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’ve been blessed to be raised by strong women. Because of them, I always thought the assumption a woman has to change her name after marriage was outdated and uncommon, but I was wrong. After getting engaged, I was called “the future Mrs. Young.” I didn’t expect this from the women in my life, although only a few of them kept their name. It’s difficult responding—respecting their choice to change their name while explaining why I don’t want to. They say they wanted to have a family name, simplify the marriage license process, to be a part of their husband. They say changing your name is about joining together in commitment. So why don’t men change their names? Eighty to 90 percent of American women take their husband’s name upon marriage. Only seven states allow a man to change his name after marriage without a lengthy legal process and hefty fees, which aren’t required of women. Here we think we’re so liberated, but in Iran, Belgium, France, Malaysia, Korea and other countries, it’s the law for women to keep their birth name after marriage. My partner and I have talked about hyphenating our names or making a new family name altogether. I’ve asked if he would take my last name, but he likes his name and doesn’t want to. I like my name, too! It’s not a fantastic name, but it’s a part of me. I can’t win. If I change my name, I am forgoing a significant part of myself. If I keep my name, I will still be called my husband’s name forever after, and having kids will only add more complications. In my 27 years, I have already lived an independent life. I’ve been to college, even some grad school; I’ve travelled the world on my own; I’ve held amazing jobs with respect and responsibility. This does not undermine my desire to unite my life with my partner’s. I want nothing more than to start a family with this amazing person I am in love with and who is my best friend. I want to get married and have a family name. Do I have to forsake my own identity in order to have these things? I want to believe that I don’t have to. Reena Burton lives in Sebastopol. 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

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What an extraordinary human being! (“Triumph in the Sky,” Jan. 11.) I am so proud to have known two of these brave and wonderful American pioneer airmen. I formulated a unit on pioneer black aviators and was privileged enough to have one of these historic figures accept an invitation to come to my classroom for my thirdgrade children to meet, listen to and talk with. What an exciting experience for us all, and one I shall always cherish.


Pride and Prejudice Thank you very much for your article on the local Tuskegee Airman, James Goodwin. There is an interesting parallel story concerning African Americans who trained as airborne troops. They, too, were separately trained and then were unwanted in white units. The result is that many of them were assigned to the newly formed U.S. Forest Service smokejumper’s organization, where they likewise distinguished themselves. As a bit of irony, many of the whites they served beside were conscientious objectors, who were given this noncombat duty. A friend of mine was one of the latter, coming from a very prejudiced Midwestern background, and his association with these men changed his attitudes toward minorities for the rest of his life.


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Opposing CVS in Sebastopol I am writing to suggest an alternate option for the development of the Pellini property in Sebastopol. Consider this: “One Common Ground Co-Op: Of the People, by the People, for the People.” Elements of this option would support the ideals of the Cittaslow Movement, as well as truly allow Sebastopol to shine as a gateway city. It would promote a mixed-use development of the property. The funding vision includes an online global occupy pledge drive and a membership drive to generate necessary funds, and would include a matching-funds drive with the goal of keeping the property member-owned. Included in this vision would be designated overnight parking for RVs traveling to and from the coast, generating potential new business for Benedetti’s next door. A youth hostel for the curious explorer has been suggested by the SESAW committee. A few of the unique elements of this option include rotating art installations both local and global; a giant outdoor chess set (found in Christchurch, New Zealand); footbridges crossing over North Petaluma Avenue and Highway 12; and cob structures for gathering and vending. A community-driven economy will naturally evolve from this vision. The U.N. has declared 2012 the International


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MOVING TO AMEND Abraham Entin is leading a North Bay contingent to San Francisco on Jan. 20 to ‘Occupy the Courts.’

Taking the Power Back Fighting Citizens United on the local front


itizens United, the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows corporations to contribute unlimited amounts of cash to political campaigns with virtually no disclosure requirements, has seemed to

many like a slap in the face of the democratic process. But a growing movement called Move to Amend is fighting back. “Citizens United is the straw that broke the camel’s back,” says Rachel Flug, organizer with Move to Amend’s North Bay chapter.


Move to Amend (MTA) aims to end corporate personhood through a 28th constitutional amendment, and recent resolutions against Citizens United by the Los Angeles and New York city councils, in addition to a ruling by the Montana Supreme Court, point to a movement that’s gaining momentum.

“Corporations are not people, and money is not speech,” says Abraham Entin before a group of about 30 people during a Saturday morning MTA planning meeting at the Santa Rosa Peace and Justice Center. “The people have the right to get money out of politics.” Entin’s assertion echoes the proposed amendment, which decrees that both corporations and money be regulated. On Jan. 20, Move to Amend spearheads Occupy the Courts, a one-day “occupation” of 87 federal courthouses, including the U.S Supreme Court in Washington. The local chapter plans to join the San Francisco protest in front of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. “Martin Luther nailed his proclamation on the cathedral door,” says Entin. “We’re going to duct-tape our amendment to the courthouse door, since nobody uses wood anymore.” Since Citizens United, a proliferation of Super PACs has allowed unlimited donations from corporations and individuals. Restore Our Future, a Super PAC headed by a former Romney campaign official and funded by undisclosed donors, funneled at least $4.1 million into a television offensive against Newt Gingrich in the Iowa caucuses and virtually destroyed any chances of winning for the once-vociferous supporter of corporate campaign spending. “Super PACS are a direct outgrowth of Citizens United,” says David McCuan, associate professor of political science at Sonoma State University. He calls PACs “527s on steroids,” referring to the tax-exempt organizations formed to influence elections. McCuan argues that while it’s nearly impossible to limit the amount of money that flows into politics, it is possible to increase transparency, disclosure and voter education. But he has little faith in change at the constitutional level. Amending the Constitution can be a difficult prospect (two-thirds of each branch of Congress must approve the amendment, which has happened only 27 times in 11,372 attempts), and the chances of a Republican filibuster are virtually guaranteed.

Voices of Vets Billions of dollars, countless lost lives and nine years of occupation later, U.S. troops are returning from Iraq. But with an 8.5 percent unemployment rate and an ongoing recession, will the return home for veterans be jubilant, or the beginning of a struggle to reintegrate into regular society? This month, the Petaluma Historical Museum contributes to the conversation with an exhibit and speaker series. Sentinels, a collection of 18 charcoal drawings of soldiers illustrated by Vietnam vet Mike Dowdall, runs through Jan. 29. Proceeds from the sale of Sentinel posters benefit Vet Connect, a nonprofit that helps former military members and their families gain access to available services and benefits. The exhibit’s concurrent speaker series, “Coming Home,” brings to life the issues facing modern-day soldiers. Josh Fowler, a veteran’s representative who served his Iraq USMC tour of duty in 2003, discusses his own experience on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 4pm. The series continues Jan. 28–29 at the Petaluma Historical Museum. 20 Fourth St., Petaluma. Free. 707.778.4398.

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physiological and biochemical improvements and â&#x20AC;&#x153;changes in outlook, energy level, perspective and overall well-being.â&#x20AC;? Without mentioning the countless environmental arguments against meat consumptionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;including those 40,000 square miles of rain forest cleared in South America for cattle pastureâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Patrick-Goudreauâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book argues that animal suffering is â&#x20AC;&#x153;methodically and purposefully hiddenâ&#x20AC;? by the industries that proďŹ t from meat sales. Patrick-Goudreau does not go into gory details. But Gary Francioneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? reports that the 23 million animals slaughtered daily in the United States are â&#x20AC;&#x153;raised under horrendous conditions, mutilated in various ways without pain relief, transported long distances in cramped, ďŹ lthy containers and ďŹ nally slaughtered amid the stench, noise and squalor of the abattoir.â&#x20AC;? Protected from seeing what happens in slaughterhouses, we do what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always done. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all possess food habits,â&#x20AC;? says PatrickGoudreau. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do what our parents did, and they did what their parents did.â&#x20AC;? But to reawaken the childhood impulse to protect animals from suffering, the rebirth of compassion is key. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Compassion is the crux for me,â&#x20AC;? explains Patrick-Goudreau. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eating vegan is the most compassionate way I can live.â&#x20AC;? Compassion is not always rewarded. Veganism for health is acceptable, while veganism for compassion gets targeted with hostility by loved ones and coworkersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;who are naturally defensive. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Say youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a vegan, and people will point to your leather shoes or announce that you killed bugs on your windshield. Vegans are expected to be perfect and to know all angles of food, politics and history. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not about being expert or perfect. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about following your conscience, expressing your joy and speaking out. What Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m most proud of in my work,â&#x20AC;? says Patrick-Goudreau, â&#x20AC;&#x153;is guiding vegans to know they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be apologetic for being compassionate.â&#x20AC;?

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Nike + GPS ($1.99) Fire up this application before your run, and it logs your distance, pace, total time and calories burned. It also plots your route on a map, not only showing you where you jogged, but pinpointing the exact places where you slowed down or sped up. Log feature allows users to add details about the weather, terrain, music and other in-motion musings. The app connects with the Nike+ website, where runners can get specialized training programs for marathons, halfmarathons or 5k’s.

All-In Yoga ($.99) If you don’t have time or money to get to yoga class, clear some floor space and mine this app’s 300-plus pose encyclopedia, complete with written descriptions, photos and videos. Choose a sequence from the “quick recipe” index covering a range of skill levels, from a 14-minute sun salutation to an 89-minute Shakti yoga intensive, or fire up the personal instructor function for a specialized class. For the latter, enter your age and weight, then choose a goal (like balance, flexibility or de-stressing),

a level (beginner, intermediate, advanced or guru) and time (one– 100 minutes). FitnessBuilder (free, with upgrades) Detailed workout plans complete with number of reps per set, number of sets and number of seconds to wait between sets—plus a bulging library of exercises with photos, videos and stepby-step instructions—make this app an essential addition to any gym bag. There are features to set goals and measure your progress, a music library with hand-picked tracks, a nutrition section complete with a glossary of food terms and measurement tools (body mass index, basal metabolic rate), and a section that keeps users availed of the latest fitness news and research. Fooducate (free) Break this app out at the grocery store, and it will grade the items in your cart, either giving you the green light or steering you toward more healthful choices. Scanning the barcode of a no-bake Oreo Jell-O pie mix, for example, summons a D grade and a detailed list of the product’s deficiencies: it’s heavily processed and contains trans fats, the controversial additive BHA and 7.5 teaspoons of sugar per serving. The app offers an alternative, too, gently suggesting a low-calorie, sugar-free black cherry Jell-O dessert instead. It has helpful brand profiles, “Package alerts!” if a box or bottle is small enough to consume in one sitting but the package contains more than one serving, and tips for avoiding BPA packaging. Simply Being ($.99) “This is a time to do nothing, and simply be,” a voice coos into your ear at the start of this app’s guided meditation. “Letting go of everything you’ve been doing, letting go of everything you need to do.” Listeners are instructed not to pay attention to the words, but to just let them wash over you as the instructor leads you through relaxation sessions of five, 10, 15 or 20 minutes in length, accompanied by a choice of music or soothing nature sounds.




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area to volume, which is key when it comes to holding sauce. The many layers of tightly wrapped leaves exposed by a halved sprout can hold a surprising amount of ďŹ&#x201A;avoring. This is crucial, because Brussels sprouts have a strong ďŹ&#x201A;avor of their own, and the more sauce you can balance against them, the better. Raw Brussels sprouts are too strong for most palates, so they generally need to be cooked before you toss them in a pan or salad bowl. My two favorite ways of cooking Brussels sprouts are roasting and steaming. Roasting gives them a weathered taste and feel. The dry heat cultivates extra ďŹ&#x201A;avor as the outer leaves develop a brown crisp. Steaming sprouts preserves a certain clean, bright innocence in them, the better to deďŹ&#x201A;ower with ranch dressing or a light mix of olive oil, salt and vinegar. In the oven, I roast my cut sprouts at 350 degrees, sprinkled with olive oil and tossed with carrot coins or slices of winter squash. Stir often and cook for about half an hour or until they show the ďŹ rst signs of browning. Steamed, they only need ďŹ ve to 10 minutes, depending on the sproutsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; thickness, until they soften all the way through. Whether you steam or roast is entirely dependent on the ďŹ nal dish in mind. For salad, the rough, rich ďŹ&#x201A;avors of roasted Brussels sprouts add bold contrast to the leafy greens. In a salad with Brussels sprouts, I go for sturdy greens like romaine lettuce or endive, and a dressing of equal parts olive oil, cider vinegar and soy sauce. Some or all of the cider vinegar can be replaced by balsamic, if you prefer. One snazzy way to liven up a winter salad is with seasonal fruit. Chunks of orange or grapefruit add nice acidic sweetness to a Brussels sprouts salad, as do pomegranate seeds. If more people knew how to cook these tight wads of bitter leaves, maybe Brussels sprouts wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be such a symbol of vegetable hatred. Just remember, with Brussels sprouts, good cooking starts with slicing and sauce.

