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But what if we talked economic inequality? What if we mentioned wealth and its influence on politics? What if we talked about the upper percentile controlling a city, stubbornly denying regular citizens the voice to more evenly distribute that power? That sounds a little more important. Since the turn of the century, there have been no Santa Rosa City Council members from the southwest portion of the city. That includes the area surrounding the city’s largest concentration of Latino residents, Roseland, which has still not been annexed into the official city limits, receives inconsistent law-enforcement services and has a dire lack of park lands, crosswalks and sidewalks. Instead, the majority of councilmembers have come from the northeast, including neighborhoods like Fountaingrove and Montecito Heights, where things are demonstrably better—and wealthier. Somehow, former congressman Doug Bosco can look at these facts and say with a straight face, before the committee, that “there’s a pretty good spread of people all around the city.” Having district elections would mean council members would come from seven different regions of the city, evenly spreading the power. But the committee recommended that this idea not even be put before voters. The message was clear: your opinion is unwanted. I think otherwise. I say put the issue on the ballot in November. There will be eight months to try and convince us it’s a crappy idea, but at least we’ll have our say instead of being muzzled by those for whom the current system is working just fine. The committee revisits the issue on Saturday, March 10, at the Utilities Field Operations Building. 35 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa. 10am. The meeting is open to the public. Gabe Meline is the editor of this paper. We welcome your submission. To have your topical essay of 350 words considered for publication, write openmic@bohemian.com.

A Cooperative Future

Yes, it’s time we’re reading about the best-kept secret in the alternative business world (“By the People,” Feb. 22). Cooperatives are the model we should be learning about. They are the future. We can all support this movement by patronizing our local Bay Area Cooperatives. In addition to the Arizmendi/Cheeseboard bakeries, there is Rainbow Grocery (SF), Jackson Hardware and Alvarado Street Bakery that sells organic breads to stores in the Bay Area and throughout the country. Praxis Peace Institute, the Sonoma nonprofit that I direct, will take a group for a study tour of the Mondragon Cooperatives in Spain, Sept. 9-15, 2012. Information is available on www.praxispeace.org.

GEORGIA KELLY Sonoma

A Crooked Little Clique I must take issue with your article on the Arizmendi Bakery in San Rafael (“By the People,” Feb. 22). My wife was a founding member. She found a meeting space for them before the opening, and shopped for their furniture and light fixtures. There were 13 founding members, but Arizmendi permitted a central clique to vote themselves into permanent status, at which point all the other founders were forced to either suck up or be voted out. It was then obvious that some founders were “more equal than others.” This crooked little clique made life hell for my wife and the others before finally voting them out altogether. Arizmendi had “oppression training” and “conflict resolution” procedures in place, but it was all just PC window dressing. The clique ran into trouble

only when their ringleader had a breakdown and quit. Now all of the founding members are gone. Those were the people who had the best profit-sharing position. With them gone, Arizmendi shares little profit with the current owner-workers, who make a pittance while waiting for very meager profit-sharing. What an interesting coincidence that Arizmendi would permit such things to happen, and that the result is no founding members left with which to “share.” It’s all a big lie, an atrocity, and a shameful fraud. I feel terrible for those kids who still work there, but there can be nothing but contempt for Arizmendi itself.

WILLIAM P. ARNEY San Rafael

Men Thinking Straight An article on why men can’t seem to think straight when talking to a woman? (“Hi There, Uh . . . Duh,” Feb. 8.) It seems quite obvious to me: they aren’t using the brain that’s above their waist! Duh!

RENEE RAFALO Penngrove

Save the Trees, No More Wine I’ve seen articles about the biggest cutting of redwood forest for vineyard ever to take place in Sonoma County. Spain-based Artesa / Codorníu is a huge corporation and we’re a tiny dot on their map. I’m concerned about our society’s take on nature. I was born and raised underneath these trees surrounding my home in Annapolis. I’m heartbroken that I have to fight to protect what Mother Nature gave me. The California Deptartment of Forestry should represent the state’s citizens by protecting our environment, especially


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of lethalâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and, some allege, kneejerkâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;responses to crises that many observers say called for more nuanced tactics. Health advocates say that improving the treatment of the mentally ill starts with a more empathetic approach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The county has made some efforts toward providing care thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ethical and not dehumanizing, like the Interlink outpatient program, which is a great place. My understanding is that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s partly client-driven, and they have a say in how things are run,â&#x20AC;? says Christopher Bowers, a counselor at the Sonoma State University Community Counseling Clinic, which university officials plan to close next month. Bowers says he was made acutely aware of the health systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s often haphazard approach to mental care when his own private insurance carrier, Kaiser, informed him that his psychiatric coverage included a maximum of six group therapy sessions and no individual therapy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s endemic how we separate mental health from physical health, and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give it the attention it deserves,â&#x20AC;? Bowers says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Daveâ&#x20AC;? is a 33-year-old Santa Rosa resident who spent six years of his 20s in and out of local psychiatric wards, including Oakcrest in Santa Rosa, which no longer operates. Dave says patients were generally well cared for where he stayed, and that the medicine he received to treat his delusional paranoia helped him return to a functioning life. He adds that a crucial part of his recovery was having an outlet for self-expression, something certain facilities provided more than others. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mostly, [psychiatric hospitals] create a stable environment until the drugs kick in,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t usually do a lot of therapy. Sometimes they would have art programs, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like for twoyear-olds, not really something youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be proud of. I was inspired by a friend of mine who was doing real art and writing every day, and doing the necessary pieces for your intellectual exercise and overall well-being. That stuff saved me.â&#x20AC;?


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f there are any clear distinctions to be made between contemporary beer and wine cultures, perhaps one of the most immediate is the very different role critics play in each. The beer world, despite the

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such sway over the market. Instead, for better or worse, the major market drivers in craft beer culture tend to be user-based websites—like RateBeer.com. RateBeer is one of the two major collectors of online beer reviews, the other being Boston-based

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website BeerAdvocate.com. Anyone of legal drinking age may sign up for a free user account at either site and post his or her own reviews of, essentially, any commercial beers in existence. RateBeer has the larger of the two databases, with over 120,000 beer listings, an international ensemble of 75-plus regional beer experts charged with curating the site and, at latest count, over 3.5 million user-submitted beer reviews. (Disclosure #1: Approximately 0.1 percent of those reviews are mine.) Instead of beer scores being generated via a single person or a small panel of experts, the overall scores on RateBeer are calculated as an aggregate of usersubmitted scores, giving an equal weighting to every person who submits a review—no credentials or monocles required. When one sees RateBeer shelf tags hanging at a Whole Foods or specialty beer shop, there’s no mention of individual reviewers. Even RateBeer’s owner prefers to eschew the spotlight. Local beer lovers are often surprised to learn that Joseph Tucker, owner and executive director of RateBeer, lives in Fulton. Though he relocated to Sonoma County with his family back in 2005 (“It’s always struck me as the best place to raise a kid anywhere in the world”), Tucker has resisted establishing much of a local presence for RateBeer. On a warm February afternoon, sipping a glass of rustic saison from Green Flash Brewing Company and overlooking the vineyards bordering the Tuckers’ back patio, I wanted to determine why that was, as well as discuss the implications of these crowd-sourced rating systems. (Disclosure #2: This is hardly the first time Joe’s plied me with beer, and I consider him a dear friend. When I attempt to sell you RateBeer-branded cutlery at the end of this article, be wary.) A UC San Diego graduate, Tucker has spent much of his time kicking around the Bay Area, taking up residence in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley and elsewhere. During the dotcom boom, he worked as a technical producer at CNET and CMP’s NetGuide, and in ) 16


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entertainment software at Trilobyte, helping develop classic old-school computer games like the 11th Hour. This user-based mindset influenced how RateBeer was internally developed. Bill Buchanan originally started the site back in 2000 with a few others, but offered it to Tucker for free after the latter spent a summer helping redesign the entire site. Since then, the majority of Tucker’s time has been focused on developing RateBeer into the international presence it’s since become. “The whole idea [developing software] was you listen to people and craft an experience to make it enjoyable for whoever’s using it. It’s the way that we build RateBeer. We talk to people. We try to keep it fun. We look at what people are passionate about, and we feed that passion.” Establishing local visibility has generally been less of a priority. The website BeerAdvocate, as a counterpoint, has spun off a print magazine and hosts highly regarded beer festivals in Boston each year. “I’m not a business guy,” Tucker explained. “I’m primarily a toymaker. My focus has always been on building toys.” And public relations? “It’s not something I’m particularly good at.” With Tucker and his team of internal admins (Disclosure #3: I used to be one) focusing on site development, RateBeer’s reach and influence have steadily grown. As Joe notes in our conversation, in the craft beer world, “traditional marketing doesn’t work too well.” The typical sports imagery with buxom females tends to be derided, seen as vestigial tricks of the mass-market breweries. The annual RateBeer Best awards, published every January, are both widely publicized and recurrent sources of controversy. The list of the top-rated beers on the site tends to be significantly skewed toward higher-alcohol, higher-impact styles like imperial stouts and double IPAs, resulting in many questioning the utility and value of RateBeer’s user-based review system. Whereas the wine world is arguably subject to the influence of “Parkerization” (the

notion that some winemakers tailor their products to Robert Parker’s particular tastes), RateBeer’s Top 50 list is perhaps the beer world’s closest equivalent in this regard. Much of the criticism stems from the degree of emphasis placed on the list. The most immediate flip side of the RateBeer Best awards (and the site’s ratings in general) is the exposure and acclaim they provide to up-and-coming craft breweries, which rarely have marketing budgets anywhere near those of conglomerated breweries like Anheuser-Busch or MillerCoors. For lesser known breweries, high scores online can open doors that would otherwise remain shut. In 2010, a Scientific American article regarding online rating sites singled out RateBeer as its lone example of what’s working well in distinguishing the good from the bad, while gently disparaging the built-in biases of websites like Amazon and Yelp. Yet despite any misgivings Tucker might have about his public role in the website’s future, beer is generally better enjoyed as a shared experience. Along with local beer writer Mario Rubio, the two have teamed up on a number of small-scale, casual events under the banner of RateBeer Events. Recent happenings included an intimate “meet the brewer” event with Shaun Hill of Vermont’s Hill Farmstead Brewery at the Tucker household, as well as a beer dinner at Hopmonk Sonoma during San Francisco Beer Week to celebrate local and further-flung breweries earning 2012 RateBeer Best awards. Even here, Tucker often defers to Rubio as the main public presence. Part of it goes back to personal preference. (Disclosure #4: As someone also not particularly fond of public attention, I sympathize.) But it also touches on the underlying ethos of RateBeer. As Tucker asks, rhetorically, “Do you listen to the one guy, or do you listen to the people?” Ken Weaver is the author of ‘The Northern California Craft Beer Guide,’ with photographer Anneliese Schmidt, due out this spring from Cameron + Company. He lives in Santa Rosa, and isn’t really trying to sell you cutlery.


