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n September, Americans celebrate the workers who make our country strong. We are proud of the traditions that brought us the eight-hour work day, paid vacation and sick days, and minimum wage and overtime protections. Unfortunately, 129 years after the first Labor Day celebrations, more and more American workers find themselves without some of these basic labor protections. Amazingly, the fastest-growing occupations in the country—personal care and home health aides— are explicitly excluded from the Fair Labor Standards Act minimum wage and overtime protections. As a result, the 1.7 million workers who provide care and assistance to our frail and disabled family members are among the most poorly paid workers in our nation. In 1974, the Fair Labor Standards Act was updated to include most domestic workers, such as cooks, maids and yard workers. However, companions for the elderly were exempted. At the time, long-term services for elders and people with disabilities were primarily provided in skilled nursing facilities. Home-care workers were considered the equivalent to babysitters, providing company to elders who were lonely or needed “someone in the house.” Today, home-care aides provide the same skilled services to their clients as certified nursing assistants provide to nursing-home residents. These services include not only personal care such as bathing, dressing and toileting, but assistance with mobility, oral and injected medications, nutrition and monitoring of vital signs such as blood pressure. Clearly, these are not “companionship” services. The biggest challenge facing the industry is attracting and retaining workers. Providing basic labor protections and fair wages would show that, as a society, we value the essential services that home-care workers provide. We cannot ask the caregivers—usually poor, often immigrant women—to sacrifice their meager wages to make care affordable. We must recognize that our nation’s labor laws apply to all workers. Steven C. Edelstein is the national policy director at PHI, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of jobs for direct-care workers and the quality of care for elders and people with disabilities. Open Mic is a weekly feature in the Bohemian. To have your topical essay of 350 words considered for publication, write

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too spent my life worrying and stressing out, never smiling. Happiness was a forgotten emotion.

It’s the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, and we are less secure now (“An American Blindness,” Sept. 7). We have wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the “war on terror” and we are fostering hatred of the United States by our brutal behavior. We have killed and maimed hundreds of thousands in Iraq, destroyed their infrastructure, displaced millions and sown the seeds of a religious war that will last generations. We’re doing the same in Afghanistan. Hostility toward Muslims is rampant, and Islam is seen as a violent religion, but there is no religion more violent or interested in conquest and domination than Christianity—this time for oil. If other countries did to us what we’ve done to them, we’d be “insurgents” too.

One day, I came across a book that changed my life and turned my fears into hope. I chanced upon Watermelons by James Delingpole, and as I started reading it, at first very skeptically, I slowly felt my angst dissolving until I realized how strangely relieved I felt and how a smile, long forgotten, slowly reappeared on my face. Since then, I’m a changed person. I laugh, I’m happy, and I realize my past beliefs and fears where unfounded.

We’re sacrificing young Americans again in wars based on lies, utilizing the children of the poor. Our soldiers are traumatized by terrible physical wounds, by the horrible things they’ve experienced and done, by multiple deployments and by stop-loss and abandonment by the government when they return. Our economy is a shambles. WWII pulled us out of the Depression. If we brought our troops home, what would they do? I feel such terrible sadness at the waste of it all. Again.


The Book That Changed It All I was quite affected by Kenna Lee’s writings (“Pipeline of Tears,” Sept. 7). As a father of four wonderful kids, I too feared for their future and well-being in a world affected by drastic climate changes and huge carbon releases. I

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Writing a New Political Song I can empathize with Juliane Poirier regarding her struggle to compose (or unearth) a political folk song that straddles the balance between hope and realism (“Imagine,” Aug. 31). This is one of two big challenges within the genre— the other is finding a middle ground between unpolished polemicizing (what one folk veteran called “giving a speech with music behind it”) and, on the other extreme, watering down your content so heavily that you end up with ethereal, meaningless poetry. Still, there are songs that manage to occupy that rare equilibrium exemplified by “Imagine.” For Poirier’s consideration, I recommend “Gonna Take Us All,” the title track of a 2008 album by my uncle, Jon Fromer. Dubbed “the soulful-est singer in activist music” by several of his compatriots, Fromer invokes the need for a truly collective, nonsectarian movement of the masses to create a more humane and peaceful world. A sampling: Every culture and community It takes black and white and brown


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s self-made philosopherinterviewer Ken Rose looks ahead to the third season of his internationally tunedto radio show What Now, he’s reasonably optimistic

that the world will not come to an end before he’s completed another slate of high-profile, one-on-one conversations. “I’d say we still have five to 10 years to save this thing,” Rose says amiably of the global

economic and social crisis that is the main focus of his exploratory attentions. “I’m definitely interested in saving the world. I do feel that we can fix this ghastly dilemma we find ourselves in.” When Rose, now in his 60s, first began his weekly, long-form interview show two years ago—

broadcasting on the volunteerpowered three-watt local radio station KOWS (107.3-FM) out of Occidental—no one predicted that he’d end up with more than 10,000 regular listeners, over 10 times the population of the town primarily served by KOWS. Of course, 99 percent of Rose’s listeners are not actually hearing his show live on the radio every Monday afternoon from 11am to 2pm; most are catching the show online, either through KOWS’ live streaming or by dipping into the show’s vast archive of podcasts. “Lets face it, my live listenership is minuscule,” Rose shrugs. White-haired and bespectacled, Rose is seated at a table surrounded by notes, papers, spreadsheets and books. “We get a few people listening to the show as it streams live,” he allows, “but the podcasts are what is making this show work.” Rose plucks one page from among the many and slides it across the table. “Look at this. I just found out a couple of days ago that in 2011 the podcasts have been listened to in more than a hundred countries all over the world!” The majority of listeners are in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, but the analytics indicate a fair number of listeners in Sweden, Spain, Israel and the Czech Republic, and a handful in Uganda, Jamaica, Peru, Belarus and Macedonia. “Isn’t that amazing? A local three-watt radio station is reaching thousands of people across the planet,” Rose says, shaking his head. “That’s the world we’re living in now. The local is global. Looking at these reports, I feel a little like a farmer. We plant the seeds by inviting the world’s greatest thinkers to come on the air and talk with me, the goal being to harvest superior, reliable, human intelligence, and to provide it free of any cost to a global listenership. That’s how I see what I do—the show provides intellectual nutrition to a starving world.” The key element to Rose’s

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Youth Brigade If you visited the SRJC on the first day of fall classes, you might have seen large handmade banners strung from school buildings reading “WTF! Where’s the Funding?” and “Budget Cuts Are Class War!” These protests were the work of Strike! Hella Youth Organizing for Power, a feminist, anti-racist, anti-capitalist youth organization based in Sonoma County. “We want to discuss why we’re in this mess and how we can get organized and fight back,” states the group about a teach-in on budget cuts and student resistance. Get hella informed on Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Arlene Francis Center. 99 W. Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 5pm. http:// hellayouth.

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success with What Now (note the deliberate absence of a question mark in the title) is his knack for attracting interview subjects of a remarkably high caliber, and then to engage them in rich, fruitful, thoughtfully entertaining conversation. Though many are relatively unknown, taken as a whole Rose’s interviewees constitute an impressively diverse brain trust of far-thinking writers, scientists, artists, politicians and philosophers. Along with such local heroes as Project Censored’s Peter Phillips, consciousness pioneer Ralph Metzner, singer Teresa Tudury and author Sam Keen, Rose has discussed the state of the world with such well-known thinkers as Howard Zinn, Jerry Mander, Fritjof Capra, Terry Tempest Williams and Paul Erlich. “They’re not all gems,” Rose admits of the 250-plus interviews he’s logged so far, “but let’s just say we have a very high batting average. They are all formidable in their field, some of our greatest teachers right now. These are people working on how to feed the world and restore the oceans, people who are working in all sorts of fields doing extraordinary work.” To Rose, the underlying message of What Now is simple: there is an enormous amount of good news in the world, but it’s often hiding right behind all the bad news. “We’re stuck in a dark place, the human race is,” Rose says. “But by shining a light on the people who are doing the heavy lifting for all of us, we might actually be able to finesse this terrible, terrible predicament we’re in right now. I want to flood the world with human intelligence. That seems to be our best chance at not only surviving, but thriving.”

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ocker Oysterfeller’s has developed a split personality.

Five nights a week, the Valley Ford restaurant serves a menu of Sonoma County–inspired, Southern fried cooking, gumbo, chicken-fried duck, rabbit and corn meal dumplings, molasses and bourbon-braised pork—and of course, lots of locally plucked oysters.

But Monday and Tuesday nights, the upscale, downhome restaurant shelves its regular menu and busts out an allMexican one: Noches Mexicanas. They call it a pop-up restaurant, simply because the chef, ambiance and food undergo a transformation. Votive candles with images of Jesus and sundry Mexican saints grace the tables. Special tequila cocktails flow from the bar. The menu is pleasingly small: six appetizers

and four entrées, all very good. Rocker Oysterfeller’s occupies the ground floor of the historic Valley Ford Hotel, making it feel like a cozy hideaway along the winding wilds of fog-shrouded Highway 1. The town of Valley Ford is little more than a straight stretch of the road, but the restaurant is one of the main attractions, along with a few other eateries, a market and store. The five-year-old restaurant had been closed Mondays and Tuesdays,

but as business grew, co-owner Brandon Guenther decided to open seven days a week. Guenther wanted to mix things up for the mainly local weekday crowd, so he called on his friend Juan Zuno in Mexico and asked him to come up and cook. Guenther has opened three restaurants and a catering business with Zuno in Mexico. “He’s a great, talented chef and great friend of mine,” he says. The menu leans toward Zuno’s native state of Jalisco but offers a few carryovers from the regular menu, like the nectarine, butter lettuce and chèvre salad ($11). Presumably, the spiced pumpkin seeds sprinkled on top qualify it for the Mexican menu. There are Tomales Bay oysters on the menu, too, served with the restaurant’s signature jalapeno-honey mignonette ($12 for six oysters). The spicy-sweet-tart sauce is great with the briny oyster, but I like my shellfish colder; these were too warm for me. The star of the starters were the tacos dorados ($8), three rolled tacos prepared with freshly made corn tortillas wrapped around potatoes or beans, lettuce and cotija, a mild and salty cow’s milk cheese. Served with a mild but flavorful tomato salsa, the pleasingly oily tacos are a good warm up, especially with one of the bar’s signature tequila cocktails like “La Epoca,” reposado tequila muddled with nectarines, lime juice and agave syrup ($11). But the entrées are where Noches Mexicanas really shines. The torta ahogada ($14) is quite a sandwich—and it ought to be, for 14 bucks. The big, toasted roll is spread with refried beans and loaded with carnitas and made with Niman Ranch pork. Then the whole thing is draped in a thin, flavorful chile sauce. “Ahogada” means “drowned,” and although the sandwich is well-doused in the sauce, it holds up well. The pickled red onions and sprinkling of cotija cheese inside and spicy dipping sauce on the side complete the dish. If there’s any doubt the food here is a step above, ) 14

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Oysterfeller’s ( 13 go straight for the duck carnitas ($16, quarter pound and $26, half pound). The Petaluma-raised, Liberty Farms duck is cooked confit, cured in salt and then slowpoached in its own fat and an achiote-and-Coke marinade. The moist, subtle caramel- and colaflavored duck is then served in ragged hunks alongside just-made corn tortillas with a good green salsa to set it all off. Dios mio, que rico.

‘We’ll virtually tour Mexico from Valley Ford.’ What really seals the deal for me is carne en su jugo ($14), sliced beef from Bloomfield’s Sonoma Natural Beef simmered in a tomatillo and chipotle broth enlivened with Rancho Gordo pinquito beans. My only complaint is that this rancho-style dish didn’t come with nearly enough of those fresh tortillas to soak up every last bit of the hearty and delicious broth. I suspect some folks will balk at paying $14 for a plate of Mexican food if they’re used to eating $6 burritos. But this isn’t your typical taqueria fare made from commodity food products. The food is made with premium, locally sourced ingredients. We’ve become accustomed to paying very little for Mexican food, but you get what you pay for, and what one gets at Rocker Oysterfeller’s is very fine indeed. Guenther and Zuno plan to change the menu periodically and introduce new items from different regions of Mexico. Next up is the Yucatan peninsula. “We’ll virtually tour Mexico from Valley Ford,” Guenther says. That’s a trip worth taking. Rocker Oysterfeller’s, 14415 Hwy. 1, Valley Ford. 707.876.1983.

