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Rhapsodies Ending the Cycle Preventing violence at its root causes BY MARGARET KOREN


t takes a village to raise a child, and it will take dedicated, creative people from a variety of fields working together to end the cycle of violence so our children can grow up in safety. Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. said, “We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers.” Everybody appears to be talking about gun control, an important consideration, but there is little mention of adopting programs available to us today, utilizing the latest research and successful, cost-saving approaches to reduce crime and violence with a particular focus on our youth at risk. We are lucky to have many pioneers and visionaries in Sonoma County. Public officials are increasingly connecting with community-based organizations, businesses and nonprofits to solve these problems. Violence has its beginnings with innocuous teasing and insensitive remarks, advancing to name calling, racial slurs and bullying, which sadly escalates to many forms of violence, including suicide. It’s therefore increasingly obvious that if we want to prevent violence at its root cause, we have to institute and fund restorative programs in our grade schools where we can begin to treat and dismantle gang psychology and that of the socially maladaptive child. I believe that our security and prosperity is dependent upon it. It takes a village, a county, a community of caring, thoughtful people from all walks of life to communicate, collaborate and cooperate with each other to become a strong voice and ignite positive action to curb the violence. It is time to get more involved and help our leaders “shift away from a more punitive and militaristic mindset towards a more restorative and preventive one,” in the words of the Peace Alliance’s Bob Baskin. We hope that you shall join others who have already begun the work by attending “Walking the Talk: Effective Solutions for Violence Prevention i n Sonoma County,” a forum moderated by Supervisor Mike McGuire, on Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Veterans Memorial Building (1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa), from 7pm to 9pm. Margaret Koren is an RN and a volunteer for the Peace Alliance. Open Mic is a weekly op/ed feature in the Bohemian. We welcome your contribution. To have your topical essay of 350 words considered for publication, write

Weapons of Mass Destruction

Basically, I’m writing in response to letters by Stephen M. Weiss and Mark Groah (“Rhapsodies and Rants,” Jan. 2). But specifically, I am writing about the proliferation of weapons worldwide. Many right-wingers use the Israeli or Swiss example of an armed population when trying to justify arming citizens in the United States. The problem with that is that the Swiss and Israelis are relatively small, homogeneous populations who engage in universal military training before arming their citizens. So the analogy is false. We are a diverse country with a history of gun violence, race hatred and domestic violence, and kill each other more often than we kill armed criminals. As a retired law enforcement officer, I know that untrained civilians, and even trained off-duty police officers, are killed frequently when they attempt to take action against armed assailants. It is better to run and call 911 when faced with an armed opponent. So where better to start disarmament than here at home in the U.S.A.? What better example can we set for the world about getting rid of assault weapons, as the plague they are in a civilized society, than by banning them here at home?


Beauty Treatment The Beauty and the Beast cast did an amazing job (“Top Torn Tix 2012,” Dec. 26)! Not only is the music difficult to live up to, it has held an amazing record on Broadway. Maybe I am biased from being an SRJC student, but I also saw the original Broadway cast of Beauty and the Beast. I know this show very well, and I must remark I have never seen a performance of this musical by a

nonprofessional production that put more energy and enjoyment into the play. Normally, I am bored with school productions of Beauty and the Beast, but thankfully this production team, as well as the cast, created something fresh without simply making a copycat of the original.

This production has been nominated for the American Conservatory Theatre Festival as well as being one of only 10 plays or musicals nominated to perform a scene there. It’s about time the Bohemian recognizes a musical and an SRJC production.


Grange Traditions I just ran across this article (“Estranged Grange,” Nov. 28). I want to thank you for such wonderful testimonies. I’ve been a member of Ripon Grange for almost 60 years. I grew up in it, as my parents were beekeepers here, and my husband and family carry on the tradition. The members all are longtime friends, and the traditions and support for families, small town and farm interests are still on going in this area. Our membership slips a little each year, but we hope to come through in a strong position to build support. The Proposition 37 aspect is one I hadn’t thought of, though. Very interesting!

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WITHDRAWL Graffiti on a downtown Santa Rosa ATM echoes the bank’s recent settlements for mortgage violations.

Where’s the Money? Citizens group calls for Napa County treasury to move funds away from disgraced big banks BY JULIANE POIRIER


utraged citizens are protesting that millions of dollars of Napa County treasury funds are in the hands of banks whose unethical business practices contributed to the 2008 financial meltdown: Bank of America and Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo is being sued by the U.S. government

for fraudulent mortgageissuing practices, and both banks are part of last week’s $8.5 billion settlement with federal regulators for foreclosure violations. Move Our Money is a citizens’ group that, since January of last year, has been investigating county treasury practices and seeking policies for different management of public money. The

group wants public funds to be held instead by institutions that are socially responsible. Paul Moser, 63, is a Move Our Money member who lost much of his retirement in the 2008 meltdown. Moser says this is the first time in his life that he’s participated in activism of any kind. “At my age, it’s kind of difficult to make it all back,” said Moser, who, after the banking failure, spent eight months

picketing in front of Wells Fargo and Bank of America in Napa. “People want Wells Fargo to be about the Old West stagecoach and for Bank of America to be the same institution that granted loans after the earthquake of 1906,” said Moser. “But things are desperately different now. The financial sector is no longer a responsible partner in our society. It’s the kind of shock that is way too disturbing for us to handle.” The pending federal lawsuit against Wells Fargo is an attempt by the U.S. government to gain compensation for money the bank wrongfully obtained as a result of “breach of fiduciary duty, gross negligence and . . . [mortgages] wrongfully certified.” The Los Angeles Times on Dec. 10 reported another lawsuit by defrauded homeowners accusing “Wells Fargo & Co. of reneging on a sweeping mortgage-modification deal” established in a San Jose case in 2010. The city of Napa uses Wells Fargo and Bank of America for checking accounts. Treasurer Tamie Frasier says the treasury amount in investments can fluctuate daily, but on Dec. 7 was over $465 million invested in bonds and treasuries held for safekeeping with Bank of New York. The remaining millions circulate as part of the cash flow. “The amount in checking accounts at Wells Fargo and Bank of America,” Frasier told the Bohemian last month, “is about $8 million in outstanding checks.” (Between July 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012, the county paid $99,000 to Wells Fargo and $3,500 to Bank of America for checking services.) During tax time, incoming tax payments can reach between $15 million and $20 million per day. The Napa County “Monthly Investment Report” from Dec. 2011 shows that on Dec. 15, checking account funds totaling $72,028,011 were used for overnight investment. On Dec. 20, the same investment was made using $56,580,408 in checking account funds. Figures for March 1 shows that $17,525,578 of checking account funds were used. According to Move Our Money co-organizer Gary Orton, the

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;At my age, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of difficult to make it all back.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a depositary function and an investment function of the treasurerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office. When you do the overnight sweep repo, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s investment,â&#x20AC;? says Orton. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The county stopped them. But they could turn around tomorrow and start them up again because there is no policy to stop them; they have no written internal control policy.â&#x20AC;? Frasier explains that the sweeps were stopped because the interest income was not sufficient, and that the funds were not at risk because they were over-collateralized. Frasier adds that the county has been working with Wells Fargo and Bank of America since 2003. The county is now planning to put out a bid so that banks can be chosen according to policy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to put out an RFP [request for proposal], so any bank in the area can respond,â&#x20AC;? says Frasier, who explains that it might be difficult for a small institution to put up the collateral required by state code and supply services required by the county. Orton fears that when the banking services contract goes out to bid, Wells Fargo and Bank of America may underbid smaller institutions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be rewarding the unethical banks,â&#x20AC;? says Orton.


MLK Day 2013 With the theme of â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Would Martin do NOW?,â&#x20AC;? this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sonoma County Marin Luther King birthday celebration takes place one week before the actual holiday. The program features keynote speaker Vince Harper of the Community Action Partnership; other performers and speakers include soon-to-be-retired congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, Afrikan P. featuring Laydee Poetry and the Celebration Mass Choir. In addition, middle and high school students give youth oratories inspired by MLK and a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program is offered for kids ages four to eight. The annual Community Awareness Day led by Community Baptist Church, in which folks are encouraged to pursue the spirit of volunteerism instead of just taking a day of rest, is scheduled as normal for Monday, Jan. 21. For more information about â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Day On, Not a Day Off,â&#x20AC;? call 707.546.0744. Celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Santa Rosa High School Auditorium. 1235 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 4:45pm. Free. 707.795.1044.

Banking on It On Jan. 7, Bank of America reached a $10.3 billion settlement with Fannie Mae for selling bad, mortgage-backed investments. B of A is also one of the big banks ordered to pay into an $8.5 million settlement over wrongful foreclosure practices. The ruling affects 3.8 million people. QualiďŹ ed homeowners will receive $2,237 on average, though some may receive much less. Maryland congressman Elijah Cummings says that the settlement does not account for the true damage done to homeowners and allows banks to â&#x20AC;&#x153;sweep abuses under the rug.â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Leilani Clark

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The new normal for weather—and kindness BY JULIANE POIRIER


s the climate continues to redefine normal, Good Samaritans will continue to redefine kindness to strangers. It was 39 degrees in late December and close to midnight. Shivering in my winter coat on the last train to Princeton Junction, I watched the townships of New Jersey fly past in the frozen night that would turn bright with snow the next morning. To an outsider, it all seemed peaceful. But during my visit, I listened to stories of Hurricane Sandy—its gales that blew all night, knocking down power poles and tearing roofs off houses. My friends who live near Princeton were stranded for six days without electricity or heat during bitter cold weather. For those living on the coast, it was far worse. Before hearing stories from

those affected personally, I’d thought Sandy was over and that life had returned to normal. But many low-income easterners are still stranded. Sandy left millions of people without power in an area of over 900 square miles—that’s 200 plus miles larger than all the nine counties of the Bay Area combined. New Jersey is served by a number of utilities; the company serving the northern region where I was staying had to fix or replace 2,400 power poles and trim or remove 48,000 damaged trees. The power transfer stations along the rivers—previously untouched by storms for 50 to 75 years—were struck with walls of water four feet to eight feet high. By early November, over 4,000 out-ofstate workers had been brought in to help repair the damages and get power turned back on for residents. A report from one utility states, “Hurricane Sandy and the increased frequency of storms like this have now defined a new normal.” If weather disasters are the new normal, then planning our service to others must also become a new normal, as it has for one New Jersey woman who’s considering a very expensive in-house generator—costing over $10,000 installed—as part of her bigger plan to provide a warm storm shelter for her neighbors when the next “normal” hurricane hits. Then there’s the one man whom I’ll call “the Samaritan” (he refuses publicity). He knew that on the coast, where Sandy ripped homes away entirely, those still living in hotel rooms include the elderly who can’t afford to rebuild or even repair. The Samaritan organized a band of workers and started making weekend trips to the coast where they got to work restoring homes. All trips to Home Depot have been funded by his personal credit card. And he is still at it. 

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he expression “stocking up” refers to the many acts of gathering and processing food, usually in preparation for winter. Chopping chutney, canning pickles, freezer-bagging meat and simmering a pot of sauce are at the core of a lifestyle that a friend calls “Third World, first-class.” And stock, the noun, is an essential ingredient in my Third World, first-class kitchen.

