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Despite tragedy in Reno, air races should be allowed to continue BY TERRY FAUTLEY

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was in attendance at the National Championship Air Races last week in Reno and was watching the heat race that ended in tragedy. I am an avid fan of the sport and was on hand for the entire event since the beginning of qualifying on Monday. When the crash took place my attention was on another part of the course, but I immediately knew that something had gone terribly wrong. It was moments later that I realized how bad it was— that spectators had been in the path of the destruction. Emergency personnel were quick to respond, and the crowd (much to its credit) heeded instructions to calmly exit the area. The men and women who race airplanes are well aware of the dangers involved in their sport. There have been race-related fatal crashes in the past, but until last Friday there has never been a spectator fatality at Reno. In the past week, there have been plenty of armchair aviators making pronouncements about what went wrong. The truth is that no one is sure what went wrong, even with all the photographic and eyewitness accounts that exist. The answer lies in the investigation now in progress. I do hope that those unfamiliar with air racing do not unjustly villianize the sport out of hand and will consider that, however terrible the result, it was an accident. The Reno Air Racing Association has a very strict and successful system of safety; the pilots that race are some of the best aviators in the world. The planes they fly are painstakingly maintained by experts and participants are trained and certified by the Reno Air Racing Association (RARA). The course they fly is spread wide across the desert with a relatively small area occupied by spectators. The Reno Air Races are a great event cherished by tens of thousands every year. It would be a shame if it were lost due to this tragic accident. The task at hand right now is to ascertain the facts and cause of the crash and to assist those who have been affected by this tragedy. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and RARA are doing just that. In the meantime, I hope for cool heads to prevail. Terry Fautley has attended the Reno Air Races for the past 10 years. He lives in Santa Rosa. Open Mic is a weekly feature in the Bohemian. We welcome your contribution. To have your topical essay of 350 words considered for publication, write openmic@bohemian.com.

Peace Through Investigation

Thank you for Tom Hayden’s article regarding 9-11 ten years later (“An American Blindness,” Sept. 7). His has always been a voice of sanity to me over the years. He speaks in the article of the “Long War” that we are now entrenched in and how it could easily go on for decades, if not centuries. He also speaks of what I think at least 95 percent of this country’s population (as well as the world’s) would prefer—a “Long Peace.” To me, the obvious way to start on this path (which he doesn’t mention) is a new thorough independent investigation of the events of 9-11. If indeed the horrific events of that day were actually perpetrated by factions within our own government, then the so-called “war on terror” would basically be a fraud. There are way too many unanswered questions regarding the “official story” to go into here, but a few obvious questions should be asked. What caused WTC 7 to collapse (47 stories) at freefall speed on the afternoon of 9-11? It wasn’t hit by a plane, and only had a few small fires that had burned out by the time it collapsed. There also appears to have been foreknowledge of the collapse, as it was reported on BBC television a half an hour before it actually came down. Also, why was there molten steel seen in the debris of all three World Trade Center buildings? Why was there thermite (a powerful explosive) found in the dust of the collapsed buildings? I would recommend the architects and engineers for 9-11 truth website (AE911truth.org) to anyone interested in finding out more about these unanswered questions as well as others. Also recommended would be any of David Ray Griffin’s books, but especially The New Pearl Harbor. Unfortunately, at this point it doesn’t look like a time of “Long Peace” is a reality, but I truly believe the logical

way to start down that road would be if people would take the time and start to look at all the evidence available regarding 9-11 and work towards demanding a new independent investigation.

MICHAEL SHAW San Rafael

Say No, Loudly, to GMOs Karen Hudson brings a range of disturbing facts to light (“Modify This!,” Aug. 24), and I’m glad that someone is talking about it. It is the job of the FDA to keep our food clean. How can we feel safe if they are letting toxic chemicals be a part of the growing of food? What is the point of putting these organizations in place if they are not going to do their job? And how will we truly know what we are eating if we are not informed? The answer is simple: let our opinions be known! Follow Hudson’s advice and write to the FDA, the EPA, the World Health Organization and tell them what you think of their regulations. Change is not possible without the help of the people!

MADELEINE PEREZ Santa Rosa

More Exposure and Impact I want to thank you for writing up the “What Now” show and publishing the piece. Skillful and kind. . . nicely done. I think you erred in not giving it the cover and a more thorough treatment. I believe the show is one of the most valuable and important projects currently being conducted in the United States, much more important than a theater troupe (and I’m sure they are excellent).


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The “What Now” show is neither a vanity project nor a livelihood for me. It is a calling with big fish to fry, intended as a collaboration and positioned to do great good work in the world. It really could have benefited from more exposure and impact. There are voices in the archives begging to be widely heard, the voices of our most important teachers speaking to our gravest circumstances with messages of vital information and hope. So glass half full / half empty. . . Paul Ehrlich is spelled with an “h” . . . otherwise I’m grateful for the fine job you did. Best to all of us!

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WHY IGNORE FUKUSHIMA? Caldicott speaks Sept. 25 at the Petaluma Progressive Festival.

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e cannot, must not, ever cover up medical epidemics,” says Physician Helen Caldicott, on the phone from her native Australia during a rare break between speaking engagements on nuckear power across the globe.

But a cover-up, after a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami crippled the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, is exactly what’s happening, claims the fierce nuclear abolitionist. “It’s extremely serious,” says Caldicott, who has argued that the meltdown at Fukushima is on par with Chernobyl. “Large parts of Japan are heavily contaminated with radiation. There will be an

epidemic of cancers appearing in three to 70 years. And maybe hundreds of thousands of people are destined to develop cancer, if not more. There will be implications for future generations for genetic disease.” On Sept. 25, Caldicott appears at the 14th annual Petaluma Progressive Festival, and her talk focuses on the medical effects and implications of the Fukushima

reactor meltdown not only for Japan, but for the United States as well. “There’s a fair bit of fallout occurring around the West Coast and Canada, and indeed it’s been picked up in Oklahoma, in New England, all over the country,” she says. “Particles such as plutonium, cesium, little tiny microscopic pieces from the fuel.” What Caldicott finds most worrisome is the effect of even low levels of radiation on Japanese children, even those that live far beyond the vast evacuation radius around Fukushima. “What they’ve done is elevated the levels of radiation to which children can be exposed,” she explains. “It’s absolutely obscene. Children are 20 times more sensitive to radiation than adults. Many of them are destined to develop cancer.” Speaking out against the potential medical hazards of the Fukushima disaster is the latest act in Caldicott’s 38-year history of activism in educating the public about the medical hazards of nuclear weapons and nuclear war. A pediatrician by training, the former Harvard Medical School instructor resigned from full-time medicine in 1980. Her subsequent founding of Women’s Action for Nuclear Disarmament (WAND) and numerous other organizations led to a Nobel Peace Prize nomination from Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling. The author of seven books, including Nuclear Power is Not the Answer, Caldicott describes herself as “very cross” when it comes the continued use of nuclear power and the promises of a president whose favorite move seems to be back-tracking. “And Obama’s about to spend $3 billion building three new nuclear weapons factories, for God’s sake. Where’s the man’s head?” Caldicott asks, her voice rising with anger. She’s referring to documents released in July by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)


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Mail Fail “If you think the economy is bad now, if the postal service were to fail, it would just go down the toilet,â€? says Jeff Parr, a Santa Rosa letter carrier who has worked the same route for the past six years. Parr is a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers North Coast Branch 183. “We are 92 percent organized,â€? says Parr about his local, part of one of the strongest remaining unions in the United States. On Tuesday, Sept. 27, the 34-year post ofďŹ ce veteran will take part in a “Save America’s Postal Serviceâ€? rally outside Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey’s Sonoma County ofďŹ ce. The rally is part of a nationwide effort to bring attention to the slow bankrupting and precarious plight of the USPS. With a $5.5 billion payment due every September for the next 10 years and no money with which to pay it, Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe has proposed eliminating Saturday delivery, closing up to 3,700 postal locations and laying off 120,000 workers. Rural and low-income communities would be the ďŹ rst to feel the brunt of such a move. Parr and others blame the ďŹ nancial mess on a 2006 law that requires one of the nation’s largest employers to fund retirees’ health insurance costs 75 years into the future; the USPS is the only governmental organization required to do this. “Without that payment, the postal service would be in the black. The internet does have an impact, but that is not the major factor. It’s this onerous payment we have to make,â€? says Parr. The public is invited to the rally, held in front of Woolsey’s ofďŹ ce as a thank-you for her early support of a pro-postal worker bill, HR 1351. Support your local letter carrier on Tuesday, Sept. 27, in front of Lynn Woolsey’s ofďŹ ce. 1101 College Ave., Santa Rosa. 4pm. 707.310.4179.—Leilani Clark

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MAKIN’ DAT DOUGH Cafe Reyes’ crust occupies that rare space of perfection in pizza making.

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outdoor dining space is at the end of block, but it’s worth the extra 30-second trip. Their specialty is wood-fired pizza, although a multitude of interesting entrees and other dishes can be had for around $10. With pizza, it’s really about the crust. Anyone can put a bunch of quality ingredients on some dough and bake it, but the best dough is a recipe guarded with a spell even Harry Potter couldn’t break. This dough is no exception. It’s

chewy and flavorful, a little salty and served perfectly. The pizzas are thin but not crunchy, soft but not soggy. If ever there were an example for the rest of the world to follow for a “California-style” pizza, Cafe Reyes has perfected it. The dough is made daily from scratch using Caputo 00 flour. Pizzas are expertly tossed to order before heading into the woodfired oven. Upon exit, they’re drizzled with olive oil and Grana Padano cheese. Try the Inverness, a chicken

sausage and mushroom pizza, or the Limantour with fresh basil, cherry tomato and garlic. Feeling adventurous? The Estero bursts with flavors of three cheeses, including Pt. Reyes Blue, and fresh spinach. Wanna go crazy? Try a simple tomato and mozzarella Bodega with the addition of marinated anchovies (and cancel your after-dinner makeout session). With pizza this good, the next obvious question will be answered: Yes, there are local beers on tap. Point Reyes Porter from Marin Brewing Co. is an obvious staple at this restaurant, and Healdsburg and North Coast brewing companies are also represented. Cafe Reyes has existed in its current form for about three years, although the space has been a restaurant for the past 16 years, says server Krystle Madayag. She’s been working there for five years and remembers when it was a Mexican restaurant. This explains the southwestern design scheme inside, which almost feels out of place with the current menu. Madayag also says the simplification of the menu (it’s a one-sided sheet) has attracted more families, and on any given night parents and children can be seen bonding over a common favorite food. The mix is about half locals and half tourists, which is fairly common in the small coastal town. The atmosphere is jovial, the staff down to earth, and the chocolate cake out of this world— it is a “Got Milk” ad waiting to happen, and really should come standard with a wide mug of the stuff (for dipping). While making a day of it, don’t let Point Reyes Station’s small size fool you—there’s enough entertainment to stay the whole day, and it’ll still be cheaper than a visit to the doctor’s office. Cafe Reyes, 11101 Hwy. 1, Pt. Reyes Station. Tues-Sun, Noon-9pm. 415.663.9493.

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S O N O MA CO U N T Y Applewood Inn California cuisine. $$$. California wine country food inspired by European traditions. Dinner daily; midweek locals’ specials. 13555 Hwy 116, Guerneville. 707.869.9093. Arrigoni’s Delicatessen & Cafe Deli. $. A perennial favorite with the downtown lunch crowd. Breakfast and lunch, Mon-Sat. 701 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.1297.

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$-$$. Award-winning ales and pub fare. Hearty portions and friendly service. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Sun. 345 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.433.2337.

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

Central Market California cuisine. $$$. Fish is the thing at this airy spot that features local and sustainable foods. Lots of pork dishes, too–and they’re insanely good. Dinner daily. 42 Petaluma Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.9900.

Charcuterie French Mediterranean. $$. Intimate bistro has casual European wine-bar feel. Lunch, MonSat; dinner, Sun-Thurs. 335 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.431.7231. Chloe’s French Cafe French. $. Hearty French fare, decadent desserts and excellent selection of French and California wines. Breakfast and lunch, Mon-Fri. 3883 Airway Dr, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3095.

Cucina Paradiso Northern Italian. $-$$. Delicious innovative fare. Lunch, Mon-Sat; dinner daily. 114 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.782.1130.

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

Dempsey’s Alehouse Gourmet pub fare. $-$$. Popular brewpub and bistro, award-winning handcrafted beers, outdoor dining in summer and pork chops to die for. Lunch and dinner daily. 50 E Washington St, Petaluma. 707.765.9694.

French Garden French. $$$-$$$$. The French Garden serves classic French and California cuisine focusing on seasonal and sustainable foods, much of it grown on its own farm; also, a casual bar with small plates. Dinner, Wed-Sun; brunch, Sun. 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.2030.

wide selection of appetizers– half vegetarian–can make the meal. Lunch and dinner daily. 101 Second St, Petaluma. 707.765.4567.

Larry Vito’s BBQ Smokehouse Barbecue. $-$$. Southern-style and slow-cooked from a chef who’s worked with Wolfgang Puck and Alice Waters. Zing! 6811 Laguna Park Way, Sebastopol. 707.575.3277.

LaSalette Portuguese. $$-$$$. Authentic rustic dishes include classic lusty Portuguese stews and seafood. Dinner, Wed-Sun. 452-H First St E, Sonoma. 707.938.1927. Le Bistro French. $$. A tiny space, simple menu, excellent food–and a reasonable price. Dinner, Wed-Sun. 312 Petaluma Blvd S, Petaluma. 707.762.8292.

Martha’s Old Mexico Mexican. $. Freshly prepared favorites, along with regional house specialties. Lunch and dinner, Wed-Mon; dinner only, Sat-Sun. 305 N Main St, Sebastopol. 707.823.4458.

Sapporo Japanese. $$. An excellent choice when the sushi urge hits. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 518 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.575.0631.

Scopa Italian. $$. For true Tuscan flavors. Can be crowded, but you get to see what the neighbors ordered. Dinner, Tues-Sun. 109-A Plaza St, Healdsburg. 707.433.5282.

