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‘After the party broke up, a lot of people were lost. And I wasn’t gonna be one of ’em.’ COVER STO RY P20 The ‘Homosexual Agenda’ Strikes Again T H E PAP E R P 9

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Calexico: Sand, Mirages and Reverb MUSIC P32 Rhapsodies & Rants p6 The Paper p9 Green Zone p12 Dining p15 Wineries p18

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Rhapsodies The Wrong Answer Fuel efficiency standards don’t go far enough BY MICHAEL F. MCCAULEY


recent newsletter from the Sierra Club lauded an Obama administration initiative intended to reduce our car culture’s dependence on oil and improve the air we breathe. In proposing that cars and trucks get 54.5 mpg by 2025, the President called this goal “the single most important step we’ve ever taken as a nation to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.” The Sierra Club enthuses that “this standard will save us money at the pump, reduce life-threatening carbon pollution and provide Americans with better and more fuel efficient car choices. . . . The president’s announcement is a strong step toward ending our dependence on oil.” Improve fuel efficiency? Hey, Mr. President and Sierra Club, why aren’t we severing our connection to oil altogether? Are more autoindustry regulations via government policing the way to “reduce life-threatening carbon pollution”? Let’s get positive. Let’s create incentives for zero-emission, energy-efficient electric vehicles. It can happen. Check Oslo, Norway. Oslo has more electric cars per capita than any European capital. And Norway knows about positive incentives. Can you say “free”? Free parking at downtown lots, free toll roads and bridges, free access to special lanes and free public charging stations. Wait, there’s more. Electric cars are exempt from Norway’s valueadded tax. And company cars get a 50 percent discount on the usual taxes. Demand goes up, supply scrambles to keep pace. Imagine! Admittedly there are still “issues.” Electric cars can’t go long distances. And Norway’s cold winters slash battery efficiency. Not to worry. Norway is creating a nationwide network of charging stations. Drivers will recharge their cars in about 20 minutes—just long enough to enjoy a roadside coffee—compared to the seven or eight hours normally needed at home. See, there is a positive, responsible way we as a nation can break our dependence on oil. So when we question our attachment to gasguzzling cars, why do we Americans have the wrong answer? Michael McCauley is a retired museum executive who lives in Santa Rosa and spends his off-hours volunteering at area arts venues. Open Mic is a weekly feature in the ‘Bohemian.’ We welcome your contribution. To have your topical essay of 350 words considered for publication, write

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Plenty Embarrassed In response to Greg Denton’s inquiry (Rhapsodies & Rants, Aug. 3) regarding finding a Republican who is embarrassed by his or her party’s “guiding philosophy,” you can count the two of us. However, we are equally disgusted and embarrassed by the Democrats’ shenanigans and fingerpointing, and think all members of both parties in Congress should be hung out to dry so we can start over.


Republican ‘Philosophy’ Mr. Denton may want to talk to an actual Republican voter before saying he has never met one who is embarrassed by their party’s “philosophy.” Many Republican and conservative voters across the country are dissatisfied by their party’s actions or nonactions. However, those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. Democrats have a president in office that they voted for and held a majority in both the House and Senate for two years, and yet Mr. Obama’s approval rating is nothing to be proud of and Congress has hit an all-time low with, I believe, 82 percent of people polled not approving. Maybe Democratic voters should look to their elected officials rather than

blaming Congress for all the country’s problems. Just a thought from a Republican voter who wouldn’t vote for 99 percent of the Republicans holding office these days.


It’s Like a Date Gone Really Bad So imagine you are on a date, a very important date for both of you—in fact, the whole world is awaiting the outcome of this event. One diner is holding his fork left-handed, the other in the right. One orders organic and hormone/additive-free from the main course; diner number two orders a hamburger, fries and a Coke. Both argue bitterly over dinner and drinks afterward. Diner number one sips sparkling water with lime; the other, 100year-old scotch, while the restaurant owner and his waitstaff pace the floor awaiting one party or the other to pick up the check, pay and go home. Neither party makes a move. In fact, both wait till the very last minute before the police arrive. Party number one offers to pay half. The other refuses to pay a dime. And just before the handcuffs come out, guess who settles in full while the other leaves a miserly dollar tip? The debt ceiling vote in Congress speaks loud and clear which party cares about this huge “restaurant,” its current “owner” and all of its hardworking staff.


Let’s Talk About Horses The last 30 years of my life I’ve wondered if I’d recognize something really important, something revolutionary if someone sat it right in front of me. Well, this is it! (“Plow! Plow!,” Aug. 3.)


The times they are a-changin’, and right out there off Ferguson Creek! Here is the first real evidence I’ve seen that the baggage of awfulness of “modern agriculture” has weighted itself into obsolescence. Thanks to young humans and strong horses!


Dept. of Depts. In last week’s cover story on monoculture, we incorrectly identified Frederique Lavoipierre as the coordinator for the entomology department at Sonoma State University. Lavoipierre is in fact the coordinator for the entomology outreach program.

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Since its 2006 opening, the Marin Youth Center (MYC) has been a place where San Rafael youth can take cooking classes, attend dances and shows, and participate in activities to keep them busy and inspired. But last week, the Marin Community Foundation decided to close the center affectionately known as “the MYC,” citing a desire to bring more vocational training and small-business development programs to the space, according to foundation president Thomas Peters. While the San Rafael Intel Computer Clubhouse & Sound Studio will remain open, the hall, commercial kitchen and cafe, art studios, meeting spaces and lounge will be closed as of Aug. 12. Community members are mourning the loss of a vibrant space that provided a venue for teens to socialize safely while expressing themselves creatively.

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COLORFUL HISTORY Learning about Stonewall will apparently turn students gay, according to opponents of a new bill.

FAIR Time Gov. Brown signs simple LGBT education bill; opposition decries so-called homosexual agenda BY LEILANI CLARK


n the early morning hours of June 27, 1969, after countless police raids on the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, gays and lesbians finally fought back. The ensuring three days of bottle-throwing, broken windows and street fighting has gone down in history

as the Stonewall riots, and is acknowledged as the important beginning of the gay rights movement. With the signing of the FAIR Education Act by Gov. Jerry Brown in July, key LGBT historical events like Stonewall may now be included in California textbooks and curriculum. Known as SB 48, the law requires that lesbian, gay, bisexual and

transgender Americans, as well as the disabled and Pacific Islanders, be included in social science curricula for their historical contributions to California and the United States. The first of its kind in the nation, SB 48 could mark a sea change in how LGBT people are represented in the classroom. “I know that as an educator, the more voices that we can ) 10 bring to our discussion

How often have you heard someone say, “I don’t even know my next-door neighbors?” The city of Santa Rosa and Community Action Partnership aim to change that with the Santa Rosa Neighbors Summit. The two-day event celebrates all things neighborly; Amalia Alarcon de Morris, bureau director at Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Development, will share some of the best practices from her work in building inclusive, safe and livable neighborhoods on Friday, Aug. 19, at the Santa Rosa City Hall Chambers from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. A day of workshops on strengthening community in Santa Rosa follows on Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Finley Community Center. 2060 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa. 9am–3pm. Free. www.santarosaneighborsummit.—Leilani Clark

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FAIR ( 9 and the more perspectives we can teach kids about enriches their learning and their ability to be in the world,” notes PinerOlivet Union School District superintendent Jennie Snyder. With nine years of experience as a middle-school social studies teacher prior to her entry into administration, Snyder says the FAIR Education Act is in accordance with the goals of history and social science instructors: to teach about current challenges and problems in a historical context. “I don’t see [SB 48] as being a conflict; I see it as having the potential for enriching those learning experiences,” says Snyder. Supporters say that the FAIR Education Act brings classroom instruction into alignment with nondiscrimination laws around race, gender and ethnicity that were already adopted by the State Board of Education a decade ago. “What a student learns about gay civil rights or leaders with disabilities in the curriculum would be developed with input from teachers and parents at the local school district level,” notes Rebekah Orr, communications director for Equality California, the San Francisco–based gay rights organization that co-sponsored the bill with the Gay Straight Alliance. Yet a group calling itself the Stop SB 48 Coalition claims the FAIR Education Act infringes on parents’ rights to decide what their child should or shouldn’t learn in school, and that it promotes a “homosexual agenda.” Within a day of the bill’s signing, the coalition filed documents with the attorney general’s office to place a referendum on the 2012 ballot to repeal the bill. The group is looking to collect approximately 500,000 signatures by early October. “This legislation cheapens and discredits the education process by requiring that the history curriculum highlight historical figures’ sexual orientation,” says Brad Dacus by phone. Dacus is president of the Pacific Justice

Institute, which has a history of lobbying against gay marriage and hate crimes legislation. Dacus goes on to call the bill “social indoctrination” that “allows instruction that puts the homosexual or transgender lifestyle in a positive light irrespective of the facts as recorded in history.” Whatever those facts may be, Equality California representative Orr says that the anti–SB 48 forces are twisting them. “We know every campaign we’ve ever fought on any equality issue has come down to one thing: the lies and stereotypes perpetrated by our opponents about LGBT people,” she says. Orr adds that Equality California has partnered with the Service Employees International Union to create a hotline where people can record the location of anti–SB 48 petitioners. After receiving a call, trained volunteers will go out to “educate” the signature gatherers about the FAIR Education Act. Part of the “re-education” may address how the teaching of LGBT contributions has been shown to lessen incidences of bullying. According to the Preventing School Harassment Survey by the California Safe Schools Coalition, in schools where students report having learned about LGBT people in the curriculum, 11 percent of LGBT students say they’ve been bullied. Conversely, in schools where the majority of students say they haven’t learned about LGBT people, that number jumps to 24 percent. Superintendent Snyder says that while she’s not familiar with these studies, she does see a direct connection between the two. “Once we can open up things for discussion, it sort of demystifies them,” says Snyder. “Rather than having it be something that is the other or distant or the unknown, you bring that into an awareness that these are people who have made contributions. These are people who are not unlike your classmates and people that you encounter in your community. I think that is central to what we do as teachers.”

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HOME INDEED Nick Catelli and sister Domenica started spending time at Catelli’s when they were literally one day old.

