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Rhapsodies Protecting Their Own Power District elections, a boring-sounding thing that’s actually pretty important BY GABE MELINE
ast week, the Santa Rosa Charter Review Committee rejected district elections for city council, and if that sounds dreadfully boring to you, you’re not alone. Throw in words like “community advisory board” and “Utilities Field Operations Building,” and most readers have already turned to the back of the Bohemian to check their horoscope instead.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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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our state tree. I’m devastated they’re signing off on a deal with Artesa to deforest my childhood memories. What bothers me most is that grapes can grow elsewhere. Why cut down these unsurpassed trees to plant vineyards? The redwood only grows in this region of our country—that’s why it’s our state tree. It deserves to be protected. We can’t pick our state ﬂower, but it’s OK to cut the state tree? We need to morally contemplate this before we destroy our planet’s beautiful assets. The wine industry is booming in a down economy. For a ﬁnancially struggling society, the least we can do is protect our earth, because nature will always be free.
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LOSING SERVICES As Santa Rosa gets a much-needed psychiatric facility, Christopher Bowers laments the imminent closure of SSU’s Community Counseling Clinic, where he works.
Sane Approach New mental-health center signals long overdue correction to a tragic problem BY JOE ROSEN
ith the pending launch of a new inpatient psychiatric facility, and with a range of public initiatives taking form, Sonoma County officials are championing the quiet revival of a mental-health system that has been gutted over the years by budget cuts, exacerbating issues
with homelessness and law enforcement violence. In Sonoma County, known the world over for its ﬁne wines and spectacular scenery, 1,600 people were served by Psychiatric Emergency Services in the last six months, almost 400 of whom required transportation to longerterm care units in the counties of Marin, Napa and Sacramento, according to Sonoma County health director Mike Kennedy. Since the closing of Memorial
Hospital’s unit in 2008, Sonoma County hasn’t had a long-term inpatient psychiatric facility, Kennedy says. That will change in the coming months, when Aurora Behavioral Health Care opens a 95-bed inpatient facility on Fulton Road in Santa Rosa, inside the same building where Memorial Hospital used to reside. An exact opening date has yet to be set. “One thing we know ) 11 about mental health is
For over 30 years, West County activist Mary Moore and the Bohemian Grove Action Network protested outside the Bohemian Grove as the elite of the world’s ﬁnancial, government, corporate and military systems paraded in for “lakeside chats,” morning gin ﬁzzes, drag performances, infamous “Cremation of Care” ceremonies and the chummy camaraderie of being comfortably in the 1 percent. But the actions lost numbers when Moore broadened her energies to other causes, such as Palestinian issues and police brutality. In 2010, Nor-Cal Truth activist Brian Romanoff took up the reins; oftentimes working alone, he handed out pamphlets on 9-11 to the passing elite. Last year’s encampment drew a group of new, anonymous protesters with ﬂyers warning of satanic “bohemians” and child sacriﬁce. Moore distanced herself from that group, remarking that she would be “staying home that weekend.” Now in 2012, with the Occupy movement injecting energy into activist communities, Moore, along with core coordinator Glenn Tryon and Romanoff, is gearing up to organize a renewed protest of Bohemian Grove. “When Occupy started last year, I got several emails from around the country asking if we were planning something for July,” Moore says via email. “I answered then that it was a bit early, but that did start the conversation. We’d be brain-dead not to use the momentum that Occupy has created, and wish we’d come up with the concept of the 1 percent 30 years ago, as it describes perfectly what the Bohemian Club represents.” The ﬁrst organizing meeting is on Saturday, March 10, at the Peace and Justice Center. 467 Sebastopol Ave., Santa Rosa. 1pm. 707.874.2248.—Leilani Clark
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that people need to be connected to their families and loved ones, and this is a great step forward,â€? says Sonoma County supervisor Shirley Zane of the facility. According to county health officials, the opening of the Aurora clinic, which will run in partnership with the county, as well as with local Kaiser Permanente hospitals, coincides with a broader county push to improve the mental-health system. Much of that has been propelled by the 2004 passage of Proposition 63, a 1 percent tax on millionaires, the proceeds of which are consecrated to mentalhealth initiatives. The money generated has helped counties like Sonoma rebound from decades of accumulated cuts to those services. According to Kennedy, recent county initiatives include the integration of mental-health services into all of the countyâ€™s low-income health clinics; the expansion of voluntary treatment to prevent psychiatric emergencies (both through Santa Rosaâ€“based center Interlink, as well as through contracts with private care providers like the Progress Foundation, which provides a 10-bed residential unit in Napa); and the employment of more thorough care plans, including follow-up home visits to patients newly released from psychiatric hospitals. Kennedy also said that health officials and the Sonoma County Sheriffâ€™s Department are collaborating to better prepare police for encounters with the mentally ill through training programs and the deployment of â€œmobile crisis unitsâ€? in conjunction with traditional officers. The sheriffâ€™s department already has a multi-year-old crisis-intervention training program that instructs officers on how to better deal with unruly or erratic people who may not pose a lethal threat, according to a department spokesperson. For over a decade, local law enforcement has weathered heavy criticism for repeated instances
of lethalâ€”and, some allege, kneejerkâ€”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€œThe county has made some efforts toward providing care thatâ€™s ethical and not dehumanizing, like the Interlink outpatient program, which is a great place. My understanding is that itâ€™s partly client-driven, and they have a say in how things are run,â€? 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€™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€œItâ€™s endemic how we separate mental health from physical health, and donâ€™t give it the attention it deserves,â€? Bowers says. â€œDaveâ€? 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€œMostly, [psychiatric hospitals] create a stable environment until the drugs kick in,â€? he said. â€œThey donâ€™t usually do a lot of therapy. Sometimes they would have art programs, but itâ€™s like for twoyear-olds, not really something youâ€™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€?
