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Ranked-choice voting and the changing American ballot BY CRAIG KAUFMAN


hough Tuesday’s elections passed without much notice, the national-level exposure for San Francisco’s ranked-choice voting (RCV) was significant. With RCV, which also transformed Oakland’s 2010 elections, voters can list first, second and third choices. If no candidate receives a majority of first-place votes, the last-place candidate is eliminated, with his or her supporters’ second-place choices distributed to the remaining candidates. This process repeats, if necessary, until one candidate has 50 percent.

Ranked-choice voting has several benefits. First, it avoids “spoilers.” In Florida in 2000, Ralph Nader would have been eliminated, his voters’ second-choice votes distributed to Bush and Gore. Presumably, most Nader voters would have chosen Gore second, which would have resulted in Gore winning. Ranked-choice also fits both progressive and Tea Party values. It decreases bureaucratic complication and spending by discarding run-off elections (which favor monied candidates and generally ensure much lower turnout). Additionally, it reduces negative campaigning and the tendency of candidates to narrowly focus on specific demographics: to earn second-place votes, candidates must attract opponents’ supporters. In Oakland and San Francisco, RCV has rapidly diversified elections. Along with publicly financed elections, RCV inspired numerous San Franciscans to run. The 11 upper-tier mayoral candidates included five Asian Americans, two Latinos, two women (one disabled) and one gay man. All highly qualified, most grew up in humble circumstances. In last year’s mayor election in Oakland, the city elected an underfunded longtime community activist as mayor—an Asian-American woman, a first for a large city. Indeed, America’s largest cities already point to a future where minorities will be the U.S. majority. In San Francisco, most city officials and candidates hail from underrepresented groups. (The city’s other major 2011 races both spotlighted Iranian-American candidates.) San Francisco is a pioneer in racial and sexualorientation parity and politics. Unfortunately, though its campaigns featured nationally, few of these stories focused directly on diversity—and this at a time when our president’s top Republican challenger in the polls is also African-American, and when a Latino and a woman lead many vice presidential lists. Craig Kaufman has worked both nonpartisan and partisan campaigns, coordinated voting-access campaigns and served as director for a diversity-education nonprofit.

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I read the letter “Reefer Madness, Indeed” by Jonah Raskin (“Open Mic,” Nov. 9), and I couldn’t agree more. Several years ago I read an article that talked about a study done by Harvard and/or the Los Angeles Medical Center. They interviewed 5,000 people who had smoked pot at least once a day for 20 years, and none of them had cancer or issues with any other aliments due to smoking pot. On the other hand, each year over 500,000 people die from cancer or related diseases from smoking cigarettes. Why is tobacco legal, and pot is not? Couldn’t have anything to do with the big tobacco industry making money, could it? We live in hypocrisy, not a democracy.


The Real Threat of the Occupiers The last three weeks of my life have been completely consumed with the Occupy Santa Rosa movement. It has been inspiring, frustrating, overwhelming, but most of all, exciting. But I keep hearing critiques lobbed at the movement, and I have to wonder to myself: How could someone oppose us when we are merely standing up for ourselves? Is it because we’re all hippie stoners who don’t have jobs? Surely not. I’m a full-time worker and I don’t like weed or drum circles. Is it because we’re envious of rich people? Nope. Just experiencing one episode of Real Housewives is enough to make me content with my modest lifestyle. Is it because our encampment is not an effective way of making our voice heard? I dare anyone to find a protest tactic in recent memory that has garnered this much national attention.

Could it be because we do not have a message? Maybe you’d like to ask our local banks and credit unions that just saw the busiest day ever because we mobilized our community to withdraw their money from Wall Street banks. No, it cannot be for any of these reasons that we are being criticized.

The Occupy movement is being opposed because we are a living, breathing demonstration that a new world is possible. We are sending a clear message to the economic and political rulers of this country: Your services are no longer needed. Our current system has all but eliminated programs that would help those with mental illness or drug addictions, but at Occupy Santa Rosa people are creatively intervening with these folks and supporting them. People are unable to afford food, but at Occupy Santa Rosa we feed them for free, three times a day. People are angry at their situation and see the political system ignoring them, but at Occupy Santa Rosa they have a chance to vent their frustrations in a productive way. People feel isolated by this system, and at Occupy Santa Rosa they have a chance to connect with hundreds of other people who have also have struggled through this economy and are looking for ways to fight back. The majority of citizens do not vote. At our general assembly (which happens every day), everyone partakes in making decisions and everyone’s opinion matters. We are providing things that this system is either unable or unwilling to provide for the majority of its people. That is why it is a threat and why it has captured the imagination of the world. Do we argue? Yes! Argument is the crux of democracy. Are we completely representative of every single community in Santa Rosa? Not yet. But it takes time to figure this stuff out, and if anyone expects us to have all the answers one month into our movement, then I think they have unrealistic expectations.


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By Tom Tomorrow

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We have been cut off from each other. This is not our fault. We are a product of our environment, and it will take a while to un-do all the damage caused by an irrational system. We are now trying to find each other. Because of how we have been taught to treat each other, we do not blame anyone for lobbing critiques from the sidelines, as if this were just another debate between “right and left.” This is a struggle between the working people of this country and the wealthiest 1 percent who control our lives. If you are part of the 99 percent, and if you do not like something about our movement, and you agree with our core message, the only advice I can give you is to come down and participate. This is our chance to build something different, and to finally make our dreams for a free society come true.


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Occupy Santa Rosa organizers at an ‘urgency meeting’ last week.

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How does a populist movement deal with the general population? BY LEILANI CLARK


n the days since the Santa Rosa City Council approved a permitting process allowing tents to stay up at City Hall for at least another two weeks, the mood around the Occupy Santa Rosa camp has been jubilant. But with that jubilation comes the growing reality of dealing with the homeless

and mentally ill who have been drawn to the encampment, some by the opportunity to participate in the movement, and others for free food, social opportunity and safety in numbers. This community has been “warmly welcomed” by the occupiers, says “Joyce,” a 61-yearold homeless woman who did not want her real name published.

Currently residing at a shelter for adults in Santa Rosa, Joyce does not camp at Occupy Santa Rosa but is in support of their goals. “There’s no way they can say ‘97%’ instead of ‘99%,’” says Joyce. “What I do know is that they are embraced by the occupation and that they are a wanted group.” At a recent general assembly meeting with about 50 people in attendance, Joyce presented her idea for an End Homelessness

Collective to a round of applause from the group. At the same time, it appears that the impassioned but fledgling movement has been ill-equipped to deal with the influx of people into the encampment with issues ranging from bipolar disorder or schizophrenia to drug and alcohol addiction.

‘These folks need social infras tructure that was wiped out by Reagan in the ’80s.’

“I recognize the problems,” says Lev Woolf, a graduate of SSU and part-time construction worker who has been camping on and off since the occupation began on Oct. 15, “but the practical point of creating solutions is that these folks need social infrastructure and social institutions that were wiped out by Reagan in the 80’s.” Woolf says that moving food offsite might be one way to alleviate some of the tensions between those who might need more focused, mental-health assistance and those actively organizing against structural economic inequities. In addition, the approved city camping permit process beginning this week may affect who ends up staying in the camp, Woolf says, adding that he would like to see a general ethic of “personal responsibility” become the norm. Carl Patrick, a 24-year-old Occupy organizer from Santa Rosa, fresh from a three-hour strategy meeting, says that it’s important to avoid a divide between “legitimate activists” and the “poor” that are drawn to the camp.

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lease tell me someone still has a bottle of 2007 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir,” the message board reads. “I am in dire need of one bottle. Who has it, and what is it going to cost me??????” Few wineries can hope to inspire the kind of hysterical consumer desire manifest in this typical internet message-board plea. Fewer still elicit the strong

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Ramen.” So Browne and Kosta gave up a portion of their 50 percent stake to investment firm Vincraft but got to keep their day jobs. (Kosta last week was in New Orleans, working restaurant accounts.) While working at John Ash & Co., as the now often-told story goes, the two seasoned restaurant workers pooled their tip money to make a barrel of Pinot Noir in a garage. “In 1997, I didn’t know anything except that the vineyard looks pretty and the grapes taste good,” Browne admits. He volunteered at Deerfield Ranch Winery to learn the craft handson, and the partners launched the brand in 2000, hitting their stride just as Pinot took off in 2005. “We got lucky,” says Browne. Seeking further explanation for the runaway popularity of Kosta Browne wines, some naysayers have suggested that they’re made in a sweet “fruit bomb” style that panders to American tastes. Browne allows that some earlier vintages—albeit, the ones that garnered Wine Spectator scores in the high 90s and helped propel the winery’s popularity—were a little riper, a little hotter, but he adds that they’ve dialed it down since then. About the flavors he seeks, Browne draws a heavy metal analogy: “It’s like Metallica. When you hear Metallica, it’s a big sound, but a smooth sound; everything harmonizes. When other bands try to do it, it’s just jarring.” Pointing to a richly hued pour, Browne says, “Look at that color. People think you’ve got to work the grape to get that color. I’ve heard all kinds of stories. People say, ‘They’ve got to be jacking their wine.’” Some producers, for instance, add a dash of Syrah for extra “umph,” but Browne is firm: “We don’t jack our wine.” (Browne doesn’t hesitate to enthuse over a bin of fragrantly fermenting Syrah in the cellar—it belongs to newly hired winemaker Shane Finley, and Finley’s sideline is all about big, concentrated Syrah.) In 2012, Kosta Browne will move into an even ) 16

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American. $. Classic, fresh diner food in a comfortable diner setting. Ought to be in a movie. Breakfast and lunch daily. 404 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.573.5955.

Which wine would pair best with pumpkin pie? Will a digestive aid such as Fernet Branca or Underberg Bitters help you when you over eat on the big day?

Gary Chu’s Chinese. $$. Fine Chinese food in elegant setting. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Sun. 611 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.526.5840.

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The Girl & the Fig Bistro. $$$. Country food with a French passion. Great wine bar, great patio. Lunch and dinner daily. 110 W Spain St, Sonoma. 707.938.3634.

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Hopmonk Tavern Pub fare. $$. More than serviceable bar food with a menu that hops the globe. Lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sat-Sun. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

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Pear Frangipan Tart Black Forest Cake Plus, our wonderful selection of award-winning breads, pastries, scones, muffins and holiday cookies.

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

Tres Hombres Mexican. $-$$. Excellent food in Petaluma’s Theater District, and a fun place to hang before or after a flick.Lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sat-Sun. 151 Petaluma Blvd S, Petaluma. 707.773.4500.

Truc Linh Vietnamese. $. Your basic Vietnamse fare, prepared to perfection. Great for light meals. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Sat. 810 McClelland Dr, Windsor. 707.838.6746.

Lynn’s Thai Thai. $$.

Underwood Bar & Bistro European bistro. $$.

A taste of real Thailand in convivial atmosphere. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 8492 Gravenstein Hwy, Ste M (in the Apple Valley Plaza), Cotati. 707.793.9300.

The Underwood’s classy bistro menu and impressive bar belie its rural setting. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Sat; dinner only, Sun. 9113 Graton Rd, Graton. 707.823.7023.

Madrona Manor Eclectic California cuisine. $$$$. Romantic fine dining in grand historic landmark mansion. Seasonal menu and superior wine list. Dinner daily. 1001 Westside Rd, Healdsburg. 707.433.4321.

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.

Papas & Pollo Mexican. $. Tasty burritos, West Countystyle. That means tofu is more prevalent than pork, and it’s all organic. Fresh fish, too. Breakfast and lunch, Mon-Thurs; lunch and dinner, Sat; dinner only, Fri. 915 Gravenstein Hwy S, Sebastopol. 707.829.9037.

M A R I N COUNTY 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.

