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ast week, our planet took two celestial shots. First, a meteor struck Russia, showering the Chelyabinsk region with fragments and injuring several hundred people, and then, Asteroid 2012 DA14 whizzed past. This coincidence of events should be a warning to humanity that meteors are not always as benign as “shooting stars,” and that the next asteroid might not miss. Will we heed this warning?

DA14 can be seen as one of about 10,000 near-Earth asteroids that have been discovered in the past 15 years, threatening an impact. Since we have seen these asteroids and are currently tracking them, we can predict any upcoming impacts. Earth has been hit by one of these relatively small DA14-sized asteroids about once every 300 years, on average. And “small” is far, far from insignificant. The DA14-like asteroid that hit Earth in 1908 did so in a remote region of Siberia, where the explosion (the equivalent of about 250 Hiroshima nuclear bombs going off at one time) destroyed over 800 square miles of the countryside. Until just about a year ago, DA14 was one of about 1 million similarly sized, near-Earth asteroids, which we know are out there, statistically, but that we haven’t yet seen. Until we find them in our telescopes, we are like sitting ducks in a shooting gallery. Unbeknownst to most people, if we have adequate early warning, our current space technology is sufficiently advanced to deflect these asteroids. For smaller impacts, even a last-minute warning of several days could enable a local evacuation. Several groups have recommended placing an infrared space telescope into orbit around the sun in order to discover the bulk of Earth-threatening asteroids. The B612 Foundation, a nonprofit organization of former astronauts, scientists, engineers and supporters, is mounting precisely such a mission. This Sentinel telescope is planned for launch in 2018; by the end of its planned lifetime, Sentinel will have discovered well over 90 percent of the asteroids that could destroy entire regions of Earth on impact. The B612 Foundation has undertaken this project as a nongovernmental initiative. Our motivation is strictly to ensure the survival of life on Earth—all of it. Rusty Schweickart is a former Apollo 9 astronaut and research scientist living in Sonoma. 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

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Jay Scherf is to be commended for his daring expedition to outermost Patagonia, where he discovered the shocking news that canned and bottled mate drink is not exactly traditional yerba mate (“Bottling the Tradition,” Feb. 13). He also reveals that Argentines speak a peculiar dialect known as “castellano” (a term interchangeable with “Español,” a language spoken by people in most of South America as well as Spain, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Argentines have a distinctive accent— so do lots of others who speak Spanish; it’s all castellano). He also researched “indigenous mate farmers”—presumably the folks who grow the gourds that yerba mate is sipped from, unless he was trying to describe yerba growers.


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SRJC’s Job Board I recently encountered this article in the Bohemian (“Living in Limbo,” Jan. 23), which was promptly followed by the astounding realization that the SRJC Job Board has been farmed out to a company called College Central Network, which charges $200 to post an employment offer for 30 days. I have been going to the JC for the last three years studying graphic design. I am graduating this year, and an internship that I found on the original (free) JC job board has turned into a real job for me already. My employers were so pleased with me and the training that I received at the JC that they were eager to post another job offer to fill a currently available post. We went through the steps on the new job board, only to come to the bottom of the page and find that it costs $200! Needless to say, this small yet growing and thriving local employer jumped ship. No wonder there haven’t been any posts on the job board lately.

It is a great loss to this community, the local economy, and especially the students at the JC that someone decided that this was an appropriate budget cut. They perhaps thought, erroneously, that they might make money for the JC from this site, when a nominal charge could have covered the costs of maintaining the original job board.

With Craigslist charging $70 to post job offers and SonomaCountyHelpWanted also charging $200, it’s no wonder people can’t find jobs. Word of mouth and social connections are the most viable way for people to find work in an environment like this. It’s not surprising that an 18- or 20-year-old can’t find a job—they have few useful connections for finding a job. Just sayin’.


Illegal Torture Recently, the national discussion has again turned to gun control and the issue of excess violence in our culture, along with increased, untreated mental illness. Sadly, the entertainment industries continue to feed American consumers a steady diet of violent action thrillers—games, films, books—filled with brutality for young and old audiences alike. This type of entertainment does not model or encourage well-adjusted social behavior such as compassion, kindness or understanding. Instead, it feeds an already unhealthy trend in our society that emphasizes aggressive behavior. We have a deep concern about the showing of the new film Zero Dark Thirty in local theaters. This film presents viewers with a “fictionalized” story depicting many graphic scenes of the horror and brutality of U.S.sanctioned torture and assassination. We are deeply concerned that these images strengthen the mass psychology that otherwise immoral and deplorable behavior is acceptable in the face of perceived threats to national or personal security.


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Paper PASSING LANE Much of Sonoma County’s local meat and produce travels to the Central Valley and back.

Food Freight Farm-to-table is great, but what about everything in between? BY RACHEL DOVEY


n a time when outsourced produce and national distribution are the norm, eating locally isn’t nearly as easy as it sounds. Even in a place as fertile and food-forward as Sonoma County, most food in restaurants and markets comes from hours away— sometimes even if it’s grown or raised just down the street.

Take beef, for example. Anyone who’s heard the shocking statistic that four companies account for more than 80 percent of U.S. beef production might look hopefully to those famous Happy Cows grazing the Sonoma and Marin hills. But although locally sourced marts like Whole Foods and Oliver’s stock their meat counters with sustainable, grassfed alternatives from North Bay farms, inefficiencies often litter the

path from pasture to refrigerated case—notably, a local shortage of USDA-approved slaughterhouses. North Bay ranchers surveyed in a 2009 study conducted by the University of California Cooperative Extension reported an average 97 minutes of oneway travel time between ranch and slaughterhouse, meaning that meat which might have been raised only miles from your home traveled an extra three hours

before getting to your plate. Farmers discussed this concern at a Sonoma County Food Forum in 2011. A report from the event reveals an even longer haul. “It is crazy that small farmers have to haul pigs and poultry all the way to Modesto and back just to be slaughtered,” one participant said, according to the document, detailing the nearly five-hour round trip. Another rancher outlined trips to the central valley, saying, “Our carbon footprint is a size 16.” Of course, while this is troubling from an emission-conservation standpoint, it easily beats importing beef from Greely, Colo., home of Cargill Meat Solutions, or Springdale, Ark., home of Tyson Foods. But it illustrates a glitch in the hyper–local food movement—a web of distributors, packagers and regulators operating on a national or international level. According to Oliver’s Stony Point manager Eric Meuse, Sonoma County products account for almost half—40 percent—of the store’s total sales. But how those products get to the store can be complicated. “Sometimes we’ll have someone walk in off the street,” he says. “But produce is a little odd. Local growers can generally get more at farmers markets, but to sell to a grocery store often takes a cut in their profit. We have to look at what’s a reasonable sell point.” Oliver’s tries to work with local distributors for Sonoma County products, Meuse says, but larger distributors can offer discounts and incentives for buying products in bulk that smaller outfits can’t. And it’s not just Oliver’s. “The centralization of food distribution is a major obstacle to closing the gap between local farmers and local consumers,” according to the “Sonoma County Community Food Assessment” from 2011. The report details the many obstacles facing producers and growers attempting to sell, including high distribution costs, low prices, storage and transportation issues and a disconnect between smallscale, seasonal produce and the needs of larger year-round buyers. It outlines as many as five steps—post-harvest facilities, manufacturers, shippers, brokers

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make sense for everyone to have a large truck.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; However, he adds, Dry Creekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crop is small and inconsistent, and the direct model may not work for larger farmers or producers who sell to more vendors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It can be helpful to the grower to make one delivery rather than multiple,â&#x20AC;? he says. Direct delivery would be difficult for a more widely distributed product like Straus milk. The Tomales dairy utilizes several distribution tiers, according to CFO/COO Bob McGeeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;local, regional and national. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The distributor will pick up products from several different manufacturers like Straus, as opposed to Straus having to go to multiple retailers,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more efficient for companies like Straus.â&#x20AC;? One such smaller-scale local distributor is FEED Sonoma. The Sebastopol company acts as a gobetween for small-scale Sonoma County farmers, like BloomďŹ eld Farms and Felton Acres, and Bay Area restaurants. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to help the farmer and the restaurant,â&#x20AC;? says co-owner Michelle Dubin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While we want to encourage direct relationships, it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make sense for everyone to have a large truck, and at some

point thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a break, where itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tough for a chef to call 10 farms.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also potentially costly and inefficient for a restaurant to buy all its food directly, according to Lowell Sheldon, owner of Peter Lowellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in Sebastopol, though this is primarily what his restaurant does. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I wanted to hire a new chef, it would be a very labor intensive endeavor,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would have to train him about the 50 different vendors I use and how they negotiate pricingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;it takes a lot of work to develop that, as opposed to if I hired a chef and brought everything in through distribution companies.â&#x20AC;? Sheldon brings up another issue for serious locavores. Sonoma County food isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just leaving and coming backâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;some of it is leaving altogether. Buying local apples is very difficult, he points out, along with local seafood. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wild-caught ďŹ sh is just zipping right through Sonoma County,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t secure it.â&#x20AC;? FEED cofounder Tim Page adds that as these local products leave, nonlocal products are imported to take their place, which he sees as a consequence of our deeply ingrained nonseasonal eating habits. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have an amazing history of heirloom apple production,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But if you go to any market, they have an array of apples 365 days a year. People are buying apples every day of the year.â&#x20AC;? Bound by a northern California climate, local growers just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t keep up, he says. Dubin and Page are aware that they are primarily serving a high-end niche market of restaurateurs, but their vision is more egalitarian. However, with public subsidies helping to fund corporate agribusiness, a market demand for year-round crops and all the deals that come with ordering large shipments in bulk, they seethat itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a challenging vision. â&#x20AC;&#x153;McDonaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is in the way,â&#x20AC;? Dubin says, when I ask what stands between a majority of consumers and eating local food. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Until itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just as easy to make better food choices, most people wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make a lifestyle change.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The answer is to go local, but how?â&#x20AC;? Page says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to do.â&#x20AC;?

Mr. Reich In post-Occupy 2013, the term â&#x20AC;&#x153;one percentâ&#x20AC;? has crept dangerously close to jargonâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a phrase used by everyone from Fox News to Mitt Romney in order to land some demographic points with the rest of us. Read anything written by Robert Reich, Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration and current UC Berkeley professor, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll remember why those two words set the country on ďŹ re. In his numerous articles and book Beyond Outrage, Reich drops sentence after fact-laced sentence that will have you laughingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or cryingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;in disbelief. Take this little nugget: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The 400 richest Americans now have more wealth than the entire bottom half of earnersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;150 million Americansâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;put together.â&#x20AC;? Or this, from his blog: â&#x20AC;&#x153;A half century ago, Americanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest private-sector employer was General Motors, whose full-time workers earned an average hourly wage of around $50, in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dollars, including health and pension beneďŹ ts. Today, Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest employer is Walmart, whose average employee earns $8.81 an hour.â&#x20AC;? (A third of those employees donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t qualify for beneďŹ ts.) A strong advocate for union-less workersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;those without political capital or Super PACs or, really, much of a voiceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Reich offers comprehensive and clear outlines of what we already know but might be tempted to forget. As Rohnert Park contemplates opening a Walmart supercenter and zoning exemptions are made for other big-box retailers, his work is a reminder why the language of Occupy is worth reclaiming by the 99 percent. Robert Reich speaks on Walmart, the new economy and Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future on Monday, Feb. 25, at the Glaser Center. 547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 7pm. Free. 707.568.5381. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Rachel Dovey

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My Yolk Is Heavy Studies suggest that it’s healthier to skip the so-called most important meal of the day BY ARI LEVAUX


he institution of breakfast is rarely challenged. It ranks somewhere between sleep and oxygen in reputed health benefits, and supposedly supplies irreplaceable energy to get you going—it primes your metabolic system, keeps your muscles healthy, feeds your brain and generally prepares you for the day.

