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ccording to the Grocery Manufacturers Association, genetically modified organisms are in 80 percent of the packaged foods sold in the United States and Canada, primarily in the form of soy lecithin and oil, canola oil, cottonseed oil, cornstarch and high fructose corn syrup. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine reports that several animal studies indicate serious risks associated with genetically modified foods. Risks include infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. A gene in the DNA of Monsanto’s genetically modified corn produces the Bt toxin, a pesticide that kills insects. The EPA and Monsanto vowed that the toxin would be destroyed in humans during the digestive process. They were wrong. Doctors at Sherbrooke University Hospital in Quebec found the GM corn’s Bttoxin in the blood of 93 percent of the 30 pregnant women tested, and 80 percent of umbilical blood in their babies. In 1992, the FDA Advisory Committee developed an expedited process for marketing bio-engineered foods in which companies seeking FDA approval conduct almost all required testing themselves. Companies like Monsanto and Syngenta have restricted outside studies by refusing to provide independent scientists with seeds. In fact, independent researchers are forbidden by law from publishing their findings in peer-reviewed journals without agri-tech company approval. This is appalling! Before the FDA allowed GMOs into foods without labeling, FDA scientists warned of unpredictable, hard-to-detect side effects, including allergies, toxins, new diseases and nutritional problems. But under section 403(a)(1) of the 1938 Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, a food is misbranded if its labeling is false or misleading. Despite the FDA’s warnings, we don’t see “GMOs may be dangerous to your health” on food labels. This is misleading! Isn’t the FDA supposed to protect citizens from foods and food additives that could be harmful? Write the FDA, EPA, World Health Organization and legislators, calling for a moratorium on the sale and farming of GMO foods. Ask managers of markets and restaurants not to sell GMO products, and tell them that you will not purchase foods containing them. Help protect our food supply! Karen Hudson is a retired teacher, parent, grandparent, nutrition advocate and cancer survivor living in Sonoma County. 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

Automatic Guns in South Park

I found the photo of kids handling an assault rifle very disturbing— like marketing the American obsession with weapons to children (“Guns in South Park,” Aug. 17). American-made assault rifles are showing up in murders committed by Mexican drug cartels as well as mass killings here. In contrast to other developed countries, we are armed to the teeth. Our murder rate shows it. There’s an arms race going on, and it’s a dead end. The glorification of violence as a solution to conflict is a constant on TV, from the earliest cartoons kids watch. Being a hero often means winning in combat, a seductive role for boys and men. Showing kids a powerful weapon may invite them to want that power— not necessarily a good thing. If the police want to participate in a family event, they should demonstrate alternatives to violence rather than the bad toys they have and how dangerous the SWAT team can be. They might also look at issues of police brutality and consider stepping back from the military image. The community might then actually be safer.


It is useless to try to use logic with people who have become so desensitized that they don’t instinctively react with outrage at the idea of our local police using guns and tanks in an attempt to “reach the community” through its children via the “cool” factor, as was recently done in South Park. In his letter defending the police, Mayor Ernesto Olivares doesn’t mention the brotherhood that exists in law

enforcement culture. That usually comes out during stressful situations, like the many unnecessary officer-involved killings of civilians across the country. Our community has seen a lot of those over the years, and like clockwork, the blue wall of silence comes up. I’ve been part of local groups monitoring these killings since the mid–’90s, and in not one case was there ever a public admission that any law officer was wrong or triggerhappy, even when the courts later disagreed. Using “safety” as an excuse to indoctrinate our children is a specious argument. It’s the way to go if you want to further a macho gang mentality caused by racism and inequality. The harder path is creating a more just society, but that won’t happen by showing off your guns and power to impress. If you really want to start a dialogue with our children, then start by breaking your silence the next time one of your comrades takes an innocent life. Now that would be impressive.

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Mayor Ernesto Olivares, as you may remember, is a former police officer and is protecting his own. If an ordinary citizen who had lawfully registered a fully automatic assault weapon allowed someone under the age of 18 to handle such a gun without the child’s parents giving written permission, the gun owner could be charged with a felony under California law. Why then can a police officer get away with letting a person under the age of 18 handle the same weapon, which is capable of either fully automatic fire or semi-automatic fire, without such parental release? In a similar vein, several years ago the police in Santa Rosa arrested Food Not Bombs several times for serving hot food to the homeless in a city park, yet refused to cite the Sonoma County Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Service when it also served food without the required permits. Double standards all around.


Your paper ought to make a California Public Records request of the city of Santa Rosa (and all other Sonoma jurisdictions) to find out just what weapons these government entities own and where they are acquiring them.


If the “training” in South Park was about gun safety, as officers and the mayor claim, I have one question: Why were they letting children use a fully automatic gun that is illegal to own?


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On Tuesday, Aug. 23, Sean Penn —the surly, hypertalented and unabashedly political actor— joined progressive congressional candidate Norman Solomon at Petaluma’s Mystic Theater, officially endorsing Solomon’s candidacy for a decidedly populist $10 admission fee. (Those with a bit more petty cash could purchase tickets to a $250 private campaign fundraiser and dinner at an undisclosed location in Corte Madera.) Penn and Solomon first worked together in December 2002, when they traveled together to Baghdad before the U.S. invasion of Iraq to “encourage alternatives to war.” Penn has also been active in humanitarian aid work in Haiti after last year’s earthquake. “We share basic humanitarian values,” Solomon was quoted as saying in regards to his partnership with the former Marin resident and Hollywood star.

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Scumbag Scalpers Burning Man tickets going for $1,000 in first sell-out year BY NICOLAS GRIZZLE


oy Bennison went to Burning Man for the first time last year. It was, as it is for many, a life-changing experience. She vowed to return the following year. But the 41-year-old waited

too long to get tickets, and the event sold out for the first time in its 25-year history. “We had planned it all year,” she says. “I had never heard that they sold out before.” Barring a burning miracle, she’ll be spending the first

week of September at home. Tickets, of course, are still available, but scalpers are asking over $1,000 each for tickets with a $200 face value. This has angered many festival veterans, referred to as Burners, as being against the “spirit of the festival.” As Penngrove resident Peter

Penn Jillette is one of those B-list celebrity types who’s simultaneously abrasive and thoughtprovoking. His Showtime show Bullshit! (co-hosted with kooky silent partner Teller) debunked “faux miracle workers, yogis, televangelists, zealots and cult leaders” with a vicious schoolyard relish. Unafraid to bear hug controversy, the magician-turnedsocial critic appears at Book Passage this week to read from his new book, God, No! Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales, which he frames as the “Atheist’s 10 Commandments.” Listen as Penn Jillette gives the finger to organized religion on Thursday, Aug. 25, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7pm. Free. 415.927.0960.—Leilani Clark

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can gather in an open, barren desert? According to Lisa Ross, public affairs specialist with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, that’s determined by a federal environmental analysis. “The current permit is under the 2006 analysis, and that was up to 50,000,” she says.

‘I don’t think that’s what the whole festival is all about.’ The current area covered by the 2011 permit consists of 3,347 acres, 900 of which is the “city.” That’s about 5.2 square miles for 50,000 people. (For perspective, Rohnert Park is 7 square miles and contains 41,000 residents.) Permit negotiations are underway for future festivals, and organizers are hoping for a fiveyear permit allowing for 6 percent annual growth from 50,000 to 70,000 by the year 2016. Ross says the permit request does not seek to expand the acreage, only the number of people allowed. That and subsequent permits will require another environmental analysis. In the meantime, Weisz says, Burning Man is the single largest customer for federal government temporary land-use rentals. Though he doesn’t approve of the practice, Weisz accepts the perils of scalping as a natural outgrowth of capitalism. “We are in a free market economy, and much like anything else, anything that has value, people are willing to pay what they think it’s worth,” he says resignedly. But Burning man isn’t like the rest of the world. From veterans to first-time Burners like Bennison, the idea of scalping is wrong. “I think it’s horrible. I don’t think that’s what the whole festival is all about.”

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ednesday, Aug. 3, was a telling day for freedom of choice in America. In Venice, Calif., the Rawesome raw food club was raided by armed federal and county agents who arrested a club volunteer and seized computers, files, cash and $70,000 worth of perishable produce. James Stewart, 64,

was charged on 13 counts, 12 of them related to the processing and sale of unpasteurized milk to club members. The other count involved unwashed, roomtemperature eggs, a storage method Rawesome members prefer. The agents dumped out gallons of raw milk and filled a large flatbed with seized food, including coconuts, watermelons and

frozen buffalo meat. That same morning, leaders at the multinational conglomerate Cargill were calculating how best to deal with a deadly outbreak of drug-resistant salmonella that originated in a Cargill-owned turkey factory. When word of the raw milk crackdown got out, a bevy of high-profile lawyers offered to represent the raw foodies pro bono, says Rawesome member Lela Buttery, 29. Christopher