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

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

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.

Market Cafe California cuisine. $. Nestled in Sonoma’s Cornerstone Festival of Gardens, Market Cafe serves creative soups, salads and sandwiches. You can also shop for a picnic in the art and garden space. Open daily for late breakfast and lunch. 23570 Hwy 121, Sonoma. 707.935.1681.

The Red Grape Pizza. $-$$. Delectable New Havenstyle thin-crust pizzas with fresh ingredients and a dazzling array of toppings. Lunch and dinner daily. 529 First St W, Sonoma. 707.996.4103.

Saffron Restaurant Eclectic California cuisine. $$. Creative dishes complemented by a great wine list featuring local vintages and many Spanish wines. Great desserts, too. Dinner, Tues-Sat. 13648 Arnold Dr, Glen Ellen. 707.938.4844.

Easy Street Cafe

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

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

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

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

Buckeye Roadhouse American. $$-$$$. A Marin County institution. Delightful

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and lushly seasoned regional fare. Lunch and dinner, TuesSun. 821 B St, San Rafael. 415.454.8888.

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fare. $$. Irish bar with the traditional stuff. Lunch and dinner daily. 877 Grant Ave, Novato. 415.225.7495.

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

Cheap, delicious and ready to go. Lunch and dinner daily. Miracle Mile Plaza, 2046 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.453.8990.

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Cafe Gratitude Vegan. $$$. Mecca for vegans and raw foodists. Clean, light, refreshing food. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 2200 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.824.4652.

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Paradise Bay Californian. $$. For tasty standards and vegetarian items. Also get a delicious curry here. Lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sat-Sun. 1200 Bridgeway Ave, Sausalito. 415.331.3226. Piatti Italian. $$-$$$.Rustic, seasonal, Italian food. Kidfriendly. Lunch and dinner daily. 625 Redwood Hwy, Mill Valley. 415.380.2525.

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they come. Lunch and dinner daily. Two San Rafael locations: 732 Fourth St. 415.451.4765. 901 Lincoln Ave. 415.256.8903.

Sorella Caffe Italian. $$. The embodiment of Fairfax casual, with delicious, high-quality food that lacks pretension. Open for dinner daily. 107 Bolinas Rd, Farifax. 415.258.4520. Station House Cafe American-California. $$. Innovative menu, fresh local seafood and range-fed meats. Outdoor dining; full bar. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 11180 State Route 1, Pt Reyes. 415.663.1515.

N A PA CO U N T Y Ad Hoc American. $$-$$$. Thomas Keller’s quintessential neighborhood restaurant. Prix fixe dinner changes daily. Actually takes reservations. 6476 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.2487. Brassica Mediterranean. 3883 Airway Drive Ste 145, Santa Rosa 707.528.3095 www.chloesco.com M–F, 8–5pm Now Open for Lunch on Saturdays 11am–3pm

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$$-$$$. 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.

Buster’s Barbecue Barbecue. $. A very busy roadside destination–for a reason. It’s the hot sauce, available in two heats: regular and hot. Lunch and dinner daily. 1207 Foothill Blvd, Calistoga. 707.942.5606.

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

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Copita Restaurateur Larry Mindel (Poggio, Il Fornaio) and TV chef and author Joanne Weir are opening Copita Tequileria y Comida on Bridgeway in Sausalito this spring. The menu is inspired by Weir’s cookbook, Tequila: A Guide to Types, Flights, Cocktails and Bites, and her California-influenced approach to Mexican food. The restaurant, which will take the place of Piccolo Teatro, follows other creative Mexican restaurants like Mateo’s Cocina Latina in Healdsburg, La Condesa in St. Helena and C Casa in Napa. Look for dishes like spit-roasted chicken, homemade tortillas, tamales, tacos and “eight-hour” carnitas. Some of the food will be sourced from the restaurant’s organic garden. The bar menu will feature nearly a dozen tequila cocktails, seasonal sangrias, wine on tap, agua frescas and, of course, beer. Chef Omar Huerta will run the kitchen. Born in Jalisco, Mexico, Huerta has cooked at Zero Zero, Marzan and Picco. Anthony Fish of Arcanum Architecture, whose previous work includes Poggio, says he designed Copita to be a comfortable neighborhood spot with a contemporary Mexico City feel. The dining room will seat 47, including a communal table. For more, see www.copitarestaurant.com.—Stett Holbrook

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

at Redd is exceptional. Lunch, Mon-Sat; dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 6480 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.2222.

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Ubuntu Vegetarian. $$$$. Some of the most remarkable specimens of high-end vegetables and fruits available on a restaurant plate. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 1140 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5656.

Run by a former Tra Vigne and Lark Creek Inn alum, the pizza is simple and thin, and ranks as some of the best in the North Bay. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner daily. 1260 Main St (at Clinton), Napa. 707.255.5552.

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S O N OM A CO U N T Y Buena Vista Carneros Syrah, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Chard done to perfection. 18000 Winery Road, Sonoma. Open daily, 10am–4pm. 707.938.1266.

hand is Papapietro-Perry and the six Family Wineries of Dry Creek. Dashe Cellars crafts mainly powerful Zinfandels and other reds. At Kokomo Winery, it’s about the reds. Also look for Mietz Cellars, Lago di Merlo and Collier Falls. 4791 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Tasting rooms generally open daily from around 10:30am to 4:30pm. 707.433.0100. Peterson Winery is open weekends only. 707.431.7568.

cave was completed in 2005. Visitors are currently limited to wine club members by appointment only. 3233 Sage Canyon Road, Napa. 707.963.2435.

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Save the sit-down, threecourse food and wine pairing in the Bubble Room for a special occasion, like, “Hey, it’s Sunday.” Weekend program offers deceptively wee courses that change every six weeks to feature seasonal produce. Diverse and intense flavors, matched with sparkling wine, Pinot and Chardonnay, sure to amuse anyone’s bouche. 11447 Old Redwood Hwy., Healdsburg. Open daily 11am–5pm, regular tasting $20. Bubble Room, Friday–Sunday, 11am–3pm, $60. 888.594.6326.

trendy place for beginners and tourists. Great place to learn the basics. 769 Bridgeway, Sausalito. Open daily, noon– 7pm. 415.331.2001.

Inspired by Taittinger’s Château de la Marquetterie of Champagne, this house of premium sparkling wine is a hard-to-miss landmark on the Carneros Highway. Enjoy a private Balcony Package for special occasions or taste sparkling and still wines paired with artisan cheese and caviar with the masses. Luxury bubbly Le Rêve offers a bouquet of hoary yeast and crème brûlée that just slips away like a dream. 1240 Duhig Road (at Highway 12/121), Napa. Wine flights $15; also available by the glass or bottle. Open 10am–5:45pm. 800.716.2788.

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

Thomas Jefferson had no success growing wine grapes; happily, the Corley family has made a go of it. Although winetasting is not conducted in the handsome reproduction building itself, there’s a shaded picnic area adjacent. 4242 Big Ranch Rd., Napa. Open daily, 10am–4:30pm. $15. 707.253.2802, ext. 18.

D’Argenzio Winery Much like the family-run, backstreet bodegas of the old country that the decor invokes. Sangiovese, Moscato di Fresco, and Randy Rhoads Cab. 1301 Cleveland Ave., Santa Rosa. Daily 11am–5pm. $10 tasting fee. 707.280.4658.

Old World Winery Meaning, a simpler time when grapes were trodden under bare foot and wine was made the natural way? Yes. Fun fact: the small, familyowned winery was the original Williams-Selyem location. 850 River Road, Fulton. Thursday–Sunday 11am–5pm or by appointment. Tasting fee $5. 707.578.3148.

Russian Hill Winery Simple tasting room, strong Pinots and Syrah, fantastic view. 4525 Slusser Road, Windsor. Open Thursday–Monday, 10am–5pm. 707.575.9428.

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Ross Valley Winery In existence since 1987, the Ross Valley Winery produces Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Zin port wines. 343 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. Open Tuesday– Sunday, 1–7pm. 415.457.5157.

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

Brown Estate Vineyards (WC) A beautifully restored and converted stone and redwood barn is the winery and tasting room facility at Brown Estate. And the construction of a 6,500square-foot subterranean wine

Robert Sinskey Vineyards In the lofty, barnlike hall–as elegant as a theater, as solid as a ski lodge–visitors can take in the tank room action. “Gluttonous Flight” pairs savory munchables prepared in the gourmet demonstration kitchen with biodynamically farmed Careros Pinot Noir and Bordeaux varietals. Not to worry: there’s no flight for ascetics offered, so go for it. 6320 Silverado Trail, Napa. Open 10am–4:30pm daily. 707.944.9090.

Summers Estate Wines Excellent Merlot and that rarest of beasts, Charbono. Small tasting room and friendly staff. 1171 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga. Open daily, 10am–4:30pm. 707.942.5508.