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veryone was always happy,” says Nick Catelli of growing up in his grandparents’ restaurant. “It was the local hangout. We had a back door that people could sneak into, so we’d get the farmer guys in here drinking and hiding from their wives. My memories are just of people having a good time.”


Now Nick and his sister, Domenica, have reopened Catelli’s to great fanfare, not just on Main Street but to the North Bay at large. In 1936, Catelli’s was sandwiched between the town butcher shop and the local shoemaker. For decades, it was a Geyserville institution, the town’s bustling Italian restaurant. After Virginia and Santi retired, Nick’s father took over until 1994. At the time, Nick was only 13 and Domenica 21, and the family leased out the space. “We were just waiting,” Nick says, sitting in a booth dedicated

to the memory of Virginia and Santi, whose presence still hangs heavy in the air 75 years after they opened the restaurant. “Domenica and I were always very adamant about wanting to do the restaurant again in the family name.” Their opportunity came in 2009, when they learned that the owners of the lease would be moving their restaurant. Nick and Domenica decided to seize their chance. The entire family gathered to help, and Catelli’s reopened in 2010. “When you’re a kid, if your family owns a business, you

always want to follow in their footsteps,” says Nick, who spent 13 years working at Johnny Garlic’s and Tex Wasabi’s in Santa Rosa, and who has opened a total of seven restaurants. “We saw so many happy people in here. You just know that you want your children to be in the same boat. It was always family. It was always home.” Domenica and Nick worked with their father to replicate the old family recipes, like Virginia’s ravioli and minestrone soup, experimenting until it tasted just right. The rest of the menu was created by Domenica, who has done extensive work with healthfuleating philosophies and enterprises such as Iron Chef America, WebMD. com and Safeway’s O Organics line. “[The menu] is Domenica’s style that she was taught from our grandmother as well as from our father,” says Nick. “It is about healthful, fresh, local, sustainable, organic food.” The menu includes much-talkedabout meatball sliders ($10.95), 10-layer lasagna ($16.95), chicken sauté sec ($16.50) and seasonal specials, many with local ingredients, such as olives from the Dry Creek Valley. The reopened restaurant has seen support from the local community, including a few oldtime customers. Lou Colombano, the first bartender for Catelli’s, still comes into the restaurant at age 96. Nick’s strongest memories of growing up in the restaurant are of everyday activities, like coming in after school and having a soda at the bar or eating lunch with his dad. Starting at age five, he would get more bread and butter for the tables. Now, he’s answering phones, giving direction to his staff and helping customers. “It’s just awesome that we can be here, supply jobs for people in this town and make people happy,” Nick says. “We didn’t know if it was ever going to come back. We just happened to have everything fall into place. “It’s basically,” he smiles, “the dream come true.” Catelli’s, 21047 Geyserville Ave., Geyserville. 707.857.3471.

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flavorful food in authentic neighborhood-style Italian restaurant. Lunch and dinner daily. 18 Tamalpais Dr, Corte Madera. 415.927.2316.

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

Dierkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

Flavor California cuisine. $-$$. Fresh and organic white-tablecloth food at paper-napkin prices. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 96 Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa. 707.573.9695. Kirin Chinese. $$. Specializing in Mandarin, Szechuan and Peking styles. Kirinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pot stickers are the best in Sonoma County. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat; dinner, Sun. 2700 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.525.1957. Nonniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ristorante Italiano Italian. $$. Hearty

Real DĂśner Turkish. $-$$. Casual, cafe-style ordering from a friendly staff. Get the coffee and buibal yuvasi dessert. Lunch and dinner daily. 307 F St, Petaluma. 707.765.9555.



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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.

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

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

Thai Issan Thai. $$. Popular full-spectrum Thai restaurant. Lunch, Mon-Sat; dinner daily. 208 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.762.5966. Tres Hombres Mexican. $-$$. Excellent food in Petalumaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theater District, and a fun place to hang before or after a flick.Lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sat-Sun. 151 Petaluma Blvd S, Petaluma. 707.773.4500.

Underwood Bar & Bistro European bistro. $$. The Underwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

Washoe House Roadhouse. $$. Since 1859, serving straightforward roadhouse grub and Italian fare. Canned green beans, buffalo burgers, amazingly satisfying pies. The bar alone is worth a trip. Lunch and dinner daily. Stony Point and Roblar roads, Cotati. 707.795.4544.

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.

Avatarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

Bubbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Diner Homestyle American. $-$$. Comforting Momma-style food like fried green tomatoes, onion meatloaf and homey chicken-fried steak with red-eye gravy in a restaurant lined with cookbooks and knickknacks. Open breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 566 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo. 415.459.6862.

Citrus & Spice Thai/ Californian. $$. Thai meets California, with fresh fruit accents, light herbs and spices, and a great mango-duck summer roll. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 1444 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.455.0444.

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

Portelli Rossi Italian. $$. Tasty and affordable fare in a cozy setting. Lunch, Tues-Sat; dinner, Tues-Sun. 868 Grant Ave, Novato. 415.892.6100.

Sol Food Puerto Rican. $. Flavorful, authentic and homestyle at this Puerto Rican eatery, which is as hole-inthe-wall as they come. Lunch and dinner daily. Two San Rafael locations: 732 Fourth St. 415.451.4765. 901 Lincoln Ave. 415.256.8903. Sushiholic Japanese. $$$$. A nice addition to the local lineup, with a lengthy and wellcrafted repertoire including uncommon dishes like nabeyaki udon, zaru soba, yosenabe and sea bass teriyaki. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. Rowland Plaza, 112-C Vintage Way, Novato. 415.898.8500. Tommyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wok Chinese. $-$$. Tasty and filling Chinese fare without the greasy weigh-down. Nice vegetarian selections, too. Lunch and dinner, )


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N A PA CO U N TY Ad Hoc American. $$-$$$. Thomas Keller’s quintessential neighborhood restaurant. Prix fixe dinner changes daily. Actually takes reservations. 6476 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.2487. Alexis Baking Co Cafe. $-$$. Alexis excels at baked goods and offers killer breakfasts and sensible soup’n’-salad lunches. 1517 Third St, Napa. 707.258.1827.

Bistro Jeanty French. $$$. Rich, homey cuisine. A perfect choice when you can’t get a chance to do your Laundry. Lunch and dinner daily. 6510 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.0103. Boonfly Cafe California cuisine. $-$$. Extraordinary food in an extraordinary setting. Perfect pasta and mussels. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 4080 Sonoma Hwy, Napa. 707.299.4900.

Bouchon French. $$$. A Keller brother creation with a distinctly Parisian bistro ambiance, offering French classics. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 6540 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.8037. Bounty Hunter Wine country casual. $$. Wine shop and bistro with maverick moxie for the wine cowboy. Premium bottles for sale, also. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Sun; open late, Thurs-Sat. 975 First St, Napa. 707.255.0622.

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

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

Miguel’s MexicanCalifornian. $$. Ultracasual

Meat & Greet Brady Lowe is an Atlanta-based meat-party impresario who first invaded St. Helena with an event called Primal, which resembled Lord of the Rings more than it did a noseto-tail dining experience. Carcasses were crucified to crossed branches, open fires odorously charred the hair from ex-lambs, and decapitated goat heads lay strewn about, tongues hanging out. It was, in a word, grotesque. Of course, many media outlets, including this one, covered it. One full-blast media buzz on renegade butchers later, Lowe has toned down his event into Cochon 555, a nationwide contest with slightly less bombast. Famously, Duskie Estes and John Stewart from Santa Rosa’s Zazu Restaurant & Farm took Cochon 555’s top national honors earlier this year, and Brady Lowe’s return to St. Helena this weekend can be taken as the couple’s victory lap: Cochon Heritage Fire, as it’s called, features 25 chefs, 10 butchers and 2,000 pounds of rabbits, chickens, goats and more. Cured meats and handmade sausage demonstrations satisfy the carnivorous spirit, though we do hear rumors of heirloom tomatoes, craft beer and specialty cheeses as well. Naturally, Estes and Stewart will be there, but keep an eye out for the out-of-placelooking vegetable maestro Jeremy Fox (formerly of Napa’s Ubuntu, now with Whole Vegetable), butcher supreme Tia Harrison (Avedano’s and Butcher’s Guild cofounder) and former Fish Story chef Stephen Barber (Farmstead, Napa), among dozens of others. The applewood gets fired and the rotisseries spinning on Saturday, Aug. 13, at Charles Krug Winery. 2800 Main St., St. Helena. $100. 4pm. 707.967.2200.—Gabe Meline

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.

Red Rock Cafe & Backdoor BBQ American. $-$$. Cafe specializing in barbecue and classic diner fare. Messy, delicious. Lunch and

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Hors d’Oeuvre Reception Featuring Sierra Nevada Old Chico Crystal Wheat Reception: 6:30 pm, Dinner: 7:00 pm $60 plus tax & gratuity

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dinner daily. 1010 Lincoln Ave, Napa. 707.226.2633.

Ubuntu Vegetarian. $$$$. Some of the most remarkable specimens of high-end vegetables and fruits available on a restaurant plate. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 1140 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5656.

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

Cellars of Sonoma Topshelf winos will want to roll down the tracks and check out this Railroad Square coop that serves product from six small family wineries. The attractive shop features the massive wood bar from the old Mixx restaurant, constantly shifting scenery on an array of flat panel screens ensconced in wine barrel heads and aroma seminars. Check out the dry Gewürtz and Estate Pinots. 133 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. Sunday–Wednesday 10am–5pm, Thursday– Saturday 10am–7pm. $10 fee. 707.578.1826.

Dutton-Goldfield Winery Spacious, clean and bright, otherwise not much to recommend it–except a stellar lineup of finely crafted, fruit-forward wines. 3100 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Sebastopol. 10am–4:30pm daily. $10 tasting fee. 707.827.3600.

Gourmet au Bay Seafood takes to wine even better than water. Wine bar and retail shop offers flights served on custom wooden “surfboards,” artisan cheese and cracker plate, and liberal bring-your-own picnic policy. Cold crab cakes and sparkling wine at sunset on the bay? Sounds like a date. 913 Hwy. 1, Bodega. Wine surfing, $8. 707.875.9875. Loxton Cellars At Loxton, the shingle of Aussie Chris Loxton, who forewent a career in physics to save space-time in a bottle, Syrah and Shiraz are king. 11466 Dunbar Road, Glen Ellen. By appointment. 707.935.7221.