Darden, who helped prosecute O. J. Simpson, appeared at Stewart’s arraignment just in time to lower his bail from the $121,000 that prosecutors had recommended to $30,000, and to strike a rarely used clause that would have prevented Stewart from employing a bail bondsman. Buttery tells me the mood in the courtroom was almost comical when Stewart’s initial $121,000 bail was announced. “We’d been watching child molesters and wife beaters get half that amount. James is accused of things like processing milk without pasteurization, and he gets such a high bail amount. The felons in court burst out laughing.” Rawesome began 12 years ago as a small group of rawmilk drinkers who occasionally pooled their money and bought unpasteurized milk from local dairies. As more and more people joined, the club’s distribution facilities grew from a cooler in a parking lot to a rented storage space to the current warehouse. The inventory diversified, but the presentation remained minimal: food in piles, haphazardly labeled, as agreed on by club members. Rawesome members sign a form attesting that “as a member of this private members-only club, I demand access to food that is (1) produced without exposure to chemical contaminants such as industrialized pesticides, fertilizers, cleansers or their gases; (2) complete with its natural unadulterated enzymes intact; (3) may contain microbes, including but not limited to salmonella, E. coli, campylobacter, listeria, gangrene and parasites; (4) the cows are grass-fed and the goats are pastured on a regular basis; (5) fowl are regularly given the opportunity to range outdoors and not fed soy products; and (6) eggs are unwashed and may have bacteria and poultry feces on them.” The Aug. 3 raid was not Rawesome’s first. A June 2010 raid resulted in seizures of cash, computers and other equipment that has yet to be returned, Buttery says. ) 14


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It also resulted in Rawesome’s agreement not to distribute raw milk from Santa Paula–based Healthy Family Farms, which had been supplying it to members. With the prohibition against selling to Rawesome, Healthy Family Farms owner Sharon Palmer, 51, disbanded her dairy herd. Palmer and her employee Victoria Bloch, 58, were also arrested Aug. 3 on charges related to marketing chicken products, one count of which involved Rawesome’s unwashed, roomtemperature eggs. California is one of the few states to allow the sale of raw milk, but only from dairies permitted by the state. Until Aug. 3, Rawesome had been obtaining raw milk from a variety of sources. Buttery says many club members object to the Holstein breed used by the one certified raw-milk label in California. Organic Pastures. They prefer milk from heirloom cattle varieties that produce different proteins. And many members prefer the milk of goats, sheep or even camels. It’s safe to say that uncertified raw milk was being spilt at Rawesome, which would indeed be illegal. But since the general public can’t just walk in and buy raw camel milk, Rawesome members believe there’s nothing wrong with a private club of consenting adults obtaining unpasteurized raw milk together. Later that day as Stewart, Palmer and Bloch languished in jail, Cargill issued a voluntary recall, four months after people began getting sick, of 36 million pounds of ground turkey traceable to an Arkansas plant. Cargill has a history of deadly outbreaks, is a major supplier to the nation’s public-school meal programs and sells turkey under dozens of brand names, none of which include the word “Cargill.” The labels at Rawesome don’t say much either, but records in the club’s office sourced each batch of raw milk. This information, before it was seized, was available to members. If a contamination issue were to have flared up, members contend,

it could have been much more quickly traced than, say, that Cargill turkey. Buttery says that in 12 years there hasn’t been a reported problem. Yet despite a lack of victims, Rawesome stands accused. And while Cargill has no shortage of victims, nobody at the company has been charged with a crime over the turkey recall. The government has fewer options against multinational corporations than it does against neighborhood food co-ops. The Department of Agriculture oversees the safety of meat products but can only encourage “voluntary recalls” of products that have been infected with antibiotic-resistant pathogens, reports Tom Philpott in Mother Jones. The final decision to recall was left to the company, which inevitably considered the bottom line as well as public safety when making its decision. While Cargill self-polices, the Rawesome club has been under more intense scrutiny than members even realized. “Since the raid, it’s come out that we’ve been under investigation since June 30 of last year,” Buttery says. “They’ve been monitoring us from unmarked vehicles. They have agents who have become members.” Despite massive financial problems in California and Washington, D.C., the government was able to find enough money for a multi-year, multi-agency undercover investigation to root out information that nobody was trying to hide. Details on the provenance of Rawesome’s raw milk is available to all members, including the government spies. As for Stewart’s legal battle, the DA has added tax evasion and money laundering to the charges. In the meantime, Stewart and his associates are prohibited from having anything to do with the sale of raw milk. While the Cargills of the world get to decide the rules, tax dollars will be used to clamp down on the raw-milk mafia. This is the state of food freedom in America today: it’s being sacrificed to corporate gods in the name of food safety.

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China Room Chinese. $-$$. Free-range chicken and MSG-free. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss some of the best moo shu youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ever have. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner daily. 500 Mission Blvd, Santa Rosa. 707.539.5570.

Chinois Asian Bistro Asian. $$. Pan-Asian cuisine done delicious. Happy hour tapas and cocktails weekdays. Dinner daily; lunch, Mon-Fri. 186 Windsor River Rd, Windsor. 707.838.4667.

JoJo Sushi Japanese.

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.

Maguireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub Irish pub. $-$$. Pub foodâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;burgers, fish and chips, hearty salads. Breakfast, Sat-Sun; lunch, Fri-Sun; dinner, Tues-Sun. 145 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.762.9800.

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

Stout Brothers Pub & Restaurant Irish. $$. Atmospheric, if a little faux, but a great ploughmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lunch. Lunch and dinner daily. 527 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.636.0240.

Sunflower Caffe Cafe. $-$$. Excellent, satisfying food served cafeteria-style. Breakfast and lunch daily. 421 First St, Sonoma. 707.996.6645.

Sushi Hana Japanese. $$. Popular sushi destination offers delightful treats. Dollar sushi night on Wed and Sat really packs â&#x20AC;&#x2122;em in. Lunch and dinner daily. 6930 Burnett St, Sebastopol. 707.823.3778.

Thai Issan Thai. $$. Popular full-spectrum Thai restaurant. Lunch, Mon-Sat; dinner daily. 208 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.762.5966.

Thai OrchidThai. $-$$.

$-$$. Hip downtown eatery features fresh sushi, sashimi, teriyaki, and innovative specials. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 645 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.569.8588.

Rich Thai food made with crisp, fresh ingredients, reasonably priced. Lunch and dinner daily. 1005 Vine St, Healdsburg. 707.433.0515.

Juanita Juanita Mexican.

Williâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Seafood & Raw Bar Seafood. $$. Delicious

$. Fun and funky. Lunch and dinner daily. 19114 Arnold Dr, Sonoma. 707.935.3981.

Kirin Chinese. $$.

preparations of the freshest fish and shellfish. Lunch and dinner, Wed-Mon. 403 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.433.9191.

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Boca South American. $$$$$$$. Enjoy flavorful and rich regional fare in the rustic dĂŠcor of an Argentinean ranch. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner daily. 340 Ignacio Blvd, Novato. 415.833.0901.

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

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

Finneganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Marin Pub fare. $$. Irish bar with the traditional stuff. Lunch and dinner daily. 877 Grant Ave, Novato. 415.225.7495.

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

Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Taco Lounge & Salsaria Mexican. $. Mostly authentic Mexican menu with American standbys. Lunch and dinner daily; takeout, too. 382 Miller Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.8164.

Left Bank French. $$-$$$. Splendid, authentic French cuisine. Lunch, Mon-Sat; dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 507 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.927.3331.

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

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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.

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

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

Angèle Restaurant & Bar French. $$$. Thoroughly French, but not aggressively so. Lunch and dinner daily. 540 Main St, Napa. 707.252.8115.

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

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

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Sungo, Airy When Paula Schetino was growing up in Brazil, a refreshing beverage was as simple as blending up some ripe tropical fruit and adding a little sparkling water. Local restaurants and markets served the same stuff—easy, fresh and delicious. But when she moved to the United States, she missed the tastes of home. Instead of the simple taste of fresh juice, she noticed too many drinks were loaded with artificial flavors, sugar and corn syrup. “I just couldn’t find anything like what I had in Brazil,” she says. “I said, ‘I think we need an option. Something better.’” So she decided to make her own. Working with her husband, Alex Hill, and partner George Demiris, Schetino created Sungo Beverages. The Healdsburg-based company just completed its first bottling with flavors that include mango-tangerine, hibiscus-raspberry and my favorite, pineapple-lime. Future flavors include acaiblueberry and passion fruit–orange. The ingredients are pretty basic: fruit juice and sparkling water. No sugar added or needed. Why add sugar to naturally sweet juice? In addition to fresh fruit taste, the drinks are sold in easily recycled glass bottles instead of plastic that will live forever in landfills or the ocean. Sungo will soon be available at Whole Foods stores in Santa Rosa with plans to expand from there.—Stett Holbrook

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.

electric combinations like sorrel-wrapped ahi tuna puttanesca. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa. 707.259.0633.

Checkers California. $$.

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.

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

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

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

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

S O N OM A CO U N T Y Adobe Road Winery Award-winning Cab, Pinot, Zin, Cab Franc, Syrah and Petite Sirah. Their tasting room is located in Petaluma at the Racers Group Porsche race headquarters. 1995 S. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. 707.939.7967.

Deerfield Ranch Winery (WC) The finest wine caves this side of the highway. Twenty-thousand-square-foot underground lair is perfect for keeping wine and wine tasters cool on a summer’s day. Watch for giraffes. 10200 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood. Daily 10:30am–4:30pm. Tasting fee $10-$15. 707.833.2270.

with its big-time Hollywood origins (co-owner Charlie Meeker is a former movie executive). But that’s clearly not the case. 21035 Geyserville Ave., Geyserville. Open Monday–Saturday, 10:30am– 6pm; Sunday, noon–5pm. 707.431.2148.

Robledo Family Winery Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and “Los Braceros” red blend are highly recommended. 21901 Bonness Road, Sonoma. Open daily, Monday–Saturday, 10am–5pm; Sunday, 11am– 4pm. 707.939.6903.

