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ll you need to know about the opposition to Measure Q, which would enable each region of Santa Rosa to elect its own city council representative, is “Who?” “Where?” and “Why?” Who is campaigning against Measure Q, or opposed putting it on the ballot? Here’s a sample: Herb Williams, campaign manager for dozens of developer-backed candidates; Janet Condron, former city councilwoman who earned failing grades on the Sonoma County Conservation Action environmental report card; Doug Bosco, former congressman and behind-the-scenes powerbroker. Where do they live? In affluent areas of east Santa Rosa. That’s no coincidence. Since Santa Rosa’s founding, councilmembers have come almost exclusively from wealthy eastside neighborhoods, their campaigns financed by business and development interests. Why? Because the current system suits Santa Rosa’s power elite just fine. They have controlled a majority of the city council for all but two years in living memory. While advocates for neighborhoods, inclusion and quality of life fought unsuccessfully to be heard, these council majorities cheerfully rubber-stamped proposals ranging from expanding an asphalt plant in the middle of town to ridgetop McMansions in Skyhawk. Right now, every Santa Rosa City Council election is a pitched battle between bags of business community cash on one side and outspent, grassroots campaigns for neighborhood and environmental advocates on the other. Those loyal to the wishes of ordinary voters are outgunned, and they usually lose. If that’s democracy, it’s democracy Citizens United–style. The game is rigged to favor candidates funded by interests who hope to profit from city council decisions. Giving each region of the city its own representative will give people-powered campaigns a fighting chance. City council members will be more accountable to voters, not special interests. And when a neighborhood has a concern, they’ll have an advocate at city hall. Real democracy in Santa Rosa is long overdue. Vote yes on Measure Q. Mark Green was founding executive director of Sonoma County Conservation Action from 1991 to 2000, and was named Sonoma County Environmentalist of the Year in 1997. He writes on politics and culture at http://greendragonblog.com; follow him on Twitter @MarkGreenFuture.

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Great article (“Creative Parenting,” Sept. 12)! As a mother of a sixyear-old girl and a five-month-old boy, I can totally relate! Personally, I think the most important thing we can do for our children is love them unconditionally and tell them that all of the time, listen to their silly stories, play with them and read to them. This time flies, and it’s up to us to make those happy memories.

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Measure U Save Rural Angwin and Adventists for the Preservation of Pacific Union College’s Heritage should be commended for their efforts to keep Angwin a rural community as described in the Napa County general plan update and to protect PUC from urban encroachment. This is in accord with Ellen G. White, a cofounder of the Adventist Church, who led PUC from Healdsburg in 1909 to Angwin because of urbanization. She observed, “While men slept, the devil sowed houses.” Measure U supports PUC in its academic mission. However, PUC’s board of trustees—few live in Napa County— has scant concern for Angwin and Napa County. The 591-unit subdivision they once proposed for Angwin would have increased Angwin’s population by 46 percent and put 1,200 vehicles and their accompanying pollution on Napa County’s roads. Now they are collaborating with the same developer on a new project, and again, vulnerable land is in the bull’s-eye. Measure U benefits Angwin and PUC. Fields farmed for a hundred years in the heart of Angwin will be beyond the grasp of developers, PUC will have a larger core campus and its watertreatment plant will be able to expand if the college grows. Measure U saves Napa County taxpayers the enormous

costs year after year for services such as fire, police and road maintenance a city on the top of Howell Mountain would require. On average, residential development costs the taxpayer $1.50 while realizing $1.00 in tax revenue; agriculture and open space gives opposite results.

Measure U targets an inappropriate designation. The county assigns designations for the good of the whole community, not one property owner. This is fairness. The people of Napa County have traditionally and wisely protected agricultural land and open spaces from inappropriate development. That is why Napa County is unique in its unspoiled beauty. Please continue Napa’s proud tradition and preserve the rural character of Angwin. Vote yes on Measure U.

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Fixing the Library Many people have voiced concern lately about the impending review of the Library’s Joint Powers Agreement. The JPA is the document underlying the governance of the Sonoma County Library system. A small but powerful faction of the library administration has been spreading a campaign of fear. They variously claim that if the JPA is revised at all, the whole agreement will be gutted, the library’s funding will be jeopardized, the county supervisors will take over the running of the library, and the library will be laid open to censorship. Last week members of SOCOSOL (Sonoma County Save Our Libraries) met with Supervisors Mike McGuire and Efren Carillo; both supervisors offered complete assurances that the library funding is not open for discussion in the current review of the Joint Powers Agreement. Both supervisors agree that there was never any intention to rewrite the section of the JPA governing the library’s funding. Furthermore, the Library Commission is well aware of this fact, because the supervisors personally

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informed the chairperson to that effect. It is worth knowing that the Sonoma County Library system had several major funding crises after the JPA was signed, from 1978 through 1987, and was bailed out at different times by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, the State Legislature and the cities. In these cases, the JPA was not what protected the library; it was the fact that the community supported and wanted a library. The current administration does not trust the public and wants to shut it out of any debate on library priorities, hence the commission’s refusal to even address the issue of restoring hours. Now is the time for concerned citizens to come forward and make suggestions for improvement. The library can get better. Make your voice heard.

KAREN GUMA Retired Reference Librarian, Sonoma County Library Write to us at letters@bohemian.com.

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PESKY PESTICIDES ‘Organic isn’t more nutritious’ screams of cognitive dissonance—also of funding from Big Ag.

Cargill’s Way The rotten apples surrounding Stanford’s organics study BY ARI LEVAUX

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and Produce.” Maybe the doubt was inferred from the metastudy’s lukewarm synopsis: “The published literature lacks strong evidence that organic foods are significantly more nutritious than conventional foods. Consumption of organic foods may reduce exposure to pesticide residues and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.” Now wait a minute. It’s true that ideologues can attribute positive benefits to whatever they want,

but organic food has never been seriously touted as more nutritious or vitamin-rich than conventional food. Nor is it the cure for HIV, or the preferred food of unicorns. Organic has always been defined by what it isn’t, and the first rule of organic food is that it’s free of things like “pesticide residues” and “antibiotic-resistant bacteria.” The study confirms what organic supporters have long purported to be the ) 11 case: organic food is less

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he old cowboy, Jack, and his little donkey, Pack Jack, set up camp along the trail, cooking up pots of beans and barbecuing meat. When hungry cowboys rode by, tired of eating hard biscuits and jerky on long cattle drives, they eagerly found Pack Jack, ready to serve his delicious, long-smoked Texas barbecue cooked just right.

Now Pack Jack is back on the trail. The Sebastopol barbecue restaurant named after the little donkey has finally reopened eight years after fire gutted the front of the building and closed the family business. Out of the fire and back into the Texas-style smoker, flavorful chicken, brisket and ribs are once more on the menu, the 100-year-old recipes a closely guarded family secret. “My grandfather, Poppa, died a month to the day before his one hundredth birthday, and only then

did he call me to his bedside to give me the recipes,” says owner Donnie Harris. Originally Jesse’s restaurant, a barbecue joint rented out by another restaurateur on the family property, Harris and his wife, Marie, took it over and reopened as Pack Jack’s in 1981. Fronting a rural stretch of Gravenstein Highway South, the restaurant is part of a family compound including patriarch Donnie’s home, a small golf course, a man cave, Marie’s garden and collard

patch, and free-range chickens. Pack Jack’s gained popularity throughout the 1980s, twice appearing on San Francisco’s KRON TV series Bay Area Backroads and garnering fans such as Huey Lewis and the News. The restaurant was open for nearly 25 years when disaster occurred. While the family was away on vacation, a fire started in the smoker’s chimney, housed inside the restaurant. The slow-starting fire soon spread to the roof, which ultimately collapsed into the kitchen. Almost everything in the kitchen and dining area was lost, including memorabilia, antiques and photographs of celebrities. Because the Harrises had already retired from previous careers and ran Pack Jack’s as a hobby, they did not pursue reopening the restaurant. After five years of encouragement from fans who yearned for Pack Jack’s barbecue, the family agreed to rebuild, with sons Robert and Martin Harris spearheading the project. Because so much time had elapsed between the fire and the renovation, the family lost the permit status that would have eased reestablishing the restaurant; they were required to reconfigure the size of the kitchen and establish handicap parking and bathrooms. “We finally got serious about it in 2008,” says Robert, who commuted back and forth from Vallejo to Sebastopol while the renovation took place. “A little bit of everything held up the process, and there were problems up until the last minute.” Though in their late 70s, Donnie and Marie did much of the renovating themselves. Now creamy yellow walls wait to be filled with cowboy memorabilia, and an outdoor seating area is in the works. During the summer, the heat, smoke and flies are kept under control by fans placed strategically around the room. All that remains of the original building are the rusty orange Naugahyde booths and their faux brick bases, salvaged from the dining room and cleaned of smoke

Pack Jack’s Bar-B-Que, 3693 Gravenstein Hwy. S., Sebastopol. 707.827.3665.

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damage, a small reminder to patrons of the old place. Pack Jack’s finally reopened in June, and according to Robert, the response has been “fantastic.” “We did a soft opening without any advertisement, because we wanted time to get our act together. Opening day was ridiculous, it was wild, almost more than we could handle. Now we’ve got it under control.” Two visits to the restaurant prove that pit master Martin and the family cooks haven’t lost their chops. The menu is exactly the same as before, featuring Texasstyle, slow-smoked barbecue pork, beef or lamb ribs, beef brisket, house-made hot links and chicken. Both full portions ($15) and half ($10) include two side dishes: tender, smoky flavored beans with meat, creamy potato salad and crispy, vinegar-dressed coleslaw. The pork ribs werre tender and easily pulled off the bone, while the lamb ribs, though chewier and layered with a tough membrane, were richly flavored. The hot links combined both ground beef and pork with a hot spiciness, and can be ordered as a sandwich ($6.95, no sides included). The beef brisket, also ordered as a sandwich ($6.95), came heaped on a hamburger bun moistened by the natural meat juices. Only the chicken was a bit dry, but the barbecue sauce helped juice it up. Meals can also be ordered for takeout. “We are not allowed to change anything on the menu,” says Robert. “Dad’s rules. All the recipes are secret, and not one thing can be changed or added.” Adds father Donnie, “If you’re successful with what you have, why change it?” A blooming century plant out front pays tribute to Marie, who passed away in December. The family legacy lives on through the sons, daughters, nieces and nephews who work all aspects of the business. “We love the food, we love the people, we love this town and we’ve been very welcomed,” gushes Robert. “We are very happy that Pack Jack is back.”