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S O N OMA CO U N TY Annapurna Nepalese. $-$$. An exotic taste of the Himalayas at this comfortable restaurant. Authentic Nepalese dishes include steamed momos, dal soup, curries and many vegetarian offerings. Lunch and dinner daily. 535 Ross St, Santa Rosa. 707.579.8471.

Bistro Ralph Bistro. $$. Classic and classyâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;bistro food at its best. Wine bar. Lunch, MonFri; dinner daily. 109 Plaza St, Healdsburg. 707.433.1380.

Garden Court Cafe & Bakery American. $-$$. Traditional diner food treated with utter respect; the quality ingredients make for sublime eating. Breakfast and lunch, daily; dinner, Fri only. 13647 Arnold Dr, Glen Ellen. 707.935.1565.

Juanita Juanita Mexican. $. Fun and funky. Lunch and dinner daily. 19114 Arnold Dr, Sonoma. 707.935.3981. Market Cafe California cuisine. $. Nestled in Sonomaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cornerstone Festival of Gardens, Market Cafe serves creative soups, salads and sandwiches. You can also shop for a picnic in the art and garden space. Open daily for late breakfast and lunch. 23570 Hwy 121, Sonoma. 707.935.1681. Montiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rotisserie & Bar California cuisine. $-$$. Small plates and a few larger entrĂŠes with emphasis on house-roasted meats. Lunch and dinner daily. 714 Village Ct, Santa Rosa. 707.568.4404.

Pita Cafe Mediterranean Grill Greek-Mediterranean. $. Oasis in a strip mall that will send you to falafel heaven. Lunch and dinner daily.

6586 Commerce Blvd, Ste C, Rohnert Park. 707.588.9522.

Royal China. Chinese. $$. Smart dĂŠcor, professional service, very solid wonton soup. Lunch, Mon-Fri and Sun; dinner daily. 3080 Marlowe Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.545.2911.

Saddles Steakhouse. $$$$$$$. A steakhouse in the best American tradition, with top-quality grass-fed beef. Pies are made from fruit trees on restaurant property. Dinner daily. 29 E MacArthur St, Sonoma. 707.933.3191.

Sizzling Tandoor Indian. $-$$. A Sonoma County legend for almost 20 years, and for good reason. Of the more than 100 menu choices, all are worthwhile. Lunch, Mon-Sat; dinner daily. 409 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.579.5999.

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.

Thai Taste Restaurant Thai. $-$$. Lovely ambiance and daily specials showcase authentic Thai flavors. A hidden gem in Santa Rosaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Montecito neighborhood. Lunch and dinner daily. 170 Farmers Lane #8, Santa Rosa. 707.526.3888.

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.

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

$$-$$$. Fresh sushi with ingredients flown in from Japan steals the show in this popular neighborhood restaurant. Lunch and dinner daily. 2700 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.578.8180.



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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.

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.

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.

Fradelizioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Italian. $$. Locally sourced northern Italian dishes with a Californiacuisine touch. The house red is a custom blend from owner Paul Fradelizio. Lunch and dinner daily. 35 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 415.459.1618.

Frantoio Italian. $$-$$$. Perennial winner of SF Chronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;100 Best,â&#x20AC;? Frantoio also produces all of its own olive oil. Dinner daily. 152 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley. 415.289.5777.

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

Il Piccolo Caffe Italian. $$. Big, ample portions at this premier spot on Sausalitoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spirited waterfront. Breakfast and lunch daily. 660 Bridgeway, Ste 3, Sausalito. 415.289.1195. Insalataâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mediterranean. $$$. Simple, high-impact dishes of exotic flavors. Lunch and dinner daily. 120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo. 415.457.7700.

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Starting at 5pm


Pub grub gets a pub-cuisine facelift. Lunch, Sat-Sun; dinner daily. 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax. 415.485.1005.

Paradise Bay Californian. $$. For tasty standards and vegetarian items. Also get a delicious curry here. Lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sat-Sun. 1200 Bridgeway Ave, Sausalito. 415.331.3226. Pine Cone Diner Eclectic. $$. Funky diner meets upscale bistro. Ambitious dishes, like cherry-wood-smoked pork loin with lavender gastrique, and steak au poivre with peppercorn brandy sauce are served in homey atmosphere. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Closed Mon. 60 Fourth St, Pt Reyes. 415.663.1536. 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. 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.

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.


Southern Pacific Smokehouse Novato has a new barbecue joint: the casually chic Southern Pacific Smokehouse. Executive chef Ryan Barnett, most recently chef at San Francisco’s Hotel Rex, is the man behind a menu of contemporary American cuisine built around an impressive, 2,000-pound wood-fueled smoker. The wood-burning beast turns out hickory-smoked food high on the guilty pleasure list, like chicken wings with roasted garlic buttermilk dip, dry-rubbed baby back ribs and pulled pork. For dessert, look for brownies with bourbon-pecan ice cream and banana pudding. While Barnett holds down the kitchen, general manager Nick Rimedio aims to add some polish to the front of the house in the 9,000-square-foot restaurant. Rimedio previously worked for the Charlie Trotter organization in Chicago; he also oversaw service training at the new Viceroy Anguilla L’Ermitage in Beverly Hills and at Ubuntu in Napa. Mixologist Alex Bachman, who worked at Charlie Trotter’s and Michel Richard’s Citronelle in Washington, D.C., presides over a bar long on artisinal whiskeys. In a separate room, there’s also live music five nights a week. Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.899.9600. —Stett Holbrook

Fazerrati’s Pizza. $-$$. Great pie, cool brews, the game’s always on. Great place for post-Little League. Lunch and dinner daily. 1517 W Imola Ave, Napa. 707.255.1188.

Fujiya Japanese. $$-$$$. Good, solid sushi. The Fujiya Deluxe combo is a standout. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Sat. 921 Factory Stores Dr, Napa. 707.257.0639. Fumé Bistro & Bar California cuisine. $$$. California bistro fare that nearly always hits the mark. Lunch and dinner daily. 4050 Byway E, Napa. 707.257.1999.

Gott’s Roadside Tray Gourmet Diner. $. Formerly Taylor’ Automatic Refresher. Lunch and dinner daily. 933 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.3486. Also at Oxbow Public Market, 644 First St, Napa. 707.224,6900.

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


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Most reviews by James Knight. Note: Those listings marked â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;WCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; denote wineries with caves. These wineries are usually only open to the public by appointment. Wineries in these listings appear on a rotating basis.

S O N OM A CO U N T Y Armida The wines are original, and there are three mysterious geodesic domes on the property. Plus: bocce! 2201 Westside Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;4pm. 707.433.2222.

Benovia Winery Unfussy cellar tasting in barn-style winery, refined Chard and Pinot. 3339 Hartman Road, Santa Rosa. By appointment only, 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;4pm daily. 707.526.4441.

hallmark of this fledgling winery. Reserve vintages routinely sell out, including the much sought-after Rockpile Zinfandel. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of buzz about wines from the Rockpile Appellation. 2859 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Tasting room open daily, 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5pm. 707.431.0804.

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Windy Hill Estate Like a

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riddle bottled up in a mystery, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all but hidden in plain sight above the 101 freewayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cotati Grade. Impressive view; mixed bag of low-alcohol, low-priced Pinots from quirky winery. 1010 W. Railroad Ave., Cotati. Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sunday noonâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5pm. $5 fee. 707.795-3030.

Cellar No. 8 Historic Italian Swiss Colony at Asti revived as a rechristened timecapsule. Original woodwork, motifs, mementos and the marble wino carving are not to be missed; tasting-room only Sonoma County Zin and Petite Sirah have gobs of oldfashioned flavor. 26150 Asti Post Office Road, Cloverdale. Open daily, 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5pm. Tasting fee, $5. 866.557.4970.


Davis Family Vineyards Friendly, funky

Del Dotto Vineyards

barrel-room bar readily located by wacky recycled sculpture. Handcrafted estate wines, apple brandy to lift the spiritsâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; but the zesty Sauvignon Blanc is from down under. 52 Front St., Healdsburg. Open Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sunday, 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5pm. 707.433.3858.

Foppiano Vineyards Over 100 years old, Foppiano produces wines that can be described as simple but delicious. 12707 Old Redwood Hwy., Healdsburg. Open daily, 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;4:30pm. 707.433.7272.

Inman Family Wines Unique, single-vineyard Russian River Pinot Noir is a good reason to visit Inman Family Wineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new winery and tasting room in genteel vineyard location; donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss the Thorn Road Ranch Pinot. 3900 Piner Road, Santa Rosa. Open 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;4pm Thursday through Sunday. 707.293.9576.

Mauritson Family Winery Zinfandels are the

Casa Nuestra Winery Endearingly offbeat, with a dedicated staff and a collection of goats and dogs roaming freely. 3451 Silverado Trail N., St. Helena. Open daily, 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5pm. 707.963.5783. (WC) Caves lined with Italian marble and ancient tiles, not to mention Venetian chandeliers and mosaic marble floors. They host candle-lit tastings, replete with cheese and chocolate, Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sunday. Opera resonates until 4pm; rock rules after 4pm. 1055 Atlas Peak Road, Napa. By appointment. 707.963.2134.

Domaine Carneros Inspired by Taittingerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Château de la Marquetterie of Champagne, this house of premium sparkling wine is a hard-to-miss landmark on the Carneros Highway. Enjoy a private Balcony Package for special occasions or taste sparkling and still wines paired with artisan cheese and caviar with the masses. Luxury bubbly Le RĂŞve offers a bouquet of hoary yeast and crème brĂťlĂŠe that just slips away like a dream. 1240 Duhig Road (at Highway 12/121), Napa. Wine flights $15; also available by the glass or bottle. Open 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5:45pm. 800.716.2788.

and Kathryn Hall specialize in â&#x20AC;&#x153;beefyâ&#x20AC;? wines favored by Robert Parker. Intensely modern art and all things Austrian. New tasting room will be by Frank Gehry. 401 St. Helena Hwy. S., St. Helena. Open daily, 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5:30pm. 866.667.HALL. 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 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5pm daily. Tasting $6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$20; Oak Terrace $30. 707.967.7700.

Peju Province Vineyards Talented staff, terrific food pairings and fantastic Cab. 8466 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford. Open daily, 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6pm. 707.963.3600.

Smith-Madrone Riesling is Smith-Madroneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main fame claim. Its Riesling has steadily gained fame while Napa Valley Riesling in general has become a rare antique. 4022 Spring Mountain Road, St. Helena. By appointment. 707.963.2283. Taste at Oxbow Discover refreshing white varietals AlbariĂąo and Vermentino in stylish setting across from Oxbow Market, then move on to Pinot Noir from Carneros pioneer Mahoney Vineyards; Waterstone Wines, too. 708 First St., Napa. Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Thursday, 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;7pm; Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Saturday, 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;9pm. Tasting fee $10. 707.265.9600. The Wine Garage Defunct filling station with a mandate: No wines over $25. Well chosen from Napa Valley and beyond. 1020-C Foothill Blvd., Calistoga. Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Saturday 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;6:30pm; Sunday to 4:30pm. Tasting fee $5â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$10. 707.942.5332.



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ocated one block off the Plaza, Portalupi is another stylish wine lounge that keeps late hours, inviting Healdsburg dinner-goers to stop in for a quick tasting or to lounge in purple sofas with a glass while waiting for their reservation. Three doors open to the street, and a vintage Vespa scooterâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;bought direct from the factory decades agoâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;looks ready to scoot off to fun times. The theme is Italian, the style coherent and the wines great, but whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more, the folks behind the bar here are responsible for it all, from the ground up.

