Wayne (The Joy Luck Club, Smoke) Wang’s adaptation of Lisa See’s acclaimed 2005 novel (NB)

Winnie the Pooh (G; 68 min.) Walt Disney’s animated franchise returns after 35 years with a new adventure narrated by John Cleese. (NB)

ALSO PLAYING Bad Teacher (R; 92 min.) 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)

A Better Life (PG-13; 98 min.) Chris Weitz (A Single Man) directs the story of an immigrant father and his son who bond while attempting to recover their stolen truck, purchased to start a landscaping business. (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

about real-life horse whisperer Buck Brannaman who was the inspiration for the acclaimed film. (NB)

Cars 2 (G; 113 min.) This sequel to the 2006 Pixar hit is a Bond parody, but the stale kind, with a bumpkin, Tow Mater (Larry the Cable Guy), mistaken for an agent. Not that Cars 2 is really bad; it’s just cute and relentless, and paced to tickle five-year-olds. Also , there’s a new emphasis on bathroom humor. Pixar usually had too much class to go there. (RvB)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (PG-13; 130 min.) Well, it probably doesn’t all end. As the great Gabe Meline noted, no franchise earning over $6 billion will be left alone for long. (NB)

Horrible Bosses (R; 98 min.) Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey and Colin Farrell co-star in dark comedy about three friends who conspire to murder their bosses. (NB) Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG; 95 min.) Jack Black is back voicing Po, panda warrior, who must protect the Valley of Peace—and the art of kung fu itself—from a new danger. Also features the voices of Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen and Jackie Chan. (NB)

Larry Crowne (PG-13; 99 min.) After losing his job as a big-box retail manager, Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks) heads back to junior college, where he falls for his publicspeaking instructor (Julia Roberts). Directed by Hanks, who also cowrote with Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding). (NB) Midnight in Paris (PG-13; 100 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)

Monte Carlo (PG; 109 min.) Ensemble romcom follows three friends vacationing in Paris who are mistaken for socialites and whisked off to Monte Carlo, at which point the film becomes an adventure caper— a sort of romdramcom. (NB)

Page One: Inside the New York Times (R; 88 min.) Sundance premiere documenting one year in the life of the world’s most famous newsroom comes to theaters. Includes interviews with Gay Talese, Carl Bernstein and David Remnick. (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)

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (PG-13; 155 min.) Michael


about female loyalty and love that know no bounds.” THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Bay is back directing the third and very long installment of the Transformers franchise. Stars Shia LeBeouf. (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) The Trip (NR; 107 min.) Michael Winterbottom (Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story) directs British comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon on a tour of Northern England’s finer restaurants. Watch for their dueling Michael Caine impressions. At the Rafael. (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)





The Zookeeper (PG-13; 104 min.) Poor Kevin James stars as lonely-guy zookeeper Griffin Keyes aided by a talking menagerie who teach him nature’s mating rituals to help him win his dream girl. With the voices of Nick Nolte, Cher, Don Rickles, Adam Sandler and Sylvester Stallone. (NB)








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Music Concerts SONOMA COUNTY Basin Street Music Free live concerts every Fri, 5 to 7, in Petaluma’s theater district. Jul 22, Jill Cohn. Theatre Square, Petaluma Blvd at C St, Petaluma.

Friday Night Live Live music and dancing every Fri at 7. Jul 22, Stompy Jones (swing). Free. Cloverdale Plaza, Cloverdale Boulevard between First and Second streets, Cloverdale. 707.894.4410.

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230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Summer Concert Series Annual series features top names in music in gorgeous setting. Jul 23, Euge Groove, Mindi Abair, Average White Band. $50-$85. Rodney Strong Vineyards, 11455 Old Redwood Hwy, Healdsburg. 707.869.1595.

Summer Nights on the Green Live concerts during farmers market every Thurs at 6. Jul 21, Alma Desnuda. Free. Windsor Town Green, Bell Road and McClelland Drive, Windsor.

San Geronimo Music Festival Rock out with New Monsoon and Cast of Clowns. Jul 23 at 4:30. $20-$25. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo. 415.488.8888, ext 253.

NAPA COUNTY Barrage Fast-fiddling fun. Jul 21 at 8. $30-$35. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Dance of the Zodiac Lisa Clark Dancers embark on a celestial journey. Jul 22 at 8; Jul 23 at 2 and 8. $15-$20. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Bring a picnic or indulge in food trucks for night of live music weekly, Fri at 5. Jul 22, John Kalleen Group (jazz). $5. Michel-Schlumberger Winery. 4155 Wine Creek Rd, Healdsburg. 800.447.3060.

Tuesdays in the Plaza

The English Beat & the Fixx

Free summer concerts every Tues, 6 to 8. Jul 26, Culann’s Hounds. Downtown Plaza, Healdsburg Avenue and Matheson Street, Healdsburg. 707.431.3301.