Iron Horse Despite the rustic tasting room, Iron Horse produces sparkling wine and Pinots for the elite. A brilliant view for winetasting. 209786 Ross Station Road, Sebastopol. Open daily, 10am–3:30pm. 707.887.1507.

Wilson Winery Scenic setting and rustic-modern tasting room makes for an atmospheric, recommended visit. Single-vineyard Zinfandels, Cabernet Sauvignons, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Petite Sirah win awards for good reason— namely, even curmudgeons take one sip and turn into believers. 1960 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 11am to 5pm. Tastings are $5; $10 for reserves. 707.433.4355.

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produces the popular wines gracing most American tables. Amazing gardens, and great place to explore food and wine pairings. 5007 Fulton Road, Fulton. Open daily, 10am– 5pm. 707.571.8100.

time vintner of big, opulent Pax Syrah refocuses on coolclimate locales that yield a more savory, European style. 6450 First St., Forestville. By appointment only. 707.887.9100.

Loxton Cellars At Loxton,

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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.

good wine. Pinot, Zin–yum, yum, yum. 5700 River Road, Forestville. Open Thursday– Sunday, 10:30am–4:30pm. 707.887.2703.

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

Meeker Vineyard You might expect Meeker to be more slicked-out, what

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

Black Stallion Winery Owned by a pair of Midwest liquor-distribution barons who hired a capable winemaker

and envision it to be a retaildestination winery. The wines are quite good. 4089 Silverado Trail, Napa. Open daily, 10am– 5pm. 707.253.1400.

Chateau Boswell Winery (WC) This small, boutique winery is open by appointment only, selling most its wine directly via post to club members. 3468 Silverado Trail, Napa. 707.963.5472.

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

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.

Mumm Cuvée Napa Californian-style fizz factory, all barn and no chateau, offers a robust account of how the bubbles get in the bottle. Sparkling winetastings offered on the patio, or take it to the next level in plush love seats on the Oak Terrace. Sparkling red is novel; DVX Brut among the best in the valley. Photography gallery includes Ansel Adams prints and other exhibits. 8445 Silverado Trail, Napa. Open 10am–5pm daily. Tasting $6–$20; Oak Terrace $30. 707.967.7700.

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

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.

Paul Hobbs Winery


imes were changing in upstate New York. Wealthy investors moved in, threatening with obsolescence family farms like the one Paul Hobbs grew up on. So one night his father, having noted that local wineries paid a premium for grapes, made an appeal to the family in the form of a tray of paper cups filled with a mysterious orange liquid. Everyone—although his mother forbade spirits in the house—loved it; it tasted like apricot juice. It was a Premier Cru Sauternes. Hence, Hobbs spent his college summers replacing apple orchards with grapes. Wealthy outsiders, apple trees supplanted with grapes? All too familiar to residents of West Sonoma County. Hobbs, now a globetrotting consultant and owner of his own brand of ultrapremium wine, has lately attracted attention due to a legal dispute that ended with his taking ownership of several parcels adjacent to his winery. For Hobbs, it was an unexpected windfall after he’d indulged his neighbor up to the limits of reason; others cast the story as the fleecing of an old curmudgeon by the Villain, Paul Hobbs. Regardless, the endgame was the removal of a line of trees that had screened the winery from view. Now that it’s in plain sight, let us take a closer look. The tasting room, Lindsay House, is a modern, concrete affair, with an art gallery interior: abstract canvases, designer gas fireplaces, and sofas the gray-green hue of a 1950s Remington Quiet-Riter. On a recent visit, a diverse group, led by an engaging and informed staff, included a pair of comely Brazilian physicians, a zestful Southern California restaurateur and aficionados from near and far. The 2007 Russian River Valley Chardonnay ($45) has butterscotch aromas and a seamless finish, sweet yet cool as caramel ice cream. The toasty, buttered popcorn of the 2009 Richard Dinner Vineyard, Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay ($68) gives way to surprisingly lean, grapefruit-pear fruit. The 2008 Lindsay Estate Pinot Noir ($85) has pretty plum, cherry aromas and a glossy mouthfeel; tart cranberry livens up the lingering finish. From Mendoza, Argentina (“The Malbec Diaries,” Bohemian, May 7, 2008), the 2009 Bramare Malbec, Luyan de Cujo ($40) floods the palate with licorice and lingonberry syrup. From Napa Valley, the 2006 Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ($150) has fresh black cherries over fine, new leather, with vibrant black cherry and plum fruit flavors that carry through. Similarly youthful and bright, the 2006 Beckstoffer To Kalon VIneyard Cabernet Sauvignon ($275) shows plum-jam, cedar and chocolate and a finely-knit finish. “Fantastico!” as the Brazilians put it. Paul Hobbs Winery, 3355 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Sebastopol. Tour and tasting by appointment only, Monday–Tuesday and Thursday–Friday at 10am or 2pm. $30. 707.824.9879. —James Knight







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Miranda July talks freedom, creativity and the new movie that has critics in a spin BY LEILANI CLARK TALL TRAJECTORY From early

DIY performance art to winning over Sundance, Miranda July has always followed no muse but her own.


he first time I came across Miranda July, it was like I had been singed by a fireball. The year was 1996, and the budding 22-year-old artist who would go on to write, direct and star in two critically acclaimed feature films was still deeply entrenched in the punk rock underground. Onstage, July emitted a raw, bizarre, brave and otherworldly presence; her multimedia, one-woman show for a

small Saturday audience at the Portland Girl Convention was marked by altered voice monologues, a barrage of psychosocial visuals and subterranean subtexts of sexualized power struggles. Today, sitting in an immaculate suite in San Francisco’s Four Seasons Hotel, Miranda July smiles when I bring up that long-ago performance. “It’s funny because I just watched a performance from a similar time. I showed a clip of something I did the ) 20 other night, and I was like, whoah, I was kind


Floating in the Future


20 ‘The Future’ ( 19 of tough, you know?” she says, taking a sip of chamomile tea. “And I still am, but I’m also so interested in the craft of it at this point.” In town to promote her second feature film, The Future, July is wearing a pink button-down shirt and a baggy brown sweater—the look of a small-town librarian. She’s just flown in from Los Angeles, where she lives with filmmaker husband Mike Mills. Married since 2009, July is open about the fears that arose upon saying “I do” and how they influenced the themes in The Future. “Maybe it was part of getting married and committing to someone until the end of this life, you know, it made me think about the end more,” she admits. The Future tells the story of Sophie and Jason, a thirtysomething couple living in Los Angeles. Sophie works as a children’s dance instructor. Jason does at-home phone-tech support. They decide to adopt a cat, Paw Paw, a bandaged creature that has been injured in a car accident. (The cat, somewhat infamously, narrates the movie.) The impending adoption, a month away, forces the couple to assess their personal freedom, and the two realize that they’ve pushed aside their best-laid plans in favor of the molasses of a longterm relationship. In response, they quit their jobs, cancel the internet, and set out to spend the last 30 days of freedom figuring out what they really want to do with their lives. Sophie decides she wants to achieve YouTube stardom by making a video of herself dancing; Jason just wants to be guided by fate, mistakes and coincidences. But instead of exploding into art, Sophie becomes frozen and stagnant with fear, leading to a fateful phone call that ultimately and dramatically derails her plans. “That idea of a woman fleeing her life, her soul and her creativity—and in a way, the appeal of that too—that’s so dark to me,” July says. “That story I’ve had in my head for years. I

remember thinking about it in the Portland days, but it was overly ambitious for where I was at, but I pictured this woman getting in a car . . .” When I ask whether this was a movie that she needed to be in her 30s to make—when fleeing from one’s own life might have more repercussions than during the untethered 20s—July nods. “Yeah, you need something to fuck up,” she says. “I got married during the time since I made the last movie, and suddenly, I mean, I have such an investment in freedom, and there’s reconciling. Like, does that really matter? You know, freedom for freedom’s sake?”


easured and mindful in person, July’s creative output since those early performances has been substantial and wide-ranging. Now 37, she’s written, directed and starred in 2005’s Me and You and Everyone We Know, a winner at the Sundance and the Cannes film festivals. Her fiction, collected in the 2007 book No One Belongs Here More Than You, has appeared in The New Yorker and The Paris Review; July says that working on the stories gave her “a certain rigor that I didn’t have before the first movie.” July is also an accomplished visual artist, and recently set up an interactive sculpture garden at Los Angeles’s Pacific Design Center. Originally designed for the 2009 Venice Biennale, the exhibit includes tall, flat slabs scrawled with statements like “What I look like when I’m lying” and “This is not the first hole my finger has been in, nor will it be the last” next to holes through which people can stick their heads and fingers. But with success comes pressure, admits July. “How much can I go into something that I don’t really know what it is, you know?” she says, her eyes a vivid blue underneath distinctive dark-brown, bowl-cut ringlets. “That feels very dangerous now that there’s all this attention. Whereas back then, I was kind of like, ‘Who cares if it’s bad?’ It was like, we’re punks, I mean, bad is good. Whereas now, in a way, that

LAST DAYS OF FREEDOM July as Sophie, with co-star Hamish Linklater as Jason, waiting for adoption in ‘The Future.’