But what if it’s all an old wives’ tale? Recent studies suggest that at the very least, the benefits of breakfast are not so simple. On Jan. 18, Nutrition Journal

ran a study suggesting that people will eat the same size meals at lunch and dinner regardless of how much they eat for breakfast. This challenges the conventional wisdom that if you skip breakfast, you’ll gorge later to make up for it. Another recent study looked at the differences between exercising on a full or empty stomach. In late January, the British Journal of Nutrition published a paper that suggests exercise before breakfast burns 20 percent more body fat than the same workout after breakfast. The study also determined that people who exercise before breakfast do not consume additional calories or

experience increased appetite during the day. Doctoral student Javier Gonzalez, part of the team, told Science Daily, “In order to lose body fat, we need to use more fat than we consume. Exercise increases the total amount of energy we expend, and a greater proportion of this energy comes from existing fat if the exercise is performed after an overnight fast.” Bodybuilder and blogger Martin Berkhan forced himself to eat breakfast for years, buying into the conventional wisdom that one must eat five to eight times a day to preserve muscle mass. Nowadays, Berkhan doesn’t

break fast until mid-afternoon, following his daily weightlifting routine. Berkhan credits skipping breakfast for helping him not only reach his fat loss goals, but his muscle-building goals too. In a recent post called “Why Does Breakfast Make Me Hungry?” Berkhan wonders why different people react so differently to breakfast. “For me and many others out there, skipping breakfast keeps hunger away far better than eating in the morning—paradoxically enough. . . . Why is it that some people are better off not eating anything at all in the morning? How can you be better off with zero calories than hundreds of calories under these specific conditions?” His heavily cited hypothesis is based on a phenomena called the “cortisol awakening response,” in which levels of the hormone cortisol are elevated in the morning, to help you wake up. Cortisol increases blood sugar. How your body deals with that increased blood sugar, according to Berkhan, determines how well you do on breakfast. I’ve tried skipping breakfast, and I might never go back. When exercising, I’m much better running on empty. My gastrointestinal system is not the well-oiled machine it once was, and when my belly is full of food, it can get in the way of physical activity and movement. Eating habits change over a lifetime. There’s a big difference between when you’re young, growing and basically hungry all the time, and when you hit the fattening 40s, like I recently have. It would be easy to keep eating like I used to, out of habit and momentum, but if I listen to my gut, I’m less hungry than I used to be, especially in the morning. It took me a while to break through the idea that by skipping breakfast I might as well be playing Russian roulette for a living. But I feel great, and the paunch has waned. Wading through all of the emerging data can be confusing, but your gut is the final arbiter. Listen to it.

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S O N OMA CO U N TY 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.

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

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.

Cafe Zazzle Eclectic cafe. $-$$. Colorful, tasty food cooked Mexican-, Japanese-, Thai- and Italian-style. Lunch and dinner daily. 121 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.762.1700. Dempsey’s Alehouse Gourmet pub fare. $-$$. Popular brewpub and bistro, award-winning handcrafted beers, outdoor dining in summer and pork chops to die for. Lunch and dinner daily. 50 E Washington St, Petaluma. 707.765.9694.

Gaia’s Garden Vegetarian. $. International buffet with simple, homestyle food for just a few bucks, including curry and dahl, enchiladas, eggplant parmesan and homemade bread. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491.

Kirin Chinese. $$.

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

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

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.

Piatti Italian. $$-$$$.Rustic, seasonal, Italian food. Kidfriendly. Lunch and dinner daily. 625 Redwood Hwy, Mill Valley. 415.380.2525.

La Fondita Mexican. $.

Portelli Rossi Italian.

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

$$. Tasty and affordable fare in a cozy setting. Lunch, Tues-Sat; dinner, Tues-Sun. 868 Grant Ave, Novato. 415.892.6100.

Pongo’s Kitchen & Tap Thai. $$. Family-owned

Robata Grill & Sushi

and operated with superfresh ingredients and a full kids’ menu. Lunch and dinner daily. 701 Sonoma Mt Pkwy, Petaluma. 707.765.9800.

Tres Hombres Mexican. $-$$. Excellent food in Petaluma’s Theater District, and a fun place to hang before or after a flick.Lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sat-Sun. 151 Petaluma Blvd S, Petaluma. 707.773.4500.

Volpi’s Restaurant Italian. $$-$$$. Festive atmosphere teams with great traditional Italian dishes at one of county’s oldest eateries. Accordion in the speakeasy if you’re lucky. Dinner daily. 124 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.2371.

Yao-Kiku Japanese. $$-$$$. Fresh sushi with ingredients flown in from Japan steals the show in this popular neighborhood restaurant. Lunch and dinner daily. 2700 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.578.8180.

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

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Japanese. $$. Mmm. With thick slices of fresh sashimi, Robata knows how to do it. The rolls are big winners. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat; dinner only, Sun. 591 Redwood Hwy, Mill Valley. 415.381.8400.

Salito’s Crab House Seafood . $$$. Waterfront setting with extensive marine menu plus steak and other American staples. Lunch and dinner daily. 1200 Bridgeway Ave, Sausalito. 415.331.3226.

Sorella Caffe Italian. $$. The embodiment of Fairfax casual, with delicious, high-quality food that lacks pretension. Open for dinner daily. 107 Bolinas Rd, Farifax. 415.258.4520. Yet Wah Chinese. $$. 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. Boonfly Cafe California cuisine. $-$$. Extraordinary food

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Dining ( 13 in an extraordinary setting. Perfect pasta and mussels. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 4080 Sonoma Hwy, Napa. 707.299.4900.

C.C. Blue Japanese. $$-$$$. Eat Godzilla maki and hamachi carpaccio in aquarium-chic environs. Hearty portions. Dinner TuesSun; late-night dining, ThursSat. 1148 Main St, St Helena. 707.967.9100.

Cindy Pawlycyn’s Wood Grill & Wine Bar

At the Veterans Building 282 South High St. Sebastopol, CA 95472 707.829.4797

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

Compadres Rio Grille "Muse: Allegory" by Easton, 1996

Open Wed thru Sun, 11 to 5pm 144 Petaluma Blvd North, Petaluma

Call today to advertise! 707.527.1200

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

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

Fumé Bistro & Bar California cuisine. $$$. California bistro fare that nearly always hits the mark. Lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sat-Sun. 4050 Byway E, Napa. 707.257.1999.

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,


All Things Cheese Like a good cheddar, the annual Sonoma Valley Cheese Conference has come of age. This week, for the 10th year running, artisan cheesemakers, retailers, distributors, food writers and aficionados from all over the country gather in Sonoma for three days of tasting, sipping and chatting. Hosted by Sheana Davis of the Epicurean Connection, this year’s conference focuses on the next generation of young cheesemakers who have heeded the curdling call. Festivities kick off in Sonoma on Sunday, Feb. 24, with a Winter Artisan Cheese Fair. In addition to plenty of beer and winetasting, guests will sample selections from the macand-cheese cook-off, featuring chefs from Hopmonk, Depot Hotel, Hot Box Grill and Real Food Company, among others. Two days of seminars, speakers and networking sessions follow on Monday and Tuesday, with local cheesemakers Gabe Vella of Vella Cheese Company and Carleen Weirauch of Weirauch Farm & Creamery joining in a panel discussion with Wisconsin farmhouse cheesemakers Andy Hatch and Katie Hedrich. Proving that cheesemaking isn’t just for farmers, urbanites Bob Willis and Kurt Dammeier discuss the art of curdling in the midst of the concrete jungle. And on Wednesday, author, CEO and selfdescribed “lapsed anarchist” Ari Weinzweig gives a presentation on how to build a better business with less bureaucracy and more fun. The conference runs Feb. 23–27 with various price points; to register, email Sheana Davis at or call 707.935.7960. Visit to learn more.—Jessica Dur Taylor

Wed-Sun. 1314 McKinstry St, Napa. 707.257.5157.

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. 707.251.1900.

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



S O N OM A CO U N T Y Cellars of Sonoma Topshelf winos will want to roll down the tracks and check out this Railroad Square coop that serves product from six small family wineries. The attractive shop features the massive wood bar from the old Mixx restaurant, constantly shifting scenery on an array of flat panel screens ensconced in wine barrel heads and aroma seminars. Check out the dry Gewürtz and Estate Pinots. 133 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. Sunday–Wednesday 10am–5pm, Thursday– Saturday 10am–7pm. $10 fee. 707.578.1826.

Graton Ridge Cellars Formerly an apple shed beloved by regular customers who drove up to get juice and apples, this tasting room is clean and contemporary, with a bit of vineyardy wine country art on the walls, and an apple dessert wine. The apples are not gone after all. 3561 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Sebastopol. Tasting room open Friday–Sunday, 10am– 4:30pm. No fee. 707.823.3040.

Imagery Estate Winery Results from a 20-year collaboration between winemaker Joe Benziger and artist Bob Nugent. The concept: Commission unique artwork from contemporary artists for each release of often uncommon varietal wines. The wine gets drunk. The art goes on the gallery wall. Not so complicated. Count on the reds and plan to take a stroll down the informative “varietal walk” on the grounds. 14335 Hwy. 12, Glen Ellen. Summer hours, Sunday–Thursday, 10am– 4:30pm; Friday–Saturday, 10am–5pm. 707.935.4515.

Little Vineyards All of the Little’s wines are made from their 15-acre estate vineyards, and they’re serious about their product. Zin and Syrah are stars here. 15188 Sonoma Hwy., Glen

Ellen. By appointment. 707.996.2750.

Roadhouse Winery Dudes abide at this casual, fun spot. Pinot, Zin, Grenache are hot. 240 Center St., Healdsburg. Daily 11am–7pm. 707.922.6362.

Thomas George Estates Pinot pioneer Davis Bynum hung up the hose clamp and sold his estate, but the good wine still flows in remodeled tasting room featuring a long bar and vineyard videos. Russian River Chard, Pinot and Zin; sweet berry flavors and long-lasting finishes. Caves completed for tours in 2010. 8075 Westside Road, Healdsburg. 11am–5pm, daily. Tasting fee, $5. 707.431.8031.

N A PA CO U N T Y Chateau Boswell Winery (WC) This small, boutique winery is open by appointment only, selling most its wine directly via post to club members. 3468 Silverado Trail, Napa. 707.963.5472.

Freemark Abbey In 1881, Josephine Tychson was the first woman to own and operate a winery in the valley. Enjoy the Cabs. 3022 St. Helena Hwy. N. (at Lodi Lane), St. Helena. Open daily, 10am-5pm. 800.963.9698.

Grgich Hills Mike Grgich’s Chardonnays famously beat the competition at the 1976 “Judgment of Paris” and the allestate winery is solar-powered and practices organic and biodynamic. 1829 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford. Open daily, 9:30am–4:30pm. 707.963.2784. Krupp Brothers Estates The story of Stagecoach Vineyards is of extremes: two miles end-toend. One billion pounds of rock extracted. Seventy wineries buy the fruit; the Krupps release 2,000 cases including Black Bart Marsanne. 3265 Soda Canyon Road, Napa.