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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.


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SONOMA COUNTY Bruno’s on Fourth American. $$-$$$. There’s real sophistication lurking in these upscale American comfort staples like flat-iron steak and fries, macaroni-ham casserole and stellar braised lamb shank. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Fri; dinner only, Sat; brunch, Sun. 1226 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.569.8222.

Fri. 915 Gravenstein Hwy S, Sebastopol. 707.829.9037.

Papa’s Taverna Greek. $$. Satisfying food in riverside setting. Sun afternoons, Greek dancing. Lunch and dinner daily. 5688 Lakeville Hwy, Petaluma. 707.769.8545.

Frantoio Italian. $$-$$$.

Sal’s Bistro Italian. $$-

Iron Springs Pub & Brewery Brewpub. $$.

$$$. A nice neighborhood place for pizza, pasta and specials like cioppino. Lunch and dinner daily. 919 Lakeville Ave, Petaluma. 707.765.5900.

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Mediterranean. $$. Intimate bistro has casual European wine-bar feel. Lunch and dinner daily. 335 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.431.7231.

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

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Thai Issan Thai. $$. Popular

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

full-spectrum Thai restaurant. Lunch, Mon-Sat; dinner daily. 208 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.762.5966.

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JhanThong BanBua Thai. $-$$. Sophisticated and delicate Thai cuisine. Fresh ingredients, packed with flavor. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 2400 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.528.8048.

JoJo Sushi Japanese. $-$$. Hip downtown eatery features fresh sushi, sashimi, teriyaki, and innovative specials. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 645 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.569.8588.

Mai Vietnamese Cuisine Vietnamese. $. Fresh and authentic, with a warm and breezy atmosphere. Lunch and dinner daily. 8494 Gravenstein Hwy (in Apple Valley Plaza), Cotati. 707.665.9628.

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

Thai OrchidThai. $-$$. Rich Thai food made with crisp, fresh ingredients, reasonably priced. Lunch and dinner daily. 1005 Vine St, Healdsburg. 707.433.0515. Yao-Kiku Japanese. $$-$$$. Fresh sushi with ingredients flown in from Japan steals the show in this popular neighborhood restaurant. Lunch and dinner daily. 2700 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.578.8180.

M A R I N COUNTY Benissimo Ristorante & Bar Italian. $$. Hearty and flavorful food in authentic neighborhood-style Italian restaurant. Lunch and dinner daily. 18 Tamalpais Dr, Corte Madera. 415.927.2316.

Boca South American. $$$$$$$. Enjoy flavorful and rich regional fare in the rustic décor of an Argentinean ranch.

Perennial winner of SF Chron’s “100 Best,” Frantoio also produces all of its own olive oil. Dinner daily. 152 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley. 415.289.5777.

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

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

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

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

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.

The William Tell House American & Italian. $$. Marin County’s oldest saloon. Casual and jovial atmosphere. Steaks, pasta, chicken and fish all served with soup or salad. Dinner daily. 26955 Hwy 1, Tomales. 707.878.2403

Yet Wah Chinese. $$. Can’t go wrong here. Special Dungeness crab dishes for dinner; dim sum for lunch.

Ad Hoc American. $$-$$$. Thomas Keller’s quintessential neighborhood restaurant. Prix fixe dinner changes daily. Actually takes reservations. 6476 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.2487. Angèle Restaurant & Bar French. $$$. Thoroughly French, but not aggressively so. Lunch and dinner daily. 540 Main St, Napa. 707.252.8115.

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 Eastinspired dishes and extensive by-the-glass wine list. Lunch and dinner daily. 641 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.0700.

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

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



Snout ’n’ About Food and wine events are routine in Sonoma County, but Pigs and Pinot is a standout. Held March 23–24 at chef Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen restaurant and the Hotel Healdsburg, the seventh annual event sells out each year, mainly because it involves lots of great Pinot Noir and plenty of pork. Palmer is joined this year by some notable culinary talent: Michael Mina, Guy Fieri, Casey Thompson (a Top Chef season three finalist) and Michael White, owner of New York’s Marea, Osteria Morini and Ai Fiori. The Pinot pig-out includes Taste of Pigs and Pinot on March 23, a sampling of the 60 Pinot Noirs competing in the “Pinot Cup” competition alongside a multitude of pork dishes. Starting at 10:30am March 24, the Tournament of the Pig features an Iron Chef–style culinary competition hosted by Palmer and Fieri. Then comes the Ultimate Pinot Smack Down in which sommeliers go head to head with selections of their best Pinots; the audience picks the winners. The big event is the Pigs and Pinot Gala, in which Palmer, the guest chefs and a host of local cooks create a five-course meal at Dry Creek Kitchen paired with—what else?—Pinot Noir. The Healdsburg Hotel’s sister property, h2hotel, offers room packages and a special dining event March 24 in its restaurant, Spoonbar. The four-course meal features a menu of ingredients sourced within 100 miles of the restaurant. Pigs and Pinot benefits Share Our Strength and Here for Them’s “Russ’s Kitchen” project. Tickets to individual events go on sale Jan. 20 and can be purchased at—Stett Holbrook

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

Fujiya Japanese. $$-$$$. Good, solid sushi. The Fujiya Deluxe combo is a standout. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Sat. 921 Factory Stores Dr, Napa. 707.257.0639.

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

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

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

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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Most reviews by James Knight. Note: Those listings marked ‘WC’ denote wineries with caves. These wineries are usually only open to the public by appointment. Wineries in these listings appear on a rotating basis.

SONOMA COUNTY Arnot-Roberts Some fresh pepper on that Syrah? Duo of chums craft spicy, savory lower-alcohol wines from cool climates in funky backstreet cellar. 6450 First St., Forestville. By appointment only. 707.820.1383.

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

Benziger Winery A nontraditional, organic, biodynamically farmed winery. Don’t miss the daily 45-minute tram ride replete with a tour of the vineyard, wildlife sanctuaries and caves. 1883 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. Open daily, 10am– 5pm. 888.490.2739. 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, 10am–3:30pm. 707.887.1507.

Kendall-Jackson K-J produces the popular wines gracing most American tables. Amazing gardens, and great place to explore food and wine pairings. 5007 Fulton Road, Fulton. Open daily, 10am– 5pm. 707.571.8100.

Ledson Winery & Vineyards What warlock, many high-way travelers wondered, within those stone walls broods? Happily, Ledson’s wine-wizard is a Zinfandel zealot, making 10 from the zaftig grape. 7335 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. Open daily, 10am– 5pm. 707.537.3810.

Passalacqua Winery Family-run, boasting good 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, 10am–5pm. 707.433.5575.

Ravenswood Winery The winery motto is “No wimpy wines,” and they make strong, much-praised Zinfandels. A great place to learn that wine is supposed to be fun. 18701 Gehricke Road, Sonoma. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 707.933.2332.

Robert Rue Vineyard A new wave of Zin specialists helped keep small, old vineyards like this in production. Now, they’re making their own; refreshing Sauvignon Blanc, too. 1406 Wood Road, Fulton. Friday to Sunday, 10am–5pm, or by appointment. Tastings $5. 707.578.1601.

Roche Carneros Estate Chardonnay is king. 122 W Spain St, Sonoma. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 707.935.7115.

Seghesio Family Winery Delicious Italian varietals, many of them brought directly from Italy; excellent Zinfandel. 14730 Grove St., Healdsburg. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 707.433.3579.

NAPA COUNTY August Briggs Winery Tasting room is a white barn lit by skylights and often staffed by the owner’s wife or mother. 333 Silverado Trail, Calistoga. Open Thursday– Sunday, 11:30am–4:30pm. 707.942.5854.

Beaulieu Vineyard History in a glassful of dust– Rutherford dust. Somethingfor-everyone smorgasbord of solid varietal wines, plus library selections of flagship Georges de Latour Cab back to 1970. 1960 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford. Daily, 10am–5pm.

Tastings $15–$20; Reserve Room, $35. 707.967.5233.

Chateau Boswell Winery (WC) This small, boutique winery is open by appointment only, selling most its wine directly via post to club members. 3468 Silverado Trail, Napa. 707.963.5472.

Hess Collection Winery An intellectual outpost of art and wine housed in the century-old Christian Brother’s winery. Cab is the signature varietal. 4411 Redwood Road, Napa. Open daily, 10am–4pm. 707.255.1144.

Peju Province Vineyards Talented staff, terrific food pairings and fantastic Cab. 8466 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford. Open daily, 10am–6pm. 707.963.3600.

Phifer Pavitt Wines Lots of cowgirl sass but just one wine: “Date Night” Cabernet Sauvignon. Hale bale seating. 4660 Silverado Trail, Calistoga. By appointment. 707.942.4787.

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

Rubicon Estate Despite the celebrity hype, the wine is award-winning. 1991 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 800.782.4226.

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars (WC) Their three estate-grown Cabs are among the most highly regarded in the world. 5766 Silverado Trail, Napa. By appointment. 707.944.2020.

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

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summer evening’s barbecue in Petaluma is often a doomed affair, weather-wise. Long before, the sky fades eggshellblue; just as the coals are getting hot, it starts when a cool breeze whips the flames. Someone tugs on her sleeves; another runs to grab a sweater. In shorts and T, the grill master acts as if nothing has changed—while a wintry, dark cloud fans out above the valley, erasing his shadow. One group is turning this miserable state of affairs into an asset. The Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance promotes its chilly agenda by highlighting the advantages of grapes grown in this cool climate. Traditionally, this has been cattle country, and vineyards here are still hard to find. On the way to Stubbs Vineyard, hundreds of goats purposefully graze the steep slopes, while a clump of Charolais cattle laze by the road. A chicken tractor sits high on a ridge, flanked by olive trees. Hidden deep in a dell, this certified organic vineyard was planted in 1996 by Tom and Mary Stubbs. Mary is a Tam High grad, and Tom hails from England, where their label—featuring an equestrian scene painted in the manner of Stubbs, no relation—is said to be more than the lost reference that it is to a Yank like me. The estate is powered off the grid with solar and wind, and the house and outbuildings are built in an eclectic, recycled Victorian-ranch-house style. In a room filled with the music of chattering birds (it used to be a porch, but, well, the wind . . . ), Mary Stubbs says that as soon as she’d left the soul-sucking life of sales in the big city, she was tasked once again with selling . . . wine. But this time, it’s different. “I love it,” she says, “and people love the wine. And I’ve got a pretty good office!” Stubbs went back to school in the ’90s, taking viticulture classes at Santa Rosa Junior College. Today, their wines, made by Dan Goldfield, are sold at restaurants from Chez Panisse to Foreign Cinema. The 2002 Marin County Pinot Noir 2002 is holding up well— fine herbs and damp hay on the aroma, nice acidity. The 2009 Chardonnay, dominated by butterscotch aroma and flavor, but not oak, has the rich, glossy palate of a barrel-fermented Chardonnay with cool acidity lingering in the background, like a summer fog bank. Stubbs Vineyard, Petaluma. Tours by appointment. Wines available at Petaluma Market and Whole Foods Petaluma and Marin. 415.726.0677. The Petaluma Gap Winegrowers holds its Winter Wine Soiree, featuring tastings and live music, Saturday, Jan. 21. Mystic Theatre, 21 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 6:30–10pm. $25. 707.765.2121. —James Knight

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Sock! Pow! Bam! One girl’s journey into the world of kickboxing BY LEILANI CLARK

LIGHT ON HER FEET Christie Checketts leads a women’s kickboxing class in Santa Rosa. Originally a Thai discipline and once a competitive sport, kickboxing has expanded into fitness and self-defense. (L–R: Jayme Beals, Checketts, Cindy Erickson, Sally Genilio.)


don’t normally spend my Monday nights looking to get my ass kicked, but here I am at the Phas3 Training Center in Santa Rosa, patiently awaiting just that.