Two legendary ‘80s bands in one evening. Jul 23 at 8. $40$50. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Sean Hayes

Village Concerts

Americana singer-songwriter live with Arann Harris & the Farm Band. Jul 23 at 8:30. $15. Hopmonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Series features food, local wines, ales and live music every Sat, noon to 3. Jul 23, Cheeseballs (‘70s). Free. Montgomery Village Shopping Center, Village Court, Santa Rosa. 707.545.3844.

Classic rock with a Southern edge. Moonalice open. Jul 22 at 8. $40. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Landmark Concert Series Free live music and winery activities Sat, 1 to 4. Jul 23, Randy Vincent. Landmark Vineyards, 101 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood. 707.833.0053.

Live at Juilliard Summertime music downtown every Sun, 5 to 7. Jul 24, Stung. Free. Juilliard Park, 227 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3225.

Music on the Plaza Each Thurs at 6, rock out downtown. Jul 21, the Endorphins with Susy Lipsin (vintage hits). Free. Sebastopol Plaza, McKinley St, Sebastopol.

Liam O’Maonlai Folk-rocker of Hothouse Flowers fame tears off the roof with opener Shana Morrison. Jul 21 at 8. $16. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

Volker Strifler Red-hot blues rockers celebrate new album with opener Jason B. Jul 22 at 8. $15. Hopmonk Tavern,

MARIN COUNTY Albino High-energy grooves and explosive stage show. Jul 23 at 9. $20-$30. Palm Ballroom, 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael. 415.389.5072.

Barry Melton Band Traditional San Francisco classic rock from the guitarist who led “no rain” cheer at Woodstock. Jul 23 at 8. $18$23. Dance Palace, Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.

BBQ on the Lawn With sunshine comes grilled meat, cool bear and good-time music. Every Sun at 4, through Aug 28. Jul 24, the Sun Kings (Beatles tribute). Rancho Nicasio, Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

Mimi Fox Trio Renowned jazz guitarist and composer with bassist Bill Douglass and drummer Akira Tana. Jul 21 at 8. $18-$21. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Marshall Tucker Band

Mondavi Music Festival Summer concert series presents fabulous acts throughout July. Jul 23, Chris Isaak. $60-$205. Robert Mondavi Winery, 7801 St Helena Hwy, Oakville, 1.866.777.8932.

NV Jam Summer family series presents lineup of teen bands. Jul 24 at 2. $12-$15. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Clubs SONOMA COUNTY A’Roma Roasters Jul 22, Collaboration with David Scott (jazz). Jul 23, Tonewoods (Americana). 95 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.576.7765.

Affronti Jul 24, Chris Amberger Jazz Duo. 235 Healdsburg Ave, Ste 105, Healdsburg. 707.433.2788.

Aqus Cafe Jul 23, Kurt Huget. 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.

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Flamingo Lounge Jul 22-23, Edwin Brothers. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

French Garden Restaurant Jul 22, As the Crow Flies. Jul 23, Gypsy Cafe. 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.2030.

Gaiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garden Jul 20, Celtic jam. Jul 21, Hobo. Jul 22, Al Cognata and friends. Jul 25, Neil Buckley Octet (cool jazz). Every Tues, Jim Adams (jazz guitar). 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491.

CATHOUSE Faster Pussycat, with lone original member Taime Downe on vocals, play the Last Day Saloon July 21. See Clubs, below.

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Jul 22, Detroit Disciples. 21050 River Blvd, Monte Rio. 707.865.2300.

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Jul 21, Juke Joint with Malarkey, Chango B and Beset (ghetto funk). Jul 22, Volker Strifler (see Concerts). Jul 23, Sean Hayes (see Concerts). Mon, Monday Night Edutainment. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.


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Jul 22, Chris Amberger and David Udolf Duo. Jul 23, Jesse Simpson Trio. 25 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.431.2800.

Jasper Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Farrellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jul 20, Brainstorm with Low Limit. Jul 22, Green Shade (reggae). Jul 23, Beats and Wax with DJ Primo, DJ Beset, Big G. 6957 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2062.

Kodiak Jackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jul 22, Whiskey Dawn. Jul 24 at 4, Texaco Country Showdown. 256 Petaluma Blvd, Petaluma. 707.765.5722.

Lagunitas Tap Room Jul 20, Blue Merle. Jul 21, the Brothers Comatose. Jul 22, JimBo Trout. Jul 23, David Thom Band. Jul 24, Jason Bodlovich. Jul 27, the Rivereens. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

Jul 20, the Chelsea Set, Buster Blue, Girls and Boys. Jul 21, Faster Pussycat, Bad Boy Eddy, Road Crew (rock). Jul 22, Love Fool (â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;90s party band). 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.2343.