Tours by appointment, $25. 707.260.0514. Tasting at A Dozen Vintners, 3000 Hwy. 29, St. Helena. Daily, 10am-5pm. 707.967.0666.

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

Round Pond Estate Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc served tableside on the terrace with scrumptious food pairings. Who can’t imagine cozying up next to the big gas-burning hearth, watching the sun set and savoring that Rutherford dusk? 875 Rutherford Road, Rutherford. Tastings by appointment daily, 11am to 4pm. $25. 888.302.2575.

Summers Estate Wines Excellent Merlot and that rarest of beasts, Charbono. Small tasting room and friendly staff. 1171 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga. Open daily, 10am– 4:30pm. 707.942.5508.

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. Uncorked at Oxbow Across from the Public Market, this remodeled house in Napa’s historic “Little Italy” is a casual and unaffected joint. Ahnfeldt and Carducci wines include estate Merlot, Syrah, Cab, vinted by Paul Hobbs. Don’t ask about the horse. 605 First St., Napa. Open daily, noon–8pm; winter hours vary. Tasting fee, $10–$20. 707.927.5864.

Alsace Varietals Festival Bahl hornin’ in Boonville BY JAMES KNIGHT


nderson Valley can get downright hot, I’m told. No doubt, the mature trees shading a patch of turf in the Mendocino County Fairgrounds provide welcome shade. Even in the midst of winter, it’s clear enough: just north of the Lamb Palace, thick-trunked redwood trees bear the mark of summer fairgoers past, who have lounged in their shade, year on year, rubbing the bark smooth to a height of just about six feet. As a wine region, it’s Anderson Valley’s comparative coolness, of course, that’s lately made it a haven for Pinot Noir. But Pinot, most often hitched with Chardonnay in such cool-climate locales as this remote valley, shares the spotlight here with a few other French cousins: Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Muscat, Gewürztraminer and Riesling. Although the latter two are commonly associated with Germany, France’s Alsace region grows them, too, and the style there is much like the style here: dry. For eight years running, the Anderson Valley Winegrowers have held their International Alsace Varietals Festival at the fairgrounds in Boonville. It’s a small event, but to keep it even simpler, I stuck with Riesling. Happily, it was well represented. Truly international, the event includes imports from Germany, Alsace, New Zealand, even Napa. Stony Hill Vineyard’s Peter and Willinda McCrea, who make the trip from St. Helena every year, appreciate that this event attracts a more serious sort of taster. Sure enough, only one glass was heard crashing to the floor—to no applause. All the better to appreciate Stony Hill’s sizzlingly crisp, floral 2011 Riesling. Oregon winemaker Chris Williams concurs. Whether or not it’s a boon to sales, says Williams, he likes the vibe of this friendly, little festival. And it’s great to get another taste of Brooks Winery’s outstanding 2009 Willamette Valley Riesling. From down south, look for dry Riesling from San Luis Obispo’s Claiborne & Churchill, and Santa Barbara’s up-and-coming Tatomer. Local highlights include Breggo’s orange-blossom-scented 2010 Riesling and Toulouse’s 2012 Riesling, cashew-scented and creamy as per usual. Greenwood Ridge’s 2011 Riesling is lean and dry, with a hint of petroleum—if you know, and like, what I mean—and apricot. And Riesling from Michigan’s Old Mission Peninsula—who knew? Why have I spent so much time talking about an event that won’t happen again until February 2014? Because Anderson Valley is not really that far away, and it rewards the adventurous taster who can keep a firm hand on the wheel. Meanwhile, check out the 16th Annual Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival, May 17–19. Mendocino County Fairgrounds, 14400 Hwy. 128, Boonville. Tickets go on sale March 15 at

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

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A First-Class Institution Despite the clamor raised over cutting Saturday delivery, the Post Office is not broke—and it hasn’t taken any of our tax money since 1971 BY JIM HIGHTOWER


onsider 50 cents. What does that buy these days? Not a cuppa joe—that’ll cost you two bucks at Starbucks, and even McDonald’s wants a dollar for a small. Nor will it get you a newspaper, a pack of gum, a shoeshine or a bus token. And Walmart, which promotes itself as the palace of cheap, sells practically nothing for a half-buck.

There’s one place, though, where you can get a steal of a deal for a fifty-cent piece: your local post office. Put down two quarters, and you’ll get a first-class stamp in return—and you’ll even get

change. Slap that 46 cent stamp on a letter, drop it in the mailbox, and our nation’s postal workers will move your missive clear across the country—hand-delivering it to any address in America within three

days (42 percent arrive the very next day, and 27 percent more get where we want them to go within two days). Each day, six days a week, letter carriers traverse 4 million miles toting an average of 563 million pieces of mail, reaching the very doorsteps of our individual homes and workplaces in every single community in America. They ride snowmobiles to reach icedin villages, fly bush planes into outback wilderness areas that have no roads, run mail boats out

to remote islands in places like Maine and Washington state, and even use mules on an eightmile trail to bring mail to the 500 members of the Havasupai tribe of Native Americans living on the floor of the Grand Canyon. From the gated enclaves and penthouses of the über-wealthy to the inner-city ghettos and rural colonies of America’s poorest families, the U.S. Postal Service literally delivers. All that for 46 cents. And if you’ve written the wrong address or your recipient

The Postal Panic On Feb. 6, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe announced plans for the post office to stop Saturday delivery of letters, theoretically saving the USPS $2 billion a year. The cut in service, which would take effect in August, plays right into the hands of those who want you to believe the post office is broke. For the past year, assorted corporate front groups, a howling pack of congressional right-wingers and a bunch of lazy mass-media sources have been pounding out a steadily rising drumbeat to warn that our postal service faces impending doom: the situation “is dire,” USPS “nears collapse,” it’s “a full-blown financial crisis!” According to this gaggle of gloomsayers, the national mail agency is bogged down with too many overpaid workers and costly brick-and-mortar facilities, so it can’t keep up with the instant messaging of internet services and such nimble corporate competitors as FedEx. Thus, say these contrivers of their own conventional wisdom, the Postal Service is unprofitable, is costing taxpayers billions of dollars a year in losses and is plummeting irreversibly into bankruptcy. Wrong, wrong and wrong. I realize that the Powers That Be never allow truth to get in the way of their policy intentions, but come on—three strikes and you’re out! Let’s examine. Unprofitable? So what? When has the Pentagon ever made a profit? Never. Nor does anyone suggest it should. Neither has the FBI, Centers for Disease Control, FDA, State Department, FEMA, Park Service, etc. Producing a profit is not the purpose of government—its purpose is service. And for two centuries— from 1775, when the Continental

Congress chose Benjamin Franklin to be our fledgling nation’s first Postmaster General, until 1971, when Richard Nixon’s Postal Reorganization Act took effect—America’s nationwide network of post offices was fully appreciated as a government service. In fact, the Post Office Department was considered such an important function of public affairs that it was explicitly authorized by the founding document of our nation’s government (Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution). The founders would’ve laughed their wigs off had anyone proposed that the existence of such an essential civic agency be dependent on its profitability. Be efficient and fiscally responsible, yes, but the bottom line for the Post Office was delivering a public service for the good of all the people. But Nixon happened. His presidency gave laissez-faire ideologues a long-sought opening to insert blasting caps into the structural framework of government. Their first big success was the 1971 “reform” that shattered the public service model by imposing a bottomline profit mentality on the Post Office and installing a corporate form of governance over it. “Run it like a business,” was the political demand of the right-wing think tankers, Nixonians and congressional fixers. So overnight, the cabinet-level Post Office Department that was overseen by Congress and funded by taxpayers was transformed into today’s Postal Service, overseen by a board of governors and funded by postage sales. Technically, the USPS is an independent agency of the executive branch, but operational authority is in the hands of the 11-member board (whose acronym, aptly enough, is “BOG”—as in a morass that prevents progress). Will it surprise you to learn that the BOG tends to be quite corporate? From 2005 until 2011, for example, one of its most influential members was James Miller III, who was Ronald Reagan’s budget director and a longtime proponent of totally


privatizing mail service. He’s a product of such right-wing, Kochfunded outfits as the American Enterprise Institute and Citizens for a Sound Economy (now called Americans for Prosperity) that are ardent pushers of postal privatization. Also, prior to the 1971 transformation, the postmaster general had status as a cabinet official appointed by the president and confirmed by the senate. Now, though, the top postal executive is hired (and fired) by the board. This helps explain why incumbent Donahoe—who started as a postal clerk and rose through the ranks— has been a willing member of the sledgehammer crew that’s out to “save the service” by demolishing it.

Not Funded by Taxpayers The anti-government ideologues have had to concede that profit’s not the point, but still they groan that the USPS is losing billions of dollars a year. Why should hard-pressed taxpayers be expected to keep shoveling money from the public treasury into this loser of a government agency? They’re not. Important factoid No. 1: Since 1971, the postal service has not taken a dime from taxpayers. All of its operations— including the remarkable convenience of 32,000 local post

offices (more service outlets than Walmart, Starbucks and McDonald’s combined)—are paid for by peddling stamps and other products. But wait, what about those annual losses? Good grief, squawk the Chicken Littles, the USPS has gone some $16 billion in the hole during the past five years—a private corporation would go broke with that record! Important Factoid No. 2: The Postal Service is not broke. Indeed, in those five years of loudly deplored “losses,” the service actually produced hundreds of millions in operational profit—$100 million of it in just the first quarter of 2013. What’s going on here? Sabotage of USPS financing, that’s what. In 2006, the Bush White House and Congress whacked the post office with the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, an incredible piece of ugliness requiring the agency to pre-pay the healthcare benefits not only of current employees, but also of all employees who’ll retire during the next 75 years. Yes, that includes employees who are not yet born! No other agency and no corporation has to do this. Worse, this ridiculous law demands that the USPS fully fund this sevendecade burden by 2016. Imagine the shrieks of outrage if Congress tried to slap FedEx or other private firms with such an ) 18

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can’t be found, you’ll get your letter or package back for no charge. The USPS is an unmatched bargain, a civic treasure, a genuine public good that links all people and communities into one nation. So, naturally, it must be destroyed.

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onerous requirement. This politically motivated mandate is costing the Postal Service $5.5 billion a year— money taken right out of postage revenue that could be going to services. That’s the real source of the “financial crisis” squeezing America’s post offices. But it’s not the only hocuspocus that has falsely fabricated the public perception that our mail agency is “broke.” Due to a 40-year-old accounting error, the federal Office of Personnel Management overcharged the post office by as much as $80 billion for payments into the Civil Service Retirement System. Last year, a Senate bill allowed the USPS to recoup less than 14 percent, or roughly $11 billion, of those funds. Restore the agency’s full access to its own postage money, and the impending “collapse” goes away.

