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Rhapsodies Write!

The small, cathartic lesson of putting pen to paper BY J. B. GRANT



Carlos Castaneda’s stories of Don Juan Matus— the height of popularity during the 1960s and ’70s, and targets of literary and anthropological disparagement ever since—are known chiefly for their depictions of ventures into alternate realities. But what has always impressed me about the Don Juan books, as testament to their veracity, is their inclusion of various tidbits that, though mundane, are keenly perceptive. One small example: the episode where Carlos, walking somewhere with a group of Mexicans, stumbles on the path and, in response, his companions trade low-volume, high-pitched chuckles among themselves. If you’ve ever been similarly situated, you know the details are spot-on. And again and again, when Carlos is fused or anxious or restlessly stressed, there’s Don Juan’s stern directive: “Write!” Carlos carries a notebook and keeps copious notes. Don Juan looks askance at the obsessive note-taking, but he’s sharp enough to recognize what happens to Carlos when thus occupied. Honed in on the page, on the manufacture of each word on the page, Carlos settles into himself, lets go of extraneous worry, concentrates on functioning contentedly and more or less constructively in the here and now. In other words, he recovers his sanity, his equilibrium—at least for the moment. I can’t possibly enumerate all the times when, fussed or anxious or restlessly stressed, I’ve heard that same stern directive in my mind’s ear—“Write!”—and have benefited from paying heed. The benefit is no great mystery. First, the quality of focus demanded by writing necessitates the backing-off of other concerns. Moreover, even jotting down sketchy notes, as Carlos was doing, exercises the imagination and demands recourse to subconscious resources—on a par with drawing and painting, making music, gardening, and the entire gamut of arts and crafts. At the same time, there also needs to be some degree of intentional input, as well as some sort of direct physical agency. The result is that right brain and left brain enter into sync, as do mind and body. It’s a rebalancing act; there’s none better. And sometimes you’ll even be pleased with the product. “Write!” J. B. Grant is a writer and musician living in west Sonoma County. Open Mic is a weekly feature. We welcome your contribution. To have your topical essay of 350 words considered for publication, write

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Rachel Dovey’s article on housing in Marin County is excellent (“For Richer or for Poorer,” March 28). Her stories were so impactful. Congratulations on a job very well done.

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I so appreciate the personal perspective on the need for reasonably priced homes in Novato and Marin. Marin has a proud tradition of preserving our open space and resisting sprawl. And now as a caring community, we must also continue to provide well-designed homes for our seniors, working families and persons living with disabilities.


Thanks for a beautifully presented story. You did justice to the need of senior and disabled housing in Marin County. I challenge people to see this need and be an agent for change. Please join Stand Up for Neighborly Novato or other groups that represent affordable housing.


Flip This School On March 15, the Santa Rosa Board of Education voted 4–2 to close Doyle Park Elementary and give the site over to a new French-American Charter School, which plans to offer a French immersion program for K–6. The vote will in effect displace the current Doyle Park students, who are mostly Latino and poor, with a whiter, more affluent student body drawn mainly from other school districts. The board majority claims its action saves money and even increases

The French charter begins in the hole with an immediate expenditure of $52,461 for a half-year’s salary for a new principal. With a projected enrollment of 260 students, the charter school loses $84,431 in its first year. But the estimate of 260 enrolled students is based on an astounding assumption that 91 percent of all parents expressing interest in the school will actually send their children there. If actual enrollment slips by only eight students, the French school loses more money than Doyle Park would have lost had it remained open. But don’t worry; the board assumes that the French school will turn a profit in just one year! How? The enrollment will simply increase by 20 percent in the second year. The board’s analysis is an exercise in wishful thinking. At heart, it is a speculative bet. During the real estate bubble, people used to flip houses. Now the board is playing “Flip This School” with tragic harm to the Doyle students and future damage to the taxpayer. It is bad enough that the board is gambling with money it doesn’t have—what’s unforgivable is that this is at the expense of Doyle students who will never benefit, even if the long shot comes in. Could Doyle have been saved? Had it remained open, it would need an additional 25 students to close the financial gap. One way to get there could have been a Spanish language immersion program. But some board members were too busy playing “Flip This School” to allow that to happen.


Bari’s Bombing In reading Leilani Clark’s commentary on the new Judi Bari film (“A Tangled Web,” March 21), I was both stunned and disappointed to see movement “chatter”


being elevated to the level of news. As a member of the “aging activist community” (a category which the writer does not seem to hold in very high esteem) who was not in the area during the events in question, it is clear to me that the bombing of Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney—regardless of the personal motivations of key players associated with the event—is yet another near deadly assault on movement leaders which remains unsolved. Although I usually find Leilani Clark (may she never grow old) to be an insightful and relevant public affairs reporter, in this case I suggest that her efforts might better be directed toward reporting on the effort to uncover the true perpetrator(s), rather than weaving a speculative web of gossip, conjecture and a sarcastic comment made by one of Judi’s disaffected friends.


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LAY OF THE LAND Ratna Ling’s printing operations constitute a bad precedent for the rural area, say nearby residents.

Binding for Buddha A Buddhist center’s publishing operation causes friction with neighbors in rural Sonoma County BY LEILANI CLARK


he Ratna Ling retreat center sits on Hauser Bridge Road, on a remote ridge overlooking an arrestingly beautiful slice of the Sonoma Coast. Tucked within the hilltops of a redwood forest, it appears as an ideal location for spiritual retreat from the secular world. Here, retreatants take meditation and Kum Nye yoga classes,

eat vegetarian meals and volunteer with the printing and shipping of Tibetan and Western spiritual texts on large-scale printing presses. But all is not peaceful in this isolated, rural section of northern Sonoma County. The ridge is the site of an eight-year battle between a close-knit community and Tibetan Nyingma Meditation Centers, the organization that purchased the former Timberhill Lodge in 2004. As the county prepares an April 5

hearing on an expanded permit for the center, neighbors charge that Ratna Ling has violated its existing use permit, and any decision in favor of expansion for the center’s Dharma Publishing wing would create a precedent for industrial use in this quiet natural region. Also, neighbors say, expansion would increase traffic on the county’s fragile rural roads that, as a non-taxpaying entity, Ratna Ling technically does not pay to upkeep. Further, some say that the environmental impact of recent construction—and the

subsequent friction caused in the community—would seem to go against Buddhist beliefs. The larger question, and one raised by Carolyne Singer of Coastal Hills Rural Preservation, a group opposing the expansion, is why Ratna Ling bought property and moved its printing presses from Berkeley where it had operated for 30 years with the knowledge that the Sonoma County location was not legally zoned for such use. “Ratna Ling knew it was a rural resource zone when they moved up there,” says Singer, whose group has gathered 170 signatures opposing the expansion. “They knew the limitations before they moved the whole Dharma press up there, so it shouldn’t come as any surprise to them. But part of their religious practice is that if an obstacle arises to any goal, they must surmount it.” Printing books is also a part of the Nyingma Buddhist tradition. Founded by Tarthang Tulku, the mysterious lama who lives across the hills at Odiyan Retreat Center, outside of Gualala, the organization’s work practice is based on the exiled Tibetan’s life’s work of preserving sacred art and texts. Ratna Ling’s 21,234square-foot press produces Tibetan books, prayer wheels and other goods that are donated to Tibetan refugees in India and Nepal; Ratna Ling also produces Buddhist materials sold at a profit to Western audiences. Despite a 2004 permit allowing the printing as a nonprofit ancillary to the location’s primary use as a retreat center, Singer believes that “they clearly are not running the retreat center as the primary operation,” citing the size and scale of the printing press. Frustration grew when Ratna Ling applied for a new use permit that requests a modification of the master plan to add eight seasonal cabins, four new storage buildings for the residential cabins and one six-guest retreat house on a separate parcel, in addition to making permanent the currently temporary 39,000 square feet of accessory storage buildings. The application also includes a request that current restrictions

‘The codeenforcement people said they had no idea this was going on.’ Since purchasing the land, all Dharma printing operations have been relocated from Berkeley, a move that baffles Singer, since the East Bay location provided access to industrial zones and close proximity to shipping ports. Retired attorney Curtis Caton is Ratna Ling’s legal consultant for the new permit application. He says that it shouldn’t be necessary to “indulge” the expense of a complete environmental impact report, as some neighbors are requesting, when the county has already declared a mitigated negative declaration in terms of the press’ environmental effects. “There’s never been a complaint that the press makes noise,” says Caton. “The press can’t be seen from the road. It’s out of sight and it’s out of hearing, and it doesn’t make an impact. And it’s been functioning that way under the permit since 2004.” He points out that the Permit and Resource Management Department staff studied the issue for a year, concluding with a comprehensive report that “basically endorses as appropriate use of the property everything

that we’ve asked for.” Caton notes that Ratna Ling is making concessions to the demand for less traffic on the road by limiting supply-truck trips to one per day, and by promising that trucks be no longer than 24 feet. “The overall effect,” he says, “is a reduction of the impact to the roads.” The press was moved from Berkeley in order to seamlessly link the retreat experience with the creation of the sacred texts, says Caton. A key element to the use permit is that the printing press is intrinsic to the Buddhists’ spiritual practice; according to the Resource Management report, “places of religious worship, lodges, schools . . . are uses allowed in the resource and rural development zone land use designation.” Though the center’s neighbors are aware of the religious function of the printing press, Singer says that “it’s not a hand-done process; it’s on an industrial scale. They have supporters with very deep pockets, so they’ve been able to afford this.” Jason Liles, a member of the planning commission, toured Ratna Ling and spoke with members of the Coastal Hills Rural Preservation in mid-March as part of his preparation for the permit hearing this week. “The neighbors that are most concerned live the closest,” says Liles. “I think that they’ve been feeling inundated over the last few years, mostly over the construction.” On a wider scale, locals still feel the sting over approval of the area’s first public tasting room at the Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery. Sudden attention drawn to the historically remote area of the county by Levi Leipheimer’s Granfondo, the 174-acre Artesa Vineyards development, the 19,300-acre Preservation Ranch vineyard development and the approval of a new Fort RossSeaview wine appellation has caused unease over new land-use precedents for rural development and the county’s general plan. “Folks aren’t used to having that much going on from a commercial and industrial standpoint up there on the ridge,” says Liles.

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on the number of books printed annually be lifted, since in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, a book can be a slim volume, similar to the book of Genesis in the Bible. Singer lives with her husband about a mile south of Ratna Ling, on land they purchased over 40 years ago. Their group spent six months researching the center’s operations, resulting in a twoinch binder of photos, documents and other information submitted to the county as a complaint of permit violations in 2010. “The code-enforcement people said they had no idea this was going on,” says Singer.

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Vintner’s Brew Divine Brewing and the lessons of grape and grain BY KEN WEAVER


hen Kevin Robinson left his position as head brewer at Speakeasy Ales and Lagers in 2008 to work as the production manager at V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, it was never with the intent of staying in the wine business. As Robinson puts it, “I wanted to learn the way of the grape and bring this knowledge back to brewing.”

