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egistered nurses at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital staged a strike and suffered a lockout last week. Eighty-eight percent of a 660-member Staff Nurses Association voted. This was a painful decision; the safety of our patients hangs in the balance.

Historically, Memorial Hospital has chosen to make all “necessary” budget reductions from the front lines of patient care. On Aug. 20, the administrative team proposed something unprecedented: to eliminate all language pertaining to benefits and staffing from our union contract. Their plan involves significant reductions in all areas, and silences our voices from decisions about working conditions. Our foremost concern is the ability to maintain safe staffing and provide high standards of care. One hundred and 50 patient-care positions were eliminated to “fix the budget” in 2009, creating a multitude of unsafe situations and increasing workplace stress and overtime. In 2010, nurses accepted wage freezes in return for restoring staff positions. During that period, Memorial increased administrative salaries in ranges of $25,600 to $158,300. Managers received incentive bonuses to decrease operating costs. The expectation became “do more with less,” which literally translates to “give more with less.” For 37 years, the nurses’ union at Memorial has survived multiple administrations and agendas. Millions of dollars have been wasted on poor planning; ill-conceived, failed and abandoned remodels; and cumbersome computer technologies that do not interface. So this year, Memorial has an “operating margin” of $38 million, yet drastic cuts in nursing staff, wages and benefits are necessary to afford new technologies and offset any Medicare losses. Perhaps CEO Deborah Proctor could contribute $1 million of her annual $3 million salary. Or the top tier administrators could contribute the $200,000 in “nontaxable benefits” they collectively receive each year. What else might be possible? If Memorial Hospital would commit to listening to its patientcare staff instead of hiring “efficiency consultants” and flying administrators around the country looking for better ideas, much money could be redirected toward patient care. Nurses are the embodiment of St. Joseph’s values: justice, dignity, service and excellence. We will not be silenced. Kim Lewis and Patti Garrett are Registered Nurses at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. Open Mic is a weekly feature in the ‘Bohemian.’ We welcome your contribution. To have your topical essay of 350 words considered for publication, write openmic@bohemian.com.

The Cost of Beauty “Symphonie Fantastique” (Sept. 26) isn’t a story about right and wrong or noconfidence votes from Sonoma State faculty or an approving thumbs-up from Lang Lang or Sanford Weill. It’s a classic tale of the human pursuit of excellence permitted, encouraged and practically worshiped in our culture. Ruben’s personal quest to build the Green Music Center reflects the heroic journey depicted in Ayn Rand’s novels, which many of my right- and left-biased friends have found invigorating—the individual ascending above the daily grind in quest of the highest human expression despite all obstacles in his or her way. Now and for many years, the Green Music Center, with its superior acoustic qualities, will showcase not only Ruben’s achievement but some of the world’s most highly talented musicians in one of the most acoustically divine spaces attainable. The downside is that to create such a gem is very expensive, and it’s logical to argue that the resources could have been put to more practical use at Sonoma State, or in the bigger picture, to benefit a wider swath of people in need, such as the sick or the hungry, or the poor, as might be the course advocated by Martin Luther King Jr. But it’s not logic that drives the heroic journey to rise above the ordinary; it’s the undeniable human pull toward excellence, even celebrity and beauty. One side of us craves the exceptional talent and/or beauty of great art, a gorgeous landscape or a great athlete, dancer, movie star or an awesome temple of sound like the Green Music Center. Another side of us longs for fairness and equity. We oscillate between these poles and live with the contradictions. Either that or stand in the middle of the road where nothing at all very enthralling happens. So I’ll take a risk here by saying thank you, Ruben. Thank you, Ayn Rand. And

thank you, Martin Luther King Jr. I’ll think of you all when I listen to the music at the Green Music Center, and for a few moments of delight, let the sound dissolve all conflicting thoughts.

JEFF BLACK Sebastopol

Kudos to Grizzle Nicholas Grizzle, I read your fair, nonjudgmental, illuminating, funny and thoroughly investigated article (“Symphonie Fantastique”). Kudos! This morning, I read the one in the San Francisco Chronicle. While it was good, it could not match your intelligent assessment of this building and what it all means. I must say that you have become a real jewel to the world of journalism, and I hope that your peers realize just how much you contribute to raising the cultural curtain in the North Bay.

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Too Much Love for Levi? I cannot help but get the impression from the last couple of references to Levi Leipheimer in your paper that the Bohemian is now endorsing the use of performance-enhancing drugs in professional sports (“Roll On,” Sept. 26) Sadly, the same win-at-all-costs attitude that has ruined our political system has now done the same thing to the world of professional bicycle racing. Those who prefer to take the ethical high road need to realize one basic unshakable reality, and that is, without sportsmanship, there is no sport. Once you take performance-enhancing drugs, you have thrown sportsmanship out the window. Just like the politician, you are now nothing more than a cog in a corporate, money-making machine. You are no different than the guy sitting next to me in class at SRJC who is cheating on a test. The true heroes of the Tour de France are those who were man enough to stand up to the pressure and not do


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with the rest helping to balance California’s overall budget during its seven-year lifespan. The money would then go to schools and community colleges for any educational purpose the institutions deem necessary. While Proposition 38 seems like a better piece of legislation, Brown, playing the role of the nononsense dad in the financially broken home of California, will make good on threatened “trigger cuts” of more than $5 billion from California’s already strapped education system if Proposition 30 doesn’t pass. Although Proposition 38 is expected to raise roughly $10 million over its 12-year lifespan, if passed, the trigger cuts would still take effect. Voting for the little-known activist’s measure at the expense of the highly publicized Proposition 30 isn’t wise, and, with California’s ranking of 47th in the nation in per-pupil spending, voting no on both isn’t either. In this complex political morass, Proposition 30 emerges as the best choice.

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PROP BET Gov. Jerry Brown argues that Proposition 30 is the best way for California to confront the state’s staggering deficit and avoid even greater cuts to public education.

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The Bohemian’s recommendations on state propositions Yes on Proposition 30, No on Proposition 38 Propositions 30 and 38 both raise income taxes, diverting funds where they are sorely needed: schools. But they can’t both go into effect—each contains a section stating that only the proposition receiving more votes can become law. So which to vote for? That’s the tricky part. In addition to a quarter-cent California sales tax increase, Proposition 30 taxes only high-

income earners, starting with those who make over $250,000 a year. Proposition 38, on the other hand, taxes everyone making over $7,316 annually using a progressive scale from 0.4 percent on the lowest end to 2.2 percent for top earners. If you think the top 1 percent should do its share, Proposition 30 has an edge. But Proposition 38 outlines exactly how those dollars would be spent in clearer and more convincing detail than Proposition 30.

Supported primarily by Southern California civil rights attorney Molly Munger, Proposition 38 earmarks 60 percent of revenue to K-12 schools with 30 percent going to repay state debt and 10 percent going to early childhood education programs for four years. It tallies up funds on a per-pupil basis and requires local audits. Spearheaded by Jerry Brown, Proposition 30 designates the creation of a special account for an unspecified majority of the amount in the general fund

At more than 8,000 words, Proposition 31 attempts to refashion the way the state budgets in a complicated and potentially unilateral fashion. The ballot measure takes the budget cycle from one to two years and sets up the possibility that the minority party (i.e., Republicans) could hold the state hostage on passing revenue measures that require a 2/3 majority vote. This action would then hand over control to the governor to make budget cuts as he or she sees fit. Also in Proposition 31, there is the confusing Community Strategic Action Plan, which would allow counties, cities and school districts to break away from the state and allot money as they see fit, rather than take direction from the state. Local control of funding is always enticing, but this option means more bickering, stagnation and disruption to services as locals duke it out for dollars. And while some counties are in relatively good financial standing, other counties in the state could design their own


No on Proposition 32 Proposition 32 sounds attractive, with its supporters’ resounding slogan of “Stop Special Interest Money Now!” The measure is dressed in bipartisan garb, stating that it will ban both corporate and labor contributions to political candidates. But Proposition 32 is primarily backed by the smear-adhappy American Future Fund, a Republican group registered as a 501c(4), meaning that it can receive unlimited contributions and doesn’t have to disclose its donors. And Proposition 32 does nothing to regulate Super PACs or other independent expenditure committees like the American Future Fund, so the political moneymakers that most need reform are completely (intentionally?) overlooked. There’s no question that the ties between politicians and specialinterest money from across the political spectrum need to be loosened, and Proposition 32 would stop the ethically shady practice of taking automatic deductions from employee paychecks, but a proposition that cripples campaign donations without touching independent expenditure loopholes will only encourage more nameless, reckless spending.

No on Proposition 33 When California voters shot down Proposition 17 in 2010, they sent a message to Mercury Insurance CEO George Joseph that his deceptive initiative was bogus. Voters shouldn’t get fooled again, as Joseph has returned with the same slightly altered proposal. The idea is to allow auto insurance companies the ability to offer “discounts” to drivers who can prove they’ve purchased car insurance continuously for five years. If that smells fishy, it’s because it is, and Joseph has spent more than $8 million of his own money to deodorize it. Instead of discounting rates, Proposition 33 “will allow insurance companies

to increase cost of insurance,” according to the attorney general. The California Department of Insurance has said that the initiative “will result in a surcharge” for many drivers, and it penalizes responsible drivers who, for whatever reason, had no need for auto insurance in the past—people who bike to work, become injured and cannot drive, or live in cities with dependable public transportation. If Mercury Insurance’s terrible reputation doesn’t sink this initiative, the intelligence of the voters should.

Yes on Proposition 34 Proposition 34 would make California the 19th state in the country to abolish the death penalty. If passed, the proposition would eliminate the death penalty and replace it with life in prison with no chance of parole. The proposition’s foundation is built on a 2011 study that found capital punishment to be cost-heavy, with few benefits. Supporters include Ron Briggs, the man who wrote the original 1977 initiative that toughened the death penalty, and Jeanne Woodford, executive director of Death Penalty Focus and a former San Quentin warden. The opposition includes the Sacramento County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association and, surprisingly, more than a few inmates on San Quentin’s death row, who feel they’ll lose opportunities to appeal their sentences. Keeping in mind the flaws in the judicial system that have led to convictions and executions of innocent people in the United States, as well as the costs of the death-row system itself during a time of huge fiscal crisis, we recommend a yes vote on Proposition 34.

No on Proposition 35 No one argues that stiffer fines and penalties for human traffickers aren’t warranted. Unfortunately, the devil is in the details of this ballot measure. Ambiguous language and broad definitions would set up dangerous legal challenges to the rights of both victims and suspects, while at the same time putting burdensome new requirements on local law enforcement agencies ) 10

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that are already overwhelmed with tracking the state’s 90,000-plus registered sex offenders. Consensual relationships between teenagers hovering just above and below the age of 18 could also fall into a legal gray area. Proposition 35 will likely pass, because its goal is noble, but the execution of the language leaves much to be desired.

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In 1994, California voters approved Proposition 184, widely known as the “three strikes law.” Spearheaded by Mike Reynolds, father of 18-year-old Kimber Reynolds, who was murdered during a botched purse robbery, the goal of the law was to put violent career criminals behind bars for life. Unfortunately, far too many nonviolent offenders— who’ve received a third strike for crimes as innocuous as stealing a pizza—face life behind bars with little chance of parole. Proposition 36 would reduce prison sentences for qualified thirdstrikers whose current offense is a nonserious, nonviolent felony. Those whose previous crimes involve sex offenses, drug trafficking, homicide, firearms or weapons of mass destruction would be excluded from the changes. The Legislative Analyst’s Office estimates savings to the state of $70 million a year in the beginning, and $90 million yearly after that. With solutions needed to fix California’s State Prison budget and address its huge rehabilitation crisis, Proposition 36 isn’t just a logical step, it’s also a fair one.

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This is a no-brainer. Proposition 37 would require labeling on food made from plants or animals changed by genetic engineering, or genetically modified organisms, known on Volvo bumper stickers statewide as “GMOs.” Who among us doesn’t want to know what’s in our food, especially when studies show that GMOs have created all sorts of health risks? Big ag, that’s who. Monsanto, the world’s largest producer of genetically engineered seed, has spent over $7 million to oppose Proposition

37, and one has to wonder why a company would spend so much not to advertise but to hide its product from the public. DuPont, Dow, Bayer and BASF round out the opposition’s other top five donors, arguing that passage will increase food costs. Voters shouldn’t fall for this threat from the chemical giants; the cost of a food label is a fraction of a cent. More than 40 countries already have laws requiring GMO labeling, and it’s time Californians demanded the same.

Yes on Proposition 39 The state’s current business tax code practically begs companies to locate their headquarters and employees outside of California while selling goods and services within its confines. Proposition 39 would level the playing field and make all businesses in the state pay taxes through a fair, acrossthe-board method. Right now, companies can choose between this option or decide to pay half their taxes on revenue made instate and the other half on workforce and infrastructure within the state. Proposition 39’s consistent tax code has already sprung up in larger states across the country, including Texas, Illinois and New Jersey. Extra revenue from the ballot measure’s passage would go toward improving energy efficiency in schools and government buildings the first five years, which would create jobs and set California on a more sustainable path. After that, the money would go into the state’s depleted general fund. Don’t be fooled— Proposition 39 will not kill jobs. If anything, it will protect them. If none of this convinces you, just ask yourself: What does New Jersey know that we don’t?

Yes on Proposition 40 The Republican Party didn’t get its way during the latest redrawing of district lines, and now it wants to confuse voters. Here’s the deal: vote yes and the state saves an estimated $1 million by keeping the lines as they’re currently constructed. It’s really that simple.

One-Year Anniversary It’s hard to believe an entire year has passed since Occupy Wall Street swept the nation. In the North Bay, approximately 4,000 people took to the streets of Santa Rosa last October, one of the largest marches during a national day of action. Throughout the past 12 months, the movement has morphed to accommodate the needs of the millions of Americans who are out of work, facing home foreclosure and steadily rising healthcare costs, or weighed down by exorbitant student debt. The local Occupy movement has stayed busy, holding vigils in Petaluma for people who’ve lost their homes to foreclosure, and sponsoring teach-ins and free schools on everything from poverty and homelessness, to corporate control of the democratic process. “Despite the perception that Occupy has somehow withered away, we have in fact evolved out of a spontaneous outburst of popular anger into a serious political organization which confronts the injustices that face working people and the 99%,” says OSR organizer Carl Patrick. “We are maturing, growing and finding new organizational forms that can last for the long-term.” On Oct. 14, Occupy Santa Rosa holds a parade through downtown Santa Rosa to celebrate the one-year anniversary of a global movement. The organizers encourage people to bring pots and pans for a “Casserole March,” inspired by the student strikes in Quebec, and as a way to participate in a “Global noise protest.” The OSR gathering kicks off on Saturday, Oct. 14, at Santa Rosa City Hall. 100 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 2pm. 707.595.0814.—Leilani Clark

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“We’re committed to serving the freshest food and keeping big companies out,” manager Damion Wallace tells me, ticking off a number of the local farms, like County Line Harvest and Prather Ranch, from whom they buy food. As resident mixologist, Wallace has also created the Sunny Side Up, a bourbon-based concoction featuring Petaluma egg whites and caramelized nectarines, and a margarita with smoked Rainier cherries and lime juice. With 30 brews, an extensive wine list and a liquor selection that includes 90 varieties of

whiskey and more cordials than a debutante ball, Social Club is right in step with contemporary trends. The food, on the other hand, is more traditional, what owner Mick Suverkrubbe describes as “rustic American.” The menu, which changes weekly, includes entrées like Petaluma fried chicken and mashed potatoes ($15), hanger steak ($23) and a grilled Niman Ranch pork chop with herbed spaetzle ($24). Since even the requisite mac ’n’ cheese ($7) is laced with bacon, vegetarians are limited to a handful of options. Take heart: the curried cauliflower

soup ($6) and Yukon potato gnocchi ($14) will surely please even the pickiest herbivorous palate. Both Wallace and Suverkrubbe hail from San Francisco, where recent rising costs have made it harder to prosper. “We’re getting squeezed by the landlords,” Suverkrubbe tells me. “Five years ago, I had three businesses in the city.” Now he’s down to one, a nightclub in Fisherman’s Wharf called the Parlor Bar. No surprise, then, that the nucleus of the Social Club is a large center bar, made of beautifully stained cherry and white oak. “Even though most restaurateurs cringe at the huge square footage,” Suverkrubbe says of the bar, “I wanted to create a casual, lounge environment.” Mission accomplished. The open space echoes with the pleasing din of conversation. A Giants game plays on several flat-screen TVs, and an elevated stage sits in the corner, awash in afternoon sunlight. It’s the kind of place where you feel just as comfortable dining alone as you do bringing the kids. A native of Nebraska, Suverkrubbe grew up on a horse and cattle ranch. His restaurant career began when he was 17, in the kitchen of a local Pizza Hut. In college, he moved to the front of the house, bussing tables and bartending, which suited him better. Not quite a decade after slinging pizza dough, he became a partner in a tavern in Los Angeles. After years of running restaurants in big cities like L.A., Boston and San Francisco, Suverkrubbe is ready to settle down in the country once again. He’s drawn to Sonoma County because of the cheaper rent, abundant wineries and, mostly, the friendly folks. “Everyone has been so nice,” he gushes, “from the farmers to the fire department.” An active managing owner, Suverkrubbe can be found at Social Club four nights a week, chatting with patrons, clearly enjoying his job. As he says of running a restaurant, “It’s like being able to throw a great party every night.” Social Club, 132 Keller St., Petaluma. 707.238.0158.


