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teach English at Montgomery High School. I love my school, but I hate what is happening to public education.

From the national to the local level, our schools are under attack. The brutal cuts to education are only half of the picture. The other half is the violation of our public trust by private interests. The vultures prey on the fiscal damage as they prepare to insert an artificial heart of learning into a wounded public school system. Lost in the vicious scramble of privatization is the societal commitment to education as a human right. Education should not be a degrading “race to the top” for vital funds. There is more segregation in our schools today than at any time since 1968, the year that Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Charter schools and high-stakes tests have exacerbated segregation while shamefully distracting us from the poverty that goes hand in hand with it. Wal-Mart’s Walton Family has spent $1 billion on remaking schools in the image of big business. Ask yourself what the WalMart standard of education might be: a “chain” school network force-feeding one standardized diet of junk learning to scores of unique kids across the nation? With budget cuts pumping up class sizes to 40-plus students, we are getting the fast food of education. How big can an online class get? Super-size me. Occupy was a verb before it became a noun. Whatever your politics or status in America today, please occupy your conscience. If America continues to blame teachers for everything, then we might forget to tax the millionaires. We must remember the real scope of the problem. By threatening public education, corporate power endangers our democracy. Education belongs to the public! We are the decisionmakers, and “we’re the people—we go on.” And I’m not just quoting The Grapes of Wrath because I’m an English teacher. I would never have become a teacher if I didn’t believe in the power of young people to change the world. Students, you can change the world! I believe in you.

You Mean They Don’t Eat Babies? The Bohemian Grove conspiracies are ridiculous (“The Original One Percent,” March 7). Ask anyone who has worked there. They hire in the Press Democrat classifieds and on Craigslist every season. If they’re trying to keep it all a secret, they aren’t doing a very good job. It makes for good intrigue, but it’s a giant Boy Scout camp for big boys. And last I checked, it was $10,000 to go to the camp, after the membership fee of somewhere around $50,000. Most of our student loans are tens of thousands more than that, hardly the “One Percent.” Having money is not a crime. Neither is spending it. I have been losing faith in some of the Bohemian’s research and bias, but I suppose you’ve found your audience.


More Love for the Ranger It was love at first sight according to Ranger Rick, whom I called Richard (“Final Frontier,” Feb. 22). Over time, I felt the same way as I noticed he always brought a smile to my face, even the one night I talked him out of the idea of me holding a ladder while he climbed up on a rooftop. His life ceremony was filled with tears, laughter and wonderful stories that lightened our hearts. Thank you, Frank, for the best salute to this quirky man whom we will all miss.


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Artificial Injection The claim by Sady Doyle (“A Coming War?” Feb. 29) that “all current Republican presidential candidates have publicly opposed access to contraceptives” was as lame and asinine as it was paranoid and untrue. But this is strictly a false issue in the present campaign since everybody knows, whether they cop to it or not, that “it’s the economy, stupid” (to coin a phrase). Contraception was deliberately and artificially injected into the campaign by the drive-by media, which continues, as usual, to serve as a cheering section for the party of the Democrats instead of an honorable and objective presenter of the news. It was ABC co-moderator George Stephanopoulos, chief Democrat spinmeister in ’92, who initially raised the matter eight weeks ago during the Jan. 7 New Hampshire debate. It was totally off-the-wall, contraceptives having never yet been so much as mentioned during this campaign. And Romney, the first candidate addressed with the question that Saturday, properly characterized the asking of it in the present context as a “silly thing.” And that was putting it gently. What’s more, as Stephanopoulos persisted in pursuing the un-apropos question for several minutes, the audience’s recurrent booing left no secret of its own outrage. But the decision had been made by Mr. Obama’s handlers to divert attention

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Occupy Journalism Michael Levitin, editor of ‘The Occupied Wall Street Journal,’ speaks on the movement that confounded the press BY GARRETT MCAULIFFE


wo weeks after the first protesters unrolled their sleeping bags in Zuccotti Park, Occupy Wall Street’s inaugural newspaper hit the streets of lower Manhattan.

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Levitin, a Sonoma County native and graduate of Forestville’s El Molino High School. A journalist by trade, Levitin jumped at the chance to join in the paper’s creation and help broadcast the diversity of voices within the fledgling movement. He quickly took on the role of managing editor. “This is what a journalist dreams of—something that fit so well into my moral and philosophical background,”

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The friction between ABAG and the notoriously slow-growth county has different root causes, depending on whom you ask. One is a lack of buildable land—only 16 percent of Marin is suitable for development, and 11 percent of that has already been developed. Another is the allegedly imprecise process the agency uses to dole out regional growth numbers, while a third, others argue, is community opposition to zoning for lower-income families and workers that led to public outcry in towns like Novato last year. According to Bob Ravasio, Corte Madera mayor, the council’s move has little to do with the hot-button issue of affordable housing. Rather, it’s a show of local, over regional, control. “We’re built out,” he says of the 3,790-household town that would need to accommodate growth from between 1,760 and 2,000 jobs by 2040 under the new plan. Corte Madera will still be subject to housing mandates administered by ABAG, but hopes to work more closely with the state department of Housing and Community Development, Ravasio says. Corte Madera has received grants from ABAG in the past for various environmental initiatives, along with bonds for capital-improvement programs, according to a spokesperson for the agency.—Rachel Dovey

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he’s been involved with the local Occupy movement in planning the launch of a bilingual publication, The Occupied Press— North Bay / Prensa Ocupada— Bahía Norte. Levitin had arrived in New York in September during the protest’s first week, intending simply to pass through the city after a five-year stint as a foreign correspondent in Berlin. The 35-year-old freelancer was captivated. “The media wasn’t even capable of knowing what this was at the time,” he says. After a week spent working through the night, Levitin and other organizers of the newspaper put out a call for donations online. They requested $12,000 for publishing costs and received over $75,000 in one week. “That shifted our thinking,” Levitin says. “There’s a real hunger, there’s a need. It quickly became something to legitimize the movement.” Two weeks later, a second edition was printed, along with Spanish editions of both. Levitin, like most Wall Street Occupiers, scoffs at the idea that a mainstream media reliant upon corporate advertising could accurately portray such a potentially destabilizing protest movement. “They act like they don’t know quite what we’re saying, as if we weren’t loud enough or clear enough,” Levitin says. “The mainstream media has so much saturation,” says Jed Brandt, a co-editor of the paper, “you can’t make a dent in it.” For Brandt, a print newspaper allowed protesters to go beyond the park, drawing them into the streets to distribute it and engage with the community. The newspaper did, however, respond to the general criticism that no singular message or clear goal had been set forth. The question on everyone’s lips was “What do the protesters want?” In the second issue, the editors ran a note titled “No List of Demands,” elaborating on an ever-unfolding ethos: “We are speaking to each other, and listening. This occupation is first about participation.”

The fifth and final print edition went national. The editors printed 150,000 copies, with a story by Cornel West on the cover. “We were burnt out by then,” Levitin says, “and ran out of money.”

‘The mainstream media has so much saturation, you can’t make a dent in it.’ A website may lack the immediacy and interaction of a newspaper passed out by hand on the subway. But with set to launch this month, many of those who got the people’s media train rolling now have a global platform. The upcoming website met with some resistance inside the movement after it received a single donation large enough to cover startup costs and pay editors a living wage. “It’s a contentious issue,” Levitin acknowledges. “We know problems can arise when you throw money into the mix.” For now, Levitin will continue pouring his focus and energy into activating more people. In his editorial role, his challenge is to convey what protesters are outraged about and to explain these issues in a way that’s not intimidating or alienating, all while remaining cognizant of the many paths the movement is still unfolding along. Levitin hopes that his voice will add to the growing number. “Do you really want to go out and get a job,” he asks, “or be part of a generational moment that could change the world?” Michael Levitin appears on Friday, March 16, at the Arlene Francis Center. 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 6:30pm. Donations accepted. 707.528.3009.

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

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

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Sonoma Coast. Come for happy hour and stay through dinner. 9960 Hwy 1, Jenner. 707.865.0625.

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Eritrean. $. Authentic and filling, and a welcome culinary addition. Lunch and dinner daily; breakfast, Sat-Sun. 913 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.568.6455.

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

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Yao-Kiku Japanese. $$-$$$. Fresh sushi with ingredients flown in from Japan steals the show in this popular neighborhood restaurant. Lunch and dinner daily. 2700 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.578.8180.

California cuisine. $$-$$$. Homey and rich seafood with warm service. Terrific specialoccasion spot. Dinner, ThursSat; lunch daily; breakfast, SatSun. 21301 Heron Dr, Bodega Bay. 707.875.3513.

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Russian River Brewing Co Eclectic. $. Decent pizza and excellent brews. Two words: beer bites! Lunch, SunFri; dinner daily. 725 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.2337.

Sizzling Tandoor Indian. $-$$. A Sonoma County legend for almost 20 years, and for good reason. Of the more than 100 menu choices, all are worthwhile. Lunch, Mon-Sat; dinner daily. 409 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.579.5999. Sizzling Tandoor II Indian. $-$$. Coastal gem offers a great view of the

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.

MARIN CO U N T Y 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.

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

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

Pine Cone Diner Eclectic. $$. Funky diner meets upscale bistro. Ambitious dishes, like cherry-wood-smoked pork loin with lavender gastrique, and steak au poivre with peppercorn brandy sauce are served in homey atmosphere. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Closed Mon. 60 Fourth St, Pt Reyes. 415.663.1536. Sol Food Puerto Rican. $. Flavorful, authentic and homestyle at this Puerto Rican eatery, which is as hole-inthe-wall as they come. Lunch and dinner daily. Two San Rafael locations: 732 Fourth St. 415.451.4765. 901 Lincoln Ave. 415.256.8903. Station House Cafe American-California. $$. 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.

Sushiholic Japanese. $$$$. A nice addition to the local lineup, with a lengthy and wellcrafted repertoire including uncommon dishes like nabeyaki udon, zaru soba, yosenabe and sea bass teriyaki. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. Rowland Plaza, 112-C Vintage Way, Novato. 415.898.8500.


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

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

BarBersQ Barbecue/ California. $-$$. An upscale ’cue joint with a high-end chef

country casual. $$. Wine shop and bistro with maverick moxie for the wine cowboy. Premium bottles for sale, also. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Sun; open late, Thurs-Sat. 975 First St, Napa. 707.255.0622.

Brannan’s Grill California cuisine. $$-$$$. Creative cuisine in handsome Craftsman setting. Lunch and dinner daily. 1347 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.2233.