Jane Portalupi used to direct marketing for major brands; sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s responsible for â&#x20AC;&#x153;everything outside of the bottle,â&#x20AC;? says Tim Borges, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m responsible for everything inside.â&#x20AC;? Working on his 34th harvest, Borges used to build wine brands for wealthy Napa types who, as Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve often noted, must disinter an Italian great-grandfather of a remote relative who made wine in his New York basement in an effort to connect themselves with this time-honored tradition. Borges and Portalupi donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to look so far. Borgesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; grandfather taught him how to make Port in the style of the 2006 Antone M. Napa Valley Port ($36), a blend of Portuguese varietals with deep, grapey flavor and cognac overtones that finishes drier than the typical â&#x20AC;&#x153;late harvestâ&#x20AC;? port. (Continuing the lineage, Borges offers wine education classes for groups in the adjacent conference room.) Portalupiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grandmother was a winemaker near Asti, refilling villagerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jugs with simple vino di tavola. In her honor, the flavorful Vaso di Marina ($48) is bottled in a 1.89-liter milk jug. The tasting starts with a 2009 Sonoma Coast Vermentino ($20) that smells of sea spray and finishes with crisp, salted lychee. The bright and silky 2009 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($46) is comprised of Rochioli fruit; quite the opposite number, the ageworthy 2008 Paso Robles Pinot Noir ($48) has black olive, dark fruit and a dense, dry finish. But the star here is more often a sideline elsewhere. To create it, Borges went the distance, hand-selecting and importing cuttings from near the Italian alps and planting a small vineyard in the alps of eastern California. Rewardingly, their 2006 Barbera was named the best Barbera in the world. To enhance authenticity, Borges ages it in red Slovakian oak, as is the custom in Piedmont. The 2008 Nevada County Barbera ($36) has pretty aromas of bright cherry, red plum, wild grape, and a silky body with a longâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;make that quite longâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and lingering finish. After a glass of this, one might have to disinter oneself from the sofa to make that dinner reservation. Portalupi Wine, 107 North St., Healdsburg. Open daily, 10:30amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7pm. Three tastes $5, full slate $12. 707.395.0960.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;James Knight

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The Big Reduction The North Bay’s Reduced Shakespeare Company—destroying our culture for 30 hilarious years BY DAVID TEMPLETON

John Burgess

BABYLONIA! Nothing escapes the acerbic chisel of core members Dominic Conti, Austin Tichenor and Reed Martin (L-R) .


ometimes people accuse us of terrible things,” laughs Reed Martin. Pushing aside his iced tea, he leans forward conspiratorially. “Apparently,” he says in a hushed whisper, his voice full of drama, “we’ve mocked William Shakespeare.”

And that’s just the tip of the ice cream cone. The allegations against the Reduced Shakespeare Company, over the years include the ridiculing of religious texts, playing fast and loose with beloved American icons, contributing to the dumbingdown of American culture and actively decreasing the attention span of the average theater-going audience.

“Sometimes,” Martin nods, “people actually us ask if we don’t feel bad—if we don’t feel a little guilty—for mocking Shakespeare, for making fun of the Bible, for everything we do. And my response is basically, ‘Uh, no.’ I like to watch serious Shakespeare, but I also like a good loud laugh. And with us, you get a little of each.” A lot of each, actually, as anyone knows who’s ever seen the Reduced Shakespeare

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ast month, the RSC marked the 30th anniversary of that very ďŹ rst Ren Faire performance, which took place Aug. 8, 1981, at the Caravansary Stage, performed to a spotty crowd of delightfully scandalized revelers seated on hay bales under an awning of trees. Using the pointedly cheeky name â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Reduced Shakespeare Company,â&#x20AC;? four actors staged Hamlet as a riproaring, speed-metal spoof, condensing Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s epic to 25 brilliantly abbreviated minutes. By the time the fair ended six weeks later, the foursome were playing to cheering, overďŹ&#x201A;owing crowds, and an unlikely institution was born. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was before my time, of course,â&#x20AC;? acknowledges Martin, a classically trained actor and former Ringling Bros. circus clown who today, with actorauthor Austin Tichenor, co-owns and co-manages the RSC. Martin didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t join the company until 1989, when founder Daniel Singer left to become a full-time designer

of theme-show attractions at Disneyland. Since, Martin has cowritten seven of the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eight traveling shows, most of which have been published and licensed for production by amateur companies. The companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s popularity has ďŹ&#x201A;uctuated over the years, but at times it has operated three separate teams of actors traveling the globe with their patented approach to the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weightiest subject matters. They had a popular radio show on the BBC, have made regular appearances on NPR and can right now be heard several times a day locally on KRCB-FM public radio. For 10 years, the company operated a team in London, where they presented one of the longest-running shows in the West End. Today, there are usually at least two RSC troupes performing somewhere in the world, culled from about a dozen performers who know the shows and can be paired together to meet the needs of any booking. Add to that the various published â&#x20AC;&#x153;reducedâ&#x20AC;? scripts now part of the theatrical fabric of the universe, and there is a never a time when someone, somewhere isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t performing a show originated by the Reduced Shakespeare Company. But it all began with that ďŹ rst ridiculous Hamlet, co-written and performed by Jess WinďŹ eld and Santa Rosaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Daniel Singer (who at the age of 18 founded Sonoma Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s General Amazement Theater Company), with Michael Fleming and Barbara Reinertson rounding out the cast. Adam Long, in a series of dresses, would become one of the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most inďŹ&#x201A;uential members, joining the company that ďŹ rst year after Reinertson broke her ankle. Longâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s involvement kickstarted an RSC tradition of always having a man in drag in the show. In 1982, the company returned to the Ren Faire with a reduced version of Romeo and Juliet, building upon their growing reputation. But at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1987, the RSC premiered the show that would transform them from a group of pass-the-hat players into a professional troupe. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

Reed Martin in ‘The Complete World of Sports (Abridged).’

(Abridged) was so well-received that the company was to start touring and rapidly building a reputation as a major player in the New Vaudeville movement that included such acts as Penn and Teller, Avner the Eccentric, and the Flying Karamazov Brothers. History, as they say, was made.


he 30-year milestone was celebrated last month— suitably enough, with 30 years reduced to a mere three hours—as several members, past and present, gathered to reminisce in a live webcast held just a few yards from the spot where the original company members made their outrageous debut. An edited version of the conversation can be found on the company’s website, and as an overview of the history of the Reduced Shakespeare Company is vital information for any fan who’s wondered how the company came to be. Ironically, the wild and wooly webcast—featuring Singer, Winfield, Martin, Tichenor (who joined in 1992, when Winfield left the company) and Sa Winfield (the group’s early costume designer), took place in the board room of the Stonetree Golf Club, which now stands where the Ren Faire once sprawled at Black Point. “That reunion was a blast,”

The workshop production of ‘The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged)’ runs Sept. 23–Oct. 9 at the Napa Valley Conservatory Theater. 2277 Napa Vallejo Hwy., Napa. $15–$20. 707.256.7500. The Reduced Shakespeare Co. is found at

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says Martin, who is putting the finishing touches on the new Ultimate Christmas show, which he and Tichenor are writing and directing with a cast of local actors before taking on the roles themselves in Lowell, Mass., this November. In October, he and Tichenor head to New York for a run of The Complete World of Sports (Abridged). But today, he’s in a reflective mood, enjoying the buzz that comes with celebrating an unexpected milestone like the 30 years of the RSC. “When I started out with the RSC, I didn’t expect it to become a full-time job. I’m still not sure it is a full-time job, actually,” he chuckles. “After 30 years, we’re certainly well known—but we’re well-known in very small pockets, here and there. Certainly in England, I’d say, we are famous. We always say, ‘We are to England what Jerry Lewis is to France—old, bloated and angry.’ “In America,” he continues, “theater people have heard of us, and plenty of people have heard of the shows, because so many Shakespeare festivals and colleges and community theater companies perform them. But I’m not sure the Reduced Shakespeare Company itself is exactly a household name or anything, not among the general populace.” Asked to describe any influence the RSC has had on the future of theater, for bad or for good, Martin initially suggests that the Reduced Shakespeare shows might someday be compared favorably to the classic Looney Tunes cartoons. “Ultimately though,” Martin grins, “I think that when future generations stumble upon our body of work, they will read through each script carefully, and then finally say, ‘Hmmmmmmmmmmmm . . . ’ “That’s what I hope, anyway!”


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Working alongside Miles Davis could be a career highlight for any artist, but jazz musician Herbie Hancock hasn’t let it define his career. A pioneer of synthesizers and jazz-funk, the keyboardist boasts 14 Grammy awards, including an unlikely Album of the Year award for his 2008 album, The Joni Letters. Rooted in the early 1960s Blue Note era, Hancock’s presence has continuously influenced acoustic and electronic jazz, rock and blues. Hear his modern takes on “Maiden Voyage,” “Chameleon,” “Watermelon Man” and “Rockit” on Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $45–$65. 707.546.3600.

For the first time, folk singers Joan Osborne and Dar Williams are set to join forces performing their own songs as well as each other’s originals. Fans of each other’s work, the artists will round out the performance with a firsttime collaborative set. Joan Osborne continues to spread her creative wings long after her 1995 hit “One of Us” gained widespread fame, and Dar Williams has more than overcome her early stage fright to become a modern folk star. The duo perform together on Friday, Sept. 16, at the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., Napa. 8pm. $30–$50. 707.226.7372.

There are more string quartets these days than one can possibly keep up with, but take our word for it, the Daedalus Quartet is among the very best. The young, New York-based group has risen to a high level of visibility for turning in vibrant, detailed performances; the Washington Post even praises their “rockets of blistering virtuousity.” Presented by the fantastic organization Russian River Chamber Music, their performance this week is free, donations accepted (and encouraged). Don’t miss it when the Daedalus Quartet appears Friday, Sept. 16, at Healdsburg Community Church. 1100 University Ave., Healdsburg. Free. 7:30pm. 707.524.8700.

If this century’s forms of entertainment don’t quite cut it, the Sebastopol Renaissance Fair, Much Ado About Sebastopol, teleports Ives Park back to the village of Fenford, 1582. Historical figures like Queen Elizabeth and William Shakespeare walk among the theatrical performer, wandering musicians and jugglers. Cheese- and lace-making demonstrations bring a bit of history back into this century, and vendors offer turkey legs, oysters, cheese, crêpes and more. It’s Much Ado About Sebastopol, indeed, on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Ives Park. Willow and High St., Sebastopol. 10am–8pm. $5–$12. 707.823.2123.

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Wedding Expo

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Maximize Your Time at The Wedding Expo The Wedding Expo is the largest wedding show in the North Bay - prioritizing will help you not be overwhelmed. The following is a general guideline: Prioritize your needs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; focus on your top three or four priorities: First: (Major Components) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Wedding Planner, Site, Caterer Second: (Professional Services) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Photographer, DJ, Videographer, OfďŹ ciant Third: (Fine Tuning) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Apparel, Transportation, Florist, Cake, Favors, etc Make Follow-Up Plans â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Wine Country is a busy wedding market in which the best vendors get booked quickly- when you ďŹ nd a vendor in whom you are interested, set an appointment at the Expo to meet within the week. Bride Guide â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Keep this in hand- it has listings of all the vendors, as well as other important information. You can also take notes on your Bride Guide. Visit the Entire Show â&#x20AC;&#x201D; some guests donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize that there are vendors and attractions in both the lobby and the atrium- make your way through the whole show.

Wedding Expo Sponsors

Use Vendors as a Resource â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hesitate to approach and ask questions to vendors. The Wedding Expo features the top wedding professionals in the Wine Country- they will be happy to share their expertise.