A Manufactured Crisis That’s all well and good, claim postal-agency opponents, but there’s no disputing the fact that government-delivered mail is a quaint idea whose time has gone. They point out that the USPS’ first-class business has fallen by about 7.5 percent in each of the past couple of years, and even Postmaster Donahoe says flatly, “That’s not going to change.” This funereal school of despair breaks into two groups: “Kill it” and “Shrink it.” The killers are the outright privatizers who’ve pushed for decades to get the post office out of . . . well, out of our mailboxes. In the 1960s, AT&T chairman Fred Kappel headed a presidential commission on postal reform, and he told a congressional panel, “If I could, I’d make the Post Office a private enterprise.” FedEx CEO Fredrick Smith (a former board member of the Koch brothers’ Cato Institute) has been the leading corporate champion for, as he put it in 1999, “closing down the USPS.” The greater danger at the moment, however, are the shrinkers. They propose to fix the proud public service by cutting

it down. Postmaster Donahoe is presently the shrinker-in-chief, having put forth a plan that will close 3,700 of our post offices; shut down about half of the 487 mail processing centers across the country; cut more than 100,000 jobs; and, as announced this month, restrict mail delivery to five days a week by eliminating all Saturday postal services. Republican senator Susan Collins of Maine is among the people of common sense who recognize that the post office “cannot expect to gain more business, which it desperately needs, if it is reducing service.” Likewise, Fredric Rolando, head of the National Association of Letter Carriers, sees that compromising “high-quality service” is a boneheaded business move: “Degrading standards not only hurts the public and the businesses we serve; it’s also counterproductive for the Postal Service, because it will drive more people away from using the mail.” Such drastic cutbacks, consolidations and eliminations create a suicidal spiral that will slowly but surely kill the USPS.

Small Minds at Work While it’s certainly true that emails and tweets are faster than mail, there remains a vast demand for postal services, especially where broadband internet does not reach, as well as when hard copy and physical delivery are essential. FedEx has its place, but its self-serving priority is always to go after maximum profit; it has no interest in or ability to deliver universal service at an affordable price to the whole nation. (Letter delivery through FedEx, for example, starts at $8.) Postal privatizers and downsizers have reams of data on the price of everything USPS does, yet they are completely unable to calculate value. The post office is more than a bunch of buildings;

it’s a community center and, for many towns, an essential part of the local identity. As former senator Jennings Randolph poignantly observed, “When the local post office is closed, the flag comes down.” This is perhaps best exemplified by the fact that the list of 3,700 postal facilities suggested for closure includes the historic Franklin Post Office in Philadelphia, located on the very site of Old Ben’s house in Franklin Square.

Think Large The biggest lie of all is that USPS is an antiquated, unnecessary, failing civic institution that simply must give way to electronic technology and corporate efficiency. Obviously, the Postal Service is no longer the only player making the rounds, and it must make some major adjustments to find its proper fit and new opportunities in the marketing and public-service mix. But this requires top management and political overseers to be a bit more creative and business-like than constantly cutting, closing, outsourcing and eliminating. Innovation could start with three phenomenal assets that the USPS has: (1) that network of 32,000 retail outlets that form the most extensive local presence of any business or government in America, drawing more than 7 million people into them each day; (2) an experienced, smart, skilled and dedicated workforce of nearly 600,000 middleclass Americans who live in the communities they serve; and (3) the general good will of the public, which sees their local post office and its employees as “theirs,” providing useful services and standing as one of their core civic institutions (in a 2009 Gallup Poll, 95 percent of Americans said it was personally important to them that the Postal Service be continued). There are a few ways to build on those big plusses. Going digital is one. John Nichols reports in The Nation that the USPS already has the world’s

third-largest computer infrastructure, including 5,000 remote locations with satellite internet service. Expand that into a handy consumer service offering high-speed broadband all across the country. Services could also expand. Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to let post offices sell products and services that they’re now barred from offering (thanks to corporate opposition and congressional meddling). Sanders suggests allowing sales of cell phones, delivery of wine, selling fishing licenses, offering photocopy services, notarizing documents, etc. This would be a boon to the people in poor neighborhoods and rural areas who don’t have convenient access to such services. Instead of five-day letter delivery, how about seven days? Think about it: the post office could be the only entity that offers reliable delivery service to every community in the country, seven days a week. And here’s a big one: banking. From 1910 until bank lobbyists killed it in 1966, a Postal Banking System operated successfully through local post offices all across the land. It offered simple, low-cost, federally insured savings accounts to millions of “unbanked” Americans who couldn’t meet the minimum deposit requirements of commercial bankers or afford their fees. This small-deposit banking system could be brought back to serve these people and create loan funds for investments in local communities. America’s postal service is just that—a true public service, a grassroots people’s asset that has even more potential than we’re presently tapping to serve the democratic ideal of the common good. Why the hell would we let an elite of small-minded profiteers and their political hirelings dropkick this jewel through the goalposts of corporate greed? This is not a fight merely to save 32,000 post offices and the middle-class jobs they provide, but to advance the big idea of America itself, the bold, historic notion that “Yes, we can” create a society in which we’re all in it together. That’s worth fighting for. A version of this article originally appeared in the ‘Hightower Lowdown.’

The week’s events: a selective guide


Tattoo You From the nurses who take your temperature at the local doctors’ office to the history teacher who has a full sleeve of tattoos under his button-up shirt, almost everyone has tattoos these days. This week, tattoo artists from 40 shops all over the country team up with body piercing specialists, circus acts and blues bands at the 22nd annual Tattoos & Blues convention. The three-day festival includes fire dancing ladies, tattoo seminars and contests for best ink on Friday–Sunday, Feb. 22–24, at the Flamingo Resort Hotel. 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. Noon–10pm. $20–$35. 707.545.8530.


Buhahahaha Big belly laughs and watery eyes come easy at ‘Forbidden Hollywood.’ The show is a spoof of well-known movies like Titanic, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Shrek, created by Gerard Alessandrini, who wrote Forbidden Broadway, a parody of Broadway classics that has been running for over 20 years. “I love movies as much as I do theater,” Alessandrini says. See Forbidden Hollywood, where even Disney princesses aren’t safe, on Sunday, Feb. 24, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 3pm. $30–$45. 707.546.3600.


Mr. Hot Stuff Far from the traditional male beauty pageant with bodybuilders and Speedos, the 10th annual Mr. Healdsburg Pageant features everyday members of the community. Each contestant creates a nickname: 74-year-old Mr. Basso Profundo, who plans to blow the crowd away with his singing voice; Mr. Hot Stuff, who hopes to wow everyone with his winning looks; and Mr. Hotlicks, who started a Facebook campaign in attempts to seal the deal. Who will take home the plastic crown? Find out Saturday, Feb. 23, in a benefit for the Raven Performing Arts Theater. 115 North St., Healdsburg. 7:30pm. $40–$60. 707.433.6335.


Woot Woot

BODY MOVIN’ The ‘African Cirque du Soleil’ troupe Zuma Zuma performs Feb. 27 at SSU. See Dance, p27.

When it comes to playing the bass, Victor Wooten is a giant among men, slapping the strings since he could sit up straight and pushing he boundaries of funk and jazz ever since. Called “the Michael Jordan of the bass,” his technical skill and unique style have won him five Grammys and worldwide renown as one of the founding members of the super-group Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Bear witness to Wooten’s virtuosic talents on Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., Napa. 8pm. $30–$35. 707.226.7372.

—Estefany Gonzalez & Taylor May

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THE HOT SPOT Ben Stephens and Nate Prowse of Live Musicians Co-op, where over 40 bands rehearse each week.

Cranking It Up Broke-ass bands ďŹ nd refuge at Live Musicians Co-op  BY JACQUELYNNE OCANA


oadside Bombs, a punk band from Sonoma, is practicing in the tracking room. Indie band Midnight Candy pops in, needing a power cord. Mexican dance band La Herencia de Santa Rosa want to switch out a bass amp for a guitar amp.

Such is the daily activity in the control booth of the Live Musicians Co-op, where on a recent afternoon, above the constant clamor, co-owners Ben Stephens and Nate Prowse

reminisce about the thriving local music scene of the late 1990s, and the subsequent lull. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All these bands were going through Santa Rosa, and there was a huge wall put up by the city,â&#x20AC;? says Prowse. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They got really strict on the places to play, and venues shut down. Now with a different city council in there, it seems they are starting to support more of the arts. They realize Sonoma County is a very artistic community. Some of the best musicians in the world are here.â&#x20AC;? Stephens and Prowse, 34 and 30 respectively, are both seasoned music professionals

with experience in the struggles of a musicianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lifestyleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;trying to make a living off low-paying gigs, ďŹ nding a decent practice space for cheap. The exhausting routine prompted Stephens to open Live Musicians Co-op six years ago in Santa Rosa. The Co-op has always strived to be an affordable, professionally equipped space for up-and-coming bands to network and record demos. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I saw this huge market for bands that hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t made it yet,â&#x20AC;? says Stephens, â&#x20AC;&#x153;or who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any kind of ďŹ nances.â&#x20AC;? Indeed, the place had ďŹ lled a void; as we talk, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re periodically

interrupted by musicians checking on room reservations and making session payments. Roughly 40 local bands sign up to rehearse here each week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a live musicianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance center where people can come together and perform, work on their act, tighten up their sound, get critiqued and record their album,â&#x20AC;? explains Prowse, who also serves as a piano instructor. Hands-on teaching is a key element here, where young musicians are instructed on band etiquette, how to communicate with each other, how to properly use amps and microphones and write their own music. Weeklong summer camps bring kids together to form pop-up bands, record songs and make a music video. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are trying to teach kids how to be a musician and make money,â&#x20AC;? reiterates Stephens. Recently, he and Prowse secured the building next door in order to expand the Co-opâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recording capabilities. Entirely renovated by hand, from the ďŹ&#x201A;oating ceilings to the acoustic insulation, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a serious recording facility for the community. Three additional fully equipped rehearsal rooms, each tapped into a professionalgrade control room, share space with a giant tracking area and vocal booth. And though not a traditional venue, a 200-capacity â&#x20AC;&#x153;live roomâ&#x20AC;? has a full sound system and moving stage for live performance production. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just kind of wanted to build one networking center where people can rely on each other,â&#x20AC;? Prowse says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and where thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always going to be a scene.â&#x20AC;? B.O.O.B.S. (â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Battle of the Outstanding Bandsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;) features 12 Sonoma County bands, with proceeds benefiting the Ceres Community Project, on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Live Musicians Co-op. 925 Piner Road, Santa Rosa. 4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;11pm. $10â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$12. 707.527.8845.

FAST LANE To rehearse ‘Left After

Not,’ actors have been ‘flying’ in the middle of the street.

Spirit Flight

Strange mysticism in ‘Left After Not’ BY DAVID TEMPLETON


his is such an amazing piece for me,” says actorwriter Eliot Fintushel of the new play Left After Not, opening next week at the Imaginists Theatre Collective in Santa Rosa. “When I started doing mime, my mime teacher was a fellow Zen student, and we were always making a serious effort to separate our spiritual practice from our theater practice. Then, all these years later, I come up against this piece, and I swear, going to rehearsals is like some weird spiritual practice. “A practice,” he adds with a laugh, “where everyone acts like a bird and flaps their wings a lot.” Left After Not (“I don’t really know what the title means,” Fintushel admits) is a world premiere experimental theater

‘Left After Not’ runs Thursday– Sunday, March 1–16, at the Imaginists. 461 Sebastopol Ave., Santa Rosa. Thursday–Saturday, 8pm; 5pm matinees on Sundays. Pay-what-youcan previews, Feb. 21–24 and 28, 8pm. March 1 opening, $40; regular shows, $15–$25. 707.528.7554.