Brassica Mediterranean. $$-$$$. Cindy Pawlcyn’s newsest venture features creative tapas, Middle Eastinspired dishes and extensive by-the-glass wine list. Lunch and dinner daily. 641 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.0700.

Celadon Global comfort food. $$. Relaxed sophistication in intimate neighborhood bistro setting by the creek. Superior wine list. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner daily. 500 Main St, Ste G, Napa. 707.254.9690.

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

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

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Marisco La Jaiba The last time I dined at Mariscos F. Magiy, a bulldog wandered out of the back room and growled at me while I was eating. “It’s OK,” the waiter assured me, yelling angrily in Spanish at the dog to get back in the kitchen. As soon as the guy left, the dog came right back, at my table, growling at me louder than before. Last year, F. Magiy changed owners, but it was a turnkey sale—the unassuming blue-and-white building looks exactly the same. Still leery, it took me eight months to give it another try. I’m pleased to report that under the new name, La Jaiba, it’s changed for the better. At La Jaiba, flower vases on each table are filled with sprigs of cilantro, for diners to nip off as a condiment. Service is quick and friendly. And the fillette à la diabla ($13) is a dish to be reckoned with, comprised of two whole fish, filleted, fried and smothered in a rich, heavy sauce. Though not as punishing as other diablo sauces in town (I’m looking at you, Las Palmas), it packs a unique punch and arrives with cucumber slices to calm the fire. Beans, rice, lettuce and avocado fill the plate, while six heated corn tortillas are more than plentiful. The rest of the menu skews cheaper, with tacos, burritos, seafood cocktail and soup in the $2–$10 range; seafood is the specialty. While I ate, a nearby party finished dinner and unpacked their accordion, bass and guitar, and started spontaneously rehearsing songs in the corner of the restaurant. It goes without saying, but I’ll take that kind of ambiance over a growling bulldog any day. La Jaiba, 1099 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa. 707.595.1462.—Gabe Meline

Gott’s Roadside Tray Gourmet Diner. $. Formerly Taylor’ Automatic Refresher. Lunch and dinner daily. 933 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.3486. Also at Oxbow Public Market, 644 First St, Napa. 707.224,6900.

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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Small family winery turns out diverse small lots culled from the best of a large vineyard operation, just for kicks and giggles. Tucked under Westside Road in a casual barn setting, fun tasting room offers good wines and cheeky diversions: De La Montanya wine club members get both case discounts and the opportunity to pose in fishnets on “PinUp” series labels. 999 Foreman Lane, Healdsburg. Monday– Friday, 11am–5pm. Tasting fee $5. 707.433.3711.

Francis Coppola Winery A Coney Island of the wine that candidly promises fun for the whole family, from Rosso table wine to Director’s Cut Pinot Noir; from poolside cabanas to an Argentinean-Style grill, plus movie memorabilia from The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, and more. 300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville. Tasting daily, 11am–6pm; restaurant till 9pm. 707.857.1400.

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might expect Meeker to be more slicked-out, what with its big-time Hollywood origins (co-owner Charlie Meeker is a former movie executive). But that’s clearly not the case. 21035 Geyserville Ave., Geyserville. Open Monday–Saturday, 10:30am– 6pm; Sunday, noon–5pm. 707.431.2148.

Rochioli Vineyards & Winery White House scrapbook details dozens of luncheon menus featuring waiting-list-only Rochioli wine. Tony Blair had a special relationship with the West Block Pinot. 6192 Westside Road, Healdsburg. Thursday– Monday 11am–4pm. 707.433.2305.

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 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.

VML Winery Acronym of Virginia Marie Lambrix, who practices organic and biodynamic winegrowing— the artist who created VML’s wacky new labels said, “Ah, so you’re a witch!” Bewitching Russian River Valley Chard and Pinot, to be sure. 4035 Westside Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 11am– 5pm. $10 fee. 707.431.4404.

Wilson Winery Scenic setting and rustic-modern tasting room makes for an atmospheric, recommended visit. Single-vineyard Zinfandels, Cabernet Sauvignons, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Petite Sirah win awards for good reason— namely, even curmudgeons take one sip and turn into believers. 1960 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 11am to 5pm. Tastings are $5; $10 for reserves. 707.433.4355.

N A PA CO U N TY 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.

Castello di Amorosa Not only an “authentic Medieval Italian castle,” but authentically far more defensible than any other winery in Napa from legions of footmen in chain mail. In wine,

there’s something for every taste, but don’t skip the tour of great halls, courtyards, cellars, and–naturally–an authentic dungeon. . 4045 N. St. Helena Hwy., Calistoga. 9:30am–5pm. Tasting fees, $10–$15; tours, $25–$30. Napa Neighbor discounts. 707.967.6272.

Frank Family Vineyards A media mogul imagineered a Napa Valley winery that’s surprisingly no-frills, friendly and free of charge, from the flute of bubbly welcome to the last sip of award-winning Cab. Emphasis is on the historic Larkmead winery, the wine and, natch, the guest at this popular tasting room set in the winery’s remodeled craftsman farmhouse. Frank Family Vineyards, 1091 Larkmead Lane, Calistoga. Tasting daily, 10am–4pm, $10; reserve, $25. 707.942.0753.

Quixote There is a sense of dignity to the colorful little castle that grows out of the landscape beneath the Stag’s Leap palisades, commensurate with the architect’s humanistic aspirations. 6126 Silverado Trail, Napa. By appointment. 707.944.2659.

Schramsberg (WC) Sparkling wine at its best. The “tasting room” is a branch of the cave illuminated with standing candelabras. 1400 Schramsberg Road, Calistoga. By appointment. 707.942.4558.

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.

Uncorked at Oxbow Across from the Public Market, this remodeled house in Napa’s historic “Little Italy” is a casual and unaffected joint. Ahnfeldt and Carducci wines include estate Merlot, Syrah, Cab, vinted by Paul Hobbs. Don’t ask about the horse. 605 First St., Napa. Open daily, noon–8pm; winter hours vary. Tasting fee, $10–$20. 707.927.5864.



hen as now, Cab was the main bag in the 1970s, when UC Davis graduates Richard Ward and David Graves came to Napa straight out of school. They worked the harvest at the area’s Cab greats, but for their own first batch, what was the point of doing like everyone else? They picked an underdog. “I think we’re contrarians at heart,” says Ward. “With Pinot, we could be a bigger fish in a smaller pond.”

Their fortunes rose with the Carneros region, which was recognized in 1983. If these days it seems that the region’s been eclipsed by others, among Pinot Noir drinkers, seeking bigger fruit, more power, it’s well worth taking another look. And not just a look back; Saintsbury says that 2009 is shaping up as their best vintage yet. Unsigned, secreted away just south of the Carneros Highway, Saintsbury sells its bread-and-butter wines nationwide, and does a brisk business in new wine-on-tap programs. By-appointment tastings offer the curious consumer single-vineyard wines only available at the winery. Visitors may linger under shade trees out front in fair weather or sit down in a room adjacent the office, where they are free to quash the quiet by bowing a funky wine-barrel stringed instrument made by artist William T. Wiley. What’s most striking about these wines is their common themes: potpourri, dried fruit and herb aromas, and fine tannins as gentle as sands falling in an hourglass. The 2008 Carneros Pinot Noir ($28) has a persistent, dusty aroma of sandalwood, the fruit wafting like incense out of the glass. The richer 2009 Stanly Ranch Pinot Noir ($45) and the 2009 Lee Vineyard Pinot Noir ($45) follow in a similar vein, again with the sandalwood and potpourri. Almond tart and animal crackers dance around cherry fruit in the 2008 Brown Ranch Pinot Noir ($60), wrapped in heftier tannins. Since 2004, Saintsbury has explored the dark, savory joys of cool-climate Syrah. An antipasto plate in a glass, the 2008 Sawi Vineyard Sonoma Valley Syrah ($40) teases the nose with black olives and cured meats, but leaves the palate with stony finality, ready for a morsel of the real thing. When Ward and Graves bottled their first wine, they lacked only one thing, a label. A friend brought up the name of George Saintsbury, an English classical scholar and enophile who, in 1920, wrote the definitive Notes on a Cellar-Book. Sounds good, they said. Although Saintsbury himself never got a chance to sample the Burgundian-styled product of the New World, I’ll bet that the old man of letters would approve. Saintsbury, 1500 Los Carneros Ave., Napa. Monday–Saturday, by appointment only. 707.252.0592.—James Knight

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How the North Bay became a cheesemaking mecca BY STETT HOLBROOK

WHEELS OF GLORY The cheese-aging room at Weirauch Farm and Creamery was once a portable schoolroom.


e’re living in the golden age of cheese.

Just as California wine and beer rose from forgettable mass-produced plonk and suds into fine beverages competing on a world stage, artisinal, hand-crafted cheese from Marin and Sonoma counties has established the area as one of America’s premier cheese regions. There are now more than two dozen North Bay cheesemakers and two cheese festivals. The grassy hills of western Sonoma and Marin counties have been home to herds of dairy cattle and dairies since the mid19th century. Swiss-Italian and Irish immigrants lured to the San Francisco Bay Area during the Gold Rush knew they had found something special when they gazed upon the sparsely forested green

hills around Petaluma, Marshall and Tomales. Cool, foggy weather and abundant water meant grass grew nearly yearround, perfect for the dairy cattle that would produce thousands of gallons of milk and tons of butter for the burgeoning city of San Francisco and for California at large. But in spite of all that milk being produced, there wasn’t much cheese. Petaluma’s Marin French Cheese Co. dates back to 1865 and is America’s oldest cheesemaker, but few others followed suit. America was not a cheese-eating country—at least not of very good cheese. Commodity cheese—big blocks of cheddar, jack and rubbery mozzarella—ruled the land, and all those other fancy cheeses came from across the Atlantic. Of course, there were notable exceptions. Sonoma’s Vella Cheese Co. opened in 1931. Matos Cheese Factory, Laura Chenel and Redwood Hill

came much later, and were part of the first wave of artisinal cheeses. But over the past 15 years, a new era has begun, thanks to a combination of a few key personalities, a rich dairy history, wise land-use policies and a shift in America’s culinary Zeitgeist.