The class of about 20 bustles about, picking up jump ropes and wrapping their hands in colorful cloths. I’ve got neither wraps nor gloves, so I just stand around, wondering just how long into the class it’ll take until I get punched in the face. Yes, it’s my first time taking a kickboxing class. And I’m just a little bit scared. These days, my exercise regimen leans less toward ancient fighting techniques and more toward leisurely walks around Spring Lake with a cup of coffee in hand and short sessions on the elliptical trainer while reading the latest issue of In Touch magazine. My body’s completely out of whack from sitting behind a computer all day. And let’s face it, after a year of eating sandwiches at my desk, sneaking bits of chocolate and sips of coffee every time my energy lags and drinking beer in the name of “research,” my belly is about as soft as the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. But that’s why I’m here. To unleash my inner warrior, and hopefully get lean and mean with a ) 18

sweaty sheen in the process. Besides, where else can I get permission to be angry, to be strong, to put my full force behind something without being made to feel like an overly aggressive asshole with her panties in a bunch? Kickboxing class, that’s the place.


ur sensei Ben Brown greets me with a friendly smile, hands me a pair of black gloves and directs us to begin with three rounds of jump rope. The class contains people of all stripes: there are young, buff fighter guys, middle-aged women and teens in the mix. Unfortunately for me, after about a minute of jump rope, I’m ready to call it quits. My heart is beating hard and fast; I can see my stomach flab bouncing up and down in the wall-length mirrors. After the warmup, Brown—who has been training in martial arts since he was a child—talks to us about motivation and persistence. “Only a few apple seeds become apples,” he says. “Are you going to do the work it takes, beyond January, to become an apple?” I’m already an apple—well, at least as round as one—but his speech pumps me up. I feel like Ralph Macchio in the Karate Kid taking on blonde bully William Zabka on a Malibu beach. I can do this! Brown demonstrates a series of jabs, hooks, crosses and kicks that he calls the “Pandora combination.” He runs through it a few times and then tells us to find a partner. Before I know it, I’m jabbing, hooking and kicking at the Thai mitts held up by Paulette Nelson, a thirtysomething brunette who’s been taking kickboxing classes at the dojo for about a year. She tells me her experience has been nothing short of life-changing, and has helped her to navigate a challenging year. “It’s given me a healthy outlet for that anger and allowed me to reconnect with what’s important,” she says, just before throwing a

jab toward my face; I deflect it awkwardly with a sweaty focus mitt. All around me, folks are punching hard, and the room vibrates with loud thwacks and breathing and sweat. When I space out, thinking about something I have to do the next day, I’m immediately brought back to the present by the glove heading straight for my jaw. It’s exhilarating. “When you’re on the mat, it’s one of those situations where you’re where you are; you can’t afford to be anywhere else,” says Brown later as we chat in his office. “You’re getting hypercritical feedback about who you are and what you’re doing in the moment.” Brown cites the many reasons people are drawn to kickboxing, which he calls an art, and even a religion. There are the obvious physical benefits, but it’s more than that, says Brown. He explains how it builds intellect, as a result of the kickboxer’s “incredibly powerful mental calculations.” But what it really comes down to, he says, is martial arts’ effect on the spirit and heart. “Out there, there’s so much and you’re getting pulled in so many different directions,” says Brown. “And once you walk in here, it’s all about you, and your teacher is there to make sure you can be the best that you can be. If selfish were a good word, it’s incredibly selfish, you know?”


he next day, I don’t feel selfish. Or spiritually enlightened. I just feel sore and achy. Even the smallest step makes my muscles sigh. But I can’t help thinking about that class, and wanting to return. What can I say? There’s something completely captivating about being able to hit an object very, very hard with abandon. Later that week, I decide to check out a kickboxing class at Club X, a Santa Rosa gym owned by Israel Nuñez. Unfortunately, a few hours before, I’d taken a nasty spill over the handlebars ) 19

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Where to Get Your Kicks Muay Thai and Cardio Kickboxing Classes in the North Bay Marin Mixed Martial Arts. 222 Greenfield Ave., San Anselmo. 888.391.8705.

Sonoma County YMCA. 1111 College Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.545.9622.

Kentfield Mixed Martial Arts. 941 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Kentfield. 415.455.8018.

24-Hour Fitness. Locations across the North Bay.

Martial Arts USA. 822 Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma. 707.769.4735. Sonoma County Martial Arts Center. 149 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 707.765.2763. Petaluma Academy of Martial Arts. 620 Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma. 707.778.1069. Phas3 Training Center. 575 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. 707.538.2950. Club X. 545 Ross St., Santa Rosa. 707.623.3801.

Seika Ryu Martial Arts. 3168 Condo Court # B, Santa Rosa. 707.523.3200. Full Circle Muay Thai. 1820 Empire Industrial Court, Santa Rosa. 707.536.5094. Nor-Cal Fighting Alliance. 917 Piner Road, Ste. C, Santa Rosa. 707.527.8481. California Martial Arts Institute. 721-C W. Napa St., Sonoma. 707.938.9478. Sonoma Fitness Factory. 19310 Sonoma Hwy., Ste. B, Sonoma. 707.939.7116.


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



The Wedding Expo

Wine Country Bride Wedding Expo Sponsor Phone: 707-544-3695 Contact: Cirkl Wine Country Tux Wedding Expo Sponsor Phone: 707-544-3695 Contact: Team Men's Wearhouse Phone: 707-525-1324 Contact: Michael Selix Formalwear Phone: 510-881-0333 Contact: Mark Hannon Starlet Bridal Phone: 707-544-033 Contact: Allison Or Jill

Cake/Dessert Calistoga Cakes Phone: 707-947-3015 Contact: Dedra Haynie Cold Stone Creamery Phone: 707-762-1824 Contact: Jennifer or Trudy Giorgi's Wedding Cakes Phone: 707-836-9600 Contact: Judy Giorgi Rassasy Cakes Phone: 707-596-8697 Contact: Erin Manly Starting From Scratch Phone: 707-577-8655 Contact: Tammy Long Top That Yogurt Phone: 707-529-6273 Contact: Elaine Pedroncelli Willow Tree Bakery (Formerly Simply Yours) Phone: 707-541-6243 Contact: Tina Your Sweet Expectations Phone: 707-285-2013 Contact: Carolyn Besse

Catering Bear Republic Brewing Co. Phone: 707-433-2337 Contact: Caitlin Capers & Co. Phone: 707-235-5119 Contact: Patti Stack Check In Catering Phone: 707-758-5589 Contact: Vinay Classic Kitchen Associates Phone: 707-433-7238 Contact: Ron Edwards Out To Lunch Fine Catering Phone: 707-766-9810

Saladmaster Phone: 707-837-2729 Contact: Saladmaster

Contact: Bethany Barsman

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

The Altschuler Center for Weight Loss & Wellness Phone: 415-897-9800 Contact: Gail Altschuler, MD.

Sally Tomatoes Catering Phone: 707-665-9472 Contact: Gerard Giudice

Fleur de Vina Phone: 707-322-8219 Contact: Lisa

Vineyard Dental Group Phone: 707-236-5395 Contact: Amber

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

VENDORS Bridal Apparel/ Tuxedos

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

Premier Productions Wedding Expo Sponsor Phone: 707-570-2013 Contact: Jay or Clay A Long Music Phone: 707-793-9066 Contact: Aaron California DJ's Inc. Phone: 707-265-9965 Contact: Paul Crystal Clear Studios Phone: 707-580-6152 Contact: Dan Lindsey Golden State Productions Phone: 866-347-5562 Contact: Patrick Numair Grand Slam Mobile Disc Jockeys Phone: 415-897-9270 Contact: Mike Planet Entertainment DJ's Phone: 707-484-5555 Contact: Ryan Runaway DJ Services Phone: 707-535-6153 Contact: Jon Moore/ Brett Smallwood SounDesign Phone: 707-291-0214 Contact: Falcon & Bonnie Christopher

Event Rental/Decor Wine Country Party & Events Wedding Expo Sponsor Phone: 707-217-0776 Contact: Lisa Maddock Big 4 Party Rental Phone: 707-588-7960 Contact: Sabrina Bigoski Encore Events Rentals Phone: 707-763-5665 Contact: Bridget

Favors and Gifts McClellan Mountain Spring Water Phone: 707-268-0254 Contact: Christina Holden Recherche du Plaisir Phone: 707-843-3551 Contact: Lucy Gustafson

Petal Town Flowers Phone: 707-664-9917 Contact: Martin & Elizabeth The Leafy Lady Phone: 707-486-4935 Contact: Jan

Gift Registry Bed Bath & Beyond Phone: 800-462-3966 National Healthstyles Foundation Phone: 866-520-2224 Contact: www. Nationalhealthstyles@ Things Remembered Phone: 707-528-2574 Contact: Kim Ball

Health/Wellness Downtown Zerona Laser Wedding Expo Sponsor Phone: 707-933-7199 Contact: Dr. Bunyad / Trish Bender Anytime Fitness Phone: 707-578-4900 Contact: Brett Livingstone Body By Vi 90 Day Challenge Phone: 415-663-6322 Contact: Jeffrey Goodwin Fountaingrove Golf & Athletic Club Phone: 707-521-3219 Contact: Dori Scoma Fusion Fitness Phone: 707-542-4500 Contact: Sheri Carr Herbalife Phone: 707-292-9268 Contact: Rebecca Gunter ItWorks Global Phone: 608-695-6856 Contact: Ashley Gillenwater LiveFit Boot Camp Phone: 707-287-5543 Contact: Jeff & Jaron Massage Envy Spa Phone: 707-537-0555


Powerfit Phone: 707-586-0369 Contact: Sheri Carr

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

Redwood Chiropractic Phone: 707-763-8910 Contact: Sam

Honeymoon/Travel Endless Honeymoons Phone: 916-221-2592 Contact: Sadie Sunset Travel Phone: 707-542-6270 Contact: Linda

Invitation Corrick's Phone: 707-546-2423 Contact: Matt Sundahl/ Jacqueline Stiffler/ Keven Brown (owner) DreamMaker Designs Phone: 707-849-7178 Contact: Tammy Gilbertson

Jeweler Darcy's Fine Jewelers Phone: 707-545-3957 Contact: Greg Hollingsworth Jewelers Gallery Phone: 707-763-6053 Contact: Mike Hollingsworth Jewels by Park Lane Phone: 707-533-7713 Contact: Amber Montoya Designs Phone: 707-396-2707 Contact: Rodney

Live Music Allegro String Trio Phone: 707-537-0360 Contact: Linda Honey B and the Pollinators Phone: 707-292-3799 Contact: CiCi Dawn Wilcoxon Jazz Mirage Phone: 707-525-1778 Contact: Raj Susan Weinstein Harpist Phone: 707-538-9820 Contact: Susan

Lodging Hampton Inn and Suites Windsor -Sonoma Wine Country Phone: 707-837-9355 Contact: Erin McCauley Santa Rosa Convention & Visitors Bureau Phone: 707-577-8674 Contact: Charlene Lennon

Officiant Ceremonies Celebrating LOVE! by Rev.Dr.Joe Phone: 202-643-7563 Contact: Dr. Joe Vows and Kisses Wedding Officiant Phone: 831 566-2467 Contact: Lucinda Martin

Photographer Ramon Estrada Photography Wedding Expo Sponsor Phone: 707-326-4308 Contact: Ramon Estrada Photography

