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he National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) declares U.S. soil a battlefield and authorizes the military to detain terror suspects indefinitely, without right to counsel unless specifically authorized. This bill is the most un-American of bills ever taken up by the Senate. The passage of this bill would set back political and philosophical evolution in the United States by hundreds of years, and it raises the stakes of the current struggle against political and economic injustice.

The potential to curtail Americans’ natural rights is built into the NDAA because it takes away rights to fair civilian trials for the accused. It’s dangerous enough that the president broke his promise to dismantle Guantanamo. I won’t assert that co-sponsors Levin and McCain wrote this bill specifically to wield the force of the military against political dissidents; that would be a logical fallacy. But that this bill has bipartisan and majority support indicates most of the Senate have no moral or ethical issues with subverting the natural rights of human beings for, at best, a marginal increase in domestic security. At worst, there is no doubt that if this act is signed into law it could be abused to detain political dissenters. Americans should, at a minimum, be cautious if the NDAA becomes law. Be prepared to keep your mouths shut, go to work, consume gratuitously and forget about your natural rights as human beings, because to speak out could mean potentially being sent to Guantanamo Bay with no hope of release or reprieve. Forward-thinkers cannot bring about change nonviolently to protect life on this planet if the military seizes its leaders and hauls them to a remote prison in the middle of the night. We must continue to fight now for a sane and just political system, economy and society, as well as the chance to set right the wrongs of the past 400 years. Hope for the best—but prepare to defend what nature has given you freely, that those in power might attempt to take away from you to protect their own interests and wealth. Kris Magnusson is a senior technical writer for a software company in Marin County. Open Mic is a weekly feature in the Bohemian. We welcome your contribution. To have your topical essay of 350 words considered for publication, write openmic@bohemian.com.

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I was gratefully surprised to see the Open Mic piece on AIDS awareness (“Staying Negative,” Nov. 23). As a professional sex surrogate, I teach people about STDs daily. Surprisingly, we still need better longterm studies for STDs. Opinions about degree of risk have changed more than once. Clinics and doctors don’t always keep current, and their personal prejudices can affect their judgment. Also, they have confided in me that they are afraid to overwhelm their patients, and therefore only give them basic information. So this is a list of what I get checked for: AIDS/HIV, candida, chanchroids, bladder infections (because I’m bisexual), chlamydia, cytomegalovirus, crabs, Epstein-Barr virus, gonorrhea, hepatitis, herpes, HPV, intestinal parasites, lice, Molluscum contagiosum, mycoplasma, scabies, and MRSA. In the 1970s and 1980s, I contracted STDs from nice, “careful” people. Now, I refrain from exchanging any body fluids with clients. Unfortunately, this also means no wet kisses or oral sex with new lovers until we’ve all been fully tested and made clear agreements about our “safer” behaviors with any other lovers (or sensual masseuses). Sometimes this requires going to more than one clinic. The Sebastopol Community Clinic is a good place to start. I wish for a conscious, healthy and happy sex life for all.

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A few of us have been at the southwest corner of Healdsburg’s Plaza for a few weeks now. We have named ourselves Occupy Wall Street at Healdsburg, because we are truly part of the current national movement, but we’d prefer to call it the Plaza Seminar on the Future of America. We don’t do tents, porta-potties or confrontation, but we do signs, witness, information, dialogue and discussion. It is often charged, with not a little smugness, that the Occupy movement has no platform, policies or goals, which is patently ridiculous. If you’re part of the 99%, you know intuitively many of the things that must be done to “restore” our America. Some of us seminarians suggest, for example, as a start that we raise the federal tax level on the rich, following the “Warren Buffett program”; levying a 90 percent tax on corporate and investment-industry bonuses; increase (or start enforcing!) regulation of banks, investment firms and hedge funds; introducing a federal campaign finance system with a publically funded feature; drastically (re-)limiting political campaign donations by businesses and corporations; shifting tax exemptions from large corporations to small- and medium-sized businesses; eliminating mortgage-payment tax write-offs for second homes; strengthening the powers and independence of the new U.S. Consumer Protection Bureau; ending subsidies to oil and gas companies; mandating contributions by large corporations and banks to local community-benefit programs; encouraging people to put their money in community-based banks instead of the Big Guys. We think a vigorous capitalism with adequate regulation will give us an America fairer for all. Oh yes, very radical, but it delights us to think of what a terrific country we could be if any two or three of these were put into effect. If you have similar ideas, you too belong to the Occupy movement, so please join us every Saturday from 2pm

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Everybody pays more, too; our taxes fund the prisons and juvenile detention centers housing those who should have been given a chance back in elementary school. “I taught in a school in South Central [Los Angeles], and I can tell you stories,” says Kelly Amis, sitting in the living room of her St. Helena home, describing

the two years she spent in a classroom as a Teach for America corps member. “At least half of the teachers there—a person with means would never allow their kids to be in the classroom with that teacher.” Amis is taking a mid-morning break to talk about her latest project. A Fulbright Scholar with an MA in education policy analysis from Stanford, ) 11 Amis has written and

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directed Teached, a series of short films that premiered at the Napa Valley Film Festival in November. The goal of the project is to provide a “candid” assessment of the nation’s race-based achievement gap. Though Amis is a first-time filmmaker, literally learning how to edit by making Teached, her novice skills aren’t reflected in the film’s quality. Each 10–20 minute segment captures issues crucial to classrooms and communities across the United States. “The Path to Prison” tells the story of one of her former students, 28-year-old Jerone, raised in South Central and funneled from one bad teacher to another. Eventually, Jerone went to prison like so many others; according to statistics, a black male is more likely to live in a prison cell than a college dorm. “The whole school was operating in a way that was completely dysfunctional and chaotic,” says Amis. Dismay at the sorry state of the school system led her to a career in education reform, but years working on policy only led to more frustration at the slow-to-change system. “I’m someone who can be pretty loud,” Amis says with a laugh. “I was kind of naïve when I left teaching. I thought, ‘Oh, people must not know how bad it is. They don’t get that we’re blaming the kids for how bad the schools are, when really we could improve these schools considerably.’” Twenty years later, she says, the statistics have barely shifted. Nearly half of urban AfricanAmerican and Hispanic students drop out of school, and of those who do graduate, an estimated one in five remains functionally illiterate. So Amis decided to adopt a different approach, writing the outline for Teached eight years ago. In 2008, a cameraman friend offered to help, and the two went to Washington, D.C., and started filming interviews during inauguration week. “The research, statistics and news don’t seem to be reaching the public in a way that’s making

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look fabulous while reducing needless consumption in the bargain. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have about 300 dresses,â&#x20AC;? says Nancy Lewis, one of many who help operate the Lending Closet at Napa Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office of education. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Students can borrow a gown for any school-related function, and for Junior Miss and Miss Napa County competitions.â&#x20AC;? Since 2004, Greeneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cleaners in Napa has donated cleaning for every dress. A parent volunteer keeps the collection in pristine order, purging to keep the quality high. The office issues incometax deduction letters to donors, including the recent donor of a silver strapless gown with pearl beading that came with a $600 price tag. At Santa Rosa High School, about 70 dresses are given to girls, but only upon parental approval. Coordinator Marlene Callen says staff has always given money privately to help needy students, but a program of dress donations has helped more girls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People are very kind,â&#x20AC;? says Callen, who solicits donations for prom night. When the girls try on the dresses during nonclass time, their giggling and laughing infects the staff, says Callen, and everyone in the office gets to share in the happiness of a girl getting the right dress at no cost to her family. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think sometimes we have more fun than they do,â&#x20AC;? Callen confesses. Redwood High School in Larkspur no longer lends dresses because, according to activities coordinator Sally Robert, the program didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take off. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not too many kids took advantage of it,â&#x20AC;? says Robert. But Napaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program remains solid and growing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The girls who borrow dresses are just thrilled,â&#x20AC;? says Lewis. For a greener holiday, consider donating to or organizing a dresslending program at your local high school. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll help reduce waste and bring more joy to the world. To learn more, call Nancy Lewis at 707.253.6810.

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have a hypothesis about Mexican food that’s served me well over the years. It goes like this: the cheaper the Mexican food, the better it is. The corollary is also true. Expensive Mexican food is seldom very good. Now, Mexican food is one of the world’s great cuisines with a history, nuance and complexity that’s right up there with French and Chinese. It can be dressed up

and made sophisticated, but for me, the humble, indigenous roots of Mexican food and simple deliciousness of corn, chiles and beans need little artifice or embellishment. There is no better expression of Mexican food than a dish made with fresh corn tortillas, a few bits of well caramelized meat, a spoonful of salsa and perhaps a little diced yellow onion and a scattering of chopped cilantro. Of course, I’m talking about the taco. The lowly taco is the highest expression of Mexican cuisine.

And by taco I don’t mean a plate-hogging, shredded-lettuce, cheddar-cheese and sour-creamsodden mess. I mean a beercoaster-sized fresh tortilla topped with a judicious scattering of grilled meat and a dribble of salsa. Two bites and it’s gone. Your shirt stays clean, and you’ve still got room to enjoy a few more. With my hypothesis in hand, I set my sights on Napa’s fivemonth-old Cielito Lindo. The restaurant stands next to Ubuntu, high temple of artful vegetable

cuisine, and maybe the owners felt compelled to create a menu that goes beyond standards like enchiladas and chile rellenos. Cielito Lindo describes itself as “unique Mexican food,” and while there are many familiar dishes on the menu, several items cross over into modern Mexican cuisine, a land of promise and peril. The dining room is bright and warm, with a big window looking out on Main Street that catches the afternoon sun. Mexicaninspired pop art and old photos hang on the walls. It’s a goodlooking place that fits right in with downtown Napa’s upwardly mobile dining scene. Entrées range from $16 to $23, cheap by Napa standards, but worrisome when applied to my cheaper-is-better theory. And that theory held true: the big-ticket items missed the mark, but the menu is strewn with little lowpriced gems. Like the tacos. It was word of Cielito Lindo’s tacos that drew me to the restaurant in the first place, and they do not disappoint. The braised pork-belly tacos (two for $8) are outstanding. Freshpressed corn tortillas cradle a powerfully delicious hunk of blistered, juicy pork. The pink pickled onion and cilantro on top deftly counter the porcine richness. I’m a fan of octopus paired with the sweet, smoky bite of guajillo chiles, but when the duo turns up in a taco ($8.50), the octopus lacks its characteristic meatiness. Better are the battered shrimp tacos ($8.50), a bit oily but good rolled up with a cucumber and cilantro aioli and shredded cabbage. Next to the pork-belly taco, my favorite dish is the diver scallop ceviche ($9). Ceviche often goes too heavy on the lime, leaving only the flavor of the citrus and texture of the seafood. Here, the buttery scallops are delicately marinated in lime and dabbed with horseradish to great effect. The lime is a background flavor, while the rich shellfish and hot bite of the horseradish do a little jig in the foreground. The delicately fried, ) 16

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SONOMA COUNTY Carmenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Burger Bar American. $. Excellent and innovative burgers with a Mexican flair. Beef comes fresh daily from Pacific Market next door. Lunch and dinner daily; breakfast, Sat-Sun. 1612 Terrace (in Town and Country center), Santa Rosa. 707.579.3663.