Additional Planning Help If you are looking for more personalized guidance in your planning, The Wedding Expo has created a comprehensive planning resource to help youThe Wine Country Bride Resource Center. The Resource Center includes a design and decor showroom, a vendor referral service, budget and scheduling guidance, workshops/special events, and more. You will work one on one with our wedding coaches to organize your thoughts and move your planning forward. And the best part? This resource is available at no cost to you! For more details, or to schedule an appointment, please call (707) 544-3695, or by email at



The Wedding Expo VENDORS

Bridal Apparel/Tuxedos Wine Country Bride Wedding Expo Sponsor Phone: 707-544-3695 Contact: Cirkl Wine Country Tux Wedding Expo Sponsor Phone: 707-544-3695 Contact: Team

A Long Music Phone: 707-793-9066 Contact: Aaron California DJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Inc. Phone: 707-265-9965 Contact: Paul Grand Slam Mobile Disc Jockeys Phone: 415-897-9270 Contact: Mike

Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wearhouse Phone: 707-525-1324 Contact: Michael

Planet Entertainment DJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Phone: 707-484-5555 Contact: Ryan

Selix Formalwear Phone: 707-575-3212 Contact: Jeff Newton

Event Rental/Decor

Starlet Bridal Phone: 707-544-0334 Contact: Allison Or Jill

Cake/Dessert Calistoga Cakes Phone: 707-947-3015 Contact: Dedra Haynie Giorgiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wedding Cakes Phone: 707-836-9600 Contact: Judy Giorgi Rassasy Cakes Phone: 707-596-8697 Contact: Erin Manly Sonoma Cake Creations Phone: 707-486-8581 Contact: Jennifer Willow Tree Bakery (Formerly Simply Yours) Phone: 707-541-6243 Contact: Tina Your Sweet Expectations Phone: 707-285-2013 Contact: Carolyn Besse

Wine Country Party & Events Wedding Expo Sponsor Phone: 707-217-0776 Contact: Lisa Maddock Encore Events Rentals Phone: 707-763-5665 Contact: Bridget Party, Tents & Events Phone: 707-544-4132 Contact: Leslie/Kristi

Favors and Gifts Angle 33 Phone: 310-403-1158 Contact: Elizabeth Lietz

Financial Frost Mortgage Lending Group Phone: 707-331-1395 Contact: Jay Hicks

Florist Bella Vita Event Productions Phone: 707-322-0807 Contact: Christina


City 205 Flowers Phone: 707-525-8318 Contact: Jill and Stormi

Bear Republic Brewing Co. Phone: 707-433-2337 Contact: Caitlin

Lorin Rose Weddings Phone: 707-479-8388 Contact: Lorin Rose

Out To Lunch Fine Catering Phone: 707-766-9810 Contact: Bethany Barsman

Petal Town Flowers Phone: 707-664-9917 Contact: Martin & Elizabeth

Pegi Ball Catering Company Phone: 707-546-9996 Contact: Pegi Ball Email:

Sequoia Floral Intâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;l Phone: 707-525-0780 Ext113 Contact: Danette Whiting

Sally Tomatoes Catering Phone: 707-665-9472 Contact: Gerard Giudice Sizzling Tandoor Indian Catering Phone: 707-758-5589 Contact: Vinay

Disc Jockey Premier Productions Wedding Expo Sponsor Phone: 707-570-2013 Contact: Jay or Clay

The Leafy Lady Phone: 707-486-4935 Contact: Jan

Gift Registry National Healthstyles Foundation Phone: 866-520-2224 Contact: Things Remembered Phone: 707-528-2574 Contact: Kim Ball

Downtown Zerona Laser Wedding Expo Sponsor Phone: 707-933-7199 Contact: Dr. Bunyad / Trish Bender

Phone: 707-326-4308 Contact: Ramon Estrada Photography Arken Studios Phone: (707) 824-0497 Contact: Nancy Crain

Herbalife Phone: 707-292-9268 Contact: Rebecca Gunter

Blue Iris Arts Photography Phone: 707-636-4789 Contact: Kevin Walters

LiveFit Boot Camp Phone: 707-287-5543 Contact: Jeff & Jaron

Celeste Photo Art Phone: 707-577-0696 Contact: Celeste

Structure U Phone: 707-837-5244 Contact: Matt

elizabeth hurley photography Phone: 7073670896 Contact: elizabeth hurley

Honeymoon/Travel Sunset Travel Phone: 707-542-6270 Contact: Linda

Larsenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Photography Phone: 707-367-0919 Contact: Maile Larsen

Legends Clubhouse At Bennett Valley Golf Course Phone: 707-523-4040 ext. 10 Contact: Heather Hamm Marin Country Club Phone: 415-382-6714 Contact: Kelly Celli McNearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant & Mystic Theatre Phone: 707-765-2121 Contact: Manuela Escarcega Nicks Cove and Cabins Phone: 415-663-1033 ext. 130 Contact: Sue Engle Oakmont Golf Club Phone: 707-537-3671 Contact: Tina

Platinum Salon & Beauty Boutique Phone: 707-478-0305 Contact: Christine Rodan and Fields Dermatologists Phone: 707-322-3411 Contact: Kellye Ryan Salud Chiropractic Phone: 707-206-9717 Contact: Dr. Farrell & Dr. Thornton Thin Change wellness Phone: 415-425-3110 Contact: Dona Kinkead University Of Sports Phone: 707-585-2302 ext.36 Contact: Jenny

Specialty Service

Lucky Shot Studios Phone: 510-517-2061 Contact: Greg

Prelude at The Green Music Center Sonoma State University Phone: 707-664-2747 Contact: Kelley Kaslar

Bella Photography & Design (Boudior/Pin-up) Phone: 707-526-3771 Contact: Tamara DeMello

Marc Blondin Photography Phone: 707-703-9731 Contact: Marc

Sova Gardens Phone: 707-795-4747 Contact: Denise Looney

Doves AďŹ&#x201A;ight Phone: 707-996-5972 Contact: Steve Klausner

Mariah Smith Photography Phone: 707-479-2184 Contact: Mariah Smith

The Bodega Harbour Yacht Club Phone: 707-875-3519 ext. 40 Contact: Amanda Vineyard

Le + Pelletier, LLP Phone: 877-537-3553 Contact: Joseph Le


Owen Kahn Photography Phone: 707-763-2219 Contact: Owen

Trione Vineyards and Winery Phone: 707-814-8100 Contact: Manager

Mary Kay Cosmetics (Linda Fisher) Phone: 707-529-5778 Contact: Linda Fisher

Darcyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fine Jewelers Phone: 707-545-3957 Contact: Greg

Photography by Sherrie Blondin Phone: 707-342-1959 Contact: Sherrie Blondin

Vintners Inn / John Ash & Co. Phone: 707-566-2604 Contact: Jessica

Nordquist Dance Studio Phone: 707-228-5796 Contact: Brina Cimino

Eileenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Creations Phone: 831-331-5603 Contact: Eileen Lynch

Tibidabo Photography Phone: 707-545-2630 Contact: Bob and Becky Stender

Wells Fargo Center For The Arts Phone: 707-527-7006 ext. 131 Contact: Tena

North Bay Portables Phone: 707-321-2878 Contact: Thomas Paine

Hollingsworth Jewelers Gallery Phone: 707-763-6053 Contact: Mike Hollingsworth


Rehearsal Dinner Tres Hombres Long Bar And Grill Phone: 707-773-4500 Contact: Tres Hombres Long Bar And Grill

Passion Parties by April Phone: 707-529-4365 Contact: April Dabel

Jewels by Park Lane Phone: 707-533-7713 Contact: Amber

Cirkl Productions Wedding Expo Sponsor Phone: 707-291-3274 Contact: Cirkl

Montoya Designs Phone: 707-396-2707 Contact: Rodney

Sugar Pop Events Phone: 707-590-0244 Contact: MIchelle Bradley

Salon Services

Live Music

Reception/Ceremony Site

Jazz Mirage Phone: 707-525-1778 Contact: Raj

Ellington Hall Wedding Expo Sponsor Phone: 707-545-6150 ext.11 Contact: Cammie

Invitation Corrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Phone: 707-546-2423 Contact: Matt Sundahl/Jacqueline StifďŹ&#x201A;er/Keven Brown (owner) DreamMaker Designs Phone: 707-849-7178 Contact: Tammy Gilbertson

Sugar Rush Coverband Phone: 707-536-9139 Contact: Rachel Gardea

Caâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Bianca Restaurant Phone: 707-544-2258 Contact: Karin

Susan Weinstein Harpist Phone: 707-538-9820 Contact: Susan

Lodging Hampton Inn Ukiah Phone: 707-462-6555 Contact: Kersten Waller

OfďŹ ciant Vows and Kisses - Wedding OfďŹ ciant Phone: 831 566-2467 Contact: Lucinda Martin

Photographer Ramon Estrada Photography Wedding Expo Sponsor

Charlieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s At Windsor Golf Club Phone: 707-837-0019 Contact: Liz Glass

American Laser Centers Phone: 877-252-7977 Contact: Megan Anytime Fitness Phone: 707-578-4900 Contact: Brett Livingstone BeautiControl Phone: 415-509-2636 Contact: Natalie Herrera Blanc Bridal Beauty Phone: 707-480-7157 Contact: Jacqueline Ramirez

Fountaingrove Golf & Country Club Phone: 707-521-3224 Contact: Margo

Blush- Bridal Artistry Phone: 707-481-0604 Contact: Brauley Kinkead / Michael Pedro

Geyserville Inn Phone: 707-546-8512 Contact: Dan Christensen

Great Sunsations Tanning Spa Phone: 707-545-6786 Contact: Sue Navarra

Highland Dell Lodge Phone: 707-865-2300 Contact: Herb Loose

Lash Out! Professional Eyelash Extension Phone: 707-495-3894 Contact: Whitney Zivan

Hilton Sonoma Wine Country Phone: 707-569-5505 Contact: Lindsay Doughty


Say Cheeze! Photobooth Rental Phone: 707-889-2247 Contact: Sheryl Orndorff ScreenBooth Sonoma Phone: 707-539-4175/707-889-9600 Contact: ScreenBooth Sonoma

Videographer Magic Hour Video Design Wedding Expo Sponsor Phone: 415-827-3087 Contact: Matt Kellogg Deja Vu Videography Phone: 707-823-5907, 707-694-6641 Contact: Margot Grimmer Premier Productions Videography Phone: 707-570-2013 Contact: Cullen W Video Productions Phone: 707-889-3883 Contact: Christy Wohlert

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BRIDAL FASHION EVENT â&#x20AC;&#x201C; SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2ND 2011 Come see all the latest in bridal and bridesmaids fashion, including our exclusive lines, at Wine Country Bride.

TRUNK SHOW â&#x20AC;&#x201C; OCTOBER 1ST THROUGH OCTOBER 9TH, 2011 Featuring the complete collection of our exclusive Robin Jillian line.

GIRLS NIGHT OUT Meet vendors, swap stories with other brides, champaigne, dessert, make-up and prizes!

BACHELORETTE PARTIES 101 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Grab your bridesmaids and learn how to throw a fun bachelorette party. Meet other brides and get fun ideas!

FIRST DANCE LESSON Grab your Groom and come learn key principles to make your ďŹ rst dance shine!

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WEDDING PLANNING 101 How to throw an unforgettable event, and establish a smooth ďŹ&#x201A;ow all while enjoying your celebration. This is a Wine Country Bride favorite event!

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ver-present in the side streets and plazas of Mexico are large outdoor markets under tarp-roofed booths, selling food, lucha libre masks, purses, Tshirts and bootleg CDs with handmade covers. One of the most famous of these markets is the longstanding Tianguis Cultural del Chopo, aka â&#x20AC;&#x153;El Chopo,â&#x20AC;? a Saturday-afternoon ďŹ&#x201A;ea market that over the past 25 years has become the epicenter of Mexico Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s punk and goth scenes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been to El Chopo many

times, and I was blown away when I realized the whole history of it, this kind of cultural resistance where they make their own community,â&#x20AC;? says Julio Cesar Morales, the San Franciscoâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;based curator of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sonido Pirata: What You Need You Have to Borrow,â&#x20AC;? a multimedia exhibition premiering at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art this month. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I ďŹ rst saw it, it almost felt like a community art project,â&#x20AC;? adds Morales, regarding the buttons, records and other items that are traded or sold for very cheap at the market. Underground economies as a site of cultural resistance hold a particular fascination for Morales, who was born in Tijuana, and guide his selection of artists of

the exhibition, which includes Nao Bustamante, SoďŹ a Cordova, Torolab, and Cristina Victo. Juan Luna-Avine, a multidisciplinary artist who grew up in Mexico City and who recently showed at SFMOMA, ďŹ nds particular inspiration in the DIY ethic of El Chopo, says Morales. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been following the underground punk rock subculture and music since he was a teenager, and his installation is going to be a series of drawings, painting and sculpture, plus work that you can actually buy, like mixed CDs that he makes, for a couple of dollars,â&#x20AC;? explains Morales. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Juan is pirating his own music collection. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s using the same kind of setup that they use

in Mexicoâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;industrial blue or orange tarps and just a very basic stand with CDs.â&#x20AC;? Another installation by University of Southern California professor and occasional New York Times music critic Josh Kun digs into the wave of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tijuana soundâ&#x20AC;? bands that rose up after Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass hit it big with â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lonely Bullâ&#x20AC;? in 1962. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He has a collection of fake Tijuana concept albums by American artists,â&#x20AC;? says Morales. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They were trying to recreate what Alpert did, with the trumpets and the marimbas, but most of them had never been to Tijuana.â&#x20AC;? In reality, a visitor to the BajaCalifornia border town in 1965 would have heard bands playing blues and R&B Ă la James Brown, rather than the romanticized â&#x20AC;&#x153;south of the borderâ&#x20AC;? songs of the Baja Marimba band. Kunâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s display of 30 albums, with an accompanying iPod listening-station, acts as an appropriation of an appropriation, offering a visceral experience of the strange ways culture can become twisted at the border. On the exhibitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opening day, Kun offers a lecture titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Aesthetics of AllĂĄâ&#x20AC;? on mobilesound-system DJsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;soniderosâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; who use recorded sound and technology to â&#x20AC;&#x153;engage with borderland and migration politics.â&#x20AC;? A music and pop-culture emphasis might seem risky for an art museum outside the more adventurous climes of San Francisco (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m hoping the people in Sonoma will be open to this,â&#x20AC;? Morales says), but when it comes to piracy, black market economies and the underground, risk is the only thing thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guaranteed. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sonido Pirata: What You Need You Have to Borrowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; opens Saturday, Sept. 17, and runs through Jan. 1, 2012, at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. 551 Broadway, Sonoma. Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sunday, 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5pm. $5. 707.939.7862.