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Dining Our selective list of North Bay restaurants is subject to menu, pricing and schedule changes. Call first for confirmation. Restaurants in these listings appear on a rotating basis. For expanded listings, visit www.bohemian.com. COST: $ = Under $12; $$ = $13-$20; $$$ = $21-$26; $$$$ = Over $27

Rating indicates the low to average cost of a full dinner for one person, exclusive of desserts, beverages and tip.

S O N O MA CO U N T Y Bluewater Bistro California cuisine. $$-$$$. Homey and rich seafood with warm service. Terrific specialoccasion spot. Dinner, ThursSat; lunch daily; breakfast, SatSun. 21301 Heron Dr, Bodega Bay. 707.875.3513.

Borolo’s Original Pizza Pizza $. Classic, California and European pizza combos beyond the ordinary. Borolo’s uses organic mozzarella, locally sourced produce and milled flour. Salads are made to order, with homemade dressings, and the pizza is baked in a stone oven. Takeout and delivery. Lunch and dinner daily. 500 Mission Blvd, Santa Rosa. 707.539.3937.

Chelino’s Mexican Restaurant Mexican. $. Standout generous taqueria fare with fresh ingredients daily. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 1079 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.571.7478.

Hamburger Ranch & Pasta Farm American. $. Old-fashioned, informal mom’n’-pop roadhouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 31195 N Redwood Hwy, Cloverdale. 707.894.5616.

Jennie Low’s Chinese. $-$$. Light, healthy, and tasty Cantonese, Mandarin, Hunan, and Szechuan home-style cooking. Great selection, including vegetarian fare, seafood, and noodles. Lunch, Mon-Sat; dinner daily. Two locations: 140 Second St, Ste 120, Petaluma. 707.762.6888. Vintage Oaks Shopping Center, Rowland Ave, Novato. 415.892.8838. Lily Kai Chinese. $$. An extensive array of bistro-chic dishes like mild curry lamb, spicy basil prawns and roast duck with steamed lotus buns. Hot and sour soup is stellar.

Lunch and dinner daily. 3100 Lakeville Hwy, Petaluma. 707.782.1132.

Monti’s Rotisserie & Bar California cuisine. $-$$. Small plates and a few larger entrées with emphasis on house-roasted meats. Lunch and dinner daily. 714 Village Ct, Santa Rosa. 707.568.4404.

Pongo’s Kitchen & Tap Thai. $$. Family-owned and operated with superfresh ingredients and a full kids’ menu. Lunch and dinner daily. 701 Sonoma Mt Pkwy, Petaluma. 707.765.9800.

Thai Pot Thai. $$. A local favorite for authentic Thai recipes with pad Thai, curries, exotic appetizers and entrées. Lunch and dinner daily. 2478 W Third St, Santa Rosa. 707.575.9296. 6961 Sebastopol Ave (across from West America Bank), Sebastopol. 707.829.8889.

Thai Taste Restaurant Thai. $-$$. Lovely ambiance and daily specials showcase authentic Thai flavors. A hidden gem in Santa Rosa’s Montecito neighborhood. Lunch and dinner daily. 170 Farmers Lane #8, Santa Rosa. 707.526.3888.

Willi’s Wine Bar Small 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.

Wolf House Californian. $$$-$$$$. Stick with the simple, classics dishes, as they always shine. Lunch, Tues-Fri; dinner, Tues-Sun; brunch, SatSun. 13740 Arnold Dr, Glen Ellen. 707.996.4401. Yao-Kiku Japanese. $$-$$$. Fresh sushi with ingredients flown in from Japan steals the show in this popular neighborhood restaurant. Lunch and dinner daily. 2700 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.578.8180.

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

MARIN CO U N T Y Bubba’s Diner Homestyle American. $-$$. Comforting Momma-style food like fried green tomatoes, onion meatloaf and homey chickenfried steak with red-eye gravy in a restaurant lined with cookbooks and knickknacks. Open breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 566 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo. 415.459.6862.

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

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

Iron Springs Pub & Brewery Brewpub. $$. Pub grub gets a pub-cuisine facelift. Lunch, Sat-Sun; dinner daily. 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax. 415.485.1005.

Joe’s Taco Lounge & Salsaria Mexican. $. Mostly authentic Mexican menu with American standbys. Lunch and dinner daily; takeout, too. 382 Miller Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.8164.

Marin Brewing Co Pub food. $-$$. Excellent soups, salads, pub grub and awardwinning pork-beer sausage. Lunch and dinner daily. 1809 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 415.461.4677. Mountain Home Inn American. $$-$$$$. Great summer sandwiches with a view atop Mt Tamalpais. Breakfast, Sat-Sun; lunch and dinner, Wed-Sun. 810 Panoramic Dr, Mill Valley. 415.381.9000.

Nick’s Cove Seafood/ contemporary American. $$$$. Fresh from the bay oysters,

Yet Wah Chinese. $$. Can’t go wrong here. Special Dungeness crab dishes for dinner; dim sum for lunch. Lunch and dinner daily. 1238 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.460.9883.

N A PA CO U N TY Alexis Baking Co Cafe. $-$$. Alexis excels at baked goods and offers killer breakfasts and sensible soup’n’-salad lunches. 1517 Third St, Napa. 707.258.1827.

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.

Bouchon French. $$$. A Keller brother creation with a distinctly Parisian bistro ambiance, offering French classics. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 6540 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.8037. Checkers California. $$. Perfect casual spot for dinner before the movie. Try the panéed chicken and butternut squash ravioli. Lunch and dinner daily. 1414 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.9300.

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

SMALL BITES

No Pumpkin Belly Here The last thing that comes to mind with beer is the idea that it could be healthful. Beer that’s good for you? Preposterous! Not so, says Marin Brewing Company, purveyors of E.S. Chi Tonic Herbal Ale. A proprietary blend of “wild chinese herbs,” the beer is the result of a collaboration between Marin Brewing Company owner Brendan Moylan, brewmaster Arne Johnson and Dr. Yen-Wei Choong, master herbalist (he provided herbs to Jerry Garcia back in the day) and director of the Yellow Emperor Natural Healing Center in San Anselmo. Though beer gut is an accepted and expected sacrifice in favor of drinking of the hoppy fountain, the good doctor Choong claims that E.S. Chi won’t slow metabolism, cut into energy levels or cause the dreaded “pumpkin belly.” This particular brew contains less “coldness” than other ales, created from the “wisdom of ancient China,” he says (sounding like those old Calgon detergent commercials from the 1970s). Made from an ESB base, the ABV is 5.4 percent, giving it the lighter quality of a session beer with a bready malt character and, not surprisingly, an herbal tea–like taste. For anyone who wants a beer that’ll improve health prospects and get the chi flowing instead of slowing, it’s available in 22-ounce bottles. Call ahead to make sure stores have stock—it can be a bit hard to find in the North Bay.—Leilani Clark

Cole’s Chop House American steakhouse. $$$$$. Handsome, upscale 1950s-era steakhouse serving chophouse classics like dryaged porterhouse steak and Black Angus filet mignon. Wash down the red meat with a “nostalgia” cocktail. Dinner daily. 1122 Main St, Napa. 707.224.6328.

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

Napa. Lunch and dinner daily. 707.253.1111.

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

La Toque Restaurant French-inspired. $$$$. Set in a comfortable elegantly rustic dining room reminiscent of a French lodge, with a stone fireplace centerpiece, La Toque makes for memorable

special-occasion dining. The elaborate wine pairing menus are luxuriously inspired. Dinner, Wed-Sun. 1314 McKinstry St, Napa. 707.257.5157.

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

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Most reviews by James Knight. Note: Those listings marked â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;WCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; denote wineries with caves. These wineries are usually only open to the public by appointment. Wineries in these listings appear on a rotating basis.

SONOMA CO U N TY Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Argenzio Winery Much like the family-run, backstreet bodegas of the old country that the decor invokes. Sangiovese, Moscato di Fresco, and Randy Rhoads Cab. 1301 Cleveland Ave., Santa Rosa. Daily 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5pm. $10 tasting fee. 707.280.4658.

Gourmet au Bay Seafood takes to wine even better than water. Wine bar and retail shop offers flights served on custom wooden â&#x20AC;&#x153;surfboards,â&#x20AC;? artisan cheese and cracker plate, and liberal bring-your-own picnic policy. Cold crab cakes and sparkling wine at sunset on the bay? Sounds like a date. 913 Hwy. 1, Bodega. Wine surfing, $8. 707.875.9875. John Tyler Wines For decades, the Bacigalupis have been selling prized grapes to the likes of Chateau Montelena and Williams Selyem. Now, the third-generation wine growers offer the pick of the vineyard in their own tasting room, brandnew in 2011. Graceful Pinot and sublime Zin. 4353 Westside Road, Healdsburg. Open dail,y 10:30amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5pm. Tastings $10. 707.473.0115. Loxton Cellars At Loxton,

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Terroirs Artisan Wines Four wineries, one very busy winemaker, in a rennovated downtown Geyserville space thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as dramatic and spacious as it is cozy by the fireplace. Sample limited-release wines that just might express that ineffable concept of earth, terrain and climate that we call â&#x20AC;&#x153;terroir,â&#x20AC;? all crafted by veteran winemaker-consultant Kerry Damskey, who ought to know. 21001 Geyserville Ave., Geyserville. Open daily 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5:30pm. 707.857.4101.