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specials like cioppino. Lunch and dinner daily. 919 Lakeville Ave, Petaluma. 707.765.5900.

Santi Restaurant Italian. $$. Simple Italian cuisine using fresh seasonal ingredients. Lunch and dinner daily. 2097 Stagecoach Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.528.1549. Sapporo Japanese. $$. An excellent choice when the sushi urge hits. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 518 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.575.0631. Sky Lounge Steakhouse & Raw Bar American/

M A R I N COUNTY Cheap, delicious and ready to go. Lunch and dinner daily. Miracle Mile Plaza, 2046 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.453.8990.

Avatarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Indian-plus. $. Fantastic East-meets-West 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

sushi. $$$. An overpriced coffee shop with a tiny sushi bar. Breakfast and lunch daily; dinner, Wed-Sun. 2200 Airport Blvd (in Sonoma County Airport), Santa Rosa. 707.542.9400.

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.

Larry Vitoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s BBQ Smokehouse Barbecue.

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Benissimo Ristorante & Bar Italian. $$. Hearty and

$-$$. Southern-style and slow-cooked from a chef whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worked with Wolfgang Puck and Alice Waters. Zing! 6811 Laguna Park Way, Sebastopol. 707.575.3277.

$$$. The menu, which changes daily, is well-rounded with plenty of options, thanks in no small part to the fresh seafood bar. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Wed-Mon; brunch, SatSun. 165 W Napa St, Sonoma. 707.996.5556.

flavorful food in authentic neighborhood-style Italian restaurant. Lunch and dinner daily. 18 Tamalpais Dr, Corte Madera. 415.927.2316.

Momboâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pizza Pizza. $. The crust is thin and the toppings eclectic. Delivery. Lunch and dinner daily. 1800 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.528.FAST. 560 Hwy 116 N, Sebastopol. 707.823.7492.

Ravenette Bistro. $$. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that secret spot you look for all your life: great food, cheery service and a cozy ambiance. Menu changes weekly, with focus on tapas-style small plates. Dinner, Thurs-Sat; brunch, Sun. 117 North St, Healdsburg. 707.431.1770. Salâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bistro Italian. $$$$$. A nice neighborhood place for pizza, pasta and

Starkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Steakhouse Steakhouse. $$$$. Could be the best steak youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ever have. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Other than steakâ&#x20AC;? menu changes seasonally. Happy hour Mon-Fri, 3 to 6. Dinner daily; lunch, Mon-Fri. 521 Adams St, Santa Rosa. 707.546.5100.

Tolay Californian. $$-$$$. Sonoma County cuisine is the specialty, with entrees focusing on local wild and farmed foods. In the Sheraton Sonoma County, 745 Baywood Drive, Petaluma. 707.283.2900.

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

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

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

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. )

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LaSalette Portuguese. $$-$$$. Authentic rustic dishes include classic lusty Portuguese stews and seafood. Dinner, Wed-Sun. 452-H First St E, Sonoma. 707.938.1927.

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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.

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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.

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

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$. Big burritos a stone’s throw from the perfect picnic spot: Perri Park. The horchata is divine. Lunch and dinner daily. 85 Bolinas Rd, Fairfax. 415.454.2384.

Citrus & Spice Thai/ Californian. $$. Thai meets California, with fresh fruit accents, light herbs and spices, and a great mango-duck summer roll. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 1444 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.455.0444.

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

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

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.

Joe’s Taco Lounge & Salsaria Mexican. $. Mostly authentic Mexican menu with American standbys. Lunch and dinner daily; takeout, too. 382 Miller Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.8164. The Healthier Choice

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

Paradise Bay Californian. $$. For tasty standards and vegetarian items. Also get a

delicious curry here. Lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sat-Sun. 1200 Bridgeway Ave, Sausalito. 415.331.3226.

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

Small Shed Flatbreads Pizza. $$. Slow Food-informed Marin Organics devotee with a cozy, relaxed family atmosphere and no BS approach to great food served simply for a fair price. 17 Madrona Ave, Mill Valley. Open for lunch and dinner daily. 415.383.4200.

Sushiholic Japanese. $$$$. A nice addition to the local lineup, with a lengthy and wellcrafted repertoire including uncommon dishes like nabeyaki udon, zaru soba, yosenabe and sea bass teriyaki. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. Rowland Plaza, 112-C Vintage Way, Novato. 415.898.8500. Tommy’s Wok Chinese. $-$$. Tasty and filling Chinese fare without the greasy weigh-down. Nice vegetarian selections, too. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat; dinner only, Sun.3001 Bridgeway Ave, Sausalito. 415.332.5818.

N A P A COUNTY Ad Hoc American. $$-$$$. Thomas Keller’s quintessential neighborhood restaurant. Prix fixe dinner changes daily. Actually takes reservations. 6476 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.2487.

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

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

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California. $-$$. An upscale ’cue joint with a high-end chef and high-end ingredients. Gorgeous chipotle-braised short ribs and pulled pork. Lunch and dinner daily. 3900-D Bel Aire Plaza, Napa. 707.224.6600.

Bistro Jeanty French. $$$. Rich, homey cuisine. A perfect choice when you can’t get a chance to do your Laundry. Lunch and dinner daily. 6510 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.0103. Brannan’s Grill California cuisine. $$-$$$. Creative cuisine in handsome Craftsman setting. Lunch and dinner daily. 1347 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.2233.

Brassica Mediterranean. $$-$$$. Cindy Pawlcyn’s newsest venture features creative tapas, Middle East-inspired dishes and extensive by-the-glass wine list. Lunch and dinner daily. 641 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.0700. Buster’s Barbecue Barbecue. $. A very busy roadside destination–for a reason. It’s the hot sauce, available in two heats: regular and hot. And the hot, as the sign says, means “hot!” Lunch and dinner daily. 1207 Foothill Blvd, Calistoga. 707.942.5606.

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

Compadres Rio Grille Western/Mexican. $-$$. Contemporary food and outdoor dining with a Mexican flavor. Located on the river and serving authentic cocktails. Nightly specials and an abiding love of the San Francisco Giants. 505 Lincoln Ave, Napa. Lunch and dinner daily. 707.253.1111.

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

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SONOMA COUNTY Atascadero Creek Winery Produces mostly red wines and specializes in small lots of single-vineyard Pinot and Zin. At West County Wine Collective in Pizzavino707, 6948 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol. Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sunday, noon-6pm, $12 fee. 707.829.9500.

Camellia Cellars Like owner Chris Lewand, the wine is just so darned approachable and easy-going. Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon are most consistently strong. 57 Front St., Healdsburg. Open daily, 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;6pm. 888.404.9463.

reds and Chardonnay as well as a fun wine-aroma kit to train your senses to identify common wine smells. Large deck, garden and vineyard. 3805 Lambert Bridge Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5pm. 707.433.5575.

Roadhouse Winery Dudes abide at this casual, fun spot. Pinot, Zin, Grenache are hot. 240 Center St., Healdsburg. Daily 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;7pm. 707.922.6362.

Spann Vineyards Ninety percent of Spann wines are distributed out of state, leaving a little aside for this off-thePlaza tasting room. Malbec, Mourvedre and Mayacamas Cab; the take-home bargain is a $20 blend. Photography gallery adds visual interest. 111 E. Napa St., Sonoma. Open daily, noonâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;6pm. Tasting fee. 707.933.8343.

Clos du Bois With picnicking area, friendly staff and knickknacks galore, Clos Du Bois is a reliable treasure. 19410 Geyserville Ave., Geyserville. Open daily, 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4:30pm. 800.222.3189.

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Gourmet au Bay Seafood takes to wine even better than water. Wine bar and retail shop offers flights served on custom wooden â&#x20AC;&#x153;surfboards,â&#x20AC;? artisan cheese and cracker plate, and liberal bring-your-own picnic policy. Cold crab cakes and sparkling wine at sunset on the bay? Sounds like a date. 913 Hwy. 1, Bodega. Wine surfing, $8. 707.875.9875. Iron Horse Despite the rustic tasting room, Iron Horse produces sparkling wine and Pinots for the elite. A brilliant view for winetasting. 209786 Ross Station Road, Sebastopol. Open daily, 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;3:30pm. 707.887.1507. Passalacqua Winery Family-run, boasting good

trendy place for beginners and tourists. Great place to learn the basics. 769 Bridgeway, Sausalito. Open daily, noonâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7pm. 415.331.2001.

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Ross Valley Winery In existence since 1987, the Ross Valley Winery produces Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Zin port wines. 343 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. Open Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sunday, 1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;7pm. 415.457.5157.

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he come-hither labels of Wine Guerrilla caught my attention, to be sure. Featuring a cadre of Matisse-like nymphs, sans fatigues, they bring to mind the “snakebite!” scene from Woody Allen’s 1971 movie Bananas. Fun stuff, but this is no campy “shiner” schtick; it’s a line of unique, single-vineyard Sonoma County Zinfandels. Curiosity piqued, I went through diplomatic back channels to arrange a rendezvous with the Guerrilla leader, in his secret headquarters deep within a local shopping center.

