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eated rhetoric about guns has been rampant since the killing of 20 first graders and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14. None of these comments are more mindblowing than those calling for even less gun control. Case in point: Rep. Dennis Richardson, of Oregon, who sent an email to local superintendents making the astounding claim that if teachers at Sandy Hook had been armed, then “most of the murdered children would still be alive.” As a former high school teacher, the idea of having to keep a gun in my classroom to keep my students safe is incomprehensible. How about, instead, we make it impossible for a disturbed individual like Adam Lanza to get his hands on a semiautomatic Bushmaster .223 rifle, a gun with the capacity to fire dozens of highvelocity rounds in the course of just a few minutes; a military-style gun legally registered to Adam Lanza’s gun-enthusiast mother; a gun produced by a company whose corporate parent is Freedom Group, owned by New York–based hedge fund Cerberus Capital Management, firm supporters of the Second Amendment—the same company that used this ad slogan for the Bushmaster: “Consider your man card reissued.” Rather than demanding that teachers pack heat, government representatives should reinstate the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, which expired in 2004 and still hasn’t reached the floor for a renewal vote. How about if the government made it illegal for Walmart to sell these weapons to the public? “Our hearts our broken today,” said President Obama on Friday. But more hearts will be broken unless the United States, as a society, a nation and a government, thoroughly questions the toll of a constantly growing arsenal of weapons and the association of guns with masculinity and empowerment as normal and acceptable. Whether we’re talking about 20 children in Connecticut or 176 children killed since 2004 in Pakistan by American (and Obamasanctioned) drones, a dead child is a dead child. The ability to kill anyone at anytime should not be the ultimate signifier of “freedom.” Leilani Clark is a staff writer. We welcome your contribution. To have your topical essay of 350 words considered for publication, write

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Thanks for a great story on a very important topic (“Pinot, Poverty and Politics,” Dec. 12). Keeping in mind that with the shockingly low wages for picking grapes, and the fact that many of these workers are exploited and endangered with poor working conditions, lack of adequate shade and water and few job protections, another solution to the lack of low income housing is the use of union jobs and union contracts which bring with them a voice at work, safety standards, healthcare and decent wages. Paying good middle-class wages is the best way to allow people to afford housing, so they don’t have to live three or four families to an apartment or drive two hours to get to work. The people and especially the wine growers in Napa can’t complain about low-income housing if they don’t pay living wages. If they aren’t willing to pay decent wages, they should be building housing that workers can afford. They can’t count on taxpayers to subsidize the wine industry with roads, schools, housing and infrastructure while they make huge profits by exploiting workers.


Where’s My Stuff? Uh . . . are you sure you, or someone else, isn’t putting us on? (“This Modern Retort,” Dec. 12.) I mean . . . Ken Stout, the grumbling, racist, would-be McDonald’s french-fry chef from the San Jose area (Milpitas?). It’s very tempting to explain to this guy that there may be other reasons than reverse racism for the fast-food industry not rushing to get him on the payroll, but I’m pretty sure other Bohemian readers have already

taken care of this. Hopefully, someone will have sent his retort to Bill O’Reilly. Who will ever forget Bill’s dark and dank Irish pout, explaining to the world how all those terrible nonwhite Americans are in it for the “stuff”? Hey, listen, I’m half-Italian. So where’s my stuff? I refuse to be mixed in with traditional white people.

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Tomorrow’s Wit Please tell me you were playing a prank on your readers with last week’s open mic, “This Modern Retort.” I had to check the calendar to make sure it wasn’t April Fools’ Day. Much as I would love to remain in denial that one of your “white, male” readers would get so defensive about Tom Tomorrow’s brilliant wit, I must concede that these backward views on race and sex still exist. Please, Mr. Stout, get out from your unnecessary defensive shield and understand that this country/world is still controlled by white males and their many unwitting enablers. Look at the faces of those in control in the dominant culture to understand where change is needed. If you are an inclusive human being, that will be noted and understood by those working hard for equality and toward a more inclusive world. There is no need to convince anyone, as your actions speak the loudest. The destructive policies of inequality from racism, sexism and classism stem from the power relationships in this country/ world. Come join us in doing the hard work to overcome these dynamics, and save us the misguided self-promotion.

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PRODUCE STARTUP Michelle Dubin and Tim Page will begin distributing local food at the Barlow in 2013.

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Sonoma County’s Food Action Plan could entirely rethink the ways we produce, distribute and consume BY LEILANI CLARK


onoma County has a rich history of agricultural prosperity, and a resilient and thriving local food system might seem like a given. But the landscape that Luther Burbank once called the earth’s “chosen spot” still has quite a way to go toward food security for all of its

residents, both in access to healthy local food for lowincome residents and larger scale protection against potentially devastating disruptions brought on by natural disasters. Plenty of food is grown within Sonoma County, yielding a problem that’s largely in distribution. Currently, much of the “local food” in area markets and restaurants is grown or made

locally, shipped to distribution warehouses in the Central Valley and then shipped back. The Healthy and Sustainable Food Action Plan, created by the Sonoma County Food System Alliance and the Department of Health Services, is designed to change that, but its larger goals are far-reaching— namely, to “build a food system that creates health and prosperity for both our people and our environment,” via policy, institutional and individual changes.

Approved by the board of supervisors in October—with big support from outgoing supervisor Valerie Brown—the plan calls for Sonoma County to become the healthiest county in California by 2020. It also follows on the heels of State Sen. Noreen Evans’ April 2012 announcement of the creation of a senate committee set up expressly for studying local, organic and sustainable food systems throughout California— systems which encompass a complex quilt of relationships that include farming, processing, distribution and consumption. The Food Action plan is based on a model that’s proved successful in Oregon’s Multnomah County, where Portland is the county seat. The plan is divided into four areas: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Economic Vitality, Healthy Eating and Social Equity, and a Declaration of Support that local governments, businesses, organizations and individuals will be asked to sign. It’s a commitment that could make all the difference in terms of health and economics, says Jana Hill, Sonoma County Department of Health Services program planning analyst. “If you enhance the food system, if more food is produced locally, you can better have the capacity to adapt to shortterm disaster or long-term climate change,” says Hill. “The question is, how do we build a more resilient food system that will help us in the long-term?” The intention wasn’t to write an action plan that just sits on the shelf, Hill adds. “We’ve done the initial work to get people together with the Food Forum in 2011 and now the action plan, but this stuff just takes a while with a big group,” she says. “We’ll start getting legs, but it takes a while to move the mountain.” A November 2011 study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture showed that the local-food industry in the United States generates around $4.8 billion a year, four times larger than previous counts. Glenda Humiston, California state director for rural development at the USDA, says that Sonoma County has always been on the

his organization’s main thrust is to support producers in Marin, Sonoma, Lake, Napa and Mendocino counties and to connect efforts across the five regions. They’re also working to make it easier for small-scale producers to create sellable products without using commercial kitchens. In addition, the organization has worked closely with CAFF to create a functioning food hub for distribution of locally grown food, which might ensure that in the event an earthquake knocks out access to Highway 101, say, county residents would still have food. “Food security comes down to actively utilizing our agricultural land to produce food,” says Paulin. “We need to support existing producers and to bring in more new producers.” Unfortunately, the high cost and topography of land in Sonoma County can make it difficult to produce large quantities of food, unlike, say, the Central Valley. This is another component of the puzzle the Food Action Plan attempts to address. Others are working on smallerscale distribution. Tim Page is the co-owner of F.E.E.D Sonoma. In 2011, he and Michelle Dubin took over the 23-year-old business, formerly called Terra Sonoma. The company acts as a wholesale distributor/aggregator, or middleman, between more than 30 Sonoma County farms and restaurants, markets and caterers spanning the Bay Area. They move to the Barlow in Sebastopol sometime in late winter 2013. Page says the overarching goal is to promote the microregional distribution of food, a model that, if successful, could be replicated in other places. A former institutional stockbroker, Page decided to put into action his passion for working within and strengthening the local food system. “It’s our responsibility as a county and a community to do this as vitally as possible,” he says. “There are a lot of best places to grow food on the planet and Sonoma County is definitely one of them. If we can’t do it as a community, then who will?”

Up in Smoke A measure intended to alter Sonoma County’s guidelines for medical marijuana cultivation and possession failed to pass through the board of supervisors on Tuesday, Dec. 11. Spearheaded by Supervisors Valerie Brown (pictured) and Shirlee Zane, the agenda item would have strengthened regulation of medical marijuana growing and dispensary operations by lowering possession limits, establishing an ordinance that prohibits the use of unoccupied buildings for pot growing, and creating a marijuana task force. The task force would be modeled on an already existing methamphetamine task force set up to strengthen enforcement and education efforts. According to the agenda item summary report, the proposal was created for concern about public safety, including a supposed rise in violent crime associated with marijuana, and environmental reasons.

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Loud critiques of the measure and the hearing arose from diverse sources, including medical marijuana advocates like Sebastopol vice mayor Robert Jacobs, as well as Supervisor Efren Carrillo, who said that he was “livid” at the lack of public engagement (medical marijuana advocates did not learn of the proposal until just before the hearing).