N A PA CO U N TY Charles Krug Winery Founded 1861, and owned by the Peter Mondavi family since only 1943, Krug is among Napaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most historic wineries. Taste awardwinning Sauvignon Blanc and reserve Cab in unassuming low building across from the original stone winery. Ask about the Johannesburger Riesling. 2800 Main St., St. Helena. Tasting daily, 10:30am to 5pm. Fees vary; complimentary for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Napa neighbors.â&#x20AC;? 707.967.2229.

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above the vineyards like some kind of New Age bunker, the rosemary-shrouded winery houses a down-toearth father-and-son team dedicated to low-alcohol Dry Creek Zinfandel. Greeters Lila and Pella present soggy tennis balls. 2385 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Saturdays, noonâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5pm. No fee. 707.433.1040.

Stagecoach Vineyards is of extremes: two miles end-toend. One billion pounds of rock extracted. Seventy wineries buy the fruit; the Krupps release 2,000 cases including Black Bart Marsanne. 3265 Soda Canyon Road, Napa. Tours by appointment, $25. 707.260.0514. Tasting at A Dozen Vintners, 3000 Hwy. 29, St. Helena. Daily, 10am-5pm. 707.967.0666.

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4660 Silverado Trail, Calistoga. By appointment. 707.942.4787.

Rubicon Estate Despite the celebrity hype, the wine is award-winning. 1991 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford. Open daily, 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5pm. 800.782.4226.

Somerston Wine Co. Ambitious ranch and winery inclues utility-vehicle â&#x20AC;&#x153;buggyâ&#x20AC;? rides by appointment. The cheese shop and grocery opens in April. All that and wine, too. 6488 Washington St., Yountville. Tasting room open noon-8pm Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Thursday; to 9pm, Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Saturday; to 10pm, summer. Tastings $15â&#x20AC;&#x201C; $40. Ranch tours by appointment, $50. 707.944.8200.

Truchard Vineyards (WC) No matter how attentive you are to the directions, no matter how much you study the quaint, hand-drawn map found online, no matter how vigilantly you watch the street addresses numerically climb along Old Sonoma Road, you will inevitably miss Truchard Vineyards. What follows is a three-point turn on a blind, two-lane road, with a single thought in your head: â&#x20AC;&#x153;This wine had better be worth the insurance deductible.â&#x20AC;? But with Cabernet this good, it is. 3234 Old Sonoma Road, Napa. By appointment. 707.253.7153.

Uncorked at Oxbow Across from the Public Market, this remodeled house in Napaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic â&#x20AC;&#x153;Little Italyâ&#x20AC;? is a casual and unaffected joint. Ahnfeldt and Carducci wines include estate Merlot, Syrah, Cab, vinted by Paul Hobbs. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ask about the horse. 605 First St., Napa. Open daily, noonâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;8pm; winter hours vary. Tasting fee, $10â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$20. 707.927.5864.

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, 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6pm. $10â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$25. 707.968.0625.

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Winemeister Brau

What does it take to make great wine? BY JAMES KNIGHT

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uring harvest, there’s very little swirling and sniffing in a working winery. It’s all about punching down and hosing down, with not much resting up in between. Afterward, beer is usually the drink of choice. Here’s what some North Bay winemakers are refreshing themselves with at the end of the day. “I drink cooooold Mexican beer with lots of limes,” says Harvest Moon’s Randy Pitts. “Corona or Bud for the crew after hours; for me, a shot of tequila,” says Joe Benziger, who could also use a lime. Hanzell’s Michael McNeill relaxes with Racer 5 at home. At kosher-certified Hagafen, Ernie Weir says that any kind of beer is an integral part of winemaking. “I like a lot of IPAs.” Typically, the lab staff, because they’ve got the refrigerator, are designated keepers of the brew. But not officially: “Unofficially,” says one anonymous source of the contents of his lab fridge, “you’ll find Negro Modelo and Modelo Especial.” Modelos is also enjoyed at Hop Kiln in the waning hours of long harvest days, says winemaker Chuck Mansfield, who adds: “Responsibly, of course!” At Madonna Estate, Taylor Bartolucci is “a good old-fashioned Coors Light girl. It’s not impressive but it gets it done after a long day,” she says, laughing. “My go-to beer is Blue Moon,” says Ferrari-Carano’s Sarah Quider. It’s Great White for her assistant winemaker Rebecca Deike, and the same for De Loach’s Brian Maloney; Racer 5, Lagunitas Pale Ale and Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale for Kokomo’s Erik Miller; Fat Tire for VML’s Virginia Lambrix. “I think we have a Heineken in the refrigerator,” says Katey Bacigalupi of John Tyler Wines. At Siduri, Adam Lee says that in the hot, sweaty midst of harvest, something light is called for. “Actually, there is a 24-pack of PBR in the fridge right now just for those times. More popular than that,” he adds, “is Shiner Bock. Shiner, Texas, is close to my hometown of Austin.” Over at Somerston, Craig Becker admits to being the anomaly. “I believe it takes a lot of good wine to make good wine.” He tastes through wines so that he can reflect on the current vintage. After that, he says, “I love a good whiskey.” We find Kathleen Inman, of Inman Family wines, “literally on my way to pick up some beer from Russian River Brewing Company! It’s a really delicious, hoppy, low alcohol beer.” John Hawley is also a fan: “We actually have a fridge full. My son, Paul, also grows hops up here at the winery and makes a homebrewed ‘wet hop’ harvest ale with fresh-picked hops that is pretty refreshing after a long day.” Indeed, Russian River Brewing Company’s harvest tribute beer, “It Takes a Lot of Great Beer to Make Great Wine,” is a hoppy, lowalcohol refresher at 4.75 percent, and brings us back to this issue’s theme, after a long day’s hard work. Is it beer o’clock?

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TOILIN’ MOYLAN Brendan Moylan won his first GABF award over 10 years ago; the prize was $100, a kiss and a paper crown.

The Big Show Local brewers prepare for the Great American Beer Festival BY KEN WEAVER

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t’s shortly past noon, and I’m drinking in the middle of a grocery store again.

I’ve ordered a pint of beer made with something called Buddha’s hand fruit, an Asian variety of citron known for its odd appearance and lemony fragrance. In fairness to Buddha (and neglecting the fruit’s use in religious ceremonies), it looks more like a dormant yellow octopus, hiding poorly among the produce. (With a respectful nod to H. P. Lovecraft, others call it “Cthulhu fruit.”) These are the sorts of things you learn while drinking in the middle of a grocery store by yourself. The beer itself looks perfectly

normal: copper-orange in color, the slightest haze, a perimeter of light tan bubbles gracing the edges of the glass. This particular version of Buddha’s Hand pale ale is poured from a cask (naturally carbonated, modestly cool) and “dry hopped” with Simcoe hops, a technique by which hops are added significantly later in the brewing process than usual, leaving aromatics more than bitterness. We’re dealing with some fancy shit here. The individual who orchestrated the squid-fruit beer is standing behind the bar. He’s Tyler Smith, tap master and homebrew specialist in Coddingtown’s Whole Foods tap room. The pale ale sitting in front of me, originally

a homebrew created by Smith, has since been brewed commercially by Bear Republic Brewing Company in Healdsburg. It’s only available here, at Bear Republic, on a few select tap lists and soon— and most importantly—in Denver. Smith knows me. I know him. He knows why I’m here. A small amount of Bear Republic’s Buddha’s Hand pale ale is already on a refrigerated truck headed east. It will compete against upward of a hundred other award-winning brews that, like Smith’s, were originally conceived by homebrewers before being chosen and scaled-up for production by a professional craft brewery. These beers will compete within the “Pro-Am Competition”

of the Great American Beer Festival, itself the largest annual showcase of American craft beer in the world. The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) is held annually in Denver, spilling across threeplus days and bringing together over 50,000 beer lovers from around the world. This year, in a demonstration of enthusiasm rampant across the craft-beer industry right now, the festival sold out in approximately 45 minutes. The craft breweries of the North Bay have already been preparing for the event for months—finalizing beer entries, prepping kegs and bottles, planning pre-GABF events—all leading up to three beer-soaked days starting Oct. 11. And North Bay craft brewers are bringing their A-game. Even without one’s nose in the glass, Smith’s Buddha’s Hand pale ale readily offers up notes of grapefruit peel and the forestinvoking pine, grassiness and citrus of American hop varieties. Any contribution from the Buddha’s hand fruit (for better or worse, depending on what you’re looking for) is seamlessly tucked away in the layers of hop character. Beneath the bitter, aromatic approach is a biscuity core, rounded red fruits, some crystalline sugar. With Buddha’s Hand as the only area craft beer in the Pro-Am competition this year, Smith will be traveling out for the event for the first time, where Buddha’s Hand pale ale will be available to festivalgoers through the GABF Pro-Am booth. My wife and I are heading to the festival for the first time as well this year, though (as always) with plenty of “work” to get done. In speaking with Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River Brewing Company about his brewery’s preparations for GABF, he jokingly suggested that I might want to condition myself ahead of time for the effects of alcohol at higher altitudes. So, in a sense, I too am preparing.