The Catalyst Sue Conley’s timing was impeccable. As cofounder in 1997 of Cowgirl Creamery, one of the first local cheesemakers to hit the big time, she and her partner, college friend Peggy Smith, have been instrumental in the North Bay’s cheese revolution. But she didn’t set out to be a cheesemaker. Conley was a cook who helped start Berkeley’s beloved Bette’s Oceanview Diner. Smith was a chef at Chez Panisse. Both had traveled to Europe and were smitten by the regional food there. In the

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Bay Area, Chez Panisse exerted a powerful influence on cooks and diners alike, who began to embrace what was then a novel concept: eating fresh, seasonal food from local farmers and purveyors. “This was in the air,” says Conley, a beaming, rosy-cheeked woman. “This was the time.” In 1989, Conley bought a house in Point Reyes Station. “That,” she says now, “was really a great move.” It also proved to be a great move for the artisan cheese movement. One day Ellen Straus knocked on her door in support of a candidate running for office. Straus, who died in 2002, was married to dairy farmer Bill Straus. Their son Albert was in the process of converting the family dairy to organic methods, making it the first organic dairy west of the Mississippi River. Straus was also a cofounder of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT), a nonprofit organization dedicated to permanently preserving farmland in West Marin. (Disclosure: my wife works for MALT). Conley had read about Straus in John Hart’s book Farming on the Edge. “I thought it was so cool she was in my house,” she remembers. Straus told Conley about MALT’s work, making the point that it wasn’t enough to protect local farms from development; it was critical to find new ways to keep these farms financially viable. Filled with her local-food consciousness, Conley got an idea: she would borrow a concept long used in France, and bring regional foods under one tent for ease of promotion. “I thought I could be a marketer for local products,” she says. “Otherwise, these farms would be gone.” But back then, there simply weren’t many products to market. The first ones she represented were Straus Family Creamery’s organic milk, and cheese from some of the only local producers out there: Matos Cheese Factory, Santa Rosa’s oldschool maker of Portuguese-style St. George cheese; Sebastopol’s Redwood Hill, a goat cheese producer; and Bellwether Farms, a sheep’s milk cheese company in Valley Ford. She called her fledgling company Tomales Bay Foods. Conley bought a barn in


owgirl was really the catalyst,” says Lynn Giacomini Stray, marketing director for Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company, the wildly successful maker of Point Reyes blue cheese. Giacomini Stray, who also serves on MALT’s board, is one of Marshall dairyman Bob Giacomini’s four daughters. The elder Giacomini is one of West Marin’s most successful dairy farmers. A little over 12 years ago, Bob Giacomini called the family together to talk about the future of their 700-acre ranch and herd of 500 cows. While milk prices were holding steady, the cost of production was going up. Giacomini’s daughters had ) 20

Achadinha Cheese Co. History: Owned by Jim and Donna Pacheco of Pacheco Family Dairy. Established in 1955 in Bodega Bay then relocated to Petaluma in 1969 by Jim’s father. Made first cheese in 2001. Cheeses: Goat and goat/cow’s milk blend Public tours: No Where available: Petaluma Market, Big John’s Market and numerous farmers markets Cheesemaker: Donna Pacheco Website: Interesting fact: Goats eat grains from local breweries

Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co. History: Dairyman Bob Giacomini began milking cows at his Point Reyes dairy in 1959. With the help of his wife and four daughters, they began producing blue cheese in 2000 on the family ranch. Cheeses: Cow’s milk (blue cheese and toma); mozzarella in development Public tours: By appointment Where available: Widely available Cheesemaker: Jakub “Kuba” Hemmerling Website: Interesting fact: Manure from the dairy goes into a methane digester, which provides power back to the creamery and dairy

Barinaga Ranch History: The Barinaga family has been sheep-ranching in America for more than a century. Cheesemaker Marcia Barinaga left a career as a science reporter to pursue cheesemaking when she and her husband, Corey Goodman, moved to Marshall. Cheeses: Sheep’s milk Public tours: No Where available: Tomales Bay Foods (Point Reyes Station), Raymond and Co. (Glen Ellen) and the Cheese Shop (Healdsburg) Cheesemaker: Marcia Barinaga Website: Interesting fact: Txiki, one of Barinaga’s two cheeses, means “little” in Basque

Weirauch Farm & Creamery History: Joel and Carleen Weirauch began making cheese commercially last year. They make cow’s milk cheese, but will offer sheep’s milk cheese this summer. Cheeses: Cow’s milk Public tours: No Where available: Sebastopol and San Rafael farmers

markets, Oliver’s markets and the Epicurean Connection (Sonoma) Cheesemaker: Joel Weirauch Website: Interesting fact: The creamery was built out of a surplus portable classroom

Ramini Mozzarella History: Software engineer Craig Ramini decided to become a cheesemaker and is currently tending a small but growing herd of water buffalo in Tomales Cheeses: Buffalo’s milk mozzarella; available this summer in limited quantities Public tours: No Where available: Not yet available Cheesemaker: Craig Ramini Website: Interesting fact: The butterfat content of buffalo milk is about 9 percent; cow milk butterfat is about 4 percent

North Bay Curds & Whey History: Cheesemaker Alissa Tappan learned to make cheese at Bodega Artisan Cheese, and released her first cheese in 2001. She now makes cheese at Ramini Mozzarella’s quasi cooperative. Most hard cheeses are made from raw Jersey cow milk from Taverna Dairy in Petaluma or raw sheep milk from Black Oaks Sheep Dairy in Sebastopol. Fresh cheeses are made from Straus Family Creamery milk. Cheeses: Cow, goat and sheep’s milk Public tours: No Where available: The Epicurean Connection (Sonoma) Cheesemaker: Alissa Tappan Website: Interesting fact: The hot air balloon on the label is inspired by the balloons that fly over Napa and Sonoma counties

Bodega Artisan Cheese History: Founded by Patty Karlin in 1984, Bodega Artisan Cheese is one of Sonoma County’s oldest goat cheese makers Cheeses: Goat’s milk Public tours: By appointment Where available: Laguna Farm, Bodega Country Store and the Valley Ford Store Cheesemaker: Patty Karlin Website: Interesting fact: Bodega Artisan Cheese’s goat ranch and creamery are for sale

Bleating Heart History: Bleating Heart began in 2009 when there were only four licensed sheep dairies in the state

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downtown Pt. Reyes Station. She called her old friend Peggy Smith and asked if she wanted to join her in her new venture. Conley’s idea was to turn the barn into a place for “3-D” marketing where customers could see and taste the foods from the region. And she had another idea: why not make some cheese of her own, in the barn, so people could see how cheese was made? And thus Cowgirl Creamery was born. “We never meant to be great cheesemakers,” Conley says. But the cheese was a hit, and Cowgirl opened a 400-square-foot shop in San Francisco. They soon outgrew it. In another stroke of good timing, the San Francisco Ferry Plaza was looking for a lineup of premium local food purveyors. The local food movement was coming of age. Cowgirl Creamery was right in the middle of it all. It took Conley and Smith eight years to make a profit, but in addition to stores in Pt. Reyes Station and San Francisco, there’s now a Cowgirl shop in Washington, D.C. Between 1997 and 2006, all their fresh cheeses won first prizes at the American Cheese Society’s annual competition. Tomales Bay Foods now represents about 60 cheesemakers. And Conley now chairs MALT’s board of directors. Cowgirl, now in its 15th year, produces about 156,000 pounds of cheese annually—infinitesimal by industrial cheese standards, but not too bad for an accidental cheese company in West Marin.

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20 Cheese ( 19 all moved away from the area, and there was no one in line to take over the family business. “We knew we had to do something,” remembers Giacomini Stray. Bob Giacomini never liked seeing the milk trucks pull up at his ranch and leave for places unknown. “He really wanted a finished product that he could say ‘This is what we did with our milk,’” Giacomini Stray says. So why not make cheese? Better yet, why not make blue cheese? At the time, the only other nationally known producer of blue cheese was Maytag Blue. With a herd of their own, and with Cowgirl’s example, they got into the cheese business and reduced the size of their herd by 200. “I said, ‘I’ll come home for that,’” says Giacomini Stray.

The Fat of the Land If there’s a central theme to Cowgirl Creamery’s story and local cheese in general, it’s that there would be no cheese without local dairies—and local dairies require wide-open spaces for pasture. Given how close the grazing lands of Marin and Sonoma are to San Francisco, it’s miraculous that way out West, cattle still outnumber people. But it’s not an accident. Development pressure to turn rolling hills into subdivisions or estate homes is ongoing. MALT keeps farmers on the land—and local cheese in stores— by buying farmers’ development rights and placing a permanent easement on the land that prevents paving over the pastures. The money farmers receive can be used to pay off debt and inheritance taxes, or invest in new infrastructure. There are now 11 dairies and six creameries on MALT-protected land. When Corey Goodman and Marcia Barinaga bought a hilltop ranch above Marshall, locals weren’t sure what would become of the land, even though it had a MALT easement. Goodman and Barinaga, after all, weren’t farmers. Barinaga had a Ph.D. in microbiology and was a science writer for the journals Science and

Cheeses: Sheep’s milk Public tours: No Where available: Tomales Bay Foods (Point Reyes Station), the Epicurean Connection (Sonoma) and the Cheese Shop (Healdsburg) Cheesemaker: Sheana Doughty Website: Interesting fact: Bleating Heart’s 120-square-foot milk-processing facility is the smallest in the state

Cowgirl Creamery History: Started by friends Sue Conley and Peggy Smith in 1997 in Point Reyes Station Cheeses: Cow’s milk Public tours: Wednesdays by appointment Where available: Tomales Bay Foods, Whole Foods and online Cheesemaker: Maureen Cunnie Website: Interesting fact: Most cheeses are made with Straus Family Dairy milk

Epicurean Connection History: Cheesemaker Sheana Davis mentored under the late Ig Vella, former cheesemaker for Sonoma’s Vella Cheese Co. Cheeses: Cow’s milk Public tours: No Where available: The Epicurean Connection (Sonoma) and Sonoma Valley Farmers Market Cheesemaker: Sheana Davis Website: Interesting fact: Ig Vella’s cheese knife hangs in Davis’ store

Marin French Cheese Co. History: The Marin French Cheese Company has produced cheese in the same location in Petaluma since 1865. It began when the company produced fresh cheese for the San Francisco market. With the end of California’s Gold Rush, disillusioned would-be miners poured back in to San Francisco, which in turn created a shortage of eggs. Marin Cheese French Co. sold its cheese as an egg substitute. The company was sold to Rians, a French cheese conglomerate, in 2011. Cheeses: Soft, ripened cow’s milk Public tours: Yes Where available: Widely available Cheesemaker: Alex Borgo Website: Interesting fact: America’s oldest cheesemaker

Valley Ford Cheese Co. History: Owner Karen Bianchi-Moreda’s greatgrandparents immigrated from Switzerland in the late 1890s and settled in Marin County. The other side of the family immigrated from Northern Italy. They bought the Jersey Dairy Ranch in Valley Ford. Cheeses: Cow’s milk Public tours: By appointment Where available: Farmers markets (Petaluma, Cotati, Healdsburg), restaurants and Oliver’s Market, Pacific Market, Petaluma Market and other small stores