Rosso Pizzeria & Wine Bar Pizza. $-$$. Friendly,

Avatar’s Indian-plus. $.

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fusion of Indian, Mexican, Italian and American, with dishes customized to your palate. Lunch and dinner, MonSat. 2656 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.8083.

Bay Thai Thai. $. Fresh Thai food with curries that combine the regions classic sweet and tart elements. Some of the best fried bananas to be found. Lunch and dinner, MonSat; dinner, Sun. (Cash only.) 809 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.458.8845.

Buckeye Roadhouse American. $$-$$$. A Marin County institution. Delightful food, friendly and seamless service, and a convivial atmosphere. Try one of the many exotic cocktails. Lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 15 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley. 415.331.2600.

Cafe Gratitude Vegan. $$$. Mecca for vegans and raw foodists. Clean, light, refreshing food. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 2200 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.824.4652. Comforts Californian. $$. The Chinese chicken salad is beyond rapturous. Excellent celebrity sightings. Eat in or takeout. Breakfast and lunch daily. 335 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo. 415.454.9840. Drake’s Beach Cafe Californian. $$-$$$. More dinner party than restaurant, and the food is fresh and amazing. A meal to remember. Lunch, Thurs-Sun; dinner, Fri-Sat. 1 Drake’s Beach Rd, Pt Reyes National Seashore. 415.669.1297.

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

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

Nick’s Cove Seafood/ contemporary American. $$$$. Fresh from the bay oysters, upscale seafood, some steaks and a great burger. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 23240 State Route 1, Marshall. 415.663.1033.

The William Tell House American & Italian.

Yet Wah Chinese. $$. Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go wrong here. Special Dungeness crab dishes for dinner; dim sum for lunch. Lunch and dinner daily. 1238 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.460.9883.

N A P A COUNTY Ad Hoc American. $$-$$$. Thomas Kellerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quintessential neighborhood restaurant. Prix fixe dinner changes daily. Actually takes reservations. 6476 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.2487. Boonfly Cafe California cuisine. $-$$. Extraordinary food in an extraordinary setting. Perfect pasta and mussels. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 4080 Sonoma Hwy, Napa. 707.299.4900.

Bouchon French. $$$. A Keller brother creation with a distinctly Parisian bistro ambiance, offering French classics. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 6540 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.8037. Brassica Mediterranean. $$-$$$. Cindy Pawlcynâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newsest venture features creative tapas, Middle Eastinspired dishes and extensive by-the-glass wine list. Lunch and dinner daily. 641 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.0700.

Busterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Barbecue Barbecue. $. A very busy roadside destinationâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;for a reason. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the hot sauce, available in two heats: regular and hot. And the hot, as the sign says, means â&#x20AC;&#x153;hot!â&#x20AC;? Lunch and dinner daily. 1207 Foothill Blvd, Calistoga. 707.942.5606.

Coleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chop House American steakhouse. $$$$$. Handsome, upscale 1950s-era steakhouse serving chophouse classics like dryaged porterhouse steak and Black Angus filet mignon. Wash down the red meat with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;nostalgiaâ&#x20AC;? cocktail. Dinner, Tues-Sat. 1122 Main St, Napa. 707.244.6328.


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FumĂŠ Bistro & Bar California cuisine. $$$. California bistro fare that nearly always hits the mark. Lunch and dinner daily. 4050 Byway E, Napa. 707.257.1999.

Red Rock Cafe & Backdoor BBQ American. $-$$. Cafe specializing in barbecue and classic diner fare. Messy, delicious. Lunch and dinner daily. 1010 Lincoln Ave, Napa. 707.226.2633.

Gilwoods Cafe Diner.

Redd California cuisine. $$-

$-$$. Classic hometown diner, specializes in the homemade. Breakfast and lunch daily. 1320 Napa Town Center, Napa. 707.253.0409. 1313 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.1788.

$$$. Rich dishes balanced by subtle flavors and careful yet casual presentation. Brunch at Redd is exceptional. Lunch, Mon-Sat; dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 6480 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.2222.

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SONOMA COUNTY Bella Vineyards (WC) Specializing in Zinfandel, Bella Vineyards farms three vineyards in Sonoma County: Big River Ranch in Alexander Valley, and the Lily Hill Estate and Belle Canyon in Dry Creek Valley. 9711 W. Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4:30pm. 866.572.3552.

Gary Farrell The namesake is gone but the quality remains. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. 10701 Westside Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;4pm. 707.473.2900.

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Brash Zinfandel and sensuous Pinot Noir from the label with the come-hither eyes. Brick walls plastered with art, participatory painting, and a jukebox also entertain in this old warehouse shared with Christi Vineyards and J. Keverson Winery. 53 Front St. (Old Roma Station), Healdsburg. Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Monday, 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5pm. Tasting fee $5. 707.433.3097.

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

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Martinelli Winery Only in the 1980s, after hiring a consultant, did Martinelli begin to make A-list wines, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still a funky red-barn establishment at heart. Martinelli Winery, 3360 River Road, Windsor. Open daily, 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5pm. 707.525.0570.

Nicholson Ranch (WC) Best known for its Chardonnays

and a winery tour from the depths of the caves to the height of the propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grandmother oak. 4200 Napa Road, Sonoma. Open daily, 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;6pm; tours by appointment. 707.938.8822.

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Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs (WC)

Cuvaison Estate Wines

Paul Draper is one of the top five winemakers nationwide. The wines are fabulous and tend to inspire devotion in drinkers. The tasting room is an environmentally conscious structure. 650 Lytton Springs Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;4pm. 707.433.7721.

Sojourn Cellars Complex but lissome Sonoma Valley Cab is the star at comfortable tasting salon just off the Sonoma Plaza thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as comfortable as a living room. No need to fear sit-down, appointmentonly tastings; just focus on Sojournâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lawn chair logo and relax. 141 E. Napa St., Sonoma. Complimentary tasting by appointment. 707.938.7212.

Toad Hollow A humorous, frog-themed tasting room begun by Robin Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; brother Todd Williams and Rodney Strong, both now passed. Refreshing and fun. 409-A Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. Open daily, 10:30amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5:30(ish)pm. 707.431.8667.

NAPA COUNTY Clos Pegase Winery (WC) Practically an art museum. A 2,800-square-foot â&#x20AC;&#x153;cave theaterâ&#x20AC;? plays frequent host to parties and more. Tasting flight of four wines, red and white, $10. 1060 Dunaweal Lane, Calistoga. Open daily, 10:30amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5pm. 800.366.8583.

Constant (WC) Boutique winery specializing in the kind of Cabernet that makes the Wine Spectator drool. 2121 Diamond Mountain Road, Napa. By appointment. 707.942.0707.

Winemaker Cathy Corison proudly describes herself as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cabernet chauvinist.â&#x20AC;? 987 St. Helena Hwy., St. Helena. By appointment. 707.963.0826. (WC) Producing some 65 percent of its product as Chardonnay, Cuvaison has a 22,000-square-foot cave. 4550 Silverado Trail N., Napa. By appointment. 707.942.6266.

Darioush Exotic locale, with giant columns and a Persian theme, Darioush is justly famous for its Bordeaux. 4240 Silverado Trail, Napa. Open daily, 10:30amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5pm. 707.257.2345. Eagle & Rose Estate (WC) Tours of this small winery are led either by the winery owner or the winemaker himself. 3000 St. Helena Hwy. N., Napa. By appointment. 707.965.9463.

Hess Collection Winery An intellectual outpost of art and wine housed in the century-old Christian Brotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winery. Cab is the signature varietal. 4411 Redwood Road, Napa. Open daily, 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;4pm. 707.255.1144.

Phifer Pavitt Wines Lots of cowgirl sass but just one wine: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Date Nightâ&#x20AC;? Cabernet Sauvignon. Hale bale seating. 4660 Silverado Trail, Calistoga. By appointment. 707.942.4787. PlumpJack Winery Part of the huge empire in part helmed by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. Syrah, Merlot and more. 620 Oakville Crossroad, Oakville. Open daily, 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4pm. 707.945.1220.

Swanson Vineyards Not lotus-eating, per se, but caviar, Grana Padano, artisan chocolate bonbonsâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;same idea. Whimsically elegant Salon or informal, candystriped Sip Shoppe. Known for Merlot. 1271 Manley Lane, Rutherford. Sip Shoppe Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sunday 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5pm; call or ring gate. Fee $15â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$20. Salon by appointment, $60. 707.754.4018.

Bring a Winner


he first day of November is All Saints Day, with all the respect those good dead folks deserve. But the fourth Thursday of November, let’s just call that All Dude’s Day, shall we? Because in how many families that you know—and bless them if they buck the trend—is the gender-based division of labor more clearly reified? There’s no need to dwell, though, for there’s no discounting the diligent, hard work that is allotted the passive Thanksgiving Day guest: the bringing of the wine.

The Thanksgiving table presents a complex challenge to the bringer-of-wine. On the one hand, the flavors on hand require a wide range of wine pairings; on the other, bringing too many bottles might seem lavish, at best or may invite family unrest, at worst. So in the spirit of the holiday, the Bohemian asks chefs and winemakers what “fail-safe” wine they’d bring to the table, if they had to bring only one. Sondra Bernstein (pictured), proprietor of the Girl and the Fig and Estate restaurants, says, “Without question it would be a Tavel, a Grenache Rosé or another dry Rosé. Not only do I think it is somewhat safe, Rosé always adds a bit more to the festivities.” Khambay Khamsyvoravong, chef at HKG Estate, opts for a conservative approach: “I always bring Pinot Noir to Turkey Day, because this medium-bodied wine pairs well with a lighter meat such as poultry. Pinot Noir also tends to be full of juicy red and black fruit notes, which complement your cranberry sauces, rich stuffing and many other side dishes.” Suzanne Hagins, Lutea Pinot Noir specialist, nevertheless suggests a different approach: “I’d have to say I’d bring Chenin Blanc. Vinum Cellars Chenin/Viognier is great; it has ripe fruit, good acidity and is versatile with a lot of different foods.” Duxoup Wine Works’ Andy Cutter suggests Gamay Noir: “It’s just like a big fruity Zin, but with low alcohol. Good match for a ham or big bird, particularly a great stuffing—always my favorite part of the feast.” Donald Shenton, wine and cheese buyer at Fairfax’s Good Earth Natural Foods, suggests Pinot Noir to pair with their vegetarian feast of house-made almond-lentil field roast, wheat-free rolls and vegan mashed potatoes. Personally, I have to concur with chef John Ash, who says, “Drystyle Riesling is the perfect wine to serve with holiday foods, which typically tend to include lots of aromatics along with sweet-savory highlights.” For the ultimate authority, we turn to Santa Rosa’s venerable Willie Bird Turkeys, where general manager Beagle Brodsky takes a no-nonsense approach. “I’d say red or white,” he says. —James Knight

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’Tis the SEASON Our annual guide to holiday arts events, from Thanksgiving to Christmas


SONG OF JOY Jubilant Sykes sings with the Santa Rosa Symphony Dec. 10–12 in Santa Rosa.

DECK THE HALLS: EVENTS .........................................

JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL The Jewish Community Center presents a season to remember with the16th annual Jewish Film Festival. The selection of films includes, La Rafle, Anita, Arab Leader and The Matchmaker. The festival runs though Tuesday, Dec. 13. The Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 West Sixth St., Santa Rosa. $10–$12. 707.528.4222. .........................................

OUTDOOR SKATING Dig out your ice skates for the opening of Napa’s full-scale outdoor skating rink. Proceeds from the opening Gala featuring wine and hors d’oeuvres go to Napa Emergency Women’s Services. Open through Monday, Jan. 16. Second and Coombs streets, Napa. $10–$12. 707.227.7141. .........................................