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Cinnabar’s staging of this nearly forgotten musical is welcome indeed.

MixedUp Love ‘She Loves Me’ a story worth retelling October 21 – 30

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he story behind the musical She Loves Me—with lyrics by Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof), music by Jerry Bock and book by Joe Masteroff (Cabaret)—is almost as lively as the many twists and turns throughout the show itself. It’s based on the 1937 play The Parfumerie by Hungarian playwright Miklos Laszlo, whose hopes of seeing it translated for the American stage never materialized during his lifetime.

Nevertheless, the play was adapted to the screen in three very separate versions, all with different titles: The Shop Round the Corner (1940), In the Good Old Summertime (1949) and You’ve Got Mail (1998), attracting stars

from Jimmy Stewart and Judy Garland to Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Though a strict translation of The Parfumerie wasn’t produced in America until 2009, there was eventually a musical theater adaptation in 1963. Renamed She Loves Me, the fluffy romance was dubbed by critics as one of the greatest musicals of all time, and yet over the next few decades it slipped out of the mainstream and is now rarely performed at all. Last week, Cinnabar Theater, increasingly committed to the revival of classics that have slipped into the margins, opened a three-week run of She Loves Me. Directed by Elly Lichenstein with musical direction by Mary Chun, the Cinnabar production is light and sweet—if a bit draggy and slow at times—and features some fine singers tackling complexly composed tunes that, with wickedly precise lyrics packed with tongue twisters and humorous word play, are anything but easy. Georg (Roy Eikleberry) works in a busy perfume shop in bustling, 1908 Budapest, where a motley crew of clerks spend their days selling face cream and their nights pursuing love, or in Georg’s case, dreaming of it. He’s been corresponding for months with an anonymous pen pal, and when a slightly annoying new female clerk named Amalia (Sheila Wiley) is hired at the shop, Georg has no idea that she is the pen pal with whom he’s fallen in love—and neither does she. Various subplots and near disasters carry the tale to its foregone conclusion, with every characters having his or her own arc of personal self discovery . . . more or less. It’s a charming story, charmingly told, and though it could have used a bit more zip in the pacing, Cinnabar’s She Loves Me makes clear why so many people have been drawn to retell this tale, each in their own way, for over 70 years. ‘She Loves Me’ runs Friday–Sunday through Sept. 25 at Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd. in Petaluma. Friday–Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm. $25–$35. 707.763.8920.

B-BOY STYLE Global hip-hop documentary ‘The Furious Force of Rhymes’ is

among the 102 films screening at the Santa Rosa International Film Festival.

Jumping Off Santa Rosa gets a jam-packed film festival BY GABE MELINE


tephen Ashton is sitting at Cafe Citti in Kenwood, talking about the films at the Santa Rosa International Film Festival. “The indomitable spirit of art is a subtext of our whole festival,” he says between a passionate rundown of the festival’s slate. “It shows up in so many different films.”

There’s festival opener My Afternoons with Margueritte, starring Gérard Depardieu; Reconciliation, a documentary on Nelson Mandela; Currency, which looks at life and death through the migration of an ancient coin; The Furious Force of Rhymes, “the world’s greatest hip-hop film”; Heaven’s Mirror, a documentary on Portugal’s fado music; Silent Sonata, from Slovenia, a film with no dialogue about a circus troupe surviving in a war zone . . . The list goes on and on. Ashton is adept at talking about films. He knows their nuances,

their messages, the many reasons for meeting his selection process. Memorizing them all is no small feat; there are 102 films playing at this week’s festival, an incredible number that was announced with the full schedule only three days before opening night. Ashton himself has lived a life in film, bouncing from coast to coast as editor, producer and cameraman (he once lived with Kenneth Anger in San Francisco, and worked the camera for Anger’s Invocation of My Demon Brother and scenes from Godfrey Reggio’s Koyaanisqatsi). After moving to Glen Ellen in the early ’70s, he says, “I essentially really kind of missed the cultural scene that I had grown up with. At that time, there were no art cinema screens. Every now and then, the old Rio Theater in Monte Rio would show something like El Topo, but by the ’80s, there was really nobody around that was showing any independent film.” So for the past 25 years, Ashton and his wife, Justine, have

The Santa Rosa International Film Festival runs Sept. 14–20 at various venues in Santa Rosa and Kenwood. For full schedule, see

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produced the Wine Country Film Festival, which Ashton describes as “really a festival on the road.” Over the years, they’ve hosted stars like Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, Kirk Douglas, Lynn Redgrave and Richard Dreyfuss in cities such as Sonoma, Guerneville, Calistoga, Petaluma, Tiburon and Napa, among other locales. One of their first events ever was in Santa Rosa. In 1985, the Ashtons hosted a screening of Hoosiers at Coddingtown Cinemas in Santa Rosa, with Dennis Hopper as a guest. (“It was black-tie optional,” recalls Ashton, “and everybody optioned to not wear a black tie— except Dennis Hopper.”) This year, the Ashtons bring their festival back to a welcoming Santa Rosa, where a downtown arts district makes an evident fit and where the Santa Rosa Entertainment Group—which will screen the festival’s fare at the Roxy Stadium 14, Third Street Cinemas and Summerfield Cinemas—is no doubt eager to show the community that they can host a festival of independent film after their takeover of the Rialto Cinemas site last year. Nobody can ignore the fact that since the Ashtons’ first festival 25 years ago, dozens of other film festivals in the North Bay have been founded, some in their former host cities, like Sonoma, Napa and Tiburon. Does Ashton ever feel that other festivals have stolen his thunder? “I’m trying to look at it from a standpoint that we’ve come up with a lot of great stuff,” he says. “To be honest with you,” he adds, “I really think that there is an appreciation among the population, particularly the kind of population that we have in Sonoma County, that really, really craves that information. I mean, they dig it, they love it. You know, even the most obscure film, like, on plankton. Goddamn! We fill the house! For a film on plankton! Wow, man, that’s amazing.”

THE COLE PORTER SONGBOOK: You’ll get a kick out of your favorite Cole Porter songs performed in an intimate cabaret setting!


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Film capsules by Nicholas Berandt and Richard von Busack.



Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star (R; 96 min.) After learning his parents were porn stars, Bucky Larson (Nick Swardson) heads to L.A.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s underground film scene to fulfill what he believes is his destiny. The comedy co-stars Christina Ricci, Stephen Dorff, and hey, Don Johnson! (NB)


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I Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Know How She Does It (PG-13; 89 min.) Chick-flick adaptation of chick-lit bestseller by Allison Pearson stars Sarah Jessica Parker as a successful professional balancing her work and home lives. With Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear. (NB)

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)

Straw Dogs (R; 109 min.) Unnecessary

(PG-13; 105 min.) 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 to his Peninsula home, and a San Francisco Zoo veterinarian (Freida Pinto) helps him raise the critter. 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)

remake of Sam Peckinpahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s controversial 1972 classic stars James Marsden (X-Men) and Kate Bosworth (21, Superman Returns). (NB)




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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)

Contagion (R; 105 min.) Acclaimed director

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The Help (PG-13; 137 min.) Drama about

mock-doc purporting to be the lost footage showing that our men on the moon found lethal evidence back in â&#x20AC;&#x2122;74 of extraterrestrials. (NB)

Whether you're an avid collector or just curious about art, this is an incredible opportunity to visit the studios of Napa Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s artists and fine craftspeople.

The Hedgehog (NR; 99 min.) A reclusive

Drive (R; 100 min.) Ryan Gosling plays a Hollywood stuntman moonlighting as a getaway driver for hire in action thriller based on a James Sallis novel. (NB)

Apollo 18 (PG-13; 86 min.) The cancelled Apollo 18 actually did take place in sci-fi horror


FBI agent who take on international drug smugglers in Ireland. (NB)

Steven Soderbergh and an all-star cast add their two cents to the disaster genre in thriller about a fast-spreading virus and the society in ruins it leaves behind. Costars Matt Damon, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow and Laurence Fishburne. (NB)

The Debt (R; 114 min.) English remake of 2007 Israeli suspense film about Mossad agents who learn mission 30 years earlier to bring a Nazi war criminal to justice may not have been successful after all. Stars Helen Mirren. (NB)

Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Be Afraid of the Dark (R; 100 min.) Shy girl at dadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mansion unwittingly opens a gate to goblins in this remake of the classic â&#x20AC;&#x2122;73 TV movie. Cowritten by Guillermo del Toro. (NB)

The Guard (PG-13; 96 min.) Buddy-cop crime comedy stars Brendan Gleeson as the eccentric cop and Don Cheadle as the sober

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)

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Sarahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Key (R; 111 min.) French drama follows a journalist uncovering the secrets of an inherited house, where, nearly 70 years earlier, a young girl attempted to save her brother from the Velâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;hiv Roundup of 1942, when French authorities turned over thousands of Parisian Jews to the Nazis. With Kristen Scott Thomas. (NB)

Saving Private Perez (PG-13; 105 min.) Comedy import from Mexico about a drug lord whose mom makes him rescue a brother lost in war-torn Iraq. (NB) Shark Night (R; 91 min.) Late-summer blood and boobs for teens in thriller about young friendsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fun weekend ruined by sharks in a lake (note to self: check Wikipedia). In 3D, of course. (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) l Center and Summerfield Cinemas. (RvB)

Warrior (PG-13; 140 min.) Troubled father, troubled son, booze, boxing in latest fight movie to hit the screen. Stars Nick Nolte. (NB)



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Concerts SONOMA COUNTY Daedalus Quartet Young acclaimed string quartet plays free set. Sep 16 at 7:30pm. Healdsburg Community Church, 1100 University Ave, Healdsburg. Free. 707.524.8700.

Lagunitas Tap Room, 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

Willie Nelson Everybody loves the redheaded stranger. Sep 14 at 8. $20-$85. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

New York Polyphony

Live music weekly, Fri at 5. Sep 16, Blues Pirates. $5. Michel-Schlumberger Winery. 4155 Wine Creek Rd, Healdsburg. 800.447.3060.

Redwood Arts Council presents male classical vocal quartet performing wide range of styles in rich, natural sound. Sep 17 at 8. $10-$25. Occidental Center for the Arts, Graton Road and Bohemian Highway, Occidental.

Guerneville Music on the Plaza

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Live summer music series. Sep 15, Sunday Gravy. Downtown Guerneville Plaza, 16201 First St, Guerneville.

Monthly music series. Sep 15, Ashley Allred, Coalmine Spindle, Darwin Meiners. $15. Meadowcroft Wines, 23574 Arnold Dr, Sonoma. 707.934.4090.

Friday Night Music

Herbie Hancock One of the biggest living names in jazz. Sep 18. $45-$65. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

James McMurtry The new Lagunitas miniamphitheatre is unveiled in a celebration featuring the Texas countryman. Sep 19 at 4. Free; ticket required from KRSH-FM.

Summer Slumper Party Sonicbloom headlines with the Cuf, Lostribe, J Kendall, Maryann, Klear Channelz and more. Sep 17 at 8. $8-$10. Aubergine, 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.827.3460.

UFO Classic ’70s rockers with new

Joe Louis Walker Bay Area blues legend plays with John Lee Hooker Jr. Sep 15 at 8. $21. Mystic Theatre, 21 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

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Eat a schnitzel, drink a bier, wear your finest Tirolerhüte and pogo to Polkacide. Sep 18 at 3. $10. Rancho Nicasio, Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

Diana Ross The Supreme supreme drips with royalty for a greatest-hits stage show. Sep 17. $75-$150. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.