Nature. Her husband was a former professor at Stanford and Berkeley who started a biotechnology venture fund. They bought an 800-acre ranch with striking views of Tomales Bay and the Point Reyes National Seashore, and built a house on it. Initially, the deep-pocketed couple from the East Bay didn’t strike locals as the ranching type. But it didn’t take long for their worry to prove unfounded. Barinaga’s family is Basque, steeped in the tradition of sheep ranching; her cousin works on a sheep ranch in Idaho. “We got more involved when we realized how important it was to keep every bit of land in production,” she says. “We need ranches to be active. If you love West Marin, you love the agriculture. That is the community out here.” So she became a sheep rancher and a cheesemaker. Her move to West Marin has allowed her to reconnect with her Basque roots—and make some outstanding sheep’s milk cheese patterned after Spain’s famed Idiazabal cheese. Together with an assistant, she makes about 6,000 pounds of cheese per year. And like the Giacominis, Barinaga says the help from Cowgirl was critical. “They are the most generous and community-minded people,” she says. “It’s almost like they were a partner in my business.” Before she moved to the ranch, Barinaga had never interacted with sheep before, but something in her family history awakened an innate connection with the animals. “The cheese is great, but for me it’s not about the cheese first,” she says. “I have an affinity for sheep. I like to say we’re all descended from shepherds.” For Jim and Donna Pacheco in Sonoma County’s Chileno Valley just outside of Petaluma, selling development rights to the Sonoma County Land Trust allowed them to keep the family farm. With easement in place and cash in hand, they built a creamery and an aging room on their 240-acre ranch to make their exceptional aged goat cheese. (I tried a lot of cheese in the course of writing this story, and their Capricious cheese, a crumbly, raw milk goat cheese, was one of my favorites.) In a story similar to the Giacominis, the price

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of milk was flat while the cost of production was rising. “Like a dog chasing its tail, we just kept going around and around,” says Donna Pacheco. Adding a commodity like cheese was a lifeline. “This is survival,” she said. “This is how we make a living.” Instead of selling to stores who might not care for her cheese properly, Pacheco sells cheese at farmers markets—32 in all. In addition to Capricious, she also makes a mixed goat/cow’s milk cheese from a Portuguese family recipe called Broncha, which changes slightly from year to year, depending on the ratio of milk. “It’s consistently inconsistent,” Pacheco jokes.

Cheese Teachers While Cowgirl Creamery influenced a new generation of cheesemakers in Marin County, Sonoma County’s cheese industry got a push from three pioneering women: Patty Karlin, Sheana Davis and Colette Hatch. Karlin has been making goat cheese from her ranch and creamery in Bodega since 1984, making her one of the county’s oldest cheesemakers. Nearing retirement now, she’s actively looking to sell her operation, Bodega Artisan Cheese. In addition to making cheese, Karlin opened her creamery doors to scores of young cheesemakers looking to learn the way of the

curd. Some of her disciples include Saint Benoit Yogurt, Bohemian Creamery, North Bay Curds and Whey, and Bleating Heart. “She’s been an incubator of young cheesemakers,” said Dave Doughty, who makes sought-after sheep’s milk cheese at Bleating Heart with his wife, Seana Doughty. Sonoma’s Sheana Davis is a one-woman cheese impresario. She started the Sonoma Valley Cheese Conference 10 years ago, a showcase of national and local cheese. She owns the Epicurean Connection, a cheese shop in downtown Sonoma and has taught home cheesemaking at the Sonoma Inn for 12 years. She’s also helped launch or market more than a dozen cheese companies, including Redwood Hill, Bellwether and Matos. And she makes her own cheese, Delice de La Vallee, a fresh, triple-cream cow and goat’s milk cheese, and Creme de Fromage, a triple-cream cow’s milk cheese. As a Sonoma native, her cheese roots run deep. She apprenticed under the late Ig Vella, who started Sonoma County’s oldest creamery, Vella Cheese Co. Vella died last year, and this year’s cheese conference was dedicated to his memory. Davis keeps Vella’s prized cheese knife framed in her shop. Davis sees the North Bay’s dairy industry coming full circle. Before industrialization and commodity markets, many dairy ) 22 farmers made their own

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Andante Dairy History: Established in 1999 in Petaluma Cheeses: Organic Jersey cow’s milk, goat and sheep’s milk Public tours: Closed to the public Where available: San Francisco Ferry Plaza, Oliver’s Market, Whole Foods (Mill Valley) and the Cheese Shop (Healdsburg). Restaurants include the French Laundry, Cyrus and Willie’s Wine Bar. Cheesemaker: Souyoung Scanlan Website: Interesting fact: All cheese are named after classical music terms

Goat’s Leap History: Rex and Barbara Backus moved from Los Angeles north to Napa Valley in 1972. They got tiny-eared La Mancha goats for grazing, milk and entertainment, and in 1992 became licensed cheesemakers. Cheeses: Goat’s milk Public tours: No Where available: Terra Restaurant (St. Helena) Cheesemakers: Rex and Barbara Backus Website: Interesting fact: Only cheese manufacturer in Napa County.

Bellwether Farms History: Former nurse Cindy Callahan founded Bellwether Farms in 1986 Cheeses: Cow and sheep’s milk Public tours: No Where available: Tomales Bay Foods (Point Reyes Station), Whole Foods, Pacific Market (Sebastopol and Santa Rosa) and Oliver’s Market Cheesemaker: Liam Callahan Website: Interesting fact: Callahan first got sheep as a way of keeping the weeds mowed

Bohemian Creamery History: Bohemian Creamery is the creation of Lisa Gottreich and Miriam Block, who recently decided to break out of their midlife molds and fill new ones with innovative and compelling cheeses Cheeses: Goat, cow and sheep’s milk

Public tours: No Where available: The Cheese Shop (Healdsburg), Sonoma Wine Shop (Sebastopol), Paradise Foods (Corte Madera) and Whole Foods Cheesemakers: Lisa Gottreich and Miriam Block Website: Interesting fact: The creamery makes a cheese covered in cacao nibs

Laura Chenel History: Started in the late 1970s by Laura Chenel on a small Sebastopol farm. Its current home is the renovated Stornetta Dairy. Laura Chenel was sold in 2006 to Rian’s Group, a French cheese corporation. Cheeses: Goat’s milk Public tours: No Where available: Widely available Cheesemaker: Rians Group Website: Interesting fact: Former owner Laura Chenel was once a waitress at a restaurant where Cowgirl Creamy co-owner Peggy Smith worked as cook

Matos Cheese Factory History: The Matos family are fifthgeneration Portuguese cheesemakers originally from the island of Sao Jorge in the Azores Cheeses: Cow’s milk Public tours: Yes Where Available: Tomales Bay Foods (Point Reyes Station) and the creamery Cheesemakers: Joe and Mary Matos and daughter Sylvia Website: None Interesting fact: St. George cheese is named after the island of Sao Jorge

Toluma Farms History: Founded by Tamara Hicks and husband David Jablons in 2003 Cheeses: Goat’s milk Public tours: Yes. Email in advance for reservations. Where available: Plan to have first cheeses out spring 2012 Cheesemaker: Anne Marie Vanderdreissche Website: Interesting fact: The goat herd includes Nubians, Saanens, Alpines, La Manchas and Oberhaslis

Redwood Hill History: In 1978, Jennifer Lynn Bice assumed ownership of Redwood Hill Farm and Creamery, the family farm and a goat dairy her parents

cheese. It wasn’t sold commercially, but that changed as the industry got bigger, and dairy operations moved to the Central Valley. The backlash against mass-produced food created a market for that very small-production milk and artisinal cheese. “You’re not going to make it selling commodity milk or cheese anymore,” Davis says. Even though there are now a growing number of local cheese companies, Davis doesn’t think the industry has reached saturation yet. “We’re still in our infancy,” she says. “It’s just the beginning.” In fact, Davis predicts there will soon be more local, dairy-based products other than cheese, like sour cream and kefir. She also surmises that we’ll start seeing “dairy-designated” cheese, just as wineries tout a single vineyard. More than anything, she says the industry needs to do a better job of banding together and marketing itself. “Strength in numbers,” she declares. “That’s how we’re going to be able to grow together.”


merica at large doesn’t have much of a cheese culture. For years, brie, gouda and green cans of dusty Kraft Parmesan cheese were about as fancy as cheese got. So when French-born Colette Hatch came to Sonoma County, cheese was the last thing on her mind. But soon the East Coast transplant found herself setting up specialty cheese counters at Food for Thought (now Whole Foods) in Sebastopol, Santa Rosa and Petaluma. Given the lack of cheese available then, she didn’t expect the cheese counter to take off. “It was really the beginning of the awareness of local and wellmade food,” she says. “I’m coming from France, where local food is an everyday thing. Here it was new.” Little by little, she got shoppers to try cheese, educating them on what was then a foreign subject. “We didn’t have any cheese in Sonoma County,” she says. “I used to bring cheese from France.” But as the North Bay’s cheese industry began to grow, so did a local cheese culture. ) 24


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;I realized I was part of this big thing that was going on,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought I was going to do wine, but something told me, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Cheese is bigger than you think it is.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Hatch is now the cheese buyer at locally owned Oliverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market, and acts as a gatekeeper and cheerleader for local cheese. She also teaches at the Cheese School in San Francisco and has a consulting business under the name â&#x20AC;&#x153;Madame de Fromage,â&#x20AC;? a title bestowed upon her by a Press Democrat article years ago. Right now, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s loving cheese from Penngroveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Weirauch Farm and Creamery. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Their cheeses are absolutely impeccable,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have no ďŹ&#x201A;aws.â&#x20AC;?