Murphy-Goode Winery Value is a premium. Be sure to try the Brenda Block Cabernet and Fume Blanc. The new tasting room is a classy, low-key experience. 20 Matheson St., Healdsburg. Open daily, 10:30am–5:30pm. 800.499.7644.

Passalacqua Winery Family-run, boasting good reds and Chardonnay as well as a fun wine-aroma kit to train your senses to identify common wine smells. Large deck, garden and vineyard. 3805 Lambert Bridge Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 707.433.5575.

Ravenswood Winery The winery motto is “No wimpy wines,” and they make strong, much-praised Zinfandels. A great place to learn that wine is supposed to be fun. 18701 Gehricke Road, Sonoma. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 707.933.2332.

Sonoma Enoteca Locals long-inured to local delights might also find themselves impressed with the wide and varied selection. 35 E. Napa St., Sonoma. Open Wednesday– Monday, 10am–6pm; Tuesday, 10am–3pm. 707.935.1200. Topel Winery Hailing from Hopland, Topel offers estategrown Meritage and other wines in this well-appointed tasting room with casement windows open to the street, across from Oakville Grocery. Cedar, chicory, chocolate and brown spice–makes one hungry for a portobellomushroom-on-focaccia sandwich. 125 Matheson St., Hopland. Open daily, 11am– 7pm. Tasting fees, $5–$12. 707.433.4116.

N A PA CO U N TY Corison Winery Winemaker Cathy Corison proudly describes herself as a “Cabernet chauvinist.” 987 St. Helena Hwy.,

St. Helena. By appointment. 707.963.0826.

Fantesca Estate & Winery (WC) Set on land that was the dowry gift when Charles Krug married in 1860, this estate winery specializing in Cab features a wineaging cave built right into the side of Spring Mountain. 2920 Spring Mountain Road, Napa. By appointment. 707.968.9229.

Freemark Abbey In 1881, Josephine Tychson was the first woman to own and operate a winery in the valley. Enjoy the Cabs. 3022 St. Helena Hwy. N. (at Lodi Lane), St. Helena. Open daily, 10am-5pm. 800.963.9698.

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

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

Storybook Mountain Vineyards (WC) Jerry and Sigrid Seps and a few likeminded winemakers founded Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP), through which they continue to proselytize on behalf of “America’s heritage grape.” 3835 Hwy. 128, Calistoga. By appointment. 707.942.5310.

Swanson Vineyards Not lotus-eating, per se, but caviar, Grana Padano, artisan chocolate bonbons–same idea. Whimsically elegant Salon or informal, candystriped Sip Shoppe. Known for Merlot. 1271 Manley Lane, Rutherford. Sip Shoppe Thursday–Sunday 11am–5pm; call or ring gate. Fee $15–$20. Salon by appointment, $60. 707.754.4018.


hough wineries number in the hundreds, their bottles clinking shoulderto-shoulder on overcrowded shelves, every day some novitiate leaves a lucrative career to trammel dusky juice out of a heap of black grapes—culled, perhaps, from the same vineyards as dozens other of their bewitched brethren. Would it not be more efficient to put these in the hands of one winery with the economy of scale to produce excellent sips for less than the cost of a parking ticket? “In a world without variety, it would be easier to answer that question,” Chris Taddei of Super Sonoman Wines replies. In wine, alas, variety is not just the spice but the very stuff of life.

That’s where Vinify Wine Services fits in. Furnished with the latest in tanks, presses and sorting tables, Vinify provides smalltime vintners with the means to their dream, with the efficiency of a midsized winery. Much more than a “vanity label” outfit, Vinify is like a Russian doll of wineries within wineries making brands for yet other clients, a labyrinth of “type 2” winemakers (a legal designation, not a personality trait—that would be type A, for the most part) and “17/20 licenses.” Of these, six are currently pouring in a newly opened, on-site tasting room in Northwest Santa Rosa. Frostwatch makes its 2010 Kismet ($24) mainly from Sauvignon Blanc grown in its own Bennett Valley vineyard. Stony, with an initially sulfurous tinge to prettier white flower aromas, it’s otherwise nice and zesty, a sizzling crisp cocktail of lime and agave. From former Flowers Winery viticulturist Greg Bjornstad, a 2008 Van der Kamp Vineyard Pinot Noir ($40) is perfumed with ethereal strawberry and red cherry, with a finish as dense as fog, while Olson Ogden’s 2007 Unti Vineyards Syrah ($45) boasts bucketfuls of wild grape and black cherry flavors in every pour. Super Sonoman, on a mission to show that Cab from the mountains of Sonoma County can be as serious as that of the Napa Valley floor (would a serious person doubt it?), pours a 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon ($50) that binds concentrated blackberry liqueur to a firm, dry hammer of tannin, and should reward the patient after some downtime. For most boutique hopefuls, the overhead and hard work of winemaking might barely yield a living, says Taddei. “It’s really a labor of love. The flip side is, you get to drink wine at 9 in the morning!” He’s kidding, of course. But isn’t it pretty to think so? Vinoteca, 3358 Coffey Lane, Ste. C, Santa Rosa. Friday–Sunday, 11am–5pm, or by appointment. $10 fee waived with purchase. 707.542.3292.—James Knight

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As Big as Ever Over 40 years ago, Elbert ‘Big Man’ Howard helped found the Black Panthers. Now living in Sonoma County, he’s still on the prowl BY EMILY HUNT


nstead of proudly carrying a legacy that changed the face of social activism forever, Elbert Howard kept it a secret for nearly 30 years.

If one were to have visited Howard during the 1990s, where he lived a fairly anonymous life in Tennessee, it would be almost impossible to imagine the gunshots, the riots, the espionage, the planning and the sacrifices that provided the backdrop to his previous life in California. In fact, it was only long after he left the activist front, at his group’s 35th anniversary in Washington, D.C., that Howard’s own daughter discovered who her father had been and what his legacy meant. Elbert “Big Man” Howard is one of only two surviving founding members of the Black Panther Party. He edited their newspaper, instituted many of their programs and traveled overseas as a spokesman. Today, in his modest Forestville home nestled between a corner market and a shady country highway, Howard may appear to live the quiet life. But the panther, as it were, is still prowling. Slowly but surely, Howard has made his large presence known since moving here in 2005. Howard is the founder of the Police Accountability Clinic and Helpline Sonoma County (PACH), a community organization that offers a resource for fighting police brutality by keeping records of incidents— police reports, autopsies—and providing assistance in case of lawsuits. On Occidental’s KOWS-FM, he hosts a weekly radio show that, deemed a tool for “jazz music education” by Howard himself, spans the history of jazz from early Louis Armstrong to modern avant-garde musicians. In 2001, Howard self-published his memoir, Panther on the Prowl, recounting the quiet rise and booming fall of the Black Panthers while simultaneously making a case for the continuation of social activism.


“ HIS BACK PAGES Elbert Howard in his home with the paper he started as founding editor.

fter the party broke up, a lot of people were lost,” begins Howard, sitting in his kitchen, behind large prescription glasses. “And I wasn’t gonna be one of ’em.” He explains that writing his book served as therapy which helped him understand and accept the tumultuous and often frightening events that took hold of the United States and


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group at Merritt College. Through this involvement, Howard befriended two fellow students, Huey Newton and Bobby Seale, and the three would casually get together for political discussions. “I like to think that I didn’t choose the Black Panther Party, the Black Panther Party chose me,” Howard philosophizes. Political discussion developed into political action, and Howard inevitably became the third member of the Black Panther Party. One of the party’s priorities was to respond to the police department’s racial injustice and abuse. “The police patrolled, not to protect our property—we didn’t have any,” Howard explains. “It was to control and dominate us. We saw someone killed by the police almost on a weekly basis. We saw that the power they had over us grew out of the barrels of those guns, and we surmised that one way to deal with that was to arm ourselves.” With that, the Black Panthers envisioned one of the first incarnations of a police checking system. The party’s safety patrols employed law students to monitor police activity throughout the night and to be present during many arrests, advising and aiding potential victims of racism from a legal standpoint. According to Howard, the police never brutalized their offenders in the presence of the Black Panthers. By phone, Black Panther cofounder Bobby Seale reports that Howard played an important role in the safety patrol program, and was responsible for teaching the Panthers how to use their weapons for defense. “Elbert and I, we were ex-military. Being ex-military, we were able to show other party members the use of guns and weapons, and the safety of weapons,” Seale says. “There were only three: myself, Richard Aoki and ‘Big Man’ Elbert Howard. To me, as chairman of the Black Panther Party, Elbert Howard’s experience was invaluable. We taught all the other party members. We taught Huey Newton what guns were about, how to really break the weapons down.”

ATTENTION Howard, on the right, with other party members in 1968.


s the Black Panthers grew in numbers, their programs grew in depth. Howard himself was responsible for a free medical clinic for sickle-cell anemia and a work-study program for parolees at the college. The Black Panthers also created a free-breakfast program, piqued by poor children’s inability to succeed in school due to malnourishment. This latter operation, Howard explains with a sardonic chuckle, has actually been the unstated model for generations of government-run breakfast programs. “We needed to address the community,” Howard says. “We wanted complete change. Social revolution, put simply. We knew it was gonna be a community to do that, not the Black Panthers.” In such efforts to appeal to the community and voice their cause, the Black Panthers decided to found a weekly newspaper—and looked for an editor. “I was led by the youthful willingness to do whatever it takes to get a job done,” Howard reflects. “I said, ‘I don’t know anything about it, but I will find out.’” With that, Howard became the first editor of The Black Panther. The efforts worked. The Black Panther cause rang throughout America and into Japan, where Howard, as the international spokesman for the Black Panthers, was invited to speak.