As reported in the Bohemian last May, there has been a drastic increase in prosecutions against local medical marijuana growers, most notably since 2010. These prosecutions have clogged an already overwhelmed public defender’s office, an issue that has not yet been resolved. According to the Press Democrat, one definitive outcome of the failed proposal is an agreement to establish a group of patients, law enforcement members and others with an investment in the issue of medical marijuana who would help the county shape and develop its medical marijuana policies.—Leilani Clark


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cutting edge of the local-food trend. The Food Action Plan is a natural evolution, she says, and one that resonates. “We are totally committed to it,” says Humiston. “A large focus is on the value chain between farm and the fork—that’s the missing link, that’s what is creating our biggest challenge in enabling regional food systems.” The county may have reams of fertile land (often at prohibitively high cost to beginning farmers) for growing a diverse assortment of food, but the challenges lie in making the land available to farmers, in addition to getting that food from the farms to restaurants and markets in a streamlined way. The USDA has helped fund projects like the Farm To School Lunch Sales, a program that assists institutional buyers such as school districts, hospitals and jails in utilizing local foods. Humiston says that challenges remain. “A school district can’t have a hundred farmers show up at the door,” she says. “They need an aggregation hub to do the initial processing service for the food.” For this reason, the USDA gave grants to the North Coast Regional Food System Network (NCRFSN), which is working with Community Alliance for Farmers to create a regional food processing center, where produce from small, local farmers would be processed, packed, sorted and then made available for purchase by large buyers. Eventually, instead of relying on trucks to bring fresh produce in from large warehouses in Sacramento and other parts of the state, Sonoma County could actually process and distribute fresh foods directly from an aggregated food hub. “Establishing local aggregation hubs is one of the biggest challenges,” says Humiston. A group called People’s Harvest had worked to bridge this gap between small family farms and local institutions—leasing a 10,000-square-foot facility in Petaluma to be turned into a distribution and aggregation hub this summer—until Buckelew Programs, its funder, backed out due to high costs. Cliff Paulin, NCRFSN project coordinator, says that

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does. And he wants people to be made uncomfortable by his talkrelated photos: a starving infant in a country where croplands are dedicated to raising grain for Western livestock, juxtaposed with a steak that’s larger than the baby; the suspended carcass of a large dog, freshly skinned; a bleeding seal pup; and a harbor red with whale blood. “I discovered that when we suffer, we suffer as equals,” says Wollen. “And in their capacity to suffer, a dog is a pig is a bear is a boy.” Wollen’s difficult-to-digest message includes environmental statistics on the impact on water resources, which are diminishing as the population expands—in numbers as well as pounds per Western individual. “Vegetarian cows,” Wollen claims, are “ocean predators,” a reference to the pollution caused by nitrate runoff and sedimentation from deforestation to create croplands, among other waterpolluting industry practices. At the same time the planet is losing drinking water, aquifer depletion has been worsened by cattle ranching. “It takes 50 thousand liters of water,” says Wollen, “to produce one kilo of beef.” Wollen’s ultimate plea, however, is not environmental but humanitarian; he wants to end suffering caused by starvation. Reducing our Western meat consumption by 10 percent will reduce hunger for millions, he claims, and taking meat off the menu altogether will “end starvation forever.” Wollen asks the audience whether it’s worth it to us that people are starving so that we can eat a steak. Vegetarians, by Wollen’s calculations, number more than 600 million people. “That’s more than the United States, England, France, Spain, Germany, Canada, Australia and New Zealand combined,” says Wollen. “If they were one nation, they would be bigger than the 27 nations that make up the European Union.” Yet Wollen claims vegetarians remain unheard. What isn’t going unheard, clearly, is Wollen and his goingviral speech.


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decade ago, there was nowhere Michael and Christina Gyetvan wanted to eat in their hometown of Napa. Tired of driving to nearby St. Helena for good food, the chef and his wife decided to do something about it. So they borrowed money from their parents, ran up their credit cards, found an abandoned building in downtown Napa’s West End and opened Pizza Azzurro just one week after Sept. 11 in 2001.

“It was more of a necessity than a dream,” Michael tells me on a recent afternoon. “I was out of work at the time, not having any luck, and I needed a job.” Despite the inauspicious timing of their opening, the Gyetvans so dazzled the local palate that when they closed for a week seven years later, to move to a bigger space, people talked of being lost without their beloved rigatoni. Michael and Christina had helped to spark Napa’s downtown revival, which led, finally, to dozens of new restaurants, but their pizza place, renamed the grammatically correct Azzurro Pizzeria e Enoteca in 2008, has remained a local favorite.

Driven by a similar desire—to wit, “Napa needs a place to get a really great burger”—the Gyetvans opened the Norman Rose Tavern, a cozy Cheers-like pub, in late 2009. For those who want more than just beef between their buns, the tavern serves burgers made of lamb, bean and barley, and sometimes even venison, buffalo or duck ($11.95–$15.95). Michael began working in restaurants right out of high school, on the advice of his father, who told him, “At least you’ll get fed every day.” He met Christina in the early ’90s at St. Helena’s Tra Vigne Restaurant, where he cooked and she hosted. “It was a typical

restaurant romance,” they tell me, which eventually led them to blend their families (both had children from previous marriages) and walk down the aisle. Azzurro reflects Michael’s commitment to being “as politically correct as is affordable,” with a seasonally inspired menu of antipasti, salad, pasta and pizza. Limited refrigeration in the original location led him to create what he calls “the lazy man’s lasagna,” a baked rigatoni with hot Italian sausage and mushrooms that has become a perennial favorite ($15.95). “People would revolt if we took it off the menu,” Christina says. Another Azzurro staple, the manciata, was created by accident by the busy (and hungry) chefs at Tra Vigne, who needed something “simple to make and easy to eat on the run, like a giant taco.” “Manciata” is Italian for “handful,” which refers to a fistful of flattened dough that’s baked and topped with a salad of caesar, spinach or arugula, with skirt steak and blue cheese ($12.50–$16.95). Despite their two highly successful restaurants and a mobile catering service, Michael and Christina resemble nothing of the typical harried restaurateurs. They have the relaxed and cheerful energy of people who spend plenty of time on their bikes and skis, whose eyes light up when they talk about their son, Kobe, who saved up money from bussing tables to buy and build his own bike, and their giant cat, whom they’ve dubbed “the polar bear,” thanks to his 16pound frame and refusal to come inside. And thanks in large part to the enterprising Gyetvans, whose restaurants bookend either side of downtown, Napa locals now have a wealth of gastronomic possibilities in between. As Michael says with wonderment, “I can’t even remember the last time we went to St. Helena to eat.” Pizzeria Azzurro e Enoteca, 1260 Main St., Napa, 707.255.5552. Norman Rose Tavern, 1401 First St., Napa, 707.258.1516.

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Italian $$-$$$. Creative Italian and Mediterranean fare in casual setting, with thoughtful wine list featuring local and Italian wines. Lunch, ThursSat; dinner, Thurs-Mon. 336 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.433.8111.

Boroloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Original Pizza Pizza $. Classic, California and European pizza combos beyond the ordinary. Boroloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s uses organic mozzarella, locally sourced produce and milled flour. Salads are made to order, with homemade dressings, and the pizza is baked in a stone oven. Takeout and delivery. Lunch and dinner daily. 500 Mission Blvd, Santa Rosa. 707.539.3937.

Graffiti Mediterranean. $$-$$$. Jazzed-up waterfront destination really is all that jazz. Big menu focuses on creative seafood dishes, also steak and lamb. Variety of indoor and outdoor seating; wide selection of appetizersâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; half vegetarianâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;can make the meal. Lunch and dinner daily. 101 Second St, Petaluma. 707.765.4567. Khoom Lanna Thai. $$.

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Outstanding Thai dishes and seasonal specialties with an authentic cooking style. Fresh ingredients, serene dining room, convenient Railroad Square location. Lunch and dinner daily. 107 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8424.

Kirin Chinese. $$. Specializing in Mandarin, Szechuan and Peking styles. Kirinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pot stickers are the best in Sonoma County. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat; dinner, Sun. 2700 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.525.1957. La Fondita Mexican. $. Hearty, filling, very tasty. No glop or goop here. Breakfast,

lunch and dinner daily. 816 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.526.0881.

Macâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Delicatessen Diner. $. Large selection of Jewish-style sandwiches; excellent cole slaw. Breakfast and lunch, Mon-Sat. 630 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.3785.

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

Pongoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kitchen & Tap Thai. $$. Family-owned and operated with superfresh ingredients and a full kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; menu. Lunch and dinner daily. 701 Sonoma Mt Pkwy, Petaluma. 707.765.9800.

Saddles Steakhouse. $$$$$$$. A steakhouse in the best American tradition, with top-quality grass-fed beef. Pies are made from fruit trees on restaurant property. Dinner daily. 29 E MacArthur St, Sonoma. 707.933.3191.

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

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

Drakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beach Cafe Californian. $$-$$$. More dinner party than restaurant, and the food is fresh and amazing. A meal to remember. Lunch, Thurs-Sun; dinner, Fri-Sat. 1 Drakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beach Rd, Pt Reyes National Seashore. 415.669.1297.

Fradelizioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Italian. $$. Locally sourced northern Italian dishes with a Californiacuisine touch. The house red is a custom blend from owner Paul Fradelizio. Lunch and dinner daily. 35 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 415.459.1618.

Frantoio Italian. $$-$$$. Perennial winner of SF Chronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;100 Best,â&#x20AC;? Frantoio also produces all of its own olive oil. Dinner daily. 152 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley. 415.289.5777.

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Sushi Tozai Japanese. $$. Spare, clean ambiance and some of the freshest sushi youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ever eat. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Sun. 7531 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.9886.

authentic Mexican menu with American standbys. Lunch and dinner daily; takeout, too. 382 Miller Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.8164.

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The ultimate in American cuisine. Crispy fries, good burgers and friendly locals chowing down. Lunch and dinner daily. 2017 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. 415.454.0655.

Japanese. $$$. Well-crafted traditional Japanese with some modern extras like deep-fried mashed potato croquettes with mayo. Lunch and dinner daily. 3082 Marlow Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.527.8871.

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.

M&Gâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Burgers & Beverages American. $.

Small Shed Flatbreads Pizza. $$. Slow Food-informed Marin Organics devotee with a cozy, relaxed family atmosphere and no BS approach to great food served simply for a fair price. 17 Madrona Ave, Mill Valley. Open for lunch and dinner daily. 415.383.4200.

Ad Hoc American. $$-$$$. Thomas Keller’s quintessential neighborhood restaurant. Prix fixe dinner changes daily. Actually takes reservations. 6476 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.2487. Bistro Jeanty French. $$$. Rich, homey cuisine. A perfect choice when you can’t get a chance to do your Laundry. Lunch and dinner daily. 6510 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.0103. Boonfly Cafe California cuisine. $-$$. Extraordinary food in an extraordinary setting. Perfect pasta and mussels. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 4080 Sonoma Hwy, Napa. 707.299.4900.

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

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

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

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

Compadres Rio Grille Western/Mexican. $-$$. Contemporary food and outdoor dining with a Mexican flavor. Located on the river and serving authentic cocktails. Nightly specials and an abiding love of the San Francisco Giants. 505 Lincoln Ave, Napa. Lunch and dinner daily. 707.253.1111.