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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
innovations and heightened public regard achieved over the past few decades, still has no equivalent to a Robert Parker or Stephen Tanzer or Eric Asimov. Even the most inﬂuential modern beer writer, the late Michael Jackson, never held
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. $$. Creative dishes complemented by a great wine list featuring local vintages and many Spanish wines. Great desserts, too. Dinner, Tues-Sat. 13648 Arnold Dr, Glen Ellen. 707.938.4844.
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$$$. 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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Fantastic East-meets-West fusion of Indian, Mexican, Italian and American, with dishes customized to your palate. Lunch and dinner, MonSat. 2656 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.8083.
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Hatam Persian. $. Fresh
The ultimate in American cuisine. Crispy fries, good burgers and friendly locals chowing down. Lunch and dinner daily. 2017 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. 415.454.0655.
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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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Zazu Cal-Euro. $$$. Perfectly executed dishes that sing with flavor. Zagat-rated with much of the produce from its own gardens. Dinner, Wed-Sun; brunch, Sun. 3535 Guerneville Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4814.
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Cafe Gratitude Vegan. $$$. Mecca for vegans and raw foodists. Clean, light, refreshing food. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 2200 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.824.4652.
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Santi Restaurant Italian. $$. Simple Italian cuisine using fresh seasonal ingredients. Lunch and dinner daily. 2097 Stagecoach Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.528.1549.
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Nick’s Cove Seafood/ contemporary American. $$$$. Fresh from the bay oysters, upscale seafood, some steaks and a great burger. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 23240 State Route 1, Marshall. 415.663.1033.
Paradise Bay Californian. $$. 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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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. $-$$. Contemporary food and outdoor dining with a Mexican flavor. Located on the river and serving authentic cocktails. Nightly specials and an abiding love of the San Francisco Giants. 505 Lincoln Ave, Napa. Lunch and dinner daily. 707.253.1111.
Copita Restaurateur Larry Mindel (Poggio, Il Fornaio) and TV chef and author Joanne Weir are opening Copita Tequileria y Comida on Bridgeway in Sausalito this spring. The menu is inspired by Weir’s cookbook, Tequila: A Guide to Types, Flights, Cocktails and Bites, and her California-influenced approach to Mexican food. The restaurant, which will take the place of Piccolo Teatro, follows other creative Mexican restaurants like Mateo’s Cocina Latina in Healdsburg, La Condesa in St. Helena and C Casa in Napa. Look for dishes like spit-roasted chicken, homemade tortillas, tamales, tacos and “eight-hour” carnitas. Some of the food will be sourced from the restaurant’s organic garden. The bar menu will feature nearly a dozen tequila cocktails, seasonal sangrias, wine on tap, agua frescas and, of course, beer. Chef Omar Huerta will run the kitchen. Born in Jalisco, Mexico, Huerta has cooked at Zero Zero, Marzan and Picco. Anthony Fish of Arcanum Architecture, whose previous work includes Poggio, says he designed Copita to be a comfortable neighborhood spot with a contemporary Mexico City feel. The dining room will seat 47, including a communal table. For more, see www.copitarestaurant.com.—Stett Holbrook
magic within; chilaquiles are legendary. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 1437 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.6868.
at Redd is exceptional. Lunch, Mon-Sat; dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 6480 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.2222.
Pizza Azzurro Italian. $.
Ubuntu Vegetarian. $$$$. Some of the most remarkable specimens of high-end vegetables and fruits available on a restaurant plate. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 1140 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5656.
Run by a former Tra Vigne and Lark Creek Inn alum, the pizza is simple and thin, and ranks as some of the best in the North Bay. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner daily. 1260 Main St (at Clinton), Napa. 707.255.5552.
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Great pie, cool brews, the game’s always on. Great place for post-Little League. Lunch and dinner daily. 1517 W Imola Ave, Napa. 707.255.1188.
$-$$. Cafe specializing in barbecue and classic diner fare. Messy, delicious. Lunch and dinner daily. 1010 Lincoln Ave, Napa. 707.226.2633.