Howard found that in Japan, numerous protest groups competed for his exclusive participation. Such competition was in contrast to the Black Panthers’ belief in forming solidarity. According to Howard, it was counterproductive to spend time arguing about which philosophy was best. Yet the trend of pitting activists against each other did indeed become a technique that the Black Panthers’ adversaries adopted in order to break down the party’s solidarity and organization. When Howard returned to the United States, FBI and CIA agents were pitting West Coast and East Coast Panthers against each other through spies and misinformation, resulting in the murders of men on both sides and the incarceration of many Panthers, including Howard himself. Howard can’t remember how many times he was thrown in jail. One day, he and some fellow Black Panthers were sent to New York. When they were picked up from the airport, Howard says, their “driver” drove in circles for hours and eventually dropped his passengers off—directly into jail. Yet the Black Panthers remained diligent. Seale himself recalls that even when in jail for long stretches of time, there were still plans to be made and directives to be given. Seale attests that no matter where he was ) 22

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eventually the world in the 1960s. Growing up in Chattanooga, Tenn., Howard lived a childhood relatively free from the perils of racism, due to Chattanooga’s thriving black community. Though he was always aware of inequality—his book gives an unnervingly detached account of his neighborhood’s interaction with the KKK—it wasn’t until he joined the Air Force in 1956 that he felt the gravity of the situation. One of his first personal encounters with prejudice came when, in the process of passing the time and bonding with another white enlistee, Howard was denied entrance into a segregated cinema. “The military was a way to expand my horizons,” Howard smiles. “And Chattanooga was a road to nowhere. We had the opportunity from our base in Vermont to travel to Canada. There, of course, I met people much different than myself. I learned that there were black people in Canada that weren’t from the United States. That was an eye-opening experience. [Black] people seemed to be accepted there,” he recollects. “Just in everyday interactions with people, it was a lot different. There wasn’t that unstated tension that one feels in America.” After more than four years of service, Howard was fatefully and conveniently discharged near Oakland, where cultural acceptance and personal enlightenment were liberties reserved for an elite few. Oakland in the 1960s was a foggy city of heavy industry, punctuated by social chaos. With a large black population living in close quarters to an even larger white population, racial tensions ran high. The Oakland Police Department involved itself constantly in such tensions, and, not surprisingly, black citizens were routinely shot by officers. The killings, Howard recounts, were almost always deemed justified by the district attorney. Howard, beginning his studies in political science, observed and sometimes participated in meetings of an African nationalist

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incarcerated, Howard would always travel to visit in these moments of crisis. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh yeah, he was always there,â&#x20AC;? Seale states. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I could always count on Elbert and my brother John Seale to get information out and tell other party members.â&#x20AC;? After Howard left California in 1974, he involved himself in private industry and took a retail position back in Tennessee. Yet the FBI still kept an eye on him and even traveled to his workplace to check up on him. All through this, did Howard ever feel defeated? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I never felt that,â&#x20AC;? Howard responds, somewhat indignant at the question. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was always determined to push our programs forward.â&#x20AC;? Howard continues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was most optimistic when we began to get responses from the black community. Not only in Oakland but around the country,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A prime example was when I was sitting in the central headquarters in West Oakland, and I got a phone call from some lady in the community, upset, saying, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;My husband is cussing me out, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s abusive and angry. Can you guys send somebody out to see about that?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Then I saw that the community, rather than calling the police, called the Black Panther Party.â&#x20AC;?


n the early 2000s, Howard was diagnosed with prostate cancer and returned to California for treatment. Yet despite his current health setbacks and location in a lessthan-bustling city, his momentum for activism seems to be carrying on. Having settled in Forestville with his wife Carol, Howard founded the Police Accountability Clinic and Helpline. Motivated by the series of shootings that took place nearly a decade ago in Rohnert Park, and with his roots in the Black Panthers safety patrols, he began offering workshops to citizens for dealing with police abuse. Such workshops eventually developed into PACH, which takes complaints from victims and organizes comprehensive

reports in the event victims want to pursue legal action. Over 40 people have been killed by law enforcement or have died in custody in Sonoma County since 2000, and that statistic, Howard says, represents an ongoing problem. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Up here, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a small community of African Americans but a vast community of Latinos, and they face not only police brutality and imprisonment but deportation for immigration issues. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a massive number of young people here who have to face the issue of whether theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll come home from school and ďŹ nd their parents are missing and then come to ďŹ nd out theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been deported. Those are real, current issues.â&#x20AC;? Howard even views his jazz radio show as a form of activism. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I try to really enlighten young people about the history of this music. Especially those hip-hop and rap aďŹ cionados, to let them know that that music didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just drop out of the sky. It goes back to gospel, to the ďŹ eld songs of slaves. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s progression, it all has a connection,â&#x20AC;? he explains. Despite a hesitancy to involve his immediate family in activism, Howard ďŹ rmly believes that the possibility for a brighter future rests on the youthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shoulders. His advice for them is timeless, and built on direct experience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Organize. Put heads together, talk about and analyze issues. You might start with one or two or three people. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be a large group. You can take ďŹ ve people, and once you get a good solid idea, those ďŹ ve people can talk to ďŹ ve more people. Take some actionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;action speaks louder than words. It is very easy to join an organization, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tough to create an organization. But not impossible.â&#x20AC;? Photos of the early days of the Black Panther Party are on display at â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Black Powerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Flower Power,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; a photography exhibit by Pirkle Jones and RuthMarion Baruch running through Aug. 30 at the Marin Community Foundation, 5 Hamilton Landing, Suite 200, Novato. 415.666.2442. The Police Accountability Clinic and Helpline is at or 707.542.7224. The Big Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jazz Show is on 95.1 KGGV-FM on Saturdays, 8â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10pm.


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Uke-a-Duke Nothing conveys the feeling of summer sun quite music. The folks at Napa Valley’s Oxbow Public Ma how much we all wish we were in Hawaii, so they’ with Judd’s Hill Winery to bring Uke-A-Palooza to Moynahan, aka King Kukulele, internationally renow and musician, will headline the Polynesian music e with his straw hat, lei and grass skirt. Proceeds fro benefit the Napa Valley Youth Symphony. Hula on Aug. 12, to the Oxbow Public Market. 610 First St., 6–9pm. 707.253.0868.

Get in touch with your wild side! If you can’t travel to go on safari, this is the next best thing. The Kalahari Experience: Voices of South Africa, with members of Zulu Spear, brings the sounds, beats and spirits of the Kalahari Desert to the North Bay. Band Zulu Spear was founded in Northern California and over the course of a long career once performed for Nelson Mandela. Succumb to the experience on Saturday, Aug. 13, at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center. 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. $16. 8pm. 415.488.8888.


Hunting Hi It’s not a secret that a q happiness is food, wine, Scavenge di Rosa has i they’re even throwing in spread across the di Ros Deluna will play, and par access to the “Zombie-P Food trucks from Le Truc Yo el Rey Roasting supp scavenge on this Saturd 5200 Sonoma Hwy., Nap $45 general. 6–9pm. 70


Park Party The theme of the decade is community, so come celebrate with yours! The annual South Park Summer Day and Night Festival is back for a third year, helping light up a tucked-away neighborhood and showcase an overlooked part of town. The festival will feature music from Sangre Azteca, Estreno Misucal and Half After; dancing, sports, games, a health fair, a raffle and a screening of the film Rango. It’s time for fun and the ever-present game of basketball on Saturday, Aug. 13, at Martin Luther King Jr. Park. 1336 Temple Ave., Santa Rosa. Free. 2–11:30pm. 707.544.6911.


Famous Amos An elementary school teacher turned rocker, Amos Lee has gathered a faithful following in the last 10 years, fueled by s from the likes of Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams a Norah Jones. His soulful crooning and penetrating lyrics are perfect match for his onstage personality—understated but Listen to Amos play songs from his latest, Mission Belll, and on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $33. 8pm. 707.546.3600.

—Justine McDaniel

SWEET HEREAFTER Jesse Sykes unlocks your heart, noisily, at the Mystic Theatre on Aug. 11. See Concerts, p28.

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ArtsIdeas LIVING IN A BOX Work by Mimi Abers and Eric Engstron (Lâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;R) highlights the showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s variety.

Art Squared Gallery Route One crams it all in


hey start out identical and end up as different from one other as imaginable. An exercise in creativity, individuality and community, Gallery Route Oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Box Showâ&#x20AC;? brings together an eclectic mix of artists to create something out of nothing. Now in its 13th year, the popular exhibit gives 150 participants similar wooden boxes to decorate at the beginning of


June. Two months later, the boxes come back as works of art, decorated with paint, adorned with sculptures or hooked up to lights. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is something for everyone,â&#x20AC;? says Vickisa, head of publicity for Gallery Route One, a nonproďŹ t artist-run arts organization in Point Reyes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always different and it varies in so many ways, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s indescribable.â&#x20AC;? Veteran artists are given the opportunity to return each year, while new participants are chosen out of a lotteryâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;usually of about 400 applicants. When people are

chosen, â&#x20AC;&#x153;we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what their age is or if they are artists or what they do. That makes this more unique than an art show with professional artists,â&#x20AC;? says Betty Woolfolk, the galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s executive director. Participants range from 16 to 80-plus years of age and come from all backgrounds. The show was founded in 1999, when artist Nick Corcoran envisioned the idea as a gallery fundraiser. A carpenter and woodworker, Corcoran made all 150 boxes to support the event. He has continued to do so every year since except one, while Woolfolk takes on the administrative aspects.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has really taken on a life of its own,â&#x20AC;? says Woolfolk. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are so many people involved from the community and the Bay Area.â&#x20AC;? Vickisa adds that the sense of camaraderie between the artists, as well as the community, is one of the biggest motivating factors of the project. She describes the show as being especially kid-friendly due to its variety. The simple wooden boxes return to the gallery nearly unrecognizableâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;ďŹ&#x201A;attened, built upon, covered in mosaic, painted, illuminated or containing entire worlds within. Many of the boxes are made in a diorama fashion with scenes built inside. In 2009, one box was turned into a house with a working door so the viewer could see all the furnished rooms inside. Many artists sculpt the boxes or add ďŹ gurines and other objects to them; almost no box is without a few adornments. One past box was covered with an actual road sign that had a stuffed squirrel running across it in search of food. The show runs every day for six weeks, during which time the gallery sees about half of its yearly visitors. At the closing party, a live auction is held for the boxes. The bids start at $25, and Woolfolk says the gallery usually grosses about $18,000. All proceeds go to support the nonproďŹ t gallery and its Art in the Schools program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This show explains art in so many different ways,â&#x20AC;? says Vickisa. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You will see people talking about it, thinking about it and having the best time at the gallery with this show. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s incredible.â&#x20AC;? The 13th Annual Box Show runs Aug. 12â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sept. 18 with an opening reception on Sunday, Aug. 14, from 3â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5pm, at Gallery Route One. 11101 Hwy. 1, Point Reyes. Closing party and live auction on Sunday, Sept. 18, at 2pm. 415.663.1347.