Main Street Station Jul 21, Susan Sutton, Gwen â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sugarmamaâ&#x20AC;? Avery. Jul 22, Vernelle Anders. Jul 23, Wilson-Hunkill Blues Duo. Sun, Kit Mariahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s open mic. Jul 26, Out of the Blue (swing). 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.

Mc Tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bullpen Jul 23, George Heagerty. 16246 First St, Guerneville. 707.869.3377.

Murphyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Irish Pub Jul 21, Jennifer Licko. Jul 22, David Thom Band. Jul 24, Dave Aguilar and Peter McCauley. Jul 26, Izzy & the Kesstronics. 464 First St, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.

Mystic Theatre Jul 21, Liam Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Maonlai from the Hothouse Flowers (see Concerts). 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

North Light Books Jul 21, Circus Moon. 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.

Olde Sonoma Public House Jul 21, Noche Tropical. 18615 Sonoma Hwy, Ste 110, Sonoma. 707.938.7587.

Phoenix Theater Jul 23, Rappin 4-Tay, Sandchild, Bennie Boom, Cavity, Mastahmind, B-Smooth, Neph-U. 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

Rio Nido Roadhouse Jul 23, Petty Theft. Jul 24, Dgiin. 14540 Canyon 2 Rd, Rio Nido. 707.869.0821.

River Rock Casino Jul 22, Mel Smith. Jul 23, Joint Chiefs. 3250 Hwy 128, Geyserville. 707.857.2777.

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 Jul 23, Half After. Jul 24, Izzy & the Kesstronics. 725 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.BEER.

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of Jazz. 167 High St, Sebastopol. 707.829.2440.

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Spancky’s Jul 22, Jay Blue. 8201 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.664.0169.

Stout Brothers Jul 20, Cassidy Crowley. Jul 23, Dustin Saylor Band (pop rock). Jul 27, Cassidy Crowley. 527 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.636.0240.

Tradewinds Jul 20, Tim O’Neal. Jul 21, Hillside Fire. Thurs, DJ Dave. Jul 22, the Aces. Mon, Donny Maderos’ Pro Jam. Jul 26, Brian Francis. 8210 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7878.

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

MARIN COUNTY George’s Nightclub Wed, standup comedy (see Comedy). Jul 22, Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings. Jul 23, Super Diamond. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

Iron Springs Pub & Brewery Jul 20, Matt Eakle Band. Jul 27, Michael LaMacchia. 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax. 415.485.1005.

Jul 21, Miracle Mule (Zydeco). Jul 22, Rudy Band. Jul 23, Beautiful Losers, Vintage City. Fort Baker, Sausalito. 415.332.2319.

Rancho Nicasio Jul 21, singer-songwriter series with Lauralee Brown. Jul 22, James Moseley Band. Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

Blue Light River. Jul 24 at 2, trad Irish; at 6, Namely Us. 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.485.1182.

Southern Pacific Smokehouse Jul 20, Philip Claypool and friends. Jul 21, Jesse Brewster Band. Jul 22, Lara Johnston. Jul 23, Tim Hockenberry. Jul 24, West Coast songwriters. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.899.9600.


San Geronimo Golf Course Jul 22, Par 3 Band. 5800 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo. 415.488.4030.

Sausalito Seahorse Wed, Tengo Tango. Jul 21, Connie Ducey, Judy Hall. Jul 22, Angela, Key Lime Pie. Jul 23, Boca Do Rio. Sun at 4, Salsalito. Jul 24, Candela. Tues, Noel Jewkes and friends (jazz jam). 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito.

Servino Ristorante Jul 21, Chris Brown (blues). Jul 22, Lee Waterman, Cedricke Dennis. Jul 23, Haight Ashbury Orchestra. 9 Main St, Tiburon. 415.435.2676.

Sleeping Lady Jul 20, Five 4 Five Benefit. Jul 21, Danny Click’s Texas blues night. Jul 22, Setchko, Meese and Finch, Joyus and Paul Cicco. Sat at 2, uke jam. Jul 23,

Downtown Joe’s Jul 21, Maple Station Express. Jul 22, Walter Hand & the Blue Hand Band. Jul 23, the Mystics. Jul 24 at 3, Scientific Salsa Project. 902 Main St, Napa. 707.258.2337.

Silo’s Jul 22, Terry Bradford. Jul 23, Renegade (Styx tribute). 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

Uva Trattoria Jul 20, Terrence Brewer (jazz guitar). Wed, Philip Smith & the Gentlemen of Jazz. Jul 21, Dan and Margarita (cool jazz). Jul 22, the Hellhounds (blues). Jul 23, Nate Lopez Trio. Sun, James and Ted (jazz). Jul 24, James and Ted (jazz). Tues, James Todd and Ted Timper (jazz duo). 1040 Clinton St, Napa. 707.255.6646.