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 OMA CO U N TY Cafe Zazzle Eclectic cafe. $-$$. Colorful, tasty food cooked Mexican-, Japanese-, Thai- and Italian-style. Lunch and dinner daily. 121 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.762.1700. Dierk’s Parkside Cafe American. $. Classic, fresh diner food in a comfortable diner setting. Ought to be in a movie. Breakfast and lunch daily. 404 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.573.5955.

Gary Chu’s Chinese. $$. Fine Chinese food in elegant setting. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Sun. 611 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.526.5840.

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.

JhanThong BanBua Thai. $-$$. Sophisticated and delicate Thai cuisine. Fresh ingredients, packed with flavor. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 2400 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.528.8048.

style pizza with tasteful wine list in historic stretch of Petaluma. Delivery, too! 41 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.763.3897. Pick-up and delivery: 203 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.766.8600.

Real Döner Turkish. $-$$. Casual, cafe-style ordering from a friendly staff. Get the coffee and buibal yuvasi dessert. Lunch and dinner daily. 307 F St, Petaluma. 707.765.9555.

Sea Thai. $$. An oasis of exotic Bangkok with some truly soul-satisfying dishes. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Fri; dinner only, Sat-Sun. 5000 Petaluma Blvd S. 707.766.6633.

Stark’s Steakhouse Steakhouse. $$$$. Could be the best steak you’ll ever have. “Other than steak” menu changes seasonally. Happy hour Mon-Fri, 3 to 6. Dinner daily; lunch, Mon-Fri. 521 Adams St, Santa Rosa. 707.546.5100.

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.

La Fondita Mexican. $.

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.

Hearty, filling, very tasty. No glop or goop here. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 816 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.526.0881.

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Mai Vietnamese Cuisine Vietnamese. $. Fresh and authentic, with a warm and breezy atmosphere. Lunch and dinner daily. 8494 Gravenstein Hwy (in Apple Valley Plaza), Cotati. 707.665.9628.

Old Chicago Pizza Pizza. $$. Extraordinary deep-dish-

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

Italian-American. $$. A former Denny’s turned Parisian bistro, with surprisingly competent cozy French favorites like escargot and chicken Cordon Bleu. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 7330 Redwood Blvd, Novato. 415.898.4233.

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

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Frantoio Italian. $$-$$$. Perennial winner of SF Chron’s “100 Best,” Frantoio also produces all of its own olive oil. Dinner daily. 152 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley. 415.289.5777.

Left Bank French. $$-$$$. Splendid, authentic French cuisine. Lunch, Mon-Sat; dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 507 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.927.3331.

Poggio Italian. $$-$$$. Truly transportive food, gives authentic flavor of the Old World. The cheaper way to travel Europe. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 777 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.7771.

Sol Food Puerto Rican. $. Flavorful, authentic and homestyle at this Puerto Rican eatery, which is as hole-inthe-wall as they come. Lunch and dinner daily. Two San Rafael locations: 732 Fourth St. 415.451.4765. 901 Lincoln Ave. 415.256.8903.

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

Sushi Ran Japanese. $$$$. This beautiful restaurant attracts locals and tourists with its fresh catches. A wide selection of nigiri, depending on what’s fresh. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner, Mon-Sun. 107 Caledonia St, Sausalito. 415.332.3620.

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Ad Hoc American. $$-$$$. Thomas Keller’s quintessential neighborhood restaurant. Prix fixe dinner changes daily. Actually takes reservations. 6476 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.2487.

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

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Where’s the best place to get a ginger cookie with apricot jam after surgery, you ask? Why, that’d be Chloe’s French Café, behind Sutter Medical Center in Santa Rosa. Hard to find but worth the trek, this bustling cafe serves Frenchinspired lunch and fantastic pastries. Don’t underestimate the simple croissant, which is done to absolute perfection here. Richer and flakier than even Mitt Romney, this crescent-shaped wonder could win the hearts of voters in every state. The other pastries change throughout the season, which is ideal. For fall, one such offering is the ginger cookie with apricot jam and bits of candied orange. The flavor is just right— chewy and sweet, with a hint of autumn’s bitterness. Chloe’s lunch cures the random French food craving better than any other place in town. The croque-monsieur is a menu staple, and the rotating crêpe du jour last week was lemon chicken with Gruyère on a light, unobtrusive buckwheat crêpe. The accompanying salad was marvelous and huge, filled with a multitude of greens, bell peppers, carrot slices and tomato chunks. After going under the knife, or just being told to “turn your head and cough,” Chloe’s is a great way to feel whole again. Chloe’s French Café, 3883 Airway Drive, Ste. 145, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3095. —Nicolas Grizzle

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$-$$. Classic hometown diner, specializes in the homemade. Breakfast and lunch daily. 1320 Napa Town Center, Napa. 707.253.0409. 1313 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.1788.

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.

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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

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.

Red Rock Cafe & Backdoor BBQ American. $-$$. Cafe specializing in barbecue and classic diner fare. Messy, delicious. Lunch and

dinner daily. 1010 Lincoln Ave, Napa. 707.226.2633.

Redd California cuisine. $$$$$. Rich dishes balanced by subtle flavors and careful yet casual presentation. Brunch at Redd is exceptional. Lunch, Mon-Sat; dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 6480 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.2222. Siena California-Tuscan. $$$$. Sophisticated, terroirinformed cooking celebrates the local and seasonal, with electric combinations like sorrel-wrapped ahi tuna puttanesca. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa. 707.259.0633.


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Becoming Legendary There are so many reasons to live in the North Bay, it’s impossible to choose where to start. That’s why, every year, we ask you, the passionate reader, to submit your votes for the Best of the North Bay. In March, we publish the results in our tremendous Best Of issue, which not only honors the winners, but serves as a de facto tour guide to the best restaurants, shops, companies, outdoor spots and much more in Sonoma, Napa and Marin counties.

After nearly two decades of singing the praises of the excellence in our own backyard, the Bohemian’s Best Of issue is an annual institution, and no substitute comes close to its comprehensive coverage bolstered by our smart, knowledgable readers. You could say it’s legendary, but we find the legends lie elsewhere—the winning people, places and businesses that you’ll find on the following pages.

Found in this handbook, published as reminder of this year’s honorees, are beloved bookstores, rising restaurants, supreme stylists and precious personalities; the things that, taken together, make a community what it is and provide the pulse of culture. We’ve been taking that pulse for many, many years, and it’s never been stronger. —Gabe Meline


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Best Film Festival

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MARIN www.mvff.com

SONOMA

NAPA www.napavalleyfilmfest.org

HONORABLE MENTION TIE

SONOMA

1781 Coast Hwy. 1, Bodega Bay. 707.875.2922.

Riverfront Art Gallery 132 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 707.775.4278.

Best Museum MARIN

Sonoma International Film Festival www.sonomafilmfest.org

MARIN

NAPA

100 Elm St., San Rafael. 415.453.6705.

Charles M Schulz Museum 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452. HONORABLE MENTION

Sonoma County Museum 425 Seventh St., Santa Rosa. 707.579.1500.

Best Outdoor Art Event MARIN

Sausalito Art & Wine Festival www.sausalitoartfestival.org

Napa Valley Ballet 1755 Industrial Way #25, Napa. 707.294.8820.

SONOMA

Sebastopol Ballet 390 Morris St., Sebastopol. 707.824.8006. HONORABLE MENTION

Petaluma City Ballet 110 Howard St., Petaluma. 707.765.2660.

Best Performing Dance Company MARIN

Roco Dance & Fitness

Napa Art on First

NAPA

ARTrails www.sonomaarts.com/artrails

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NAPA

237 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley. 415.388.6786.

SONOMA

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Marin Ballet

NAPA www.artscouncilnapavalley.org

Platinum Dance Company www.platinumdancecompany.com

SONOMA

WildCard Belly Dance

Best Movie Theater

www.wildcardbellydance.com

MARIN

HONORABLE MENTION

Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center

Joweh! www.terrianneandjoweh.com

1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.454.1222.

Best Dance Studio

NAPA

MARIN

Cameo Cinema

Roco Dance & Fitness

1340 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.9779.

237 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley. 415.388.6786.

SONOMA

NAPA

Summerfield Cinemas

Academy of Danse

551 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. 707.522.0719.

BEST USED CAR DEALER

HONORABLE MENTION

Best Ballet Company

SONOMA

 

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557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 415.339.3900.

55 President’s Circle, Yountville. 707.944.0500.

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Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival

Bay Area Discovery Museum

Napa Valley Museum

Oil Change & Tire Rotation

Napa Valley Film Festival

6671 Front St., Forestville. 707.887.0146.

Ren Brown Collection

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Mill Valley Film Festival

5200 Sonoma Hwy., Napa. 707.226.5991.

Quicksilver Mine Co.

Used Car Superstore

Roxy 14 Stadium 85 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.522.0330.

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MANLYHONDA.COM

1123 Jordan Lane, Napa. 707.226.6170. )4

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READERS CHOICE

SONOMA

NAPA

The Dance Center

Napa Valley Opera House

56 W. Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 707.575.8277.

1030 Main St., Napa. 707.226.7372.

HONORABLE MENTION

SONOMA

Ellington Hall

Wells Fargo Center for the Arts

3535 Industrial Lane, Ste. B4, Santa Rosa. 707.545.6150.

Best Place to Dance MARIN

George’s Nightclub

50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 707.527.7006. HONORABLE MENTION

Sixth Street Playhouse

842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

52 W. Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

NAPA

Best Theater Troupe

Bistro Sabor 1126 First St., Napa. 707.252.0555.

SONOMA

Last Day Saloon 120 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.2343. HONORABLE MENTION

Christy’s on the Square 96 Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa. 707.528.8565.

MARIN

Marin Theatre Company 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 415.388.5200.

NAPA

Napa Valley Players 1637 Imola Ave., Napa. 707.255.5483.

SONOMA

Sixth Street Playhouse

Best Festival

52 W. Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

MARIN

HONORABLE MENTION

West End Village elebration www.wevcelebration.com

The Imaginists Theatre Collective

NAPA

461 Sebastopol Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.528.7554.

FIRST PLACE TIE

Blues, Brews & BBQ

Best Band

www.napadowntown.com

MARIN

Mustard Mud & Music Festival

Petty Theft

www.calistogavisitors.com

www.pettytheftrocks.com

SONOMA

NAPA

Harmony Festival

Deluna

www.harmonyfestival.com

Best Music Festival MARIN

Fairfax Festival 142 Bolinas Road, Fairfax. 415.453.1584.

NAPA

Mondavi Jazz Festival 7801 St. Helena Hwy., Oakville. 1.888.766.6328.

SONOMA

Harmony Festival

www.facebook.com/delunaonline

SONOMA

The Pat Jordan Band www.patjordanband.com HONORABLE MENTION

Dgiin dgiinmusic@gmail.com

Best Music Venue MARIN

George’s Nightclub 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

www.harmonyfestival.com

NAPA

HONORABLE MENTION

Uptown Theatre

Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival

SONOMA

www.omegaevents.com

Best Performing Arts Center MARIN

College of Marin Fine Arts Theatre Sir Francis Drake Boulevard & Laurel Avenue, Kentfield. 415.485.9385.

1350 Third St., Napa. 707.259.0123.

Mystic Theatre 23 Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma. 707.765.9211. HONORABLE MENTION

Hopmonk Tavern 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.7308. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.

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Best Bike Shop MARIN 836 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.454.3747. #1 Gate 6 Road, Sausalito. 415.332.3200.

Best Pilates Studio

1318 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.9687.

SONOMA

Mike’s Bikes 264 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 707.776.0606. HONORABLE MENTION

Bike Peddler

Novato Pilates 1769 Grant Ave., Novato. 415.898.3499.

NAPA

Downtown Pilates 1338 Pearl St., Napa. 707.257.7382.

SONOMA

Tone 850 Fourth St. #A, Santa Rosa. 707.526.3100. HONORABLE MENTION

Best Independent Bike Frame Builder

Pilates Collective

Mike Varley, Black Mountain Cycles

132 Weeks Way, Sebastopol. 707.829.8746.

Best Yoga Studio MARIN

Bikram Yoga San Rafael

11101 State Route 1 #B, Pt. Reyes Station. 415.663.8125.

1295 Second St. #200, San Rafael. 415.453.9642.

NAPA

NAPA

Curtis Inglis, Retrotec www.ingliscycles.com

SONOMA

Sycip Bicycles www.sycip.com

Ubuntu Yoga Studio 1140 Main St., Napa. 707.251.5656.

SONOMA

Bikram Yoga of Santa Rosa 522 Wilson St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.9642.

HONORABLE MENTION

HONORABLE MENTION

Soulcraft

Three Dog Yoga

www.soulcraftbikes.com

Best Gym MARIN

Osher Marin Jewish Community Center 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.

NAPA

Synergy Medical Fitness Center

BOOKSTORE

3421 Villa Lane, Napa. 707.251.1395.

USED & RARE BOOKSTORE

SONOMA

Coaches Corner

2097 Stagecoach Road, Santa Rosa. 707.528.1071.

Best Martial Arts School MARIN

MarinMMA 222 Greenfield Ave., San Anselmo. 415.456.1557.

NAPA

Napa Taekwondo 497 Walnut St. #C, Napa. 707.226.5869.

SONOMA

ATA Martial Arts 1415 Fulton Road, Ste. 221, Santa Rosa. 707.523.1144.

420 Morris St., Sebastopol. 707.829.5180.

HONORABLE MENTION

HONORABLE MENTION

Hauth’s Taekwondo

Powerhouse Gym 515 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.284.4664.

8465 Old Redwood Hwy. #230, Windsor. 707.838.3644.

Best Health Club

Best Outdoor Gear Shop

NAPA

MARIN

Synergy Medical Fitness Center

Mike’s Bikes

3421 Villa Lane, Napa. 707.251.1395.

836 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.454.3747. #1 Gate 6 Road, Sausalito. 415.332.3200.

SONOMA

WWW.COPPERFIELDSBOOKS.COM

MARIN

605 College Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.571.2428.

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Calistoga Bike Shop

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HONORABLE MENTION

Mike’s Bikes

NAPA

CHILDREN’S BOOKSTORE

READERS CHOICE

Airport Club 432 Aviation Blvd., Santa Rosa. 707.5281.2582.

NAPA

Sweeney’s 1537 W. Imola Ave., Napa. 707.255.5544.


7 HONORABLE MENTION

Sonoma Outfitters

Santa Rosa Ski & Sports

145 Third St., Santa Rosa. 707.528.1920.

1125 W. Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.578.4754.

Santa Rosa Ski & Sports 1125 W. Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.578.4754.

Best Snow / Skate / Board Shop MARIN

Triumph 4th Street 907 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.457.1625.