Gaia’s Garden Vegetarian. $. International buffet with simple, homestyle food for just a few bucks, including curry and dahl, enchiladas, eggplant parmesan and homemade bread. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491.

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.

Gohan Japanese. $$-$$$.

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

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

Graffiti Mediterranean. $$-$$$. Jazzed-up waterfront destination really is all that jazz. Big menu focuses on creative seafood dishes, also steak and lamb. Variety of indoor and outdoor seating;

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Stark’s Steakhouse Steakhouse. $$$$. Could be the best steak you’ll ever have. “Other than steak” menu changes seasonally. Happy hour Mon-Fri, 3 to 6. Dinner daily; lunch, Mon-Fri. 521 Adams St, Santa Rosa. 707.546.5100.

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Thai Pot Thai. $$. A local favorite with pad Thai, curries, exotic appetizers and entrées. Lunch and dinner daily. 2478 W Third St, Santa Rosa. 707.575.9296. 6961 Sebastopol Ave (across from West America Bank), Sebastopol. 707.829.8889.

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.

Zazu Cal-Euro. $$$. Perfectly executed dishes that sing with flavor. Zagat-rated with much of the produce from its own gardens. Dinner, Wed-Sun; brunch, Sun. 3535 Guerneville Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4814.

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

Casa Mañana Mexican. $. Big burritos near Perri Park. The horchata is divine. Lunch and dinner daily. 85 Bolinas Rd, Fairfax. 415.454.2384.

Drake’s Beach Cafe Californian. $$-$$$. More dinner party than restaurant, and the food is fresh and amazing. A meal to remember. Lunch, Thurs-Sun; dinner, Fri-Sat. 1 Drake’s Beach Rd, Pt Reyes National Seashore. 415.669.1297.

Il Piccolo Caffe Italian. $$. Big, ample portions at this premier spot on Sausalito’s spirited waterfront. Breakfast and lunch daily. 660 Bridgeway, Ste 3, Sausalito. 415.289.1195.

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

Poggio Italian. $$-$$$. Truly transportive food, gives authentic flavor of the Old World. The cheaper way to travel Europe. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 777 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.7771.

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

Cafe. $-$$. Alexis excels at baked goods and offers killer breakfasts and sensible soup’n’-salad lunches. 1517 Third St, Napa. 707.258.1827.

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

Sorella Caffe Italian. $$. The embodiment of Fairfax casual, with delicious, high-quality food that lacks pretension. Open for dinner daily. 107 Bolinas Rd, Farifax. 415.258.4520.

Buster’s Barbecue

American-California. $$. Innovative menu, fresh local seafood and range-fed meats. Outdoor dining; full bar. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 11180 State Route 1, Pt Reyes. 415.663.1515.

Sushi Ran Japanese. $$$$. This beautiful restaurant attracts locals and tourists with its fresh catches. A wide selection of nigiri, depending on what’s fresh. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner, Mon-Sun. 107 Caledonia St, Sausalito. 415.332.3620. Yet Wah Chinese. $$. Can’t go wrong here. Special Dungeness crab dishes for dinner; dim sum for lunch. Lunch and dinner daily. 1238 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.460.9883.

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.

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

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

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

Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen Eclectic. $$-$$$. As comfortable as it sounds, with a rich and varied melting pot of a menu. Lunch and dinner daily. 1327 Railroad Ave, St Helena. 707.963.1200.

Redd California cuisine. $$$$$. Rich dishes balanced by subtle flavors and careful yet casual presentation. Brunch at Redd is exceptional. Lunch, Mon-Sat; dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 6480 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.2222. Siena California-Tuscan. $$$$. 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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S O N O MA CO U N T Y Annapolis Winery

Zin and Marsanne-Roussane; don’t ask about the rooster. Ask about the rooster. 14300 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen. Thursday-Monday 11am– 5pm.707.939.8525.

Decades before the cool Sonoma Coast became hot property, the Scalabrini family quietly planted their vineyards high above the coastal fog. Small, family-run, and a popular wedding spot; the Gewürz sells out fast. 26055 Soda Springs Road, Annapolis. Open daily. 707.886.5460.

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Arrowood Winery Most of Arrowood’s wine is done in the Bordeaux style of France. 14347 Sonoma Hwy., Glen Ellen. Tasting room open daily, 10am–5pm. 707.935.2600.

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

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

Camellia Cellars Like owner Chris Lewand, the wine is just so darned approachable and easy-going. Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon are most consistently strong. 57 Front St., Healdsburg. Open daily, 11am–6pm. 888.404.9463.

DaVero Sonoma Get lubed with spicy extra virgin from California’s first Tuscan olive trees; rare Sagrantino wine is in a different league. Jams, soaps and balm from the farm, too. 766 Westside Road, Healdsburg. 10am-5pm daily except Tuesday. Nominal fee $15. 707.431.8000. Dutton-Goldfield Winery Spacious, clean and bright, otherwise not much to recommend it–except a stellar lineup of finely crafted, fruit-forward wines. 3100 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Sebastopol. 10am–4:30pm daily. $10 tasting fee. 707.827.3600.

Eric Ross Winery Just friendly folks pouring Pinot,

The colorful pastoral depicted on the label does exist, but this small, family-owned labor of love is sensibly located in the Pinecreek Business Park. Stylish tasting room; Chard, Cab and Blanc. 3360 Coffey Lane, Ste. E, Santa Rosa. Daily 11am–4:30pm. $10 tasting fee. 707.237.4980.

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

Del Dotto Vineyards (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, Friday–Sunday. Opera resonates until 4pm; rock rules after 4pm. 1055 Atlas Peak Road, Napa. By appointment. 707.963.2134.

Frank Family Vineyards A media mogul imagineered a Napa Valley winery that’s surprisingly no-frills, friendly and free of charge, from the flute of

bubbly welcome to the last sip of award-winning Cab. Emphasis is on the historic Larkmead winery, the wine and, natch, the guest at this popular tasting room set in the winery’s remodeled craftsman farmhouse. Frank Family Vineyards, 1091 Larkmead Lane, Calistoga. Tasting daily, 10am–4pm, $10; reserve, $25. 707.942.0753.

Nichelini Winery Take a joyride in the Napa backcountry and discover this rustic little winery that’s been in the family for generations. See the only Roman wine press in the Western Hemisphere. 2950 Sage Canyon Road, St. Helena. Saturday and Sunday, 10am–5pm. No fee. 707.963.0717.

PlumpJack Winery Part of the huge empire in part helmed by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. Syrah, Merlot and more. 620 Oakville Crossroad, Oakville. Open daily, 10am– 4pm. 707.945.1220.

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

Taste at Oxbow Discover refreshing white varietals Albariño 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. Sunday– Thursday, 11am–7pm; Friday– Saturday, 11am–9pm. Tasting fee $10. 707.265.9600. Velo Vino Napa Valley Cycling-themed bungalow is filled with enough gear to outfit a peloton, plus wine and espresso, too. Tastings include spiced nuts and dried cherries, but sample-sized Clif and Luna Bars are readily available for your impromptu energy bar and wine pairings. 709 Main St., St. Helena. Daily, 10am– 6pm. $10–$25. 707.968.0625.

Stagecoach Vineyard & Krupp Brothers Estates

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eaving the familiar green scene of the valley floor, Soda Canyon Road runs past ramshackle ranchettes and mini-mansions before ascending the rugged hills east of Napa Valley. Oaks yield the peaks to coyote bush, the thin soil to bare rock, and the odd stand of Burbank spineless cactus completes the picture. This looks more like Old West cattle country than wine country, and hardscrabble at that. Then, a verdant valley appears, a viticultural land of the lost carpeted with vines not quite as far as the eye can see—on a clear day, the eye can see to San Francisco. The story of Stagecoach is one of extremes and engineering feats. Two miles end-to-end. One billion pounds of rock extracted. Planting by way of dynamite. Eleven wells dug to the specifications of a water witch. One hundred seventy-five combinations of grapes and rootstock. Amid what amounts to a remote city of grapes, it would seem doubtful that any one person could keep track of it all. Yet when asked if there’s any Grenache hereabouts, viticulturist Amy Warnock promptly replies, “Block C2, Alban clone, on Schwartzman.” It’s what’s not extreme that draws seventy wineries to this site. Although cooler than the valley below, the vineyard is above the fog line, and the ripening grapes experience less dramatic temperature swings throughout the day. Jan Krupp hadn’t envisioned such an undertaking when he started out in 1991. But sensing the demand for grapes from these soils, he partnered with businessman brother Bart to look for more vineyard land, the only parcel available being 750 acres just to the north. Stagecoach grapes are now sold at a premium, while the Krupp Brothers release their own label of some 2,000 cases. The 2006 Black Bart Marsanne ($35) is a honey-hued wine with a doozy of an aroma, all the oak and melted butter of a big Chardonnay, with caramelized pecan, honey, baked pear and apricot. Starts exotic, but draws one in with a rich palate of orange oil, papaya and Meyer lemon. The 2006 Veraison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($34, 375ml) has aromas of spicy Christmas cake, dark roasted chicory, dried fruits, with very fine and dry forward-palate tannins. Krupp Brothers Estates, 3265 Soda Canyon Road, Napa. Vineyard tours by appointment only, $25. 707.260.0514. Tasting available daily at A Dozen Vintners, 3000 Hwy. 29, St. Helena. 10am–5pm. 707.967.0666.—James Knight


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Fourth annual Handcar Regatta explores our cultish and commune-riddled local history BY LEILANI CLARK

FOUNDED: In 1875, Thomas Lake Harris brought his Brotherhood of the New Life colony from the East Coast to the foothills north of Santa Rosa. He called the place the “Eden of the West” and soon amassed dozens of followers, drawn by the British spiritual leader’s mad charisma. BELIEFS: Cosmic sexuality, breath-work called “divine respiration,” extraterrestrial beings and Jesus as benevolent hermaphodite were all part of Harris’ wild cosmology. He believed that fairies were real, and liked to reside in the female bosom. Partakers of wine as a “divine and celestial substance,” the Brotherhood cultivated acres of vines, producing some of the country’s best wine. UNRAVELING: With his reputation shot to tatters by a San Francisco Chronicle reporter’s accusation of sexual advances, Harris abandoned the commune. He left it in the hands of Kanaye Nagasawa, who successfully ran the winery for 40 more years.

BURNING THIGHS The Hennepin Crawler, immortalized in a just-released Primus song, gets rolling with its creators.

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he man shows up every year, as reliable as the sun rises each day, wearing nothing but a jock strap and sunglasses.

“He’s just doing his thing,” says Ty Jones, laughing. After all, the jock-strap man is just one of the many costumed “rabble” that makes the Handcar Regatta, aka the Great West End and Railroad Square Handcar Regatta and Exposition of Mechanical and Artistic Wonders, a place where anything goes. Gearing up for its fourth year, the festival’s embrace of art, brazen

costumes, kinetic sculpture and DIY craftsmanship has inarguably injected Santa Rosa with a burst of inspired ingenuity since its 2008 debut. Yet cofounder Jones rejects the notion that the Regatta birthed any sort of grand awakening of the Sonoma County arts. Instead, he views the Regatta as a catalyst for bringing together the creative elements that were already sparking—to converge in one explosively popular day—on what otherwise was just another empty, dusty lot. “The Regatta gave permission to people to see that something different could succeed,” says Jones.

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REMNANTS: The ruins of the winery still exist, just off Round Barn Boulevard. Graffiti-covered wine casks and collapsed roof beams guard larger rooms strewn with debris, rat-droppings and remnants of the just-passingthrough, whether those looking for a place to lay their heads, or the ghost of Jane Lee Waring, who was known in the 1880s for wandering the property in Turkish garb, smoking a pipe. A park named for Nagasawa opened nearby in 2007.—L.C.

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20 Handcar ( 19 “We just put it together in one place.” The story of the Regatta begins in 2007, when a group of local artists including David Farish, Skye Barnett, Dan Kirby and Clifford Hill built the Hennepin Crawler. They started toying with the idea of using the train tracks in Railroad Square as a raceway. Concurrently, Jones and festival partner Spring Maxfield had been brainstorming an elaborate festival, designed to stand out from the pastel-landscape arts events prominent in Sonoma County. They, too, were eyeing the railroad tracks. The two groups joined forces, and a legend was born. Jones credits a core group of volunteers including Farish, Theresa Hughes, Heather Prandini, Jess Flood and Meredith Johnson with the Regatta’s success, especially in its first couple of years. “I don’t think the event would be what it is without these

people,” Jones says. “I liken the darn thing to a Christmas tree. Spring and I built the idea of this tree and everyone comes in with their talents and voice to decorate it. It becomes more than the sum of two people.” At press time, it’s not certain if the Regatta will return to the railroad depot site in Santa Rosa, as construction for the long-awaited SMART train may be under way next year. So for possibly the last time on Santa Rosa’s train tracks, this years’ Handcar Regatta includes exuberant handcar races, music stages, homesteading exhibits, food, drinks, crafts and a VIP tent modeled on a 19th-century sanitarium. And for the first time, people will have to pay to get in. Jones says for the most part, there hasn’t been a “terrible amount” of flack over the modest entrance fee. With popularity comes a need for more resources, he says. (Last year, attendance topped 15,000.) Maxfield says that other than the door charge, things will stay the

Preston FOUNDED: Faith healer Madame Emily Preston experienced a spiritual awakening in the early 1870s, and by 1885 she’d conjured a thriving village on Oak Mountain, outside of Cloverdale, centered around her Christian-tinged “religion of inspiration.” BELIEFS: An all-seeing “X-ray eye,” alcohol-rich herbal tonics and a direct personal relationship with God were all part of the Preston way. Less a utopian community than a health-oriented religious colony, Preston attracted people nationwide to experience the Madame’s healing powers; some stayed to worship at the altar of the Free Pilgrim’s Covenant Church. Critics called it quackery, but they had obviously not partaken of those magnificently potent medicinal spirits. UNRAVELING: While numbering 150 at its peak, the population of the village began a steady decline into obscurity after the death of founder, prophetess and major employer Emily Preston in 1909. REMNANTS: Most of the buildings—including an abandoned mansion long used as a party pad for Cloverdale teenagers— were destroyed in a fire in 1988. The church still stands, along with a few of the houses, and restoration efforts have been made by the Preston Historical Society.—L.C.

same. “We have a good formula going, and we’re sticking with it,” she adds. The Regatta continues to siphon imaginative fuel from a parallel universe where 19thcentury Victorian ideas of science and mechanical inventions are very much alive—a steampunk aesthetic, if you will—but this year’s “Utopian Societies” theme draws from closeto-home lore. Inspiration struck while leafing through a book about the early history of Sonoma County, says Maxfield. The book contained photos of Thomas Lake Harris and Madame Preston, and Maxfield flashed back to “Utopia Now! (And Then),” an exhibit she’d seen at the Sonoma County Museum in 2002. “Sonoma County’s been a hotbed for communal living and experimental living, especially in the 1800s, with all of these communities coming from the East and settling here,” she says. “The Utopian Society theme carried through Morningstar Ranch and Lou Gottlieb, [and] even now with the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center. It

provided the perfect fodder.” Kernan Coleman, the artist behind the wry stories and drawings of “failed scientist” Erasmus. P. Kitty synonymous with the festival’s branding, jumped right on board. “Within a week, he’d written the story of Erasmus’ brother, Crispin Thutmosis Kitty,” explains Maxfield. “Where Erasmus is the failed scientist, the older brother is now the kind of wacko spiritualist and seeker of truths.” Jones says that while the theme can be a guidepost, what’s more important is that people see their own participation as essential to the Regatta’s creative heartbeat. “That wild costume idea that you had in your head for 20 years? Do it,” says Jones, implicitly approving another year of the guy in sunglasses and a jock strap. “Just no Star Trek or Renaissance Faire,” he adds, laughing. The Handcar Regatta gets underway on Sunday, Sept. 25, at Railroad Square in Santa Rosa. 11am–6pm. $8–$10. www.handcar-regatta.com.