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Chicken and Pie, Hidy Ho! Food and Wine magazine just released its list of the ‘Best Fried Chicken in the U.S.’ (Momofuko Noodle Bar in New York City made the cut), but Santa Rosa recently got its own, albeit temporary, shot at the best fried chicken around, with the opening of pop-up restaurant Butcher & Cook. From now until Feb. 3, Sundays at Omelette Express belong to chef John Lyle and butcher Berry Salinas, who’ve been given free reign in the kitchen and dining area to serve their old-school, fried-to-perfection chicken meals. According to Butcher & Cook’s Facebook page, $5 of every whole chicken sold is donated to charity. A fixed menu includes fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, collard greens, coleslaw, biscuits and a revolving door of desserts, varying from sweet potato pie to apple crisp. Lyle, the cook behind the recent “Chosen Spot” farm dinners, which highlighted creations that came out of Luther Burbank’s experimental gardens, is dedicated to using fresh, Sonoma County-grown ingredients in the meals. A full supper feeds four and includes eight pieces of chicken, three sides, four biscuits and half a pie ($58). A half supper feeds two and, obviously, includes less pie ($35). Pre-orders are available by phone or online, for both takeout and dine-in. Butcher & Cook is open every Sunday evening until Feb. 3, 5-8pm. 112 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.205.6695.—Leilani Clark

Great pie, cool brews, the game’s always on. Great place for post-Little League. Lunch and dinner daily. 1517 W Imola Ave, Napa. 707.255.1188.

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, terroir-

informed 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.

Ubuntu Vegetarian. $$$$. Some of the most remarkable specimens of high-end vegetables and fruits available on a restaurant plate. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 1140 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5656.

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

SONOMA CO U N TY Arnot-Roberts Some fresh pepper on that Syrah? Duo of chums craft spicy, savory lower-alcohol wines from cool climates in funky backstreet cellar. 6450 First St., Forestville. By appointment only. 707.820.1383.

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

Inman Family Wines Unique, single-vineyard Russian River Pinot Noir is a good reason to visit Inman Family Wine’s new winery and tasting room in genteel vineyard location; don’t miss the Thorn Road Ranch Pinot. 3900 Piner Road, Santa Rosa. Open 11am–4pm Thursday through Sunday. 707.293.9576.

Matanzas Creek Winery Matanzas Creek Winery features a peaceful tasting room overlooking its famed acres of lavender. 6097 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. Open daily, 10am–4:30pm. 707.528.6464.

Pfendler Vineyards Petaluma Gap Chardonnay and Pinot have a milliondollar view, but winetasting is available at Vin Couture Lounge, 320 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. By appointment or Swirl After Six, 6–10pm, Thursday–Saturday. 707.431.8161.

River Road Vineyards Russian River Pinot for $18 at no-nonsense, solid producer. 5220 Ross Road, Sebastopol. By appointment only, Monday–Friday. 707.887.8130.

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is charming and warm, with wines that are mostly straightforward, honest affairs. One of the best picnic areas around. 389 Fourth St. E., Sonoma. Open daily, 10am– 5pm. 707.933.3230.

Unti Vineyards Very friendly and casual with an emphasis on young Italianstyle wines. Yum. 4202 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. By appointment. 707.433.5590.

N A PA CO U N TY Black Stallion Winery Owned by a pair of Midwest liquor-distribution barons who hired a capable winemaker and envision it to be a retaildestination winery. The wines are quite good. 4089 Silverado Trail, Napa. Open daily, 10am– 5pm. 707.253.1400.

Charles Krug Winery Founded 1861, and owned by the Peter Mondavi family since only 1943, Krug is among Napa’s most historic wineries. Taste awardwinning Sauvignon Blanc and reserve Cab in unassuming low building across from the original stone winery. Ask about the Johannesburger Riesling. 2800 Main St., St. Helena. Tasting daily, 10:30am to 5pm. Fees vary; complimentary for “Napa neighbors.” 707.967.2229.

Far Niente (WC) Far Niente was founded in 1885 by John Benson, a ’49er of the California Gold Rush and uncle of the famous American impressionist painter Winslow Homer. The estate boasts beautiful gardens as well as the first modern-built wine caves in North America. 1350 Acacia Drive, Napa. By appointment. 707.944.2861. Robert Sinskey Vineyards In the lofty, barnlike hall–as elegant as a theater, as solid as a ski lodge–visitors can take in the tank room action; at least, the gleaming stainless steel, framed by wood and

stonework and brewpub-style chalkboard menus imbues the space with a sense of energetic immediacy. “Gluttonous Flight” pairs savory munchables prepared in the gourmet demonstration kitchen with biodynamically farmed Careros Pinot Noir and Bordeaux varietals. Not to worry: there’s no flight for ascetics offered, so go for it. 6320 Silverado Trail, Napa. Open 10am–4:30pm daily. 707.944.9090.

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

V. Sattui Though a regular stop on the tourist circuit, it remains charming in the Italian style. With no distribution except via the Net, wines can only be purchased onsite. 1111 White Lane, St. Helena. Open daily, 9am–6pm. 707.963.7774.

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

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

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

Korbel Champagne Cellars History lesson, with free drinks BY JAMES KNIGHT


icture this: Sweeping vineyards. Towering redwoods. This is how the movie starts. It starts with pretty pictures. And then—boom— there’s a revolution. Bang. Prison. Escape. And then, Gold Rush San Francisco: fat cigars, empirebuilding, tree-felling, boozemongering. I’m on the edge of my seat here. But I’ll tell you how the movie ends. It ends with a nice, bubbly glass of America’s favorite Champagne.

Korbel, the movie, is just one of the rainy-day entertainments highlighting a tour of these historic “California champagne” cellars, founded in 1882. Yes, the old Korbel tour must be the most timeworn if beloved winetasting activity in the whole of our North Bay Bohemia—not exactly high on my list. Here’s what happens to items not placed high on my list: I don’t get around to them. But the season being what it is, many of us with family visiting and eager to be shown the sights, there’s no better time for residents to finally visit. There’s precious little more God-love-it touristy than the company history film genre. Screened in an oak pew-furnished theater, this one’s brand-new, and has been given the full Ken Burns treatment: baritone narration, handlebar moustaches, old photographs popping with the latest documentary effects, and Korbel’s own historian providing context in a sweater vest. Who knew that F. Korbel and brothers were vintners of last resort, having run out of big trees for their sawmill; that before grapes, they gave tobacco a go; that it all started with cigar boxes; that there was such drama to the story—in the 19th century? Lots of people know this, because they bundled up for a winter’s day drive down River Road—originally a railroad for hauling out the redwood forest that rises again around the vineyard, almost as if it nothing had happened—to take the old tour. Untold dusty bottles and antique wine vats later, free beverages are served. I wouldn’t have bothered you about the history lesson, if it wasn’t for this part: Korbel’s Anniversary Sec ($14) celebrates 130 years with a handsome historical label, floral-spicy aroma and refreshing finish (the anniversary being 2012, not the—pop, swoosh, clink—new year). More trivia arrives with a pour of lower-dosage Korbel Natural ($14), nevertheless rich with golden apple aroma and creamy mousse. The story goes that Adolph Heck, who purchased the concern in 1954, created this drier style using natural grape juice instead of sugar for his diabetic wife. The top shelf isn’t out of reach at Korbel; the 2005 Russian River Valley Le Premier ($25) has a fine, faint reminiscence of the good dead yeast. And that’s the end of the tour. Exit through the wine shop. Korbel Champagne Cellars, 13250 River Road, Guerneville. Tasting Room open daily, 10am–4:30pm; tours, 11am–3pm. No fee. 707.824.7000.



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Following Her Own Star Eleanor Coppola on the importance of the unseen path


martly dressed and looking younger than a woman enjoying her seventh decade, Eleanor Coppola is a portrait of poise. When it’s suggested that she’s the de facto grand dame of Sonoma County’s wine scene— given the epic, family-friendly winery and resort that bears her husband’s name in Geyserville—she doesn’t take the bait. Eleanor Coppola is far too grounded and earnest to be susceptible to such platitudes. A few moments with her and one realizes she’s not someone interested in the limelight so much as, say, the use of quicklime lighting in 19th-century theater.

As an artist, she has more practical concerns. Chiefly, what’s next? “I’m going into my studio everyday, and it’s really great to have a time of transition, where you can look in your books and make sketches and think about all things you might want to be


doing in the future,” says Coppola. “Right now, I’m making a series of watercolors. I don’t know where that’s leading, but part of it is going down the unseen path.” That “unseen path” has led Coppola through a dizzying array of life experiences. Despite being the wife of film phenom Francis Ford Coppola and the mother of filmmakers Roman and Sofia Coppola, Mrs. Coppola has always followed her own star. In some ways, she may be best known as the person with the camera behind the person

with the camera, as she was with Hearts of Darkness. Sometimes heralded as the ultimate “making of” documentary, Coppola’s film followed the on-set tumult and triumphs behind the scenes of Apocalypse Now. But even before Hearts of Darkness, Coppola enjoyed a varied career in visual arts. In the early 1960s, she was creating commissioned decor for restaurants and hotels, working closely with architects and generally applying her eye to an array of creative projects, including ) 18

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getting homesick and really missing my life at home. Francis was in this wonderful creative ferment, and it was very exciting for him, but I was just starting to fade,â&#x20AC;? she explains. The ďŹ lmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s distributor had intended to send a crew to the Philippines to shoot a short promotional documentary about the ďŹ lm, but the director elected to handle the promo in-house to keep them away from an already beleaguered production. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybody had a job but me. I had made these little art ďŹ lms in the early â&#x20AC;&#x2122;70s. He said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ ve minutes, you can get it, Ellie,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Coppola recounts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It grew organically, and I really got into it. Again, it was a visual expression. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My nature is to try things I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how to doâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one after the other. Dance costumes? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never done that, but let me try!â&#x20AC;? she says, referring to her work with the Oberlin Dance Collective. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Write a book? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not a writer, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll give it a try!â&#x20AC;? Notes on a Life, an autobiography, was published in 2009.


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Read this carefully, as a misinterpretation could lead to an embarrassing misunderstanding. There are no concerts this week featuring the Christmas Juggalo Band. There isn’t a group of Insane Clown Posse fanatics with black-and-white clown makeup in Santa hats spitting rhymes about senseless violence during the holiday season. There may be sleigh rides, but definitely no “slay rides,” and certainly—well, probably— no songs about killing people. The word “bitch” will only be used to describe a female dog, if at all. There are, however, concerts featuring the Christmas Jug Band, a skiffle group of good-time fun-seekers who enjoy drinking whiskey and playing the empty bottles as musical instruments. They play on Friday, Dec. 21 (family night), and Saturday, Dec. 22, at Sweetwater Music Hall. 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 8pm Friday and 9pm Saturday. $17–$24. 415.388.1100.

