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eadline! Wall Street Gets Mind-Altering Substance into New York Times Water Cooler! What else can we think when we see the normally level-headed New York Times serving up bankster sympathy and false choices? Take a peek at the Feb. 18 article on possible prosecution of the biggest banks. It seems positively drunk with disinformation. Up front they are selling us a false dilemma supposedly facing the Department of Justice, i.e., either the DOJ responds to bank malfeasance with the usual reprimands and fines which—gosh darn it—never seem to affect bank behavior, or they muster up the courage to prosecute bankers, perhaps getting actual indictments and convictions, loss of operating licenses, maybe a bank failure. Yikes, it could take down the whole economy! So what is the article trying to say? First, that accepted wisdom is true: these banks really are too big to fail or jail. We are in fact so desperate to keep them on an even keel that we will always accept their corrupt, fraudulent behavior, even if our dentists scold us for grinding our teeth at night. Secondly, the Times is offering us a juicy false choice. Either we go after the banks head-on and risk a market cataclysm featuring all of us selling pencils on street corners, or we belt up and let Jamie Dimon have his way with us. No one wants to talk about reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act, of course. This would separate commercial and investment banking, so we might be able to jail an investment banker without taking down the entire economy. The banks’ response to this is predictable: eeeeek! Glass-Steagall means U.S. banks at a disadvantage in the global economy! Stifling market activity! Markets go into a tailspin! The Simple Answer Dept. handles that one. First, all large banks are international in character now, and they pledge allegiance only to themselves. “U.S. banks” has almost no meaning. And second, all global banks are currently in such terrible straits that the G-20 should, for the banks’ own good, decide that all of them should separate commercial and investment banking. A novel idea— restoring stability to the world economy. Paul Moser is a former winemaker living in Napa County. 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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I’ll wager money most hunters aren’t members of the NRA. We all cannot be John Wayne or Rambo. But some of us did serve our country, and experienced what a firearm can do to another human being. I still have nightmares about it. To blame Obama for all the firearms sold to Mexico is a joke. It is a no-brainer that firearms dealers on the borders of Texas and Arizona are the real blame. But, hey, don’t go there—it’s all about American free enterprise, right?

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To Hell with the NRA Having had a few years membership in the NRA, I finally decided to just say no to the BS and quit them (“American Psychos,” Dec. 26). All they want is more money. I asked them why didn’t they ask Bush and Cheney for a few million after they walked out with over $11 billion in war profits from their watch. I do own a collection of semiautomatic rifles and WWII combat rifles that are not for hunting. I like to go out and burn off a few clips, and I do keep the weapons for self-protection. I hunted a lot as a boy until a tour in Vietnam, which caused me to swear to never take another life, be it animal or human, unless it was to save a life—mine or another’s. I served as a federal law enforcement officer for some years and never fired my arms once while on duty. I was with a fellow officer who shot an unarmed man carrying a surveyors stake he was carving on to make a play sword for his little boy. Officially, on record, the guy charged the trigger-happy officer with a sword. The shooter was exonerated from any charges as it was a clean shooting,


Something Rotten Regarding the redwood trees along Highway 101 cut down and sold by Ghilotti Construction for a profit (“Deadwood Hwy.,” Jan. 30), just because something is legal doesn’t make it right. Legality is a cop-out for when something smells bad and feels wrong. If it looks bad and smells bad, then there is something in there that’s rotten. Trust your nose. Those trees belonged to the public, period. What their value is relative to the size of the project does not diminish their importance, nor does it diminish the stench, public or private.


Duhhh! Re: Daniel Garcia’s reply to my recent letter (“Cool Down, Man,” Feb. 13), those who try to argue against truth always resort to cheap tactics. They make up “facts” and they hurl personal insults. Thus does Mr. Garcia, in emulation of the moronic name calling that Limbaugh, Hannity, et al., like to spew at Obama. Of course I voted for Obama over Romney—duhhh!—but that doesn’t mean I’ll give him or any other bigtime decider a pass for persisting in a covetous, murderous, ruinous agenda


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EMPTY BED Due to wording loopholes, the county’s IHSS isn’t required to pay in-home caregivers stiffed by their clients.

Who’s Responsible? A Sonoma County lawsuit over unpaid wages could radically alter the structure of in-home care BY RACHEL DOVEY


n a lawsuit that could shake up the homecare industry statewide, a Sonoma County caregiver is claiming that she worked seven days a week for three months without ever being paid. While a local judge dismissed the case in 2011, an appellate court’s recent opinion may give it new life,

revealing the confusing and sometimes contradictory language of in-home-care laws. According to court testimony, Santa Rosa caregiver Adelina Guerrero worked as an in-home services provider for Alejandra Buenrostro from November 2008 to January 2009. Confusion about the manner in which she would be receiving wages left her empty-handed until she went to the county’s

In Home Supportive Services (IHSS) department, which pays $11.50 an hour to the caregivers of low-income disabled clients. “She registered and signed up and attempted to submit [her hours] through the county, and at that point, she found out that the county had already paid for the work,” says Guerrero’s lawyer, Jeff Hoffman of California Rural Legal Assistance. So where did that money go? Buenrostro’s grandmother and

legal representative Sherry Amezcua was registered through IHSS as her care worker, according to Diane Kalijan of Aging and Adult Services. During the time Guerero claims she was working, Amezcua was submitting timesheets and receiving the payment her caregiver is allegedly owed. Guerrero was never paid, and Buenrostro and her grandmother disappeared, according to Hoffman. The question raised in court is whether these unpaid wages are the responsibility of the county’s IHSS. County agencies say they aren’t. Although an IHSS social worker vets potential clients and then the public agency foots their caregiving bill, those clients are responsible for hiring, firing and supervising their own caregivers. “The client is considered the employer for their caregiver,” the IHSS website states. A document from the original legal scuffle, dated May 2011, argues that because the county agency cannot supervise or hire workers, it shouldn’t be considered an employer in this instance either. “A holding that the County or the IHSS-PA is an employer for wage and hour purposes would lead to the absurd result of imposing liability on the County Defendants when they are statutorily prohibited from controlling the employment relationship between the IHSS recipient and the provider,” it reads. Thus, in the county’s estimation, no foul play on its end occurred. In 2011, the court agreed, and the county’s demurrer was sustained. “We followed the regulations as written and paid the provider of record,” Kalijan says. But according to Guerrero’s testimony, the county paid the wrong provider—an oversight that, if the caregiver’s story is true, allowed an exchange of public money that looks an awful lot like theft. “It’s our contention that the county has a duty to investigate this kind of thing,” Hoffman says. Guerrero’s argument juxtaposes these supposedly misdirected payments with federal and state labor laws, claiming that the county was, in fact, her employer. Her statement isn’t unfounded,


ince Amezcua began collecting wages in 2008, the county has tightened its regulations on caregivers. To collect that hourly wage, workers have to complete an orientation and pass a background check. But when the contested guardian registered as her granddaughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s caregiver, she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to do either. She, like absolutely anyone else the disabled person chooses, could simply sign up. This isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t unsurprising in a ďŹ eld that is wildly unregulated, at least on the private side. To practice nonmedical home care in California, all you need is a business license. Add to the mix the fact that recipients of this care are often aged, seriously ill or disabled, and you have a recipe for fraud. Last year, the Bohemian reported on a similar case, in which a caregiver disappeared with $22,000 of her elderly clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s money. One of the clients suffered from severe Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, and died soon after her caregiver ďŹ&#x201A;ed. And while different laws govern the industry across the public-

private spectrum, the murky gray area of who exactly functions as the employer is a common thread. In the world of private home care, referral agencies can collect a hefty portion of a care workerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hourly wage without providing beneďŹ ts or workersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; compensation because, technically, the client can be deďŹ ned as their employer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The state of California has some loophole laws,â&#x20AC;? says Marc Winter, the president of Hired Hands Homecare, a fullservice agency that does act as an employer to its caregivers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Referral agencies can basically farm out caregivers, and everything else is between the caregiver and the senior.â&#x20AC;? However, Winter says, the broader implications of this employment triangle arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always apparent to all parties involvedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;especially if the person functioning as an employer has a debilitating disease. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With the Guerrero case, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of coming into play,â&#x20AC;? he says, acknowledging that referral agencies and IHSS are structured in a similar manner. If the case is successful in its second go-round, it could mean upheaval for the county program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It would fundamentally change the IHSS program if the lawsuit was successful,â&#x20AC;? Kalijan says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It would change the part about the consumer being the employer; it would change the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s responsibility; it would change the way providers work with overtime as a consideration. At the minimum, there would have to be state law change, and that would have a tremendous impact on local operations.â&#x20AC;? Could this change trickle out into the private industry, sometimes shaped in the same way? Perhaps, according to Hoffman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expounding upon the whole nature of the relationship between employer and employee,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Any cases that deal with joint employers could possibly be applicable, if, by analogy, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing the same things as the county.â&#x20AC;? Whatever the outcome, Hoffman agrees that the case has a farreaching effect. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just apply to this county,â&#x20AC;? he says.

When Trees Get Saved Preservation Ranch will officially be preserved. As announced last week, a conservation group will purchase the 20,000-acre plot of forest in northwestern Sonoma County, effectively derailing a much-contested plan to clear-cut the land for vineyard development.

For the past eight years, the $253 billion state employeesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; pension fund CalPERS controlled the land and backed a proposal to cut down over 1,700 acres of forest for vineyards, set aside 15,000 acres to sell as lumber and use 2,700 acres as a wildlife preserve. As recently as February of last year, officials said the plan to develop the land had not changed. The purchase not only helps birds, squirrels, raccoons and would-be competing wineries, but it clears a looming political cloud from Sonoma County supervisor Efren Carrilloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future career. A possible vote on the plan by the Board of Supervisors would have put him in a tough spot, having to choose between his environmentalleaning constituency and helping political mentors and campaign fundraisers with direct ties to the project. He had not taken a stance on the issueâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and now, surely much to his relief, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s off the hot seat.â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Nicolas Grizzle

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according to the court of appeals. In a document called an appellate opinion, published in February, it claims that the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role is opaque at best, drawing on past cases and reasoning: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The IHSS statutes treat providers as employees for some purposes, but not for all.â&#x20AC;? When an IHSS worker receives direct payment from a county, for example, their check is coming from the state, which acts as an employer by providing disability beneďŹ ts, workersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; compensation, federal and state income tax and insurance beneďŹ ts. The document cites a 1983 case arguing that IHSS â&#x20AC;&#x153;had complete economic control over the relationship. The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;economic realityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; was that the [agencies] employed the chore workers to perform social services for the beneďŹ t of the recipients. The fact that the [agencies] delegated to the recipients various responsibilities does not alter this, it merely makes them joint employers [with the recipients].â&#x20AC;? The Court of Appeals released its statement in February, and further action is pending.