NAPA

Boardgarden

Best Surf Shop MARIN

Proof Lab 254 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley. 415.380.8900.

NAPA

Snowdrift 3090 Jefferson St., Napa. 707.255.3509.

SONOMA

2740 Jefferson St., Napa. 707.253.7949. 111 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.7424.

Northern Light Surf Shop

SONOMA

HONORABLE MENTION

Brotherhood

Brotherhood

1240 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.546.0660.

1240 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.546.0660.

17191 Bodega Hwy., Bodega. 707.876.3032.

FOOD & DRINK READERS CHOICE Best Barbecue

MARIN

MARIN

Marin Civic Center

Roadside BBQ

10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.421.8497.

5000 Northgate Mall #135, San Rafael. 415.479.7200.

NAPA

NAPA

St. Helena Farmers Market

Busterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s BBQ

SONOMA

Santa Rosa Farmers Market Veterans Building, 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.522.8629.

1207 Foothill Blvd., Calistoga. 707.942.5605.

SONOMA

BBQ Smokehouse Restaurant 6811 Laguna Park Way, Sebastopol. 707.575.3277.

HONORABLE MENTION

HONORABLE MENTION

Sebastopol Farmers Market

BBQ Spot

Downtown Plaza, Sebastopol. 707.522.9305.

3448 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.585.2616.

Best Bakery MARIN

Ponsfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Place 117 Shaver St., San Rafael.

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933 Main St., St. Helena.. 707.963.3486. 644 First St., Napa. 707.224.6900.

7225 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.8101. 1445 Town & Country Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.527.7654.

SONOMA

HONORABLE MENTION

HONORABLE MENTION

Wild Flour Bread

Superburger

Mikeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at the Crossroads 7665 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati. 707.665.9999.

1501 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.546.4016. 10070 Main St., Penngrove. 707.665.9790. )8

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Phyllisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Giant Burgers

1357 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.8192.

140 Bohemian Hwy., Freestone. 707.874.2938.

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MARIN

Model Bakery

Village Bakery

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Best Burger 2202 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.456.0866. 924 Diablo Ave., Novato. 415.898.8294. NAPA

NAPA

Custom board shapes by Ed Barbera Suits by Patagonia, Matuse Rip Curl and Hotline

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Crane Park, St. Helena. 707.486.2662.

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READERS CHOICE

MARIN

Best Candy/Chocolate Shop

Boca Pizzeria

MARIN

1544 Redwood Hwy., Corte Madera. 415.924.3023. 454 Ignacio Blvd., Novato. 415.883.2302.

Powell’s Sweet Shoppe

NAPA

Ca’ Momi Enoteca 610 First St., Napa. 707.257.4992.

SONOMA

Mombo’s Pizza 1880 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.528.3278. 560 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Sebastopol. 707.823.7492. HONORABLE MENTION

Rosso Pizzeria & Wine Bar 53 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.544.3221.

Best Frozen Desert Shop MARIN

Three Twins Ice Cream

879 Grant Ave., Novato. 415.898.6160.

NAPA

Anette’s Chocolate Factory 1321 First St., Napa. 707.252.4228.

SONOMA

Viva Cocolat 110 Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma. 707.778.9888. HONORABLE MENTION

Sonoma Chocolatiers 6988 McKinley St., Sebastopol. 707.829.1181.

Best Chocolatier MARIN

Emporio Rulli 464 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 415.924.7478.

NAPA

Anette’s Chocolate Factory 1321 First St., Napa. 707.252.4228.

641 Del Ganado Road, San Rafael. 415.492.8946.

SONOMA

NAPA

Sonoma Chocolatiers

Yo’Belle

6988 McKinley St., Sebastopol. 707.829.1181.

3900 Bel Aire Plaza #E, Napa. 707.226.1899.

HONORABLE MENTION

SONOMA

www.gandolfsfinechocolate.com

Screamin’ Mimi’s 6902 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol. 707.823.5902.

Gandolf’s Fine Chocolate

Best Cafe / Coffeehouse MARIN

HONORABLE MENTION

Aroma Cafe

Cold Stone Creamery

1122 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.459.4340.

NAPA

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2324 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.578.1811. 2280 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.571.1888. 301 S. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. 707.762.1824.

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Flying Goat Coffee

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SONOMA 324 Center St., Healdsburg. 707.433.8003. 10 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.575.1202.

Susie Cakes

HONORABLE MENTION

310 Bon Air Center, Greenbrae. 415.461.2253.

A’Roma Roasters

Sift Cupcake & Dessert Bar Napa

4409 09 M Mendocino end o cino Ave, Av e , DDowntown o w n t o w n SSanta a n t a RRosa osa 707.579.5999 70 7. 5 79. 5 9 9 9 cross cr o s s sstreet t r ee t 55th th 11280 2 8 0 HHealdsburg e a l d s bur g AAve, v e , HHealdsburg e aldsbur g 7707.433.2954 07. 4 3 3. 2 9 5 4 ccross r o s s sstreet t r e e t DDry r y CCreek r eek RRoad oad On line M enu : w w w. S i z z linggTa n do or.c om Online Menu: www.SizzlingTandoor.com

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95 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.576.7765.

Best Breakfast MARIN

3816 Bel Aire Plaza, Napa. 707.240.4004.

Theresa & Johnny’s

SONOMA

NAPA

Sift Cupcake & Dessert Bar

Gillwoods

817 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.259.0182.

404 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.703.4228.

1320 Napa Town Center, Napa. 707.253.0409.

HONORABLE MENTION

SONOMA

Moustache Baked Goods

Howard’s Station Cafe

381 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.395.4111.

3811 Bohemian Hwy., Occidental. 707.874.2838.


HONORABLE MENTION

Willow Wood Market Cafe

Macâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Delicatessen

9020 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.0233.

630 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.3785.

Best Brunch

Best Outdoor Dining

MARIN

Crepevine 908 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.257.8822. 940 Farmers Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.577.8822.

NAPA

Brix Restaurant

333 Enfrente Road, Novato. 415.883.9277.

NAPA

Angele 540 Main St., Napa. 707.252.8115.

SONOMA

French Garden

HONORABLE MENTION

Flamingo Resort Hotel 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

Best Diner MARIN

8050 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol. 707.824.2030. HONORABLE MENTION

Underwood Bar & Bistro 9113 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.7023.

Best Dining After 10pm MARIN

Sol Food

Bubbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Diner

903 Lincoln Ave. & 811 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.451.4765.

566 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 415.459.6862.

NAPA

NAPA

Butter Cream Bakery & Diner 2297 Jefferson St., Napa. 707.255.6700.

SONOMA

Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Diner 7260 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.8080.

610 Main St., Napa. 707.252.1600.

SONOMA

Underwood Bar & Bistro 9113 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.7023.

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Russian River Brewing Co.

Best Spot to Dine Solo MARIN

404 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.573.5955.

Sol Food

Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sourdough

903 Lincoln Ave. & 811 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.451.4765.

NAPA

Oxbow Public Market

3095 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael. 415.485.0964. 42 Digital Drive #8, Novato. 415.883.5110.

644 First St. #D, Napa. 707.226.6529.

NAPA

9020 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.0233.

Genova Delicatessen SONOMA

Peter Lowellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

HONORABLE MENTION

Arrigoniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Deli & Cafe 701 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.1297.

Best Sandwich Shop

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Best Caterer MARIN

Indian Peach Food Company 11201 Hwy. 1. #204, Pt. Reyes Station. 415.663.8478.

Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sourdough

NAPA

Ultimate Chocolate Place

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Piper Johnson 2450 Foothills Blvd., Calistoga. 707.942.5432.

NAPA

SONOMA

Giugniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Deli

Park Avenue Catering

1227 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.3421.

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7385 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.1077.

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Willow Wood Market Cafe HONORABLE MENTION

640 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.3785.

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SONOMA

1550 Trancas St., Napa. 707.253.8686.

Macâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Delicatessen

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725 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.2337.

Dierkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parkside Cafe

MARIN

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HONORABLE MENTION

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The Garden Restaurant

SONOMA

9020 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.0233.

C u c i n a R u s t iicc a

MARIN

7377 St. Helena Hwy., Napa. 707.944.2749.

Willow Wood Market Cafe

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BEST CHOCOLATE SHOP

591 Mercantile Drive, Cotati. 707.793.9645.

SONOMA

HONORABLE MENTION

Giovanniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Italian Deli

A La Heart Catering

173 Pleasant Hill Ave. N., Sebastopol. 707.823.1331.

600 Wilson St., Santa Rosa. 707.527.7555.

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Best Chef

Golden Harvest

Heidi Krahling, Insalata’s

SONOMA

NAPA

Ken Frank, La Toque Restaurant

The only ‡”ƒ…‡‡”–‹Ƥ‡† Pizza Napoletana in the North Bay

1314 McKinstry St., Napa. 707.257.5151.

SONOMA

MARIN

Mark Malicki, Casino Bar & Grill

Left Bank

17000 Bodega Hwy., Bodega. 707.876.3185.

NAPA

Best Restaurant

Bistro Jeanty

507 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 415.927.3331.

MARIN

6510 Washington St., Yountville. 707.944.0103.

Buckeye Roadhouse

SONOMA

FIRST PLACE TIE

Underwood Bar & Bistro

La Gare 208 Wilson St., Santa Rosa. 707.528.4355. HONORABLE MENTION

Bistro 29 620 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.546.2929.

Best Indian MARIN

9113 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.7023.

Lotus Cuisine of India

Zazu

NAPA

3535 Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4814.

Neela’s

HONORABLE MENTION

SONOMA

El Coqui 400 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.542.8868.

Best New Restaurant MARIN

Savory Orient 1025 C St., San Rafael. 415.459.4593.

NAPA

La Condesa 1320 Main St., St. Helena. 707.967.8111.

SONOMA

Forchetta/Bastoni 6948 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.9500. HONORABLE MENTION

Hole in the Wall 972 Gravenstein Hwy. S., Ste. 100, Sebastopol. 707.861.3777.

Best Chinese MARIN

Open Daily 7:30 am - 9 pm 610 First Street, Napa, CA 94559 ‡ZZZFDPRPLFRP

China Room

Best French

SONOMA

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HONORABLE MENTION

1001 Second St., Napa. 707.224.0800.

Best Zinfandel

611 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.526.5840.

3535 Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4814.

Carpe Diem Wine Bar

Best Pizza

Gary Chu’s Gourmet Chinese Cuisine

500 Mission Blvd. #E, Santa Rosa. 707.539.5570.

NAPA

Organic Italian Pastries: pasticcini, cannoli, panna cotta, biscotti, crostate & millefoglie

61 Main St., St. Helena. 707.967.9888.

Duskie Estes, Zazu Restaurant

15 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley. 415.331.2600.

All recipes are traditional Italian & made from ingredients sourced locally & from Italy

NAPA

MARIN 120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. San Anselmo. 415.457.7700.

Ca’ Momi Napa Valley & hand selected artisanal Italian wines available

READERS CHOICE

704 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.456.5808.

975 Clinton St., Napa. 707.226.9988.

Sizzling Tandoor 409 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.579.5999. 1280 Healdsburg Ave. #101, Healdsburg. 707.433.2954. HONORABLE MENTION

Himalayan Tandoori & Curry House 969 Gravenstein Hwy., Sebastopol. 707.824.1800.

Best Italian MARIN

Il Davide 901 A St., San Rafael. 415.454.8080.

NAPA

Oenotri 1425 First St., Napa. 707.252.1022.

SONOMA

Cucina Paradiso 114 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 707.782.1130.

Ping’s Mandarin Restaurant

HONORABLE MENTION

817 Francisco Blvd. W., San Rafael. 415.492.1638.

117 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.523.2227.

LoCoco’s Cucina Rustica


Best Japanese / Sushi Restaurant

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MARIN

Thep Lela Mill Valley

Sushi to Dai For 816 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.721.0392.

NAPA

Morimoto Napa 610 Main St., Napa. 707.252.1600.

SONOMA

Hana Japanese Restaurant 101 Golf Course Drive, Rohnert Park. 707.586.0270. HONORABLE MENTION

Sushi Tozai 7531 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol. 707.824.9886.

Best Mediterranean MARIN

Hanna’s Italian Mediterranean Restaurant 1700 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.457.6252.

NAPA

NAPA 1408 West Clay St., Napa. 707.226.8884.

SONOMA

Sea Thai Bistro 2323 Sonoma Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.528.8333. 500 Petaluma Blvd. S., Petaluma. 707.766.6633. HONORABLE MENTION

Jhanthong Banbua 2400 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.528.8048.

Best Vietnamese Saigon Village 720 B St., San Rafael. 415.453.3505.

NAPA

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Simply Vietnam

128 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.829.2822.

966 N. Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.566.8910.

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East West Restaurant

Pho Vietnam

557 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. 707.546.6142.

711 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa. 707.571.7687.

Best Mexican

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Taqueria San Jose

Cafe Gratitude

615 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.455.0999.

2200 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.824.4652.

NAPA

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Villa Corona

Ubuntu Restaurant

3614 Bel Aire Plaza, Napa. 707.257.8685.

1140 Main St., Napa. 707.251.5656.

SONOMA

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Mi Pueblo Taqueria

Gaia’s Garden

800 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 707.762.8192. 108 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 707.769.9066. 7600 Commerce Blvd., Cotati. 707.795.7600.

HONORABLE MENTION

Martha’s Old Mexico 305 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.823.4458.

Best Seafood

www.simply-vietnam.com

Simply Vietnam

Traditional Vietnamese Restaurant

966 North Dutton Ave. Santa Rosa, CA 95401 Mon–Sat 10–9 ~ Sun 11–8 707.566.8910

Slice of Life 6970 McKinley St., Sebastopol. 707.829.6627.

Best Bartender MARIN

Steven Schaefer, George’s Nightclub

Fish

842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

350 Harbor Drive, Sausalito. 415.331.3474.

NAPA

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Steve Distler, Carpe Diem Wine Bar

610 Main St., Napa. 707.252.1600.

1001 Second St., Napa. 707.224.0800.

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Willi’s Seafood & Raw Bar

Frank Dice, Underwood Bar & Bistro

403 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.433.9191.

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Morimoto Napa

114 Petaluma Blvd. North Petaluma, CA 94952 (707) 782-1130 www.cucinaparadisopetaluma.com

MARIN

976 Pearl St., Napa. 707.255.5417.

HONORABLE MENTION

Lunch & Dinner, now offering a full bar

Mini Mango

641 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.0700.

East West Cafe

Sonoma County

615 Strawberry Village, Mill Valley. 415.383.3444.

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4 years in a row Best Italian Restaurant

MARIN

9113 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.7023.

HONORABLE MENTION

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Ryan Walker, Stout Brothers

800 Hwy. 1, Bodega Bay. 707.875.3652.

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Moylanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brewery & Restaurant 15 Rowland Way, Novato. 415.898.4677.

NAPA

HONORABLE MENTION

Downtown Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brewery & Restaurant

Hopmonk Tavern

902 Main St., Napa. 707.258.2337.

230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.7308. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.

SONOMA

Best Dive Bar MARIN

Silver Peso 450 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 415.924.3448.

NAPA

Pliny the Elder, Russian River Brewing Co. 725 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.2337. HONORABLE MENTION

Lagunitas IPA 1280 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. 707.769.4495.

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823 Main St., Napa. 707.257.3008.

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MARIN 123 Bolinas St., Fairfax. 415.488.5123.

3320 Mendocino Ave,, Santa Rosa. 707.546.1958.

NAPA

HONORABLE MENTION

Round Robin 616 Mendocino Ave,, Santa Rosa. 707.575.1354.

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Morimoto Napa 610 Main St., Napa. 707.252.1600.

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La Toque 1314 McKinstry St., Napa. 707.257.5157.

Bounty Hunter 975 First St., Napa. 707.255.0622.

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Williâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wine Bar 4404 Old Redwood Hwy., Santa Rosa. 707.526.3096. HONORABLE MENTION

John Ash & Co. 4330 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa. 707.527.7687.

SONOMA

Best Winetasting Room

Underwood Bar & Bistro

MARIN

9113 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.7023.

Rickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wine Cellar

HONORABLE MENTION

Starkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Steakhouse

207 Corte Madera Ave., Corte Madera. 415.927.9466.

521 Adams St., Santa Rosa. 707.546.5100.

NAPA

Best Brewpub

1313 Main

MARIN

Marin Brewing Company 1809 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 415.461.4677.

NAPA

Silverado Brewing Co. 3020 St. Helena Hwy., St. Helena. 707.967.9876.

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1313 Main St., Napa. 707.258.1313.

SONOMA

Claypool Cellars 6761 Sebastopol Ave. #111, Sebastopol. 707.861.9358. HONORABLE MENTION

Woodenhead Winery 5700 River Road, Santa Rosa. 707.887.2703.

SONOMA

Best Sauvignon Blanc

Russian River Brewing Co.

NAPA

Honig Wine

725 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.2337.

850 Rutherford Road, Rutherford. 707.963.5618.


HONORABLE MENTION

Merry Edwards Wines

Martin Ray Winery

2959 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Sebastopol. 707.823.7466.

2191 Laguna Road, Santa Rosa. 707.823.2404.

HONORABLE MENTION

Best Syrah

Ferrari-Carano

NAPA

8761 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. 707.735.2200.

Failla Wines

Best Chardonnay

3528 Silverado Trail N., St. Helena. 707.963.0530.

NAPA

SONOMA

Rombauer Vineyards

Woodenhead Winery

3522 Silverado Trail, St. Helena. 707.963.5170.

5700 River Road, Santa Rosa. 707.887.2703.

SONOMA

La Crema Winery 3690 Laughlin Road, Windsor. 707.528.6278. HONORABLE MENTION

Kendall-Jackson Winery 5007 Fulton Road, Fulton. 707.571.8100.

Best Sparkling Wine MARIN

Point Reyes Vineyards Winery 12700 Hwy. 1, Pt. Reyes Station. 415.663.1552.

NAPA

Schramsberg Vineyards

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HONORABLE MENTION

4202 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. 707.433.5590.

Best Pinot Noir Etude Wines 1250 Cuttings Wharf Road, Napa. 707.257.5300.

SONOMA

Kosta Browne Winery 2064 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Sebastopol. 707.823.7430.

SONOMA

3690 Laughlin Road, Windsor. 707.571.1504.

J Vineyards & Winery

Best Zinfandel

11447 Old Redwood Hwy., Healdsburg. 707.431.4500.

NAPA

13250 River Road, Guerneville. 707.824.7000.

Best Cabernet

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BEST MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT

SONOMA

Seghesio Family Vineyards 700 Grove St., Healdsburg. 707.433.3579. HONORABLE MENTION

Silver Oak

Wilson Family Winery

24625 Chianti Road, Geyserville. 707.944.8808.

1960 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. 707.433.4355

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725 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.2337.

1310 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.482.9899.

NAPA

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Korbel Champagne Cellars

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El Paseo

975 First St., Napa. 707.226.3976.

17 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 415.388.0741.

SONOMA

NAPA

Hopmonk Tavern

La Toque

230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.7308. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.

1314 McKinstry St., Napa. 707.257.5151.

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John Ash & Co.

Pleasures Unlimited

4330 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa. 707.527.7687.

1424 Second St., Napa. 707.226.2666.

HONORABLE MENTION

Ca’ Bianca

SONOMA

Spice

835 Second St., Santa Rosa. 707.542.5800.

6597 Commerce Blvd., Rohnert Park. 707.588.0525.

Best Staycation

HONORABLE MENTION

MARIN

Ma Cherie Et Moi

Olema Inn & Restaurant 10000 Sir Frances Drake Blvd., Olema. 415.663.9559.

2332 Magowan Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.573.1103.

Best Erotica Store

NAPA

MARIN

Solage

Pleasures of the Heart

755 Silverado Trail, Calistoga. 707.226.0800.

1310 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.482.9899.

SONOMA

Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant

NAPA

Pleasures Unlimited

7871 River Road, Forestville. 707.887.3300.

1424 Second St., Napa. 707.226.2666.

HONORABLE MENTION

SONOMA

Kenwood Inn & Spa

Spice

10400 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. 707.833.1293.

6597 Commerce Blvd., Rohnert Park. 707.588.0525.

Best Boutique Hotel

HONORABLE MENTION

MARIN

Panama Hotel 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 415.457.3993.

NAPA

Avia 1450 First St., Napa. 707.224.3900.

SONOMA

Hotel La Rose 308 Wilson St., Santa Rosa. 707.579.3200.

Sensuality Shoppe www.sensuousbeauty.com

Best Bridal Shop MARIN

Vianett

Hotel Healdsburg

SONOMA

Frogs Hot Tubs 10 School St. Plaza, Fairfax. 415.453.7647.

NAPA

Solage

Wine Country Bride 3201 Cleveland Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.544.3695.

Brides ’n Maids 621 College Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.545.2772.

Best Bridal Beauty Salon

SONOMA

MARIN

Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary

Bilancio Salon

209 Bohemian Hwy., Freestone. 707.823.8231.

1011 A St., San Rafael. 415.460.6300.

Mermaids Spa 115 S. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.823.3535.

Best Lingerie Shop MARIN

Chadwick’s of London 526 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 415.721.7119.9 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 415.388.7704.

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HONORABLE MENTION

755 Silverado Trail, Calistoga. 707.226.0800.

HONORABLE MENTION

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MARIN

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NAPA

HONORABLE MENTION

Best Couples Spa

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6525 Washington St., Yountville. 707.944.1505.

25 Matheson St., Healdsburg. 707.431.2800.

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Flaunt Makeup Artistry www.flauntmakeupartistry.com

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Goodnite Moon 111 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera. 415.945.0677.

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NAPA

Freckles Children’s Boutique

READERS CHOICE SONOMA

Sweet Pea Children’s outique 15 Charles St., Cotati. 707.794.1215. HONORABLE MENTION

Sprout 177 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.433.7355.

1309 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.1201.

Best Birthday Party Place

SONOMA

MARIN

My Baby News

Cal-Star Gymnastics

3011-A Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.546.2229. 921 Lakeville St., Petaluma. 707.773.2229.

NAPA

70 Digital Drive, Ste. E, Novato. 415.382.7827.

Scientopia Discovery Center

HONORABLE MENTION

1785 Tanen St., Ste. B, Napa. 707.259.1559.

Cupcake

SONOMA

641 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.579.2165. 107 Plaza St., Healdsburg. 707.433.3800.

Pump It Up 3360 Coffey Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.545.3140.

Best Toy Store

HONORABLE MENTION

MARIN

Snoopy’s Home Ice

Five Little Monkeys

1667 W. Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.546.7147.

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852 Grant Ave., Novato. 415.898.4411.

Best Imagination Center

Voted “Best Yoga Studio” 5 years in a row by Bohemian Readers

SONOMA

www.sanrafaelyoga.com 1295 2nd St. (Corner of 2nd & C) San Rafael 415-453-YOGA (9642)

NAPA

Napa Valley Toy Company 115 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.3238. Napa Town Center, 1398 First St., Napa. 707.259.1189.

The Toyworks 531 College Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.526.2099. 6940 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.2003. HONORABLE MENTION

Earth Child 200 S. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.824.0940.

Best Kids Clothing Store MARIN

Play It Again 508 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.485.0304.

NAPA

MARIN

Bay Area Discovery Museum 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 415.339.3900.

NAPA

Scientopia Discovery Center 1785 Tanen St., Ste. B, Napa. 707.259.1559.

SONOMA

Children’s Museum of Sonoma County www.cmosc.org HONORABLE MENTION

Environmental Discovery Center Spring Lake Park, Santa Rosa. 707.539.2865.

Best Dog Obedience School

Freckles Children’s Boutique

MARIN

1309 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.1201.

Marin Humane Society

SONOMA

171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato. 415.883.4621.

Cupcake

NAPA

641 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.579.2165. 107 Plaza St., Healdsburg. 707.433.3800.

Napa Valley Dog Training Club

HONORABLE MENTION

SONOMA

Wee Three Children’s Store

Olivet Kennel & Dog Training Resort

1007 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.525.9333.

Best Kids Consignment Store MARIN

Marin Kids Consignment 814 W. Francisco Blvd., San Rafael. 415.456.4943.

NAPA

4 Kids Sake 1757 Tanen St., Napa. 707.257.3657

68 Coombs St., Napa. 707.253.8666.

2404 Olivet Road, Santa Rosa. 707.542.2066. HONORABLE MENTION

Sonoma Humane Society 5345 Hwy. 12, Santa Rosa. 707.542.0882.

Best Doggie Day Care MARIN

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Healdsburg Animal Shelter

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570 Westside Road, Healdsburg. 707.431.3386.

49 Enterprise Court, Napa. 707.258.2020.

Best Kennel

SONOMA

Paradise Pet Resort 2120 Bluebell Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.595.3834. 5800 Commerce Blvd., Rohnert Park. 707.206.9000. HONORABLE MENTION

Four Paws Pet Ranch 3410 Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa. 707.542.3766.

Best Groomer MARIN

Canine Design 1435 Fourth St., Ste. C, San Rafael. 415.456.4112.

MARIN 5810 Paradise Drive, Corte Madera. 415.924.2267.

Wine Country Pet Resort SONOMA

2404 Olivet Road, Santa Rosa. 707.542.2066. HONORABLE MENTION TIE

Four Paws Pet Ranch

4801 Llano Road, Sebastopol. 707.824.9100.

Healdsburg Dog House

Best Veterinarian

212 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.431.1044.

MARIN

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Mary Whitney, DVM, Pt. Reyes Animal Hospital

452 10th St., Santa Rosa. 707.542.0244.

11030 Hwy. 1, Pt. Reyes Station. 415.663.1533.

Best Pet Boutique

NAPA

MARIN

Mara Bleviss, DVM, Silverado Veterinary

Dogville 554 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 415.454.2090.

2035 Silverado Trail, Napa. 707.224.7953.

NAPA

Fideaux

Matthew Carter, DVM, Central Animal Hospital

1312 Main St., St. Helena. 707.967.9935.

203 D St., Petaluma. 707.762.2693.

SONOMA

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Nicole Canon, DVM, Animal Hospital of Sebastopol

43 North St., Healdsburg. 707.433.9935. HONORABLE MENTION

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SONOMA

Best Feed Store

Best Animal Shelter

707-565-2041

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MARIN

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11250 Hwy. 1, Pt. Reyes Station. 415.663.1223.

Marin Humane Society

NAPA

171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato. 415.883.4621.

Wilson’s Feed & Supply

NAPA

SONOMA

Whiskers, Tails & Ferals

Western Farm Center

1700 Yajome St., Napa. 707.252.0316.

HONORABLE MENTION

Sonoma Humane Society

Frizelle Enos Feeds

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21 W. Seventh St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.0721.

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1010 Gravenstein Hwy. S., Sebastopol. 707.823.3250.

212 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.431.1044.

1370 Trancas St. #206, Napa. 707.258.2287.

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1199 Cuttings Wharf Road, Napa. 707.252.7877.

Scoobi-Doo’s Pet Wash

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3410 Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa. 707.542.3766.

2742 Jefferson St., Napa. 707.226.2727. SONOMA

Tolay Lake Regional Park, Petaluma

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NAPA

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Best Framing Shop

MARIN

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Sentimental Journey Antiques

Perry’s Art Supplies & Framing

902 Grant Ave., Novato. 415.892.0640.

128 Greenfield Ave., San Anselmo. 415.454.3317.

NAPA

Alice’s Consignment Shop

NAPA

810 Randolph St., Napa. 707.927.3224.

Napa Valley Fast Frame

SONOMA

1346 Trancas St., Napa. 707.226.3422.

Whistlestop Antiques

SONOMA

130 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.542.9474.

My Daughter the Framer

HONORABLE MENTION

1617 Terrace Way, Santa Rosa. 707.542.3599.

Antique Society 2661 Gravenstein Hwy. S., Sebastopol. 707.829.1733.

Best Resale Store MARIN

Santa Rosa: 515 Ross Street, Brickyard Center • (707) 542-5588 San Rafael: 1504 4th St, at ‘E’ • (415) 457-7600 OPEN EVERY DAY!

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HONORABLE MENTION

Frame of Mind 6671 Hwy. 116, Forestville. 707.887.8530.

Best Gift Shop

Avant Garde

MARIN

1328 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.485.4497.

Fig Garden

NAPA

421 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 415.457.9443.

LoLo’s

NAPA

1120 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.7972.

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117 W. Napa St., Ste. B, Sonoma. 707.933.8422. HONORABLE MENTION

Goodwill Industries of the Redwood Empire www.gire.org

Best Pawn Shop MARIN

Pawn Advantage 846 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.721.7296.

1139 First St., Napa. 707.258.8034.

Milk & Honey 123 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.824.1155. HONORABLE MENTION

Kindred Fair Trade Handcrafts 605 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.579.1459.

Best Bookstore—New MARIN

Book Passage

NAPA

51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 415.927.0960.

Napa Valley Buy & Sell

NAPA

1227 First St., Napa. 707.259.1355.

SONOMA

Copperfield’s Books

611 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.528.1380.

3900 Bel Aire Plaza, Napa. 707.252.8002. 1330 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.1616.

HONORABLE MENTION

SONOMA

Pawn Advantage

Copperfield’s Books

Liberal Loan & Jewelry

509 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.527.7296. 158 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 707.763.7296.

Best Art Supply Store MARIN

Rileystreet Art Suppy 1138 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.457.2787.

NAPA

Napa Valley Art Supplies

775 Village Court, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. 707.578.8938. 138 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.823.2618. 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 707.762.0563. HONORABLE MENTION

Readers’ Books 130 E. Napa St. Sonoma. 707.939.1779.

Best Bookstore—Used MARIN

3250 California Blvd., Napa. 707.224.2775.

Rebound Bookstore

SONOMA

1611 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.482.0550.

Rileystreet Art Supply

SONOMA

103 Maxwell Court, Santa Rosa. 707.526.2416.

Copperfield’s Books 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 707.762.0563.

HONORABLE MENTION

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Art & Soul of Sebastopol

Treehorn Books

156 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.824.4837.

625 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.525.1782.


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Louis Thomas Fine Men’s Apparel & Formalwear

Bedrock Music 2226 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.258.9745.

SONOMA

Last Record Store 1899-A Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.525.1963. HONORABLE MENTION

Vinyl Planet 112 Washington St., Petaluma. 707.765.0975.

Best Musical Instruments Store

150 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 707.765.1715. HONORABLE MENTION

Shank 315 D St., Santa Rosa. 707.528.0182.

Best Clothing Store— Women’s MARIN

Viva Diva 1327 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.256.8380.

NAPA

MARIN

Miyamo

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SONOMA

1504 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.457.7600.

NAPA

All Star Guitars 2522 Jefferson St., Napa. 707.224.6577.

SONOMA

People’s Music 122 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.823.7664. HONORABLE MENTION

1128 First St., Napa. 707.251.9058.

Punch 711 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.526.4766. HONORABLE MENTION

Silk Moon 195 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.824.4300.

Best Vintage Clothing Store

Stanroy’s Music Center

MARIN

640 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.4827.

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Best Jewelry Store

1344 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.524.8965.

MARIN

Stephan-Hill Jewelry Designers 1226 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.459.5808.

NAPA

Silver Sensations 1255 Napa Town Center, Napa. 707.252.8953.

SONOMA

Milk & Honey 123 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.824.1155. HONORABLE MENTION

Artisana 146 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.829.3036.

Best Knitting / Craft Shop MARIN

Dharma Trading Company 1604 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.456.1211.

NAPA

Yarns on First 1305 First St., Napa. 707.257.1363.

211 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera. 415.924.1715.

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Skirt Chaser Vintage 208 Davis St., Santa Rosa. 707.546.4021.

Best Shoe Store

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Mara Shoes & Leather Fashions 824 Grant Ave., Novato. 415.892.3732.

NAPA

Shoes on First 1209 First St., Napa. 707.252.7280.

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Best Clothing Store—Men’s

111 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.546.9276.

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1 Fourth St., Petaluma. 707.762.9276.