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can almost fit in a lot of them.” Oatmeal? Imperial? Sweet? “Too young. It’s a little hot, it’s not aged,” Meeker reflects. “And the older one starts getting a little too rounded. So it’s the sweet spot—that’s where you still can get all that complexity without having it be too rounded, too melded, too married together.” The group ended up choosing the Sless from two batches previous and entering it under American-Style Stout. Some categories are more competitive than others, particularly those with plenty of hops in them. Whereas the American-Style Stout category saw 37 entries last year competing for three medals, the group that received the most (for the umpteenth year) was the American-Style IPA, with an intimidating 176 entries. (The average number across all categories was 48.) Brewers in the North Bay, not at all surprisingly, have historically fared quite well in such categories. Most recently, Bear Republic was awarded bronze last year for its black IPA (Black Racer), while Napa Smith took the silver in the English-Style IPA category with its organic IPA. Twenty twelve marks the addition of another hop-forward category as well, with Fresh Hop Ale being given its own official category instead of being lumped in with Experimental Beers. The fresh-hop ales are those that exclusively use “wet hops” straight from the harvest, preserving delicate aromatics and volatile characteristics that are generally lost through the process of drying hops for shipment (that is, the normal way of things). As one local example, Russian River will enter its seasonal HopTime Harvest ale into the Fresh Hop Ale category this year. And just in case there isn’t already a sufficient amount of hoppy competition in Denver for the GABF, there’s always the off-site Alpha King Challenge. Organized by Hopunion, Brewing News Publications and Three Floyds Brewing Company (whose flagship pale ale gives the contest its name), this additional judged competition has, since 1999, annually proclaimed a single hoppy beer as “the holy grail of

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well-balanced and drinkable, yet highly hopped ales.” A California beer has won the competition nine out of 13 years, with Russian River’s Pliny the Elder taking the crown in 2007 and Moylan’s Moylander Double IPA earning it back to back in 2001 and 2002. Moylan’s founder and owner, Brendan Moylan, recalls those early awards ceremonies: “The original year I won, I got a hundred dollars, a kiss from a pretty girl, and a hop crown, which was almost a Burger King–esque crown with hops around it.” This year he and his team will be entering their new 10.4 percent Hop Craic in hopes of regaining that crown. (Another hundred bucks wouldn’t hurt either.) Moylan himself has been traveling to the Denver area for GABF festivities since shortly after they first began back in 1982. The craft-beer industry was still in its infancy, and the very first GABF involved a mere 22 breweries (compared to 676-plus today). “The best beer we could find in any bar in Denver was a Guinness,” Moylan recalls. “How the world has changed.”

GABF Sans Airfare Perhaps most importantly for area beer lovers who aren’t braving the crowds in Denver next month is that many of the North Bay brews being entered into GABF competition are also available locally. As of this writing, Russian River is pouring both

the Row 2, Hill 56 and HopTime Harvest ale at the brewpub. Sonoma Springs indicated that it will be offering its Oak-Aged Green Purl both on draft and in bottles. And Third Street Aleworks already tapped its limited-release Cascadian dark ale and Melissa’s cream ale, among others. Bear Republic, in particular, tends to go all out for GABF. “We’re thinking about GABF all year round,” comments their media liaison Clay Grosskopf, who’s also involved in planning the annual pre-GABF cellar party. Along with having multiple booths on the festival floor and packing up an actual Bear Republic–branded racecar to showcase out in Denver, it’ll be hosting its fourth Cellar Party in Healdsburg Sept. 30. Both Bear’s brewpub and its production facility in Cloverdale are sending the maximum 10 GABF beers, and these, along with Smith’s Pro-Am Buddha’s Hand pale ale, will be previewed at the event. For those of us heading to GABF for the first time this year, Smith sums it up nicely: “I’m looking forward to seeing all the energy, with all those people into beer . . . and just joining in on the fun and trying to survive.” In anticipation of those thirsty crowds, I’ll cheers to that. Ken Weaver is a freelance beer writer and editor based in Petaluma. He’s the author of ‘The Northern California Craft Beer Guide’ (Cameron + Co.) with photographer Anneliese Schmidt.

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festival floor of the GABF is ultimately convivial—celebrating this country’s rapidly evolving beer culture and sampling from upwards of 580 U.S. producers— the event’s rolling-boil heart is its beer competition. It’s a feast of numbers: more than 4,300 commercial entries, 84 categories, 185 industry judges and 676 competing breweries (nearly one-third of the nation’s total). An additional constraint this year, to allow more brewers to participate in the judged portion of the festival, limits each brewery to 10 beer entries. When I talked recently to Phil Meeker of Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Fairfax, they already had their GABF beers packaged up and headed to San Francisco, where their entries will be hitching a ride to Denver with the San Francisco Brewers Guild’s truck. Iron Springs will enter six beers this time around, including all of its regularly bottled beers (plus a chocolate bière de garde that sounds like it’s worth a trip down to Iron Springs). An important distinction that came up in our conversation was the importance of not only choosing one’s most exceptional beers, but also those beers most appropriately tuned to the judging categories of GABF. “You may call it one style,” says Meeker, “but it might actually fit better in a different style category.” A case in point: Iron Springs’ Kent Lake Kölsch, which last year was entered into category 43 (Golden or Blonde Ale) instead of 44 (German-Style Kölsch). It received a bronze medal: “a very, very welcome surprise.” The majority of GABF beer entries tend to be best shipped as fresh as possible, though Iron Springs brews an 8 percent ABV Sless oatmeal stout that warrants some additional scrutiny. With head brewer Christian Kazakoff and proprietor/brewer Michael Altman, Meeker sat down to taste through multiple batches of the Sless from the preceding year. “There’s like a sweet spot with this beer: it’s 8 percent, almost an imperial stout, but it’s a big oatmeal stout. It kind of falls in between categories, so it

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Great American Beer Festival, celebrates its eighth anniversary on Oct. 8. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be offering $2.50 pints, doing a dinner giveaway and offering complimentary appetizers all night. Does Iron Springs make birthday cakes ďŹ&#x201A;avored with beer? After four years of planning, Napa Smith Brewery has opened the doors to its onsite beer pub. It offers 10 beers on tap and actually encourages people to bring in their own food to go with the pilsner, IPA, barleywine and ales on tap. Make a hot dog at home and drink it with a Lost Dog American red ale at the pub. Napa Smith offers growlers for take-home as well. . . . In Windsor, Old Redwood Brewing Company welcomed its ďŹ rst guests last spring. Billed as Windsorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ rst nanobrewery, Old Redwood serves stouts and IPAs, and recently brewed up a batch of beer made with Sonoma County hops donated by the Windsor Historical Society. According to its Facebook page, a menu is in the works for a brewerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dinner on Nov. 2. . . . Novato has a reason to smile with the opening of a new Hopmonk Tavern in the former Southern PaciďŹ c Smokehouse building, set for November 2012. Expect the pubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signature beers plus live music. Up north, Hopmonk Sebastopol hosts a Shmaltz Brewerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dinner on Sept. 30. Tickets are $65 and include a four-course meal paired with Shmaltz beers.

Beer festivals are rad, and the California Beer Festival should be no exception. Expect 60 craft brews on tap, yummy food and a Michael Jackson tribute band to help wash it all down. It all happens on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Stafford Lake Park in Novato; tickets are $45â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$50. . . . Hop fans are marking the days until the Green Hop Fest at the Toad in the Hole Pub. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be outdoor seating, live music and fresh hop ales from Moonlight, Bear Republic, Russian River, Lagunitas and others. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free, so celebrate the hop harvest on Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Toad in the Hole. (Start time: 4:20pm, bro.) October is for beer, so what better reason to check out one of the many Oktoberfest events running from Sept. 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Oct. 7? Heritage Public Houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s celebration includes the release of Anderson Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest concoction, El Steinber. Barley & Hops will offer a beer brewed in conjunction with Cloverdaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ruth McGowanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, the cleverly named â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pimpsnhosenfest.â&#x20AC;? . . . And look out suburban beer enthusiasts, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a spanking new store in Rohnert Park! BeerCraft is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Craft Beer Bottle Shopâ&#x20AC;? that offers weekly specials with a focus on American craft beers. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been described by one in-the-know beer expert as â&#x20AC;&#x153;really choice.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Leilani Clark

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ne of the struggles with “beer travel” is the difficulty in safely and respectfully bringing those two terms together. Wine culture has a more established internal value system when it comes to sipping (and spitting?) and shuttling between vineyards, though most California breweries do offer tasting flights of their product with that same intent: allowing customers to sample and make purchases to be enjoyed safely later on. Even better than that, though, is having someone serve as designated driver, ideally

(let’s be honest) someone for whom you don’t have to return the favor next time around. While wine country has no lack of limousines and tour buses and private charters, it’s only in the past few years that similar resources have appeared for better exploring beer country. For Sonoma County residents, North Bay Brewery Tours is a particularly popular option, currently offering either the Brewery Bus Tour or VIP Brewery Tour most weekends for the rest of the year. The Brewery Bus Tour ($75) picks up and drops off in either Rohnert Park or Petaluma, and consists of an approximately five-hour tour to three local breweries (such as Stumptown, Third Street Aleworks

and Lagunitas). Tastes and pints are included, of course. The VIP Brewery Tour ($85) includes lunch as well as a behind-the-scenes brewery tour, an additional tour guide and (as available) an educational visit to Santa Rosa’s homebrew shop, the Beverage People. The VIP option also boasts the added benefit of typically serving both Rohnert Park and Petaluma. Similar to others, North Bay Brewery Tours offers nearby drop-offs and help with cab arrangements afterward. Special events and custom private tours are available as well. For additional details, visit www.northbaybrewerytours.com. 707.602.7397. Brewery Adventures discontinued its public tours back in June, but currently still

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FAST LANE Take your pick of beer tour soundtracks: ‘Don’t Drive Drunk’ by Stevie Wonder or ‘I Like Beer’ by Tom T. Hall.

offers private touring options ($100–$400 per person) particularly tuned to Sonoma County beer destinations. Tours typically take in two to three breweries over a period of five hours, and include lunch, a chauffeur and tour guide, and a variety of vehicle options (ranging from a chartered bus to luxury limousines). They can generally accommodate anywhere from two to 25 guests. Brewery Adventures also features a “Bachelor / Bachelorette Party VIP Package” ($200-plus per person) that’s further customizable with a selection of elaborate food-pairing and dessert options. www.breweryadventures.com. 800.230.2337. Two additional companies offer public brewery tours starting from San Francisco locations, while also having custom options that allow for pick-up and drop-off for North Bay groups. Bay Area Brewery Tours has public tours ($89) that run Fridays to San Francisco breweries (including Thirsty Bear, Speakeasy and Southern Pacific), Saturdays to breweries in the East Bay (Linden Street, Drake’s and Pyramid) and Sundays to North Bay breweries. Private brewery tour packages ($60–$200-plus per person) include transport to and from basically anywhere in the area, with one’s choice of stops and amenities. www.bayareabrewerytours.com. 415.999.4989. Similarly, Golden Gate BrewTours offers public tours ($90) starting in San Francisco that head for a range of Bay Area breweries. These trips include multiple brewery tours, private tasting rooms and meet-thebrewer opportunities. Their private tours ($80–$105 per person) accommodate pick-up and drop-off within 30 miles of San Francisco. www.goldengatebrewtours.com. 415.676.1149. One final option, brewtruc, bills itself as “SF’s first taproom-onwheels.” With charity beer gardens and on-board draft handles that frequently pour limited-edition offerings from local homebrewers, it’s more of a destination unto itself. www.brewtrucsf.com. 415.987.6823.

