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Rhapsodies Singing Klezmer and Gaza Balancing Jewish heritage with justice BY LOIS PEARLMAN


arlier this year, I was sitting in the offices of the Sonoma County Jewish Community Center, wondering what a nice Jewish supporter of Palestine, like me, was doing in a place like that.

I was at the JCC that day to help with a KlezCalifornia event that was part of the annual Simcha Sunday. I love to sing Yiddish music, but helping with the event was a stretch for me that month; I was also directing My Name Is Rachel Corrie for my Palestine support group. How could I be Jewish, sing Yiddish and support Palestine, you may wonder. I say, “How can I be a good Jew and not question the unethical actions of a country that was allegedly created on my behalf?” Fortunately, I am not alone. I have many Jewish sisters and brothers who share my desire to bring peace and justice to everybody in Palestine and Israel. Which brings me to the Gaza flotilla. Did you know that there were Jews on those boats? I was able to speak with some of them after they returned to the United States. Hedy Epstein, the oldest passenger on the flotilla, is a German Jew who escaped on the Kindertransport to England in 1939. She was 14 years old. Her parents and the rest of her family perished in Auschwitz, but not before they were able to instill young Hedy with their passionate openness toward all of humankind. After the war, Hedy moved to America, married, raised a family and worked as an advocate for people facing housing and employment discrimination. For her, advocating for the rights of Palestinians was a natural next step. Many Jews, like Hedy, are beginning to take a closer look at the Israeli occupation of Palestine—the land and resource grabs, the illegal settlements, the wall, the checkpoints, the imprisonment of thousands of Palestinian men, women and children, the military invasions—and proclaim, “Dayenu—enough!” Israeli peace activists have been saying for years that if you love Israel you have to recognize the rights of the Palestinian people. It’s a no-brainer, and it’s the Jewish thing to do. Lois Perlman is an actor, journalist, and peace and justice activist who lives in Guerneville. Open Mic is a weekly feature in the Bohemian. To have your topical essay of 350 words considered for publication, write

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Republicans Playing Dirty I ask this question honestly. Are there any Republican voters out there who believe in the basic principles of their party but are disgusted by the way Republicans consistently play dirty in Washington? The recent unnecessary “crisis” created by the Republicans is just another hijacking of the country’s well-being to advance the Republican agenda of gutting services for the poor. To instigate a game of chicken with the country’s global economic standing and then declare a “compromise” is despicable. It proves that their guiding philosophy is “Get what we want, fuck everyone else.” I have yet to find a Republican voter who is embarrassed by this philosophy. I’d like to find at least just one.


Not-So-Smart Meters I am an individual who has developed rf/EMF/EHS sensitivity after my smart meter was installed, as well as a rare and virulent form of skin cancer, with 15 symptoms total, all correlating to the syndrome mentioned in this article (“Save the Humans,” July 13). The smart meter was placed on my bedroom wall near the head of the bed, by my pillow, on the outside of the building. For six months I tried to sleep in my usual spot, unaware of the danger (sleep was interfered with, as rf radiation interferes with melatonin production). By the time


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many people were using Facebook more now than last year,” he wrote. “Almost no one raised their hands.” Romanowicz’s friend Gordon Cieplak, 27, is co-owner of Handsome Code, a webdevelopment shop with the slogan “More bicycles, less social networks.” He thought Facebook was “amazing” when it first came out. “I was like, wow, it’s such an incredible user experience and the design is so good,” he says. “I had never seen anything quite like it on the internet.”

‘I asked how many people were using Facebook more now than last year. Almost no one raised their hands.’

But gradually, the site lost its luster. According to Cieplak, Facebook is an addictive time sink. (People collectively spend 700 billion minutes per month on the site, according to Facebook.) A few weeks ago, he quit in favor of Twitter and Tumblr. “Among my friends, we all sort of loathe it,” he says. “It’s kind of the same way we loathe cars. They’ve just become part of this legacy infrastructure. Sometimes we use them, but we mostly dislike them.” Facebook had fewer than 200 million users when Slate’s Farhad Manjoo declared it a universal good in 2009. “It’s time to drop the attitude: There is no longer any

won an Oscar for The Social Network, recently announced he was through with the site. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have a lot of opinions about social media that make me sound like a grumpy old man sitting on the porch yelling at kids,â&#x20AC;? he said during a panel at Cannes. But Facebook certainly seems worried about being ditched, judging by the hoops users have to jump through in order to leave. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like your account â&#x20AC;&#x153;permanently deleted with no option for recoveryâ&#x20AC;? (these words are in bold), you must submit a form. This takes you to a page warning that your proďŹ le will be permanently deleted with no option for recovery, and tells you to click â&#x20AC;&#x153;submitâ&#x20AC;? if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sure, implying that this click will instantly and irrevocably destroy your Facebook proďŹ le. Actually, it opens a veriďŹ cation page with a password prompt and spam test. If you pass, a window pops up: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your account has been deactivated from the site and will be permanently deleted within 14 days. If you log into your account within the next 14 days, you will have the option to cancel your request.â&#x20AC;? Then, Facebook sends you an email with a link to cancel the request. The delete option is buried, though, under the option to â&#x20AC;&#x153;deactivate,â&#x20AC;? which merely freezes and hides a proďŹ le, â&#x20AC;&#x153;just in case you want to come back to Facebook at some point.â&#x20AC;? When you deactivate, a page comes up with the heading, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Are you sure you want to deactivate your account?â&#x20AC;? above pictures of your friends with captions: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mark will miss you. Alejandro will miss you. Vanessa will miss you.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I deleted my account, I had this Swedish intern that I was in love with,â&#x20AC;? Romanowicz recalled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She was so cool. And Facebook must have recognized that I had viewed her proďŹ le over and over again. Facebook was like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;If you close your account, these people will miss you.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I was like, this is fucking hilarious.â&#x20AC;? Romanowicz ran into the Swede recently, by coincidence, at a bar. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We danced for a little bit,â&#x20AC;? he remembered. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a good close to that small love affair.â&#x20AC;?


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(pictured), the independent impresario behind Troma Entertainment, best known for its Toxic Avenger ďŹ lm series. Kaufman urges ďŹ lmmakers to use emerging digital media tools to cultivate audiences and â&#x20AC;&#x153;sell your own damn movie.â&#x20AC;? Part of the ongoing Your Own Damn Film School series from Focal Press, Kaufmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sell Your Own Damn Movie is a brass-tacks how-to (and, as often, how-not-to) primer for those otherwise lost in the crevice left by the largest seismic shift in independent ďŹ lm since Sex, Lies and Videotape, in 1989. The 22 years since have seen the Sundance-to-multiplex scenario go the way of Betamax (as has videotape and, perhaps soon, sex and lies). Kaufmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is particularly relevant advice since most studio specialty divisions have shuttered in the past few yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;only two studio-owned â&#x20AC;&#x153;independentsâ&#x20AC;? remain. Besides video-on-demand, direct DVD sales and a variety of other self-distribution methods detailed in his book, Kaufman sees hope in the new app platform for mobile devicesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;with a caveat. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As long as net neutrality is not destroyed by the billions of dollars the Motion Picture Association of America and big media are spending on lobbying to destroy the democratic internet, all platforms including the iPad will be very useful to independent art,â&#x20AC;? writes Kaufman via email. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Of course, with ever increasing media consolidation and abuse of the ďŹ rst amendment by media conglomeratesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;see News Corp recently?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Maxi-PADâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; may be more useful. Apps are and will be important too for independent ďŹ lmmakers.â&#x20AC;? No word if Kaufmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next book will be Sell Your Own Damn App, but it stands to reason that many independent ďŹ lmmakers will do just that. Indeed, the next wave of independent cinema wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be in a cinema at all, but coming to a tablet near you. What Daedalus Howell really wants to do is direct at

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A much-needed park in Roseland takes shape BY JULIANE POIRIER


he reason you’ll see Roseland children play ball in parking lots is a shortage of play space. They are, in the lingo of park planning specialists, “underparked.”

The long-awaited Roseland Creek Community Park and Trail could not be coming soon enough for the mostly Latino residents of Santa Rosa’s southwest neighborhood, where because the area is not within the city limits and thus not subject to regulations on per capita park space, parkland is scarce enough to make the asphalt at a convenience store look like the next best thing to grass. In Santa Rosa’s 2008 grant application for matching funds, city staff members who pushed for the development of the new park reported the discrepancy between parklands available to lower- and higherincome neighborhoods. The

neighborhoods of northeast and southeast Santa Rosa have more than five acres per 1,000 residents. In un-annexed Roseland, where more than 80 percent of schoolchildren qualify for school lunch programs, there are only 2.15 acres of park per 1,000 residents. Rich Hovden, Santa Rosa park planner, agrees the area is short on parks. “The whole southwest area of Santa Rosa is underserved and has a dense population,” said Hoven. “You see kids at storefronts trying to play pickup games, playing basketball wherever they can, out in the street even.” Hoven is excited about the progress being made on park plans, and hopeful for the success of the city’s grant application, which will ultimately result in adding about 20 acres of recreation space. As planned, the park will offer a combination of playing fields and natural paths; secure habitat for species along the Roseland Creek; provide opportunities for nature education; and expand Sonoma County’s open space. “And the school district is making progress, too,” said Hovden. “Burbank Avenue will have a new Roseland elementary school open in 2012, and the school and park will be across street from each other.” Hovden believes people— including the youngest ones— “really like to experience nature other than on paved surfaces.” In addition to providing nature education and more room to play, the new park will usher in the subtle advantages of a community linked, via bike and walking trails, to the Colgan Creek Trail, the Taylor Mountain Regional Park, a proposed SMART trail, the Joe Rodota Trail and the Santa Rosa Creek Greenway. For 3,100 kids, from kindergarten to high school, of whom more than half are learning English as a second language, the new park may offer a stronger connection with the natural and social communities outside of Roseland.