The Icaria-Speranza Colony FOUNDED: In 1881, French immigrants moved to Cloverdale to begin a colony inspired by Étienne Cabet’s Travel and Adventures of Lord William Carisdall in Icaria. The Icarians planted vineyards, wheat, fruit trees and flower gardens on 885 acres and set about making real Cabet’s enlightened communist utopia. BELIEFS: An agrarian-based community, these communist comrades believed in cooperative living based on solidarity, peace, equality and farming. UNRAVELING: One of the last-standing Icarian settlements in the United States, the stridently anti-capitalist group was doomed by financial struggles. After a grape harvest failed to produce anticipated profits, the colony was dissolved by court order in 1886 and the property was liquidated to pay off creditors. Also, as with modern-day communist groups in the United States, they had a damn hard time with recruitment. REMNANTS: None of the original buildings remain, but a historical plaque sits on the former site of the Icarian schoolhouse, on the west side of Asti Road, approximately two miles north of Asti Post Office Road.—L.C.

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Saturday, Sept 24 Jazz Festival MCs: KJZY’s Rob Singleton & KBLX’s Kevin Brown KJZY music director Rob Singleton got his broadcasting start in the American Forces Radio and Television Service, and gained the attention of the jazz world when he programmed jazz and progressive R&B station KRE in Berkeley. Rob has been with KJZY since it started in 1995 and can be heard weekday mornings from 6am to 10am.

Welcome! Omega Events would like to welcome you to Johnson’s Beach, home to the 35th Annual Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival, located in the beautiful town of Guerneville. We’re fortunate to have such a picturesque backdrop for our festival in an area that boasts activities for the entire family! Ten-time Grammy Award winner, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds will get you groovin’ on Saturday for Jazz on the River. Plus, guitarist Norman Brown and saxophonist Richard Elliot are performing together. And don’t miss a very special performance from Jeff Golub. On Sunday, we’re thrilled to welcome the King of the Blues to the river! The legendary B.B. King is making his first appearance at the Russian River and he’s bringing along his good friend, Buddy Guy. Joining the iconic blues legends is a rising star — Jackie Greene.

Sunday, Sept 25 Blues Festival MC: KRSH 95.9’s Bill Bowker Heard over Sonoma County airwaves since 1979, Bill Bowker is involved with all aspects of the local music scene. His ‘Blues with Bowker,’ heard Sunday evenings from 7 to 10pm, is one of the longest running blues shows in the country. Bill holds down the 3 to 7pm shift on ‘the Krush.’ 95.9 and hosts ‘Krush Americana,’ Monday evenings from 7 to 10pm. He’s been named ‘Best Media Personality’ in the Independent/ Bohemian for many years.

TICKET Outlets: OMEGA EVENTS BOX OFFICE 707-869-1595 LAST RECORD STORE 707-525-1963 BROTHERHOOD BOARD SHOP 707-546-0660 OLD SCHOOL SKATE & SURF 707-938-5500

RUSSIAN RIVER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 707-869-9000 PEOPLE’S MUSIC 707-823-7664 STREET LIGHT RECORDS 831-421-9200

Directions Guerneville is about 90 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge. From the Bay Area, take Highway 101 north to Santa Rosa. Just north of Santa Rosa, take River Road west for 17 miles, enjoy the scenery, and you’ll be in Guerneville and Russian River Resort Area in short order.

Parking Convenient parking will be available close to the Festival site. Please respect private property and “No Parking” signs in our host town of Guerneville. Limited parking rules will be enforced.

What Not to Bring Please don’t bring pets. Audio/video equipment is prohibited. Recording of any kind is not permitted. No glass or cans will be allowed on the beach. And no large chairs, please—to let the folks behind you enjoy the show, too, just grab short, low beach chairs. (A limited number of umbrellas are available to rent at Johnson’s Beach Concessions Stand. Umbrellas are only permitted at the river’s edge.) We reserve the right to refuse admission to anyone.

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We would like to extend a hearty “Thanks!” to the whole family at Johnson’s Beach Resort. We’re grateful to be soakin’ up the tunes, sampling some tasty brews & wine, and enjoying world-class music. Finally, thank you to the fans who support live music on the Russian River year after year. We are honored to be continuing the tradition of music on the river in Guerneville!

KBLX program director, Morning Show announcer and your cousin, Kevin Brown has been a Bay Area favorite for over 15 years. Every Monday through Friday, his “Good Morning Sunshine” greets over 300,000 of his fans every morning.


SATURDAY/ Sept 24

KENNY “BABYFACE” EDMONDS If you were to closely examine the annals of modern pop music history, few creative forces have been more seminal or impacted the contemporary pop/ urban genres as much as Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds. In a relatively short time, he has reached icon status as a poignant tunesmith, prolific hit maker/ producer, superstar recording artist, and revolutionary label owner. A 10-time Grammy winner with 11 solo albums of his own, Edmonds’ impeccably crafted explorations of love, romance and relationships have made an indelible imprint on the evolution of contemporary pop music throughout the world: over 125 Top-10 R&B and Pop hits, 42 #1’s R&B hits, and 51 Top-10 Pop hits (including 16 #1’s), which have produced single and album sales in excess of over 500 million units worldwide. Edmonds has revolutionized the contemporary pop/urban genres and forever impacting music as a whole with his expertise in songwriting, performing, and producing. He has written and produced chart topping music for megastar acts like Michael Jackson, Boyz II Men, Mariah Carey, Madonna, Eric Clapton, Mary J. Blige, Whitney Houston, TLC, Toni Braxton, Celine Dion, John Mellencamp, Aretha Franklin, Fall Out Boy, Kanye West, Pink, Charlie Wilson, Chrisette Michele, and many others. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including Soul Train Music Awards, BMI Awards, NAACP Image Awards, and American Music Awards. Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds was the recipient of the third BET Walk of Fame Award and was named BET’s “Entertainer of the Year” at the First Annual BET Awards Ceremony. This year, Edmonds was immortalized with a star on Hollywood’s legendary Walk of Fame.

Edmonds’ charitable work is as impressive as his professional accomplishments. His caring and generosity have garnered him several awards, including the Essence Award for Excellence, The City of Hope Award, and Variety Magazine’s “Top of the Town” Honoree Award. He was National Spokesman for Boarder Babies, and personally helped raise over $500,000 for a transitional home, The Little Blue House, located in Washington D.C. Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds has also personally donated over $100,000 to the VH-1 Save the Music program. He continues to contribute to a host of other worthwhile organizations, including the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). He is currently working on new material for his 12th solo album. Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds has been touring non-stop around the world for the past two years, leaving audiences in Japan, Asia, UK, Europe, many Caribbean islands, and the U.S. in soulful bliss.

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NORMAN BROWN

Grammy Award winner Norman Brown is on close intimate terms with his audience. For almost two decades, it has been an engaging, mutually rewarding relationship, with the multitalented guitarist, composer and singer offering tasty sonic tidbits of classic R&B and contemporary jazz and his fans melting into satisfied aural bliss with every succulent, jazz inflected note. It’s a veritable “love fest” — and Brown keeps the good vibes going on his latest release, Sending My Love. “The CD is about pure love, love in all its many aspects: a personal relationship and a general love for the planet and for people. We should be kind to each other,” he adds. Brown intensifies the flavors in an already much-beloved recipe of sound, with ten tracks that flow easily from steamy R&B to guitar-lashed flights of instrumental fantasy, all the while keeping things right in the pocket. Brown collaborated with several musicians, songwriters, and producers on the album including Herman Jackson, bassist Alex Al, drummer Teddy Campbell, rhythm guitarist Jubu, and percussionist Kevin Ricard. He also reached out to R&B production camp Tha Bizness and R&B songwriters Melvin Moore III (who happens to be his godson) and Floyd E.

Bentley III from his Kansas City hometown for the hop vocal tunes “I’m Pouring My Heart Out” and “One Last Goodbye.” Even his daughter Rochella Brown, a student at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, and her songwriting partners arranged a new version of the Kenny Loggins classic “Celebrate Me Home” (which was co-written by Bob James). Brown dedicated the song to our troops. “I’m dedicating that to my second oldest daughter, Kesha, a West Point graduate who is a first lieutenant, fighting in Iraq,” he said. “I think about all the families of these troops and the troops themselves, and “Celebrate Me Home” hits it on the head — we all want to see them come home safely.” “On this album I wanted to really feature what people liked about me — great guitar playing, very lyrical melodies,” Brown explains of his intentions for Sending My Love. “You can put this record on, have a glass of wine with someone you love, or just socialize with friends. It’s a feel-good thing, and I want to uplift people’s spirits and make them feel good.”


RICHARD ELLIOTT With a bestselling discography of over 15 recordings since 1986’s Initial Approach, thousands of live dates spanning over two decades, and one of the largest and most loyal fan bases in contemporary urban jazz, it’s incredible to hear Elliot declare: “What I’m doing now, enjoying this upward trend in my career, is seriously the most fun I have ever had.” Then again, the multi-talented tenorman, composer and producer has been on one of the most incredible rolls of his career since the 2005 release of Metro Blue, which debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart. The Scotland born, L.A. raised Elliot found his musical voice on tenor as a teenager and landed his first professional gig touring with Natalie Cole and The Pointer Sisters while he was still in high school. Before joining Tower of Power—which began a stretch that he calls the most influential period of his early career—he played in the adventurous fusion band Kittyhawk and did some dream recording sessions with his Motown heroes Smokey Robinson, The Four Tops and The Temptations. He later performed with Melissa Manchester and Yellowjackets, which found him hooking up for the first time with

the legendary fusion band’s founding drummer Ricky Lawson. Elliot was still on the road with TOP when he released his debut album Trolltown in 1986. Its success gave him the confidence to leave the band and start a solo career which has been seriously rockin’ steady ever since. Embarking upon one of instrumental music’s most dynamic and multi-faceted careers, Elliot’s sound played a huge part in pioneering the genre and radio format that became today’s contemporary urban jazz. Over the years, he has scored four #1 albums (On The Town, Soul Embrace, After Dark and Jumpin’ Off) and a growing number of #1 airplay singles. In addition to his participation in the current decade’s all-star tours like Groovin’ For Grover and Jazz Attack, in the mid-90s he helped launch another of the genre’s annual franchises, the Guitars & Saxes tours, which he continues to participate in.

JEFF GOLUB

Versatile and dynamic guitarist Jeff Golub doesn’t think about categories, labels or popularity when it comes to music. Instead, his major concern is something far more basic: honesty. “I love all kinds of music and I really only look at one thing when it comes to any style or type: if it truly comes from the heart. If it does, then it’s something I can embrace and really enjoy. If it doesn’t, I don’t care what you want to call it, it doesn’t resonate with me.”

It’s this desire to pay homage to the greats, coupled with the opportunity to showcase a great band that also includes Josh Dion on drums and vocals, Andy Hess (Gov’t Mule) on bass and features Butler in both an instrumental and vocal capacity, that makes Three Kings a standout. “Other than some minimal overdubbing we played it live and tried to keep it sounding fresh and spontaneous,” Golub concluded. “That’s pretty much the way the band sounds live and we wanted to capture that quality on the record.” “The big thing that I’ve learned over the years is that if you make good music people will hear it and find you. That’s my concern today, not whether something can get on the radio or if it’s deemed marketable or fits the profile and definition of what someone says is jazz or blues or whatever. I’m a music lover and that’s what I’ll continue to do, play the music I love.” Recently, Jeff Golub was stricken with a rare condition where the optic nerve in his eyes collapsed. Despite his impaired eyesight, Jeff is in good spirits and is committed to performing live. Please show your support for Jeff at the Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival and don’t miss his performance! To learn more about Jeff ’s condition or to make a donation towards his recovery, visit www.jeffgolub.com.

