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Rhapsodies Song of Hope Writing a new financial folk song BY JOHN O’BRIEN

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recently read the Sept. 6 edition of Bohemian and found Juliane Poirer’s piece on writing a new political folk song (“Imagine,” Sept. 6).

I would like to contact people who feel that political songs can organize us all so we can focus on the correct leaders for these times. Those who would confuse and confound us with myriad issues can defeat us. We need many talents to collaborate on the fundamental issues. I am a retired engineer and an organist at church. I have many political songs completed and many in the works, e.g. antitorture, anti-tax breaks for the rich (on YouTube). I was one of the computer engineers who automated buying and selling of stocks on the NYSE and I know how the market manipulators steal everyone’s pensions. We implemented computer trades back in 1968-1972. Now we have big money corrupting everything. The stewards of capitalism have now overplayed their hands to the point where they are clearly criminal. We might be able to galvanize the public. There are myriad scams at every enterprise. The challenge is to take one at a time and bring it to the attention of the public such that the public demands prosecution and solution. There is a lady, a ‘Joan of Arc,’ who was a commissioner on the commodities exchange from where the landslide of criminal ‘derivatives’ were sold. Her name is Brooksley Born. Google her name. When she was blowing the whistle in 2004-2006, the auspicious names in finance burned her reputation at the stake of media and Congress. I’ve been working with words and minor chords. I have the computer trading information and financial information to expose. Those who sold air-securities to banks around the world have committed a clearly criminal act which is able to be prosecuted in virtually any country in the world. This is the big potato. The parasite always kills its host. Sooner or later, the world economy will be so devastated that informed people can clearly see what has happened. Let’s make a song. I hope to collaborate with any and all who can simplify the message yet illustrate the problem. John O’Brien is a retired engineer living in Petaluma. We welcome your contribution. To have your submission of 350 words considered for publication, send it to openmic@bohemian.com.

Bravo, Boho Awards I want to say what a fine thing it is, your Boho Awards issue. I listen to KRCB, love books, enjoy chamber music—and lo! All of the important people are in your pages. Thank you for giving some “applause” to the people who rarely hear it.

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the gullible masses of your not-too-bright constituents. Haven’t you been watching the internet? Are you that oblivious of the kind of coprophagous stunts the BATFinks engaged in with Operation Fastwalker where gun dealers were pressured and bullied by batfinks into selling assault weapons to Mexican drug lords and their gangs just so the Obama regime would have more excuses for ultimately abolishing the second amendment? Keep this kind of thing up, Mark, and you are going to make of yourself a decided liability.

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Heroes in Napa Regarding Paul and Leilani Slack (“Taking Up the Slack,” Sept. 28)—really great article about a very inspiring couple!

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Guns on the Streets Senator Mark Reno says he wants to keep illegal guns off our streets and out of the hands of those who suffer from mental illness. Yeah, Mark . . . but who is going to make the determination as to who is “mentally ill,” and what is “illegal,” and a host of other little semantic antics that your kind up in Sack o’ Tomatoes take such delight in engaging in? You are hovering just a little too close to “more gun control” for my comfort and it seems to me that the more gun control “laws” that get forced on us, the more often that law-abiding (as in Constitution... ever hear of it?) gun owners get their rights more sharply curtailed and the more guns fall right into the hands of these thrill-killer phlegmers like Aaron Bassler. In so many words, just about everything that politicians like you touch turns to you know what flatly regardless of how well meaning it all may sound to

Precious Water Water is the new gold—it’s finite, precious, and if you go four days without its life-giving qualities, you die. I presume that there will be more water wars around the state as climate change and population growth come up against old infrastructure and questionable management practices—a volatile mix, to be sure.

TIM RUDOLPH Santa Cruz

Why the Huge Pack? Bikes are great (“Off the Back,” Sept. 28). They let you enjoy the scenery, they’re fun, they’re good for you and for the environment. Most of us while driving move (illegally) across the yellow line when we pass bikes, but with hundreds of bikes on the road, traffic controlled and roads closed for some bike “race,” I can’t help wonder, “Why the huge pack?” Any extra imaginable joy is surely negated by problems for drivers.

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This week, the Sebastopol Community Center hosts a special screening of Straightlaced, a film focusing on the issues and challenges of teen gender identity. A panel of local teens and professional adults will remain on hand after the film for an open discussion and workshop. Join the conversation on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 390 Morris Street, Sebastopol. 2–5pm. $15-$20; $5 for teens. 707.823.1511. Also this week, Katelynn Cusanelli from The Real World: Brooklyn appears to discuss issues and questions on gender identity. Cusanelli had been living as a woman for five years prior to the show and completed her transformation just before the show began filming. Katelynn is transgendered, bisexual and at ease answering questions about her identity; share in the lively discussion on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at the Cooperage at Sonoma State University. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 7pm. Free. 707.664.2753.

Nobel Winner MOSAIC MALADIES According to documents, it seems the city is still owed nearly half a million dollars.

BasinGate An extra $454,481 goes missing from Petaluma’s Theatre District development BY PETER BYRNE

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ast May, we reported in these pages that Basin Street Properties not only went $10 million over budget redeveloping Petaluma’s Theatre District, but left the city to pick up the tab. Now, new information has

surfaced showing that Basin Street Properties cannot account for nearly half a million dollars from the city of Petaluma, and, despite documented attempts by the city to recover the $454,481, it remains on the books as a “donation.” The problem began when the city hired Basin Street Properties, an investment company based

in Reno, to oversee such public infrastructure as sidewalks and sewers in the privately owned project. Basin Street contracted with local company North Bay Construction for this work. But the contract was tainted at its inception by a major conflict of interest: The owner of North Bay Construction, John Barella, is the largest single investor

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Dr. Carloz Muñoz Jr., a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley, was raised in the barrios of East Los Angeles as a son of working-class Mexican immigrants. This week, the founding chair of the nation’s first Chicano Studies Department speaks at Sonoma State on issues of racial equality in America. Dr. Muñoz has written several books on civil and human rights and is the first Mexican-American nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Dr. Muñoz shares his firsthand experiences on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at the Cooperage at Sonoma State University. 1801 E. Cotati Blvd., Rohnert Park. 7pm. Free. 707.664.2753.—Anna Freeman

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in Basin Street. In a court ďŹ ling, Barella admitted this year that he and Basin Street are â&#x20AC;&#x153;considered the same.â&#x20AC;? Public records show that within just a few months, Theatre District construction costs soared 150 percent over budgetâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;sucking up $5 million that had been slated for ďŹ xing potholes and sewers and improving Petalumaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decrepit waterfront. Then, in 2005, Basin Street was instructed by city officials to return an overcharge of nearly half a million dollars. But Petaluma City Attorney Eric Danly says he has no record of the repayment. Nor can Danly locate hundreds of pages of invoices submitted to city officials by Basin Street to justify payment of its $17 million bill.

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n August 2003, the Petaluma City Council voted that the proposed Theatre District project would pose no environmental problems. This resolution deďŹ ed substantial evidence that the construction site had been heavily polluted by gasoline and diesel fuel hydrocarbons for decades. Additionally, the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s environmental consultant had warned the city that underground construction would likely require â&#x20AC;&#x153;special handling of soil and groundwater.â&#x20AC;? In January 2006, the city council amended the $7.5 million development agreement with Basin Street and pumped another $4.8 million into the downtown project. The huge increase covered remediation of what city manager Mike Bierman said were â&#x20AC;&#x153;unforeseenâ&#x20AC;? underground hazardous wastes on the public portion of the project. The resolution also instructed Basin Street to pay back $704,481 it had improperly charged the city for remediating a plume of toxic waste located on land owned by Basin Street itself. On February 2, 2006, Basin Street issued a check for $250,000 to the city in partial repayment. On May 17, 2006, the director

of public works, Vince Marengo, reminded Bierman that Basin Street still owed the city $454,481 â&#x20AC;&#x153;to cover costs of contaminated and hazardous materials encountered on the infrastructure project whose source resided on Basin Street owned property.â&#x20AC;? But instead of writing another check, Basin Street cut an unusual deal with Bierman. Under the arrangement, Basin Street would give the $454,481 directly to North Bay Construction, thus paying for construction work that the city would otherwise have had to cover. In effect, Basin Street issued a $454,481 credit to the city which it could then apply to work performed by North Bayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; although the nature of this work was unspeciďŹ ed. On October 10, 2006, Marengo told Bierman that the city needed â&#x20AC;&#x153;conďŹ rmation of Basin Streetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s total payments to North Bay in the form of copies of canceled check(s) with a conďŹ rming statement from Basin Street that these canceled check(s) represent the $454,481 owed to [the city] by BSP.â&#x20AC;? Marengo also wrote to Basin Streetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s general counsel, Paul Andronico, requesting copies of canceled checks made out to North Bay worth $454,481 and a â&#x20AC;&#x153;conďŹ rming transmittal letter.â&#x20AC;? In a recent interview with the Bohemian, Andronico said that Basin Street made a â&#x20AC;&#x153;voluntary contributionâ&#x20AC;? to compensate the city for the disallowed remediation work, and claimed that the $454,481 was applied by Basin Street as a credit against to the city. Andronico said he does not know why the city has no documented conďŹ rmation that Basin Street ever made the required payment to North Bay; nor could he himself provide proof of payment. Nor could he specify what work was performed by North Bay to satisfy the credit due to Petaluma.

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OPEN SECRETS? Basin Street gave a $454k city payment directly to North Bay Construction, but nobody involved can show what work was performed for it.

to laborers and subcontractors. Danly said that neither the city nor Basin Street can locate a certiďŹ ed payroll identiďŹ able as work performed for the $454,481 in question. Nor can city officials ďŹ nd invoices attesting that the additional North Bay work was ever performed. Danly could not locate the required copy of a canceled check, nor a transmittal letter conďŹ rming payment to North Bay of the credited amount. Danly said the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s accounting books â&#x20AC;&#x153;appear to conďŹ rm said payment was madeâ&#x20AC;? but he offered no proof that it was made. When the Bohemian requested copies of Basin Street and North Bay construction invoices from the city, Danly replied, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Staff conducted a diligent search but was unable to locate the actual invoices.â&#x20AC;? He said the documents may have been routinely destroyed, but he offered no record of such destruction. But in 2005, the city had provided the Bohemian with two electronic disks containing all of the records on the Theatre District project, including many of the invoices it currently cannot ďŹ nd. We have

offered to make these records available should the city wish to revisit the Theatre District ďŹ asco and recover funds from Basin Street Properties and North Bay Construction. (Danly, who negotiated the project agreements, and was paid $89,000 from the Theatre District budget, says he will accept the disks.) The ďŹ nal audit reconciliation for the Theatre District project records $704,000 in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Developer Contributions.â&#x20AC;? This includes the aforementioned check from Basin Street for $250,000, and $454,000 that is variously coded in the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s accounting system as â&#x20AC;&#x153;in-kindâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;donation.â&#x20AC;? Unlike other line items in these ďŹ nancial records, the nature of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;donationâ&#x20AC;? is not explained. In fact, it repeatedly moves in and out of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ledgers like a poltergeist that cannot decide to stay or go. Nonetheless, it appears that Basin Street still owes the city nearly half a million dollars. The question is: Who will ask for it? Petaluma City Manager John Brown did not respond to requests for comment.

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Topping the list is Samuel Adams, the American statesman and founding father who is fourth down the list on his own Google search. Number one, of course, is Boston-based brewing behemoth Samuel Adams. It also numbers two and three, though I think competing for search engine optimization with a dead guy is no real triumph. A more obscure naming

reference is Pliny the Elder, a super-hoppy double IPA that packs a whopping eight percent alcohol. It’s named for Gaius Plinius Secundus, which is Latin for “Unpronounceable After a Couple of Beers.” Better known as Pliny the Elder, the philospher was quite the gadfly about ancient Rome who penned an encyclopedia of natural history and is the uncle of, yep, Pliny the Younger. Exacty why Santa Rosa-based Russian River Brewing Co. named their concoction after a dead Roman was probably lost with the brain cells spent during its first taste trials. Perhaps in an attempt to outRuskie the Russian River Brewing Company, Fort Bragg’s North Coast Brewing Company poached the name of Siberian-born “Mad Monk” Rasputin, ostensibly to honor the tradition of “18th century brewers who supplied the court of Russia’s Catherine the Great.” Hmm. Though the story is about as frothy as the tan head of its Old Rasputin Imperial Stout, it certainly extends the cult of personality the creepy mystic has enjoyed since the days of the czars. The brew itself extends one’s appreciation for imperial stouts—great beefy beers that top out at nine percent alcohol and handily kick populist stouts (read: Guinness) to the floor. Then there are the dead musicians. North Coast has a Brother Thelonious, named for Thelonious Monk, and Delaware’s Dogfish Head Craft Brewery rolled out an homage to a boundarybreaking jazz legend last year with its Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew. (The name had been waiting to grace a beer label since Davis’ album of the same name was released in 1970.) Petaluma’s own Lagunitas Brewing Company mounted a similar effort with a series of brews named after classic Frank Zappa albums. Of course, when the Boss croaks, we’ll raise some Bruce SpringSteins in his honor. Daedalus Howell drinks with dead people at DHowell.com.