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TWO WIDE HORSES Adam Davidoff, ‘the Girls,’ and Ryan Power (L-R) at New Family Farm in Sebastopol.

Plow! Plow! Draft horses still work the land at New Family Farm BY STETT HOLBROOK


ith his wooly beard, dirtstained pants and widebrimmed felt hat, Adam Davidoff looks like he stepped out of another era. And when he harnesses a team of tawny Belgian draft horses to drag a dirtburnished plow through the soil of his 23-acre farm, he’s

definitely from a different time. I say it’s the future. Davidoff and partners Ryan Power and Felicja Channing run New Family Farm just west of Sebastopol. The organiccertified farm is in its second season, growing root crops, herbs, potatoes, lettuce, arugula, squash, broccoli and a few rows of tomatoes. The trio sell their produce at the Occidental farmers

market and Andy’s Market in Sebastopol, as well as restaurants like Peter Lowell’s in Sebastopol and Willow Wood in Graton. They also raise chickens, goats and pigs for personal consumption. Along with Mendocino County’s Live Power Community Farm, New Family Farm is one of a very small number of farms that rely on draft animals. Davidoff, 25, and Power, 26, are Sonoma County natives who

were working on farms out of state when they learned the farm was available. They jumped at the chance to come back home. “It was just waiting for us,” says Power. “The land wanted to be farmed.” The farm sits at the neck of a valley off Ferguson Road that funnels stiff ocean breezes from the east. Coupled with the moist, flood-prone soils, the patch of land has a relatively short growing season. “It’s a challenge, and it’s lovely,” says Davidoff. But he says it would be even harder if they had to rely on heavy machinery. Not only would tractors compact the soil and make drainage worse, the tires and implements would get stuck in the mud. Mike Thibault, sous chef and produce buyer at Willow Wood, likes the farm’s old-school approach. “They’re not only doing what they do with the horses, but they’re actually good business people,” he says. “The quality is totally there. I wouldn’t be getting it if it wasn’t.” For Davidoff, farming with animals requires greater finesse and skill than firing up a diesel tractor. Getting a pair of 2,000pound horses to cooperate has also given him a healthy sense of humility. “You have to let go of expectations,” he says. While their decision to farm with horses isn’t based on notions of a post-petroleum future, Power says they’re ready if that happens. “If the lights turned off and the semis stopped rolling,” he notes, “Adam and I would be OK.” “We’d even have beer to drink!” Davidoff adds. (In addition to growing vegetables and raising animals, the three make their own beer, cheese, sauerkraut and bread.) Still, it’s easy to see these farmers as idealists, engaged in a novel but ultimately naïve venture. Horsepower needs to come from a John Deere tractor, not actual horses. Farming without machinery is backwards and inefficient. Right? We’ll see about that. As the costs of industrial ) 16


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

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

S O N OMA CO U N TY Arrigoni’s Delicatessen & Cafe Deli. $. A perennial favorite with the downtown lunch crowd. Breakfast and lunch, Mon-Sat. 701 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.1297.

Baci Cafe & Wine Bar Italian $$-$$$. Creative Italian and Mediterranean fare in casual setting, with thoughtful wine list featuring local and Italian wines. Lunch, ThursSat; dinner, Thurs-Mon. 336 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.433.8111.

Bruno’s on Fourth American. $$-$$$. There’s real sophistication lurking in these upscale American comfort staples like flat-iron steak and fries, macaroni-ham casserole and stellar braised lamb shank. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Fri; dinner only, Sat; brunch, Sun. 1226 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.569.8222.

Chloe’s French Cafe French. $. Hearty French fare, decadent desserts and excellent selection of French and California wines. Breakfast and lunch, Mon-Fri. 3883 Airway Dr, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3095.

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.

Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant CaliforniaFrench. $$$$. A splurgeworthy, romantic inn with an extensive wine list and highly polished service. Dinner, ThursSun. 7871 River Rd, Forestville. 707.887.3300.

Hamburger Ranch & Pasta Farm American. $. Old-fashioned, informal mom’n’-pop roadhouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

31195 N Redwood Hwy, Cloverdale. 707.894.5616.

Hana Japanese. $$$-$$$$. An oasis of cool tucked away in the atmosphereless Doubletree Hotel complex. Reservations on the weekend a must. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Sun. 101 Golf Course Dr, Rohnert Park. 707.586.0270.

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.

K&L Bistro French. $-$$$. This comfortable restaurant serves fine food with a friendly Sebastopol flair. Zagat-rated, consistently excellent and innovative. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 119 S Main St, Sebastopol. 707.823.6614.

La Gare French. $$$. Dine in an elegant atmosphere of Old World charm. Dinner, Wed-Sun 208 Wilson St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.4355. Mai Vietnamese Cuisine Vietnamese. $. Fresh and authentic, with a warm and breezy atmosphere. Lunch and dinner daily. 8494 Gravenstein Hwy (in Apple Valley Plaza), Cotati. 707.665.9628.

Mirepoix French. $$$. Inspired European dishes with nary a culinary misstep. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Sat; lunch only, Sun. Reservations encouraged. 275 Windsor River Rd, Windsor. 707.838.0162.

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

Osake Sushi Bar & Grill Japanese. $$$. Gourmet sushi, exotic seasoned seaweed salad, robata grill specialties and premium sakes. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Fri; dinner only Sat. 2446 Patio Ct, Santa Rosa. 707.542.8282.

exotic Bangkok with some truly soul-satisfying dishes. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Fri; dinner only, Sat-Sun. 5000 Petaluma Blvd S. 707.766.6633.

Sushi to Dai For Japanese. $$$. A temple of sushi cool. Regulars rave about the rolls, in particular the dragon roll. Lunch, Mon-Thurs; dinner, Mon-Sat. Two locations: 119 Fourth St, Railroad Square, Santa Rosa. 707.576.9309. 869 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.721.0392.

Thai Taste Restaurant Thai. $-$$. Lovely ambiance and daily specials showcase authentic Thai flavors. Lunch and dinner daily. 170 Farmers Lane #8, Santa Rosa. 707.526.3888.

Underwood Bar & Bistro European bistro. $$. The Underwood’s classy bistro menu and impressive bar belie its rural setting. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Sat; dinner only, Sun. 9113 Graton Rd, Graton. 707.823.7023.

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.

MARIN CO U N T Y Arigatou Japanese Food to Go Japanese. $. Cheap, delicious and ready to go. Lunch and dinner daily. Miracle Mile Plaza, 2046 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.453.8990.

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.

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

Buckeye Roadhouse American. $$-$$$. A Marin County

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institution. Delightful food, friendly and seamless service, and a convivial atmosphere. Try one of the many exotic cocktails. Lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 15 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley. 415.331.2600.

Mountain Home Inn American. $$-$$$$. Great summer sandwiches with a view atop Mt Tamalpais. Breakfast, Sat-Sun; lunch and dinner, Wed-Sun. 810 Panoramic Dr, Mill Valley. 415.381.9000.

Nick’s Cove Seafood/ contemporary American. $$$$. Fresh from the bay oysters, upscale seafood, some steaks and a great burger. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 23240 State Route 1, Marshall. 415.663.1033.

Pine Cone Diner Eclectic. $$. Funky diner meets upscale bistro. Ambitious dishes, like cherry-wood-smoked pork loin with lavender gastrique, and steak au poivre with peppercorn brandy sauce are served in homey atmosphere. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Closed Mon. 60 Fourth St, Pt Reyes. 415.663.1536.

N A PA CO U N T Y Ad Hoc American. $$-$$$. Thomas Keller’s quintessential neighborhood restaurant. Prix fixe dinner changes daily. Actually takes reservations. 6476 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.2487. Bistro Jeanty French. $$$. Rich, homey cuisine. A perfect choice when you can’t get a chance to do your Laundry. Lunch and dinner daily. 6510 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.0103.


Wine on the Fringe This weekend, three events vie for the palates of those who dare to veer off the well-traveled highways and make for the ragged edges of wine country— where the vines yield to the sea, and the inner frontier, wherein grapey elixirs are crafted in the unassuming sheds of industry. South of Sonoma, by the airport, a series of opaque warehouse walls conceal hundreds of barrels of some of the area’s finest juice. Enkidu, Anaba, Tin Barn, MacRostie, Three Sticks and others bring their wines, with culinary partners slinging the nosh. It’s an Open House on Saturday, Aug. 6, at Eighth Street Wineries. 21481 Eighth St. E., Sonoma. 11am–4pm. $30. 707.996.4480. Meanwhile, down in the industrial guts of the bucolic Napa Valley, Trinitas, Bourassa, Gustavo Thrace and cheeky little brands like Toolbox Wine Company and Punk Dog Wines introduce the First Annual Napa Valley Urban Wine Crawl. Transportation is provided between wineries on Saturday– Sunday, Aug. 6–7, 10am to 4pm. $75. 707.257.6796. Until recently, the fog-bound vintners of the Sonoma Coast braved the elements without an umbrella. The West Sonoma Coast Vintners launches its inaugural festival with seminars, winetasting and a hog roast ($150) at Occidental’s Union Hotel. Participants, many not regularly open to the public, open their barrel rooms on Sunday. The West of West Sonoma Coast Wine Festival runs Aug. 5–7, with a Grand Tasting Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Occidental Center for the Arts. 4008 Bohemian Hwy., Occidental. $125. 707.824.9000.—James Knight

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

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

Go Fish Seafood/sushi. $$$$$. An über-trio of chefs all in one fantastic fresh fish house: Cindy Pawlcyn, Victor Scargle and Ken Tominaga. Need we say more? Open for lunch and dinner daily. 641 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.0700. Miguel’s MexicanCalifornian. $$. Ultracasual setting and laid-back service belies the delicious kitchen magic within; chilaquiles are

legendary. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 1437 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.6868.