Praetorian Special Events Phone: 707-780-8020 Contact: Kathy Kingman

The Meritage Resort and Spa Phone: 707-251-3027 Contact: Lisa Crowell

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

Runaway Brides Phone: 707-799-2045 Contact: Bret Smallwood

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

Castle Construction and Design Inc. Phone: 707-888-9968 Contact: Ozzie

Weibel Family Vineyards & Winery Phone: 707-744-2200 Contact: Margaret

Doves Aflight Phone: 707-996-5972 Contact: Steve Klausner

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

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

Wells Fargo Center For The Arts Phone: 707-527-7006 ext. 131 Contact: Tena Wild Oak Saddle Club Phone: 707-539-8629 Contact: Jana Wacholz

Angela Cole Photography Phone: 707-344-8500 Contact: Angela Cole

Ca' Bianca Restaurant Phone: 707-544-2258 Contact: Karin

Arken Studios Phone: 707-824-0497 Contact: Nancy Crain

Charlie's At Windsor Golf Club Phone: 707-837-0019 Contact: Liz Glass

Affronti Events Phone: 707-490-8903 Contact: Julie Moore

DeLoach Vineyards Phone: 707-526-9111 ex 100 Contact: Lisa Vasse

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

DeTurk Round Barn Phone: 707-543-3285 Contact: Mickey Remy

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Blue Iris Arts Photography Phone: 707-636-4789 Contact: Kevin Walters Celeste Photo Art Phone: 707-577-0696 Contact: Celeste Larsen's Photography Phone: 707-367-0919 Contact: Maile Larsen Lucky Shot Studios Phone: 510-517-2061 Contact: Greg Marc Blondin Photography Phone: 707-703-9731 Contact: Marc Mariah Smith Photography Phone: 707-479-2184 Contact: Mariah Smith Owen Kahn Photography Phone: 707-763-2219 Contact: Owen Photography by Sherrie Rochelle Phone: 707-342-1959 Contact: Sherrie Rochelle Tibidabo Photography Phone: 707-545-2630 Contact: Bob and Becky Stender

Planner/Coordinator Cirkl Productions Wedding Expo Sponsor Phone: 707-291-3274 Contact: Cirkl Bertoli Bridal And Design Phone: 707-291-8002 Contact: Leah Bertoli Elegant Curve Wedding & Event Planner Phone: 510-706-9325 Contact: Sharonda Ransom l'Relyea Events Phone: 707-217-0451 Contact: Lindsey Relyea


Fountaingrove Golf & Country Club Phone: 707-521-3224 Contact: Margo Highland Dell Lodge Phone: 707-865-2300 Contact: Herb Loose Hilton Sonoma Wine Country Phone: 707-569-5505 Contact: Lindsay Doughty Jenner Inn and Event Center Phone: 707-865-2377 Contact: Catherine Nelson Legends Clubhouse At Bennett Valley Golf Course Phone: 707-523-4040 ext. 10 Contact: Heather Hamm McNear's Restaurant & Mystic Theatre Phone: 707-765-2121 Contact: Manuela Escarcega Nelson Family Vineyards Phone: 707-462-3755 Contact: Sherrilynn Goates Oakmont Golf Club Phone: 707-537-3671 Contact: Tina Sonoma Coast Villa & Spa Phone: 888-404-2255 Contact: Johannes The Bodega Harbour Yacht Club Phone: 707-875-3519 ext. 40 Contact: Amanda Vineyard

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American Laser Centers Phone: 877-252-7977 Contact: Elizabeth Hofmann BeautiControl Phone: 415-509-2636 Contact: Natalie Herrera Dr. Andrew T McCormick DDS Phone: 707-579-9993 Contact: Genni Ellis It's A Date at The Powder Room Phone: 707-537-7968 Contact: Linda Miranda Lash Out! Professional Eyelash Extension Phone: 707-495-3894 Contact: Whitney Mullins Leading Edge Salon Phone: 707-575-5551 Contact: Paula Lindsay or Tamara Gambini MS Makeup Artistry & Hair Phone: 707-483-3917 Contact: Martha Solorio Radiance Mobile Spray Tan Phone: 707-495-1014 Contact: Christina Soiland Royal Tan And Spa Phone: 707-778-0288 Contact: Angela Maroevich Salon 12 Phone: 707-542-1212 Contact: Rachel Sandoval

Specialty Service A Flying Camera Phone: 707-200-5200 Contact: Brittany Hanson Phone: 877-752-4737 ext 407 Contact: Angie Perez Marin Luxury Cars Phone: 415-496-2146 Contact: Paige Casamento Mary Kay Cosmetics (Linda Fisher) Phone: 707-529-5778 Contact: Linda Fisher North Bay Portables Phone: 707-321-2878 Contact: Kerri Olhiser Pacific Sanitation Phone: 707-545-4847 Contact: Heath Passion Parties by April Phone: 707-529-4365 Contact: April Dabel Say Cheeze! Photobooth Rental Phone: 707-889-2247 Contact: Sheryl Orndorff Sonoma Photo booth Phone: 707-494-1759 Contact: Tracey Page

Transportation Beau Wine Tours Phone: 800-387-2328 x-207 Contact: Craig Haskell Carriage Occassions Phone: 707-546-2568 Contact: Nancy or Ted Draper

Videographer Britton Productions Phone: 707-566-6800 Contact: Alan Deja Vu Videography Phone: 707-823-5907, 707-694-6641 Contact: Margot Grimmer MJ Pro Video Phone: 559-631-0062 Contact: Michael James Premier Productions Videography Phone: 707-570-2013 Contact: Cullen W Video Productions Phone: 707-889-3883 Contact: Christy Wohlert

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I’m brought back to the present by the glove heading straight for my jaw. I leave the gym feeling fairly wrecked, walking as slow as an 80-year-old with a cane. I don’t feel tough. I just feel exhausted and out of shape. But as I grimace my way out the door, Nuñez encourages me to come back. “We get rookies in here all the time,” he says. “After two or three times, they really get a sense of what’s going on. It’s as simple as taking a jog. If you’ve never jogged before, and someone was teaching you how to jog, that’s how simple it is.” Brown emphasizes that it’s important to find a safe place to take kickboxing classes and that most people will know within 15 minutes whether that particular school is for them or not. “Ask to sit and watch,” he says. “Picking your martial arts school is as important as picking a college. If something doesn’t feel right, find another school.” Whatever you do, be persistent, adds Brown. “Even if you’re not training, you’re just waiting to be exposed to it,” he says. “I don’t care if you’re four years old or 74 years old, you deserve a seat at the table.”


of my bike, pulling a hamstring in the process. Though I’d pictured myself strutting into the fighting gym like Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby—all swagger and sweat—instead I limp through the front doors, feeling all of the weight of my years. Once again, I’m ready to give up before we even finish jumping rope. Gemma Guzman is taking the class, too. She’s 13 years old, and her family manages the juice bar inside the club. She’s here to keep up on her fitness, she tells me, and to lose some stomach fat before a Quinceñera next fall. I ask Guzman what her favorite part of the class is. “I like that you can punch freely,” she tells me. “It takes out the anger in me.” Punching can do that for a person. As “The Humpty Dance” blasts on the stereo, our straightfaced instructor tells us to drop into a grueling combination of burpees, mountain climbers and squats—three rounds of each. My hamstring screams in pain, but I put on my game face and try not to feel lame as the twentysomething guy next to me with the huge biceps knocks out the entire set before I’ve even finished my stupid burpees. A half hour and one hissy fit later, during which I stomp out of the boxing ring in the middle of a speed exercise involving running sideways and catching a weighted medicine ball thrown right at my face, I’m ready to punch something—preferably my editor for assigning me this story. Luckily, the teacher sends us to the long, hanging “heavy bags,” saving me a trip to jail for assault and battery, and we’re directed to hit them hard, with straight punches, followed by some squats and kicks. Later, I step into the ring with Nuñez, and he instructs me to throw some punches at his mitts. “Bust a Move” by Young MC is booming across the gym, and for a split second, I do feel like a strong warrior. The feeling quickly goes away when the instructor directs us down to the mat, to do a grueling set of crunches twists and lifts. I have to remind myself


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The week’s events: a selective guide


Drunken Angel One of the most penetrating songwriters of our time, Lucinda Williams, comes from a lineage of poetic eloquence— many know her father, Miller Williams, as a poet of renown, whose gift for words spills into his daughter’s own work. Perennially, poets have a plentiful penchant for Pinot, and Lucinda tends to slip back to the drum riser during her sets to sip from a telltale red Solo cup. But by God, the songs just get better and better. This week in Napa, Williams won’t have a band; instead, she’ll play solo, joined on some songs by guitarist (and show opener) Blake Mills. Her recent album Blessed is a return to form; see her in the most elegant theater in town on Friday, Jan. 20, at the Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. 7pm. $50. 707.259.0123.


Droppin’ Beats For a certain era, Friday nights at Michele’s Restaurant in Santa Rosa meant pulsating rhythms and gyrating bodies. Decadance, the long-running dance club, was the hottest thing around in local DJ culture. After a hiatus, the night returns in full style at the Flamingo Hotel this weekend, featuring “the Bay Area’s most wompy duo” LowRiderz, An-ten-ae and resident DJs Zak Darling, Damian and Malarkey. For those who want to relive the glory days, Decadance’s Facebook page hosts over a thousand photos from the Bush years; for those eager to step into a new era, be there Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Flamingo Hotel. 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 9pm. $10. 707.545.8530.

MINT CONDITION Anne Walsh sings jazz and Brazilian classics Jan. 22 at Silo’s. See Concerts, p38.


Conductor Laureate When Jeffrey Kahane stepped down from his post as director of the Santa Rosa Symphony in 2006, the applause after his final concert continued for 10 solid minutes. In his decade with the symphony, he’d attracted world-class soloists, established the Magnum Opus program for new works and helped increase attendance significantly. Kahane mainly focuses on the piano these days, returning this week to the Santa Rosa stage he knows so well to perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 25. And what the hell—in a program with Rachmaninoff’s Symphony no. 3, why not conduct while he’s at it? Welcome back the conductor laureate Saturday– Monday, Jan. 21–23, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. Saturday and Monday at 8pm; Sunday at 3pm. $30–$65. 707.546.8742.


Anchorman “What happened to the America I thought I knew?” wonders Tom Brokaw. “Have we simply wandered off course, but only temporarily? Or have we allowed ourselves to be so divided that we’re easy prey?” These may seem like heavy words for a news anchorman, but Brokaw is no average network wonk. Having authored two bestsellers already on the WWII generation and the baby boomers, Brokaw brings his insight to the modern day with The Time of Our Lives: A Conversation About America—Who We Are, Where We’ve Been, and Where We Need to Go Now to Recapture the American Dream. He appears Sunday, Jan. 22, at Dominican University. 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 7pm. Free. 415.927.0960.

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FAMILY PRACTICE The Shameses, Richard, Karilee and Georjana, specialize in that little bowtie in your neck.

Thyroid Power Is there more to the gland than we think?


manda Wongsonegoro felt like a shadow of herself. The normally ďŹ t and trim massage therapist and former competitive swimmer was suffering from alternate exhaustion and hyperactivity, muscle soreness, dry hair and skin, memory loss, weight gain and low libido. Only 29 years old, she felt much, much older.

After being diagnosed with Hashimotoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thyroiditis, she spent three and a half years seeking an effective treatment, cycling through seven different endocrinologists and general practitioners, and surviving a bout of overmedication that nearly resulted in a heart attack. Nothing worked. Then, in 2005, she went to a talk given by Dr. Richard Shames about his newest book, Feeling Fat, Fuzzy, or Frazzled? (Penguin; $16), and the very next day made an appointment that she says changed her life.