Bohemian: So what’s with the naked ladies? Wine Guerrilla: We didn’t ask [artist Sean Colgin] for that theme, but we knew his style and thought it would fit with our overall marketing. Sean grew up with five sisters, and always seems to paint women. Bohemian: You only make Zinfandel. So why not, you know, Zin Guerrilla? WG: It started as a brokerage, to help local wineries get their wines to market. I was reading about ‘guerrilla marketing’ at the time; it just sounded good to me. Bohemian: Do you have any plans for a fancy tasting room, set amidst the vineyards, etcetera? WG: Uh, no. Wine Guerrilla founder Bruce Patch left the L.A. music business before the internet liberated it, and took up a second career in wine sales. His 2007 vintage (made at David Coffaro Winery) put him on the map at the Zinfandel Advocates and Producers Grand Tasting, where Patch handed out temporary tattoos emblazoned with a red star, an irresistible lick-and-stick accessory that loosened-up winetasters just had to have. At 7,000 cases, the 2009 Sonoma County Zinfandel ($15) is the big ticket; when the sandalwood dust settles, aromas of plum, blueberry compote, baking spices lead to a fine-grained finish, rich with chewy fruit. The 170-case 2009 Dry Creek Valley, Adel’s Vineyard ($30) comes on with typical strawberry and raspberry jam aromas, cracked coriander and sage, then each gorgeous sip of tart, plum syrup flavor inspires the next. With exotic aromas of pomace, Hoisin sauce and crushed peanuts, the 2009 Russian River Valley, Clopton Vineyard ($35) has a long-lingering mu shu plum finish. Coyly camouflaged in summer flowers, the 2009 Russian River Valley, Conte Vineyard ($30) belies a dark, Petite Sirah–like aroma of black plums, bread pudding, chocolate and raisins; dried cherry pestled with purple pigment and iron pass across the palate like a slow-moving train. I’d say that some of these screw-capped but surprisingly serious Zins would be worthy of cellaring, but that would be so bourgeois. Wine Guerrilla, P.O. Box 862, Forestville. 707.887.1996. www.wineguerrilla.com. The 21st Annual Zinfandel Advocates and Producers Grand Tasting will be held Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Concourse, San Francisco. For more info, visit www.zinfandel.org.—James Knight

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North Bay How to have a locally sourced holiday this year BY LEILANI CLARK, SUZANNE DALY, RACHEL DOVEY, JESSICA DUR AND STETT HOLBROOK

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ho wants to conduct holiday shopping at a wearisome series of faceless big-box stores? Our scientific analysis says “nobody in their right mind.” That’s why every December, we here at the Bohemian drum our fingers on our desks and tap our overcrowded skulls to present a short tour of local manufacturers and producers. Shopping local is one thing, but sourcing local carries with it that extra sense of pride. Consider these two-in-one gift ideas: the present itself, and the knowledge that it’s made right down the street. Enjoy!

CELEBRITY SKIN Sumbody owner Deborah Burnes in her Sebastopol shop.

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Isn’t that special somebody deserving of a present extraordinary enough to be included in celebrities’ Oscar night gift bags? Snap that very same gift up at Sumbody, in the form of brightly wrapped bath bonbons. “Bath products are the goto gifts for the holidays,” says Deborah Burnes, owner, cosmetologist, child model for Salvador Dali and a rock star

in the world of skincare. As the personal skin consultant for the likes of Amy Adams, Kyra Sedgwick and Marcia Gay Harden, Burnes shares her knowledge and Sonoma County’s healthful abundance with everyone from locals to Hollywood glitterati. Even Ashton Kutcher is a fan. Produced in Sebastopol, Sumbody’s all-natural, organic products are made for every part of the body, from head (shampoos, facial cleansers, makeup) to toe (foot scrubs, soaps, nail polish).

Farm Fresh Clothing Co. Designing for locals in Graton The careful observer may have noticed a family resemblance among many of Sonoma County’s coolest brands. The Hopmonk Tavern, the Russian River Brewing Co., Underwood Bar & Grill, Black Pig Meat Co., Peter Lowell’s restaurant, Taylor Maid Coffee, Dutton-Goldfield winery and others all owe the distinctive look of their T-shirts and branding to Graton’s Farm Fresh Clothing Co. The year-old “fashion T-shirt company” is a partnership between Seattle transplants

have since contracted Farm Fresh to create custom T-shirt designs. The 10-person company is growing, but Morgan says he wants to stay in Graton, or Sebastopol, where he lives. “We’re looking for a bigger barn,” he says. “No pun intended, but we’re growing organically.” More at farmfreshclothingco.com. —Stett Holbrook

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Matt Morgan and Lucio Dalla Gasperina. Morgan got his start in fashion designing T-shirts for Seattle bands like Death Cab for Cutie, Pearl Jam and Presidents of the United States of America. Dalla Gasperina, now a St. Helena winegrower, is the cofounder of Tommy Bahama, maker of casual resort wear. The two teamed up with local artist Joe Leonard to create custom designed organic cotton T-shirts that aim to capture the country cool of the NorCal lifestyle with hand-drawn, silkscreened images and fonts. Farm Fresh also makes its own line of T-shirts with images that subtly tout sustainability and green living. An expanded line of casual clothing is in development, too. The shirts are available at Nordstrom (Farm Fresh has designed T-shirts for Nordstrom executive VP Pete Nordstrom’s band, Stag) and through the company’s website. A retail shop is in the plans, too. Befitting its rootsy, homespun aesthetic, the company operates out of a hundred-year-old corrugated metal barn. Inside, the concrete floors, oriental rugs, groovy tunes and racy Macs make the space feel more South of Market than West Sonoma County. Now that it’s become the designer of choice for many in Sonoma County, word of Farm Fresh has spread to Silicon Valley, and Google and Facebook

When Charlie Williams retired from his job as a senior technical writer and information designer two years ago, he decided to spend his newfound time doing something more hands-on instead of taking up residence in front of the television. Over the years, he’d picked up welding and metalwork skills, and thus was born the BBQ Oyster Grill, an innovative rack system for barbecuing oysters and other shellfish. “I make each grill by hand,” Williams says. “For example, I use a 48-ounce dead-blow hammer and vise grip clamps to bend pieces of expanded flattened 13-gauge steel over a steel form. Making each oyster grill requires a personal effort, and I think some people appreciate that as added value for the product.” Some might wonder: “Why not just stick the oysters right on the grill?” Williams says that approach is not as “convenient or controlled” as using his patented system. “You can cook an egg on a flat rock, but a frying pan works better,” explains Williams. “The shellfish cooking rack is a tool that helps you make the perfect barbecued oyster every time.”

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At $20–$30, depending on size, the oyster grills work on gas and charcoal barbecues as well as ovens; they double as a serving tray and can be used to deliver fresh-cooked treats to dinner guests. The product’s website features hunger-inducing photos of the Santa Rosa resident’s forays into grilling oysters from Northern California oyster companies like Drake’s Bay and Hog Island, all doused in delicious sauces, fresh off the grill. In addition to convenience, his product is better for the environment. “Many brands sold here are produced in countries using dangerous and dirty manufacturing processes. When you purchase American-made products, you know that you are helping to keep the world a little cleaner for your children and grandchildren.” More at bbqoystergrill.com. —Leilani Clark

TierraCast The building blocks of jewelry, made in Santa Rosa If you’ve ever walked into a local bead store, chances are you’ve seen TierraCast’s designs. In fact, so ubiquitous are the jewelry parts made by the Santa Rosa company, you just might be wearing one of their charms or clasps right now. The only metal casting company in California, TierraCast sells hundreds of thousands of pewter parts— beads, spacers, posts, links, caps, cones, etc.—to local, national and international wholesalers every single day, and they’re all made out on Guerneville Road in Santa Rosa, where Steve Tierra and Alan Joseph have manufactured the building blocks of jewelry since 1978. Both California natives and Sonoma County transplants, theirs was a serendipitous meeting of minds. Steve had just established TierraCast when Alan came along, looking for someone to mold and cast his jewelry designs. Fascinated by the production process, Alan

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There’s even Bottom’s Up, an all-natural baby butt salve. Specialized products include Zappers, vials of aromatherapy blends to “zap common ailments,” and a rosacea line soon to be released. “Wherever we can, we use local ingredients, like goat milk and honey, even if it costs us more,” says Burnes. Looking no further than one’s garden, Burnes reaps fruits, vegetables, flowers and even the earth itself to create fragrant soaps, scrubs and lotions. Scents range from winter’s seasonal specials like Candy Cane, Cranberry Marmalade or Sugar Cookie to the warm, wishful thinking of Get Lei’d, Red Hot and Sex on the Beach. Burnes is offering free skin consultations in mid-December as a “Be Kind to Sonoma County Day.” Sign-ups are on a first-come, first-served basis. Sumbody’s warehouse sale occurs in March. “We have the misguided theory that in order to take care of our own skin naturally, it’s going to take a lot of extra time and money,” says Burnes, “but it’s just a matter of moving your hand from here to there on the shelf. There’s something in the store for every age and every budget.” Sumbody is at 118 N. Main St., Sebastopol, 707.823.2053, and 3800 Bel Aire Plaza, Napa, 707.255.8380. sumbody.com. —Suzanne Daly

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offered to work for free in order to learn more. A partnership was born, and for the next 10 years they manufactured metal parts— everything from costume jewelry to elevator signs—on a made-toorder basis. Eventually, however, they tired of this “job-shop roller coaster,” in which sales were dependent on the whim and demand of their clients. A local bank president advised them to make their own designs. And so they did just that, eventually expanding every facet of the company—their site to 14,000 square feet, their sales from Moscow to Scotland, their workforce to 40 employees, a few of whom have worked there for decades. But despite their success, Steve and Alan remain hands-on. “We’re still wearing aprons, getting our hands dirty out on the floor,” Alan tells me. “This is not an on-the-golfcourse kind of business.” TierraCast’s jewelry parts, which cost anywhere from 35 cents to $2 each, are available at several local bead stores: San Rafael’s Baubles & Beads, Santa Rosa’s Legendary Beads, Cotati’s Out on a Whim, Sebastopol’s Apple Blossom Beads & Treasures and Windsor’s Ubeadquitous. Alan, who enjoys seeing his designs integrated into finished products, is characteristically optimistic about the possibilities of his craft: “Congratulations,”