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and we’re investigating to see whether or not they do.” Water flows are critical fish habitat, and diversions can harm fish populations. So some see the state’s action as an effort to crack down on water thieves. Chris Malan, of the Living Rivers Council, claims that “287 illegal water diversions” exist where “diverters are stealing water at will.” But Leigh Sharp of the Napa Natural Resource Conservation Service claims the story is not that exciting. “It’s an enforcement thing,” said Sharp. “It’s been anticipated for a while and the State Water Board is not even sure that all the cited ponds are even diversions.” There could be land with a pond created in the 1930s, and a more recent landowner may not know they need a permit. Some older reservoirs were created with government funding. “It’s worthwhile to note,” added Sharp, “that the cited pond locations are not just vineyards but homes, golf courses and municipalities.” The Napa County Farm Bureau has encouraged landowners to comply with the state, since non-compliance could—as the Bureau explained in a message to members—result in “fines assessed at up to $500 per day.” Vineyard manager Jim Lincoln, representing the Farm Bureau, believes that the majority of ponds targeted for investigation by the SWRCB are not diversions but storage of groundwater, and that for many surprised recipients the letters provoked a fearful response. “We think a lot of this is unjustified,” said Lincoln. “I had a long conversation with an 80-something year old gentleman who had no idea he needed a permit.” If the octogenarian applies today, there’s a chance he may not live to see the permitting process completed. One Napa farmer, trying to do the right thing, applied in 1990 to the SWCRB for a permit to divert water, and finally got it in 2010—exactly 20 years later.

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he fridge of the average starving student usually contains few items, but one is most likely beer. Pop a cold one to drink with leftover ramen and a mustard packet, and a makeshift meal materializes. How about beer with ice

cream? Over breakfast cereal? As salad dressing? While college students’ odd combinations stem from lack of choice, experienced chefs are producing new menu items using just as odd, albeit more appealing concoctions. As craft breweries continue to produce beers with unusual flavors and higher drinkability, the options for

creating dishes that complement and contrast with them grows. Thinking beyond typical pub grub like burgers or pizza, chefs are pushing the boundaries of beer and food combinations. Think grapefruit salad, blue cheese cake, banana tamales—and yes, breakfast cereal. “There are really no rules,” says Billy Reid, executive chef at Sebastopol’s Hopmonk

Tavern. “We just go with what works.” Sitting in the tavern’s dark red booth, Reid describes a deliciously creamy cheesecake he created using a Pt. Reyes Blue cheese and an Anderson Valley IPA. “It sounds stranger than what it really is—cream cheese and blue cheese with a little bit of sweetness, and it really worked, 100 percent. Most of this stuff is just dorkin’ around and seeing what we come up with.” Joining the discussion, Hopmonk owner Dean Biersch weighs in on the chemistry behind the cohesion of the ingredients. “The blue cheese cake—that was one of the love connections that totally snapped,” says Biersch. “Black IPA has borderline sweetness and massive bitterness that weighs down and is resinous on your palate. The bitter and sweet flavors really work.” While wine drinking has long gone by the basic rule of “white wine with fish, red with meat,” beer connoisseurs follow a much broader range of guidelines for pairing food with beer, depending on the ratio of the beer’s primary ingredients (water, hops, barley, yeast) and any additional flavorings to enhance the beer (chocolate, spices, coffee, nuts, fruits, pine tips, hemp, you name it). “My job’s harder now,” says Reid. “It’s no longer pairing beer to the food, it’s pairing food to the beer. People come here first and foremost for the beer. They’re more cultured and know more about beer than they ever did.” Many of the basic pairing guidelines echo common sense. Lighter beers, like lagers and pilsners, marry well with lighter foods, and darker beers like porters and stouts with richer, heavier foods. Seasonality comes into play; people prefer lighter meals and beer in hot weather and heartier fare during colder seasons. Many complement or contrast flavors, serving a dark roasted barley malt beer with roasted or barbecued meats, for example, or pairing a bitter, hoppy beer ) 18

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with sweet foods. Finding a balance is the key. Carbonation and bitter flavors cut through oiliness and spicy heat, making pale ales, pilsners and lagers good mates for fiery dishes and cheesy foods like pizza. Experimenting with ingredients while keeping these guidelines in mind has yielded some strange but delicious bedfellows, like banana tamales made with Dunkelweizen, or a chocolate-and-Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball Ale chicken mole. “By definition we are open to taking beer and everything we do in Sonoma County to new places,” says Biersch. “I love that. Coming from Northern California, it’s a really great thing that we do here.” Ron Lindenbusch, selfdesignated “Head Beer Weasel” and CFO at Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma, also holds the enviable job of consulting with restaurant chefs for beer pairing dinners nationwide. Lindenbusch recalls a dinner held at The Melting Pot, a fondue restaurant in Larkspur, where every course contained beer. The sharp cheddar and Swiss fondue entrée included Hop Stoopid Ale, an uber-hoppy beer, as a prime ingredient. “This brought out some bitterness, which wasn’t a bad

thing,” Lindenbusch says. “There are certain times when bitterness can be complementary, and not overpowering. Along with the carbonation, it lifts the oiliness off the tongue and clears the palate between bites.” Lindenbusch describes substituting beer in classical dishes that usually use wine, like beurre blanc sauces made with Czech pilsner or Little Sumpin’ Sumpin,’ a seasonal wheat ale. Beer-based salad dressings made with a fruity ale or a light beer blended with white wine and balsamic vinegar have graced fresh greens, while pan-roasted barley malt crystals substitute for croutons. “A dusting of ground malt crystals over ice cream or on a stout ice cream float is absolutely delicious,” Lindenbusch says. “They taste like Grape Nuts cereal.” And yes, combining beer and breakfast cereal has caught on. “We made a Count Chocula tiramisu with a black IPA,” says Hopmonk’s Reid. “Instead of lady fingers, I used Count Chocula. I lined the bottom of a snifter with cereal, and layered it with mascarpone, chocolate cake, and a lightly sweetened Chantilly whipped cream. Then we poured the black IPA over it and the cereal soaked it up. It was really fun. Beer is pretty versatile.” Suzanne Daly

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S O N OMA CO U N TY Abyssinia Ethiopian/ Eritrean. $. Authentic and filling, and a welcome culinary addition. Lunch and dinner daily; breakfast, Sat-Sun. 913 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.568.6455. Bettyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fish & Chips Seafood. $-$$. Cheerful, bustling, totally informal eatery serving authentic Brit fare. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Sun. 4046 Sonoma Hwy, Santa Rosa. 707.539.0899.

Bistro des Copains French. $$. Homey Provencal food prepared to near perfection. Desserts are house-made and stellar. 3782 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental. 707.874.2436.

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

Carmenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

Charcuterie French Mediterranean. $$. Intimate bistro has casual European wine-bar feel. Lunch, MonSat; dinner, Sun-Thurs. 335 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.431.7231. Chelinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mexican Restaurant Mexican. $. Standout generous taqueria fare with fresh ingredients daily. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 1079 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.571.7478.

Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

Dry Creek Kitchen California cuisine. $$$-$$$$. Fresh wine country cuisine from chef Charlie Palmer. Lunch and dinner, ThursTues. 317 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.431.0330.

Hamburger Ranch & Pasta Farm American. $. Old-fashioned, informal momâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;-pop roadhouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 31195 N Redwood Hwy, Cloverdale. 707.894.5616.

Hang Ah Dim Sum Chinese-dim sum. $. Low prices and good variety make it pleasing. Buffet-style quality and greasiness can be a letdown. Lunch and dinner daily. 2130 Armory Dr, Santa Rosa. 707.576.7873.

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.

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.

Boca South American. $$$-

Specializing in Mandarin, Szechuan and Peking styles. Kirinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pot stickers are the best in Sonoma County. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat; dinner, Sun. 2700 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.525.1957.

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

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Phyllisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Giant Burgers American. $. Come with a hearty appetite for an oldfashioned patty. Lunch and dinner daily. Three locations: 4910 Sonoma Hwy, Ste B, Santa Rosa. 707.538.4000. 924 Diablo Ave, Novato. 415.989.8294.

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Piatti Italian. $$-$$$.Rustic, seasonal, Italian food. Kidfriendly. Lunch and dinner daily. 625 Redwood Hwy, Mill Valley. 415.380.2525.

Robata Grill & Sushi Japanese. $$. Mmm. With thick slices of fresh sashimi, Robata knows how to do it. The rolls are big winners. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat; dinner only, Sun. 591 Redwood Hwy, Mill Valley. 415.381.8400.

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

N A PA CO U N T Y Ad Hoc American. $$-$$$. Thomas Keller’s quintessential neighborhood restaurant. Prix fixe dinner changes daily. Actually takes reservations. 6476 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.2487.

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

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Meet the Master For those who worship at the altar of beer, being a certified beer judge sounds like the best job in the world. The Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP), founded in 1985, trains and certifies beer judges for the many homebrew competitions that occur across the United States and internationally. “A big element in the competitions is the feedback from BJCP judges, which help homebrewers improve the overall quality of their final product,” says Ken Weaver, a Santa Rosa-based writer whose first book, The Northern California Craft Beer Guide, comes out in May 2012. Weaver decided to become a certified beer judge to gain a more formal background in the technical elements of brewing, and since, he’s assessed the taste, aroma and mouthfeel of homebrews at the World Cup of Beer, the AHA National Homebrew Competition and the Napa Homebrewers Classic. While beer drinking seems to go arm in arm with hammock-dreaming relaxation time, Weaver says the test isn’t just about sipping on tasty brews and offering up hophappy sentiments from high on a cloud. He prepped for the BJCP exam through online courses with David Teckam, a grand master-level judge, and immersed himself in bookwork, practice essays and beer reviews. The actual exam takes about long as the S.A.T., clocking in at three hours of essay writing and tasting—sometimes on beers that are intentionally bad. “It sounds fun in principle, and it is, but the preparation and the exam itself was a lot of work,” says Weaver. In the end, though, it’s been worth it. “I’ve learned a ton and met a lot of great beerloving people,” says Weaver, who plans on reaching national-level judge status within the next year.—Leilani Clark

La Toque Restaurant French-inspired. $$$$. Set in a comfortable elegantly rustic dining room reminiscent of a French lodge, La Toque makes for memorable specialoccasion dining. The elaborate wine pairing menus are luxuriously inspired. Dinner, Wed-Sun. 1314 McKinstry St, Napa. 707.257.5157.

Miguel’s MexicanCalifornian. $$. Ultracasual setting and laid-back service

belies the delicious kitchen magic within; chilaquiles are legendary. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 1437 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.6868.

Bay. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner daily. 1260 Main St (at Clinton), Napa. 707.255.5552.

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$-$$. Cafe specializing in barbecue and classic diner fare. Messy, delicious. Lunch and dinner daily. 1010 Lincoln Ave, Napa. 707.226.2633.

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S O N OM A CO U N T Y Anaba Wines Named for a cool wind off the bay that heats up and rises in the Sonoma hills, Rhône-style specialist offers a hail of white raisins, a river of apricot nectar and complex, warm earthiness with its signature “Coriol” Sonoma Valley white and red blends. Tasting room is a nicely renovated old farm house at one of rural Sonoma’s busiest intersections. 60 Bonneau Road (at Arnold Drive), Sonoma. Open daily, 10:30am–5pm. Tasting fee, $10. 707.996.4188.

Gary Farrell The namesake is gone but the quality remains. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. 10701 Westside Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 11am–4pm. 707.473.2900.