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SOMETHIN’ TO SQUAWK ABOUT Sebastopol farmer Berry Salinas will open a chicken shack on Santa Rosa Avenue in May.

On the Avenue

On South A Street and Santa Rosa Avenue, a new focus on restaurants as neighborhood activators BY GABE MELINE


t’s midday Friday, and Berry Salinas stands between an old used-car lot and a brake shop, inside the former Greyhound station that will soon house her new restaurant. “I think they’re gonna be seriously disappointed if they try to turn this into a bunch of kitschy shops,” she says, looking out onto Santa Rosa Avenue.

In May, Salinas will open Butcher & Cook, a self-described “chicken shack.” Butcher & Cook hits a

number of current food trends: a comfort-food menu, a use of locally sourced ingredients and, after 10 weeks sharing space inside of Omelette Express, the transition from a pop-up restaurant to a permanent home. But Butcher & Cook is also inadvertently a part of a larger trend: food’s ability to transform neighborhoods. This is the South A neighborhood near Juilliard Park, an area that, according to annual trend stories in local media, has been in a perpetual state of “revitalization” for the last 10 years. Most of that focus has been on the arts, and on the small neighborhood’s galleries, theater

companies and artist studios. Yet while “This Is the Arts District” was the area’s rallying cry five years ago, it’s food that has finally begun to bring more people to the under-utilized neighborhood. Late last year, the much-buzzed about Spinster Sisters opened to great fanfare. Soon after, Worth Our Weight’s Evelyn Cheatham bought the Cookhouse, a landmark greasy-spoon, and is in the process of reopening it as a restaurant. This year, Criminal Baking Co. opened to a healthy buzz, and across the busy street, Dierk’s Parkside Cafe, one of the city’s most popular breakfast spots, always has crowds of people waiting outside for a table. (Dierk’s

has been so successful, in fact, that owner Mark Dierkhising is opening a second location on Fourth Street across from Superburger in the coming months.) Next to the foodie-approved Taqueria Las Palmas, Salinas will open a place with the kind of wordof-mouth that all but guarantees the restaurant’s success. A resulting infusion of new interest in the neighborhood as a food destination is inevitable; proponents of South A have witnessed that same effect magnified with what’s happened to Valencia Street in San Francisco’s Mission district, and taken note. A new buzzword has even cropped up for the area: the “Gourmet Ghetto.” Salinas is a little more realistic. “I don’t really like that term very much,” she says. The 35-year-old Sebastopol farmer also wants to shield Santa Rosa Avenue from inorganic “rebirth.” She’ll serve down-home food: fried chicken, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, collard greens and rotating specials of pork belly and fish ’n’ chips. Most plates will be around $10. “There’s a lot of food in Sonoma County,” she says inside the small, 12-by-12-foot dining room, “but there’s not a lot of this kind of shack-eating element that you see in metropolitan areas—like in San Francisco, there are these hole-inthe-wall eating establishments. I always prefer that surprise element, of feeling like you’re discovering something, and I feel like that’s missing here.” Soon, Judy Kennedy walks by. “I’m so glad you’re moving in here!” she says to Salinas. Kennedy, a longtime neighborhood advocate well-known at city meetings, has for years been trying to ensure the region’s walkability and desirability, and new restaurants, she says, can assist in the “positive experience” that helps push out unwanted nighttime activity. “There’s one thing that we’re really working on right now, and that’s the prostitution problem,” Kennedy says. “The pimps and their prostitutes stay at the Economy Inn, and the girls, they’re not bringing their clients to the hotels. They’re walking

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the streets and then going in the neighborhoods, in the car, and doing it. We find condoms in front of our house all the time.” Down the street, on the curb across from the Spinster Sisters’ lunchtime rush, Jeremiah Flynn and Maria Villano sit in the sun outside Jeremiah’s Photo Corner, one of a handful of retail shops in the neighborhood. Flynn says there’s been no “big boom” in business, but agrees that Spinster Sisters has brought in a whole new crop of visitors. “I have people coming in saying, ‘I had no idea this neighborhood was here.’ I hear that every day,” he says. “We’ll see how it pans out,” Flynn adds stoically. “It’s like this ‘rebirth,’ again.” Raissa de la Rosa, who, with Santa Rosa’s Department of Economic Development and Housing, has worked with a number of businesses in the area, agrees. “People get food,” she says. “They don’t always get art.” A former resident of Oakland’s Temescal district, de la Rosa knows firsthand how restaurants can drive a neighborhood’s renewal, and thinks it can happen with South A Street and Santa Rosa Avenue as well. “There’s more of an impetus for people coming out of the businesses downtown, and, on a beautiful day, walk to those restaurants,” she says. “It’s going to take time, but I think restaurants can do that way more then, say, a gallery would.” De la Rosa pauses and makes an important point: “I also don’t think the restaurants would be interested in the area,” she says, “if the galleries weren’t there.” One thing is sure: the neighborhood has a vibe. That suits Salinas perfectly. Before her sharedspace run at Omelette Express, she hosted one-off underground dinners and other hush-hush events. Her other business, Meat Revolution, makes sausage, bacon and charcuterie; she delivers to restaurants all over the Bay Area and has a meat CSA. As for the so-called undesirable element? “I’m not opposed to something being done, but I hope it’s more in that creative vein, where it’s quirky and offbeat,” she says, “and not trying to make it downtown Healdsburg.”

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Breakfast and lunch daily. Closed Mon. 60 Fourth St, Pt Reyes. 415.663.1536.

Pizzeria Picco Pizza. $-$$. The wood-fired oven keeps things cozy, and the organic ingredients and produce make it all tasty. Lunch and dinner, Sat-Sun; dinner only, Mon-Fri. 32o Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.945.8900. Robata Grill & Sushi

S O N O MA CO U N T Y Chelino’s Mexican Restaurant Mexican. $. Standout generous taqueria fare with fresh ingredients daily. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 1079 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.571.7478.

Diavola Italian/Pizza. $$. From the folks of Taverna Santi, with artisan wood-fired pizzas and elaborate antipasti served in a rustic-chic old brick former smokehouse. Lunch and dinner daily. 21021 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville. 707.814.0111.

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East West Restaurant California cuisine. $$. Comfortable and casual, Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 557 Summerfield Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.6142.

Garden Court Cafe & Bakery American. $-$$. Traditional diner food treated with utter respect; the quality ingredients make for sublime eating. Breakfast and lunch, Wed-Mon. 13647 Arnold Dr, Glen Ellen. 707.935.1565.

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

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$. The crust is thin and the toppings eclectic. Delivery. Lunch and dinner daily. 1800 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.528.FAST. 560 Hwy 116 N, Sebastopol. 707.823.7492.

Phyllis’ Giant Burgers American. $. Come with a hearty appetite for an oldfashioned patty. Lunch and dinner daily. Four locations:

4910 Sonoma Hwy, Ste B, Santa Rosa. 707.538.4000. 1774 Piner Road #B, Santa Rosa. 707.521.0890. 924 Diablo Ave, Novato. 415.898.8294. 2202 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.456.0866.

Saddles Steakhouse. $$$$$$$. A steakhouse in the best American tradition, with top-quality grass-fed beef. Pies are made from fruit trees on restaurant property. Dinner daily. 29 E MacArthur St, Sonoma. 707.938.2929.

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.

MARIN CO U N T Y Iron Springs Pub & Brewery Brewpub. $$. Pub grub gets a pub-cuisine facelift. Lunch, Wed-Sun; dinner daily. 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax. 415.485.1005.

Mountain Home Inn American. $$-$$$$. Great summer sandwiches with a view atop Mt Tamalpais. Breakfast, Sat-Sun; lunch and dinner, Wed-Sun. 810 Panoramic Dr, Mill Valley. 415.381.9000.

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

Pine Cone Diner Eclectic. $$. Funky diner meets upscale bistro. Ambitious dishes, like cherry-wood-smoked pork loin with lavender gastrique, and steak au poivre with peppercorn brandy sauce are served in homey atmosphere.

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.

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

N A PA CO U N T Y Bistro Jeanty French. $$$. Rich, homey cuisine. A perfect choice when you can’t get a chance to do your Laundry. Lunch and dinner daily. 6510 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.0103. C.C. Blue Japanese. $$-$$$. 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’s Backstreet Kitchen Eclectic. $$-$$$. As comfortable as it sounds, with a rich and varied melting pot of a menu. Lunch and dinner daily. 1327 Railroad Ave, St Helena. 707.963.1200.

Coleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;nostalgiaâ&#x20AC;? cocktail. Dinner daily. 1122 Main St, Napa. 707.224.6328.

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Fazerratiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pizza. $-$$. Great pie, cool brews, the gameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always on. Great place for post-Little League. Lunch and dinner daily. 1517 W Imola Ave, Napa. 707.255.1188.

FumĂŠ 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.

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

Gottâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Roadside Tray Gourmet Diner. $. Formerly Taylorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Automatic Refresher. Lunch and dinner daily. 933 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.3486. Also at Oxbow Public Market, 644 First St, Napa. 707.224,6900.