KIM NALLEY BAND

Awarded “Most Influential African American in the Bay Area,” vocalist Kim Nalley is already being called “legendary” and a “San Francisco institution.” With an international reputation as one of world’s best jazz & blues vocalists, she is known for her ability to turn a chattering cocktail-sipping crowd into a rapt audience of lifelong fans in minutes. Vocally, she has pipes to burn packing a 31⁄2 octave range that can go from operatic to gritty blues on a dime, projection that can whisper a ballad yet is capable of filling a room with no microphone, and the ability to scat blistering solos

without ever losing the crowd’s interest or the intense swing. Kim Nalley has performed globally, including major jazz festivals such as Monterey, Umbria Jazz and Lincoln Center and lived in Europe for several years before returning to San Francisco to re-open the jazz club Jazz at Pearl’s. During her tenure from 2003 to 2008, Nalley raised the club to iconic international acclaim as the owner and artistic director. A true Renaissance woman, Kim has been credited with “saving jazz in the Bay Area” — to try and find someone with more range of genuine talent would be a daunting task.

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Golub’s brand new album, Three Kings, is “a tribute work to the music of Albert, B.B. and Freddie King. When you look at the modern blues and rock vocabularly, it’s almost impossible for anyone to play something that doesn’t reflect their influence somehow,” Golub said in discussing the album. “Whether you’re talking about Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Beck, anyone you can name, they are directly or indirectly influenced by something that one of them did or played. Their songs are timeless and, while they also certainly had

their influences, the impact of their work is unquestioned.”


SUNDAY/ Sept 25

B.B. KING

His reign as King of the Blues has been as long as that of any monarch on earth, yet B.B. King continues to wear his crown well. At age 86, he is still light on his feet, singing and playing the blues with relentless passion. For more than half a century, Riley B. King — better known as B.B. King — has defined the blues for a worldwide audience. Since he started recording in the 1940s, he has released over fifty albums, many of them classics. He was born September 16, 1925, on a plantation in Itta Bena, Mississippi, near Indianola. In his youth, he played on street corners for dimes, and would sometimes play in as many as four towns a night.

cided to give the name to his guitar to remind him never to do a crazy thing like fight over a woman. Ever since, each one of B.B.’s trademark Gibson guitars has been called Lucille.

In 1947, he hitchhiked to Memphis, TN, to pursue his music career. Memphis was where every important musician of the South gravitated, and which supported a large musical community where every style of African American music could be found. B.B. stayed with his cousin Bukka White, one of the most celebrated blues performers of his time, who schooled B.B. further in the art of the blues. B.B.’s first big break came in 1948 when he performed on Sonny Boy Williamson’s radio program on KWEM out of West Memphis. This led to steady engagements at the Sixteenth Avenue Grill in West Memphis, and later to a ten-minute spot on black-staffed and managed Memphis radio station WDIA. “King’s Spot” became so popular, it was expanded and became the “Sepia Swing Club.” Soon B.B. needed a catchy radio name. What started out as Beale Street Blues Boy was shortened to Blues Boy King, and eventually B.B. King.

Over the years, B.B. has developed one of the world’s most identifiable guitar styles. He borrowed from Blind Lemon Jefferson, T-Bone Walker and others, integrating his precise and complex vocal-like string bends and his left hand vibrato, both of which have become indispensable components of rock guitarist’s vocabulary. His economy, his every-note-counts phrasing, has been a model for thousands of players, from Eric Clapton and George Harrison to Jeff Beck. B.B. has mixed traditional blues, jazz, swing, mainstream pop and jump into a unique sound. In B.B.’s words, “When I sing, I play in my mind; the minute I stop singing orally, I start to sing by playing Lucille.”

In the mid-1950s, while B.B. was performing at a dance in Twist, Arkansas, a few fans became unruly. Two men got into a fight and knocked over a kerosene stove, setting fire to the hall. B.B. raced outdoors to safety with everyone else, then realized that he left his beloved $30 acoustic guitar inside, so he rushed back inside the burning building to retrieve it, narrowly escaping death. When he later found out that the fight had been over a woman named Lucille, he de-

Over the course of his career, B.B. King has received 18 Grammy Awards, the Presidential Medal of the Arts, and the Kennedy Center Honors. B.B. was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1984 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He is also the recipient of the Lifetime Grammy Achievement Award. In 1991, he opened B.B. King’s Blues Club in Memphis; he has since opened clubs in New York, Los Angeles and Connecticut.

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BUDDY GUY “When I was 21,” says Buddy Guy, “some of my older friends, who are no longer with us, they’d say, ‘You’re still a baby.’ And then they said the same thing when I was 31, then 41, and I thought, ‘Man, when do I get old?’ I’ve been hearing that ever since I first went to Chicago—’You’re still wet behind the ears.’ So when do I get dry?”

With his new album, Living Proof, Guy takes a hard look back at a remarkable life. At age 74, he’s a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, and a living link to that city’s halcyon days of electric blues. He has received 5 Grammy Awards, 23 W.C. Handy Blues Awards (the most any artist has received), the Billboard magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. Rolling Stone ranked him in the top 30 of its “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” Yet as the album’s opening track declares, today Buddy Guy is “74 Years Young,” still searching for new sounds and fresh ideas. The start of each new decade always seems to inspire him (see 1981’s Stone Crazy, 1991’s Damn

Right, I Got the Blues, and 2001’s Sweet Tea), and on Living Proof, such songs as “Thank Me Someday” and “Everybody’s Got to Go” are strikingly personal meditations on his past, his legacy, and his mortality. Though the name Buddy Guy will always be associated with the blues, this set of songs illustrates the true range of his playing. Songs like “Much Too Soon” and the blistering instrumental “Skanky” come directly out of the roadhouse rhythm & blues tradition. To Guy, though, such genre distinctions are meaningless afterthoughts. Perhaps the most significant landmark on Living Proof is that, for the first time, the incomparable B.B. King stopped by to play and sing on a Buddy Guy album. The two giants reel off the introspective “Stay Around a Little Longer” like the old friends they are—but Guy still doesn’t take his relationship with the King of the Blues for granted. “B.B. created this style of guitar we all play,” he says. “I grew up listening to people like him, T-Bone Walker, Muddy Waters, and I still take 95% of my playing from him. So to have someone like that in the room with you makes chillbumps come up on your skin.” “The other day, I heard B.B. King say, ‘I can’t slow down, because I still think there’s somebody out there who doesn’t know who I am yet.’ But, you know, blues players don’t stop, they just drop. It’s like my mother used to say about religion—I’m too far gone to turn around!”


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JACKIE GREENE Discussing the release of Giving Up the Ghost, his fifth album and first on 429 Records, Jackie Greene — singer and songwriter, guitarist and keyboard player, acoustic solo artist and electrifying band leader — hesitates to spell things out too much. “Could we leave some questions unanswered?” he asks. “So people can make up their own minds about things?” Many people have already made up their minds about Jackie Greene, the Americana phenom from Sacramento who made his first album only six years ago and has steadily built up a passionate following among both rank-and-file fans and some of the biggest names in music. Tours with a who’s-who of American roots music — Buddy Guy, Elvis Costello, Susan Tedeschi, Willie Nelson, B.B. King and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott among them — and performances everywhere from the Newport Folk Festival and the Monterey Jazz Festival to Bonnaroo, have meant that Greene was recognized quickly by those who know talent, and who saw something rare and promising in him. Their early enthusiasm has only grown with each new album. Nevertheless, Greene himself is less and less keen on defining himself in a world that wants him to be its latest “New Dylan.” Instead, 27-year-old Greene is thinking big — about death or, more accurately, transformation. He named his new, game-changing album Giving Up the Ghost for a reason. “The phrase refers to the destruction of certain notions and practices that I used to hold in high esteem,” he says. “I’m just sorta sick of being the kid with the harmonica rack. I don’t want to be Bob Dylan.”

Who Jackie Greene actually is becomes much clearer with Giving Up the Ghost. The album opens with the sweeping, richly-orchestrated “Shaken,” the album’s first single, which eschews the clean lines and familiar roots sound of his past. With a deliberative pace and washes of strings and synths, blessed with a memorable melodic hook, “Shaken” is a statement of renewed purpose — even though Greene is vague about what that purpose might be. While on tour, Jackie is giving himself and his band the same sort of license he gave himself as a songwriter. “The recording is the recording, and the live show is the live show, and in my mind that’s different, it sounds way different, and that’s good,” he says. “Live is still the best way to experience music, because it’s pretty pure. If you want to hear something the same way over and over, you can listen to the record, but if you want to hear the song, you go hear it live..”

ANA POPOVIC

Widely regarded as one of worlds very best female guitar-players — Ana Popovic just released her brand new album, Unconditional on EclectoGroove Records. Recorded at the famous Piety Street recording studios in New Orleans, it is Ana’s sixth studio release.

Unconditional features New Orleans’ very best musicians like Sonny Landreth, the amazing Jon Cleary and David Torkanowski on hammond B3 and piano, Calvin Turner on bass and Doug Belote on drums. “I was fortunate to have the fabulous Sonny Landreth — my slide idol since my Belgrade years — to play on the album, a dream come true’’ says Popovic. Also incredible harp player Jason Ricci makes a guest appearance. The title Unconditional, Ana explains, “describes what I feel on stage. That place is simply unconditional. It is magical. It’s just me and my guitar, notes, sounds and drum grooves. I let the band lift me up, and I feed off of their energy. I hate to think when playing. I only feel. Unconditional is how I stand towards my music — it’s mine, it’s sacred, and it’s with no boundaries. Absolute, definite. I tend to put everything I have into it and don’t let anything or anyone get in between, except the people that truly inspire me.”

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Unconditional is produced by Ana Popovic and Grammy Award winning John Porter. “I recorded in Eclectic cities like Memphis and Los Angeles but always wanted to go to New Orleans the capture something of their rich musical history” says Popovic, who was born in Belgrade, Serbia. Ana truly is a guitar goddess illustrating a daring slide on a powerful guitar record that presents a soulful fusion of contemporary and classic blues.


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After extensive participation in various musical groups, Carlitos Medrano has decided to start his own Latin jazz project with local Bay Area musicians known as The Vinales Project. The fundamental characteristics of this project are fusions of Afro-Cuban roots with world music influences. The Vinales Project hopes to bring forth an edge to the local music in the Bay Area. Percussion & Vocals: Carlitos Medrano Piano & Vocal : Julio Cesar Bass & Vocal : Antonio Cortada Sax: David Schrader Drums: Sage Baggot

Shade is a quartet of professional musicians brought together by a common interest in pop beat instrumental music. In addition to original compositions and arrangements, Shade performs modern jazz hits and traditional jazz standards with a unique groove. The band is comprised of David Schrader (saxophone), Waybe De la Cruz (Hammond organ, piano, keyboards), Kurt Medeiros (drums) and Carl Bowers (bass guitar, electric upright bass, tenor trombone).

For several years Malcolm traveled the world spreading his love for the blues. It wasn’t until Malcolm settled in North Mississippi that he had a musical epiphany. He was drawn to the hill country blues first made famous by Fred McDowell and later R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough and Jessie Mae Hemphill. Fresh off the road Lightnin’ Malcolm forges ahead with his new album Renegade. The album is high energy, hill country blues fused with modern elements of funk, reggae, soul, and rock. It features 13 new original songs all written and produced by Lightnin’ Malcolm. Joining Lightnin’ on drums is Cameron Kimbrough, grandson of blues legend Jr. Kimbrough. Cameron’s creative energy, versatile playing, combined with his natural family talent creates a perfect fit for Malcolm’s hypnotic grooves.

D’GIIN Named “Best World Band” by the North Bay Bohemian, Dgiin is an exciting mixture of French-Gypsy-Funk with a twist of Djangoesque Flamenco. Since their inception nine years ago, the band has been creating quite a stir with their memorable and energetic performances. Dgiin’s members are as diverse as their music and hail from France, El Salvador, Ohio and Quebec. Their music ranges from Paco de Lucia flamenco to Django Reinhardt gypsy guitar and violin with Tito Puente style salsa beats and unforgettable vocals.

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Music has always been part of Lightnin’ Malcolm’s heart and soul. From the moment he discovered an old raggedy guitar w/ a couple of strings and cassette of Muddy Waters his life and the music world would change forever. Malcolm’s journey began near the railroad tracks in rural Southeast Missouri.


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2011 FEATURED WINERIES The Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival Wine Tasting will be hosted by Food for Thought and will feature wine tasting from several of Sonoma Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s world-famous wineries. For a nominal additional fee, Festival attendees 21 years and older will be able to taste premium wines from the following wineries:

Rodney Strong Vineyards (Presenting Sponsor of the Wine Garden Stage) Korbel Kenwood Davis-Bynum winery Russian River Vineyards Diamond Oaks Winery

To complete your festival experience, Food For Thought welcomes you to enjoy delicious regional wines under the trees in our Wine Garden, while you listen to the sound of world-class blues music. All proceeds from the wine tasting will benefit Food For Thought. So help us support this worthy local cause and enjoy premium wines at the same time. Food for Thought is a private nonprofit organization established in October 1998 and is dedicated to developing a comprehensive nutritional program pertinent to the needs of people living with symptomatic HIV disease/AIDS in Sonoma County.

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FOUNDING: Led by Unitarian Rev. Edward Biron Payne, the Altrurians bought 185 acres of farmable land six miles northeast of Santa Rosa, off Mark West Creek, in 1884. They were inspired by A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howell, which details the story of Mr. Homos and his evolutionarily superior homeland. Goodbye unfettered capitalism, hello spread the wealth!

FOUNDED: Lou Gottlieb, bassist for folk trio the Limeliters, bought 32 acres on Graton Road near Occidental in 1962. After retiring from showbiz, the grizzly-bearded musician declared the ranch open land, inviting anyone and everyone to live there for free. In 1966, it became a super-mecca for Diggers, dropouts, the “technologically unemployable” and wild children of all ages.

BELIEFS: With an eye toward creating a completely equal society, the group of artisans and idealists believed in a government run by the people, suffrage for all, no private ownership of land and a 10-hour work day.

BELIEFS: “Open-land” and “voluntary primitivism” were Morningstar’s philosophical lynchpins. People built tree houses, frolicked and cooked in the nude, took drugs and grew vegetables that fed not only the residents but provided supplies for free-food programs in San Francisco.