Kunde Estate Winery (WC) Kunde is one of 12 wineries in Sonoma County to be distinguished with Second Level Green Business Certification. It also has beautiful wine caves carved into 5million-year-old volcanic rock. 9825 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. Tasting room open daily, 10:30am–4:30pm. 707.833.5501.

Viansa Winery Large and filled with crosspromotional products, a deli and a pseudo-Italian marketplace. 25200 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 707.935.4700. Wind Gap Wines Onetime vintner of big, opulent Pax Syrah refocuses on coolclimate locales that yield a more savory, European style. 6450 First St., Forestville. By appointment only. 707.887.9100.

Windy Hill Estate Like a riddle bottled up in a mystery, it’s all but hidden in plain sight above the 101 freeway’s Cotati Grade. Impressive view; mixed bag of low-alcohol, low-priced Pinots from quirky winery. 1010 W. Railroad Ave., Cotati.

Saturday–Sunday noon–5pm. $5 fee. 707.795-3030.

MA R I N CO U N T Y Bacchus & Venus A trendy place for beginners and tourists. Great place to learn the basics. 769 Bridgeway, Sausalito. Open daily, noon– 7pm. 415.331.2001.

Point Reyes Vineyards The tasting room features many varietals but the main reason to go is for the sparkling wines. Open Saturday–Sunday, 11am–5pm. 12700 Hwy. 1, Point Reyes. 415.663.1011.

Ross Valley Winery In existence since 1987, the Ross Valley Winery produces Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Zin port wines. 343 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. Open Tuesday– Sunday, 1–7pm. 415.457.5157. Tam Cellars Spacious wine bar quietly distributes the soul-salve of the ages and, like its soul mate the coffee shop, passes the laptop test. Cheese plates, wine flights and comfortable seating arrangements make a nice place to convene with the companion or flat screen of one’s choice. Wine shop features international, eclectic selection at fair prices. 1803 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. Open Monday–Wednesday, 4–9pm; Thursday–Saturday, 4–10pm. 415.461.9463.

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

Black Stallion Winery Owned by a pair of Midwest

liquor-distribution barons who hired a capable winemaker and envision it to be a retaildestination winery. The wines are quite good. 4089 Silverado Trail, Napa. Open daily, 10am– 5pm. 707.253.1400.

Casa Nuestra Winery Endearingly offbeat, with a dedicated staff and a collection of goats and dogs roaming freely. 3451 Silverado Trail N., St. Helena. Open daily, 10am– 5pm. 707.963.5783.

Far Niente (WC) Far Niente was founded in 1885 by John Benson, a ’49er of the California Gold Rush and uncle of the famous American impressionist painter Winslow Homer. The estate boasts beautiful gardens as well as the first modern-built wine caves in North America. 1350 Acacia Drive, Napa. By appointment. 707.944.2861. Freemark Abbey In 1881, Josephine Tychson was the first woman to own and operate a winery in the valley. Enjoy the Cabs. 3022 St. Helena Hwy. N. (at Lodi Lane), St. Helena. Open daily, 10am-5pm. 800.963.9698.

Grgich Hills Mike Grgich’s Chardonnays famously beat the competition at the 1976 “Judgment of Paris” and the allestate winery is solar-powered and practices organic and biodynamic. 1829 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford. Open daily, 9:30am–4:30pm. 707.963.2784. Summers Estate Wines Excellent Merlot and that rarest of beasts, Charbono. Small tasting room and friendly staff. 1171 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga. Open daily, 10am– 4:30pm. 707.942.5508.

The Wine Garage Defunct filling station with a mandate: No wines over $25. Well chosen from Napa Valley and beyond, plus half-gallon house jugs for $29.99. 1020-C Foothill Blvd., Calistoga. Monday–Saturday 11am–6:30pm; Sunday to 4:30pm. Tasting fee $5–$10. 707.942.5332.

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t’s seven in the morning, and if the latte that I grabbed on the way to the vineyard isn’t doing the trick yet, I’m jolted wide awake when the Pellenc harvesting tractor kicks into gear. I’m standing right on top of it, holding on for dear life 10 feet above its hydraulically driven wheels, as the machine chews through grapes at a good clip, spits them into rotating augers at my feet, and leaves a row of Pinot Noir vines shuddering in its wake.

That’s right: I said Pinot Noir, the delicate grape that every other winery, with mantra-like repetition, claims to lovingly handpick, gently de-stem with the greatest of care, and massage over a sorting table until only the most worthy berries make it into the bottle. Hop Kiln Winery is placing its bets on the machine. Unlike earlier harvesters, the state-of-the-art Pellenc whirls grapes away from their stems, adjusts for terrain, and is outfitted with cameras, pressure sensors, and computer programs. By early morning, twenty-something winemaker Chuck Mansfield and his skeleton crew have delivered tons of grapes onto the crushpad. But how does the wine taste? While the iconic Russian River Valley winery on Westside Road remains a popular tourist destination, the future of Hop Kiln can be found at the HKG tasting room in Glen Ellen, next door to the Garden Court Cafe. Furnished with a small copper bar but enough tables for a wedding party, HKG offers estate bottlings paired with small bites prepared by Culinary Institute of America graduate Khambay Khamsyvoravong. Portions are generous on a recent visit, including Israeli couscous “mac and cheese” with the 2009 Bridge Selection Chardonnay ($28), with aromas of caramel and toasted pecan nut over cool, unfiltered apple cider; a bacon, blue cheese and fig slider with the 2009 Estate Pinot Noir ($38), a sure-fire pleaser with sweet potpourri of fresh raspberry and vanilla and a fine-grained finish; and a wedge of meatloaf on truffled mashed potatoes, with the more brooding, smoky 2009 Bridge Selection Pinot Noir ($38), dark fruit over rhubarb, and age-worthy tannins. Leaving the tasting room, I had to give Mansfield another call, just to verify that these lovely wines, from 2009, were harvested by the same machine. Indeed, they were—but the wine and the food were made by a small group of young and talented humans. The proof, it seems, is in the Pinot. HKG Estate, 13647 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen. Open Thursday, Saturday and Sunday noon to 6pm; Fridays to 9pm, featuring an expanded menu. Tasting fee $5, food pairing $22. 707.938.7622.–James Knight

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Straight Outta the Garage THE NEXT STEP Johnny and Creek Van Houten are among a growing contingent of nanobrewers-to-be.

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his year, something new appeared at Biketoberfest Marin’s beer tasting area. Among a smattering of nationally renowned craft brewers—Sierra Nevada, New Belgium, Deschutes and Anderson Valley Brewing Company—Johnny Van Houten of Van

Houten Brewing poured his unfiltered California Common for a boisterous line of beer drinkers. People returned for seconds and thirds, complimenting him on the simple, caskconditioned beer, brewed over the summer in his San Anselmo garage. Next to Van Houten was another upstart called Beltane

Brewing, and next to them, Petaluma Hills Brewing Company. Known as nanobrewers, these upstarts have been garnering mass attention in the beer world as of late. CraftBeer.com’s John Holl recently called nanobrewers the “talk of the craft beer nation”; the Washington Post offered a glowing write-up of small-scale East Coast operations in 2010 as the trend began to grow; and

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ohnny Van Houten began brewing beer with his dad in 1998. He’s been perfecting his recipes for unfiltered Belgian Tripels, English Pale Ales and California Commons ever since. A husband-and-wife nano-inplanning, Van Houten’s business and marketing end is handled by Johnny’s wife, Creek. Their garage is jam-packed with shiny, professional-grade beer kettles, fermentation tanks, wort chillers, glassware and a large kegerator with silver spouts. Johnny brews in weekend sessions, eked out between his full-time job and part-time work at Brewcraft in San Francisco. “We’re still official homebrewers,” says Johnny. “We produce enough for events and there’s some leftover for me to drink. You need a license and you need the space to have a license to make that next step.” It’s getting easier to make the move from homebrewer to professional, says Johnny, though he says there are still quite a few hoops to jump through. “There are more people to help you move through the process,” he says, citing microbrewers like Sam Calagione as a pioneer when it comes to changing local laws. “With Dogfish, he basically had to create laws around his brewery. That beats a path for us to follow.” After a recent Northwest brewery tour revealed a thriving, small brewery culture outside of California, the Van Houtens decided to begin a more serious push toward their own brewpub dreams. “Driving up to Portland, we realized, oh man, we’re so far behind,” says Creek, sipping on a Belgian Tripel made by her husband. “There’s a brewery on every corner, and they’re small, and they’re all making incredible beer, and they have a loyal following.” Since then, the Van Houtens have begun the work to open a brew cafe along the lines of Amsterdam’s famous “Brown Cafes.” Instead of a loud room with big hamburgers and

TINY LABEL JJ Jay of Petaluma Hills Brewing Co. is no stranger to small batches.

bigger televisions, they’d like to focus on creating a brewery production space and tasting room with simple foods and a cozy, welcoming atmosphere. “More of a meeting space where there’s beer and conversation,” says Johnny. Camaraderie is at the heart of craft beer culture, and the young couple has taken as inspiration Brian Hunt of Moonlight Brewing Company, who is known for an artisan, sage-like approach to brewing beer. His production stays at about 1,000 gallons a year. He doesn’t bottle. He doesn’t do contests. His fresh hop ales, black beers, and toasted lagers are only available on draft in select places. “He doesn’t care about marketing,” says Creek. “And the way he talks about beer is so beautiful and interesting. He’s just doing it how he’s doing it.” “His beers facilitate a conversation about beer,” adds Johnny. Kevin McGee of Healdsburg Brewing Company agrees, describing Hunt as a cross between “Yoda and Dumbledore.” McGee runs the only official nanobrewery in the North Bay,

and has been legally licensed by the TTB to make and sell his beer since 2007. McGee, a former gang prosecutor, was encouraged to turn his passion for homebrew into a business while working as personal lawyer and business strategist to Jess Jackson, owner of Kendall-Jackson. After McGee created a business plan that would allow him to make beer in his garage, he brought it to work and showed it to Jackson, “almost as a joke,” he says now. But the wine magnate took the plan seriously. “We spent the better part of the day talking about the beer business and going through the model that I put together. At the end of the day, I said, ‘I think I can do this.’ And he said, ‘I think you should do this.’ And so that’s how the beer business started.”

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Hess Brewing in San Diego lists over 60 licensed and operating nanobreweries in the country, with nearly 50 more in the planning stages. Northern California has its share of tiny brew operations. Last February, Social Kitchen in San Francisco hosted the city’s first-ever Nanobrewery Festival. Loftily titled “Breweries of Tomorrow,” the event featured the beers of nine Bay Area homebrewing operations—a list that included Van Houten, Beltane and Petaluma Hills— with an entrepreneurial drive. Brian Stechschulte, editor of BayAreaCraftBeer.com, called the unique shindig an “opportunity for beer lovers to sample the work created the Bay Area’s next generation of professional craft brewers.” “To me, a nanobrewery is any kind of production system that is under seven or ten barrels, because you’re not going to make a huge profit on it. Your profit margin is very small, if at all,” says Alan Atha, a 61-year-old personal trainer from Novato and the brewer behind nano-in-planning Beltane Brewing. “But nano also means, in a cultural context, locavore,” he adds. Atha says he’s choosing small out of necessity, though he says that if he had the “big bucks” behind him, he would buy a 10barrel system without hesitation. Right now, he’s focusing energy on securing a lease for a beer cafe in Novato; after that, he’ll apply for a permit from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), and taxes will kick in once the beer goes up for sale at a handful of selected beer pubs and restaurants. “We’ll still in the process of our legality paperwork,” Atha says. “We’re not official, but we’re working toward it.” For now, Atha brews with the energy of a whirling dervish, pouring his hopped-up tripels and IPAs at festivals and contests. He recently competed in the Great American Beer Festival with a beer chosen for competition by Iron Springs Pub & Brewery. It’s all part of the