The bright, crescent-shaped frames of Pi bicycles might look like they belong in a Technicolor cartoon, but the Sausalito-made electric riders are surprisingly functional. Built of recycled aluminum, the “PiCycle” features built-in suspension, a lithium-ion battery that is easily upgraded and a GPS navigator. Relying on no fuel but the electricity from an average wall outlet, with a roughly three-to-four-and-a-half hour charge time, the bikes are both green and easy to use. The various models range in speed from 20 to 40 mph, but you can also switch off the motor and simply rely on pedal power if you’re getting low on juice (or, you know, actually want to exercise). The only obstacle with the PiCycle is its price tag. Ranging from $5,995 to $8,995, the bike isn’t

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easy on the thin pocketbook. But, as founder Marcus Hays explained recently at a Clean Transportation Summit, the cost is a result of hyper-local production. “I think in the mind of the consumer, when they see our product for example, they say ‘Why so expensive?’ And so the context is missing for that consumer,” he said. Hays, a founding participant in the Calstart program designed in response to the California

Zero Emission Vehicle Mandate, founded Pi in 2000. His company takes sustainability seriously, manufacturing the bikes on-site in Sausalito. The frame is cut with an efficient waterjet machine, and the company attempts to contract only with California vendors and manufacturers. “Presumably, we’re making some of the cleanest vehicles in the world, as well as creating jobs here in California,” he said at the Summit. Moving PiCycles further beyond the bicycles of yesteryear are several unique features: rust-resisting, carbon-based belts instead of chains; a programmable display with your charge level and travel distance; and a USB socket to plug in headphones, charge your phone or power a set of speakers, so you can blare some conscious Berkeley hip-hop while you cruise along and feel good about doing your part. For more, visit picycle.com.—Rachel Dovey

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Some newlyweds covet fine china and toasters, but when Joel and Carleen Weirauch got married eight years ago, their most prized gifts were Alice and Aretha, two East Friesian ewes. Aretha has since passed and Alice is retired (the unofficial “nursemaid” who hangs out with the castrated ram lambs), but the Weirauchs’ passion for raising sheep and producing quality soap and cheese has only grown. Though both grew up in Santa Rosa (Carleen went to Piner, Joel to Montgomery), they didn’t meet until their mid-30s, after Joel returned from France with an abiding ambition to make sheep’s milk cheese. For years, their business was mostly a hobby—they hand-milked the sheep and made cheese for their own personal consumption, all the while growing their herd. “Each

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place we’ve moved,” Carleen tells me over the phone, “our personal space gets smaller and our animal space gets bigger.” Carleen also began making soap with sheep’s milk and unprocessed virgin olive oil procured from neighbors across the street. Given its luxurious, nourishing properties (thanks to the high fat and protein content of the milk), the soap is certainly bankable. But for Carleen, who no longer sells wholesale or online, market expansion is not the point. “I like the idea of selling out of a product,” she says, “and catering to my existing customer base.” The soap is also available in vegan form, a mix of clay, seaweed, exfoliating ground walnut hull and an organic herbal blend crafted by herbalist Lisa Kurtz. Sold exclusively at Kurtz’s West County Herb Company in Occidental and farmers markets in Sebastopol and Healdsburg, Weirauch’s decadent, affordable soaps ($5–$6 a bar) are certainly worth the trip. Given its rich, creamy, nutty flavor, distinct from what Carleen calls “the ruddy barnyard flavor of goat cheese,” it’s no surprise that sheep’s milk cheese is gaining popularity. Now that they are leasing a 65-acre ranch in Petaluma and have converted mobile classroom trailers into a certified creamery and a milking parlor, the Weirauchs will begin producing sheep’s milk cheese for sale this spring. In the meantime, enjoy their organic cow’s milk cheese currently available at farmers markets in Sonoma and Marin counties. More at weirauchfarm.com. —Jessica Dur

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Virtuoso The most influential people don’t always come in the form of politicians and humanitarians. American Jazz bassist Christian McBride is a wideranging virtuoso in his own right, having appeared on close to 300 recordings before reaching the age of 40. Though his résumé is a long list of collaborations with artists like Sting, Queen Latifah and James Brown, his unrivaled jazz chops speaks for themselves. Join McBride with friends Bob Weir, Rob Wasserman, Jay Lane and more on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 142 Throckmorton Theater. 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 8pm. $75–$125. 415.383.9600.

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Eight-String God Mastering a six-string guitar is a daunting enough task on its own, but perfecting the art of playing an eight-string guitar—well, that’s just ridiculous, right? Mind-boggling jazz guitarist Charlie Hunter can usually be found playing bass lines, rhythm guitar and solos simultaneously on one of his custom-made, eight-string guitars. At the age of four, his mom packed him and his sister in a yellow school bus to head west, landing in Mendocino County. Their travels led them to Berkeley and, as they say, the rest is history. Watch the master at work on Friday, Dec. 9, at the Mystic Theatre. 23 Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma. 8pm. $21. 707.765.2121.

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Secret Weapon The term “secret weapon” is usually reserved for special ops. But Jamaica native Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, the oftenoverlooked grandfather behind countless reggae and dub productions, is the true secret weapon behind the development and subsequent acceptance of the bass-heavy, bombastic genre of dubstep.

Were it not for Perry’s mixing-board experiments and daring progression of reggae music, the heavy-hitting sounds of dubstep would have never come to fruition. Perry takes the stage along with the Wailers on Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. 8pm. $42. 707.259.0123.

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After Dinner If the dubstep DJ and producer MiMOSA were able to time travel to any other generation, his funky, energetic style would probably fall on deaf (or confused) ears. But in 2011, his dubstep style affords him prominence in the vastly popular subgenre. Born Tigran Mkhitaryan and raised in San Francisco, MiMOSA lives in Los Angeles with five albums to his credit. Sharing the stage with dubstep gods Bassnectar and Flying Lotus keeps this newcomer humble; for a taste of originality, see MiMOSA on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Phoenix Theater. 201 Washington Ave., Petaluma. 8pm. $20–$25. 707.762.3565.

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Fun No More Pee-laden swimming pools filled with unwashed, bratty kids are oftentimes the only option for those without oversized tubs of their own. San Francisco’s Sutro Baths, once the world’s largest indoor swimming pool establishment, burned down some 45 years ago, but in its heyday boasted seven pools, one freshwater and six saltwater, all with varying temperatures. ‘Sutro’s: The Palace at Land’s End,’ a documentary by Tom Wyrsch, explores the rise and fall of the once world-famous complex. Wyrsch appears in person to share the film on Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Rafael Film Center. 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 4:15pm. $10.25. 415.454.1222.

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he push to buy local is a rallying cry around the holidays, but what does it actually mean? In the case of the Made Local Marketplace, which celebrates its one-year anniversary on Dec. 16, shopping local means buying items made strictly in Sonoma County. Part of an ambitious larger-scale project called the Share

Exchangeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which includes the Sonoma County Time Exchange, the Green Bough Health Collective and a coworking spaceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Made Local offers a cozy initiation into the world of keeping money close to home. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a shopperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paradise with far more personality than the run-of-the-mill Macyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s down the street. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There really wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a place for people to sell their things

year-round,â&#x20AC;? says Kelley Rajala, whose local-economy activist experience and expertise informs her work as a founding partner at the Share Exchange. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It supports local jobs, and more money stays in the local economy. We put a face to the artist, so that you can see what they look like and where they live. You are supporting your friends and neighbors, instead of offshore jobs.â&#x20AC;? The store is a treasure trove: natural beauty products; awardwinning pesto, olive oils, jams,

spices and chocolates by Sonoma Chocolatiers; minimalist and extravagant â&#x20AC;&#x153;upcycledâ&#x20AC;? jewelry; original prints and artwork; leather goods; childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clothes and toys; knit scarves and hats; teas; plus calendars, cards and a healthy selection of local authors. On a busy Sunday afternoon, as vendors prep for a holiday trunk show in the backroom, Carrie Redfern drops off a batch of her popular botanically dyed beeswax candles. This is one of the cooler aspects of the marketplaceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;you can be checking out lusciously molded candles, thinking about how theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll make the perfect present for your sister, whenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; boom!â&#x20AC;&#x201D;hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the candle maker herself, telling you about how sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll soon be experimenting with peppermint leaves as both a dye and scent agent. Walking among the shelves, Rajala points out an â&#x20AC;&#x153;exquisiteâ&#x20AC;? purse constructed by Lucia Mendoza of Windsor. Mendoza recently moved to the United States and is working toward becoming a U.S. citizen, information revealed by a card perched next to the purse with a Polaroid photo of the purse maker. The store is peppered with similar photo cards and artist statements. The Made Local Marketplace tries to accommodate everybody that comes in while â&#x20AC;&#x153;containing a nice variety of things and pricepoints,â&#x20AC;? explains Rajala. While the location has been a challengeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the store is one block over from Fourth Streetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shopping heartbeatâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the response so far as been enthusiastic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great idea,â&#x20AC;? Rajala says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and that this area needs a place like this.â&#x20AC;? Made Local Marketplace, 531 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. Holiday Trunk Shows, Dec. 11 and 18, from 1pm to 4pm.

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wo offbeat shows about love in wintertime have opened in Sonoma County, each bringing its own kind of warmth and magic, though is neither without minor inconsistencies.