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et another treeless hilltop amid a sea of similar hilltops, this one doesn’t stand out much, until you turn into the drive. Above a vineyard teeming with spring lambs, Artesa is sculpted into the earth like some ancient Briton hill fort, while a flight of steps leading to the visitor center—robed in native grass, pierced with obsidian-black glass—evokes a Mayan temple. The really striking, and strangely vertiginous, sight awaits upon the last step: a long pool of darkened water that appears bottomless, yet floating in air, far above Napa Valley and the San Pablo Bay. It’s a fantastic view. But it’s not this naked hilltop that has Artesa in deep water with residents and environmentalists miles away in Sonoma County; it’s their plan to log 170 acres for a proposed vineyard. Arranged around a courtyard studded with tables and grammar-school-sized chairs, the tasting room is abuzz with chatter over flutes of sparkling wine. Staff, while juggling bottles for a constant flow of visitors, are friendly and attentive. I ask one: Has anyone else asked about the controversial Annapolis project? Yes, he says, but not to worry, it’s been misrepresented in the press. It’s only 30 acres, and no trees will be cut down! “That would be wishful thinking,” Artesa spokesman Sam Singer acknowledges. While that tasting-room fellow might have painted an inaccurately rosy picture, Singer says that the environmental impact report concluded that the project would have minimal impact, and that they would also preserve 150 acres, including two old-growth redwood trees on the site. “They’re just putting aside stuff that they had to,” counters Chris Poehlmann of Friends of the Gualala River. “And the stuff that’s too steep, that they can’t farm anyway, they put that into the set-asides to make it look like they’re doing something.” As much as some readers might like us to tilt against sawmills, that is not the business of Swirl. A series of Bohemian stories has scrutinized the issue of forested-hilltop vineyard development, but we’re looking for great Pinot, and all might be well if only it could be grown here on the already treeless, windswept slopes of the Carneros . . . Artesa’s 2009 Artisan Series, Carneros Pinot Noir ($40) is a heady rush of fresh Bing cherries, with a seamless, smooth finish. Artesa, owned by the Spanish Grupo Codorníu, has brought out all the sweet, cherry fruit of a 2009 Alexander Valley Tempranillo ($32) with a defter hand than contemporaries. The 2010 Albarino ($26) is as salty and fresh as sea spray, while the otherwise appealing 2009 Artisan Series, Napa Valley Chardonnay ($40) bonks the nose with a hard plank of oak. That tree, at least, might have been better left standing in the forest. Artesa Winery, 1345 Henry Road, Napa. 10am to 5pm daily, $10–$15 fee. Chocolate, cheese and food pairings by appointment. 707.224.1668.—James Knight

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These Are the Breaks Don’t call it a comeback—a new generation of breakers in the ˜ North Bay carries the original torch BY JACQUELYNNE OCANA

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LOCKIN’ IT IN OG Red, B.Boy Child, Beatrix, Ground Level, Sha-One, Alforo (top, L-R), Funk-a-Lot, Man-E, J-Fresh and Jawshinobi (bottom, L-R), bearers of b-boy culture, at the Sebastopol Skatepark.

oxrite stands onstage in Moscow, covered in Champagne, having just won the world championship of breakdancing, the Red Bull BC One. Surrounded by thousands of breaking fans, Roxrite shouts out his hometown b-boy crews SUB-4 from Windsor and Renegades from San Francisco, and on a world stage, between breaths:

“I finally got to accomplish a dream, it’s a blessing. Much respect 415 and 707, Sonoma County!” Three months later, Omar “Roxrite” Delgado is fresh off an airplane from Rio de Janeiro, taking a few days to unwind before leaving for an Adidas Originals breaking contest in Poland. Hailing from Windsor, the 29year-old has catalogued trips to 37 countries, winning more than 70 championship titles all over the world. Between video shoots with

Red Bull, judging international competitions, and filming the TV series Break’n Reality, out this spring, Roxrite is a local b-boy making good—and finally getting paid for paying his dues. From the very beginning, the b-boy has been one of the four elements of hip-hop culture, together with the DJ, the MC and the graffiti artist. Their combined disciplines form the source of a uniquely American experience. In the early 1980s, the boroughs of New York City produced the


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orn in Mexico and raised in Windsor, Roxrite’s story is like that of so many other immigrants. Yet he is also a bona fide example of the promise of the American dream; it was through perseverance and devotion to his craft that he earned the 2011 B-Boy of the Year and world champion titles. On the resurgence of the b-boy culture, Roxrite speaks from the heart. “When I hear more kids are doing it, it makes me smile. It’s such an important part of true hip-hop,” he says. “It provides an outlet to make something out of yourself. I wanna see more b-boys from the 707 step it up—I don’t want to be the only one. Anything is possible; I came out of here.” Every champion has had a mentor to guide him along the path of discovery and maturity. Yoda once said to Luke Skywalker: “Always two there are, no more, no less—a master and an apprentice.” Becoming a world-class breaker requires a relationship no less profound.

FRESH Five-year-old J-Fresh represents a new breed of breakers.

In 1984, when Beat Street and Breakin’ were in theaters, there was Sha-One. Considered by many a seed in the cultivation of hiphop, Shen-na “Sha-One” Smith was one of the first to pass down the knowledge that has fostered an entire culture in the North Bay. “Sha-One is the oracle,” says ManE, a local disciple of hip-hop. “He’s the one who gave us our fat laces and told us Kangols need to be tilted to the side.” A respected mentor, Sha-One found his apprentice in Mike “Ground Level” Cisneros of Santa Rosa. “Sha-One blessed me with my name when I started SUB-4. ‘Ground Level’ means the foundation, and everything that is built comes from the foundation,” he says. Beneath a trunk gold chain, Ground Level’s classic b-boy style is reminiscent of an iconic graffiti-art character. SUB-4 has become one of the most significant b-boy crews in Sonoma County history. Standing for “Straight Up B-Boys-4 Elements,” its name gives a nod to the importance of the DJ, the MC and the graffiti artist within b-boy culture. Assembled in 1994 on the linoleum floors of the Danger Room at Windsor’s first community center, SUB-4 was adamant about dedicated practice times while forbidding drugs and alcohol. During an era of heavy gang activity, dancing was a positive outlet in an otherwise rough environment. At one of SUB-4’s signature events, called Hip Hop on Stage,

a 13-year-old Roxrite suddenly appeared out of the crowd to battle another b-boy, and outright rocked the show. Promptly inducted into the crew, Roxrite trained rigorously under the already experienced Ground Level. “One day we were at the Danger Room, and I said, ‘You know what? I’m going to name you Roxrite, because you are doing it the way it’s supposed to be done,” says Ground Level. Ground Level attributes Roxrite’s inevitable rise to b-boy fame through SUB-4’s commitment to daily practice, countless trips to competitions all over the country and living a life dedicated to the dance. “I don’t think a person like Roxrite can exist on thinking he was going to get prizes,” he says. “A person who does that does it for the passion.”

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or many in the early breaking scene, receiving a b-boy name from a mentor is a blessing, as well as acceptance into the inner circle. Having your idol present it to you is almost unreal. Jesse Ventura, a Healdsburg b-boy pioneer, was given his moniker, “B-Boy Child,” by the one and only Ken Swift, widely accepted as one of the most legendary b-boys of all time. At times a member of several of the North Bay’s original b-boy crews, Ventura has experienced decades of breaking evolution. He also knows the potential adversity of outside influences. Back in the day, he recalls, it seemed that

only the exceptional few had the determination and opportunity to overcome the influence of the street, while society’s negative associations caused many to fall out of the scene. “When I was dancing as a little kid, kids used to get arrested for breakdancing on the corner,” says Ventura. Teaching the integrity of hiphop culture comes naturally for Ventura, who now runs afterschool programs from math tutoring to breaking classes. “It’s about being able to transform kids’ lives through hip-hop. It doesn’t necessarily need to be dancing,” he says. “I help them find their medium, accommodate that and push them forward to whatever it is they want to do.” Rapidly coming up in the game is Ventura’s 15-year-old daughter, Vanessa, who recently won the all-styles dance division at a “Rep Your Style” breaking contest hosted by Reprezent Clothing. With style and skill, she outshined 20 other breakers, nearly all male, proving to the judges and crowd that females are also making waves on the scene. Donning a crisp camouflage cap with the golden Philippine star of unity, Miguel “Man-E” Weigel is an intellectual force for local hip-hop. Raised in Windsor, Man-E started breaking with the SUB-4 crew in the ’90s. “For us, SUB-4 wasn’t just ‘Straight Up BBoys’; it also meant ‘Straight Up Brothers.’ It was a real family feel, and all of us looked out for each other. Staying true to the crew meant everything.” Now a member of the Northstar Zulus, he is a West Coast representative for the Universal Zulu Nation, the international organization for hip-hop awareness founded in the Bronx by Afrika Bambaataa in the ’70s. Considered by many a vehicle for breaking down racial barriers worldwide, hip-hop embraces knowledge, wisdom and understanding of all peoples and belief systems. For Man-E, “it is what the Zulu Nation has done on a global scale: to bring people together under one flag of hip-hop, our common ground, and build upon that.”

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elements in which breaking became immortalized in movies like Beat Street and Breakin’. It was a time when Adidas stripes and boom boxes lined every corner. Calling themselves break-boys, after the drum-heavy breakbeats that make up classic hip-hop, the abbreviated “b-boys” embody the hip-hop lifestyle through a highly technical and infinitely original form of dance called breaking. The chronicles of Sonoma County b-boys go back nearly as far as the Reagan administration and Ms. Pac-Man. Many of the old-school pioneers started dancing in junior high and have grown up to become guardians of hip-hop history. As in every culture, the most notable participants build up the group as a whole; it’s those pioneers who keep the movement thriving for the youth to discover and develop. Before heading off to claim victory in Russia last November, Roxrite came through Sonoma County to visit family. “The trip reminded me of where I’m from and what I represent,” he says. “It gave me that fire.”


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Passing down the true essence of hip-hop is crucial to maintaining that all-encompassing nature. “Knowing your roots is a deep aspect within hip-hop. The Universal Zulu Nation is important because they are not single minded into one ideology; rather, they present a packet of information and let you figure it out, take your own spin. You don’t have to believe my interpretation of it; it is information for you to think of,” says Man-E, adding the importance of the unspoken fifth element. “The fifth element of hip-hop is the third-eye perspective. It is knowledge of self and being able to express and share it with like-minded individuals to build understanding. When you take that knowledge into understanding, eventually it will evolve into wisdom, and that is the wisdom that we will hand down.”