feels riskier. What is bad or good or annoying, pushing past that is more challenging.” One way that July pushes past that fear is a rigorous work ethic. After being rejected from the Sundance Screenwriters Lab in 2001 for a nascent Me and You and Everyone We Know script, she revised relentlessly, applying to the lab again in 2002 only to be rejected, and again in 2003, when she was finally accepted. “Miranda is a fierce artist,” Sundance Screenwriters Lab director Michelle Satter told Filmmaker magazine in 2005. “Her work ethic is like no one I’ve ever seen.” It shows. “I feel like I’m so identified with my creativity, which is my own doing,” July says. “I just did that from such a young age. There’s not a lot of middle ground. When I’m not working, which is rarely, I almost can’t even exist, like I’m a child.”


he Future acts in part as a meditation on this drive to create, and how it can both inspire or smother the soul. Those familiar with Me and You and Everyone We Know might find surprises in the dark themes of The Future. While July’s first film touched on childhood sexuality and inveterate loneliness in powerful ways, it was also imbued with a cute buoyancy that brought out the haters—including the people who started the “I Hate Miranda July” website. July says that she intentionally

set out to make something sadder. While making Me and You and Everyone We Know, July recalls, “I was going through a lot of sadness, and even kind of scary, scary stuff, like lots of changes in relationships, and here I was editing this pretty relatively light movie. “I remember thinking, this [new film] should start out normal and lighter, and by the end you should, without even knowing how you got there, be in a really different space, and it should kind of creep up on you.” The end result, after two hours of talking cats, talking moons, the stopping of time, the manipulation of space and, yes, a T-shirt that crawls through suburban streets in search of its lost owner, is a film that captures the bewildering sadness of life in a disarmingly surreal way. With The Future, July’s years as an artistic explorer of the tension between connection and alienation, between mundane everyday moments and the unavoidable death of all that we hold dear has scaled new heights. “I know it’s a very small story, ultimately not very much happens, but I saw it was an epic drama in sort of a traditional sense, almost like a fable, or something,” she says. “I think a lot of just writing, pure writing, got me to that place.” ‘The Future’ opens Friday, Aug. 26, at Summerfield Cinemas in Santa Rosa. $8–$10. 707.522.0719.


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Rivers of Joan Famous for her insult standup comedy, fashion critique, acting roles and numerous cosmetic surgeries, Joan Rivers certainly isn’t afraid of offending anyone. When she isn’t bashing on Betty White and making married couples uncomfortable, she’s actually fairl y charming. Come hear and fear the glamorous little lady with the New York accent on Friday, Aug. 26, at the Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. $60–$75. 8pm. 707.259.012 3.


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Remember that genius videosong-dance phenomenon that both captivated and confused millions of YouTube viewers back in 2009? The New Boyz, the hip-hop grou p behind the viral hit “You’re a Jerk ,” apparently aren’t a one-hit wonder. With new songs featuring the likes of Chris Brown and Big Sea n, they’re back on the scene and read y for a new dance at Petaluma’s Phoenix Theatre on Friday, Aug. 26. 201 E. Washington St., Petaluma. $25. 8pm. 707.762.3565.


Fish Fest With dozens of local restaurant vendors, boutique artisan crafts and three stages, the Bodega Seafood , Wine and Art Festival is perfect for the whole family. To accompany upbeat performances from over a dozen artists—including Volker Strifler, the California Honey Drops and Pride and Joy—here’s hoping Bodega obli ges attendees with some rare but bea utiful costal sunshine on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27–28. 16855 Bodega Hwy., Bodega. 10am. $15. 707.824 .8717.


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Can someone become an official patron of the arts, a food connoisseur and a wine junkie all in the same day? Taste of Petaluma offers the possibili ty, with samples from over 40 of the tow n’s finest chefs and wineries. The who le event raises funds for the Cinnaba r Theatre, a signature staple in Son oma County arts. Wine and dine for a good cause on Saturday, Aug. 27, starting at either Putnam Plaza (129 Petalum a Blvd. N., Petaluma) or Haus Fortuna (111 Second St., Petaluma). 10:30am . $35. 707.763.8920.

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Brand-New Swag â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Gucci Gucciâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; rapper Kreayshawn ďŹ ghts off authenticityobsessed critics BY DAVID SASON


few years back, comedian Chris Rock killed on Conan Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brienâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s old show with a joke about the apocalypse. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coming to an end, Conan,â&#x20AC;? he said in his famous bark. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The best golferâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s black, and the best rapperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s white!â&#x20AC;? While both Tiger Woodsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and Eminemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s status have suffered lately, the crossing

of such arbitrary cultural lines is still jarring for many. Case in point: the hypermeteoric success of Oakland rapper, ďŹ lmmaker and artist Kreayshawn. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Man, [a year ago] I was staying with my grandpa in east [Oakland], probably editing video, making $400 for a video and just chilling,â&#x20AC;? says the 21-year-old via phone from L.A., where sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s staying currently. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funny, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re people I used to reach out

to all the time and be like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m an up-and-coming blah blah blah, fuck with me,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and they would turn me down, and now theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hitting me up. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crazy to see how fast things can change.â&#x20AC;? Crazy seems an understatement, considering the kind of year Kreayshawn has had. Born Natassia Gail Zolot, Kreayshawn was raised in Oakland by her mother Elka Zolot, guitarist for punk bands Bitch Fight and the Trashwomen. After dropping out of high school and later out

of a scholarship at the Berkeley Digital Film Institute, she kept busy directing videos for local rappers like DB tha General and Lilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; B. Kreayshawn also released a mixtape and a track called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bumpinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Bumpinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;,â&#x20AC;? a dubstep ode to clubbing. It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make much noise. Its follow-up, however, was like an earthquake. In mid-May, Kreayshawnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gucci Gucciâ&#x20AC;? video hit YouTube, featuring the petite, pierced and tattooed artist boasting her singular G-Punk style, Amy Winehouse mascara and friends from itcollective Odd Future. Along with her DJ Lilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Debbie, Kreayshawn ghostrides an old Honda, smokes swisher blunts and ďŹ&#x201A;oats atop a whirring bass-heavy Cali beat to deliver the chorus of the summer: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gucci Gucci, Louis Louis, Fendi Fendi, Prada / Dem basic bitches wear that shit, so I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even bothaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;.â&#x20AC;? She raps about dealing drugs, toting a gun and getting bitchesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; the conventional male rap persona, emanating from a cute little white girl in a bare midriff and Minnie Mouse headbandâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; culminating in the ultimate postfeminist boast: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I got the swag, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pumpinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; out my ovaries.â&#x20AC;? While quintessentially Bay Area in its hybrid style and slang, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gucci Gucciâ&#x20AC;? was a breath of fresh air that exploded on the internet. Within two weeks, there were 2 million views; at press time, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s over 12 million. In the ensuing whirlwind, Kreayshawn picked up an MTV Video Music Award nomination for Best New Artist and a contract with Columbia Records rumored at $1 million. Easily, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gucci Gucciâ&#x20AC;? is the biggest local song to break nationally since Vallejoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s E-40 and Oaklandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Keak da Sneak released â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tell Me When to Goâ&#x20AC;? ďŹ ve years ago during the hyphy craze. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a benchmark ) 24 moment for 21st-century




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DIY artists, with Kreayshawn and her White Girl Mob crew using free social media for effective promotion. Even the song’s hypnotic beat was born of her Twitter correspondence with DJ Two Stacks from Long Island, N.Y. With “Gucci Gucci,” Kreayshawn officially became a star. But she’s also been a target for the most vicious vitriol in recent bandwidth, from bloggers and real journalists alike. Kreayshawn has been called a minstrel, the new Vanilla Ice, an exploiter of black culture, a degrader of black women and an enabler to suburban posers. One wonders which is more of an offense—her race, gender or general deviation from traditional hip-hop mores. “I definitely think it’s a bit of all of the above,” Kreayshawn says. “Being a female in general, it’s hard to come up in the hip-hop game because they want to pin you against other females. Also, being white is just a big thing,” she continues, “but I don’t want people to look at me as ‘the female white rapper,’ because I’m an artist before anything.” Regional concerns also rear their head. “People want to question your credibility just because you make a type of music. I’m from Oakland, and it’s hood in Oakland,” she says of the rampant queries. “I grew up in the hood, but I don’t feel like it’s important to flaunt where I’m from or try to convince people. I’m just creating, I’m just making music.” But hip-hop music has become less about the actual music since gangsta rap took over in the early ’90s. Hip-hop fans and the media are more obsessed than ever with the notion of being “real,” defined not only by race and class, but now also by region and rap sheet. One’s proximity to crime, violence and drugs is directly proportional to acclaim. Can you imagine if Miles Davis had been shunned because of his wealthy upbringing? Was Louis Armstrong more important because he endured extreme poverty as a child? That’s a lot of cultural projection

for clever young lady to deal with. Last May, Kreayshawn’s problems were compounded when she cited lyrics from the rapper DMX on her Twitter feed; DMX’s own lyric contains the word “nigga,” but many critics either attributed it to Kreayshawn herself or were furious she could co-sign on it. Kreayshawn has repeatedly stated that she doesn’t use the word, but her fellow Oakland rapper and White Girl Mob member V-Nasty does, and unapologetically so— leaving Kreayshawn to answer to it endlessly in interviews. Kreayshawn’s response thus far has been that in Oakland, it’s common for people to call each other “nigga,” no matter the race, and the word has become benign; even “dumb” and “stupid” mean something different around these parts. (Oakland rapper and mentor Mistah F.A.B. has posted YouTube videos in defense of V-Nasty, asserting the same.) “I definitely think it’s hard for Bay Area people to break out because only people from the Bay understand ‘people from the Bay’ type of things,” she tells me. “That’s where I’m at right now. Everyone sees me as extreme or crazy.” So far, Kreayshawn’s detractors have been outshined by friends in high places like Drake, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and even Snoop Dogg. (“It was pretty crazy sitting in the studio recording with him, just smoking hella weed and just chilling.”) And despite the haters, Kreayshawn keeps her eye on the prize. “There’s a lot of stuff that just pops up everyday, but I try to keep my mode off the internet and into what I’m doing,” she says. At the moment, that means completing her debut album for Sony, playing live, moving back to Oakland and possibly bringing a moon man back to the Bay Area . . . one way or another. “We’re going to take V-Nasty to the VMAs,” she says, “and have her pull a Kanye or something.” Kreayshawn plays a sold-out show on Thursday, Aug. 25, at Slim’s in San Francisco.