John Cariani’s Almost, Maine, at the Sixth Street Playhouse Studio Theater, is a series of vignettes about love, all set on the same night (and all at approximately 9pm) in a tiny New England town where the northern lights are playing tricks on several pairs of friends and lovers. Cariani’s is a world where magical realism blends with situation comedy and a touch of Aesop, nicely brought to life by director John Shillington,

with spot-on set design by Jay Lasnik. A cast of four (Clint Campbell, Nikki Lyon, Autumn Mirassou and Peter Warden) play 19 characters: a young woman challenged by her intended to reconsider how close they really are; a repairman who falls for a woman with a broken heart; an unhappily coupled woman who teaches her oddball neighbor to feel a new kind of pain—and several more. In the town of Almost, when friends fall in love, they literally fall. When heartbreak occurs, the pieces can be carried in a paper bag. And when the other shoe drops, watch out. Some of the vignettes are lovely and funny, though some miss due to a discordant tone in which yelling and shoving force away the magical-wonderland vibe. Still, there is much to savor in this “almost” perfect but perfectly lovely midwinter treasure. In Jim Geoghan’s Light Sensitive, with just one weekend to go at Sebastopol’s Main Stage West, Tom, a bitter, blind ex–cab driver (John Craven) must face off against the determined and slightly peculiar volunteer Edna (Laura Jorgensen) when she arrives on Christmas Eve to read to him. Smartly and crisply directed by Everett Chambers, with a little gem of a comic performance by Keith Baker as the crusty cabbie’s longtime friend and enabler, Lou, Light Sensitive is fierce and funny, though the story wraps up a little too sitcom-neatly in the final moments. Nevertheless, with dialogue so juicy you’ll want to quote it for days, Light Sensitive is as nice as a surprise as Edna turns out to be for Tom. ‘Almost, Maine’ runs Thursday–Sunday through Dec. 18 in the Studio at Sixth Street Playhouse. 52 W. Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 8pm, Thursday–Saturday; 2pm, Sunday. One Saturday matinee, Dec. 17, at 2pm. $10–$25. 707.523.4185. ‘Light Sensitive’ runs Thursday– Saturday through Dec. 10 at Main Stage West. 104 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 8pm. $15–$20. 707.823.0177.

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Bay movie scene makes the gift of a Crazy-Quilt DVD a direct link to a ďŹ rmly entrenched and celebrated snippet of North Bay ďŹ lm history. In the early 1970s, eager to escape the destructive anticreative inďŹ&#x201A;uences of Hollywood, a band of moviemaking renegadesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;including Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas and Philip Kaufmanâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;established a loose colony of ďŹ lmmakers in the North Bay, ďŹ lmmakers who would go on to challenge and change the way movies are conceived, ďŹ lmed and distributed. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s often left out of the story is the reason Francis, George and Phillip chose the North Bay. The answer? John Korty was already here. Well on his way to becoming one of the best directors of television movies (Go Ask Alice, The Road to Manzanar, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pitman), Korty had been making independent ďŹ lms in Marin since 1966, working from a barn studio in Stinson Beach. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where Korty made the quirky comedy Crazy-Quilt. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fable-like oddity about a pessimistic termite exterminator and a lovably spacey optimist, featuring narration by Burgess Meredith and a soundtrack by Peter Schickele (of P. D. Q. Bach fame). Made on a shoestring, the ďŹ lm proved that an artist could pursue his own vision without bowing to the compromises of the moviemaking mainstream. Not that Korty hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t dabbled in crowd-pleasing fare. For a different ďŹ&#x201A;avor of nostalgic ďŹ&#x201A;ashback, Korty also directed the controversial made-for-TV Star Wars spin-off The Ewok Adventure. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Frankly,â&#x20AC;? recalls Korty, â&#x20AC;&#x153;when I was offered the ďŹ lm by George Lucas, I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure I was doing him a favor or he was doing me a favor. It was not the kind of ďŹ lm Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have sought out on my own.â&#x20AC;? That said, Korty acknowledges that a lot more ďŹ lmgoers have seen The Ewok Adventure than have ever caught Crazy-Quilt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In spite of its being not exactly an art movie,â&#x20AC;? Korty says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;it has reached quite a few people.â&#x20AC;?

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Margin Call (R; 109 min.) First dramathriller about the causes of the current recession stars Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany and Jeremy Irons as analysts at an investment firm on the cusp of the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;08 financial meltdown. (GB)

Anonymous (PG-13; 130 min.) Rhys Ifans

The Muppets (PG; 120 min.) The first

plays Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, literary prodigy and paramour of Queen Elizabeth, who watches the authorship of his plays handed to some upstart named Shakespeare as punishment for a failed rebellion. Vanessa Redgrave plays Elizabeth. (GB)

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(George Clooney) is forced to reconnect with his kids after his wife suffers a boating accident in Hawaii. With Jody Greer, Matthew Lillard and Beau Bridges. (GB)

Happy Feet Two (PG; 117 min.) Elijah Wood, Pink, Robin Williams et al. provide the voices for Mumble and his family in the further adventures of . . . (GB) Hugo (PG; 127 min.) Hugo, a young boy sent to live with his uncle who maintains the clocks at a railway station, searches for the missing part, the key to the heart, of the automaton his clockmaker father had found before his death. Directed by Martin Scorsese in an adaptation of Brian Selznickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret. (GB)

J. Edgar (R; 137 min.) Clint Eastwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biopic takes on a half-century of histor. Leonardo DiCaprio plays J. Edgar Hoover, founder of the FBI. Protected from the world by his mother (Judi Dench) and his secretary (Naomi Watts), Hoover emerges for lunches, dinners and the racetrack with longtime companion Clyde Tolson (Armie Hammer). (RvB) Jack and Jill (PG; 91 min.) Riding the wave

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Melancholia (R; 130 min.) Doomsday, precipitated by a planet on a collision course with Earth, gets the Lars von Trier treatment in the maverick directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest. Co-stars Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland and Charlotte Gainsbourg. At Summerfield Cinemas. (GB)

second son, Arthur, comes to the rescue when the Claus crew neglect to deliver a gift in this animated film from producers of Wallace & Gromit series. With the voices of Jim Broadbent, James McAvoy and Hugh Laurie. (GB)

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passive-aggressive sister. Co-stars Katie Holmes, Al Pacino and Dana Carvey. (GB)

of Thanksgiving holiday movies is Adam Sandler vehicle Jack and Jill, with Sandler playing both roles of staid executive brother and irritating

Muppet movie in 12 years co-stars Amy Adams and Jason Segal (who also wrote the script), who must rally the Muppet gang to save Muppet Theater from the evil oil magnate (Chris Cooper). (GB)

My Week with Marilyn (R; 106 min.) An assistant on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl in 1956 recounts his week spent with the bombshell while her husband Arthur Miller is out of town. Stars Michelle Williams as Marilyn. (GB)

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 some lovely sequences. Features the voices of Anotonio Banderas (as Puss), Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis and Billy Bob Thornton. (RvB) The Skin I Live In (R; 117 min.) Pedro Almodovarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest stars Antonio Banderas as a loony plastic surgeon bent on perfecting synthetic skin. At Summerfield Cinemas. (GB) 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. (GB) Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 (PG-13; 115 min.) The first part of the adaptation of Stephanie Meyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final book in her hugely popular Twilight series brings the gang back for Christmas. The second part is due November 2012. (GB)

A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas (R; 90 min.) Yet another lowcomedy franchise swiping the title from the late-â&#x20AC;&#x2122;80s Brady Bunch reunion film. (GB)

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Dragon Smoke Supergroup with Eric Lindell, Ivan Neville and members of Galactic. Dec 10 at 9. $35. Hopmonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Ramblin’ Jack Elliott Troubadour and folk survivor sometimes more at home on a horse than a stage. Dec 11 at 7. $20-$25. Hopmonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

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guitar vet. Dec 7 at 8. $31. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

Supersuckers Self-proclaimed “Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band in the World” tears it up with opener Three Bad Jacks. Dec 10 at 9. $16. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

MARIN COUNTY Christian McBride & Friends Grammy-winning bassist performs with special guests Bob Weir, Rob Wasserman and others to benefit Children of Casa de Milagros. Dec 8 at 8. $75. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Fiftieth Anniversary Concert Marin Ontario celebrates fifty years of choral music. Dec 10 at 8, Dec 11 at 3. $15-$20. College of Marin, 835 College Ave, Kentfield. 415.485.9385.

Songs and stories for the solstice featuring ChoQosh Auh’Ho’Oh, Diane Patterson and Sasha Rose. Dec 9 at 8:30. $15. Aubergine, 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.861.9190.

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Charlie Hunter

Mayflower Community Chorus

Guitarist plays with longtime drummer Scott Amendola, with Bhi Bhiman opening. Dec 9 at 8. $21-$23. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

Jim Hurst & Rob Ickes Decorated guitar and dobro player team up for innovative acoustic show. Dec 10 at 7:30. $20-$25. Sebastopol Community Center Annex, 350 Morris St, Sebastopol. 707.824.1858.

Kottonmouth Kings Orange County punk rappers tour in support of newest album, “Sunrise Sessions.” Dec 9 at 8. $15. Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

MiMOSA O dubstep, canst thou ever wane? Nay, sayeth dubstep, I doth wobble eternally. Dec 10 at 8. $20-$25. Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

Richard Thompson Lauren Shera opens for British

Women’s vocal ensemble presents “Wintersongs.” Dec 10 at 8. $26-$28. Dance Palace, Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.

Holiday music drawn from or inspired by African-American gospel tradition. Dec 10 at 8. $5-$20. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

NAPA COUNTY Baroque for the Holidays Napa Valley Symphony presents conductor Dmitry Sitkovetsky with Napa High School Chamber Choir. Dec 11 at 4. $20-$45. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.8742.

Ecstatic Dance Second Fri, 8-10:30. Get your ya-ya’s out. $10. Welcome Grange Hall, 3275 Hagen Rd, Napa.

The Wailers Plus Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry Bob Marley’s famed backing band with dub-reggae legend. Dec 10 at 7. $42. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Clubs & Venues SONOMA COUNTY Aqus Cafe Dec 10 at 10:30am, Mark Marabeti. Every Sunday, Sunday Jazz. 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.

Aubergine Wed at 7, open mic. Dec 8, David Stuart Bowers. Dec 9, Gathering Goodness (see Concerts). Dec 10, Blend DJ Night with DJ Rated R, DJ Jacques, DJ Beset and Chango B. Dec 10, Foxes in the Henhouse. Last Sunday of the month, Irish Seisun with Riggy Rackin. Tues at 7, ladies’ limelight open mic with Tawnie. 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2722.

Barley & Hops Tavern Every Fri, Jen Tucker. 3688 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental. 707.874.9037.

Coffee Catz Dec 8, Michelle McAfee with Frankie Hernandez. Thurs, Science Buzz Cafe (see Lectures). Sat at 2, bluegrass jam. Mon at 6, open mic. 6761 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.6600.

Flamingo Lounge Wed and Thurs, karaoke. Fri and Sat, live music. Dec 9-10, UB707. Sun, salsa with lessons. Tues, swing night with lessons. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

Gaia’s Garden Dec 7, Shade. Dec 8, Tony Gagari. Dec 9, Brulee. Dec 10, Tonewoods. Every Tues, Jim Adams (jazz guitar). 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491.