Spank Me Game cast but outdated themes in ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ BY DAVID TEMPLETON


hen the Broadway musical Kiss Me, Kate first opened in 1948, it instantly resuscitated the floundering career of Cole Porter. A show-within-a-show about actors performing a musical version of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, it was the first show to win a Tony award for Best Musical, in 1949. Nineteen forty-nine was also the first year that the awards came in the form of medallions; in the Tony’s previous two ceremonies, the male winners were given cigarette cases and jeweled money clips, and the women were given solidgold compacts and diamond bracelets. It seems unlikely that any modern

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awards show would give such quaintly old-fashioned prizes, though it seems just as unlikely that, were Kiss Me, Kate appearing for its first time, it would be given a Best Musical prize at all. The show does contain a number of Cole Porter’s most enduring songs (“So in Love,” “Too Darn Hot”), but its clunky book written by Bella and Samuel Spewack is weak, preposterous and sloppily constructed, and the premise—a battle of the sexes in which maleon-female spankings are expected to draw big laughs—is as out of place and dated as those cigarette cases and money clips. In Sixth Street Playhouse’s season-opening production of Kiss Me, Kate, directed by Craig A. Miller with musical direction by Janis Wilson, the energetic and mostly charming cast does its best to treat the material as retro-tinged satire. Miller, who has a fine eye for staging the movements and poses of a large cast, makes everything look good. But even the charming, larger-than-life performances of Taylor Bartolucci and Barry Martin as Lilli and Fred cannot out-dazzle the fact that at its core, this play is just not that great. The music, on the other hand, is magnificent. Though many of the tunes seem to have been written for party guests at Cole Porter’s apartment and then distributed randomly throughout Kiss Me, Kate just because they are good songs, there are a number of true gems. Cast members, many of them local community theater veterans, know how to sing and sell this kind of music. Although as a whole, the production ends up collapsing under the dust-coated weight of its outdated ideas, taken as a showcase of great Cole Porter songs, there are some truly enjoyable pleasures to be found. Unfortunately, with a story so strewn with uncomfortable moments, not everyone will feel that it’s worth the trouble.


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he Helpâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story is, on the surface, patronizing. Just out of Ole Miss in 1962 is struggling writer Skeeter (Emma Stone), who seeks oral histories from the black maids who keep white households running in Jackson, Miss. Times are politically volatile; we know this because the ďŹ lmmakers put Bob Dylan on the soundtrack and Medgar Evers on TV. Still, Skeeter presses her friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s servant, Aibileen, to talk. As that maid who ďŹ rst tells her story, Viola Davis helps set off scandal when Skeeterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s research is released.

As Minny, cuddly yet furious Octavia Spencer revamps another archetype of the bulky, shrewd black maid, reminding viewers how much audiences used to enjoy that kind of comedy in 1940s ďŹ lm. As the employer of Minny, Jessica Chastain also shines as a curvy, good-hearted white-trash refugee from Sugar Ditch. (That tragic reallife townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name reinforces the storyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s metaphor of raw sewage as a symbol for stinking, half-buried racism.) Sissy Spacek has a small but key role as the slightly senile mother of the hateful club woman Hilly, and playing this snobby villainess given just desserts, Bryce Dallas Howard gives her ďŹ rst really forceful performance. The bestselling novelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s notorious â&#x20AC;&#x153;terrible and awfulâ&#x20AC;? incident, a sureďŹ re bit ever since Titus Andronicus, is essential to the ďŹ lmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hit-making status. Spacekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reaction shots give even the straightlaced permission to laugh. Decked out in rebellious curls, the liquid-eyed Stone builds whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be deserved stardom with a variation on her character in the spirited Easy A. ConďŹ dent actor-turned-director Tate Taylor handles this cast in â&#x20AC;&#x153;What would George Cukor do?â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201C;style. The art direction, photography and musical selections (except for the Dylan needledrop) are all ďŹ rst-rate, even if the accents are shaky. Of the white cast, only Spacek really has it right. To hear her pronounce the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;Biloxiâ&#x20AC;? is enough to make one actually nostalgic for the South. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Helpâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; opens in wide release this week.



Film capsules by Nicholas Berandt and Richard von Busack.


of the best, because it avoids so many of the usual clichés.” ROGER EBERT, Chicago Sun-Times

Another Earth (PG-13; 90 min.)


A duplicate of our planet—with duplicates of us—is drifting toward Earth in this sci-fi fantasty. At Summerfield Cinemas. (NB)

Glee: The Concert Movie (PG; 100 min.) Madonna’s choreographer Kevin Tancharoen directs this film of live footage and backstage interviews from the cast of the hit TV series while on their sold-out 2010 tour of North America. (NB)


The Help (PG-13; 137 min.) Drama about African American maids in the South at the dawn of the Civil Rights movement is based on Kathryn Stockett’s bestselling debut novel. See review, adjacent page.

30 Minutes or Less (R; 83 min.) Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) co-stars with Aziz Ansari in this comedy about a pizza-delivery guy forced into a night of crime by a pair of criminal wannabes. From the director of Zombieland. (NB)

ALSO PLAYING Captain America: The First Avenger (PG-13; 124 min.) A luxurious recreation of the past and an appealing comic-book 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)

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)

ONE OF THE BEST FILMS OF THE YEAR! There are a lot of movies about teenage misfits.‘Terri’ is one

I COULDA HAD CLASS ‘On the Waterfront’ screens Aug. 15 in

Mill Valley. See Film, p38. 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)

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. (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)

Page One: Inside the New York Times (R; 88 min.) Sundance

Crime After Crime (NR; 93 min.) Important, heartwrenching doc about a pair of rookie lawyers who discover the depth of legal and political

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

premiere documenting one year in the life of the world’s most famous newsroom comes to theaters. Includes interviews with Gay Talese, Carl Bernstein and David Remnick. (NB) (PG-13; 105 min.) If there are two words that sum up Rupert Wyatt’s film, they are “strangely plausible.” At


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Genesis, a Bay Area genetic tech lab of about 2012 or so, scientist Will Rodman (Palo Alto’s own James Franco) is working on a cure for Alzheimer’s. When a superintelligent baby lab chimp named Caesar (Andy Serkis) is ordered to be destroyed, Will brings him home to his Peninsula home, and a San Francisco Zoo veterinarian (Freida Pinto) helps him raise the critter. The last third of the film, thrilling and fast, takes over Caesar’s story. Wyatt shines here, brining in images of urban rebellion that have as much Zeitgeist as the first Apes movie did in 1968. Like the J. J. Abrams remake of Star Trek, this isn’t a demolition job but a handsomely done renovation of an old property. (RvB)

The Smurfs (PG; 109 min.) Evil wizard (Hank Azaria) chases the blue things out of their village, sending them into the arms of Neil Patrick Harris. Jonathan Winters, Alan Cumming, Katy Perry and Paul Reubens add their voices. (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)

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)


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SONOMA COUNTY Trace Adkins Country music megastar of “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” fame. Aug 11 at 7:30. $25-$40. Chris Beck Arena, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.545.4200.

Basin Street Music Free live concerts every Fri, 5 to 7, in Petaluma’s theater district. Aug 12, PO8’s. Aug 19, Sean Garvey. Theatre Square, 151 Petaluma Blvd, Petaluma.

Calexico Dusty-landscape soundtrack masters. Aug 16 at 8. $19-$21. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

Friday Night Live Live music and dancing every Fri at 7. Aug 12, Eric Lindell. Free. Cloverdale Plaza, Cloverdale Boulevard between First and Second streets, Cloverdale. 707.894.4410.

Friday Night Music Live music weekly, Fri at 5. Aug 12, Doug Lipton Jazz. $5. Michel-Schlumberger Winery. 4155 Wine Creek Rd, Healdsburg. 800.447.3060.

Healdsburg Guitar Festival

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Summer Concerts on the Patio at 3pm Sundays no cover Aug 21

Blues Burners Aug 28 Jake Richmond’s

Brothers of the Siren BBQ’d Oysters Food & Bar Open 7 days for Live Music & Event Info South Side of Hwy 116, Duncans Mills t707.865.2261

Luthiers and players of all shapes and sizes convene to celebrate the plucked string instrument. Aug 12-14. Hyatt Vineyard Creek, 170 Railroad St, Santa Rosa. 800.477.4437.

David J Goth-pop superstar of Love and Rockets fame with openers Emily Jane White and Five Beats One. Aug 12 at 8. $12-$15. Hopmonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Jazz It Up 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.

Jesse Sykes & the Sadies Psilocybin cowboys team up with doom-twang chanteuse. Aug 11 at 8. $17-$21. Mystic

Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

Just Strings Festival David Grisman Quintet, Charles Neville and others perform. Aug 13-14. $60-$120. Hoffman Ranch Picnic Grounds, 22282 Chianti Road, Geyserville.

Landmark Concert Series Free live music and winery activities Sat, 1 to 4. Aug 13, Daniel Maya. Landmark Vineyards, 101 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood. 707.833.0053.

Amos Lee Bob, Willie and Lucinda all love him. Aug 16 at 8. $33. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Live at Juilliard Summertime music downtown every Sun, 5 to 7. Aug 14, Quarter Mile Combo. Free. Juilliard Park, 227 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3225.

Music on the Plaza Each Thurs at 6, rock out downtown. Aug 11, Gray Street Band. Free. Sebastopol Plaza, McKinley St, Sebastopol.