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piece based on Farid ud-Din Attar’s 12th century Persian poem The Conference of the Birds. Attar was a Sufi poet and teacher, whose works—Conference of the Birds in particular—inspired the craft of many mystic poets, most famously Rumi. In the poem, a large assortment of birds set out to find the mysterious godlike bird Simurgh, traveling through seven valleys, each with new tests and trials to endure. One by one, birds begin to grow disheartened and abandon the quest. Ultimately, the few remaining birds learn a lifechanging truth about the Simurgh, and their own deepest nature. Birds is being developed by Fintushel and the entire Imaginists’ ensemble under the direction of executive director Brent Lindsay and artistic director Amy Pinto. Lindsay and Pinto will be traveling to parts of Europe this year to rub shoulders with other experimental theater figures in Budapest and Moscow, courtesy of the Center for International Theater Development, which hand-picked the Imaginists for its dedication to collaborative, bilingual theater. But first, there are all those birds to launch. “We do a lot of improvisation in developing this piece,” Fintushel says. “The birds are going on a trip toward illumination—but you can’t do a piece about the search for God without including a sense of humor. Otherwise, it would be just deadly. So there is a lot of funny stuff in this.” And of course, transforming into birds, even for actors with less mime experience than Fintushel, is a supremely physical activity. “We practice flying every day,” he says, demonstrating the graceful wing movements of the finch he plays in the show. “We fly out into the street and up and down. “Of course,” he smiles, “We do stop for cars.”

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Cumulus Presents & Sebastopol Community Cultural Center

Upcoming Concerts


Dave Alvin & The Guilty Ones and Marshall Crenshaw Sunday, February 24, 7:30 pm

Carrie Rodriguez with Keith Greeninger opening

Friday, March 1, 8:00 pm

Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet

DELIVER US Luke Ganalon and MĂ­riam ColĂłn star in this much-anticipated ďŹ lm.

Friday, March 15, 8:00 pm Sebastopol

Also Coming Soon Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison â&#x20AC;&#x201C; April 19 Just Added: Ruthie Foster (solo) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; May 11 in the Annex


Cultural Center

Tickets and Information: or 707-823-1511


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irected by Richmond, Calif.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;bred Carl Franklin, the adaptation of the cherished young-adult book Bless Me, Ultima is as good-looking as any movie made in New Mexico: the piĂąons are polished by the ďŹ ne air, drying chile peppers glow with the hearty crimson of a neon sign at dusk, and the silver streams and moonscapes gleam with the purest light. Bless Me, Ultima is a book banned with regularityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever seen the kind of terriďŹ ed evangelicals who haunt PTA meetings, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll know whyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and yet has become one of the bestselling works of Chicano literature in history. It centers on the post-war childhood of Antonio, or â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tonyâ&#x20AC;? (Luke Ganalon), the youngest son of a smalltime Chicano farmer. The black-clad curandera who delivered Antonio when he was a baby, Ultima (the veteran actress MĂ­riam ColĂłn), comes to spend her last days with him. The name â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ultimaâ&#x20AC;? is signiďŹ cant: she is at the end of a tradition as healer and curse lifter. Her gentle inďŹ&#x201A;uence teaches Tony to seek out the Virgin Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side of Catholicism, instead of the hell-ďŹ re-stoking religion pushed at the adobe church. (Of sinners, Tony asks the question, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do you think if God was a woman, he would forgive them?â&#x20AC;?) The subject matter is unique, but the approach is often clumsy. The narration couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t possibly sound more straight-off-the-page. Regarding his parents, â&#x20AC;&#x153;They took their truth from the earth,â&#x20AC;? narrates the elder Antonio. In the smaller parts, we get a portion of the contraction-free overemphasis actors frequently use when playing their simpler, nobler rural forebears. (Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen little-theater actors who could put ďŹ ve syllables and 11 lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;tortilla.â&#x20AC;?) Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the problem of the player with the role of Narciso, Nayarit-born exâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;James Bond villain JoaquĂ­n Cosio, who steals scenes with the ardor of Thomas Mitchell in a John Ford movie. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bless Me, Ultimaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; opens Friday, Feb. 22 at the Roxy Stadium 14 (85 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa).

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Projected Figure Studio whiz Alan Parsons goes live BY BRUCE ROBINSON


he great irony of the Alan Parsons Project lies in the fact that the ensemble’s namesake can scarcely be heard on their initial recordings.

“I didn’t do anything on the early albums in particular other than engineer and produce,” the transplanted Englishman admits by phone from his home near Santa Barbara. “I occasionally sang a backing vocal or [played] a small guitar part, but I wasn’t really part of the outfit.” As the Alan Parsons Project progressed, Parsons’ musical participation increased gradually, but “the public at large had always thought I was the artist,” he admits. “And in fact it was a subject of much laughter in the late ’70s when I was nominated as the 13th best male vocalist in Cashbox magazine. And of course, I’d never sung a note.”

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Not that it mattered to listeners. Starting in 1976, the Project crafted a series of popular albums, distinguished by elegantly melodic songs organized around a loosely defined concept and a rotating cast of featured vocalists, all burnished to a high-gloss sonic sheen. Radiofriendly albums like I Robot, Eve and The Turn of a Friendly Card meshed with the rise of soft-rock FM, and spun off such AM hits as “Eye in the Sky” and “I Wouldn’t Want to Be Like You.” Through all that, the Alan Parsons Project remained studio-bound. “We didn’t really have the mechanical requirements to play live” back then, he says. Plus, “it was questionable what I would actually do onstage,” he laughs. Still, for a 1994 “solo” album Try Anything Once, “we decided to assemble a band and see how it went,” Parsons recalls. “I played a few keyboards and a little guitar and we had some really great musicians in the band playing their parts, and it worked. And we’ve been doing it ever since.” Parsons plays the Uptown Theatre in Napa on Feb. 24, and though he enjoys these occasional road trips, he sometimes wonders why he waits so long to begin them. “In some ways, I regret it,” he muses, “because we could have possibly become a much bigger live act, possibly even a stadium act, if we’d started doing it earlier.” Despite his well-deserved reputation as an audio expert— known for his work behind the board with Al Stewart, Ambrosia and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, he recently put out a triple DVD set, The Art and Science of Sound Recording—Parsons is firm that his concert performances are not electronically enhanced. “The keyboards are important to recreate the orchestration,” he elaborates. “But we don’t cheat; it’s all coming from the stage, it is a band playing, there’s no obvious taped sound. There’s the occasional rhythm track loop that we play to, but otherwise it’s very real.”

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Music Concerts SONOMA COUNTY Dave Alvin A Stratocaster, a bandana, and the shitkickingest licks in the entire state of California. Marshall Crenshaw opens. Feb 24, 7:30pm. $23-$25. Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris St, Sebastopol. 707.823.1511.

AP Sonoma: Russian Revolution Guest conductor Mark Wardlaw and guest cellist Anne Suda perform Liadov’s Eight Russian Folk Songs, Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme and Shostakovich’s Symphony No 9. Feb 23, 8pm and Feb 24, 2pm. $5-$15. Santa Rosa High School, 1235 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.206.6775.

Arts & Crafts with Matt Wilson One of the hottest jazz drummers leads an all-star quartet. Free improv workshop at 3pm. Feb 21, 7:30pm. $10$15. Green Music Center, 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.

George Harrison Birthday Bash Steve Pile Band and friends celebrate the life of the Beatles’ quiet guitarist with a performance of part one of the three-part “All Things Must Pass.” Feb 23, 9pm. $12-$15. Hopmonk Sebastopol, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

George Kahumoku Jr Grammy-winning slackkey guitarist renowned for capturing the real down-home sound of Hawaii. Feb 23, 8pm. $30-$45. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Heritage Music Festival Feb 22, Angelo Luster & Urban Sacred; Feb 23, Pure Harmony & Soul (CD release); Feb 24, Derick Hughes & Lolita AlhartMatthews. Feb 22, 7pm, Feb 23, 7pm and Feb 24, 3pm. Free. Arlene Francis Center, 99 Sixth St, santa rosa. 707.528.3009.

The Hormones Female Ramones tribute band. Snake Skin, Shananagans open. Feb 22, 8pm. Quincy’s, 6590 Commerce Blvd, Rohnert Park. 707.585.1079.

Peter & the Wolf Santa Rosa Symphony concert

of Prokofiev’s themed work. Part of the family concert series. Feb 24, 3pm. $10-$15. Green Music Center, 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.

Chris Rene Hip-hop show also featuring Taj He Spitz, Kool John, Nio the Gift, Dot Goodie, B Legit, Young Curt, Lil Rue, Dem Hoodstarz, Gerdes and DJ CRS Fader. Memorial fundraiser celebration for Alyssa Byrne. Feb 23, 7:30pm. $28. Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

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Richard Waters (inventor of the waterphone) collaborates with Gravity Adjusters Expansion Band and jazz group Full Disclosure. Feb 24, 7pm. $15$20. Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.763.8920.

Wynonna & the Big Noise Country star pushes the boundaries of her repertoire. Feb 20, 8pm. $45-$85. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Master musician has been called “guitarist of the decade.” Feb 21, 8pm. $18-$21. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Mother Hips Good-time rock band fills the dance floor. Feb 22, 7:30pm and Feb 23, 7:30pm. $20. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael.

Paco Peña Guitarist in a new show, “Flamenco Vivo.” Feb 23, 8pm. $20-$35. Marin Center’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

NAPA COUNTY Alan Parsons Project Prog rock at its most theatrical. Live mix will surely be one of the best ever heard. Feb 24, 7pm. $50. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa.


Juan de Marcos is on a mission to show the diversity and vitality of Cuban music. He’s worked with the Buena Vista Social Club and other groups. Feb 20, 8pm. $30-$35. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Guitarist and singer for the Scorpions is a neo-classical metal guitar pioneer. Stone Senate, ADD/C and Aftertayst open. Feb 24, 8pm. $20-$25. Last Day Saloon, 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.2343.

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Fargo Center on Feb. 20. See Concerts, above.

Juan de Marcos & the Afro-Cuban All Stars

Guitarist in a new show, “Flamenco Vivo.” Feb 23, 8pm. $20-$35. Marin Center’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800. Flamenco guitarist never loses touch with music’s visceral emotion. Feb 22, 8pm. $35-$40. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.


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The world’s best bassist (and member of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones) in a solo show. Feb 21, 8pm. $30-$35. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Clubs & Venues SONOMA COUNTY Aqus Cafe Feb 22, the String Rays. Feb 23, the Farallons. Feb 24, Davin Wilson. 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.

Arlene Francis Center Feb 22-24, Heritage Music Festival. 99 Sixth St, santa rosa. 707.528.3009.

Arthur Murray Dance Studio Feb 23, Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums. 415 Davis St, Santa Rosa. 707.843.3447.

Aubergine Feb 21, Soul Union, Zion Roots. Feb 23, Bottle Shock, Coyote Slim. 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2722.

Christy’s on the Square Feb 21, E Minor & the Dirty Diamonds. 96 Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa. 707.528.8565.

Cinnabar Theater Feb 24, When Worlds Collide. 3333 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.763.8920.