One of the more noteworthy nonsoupy applications of stock is in the making of espagnole sauce, one of the five “mother sauces” of classic French cooking. Espagnole sauce can be mixed with yet more stock and reduced by half to make demi-glace, a rich, flavorful and altogether labor-intensive sauce that is itself the base for many other sauces. Demi-glace is the most valued ingredient in many a chef’s kitchen, and is frequently compared to gold. For all the prestigious places it goes, a good stock can be made


from ingredients that a wino could find in a dumpster, like bones, fish heads, chicken backs and vegetable scraps. Made from mammal bones, it’s called “brown stock,” which is what goes into demi-glace. Long bones, i.e., the animal’s front and rear leg bones, work best, as that’s where the most marrow is. To allow the marrow to melt into the stock, the bones need to be opened. Purchased bones usually come pre-cut. If you’re processing meat at home, a bone saw really helps. Or do like me: wrap bones

in a towel and smash them with a cast-iron skillet on the sidewalk. But that comes later. I begin by placing the bones on a pan in the oven at 350 degrees for about an hour, stirring occasionally so they’re golden brown all the way around but not burned. Twenty minutes before you’re done browning the bones, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool to the point where you can comfortably rub the bones with tomato paste (I use homemade ketchup). Roast for another 20 minutes, checking often to make sure the tomato paste doesn’t burn. Remove the bones from the roasting pan. Now is the time to smash them with that frying pan or hammer. Place the broken, browned bones in a large empty pot along with the roasting pan drippings. Put the pan on the stove over medium heat and deglaze with wine or water, gently scraping the bits of goodness stuck to the bottom of the pan— assuming said fond is not burned. Pour the deglazed pan contents into the stock pot. Add a bay leaf and a few peppercorns, and cover everything with water. Cook very slowly, at your stovetop’s lowest setting, for 12 to 24 hours, maintaining full coverage of water over the bones. You don’t want the stock to boil; try to keep the pot at the “lazy bubble” stage. Let the stock cool to room temperature and then put it in the fridge overnight. By morning, the fat will be floating on top in a solid raft that you can easily remove. Reheat the stock back to the lazy bubble. While it’s heating, prepare a mixture of equal parts celery, carrot and onion. Add this mirepoix to the stock and cook for three more hours of lazy bubble. Strain the bones and mirepoix, and freeze or refrigerate your stock. And as the mercury drops, your stock’s value will go through the roof. In the Third World, first-class lifestyle, bone stock is a valuable asset, already liquid.

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S O N O MA CO U N T Y Bistro 29 Bistro. $$-$$$. Get an honestly prepared plate of excellence, reasonably priced, at this veritable palace of crepes. Lunch, Tues-Fri; dinner, Tues-Sat. 620 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.546.2929. Cafe Cape Fear Cafe. $$. Comforting atmosphere and Southern-kissed California flavors. Lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sat-Sun. 25191 Hwy 116, Duncans Mills. 707.865.9246.

Charcuterie French Mediterranean. $$. Intimate bistro has casual European wine-bar feel. Lunch and dinner daily. 335 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.431.7231. Dierk’s Parkside Cafe American. $. Classic, fresh diner food in a comfortable diner setting. Ought to be in a movie. Breakfast and lunch daily. 404 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.573.5955.

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brunch, Sun. 117 North St, Healdsburg. 707.431.1770.

$-$$. Fresh and organic white-tablecloth food at paper-napkin prices. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 96 Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa. 707.573.9695.

Gypsy Cafe Diner. $$. Breakfast all day and excellent lunch featuring eggs Benedict, chilaquiles and pulled-pork sandwiches. Friday night dinners feature signature fried chicken, fresh local fish, burgundy pot roast, Diestel turkey meatloaf and organic spinach ravioli. Breakfast and lunch, Wed-Mon; dinner, Fri. 162 N Main St, Sebastopol. 707.861.3825. Hamburger Ranch & Pasta Farm American. $. Old-fashioned, informal mom’n’-pop roadhouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

31195 N Redwood Hwy, Cloverdale. 707.894.5616.

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

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

Lynn’s Thai Thai. $$. A taste of real Thailand in convivial atmosphere. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 8492 Gravenstein Hwy, Ste M (in the Apple Valley Plaza), Cotati. 707.793.9300.

Old Chicago Pizza Pizza. $$. Extraordinary deep-dishstyle pizza with tasteful wine list in historic stretch of Petaluma. Delivery, too! 41 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.763.3897. Pick-up and delivery: 203 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.766.8600. Osake Sushi Bar & Grill Japanese. $$$. Gourmet sushi, exotic seasoned seaweed salad, robata grill specialties and premium sakes. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Fri; dinner only Sat. 2446 Patio Ct, Santa Rosa. 707.542.8282.

Peter Lowell’s California. $-$$. Casual, organic cuisine with a healthy twist. Italian-inspired cafe, deli, wine bar. All food offered as takeout. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 7385 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.1077.

Ravenous Bistro. $$. Returning to its original small, five-table location next to the Raven Theater, this Healdsburg mainstay continues to have inventive menus in a cozy setting. Dinner, Thurs-Sat;

Cafe. $-$$. Home-style cooking in iconic Railroad Square location. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, Tues-Sun. 205 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.4300.

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

MARIN CO U N T Y Arigatou Japanese Food to Go Japanese. $. Cheap, delicious and ready to go. Lunch and dinner daily. Miracle Mile Plaza, 2046 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.453.8990.

Avatar’s Indian-plus. $. Fantastic East-meets-West fusion of Indian, Mexican, Italian and American, with dishes customized to your palate. Lunch and dinner, MonSat. 2656 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.8083.

Bubba’s Diner Homestyle American. $-$$. Comforting Momma-style food like fried green tomatoes, onion meatloaf and homey chicken-fried steak with red-eye gravy in a restaurant lined with cookbooks and knickknacks. Open breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 566 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo. 415.459.6862.

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

Casa Mañana Mexican. $. Big burritos a stone’s throw from the perfect picnic spot: Perri Park. The horchata is divine. Lunch and dinner

Porchetta? You Betta! Take a giant pork roast and flay it out flat. Cover it with goodies and roll it up like a big doobie. Bake it, slice it into pinwheels and then get high on pig juice. That’s called porchetta, and it will be a main attraction at John Lyle’s three-course dinner at Epicurean Connection in Sonoma. The Hardcore Farm to Face chef prepares chicken and dumplings to open the dinner, and finishes with a fig tart with caramel sauce. (Personally, I’d have just poured the pig juice on everything, but I have a disgusting fascination with pig that borders on the mentally unhealthy. Lyle’s version is probably better. Probably.) Butcher and farmer Adam Parks of Victorian Farmstead Meats is on hand to answer any questions about the pork’s background, diet, name and other oddly specific questions that might arise. And instead of the traditional pig and Pinot pairing, a 2007 Korbin Kameron Cabernet is served with the pork, with a 2010 Idell Chardonnay accompanying the chicken and 2006 Parmelee Hill Syrah with dessert. Chalk up these interesting pairings to the Epicurean Connection, a place known for its superb taste in wine and cheese. The Victorian Farmstead dinner is Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the Epicurean Connection. 122 West St., Sonoma. 6:30pm. Dinner is $75, including wine, tax and gratuity. RSVP at 707.935.7960. —Nicolas Grizzle

daily. 85 Bolinas Rd, Fairfax. 415.454.2384.

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

Easy Street Cafe American. $. Take a gander at

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

Finnegan’s Marin Pub fare. $$. Irish bar with the traditional stuff. Lunch and dinner daily. 877 Grant Ave, Novato. 415.225.7495.

Fish Seafood. $$-$$$.

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

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

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

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

M&G’s Burgers & Beverages American. $. 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.

Nick’s Cove Seafood/ contemporary American. $$$$. Fresh from the bay oysters, upscale seafood, some steaks and a great burger. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 23240 State Route 1, Marshall. 415.663.1033.

Pizzeria Picco Pizza. $-$$. The wood-fired oven keeps things cozy, and the organic ingredients and produce make it all tasty. Lunch and dinner, Sat-Sun; dinner only, Mon-Fri. 320 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.945.8900.

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

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

daily. 11180 State Route 1, Pt Reyes. 415.663.1515.

Sushi Ran Japanese. $$$$. This beautiful restaurant attracts locals and tourists with its fresh catches. A wide selection of nigiri, depending on what’s fresh. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner, Mon-Sun. 107 Caledonia St, Sausalito. 415.332.3620. The William Tell House American & Italian. $$. Marin County’s oldest saloon. Casual and jovial atmosphere. Steaks, pasta, chicken and fish all served with soup or salad. Dinner daily. 26955 Hwy 1, Tomales. 707.878.2403

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

N A PA CO U N T Y Ad Hoc American. $$-$$$. Thomas Keller’s quintessential neighborhood restaurant. Prix fixe dinner changes daily. Actually takes reservations. 6476 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.2487.

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

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

BarBersQ Barbecue/ California. $-$$. An upscale ’cue joint with a high-end chef and high-end ingredients. Gorgeous chipotle-braised short ribs and pulled pork. Lunch and dinner daily. 3900-D Bel Aire Plaza, Napa. 707.224.6600.

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.

Giants. 505 Lincoln Ave, Napa. Lunch and dinner daily. 707.253.1111.


Bouchon French. $$$. A Keller brother creation with a distinctly Parisian bistro ambiance, offering French classics. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 6540 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.8037.

Gott’s Roadside Tray Gourmet Diner. $. Formerly

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

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

Buster’s Barbecue Barbecue. $. A very busy roadside destination–for a reason. It’s the hot sauce, available in two heats: regular and hot. And the hot, as the sign says, means “hot!” Lunch and dinner daily. 1207 Foothill Blvd, Calistoga. 707.942.5606.

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.

Cindy Pawlycyn’s Wood Grill & Wine Bar American. $$-$$$. Classic American fare that stays up on current mainstays like crispy pork belly, braised short ribs and crab roll but doesn’t skimp on the burger. Long wine list, kids menu, patio and more. Lunch and dinner, WedSun. 641 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.0700.

Cole’s Chop House

Taylor’ Automatic Refresher. Lunch and dinner daily. 933 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.3486. Also at Oxbow Public Market, 644 First St, Napa. 707.224,6900.

La Toque Restaurant French-inspired. $$$$. Set in a comfortable elegantly rustic dining room reminiscent of a French lodge, with a stone fireplace centerpiece, La Toque makes for memorable special-occasion dining. The elaborate wine pairing menus are luxuriously inspired. Dinner, Wed-Sun. 1314 McKinstry St, Napa. 707.257.5157.

Miguel’s MexicanCalifornian. $$. Ultracasual setting and laid-back service belies the delicious kitchen magic within; chilaquiles are legendary. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 1437 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.6868.

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

Red Rock Cafe & Backdoor BBQ American. $-$$. Cafe specializing in barbecue and classic diner fare. Messy, delicious. Lunch and dinner daily. 1010 Lincoln Ave, Napa. 707.226.2633.

Redd California cuisine. $$$$$. Rich dishes balanced by subtle flavors and careful yet casual presentation. Brunch at Redd is exceptional. Lunch, Mon-Sat; dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 6480 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.2222.

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.

Siena California-Tuscan. $$$$. Sophisticated, terroirinformed cooking celebrates the local and seasonal, with electric combinations like sorrel-wrapped ahi tuna puttanesca. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa. 707.259.0633.

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

SONOMA CO U N TY Benovia Winery Unfussy cellar tasting in barn-style winery, refined Chard and Pinot; but â&#x20AC;&#x153;ooh, have you had their Zinfandel?â&#x20AC;? 3339 Hartman Road, Santa Rosa. By appointment only, 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;4pm daily. 707.526.4441.

Dutcher Crossing Winery Barnlike room offers fireplace to warm the mitts on winter days; owner Debra Mathy leads monthly bike rides in better weather. Try the Maple Vineyard Zinfandel; ask the well-informed staff about the Penny Farthing bicycle. 8533 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Open daily 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5pm. Tasting fee $5â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$10. 866.431.2711.