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Though the Vegas odds are decidedly not in her favor, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is in it to win it. Hell, after the total breakdown of Mitt Romney’s campaign, who knows what could happen in November? Stein, a medical doctor who once ran against Romney for governor of Massachusetts, is touting a platform of a “Green New Deal,” which would create jobs while simultaneously solving environmental problems. If that sounds markedly close to Obama’s stated goals, consider this: Stein also vows to end all drone strikes. With strong convictions—which recently resulted in an arrest at a Fannie Mae protest in Philadelphia—Stein makes her case on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the Evert B. Person Theater at Sonoma State University. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 1pm. Free. 415.425.3733.

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Come & Go Greta Garbo. Joan Crawford. Not one, but two Barrymores. Aspiring stars, jewelry theft, brutish fighting, drunken foibles, and the famous line, “I want to be alone.” All these things and more make up ‘Grand Hotel,’ presented this week in the Napa Valley Opera House’s classic film series. Named Best Picture in 1932, the film holds up tremendously well, not only for its pioneering plot of interweaving characters and unusual cinematography, but for sheer old-Hollywood star power. There’s a thrilling climax involving a rotary phone, too, that can’t be beat—and that couldn’t possibly be effective with a lousy four-inch, 3.95-ounce iPhone 5. See Grand Hotel on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa. 7pm. $7. 707.226.7372.

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Bitten Britten “[Insert Name of Famous Dead Person Here] Would Have Been 100 Years Old Today” is a common PR trick, like adding the word “festival” to the end of any event, and we usually don’t fall for it. You know what’s noteworthy? When someone actually lives to be 100. In the classical world, Elliot Carter is age 103 and still actively composing! Hence, the upcoming 2013 centennial

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for Benjamin Britten, who would have been 100, can’t possibly compete. (He died in 1976.) The New Century Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, gets a head start on next year’s Britten banner-waving with his Simple Symphony, Les Illuminations and some Bartók thrown in too, on Sunday, Sept. 23, at Osher Marin JCC. 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 5pm. $29–$59. 415.392.4400.

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Bottoms Up If picking up this week’s paper and reading its contents succeeded in planting a thirst for beer, look no further than the California Beer Festival. You know the deal: 60 craft brews on tap, the soft waft of smoking barbecue, live blues by Chris Cain and a get-down time with Michael Jackson tribute band Foreverland—and a whole lot of likeminded beer fans aligned under the banner of good brew. A sister event to other beer fests in Ventura, Santa Cruz and San Dimas, the Novato edition also picks up on the latest requisite leisure sport for those holding a fragile glass in their hand and adds some bocce ball courts to the festivities. Get a glass and refill, refill, refill on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Staffords Lake Park. 3549 Novato Blvd., Novato. 12:30pm–5pm. $45–$50. www. californiabeer festival.com.

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“We love short films and actually wanted to do an online film fest, but we decided we wanted a community involved,” Kirk says. Thought the fest was held last year in Bodega Bay, Robert Weiss of the Healdsburg Center for the Arts is now lending support, and the Raven Film Center is the fest’s new home. “The festival is going to permanently reside here,” Kirk explains. “Healdsburg has so much accessibility and infrastructure, and when people hear about the place, they think about wine, spas and B&Bs.” The Demorests aim to add film to that list. Films from Sweden, Macedonia and Australia are on tap, including Aussie Oscar winners Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann’s amazing Lost Thing, with its elements of Lovecraft, Gahan Wilson and Brazil-style dystopia. There are local filmmakers, such as Geyserville’s Richard Stilwell, whose What You Give Is What You Get details an encounter between a widow and a Spanish-speaking day laborer. Area filmmaker John Harden, of last year’s chalk-talk The Story of Sputnik, this time brings Angst, another of what Kirk calls “micro-films.” Some directors are attending from as far afield as Asia. Director Tina Pakravan arrives from Iran to present her short anti-war film It Was My City, directed in one long take. Natasha Novik (The Equator, 2007) is traveling from Russia with her short film The Cart. Some 50 short films for the audience. Prizes for the winners. Some of the best wine in the world to console the losers. It all works out. The Healdsburg International Short Film Festival runs Sept. 21–23 at the Raven Film Center in Healdsburg. For full schedule and info, see www.healdsburgfilmfest.org.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;good,â&#x20AC;? and blues, originating in juke joints and honky-tonks, is â&#x20AC;&#x153;bad.â&#x20AC;? Growing up, he was allowed to listen only to modern Christian and gospel music. Randolph began skipping school to hang out in the streets, gambling and selling drugs, until the shooting death of a close friend turned his focus back to his roots in the church and the guitar he had began playing at age 15. Steel guitar has been a key element in church services since the 1930s, partly because organs were often unaffordable. Pedal steel was introduced in the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;70s. Randolph absorbed the styles and techniques of older performers at church, but after attending a Stevie Ray Vaughan concert as a 19-year-old, he felt inspired to take traditional pedal steel in a new direction. Despite confrontations with church elders who disapproved of taking this music out of the church, Randolph came to believe that church and secular music could co-exist. By 2000, his sold-out shows in large Eastern cities led to a recording contract with Warner Brothers. In 2003, Randolph won a W.C. Handy Award (currently called a Blues Music Award) for Best New Artist Debut, and performed at the Grammy Awards. In 2011, Rolling Stone magazine included him on its â&#x20AC;&#x153;100 Greatest Guitaristsâ&#x20AC;? list at No. 97. Randolph aims to be hopeful and uplifting while celebrating 100 years of African-American song, going all the way back to the ďŹ eld hollers of Southern sharecroppers. He has intensively studied this music and considers it to be the root of modern sounds and a path to connecting with young people and helping to bridge the gap with their elders. Randolph will be backed at Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beach by the Family Band, and that elusive spirit, the transcendence of whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s called â&#x20AC;&#x153;sacred steel,â&#x20AC;? will be in full abundance. Robert Randolph performs on a roster with George Thorogood, Taj Mahal and others at the Russian River Blues Festival on Sunday, Sept. 23, at Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beach in Guerneville. $50â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$60. 707.869.1595.

Concerts SONOMA COUNTY Hot Toddies Quirky all-girl indie-beach pop quartet from Oakland, appearing with punk band the Mud, the Blood & the Beer. Sep 23, 7pm. Free. Russian River Brewing Co, 725 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.BEER.

Kreayshawn Splice the pop DNA of Katy Perry and Nikki Minaj, garnish with the look of LA Ink, add in one subtle Arby’s reference and you’ve got this Oakland hip-hopper. Appearing with Husalah. Sep 22, 8pm. $25. Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival George Benson, Tower of Power, George Thorogood, Robert Randolph, Taj Mahal, Brian Culberton, David Sanborn, Eric Lindell and the Blues Broads. Sep 22-23, 10am. $10$50. Johnson’s Beach, First and Church streets, Guerneville.

Sabertooth Zombie North Bay rockers appear with No Sir, State Faults and Creative Adult. Sep 21, 8pm. $10. Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

Young-Ha Kim Neopolitan operatic favorites and rarely heard Korean art songs from a beautiful and strong tenor voice. Sep 22, 8pm. $10-$25. Occidental Center for the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.874.9392.

MARIN COUNTY Benjamin Britten Centennial New Chamber Orchestra with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. Program includes Britten: Simple Symphony, Bartók: Divertimento and Britten: Les Illuminations. Sep 23, 5pm. $15-$59. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.

Talib Kweli (DJ Set) Give him a mic, and he might do more than spin. Sep 21, 9pm. $15-$20. 19 Broadway Club, 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

NAPA COUNTY Ozomatli The seven-piece world party band tours in support of its fourth album in 12 years, “Don’t Mess with the Dragon.” Sep 22, 7pm. $35. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

SONOMA COUNTY A’Roma Roasters Sep 21, Organix. Sep 22, Zoo Human. 95 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.576.7765.

Aqus Cafe Sep 19, Haute Flash. Sep 21, Hots. Sep 22, Herb in Movement. 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.

Aubergine Sep 20, Trevor Green, Mark Sexton Band, Cerny Brothers. Sep 21, Shimshai CD Release Party, LoCura. Sep 22, Eyezon & A People Like Us, Makuru. Sep 23, Casey Neil & the Norway Rats. Sep 25, Buzzy Martin. Mon, Art & Music with Stanley Mouse. 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2722.

Doc Holliday’s Saloon Sep 21, ADD/C. Sep 22, 667 Neighbor of the Beast. Wed, Country Music Wednesdays. 138 Calistoga Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.623.5453.