19 Broadway Club Jul 20 at 6, Buddy Owen; at 9, Rayner Brock. Jul 22, Midnite. Jul 23, Elephant Listening Project, Kehoe Nation, kBrandow. Jul 24 at 5, Dale Alstrom’s Jazz Society. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

Old Western Saloon Jul 22, Blue Diamond FillUps. Jul 23, Electric Sunset. Main Street, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1661.

142 Throckmorton Theatre Jul 20, Adanfo Ensemble (West African). Jul 21, Mimi Fox Trio (see Concerts). Jul 23, Hapa (Hawaiian). 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Panama Hotel Restaurant Jul 20, EmK (acoustic guitar). Jul 21, Deborah Winters. Jul 26, the Funny Farmers. 4 Bayview St, San Rafael. 415.457.3993.

Peri’s Silver Dollar Jul 20, Whiskey Pills Fiasco. Jul 21, Rahman’s songwriters. Jul 22, Blue Infusion. Jul 23, Red Valley Trappers. Jul 24, Gabe Diamond-Ortiz. Jul 26, Andre

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Portugal the Man Recent major-label signees celebrate release of “In the Mountain in the Cloud” with in-store. Jul 20 at Amoeba SF.

Bettye LaVette High-kicking, full-force soul belter takes down entire skyscrapers with a single note. Jul 21 at Yoshi’s Oakland.

Earth Glacial stoner metal courtesy of the guy who bought the shotgun for Kurt Cobain. Jul 22 at Slim’s.

Odd Future The music blogosphere’s favorite argument. Rescheduled from June. Jul 22 at the Regency Ballroom.

Cults New York two-piece owes to classic girl-group sound with a dash of Animal Collective. Jul 25 at Bottom of the Hill.

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The Player Tim Robbins’ methodacting new album Wed, Jul 20 8:45–9:45am; 5:45–6:45pm Jazzercise 7–10pm Singles & Pairs Square Dance Club Thur, Jul 21 8:45–9:45am; 5:45–6:45pm Jazzercise 7:15–8:45pm Circle ‘n Squares Square Dance Club 8:45–10pm New Dancer Class, Plus Dancing Fri, Jul 22 8:45–9:45am Jazzercise 7:00pm, $10 DJ Steve Luther hosts Waltzapalooza Sat, Jul 23 8–9am; 9:15–10:15am Jazzercise 11:30am–1:30pm Scottish Challenge Dance with Gary Thomas 7–11pm DJ Steve Luther presents ZYDECO MASTER Mark St Mary $15 Sun, Jul 24 8:30–9:30am Jazzercise 10:30–11:30am Zumba Fitness with Anna 1:30–3:30pm Vintage Dance with Gary Thomas 5:30–9:30pm Country Western Lessons & Dancing $10 Mon, Jul 25 8:45–9:45am; 5:45–6:45pm Jazzercise 7:00pm Northwest Pacific Railroad Historical Society Meeting Tues, Jul 26 8:45–9:45am; 5:45–6:40pm Jazzercise 7:30pm African and World Music Dance with Victoria Strowbridge featuring West African and Conglosese Dance with Live Drumming

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know what you’re thinking: Did Tim Robbins make an album just to try and win Susan Sarandon back? Judging by the just-released Tim Robbins and the Rogues Gallery Band, the answer is yes. Sarandon’s answer to Robbins, judged by the same standard, should be “No thanks, honey.” Now 52 and single for the first time since 1988, Robbins’ debut album seems more like a profile put to music. Robbins is a good man, he wants you to know; he is passionate about life and love and the tender touch of a woman, he also wants you to know; he is waiting for you to awaken that passion, because he is just an ordinary songwritin’ guy and not a big-name actor from The Shawshank Redemption and Mystic River.

He’s a great actor, writer and director. But this record is nothing special. Robbins has written songs before, just not such personal ones. In the great 1992 mockumentary Bob Roberts, which Robbins also wrote and directed, Robbins plays a conservative politician who uses country music to rile his base. The faux anthems are brilliant, predating both the Onion and Flight of the Conchords, but Robbins wouldn’t allow an official soundtrack to be released lest the songs be used out of context. Some might express surprise that Robbins was able to put together a band so quickly for Rogues Gallery Band, but in reality, he simply called Hal Willner. A behindthe-scenes musical alumnus of Saturday Night Live and producer of numerous tribute albums to the likes of Kurt Weill, Thelonious Monk and the music of Disney, Willner is the go-to guy for projects like this—if T. Bone Burnett won’t return your calls, that is. Willner says he hopped on board after Robbins gave him some demos. “It’s all about the songs,” Willner testifies, “and the songs were there.” So why, then, did the songs get buried? Robbins has a recurring problem on this album enunciating lyrics, which is unusual for a classically trained actor, but maybe not so unusual for a classically trained actor playing the role of a bar singer. Likewise, the band is roughshod. “Time to Kill” sounds like Robbins singing over a Captain Beefheart demo, and the drummer often plays in the same forcedwrong style. Elsewhere, the pianist, at the end of “Toledo Girl,” hits some sour, we’re-just-playin’-whatwe-feel notes. But mostly, with songs like “Queen of my Dreams” and “Crush on You,” Robbins is playing the hopeless romantic with his heart sweating wildly on his sleeve, teaming up with the “Gypsies and troubadours,” in his words. Or, “slumming it,” in mine. Robbins may never make another movie as great as Dead Man Walking, but he certainly has room for improvement in the musical arena. As he describes the record: “I was thinking of actually calling it The Midlife Crisis Album.”