Hanzell Vineyards The grand dame of Burgundianstyle Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, since 1957. The site of many California firsts; a visit is a pilgrimage. 18596 Lomita Ave., Sonoma. Tour and tasting by appointment only, $45. 707.996.3860. J Vineyards & Winery

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Save the sit-down, threecourse food and wine pairing in the Bubble Room for a special occasion, like, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sunday.â&#x20AC;? Weekend program offers deceptively wee courses that change every six weeks to feature seasonal produce. Diverse and intense flavors, matched with sparkling wine, Pinot and Chardonnay, sure to amuse anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bouche. 11447 Old Redwood Hwy., Healdsburg. Open daily 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5pm, regular tasting $20. Bubble Room, Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sunday, 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;3pm, $60. 888.594.6326.

Kastania Vineyards Who knew that here on the border of Marin weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d find one of the most hospitable, no-nonsense, family-winery experiences in the county! 4415 Kastania Road, Petaluma. By appointment. 707.763.6348.

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

Novy Family Winery Daily tastings by appointment in a no-nonsense warehouse, and is better known as a celebrated member of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pinot posseâ&#x20AC;? by its other moniker, Siduri. 980 Airway Court, Ste. C, Santa Rosa. 707.578.3882.

Old World Winery Meaning, a simpler time when grapes were trodden under bare foot and wine was made the natural way? Yes. Fun fact: the small, familyowned winery was the original Williams-Selyem location. 850 River Road, Fulton. Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sunday 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5pm or by appointment. Tasting fee $5. 707.578.3148.

Paradise Ridge Winery A gorgeous, provocative sculpture garden with annually changing exhibits set amid a pygmy forest. Stay for sunset Wednesday evenings Aprilâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;October. 4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive, Santa Rosa. Open daily, 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5:30pm. 707.528.9463. Paradise also offers its food-friendly wines at an accessible little shack in the heart of Sonoma Valley. Try structured clarets from the estateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high-elevation Rockpile vineyards; do some time with â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Convictâ&#x20AC;? Zinfandel. Open daily, 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5pm. 8860 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. 707.282.9020.

Ravenswood Winery The winery motto is â&#x20AC;&#x153;No wimpy wines,â&#x20AC;? and they make strong, much-praised Zinfandels. A great place to learn that wine is supposed to be fun. 18701 Gehricke Road, Sonoma. Open daily, 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5pm. 707.933.2332.

Simi Winery Pioneered female winemaking by hiring the first female winemaker in the industry. The tastingroom experience is mediocre, but the wine is fantastic and worth the wait. Excellent

Chard, Sauvignon Blanc and Cab. 16275 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. Open daily, 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5pm. 707.473.3213.

VML Winery Acronym of Virginia Marie Lambrix, who practices organic and biodynamic winegrowingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; the artist who created VMLâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wacky new labels said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ah, so youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a witch!â&#x20AC;? Bewitching Russian River Valley Chard and Pinot, to be sure. 4035 Westside Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5pm. $10 fee. 707.431.4404.

Westwood Winery Wonky wine scientist crafts soil-driven wines of beguiling complexity from the promising Annadel Estate vineyard, on the western frontier of Sonoma Valley. Tucked away in historic downtown Sonoma, the handsomely furnished tasting salon is a casual setting for a serious sit-down tasting of food-friendly Pinot Noir and some of the most savory RhĂ´ne west of the RhĂ´ne. 11 E. Napa St., #3, Sonoma. Hours by appointment; tasting fee $10. 707.935.3246.

Wilson Winery Scenic setting and rustic-modern tasting room makes for an atmospheric, recommended visit. Single-vineyard Zinfandels, Cabernet Sauvignons, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Petite Sirah win awards for good reasonâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; namely, even curmudgeons take one sip and turn into believers. 1960 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 11am to 5pm. Tastings are $5; $10 for reserves. 707.433.4355.

MA R I N CO U N TY Bacchus & Venus A trendy place for beginners and tourists. Great place to learn the basics. 769 Bridgeway, Sausalito. Open daily, noonâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7pm. 415.331.2001. Pey-Marin Vineyards A Marin wine adventure where cow country meets

Point Reyes Vineyards The tasting room features many varietals but the main reason to go is for the sparkling wines. Open Saturday–Sunday, 11am–5pm. 12700 Hwy. 1, Point Reyes. 415.663.1011.

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

N A PA CO U N T Y August Briggs Winery Tasting room is a white barn lit by skylights and often staffed by the owner’s wife or mother. 333 Silverado Trail, Calistoga. Open Thursday– Sunday, 11:30am–4:30pm. 707.942.5854.

Beaulieu Vineyard History in a glassful of dust– Rutherford dust. Somethingfor-everyone smorgasbord of solid varietal wines, plus library selections of flagship Georges de Latour Cab back to 1970. 1960 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford. Daily, 10am–5pm. Tastings $15–$20; Reserve Room, $35. 707.967.5233.

Constant (WC) Boutique winery specializing in the kind of Cabernet that makes the Wine Spectator drool. 2121 Diamond Mountain Road, Napa. By appointment. 707.942.0707.

Domaine Carneros Inspired by Taittinger’s Château de la Marquetterie of Champagne, this house of premium sparkling wine is a hard-to-miss landmark on the Carneros Highway. Enjoy a private Balcony Package for special occasions or taste sparkling and still wines paired with artisan cheese and caviar with the masses. Luxury bubbly Le Rêve offers a bouquet of hoary yeast and crème brûlée that just slips away like a dream. 1240 Duhig Road (at Highway 12/121), Napa. Wine flights $15; also available by the glass or bottle. Open 10am– 5:45pm. 800.716.2788.

Eagle & Rose Estate (WC) Tours of this small winery are led either by the winery owner or the winemaker himself. 3000 St. Helena Hwy. N., Napa. By appointment. 707.965.9463.

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

Chardonnay and fruity but firm and focused Cab and Merlot from Suisin Valley, Napa’s much less popular stepsister to the east. 974 Franklin St., Napa. Open daily, noon–5:30pm. Tasting fee, $15. 707.257.7477.

Rubicon Estate Despite the celebrity hype, the wine is award-winning. 1991 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 800.782.4226.

Smith-Madrone Riesling is Smith-Madrone’s main fame claim. Its Riesling has steadily gained fame while Napa Valley Riesling in general has become a rare antique. 4022 Spring Mountain Road, St. Helena. By appointment. 707.963.2283. Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars (WC) Their three estate-grown Cabs are among the most highly regarded in the world. 5766 Silverado Trail, Napa. By appointment. 707.944.2020.

Stony Hill Vineyard In the 1940s, advisers from UC Davis told them, “Under no circumstances plant Chardonnay.” So they planted Chardonnay. Intimate tastings in the flagstone-studded, Eisenhower-era McCrea living room; Chardonnay and White Riesling are legends. 3331 St. Helena Hwy., St. Helena. By appointment, Monday through Friday, weekends when available. $25. 707.963.2636.

and Kathryn Hall specialize in “beefy” wines favored by Robert Parker. Intensely modern art and all things Austrian. New tasting room will be by Frank Gehry. 401 St. Helena Hwy. S., St. Helena. Open daily, 10am– 5:30pm. 866.667.HALL.

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

Monticello Vineyards

Trefethen Winery

Thomas Jefferson had no success growing wine grapes; happily, the Corley family has made a go of it. Although winetasting is not conducted in the handsome reproduction building itself, there’s a shaded picnic area adjacent. 4242 Big Ranch Rd., Napa. Open daily, 10am–4:30pm. $15. 707.253.2802, ext. 18.

Some critics claim Trefethen’s heyday was in the ’60s, but the winery proves them wrong with dependable, delicious wines. Trefethen is one of the oldest wineries in Napa. 1160 Oak Knoll Ave., Napa. Open daily, 11:30am–4:30pm. 707.255.7700.

Hall Winery (WC) Craig

Olabisi & Trahan Wineries In the fancy heart of downtown Napa, a lowbudget “cellar” where wines are shelved, with clever economy, in stacks of wood pallets; vibes are laid-back and real. Carneros

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.


Stephen & Walker Ignore Yelp, and Trust this Winery BY JAMES KNIGHT


n the first decade of this century, this column was, more often than not, a sassedup brief following from an unannounced and incognito pop-in to this winery or that. So it was, and is, with snapshot reviews in print weeklies everywhere, from the Bohemian’s “Small Bites” to The New Yorker’s “Tables for Two.” Oh, the sass, to snuggle those up in the same sentence.

In the interval, social networking sites like Yelp attracted a swarm of self-styled critics like flies on something that’s delicious to flies. Perhaps these reviews are helpful, but it’s required to sift through the testimonies of many, many high-maintenance prima donnas who can’t go unacknowledged for 10 seconds post walking in the door without retaliating with a four paragraph diatribe about the rotten state of customer service, laced with personal barbs. Suffice it to say, I usually choose not to compete with that crowd. If that doesn’t even tangentially explain why I hadn’t checked into Stephen & Walker Trust Winery Limited, until it was recommended to me just recently, there’s the logo, for one. I’m assured that the antique bank-certificate-style labels have won gold medals themselves, but it says “bank” to me, and “trust” ain’t in the same tag cloud anymore. And that sign, “Cult Wines.” If that isn’t a non sequitur, then it’s a nonstarter, at the least, like a sign pointing to “secret beach.” Fresh bait for the sort of tourists who amble in to a winetasting, trailed by their perfume. Sure enough, they join me shortly. But as it turns out, this outfit is locally owned by husband and wife team Nancy Walker and Tony Stephen, career winemakers who have crawled up from the very trenches of the business, only for a snippy reviewer to take pot shots at their signage. Walker served at Fetzer, Clos du Bois, and was entrusted with the Cab program for Costco’s Kirkland brand, before heading up Grove Street, where these wines are made. The bar is comfortably sized for crowds, and there’s a fun book of family relation Eric Curtis’ staged photographs of “Fallen Superheroes” to flip through while tasting through a really standout, lean and lively 2009 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon ($65), a fine Pinot Noir triptych, a 2011 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel ($39) that’s wanting only for cheesecake to drizzle over, and a sweetly balanced 2009 Muscat Canelli ($38). Oh, but I had to wait, like, eight seconds before I was acknowledged, so . . . three and a half stars. Stephen & Walker, 243 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. Daily, 11am–7pm. Tasting fee, $10. 707.431.8749.

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conifer forest, at the historic, hospitable Olema Inn. Discover razor-lean “Shell Mound” Marin County Riesling, opaquely purple, yet eminently foodfriendly “Punchdown” Syrah, and more. 10000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Olema. Open daily from noon to 4pm. $12 fee. 415.663.9559.

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“Visualize” This! A new book debunks the industry of forced positivity BY BRIAN THOMAS GALLAGHER

BRAIN CLOUD Hate positive thinking? You might be one of the smarter ones.


don’t remember when I began saying it, though as a worldview it seems to have always been with me. Whenever things are bad—annoying, unpleasant, dire, morbid, arduous, depressing—and someone offhandedly says, “It could be worse,” I always reply, “And it probably will be.” I certainly never thought of it as a morale booster—more of a sardonic rejoinder to a mindless remark, a platitude in response to a platitude. It turns out, though, that this approach might be a more helpful response to the darker corners of human existence than I thought. In his new book, The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking (Faber & Faber; $25)—which is to say, intelligent people—Oliver Burkeman recalls finding himself chatting with pre-eminent behavioral psychologist Albert Ellis, then in his 90s. One of the main methods Ellis advocates for modulating one’s view of life is realizing “the difference between a terrible outcome and a merely undesirable one.” Many of the events that cause us anxiety and unhappiness are in fact not nearly as bad as the level of emotional fervor we cover ourselves in while fearing them. Taking this thinking to its extreme, to prove the point, Ellis pointed out, “If you are slowly tortured to death, you could always be tortured to death slower.” In other words, it could be worse. (And it probably will. Ellis died shortly after Burkeman met with him.) ) 17


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The Wedding Expo is the largest wedding show in the North Bay - prioritizing will help you not be overwhelmed. The following is a general guideline:

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Prioritize your needs — Focus on your top three or four priorities: First: (Major Components) –Apparel, Wedding Planner, Site, Caterer

January 19 & September 22

Second: (Professional Services)–Photographer, DJ, Videographer, Officiant Third: (Fine Tuning)–Transportation, Florist, Cake, Favors, etc Make Follow-Up Plans — The Wine Country is a busy wedding market in which the best vendors get booked quickly. When you find a vendor in whom you are interested, set an appointment at the Expo to meet within the week. Bride Guide — Keep this in hand- it has listings of all the vendors, as well as other important information. You can also take notes on your Bride Guide.