UNRAVELING: According to an 1896 San Francisco Chronicle article, the “character of the soil and inexperience of the members in farming” led to the demise of this rural utopian enclave. The community debt was exacerbated by a failed effort to build a hotel on the site. Altruria dissolved in 1896, after operating for less than two years. REMNANTS: The property was bought by Dr. W. P. Burke in the late 1890s and transformed into a “medical and surgical sanitarium.” Later, the doctor was imprisoned for murdering his mistress by dynamite and arsenic at Burke’s Sanitarium. All that’s left of Altruria now, according to legend, is an oak tree and a fire pit.—L.C.

UNRAVELING: Where Gottlieb saw utopia, authorities saw safety and health violations. The Sonoma County Health Department and the sheriff began staging raids on the “Happiness People” after neighbors complained about open fires, open-pit toilets and rough living conditions. By 1971, the county had bulldozed the shelters and campsites, and Gottlieb left for India, deeding his property to God. REMNANTS: Gottlieb died on the land in 1996, and caretakers have allowed the site to return to its natural state. “The land has just been resting very quietly. That’s what Lou wanted,” says Ramon Sender, a San Francisco writer and former resident who’s archived Morningstar’s history at www. badamamama.com. In 2011, Gottlieb’s heirs announced plans to sell the property. A group called Friends of Morningstar is raising money to buy the property for placement in a land trust, says Sender.—L.C.

Druid Heights FOUNDED: In 1954, anarchist-lesbian poet Elsa Gidlow purchased a five-acre patch of hillside in West Marin. She was joined by flamboyant carpenter Roger Somers and custom-furniture builder Ed Stiles, the twin forces behind the whimsical, rustic structures that populate the land to this day. BELIEFS: Gidlow actually called the thriving commune an “unintentional community.” Art, sex, altered consciousness and the eucalyptus smell of California East-West mysticism were the order of the day, in a place where artists, thinkers and spiritual seekers could commune—mentally and physically— with the earth, the fog and each other. Gary Snyder, Neil Young, Tom Robbins, Dizzy Gillespie and prostitution activist Margot St. James all spent time in the gray-green grasp of this Muir Woods scene. UNRAVELING: Somers died in 1980 and Gidlow in 1986, but it appears the Heights reached its true climax with the alcohol-related death of spiritual guide Alan Watts in 1973. While Stiles and his wife still make their home on the property, it is a much different place than days of yore. REMNANTS: As documented in Erik Davis’ book Visionary California, many of the original houses, including Elsa Gidlow’s cottage, Roger Somer’s zendo and Alan Watt’s library and Moon Temple still stand. The site is emphatically not open to the public; all private visitors are sworn to secrecy.—L.C.

Wheeler Ranch FOUNDED: Bill Wheeler opened his 320-acre Coleman Valley Road ranch to the displaced folk of Morningstar in the late 1960s. BELIEFS: Wheeler espoused the same openland ideas as Gottlieb. The community became home to errant flower children, runaways and soldiers AWOL from Vietnam. “What was important to us was that there was a lot of art, there was a lot of music and there was a lot of creativity,” Wheeler told the Bohemian in 2003. UNRAVELING: Once again, the county stepped in after complaints were lodged by neighbors against the freewheeling nature of the ranch. In 1973, bulldozers razed the tents, lean-to’s and rough-hewn houses that had sprung up across the property and the uprooted community disintegrated. REMNANTS: Wheeler still lives on the pastoral property that once played home to nearly 400 free spirits. He tells the Bohemian that everything from the days of the ranch was bulldozed or burned to the ground by the county, leaving nothing at all behind. Rumors that the ranch site eventually became the Ocean Song Farm and Wilderness Center are unfounded, though “we enjoy a great friendship,” says Wheeler.—L.C.

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Old School B.R. Cohn Winery’s Fall Music Festival, a benefit concert in its 25th year, comes back this weekend boasting some of the most recognizable names in classic rock. Set in B.R. Cohn’s natural backyard amphitheater, day one brings the Doobie Brothers (featured both nights), Sammy Hagar with Joe Satriani, Greg Kihn and Jim Messina. Day two features an equally notable lineup including Lynyrd Skynyrd, Leon Russell and Little Feat. The no-chairs, blankets-only policy leaves plenty of room to walk the grounds and visit the food and wine vendors on Saturday–Sunday, Sept. 25–26, at B.R. Cohn Winery. 15000 Sonoma Hwy., Glen Ellen. Noon–6pm. $100–$350. 707.938.4064.

SKYROCKET The great and glorious Pacific Pinball Expo promises hundreds of vintage pinball machines set to free play on Sept. 23-25 at the Marin Center. See Events, p34. YOUNTVILLE

Double Header There’s always a certain appeal to the idea of two talented twin sisters performing together. Christina and Michelle Naughton, both graduates of the Curtis Institute of Music, have traveled the world performing piano duos everywhere from the Hong Kong Philharmonic to the Herkulessaal in Munich. The 23-year-old twins started playing the piano at the age of four, and open the Napa Valley Symphony’s season with critically acclaimed conductor Josep Caballé-Domenech handling the baton for a program of Poulenc, Mozart and Brahms on Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Lincoln Theater. 100 California Drive, Yountville. 3pm. $30– $50. 707.226.8742.

BEYOND

Dance for Peace Most of the time it’s hard to synchronize a personal schedule, let alone with someone else. But Earthdance, founded in 1997, brings over 250,000 people around the globe together; the defining moment each year is a synchronized link-up as each Earthdance venue

around the world plays the same song, “The Prayer for Peace,” at precisely the same time. Highlights of the local event include Ziggy Marley, Ghostland Observatory and Balkan Beat Box; the festival runs Friday–Sunday, Sept. 23– 25, at the Solano County Fairgrounds. 900 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo. $45–$70 daily; weekend passes available. 415.256.8499.

FA I R FA X

Microbrew & Motobecane As the days get shorter and the weather turns ugly, regrets from not taking advantage of the beautiful Northern California summer climate can all too easily set in. Marin County’s Biketoberfest is the place for one last hoorah under the sun. The festival combines two local favorites—beer drinking and bike riding—and the lineup of events includes beer tasting, celebrity bike riders, live music and a free skill zone for young bike enthusiasts. Bring your bottle opener and bottom bracket tool on Sunday, Sept. 25, to FairAnselm Plaza. 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 11am– 6pm. Free. 415.272.2756.

—Lacie Schwarz


MIGHTY MUSE Terri Carrion and Michael Rothenberg, big ideas in tow, are suddenly at the center of a worldwide event.

Lines of Healing The global spread of 100 Thousand Poets for Change BY BLAKE MONTGOMERY

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ichael Rothenberg, Guerneville native, was chatting with a friend on Facebook, venting his angst about the current, deplorable state of politics, the environment, the war and the world in general, when he blurted out an idea: a hundred thousand poets standing up for change. His

friend told him to go for it. Rothenberg created a Facebook event, a poetry reading with the dual goals of peace and sustainability under the umbrella of change. By the end of the day, he had received hundreds of responses from all over the world. Some felt the same malaise that Rothenberg himself felt; others simply loved poetry and wanted to share it. Swiftly, the event grew into a sizable online community that

clamored for concrete details. When would the reading happen? Who would be in charge of organizing the events? What was the focus for each event? Rothenberg, realizing that he had made himself the de facto leader of a movement, set the date for Sept. 24. He left everything else up to the local organizers. 100 Thousand Poets for Change was born. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peace and sustainability were the guidelines, and locally, you do what you want,â&#x20AC;? Rothenberg

says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Each event gets to have its own vision; youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting a global snapshot of the poetry community. I believe that we have this potential to improve the kind of world we live in with poetry.â&#x20AC;? There is no doubt that the poetry bug has spread voraciously. Rothenberg, though not quite sure why, has certainly inspired the globe. With help from partner and fellow poet Terri Carrion, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chronicling the events: parades in Montreal, galas in Israel, over 10 events in Mexico City alone. Yvonne de la Vega, a passionate, fast-talking spokenword artist, has rented out the famed Wadsworth Theater in Los Angeles for her all-day event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I saw the event on Facebook, it just felt right. I knew I had to be involved, and my organizers and I are trying to bring all the diverse communities of Los Angeles together for this event,â&#x20AC;? de la Vega says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This has never happened in the history of mankind before, the poets have never gathered like this, so we wanted to include everybody. When a poet speaks, he speaks the truth, and though people may not want to hear it, the voice of a poet pierces deeper.â&#x20AC;? Lisa Vihos, 50, from Sheboygan, Wisc., is planning a smaller event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My idea was not to tackle some big political, environmental issue. I wanted people in my town to be more aware of the world around them,â&#x20AC;? Vihos says over the phone while cooking dinner in her kitchen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all have the ability to look at the world like poets, and if more people looked at the world with the attention of poets, they would take better care of it.â&#x20AC;? Of over 650 events in 95 countries worldwide, notable events include a reading across the border in Nogales, Ariz., to Nogales, Mexico, organized by ) 24

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Douglas Steindorff, an ex-marine and poet, to bring more focus to the human side of the current immigration situation. Sarah Browning, part of a group called Split This Rock in Washington, D.C., has brought together poets to read on the lawns of all the embassies of countries where events like 100 Thousand Poets are prohibited, such as China and Iran. Organizers have put together an event in Afghanistan, focusing on peace. Rothenberg himself has been invited to give press conferences in Brussels and Istanbul. Locally, there are 21 events in the Bay Area alone. At the Sonoma County Book Festival in Santa Rosa, local poet and activist Francisco X. Alarcon has put together a reading in support of the Dream Act. Also in Santa Rosa, the Peace and Justice Center hosts a reading at Gaiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garden the previous evening. At the Sebastopol Gallery, Sandy Eastoak partners with Hale Thatcher, Shepherd Bliss and others for a reading; former Sonoma County poet laureate Geri Digiorno hosts a â&#x20AC;&#x153;shout-out on the streetâ&#x20AC;? in Petaluma; and in Fairfax, a morning poetry gathering takes place at Deer Park. Rothenbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s initial cry echoes Dickensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; immortal opening â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. . . . in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received in the superlative degree of comparison only.â&#x20AC;? He seems to want the world to awaken to multiple contradictory views: it is the golden age of gorgeous nature, our planet is doomed; look at the world with the eyes of a poet, no one cares about poetry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an act of desperation and faith, and I try not to make it more than it is,â&#x20AC;? Rothenberg says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But at times I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe what it is. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s out there, and people are writing. People keep telling me that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re really glad this is happening, and they say they really need it to happen now.â&#x20AC;? For more, and a full list of events happening around the world, see www.100tpc.org.


BEST STATE PARK EVER!

Amy Miller leads a Broadway-style benefit for Jack London State Park .

London Calling Actors rally to save Jack London Park BY DAVID TEMPLETON

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uch has taken place over the centuries on the gorgeous piece of land now known as Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen. Many famous folks have made the place their home, but none more famous than writer Jack London, whose ranch and home has spawned hundreds of fascinating stories—and as a state historic park, has drawn millions of visitors. Since London’s death in November of 1916, the land he lived on has hosted fairs, rock concerts, film festivals and the occasional theatrical presentation. But there has never been a professional

That might be changing soon. On Oct. 1, at the Kohler & Frohling Winery ruins at the edge of Jack London State Historic Park, the Los Angeles-based Transcendence Theatre will stage an evening of showtunes and American standards. Featuring actors and singers with heavy ensemble experience on Broadway, television and in touring shows, the concert is a fundraiser for the Valley of the Moon Natural History Association, a nonprofit supporting volunteer efforts at Jack London, Sugarloaf Ridge and Annadel State Parks. With any luck, the concert will be the first of many for Transcendence, which has announced plans to move to Sonoma, where it hopes to launch a season of musicals—at Jack London Park—beginning in 2012. If, that is, the park is still open in 2012. Jack London State Historical Park is one of 70 parks in the state of California marked for closure, a result of the state’s massive budget cuts kicking in after next July. A valiant effort has been launched to keep the place open. That’s where Transcendence Theatre comes in. Under the direction of Amy Miller (whom a couple million people have seen on YouTube in the musical comedy-fueled “Best Wedding Toast Ever” video), the new company will bring a parade of singer-actors to the stage under the stars, including Stephan Stubbins, who appeared on Broadway in the ensemble of Mary Poppins; Melissa Giattino, from the revival of 42nd Street; Eric Jackson from Thoroughly Modern Millie; Jared Bradshaw of Jersey Boys; and Miller herself. It is the hope of Miller and Co. that this first big benefit show will not only be the beginning of a beautiful relationship with Sonoma County, but might keep Jack London State Park open. Broadway Under the Stars is on Saturday, Oct. 1 at Jack London State Historic Park. 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. 7:30pm. $25-$100. 707.424.1414. www.broadwayjacklondon.com.