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he’s appeared at a “Meet the Brewer” event in Oakland, and his kegs sometimes make it down to San Francisco and the Peninsula, mostly the brews stay in the Sonoma County radius. The only festival he pours at is Healdsburg’s Beer on the Plaza. Naturally, any limited supply can reach fetish-like levels for beer fans. “The holy grail of wine tourism in Italy is to find the crazy, eccentric wine maker, whose wine is so good that nobody in the village lets it get out of the village, they drink it all themselves,” says McGree, smiling. “So the idea, is I could be the crazy, eccentric brewer in Healdsburg.” Indeed, finding McGee’s beer is akin to a treasure hunt, since potential licensing snafus prevent the Bohemian from revealing where one can purchase his brews. (Suffice it to say, Healdsburg Brewing Company’s U.S. Open Beer Championship award-winning Golden Ales, Robust Porters and English-Style IPAs are available seasonally in fine drinking establishments around Healdsburg.) McGee doesn’t play down the dedication it takes to move from homebrewing into small-scale craft beer brewing. He plans on scaling up into a production microbrewery in the future, but at the present, he owns a very homegrown operation, one in which he brews beer on nights and weekends while maintaining a full-time job. His wife Katee does all the graphic design, and their four-year-old daughter watches over the beer-brewing process with the avid interest of a future beermaker. “Its tough to do as a full-time job.” McGee says. “You have to be sort of a maniacal beer enthusiast to really want to take it this seriously. It was a vehicle for me to learn a business, start a business, do something entrepreneurial, while still doing something at a level that wasn’t fatal if it didn’t work.” Really, it’s the size and scale of the enterprise that should be

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a nanobrewer is often filled with beer.

taken into consideration, and not the “nanobrewery” label itself, say the Van Houtens. Just look at JJ Jay of Petaluma Hills Brewing Company, who calls his nanoin-planning a “Pico House Beer Craft”—because, he says, he just likes how it sounds. But while a scramble might be on to find words to distinguish the small operations from bigger craft brewers like Sierra Nevada and Anchor Steam, some say in the end what’s important is to acknowledge and recognize the place that small-scale breweries have in the beer world without necessarily labeling them. “We have to find some kind of word to define it, but we don’t care what that word is really,” Creek Van Houten says. Johnny adds that a distinction should be made between an operation that makes 1,000 gallons or beer a year and one that makes 20,000, if only for tax and legality reasons. “If you’re brewing on a 70-barrel system, it’s going to be different than a sevenbarrel,” he says, pointing out that Samuel Adams is still considered a “craft brewer” after a recent change in volume definitions. But nano, pico, small? In the end does it really matter? “Just call it, ‘Home Brewers Getting Paid,’” Johnny says with a grin.

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Viking Vomit For one night, one lucky lady is transformed into a star. Lance Ozanix, frontman of local thrash-metal institution Skitzo, rounds out each performance by projectile vomiting on one female fan. (Like we said: lucky, right?) This little party trick replayed at each performance is possibly one of the strangest PR schemes concocted in the last three decades; if you’re looking to be the next average Jane-turned-local star, celebrate Skitzo’s 30-year reunion show on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Phoenix Theater. 201 Washington St., Petaluma. 7pm. $10. 707.762.3565.

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Buffy the Discrimination Killer Before the White House released a letter during Lyndon Johnson’s presidency stating Buffy Sainte-Marie’s music “deserved to be suppressed,” this civil rights activist for the indigenous people of the Americas had no shortage of airplay. Once voted Billboard’s Best New Artist in the ’60s, Sainte-Marie later went into hiding, hardly to be heard from again. Now, almost 50 years after her illustrious career began, she’s ready to take back the spotlight. See her on Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., Napa. 8pm. $35–$40. 707.226.7372.

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Tipsy for Charity Napa Valley and alcohol fit together better than Fred Astaire and tap shoes, but rarely does beer take the spotlight in this vino-flavored town. Behold, a tradition is born at the first Napa

Homebrewers’ Classic. Homemade beer and live music steal the stage during this daylong festival that stands to benefit local emergency women’s services and youth scholarships. Get a little tipsy for charity on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Napa Valley Expo. 575 Third St., Napa. 11am–5pm. $25. 707.253.2008.

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Family Affair Young love is impossible to dictate. ‘Happy Family,’ the second movie in the Marin Italian Film Festival series, is a meta-rich film bringing a scriptwriter, Ezio, into the depths of his own story when two brazenly different families are reluctantly brought together through the stubborn love of two 16-year-olds. As the script carries on through its production stages, the members of each family bug Ezio to write them in for a bigger part. This family affair screens Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Marin Civic Center. 10 Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 5:30pm and 7:45pm. $14. 415.499.6400.

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Endless Boogie Dancing for seven hours straight seems more like an event for strong-bodied Olympic hopefuls than for locals at a charity event. But when ’60s and ’70s funk 45s are added into the mix, the Funk Marathon suddenly seems less like a chore and more like rare opportunity to break out the platform shoes and bring back some undeniably embarrassing dance moves. This pledge-based dance marathon supporting the Ceres Community Project gets fresh on Sunday, Oct. 9, at Aubergine. 755 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 3pm-10pm. 707.861.0406.

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QUACK QUACK! Gilbert Gottfried makes a hilarious mess of everything Oct. 8 at the Lincoln Theater. See Comedy, p37.

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WIFING IT WEALTHILY â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Big Loveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is based on one of the oldest plays in existence.

Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Get Physical â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Big Loveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; a ďŹ&#x201A;ying, dancing, smashing throw-down at the SRJC BY DAVID TEMPLETON

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t Santa Rosa Junior College, phrases like â&#x20AC;&#x153;climbing the wallsâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;dangling from the precipiceâ&#x20AC;? are typically employed in describing the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s precarious funding situation. Indeed, with classes cut and fees raised, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s somewhat miraculous that the collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s acclaimed theater arts program is

mounting a full season of plays this year. As it turns out, â&#x20AC;&#x153;miraculousâ&#x20AC;? is the perfect word to describe the death-defying new show that kicks off this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theater seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Charles Meeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Big Love, a comedy-drama in which the actors literally climb walls and literally dangle from precipices. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Love,â&#x20AC;? says director Leslie McCauley, â&#x20AC;&#x153;is deďŹ nitely not like

any show weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever done here before. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be using the entire theater space, from bottom to top. Actors will dangle above the audienceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heads, and rappel down all around them. The dancing will be like nothing weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done, too. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very intense, lots of throwing themselves to the ďŹ&#x201A;oor and leaping back up. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very exciting to watch. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to pretty amazing!â&#x20AC;? Pretty amazing. That nicely describes the work of American playwright Charles

Mee, who writes scripts the way some people cut pictures out of magazines, glue them to cardboard boxes, ďŹ ll those boxes with old love letters and balloon animals, then ďŹ&#x201A;oat the box out to sea with a note saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Use this stuff anyway you like.â&#x20AC;? His work of the last few decades is best characterized as â&#x20AC;&#x153;theatrical collage,â&#x20AC;? or, as Meeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wikipedia entry puts it, â&#x20AC;&#x153;radical reconstructions of found texts.â&#x20AC;? He sets few limits on what additional material might be suitable to incorporate into his plays, borrowing everything from poetry, songs and newspaper columns to speeches, scriptures, recipes, self-help manuals and his own lyrical borderless musings. Big Love (not to be confused with the HBO series about a polygamist businessman) is largely based on the 2,500-yearold play The Suppliant Women, by the Greek poet Aeschylus. Sometimes called The Suppliants or The Danaids, the work is thought to be among the earliest surviving plays in history. The story follows 50 Greek sisters whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve escaped a mass wedding to their 50 male ďŹ rst cousins, to whom theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been promised in marriage since before their birth. Not desiring marriage (at least, not to these particular men), the women escape to a villa in Italy, where the jilted ďŹ ancĂŠs soon ďŹ nd them, waging a battle of the sexes that calls into question much of how humans understand maleness and femaleness. True to form, Mee uses Aeschylusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; translated text as little more than a basic canvas, onto which he has grafted snippets of writing by others, sampling German sociologist Klaus Theweleitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seminal study Male Fantasies, new age philosopherpoet Gerald Jampolskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s touchyfeely Love is Letting Go of Fear, a

his performance group here and there over the last several weeks of rehearsal at the SRJC. “I worked throughout the summer to prepare my ideas,” he says, “and when rehearsals started, I had to work fast to get everyone familiar with the moves.” Then it was back on the road, with only one tune-up in the interim. “Now I’m back,” he says, “and I will be with the performers for the last week of the rehearsal process.”

‘A lot of this isn’t what you’d normally think of as dance.’ Asked what the trickiest pieces of choreography have been (Spinning in the air? Rappelling from on high?), Estrella goes back to that throwing-yourself-to-theground thing. “We had to do a lot of training on how to fall safely,” he allows. Perhaps the hardest part for the actors is to do all of that physically demanding movement while also, you know, acting. “The movements all come from the text,” Estrella says. “That’s the way Charles Mee writes. I hope the JC does more shows like this. It would be great for audiences around Sonoma County to see more contemporary theater. And Big Love is just so refreshing and engaging and . . .” He stops, searching for one more way to describe what appears to be a virtually indescribable theatrical event. “All I can say about Big Love, really,” he laughs, “is that it’s a delightfully unusual play. I hope audiences love it as much as I do.” ‘Big Love’ runs October 7-16 at SRJC’s Burbank Auditorium, 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 8pm performances on Oct. 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15; 2pm matinees on Oct. 8, 9, 15 and 16. $10-$15. 707.527.4343.

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lecture on evolution by UC Davis professor Maureen Stanton and a whole lot more. The script calls for music by an equally nonhomogenized mix of composers including Mozart, Mark-Antoine Charpentier, Lesley Gore (“You Don’t Own Me”), J.S. Bach (“Sleepers Awake”) and Rodgers and Hart (“Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered”). His stage directions are filled with odd choreographic actions, the text underscored by actors smashing themselves against the ground for emphasis, throwing dishes (and tomatoes), hurling each other into wedding cakes (head first), and at one point, actually dancing together in the air. “There’s choreography, but this isn’t actually a musical, though people do sing,” laughs McCauley. “It requires an approach to physical movement that I knew called for a very special choreographer.” McCauley eventually contacted Melecio Estrella, a former student who dances with the innovative Joe Goode Performance Group, based in San Francisco. “Melecio immediately understood what this play required, and he’s been doing some amazing things with the actors—many of whom don’t have a lot of dance experience.” Laughing again, she adds, “Though a lot of this isn’t what you’d normally think of as dance.” To say the least. “In the modern dance world, it’s hard to say that there is a normal choreography process,” says Estrella. “But choreographing a play—this isn’t technically a musical—that is definitely not the usual type of project a choreographer works on.” A competitive gymnast most of his life, Estrella—a native San Franciscan—discovered dance and theatrical “contact improvisation” in his teens. With the adventurous Project Bandaloop (made famous through the many online videos capturing their dances on the sides of buildings) Estrella has performed with a number of experimental dance troupes in the Bay Area and beyond. Working on Big Love, he enthusiastically admits, has been a satisfying challenge, made tougher by having to go on the road with

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Oct. 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 at 8 PM Oct. 8, 9, 15, 16 at 2 PM Burbank Auditorium, 1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA Box Office: 707.527.4343 Buy Tickets Online: www.santarosa.edu/theatrearts Presented by special arrangement with International Creative Management, Inc.

and puppets might seem an unlikely subject for the feelgood documentary of the season, but as evidenced by Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey, it’s clear that all hand puppets are not created equal—and neither are their puppeteers. Screening at this year’s Mill Valley Film Festival (Oct. 6-16), Elmo stands out amidst an already strong slate of films. Surprisingly moving, Elmo traces the rise of that impossibly cute, red, fuzzy monster muppet from Sesame Street, side by side with the story of Kevin Clash, the driven young puppeteer who helped make Elmo one of the most recognizable icons on the planet. Directed by filmmaker Constance Marks, the film opens with

Clash’s challenging childhood in Baltimore, Maryland, raised by parents with little money but plenty of faith in their odd, shy and oft-bullied kid, who played with puppets and dreamed of someday meeting Jim Henson. Tightly constructed by Marks, the documentary skips back and forth in time, intercutting focused interviews (ranging from Clash’s family members to such puppetry superstars as Frank Oz, Kermit Love and Caroll Spinney) with plenty of crisp archival footage of Clash’s climb from neighborhood entertainer, his big break on Captain Kangaroo and finally into the magical muppety realm of his childhood hero. Especially dazzling is the behind-the-scenes material, which pulls back the curtain on the Henson universe and shows how Sesame Street characters are (often accidentally) brought to life. There’s something oddly thrilling about the sight of a cabinet filled with eyes, noses, mouths and ears, each waiting to become part of some muppet’s brand new face. In many ways, the heart of the film lies in the mentorship between Clash and muppet-master Kermit Love, who recognized a young man’s talent and was the first to encourage him to take his dreams seriously. It’s an act of kindness Clash carries on himself—when Clash welcomes a young would-be puppeteer to the Muppets Studios, it’s one of the film’s most moving moments. Regardless of what one might think of Elmo himself—and there are those who believe the little guy ruined Sesame Street—this is a moving story of a talented artist who made his dreams come true through hard work, natural talent and a genuine goodness of heart. Though marred slightly by some overly precious narration from Whoopi Goldberg, Being Elmo is a simple, lovingly crafted gem. The Mill Valley Film Festival runs October 6–16. ‘Being Elmo’ plays Saturday, Oct. 8 at 11:30am and Saturday, Oct. 15 at noon at the Sequoia Theatre. 25 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. $10. For full schedule, see www.mvff.com.