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Saigon Bistro

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Shimmer Just Nails


Skeeters Gallery

L Squared Salon

Soft Shell Bath & Skin Care Aroma Therapy

Bev’s Salon

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Sonoma County Martial Arts Center

Bovine Bakery

Lauthr Salon

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Le Jardinier

Star Nails

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Mendocino Cleaners

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Classic Beauty

Mint Hair Studio

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Classy Nails

Mirage Florist

Tease Hair Studio

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Moon Essence Salon & Spa

The Lions Mane

Dianne’s Estate Jewelry

My Lovely Nails

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Elegant Alterations

One Planet

Timothy Patrick Jewelrs

Fashion Nails

Pefect Image Salon

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Flipside Bar & Burger

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Top Nails

French Nails

Port of Subs

Town & Country Auto Sales

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Towne Cleaners

Hair Aritistry by Gabrielle

Positively 4th Street

Tutti Frutti

Hair Passion Salon

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Hair Razors

Powerfit Personal Training

Vine Street Cuts & Tans

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Pro Nails & Spa

Whistlestop Antiques

Hollingsworth Jewelrers Gallery

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Windsor Cutlery

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Visit the Entire Show — Some guests don’t realize that there are vendors and attractions in both the lobby and the atrium- make your way through the whole show. Use Vendors as a Resource — Don’t hesitate to approach and ask them questions. The Wedding Expo features the top wedding professionals in the Wine Country; they will be happy to share their expertise.

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Our constant effort to eliminate the negative is what makes us insecure, anxious and unhappy.

to help us feel when the idea of part of something bucking up is just bigger, and longer not enough? To lasting, than a use the parlance mere human life,” of the season, go Burkeman writes. negative. “Many The existential prank of the proponents being played on of the ‘negative us all is that this is path’ to happiness manifestly not the take things further case—that while we still, arguing— may be loved by paradoxically but those close to us persuasively—that and accomplished in deliberately whatever endeavors plunging more BEING REALISTIC The we pursue, even on a deeply into what author asserts that embracing grand scale, one day we think of as life’s pain—and awareness it’s going to be over, negative may be a of one’s mortality—is a more and there’s nothing true condition of natural path to happiness. we can do about it. true happiness.” The philosopher That is exactly what Epictetus pointed out that fearing Burkeman does. Over the course death is illogical. “Death is of Antidote, he seeks out thinkers nothing to us,” he wrote, “since who illustrate the way in which when we are, death has not come, things traditionally thought of as and when death has come, we antithetical to happiness—failure, are not.” An elegantly morbid embarrassment, death, etc.—can chiasmus of the subjectivity actually be a way toward a more of mortality, nevertheless gratifying life. easier said than done, on the As is generally the case with not-fearing-death front. But in books of this sort, Burkeman makes fact, Burkeman asserts that an himself both narrator of and the increased familiarity with death, test case for this approach. Along a more constant reminder of its the way, he attends a weeklong, imminence, can actually lead to silent Vipassana meditation an increased appreciation for life retreat, visits the museum of failed and less anxiety about our own products in Ann Arbor, Mich. expiration dates. The memento (A Touch of Yogurt shampoo, Pepsi mori, a literal or mental reminder, AM Breakfast Cola, etc.) and travels on a regular basis may not only to a Kenyan ghetto. He also speaks help to ease the fear but also to with experts on various versions give vigor to one’s appreciation for of the “negative path,” including being alive at that moment. one of the world’s foremost stoics “Since the time of the ancient (his name is Keith, and he lives Greeks,” Burkeman puts it, in Watford, England) and Oprah“certain radical thinkers have approved spiritual writer Eckhart taken the position that a life Tolle. suffused with an awareness of Naturally, any discussion one’s own mortality—as a matter of the negative soon arrives of everyday habit, not just when at the greatest white bear of direct encounters with death force them all: death. Here, positive our hand—might be a far richer thinking is laughably moot, since kind of existence.” All aboard the the circumstance of death is winged chariot! incontrovertible and universal. The real point here is that a Instead of trying to deny death or relentless positivity is a dishonest think their way around it, as the way to live, and it attempts to positivos do with other “negative” deny not only reality but also vital experiences, they simply ignore it aspects of human experience. or mask it with notions of purpose No doubt, since the condition and solidarity. is terminal. Best to accept the “Society itself is essentially diagnosis and act accordingly. a ‘codified hero system’—a structure of customs, traditions ‘The Antidote’ is in stores now. and laws that we have designed

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Burkeman begins his study of the power of negative thinking with a foil. He finds himself in a basketball stadium outside San Antonio at a mass meeting of Get Motivated!, an organization run by Dr. Robert H. Schuller, the happy huckster responsible for Orange County’s Crystal Cathedral and the nationally televised Hour of Power. Get Motivated! is a secular organization devoted to pushing the positive, and its meetings often boast noteworthy keynote speakers, like George W. Bush, Rudy Giuliani, Colin Powell and Mikhail Gorbachev. The group’s approach consists mostly of telling yourself good things—whether true or not—and allowing the uplifting power of positivity to do its work. “The doctrine of positive thinking at its most distilled isn’t exactly complex,” Burkeman writes. “Decide to think happy and successful thoughts—banish the specters of sadness and failure—and happiness and success follow.” This is the method of the grand tradition of sanguine selfdelusion stretching from Tony Robbins back to Dale Carnegie and Norman Vincent Peale (a copy of whose pamphlet “How to Handle Tough Times” has a place of honor next to the bar in my apartment). Burkeman rightly sees this as a mostly moronic approach, and quickly pinpoints its inefficacy. If intelligence is the greatest barrier to happiness, the gullible and the simple too have the capacity for misery: “The person most likely to purchase any given self-help book is someone who, within the previous eighteen months, purchased a self-help book”—a fact that aptly demonstrates that the self-help industry is mostly just helping itself. Moreover, the happiness industry is based on a tautology that prevents any real inquiry

and inures it to the questioning bound to arise in the mind of any mildly reasonable individual. “If you voiced [an] objection to Dr. Schuller, he would probably dismiss it as ‘negative thinking,’” Burkeman writes. “To criticize the power of positivity is to demonstrate that you haven’t really grasped it at all. If you had, you would stop grumbling about such things, and indeed about anything else.” That is, I’m OK, you’re OK. Now shut up and get happy. Not only does this mindset not lead to happiness, it can actually exacerbate the gloom of being alive. “Again and again, we have seen how merely not wanting to think certain thoughts or to feel certain emotions isn’t sufficient to eliminate them,” Burkeman writes. “It is our constant efforts to eliminate the negative— insecurity, uncertainty, failure or sadness—that is what causes us to feel so insecure, anxious, uncertain or unhappy.” He cites a study in which every time a bell rang, subjects were to say to themselves “I am a lovable person.” Those with low selfesteem “didn’t feel particularly lovable to begin with—and trying to convince themselves otherwise merely solidified their negativity. “Positive thinking” had made them feel worse.” Indeed, the whole scenario is a bummer just to imagine. This is an example of “ironic process theory,” which explores the ways in which our efforts to suppress certain thoughts or behaviors result, ironically, in their becoming more prevalent. The idea, as outlined to Burkeman by Harvard professor Daniel Wegner, is as familiar as the parlor game in which someone is told not to think about a white bear. Of course, thereafter, she can think of nothing else. What, then, is someone to do

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The Dirt

If you’ve ever read Motley Crüe’s The Dirt, you know the power of a properly awful autobiography. Writers Eugene Pack and Dayle Reyfel saw gold in these stories, and created Celebrity Autobiography, a monthly reading series that features comedians reading straight from tell-alls by Hollywood characters like Elizabeth Taylor, Madonna, Vanna White, Hedy Lamarr, Britney Spears and Zsa Zsa Gabor. The series has run for three years in New York City, receiving acclaim from the New Yorker and New York Times, and it now comes to Sonoma County for the first time. Featured readers include original SNL cast member Laraine Newman, Jonathan Silverman (Weekend at Bernie’s, anyone?) and Fred Willard, who we hope will be remembered more for his hilarious turn in Best in Show than for being arrested under suspicion of masturbating at Hollywood’s Tiki Adult Theater. Celebrity Autobiography spins words into laughs on Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $40–$59. 707.546.3600.


They’ll Play Anything Known for their surprising, often genre-bending programs, the Kronos Quartet hit Napa this week opening with “Aheym (Homeward),” written specifically for the avant-garde classical quartet by Bryce Dessner, guitarist and songwriter for the National. What follows is a journey through the furthest bounds of tradition and experimentalism, with pieces by Laurie Anderson (“Flow”), Mexico’s Café Tacuba (“12/12”) and the Prelude from Tristan und Isolde by Wagner. After intermission, the group tackles “La Sidounak Sayyada (I’ll Prevent the Hunters from Hunting You),” by Omar Souleyman, Syria’s premiere wedding singer. Not afraid of pairing like with unlike, Kronos follows Souleyman with “Flugufrelsarinn” by Icelandic masters-ofthe-soaring-melody Sigur Rós. The Kronos Quartet play on Friday, Jan. 11, at the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main Street, Napa. 8pm. $40-$45. 707.226.7372.


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The week’s events: a selective guide

all’s fair in vanessy, were sosie sesthers wroth with a touch of g rey. Wake the Dead, a Celtic all-star Grateful Dead jam band, seinn mandolins and fiddles on Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Dance Palace. 503 B St., Pt. Reyes Station. 8pm. $10–$20. 415.663.1075.


Jubilant Concerto Guest conductor Carl St. Clair, Pacific Symphony’s music director for 23 years, continues Santa Rosa Symphony’s transformation into the Green Music Center’s resident orchestra with the dawning of a new year. The program features work by Beethoven and Mendelssohn, in addition to Berlioz’s “Le Carnaval Romain” and Ottorino Respighi’s Symphonic Poem for Orchestra. For those with less cash in pocket, don’t despair—the symphony isn’t out of reach. On Saturday, Jan. 12, at 2pm, check out the Discovery Open Rehearsal for just $8–$12. The show might stop if, say, a cello sounds out of tune, but then again, it’s all about the

journey and not the destination, right? The Santa Rosa Symphony performs Saturday– Monday, Jan. 12–14, at the Green Music Center. 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. Saturday and Monday at 8pm; Sunday at 2pm. $20–$75. 866.955.6040.

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ALL HANDS ON DECK Ninja Tune recording artist Bonobo comes all the way from England to lay down a DJ / video set at Hopmonk on Jan. 10. See Concerts, p24.