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

Sashimi Dreams Does Shige dream of sushi the same way Jiro dreams of sushi? Shigekazu Mori, former sushi chef at Hiroâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the best restaurant in Rohnert Park and one of the top sushi bars in the North Bayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;has opened his own joint in downtown Cotati. In the old Nagomi spot, Shige Sushi replaces Nagomi as Cotatiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s raw, pesca-vegetarian dining option. Inside, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visually an improvement over its predecessor. Gone are the flatscreen televisions with a looped DVD of an odd Japanese tourism video. New are the menu additions of tuna poke and matcha (concentrated, powdered green tea) mousse. Also new are the prices, which are slightly higher than locals might be used to. But the quality justifies the price. Not only is the dĂŠcor of the small space (22 seats, including the bar) more appealing, the fish seems, well, just generally better. Not a knock on Nagomi, which had the best sushi lunch special around, but its main draw was the low price. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the type of place that would lure curious diners off the freeway and through downtown Cotati. Shige, with its selection of traditional and Americanized (read: mayo-topped) rolls and expertly prepared nigiri, might be just that. Shige Sushi, 8235 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati. Lunch, Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Friday; dinner, Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sunday. 707.795.9753. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Nicolas Grizzle

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

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

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

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

Siena California-Tuscan. $$$$. Sophisticated, terroir-informed cooking celebrates the local and seasonal Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa. 707.251.1900.


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

SONOMA CO U N TY Fetzer Vineyards Even as a corporate giant, Fetzer retains its conscience about the earth, the grapes, the land and its wine. Chardonnay is what Fetzer does especially well. The winery also has a small deli and inn. 13601 Old River Road, Hopland. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 800.846.8637. Inspiration Vineyards The colorful pastoral depicted on the label does exist, but this small, family-owned labor of love is sensibly located in the Pinecreek Business Park. Stylish tasting room; Chard, Cab and Blanc. 3360 Coffey Lane, Ste. E, Santa Rosa. Daily 11am–4:30pm. $10 tasting fee. 707.237.4980.

Kenwood Vineyards Icon of 1970s wine boom remains more or less the same, a tidy but rambling barn with a modest L-shaped bar serving up ever-popular Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and exclusive Jack London Vineyard wines. Prices also frozen in time: pick up a solid, Sonoma County wine without being left wearing nothing but a barrel. 9592 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. 10am–4:30pm daily; tasting fee, $5. 707.833.5891.

Mill Creek While the historically inspired building is just spinning a decorative wheel, quaint is just a footnote to quality. All the wines are above average. 1401 Westside Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 10am–4pm. 707.431.2121.

Red Car Wine Co. Lay some track to the “Gateway to Graton” and take your palate on a ride with Boxcar Syrah and Trolley Pinot from Sonoma Coast vineyards. Next stop: Côte-Rôtie on the way to Beaune. 8400 Graton Road, Sebastopol. Thursday-Monday 10am-4:30pm. Tasting fee $10. 707.829.8500.

St. Francis Winery Simple but cozy, inspired by the

monk St. Francis and styled as a California mission. Beautiful views and food pairings. 100 Pythian Road, Santa Rosa. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 800.543.7713, ext. 242.

Tin Barn Vineyards Yes, it is located in a tin barn, of sorts–in the midst of a remote industrial park, home to “Eighth Street wineries.” From allspice to Jolly Rancher, coriander, fresh raspberry, jelly Danish and horsetail to a simply enjoyable claret style quaff, it’s all flavor and no frills in this friendly warehouse winery. 21692 Eighth St. E., Ste. 340, Sonoma. Saturday– Sunday, 11am–4pm. Tasting fee, $6. 707.938.5430.

N A PA CO U N TY Bouchaine Vineyards Venerable producer of estategrown Burgundian style wine in the rustic wind-scraped hills of Carneros. Pinot Noir and Pinot Meuier with a coolclimate, cherry-skin crispness that nearly crunches in the mouth, and Chardonnay with a “mouth of butter.” Patio service in fair weather, cozy hearthside tasting in cooler days; good-humored hospitality throughout. 1075 Buchli Station Road, Napa. Open daily, 10:30am–4pm; tasting fee $5. 707.252.9065.

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.

Frank Family Vineyards A media mogul imagineered a Napa Valley winery that’s surprisingly no-frills, friendly and free of charge, from the flute of bubbly welcome to the last sip of award-winning Cab. Emphasis is on the historic Larkmead winery, the wine and, natch, the guest at this popular tasting room set in the winery’s remodeled craftsman

farmhouse. Frank Family Vineyards, 1091 Larkmead Lane, Calistoga. Tasting daily, 10am–4pm, $10; reserve, $25. 707.942.0753.

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

Somerston Wine Co. Ambitious ranch and winery inclues utility-vehicle “buggy” rides by appointment. The cheese shop and grocery opens in April. All that and wine, too. 6488 Washington St., Yountville. Tasting room open noon-8pm Monday–Thursday; to 9pm, Friday–Saturday; to 10pm, summer. Tastings $15– $40. Ranch tours by appointment, $50. 707.944.8200.

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

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

Patz & Hall

On a 25-year anniversary, everything old is new again BY JAMES KNIGHT


here’s nothing in particular about this postcard that tells you it’s an artifact from the 1980s. Printed to commemorate the winery’s 25th anniversary, it pictures founders James Hall, Anne Moses, Heather Patz and Donald Patz. You might still find a mustached winemaker, just like James Hall, today, and as for Heather Patz, well, bangs are in again, are they not? But there’s just something about the whole picture that stamps its era. The four friends were Napa Valley newbies, confident and hopeful, when they founded Patz & Hall—provisionally named Project X—in 1988. And with good reason. They’ve since built a prestigious, 27,000-case operation, which keeps sales director Donald Patz on the horn with distributors nationwide. In their Napa Valley tasting salon, opened in 2007, Heather Patz would like to draw your attention to a different set of photographs. “Being in a corporate park, it’s hard to point to the soil,” Patz says. “But we can point to the growers.” Patz & Hall buys all its fruit from growers. Some of the relationships date to way back when they all used to pile in the car to visit them. Photos of Lee Hudson, Larry Hyde, the Martinelli, Dutton and Pisoni families and others are spot-lit in the salon. “They do respect what we’re trying to do,” says Patz. Of course, she adds, “We have to pay them well.” The salon, all glass partitions inside a Napa Valley business park, required little modification to suit their purposes. Guests are welcomed with a flute of 2010 Brut Sparkling ($38). Drop-ins are accommodated at the bar; sit-downs are presented in the conference room, five wines, five stems. The 2010 Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay’s ($58) oak has a spicy, herbal quality, and after a whiff of toasted almond, the wine leaves reluctantly, luxuriating in a sweet texture that exhibits the best of barrel-fermented Chardonnay, viz., not buttery; creamy. I am smelling popcorn in the 2010 Zio Tony Ranch Chardonnay ($60), but it’s something like that “hippie popcorn,” doused with yeast and herbs, finishing with crisp, limey acidity. The 2010 Chenoweth Ranch Pinot Noir ($58) is rich with brooding fruit, Christmas spice and potpourri; the 2010 Burnside Vineyard Pinot Noir ($70), savory with olive and smoked meat, lush with dry, blueberry fruit; and the 2010 Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir ($85), drier and bigger with the blueberries yet. There’s nothing in particular that tells you that the price points of these wines range up to the mid $80s. They’re subtle, deep and integrated. Indeed, it’s the whole picture. Patz & Hall Salon, 851 Napa Valley Corporate Way, Suite A, Napa. Wednesday–Sunday, 10am–4pm. Seated tastings 10:30am, 1pm and 3pm. Tasting fee, $20–$40. 707.265.7700.

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emember In the pre-YouTube, early Napster world of the internet, it was how the masses legally downloaded songs and videos. And in the year 2000, before Google was a verb, a video was uploaded to of a young red-haired kid named Jamie DeWolf performing a slam poem about his greatgrandfather, Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, in front of about 50 people.

Within a week, Scientologists had seen the video and were tracking DeWolf in his hometown. “They were literally running me down,” says DeWolf. “I had private investigators following me, they showed up at my house. They had this whole cover story that they were promoters putting on a show with me.” DeWolf’s mother, who had seen Scientology consume and destroy her father and grandfather, eventually clued him in to the intent of these mysterious people. “She recognized them immediately just by their general demeanor and how they were asking questions about me, and tried to identify who they were. She ended up kicking them off the porch.”

Sheepskin Suit Everyone’s got their own take on religion, but for DeWolf, the subject is particularly vexing. “It’s really, really difficult growing up as a Christian when your great-grandfather was a cult leader who basically made himself a god, sort of, in our lifetime, for me to do anything without just a complete view of skepticism,” he says on the phone from his home in Oakland. DeWolf’s conflicted upbringing fuels his writing and performance, which has made the 35-year-old a buzzed-about name in the East Bay hotbed of slam poetry. DeWolf is the featured poet at the monthly North Bay Poetry Slam (NBPS) at Sebastopol’s Hopmonk Tavern on March 10, where fellow Oakland slammer Joyce Lee was featured last month. NBPS host and creator Brianna Sage calls DeWolf “the most wellknown performer” the NBPS has hosted, and “possibly the person I look up to the most as a performer.” DeWolf grew up as a Baptist Christian, and his youthful belief was so fervent that he passed out pamphlets on the impending apocalypse. But now he checks “athiesm” on survey boxes. “I refuse to waste another day speculating on somebody else’s theology that they’re going to pre-package and hand to me,” he says.

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SMOKE In addition to poetry, DeWolf is also a fillmmaker and teacher.

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Haunted by his cult ancestry, Jamie DeWolf visits Sebastopol with words as weapons



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VESTED INTEREST Brianna Sage founded the North Bay Poetry Slam at age 16.

As the creator and host of the slam poetry vaudeville show Tourettes Without Regrets, which attracts over 400 attendees each month at the Oakland Metro Operahouse, DeWolf has plenty to keep himself occupied. But lately he’s been taking on even more projects, like the full-length film Smoked, about a botched cannabisclub robbery, which he starred in, wrote, produced and directed. He’s also made several short films based on his poems, and teaches creative writing classes. Slam poetry isn’t for everyone, but it can be a perfect creative outlet for those seeking release. “A poetry slam is a place for people to share their voices, the things they thought nobody would ever want to hear,” says Sage. Part written word, part performance art, slam poetry is controversial, emotional and often angry. Poems are more in the style of Chuck D than T. S. Eliot. This fits DeWolf like a tailored sheepskin suit, allowing him to walk around unnoticed in everyday life until he reveals his

sharp teeth onstage with violent tirades, brutal honesty, intense vulnerability and Ginsu-like sarcasm. But no matter how much everyday invisibility may be an asset to DeWolf, the giant eye of Scientology is always keeping watch.