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


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


drinkers. The tasting room is an environmentally conscious structure. 650 Lytton Springs Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 11am–4pm. 707.433.7721.

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something that sounds like it belongs in a Henry James novel. Sauvignon Blanc and Cab are kings here. 1000 Vineyard Lane, Sonoma. Open daily, 11am– 4:30pm. 707.935.9511.

Jacuzzi Family Vineyards So Californian? So Italian. Replica Italian villa with tour-bus parking offers rare Italian-varietal wines in well-staffed tasting room, all thanks to a therapeutic water pump that became a household name. Oily goods on offer in the adjacent Olive Press. 24724 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. Open daily 10am to 5:30pm. No fee for most tastings; $1 reserves. 707.931.7575.

Mercury Geyserville No fee, 20 percent discount for Sonoma County residents and 12-pack wooden crates of mini-jug wine; two turntables, an LP record player–put on your winged shoes, it’s time to party in sleepy Geyserville! Also pickled comestibles, jam, peppers–and pretty good Pinot, Cab, Cab Franc, and Merlot. 20120 Geyserville Ave., Geyserville. Open Thursday– Monday, 11am–6pm. No fee. 707.857.9870.

Paradise Ridge Winery A gorgeous, provocative sculpture garden with annually changing exhibits set amid a pygmy forest. Stay for sunset Wednesday evenings April–October. 4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive, Santa Rosa. Open daily, 11am–5:30pm. 707.528.9463. Paradise also offers its food-friendly wines at an accessible little shack in the heart of Sonoma Valley. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 8860 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. 707.282.9020.

Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs (WC) Paul Draper is one of the top five winemakers nationwide. The wines are fabulous and tend to inspire devotion in

Caton is both a hands-in-thedirt winegrower, who planted much of the vineyard himself, and savvy entrepreneur. Michael Muscardini is a neighbor who comes from the building trade and focuses on Italian varietals. 8910 Sonoma Hwy. (in the Kenwood Village Plaza), Kenwood. Open daily, 10am– 6pm. 707.833.0526.

Wilson Winery Friends should never let friends drink shitty wine. Do you have a truck? After all, friends don’t let friends drink alone. 1960 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 11am– 5pm. 707.433.4355.

N A PA CO U N T Y August Briggs Winery Tasting room is a white barn lit by skylights and often staffed by the owner’s wife or mother. 333 Silverado Trail, Calistoga. Open Thursday– Sunday, 11:30am–4:30pm. 707.942.5854.

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.

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

3233 Sage Canyon Road, Napa. 707.963.2435.

Domaine Carneros Inspired by Taittinger’s Château de la Marquetterie of Champagne, this house of premium sparkling wine is a hard-to-miss landmark on the Carneros Highway. Enjoy a private Balcony Package for special occasions or taste sparkling and still wines paired with artisan cheese and caviar with the masses. Luxury bubbly Le Rêve offers a bouquet of hoary yeast and crème brûlée that just slips away like a dream. 1240 Duhig Road (at Highway 12/121), Napa. Wine flights $15; also available by the glass or bottle. Open 10am–5:45pm. 800.716.2788.

Far Niente (WC) Far Niente was founded in 1885 by John Benson, a ’49er of the California Gold Rush and uncle of the famous American impressionist painter Winslow Homer. The estate boasts beautiful gardens as well as the first modern-built wine caves in North America. 1350 Acacia Drive, Napa. By appointment. 707.944.2861. Grgich Hills Mike Grgich’s Chardonnays famously beat the competition at the 1976 “Judgment of Paris” and the allestate winery is solar-powered and practices organic and biodynamic. 1829 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford. Open daily, 9:30am–4:30pm. 707.963.2784. Rubicon Estate Despite the celebrity hype, the wine is award-winning. 1991 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 800.782.4226.

Truchard Vineyards (WC) No matter how attentive you are to the directions, no matter how much you study the quaint, hand-drawn map found online, you will inevitably miss Truchard Vineyards. What follows is a three-point turn on a blind, two-lane road, with a single thought in your head: “This wine had better be worth the insurance deductible.” But with Cabernet this good, it is. 3234 Old Sonoma Road, Napa. By appointment. 707.253.7153.

Freeman Vineyard & Winery


undown, neglected and heaped with trash, this little winery had seen better times when the Freemans happened upon it. Built as a hobby by a successful type in the late 1970s, it passed through several hands after the original owner found the vicissitudes of the vintage too much to bear. Eventually, it fell into disrepair, hidden in a grove of redwood and eucalyptus on a narrow lane west of Sebastopol, and along came the Freemans. Ken and Akiko—he, a successful executiveto-be crewing on a yacht; she, the daughter and granddaughter of avid Burgundy collectors in Tokyo— were looking for a weekend retreat, and dove into a new calling. With a bright coat of rust-brown paint, spotless crush pad and flawless lawn, the winery looks brand-new, now accessorized with a horseshoe-shaped cave. And with the help of consulting winemaker Ed Kurtzman and assistant winemaker Eric Buffington, it’s giving back the love. Having owners who appreciate the work that goes into the product is nice, says Buffington, an affable Santa Rosa native. Akiko pitches in every day during the harvest, on the sorting table and in the cellar, asking her employees, “What do you want me to do next?” Since they’ve bounded from 500 cases in the flush early 2000s to 4,000 cases in the changed wine market of today, everyone hits the road to meet with accounts, sometimes bumping into their neighbors in the middle of Texas. The 2008 Russian River Valley Ryo-fu Chardonnay ($40) bears the symbols for “cool breeze” in kanji. Toasty new oak and a highgloss entry signal a big wine; lemon meringue and zesty minerality keep the finish focused. Cedar, forest floor and spice head up the 2008 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($41); the mouthful of fresh red cherry fruit has clean acidity. The 2008 RRV Pinot Noir ($41) has gorgeous, silky cherry fruit, to be sure, but a more herbal aroma of potpourri and tea, with a mandarin orange twist. Most curious, the wines at the end of the list, billed as bigger, I find lighter. The 2008 Keefer Ranch Pinot Noir ($46) is a damp fog of cranberry, cherry, chalk and watermelon candy; the 2008 Akiko’s Cuvée ($52) is light and teasing, with aromas of cherry, vanilla and beeswax, and lean, crisp flavors of cranberry, cherry and raspberry over distinct tannin. Perhaps, like this lucky little winery, it will achieve its best expression in due time. Freeman Vineyard & Winery, 1300 Montgomery Road, Sebastopol. No fee; tastings by appointment only, as time permits. 707.823.6937.—James Knight




Battling Mono

Michael Amsler


Over 90 percent of our cultivated land is vineyards, causing cries of ‘monoculture.’ But what is monoculture, and why is it such a bad thing? BY ALASTAIR BLAND

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

I DIVERSE THINKING Lou Preston, at Preston Vineyards in Cloverdale, has removed 40 percent of his vineyards to make room for peaches, walnuts, olives and vegetables.

n 1974, growing plums was still a viable means of making a living in Sonoma County, but farmer Lou Preston foresaw a better way to harvest an income. So he pulled out his 200 acres of prune trees from his family’s Dry Creek Valley property and replanted the acreage with wine grapes. Preston was ahead of the times, doing what hundreds of other landowners would do 10 and 20 years later as California’s wine industry exploded. By 1980, Sonoma County’s prune industry was essentially gone. Olives and walnuts were also on the way out, and the county’s apple orchards were shrinking.

virtues of his business model is difficult. Preston says that “the land seemed to respond positively” to the diversity of crops after he began converting his vineyards. For one thing, the diversity of plants now hosts insect populations, which keep each other in balance, and he says that significant pest outbreaks haven’t occurred since he diversified his farm. “It feels right,” he says. “It seems like a perfectly natural way to manage land.”

‘It’s not good for the land, and it’s not good for the ecosystem.’


or Kevin McEnnis, coowner of Quetzal Farm in Santa Rosa, crop diversity provides security against harvest failure of one crop or another. His eggplant crop, for example, failed last year due to cool weather, but his dozen other crops did not. “If we’d been an eggplant monocrop, we’d have needed crop insurance,” he says. At Orchard Farms in Sebastopol, owner Ken Orchard says this spring produced his first good spinach crop in six years. “If I’d been depending on spinach alone,” he says, “I wouldn’t have done well.” Orchard, who farms organically, also says his wide array of about 50 fruits and vegetables attracts shoppers at local farmers markets in Sebastopol, Santa Rosa and San Rafael. But on the macro market, the forces of economics pull in a different direction and have drawn much of the world into a system of monoculture. The grain fields of the Great Plains are a monoculture. So is the almond industry of the Central Valley. Citrus groves in Florida, banana farms in Ecuador, olive orchards

in Spain, coffee plantations throughout the tropics and alfalfa fields in Southern California’s Imperial Valley also amount to monoculture. As do the North Bay’s grids of grapevines. “A monoculture is a factory model,” explains Frederique Lavoipierre, coordinator for the entomology department at Sonoma State University and the manager of the school’s organic garden program. Monocultures, she says, allow for a streamlined industrial use of the land, which can be planted, sprayed or harvested all at once, with the crop sent en masse to local processing plants. “There are obvious cost benefits to farming that way in the short term,” she explains, “but we know it’s not sustainable.” Soil quality suffers, for one thing. In diversely planted areas or in those where crop rotation occurs, essential soil nutrients can be maintained naturally in the soil via photosynthetic processes. In most large-scale farming scenarios, though, heavy use of petroleum-based fertilizers is the norm. These, in turn, can have negative impacts on a region’s ecology. So-called oceanic dead zones, like the sterile region in the Gulf of Mexico, result when fertilizers washed to sea via rivers cause algal blooms that in turn use all the oxygen in the water, depriving other organisms of life. Monocultures also render croplands vulnerable to massive pest outbreaks—the answer to which is the use of pesticides and fungicides. Honeybees, too, may starve if left to live in a monocropped region, where nectar flows occur only several weeks of the year. Still, it isn’t feasible to grow everything in small, multicropped plantations. As McEnnis says, “Small-scale wheat is really neat, but, boy is it expensive. So we may need monoculture farming at some level.” Ted Lemon calls petroleum dependency and chemical contamination “the hidden costs” of maintaining the modern agricultural model. Lemon and his wife, Heidi, own and operate