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n a recent evening, Sean Armstrong is kicking back in his south Santa Rosa home wearing a signature hoodie that reads “Live, Love, Inspire, Reprezent.” The blockletter design is one of a growing line under his hip-hop brand Reprezent Clothing. With Brooklyn block-party legends Newcleus on the stereo, the 30year-old Cloverdale native is nursing a severely broken ankle. Breaking since the late 1990s, Armstrong and crew were invited to join Ground Level’s SUB-4 as the official Cloverdale chapter, spending the next decade battling against the biggest b-boy crews in California. But Armstrong also wanted to rock fresh threads. Amid the cultural deterioration of last decade’s bling obsession, the demise of urban stores like Mr. Rags meant supporting underground designers was challenging. “With hip-hop, you always wanna be fit and fresh. These big corporations don’t understand what an underground cat wants to rock—what represents them,” affirms Armstrong. Being down for the cause in hip-hop isn’t about getting rich;

it’s about developing a technique that will allow an individual to subsist while contributing to the culture. “I want to inspire,” Armstrong says. “I have always wanted to take what I’ve learned and make the community more artistic.” To keep that flowing locally, Armstrong developed his lifestyle brand giving light to all four elements. Doubling up on jobs and sleeping in cars, the Reprezent project took shape. Armstrong has fond memories of longtime friend Roxrite’s presence in the Sonoma County breaking scene. “I’ll never forget how he kept asking me, ‘You’re dancing, right? I hope you’re still dancing.’ I never wanted to find a day when I’d say, ‘No, I’m not dancing anymore.’ I didn’t want to let him down. Just the fact that he asked me, that he cares every time I see him, that kept me going.” Six weeks into what doctors say is a minimum year off from a life of breaking, Armstrong is no doubt optimistic. “My ultimate goal when I started Reprezent was to stay in the hip-hop game. I once thought, ‘What if I can’t battle forever and make money off it?’” he says, sidetracked by his immobilized foot, “and I can’t, especially now. But no matter what, I can cultivate and spread the culture.”

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o many, hip-hop would seem to have gotten a bad rap over the last decade—the excess of money, sex and violence have misled a new generation to believe the media hype about a culture based on commercialism. But to those who truly keep the art form alive, working to maintain a support system of cultivation for the next generation of b-boys and b-girls is crucial. In passing down the true essence of hiphop, with the likes of Roxrite and the accomplishments of b-boys everywhere, the practitioners are changing the conversation, and society is beginning to take notice. In the words of Ground Level, “At the time we were still kids, but I could tell b-boying was going to be huge. How huge it is now, I never dreamed it would be this big. But the best never die, and real b-boys still exist.”


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all use a good laugh from time to time, and finding one is as simple as the Cafe Theatre Comedy Series. Mike Pace excels at cracking up a crowd with jokes about anything from childhood bullies to awkward

the Schulz Museum. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 1pm. Free. 707.579.4452.

—Jennifer Cuddy

CAN’T STOP Breaking mania strikes not just with this week’s cover story, but with the Rennie Harris Puremovement hip-hop dance troupe at the Wells Fargo Center on March 9. See Dance, p34.

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ALLâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S FAIRE In â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Pinky,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Liz Jahren and David Templeton reenact the oft-absurd courting rituals of young love.

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which opens this week, tells the tale of young, Renaissanceobsessed Davidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not-quiteunrequited love for Pinky, and the extravagant lengths that his seven-league boots must travel to win her heart. Enlisting a band of merry friends, the lovestruck David concocts elaborate plots

to catchâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and keepâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Pinkyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attention. Bohemian readers know Templeton from these very pages, in which he reviews weekly local stage productions. Some will even recall his debut one-man show, Wretch Like Me, a meditation on his teenage days as a born-again

Christian. Pinky premieres at Sebastopolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Main Stage West Theater this week, directed by Sheri Lee Miller and co-starring Templeton, as himself, with Liz Jahren as Pinky. The ďŹ ctionalized but essentially true script ďŹ nds 15-year-old David catching sight of Pinky for the ďŹ rst time. (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bathed in a pink light as she entered the room,â&#x20AC;? Templeton recalls fondly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was love at ďŹ rst sight.â&#x20AC;?) A year younger, but every bit the adventurous romantic, Pinky appreciates and is ďŹ&#x201A;attered by the attention but isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite sure that David measures up to her ideal Prince Charming. She formulates a list of 10 attributes that â&#x20AC;&#x153;P.C.,â&#x20AC;? as she affectionately calls her prince, must possess, and David, rating only a seven, tries to achieve the required perfect score. To accomplish this, he masterminds treasure hunts, kidnappings, swordďŹ ghts and other dastardly deeds that his posse of pals enact in full costume and makeup, portraying Pinky as the damsel in distress and David as the rescuing knight in shining armor. Fairy tales, Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia and Dungeons & Dragons weigh as heavy as King Arthurâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sword Excalibur in their role-playing. Orcs, elves and dwarves deliver poems written in Elvish, riddled clues to hidden treasure and roses to Pinky, courtesy of her wannabe prince. Young David, who more often identiďŹ es with the tragic, second-string characters like trolls, woodsmen, frogs or beasts, also commissions a realâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;albeit dorkyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;P.C. suit, complete with tights, to prove he is the prince inside that Princess Pinky seeks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I tell people about this, I can see by the looks in their faces that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re both surprised and delighted and disbelieving that I would go to such lengths,â&#x20AC;? says Templeton, smiling. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It makes


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think of it fondly as a very sweet time,” says the real-life Pinky by phone, driving home from her job at Disneyland in Southern California. “David’s always been a fabulous writer, very expressive, very detailed and very whimsical. I think he’s probably transformed it into a very touching story, and the fact that we had some reality on which it was based is a nice connection.” In a decade remembered as much for its disco music, hot-tub sex and bong jokes so aptly portrayed on That ’70s Show, Pinky’s backstory conversely reads as pure as the driven snow of Caradhras. Pinky describes her

peers as good, moral, happy teenagers with lots of energy and few obligations, a far cry from today’s overloaded—pun intended— teens. “My mom didn’t have to worry,” says Pinky. “We had a commonality which was the fantasy and the role-playing, and we had a lot of fun. But I didn’t recognize the romantic aspects of it.” Jahren, a seasoned stage veteran, has starred as Mae West in Dirty Blonde and as the diehard fan of the country legend in the long-running Always, Patsy Cline. “She’s a chameleon,” Templeton raves. “Liz as Pinky is so amazing and sweet and hilarious. She’s got the comedy of the character, and has turned her into an icon of girlish fantasies and wisdom.” Both actors also play the eight other characters in the two-hour play, inflecting them with distinctive voices and body language to clearly identify them to the audience. “Part of our director Sheri Lee Miller’s brilliance is recognizing that David is very verbal, so he is very still. Pinky is action-oriented, so she’s all over the stage acting everything out.” The real-life Pinky did eventually realize romance when, following her motto “true love is worth waiting for,” she met and married her real-life husband, sans the blue eyes. And though she’s kept her Lady Galadriel outfit, Pinky has yet to share the story with her husband of 30 years. Templeton, however, says his wife is charmed by it. “The part of me that’ll always be 15 or 16 will always love my memories of Pinky at that time,” he continues. “But now that I’m 50 and I have my life, and that was so long ago, there is no pining for something that might’ve been. I’m happy to have this memory from my childhood that I look back on fondly and now have turned into something that can hopefully touch and inspire and please other people.” ‘Pinky’ runs Thursday–Saturday at 8pm through March 25, with one 5pm Sunday matinee March 11, at Main Stage West. 104 N. Main St., Sebastopol. $15–$20. 707.823.0177.a

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everybody think of their own first loves, and I just knew that this was a special story that needed to be told.” As the narrative swings back and forth in time, with the actors portraying both young and older versions of Pinky and David, the play begs an unavoidable question of motivation. Why is a 50-yearold, happily married man not only writing about his first love but also spending years’ worth of time and once again involving the company of others to relive his teen years, something so many of us are eager to leave behind? And what would the real Pinky think about someone with whom she’s only had a thimbleful of contact since she was 19? “It’s got to be a weird thing,” admits Templeton. “I don’t know what would happen if somebody called me up and said, ‘Yeah, we haven’t really seen each other in 30 years, but remember that time we did this thing? Well, I just wrote a play about it, and it’s called David and here’s the script.’” The tall, blue-eyed (both required physical attributes on Pinky’s P.C. list) Templeton speaks from his office in Santa Rosa, neatly dressed in black and white. “It’s interesting to take something based on reality and turn it into a piece of fiction, because the fiction starts to seem in some ways realer,” says Templeton. “Now if you say ‘Pinky’ to me, I see Liz Jahren, I don’t see the 14-year-old girl I fell in love with.”

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awmakers have made headlines recently by trying to force ultrasounds on women seeking an abortion. An effective response might be to force said lawmakers to watch We Need to Talk About Kevin. Likely, they’ll pass on childbirth entirely and go buy a parakeet. A haunted Tilda Swinton plays Eva. She’s bombarded with bloody fantasies and scarlet-dyed memories (the shacklike house where she lives was bombarded by vandals with red paint)—but the real bloody nightmare is her son, Kevin, who in his midteens goes on a killing rampage at his school in a plot that also takes out father and sister. In flashbacks, we see that Eva was once a renowned travel writer whose career is utterly wrecked by marrying a husband (John C. Reilly), breeding and moving to the suburbs. A Halloween sequence makes you wish that the holiday really were that scary. And Jasper Newell and Rocky Duer (who play the young and younger Kevin) give crafty performances. Still, it’s so polemic—so much so, that it’s clear there’s something funny about this evil story. But Scottish director Lynne Ramsay (of the cryptic Morvern Callar) chases that humor out like an angel with a flaming sword, though she does miss a spot: a scene of Swinton, sighing with relief as a New York jackhammer drowns out the wailing of her hell-brat. Swinton’s chiseled fierceness makes this extreme tale breathe as much as it possibly can. You can see that such a hard-on-herself woman would blame herself for having a monster child, but you’d have to have a mother’s self-persecuting heart to believe, as some viewers have, that Eva’s uppitiness actually caused Kevin’s evil—from his early refusal to take to toilet training to his final rampage. ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’ opens Friday, March 9, at Summerfield Cinemas. 551 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. 707.522.0719.


Film capsules by Gary Brandt and Richard von Busack.

NEW MOVIES John Carter (PG-13; 132 min.) Bigscreen adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; series about a Confederate Civil War captain transported to Mars. Live-action directorial debut of Pixarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, WALL-E). (GB) A Thousand Words (PG-13; 91 min.) A New Age wizard bestows on an unscrupulous literary agent (Eddie Murphy) a magical tree that drops a leaf with every word he uttersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; and curses him to die when the tree turns bare. (GB)

We Need to Talk About Kevin (R; 112 min.) The boyhood of a sociopathic teenager, who massacred teachers and fellow students and killed his father and sister, is seen through the eyes of his mother (Tilda Swinton). Based on the 2003 novel by Lionel Shriver. See review, adjacent page.