NAPA WINE TRAIN THANKSGIVING Take in the beauty of Napa Valley on a real-live train while enjoying a traditional Thanksgiving feast just like the one grandma made.

Thursday, Nov. 24, 4:20–8:30pm. 1275 McKinstry St., Napa. $99– $139. 800.427.4124. .........................................

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS Yountville is gloriously illuminated for its 23rd annual Festival of Lights. Enjoy gourmet food and wine, pay a visit to Santa and take in a carriage ride for an afternoon of holiday fun. Friday, Nov. 25, 2–6pm. Downtown Yountville, Washington Street. Free. 707.944.0904. .........................................

HEART OF SONOMA VALLEY OPEN HOUSE It’s a 28th-annual open house

celebration this year, showcasing 22 Sonoma Valley wineries, including St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, Deerfield Ranch Winery and Moondance Cellars, among many others. Friday– Saturday, Nov. 25–26, 11am–4pm. $40 per person both days; $10 designated driver tickets. www. .........................................

NAPA CHRISTMAS PARADE Bundle up and enjoy evening parade of lighted holiday floats, then follow Santa to Oxbow Public Market for free hot chocolate and cookies. Saturday, Nov. 26, at 5pm. First Street at

Franklin Street, downtown Napa. Free. 707.257.0322. WINDSOR HOLIDAY CELEBRATION Downtown Windsor buzzes with holiday cheer as folks enjoy carriage rides ($1), train rides ($1) and photos with Santa ($9), who is joined by Mrs. Claus, when the tree is lit on the town green. Thursday, Dec. 1, 5–8pm. Town Green, Windsor. Free. 707.838.1260. .........................

NAPA B&B TOUR & TASTE EVENT The bed and breakfasts of Napa invite you inside to savor select wines and tasty treats. Transportation and entertainment included. Saturday, Dec. 3, 3–7pm. $55 per person. For a list of participating inns, see .........................................

LIGHTED TRACTOR PARADE Calistoga celebrates its 125th year of agricultural heritage with the 16th annual Lighted Tractor Parade. This small-town event features a lineup of vintage tractors, trucks and other fun vehicles all sparkled up for the holidays. Santa makes an appearance. Saturday, Dec. 3, 7–9pm. Downtown Calistoga. Free. 707.942.6333. .........................................

PETALUMA LIGHTED BOAT PARADE A dazzling parade of sparkling boats shine on the Petaluma River to ring in the season. Saturday, Dec. 3, 6–6:30pm. Petaluma River Turning Basin, Petaluma. Free. 707.769.0429. .........................................

LUTHER BURBANK OPEN HOUSE Step into Luther Burbank’s former home and extraordinary gardens with a two-day open house. Cookies and spiced tea are served in the greenhouse. Kids can enjoy holiday crafts and free trolley rides. Saturday–Sunday, Dec. 3–4, 10am–4pm. Luther Burbank Home and Gardens, Santa Rosa and Sonoma avenues, Santa Rosa. $2. 707.524.5445. .........................................



HANUKKAH HOOTENANNY Judd Hill Winery presents the sixth annual Hanukkah Hootenanny, featuring an “extravagant latke bar” and musical guests Meshugga Beach Party. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Children’s Health Initiative Napa County. Sunday, Dec. 4, noon–3pm. 2332 Silverado Trail, Napa. $40. 707.255.2332.


NAPA HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT TOUR Experience the interiors of Napa landmarks in a collection of nine architecturally popular and beautiful Craftsman houses all lit up for the holidays. Saturday, Dec. 10, from 3pm to 7pm. 1219 First St., Napa. $30–$40. 707.255.1836.

JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE BELLS: SHOPPING .........................................

HEALDSBURG HOLIDAY PARTY Healdsburg’s downtown merchants open their shops and welcome everyone to sip wine and indulge in great food at fine restaurants, all while shopping for the perfect holiday gift. Friday, Nov. 25, 5–9pm. Healdsburg Plaza, Healdsburg. Free. 707.433.6935. .........................................

DANCE PALACE HOLIDAY CRAFTS FAIR Find unique, quality gifts at this shopping extravaganza. Talented artists provide jewelry, pottery, clothing and much more to purchase for a fun day of seasonal shopping. Friday, Dec. 2, 4–9pm; Saturday, Dec. 3, 10am–6pm, and Sunday, Dec. 4, 10am–5pm. Dance Palace, Fifth and B streets, Pt. Reyes Station. Free. 415.663.1075. .........................................

MUIR BEACH QUILTERS HOLIDAY ARTS FAIR Proceeds benefit the Muir Beach Quilters, who donate funds to many organizations that help those in need. A perfect complement to a day at the beach; free shuttle from Muir Beach parking lot. Saturday–Sunday, Dec. 3–4. Saturday, 10am–5pm; Sunday, 10am–4pm. Muir Beach Community Center, 19 Seascape Drive, Muir Beach. Free. 415.383.6762. .........................................

A DICKENS OF A HOLIDAY CRAFTS FAIRE Over 60 booths of hand-crafted treasures, jewelry, household goods, ceramics and lots more. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 3-4. Saturday, 9am–5pm; Sunday, 10am–4pm. Finley Community Center, 2060 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa. $2; under 18, Free. 707.543.3737.


MARIN COUNTY ANTIQUE CHRISTMAS SHOW Enjoy a unique shopping experience through times gone by. Stroll through over 70 booths of antique, vintage and retro items, including home furnishings, garden decor, prints, paintings, clothes, books and more. Saturday–Sunday, Dec. 10– 11. Saturday, 10am–6pm; Sunday, 10am–5pm. $6. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.


GODDESS CRAFTS FAIRE The Goddess Crafts Faire celebrates handmade gifts by local and regional women. Groove to live music while shopping at one of the hippest arts and crafts fairs around. Saturday–Sunday, Dec. 10-11. Saturday from 11am7pm; Sunday from 11am–6pm. Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris St., Sebastopol. $5–$13; kids free. 707.823.1511. .........................................

OCCIDENTAL HOLIDAY CRAFTS FAIRE Win special gift packages and taste delicious home-cooked food at the 26th annual Occidental Holiday Crafts Faire, showcasing the works of 35 talented local and regional artists. Saturday–Sunday,

Dec. 10–11. Saturday, 10am–5pm; Sunday, 10am–4pm. Community Center. 3920 Bohemian Hwy., Occidental. Free. 707.874.9407. .........................................

ICE-SKATING PAVILION Seasonal ice-skating, along with holiday music, hot chocolate, and delicious food enhance your holiday shopping experience at the V Marketplace in Yountville. Open from 11am to 11pm for the holiday season. Dec. 11–Jan. 2. V Marketplace, 6525 Washington St., Yountville. $12 adults; $8 children eight and under. 707.948.5012.

AWAY IN A MANGER: JUST FOR LITTLE ONES .........................................

DREAMS OF TOYLAND Renowned collector Dolph Gotelli returns to Napa with his holiday creation. Vignettes of snowy forests, cozy kitchens, miniature fairies and other creatures will be on display Nov. 19 through Jan. 31. Napa Valley Museum, 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. $2.50–$10; free for members. 707.944.0500. .........................................

SANTA’S RIVERBOAT ARRIVAL Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by boat on the Petaluma River to greet excited children with candy canes before a horsedrawn procession through downtown kicks off the holiday season. Saturday, Nov. 26, at noon. Turning Basin, Golden Eagle Shopping Center, 2-80 E. Washington Blvd., Petaluma. Free. 707.769.0429. .........................................

‘WILLY WONKA’ Presented by the Cinnabar Young Rep players, Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the worldfamous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life in this scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to take you on a fantasy ride into the land of pure imagination. Friday–Sunday, Dec. 2–18. Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm; Sundays at 2pm. Cinnabar Theater, 333 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. $10–$12. 707.763.8920. ) 24

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presents the works of over 80 artists in the 43rd annual Winter Open Studios, “Walk in an Artist’s Shoes.” Painting, fiber arts, sculpture, digital arts, photography, printmaking, fashion, jewelry and more will be on display in the huge, iconic barrel-roofed structure on the Sausalito waterfront. Saturday– Sunday, Dec. 3–4, 11am–6pm. 480 Gate Five Road, Sausalito. 415.331.2222.

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‘WINNIE THE POOH CHRISTMAS TAIL’ Produced by local youths for young audiences, join Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Tigger and the rest of the gang in this magical holiday tale. Saturday–Sunday, Dec. 10–11, and Friday–Monday, Dec. 17–19. 11am and 2pm. Raven Theater, 115 North St., Healdsburg. $10. 707.433.6335.


VOENA: DRUMMER BOY Angelic voices of this multicultural children’ a cappella choir, beautiful Victorian costuming and magical musical arrangements all come together to create a fun holiday celebration. Audience participation encouraged. Saturday, Dec. 17, at 7:30pm. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa. $15–$35. 707.226.7372.

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‘THE NUTCRACKER’ Contessi Ballet and the Petaluma North Bay Performing Arts Association present timeless holiday favorite featuring Hayley Hibbens as Clara and Ignacio Gonzalez as Drosselmeyer. Saturday, Nov. 26, at 7pm and Sunday, Nov. 27, at 2pm. Spreckels Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. $15–$25. 707.588.3400.


‘NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS’ Travel back to Christmas Town with the Pumpkin King when Tamara Grose presents Tim Burton’s timeless movie as a whimsical ballet. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 7pm. Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. $15– $20. 707.585.1137. .........................................

‘THE NUTCRACKER’ The Stapleton Ballet presents its 23rd performance of The Nutcracker, featuring vibrant new costumes and a magical tree that grows to over 40 feet. Saturday– Sunday, Dec. 3–4, at 1pm and

5pm. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $20–$32. 415.499.6800. .........................................

‘IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE’ Pegasus Theater presents the 1947 radio version of this holiday classic at the Rio Nido Lodge. Enjoy the heart-warming story of George Bailey, a small-town man with a big heart. Dec. 3–19; Friday–Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. Pegasus Theater. Rio Nido Lodge, 4444 Woods Road, Rio Nido. $5–$15. Fridays, pay what you will. 707.583.2343.


POSADA NAVIDENA The Instituto Mazatlán Bellas Artes de Sacramento presents vibrant sounds and colors in a dance show celebrating the special traditions of a Mexican Christmas. Refreshments served at a traditional Posada celebration following the performance. Friday, Dec. 9, at 7pm. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $15–$20. 707.546.3600. .........................................

‘THE NUTCRACKER’ Enjoy the magic of Ballet Califia’s 16th annual production of the Nutcracker live onstage. Features choreography from David McNaughton and Shelley Scott. Friday–Sunday, Dec. 9–11. Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2:30pm and 8pm; Sunday at 2:30pm. Spreckels Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. $16–$20. 707.588.3400. .........................................

TWISTED CHRISTMAS LIVE The Bohemian’s own David Templeton presents his annual offbeat lit-comedy-variety show, a fun alternative to the usual holiday fare. Some of the Bay Area’s funniest folks will share the weirdest holiday stories aloud. This year includes Debi Durst, Eric Thompson, Roy Zimmerman and others. Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7:30pm. The Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. $15. 707.568.5381. .........................................

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‘WHITE CHRISTMAS’ Roustabout Theater presents the Broadway musical adaptation of the film White Christmas, featuring dancing, laughter and popular Broadway tunes performed by Roustabout’s acclaimed Apprentice Program. Tuesday, Dec. 13, 8pm. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $30–$45. 707.527.0983.


‘THE NUTCRACKER’ Sebastopol Ballet presents 20th annual production, with complimentary sugar plum parties before matinees starting at 1pm. Friday–Sunday, Dec. 16–18. Friday at 7pm; Saturday at 2pm and 7pm; Sunday at 2pm. Analy High School, 6950 Analy Ave., Sebastopol. $10–$20. 707.824.8006.