Cult .45 Since being hounded for the video—and, that same year, speaking at the first antiScientology gathering in the cult’s mecca of Clearwater, Fla.—DeWolf’s been more reactive than proactive in his defiance. “I met a guy who spent millions of dollars battling the church in every court. They fought him with every atom of their being and kind of eventually destroyed this guy,” says DeWolf. “I just saw the sheer totality of how many lives had been utterly wrecked by this insane, tentacled creature that my great-grandfather created, and I realized, ‘Man, there’s a lot more that I want to do with my life right now.’” Even so, in 2011 he was named

the one of the Village Voice’s “top 25 people crippling Scientology,” and he gave a performance last year on NPR’s Snap Judgment about his family history. (DeWolf changed his last name from Kennedy to his mother’s maiden name after the comedian of the same name started getting popular.) Such public notice makes his relatives worried. “My family’s always been incredibly leery of anything I’ve said against the cult,” he says, “because they’ve been trying to escape this cult for their entire life.” But is he worried for himself, too? “Uh, yeah,” he laughs, nervously. “Their legacy of how they have dealt with their opposition is absolutely, staggeringly disgusting.” Bomb threats, phone taps, frame-ups and reputation destruction are just some of the less violent tools the cult has been alleged to have used. “The day that Snap Judgment video came out, I said, ‘You’ve got to let me know when this thing goes public,’ because from that point on I was literally watching for suspicious cars, I was making sure that I was always with someone when I was around, I check my damn brakes when I start my car, stuff like that.” Amid this, DeWolf has perfected his craft, racking up awards from the National Poetry Slam and Oakland and Berkeley Grand Slam championships. He was a featured performer on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and, in the middle of touring the world with the poetry trio Suicide Kings, made a stop long ago at Sonoma State University.

Different Kind of Slam Briana Sage’s North Bay Poetry Slam in Sebastopol sees anywhere from 60 to 150 people for the open mic, featured performer and slam competition format—and the word is spreading. “It’s been growing,” says Sage. “People have just been coming up to me and asking, ‘How can I make this happen?’” In fact, two monthly slams have started as a result of the NPBS, one at Santa Rosa’s Arlene Francis Center (International House

of Poetry, hosting its next slam March 15) and one at Cotati’s Redwood Cafe (the Barnburner Slam, hosting its next slam March 12). Rather than viewing it as competition, Sage, wise beyond her 19 years, embraces the community vibe. “It’s awesome that there are more slams starting around here,” she says. “It’s just about everybody that wants to come share something, and giving them a place to share.” The Santa Rosa Junior College student started the NBPS in 2010, when she was just 16, after winning the Sonoma County Library Slam in her first public performance. “I started writing when I was seven years old, and from seven to 15 I just performed in front of a mirror and had no idea people ever did these things in front of an audience,” says Sage. “I was so shy. I had bad stage fright—like, ridiculously bad.” Watching Sage perform and host, one wouldn’t know she even knew the definition of fear. As a woman, Sage is a minority in the slam poetry world. “It’s a sausage-fest,” explains Joyce Lee, the only woman to earn the title of Oakland’s Grand Slam Champion in the competition’s 15 years. She earned a rousing ovation from the crowd of about 80 at Hopmonk last month with topics ranging from her grandfather’s toughness to her mediocre vagina. Though slam poetry may be on an upswing here in the States, it’s still far more popular in Europe. “If you go to Germany and you have an audience of 200 people, that’s a small audience,” says Lee. She’s toured Europe (and has been on NPR’s Snap Judgment five times, making her the program’s most-featured female poet), and says slam poetry in the United States lacks in terms of substance. “Most of the poetry is about nothing, because people fear judgment,” she says. “They fear accountability of changing thought.” Lee, who has been writing since age eight, has only been slamming for the past six years. “To a lot of people, that’s not a long time,” she says. “A lot of people tell me, ‘You’re still a baby until you’ve been doing it for 10-plus years.’” If that’s the case, then most

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Babies Booming Unlike Tourettes Without Regrets, which is so popular that it’s forced to pick competitors through random lottery, just about everyone who signs up can get a spot in Sebastopol. The open mic preceding the slam is a good place for first-timers to cut their teeth. “To get on a stage for the first time, to share something as delicate as your heartfelt emotions written into a poem—that’s a lot for someone to be comfortable with,” says Sage. “It doesn’t matter if you forget your words, if you have to read it, if you’re not superconfident about it, the audience will support you. And that’s why I love our show.” That’s not always the case with slam shows, she adds. Audiences at the weekly Berkeley slam can rip apart a poet who’s unprepared or just doesn’t have

the lyrical chops needed to keep it interesting. Lee started working the door at the slam before trying it out herself, and pulls no punches. “When people are up there talking about nothing or saying that we’re all nothing, it’s hard for me to listen to,” she says. “I’m not saying that I get mad, but I truly get bored.” She keeps a book in her purse, she says, and she knows how to use it. DeWolf understands what it’s like to start small and knows that it doesn’t mean things will stay that way. “It all kind of started in my little small town when I started getting kicked out of my own open mics. Slams are the only show that would not kick me out,” he says. “I have a lot of love for people who just completely are defiant in the space of small towns and create a space for people to speak and to create an open forum. It’s like flamethrowers for moths. There’s a lot of magic that can happen with that,” says DeWolf. “It certainly changed my life.”

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Play Grounds

Who knew scriptwriters still worry about passing history class? High school students in the Bay Area were given the opportunity to write and submit 10-minute plays for the Marin Young Playwrights Festival. Out of over 50 submissions, eight have been selected as finalists. The plays were all written, directed and acted by Bay Area teens. Competition is free and open to the public; see who wins a staged reading with a professional director and actors when the fest kicks off on Sunday, March 10. Marin Theatre Company. 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 7pm. Free. 415.388.5208.


The Zone Deadhead David Gans has made quite a name for himself. Well known in music journalism, he’s published two books and co-hosts The Grateful Dead Hour, but his first love is making music. Gans started playing music in 1970 but, as he likes to put it, became “‘sidetracked’ by several other interesting and rewarding occupations.” Though Gans is heavily influenced by the Dead, his music offers a distinct blend of rock, folk and jam influences. See him on Friday, March 8, at the Redwood Cafe. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati. 9pm. $5. 707.795.7868.


Read His Mind A Canadian national treasure, singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot takes the stage this week for his 50 Years on the Carefree Highway Tour. Lightfoot’s provided a soundtrack to life for many of those 50 years: his song “If You Could Read My Mind” is so well written, it traveled to the Grand Ole Opry (via Johnny Cash) and Studio 54. Hear Classics like “Carefree Highway,” “Early Morning Rain” and more on Sunday, March 10, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $45–$65. 8pm. 707.546.3600.


Happy Days Most famous lately as the voice of the fuzzy-browed man with large glasses in Pixar’s Up, Ed Asner this week tackles the role of Franklin D. Roosevelt. In a one-man show following the famous president after Election Day—leading the United States through the Great Depression and World War II, not to mention having a catchy campaign song—Asner tells the tale of the only president in history to serve more than two terms on Thursday, March 7, at the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., Napa. 7pm. $40–$45. 707.226.7372.

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TORTURED LOVE Fado sensation Ana Moura plays the Napa Valley Opera House on March 9. See Concerts, p24.

TOO FAST FOR LOVE Jeff Bodean, center, plays burned-out rocker Vincent in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;House on the Hill,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; the TV show he created.

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ow, if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll step over here,â&#x20AC;? offers writerdirector Daniel Sullivan, matter-of-factly, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to show you our guillotine. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be fools not to have one.â&#x20AC;?

At the edge of this spookygothic living room set, near a gleaming EZ-Jib camera crane that stands at the center of the room, the guillotine looms with

whimsically creepy menace. No self-respecting house of horrors would be worth its weight in rattling chains without its own head-detaching device, and the fact that this one is actually a nonlethal prop doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really matter. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a guillotine. As Sullivan continues his tour through the elaborate set of the Santa Rosaâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;based television series House on the Hill, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clear that whoever erected this sprawling haunted mansion was thoroughly steeped in the classics: The Addams

Family, The Munsters, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve worked hard to include every Halloween-style element we can think of,â&#x20AC;? says Sullivan, who co-writes and directs the show, created and ďŹ nanced by local software impresario Jeff Bodean. Few would suspect that inside this unassuming office building near the Santa Rosa Airport, a 6,000-square-foot movie set has been built, crammed with gloriously gloomy bric-a-brac that looks like it was imported from

Edgar Allan Poeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dreams. Glassyeyed animal heads stare out from the walls. Slightly distorted portraits of oddly shaped relatives, festooned with faux cobwebs, hang beside an imposing pipe organ. Every clock is stopped at 10:31, a cheeky reference to All Hallowsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Eve. Even the dust-covered furniture looks like it was imported from Transylvania. The interior design, all Victorian wallpaper and soaring wooden columns, is tastefully augmented with armless statues of weeping angels and vase after vase of dead ďŹ&#x201A;owers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our props and furniture,â&#x20AC;? says Sullivan, â&#x20AC;&#x153;are a perfect blend of rare antiques, stuff purchased from Halloween stores and Ross Dress for Less and various things from Jeffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personal collection of Halloween decorations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes,â&#x20AC;? he adds, â&#x20AC;&#x153;people send us things they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want anymore. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;You have a severed head you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need? Send it over!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve become the epicenter of post-Halloween-prop disposal.â&#x20AC;? That said, this is one haunted house that is not open to trick-ortreaters. House on the Hill is very much a working television show, even if Sullivan and Bodean have only produced two episodes in the last two years, with a third getting ready to shoot. Starring Bodean as burned-out rock star Vincent Van Dahl, the sitcom is a ďŹ sh-out-of-water story, following Vincent as he retires from the world of rock and roll, moves in with his valet Livingston and a trio of fun-seeking groupies to a secluded house in the country, and soon realizes that the house is every bit as haunted as it looks. The showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tagline? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paparazzi are annoying. Poltergeists are worse.â&#x20AC;? Bodean, who hired Sullivan three years ago to help bring his TV project to ) 20