He’s a journalist, radio DJ, producer, photographer, musician and author. But on this night, David Gans uses the guitar and voice to tell his tales. The Grateful Dead historian (his 1985 book on the band is highly regarded) played with Dead bassist Phil Lesh when he came out of retirement in the ’90s, and has played with several other folk and bluegrass icons. He now makes music with the Sycamore Slough String Band, which performs acoustic versions of Grateful Dead songs. After writing for almost every major music magazine in the Bay Area, including Rolling Stone, Gans now hosts Dead to the World on KPFA radio. David Gans plays with KRSH-FM DJ Andre de Channes on Saturday, Dec. 22, at the Redwood Cafe. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati. 9pm. $5. 707.795.7868.

It’s not all hippie-dippie beams of light and cosmic messages, but much of the music Windham Hill Records has produced in its 36 years does lean toward the sensitive side of the universe. This week, three-time Grammy-nominee Barbara Higbie leads a trio of women songwriters with her worldinfluenced jazz featuring the Celtic harp. Jazz pianist Liz Story found Windham Hill Records after owner Will Ackerman heard a tape of her improvisations from a piano gig at a restaurant; he signed her right away. Finally, multi-instrumentalist Lisa Lynne is mostly known for her recordings on Celtic harp, but also composes original songs using traditional folk instruments. All three women are supported in this show by guitarist Sean Harkness and flutist George Tortorelli. The Windham Hill Winter Solstice concert is on Thursday, Dec. 20, at the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., Napa. 8pm. $15–$20. 707.226.7372.

An amazing drummer who’s played with prog-jazz fusion groups Mahavishnu Orchestra and Weather Report, among others, Narada Michael Walden has scored 51 No. 1 songs as a producer. Fifty-one! And even though he lost a dear friend when Whitney Houston died this year (Walden even had a nickname for her, “Nippy”), it’s not keeping him down. This year marks the 16th annual Beach Party Freak Out fundraiser for his foundation supporting music education in the Bay Area. Luau attire is optional but encouraged; the Red Rocker himself, Sammy Hagar, leads a list of musical guests longer than Santa’s. At this show, at least, they’re all being nice. The Beach Party Freak Out is Friday, Dec. 21, at 142 Throckmorton. 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 8pm. $75–$175. 415.383.9600.

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ears from now, a Ph.D. student writing about the culture of the Occupy Movement will point to Occupy & Other Love Stories (Kellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cove; $20) as an example of the ďŹ ction that emerged from the demonstrations against Wall Street banksters. But Sonoma County author Daniel Coshnearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book

stands on its own merits, without explicit connections to any social protest movement. The characters in Coshnearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strange love stories read Stephen King and Raymond Carver. They smoke marijuana, drive Nissans and work at Safeway. They could be your neighbors or your next of kin, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to celebrate Christmas. Preoccupied and in denial, they survive trauma and suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and a host of

other social and psychological ills. As new as the newest kids on any block, Coshnearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gritty men, wild women and precocious children cry out for the lost soul of America itself. Most of the stories in Occupy take place in Santa Rosa and along the Russian River. One story is set in New York, and the very last conjures up Berkeley during the Occupy Movement of last spring. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an overtly polemical tale, and might well be called revolutionary romanticism. Coshnearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heart

is with the citizens who wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be silenced or sit still, though his characters donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give speeches or march in the streets. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re part of the 99% and too involved with divorce, depression and suicide to write leaďŹ&#x201A;ets, hang posters and shout slogans. In â&#x20AC;&#x153;Early Onset,â&#x20AC;? the ďŹ rst story in the volume, the characters whisper in public and lie for their very own survival. The narrator and main character, in a T-shirt, goatee and ponytail, sees what canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exactly be described, though he knows it to be the â&#x20AC;&#x153;symptoms of an illnessâ&#x20AC;? thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contagious and spells the â&#x20AC;&#x153;end of empire.â&#x20AC;? In â&#x20AC;&#x153;Man on Fire,â&#x20AC;? an unnamed father reads about prisons on the internet and feels â&#x20AC;&#x153;helpless and cynical.â&#x20AC;? Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to be courageous, but when he goes to bed at night heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a kind of kid afraid of the dark. Parents and children inhabit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Attention!â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Custodian,â&#x20AC;? in which a father and his son disconnect and reconnect. Love, sex and anxious relationships animate â&#x20AC;&#x153;Avulsion,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Borscht on the Ceilingâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;the New York storyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Occupy,â&#x20AC;? the title story, in which a professor ďŹ nds romance with a student. The closer to home, the more convincing the characters, and while they play their own parts and speak their own minds independent of the author, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re psychoanalyzed and their medications enumerated, as in â&#x20AC;&#x153;You Can Put Your Name on It, If You Want to.â&#x20AC;? Pills help the characters, though they long for more than drugs. The cover art, titled Eating and Sleeping, and the illustrations by Squeak Carnwath, which are both realistic and abstract, highlight the tangible and the symbolic qualities in this weirdly beautiful collection of stories that make the local global and the global local.



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MADE UP The effort of ‘The Elephant

Man’ was impressive, but the results, not so much.

Played Out Productions that didn’t work in 2012 BY DAVID TEMPLETON


ith nearly 18 years experience as an arts journalist, I am a critic who is not that hard to please. I merely require the pleasurable moments of a particular production to outnumber the painful ones, and in the theatrically rich North Bay, that’s what happens in the majority of the work I see.

But even I am disappointed from time to time, often by those productions from which I anticipated more than I got. Here is a list of the four shows in 2012 that left me feeling there wasn’t as much there as there might have been. The Elephant Man, presented by Scott van der Horst’s What a Show Productions, was billed as a

literal adaptation of the legendary David Lynch film. A rather brilliant marketing campaign promised to deliver the same emotional jolt as the film, with makeup effects mirroring those employed by John Hurt as the severely deformed Victorian dreamer John Merrick. Be careful what you promise. Though played beautifully by Peter Warden, supported by a game cast making the most of a difficult situation, the impact of Merrick’s story—as told in the three-week production that ran in the studio theater at Spreckels Performing Arts Center—was pitted against some supremely clunky staging. Scenes (some of which lasted a mere 80 seconds, as in the film) were separated by set changes that sometimes took three or four noisy minutes to accomplish, with no sense of rhythm or pacing to make it up. What could have been marvelous ended up looking laughably amateur, and given what might have been, The Elephant Man ends up as my biggest disappointment of 2012. Mel Brooks’ The Producers, at Sixth Street Playhouse, suffered a similar, though less painful, fate. Energetically performed by a solid, funny cast, the tentative pacing of the show ultimately bogged the enterprise down, deflating what might have been a fast-paced romp into a turtle-speed slog. Of all the shows that played in the North Bay this year, the one I wanted to like the most was Silver Spoon, a world premiere musical at Main Stage West, written by playwright Amy Merrill, with songs by activist-songwriter Si Kahn, whom I have long considered an American treasure. But the final result was wobbly and unfocused, and seemed more like a first-draft workshop than a polished world premiere. Thankfully, I did enjoy some of the songs. Finally, Yasmina Reza’s social satire God of Carnage won all kinds of awards on Broadway, but the uncomfortably unfunny Marin Theatre Company production was bafflingly free of laughs, making me wonder, for nearly 90 minutes, what all the fuss was about. Next week: the best productions of 2012!

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uentin Tarantino uses the ’50s version of the Columbia lady in his pre-titles to Django Unchained, but the film exceeds both the length and bounds of the Western movie/ slaveploitationers Tarantino is raiding, whether low and grimy (like 1971’s Goodbye Uncle Tom) or high-budget and De Laurentiis–produced (like 1975’s Mandingo).

Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) is a dentist-turnedgunslinger, practicing his trade at the end of the 1850s. In Texas, he liberates the slave Django (Jamie Foxx) for the practical reason that the shackled man can lead him to a trio of criminals hiding on a plantation. Django takes to the killing work with ease—“Shootin’ white folks, what’s not to like?”— and has a mission of his own: his wife (Kerry Washington) has been

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sold down the river by a cruel master (Bruce Dern). She’s languishing on “the fourth biggest plantation in Mississippi,” a place known as Candyland, operated by the disgusting Calvin J. Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). To infiltrate the place, Django will pose as a free black slaveholder seeking to buy bare-knuckle-fighting Mandingos. Waltz’s Dr. King (an odd joke, considering what the real MLK thought of violence) delivers speeches that are a handsome apology for the potential anti-Germanness of Inglourious Basterds. Schultz, practically a one-man Goethe Society, reaches for his culture as often as he reaches for his revolver, and Foxx’s heavyweight glare is tempered with yearning. But it’s Samuel L. Jackson who catalyzes everything Tarantino has to say about slavery. Jackson is the second-highest grossing actor of all time by some measures. Much of what filled his wallet, he earned with “bad motherfucker” parts. Jackson is made for Candyland. Every white liberal who flinches at seeing an Uncle Ben rice box will get that sting watching Jackson as “Stephen,” the house man at Candyland. The role of “porch negro” would be a dealbreaker for most black actors, particularly in a movie that’s primarily a comedy, so it’s a tribute to Jackson’s taste for risk-taking that he went for it. It’s one thing to imagine being whipped and branded—some people do that kind of thing for fun—but what Jackson gets at is a lot dirtier, eerier and harder to countenance. He shows us the corrosion of a man who has to pretend to be a pet, wriggling with gratitude, putting on a show of human warpage that only white people grown stupid and lazy from the slaveholder’s life wouldn’t suss out. Jackson demonstrates the rage that everyone loves, with a counterbalance of implosion, as he stumps around pretending to be kindly and dotty. If it’s foolery, it’s the kind of fooling that goes on in King Lear. This is the performance of Jackson’s career.