‘SOPHIE & THE ENCHANTED TOYSHOP’ Marin Dance Theatre performs this full-length, two-act children’s ballet in which a kindly toymaker gifts young Sophie with a magical journey to a beautiful snow kingdom. Meet the cast at the Teddy Bear Tea Party after the matinee. Saturday, Dec. 17, at 1pm and 5pm. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $25–$35. 415.499.6800. .........................................

‘THE NUTCRACKER’ Critics rave “flawless,” “breathtaking” and “dazzling.” The Moscow Ballet performs this whimsical and imaginative story with the richness of Russian classical dance. Saturday, Dec. 17, at 2pm and 7:30pm. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $28–$68. 707.546.3600.


‘TAPCRACKER’ Sherry Studio presents its 12th sensational year with this fun and offbeat performance. Students tap, jazz and hip-hop for a hilarious take on The Nutcracker that will keep you laughing throughout. Saturday, Dec. 17, at 2pm and 5:30pm. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $12–$25. 415.499.6800.

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KEB’ MO’ Three-time Grammy-winning artist brings upbeat Delta blues sound to holiday theme. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 8pm. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Main St., Napa. $40–$50. 707.259.0123.


KRONOS QUARTET The extraordinary and groundbreaking Kronos Quartet bring their combined artistic vision back to Santa Rosa with three West Coast premieres and Steve Reiche’s praise-worthy Reich WTC 9/11. The quartet reverts back to its origins Friday, Dec. 2, 8pm. Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. $10–$30. 707.874.1124.


JOYOUS, JOLLY, JINGLES The message delivered through “Joyous, Jolly, Jingles,” a performance by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, is a serious one. Since 2001 the chorus has raised $110,000 for in-need Sonoma County residents. Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7:30pm. The Center for Spiritual Living, 2075 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa. $25–$30. 707.544.1581. .........................................

RICHARD THOMPSON Dark wit and extraordinary songwriting skills are just a few qualifications present on Richard Thompson’s illustrious résumé. His unparalleled talent for the guitar has garnered Thompson a slew of critical praise. He comes to the Mystic on Tuesday, Dec. 6, and Wednesday, Dec.7, 8pm. 23

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KITKA WINTERSONGS Kitka perform women’s vocal traditions while expanding the boundaries of folk music as an evolving expressive art form. Saturday, Dec. 10, at 8pm. $12–$31. Dance Palace, 503 B St., Point Reyes Station. 707.663.1075. .........................................

SING-ALONG MESSIAH Sebastopol United Methodist Church presents the 18th annual “Sing-Along Messiah,” an opportunity for locals to share their vocal talents, no experience necessary. Participants sing along with a string quartet, soloists and an eclectic chorus. Saturday, Dec. 10, 3pm. 500 N. Main St., Sebastopol. $6; $15 for a family of four. 707.829.4797. .........................................

THE YULE LOGS Holiday cheer at its best as enthusiastic band the Yule Logs play from their third album, You Ruined Christmas, on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 8:30pm. Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St., Sonoma. 707.935.0660.


JUBILANT SYKES Baritone extraordinaire Jubilant Sykes is authentically passionate and vocally enthralling as he joins soprano Karen Clift and the Santa Rosa Symphony to lift Brahms’ Requiem into the stratosphere. Saturday–Monday, Dec. 10–12; Saturday and Monday, 8pm; Sunday, 3pm. $15–$65. Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

around the world as “the orchestra of voices.” Sunday, Dec. 11, at 6pm and 8:30pm. St. Vincent Church, 35 Liberty St., Petaluma. $32–$54. 415.252.8589. .........................................

‘BAROQUE FOR THE HOLIDAYS’ The Napa High School Chamber Choir has toured worldwide, including the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris and at Carnegie Hall in New York. This group of young vocalists joins the Napa Valley Symphony for a holiday show to remember. Sunday, Dec. 11, at 3pm. Lincoln Theater, 100 California Drive, Yountville. $30– $80. 707.944.9900. .........................................

DAVID ARCHULETA Everyone’s favorite American Idol pipsqueak brings his captivating vocal range back to the Wells Fargo Center for the holiday season with My Kind of Christmas Tour. Tuesday, Dec. 13, 8pm. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $30–$45. 707.546.3600. .........................................

CHRISTMAS JUG BAND Singing songs from their latest release, Uncorked, acoustic folkskiffle-swing-jug-band will go from one season to the next with a full dose of tongue-in-cheek holiday hijinks. Thursday, Dec. 15, at George’s Nightclub (842 Fourth St., San Rafael; 8:30pm; $20–$25; 415.226.0262) and Friday, Dec. 16, at the Raven Theater (115 North St., Healdsburg; 8pm; 707.433.6335). .........................................

CINNABAR CHORAL ENSEMBLE Directed by Michael Shahani, the Cinnabar Women’s Chorus and Cinnabar Chamber Singers express music, art and life with notes to warm the heart. Sunday, Dec. 11, at 7pm. 3333 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. $10-$15. 707.763.8920.

WINDHAM HILL WINTER SOLSTICE An annual holiday tradition, Windham Hill’s Winter Solstice presents some of the label’s most celebrated jazz, New Age and pop recording artists including multi-instrumentalist and singersongwriter Barbara Higbie, pianist Liz Story and harpist Lisa Lynne. Friday, Dec. 16, at 8pm. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa. $16–$20. 707.226.7372.




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SING-ALONG MESSIAH Sing along with a hundred voices and a full orchestra to Handelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Messiah while beneďŹ ting the music-education programs of the Santa Rosa Symphony. Saturday, Dec. 17, at 7:30pm. Santa Rosa High School Auditorium, 1235 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. $15â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$20. 707.546.8742.


THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA Celebrate the deep, historic relationship between country and gospel music as the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners sing holiday favorites as well as selections from their recent release Take the High Road. Saturday, Dec. 17, at 8pm. $40. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St., Napa. 707.259.0123. .........................................

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SINGERSMARIN Join Jan Pedersen Schiff and the seven youth and adult choral ensembles of SingersMarin for a performance of â&#x20AC;&#x2122;Tis the Season: A Winter Fantasy. Caroling kids lead the audience in a sing-along throughout the show for a magical holiday concert. Sunday, Dec. 18, at 4pm. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$30; students and children are halfprice. 415.499.6800. .........................................

HOLIDAY HOEDOWN Frolic for a good cause at this folkAmericana-blues-jazz concert for the entire family, featuring Arann Harris and the Farm Band, the California Honeydrops and the Barbary Ghosts. Sunday, Dec. 18, at 6pm. $10 with donation of canned food; $15 without donation; kids free with donation. Mystic Theatre, 21 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 707.765.2121.


SONGS OF THE SEASON The Healdsburg Jazz Festival presents soulful singer Clairdee and her sextet to celebrate the season with jazz, R&B and contemporary grooves in a joyous concert for all ages. Sunday, Dec. 18, at 6:30pm. Raven Theater, 115 North St., Healdsburg. $5â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$25. 707.433.6335. .........................................

THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER The 12-time Grammy-awardwinning band the Manhattan Transfer present an assortment of beloved Christmas hits with their performance â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cool Yule: The Manhattan Transfer Swings Christmas.â&#x20AC;? Tuesday, Dec. 20, 8pm. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $10â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$50. 707.546.3600.


THE COVERLETTES COVER CHRISTMAS Groove the night away with a Christmas cabaret show in the tradition of 1960s girl groups. Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 8pm. 142 Throckmorton Theater, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. $18â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$21. 415.383.9600.


A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS Enjoy the classic sounds of the Peanuts gang when ďŹ ve-time Grammy-nominated pianist David Benoit presents the music of Vince Guaraldi on Thursday, Dec. 22, at 8:00pm. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa. $30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$35. 707.226.7372.


DAVE KOZ Jam on fresh lively seasonal favorites with saxophonist extraordinaire and magical combination of musicians, including trumpeter Rick Braun, guitarist Jonathan Butler and Dutch saxophone star Candy Dulfer. Thursday, Dec. 22, at 8pm. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $39â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$69. 707.546.3600.


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David Sedaris developed a strong sense of practicality at an early age. “If you aren’t cute, you may as well be clever,” writes the miniature author in his book, Me Talk Pretty One Day. While admirable appearances weren’t his family’s forte, wit, satire and a knack for sharing embarrassing personal details were. (David’s sister Amy Sedaris plays junkie/whore/runaway Jerri in the TV cult classic Strangers with Candy.) Come see how generations of unattractiveness transform into unparalleled entertainment on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the Marin Center. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 8pm. $39–$42. 415.499.6400.

Most people take every precaution to ensure their lives are guaranteed for another day. Most fasten their seatbelts, look both ways crossing the road and even cook chicken to the appropriate temperature. However, the professional snowboarders and skiers in Warren Miller Entertainment’s newest film ‘Like There’s No Tomorrow’ throw every sense of caution down a cliff in the name of entertainment. Usually featuring B-roll wipeout footage, Miller’s films can be painful to merely watch, so break out the ice packs and Bengay on Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 7:30pm. $23. 707.546.3600.


History Lesson The karaoke machine affords the American public endless drunken nights wailing offkey lyrics to already overplayed classics. This heavily practiced bar tradition is all thanks to Filipino inventor Robert del Rosario (thanks a lot, dude). Filipinos carry a vast accumulation of inventions tied to their names; however, they’re often overlooked, even by Filipinos themselves. ‘Singgalot: The Ties That Bind,’ a traveling exhibition, brings Filipino history to life through rare photographs and illustrations. The opening reception commences on Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Sonoma County Museum. 425 Seventh St., Santa Rosa. 5–7pm. $10. 707.579.1500.


Cue It Back Listening to Richmond Punch play his violin is like flipping through a bevy of radio stations and only stopping at the good ones. This graduate of both the Juilliard School and Yale University finds his roots in everything from gospel to jazz and hiphop to classical. This protégé will mesh his talents with those of Bay Area favorite DJ Greg, who has performed with hip-hop legends like Afrika Bambaataa and the Ying Yang Twins. The two make magic together on Monday, Nov. 21, at 142 Throckmorton Theater. 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 7:30pm. $10–$15. 415.383.9600.

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FORGET DOMANI Italian heartthrob Patrizio Buanne sings Nov. 19 at the Napa Valley Opera House. See Concerts, p31.

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his holiday season, the North Bay theatrical community wishes everyone peace, prosperity, warmth, loveâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and some eggnog, with real alcohol in it. And a mystical trip through time and space. And a Red Ryder carbine-action, two-hundred-shot, range model air riďŹ&#x201A;e. But, hey, be careful. This would be a bad year to shoot your eye out.