Good Deeds (PG-13; 111 min.) Tyler Perry plays successful businessman Wesley Deeds, dutiful son and fiancĂŠ, who finds himself tempted to change his life after helping out the cleaning lady at his office. (GB) 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) Streep plays Margaret Thatcher in biopic costarring Jim Broadbent, Nick Dunning and Richard Grant. From the director of Mamma Mia! (GB)

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (PG; 94 min.) The sequel to 2008â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Journey to the Center of the Earth stars Dwayne Johnson, Luis Guzman and Michael Caine (?). (GB)

Act of Valor (R; 101 min.) Navy Seals rescue

about a trio of teens whose ultimate house party gets crazily out of bounds. (GB)

silent-film star in love with an aspiring actress during the rise of the talkies. In black-andwhite with French subtitles. (GB)

Chico & Rita (NR; 94 min.) Nominee for Best Animated Feature follows the tumultuous love stroy of a pianist and club singer in Havana, New York, Paris and Vegas in the vavâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;40s and â&#x20AC;&#x2122;50s. (GB)

Chronicle (PG-13; 83 min.) Three teens develop superhuman abilities after stumbling on a mysterious substance in a crater. (GB)

Dr. Seussâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; The Lorax (PG; 94 min.) Universal Pictures takes quite a few liberties in this 3-D animated version of the classic Seuss story. With the voices of Danny Devito, Taylor Swift and Ed Helms. (GB)

A Separation (NR; 123 min.) Director Asghar Farhadiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s astonishing drama shows the problems of legislated morality in this excellent import from Iran. (RvB) The Secret World of Arrietty (G; 94 min.) The new film from Hayao Miyazakiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Studio Ghibli features the voices of Bridgit Mendler, Will Arnett, Amy Poehler and Carol Burnett. (GB)

This Means War (PG-13; 98 min.) CIA buddies Tuck and Foster discover theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re dating the same woman (Reese Witherspoon) in this action-romcom from McG (Charlieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Angels). With Chris Pine and Tom Hardy. (GB)

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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)

Judd Apatow produces new comedy starring Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston as a New York couple forced to move in with the in-laws in Georgia after losing cushy jobs in Manhattan. (GB)

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Music Concerts SONOMA COUNTY Basically Beethoven Sonia Tubridy, John Konigsmark and the Late Harvest Trio present a night of classics. Mar 9, 7:30pm. $20. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 6780 Depot St, Sebastopol. 707.829.4797.

Bass Patrol Waaahhhwwwooommp waw woonga woongawonga womp with I-N-I, Mose, Shlump and others. Mar 9, 7pm. $10. Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris St, Sebastopol. 707.823.1511.

Bennett Friedman Quartet

member of Trigger Hippy plays with the Golden Cadillacs and honey moon opening. Mar 910. $26-$28. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

Hapa Hawaiian band drawing on influences as diverse as Portuguese fishermen, Spanish cowboys and religious ballads. Mar 11, 8pm. $26. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

Mickey Hart Grateful Dead vet plays global throwbacks, channels outer space. Mar 7, 8pm. Raven Theater, 115 North St, Healdsburg. 707.433.3145.

Konteh Kunda Benefit

Jazz group with Joe Gilman, Friedman, Andrew Emer and Lorca Hart. Mar 9, 8pm. $10. Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 1.800.564.SRJC.

Benefit to build a school of music in Gambia, West Africa, featuring Steve Pile Band, Cahoots, Daouda Traore and DJ Brian Taylor. Mar 9, 7pm. $10. Arlene Francis Theater, 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.

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“Cold as Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” “I Want to Know What Love Is,” more from classic rock icons. Mar 8, 8pm. $35-$65. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Celebrate International Womens’ Day with KWTF Radio and a plethora of female artists, musicians and writers. Mar 10, 6pm. $5 donation. Arlene Francis Theater, 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.

Jackie Greene

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play rare small show. Mar 11, 6pm. $46-$88. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Jayme Stone Two-time Juno-winning banjoist presents latest album, “Room of Wonders.” Mar 9, 8pm. $19-$22. First Church of Christ Scientist, 522 B St, Petaluma.

Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival Featuring Bill Evans, Grandpa Banana, David Thom, Spark & Whisper, Houston Jones and others, with workshops, jamming and more. Mar 10, 18pm. $28-$33. Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris St, Sebastopol. 707.823.1511.

NAPA COUNTY Playing for Change Global band unites for common cause of peace through music. Mar 10, 8pm. $30-$35. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Railroad Earth Woody Guthrie-esque Jerseyans play with Brothers Comatose. Mar 8, 8pm. $37. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Spring Jazz Festival Jazz festival in a tent in downtown Calistoga hosted by Chamber of Commerce. Mar 10-11. $40. Calistoga Chamber of Commerce, 1506 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.6333.

Clubs & Venues SONOMA COUNTY Aubergine Mar 8, Delhi 2 Dublin. Mar 9, Dgiin and Underscore Orchestra. Mar 10, Top Shelf 40 with Mr Element. Mar 11, Old Jawbone and special guests. Tues, 7pm, ladies’ limelight open mic with Tawnie. Wed, 7pm, open mic. 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2722.

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

Christy’s on the Square

HIGH TIMES Jackie Greene lays it down March 9–10

at the Mystic Theatre. See Concerts, above.

Mar 8, John Courage and the Great Plains, Blasted Canyons and Burnt Ones. 96 Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa. 707.528.8565.


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Gaiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garden Mar 7, Shade. Mar 8, Rob Sudduth. Mar 10, Ruminators. Mar 13, Jim Adams. Mar 14, French Session. Tues, Jim Adams. 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491.

Hopmonk Sonoma Mar 9, Tony Gibson. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.

Mill Valley opera revisits history with â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Lincoln & Boothâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; The assassination of Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth retains as much drama and intrigue as it did when it originally occurred in 1865. Mill Valley residents John Cepelak and Christina Rose have used one of the most dramatic arts aroundâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the operaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to create a new telling of the tragedy with Lincoln & Booth, presented this weekend by Golden Gate Opera.

Hotel Healdsburg Mar 9, Susan Sutton and Peter Barshay. Mar 10, David Udolf Trio. 25 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.431.2800.

Jasper Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Farrellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wed, Brainstorm. Sun, open mic. 6957 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2062.

Last Day Saloon Mar 7, Deke Dickerson and Lost Dog Found. Mar 8, Salvador Santana and Blanca Sandoval. Mar 10, Frobeck and San Francisco Music Club. Mar 13, 7Horse. Wed, 7pm, North Bay Hootenannyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pick-Me-Up Revue. 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.2343.

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Mar 8, Cabaret de Caliente. Mar 9, Monophonics. Mar 10, Alma Desnuda. Mar 11, Ivan Nevilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dumpstaphunk. Mar 14, Charles Neville and Youssoupha Sidibe with the Mystic Rhythms Band. Mon, Monday Night Edutainment. Tues, 7:30pm, open mic night. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

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First Church of Christ Scientist Mar 9, Jayme Stone. 522 B St, Petaluma.

Mar 8, Beat Meters. 550 E Cotati Ave, Cotati. 707.792.4300.

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Redwood Cafe Mar 9, Hundred. Mar 10, Arcane Dimension with Wild Card Belly Dance. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.

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Mar 7, Mickey Hart. 115 North St, Healdsburg. 707.433.3145.

Fri and Sat, Top 40 DJs hosted by DJ Stevie B. 146 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.782.0592.

Irish-American Singer/Songwriter/Actor Special St Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Menu 8:30pm Fri

Lunch, Green Eggs Go Ham, Push, Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Tip the Tweester, Hyper Gyant, We Are the Men. Mar 10, Octoberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Desire, Back Alley Stray Cats, Wolf, Caroulelabra. 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

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Mar 8, Michael DiFranco Trio. 745 Baywood Dr, Petaluma.

Society: Culture House Wed, Gallery Wednesday. DJs and art curated by Jared Powell. Thurs, Casa Rasta. Sun, Rock â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Roll Sunday School. 528 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. No phone.

Spanckyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Thurs, 9pm, DJ Dray Lopez. Mar 9, Kerouac. Mar 10, Walt Liquor Project featuring Walt the Dog. 8201 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.664.0169.

Mar 9, Konshens, Prezident Brown. Mar 10, The 85s with Love Fool. Mar 11, Buddy Owen. Mar 11, Natural Gas Jazz Band. Mar 13, Jeb Brady Band. Mar 14, C & C Rock and Soul Revue. Tues, 9pm, Uzilevsky Korty Duo with special guests. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

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

Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

Sleeping Lady Mon, 8pm, open mic with Simon Costa. Mar 7, Andrew MacNamara. Mar 8, Texas Blues with Danny Click. Mar 9, Habitat for Humanity Benefit. Mar 10, Steve Wolf, Teja Bell. Mar 11, Joan Getz. 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.485.1182.

Smileyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mar 8, Akron Engine. Mar 9, Tom Finch Group. Mar 10, Monophonics. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311.

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Panama Hotel Restaurant Mar 7, Dale Polissar Trio with Si Perkoff. Mar 8, Wanda Stafford. Mar 13, James Moseley Trio. Mar 14, NGW Nicholas Glover and Wray. 4 Bayview St, San Rafael. 415.457.3993.

Periâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Silver Dollar Mar 8, Markâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jam Sammich. Mar 9, Other Stones. Mar 10, Johnny Keigwin. Mar 13, Kristen Van Dyke. Mar 14, Seventh Blue Sun. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.

Rancho Nicasio Mar 9, West Coast Ramblers. Mar 10, Rancho Allstars. Mar 11, Sacred Profanities.

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

Napa Valley Opera House Mar 7, Mike Pace. Mar 10, Playing for Change Band. 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Siloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mar 9-10, A Glass of Cabaret. Mar 11, NVJS. Mar 14, Giamts of Jazz. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

Uptown Theatre Mar 8, Railroad Earth. 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

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Mar 7, Inner Riddim. Mar 9, Volker Strifler. Mar 10, Johnny Campbell, Levi Lloyd and frinds. Mar 11, Mike Martinez.Thurs, DJ Dave. 8210 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7878.

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

Finneganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Marin Mon, open mic with KC Turner. 877 Grant Ave, Novato. 415.225.7495.

Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nightclub Mar 8, Papaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garage. Mar 9, Blvd and Thump. Mar 10, Harvey â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Snakeâ&#x20AC;? Mandel plus the Miles Schon Band. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

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

19 Broadway Club Mar 7, Buddy Owen. Mar 7, Ooh.

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Patricia Barber Jazz pianist from the windy city brings Nat â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kingâ&#x20AC;? Cole tribute show to East Bay. Mar 8 and 9 at Yoshiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oakland.