Together with his wife, Karilee, Dr. Shames has spent the past 35 years researching and treating thyroid illness. A small gland that wraps around the trachea like a bow tie, the thyroid produces hormones that regulate everything from heartbeat to cognitive functioning. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The thyroid,â&#x20AC;? Shames tells me, â&#x20AC;&#x153;is like the gas pedal of the car,â&#x20AC;? which, in addition to the adrenal and sex glands, forms the holy trinity of metabolic function. A shocking one in 10 Americans have some degree of metabolic gland imbalance. In their latest

book, Thyroid Mind Power: The Proven Cure for HormoneRelated Depression, Anxiety, and Irritability (Rodale Books; $17.99), the Shameses argue that thyroid imbalance is often the underlying cause of emotional and psychiatric illnesses, including depression, anxiety, memory loss, sleep disturbances and addiction. The Shameses, who live in Sebastopol, met in 1976 when Karilee, a young nurse, began volunteering at the Holistic Health and Nutrition Institute in Mill Valley that Richard had started a few years before. Karileeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own struggles with thyroid issues led her into a professional, and then personal, relationship with Richard. In what Richard calls â&#x20AC;&#x153;the most divine collaboration of my life,â&#x20AC;? he and Karilee have spent the past three decades treating patients with thyroid imbalances. According to psychiatrist Russell Joffe in a recent New York Times article, â&#x20AC;&#x153;in the early 20th century, the best descriptions of clinical depression were actually in textbooks on thyroid disease, not psychiatric textbooks.â&#x20AC;? Research indicates that 25 to 40 percent of depression diagnoses are linked to the thyroidâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; meaning that for some, natural remedies like vitamin D and rosemary, which cost just pennies a day, could be more effective than the antidepressants often prescribed by the mainstream medical community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We might not die from it,â&#x20AC;? says Dr. Shames, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but this illness is ripping off both our resources and our vitality.â&#x20AC;? Thyroiditis comes in two forms. An overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) results in anxiety, restlessness and heart palpitations. But 85 to 90 percent of the time, problems result from an underactive thyroid (known as hypothyroidism) that leaves people feeling tired, ) 22

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depressed and sluggish. Although 30 million Americans, most of them women, have thyroid imbalance, it remains a misunderstood, misdiagnosed epidemic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a classic example of being penny-wise and pound-foolish,â&#x20AC;? says Shames, who argues that because of cost, HMOs often skimp on the necessary testing to determine thyroid conditions. In addition, many people suffer from low-grade imbalances whose effects are not understood by physicians. As a result, scores of people are being treated with expensive, often ineffective medicines that, â&#x20AC;&#x153;like dirty bandaids,â&#x20AC;? make things worse by failing to treat the root cause of the problem. After doing a saliva test, Shames found that Amanda had an underlying adrenal fatigue issue that was exacerbating her thyroiditis. Using an integrated medicine approach that emphasizes the connection between mind, body and emotion, Shames put her on an adrenal supplement and suggested she start keeping a daily journal chronicling her diet, exercise and mood. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two days later, the fog had lifted and I felt a bit better,â&#x20AC;? Amanda says, noting that it took another nine months of prescription medicine and lifestyle change (including a mostly vegetarian diet and a healthy divorce) to rebuild her endocrine system. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Modern medicine tries to obliterate symptoms,â&#x20AC;? says Shames, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but we try to match symptoms with products, encouraging the body to heal itself.â&#x20AC;? Now 38 years old, Amanda is a role model for wellness whose hormone levels are in the perfect zone. Following Shamesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; advice that â&#x20AC;&#x153;you must always have energy in the bank,â&#x20AC;? she gets enough rest and has â&#x20AC;&#x153;stopped trying to be superwoman.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I went from feeling half-alive,â&#x20AC;? she marvels, â&#x20AC;&#x153;to feeling like someone turned on Christmas lights inside of me.â&#x20AC;?

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skit for the 1997 bachelor party of theater lover Martin, who then helped reshape the material into a hit show for the 1999 Toronto Fringe Festival. Six years later, the show debuted on Broadway, an instant standout in an arena largely populated by revivals and adaptations of popular movies, and it ended up running for over a year and a half. Using a clever spin on the showwithin-a-show format, Chaperone begins with a shy, musical-loving agoraphobic known only as the Man in the Chair (an excellent Jeff CotĂŠ), sharing his encyclopedic knowledge of obscure Broadway shows by playing his favorite vinyl recording of a 1927 musical called The Drowsy Chaperone. As the disc spins on his turntable, and the Man in the Chair describes the plot of the show, its characters spring to life in his living room, popping out of the refrigerator or the chest of drawers. As our host adds background details on the actors who sing on the record, the outrageously improbable story unfolds around him. Fluidly directed by Gene Abravaya, the plot is a typical comedy of errors, as popular actress Janet Van de Graaff (a delightful Taylor Bartolucci) prepares to leave the stage and marry a tap-dancing oil tycoon (Trevor Hoffman, who roller skates blindfolded!). Attended by a sauce-swilling â&#x20AC;&#x153;chaperoneâ&#x20AC;? (the pitch-perfect Dani Beem), Janetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s marriage is threatened by a parade of obstacles, from pun-dropping gangsters to a pompous would-be Latin lover. Abravaya is renowned for his ability to build shows to the talents and varying experiences of his casts. The Drowsy Chaperone is a perfect example, a bit of highly entertaining theatrical ďŹ&#x201A;uff, performed by players whose love of theater is clearly on display and thoroughly infectious.


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Despite Tuskegee heroism, ‘Red Tails’ is a historic bust BY RICHARD VON BUSACK


he heroism of the Tuskegee Airmen will never be forgotten. Red Tails, however . . . forget about it. Executive producer George Lucas once stitched in excerpts of WWII movie dogfight footage to let the studio know what he had in mind for the battle sequences in Star Wars. Red Tails seems to have rewoven all those snippets together.

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Red Tails follows the history of the African-American 332nd Fighter Group, stationed in Italy in the last two years of the war. In charge is Col. Bullard (Terrence Howard), who urges the War Department to give his men a chance to perform in combat. His assistant is the thoughtful Maj. Stance (Cuba Gooding Jr.). As per Top Gun, everyone has one well-defined problem. Director Anthony Hemingway disinters every pre–Catch-22 devil-dogsof-the-air nugget of dialogue ever written. “How do you like that, Mr. Hitler?” says one ace, after shooting down a plane. A scarfaced German called “Pretty Boy” (Lars van Riesen) attacks in a Messerschmitt 262 jet fighter, shouting “Die, you foolish African!” This pumped-up late-show offering has a few vintage planes, mostly CGI fighters rolling in a spotless, synthetic white sky. And there’s not much more of the unexpected in the tender courtship between an Italian girl (Daniela Ruah from CSI: Los Angeles) and the hotshot “Lightning” Little (David Oyelowo). Lastly comes the point: “We are on the side of God almighty,” says an officer, and the screen goes wall-to-wall full of American flag. It’s hoped patriotism will make us turn a blind eye to the weary falseness of Red Tails. But it’s not WWII anymore—a film could tell the truth about the bitterness and pain of it, and explain the backgrounds of the soldiers and the depth of segregation in America, all without encouraging the Axis. ‘Red Tails’ opens Friday, Jan. 20, at Boulevard Cinemas in Petaluma.

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Film capsules by Gary Brandt and Richard von Busack.

NEW MOVIES Beauty and the Beast (G; 84 min.) The 1991 film that revived a foundering Disney is rereleased in 3-D. (GB)

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (PG-13; 129 min.) A 10-year-old boy journeys across New York City in search of a lock box belonging to his father, who died in the 9-11 attacks. Based on the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer and starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock. (GB)

Haywire (R; 93 min.) A freelance operative is doublecrossed after a mission rescuing a hostaged Chinese journalist in the latest from Steven Soderbergh. (GB)

The Iron Lady (PG-13; 115 min.) Meryl Streep plays Margaret Thatcher in biopic costarring Jim Broadbent, Nick Dunning and Richard Grant. From the director of Mamma Mia! (GB)

settle his brother-in-laws debts. Co-stars Kate Beckinsale. (GB)

The Devil Inside (R; 87 min.) A young woman making a documentary about demonic possession suspects her mother may have been possessed when she killed three clergymen during an exorcism 20 years earlier. (GB)

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (R; 158 min.) David Fincher directs the Englishlanguage version of the hit 2009 Swedish film, based on the first in Stieg Larssonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Millennium series.â&#x20AC;? Co-stars Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, as Lisbeth. (GB)

Joyful Noise (PG-13; 118 min.) Dolly Parton

Underworld: Awakening (R; 88 min.)

Shame (NC-17; 101 min.) The world of a

Kate Beckinsale returns for another paycheck in the fourth installment in the apparently unceasing war between vampires and werewolves. (GB)

young New Yorker with a sex addiction starts unraveling when his troubled younger sister moves in. At the Rafael Center. (GB)


directs the sequel to his 2009 hit, with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law reprising their roles. Holmesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; archenemy Moriartyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s here, played by the excellent Jared Harris. Also stars Rachel McAdams and Stephen Fry. (GB)

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (G; 87 min.) Hawaiian shirts get digitized in this third installment of the Chipmunks franchise, when Alvin and co. find themselves on a desert island after too much partying on a cruise ship. Good subtitle. With Jason Lee and David Cross. (GB)

Carnage (R; 133 min.) Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz and Kate Winslet star in Roman Polanskiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new film about a mediation session between the parents of a playground bully and his victim that goes violently awry. See review, adjacent page.

The Artist (PG-13; 100 min.) French romance and homage to silent film, The Artist stars Jean Dujardin (OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies) as a silent-film star in love with an aspiring actress during the rise of the talkies. In black-andwhite with French subtitles. (GB)

Contraband (R; 110 min.) Familiar story about a retired criminal dragged back into the game stars Mark Wahlberg as an expert smuggler who agrees to do one last job to

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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) and Queen Latifah co-star as a pair of opposites who join forces to save their small-town choir from budget cuts. (GB)

The Adventures of Tintin (PG; 107 min.) Directed by Steven Spielberg (produced by Peter Jackson) and presented in not always glorious CG. But RVB liked it. (GB)

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Hugo (PG; 127 min.) Hugo, a young boy sent

Lucas brings the story of the Tuskegee Airmen to the big screen. See review, previous page.

Red Tails (PG-13; 125 min.) Producer George

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (PG-13; 128 min.) Guy Ritchie

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (R; 127 min.) Big-screen version based on John le CarrĂŠâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1974 novel stars Gary Oldman as George Smiley, British intelligence officer searching for a double agent in the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top levels. With Colin Firth too! (GB) War Horse (PG-13; 146 min.) At the onset of World War I, a Devonshire boyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s horse is sold to the cavalry for the war effort, and shipped to the front in France. Based on British author Michael Morpurgoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1982 novel and directed by a busy Steven Spielberg. Opens Christmas Day. (GB)

We Bought a Zoo (PG; 123 min.) The memoir of Benjamin Mee, father and widower who finds his life radically changing after he buys a country estateâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and, with it, a zooâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is brought to the screen by director and screenwriter Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous). Stars Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson. (GB) Young Adult (R; 94 min.) The director and screenwriter of Juno team up again for Young Adult, starring Charlize Theron as a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book writer coming unraveled (GB)



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Steven Halpern Acclaimed pianist Steven Halpern performs original compositions. Jan 22, 4pm. $18-$20. Dance Palace, Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.

Marcus Shelby Bassist and bandleader leads small quartet in MLK tribute for new jazz series at downtown club. Jan 19, 9pm. $12-$15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

NAPA COUNTY A Cappella Extravaganza

Anne Walsh Grammy-nominated songstress draws from American and Brazilian classics. Jan 22, 4pm. $20$40. Silo’s, 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

Lucinda Williams Leading lady of alt-country plays songs from her latest Lost Highway album, “Blessed.” With Blake Mills. Jan 20, 8pm. $50. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Clubs & Venues SONOMA COUNTY Aqus Cafe

Introspective duo celebrate new CD in in-store. Jan 21, 2pm. Free. Last Record Store, 1899-A Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.525.1963.

Local teens and college students present an evening of entertaining music without any instruments. Jan 21, 7:30pm. $5-$15. Napa Valley District Auditorium, 2475 Jefferson St, Napa. 707.253.3715.

Rhonda Benin Quartet

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Jazz benefit for the Healdsburg Center for the Arts. Jan 21, 8pm. $25. Healdsburg Center for the Arts, 130 Plaza St, Healdsburg. 707.431.1970.