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he pain of band reunions, so incessant and unrelenting in their frequency in the last 10 years, is that they pose as tremendously necessary. Never mind that they might be entertaining, no, no. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the point. These are REALLY BIG EVENTS. I mean, really, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been ALMOST EIGHT YEARS since ALL FOUR MEMBERS of LETTERS TO CLEO played together, OH MY GOD tickets go on sale TOMORROW!

reunions and bemoan our cultureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attachment to the past and pine for a future that really looks, smells and sounds like the future instead of Refused reuniting to play at Coachella for $315. But then there are the completely improbable band reunions. The bands for which there is very little call to perform once more in public. The bands that elicit barely a Google search result, because they are more obscure than even Tripping Daisy or Suddenly, Tammy! I am a fan of these stupid reunions, these culturally irrelevant occurrences. Consider this weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resurrection of Coffee & Donuts, an unclassiďŹ able band who played every Sonoma County skate party from 1988 to 1991. The people who remember Coffee & Donuts are one of three types: (1) cheap-beer-swilling forty-somethings in denim Jaks jackets; (2) local music nerds who work at record stores or write for alt-weeklies; or (3) the band members themselves, maybe. And yet Coffee & Donuts are an integral part of the early-â&#x20AC;&#x2122;90s Sonoma County musical quilt, one that blankets jazz, punk and psychedelia. Their legacy exists only on one out-of-print compilation and a muffled, endlessly dubbed practice cassette; their reunion is a history lesson, a chance to ďŹ ll in the gaps. Likewise for the Louies, a funk juggernaut thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got no recordings out there. Throw in reunions by local 1990s bands Punch the Clown, Jr. Anti-Sex League, Edaline, Headboard and Seven-Year Winter, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got Nostalgia Fest 2012â&#x20AC;&#x201D;headlined by the almighty Victims Family. There have been three of these Nostalgia Fests, all beneďŹ ting good causes. This year, proceeds go to the newborn son of Tony Evjenth, a well-loved skater and team manager who died suddenly last year. Add it all up, and, yes, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a really big event.

When announcements like this arrive every week, and when the time retroactive to the band breaking up in the ďŹ rst place to their inevitable cash-in reunion gets shorter and shorter, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re allowed to get weary. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re allowed to grumble about too many band

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be tomorrowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s schools.â&#x20AC;? Musicians and actors make appearances in spots, and Bay Area shredder Buckethead rips it up on a few songs, one of which seems particularly tailored to his dark, haunting, melancholy style. Unfortunately, he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite ďŹ t in with the rest of the album, while most other guests blend in with Bootsyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crazy jams just ďŹ ne. In fact, spoken-word tracks make up a sizable bulk of the record. Samuel L. Jackson tells a story about growing up in Los Angeles and being a kid with music always around him; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not very interesting, but Jackson speaks so musically it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter what he says. Snoop Dogg is in this category as well, and does his thing for half a song, saying nothing of consequence but sounding awesome doing it. The most unexpected guest star is banjo master Bela Fleck, plucking away on the R&B groove â&#x20AC;&#x153;If Looks Could Killâ&#x20AC;? with MC ZionPlanet-10 and drummer Dennis Chambers. There are several tributes on the album. George Duke and Ron Carter combine the swing of jazz with a dance beat groove on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Jazz Greats (A Tribute to Jazz).â&#x20AC;? George Clinton and Linda Shider appear on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Garry Shider Tribute.â&#x20AC;? And on â&#x20AC;&#x153;JBâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Still the Man,â&#x20AC;? the Rev. Al Sharpton orates for two minutes about James Brown while some of the funkiest grooves this side of the Chocolate Nebula set the scene. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He changed music as we know it,â&#x20AC;? says the Reverend. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He changed the beat from a twofour to a one-three. He taught the world to be on the one.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The oneâ&#x20AC;? is a prevailing message throughout the album, referring to the musical term denoting the beginning (or, in this case, also the end) of a beat. Considering the reverence with which Bootsy speaks of the idea, though, it feels like more than just music. It feels like a spiritual message. It feels like an existential idea. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all wrapped in star-shaped sunglasses and sparkly pants.



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Birth 2012 Celebrate new era of conscious co-creation with Steven Halpern, Francis Rico, Blue Moon Band, Teresa Tudury, Love Choir, Hubbub Club and many others. Dec 22, 5-11pm. $10. Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris St, Sebastopol. 707.823.1511.


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Your favorite local bands from the 90s reunite for one night with Victims Family, Edaline, Punch the Clown, Coffee & Donuts, the Louies, Headboard, Jr. Anti-Sex League and Seven Year Winter. Dec 22, 5pm. $15. Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

Renaissance Glory Countertenor Chris Fritzche and soprano Carol Menke sing with others backed by an orchestra of period instruments. Dec 22, 3pm. $15. Church of the Incarnation,

550 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.579.2604.

MARIN COUNTY Beach Party Freak Out Percussionist Narada Michael Waldenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual benefit Holiday Jam includes special guest Sammy Hagar and many others. Dec 21, 8pm. $75-$175. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Maria Muldaur Singer made famous by her 1974 hit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Midnight at the Oasisâ&#x20AC;? performs holiday favorites in bluesy style. Dec 22, 8:30pm. $20. Rancho Nicasio, Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

E. W. Wainwright Jazz drummer celebrates Kwanzaa in kids celebration with music and dance in two separate performances while admission to museum is free all day. Dec 26, 11am and 1pm. Free; ticket required, get there early. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Rd, Cavallo Point, Sausalito. 415.339.3900.

Willie Kâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christmas Show Hawaiian guitar virtuoso sings the songs of the holidays. Dec 20, 8pm. $20. Rancho Nicasio, Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

NAPA COUNTY Bootsy Collins & the Funk Unity Band The original funk â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roll wild child, the Godzilla-toned high minister of the all-powerful â&#x20AC;&#x153;one,â&#x20AC;? Parliament Funkadelic bassist with his own group. Dec 21, 8pm. $45-$55. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

VOENA: Voices of the Season Bay Area multicultural childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s choir with original holiday musical arrangements, festive choreography and theatrics. Dec 22, 7:30pm. $35. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Willie Kâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christmas Show Hawaiian guitarist and singer brings his island style to Napa. Dec 19, 8pm. $25-$30. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Clubs & Venues SONOMA COUNTY Aqus Cafe Dec 21, Swing Interlude. Dec 22, Mad Merries. Dec 23, Mysterious Travelers. Fourth Wednesday of every month, Bluegrass Jam. Third Wednesday of every month, West Coast Singer Songwriter Competition. 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.

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Barley & Hops Tavern Fri, Jen Tucker. 3688 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental. 707.874.9037.

Coffee Catz Third Friday of every month, 7pm, West Coast Songwriters showcase. Sat, 2pm, Bluegrass jam. 6761 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.6600.

Epicurean Connection Third Thursday of every month, words, strings and wild things open mic. 122 West Napa St, Sonoma. 707.935.7960.

First Edition Sun, Open Mic Night hosted by Carl and Paul Green. 1420 E Washington Ave, Petaluma. 707.775.3200.

Flamingo Lounge Dec 21, Sugarfoot. Dec 22, B-4 Dawn. Sun, 7pm, salsa with lessons. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

Friar Tuck’s Fri, DJ Mike. Wed, Sat, karaoke. 8201 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.792.9847.

Hopmonk Sonoma Dec 19, Open Mic. Dec 21, Clay Bell. Dec 22, Prisma Trova. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.

Jam Night with the Boomers. 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.2343.

201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

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Dec 22, David Gans & Andre de Channes. Thurs, Open Mic. Third Friday of every month, Redwood Combo. Fourth Sunday of every month, Old Time Music. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.

Sun, Kit Mariah’s open mic. 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.

Mavericks Dec 21, Hellhounds. Dec 23, Collaboration Jazz Band. 397 Aviation Blvd, Santa Rosa. 707.765.2515.

Mc T’s Bullpen Thurs, 9pm, karaoke with Country Dan. Fri, DJ Alexander. 16246 First St, Guerneville. 707.869.3377.

Monroe Dance Hall Thurs, Sun, Circles ‘n Squares Dance Club. 1400 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.529.5450.

Murphy’s Irish Pub Dec 20, Jaydub & Dino. Dec 21, Jami Jamison Band, Joyride. Dec 22, High Country. Dec 23, EZ Kewl. Wed, trivia night. 464 First St E, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.

Riverside Bistro Fri, Jazz on the River with the Peter Welker Sextet. 54 E Washington St, Petaluma. 707.773.3200.

Society: Culture House Thurs, Casa Rasta. 528 Seventh St, Santa Rosa, No phone.

Spancky’s Dec 21, Nothing to Lose. Thurs, 9pm, DJ Dray Lopez. 8201 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.664.0169.

Spreckels Performing Arts Center Dec 22, Sing-Along Messiah. 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. 707.588.3400.

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Thurs, 7:30pm, Rubber Chicken Open Mic. 1810 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.829.3403.

Wed, Sonoma County Blues Society live music. 446 B St, Santa Rosa. 707.544.8277.

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

Fourth Sunday of every month, Ian Scherer. 116 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.544.8623.

Phoenix Theater Dec 22, Nostalgia Fest with Victim’s Family, Edaline and others. Wed, 6pm, Jazz jam. Sun, 5pm, rock and blues jam.


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Music ( 27 Birthday Bash. Thurs, DJ Dave. 8210 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7878.

MARIN COUNTY 142 Throckmorton Theatre Dec 21, Beach Party Freak Out with Narada Michael Walden, Sammy Hagar, others. Dec 23, the Coverlettes. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Hopmonk Tavern Session Room Dec 21, Cast of Clowns. Dec 22, Dgiin. Wed, Open Mic. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415-8926200.

19 Broadway Club Dec 19, Bubba’s Taxi. Dec 20, the Examples. Dec 21, Tea Leaf Green. Dec 22, Buddy Owen. Mon, 9pm, open mic. TThird Friday of every month, Reggae and dancehall. Sat, Sean Hannan & Friends. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

No Name Bar Tues, 8:30pm, open mic with Damir. Fri, 9pm, Michael Aragon Quartet. Sun, 3pm, Mal Sharpe’s Dixieland. 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.1392.

Dec 22, Maria Muldaur. Dec 23, Freddy Clarke. Dec 24, the Priesthood. Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

Sausalito Seahorse Dec 20, Donna D’Acuti. Dec 21, Firewheel. Dec 22, Beautiful Losers. Dec 23, Candela. Mon, local talent onstage. Tues, jazz jam. Wed, Marcello and Seth. Sun, salsa class. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito.

Sleeping Lady Dec 19, Rhythmatics. Dec 20, Steve Wolf, Teja Bell, David Smadbeck and Iseult Jordan. Dec 21, Elephant Listening Project. Dec 22, Riffat Sultan. Dec 23, Namely Us. Dec 26, Youth Music Showcase Alumni. Third Wednesday of every month, Biambu’s Groove Room Jam. Sat, Uke Jam. Sun, 2pm, Irish music. 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.485.1182.