Californian. $$. Ultracasual setting and laid-back service belies the delicious kitchen
Redd California cuisine. $$$$$. Rich dishes balanced by subtle flavors and careful yet casual presentation. Brunch
Zuzu Spanish tapas. $$. Graze your way through a selection of tasty tapas in a lively rustic chic setting with a popular wine bar. Bite-sized Spanish and Latin American specialties include sizzling prawns and Brazilian style steamed mussels. Lunch, MonFri; dinner daily. 829 Main St, Napa. 707.224.8555.
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.
Point Reyes Vineyards
The tasting room features many varietals but the main reason to go is for the sparkling wines. Open Saturday–Sunday, 11am–5pm. 12700 Hwy. 1, Point Reyes. 415.663.1011.
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.
Timber Crest Farms Formerly of Lytton Springs Road, Peterson Winery has relocated to Timber Crest, where they pour on weekends right at the cellar door. Also on
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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.
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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Most reviews by James Knight. Note: Those listings marked ‘WC’ denote wineries with caves. These wineries are usually only open to the public by appointment. Wineries in these listings appear on a rotating basis.
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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
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
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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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The week’s events: a selective guide
ArtsIdeas Suzanne Daly
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ALLâ€™S FAIRE In â€˜Pinky,â€™ Liz Jahren and David Templeton reenact the oft-absurd courting rituals of young love.
Pinkyâ€™s in the Ring The real-life romance of David Templetonâ€™s â€˜Pinkyâ€™ BY SUZANNE DALY
he was my ďŹ rst true love,â€? sighs playwright David Templeton, deeply blushing, appropriately, bright pink.
Templetonâ€™s new play, Pinky,
which opens this week, tells the tale of young, Renaissanceobsessed Davidâ€™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€”and keepâ€”Pinkyâ€™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€™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€œBathed in a pink light as she entered the room,â€? Templeton recalls fondly. â€œIt was love at ďŹ rst sight.â€?) A year younger, but every bit the adventurous romantic, Pinky appreciates and is ďŹ‚attered by the attention but isnâ€™t quite sure that David measures up to her ideal Prince Charming. She formulates a list of 10 attributes that â€œP.C.,â€? 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€™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€”albeit dorkyâ€”P.C. suit, complete with tights, to prove he is the prince inside that Princess Pinky seeks. â€œWhen I tell people about this, I can see by the looks in their faces that theyâ€™re both surprised and delighted and disbelieving that I would go to such lengths,â€? says Templeton, smiling. â€œIt makes
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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‘Kevin’ likely to stunt procreation BY RICHARD VON BUSACK
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€™ series about a Confederate Civil War captain transported to Mars. Live-action directorial debut of Pixarâ€™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€” 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€™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€™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€™40s and â€™50s. (GB)
Chronicle (PG-13; 83 min.) Three teens develop superhuman abilities after stumbling on a mysterious substance in a crater. (GB)
Dr. Seussâ€™ 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€™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€™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€™re dating the same woman (Reese Witherspoon) in this action-romcom from McG (Charlieâ€™s Angels). With Chris Pine and Tom Hardy. (GB)
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (R;
Wanderlust (PG-13; 98 min.) The ubiquitous
158 min.) David Fincher directs the Englishlanguage version of the hit 2009 Swedish film, based on the first in Stieg Larssonâ€™s â€œMillennium series.â€? 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)
searches for her missing sister, suspecting her own abductor, a serial killer who kidnapped her in the past. (GB)
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safe house is attacked by Cape Town rebels, the paper-pushing agent must step up to transport the secured criminal to an even safer house. With Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. (GB)
(PG-13; 95 min.) Nicholas Cage returns in the sequel to the 2007 Marvel film. (GB)
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The Vow (PG-13; 104 min.) A young husband (Channing Tatum) tries to rekindle the affection of his wife (Rachel McAdams) after she wakes from a coma with no memory of her life with him. (GB)
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
The Iron Lady (PG-13; 115 min.) Meryl
Project X (R; 88 min.) Comedy in cinĂŠma vĂŠritĂŠ style from the producers of The Hangover
The Artist (PG-13; 100 min.) French romance and homage to silent film, The Artist stars Jean Dujardin (OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies) as a
Hugo (PG; 127 min.) Hugo, a young boy sent
ALSO PLAYING a hostaged CIA agent and blow away some terrorists on the way. (GB)
The Woman in Black (R; 95 min.) Daniel Radcliffe plays a widowed lawyer processing a will in an eerie village where the sight of a spectre foretells the death of another child. From recently reborn Hammer Film Productions! (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.
“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.
Los Tigres del Norte
Americana blues guitarist and
Godfathers of norteño music
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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Mar 9, Powerhouse. Mar 10, Edwins Brothers. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.
Gaiaâ€™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€˜Lincoln & Boothâ€™ 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€”the operaâ€”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€™Farrellâ€™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€™s Pick-Me-Up Revue. 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.2343.
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Main Street Station Mar 7, Willie Perez. Mar 8, Susan Sutton. Mar 9, Jess Petty. Mar 10, Susan Sutton. Mar 13, Maple Profant. Mar 14, Phat Chance Trio. 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.