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NAPA

441 Coddingtown Center, Santa Rosa. 707.571.8643. 151 Petaluma Blvd. S., Petaluma. 707.778.6967. 1011 Santa Rosa Plaza, Santa Rosa. 707.544.2792. 2411 Magowan Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.542.1690.

SONOMA

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117 Plaza St., Healdsburg. 707.433.8058. 2410 Magowan Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.576.8919.

Best Costume Shop

NAPA

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1343 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.2280.

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1210 First St., Napa. 707.224.3162.

660 Hwy. 116 N., Sebastopol. 707.823.7688.

SONOMA

Best Solar Retail

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MARIN

100 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.575.1477.

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Real Goods NAPA

Real Goods www.realgoodssolar.com

Best Appliance / Kitchen Design

SONOMA

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716 College Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.538.8554.

Gaia Energy Systems

Martin & Harris Appliances

HONORABLE MENTION

2158 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.454.2021.

Solar Works 400 Morris St., Ste. C, Sebastopol. 707.829.8282.

NAPA

Best Wi-Fi Hot Spot

Harbison Appliance

MARIN

333 Third St., Napa. 707.253.2141.

SONOMA

Marin Coffee Roasters

TeeVax

546 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 415.258.9549.

422 Wilson St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.1195.

NAPA

HONORABLE MENTION

Yo el Rey Roasting

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1217 Washington St., Calistoga. 707.942.1180.

1801 Piner Road, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3749.

SONOMA

Best Furniture / Home Furnishings

Infusions Teahouse

MARIN

Der Keller Furniture 1850 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.847.3998.

NAPA

6988 McKinley Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.1181. HONORABLE MENTION

Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Roma Roasters 95 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.576.7765.

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MARIN

3209 Jefferson St., Napa. 707.252.3626.

Marin Honda

SONOMA

2 Shoreline Parkway, San Rafael. 415.924.8990.

Cokas Diko

NAPA

529 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.568.4044. 3499 Industrial Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.570.2341. HONORABLE MENTION TIE

Jimmy Vasser Toyota & Chevrolet of Napa 466 & 583 Soscol Ave., Napa. 07.927.4466.

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Hansel Automotive Group

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204 Wilson St., Santa Rosa. 707.528.8101.

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Steves Hardware & Homeware

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1370 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.3423.

1714 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.453.1611.

SONOMA

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4055 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.584.7811.

784 Soscol Ave., Napa. 707.257.1565.

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1360 Broadway Ave., Sonoma, 707.939.8811.

Manly Honda 2750 Corby Ave., Santa Rosa. 877.807.0665.


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Best Motorcycle Shop MARIN

Mojotown Motorcycle Gear Shop 1345 E. Francisco Blvd., San Rafael. 415.457.6656.

NAPA

Nieman’s Motorcycle Rentals 1132 Main St., St. Helena. 707.758.3919.

SONOMA

King’s Nursery 1212 13th St., Santa Rosa. 707.542.4782.

Best Hydroponic Supply Store MARIN

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HONORABLE MENTION

NAPA

Cycle West

New Harvest Hydroponics

Best Scooter Shop NAPA

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7601 Redwood Drive, Cotati. 707.793.9180.

1375 Industrial Ave., Petaluma. 707.769.5242.

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3244 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Sebastopol. 707.823.9125.

55 Frosty Lane, Novato. 415.233.4104. 721 Francisco Blvd. E., San Rafael. 415.482.8802.

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Hydro Depot

518 College Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.523.2371.

13 W. Third St., Santa Rosa. 707.542.3866. 5665 Redwood Drive, Rohnert Park. 707.584.2384. 6731 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.1510.

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Sorento Imports

Deep Roots Hydroponics

455 W. Napa Road, Sonoma. 707.938.0800.

2661 Old Gravenstein Hwy., Ste. E, Sebastopol. 707.829.7668. 3715 Santa Rosa Ave., Ste. A2, Santa Rosa. 707.540.0773. 830 Perry Lane, Petaluma. 707.776.2800.

467 Soscol Ave., Napa. 707.256.3300.

SONOMA

Revolution Moto

Best Auto Detailing MARIN

Matt & Jeff’s Hand Car Wash 125 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.899.9952.

NAPA

New Life Auto Salon 684 Lincoln Ave., Napa. 707.254.0223.

SONOMA

Auto Sport Detailing 1945 Cleveland Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.579.3710. HONORABLE MENTION

Advanced Auto Detailing 2549 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.526.2200.

Best Auto Repair MARIN

Codonis Novato

Best Health Club

Best Grocery Store MARIN

Good Earth Natural & Organic Foods 720 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 415.454.0123.

NAPA

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Vallerga’s Market

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3385 Solono Ave., Napa. 707.253.2621.

cardiovascular & strength trainingsaward-winning 50+ programmingsnutrition & weight managementschildcare & kids fitnesssbootcamp & zumbasmassage & salon servicessbasketball & volleyballsracquetball & tennisspilates & yogasindoor cyclingsclimbing wallspools

SONOMA

Oliver’s Market 546 E. Cotati Ave., Cotati. 707.795.9501. 560 Montecito Center, Santa Rosa. 707.537.7123. 461 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa. 707.284.3530.

46 Hamilton Drive, Ste. A, Novato. 415.883.4448.

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Pacific Market

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1465 Town & Country Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3663. 550 Gravenstein Hwy. N. Sebastopol. 707.823.9735.

Out West Garage

Best Natural Foods Store

Byron’s Auto Body 906 Enterprise Way, Ste. A, Napa. 707.253.8615.

321-B Second St., Petaluma. 707.769.0162. HONORABLE MENTION

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930 Shiloh Road, Windsor. 707.837.0646.

Good Earth Natural & Organic Foods

Best Nursery

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All Around Auto Repair

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Golden Carrot Natural Foods 1621 W. Imola Ave., Napa. 707.224.3117.

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SONOMA

Van Winden’s Pueblo Garden Center 1805 Pueblo Ave., Napa. 707.255.8400.

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720 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 415.454.0123.

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432 Aviation Blvd, Santa Rosa 707.528.CLUB (2582) www.airportclub.com

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Dr. Bruce Heckard

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SONOMA

601 Murray Circle, Sausalito. 415.339.4700.

NAPA

Solage 755 Silverado Trail, Calistoga. 707.226.0800.

Dr. Majid Zeinal, Vibrant Life Chiropractic & Family Wellness Center 632 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.9009.

Kenwood Inn & Spa

HONORABLE MENTION

10400 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. 707.833.1293.

Dr. Jake Quihuis, the Chiropractic Center

Hotel Healdsburg 25 Matheson St., Healdsburg. 707.431.2800.

Best Acupuncturist MARIN

Community Acupuncture of Marin 7075 Redwood Blvd., Ste. H, Novato. 415.250.4009.

NAPA

Irit D. Weir, L.Ac., M.S., Acupuncture Center of Napa 1011 Professional Drive, Ste. A, Napa. 707.226.8724.

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NAPA

Cooke Orthodontics 3220 Beard Road #A, Napa. 707.255.4400.

SONOMA

Bernstein Orthodontics

Saxena Clinic

2245 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.575.0600. 8741 Brooks Road S., Windsor. 707.836.8360.

633 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.575.4826.

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Dr. Frank Cercone

Bill Prange, OMD, L.A.c, Doctor of Oriental Medicine

1880 Sonoma Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.542.1644.

1020 Gravenstein Hwy. S., Sebastopol. 707.829.1991.

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Best Herbal Clinic

Dr. David Pelfini

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Community Acupuncture of Marin

SONOMA

3036 Beard Road, Napa. 707.226.8800.

Farmacopia

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95 Montgomery Drive, Ste. 90, Santa Rosa. 707.528.4372.

Dr. Sean Wilson 98 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.579.1555.

Dhyana Center

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186 N. Main St., Ste. 250, Sebastopol. 1.800.796.6863.

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250 Bon Air Road, Greenbrae. 415.925.7000.

6771 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol. 707.843.3277. 1061 N. Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.568.0420.

Marin General Hospital

1000 Trancas St., Napa. 707.252.4411.

SONOMA

Sutter Medical Center

301 E. Todd Road, Santa Rosa. 707.588.8811.

3325 Chanate Road, Santa Rosa. 707.576.4000.

Dr. Paul Podwojski 1223 Grant Ave., Ste. C, Novato. 415.897.8022.

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S O N OM A M A R I N CO U N T Y CO U N TY Enkidu Wines Savage, dark Rhône-style wines and floral, seductive rosé star in this Sonoma winery named for a supporting actor in the epic of Gilgamesh. Enkidu, a hairy wild man who drank from watering holes with the animals, was domesticated by love and introduced to the pleasures of wine. Get introduced to toothsome Syrah and other pleasures at this comfortable tasting room located in genteel Kenwood. 8910 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. Open 11am–6pm, Tuesday–Sunday. Tasting fee $10. 707.939.3930.

Michel-Schlumberger Highly recommended, but by appointment only. The family has been making wine in France for 400 years. Wellknown for Chardonnay. 4155 Wine Creek Road, Healdsburg. 707.433.7427.

Sonoma County Wine Collective Small, local wineries take turns in the spotlight in the midst of friendly, upscale-casual woodfired pizzeria. Selections may include Atascadero Creek Winery, Lattanzio Wines, Radio-Coteau, Claypool Cellars, Scherrer Winery, County Line and Baker Lane Vineyards. Olive oil tasting and full restaurant menu also available. At the Pizzavino707 restaurant. 6948 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol. Friday–Sunday, noon-6pm, $12 fee (restaurant open Wednesday–Sunday). 707.829.9500.

Ty Caton VineyardsMuscardini Cellars Ty Caton is both a hands-in-thedirt winegrower, who planted much of the vineyard himself, and savvy entrepreneur. Michael Muscardini is a neighbor who comes from the building trade and focuses on Italian varietals. 8910 Sonoma Hwy. (in the Kenwood Village Plaza), Kenwood. Open daily, 10am– 6pm. 707.833.0526.

Bacchus & Venus A trendy place for beginners and tourists. Great place to learn the basics. 769 Bridgeway, Sausalito. Open daily, noon– 7pm. 415.331.2001. Point Reyes Vineyards The tasting room features many varietals but the main reason to go is for the sparkling wines. Open Saturday–Sunday, 11am–5pm. 12700 Hwy. 1, Point Reyes. 415.663.1011.

Ross Valley Winery In existence since 1987, the Ross Valley Winery produces Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Zin port wines. 343 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. Open Tuesday– Sunday, 1–7pm. 415.457.5157. Tam Cellars Spacious wine bar quietly distributes the soul-salve of the ages and, like its soul mate the coffee shop, passes the laptop test. Cheese plates, wine flights and comfortable seating arrangements make a nice place to convene with the companion or flat screen of one’s choice. Wine shop features international, eclectic selection at fair prices. 1803 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. Open Monday–Wednesday, 4–9pm; Thursday–Saturday, 4–10pm. 415.461.9463.

N A PA CO U N TY Bennett Lane Winery The old trope “beer-drinking NASCAR fans vs. Chardonnaysipping highbrows” runs out of gas at a winery that sponsors an annual NASCAR race and has its own car, emblazoned with grapes. A Roman emperor who appreciated hearty vino as much as a good chariot race inspired Maximus White and Red “feasting wines.” 3340 Hwy. 128, Calistoga. 707.942.6684.

Hess Collection Winery An intellectual outpost of art and wine housed in the century-old Christian Brother’s winery. Cab is the signature varietal. 4411 Redwood Road, Napa. Open daily, 10am–4pm. 707.255.1144.

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.

Olabisi & Trahan Wineries In the fancy heart of downtown Napa, a low-budget “cellar” where wines are shelved, with clever economy, in stacks of wood pallets; vibes are laid-back and real. Carneros Chardonnay and fruity but firm and focused Cab and Merlot from Suisin Valley, Napa’s much less popular stepsister to the east. 974 Franklin St., Napa. Open daily, noon–5:30pm. Tasting fee, $15. 707.257.7477.

Phifer Pavitt Wines Lots of cowgirl sass but just one wine: “Date Night” Cabernet Sauvignon. Hale bale seating. 4660 Silverado Trail, Calistoga. By appointment. 707.942.4787. Raymond Vineyards Burgundy scion Jean-Charles Boisset has put his stamp on staid Napa producer. See the Theater of Nature, depicting biodynamics; feel the Corridor of the Senses; luxuriate in the members-only Red Room, party in the gold-plated JCB Room; or just taste good Cab in the club-like Crystal Cellar. 849 Zinfandel Lane, St. Helena. Daily, 10am– 4pm. Fees vary. 707.963.3141.

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars (WC) Their three estate-grown Cabs are among the most highly regarded in the world. 5766 Silverado Trail, Napa. By appointment. 707.944.2020.

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uch to his credit, Robert Kamen is not among those wildly successful persons with a passion for wine, etcetera, who dissemble their primary professions behind the smoke and mirrors of some Italian great-grandfather who stomped grapes with his bare feet in the Old Country when said millionaire-cum-winemakerto-be was less than a peppercorn in his salami. In Kamen’s new tasting room off of Sonoma Plaza, key lines from the Hollywood screenwriter’s best-known features are displayed front and center. They’re also available on screen-printed T-shirts, which are packaged in little film cans. Fun.

Not so fun was the ironic fate that befell Kamen’s vineyard after the release of his wine country–themed A Walk in the Clouds, the 1995 sedative whose active ingredient is Keanu Reeves. The flick starts as comedy, then lingers in melodrama, highlighted by a gorgeous scene wherein Reeves and his screen paramour don angel’s wings to help save her father’s vineyard from a frost event. Note to North Bay winegrowers: stock up on angel’s wings and save the salmon. Just as viewers grow comfortably somnolent, a fire rages through the vineyard. I won’t spoil the ending, but I must warn those with viticultural sensitivities that they may wish to look away. Back at the tasting room, my host—well-informed and adept at keeping visitors engaged with easy banter—tells me that local grape growers laughed at the scene, filmed at a Napa Valley vineyard that was scheduled to be pulled out and apparently doused with kerosene. “Vineyards don’t burn like that,” they said. Kamen didn’t exactly have the last laugh. The next year, his vineyard burned down in a fire attributed to a PG&E oversight. Bouncing back like the Karate Kid, Kamen has returned, offering a lineup of mountain-grown estate wines, farmed by Phil Coturri. The 2011 Sauvignon Blanc ($42), 20 percent aged in neutral barrels, is priced steeply, considering that some of the county’s most highly regarded SB is ticketed at $10 less. Still, with chalky acidity, floral aromas and round but crisp lychee fruit, it’s pretty damn good. The 2009 Writer’s Block Proprietary Blend ($50) of Cabernet, Syrah and Petite Sirah has a heavy purple pigment aroma, perhaps from the Petite, and Cab-like tobacco overtones. It’s rumored to have helped some of Kamen’s associates get over their own writer’s block. Across the board, the Cabernet Sauvignon, from the 2005 ($105) through the 2009 ($80), has a singular, intense red fruit flavor over inky tannins. Insert chase scene, destination: Kamen Estate Wines, 111-B E. Napa St., Sonoma. Open daily. Monday–Thursday, noon–6pm; Friday–Sunday, 11am–6pm. Tasting fees, $20 and $35. 707.938.7292.

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The Book of Romney The Republican Presidential Candidate’s Female Problem

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is suffering a gender gap with women voters ranging from eight to 18 percent in recent national polls. Several troubling incidents while Romney served as a ‘ward bishop’ and ‘stake president’ in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints may explain why American women are concerned about his candidacy BY GEOFFREY DUNN

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t was during the sweltering summer of 1983 that the family of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made its celebrated escape from the oppressive New England heat for the cooler climes of Beach O’ Pines, Ontario, where the family owns a beachfront cottage on the shores of Lake Huron. Prior to departure, Romney placed the family dog, an Irish setter named Seamus, into a dog carrier and lashed it to the roof of the family’s Chevy station wagon for the 12hour exodus into Canada. The infamous dog ride (dubbed the “Seamus incident”) was to become a full-blown issue in the 2012 presidential primaries, as Romney’s Republican opponents invoked the incident to attack his character.