Pirates’ Visit: A Swashbuckling Voyage Santa Rosa Symphony presents a childrens’ primer on classical music. Aug 12 at 3. Free with fair admission. Chris Beck Arena, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.8742.

Roots: Americana Hugely successful outdoor Hootenanny spinoff features John Courage & the Great Plains, Travis Hendrix & Blessed Moonshiners and Highway Poets. Aug 13 at 4. Free. Courthouse Square, Third Street and Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa.

Summer Nights on the Green Live concerts during farmers market every Thurs at 6, through Aug 25. Aug 11, Pulsators. Free. Windsor Town Green, Bell Road and McClelland Drive, Windsor.

Tuesdays in the Plaza Free summer concerts every Tues, 6 to 8. Aug 16, Ron

Thompson & the Resisters (blues). Downtown Plaza, Healdsburg Avenue and Matheson Street, Healdsburg. 707.431.3301.

MARIN COUNTY BBQ on the Lawn With sunshine comes grilled meat, cool beer and goodtime music every Sun at 4. Aug 14, Beausoleil with Michael Doucet, Tom Rigney and Flambeau. Rancho Nicasio, Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

Kalahari Experience Members of Zulu Spear produce a South African song and dance show. $16-$20. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo. 415.488.8888.

Ray Manzarek Sophisticated anti-politics, elegant improvisation, American haiku and jazz-drenched dharma boogie. Aug 10. $24$27. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

NAPA COUNTY Ecstatic Dance Second Fri, 8-10:30. $10. Welcome Grange Hall, 3275 Hagen Rd, Napa. 707.265.8280.

Garage Band 101: The History of Rock & Roll Napa Valley School of Music students perform rock classics. Aug 13 at 7. $15-$20. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Dave Koz Former Emeril bandleader plays smooth sax jams. Aug 10. $60-$70. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Napa City Nights Free outdoor concerts. Aug 12, Midnight Sun, Noema, Pion 2 Zion. Veterans Memorial Park, Third and Main, Napa.

Robert Cray Band See why this bluesman got a signature Stratocaster named after him. Aug 12 at 8. $39$49. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Uke-a-palooza King Kukulele and others raise funds for Napa Valley Youth Symphony. Aug 12 at 6. Oxbow Public Market, 610 First St, Napa.


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

Forestville Club

Beating Anew How starting a tribute band reenergized a fan’s own voice Five years ago, Darwin Meiners was just another nine-to-fiver with a guitar. Then he started a tribute band to one of his favorite groups, Love and Rockets, and his life changed quickly. Love and Rockets founding member David J got in touch, and soon Meiners and his band mates, Dustin Heald and Tony Vaccaro, were backing up their hero onstage, from San Francisco to Las Vegas. The plot thickens, involving a new solo record from David J, Not Long for This World, due out in October. In an outrageous twist, the Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan has climbed on board—he’s a huge fan of David J’s first band, Bauhaus—and will co-release the album with Santa Rosa’s own Saint Rose Records. But David J has also been sending daily texts to Meiners, frequently reminding him not to abandon his own music. Meiners took the hint. Five Beats One, his latest group with members of Brothers Horse and the Velvet Teen, release their debut EP this weekend. At once drenched in Corganesque guitar but propelled by modern rhythm (check out “Majid), it’s the best thing Meiners has done to date. David J himself makes a spoken-word appearance on “Ghosts Are People Too,” an eerie meditation on unrequited love, and the whole thing gets a proper release when Five Beats One, Emily Jane White and David J play on Friday, Aug. 12, at the Hopmonk Tavern. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 8pm. $12–$15. 707.829.7300.—Gabe Meline


Manring. Aug 12, Gabby La La. Aug 13, Ritual. Aug 14, the Moonbeams. 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2722.


Blue Heron Restaurant

Aug 11, Osha Levgin, Michael

Aug 14 at 3, Jeff Eads.

Aug 12, Midnite. 6250 Front St, Forestville. 707.887.2594.



French Garden Restaurant Aug 11, Haute Flash Quartet. Aug 12-13, Swing Set Trio (jazz). 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.2030.



Gale’s Central Club


Aug 11, John Courage & the Great Plains and others. 106 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.763.0118.

THUR 8/25 • 7:30PM DOORS • $16 ADV/$18 DOS • 21+ ROCK


Glaser Center Aug 12, Mark Taylor and Aaron Haas. 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.568.5381.


Hopmonk Sonoma

FRI 8/26 • 8:00PM DOORS • $21 • 21+ 80’S COVER BAND


Aug 12, the Crux. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.


Hopmonk Tavern

SUN 8/28 • 7:00PM DOORS • $16 • 21+ SINGER/SONGWRITER

Aug 11, Runway Fashion Show Dance Soiree. Aug 12, David J (see Concerts). Aug 13, B-Side Players, Bayonics. Aug 14, Guitar Festival Afterparty. Mon, Monday Night Edutainment. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.



Kodiak Jack’s


Aug 12, Brodie Stewart. 256 Petaluma Blvd, Petaluma. 707.765.5722.


Lagunitas Tap Room


Aug 10, Smiling Jack Smith. Aug 12, Royal Deuces. Aug 13, Miss Kitty & the Big Dogs. Aug 14, WTJ. Aug 17, Blue Merle. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.



Last Day Saloon Every Wed at 7, North Bay Hootenanny’s Pick-Me-Up Revue. Aug 11, Igor & Red Elvises. Aug 12, Fingerstyle Summit featuring Tony McManus, Al Petteway, Laurence Juber and others. Aug 13, Chava Cruz & Trapezio, Midnight Sun Massive. 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.2343.

Little Switzerland Aug 14, Showcase Band. 19080 Riverside Dr, Sonoma. 707.938.9910. )



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Aug 13, Jinx Jones & the Kingtones. 16 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.766.8162.

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Music ( 29 Main Street Station Aug 10, Phat Chance Quartet. Aug 11, Susan Sutton. Aug 12, Serafina Brown Trio. Aug 13, Yancie Taylor Trio. Aug 16, Greg Hester. 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.

Meadowcroft Wines Aug 12, Joe Scutella. 23574 Arnold Dr, Sonoma. 707.934.4090.

Riverside Bistro

Aug 12, Savannah Blue. Aug 13, Larry Carlinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mostly Simply Bluegrass Night. Aug 14, Sean Carscadden and Marty Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Reilly. 464 First St, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.

Mystic Theatre Aug 10, West Coast Songwriters Competition. Aug 11, the Sadies and Jesse Sykes (see Concerts). Aug 16, Calexico (see Concerts). 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

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Aug 11, Third Party. Aug 14, Smithfield Bargain. 18615 Sonoma Hwy, Ste 110, Sonoma. 707.938.7587.


Phoenix Theater


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Aug 13, Garageland Rodeo. 14540 Canyon 2 Rd, Rio Nido. 707.869.0821.

Aug 13, Jack Sonni and a Hot Mess. 13414 Chalk Hill Rd, Healdsburg. 707.431.8845.

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Rio Nido Roadhouse

Wed at 8, blues jam with Sonoma County Blues Society. Thurs at 8, Fri and Sat at 9, Sun at 8 karaoke. 138 Calistoga Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.537.0308.

Medlock-Ames Winery

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


Gryphon and others. Aug 12, Rule 5 and others. Sun at 5, rock and blues jam. Mon at 7, young peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s AA. Tues at 7, acoustic Americana jam. 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

Wed at 6, jazz jam. Second and fourth Thurs, writers workshops. Aug 11, Waters,

Studio E Aug 12, Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers. Address provided with tickets, Sebastopol.

Toad in the Hole Pub Aug 10, John Courage & the Great Plains and others. Every second and fourth Sun, Ian Scherer (jazz). 116 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.544.8623.

Tradewinds Thurs, DJ Dave. Aug 12, Shelly King. Aug 13, Floydian Slip. Mon, Donny Maderosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Pro Jam. 8210 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7878.

Wells Fargo Center

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

Aug 16, Amos Lee (see Concerts). 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

The Rocks

The Zoo

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 14, Atman Trio. 725 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.BEER.

Sebastopol Community Center Aug 12, Michael Bolivar & Uncle Wiggly. 390 Morris St, Sebastopol.

Spanckyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wed, DJs Tiana and Char. Thurs at 9, DJ Dray Lopez. Aug 13, Blue Rock Country Club. Sun at 8, karaoke. 8201 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.664.0169.

Every Sun, Rock â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Roll Sunday School. 527 Barham Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.542.0980.

MARIN COUNTY Creek Park Aug 14, the Lonestar Reprobates. Hub Intersection, Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Anselmo.

Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nightclub Wed, standup comedy (see Comedy). Aug 10, Jesse Colin Young. Aug 12, Vinyl. Aug 13, Miles Schon Band, Cole Tate Band. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

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

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RAMBLING GIRL Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers bring their road-tested tales to Studio E in Sebastopol on Aug 12. See Clubs, above.

Nickel Rose

19 Broadway Club Aug 10, Buddy Owen. Aug 12, Rusty Evans & Ring of Fire. Aug 13, Jose Neto Band. Aug 14 at 5, Dave Getz; at 9, Buddy Owen. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

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.

Old Western Saloon Aug 12, Shark Alley Hobos. Aug 13, Brewnel. Main Street, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1661.

142 Throckmorton Theatre Aug 10, Ray Manzarek, Michael McClure and Big Mix (see Concerts). Aug 11, Laurence Juber. Aug 14, Representative. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Open Secret Aug 13, Chris Caswell. 923 C St, San Rafael. 415.457.4191.

Panama Hotel Restaurant

Southern Pacific Smokehouse Aug 3, Philip Claypool and friends. Aug 11, Wendy Dewitt. Aug 12, Tony Lindsey. Aug 13, Michael Ahern. Aug 14, Gentry Bronson Band. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.899.9600.

Station House Cafe Aug 14, Bart Hopkin. 11180 State Route 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1515.


Seven. 1403 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.9777.

Napa Valley Opera House Aug 10, Dave Koz (see Concerts). Aug 13, Garage Band 101 (see Concerts). Aug 14, Hot Club of San Francisco. 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Oxbow Public Market Fri at 6:30, Rennea Couttenye and Marcelo Puig. Tues at 6, Locals Night. 610 First St, Napa.