OUT OF HER SHELL Jay DeFeoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;After Imageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (1970) marked her return to artmaking after the arduous labor of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Rose.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

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t was the late 1970s at Sonoma State University, and Jay DeFeo was not doing particularly well.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;She was struggling to survive,â&#x20AC;? says Sebastopol artist Susan Moulton, then the department head at SSU. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make a lot of money. And at that time, she wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t selling a lot.â&#x20AC;? Finances were one issue, but something else plagued the famed artist at the time: toxins.

In creating her subsuming masterwork The Rose, DeFeo had ingested substantial amounts of white lead, resulting in a loss of teeth and hair. At SSU, she got her ďŹ rst cancer scareâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not that it hindered her. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She started eating really well and jogging every day at noon, and taking real control of her life,â&#x20AC;? says Moulton. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I saw her at Mills College right before she died, and she had just climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro.â&#x20AC;? DeFeoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s few years teaching at SSU, alongside Moulton, William

Morehouse and others, are but a brief brushstroke in DeFeoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life, which was extinguished by cancer in 1989. But the artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biography has taken on a life of its own, sometimes bolstering, other times hampering critical appraisal of her achievements. A new retrospective at SFMOMA brings together for the ďŹ rst time signiďŹ cant examples of her work and makes a powerful case for elevating her to the top ranks of postâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;World War II American artists; a concurrent exhibit at

di Rosa, titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Renaissance on Fillmore, 1955â&#x20AC;&#x201C;65,â&#x20AC;? gives historical context from the apartment building that served as an incubator for DeFeoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work. Starting in the late 1940s, DeFeo established herself as part of the Bay Area abstract expressionism movement. At SFMOMA, early pieces, like Untitled (Florence), 1952, feature dynamic passages of bold colors anchored by simple geometric gestures. Later, she shifted to a monochromatic palette. The large canvas Untitled (Everest), 1955, builds from a smooth gray bottom section into a ďŹ&#x201A;urry of blacks and whites applied vigorously in overlapping waves like roiling clouds announcing a storm. More controlled but just as action-ďŹ lled is Origin, 1956, a tightly bunched series of narrow vertical strokes of black and grayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the painting is poised between a upward thrusts, like jets in a fountain, and a downward crashing, like a great falls pouring over a rock rim. Her work echoes and equals that of several major ďŹ gures from the period: early Diebenkorn, Hassel Smith, Clyfford Still and Frank Lobdell. The exhibit also shows DeFeoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s forays into other media. She fashioned oddly crude wood and plaster sculptures of crosses and primitive totemic creatures (which inďŹ&#x201A;uenced Manuel Neri). She made meticulous charcoal drawings in which ďŹ ne waving and spiraling lines course through blank space. She experimented with collages of found images in the manner of fellow San Franciscan Jess. In the late â&#x20AC;&#x2122;50s, DeFeo embarked on a series of large paintings distinguished by the dense application, with a palette knife, of oil paints. These works take on a 3-D aspect, ) 20 as much sculpture as

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Jay DeFeo ( 19 painting. In The Jewel, 1952, a vertical starburst pattern of heavily caked paint converges across a spectrum of dark reds to a dazzling white center. Along the vertical axis, the paint has been cracked open to reveal deep ďŹ ssures, as if bones has been pulverized to get at the marrow. These major works are mere preludes, however, to the piece that came to dominate DeFeoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life, The Rose. Beginning in 1958, DeFeo devoted herself almost exclusively to the creation of this immense painting. It took over her apartment on Fillmore Street that she shared with her artist husband, Wally Hedrick. Taking up again the starburst pattern of The Jewel, she made it rounder. From a concave center point (located at just about eye level), the incised rays jet outward, growing thicker and more clotted until they disintegrate into blobs of gray and black. Carefully positioned in a special alcove at the museum, The Rose is a riveting, transcendent work, a grand vision of creation or universal ďŹ&#x201A;ux. Photographs donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do it justice; the scale and physicality have to be seen in person. The arduous process of creating The Rose became the stuff of legend. DeFeo built up and tore down the work over and over again. She applied so much paint that The Rose ended up weighing more than a ton. San Franciscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beat-era poets and artists often visited her apartment and witnessed the extended birth pangs of the painting. When Jay and Wally were evicted, the moving of the painting was an engineering feat, memorialized in Bruce Connerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s short ďŹ lm The White Rose. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the same apartment at 2322 Fillmore thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paid tribute in the di Rosa exhibit. Consisting of work by DeFeo, Joan Brown, William H. Brown, Bruce Conner, Jean Conner and Wally Hedrick, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Renaissance on Fillmoreâ&#x20AC;? captures that most elusive of breeding grounds, the accidental artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s colony. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just her

and Wally Hendrick painting great work; it was this locus for a lot of really great people,â&#x20AC;? says the showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s curator Michael Schwager. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was a pretty stellar list of people who lived in the building, but I refer to those two as the heart and soul of that particular building, because they were the longest-standing tenants.â&#x20AC;? Because of the massive SFMOMA retrospective, DeFeo is represented at di Rosa with Songs of Innocence, a 40-by-40inch painting from 1957, and some smaller works. In gathering material for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Renaissance on Fillmore,â&#x20AC;? Schwager visited the legendary address, still in use as an apartment building today. Though the neighborhood is much nicer these days, a trace of The Rose remains: â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you stand on the street,â&#x20AC;? Schwager says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;you can look up to the bay window and you can still see the outline of the repaired hole where they pulled it out.â&#x20AC;? The Rose had a showing in Pasadena, and then no one knew what to do with it. At the San Francisco Art Institute, it was covered by a wall of plaster; the work was unseen for two decades until ďŹ nally rescued and moved to the Whitney in New York. For many art historians, The Rose is a splendid climax with no second act. But the SFMOMA exhibit documents DeFeoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s return to signiďŹ cant art making in a variety of styles and techniques. After Image (1970) is a splendid graphite and gouache drawing of a strange shell form with spiral ridges. DeFeo mounted it with a piece of torn paper on top as if the shell had been hidden for many years and only recently exposed to viewâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;surely a comment on her own resurgence. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She was a very exuberant person, even when she was struggling,â&#x20AC;? says Moulton. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She just had this ebullience around her. Just a love of what she was doing.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jay DeFeo: A Retrospectiveâ&#x20AC;? runs through Feb. 3 at SFMOMA (151 Third St., San Francisco). â&#x20AC;&#x153;Renaissance on Fillmore: 1955â&#x20AC;&#x201C;65â&#x20AC;? runs through Jan. 27 at di Rosa (5200 Sonoma Hwy., Napa).

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to sold-out crowds. Later this month, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be bringing Shirley back one more time, with a fourweekend run at Main Stage West. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not the same person I was when I ďŹ rst played this character,â&#x20AC;? Graham says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some of those life changes will probably appear in Shirley, one way or another. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just what happens when you play a character honestly, in the moment. Who that character is becomes fused with who you are, right then and there.â&#x20AC;? For Taylor Bartolucci, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more or less the same. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just excited to be playing a stripper again,â&#x20AC;? she laughs. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only been a few months since Bartolucci ďŹ rst played Pippi, the broken-hearted stripper in the delightfully trashy Great American Trailer Park Musical, which enjoyed a sold-out run at Sixth Street Playhouse last September. The hit show begins an encore run later this month at the Napa Valley Playhouse, and Bartolucci is thrilled for a second chance to slip into Pippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s skimpy stripperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outďŹ t. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trailer Park,â&#x20AC;? she says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;was the most fun Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had in any show Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever done in my life. But it was a challenge for me. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t usually show off that much, um, skin. Still, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun to play somebody who youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re totally not.â&#x20AC;? Directed by Barry Martin, the show has kept its entire cast, with the exception of Daniela Innocenti Beam, whose back surgery forced her to drop out. Her character, trailer park manager Betty, will be played this time by Sarah Lundstrom. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of people saw this show as just ďŹ&#x201A;uff,â&#x20AC;? Bartolucci says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but we saw these characters as real people, with real problems and real emotions. We hope people will see it a second or third timeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and maybe see it in a whole new way.â&#x20AC;?


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MISS UNIVERSE ‘Keep Smiling,’ a comedy from Georgia, satirizes beauty pageants.

Foreign Embassy Rafael Film Center screens overseas Oscar contenders BY RICHARD VON BUSACK

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et’s hear it for foreign filmmakers, and the way they craze the gossamer surface of the Oscars broadcast by proclaiming some political opinion or artistic taste that the Academy forbids. (Moreover, the Best Foreign Film award can lure a subtitle-leery audience to take risks.) Over 70 films from as many nations qualify for the award this year, and the Rafael’s 10th annual “For Your Consideration” series is a welcome mini-festival of 14 contenders. Among them is what I’d expect is this year’s shoe-in at the Oscars, ‘The Intouchables’ (Jan 14). Not without its faults, this nonetheless pleasing film explores the odd-couple friendship of a street-smart Franco-African from the banlieues (played by the exuberantly handsome Omar Sy) and an upper class Parisian paralytic (Francoise Cluzet). The amazing Gudlaugur Fridthórsson’s history of survival in the waters off Iceland in 1984 surpasses any issue of Aquaman comics. Look for a strong challenge to The Intouchable’s

likely victory from Fridthórsson’s biopic ‘The Deep’ (Jan 16.) Another strong candidate is ‘War Witch’ (Rebelle) (Jan. 13), Canada’s entry. Montréal filmmaker Kim Nguyen films it as a letter from a tormented former child soldier in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to her unborn child. Georgia—like neighboring Armenia— could boast a couple of millennia of storytelling. ‘Keep Smiling’ (Jan. 11 and 12) is female director Rusudan Chkonia’s comedy of a calamitous beauty contest which attracts (and ends up attacking) 10 housewives. Kim Ki-duk’s Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter . . . and Spring is nearly the best Buddhist film I’ve seen, and his Isle is a memorably harrowing portrait of the way the rich treat the poor in Korea. So Kim’s ‘Pieta’ (Jan. 12) is bound to be superlative, even if just superlatively bizarre: a portrait of mother love affecting a seriously violent man. Rodrigo Plá’s ‘Delay’ (Jan. 13) is a more common maternal love story: a factory worker in Uruguay sandwiched between her three children and the senile father she can’t place in a home. More details on the series at

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At his building off Main Street in Napa, in a modest room with a stage, he’s hosted live music, open mics, political debates, writers’ workshops, human-trafficking awareness seminars, ethnic studies presentations, improv comedy troupes and just about anything else that’s been suggested. “When somebody comes and has an idea for something, that’s what this place is for. There are 365 days in a year, and so far we haven’t had to turn down much.” For a year and a half, Slack has also kept his all-ages venue somewhat under the radar, in a perpetual soft-opening phase. But in a move that benefits Napa Valley at large, Slack, a recipient of

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the Bohemian’s 2011 Boho Awards, is ready to make the place official. The newly christened Black and White Center aims to encompass not only the edgy and underground artists of Napa Valley, but also progressive up-and-coming student art of the type created in the adjacent Slack Collective, a hub of artist studios. Paul moved to Napa himself at 17, on his own, and understands the importance of having such a gallery and gathering space for younger residents. “I want to make sure Napa has a place like the Black and White Center—especially for the youth,” he says. “Art and music are major part of social existence and the human condition.” The center will continue to serve as a home for the annual InDIYpendent Culture Fair, the Napa Valley Battle of the Bands, the Unwatchables improv troupe, writers workshops, seminars and meetings. The biggest crowddrawing event in the space has been the open mic held the second Friday of every month—“Wall to wall people,” Slack explains, estimating that 70 percent of the crowd are teenagers. “Now we’re ready to actually make it legit. Put a name on it, fix it up, get some rules and get it going.” To that end, the Black and White Center is running a Kickstarter campaign for $2,500, which serves a dual purpose, Slack says, of simply getting the word out. The effort toward an all-ages venue in Napa has been lengthy, stretching back to 2008 with the group Wandering Rose, and some of that energy clearly survives in this project. As a musician, Slack often sees spaces like the Black and White Center in other cities. “Everywhere I’ve ever been has this element— everywhere we go there’s a gathering place like this,” he says. “Art and culture and music are important. Local youth think, ‘I have dreams in my head, so I must be a freak.’ No dude, you’re a human being, and good for you for having dreams!”