Kevin Berne

COLD CASE Shinelle Azoroh is Ruby

in MTC’s wonderful ‘Seven Guitars.’

Full Time

‘Guitars,’ ‘Caretaker’ prove shorter isn’t always better BY DAVID TEMPLETON


ost modern American plays strive for streamlined brevity, a slick, no-frills writing style focused solely on moving the story toward a succinct climax. While this obsession with shortness may ease the burden placed on theatergoing behinds, it cheats our imaginations of the rich, luxurious language and character-driven storylines from which great art often springs. Last week, two impressive plays opened

Marin Theater Company begins its new season with a perfect staging of August Wilson’s celebrated drama-mystery Seven Guitars. No other playwright of the last few decades has produced a body of work as committed as Wilson’s to telling juicy, fulllength, lived-in stories—in his case, stories chronicling the lives of African Americans across the 20th century. Set in 1948 in a working-class backyard within the Hill district of Pittsburgh, Penn., Seven Guitars begins at the funeral of Floyd “Schoolboy” Barton, a local blues player whose dreams of fame and fortune have been cut short, his apparent murder still under investigation. In flashbacks, we follow Floyd (played by a superb Tobie Windham) as he attempts to put the pieces of his faltering career back together. A year previous, he recorded a blues record in Chicago. While waiting for the record company to release the tune, he found himself unfairly sentenced to 90 days in jail. Upon release, with his song now a huge hit on radio, Floyd is desperate to get back to Chicago for another stab at the big time but finds his progress stopped by an endless string of roadblocks. All of this plays out in a series of backyard conversations, Sunday dinners, casual get-togethers and fateful encounters, with Floyd’s immediate circle of acquaintances each presented as his possible killer: the wounded former lover Vera (Omoze Idehenre, sensational), the tough-as-nails landlady Louise (Margo Hall), the sometime band mates Red Carter (L. Peter Callender) and Canewell (Marc Damon Johnson), and Hedley (Charles Branklyn), an oftdelusional, chicken-slaughtering mystic who rails against the casual cruelties of white culture and prophesies the violent rise of “the mighty, mighty black man.” The story unfolds at a

wonderfully leisurely pace, as Wilson’s shimmering script and Kent Gash’s humane direction shine a spotlight on every vivid and vibrant character, illuminated by gorgeously crafted dialogue and soaring monologues that linger long after the play is over. In Harold Pinter’s Caretaker, just opened at Santa Rosa’s Imaginists Theater Collective, there is a similar commitment to character-over-concision. Brilliantly acted by Brent Lindsay and John Craven, with strong support work from Tyler Costin and the knowing directorial eye of Elizabeth Craven, The Caretaker is a blend of absurdist nonaction and breathtakingly offbeat human observation. Davies (the “caretaker” of the title, played with evershifting wiliness by Craven) is elderly, homeless and given to opportunistic flights of compulsive lying. Following a scuffle outside a pub, Davies is offered shelter by Aston (a truly sensational Lindsay, never better), a kindly fellow with a streak of social awkwardness that gradually reveals itself as a type of trauma-induced brain damage. Cautiously accepting Aston’s offer of a bed for the night, Davies soon finds himself in the middle of an odd triangle as his host’s intimidating brother Mick (Costin, all threatening stares and melodiously unsettling intonations) suddenly arrives to question Davies’ presence in his brother’s flat. Though little happens in the way of plot, much is revealed nevertheless as this twisty trio slowly reveal surprising truths, fabrications and funny, unexpected memories. The sheer artistry of the language and the calm mastery of the performances make The Caretaker a long, strange trip worth taking. ‘Seven Guitars’ runs through Sept. 4 at Marin Theater Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. Showtimes vary. $34–$55. 415.388.5208. ‘The Caretaker’ runs through Aug. 28 at the Imaginists Theatre Collective (461 Sebastopol Ave., Santa Rosa), then runs Sept. 16–25 at Main Stage West (104 N. Main St., Sebastopol). Showtimes vary. $12–$20. 707.528.7554.

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WHEELED OUT Ayrton Senna, the man who could melt a thousand ladiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; hearts.

New Formula

Brazilian racing hero canonized in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sennaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; BY RICHARD VON BUSACK


o a Brazilian, the idea of explaining who Ayrton Senna is would be as lunatic as asking a San Franciscan, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Willie Mays?â&#x20AC;?

In Brazil, Senna was bigger than the Christ of the Andes, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the one good thing about this country,â&#x20AC;? says more than one subject in Asif Kapadiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hero-worshipping yet unquestionably touching biography of the Formula One racecar driver. Sponsored by ESPN, Senna acquires several continentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; worth of TV footage documenting Sennaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s short, glittering career. From a privileged SĂŁo Paulo background, he was as handsome as a movie star, a cross between Jean-Paul Belmondo and Billy Crudup. He also tended to waste a lot of good MoĂŤt by using it as shampoo. Senna drove female interviewers to hard-to-watch levels of simpering (he even suavely puts the moves on national treasure and kitsch idol Xuxa in front of her kids, her puppets, God and everyone). One can hark to the complaints of fellow driver Alain Prost, with whom Senna had a long-running rivalry. Did Senna have such religious devotion that he took insane risks, so certain was he of Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favor? This fortune looks all the more bright after his terrestrial luck runs out. A woman at Sennaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ nal public appearance kisses his helmet; it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the ďŹ rst time viewers divine something strangely knightly in the man. We learn tidbits about Sennaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s techniquesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;he was what in horse racing parlance what would be called a â&#x20AC;&#x153;mudder,â&#x20AC;? someone who performed even better in the rain. We get good sketches of the political quarrels over the placement of position poles. Despite the footage from the driversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; seat, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no way to suggest the power of these cars, the terriďŹ c g-forces they whip up on curves, and the miracle that so relatively few get hurt. Some Formula One for Imbeciles details could have made this the best ďŹ lm about its sport, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nonetheless a worthy proďŹ le of a man who carried the hopes of his nation. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sennaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is now playing at the Rafael Film Center in San Rafael.

Colombiana (PG-13; 105 min.) Luc Besson produces and Olivier Megaton (Transporter) directs this action-thriller about foxy hitwoman Cataleya (Zoe Saldana), on the hunt for the gangster who killed her parents all those years ago. (NB)

The Future (NR; 91 min.) The newest from quirkster Miranda July about an L.A. couple who set out to fulfill their dreams before adopting a sickly cat whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll sap their freedom. See Feature story, p19.

ALSO PLAYING Another Earth (PG-13; 90 min.) A duplicate of our planetâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;with duplicates of usâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is drifting toward Earth in this sci-fi fantasy. At Summerfield Cinemas. (NB)

Captain America: The First Avenger (PG-13; 124 min.) 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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Red Skull.â&#x20AC;? Joe Johnstonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s direction may be too much in the mode of a classic â&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.) Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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)

Conan the Barbarian (R; 95 min.) Promising to bear no relation to the 1982 turkey starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, this reboot pictures the barbarian as a young man, avenging the destruction of his people. Jason Momoa (Stargate) stars. (NB) Cowboys & Aliens (PG-13; 118 min.) Exactly what you think. Based on the 2006 graphic novel by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg and starring Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Daniel Craig and Sam Rockwell. Jon Favreau (Iron Man) directs. (NB)

Crazy Stupid Love (PG-13; 128 min.) After Steve Carrellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s idyllic marriage unravels, he takes love advice from single pal Ryan Gosling. Hey, that looks like The Graduateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s movie poster! (NB)

Fright Night (R; 106 min.) Remake of the 1985 Halloween-rental fave about a teen whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Glee: The Concert Movie (PG; 100 min.) Madonnaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 Stockettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bestselling debut novel. (NB)

One Day (PG-13; 108 min.) Twenty years of July 15ths are relived in this adaptation of David Nichollsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2009 novel about college grads who maintain a two-decade friendship and along the way discover their deeper feelings for one another. Co-stars Anne Hathaway (Devil Wears Prada) and Jim Sturgess (Across the Universe). (NB)

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (PG-13; 105 min.) If there are two words that sum up Rupert Wyattâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film, they are â&#x20AC;&#x153;strangely plausible.â&#x20AC;? At Genesis, a Bay Area genetic tech lab of about 2012 or so, scientist Will Rodman (Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own James Franco) is working on a cure for Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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. Wyatt shines in final part, bringing 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 isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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)

Spy Kids: All the Time in the World (PG; 89 min.) Most of the gang are back in this fourth installment of Richard Rodriguezâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pet project, and the first since 2003. The kids, though (Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara), arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t so much kids anymore. (NB)

30 Minutes or Less (R; 83 min.) Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) co-stars with Aziz Ansari in this comedy about a pizzadelivery guy forced into a night of crime by a pair of criminal wannabes. From the director of Zombieland. (NB) The Trip (NR; 107 min.) Michael Winterbottom (Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story) directs British comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon on a tour of Northern Englandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finer restaurants. Watch for their dueling Michael Caine impressions. At Summerfield Cinemas. (NB)


Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Activities

Our Idiot Brother (R; 95 min.) Upbeat, New Agey, hippie-nouveau Ned (Paul Rudd) comes home to live with the family after some trouble with the law in new comedy costarring Elizabeth Banks, Steve Coogan, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer. (NB)

the only one certain his new creepy neighbor (Colin Farrell) is a vampire. Screenplay by Marti Noxon, co-writer, co-producer for Buffy! (NB)

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Film capsules by Nicholas Berandt and Richard von Busack.