A far more ominous tale in the Romney canon, however, also took place that summer, one that has been largely swept under the rug as the former governor of Massachusetts challenges incumbent Barack Obama for the presidency.

It was in August of that year, shortly after the Romney family returned from their vacation, that a pregnant woman in her late 30s, Carrel Hilton Sheldon, was informed by her doctor that she had a life-threatening blood

clot lodged in her pelvic region. In treating the clot, Sheldon was administered an overdose of the blood thinner know as Heparin, which not only resulted in significant internal bleeding but also extensive damage to her kidneys, to the point where she was on the verge of needing a transplant. Her life was clearly in peril. Sheldon’s doctor told her that the overdose of Heparin might have also harmed her eight-week-old fetus, and, given the possible fatal repercussions to her, he recommended that she terminate her pregnancy. Sheldon, a mother of four at the time (a fifth child had died as an infant), was then a practicing member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). The LDS leader in Massachusetts

at that time, her “stake president,” was a Harvard-trained physician, and he counseled Sheldon to follow her doctor’s advice to terminate the pregnancy and protect her own life. “Of course you should have the abortion,” she recalls him saying. According to an account later written anonymously by Sheldon for the LDS women’s journal Exponent II, it was after receiving this counsel supporting the potentially life-saving procedure that she experienced an uninvited visit in the hospital room from her Mormon bishop at the time, 36-year-old Mitt Romney, who adamantly opposed the abortion. Romney, according to Sheldon, “told me that ‘As your bishop, my concern is with the child.’”


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ormon congregations are called “wards” or “branches,” depending on their size. There are no fulltime priests or ministers, as there are in most Protestant and Catholic churches, but rather lay bishops, chosen to serve as the spiritual leaders of their wards. Larger amalgamations of LDS churches are called “stakes,” and their leaders, also lay members of the church, are called “stake presidents,” something akin, according to the official LDS website, to the position of a bishop in a Catholic diocese. By the time of his visit to Sheldon’s hospital room, Romney was a rising star in Mormon circles. In 1981, when he was only 34 years old, he was named bishop of a ward just outside of Boston

and was serving in that capacity when he confronted Sheldon about her pending abortion. There was no empathy forthcoming from Romney, according to Sheldon, no warmth or sympathy. “At a time when I would have appreciated nurturing and support from spiritual leaders and friends,” Sheldon writes, “I got judgment, criticism, prejudicial advice and rejection.” In essence, Romney strapped Sheldon’s destiny to the hood of his Chevy and put his foot on the gas pedal. He was so agitated about the matter that he confronted Sheldon’s parents about her decision as well. “I have never been so upset about anything in my life,” Sheldon’s father told a reporter. “[Romney] is an authoritative-type fellow who thinks he is in charge of the world.”

Back at the hospital, a distraught Carrel Hilton Sheldon assented to her doctor’s advice and terminated her pregnancy. She recovered from her medical crisis, moved to the West Coast, continued to raise her four children, and, because of her ward bishop Mitt Romney, she eventually left the church, never to return.

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for the United States Senate against Edward M. Kennedy. Dushku sees a disturbing pattern in the Romney résumé that can be traced as far back as his twoyear Mormon missionary work in France during the late 1960s. “I don’t have a sense that Mitt went on his mission to understand people, to engage them as human beings, but rather to excel in the eyes of the church,” says Dushku. “It was about fulfilling an assignment, not about compassion. And that has been his modus operandi his entire life.” Raised in a Navy family that moved around the country, and a 1964 graduate of Brigham Young University, Dushku (who is also the mother of actress Eliza Dushku of television’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame) identifies herself ) 20 as a “social democrat,” so


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California Gold Once upon a time there was a band called Comets on Fire, and they fucking ruled. But the band came to an end when Ethan Miller, the guitarist and singer decided to switch direction toward a more mellow, ’70s rock sound, and started Howlin Rain. Their latest album, produced by Rick Rubin, hasn’t received the best reviews, but watching them live will be worth it just to see Isaiah Mitchell, also of Earthless, tear it up on guitar. Howlin Rain play on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the Mystic Theatre. 21 Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma. 8pm. $16. 707.765.2121.

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Forgiveness Rock Years ago, I read The Safety of Objects, a short story collection by A. M. Homes, but the stories have never left my consciousness—especially the one about the bored married couple who embark on a crack-fueled weekend while the kids are away. Homes’ latest novel, May We Be Forgiven, has a vicious opening involving a fatal car accident and a deadly head-bashing incident. What follows is a novel about 21st century domestic life and the power of family, mixed, of course, with Homes’ darkly funny observations about the state of the world. A. M. Homes appears on Thursday, Oct. 11, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 1pm. Free. 415. 927. 0960.

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Coupled Up Famous duos, both real and imagined, abound throughout Western cultural history. Hall and Oates. Tristan and Isolde. Kid ‘n Play. Bonnie and Clyde. Lewis and Clark. But none have sold themselves as polar opposites who meet somewhere in the middle as much as James Carville and Mary Matalin. It was big news when the two married, what with him being a Clinton adviser, and her being an adviser to the Bush administration. Yet somehow, they’ve made it work, and lived to write a book about the whole deal, All’s Fair: Love, War, and Running for President. Carville and Matalin joust about on Monday, Oct. 15, at the Wells Fargo Center of the Arts. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $65–$100. 707.546.3600.

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Dead or Alive For those who miss the days of trading tapes, eating burritos out of the back of a dirty VW van while “waiting on a miracle,” Dark Star Orchestra just might fill the void. These guys don’t just learn a couple of songs and call it a day; they recreate entire Dead shows, song for song. Want to hear the set list played on Feb. 2, 1971, at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, N.Y.? You got it. Pretend the Dead are still alive when Dark Star Orchestra jams through the Uptown Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 14. 1350 Third St., Napa. $30–$35. 6:30pm. 707.259.0333.

—Leilani Clark

SWEET KEYS Salvador Santana plays Aubergine in Sebastopol, Oct. 12, and George’s Nightclub, in San Rafael, Oct. 13 . See Clubs & Venues, p27.


Brother’s Keeper ‘Topdog/Underdog’ serves tension on a platter BY DAVID TEMPLETON

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eople want their historical shit a certain way,” says the ever-watchful Lincoln, the more reserved of the two African-American brothers at the heart of Suzan-Lori Parks’ Topdog/Underdog. Adds Lincoln, “They want it to unfold the way they folded it up.” In this 2002 Pulitzer Prize– winning drama, very little unfolds the way one might want or predict. The personal histories of Lincoln and his younger brother, Booth— their father had a cruel sense of humor—prove as thick with pain and regret as the darkest chapters of America’s past. Unless they can avoid repeating their parents’ own worst mistakes, they may be

‘Topdog/Underdog’ runs Tuesday– Sunday through Oct. 21 at Marin Theatre Company. 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. Tuesday, Thursday– Saturday at 8pm; 7:30pm, Wednesdays; 7pm, Sundays; 2pm matinees on Saturdays and Sundays; one 1pm matinee on Thursday, Oct. 11. $36–$57. 415.388.5208.

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doomed to repeat the cycle of selfdelusion and despair. In a gorgeously staged new production at Marin Theatre Company, director Timothy Douglas pulls out all the stops in bringing Parks’ poetry-fueled, mythically based comic-tragedy to life. Douglas understands each of the play’s intricately stacked layers, and knows how to play all the distinct colors within each layer, pacing the drama, the comedy and the slowly building tension, as if each were at the center of its very own play. It’s a difficult story to describe. Lincoln (an astonishing Bowman Wright) is a recovered street hustler, a one-time master of the three-card Monte con game. After a tragedy left him shaken, he went straight, landing a job as an Abraham Lincoln impersonator at a sleazy beachfront amusement park. Customers, we learn, pay for the privilege of pretending to assassinate President Lincoln. Booth (Biko Eisen-Martin, also excellent), a kind of shoplifting savant, is jealous of his brother’s legendary skills with the cards and incredulous at his decision to spend his days letting strangers pretend to kill him. Booth has big dreams and tells big lies to cover the hole he’s felt since his parents abandoned him and his brother as children. Part of the play’s power is the knowledge that, though these two men are destined for a confrontation that could tear them apart, the bond of love they share may be enough to save them from themselves— and each other. In the hands of director Douglas, the story’s edge-of-your-seat breathlessness, springing from Parks’ brutally honest and lyrical writing, is nearly unbearable at times. Easily, this is one of the best productions of the year.


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GOOD TO GO Alan Arkin considers man-hugging John Goodman in Ben Affleck’s ‘Argo.’

Fake Fight Thrilling rescue and pseudo-filmmaking in ‘Argo.’ BY RICHARD VON BUSACK

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en Affleck’s Argo, a comedy-thriller about the Iran hostage crisis in 1979, will be a certain hit. Based on a true story, the film’s Mission Impossible–style heroics are particularly appealing right now. Director and star Affleck goes full ’70s, from the cheesy Warner Bros. logo of the time to a final word from Jimmy Carter. Affleck and screenwriter Chris Terrio balance the story with an opening sequence about the United States’ part in precipitating the crisis through the installation of the decadent, absolutist Shah. Wigged, bearded and open-collared, Affleck plays Tony Mendez, a CIA officer with tense nerves and a troubled marriage. At the film’s opening, six American diplomats who’ve escaped the Iranian revolutionary roundup are hiding in the Canadian embassy in Tehran. They will be rescued by Mendez and his fellow CIA agents, who are disguised as crew members and writers of a fake movie, a Star Wars knockoff, to be shot in the Iranian desert. Argo revisits this rescue story as showbiz. Back in Hollywood, Alan Arkin, playing a producer, takes a meeting with another man who’s in on the fraud (Richard Kind). “Do you want to hear the truth?” he’s asked. “No,” Arkin answers with beautiful weariness, “I want you to bullshit me, Max.” This Tropic Thunder fake-filmmaking trope is Argo’s richest part. But that’s also when it gets more workaday, delivering a gibbering merchant screaming about having his picture taken and outwittable uniformed guards at the airport. Affleck superimposed Bond knockoff events, straight out of 2006’s Casino Royale, onto this story—things that we know didn’t happen, just from the way they look and play onscreen. But nobody expected Casino Royale to be realistic. The airport sequences in that film, reproduced badly here, stick out like some low-grade producer’s idea of a thrilling finale, where even the acrid Arkin ends up giving man-hugs. ‘Argo’ opens Friday, Oct. 12, at Boulevard Cinemas, 200 C St., Petaluma. 707.762.7469.


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No Regrets Tom Rush, troubadour of tradition BY BRUCE ROBINSON

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lthough he was among the ďŹ rst to record songs by then-unknown writers Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and Jackson Brown, Tom Rush isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t on the lookout for new voices these days. Instead, the ageless veteran of the early â&#x20AC;&#x2122;60s folk years enjoys a modestly active performing schedule that allows him ample time to concentrate on his own compositionsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;if â&#x20AC;&#x153;concentrateâ&#x20AC;? is the right verb. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I ďŹ nd that if I get up and sit down with the guitar ďŹ rst thing in the morning, and just bang away at the guitar for an hour or so, interesting things happen,â&#x20AC;? the warm, familiar baritone explains by phone from his New England home. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Especially if Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not really paying attention to what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m doing, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll suddenly realize, hey, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m doing something interesting here. Then

Tom Rush plays Friday, Oct. 12, at the Sebastopol Community Center. 390 Morris St., Sebastopol. 8pm. $30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$33. 707.823.1511.

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I try to develop whatever that is. And if I do that every day for a month or so, I have some songs. â&#x20AC;&#x153; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The problem is I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do it every day,â&#x20AC;? he laughs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a kid to get off to school; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got all kinds of world-class excuses.â&#x20AC;? Then there is the problem of weighing those new tunes against the repertoire from his imposing contemporaries. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worse than that,â&#x20AC;? he sighs ruefully. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was an English lit major in college, so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m constantly comparing myself to Marlowe and Shakespeare. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come out very well in the comparisons.â&#x20AC;? Even as he added his own occasional song as far back as the signature composition â&#x20AC;&#x153;No Regretsâ&#x20AC;? on the classic 1968 Circle Game album, Rush played a key role in ushering in the singersongwriter era. Not that he sees much signiďŹ cance in that. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basically swapping labels. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Folk singerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; carries a lot of baggage with it, not all of it good,â&#x20AC;? he says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;whereas â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;singersongwriterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is more fashionable.â&#x20AC;? And that observation launches a story: â&#x20AC;&#x153;A while back I was at the Boston Music Awards. I was being inducted into their hall of fameâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;actually there is no â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;hallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more a ďŹ le drawer of fame, but it was an honor nonethelessâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and there was a young woman there who the previous year had gotten the female Folk Singer of the Year award, and the year I was there she was being given the Female Pop Singer of the Year award, for the same album. And the only difference was it had sold a million copies in the past 12 months. So it couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be folk music because it was selling well.â&#x20AC;? Regardless of labels, with a career spanning a full half-century now, Rush has no shortage of material, including some songs heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performed for most of that time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I regard them as good friends,â&#x20AC;? he smiles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re stories I enjoy telling. I think I do â&#x20AC;&#x2122;em better now than I did before, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not really for me to say. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for the audience to decide.â&#x20AC;?

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others. Oct 11, 5pm. Free with food or drink purchase. Little Vineyards, 15188 Sonoma Hwy, Glen Ellen. 707.996.2750.

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Master of so-called sound journeys plays the Tibetan bowls, the Mercury planetary gong and other mystically resonant instruments. Oct 12, 7pm. Suggested donation of $20. Songbird Community Healing Center, 8280 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.2398.

Ferrari-Carano’s Seasons of the Vineyard invites guests to sip wine and enjoy series of Saturday jazz concerts, featuring Benny Barth Trio, Judi Silvan’s “Indigo Moods” trio and many others. Oct 13. Free. Downtown Plaza, Healdsburg Avenue and Matheson Street, Healdsburg.

Family Fun Concert

Charlie Musselwhite

First in series of family concerts features preshow “Instrument Petting Zoo” and a selection of tunes from “Peanuts Gallery for Piano and Orchestra.” Oct 14, 3pm. $10$15. Green Music Center 1028, 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.

Harmonica master plays classic blues. Oct 12, 8pm. $30. Hopmonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Opera & Song

Rising Canadian soprano sings with Michael McMahon accompanying on piano. Oct 13, 8pm. $20-$70. Green Music Center 1028, 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.

SRJC Chamber Music Series presents program featuring singers from the prestigious Adler Fellows program from San Francisco Opera. Oct 12, 7:30pm. $25-$110. Carole L. Ellis Auditorium, 680 Sonoma Mountain Pkwy, Petaluma. 415.392.4400.

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SF quintet plays from latest album “The Russian Wilds,” with Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound. Oct 17, 9pm. $16. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

East Bay rapper stops in Petaluma on Bugged Out tour, accompanied by Iamsu, A-1, Baby E and Nima Fadavi. Oct 13, 8pm. $25. Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

Jammin’ in the Vineyard

Tom Rush

Final event of the season features Rich Little, Scotty MeMartini, Jeff Bundschu and

Folk guitarist sings melancholy ballads. Oct 12, 8pm. $30-$35. Sebastopol Community Center,

Karina Gauvin

390 Morris St, Sebastopol. 707.823.1511.

Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart Husband wife duo present acoustic guitar interplay, autobiographical song-writing, harmonies and interactive stories, with Tone Bent opening. Oct 13, 8pm. $23. Studio E, Address provided with tickets, Sebastopol. www.northbaylive.com.

MARIN COUNTY Heather Dale & Sharon Knight International artists present Celtic-inspired songs based in myth and legend. Oct 12, 8pm. $15-$20. Open Secret, 923 C St, San Rafael. 415.457.4191.

Trio Solisti Mill Valley Chamber Music Society launches new season with renowned trio of Maria Bachmann, Alexis Pia Gerlach and Jon Klibonoff. Oct 14, 5pm. $15-$30. Mt Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave, Mill Valley.