Smiley’s Dec 20, Keley Peterson & Erik Smyth. Dec 21, Miles Schon. Dec 22, Free Peoples. Wed, Larry’s karaoke. Sun, open mic. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311.

Station House Cafe Dec 23, the Sorentinos. 11180 State Route 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1515.

Sweetwater Music Hall Dec 19, San Francisco Music Club. Dec 21, Christmas Jug Band. Dec 23, Hot Club of Marin. Every other Wednesday, Wednesday Night Live. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

NAPA COUNTY Brannan’s Grill Fri-Sun, Herb Gibson. 1347 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.2233.

Napa Valley Opera House Dec 19, Willie K Christmas Show. Dec 20, Windham Hill Winter Solstice. Dec 22, VOENA: Voices of the Season. 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Silo’s Dec 19, Tim Hockenberry. Dec 20, Brittany Bexton. Dec 21, Soul Train Xmas Dance Party. Dec 22, ChrismaCabaretNukkah. Dec 24, Wesla Whitfield & Mike Greensill. Dec 26, West Coast Songwriters Competition. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

Uptown Theatre Dec 21, Bootsy Collins & the Funk Unity Band. 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Old Western Saloon Dec 21, Eldon Brown Band. Main Street, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1661.

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Dec 21, Ken Cook Trio. Dec 22, Suzanna Smith. Dec 23, David Sturdevant & John Stafford. Dec 26, Suzahn Feiring. Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sun, Live music. 37 Caledonia St, Sausalito.

Panama Hotel Restaurant Dec 19, Amanda Addleman. Dec 23, Natalie John. 4 Bayview St, San Rafael. 415.457.3993.

Peri’s Silver Dollar Dec 21, Tommy Odetto & Friends. Dec 22, Droptones. Dec 23, Slowpoke. Dec 26, Eric Meade & Friends. Mon, acoustic open mic. Third Wednesday of every month, Elvis Johnson Soul Review. Third Thursday of every month, Rahman’s Songwriters in the Round. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.

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Dec 20, Willie K’s Christmas Show. Dec 21, Leah Tysse.

Rufus & Martha Wainwright Christmas-themed sibling revelry with Emmylou Harris, Van Dyke Parks and others. Dec 19 at the Fox Theater.

The Musical Box Meticulous recreation of the Genesis “Lamb Lies Down on Broadway” tour. Dec 21-22 at the Regency Ballroom.

Murder City Devils Late nights, dripping candles, dark squalor and drenched guitars from the Pacific Northwest. Dec 20-21 at Slim’s.

Dredg Los Gatos’ finest play the album “Catch Without Arms” in its entirety. Dec. 20 at Great American Music Hall.

Tony! Toni! Toné! Bring back that New Jack Swing for the holidays with reformed group (minus Raphael Saadiq). Dec 21-23 at Yoshi’s Oakland.

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SONOMA COUNTY Art Changes Life Through Dec 31, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Deep Listening, Songs from the Earth,â&#x20AC;? mixed-media paintings by Richard K Bacon; also, paintings by Kristin Gustavson, photographs by Ananda Fierro, encaustic by Caterina Martinico and prints by Linda Shelp. 954 Gravenstein Hwy S, Sebastopol. 707.824.8881.

Arts Guild of Sonoma Through Dec 31, â&#x20AC;&#x153;December Invitational,â&#x20AC;? including new work by guild members. 140 E Napa St, Sonoma. WedThurs and Sun-Mon, 11 to 5; Fri-Sat, 11 to 8. 707.996.3115.

Calabi Gallery Through Dec 31, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Extraordinaryâ&#x20AC;? features the work of various artists on the narrow theme of life and death. 144 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. Wed-Sun, 11 to 5. 707.781.7070.

Charles M Schulz Museum Through Feb 3, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Art of Peanuts Animationâ&#x20AC;? features 16 never-before-displayed Peanuts drawings and cels, including five cels rescued from Schulzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1966 studio fire. Through Apr 1, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peanuts Celebrationsâ&#x20AC;? highlights 70 original strips which celebrate the major holidays throughout the year and features the history of the Peanutsthemed balloons in Macyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Through Apr 28, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Useable, Loveable Peanuts,â&#x20AC;? highlights from 33 years of Peanuts products plus the licensing and manufacturing stories behind them. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. Mon-Fri, noon to 5; SatSun, 10 to 5. 707.579.4452.

Doorway Gallery & Artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Studio Through Dec 31, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reno Confidential: All Inâ&#x20AC;? features paintings, ceramics, prints and works in stone by Darryl Ponicsan. 254 First St E, Sonoma. 415.309.7440.

EarthRise Center Through Dec 21, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Intimationsâ&#x20AC;? features works on paper by Carol Duchamp. Free.

Through Dec 20, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Altered Group Exhibitâ&#x20AC;? features local artists creating alternative and abstract art. Featuring work from Ricky Watts, Sean Nichols, Adam Springer, Saif Azzuz, Roman Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Argenzio and others. Through Dec 20, The work of ceramic artist Kathy Pallie. 2060 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. Mon-Fri, 8 to 7; Sat, 9 to 1 707.543.3737.

Gallery of Sea & Heaven Through Feb 2, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Lights Exhibit and Sale,â&#x20AC;? Becoming Independentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two- and threedimensional arts and crafts. 312 South A St, Santa Rosa. Thurs-Sat, noon to 5 and by appointment. 707.578.9123.

Graton Gallery Through Jan 13, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prelude 2013,â&#x20AC;? featuring work by Bruce Hopkins, James Freed, Sandra Rubin and others. 9048 Graton Rd, Graton. Tues-Sun, 10:30 to 6. 707.829.8912.

Hammerfriar Gallery Through Dec 24, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Forwardâ&#x20AC;? features the work of 13 contemporary conceptual artists, including Chris Beards, Seymour Bergman and others. 132 Mill St, Ste 101, Healdsburg. Tues-Fri, 10 to 6. Sat, 10 to 5. 707.473.9600.

Healdsburg Museum Through Jan 6, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Magical Toyland,â&#x20AC;? nostalgic fun for anyone born from 1860 to 1960 featuring toys, games and dollhouses. 221 Matheson St, Healdsburg. Tues-Sun, 11 to 4. 707.431.3325.

Neon Raspberry Art House Through Dec 31, 6pm, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blind Passengerâ&#x20AC;? fall 2012 show features Nicole Markoffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s project and new oil paintings from Colorado-based painter Erin Donnelly. Free. 3605 Main St, Occidental. 707 874 2100.

New Leaf Gallery Through Jan 6, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nature Abstractedâ&#x20AC;? features metal sculpture inspired by nature by Matt Devine, Jon Krawczyk and Rob Lorenson. Cornerstone Place, 23588 Hwy 121, Sonoma. Daily, 10 to 5. 707.933.1300.

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RiskPress Gallery Through Dec 23, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seen, Heard,â&#x20AC;? photographs by Nick Smith and recordings by Donna Tauscher. 7345 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol. No phone.


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Riverfront Art Gallery Through Jan 6, â&#x20AC;&#x153;California Photo Adventures,â&#x20AC;? photographs by Lance Kuehne. Through Jan 6, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wildlife as Art,â&#x20AC;? photographs by Jim Coda. 132 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. Wed, Thurs and Sun, 11 to 6. FriSat, 11 to 8. 707.775.4ART.

Rohnert Park Community Center Through Jan 7, Photographs by Rich Arik and paintings by Dearca Devo. 5401 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. Mon-Thurs, 8 to 9; Fri, 8 to 5. 707.584.7357.

Sebastopol Gallery Through Jan 13, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trees and Trinkets: Obtainable Artâ&#x20AC;? features the functional tableware of Kalia Kilbana. 150 N Main St, Sebastopol. Open daily, 11 to 6. 707.829.7200.

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Sonoma Valley Museum of Art Through Dec 30, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Art of Handmade Paperâ&#x20AC;? offers glimpse into historical practice of papermaking with large display of rare Japanese papers. Through Dec 30, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coastal Echoesâ&#x20AC;? features the new works of respected painter Larry Thomas. 551 Broadway, Sonoma. WedSun, 11 to 5. 707.939.SVMA.

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Bay Model Visitor Center Through Jan 4, Photographer E Loren Soderbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s works on display. 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.3871.

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Johnson. 48 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. Fri, 1 to 5; Sat-Sun, noon to 5; and by appointment. 415.868.0330.

Book Passage Through Feb 28, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tom Killion Woodcut Prints,â&#x20AC;? Marin County artist and owned of Quail Press. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 415.927.0960.

Gallery Bergelli Through Jan 1, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winter Group Show,â&#x20AC;? new work by gallery artists Alberto Ludwig, Braulio Delgado, James Leonard and others. 483 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.945.9454.

Marin Community Foundation Through Feb 5, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Works on Waterâ&#x20AC;? features the work of 30 artists exploring the aesthetics and politics of water. 5 Hamilton Landing, Ste 200, Novato. Open Mon-Fri, 9 to 5.

Marin MOCA Through Jan 12, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Actuality, Reminiscence and Fabrication,â&#x20AC;? new photography by Deborah Sullivan. Novato Arts Center, Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Dr, Novato. Wed-Sun, 11 to 4. 415.506.0137.

Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Hanlon Center for the Arts Through Dec 27, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art of the Spirit,â&#x20AC;? entries may address the spiritual world, politics, ecology, ritual, myth, mysticism or spiritual expression. Through Dec 27, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dream

Landscapes,â&#x20AC;? mixed-media works by Dr Peller Marion. 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. Tues-Sat, 10 to 2; also by appointment. 415.388.4331.

Rebound Bookstore Through Jan 10, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phases of the Moonâ&#x20AC;? features various artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; found images and abstract works in the many shapes of the moon. 1641 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.482.0550.

San Geronimo Valley Community Center Through Dec 21, â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Our Family: Portraits of All Kinds of Families,â&#x20AC;? by photographer Gigi Kaeser with text written by Peggy Gillespie and Rebekah Boyd. 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo. 415.488.8888.

Seager Gray Gallery Through Dec 30, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyday Saints,â&#x20AC;? carved wooden figures by Joe Brubaker. 23 Sunnyside Ave, Mill Valley. Tues-Sat; 11 to 6. Fri-Sat, 11 to 7; Sun, 12 to 5. 415.384.8288.