Master pianist Mark Osten accompanied by violinist Claire Martin and soprano Lisa van Stuijvenberg. Jan 22, 3pm.

Jan 19, Baby Seal Club. Jan 20, Dead Winter Carpenters and Real Nasty. Jan 21, McKenna Faith. Tues, ladies’ ) limelight open mic.

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Jan 20, Hannah Jern-Miller and friends. Jan 21, Sugar Moon. Jan 22, Rusty String Express. 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.



Santa Rosa Symphony Conductor laureate Jeffrey Kahane returns as piano soloist. Jan 21, 8pm, Jan 22, 3pm and Jan 23, 8pm. $6-$10. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Keller Williams Virginia’s one-man fusion band plays everything from reggae to bluegrass. Jan 22, 8:30pm. $23$25. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

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Enchanted Island Music of the Baroque masters based on “Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Encores Jan 22, 1pm, and Feb 1, 6:30pm. Jan 21, 10am. $24-$30. Lark Theater,

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

Doc Holliday’s Saloon Wed, Sonoma County Blues Society live music. 138 Calistoga Road, Santa Rosa. 707.537.0308.

Flamingo Lounge Jan 21, Decadance with Lowriderz, Zack Darling, Damian and Malarkey. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

Jan 21, Albino. Jan 22, Brew Dinner with New Belgium Brewing (five-course meal featuring Jamie Mastin and brewer hosts Dean Biersch and Kim Schubert). Mon, Monday Night Edutainment. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

899-A Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.525.1963. Jan 18, Willie Perez. Jan 19, Susan Sutton. Jan 20, Greg Hester with Jim Passarell. Jan 21, Yancie Taylor. Jan 22, Phat Chance Trio. 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.

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Jan 20, Susan Sutton and Bill Fouty Duo. Jan 21, David Udolf Trio. 25 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.431.2800.

Jasper O’Farrell’s Wed, Brainstorm. 6957 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2062.

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Gaia’s Garden Jan 19, Celtic Jam. Jan 20, Wine Country Swing. Jan 21, Doug Jayne and Buzzy Martin. Jan 24, Jim Adams. Jan 25, Trio Pacifico. Tues, Jim Adams. 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491.

Murphy’s Irish Pub Jan 25, Thick Soup. Every other Monday, knitting night. Wed, 7:30pm, trivia night. 464 First St E, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.

Mystic Theatre

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Jan 19, Juke Joint Cabaret De Caliente. Jan 20, Naked Fiction.

Jan 19, Songwriters in Sonoma. 23574 Arnold Dr, Sonoma. 707.934.4090.

Jan 18, Blue Merle. Jan 19, Rivereens. Jan 20, the Incubators. Jan 22, Un, Deux, Trois. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776. Jan 20, Royal Bliss, Bobaflex, Salty DeVito, Road Crew. Jan 21, King Stackindoa, Squarefield Massive, Nick Danger. 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.2343.

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Katy B British dance-pop sensation makes small-club debut on American shores. Jan 19 at the Rickshaw Stop.

The Walkmen Vintage equipment put to decidedly non-retro use by brawlish New York boys. Jan 20-21 at the Independent.

Jan 20, Dick Dale and Pyronauts. Jan 22, Keller Williams. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

Jan 19, Uncle Jesse & the Porch Junkies. 18615 Sonoma Hwy, Ste 110, Sonoma. 707.938.7587.

Phoenix Theater

Punk rock’s version of Shakes the Clown comes up on 30 years of brilliant juvenilia. Jan 20-21 at the Fillmore.

Wu-Tang Clan One is never certain which members will show, but sparks are always guaranteed. Jan 22 at Regency Ballroom.

Wolves in the Throne Room One of the finer sludge-metal ensembles to take inspiration from Neurosis and Sleep; ear plugs and eye masks optional. Jan 23 at Slim’s.

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Peri’s Silver Dollar Jan 18, Elvis Johnson Group. Jan 19, Rahman’s Songwriters in the Round. Jan 20, Elephant Listening Project and Superunknown. Jan 21, Breaking Bread. Jan 22, Continentals. Jan 24, Friends of the River. Jan 25, Chris James and the Romeos. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.

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Jan 21, Full Steem. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.

Jan 20, Lady Passsion with Epicenter. Jan 21, Savannah Blue. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311.

Sebastopol Center for the Arts Jan 21, Gilbert and Sullivan sing-along. 6780 Depot St, Sebastopol. 707.829.4797.

Society: Culture House Wed, Gallery Wednesday. Thurs, Casa Rasta. Sun, Rock ‘n’ Roll Sunday School. 528 Seventh St, Santa Rosa, No phone. Jan 20, Floyian Slip. Jan 21, Rock Hound. 8210 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7878.

MARIN COUNTY George’s Nightclub Jan 19, Marcus Shelby Quartet. Jan 20, Revolver and Tickets Band. Jan 21, Ray Obeido and Urban Latin Jazz Project with Tony Saunders & Romancing the Bass band. Jan 22, Bill Champlin. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

Iron Springs Pub & Brewery Jan 21, Winter Music Series


Jan 20, Dancing through the Decades. 350 Smith Ranch Rd, San Rafael. 415.492.1800.

Jan 20, Set the World Ablaze, Mirrors, Signals, Fusion 72 and Parasitic Plague. Jan 21, Lysurgeon, StressKnot, Mumblez, Blap Dali. 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.



with John Korty and friends. 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax. 415.485.1005.

Jan 19, Connie Ducey and Judy Hall. Jan 20, Key Lime Pie and Lost Dog Found. Jan 21, James Moseley Band. Jan 22, Candela y Edgardo. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito.

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

Downtown Joe’s Brewery & Restaurant Jan 20, West Coast Blues Revue. Jan 21, Levi Lloyd & the 501 Band. 902 Main Street, Napa. 707.258.2337.

Napa Valley College Jan 22, Oh So French Salon. 2277 Napa Vallejo Hwy, Napa. 707.256.7500.

Body Movin’ Top 10 current workout songs Traditionally, winter is the time of year when we find it hardest to get out and exercise. In the hopes of keeping folks motivated, readers from—the web’s most trafficked workout music blog—were polled regarding their favorite current workout songs this winter. Here’s the full list. Now load up that arm-strap mp3 player and get exercising! Tim Berg, “Seek Bromance (Avicii Vocal Edit)” (127 bpm) Katy Perry, “The One That Got Away” (135 bpm) Alexandra Stan, “Mr. Saxobeat (Maan Studio Remix)” (126 bpm) Flo Rida, “Good Feeling” (129 bpm) Wolfgang Gartner and Will.I.Am, “Forever” (128 bpm) Hot Chelle Rae, “Tonight Tonight (Goldstein Remix)” (118 bpm) Taio Cruz and Flo Rida, “Hangover” (129 bpm) Enrique Iglesias with Pitbull and the WAV.s, “I Like How It Feels” (129 bpm) Kaskade & Skrillex, “Lick It” (128 bpm) Kelly Clarkson, “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)” (117 bpm) —Courtesy of

Napa Valley Opera House Jan 18, Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet. Jan 23, Robben Ford. Jan 25, International Guitar Night. 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Anne Walsh. Jan 21, Carlos Reyes Band. Wed, 7pm, jam session. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.


Jan 20, Lucinda Williams with Blake Mills. 1350 Third St,

Jan 20, Sing a Song. Jan 21,

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Uva Trattoria Wed, Gentlemen of Jazz. Sun, James and Ted. 1040 Clinton St, Napa. 707.255.6646.

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pholding the musical revolution of Nigerianborn Fela Kuti and his philosophy that art should have political meaning, East Bay Afrobeat ensemble Albino! continue to upstage themselves with songs rife with social commentary and political dissidence. New arrangements like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Deepwater Horizon,â&#x20AC;? about the Gulf Coast oil spill, offer up a dose of lucid insinuation that governments and mainstream media are intentionally deďŹ&#x201A;ecting the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s key social and environmental issues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was so much publicity around Deepwater but so little around the damage Exxon creates, speciďŹ cally in Nigeria. These companies get away with it at our cost. We allow these companies to exist and work. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;When will we learn, when will they learn?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? relays frontman Michael Bello on the songâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lyrics. Equally vexed by the neverending drive for capitalist decadence in our society, Albino! are resolved to spreading the warning of

Albino! play Saturday, Jan. 21, at Hopmonk Tavern. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 8:30pm. $15. 707.829.7300.

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unsustainable consumerism. Their new undertaking is a partnership with the Story of Stuff Project, a Berkeley nonproďŹ t. The organization creates animated educational videos describing what really happens during the many phases of material consumption. If you ever thought buying â&#x20AC;&#x153;Made in Chinaâ&#x20AC;? began at the local Wal-Mart, these videos are for you. Driving a ďŹ ery three-song â&#x20AC;&#x153;Story of Stuffâ&#x20AC;? suite resembling slowjam New Orleans funk, the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lyrics declare â&#x20AC;&#x153;Extraction, pollution, distribution, consumption, disposal. All part of the master plan.â&#x20AC;? The band is virtually taking on all of global incorporation. The Afrobeat buzz is in full upswing, with the Broadway production Fela! currently touring the West Coast. Although appearing on the heels of a decade-old Afrobeat renaissance led by Brooklyn musical architects Antibalas, the show extends the genreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sound and signiďŹ cance to people across generations. Concentrated in the 1970s at the apex of Fela Kutiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s incendiary career, the musical highlights the major events that led to his fame as an icon for revolutionary Africa. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fela! is making Americans more aware of this music, and what an incredible life and mission he had,â&#x20AC;? says guitarist Cal Reichenbach. Like African music in general, Afrobeatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high-energy sound connects people through song and dance. The instrumentation is a complex pattern of jazz, funk and improv backed by alternating drums and percussionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a jigsaw puzzle of interacting rhythms, vocals and choreography that creates a hypervibrant stage show. Without a doubt, Albino! live up to the deďŹ nition. Voted one of the best live bands in the Bay Area, the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eccentricity is reminiscent of a spaced-out trance on the Playa at Burning Man. Appropriately, they love playing Sebastopol time and time again because, according Reichenbach, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a nice Burner following.â&#x20AC;?

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Galleries OPENINGS Jan 20

At 5pm. City Hall Council Chambers, Obie G Bowman’s pen, brush and ink works. 100 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3010. At 5:30pm. Falkirk Cultural Center, “H2O: Fragility and Strength,” featuring works by California Society of Printmaker. 1408 Mission Ave, San Rafael. 415.485.3438.

Jan 21

At 4pm. Quicksilver Mine Co., “Bakers Dozen 2012,” featuring work of 13 artists. 6671 Front St, Forestville. 707.887.0799. At 4pm. Gallery Route One, “Photography: A Fine Art,” featuring work of Tim Fleming, Alan Plisskin and Sister Adele Rowland. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1347.

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At 5pm. Sebastopol Gallery, “Moments of Vision,” featuring sculptures of bronze, stone and cast stone by Colin Lambert. 150 N Main St, Sebastopol. Open daily, 11 to 6. 707.829.7200. At 6pm. University Art Gallery, “Art from the Heart,” benefit for University Art Gallery at SSU. Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2295.

SONOMA COUNTY ARThouse Gallery Through Feb 29, Second exhibit of Ed Coletti Paintings. 13758 Arnold Dr, Glen Ellen. 707.935.3513.

BackStreet Gallery Through Jan 21, “Strong Women of Vista,” an exhibit

of artworks created by Cambodian women, survivors of the Pol Pot genocide. Uribe Studios, 461 Sebastopol Ave, Santa Rosa. Sat, 11 to 5, and by appointment. 707.537.9507.

Charles M Schulz Museum Through Jan 29, “The Flipside of Schulz’s Art: More Than Peanuts,” original drawings by Charles Schulz. $5-$8. Through Apr 2, “Hit the Road, Snoopy!” featuring the beagle’s most famous road trips. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. Mon-Fri, noon to 5; Sat-Sun, 10 to 5. 707.579.4452.