NEW MOVIES Restless (PG-13; 91 min.) A girl with terminal brain cancer (Mia Wasikowska) falls in love with a boy (Henry Hopper) who spends his weekends crashing funerals. He also finds solace in the company of a the ghost of a Japanese kamikaze pilot named Hiroshi (Ryo Kase). Gus Van Sant directs this gloomy and quirky tale of doomed love. (LC) Real Steel (PG-13: 127 min.) Hugh Jackman plays a struggling ex-boxer in this action-drama set in a future where robot boxing has become a popular sport. His discovery of a discarded robot with champion potential offers a second chance at success. A renewed relationship with the young son he never knew he had inspires a reinvigorated sense of courage. Co-stars Evangeline Lilly (Lost) and Dakota Goyo. (LC)

The Ides of March (R; 101 min.) Ryan Gosling continues his rise to ultimate moviestar status in this drama about an idealistic young campaign consultant who discovers that all is not what it seems on the campaign trail. George Clooney plays the presidential candidate at the center of a struggle for power. The power-house cast includes Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, Jeffrey Wright and Philip Seymour Hoffman. (LC)

ALSO PLAYING 50/50 (R; 99 min.) Kyle (Seth Rogen) uses any and every means necessary—sex, drugs and profanity—in this heavy-hearted comedy to help his best friend Adam (Joseph GordonLevitt) cope with a recent cancer diagnosis. (LS) Abduction (PG-13; 106 min.) Taylor Lautner 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)

Contagion (R; 105 min.) Acclaimed director

who creates a prosthetic tail for the creature. Based on a true story, the film also stars Harry Connick Jr. and Ashley Judd. (LC)

Dream House (PG-13; 92 min.) Yet another haunted house film that aims to scare the viewer into questioning what’s really hiding underneath the bed. Daniel Craig proves yet again that he’s the alpha male in this suspensethriller that places an unknowing family in to a house with a murderous past. (LS) 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 Help (PG-13; 137 min.) Drama about African American maids in the South at the dawn of the Civil Rights movement is based on Kathryn Stockett’s bestselling debut novel. (NB)

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)

Margaret (R; 149 min.) 17-year-old Lisa Cohen (Anna Paquin), who believes she has inadvertently played a role in a traffic accident that left a woman dead, realizes the world of youthful ideals in which she was raised is in stark opposition to the realities and complexities of the real world. (LS)

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)

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)

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)

Shark Night (R; 91 min.) Late-summer

The Debt (R; 114 min.) English remake of

remake of Sam Peckinpah’s controversial 1972 classic stars James Marsden (X-Men) and Kate Bosworth (21, Superman Returns). (NB)

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)

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

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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)

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Straw Dogs (R; 109 min.) Unnecessary

What’s Your Number? (R; 106 min.) With a face that begs the question “Where have I seen this girl before?,” Anna Faris stars as a hopelessly single woman who believes one of her many ex-boyfriends may have been “the one” that got away. (NB)

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Concerts SONOMA COUNTY American Philharmonic “Dark Shadows of Twilight,” works by Mussorgsky, Gounod, Ravel and Berlioz and featuring violinist Kenneth Renshaw. Oct 9 at 3:30. $5-$30. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa, 707.546.3600.

Banda El Recodo Mexican dance and music fest with live favorites. Banda Los Recoditos and Los Amos de Nuevo Leon open. Oct 7 at 8. 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa, 707.284.3069.

Lee Rocker Stray Cat struts his stuff on the upright bass. Oct 8 at 8. $25. Hopmonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol, 707.829.7300.

Pat Travers Band Snort whiskey and drink cocaine with blues-based hard rock veteran. LoNero, Darkside Shine and Johnny Tsunami open. Oct 8 at 8. $20-$25. Last Day Saloon, 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa, 707.545.2343.

Rebirth Brass Band

Guitarist performs with fiddle player Peter Ostroushko. Oct 7 at 8. $22-$25. First Church of Christ, 522 B St, Petaluma, 707.542.8995.

New Orleans heavy-funk eight-piece brings a highenergy show and does what they wanna. Sister Sparrow and Dirty Birds open. Oct 5 at 8. $25. Hopmonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol, 707.829.7300.

ChipFest

Skitzo

Beppe Gambetta

Acoustic festival honoring Chip Dunbar, featuring Mighty Chiplings, Sara Winge, Farallons, Larry Carlin & Claudia Hampe, Solid Air and Under the Radar. Oct 8. $10$15. Sebastopol Community Center Annex, 350 Morris St, Sebastopol, 707.824.1858.

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series, Sat at 4. Oct 8, Mad and Eddie Duran Trio. Seasons of the Vineyard, 113 Plaza St, Healdsburg, 707.431.2222.

Dawes and Blitzen Trapper Cut loose with two bands who know their classic-rock songbooks. Smoke Fairies opens. Oct 7 at 9. $19-$23. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, 707.765.2121.

Thirty years of metal and puking with Santa Rosa legends and Seeds of Hate, Thought Vomit, Heller and Road Crew. Oct 8 at 8. Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St, Petaluma, 707.762.3565.

MARIN COUNTY English Beat Second wave ska maestros with classic catalog. Oct 8 at 10. $20-$25. 19 Broadway Club, 19 Broadway, Fairfax, 415.459.1091.

Friday Night Music

Los Californios: Early California Music

Live music weekly, Fri at 5. Oct 7, Full Steam. Oct 14, Carlos Herrera. $5. MichelSchlumberger Winery, 4155 Wine Creek Rd, Healdsburg, 800.447.3060.

Alta California Orchestra performs nineteenth-century music and dance. Oct 9 at 2. Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Rd, Bolinas, 415.868.0330.

Guerneville Music on the Plaza Live music series. Oct 6, Dream Farmers. Downtown Guerneville Plaza, 16201 First Street, Guerneville.

Jazz in the Lobby Every Fri-Sat. Oct 7, John Simon and Cliff Hugo. Oct 8, David Udolf Trio. Free. Hotel Healdsburg, 25 Matheson St, Healdsburg, 707.431.2800.

Jazz It Up Summer wine and jazz concert

NAPA COUNTY Benise As if Spanish guitar wasn’t already theatrical enough, Benise kicks out flamenco jams with a huge dose of Cirque-style sizzle. Oct 5 at 8. $40-$50. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa, 707.226.7372.

Buffy Sainte-Marie Canadian Cree songwriter with catalog of hits including

“Universal Soldier” and “Up Where We Belong.” Oct 6 at 8. $35-$40. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa, 707.226.7372.

Free Concert Series American Canyon’s own jazz, rock and blues concert series. Oct 9, Voltones. Ongoing. Free. Main Street Park, Napa Junction retail center, Highway 29, American Canyon.

Te Vaka Polynesian multidisciplinary stage show featuring traditional music and dance. Oct 6 at 8. $35-$55. Lincoln Theater, 100 California Dr, Yountville, 707.226.8742.

Clubs & Venues SONOMA COUNTY A’Roma Roasters Oct 8, EZ Kewl. 95 Fifth St, Santa Rosa, 707.576.7765.

Aubergine Oct 6, Underscore Orchestra. Oct 7, Quick & Easy Boys. Oct 8, Pepperland. Oct 9, Funk Marathon. Tues at 7, ladies’ limelight open mic. 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol, 707.829.2722.

Centre du Vin Oct 8, Jess Petty. 480 First St East, Sonoma.

Chrome Lotus Oct 6, DJ Element. Oct 7, DJ Sykwitit and Enfo. Oct 8, Burn Halo, Yeibichai (metal). 501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, www.chromelotussr.com.

Coffee Catz Sat at 2, bluegrass jam. Mon at 6, open mic. 6761 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol, 707.829.6600.

Flamingo Lounge Oct 7, JNeen. Oct 8, Power House. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa, 707.545.8530.

French Garden Restaurant Oct 7, Marie-Louise & Jazz Habit. 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol, 707.824.2030.

Gaia’s Garden Oct 5, Shade. Oct 6, Hand Me Down. Every Tues, Jim Adams (jazz guitar). 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, 707.544.2491.

Glaser Center Oct 8, Roy Zimmerman. 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, 707.568.5381.

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CRITIC’S CHOICE

Hopmonk Tavern Oct 5, Rebirth Brass Band (see Concerts). Oct 6, Pimps of Joytime. Oct 7, Dirty Diamonds. Oct 8, Lee Rocker (see Concerts). Mon, Monday Night Edutainment. Tues, open mic. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol, 707.829.7300.

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

Jasper O’Farrell’s

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

Sep 21, Brainstorm with Bleep Bloop. Sun, Open Mic. 6957 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol, 707.829.2062.

DAWES/ BLITZEN TRAPPER

Lagunitas Tap Room

PLUS SMOKE FAIRIES

Oct 5, Elliot Randall. Oct 6, Michael Bloch. Oct 7, Royal Deuces. Oct 8, Whisky Pills Fiasco. Oct 9, WTJ. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma, 707.778.8776.

FRI 10/14 • 8:00PM DOORS • $21 • 21+ NEIL DIAMOND TRIBUTE BAND

SUPER DIAMOND PLUS THE CHEESEBALLS

Last Day Saloon Every Wed at 7, North Bay Hootenanny’s Pick-Me-Up Revue. Oct 8, Pat Travers (see Concerts). 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa, 707.545.2343.

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

DAVE ALVIN AND THE GUILTY ONES

Little Switzerland

PLUS JEFFREY HALFORD

Oct 8 at 2, San Francisco Startlight Orchestra; at 8, Bluebox Bayou. 19080 Riverside Dr, Sonoma, 707.938.9910.

FRI 10/21 • 7:30PM DOORS • $16 ADV/$21 DOS • 21+ TOM PETTY TRIBUTE

PETTY THEFT

PLUS ZOO STATION U2 TRIBUTE SAT 10/22 • 8:45PM DOORS • $18 • 21+ DANCE/PARTY HITS

WONDERBREAD 5 FRI 10/28 • 7:00PM DOORS • $21 • 21+ AMERICAN BLUEGRASS

STEEP CANYON RANGERS PLUS ELEPHANT REVIVAL SAT 10/29 • 8:00PM DOORS • $25 • 21+ ROCK

DIN N E R & A SHOW

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Oct 14 Sun

Oct 16

HALLOWEEN BASH

WITH THE MOTHER HIPS

NICK BLUHM AND THE GRAMBLERS SUN 10/30 • 7:00PM DOORS • $26 ADV/$28 DOS • 21+ JAM BAND/POP/ROCK

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Lunch & Dinner Sat & Sun Brunch

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International Guitar Hero in a Fundraising Event 7:30pm DAN H ICKS & BAYSIDE JAZZ Dance to Dan’s Favorite Standards 8:30pm

JOE NEW

Original Americana 4:00pm / No Cover

77 EL DEORA

Alternative Country 7:00pm / No Cover

Fri

Oct 21 Sat

Oct 22 Fri

Oct 28

STAGGERWING

Americana/Folk Rock 8:00pm / No Cover

LE JAZZ HOT

The Quartet of The Hot Club of San Francisco 8:30pm

THE RANCHO ALLSTARS

Featuring Mike Duke 8:30pm

JOHNNY VEGAS Oct 29 AND THE HIGH ROLLERS Sat

Rockin’ Halloween Costume Ball 8:30pm

SAVE THE DATE! Nov 17 ANNIVERSARY SHOW Thur

Celebrating 70 Years of Rancho

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On the Town Square, Nicasio www.ranchonicasio.com

Main Street Station Oct 5, Gwen ‘Sugar Mama’ Avery. Oct 6, Susan Sutton. Oct 7, Bruce Halbohn and Blue Jazz Trio. Oct 8, Frankye Kelly. Oct 9, Gwen ‘Sugar Mama’ Avery. Oct 10, Willie Perez. Oct 11, Greg Hester. 16280 Main St, Guerneville, 707.869.0501.