He started his current venture, Divine Brewing, in his spare time, renting brewhouse capacity at Sonoma Springs Brewing Co. Shortly afterward, Robinson was approached by Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa about coming on board as a brewer. In meeting with brewmaster Vinnie Cilurzo, the first thing Robinson brought up was his new side venture, which he wasn’t willing to abandon. “Not only did they say no problem,” Robinson remembers, “but Vinnie also said,

‘Look, if there’s anything I can ever do to help you, we’ll do it.’” Thus, Robinson currently spends his days at the Russian River production facility, and his nights and weekends working on his own label. Divine Brewing is a small-batch, bottle-only brewing operation that’s a reflection of lessons learned in both the beer and wine worlds. The brewery’s first release in the fall of 2011, called Teufelweizen (“toy-ful-vite-sin,” give or take), was packaged in a black wine bottle and fermented with three different yeast

strains, including a wine yeast. As Robinson describes his packaging approach, “I wanted it to be at home on a white tablecloth.” While not brewed to a traditional style, the Teufelweizen perhaps most closely aligns with the German weizenbocks, a hybrid style straddling the yeast-driven territory of a weizen (think: banana, clove) and the malt-driven intensity of a bock (think: caramel, dried fruit). It’s a style that tends to be pretty challenging to brew well, requiring both a restrained sweetness and careful yeast management know-how to dial everything in. The Teufelweizen is a stellar twist, showing vinous fruitiness and spicy cloves atop soft crème brûlée notes. Most contemporary breweries, particularly in the United States, ferment with a single strain of yeast. The wine world isn’t much different in this regard, but yeastforward wines are far less common than yeast-forward beer styles (German hefeweizens, Belgian ales across the board, etc.). Particularly for brewing styles like these, one yeast strain doesn’t always fit the bill. In his previous position at Speakeasy, Robinson was limited in this regard. “We were really bound by using that one yeast strain,” he says. In the Teufelweizen, the three yeasts each play a part. The primary fermentation is done with classic Weihenstephan weizen yeast, offering up that banana-clove medley of flavors and aromatics. The wine yeast is added halfway through, further drying out the beer and contributing additional notes, while the third yeast is used for bottling, specifically chosen because it actually degrades pleasantly over time. “I wanted to make beers that can age,” notes Robinson. While most beers, especially anything hopforward or lighter in alcohol, are best consumed as fresh as possible, there are notable exceptions. Highquality barley wines, imperial stouts, and sour beers such as Belgian lambic (not the sweet Lindemans stuff) can last and further develop for years in the bottle. The decision to release ) 14

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only bottled beers (i.e., no kegs) was a consequence of both a desire to make cellar-ready beers and of directly seeing how kegged beers were often treated during his time at Speakeasy. “As a brewer, you can do so much to ensure that your product going into keg—even the cleaning and sanitizing of the keg itself—is pristine, so that what leaves your brewery is perfect. And yet, if the bar isn’t doing really anything to their tap lines, it will only take a couple days for the tap line to take down the keg.” For the time being, Divine Brewing’s production will be limited to two releases, synced with the spring and fall equinoxes. Albeit a touch late last year, the Teufelweizen will be Divine’s regular fall equinox release. Until Robinson’s operation can expand beyond its current arrangement at Sonoma Springs, he’ll be focusing solely on those two releases. Which brings us to today. While the spring equinox has already come and gone, the second beer from Divine Brewing will be released within the next few weeks. Called Engelen Tarwe (your guess is as good as mine, pronunciationwise), Robinson describes his latest beer as being closest to the Belgian tripel style, albeit with the added contributions of coriander, bitter orange peel and the West African spice grains of paradise. Engelen Tarwe will only be available in bottles, like the Teufelweizen, and it’s also been brewed using three different yeast strains. The best place to look locally is Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, and bottles also make it down to San Francisco and the East Bay. The bottles themselves include a number of, let’s call them, hidden features. Though Divine’s motto was written in German on the Teufelweizen labels, it will appear in Dutch on the Engelen Tarwe ones. Either way, both are translations of an aptly chosen phrase: “Refuse to compromise.” Ken Weaver is a beer writer, fiction writer and technical editor based in Santa Rosa. He’s also the author of ‘The Northern California Craft Beer Guide’ with photographer Anneliese Schmidt, due out this June from Cameron + Company.

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S O N OMA CO U N TY Bear Republic Brewing Co Brewpub. $-$$. Award-winning ales and pub fare. Hearty portions and friendly service. Casual dining, outside patio. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Sun. 345 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.433.2337.

Chloe’s French Cafe French. $. Hearty French fare, decadent desserts and excellent selection of French and California wines. Breakfast and lunch, Mon-Fri. 3883 Airway Dr, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3095.

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

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

Kirin Chinese. $$. Specializing in Mandarin, Szechuan and Peking styles. Kirin’s pot stickers are the best in Sonoma County. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat; dinner, Sun. 2700 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.525.1957.

Larry Vito’s BBQ Smokehouse Barbecue. $-$$. Southern-style and slow-cooked from a chef who’s worked with Wolfgang Puck and Alice Waters. Zing! 6811 Laguna Park Way, Sebastopol. 707.575.3277.

Mac’s Delicatessen Diner. $. Large selection of Jewish-style sandwiches; excellent cole slaw. Breakfast and lunch, Mon-Sat. 630 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.3785.

Madrona Manor Eclectic California cuisine. $$$$. Romantic fine dining in grand historic landmark mansion. Seasonal menu and superior wine list. Dinner daily. 1001 Westside Rd, Healdsburg. 707.433.4321. Peter Lowell’s California. $-$$. Casual, organic cuisine with a healthy twist. Italian-inspired cafe, deli, wine bar. All food offered as takeout. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 7385 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.1077.

Phyllis’ Giant Burgers American. $. Come with a hearty appetite for an oldfashioned patty. Lunch and dinner daily. Three locations: 4910 Sonoma Hwy, Ste B, Santa Rosa. 707.538.4000. 924 Diablo Ave, Novato. 415.989.8294. 2202 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.456.0866.

Rosso Pizzeria & Wine Bar Pizza. $-$$. Friendly, plentiful staff at outstanding and creative pizzeria. Excellent and affordable wine list. Creekside Center, 53 Montgomery Dr, Santa Rosa. 707.544.3221.

Stout Brothers Pub & Restaurant Irish. $$. Atmospheric, if a little faux, but a great ploughman’s lunch. Lunch and dinner daily. 527 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.636.0240.

Underwood Bar & Bistro European bistro. $$. 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.

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


plates/wine bar. $$$. Bistro dishes and extensive wine list. A terrific place to dine before a show at the Wells Fargo Center. 4404 Old Redwood Hwy, Santa Rosa. 707.526.3096.

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Zazu Cal-Euro. $$$. Perfectly executed dishes that sing with flavor. Zagat-rated with much of the produce from its own gardens. Dinner, Wed-Sun; brunch, Sun. 3535 Guerneville Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4814.

MA R I N CO U N T Y Boca South American. $$$$$$$. Enjoy flavorful and rich regional fare in the rustic décor of an Argentinean ranch. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner daily. 340 Ignacio Blvd, Novato. 415.833.0901.

Buckeye Roadhouse American. $$-$$$. A Marin County institution. Delightful food, friendly and seamless service, and a convivial atmosphere. Try one of the many exotic cocktails. Lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 15 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley. 415.331.2600.

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

Drake’s Beach Cafe Californian. $$-$$$. More dinner party than restaurant, and the food is fresh and amazing. A meal to remember. Lunch, Thurs-Sun; dinner, Fri-Sat. 1 Drake’s Beach Rd, Pt Reyes National Seashore. 415.669.1297.


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Fradelizio’s Italian. $$. Locally sourced northern Italian dishes with a Californiacuisine touch. The house red is a custom blend from owner Paul Fradelizio. Lunch and dinner daily. 35 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 415.459.1618.

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Pizzeria Picco Pizza. $-$$. The wood-fired oven keeps things cozy, and the organic ingredients and produce make it all tasty. Lunch and dinner, Sat-Sun; dinner only, Mon-Fri. 32o Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.945.8900. The William Tell House American & Italian. $$. Marin Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest saloon. Casual and jovial atmosphere. Steaks, pasta, chicken and fish all served with soup or salad. Dinner daily. 26955 Hwy 1, Tomales. 707.878.2403

N A PA CO U N T Y Ad Hoc American. $$-$$$. Thomas Kellerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quintessential neighborhood restaurant. Prix fixe dinner changes daily. Actually takes reservations. 6476 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.2487. Bistro Jeanty French. $$$. Rich, homey cuisine. A perfect choice when you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get a chance to do your Laundry. Lunch and dinner daily. 6510 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.0103. Boonfly Cafe California cuisine. $-$$. Extraordinary food in an extraordinary setting. Perfect pasta and mussels. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 4080 Sonoma Hwy, Napa. 707.299.4900. 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.


Food Forward Stett Holbrook has been writing about food and restaurants for the Bohemian ever since joining us last summer, but what readers donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know is that when Holbrook first came to me, as editor, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d just finished a road trip around the country in a 1966 Airstream trailer with his wife and two small children. The reason? Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been filming a TV show for PBS called Food Forward, focusing on practitioners of the small but growing revolution in urban agriculture all around the United States. This week, the show finally premieres on KQED. My advice: watch it. In a half hour, Food Forward packs in vignette after vignetteâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;each could be its own compelling episode. We see rooftop gardeners in the West Village, community gardens in the Bronx, a tilapia farm in Milwaukee, an urban beekeeper in Manhattan, and in the Bay Area, Abeni Ramsey, from West Oakland. Ramsey went from buying Top Ramen for her family at the corner store to installing planter boxes and raising chickens; she now sells produce and eggs to area restaurants and runs a successful CSA. Food Forward hits upon an especially poignant scene in Detroit, where supermarkets are scarce and malnutrition runs high. Here, Holbrook discovers a thriving community-agriculture network, where burned-out lots are converted to gardens and a sincere love of the land prevails. Reading about urban farming is one thingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;honestly, it can seem the province of coattail riders with each new trend piece thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s writtenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but meeting the real people of Food Forward who make a vital difference in their communities is refreshing, hopeful and inspiring. Food Forward premieres Monday, April 9, on KQED at 7:30pm.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Gabe Meline

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

Compadres Rio Grille Miguelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s MexicanCalifornian. $$. Ultracasual setting and laid-back service belies the delicious kitchen magic within; chilaquiles are

legendary. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 1437 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.6868.

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

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



S O N OM A CO U N T Y Claypool Cellars “They call me Mister Knowitall, I sup the aged wine.” Sup on Primus frontman’s Purple Pachyderm Pinot Noir and Rhone-style Fancí Blend in wine country’s cutest caboose, a must-see for rock and wine fans alike. 6761 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol. Open SaturdaySunday, 1–5pm. 707.861.9358. Fritz Underground Winery Partly underground tasting room overlooks the hill country north of Dry Creek Valley at this familyowned estate. Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon plus Lost Canyon wines (formerly of Oakland). 24691 Dutcher Creek Road, Cloverdale. Tasting 10:30–4:30 daily; $5 fee. 707.894.3389.

Marimar Estate A great stop for locals on a Sunday drive. And the Pinot is fantastic. 11400 Graton Road, Sebastopol Open daily, 11am–4pm. 707.823.4365. Ravenswood Winery The winery motto is “No wimpy wines,” and they make strong, much-praised Zinfandels. A great place to learn that wine is supposed to be fun. 18701 Gehricke Road, Sonoma. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 707.933.2332.

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

Topel Winery Hailing from Hopland, Topel offers estategrown Meritage and other wines in this well-appointed tasting room with casement windows open to the street, across from Oakville Grocery.