Calistoga Inn

Pioneer Park

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

Aug 11, Cassidy Crowley. Cedar and Elm streets, Calistoga.

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

Downtown Joe’s Aug 11, Amber Snider Band. Aug 12, Walter Hand and the Blue Hand Band. Aug 13, Wall of Blues. Aug 14, Mirror Image. 902 Main St, Napa. 707.258.2337.

Hydro Grill Fri-Sat, blues. Sun at 7, Swing

Silo’s Wed at 7, jam session. Aug 10, Brenda Reed. Aug 11, NVJS. Aug 16, Jazz at Seven Ensemble. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.


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

Uptown Theatre

· 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

Aug 12, Robert Cray (see Concerts). 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Uva Trattoria Aug 11, Nate Lopez Trio. Aug 12, Jon Popenoe. Aug 13, Hellhounds. Sun, James and Ted. 1040 Clinton St, Napa. 707.255.6646.

Aug 10, Mucho Axe. Aug 11, Wanda Stafford. Tues at 7, Swing Fever. 4 Bayview St, San Rafael. 415.457.3993.

Peri’s Silver Dollar Aug 10, Miracle Mule. Aug 13, Sage. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.

San Francisco’s City Guide

Rancho Nicasio Aug 12, Amy Wigton. Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

Sausalito Seahorse Wed, Tengo Tango. Aug 11, Audrey Shimkas. Aug 12, Livin Like Kings. Aug 13, Freddy Carke. Sun at 4, Salsa-lito. Tues, Noel Jewkes and friends (jazz jam). 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito.

Schoenberg Guitars Aug 10, David Laibman. 106 Main St, Tiburon. 415.789.0846.

Sleeping Lady Aug 10, Fingerstyle Guitar Showcase. Aug 11, Texas Blues. Aug 12, Drew Gasparini. Sat at 2, uke jam. Aug 16, Mark Goldenberg. 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.485.1182.

Smiley’s Wed, Larry’s karaoke. Aug 12, House Party. Aug 13, This Old Earthquake. Sun, open mic. Mon, reggae. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311.

Eels Consistently underrated project of Mark Everett, the Randy Newman of his time. Aug 11 at Great American Music Hall.

Outside Lands Festival Arcade Fire, Deadmau5, Phish, Muse, Black Keys, the Roots and many more. Aug 12-14 in Golden Gate Park.


Buffy Sainte-Marie

Workshops - M ovi es D a nce Instructi on

Classic folk songstress makes rare small-club appearance. Aug 14 at Yoshi’s SF.

Bomb the Music Industry Do you know their songs? Band policy says you can show up and join the band onstage. Aug 15 at Bottom of the Hill.

The Go-Go’s Or, in other words: remembering all the songs that were so much better than “We Got the Beat.” Aug 16 at the Fillmore.

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HOT RAILS Calexico perfectly assimilate the sound of the American Southwest.

Border Breeding Calexico’s Joey Burns doesn’t fear the ‘Other’ BY LEILANI CLARK


alexico is a slightly run-down California border town in the middle of the Sonoran desert, rife with the tension and cultural amalgam that occurs when two worlds collide. Borrowing from this geography, the Tucson band Calexico situate themselves smackdab in the center of a similar sort of musical territory, one populated with motifs and rhythms from carefully curated influences, wherein difference becomes possibility. “Any kind of border region is fascinating,” explains singer and guitarist Joey Burns, on the phone from his home in Tucson. “When I travel, I’m always intrigued by those [border] regions as well, whether it’s in Europe or South America. I love seeing how people adopt several different languages or cultures or traditions. That’s what gives life to a lot of interesting art and expression.”

While Calexico are probably best known for assimilating influences from the American Southwest—mariachi trumpets, fast jarana-style strumming and Spanish-inflected lyrics—into a signature indie-rock sound, Burns says that he and drummer John Convertino have also dug into European and Middle-Eastern influences plus rock, folk and jazz sensibilities throughout the 15-plus years since Calexico split off from their former band, Giant Sand. He likens their sound to a “mixed-up melting pot.” “If there are a lot of people doing any kind of particular musical styling, we’ll generally drop it because there’s no real use in doing it,” says Burns. “We’re more interested in finding new sounds and new expressions.” While Calexico haven’t released a full-length album since 2008’s Carried to Dust, a concept piece that narrates the story of a Los Angeles writer during the writer’s strike, Burns notes that the band has kept busy composing

soundtracks to films. The step is natural, since their music embodies an epic, nearly mystical tone, perfect for long, sweeping movie shots. They recently completed the soundtrack to Circo, a documentary about a family of circus performers traveling through rural Mexico, and The Guard, a dark comedy starring Don Cheadle. In 2008, Calexico even broke past the earth’s borders after one of their songs was chosen as the outer space soundtrack for the space shuttle Discovery. Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona congresswoman who survived an assassination attempt last January, is a big fan of the band, and selected the song “Crystal Frontier” as the wake-up call for the shuttle crew, for which her husband Mark Kelly was commander. The band was again played in space when Kelly commanded the historic final flight of the space shuttle Endeavor this past May, as Giffords lay in a Houston hospital recovering from a gunshot wound to the head. Burns himself chose the song “Slowness,” a duet that references Tucson, and a moment of crisis in the lives of two lovers. Burns says his friendship with Giffords and Kelly made the experience more than just an achievement for the band. The song “is about reaching out over that space or out into that space,” says Burns, “thinking of a loved one in the past, or just thinking of them in the now, so it was very sentimental and it was really honest.” Beyond time and space, pushing past aesthetic borders, too, is a hallmark of Calexico. Burns says that in the end, Calexico’s sound comes down to a willingness to accept diverse influences without fear, a notion influenced by living so near the border. “It’s openness and perspective that I really appreciate when I talk with others who feel more of an openness to immigration policy or just embracing things that they don’t know,” says Burns. “And that’s a positive thing.” Calexico play Tuesday, Aug. 16, at the Mystic Theatre. 21 Petaluma Blvd N., Petaluma. 8pm. $19–$21. 707.765.2121.

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Galleries OPENINGS Aug 12 From 5 to 8pm. Renga Arts, “Transition Style,” intergenerational multimedia show. 2371 Gravenstein Hwy S, Sebastopol. 707.823.9407. From 5 to 8pm. Art Works Downtown, “Material at Play: New Master Works,” work by various artists. 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.451.8119. From 6 to 8pm. Marin Arts Council Gallery, photography competition exhibit. 906 Fourth St, San Rafael.

Aug 13 From 4 to 7pm. Petaluma Arts Center, “2011 Anonymous,” 19th- and 20th-century photographs and quilts by unknown artists. 230 Lakeville St at East Washington, Petaluma. 707.762.5600. From 4 to 7pm. Gordon Huether Gallery, anniversary exhibition. 1821 Monticello Rd, Napa. 707.255.5954. From 5 to 8pm. Hammerfriar Gallery, works by Penny Michel and Mike Tinney. 132 Mill St #101, Healdsburg. 707.473.9600.

Aug 14 From 3 to 5pm. Gallery Route One, “Box Show,” group exhibit. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1347. From 2 to 4pm. Marin Society of Artists, “Poetry of Place.” 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 415.454.9561. From 4 to 7pm. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, paintings by Beverly Joan Berrish. 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo. 415.488.8888.

SONOMA COUNTY Arts Guild of Sonoma Through Aug 29, members’ show with featured artist Beth Changstrom. Wed-Thurs and Sun-Mon, 11 to 5; Fri-Sat, 11 to 8. 140 E Napa St, Sonoma. 707.996.3115.

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

Gallery of Sea & Heaven 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.

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

Hammerfriar Gallery Aug 13-Oct 8, works by Penny Michel and Mike Tinney. Reception, Aug 13, 5 to 8. Tues-Fri, 10 to 6; Sat, 10 to 5. 132 Mill St #101, Healdsburg. 707.473.9600.

Local Color Gallery Through Sep 6, “SonomaScapes,” photography by Mike Shoys and paintings by Kai Samuels-Davis. Daily, 10 to 5. Closed Wednesdays. 1580 Eastshore Rd, Bodega Bay. 707.875.2744.

by unknown artists. Reception, Aug 13, 4 to 7. 230 Lakeville St at East Washington, Petaluma. 707.762.5600.

Quicksilver Mine Company Ending 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.

Renga Arts Aug 12-Sep 11, “Transition Style,” intergenerational multimedia show. Reception, Aug 12, 5 to 8. 2371 Gravenstein Hwy S, Sebastopol. 707.823.9407.

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

Sebastopol Center for the Arts 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.

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

Sonoma County Museum Through Sep 11, “Gertrud Parker: Artist and Collector,” and “Pat Lenz: Nobody’s Poodle.” Through Sep 25, “Artistry in Wood,” fine woodworking exhibition. TuesSun, 11 to 4. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.579.1500.

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

Through Sep 4, “Donkey Barn Reunion,” works by various artists. Graton Road and Bohemian Highway, Occidental.

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.

Petaluma Arts Center

Towers Gallery

Through Sep 18, “2011 Anonymous,” 19th- and 20thcentury photographs and quilts

Through Oct 31, “Cruisin,” works by various artists.

Occidental Center for the Arts

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Arts Events

Wed, Aug 10 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 11 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 12 7:30–11pm

8:45–9:45am Jazzercise Foxtrot lesson and Ballroom, Latin & Swing Dance hosted by California Ballroom

Sat, Aug 13 8–9am; 9:15–10:15am Jazzercise 11am–1:30pm Scottish Challenge Dance Sun, Aug 14 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 15 8:45–9:45am; 5:45–6:45pm Jazzercise 7–10pm Scottish Country Dancing Tues, Aug 16 8:45–9:45am; 5:45–6:40pm Jazzercise 7:30–9pm African and World Music Dance

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Outdoor Dining 7 Days A Week Reservations Advised

Lunch & Dinner Sat & Sun Brunch


Aug 12 Sun

Aug 14


Soulful Original Acoustic Rock 8:00pm / No Cover

Rancho Debut!

BBQ on the Lawn!