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OPENINGS Jul 22 From 6 to 8pm. Guerneville Library, “Nine Artists.” 14107 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville. 707.869.9004.

Jul 24 From 2 to 4pm. 142 Throckmorton, artwork by Susan Schneider. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

SONOMA COUNTY BackStreet Gallery Through Aug 4, “A Common Thread,” quilted, sewn and woven works by five artists. Sat, 11 to 5, and by appointment. Uribe Studios, 461 Sebastopol Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.537.9507.

Charles M Schulz Museum Through Oct 2, “A Change of Scene: Schulz Sketches from Abroad.” Through Dec 11, “Pop’d from the Panel,” parallel worlds of fine art and commercial art. Through Nov 28, “The Games Children Play.” $5-$8. Mon-Fri, noon to 5; Sat-Sun, 10 to 5. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452.

Gallery One Through Aug 21, “Four Exhibits in One” with “Lines of Sight,” work of Ann Baldwin, “Sonoma Bounty,” work of Elizabeth Perkins,” “New Work” by Sandra Speidel and “Olga’s Bag of Tricks,” work by Olga Storms. 209 Western Ave, Petaluma. 707.778.8277.

Graton Gallery Through Aug 14, “Gimme Shelter,” portraits of homeless animals, and “Boxed In,” a group show. Tues-Sun, 10:30 to 6. 9048 Graton Rd, Graton. 707.829.8912.

Guerneville Library Jul 23-Aug 6, “Nine Artists.” Reception, Jul 22, 6 to 8.

Through Aug 6, “Throat: An Installation” with Hamlet Mateo. Tues-Fri, 10 to 6. Sat, 10 to 5. 132 Mill St, Ste 101, Healdsburg. 707.473.9600.

Local Color Gallery Through Aug 4, “A Visual Feast,” landscape oil paintings by Jody Shipp. Daily, 10 to 5. Closed Wednesdays. 1580 Eastshore Rd, Bodega Bay. 707.875.2744.

Petaluma Arts Center Ending Jul 24, “Fire/Ice,” a multimedia exhibition. Aug 5Sep 18, “2011 Anonymous.” 230 Lakeville St at East Washington, Petaluma. 707.762.5600.

Quicksilver Mine Company Through Aug 14, “Boxed In: A Small Works Show,” variety of art by 56 artists. Thurs-Mon, 11 to 6. 6671 Front St, Forestville. 707.887.0799.

Sebastopol Center for the Arts Ending Jul 23, “Bibliophoria II: Art of the Book,” a national juried exhibition, “End Papers,” work by Katherine Klein, “Behind the Covers,” art of the picture book and “Poetry Awards.” Tues-Fri, 10 to 4; Sat, 1 to 4. 6780 Depot St, Sebastopol. 707.829.4797.

Sebastopol Gallery Through Aug 6, “Scorched Earth,” sculpture and ceramics by Connie Robeson, and “Bibliophoria,” handmade books by Lin Max. Open daily, 11 to 6. 150 N Main St, Sebastopol. 707.829.7200.

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

Sonoma County Museum Through Sep 11, “Gertrud Parker: Artist and Collector,” and “Pat Lenz: Nobody’s Poodle.” Through Sep 25, “Artistry in Wood,” fine woodworking exhibition. TuesSun, 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” and “Rebound: A Survey of Contemporary California Artist’s Books.” Free-$8. Wed-Sun, 11 to 5. 551 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.939.SVMA.

MARIN COUNTY Art Works Downtown Through Aug 6, “Inadvertent Interlude,” drawings, assemblage, sculpture and mixed media by Jason Sheldrick. Tues-Sat, 10 to 5. 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.451.8119.

Bolinas Museum 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.

Donna Seager Gallery Through Jul 30, group show. Through Aug 15, “Summer Salon,” work by various artists. Tues-Wed and Fri-Sat, 11 to 6; Thurs, 11 to 8:30. 851 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.4229.