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life, is the founder and CEO of Micromat, a Santa Rosa–based company that designs diagnostic software and other products for users of Macintosh computers. But locals know him best from his appearances in various public arenas—be it club-hopping in downtown Santa Rosa on weekends, commenting frequently on Press Democrat articles online, or, most famously, appearing on the Bravo reality show Millionaire Matchmaker. It was while on an episode of Millionaire Matchmaker that Bodean realized people who produce television are often making it up as they go along. Bringing his well-honed DIY mindset to the project, Bodean assembled a team, wrote a script, built a set and started making his own show. So far, House on the Hill has been televised only on Bay Area stations (with episode two running last weekend on KTVU), but the show has established a fan base on YouTube, with over 50,000 views. The project is an example of how rapidly evolving technologies are placing the tools of creativity into the hands of a wider pool of people than was the case just 10 or 15 years ago. “It’s definitely the most fun I’ve ever had,” says Bodean, described by Bravo as a cross between Liberace and Mindfreak illusionist Cris Angel. Bodean agrees that his experience as a “tech geek,” combined with his childhood knack for creating realistic science-fiction props out of household materials, gives him a perfect skill set for making a TV show. “Last week, I wasn’t completely happy with parts of the new episode,” he admits. “So I called Dan, wrote some new lines, went to the studio, set it up and shot the new stuff. If this were Hollywood, that would have taken weeks. Hollywood is awesome, but it’s a very slow-moving animal, whereas we can be much more nimble.” He’s certainly eager to learn

from his mistakes. House on the Hill’s first episode is conspicuously, um, amateurish. “Well, we didn’t really know what we were doing.” he laughs. “So we took what we learned from that first episode, and the second one is miles better than the first.” Bodean’s inner child, one suspects, is thrilled at how far his adult self has come in terms of making props and special effects. When he and the crew first started, the FX were done old-school, with fishing wire and guys hiding behind the set wiggling suits of armor. “By the second episode,” Bodean says, “we were incorporating all kinds of CGI and green-screen effects here and there. You know that huge staircase in the background? That staircase is actually in the Ukraine, in some museum. But with the magic of special effects, it’s now in our haunted mansion.” Anticipating the random snide remark people might make about a rich guy blowing his money on what might seem to be a vanity project, Bodean says he’s having too much fun to worry what other people think. “In terms of the cost, it really doesn’t take that much,” he says. “The set is awesome, yes, but we’ve cut a lot of corners and have managed to do this for almost nothing. “As far as my personal investment in House on the Hill goes,” he continues, “you just have to decide what matters and then do what you have to do. I was living the high life there for a while. I had a big house in Fountaingrove. I was driving a Bentley. And I got rid of all that so I could do this show. Now I live in a tiny little house, probably the smallest house I’ve ever lived in my life, but I love it, because now I can do what I love.” Bodean hopes that the show will eventually begin to pay for itself, through revenue streams he has yet to develop. But no matter what lies ahead for Bodean and House on the Hill, one thing’s for sure: he’s keeping the guillotine. Find more at

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f youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever been in the theater,â&#x20AC;? says Paul Draper, acting department director at Sonoma State University, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and halfway through you thought, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really like this playâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; . . . well, in the One-Page Play Extravaganza, if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like a play, just wait three minutes and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see a different play.â&#x20AC;? Last year, Draper invited students and faculty of SSU to contemplate the concept of â&#x20AC;&#x153;waterâ&#x20AC;? and to submit plays on that theme. Water, one way or another, is the subject of SSUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performing arts productions this year, all offered under the title â&#x20AC;&#x153;Water Works.â&#x20AC;? With these new submissions, however, the trick

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was that they could be no longer than a single page. Out of all the scripts submitted, 12 have been chosen for a special one-nightonly event on March 13. Free to the public, the evening will showcase the selected works in staged readings acted out by students of the SSU acting department. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I did one-page-play festivals for three years running in San Francisco several years ago,â&#x20AC;? says Draper. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fun evening for an audience because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a little different, a fast turnover kind of thing. It works really well in the age of Twitter.â&#x20AC;? The plays examine the subject of water from different perspectives, exploring H2O from the views of scientists, poets, sociologists and other thirsty people. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The strict requirement of just having one page forces a certain kind of artistic economy. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fun challenge, and I think some very interesting things have come from it.â&#x20AC;? Those dozen new plays are not the only original works being given the water treatment this year. Though students have always been encouraged to write for their senior projects and other studentdriven, on-campus projects, this season marks the ďŹ rst time a new student-authored play has been included in the theater departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s official lineup of shows. Dylan Waiteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The SĂŠance, directed by Jon Robin (also a student), takes place in Fresno during a drought, and examines the way a young woman deals with all manner of dry spells, literal, emotional and spiritual. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When Dylan presented this play, we liked that it dealt with the absence of water in some very clever ways,â&#x20AC;? says Draper of Waite, who also submitted a pair of plays for the one-page festival. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clearly, having grown up in Fresno, he knows what heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s writing about.â&#x20AC;?

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CHOIR, PREACHING, ETC. ‘Bastards’ points out the obvious in new ways.

Clunky but True

‘Greedy Lying Bastards’ still an important documentary on climate change BY RICHARD VON BUSACK


agree with everything Greedy Lying Bastards says, yet fans of the H. L. Mencken–style tirade will be unfulfilled.

Director Craig Scott Rosebraugh puts a human face on global warming through interviews with those who lost their homes in the Colorado firestorms, as well as citizens of sinking islands from the Arctic to the South Pacific. As a de facto follow-up to An Inconvenient Truth, it charts the well-paid backlash against greenhouse-gas limits, mostly funded by ExxonMobil and our old chums the Koch brothers, thus the millions to fund alleged think tanks and preposterously named AstroTurf organizations—wretched PR whores, busily exchanging tomorrow’s shame for today’s paycheck. The graphics, slicker than deer guts on a brass doorknob, show serpentine lines of connection between institutes, mega-corporations and the U.S. government. Cutouts of the offenders spring up with a sound-effects—boing! There is also the token scene that needs exiling from all political documentaries immediately: the director trying to get some villain of a CEO on the phone and making a crying-clown face as the receptionist tells him to go away. The biggest take-away is the problem of what Rosebraugh calls “assertion”: it takes a far shorter time to state a lie than it does to correct it. Considering that the bill for human recklessness is already coming due, there is something criminal in the smoothfaced ignoramuses (usually the same five or six nonscientists) blaming climate change on volcanoes. You feel the frustration of Congressman Henry Waxman trying to fight not just paid liars, but also his fellow legislators. As it was once said of the Ohio Legislature, the oil companies have done everything to Congress but refine it. There were 31.6 billion tons of CO2 released in 2011, and meanwhile “experts” add to the grim total, jetting from studio to studio to lie the truth out of school. The film does good work reminding us of who these people are, anyway. ‘Greedy Lying Bastards’ opens Friday, March 8, at the Century Regency 6, 280 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. 415.479.6496.

Jeff Mangum to play Phoenix Theater BY GABE MELINE

hen Jeff Mangum steps out on to the stage of the Phoenix Theater on April 9, it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just be another show for the history books. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also be a minor miracle.


Tickets for Jeff Mangumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s April 9 show at the Phoenix Theater are $30 and on sale today, March 6, at noon.


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Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because for years, Mangum, frontman and genius behind the universally revered band Neutral Milk Hotel, seemed to disappear almost entirely. He stopped making music. His label, Merge Records, dutifully denied requests for interviews. Rumors swirled of his alleged mental problems, his presumed agoraphobia, even his possible death. Over this 10-year span, Neutral Milk Hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1997 masterpiece In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, at ďŹ rst a cult record, enjoyed exponentially increasing sales and turned into a signpost for




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a new generation. With the instrumentation of Loveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Forever Changes and the lyrical density of Dylanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Blonde on Blonde, and using the story of Anne Frank as a rough thematic guide, the album routinely shows up on top-selling vinyl lists, on â&#x20AC;&#x153;most inďŹ&#x201A;uential albums of all timeâ&#x20AC;? lists, on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Albums of the 1990sâ&#x20AC;? lists. What did Mangum do to promote it upon its release? After a modest tour, Mangum, feeling the mounting pressure of fame, faded away. For a long time, all anyone knew was that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d gone overseas and captured ďŹ eld recordings of native folk music in Bulgaria. It only added to the mystique. Mangumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is the type of story that Searching for Sugarmanâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;style ďŹ lmmakers salivate over, that rock journalists love, that fans frustratingly try to comprehend. Then, in 2008, it was almost as if the pressure of being a mythic reclusive became greater than the pressures of fame. Mangum started performing as a guest musician for other bands. Finally, at a show in Kentucky, he led the audience outside the venue, down the street to a nearby ďŹ eld and, with some former Neutral Milk Hotel members, played In the Aeroplaneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Fool,â&#x20AC;? outside in the nighttime air. It was the ďŹ rst Neutral Milk Hotel performance in 10 years. Over the next few years, Mangum popped up more oftenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;at other bandsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; shows, at beneďŹ ts for sick friends and, most famously, at the Occupy Wall Street protests in Zuccotti Park. Slowly, he began touring, but remained wary of the attention. At a show in Oakland last year, he walked onto the stage and silently motioned for people to put down their cameras and phones; amazingly, they complied. Three things can be expected of Mangumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show in Petaluma. One, tickets will go quickly. Two, people will sing along, loudly. But mostly, Mangum will dazzle the faithful who spent 10 years believing.

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Sebastopol Community Cultural Center and Cumulus Presents proudly present Dance show with Cajun legends

Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet

Music Concerts

Friday, March 15, 8:00 pm


From Austin, Country-Americana

Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison Friday, April 19, 8:00 pm

(Apple Blossom Festival eve) Sebastopol

Also Coming Soon Ruthie Foster (solo) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; May 11 in the Annex Tickets and Information: or 707-823-1511


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KWTF International Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Concert Trebuchet, the Nervous, Desirae Harp and Afia Walking Tree perform along with poetry, art, auction and food. Mar 9, 6:30pm. $8. Arlene Francis Center, 99 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009 .