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t turns out to be true: Shirley MacLaine was named after Shirley Temple. And all because her parents saw Templeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name on a marquee on the way to the hospital where MacLaine was born.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;They decided right there that if it was a girl her name would be Shirley,â&#x20AC;? MacLaine says by phone, during a quick interview from Los Angeles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no other business I could have chosen.â&#x20AC;? Another story conďŹ rmed: MacLaine really did get her ďŹ rst big break as an understudy to an actress who apparently took the phrase â&#x20AC;&#x153;break a legâ&#x20AC;? literally. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shit, everybody knows that,â&#x20AC;? MacLaine says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;How long have you been around, anyway? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a true story that really happened. Carol Haney

had just broken her ankle that night. I went on in Pajama Game, and I hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t rehearsed. Lucky I had such good training.â&#x20AC;? MacLaine has done a flabbergasting amount of travel since but she ďŹ nally comes to Santa Rosa for a one-night-only show on Sept. 23. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done is put together a kind of retrospective of my life on ďŹ lm. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be talking about my brother [Warren Beatty], my dancing years as a kid, then Broadway, then Hollywood. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been privileged to be around the world, so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also be talking about world leaders like Nikita Khrushchev and the Dalai Lama. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a big story about Khrushchev. At the end is a retrospective of my dancing. And after the dance stuff, the audience can ask me any question they like.â&#x20AC;? Consider MacLaineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s indelible roles in The Apartment, Terms of Endearment and The Trouble with Harry. Yet MacLaine herself doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t usually watch her old ďŹ lms. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why would I do that?â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To see what I did wrong?â&#x20AC;? (I ask if any of her ďŹ lms were particularly neglected, and she mentions the 1971 ďŹ lm Desperate Characters and 1988â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Madame Sousatzka, one of her ďŹ nest performances.) When not acting, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s writing. The Camino is MacLaineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s account of making the St. James pilgrimage over the Pyrenees on foot, an arduous journey for a lone woman, then in her mid-50s and pestered incessantly by reporters. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The villagers helped me and misled the paparazzi,â&#x20AC;? MacLaine says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really do regret hitting that camerawoman over the head with a boulder.â&#x20AC;? Has the camerawoman ever gotten in contact, I ask? â&#x20AC;&#x153;No. I guess I killed her,â&#x20AC;? she jokes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OK,â&#x20AC;? I say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;they probably forgive that at the cathedral if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made the pilgrimage.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;See,â&#x20AC;? she explains, â&#x20AC;&#x153;thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the difference between being religious and being spiritual. If I were religious, I probably would have really killed her. But Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m spiritual.â&#x20AC;? Shirley MacLaine appears Friday, Sept. 23, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $49â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$69. 707.546.3600.


NEW MOVIES

At the Smith Rafael Center. (NB)

Abduction (PG-13; 106 min.) Taylor Lautner

African American maids in the South at the dawn of the Civil Rights movement is based on Kathryn Stockett’s bestselling debut novel. (NB)

stars in this thriller about young man who discovers his baby photo on a missing persons website. Adventures ensue when he discovers that his true identity is a thing of danger. With Sigourney Weaver and Alfred Molina. Directed by John Singleton (Boyz n the Hood). (LC)

Dolphin Tale (PG; 113 min.) A young boy (Nathan Gamble) becomes friends with a dolphin that has become seriously injured by a crab trap. Morgan Freeman plays the doctor who creates a prosthetic tail for the creature. Based on a true story, the film also stars Harry Connick Jr. and Ashley Judd. (LC)

Killer Elite (PG-13; 105 min.) (R; 105 min.) Based on the 1991 novel The Feather Men by Ranulph Fiennes, this action-packed film tells the story of a member of Britain’s Elite Special Air Service who is called out of retirement after a series of assassinations. Starring Jason Statham (The Expendables), Clive Owen (Children of Men) and Robert De Niro. (LC)

Moneyball (R; 105 min.) (PG-13; 133 min.) Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) builds a winning baseball team through a statistical system called sabermetrics. Co-stars Jonah Hill and Robin Wright. (LC)

ALSO PLAYING Apollo 18 (PG-13; 86 min.) The cancelled Apollo 18 actually did take place in sci-fi horror mock-doc purporting to be the lost footage showing that our men on the moon found lethal evidence back in ’74 of extraterrestrials. (NB)

Contagion (R; 105 min.) Acclaimed director 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)

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) The Hedgehog (NR; 99 min.) A reclusive concierge in a Paris apartment hides from the world her love for literature in sweet film based on Muriel Barbery’s bestselling novel The Elegance of the Hedgehog. In French with English subtitles.

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

I Don’t Know How She Does It (PG-13; 89 min.) And I don’t care. Reputedly, the London-based source novel by Allison Pearson is witty. The film tries to recapture the strong narrative voice of the book with loads of voiceover, freeze frames and straight-to-thecamera interviews with minor characters. It’s an alleged comic love triangle: executive mom juggling foibles, fighting off a crush on her boss (Pierce Brosnan) and clinging to her husband (Greg Kinnear). The dialogue contains chunks of 1965 era feminism, which are overwhelmed by the breed-now propaganda (“Trying to be a man is a waste of a woman”). (RvB) 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)

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (PG-13; 105 min.) At Genesis, a Bay Area genetic tech lab of about 2012 or so, scientist Will Rodman (Palo Alto’s own James Franco) is working on a cure for Alzheimer’s. When a superintelligent baby lab chimp named Caesar (Andy Serkis) is ordered to be destroyed, Will brings him to his Peninsula home, and a San Francisco Zoo veterinarian (Freida Pinto) helps him raise the critter. This isn’t a demolition job but a handsomely done renovation. (RvB)

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Sarah’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 Vel’ d’hiv Roundup of 1942, when French authorities turned over thousands of Parisian Jews to the Nazis. With Kristen Scott Thomas. (NB)

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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 friends’ fun weekend ruined by sharks in a lake (note to self: check Wikipedia). In 3D, of course. (NB)

Straw Dogs (R; 109 min.) Unnecessary remake of Sam Peckinpah’s controversial 1972 classic stars James Marsden (X-Men) and Kate Bosworth (21, Superman Returns). (NB)

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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Music Concerts SONOMA COUNTY David Luning Band Party after the Regatta with local folksters. Old Jawbone and Three Legged Sister also perform. Sep 25 at 6. $8. Last Day Saloon, 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa, 707.545.2343.

Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival Annual fest returns with stellar lineup Sep 24-25. Sep 24, Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, Norman Brown, Richard Elliot, Jeff Golub, Kim Nalley, Shade, Carlitos Medrano. Sep 25, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Jackie Greene, Ana Popovic, Lightin’ Malcolm. Johnsons Beach, Guerneville. $50 per day; $80 both days. 949.360.7800.

EarleFest Americana bands Flatlanders, Paul Thorn Band, Chuck Prophet and Mission Express, Audrey Auld and Jug Dealers play fundraiser. Sep 24, noon7pm. $25-$30. Earle Baum Center for the Blind, 4539 Occidental Rd, Santa Rosa.

Fall Music Festival A big-name lineup celebrating 25 years of B.R. Cohn charity events, with performances by the Doobie Brothers with Sammy Hagar and Joe Satriani, Leon Russell, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Little Feat, and others. Sep 24-25. $100-$350. BR Cohn Winery, 15140 Sonoma Hwy (Highway 12), Glen Ellen, 707.938.4064.

Friday Night Music Live music weekly, Fri at 5. Sep 23, Still Smooth. $5. MichelSchlumberger Winery, 4155 Wine Creek Rd, Healdsburg, 800.447.3060.

MARIN COUNTY BBQ on the Lawn Every Sun at 4. Sep 25, Butch Whacks & Glass Packs. Rancho Nicasio, Town Square, Nicasio, 415.662.2219.

Pablo Cruise A gently swaying palm tree is silhouetted against the setting sun. Cool love baby, that’s what it’s all about. Sep 23-24 at 9:30. $30-$40. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St, San Rafael, 415.226.0262.

NAPA COUNTY

Naughton in Napa Valley Symphony opener. Sep 25 at 3. $30-$80. Lincoln Theater, 100 California Dr, Yountville, 707.226.8742.

Free Concert Series American Canyon’s own jazz, rock and blues concert series. Sep 25, Michele Michaels Trio. Free. Main Street Park, Napa Junction retail center, Highway 29, American Canyon.

BEYOND Earthdance Give peace a dance at this three-day festival with Ziggy Marley, Ghostland Observatory, the Coup, plenty of DJs, yoga, playa art and more. Sep 2325. $45-$165. Solano County Fairgrounds, 900 Fairgrounds Dr, Vallejo. www.earthdance.org.

Clubs & Venues SONOMA COUNTY Affronti Sep 25, Andrew Emer Jazz Duo. 235 Healdsburg Ave, Ste 105, Healdsburg, 707.433.2788.

Double the Pianos

Aqus Cafe

Double the fun with conductor Josep Caballé-Domenech and pianists Christina and Michelle

Sep 24, Shari Garn & Wild Iris. 189 H St, Petaluma, 707.778.6060.

Guerneville Music on the Plaza Live summer music series. Sep 22, Peggy Day. Downtown Guerneville Plaza, 16201 First Street, Guerneville.

The Horns of Man Kick off the Regatta with a celebration of utopian pleasures. Klezmer Boogie, Wesley Morgan, Voodoo Medicine Show, Juke Joint DJs perform; local art is featured. Sep 24 at 8:30. $12. Arlene Francis Theater, 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa, 707.528.3009.

Jazz It Up Sep 24 at 4, Klein Trio. Seasons of the Vineyard, 113 Plaza St, Healdsburg, 707.431.2222.

Jean & June Millington From the 1970s leading group Fanny to now, creative duo celebrates new recording, ‘Play Like a Girl.’ Sep 24 at 8. $17-$20. Monroe Hall, 1400 W College Ave, Santa Rosa, 707.539.5507.

THE ALIEN Joe Satriani plays B.R. Cohn’s annual charity bash, running Sept. 24-25. See Concerts, above.


CRITIC’S CHOICE

7, ladies’ limelight open mic. 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol, 707.829.2722.

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Blue Heron Restaurant Sep 21, Ridge Band. 25300 Steelhead Blvd, Duncans Mills, 707.865.9135.

Centre du Vin Sep 24, Jess Petty. 480 First St East, Sonoma.

Christy’s on the Square Every Wed, Gallery Wednesdays (live painting and DJs). 96 Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa, 707.528.8565.

Coco’s

Dukes of Earle Jimmie Dale Gilmore heads up fourth annual EarleFest

Wed, live music. Thurs, reggaeton. Fri at 9, techno and house DJ. Sat, merengue, reggaeton, hip-hop. Sun, cumbia. Tues at 8, salsa dancing with lesson. 21 Fourth St, Petaluma, 707.765.1863.

Coffee Catz

A tumbleweed bouncing along the flats, bouncing toward no particular destination. The shack in the distance, the one with no conceivable residents, running water or address. That little arc of dust blown over the offramp near the semi-truck turnout.

Thurs, Science Buzz Cafe (see Lectures). Sat at 2, bluegrass jam. Mon at 6, open mic. 6761 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol, 707.829.6600.

These things have no melody or timbre, and yet all of them and more are present in the uniquely reedy voice of Jimmie Dale Gilmore, who plays this week with his supergroup, the Flatlanders, at Santa Rosa’s EarleFest. Not to discredit fellow members Butch Hancock and Joe Ely, but Gilmore’s voice truly is the star of the band; a hypotenuse in a triangle of style that includes Willie Nelson and Iris DeMent, evocative not just in lyric but mere tone. With the lineup including Paul Thorn Band, Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express, Audrey Auld and the Jug Dealers, this year’s EarleFest is a slam-dunk for Americana lovers. Hosted each year by the Earle Baum Center of the Blind, the outdoor fest includes lawn seating, food booths, a stellar vista on the fringes of the Laguna de Santa Rosa and the warm feeling of benefiting a good cause. Ride the dusty trails on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Earle Baum Center of the Blind. 4539 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa. Noon-7pm. $25$30. 707.523.3222.—Gabe Meline

Sep 23-24, Valley Rhythm Section. Sun, salsa with lessons. Tues, swing night with lessons. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa, 707.545.8530.

Arlene Francis Theater Sep 24, The Horns of Man (see Concerts). 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa, 707.528.3009.

Aubergine Wed at 7, open mic. Sep 22, Old

Jawbone, Roadside Traditions. Sep 23, Hillside Fire, Marshall House Project, Three Legged Sister. Sep 24, Poetic Injustice, Eighth Grader. Sep 25 at 5, Irish jam; at 8:30, Paladino. Sep 27, Delhi 2 Dublin. Tues at

First Edition Sun, Carl & Paul Green. 1820 E Washington Ave, Petaluma, 707.775.3200.

Flamingo Lounge

Gaia’s Garden Sep 24, Kevin Russell. Sep 26, Neil Buckley Octet. Every Tues, Jim Adams (jazz guitar). 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, 707.544.2491.

Hopmonk Tavern Sep 22, Juke Joint with Sub Swara. Sep 23, Alison Harris & Barn Owls, Misner & Smith, Easy Leaves. Sep 24, Moreland & Arbuckle, Amity Eliaz. Mon, Monday Night Edutainment. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol, 707.829.7300.

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Sep 23, Ken Cook and Cliff Hugo. Sep 24, Lee Charlton, Rob Wright and Greg Hester. 25 Matheson St, Healdsburg, 707.431.2800.

Inn at the Tides Sat at 7, Maple Profant. Bay View Restaurant, 800 Hwy 1, Bodega Bay, 800.541.7788.

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McNear’s Dining House Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner BBQ • Pasta • Steak SAT 9/24 • 8:30PM DOORS • $18 • 21+ MOTOWN/R&B

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PRIDE & JOY FRI 9/30 • 8:00PM DOORS • $16 • 21+ COUNTRY

RECKLESS KELLY PLUS DRIFTING COMPASS SAT 10/1 • 7:30PM DOORS • $23 ADV/$25 DOS • 21+ BLUES

MARK HUMMEL’S BLUES HARMONICA BLOWOUT ROD PIAZZA, LAZY LESTER & LITTLE CHARLIE BATY

Good Hip-Hop. Sun, Open Mic. 6957 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol, 707.829.2062.

and blues jam. Mon at 7, young people’s AA. Tues at 7, acoustic Americana jam. 201 Washington St, Petaluma, 707.762.3565.

Lagunitas Tap Room

Red Rose Cafe

Sep 21, Tim Weed. Sep 22, Hots. Sep 23, Eric Cornforth & Hicktown Homeboys. Sep 24, Whiskey Pills Fiasco. Sep 25, Disorderly House Band. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma, 707.778.8776.

Sat at 6, Ron Dubin One Man Band (blues). 1770 Piner Rd, Santa Rosa, 707.573.9741.

Thurs, DJ Dave. Sep 24, Hellhounds. Mon, Donny Maderos’ Pro Jam. 8210 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati, 707.795.7878.

Redwood Cafe

The Zoo

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

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

Last Day Saloon Every Wed at 7, North Bay Hootenanny’s Pick-Me-Up Revue. Sep 23, Gallagher (see Comedy). Sep 24, Carny Brat, Our Vinyl Vows. Sep 25, David Luning (see Concerts). Mon, karaoke. 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa, 707.545.2343.