El Verano Inn Sep 21, Static People, Paulie Hips & the Childbarers, Dark Lord Byron. 705 Laurel Ave, El Verano.

Flamingo Lounge Sep 21, CT Cruisers. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

Green Music Center 1029 Sep 19, Louis Romanos Jazz

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Santa Rosa Clarinet Quartet Classical music in the first half, 1940s big band in the second half. Sep 21, 7:30pm. $5-$10. Sebastopol Veteran’s Auditorium, 282 S High St, Sebastopol.

Scott Gerber & Cori Wood Cowboy meets Broadway. Appearing with Amanda Wood and Kevin Russell. Tickets at www.northbaylive.com. Sep 22, 8pm. $22. Studio E, Address provided with tickets, Sebastopol.

Trombone Shorty From jazz to funk to rock, Troy Andrews delivers the goods. Sep 19, 8pm. $30-$45. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

DEEP ROOTS The Abysinnians lively up the Last Day Saloon Sept. 20. See Clubs, adjacent.

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30 Music ( 29 Quartet. Sep 26, Cliff Hugo. SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2122.

Mayedo. Sep 22, Frankye Kelly. Sep 26, Phat Chance. Sep 20, Susan Sutton. 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.

Hawkes Tasting Room

Mavericks

Sep 22, DyaTribal. 6738 Hwy 128, Healdsburg. 707.433.HAWK.

Sep 21, Notorious. 397 Aviation Blvd, Santa Rosa. 707.765.2515.

Hopmonk Tavern Sep 20, Sugarpill. Sep 21, Moonalice. Sep 22, Blue Rock Country Club. Mon, Monday Night Edutainment. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Hotel Healdsburg Sep 21, Susan Sutton and Bill Fouty. Sep 22, Walter Savage Trio. 25 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.431.2800.

Lagunitas Tap Room Sep 19, Emma Lee. Sep 20, Lonesome Heroes. Sep 21, Eric Cornforth. Sep 22, Dynamo Jones. Sep 23, the Pulsators. Sep 26, Royal Dueces. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

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Murphy’s Irish Pub Sep 20, the Gentleman Soldiers. Sep 21, David Thom Band. Sep 22, Jami Jamison Band. Sep 23, David Aguilar and Peter McCauley. Sep 25, Timothy O’Neil Band. Wed, trivia night. 464 First St E, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.

Petaluma Arts Center Sep 22, Elaine Lucia Band. 230 Lakeville St at East Washington, Petaluma. 707.762.5600.

Phoenix Theater Sep 21, Sabertooth Zombie, No Sir, State Faults, Creative Adult. Sep 22, Kreayshawn, Husalah. 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

Sep 20, the Abyssinians. Sep 21, Down with May. Wed, 7pm, North Bay Hootenanny’s PickMe-Up Revue. 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.2343.

Quarryhill Botanical Gardens

Main Street Station

Ray’s Deli & Tavern

Sep 21, Pat Wilder and Carol

Sep 22, Incubators CD release

Sep 22, Whiskey Thieves. 12841 Highway 12, Glen Ellen. 707.996.6027.

San Francisco’s City Guide

Joshua Bell Violinist assists Michael Tilson Thomas in opening gala of San Francisco Symphony. Sep 19 at Davies Symphony Hall.

party. 900 Western Ave, Petaluma. 707.762.9492.

Redwood Cafe Third Friday, Redwood Combo. Fourth Sunday of every month, Old Time Music. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.

Russian River Brewing Co Sep 23, Hot Toddies. 725 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.BEER.

Sebastopol Center for the Arts Sep 21, Tony Marcus, Patrice Haan & Paul Anastasio. 6780 Depot St, Sebastopol. 707.829.4797.

Dance Palace Sep 21, Tenientes Del Norte. Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.

19 Broadway Club Sep 19, Phil Hardgrave & the Continentals. Sep 20, the Skunks. Sep 21, Talib Kweli (DJ Set). Sep 22, Honeydust. Sep 23, Pure Cane. Sep 26, Sonny Walker’s Tao of Rock. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

Old Western Saloon Sep 22, the Aktion. Main Street, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1661.

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Sep 21, Santa Rosa Clarinet Quartet. 282 S High St, Sebastopol.

Sep 19, Lorin Rowan. Sep 20, Deborah Winters. Sep 25, Kurt Huget and Friends. Sep 26, Mark Abdilla. 4 Bayview St, San Rafael. 415.457.3993.

Society: Culture House

Peri’s Silver Dollar

Sebastopol Veteran’s Auditorium

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

Spancky’s Sep 22, Counterbalance. 8201 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.664.0169.

Mon, acoustic open mic. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.

Rancho Nicasio Sep 21, the Sting Rays. Sep 23, Zulu Spear and Beso Negro. Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

Sausalito Seahorse

Sep 22, Pat Jordan & Jeff Pietrich. 446 B St, Santa Rosa. 707.544.8277.

Sep 21, Curtis Lawson Blues Band. Sep 22, Freddy Clark & Wobbly World. Sep 23, Candela with Edgardo Cambon. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito.

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Sep 20, Andy Irvine. Sep 22, Scott Gerber & Cori Wood. Address provided with tickets, Sebastopol,www.northbaylive.com.

Sep 20, Bill Hansell’s Guitar Pull. Sep 21, Dgiin. Sep 23, Namely Us. Sep 25, Liz Stires. 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.485.1182.

Sprenger’s Tap Room

Tradewinds Sep 19, Version. Sep 21, Steve Sutherby Band. Sep 22, Floydian Slip. Sep 23, Frankie Boots. Sep 26, Timothy O’Neil Band. 8210 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7878.

Smiley’s

Vino di Amore

Station House Cafe

Heavyweight winners of 2009 return with slightly unfocused new album, “Centipede Hz.” Sep 21-22 at the Fox Theater.

Sep 22, Randall Sequeira. 105 N Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale. 707.894.6166.

Sep 23, Paul Knight & Friends. 11180 State Route 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1515.

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Wells Fargo Center

Sweetwater Music Hall

Los Amigos Invisisbles Incendiary live act happens to be David Byrne’s favorite band from Venezuela. Sep 21 at the New Parish.

Animal Collective

Singer, painter, videographer, pool shark, fixed-gear cyclist and sharp dresser. Sep 21-23 at Yoshi’s SF.

Amanda Palmer Make sure to bring an instrument and perform with your Kickstarter idol in exchange for hugs. Sep 26 at the Fillmore.

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Sep 19, Trombone Shorty. 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

MARIN COUNTY 142 Throckmorton Theatre Sep 19, Roy Zimmerman. Sep 20, the Blues Broads. Sep 22, Cyrille Aimee and Diego Figueiredo. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

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Sep 20, the Crux. Sep 20, Pickled Livers. Sep 21, Jenny Kerr Band. Sep 22, TV Mike & the Scarecrows. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311.

Sep 20, DJ Harry Duncan. Sep 21, Youth Rock the Rebuild: World Day of Peace Concert. Sep 22, Black Water Gold. Sep 25, Songbook Night with Matt Hartwell-Herrero. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

Blind Love Rodney Crowell, Carolyn Wonderland at EarleFest “It felt as if I’d split my skull into two pieces,” writes Rodney Crowell in Chinaberry Sidewalks, a memoir published last year. “I saw stars. Drunken birds tweeted, chirped, and crash-landed on the seat next to me.” That might sound like a guy recovering from a car crash, but the truth is far more dysfunctional. In the passage, he’s just smashed a bottle over his own head in an attempt to split up what was a constant ugly scene in his house—a brutal fight between mom and dad. Crowell would leave his broken Houston home to become one of country music’s best performers and record producers. But for his headlining set at EarleFest this week, expect Crowell the storyteller to take center stage. Laid out in an open field just west of Santa Rosa, EarleFest offers the sort of casual atmosphere conducive to chatting with the crowd—and the guide dogs. Guide dogs? You read it right: EarleFest is a fundraiser for the Earle Baum Center of the Blind, which provides support and instruction for those with sight loss. Also on the bill is Carolyn Wonderland, Poor Man’s Whiskey and the David Luning Band. Park in the orchard and bring your sunscreen on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Earle Baum Center. 4539 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa. Noon– 6pm. $25–$30. 707.523.3222.—Gabe Meline

Peace. 1234 Third St, Napa. 707.226.7506.

Downtown Joe’s

NAPA COUNTY Billco’s Billiards Sep 20, Disturbing the

Sun, DJ Night. 902 Main St, Napa. 707.258.2337.

Silo’s Sep 21, the Billy Martini Show.

Sep 23, Cecil Ramirez. Wed, 7pm, jam session. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

Uptown Theatre Sep 22, Ozomatli. 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Galleries OPENINGS Sep 22 At 5pm. Sonoma County Museum, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Death and Taxes in Fantasylandia,â&#x20AC;? 2D work by Enrique Chagoya; also, offerings and shrines for DĂ­a de los Muertos. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.579.1500.

Sep 23 At 3pm. Robert Mondavi Winery, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Metal Still Matters,â&#x20AC;? sculptures by Gordon Huether. 7801 St Helena Hwy, Oakville. 707.968.2203.

Sep 26 At 5pm. Windsor Library, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Layers of Self,â&#x20AC;? fall art show from Windsor High School students. 9291 Old Redwood Hwy, Windsor. 707.838.1020.

Sheraton Sonoma County Sep 19-23, Weekend of art workshops, lunches and panels with the theme â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weird, Wild, Wonderful.â&#x20AC;? Sep 22, 6-9pm, Collages, assemblages, art quilts, steampunk jewelry and altered art for sale to benefit COTS. Free. $140. 745 Baywood Dr, Petaluma.

Slaughterhouse Space Through Oct 27, the slaughterhouse is the subject, with work by over 20 photographers and video artists made over the past month. 280 Chiquita Rd, Healdsburg. Sat, noon to 5, and by appointment. 707.431.1514.