Cedar, chicory, chocolate and brown spice–makes one hungry for a portobellomushroom-on-focaccia sandwich. 125 Matheson St., Hopland. Open daily, 11am– 7pm. Tasting fees, $5–$12. 707.433.4116.

Viansa Winery Large and filled with crosspromotional products, a deli and a pseudo-Italian marketplace. 25200 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 707.935.4700.

N A PA CO U N T Y 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.

Monticello Vineyards Thomas Jefferson had no success growing wine grapes; happily, the Corley family has made a go of it. Although winetasting is not conducted in the handsome reproduction building itself, there’s a shaded picnic area adjacent.

4242 Big Ranch Rd., Napa. Open daily, 10am–4:30pm. $15. 707.253.2802, ext. 18.

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

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.

Taste at Oxbow Discover refreshing white varietals Albariño and Vermentino in stylish setting across from Oxbow Market, then move on to Pinot Noir from Carneros pioneer Mahoney Vineyards; Waterstone Wines, too. 708 First St., Napa. Sunday– Thursday, 11am–7pm; Friday– Saturday, 11am–9pm. Tasting fee $10. 707.265.9600.

Velo Vino Napa Valley Cycling-themed bungalow is filled with enough gear to outfit a peloton, plus wine and espresso, too. Tastings include spiced nuts and dried cherries, but sample-sized Clif and Luna Bars are readily available for your impromptu energy bar and wine pairings. 709 Main St., St. Helena. Daily, 10am–6pm. $10–$25. 707.968.0625.

Vincent Arroyo Winery Small, tasting room is essentially a barn with a table near some barrels, but very friendly, with good wines. 2361 Greenwood Ave., Calistoga. Open daily, 10am– 4:30pm. 707.942.6995.

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

Hagafen Cellars


here is little in this cellar that is unlike any other cellar. Racks of barrels, sealed with bungs. Hoses and clamps, stored neatly. Cat-food dish, for the winery cat. But catch a closer sight at those bungs: they’re sealed with light blue tags, nailed down tight to the barrels. “There shall be no wine before its time,” it’s been said. At Hagafen, there shall be no wine before it’s kosher.

Not that you’d know it right away from their brochure or website. Wine-industry veteran Ernie Weir, who founded Hagafen in 1979, may make his wines mevushal, but meshuga he ain’t. “Kosher wine” carries the heavy, treacly burden of Manischewitz past (although I have fond memories of the sweet, blackberry wine, which I managed to obtain the summer before my ID was kosher). Hagafen wines are aimed at the premium market first; of course, the fact that they’re made under strict rabbinical supervision doesn’t hurt Passover sales and has earned Hagafen (“the vine” in Hebrew) a place on the table at the White House. What makes Hagafen wines so handy for serving at key state dinners (memorialized across the walls of the tasting room; Ronald Reagan brought them with him from California) is that they are passed through a flash-pasteurization machine that staff has nicknamed “the Mevushalginator.” Wines thus processed, according to that most instructive scroll, Wikipedia, “will keep the status of kosher wine even if subsequently touched by an idolater.” Even highly vetted White House staff may prove to be idolatrous, you never know. The tasting room is small, packed on weekends, and friendly. If you see some guy restocking wine or stacking pallets off in a corner, that’s the hardworking owner, Ernie. Now, Mevushal does mean “boiled,” but take it easy; flash-pasteurization has done these wines none the worse. The Don Ernesto 2010 Collage White Table Wine ($15) is an easy takeaway, with cinnamon and floral aromas, and flavors of lychee fruit and pineapple. The crisp 2011 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc ($21) is bold of green gooseberries, mellow of crushed peanut and honeydew melon. Recently served at the White House, the 2010 Roussanne ($18) is mercifully not over-oaked, with rich caramel and a nutty hint of orgeat. The 2010 Napa Valley White Riesling ($24) is a nice surprise (to my taste in Riesling, anyway), with petrol notes over lively acidity, and the 2007 Cuvée de Noirs ($36) is a pink, strawberries-and-cream sparkler, perfect for appetizers and seafood. Just please hold the shellfish. Hagafen Cellars, 4160 Silverado Trail, Napa. Open daily, 10am to 5pm (yes, they’re open Christmas). Tasting fees $5–$15. 707.252.0781.—James Knight

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

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he Farm Bill, a massive, phone-book-thick piece of legislation passed by Congress every five to seven years, dictates how much of America—and indeed, the world—eats. But few of us have any idea how it works or why we should care. And that’s just the way Big Ag likes it. ‘Food Fight: The Citizen’s Guide to the Next Food and Farm Bill’ (Watershed Media; $19.95) seeks to shed some daylight on this critically important legislation. Written by Healdsburg’s Daniel Imhoff, author, editor and publisher of numerous works, including CAFO: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories, the book serves as an overview of agricultural politics, deciphering the Byzantine world of the Farm Bill in an easy-to-read newspaper style, complete with charts and graphics. The book pulls the curtain away from the political sausage-making, and just might make readers pissed off enough to get involved and try to make the 2012 Farm Bill one that better serves the public good instead of the corporate few.—S.H.

Jennie Orvino has been writing since she got a diary with a lock and key at age 14, but in ‘Poetry, Politics and Passion’ (Piece of Mind; $15), she throws the lock away. Comprising poems, personal essays and a lengthy memoir, Orvino’s book is tremendously frank about the author’s many exploits while stylishly circumventing embarrassment.

Our biannual look at local authors’ work

It opens with Orvino being arrested inside St. John’s church in Milwaukee in 1968 for protesting the Vietnam War; swings swiftly into young sexual liaisons; touches on courtroom cases, jailed draft resisters and an aborted engagement; and shows a college-age Orvino horrifying her parents by sewing a burlap wall hanging with the immortal words of e.e. cummings: “I WILL NOT KISS YOUR FUCKING FLAG.” And that’s only the first 24 pages. Orvino’s 28 poems are similarly blunt, sometimes with

the whomp of Raymond Carver (“The Thought of Writing Poetry,” a succinct, beautiful tragedy) and sometimes with sorrowful lament for the world (“FGM,” “Boys Do Cry”). Personal essays, perhaps the most revealing of the book, cover masturbating from the age of five, an ongoing friendship with Robert Bly, a grandson born with an arm that ends below the elbow, matchmaking services gone horribly wrong and being filmed in the throes of climax for a documentary on orgasms. A pageturner, indeed.—G.M. Princess Polly is staying in a pink palace with her pooch Leroy. It’s spring break, and the teen perfectionist is preparing a dance, when one of her princess friends drops out. Picky Polly needs a pretty girl with red hair to fill her spot, pronto. She finds her pick at the Royal Pet Palace, dousing dogs in homemade pastes and powders, and setting their fur with pins. Cianna, the titular pet washer, is her port town’s paramount pooch pamperer (she also preens palominos), and with her red hair, she fits perfectly into Princess Polly’s plan. But impediments pile on! Cianna is far from plain, and thus a prize for petty Polly, but there’s a problem: she can’t see her port town or pampered

pooches any more than she can the Pet Palace’s presumably plentiful piles of pup poo. The blind but pure-hearted pet washer and pretty but pompous Polly make an unlikely pair in this pedagogical tale, proving that pretentious princesses and pitiful pooch preeners can, in fact, play nice. Peruse ‘The Pet Washer’ (Dreamcatcher; $10.99), by Windsor author Jennifer Lynn Alvarez, as a prime piece of praiseworthy preciousness.—R.D. Fiona Hedge needs to infuse some spunk into her tidy life in Oakland. One day, while thrift shopping with a friend, Fiona finds a beautiful old oil painting of her own apartment. Intrigued, she begins a search for the mysterious artist, Emma Caites. In ‘The Emma Caites Way’ (Two Rock Press; $14.95), Two Rock author A. V. Walters melds Fiona’s search for Emma with the search for a greater purpose—and some fun and adventure—in her lackluster life. After searching for clues of Emma’s existence in the greater East Bay, the artist’s trail leads Fiona to Paris, where Emma honed her skills in the plein air style. In this book that’s part art history mystery and part self-discovery, readers will enjoy Walter’s descriptions of

David Madgalene’s ‘Goodbye Gothic Rose’ (Israfel Press; $7) is a free-verse poetic memoir, mostly about lost love and its haunting presence. It’s also a search for sexuality that relies on poetic verse to tell a story. The story is thick with tangents and, though set mostly in South Beach, Fla., nods to Guerneville and what is presumably a Navy ship, somewhere at sea. The stanzas occasionally provide moments of clarity, but just as often seem to be an inside joke. They’re all tied together with themes of selfloathing and a haunting love, revealed as a beloved woman who left the protagonist one morning heading out for Frosted Flakes. As Madgalene writes, “Poetry is masturbation / we hear it all the time / but if poetry is to be read or heard / does it not then become fornication / and not all fornication / is a masterpiece.” The book-poem ends on a melancholy note, conjuring images of a lonely man in a small motel room with a bottle on the nightstand and the muted television glowing with infomercials as the sole source of light: “My dick is crying, my dick is crying / Goodbye Goth Florida Lolita, Goodbye Gothic Rose.”—N.G. Sit by a fire with the turntable near, crack open a beverage and get a warm blanket for two—these could be instructions for reading Jonah Raskin’s new book of

poetry, ‘Rock ’n’ Roll Women: Portraits of a Generation’ (McCaa Books; $10). Read aloud, the poems feel like narration to a Ken Burns– style documentary about rock ’n’ roll women in the North Bay, from the ’50s to now. The faded Polaroids twist and almost jump out of the book while Jonah Raskin’s mischievous verse come alive with the spirit of the Beat generation. The body of work of this former Sonoma State University communications department chair (and occasional Bohemian contributor) runs the gamut with biographies, a search for a very elusive writer and even an account of sweating in the vineyards with migrant workers during harvest season (at retirement age, no less). But his words shine brightest in poetry, where Raskin ties the modern era with prose of the Beats. “The Joy Of Cooking cooking / along the barbecued shore” from “Penny & the Joy of Cooking” gives way later to “Work it in and work it out with Jay-Z / go note for note with Lady Gaga,” from “Monica & Beyoncé.” Raskin even offers a suggested play list accompaniment.—N.G. In ‘Seduction Redefined’ (Pioneer Imprints; $19), authors Donna Oehm Sheehan and Paul Reffell divide and conquer the millennia-old belief that men have the upper hand at choosing their mate. According to the authors— and Charles Darwin, and the animal kingdom in general—it is in fact females who are biologically predetermined to choose among parading males for the best mate to sustain the species and the world. This straightforward, candid analysis of Darwin’s theory of sexual selection redefines what we believe to be the rules for seduction, including eliminating outdated notions that men must initiate courtship. The book also

provides a look into longstanding cultural practices, like organized religion and Hollywood fantasies, that have kept women disempowered throughout history. By tolerating destructive behavioral traits, women permit the rise of patriarchal societies full of tyrannical, dysfunctional males, thus sharing the responsibility for global wars and the destruction of the environment. But hope prevails! By nurturing mindful men, comfortable with embracing feminine intelligence, humanity can solve many of the world’s problems. Sheehan resides in the west Marin County community of Marshall and, with Reffell, is the force behind the pro-peace organization, staging global photographs of thousands of (mostly) naked women in formations of peace slogans and symbols.—J.O. Melanie Thorne’s debut novel ‘Hand Me Down’ (Dutton; $25.95) tells the tragic tale of two teen sisters, whose family is torn apart after their mother falls in love with and marries a convicted sex offender. Narrated by 14-yearold protagonist Elizabeth, the novel traces her journey from Sacramento to Salt Lake City to Petaluma and back again, after the court orders that she and her younger sister, Jamie, cannot live under the same roof as their stepfather. Scene after gripping scene paints the sad portrait of what happens when parents refuse to take responsibility

for their children’s well-being and safety. With a violent alcoholic for a father and a mother who has mastered denial in favor of her own happiness, Elizabeth must find a way to protect her young sister while keeping herself psychologically afloat. When she finally finds an ally in Aunt Tammy, it’s like an exhalation in a book filled with suffering, strife and trauma. Thorne lives in Petaluma and earned her MA in creative writing from UC Davis, and her familiarity with the Bay Area comes through in the vivid depictions of the land as Elizabeth travels from relative to relative, yearning for a safe place to lay her head.—L.C. Author Bill Moody is a jazz drummer and mystery writer who lives in a boxcar on the outskirts of Sonoma. He’s best known for his series starring Evan Horne, a jazz pianist who doubles as a detective, and for jazz fans, his writing is one delight after another with constant references to classic albums and their lore—

and spot-on insight into the jazz mind. Previous Evan Horne novels have been themed after Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and Chet Baker, but Moody’s latest, ‘Fade to Blue’ (Poisoned Pen; $14.95) is a pure Hollywood affair. Or, in this case, impure. Horne is hired as a consultant by Tinseltown’s red-hot young star Ryan Stiles, who needs to learn how to look like he’s playing the ) 20