City Hall Council Chambers Through Mar 1, Obie G Bowman’s pen, brush and ink works on display. Reception, Jan 20 at 5. 100 Santa Rosa Ave, Ste 10, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3010.

Finley Community Center Through Jan 31, Historical birdhouses on display. Through Feb 2, “Honoring the Pomo Youth Dancers” with photographs by Christine Cobaugh. 2060 W College Avenue, Santa Rosa. Mon-Fri, 8 to 7; Sat, 9 to 1. 707.543.3737.

Gallery of Sea & Heaven Through Mar 17, “Eye of the Beholder,” an exhibition of abstract art by Becoming Independent. 312 South A St, Santa Rosa. Thurs-Sat, noon to 5 and by appointment. 707.578.9123.

Hammerfriar Gallery Through Feb 2, “Group Show,” with new works by Andre Cisernos-Galido, Jerry Cohen and others. 132 Mill St, Ste 101, Healdsburg. Tues-Fri, 10 to 6. Sat, 10 to 5. 707.473.9600.

Journey Center Gallery Through Jan 31, “Abstract Reflections” featuring art by Carolyn Beyah. 1601 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. Mon-Fri, 9 to 5; weekend hours by appointment. 707.578.2121.

Llewellyn Through Mar 17, bronze figurative nudes by Bruce Wolfe, paintings by William Cutler and William O’Keeffe, paintings and lithograph prints by Sandra Oseguera and

bronze “Un-edibles” by Valerie Brunmeier and Matt Hart. 707.887.2373. 6525-A First St, Forestville.

Local Color Gallery Through Feb 12, “Watercolor Festival,” Sally Cataldo, Mara Farnworth and Ned Luzmoor. 1580 Eastshore Rd, Bodega Bay. Daily, 10 to 5. Closed Wednesdays. 707.875.2744.

Miyares Gallery Through Feb 29, paintings by Claire B Cotts including layered, figurative and abstract works. Sonoma Academy, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. Mon-Fri, 8 to 4. 707.545.1770.

Occidental Center for the Arts Through Mar 2, “Along the Russian River and Water Quilt,” textiles exhibit featuring work by Pointless Sisters Art Quilt Group. Graton Road and Bohemian Highway, Occidental. 707.874.9392.

Petaluma Arts Center Jan 20-Mar 4, “Clay and Glass Exhibit,” featuring sculpture and functional works in clay and glass by members of Association of Clay and Glass Artists of California. 230 Lakeville St at East Washington, Petaluma. 707.762.5600.

Quicksilver Mine Company Jan 20-Feb 26, “Bakers Dozen 2012,” featuring the work of 13 artists. Reception, Jan 21 at 4. 6671 Front St, Forestville. Thurs-Mon, 11 to 6. 707.887.0799.

RiskPress Gallery Through Jan 28, “Corey Hitchcock’s Double Radiance,” a creative video tribute to the remarkable, unseen, regenerative forces of the natural world. 7345 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol. No phone.

Riverfront Art Gallery Through Mar 4, “Living Life” paintings by Kathleen Deyo and “Color in Motion” photopaintings by Jerrie Jerne. 132 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. Wed, Thurs and Sun, 11 to 6. FriSat, 11 to 8. 707.775.4ART.

Rohnert Park Community Center Through Jan 27, Collective art exhibit by sisters Ann Marie Torrez and Lisa DeMartini.

5:30. 1408 Mission Ave, San Rafael. 415.485.3438.

Gallery Bergelli

Gallery Route One Through Mar 4, “Photography: A Fine Art,” featuring the work of Tim Fleming, Alan Plisskin and Sister Adele Rowland. Reception, Jan 21, 4pm. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. WedMon, 11 to 5. 415.663.1347.

Marin History Museum Ongoing, “Treasures from the Vault,” local artifacts; also, “Ranching and Rockin’ at Olompali” features history of State Park; also, “Growing the Future: Farming Families of Marin.” Boyd Gate House, 1125 B St, San Rafael. Tues-Fri, plus second and third Sat monthly, 11 to 4. 415.454.8538.

Marin Society of Artists

‘BORDERS’ Ceramic by Tiffany Schmierer (above) and work from 12 others show as ‘Baker’s Dozen’ at Quicksilver Mine Co. See Openings, p30.

5401 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. Mon-Thurs, 8 to 9; Fri, 8 to 5. 707.584.7357.

Sebastopol Center for the Arts Through Feb 4, “Year of the Dragon 4710,” celebrating the Lunar New Year, featuring Cynthia Tom and Leland Wong, curated by Naomi Lasley and Season Leef. 6780 Depot St, Sebastopol. Tues-Fri, 10 to 4; Sat, 1 to 4. 707.829.4797.

Sebastopol Gallery Ongoing, “Moments of Vision,” featuring sculptures of bronze, stone and cast stone by Colin Lambert. Reception, Jan 21, 5pm. 150 N Main St, Sebastopol. Open daily, 11 to 6. 707.829.7200.

Sonoma County Museum Through Jan 22, “Singgalot,” Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition on history of Filipino immigrants in America. Through Feb 5, “Customized: The Art and History of the Bicycle,” with

bicycle innovations, art bikes, regional history and more. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. TuesSun, 11 to 4. 707.579.1500.

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art Through Mar 18, “Undiscovered,” features five dynamic artists from Sonoma County. 551 Broadway, Sonoma. Wed-Sun, 11 to 5. 707.939. SVMA.

Steele Lane Community Center Through Feb 23, paintings by Kathy Cia White. 415 Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. Mon-Thurs, 8 to 7; Fri, 8 to 5. 707.543.3282.

Towers Gallery Jan 20-Apr 1, “Seasons,” including works by Nancy Burres, Jim Van Deren and many others. 240 N Cloverdale Blvd, Ste 2, Cloverdale. 707.894.4331.

University Art Gallery Jan 21, 6pm, “Art from the Heart,” benefit for University Art Gallery at SSU, featuring works by Sally Baker, Todd

Barricklow, Janice Best and others. Preview exhibits Jan 18 and 20, 11am to 8pm, and Jan 19, 11am to 4pm. $30. Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. Tues-Fri, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, noon to 4. 707.664.2295.

MARIN COUNTY Art Works Downtown Through Mar 2, “Lightscape/ Darkscape,” featuring artworks by Kala Art Institute students. 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. Tues-Sat, 10 to 5. 415.451.8119.

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

Falkirk Cultural Center Jan 20-Mar 9, “H2O: Fragility and Strength,” featuring works by California Society of Printmakers, juried by Don Soker. Reception, Jan 20 at

Through Jan 28, “Where in the World,” is an unjuried exhibit open to MSA members working in all media. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. MonThurs, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, 12 to 4. 415.454.9561.

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts Through Jan 31, “Members Show,” featuring sculpture, painting, photography and more. 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. Tues-Sat, 10 to 2; also by appointment. 415.388.4331.

NAPA COUNTY Artists of the Valley Ongoing, mixed-media work of 57 artists in two Napa locations. 1398 First St, Napa. 707.265.9050.

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

Downtown Napa

Napa Valley Museum

Reserve Cigars and Farmers Organic Gin. Thu., Jan 19, 6-9pm. Baker Street Downtown, 1018 First St, Napa. 707.255.4434.

Through Jan 30, “Napa Valley: The People and the Landscapes,” featuring photographs of Vi Bottaro. An evening with Bottaro, Jan 20 at 5:30. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. Wed-Mon, 10 to 5. 707.944.0500.

Fashion a Future

Sharpsteen Museum

Help prepare and serve free vegan meals every Sun afternoon; served at 5. Sun. Courthouse Square, Third Street and Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa. 707.701.3620.

Ongoing, dioramas depicting 1860s life at Brannan Hot Springs Resort, stagecoach, restored cottage and Disney producer Ben Sharpsteen’s Oscar. $3 donation. 1311 Washington St, Calistoga. Daily, 11 to 4. 707.942.5911.

Yountville Community Hall Jan 23-Mar 12, “Mustard and More” juried exhibit sponsored by Napa Valley Photographic Society. 6516 Washington St, Yountville.

A benefit fashion show raising funds to support Sloan House women’s shelter. Sun, Jan 22, 8pm. $15. Hopmonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Food Not Bombs

Roe v Wade Celebration Tour the new clinic for refreshments and conversation. Thu., Jan 19, 5:30pm. Women’s Health Specialists, 4415 Sonoma Hwy, Ste D, Santa Rosa. 707.537.1171.


Field Trips

Holy City Zoo Reunion

Dave & Bill Hikes

Featuring Debi Durst, voice in “Nightmare before Christmas,” Susan Elliot, writer of “Laverne and Shirley” and others. Fri, Jan 20, 8pm. $18-$25. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

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

Chinese New Year Fundraiser for Penglai, China, features cooking demonstration, lion and dragon dances, Dim Sum and wine. Sat, Jan 21, 1-4pm. $60. Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, 24724 Arnold Dr, Sonoma. 707.931.7575.

Cloverdale Old-Time Fiddle Festival

Ongoing, “Momentum: Art that Moves (Us),” second annual interactive public art exhibition ARTwalk. Free.. 707.257.2117. First Street and Town Center, Napa.

Food, raffles, workshops, crafts and plenty o’ fiddlin’. Jan 2122, 10am-5pm. $12.50 each day. Cloverdale Fairgrounds, Main Street., Cloverdale. 707.894.2067.

Gordon Huether

Cigar Social

Ongoing round two of “Art on

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Meet in the tasting room for a strenuous eight-mile, five-hour hike. Sat, Jan 21, 9:45am. Kunde Estate Winery, 10155 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood. 707.282.1531.

History Walking Tour Learn about historic downtown San Rafael with a tour by Marin History Museum. Every third Sat. $5 general; members free. Marin History Museum, Boyd Gate House, 1125 B St, San Rafael.

Star Party Come take a gaze through observatory’s three main telescopes. Sat, Jan 21, 7pm. $3-$8. Robert Ferguson Observatory, Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood. 707.833.6979.

Film 49ers vs. Giants Watch Alex Smith crush Eli Manning in the big playoff game on the big screen. Jan 22 at 3:30. $8-$10. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.924.5111.

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Through Jan 31, “Winter Group Show,” featuring works by gallery artists Bryn Craig, Willam DeBilzan and others. 483 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.945.9454.

F1RST.” Evolving exhibition of Gordon Huether’s fine art. 1821 Monticello Rd, Napa. 707.255.5954.


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from the Metropolitan Theatre in NYC. Ongoing. Jan 21 at 10am and Jan 25 at 7pm, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Enchanted Island.â&#x20AC;? $16-$23. Jackson Theater, Sonoma Country Day School, 4400 Day School Place, Santa Rosa.

My So-Called Enemy Documentary of six of girls who grow into womanhood in the Middle East with the experience of knowing their enemies as human beings. Sat, Jan 21, 7:15pm. Congregation Shomrei Torah, 2600 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.578.5519.

Seldom Seen Flicks Classic, rarely seen films and documentaries. Jan 24, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spellbound.â&#x20AC;? Tues, 7pm. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

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Oakmont Drive and White Oak, Santa Rosa. 707.538.7023. Sat, 9am-noon. Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.522.8629.

Wine Country Baking Weekend Weekend classes include Baking for Brunch with pastry chef Shelly Kaldunski and Bread Baking Workshop with Karl Seppi and pastry chef Mairin Rossi. Jan 21-22. $188. Relish Culinary Center, 14 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.431.9999.

Winegrowers Party Includes an educational wine tasting with Petaluma Gap grape growers, hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ouvres from local businesses, music from the Hoovers and a nohost bar. Sat, Jan 21, 6:30pm. $25. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

For Kids ABADA Capoeira Performance of Afro-Brazilian martial art. Sat, Jan 21, 11am. $7-$16. Bay Area Discovery Museum, Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds Rd, Sausalito. 415.339.3900.

( 31 Afterschool Cooking Series The Culinary Dude Scott Davis leads kids on a culinary trip around the world, making various dishes from scratch. Wed, Jan 18, 4:30pm and Tue., Jan 24, 4:30pm. $50-$180. Relish Culinary Center, 14 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.431.9999.