Littorai Wines west of Sebastopol. Lemon farmed conventionally for about 15 years before, as he says, he “became frustrated with the Western agronomic model, which is essentially based on mineral fertilizers.” He tuned in to the practices of biodynamic farming, and today, the Littorai vineyards are surrounded by companion plants, hay and woodland, with animals grazing over certain quarters. Monocultures may come in varying sizes, and Lavoipierre notes that defining a monoculture is a tricky matter. “At what point do you call something a monoculture?” she asks. “Is it 10 square feet or a hundred square feet or an acre or a hundred acres? I would say that something isn’t a monoculture until we begin seeing negative impacts.” In the North Bay, we may have passed that point. According to Lavoipierre, problems associated with Pierce’s disease, devastating for grapevines, could have been largely averted had more grape growers left vacant buffer zones between their vines and riparian stream zones, where the bacteria’s vector insect naturally lives. Beekeepers also say that monocultures have negative effects on bee populations and are perhaps even a major cause of the muchdiscussed phenomenon of colony collapse disorder, or CCD, which has seen the decline in numbers of bees worldwide. Healthy bee populations, so essential to many food crops, depend on landscapes that are botanically diverse, producing flower blooms yearround. “Vineyards are basically starvation zones where the bees can’t get any food,” says Liz Russell, a beekeeper in Forestville. She and her husband, Joey Romo, have found it increasingly difficult to maintain their bee colonies and have had to move their hives twice in the past four years, in each case because a small, multicropped organic farm was converted into a vineyard. Rob Keller, a beekeeper in Napa, says farmland, especially of the monoculture sort, makes notoriously poor habitat for bees, while urban ) 22


And vineyards took over. Today, Sonoma County is planted with 56,522 acres of wine grapes, according to Sonoma County’s 2010 crop report—up from about 12,000 acres in 1970. Other crops, including walnuts and prunes, have virtually vanished from the region (in 2010, there were just 79 acres of walnuts in Sonoma County, and 39 acres of prunes), and wine grapes now make up more than 90 percent of the cultivated land in both Sonoma and Napa counties. Though prices of grapes have fallen some in the past several years, farmers still have a huge incentive to keep growing grapes; at about $2,000 per ton on average, local wine grapes are by far the region’s most valuable crop. But Preston, who founded Preston Winery in 1981, has taken a dramatic—and voluntary—step backward. Though he and his family helped spark the region’s vineyard explosion, they are now converting their property into a diverse farm, and to do it they’ve removed 40 percent of their moneymaking vines and replanted the acreage with fruit trees and vegetables. For Preston, the change came when he started farming organically about a decade ago. In doing so, he says he simply became cognizant of better ways to manage the land. He saw the sustainability issues in monocropping, especially in using petroleum-based fertilizers to replenish the soil every season and in using poisons to kill insect pests. “We began to wonder whether we ought to be a monoculture,” he says. “It’s not good for the land, and it’s not good for the ecosystem.” Preston now grows 50 acres of peaches, walnuts, olives, pineapple guavas and many annual fruit and vegetable crops among his grapevines. He also has grazing animals and chickens roaming the farm. Fruits and vegetables are sold at a produce stand outside the tasting room, while some of his harvest goes to farmers markets and another portion goes to area restaurants. Wine sales still pay the bills, Preston says, and quantifying the



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emon at Littorai Wines says the North Bay’s wine country is nothing like the severe situations seen elsewhere in the world, and that the use of the word “monoculture” must be used carefully. “This is not Iowa,” he cautions. “This is not an uninterrupted landscape of corn as far as the eye

can see. The heart of our grape industry is, what, the Napa Valley, and that’s maybe five miles across?” Still, Lemon believes that diversifying our agricultural landscape is a requirement for the future, but the change, if it ever comes, will be a slow one. “It will depend on the locavore movement,” he asserts, “which needs to convince people to support an agriculturally diverse landscape with their dollars.” Food grown in small quantities, as any farmers-market-goer knows, is relatively expensive, a function of a downsized farm system and increased dependence on manual labor. Preston, too, knows the challenges of marketing small-production food crops. “There aren’t markets in most places for small-scale produce,” he explains. “What do you do if you have a tenth of an acre of strawberries?” Sell them at a farmers market, of course. This venue, in fact, may be the chief hope for sustainably farmed, locally grown and sold food. Preston believes so, as does Orchard, though McEnnis says Quetzal Farm has successfully cultivated relationships with numerous small retailers and even Whole Foods. Though diversification efforts of small farmers like Lou Preston deserve honorable mention, they may be offset by ever more opportunistic vintners and the county governments that abet them. Witness vintner Paul Hobbs’ controversial expansions in Sebastopol and Guerneville; or the proposed 154-acre redwood clear-cutting in Annapolis by Codorniu Napa’s Artesa Vineyards for even more Pinot Noir; or the 1,769 acres eyed for vineyards by Premier Pacific Vineyards in the northernmost part of the county, and one sees examples of the continued growth of the industry. Statistics tell a story, too. Of the 101,000 acres of vineyards in Napa and Sonoma counties, more than 5,000 are nonbearing young vineyards recently planted. And though the value of grapes is dropping in both counties, the planting of them goes on and on.


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Planet Drum Legendary drummer, global sound. Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart has turned to world music within the last 20 years, releasing hit albums like Planet Drum and Global Drum Project. He’s also been working in Sebastopol on his new album, which will be released in 2012. Since stalking him in Sebastopol would earn you a swift restraining order, catch the rhythm master instead on Friday, Aug. 5, at the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., Napa. 8pm. $25–$35. 707.226.7372.


Kai & Noam True prodigies are rare, and they’re even more remarkable when they’ve grown up in our backyard. Recent Healdsburg High grad Kai Devitt-Lee has been stunning audiences for several years with beyond-his-years jazz guitar skill, and his departure for college comes at the same time pianist Noam Lemish returns to school to finish his master’s degree. The two jazz luminaries join forces in a send-off performance and party on Sunday, Aug. 7, at Art and All That Jazz. 456 Moore Lane, Healdsburg. 5–8pm. Free. 707.431.1265.


Heartbreaker Hit us with your best shot, Pat Benatar. The legendary lady has been on tour steadily for the last 20 years, and she and her husband and partner-in-crime, Neil Giraldo, will soon be returning with their still-rockin’ take on hits like “Love Is a Battlefield,” “We Belong” and “Heartbreaker.” Hear them Sunday, Aug. 7, at the Summer Concert Series at Rodney Strong Vineyards. 11445 Old Redwood Hwy., Healdsburg. 5pm. $60. 707.431.1533.


The Plank Help keep music in the schools and rock out to bands like the Devil Makes Three, the Mother Hips, Cornmeal and Big Sam’s Funky Nation. It’s definitely a win-win at the Petaluma Music Festival, which features 16 bands on three stages as well as wine and food tasting and artist meet-and-greets. Proceeds go to Petaluma schools. Spend your day jamming on Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. 175 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma. 11am. $25–$30. 707.769.9650.

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TEN-GALLON TRACE For every serious Trace Adkins song, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another facepalm of absurdity waiting around the corner.

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n 1980, Trace Adkins appeared on the cover of his gospel quintetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s record in a bowl haircut and a powder-blue tuxedo with ruffles and a large bowtie. Even then, he embraced the ridiculous.

But that was nothing compared to the aughts, when modern country singers produced over-the-top silliness like â&#x20AC;&#x153;She Thinks My Tractorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sexy,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;(Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d Like to

Check You for) Ticksâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Play Chicken with the Train.â&#x20AC;? Adkinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; contributions to this arena included â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hot Mama,â&#x20AC;? a song sexualizing the mundane life of a housewife; â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Got My Game On,â&#x20AC;? appropriating hiphop slang; and his biggest hit, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,â&#x20AC;? which celebrates the glory of the human ass. This is weird only because Adkins has a wealth of country credibility to sing about. As a young man, Adkins lost one of his

ďŹ ngers working on a Louisiana oil rig. He was shot in the heart and lungs by his second wife. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been involved in barroom brawls, been issued DUIs, gotten mangled by tractor accidents, and yet his songs reďŹ&#x201A;ect none of this. But Adkins always seems willing to admit that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in on the joke. Sometimes this is as subtle as a half-smile or raised eyebrow; other times he admits it outright. In his autobiography, A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck,

Even when Adkins goes for poignant, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still a little bit of preposterous. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Gonna Miss Thisâ&#x20AC;? purveys life lessons from a plumber; â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Came Here to Liveâ&#x20AC;? details an in-person, post-carwreck visit from Jesus Christ; and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arlington,â&#x20AC;? an otherwise serious song about the cost of war, involves corpses clicking their heels. I saw Adkins in 2008, in Lake County. Onstage, he talked about life, love and country, and sang hits in his rich, deep baritone. But then there was that other side. At the end, during â&#x20AC;&#x153;Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,â&#x20AC;? Adkins motioned for the band to get quiet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lemme tell you,â&#x20AC;? he said to the crowd, while the band played, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get in this business for the fame, or the moneyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;I got in this business for one reason and one reason only . . .â&#x20AC;? The music stopped. Adkins threw his arms open wide. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Badonk-adonk, motherfucker!â&#x20AC;? And the crowd went nuts. Trace Adkins plays Thursday, Aug. 11, at the Sonoma County Fair. 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. 7:30pm. $25â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$40 plus fair admission. 707.545.4200.