Gallery Route One Through Aug 7, “Outside the Lines,” annual members show. Wed-Mon, 11 to 5. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1347.

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 Aug 14, “Equilibrium,” summer exhibition. Wed-Sun, 11 to 4, Novato Arts Center, Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Dr, Novato. 415.506.0137.

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts Through Jul 28, “Puttin’ on the Glitz,” mixed-media group show. Tues-Sat, 10 to 2; also by )


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142 Throckmorton Theatre Through Jul 31, “Viewpoints,” paintings by Susan Schneider. Jul 24-Aug 24, artwork by Susan Schneider. Reception, Jul 24, 2 to 4. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

San Geronimo Valley Community Center Through Jul 28, “Pressing Matters II: The Second Annual Printmakers Group Show.” 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo. 415.488.8888.

NAPA COUNTY Christopher Hill Gallery Ongoing, contemporary modern painting of 20th and 21st centuries. Sun-Mon and Wed-Thurs, 10 to 5:30; Fri-Sat, 10 to 7:30. 1235 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.0272.

Di Rosa Through Sep 17, “ZombieProof House,” range of media explores zombies in pop culture. Tours available Sat at 10, 11 and noon (reservation required) and Tues-Fri at 10, 11, 12 and 1 (reservation recommended). Gallery hours: Wed-Fri, 9:30 to 3. Sat, by appointment only. 5200 Carneros Hwy, Napa. 707.226.5991.

Gallery 1870 Ongoing, works by various artists, currently highlighting Imre Buvary, Kay Geis and Takayuki Harada. 6525 Washington St, Yountville. 800.322.1870.

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

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

Napa County Historical Society Gallery Through Aug 30, “In Pictures: Napa County’s Ten Threatened Treasures,” photographs by Robb McDonough. Ongoing

( 33 photography exhibition explores Napa County’s worldwide influence. Goodman Library, 1219 First St, Napa. 707.224.1739.

Napa Valley Museum Aug 5-Sep 11, “Discrepancy: Living Between War and Peace,” work by 25 artists. Wed-Mon, 10 to 5. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. 707.944.0500.

Comedy Opposing Media: Conan the Destroyer Four comedians improvise hilarious running commentary during screening of B-movie. Jul 24 at 7. $7. Hopmonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

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

Young Guns of Comedy Standup comedy showcase with newcomers Sam Davidoff, Kabir “Kabeezy” Singh and David Studebaker. Jul 22 at 8. $15. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Dance Dance of the Zodiac Lisa Clark Dancers capture essence of each astrological sign through movement and music. Jul 22 at 8; Jul 23 at 2 and 8. $15-$20. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Club, 509 Adams St, Santa Rosa. 707.284.2467, ext 12.

Cocktails & Characters Pop-up performances by Raven Players, artisanal cocktails and fancy bites. Jul 24, 4:30 to 7. $90. Hotel Healdsburg, 25 Matheson St, Healdsburg.

Festival Del Sole Celebration of world-class music, dance, food and wine at venues all over town. Ending Jul 24. Downtown Napa, First Street and Town Center, Napa.

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

Hot Graton Nights Classic car show and barbecue with wine. Jul 23, 11 to 4. $20$40. Graton Ridge Cellars, 3561 Gravenstein Hwy N, Sebastopol. 707.823.3040.

Midsummer Garden Tea Wear your best garden-party hat and enjoy traditional tea. Jul 24 and 31 at 1. $45. Luther Burbank Home & Gardens, Santa Rosa Avenue at Sonoma Avenue, Santa Rosa. 707.524.5445.

Napa Valley Writers’ Conference Acclaimed poets and fiction writers present lectures and workshops. Jul 24-29. $10-$25. Napa Valley College, Upper Valley Campus, 1088 College Ave, St Helena.

Saturday Night Fever Singles dance with a ‘70s twist. Jul 23 at 8. $10. Embassy Suites Hotel, 101 McInnis Pkwy, San Rafael. 415.507.9962.

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Instrument experts from all over the world share their musical wares. Jul 23, 10 to 5; Jul 24, 10 to 4. Free-$10. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael.

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Gala event to raise money for Napa Humane Society. Jul 24, 1 to 5. $60-$70. Silverado Country Club, 1600 Atlas Peak Rd, Napa. 707.255.8118, ext 204.

After 75 years on hiatus, river parade and family fun on the river returns. Jul 23, 11 to 4. Free. Veterans Memorial Beach, Russian River, Healdsburg. 707.565.2041.

Chops Art Gala Side by Side Professional Artist Series artwork showcased along with teenage artists’ work in glass, metal and silk. Jul 22, 5 to 7. Free. Chops Teen

Water Conservation Workshop Learn rainwater harvesting and catchment, greywater and conservation techniques.