Craig Ramini didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t grow up on a farm or even near a farm. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a high-tech refugee who chucked a successful career to become a cheesemaker. Only heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going about things a bit differently: he plans to make mozzarella from a herd of water buffalo in Tomales. To do so, he imported frozen buffalo semen from Italy and artiďŹ cially inseminated his herd. Once the skittish, black-hided animals give birth and start producing milk, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll become one of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only buffaloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s milk mozzarella makers. In six months, he hopes to have a small quantity of cheese available. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to make one very rare Italian cheese,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can pull it off if you have a deep niche.â&#x20AC;? Ramini looks like a Silicon Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;type. He drives a Porsche Cayenne and has a well-dressed, casual-Friday style. In Silicon Valley startup fashion, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tried to minimize his expenses by getting creative. He built his creamery and milking parlor out of what was a bramble-covered, decrepit dairy facility on Stemple Creek Ranch. Because his facility is not yet making cheese, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opened his doors to create a de facto cheese cooperative, serving as an incubator for new cheese talent, much in the same way as Karlin at Bodega Artisan Cheese. Building

a creamery is expensive, about $200,000. And even if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got that kind of money, you also need a place to age your cheese. And you need milk. Sharing the costs makes a lot of sense for startup operations. Alissa Tappan, the one-woman show behind the excellent North Bay Curds and Whey, drives all the way from Berkeley for her time with Raminiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice-looking Dutch vat. Doughty and his wife age their cheese in a 120-square-foot, state-certiďŹ ed building just off their garage in Sebastopol. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reportedly the smallest milkprocessing plant in the state, matching Seana Doughtyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s small red Mini Cooper perfectly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a problem selling our cheese,â&#x20AC;? says Seana, who, in addition to working a full-time job in Novato and making cheese, is the president of the California Artisan Cheese Guild. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a problem of not making enough.â&#x20AC;?


n Penngrove, Joel and Carleen Weirauch are in the midst of their ďŹ rst lambing season. They raise a herd of 65 sheep on land they share with a chicken ranch. The Weirauch Farm and Creameryâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Madame de Fromageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favoriteâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;has been making cheese for less than year, and so far only with cowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s milk. Now that their ewes have given birth, the Weirauchs will be able to start making sheepâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s milk cheese later this spring, and should have some on the market by summer. Weirauch spent a year in France and fell for the distinctive ďŹ&#x201A;avor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once I tasted sheepâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s milk,â&#x20AC;? he says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was blown away.â&#x20AC;? Like Weirauchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own cheese company, the North Bayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cheese industry is still young compared to other regions such as Vermont and New York. But Weirauch sees good things ahead. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re younger,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re up-and-comers. But in the next few years, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really going to take off.â&#x20AC;? For more cheese info and photos, see Heather Frendo contributed to the cheesemaker listings in this article. The Artisan Cheese Festival takes place Feb. 23-25 at the Sheraton. 75 Baywood Drive, Petaluma. For info, see




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The hard drive of a computer is a mysterious place that most humans dare not attempt to fully understand. Is it all wires and hardware? Or is it the computer’s soul? This week, robotics professor Ken Goldberg from UC Berkeley will screen the short film ‘I’m Here,’ a computer love story from director Spike Jonze (Where the Wild Things Are, Being John Malkovich, various kickass music videos). In this short science-fiction romance between two computers in the everyday world, professor Goldberg presents his examples of new robots in relation to his research in “superhuman surgery” and “cloud robotics.” In other words, computers might have feelings too, so think twice before calling your computer every name in the book when it’s running really slow. See the film on Sunday, March 18, at the Rafael Film Center. 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. $12. 7pm. 415.454.1222.

(Attention: The following must be read through a “talk box.”) Well, I woke up this morning with a wine glass in my hand. Who’s wine? What wine? Where the hell did I dine? And can I get in on this week’s old-fashioned Peter Frampton action? Playing live this weekend in celebration of the 35th anniversary of his multi-platinum-selling double-live album Frampton Comes Alive!—in “a highlyspirited and expertly played recreation of the live album”—Frampton brings back memories of being stoned and wondering what the hell he was saying in that extended guitar-voice solo. Maybe find out this year on Saturday, March 17, at the Marin Center. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 8pm. $50–$90. 415.499.6400.


Nameless Dame In local author Bart Schneider’s novel Nameless Dame, a mysterious murder is the talk of the town in Guerneville. Without giving too much away, this gripping mystery travels around Sonoma County in search of information linked to the crime. It’s just like getting in the middle of a real police investigation in the local neighborhood, without having to deal with the actual liferisking danger that’s involved. It’s up to Minnesota private investigator Augie Boyer to uncover the strange schemes happening up and down the coast before it’s too late. Get even closer to the action when Schneider reads and discusses his book on Thursday, March 15, at Readers’ Books (130 E. Napa St., Sonoma; 7:30pm; free; 707.939.1779) and Thursday, March 22, at Guerneville’s own River Reader (16355 Main St., Guerneville; 7pm; free; 707.869.2240).


Little Feat What’s it called when you put 30 years of California rock, funk, folk, jazz, country, rockabilly and New Orleans swampboogie music together? It’s Little Feat—and that has nothing to do with the Land Before Time dinosaur movies. A distinctively American rock band, the group was created after Frank Zappa fired Lowell George and told him to start his own band. Thanks, Frank! In the years since, Little Feat has jammed all over the country with artists like Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Plant and John Lee Hooker, just to mention a few. Though George is no longer with us, Little Feat is still going strong. Catch them on Sunday, March 18, at the Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. 8pm. $35–$40. 707.259.0123.

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near the Forest of the Fighting Trees, between the Emerald City and Quadling Country, where everyone wears red. Most people are unacquainted with China Country, where everyone is made out of china, the breakable kind. No one knows that after melting the Wicked Witch of the West, Dorothy is given a magic cap which gives her control over the army of ďŹ&#x201A;ying monkeys. And that epic battle between the Cowardly Lion and a monstrous spider? Forgotten. The very notion of stagin the entire original plot of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the book, in a single eveningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entertainment seems both improbable and overambitious. But â&#x20AC;&#x153;improbableâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;ambitiousâ&#x20AC;? are what Santa Rosaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Imaginists Theater Collective does. In the current production, playing to full houses since opening in early March, a cast of 12 actors romp through a wildly innovative, slightly ramshackle but wholly entertaining condensation of Frank Baumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rambling fantasy masterpieceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;managing to squeeze in just about everything in the book. Directed by Brent Lindsay, this sweet and swiftly paced adaptation skips and dances through some appealingly lowtech special effects (Dorothyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cyclone is created using a billowing dress and a pair of blow dryers), as well as some dazzling snippets of stop-motion animation and clever shadow puppetry. The acting of the ensemble is spirited and inventive, though a tad uneven now and then. Still, the overall experience is so engaging and delightfully entertaining that the occasional mushy bits do little to detract from the pleasure of the show. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bit like watching a crazy parade formed to celebrate the genius of L. Frank Baum, the joy of personal expression and the improbable power of theater. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Wizard of Ozâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; runs through March 18 at The Imaginists, 461 Sebastopol Ave., in Santa Rosa. Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Saturday at 8pm; Sunday, 5pm. $12â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$15. 707.528.7554.


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Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (PG-13; 95 min.)

Friends with Kids (R; 107

Nicholas Cage returns in the sequel to the 2007 Marvel film. (GB)

A Separation (NR; 123 min.) Director Asghar Farhadi’s astonishing drama shows the problems of legislated morality in this excellent import from Iran. (RvB)

min.) The last pair in a circle of thirtysomething friends, all having children, adopt a plan to remain platonic while having a child after witnessing how offspring have affected their friends’ relationships. With Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph. (GB)

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (R; 158 min.) David Fincher directs the English-language version of the hit 2009 Swedish film, based on the first in Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium series.” Co-stars Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, as Lisbeth. (GB)

The Secret World of Arrietty

Jeff Who Lives at Home (R; 82

Gone (PG-13; 94 min.) Amanda

Thin Ice (PG-13; 94 min.) Greg

min.) Zero-ambition 30-year-old steps out from mom’s basement to stalk his brother’s adulterous wife in indie comedy starring Jason Segel. (GB)

Seyfried searches for her missing sister, suspecting her own abductor, a serial killer who kidnapped her in the past. (GB)

21 Jump Street (R; 109 min.)

Good Deeds (PG-13; 111 min.) Tyler

Action-comedy based on the TV show co-stars Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill (who co-wrote) as cops who go undercover as high school students to bust a drug ring. (GB)

ALSO PLAYING Act of Valor (R; 101 min.) Navy Seals rescue a hostaged CIA agent and blow away some terrorists on the way. (GB)

The Artist (PG-13; 100 min.) French romance and homage to silent film, The Artist stars Jean Dujardin (OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies) as a silent-film star in love with an aspiring actress during the rise of the talkies. In black-and-white with French subtitles. (GB) Chico & Rita (NR; 94 min.) Nominee for Best Animated Feature follows the tumultuous love story of a pianist and club singer in Havana, New York, Paris and Vegas in the ’40s and ’50s. (GB)

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

Perry plays successful businessman Wesley Deeds, dutiful son and fiancé, who finds himself tempted to change his life after helping out the cleaning lady at his office. (GB)

Hugo (PG; 127 min.) Hugo, a young boy sent to live with his uncle who maintains the clocks at a railway station, searches for the missing part, the key to the heart, of the automaton his clockmaker father had found before his death. Directed by Martin Scorsese in an adaptation of Brian Selznick’s novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret. (GB)

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

John Carter (PG-13; 132 min.) Bigscreen adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ series about a Confederate Civil War captain transported to Mars. Live-action directorial debut of Pixar’s Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, WALL-E). (GB) Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (PG; 94 min.) The sequel to 2008’s Journey to the Center of the Earth stars Dwayne Johnson, Luis Guzman and Michael Caine (?). (GB)

Dr. Seuss’ 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)

cinéma vérité style from the producers of The Hangover about a trio of teens whose ultimate house party gets crazily out of bounds. (GB)

The Forgiveness of Blood

Safe House (R; 117 min.) When a

(NR; 109 min.) An Albanian teenager becomes the target of a blood feud after his father and uncle kill a neighboring villager. In Albanian with English subtitles. At the Rafael Film Center. (GB)

CIA 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)

Project X (R; 88 min.) Comedy in


(G; 94 min.) The new film from Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli features the voices of Bridgit Mendler, Will Arnett, Amy Poehler and Carol Burnett. (GB) Kinnear plays a hapless crook trying to con an elderly man out of a valuable violin in crime-comedy co-starring Alan Arkin, Billy Crudup and Lea Thompson. At Summerfield Cinemas. (GB)

This Means War (PG-13; 98 min.) CIA buddies Tuck and Foster discover they’re dating the same woman (Reese Witherspoon) in this action-romcom from McG (Charlie’s Angels). With Chris Pine and Tom Hardy. (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 utters—and curses him to die when the tree turns bare. (GB)

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)

Wanderlust (PG-13; 98 min.) The ubiquitous 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)

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. (GB)