Gordon Lightfoot Singer with hits like â&#x20AC;&#x153;If You Could Read My Mindâ&#x20AC;? delves into deep album cuts for the die-hard fans, with personal anecdotes from a 50-year career. Mar 10, 8pm. $45-$65. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

MARIN COUNTY Marin Symphony: Of Heroes & Angels Kernis Musica Celestis, Mozart Violin Concerto no 5 (Axel Strauss, violin) and Beethoven Symphony no 3. Mar 10, 3pm and Mar 12, 7:30pm. $10$70. Marin Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

Mill Valley Philharmonic Beethovenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Symphony no. 3, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eroicaâ&#x20AC;? and Boccheriniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cello Concerto with soloist Robert Howard. Mar 10, 2pm. Free. Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts, Osher Marin

JCC, 200 No San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.

Jane Siberry Canadian singer has written songs for KD Lang and TV shows, on tour with her own music. Mar 9, 8pm. $28-$38. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Tommy Castro & the Painkillers Bluesman appears with a fourpiece band. Matt Jaffe & the Distractions open. Mar 9, 9pm. $30. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

Unbroken Chain Benefit with Phil Lesh Terrapinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one-year anniversary with Phil Lesh, Jackie Greene, Tony Leone, Stu Allen & Jeff Chimenti. Mar 8-10, 7pm. $65. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael.

NAPA COUNTY Los Lonely Boys Latin rockers play an acoustic show. Sarah Gwenn opens. Mar 8, 7pm. $45-$55. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Madeline Eastman & Randy Porter Jazz vocalist explores a diverse array of material, including movie themes, standards and transformative interpretations. Mar 10, 4pm. $25. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Ana Moura Portugeuse fado singer returns

by popular demand. Mar 9, 8pm. $30-$35. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Clubs & Venues SONOMA COUNTY Arlene Francis Center Mar 7, Trio Nebuli. Mar 9, KWTF International Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day conert with Trebuchet, the Nervous and more. Every other Wednesday, Open Mic. 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.

Aubergine Mar 7, Posole, Buttercream Gang. Mar 8, Karamo Susso. Mar 9, Boo Radleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House, Couteaux, Fear the Fiasco. Mar 10, the Moonbeams. Mon, Artist & Model Mondays. Tues, Bluesy Tuesday. 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2722.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church Mar 8, SC Chamber Singers: Faith, Flowers, Folk Songs. 1300 St Francis Rd, Santa Rosa.

Christyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on the Square Mar 7, Casey Chisholm. 96 Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa. 707.528.8565.

Congregation Ner Shalom Mar 9, Class Act (17-piece big band orchestra). 85 La Plaza, Cotati. 707.664.8622.

Finley Community Center Mar 8, Steve Balich Band. Mar 10, SC Chamber Singers: Faith, Flowers, Folk Songs. 2060 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3737.

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You may have never seen a movie at the Rio Theater, but chances are youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve driven by it: itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the WWIIera Quonset hut just past the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vacation Wonderlandâ&#x20AC;? sign in the town of Monte Rio. Inside, the quaint one-screen is refreshingly removed from the moviegoing experience at large megaplexes. With its hand-picked music, personalized slides, and fabric from Christoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fence hanging from the ceiling, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s become a beloved staple of the West County community. And it needs the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s help. As weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve covered in these pages before, the big studios will soon stop shipping movies to theaters on 35mm film, forcing movie theaters to convert to digital projection or else screen Phat Beach on infinite repeat. To stay alive, the Rio Theater needs to go digital. This is no major problem for chains like Cinemark and Regency, but financially, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a hell of an obstacle for small exhibitors like the Rio. Along with a Kickstarter campaign, this weekend, the Rio hosts a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Save the Rioâ&#x20AC;? mixer and movie with libations and nosh before a screening of the camp classic The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Proceeds go to purchasing a damned digital projector, sadly required nowadays, when the music of drag shows fills the room on Sunday, March 10, at the Rio Theater. 20396 Bohemian Hwy., Monte Rio. 1pm. $25. 707.865.0913.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Gabe Meline


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Lagunitas Tap Room Mar 6, Danny Uzilevsky. Mar 7, Slowpoke. Mar 8, Honeydust Acoustic Trio. Mar 9, the Central Valley Boys. Mar 10, Danny Montana. Mar 13, Emma Lee. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

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Main Street Station Mar 10, Vernelle Anders. Mar 12, Maple Profant. Mar 6, Pocket Canyon Ramblers. Mar 7, Susan Sutton. Mar 11, Gypsy Cafe. 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.

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Mar 8, Sugarfoot. Mar 9, Out of Pocket. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

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Mar 8, the Paper Dolls. Mar 9, the Hired Guns. 131 E First St, Cloverdale. 707.894.9610.

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

Tradewinds Mar 6, Cadillac Phil. Mar 8, Hellhounds. Mar 9, the HOTS. 8210 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7878. Mar 10, Gordon Lightfoot. 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

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Mar 9, Buck Nickels & Loose Change. 1455 E Francisco Blvd, San Rafael. 415.453.3161.

Mar 10, Natural Gas Jazz Band. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

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Mar 6, the Weissmen. Mar 7, Eldon Brown Band. Mar 8, Beso Negro. Mar 9, Jesus Martini. Mar 12, the Gravel Spreaders. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.

Mar 6, AgapéSoul. Mar 8, Maria Muldaur. Mar 10, the Pine Needles. Mar 13, Skerik’s Bandalabra. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

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Mar 8-10, Unbroken Chain Benefit with Phil Lesh. Tues, American Jubilee. Wed, Terrapin Family Band Bar Show. Sun, Terrapin Family Band. 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael.

Mar 8, Tom Rigney & Flambeau. Mar 9, Revolver. Mar 10, Jeremy D’antonio & friends. Mar 10, Learning Curve. Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

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Sausalito Seahorse Mar 7, Jazztronauts. Mar 8, Slow Cooked Surprise. Mar 9, Firewheel. Mar 9, Tito y Su Son de Cuba. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito.

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Mar 7, Sofi Rox Presents. Mar 8, Fog Dub. Mar 9, Emery’s Birthday Luau. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311.

Mar 9, Ana Moura. Mar 10, Madeline Eastman & Randy Porter. Mar 10, Mill Valley Philharmonic. Second Tuesday of every month, Cafe Theatre Comedy Series. 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

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Mar 10, Harrell’s Angels with John Allair. 11180 State Route 1, Pt Reyes

Mar 8, Los Lonely Boys. 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.


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Mar 7, Tom Neilson. Mar 9, Jane Siberry. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

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George’s Nightclub Thurs and Fri, DJ Rick Vegaz. Mar 8, Wild Child. Mar 9, Stephanie Teel Band. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

Zakir Hussain The world’s greatest tabla player settles in for a fivenight residency. Mar 5-10 at the SFJAZZ Center.

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Mar 8, Linda Imperial Band. Mar 9, Steve Pile Band. Wed, Open Mic. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415-892-6200.

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Mar 10, Mill Valley Philharmonic. Osher Marin JCC, 200 No San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.

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Mar 10 and Mar 12, Marin Symphony: Of Heroes & Angels. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

Mt Tamalpais United Methodist Church Mar 9, Ives Quartet with cellist

Blue Note signee with the voice of Gil Scott Heron and the production of D’Angelo. Mar 9 at the New Parish.

New album is based on field recordings from a ghost town near the North Pole. Mar 11 at Great American Music Hall.

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Galleries RECEPTIONS Mar 8 At 6pm. Sonoma County Museum, “Tools as Art,” collection of light-hearted works based on familiar forms. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.579.1500. At 6pm. Seager Gray Gallery, “Materials Matter,” exploring how artists interact with their materials. 23 Sunnyside Ave, Mill Valley. 415.384.8288.

Mar 9 At 5pm. Healdsburg Center for the Arts, “Everything Equine,” benefiting Sonoma County Equine nonprofits. 130 Plaza St, Healdsburg. 707.431.1970. At 5pm. Marin MOCA, “AB/Normal,” works by Dan Herrera, Aron Meynell and Paula Moran. Novato Arts Center, 500 Palm Dr, Novato. 415.506.0137. At 4pm. Occidental Center for the Arts, “M for Mystique,” exploring the theme of intrigue. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.874.9392. At 5pm. Side Street Gallery, “Spring Forward,” new work by member artists. 507 David Clayton Rd, Windsor. From 5pm-9pm. Riverfront Art Gallery, Third Annual Juried Photography Show. Reception, Mar 9, 59pm. 132 Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma, 707.775.4278.

Mar 10 At 2pm. Marin Society of Artists, “Spring Rental Show,” works for rent by MSA members. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 415.454.9561.

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. Through Mar 7, 10am, SRJC, Doyle Library, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. Mon-Thurs, 10 to 4; Sat 12 to 4. 707.527.4298.

Arts Guild of Sonoma Through Mar 23, “REPO,” featuring original pieces made of at least 70 percent recycled materials. 140 E Napa St, Sonoma. Wed-Thurs and SunMon, 11 to 5; Fri-Sat, 11 to 8. 707.996.3115.

Calabi Gallery Mar 9-May 11, “The Human Presence in Art,” group show. 144 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. Wed-Sun, 11 to 5. 707.781.7070.

Charles M Schulz Museum

9048 Graton Rd, Graton. TuesSun, 10:30 to 6. 707.829.8912.

Hammerfriar Gallery 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 Mar 6-Apr 7, “Everything Equine,” horse-themed show benefiting Sonoma County Equine nonprofits. Reception, Mar 9, 5pm. 130 Plaza St, Healdsburg. Daily, 11 to 6. 707.431.1970.

Healdsburg Museum Through Apr 20, “Healdsburg: 100 Years Past and Present,” Historical artifacts, ephemera and more from life 100 years ago. 221 Matheson St, Healdsburg. Tues-Sun, 11 to 4. 707.431.3325.