Monroe Dance Hall Thurs and Sun, Circles ‘n Squares Dance Club. 1400 W College Ave, Santa Rosa, 707.529.5450.

Murphy’s Irish Pub Wed at 7:30, trivia night. Oct 6, Jesse Brewster. Oct 7, Loose Shoes. Oct 9, Sean Carscadden. Every second Tues, open mic. 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.

Mystic Theatre Oct 7, Dawes, Blitzen Trapper (see Concerts). 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, 707.765.2121.

NorBay Awards Winners revealed! “John Courage! John? Are you here, John?” As guest presenter Steve Jaxon from KSRO’s ‘The Drive’ wondered where the winner for best Country/Americana artist in the seventh annual NorBay Awards could possibly be, certain in-the-know friends started announcing that John Courage was, in fact, on tour. Certain others started wondering if anyone had his cell phone number. Within a matter of seconds, someone’s phone was held close to the stage microphone as Courage, somewhere off I-10, gave a speech to the cheering crowd. “I’m out here in Lafayette, Louisiana, in a hotel room,” he said, “and this is a real honor and a surprise. Thanks for voting for me.” Okay, so it wasn’t a live satellite broadcast, but that’s what makes the North Bay Music Awards special—not to mention live sets by The Easy Leaves and Crazy Famous (above), and acceptance speeches by nearly all of this year’s winners. Over 2,000 fans participated in the voting this year, and ushered in another slate of honorees who went home proudly clinging gold record awards. Thanks to the Hopmonk Tavern for hosting, and thanks to all the nominees for making this area a goldmine for good music. On to the winners! Blues/R&B–The SoulShine Blues Band; Country/Americana–John Courage; Dance/ DJ–DJ Malarkey; Folk/Acoustic–The Easy Leaves; Hip-Hop–The 808 Band; Jazz–Plectrum Duo; Indie/Punk–The Velvet Teen; Rock–Crazy Famous; World/Reggae– Midnight Sun.—Gabe Meline

Northwood Restaurant

Olde Sonoma Public House

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

Oct 6, Tudo Bern. 18615 Sonoma Hwy, Ste 110, Sonoma, 707.938.7587.

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

show. 5688 Lakeville Hwy, Petaluma, 707.769.8545.

Phoenix Theater

Rio Nido Roadhouse Oct 8, Symptomatics. 14540 Canyon 2 Rd, Rio Nido, 707.869.0821.

The Rocks Fri-Sat, Top 40 DJs. Sat, Deja Vu with Geronimo (old-school beats). 146 Kentucky St, Petaluma, 707.782.0592.

Russian River Brewing Co Oct 8, Heavies. Oct 9, Old Jawbone. 725 Fourth St, Santa Rosa, 707.545.BEER.

Sebastopol Community Cultural Center Oct 7, Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill. 390 Morris St, Sebastopol, 707.823.1511.

Spancky’s Oct 7, Honey Badgers, Publiquors. Oct 8, Shotgun Harlot. 8201 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati, 707.664.0169.

Studio E

Sleeping Lady

No Name Bar

Wed, Larry’s karaoke. Sun, open mic. Mon, reggae. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas, 415.868.1311.

Fri at 9, Michael Aragon Quartet. Sun at 3, Mal Sharpe’s Dixieland. Tues at 8:30, open mic with Damir. 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito, 415.332.1392.

Old Western Saloon Oct 8, Scallywags. Main Street, Pt Reyes Station, 415.663.1661.

Peri’s Silver Dollar Oct 5, Whisky Pills Fiasco. Oct 6, Acacia. Oct 7, Slim Jenkins. Oct 8, Sage. Oct 11, Beam. 29 Broadway, Fairfax, 415.459.9910.

Rancho Nicasio Oct 7, Sage. Oct 9 at 4, Kurt Huget; at 9, Jose Neto. Town Square, Nicasio, 415.662.2219.

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

Smiley’s

Southern Pacific Smokehouse Wed, Philip Claypool and friends. Oct 6, Miracle Mule. Oct 7, Natasha James. Oct 8, Rubber Souldiers. 224 Vintage Way, Novato, 415.899.9600.

NAPA COUNTY Napa Valley Opera House Oct 8, Wesla Whitfield. Oct 9, Laurence Juber, Peppino D’Agostino, Carlos Reyes. 1030 Main St, Napa, 707.226.7372.

Silo’s

Oct 7, Laurence Juber. 106 Main St, Tiburon, 415.789.0846.

Wed at 7, jam session. Oct 7, Sean Garvey. Oct 8, Cosmos Percussion Orchestra. Oct 9, Used Blues Band. 530 Main St, Napa, 707.251.5833.

Servino Ristorante

Uva Trattoria

Schoenberg Guitars

Oct 6, Lori Carsillo. Oct 7, Blues Burners, David. Oct 8, Haight Ashbury Orchestra. Oct 10, Swing Fever. 9 Main St, Tiburon, 415.435.2676.

Oct 7, Audrey Auld. Rural Sebastopol, address with tickets, www.northbaylive.net.

Wed, Gentlemen of Jazz. Oct 5, Le Jazz Hot. Oct 6, Dan & Margarita. Oct 7, Tommy Hill & Rumba Tribe. Oct 8, Nate Lopez Trio. Sun, James and Ted. 1040 Clinton St, Napa, 707.255.6646.

Subud Hall Oct 7, Bill Staines. 234 Hutchins Ave, Sebastopol.

San Francisco’s City Guide

Tradewinds Thurs, DJ Dave. Oct 7, GDX. Oct 8, Simply Amazing. Oct 9, Tim O’Neil. Mon, Donny Maderos’ Pro Jam. 8210 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati, 707.795.7878.

MARIN COUNTY 142 Throckmorton Theatre Oct 6, Mariah Parker’s Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, 415.383.9600.

George’s Nightclub Oct 7, Pop Fiction. Oct 8, James Moseley. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael, 415.226.0262.

Iron Springs Pub & Brewery Oct 5, Kinky Buddha. 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax, 415.485.1005.

19 Broadway Club Oct 5 at 6, Buddy Owen; at 8, Lauren Shera. Oct 7, Mystic Roots. Oct 8, English Beat

Boris Japan’s loudest three-piece has released three fulllength albums this year. Oct 8 at the Regency Ballroom.

Stevie Nicks The original gold dust woman gets her witchy vibe on with new album, “In Your Dreams.” Oct 8-9 at the Fillmore.

Girls The lazy, crazy summer haze of their debut has turned to a sophomore fall. Oct 8-9 at the Great American Music Hall.

Gang Gang Dance Indie-tribal, reverb-heavy outfit with compelling new album, “Eye Contact.” Oct 11 at the Independent.

Lupe Fiasco Modest Mouse-sampling hip-hop star celebrates a whopping five years in the game. Oct 11 at the Fox Theater.

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Wed at 6, jazz jam. Oct 8, Skitzo (see Concerts). Sun at 5, rock and blues jam. Mon at 7, young people’s AA. Tues at 7, acoustic Americana jam. 201 Washington St, Petaluma, 707.762.3565.

(see Concerts). Oct 9 at 5, Natural Gas Jazz; at 9, Buddy Owen. Tues at 9, Uzilevsky Korty Duo with special guests. 19 Broadway, Fairfax, 415.459.1091.

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10/7

Love FOol 90's party band

8:30 PM | $20/25 | ROCK

10/8

Pat Travers Band

+ LoNero + Darkside Shine + Johnny Tsunami 10/14 8:30 PM | $10 | CLASSIC ROCK

Metal Shop + AZ/DZ (tribute to AC/DC) 8:30 PM | $11 | BLUES $1 OF COVER GOES TO "NIGHT OF SWEET RELIEF" BENEFITTING ILL, DISABLED, AND ELDERLY MUSICIANS IN NEED

10/15

Daniel Castro Band 8:00 PM | $10/13 | ROCK

10/21

Royal Bliss + Star City Meltdown + Our Vinyl Vows + Midway

10/28

8:30 PM | $10/15 | ZYDECO

Lil' Brian & The Zydeco Travelers + Andre Thierry Zydeco 10/29 9:30 PM | $15 | ROCK

Adema 11/2

8:00 PM | $15/18 | BLUES

The Blues Broads

with Tracy Nelson, Annie Sampson, Dorothy Morrison, Angela Strehli, Deanna Bogart 11/7 8:30 PM | $20 | ROCK

Filter + Menew + Eightfourseven + Hillside Fire

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Elvin Bishop

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GLORY DAYS Earley’s songs are rife

with a rural yearning.

American Life Blitzen Trapper’s Eric Earley on hometown nostalgia BY LEILANI CLARK

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n America, people always leave their hometowns,” says Eric Earley, songwriter for Portland-based band Blitzen Trapper. “I did the same thing. As you get older, you start to become nostalgic about it.” Stories of drifters and lovers, ambivalence for small-town life and a deep love for ’70s classic rock like The James Gang, Foghat and Mountain all provide fuel for the songwriting and production on American Goldwing, Blitzen Trapper’s newest album. Unlike the shambling chaotic exuberance of the band’s earlier recordings, the band’s sixth full-length hones in on a taut, Black Sabbath-runthrough-a-country-saloon sound

that harkens to Earley’s wonder years in the rural outskirts of Salem, Oregon. “We were always 10 years behind everybody,” says the 34year old musician, from his home in Portland. “Any place you went, it was just like old ’70s country music and Led Zeppelin. That’s all that was going on as far as music. I remember the first time I heard the Beastie Boys, I was in L.A. and my cousins were playing it and I was like. . . what is this music? I’ve never heard anything like this!” American Goldwing is packed with big, walloping choruses; the kind of melodies that get people holding half-drunk cans of beer up for slurring, drunken sing-alongs on songs punctuated with rollicking juke-joint piano, harmonica, banjo and dirty, fuzzedout guitar solos. Like Bruce Springsteen (although Earley says he’s “not a big fan”) and Neil Young, Earley’s lyrics celebrate the vagabond and the working man; vocally, he’s fielded far more comparisons to Bob Dylan for a propensity toward nasally odes to lovely ladies and road dust, as on American Goldwing’s lilting ballad “Girl in a Coat.” “There’s sort of a blue-collar aspect to the record,” says Earley, who spent two years homeless and living on the streets of Portland when the band was just getting started. “If you grew up in a place like Salem, you work in factories or you work for the government. My father worked the same job for 35 years. There’s a part of me that wishes it was still like that.” Earley himself has settled into adulthood since those early years, recording records on “whatever I could get my hands on” in an old telegraph building. “But I feel like I have more freedom now because I understand better what I’m doing,” he explains. “Back then I was just kind of letting it all go, you know? It was like, whatever, I can drink as much as I want and be homeless and not worry about anything. Now, it’s like, what am I really trying to do here?” Blitzen Trapper plays with Dawes on Friday, Oct. 7, at the Mystic Theatre. 21 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 9pm. $19$23. 707.765.2121.

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Arts Events Galleries OPENINGS Oct 7 From 6 to 9. Wildcat, “Trick’r Tiki,” Polynesian pop and Hawaiianthemed art. 1210 First St, Napa, 707.224.3162. From 6 to 10pm. Elsewhere Gallery, oil paintings by JeanMarc Brugeilles. 1828 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax, 415.526.2855.

Oct 8 From 5 to 7pm. Gallery of Sea and Heaven, “Make Yourself at Home,” exhibit of unusual home and garden accessories. 312 South A St, Santa Rosa, 707.578.9123. From 5 to 8pm. Gallery One, “Texture with Paper,” “Glimpses of Nature” and “Heavy Mettle.” Reception, Oct 8, 5 to 8. 209 Western Ave, Petaluma, 707.778.8277. From 5 to 8. Hammerfriar Gallery, “On and On: Sequel of Memories,” installation work by Kathleen Yorba. 132 Mill St, Ste 101, Healdsburg, 707.473.9600.