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FAIR IS FOUL Alexandra Matthew and William Elsman in ‘Macbeth.’

Macbent Tough taming of ‘Macbeth’ in Marin BY DAVID TEMPLETON


illiam Shakespeare’s Macbeth is a wild untamed monster of a play. A good director knows when to feed the beast sedatives and when to set it free to roar its terrible roar and tear up all the sets. There are moments in director Lesley Schisgall Currier’s uneven new staging of Macbeth, at Marin Shakespeare Company in San Rafael, when the monster does bare its teeth and even gets to growl a little. But it’s not until late in the play that Macbeth’s full ferocity is let loose, and then only briefly and due largely to the work of a few solid actors.

As is typical of Marin Shakespeare’s recent efforts, the energies of the director seem to have been entirely focused on the

visual “concept”—in this case, that Macbeth hallucinates a lot and is driven into a murderous frenzy by visions of ghostly mummified child-spirits making weird faces at all the wrong moments—while leaving the actors to grasp their own way through the play. Some, like William Elsman as Macbeth and Scott Coopwood as Macduff, do have memorable moments, though Elsman appears to have been given no clear map to guide him through Macbeth’s complex series of sudden personality changes. Many of the others, including the often superb Alexandra Matthew, are left to flounder in the flood of Shakespeare’s wild shifts in tone. As Lady Macbeth, written as heartlessly bloodthirsty one minute and cowardly frail the next, Matthew (who certainly has the chops for this kind of role) looks, for all the world, like she’s still waiting for notes from her director. Though there are some truly effective moments in the production, including a brutal double-homicide that is nothing short of breathtaking, the horrific power of the play is constantly undermined by unfathomable bits of silliness, from the goofy, eardrum-blasting sound effects to the baffling insertion of the most overused word in bad-art history: “Noooooooooooooooo!” MSC’s other season-opening effort, The Complete History of America (Abridged), by Adam Long, Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor, is also a disappointment. My personal favorite of the many “reduced” shows now in the canon, History sinks or swims on its pacing and sense of comic drive. Under director Robert Currier, the disconnected series of comichistorical vignettes plods along without any real sense of momentum, frequently grinding to a halt for the actors to offer their own (not very funny) ad-libs. It’s too bad, because in the right hands, this is one of the funniest shows about American history ever written. ‘Macbeth’ runs weekends through Aug. 14, and ‘The Complete History of America (Abridged)’ runs weekends through Sept. 25 at Forest Meadows Amphitheatre. 1475 Grand Ave., San Rafael. Showtimes vary. $20–$35. 415.499.4488.

PRE-HACKING Joyce McKinney has protested Morris’ film and threatened to sue.

Mighty Blighty ‘Tabloid’ a timely look at British scandal BY RICHARD VON BUSACK


iven its essential talking-heads quality, the new Errol Morris film Tabloid is as salty as it is strangely light-hearted. There’s no one’s life at stake this time, as there was in The Thin Blue Line. Instead, there’s merely the question of whether Joyce McKinney, a Wyoming beauty queen, committed a very unusual sexual assault 30 years ago. “It’s a love story,” McKinney insists—but if you believe her when she insists something, you’re headed for trouble. In 1977, McKinney went to England to get her hands on the love of her life, a Mormon missionary she’d met back in America. Three day’s dalliance in what she describes as “a magical moonlit cottage” in Devonshire made her the well-reimbursed toast of the English tabloids. Unfortunately, McKinney got caught in the rivalry between two of them, the Express and the Daily Mirror. While one rag presented her as a gun-toting romantic in search of “a melding of two souls,” the other did some digging and found a richly unsavory past. McKinney denies this, as well she might. The truth? It’s out there somewhere. Morris gives you a choice: smirking British tabloid journalists relishing scandal, or a first-person account by McKinney, a bail-jumper who served a little time in the very same Holloway Jail made famous by the Kinks. McKinney teaches us one inarguable lesson: a person seeking affection can turn to the “age-old wisdom” and “Christ-like love” of their doggies. Though even they can turn on you. An incredulity-struck Morris rolls around in this berserk, muddy story, framing it with found footage and an uproarious clip from Franco Zeffirelli’s 1972 Brother Sun, Sister Moon. Key words the witnesses use to shape memories flash on-screen, like the subliminal titles in a John Waters movie. It’s a reminder of how people use phrases, and even simple, single words, to reinforce their memories of how the past absolutely, positively must have been. ‘Tabloid’ opens Friday, Aug. 5, at Summerfield Cinemas in Santa Rosa.







Film capsules by Nicholas Berandt and Richard von Busack.

NEW MOVIES The Change-Up (R; 112 min.) It’s Freaky Friday revisited in comedy starring Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds as friends who switch bodies after peeing in a magical fountain. Really. (NB)

Crime After Crime (NR; 93 min.) Important, heartwrenching doc about a pair of rookie lawyers who discover the depth of legal and political corruption when they attempt to free a woman long incarcerated for her role in the murder of an abusive boyfriend. At the Smith Rafael Center. Aug. 5 screening includes discussion with Nadia Costa, an attorney in the case, and Marisa Gonzales of the California Coalition of Women Prisoners. (NB)

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (PG-13; 105 min.) True apeheads are hoping for a serious treatment in this second reboot of a planned new series. Stars James Franco, Frieda Pinto and John Lithgow. Andy Serkis plays Caesar! (NB)

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ALSO PLAYING Captain America: The First Avenger (PG-13; 124 min.) A luxurious recreation of the past and an appealing comicbook story about a New York stripling who becomes the patriotic champion of World War II. Chris Evans is the titular hero, and Hugo Weaving plays the impressively disfigured villain “the Red Skull.” Joe Johnston’s direction may be too much in the mode of a classic ’40s movie for the kids, but it has loads to offer, including a drily funny Tommy Lee Jones and surprising art direction. (RvB)

Cowboys & Aliens (PG-13; 118 min.) Exactly what you think. Based on the 2006 graphic novel by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg and starring Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Daniel Craig and Sam Rockwell. Jon Favreau (Iron Man) directs. (NB) Crazy Stupid Love (PG-13; 128 min.) After Steve Carrell’s idyllic marriage unravels, he takes love advice from single pal Ryan Gosling. Hey, that looks like The Graduate’s movie poster! (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)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (PG-13; 130 min.)The saga wraps up in a cluttered, confusing though fast-paced adventure in which Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) confronts Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes). It’s the end game set up in the vastly superior first part; you’ll be lost if you didn’t rewatch the first half within a week of seeing this one. Evanna (Luna Lovegood) Lynch and our lovely Snape (Alan Rickman, rolling every syllable as if it were Sisyphus’s rock) steal their parts of the show. Director David Yates is at his best borrowing from Fritz Lang in the formations of men lined up in the dark, or conferring with each other in the shadows. (RvB)

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) Submarine (R; 97 min.) British coming-ofage comedy follows teenager Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts) who sets out to save his parents’ marriage—and lose his virginity before his 16th birthday. At Summerfield Cinemas. (NB) Tabloid (NR; 86 min.) Salty and strangely light-hearted documentary from Errol Morris that investigates the question of whether former Wyoming beauty queen Joyce McKinney committed a very unusual sexual assault 30 years ago with the “love of her life,” a Mormon missionary she had met back in America. (RvB)

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (PG-13; 155 min.) Michael 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 deuling Michael Caine impressions. At Summerfield Cinemas. (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) 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)


Concerts SONOMA COUNTY Backyard Concert Series

food trucks for night of live music weekly, Fri at 5. Aug 5, Crazy Famous. $5. MichelSchlumberger Winery. 4155 Wine Creek Rd, Healdsburg. 800.447.3060.

Jazz It Up

Bring low-back chairs for an evening of music, food and drink Thurs at 6. Aug 4, Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers. Free. KRSH, 3565 Standish Ave, Santa Rosa.

Summer wine and jazz concert series, Sat at 4. Aug 13, Shea Breaux Wells Quartet with Noam Lemish. Seasons of the Vineyard, 113 Plaza St, Healdsburg. 707.431.2222.

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Free live concerts every Fri, 5 to 7, in Petaluma’s theater district. Aug 5, C Miano Quartet. Theatre Square, 151 Petaluma Blvd, Petaluma.

BBQ on the Lawn Grilled meat, cool beer and good-time music. Every Sun at 4, through Aug 28. Aug 7, Marcia Ball. Rancho Nicasio, Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

Peter Frampton

Free live music and winery activities Sat, 1 to 4. Aug 6, Jason Bodlovich. Landmark Vineyards, 101 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood. 707.833.0053.

Live at Juilliard Summertime music downtown every Sun, 5 to 7. Aug 7, North of Malibu. Free. Juilliard Park, 227 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3225.

Grammy-winning guitarist and songwriter covers his most epic record, “Frampton Comes Alive.” Aug 7 at 8. $45-$85. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

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Live music and dancing every Fri at 7. Aug 5, Quarter Mile Combo. Free. Cloverdale Plaza, Cloverdale Boulevard between First and Second streets, Cloverdale. 707.894.4410.

Rock steady to these Trenchtown originals. Aug 3 at 7. $22. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

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Former Far frontman plays solo set with Hanalei, Kindness & Lies and others. Aug 5 at 7:30. $10. Arlene Francis Theater, 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.

Music on the Plaza

Gerardo Ortiz Regional Mexican singersongwriter specializes in corridos, a style incorporating narrative song and poetry. Aug 6 at 8. $30-$100. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Petaluma Music Festival The Devil Makes Three, Mother Hips, and many more raise money for school music programs. Aug 6. $25-$75. Petaluma Fairgrounds, 100 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma.