Dry Creek Kitchen Feb 25, Dick Conte & Steve Webber. Feb 26, John Stowell &

He’s Crafty Jazz drummer Matt Wilson leads Arts & Crafts at SSU Matt Wilson doesn’t just play along to the beat. The accomplished jazz drummer and bandleader works the drums like a lead instrument, right up there with that crazy saxophone. Whether it’s a Thelonious Monk tune or an original composition, there’s no strict spang-a-lang here; Wilson’s sticks fly with their own volition onto whatever sound they desire. Wilson’s quartet Arts & Crafts play the sonically gorgeous main hall at the Green Music Center this week, following a free improv workshop open to the public at 3pm the same day. As is the case with all masters of their instrument, Wilson makes his insanely complicated playing look and sound easy. During solos, he appears to be able to continue for days without running out of things to play. While his band mates jam on a melody or solo, he plays in sync, strengthening their voices without being overbearing. That’s not easy, nor common, for a drummer to accomplish. Matt Wilson and Arts & Crafts play Thursday, Feb. 21, at Sonoma State’s Green Music Center. The SSU Jazz Orchestra and SSU Latin Band open.1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 7:30pm; free workshop at 3pm. Concert, $10–$15. 707.664.2324.—Nicolas Grizzle

Kai Devitt-Lee. 317 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.431.0330.

Flamingo Lounge Feb 22-24, Tattoos and Blues Blues Bands. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

French Garden Feb 22, Youngblood & Company. Feb 23, La Flamme-Lawrence Ensemble. 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.2030.

Gaia’s Garden Feb 21, the Skerries. Feb 24,

the Skiddles. Feb 27, the Celtic Session. 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491. Feb 21, Arts & Crafts with Matt Wilson. Feb 24, Peter & the Wolf. 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.

Green Music Center 1029 Feb 27, John Stowell. SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2122.

Hopmonk Sebastopol Feb 20, Toubab Krewe. Feb 22, Salvador Santana. Feb 23, Steve Pile Band’s George Harrison Birthday Party. Mon, Monday Night Edutainment. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Hopmonk Sonoma Feb 22, Ricky Alan Ray. Feb 23, Sean Carscadden. Wed, Open Mic. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.

Jasper O’Farrell’s Wed, Brainstorm. Last Saturday of every month, Good HipHop. 6957 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2062.

Lagunitas Tap Room Feb 20, Grandpa Banana. Feb 21, New West Guitar Group. Feb 22, the Gypsy Project. Feb 23, Wilson-Hukill Blues Review.

Last Day Saloon Feb 24, Uli Jon Roth. Feb 27, Sonoma Songbirds with Jill Cohn, Linda Ferro, Solid Air. Tues, karaoke. Wed, Caribbean Wednesday. 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.2343.

Last Record Store Feb 23, the Ruminators. 1899A Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.525.1963.

Mavericks Feb 22, Third Party. 397 Aviation Blvd, Santa Rosa. 707.765.2515.

Mystic Theatre Feb 23, Wonderbread 5. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

Occidental Center for the Arts Feb 23, Haute Flash Quartet. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.874.9392.

Phoenix Theater Feb 22, In Your Silence, Walk the Atmosphere, DAKOTA, Synnova, Arrythmia. Feb 23, Chris Rene, Taj He Spitz, Kool John, Nio the Gift, Dot Goodie, B Legit, Young Curt, Lil Rue, Dem Hoodstarz, Gerdes & DJ

CRS Fader. 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565. Feb 22, the Hormones. 6590 Commerce Blvd, Rohnert Park. 707.585.1079.

Redwood Cafe Feb 20, Grace the Woods with Lauren Brown. Feb 23, Rhythm Rangers. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.

River Theatre Thurs, Thugz. 16135 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.3194.

Russian River Brewing Co Feb 24, Blue Diamond Fillups. 725 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.BEER.

Society: Culture House Feb 23, Gallery S:nob, artwork by Ricky Watts, Ross Farrar, Drue Thomas, SPOON, Eric Thomas Bostrom, Alison R. Geofrey, Chris Silva, Jared Powell and many more, with DJs, food and live interactive painting. Sun, Church on Sundays. Thurs, Casa Rasta. 528 Seventh St, Santa Rosa, No phone.

Sprenger’s Tap Room Feb 23, Suk My Pepper. Wed, Sonoma County Blues Society live music. 446 B St, Santa Rosa. 707.544.8277.

Tradewinds Feb 20, the Antiquaters. Feb 22, Rockhounds. Feb 23, Levi Lloyd & the 501 Band. Feb 27, Down With May. 8210 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7878.

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OM Progressive metal act in support of new album “Advaitic Songs”; Sir Richard Bishop opens. Feb 20 at the Independent.

Wells Fargo Center Feb 20, Wynonna & the Big Noise. Feb 23, George Kahumoku Jr. 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Brandy “The Boy Is Mine” hitmaker, Ray-J’s sister and actress appears in concert. Feb 23 at the Paramount Theater.

Slick Aguilar Benefit David Crosby, Marty Balin and others help guitarist get a liver transplant. Feb 24 at Great American Music Hall.

Carrie Underwood For those who prefer their country music perfectly polished instead of old and rusty. Feb 25 at the Oakland Arena.

Body/Head Post-Sonic Youth, Post-Married to Thurston, Kim Gordon steps out with new band. Feb 26 at the Rickshaw Stop.

MARIN COUNTY 142 Throckmorton Theatre Feb 20, Mill Valley Middle School Chamber Music. Feb 21, Adrian Legg. Feb 22, James Henry. Feb 23, Carlos Reyes. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

George’s Nightclub Thurs and Fri, DJ Rick Vegaz. Feb 22, Dueling Piano Show. Feb 23, Stompy Jones. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

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Feb 20, Bobby Gelardi. Feb 22, Twista. Feb 23, Lucid Dezmo. Feb 24, Nate Lopez Trio. Feb 26, Fat Tuesday Party. Feb 27, Tom Finch Group. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

Periâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Silver Dollar Feb 22, Swoop Unit. Feb 23, Acacia. Feb 24, La Mandanga. Feb 26, the Gravel Spreaders. Feb 27, the Weissmen. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.

Rancho Nicasio Feb 22, Adam Traum. Feb 23, Lone Star Retrobates. Feb 24, Deke Dickerson & Misisipi Mike Wolfe. Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

Sleeping Lady Feb 20, Kelly Peterson. Feb 21, Danny Click & the Americana Orchestra. Feb 22, Staggerwing. Feb 23, Wendy DeWitt. Feb 24, Namely Us. Feb 26, Todos Santos. 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.485.1182. Feb 21, Highway Poets. Feb 22, Farallons. Feb 23, Black Water Gold. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311.

Studio 55 Marin Feb 24, Goitse. 1455 E Francisco Blvd, San Rafael. 415.453.3161.

Feb 20, Moksha. Feb 22, Alphabet Soup. Feb 23, Shana Morrison & Caledonia. Feb 24, Lisa Kindred with Snowblind Traveler. Feb 27, David Thom Band. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

Terrapin Crossroads Feb 21, Acacia. Feb 22 and , Feb 23, the Mother Hips. Tues, American Jubilee. Wed, Terrapin Family Band Bar Show. Sun, Terrapin Family Band. 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael.

Piling It On Steve Pile Band cover George Harrison at Hopmonk Before you ask, you cheeky music nerd, youâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;no, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not playing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Apple Jam.â&#x20AC;? In fact, when the Steve Pile Band covers George Harrisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s triple-LP opus All Things Must Pass at Hopmonk in Sebastopol, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll leave out that third experimental-improv disc entirely, as well as the second disc. Which is just as well, since all the best songs come early: â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Sweet Lord,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t It a Pity,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Is Life,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;If Not for Youâ&#x20AC;? and more, all harking back to the messy breakup of the Beatles and the comfort Harrison tried to seek amid interpersonal and global tumult. Pile, one of Sonoma Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best allaround musicians, conceived the idea of covering Vol. 1 of Harrisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1970 masterpiece after taking part in a similar John Lennon tribute night in Austin, Texas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought that George deserved the same kind of treatment,â&#x20AC;? Pile says, hinting at other Harrison solo cuts and Traveling Wilburys tracks as part of the nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s set list. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got some heavyweight local musicians on the team, too: Isaac Carter on guitar, Josh Yenne on pedal steel, Jess Young on keyboard, Jason Thor and Alex Garcia on horns, and many other special guests promised. Opening sets by ukulele troupe the Butterdishes and sitar whiz Chris Vibberts pay homage to â&#x20AC;&#x153;the quiet Beatleâ&#x20AC;? as well. Be there for those melancholy opening chords of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d Have You Anytimeâ&#x20AC;? on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Hopmonk Tavern. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 8:30pm. $12â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$15. 707.829.7300.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Gabe Meline




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Feb 20, Juan de Marcos & the Afro-Cuban All Stars. Feb 21, Victor Wooten. Feb 22, Paco Pena. 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.


Uptown Theatre

Feb 20 and , Feb 21, Michael Gold. Feb 22, Mathis Grey, John Fellman & Patrick Woods. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

Feb 23, Pride & Joy. Feb 24, Alan Parsons Project. 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.



manufacturing stories behind them. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. Mon-Fri, noon to 5; SatSun, 10 to 5. 707.579.4452.


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Through Apr 6, “Alkonost,” two- and three-dimensional art from Becoming Independent and community artists. 312 South A St, Santa Rosa. Thurs-Sat, noon to 5 and by appointment. 707.578.9123.

Three days. ‘Art of the Americas,’ historic and contemporary American Indian art. 10 Ave of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.473.6800.

Feb 27 At 6pm. Petaluma Library, “Library Art Show,” featuring works by members of the Petaluma Arts Association. 100 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma. 707.763.9801.

Graton Gallery Through Feb 24, “Invitational Exhibition,” fine art by wellknown Northern California artists. Feb 26-Apr 7, “Small Works,” juried show of mixed media. Reception, Mar 3, 2-5pm. 9048 Graton Rd, Graton. Tues-Sun, 10:30 to 6. 707.829.8912.

Hammerfriar Gallery

SONOMA COUNTY Agrella Art Gallery Through Mar 7, “The Still Point: Abstract Constructions,” drawings, paintings and collages by Judith Foosaner, Connie Goldman and Emily Lazarre. SRJC, Doyle Library, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. Mon-Thurs, 10 to 4; Sat 12 to 4. 707.527.4298.

Artlife Gallery Through Mar 10, “Storied Lives: The Art of Narrative,” mixed media from 14 artists. 958 Gravenstein Highway S, Sebastopol. 707.824.8881.

Arts Guild of Sonoma Through Feb 25, “New Work by Guild Artists,” variety of media. 140 E Napa St, Sonoma. WedThurs and Sun-Mon, 11 to 5; Fri-Sat, 11 to 8. 707.996.3115.

Charles M Schulz Museum Feb 20-Sep 1, “Art of the Line,” describing Schulz’s process, from the tools he used to the research he undertook. Through Apr 1, “Peanuts Celebrations” highlights 70 original strips which celebrate the major holidays throughout the year and features the history of the Peanutsthemed balloons in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Through Apr 28, “Usable, Loveable Peanuts,” highlights from 33 years of Peanuts products plus the licensing and

Through Mar 30, “Eight-Year Anniversary,” works by various artists celebrating the gallery’s birthday. 132 Mill St, Ste 101, Healdsburg. Tues-Fri, 10 to 6. Sat, 10 to 5. 707.473.9600.

Healdsburg Center for the Arts Through Mar 3, “Seeing Red,” multimedia exhibit featuring local member artists exploring and depicting the emotions of the color red. 130 Plaza St, Healdsburg. Daily, 11 to 6. 707.431.1970.

Local Color Gallery Through Mar 11, “MultiMedea,” featuring engravings and paintings by Rik Olson. 1580 Eastshore Rd, Bodega Bay. Daily, 10 to 5. Closed Wednesdays. 707.875.2744.