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of Afrikan consciousness in Reggae. Jan 11, 10pm. $22.50-$25. 19 Broadway Club, 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.



One of the top DJs from the UK makes his Sonoma County debut. Jan 10, 9pm. $25. Hopmonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Marching band brings tradition of historically black colleges and universities to the theatrical stage with a 40-member cast. Jan 11, 8pm. $20-$50. Marin Center’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

Buzzy Martin The “Guitar Man” plays as part of the Prairie Sun Recording Studio showcase series. Jan 9, 8pm. Redwood Cafe, 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.

Santa Rosa Symphony Carl St.Clair conducts with Karen Gomyo on violin. Program includes Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Berlioz and Respighi. Jan 12, 8pm, Jan 13, 3pm and Jan 14, 8pm. $20-$75. Green Music Center, 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.

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Tribute to Jimmy Reed Blues harmonica tribute to Jimmy Reed includes Mark Hummel, Kim Wilson, Kenny Neal, Joe Louis Walker, Lazy Lester and others. Jan 12, 8pm. $25-$30. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Philharmonia Baroque Traveling orchestra performs Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Jan 15, 8pm. $45-$50. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Clubs & Venues

Wake the Dead The world’s only Celtic Grateful Dead jam band. Jan 12, 8pm. $10-$20. Dance Palace, Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.

NAPA COUNTY Kronos Quartet Experimental string quartet’s program this night includes Sigur Ros, Tristan und Isolude prelude and many non-traditional pieces. Jan 11, 8pm. $40-$45. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

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Performs Music of David Childs and Morten Lauridsen. 14520 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville.

Hopmonk Sonoma Jan 11, Timothy O’Neal & Frankie Boots. Jan 12, Jon Gonzales Stringband. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.

Hopmonk Tavern Jan 10, Bonobo. Jan 11, Thugz. Jan 12, Lovefool. Mon, Monday Night Edutainment. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Hotel Healdsburg Jan 11, Dick Conte and Steve Webber Duo. Jan 12, Miles Wick Trio with Michael Coleman and Smith Dobson. 25 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.431.2800.

Lagunitas Tap Room

Jan 11, Dictator Tots. Jan 12, Gordon & D’orazi. Jan 13, Jazz Roots. Jan 15, Institute of Noetic Science. 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.

Jan 9, Slowpoke. Jan 10, Matt Lax. Jan 11, Royal Deuces. Jan 12, Jinx Jones. Jan 13, Beso Negro. Jan 16, Emma Lee. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

Arlene Francis Theater

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Jan 10, Sunny Side of the Street Band, Les Bon Temps. 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.

Aubergine Jan 10, the Sad Tires, Grace in the Woods, White Wall. Jan 11, McKenna Faith. Jan 12, Uncle Wiggly. Jan 13, the Moonbeams. Mon, Art and Music with Stanley Mouse. Tues, Bluesy Tuesday. 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2722.

Cavanagh Recreation Center

Jan 11, Beso Negro, Sage. 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.2343.


BIG BOSS MAN Mark Hummel honors Jimmy Reed at the Napa Valley Opera House Jan. 12; see Concerts.

by DJ Stevie B. 146 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.782.0592.

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Jan 11, Slow Down Hosted by Clyde Carson. Jan 13, Coppermill. 397 Aviation Blvd, Santa Rosa. 707.765.2515.

Jan 13, David T Carter, Trailer Park Rangers. 725 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.BEER.

Mystic Theatre

Jan 14, John McCutcheon. 476 First St E, Sonoma. 707.996.9756.

Jan 12, Tainted Love. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

Sebastiani Theatre

Society: Culture House

Marc Ribot & David Hidalgo

Jan 12, HOTS. 426 8th St., Petaluma.

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

The N.Y.C. downtown meets East L.A. in a guitar pairing that’s sure to excite. Jan 9 at the Palace of Fine Arts.

Thurs, Casa Rasta. Sun, Rock ‘n’ Roll Sunday School. 528 Seventh St, Santa Rosa, No phone.

Cloverdale Performing Arts Center

Occidental Center for the Arts Amphitheater

Sunflower Center

Jan 12, Dirty Cello. 209 N Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale. 707.829.2214.

Jan 13, Winterlude Chamber Music. 4008 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental.

Chelsea Wolfe Gothic-tinged performer sings as if there are mice in the walls. Jan 11 at Great American Music Hall.

Chrisette Michele Hip-hop collaborator takes the spotlight with new album, “Let Freedom Reign.” Jan 11 at the Mezzanine.

Thee Oh Sees SF’s own raucous quartet offers two consecutive nights of interstellar vibrations. Jan 11-12 at the Independent.

Shabazz Palaces Who says there are no second acts? Former Digable Planet “Butterfly” scores big with Sub Pop debut. Jan 15 at the New Parish.

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Phoenix Theater

Jan 11, Steve Balich Band. 2060 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3737.

Jan 11, Amongst Reason, Walk the Atmosphere, February Zero, Arryhmia, Opus Dei, Osasuna. Mon, 7pm, young people’s AA. Tues, 7pm, Acoustic Americana jam. Wed, 6pm, Jazz jam. Second Thursday of every month, writers workshops. Sun, 5pm, rock and blues jam. 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

Flamingo Lounge Jan 11, Sugarfoot. Jan 12, Jeff Edwins. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

Gaia’s Garden Jan 12, the Ruminators. 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491.

Green Music Center Jan 12-14, Santa Rosa Symphony. 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.

Guerneville Community Church Jan 13, 3pm, River Choir

Redwood Cafe Jan 12, Pandemonaeon & Arcane Dimension. Second Sunday of every month, trad Irish. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.

Tues, Sunflower Music Series. 1435 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.792.5300.

Toad in the Hole Pub Second Sunday of every month, Ian Scherer. 116 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.544.8623.

Tradewinds Jan 11, Down Dirty Shake. Jan 12, Rock Hounds. Jan 13, Richie Blue Band. Jan 16, Frankie Boots. 8210 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7878.

Windsor Library Jan 12, Haute Flash Quartet. 9291 Old Redwood Hwy, Windsor. 707.838.1020.


The Rocks Bar & Lounge

142 Throckmorton Theatre

Fri and Sat, Top 40 DJs hosted

Jan 10, Roy Zimmerman.

Jan 12, Wake the Dead. Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.

George’s Nightclub Thurs and Fri, DJ Rick Vegaz. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

Hopmonk Tavern Session Room Jan 11, Eric McFadden Trio. Jan 12, B Side Players. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200.

Marin Center’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium Jan 11, Drumline. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

19 Broadway Club Jan 9, Gail Muldrow. Jan 9, Lola Paris. Jan 10, Natt Johnson. Jan 11, Anthony B. Jan 12, Flowerbox. Jan 13, Rory McNamara’s Ring of Truth Trio. Jan 16, Lucid Lion. Jan 16, Rockit Science. 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.

Osteria Divino Jan 16, Con Quimba. Tues,

Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sun, Live music. 37 Caledonia St, Sausalito.

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Jan 11, Feather Witch. Jan 12, Swoop Unit. Jan 15, Andre and Friends. Mon, acoustic open mic. Second Wednesday of every month, Biambuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Groove Room. Third Wednesday of every month, Elvis Johnson Soul Review. Second Thursday of every month, Markâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jam Sammich. Second Sunday of every month, Sexy Sunday: Women Rockers. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.

Rancho Nicasio Jan 11, Buck Nickels and Loose Change. Jan 12, Mystic Roots. Jan 13, Jeremy Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Antonio. Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

Sausalito Seahorse Jan 10, Manny Cruz. Jan 11, Silke Berlinn & the Underground. Jan 12, James Moseley Band. Jan 13, Mazacote. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito.

Sleeping Lady Jan 10, Appleberry Jamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guitar Pull. Jan 11, Danny Clickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Texas Blues Night. Jan 13, Judy Hall. Jan 16, Kelly Peterson. 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.485.1182.

Smileyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jan 10, Whiskey & Women. Jan 11, Taylor Brooks Band. Jan 12, This Old Earthquake. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311.

Studio 55 Marin Jan 11, Audie Blaylock & Redline. Jan 12, Sonoma Valley Jazz Society. Jan 13, Lisa Sangita Koscow & Lucian Balmer. 1455 E Francisco Blvd, San Rafael. 415.453.3161.

Sweetwater Music Hall Mon, Open Mic. Every other Wednesday, Wednesday Night Live. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

NAPA COUNTY Napa Valley Opera House Jan 11, Kronos Quartet. Jan 12, Mark Hummel. Jan 15, Philharmonia Baroque. 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Siloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jan 12, Tribute to Elton John. Wed, 7pm, jam session. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.


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Twenty thirteen promises a steady diet of new musical adventures. On Feb. 4, Kranky Records offers a double dose of Grouper (pictured) with a reissue of Liz Harrisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; atmospheric 2008 gem Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill, followed by The Man Who Died in His Boat, a collection of unreleased material written at the same time.


Azealia Banksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Broke with Expensive Taste brings the young rapperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s official debut on Feb. 12, while Atoms for Peace, a supergroup fronted by Thom Yorke of Radiohead and Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, debuts on Feb. 25. If â&#x20AC;&#x153;Year of the Glad,â&#x20AC;? from freakydeaky guitar god Marnie Sternâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest, The Chronicles of Marnia (Feb. 19), is any reflection of whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in store, this is going to be a damn good piece of work. That same day, Nick Cave returns to the solemn ceremony of the Bad Seeds with Push the Sky Away. After taking a break to write an opera, Swedish electronic duo the Knife return with Shaking the Habitual in April 2013. Spring brings a new album from Yeah Yeah Yeahs, who debuted a new song, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Despair,â&#x20AC;? at a Hurricane Sandy benefit last year in N.Y.C.; in May, look for â&#x20AC;&#x2122;80s synthlords Depeche Modeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first release on Columbia Records. Currently in a remote studio, Arcade Fire are toiling away on the follow-up to The Suburbs. Look for at least three songs to be produced by James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem; the record is due near the end of the year. Superstar records are also on the horizon, with unconfirmed release dates from BeyoncĂŠ, Eminem and Lady Gaga.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Leilani Clark

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At 4pm. Steele Lane Community Center, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Home: Sonoma County,â&#x20AC;? Sonoma County Photography Group exhibition. 415 Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3282.

Jan 10 At 5pm. Finley Center, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Monty Montyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Traveling Air Show & Aeronautical Wonders,â&#x20AC;? scultpures of fantasy flight contraptions. 2060 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3737.

Jan 12 At 2pm. Petaluma Arts Center, â&#x20AC;&#x153;4 Weavers,â&#x20AC;? multi-dimensional, textiles, clothing and costumes by four contemporary artists. 230 Lakeville St at East Washington, Petaluma. 707.762.5600. From 5 to 9pm. Riverfront Art Gallery, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winter,â&#x20AC;? photography by Lance Kuehne. With music by Los Guâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;achis. 132 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.775.4278.

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At 1pm. Occidental Center for the Arts, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sky,â&#x20AC;? quilt exhibit by the Pointless Sisters. 4008 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental.


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At 3pm. Gallery Route One,â&#x20AC;&#x153;Out of the Blue,â&#x20AC;? annual juried show. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1347.