Local Color Gallery

Through Apr 1, “Peanuts Celebrations” highlights 70 original strips which celebrate the major holidays throughout the year. Through Apr 28, “Usable, Loveable Peanuts,” highlights from 33 years of Peanuts products. Through Sep 1, “Art of the Line,” describing Schulz’s process. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. Mon-Fri, noon to 5; Sat-Sun, 10 to 5. 707.579.4452.

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.

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Mar 12-May 9, “Places Near and Far,” paintings by EG Singer. 100 Santa Rosa Ave, Ste 10, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3010.

Gallery of Sea & Heaven 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.

Gallery 300 Through Mar 24, “Pretty Boy,” new paintings by Jennifer Hirshfield. 300 South A St, Santa Rosa. Open Sat, 12 to 5, and by appointment. 707.332.1212.

Graton Gallery Through Apr 7, “Small Works,” juried show of mixed media.

Occidental Center for the Arts Mar 9-May 5, “M for Mystique,” exploring the theme of intrigue. Reception, Mar 9, 4pm. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.874.9392. Through Mar 10, “Four Weavers,” contemporary expressions of an ancient craft. 230 Lakeville St at East Washington, Petaluma. 707.762.5600.

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 Mar 6-May 5, Third Annual Juried Photography Show. Reception, Mar 9, 5-9pm. 132 Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma, 707.775.4278.

Sebastopol Center for the Arts Through Mar 30, “Gardens and Figures,” paintings by Diane Toso and sculpture by Jonnie Russell. Through Mar

‘HAMMERS INSIDE’ Work by Patrick Kirwin, above, and others features in ‘Tools as Art’ at the Sonoma County Museum. See Receptions, adjacent.

30, “Playground,” art inspired by childhood. 282 S High St, Sebastopol. Tues-Fri, 10 to 4; Sat, 1 to 4. 707.829.4797.

Sebastopol Gallery Through Apr 28, “Feast Your Eyes,” featuring work by ceramicist Chris Boyd and painter Paula Matzinger. 150 N Main St, Sebastopol. Open daily, 11 to 6. 707.829.7200.

Side Street Gallery Mar 9-31, “Spring Forward,” new work by member artists. Reception, Mar 9, 5pm. 507 David Clayton Rd, Windsor.

Sonoma County Museum Mar 8-Jun 2, “Tools as Art,” collection of witty and lighthearted works based on familiar forms. Reception, Mar 8, 6pm. 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.

MARIN COUNTY 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.

Gallery Route One Through Mar 17, Igor Sazevich, paintings of landscapes of

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

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

Marin MOCA Mar 9-Apr 14, “AB/Normal,” works by Dan Herrera, Aron Meynell and Paula Moran that skew the idea of normalcy through surreal and nostalgic narratives. Reception, Mar 9, 5pm. Novato Arts Center, Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Dr, Novato. Wed-Sun, 11 to 4. 415.506.0137.

Marin Society of Artists Mar 10-30, “Spring Rental Show,” works for rent by MSA members. Reception, Mar 10, 2pm. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. Mon-Thurs, 11 to 4; Sat-

Sun, 12 to 4. 415.454.9561.

Seager Gray Gallery Mar 6-8, “Materials Matter,” exploring how artists interact with and master their materials. Reception, Mar 8, 6pm. 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.

Grand Hand Gallery Through Apr 30, “Vernal Equinox,” paintings by Sandra Juniper Booth and Kim Frances. 1136 Main St, Napa. No phone.

Comedy Lincoln Kamm Mind reading, comedy and magic. Mar 8, 7pm. $50. Judd’s Hill Winery, 2332 Silverado Trail, Napa, 707.255.2332.

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tornado on amphetamines. Arthur Gaus and Dan Wilson also perform. Mar 9, 8pm. $15$18. Last Day Saloon, 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa, 707.545.2343.

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

Field Trips Marin Moonshiners Hike Join monthly three-mile hike to experience sunset, moonrise, picnic and spectacular views. Pack your own picnic. Second Tues monthly at 7:30. $15. Pelican Inn, 10 Pacific Way, Muir Beach, RSVP. 415.331.0100.

Swan Lake Ballet by the Vienna State Opera from 1966, starring Rudolf Nureyev and Dame Margot Fonteyn. Mar 9, 7pm. $10. Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main St, Napa, 707.255.5445.

Wagner & Me Documentary about Richard Wagner, the world’s most controversial composer, narrated by Stephen Fry. Mar 7, 7:30pm. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.924.5111.

Wildflower Walk

Events Arbor Day Tree planting in honor of Luther Burbank’s birthday, followed by cake. Mar 6, 9:30am. Free. Luther Burbank Experiment Farm, 7781 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol, 707.824.9492. Also on Mar 9, 9am. Free. Northwest Community Park, 2594 W Steele Ln, Santa Rosa.

International Women’s Day Celebration KWTF celebrates women in radio with music, poetry and art. Mar 9, 3-11pm. Arlene Francis Center, 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa, 707.528.3009.

Solar Viewing Solar telescopes are set up to safely look at and listen to our favorite star, the Sun. Mar 9, 11am. Free. Robert Ferguson Observatory, Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood, 707.833.6979.

Star Party Observatory’s three main telescopes, plus many additional telescopes, open for viewing. Mar 9, 7pm. Free. Robert Ferguson Observatory, Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood, 707.833.6979.

Tinseltown Texas Hold’em Tournament A night of hors d’oeuvres, desserts, drinks, music, silent auction and Texas Hold’em poker to benefit Southern Sonoma County Rotaract. Mar 9, 6pm. $20. Lucchesi Community Center, 320 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma.

Trivia Bee Test your knowledge of everything from the profound to the mundane. Mar 9, 7pm. $5-$15. Dance Palace, Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.

Docent-led walk to find and identify early spring wildflowers. Mar 9, 10am. $10. Jack London State Park, 2400 London Ranch Rd, Glen Ellen, 707.938.5216.

Film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Fundraiser for digital conversion includes food and two glasses of wine. Mar 10, 3pm. $25. Rio Theater, 20396 Bohemian Hwy, Monte Rio, 707.865.0913.

Community Cinema Mar 12, ‘Wonder Women,’ stories of unsung superheroines. Free. Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley St, Sebastopol, 707.525.4840.

On the Town Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelley star in this 1949 musical set in New York, New York. Mar 11, 7pm. $8. Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St E, Sonoma, 707.996.9756.

One Day After Peace Israeli woman travels to South Africa after son’s death to achieve forgiveness and reconciliation after decades of apartheid. Panel discussion follows. Mar 9, 7:15pm. Free. Congregation Shomrei Torah, 2600 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa, 707.578.5519.

Rebels with a Cause Documentary on the saving of the Point Reyes National Seashore and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area from development. Filmmaker Q&A Friday. Fri, Mar 8, 7pm and Sun, Mar 10, 4pm. $7. Sonoma Film Institute, Warren Auditorium, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, 707.664.2606.

Food & Drink Civic Center Farmers Market Sun at 10am, “Eat Local 101” provides walking tour with information, cooking advice and ideas inspired by locally grown foods. Thurs, 8am-1pm and Sun, 8am-1pm. Marin Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Dr, San Rafael. 800.897.3276.

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

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

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

Planetarium, Lark Hall 2001, 1502 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, 707.527.4465.

Early Women Architects of Bay Area Inge Schaeffer Horton presents illustrated talk. Mar 8, 7pm. $5. Petaluma Arts Center, 230 Lakeville St at East Washington, Petaluma, 707.762.5600.

Eichler Living: A History Catherine Munson describes what inspired Joseph Eichler to create those mid-century modern marvels, the Eichler homes. Mar 12, 6pm. $10. Marin History Museum History Center Gallery, 1026 Court St, San Rafael.

An Evening on the Child Brain Neuropsychiatrist Louann Brizendine and filmmaker Tiffany Shlain discuss the mysteries of gender development and how to best nurture a child’s brain. Mar 12, 7pm. $22-$24. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

Homeschool Information Night Meet experienced homeschooling families to learn about different philosophies and approaches. Mar 6, 6pm. Free. Santa Rosa Central Library, Third & E Streets, Santa Rosa, 707.545.0831x539.

The Return of Salmon Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District hosts report on the status of coho salmon recovery in the Green Valley Creek Watershed. Mar 10, 1pm. Free. Apple Blossom School, 700 Watertrough Rd, Sebastopol, 707.823.1041.

Science Buzz Cafe

Lectures Bee Symposium Six speakers talk on the theme of pollinator habitat and forage. Mar 9, 8:30am-4:30pm. $35-$45. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S High St, Sebastopol, 707.829.4797.

Black Holes & Space Time Shed some light on black holes with the concepts of gravity and space-time. FriSat, 7pm and Sun, 1:30pm. through Mar 31. $5-$8. SRJC


Mar 13, “Animal Tracking & Bird Language” with Jim Sullivan, tracker. Wed, Mar 13, 6:30pm. Institute of Noetic Sciences, 101 San Antonio Rd, Petaluma. $4. 707.824.2030.

Storing Carbon in Ag Lands & Forests Enviro Awards dinner, with speakers Justin Augustine, Center for Biological Diversity; Renata Brillinger, California Climate & Ag Network; and Ann Hancock, Climate Protection Campaign. Mar 10, 5pm. $40-$60. Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Hall, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa, 707.565.7176.

Miller Time Rebecca Miller to speak at Copperfield’s As noted by her husband recently on national TV, Rebecca Miller has lived with many extreme men—a boxer, a deranged butcher, an obsessed oil prospector and, most recently, a U.S. president. That’s because Miller is married to über-method actor Daniel Day-Lewis, who famously stays in character on and off set throughout the entire length of filming. What kind of woman could endure such eccentricity? One who’s spent her life in the company of unusual, brilliant men—she’s also the daughter of playwright Arthur Miller. Despite living in enormous shadows, Miller has become an accomplished writer and filmmaker in her own right. She even cast her husband in the starring role of her 2004 film that she wrote and directed, The Ballad of Jack and Rose—which, so great was the talent involved, put the world at great risk of a rift in the space-time continuum. Averting disaster, Miller wrote the Kafkaesque novel Jacob’s Folly, due out this week, about an 18th-century Jewish peddler reincarnated as a fly in present-day Long Island. She appears on Wednesday, March 13, at Copperfield’s Books. 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 6pm. Free. 707.762.0563. —Taylor May

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Santa Rosa Copperfield’s Books Mar 8, 7pm, “Coyote Winds” with Helen Sedwick. 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa 707.578.8938.