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Free Concert Series American Canyon’s own jazz, rock and blues concert series. Sep 18, Living the Dream. Free. Main Street Park, Napa Junction retail center, Highway 29, American Canyon.

Joan Osborne & Dar Williams Two acclaimed songwriters and interpreters perform both separately and together. Sep 16 at 8. $30-$50. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Napa City Nights Sep 16, C4INC, Audio Farm, Lalo. Veterans Memorial Park, Third and Main, Napa.

Lee Ritenour Grammy-winning guitarist plays with full band. Sep 17 at 8. $38-$48. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372. )




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Brass sections will always have a place in rock, as evidenced by the most famous city-named band ever. Sep 15 at 8. $79$125. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.


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“The Way It Is” hitmaker these days turns in sprawling, multifaceted performances. Sep 14 at 7:30. $40-$50. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

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Clubs & Venues SONOMA COUNTY A’Roma Roasters Sep 16, Organix. Sep 17, Chris & Karl. 95 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.576.7765.

Aqus Cafe Sep 17, Kurt Huget. 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.

Aubergine Sep 15 at 8, Eric John Kaiser; at 9, West Side Alchemyz 2. Sep 16, Over the Falls, Business End and others. Sep 17, Summer Slumper Party with Sonicbloom (see Concerts). Sep 18, Moonbeams. Tues at 7, ladies’ limelight open mic. 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2722.

Blue Heron Restaurant Sep 18, Phenix. 25300 Steelhead Blvd, Duncans Mills. 707.865.9135.

Centre du Vin Sep 17, Amber Gougis. 480 First St East, Sonoma.

Christy’s on the Square Sep 16, DJ Vice, DJ TonyTone. Sep 17, DJ Homicide, DJ TonyTone. 96 Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa. 707.528.8565.

Flamingo Lounge Sep 15, Crossfire. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

Gaia’s Garden Sep 16, Canta Flor. Sep 17, One Dollar Tacos. Every Tues, Jim Adams. 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491.

Highland Dell Sep 16, Bo Gypsy. 21050 River Blvd, Monte Rio. 707.865.2300.

Hopmonk Tavern Sep 15, Juke Joint with Lowriderz, Malarkey. Sep 16, Katrina Blackstone. Sep 17, Ren Faire Afterparty. Mon, Monday Night Edutainment. Tues, open mic night. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

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Horror Business Embracing the adventurous power-metal of In Virtue Zombies, sharks, witch hunts, total global meltdown—these name a few of the catastrophic scenarios depicted in Embrace the Horror, the aptly titled new album from North Bay power-metal outfit In Virtue. Both disturbing and epic, it’s just the thing to get listeners into the “end of days” spirit. The brainchild of front man Trey Xavier, graduate of the SSU music program and instructor at Napa School of Music, Embrace the Horror is not your dad’s metal album: iron-clad guitars and atmospheric synthesizers intermingle with orchestral strings and choral arrangements, while lead vocalist Ms. C’s robust melodies complement Xavier’s deathly growls like an aged wine complements a bloody steak. This is metal as composition, bearing closer resemblance to Mozart than Metallica. An element of unpredictability is at the core of In Virtue’s sound; at any moment, the listener may be vaulted headlong into a bluegrass hootenanny or a somber Latin dirge. The most grin-inducing of such ventures occurs in “Cataclysmic Shock,” when an a cappella choir gaily proclaims, “Hallelujah, it’s a firestorm!” in response to the imminent destruction of Earth. It may seem grim, but with In Virtue, the apocalypse was never so much fun. So at the advent of 2012, sit back, relax and embrace the horror when In Virtue play Friday, Sept. 16, at the Phoenix Theater. 201 E. Washington St., Petaluma. 8pm. $8. 707.762.3565.—James Florence

Sep 14, Brainstorm with Russ Liquid. 6957 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2062.

Kodiak Jack’s

Lagunitas Tap Room

Sep 16, Two Steps Down. 256 Petaluma Blvd, Petaluma. 707.765.5722.

Sep 14, Doug Adamz. Sep 15, Emma Lee Project. Sep 16, Jimbo Trout. Sep 17, Rivereens.

Sep 18 at 1, Rock for River. Sep 19, James McMurtry (see Concerts).

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Every Wed at 7, North Bay Hootenanny’s Pick-Me-Up Revue. Sep 15, UFO, Mindflow, Points North, Shotgun Harlot. Sep 16, Ford Brothers, Jason Bodlovich. 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.2343.

Murphy’s Irish Pub Sep 15, Two on a Match. Sep 16, Two Rock Ramblers. Sep 17, Perfect Crime. Sep 18, Norton Buffalo CD release and tribute. Sep 20, Tony Gibson. Every other Mon, knitting night. 464 First St, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.

Mystic Theatre

19 Broadway Club Sep 14, Freedom, Vir McCoy, Diane Patterson, Sara Tone & Al Torre. Sep 16, Front Street Band. Sep 17, Fillmore Slim. Sep 18 at 3, Lone Star Reprobates; at 9, Phil Hardgrave & Continentals. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

142 Throckmorton Theatre Sep 15, Sarah Wilson Quintet. Sep 16, Tom Rigney & Flambeau. Sep 18, Robben Ford. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Peri’s Silver Dollar Sep 14, Izzy & Kesstronics. Sep 16, Swamp Thang. Sep 17, Jamie Clark. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.

Rancho Nicasio

Sep 15, Joe Louis Walker, John Lee Hooker Jr. Sep 17, House of Floyd. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

Sep 15, Songwriter series. Sep 16, Fiver Brown & Good Sinners. Sep 17, Stompy Jones. Sep 18, Polkacide (see Concerts). Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

Olde Sonoma Public House

Sleeping Lady

Sep 15, Hard Travelin Band. 18615 Sonoma Hwy, Ste 110, Sonoma. 707.938.7587.

Phoenix Theater Sep 15, Nigel Gavin. Sep 16, In Virtue, Solaria, Motogruv, Miles of Machines. Sep 17, El Diablo, Ultravolet, Lysurgeon, Wobbska. 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

Sep 16, JoJo Diamond; at 9:30, Spark & Whisper. Sep 20, Charlie Docherty. 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.485.1182.

Southern Pacific Smokehouse Wed, Philip Claypool and friends. Sep 16, Casino Royale. Sep 17, Tim Hockenberry.

224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.899.9600.

Station House Cafe Sep 18, Artifacts. 11180 State Route 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1515.

NAPA COUNTY Downtown Joe’s Sep 16, Fantasia. Sep 17, Keith Andrews. Sep 18, Scientific Salsa. 902 Main St, Napa. 707.258.2337.

Napa Valley Opera House Sep 16, Joan Osborne & Dar Williams (see Concerts). Sep 17, Lee Ritenour (see Concerts). Sep 18, Cafe Cabaret plays Rodgers & Hart. 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Silo’s Sep 14, Kristen McNamara. Sep 15, A capella competition. Sep 16, Jazz at 7 Ensemble. Sep 17, Harvest Festival with Daline Jones, Diego Ramirez, Trevor Lyon Band and Terry Bradford. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

Uptown Theatre Sep 14, Bruce Hornsby (see Concerts). Sep 15, Chicago (see Concerts). 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

The Rocks Sep 15, Crashlanding, Hierosonic. 146 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.782.0592.

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San Francisco’s City Guide

Sep 17, OTS Trio. Sep 18, Thugz. 725 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.BEER.

Little Joe y La Familia

Sebastopol Center for the Arts

Tex-Mex legend and farmworker advocate brings trademark norteño sound. Sep 15 at Yoshi’s SF.

Sep 16, John Boyajy. 6780 Depot St, Sebastopol. 707.829.4797.


Tradewinds Thurs, DJ Dave. Sep 16, Activ808. Sep 17, George Heagerty. 8210 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7878.


Seminal New Jersey hardcore group on short West Coast reunion tour; expect mayhem. Sep 16 at 924 Gilman.

Thievery Corporation Washington, D.C.’s enduring electronic-based act plays two nights of chilled beats. Sep 16-17 at the Fox Theater.

Dance Palace

Twilight Singers

Sep 16 at 7:30, Los Cenzontles. Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.

Greg Dulli & Co. perform “Blackberry Belle” in its entirety with Mark Lanegan. Sep 17 at the Great American Music Hall.

George’s Nightclub

Shepard Fairey

Sep 16, Commander Cody, Gentry Bronson. Sep 17, Learning Curve, Buck Nickels & Loose Change. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

Iron Springs Pub & Brewery Sep 14, Rattlebox. 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax. 415.485.1005.

Noted iconographer of both Andre the Giant and President Obama DJs with Bob Mould. Sep 20 at Rickshaw Stop.

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BASICS Lightnin’ Malcolm found his first guitar with only two strings in ‘a pile of junk.’

Garage Blues Lightnin’ Malcolm steeps in Mississippi juke-joint tradition BY ROBERT FEUER


hile the more sophisticated headliners B. B. King and Buddy Guy get most of the attention at this year’s Russian River Blues Festival, it’ll be Lightnin’ Malcolm, accompanied solely by drummer Cameron Kimbrough, who’ll take the audience to that raw, edgy space where the oldest form of the blues interfaces with the modern world.

Malcolm’s self-composed music is rough, hypnotic and highly percussive. “My guitar is more like a drum with notes,” he says during a phone interview from Mississippi, comparing the effect to house or rave music. “It’s back to the basics. Sometimes it’s just one chord or riff going over and over. If you have the patience, something happens, and it becomes exhilarating. It’s about waiting on the groove to take over, and soon you’re not playing the groove, the groove is playing you.” Malcolm’s lyrics are sparse, and often sound more like moans than words. “I try to make my vocals go back to those old field-holler days,”

he explains. “Sometimes the words don’t matter. It’s the sound.” Malcolm claims roots in the Mississippi hill-country blues of John Lee Hooker, R. L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough, and emulates the guitar/drum duo format those men often used. Discussing the advantages of a two-man band—aside from the obvious economic one—Malcolm notes less interpersonal problems. “Some musicians are crazy. Our minds work differently than other people. Also, a two-piece band has this raw, animal instinct to it.” Malcolm was born in 1974 and grew up in rural Missouri, where he first played along with the radio using sticks from his backyard and, later, an old guitar with two strings he found in a pile of junk. At age 12, he heard his first Muddy Waters song, “Mannish Boy.” “That’s where I really heard the blues and felt that was what life was all about. My life was set right there,” he says. As a teenager, with his dad gone and his mom working late, he prowled the nightlife, playing guitar at poker games and house parties. Sometimes he played in church, where, Malcolm says, “the old ladies got scared when I played

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The Poyntlyss Sistars 9/18 12 PM | $5/8 | ROCK | ALL AGES Great Burro Studios presents

Rock-Cital 17 featuring local kid acts 9/23 8:30 PM | $22/25 | COMEDY 8 pm meet and greet 9 pm show

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Lightnin’ Malcolm and Cameron Kimbrough open the Russian River Blues Festival, also featuring B. B. King, Buddy Guy, Jackie Greene and Ana Popovic, on Sunday, Sept. 25, at Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville. 10am–6pm. $50. 949.360.7800.

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blues. They still believed it was devil music.” Moving to Mississippi in 1992 to be near his heroes, he met the multi-generational Kimbrough and Burnside families. “I felt at home there,” Malcolm says. “I got along with the old guys. Now I want to pass on their cultural knowledge.” He listened intensely to the hill country blues and the fife and drum music that preceded it, finding the trancelike, tribal nature of these styles to be not only a spiritual experience but, he says, “what I’d been hearing in my head all along.” After he was introduced to Junior Kimbrough’s 14-year-old grandson, Cameron, the latter joined Malcolm onstage on Memphis’s Beale Street. They clicked, even without prior practice. Twelve years passed without contact until a year ago, when Malcolm chanced upon Cameron practicing guitar in a laundromat. They started playing together again, and the alchemy was still there. “Our two instruments talk to each other,” Malcolm says. “It’s like a drug when we get to playing.” Malcolm brings to the stage the feel of Mississippi juke joints he’s played, describing them as rustic affairs, where the bar consists of a plywood plank sitting on two sawhorses, with a lady frying chicken, musicians jamming, people sweating and dancing frenetically while drinking corn liquor. “It’s raw and so much fun,” Malcolm says. “Everybody’s loose. Most of the people are having hard times and come to get lost in the music, to calm down and keep from going crazy. It’s a release. “All I care about is bringing people that release. Blues, when you boil it down to the roots, takes negative energy and makes it positive.” As to his appearance at the Russian River Blues Festival? Malcolm makes a Southern promise: “We’re gonna be on fire.”