After all, with so many dazzling holiday classics and sparkling originals lined up this side of the Golden Gate, theatergoers are advised to remain injury-free long enough to sample at least some of what our local companies have conjured for this holiday season. First out of the gate, opening this weekend at the Sixth Street Playhouse, is a snappy stage adaptation of the beloved 1983 movie â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A Christmas Story,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; adapted by Philip Grecian and directed by Bronwen Shears. Running Nov. 18â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Dec. 23, A Christmas Story is based

on the sneaky-sweet memoir by Jean Shepherd, telling the tale of Ralphie, a normal American kid in the 1940s, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only got one wish for Christmas: a Red Ryder BB gun. Everything from the movie is here, including the frightening department-store Santa, the old manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inappropriate leg-shaped lamp and the kid who gets his tongue stuck to an icy ďŹ&#x201A;ag pole. Next door at Sixth Streetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cozy Studio Theater, a different kind of winter nostalgia breaks out with John Carianiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s delightfully wintry comedy-romance â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Almost, Maine.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Set in the mythical town of Almost, where anything can happen and clichĂŠs spring to life in surprising ways, the play (Dec. 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;18) is a series of magical-realism vignettes about friends and lovers and dreamers who, all in one night, ďŹ nd that very strange things are happening in their town. One woman carries her broken heart about in a paper bag until a local repairman offers to ďŹ x it; two long-time friends literally fall in love (kerplop!), hitting the ground with the realization of their

suddenly undeniable feelings; another carries the soul-dragging heaviness of her long-past love in garbage bags in the trunk of her car. Poetic and moving and very, very funny, this cuddly gem of a show is directed by John Shillington. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A Christmas Carolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; returns again, with two original adaptations of the timeless tale. Running Nov. 25â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Dec. 17, Santa Rosaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Imaginists Theatre Collective employs surprising physicality and inventive staging in their version of the Scrooge story, with a cast that plays all the charactersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and most of the props. At Marin Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Novato Theater Company, Dickensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; holiday fable (Nov. 15â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Dec. 17) is given a musical spin, with original tunes using Dickensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; text as lyrics. Two more surprising adaptations of beloved and delightfully dark stories are at the Spreckels Center. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 brings a twoperformance run of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Ballet.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Yes, Tim Burtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s macabre Christmas masterpiece will be brought to life in dance, presented by Classical and Contemporary Dance with Tamara Grose. Then, running Dec. 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;18, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the return of actor David Yen in David Sedarisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Santaland Diaries,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; directed by Argo Thompson. Adapted from Sedarisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; scathing memoir about his season playing an elf at Macyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Santaland, the script by Joe Mantello is a tour de force for Yen, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be performing the high-energy one-man show for his fourth consecutive year. At the Glaser Center in Santa Rosa, Actorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Basement unleashes an intimate, semi-interactive version of Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Twelfth Nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (Dec. 16â&#x20AC;&#x201C;17), and in Rio Nido, Pegasus Theater presents the radio version of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Miracle on 34th Streetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (Dec. 15â&#x20AC;&#x201C;18) with period songs from the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;30s and â&#x20AC;&#x2122;40s and live sound effects. Finally, a grumpy blind cab driver ďŹ nds love, sort of, in the darkish romantic comedy â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Light Sensitiveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by Jim Geoghan. Directed by Hollywood veteran Everett Chambers (Columbo) at Sebastopolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Main Stage West (Nov. 18â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Dec. 10), the three-actor free-for-all promises a bumpy but satisfying road to holiday happiness.

DUNST’S STUNT Lars von Trier goes for the ultimate chaos: the apocalypse.

Still Reigning Greed meets cosmic catastrophe in ‘Melancholia’ BY RICHARD VON BUSACK


he end of the world? In his new film, Melancholia, Lars von Trier tries to imagine just that. But Melancholia goes beyond the typical populism of the disaster movie—the callous rich mending their ways because of a massive quake or a bad volcano.

The film’s first half wittily observes a wedding so pungent with lucre as to pale the Kardashians. The setting is a lakeside chalet in Sweden. Kirsten Dunst is Justine, a bride whose boss (Stellan Skarsgard at his most swinish) is the father of the groom. Justine’s sister, Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg), and her husband, John (Kiefer Sutherland), shell out beaucoup bucks for the big event. Why, on the happiest day of her etc., has Justine gone feral with sadness, hiding from the company, ducking her husband to go pee on the lawn of the golf course? The second half reveals why. There’s cosmic trouble, which some are willfully ignoring, with a newly discovered planet. Some suggest this new globe is in a dance-of-death orbit with Earth. It’s named, for some linguistically indefensible reason, “Melancholia.” With her particular cross of intensity and impassivity, Dunst is the least like a Hans Christian Andersen fairy-tale sufferer of any of von Trier’s heroines—and the most like an imprisoned woman forcing her way out. In Melancholia’s second part, the estate is cleared of guests and staff, and the two sisters try their best to function as the inevitable starts to occur. And there is the consolation, unusual in von Trier, of a child, Justine’s nephew (Cameron Spurr). Does von Trier feel life itself is evil? That seemed to be the idea in Antichrist. And yet Melancholia itself is much easier to take seriously because of its clarity and stillness, and because of Dunst’s wistful, frightening acting. Von Trier is probably a madman, but every madman has at least one lucid argument in him. ‘Melancholia’ opens Friday, Nov. 18, at the Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael.

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reconnect with her damaged sibling. Directed by Sean Durkin. (RvB)

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 (PG-13; 115 min.) The first part of the

Melancholia (R; 130 min.) Doomsday, precipitated by a planet on a collision course with Earth, gets the Lars von Trier treatment in the maverick director’s latest. Co-stars Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland and Charlotte Gainsbourg. See review, p29. (NB)

adaptation of Stephanie Meyer’s final book in her hugely popular Twilight series brings the gang back for Christmas. The second part is due November 2012. (NB)

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) Footloose (PG-13; 117 min.) Remake of the 1984 film that launched Kevin Bacon stars newcomer Kenny Wormald. Also with Andie MacDowell and Dennis Quaid. (NB) Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (NR; 130 min.) Biopic on the great French pop singer follows his boyhood in occupied France to his death in 1991 at age 62. Based on the graphic novel by director Joann Sfar. (NB) 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 powerhouse cast includes Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, Jeffrey Wright and Philip Seymour Hoffman. (LC)

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Puss in Boots (PG; 90 min.) Puss in Boots (based on the Shrek character) goes wrong where prequels usually do, by changing the nature of the characters we love in the name of fleshing them out. Naturally, though, there are sweet lines (“Fear me if you dare,” Puss threatens) and some lovely sequences, such as the characters’ romp in the clouds outside the giant’s castle at the nether end of the beanstalk. But the plot is convoluted and doesn’t seem about something, the way a fairy tale has to be—it doesn’t have any resonance. Features the voices of Anotonio Banderas (as Puss), Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis and Billy Bob Thornton. (RvB) Revenge of the Electric Car (NR; 90 min.) Chris Paine, director of Who Killed the Electric Car?, provides his own update in new doc about the now brighter future of gasless autos. (NB)

The Rum Diary (R; 120 min.) A New York journalist sinks into the mire of alcohol and tangled love in San Juan in this adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s novel of the late 1950s. Stars Johnny Depp. (NB)

The Skin I Live In (R; 117 min.) Pedro

Immortals (PG-13; 98 min.) From the dingalings who brought you 300 comes the

Almodovar’s newest stars Antonio Banderas as a loony plastic surgeon bent on perfecting synthetic skin. (NB)

CG-enchanced story of Theseus leading the war against the titans. (NB)

The Three Musketeers (PG-13; 110 min.) Resident Evil director Paul W. S. Anderson is the

In Time (PG-13; 115 min.) Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried co-star in sci-fi thriller about a future where old-age can be overcome by those wealthy enough to afford (literally) more time. Directed by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Lord of War). (NB)

latest to update the classic Dumas tale. Stars Milla Jovovich, Orlando Bloom, Christoph Waltz and Mads Mikkelsen. (NB)

J. Edgar (R; 137 min.) Biopic of head G-Man stars Leonardo di Caprio in the title role. With Naomi Watts and Judi Dench, and directed by Clint Eastwood. (NB) Jack and Jill (PG; 91 min.) Riding the wave of Thanksgiving holiday movies is Adam Sandler vehicle Jack and Jill, with Sandler playing both roles of staid executive brother and irritating passive-aggressive sister. Co-stars Katie Holmes, Al Pacino and Dana Carvey. (NB)

Martha Marcy May Marlene (R; 101 min.) Elizabeth Olsen plays a girl completely hollowed out by a cult leader. After she escapes the compound, her estranged sister puts her up, but is thwarted at her every attempt to

Tower Heist (PG-13; 103 min.) Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy star in a comedy about a band of N.Y.C. apartment dwellers who avenge the Ponzi schemer (Alan Alda) who made off with their pensions. With a slew of co-stars: Matthew Broderick, Michael Pena, Casey Affleck and the very funny Tea Leoni. (NB) A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas (R; 90 min.) Yet another lowcomedy franchise swiping the title from the late-’80s Brady Bunch reunion film. (NB)

The Way (PG-13; 115 min.) A California doctor (Martin Sheen) takes a journey that will change his life after he flies to France to collect the remains of his son (Emilio Estevez), killed while trekking the Pyrenees, and decides to finish his son’s pilgrimage. Written and directed by Estevez. (NB)


Concerts SONOMA COUNTY An Autumn Romance American Philharmoic performs Beethoven, Mahler and Brahms. Nov 20 at 3:30. $5-$30. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Fall Concert Featuring two youth ensembles, Santa Rosa Symphony Young People’s Chamber Orchestra & Preparatory Orchestra. Nov 19 at 2. $8-$12. Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.546.8742.

Mostly Mozart Philharmonia Healdsburg, featuring Rebecca Pollock Ayres on flute, Dan Levitan on harp. Nov 19 at 8, Nov 20 at 2. $10-$25. Raven Theater, 115 North St, Healdsburg. 707.433.6335.

Pink Martini Cosmopolitan 12-piece features guest singer Storm Large. Nov 19 at 8. $45.50$85.50. Santa Rosa High School Auditorium, 1235 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 415.499.6800.

Songwriters in Sonoma Monthly music series. Nov 20, Sean Carscardden, Petracovich & John Pita. $15. Meadowcroft Wines, 23574 Arnold Dr, Sonoma. 707.934.4090.

County performances through Dec 2. Angelico Hall, Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave, San Rafael. 415.948.8357.

Melvin Seals With JGB. Nov 18-19 at 9. $25-$35. Palm Ballroom, 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael. 415.389.5072.

Slavyanka Russian Chorus Slavic male chorus. Nov 19 at 8. $20-$25. Dance Palace, Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.

NAPA COUNTY Patrizio Buanne Italian sensation of Neopolitan song dazzles in US show. Nov 19 at 8. $30-$40. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 415.226.7372.

Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings Daisy & Lewis open for funk maven and powerhouse backers. Nov 17 at 7. $35. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Stephen Stills Show with folk legend and vet of Crosby, Stills & Nash. Nov 17 at 8. $55-$75. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Clubs & Venues SONOMA COUNTY

Y&T With opener Gretchen Menn. Nov 18 and 19 at 8. $36-$41. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.9211.

MARIN COUNTY Pink Martini Cosmopolitan 12-piece features guest singer Storm Large. Nov 17 at 8. $25.50$85.50. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

Rwanda Children’s Choir Twenty-four young Rwandans tour the county to say thank you to the organizations that have helped feed, clothe and provide medical care for them. Various Marin and Sonoma

A’Roma Roasters Nov 18, Kate Garibaldi (singersongwriter). Nov 19, EZ Kewl (jazz). 95 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.576.7765.

Aqus Cafe Nov 16, West Coast Songwriters’ Competition. Nov 18, Haute Flash Quartet. Nov 19, The Farallons. Every Sunday, Sunday Jazz. 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.

Aubergine Wed at 7, open mic. Nov 17, Old Jawbone and special guests. Nov 18, Web of One & Human Revolution. Nov 20, Moonbeams. Tues at 7, ladies’ limelight open mic with Tawnie. 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2722.


Nov 19, Jess Petty. 480 First St East, Sonoma.

Coffee Catz Thurs, Science Buzz Cafe (see Lectures). Third Fri at 7:30, West Coast Songwriters showcase (signups at 7). Sat at 2, bluegrass jam. Mon at 6, open mic. 6761 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.6600.

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

Flamingo Lounge Wed & Thurs, karaoke. Fri & Sat, live music. Nov 18, Crossfire. Sun, salsa with lessons. Tues, swing night with lessons. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

Friar Tuck’s Wed & Sat, karaoke. Fri, DJ Mike. 8201 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.792.9847.

Gaia’s Garden Every Tues, Jim Adams (jazz guitar). 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491.