Sonoma County Museum Sep 22-Nov 4, Offerings and shrines for DĂ­a de los Muertos on display. Reception, Sep 22, 5pm. Sep 22-Nov 4, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Death and Taxes in Fantasylandia,â&#x20AC;? 2D work by Enrique Chagoya. Reception, Sep 22, 5pm. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. Tues-Sun, 11 to 4. 707.579.1500.

University Art Gallery

SONOMA COUNTY Gallery 300 Through Sep 22, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Works on Paperâ&#x20AC;? by Alejandro Salazar. 300 South A St, Santa Rosa. Open Sat, 12 to 5, and by appointment. 707.332.1212.

Hammerfriar Gallery Through Sep 29, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Second Nature,â&#x20AC;? paintings and collages of Jenny Honnert Abell, reflects on the abundance of the natural world. 132 Mill St, Ste 101, Healdsburg. TuesFri, 10 to 6. Sat, 10 to 5. 707.473.9600.

Quicksilver Mine Company Through Sep 23, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Threads of Illusion,â&#x20AC;? small-scale weavings by Adela Akers. 6671 Front St, Forestville. Thurs-Mon, 11 to 6. 707.887.0799.

Sebastopol Center for the Arts Through Sep 27, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grand Salon,â&#x20AC;? nonjuried exhibition in salon style. 6780 Depot St, Sebastopol. Tues-Fri, 10 to 4; Sat, 1 to 4. 707.829.4797.

Through Oct 31, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sound Image Object,â&#x20AC;? 20 artists who make reference to music and sound in their work. Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. Tues-Fri, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, noon to 4. 707.664.2295.

MARIN COUNTY Art Works Downtown Through Sep 28, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Organic Intentions,â&#x20AC;? dynamic sculptural works by Bay Area artists Mari Andrews, Mary Button Durell and Patricia Lyons Stroud. 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. Tues-Sat, 10 to 5. 415.451.8119.

Marin Community Foundation Through Sep 28, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beyond Landscapeâ&#x20AC;? features artwork focused on sustaining nature and taking care of the planet. 5 Hamilton Landing, Ste 200, Novato. Open Mon-Fri, 9 to 5.

Osher Marin JCC Through Nov 30, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You Did What to My Comics!?!â&#x20AC;? papercuts by Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik. 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.

Seager Gray Gallery Through Sep 29, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Journeys,â&#x20AC;? paintings by Claudia Marseille. 23 Sunnyside Ave, Mill Valley. Tues-Sat; 11 to 6. Fri-Sat, 11 to 7; Sun, 12 to 5. 415.384.8288.

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ECHO Gallery Through Oct 6, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Creatures,â&#x20AC;? sculptures, paintings, photos and drawings by six artists. 1348 A Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.812.2201.

Napa Open Studios Saturdays-Sundays, 10am5pm through Sep 30. Selfguided, art discovery tour with 74 participating artists and craftspeople showing at 43 different studio locations. Free. Various Locations, Napa.

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formerly of the Mommies, leads a ride through the challenges of middle age. Sep 21, 7:30pm. $15. Graziano’s Ristorante, 170 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.762.5997.

Dance Napa Valley Opera House Sep 22, 8pm, Ballet Folklorico de Napa, evening of song and dance with program, “Esto es México.” $10-$15. 1030 Main St, Napa 707.226.7372.

Events Floating Homes Tour Self-guided tour of 15 floating homes, with docents aboard. Sep 22, 11am. $35-$40. Floating Homes Community, Bridgeway and Gate 6 Road, Sausalito.

Much Ado About Sebastopol This Renaissance fair prides itself on being historically accurate. Sep 22-23, 10am. $7-$12. Ives Park, Willow Street and Jewell Avenue, Sebastopol.

Obama Reelection Fundraiser Obama for America’s Women’s Leadership Forum and the

LGBT Leadership Council host the cocktail reception. Sep 20, 6pm. Donation. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Sonoma County Book Festival Speakers and panel discussions, children’s program with readings from local authors, poetry readings and more. Sep 22, 10am-4pm. Free. Old Courthouse Square, Downtown, Santa Rosa.

Sonoma County Historical Society Summer Picnic Tour of antiques and collectibles, barbeque and drinks for members and their guests. Sep 22, 11am. Free. Castelli Ranch, 420 Grapevine Ln, Windsor.

Warm Wishes Bocce Invitational Everyone’s a winner in this benefit to keep the homeless warm in the winter. Sep 23, 9:30am. $65. Marin Bocce Federation, 550 B St, San Rafael.

Film Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime A 15-year-old turns detective over his dog’s suspicious death. Sep 20, 7pm. $21$23. Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley St, Sebastopol. 707.525.4840.

Don’t Change the Subject Darkly comic look at what happens when one man dares to ask questions about the dirtiest word in any language– suicide. Director Mike Stutz lectures afterward. Sep 26, 7pm. Free. Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2880.

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Santa Rosa International Film Festival Opening night at Deerfield Ranch Winery, continues at various locations throughout Santa Rosa. Through Sep 23. Deerfield Ranch Winery, 10200 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood.

This 1932 flick won best picture and stars Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery and both Barrymore brothers. Sep 25, 7pm. $7. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Food & Drink

Healdsburg International Short Film Festival

Over 60 brews on tap, BBQ and music from Chris Cain and Foreverland. Sep 22, 12:305pm. $45-$50. Stafford Lake Park, 3549 Novato Blvd, Novato.

From Santa Rosa to countries abroad, short films will be judged by panel and audience members. Times vary. Sep 2123. $12-$55. Raven Film Center. 415 Center St, Healdsburg. 707.823.4410.

Hugo Film night in the park with Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award-winning, kid-friendly story. Sep 22, 8pm. Donation. Creek Park, Hub Intersection, Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Anselmo.

John Allair Digs In Two Short Films by Oscar winner John Korty. Also showing, “Miracle Box: A Piano Reborn.” Sep 22, 7pm. $10. Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main St, Napa. 707.255.5445.

California Beer Festival

Soda Rock Tomato Big Night Family-style dinner with bottomless glasses. Featuring the finest tomatoes. Sep 23. $69. Davis Family Vineyards, 52 Front St, Healdsburg. 707.569.0171.

Taste of Downtown San Rafael Unique and fun way to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and wine from local businesses. Sep 19, 4-8pm. $25. Downtown San Rafael, Fifth and A streets, San Rafael.

Harriet Pruden” with Richard K. Pate. 150 Coddingtown Center, Santa Rosa. 707.546.2265.

Cooking for Recovery

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Dr Ed Bauman presents recipes from his book “Flavors of Health Cookbook.” Sep 19, 6pm. Ceres Community Project, 7351 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.8295.

Sep 25, 7pm, “Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in Nine Easy Steps” with Greg Palast. Sep 25, 7pm, at 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.874.2695.

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Contemplate, share and hear about how the Dark Mother archetype appears in different cultures and times with the Sonoma County Pagan Network. Sep 21, 7pm. $5. Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa.

Frank Romano Author of “Storm Over Morocco,” “Love and Terror in the Middle East,” and more in conversation with columnist Chris Smith. Sep 26, 7pm. Free. Santa Rosa High School, 1235 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa.

Dr. Jill Stein Green Party candidate for president makes her case. Sep 25, 1pm. Evert Person Theater, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2880.

Readings Book Passage

Lectures Louise Arner Boyd Frederick E Nelson, PhD, discusses Louise Boyd’s Arctic expeditions during the 1930s. Sep 19, 7pm. $10-$15. Marin History Museum, Boyd Gate House, 1125 B St, San Rafael. 415.454.8538.

Ianthe Brautigan Author of “You Can’t Catch Death” speaks on finding your voice on the page. Sep 20, 7pm. $15. Petaluma Community Center, 320 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma.

Campus Computing Attorney CL Lindsay III explains how your Facebook page can be used by employers or college admins. Sep 25, 7pm. Free. Person Theater, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.

Candidate Forum ‘THE HEADACHE’ ‘Death and Taxes in Fantasylandia,’ a fantastic Enrique Chagoya exhibit, opens Sept. 22 at the Sonoma County Museum. See Openings, p31.

(R) address voter concerns. Sep 26, 7pm. Free. Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris St, Sebastopol. 707.823.1511.

Congressional candidates for the 2nd District Jared Huffman (D) and Dan Roberts

Sep 19, 7pm, “Vagina: A New Biography,” with Naomi Wolf. Sep 20, 7pm, “Lionel Asbo: State of England” with Martin Amis. 10am, “Caught” with Margaret Peterson Haddix. Sep 22, 1pm, “Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Life, Love, Parent and Lead” with Brené Brown. Sep 22, 4pm, “The Letter: My Journey Through Love, Loss, and Life” with Marie Tillman. Sep 23, 1pm, “The Capitalism Papers: Fatal Flaws of an Obsolete System” with Jerry Mander. Sep 23, 4pm, “Murder in the Valley” with Penny Warner, Ann Parker, Staci McLaughlin and Carole Price. Sep 24, 7pm, “Telegraph Avenue” with Michael Chabon. Sep 26, 7pm, “Burma: Rivers of Flavor” with Naomi Duguid. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 415.927.0960.

Northwest Regional Library Sep 22, 2pm, “The Remembrance Album of

Sep 19, 7pm, “White Glove War” with Katie Crouch. Sep 21, “Survivors #1: The Empty City” with Erin Hunter. Sep 25, 3pm, “Seraphina” with Rachel Hartman. 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.762.0563.

Santa Rosa Copperfield’s Books Sep 19, 7pm, “Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit from It” with Amy Cortese. Sep 20, 3pm, “Entice” with Jessica Shirvington. Sep 26, 4pm, “Llama Llama Time to Share” with Anna Dewdney. Sep 26, 7pm, “San Miguel” with T. C. Boyle. 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. 707.578.8938.