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The Crux beat odds, release new album BY LEILANI CLARK


n 2007, the Crux were the golden sons and daughters of the Boogie Room and Gardens, born during a brief experiment in 21st-century creative utopia on a semi-rural Santa Rosa plot of land. They played rousing Gypsy-punk in dimly lit barns, singing whiskey-fueled songs of storms, Marlene Dietrich’s “copper groin” and the endgames of capitalism. “The Crux and the Boogie Room were joined at the hip,” says Joshua Windmiller, the band’s lead songwriter and guitarist. Windmiller (née Stithem) has a boundless energy—he also organizes the North Bay Hootenanny series— but the 2009 exit of partner-inarms Tim Dixon from the Crux knocked him off course and led

to thoughts of ending the band. Yet the project had an energy of its own. The band had already begun recording the songs that for a second album, Be Merry, released this week. Recorded at houses rather than studios, the record took almost two years to complete, Windmiller says. “The growth of this album has gone at the same pace for me to figure out what the Crux is without Tim and without the Boogie Room,” says Windmiller. “But it’s starting to make sense.” Now the band includes “Jack-ofAll-Trades” Justin Walters, Jack Sawatsky on bass and vocals and Kalei Yamanoha on banjo, accordion and cello. Former drummer Adam LaBelle will play at the March 18 record-release party at the Arlene Francis Center. “Every member knows they can come back at any time,” says Windmiller. Be Merry brims with all the barnscorching, rabble-rousing the Crux is known for; these are bastard Gypsy tunes from a country that’s neither here nor there. On the album’s final track, “Phaedrus,” the repeated refrain, “Now you’re six feet underground,” takes on a special poignancy after the death of Crux fiddler and good friend Dominic Ziegler. Ziegler’s death brought all of the old members together for a memorial performance in February, an event that Windmiller recounts with joy. But might the album title Be Merry seem slightly ironic in light of recent events? Windmiller admits that though the title is “pretty loaded,” in the end it’s perfect for those who knew Ziegler the best. “At the celebration of his life, there was lots of music and dancing, and these Scottish fiddlers showed up,” he explains. “Suddenly, the title took on more meaning for me. Adam and I decided to use a picture of Dominic on the cover, full of motion. Juxtaposed with the words ‘Be Merry,’ it really sums up the forward-looking feeling that I think Dominic would want us to have.” The Crux celebrate the release of ‘Be Merry’ with Hot Club Beelzebub on Saturday, March 18, at the Arlene Francis Center. 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. $7–$15. 5pm. 707.528.3009.

Concerts SONOMA COUNTY The Crux Dangling soothsayers of grizzled truth celebrate new album â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Be Merryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in all-evening fest with seven other bands. Mar 17, 4:30pm. $7-$15. Arlene Francis Center, 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.

Cinnabar Chamber Singers Mixed male and female voices explore a variety of musical styles. Tuesdays, 7:15pm, through May 22. Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.763.8920.

Eroica Trio Grammy-nominated group performs Beethovenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Triple Concerto with Santa Rosa Symphony. Mar 17-19. $15-$65. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Mykal Rose Reggae legend plays with Reggae Angels. Mar 16, 9:30pm. $20-$23. Last Day Saloon, 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.2343.

Cheryl Wheeler Folk icon returns with kenny White. Marc 21 and 22, 7:30pm. $35. Studio E, address provided with tickets,

MARIN COUNTY Black Brothers Dublin street songs meet folk songs from the isles. Mar 16, 8pm. $25. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.924.5111.

Celtic Tenors Operatic trio transcends musical spectrum. Mar 18, 3pm. $20-$60. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

Peter Frampton Legendary guitarist performs to celebrate 35th anniversary of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Frampton Comes Alive.â&#x20AC;? Mar 17, 8pm. $49.50-$89.50. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

Hip Kids Music Series Sing and dance along to interactive performance with with Gustafer Yellowgold. Mar 17, 11am. $5-$14. Bay Area Discovery Museum, Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds Rd, Sausalito. 415.339.3900.

Revisiting the Renaissance Mill Valley Philharmonic Society presents series of free concerts featuring Hindemith, Respighi and Stravinsky. Mar 16-17, 4 and 8pm. Mt Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave, Mill Valley.

Little Feat Forty-year, genre-spanning rockers play with DJ Harry Duncan. Mar 18, 8pm. $25-$40. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.


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BackStreet Gallery

French Garden Mar 16-17, Greenhouse. 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.2030.

Mon, Monday Night Edutainment. Tues, 7:30pm, open mic night. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Gaia’s Garden

Hotel Healdsburg

Mar 14, French Session. Mar 15, Wine Country Swing. Mar 16, Carlos Aguilar. Mar 19, Greg Hester. Tues, Jim Adams. 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491.

Mar 16, Bennett Roth-Newell and John Norris. Mar 17, Jimmy Gallagher Trio with Adam Schulman and John Witala. Mar 19, Ian Scherer and Steve Froberg. 25 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.431.2800.

Mar 18, Yoko Fujimoto, Yoshikazu Fujimoto and Elliot Kallen. Uribe Studios, 461 Sebastopol Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.537.9507.

Glaser Center Mar 17, Marilyn O’Malley and Francis Small. 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.568.5381.

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Last Day Saloon

Mar 17, Elephant. Fri, Jen Tucker. 3688 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental. 707.874.9037.

Mar 17, Russian River Ramblers Jazz. 14107 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville. 707.869.9004.

Doc Holliday’s Saloon

Hopmonk Sonoma

Mar 16, Benni Boom High Class Hip Hop. 138 Calistoga Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.623.5453.

Mar 17, Dan Martin. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.

Hopmonk Tavern

First Edition Mar 17, Real Diehl. Mar 18, Carl and Paul Green. 1420 E Washington Ave, Petaluma. 707.775.3200.

Flamingo Lounge Mar 16, Poyntlyss Sisters. Mar 17, Decadance featuring David Starfire. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

Mar 14, Charles Neville and Youssoupha Sidibe with the Mystic Rhythms Band. Mar 15, Juke Joint with Shotguns and Shenanigans. Mar 16, Jug Town Pirates. Mar 17, Welcome to Shamrock party featuring RAS Attitude aka Boondox King with DJ Daneekah, DJ Guacamole and DJ Jacques.

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Wed, Brainstorm. Sun, open mic. 6957 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2062. Mar 15, Igor & Red Elvises. Mar 16, Mykal Rose & the Royal Roots Band with Reggae Angels. Wed, 7pm, North Bay Hootenanny’s Pick-Me-Up Revue. 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.2343.

Main Street Station Mar 14, Phat Chance Trio. Mar 16, Haute Flash Quartet. Mar 17, Yancie Taylor. Mar 20, Maple Profant. 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.

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Mar 15, Kingsborough. 550 E Cotati Ave, Cotati. 707.792.4300.

R&B singer takes calssic turn with jazz standards and more. Mar 17 at the Paramount Theatre.

Skream & Benga Early-aughts U.K. dubstep pioneers from Croydon show new breed how it’s done. Mar 19 at Regency Ballroom.

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Tradewinds Mar 14, Timothy O’Neil Band. Mar 16, Ralph Woodson. Mar 17, Bobby Young Project. Mar 18, Frankie Boots and Friends. 8210 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7878.

MARIN COUNTY George’s Nightclub Mar 16, Barry “the Fish” Melton Band plus Kathi Mcdonald. Mar 17, Danny Click and Hell Yeahs. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

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Frontman for messy proto-revivalist quintet Swans tours on latest, “Songs for a Dog.” Mar 15 at Great American Music Hall.

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Mar 17, Counterbalance. 8201 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.664.0169.

Murphy’s Irish Pub Mar 15, Adam Traum and the Traumatics. Mar 16, Hellhounds. Mar 17, Shards of Green. 464 First St E, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.

Occidental Center for the Arts Mar 17, Patrick Ball. Graton Road and Bohemian Highway, Occidental. 707.874.9392.

Phoenix Theater Mar 16, Iration, the Holdup and Thrive. Mar 17, Sandchild and Lucky Stryke. 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

Redwood Cafe Mar 16, Redwood Combo. Mar 17, Billy Kingsborough. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.



Mar 15, 7pm, Songwriters in Sonoma with Dustin Heald, Rich Little and Fred McCarty. 23574 Arnold Dr, Sonoma. 707.934.4090.

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Billed as a DJ set, but you never know what to expect with famed hip-hop drummer. Mar 16 at the Independent.

Wed, Gallery Wednesday. DJs and art curated by Jared Powell. Thurs, Casa Rasta. Sun, Rock ‘n’ Roll Sunday School. 528 Seventh St, Santa Rosa, No phone.

Mar 14, C & C Rock and Soul Revue. Mar 15, Sycamore Slough Stringband. Mar 17, St Patty’s Extravaganza with Honeydust, Sage, Vs Them, Acaica and 5 Minute Orgy. Mar 18, Lonestar Retrobates. Mar 21, Rayner Brock. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

Mar 16, The Unauthorized Rolling Stones with Eric McFadden and friends plus Rudy Colombini and Shake Well. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

Pockmarked guitar, road-worn tour bus, bottomless bag of songs, sweet, leafy aroma. Mar 15 at the Fox Theater.

Society: Culture House

Mar 14, JP Buongiorno. Mar 15, Lau Paiva. Mar 16, Grupo Falso Baiano. Mar 17, Nicholas Culp Trio. Mar 18, Joan Getz Duo. Mar 20, Julio de la Cruz. 27 Caledonia St, Sausalito.

Panama Hotel Restaurant Mar 14, NGW Nicholas Glover and Wray. Mar 15, Jean Michel Hure with Elaine Lucia. Mar 20, Swing Fever. Mar 21, Kim Rea Dreamdog Trio. 4 Bayview St, San Rafael. 415.457.3993.

Peri’s Silver Dollar Mar 14, Seventh Blue Sun. Mar 15, Rahman’s Songwriters in the Round. Mar 16, Rusty Evans and the Ring of Fire. Mar 17, Sabbath Lives. Mar 18, Mark Bernall and the Walk of Shame. Mar 20, Andre and friends. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.

Rancho Nicasio Mar 16, Lone Star Retrobates. Mar 17, Jerry Hannan Band. Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

Sleeping Lady Mon, 8pm, open mic with Simon Costa. Thurs, 9pm, Texas Blues. Sat, 2pm, juke jam. Sun,

Big Science Laurie Anderson talks Zen, refuge in Mill Valley Laurie Anderson first visited Marin’s famed Green Gulch Farm in the 1970s, but it was eight years ago, on a trip with her dog, that her impressions of the property’s Hope Cottage solidified. In great Laurie Anderson tradition, she even wrote a dog-themed performance piece based on the residency. Long a place of refuge for writers, chefs and musicians, Hope Cottage is currently in need of a restoration. To coincide with the San Francisco Zen Center’s 50th anniversary, Anderson appears in conversation with Zen teacher Tenshin Reb Anderson (no relation), updating a conversation between the two that occurred in the 1980s for Interview magazine. Hear the two minds at work on Thursday, March 15, at 142 Throckmorton. 142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 7pm. $50. 415.475.9362.—Gabe Meline

2pm, Irish music. 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.485.1182.