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Berkeley’s chaotic streets, the well-earned snobbery of Paris and even the musty finds of estate sales. The life of a painting from easel to gallery, from purchaser to antique store and, finally, restoration and appreciation is covered in details that capture the reader’s attention. The newfound friends Fiona encounters during her search share an admiration of the art, artist and of Fiona herself, validating her new, life-changing interest.—S.D.

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20 Spring Lit ( 19 piano for an upcoming film role. Horne, distrustful of the industry, reluctantly accepts. A paparazzi photographer turns up murdered, and Horne suspects Stiles enough to bow out of the job. Luring him back, Stiles offers Horne the chance to score the entire film, but suspicions remain. Moody writes in a compelling yet simple, readable style, and expertly uses tropes like foreshadowing just enough without letting any cats, jazz or otherwise, out of the bag.—G.M. Every guy stares at Beverly Mael’s boobs, and every girl assumes she’s banging the bank president. But in ‘Out of Balance’ (iUniverse; $23.95),

Beverly is out to prove that she can negotiate with the big dogs, raise two children, tame an unemployed, computer-hacking husband and guide a massive bank buyout without losing her cool. This is the third novel by Sonoma County author Angela Lam Turpin (incidentally, a winner in last year’s Bohemian short-story writing contest), and it’s written from a typically female perspective, with detailed attention paid to Beverly’s wardrobe, nails, shoes, an upcoming Halloween party, the emotional distance of her husband and, as a near-constant refrain, just about everyone in the world gawking at her breasts. The hard-rock-loving

boss at Beverly’s bank takes her seriously, however, and tasks the receptionist with combing through the financial records of World Bank in preparation for a large deal. They grow closer as husband Eric dives ever further into his computer screen, and sparks of all kind begin to fly. For Sonoma County residents, local signifiers abound—a winding road to upscale “Spa County,” a Home Depot parking lot overlooking the city—and throughout, Turpin uses the recession Zeitgeist as a literary canvas for a sharp, imaginative story.—G.M. Poetic and lively, Joan Frank’s fifth book, ‘Make It Stay’ (Permanent Press; $26), carries the dry wit and emotional weight that are mainstays of the Santa Rosa–based writer. Frank has been a teacher of writing, a winner of multiple awards and the recipient of a coveted MacDowell Colony Fellowship; her work is known to be astute, funny and wise, and this latest novel is no exception. Make It Stay takes place in the Northern California town of Mira Flores—which sounds suspiciously like Santa Rosa—and focuses on a writer, Rachel, and her Scottish husband, Neil. As the couple prepare a dinner party for a group of beloved old friends, Neil retells an old story about his best friend Mike and what happened when a secret life was revealed. After catastrophe strikes, the cadre of lovers and friends must figure out how to repair the damage, pick up the pieces and save what they love most.—L.C. A hypnagogic rumble ride on the word train, ‘Ungulations: Ten Waves (Under the Hoof)’ (Surregional Press) carries readers through a cerebral collection of poems navigating the postmodern experience. Coauthored by Sonoma County local Amy Trussel and A. di Michele, the poems coalesce words, sounds and images from a broad range of

times, places and cultures, such as in the poem “Quantum Brain Coral Exploration,” which begins: “when one is on the czestochowa summit, hold an edge of / peacepiped magic / consider its vacuoles and crust; but why / my amino soup wants a bolt-of-lightning spoon / i don’t know.” With a kind of radicalized free-verse, the poems hold to no particular rhythm, meter or formal behaviors; rather, the book’s signature style seems to come from its amalgamated amoeba-like structure and mercurial movements. The 119page book features 10 poems, many of which started as spokenword staged performances, and is sprinkled with black-and-white photographs as imaginative and curious as the words and punctuation therein.—M.S. ‘Teller’ (Dog Ear Publishing; $16.95) is the debut novel from Santa Rosa author Federick Weisel. In a story centered in Sonoma County, Weisel charismatically illustrates the life of Charlie Teller, an out-ofwork ghostwriter of bestselling celebrity autobiographies. Struggling to jumpstart a career held up by drug addiction, Teller is floating through life lost in the memories of his famous clients’ lives. Temporarily living in a renovated water tower in the Valley of the Moon, Teller records the life of a callous developer when he’s suddenly caught up in the murder of a newfound friend. Skeptical of the police, he becomes an accidental detective. This absorbing whodunit tracks down the facts everywhere from west Sonoma County and “the end of the earth” to seedy eastside apartment complexes, moving in and out of recognizable Sonoma County scenery.

Intriguing indeed is trying to decipher in which Santa Rosa cafe the decisive murder took place.—J.O. Few things are more terrifying than the rogue waves that too

frequently hit Sonoma County’s pristine beaches. That terror turns to pain when one of these huge, sneaker waves takes a loved one’s life. Readers of ‘The Underside of Joy’ (Dutton Publishing; $25.95) get sucked into the powerful waters of the story of a young man’s drowning and the unforeseen consequences it brings to his family. West Sonoma County author Seré Prince Halverson explores the emotional surges of the newly widowed and grieving Ella Beene as she raises two young stepchildren, deals with financial difficulties and is caught off-guard by the return of the children’s long-absent birth mother. Set in the town of Elbow—strikingly similar to Monte Rio—the novel is rife with descriptions of West County’s terroir. Halverson peppers her story with walks through redwood forests, winetasting in ripening vineyards, picnics in oaken meadows and locations like “the bakery in Freestone” and Bodega Head, giving readers such a sense of familiarity that the characters become neighbors. The author, a mother and stepmother who was raised by both a mother and stepmother, artfully describes Ella’s rocky situation with a

If nothing else, reading ‘Nature’s Dirty Needle: What You Need to Know About Chronic Lyme Disease and How to Get the Help to Feel Better’ (Bush Street Press, $11.99) gives an enormous sense of relief to those who do not have chronic Lyme disease. For those with the disease, or those who know someone with it, the book is a must-read. Written by Sonoma’s Mara Williams and full of personal accounts from patients young and old, the book gives hope and a sense of solidarity in stories of suffering with and conquering the often baffling disease. Taking the book in all at once may require a box of tissues; as a civil rights lawyer knocked to her knees says at one point, “‘Awful’ doesn’t even begin to describe the surreal hell I lived in at that time.” The book deserves praise for mostly steering clear of the U.S. healthcare debacle and sticking to patients’ stories. There are many co-infections that pile on with chronic Lyme disease, and it can take months or years to fully recover. Williams, a registered nurse with 30 years experience, not only destigmatizes the disease, but is out to help stop its spread; one consistent theme throughout the book is that early detection can help save lives. —N.G. A definitive guide for wine enthusiasts, tourists and Pinotenchanted newbies, the fifth edition of ‘The California Directory of Fine Wineries’ (Wine House Press; $19.95) provides a make-your-ownadventure approach for tasters in grape country. The book catalogues 68 top wineries in Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino

counties, ranging from small, family operations like Healdsburg’s Bella Vineyards to larger outfits like the Robert Mondavi Winery. With the pagelong profiles highlighting each winery’s finest features, dozens of full-page photographs and sidebars loaded with wine tour schedules, directions and info on nearby attractions and events, the directory also includes three easy-to-use county maps with all 68 locations printed on them. Created by Sonoma editor and publisher Tom Silberkleit, Mill Valley photographer Robert Holmes, Paso Robles writer K. Reka Badger and Sonoma author Marty Olmstead, the book is available nationwide.—M.S. Lovers of both fantasy and horses will ride into a magical adventure while reading ‘Horse Stalker: The Root of Glory, Book One’ (Franklin Park Press; $13.99), by Santa Rosa author and Press Democrat staff writer Robert Digitale. With hints of Tolkien’s Two Towers and Jean Auel’s Clan of the Cave Bear, Horse Stalker tells of the hunters and hunted, all in search of mystical powers that may save or destroy the world. Roj, a young, horse-hunting clansman, follows a rare and legendary spotted stallion into dangerous territory rife with lightning bolts, überbad dudes with unfortunate and difficult-to-pronounce names that sound like Porky Pig’s stuttering (“Pibbibib” and “Yuikki”), and an omen-casting hermit. Led to a mystical woman in a cave, Roj hears the prophecies that foretell his role in not only saving the Root of Glory, but using it to lead his people toward the good of mankind. The first of a series to be published by Franklin Park Press, owned by Digitale and his wife, Carol.—S.D.

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realism and grace that will leave readers with a healthy respect for blended families and single parents.—S.D.

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The week’s events: a selective guide


Cornbread & Butterbeans

With a new song on the Hunger Games soundtrack and a Grammy win, it’s looking like the Carolina Chocolate Drops are breaking out with the release of their latest album, Leaving Eden. Performing a sound they brand as a “modern” twist on the traditional, this North Carolina–based quartet is unafraid of combining beat-box, fiddle, jug playing and call-and-response-style songwriting. Originally inspired by the music of the Piedmont region of the Carolinas, the group has built a lively, intricate style like no other, thoroughly based in the legacy of American folk music and thousands of porch-sitting, jug-band sessions. The Carolina Chocolate Drops hoot it up on Sunday, April 8, at the Mystic Theatre. 23 Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma. 8pm. $21. 707.765. 2121.


Blue Space Wave It might be hard to tell from the grainy video shot at Fairfax’s Sleeping Lady last September, but, yes, the man who spontaneously joined Danny Click & the Hell Yeahs for two songs was none other than Carlos Santana. Cindy Blackman, the jazz drummer who backed up Lenny Kravitz and happens to be married to Santana, joined the Texas-blues juggernaut on drums. Halfway through the video, they all tear into a blistering blues jam, blasting straight to the outer limits and taking the audience on a ride on the blue space wave to the fourth dimension of rock. Thank you, O Swami Santana, lord of all things electric and stringed, and thank you, Danny Click & the Hell Yeahs, for kicking out the jams on Friday, April 6, at the Hopmonk Tavern. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 8pm. $12. 707.829.7300.