Main Street Station

FRI 10/7 • 8:00PM DOORS • $19 ADV/$23 DOS • 21+ ROCK-N-ROLL

DAWES/ BLITZEN TRAPPER PLUS SMOKE FAIRIES FRI 10/14 • 8:00PM DOORS • $21 • 21+ NEIL DIAMOND TRIBUTE BAND

SUPER DIAMOND SAT 10/15 • 7:00PM DOORS • $26 • 21+ ROOTS ROCK

DAVE ALVIN AND THE GUILTY ONES FRI 10/21 • 7:30PM DOORS • $16 ADV/$21 DOS • 21+ AMERICAN ROCK-N-ROLL

PETTY THEFT SAT 10/22 • 8:45PM DOORS • $18 • 21+ DANCE/PARTY HITS

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Sep 22, Tyler Allen, David Luning. Fri-Sat, Top 40 DJs hosted by DJ Stevie B. Sat, Deja Vu with Geronimo (oldschool beats). 146 Kentucky St, Petaluma, 707.782.0592.

Russian River Brewing Co

Monroe Dance Hall

Wed, DJs Tiana and Char. Thurs at 9, DJ Dray Lopez. Sun at 8, karaoke. 8201 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati, 707.664.0169.

Murphy’s Irish Pub

Tradewinds

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The Rocks

Sep 22, Susan Sutton. Sep 23, Pat Wilder. Sep 24, Frankye Kelly. Sep 25, Tia Carroll. Sep 26, Willie Perez. Sun, Kit Mariah’s open mic. 16280 Main St, Guerneville, 707.869.0501. Thurs and Sun, Circles ‘n Squares Dance Club. Sep 24, Jean & June Millington (see Concerts). 1400 W College Ave, Santa Rosa, 707.529.5450.

mic with Phil the Security Guard. 116 Fifth St, Santa Rosa, 707.544.8623.

Thurs at 8, open mic. 1415 Fifth Ave, San Rafael, 415.454.6422.

Club 101 Wed at 8:20, salsa dancing with lessons. 815 W Francisco Blvd, San Rafael, 415.460.0101.

Cucina

Sep 24, Beso Negro. Sep 25, Jason Bodlovich. 725 Fourth St, Santa Rosa, 707.545.BEER.

Spancky’s

Toad in the Hole Pub Every second and fourth Sun, Ian Scherer (jazz). Mon, open

Thurs at 6:30, Bonnie Hayes. 510 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo, 415.454.2942.

Dance Palace Sep 25 at 4, Thomas Schultz. Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station, 415.663.1075.

DeSilva’s Fri, DJ Ken & Alton. 1535 S Novato Blvd, Novato, 415.892.5051.

Wed at 7:30, trivia night. Sep 22, Solid Air. Sep 23, Misner & Smith. Sep 24, Timothy O’Neil. Sep 27, Adian O’Reilly. 464 First St, Sonoma, 707.935.0660.

My Friend Joe Thurs at 7:30, Rubber Chicken open mic. 1810 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, 707.829.3403.

Nonni’s Ristorante Italiano Wed at 6:30, Don Giovannis (Italian). Mon at 6, Steve Swan (Sinatra croonings). 420 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, 707.527.0222.

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

Nutty Irishman Tues at 9, karaoke. 995 Piner Rd, Santa Rosa, 707.544.1447.

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

Phoenix Theater Wed at 6, jazz jam. Second and fourth Thurs, writers workshops. Sun at 5, rock

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James Blake British sensation sings quiet, minimalist poems over the occasional blip and plank. Sep 21 at the Fillmore.

Tomasz Stanko Polish trumpeter and composer a lyrical, reflective voice in jazz. Sep 22 at SF Jewish Community Center.

Ziggy Marley Reggae superstar forever living in the shadow of his famous father plays free in-store. Sep 23 at 6.

Two Gallants After brief hiatus, beloved Bay Area duo reform for energized folk-blues. Sep 23 and 24 at the Independent.

Hank III Hank Williams’ grandson, who recently released three albums on the same day. Sep 24 at the Regency Ballroom.

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PARTY MUSIC The Coup rocks the revolution at a relocated Earthdance festival,

running Sept. 23-25. See Concerts, p28.

Finneganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Marin Sep 22, Matt Bolton. Sep 24, Stage Fright. Mon, open mic with KC Turner. 877 Grant Ave, Novato, 415.899.1516.

Dixieland. Tues at 8:30, open mic with Damir. 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito, 415.332.1392.

Panama Hotel Restaurant

Wed, standup comedy (see Comedy). Sep 23-24, Pablo Cruise (see Concerts). 842 Fourth St, San Rafael, 415.226.0262.

Sep 21, Lonestar Reprobates. Sep 22, Robin Dubiosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tribute to Blossom Dearie. Sep 26, Lorin Rowan. Tues at 7, Swing Fever. 4 Bayview St, San Rafael, 415.457.3993.

Iron Springs Pub & Brewery

Papermill Creek Saloon

Sep 21, Bough Brothers. 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax, 415.485.1005.

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

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Mamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Royal Cafe Sat at 11, Frederick Nighthawk. Sun at 11, Carolyn Dahl. 387 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, 415.388.3261.

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Thurs at 8:30, jam session. 15 Rowland Way, Novato, 415.898. HOPS.

Sep 23, Windshield Cowboys. Town Square, Nicasio, 415.662.2219.

Nickel Rose

Sausalito Seahorse

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

Wed, Tengo Tango. Sep 22, Rwanda Jazz. Sun at 4, Salsalito. Tues, Noel Jewkes and friends (jazz jam). 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito.

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Fri at 9, Michael Aragon Quartet. Sun at 3, Mal Sharpeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Thurs at 9, Texas Blues. Sep 23, Treble Makers. Sat at 2, uke jam. Sep 25, Namely Us. Sun at 2, Irish music. Sep 27, Coasties Night. 23 Broadway, Fairfax, 415.485.1182.

Station House Cafe Sep 25, John Reischman & Jaybirds. 11180 State Route 1, Pt Reyes Station, 415.663.1515.

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Wed, Sept 21 8:45â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9:45am; 5:45â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6:45pm Jazzercise 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;12:15pm Scottish Country Dance Youth & Family 7â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10pm Singles & Pairs Square Dance Club

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Hydro Grill Fri-Sat, blues. Sun at 7, Swing Seven. 1403 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga, 707.942.9777.

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

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Live jazz and dinner. Sep 24, Renegade. Sep 25, LeBoeuf Brothers. Wed at 7, jam session. 530 Main St, Napa, 707.251.5833.

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Arts Events Galleries OPENINGS Sep 23 From 6 to 8pm. Gallery Bergelli, ‘Iconic Marin,’ paintings by Bryn Craig. 483 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, 415.945.9454.

Sep 24 Free family day opening from 11 to 2pm. Sonoma County Museum, ‘Customized: the Art and History of the Bicycle,’ with bicycle innovations, art bikes, regional history and more. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa, 707.579.1500.

Sep 25 From noon to 6pm. Wells Fargo Center, “ARTrails Preview,” exhibiting works by studios participating in the ARTrails program. 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa, 707.546.3600. From 3 to 5pm. Gallery Route One, mixed media by Geraldine LiaBraaten, Debra Stuckgold and Eric Engstrom. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station, 415.663.1347. From 3 to 5pm. Robert Mondavi Winery, “Water and Wood: Paintings and Sculptures Inspired by Nature,” paintings and sculpture by Carine Mascarelli and Crystal Lockwood. 7801 St Helena Hwy, Oakville, 707.968.2203.

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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.

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.

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Buddha’s Palm Tattoo Gallery

for reservations: 707.545.5876

Healdsburg Center for the Arts

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.

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.

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

Petaluma Historical Museum & Library Through 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.

Quicksilver Mine Company Through Sep 29, “Calabash,” preview exhibition of gourd art. Ending Sep 25, “Clown Control,” sculpture by Carol Holtzman Fregoso. Through Sep 26, “One Across the Bow,” works on paper by Will Smith. Thurs-Mon, 11 to 6. 6671 Front St, Forestville, 707.887.0799.

Riverfront Art Gallery Through Nov 6, “Two Photographic Views,” photography by Amber Reumann Engfer and Craig Melville; “Soft Focus,” photography by Rhen August Benson and Mayr McLean. Wed-Thurs and Sun, 11 to 7; Fri-Sat, 11 to 8. Tues-Thurs and Sun, 10:30 to 6. Fri-Sat, 10:30 to 8. 132 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, 707.775.4ART.

Sebastopol Center for the Arts Through Oct 22, “Roots,” juried mixed-media; also, ceramics by Michiko Sodo Kinoshita. Tues-Fri, 10 to 4; Sat, 1 to 4. 6780 Depot St, Sebastopol, 707.829.4797.

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

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Preview Exhibit at WELLS FARGO CENTER FOR THE ARTS Sept 24 – Oct 28 Opening reception: Sept 24, 4 – 6pm Additional preview exhibits at Pelican Art Gallery and Graton Gallery. Visit artrails.org or call 579-2787 for details!

‘LARKSPUR NIGHT’ Marin takes center stage at ‘Iconic Marin,’ with paintings

by Bryn Craig, opening Sept. 23 at Gallery Bergelli. See Openings, adjacent.

more. Free family day opening, Sep 24, 11 to 2. Ending Sep 25, “Artistry in Wood,” fine woodworking exhibition. TuesSun, 11 to 4. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa, 707.579.1500.

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art Through Jan 1, “Sonido Pirata,” curated exhibit dealing with the phenomenon of pirated music. Free-$8. Wed-Sun, 11 to 5. 551 Broadway, Sonoma, 707.939.SVMA.

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

University Library Art Gallery Through Oct 16, “The Future Is Now: New Bay Area MFA Graduates,” 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.

Wells Fargo Center Sep 24-Oct 28, “ARTrails Preview,” exhibiting works by studios participating in the ARTrails program. Reception, Sep 25, noon to 6. 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa, 707.546.3600.

MARIN COUNTY Book Passage Through Oct, photography by Durwood Zedd. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, 415.927.0960.

wire, drawing and gouache by Emily Payne; also, “Grey Matter,” book collage by Lin Max, and drawings on monoprint by Sylvia Gonzalez. Tues-Wed and Fri-Sat, 11 to 6; Thurs, 11 to 8:30. Tues-Wed and Fri-Sat, 11 to 6; Thurs, 11 to 8:30. 851 Fourth St, San Rafael, 415.454.4229.

Gallery Bergelli Sep 23-Oct 19, ‘Iconic Marin,’ paintings by Bryn Craig. Reception, Sep 23, 6 to 8. Thurs-Sun, 11 to 4. 483 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, 415.945.9454.

Gallery Route One Sep 23-Oct 30, mixed media by Geraldine LiaBraaten, Debra Stuckgold and Eric Engstrom. Reception, Sep 25, 3 to 5. WedMon, 11 to 5. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station, 415.663.1347.

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

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts Through Sep 29, “Alphabet Soup,” group show juried by Kathleen Burch. Tues-Sat, 10 to 2; also by appointment. 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, 415.388.4331.

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

Discover the region’s best art at the 26th annual ARTrails Open Studios, a free self-guided tour of 133 painters, sculptors, jewelers and craftspeople.

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Arts Events “Water and Wood: Paintings and Sculptures Inspired by Nature,” paintings and sculpture by Carine Mascarelli and Crystal Lockwood. Reception, Sep 25, 3 to 5. Daily, 10 to 5. 7801 St Helena Hwy, Oakville, 707.968.2203.

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Sonoma County Book Festival Celebrate the written word with panel discussions, readings, exhibits and more. Sep 24, 10 to 4. Free. Courthouse Square, Third Street and Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa.

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Prop comedian with weird twin brother and a penchant for ritualistic melon abuse and racist rants. Sep 23 at 8. $22$25. Last Day Saloon, 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa, 707.545.2343.

Tropical, Marimba, and Merengue rule the day at this celebration of Guatemalan music. Featured bands are Fidel Funes, Checha y Su India Maya, Grupo Rana, Grupo Fiesta and Ronald y sus Bravos. Sep 25 at 10. $25-$30. Lagoon Park, Marin Civic Center, San Rafael. 415.49.6800.

Holy City Zoo Improv Workshop Every Mon at 7, weekly comedy improv workshop. $15. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, 415.383.9600.

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

Events Bayer Farm Tending Every Fri, 3 to 6, all ages welcome to join LandPaths for garden care. Bayer Farm, 1550 West Ave, Santa Rosa, 707.524.9318.

Handcar Regatta Words cannot describe the wondrous spectacle of the Regatta, now in its fourth fantastic year. See cover story, this issue. Sep 25, 11 to 6. $6$10. Railroad Square, Fourth and Wilson streets, Santa Rosa.

Healdsburg Arts Festival Healdsburg Center for Arts sponsors over 70 artists in downtown plaza with live music, wine, face painting and more. Sep 24, 10 to 5. Free. Downtown Plaza, Healdsburg. 707.421.1970.

Petaluma Progressive Festival Soiree of all things left-leaning including spekers Helen Caldicott, Daniel Ellsberg, Cindy Sheehan, the San Francisco Mime Troupe and much more.

Pacific Pinball Exhibition Pinball enthusiasts of all stripes are welcome at this celebration of flashing lights, flippers and that sweet, freegame clacking sound. Sep 23-25. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, 415.499.6800.

Food & Drink 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.

Goat Butchering & BBQ Avedano’s head butcher leads step-by-step course on how to cut, trim, cook and eat a Gleason Farm goat. Sep 25, 1 to 5. $90. Viva, 7160 Keating Ave, Sebastopol, 707.824.9913.

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

Lunchtime in the Sculpture Garden Weekly activities and crepes every Thurs through Sep

29. $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.