Hopmonk Sonoma Nov 18, Courtney Janes. Nov 19, Spark & Whisper. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.


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

Jasper O’Farrell’s Sun, Open Mic. 6957 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2062.

Lagunitas Tap Room Nov 16, Blue Merle. Nov 17, Amy Hogan Trio. Nov 18, JimBo Trout. Nov 19, Mad Maggies. Nov 20, LipBone Redding. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

Last Day Saloon Every Wed at 7, North Bay Hootenanny’s Pick-Me-Up Revue. Nov 19, Pride & Joy. Mon, karaoke. 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. ) 707.545.2343.




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Nov 16 and 20, Gwen Sugarmama Avery. Nov 17, Susan Sutton. Nov 18, Jess Petty & Tony D’Anna. Nov 19 and 22, Greg Hester. Sun, Kit Mariah’s open mic. 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.


Mc T’s Bullpen Wed, open mic with Angelina. Thurs, karaoke with Country Dan. Fri, DJ Alexander. 16246 First St, Guerneville. 707.869.3377.

Monroe Dance Hall Thurs & Sun, Circles ‘n Squares Dance Club. Nov 19, Mitch Woods & his Rocket 88’s. 1400 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.529.5450.

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On the Town Square, Nicasio

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

Mystic Theatre Nov 18-19, Y&T. Gretchen Menn opens. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

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

North Light Books & Cafe Every Thurs at 5:30, open mic. Nov 17, Circus Moon. 550 E Cotati Ave, Cotati. 707.792.4300.

Dreadfuls. Nov 18, Emily’s Army, Rule 5, Decent Criminal, Push. Nov 19, Bobby Brackins with Starting Six, Rejetz, TG, Iamsu, Aduiopush, Loverance, Kool Jon, Symba and DJ Amen. 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.

Redwood Cafe

Society: Culture House Nov 17, Mr Perfect. Every Sun, Rock and Roll Sunday School. 528 Seventh St., Santa Rosa, no phone.

Spancky’s Nov 17, DJ Dray Lopez. Nov 18, Wild Mint. with Cluster Phunk. Nov 19, Love Fool. 8201 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.664.0169.

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

Spreckels Performing Arts Center

Rio Nido Roadhouse

Every first and third Sun, Robert Herrera, Brianna Lee, Josh Barrett. Mon, open mic with Phil the Security Guard. 116 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.544.8623.

Nov 19, Chris Cobb Band. 14540 Canyon 2 Rd, Rio Nido. 707.869.0821.

River Theatre Nov 19, Boris Garcia. 16135 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.3194.

The Rocks Bar & Lounge Nov 17, Honey Badgers with Veronica Page and La Fin Absolute du Monde. 146 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. 707.782.0592.

Russian River Brewing Co Nov 19, SuperUnknown. Nov 20, Jug Dealers. 725 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.BEER.

Sebastopol Center for the Arts Nov 18, Pyrotones. 6780 Depot St, Sebastopol. 707.829.4797.

Nov 19, Led Zeppelin Concert Experience. 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. 707.588.3400.

Toad in the Hole Pub

Tradewinds Thurs, DJ Dave. Tues, Jeremy’s Open Mic. Nov 18, Jake Richmond. with Leah Miller and Brother of Siren. Nov 19, Flyodian Slip. Nov 20, Tim O’Neil. Mon, Donny Maderos’ Pro Jam. 8210 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7878.

Transient Lounge Thurs, Reggae Night. Nov 18, Chingado, Deras Krig, Whorpath. Nov 19, Crusifixtion, Paranoid Freakout, Curtains, Tight Bombs. Nov 20, Rum Rebellion, Puke N Rally, MSection. 400 Todd Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.583.9080.

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

Occidental Center for the Arts Nov 19, Brass Farthing. Nov 20, William Florian. Graton Road and Bohemian Highway, Occidental.

Olde Sonoma Public House Nov 17, Dawn Angelosante and Tony Gibson. 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 Wed at 6, jazz jam. Nov 17, Odd Bird with 26 Miles Per Hour, Our Vinyl Vows and Penny

SYMPATHIQUE Pink Martini plays in Santa Rosa and San Rafael this week. See Concerts, p31.

MARIN COUNTY Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nightclub

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

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

19 Broadway Club Nov 16 at 6, Buddy Owen, at 8, Rayner Brock. Nov 18, Lutan Fyah. Third Fri monthly, reggae and dancehall. Nov 19, Tay Capone album release party. Nov 20, Lonestar Retrobates. Mon at 9, open mic. Tues at 9, Uzilevsky Korty Duo with special guests. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

No Name Bar Fri at 9, Michael Aragon Quartet. Sun at 3, Mal Sharpeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dixieland. Tues at 8:30, open mic with Damir. 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.1392.

Old Western Saloon Nov 19, Felsen. Main Street, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1661.

Sleeping Lady Nov 16, Biambuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Groove Room Jam. Thurs at 9, Texas Blues. Nov 18, Danny Clickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Texas Blues Night. Sat at 2, uke jam. Sun at 2, Irish music. Mon at 8, open mic with Simon Costa. Nov 22, Matt HartwellHerreroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Songbook Night. 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.485.1182.

Smileyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wed, Larryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s karaoke. Nov 17, Low Rollers. Nov 19, Chrome Johnson. Sun, open mic. Mon, reggae. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311.

Southern Pacific Smokehouse Wed, Philip Claypool and friends. Nov 17, Loosely Covered. Nov 18, Revolver. Nov 19, Miracle Mule. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.899.9600.

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

Downtown Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brewery & Restaurant Nov 17, North Bay Blues Jam with Maple Station Express. Nov 19, Captain Crunch. Every Monday at 4, Monday Night Football with Big John. 902 Main Street, Napa.

Napa Valley Opera House Nov 17, Stephen Stills (see Concerts). Nov 19, Patrizio Buanne (see Concerts). 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Siloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wed at 7, jam session. Nov 16, Audio Farm. Nov 17, A Cappella. Nov 18, Caroompas Room. Nov 19, Terry Bradford. Nov 20, NVJS. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

Uptown Theatre Nov 17, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings (see Concerts). Nov. 20, Pixies (Sold-Out). 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Uva Trattoria Wed, Gentlemen of Jazz. Nov 17, Tommy Hill & the Rumba Tribe. Nov 18, Jon Popenoe. Nov 19, Jack Pollard. Sun, James & Ted. 1040 Clinton St, Napa. 707.255.6646.

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Rancho Nicasio Nov 16, Willie K. Nov 17, Anniversary Show. Nov 18, Lipbone Redding with Ron Thompson & Resistors. Nov 19, James Moseley Band. Nov 20, Cowlicks. Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

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Kimya Dawson Former Moldy Peach and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Junoâ&#x20AC;? soundtrack star has new record label, Great Crap Factory. Nov. 21 at Amoeba SF.

Wale With Rick Ross and Lex Luger on his side, D.C. rapper hints at accessibility with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ambition.â&#x20AC;? Nov. 22 at Mezzanine.

Crooked Fingers After Archers of Loaf tour, Eric Bachmann promotes new LP, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Breaks in the Armor.â&#x20AC;? Nov. 23 at Bottom of the Hill.

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lternative-rock guitar heroes usually shun axeman showmanship, but Joey Santiago of the Pixies has managed to rewrite the book without forgoing some good old-fashioned heavy shredding. With songs like the jamready â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vamos,â&#x20AC;? itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no wonder Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pixies show at Napaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Uptown Theatre sold out in just minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sold-out? Then why the hell am I talking to you?â&#x20AC;? Santiago laughs, via phone from L.A. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just surprising, things selling out that fast. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty incredible.â&#x20AC;? Yes, the Pixiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; second coming has been nothing short of astonishing, with the type of widespread popularity that eluded them during their initial ďŹ veyear run. In 1992, just when their disciples Nirvana were topping

the charts, the Pixies disbanded, reportedly via fax from frontman Frank Black. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To be honest, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s folklore,â&#x20AC;? conďŹ rms Santiago of the famous story. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He might have faxed the manager, but I can tell you this: I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even have a fax machine.â&#x20AC;? Twelve years later, Black used a phone to reach his old friend with whom he formed the band after dropping out of UMass. The whole music thing took a few years of convincing for Santiagoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s whitecollar Filipino parents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was only after they saw the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Here Comes Your Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; video on MTV!â&#x20AC;? Suddenly the Pixies found themselves with a younger, larger audience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The main carrot on the stick was we were going to play Coachella,â&#x20AC;? he says of their celebrated reunion in 2004. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[I thought,] â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;If it sounds like shit, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to do it.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Kim [Deal, bassist and vocalist] had the same sentiment. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d shake hands and go, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;All right! We gave it the old college try.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Thankfully, their chemistry remained. David Loveringâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thundering drums buoyed Dealâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cherubic vocals and simple bass lines like they always had, while Blackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s punctuated screeches echoed Santiagoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s innovative, corrosive guitar attack. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Savoy TrufďŹ&#x201A;e,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; George Harrison might have been conjuring up a drill,â&#x20AC;? he says of his techniqueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inspiration. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I liked the bent notes he was doing, and I just milked the shit out of it. I do it often.â&#x20AC;? While this current tour celebrates 1989â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Doolittle, their other great album Surfer Rosa hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet received the â&#x20AC;&#x153;in its entiretyâ&#x20AC;? treatment. But some songs from other albums inevitably ďŹ nd their way on to the set list. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we do â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Gigantic,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a banter in the beginning,â&#x20AC;? Santiago says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes [we] do it; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty funny.â&#x20AC;? Although theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve recorded exactly one song since reforming (2004â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bam Thwockâ&#x20AC;?), Santiago reveals theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re â&#x20AC;&#x153;chit-chattingâ&#x20AC;? about more. Seven years in, the Pixies 2.0 still hate planning. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Honestly, we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have anything planned after this,â&#x20AC;? Santiago says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Meanwhile, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to throw away my fax machine.â&#x20AC;?


At 5pm. Sonoma County Museum, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Singgalot,â&#x20AC;? Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition on history of Fillipino Immigrants in America. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.579.1500. At 6pm. Painters Place, paintings by Christin Coy and Richard Lindenberg. 1139 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.461.0351.

Nov 19 At 4pm. Quicksilver Mine Co., â&#x20AC;&#x153;Esse Quam Videri,â&#x20AC;? paintings and collage by Harley. 6671 Front St, Forestville. 707.887.0799. At 5pm. Lesters Store, curated arts, antiques and design pop-up store. Oddfellows Lodge, 21021 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville. 415.572.8232. At 5:30pm. Napa Valley Museum, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dreams of Toylandâ&#x20AC;? featuring presentations by Dolph Gotelli. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. 707.944.0500.

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At 2pm. Marin Society of Artists, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Small Treasures and Giftsâ&#x20AC;? featuring small artworks and jewelry by members. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 415.454.9561.

Ricky Watts. Tues-Wed and Fri-Sat, noon to 8; Sun, noon to 4. 313 Main St, Sebastopol. 707.829.7256.

Calabi Gallery Through Nov, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beyond Borders,â&#x20AC;? works by artists of the Central and South American diaspora. Also, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Postwar Modernism of the West,â&#x20AC;? work by Robert McChesney, Roy De Forest, Nathan Oliveira and others. Wed-Sun, 11 to 5. 144 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.781.7070.

SONOMA COUNTY Ending Nov 21, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Annual Collaborative Showâ&#x20AC;? with various artists. Wed-Thurs and Sun-Mon, 11 to 5; Fri-Sat, 11 to 8. 140 E Napa St, Sonoma. 707.996.3115.

Buddhaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Palm Tattoo Gallery Through Jan 6, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Down the Rabbit Holeâ&#x20AC;? with works by

Ending Nov 21, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two Points of View,â&#x20AC;? paintings by Olga Storms and Cathy Coe. Daily, 10 to 5. Closed Wednesdays. 1580 Eastshore Rd, Bodega Bay. 707.875.2744.