SONOMA COUNTY Calabi Gallery Through Jan 12, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Extraordinary,â&#x20AC;? showing a diverse array of our gallery artists. 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.

paintings by Linda Sorenson. 1580 Eastshore Rd, Bodega Bay. Daily, 10 to 5. Closed Wednesdays. 707.875.2744.

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Occidental Center for the Arts Jan 10-Feb 28, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sky,â&#x20AC;? quilt exhibit by the Pointless Sisters. Reception, Jan 13, 1pm. 4008 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental.

Petaluma Arts Center Jan 11-Mar 10, â&#x20AC;&#x153;4 Weavers,â&#x20AC;? multi-dimensional, textiles, clothing and costumes by four contemporary artists. Reception, Jan 12, 2pm. 230 Lakeville St at East Washington, Petaluma. 707.762.5600.

Jan 9-Mar 6, David Kingwillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s abstract paintings. 100 Santa Rosa Ave, Ste 10, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3010.

Through Mar 30, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Free Flight,â&#x20AC;? paintings and sculptures with no restricted theme or size. 25193 Hwy 116, Duncans Mills. 707.865.0243.

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RiskPress Gallery

Jan 9-Feb 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Monty Montyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Traveling Air Show & Aeronautical Wonders,â&#x20AC;? photographers of fantasy flight contraptions. Reception, Jan 10, 5pm. Through Feb 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nik Catalina: Photographs,â&#x20AC;? the magic and wonder of nature. 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.

Healdsburg Center for the Arts Jan 15-Feb 3, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Young Artists 2013,â&#x20AC;? works from elementary school students. 130 Plaza St, Healdsburg. Daily, 11 to 6. 707.431.1970.

Local Color Gallery Through Feb 3, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Science Route,â&#x20AC;? featuring colorful land and seascape oil

Through Jan 28, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Scenic Journey: Sonoma County and Beyond,â&#x20AC;? a series of landscapes by Terry SauvĂŠ. 7345 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol. No phone.

Riverfront Art Gallery Through Mar 3, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winter,â&#x20AC;? photography by Lance Kuehne. Reception, Jan 12, 5-9pm, with music by Los Guâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;achis. 132 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.775.4278.

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.

Sonoma County Museum Through Jan 13, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The California Landscape,â&#x20AC;? exhibition of landscape paintings from museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collections. Through Jan 13, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peace at Sunset,â&#x20AC;? painting from 19th-century artist Thomas Cole, on loan from the De Young Museum in San Francisco. Through Jan 13, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wild Land: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Landscape Paintingâ&#x20AC;? uses a combination of graphics, immersive environments and images on a journey through Coleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creative process.

and George Gorner. 827 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.713.3087.


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

NAPA COUNTY di Rosa Through Jan 27, “Renaissance on Fillmore” examines San Francisco’s upper Fillmore district through 1955-’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 Ongoing, “Art on First,” third annual exhibition bringing art to empty storefronts in downtown Napa. Includes work THEY GOT BALLS The Harlem Globetrotters are back by 13 Bay Area artists. Main at the SRJC on Jan. 16. See Events, adjacent. and Third streets, Napa.

Gordon Huether Gallery 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. Tues-Sun, 11 to 4. 707.579.1500.

Steele Lane Community Center Jan 9-Feb 28, “Our Home: Sonoma County,” Sonoma County Photography Group exhibition. Reception, Jan 9, 4pm. 415 Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. Mon-Thurs, 8 to 7; Fri, 8 to 5. 707.543.3282.

MARIN COUNTY Bay Model Visitor Center Jan 15-Feb 23, “Reflections on Water,” photographic exhibition celebrating the life and beauty of Marin’s creeks. 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.3871.

Book Passage Through Feb 28, “Tom Killion Woodcut Prints,” Marin County artist and owned of Quail Press. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 415.927.0960.

Gallery Bergelli Through Jan 16, Current exhibition features Jose Basso, Alberto Ludwig, Braulio Delgado and others. 483 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.945.9454.

Gallery Route One Jan 11-Feb 3, “Out of the Blue,” annual juried show. Reception, Jan 13, 3pm. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. Wed-Mon, 11 to 5. 415.663.1347.

Marin Community Foundation Through Feb 5, “Works on Water” 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 History Museum Ongoing, “Treasures from the Vault,” local artifacts; also, “Ranching and Rockin’ at Olompali” features history of State Park; also, “Growing the Future: Farming Families of Marin.” Boyd Gate House, 1125 B St, San Rafael. Tues-Fri, plus second and third Sat monthly, 11 to 4. 415.454.8538.

International Folk Dancing Classes with Carol Friedman include folk dances from all over the world. Mon, 7pm. through May 6. Hermann Sons Hall, 860 Western Ave, Petaluma. 707.762.9962.

Stars of the Stage Love2Dance performs hits from its past 18 shows. Jan 12, 6pm. $18-$24. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael 415.499.6800.

Folding into a Tempest Show, by sculptural costume artist Sha Sha Higby, explores a whimsical journey of life, death, and rebirth through ephemeral images. Jan 13, 7pm. $18-$25. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

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Events Center Literary Cafe Meeting of poets, writers and artists with rotating speakers and readings. Second Wed of every month, 7-9pm. Healdsburg Senior Center, 133 Matheson St, Healdsburg.

Darryl Purpose: Live

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.

Be part of the action at a live taping of this incisive singersongwriter with excellent new album “Next Time Around.” Jan 13 at 5pm. $20. Main Stage West, 104 N Main St, Sebastopol. 707.823.0177.

Hess Collection Winery

Elegant Evening for Singles

Ongoing, outstanding private collection featuring work by Franz Gertsch, Robert Motherwell and other modern masters. 4411 Redwood Rd., Napa. Daily, 10am–5:30pm 707.255.1144.

Quiet your mind and feel yourself with call and response chanting. Jan 12, 7:30pm. $10-$20. Songbird Community Healing Center, 8297 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.2398.

Dancing and mingling in a room full of single people. Jan 11, 8pm. $20. Ondine’s, 558 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.331.1133.

Escape artist, magician and juggler appears as part of the Buddy Club Children’s Show series. Jan 13, 1pm. $8. Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts, Osher Marin JCC, 200 No San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.

Harlem Globetrotters Basketball acrobatics, dazzling flair and showmanship in this fundraiser for SRJC athletics. Jan 16, 7pm. $28 general; $78 courtside. Haehl Pavilion, SRJC, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.527.4685.

John’s March Against Stomach Cancer Walk or run around the 2.5 mile road course and receive a T-shirt. Jan 12, 10am. $40. Sonoma Raceway, Highways 37 and 121, Sonoma. 800.870.RACE.

Low Cost Physicals Family physicals for adults

and children by appointment. Ongoing. $20-$65. Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2880.

Magician Jay Alexander Remember, they’re illusions, not “tricks.” Jan 12, 2 and 5pm. $20. Showcase Theatre, Marin Center, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

Men of Exotica Male Revue Like burlesque, but with dudes. Ladies, you know the drill. Jan 10, 7pm. $15-$20. Mavericks, 397 Aviation Blvd, Santa Rosa. 707.765.2515.

Museum Monday for Little Ones Stories, movement games, art and craft activities, and a movie for children ages 1-5. Mon, 10am-noon through Feb 25. $5. Charles M Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452.

Open House Learn about innovative Natural Chef and Nutrition Consultant Training programs. RSVP required. Jan 10, 6pm. Bauman College, 10151 Main St, Ste 128, Penngrove. 707.795.1284.

Plant Nursery Work Day Volunteer at the Sonoma Garden Park. Thurs, 9am-2pm. Sonoma Ecology Center, 20 E Spain St, Sonoma. ) 707.996.0712.

Napa Valley Museum Jan 9-20, Quilt exhibit. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. Wed-Mon, 10 to 5. 707.944.0500.

Marin MOCA Through Jan 12, “Actuality, Reminiscence and Fabrication,” new photography by Deborah Sullivan. Novato Arts Center, Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Dr, Novato. Wed-Sun, 11 to 4. 415.506.0137.

Marin Society of Artists Through Feb 7, “Passages (From Representational to Abstract),” non-juried member show. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. Mon-Thurs, 11 to 4; SatSun, 12 to 4. 415.454.9561.

MFA Art Space Jan 11-31, New Year show featuring pieces by Ann Cohen, Zenovía Limberakis, Amie Klute

Comedy Open Mic Headlined by Chris Burns. Adult content. Jan 16, 9pm. $4 minimum purchase. Gaia’s Garden, 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491.

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.

NEXT TIME AROUND Darryl Purpose performs at a live taping for KRCB at

Main Stage West on Jan. 13. See Events, above.


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Resource Clinic Get info on housing, transit, food stamps and Medi-Cal. Wed, 11am-1pm. Free. Petaluma Health Center, 1301 Southpoint Blvd, Petaluma. 707.559.7500.

Toddler Storytime High-energy storytime for toddlers 18 months to three years old. Fri, 10am. Free. Petaluma Library, 100 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma. 707.763.9801.

Volunteer Orientation Learn more about volunteer opportunities and explore the galleries and grounds of famed preserve and gallery in person. Jan 12, 10:30am. Free. di Rosa, 5200 Sonoma Hwy, Napa. 707.226.5991.

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

Wild Cat Adventure Five live cats from around the world strut their stuff with professional handlers. Jan 13, 3pm. $5-$10. Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris St, Sebastopol. 707.823.1511.

Field Trips Nature Walk Led by Petaluma Wetlands Alliance. Rain cancels. Jan 12, 9am. Free. Shollenberger Park, Parking lot, Petaluma.

Youth Winter Bird Count Led by expert birders, participants will learn how to identify and collect data on the birds visiting our area during winter. All ages encouraged. Jan 12, 8:30am. Free. Richardson Bay Audubon Center, 376 Greenwood Beach Rd, Tiburon. 415.388.2524. Also at various locations throughout the North Bay. See www.

Film A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III Sneak preview of Roman

Coppola’s new film. Jan 15, 8pm. $50 includes Golden Globes broadcast on Jan 13. Cameo Cinema, 1340 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.3946.

Golden Globe Awards Award ceremony on the big screen. Jan 13, 5pm. $50 includes Roman Coppola screening on Jan 15. Cameo Cinema, 1340 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.3946.

Two for the Road Part of the Mort Sahl film series. Jan 9, 7:30pm. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

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 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.

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.

Taste of Italy Winner, winner, chicken dinner in this fundraiser for the Penngrove Social Firemen. Jan 12, 6pm. $5-$15. Penngrove Community Clubhouse, 385 Woodward St, Penngrove.

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 4. Ongoing. Membership, $5$10 per year. Chops Teen Club, 509 Adams St, Santa Rosa. 707.284.2467.

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.

Breathe Easy Prevent colds, sinusitis, allergies, bronchitis through yoga poses, breathing techniques and the nasal cup. Jan 12, 10am. $20-$22. Songbird Community Healing Center, 8297 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.2398.


Family Constellations Understand and work with subconscious family dynamics. Jan 12, 2pm. $10-$20. Songbird Community Healing Center, 8297 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.2398.

The E-Revolution in Newspapers Paul Gullixson, editorial director of the Press Democrat, speaks about the “digital shift” occurring in the newspaper publishing industry. Jan 13, 3pm. $5-$8. Flamingo Resort Hotel, 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

Kayaking & Hiking the Laguna Learn how to get around the Laguna by foot or by boat with David Bannister. Jan 12, 3pm. $10. Laguna de Santa Rosa Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.527.9277.

Making Your Sonoma Garden More Sustainable Kim Pearson discusses sustainability and why it is so important for the future. Jan 12, 10:30am. Free. Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 W Napa St, Sonoma. 707.939.0379.