Petaluma Arts Center Through Mar 10, “Four Weavers,” contemporary expressions of an ancient craft. Workshop, Feb 23, 9am. 230 Lakeville St at East Washington, Petaluma. 707.762.5600.

Petaluma Library Feb 22-Mar 7, “Library Art Show,” featuring works by members of the Petaluma Arts Association. Reception, Feb 27, 6pm. 100 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma. 707.763.9801.

Quercia Gallery Through Mar 30, “Free Flight,” paintings and sculptures with no restricted theme or size.

25193 Hwy 116, Duncans Mills. 707.865.0243.

Riverfront Art Gallery Through Mar 3, “Winter,” photography by Lance Kuehne. 132 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. Wed, Thurs and Sun, 11 to 6. FriSat, 11 to 8. 707.775.4ART.

Sonoma County Museum Through Feb 24, “In My Back Yard,” photography group exhibition taking the Sonoma County Museum as subject. Through Apr 21, “Harry Dixon: The Metalsmith’s Workshop,” well-known metalsmith was the brother of painter Maynard Dixon. Through Apr 21, “Mail Call,” story of military mail and communication from the American Revolution to current wars. Storytelling with Kenneth Foster, Mar 21, 7pm. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. TuesSun, 11 to 4. 707.579.1500.

University Art Gallery Through Feb 24, “New York Paper,” art by Brian Novatny and Jennifer Nuss. Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. Tues-Fri, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, noon to 4. 707.664.2295.

MARIN COUNTY Art Works Downtown Through Mar 22, “Shadows,” three prominent, women artists from Marin whose work explores the past, memories and emotions. 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. Tues-Sat, 10 to 5. 415.451.8119.

Elsewhere Gallery Through Apr 10, “Thresholds,” a mother-son collaboration between Nadine Gay and Adrian Curtet. 1828 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. Daily, 11 to 6. 415.526.2855.

Falkirk Cultural Center

AMERICAN HISTORY Ledger art by Native American artist Michael Horse and

others is on display at the Marin Center Feb 22-24. See Receptions, adjacent.

the mind, mirages shaped by colors and forms. Through Mar 17, “Ineffable-Canto XXIV,” Diana Marto works and dances, creating site-specific performances along with art installations of related works on paper. Through Mar 17, “An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street,” artist books and broadsides witnessing the bombing of the street of booksellers in Baghdad. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. WedMon, 11 to 5. 415.663.1347.

Marin Center Feb 22-24, ‘Art of the Americas,’ historic and contemporary American Indian art. 10 Ave of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.473.6800.

Marin Community Foundation Through May 31, “Millennial Abstractions,” choice of color, form, shapes and mark making are transformational and inspiring in the deepest sense. Reception, Mar 14, 4:30pm. 5 Hamilton Landing, Ste 200, Novato. Open Mon-Fri, 9 to 5.

Marin History Museum History Center Gallery

Helen Stanley. 23 Sunnyside Ave, Mill Valley. Tues-Sat; 11 to 6. Fri-Sat, 11 to 7; Sun, 12 to 5. 415.384.8288.

NAPA COUNTY di Rosa Through Mar 31, “MFA Selections: A Salute to Bay Area Emerging Artists,” artists who recently completed MFA degrees explore sculpture with light, sound, textiles and other unusual materials. 5200 Sonoma Hwy, Napa. Wed-Sun, 10am to 6pm 707.226.5991.

ECHO Gallery Through Mar 31, “Proof of Some Existence,” works by Maki Aizawa, Peter Hassen, Angela Willetts and Michelle Wilson. 1348 A Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.812.2201.

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

Through Mar 9, “BayWood Artists,” dedicated to painting and preserving Marin’s natural landscape. 1408 Mission Ave, San Rafael. 415.485.3438.

Through Apr 6, “Dorothea Lange at Steep Ravine,” photos of Marin coast in 1950s. 1026 Court St, San Rafael.


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Comedy Headliner

Gallery Bergelli Through Mar 5, “Larkspur Through the Eyes of an Artist,” paintings by Bryn Craig. 483 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.945.9454.

Through Feb 24, “State of Mind,” member art exploring the concept. Novato Arts Center, Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Dr, Novato. Wed-Sun, 11 to 4. 415.506.0137.

Different headliner each month. Last Fri of every month. Heritage Public House, 1305 Cleveland Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.540.0395.

Gallery Route One

Seager Gray Gallery

Through Mar 17, Igor Sazevich, paintings of landscapes of

Through Mar 3, “Arbors of Imagination,” paintings by

Also featuring Kenny Thomas and Nate Follen. Hosted by Torio Van Grol. Feb 23, 6 and

9pm. $20. Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St E, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.

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

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

Dance Pilobolus An innovative dance vocabulary has resulted in 100 choreographic works featuring unusual partnering. Feb 22, 8pm. $20-$50. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

Zuma Zuma The ‘African-style Cirque du Soliel’ troupe that’s made a splash on ‘America’s Got Talent.’ Feb 27, 7:30pm. $10. Person Theater, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2382.


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indigenous arts from across North, Central and South America. Feb 23, 10am-6pm and Feb 24, 11am-5pm. $15 (both days). Exhibit Hall, Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

Cabaret Underground

Dinner included. Feb 24, 3:30pm. $30. Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St E, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.

Oscars Viewing Party Comedian Bob Sarlatte emcees the gala with food and wine available. Feb 24, 5pm. $99. Robert Mondavi Winery, 7801 St Helena Hwy, Oakville. 707.968.2203.

Celebrate Black History Month through music and poetry with accomplished jazz, television and film talent Mwanza Furaha. Feb 24, 4pm. $5-$25. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo. 415.488.8888.

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Red Carpet Oscar Celebration

Create your own masterpiece with art supplies supplied by the venue. Live music, food and works by Bay Area artists on display. Sat, Feb 23, 6pm. Society: Culture House, 528 Seventh St, Santa Rosa, No phone.

Celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim with games, activities, a bounce house, face painting, arts and crafts, holiday storytelling and live music. Feb 24, 11:30am. Free. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.

Chasing Ice Documentary on climate change. Presentation on current trends in climate debate by May Boeve, executive director of Feb 25, 7pm. $8. Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St E, Sonoma. 707.996.9756.

Elemental Film about climate change. Director Emmanuel VaughanLee in conversation afterward. Feb 23, 7pm. $15. Dance Palace, Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.

Film Classics Feb 27, “The Way We Were.” Wed, Feb 27, 7pm. $8. Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley St, Sebastopol. 707.525.4840.

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View the Academy Awards on the big screen, food and drink available. Hollywood costume contest. Feb 24, 4pm. $45-$75. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.924.5111.

Class warfare in Nazi Occupied France. Feb 22, 7pm. $7. Sonoma Film Institute, Warren Auditorium, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2606.

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Jazz and reggae music, creole style food and delicious beer. Feb 26, 5:30pm. $25-$30. Lagunitas Tap Room, 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

Black History Month celebration featuring music and spoken word Feb 22, Spiritual Music for the Soul Feb 23 and gospel music Feb 24. Feb 22-24, 6pm. Arlene Francis Center, 99 Sixth St, santa rosa. 707.528.3009.

Documentary showcases the story of the workers who arrived in Southern Marin to build ships in the Sausalito shipyard during the World War II. Feb 21, 6pm. Free. History Center Gallery, 1026 Court St, San Rafael.

I Love Dinosaurs

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Car show, pinup models and music from Sally Haggard, Frankie Boots and Djae Edrum. Feb 24, 5pm. $5. Aubergine, 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2722.

On the run from the mob, two Chicago musicians flee to Florida in this 1959 film. All-star cast includes Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and others. Feb 26, 7pm. $7. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Hatian Relief Fundraiser

Children’s theater program on extinct lizards. Feb 23, 11am. Free. Guerneville Library, 14107 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville. 707.869.9004.

Late Night Art Collaborative art making, ambient music, food and insightful discussion. Feb 21 at 7. $30-$35. Dyhana Center, 186 N Main St, Sebastopol. More at

Mr Healdsburg Pageant All-male spoof on traditional beauty contests. Speedos and a sellout crowd likely. Feb 23, 7:30pm. $40-$45. Raven Theater, 115 North St, Healdsburg. 707.433.3145.

Oscars, Oscars, Oscars! Come dressed as your favorite film character or just your own fabulous self for a night of contests, prizes, and mocking Anne Hathaway’s insufferable earnestness quietly amongst your friends. Feb 24 at 5. $20$40, benefits Food for Thought. Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley St, Sebastopol. 707.525.4840.

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Tattoos & Blues Exhibits, tattoos, piercings, live music, food, booths, art, contests and prizes. Feb 2224, 9pm. $10-$35. Flamingo Lounge, 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

Film Aida Verdi’s classic opera directed by Gianfranco de Bosio with Hui He, Marco Berti and Andrea Ulbrich. Feb 23, 7pm. $20. Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main St, Napa. 707.255.5445.

Sound City Dave Grohl’s Sundancewowing documentary of famed SoCal recording studio from which came ‘Nevermind,’ ‘Rumors’ and many, many other classic rock albums. Feb 21 at 7pm. $18. Summerfield Cinemas, 551 Summerfield Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.522.0719.

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s The story of a young New York socialite who becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building. Starring Audrey Hepburn. Wed, Feb 20, 1pm. Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St E, Sonoma. 707.996.9756.

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

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Take all you like, but eat all you take. Benefits Santa Rosa senior programs. Feb 23, 5:30pm. $45. Finley Community Center, 2060 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3737.

Democratic Party Crab Feed Lynn Woolsey will be recognized for her 20 years in Congress. Feb 22, 5pm. $50. Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Hall, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.565.7176.

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.

Lectures Aida Mollenkamp Cookbook author and host of the Cooking Channel’s “FoodCrafters” share tips for stress-free meals. Dinner included. Feb 21, 6:30pm. $55. Fresh Starts Cooking School, 1399 North Hamilton Pkwy, Novato. 415.382.3363.

Art Uncorked: Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” Painting class with wine and music. Feb 21, 6:30pm. $45. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

Clean Boating Workshop How to keep it clean while out on the water. Feb 21, 5:30pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.3871.

Creating Backyard Wildlife Habitat Nancy Bauer describes how to turn your garden into a refuge for wildlife by enhancing the habitat value of your landscape. Feb 21, 7pm. $10. Laguna de Santa Rosa Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.527.9277.

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Orlov’s Magic Lanterns Anton Orlov owns a darkroom on wheels, in the form of his Photo Palace Bus, a unique gallery that will be parked in Occidental on Feb. 22. Since emigrating from Russia, Orlov has pursued his love of analog photography to several historic discoveries—glass slides depicting scenes from WWI and the Russian Revolution. The Slavic stills from 1917 were colored and converted into Magic Lantern slides by their original creator, an American missionary named John Wells Rahill. They show soldiers in gas masks and great coats, as well as what appears to be peaceful rural life, undisturbed by war. The Magic Lantern is an instrument with a checkered and bizarre history. Though perfect for displaying brightly colored miniatures now, it was once used by clergymen and magicians alike to conjure floating images of saints, demons and ghosts. The strange instrument began to fall out of use in the ’60s, Orlov writes, and “currently there are only a few Magic Lantern shows in the world.” Why not go to one, then, in a bus parked in Occidental? Orlov’s Magic Lantern Experience comes to town on Friday, Feb. 22, at 7pm, hosted by Rahill’s granddaughter, Barbara Hoffman, at a private residence in Occidental. To reserve a spot, call 707.874.2787.—Rachel Dovey

County’s new Green Business Coordinator, Kevin Kumataka. Feb 21, 5:30pm. $5. Share Exchange, 531 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.393.1431.