Summer Concert Series Annual series features top names in music in outdoor setting. Aug 7, Pat Benatar, Neil Giraldo. $50-$85. Rodney Strong Vineyards, 11455 Old Redwood Hwy, Healdsburg. 707.869.1595.


The Cotati Accordion Festival


non-profit organization has contributed over $300,000 to local youth groups. We are the largest cash donor to the Cotati/Rohnert Park Ed Foundation. Visit for the groups we support.

AUGUST 20 & 21, 2011 9:30 am to 8:30 pm - La Plaza Park, Cotati

· Guy Klusevek · Polkacide · Tangonero · Murl Allen Sanders · Limpopo · Mary Torkarski · Mark St. Mary · Culann’s Hounds · The Great Morgani · Ginny Mac · Those Darn Accordions · The Mad Maggies · Cory Pesaturo · Alicia Baker · Accordion Babes’ Pageant · Amber Lee and The Anomalies · Sweet Penny Royals · Bella Ciao · Ramon Trujillo & Los Caporales · Simka · Georges Lammam · The Steve Balich Sr. Polka Band · Motor Dude Zydeco · Nada Lewis · Chuck Berger · The Creole Belles · Courtableu

Summer Nights on the Green Live concerts during farmers market every Thurs at 6, through Aug 25. Aug 4, Wonderbread 5. Free. Windsor Town Green, Bell Road and McClelland Drive, Windsor.

Tuesdays in the Plaza Free summer concerts every Tues, 6 to 8. Aug 9, Tom Rigney & Flambeau (Zydeco). Downtown Plaza, Healdsburg Avenue and Matheson Street, Healdsburg. 707.431.3301.

Village Concerts Series features food, local wines, ales and live music every Sat, noon to 3. Aug 6, Pride & )


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Tickets available at all three Oliver’s Market locations The Last Record Store in Santa Rosa People’s Music in Sebastopol $17 each day (advanced sale $15) Kids under 15 free or $25 for both days. Call 888-559-2576 for tickets or order on line


707-664-0444 P.O. Box 809, Cotati, CA 94931 Volker Financial & Insurance Services

SAVING THE WORLD The Coast Pilots play Aug. 6 at Hopmonk. See Clubs, p30.



Day. Free. Sebastopol Plaza, McKinley St, Sebastopol.

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Joy. Free. Montgomery Village Shopping Center, Village Court, Santa Rosa. 707.545.3844.


Carolyn Wonderland Genre-bending multiinstrumentalist flexes her bluesy, fiery pipes. Aug 5. $15$20. Last Day Saloon, 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.2343.


McNear’s Dining House Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner BBQ • Pasta • Steak


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

Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited


The “Lion of Zimbabwe” performs songs spanning a career of over four decades. Aug 6 at 7. $20-$25. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.





Gin Blossoms

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MEKLIT HADERO No Children Under 10 Allowed For All Ages Shows

23 Petaluma Blvd, Petaluma



Rock popsters play selections from the soundtracks to “Speed,” “Empire Records,” and “Wayne’s World 2.” $35. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Grand Night for Singers First Sat of the month at 7, vocalists from around Northern California and beyond take turns onstage. Piano accompaniment by host Richard Evans. $15. Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main St, Napa. 707.255.5445.

Mickey Hart Renowned percussionist brings an assortment of things to bang on. Aug 5 at 8. $25-$35. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Clubs SONOMA COUNTY Affronti Aug 7, Christian Foley Jazz Duo. 235 Healdsburg Ave, Ste 105, Healdsburg. 707.433.2788.

Arlene Francis Theater Aug 5, Jonah Matranga, Hanalei, Survival Guide, Kindness & Lies and Foxtails Brigade (see Concerts). Aug 6, Invalids, Semi-Evolved Simians, and others. 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.

Gaia’s Groove New Northern Fest Debuts You know the drill: get your tent, reusable water bottle and best friends, and head North for a weekend of grooving and gabbing with likeminded folk. Every year, various music festivals return to Northern California as quintessential celebrations of a lifestyle that has become tradition and music that has become legend. This year, there’s something new on the scene, and it fits right in with its fellow festivals: the Gaia Festival in Laytonville. Spread across three days and five stages, the zero-waste festival focuses on sustainable living as well as music, with 19 speakers and workshops addressing topics from healing and the shamanic arts to biodynamic farming and the power of fungi. Thirty-five artists are set to play during the weekend, with Aaron Neville, India.Arie (above) and Idan Raichel as major headliners; well-known reggae band the Wailers, New Orleans funksters Galactic and get-down legends the Funky Meters also appear . The diverse lineup includes sounds and influences from all corners of the earth, with artists hailing from Jamaica, New Orleans, New York, Cuba, France and Pakistan. The multicultural Gaia Festival, uniting world music with teachings from many cultures, is held Friday–Sunday, Aug. 5–7, at Black Oak Ranch. 50350 Hwy. 101, Laytonville. $50–$180, day and overnight passes available.—Justine McDaniel

Aubergine Wed at 7, open mic. Aug 4, Easy Leaves, Juncos. Aug 5, Dusu Mali Band, Dub Stone. Aug 6, Choppin Broccoli. Aug 7, Fresh with DJ Lori Z. Aug 9, Lo Cura. 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2722.

Blue Heron Restaurant

Christy’s on the Square

Aug 7 at 3, Weekend at Bernie’s. 25300 Steelhead Blvd, Duncans Mills. 707.865.9135.

Every Wed, Gallery Wednesdays (live painting and DJs).

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Thursday 8/11/11 6pm 1075 Mendocino Avenue Santa Rosa, CA 95401 RSVP 707.569.8785 ext. 325

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3328 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.573.6014.

96 Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa.

Little Switzerland

Chrome Lotus Aug 4, Casa Rasta with DJ Connex and DJ Guacamole. First Fri monthly, Funkadelic Fri with DJ Lazyboy and DJ Sykwidit. 501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa.

Druids Hall Aug 5, Carl & Paul Green. 1011 College Ave, Santa Rosa.

Aug 4, Alex Meixner Band with Michael Kramar. Aug 7, Steve Balich Band. 19080 Riverside Dr, Sonoma. 707.938.9910.

Main Street Station Aug 6, Big Cat Tolfree. Sun, Kit Mariah’s open mic. Aug 9, Out of the Blue (swing). 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.

Mc T’s Bullpen

Aug 7, Carl & Paul Green. 1820 E Washington Ave, Petaluma. 707.775.3200.

Wed, open mic with Angelina. Thurs, karaoke with Country Dan. Fri, DJ Alexander. Aug 6, Walt. 16246 First St, Guerneville. 707.869.3377.

Flamingo Lounge

Medlock-Ames Winery

Aug 5-6, Valley Rhythm Section. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

Aug 5, The Crux. 13414 Chalk Hill Rd, Healdsburg. 707.431.8845.

French Garden Restaurant Aug 5-6, Susan Comstock Swingtet. 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.2030.

Aug 4, Cork Pullers. Aug 5, Loose Shoes. Aug 6, Andrew Freeman. Aug 9, Gentleman Soldiers. 464 First St, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.

Gaia’s Garden

Mystic Theatre

Aug 5, Duo Italiano. Every Tues, Jim Adams (jazz guitar). 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491. Aug 5, Rusty Evans. 21050 River Blvd, Monte Rio. 707.865.2300.

Aug 3, Mighty Diamonds (see Concerts), Bobbi Jo Valentine. Aug 4, Matt Schofield. Aug 6, Petaluma Music Festival Afterparty. Aug 8, Marshall Crenshaw, Bottle Rockets. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

Hopmonk Tavern

Northwood Restaurant

First Edition

Highland Dell

Aug 3, Dehlia Low and Rita Hosking (bluegrass). Aug 4, Juke Joint with Little John. Aug 5, Afrofunk Experience, Afrolicious. Aug 6, Jeremy Goodfeather, Coast Pilots, Our Vinyl Vows (alt rock). Mon, Monday Night Edutainment. Tues, open mic night. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Lagunitas Tap Room Aug 3, Rusty Evans & Ring of Fire. Aug 4, Ian Scherer and Angeline Saris (jazz). Aug 5, Juncos (Americana). Aug 6, Five AM. Aug 7, Moonlight Rodeo (country). Aug 10, Smiling Jack Smith (blues). 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

Last Day Saloon Every Wed at 7, North Bay Hootenanny’s Pick-MeUp Revue. Aug 5, Carolyn Wonderland (see Concerts). Aug 7, Devil Mountain Jazz Band. 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.2343.

Legends Restaurant Aug 4, Carl & Paul Green. Bennett Valley Golf Club,

Murphy’s Irish Pub

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

Olde Sonoma Public House Aug 4, Kings of the Underground. 18615 Sonoma Hwy, Ste 110, Sonoma. 707.938.7587.

Papa’s Taverna Fri at 7, live music. Sat at 7 and Sun at 4, Kefi (Greek). Sun at 1:30, Greek dance lessons; at 3:30, live music and bellydance show. 5688 Lakeville Hwy, Petaluma. 707.769.8545.

Phoenix Theater Wed at 6, jazz jam. Aug 6, Thought Vomit, Rocket House, Nuclear Tempest, Sanctuary Lost. Sun at 5, rock and blues jam. Mon at 7, young people’s AA. Tues at 7, acoustic Americana jam. 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

Quincy’s Pub & Cafe Wed, Hump Day with DJs Armin, Konex and Beset. Thurs, karaoke. Sat, Noches Calientes with DJ H-Smoove. 6590 Commerce Blvd, Rohnert Park. 707.585.1079.

Raven Theater Aug 5, Dgiin. Aug 6, Kollege of Musical Knowledge with Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks. 115 North St, Healdsburg. 707.433.3145.