Mastering Children’s Writing Andrea Alban leads this workshop salon. Jan 13, 5pm. $30. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 415.927.0960.

Rose Pruning Jim Lang demonstrates the best ways to prune the many different kinds of roses. Jan 12, 10:30am. Free. Petaluma Library, 100 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma. 707.763.9801.

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Johnny Walker gives a class on the basics of snowshoeing. Jan 9, 7pm. Free. REI Corte Madera, 213 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera. 415.927.1938.

Avalanche Awareness

Supermarket Orchids Survival Workshop

Aaron Johnson explains where and why avalanches occur. Jan 16, 7pm. Free. REI Corte Madera, 213 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera. 415.927.1938.

Ann Chambers leads a workshop on how to care for an orchid. Jan 12, 10:30am. Free. Rincon Valley Regional Library, 6959 Montecito Blvd, Santa Rosa. 707.537.1062.

Mind’s Eye

New Roman Coppola film part of Cameo celebration Charlie Sheen might actually redeem himself from a year of living dangerously with his latest role in A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III. The film is writerand-director Roman Coppola’s first feature since CQ in 2001; it boasts Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman and Aubrey Plaza (from Parks and Recreation, pictured). The storyline revolves around a sexobsessed hedonist (played, naturally, by Sheen) who’s trying to win back the love of his life—she seems to have taken up with a pack of women dressed as stereotypical Native Americans rampaging through the high desert—with the help of a bearded, Ben Stiller–like Schwartzman. Coppola hit the mark as co-writer on Wes Anderson’s sweet-faced Moonrise Kingdom, so his latest project should hold some pleasant surprises. Cameo Cinema offers a sneak preview screening of the film Jan. 15, including a Q&A with Coppola himself afterward. The screening is part of a year’s worth of special events commemorating the centennial of the Cameo, a single-screen theater purchased by Cathy Buck in 2005 that’s retained its charm for a hundred years. The $50 ticket price includes admission to a live simulcast of the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Jan. 13, at 5pm. Charles Swan III screens on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Cameo Cinema. 1340 Main St., St. Helena. 8pm. $50. 707.963.3946.—Leilani Clark

Winter Backcountry Travel Mike Kelly, leader of the National Ski Patrol’s Northern

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Free. REI Santa Rosa, Southside Shopping Center, 2715 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.540.9025.

Readings Book Passage Jan 9, 7pm, “Brothers: On His Brothers and Brothers in History” with George Howe Colt. Jan 10, 7pm, “City of Dark Magic” with Christina Lynch & Meg Howrey. Jan 11, 7pm, “Me Before You” with Jojo Moyes. Jan 12, 4pm, “Wide Open Privacy: Strategies for the Digital Life” with Siobhan MacDermott. Jan 12, 7pm, “The Blood Gospel: The Order of the Sanguine Series” with James Rollins & Rebecca Cantrell. Jan 13, 4pm, “Fearless Women: Visions of a New World” with Mary Ann Halpin. Jan 13, 7pm, Cynthia Greenberg, Carol Newman & Nicola Trwst. Jan 14, 7pm, “M.B. Boissevain: Marin’s First Farm Advisor” with David Lewis & Ellie Rilla. Jan 16, 7pm, “She Matters” with Susanna Sonnenberg. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera 415.927.0960.

Gaia’s Garden Jan 14, 6pm, Daniel Coshnear, Cameo Archer, Arletta Dawdy & others. 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa 707.544.2491.

Petaluma Library Jan 12, 2pm, “Nothing Can Scare

Me Now: Managing Breast Cancer So It Doesn’t Manage You” with Juliane Cortino. 100 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma 707.763.9801.

Point Reyes Books Second Monday of every month, 7pm, Second Mon at 7, Knit Lit group. Third Tuesday of every month, 7pm, women’s book group. 11315 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station 415.663.1542.

Sebastopol Center for the Arts Second Sunday of every month, 4pm, Second Sun at 4, Westword Salon open reading and discussion. $1 donation. 707.829.1549. 282 S High St, Sebastopol.

The Sitting Room Third Wednesday of every month, 2pm, Sitting Room book club. 170 E Cotati Ave, Cotati. 707.823.3477.

Studio 333 Second Thursday of every month, 7pm, Why There Are Words, reading series presents various writers on a theme. $5. 333 Caledonia St, Sausalito 415.331.8272.

Theater Celebrity Autobiography Vignettes inspired and torn straight from the pages of the most unforgettable celebrity tell-alls. Jan 12, 8:30pm. $40$59. Wells Fargo Center, 50

Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

A Couple of Blaguards Irish tunes and ballads sparkle in this musical comedy about the McCourt brothers’ escape from Ireland to America. Dates and times vary. Through Jan 20. $25-$35. Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.763.8920.

Great American Trailer Park Musical Back-country yokels have a heart too in this funny romp. Thurs-Sun through Jan. 20 at the Napa Valley Playhouse, 1637 Imola Ave., Napa. Thurs-Sun 8pm; 2pm matinees Sat and Sun. $20$25. 707.255.LIVE..

‘M’ Staged reading of a new play by Jeannie Barroga. Directed by Norman Gee. Jan 16, 7:30pm. $10-$20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

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For the week of January 9

ARIES (March 21–April 19) Writing at, Charlie Jane Anders provides “10 Signs You Could Be the Chosen Savior.” Among the clues are the following: 1. “How often does someone comes up to you on the street, point at you, gibber something inarticulate and run away?” 2. “How many robot/clone duplicates of yourself have you come across?” 3. “Is there a blurry black-and-white photo or drawing from history that sort of looks like you?” 4. “Have you achieved weird feats that nobody could explain, but which nobody else witnessed?” Now would be a good time for you to take this test, Aries. You’re in a phase of your astrological cycle when your dormant superpowers may finally be awakening—a time when you might need to finally claim a role you’ve previously been unready for. (Read Anders’ article here: TAURUS (April 20–May 20)

“Dear Rob the Astrologer: I have a big question for you. If I could get access to a time machine, where would you suggest I should go? Is there a way to calculate the time and place where I could enjoy favorable astrological connections that would bring out the best in me?” —Curious Taurus. Dear Curious: Here are some locations that might be a good fit for you Tauruses right now: Athens, Greece in 459 B.C.; Constantinople in 1179; Florence, Italy, in 1489; New York in 2037. In general, you would thrive wherever there are lots of bright people co-creating a lively culture that offers maximum stimulation. You need to have your certainties challenged and your mind expanded and your sense of wonder piqued.

GEMINI (May 21–June 20) Will archaeologists find definitive evidence of the magical lost continent of Atlantis in 2013? Probably not. How about Shambhala, the mythical kingdom in Central Asia where the planet’s greatest spiritual masters are said to live? Any chance it will be discovered by Indiana Jones–style fortune hunters? Again, not likely. But I do think there’s a decent chance that sometime in the next seven months, many of you Geminis will discover places, situations, and circumstances that will be, for all intents and purposes, magical and mythical. CANCER (June 21–July 22) There’s a spot in the country of Panama where you can watch the sun rise in the east over the Pacific Ocean. In another Panamanian location, you can see the sun set in the west over the Atlantic Ocean. Nothing weird is involved. Nothing twisted or unearthly. It’s simply a quirk of geography. I suspect that a similar situation will be at work in your life sometime soon. Things may seem out of place. Your sense of direction might be off-kilter, and even your intuition could seem to be playing tricks on you. But don’t worry. Have no fear. Life is simply asking you to expand your understanding of what “natural” and “normal” are.

LEO (July 23–August 22) Metaphorically speaking, a pebble was in your shoe the whole past week. You kept thinking, “Pretty soon I’ve got to take a minute to get rid of that thing,” and yet you never did. Why is that? While it wasn’t enormously painful, it distracted you just enough to keep you from giving your undivided attention to the important tasks at hand. Now here’s a news flash: the damn pebble is still in your shoe. Can I persuade you to remove it? Please? VIRGO (August 23–September 22)

Even when you know exactly what you want, it’s sometimes crucial for you not to accomplish it too fast. It may be that you need to mature more before you’re ready to handle your success. It could be that if you got all of your heart’s desire too quickly and easily, you wouldn’t develop the vigorous willpower that the quest was meant to help you forge. The importance of good timing can’t be underestimated, either; in order for you to take full advantage of your dream-come-true, many other factors in your life have to be in place and arranged just so. With those thoughts in mind, Virgo, I offer you this prediction for 2013: A benevolent version of a perfect storm is headed your way.

ROAD TRIP TIME ‘Two for the Road,’ in glorious washed-out 1970s color, screens as part of Mort Sahl’s film series at 142 Throckmorton on Jan. 9. See Film, p28.

LIBRA (September 23–October 22) Artists who painted images in caves 30,000 years ago did a pretty good job of depicting the movements of four-legged animals like horses. In fact, they were more skilled than

today’s artists. Even the modern experts who illustrate animal anatomy textbooks don’t match the accuracy of the people who decorated cave walls millennia ago. So says a study reported in ( I’d like to suggest this is a useful metaphor for you to consider, Libra. There’s some important task that the old you did better than the new you does. Now would be an excellent time to recapture the lost magic.

SCORPIO (October 23–November 21)

After evaluating your astrological omens for the coming months, I’ve decided to name you Scorpios the “Top Sinners of the Year” for 2013. What that means is that I suspect your vices will be more inventive and more charming than those of all the other signs. Your so-called violations may have the effect of healing some debilitating habit. In fact, your “sins” may not be immoral or wicked at all. They might actually be beautiful transgressions that creatively transcend the status quo; they might be imaginative improvements on the half-assed way that things have always been done. To ensure you’re always being ethical in your outlaw behavior, be committed to serving the greater good at least as much as your own selfish interests.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21) Here’s the horoscope I hope to be able to write for you a year from now: “Your mind just kept opening further and further during these past 12 months, Sagittarius—way beyond what I ever imagined possible. Congrats! Even as you made yourself more innocent and receptive than you’ve been in a long time, you were constantly getting smarter and sharpening your ability to see the raw truth of what was unfolding. Illusions and misleading fantasies did not appeal to you. Again, kudos!”

CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19) What does it mean when the dwarf planet Pluto impacts a key point in your horoscope? For Capricorn gymnast Gabby Douglas, it seemed to be profoundly empowering. During the time Pluto was close to her natal sun during last year’s summer Olympics, she won two gold medals, one with her team and one by herself. Luck had very little to do with her triumph. Hard work, self-discipline and persistence were key factors. I’m predicting that Pluto’s long cruise through the sign of Capricorn will give you an opportunity to earn a Gabby Douglas–like achievement in your own sphere—if, that is, you can summon the same level of willpower and determination that she did. Now would be an excellent time to formally commit yourself to the glorious cause that excites you the most. AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18) “Diplomacy is the art of saying ‘nice doggie’ until you can find a rock,” said humorist Will Rogers. I hope you’ve been taking care of the “nice doggie” part, Aquarius—holding the adversarial forces and questionable influences at bay. As for the rock, I predict you will find it any minute now, perhaps even within an hour of reading this horoscope. Please keep in mind that you won’t necessarily have to throw the rock for it to serve its purpose. Merely brandishing it should be enough. PISCES (February 19–March 20)

Do you know the word “cahoots”? Strictly speaking, it means to be in league with allies who have the same intentions as you do; to scheme and dream with confederates whose interests overlap with yours. Let’s expand that definition a little further and make it one of your central themes in the coming week. For your purposes, “cahoots” will signify the following: to conspire with like-minded companions as you cook up some healthy mischief or whip up an interesting commotion or instigate a benevolent ruckus.

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