Music Concerts SONOMA COUNTY Art vs. Science

activities Sat, 1 to 4. Aug 27, Rue Manouche . Landmark Vineyards, 101 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood. 707.833.0053.

Charlie Musselwhite

Australian dance-rockers shake the barn down. Aug 25 at 6:30. $20-$25. Gundlach Bundschu Winery, 2000 Denmark St, Sonoma. 707.938.5277.

Blues legend with top-notch band plays free outdoor summer concert. Aug 30 at 6. Downtown Plaza, Healdsburg Avenue and Matheson Street, Healdsburg. 707.431.3301.

Backyard Concert Series

New Boyz

Aug 25 at 6, April Smith & Great Picture Show and Belle Brigade. Free. KRSH, 3565 Standish Ave, Santa Rosa.

Blackbird Raum Unique anarcho-folk collective brings the ruckus and the BO to your face. Aug 28 at 7. $8. Arlene Francis Theater, 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.

Friday Night Live Live music and dancing every Fri at 7. Aug 26, Brothers Comatose. Free. Cloverdale Plaza, Cloverdale. 707.894.4410.

Guerneville Music on the Plaza Live summer music series. Aug 25, Mountain Dawg. Downtown Guerneville Plaza, 16201 First Street, Guerneville.

“You’re a Jerk” originators headline back-to-school show. Starting Six and DJ Amen open. Aug 26. $25. Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

Oliver Lake Organ Quintet Jazz from all corners with saxophonist who’s performed with Mos Def, arranged for Bjork and Lou Reed and collaborated with Amiri Baraka. Aug 26 at 8. $25. Flying Goat Coffee, 324 Center St, Healdsburg. 707.433.9081.

Summer Nights on the Green Every Thurs at 6. Aug 25, Beatles Flashback. Free. Windsor Town Green, Bell Road and McClelland Drive, Windsor.


Landmark Concert Series

Jeff Bridges

Free live music and winery

The Dude sings! Aug 24 at

8. $45-$75. Marin Center’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

Pete Escovedo Mexican-American percussionist well-known as member of Santana and Sheila E’s dad. Aug 27 at 9. $25-$30. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

Friday Concert Series Get your groove on in the plaza monthly at 6. Aug 26, Jamie Clark Band. Free. Pacheco Plaza, 366 Ignacio Blvd, Novato.

Jay Alexander’s New Swing Circus Vaudeville-inspired magician teams up with Lee Press-On & the Nails to create unique live show. Aug 27 at 8. $22-$30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

NAPA COUNTY Michael Jackson’s Birthday Bash Fourteen-piece tribute band Foreverland perform in celebration of the King of Pop’s 53rd birthday. Aug 27 at 7. $25. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Brian Wilson Fear the weird with the original Beach Boy. Aug 25 at 8. $65$75. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Clubs & Venues SONOMA COUNTY A’Roma Roasters Aug 26, Jamison Harrison. Aug 27, Robert Ethington. 95 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.576.7765.

Aqus Cafe Aug 27, Windshield Cowboys. 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.

Arlene Francis Theater Aug 26, Maere, Sam Vega, Shimmies, Little Lost Boys, Dante vs Zombies, Early & Often. Aug 28, Blackbird Raum, Bill Wild, Little Lost Boys and others (see Concerts). 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.


GOSSAMER Ethipioan-born Meklit Hadero sings Aug. 28 at the Mystic. See Clubs, p31.

Aug 25, Let It Burn with Distant Relatives and Z-Man. Aug 26, Uncle Wiggly. Aug 27, Cat McLean & Crazy Famous. Aug 28 at 5, Irish session with


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Doc Holliday’s Saloon

Flamingo Lounge Aug 27, Poyntless Systars. Aug 28, Crossfire. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

Gaia’s Garden

Lights Out Squattin’ and strummin’ with Blackbird Raum Years before the members of Blackbird Raum ever played their first show, they lived together in abandoned buildings in Santa Cruz. With no electricity, they picked up whatever instruments they had access to—banjo, mandolin, accordion, washtub bass, washboard. “That’s why we learned to play folk instruments,” says mandolin player Mars. “They were lying around.” The idea of forming a band came a while later, after discovering a group from Eugene, Ore., called the Sour Mash Hug Band. “All of us were scraping by in the most squalid manner possible,” says banjo player Caspian. “The idea that these people played on the streets and got 30 bucks, we thought they were millionaires.” As Blackbird Raum took shape, they wrote lyrics about capitalism’s destruction of nature and the unjust treatment of the poor. They became at once a backwoods jug band and a political punk band. “Nobody wants to touch us with a 10 foot pole, ’cause it’s like, how do you sell that? It’s not really folk-punk. It’s not really punk. It’s not really folk. It’s kind of anarchist. What is it?” Mars says. Find out when Blackbird Raum play Sunday, Aug. 28, at the Arlene Francis Center. 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 7pm. $8. 707.528.3009.—Aaron Carnes

Aug 24, Da Fe. Aug 26, Greenhouse. Aug 27, Kevin Russell Showcase. Aug 29, Neil Buckley Octet. Every Tues, Jim Adams (jazz guitar). 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491.

Hopmonk Tavern Thurs, Juke Joint with Zack Darling & Damian. Aug 26, Sol Horizon. Aug 27, Solid Air. Mon, Monday Night Edutainment. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Jasper O’Farrell’s Aug 24, Brainstorm with Dr. Dylon, Ini & Mose. Aug 26, Beat Buffet. Aug 27, Good Hip-Hop. 6957 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2062.

Kodiak Jack’s Aug 26, Tom Drinnon & Deuces Wild. 256 Petaluma Blvd, Petaluma. 707.765.5722.

Lagunitas Tap Room Aug 24, Lauralee Brown. Aug 25, Critical Measures. Aug 26, Jimbo Trout. Aug 27, Real Nasty. Aug 28, Staggerwing. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

Last Day Saloon Every Wed at 7, North Bay Hootenanny’s Pick-Me-Up Revue. Aug 26, Petty Theft, Choppin Broccoli. Aug 27, Brothers Horse, Mud, Blood & the Beer, Semi-Evolved Simians. Mon, karaoke. 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.2343.

Main Street Station Aug 24, Phat Chance Quartet. Aug 25, Susan Sutton. Aug 26, Tia Carroll. Sun, Kit Mariah’s open mic. Aug 30, Greg Hester. 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.

Medlock-Ames Winery Aug 26, City Fritter. 13414 Chalk Hill Rd, Healdsburg. 707.431.8845.

Riggy Rackin; at 8:30, Schaeffer Lane. 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2722.

Jake Richmond. 25300 Steelhead Blvd, Duncans Mills. 707.865.9135.

Blue Heron Restaurant

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Aug 27, So Rich So Pretty. 501 Mendocino Ave,

Murphy’s Irish Pub Aug 25, Tony Gibson. Aug 26, Midnight Sun. Aug 27, High Country. Aug 28, Blue House. Aug 30, Adrian ) Trevino & Serious



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Music ( 29 My Friend Joe Aug 25 at 3, Conspiracy-a-gogo, Sharky Coast. Thurs at 7:30, Rubber Chicken open mic.1810 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.829.3403.

Mystic Theatre Aug 25, Eric McFadden. Aug 26, Tainted Love. Aug 28, Meklit Hadero & Markus James. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

Occidental Center for the Arts Aug 27, Marie Jameau & Blue Brazil. Graton Road and Bohemian Highway, Occidental.

Olde Sonoma Public House Aug 25, Back Trax. Aug 27, City Fritter. 18615 Sonoma Hwy, Ste 110, Sonoma. 707.938.7587.

Phoenix Theater Aug 26, New Boyz (see Concerts). Aug 27, Hypha, Lysurgeon, Pinkybearthuggin. 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

Russian River Brewing Co

Aug 24 at 6, James Forman Jazz Ensemble; at 9, Gail Muldrow. Aug 24 at 9:30, Royal Deuces. Aug 25, Gabe Diamond-Ortiz. Aug 25 at 6, Diamond Jazz; at 9:30, Beats & Bars. Aug 26, Jinx Jones. Aug 26, Chrome Johnson. Aug 27, 85’s Band. Aug 27, Danny Montana & Bar Association. Aug 28, Emma Lee Project. Aug 28 at 5, Erika Alstrom; at 9, Samuka & Wild Tribe. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

Peri’s Silver Dollar Aug 24, Royal Deuces. Aug 25, Gabe Diamond-Ortiz. Aug 27, Jinx Jones. Aug 28, Danny Montana. Aug 29, Emma Lee Project. Aug 30, Bluegrass Blowout. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.

Sleeping Lady Aug 24, Bonnie Hayes, Tracy Blackman & Danny Click. Aug 25, Dgiin. Thurs at 9, Texas Blues. Aug 30, Beam. 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.485.1182.