New Leaf Gallery Ongoing, sculpture, fountains and kinetic sculpture by over 50 artists including Zachary Coffinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rockspinner 6.â&#x20AC;? Daily, 10 to 5. Cornerstone Place, 23588 Hwy 121, Sonoma. 707.933.1300.

Charles M Schulz Museum

Occidental Center for the Arts

Through Jan 29, 2012, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Flipside of Schulzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art: More Than Peanuts,â&#x20AC;? original drawings by Charles Schulz. Through Dec 11, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Popâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d from the Panel,â&#x20AC;? parallel worlds of fine art and commercial art. Through Nov 28, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Games Children Play.â&#x20AC;? $5-$8. Mon-Fri, noon to 5; Sat-Sun, 10 to 5. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452.

Pelican Art

Finley Community Center Nov 21-Dec 22, Intertwined Artists Group show on mirrored objects. Mon-Fri, 8 to 7; Sat, 9 to 1. Mon-Fri, 8 to 7; Sat, 9 to 1 2060 W College Avenue, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3737.

Gallery of Sea & Heaven Through Dec 31, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Make Yourself at Home,â&#x20AC;? exhibit of unusual home and garden accessories. Wed-Sat, noon to 5 and by appointment. 312 South A St, Santa Rosa. 707.578.9123.

Graton Gallery Through Dec 4, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Plein Aire Paintingâ&#x20AC;? with works by Susan Ball. Tues-Sun, 10:30 to 6. 9048 Graton Rd, Graton. 707.829.8912.

Hammerfriar Gallery

Arts Guild of Sonoma

Local Color Gallery

Through Nov 30, â&#x20AC;&#x153;On and On: Sequel of Memories,â&#x20AC;? installation work by Kathleen Yorba. Tues-Fri, 10 to 6. Sat, 10 to 5. 132 Mill St, Ste 101, Healdsburg. 707.473.9600.

The Lesters Store Nov 20-Dec 28, noon to 7, curated arts, antiques and design pop-up store. Reception, Nov 19 at 5. Oddfellows Lodge, 21021 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville. 415.572.8232.


Through Jan 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153; Inside/Out Gallery Showâ&#x20AC;? with various artists. Graton Road and Bohemian Highway, Occidental.


Through Jan 7 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Small Worksâ&#x20AC;? with various artists. Open TuesThurs and Sat, 11 to 6; Fri, 11 to 8; Sun-Mon by appointment only. 143 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.773.3393.

Nov 14â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jan 7 Holiday Reception: Dec 3, 5â&#x20AC;&#x201C;7pm 150 N. Main St. Sebastopol, Ca 95472 707-829-7200


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Nov 18-Jan 8, Bronson Tufts honed at Membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Annual Exhibition. 230 Lakeville St at East Washington, Petaluma. 707.762.5600.


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Through Nov 28, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pirates,â&#x20AC;? a kid-friendly exhibit featuring everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 Dec 24, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rambin Modes,â&#x20AC;? an evolving window display by Monty Monty. Nov 18-Jan 1, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Esse Quam Videriâ&#x20AC;? with Harley. Reception, Nov 19 at 4. Conversation with the artist Dec 1 at 7. Thurs-Mon, 11 to 6. 6671 Front St, Forestville. 707.887.0799.

RiskPress Gallery Through Nov 28, Michael Coy exhibit. 7345 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol.

Untitled by Roy De Forest, Circa 1950 Exhibiting a diverse selection of unusual antique, modern & contemporary artworks.

Calabi Gallery 707.781.7070 | 144 Petaluma Blvd N

Riverfront Art Gallery Open now, Late Fall Show with Karen Spratt and Lance Kuehne. Wed, Thurs and Sun, 11 to 6.

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Fri-Sat, 11 to 8. 132 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.775.4ART.

Sebastopol Center for the Arts Through Dec 3, “Shoes,”twoand-three-dimensional show open to all media, including video and film. Jurors are Genevieve Barnhart and Julia Geist. Tues-Fri, 10 to 4, Sat 1 to 4. Through Dec 3, “The COlor of Magic,” featuring work by Art Heaven as painters celebrate 10 years of working together. Tues-Fri, 10 to 4; Sat, 1 to 4. 6780 Depot St, Sebastopol. 707.829.4797.

Beloved Broadway Musical! Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner Music by Frederick Loewe

SRJC Burbank Auditorium 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, CA Box Office: 707.527.4343 Buy Tickets Online: Produced by special arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc.

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Nov. 25, 26, Dec. 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 at 8 PM Nov. 26, 27, Dec. 3, 4, 10 at 2 PM

Elsewhere Gallery Through Nov 29, “Supercosmos des Songes” by Jean-Marc Brugeilles. Daily, 11 to 6. 1828 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. 415.526.2855.

Gallery Route One Through Dec 11, “Vaporization” with Betty Woolfolk, “The Wilds of Point Reyes,” Artists’ Book Show. Wed-Mon, 11 to 5. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1347.

Marin Society of Artists

Shiloh Sophia Galley. Ongoing, work by Shiloh Sophia. WedSat, 11 to 6; Sun, 12-6. 126 Plaza Street, Healdsburg. 707.318.8189.

Nov 20-Dec 17, “Small Treasures and Gifts” featuring small artworks and jewelry by members. Reception, Nov 20 at 2. Mon-Thurs, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, 12 to 4. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 415.454.9561.

Sonoma County Museum

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts

Nov 19-Jan 22, “Singgalot,” Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition on history of Fillipino Immigrants in America. Reception, Nov 18 at 5. $10. Tues-Sun, 11 to 4. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.579.1500.

Nov 20 at 2, writers Jane Hirshfield and Cyra McFadden. Tues-Sat, 10 to 2; also by appointment. 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.4331.

Shiloh Sophia Gallery

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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.

Steele Lane Community Center Through Dec 22, paintings by Mary Louise Anderson. Mon-Thurs, 8 to 7; Fri, 8 to 5. 415 Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3282.

Painters Place Nov 16-Jan 14, paintings by Christin Coy and Richard Lindenberg. Reception, Nov 18 at 6. 1139 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.461.0351.

Red Barn Gallery Through Jan 6, “Grounded: A California Indian Life,” art by Miwok/Pomo artist Kathleen Rose Smith. Dec 9 at 2, demonstration and tasting of California Indian native foods.

1 Bear Valley Rd, Pt Reyes Station. 415.464.5125.

Seager Gray Gallery Formerly Donna Seager Gallery. Through November, inaugural exhibition. Tues-Sat, 11 to 6. 23 Sunnyside Ave, Mill Valley. 415.384.8288.

NAPA COUNTY Christopher Hill Gallery 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.

Di Rosa Through Feb 18, “Looking at You Looking at Me” featuring the photography, video and other media of Robert Wuilfe. Wed-Fri, 9:30 to 3. Sat, by appointment only. 5200 Carneros Hwy, Napa. 707.226.5991.

Gallery 1870 Ongoing, works by various artists, currently highlighting Imre Buvary, Kay Geis and Takayuki Harada. 6525 Washington St, Yountville. 800.322.1870.

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.

Napa County Historical Society Gallery Through Nov 24, “Selling Napa,”

Tin Barn Vineyards

Nov 19-Dec 31, “Thanks Any/Way: A Photographic Exploration of Gratitude.” FriMon, 12 to 5. 707.938.5430. 21692 Eighth Street East, Ste 340, Sonoma.

Towers Gallery Through Dec 31, “Nouveau Holiday,” with various artists. 240 North Cloverdale Blvd, Ste 2, Cloverdale. 707.894.4331.

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

‘ESSE QUAM VIDERI’ New work by Harley opens

at Quicksilver Mine Co. on Nov. 19. See Openings, p35.


display of advertising in Napa dating back to 1857. Goodman Library, 1219 First St, Napa. 707.224.1739.

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Napa Valley Museum Nov 19-Jan 29, “Dreams of Toyland” featuring presentations by Dolph Gotelli. Reception, Nov 19 at 5:30. Wed-Mon, 10 to 5. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. 707.944.0500.

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Comedy Dana Carvey ‘SNL’ star famous for Church Lady and Garth from “Wayne’s World.” Nov 19 at 8. $39-$69. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Will Durst Electoral countdown madness. Nov 20 at 7:30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Dance Ana Teresa Fernandez Tango artist performs, instructs and lectures on “Tango, Gender Roles and Art.” Nov 18 at 7. $20-$25. Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, 551 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.939.7862.

Momix Acclaimed dance troupe in its performance of “Botanica.” Nov 16 at 8. $10-$45. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

The Nutcracker Celebrate the season with Napa Regional Dance Co. Nov 19-20 at 2. $20$30. Lincoln Theater, 100 California Dr, Yountville. 707.944.9900.




Community Celebration Awards Ceremony will honor Attila Nagy, Habitat for Humanity, Interfaith Shelter Network, Rick Coshnear, Tom Pringle and Occupy Santa Rosa. Nov 19 at 5. Peace and Justice Center, 467 Sebastopol Ave, Santa Rosa. ) 707.575.8902.


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Native American Heritage Month Nov 16 at 7, screening of award-winning film “Follow Me Home.” Free. Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2382.

Pacific Coast Air Museum Third weekend of every month from 10 to 4, folks are invited to play pilot in a featured aircraft. $5. Pacific Coast Air Museum, 2330 Airport Blvd, Santa Rosa. 707.575.7900.

Puppet Festival Nov 18 at 7 and 19 at 2:30, performance of “Old MacDonald” feat. Parasol Puppets; Nov 19 at 1, puppet-making workshop. $10-$15. Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main St, Napa. 707.255.5445.

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

Dine Out to End Hunger Eat at any of nine Marin restaurants, including Insalatas and Marinitas, Il Fornaio, the Station House Cafe and others, to participate in fundraiser for Homeward Bound of Marin. Nov 17. Next Key Center at Homeward Bound, 1399 North Hamilton Pkwy, Novato. 415.382.3363.

Melanie Dunea Author celebrates book launching with meal from chef Morimoto. Nov 21 at 5:30. $150-$250. Morimoto, 610 Main St., Napa. 415.927.0960.

Food & Wine Tasting French Beaujolais winemaker Georges Duboeuf presents tasting, dinner in honor of Nouveau Expression. Nov 17 at 4. $5-$55. Rendez Vous Bistro, 614 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa. 707.526.7700.

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Glen Ellen Historical Society holds interactive show-andtell about the town’s past. Nov 19 at 2. Mayflower Hall, 5311 O’Donnell Lane, Glen Ellen,

Tastings, cooking demos and dinners prepared by chefs Masaharu Morimoto, Richard Blais and Christopher Kostow, among others, at various restaurants and locations. Nov 17-20. $75. Downtown Napa, Main and Third streets, Napa. 707.963.3304.

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Honoring members, volunteers and sponsors. Nov 16 at 5:30. Sonoma Mountain Village Event Center, 1100 Valley House Dr, Rohnert Park. 707.266.1264.

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Film A Century Ago Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents films from 1911. Nov 21 at 7. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.1222.

The Films of John Korty The first major retrospective celebrating the work of John Korty: Nov 20 at 7, “Funnyman”; Nov 27 at 1, “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman”; Nov 27 at 7, a variety of shorts; Dec 1 at 7, “Alex and the Gypsy”; Dec 4 at 1, “Farewell to Manzanar”; Dec 4 at 7, “Twice Upon a Time.” Thru Dec 4. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.1222.

Elliot Gould A screening of M*A*S*H accompanied by conversation between actor and activist Norman Solomon. Nov 20 at 2. $15-$18. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.1222.