Belton. 902 Main St, Napa. 707.258.2337.


Napa Valley Opera House

Mon, reggae. Wed, Larry’s karaoke. Sun, open mic. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311.

Sweetwater Music Hall Mar 14, Mark Karan. Mar 16, Stu Allen and Mars Hotel. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

NAPA COUNTY Downtown Joe’s Mar 15, Brian Cline. Mar 16, Mutha Cover. Mar 17, Kevin

Mar 17, Capitol Steps. Mar 18, Solas. 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Silo’s Mar 14, Giants of Jazz. Mar 15, Full View. Mar 16, A Cappella Revisited. Mar 17, Cosmos Percussion Orchestra. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

Uptown Theatre Mar 17, Marshall Tucker Band. Mar 18, Little Feat. 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.


to 5 and by appointment. 707.578.9123.

Graton Gallery

OPENINGS Mar 15 At 4pm. University Art Gallery, student work chosen by Rob Ceballos and Chandra Cerrito. 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2295

Mar 16 At 5:30pm. Gallery Bergelli, “Simple Pleasures,” featuring the work of Allen Wynn. Reception, Mar 16 at 5:30pm. 483 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.945.9454.

Mar 18 At 5pm. Sixth Street Playhouse, “Under the Influence of Tennessee’s Women,” featuring the works of over 30 female artists. 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

SONOMA COUNTY Arts Guild of Sonoma Through Mar 24, “Repo Show,” featuring various artists. 140 E Napa St, Sonoma. WedThurs and Sun-Mon, 11 to 5; Fri-Sat, 11 to 8. 707.996.3115.

Charles M Schulz Museum Through Apr 2, “Hit the Road, Snoopy!” featuring the beagle’s most famous road trips. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. Mon-Fri, noon to 5; SatSun, 10 to 5. 707.579.4452.

Finley Community Center

Through Apr 15, “Textures,” featuring paintings, prints and drawings by Susan R Ball and Rik Olson. 9048 Graton Rd, Graton. Tues-Sun, 10:30 to 6. 707.829.8912.

Hammerfriar Gallery Through Apr 7, “Seventh Anniversary Exhibit,” 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, “Feathers and Fur,” featuring animal artworks. 130 Plaza St, Healdsburg. Daily, 11 to 6. 707.431.1970.

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Riverfront Art Gallery Through May 6, “Showin’ on the River,” second annual juried photography show with 40 phpotographers. 132 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. Wed, Thurs, and Sun, 11am-7pm; Fri and Sat, 11-8pm. 707.775.4278.





Friday, March 16, 8:00 pm Definition defying experience summed up in a word: ‘FUN’

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.

Sebastopol Center for the Arts

Through Mar 31, “Myth and Mystery,” paintings by Suzanne DeVeuve. 1601 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. Mon-Fri, 9 to 5; weekend hours by appointment. 707.578.2121.


Sixth Street Playhouse

Through Mar 17, bronze figurative nudes by Bruce Wolfe, paintings by William Cutler and William O’Keeffe, paintings and lithograph prints by Sandra Oseguera and bronze “Un-edibles” by Valerie Brunmeier and Matt Hart. 707.887.2373. 6525-A First St, Forestville.

Mar 18, 5pm, “Under the Influence of Tennessee’s Women,” featuring the works of over 30 female artists. Free. 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

Through Mar 18, “Retrospective,” featuring the gallery painters, Judy Henderson, Ron Sumner and others. 1580 Eastshore Rd, Bodega Bay. Daily, 10 to 5. Closed Wednesdays. 707.875.2744.


Through Mar 27, “No Reservations,” featuring work by Ethan Castro. 7345 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol. No phone.

Through Mar 16, “Blue,” a juried exhibition of work in a variety of media. Through Mar 17, “Quintet,” features ceramics by Denis Hazlewood. 6780 Depot St, Sebastopol. Tues-Fri, 10 to 4; Sat, 1 to 4. 707.829.4797.

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

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.

Through Mar 30, “National Arts Program Exhibition and Competition” 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.

Pelican Art

University Art Gallery

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.

Gallery of Sea & Heaven

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Mar 15-Apr 8, Student work on exhibit chosen by Rob Ceballos and Chandra Cerrito. Reception, Mar 15 at 4pm. Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. Tues-Fri, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, noon to 4. 707.664.2295.

Through Mar 17, “Eye of the Beholder,” an exhibition of abstract art by Becoming Independent. 312 South A St, Santa Rosa. Thurs-Sat, noon

Through Apr 8, “One Another One,” featuring the work of Chris Beards. 6671 Front St, Forestville. Thurs-Mon, 11 to 6. 707.887.0799.

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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.

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts

Bolinas Museum

Red Barn Gallery

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.

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.

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.

Gallery Bergelli

Through Mar 29, “Crossing Lines,” featuring 40 ink drawings by Louis Nuyens. Through Mar 29, “Old World, New View,” featuring the photography of Norm Catalano. Through Mar 29, “Old World-New View,” featuring photography by Norm Catalano. 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo. 415.488.8888.

Through Apr 25, “Simple Pleasures,” featuring the work of Allen Wynn. Reception, Mar 16 at 5:30pm. 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. Closing Party, April 1 at 3pm. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. Wed-Mon, 11 to 5. 415.663.1347.

Marin Community Foundation Through May 31, “Muslim Eyes,” featuring religions and secular art by 35 Muslim artists. 5 Hamilton Landing, Ste 200, Novato. Open Mon-Fri, 9 to 5.

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.

San Geronimo Valley Community Center

NAPA COUNTY Downtown Napa Oct 19-April 2013, “Momentum: Art that Moves (Us),” second annual interactive public art exhibition ARTwalk. Free., 707.257.2117. First Street and Town Center, Napa.

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

Westin Verasa Hotel Through Mar 31, natureinspired exhibit by Jocelyn Audette. 1314 McKinstry St, Napa.

Marin MOCA Through Apr 15, “Indexical Makers,” presents work by three Bay Area artists, Modesto Covarrubias, Ali Naschke-Messing and Angie Wilson. Novato Arts Center, Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Dr, Novato. Wed-Sun, 11 to 4, 415.506.0137.

Marin Society of Artists Through Mar 30, Exhibit

Comedy James Judd Award-winning comedian and author of one-man play “7 Sins” gets autobiographical. Mar 18, 8pm $15-$17. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley, 415.388.3850.

Stand up series brings the comedy underground. Third Sun of every month, 7pm. $10. Hopmonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol, 707.829.7300.

Capitol Steps Laugh-a-minute political musical satire. Mar 17, 4pm and 8pm. $35-$40. Napa Valley opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa, 707.226.7372.

Events St Patricks Equinox Drum, circle dance and experience the joys of Ecstatic Kirtan Chanting. Mar 17, 7pm. $15. Sebastopol Community Center Annex, 350 Morris St, Sebastopol.

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 Bird Walk Meet in parking lot across from Bear Valley Visitor Center, and bring a sack lunch. Mar 17, 10am. Free. Pt Reyes National Seashore, Pierce Ranch parking area, Pierce Point Road, Olema, 415.546.1812.

Family Nature Walk Petaluma Wetlands Alliance leads family walks. Mar 17, 10am. Free. Shollenberger Park, Meet at first kiosk, Petaluma, 707.763.3577.

Junior Audobon Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Scott Campell. Mar 17, 9am Free. Howarth Park, 630 Summerfield Rd, Santa Rosa, 530.828.6115.

Film Buena Vista Social Club Film documents a group of aging Cuban musicians whose

talents had been virtually forgotten after Castro’s takeover of Cuba. Mar 19, 7pm. Free. Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, 415.389.4292.


Comedy of Errors National Theatre Live presentation of Shakespeare’s classic. Mar 19 and 20, 7pm. $16-$23. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.525.4840.

I’m Here with Ken Goldberg UC Berkeley professor of robotics presents screening of Spike Jonze’s short film. Mar 18, 7pm. $12. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael, 415.454.1222.

The Love We Make North Bay premiere of a new documentary on Paul McCartney in New York during aftermath of 9-11. Fri, Mar 16, 7pm and Sun, Mar 18, 4pm. $4-$6. Sonoma Film Institute, Warren Auditorium, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, 707.664.2606.

Nourish Documentary about sustainable food with locavore potluck. Mar 15, 6:30pm Free. Sonoma Valley Grange Hall, 18627 Sonoma Hwy, Boyes Hot Springs.

St Patricks Jig Live music from the Black Brothers following documentary about Irish step dance. Mar 16, 5:30 and 8pm. $10-$25. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, 415.924.5111.

Woody Allen Series A mix of the urbane sadsack’s best. Mar 15, “Play It Again, Sam.” $10 per film. Summerfield Cinemas, 551 Summerfield Rd, Santa Rosa, 707.528.4222.

Food & Drink Civic Center Farmers Market Thurs, 8am-1pm and Sun, 8am-1pm. Marin Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Dr, San Rafael, 800.897.3276.

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Williams’ Women What if Tennessee Williams met his leading ladies? No other American playwright has created as many indelible female characters as Tennessee Williams. From the fragile, compulsive liar Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire to Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’s fiercely sexy Maggie “the Cat,” Williams’ women are complex icons of flawed humanity and neuroses mixed with fire, strength and stamina. Imagine if Tennessee Williams were to find himself on a stage surrounded by these unpredictable, passion-fueled, slightly dangerous women. In Sixth Street Playhouse’s upcoming original drama, The Tennessee Menagerie (March 23–April 7), that’s exactly what happens. Co-conceived by actor and director Lennie Dean and Sixth Street’s artistic director Craig Miller, the concept promises plenty of electrifying interaction, as Williams (Lito Briano) confronts his lusty lineup of literary ladies, played by a stunning collection of local actresses: Courtney Arnold, Laura J. Davies, Sheila Lichirie, Rebekah Patti, Paige Picard, Laura Sottile, Jacquelyn Wells and Jessica Short. The show runs in the intimate Studio Theater, overlapping nicely with Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, running through March 25 on the adjoining G.K. Hardt stage. The Tennessee Menagerie runs Thursday– Sunday through April 7 in the Studio at Sixth Street Playhouse. 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. Thursday–Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2pm. Extra 2pm matinee on Saturday, April 7. $10– $25. 707.523.4185.—David Templeton

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with Rebecca Foust. 1270 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg 707.395.0177.