Oct 9 From 1 to 6. RiskPress Gallery, “Resilience,” work by Jann Aanestad. 7345 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol, 707.486.7580. From 3 to 6pm. Graton Gallery, “ARTrails Preview Show,” works by local artists. 9048 Graton Rd, Graton, 707.829.8912. From 4 to 7pm. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, Marge Rector retrospective. 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo, 415.488.8888.

SONOMA COUNTY Art Honors Life Through Oct, “Funeria’s Fifth Biennial International Ashes to Art Exhibition,” a collection of 100 funerary vessels by various artists. 2860 Bowen St #1, Graton, 707.829.1966.

Arts Guild of Sonoma Through Oct 24, various works by members of the Guild. WedThurs and Sun-Mon, 11 to 5; Fri-Sat, 11 to 8. 140 E Napa St, Sonoma, 707.996.3115.

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

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

Charles M Schulz Museum Oct 5 to Jan 29, 2012, “The Flipside of Schulz’s Art: More Than Peanuts,” original drawings by Charles Schulz. Through Dec 11, “Pop’d from the Panel,” parallel worlds of fine art and commercial art. Through Nov 28, “The Games Children Play.” $5-$8. Mon-Fri, noon to 5; Sat-Sun, 10 to 5. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, 707.579.4452.

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 Oct 8-Dec 31, “Make Yourself at Home,” exhibit of unusual home and garden accessories. Reception, Oct 8, 5 to 7. Wed-Sat, noon to 5 and by appointment. 312 South A St, Santa Rosa, 707.578.9123.

Gallery One Through Nov 7, “Texture with Paper,” “Glimpses of Nature” and “Heavy Mettle.” Reception,

Oct 8, 5 to 8. 209 Western Ave, Petaluma, 707.778.8277.

Graton Gallery Through Oct 23, “ARTrails Preview Show,” works by local artists. Reception, Oct 9, 3 to 6. Tues-Sun, 10:30 to 6. 9048 Graton Rd, Graton, 707.829.8912.

Hammerfriar Gallery Ending Oct 8, works by Penny Michel and Mike Tinney. Oct 8-Nov 30, “On and On: Sequel of Memories,” installation work by Kathleen Yorba. Reception, Oct 8, 5 to 8. Tues-Fri, 10 to 6. Sat, 10 to 5. 132 Mill St, Ste 101, Healdsburg, 707.473.9600.

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

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

Petaluma Arts Center Through Nov 6, “Bridges of Light / Puentes de Luz,” visual art and altars for the Dia de los Muertos celebration. 230 Lakeville St at East Washington, Petaluma, 707.762.5600.

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.

Quicksilver Mine Company Through Nov 13, “Signs,” recent oil paintings by Cecilia Armenta Hallinan. ThursMon, 11 to 6. 6671 Front St, Forestville, 707.887.0799.

RiskPress Gallery Through Oct 27, “Resilience,” work by Jann Aanestad; also, assemblage art by Libby Martin. Reception, Oct 9, 1 to 6. Wed-Sun, 1 to 6. 7345 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol, 707.486.7580.

‘VOYAGE ON A FLYING CARD’ Work by Jean-Marc Brugeilles opens at Elsewhere Gallery in Fairfax Oct. 7. See Openings, adjacent. Riverfront Art Gallery

University 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.

Through Oct 16, “The Future is Now,” works by new Bay Area MFA graduates Shenny Cruces, Katie Dorame, Kathleen Eastwood, Noah Krell, Chris Morring, Mitsu Okubo, Chelsea Pegram, Manuel Fernando Rios, Amber Stucke, David Gregory Wallace and Bing Zhang. TuesFri, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, noon-4. Tues-Fri, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, noon to 4. Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, 707.664.2295.

Rohnert Park Community Center Through Nov 18, fine arts by local artists of the Santa Rosa Art Guild. Mon-Thurs, 8 to 9; Fri, 8 to 5. 5401 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park, 707.584.7357.

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.

Sonoma County Museum Through Feb 5, “Customized: The Art and History of the Bicycle,” with bicycle innovations, art bikes, regional history and more. Through Nov 4, Day of the Dead altars. 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.

MARIN COUNTY 142 Throckmorton Theatre Through Nov, “Reflections in Yesterday,” paintings by Anne Herrero. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, 415.383.9600.

Donna Seager Gallery Through Oct 15, “Full Circle,” 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.

Elsewhere Gallery Oct 7-Nov 2, oil paintings by Jean-Marc Brugeilles. Reception, Oct 7. 6 to 10. Daily, 11 to 6. 1828 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax, 415.526.2855.

Gallery Route One Through Oct 30, mixed media by Geraldine LiaBraaten, Debra Stuckgold and Eric Engstrom. Wed-Mon, 11 to 5.

11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station, 415.663.1347.

Marin Arts Council Gallery Through Nov 12, “Asia Observed,” works addressing the cultural complexity of Asia. 906 Fourth St, San Rafael.

Marin MOCA Through Nov 1, “Legends of the Bay Area: Manuel Neri,” mixedmedia drawings and sculpture. Wed-Sun, 11 to 4, Novato Arts Center, Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Dr, Novato, 415.506.0137.

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts Through Oct 27, “What’s the Big Idea,” juried group show. Tues-Sat, 10 to 2; also by appointment. 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, 415.388.4331.

San Geronimo Valley Community Center Through Oct 30, Marge Rector retrospective. Reception, Oct 9, 4 to 7. 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo, 415.488.8888.

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

Calistoga Art Center PaintOut! Artists’ Gala, pleinair works by participating artists. Oct 9, noon to 4. 1336 Lincoln Ave, 2nd Floor, Calistoga, 707.942.2278.

Reception, Oct 7, 6 to 9. 1210 First St, Napa, 707.224.3162.

Ongoing, contemporary modern painting of 20th and 21st centuries. Sun-Mon and Wed-Thurs, 10 to 5:30; Fri-Sat, 10 to 7:30. 1235 Main St, St Helena, 707.963.0272.

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Di Rosa Through Oct 15, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Artivore Antics,â&#x20AC;? preview works from Auction X. Tours available Sat at 10, 11 and noon (reservation required) and Tues-Fri at 10, 11, 12 and 1 (reservation recommended). Gallery hours: Wed-Fri, 9:30 to 3. Sat, by appointment only. 5200 Carneros Hwy, Napa, 707.226.5991.

Gordon Gallery Ongoing, original landscape paintings and limited-edition prints by Steven Gordon. Wed-Sun, 10:30 to 5:30. 6484 Washington St, Yountville, 707.944.0823.

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

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

Napa Valley Museum Through Oct 30, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Discrepancy: Living Between War & Peace,â&#x20AC;? works from various artists addressing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Wed-Mon, 10 to 5. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville, 707.944.0500.

Robert Mondavi Winery Through Nov 9, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Water and Wood: Paintings and Sculptures Inspired by Nature,â&#x20AC;? paintings and sculpture by Carine Mascarelli and Crystal Lockwood. Daily, 10 to 5. 7801 St Helena Hwy, Oakville, 707.968.2203.

St Supery Winery Through Nov 6, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Contemporary Still Life Paintings,â&#x20AC;? works by Michael Beck and Michael Tompkins. 8440 St Helena Hwy, Rutherford, 707.963.4507.

Wildcat Clothing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;r Tiki,â&#x20AC;? Polynesian pop and Hawaiian-themed art by Joe Leonard, Cat Pettus, Kelly Doren, Donovan Kinyon, Kyle Martin and Ray Lawrason.

Festa Italiana

Holy City Zoo Improv Workshop

Lip Sync Championships

Every Mon at 7, weekly comedy improv workshop. $15. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, 415.383.9600.

Jazz hands! Sparkle motion! Prize money donated to the winnersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; nonprofit organization. Championship performance, Oct 8. Free. Raven Theater, 115 North St, Healdsburg, 707.433.3145.

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.

Gilbert Gottfried The voice behind Iago and the Belly Button Elf tells dirty jokes in his trademark squawk. Oct 8 at 8. $35-$55. Lincoln Theater, 100 California Dr, Yountville, 707.226.8742.

NVOH Comedy Series Ongoing standup series. Oct 11, Joe Klocek, Brendan Lynch. $18. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa, 707.226.7372.

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater European-style clowns, juggling, balancing and critters doing tricks. Oct 10 at 7. $15-$23. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa, 707.226.7372.

Events Cartoonist-inResidence Second Sat monthly at 1, meet, watch and talk to professional cartoonists. Oct 8, designer Justin Hillgrove. Free. Charles M Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, 707.579.4452.

Cotati Oktoberfest Oom-pah-pah the day away with Karl Lebherz Band, polka dancing, beer, bratwurst, weiner dog races, a stein race and a tankard hold. Oct 8, noon to 6. Free-$15. La Plaza Park, Old Redwood Highway, Cotati.

Fall Harvest Festival Pick your own pumpkins, take a hay ride or enjoy acres of farmland with a Shone Grown burger in hand. Oct 8, 10 to 3. Shone Farm, 6225 Eastside Rd, Forestville.

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Honor Santa Rosaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic Italian heritage with food, music, bocce ball and a vintage car show. Oct 9, 11 to 6. $6-$10. Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good Eatsâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iron Chef Americaâ&#x20AC;? commentator discusses his latest book over food, wine and coffee. Oct 11 at 6:30. $140. Left Bank Restaurant, 507 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur.

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Food & Drink

Wed, Oct 5 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

Fifth Street Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market on the Square

Thur, Oct 6 8:45â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9:45am Jazzercise 5:45â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6:45pm Jazzercise

Every Thurs, 4 to 6:30. Ramekins Culinary School, 50 W Spain St, Sonoma, 707.933.0450.

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French Garden Farm Market Enjoy produce from restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

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.

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Margery Smith 707.544.9642

8:45â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9:45am Jazzercise DJ Steve Luther hosts WALTZAPALOOZA

Sat, Oct 8 8â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9am; 9:15â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10:15am Jazzercise 10:30amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;1:30pm Scottish Dance 7â&#x20AC;&#x201C;11pm Positive Images Dance Sun, Oct 9 8:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9:30am Jazzercise 10:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;11:30am ZUMBA GOLD WITH TONING 5â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9:30pm DJ Steve Luther Country Western Lessons & Dancing $10 Mon, Oct 10 8:45â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9:45am; 5:45â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6:45pm Jazzercise 7â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10pm Scottish Country Dancing Tues, Oct 11 8:45â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9:45am; 5:45â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6:40pm Jazzercise 7:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9pm African and World Music Dance

Santa Rosaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Social Hall since 1922 1400 W. College Avenue â&#x20AC;˘ Santa Rosa, CA 707.539.5507 â&#x20AC;˘ www.monroe-hall.com

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

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.

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Sonoma Farmers Market Fri, 9 to noon. Depot Park, First St W, Sonoma. Also, Through Sep; Tues, 5:30 to dusk. Sonoma Plaza, First St E, Sonoma, 707.538.7023.

Civic Center Farmers Market Sun at 10am, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eat Local 101â&#x20AC;? 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.

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John Glaser, maker of Compass Box small-batch whiskies, leads a seminar and tasting of the good stuff. Oct 8, 1 to 3. $50. Dance Palace, Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station, 415.663.1075.

Feast of Eden Napa Land Trust gala with classic country garden feast, auctions and plenty of wine. Oct 8. $250. Raymond Vineyards, 849 Zinfandel Lane, St Helena, 800.525.2659.

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Popular films from the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival are screened in this series. Oct 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Deconstructing Dad.â&#x20AC;? $10. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 6780 Depot St, Sebastopol, 707.829.4797.

Budrus Palestinian story of nonviolence, cooperation and hope. Oct 6 at 7:30.

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Healdsburg Senior Center, 133 Matheson St, Healdsburg.

Comics and the Classics

Italian Movie Night

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kid Beowulfâ&#x20AC;? creator Alexis Fajardo discusses adapting classic texts to other formats and the comic-making process. Oct 10 at 12:15. Free. Newman Auditorium, Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, 707.527.4372.

Oct 7 at 6:30, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Light of My Life (Lucce Dei Miei Occhi),â&#x20AC;? a love story. Light dinner and wine available. Free. Viva, 7160 Keating Ave, Sebastopol, 866.360.6662.

A Screaming Man Shot in Chad, a small film which raises questions about God, vanity and war. Oct 7 at 7; Oct 9 at 4. Free-$6. Sonoma Film Institute, Warren Auditorium, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, 707.664.2606.