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Galleries OPENINGS Sep 15 From 6 to 7:30pm. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, “Roots,” juried mixed-media; also, ceramics by Michiko Sodo Kinoshita. 6780 Depot St, Sebastopol. 707.829.4797.

Sep 16 From noon to 3pm. Mary Agatha Furth Center, “Art for Life,” twenty-fourth annual auction benefiting Face to Face and helping those living with HIV. 8400 Old Redwood Hwy, Windsor. 707.544.1581.

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From 6pm. Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, “Sonido Pirata,” curated exhibit dealing with the phenomenon of pirated music. Members’ reception only. 551 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.939.SVMA.

Sep 17 From 3 to 6pm. White Barn Studio, “Gratitute,” new work based on Values Project by Peter Hassen. 900 Petaluma Ave, Sonoma.

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From 5 to 9pm. Riverfront Art Gallery, “Two Photographic Views,” photography by Amber Reumann Engfer and Craig Melville; “Soft Focus,” photography by Rhen August Benson and Mayr McLean. 132 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.775.4ART.

AMtOPMsFree ADMISSION Courthouse 3quare, 3anta Rosa (707) 537-8783

From 6 to 8pm. Donna Seager Gallery, “Full Circle,” wire, drawing and gouache by Emily Payne; also, “Grey Matter,” book collage by Lin Max, and drawings on monoprint by Sylvia Gonzalez. 851 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.4229.

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Arts Guild of Sonoma Through Oct, work by Sonoma Valley High School students. 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: the 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.

Calabi Gallery Through Nov, “Beyond Borders,” works by artists of the Central and South American diaspora. Wed-Sun, 11 to 5. 144 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.781.7070.

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

City Hall Council Chambers 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.

Finley Center Finley Community Center. Through Sep 23, “Assemblage,” found-object sculpture by nine artists. Mon-Fri, 8 to 7; Sat, 9 to 1. 2060 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3737.

Gallery of Sea & Heaven Through Nov 5, exhibition of BI and community artists featuring accessories for inside and outside the home and environs. 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.” 209 Western Ave, Petaluma. 707.778.8277.

Graton Gallery Through Oct 2, “Mixed Elements,” oil paintings and other media by Linda Ratzlaff, John Gruenwald and others. Tues-Sun, 10:30 to 6. 9048 Graton Rd, Graton. 707.829.8912.

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.

Healdsburg Center for the Arts Through Oct 16, “Red Dot 2011: Think Twice,” mixed media by Allegra Burke, sculpture by Charlese Doiron Reinhart and photography by Jerry Takigawa. Daily, 11 to 6. 130 Plaza St, Healdsburg. 707.431.1970.

Occidental Center for the Arts Through Oct 29, “Abstractions,” an abstract multimedia group show. Graton Rd and Bohemian Hwy, Occidental.

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

Petaluma Historical Museum Sep 16-Nov 28, “Pirates,” a kid-friendly exhibit featuring everyone’s favorite seafaring marauders. Wed-Sat, 10 to 4; Sun, noon to 3; tours by appointment on Mon-Tues. 20 Fourth St, Petaluma. 707.778.4398.

Quercia Gallery Through Oct 10, “Reflection,” paintings and sculpture by Ron Quercia and Bobbi Jeanne Quercia. Thurs-Mon, 11 to 5. 25193 Hwy 116, Ste C, Duncans Mills. 707.865.0243.

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Sebastopol Center for the Arts Through Oct 22, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Roots,â&#x20AC;? juried mixed-media; also, ceramics by Michiko Sodo Kinoshita. Reception for both shows, Sep 15, 6 to 7:30. Tues-Fri, 10 to 4; Sat, 1 to 4. 6780 Depot St, Sebastopol. 707.829.4797.

Sebastopol Gallery Through Sep 24, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art of Life,â&#x20AC;? paintings by Sterling Hoffman. Open daily, 11 to 6. 150 N Main St, Sebastopol. 707.829.7200.

Sonoma County Museum Through Sep 25, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Artistry in Wood,â&#x20AC;? fine woodworking exhibition. Tues-Sun, 11 to 4. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.579.1500.

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art Sep 17-Jan 1, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sonido Pirata,â&#x20AC;? curated exhibit dealing with

Towers Gallery Through Oct 31, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cruisin,â&#x20AC;? works by various artists. 240 North Cloverdale Blvd, Ste 2, Cloverdale. 707.894.4331.

University Library Art Gallery Through Oct 16, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Future is Now: New Bay Area MFA Graduates,â&#x20AC;? work by 11 men and women. Mon-Fri, 8 to 5; Sat-Sun, noon to 5. SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.4240.

White Barn Studio â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gratitute,â&#x20AC;? new work based on Values Project by Peter Hassen. Reception, Sep 17, 3 to 6. 900 Petaluma Ave, Sonoma,

MARIN COUNTY 142 Throckmorton Theatre Through Oct, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mill Valley at Work,â&#x20AC;? exterior photography installation by Suki Hill. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

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

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Donna Seager Gallery Through Oct 15, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Full Circle,â&#x20AC;? wire, drawing and gouache by Emily Payne; also, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grey Matter,â&#x20AC;? book collage by Lin Max, and drawings on monoprint by Sylvia Gonzalez. Reception, Sep 17, 6 to 8. TuesWed and Fri-Sat, 11 to 6; Thurs, 11 to 8:30. 851 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.4229.

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Marin MOCA Through Sep 25, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Streets of Hope: A Glimpse into Africa,â&#x20AC;? photography by Keven Seaver; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shattered,â&#x20AC;? a national juried exhibition. Wed-Sun, 11 to 4, Novato Arts Center, Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Dr, Novato. 415.506.0137.

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

Bloom Salon & Art Gallery Bloom Gallery. Through Oct 2, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inkslingers,â&#x20AC;? work by tattoo artists. Mon-Sat, 9 to 7. 1146 Main St, Napa. 707.251.8468.

This year, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re asking you for a 400 words-or-less piece of fiction themed around this shameless declaration. Stolen cars, stolen hearts, stolen files, stolen kisses, stolen ideasâ&#x20AC;Ś we want to read what your wily imagination puts forth. Just make sure that your story at some point includes the phrase â&#x20AC;&#x153;I stole it and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m glad I did.â&#x20AC;? Our favorite little thieving Jive entries will be published in our Fall Lit issue, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have a party and reading with the winners that very night, Oct. 19, at Copperfieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books in Santa Rosa at 6pm. Send us your entries to: Deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 5pm.

Napa Valley Open Studios Sep 17-18 and 24-25 at various studios around Napa Valley. 11 to 5. Free. Full schedule at

Comedy San Francisco Standup Comedy Competition Preliminaries The comedian who gives the best seven minutes will move on to the next round. Sep 16 at 8. $30. Showcase Theatre, Marin Center, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

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Ongoing, murals, ceramics and wood sculptures by Carlo Marchiori. Thurs-Mon, 11 to 6. 1206 Cedar St, Calistoga. 707.942.3900.

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

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Ending Sep 17, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zombie-Proof House,â&#x20AC;? range of media explores zombies in pop culture. Tours available Sat at 10, 11 and noon (reservation required) and Tues-Fri at 10, 11, 12 and 1 (reservation recommended). Gallery hours: Wed-Fri, 9:30 to 3. Sat, by appointment only. 5200 Carneros Hwy, Napa. 707.226.5991.

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Lee Youngman Galleries Ongoing, group exhibit of paintings and sculpture. Mon-Sat, 10 to 5. Sun, 11-4. 1316 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.0585.

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 Valley Museum Sep 17, Mexican Independence Day celebration. 12 to 5. WedMon, 10 to 5. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. 707.944.0500.

Events Jay Alexander Dinner and a show with master magician and vaudevillian comic. Sep 15 at 8. $50. Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.899.9600.

Art for Life Twenty-fourth annual auction benefiting Face to Face and helping those living with HIV. Sep 17 from 2 to 6; $75. Reception preview, Sep 16, noon to 3; free. Mary Agatha Furth Center, 8400 Old Redwood Hwy, Windsor. 707.544.1581.

Black Cat Cabaret Thelma Houston headlines benefit featuring aerials, acrobatics, music and other fun. Sep 16-17. $50-$250. Field of Dreams, Sonoma. Full schedule at

Dia de Independencia Mexican Independence Day celebration. Sep 17, noon to 5. Free. Napa Valley Museum, 55

Presidents Circle, Yountville. 707.944.0500.

Discover Pepperwood Preserve Guided hike and wine reception on special land. Sep 16 at 4. $20-$30. Pepperwood Preserve, 2130 Pepperwood Preserve Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.579.1500.

Heirloom Seed Conference & Expo Thumbs of all colors are welcome to hear speakers, browse vendors and learn more about the vast diversity of heirloom varieties. Sep 13-15. $10-$25. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa.

Floating Homes Tour Who lives in there? Weathermen? Mermaids? Stewart Brand? The living dead ghost of the 1960s? Retired fatcats of the 1980s? Find out Sep 17, 11 to 4. $35$40. Sausalito floating home community, Sausalito.

Gem Faire What is the difference between a fair and a faire? Gems galore, baby. Sep 16-18. $7. Exhibit Hall, Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

Colin Meloy The Decemberists are often described as lit-rock, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no surprise that frontman Meloy has entered the publishing world with a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book illustrated by Carson Ellis. Sep 19 at 7. Petaluma Copperfieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books, 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.762.0563.

Much Ado About Sebastopol Olde-tyme Reniassance Faire brings mirth and merriment to benefit local schools with musicians, juggling, presentation of the Queen, cheese making, sword skills, Shakespeare and much more. Sep 17 from 10 to 8. $5-$12. Ives Park, Sebastopol.

National Acrobats of the Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Republic of China Dedication, hard work, and feats of derring-do from this historically significant and globally recognized troupe. Sep 18 at 3. $15-$55. Lincoln Theater, 100 California Dr, Yountville. 707.226.8742.

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Yarr, mateys! The history of the original swashbuckling pirate renegades comes to the Petaluma Museum this weekend for Pirates, Legends and Lore. Boasting the largest pirate exhibition in the Bay Area, the museum brings to life the buccaneers who ruled the oceans throughout the 17th and early 18th century. Myths conjured up by Hollywood bigwigs and fantastically minded authors are separated from facts through the exploration of images and historical artifacts on display, and recreated are the lifestyles and odd career choices of real-life pirates like Calico Jack Rackham, the original Sea Dog, Blackbeard—and even female pirates like Anne Bonny and Mary Reade. Designed to awe children and adults alike, the exhibit includes plenty of pirate garb and relics, including swords, a grappling hook, a cannonball, costumes, pirate flags and silver “pieces of eight.” Activities include flagmaking and knot-tying, as well as a crashcourse in pirate lingo. Blimey! Pirates, Legends and Lore runs from Sept. 16-Nov. 28. Petaluma Museum, 20 Fourth St., Petaluma. Free. 707.778.4398.—Lacie Schwartz

as public spaces in this international event. There will be several locations throughout Sonoma County, including 531 Fifth St in Santa Rosa. Sep 16. Free. Sonoma County, multiple locations, Sonoma.

Russian Riverfest Enjoy food, wine, beer and music in the name of protecting the Russian River and its watershed. Sep 17, 4:30 to 7:30. $25-$30. Burke’s Canoe Trips, 8600 River Rd, Forestville.

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.

Fifth Street Farmers’ Market on the Square Every Thurs, 4 to 6:30. Ramekins Culinary School, 50 W Spain St, Sonoma. 707.933.0450.

French Garden Farm Market Enjoy produce from restaurant’s farm, along with freshly baked breads and pastries from their kitchen. Every Sun, 10 to 2. Free. French Garden Restaurant, 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.2030.

Late Summer Farm Forum Discussion on the future of food with experts from local wineris, farms and restaurants. Sep 20, 5 to 7. $15. Estate Restaurant, 400 SPain St, Sonoma. 707.933.3663.

Lunchtime in the Sculpture Garden Weekly activities and crepes every Thurs through Sep 29. Sep 15, yoga with Clare Moore. $5-$7. Sonoma County Museum, 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.579.1500.