Railroad Earth Two nights of New Jersey newgrass with band who lifted their name from a Kerouac story. Mar 9-10 at the Fillmore.

Flogging Molly Raucous punk band led by Dave King, a former metalhead in love with the Pogues. Mar 10 at the Fox Theater.

Saul Williams Terrifyingly creative hip-hop poet and artist, star of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Slamâ&#x20AC;? and the original omni-American. Mar 10 at Slimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s.

James â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bloodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Ulmer Seventy-year-old guitarist with roots in both organ trios and free jazz embraces blues, plays solo show. Mar 11 at Yerba Buena Center.

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EL JEFE Jorge Hernandez, center, is a fearless poetic hero to millions of Latinos.

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Los Tigres del Norte sing boldly of the immigrant experience BY GABE MELINE

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he five members of Los Tigres del Norte, four brothers and a cousin, might best be described as the Rolling Stones of norteño music. Founded over 40 years ago, the band is more popular than ever, and their name is recognizable in any Latino household. They have sold over 34 million records, won five Grammy awards and have performed for audiences larger than 100,000. Their set lists are built primarily from audience requests spanning a catalogue of over 55 albums, and their concerts last on average for three to four hours.

The accordionist, lead singer and jefe of the group is Jorge Hernandez, the oldest of the brothers, and the only one who appears onstage in a hat. He is now 68. Three years ago, in Monterrey, Mexico, he tells me, he led Los Tigres del Norte in a concert lasting seven hours, from 2am until 9am. “I hope one day I do it again,” he says, on the phone near the Mexican border. “The sky was beautiful, the morning was

nice, and the people woke up from their homes and started coming to the show.” Large, long concerts—Hernandez calls them “dances”—are as central to Los Tigres as their customtailored wardrobe. Last year, they headlined the 19,000-seat HP Pavilion in their home city of San Jose. This week, Los Tigres play in Santa Rosa at the 1,600-seat Wells Fargo Center, a deliberate choice, Hernandez says, to play for “the people who used to go see us before.” The concert also marks a geographic return to the reallife inspiration for a Los Tigres song which Hernandez says he dedicates to the vineyard workers of Sonoma County. “One day I was driving, me and my wife, through the wine country. And we saw them, and I stopped and talked to them, and we made a song called ‘De Paisano a Paisano.’” In the song, workers in fields, farms, vineyards, hotels, restaurants and construction sites break their backs—“like a beast in heat”— while their bosses live in luxurious mansions. “That song,” Hernandez continues, “I made it exactly because I saw the way they worked, and I was trying to put them in a better spot.” In this sense, Los Tigres del

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Norte are also the Bruce Springsteen of norteño music. (“I hope one day I can meet him and shake hands,” says Hernandez.) Like Springsteen’s, their lyrics speak for the working class, the disaffected, the ones who subsist on dreams. Their corridos reveal the injustices, inequality and racism that are part of everyday existence for immigrants in America, and the band continues to boycott Arizona in protest of SB 1070. “We haven’t been there since this problem started getting stronger for our people,” Hernandez says. Last year, Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha joined the band onstage for “Somos Mas Americanos,” a bold song of the immigrant experience: “A thousand times they have shouted at me, ‘Go home, you don’t belong here’ / Let me remind the gringo that I didn’t cross the border, the border crossed me . . . They call me ‘invader’ / They took eight states from us—who is the invader here?” But Los Tigres del Norte are also the Notorious B.I.G. of norteño music, popularizing the narcocorrido, a type of song that tells street-level stories of gangsters, drug dealers, murderers and the criminal underworld. In the best of these songs, a woman is involved. The band’s earliest break arrived with “Contraband y Tración,” a song about a woman who smuggles marijuana across the border with another man, with whom she has fallen in love. When he threatens to leave her for another woman, she murders him, places the gun at his side, takes his money and runs from the police. “Contraband y Tración” spurred not only a new musical genre, but Los Tigres’ formidable career—one that’s not about to die. “I’ve been doing this since I was a little kid,” Hernandez says. “I don’t know what else to do. I don’t have any other profession. So it seems like I’m going to be doing this for my life—until God takes me.”


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Galleries OPENINGS Mar 10 At 5pm. Occidental Center for the Arts, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Fool,â&#x20AC;? two- and three-dimensional art that calls to mind fools, jesters and trickster figures. Graton Road and Bohemian Highway, Occidental. 707.874.9392. At 5pm. Marin MOCA, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Indexical Makers,â&#x20AC;? presents work by three Bay Area artists, Modesto Covarrubias, Ali Naschke-Messing and Angie Wilson. Novato Arts Center, Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Dr, Novato. 415.506.0137. From 5 to 9pm. Riverfront Art Gallery, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;â&#x20AC;&#x153;Showinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on the River,â&#x20AC;? juried photography exhibit. Reception, Mar 10, 5-9pm. 132 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.775.4ART.

Mar 11 At 4pm. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crossing Lines,â&#x20AC;? 40 ink drawings by Louis Nuyens. Also, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Old World, New View,â&#x20AC;? photography of Norm Catalano. 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo. 415.488.8888.

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Finley Community Center Through Mar 30, â&#x20AC;&#x153;National Arts Program Exhibition and Competitionâ&#x20AC;? encourages artistic growth and offers $4,000 in scholarships and awards. 2060 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. Mon-Fri, 8 to 7; Sat, 9 to 1 707.543.3737.

Gallery of Sea & Heaven Through Mar 17, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eye of the Beholder,â&#x20AC;? 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 Apr 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seventh Anniversary Exhibit,â&#x20AC;? with work by Hamlet Mateo, Mary Jarvis and Luke Damiani. 132 Mill St, Ste 101, Healdsburg. Tues-Fri, 10 to 6. Sat, 10 to 5. 707.473.9600.

Healdsburg Center for the Arts Through Apr 2, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Feathers and Fur,â&#x20AC;? featuring animal artworks. 130 Plaza St, Healdsburg. Daily, 11 to 6. 707.431.1970.

Journey Center Gallery Through Mar 31, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Myth and Mystery,â&#x20AC;? paintings by Suzanne DeVeuve. 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 Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Keeffe, paintings and lithograph prints by Sandra Oseguera and bronze â&#x20AC;&#x153;Un-ediblesâ&#x20AC;? by Valerie Brunmeier and Matt Hart. 707.887.2373. 6525-A First St, Forestville.

Arts Guild of Sonoma

Local Color Gallery

Through Mar 24, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Repo Show,â&#x20AC;? featuring various artists. 140 E Napa St, Sonoma. WedThurs and Sun-Mon, 11 to 5; Fri-Sat, 11 to 8. 707.996.3115.

Through Mar 18, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Retrospective,â&#x20AC;? featuring the gallery painters, Judy Henderson, Ron Sumner and more. 1580 Eastshore Rd, Bodega Bay. Daily, 10 to 5. Closed Wednesdays. 707.875.2744.

Charles M Schulz Museum Through Apr 2, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hit the Road, Snoopy!â&#x20AC;? featuring the beagleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most famous road trips. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. Mon-Fri, noon to 5; Sat-Sun, 10 to 5. 707.579.4452.

Occidental Center for the Arts Ongoing, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Fool,â&#x20AC;? featuring two- and three-dimensional art that calls to mind fools, jesters and trickster figures.

Reception, Mar 10 at 5pm. Graton Road and Bohemian Highway, Occidental. 707.874.9392.

Pelican Art Through May 9, retrospective of the works of painter Susan Adams. 143 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. Open Tues-Thurs and Sat, 11 to 6; Fri, 11 to 8; Sun-Mon by appointment only. 707.773.3393.

Petaluma Historical Museum & Library Through Mar 11, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Women Who Fought for Civil Rightsâ&#x20AC;? features 25 women of different races and cultures from the Civil Rights movement. 20 Fourth St, Petaluma. WedSat, 10 to 4; Sun, noon to 3; tours by appointment on MonTues. 707.778.4398.

Quicksilver Mine Company Through Apr 8, â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Another One,â&#x20AC;? featuring the work of Chris Beards. 6671 Front St, Forestville. Thurs-Mon, 11 to 6. 707.887.0799.

Riverfront Art Gallery Through May 6, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;â&#x20AC;&#x153;Showinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on the River,â&#x20AC;? juried photography exhibit. Reception, Mar 10, 5-9pm. 132 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. Wed, Thurs and Sun, 11 to 6. Fri-Sat, 11 to 8. 707.775.4ART.

Rohnert Park Community Center Through Mar 28, featuring oil paintings by Dee Fay and pastel landscapes by Tim Brody. Free. 5401 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. Mon-Thurs, 8 to 9; Fri, 8 to 5. 707.584.7357.

Sandy Eastoak Studio Mar 10-11, 10am-4pm, â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Like a Lion,â&#x20AC;? annual inventoryclearing art sale featuring landscapes, watercolors, drawings and prints with live music and door prizes. 540 DuFranc Ave, Sebastopol.

Sebastopol Center for the Arts Through Mar 16, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blue,â&#x20AC;? a juried exhibition of work in a variety of media. Through Mar 17, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Quintet,â&#x20AC;? features ceramics by Denis Hazlewood. 6780 Depot St, Sebastopol. Tues-Fri, 10 to 4; Sat, 1 to 4. 707.829.4797.

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art Through Mar 18,


REFLECTIONS

March 4 through April 29 Reception: March 10, 5–7pm

“Undiscovered,” features five dynamic artists from Sonoma County. 551 Broadway, Sonoma. Wed-Sun, 11 to 5. 707.939.SVMA.

Steele Lane Community Center Through Apr 9, Windsor Senior Center art exhibition. 415 Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. Mon-Thurs, 8 to 7; Fri, 8 to 5. 707.543.3282.

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

MARIN COUNTY Backyard Boogie Through Mar 17, “TwentyOne Gun Salute,” artistic collaboration and celebration of 21 years of friendship between street artists Jared Powell and Ricky Watts. 1609 Fourth St, San Rafael. 707.256.9483.

Bolinas Museum Through Mar 11, woven photographs of constructed landscapes, by Julie V Garner. Through Mar 11, “Women in Print,” etchings from Paulson Bott Press. Through Mar 17, “Attic Treasures,” featuring artifacts from the history collection. 48 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. Fri, 1 to 5; Sat-Sun, noon to 5; and by appointment. 415.868.0330.