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Documentary film on two transgender men going through transition process. Oct 6 at 7:30. $15. Raven Theater, 115 North St, Healdsburg, 707.433.3145.

Every Thurs at 6:30, gather with scientists and amateur science fans to discuss weekly topics. Oct 6, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chocolate Science,â&#x20AC;? with Kirsten Tripplett, PhD. $3 donation. French Garden Restaurant, 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol, 707.292.5281.

Tocar y Luchar Documentary portraying inspirational stories of world class musicians trained by the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra system. Oct 6 at 7; wine reception at 6:15. $20-$25. Summerfield Cinemas, 551 Summerfield Rd, Santa Rosa, 707.528.4222.

Italian Film Festival Selected modern films from the land of Antonioni, Fellini and Leone. Oct 8, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happy Family.â&#x20AC;? Showtimes at 5:30 and 7:45. $14-$78. Showcase Theatre, Marin Center, San Rafael, 415.499.6800.

Mill Valley Film Festival World-class international festival screening animation, documentary, short and feature-length films. Films shown at CineArts, 142 Throckmorton and Smith Rafael Center. Oct 6-16. $5$25. Throughout downtown Mill Valley, Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley. See www. mvff.com for schedule.

National Theatre Live Live series of performances broadcast from the National Theatre, London. Oct 6 at 7 and Oct 9 at 1, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Kitchen.â&#x20AC;? $30. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, 415.924.5111.

Music From Inside Out Peek behind the scenes of Philadelphia Orchestra in this moving documentary feature. Oct 8 at 7. $10. Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main St, Napa, 707.255.5445.

Soil scientist Will Bakx talks about heat, worms and organic matter. Oct 5 at 7. $10. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 6780 Depot St, Sebastopol, 707.829.4797.

Readings Readersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Books Oct 8 at 5, Random Acts in the Reading Garden. 130 E Napa St, Sonoma, 707.939.1779.

River Reader Oct 5 at 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vaudeville in the Dark,â&#x20AC;? with poet Rick Ryan. 16355 Main St, Guerneville, 707.869.2242.

Changing Hurt to Hope Writers speak out against domestic violence. Oct 7 at 7. Free. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 6780 Depot St, Sebastopol, 707.829.1549.

Book Passage Oct 5 at 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Classified,â&#x20AC;? with Nicolle Wallace. Oct 6 at 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Leveraging the Universe,â&#x20AC;? with Mike Dooley. Oct 8 at 4, authors from Goosebottom Books; at 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cyberfeasts & Foodstocks,â&#x20AC;? with Tina Vierra. Oct 9 at 1, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dogs Make Us Human,â&#x20AC;? with Jeffrey Masson; at 4, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dear Cary: My Life with Cary Grant,â&#x20AC;? with Dyan Cannon. Oct 10 at 10, â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Rhinoceros,â&#x20AC;? with Jon Agee; at 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Barbarian Nurseries,â&#x20AC;? with Hector Tobar. Oct 11 at 3:30, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good Eats 3: The Later Years,â&#x20AC;? with Alton Brown. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, 415.927.0960.

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Poetry Night with poets, open mic and chats. 415.332.3790. 112 Bulkley, Sausalito.

Frankenstein Puppets, poetry and stagecraft combine to create a unique vision of Shelleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gothic tale. Oct 7-30; Fri-Sat at 8, Sun at 2. $20. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa, 707.523.4185.

Yes, Indeed! The Yes Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wild corporate punkery Anti-corporate pranksters the Yes Men, otherwise known as Mike Bonanno and Andy Bichlbaum, have been using directaction performance as a way to wreak havoc on the corporate world since 1999, when Bonnano switched out the voice boxes of Barbie and G.I. Joe dolls and put them back on the shelves. Their elaborate gonzo hoaxes have ranged from publishing fake editions of the New York Times with the headline â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iraq War Endsâ&#x20AC;? to impersonating a Dow Chemical spokesman on international TV to apologize and make reparations to victims of the deadly Bhopal chemical plant leak in India. The Yes Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s successful attempts to â&#x20AC;&#x153;disrupt or subvert mainstream, consumerist institutionsâ&#x20AC;? were documented in the 2009 documentary The Yes Men Fix the World. This week, at a live talk properly titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Creative Mischief Explosion,â&#x20AC;? Bichlbaum will share tales of some of the 21st centuryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most famous direct-action hooligans. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been arguedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;namely by corporationsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; that the Yes Men step too far with their shenanigans, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only because their monkey-wrench style of activism has made a fool of the corporate world over and over again. Andy Bichlbaum of the Yes Men, above, appears on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at the Sebastopol Masonic Temple. 373 North Main Street, Sebastopol. 7pm. $15â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$20. 707.829.5792.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Leilani Clark

Farm,â&#x20AC;? readings by local writers. 800 Grant Ave, Novato, 415.897.9500.

Point Reyes Books Second Mon at 7, Knit Lit group. 11315 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station, 415.663.1542.

Point Reyes Presbyterian Oct 9 at 3, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Emotional Currency,â&#x20AC;? with Kate Levinson. 11445 State Route 1, Pt Reyes Station, 415.663.1349.

Sausalito Presbyterian Church First Wed at 7:30, Sausalito

The Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; wellreceived memory play on failure and reconciliation. Oct 7-15; Fri-Sat at 8, Sun at 2. $15$18. Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 N Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale, 707.829.2214.

The Golem Oct 7-22, magical Czech-Jewish legend of the clay man brought to life by a Rabbi. Puppetry, shadow techniques, animation and sound design enhance the production. Fri-Sat at 8; Sun at 5. Oct 13, pay what you wish. $12-$18. Imaginists Theatre Collective, 461 Sebastopol Ave, Santa Rosa, 707.528.7554.

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Weya American Dream players present a humorous musical production as part of Pomo Honoring Month. Oct 1-2 and 8-9. Sat at 1, Sun at 1 and 3. Free. Ragle Ranch Park, 500 Ragle Rd, Sebastopol.

Waking the Dead Playwrightsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Lab presents a staged reading of Lynne Kaufmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new play. Oct 5 at 7:30. $10-$20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, 415.383.9600.

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ARIES (March 21–April 19) “Do unto others as they wish,” advised French artist Marcel Duchamp, “but with imagination.” I recommend that approach to you, Aries. You’re in a phase of your astrological cycle when you can create good fortune for yourself by tuning into the needs and cravings of others, and then satisfying those needs and cravings in your own inimitable and unpredictable ways. Don’t just give the people you care about the mirror image of what they ask for; give them a funhouse mirror image that reflects your playful tinkering. TAURUS (April 20–May 20)

Winner of the American Book Award in 1963, William Stafford wrote thousands of poems. The raw materials for his oftenbeautiful creations were the fragments and debris of his daily rhythm. “I have woven a parachute out of everything broken,” he said in describing his life’s work. You are now in a phase when you could achieve a comparable feat, Taurus. You have the power to turn dross into sweetness, refuse into treasure, loss into gain.

GEMINI (May 21–June 20) Is there something you’ve always wanted to create but have not gotten around to creating? Now would be an excellent time to finally get that project off the ground. Is there any role you have fantasized about taking on but have never actually sought out? Now would be a perfect moment to initiate an attempt. Is there any big mysterious deal you’ve thought about connecting with but never have? Any profound question you’ve longed to pose but didn’t? Any heart-expanding message you’ve wanted to deliver but couldn’t bring yourself to? You know what to do. CANCER (June 21–July 22) The experiences you’re flirting with seem to be revivals of longforgotten themes. You’re trying to recover and reinvigorate stuff that was abandoned or neglected way back when. You’re dipping into the past to salvage defunct resources, hoping to find new applications for them. To illustrate the spirit of what you’re doing, I’ve resurrected some obsolete words I found in an 18th-centry dictionary. Try sprinkling them into your conversations; make them come alive again. “Euneirophrenia” means “peace of mind after a sweet dream.” The definition of “neanimorphic” is “looking younger than one’s true age.” “Gloze” is when you speak soothing or flattering words in order to persuade. “Illapse” means the gradual or gentle entrance of one thing into another.

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“I don’t want to play the part of the mythical phoenix again,” my Scorpio friend Kelly has been moaning as she prepares for her latest trial by fire. “I’ve burned myself to the ground and risen reborn out of the ashes two times this year already. Why can’t someone else take a turn for a change?” While I empathized, I thought it was my duty to tell her what I consider to be the truth: More than any other sign of the zodiac, you Scorpios have supreme skills in the art of metaphorical selfimmolation and regeneration. You’re better able to endure the ordeal, too. Besides, part of you actually enjoys the heroic drama and the baby-fresh feelings that come over you as you reanimate yourself from the soot and cinders. Ready for another go?

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22–Dec. 21)

When she was seven years old, my daughter Zoe created a cartoon panel with colored pens. It showed an orangehaired girl bending down to tend to three orange flowers. High overhead was an orange five-pointed star. The girl was saying, “I think it would be fun being a star,” while the star mused, “I think it would be great to be a girl.” I urge you to create your own version of this cartoon, Sagittarius. Put a picture of yourself where the girl was in Zoe’s rendering. Getting your imagination to work in this way will put you in the right frame of mind to notice and take advantage of the opportunities that life will bring you. Here’s your mantra, an ancient formula the mystics espouse: “As above, so below.”

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22–Jan. 19) Years ago, I discovered I was eligible to join MENSA, an organization for people with high IQs. Since I’d never gotten any awards, plaques, or badges, I thought I’d indulge in this little sin of pride. Not too long after I signed up, however, I felt like an idiot for doing it. Whenever I told someone I belonged to MENSA, I felt sheepish about seeming to imply that I was extra smart. Eventually I resigned from the so-called genius club. But then I descended into deeper egomania—I started bragging about how I had quit MENSA because I didn’t want to come off like an egotist. How egotistical was that? Please avoid this type of unseemly behavior in the coming week, Capricorn. Be authentically humble, not fake like me. It’ll be important for your success.

An old Egyptian saying declares that “the difference between a truth and a lie weighs no more than a feather.” I suspect that your upcoming experiences will vividly demonstrate the accuracy of that statement. There will be a very fine line between delusional nonsense and helpful wisdom . . . between colorful but misleading BS and articulate, provocative analysis . . . between interesting but irrelevant fantasies and cogent, evidence-based prognostications. Which side will you be on, Leo? To increase your chances of getting it right, be a stickler for telling yourself the heart-strong truth.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20–Feb. 18) Right now you have license to make pretty much everything bigger and funnier and wickeder. Good fortune is likely to flow your way as you seek out experiences that are extra interesting and colorful and thought-provoking. This is no time for you to be shy about asking for what you want or timid about stirring up adventure. Be louder and prouder than usual. Be bolder and brighter, nosier and cozier, weirder and more whimsical. The world needs your very best idiosyncrasies and eccentricities!

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chance the following scenario will soon come to pass: A psychic will reveal that you have a mutant liver that can actually thrive on alcohol, and you will then get drunk on absinthe every day for two weeks, and by the end of this grace period, you will have been freed of 55 percent of the lingering guilt you’ve carried around for years, plus you will care 40 percent less about what people think of you. Extra bonus: You’ll feel like a wise rookie who’s ready to learn all about intimacy as if you were just diving into it for the first time. But get this, Pisces: There’s an even greater chance that these same developments will unfold very naturally—without the psychic, without the prediction about a mutant liver, and without the nonstop drunkenness.

What’s the most practical method of acquiring wealth? One out of every five Americans believes that it’s by playing the lottery. While it is true, Virgo, that you now have a slightly elevated chance of guessing the winning numbers in games of chance—the odds are only 90 million to one instead of 100 million to one—I don’t recommend that you spend any time seeking greater financial security in this particular way. A much better use of your current cosmic advantage would be to revitalize and reorganize your approach to making, spending, saving, and investing money.

LIBRA (Sept. 23–Oct. 22) The Jet Propulsion Laboratory landed two robotic vehicles on Mars in 2004. They were expected to explore the planet and send back information for 90 days. But the rover named Spirit kept working for over six years, and its companion, Opportunity, is still operational. The astrological omens suggest that any carefully prepared project you launch in the coming weeks could achieve that kind of staying power, Libra. So take maximum advantage of the vast potential you have available. Don’t scrimp on the love and intelligence you put into your labor of love.

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