Smiley’s Aug 25, Lucas Revolution. Aug 26, reggae night. Aug 27, Sub-Bourbonites. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311.

Southern Pacific Smokehouse Wed, Philip Claypool and friends. Aug 25, Volker Strifler. Aug 26, Victoria George & Fiver Brown. Aug 27, Mark Hummel & Blues Survivors. Aug 28, Grandpa Banana & David Thom. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.899.9600.

NAPA COUNTY Downtown Joe’s Aug 25, Brian Cline. Aug 26, Xstatic. Aug 27, Ralph Woodson Trio. Aug 28 at 3, Jimi James. 902 Main St, Napa. 707.258.2337.

Napa Valley Opera House Aug 26, Carl Verheyen & Steve Trovato. Aug 29, Scott Hamilton All-Star Quintet. 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Pioneer Park Aug 25, Kit & Branded Men. Cedar and Elm streets, Calistoga.

Silo’s Aug 24, Renegade (Styx tribute). Wed at 7, jam session. Aug 25, Le Boeuf Brothers. Aug 30, Deanoholics. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

Aug 27, Easy Leaves. Aug 28, Moonlight Trio. 725 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.BEER.

Tradewinds Aug 24, Inner Riddim. Thurs, DJ Dave. Aug 26, Purple Haze. Aug 27, Levi Lloyd. Mon, Donny Maderos’ Pro Jam. Aug 30, Brian Francis. 8210 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7878.

MARIN COUNTY 142 Throckmorton Theatre Aug 26, Eoin Harrington. Aug 27, Jay Alexander’s New Swing Circus (see Concerts). Aug 28, Jonah Hopton Vocal Concert. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

George’s Nightclub

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John Doe Formidable X bassist and all-around badass plays free instore for new album, “Keeper.” Aug 26 at Amoeba SF.

Sade The quiet storm reigns with Nigerian songstress’ new album, “Soldier of Love.” Aug 26-27 at Oracle Arena.

Roy Ayers Everybody loves the sunshine, especially coming from this jazz legend’s vibes. Aug 27-28 at Yoshi’s SF.

Butthole Surfers Despite no new material, Texas’ strangest serve up guaranteed spectacle. Aug 30 at Regency Ballroom.

Wed, standup comedy (see Comedy). Aug 25, Orquestra Borinquen. Aug 26-27, Pete Escovedo (see Concerts). 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

Young Jeezy

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Oliver Lake changes the game BY GABE MELINE


ay “organ quartet” to the casual jazz fan, and you’ll conjure images of mid-60s soul-jazz offerings like Jimmy Smith’s “Root Down” or Big John Patton’s “Funky Mama,” music with a fat groove, made for dancing, cocktails and tight skirts optional. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, Oliver Lake says. But when the jazz luminary brings his organ quartet to Healdsburg on Aug. 26, aspiring go-go dancers may want to leave their knee-high boots at home. On the phone from his home in Montclair, N.J., Lake makes a promise: “You’re gonna have more adventurous sounds coming from our group.” That’s because, at 68, Lake continues to possess the probing spirit and fearlessness that has defined his career. A prolific

composer of rich, complex music, Lake seems virtually incapable of writing a two-chord tune made for getting down. “Traditionally, the organ groups have been more groove-oriented and very bluesy,” he notes, “but I’m doing all originals and maybe one or two pieces by some of my contemporaries. And that brings a unique sound to the group.” Unique is one way of putting it. On the quartet’s latest album, Plan, Lake can scream like an alley cat up and down scales on the title track, conjure the languid haze of the rainforest on “Ta Ta Ta” and follow a melody through bustling city streets on “2 Parts Air.” In fact, much of Lake’s own life has been an adventure. In the St. Louis of the mid-’60s, Lake helped form the Black Artists Group, a groundbreaking collective that included musicians, painters and poets and which he calls “a symbol of that particular era, where artists wanted to be in control of their own destiny.” The Black Artists Group not only helped Lake with nightclub owners and record companies, but it provided a blueprint for his future. Lake moved to Manhattan and took part in the robust “loft scene” in the ’70s. He founded the World Saxophone Quartet, a pioneering group of four saxophones and nothing more. And in the ’80s, he founded his own nonprofit record label, Passin’ Thru, long before anyone could have guessed that most record labels would one day essentially be nonprofits anyway. These days, Lake paints constantly and is releasing his second book of poetry. He leads a 17-piece big band and plays with younger artists, from jazz combo Tarbaby to the rapper Mos Def. Such constant work is probably why, despite living in New Jersey for 21 years, he swears he hasn’t seen more than five minutes of Jersey Shore. “I flipped through it, but I don’t think I’ve been able to watch the whole thing!” he laughs. “I find it very boring.” Oliver Lake plays Friday, Aug. 26, at Flying Goat Coffee. 324 Center St., Healdsburg. 8pm. $25. Presented by the Healdsburg Jazz Festival. 707.433.4633.


Galleries OPENINGS Aug 25 From 5:30 to 8pm. Guayakí Mate Bar, “Transition Style: Art,” work by various artists. 6782 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.6644.

Aug 27 From 2 to 4pm. Ren Brown Collection, “Blue Consonant,” paintings and prints by Seiko Tachibana. 1781 Hwy 1, Bodega Bay. 707.875.2922. From 5pm. Gallery One, “California Landscapes,” “Lyrics in Color” and “Light on the Land.” 209 Western Ave, Petaluma. 707.778.8277.

Aug 28 From 3 to 6pm. Graton Gallery, “Mixed Elements,” oil paintings and other media by Linda Ratzlaff, John Gruenwald and others. 9048 Graton Rd, Graton. 707.829.8912.

SONOMA COUNTY Arts Guild of Sonoma Ending 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.

Buddha’s Palm Tattoo Gallery Through November, “Our Backyard Bohemia: People and Places of Sonoma County.” Tues-Wed and Fri-Sat, noon to 8; Sun, noon to 4. 313 North Main St, Sebastopol. 707.829.7256.

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

Sun, 10 to 5. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452.

Wednesdays. 1580 Eastshore Rd, Bodega Bay. 707.875.2744.

City Hall Council Chambers

Petaluma Arts Center

Through Oct 20, “The Roseland Series,” plein air paintings capturing Roseland’s vibrancy by Jamie Mitsu & Alicia Lopez de Oceguera. 100 Santa Rosa Ave, Ste 10, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3010.

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 Oct 3, “California Landscapes,” “Lyrics in Color” and “Light on the Land.” Reception, Aug 27 at 5. 209 Western Ave, Petaluma. 707.778.8277.

Glaser Center Through Oct 2, “Faces of Spain,” photography by Maite Klein. Thru Oct 2. 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.568.5381.

Graton Gallery Through Oct 2, “Mixed Elements,” oil paintings and other media by Linda Ratzlaff, John Gruenwald and others. Reception, Aug 28, 3 to 6. TuesSun, 10:30 to 6. 9048 Graton Rd, Graton. 707.829.8912.

Guayaki Mate Bar Through Sep 11, “Transition Style: Art,” work by Sandy Eastoak, Nansee Greenwitch, Deborah LeSeuer, Green Greenwald, Cricket Seagall, Susandra Spicer and Sammy Nasr. Reception, August 25, 5:30 to 8. 6782 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.6644.

Hammerfriar Gallery Through Oct 8, works by Penny Michel and Mike Tinney. TuesFri, 10 to 6. Sat, 10 to 5. 132 Mill St, Ste 101, Healdsburg. 707.473.9600.

Llewellyn Gallery Reception and open house, Aug 25, 4 to 7. 6525-A First St, Forestville. 707.887.2372.

Local Color Gallery Through Aug 31, “Above the Earth, Below the Sky,” photography by Mike Shoys and paintings by Kai SamuelsDavis. Daily, 10 to 5. Closed

Through Sep 18, “2011 Anonymous,” 19th- and 20th-century photographs and quilts by unknown artists. 230 Lakeville St at East Washington, Petaluma. 707.762.5600.

Quicksilver Mine Company Through Sep 25, “Clown Control,” sculpture by Carol Holtzman Fregoso. ThursMon, 11 to 6. 6671 Front St, Forestville. 707.887.0799.

Red Wolf Gallery Ending Aug 28, “Images from Travel,” watercolors by Larry Murphy. Fri-Sun, 11 to 5. 134 Church St, Sonoma. 707.996.3511.

Ren Brown Collection Aug 26-Oct 9, “Blue Consonant,” paintings and prints by Seiko Tachibana. Reception, Aug 27, 2 to 4. Wed-Sun, 10 to 5. 1781 Hwy 1, Bodega Bay. 707.875.2922.

Renga Arts Through Sep 11, “Transition Style,” intergenerational multimedia show. Ongoing, outdoor sculpture by Patrick Amiot. 2371 Gravenstein Hwy S, Sebastopol. 707.823.9407.

Riverfront Art Gallery Through Sep 11, second-annual “Showin’ on the River,” juried fine art mixed-media, painting and drawing show. Tues-Thurs and Sun, 10:30 to 6. Fri-Sat, 10:30 to 8. 132 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.775.4ART.

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.

Sebastopol Gallery Through Sep 24, “Art of Life,” paintings by Sterling Hoffman. Open daily, 11 to 6. 150 N Main St, Sebastopol. 707.829.7200.

Sonoma County Museum Through Sep 11, “Gertrud Parker: Artist and Collector,” and “Pat Lenz: ) Nobody’s Poodle.”