Hopmonk Tavern Dec 8, Juke Joint with Touch, Tim Brown and Reverand. Dec 9, Pulsators. Dec 10, Dragonsmoke (see Concerts). Dec 11, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot (see Concerts). Mon, Monday Night Edutainment. Tues, open mic. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

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

Lagunitas Tap Room Dec 8, JayDub and Dino. Dec 9, John Craigie. Dec 10, Mighty Chiplings. Dec 11, Disorderly

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Wed at 7:30, trivia night. Dec 9, Out of the Blue. Dec 10, Yule Logs. Dec 11, Sean Carscadden and Marty O’Reilly. Every second Tues, open mic. 464 First St, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.

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Pass the Visine Kottonmouth Kings return to the Phoenix Stoner-rap rockers Kottonmouth Kings may be best known for their singles that used to be on heavy rotation on MTV—“Suburban Life,” “Peace Not Greed” and “Bump.” But they gained longevity by switching gears and flying under the radar, running their own label and connecting with fans in creative ways. Since Capitol Records dropped the band, the Kings’ recording output has dramatically increased; in under a decade they’ve put out 17 releases. “With a major label, you have to go through an A&R department and you have a series of people that approve your song. We wound up clashing a lot with the business model on the major label,” says frontman Brad Xavier. The band’s freedom has become a boon to their creativity. While hip-hop has always been their musical foundation, the Kottonmouth Kings dabble heavily in punk, metal, reggae, acoustic rock and anything else they feel like exploring. “When we wake up and go into the studio, I can’t tell you what’s going to come out by the end of the day,” Xavier says. “We literally go all over the map.” See the Kottonmouth Kings on Friday, Dec. 9, at the Phoenix Theater. 201 E. Washington St., Petaluma. 8pm. $15. 707.762.3565.—Aaron Carnes

Last Day Saloon Dec 7, Assemble the Skyline, Covenant, Venetia Fair, Our Vinyl Vows, Take Cover and Moura. Thurs, Live Pro Jam. Dec 9, Tainted Love and King

Stackindoa. Mon, karaoke. 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.2343.

Main Street Station Dec 7, John Moreno. Dec 8, Susan Sutton. Dec 9, Jess Petty and Tony D’anna. Dec 10, Eddie Neon Blues. Sun, Kit Mariah’s

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

Phoenix Theater Wed at 6, jazz jam. Second and fourth Thurs, writers workshops. Dec 9, Kottonmouth Kings (see Concerts). Dec 10, MiMOSA (see Concerts). Sun at 5, rock and blues jam. Mon at 7, young people’s AA. Tues at 7, acoustic Americana jam. 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

The Rocks Dec 8, Jug Dealers, Miracle Mule. Fri-Sat, Top 40 DJs hosted by DJ Stevie B. 146 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.782.0592.

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Wells Fargo Center Dec 10, 11 and 12, Santa Rosa Symphony Set Three. Dec 13, David Archuleta. 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

MARIN COUNTY College of Marin Dec 10-11, Fiftieth Anniversary Concert. 835 College Ave, Kentfield.

Dance Palace Dec 10, Kitka (see Concerts). Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.

Finneganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Marin Dec 8, John Craigie. Dec 10, Living Proof. 877 Grant Ave, Novato. 415.899.1516. Dec 9, Cryptical with Special Guest Stu Allen. Dec 10, Salvador Santana with Blanca. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

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Rancho Nicasio Dec 9, Frobeck. Dec 10, Volker Strifler Band. Dec 11, The Incubators. Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

Sausalito Seahorse

friends. Dec 9, Kim Wilson Blues Revue. Dec 10, Mitch Woods and his Rocket 88â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Holiday Extravaganza. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.899.9600.

Station House Cafe Dec 11 and 18, Paul Knight and friends. 11180 State Route 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1515.

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Dec 7, Tangonero. Dec 8, Ritmojito. Dec 9, Freddy Clarke and Wobbly World. Dec 10, Olive and Dirty Martinis. Dec 11, Rumbache. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito. 415.331.2899.

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Dec 8, Jump to It. Dec 9, Jeff Derby. 9 Main St, Tiburon. 415.435.2676.

Sleeping Lady Dec 8, Barbwyre and Emily Rath. Dec 9, Revolver. Dec 10, Spark and Whisper and Kyle Alden. Dec 11, Primavera Latin Jazz Band. Dec 13, Phillip Mills and Friends. 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.485.1182.

Southern Pacific Smokehouse Wed, Philip Claypool and

Dec 8, Ralph Woodson. Dec 9, Highwater Blues. Dec 10, Captain Crunch. Every Monday at 4, Monday Night Football with Big John. 902 Main Street, Napa. 707.258.2337.

Dec 11, Baroque for the Holidays. 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Siloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dec 7, Later Dayz. Dec 9, Rocky LaPorte. Dec 10, Unauthorized Rolling Stones. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

Uptown Theatre Dec 10, The Wailers plus Lee Scratch Perry (see Concerts). 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

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Dec 7, Jugtown Pirates. Dec 10, Casual and Cozy music series. 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax. 415.485.1005.

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Anyone who reprises Graham Central Stationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happy to See You Againâ&#x20AC;? is OK in my book. Dec 9 at the Warfield.

Dec 10, Mayflower Community Chorus. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

19 Broadway Club Dec 7, Stickyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Backyard. Dec 7 and 11, Buddy Owen. Dec 9, AZ/DZ. Dec 10, Tony Butcha presents Official Sagittarius Bash!. Dec 11, Natural Gas Jazz Band. Dec 13, Jeb Brady Band.19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

142 Throckmorton Theatre Dec 8, Christian McBride and friends (see Concerts). 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Panama Hotel Restaurant Dec 7, Bob Gordon. Dec 8, Wanda Stafford. Dec 13, Jams Moseley. 4 Bayview St, San Rafael. 415.457.3993.

Dragon Smoke Ivan Neville plus Eric Lindell plus Galacticâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rhythm section equals all-night NoLa boogie-down. Dec 9 at the Independent.

Ahmad Jamal Eighty-one year-old jazz piano master retains probing sense of improvisational magic. Dec 10 at Herbst Theatre.

Scratch Acid The reunion tour! Or the only way such a weird band could ever be playing this venue. Dec 14 at the Fillmore.

Jesse Sykes & Sweet Hereafter Waifish alt-country songstress backed by heavy-ass stoner metal dudes plays free in-store. Dec 14 at Amoeba SF.

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Or, in the words of Morrissey, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reissue, repackage, repackage! Reevaluate the songs, double-pack with a photograph, extra track and a tacky badge!â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paint a Vulgar Picture,â&#x20AC;? collected with all the Smithsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; other already-released material in Complete, an eight-CD or -LP set of redundancy. Previously issued material is also comprised in the four-CD Howlinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Wolf set Smokestack Lightning: The Complete Chess Masters, but the packaging is perfect for someone who threw away their CD tower years ago: the compact, embossed-and-bound book is condensed elegance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now I can put my quadraphonic 8-track to restâ&#x20AC;? is as good a review as one will ďŹ nd for Pink Floydâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dark Side of the Moon â&#x20AC;&#x153;Immersion Editionâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;six discs of the same album, including 5.1 surround and quadraphonic mixes, demo mixes, live performances, early mixes, original stereo mixes, books, ticket stubs, coasters, a scarf and some marbles, which Capitol Records executives have evidently lost. The Beach Boys album Smile has gone from mythic lost status to a series of celebrated issuances, most notably Brian Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own â&#x20AC;&#x153;completedâ&#x20AC;? version in 2004. The Smile Sessions is a ďŹ ve-CD, two-LP, two-45rpm set in a 3-D box of the original recordings. An entire CD dedicated to snippets of the song â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good Vibrationsâ&#x20AC;? is included. A stellar jazz set this year is the Miles Davis Quintetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Live in Europe 1967, with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams, or, for the vinyl enthusiast in your life, Fela Kutiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vinyl Box Set #1, which collects six impossible-to-ďŹ nd LPs from the great Afrobeat polygamist. The worthiest set this year is Your Past Comes Back to Haunt You, a ďŹ ve-CD set of early material, mostly unavailable, by the visionary John Fahey. Fahey played guitar like a knife-thrower; his otherworldly ďŹ nger patterns and wonderfully bizarre tunings stand in stark contrast to Kurt Cobainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sloppy power chords. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a budding guitar player on your Christmas list, choose your inspiration.

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Galleries OPENINGS Dec 9 At 5pm. Art Works Downtown, “Holiday Open Studios,” featuring over 40 artists in various media. 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.451.8119. At 6pm. Arts Guild of Sonoma, Holiday Invitational and Member’s Show. 140 E Napa St, Sonoma. 707.996.7648. At 6pm. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, “Annual Members Show,” featuring works by current SCA members in various media. 6780 Depot St, Sebastopol. 707.829.4797.

Dec 10 From 2 to 7. Gordon Gallery, holiday reception with crafts, paintings, hors d’oeuvres, wine and pettable pooches. 6484 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.0823. At 5pm. Marin MOCA, “Agent of Change” featuring work of late Bay Area sculptor and activist Mary Tuthill Lindheim. Novato Arts Center, Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Dr, Novato. 415.899.8200.

Great Values for the Holidays

From 5 to 9pm. Hammerfriar Gallery, “2011 Group Show,” work by select Bay Area artists. 132 Mill St, Healdsburg. 707.473.9600. At 6pm. Seager Gray Gallery, “New Paintings,” featuring the work of Leslie Allen. 23 Sunnyside Ave, Mill Valley. 415.384.8288.

Dec 11 From 2 to 5. Graton Gallery, “A Picture is Worth 500 Words (or Less),” watercolors by Sally Baker paired with poetry and prose. 9048 Graton Rd, Graton. 707.829.8912.

SONOMA COUNTY Arts Guild of Sonoma Through Jan 1, “Holiday Invitational and Member’s Show.” Reception, Dec 9 at 6. 707.996.7648. Wed-Thurs and Sun-Mon, 11 to 5; Fri-Sat, 11 to 8. 140 E Napa St, Sonoma.