NAPA COUNTY Dark Star Orchestra Revered tribute band recreates historic Grateful Dead shows. Oct 14, 8pm. $30-$35. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Doc Severinsen & the San Miguel 5 Vivacious trumpeter and bandleader plays Spanish jazz with classic guitarist. Oct 16, 8pm. $40-$45. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

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DJANGO DJANGO Les Doigts de L’Homme and Lulo Reinhardt pay tribute to the

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Pot of Gold Treasure Island Music Fest mixes it up with big names and up-and-comers

Aqus Cafe Oct 12, Prisma Trova. Oct 13, Tyler Allen. Oct 14, Trio Pacifico. Second Wednesday of every month, Jazz Jam. Third Wednesday of every month, West Coast Singer Songwriter Competition. 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.

A 50-minute Public Enemy concert is like watching an episode of The Wire. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s truthful, gritty, raw and full of heartwrenching emotion, yet entertaining and beautiful at the same time. After one episode, I just gotta have one more. Realism is addictive.

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But fans at Treasure Island Music Festival wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get that extra shot of truth this year. The two-day concert features the hardcore political rap godfathers playing in the heat of the day, at 4:35pm on Saturday. Girl Talk and SBTRKT are the big headliners that night, and the XX and the Gossip finish out the evening on Sunday. Word on the internet was mostly about this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;weakâ&#x20AC;? lineup, which includes Grimes, the War on Drugs, Los Campesinos! and the Coup, compared to previous years, which have included Death Cab for Cutie, Beach House, LCD Soundsystem, the National, MGMT, the Decemberists and other sellout acts. Noise Pop, the organizers behind the festival, added Joanna Newsom and Best Coast when the negative buzz began to arise, hoping to quell the rebellion. Huge names might not be up to bat this year, but the lineup is still solid, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth going just to watch Public Enemy smack a bunch of 21-year-old hipsters back into the real world. The Treasure Island Music Festival runs Oct. 13-14 on Treasure Island in San Francisco. Noon. $75â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$129.50. www. treasureislandfestival.com.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Nicolas Grizzle

Oct 15, Groove Foundation. Tues, Swing Dancing with Lessons. Sun, 7pm, salsa with lessons. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

ya-yaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s out. Second Friday of every month. $10. Welcome Grange Hall, 3275 Hagen Rd, Napa.

Lulo Reinhardt & Les Doigts de Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Homme Gypsy jazz masters from France

and Germany come together to jam. Oct 14, 7pm. $25-$30. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Pacific Guitar Ensemble Ensemble founded by classical

Oct 11, Dgiin. Oct 12, Salvador Santana with Blueshift. Oct 14, Moonbeams. Mon, Art and Music with Stanley Mouse. Wed, 7pm, open mic. 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2722.

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Sausalito Seahorse Oct 11, Santos Perdidos. Oct 12, Jamie Clark. Oct 13, Gini Wilson and Beautiful Losers. Oct 14, La Fuerza Gigante. Mon, local talent onstage. Tues, jazz jam. Wed, Marcello and Seth. Fri, Julio Bravo. Sun, salsa class. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito.

Sleeping Lady Oct 11, Burns Sisters with Danny Clicq. Oct 13, Jeff Miller and the Wiseman. Mon, 8pm, open mic with Simon Costa. Third Wednesday of every month, Biambu’s Groove Room Jam. Sat, Uke Jam. Sun, 2pm, Irish music. 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.485.1182.

Sweetwater Music Hall Oct 10, Mark Karan. Oct 11,

NAPA COUNTY Downtown Joe’s Brewery & Restaurant Oct 11, Erin and the Project. Oct 12, Ralph Woodson Trio. Oct 13, Levi Lloyd and the 501 Band. Sun, DJ Night. 902 Main St, Napa. 707.258.2337.

Napa Valley Opera House Oct 14, Lulo Reinhardt and Les Doigts de L’Homme. $25-$30. Oct 16, Doc Severinsen and the San Miguel 5. Oct 17, Pacific Guitar Ensemble. 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Silo’s Oct 11, Steve Oliver. Oct 13, Elaine Lucia. Wed, 7pm, jam session. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

Uptown Theatre Oct 14, Dark Star Orchestra. 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Oct 13, Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart. Address provided with tickets, Sebastopol. www.northbaylive.com. Oct 12, Johnny Tsunami & the Hurricanes. Oct 13, Amnesia. Oct 17, Down Dirty Shake. Mon, Donny Maderos’ Pro Jam. Tues, Jeremy’s Open Mic. Thurs, DJ Dave. 8210 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7878.

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Oct 12, James Moseley Band plus the Tickets. Oct 13, Salvatore Santana plus Blanca Sandoval. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

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Oct 12, Kyle Alden. Oct 13, Lone Star Retrobates. Oct 14, Tiny Television. Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

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Oct 10, Phat Chance. Oct 11, Susan Sutton. Oct 12, Bruce Halbohm and the Blue Jazz Trio. Oct 13, Jess Petty. Oct 17, Gwen Sugar Mama Avery. Mon, Greg Hester. Tues, Maple Profant piano noir. Sun, Kit Mariah’s open mic. 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.

Oct 10, Dr. Mojo. Oct 12, Gravel Spreaders. Oct 13, Night at the Opry. Oct 16, Steve Sutherby Band. Oct 17, Elvis Johnson Soul Review. Mon, acoustic open mic. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.

Juno What?! with Sophistafunk. Oct 12, Broken Anchor, Frankmusik, Nova Albion and Hi De Ho Show. Oct 13, Stu Allen and Mars Hotel. Oct 14, Whitewater Ramble. Oct 16, David Thom Band. Mon, Open Mic. Every other Wednesday, Wednesday Night Live. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

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Oct 11, DJ Nattydred, Omatic and Zelus. Oct 13, Roach Gigz Afterparty. Oct 14, Natural Gas Jazz Band and Buddy Owen. Oct 17, Phil Hardgrave and the Continentals. Mon, 9pm, open mic. Tues, 9pm, Uzilevsky Korty Duo with special guests. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

Old Western Saloon Oct 12, Brewnel. Oct 13, Mad

Deftones Party like it’s 1999, for reals, as the band waits for Chi Cheng to recover from accident. Oct 10 at the Warfield.

Archie Shepp Among the most varied saxophonists of the “new thing” movement still provokes. Oct 11-12 at Yoshi’s Oakland.

Circa Survive It gets brutal on Van Ness as Philly band headlines with Touche Amore. Oct 11 at the Regency Ballroom.

Treasure Island Music Festival The xx, Girl Talk, Joanna Newsom, M83, Best Coast, Public Enemy, Grimes and more. Oct 13-14 at Treasure Island.

Bettye Lavette Soul survivor with a road-rich voice rivaling anyone’s celebrates 50 years in the music business. Oct 15 at Yoshi’s SF.

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Galleries OPENINGS Oct 11 At 5pm. Verveine Verlaine Art Parlor, grand opening features works on paper by Laura Postell and objects by Miriam Kaye. 18 Crawford Court, Santa Rosa. 707.292.4233.

Oct 12 At 6pm. Marin Society of Artists, â&#x20AC;&#x153;85th Annual Membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Showâ&#x20AC;? features work by MSA artists in all media. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 415.454.9561.

Oct 13 At 5pm. Gallery of Sea and Heaven, Did It AnyWayâ&#x20AC;? features the work of Becoming Independent artists in a variety of media. 312 South A St, Santa Rosa. 707.578.9123 At 1pm. Local Color Gallery, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Transitions,â&#x20AC;? featuring Jim Butcherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oil and pastel paintings, Wanda McManusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s watercolors and wood sculpture by Adam Bradley. 1580 Eastshore Rd, Bodega Bay. 707.875.2744. At 4pm. Russian River Art Gallery, â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Between Worldsâ&#x20AC;? features new work by various artists inspired by October, the season of transition. 16357 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.9099.

Oct 14 At 2pm. Vickisia Art, celebrate Vickisaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last month with a special goodbye exhibition. Clearance sale begins Oct 19. Closing party, Nov 14 at 5pm. 3415 Hwy 1, Stinson Beach.415.868.9305.

SONOMA COUNTY Arts Guild of Sonoma Through Oct 31, New work by guild members on display. 140 E Napa St, Sonoma. Wed-Thurs

and Sun-Mon, 11 to 5; Fri-Sat, 11 to 8. 707.996.3115.

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Through Oct 22, Art of over 50 ARTrails-participating artists on display. 637 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.546.2424.

Finley Community Center Through Nov 15, Show features work ranging from amateur to professional local seniors. 2060 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. Mon-Fri, 8 to 7; Sat, 9 to 1 707.543.3737.

Gallery of Sea & Heaven Through Oct 16, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Culture Shock!â&#x20AC;? Oct 13-Nov 24, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Did It AnyWayâ&#x20AC;? features the work of Becoming Independent artists in a variety of media. 312 South A St, Santa Rosa. Thurs-Sat, noon to 5 and by appointment. 707.578.9123.

Gallery One Through Nov 4, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Invitational Anniversary Exhibit,â&#x20AC;? featuring 25 international artists. 209 Western Ave, Petaluma. 707.778.8277.

Gallery 300 Through Oct 20, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Syn-Er-Gyâ&#x20AC;? features abstract paintings by Bernadette Howard. 300 South A St, Santa Rosa. Open Sat, 12 to 5, and by appointment. 707.332.1212.

Healdsburg Museum Through Nov 8, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ancestors of Mexico,â&#x20AC;? artifacts, photos and more. Free. 221 Matheson St, Healdsburg. Tues-Sun, 11 to 4. 707.431.3325.

Local Color Gallery Through Nov 12, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Transitions,â&#x20AC;? featuring Jim Butcherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oil and pastel paintings, Wanda McManusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s watercolors and wood sculpture by Adam Bradley. 1580 Eastshore Rd, Bodega Bay. Daily, 10 to 5. Closed Wednesdays. 707.875.2744.

Occidental Center for the Arts Through Oct 14, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Body of Art,â&#x20AC;? figurative art from local artists. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.874.9392.

Quercia Gallery Through Oct 29, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fleeting Spaces,â&#x20AC;? pastel paintings by Jan Thomas and oil paintings by Cynthia Jackson-Hein.

Through Nov 11, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lyrical Complexities,â&#x20AC;? sculpture by Charles Fahlen, who died in 2010. 6671 Front St, Forestville. Thurs-Mon, 11 to 6. 707.887.0799.

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Through Nov 4, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Going Going Gone,â&#x20AC;? paintings by Christine Kierstread. Through Nov 4, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Invitational Show,â&#x20AC;? featuring work from 16 different artists. Through Nov 4, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vintage Portraits Tell Their Stories,â&#x20AC;? contemporary vintage photography by Stephanie Hamilton-Oravetz. 132 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. Wed, Thurs and Sun, 11 to 6. Fri-Sat, 11 to 8. 707.775.4ART.

Russian River Art Gallery Through Oct 31, â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Between Worldsâ&#x20AC;? features new work by various artists inspired by October, the season of transition. Reception, Oct 13 at 4pm. 16357 Main St, Guerneville. Daily, 10 to 6. 707.869.9099.

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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 Through Nov 4, Offerings and shrines for DĂ­a de los Muertos on display. Through Nov 4, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Death and Taxes in Fantasylandia,â&#x20AC;? 2-D work by Enrique Chagoya. Through Nov 4, Exhibit by Bay Area artist offers satirical slant on recession. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. Tues-Sun, 11 to 4. 707.579.1500.

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art Oct 13-Dec 30, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Art of Handmade Paperâ&#x20AC;? offers glimpse into historic practice of papermaking with large display of rare Japanese papers. 551 Broadway, Sonoma. Wed-Sun, 11 to 5. ) 707.939.SVMA.

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Steele Lane Community Center Through Oct 11, “Landscape Paintings,” oil paintings by Susan Dill Cooper. 415 Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. Mon-Thurs, 8 to 7; Fri, 8 to 5. 707.543.3282.

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University Art Gallery Through Oct 31, “Sound Image Object,” 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.

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October 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, at 8:00 PM October 6, 7, 13, 14, at 2:00 PM

Oct 11-Nov 17, Grand opening features works on paper by Laura Postell and objects by Miriam Kaye. Crawford Court, Santa Rosa. 707.292.4233.

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Santa Rosa Junior College, Newman Auditorium Emeritus Hall, off Elliott Ave, Santa Rosa Campus TICKETS ONLINE www.santarosa.edu/theatrearts TICKETS $10-$15 BOX OFFICE 707.527.4343 Permission granted by Flora Roberts, Inc., 275 Seventh Ave., 26th Floor, New York, NY 10001.

Through Oct 24, “Found Faces” features masks by Doug Ballou. 110 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.778.9888.

MARIN COUNTY ARTrageous Gallery

3501 Civic Center Dr, San Rafael. 415.499.6400.

Marin MOCA Through Nov 18, “Legends of the Bay Area” features the work of San Francisco artist David Maxim. Novato Arts Center, Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Dr, Novato. Wed-Sun, 11 to 4. 415.506.0137.

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts Through Oct 31, “The Free Flow Series” features the classically modern paintings of Sausalitobased artist Marge Rector. 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. Tues-Sat, 10 to 2; also by appointment. 415.388.4331.

142 Throckmorton Theatre Through Oct 31, “The Assemblages and Ladders” features paintings by David Geisinger. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Osher Marin JCC Through Nov 30, “You Did What to My Comics!?!” papercuts by Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik. 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.

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Through Oct 31, “Fall Collection” features the work of various artists. 857 Grant Ave, Novato. Tues-Sat, 11 to 6, Sun 11 to 4, Thurs 11 to 8. 415.897.8444.

Through Jan 10, “Phases of the Moon” features various artists’ found images and abstract works in the many shapes of the moon. 1641 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.482.0550.

Gallery Bergelli

Seager Gray Gallery

Through Oct 17, “Fall Group Show” featuring work be gallery artists Alexandra Eldridge, Allen Wynn and others. 483 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.945.9454.

Through Oct 31, “Raveling” features the work of Lisa Kokin. 23 Sunnyside Ave, Mill Valley. Tues-Sat; 11 to 6. Fri-Sat, 11 to 7; Sun, 12 to 5. 415.384.8288.

Gallery Route One

Through Nov 14, Come celebrate Vickisa’s last month with a special goodbye exhibition, and clearance sale beginning Oct 19. Closing party, Nov 14 at 5pm. 3415 Hwy 1, Stinson Beach. 415.868.9305.

Through Nov 11, “Artists of the West Marin Review” features the work of artists who have appeared in the award-winning literary journal. Through Nov 11, “Duality” featuring the collaborative and individual work of Zea Morvitz and Tim Graveson. Through Nov 11, GRO presents the work of Will Thoms in the Annex. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. Wed-Mon, 11 to 5. 415.663.1347.

The Hannah Gallery Through Nov 5, “Architects, Activists and Avengers: The Black Panther Party 1968,” photographs by Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marion Baruch. 170 Donahue St, Marin. Thurs-Sat, 1-5pm. 415.419.1605.

Marin Civic Center Through Dec 10, “Marin Society of Artists: 85 years,” a nonjuried member show.

Vickisa Art

Vin Antico Wine Bar Through Oct 31, “A New Season” features the minimalistic paintings of Gloria Matuszewski. Free. 881 Fourth St, San Rafael.

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

sculptures by Maash Pascal and Patti Wessman. 1136 Main St, Napa. No phone.

Robert Mondavi Winery Through Nov 4, “Metal Still Matters,” sculptures by Gordon Huether. 7801 St Helena Hwy, Oakville. Daily, 10 to 5. 707.968.2203.

Comedy Elect to Laugh Will Durst presents mix of standup and one-man show on the “election season carnival.” Oct 10, 7:30pm. $15. Worthy of Love, 226 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.763.8920.

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

Events Center Literary Cafe Meeting of poets, writers and artists with rotating speakers and readings. Margaret Caminsky-Shapiro and the writers of Sonoma County Writing Practice read from their second anthology on Oct 10. Second Wed of every month, 7-9pm. Healdsburg Senior Center, 133 Matheson St, Healdsburg.

Fashion Night Participate in this event featuring refreshments, music, free limo rides, fashion advice and free raffle. Twenty percent of Sisters consignment shopping proceeds from this event go to teacher subscriptions of Kidscoop News. Oct 11, 6:30pm. Free. Sisters, 117 W. Napa St, Ste B, Sonoma. 707.933.8422.