Bay Area Discovery Museum Ongoing, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Animal Secrets.â&#x20AC;? Hands-on art, science and theater camps, art studio, tot spot and lookout cove adventure area. Wed-Thurs at 10 and 11, music with Miss Kitty. $5-$6. Fri at 11, aquarium feeding. Ongoing. Admission: $8-$10. Bay Area Discovery Museum, Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds Rd, Sausalito. 415.339.3900.

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

Chops Teen Club Hang-out spot for Santa Rosa teens ages 12 to 20 offers art studio and class, open gym, tech lounge, cafe, recording studio and film club. Hours for high schoolers: Mon-Thurs, 3 to 9; Fri, 3 to 11; Sat and school holidays, noon to 11. For middle school kids: Mon-Fri, 3 to 7; Sat and school holidays, noon to 7. Film club meets Tues at 4. Ongoing. Membership, $5$10 per year. Chops Teen Club, 509 Adams St, Santa Rosa. 707.284.2467.

Museum Mondays Children ages one to five and their families are invited to enjoy storytime, arts, crafts and museum activities. Fourth Mon of every month, 10am. Free-$5. Charles M Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452.

Readers of the Pack A chance for new readers to get together. Tues. Free. Petaluma Library, 100 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma. 707.763.9801.

11am, through Apr 22. $90. Bodyworks Yoga Studio, 490 Second St, Petaluma.

Estate Planning for Singles & Domestic Partners Learn how California law affects domestic partners estate plans. Sat, Jan 21, 9:30am. Free. Hospice by the Bay, 17 E Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Larkspur. 415.526.5558.

Harvesting Life Wisdom: Empowering Seniors Three-session workshop allows older adults to connect with others and gain empowering tools. Wed, Jan 18, 10:30am and Wed, Jan 25, 10:30am. JFCS Sonoma County, 1360 N Dutton Ave, Ste C, Santa Rosa. 707.571.8131.

Kashaya People Yesterday Emilio Valencia, tribal member of the Kashaya band of Pomo Indians, speaks with Fort Ross Park historians and others. Fri, Jan 20, 5pm. $8-$10. Sonoma County Museum, 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.579.1500.

Readings Book Passage Wed, Jan 18, 7pm, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Family Legacy,â&#x20AC;? with Jack Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Halloran. Thurs, Jan 19, 1pm, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Too Big To Know,â&#x20AC;? with David Weinberger. Thurs, Jan 19, 7pm, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Growgirl: How My Life After the Blair Witch Project Went to Potâ&#x20AC;? with Heather Donahue. Fri, Jan 20, 7pm, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Power Concedes Nothing,â&#x20AC;? with Connie Rice. Sat, Jan 21, 1pm, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aging as a Spiritual Practice,â&#x20AC;? with Lewis Richmond. Sat, Jan 21, 4pm, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Man Seeks God,â&#x20AC;? with Eric Weiner. Sat, Jan 21, 7pm, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Red Sunshine,â&#x20AC;? with Kimberly Allison. Sun, Jan 22, 1pm, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Field Guide to Marine Mammals of the Pacific Coast,â&#x20AC;? with Sarah Allen. Mon, Jan 23, 7pm, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Chalk Girl,â&#x20AC;? with Carol Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell. Wed, Jan 25, 7pm, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Passing Love,â&#x20AC;? with Jacqueline Luckett. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 415.927.0960.

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ARIES (March 21–April 19) The Macy’s ad I saw in the newspaper had a blaring headline: “Find Your Magic 2.0.” The items that were being touted to help us discover our upgraded and more deluxe sense of magic were luxurious diamond rings. The cheapest was $2,150. I’m going to try to steer you in another direction in your quest to get in touch with Magic 2.0, Aries. I do believe you are in an excellent position to do just that, but only if you take a decidedly nonmaterialistic approach. What does your intuition tell you about how to hook up with a higher, wilder version of the primal mojo?

Healdsburg Copperfield’s Books Wed, Jan 18, 6pm, “Wine to Water,” with Doc Hendley 104 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.433.9270.

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Petaluma Copperfield’s Books Sat, Jan 21, 2pm, “Bad Kitty Presidential Tour.” Sun, Jan 22, 2pm, Poetry with Mike Tuggle, Bart Schneider and Terry Ehert 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.762.0563.

River Reader Sat, Jan 21 Open Mic Poetry Circle with Mike Tuggle. Sat, Jan 21, 7pm “Mind and Emotions: A Universal Treatment for Emotional Disorders,” with Mathew McKay. 16355 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.2242.

SoCo Coffee Sat, Jan 21 Poetry Azul .Join Andrew Mayer and friends for evening of poetry, 7 to 9. Free. 707.527.6434. 1015 Fourth St, Santa Rosa.

Theater The Drowsy Chaperone The ultimate love letter to musical theater. Through Feb 5, 2 and 8pm. $15-$35. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

Spring Awakening Multiple Tony-award winner about coming of age. Jan 2028, 2 and 8pm. $22. Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. 707.588.3400.

Sylvia Classic story about man, wife and dog by Pegasus Theater Company. Jan 20-Feb 12, 2 and 8pm. $15-$30. Rio Nido Roadhouse, 14540 Canyon 2 Rd, Rio Nido. 707.869.0821.

The 39 Steps Hitchcock’s fast-paced Tony and Drama Desk awardwinning whodunit. $10-$25. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

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Time to Exhale The girl from ‘Blair Witch’ grows weed, writes book If you’re like me, you drove an hour and a half to see The Blair Witch Project when it came out. You let the film take over your entire being, filling your body with aggravation and tension. And during Heather Donahue’s terrifying close-up monologue, when she tearfully apologizes for leading her friends into the horror of Burkittsville, you may have thought, “Damn, that girl needs a joint.” Lo and behold, after Blair Witch, Donahue didn’t exactly land the leading-lady roles she rightfully deserved. And so she did what any other self-respecting ’90s icon would have done—followed her boyfriend to Nuggettown, Calif., and started growing weed for a living. Donahue has written a book about her experience, called Growgirl: How My Life After the Blair Witch Project Went to Pot, detailing the day-to-day activities in a growing community. Now living in San Francisco, Donahue has a refreshingly accepting nature toward her life after Blair Witch, and appears in discussion for the book on Thursday, Jan. 19, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7pm. Free. 415.927.0960.—Gabe Meline

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Constitution has survived 222 years, longer than the constitution of any other nation on the planet. But one of America’s founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson, might have had a problem with that. He believed our constitution should be revised every 19 years. Personally, I share Jefferson’s view. And I would apply that same principle of regular reinvention to all of us as individuals—although I think it should be far more frequently than every 19 years. How long has it been since you’ve amended or overhauled your own rules to live by, Taurus? Judging by the astrological omens, I suspect it’s high time.

GEMINI (May 21–June 20) “It is respectable to have no illusions—and safe—and profitable and dull,” said author Joseph Conrad. Taking our cue from his liberating derision, I propose that we protest the dullness of having no illusions. Let’s decry the blah gray sterility that comes from entertaining no fantastic fantasies and unreasonable dreams. How boring it is to have such machine-like mental hygiene! For this one week, Gemini, I urge you to celebrate your crazy ideas. Treasure and adore your wacky beliefs. Study all those irrational and insane urges running around your mind to see what you can learn about your deep, dark unconsciousness. (P.S.: But I’m not saying you should act on any of those phantasms, at least not now. Simply be amused by them.) CANCER (June 21–July 22)

If you were a Medieval knight going into battle with a full suit of armor, the advantage you had from the metal’s protection was offset by the extra energy it took to haul around so much extra weight. In fact, historians say this is one reason that a modest force of English soldiers defeated a much larger French army at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415. The Frenchmen’s armor was much bulkier, and by the time they slogged through muddy fields to reach their enemy, they were too tired to fight at peak intensity. The moral of the story, as far as you’re concerned: to win a great victory in the coming weeks, shed as many of your defense mechanisms and as much of your emotional baggage as possible.

LEO (July 23–August 22) One way or another, you will be more famous in the coming months than you’ve ever been before. That might mean you’ll become better known or more popular . . . or it could take a different turn. To tease out the nuances, let’s draw on Naomi Shihab Nye’s poem “Famous.” “The river is famous to the fish. / The loud voice is famous to silence, / which knew it would inherit the earth / before anybody said so. / The cat sleeping on the fence is famous to the birds / watching him from the birdhouse. / The tear is famous, briefly, to the cheek. /The idea you carry close to your bosom / is famous to your bosom.” (Read the whole poem here: FamousToWhom.) VIRGO (August 23–September 22) Three famous actresses formed the British Anti-Cosmetic Surgery League last year. Rachel Wiesz, Kate Winslet and Emma Thompson say they believe people should be happy with the physical appearance that nature gave them. Is it rude of me to note that unlike most of the rest of us, those three women were born gorgeous? It’s easy for them to promise not to mess with their looks. Do you ever do that, Virgo? Urge other people to do what’s natural for you but a challenge for them? I recommend against that this week. For example, if you want to influence someone to change, be willing to change something about yourself that’s hard to change.

LIBRA (September 23–October 22) I predict major breakthroughs in your relationship to intimacy

and togetherness in 2012, Libra—if, that is, you keep in mind the following counsel from psychologist Dr. Neil Clark Warren: “Attraction and chemistry are easily mistaken for love, but they are far from the same thing. Being attracted to someone is immediate and largely subconscious. Staying deeply in love with someone happens gradually and requires conscious decisions, made over and over again.” (Read more by Warren here:

SCORPIO (October 23–November 21)

Purslane is a plant that’s also known colloquially as pigweed. It’s hearty, prolific and spreads fast. In a short time, it can grow out-of-control, covering a large area with a thick carpet. On the other hand, it’s a tasty salad green and has a long history of being used as a cooked vegetable. As a medicinal herb, it’s also quite useful, being rich in omega-3 fatty acids as well as a number of vitamins and minerals. Moral of the story: Keep pigweed contained—don’t let it grow out of control—and it will be your friend. Does anything in your life fit that description?

SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21) As he approaches his 70th birthday, retiree and Michigan resident Michael Nicholson is still hard at work adding to his education. He’s got 27 college degrees so far, including 12 master’s degrees and a doctorate. Although he’s not an “A” student, he loves learning for its own sake. I nominate him to be your role model for the coming weeks, Sagittarius. Your opportunities for absorbing new lessons will be at a peak. I hope you take full advantage of all the teachings that will be available. CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19) The Bible addresses the subjects of money and possessions in about 2,000 verses, but devotes only 500 verses to prayer and 500 to faith. As you know, my advice in these horoscopes usually tends to have the opposite emphasis: I concentrate more on spiritual matters than materialistic concerns. But this time, in acknowledgment of the specific cosmic influences coming to bear on you, I’m going to be more like the Bible. Please proceed on the assumption that you have a mandate to think extra deeply and super creatively about money and possessions in the coming weeks. Feel free, too, to pray for financial guidance and meditate on increasing your cash flow. AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18) Here’s one of my favorite quotes from American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson: “I hate quotations. Tell me what you think.” The current astrological omens suggest that this is an excellent message for you to heed. It’s crucial for you to know your own mind and speak your own thoughts. It’s smart to trust your own instincts and draw on your own hard-won epiphanies. For best results, don’t just be skeptical of the conventional wisdom; be cautious about giving too much credence to every source of sagacity and expertise. Try to define your own positions rather than relying on theories you’ve read about and opinions you’ve heard. PISCES (February 19–March 20)

Why did Mark Gibbons strap a washing machine to his back and then climb to the top of Mount Snowdown in Wales? He did it to raise charity money for the Kenyan Orphan Project. If, in the coming weeks, you try anything as crazy as he did, Pisces, make sure it’s for an equally worthy cause. Don’t you dare take on a big challenge simply to make people feel sorry for you or to demonstrate what a first-class martyr you can be. On the other hand, I’m happy to say that you could stir up a lot of good mojo by wandering into previously offlimits zones as you push past the limitations people expect you to honor.

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