Eye Appeal

TOUGH LOVE Lisa Lampanelli slaughters everything in sight with her rapier insult comedy on April 6 at the Wells Fargo Center. See Comedy, p32.

When I was a kid, my mom had a Best of Judy Collins record that I listened to obsessively, playing “Send in the Clowns” and “Both Sides Now” on repeat. Yes, even at the age of eight I was already prepping for a life of constant sorrow. It wasn’t until years later that I learned my favorite childhood folk singer was actually the inspiration for “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” by Crosby, Stills and Nash. Turns out that Judy Collins had a two-year relationship with Stephen Stills that ended tragically when she left him for future Sgt. Stedenko Stacy Keach. No doubt this will be discussed in her new book Sweet Judy Blue Eyes: My Life in Music, and in person when Judy Collins appears on Saturday, April 7, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 1pm. 415.927.0960.

—Leilani Clark

GUERNEVILLE GRIPPER â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Nameless Dameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; follows detective Augie Boyer through a murder mystery of pot, poetry

and a web of lies.

Poetry & Murder An excerpt from â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Nameless Dame: Murder on the Russian Riverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; BY BART SCHNEIDER


â&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been resisting this trip for some time.

It was one degree when I ďŹ&#x201A;ew out of Minneapolis early in the morning but ďŹ fty-nine a few hours later in San Francisco. My buddy Bobby Sabbatini had been trying for some time to get me to visit him and the family out in Sonoma County, near the Russian River. It was Bobby and Blossom, and baby Milosz. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d left behind an upscale condo along the Mississippi River in Minneapolis and moved to an

off-the-grid cottage outside the town of Cazadero. I wondered which of them favored the seclusion more. Sabbatini, the former homicide detective whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d found poetry, or his wife, the wily Blossom, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d once been my assistant and whose wayward twenties had included a formidable stint in prison. Clearly, this was Sabbatiniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adventure. Blossom loved the man madly, and if following his bliss meant opening a poetry karaoke bar in the town of Guerneville, she

wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to stand in his way. Every Sunday morning, Sabbatini called from California and recited a new poem. They were never his, but I feared those might be lurking. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Check out this gem, Augie,â&#x20AC;? heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;from the Monte Rio poet Gail King.â&#x20AC;? I will always have boxes and chairs boxes like I never moved in chairs like where are all the people.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;That describes our life, the simple glory of it. We have giant redwoods, a gorgeous river, the sweet salt air from the ocean. If there ever was a place made for poetry, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the West County of Sonoma.â&#x20AC;? I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t having it. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d come from Northern California and wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t anxious to return. Not even for a visit. I had no family left, and my youth and early twenties in the Bay Area had faded into a charmless daguerreotype, blurred at the edges. All my adult life Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d struggled to ďŹ nd a work ethic, and I was afraid that even a short visit to California would turn me back to a full-time slacker. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d also been pissed at Sabbatini and Blossom for leaving me alone in Minnesota, with my P.I. business ďŹ&#x201A;oundering, my meager investments disappearing, and my head ďŹ lled with verse from that damn poetry-rabid detective. Sabbatini had surprised everybody a couple of years earlier, bailing from a career gig with the St. Paul Police Department. I thought heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d gone mad. Newly married, with a baby on the way, he gave up a way of life along with the paycheck. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d inherited the Cazadero cabin of an old aunt and claimed he had some money set aside. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m ďŹ ftyďŹ ve years old, Augie, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a dream.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how he described his bonkers notion of the poetry bar. The night he came over to break the news, he tried sounding reasonable. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Of course, we wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be doing poetry all the time. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to cultivate the neighborhood. But the beauty of it, Augie, is that the folks out there arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t interested in being socially networked. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d rather sit down, smoke a doob with you, drink a good local. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to get them breathing )


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poetry. Memorizing it. Living it.â&#x20AC;? Sabbatini had become a poetry charismatic once he discovered it after 9/11, but now heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d truly gone crazy. A year and a half after arriving in Sonoma County, Sabbatini was actually opening the poetry tavern and wanted me there for the gala. Broke, depressed, and clearly in need of some sort of vacation, I gave in, bought a cheap airline ticket to San Francisco, and signed up to bunk with Sabbatini and family for a couple of weeks.

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Although I was starved by the time I picked up the rental car, I pushed on a little past the town of Petaluma, where I found an In-NOut Burger. At an outdoor table, I roared through a Double-Double so quickly that I had to order another, along with a pouch of fries. I told myself that this was a strategic moveâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;I was heading out to the wilds of West County. Who knew when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d ďŹ nd my next meal? On the drive up from Petaluma, I composed a haiku about my meal. Famished in late winter, a pair of Double-Doubles crunched at an outside table. The haiku had become a recent habit. After years of listening to Sabbatini spout poetry, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d gotten with the program and had begun memorizing poems. Casting around for some new stuff to memorize after Sabbatini left town, I discovered the haiku, an ideal form for the lazy man. I read a couple of collections of them, and pretty soon I was writing them. The little poems issued from me as reďŹ&#x201A;exively as small farts. It became an instant way of digesting my experiences. Always looking to make things easier, I decided to forgo the syllable count. As the rest of the world twittered, I tweeted myself with haiku.

Cul-de-Sac I made it without trouble up the gracious, redwood-lined road from Highway 116 to Cazadero, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when things got crazy. Sabbatini had sent me a hand-drawn cardboard map highlighting the unmarked dirt roads beyond Cazadero that led to his cabin. Big red arrows showed all the turnsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;right, left, left, rightâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and I thought I was pretty much on it. But once I turned off onto the ďŹ rst dirt road, indicated by a dotted line on the map, I lost myself in a spiraling maze that led nowhere. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see the red traffic cones Sabbatini said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d set out to mark their road. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see the base of the steep hill, marked by two goodsize madrones. And I sure as hell didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see a cabin painted the color of Dijon mustard.

He described his bonkers notion of the poetry bar. I cursed myself for not picking up a GPS device when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d rented the car. My cell phone had no service out in the wilds, and I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even ďŹ nd my way back to town. After a good hour of going in circles, without another car in sight, I pulled over and got out. It was four in the afternoon, and I had half a tank of gas left. Time to regroup. The web of roads might have been my life in the last few yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; a labyrinthine gloom that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been unable to shake since my wife left me. Every time I thought Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d steered myself clear, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d slip back into the muck. Despite a full tummy and a nice piss in the woods, our hero is lost again.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Nameless Dameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is out now through Soft Skull Press.

David Allen


Billingslea and Craig Marker in a stunning ‘Othello.’

Mighty Moor Aldo Billingslea reprises ‘Othello’ at MTC BY DAVID TEMPLETON


ctor Aldo Billingslea never gets tired of Othello. Currently playing the title role for his fourth time, in a shimmering new production at Marin Theatre Company, the acclaimed actor always discovers new meanings in the text, finds new ideas and interpretations—even in lines he’s spoken hundreds of times. “With a great playwright like Shakespeare, that happens all the time,” he says. “I learn new things with every new production. I’ll be onstage, and I’ll hear something that strikes me for the first time, something I’ve never noticed before, something that makes me see things in a new way—and Othello is one of those plays where

‘Othello’ runs Tuesday–Sunday through April 22 at Marin Theatre Company. 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. Showtimes vary. $34–$55. 415.388.5208.


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that can happen with every single performance.” Billingslea, who performed for seven seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, teaches Shakespearean acting at Santa Clara University. In a sprawling outdoor production in 2004, he played the title role in Othello for the Marin Shakespeare Company, and is bringing his favorite Shakespeare play indoors to the far more intimate environs of the Marin Theatre Company. The production is directed by MTC’s artistic director Jasson Minadakis, for eight years the producing artistic director (and cofounder) of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival. Though Minadakis has directed 19 of Shakespeare’s plays, this Othello is the first Shakespeare play Minadakis will have staged since relocating to Marin. “Jasson is like a scholar when it comes to this play,” says Billingslea. “He knows so much about Othello. He’s come up with some really wonderful approaches to certain portions of the text.” Though it may be hard to believe, this is also the first time Shakespeare has been staged at Marin Theatre Company. “It’s the perfect spot to see Othello,” says Billingslea. “Othello has been described by scholars as Shakespeare’s most intimate play, and for an audience, this production, in a 230-seat house, is going to be a very intense and memorable experience.” Memorable too, for Billingslea, who relishes every new opportunity to speak Othello’s achingly beautiful language. “The last act of Othello is so grand, Othello’s final actions so huge, so packed with the poetry of life and death,” he says. “Even having played this part three times before, I don’t feel like I’ve ever been able to completely satisfy myself, artistically, that I’m getting every drop out of those final moments. For me, this is my Mt. Everest. I can’t get enough of it.”

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n old man with an impassive face and rimless spectacles, Jiro Ono runs Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat sushi bar in the Ginza subway station in Tokyo. At 85 years old, the master Ono is focused on his three-star Michelin restaurant, where the bill begins at 30,000 yen (about $360) and can go far higher. He works with his grown son, who is ďŹ ftyish, and a senior apprentice who will never see the happy side of 60 again. Ono is widely considered the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest sushi chef, demanding yet intensely creative. The documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi follows Ono and his quest for culinary inspiration, beginning with his past, which is bleak. His parents, he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;never took care of me.â&#x20AC;? Ono left home at nine and apprenticed at a restaurant. There, he was told that â&#x20AC;&#x153;the history of sushi is so long that nothing new can be invented.â&#x20AC;? For decades, Jiro has sought to overcome that challenge, literally dreaming of new morsels in the rare hours when he isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t working. As triple-X food porn, Jiro Dreams of Sushi is rapturous. By the time itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s over, the viewer feels like an expert on tuna, from the fatty to the leanest. We note the toughening of apprenticesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; handsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;wringing out the extremely hot towels given to the customers at the beginning of the mealâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and yet pieces of sushi must be handled like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d handle a baby chick, says Ono. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the only thing delicate here; the future of sushi, in light of overďŹ shing, is touched on as well. If Onoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ rmness werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tempered by a sense of humility, the documentary would be unwatchable. But the emphasis on selfsacriďŹ ce leads to a Guy de Maupassantâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;style question: Just how much has Ono actually been involved during some of the most celebrated moments of the restaurant? At this point, is he a ďŹ gurehead? How possible is it to be Jiro, to try to live these dreams of perfection?

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relationships. With Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph. (GB)

American Reunion (R; 115 min.) Fourth in the original American Pie series sends the original cast back to Michigan for their 10-year high school reunion. (GB)

The Hunger Games (PG-13; 142 min.) Droolingly anticipated adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ bestselling young adult novel about a dystopian future where teens kill teens in annual rated-PG-13 bloodsports. (GB)

The Island President (NR; 101 min.)