‘THROAT’ Hamlet Mateo’s installation is up at Hammerfriar Gallery’s new digs in Healdsburg through Aug. 6. See Galleries, p33.

Jul 23, 10 to noon. Free. Odd Fellows Hall, Main and Covey streets, Forestville. 707.887.9187.

Center, 3501 Civic Center Dr, San Rafael. 800.897.3276.

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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.

Hands-on workshop with “Feeding Strays” author Stefanie Freele. Jul 21, 7 to 9. $15. Petaluma Community Center, 320 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma.

Zucchini Blossom Festival Day of antiques and collectibles, farmers market, BBQ, live music, arts and crafts, kids’ activities, zucchini car races and more. Jul 24, 10 to 2. Free. Windsor Town Green, Bell Road and McClelland Drive, Windsor. 707.838.1320.

Food & Drink Bluegrass & BBQ Pulled pork sandwiches, sausages, wine and live music by Floyd Latimer and friends. Jul 23, 4 to 8. $15-$20. Hudson Street Wineries, 423 Hudson St, Healdsburg. 707.433.2364.

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Lobster Dinner Bastille day feast. Jul 23 at 5:30. $75. Calistoga Art Center, 1336 Lincoln Ave, 2nd Floor, Calistoga. 707.942.2278.

Lunchtime in the Sculpture Garden Weekly activities and crepes every Thurs through Sep 29. Jul 21, Claire Gustavson art class. $5-$7. Sonoma County Museum, 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.579.1500.

Marin OysterFest Fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters with BBQ oysters or chicken, side dishes and music by Live Steel Band and Doc Kraft Band. Jul 24, 3 to 7. $35. Dunphy Park, Napa and Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.331.0100.

NAMI Picnic Bring a potluck item and enjoy grilled burgers and hot dogs, crafts and live music. Jul 23, 11:30 to 2. Free. NAMI Sonoma County, 1300 N Dutton Ave, Ste A, Santa Rosa. 707.527.6655.

Novato Farmers Market Join 50 farmers and food

purveyors and 25 different artisans in celebrating Marin county’s bounty. Every Tues, 4 to 8, through Sep. Downtown Novato, Grant Avenue, Novato. 707.472.6100, ext 104.

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

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.

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.


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Ecstatic Lanyards C.A.M.P brings art and music to the Redwoods It’s nice to see J’s Amusement Park in Guerneville still being put to good use. That’s what’ll happen when C.A.M.P. (“Camp Art Music Party”) takes over the site of the abandoned amusement park for a three-day celebration of all things spontaneous, artistic and delightful. Video installation artist, SSU graduate and C.A.M.P. organizer Luke Austin Judd says one of his goals is to honor the beauty and history of the area. “Guerneville has this history of epic parties, going back to the 1920s,” says Judd. The topsy-turvy, summer-camp vibe will be pushed to the max with swimming, dance parties, 30-plus bands (the Aimless Never Miss, the Crux, the Gomarrans, Blank Tapes, Little Wings (above) and others) miniature golf, DJs, craft tents, campfire jam sessions and a drag-queen seminar and show. Judd says that the creation of a collaborative “smorgasbord” environment has been integral. There’s no backstage and no VIP area. “The big thing for me is that sense of people feeling comfortable creating and doing their own thing,” says Judd. “I want people to make their own adventure over the weekend.” C.A.M.P. runs Friday–Sunday, July 22–24, at Camp Outback. Mays Canyon Road and Highway 116, Guerneville. $10–$30 per day; $40–$50 for weekend passes.—Leilani Clark

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

Experience the Met Summer encore of Metropolitan Opera performances live in HD. Jul 20 at 1 and 6:30, “Tosca.” Jul 27 at 1 and 6:30, “Don Carlo.” $15. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 800.595.4849.

Film Night in the Park Family films en plein air now showing at parks throughout Marin county, Fri-Sat at 8pm. Jul 22, “Double Indemnity.” Jul 23, “True Grit.” Free. Creek Park, Hub Intersection, Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Anselmo.

Met Opera Summer encore series features classic operas beamed from all over the world Sat mornings at 10am. Jul 23, Puccini’s “Tosca.” $10-$15. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.924.5111.

Filmmaker Monte Hellman screens and discusses contemporary film noir that explores balance between illusion and reality. Jul 22 at 7. $10.25. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.1222.

Third Star Camping trip becomes a journey of courage, dignity and friendship. Jul 23 at 7. $10. Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main St, Napa. 707.255.5445.

Lectures Bee-Keeping for Beginners Help our local food system and score some honey while you’re at it. Jul 23, 9:30 to 12:30. $25. Sustainable Fairfax Center, 141 Bolinas Rd, Fairfax.