1st Annual Cajun Fest featuring


& TOM RIGNEY AND FLAMBEAU Special Cajun BBQ Feast Gates at 3pm, Music at 4pm


7:00pm / No Cover


Aug 19


Honky Tonk Hillbillys 8:00pm / No Cover


Paul Thorn Weekend

THE PAUL THORN BAND Aug 20 8:30pm Sat


Aug 21


Gates at 3pm, Music at 4pm



Aug 26


Sassy Jazz 8:00pm / No Cover

Luau on the Lawn! Aug 28 WITH THE LEGENDARY Sun


Gates at 3pm, Music at 4pm


On the Town Square, Nicasio

WEST COUNTY HERITAGE The Gravenstein Apple Fair celebrates with

contests, pies and more on Aug. 13â&#x20AC;&#x201C;14 in Sebastopol. See Events, adjacent.

Arts Events 240 North Cloverdale Blvd, Ste 2, Cloverdale. 707.894.4331.

MARIN COUNTY Art Works Downtown Aug 12-Sep 23, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Material at Play: New Master Works,â&#x20AC;? work by various artists. Reception, Aug 12, 5 to 8. Tues-Sat, 10 to 5. 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.451.8119.

Backyard Boogie Aug 12-Sep 8, paintings by Joe Leonard. 1609 4th St, San Rafael. 707.256.9483.

Bolinas Museum Through Sep 17, â&#x20AC;&#x153;19th Annual Auction Preview Exhibition.â&#x20AC;? Fri, 1 to 5; Sat-Sun, noon to 5; and by appointment. 48 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.0330.

Depot Bookstore & Cafe Through Aug, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rosebud the Rescue Dog,â&#x20AC;? paintings and mixed media by Vickisa. 87 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.2665.

Donna Seager Gallery Ending Aug 15, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Summer Salon,â&#x20AC;? work by various artists. Tues-Wed and Fri-Sat, 11 to 6; Thurs, 11 to 8:30. 851 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.4229.

Gallery Route One Aug 12-Sep 18, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Box Show.â&#x20AC;? Reception, Aug 14, 3 to 5. WedMon, 11 to 5. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1347.



Marin Community Foundation Extended through Aug 30, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black Power, Flower Power,â&#x20AC;? black-and-white photographs

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5200 Carneros Hwy, Napa. 707.226.5991.

of Black Panthers and HaightAshbury by Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marion Baruch. Open Mon-Fri, 9 to 5. 5 Hamilton Landing, Ste 200, Novato.

Marin Society of Artists Aug 14-Sep 3, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Poetry of Place.â&#x20AC;? Reception, Aug 14, 2 to 4. MonThurs, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, 12 to 4. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 415.454.9561.

Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Hanlon Center for the Arts Through Aug 31, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bay Area Women Artists,â&#x20AC;? a group show juried by Donna Seager. Tues-Sat, 10 to 2; also by appointment. 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.4331.

San Geronimo Valley Community Center Through Aug 30, paintings by Beverly Joan Berrish. Reception, Aug 14, 4 to 7. 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo. 415.488.8888.

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Gordon Huether Ongoing, evolving exhibition of Gordon Huetherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fine art. Anniversary exhibition and reception, Aug 13, 4 to 7. 1821 Monticello Rd, Napa. 707.255.5954.

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

Mumm Napa Cuvee Through Nov 13, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Signs of Life,â&#x20AC;? photographs by Robert Buelteman. Daily, 10 to 5. 8445 Silverado Trail, Rutherford. 707.967.7740.

Napa County Historical Society Gallery Through Aug 30, â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Pictures: Napa Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ten Threatened Treasures,â&#x20AC;? photographs by Robb McDonough. Goodman Library, 1219 First St, Napa. 707.224.1739.

Napa Valley Museum Through Sep 11, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Discrepancy: Living Between War and Peace,â&#x20AC;? work by 25 artists. Wed-Mon, 10 to 5. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. 707.944.0500.

Comedy Holy City Zoo Night of improv comedy with a large cast of players. 142

Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600. Aundre the Wonderwoman, Julie Goldman and Betsy Salkind don’t pull any punches. $22-$30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Events Artists’ Flea Market Buy, sell, barter or trade old or new art supplies. Aug 14, 9 to 3. Napa County Fairgrounds, 1435 N Oak St, Calistoga.

Bee Mobile Mobile hive gives visitors a rare glimpse into the internal structure of a hive and its busy bees. Aug 1-14; Lecture, Aug 13 at 7. $5. Napa Valley Museum, 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. 707.944.0500.

Cartoonist-inResidence Second Sat monthly at 1, meet, watch and talk to professional cartoonists. Aug 13, Eric Olson. Free. Charles M Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452.

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.

Lunchtime in the Sculpture Garden Weekly activities and crepes every Thurs through Sep 29. Aug 11, Hugh Livingston (live immersive garden soundscapes). $5-$7. Sonoma County Museum, 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.579.1500.

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San Rafael Food & Wine Festival Local beer, wine and food alongside art and music. Aug 13 at 12. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave, San Rafael. 415.485.3438.

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.











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.

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Locals’ Night Bring your old vinyl records to play while you sip fine wines every third Thurs. Free. Red Car Wine Company, 8400 Graton Rd, Sebastopol. 707.829.8500. Still Life by Minerva Chapman, 1910

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 and others. Jul 27-Aug 14; Tues-Sun, 11 to 11. Free-$9. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa. www.

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Movies in the Park Free family entertainment with weekly featured film, activities, live music, BBQ and more every Fri at 6:30. Aug 12, Karate Kid (2010). Lucchesi Park, 320 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma.

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Aug 10, “The Boy Who Left Home to Learn Fear” and “Old Rink Rank.” Free-$5. Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, 551 Broadway, Sonoma.

Bay Area Discovery Museum Ongoing, “Animal Secrets.” Hands-on art, science and theater camps, art studio, tot spot and lookout cove adventure area. Wed-Thurs at 10 and 11, music with Miss Kitty. $5-$6. Fri at 11, aquarium feeding. Admission: $8-$10. Bay Area Discovery Museum, Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds Rd, Sausalito. 415.339.3900.

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Every Mon at 7:30, enjoy a classic film. Aug 15, “On the Waterfront.” Free. Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.389.4292, ext 116. Film night includes popcorn and wine tasting. Aug 10, “Big Night.” $15. Benessere Vineyards, 1010 Big Tree Rd, St Helena. 707.963.5853, ext 105.

For Kids Chops Teen Club Hang-out spot for Santa Rosa teens ages 12 to 20 offers art studio and class, open gym, tech lounge, cafe, recording studio and film club. Hours for high schoolers: Mon-Thurs, 3 to 9; Fri, 3 to 11; Sat and school holidays, noon to 11. For middle school kids: Mon-Fri, 3 to 7; Sat and school holidays, noon to 7. Film club meets Tues at 4. Membership, $5-$10 per year. Chops Teen Club, 509 Adams St, Santa Rosa. 707.284.2467.

Family Story Time Thurs at 11, storytime. Petaluma Historical Museum & Library, 20 Fourth St, Petaluma. 707.778.4398.

Sundown Stories Six Grimm’s fairy tales dramatically told by regional storytellers, evenings at 8.

Larkspur Library MPC Summer Traveling Show. Marin Poetry Center presents a regular poetry reading series. Aug 16 at 7. 400 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.927.5005.

Open Secret Open Secret Bookstore. Aug 11 at 7, “The Whole Brain Path to Peace,” with James Olson. 923 C St, San Rafael. 415.457.4191.

Point Reyes Books Third Tues at 7, women’s book group. 11315 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1542.

Point Reyes Presbyterian Aug 13, “Fire Monks” with Colleen Busch. 11445 State Route 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1349.

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Enjoy the book creations of local students. Aug 13 at 1. Napa Copperfield’s Books, 3900-A Bel Aire Plaza, Highway 29 and Trancas Street, Napa. 707.252.8002.

Aug 11 at 7:30, “Fire Monks: Zen Mind Meets Wildfire at the Gates of Tassajara” with Colleen Morton Busch. 130 E Napa St, Sonoma. 707.939.1779.


Second Sun at 4, Westword Salon open reading and discussion. $1 donation. 707.829.1549. 6780 Depot St, Sebastopol.

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California Indian Baskets Ralph and Lisa Woo Shanks discuss cultural and artistic basketry design. Aug 11 at 6. $5-$10. Napa Valley Museum, 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. 707.944.0500.

Science Buzz Cafe Every Thurs at 6:30, gather with scientists and amateur science fans to discuss weekly topics. Aug 11, “Methane: It’s a Gas Gas Gas.” $3 donation. French Garden Restaurant, 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.292.5281.

Readings Book Passage Aug 10 at 7, “The Twelfth Enchantment” with David Liss. Aug 11 at 8, an evening with author Tim Cahill. Aug 11-14, Travel and Food Writing & Photography Conference. Aug 12 at 8, “Saved by Beauty: Adventures of an American Romantic in Iran” with Roger Housden. Aug 13 at 3, “The Lazy Gourmet” with Robin Donovan and Juliana Gallin; at 8, an evening with actor, director, and travel writer Andrew McCarthy. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 415.927.0960.

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Toby’s Feed Barn Aug 13 at 10am, “Tartine Bread” with Chad Robertson. 11250 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1223.

Theater 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.

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

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

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

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

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

One Act Play Festival Four plays, each featuring a different director and cast. Ending Aug 14; Fri-Sat at 8, Sun at 3. $18-$20. Novato Theater Company, 484 Ignacio Blvd, Novato. 415.883.4498.

The Servant of Two Masters Teen theater group performs modern spin on classic Italian comedy. Ending Aug 14 at 7:30. $8-$10. Dance Palace, Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.

Seven Guitars August Wilson’s exploration of the African-American experience in the 1940s. Aug 11-Sep 4. $34-$55. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.5208.

Table Manners Domestic comedy about a chaotic British family. Ending Aug 14; Thurs-Sat at 7:30, Sun

at 2. $15-$25. Barn Theatre, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 415.456.9555.

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Spiritually oriented psychotherapy for couples and individuals reveals unconditional loving as our true nature. After 15 years in Berkeley, Gateway Institute is now in Healdsburg. Heather Parrish, Ph.D. MFC36455. 707-473-9553.

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