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Mid-East Tapestry: A Musical Magic Carpet Ride Turkish, Egyptian, Lebanese, Armenian, Persian and Arabic music, including classical, pop and folk music, will be performed and discussed. Feb 20, 6pm. Free. Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 W Napa St, Sonoma. 707.939.0379.

North Korea: Dealing with a Dangerous & Difficult Regime David Straub, associate director of Korean studies at Stanford, analyzes why North Korea is developing nuclear weapons. Feb 22. $26$31. Fountaingrove Inn, 101 Fountaingrove Pkwy, Santa Rosa. 800.222.6101.

Kelley Rajala Santa Rosa Share Exchange manager speaks on co-ops. Feb 26, 7:30pm. Free. Aqus Cafe, 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.

Science Buzz Cafe Feb 21, “Instrument Making: Art & Science” with Harry Fleishman, luthier. 7pm. $4. French Garden, 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.2030.

Telling Your Tale Frances Lefkowitz give tips and techniques for writing and publishing memoir and personal essays. Presented by Writers Forum of Petaluma. Feb 21, 7pm. $15. Petaluma Community Center, 320 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma.

Readings Book Passage Feb 20, 7pm, “Creating Room to Read: A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy” with John Wood. Feb 21, 7pm, “The Art of Character: Creating Memorable Characters for Fiction, Film & TV” with David Corbett. Feb 23, 1pm, “Facing the Wave: A Journey in the Wake of the Tsunami” with Gretel Erlich. Feb 23, 4pm, “Cultures on the Edge” with Chris Rainier. Feb 23, 7pm, “The Sound of Broken Glass” with Deborah Crombie. Feb 24, 1pm,

“Leave the Lipstick, Take the Iguana” with Marcy Gordon. Feb 24, 2pm, “Literary Journalism and the Enduring Power of Creative Nonfiction” with Scott Anderson. Feb 25, 7pm, “Wash” with Margaret Wrinkle. Feb 26, 7pm, “The Best Women’s Travel Writing” with Lavinia Spalding. Feb 27, 7pm, “Vampires in the Lemon Grove” with Karen Russell. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera 415.927.0960.

Santa Rosa Copperfield’s Books Feb 24, 2pm, “The Sound of Broken Glass” with Deborah Crombie. 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa 707.578.8938.

First United Methodist Church Feb 22, 7:30pm, “Grabbing Power: The New Struggles for Land, Food and Democracy in Northern Honduras” with Tanya Kerssen. 9 Ross Valley Dr, San Rafael.

MINE Art Gallery Feb 24, 3pm, “Easing into Dark” with Jacqueline Kudler. 1820 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax.

Occidental Center for the Arts Feb 22, 7pm, “Infidels Abroad: a Novel of Mark Twain & John Singer Sargent in an Alternate California” with Patrick Fanning. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental 707.874.9392.

Readers’ Books Feb 21, 7pm, “Junction, Utah” with Rebecca Lawton. 130 E Napa St, Sonoma 707.939.1779.

Rebound Bookstore Feb 23, 4pm, “With Every Step I Take” with Avotcha. 1641 Fourth St, San Rafael 415.482.0550.

Theater Forbidden Hollywood Fast-paced satire of the film industry featuring songs targeting the greatest movies and biggest stars. Feb 23, 8pm. $30-$45. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

God of Carnage A playground altercation between 11-year-old boys brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. Fri-Sat, 8pm and Sun, 2pm. through Feb 24. $18-$20. Napa Valley Playhouse, 1637 W Imola Ave, Napa. 707.255.5483.

The Hound of the Baskervilles Suspense, mystery and treachery by F Andrew Leslie. Fri-Sat, 8pm and Sun, 2pm. through Mar 3. $18. Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 N Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale. 707.829.2214.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Musical revue of eight children’s books. Feb 22, 6:30pm. $12-$17. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Left After Not Inspired by Farid Ud-Din Attar’s “The Conference of the Birds.” Fri-Sat, 8pm and Sun, 5pm. through Mar 16. $15-$25. Imaginists Theatre Collective, 461 Sebastopol Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.528.7554.

Midsummer Jersey Midsummer Night’s Dream set on the boardwalk of a seaside town in modern-day New Jersey. Presented by Young Repertory Theater. Fri-Sat, 7:30pm and Sun, 2pm. through Mar 3. $10-$15. Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.763.8920.

Readers’ Theater Plays by local authors, directed by Damien Olsen. Wed, Feb 27, 7pm. Free. Guerneville Library, 14107 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville. 707.869.9004.

Steel Magnolias Drama about friendship and trust presented by Novato Theater Company. Fri-Sat, 8pm and Sun, 3pm. through Mar 10. $12-$22. St Vincent’s School, 1 St Vincent Dr, San Rafael.

Waiting for Godot Though they admit that they do not know him well and won’t even recognize him when they see him, they wait. They wait for Godot. Directed by Jasson Minadakis. Tues-Thurs-Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2 and 7pm and Wed, 7:30pm. through Feb 24. $36$57. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.5208.

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For the week of February 20

ARIES (March 21–April 19) In the course of her world travels, writer Jane Brunette has seen many wonderful things—as well as a lot of trash. The most beautiful litter, she says, is in Bali. She loves the “woven palm leaf offerings, colorful cloth left from a ceremony, and flowers that dry into exquisite wrinkles of color.” Even the shiny candy wrappers strewn by the side of the road are fun to behold. Your assignment, Aries, is to adopt a perceptual filter akin to Brunette’s. Is there any stuff other people regard as worthless or outworn that you might find useful, interesting or even charming? I’m speaking metaphorically as well as literally. TAURUS (April 20–May 20) The Old Testament tells the story of a man named Methuselah, who supposedly didn’t die until he was 969 years old. Some Kabbalistic commentators suggest that he didn’t literally walk the earth for almost 10 centuries. Rather, he was extra skilled at the arts of living. His experiences were profoundly rich. He packed 969 years’ worth of meaningful adventures into a normal life span. I prefer that interpretation, and I’d like to invoke it as I assess your future. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, Taurus, you will have Methuselah’s talent in the coming weeks.

GEMINI (May 21–June 20) In the coming weeks, I’m expecting your life to verge on being epic and majestic. There’s a better than even chance that you will do something heroic. You might finally activate a sleeping potential or tune in to your future power spot or learn what you’ve never been able to grasp before. And if you capitalize gracefully on the kaleidoscopic kismet that’s flowing your way, I bet you will make a discovery that will fuel you for the rest of your long life. In mythical terms, you will create a new grail or tame a troublesome dragon—or both. CANCER (June 21–July 22)

Jackalopes resemble jackrabbits, except that they have antlers like deer and tails like pheasants. They love whiskey, only have sex during storms and can mimic most sounds, even the human voice. The milk of the female has curative properties. Strictly speaking, however, the jackalope doesn’t actually exist. It’s a legendary beast, like the mermaid and unicorn. And yet Wyoming lawmakers have decided to honor it. Early this year they began the process of making it the state’s official mythical creature. I bring this to your attention, Cancerian, because now would be an excellent time to select your own official mythical creature. The evocative presence of this fantastic fantasy would inspire your imagination to work more freely and playfully, which is just what you need. What’ll it be? Dragon? Sphinx? Phoenix? Here’s a list:

LEO (July 23–August 22) The temptation to hide what you’re feeling could be strong right now. You may wonder if you should protect yourself and others from the unruly truth. But according to my analysis, you will be most brilliant and effective if you’re cheerfully honest. That’s the strategy most likely to provide genuine healing, too—even if its initial effects are unsettling. Please remember that it won’t be enough merely to communicate the easy secrets with polite courage. You will have to tap into the deepest sources you know and unveil the whole story with buoyantly bold elegance. VIRGO (August 23–September 22) The word “chain” may refer to something that confines or restricts. But it can also mean a series of people who are linked together because of their common interests and their desire to create strength through unity. I believe that one of those two definitions will play an important role in your life during the coming weeks, Virgo. If you proceed with the intention to emphasize the second meaning, you will minimize and maybe even eliminate the first.

LIBRA (September 23–October 22) People in Sweden used to drive their cars on the left-hand side of the road. But a growing body of research revealed it would be better if everyone drove on the right-hand side. So on Sept. 3, 1967, the law changed. Everyone switched over. All nonessential traffic was halted for hours to accommodate the necessary adjustments.

What were the results? Lots of motorists grumbled about having to alter their routine behavior, but the transition was smooth. In fact, the accident rate went down. I think you’d benefit from doing a comparable ritual sometime soon, Libra. Which of your traditions or habits could use a fundamental revision?

SCORPIO (October 23–November 21)

When a woman is pregnant, her womb stretches dramatically, getting bigger to accommodate the growing fetus. I suspect you’ll undergo a metaphorically similar process in the coming weeks. A new creation will be gestating, and you’ll have to expand as it ripens. How? Here’s one way: You’ll have to get smarter and more sensitive in order to give it the care it needs. Here’s another way: You’ll have to increase your capacity for love. Don’t worry; you won’t have to do it all at once. “Little by little” is your watchword.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21) Do you floss your teeth while you’re meditating? Do you text-message and shave or put on make-up as you drive? Do you simultaneously eat a meal, pay your bills, watch TV and exercise? If so, you are probably trying to move too fast and do too much. Even in normal times, that’s no good. But in the coming week, it should be taboo. You need to slowwww wayyyy dowwwn, Sagittarius. You’ve got . . . to compel yourself . . . to do . . . one thing . . . at a time. I say this not just because your mental and physical and spiritual health depend on it. Certain crucial realizations about your future are on the verge of popping into your awareness—but they will only pop if you are immersed in a calm and unhurried state.

CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19) To make your part of the world a better place, stressloving workaholics may need to collaborate with slow-moving underachievers. Serious business might be best negotiated in places like bowling alleys or parking lots. You should definitely consider seeking out curious synergies and unexpected alliances. It’s an odd grace period, Capricorn. Don’t assume you already know how to captivate the imaginations of people whose influence you want in your life. Be willing to think thoughts and feel feelings you have rarely if ever entertained. AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18) came up with colorful ways to describe actress Zooey Deschanel. In a weird coincidence, their pithy phrases for her seem to fit the moods and experiences you will soon be having. I guess you could say you’re scheduled to have a kind of week. Here are some of the themes: 1. Novelty ukulele tune. 2. Overemphatic stage wink. 3. Sentient glitter cloud. 4. Over-iced Funfetti cupcake. 5. Melted-bead craft project. 6. Living Pinterest board. 7. Animated Hipstamatic photograph. 8. Bambi’s rabbit friend. 9. Satchel of fairy dust. 10. Hipster labradoodle. PISCES (February 19–March 20) You may have heard the thundering exhortation, “Know thyself!” Its origin is ancient. More than 2,400 years ago, it was inscribed at the front of the Temple of Apollo in Delphi, Greece. As important as it is to obey this command, there is an equally crucial corollary: “Be thyself!” Don’t you agree? Is there any experience more painful than not being who you really are? Could there be any behavior more damaging to your long-term happiness than trying to be someone other than who you really are? If there is even the slightest gap, Pisces, now is an excellent time to start closing it. Cosmic forces will be aligned in your favor if you push hard to further identify the nature of your authentic self, and then take aggressive steps to foster its full bloom.

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