Nature Photography Wildlife photographer Brandon Hutchinson presents photos with a side of root beer floats. Jul 22 at 2. Free. Sebastopol Senior Center, 167 High St, Sebastopol. 707.829.2440.

Science Buzz Cafe Every Thurs at 6:30, gather with scientists and amateur science fans to discuss weekly topics. Jul 21, “Neuroscience and Risk: The Limits of Life” with Mark Snyder. Jul 28, “The Secret Lives of Stars” with John Whitehouse. $3 donation. French Garden Restaurant, 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.292.5281.


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Free family entertainment with weekly featured film, activities, live music, BBQ and more every Fri at 6:30. Jul 22, “The Goonies.” Lucchesi Park, 320 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma.

Jul 20 at 7, “The Kid” with Sapphire. Jul 21 at 5:30, “Damage” and “Original Sin” with John Lescroart and Beth McMullen; at 7:30, “Three Stations” with Martin Cruz Smith. Jul 22 at 5, “Disturbance” with Jan Burke, and “Thieves Get Rich, Saints Get Shot” with Jodi Compton; Jul 22 at 7:30, “Guilt By Associaton” with Marcia Clark. Jul 23 at 2, “The Brothers of Baker Street” with Michael Robertson; at 3, “You’re Next” with Gregg Hurwitz, and “Murder One” with Robert Dugoni; at 6:30, “Portrait of a Spy” with Daniel Silva. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 415.927.0960.

Rialto on the Road Independent gems shine on the big screen. Jul 21 at 6, Jul 23 at 7:45 and Jul 24 at 1, “Nostalgia for the Light.” Jul 21 at 8:15, Jul 23 at 3 and Jul 24 at 5:15, “These Amazing Shadows.” Jul 22 at 6, Jul 23 at 1 and Jul 24 at 3:10, “The Desert of Forbidden Art.” Jul 22 at 8:15, Jul 23 at 5 and Jul 24 at 7:30, “The Big Uneasy.” $8-$10. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa.

Mill Valley Library Jul 26 at 7, reading featuring

various poets, hosted by Kirsten Neff. 375 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.389.4292.

Napa Copperfield’s Books Jul 22 at 7, “An Ideal Wine: One Generation’s Pursuit of Perfection-and-Profitin California” with David Darlington. 3900-A Bel Aire Plaza, Highway 29 and Trancas Street, Napa. 707.252.8002.

Sebastopol Copperfield’s Books Jul 23 at 1, reading with “Petals and Bones” zine contributors. Jul 26 at 7, “Naked at Our Age” with Joan Price. 138 N Main St, Sebastopol. 707.823.2618.


Hairspray Theatrical version of John Waters’ cult classic film a delightful musical. Through Aug 13. $10-$25. Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.527.4307.

Macbeth Murder, remorse and madness stalk bloody story of ambition and fate. Through Aug 14; FriSat at 8, Sun at 4. $20-$35. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, Dominican University, San Rafael. 415.499.4488.

Much Ado About Nothing All the park’s a stage when actors perform Shakespearean tale of love, trickery and bickery. Jul 22-31; Fri-Sun at 7. Free. Veterans Memorial Park, Third and Main, Napa. 707.256.7500.


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Gay couple seek church’s blessing and challenge deeply held beliefs. Through Jul 24; Fri-Sat at 8, Sun at 4. $15-$30; every Fri is pay-what-you-can. Pegasus Theater Company, Rio Nido Lodge, Canyon Two Rd, Rio Nido.

Waitress and patrons in a roadside diner bare their souls after a gangster takes everyone hostage. Through Jul 31; ThursSat at 8, Sun at 3. $20-$24. Novato Theater Company, 484 Ignacio Blvd, Novato. 415.883.4498.


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Bachelor Robert weighs pros and cons of married life in Steven Sondheim musical. Through Aug 7. $10-$25. Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.527.4307.

Haunting family drama about coming to terms with the past. Through Aug 9. $10-$25. Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.527.4307.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

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

Outdoor performance squishes the bard’s works into a delectable, bite-sized picnic treat. Jul 26-28 at 7. Free. Veteran’s Park, Third and Main streets, Napa. 707.256.7500. Outdoor performance squishes the Bard’s works into a delectable, bite-sized picnic treat. Jul 26-28 at 7. Free. Veterans Memorial Park, Third and Main, Napa. 707.256.7500.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Play based on 1988 film is the musical story of two competing con men. Through Aug 11. $10$25. Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.527.4307.

A Flea in Her Ear Classic farce follows a complex series of mistaken identities and misplaced jealousies. Through Aug 7. $10-$25. Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.527.4307.

Pirates of Penzance

Table Manners Domestic comedy about a chaotic British family. Through Aug 14; Thurs-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2. $15-$25. Barn Theatre, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 415.456.9555.

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