Elsewhere Gallery Mar 10, Elsewhere

commemorates anniversary of Tsunami in Japan with musician Otonowa. 1828 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. Daily, 11 to 6. 415.526.2855.

Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Dr, Novato. Wed-Sun, 11 to 4. 415.506.0137.

Falkirk Cultural Center

Mar 10-30, Exhibit showcases talents of Marin’s many highschoolers. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. Mon-Thurs, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, 12 to 4. 415.454.9561.

Through Mar 9, “H2O: Fragility and Strength,” featuring works by California Society of Printmakers, juried by Don Soker. 1408 Mission Ave, San Rafael. 415.485.3438.

Gallery Bergelli Through Mar 7, A survey of paintings by John McNamara. 483 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.945.9454.

Gallery Route One Through Apr 1, “Retrospective, Evolution,” featuring the work of Eric Engstrom and “The Book of Remembrance,” featuring the work of MyongAh Rawitscher. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. Wed-Mon, 11 to 5. 415.663.1347.

Marin History Museum Through Sep 1, “The Golden Gate Bridge, an Icon That Changed the World,” historical exhibit. Boyd Gate House, 1125 B St, San Rafael. Tues-Fri, plus second and third Sat monthly, 11 to 4. 415.454.8538.

Marin MOCA Mar 10-Apr 15, “Indexical Makers,” presents work by three Bay Area artists, Modesto Covarrubias, Ali NaschkeMessing and Angie Wilson. Reception and artist talk, Mar 10 at 5pm. Novato Arts Center,

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O’Hanlon Center for the Arts Through Mar 29, “Fleurs,” juried show with floral theme. 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. Tues-Sat, 10 to 2; also by appointment. 415.388.4331.

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Through Mar 31, Drawings, paintings, photos and ceramics by Tamalpais High School Students. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Red Barn Gallery Through Apr 4, The California Art Club celebrates 50 years of the Pt. Reyes National Seashore. 1 Bear Valley Rd, Pt Reyes Station. 415.464.5125.

San Geronimo Valley Community Center Through Mar 29, “Crossing Lines,” featuring 40 ink drawings by Louis Nuyens. Reception, March 11 at 4pm. Through Mar 29, “Old World, New View,” featuring the photography of Norm Catalano. Reception, Mar 11 at 4pm. 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo. ) 415.488.8888.

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

Di Rosa Through Jun 10, New work by Hung Liu. Di Rosa Preserve, 5200 Carneros Hwy 121, Napa. Wed-Fri, 9:30am to 3; Sat, appointment only. 707.226.5991.

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

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Events Arbor Day Celebration

Interpretive Hike

Tim Womick, modern-day Johnny Appleseed currently traveling the country planting seeds and trees, speaks and is honored by the city. Mar 8, 8am-9pm. Donations appreciated. Luther Burbank Home & Gardens, Santa Rosa Avenue at Sonoma Avenue, Santa Rosa. 707.524.5445.

Moderate four to five mile hike explores preserve. Meet at the Red Barn. Mar 10, 9am-1pm. Free. Pepperwood Preserve, 3450 Franz Valley Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.542.2080.

Cartoonist-inResidence Mar 10 at 1, meet, watch and talk to professional cartoonist and culinary artist Yasmin Golan. Free with admission. Charles M Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452.

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Comedy Cafe Theatre Comedy Series Night of laughs featuring Mike Pace and Dhaya Lakshminarayanan. Mar 7, 7:30pm $15. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

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

Dance Pickleweed Park Community Center Second Sunday of every month, 2pm, English Country Dance, Get your Elizabeth Bennet-Darcy on with live music and experienced country dance teachers. $10-$12. 50 Canal St, San Rafael

Rennie Harris Puremovement Twentieth anniversary of acclaimed hip-hop dance troupe offers fast-paced performance. Mar 9, 8pm. $10-$30. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

driving and hiking tour to show the geological history of the Mayacamas Mountains. Mar 10, 9am-3pm. Free. Mayacamas Sanctuary, Pine Flat Road, off Highway 128, Healdsburg.

Historic show that started in the 1950s returns with rarelyseen custom and classic cars, motorcycles and hot rods. Fri, Mar 9, 1-9pm, Sat, Mar 10, 11am-9pm and Sun, Mar 11, 11am-6pm. $11-$15. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.545.4200.

San Rafael Art Walk Second Fri monthly, 5 to 8, galleries and retailers host artists and artwork, receptions and entertainment. Second Fri of every month, 6-8pm. Downtown San Rafael, Fifth and A streets, San Rafael.

West Side Stories Storytelling forum an offshoot of popular “Moth” series and gives 10 storytellers five minutes to weave a tale. Second Wed monthly at 7:30. Second Wed of every month. $5. Pelican Art, 143 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.773.3393.

Field Trips Dave and Bill Hikes Do a 6.5, four-hour hike with favorite local team. Bring water and lunch. Mar 10, 9:45am. Free. Shiloh Ranch Regional Park, 5750 Faught Road, Windsor.

Guided Tour Retired SSU professor Terry Wright guides explorers on a

Natural History Hike Foot tour of preserve with biologist Caitlin Cornwall. Mar 10, 9am-3pm. Free. Calabazas Creek Open Space Preserve, available by tour only, Sonoma.

Film Classic Woody Allen Series A mix of the urbane sad-sack’s best. Mar 8, “The Purple Rose of Cairo.” $10. Summerfield Cinemas, 551 Summerfield Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.528.4222.

Live Theater Broadcasts Classic ballet and opera broadcast live from around the globe. Mar 11, Le Corsire. Mar 13, La Boheme. Summerfield Cinemas, 551 Summerfield Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.528.4222.

Traveling Light Nicholas Wright’s comingof-age tale streamed from London’s National Theatre Live. Mar 12-13, 7pm. $16$23. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

Yogawoman Promotional screening of documentary about yoga’s impact on womens’ health, fitness and soulthangs. Mar 10, 6:30pm. Free. Yoga Community, 577 Fifth St W, Sonoma. 707.935.8600.

Food & Drink Ballroom & Dining Room One-hour dance lessons followed by a special threecourse menu created by chef Aaron Wright. Second Mon of every month. $40. Lark Creek Inn, 234 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur.


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Be serenaded by high school jazz ensemble and enjoy pasta and a silent auction to benefit youth music program. Mar 9, 5:30pm $10-$15. El Molino High School, 7050 Covey Rd, Forestville. 707.824.6550.

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Word for Word brings T. C. Boyleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sorry Fuguâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to the stage Movie and theater adaptations of books are as common as houseďŹ&#x201A;ies, but Word for Word Performing Arts Company takes an unexpected creative detour with the short story form. As the name implies, the San Franciscoâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; based troupe bring to life works of literature by performing them word-for-word, including all the he saids, she saids and interior monologues. In the past, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve taken on Elizabeth Stroutâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Olive Kitteridge and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sonnyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bluesâ&#x20AC;? by James Baldwin. Now, the company digs into â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sorry Fugu,â&#x20AC;? T. C. Boyleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rampaging romp through the world of food critics and the chefs who depend on their good graces. The story, ďŹ rst published in the 1989 collection If the River Was Whiskey, features Willa Frank as an impossible-to-please food writer who turns out to have complete lack of faith in her own opinions. It becomes the task of Italian chef Albert to try to win Frank over with a few tricky moves and an enticing taglierini alla pizzaiola. Boyle told Harperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s magazine in 1998 that while the tale began as a critique of the absurdity of restaurant criticism in a world where people are starving, it became â&#x20AC;&#x153;my little love letter to the critics of the world.â&#x20AC;? Word for Word performs â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sorry Fuguâ&#x20AC;? on Saturday, March 10, at the Dance Palace. 503 B St., Point Reyes. $33â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$16. 8pm. 415.663.1075.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Leilani Clark

Pints for Parks & Pools Live music, food and beer sponsored by the Petaluma Friends of Recreation. Mar 13, 5:30pm $10-$25. Lagunitas Tap Room, 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

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

Straight Up! Vodka competition and tasting to raise funds for Literacyworks. Mar 8, 6pm. $20. Sheraton Sonoma County, 745 Baywood Dr, Petaluma.

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Sun at 10am, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eat Local 101â&#x20AC;? provides walking tour with information, cooking advice and ideas inspired by locally grown foods. Thurs, 8am-1pm

and Sun, 8am-1pm. Marin Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Dr, San Rafael, 800.897.3276.

Harvest Market Selling local and seasonal fruit, flowers, vegetables and eggs.

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Four food trucks park in the Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Reilly parking lot, provide you with local goodness and donate 10 percent of sales to a monthly selected non-profit. Thurs. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Reilly & Associates, 1005 Gravenstein Hwy N, Sebastopol. 707.827.7190.

West End Wednesdays West End merchants offer wine, coffee and food tastings. Wed, 5-7pm. Free. Downtown Napa, First Street and Town Center, Napa.

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Hone your mincing, boring and butterflying skills with Bay Area celebrity chef. Wed, Mar 7, 6:30pm. $39 per class plus $20 materials fee. Fresh Starts Cooking School, 1399 North Hamilton Pkwy, Novato. 415.382.3363.

Naturalist Phil Van Soelen talks about preserving the native ecosystem in your garden. Mar 8, 7pm Free. Baker Creek Seed Bank, 199 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, ) 417.924.8917.

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Arts Events Gavin Newsom An A-List Conversation between the slick-haired former mayor of San Francisco and Bruce Macgowan. Mar 7, 7:30pm. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Legacies as Lessons: Learning from the Past Holocaust and Genocide Lecture series featuring daughter of Holocaust survivor Claudia Stevens. Various times. Tues through May 8. Free. Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2880.

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Medicare Protections for LGBT Couples Seminar led by Deb Kinney from DLK Law Group. Mar 7, 6pm. Free. Finley Center, 2060 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3737.

Paranormal Investigator Speaks Mary Ann Winkowski, longtime paranormal investigator and author of the handy tome “Beyond Delicious: The Ghost Whisperer’s Cookbook,” communicates with earthbound spirits and answers questions about her super-tasty recipes. Mar 9-10. $150. Napa Valley Wine Train, 1275 McKinstry St, Napa, 800.427.4124.

Showplace of the Romanov Dynasty Dr Bruce Elliot, historian and professor, presents story of St Petersburg. Mar 7, 6pm. $8$10. Sonoma County Museum, 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.579.1500.