Arts Events


34 Arts Events Through Sep 25, “Artistry in Wood,” fine woodworking exhibition. Tues-Sun, 11 to 4. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.579.1500.

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art Ending 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.

Towers Gallery Through Oct 31, “Cruisin,” works by various artists. 240 North Cloverdale Blvd, Ste 2, Cloverdale. 707.894.4331.

MARIN COUNTY Art Works Downtown Through Sep 23, “Material at Play: New Master Works,” work by various artists. Tues-Sat, 10 to 5. 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.451.8119.

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

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

( 33 culture. Tours available Sat at 10, 11 and noon (reservation required) and Tues-Fri at 10, 11, 12 and 1 (reservation recommended). Gallery hours: Wed-Fri, 9:30 to 3. Sat, by appointment only. 5200 Carneros Hwy, Napa. 707.226.5991.

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

Napa County Historical Society Gallery Ending Aug 30, “In Pictures: Napa County’s Ten Threatened Treasures,” photographs by Robb McDonough. Ongoing photography exhibition explores Napa County’s worldwide influence. Goodman Library, 1219 First St, Napa. 707.224.1739.

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

Yo El Rey Roasting Through Aug 31, “Africa.jpg: A Reporter’s Perspective on a Region in Transition,” photographs by Tawanda Kanhema. 1217 Washington, Calistoga. 707.942.1180.

Gallery Route One Through Sep 18, “Box Show.” Closing party and auction, Sep 18. Wed-Mon, 11 to 5. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1347.

Marin MOCA Through Sep 25, “Streets of Hope: A Glimpse into Africa,” photography by Keven Seaver; “Shattered,” a national juried exhibition. Wed-Sun, 11 to 4, Novato Arts Center, Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Dr, Novato. 415.506.0137.

NAPA COUNTY Bloom Salon & Art Gallery Through Oct 2, “Inkslingers,” work by tattoo artists. MonSat, 9 to 7. 1146 Main St, Napa. 707.251.8468.

Di Rosa Through Sep 17, “ZombieProof House,” range of media explores zombies in pop


Center for Spiritual Living, 2075 Occidental Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.4543.

Food & Drink Bodega Seafood, Art & Wine Festival Fifteen restaurants and caterers, a hundred artists and craftspeople, and numerous performers gather to celebrate the bounty of Bodega. Aug 27, 10 to 6; A ug 28, 10 to 5. $10-$15. Watts Ranch, 16855 Bodega Hwy, Bodega.

Evening of chortles and guffaws with the queen of cable standup specials. Aug 26 at 8. $30. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Joan Rivers Love her or hate her, she is a showbiz surivivor. Aug 26 at 8. $60-$75. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Events Dances of Universal Peace Get your head in the clouds with your feet on the ground with Dr. Tui Wilschinsky and others. Aug 26 at 7. $10-$15.

at the Ren Brown Collection in Bodega Bay. See Openings, p33.

Cittaslow Talk Enjoy cob-oven pizza with Virginia Hubble of Cittaslow USA and chat about the slow food movement. Aug 25 at 6:30. Free. Sustainable Fairfax Center, 141 Bolinas Rd, Fairfax.

Fall Biodiversity Organic Plant Sale Last chance to get your fall and winter garden started with seedlings from the mother garden. Aug 27-28, 9 to 5. Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, 15290 Coleman Valley Rd, Occidental.

Lunchtime in the Sculpture Garden Weekly activities and crepes every Thurs through Sep 29. Aug 25, performance by Kehaulani Hula. $5-$7. Sonoma County Museum, 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.579.1500.

Taste of Petaluma Kathleen Madigan

BLUE CONSONANT Paintings and prints by Seiko Tachibana run Aug. 27–Oct. 9

Over 40 locations provide samples from new and established Petaluma eateries. Aug 27, 11:30 to 4. $40. Helen Putnam Plaza, Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma.

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

Winemaker Thursdays Join artisanal winemakers for talks and tastes of current offerings; every Thurs, 6 to 8. Aug 25, Kenny Likitprakong of Hobo. Big Bottom Market,

16228 Main St, Guerneville. 707.604.7295.



Penn Jillette

Best of the Fest Popular films from the Sbastopol Documentary Film Festival are screened in this series. Aug 26, “The Most Distant Places.” $10. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 6780 Depot St, Sebastopol. 707.829.4797.

Carmen One of the most popular operas of all time, captured live at the Festival St. Margarethen and presented in fullscreen HD. Aug 27 at 7. $20. Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main St, Napa. 707.255.5445.

DeTurk Movies Bring a blanket for movies after dark, Fri evenings. Aug 26, “Duma.” Free. DeTurk Round Barn, Decker and Prince streets, Santa Rosa.

Levinson. 451 Mesa Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.0970.

Occidental Center for the Arts

The louder half of Penn & Teller discusses his new book, “God, No!; Signs You May Already Be an Athiest and Other Magical Tales.” Aug 25 at 7. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 415.927.0960.

Science Buzz Cafe Every Thurs at 6:30, gather with scientists and amateur science fans to discuss weekly topics. Aug 25, Open Mic Night at Coffee Catz. 6761 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.292.5281.

Movies in the Park Free family entertainment with weekly featured film, activities, live music, BBQ and more every Fri at 6:30. Aug 26, Wall-E. Lucchesi Park, 320 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. www.

Alison Owings Aug 25 at 7, “Indian Voices: Listening to Native Americans,” with Alison Owings. Community Church of Sebastopol, 1000 Gravenstein Hwy N, Sebastopol. 707.823.2484.

Santa Rosa Copperfield’s Books Aug 30 at 7, “Language of Flowers”with Vanessa Diffenbaugh. 2316 Montgomery Dr, Santa Rosa. 707.578.8938.

TEDx Santa Rosa Innovative thinkers and doers discuss the future of Sonoma County, featuring Greg Sarris, Amanda Bornstein, Spring Maxfield and others. Register online to attend. Aug 27. Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, 1.800.564.SRJC.

River Reader Aug 25 at 2:30, “Poindexter Makes a Friend” with “New Yorker” cartoonist Mike Twohy; at 7, “Entangled: A Chronicle of Late Love” with Don Asher & Lois Goodwill. 16355 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.2242.

Film Night in the Park Family films now showing at parks throughout Marin county, Fri-Sat at 8pm. Aug 27, “Mary Poppins.” Free. Creek Park, Hub Intersection, Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Anselmo.

Aug 28 at 6, “About Them,” with novelist Chester Aaron. Graton Road and Bohemian Highway, Occidental.

Mo Willems

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Book Passage Aug 25 at 7, “God, No!” with Penn Jillette (see Lectures). Aug 28 at 1, “The Boy Behind the Gate,” with Larry Jacobsen. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 415.927.0960.

Commonweal Gallery Aug 28 at 2, “Emotional Currency: A Woman’s Guide to Building a Healthy Relationship with Money,” with Kate

“Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed” author leads drawing demo and reads from latest book, plus there’s free ice cream. Aug 28 at 1. Charles M Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452.

Theater Avner the Eccentric Physical comedy from a master. Aug 28 at 2. $12-$15.


House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Great War Chronicle

Kiss Me, Kate

Mo Willems at Schulz In 2003, Sesame Street writer Mo Willems went rogue by beginning to write award-winning, hilariously titled children’s books. Willems’ first effort was the New York Times bestselling Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, which inspired an original musical production and earned a Caldecott Honor. As a triple-threat in writing, illustrating and animating, Willems was swiftly lauded by the New York Times Book Review, who called him “the biggest talent to emerge thus far in the ’00s.” This weekend, fans can come for a booksinging and a personal reading of two of Willems’ stories, “Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed” and “I Broke My Trunk!” The event commences at noon, with animated films of Willems’ early books. At 1pm, Willems reads, and afterward, children—or adults, we won’t judge—can eat free ice cream while Willems signs copies of his latest installment in the Elephant & Piggie easy-reader series, titled, appropriately, Should I Share My Ice Cream? Catch Mo Willems on Sunday, Aug. 28, at the Charles M. Schulz Museum. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. Noon. Free with museum admission. 707.579.4452. —Emily Hunt

Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

The Caretaker Harold Pinter’s darkly humorous exploration of family ties. Aug 25-28; Thu-Sat at 8, Sun at 5. $12-$18. Imaginists Theatre Collective, 461 Sebastopol Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.528.7554.

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.

Ennio Origami and celebrity impersonations meet at last in humorous one-man show. Aug 30-Sep 4. Aug 30-Sep 4. $25-$40. Napa Valley Opera

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.

More Arts/Less Martial Humorist Dylan Brody’s oneman show about storytelling and taekwondo. Aug 25 at 8. $18-$25. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Resurrection of Alice One-woman tribute to the power of healing. Aug 26Sep 4; Fri-Sat at 8, Sun at 2. $15-$20. Main Stage West, 104 North Main St, Sebastopol.

Rumors Neil Simon’s classic madcap farce. Through Sep 4; FriSat at 8, Sun at 2. $11-$23. Raven Theater, 115 North St, Healdsburg. 707.433.3145.

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

The Tempest Steampunk-inspired version of Shakespeare drama. Aug 27-Sep 25. Fri-Sat at 8, Sun at 4 and 8. $20-$35. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, Dominican University, San Rafael.

2012: the Musical San Francisco Mime Troupe presents a radical new production. Aug 24 at 6:30. Free. Veteran’s Park, Third and Main streets, Napa.

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Debut of rock opera set in World War I. Ending Aug 28; Fri-Sat at 8, Sun at 2. $20. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

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