Pasta After Regatta Pasta with red sauce or pesto, meatballs, bread and wine served to post-Regatta revelers. Sep 25, 5 to 9. $22. Santa Rosa Vintner Square, 1301 Cleveland Ave, Santa Rosa, 707.280.5658.

Range to Plate Spend the afternoon on an informative field trip to Shone Farm and Inman Family Vineyards, then enjoy a meal in the field at the ranch. Sep 23, 1 to 7. $135. Olufs Ranch, 899 Shiloh Road, Windsor.

Santa Rosa Farmers Markets Sat, 9 to 12. Oakmont Drive and White Oak, Santa Rosa. 707.538.7023. Wed and Sat, 8:30 to 12. Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa, 707.522.8629.

Sebastopol Farmers Market Through Nov; Sun, 10 to 1:30. Sebastopol Plaza, McKinley St, Sebastopol, 707.522.9305.

Chili Cook Off Tomatos, beans, peppers, spices and sometimes meat are put to the test in this slowcooked competition. Sep 25 at noon. $10. Dunphy Park, Napa and Bridgeway, Sausalito.

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

Taste of Downtown San Rafael Restaurants and merchants offer hors d’oeuvres and winetasting. Sep 21, 4 to 8. $25. San Rafael City Plaza, Fourth and Court streets, San Rafael.

Oktoberfest As part of the Oktoberfest celebration, Bavarian beer hall dinner on Sep 27; also, a brewer’s dinner, with five courses paired with beer on Sep 29. Silverado Brewing Co, 3020 N St Helena Hwy, St Helena, 707.688.7572.


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All things lit at Sonoma County Book Festival The Sonoma County Book Festival is back for its 12th year, promising a day of literature, poetry, authors, entertainment, kids activities and community fun. Seventy-six authors, panelists, storytellers, and poets will be on hand, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to know where to start. To name but a few, Maxine Hong Kingston (above), senior lecturer at UC Berkeley, is known for her experiences with Chinese immigrants; her latest book is I Love a Broad Margin to My Life. A 2010 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) fellow and Fulbright Scholar, Oakland resident Michael David Lukas will present his book, The Oracle of Stamboul. Award-winning journalist Belva Davis has penned Never In My Wildest Dreams: A Black Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Life in Journalism. Ann Packer is a recipient of the James Michener award whose works of ďŹ ction can be found in Vogue and the New Yorker; her latest book is Swim Back to Me. A highlight this year is an expanded Young Adult section with feature panel discussions, a panel on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Advice for Teen Writersâ&#x20AC;? and a Teen Poetry Slam with cash prizes. Based on the popular series by Elizabeth Singer Hunt, a Secret Agent Jack Stalwart Treasure Hunt will be ongoing. Elizabeth Hunt herself will select the winners. All this and much, much more is at the Sonoma County Book Festival on Saturday, Sept. 24, at Courthouse Square and Central Library, Santa Rosa. 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;4pm. Free. 707.537.8783.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Anna Freeman

Family-friendly bike ride touring local public art. Sep 24, 11 to 2. Free. Sonoma County Museum, 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa, 707.579.1500.

Desire Trails: Artist-Curated Walking Tours of the Headlands Join artists and thinkers for a walking tour of the Headlands. Sep 25 at 1. Free. Headlands Center for the Arts, Bldg 944, Fort Barry, Sausalito, 415.331.2787.

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Film Ballet & Opera Live presentations beamed from all over the world in HD. Sep 28 at 11am, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Faust.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; $12$20. Summerfield Cinemas, 551 Summerfield Rd, Santa Rosa, 707.522.0719.

Best of the Fest Popular films from the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival are screened in this series. Sep 23, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Voices Unbound: The Story of Freedom Writers.â&#x20AC;? $10. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 6780 Depot St, Sebastopol, 707.829.4797.

The Cove Santa Rosa International Film Fest presents a special screening of the Ocean Preservation Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oscarwinning movie. Sep 23 at 7. $12.50. Deerfield Ranch Winery, 10200 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood.

Nostalgia For The Light Documentary set in Chile connects astronomers searching the sky to relatives searching the desert for the bodies of victims of the Pinochet regime. Sep 23 at 7; Sep 25 at 4. $4-$6. Sonoma Film Institute, Warren Auditorium, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.

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Book Passage Sebastopol Buddhist Meditation Sun at 1, beginning-level Tibetan Buddhist meditation group. Call for info or directions. Donations accepted. Kagya Takten Puntsokling, 5594 Volkerts Rd, Sebastopol, 707.824.4637, ext 2.

Sebastopol Senior Center Talks and events. Free unless otherwise noted. Mon at 2:30, help for caregivers. Tues at 1, beginning conversational Spanish class. $6; at 1:30; at 2, intermediate conversation Spanish class, $6. Wed at 5, qigong, $6. Thurs at 11:15, yoga, $6. Sebastopol Senior Center, 167 High St, Sebastopol, 707.829.2440.

Shirley MacLaine Academy award-winning actress and famous occultist recounts her life and times. Sep 23 at 8. $49-$69. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa, 707.546.3600.

Bike Touring Patagonia John Denigris gives digital presentation on his 40day, 1000-mile bike tour of northern Patagonia. Sep 21, 7 to 8:30. Free. REI Corte Madera, 213 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera, 415.927.1938.

Under One Sky Presentations by and discussion with John Wick, Raven Gray and Helge Hellberg on climate change; moderated by Brian Edwards-Tiekert. Music by Jon Fromer. Sep 22 at 7. $15 suggested. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, 415.383.9600.

Readings Petaluma Copperfield’s Books

Sep 21 at 7, “Dandy Gilver and the Proper Treatment of Bloodstains,” with Catriona McPherson; “Northwest Angle,” with William Kent Krueger. Sep 22 at 1, “The Language of Flowers,” with Vanessa Diffenbaugh; at 7, “Luminarium,” with Alex Shakar. Sep 23 at 7, “Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America’s Secret Campaign Against al Qaeda,” with Eric Schmitt. Sep 24 at 1, “Save Our System,” with L Lynn Cleland; at 4, “Spirit Junkie: A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles,” with Gabrielle Bernstein; at 7, “What It Is Like to Go to War,” with Karl Marlantes. Sep 25 at 1, “On Canaan’s Side,” with Sebastian Barry; at 4, “My Hands Sing the Blues,” Jeanne Walker Harvey. Sep 26 at 1, “Birds of Paradise,” with Diana Abu-Jaber; at 7, “We the Animals,” Justin Torres. Sep 27 at 10, “The Bridge to Never Land,” with Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson; “The Oracle of Stamboul,” with Michael David Lukas. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, 415.927.0960.

Michael Chabon Pulitzer Prize-winning author dicusses his latest book, “The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man,” a first-person superhero profile. Sep 22 at 7. $28. 200 Osher Marin JCC, N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael, 415.444.8000.

Theater Annie Jr H-Town Youth Theatre presents a new production of the always-popular “Annie.” Sep 23-Oct 2; Fri-Sat at 7, SatSun at 2. $10. Raven Theater, 115 North St, Healdsburg, 707.433.3145.

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Sep 22 at 3:30, “Secret Agent Jack Stalwart,” with Elizabeth Singer Hunt. Sep 23 at 3:30, “The Grey Wolf Throne: A Seven Realms Novel,” with Cinda Williams China. 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma, 707.762.0563.

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

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“Best in Show” and “Glee” comedian talks about her new book, “Happy Accidents.” Sep 25 at 7. $35. Dominican

Imaginists Theatre Collective presents a food-themed work performed in the farm gardens.

Sep 23-24 at 6. $3-$15. Bayer Farm, 1550 West Ave, Santa Rosa.

Pirates of Penzance Gilbert & Sullivan’s clever comic operetta hits the Spreckels stage. Sep 23-25. $20. Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park, 707.588.3400.

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

Tapas Ending Sep 25, nine wellreceived short plays by Bay Area playwrights. $12-$15. Pegasus Theater Company, Rio Nido Lodge, Canyon Two Rd, Rio Nido, 707.583.2343.

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

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.

Marga Gomez: Not Getting Any Younger Solo show featuring a comingof-middle-age story. Sep 23 at 8. $22-$25. Dance Palace, Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station, 415.663.1075.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Sondheim’s immensely successful, Tony award-winning musical farce. Through Oct 2. Friday and Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2. $20-$30. Dreamweavers Theatre, 1637 W Imola Ave, Napa, 707.255.5483.

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A guy on Reddit. com posted a photo that made me think of you. He had been out walking in the wilds of Ontario, and found a single ripe peach growing on a scraggly, skinny tree in the middle of an abandoned quarry. There were no other peach trees in sight, let alone peaches. I suspect that when you find beauty and sustenance in the coming days, Taurus, they will be in similar situations: unexpected and unlikely. That doesn’t mean they’ll be any less sweet. (See the peach: http://bit. ly/lonelypeach.)

GEMINI (May 21–June 20) If you’ve ever been to a flavor-tripping party, you’ve eaten “miracle fruit,” berries with the scientific name Synsepalum dulcificum. They coat your tongue with a substance that makes all subsequent foods taste sweet. The effect lasts no more than an hour, but while it does, lemons, radishes and pickles may as well be desserts. Be alert for a metaphorical version of the miracle fruit, Gemini. There’s an influence coming your way that could temporarily make everything else seem extra delectable. As long as you’re aware of what’s happening, it will be a quirky blessing. CANCER (June 21–July 22) Born in Austria, Susanne Wenger became a high priestess of the Yoruba religion in Nigeria. When she died in 2009 at the age of 93, she had devoted the last 50-plus years of her life to protecting and beautifying a sacred forest in the Osogbo area. It’s hard for most of us to imagine loving a place as much as she did, but that’s what I’m encouraging you to do. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you will accrue unforeseen benefits by becoming more deeply connected to a special patch of earth. To do so will awaken a dormant part of your soul, for one thing. It could also advance one of your lifelong quests, which is to feel ever-more at home in the world. LEO (July 23–August 22) “Personally. I’m always ready to learn,” said Winston Churchill, “although I do not always like being taught.” You may soon find yourself sharing that paradoxical state of mind, Leo. It’s time for you to receive the new teachings you have been unconsciously preparing yourself to absorb. But at least in the early stages, these useful lessons may get on your nerves or make you squirm. Stick with them. Keep the faith. Sooner or later, your crash course will become enjoyable. VIRGO (August 23–September 22) “Our job is to become more and more of what we are,” says poet Marvin Bell. “The growth of a poet seems to be related to his or her becoming less and less embarrassed about more and more.” Whether or not you’re a poet, Virgo, I would like to apply this gauge to your own growth. The way I see it, your power to claim your birthright and fulfill your destiny will ultimately hinge to a significant degree on your ability to shed all residual shame about your true nature. And guess what: There has never been a better time to work on that noble project than right now. LIBRA (September 23–October 22) Your theme for the week comes from travel writer Stephen Graham in his book The Gentle Art of Tramping: “As you sit on the hillside, or lie prone under the trees of the forest, or sprawl wet-legged on the shingly beach of a mountain stream, the great door, that does not look like a door, opens.” I can’t wait to see the expression on your face when a portal like that appears for you sometime in the near future, Libra. I expect your mood will be a mix of surprise, humility, vindication, joy and a pleasant kind of shock. By the way, you won’t necessarily have to be out in nature in order to become aware of the opening door. But it will probably be crucial for you to simulate the state that nature evokes in you. That’s why I

suggest you rev up your aptitude for innocence and make sure your sense of wonder is turned on full blast.

SCORPIO (October 23–November 21)

More than a hundred years ago, a team of British adventurers led by Ernest Shackleton trekked across Antarctica, attempting to reach the South Pole. They ran out of supplies and had to turn back before reaching their goal. In 2006, modern-day explorers discovered a cache of stuff Shackleton had been forced to leave behind, stashed in the ice. It included two cases of whiskey. Some of the century-old liquor found its way back to England, where it was quaffed by a few daring souls eager for an exotic taste. I suspect you may soon stumble upon a metaphorically similar curiosity, Scorpio: something like old spirits preserved in ice. My advice: Try a small sample and wait a while to see what effect it has before imbibing the whole thing.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21) Punk musician Wesley Willis was fond of greeting friends and audience members alike with a headbutt. So prolific was he in employing this ritual that he developed a permanent callus on his forehead. Now would be an excellent time for you to make this tradition your own, Sagittarius. Just think of all the affection you’ll generate and all the great conversations you’ll stimulate by ramming people! JUST KIDDING! I was exaggerating a bit. It’s true that now is an excellent time to ramp up your friendliness and expand your social reach. But you probably shouldn’t engage in full-tilt headbutting unless you’re extroverted, gregarious and so extravagantly charming you can get away with it.

CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19) In Japan you can buy Vaam, a sports energy drink that contains hornet saliva. It acquired a legendary reputation after Japanese marathon runner Naoko Takahashi said she used it to propel herself to a gold medal at the 2000 Olympics. Vaam’s creator, biochemist Takashi Abe, claims there is scientific evidence that it works as well for humans as it does for wasps, which fly as much as 70 miles a day. According to my reading of the astrological omens, the cosmos will be infusing you with a metaphorical version of hornet saliva in the coming weeks, Capricorn. You’ll have the power to go further and be stronger for longer periods of time. AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18) I gathered together a panel of renegade astrologers to investigate your imminent future. By a unanimous vote, they designated you, out of all the signs of the zodiac, as the one “Most Likely to Exceed the Boring Limitations of Good Taste,” as well as “Best Candidate to Slap the Conventional Wisdom Upside the Head.” That sounds fun. I hope you make good use of the freedom that those roles entail. By the way, the general consensus also suggested that you are primed to find valuable stuff in out-of-the-way borderlands or in offlimits haunts where no one else even wants to look. PISCES (February 19–March 20) You’re on course for a warm, wet, soft collision with the enigmas of the libido. I urge you to give yourself fully to the exploration, even if it stirs up feelings you have no names for. In my opinion, the best way to use your intelligence right now is to undertake a rigorous investigation into the heights and depths of your passion . . . to experiment with new guidelines for your instinctual nature . . . to make yourself extra receptive to the spiritual teachings available through erotic communion.

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