NAPA COUNTY di Rosa Through Jan 27, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Renaissance on Fillmoreâ&#x20AC;? examines San Franciscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upper Fillmore district through 1955-â&#x20AC;&#x2122;65 with the work of 17 artists who either lived or worked in the building at 2322 Fillmore. 5200 Sonoma Hwy, Napa. Wed-Sun, 10am to 6pm 707.226.5991.

Downtown Napa

Gordon Huether Gallery Through Jan 18, “Atatürk” series, Gordon Huether’s latest work, on display with a selection of Turkish rugs. 1465 First Street, Napa. 707.255.5954.

Grand Hand Gallery Through Dec 31, “Out of the Woods,” Wood Sculpture for Home and Garden by Freeland Tanner. 1136 Main St, Napa. No phone.

Hess Collection Winery Ongoing, outstanding private collection featuring work by Franz Gertsch, Robert Motherwell and other modern masters. 4411 Redwood Rd, Napa. Daily, 10 to 5:15. 707.255.1144.

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purchase. Dec 19, 9pm. Gaia’s Garden, 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491.

Santa Rosa Comedy Nights Comedy open mic hosted by MC Ricky Del Rosario. Third Thurs of every month. Free. Heritage Public House, 1305 Cleveland Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.540.0395.

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 Breakfast with Santa Complimentary photos, music and festive fun. Sat, 9-11am. through Dec 22. Free. Costeaux French Bakery, 417 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg.

Dec 20, “A Quilt for All Seasons,” an exhibition of seasonal quilts, including patchwork and appliquéd designs with styles ranging from traditional to contemporary. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. Wed-Mon, 10 to 5. 707.944.0500.

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Kid-friendly activities. Dec 19, gingerbread houses; Dec 21, Victorian egg ornaments; Dec 28 paper insects; Jan 2, pine cone bird feeder; Jan 4, sew what? Wed, Dec 19, 1-3pm and Fri, Dec 21, 1-3pm. $7. Napa Valley Museum, 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. 707.944.0500.

Ongoing, dioramas depicting 1860s life at Brannan Hot Springs Resort, stagecoach, restored cottage and Disney producer Ben Sharpsteen’s Oscar. $3 donation. 1311 Washington St, Calistoga. Daily, 11 to 4. 707.942.5911.

Silverado Museum Ongoing, tribute to Robert Louis Stevenson includes original letters, manuscripts, photographs and memorabilia. 1490 Library Lane, St Helena. Tues-Sun, noon to 4. 707.963.3757.

Snow flurries, 175 decorated trees and holiday music create a holly, jolly atmosphere. Through Dec 31. Free. Windsor Town Green, Bell Road and McClelland Drive, Windsor.

Discovery Days for Kids

Forgotten Felines Mobile Adoptions Altered, vaccinated, healthy cats and kittens ready to take home. Sat, 10am-3pm. $60. Oliver’s Market, 560 Montecito Center, Santa Rosa. 707.537.7123.

and gifts to warm your heart, head and tummy. Dec 22, 9am4:30pm. $25. Charles M Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452.

Holiday Wonderland Open House Artist Susan Bellach transforms the Sebastiani Theatre into a magical winter holiday fairyland. Dec 26, 4pm. Free. Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St E, Sonoma. 707.996.9756.

Kids Cook with Peanuts Make waffles in the shape of Peanuts characters. Dec 26, 9am. $25. Charles M Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452.

Le Cabaret, Danse Du Ventre Turn-of-the-century Frenchinspired cabaret and hookah lounge featuring local and international belly dance talent. Dec 23, 6pm. $15. Aubergine, 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2722.

Low Cost Physicals Family physicals for adults and children on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Ongoing. $20-$65. Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2880.

Santa Kelley Photo-Op Made Local Marketplace cofounder Kelley Rajala dons a Santa suit and poses for pictures. Thurs, 3-6pm and Sun, 1-4pm. through Dec 23. Free. The Share Exchange, 531 5th st., Santa Rosa, 707.331.6850.

Senior Ballroom Dance Featuring music by Steve Luther DJ on Dec 19. 1pm. $7. Finley Community Center, 2060 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3737.

West Coast Live Live radio broadcast with special guests. Fri, 10am. $12$20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Guys’ Shopping Night

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Beer, chips, salsa and a fun shopping experience for the bros. Dec 20, 5-7pm. Free. Grand Hand Gallery, 1136 Main St, Napa, No phone.

Field Trips

Brandon Revels hosts this evening of standup comedy featuring local talent. Third Fri of every month, 9pm. $10. Jasper O’Farrell’s, 6957 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2062.

Handmade for the Holidays

Bird Walk

Goodies galore up for sale. Through Jan 6, 2013. Free. Healdsburg Center for the Arts, 130 Plaza St, Healdsburg. 707.431.1970.

Try to spot the Rockin’ Robin or the Boogie-Woogie Bluebird. Dec 20, 8:30am. $7 parking. Spring Lake Park, 391 Violetti Dr, Santa Rosa. 707.527.4465.

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Creek Ponds led by Petaluma Wetlands Alliance. Dec 22, 9am. Free. Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility, 3890 Cypress Drive Ave, Petaluma.

and Sun, 8am-1pm. Marin Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Dr, San Rafael. 800.897.3276.

Friday Night Bites Interactive classes with tastes every Fri at 6. $75. Fri. Cavallo Point, 601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito. 888.651.2003.

Harvest Market

Film Barrymore No longer a leading box office star, John Barrymore reckons with the ravages of his life of excess. Sat, Dec 22, 10am. $16-$23. Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley St, Sebastopol. 707.525.4840.

Cult Movie Series Dec 20, Double feature of “Bad Santa” and “The Ref.” $10. 7pm. Roxy Stadium 14, 85 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.527.7699 .

Selling local and seasonal fruit, flowers, vegetables and eggs. Sat, 9am-1pm. Harvest Market, 19996 Seventh St E, Sonoma. 707.996.0712.

Redwood Empire Farmers Market Sat, 9am-noon and Wed, 9am-noon. Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa.

Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market Sat, 9am-1pm and Wed, 9am1pm. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.522.8629.

Free Christmas Movies With the donation of one toy or non-perishable food item, see Christmas movie of your choice for free on Wednesday, Dec 19. Roxy Stadium 14, ‘Elf.’ Airport Cinemas, ‘Polar Express.’ Summerfield Cinemas, ‘A Christmas Story.’ Third Street Cinemas, ‘Christmas Vacation.’ Raven Film Center, ‘The Grinch.’ Showtimes at noon, 2:15, 4:30, 7:00 and 9:15. Cash donations will be matched up to $5,000 to Redwood Empire Food Bank or Boys & Girls Club. For info.

Hitchcock Film & Fork series, including dinner and discussion at Cindy’s Backstreet and feature film. Dec 20, 5:30pm. $40. Cameo Cinema, 1340 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.3946.

White Christmas The 1954 holiday classic revived on the big screen. Wed, Dec 19, 1pm. $8. Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St E, Sonoma. 707.996.9756.

Food & Drink Civic Center Farmers Market Sun at 10am, “Eat Local 101” provides walking tour with information, cooking advice and ideas inspired by locally grown foods. Thurs, 8am-1pm

For Kids American Canyon Library Preschool storytime. Tues, 10:30am. Free. American Canyon Library, 3421 Broadway (Highway 29), American Canyon. 707.644.1136.

Bay Area Discovery Museum Ongoing, “Animal Secrets.” Hands-on art, science and theater camps, art studio, tot spot and lookout cove adventure area. Wed-Thurs at 10 and 11, music with Miss Kitty. $5-$6. Fri at 11, aquarium feeding. Ongoing. Admission, $8-$10. Bay Area Discovery Museum, Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds Rd, Sausalito. 415.339.3900.

Central Library Babytime, Tues at 10:15. Storytime for toddlers, Tues at 11. Preschool storytime, Fri at 11. Tues-Fri. Free. Central Library, Third and E streets, Santa Rosa. 707.545.0831.

Chops Teen Club Hang-out spot for Santa Rosa teens ages 12 to 20 offers art studio and class, open gym, tech lounge, cafe, recording studio and film club. Hours for high schoolers: Mon-Thurs, 3 to 9; Fri, 3 to 11; Sat and school holidays, noon to 11. For middle school kids: Mon-Fri, 3 to 7; Sat and school holidays, noon to 7. Film club meets Tues at

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Cloverdale Library Tues at 10:30, preschool storytime. Ongoing. Cloverdale Library, 401 N Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale. 707.894.5271.

Healdsburg Library Babytime and preschool storytime. Tues, 10am. Free. Healdsburg Library, 139 Piper St, Healdsburg. 707.433.3772.

Museum Mondays Children ages one to five and their families are invited to enjoy storytime, arts, crafts and museum activities. Fourth Mon of every month, 10am. Free-$5. Charles M Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452.

Northwest Regional Library preschool storytime. Mon, 10:30am. Northwest Regional Library, 150 Coddingtown Center, Santa Rosa. 707.546.2265.

Petaluma Library Tues at 10, storytime for ages three to five; at 3, read to a specially trained dog from PAWS for Healing. Wed at 10, babytime; at 7, evening pajama storytime in Spanish and English. Fri at 10, storytime for toddlers. Sat at 4, parent-child reading group for second- and third-graders. Tues-WedFri. Petaluma Library, 100 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma. 707.763.9801.

Lectures Birth 2012 & Beyond Link across the world in moments of song, prayer, dance and cultural expression. Dec 22, 10:30am-6pm. Free. Unity in Marin, 600 Palm Dr, Hamilton, Novato.

‘JONATHAN’ Wood mosaics and sculpture of ‘Everyday Saints’ by Joe Brubaker are on display at Seager Gray Gallery through Dec. 30. See Galleries, p30.

$35. Flamingo Lounge, 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa, RSVP. 707.522.9399.

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Personal-evolution coach Edward Mills leads ongoing meetings. Wed at 7, weekly presentation and exercises to help single folks find life partner, deeper connections and abundance. Wed, 7pm. $10 donation. Health, Movement and Learning Center, 238 Roberts Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.824.0554.

Ongoing weekly classes for all levels include guided meditation and brief commentary. Tues-Wed at 7:30; also Wed at noon. Sun at 10:30, meditation and prayer practice for world peace; kids welcome. Ongoing. $10 donation. Mahakaruna Buddhist Center, 304 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.766.7720.