Becoming Independent Artworks Gallery Dec 9, 5 to 7, “Holiday Lights 2011,” annual exhibition and sale by Becoming Independent artists. 1455 Corporate Center Pkwy, Santa Rosa. 707.524.6634.

Charles M Schulz Museum Through Jan 29, 2012, “The Flipside of Schulz’s Art: More Than Peanuts,” original drawings by Charles Schulz. Ending Dec 11, “Pop’d from the Panel,” parallel worlds of fine art and commercial art. Through April 2, “Hit the Road, Snoopy!” featuring the beagle’s most famous road trips. $5-$8. Mon-Fri, noon to 5; Sat-Sun, 10 to 5. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452.

Gaia’s Garden Through Dec 23, Caren Catterall, fine art intaglio prints. 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491.

Gallery of Sea & Heaven Through Dec 31, “Make Yourself at Home,” 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 Dec 6-Jan 16, “A Picture is Worth 500 Words (or Less),” watercolors by Sally Baker paired with poetry and prose. Reception, Dec 11, 2 to 5. TuesSun, 10:30 to 6. 9048 Graton Rd, Graton. 707.829.8912.

Hammerfriar Gallery Dec 10-Feb 2, “2011 Group Show,” work by select Bay Area artists. Reception, Dec 10, 5-9. Tues-Fri, 10 to 6. Sat, 10-5. 132 Mill St, Healdsburg. 707.473.9600.

Llewellyn Gallery Through Dec, show featuring bronze sculptures, figurative nudes, paintings and

lithographs. 6525-A First St, Forestville. 707.887.2373.

Local Color Gallery Through Dec 31, “Celebration” with small paintings and holiday gifts by gallery artists. Daily, 10 to 5. Closed Wednesdays. 1580 Eastshore Rd, Bodega Bay. 707.875.2744.

Occidental Center for the Arts Through Jan 7, “ Inside/Out Gallery Show” with various artists. Graton Road and Bohemian Highway, Occidental. 707.874.9392.

Oddfellows Lodge Through Dec 28, noon to 7, “The Lesters Store,” curated arts, antiques and design popup store. 21021 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville. 415.572.8232.

Pelican Art Through Jan 7, “Small Works” 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.

Petaluma Arts Center Through Jan 8, Bronson Tufts honored at Members’ Annual Exhibition. 230 Lakeville St at East Washington, Petaluma. 707.762.5600.

Petaluma Mail Depot Through Jan 10, “The Year in Review,” portraits by Murray Rockowitz. (The Volvo’s still running fine, Murray!) Mon-Fri, 8 to 5. Sat, 9 to 3. 40 Fourth St, Petaluma. 707.762.8150.

Quicksilver Mine Company Through Dec 24, “Rambling Modes,” an evolving window display by Monty Monty. Through Jan 1, “Esse Quam Videri” with Harley. ThursMon, 11 to 6. 6671 Front St, Forestville. 707.887.0799.

RiskPress Gallery Through Dec 29, sculptures by Stephen Fitz-Gerald. 7345 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol.

Riverfront Art Gallery Through Jan 8, “Weaver’s Dream,” featuring paintings and scarves by Karen Spratt. Through Jan 8, “Patagonia and Atacama Desert,”with photographs by Lance Kuehne. Wed, Thurs and Sun, 11 to 6. Fri-Sat, 11 to 8.

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Sebastopol Center for the Arts Dec 9-31, “Annual Members Show,” featuring works by current SCA members in various media. Reception, Dec 9 at 6. Tues-Fri, 10 to 4, Sat 1 to 4. Tues-Fri, 10 to 4; Sat, 1 to 4. 6780 Depot St, Sebastopol. 707.829.4797.

Share Exchange Dec 11 and 18 at 1, “Artists Trunk Shows.” Ongoing, work by over 75 local artists. 531 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.393.1431.

Sonoma County Museum Through Feb 5, “Customized: The Art and History of the Bicycle,” with bicycle innovations, art bikes, regional history and more. Through Jan 22, “Singgalot,” Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition on history of Filipino Immigrants in America. Tues-Sun, 11 to 4. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.579.1500.

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art Through Jan 1, “Sonido Pirata,” curated exhibit dealing with the phenomenon of pirated music. Dec 10, 5 to 7, cards by the likes of Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Keith Wicks raffled off for $49 each, with all proceeds benefiting museum. Free-$8. 707.939.7862. WedSun, 11 to 5. 551 Broadway, Sonoma.

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.

Tin Barn Vineyards Through Dec 31, “Thanks Any/Way: A Photographic Exploration of Gratitude.” FriMon, 12 to 5. 707.938.5430. 21692 Eighth St East, Ste 340, Sonoma.

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

University Art Gallery Ending Dec 11, “Contemporary Abstraction” with works by Brad Brown, Reed Danziger and Mark Grotjahn. Tues-Fri, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, noon to 4. Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2295.

MARIN COUNTY Art Works Downtown Dec 10-11, Holiday Open Studios, featuring over 40 artists in various media. Reception, Dec 9 at 5. Tues-Sat, 10 to 5. 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.451.8119.

ARTrageous Gallery Ongoing, inaugural exhibit featuring Roberta Ahrens, Harriet Burge and others. TuesSat, 11 to 6, Sun 11 to 4, Thurs 11 to 8. 857 Grant Ave, Novato. 415.897.8444.

Elsewhere Gallery Through Dec, “Wearable Art,” featuring the fine art jewelry of five local artists. Daily, 11 to 6. 1828 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. 415.526.2855.

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Marin MOCA Dec 10 to Jan 15, “Agent of Change” featuring work of late Bay Area sculptor and activist Mary Tuthill Lindheim. Reception, Dec 10 at 5. Marin MOCA, Novato Arts Center, Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Dr, Novato. 415.899.8200.

Marin Society of Artists Through Dec 17, “Small Treasures and Gifts” featuring small artworks and jewelry by members. Mon-Thurs, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, 12 to 4. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 415.454.9561.

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Diana Marto. Tues-Sat, 10 to 2; also by appointment. 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.4331.

Painters Place Through Jan 14, paintings by Christin Coy and Richard Lindenberg. 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. Dec 6-Jan 14, “New Paintings,” featuring the work of Leslie Allen. Reception, Dec 10 at 6. TuesSat, 11 to 6. 23 Sunnyside Ave, Mill Valley. 415.384.8288.

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Through Feb 11, “Looking at You Looking at Me,” featuring the photography, video and other media selected from the di Rosa collection by curator Robert Wuilfe. Wed-Fri, 9:30 to 3. Sat, by appointment only. 5200 Carneros Hwy, Napa. 707.226.5991.

Gordon Gallery Dec 10, 2 to 7, Holiday Reception with crafts, paintings, hors d’oeuvres, wine and pettable pooches. Wed-Sun, 10:30 to 5:30. 6484 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.0823.

Gordon Huether Ongoing, Round 2 of “Art on F1RST.” Ongoing, evolving exhibition of Gordon Huether’s fine art. 1821 Monticello Rd, Napa. 707.255.5954.

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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.

( 37 of Toyland” featuring presentations by Dolph Gotelli. Wed-Mon, 10 to 5. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. 707.944.0500.

Wildcat Clothing First Friday of the month, 6 to 9, “Virgin-a-Go-Go,” featuring Virgin de la Guadalupe art by 25 artists. 1210 First St, Napa.

Comedy Dave Burleigh Master impressionist has performed with Robin Williams, Dana Carvey, Tim Allen and George Lopez. Kellen Erskine opens. Dec 13 at 8. $18. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Rocky LaPorte Brooklyn-bred comedian has appeared on the “Tonight Show” with Jay Leno, VH-1’s “Stand-Up Spotlight” and “Cheers.” Dec 9 at 8. $25-$30. Silo’s, 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

Dance Belly Dance Dinner Forty dancers entertain you while you eat. Dec 8 at 6:15. $35. Papa’s Taverna, 5688 Lakeville Hwy, Petaluma. 707.769.8545.

La Magie de Noel Napa Valley Ballet presents holiday special in three acts. Dec 10 at 7. $15-$25. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

The Nutcracker Ballet Califia’s 16th annual presentation of Christmas classic. Dec 9-10 at 8, Dec 10-11 at 2:30, Dec 9 at 9:30 and 11. $16-$20. Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. 707.588.3400. Marin Ballet’s staging of classic holiday tale. Dec 10-11 at 1 and 5. $24-$39. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

Events

Society launches traveling exhibit to show faces of adoptable animals. Alexis Baking Co, 1517 Third St, Napa. 707.255.8118.

Cartoonist-inResidence Second Sat monthly at 1, meet, watch and talk to professional cartoonists. Dec 10, Ruth Halloran. Free. Charles M Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452.

Food & Drink 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.

Holiday Potluck Sebastopol Rotary Club will provide turkey and ham. Dec 13, 1 to 4. Free, please bring a dish to share. Sebastopol Senior Center, 167 High St, Sebastopol. 707.829.2440.

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

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

Windsor Farmers Market Sun, 10 to 1, through Dec, featuring special “Nestle into Fall” through Dec 18, featuring root veggies, breads, pies, granola, fish, crab and artisan cheeses. Windsor Town Green, Bell Road and McClelland Drive, Windsor. 707.838.1320.

Field Trips Dave & Bill Hikes

Napa Valley Museum

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Specialists talk about tents, snow shelters and gear for roughing it in the cold. Dec 7 at 7. Free. REI Corte Madera, 213 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera. 415.927.1938.

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Wildlife Refuge Restoration

Film Golf in the Kingdom Adaption of Michael Murphyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bestselling novel with the author, producer Mindy Affrime and director Susan Streitfeld in person. Dec 9 at 7. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.1222.

La Rafle Melanie Laurent and Jean Reno star in film about German-occupied Paris. Dec 7 at 7:15. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.4222.

The Met: Live in HD High-definition opera broadcasts from the Metropolitan Theatre in NYC. Dec 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rodelinda.â&#x20AC;? $16-$23. Jackson Theater, Sonoma Country Day School, 4400 Day School Place, Santa Rosa.

Rhapsody in Blue Classic 1945 film about George Gershwin. Dec 12 at 7:30. Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.389.4292.

Filmmaker Tom Wyrsch discusses new documentary about the Sutro Baths. Dec 11 at 4:15. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.1222.