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When climate change threatens a three-foot rise in sea level that would render the Maldives uninhabitable, President Mohamed Nasheen develops a plan in his first year in office to make the islands completely carbon-neutral. From Bay Area documentary filmmaker Jon Shenk. Opens April 6 at the Rafael Film Center. (GB)

Jiro Dreams of Sushi (NR; 81 min.) An inside look at top Michelin-rated sushi restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro, in Tokyo, and the chef who founded it. See review, adjacent page. The Raid: Redemption (R; 101 min.) Indonesian martial arts actioner about an elite squad trained to bring down a drug lord and his thugs ensconced in an impregnable derelict apartment building. Hailed when premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival as the best action movie in years. (GB) Wrath of the Titans (PG-13; 99 min.) Computer-generated demigods break loose to the annoyance of humanity in fantasy sequel to 2010’s over-the-top Clash of the Titans. (GB)

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

Casa de Mi Padre (R; 84 min.) Will Ferrell and Adam McKay team again for comedy (in Spanish!) about two brothers who must save padre’s ranch from a powerful drug lord. With Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna. (GB) The Deep Blue Sea (R; 98 min.) Rachel Wiesz stars as the wife of a prominent judge who leaves her marriage for an ex-RAF pilot in drama set in 1950s postwar Britain. At the Rafael Film Center. (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) Friends with Kids (R; 107 min.) The last pair in a circle of thirty-something friends, all having children, adopt a plan to remain platonic while having a child after witnessing how offspring have affected their friends’

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

Mirror Mirror (PG; 106 min.) Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall) directs live-action adaptation of Snow White tale starring Julia Roberts as the evil queen. With Sean Bean, and Lily Collins as Snow White. (GB) Project X (R; 88 min.) Comedy in cinéma vérité style from the producers of The Hangover about a trio of teens whose ultimate house party gets crazily out of bounds. (GB) Rapt (NR; 125 min.) Sonoma Film Institute screens 2009 French import about the kidnapping of millionaire Édouard-Jean Empain. See review, previous page.

Safe House (R; 117 min.) When a 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) Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (PG-13; 111 min.) Ewan McGregor plays a fisheries expert who helps realize a sheik’s dream of creating a river for fly-fishing in the desert. With Emily Blunt and Kristin Scott-Thomas. (GB)

The Salt of Life (NR; 90 min.) Retired, 60year-old Gianni takes the advice of a friend and searches for a young mistress in Italian comedy from the director of Mid-August Lunch. At Summerfield Cinemas. (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) The Secret World of Arrietty (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)

21 Jump Street (R; 109 min.) 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)


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welve years ago on a crowded London train, Guy Blakeslee, singer and guitarist for the Entrance Band, had an epiphany.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The train broke down, and we were on it for more than an hour,â&#x20AC;? says Blakeslee, on the phone from Los Angeles, where he lives with ďŹ lmmaker Maximilla Lukacs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone kept their heads down and nobody spoke to each other. Everyone was isolated from their spirit and blocking each other out.â&#x20AC;? After attempting to make eye contact with people to no avail, Blakeslee says he realized the culture of the city was keeping everyone isolated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It can be damaging to disconnect from each other,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It can be healing and positive to break those barriers down and make that connection.â&#x20AC;?

The disconcerting experience inspired â&#x20AC;&#x153;Silence on a Crowded Train,â&#x20AC;? from the Entrance Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2006 debut album, Prayer of Death. Since then, the Entrance Band have built up a heavy rock sound anchored by a throbbing, measured rhythm sectionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Derek James on drums and Paz Lenchantin on bassâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that locks it down just enough for Blakeslee to go skyward with his billowing, psychedelic guitar riffs. After releasing a self-titled album on Thurston Mooreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s label Ecstatic Peace in 2009, the Entrance Band have just ďŹ nished recording a new album due out sometime this year; it was recorded between touring extensively and a performance at the 2011 All Tomorrowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parties, curated by Animal Collective. They play a sold-out live show opening for Mazzy Star at the Mystic Theatre on April 6. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really in the live performance where Blakeslee and the rest of the band seem to ďŹ nd the most satisfaction, sustaining heavy-duty, searing rock grooves that go on for minutes at a time. Blakeslee likens the experience to a free-form musical ritual, â&#x20AC;&#x153;where the musician as a performer is just the facilitator, the channel for the energy that everyone co-creates.â&#x20AC;? Born in Baltimore, Blakeslee mentions that he ďŹ nds a certain cultural comfort in the musical language of the blues. Lately, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been revisiting the past, performing a cappella renditions of old folk, gospel and Appalachian music for audiences in Los Angeles. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a spiritual energy to the combination of song and performance that he ďŹ nds stimulating. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I perform, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m tapping into something greater than myself,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I think â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;spiritualâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; means; youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re connecting to energy in you, beyond you. If someone is openhearted, they can connect to it as well.â&#x20AC;? The Entrance Band play with Mazzy Star on Friday, April 8 at the Mystic Theatre. 21 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 8pm. Sold-out. 707.765.2121.

Concerts SONOMA COUNTY Carolina Chocolate Drops Innovative group fuses soul and bluegrass, performs with David Wax Museum opening. Apr 8, 8pm. $21-$24. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands Folk revival icon returns to Petaluma. Apr 7, 8pm. $21-$24. First Church of Christ Scientist, 522 B St, Petaluma.

Mazzy Star Post-punk psychadelic group returns to the ‘90s, with the Entrance Band and Alina Hardin. Apr 6, Sold Out. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

NAPA COUNTY Grand Night for Singers Vocalists from around Northern California and beyond take turns onstage. Piano accompaniment by host Richard Evans. First Saturday of every month, 7pm. $15. Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main St, Napa. 707.255.5445.

Jackie Green & Rusted Root Singer-songwriter performs

with Pittsburgh roots group as fundraiser for Rex Foundation. Apr 7, 7pm. $50. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Mat Kearney Nashville songwriter appears with Zack Hackendorf. Apr 11, 7pm. $25. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Clubs & Venues SONOMA COUNTY Aqus Cafe Apr 4, The Big Tamborski. Apr 6, Machiavelvets. Apr 7, Farallons. Apr 8, Blue Ambience. 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.

Arlene Francis Theater Apr 6, Buster Blue, Travis Hendrix and the Blessed Moonshiners, Impossible Bird. Apr 7, Virgil Shaw, B.C. Fitzpatrick, Eight Belles, Coalmine Spindle. 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.

Aubergine Apr 5, Jen Tucker and the Band with Glass Beads. Apr 6, Sage and Rag Tag Sullivan. Apr 7, Dub Town Dread and Dirty Dub Band. Apr 8, Moonbeams. Tues, 7pm, ladies’ limelight open mic with Tawnie. Wed, 7pm,

7:30pm, open mic night. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

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Fri, Jen Tucker. 3688 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental. 707.874.9037.

Wed, Brainstorm. Sun, open mic. 6957 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2062.

Chrome Lotus First Friday of every month, Funkadelic Fri with DJ Lazyboy & DJ Sykwidit. 501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.843.5643.

Last Day Saloon Apr 4, Cassidy Crowley, Poncho in Paradise. Apr 6, Lovefool, the 85s. Apr 7, Mofo Party Band, Sky O’Banion Blues Band. 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.2343.

Doc Holliday’s Saloon Wed, Sonoma County Blues Society live music. 138 Calistoga Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.623.5453.

Main Street Station Apr 4, Shade. Apr 5, Susan Sutton. Apr 6, Hand Me Down. Apr 7, Tia Carroll. Apr 7, Wendy De Witt. Apr 10, Maple Profant. Sun, Kit Mariah’s open mic. 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.

First Church of Christ Scientist Apr 7, Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands. 522 B St, Petaluma.

Flamingo Lounge Apr 6, David Sparks. Apr 7, Decadance with ill-esha. Sun, 7pm, salsa with lessons. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

Murphy’s Irish Pub Apr 6, True Grit. Apr 7, Andrew Freeman. Apr 8, Sean Carscadden and Marty O’Reilly. Apr 10, Sprout the Band. Second Tuesday of every month, Every second Tues, open mic. Wed, 7:30pm, trivia night. 464 First St E, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.

Forestville Club Apr 7, 9pm, Spyralites. 6250 Front St, Forestville. 707.887.2594.

Gaia’s Garden Apr 4, Shade. Apr 7, Wendy DeWitt. Tues, Jim Adams. 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491.

Mystic Theatre Apr 6, Mazzy Star, Entrance Band. Apr 7, Pop Fiction, Rebel Yell. Apr 8, Carolina Chocolate Drops, David Wax Museum. Apr 9, Dark Star Orchestra. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

Hopmonk Sonoma Apr 7, Lucas Ohio. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.

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Apr 5, Juke Joint with Heyoka. Apr 6, Danny Click and the Hell Yeahs. Apr 7, Brokedown in Bakersfield. Mon, Monday Night Edutainment. Tues,

Thurs, 5:30pm, open mic. 550 E Cotati Ave, Cotati. 707.792.4300.

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Thurs, 7pm, Thugz. 19400 Hwy 116, Monte Rio. 707.865.2454.

Phoenix Theater Apr 7, A Space Between, CRSB, Skunk Funk, Soundsystem, DUB. Mon, 7pm, young people’s AA. Tues, 7pm, Acoustic Americana jam. Wed, 6pm, Jazz jam. Sun, 5pm, Rock and blues jam. 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

Redwood Cafe Apr 6, Gold Coast Jazz Band. Apr 7, D’Bunchovus, Garrin Benfield. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.

The Rocks Bar & Lounge Fri and Sat, Top 40 DJs hosted by DJ Stevie B. 146 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.782.0592.

OVERHEATING Brokedown in Bakersfield, with Nicki Bluhm, play classic

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Society: Culture House Wed, Gallery Wednesday. DJs and art curated by Jared

Chicana Punk Alice Bag’s ‘Violence Girl’ a story of survival If you’ve ever seen The Decline of Western Civilization, then you’ve seen Alice Bag prowling across the stage, screaming into a microphone in a pink thrift-store dress, circa 1979. Born in East L.A. to parents who immigrated from Mexico, Bag was part of the era’s beautiful mess that birthed bands like X, the Go-Go’s, the Germs and the Weirdos. Her new memoir, Violence Girl: A Chicana Punk Story (Feral House; $17.95), dives into the ferocious volcano that was the early L.A punk scene; wild, primal stage antics at the Mabuhay Gardens, Hong Kong Cafe and the Masque; drugs in the bathroom before practices with her band Castration Squad; drunken fights with Darby Crash and, beyond the debauchery, the pure joy of making shit and doing things with allegiance only to creativity rather than to what “normal” society deems acceptable. Bag rose out of poverty and abuse to become la Reina of the Hollywood scene when she was still a teenager; later, as a teacher and mother, she remained dedicated to the power of punk rock and art. Violence Girl captures the spirit of a scene that permanently altered the lives of thousands, saving some through the pluck and tenor of punk while destroying others by its dark, druggish side. Bag is one of the survivors, literally a legend in her own time who has lived to tell the tale.—Leilani Clark

Powell. Thurs, Casa Rasta. First Friday of every month, Neon with DJ Paul Timbermann and guests. Sun, Rock ‘n’ Roll Sunday School. 528 Seventh St, Santa Rosa.

Spancky’s Apr 6, Misdemeanor. Apr 7, Honey Badgers. Thurs, 9pm, DJ Dray ) Lopez.


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Apr 5, Brian Andres and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel Quartet. Apr 6, Monophonics. Apr 7, Gator Beat. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.




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Sausalito Seahorse Apr 4, Tangonero. Apr 5, Polissar Trio with Si Perkoff. Apr 6, Electric Avenue. Apr 7, Trenz. Apr 8, Orquesta Borinquen. Tues, jazz jam. Sun, salsa class. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito.