Literary Luncheon with Debra Dean Isabel Allende introduces Debra Dean, author of “The Madonnas of Leningrad,” reading from her new book “The Mirrored World.” Oct 16, 12pm. $55. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 415.927.0960.

Grand Hand Gallery

Presidential Debate & Election Watch Parties

Through Oct 29, “Drawn from Nature,” drawings and

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Donizettiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Elixir of Love Bartlett Sherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comic opera kicks off seventh season of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Met: Live in HD.â&#x20AC;? There will be complimentary muffins with the purchase of coffee. Oct 13, 10am. $30. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.924.5111.

Forks Over Knives

Open Door

ARTrails gives annual peek into creative processes Sculptors, painters, photographersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; lend me your studios! This is the annual call of ARTrails, when over 150 artists open their Sonoma County studios to display both work and process over two consecutive weekends. Part of the fun of ARTrails is following the little blue signs, like hunting for garage sales without the disappointment of ďŹ nding only a pile of dirty, well-worn toys. Instead, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ďŹ nd raku pottery, hand-blown glass, impressionist-style watercolors, handwoven clothing, recycled art sculptures and much more. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not necessary to drive around without an agenda, since ARTrails produces a detailed map illustrated by visual samples of artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; work. Compulsive planners will have a ďŹ eld day, making plans and routes, and scheduling requisite stops for wine and food. But the strategic blue signs that signify an open studio allow those by-the-wind sailors to relax and let the universe decide for them. A preview of selected work will be up through Oct. 26 at the Wells Fargo Center in Santa Rosa, at Graton Gallery through Oct. 21 and at the Santa Rosa Visitors Bureau in Railroad Square through Oct. 28. ARTrails happens Oct. 13â&#x20AC;&#x201C;14 and Oct. 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;21 in locations across Sonoma County. 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5pm. Free. 707.579.2787, ext. 2. www.sonomaarts.com. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Nicolas Grizzle

on the big screen this electionseason. Tues, Oct 16, 6pm. Free. Raven Theater, 115 North St, Healdsburg. 707.433.3145.

Shaolin Warriors More than 20 kung fu masters

perform theatrical display of hand-to-hand and weapons combat. Oct 13, 8pm. $20$50. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

Film written and directed by Lee Fulkerson examines claim that most degenerative diseases can be controlled or reversed by eating plantbased diet. Oct 16, 6:30pm. Free. Fairfax Library, 2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. 415.453.8092.

The Jewel Film about international market collapse plays as part of Italian Film Festival. Oct 13, 5:30 and 7:45pm. $14. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi Foodie film plays under the stars on the Oxbow River Deck. Oct 11, 7pm. Free. Oxbow Public Market, 610 First St, Napa.

Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Elisir dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Amore Anna Netrebko and Matthew Plenzani star in comic opera, the first in the seventh season of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Met: Live in HD.â&#x20AC;? Sat, Oct 13, 10am and Wed, Oct 17, 1 and 7pm. $23. Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley St, Sebastopol. 707.525.4840.

Lunafest Fundraising film festival presented by Whole Foods and Traditional Medicinals features short films by, for and about women focused on celebrating and inspiring women through the art of film. Oct 14, 11am5pm. $50 VIP, $25 General, $15 Students, with price including film, food, beer, wine, coffee and tea. Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 707.824.6706.

Mill Valley Film Festival Participate in a Mill Valley tradition and see films including â&#x20AC;&#x153;Life of Pi,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the Roadâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Silver Linings Playbook,â&#x20AC;? with festival spotlights on John Hawkes and Billy Bob Thornton and a guest appearance by Ben Affleck.Through Oct 14. Various locations. www.mvff.com.

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Film Festival’s midpoint with whimsical film and conversation with director Peter Ramsey. Oct 10, 7pm. $10-$17. Century Cinema, 41 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera. 415.454.1222.

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Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival True-story film “Trust” on Oct 19. Through Oct 19. $10-$50. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 6780 Depot St, Sebastopol. 707.829.4797.

Swan Lake Tony award-winning production choreographed and directed by Matthew Bourne filmed at the Sadler’s Wells in London. Oct 13, 7pm. $10. Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main St, Napa. 707.255.5445.

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Free Chef Demonstrations Whole Spice, the Olive Press and Kara’s Cupcakes will show you how to make Indian okra with pomegranate, blend olive oil and bake fair trade vanilla cupcakes and let you taste their goods. Oct 14, 1pm. Free. Oxbow Public Market, 610 First St, Napa.

Green Hop Fest Drink fresh hop ales from Moonlight, Bear Republic, Russian River, Lagunitas and listen to music from the Philip Der Stein sextet and the Gypsy Trio. Oct 14, 4:20pm. Toad in the Hole Pub, 116 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.544.8623.

Harvest Festival Taste newly released wines, play cornhole and enjoy live music. Oct 13, 3-6pm. $60. Paraduxx, 7257 Silverado Trail, Napa. 707.945.0890.

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Clown Posse ‘To Bury a Cat,’ a lighthearted romp During a run-of-the-mill funeral in a tiny pet cemetery, things begin to go terribly, terribly wrong when a grieving woman (Christina Lewis) brings her beloved cat (recently deceased) to be buried. Those things include a series of accidents and miscommunications between the priest (Lluis Valls) and the gravedigger (James Pelican), resulting in fights, concussions, falling chickens, electrocution, dismemberment, live burials, lots of flying toilet paper and an extremely unorthodox use of duct tape. To Bury a Cat, presented by the offbeat clown troupe Clowns on a Stick, has no dialogue, only nonsense words (“Abba deeba-dumbadee?”) and some epic clowning, performed by actual clowns, with red noses and everything. Presented by the Sixth Street Playhouse, this guest-artist event is simultaneously lighthearted and hilariously gruesome, with Monty Pythonesque touches augmenting classic European clown schtick. The Bay Area clown trio (joined here by the Pattycake Girls, Lucienne Vintaer and Jensen Zach) rip through the 65-minute show with oodles of energy and some ingeniously inventive props. It’s audacious, deliriously wicked fun. To Bury a Cat runs weekends through Oct. 14 at Sixth Street Playhouse. 52 W. Sixth St., Santa Rosa. Friday–Saturday at 8pm; 2pm matinee on Sunday. $10–$20. 707.523.4185. —David Templeton

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Criminal Justice Forum Hear a panel of professors, lawyers, district attorneys and religious figures discuss propositions 34 and 46. Oct 14, 3-5pm. Free. Congregation Shomrei Torah, 2600 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.578.5519.

The Medicinal & Edible Herb Garden Learn how to make your own cosmetics and stock your cabinets and pantries with home-grown herbs. Oct 11, 6:30pm. $45. College of Marin, Indian Valley Campus, Admin Bldg Rm 121, 1800 Ignacio Blvd, Novato.

Publishing Your Work in the 21st Century Panel of writers and editors includes Stacy Carlson, author of “Among the Wonderful,” Gillian Conoley, SSU professor and poet-in-residence, Brent Cunningham, operation director of Berkeley’s Small Press Distribution and others. Oct 16, 7pm. Free. Green Music Center 1028, 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.

Radiation Monitoring Devices Dan Sythe of International Medcom speaks on how to identify a good device and submit the data it collects to watchdog network Safecast. Oct 14, 4pm. Free. Sebastopol Grange Hall, 6000 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol.

Manhood” with Carlos Andres Gomez. Oct 17, 1pm, “The Round House” with Louise Erdrich. Oct 17, 7pm, “Beta” with Rachel Cohn. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera 415.927.0960.

by New Spreckels Theater Company. Various times. Oct 12-21. $20-$26. Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. 707.588.3400.

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Full-length clown-mime piece tells story of woman trying to bury her cat. Various times. Through Oct 14. $10-$20. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

ARIES (March 21–April 19) Ten percent of all sexually suggestive text messages are delivered to the wrong number. Take precautions to make sure you’re not among that 10 percent in the coming weeks. It will be extra important for you to be scrupulous in communicating about eros and intimacy. The stakes will be higher than usual. Togetherness is likely to either become more intensely interesting or else more intensely confusing—and it’s largely up to you which direction it goes. For best results, express yourself clearly and with maximum integrity.

Santa Rosa Copperfield’s Books Oct 10, 7pm, “Among the Silent Giants: A Young Girl’s True Adventures in a Wild Country” with Sharon Porter Moxley and Susan Dregey. 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa 707.578.8938.

Petaluma Copperfield’s Books Oct 11, 7pm, “The Raven Boys” with Maggie Stiefvater. Oct 13, 2pm, “The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets” with Kathleen Alcott. Oct 14, 10:30am, “Ray Villafane’s Pumpkins” with Ray Villafane. Oct 15, 4pm, “Dinosaur vs Santa” with Bob Shea. 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma 707.762.0563.

Little Vineyards Oct 17, 6pm, “A Girl’s Night Out” with Laurie B Mintz. $25 including signed book, glass of wine and light dinner. 15188 Sonoma Hwy, Glen Ellen 707.996.2750.

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Policy makers talk about the future of local food and drink. Oct 15, 1:30pm. Free. City Hall Council Chambers, 100 Santa Rosa Ave, Ste 10, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3010.

Oct 11, 7pm, “The Marvelous Journals of Miss Virginia Pettingill” with Gilbert Mansergh. 282 S High St, Sebastopol.

Readings Book Passage Oct 11, 1pm, “May We be Forgiven” with AM Homes. Oct 11, 7pm, “The Truth About Style” with Stacy London. Oct 13, 1pm, “Peaches for Father Francis” with Joanne Harris. Oct 13, 4pm, “League of Strays” with LB Schulman. Oct 13, 6pm, “The Raven Boys” with Maggie Stiefvater. Oct 14, 11am, “Dinosaur vs Santa” with Bob Shea. Oct 14, 1pm, “The Woman in the Photograph” with Mani Feniger. Oct 15, 7pm, “Man Up: Cracking the Code of Modern

Wells Fargo Center Oct 15, 8pm, “All’s Fair: Love, War and Running for President” with James Carville and Mary Matalin. $65-$100. 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa 707.546.3600.

Theater Bad Penny Site-specific play unfolds as characters interact over the lake. Through Oct 14, 11am, 12, 2 and 5pm. Free. Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2880.

Camelot Arthurian musical presented

Einstein & the Polar Bear Curtain Call Theatre presents romantic comedy by Tom Griffin. Various times. Through Oct 27. $12-$15. Russian River Hall, 20347 Hwy 116, Monte Rio. 707.849.4873.

The Elephant Man Alive Stage Productions presents version of the David Lynch classic. Through Oct 14, 2 and 8pm. $25. Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. 707.588.3400.

Macbeth Shakespeare’s epic drama about murder most foul, betrayal and madness. Times vary. Fri-Sun through Oct 21. $10-$20. College of Marin, 835 College Ave, Kentfield.

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.

Topdog / Underdog 2002 Pulitzer winner follows brothers Lincoln and Booth, trapped in a dangerous sparring match fueled by poverty, face, family history and even their names. Various times. Through Oct 21. $36-$57. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.5208.

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For the week of October 10

TAURUS (April 20–May 20)

If it were within my power, I’d help you identify the new feelings you have not yet been able to understand. I would infuse you with the strength you would need to shed the worn-out delusions that are obstructing your connection to far more interesting truths. And I would free you from any compulsion you have to live up to expectations that are not in alignment with your highest ideals. Alas, I can’t make any of these things happen all by myself. So I hope you will rise to the occasion and perform these heroic feats under your own power.

GEMINI (May 21–June 20) Dutch graphic artist M. C. Escher (1898–1972) was a Gemini. He liked to depict seemingly impossible structures, like stairways in which people who climbed to the top arrived at the bottom. I nominate him to be your patron saint in the coming week. You should have his talent for playing with tricks and riddles in ways that mess with everyone’s boring certainties. Here are four Escher quotes you can feel free to use as your own. 1. “Are you really sure that a floor can’t also be a ceiling?” 2. “My work is a game, a very serious game.” 3. “I think it’s in my basement; let me go upstairs and check.” 4. “Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible.” CANCER (June 21–July 22) The Venus flytrap is a remarkable plant that gobbles up insects and spiders. Its leaves do the dirty work, snapping shut around its unsuspecting prey. Evolution has made sure that the flowers of the Venus flytrap sit atop a high stalk at a safe distance from where all the eating takes place. This guarantees that pollinators visiting the flowers don’t get snagged by the carnivorous leaves below. So the plant gets both of its main needs met: a regular supply of food and the power to disseminate its seeds. I’ll ask you to derive a lesson from all this, Cancerian. Be sure that in your eagerness to get the energy you need, you don’t interfere with your ability to spread your influence and connect with your allies.

an astrologer, not a caterer, so I’m afraid I can’t fulfill your order. It’s admirable that you know so precisely what you want and are so authoritative about trying to get it; but please remember how crucial it is to seek the fulfillment of your desires from a source that can actually fulfill them. You’re a Libra, right? Your birthday is this week? Thanks for giving me an excuse to send this timely message to all of your fellow Libras.

SCORPIO (October 23–November 21)

Here comes the big reveal of the month, the trick ending of the year and maybe the most unusual happiness of the decade. Any day now you will get the chance to decipher the inside story that’s beneath the untold story which is hidden within the secret story. I won’t be surprised if one of your most sophisticated theories about the nature of reality gets cracked, allowing you to at least recover a measure of primal innocence. I suggest you start practicing the arts of laughing while you cry and crying while you laugh right now. That way you’ll be all warmed up when an old style of give-andtake comes to an end, ultimately making way for a more profound new give-and-take.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21) There’s almost nothing about the dandelion that humans can’t make use of. People of many different countries have eaten its buds, leaves and greens. Besides being tasty, it contains high levels of several vitamins and minerals. Its flowers are the prime ingredient in dandelion wine, and its roots have been turned into a coffee substitute. Herbalists from a variety of traditions have found medicinal potency in various parts of the plant. Last but not least, dandelions are pretty and fun to play with! In the coming weeks, Sagittarius, I invite you to approach the whole world as if it were a dandelion. In other words, get maximum use and value out of every single thing with which you interact.

CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19) “Intellect confuses intuition,” asserted painter Piet Mondrian. I don’t think that’s always true, even for creative artists. But in the coming week I suspect it’ll be important for you to take into consideration. So make sure you know the difference between your analytical thinking and your gut-level hunches, and don’t let your thinking just automatically override your hunches. Here’s more helpful advice from painter Robert Genn: “The job of the intellect is to give permission to the intuition, and it’s the job of intuition to know when intellect is once again appropriate.”

A sinuous and shimmering archetype that begins with the letter s has been trying to catch your attention, Leo—sometimes in subliminal and serpentine ways. Why haven’t you fully tuned in yet? Could it be because you’re getting distracted by mildly entertaining but ultimately irrelevant trivia? I’m hoping to shock you out of your erroneous focus. Here’s the magic trigger code that should do the trick: Psssssssssst! Now please do what you can to make yourself very receptive to the slippery, spidery signals of the simmeringly sublime surge.

AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18) It’s time to seek help from outside the magic circle you usually stay inside. You need to call on extracurricular resources—people and animals and deities who can offer useful interventions and delightful serendipity and unexpected deliverance. The remedies that work for you most of the time just won’t be applicable in the coming days. The usual spiritual appeals will be irrelevant. I’m not saying that you are facing a dire predicament—not at all. What I’m suggesting is that the riddles you will be asked to solve are outside the purview of your customary guides and guidelines.

VIRGO (August 23–September 22)

Don’t burn down a bridge you haven’t finished building yet. OK, Virgo? Don’t try to “steal” things that already belong to you, either. And resist the urge to flee from creatures that are not even pursuing you. Catch my drift? Stop yourself anytime you’re about to say nasty things about yourself behind your own back, and avoid criticizing people for expressing flaws that you yourself have, and don’t go to extraordinary lengths to impress people you don’t even like or respect. Pretty please? This is a phase of your astrological cycle when you should put an emphasis on keeping things simple and solid and stable.

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