Redwood Cafe Wed at 6, local music. Thurs at 7:30, open mic. Fri-Sun, live music. Tues at 6:30, SSU night open mic and poetry reading. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.

Rio Nido Roadhouse Aug 6, Thugz 8th Annual Jerry Garcia Birthday Celebration. 14540 Canyon 2 Rd, Rio Nido. 707.869.0821.

Riverside Bistro Every Fri at 6, Peter Welker Sextet (jazz). 54 E Washington St, Petaluma. 707.773.3200.

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 Aug 7, Mucho Axe. 725 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.BEER.

Spancky’s Wed, DJs Tiana and Char.Thurs at 9, DJ Dray Lopez. Aug 5, Hoodwink. Aug 6, Dave Sparks Band. Sun at 8, karaoke. 8201 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.664.0169.

Studio E Aug 6, Craig Carothers and Steve Seskin. Aug 7, Athena Thurgis and Kyle Alden. Address provided with ticket purchase, Sebastopol.

Toad in the Hole Pub Aug 5, Budrows, Derailed Freight Train. 116 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.544.8623.

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

Wells Fargo Center Aug 6, Gerardo Ortiz (see Concerts). Aug 7, Peter Frampton (see Concerts). 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

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

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BBQ on the Lawn! THE PAUL THORN BAND Gates at 3pm, Music at 4pm

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GATOR BEAT Saturday, Aug 6

Wed, Aug 3 8:45–9:45am; 5:45–6:45pm Jazzercise 10am–12:15pm Scottish Country Dance Youth & Family 7–10pm Singles & Pairs Square Dance Club Thur, Aug 4 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, Aug 5 7:15–11pm

8:45–9:45am Jazzercise DJ Steve Luther hosts a West Coast Swing Party

Sat, Aug 6 8–9am; 9:15–10:15am Jazzercise 11am–1:30pm Vintage Dance with Gary Thomas 7–11pm DJ Steve Luther presents GATOR BEAT Sun, Aug 7 8:30–9:30am Jazzercise 10:30–11:30am Zumba Fitness with Anna 5–9:30pm DJ Steve Luther Country Western Lessons & Dancing $10 Mon, Aug 8 8:45–9:45am; 5:45–6:45pm Jazzercise 7–10pm Scottish Country Dancing Tues, Aug 9 8:45–9:45am; 5:45–6:40pm Jazzercise 7:30–9pm African and World Music Dance

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Chamber Players. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

George’s Nightclub Wed, standup comedy (see Comedy). Aug 6, Wall Street (dance party). 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

Iron Springs Pub & Brewery Aug 10, SlowPoke. 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax. 415.485.1005.

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

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

19 Broadway Club Aug 5, Jason Glavis. Aug 7 at 2, Cathey Cotten & Elliott’s Evil Plan; at 6, 19 Broadway Goodtime Band; at 9, Phil Hardgrave & the Continentals. Mon at 9, open mic. Tues at 9, Uzilevsky Korty Duo with special guests. Aug 9, Jeb Brady Band. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.



Aug 7 at 3, Luvplanet. 250 Entrada Dr, Novato. 415.883.9477.

Sausalito Seahorse Aug 3, Tangonero Classic Tango. Wed, Tengo Tango. Aug 4, Rwanda Jazz Band. Sun at 4, Salsa-lito. Tues, Noel Jewkes and friends (jazz jam). 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito.

Sleeping Lady

Compadres Thurs at 8, Douglas Houser or Brian Kline. 505 Lincoln Ave, Napa. 707.253.1111.

Downtown Joe’s Aug 4, Maple Station Express. Aug 5, Charles Wheal Band. Aug 6, Rhythm Calls Band. Aug 7, Scientific Sala Project. 902 Main St, Napa. 707.258.2337.

Sat at 2, uke jam. Mon at 8, open mic with Simon Costa. 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.485.1182.

Pioneer Park


Wed at 7, jam session. Aug 5, Sing a Song at Silo’s (Full-band backing). Aug 6, Those Damn Podcasters. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

Sun, open mic. Mon, reggae. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311.

Southern Pacific Smokehouse Aug 3, Philip Claypool and friends. Aug 4, Linda Imperial Band with David Freiberg. Aug 5, Shane Dwight. Aug 6, Lansdale Station. Aug 6, Contino Band. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.899.9600.

Taste of Rome Aug 6, Andoni’s Quartet. 1001 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.7660.

Aug 4, Brad Wilson. Cedar and Elm streets, Calistoga.


Uptown Theatre Aug 4, Gin Blossoms (see Concerts). 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Uva Trattoria Wed, Gentlemen of Jazz. Aug 4, Le Hot Jazz. Aug 5, Rhythm Cats (rockabilly). Aug 6, Nate Lopez Trio (funk). Sun, James and Ted (jazz). 1 040 Clinton St, Napa. 707.255.6646.

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

Osher Marin JCC Aug 6, Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited (see Concerts). 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.

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Aug 5, Great American Taxi. 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael.

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

Peri’s Silver Dollar Aug 3, Whiskey Pills Fiasco. Aug 4, Acacia Collective. Aug 5, Ray Brock. Aug 6, Sabbath Lives. Every Mon, acoustic open mic. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.

Rancho Nicasio Aug 5, Big B & His Snakeoil Saviors. Aug 6, Cream of Clapton. Aug 7, Marcia Ball. Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

San Francisco’s City Guide

The Wailers Bob Marley’s backup band plays “Exodus” and “Uprising” on consecutive nights. Aug 4-5 at the Independent.

Los Van Van Juan Formell and 14-piece orchestra a rich weave of Cuban and Caribbean soul. Aug 5-7 at Yoshi’s Oakland.

Torche Heavy-as-hell sludge metal from Miami; Big Business and Thrones open. Aug 6 at Slim’s.

RX Bandits Long-running unclassifiable SoCal four-piece on their Farewell Tour. Aug 7 at Regency Ballroom.

Imelda May Irish superstar channels Billie Holiday, PJ Harvey and Chrissie Hynde. Aug 9 at the Independent.

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RETURNING FAVORS Hicksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; new role: a nutty â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;perfessorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; of music history.

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Dan Hicks freely admits that his latest themed musical revue, The Kollege of Musical Knowledge, was inspired by a 1930sâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;40s radio program with the same title, a popular quiz show with music hosted by swing-era bandleader Kay Kyser. But instead of asking questions, â&#x20AC;&#x153;perfessorâ&#x20AC;? Hicks is out to share songs and history reaching back into those same decades. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I researched and looked stuff up,â&#x20AC;? he explains in all seriousness. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve written out information, a little bit of history and a little bit of color, that I narrate between the songs. The curriculum, all performed by Hicks and his six-piece Hot Licks, covers early blues, jug band music, swing, 1940s pop, cowboy songs and bebop. It continues up through the folk years with some of Hicksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; songwriting contemporaries: Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Tom Waits. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a healthy dose of his own material,

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Arts Events Galleries OPENINGS Aug 5 From 5:30 to 7:30pm. Napa Valley Museum, “Discrepancy: Living Between War and Peace,” work by 25 artists. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. 707.944.0500. From 6 to 8pm. Arts Guild of Sonoma, members’ show with featured artist Beth Changstrom. 140 E Napa St, Sonoma. 707.996.3115.

Aug 6 From 1 to 4pm. Local Color Gallery, “Above the Earth, Below the Sky,” photography by Mike Shoys and paintings by Kai SamuelsDavis. 1580 Eastshore Rd, Bodega Bay. 707.875.2744. From 2 to 6pm. Russian River Art Gallery, “The Sculptural World,” an altered book show. 16200 First St, Guerneville. 707.869.9099. From 2 to 4pm. Dance Palace, collage by Elisa Bethptak. Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.

Aug 7 From 3 to 6pm. Occidental Center for the Arts, “Donkey Barn Reunion,” works by various artists. Graton Road and Bohemian Highway, Occidental.

SONOMA COUNTY Arts Guild of Sonoma

Collection,” an exhibition of Himalayan art and antiques. Daily, 9 to 9. 206 Healdsburg, inside Olive Leaf, Healdsburg. 707.723.4461.

Calabi Gallery Through Sep, “Summer Selection Exhibition.” Wed-Sun, 11 to 5. 144 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.781.7070.

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; SatSun, 10 to 5. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452.

Anonymous,” 19th and 20th century photographs and quilts by unknown artists. 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.

Russian River Art Gallery Aug 6-Sep 6, “The Sculptural World,” an altered book show. Reception, Aug 6, 2 to 6. Daily, 10 to 6. 16200 First St, Guerneville. 707.869.9099.

Sebastopol Center for the Arts

Through Sep 3, “Out There,” a landscape exhibit. Wed-Sat, noon to 5 and by appointment. 312 South A St, Santa Rosa. 707.578.9123.

Through Sep 3, “Collage/ Assemblage,” a juried exhibition, and “Pop Abstract Expressionism, work by Elliott Jeffries. Tues-Fri, 10 to 4; Sat, 1 to 4. 6780 Depot St, Sebastopol. 707.829.4797.

Gallery One

Sebastopol Gallery

Gallery of Sea & Heaven

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.

Ending 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.

Graton Gallery

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.

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.

Local Color Gallery Through Aug 14, “A Visual Feast,” landscape oil paintings by Jody Shipp. Aug 6-Sep 6, “Above the Earth, Below the Sky,” photography by Mike Shoys and paintings by Kai Samuels-Davis. Reception, Aug 6, 1 to 4. Daily, 10 to 5. Closed Wednesdays. 1580 Eastshore Rd, Bodega Bay. 707.875.2744.

Aug 3-29, members’ show with featured artist Beth Changstrom. Reception, Aug 5, 6 to 8. Wed-Thurs and SunMon, 11 to 5; Fri-Sat, 11 to 8. 140 E Napa St, Sonoma. 707.996.3115.