Vintage Film Series Through December, classic films on the big screen. Dec 21 at 1, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Christmas Carol.â&#x20AC;? Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St E, Sonoma. 707.996.9756.

Lectures Bone Health Knowledge Dr Kenneth Howayeck lectures on how to combat osteoporosis and provides free screenings. Dec 8 at 2. Free. Sebastopol Senior Center, 167 High St, Sebastopol. 707.829.2440.

Lung Disease Prevention Respiratory therapist Martha Lenatti talks about COPD and other lung-based illnesses. Dec 9 at 2. Free. Sebastopol Senior Center, 167 High St, Sebastopol. 707.829.2440.

Gathering of the Forces of Light Ever wonder what UFOs have to do with the coming of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;World Teacher?â&#x20AC;? Now you can find out. Dec 11 at 1:30. Free. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

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Gaiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garden Dine with the Authors Night. Short readings and lively conversation with local authors, reservations suggested. Dec 12 at 6. $4. 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491.

Petaluma Historical Museum & Library Dec 9 at 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Woman of Heartâ&#x20AC;? with Marcy Alancraig. 20 Fourth St, Petaluma. 707.778.4398.

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Folds in the Sea Sha Sha Higby’s experimental puppet art show. Dec 11 at 7:30. $12-$21. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

The Garden of Blue Chairs Staged reading of Stanley Rutherford’s play presented by Playwrights’ Lab. Dec 7 at 7:30. $10-$20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

The Glass Menagerie Play presented in honor of Tennessee Williams’ centennial. Through Dec 18, Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat at 8, Wed at 7:30; Sun at 7, Dec 8 at 1, Dec 17 and every Sun at 2. $34–$55. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.5208.

Light Sensitive Seasonal comedy by Jim Geoghan, directed by Everett Chambers. Dec 8-10. $15$20. Main Stage West, 104 North Main St, Sebastopol. 707.823.0177.

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Santaland Diaries David Yen starts in David Sedaris’ adapted play about Macy’s during the Christmas rush. Through Dec 18, Thurs at 7:30, Fri-Sat at 8, Sun at 2:30. $19-$22. Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. 707.588.3400.

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.

Holidays Antique Christmas Show Over 70 booths of antique, vintage and retro gifts and holiday items. Dec 10, 10 to 6, Dec 11, 10 to 5. $6. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.383.2252.

Celebrate the Season Novato Music Association presents holiday classics, with potion of proceeds benefiting St Vincent’s Boys Fund. Dec 10 at 2. $5-$18. St Vincent’s Chapel, 1 St Vincent’s Dr, San Rafael. 415.892.6553.

A Christmas Memory Candlelit reading of Truman Capote’s short story, with holiday boutique, refreshments and proceeds going to community charities. Dec 9 at 7. $15-$25. St John’s Episcopal Church, 14 Lagunitas Rd, Ross. 415.456.1102.

Festival of Lights Exploration of Hanukkah traditions, locally made wares and food and holiday entertainment. Dec 11, 11:30 to 3. Free. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.

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Holiday Crafts Faire Longstanding community tradition with holiday activities and chances to win art, wine and jewelry. Dec 10, 10 to 5; Dec 11, 10 to 4. Occidental Community Center, 3920 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental. 707.565.2041.

Magical Toy Box Tea Tea, hot chocolate and seasonal entertainment for you and your children. Dec 10-11 at 12 and 3. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave, San Rafael. 800.838.3006.

Posada Navideña Special Mexican Christmas production featuring 20 dancers and 16 musicians. Dec 9 at 7. $15-$20. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Sing-Along Messiah No previous experience or vocal ability necessary to join the string quartet, soloists and chorus. Dec 10 at 3. $6-$15. United Methodist Church, 500 N Main St, Sebastopol. 707.829.4797.

Snap-Y Dancers Dance Party Holiday folk dancing with live Balkan music by Santa Rosa Vecherinka. Dec 12 at 7. $7. Hermann Sons Hall, 860 Western Ave, Petaluma. 415.663.9512.

Stories of Christmas Spirit Inspiring stories read by Sher Christian, accompanied by John Christian on keyboard. Dec 12 at 4:30. Free. Coddingtown Whole Foods, 390 Coddingtown Mall, Santa Rosa.

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ARIES (March 21–April 19) What’s the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen in your life? To answer that question is your first assignment. It’s OK if you can’t decide between the three or four most beautiful things. What’s important is to keep visions of those amazements dancing in the back of your mind for the next few days. Play with them in your imagination. Feel the feelings they rouse in you as you muse about the delights they have given you. Regard them as beacons that will attract other ravishing marvels into your sphere. Now here’s your second assignment: Be alert for and go hunting for a new “most beautiful thing.” TAURUS (April 20–May 20)

“Not to dream boldly may turn out to be irresponsible,” said educator George Leonard. I certainly think that will be true for you in the coming months, Taurus. In my astrological opinion, you have a sacred duty not only to yourself, but also to the people you care about, to use your imagination more aggressively and expressively as you contemplate what might lie ahead for you. You simply cannot afford to remain safely ensconced within your comfort zone, shielded from the big ideas and tempting fantasies that have started calling and calling and calling to you.

GEMINI (May 21–June 20) Researchers at the University of Oregon claim that in certain circumstances, they can make water flow uphill (tinyurl. com/UphillFlow). I’m not qualified to evaluate their evidence, but I do know that in the coming week you will have the power to accomplish the metaphorical equivalent of what they say they did. Don’t squander this magic on trivial matters, please, Gemini. Use it to facilitate a transformation that’s important to your long-term well-being. CANCER (June 21–July 22)

“Dear Rob: Is there any way to access your horoscope archives going back to 1943? I’m writing a novel about World War II and need to see your astrological writings from back then.”—Creative Cancerian. Dear Creative: To be honest, I wasn’t writing horoscopes back in 1943, since I wasn’t anywhere near being born yet. On the other hand, I give you permission to make stuff up for your novel and say I wrote it back in 1943. Most of you Cancerians have good imaginations about the past, and you’re currently going through a phase when that talent is amplified. While you’re tinkering with my history, have fun with yours, too. This is an excellent time for members of your tribe to breathe new life into and put a fresh spin on a whole slew of your own personal memories.

LEO (July 23–August 22) At Chow.com, food critic L. Nightshade gathered “The 78 Most Annoying Words to Read in a Restaurant Review.” Among the worst offenders: “meltingly tender,” “yummilicious,” “crazy delicious,” “orgasmic,” “I have seen God,” “symphony of flavors” and “party in your mouth.” I understand the reluctance of any serious wordsmith to resort to such predictable language in crafting an appraisal of restaurant fare, but I don’t mind borrowing it to hint at your immediate future. What you experience may be more like a “party in your head” than a “party in your mouth,” and “crazy delicious” may describe events and adventures rather than flavors, per se. But I think you’re in for a yummilicious time. VIRGO (August 23–September 22)

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LIBRA (September 23–October 22) Emily Rubin invited authors to write about a specific theme for a literary reading she organized in New York last September: stains. “What is your favorite stain?” she asked prospective participants, enticing them

to imagine a stain as a good thing, or at least as an interesting twist. Included in her own list were chocolate, candle wax, lipstick, grass, mud, wine and tomato sauce. What are yours, Libra? This would be an excellent time to sing the praises of your best-loved or most provocative blotches, splotches and smirches— and have fun stirring up some new ones.

SCORPIO (October 23–November 21)

Mickey Mouse is a Scorpio, born Nov. 18, 1928. Bugs Bunny is a Leo, coming into the world on July 27, 1940. In their long and storied careers, these two iconic cartoon heroes have made only one joint appearance. It was in the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. They got equal billing and spoke the same number of words. I’m predicting that a comparable event will soon take place in your world, Scorpio: a conjunction of two stars, a blend of two strong flavors or a coming together of iconic elements that have never before mixed. Sounds like you’re in for a splashy time.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21) Harvey Ball was a commercial artist who dreamed up the iconic image of the smiley face. He whipped it out in 10 minutes one day in 1963. Unfortunately for him, he didn’t trademark or copyright his creation, and as a result made only $45 from it, even as it became an archetypal image used millions of times all over the world. Keep his story in the back of your mind during the coming weeks, Sagittarius. I have a feeling you will be coming up with some innovative moves or original stuff, and I would be sad if you didn’t get proper credit and recognition for your work. CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19) There are 501 possible solutions to your current dilemma. At least 10 of them would bring you a modicum of peace, a bit of relief and a touch of satisfaction. Most of the rest wouldn’t feel fantastic, but would at least allow you to mostly put the angst behind you and move on with your life. But only one of those potential fixes can generate a purgative and purifying success that will extract the greatest possible learning from the situation and give you access to all of the motivational energy it has to offer. Be very choosy. AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18) The quality of your consciousness is the single most influential thing about you. It’s the source of the primary impact you make on other human beings. It changes every situation you interact with, sometimes subtly and other times dramatically. So here’s my first question: How would you characterize the quality of your consciousness? The answer is complicated, of course. But there must be eight to 10 words that capture the essence of the vibes you beam out wherever you go. Now comes my second question: Are you satisfied with the way you contribute to life on earth with the quality of your consciousness? It’s an excellent time to contemplate these primal matters. PISCES (February 19–March 20)

Some martial artists unleash a sharp percussive shout as they strike a blow or make a dramatic move—a battle cry that helps channel their will into an explosive, concise expression of force. The Japanese term for this is kiai. A few women’s tennis players invoke a similar sound as they smack the ball with their racquet. Maria Sharapova holds the record for loudest shriek at 105 decibels. The coming weeks would be an excellent time for you to call on your own version of kiai, Pisces. As you raise your game to the next level, it would make perfect sense for you to get your entire body involved in exerting some powerful, highly focused master strokes.

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Sign up Now-Integrative Yoga Teacher Training Training will start Feb. 2012!! 200 hour non-residential program. 1 wknd/mo for 10 months. Bodyworks-Integrative Yoga Studio. 490 2nd St., Petaluma. 707.769.9933 or www.bodyworksyoga.com

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Sonoma County Museum Through Jan 22, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Singgalot.â&#x20AC;? Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition on history of Fillipino Immigrants in America. Tues-Sun, 11 to 4. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa, 707.579.1500

Happy Holidays

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