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

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Novato Farmers Market Join 50 farmers and food purveyors and 25 different artisans in celebrating Marin county’s bounty. Every Tues, 4 to 8, through Sep. Downtown Novato, Grant Avenue, Novato. 707.472.6100, ext 104.

Mark Pasternak Hands-on rabbit butchering and cooking class with the main dude at Devil’s Gulch Ranch. Sep 17 at 5. $125. Cooking School at Cavallo Point, 601 Murray Circle, Sausalito. 415.339.4799.

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Santa Rosa Int’l Film Festival A whopping 102 films in one week explore arts, culture, music, global issues and much more (see Film, p37). Screenings at Roxy Stadium 14, Third Street Cinemas and Summerfield Cinemas in Santa Rosa; Deerfield Winery in Kenwood. Sep 14-20. For full schedule and info, see

Silent Light Carlos Reygada’s drama of infidelity set in a rural Mexican Mennonite community. Sep 16 at 7, Sep 18 at 4. Sonoma Film Institute, Warren Auditorium, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2606.

Vanishing of the Bees Shown in conjunction with the Heirloom Festival, this documentary addresses colony collapse disorder from the point of view of two commercial beekeepers. Filmmakers’ discussion follows. Sep 15 at 2. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.509.5171.

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habitats and birds of prey through tours, dioramas, games, hands-on activities and books. Free. Carolyn Parr Nature Center Museum, Westwood Hills Park, 3107 Browns Valley Rd, Napa. 707.255.6465.

Central Library Babytime, Tues at 10:15. Storytime for toddlers, Tues at 11. Preschool storytime, Fri at 11. Free. Central Library, Third and E streets, Santa Rosa. 707.545.0831.

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.

Petaluma Library Tues at 10, storytime for ages three to five; at 3, read to a specially trained dog from PAWS for Healing. Wed at 10, babytime; at 7, evening pajama storytime in Spanish and English. Fri at 10, storytime for toddlers. Sat at 4, parent-child reading group for second- and third-graders. Petaluma Library, 100 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma. 707.763.9801.

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Lectures New York spoken-word artist speaks against the occupation of Palestine. With local poet Rebel Fagin. Sep 17 at 7:30. $8$15. Newman Auditorium, SRJC, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa.

Photography: Truth or Fiction Instructor Renata Breth explores key issues in photographic representation. Sep 19, 12 to 1:30. Newman Auditorium, Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.527.4011.

Science Buzz Cafe Every Thurs at 6:30, gather with scientists and amateur science fans to discuss weekly topics. Sep 15, “Barbara McClintock: Jumping Genes,” with Philip Harriman, PhD. $3 donation. French Garden Restaurant, 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.292.5281.

Ruth Ann Swenson Star soprano from Metropolitan Opera conducts a master class—part performance, part lecture. Sep 17, noon to 4. Free. Warren Auditorium, Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2057.

Christine Walker “A Painter’s Garden” author and illustrator presents a lecture titled “Image and the Senses.” Sep 15, 7 to 9. $15. Petaluma Community Center, 320 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma.


Commonweal Gallery Sep 18 at 2, “The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality,” with Richard Heinberg. 451 Mesa Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.0970.

Del Dotto Vineyards Sep 17 at 6, “Eyes Wide Open,” with Andrew Gross. 1445 St Helena Way, St Helena.

Khaled Hosseini Author of “The Kite Runner” discusses the new graphic novel interpretation of that book. Sep 15 at 7. $25. 415.927.0960. Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave, San Rafael. 415.457.4440.

Petaluma Copperfield’s Books Sep 16 at 3:30, “The Magnificent 12: The Trap,” with Michael Grant. Sep 16 at 6, “Artisan Cheese Making at Home,” with Mary Karlin. Sep 19 at 7, “Wildwood,” with Colin Meloy & Carson Ellis (see Events). Sep 20 at 3:30, “The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman,” with Meg Wolitzer. 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.762.0563.

Point Reyes Books Sep 18 at 7, “The Heirloom Life,” with Jerre Gettle. Third Tues at 7, women’s book group. 11315 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1542.

Book Passage Sep 14 at 7, “Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness,” with Alexandra Fuller. Sep 15 at 7, “Naughty in Nice,” with Rhys Bowen. Sep 16 at 7, “Oregon Experiment,” with Keith Scribner. Sep 16 at 7, “Worth the Wait,” with Brian Murphy & Brad Mangin. Sep 17 at 1, “Entangled: A Chronicle of Love,” with Lois Goodwill. Sep 17 at 4, “Reasonable Doubt,” with Peter Manso. Sep 17 at 7, “Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff,” with Calvin Trillin. Sep 18 at 1, “The Night Circus,” with Erin Morgenstern. Sep 18 at 3, “Making Sense of People,” with neuroscientist Samuel


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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Sondheim’s immensely successful, Tony awardwinning, musical farce. Through Oct 2. Friday and Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2. Special benefit performance for Napa Valley Historical Society, Sep 15, 7 to 8. $35. $20-$30. Dreamweavers Theatre, 1637 W Imola Ave, Napa. 707.255.5483.

How It Works Staged reading of a new play by Cary Pepper, part of Playwrights’ Lab program. Sep 14 at 7. $10-$20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

How the Other Half Loves Comic exploration of the turbulent lives of three married couples in the 1970s. Through Sep 29. Thurs-Sat at 8, Sun at 3. $12-$22. Novato Theater Company, 484 Ignacio Blvd, Novato. 415.883.4498.

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She Loves Me Lighthearted romantic comedy based on Miklos Laszlo’s “Parfumerie.” Through Sep 25; Fri-Sat at 8, Sun at 2. $25-$35. Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.763.8920.

2012: The Musical San Francisco Mime Troupe presents a radical new production about corporate funding and the art of mass distraction. Sep 19 at 7. Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St E, Sonoma. 707.996.9756.


Based on a True Story Dave Pokorny’s one-man show about trading in the standup life for a family and a career teaching traffic school. Sep 16, 23 at 8. $15. Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.568.5381.

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,

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For the week of September 14

ARIES (March 21–April 19) “An awakened Aries would rather err on the side of making a daring, improvisational mistake than cuddle up with passionless peace,” writes astrologer Hunter Reynolds. “He or she knows that creative conflict can be a greater unifying force than superficial harmony.” This is an excellent keynote for you to keep in mind during the coming days. But make sure your motivations are pure and humble, please. If the daring improvisation you launch is fueled by arrogance or the urge to dominate, your efforts to shake things up for the greater good will fail. Fight against what Reynolds calls “terrified niceness”—but do it with fierce compassion, not sneering rage. TAURUS (April 20–May 20)

Back in 2009, John Allwood, an Australian melon picker, used his head to smash 47 watermelons in 60 seconds. That broke the previous world record of 40 in a minute, also set by him a couple of years earlier. I’ve chosen him to be your role model for the coming week, Taurus, for two reasons. First, you’re primed to outstrip a personal best you achieved some time back. So do it! Second, it’s a perfect time to use your head in fun and creative ways.

GEMINI (May 21–June 20) According to April Winchell’s book Regretsy: Where DIY Meets WTF, here are some of the treasures you can find for sale at Etsy. com: a toy pig made from a root beer can; a “juicy enchanted pouch” for holding runes; a handmade hornet’s nest; a stuffed feral goat fashioned to resemble a unicorn; fake tapeworms that are actually spray-painted fettuccine; and a “haunted Ouija board Las Vegas casino–style blackjack roulette poker chip.” I would absolutely love it if you designed something like this and hawked it on Etsy, Gemini. Your skill as an idiosyncratic creator will soon be peaking, as will your capacity for marketing the most unique aspects of your shtick and style. CANCER (June 21–July 22) “Specialization is for insects,” said science fiction writer Robert Heinlein. “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, pitch manure, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently.” I bring this thought to your attention, Cancerian, because it’s an excellent time for you to broaden your understanding and expand your repertoire. How many of the things that Heinlein names can you do? Make a list of your talents, and try to add some new ones to that list in the coming weeks. LEO (July 23–August 22) A veterinarian in Nashville was asked to do something he had never done: diagnose and treat a wounded whooping crane. Experts devoted to safeguarding the endangered species advised him to wear a billowy white suit. That way the wild bird would be more likely to accept his attention. “You learn very quickly how to communicate dressed as a marshmallow,” the vet said after completing his work. Be prepared for a metaphorically similar encounter, Leo. You, too, may face a prospect that resembles interspecies conversation. I hope you’ll be as adaptable as the vet. VIRGO (August 23–September 22): “Everything is unique,” said the 19th-century authors known as the Goncourt brothers, who wrote all their books together. “Nothing happens more than once in a lifetime. The physical pleasure that a certain woman gave you at a certain moment, the exquisite dish that you ate on a certain day—you will never meet either again. Nothing is repeated, and everything is unparalleled.” Of course this is always true. But I suspect you will be more intensely aware of it in the coming days than you have in a long time. In part that’s because the sensations and experiences headed your way will be so piquantly unique, so exquisitely fresh. And in part it’s because you’ll be wide-awake to the novel pleasures that are possible when you appreciate the fact that everything changes all the time.

LIBRA (September 23–October 22): “Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul,” said environmentalist Edward Abbey. The “ruin” doesn’t happen all of a sudden, because of a single small failure to translate sincere intentions into good works. Rather, it’s the result of long-running laziness or passivity—a

consistent inability to do what one’s passions demand. If there is even a shred of this tendency in your makeup, Libra, now is an urgent time to shed it. According to my astrological analysis, you simply must carry out your soul’s mandates.

SCORPIO (October 23–November 21)

I would of course never advocate burning all copies of the book Faking It: How to Seem Like a Better Person Without Actually Improving Yourself. I’m a staunch defender of freedom of speech, even if the speech offends my moral sense. On the other hand, my freedom of speech allows me to advise you to strenuously avoid that book and any influence that resembles it. In my astrological opinion, you need to actually become a better person in the coming weeks, not just pretend you are. Here’s a good place to start: Don’t just pay lip service to the idea of supporting others’ freedom of speech. Help them claim and express that freedom, even if it makes you uncomfortable.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21) Every one of us is born with up to 150 new mutations that make us different from both of our parents. Most of those genetic alterations are neutral in their effects. Some are negative and a few may be beneficial. I bring this to your attention, Sagittarius, because you’re entering a phase when it’s possible to take more advantage of your positive mutations than you ever have before. Can you guess what they are? Try to, because you’re primed to tap in to their fuller potential.

CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19) says there are 19 words in the English language with no perfect rhymes. Among them are six words that are useful in constructing this week’s horoscope for you: cusp, glimpsed, depth, rhythm, gulf and opus. I like the fact that none of them rhyme, because it’s symbolic of the task you have ahead of you. You’re on the cusp of a shift in your rhythm that will take you out of your depth, compelling you to close the gulf between you and a resource that will be crucial for you to have access to in the future. You’ve glimpsed what needs to be done—the creation of a new opus—but in order to accomplish it, you will need to be motivated by a frustration that feels like having to rhyme unrhymeable words. AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18) The Jerusalem syndrome is a temporary psychological phenomenon that on rare occasions overtakes travelers who visit Jerusalem. Under the influence of ancient holy sites, these people may become obsessed with religious themes or experience delusions that they are characters from stories in the Bible or Koran. I don’t expect you to fall under the sway of such an outbreak, Aquarius, but I do suspect that you will soon have some intense spiritual stirrings. To ensure that they will enlighten you, not dishevel you, stay wellgrounded. Have regular meals, please. Sleep well and exercise now and then. PISCES (February 19–March 20) My Pisces friend Rana Satori Stewart coined some new words that happen to be perfect for you to begin using and embodying. “Blissipline,” she says, is “the commitment to experiencing a little or a lot of bliss every day; the practice of expanding one’s capacity for bliss and being open to receive it in any moment.” A “blissiplinarian” is “someone who enforces pleasure and invites opportunities for more pleasure,” while a “blissciple” is a person who aspires to master the art of blissipline. I encourage you to be a blissciple, Pisces, because it will put you in sync with the effervescent invitations the cosmos has scheduled for you. Go to REALASTROLOGY.COM to check out Rob Brezsny’s Expanded Weekly Audio Horoscopes and Daily Text Message Horoscopes. Audio horoscopes are also available by phone at 1.877.873.4888 or 1.900.950.7700.

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