Occidental Center for the Arts

Cafe Gratitude

Petaluma Arts Center

Through Oct 31, “The Nand

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Aug 5-Sep 4, “Donkey Barn Reunion,” works by various artists. Reception Aug 7, 3 to 6. Graton Road and Bohemian Highway, Occidental.

Sonoma County Museum

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 Bolinas Museum Aug 6-Sep 17, “19th Annual Auction Preview Exhibition.” Fri, 1 to 5; Sat-Sun, noon to 5; and by appointment. 48 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.0330.


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Comedy Dinosaurs of Improv Jedi masters of improvised comedy. Aug 4 at 8. $15-$18. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Josh Kornbluth Smart, nebbish monologist dissects art and meaning in his latest, “Andy Warhol: Good for Jews?” Aug 6 at 8. $25-$100. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Three for All Critically acclaimed improvisors Rafe Chase, Stephen Kearin and Tim Orr return. Aug 5-6 at 8. $25-$30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

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Through Sep 15, collage by Elisa Bethptak. Reception, Aug 6, 2 to 4. Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.

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.

Donna Seager Gallery 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.

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 Aug 31, “Bay Area Women Artists,” a group show juried by Donna Seager. Tues-Sat, 10 to 2; also by appointment. 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.4331.

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

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

Napa County Historical Society Gallery Through Aug 30, “In Pictures: Napa County’s Ten Threatened Treasures,” photographs by Robb McDonough. Ongoing 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. Reception, Aug 5, 5:307:30. Wed-Mon, 10 to 5. 55

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

Events Across the Universe Singalong Sing along with your favorite scenes from Julie Taymor’s film. Aug 7 at 2. $12-$15. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Alley Cat Race Fourth annual fundraiser for Redwood Empire Food Bank is part bike race, part scavenger hunt, all thrills and spills throughout town. Aug 7 at 1pm. Toad in the Hole Pub, 116 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.544.8623.

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Match Your Key Dance Singles event introduces fun game that makes it easy to meet others. Aug 5 at 8. $20. Spinnaker, 100 Spinnaker Dr, Sausalito. 415.507.9962.

Open Studios Over 40 artists in three buildings, first Sun of the month, 11 to 4. Free. Marin MOCA, Novato Arts Center, Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Dr, Novato. 415.899.8200.

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SOFA Art Walk 27 artists in Santa Rosa’s vibrant South of A neighborhood. Aug 6-7, 11 to 4. SOFA, South of A, Santa Rosa.

Sonoma County Fair Fair celebrates 75 years at its “Diamond Jubilee” with carnival, livestock, exhibits, flower show, contests, games, horse racing and live entertainment by Trace Adkins, Huey Lewis & the News, and others. Jul 27Aug 14; Tues-Sun, 11 to 11. Free-$9. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa.

Staches & Spokes Hosted by Whiskeydrunk Cycles atop a parking garage, this soiree features art, food and live music from John Courage and the Great Plains, Mr December and the Budrows. Aug 7 at 3. Fifth St Parking Garage, Top Deck, Santa Rosa.

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

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

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

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

( 37 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.

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

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.

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.

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

Film The Big Lebowski Mix a white Russian and abide with the Dude. Aug 7 at 7. $10-$75. Gundlach Bundschu Winery, 2000 Denmark St, Sonoma. 707.938.5277.

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showing at parks throughout Marin county, Fri-Sat at 8pm. Aug 5, “Gasland.” Aug 6, “Toy Story 3.” Free. Creek Park, Hub Intersection, Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Anselmo.

Monday Night Movies Every Mon at 7:30, enjoy a classic film. Aug 8, “East of Eden.” Free. Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.389.4292, ext 116.

Movies in the Park Free family entertainment with weekly featured film, activities, live music, BBQ and more every Fri at 6:30. Aug 5, “Tangled.” Lucchesi Park, 320 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. www.

31st San Francisco Jewish Film Festival Final weekend of the acclaimed festival includes screenings in Marin. Aug 6-8, films include “Incessant Vision: Letters from an Architect,” “Bobby Fischer Against the World,” “Mabul,” “Joanna,” “Polish Bar,” “Next Year in Bombay,” “In Another Lifetime,” “All Done and Dusted,” “Intimate Grammar,” “Little Rose,” “Life is Too Long,” “Grandpa Looked Like William Powell,” “Standing Silent,” “The Roundup” and “The Matchmaker.” $10.50$12. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.621.0556.

Wild Caught: The Life & Struggles of an American Fishing Town Filmmaker Matthew Barr screens and discusses documentary about the struggle of small fishing communities in a global market. Aug 7 at 4. Free. Jenner Community Center, Highway 1, behind SeaStore gas station, Jenner.

Lectures Burbank Lecture Series Monthly garden and history lectures Tues at 7. Aug 9, “Flower Arranging Made Easy” with Mary Basham. $10. Luther Burbank Home & Gardens, Santa Rosa Avenue at Sonoma Avenue, Santa Rosa. 707.524.5445.

A-List Series Conversational interviews with authors, athletes, adventurers, academics and anarchists,

Wed at 7:30. Aug 3, major league baseball star Vida Blue in conversation with Bruce Macgowan. Aug 4, Mort Sahl in conversation with Mark Pitta. $12-$15. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.


Royal Robbins Legendary rock climber and whitewater kayaker presents slides of his exploits and signs copies of the first two volumes of his autobiography. Aug 3 at 7. REI Corte Madera, 213 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera. 415.927.1938.

Science Buzz Cafe Every Thurs at 6:30, gather with scientists and amateur science fans to discuss weekly topics. Aug 4, “Arab Renaissance: The House of Wisdom” with Jay Cimo. $3 donation. Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.292.5281.

Readings Armstrong Woods State Reserve Aug 4 at 7, “Fire Monks: Zen Mind Meets Wildfire at the Gates of Tassajara,” with Colleen Morton Busch, hosted by River Reader. Armstrong Woods Picnic Grounds, Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville. 707.869.2240.

Hopmonk Tavern North Bay Poetry Slam. Monthly poetry performance competition. First Sun monthly at 7. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

SoCo Coffee Poetry SoCoCo. Join Ed Coletti and friends for evening of poetry on the first Sat of every month, 7 to 9. Aug 6, Lin Marie DeVincent, Beatriz Lagos, Tom Mariani, Nancy Cavers Dougherty. Free. 707.527.6434. 1015 Fourth St, Santa Rosa.

Book Passage Aug 3 at 7, “The Lovers” with Vendela Vida. Aug 4 at 7, “Tribes of Burning Man” with Steve Jones. Aug 5 at 7, “Supergods” with Grant Morrison. Aug 6 at 1, “The Hangman’s Daughter” with Oliver Potzsch; at 4, “Instructions for a Broken Heart” with Kim Culbertson; at 7, “Harriet Lane Levy’s Paris Portraits” with Laura Sheppard. Aug 8 at 7, “In Malice, Quite Close” with Brandi Lynn Ryder. Aug 9 at 7, “Nom de Plume: A (Secret) History of

Chosen Spot Local Color Gallery sheds light on the unseen We know we live in one of the most geographically stunning areas in the country, but when obligations keep us busy, it’s easy to forget the natural beauty that surrounds us. For a few people, however, that beauty is their work. In “Above the Earth, Below the Sky,” a new exhibit at the Local Color Gallery, Mike Shoys and Kai Samuels-Davis remind us of the inspiration found in Sonoma County’s wilderness. Shoys, a Forestville resident, focuses mainly on photography, shooting Sonoma County scenes at all times of day. His shots of beaches, fog and redwoods capture some of the most peaceful yet powerful images of Northern California. Samuels-Davis sets up shop in Bodega Bay, where his delicate portraits and landscape paintings communicate raw emotion. Often employing rough brush strokes and dripping paint, Samuels-Davis lends each of his works a distinctive, often slightly melancholy sentiment. The two artists are perfect complements, with Shoys’ photos lulling the viewer to a calm place and Samuels-Davis exposing the vulnerability there. A poignant reminder of love for Sonoma County and of our place within it, “Above the Earth, Below the Sky” runs through Aug. 31 at Local Color Gallery with an opening reception Saturday, Aug. 6, from 1pm to 4pm. 1580 Eastshore Road, Bodega Bay. 707.875.2744.—Justine McDaniel

Pseudonyms” with Carmela Ciuraru. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 415.927.0960.

on the Edge” with Philip and Alex Fradkin. 11445 State Route 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1349.

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

The Complete History of America (Abridged) Irreverent three-man romp through annals of our nation’s past. Through Sep 25; Fri-Sun at 8, Sun at 4. $20-$35. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, Dominican University, San Rafael. www.

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. Ending Aug 7. $10-$25. Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.527.4307.

The Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams play about failure and reconciliation. Through Aug 14. Sonoma Community Center, 276 E Napa St, Sonoma. 707.938.4826.

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.

Kiss Me, Kate Classic musical comedy with timeless Cole Porter songs. Aug 5-Sep 4; Thurs-Sat at 8, Sun at 2. $15-$35. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

Much Ado About Nothing All the park’s a stage when actors perform Shakespearean tale of love, trickery and bickery. Aug 5-21; Thurs-Sun at 7. $20$25. Ives Park, Willow Street and Jewell Avenue, Sebastopol. 707.256.7500.

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.

One Act Play Festival Four plays, each featuring a different director and cast. Aug 4-14; Fri-Sat at 8, Sun at 3. $18-

$20. Novato Theater Company, 484 Ignacio Blvd, Novato. 415.883.4498.

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

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.

Wretch Like Me Bohemian’s own David Templeton tells his true story about being saved from being saved. Aug 5-6 at 8. $15-$18. Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.763.8920.

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