The Help Actors Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer appear in person. Nov 17 at 7. $20. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.1222.

Like There’s No Tomorrow Documentary follows worldclass athletes through snowy landscapes around the world. Nov 17 at 7:30. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.9600.

Melancholia Lars von Trier’s film about the end of the world, starring Kristen Dunst. Nov 18-24. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.545.1222.

The Met: Live in HD High-definition opera broadcasts from the Metropolitan Theatre in NYC. Nov 19-30, “Stayagraha.” $16$23. Jackson Theater, Sonoma Country Day School, 4400 Day School Place, Santa Rosa.

Stepping into the Fire Q&A with Ralph Metzner and Brad Burge after the film. Nov 20 at 2. $10-$12. Ions, 101 San Antonio Rd, Petaluma. 707.775.3500.

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Arts Events and Nov 23 at 1, “Dr Zhivago.” Dec 19 at 7 and Dec 21 at 1, “A Christmas Carol.” Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St E, Sonoma. 707.996.9756.

Lectures Crystallizing Culture & Landscape Reception and dinner celebrating art and work of Andy Cao. Nov 20 at 2. Cornerstone Sonoma, 23570 Arnold Dr, Sonoma. 707.933.3010.

Dr. Harry Edwards Sports consultant converses with Bruce Macgowan. Nov 17 at 7:30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

The Future of Food With guest speaker Pamm Larry. Nov 16 at 7. Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.795.7859.

Pacific Sea Turtles Director of the Turtle Island Restoration and local diver speak on endangered species. Nov 16 at 7. $5. Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 126 First St W, Sonoma. 707.565.6144.

Science Buzz Cafe Every Thurs at 6:30, gather with scientists and amateur science fans to discuss weekly topics. Nov 17, “Anasazi,” with Richard Ely. $3 donation. Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.292.5281.

Readings Angelico Hall Nov 17 at 7, Andrew Weil reads from “Spontaneous Happiness.” $35. Nov 18 at 7:30, an evening with Kay Ryan. Pulitzer-prize winning former poet laureate reads from retrospective “The Best of It.” $25. 415.927.0960. Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave, San Rafael.

Book Passage Nov 16 at 6, James Curtis reads from “Spencer Tracy: A Biography.” Nov 16 at 7, Patricia Wells reads from “Simply Truffles.” Nov 17 at 7, Ian Toll reads from “The Pacific Crucible.” Nov 18 at 7, Peter Eichstaedt reads from

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Jan Ogren Author to read from book “Dividing Worlds” and lead a land-honoring meditation. Nov 17 at 5:30. 707.544.7756. Institute of Noetic Sciences, 101 San Antonio Rd, Petaluma.

River Reader Nov 16, Gerald Haslam reads from “In Thought & Action: The Enigmatic Life of S.I. Hayakawa.” 707.869.2240. 16355 Main St, Guerneville.

Sebastopol Center for the Arts Reception for Gwynn O’Gara. Event honors former Sonoma County Poet Laureate. Nov 19 at 7. 6780 Depot St, Sebastopol. 707.829.4797.

Theater A Christmas Story Proceeds go to the Living Room Center. Nov 17 at 8. $30$35. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 800.838.3006.

Light Sensitive Seasonal comedy by Jim Geoghan, directed by Everett Chambers. Nov 18, 19, 26, 27; Dec 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10. $15$20. Main Stage West, 104 North Main St, Sebastopol. 707.823.0177.

Menopause the Musical in Concert The musical in concert format. Nov 18 at 8. $30. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Sherlock’s Last Case Pegasus Theater Company presents dark comedy written by Charles Marowitz and directed by Diana Grogg. Through Nov 20; Fri-Sat at 8, Sun at 2. $15-$20. Pegasus Theater Company, Rio Nido Lodge, Canyon Two Rd, Rio Nido. 707.583.2343.

Thoroughly Modern Millie A high-spirited musical romp that has all of New York dancing the Charleston. Nov 18 at 7:30, Nov 19 and 20 at 2. $14-$30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

To Kill a Mockingbird Ross Valley Players present classic play, directed by James Dunn. Through Dec 11, Thurs at 7:30, Fri and Sat at 8, Sun at 2. $17-$25. Barn Theatre, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 415.456.9555.

White Christmas Based on the film of the same name. Nov 18-20 and Dec 1-3 at 7:30; Nov 19-20 and Dec 2-4 at 3:30. $16-$26. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 800.838.3006.

David Sedaris Author appears in celebration of “Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk” paperback release. Nov 16 at 8. $39-$42. 415.927.0960. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael.

SoCo Coffee Two authors interview each other. Kay Mehl Miller and Sandy Baker on how they write and why they do it. Nov 19 at 6:30. Free. 707.571.0226. 1015 Fourth St, Santa Rosa.

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ARIES (March 21–April 19) If you go into a major art museum that displays Europe’s great oil paintings, you’ll find that virtually every masterpiece is surrounded by an ornate wooden frame, often painted gold. Why? To me, the enclosure is distracting and unnecessary. Why can’t I just enjoy the arresting composition on the naked canvas, unburdened by the overwrought excess? I urge you to take my approach in the coming weeks, Aries. Push and even fight to get the goodies exactly as they are, free of all the irrelevant filler, extraneous buffers and pretentious puffery. TAURUS (April 20–May 20)

“Judge a moth by the beauty of its candle,” said the 13th-century poet Rumi. More prosaically put: Evaluate people according to the nobility and integrity of the desires they’re obsessed with. Do you want to hang around with someone whose primary focus is to make too much money or please her parents or build a shrine to his own ego? Or would you prefer to be in a sphere of influence created by a person who longs to make a useful product or help alleviate suffering or make interesting works of art? It’s an excellent time to ponder these issues, Taurus—and then take action to ensure you’re surrounded by moths that favor beautiful candles.

GEMINI (May 21–June 20) In Santa Cruz, there used to be a nightclub that featured live rock bands on a big stage but enforced a strict policy forbidding its patrons from dancing. The one time I went there, the music was loud and infectious, and I naturally felt the urge to move in vigorous rhythm. Moments after I launched into my groove, a bouncer accosted me and forced me to stop. I think this situation has certain resemblances to the one you’re in now, Gemini. Some natural response mechanism in you is being unduly inhibited; some organic inclination is being unreasonably restrained or dampened. Why should you continue to accept this? CANCER (June 21–July 22)

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During the time a blue crab is growing to maturity, it is very skilled at transforming itself. It sheds its exoskeleton an average of once every 18 days for an entire year. You’re in a phase with some similarities to that period of rapid ripening, Cancerian. Your commitment to change doesn’t have to be quite as heroic, but it should be pretty vigorous. Could you manage, say, two moltings over the course of the next 30 days? If done in a spirit of adventure, it will be liberating, not oppressively demanding.

LEO (July 23–August 22) “Progress isn’t made by early risers,” wrote author Robert Heinlein. “It’s made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.” That’s exactly the kind of progress you are in an excellent position to stir up in the coming weeks. You don’t have to match the stress levels of the Type A people who might seem to have an advantage over you, and you won’t help yourself at all by worrying or trying too hard. The single best thing you can do to supercharge your creativity is to think of yourself as a “happy-go-lucky” person while you go around dreaming up ways to have more fun. VIRGO (August 23–September 22)

“Our elders know you don’t find the answer by asking thousands of questions,” says an essay on the website of the environmentalist group the Last Tree (www.thelasttree. net). “The wise way is to ask the right question in the beginning.” I recommend this approach for you in the coming weeks, Virgo. Given the sparkly mysteriousness that now confronts you, I know you may be tempted to simultaneously try a lot of different routes to greater clarity. But the more effective strategy in the long run is to cultivate silence and stillness as you wait expectantly for the intuition that will reveal the simple, direct path.

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LIBRA (September 23–October 22) In a review of James Gleick’s book The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood, The Week magazine reported that “the world now produces more information in 48 hours than it did throughout all human history to 2003.” From that dizzying factoid, we can infer that you are more inundated with data than were all of your ancestors put together. And the surge will probably intensify in the coming weeks. You are in a phase of your astrological cycle when you’ll be asked to absorb and integrate a voluminous amount of interesting stuff. Don’t be hard

on yourself if you sometimes need to slow down to digest what you’ve been taking in.

SCORPIO (October 23–November 21)

In his poem “Ode to the Present,” Pablo Neruda tells us how to slip free and clear into the luxuriously potent opportunity of the present moment. The here-andnow is so ripe and willing, he says, so malleable. “Take a saw to its delicious wooden perfume,” he continues, and then “build a staircase. Yes, a staircase. Climb into the present, step by step, press your feet onto the resinous wood of this moment, going up, going up, not very high . . . Don’t go all the way to heaven. Reach for apples, not the clouds.” Such good advice for you, Scorpio! It’s a perfect time to learn more about the magic of the present moment as you free yourself from “the unrepairable past.” (Read the poem at bit. ly/NerudaOde.)

SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21) Seminal psychologist Carl Jung wasn’t afraid of applying his scholarly analytical skills to the phenomena of pop culture. Late in life, he even wrote a thoughtful book on UFOs called Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Skies. To be as thorough and careful as he could possibly be about such an elusive subject, he wrote an afterword to his main argument, to which he added an epilogue, which in turn was followed by a concluding supplement. I hope that you are as scrupulous in wrapping up loose ends in the coming week, Sagittarius, especially when you’re dealing with enigmas and riddles. As you seek resolution and completion, go well beyond the bare minimum.

CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19) A great deal of land in the Netherlands has been reclaimed from the sea by human effort. But the system of dikes that holds back the primal flow is not a foolproof or permanent guarantee against flooding. That’s why more and more people are building homes that can float if they have to. “We are actually trying to move away from fighting against the water,” says architect Koen Olthuis. “We are beginning to make friends with the water.” I recommend you adopt this as a useful metaphor, Capricorn. During the coming months, you should be doing a lot of foundation work. What can you do to add buoyancy? AQUARIUS (January 20-February 18) According to my old philosophy professor Norman O. Brown, “Our real choice is between holy and unholy madness: open your eyes and look around you—madness is in the saddle anyhow.” Let’s take this hypothesis as our starting point, Aquarius. I propose that in the coming weeks you make an effort to get more accustomed to and comfortable with the understanding that the entire world is in the throes of utter lunacy. Once you are at peace with that, I hope you will commit yourself to the sacred kind of lunacy—the kind that bestows wild blessings and perpetrates unreasonable beauty and cultivates the healing power of outlandish pleasure. PISCES (February 19–March 20)

It won’t be enough to simply maintain your current levels of strength, clarity and intelligence in the coming weeks. To stay healthy, to keep up with the rapidly evolving trends swirling in and around you, you will have to actively push to get stronger, clearer and smarter. No pressure, right? Don’t worry, the universe will be conspiring to help you accomplish it all. To trigger the boost you’ll need, imagine that you have a reservoir of blue liquid lightning in the place between your heart and gut. Picture yourself drawing judiciously from that high-octane fuel as you need it, bringing it first to your heart and then to your brain.

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Offers ongoing classes for all levels of practice and interest. General program and introductory class: Tues & Weds evenings: 7:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8:45pm. Lunch Time Meditations: Every Tuesâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sat. Beginning Nov 1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Dec 21. Use your lunch hour to nourish your spirit with a mid-day meditation on the Heart Sutra, Buddha`s precious teachings on the true nature of existence. Donations accordThe Journey Center Presents: ing to your ability and wishes are accepted. Holiday Traditions Prayers for World Peace: Sun - 10:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;11:45am Christmas trees, wreaths, garlands! Bring Everyone is welcome. your friends/family and join us for a crafty 304 Petaluma Blvd, N, Petaluma 707.776.7720 evening! Sat, Dec. 3, 6:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8:30pm,

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