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Mar 15, 7pm, “The Gilly Salt Sisters,” with Tiffany Baker. Mar 17, 1pm, “Sealab,” with Ben Hellwarth. Mar 17, 4pm, “The Book of Jonas,” with Stephen Dau. Mar 17, 7pm, “Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?” with Jeanette Winterson. Mar 18, 12pm, “Mother Lode,” with Carol Sheldon. Mar 18, 1pm, “An Invitation to An Extraordinary Life,” with Anacaria Myrrha. Mar 18, 2pm, “Intervention on America,” with Larry Fritzlan. Mar 18, 4pm, “The Watchman’s Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction,” with Rebecca Costa. Mar 19, 7pm, “The Reeducation of Cherry Truong,” with Aimee Phan. Mar 20, 7pm, “The Obamas,” with Jodi Kantor. Mar 21, 7pm, “Tinderbox: How the West Sparked the AIDS Epidemic and How the World Can Finally Overcome It,” with Daniel Halperin and Craig Timberg. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 415.927.0960.

Includes winery tastings and bottle raffles. Mar 16, 5pm. Free. Sunflower Cafe, 421 First St, Sonoma, 707.996.6645.

Knives with David Budworth Hone your mincing, boring and butterflying skills with Bay Area celebrity chef. Wed, Mar 21, 6:30pm. $39 per class plus $20 materials fee. Fresh Starts Cooking School, 1399 North Hamilton Pkwy, Novato, 415.382.3363.

Santa Rosa Farmers Markets Wed and Sat, 9am-noon. Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa, 707.522.8629.

Savor Sonoma Valley Annual event features 21 wineries, local chefs and barrels of award-winning wines. Mar 17-18, 11am-4pm. $50-$65. Chateau St Jean, 8555 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood, 707.833.4134.

Totally Truckin’ Thursdays Four food trucks park in the O’Reilly parking lot, provide you with local goodness and donate 10 percent of sales to a monthly selected non-profit. Thurs. O’Reilly & Associates, 1005 Gravenstein Hwy N, Sebastopol, 707.827.7190.

Lectures Cultivate to Conserve Peg Schafer discusses local plant species. Mar 15, 5:30pm. $10-$15. Quarryhill Botanical Gardens, Highway 12, Glen Ellen.

Elevator Pitch: Presenting Yourself & Your Business Learn how to refine your pitch. Mar 14, 6pm. $40-$50. Share Exchange, 531 Fifth St, Santa Rosa, 707.393.1431.

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Coffee Catz Mar 18, 12:30pm, Poetry reading with Lizann Bassham. $5. Third Sunday of every month, 12:30pm, poetry open mic. 6761 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.6600.

Petaluma Copperfield’s Books Mar 16, 7pm, “The Gilly Salt Sisters,” with Tiffany Baker. Mar 17, 2pm, “Lipstick and the Leash: A Woman’s Guide to Getting What You Want from Your Dog and Your Life,” with Camilla Gray-Nelson. 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.762.0563.

Falkirk Cultural Center Third Thursday of every month, Marin Poetry Center hosts open reading and workshops. Free, 1408 Mission Ave, San Rafael.

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Third Sunday of every month, Third Sunday Salon, Join Healdsburg Literary Guild third Sun monthly, 2 to 4, to honor and discuss craft of writing with featured author. Free, 707.433.7119. 133 Matheson St, Healdsburg.

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Mar 18, 2pm, Poetry Reading

Mar 15, 7:30pm, “Journey to the

Heart of the Maker,” with Grace Kelly Rivera. Free. 130 S Main St, Sebastopol 707.829.8871.

Marin Poetry Center Mar 15, 7pm, toast to outgoing poet laureate and reading by Troy Jollimore and Dean Rader. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission, San Rafael.

Readers’ Books Mar 15, 7:30pm, “Nameless Dame: Murder on the Russian River,” with Bart Schneider. 130 E Napa St, Sonoma 707.939.1779.

Theater Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Tennessee Williams’ other Pulitzer winner also explores themes of sexual repression and homophobia in the South. Through Mar 25, 2 and 8pm. $15-$32. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa, 707.523.4185.

Marriage Is Murder Comedy by Nick Hall about estranged couple who get together to write a murder mystery screenplay. Various dates and times. Mar 16Apr 7. $15-$20. Pegasus Theater Company, Rio Nido Lodge, Canyon Two Rd, Rio Nido, 707.522.9043.

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

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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For the week of March 14

ARIES (March 21–April 19) This week you may learn the real reason the tortoise beat the hare, why two of the three blind mice weren’t really blind, and the shocking truth about the relationship between Cinderella’s fairy godmother and the handsome prince. Myths will be mutating, Aries. Nursery rhymes will scramble and fairy tales will fracture. Thor, the god of thunder, may make a tempting offer to Snow White. The cow’s jump over the moon could turn out to have been faked by the CIA. An ugly duckling will lay an egg that Chicken Little claims is irrefutable proof the 2012 Mayan apocalypse is imminent. Sounds like a rowdy good time for all! TAURUS (April 20–May 20)

“Roots and wings. But let the wings grow roots and the roots fly.” That was written by Spanish poet Juan Ramón Jiménez, and now I’m passing it on to you. It will serve as a keynote for the turning point you’re about to navigate. In the coming weeks, you’ll generate good fortune by exposing your dark mysterious depths to the big bright sky; you’ll be wise to bring your soaring dreams down to earth for a pit stop. The highs need the influence of the lows, Taurus; the underneath will benefit from feeling the love of what’s up above. There’s one further nuance to be aware of, too: I think you will find it extra interesting to interweave your past with your future. Give your rich traditions a taste of the stories that are as-yet unwritten.

GEMINI (May 21–June 20) Is it possible you were a spider in a previous life? If so, please call on the abilities you developed back then. You need to create an extra big, super-fine web, metaphorically speaking, so that you can capture all the raw materials you will be needing in the coming weeks and months. If you’re not sure whether you are the reincarnation of a spider, then simply imagine you were. Stimulate daydreams in which you visualize yourself as a mover and shaker who’s skilled at snagging the resources and help you require. CANCER (June 21–July 22)

British writer Kenneth Tynan asked a movie director about how he’d film an advancing army. Did it matter whether the action went from right to left across the frame or left to right? “Of course!” said the director. “To the Western eye, easy or successful movement is left to right, difficult or failed movement is right to left.” The director showed Tynan an illustrated book as evidence. On one page, a canoe shooting the rapids was going from left to right, while a man climbing a mountain was headed from right to left. Use this information to your benefit, Cancerian. Every day for the next two weeks, visualize yourself moving from left to right as you fulfill a dream you want to accomplish.

LEO (July 23–August 22) Hanadi Zakaria al-Hindi is the first Saudi Arabian woman to be licensed to fly a plane. But there’s an absurd law in her country that prohibits women from driving cars, so she needs a man to give her a lift to the airport. Is there any situation in your own life that resembles hers, Leo? Like maybe you’ve advanced to a higher level without getting certified on a lower level? Or maybe you’ve got permission and power to operate in a sphere that’s meaningful to you even though you skipped a step along the way? Now would be a good time to think about whether you should do anything about the discrepancy, and if so, how to do it. VIRGO (August 23–September 22)

Recent scientific studies have confirmed what Native American folklore reports: badgers and coyotes sometimes cooperate with each other as they search for food. The coyotes are better at stalking prey above ground, and the badgers take over if the hunted animal slips underground. They share the spoils. I suggest you draw inspiration from their example, Virgo. Is there a person you know who’s skilled at a task you have trouble with and who could benefit from something you’re good at? It’s prime time to consider forming symbiotic relationships or seeking out unusual partnerships that play to both parties’ strengths.

LIBRA (September 23–October 22)

How did the Vikings navigate their ships through rough northern seas on cloudy and foggy days? Medieval texts speak of the mysterious “sunstone,” a “Viking compass” used to detect the hidden sun. Modern theories suggest that this technology may have been Iceland spar, a

mineral that polarizes light, making it useful in plotting a course under overcast skies. Do you have anything like that, Libra? A navigational aid that guides your decisions when the sun’s not out, metaphorically speaking? Now would be an excellent time to enhance your connection with whatever it is that can provide such power.

SCORPIO (October 23–November 21)

If you set up two mirrors in just the right way, you can get a clear look at the back of your head. You’re able to see what your body looks like from behind. I suggest you try that exercise sometime soon. It will encourage your subconscious mind to help you discover what has been missing from your self-knowledge. As a result, you may be drawn to experiences that reveal things about yourself you’ve been resistant to seeing. You could be shown secrets about buried feelings and wishes that you’ve been hiding from yourself. Best of all, you may get intuitions about your soul’s code that you haven’t been ready to understand until now.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21) According to my Sagittarius friend Jonathan Zap, the Greek playwright Aristophanes had an ambivalent attitude about divine blessings. He said that no great gift enters the human sphere without a curse attached to it. I’m sure you know this lesson well. One of last year’s big gifts has revealed its downside in ways that may have been confusing or deflating. But now here comes an unexpected plot twist, allowing you to add a corollary to Aristophanes’ formulation. Soon you will find a second blessing that was hidden within the curse in embryonic form. You’ll be able to tease it out, ripen it and add it to the bounty of the original gift. CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19) Writing in the science magazine Discover, Corey S. Powell says, “There’s an old joke: If you tell someone the universe is expanding, he’ll believe you. If you tell him there’s wet paint on the park bench, he’ll want to touch it to make sure.” In accordance with the astrological omens, Capricorn, I invite you to rebel against this theory. I think it’s quite important for you to demand as much proof for big, faraway claims as for those that are close at hand. Don’t trust anyone’s assertions just because they sound lofty or elegant. Put them to the test. AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18) It’s an excellent time to better appreciate your #@%(!)* vexations and botherations. In fact, let’s go ahead and make this Honor Your #@%(!)* Irritations and Annoyances Week. To properly observe this holiday, study the people and things that irk you so you can extract from them all the blessings and teachings they may provide. Are you too tolerant of an annoying situation that you need to pay closer attention to? Is it time to reclaim the power you’ve been losing because of an exasperating energy drain? Does some jerk remind you of a quality you don’t like in yourself? Is there a valuable clue or two to be gleaned from a passive-aggressive provocateur? PISCES (February 19–March 20)

Seahorses have an unusual approach to reproduction. It’s the male of the species that cares for the eggs as they gestate. He carries them in a “brood pouch” on his front side. Of course, it’s the female who creates the eggs in the first place. After analyzing the astrological factors coming to bear on your destiny, Pisces, I suspect you will benefit from having a seahorse-like quality in the coming weeks. Whatever gender you are, your archetypal masculine qualities should play an especially strong role as you nurture a project that’s in its early developmental phases.

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