Sleeping Lady Apr 5, Darren Nelson and friends. Apr 6, Spark and Whisper. Apr 10, Matt Hartwell with Herreroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Songbook Night. Mon, 8pm, open mic with Simon Costa. Thurs, 9pm, Texas Blues. Sat, 2pm, juke jam. Sun, 2pm, Irish music. 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.485.1182.

Smileyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mon, reggae. Wed, Larryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s karaoke. Sun, open mic. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311.

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

Napa Valley Opera House Apr 6, Hermeto Pascoal. 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Pica Pica Maize Kitchen First Friday of every month, salsa dance party. Oxbow Public Market, 610 First St, Napa.

Siloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Apr 6, CR Vibes. Apr 7, Used Blues Band with Alvon Johnson. Apr 11, Giants of Jazz. Wed, 7pm, jam session. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

Silverado Resort Fri, Sat, Hall 1. 1600 Atlas Peak Rd, Napa. 707.257.0200.

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Apr 7, Jackie Green and Rusted Root. Apr 11, 8pm, Mat Kearney. 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

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DJ night. Fri, old-school DJ night. Sat, DJ night. 1250 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.4101.

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

19 Broadway Club Apr 4, Phil Hardgrave and the Continentals. Apr 6, Jason Glavisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Burn it Down Fridays with Irie Dole. Apr 7, Soul Pie. Apr 8, Natural Gas Jazz Band. Apr 10, Jeb Brady Band. Apr 11, C and C Rock and Soul Revue. Mon, 9pm, open mic. Tues, 9pm, Uzilevsky Korty Duo with special guests. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

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Sleigh Bells Addictive guitar riffs, in-the-red beats and the sweetsounding vocals of Alexis Krauss. Apr 5 at the Warfield.

The-Dream Hitmaker behind â&#x20AC;&#x153;Umbrella,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Single Ladiesâ&#x20AC;? and dozens of own jams preps new album. Apr 5 at the New Parish.

McCoy Tyner Full-throttle jazz pianist best known for time with John Coltrane returns with trio. Apr 6-8 at Yoshiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s SF.

Jeff Mangum For the first time in 12 years, the Neutral Milk Hotel frontman hits the West Coast. Apr 9-10 at the Fox Theater.

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Tues, 8:30pm, open mic with Damir. Fri, 9pm, Michael Aragon Quartet. Sun, 3pm, Mal Sharpeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dixieland. 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.1392.

Free from Ăźber-twee collaboration with Zooey Deschanel, master songwriter gets back on his own game. Apr 11 at the Fillmore.

Panama Hotel Restaurant Apr 10, James Moseley Quartet.

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Galleries OPENINGS Apr 6 At 5:30pm. Blue Door Gallery, paintings by Michelle K Irwin. 16359 Main St, Guerveville. 707.865.9878. At 6pm. Share Exchange, exhibit featuring Linda Loveland Reid’s figurative oil paints. 531 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.393.1431.

Apr 7 At 2pm. Claudia Chapline Gallery, farm art exhibit featuring works of Tamae Agnoli and others. 3445 Shoreline Hwy, Stinson Beach. 415.868.2308. At 5pm. Healdsburg Center for the Arts, “Laughing Matters,” featuring works centering on theme of laughter. 130 Plaza St, Healdsburg. Daily, 11 to 6. 707.431.1970.

Apr 8 At 4pm. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, Paintings by Geoff Bernstein. Reception, Apr 8 at 4pm. 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo. 415.488.8888.

SONOMA COUNTY Blue Door Gallery Apr 6-20, Paintings on display by Michelle K Irwin. Reception, Apr 6 at 5:30pm. 16359 Main St, Guerveville. 707.865.9878.

Calabi Gallery Through May 20, “100 Years of Bay Area Art,” featuring art from 1910-2010. 144 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. Wed-Sun, 11 to 5. 707.781.7070.

Gallery One Through Apr 22, “Two Points of View,” featuring works of Jennifer Jaeger and Michele Rosett. 209 Western Ave, Petaluma. 707.778.8277.


Graton Gallery

Share Exchange

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.

Apr 6-30, Exhibit featuring Linda Loveland Reid’s figurative oil paints. Opening reception, Apr 6 at 6. 531 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.393.1431.

Healdsburg Center for the Arts

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

Apr 4-May 6, “Laughing Matters,” featuring works centering on theme of laughter. Opening reception, Apr 7 at 5pm. 130 Plaza St, Healdsburg. Daily, 11 to 6. 707.431.1970.

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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.

Art Works Downtown

Petaluma Arts Center

Claudia Chapline Gallery

Apr 7-May 28, “A Culture Within: The Japanese American Experience through Art,” featuring the works of Henry Sugimoto. 230 Lakeville St at East Washington, Petaluma. 707.762.5600.

Petaluma Historical Museum and Library Through Apr 15, “Roma: Crossing the Borders,” featuring Romani art, music and culture. 20 Fourth St, Petaluma. Wed-Sat, 10 to 4; Sun, noon to 3; tours by appointment on Mon-Tues. 707.778.4398.

RiskPress Gallery Through Apr 27, Works by Laurie Palmer. 7345 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol. No phone.

Riverfront Art Gallery Through May 5, “Showin’ on the River,” juried photography exhibit. 132 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. Wed, Thurs and Sun, 11 to 6. Fri-Sat, 11 to 8. 707.775.4ART.

Sebastopol Center for the Arts Through Apr 28, “The Art of Light,” a juried exhibition of work in a variety of media that uses, applies, handles and utilizes light as a primary attribute. Through Apr 28, “Still Scratching,” scratchboard still lifes, by Diana Lee. 6780 Depot St, Sebastopol. Tues-Fri, 10 to 4; Sat, 1 to 4. 707.829.4797.

Through Apr 27, “The Elements,” featuring 32 Bay Area artists working in a variety of media and styles. 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. Tues-Sat, 10 to 5. 415.451.8119.

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Apr 5-Jun 5, Farm art exhibit, featuring the works of Tamae Agnoli and others. Reception, Apr 7 at 2pm. 3445 Shoreline Hwy, Stinson Beach. Hours: Sat-Sun, noon to 5, and by appointment. 415.868.2308.


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Gallery Route One Apr 6-May 13, “Emergences,” featuring the art of Mimi Abers. Apr 6-May 13, “A Traves de Neustros Ojos,” the Latino photography project featuring Gisela Alvarado, Ariana Aparicio and Mario Garcia. 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.


& Beer Sanctuary Listen to Live Local Music while you knock back a frosty beer & a sandwich in the Tap Room

Marin MOCA Through Apr 15, “Indexical Makers,” presents work by three Bay Area artists, Modesto Covarrubias, Ali NaschkeMessing and Angie Wilson. Novato Arts )


Thur, Apr 5 6–7am; 8:45–9:45am Jazzercise 5:45–6:45pm Jazzercise 7:15–10pm Circles N’ Squares Dance Club Fri, Apr 6 7:15–11pm

8:45–9:45am: 4:30–5:30pm Jazzercise DJ Steve Luther hosts a WEST COAST SWING PARTY $10

Sat, Apr 7 8–9am Jazzercise 9:15–10:15am Jazzercise Sun, Apr 8 10:30–11:30am Zumba Gold with Toning 1:30–3:30pm Vintage Dance 5–9:30pm DJ Steve Luther Country Western Lessons & Dancing $10

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.

Wed, Apr 4 8:45–9:45am; 4:30–5:30pm Jazzercise 5:45–6:45pm Jazzercise 10am–12:15pm Scottish Country Dance Youth & Family 7–10pm Singles & Pairs Square Dance Club

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Occupy Spring Awakening Occupy event featuring rally, festival, speakers and egg-hunt. Apr 7, 1-6pm. Free. Courthouse Square, Third Street and Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa. 707.701.3620.

Peggy Fleming, Kim Navarro & Lisa Navarro Three professional ice skaters appear together. Apr 7, 2pm. $5-$10. Charles M Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452.

Rivertown Revival Fundraiser

INFORMAL DANCE Paula Poundstone appears April 12 at the Napa Valley

Opera House. See Comedy, below.

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

Marin Society of Artists Apr 7-28, Open Craft and Sculpture. “Open Craft and Sculpture,” a juried exhibit featuring various members. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 415.454.9561.

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts Through Apr 26, “Photo Phantasies,” featuring photos of the strange, unfamiliar and unexpected. Reception, Apr 3 at 6pm. 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. Tues-Sat, 10 to 2; also by appointment. 415.388.4331.

San Geronimo Valley Community Center Apr 4-30, Paintings by Geoff Bernstein. Reception, Apr 8 at 4pm. 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo. 415.488.8888.

Seager Gray Gallery Through Apr 15, “Figures in Abstract,” featuring the work of six California artists. 23 Sunnyside Ave, Mill Valley. Tues-Sat; 11 to 6. Fri-Sat, 11 to 7; Sun, 12 to 5. 415.384.8288.

Two Bird Cafe Through Apr 14, “Action,” paintings and drawings

Featuring music by Easy Leaves and the Crux and food from Brother’s BBQ. Apr 10, 5:30pm. $20. Lagunitas Tap Room, 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

Some Bunny Loves You

( 31 by Harry Cohen. Valley Inn, 625 San Geronimo Dr, San Geronimo. Wed-Sun, 8am to 3pm, 5:30 to 9pm. 415.488.0528.

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Cafe Theatre Comedy features renowned California comic. Apr 5, 7:30pm $15. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Through Apr 20, “Where We Live,” featuring depictions of Marin landscapes by young artists. 999 Fifth St, Ste 290, San Rafael.



Pickleweed Park Community Center

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

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



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Beatles Sing-Along

“Your ugly and your penis is small,” and other insults from the Queen of Mean. Apr 6, 7pm. $42.75. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

All you need is love and an exuberant voice to participate in Fab Four singalong featuring Pepperland and Love Choir. Apr 6, 7pm. BBQ, beer and wine at 6pm. Admission $5-$10. Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris St, Sebastopol. 707.823.1511.

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Paula Poundstone The tie! The suspenders! The quick wit! Apr 12, 8pm. $35-$48. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Egg Hunt Kiddies under 5 invited to pet farm animals and hunt for

Rabbit adoption event, where all rabbits are available for $10. Through Apr 7, 12-4:30pm. Sonoma County Animal Shelter, 1247 Century Ct, Santa Rosa.

Tall Ships in Bodega Bay The Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain dock at Spud Point Marina. Various times and prices for walk-on tours and take-along sailings. Through Apr 9. Bodega Bay.

10,000 Easter Egg Hunt Sonoma County’s biggest egg hunt, with jump houses and carnival games. Apr 7, 1pm. Free. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.545.4200.

Film First Friday Film Series Watch Schulz’ favorite films. Apr 6 at 7pm, ‘High Society.’ $5. Charles M Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452.