( 35 Openness: Letting the Divine Take the Lead,” with Tosha Silver. Mar 10 at 7pm, “Leaning into Sharp Points,” with Stan Goldberg. Mar 11 at 11am, “To Marry an English Lord,” with Carol Wallace. Mar 11 at 4pm, “The Golden-Bristled Boar,” with Jeffrey Greene. Mar 13 at 7pm, “To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 19141918,” with Adam Hochschild. Mar 14 at 7pm, “The Sacred Thread: A True Story of Becoming a Mother & Finding a Family-Half a World Away,” with Adrienne Arieff. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera 415.927.0960.

Santa Rosa Copperfield’s Books Mar 7, 6pm, “Monstress,” with Lysley Tenorio. Mar 10, 1:30pm, “Getting Past Your Past,” with Dr. Francine Shapiro. 2316 Montgomery Dr, Santa Rosa 707.578.8938.

Maxine Chernoff & Marjorie Stein Two poets read from various collections. Mar 8, 7pm. Free. Green Music Center 1029, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park 707.664.2122.

Healdsburg Library Second Tuesday of every month, 6:30pm, Center Literary Cafe, evening of shared song, prose, poetry and drama with 3minute open mic presentations. Free. 139 Piper St, Healdsburg 707.433.3772.

Point Reyes Books Mar 8, 7pm, “The American Way of Eating,” with Tracie McMillan. 11315 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station 415.663.1542.

Why There Are Words Literary series presents readers on the theme “Unspeakable.” Mar 8, 7pm. $5. Studio 333, 333 Caledonia St, Sausalito 415.331.8272.

Readings Theater Book Passage Mar 7 at 7pm, “Murder at the Lanterne Rouge,” with Cara Black. Mar 8 at 10am, “Baby Bear Sees Blue,” with Ashley Wolff. Mar 9 at 7pm, “California Dreaming,” with Richard Blair. Mar 10 at 11am, “Three Stages of Amazement,” with Carol Edgarian. Mar 10 at 1pm, “Out of the Fields,” with Ramon Resa. Mar 10 at 4pm, “Outrageous

A Case of Libel A lively courtroom battle inspired by the trial between journalists Quentin Reynolds and Westbrook Pegler. Through Mar 11, 3 and 8pm. $12-$22. Novato Theater Company, 484 Ignacio Blvd, Novato.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Tennessee Williams’ other Pulitzer winner also explores

themes of sexual repression and homophobia in the South. Mar 9-25, 2 and 8pm. $15$32. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

Fiddler on the Roof Marin Youth Performers channel classic about tradition and diaspora. Fri, Mar 9, 7:30pm, Sat, Mar 10, 2pm and Sun, Mar 11, 2pm. $14-$30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Moll Irish comedy by John B Keane benefits Avalon Players. Mar 12, 7pm $20. Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St E, Sonoma. 707.996.9756.

Moll Dinner Theater Irish comedy by John B Keane in a dinner-theater setting. Through Mar 9, 5:30pm. $40 for dinner and show. Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St E, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.

Pinky The Bohemian’s own David Templeton premiers a play about young nerdlings in love. Mar 9-24. $15-$20. Main Stage West, 104 N Main St, Sebastopol.

Sorry Fugu Staged version of TC Boyle’s work, performed by Word for Word. Mar 10, 8pm $16-$33. Dance Palace, Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.

Sweet & Sour A meditation on relationships by the Petaluma Readers’ Theater featuring stories, essays and poems by eight local writers. Mar 10, 7:30pm $12. Occidental Center for the Arts, Graton Road and Bohemian Highway, Occidental. 707.874.9392.

The Wizard of Oz An original adaption of L Frank Baum’s classic. Through Mar 17, 5 and 8pm. $12-$18. Imaginists Theatre Collective, 461 Sebastopol Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.528.7554.

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ARIES (March 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;April 19) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Controlled hysteria is what is required,â&#x20AC;? said playwright Arthur Miller in speaking about his creative process. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To exist constantly in a state of controlled hysteria. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agony. But everyone has agony. The difference is that I try to take my agony home and teach it to sing.â&#x20AC;? I hope this little outburst inspires you, Aries. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an excellent time for you to harness your hysteria and instruct your agony in the ďŹ ne art of singing. To boost your chances of success in pulling off this dicey feat, use every means at your disposal to have fun and stay amused. TAURUS (April 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;May 20) The Cherokee Heritage website wants people to know that not all Native American tribes have the same traditions. In the Cherokee belief system, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grandmother Sun and Grandfather Moon, which is the opposite of most tribes. There are no Cherokee shamans, only medicine men and women, and adawehis, or religious leaders. They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have â&#x20AC;&#x153;pipe carriers,â&#x20AC;? donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do the Sun Dance, and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t walk the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good Red Road.â&#x20AC;? In fact, they walk the White Path, have a puriďŹ cation ceremony called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Going to Water,â&#x20AC;? and perform the Green Corn ceremony as a ritual renewal of life. I suggest you do a similar clariďŹ cation for the group youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re part of and the traditions you hold dear, Taurus. Ponder your tribeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique truths and ways. Identify them and declare them. GEMINI (May 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;June 20) In the coming weeks, the activity going on inside your mind and heart will be especially intense and inďŹ&#x201A;uentialâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;even if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t explicitly express it. When you speak your thoughts and feelings out loud, they will have unusual power to change peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s minds and rearrange their moods. When you keep your thoughts and feelings to yourself, they will still leak all over everything, bending and shaping the energy ďŹ eld around you. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why I urge you to take extra care as you manage whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on within you. Make sure the effect youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re having is the effect you want to have. CANCER (June 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;July 22) Artist Richard Kehl tells the story of a teenage girl who got the chance to ask a question of the eminent psychologist Carl Jung. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Professor, you are so clever. Could you please tell me the shortest path to my lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal?â&#x20AC;? Without a momentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hesitation Jung replied, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The detour!â&#x20AC;? I invite you to consider the possibility that Jungâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s answer might be meaningful to you right now, Cancerian. Have you been churning out overcomplicated thoughts about your mission? Are you at risk of getting a bit too grandiose in your plans? Maybe you should at least dream about taking a shortcut that looks like a detour or a detour that looks like a shortcut. LEO (July 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;August 22) An old Chinese proverb says: â&#x20AC;&#x153;My barn having burned to the ground, I can see the moon.â&#x20AC;? The speaker of those words was making an effort to redeďŹ ne a total loss as a partial gain. The building may have been gone, but as a result he or she had a better view of a natural wonder that was previously difďŹ cult to observe. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t foresee any of your barns going down in ďŹ&#x201A;ames, Leo, so I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to make a similar redeďŹ nition under duress. However, you have certainly experienced events like that in the past. And now would be an excellent time to revise your thinking about their meaning. Are you brave enough and ingenious enough to reinterpret your history? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ nd-the-redemption week. VIRGO (August 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;September 22) â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.â&#x20AC;? Numerous websites on the internet allege that Greek philosopher Plato made this statement, which I regard as highly unlikely. But in any case, the thought itself has some merit. And in accordance with your current astrological omens, I will make it your motto for the week. This is an excellent time to learn more about and become closer to the people you care for, and nothing would help you accomplish that better than getting together for intensive interludes of fooling around and messing around and horsing around. LIBRA (September 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;October 22) â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves,â&#x20AC;? said Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl. His advice might be just what you need to hear right now, Libra. Have you struggled, mostly fruitlessly,

to change a stagnant situation that has resisted your best efforts? Is there a locked door youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been banging on, to no avail? If so, I invite you to redirect your attention. Reclaim the energy you have been expending on closed-down people and moldering systems. Instead, work on the unďŹ nished beauty of what lies closest at hand: yourself. SCORPIO (October 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;November 21) In this passage from Still Life with Woodpecker, Tom Robbins provides a hot tip you should keep in mind: â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are essential and inessential insanities. Inessential insanities are a brittle amalgamation of ambition, aggression, and pre-adolescent anxietyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;garbage that should have been dumped long ago. Essential insanities are those impulses one instinctively senses are virtuous and correct, even though peers may regard them as coo-coo.â&#x20AC;? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll add this, Scorpio: Be crazily wise and wisely crazy in the coming weeks. It will be healthy for you. Honor the wild ideas that bring you joy and the odd desires that remind you of your core truths. SAGITTARIUS (November 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;December 21) I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think you will need literal medicine this week. Your physical vigor should be good. But Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m hoping you will seek out some spirit medicineâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;healing agents that fortify the secret and subtle parts of your psyche. Where do you ďŹ nd spirit medicine? Well, the search itself will provide the initial dose. Here are some further ideas: expose yourself to stirring art and music and ďŹ lms; have conversations with empathic friends and the spirits of dead loved ones; spend time in the presence of a natural wonder; fantasize about a thrilling adventure you will have one day; and imagine who you want to be three years from now. CAPRICORN (December 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;January 19) Each of us is the star of our own movie. There are a few other lead and supporting actors who round out the cast, but everyone else in the world is an extra. Now and then, though, people whom we regard as minor characters suddenly rise to prominence and play a pivotal role in our unfolding drama. I expect this phenomenon is now occurring or will soon occur for you, Capricorn. So please be willing to depart from the script. Open yourself to the possibility of improvisation. People who have been playing bit parts may have more to contribute than you imagine. AQUARIUS (January 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;February 18) The â&#x20AC;&#x153;cocktail party effectâ&#x20AC;? refers to your ability to hear your name being spoken while in the midst of a social gatheringâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cacophony. This is an example of an important practice, which is how to discern truly meaningful signals embedded in the noise of all the irrelevant information that surrounds you. You should be especially skilled at doing this in the coming weeks, Aquariusâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and it will be crucial that you make abundant use of your skill. As you navigate your way through the clutter of symbols and the overload of data, be alert for the few key messages that are highly useful. PISCES (February 19â&#x20AC;&#x201C;March 20) Shunryu Suzuki was a Zen master whose books helped popularize Zen Buddhism in America. A student once asked him, â&#x20AC;&#x153;How much ego do you need?â&#x20AC;? His austere reply was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just enough so that you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t step in front of a bus.â&#x20AC;? While I sympathize with the value of humility, I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go quite that far. I think that a slightly heftier ego, if offered up as a work of art, can be a gift to the world. What do you think, Pisces? How much ego is good? To what degree can you create your ego so that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a beautiful and dynamic source of power for you and an inspiration for other people rather than a greedy, needy parasite that distorts the truth? This is an excellent time to ruminate on such matters.

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