Petaluma Copperfield’s Books Mar 13, 6pm, “Jacob’s Folly” with Rebecca Miller. 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma 707.762.0563.

Green Music Center Mar 12, 7pm, “Or to Begin Again” with Ann Lauterbach. 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.

Hopmonk Sebastopol Second Sunday of every month, North Bay Poetry Slam, Monthly poetry performance and competition.Mar 10, Jamie DeWolf (Tourettes Without Regrets). $5-$10. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol 707.829.7300.

Occidental Center for the Arts Mar 8, 7pm, “Cigar City Stories: Tales of Old Ybor City” with Emilio Gonzalez-Llanes. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental 707.874.9392.

Petaluma Library Mar 9, 11am, “Correct Me If I’m Wrong: Getting your Grammar, Punctuation and Word Usage Right” with Arlene Miller. 100 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma 707.763.9801.

Spreckels Center Mar 12, 7pm, “The Storyteller” with Jodi Picoult. Free with book purchase; otherwise $15. 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. 707.823.2618.


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Anything Goes The age-old tale of BoyMeets-Girl, set aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London. Presented by the theater’s youth program. Fri, 7:30pm and Sat-Sun, 2pm. through Mar 10. $14-$30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Big River Characters from Mark Twain’s novels come to life in this musical. Directed by James Dunn. Fri-Sat, 8pm and Sun, 2pm. through Mar 17. $10-$25. College of Marin, 835 College Ave, Kentfield.

Chasing Wade Staged reading of comedy by Carey Pepper. Mar 13, 7:30pm. $10. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Ed Asner as FDR Ed Asner, recipient of seven Emmy Awards and 16 nominations, explores the life of one of America’s best-loved presidents and the events and decisions that shaped a nation. Mar 7, 7pm. $40-$45. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa, 707.226.7372.

A Few Good Men Student performance of Aaron’s Sorkin’s 1989 drama about three young lawyers representing two Marines accused of a hazing death at Guantanamo Bay. Times vary. Thurs-Sun through Mar 17. $12-$15. Burbank Auditorium, SRJC, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa.

The Gruffalo Magical, musical adventure based on the award-winning picture book. Mar 13, 6:30pm. $12-$17. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa, 707.546.3600.

La Traviata Giuseppe Verdi’s classic presented by Livermore Valley Opera. Mar 13, 8pm. $60. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa, 707.226.7372.

Left After Not The Angel of Chatham Square Story in the mold of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” but based on a true tale. Sat, 8pm, Sun, 5pm and Thurs, Mar 7, 8pm. through Mar 10. $15. Raven Theater,

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.

Mere Mortals Collection of six short comic plays combining wit, satire and comedy. Fri-Sat, 8pm and Sun, 2pm through Mar 17. $15-$20. Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center, 2277 Napa Vallejo Hwy, Napa, 707.256.7500.

One-Page Plays Submissions on the theme of “water” from faculty, staff and student writers. Directed and staged by students. Mar 13, 7:30pm. Free. Ives Hall Studio 76, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.

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For the week of March 6

ARIES (March 21–April 19) Maybe you’re not literally in exile. You haven’t been forced to abandon your home and you haven’t been driven from your power spot against your will. But you may nevertheless be feeling banished or displaced. It could be due to one of the conditions that storyteller Michael Meade names: “We may experience exile as a lack of recognition, a period of transition, an identity crisis, a place of stuckness or else having a gift and no place to give it.” Do any of those describe your current predicament, Aries? The good news, Meade says, is that exile can shock you awake to the truth about where you belong. It can rouse your irrepressible motivation to get back to your rightful place.

The story of this cunning, talking cat has delighted children for years. Presented by Masque Theatre of Marin. Mar 9-10, 1 and 3pm. $8. Marin Center Showcase Theatre, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

TAURUS (April 20–May 20)

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GEMINI (May 21–June 20) The following request for advice appeared on “My identical twin is stuck in an alternate dimension and she can only communicate with me by appearing as my own reflection in mirrors and windows. How can I tell her I don’t like what she’s done to her hair?” This question is a variant of a type of dilemma that many of you Geminis are experiencing right now, so I’ll respond to it here. I’m happy to say that you will soon get an unprecedented chance to commune directly with your alter egos. Your evil twin will be more available than usual to engage in meaningful dialog. So will your doppelganger, your shadow, your mirror self and your stuntperson.

A mosaic of personalities struggling against the harsh environment of a literal and spiritual drought. Times vary. Mar 7-10. $10-$17. Ives Hall Studio 76, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.

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.

West Side Stories Five-minute true stories told live onstage without n otes. Mar 6, “Fame & Fortune.” First Wed of every month, 7:30pm. through Jun 5. $5. Sonoma Valley Portworks, 613 Second St., Petaluma, 707.769.5203.

Young Playwrights Festival Eight 10-minute plays performed as staged readings. Mar 10, 7pm. Free. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.5208.

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Do you have a recurring nightmare that has plagued you? If so, I suspect it will recur again soon. Only this time, Taurus, you will beat it. You will trick or escape or defeat the monster that’s chasing you. Or else you will outrun the molten lava or disperse the tornado or fly up off the ground until the earth stops shaking. Congratulations on this epic shift, Taurus. Forever after you will have more power over the scary thing that has had so much power over you.

CANCER (June 21–July 22)

Usually I advise Cancerians to draw up precise borders and maintain clear boundaries. As a Crab myself, I know how important it is for our well-being that we neither leak our life force all over everything nor allow others to leak their life force all over us. We thrive on making definitive choices and strong commitments. We get into trouble when we’re wishy-washy about what we want. OK. Having said all that fatherly stuff, I now want to grant you a partial and temporary license to get a little wild and fuzzy. Don’t overdo it, of course, but explore the smart fun you can have by breaking some of your own rules and transgressing some of the usual limits.

LEO (July 23–August 22) In the course of formulating his theory of evolution, Charles Darwin read many books. He developed a rather ruthless approach to getting what he needed out of them. If there was a particular part of a book that he didn’t find useful, he simply tore it out, cast it aside and kept the rest. I recommend this as a general strategy for you in the coming week, Leo. In every situation you’re in, figure out what’s most valuable to you and home in on that. For now, forget the irrelevant and extraneous stuff. VIRGO (August 23–September 22)

Here’s a passage from Charles Dickens’ novel Great Expectations: “It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” Judging from the astrological omens, Virgo, I suspect your life may be like that in the coming days. The emotional tone could be sharply mixed, with high contrasts between vivid sensations. The nature of your opportunities may seem warm and bright one moment, cool and dark the next. If you regard this as interesting rather than difficult, it won’t be a problem, but rather an adventure.

LIBRA (September 23–October 22) “I worked as a hair stylist in Chicago’s Gold Coast for 20 years with some of the most gorgeous woman and men in the world,” writes sculptor Rich Thomson. “Once I asked a photographer who shot for the big magazines how he picked out the very best models from among all these great-looking people. His response: ‘Flaws. Our flaws are what make us interesting, special and exotic. They

define us.’” My challenge to you, Libra, is to meditate on how your supposed imperfections and oddities are essential to your unique beauty. It’s a perfect moment to celebrate—and make good use of—your idiosyncrasies.

SCORPIO (October 23–November 21) The genius of Leonardo da Vinci was in part fueled by his buoyant curiosity. In his work as an artist, musician, inventor, engineer and writer, he drew inspiration from pretty much everything. He’s your role model for the coming week, Scorpio. Just assume that you will find useful cues and clues wherever you go. Act as if the world is full of teachers who have revelations and guidance specifically meant for you. Here’s some advice from da Vinci himself: “It should not be hard for you to stop sometimes and look into the stains of walls, or ashes of a fire, or clouds, or mud or like places, in which, if you consider them well, you may find really marvelous ideas.”

SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21) Ready for a reality check? It’s time to assess how well you know the fundamental facts about where you are located. So let me ask you: Do you know which direction north is? Where does the water you drink come from? What phase of the moon is it today? What was the indigenous culture that once lived where you live now? Where is the power plant that generates the electricity you use? Can you name any constellations that are currently in the night sky? What species of trees do you see every day? Use these questions as a starting point as you deepen your connection with your specific neighborhood on planet Earth. Get yourself grounded! CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19) There’s a writer I know whose work is brilliant. Her ideas are fascinating. She’s a champion of political issues I hold dear. She’s well-read and smarter than me. Yet her speech is careless and sloppy. She rambles and interrupts herself. She says “uh,” “you know” and “I mean” so frequently that I find it hard to listen, even when she’s saying things I admire. I considered telling her about this, but decided against it. She’s an acquaintance, not a friend. Instead, I resolved to clean up my own speech—to make sure I don’t do anything close to what she does. This is a strategy I suggest for you, Capricorn: identify interesting people who are not fully living up to their potential, and change yourself in the exact ways you wish they would change. AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18) The German word Verschlimmbesserung refers to an attempted improvement that actually makes things worse. Be on guard against this, Aquarius. I fear that as you tinker, you may try too hard. I’m worried you’ll be led astray by neurotic perfectionism. To make sure that your enhancements and enrichments will indeed be successful, keep these guidelines in mind: 1. Think about how to make things work better, not how to make things look better. 2. Be humble and relaxed. Don’t worry about saving face and don’t overwork yourself. 3. Forget about short-term fixes; serve longrange goals. PISCES (February 19–March 20)

“Telling someone your goal makes it less likely to happen,” says musician and businessman Derek Sivers. Numerous studies demonstrate that when you talk about your great new idea before you actually do it, your brain chemistry does an unexpected thing. It gives you the feeling that you have already accomplished the great new idea—thereby sapping your willpower to make the effort necessary to accomplish it! The moral of the story: Don’t brag about what you’re going to do someday. Don’t entertain people at parties with your fabulous plans. Shut up and get to work. This is especially important advice for you right now.

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