Words of the Future Writing conference focuses on—what else?— digital publishing In 1907, British explorer Sir Aurel Stein hauled 24 cases of ancient manuscripts and five boxes of lost treasure from a hidden cave in Dunhuang, China. Among the artifacts was the world’s oldest known printed book, a copy of the Diamond Sutra from the year 868— centuries before Gutenberg. Today, the woodblock print rests in the British Library, where Frances Wood told the BBC in a 2010 interview, “You can see it actually rather better on the internet than on a darkened case in the library itself.” To help writers get published in the digital age, Redwood Writers, a branch of the California Writers Club, presents NextStep, a daylong writing conference. The day offers a chance to talk with literary agents; four breakout sessions in craft, genre, publishing and marketing; and several speakers, including popular mystery writer David Corbett, Smashwords founder Mark Coker and Joel Friedlander of, whose website helps self-published authors navigate the world of book design. The event requires registration and gets underway on Saturday, April 28, at the SRJC Bertolini Student Union. 311 Elliott Ave., Santa Rosa. 8am–5:30pm. $150–$180; students, $75. For more, see —Michael Shufro

Hey, Boo Documentary examines social impact of “To Kill a Mockingbird” and the hidden life of Harper Lee. Apr 5, 7:30pm. Free. Raven Theater, 115 North St, Healdsburg. 707.433.3145.

Live Theater Broadcasts Classic ballet and opera broadcast live from around the globe. Romeo and Juliet from the Royal Ballet in London,

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34 Arts Events Seldom Seen Flicks Classic, rarely seen films and documentaries. Apr 10, Tuya’s Marriage. 7pm. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Food & Drink Stand Up for a Cause Comedy and craft beer help fund local Boys and Girls Club. Fri, Apr 6. $10. Bear Republic Brewing Co, 345 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.433.2337.

Wine, Jazz & Romance Tasting features vintages from Valdez, Kokomo and Inman. Apr 7, 6pm. $45. River Theatre, 16135 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.3194.

Lectures Beekeeping for Beginners Workshop designed for those with little or no knowledge of honeybees. Apr 7, 10am. $35. Marin Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross.

Jane Ganahi A List Conversation with authors Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi of “Love, Inshallah” and “The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women.” Apr 4, 7:30pm. $12$15. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Mike Marshall & Mike LaCoss A-List Conversation with SR Pacifics former major league players. Apr 11, 7:30pm. $12$15. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Plants on the Move in a Changing World William McNamara of Quarryhill Garden talks about how humans and plants travel together. Apr 10, 7pm. $10. Luther Burbank Home & Gardens, Santa Rosa Avenue at Sonoma Avenue, Santa Rosa. 707.524.5445.

Wildflowers Bouverie Preserve biologist Jeanne Wirka

( 32 leads class on the amazing world of flowering plants. Apr 7, 9:30am. $25. Bouverie Preserve, 13935 Hwy 12, Glen Ellen.

Readings Book Passage Apr 4, 1pm, “After Annie,” with Michael Tucker. Apr 4, 7pm, “Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in Without Going Crazy,” with Joanna Macy. Apr 5, 7pm, “Sailor,” with Tom Epperson. Apr 7, 1pm, “Sweet Judy Blue Eyes: My Life in Music,” with Judy Collins. Apr 7, 4pm, “imperial Scandal,” with Teresa Grant. Apr 9, 7pm, “Perla,” with Carolina de Robertis. Apr 11, 7pm, “Fall from Grace,” with Richard North Patterson. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 415.927.0960.

Community Church Apr 5, 7:30pm, “Some Assembly Required,” with Anne Lamott. 1000 Gravenstein Hwy N, Sebastopol 707.823.2484.

Santa Rosa Copperfield’s Books Apr 11, 7pm, “The Big Town,” with Monte Schulz. 2316 Montgomery Dr, Santa Rosa 707.578.8938.

Healdsburg Senior Center Apr 10, 7pm, “Settler’s Chase,” with Pat Nolan and Doris Eraldi. Free. 133 Matheson St, Healdsburg.

Napa Copperfield’s Books Apr 10, 10am, “Meet Me at the Moon,” with Gianna Marino. 3900-A Bel Aire Plaza, Highway 29 and Trancas Street, Napa. 707.252.8002.

Pegasus Theater Company Apr 5, 7pm, “Co-Creation: Fifty Years in the Making,” with Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller. Rio Nido Lodge, Canyon Two Rd, Rio Nido 707.522.9043.

Petaluma Copperfield’s Books Apr 4, 4pm, “I Hunt Killers,” with Barry Lyga. Apr 5, 3pm, “Alice-Miranda on Vacation,” with Jacqueline Harvey. 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.762.0563.

River Reader Apr 4, “Conversations with Richard Prucell,” with Susan Casslan. Apr 9, 7pm, “Shift and Shout,” with Dewey and Susan Watson. 16355 Main St, Guerneville 707.869.2242.

Theater Don Giovanni The young and handsome nobleman Don Giovanni is an arrogant, womanizing cad. Various dates and times. Through Apr 15. $25-$35. Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.763.8920.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Laugh your toga off to the story of a slave who attempts to win his freedom by helping his master woo the girl next do. Various dates and times. Apr 6-29. $12-$25. Novato Theater Company, 484 Ignacio Blvd, Novato.

Othello Aldo Billingslea plays Othello and Craig Marker plays Iago in intimate staging. Various dates and times. Through Apr 22. $34-$55. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.5208.

The Tennessee Menagerie Peek into the real life of Tennessee Williams and remeet his most memorable females characters. Various dates and times. Through Apr 7. $10-$25. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

Twentieth Century Ross Valley Players present adaption of 1934 film starring John Barymore and Carole Lombard. Various dates and times. Through Apr 15. $17-$25. Barn Theatre, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 415.456.9555.

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For the week of April 4

ARIES (March 21–April 19) Please study this testimony: “Born in a rancid, bat-infested cave at the base of the smoldering Sangay volcano, I was raised by the half-bear demon princess Arcastia. At the age of four my training as a ninja shaman began when I was left naked and alone next to a stream of burning lava with only two safety pins, a package of dental floss and a plastic bag full of Cheerios. My mission: to find my way to my spiritual home.” Now, Aries, I’d like you to compose your own version of this declaration: a playful, over-the-top myth about your origins that gives you a greater appreciation for the heroic journey you’ve been on all these years. TAURUS (April 20–May 20)

Our ancestors owned slaves and denied education to girls. What were they thinking? Time magazine asked renowned historian David McCullough if there was anything we do today that our descendants will regard as equally insane and inexcusable. His reply: “How we could have spent so much time watching TV.” I’ll ask you, Taurus, to apply this same exercise on a personal level. Think of some things you did when you were younger that now seem incomprehensible or ignorant. Then explore the possibility that you will look back with incredulity at some weird habit or tweaked form of self-indulgence you’re pursuing today. (P.S. It’s an excellent time to phase out that habit or self-indulgence.)

GEMINI (May 21–June 20) “I can’t tell if I’m dealing well with life these days or if I just don’t give a sh–– any more.” I stumbled upon that comment at, and I decided to pass it along for your consideration. You may be pondering the same riddle: feeling suspicious about why you seem more relaxed and tolerant than usual in the face of plain old everyday chaos. I’m here to tell you my opinion, which is that your recent equanimity is not rooted in jaded numbness. Rather, it’s the result of some hard work you did on yourself during the last six months. Congrats and enjoy! CANCER (June 21–July 22)

What excites you, Cancerian? What mobilizes your self-discipline and inspires you to see the big picture? I encourage you to identify those sources of high-octane fuel, and then take extraordinary measures to make them a strong presence in your life. There has rarely been a better time than now for you to do this. It could create effects that will last for years. (P.S. Here’s a further nudge from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Every great and commanding movement in the annals of the world is the triumph of enthusiasm. Nothing great was ever achieved without it.”)

LEO (July 23–August 22) While browsing in a bookstore, I came across a book and deck of cards that were collectively called Tarot Secrets. The subtitle of the kit was “A Fast and Easy Way to Learn a Powerful Ancient Art.” I snorted derisively to read that claim, since I myself have studied Tarot intensively for years and am nowhere near mastery. Later, though, when I was back home meditating on your horoscope, I softened my attitude a bit. The astrological omens do indeed suggest that in the upcoming weeks and months, you just might be able to learn a rather substantial skill in a relatively short time. VIRGO (August 23–September 22)

Writing in The New Yorker, Joanna Ravenna paraphrased German philosopher Nietzsche: “The best way to enrage people is to force them to change their mind about you.” I’d like to see you mutate this theory in the coming weeks, Virgo. If possible, see if you can amuse and entertain people, not enrage them, by compelling them to change their minds about you. I realize that’s a tricky proposition, but given the current astrological omens, I have faith that you can pull it off.

LIBRA (September 23–October 22) In 1892, when Wrigley was just starting out as a company, its main product was baking powder. Free chewing gum was included in each package as a promotional gimmick. But soon the freebie became so popular that Wrigley rearranged its entire business. Now it’s a multibillion dollar company that sells gum in 140 different countries—and no baking powder. Maybe there’s something like that on the verge of happening in your own life, Libra: What seemed like the main event could turn out to be secondary, or what seemed incidental might become a centerpiece. Is there something you

are overvaluing at the cost of something you are undervaluing?

SCORPIO (October 23–November 21)

People in intimate relationships are hypersensitive to negative comments from their partners. Psychologists say it takes five compliments to outweigh the effects of a single dash of derogatory criticism. I’m sure the ratio is similar even for relationships that aren’t as close as lovers and spouses. With this in mind, I urge you to be extra careful not to dispense barbs. They would be especially damaging during this phase of your astrological cycle—both to you and to those at whom you direct them. Instead, Scorpio, why not dole out an abundance of compliments? They will build up a reservoir of goodwill you’ll be able to draw on for a long time.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21) Researchers report that the typical man falls in love 5.4 times over the course of his life, while the average woman basks in the glow of this great mystery on 4.6 occasions. I suspect you may be close to having a 0.4 or 0.6 type of experience, Sagittarius: sort of like infatuation, but without the crazed mania. That could actually be a good thing. The challenging spiritual project that relationship offers may be most viable when the two people involved are not electrifyingly interwoven with every last one of their karmic threads. Maybe we have more slack in our quest for intimacy if we love but are not obsessed. CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19) “I couldn’t wait for success,” said rich and famous comedian Jonathan Winters, “so I went ahead without it.” I love that approach, and I suggest you try it out. Is there any area of your life that is held captive by an image of perfection? Consider the possibility that shiny concepts of victory and progress might be distracting you from doing the work that will bring you meaning and fulfillment. If you’re too busy dreaming of someday attaining the ideal mate, weight, job, pleasure and community, you may miss out on the imperfect but amazing opportunities that are available right now. AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18) On, Kaushalp88 asked the question, “What is the most badass thing that you have ever done, but that other people weren’t impressed by?” Here’s his own story: “I was at an ice-cream shop. At the exit, there was a small raised step I didn’t see. I tripped over it with my ice cream cone in my right hand. The ice cream ball sprung out of the cone. I instinctively lurched my left hand forward and grabbed it, but at the same time I was already falling toward the pavement. I tucked my head into my chest and made a perfect somersault, rising to my feet and plopping the ice cream back in the cone.” I suspect you will soon have comparable experiences, Aquarius—unusual triumphs and unexpected accomplishments. But you may have to be content with provoking awe in no one else beside yourself. PISCES (February 19–March 20)

“Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.” So says a Swedish proverb. Can we talk about this, please, Pisces? Of course there are real hazards and difficulties in life, and they deserve your ingenious problem-solving. But why devote any of your precious energy to becoming embroiled in merely hyped-up hazards and hypothetical difficulties? Based on my analysis of the astrological omens, now is a propitious time to cut shadows down to their proper size. It’s also a perfect moment to liberate yourself from needless anxiety. I think you’ll be amazed at how much more accurate your perceptions will be as a result.

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