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Feel well, energetic and healthy during a cancer journey in weekly drop-in informational support program. Wed. Free. Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, 4020 Bel Aire Plaza, Napa. 707.253.0970.

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Drop-in group meditation for beginners and advanced. Tues, 7pm. Free. Yountville Community Hall, 6516 Washington St, Yountville. 415.717.4943.

Mindful meditation and sharing experiences for benefit of mothers and their children. Wed, 8:30am. $10. Shambhala Meditation Center, 255 West Napa St Ste G, Sonoma.


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Learn about utility improvements that can save thousands of dollars. Fourth Wed of every month, 6pm. Free. Sonoma Mountain Village Event

Recognizing Paul Wirtz from Paul’s Produce (and previously Oak Hill Farm), who this year celebrates 25 years at the Sonoma farmers market. Dec

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Supportive community of women in business hosts a breakfast meeting featuring keynote speakers on the third Fri of each month, 7:45 to 9:30. Third Fri of every month. $25-

20, 6:30pm. Free. Sonoma Valley Grange Hall, 18627 Sonoma Hwy, Boyes Hot Springs.

Mindful Parenting LifeWorks presents weekly parenting classes. Thurs at 6:30. $10. Prestwood Elementary School, 342 MacArthur St, Sonoma. 707.568.2300, ext 19.

Parent/Child Classes Jewish Family and Children’s Services offers family activities and parenting classes. Tues and Thurs, 10 to 11:30, drop-in playtime. $6; no registration necessary. Ongoing. Parents Place, 600 Fifth Ave, San Rafael. 415.491.7959.

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Parents Place Nonsectarian parenting classes; registration required unless otherwise noted. Wed at 1, postpartum blues and depression support group for moms and babies. $15. Fri at 10, drop-in playtime for ages toddler to five years. $6. Ongoing. JFCS Sonoma County, 1360 N Dutton Ave, Ste C, Santa Rosa. 707.571.8131.

Sebastopol Buddhist Meditation Sun at 1, beginning-level Tibetan Buddhist meditation group. Call for info or directions. Sun, 1pm. Donations accepted. Kagyu Takten Puntsokling, 5594 Volkerts Rd, Sebastopol. 707.824.4637, ext 2.

Sebastopol Senior Center Talks and events. Free unless otherwise noted. Mon at 2:30, help for caregivers. Tues at 1, beginning conversational Spanish class. $6; at 1:30; at 2, intermediate conversation Spanish class, $6. Wed at 5, qigong, $6. Thurs at 11:15, yoga, $6. Ongoing. Sebastopol Senior Center, 167 High St, Sebastopol. 707.829.2440.

of sentencing guidelines and political climate in California. Ongoing. Free. San Quentin, State Prison, San Quentin, Call to attend. 415.455.5008.

Shooty Babbitt & Bip Roberts Baseball players in conversation with Bruce Macgowan. Dec 19, 7:30pm. $12-$15. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Tech Talk Tuesdays Bring your IT problems and solutions to freewheeling open discussion with tech pros and those with tech woes, every Tues at 7. Tues. Free. Peet’s Coffee and Tea, 3678 Bel Aire Plaza, Napa. 707.254.7690.

month, 2pm, Sitting Room book club. 707.823.3477. 170 E Cotati Ave, Cotati.


Theater It’s a Wonderful Life Musical play based on the classic movie. Times vary. Thurs-Sun through Dec 23. $15-$32. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

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Jacob Marley was dead, to begin with, but what happens to Scrooge’s mean, sour, pruny old business partner after that? Fri-Sat, 8pm and Sun, 2pm. through Dec 23. $15. Pegasus Theater Company, Rio Nido Lodge, Canyon Two Rd, Rio Nido.

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Third Thursday of every month, Marin Poetry Center hosts open reading and workshops, Nov 15, Daniel Polikoff speaks on “Rilke: A Poetic History.” Free. www.marinpoetrycenter. org. 1408 Mission Ave, San Rafael.

Habitat Books Third Wednesday of every month, 6:30pm, poetry reading series. $5 donation. 205 Second St, Sausalito 415.331.3344.

Point Reyes Books Fourth Monday of every month, Spanish book group. 11315 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station 415.663.1542.

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Part standup, part oneman show featuring Brad Zimmerman. Dec 20, 8pm. $20$23. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

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For the week of December 19

ARIES (March 21–April 19) Isaac Newton is regarded as one of the most influential scientists in history. But the time he spent as a member of the English Parliament was undistinguished. The only public comment he ever made while serving there was a request to close the window because he was cold. Basketball star Michael Jordan had a similar schism. In the prime of his outstanding career, he took a year off to try playing baseball, which he did poorly. After analyzing 2013’s astrological aspects, Aries, I’m guessing that you should cultivate a firm intention to avoid doing what Newton and Jordan did. Keep playing to your strengths and emphasizing what you love. Don’t get sidetracked by peripheral concerns. TAURUS (April 20–May 20)

In 2013, I’d like to help you cultivate an even more reliable relationship with your intuitions and hunches than you already have. You may not need much guidance from me, since the astrological omens indicate this will happen quite naturally. There’s another kind of inspiration I hope to offer you in the coming months: clues about how to be “bad” in ways that will give your goodness more vigor. And when I say “bad,” I’m not referring to nastiness or insensitivity, but rather to wildness and playfulness and experimentation. Here’s one further service I want to provide, Taurus: helping you build a greater capacity to receive gifts, blessings and support.

GEMINI (May 21–June 20) In the year 1900, few people believed that human beings would ever fly through the sky in machines. Most scientists thought that such a feat was impossible. For years, the Wright Brothers had a hard time convincing anyone to believe their flights were actually taking place, even though they had photos and witness reports as documentation. Although the leap you’ll be capable of in 2013 isn’t quite as monumental as the Wright Brothers’, it could be pretty important in the history of your own life. You may also have to deal with skepticism akin to what they had to face. Be true to your vision, Gemini! CANCER (June 21–July 22)

In 2013, I predict you will see why it’s wise to phase out an influence you have loved to hate for far too long. Uncoincidentally, you will also have a talent for purging emotional burdens and psychic debris that you’ve been holding on to since the bad old days. No later than your birthday, if all goes well, you will be free from a subtle curse you’ve been casting on yourself; you will finally be attending to one of your long-neglected needs; and you will have turned some rather gawky, half-assed wizardry into a smooth and silky magic.

LEO (July 23–August 22) In 2013, I pledge to help you raise your lovability. It’s not that you are unlovable now, of course, but there’s always room for improvement, right? And if people become even more attracted to you than they already are, then you’re likely to get a lot of collaborative and cooperative work done. You will thrive as you and your allies work on projects that make your corner of the world a better and more interesting place. So what are the first three actions you could take to raise your lovability? VIRGO (August 23–September 22)

First question: Have you ever thought to yourself, “I’m afraid I will never achieve my noblest dreams or live according to my highest ideas”? Answer: There’s a very good chance that in the coming year you will banish that fear from the sacred temple of your imagination. Second question: Have you ever wondered if maybe you unconsciously undermine the efforts of people who are trying to assist you? Answer: In the coming months you should discover exactly what to do to prevent such a thing from happening. Third question: Do you know the single most important question you should be asking in 2013? Answer: I predict you will figure that out sometime in the next three weeks.

LIBRA (September 23–October 22)

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In 2013, I will be encouraging you to journey into the frontiers and experiment with the unknown. I will seek to inspire you to go in search of teachings you’ve needed for a long time. Are you ready for this expansion, Libra? Are you feeling a natural urge to explore forbidden

zones and discover missing secrets and mess with your outmoded taboos? As you might imagine, doing this work would motivate you to develop a healthier relationship with your fears. To bolster your courage, I suggest you find some new freedom songs to sing.

SCORPIO (October 23–November 21)

In 2013, I will do what I can to ensure that your fiscal biorhythms are in close alignment with the universal cash flow. You should have pretty good instincts about this worthy project yourself, Scorpio. And so there’s an excellent chance that your wealth will increase. The upgrade will be especially dramatic if you are constantly scheming about how you can share your riches and benefit other people with your generosity. I think there will also be an interesting fringe benefit if you maintain maximum integrity as you enhance your access to valuable resources; you will develop a more useful relationship with your obsessive tendencies.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21) In 2013, I pledge to conspire with you to achieve more mixtures, connections, accords and unifications than you ever thought possible. I will furthermore be a fount of suggestions about how you can live well in two worlds. I will coach you to create a peace treaty with your evil twin and your nemesis, and I will help you develop a knack for steering clear of other people’s bad ideas and sour moods. I can’t of course guarantee that you will never again experience a broken heart, but I swear I will do everything I can do to heal the broken part of your heart that you’ve been suffering from. CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19) When he was 21, the Capricorn writer Jack London set off to prospect for gold in the 1897 Klondike Gold Rush. He had a rough time there. Malnourished, he suffered from scurvy and leg pain. To make matters worse, he didn’t find much gold, and returned home broke. On the other hand, he met scores of adventure seekers who told him stories of their travels. These tales served as rich raw material for his novel The Call of the Wild, published in 1903. It made him famous and is generally regarded as his masterpiece. I’m guessing you will begin a similar trajectory in 2013, Capricorn. Events that may at first seem less than successful will ultimately breed a big breakthrough. AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18) I can’t force you to seek more pleasure in 2013. I won’t nag you to play harder and explore the frontiers of feeling really good. However, I will say this: If you don’t plan to put yourself into at least partial alignment with the cosmic mandate to have maximum fun, you may not get the best use out of the advice I’ll be offering though my horoscopes in the coming year. Please consider the possibility of ramping up your capacity for pure enjoyment. PISCES (February 19–March 20) The study of ancient Mayan civilization owes a lot to the fact that Americans started buying lots of chewing gum in the late 19th century. Huh? Here’s the connection: For a long time, chicle was one of the prime ingredients in Chiclets, Juicy Fruit, Bazooka bubble gum, and many other brands of chewing gum. Chicle is obtained from the sap of sapodilla trees, which grow in abundance in Central America and Mexico. Over the decades, workers harvesting the chicle accidentally found many Mayan ruins covered in overgrown vegetation, then told archaeologists about their discoveries. I foresee a metaphorically comparable sequence happening in your life during 2013. In unexpected ways, you will be put back in touch with and benefit from lost, forgotten or unexplored parts of the past.

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