Sebastopol Copperfield’s Books Sep 26, 7pm, “Fire Monks” with Colleen Morton Busch. 138 N Main St, Sebastopol. 707.823.2618.

Rebound Bookstore Sep 22, 4pm, Jay Leeming with Margaret Stawowy. 1641 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.482.0550.

Theater The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Musical comedy featuring six adolescents and three adults in a spelling bee. Features the unforgettable song, “My Unfortunate Erection.” Times vary. Fri-Sun through Sep 30. $30. Napa Valley Playhouse, 1637 W Imola Ave, Napa. 707.255.5483.

The Great American Trailerpark Musical When Pippi, the stripper on the run, comes between the Dr Phil-loving, agoraphobic Jeannie and her tollbooth collector husband the storms begin to brew. Times vary. Thurs-Sun through ) Sep 30. $15-

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For the week of September 19

The Laramie Project 10 Years Later Epilogue focuses on the long-term effects of the murder of Matthew Shepard on Laramie and on the nation as a whole. Times vary. Fri-Sun through Oct 7. $15$20. Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center, 2277 Napa Vallejo Hwy, Napa. 707.256.7500.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Robert Currier directs outdoor production set in Hawaii where the scent of hibiscus and twang of ukuleles will permeate Shakespeare’s story of lunatics, lovers and poets. Dates and times vary. Through Sep 30. $20-$35. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, Dominican University, San Rafael.

National Circus With unique acts like Great Teeterboard, Grand Flying Trapeze, Group Contortion and others, it’s like a Chinese Cirque du Soleil. Sep 21, 7pm. $20-$35. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Tapas Short Play Festival Plays include: “Clowns,” by Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller; “Gail and Peter,” by Carol S. Lashof; “Standing Room Only,” by Aren Haun; and others. Times vary. Fri-Sun through Oct 21. $15. Pegasus Theater Company, Rio Nido Lodge, Canyon Two Rd, Rio Nido.

The Vagina Monologues Award-winning show great for a girl’s night out. Directed by Hector Correa. Sep 20, 7:30pm. $16-$25. O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.4331.

We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay! Comedic farce in which a housewife hides a stolen bag of groceries by saying she’s pregnant. Directed by Laura Jorgensen. Dates and times vary. Sep 21Oct 7. $15-$25. Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.763.8920.

Astrology

FREE WILL

Book Frenzy SoCo Book Festival has a way with words Lit heaven has arrived once again with the 13th annual Sonoma County Book Festival. Choice picks for this year’s presenting authors include Catherine Brady, the winner of the 2002 Flannery O’ Connor Award for Short Fiction. She’ll be on a panel titled “The Art of Storymaking” with Malena Watrous, whose stories and essays have appeared in The Believer and Salon. Big-time writing couple Elizabeth Weil (pictured, author of No Cheating, No Dying) and husband Daniel Duane talk “Revelations and Recipes” at the Central Library. “Women Pushing Boundaries: Voices from Iran and Pakistan” with Anita Amirrezvani, Zahra Noorbakhsh and Nafisa Haji promises to be thoughtprovoking and informative. Local authors scheduled to appear include Seré Prince Halverson ,Gaye LeBaron, Daedalus Howell, Jonah Raskin, Joan Frank, Barbara Baer, Gerald Haslam, Joan Price and Bohemian beer contributor Ken Weaver. Teens who want to express themselves should get with the Teen Poetry Slam from 2pm to 4pm; open to anyone between the ages of 13 and 19, the slam takes place in three-minute rounds and awards cash prizes. For younger kids, there’s marionettes, a scavenger hunt, Japanese storytelling and Schulz museum artists doing their thing. Get bookish on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Santa Rosa’s Courthouse Square and Central Library. 10am–4pm. Free. 707.523.1977.—Leilani Clark

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ARIES (March 21–April 19) For every trillion dollars the U.S. government spends on the military, it creates about 11,000 jobs. That same expenditure, if directed toward education, creates 27,000 jobs. Personally, I’d rather have the taxes I pay go to teachers than soldiers—especially in light of the fact that the U.S. spends almost as much money on its military as all the other nations in the world combined spend on theirs. I suggest that in the coming months you make a metaphorically similar move, Aries. Devote more of your time and energy and resources to learning, and less to fighting. Ironically, doing that will ultimately diminish the fighting you have to do. As you get more training and wisdom, you’ll become more skilled at avoiding unnecessary conflicts. TAURUS (April 20–May 20)

Now is an excellent time to cull, prune and winnow. I urge you to look for opportunities to pare down and refine. On the other hand, don’t go too far. Be careful that you don’t truncate, desecrate or annihilate. It’s not an easy assignment, Taurus. You will have to be skeptical about any temptation you might have to go overboard with your skepticism. You will have to be cautious not to allow your judicious discernment to devolve into destructive distrust.

GEMINI (May 21–June 20) Why did people start drinking coffee? Who figured out that roasting and boiling the bitter beans of a certain shrub produced a stimulating beverage? Historians don’t know for sure. One old tale proposes that a ninth-century Ethiopian shepherd discovered the secret. After his goats nibbled on the beans of the coffee bush, they danced and cavorted with unnatural vigor. I urge you to be as alert and watchful as that shepherd, Gemini. A new source of vibrant energy may soon be revealed to you, perhaps in an unexpected way. CANCER (June 21–July 22)

“Hello Dear One: My name is Lorita. I am a beautiful heartfelt woman from Libya. I was browsing online through the long night when I came across your shiny dark power, and now I must tell you that I am quite sure you and I can circle together like sun and moon. It would give me great bliss for us to link up and make a tender story together. I await your reply so I can give you my secret sweetness.”—Your Surprise Soulmate. Dear Soulmate: Thank you for your warm inquiry. However, I must turn you down. Because I was born under the sign of Cancer the Crab, I have to be very careful to maintain proper boundaries; I can’t allow myself to be wide open to every extravagant invitation I get, especially from people I don’t know well. That’s especially true these days. We Crabs need to be extra discriminating about what influences we allow into our spheres.

LEO (July 23–August 22) Questions and more questions! Will the monkey on your back jump off, at least for a while? Will the sign of the zodiac that you understand least become an X-factor in the unfolding plot? Will a cute distraction launch you on what seems to be a wild goose chase—until it leads you to a clue you didn’t even know you were looking for? Will a tryst in an unsacred space result in an odd boost to your long-term fortunes? The answers to riddles like these will be headed your way in the coming weeks. You’re at the beginning of a phase that will specialize in alluring twists and brainteasing turns. VIRGO (August 23–September 22)

Want to submit a letter to the editor of a major newspaper? The odds of you getting published in the influential Washington Post are almost three times as great as in the super-influential New York Times. The Post has a much smaller circulation, so your thoughts there won’t have as wide an impact. But you will still be read by many people. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you’re in a phase when you should be quite content to shoot for a spot in the Post. Please apply that same principle to everything you do.

LIBRA (September 23–October 22) According to the Asian spiritual traditions of Tantra and Taoism, it’s unhealthy for a man to have too many ejaculatory orgasms. Doing so depletes his vital energy, and can lead to depression and malaise. But medical

researchers in the West have come to the exact opposite conclusion: the more climaxes men have, the better. According to them, frequent sex even promotes youthfulness and longevity. So whom to believe? Here’s what I think: Every man should find out for himself by conducting his own experiments. As a general rule, I recommend the empirical approach for many other questions as well—and especially right now for Libran people of all genders. Rather than trusting anyone’s theories about anything, find out for yourself.

SCORPIO (October 23–November 21) The 19thcentury Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen was an iconoclast who relished exposing the hypocrisy and shallowness of conventional morality. While working on one of his plays, he kept a pet scorpion in an empty beer glass on his desk. “Now and again,” he testified, “when the creature was wilting, I would drop into the glass a piece of fruit, which it would seize upon in a frenzy and inject with its poison. It would then revive. Are not we poets like that?” Keep these details in mind during the coming weeks, Scorpio. You will probably have some venom that needs to be expelled. I hope you’ll do it like Ibsen writing his brilliantly scathing plays or the scorpion stinging some fruit.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21) “There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose,” said French artist Henri Matisse, “because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted.” I’d love to expand this principle so that it applies to everything you do in the coming week. Whatever adventures you seek, Sagittarius, prepare for them by forgetting all the adventures you have ever had. That way you will unleash the fullness of the fun and excitement you deserve.

CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19) Where do you belong? Not where you used to belong and not where you will belong in the future, but where do you belong right now? The answer to that question might have been murky lately, but the time is ripe to get clear. To identify your right and proper power spot, do these things: First, decide what experiences you will need in order to feel loved and nurtured between now and your birthday. Second, determine the two goals that are most important for you to accomplish between now and your birthday. And third, summon a specific vision of how you can best express your generosity between now and your birthday. AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18) Are you excited about your new detachable set of invisible wings? They’re ready. To get the full benefit of the freedom they make available, study these tips: 1. Don’t attach them to your feet or butt; they belong on your shoulders. 2. To preserve their sheen and functionality, avoid rolling in the muddy gutter while you’re wearing them. 3. Don’t use them just to show off. 4. It’s OK to fly around for sheer joy, though. 5. Never take them off in midflight. PISCES (February 19–March 20) You know that leap of faith you’re considering? Now would be a good time to rehearse it, but not do it. How about that big experiment you’ve been mulling over? Imagine in detail what it would be like to go ahead, but don’t actually go ahead. Here’s my third question, Pisces: Have you been thinking of making a major commitment? My advice is similar to the first two issues: Research all of its ramifications. Think deeply about how it would change your life. Maybe even formulate a prenuptial agreement or the equivalent. But don’t make a dramatic dive into foreverness. Not yet, at least. This is your time to practice, play and pretend.

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