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What we see when we don’t drive a car BY MOLLY ZHOU

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oday, I shall walk to school, I think to myself, as I put my food onto our welcome mat. I slowly walk down the stone steps of my house, not really like beginning another day of school work. I look up, and the tree stands in front of me, the tree with its branches reaching toward the heavens while its limbs hold up the clouds. I turn and stride along the sidewalk. Light fog lingers around me, with its tiny droplets of moisture clinging to my hair. I can see through the fog, but thicker fog hides the end of the street, where I know the yellow tulips grow, vibrant and full of life, next to the pavement.

I keep walking, my footprints trailing behind me after a step in a shallow pool. The thick fog at the end of the street starts retreating, slowly revealing what it had hidden before. I now see the beautiful tulips and the meadow next to it, the meadow with its big trees holding up bunches of green leaves above the fresh, dew-covered grass. I continue walking, knowing that if I linger too long, I’ll be late for school. After a while, the fog lifts, and suddenly the brilliant sun breaks out from behind a cloud, shining its rays on its beloved earth. I look around, and it seems as if a huge paintbrush had painted a layer of happiness over the gloomy landscape that was just before. The dew on the grass sparkles like a million small pieces of diamonds, and the frost on the rooftops looks like a glittering blanket of new fallen snow. I see a small ladybug crawl out from under the dripping leaves of a scarlet rose, waving its antennae, ready to explore this new world. All of this nature brightens my spirits, and I find myself smiling, ready for a new day. How wonderful it is to walk to school and spend some time with nature—to notice it and to appreciate it. Molly Zhou is a sixth-grade student at Meadow School in Petaluma. This is her winning entry in the Safe Routes to School essay contest. 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 openmic@bohemian.com.

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Thank you for defending Tom Tomorrow from the likes of Jonathan Zwart and, especially, Drew Lewis (Letters to the Editor, March 13). Personally, I don’t often read This Modern World, but I respect the right of readers who do. I just don’t respect the cranky, censorious ones who don’t and who wish that Tomorrow’s strip had no tomorrow. Besides being truly annoying, selfish and unpleasant people, the Looney Tunes–ish ones who seem to think the Second Amendment was written by God Himself are truly scary. It was a pleasure to read Mr. Lewis being put in his place so powerfully. Fitting, wasn’t it, that his little hissy kvetch ran on the very day the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to ban 150 different kinds of assault weapons? Sen. Dianne Feinstein also had to put up with shit from Sen. Ted Cruz, a GOP freshman, but she too masterfully put the little pischer in his place. Thankfully, not a gun was fired in either case.

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No-Star Review Regarding the article about Mackenzie Bezos, the wife of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, appearing at Copperfield’s Books (“Goliath Meets David,” March 13): the name Amazon was stolen from Amazon Bookstore, a feminist bookstore founded in 1970 in Minneapolis, Minn. In 1999, the Amazon Bookstore for-profit collective sued Jeff Bezos for trademark infringement, plus staff time and money lost due to customers and suppliers mistaking their store for the web retailer. Jeff Bezos stole the Amazon name and encouraged his lawyers to interrogate a store co-owner, while she was under oath, about her sexual orientation and that of her staff! Mackenzie Bezos typed a trite book about four women. I want to know how she feels about the women whose lives and livelihood she helped trample. I also want to know how Paul Jaffe and Barney Brown would feel about a corporation selling books using Copperfield’s. I think these are important musings for small independent bookstore owners and their customers, wouldn’t you agree?

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Homophobic statements made by Michelle Shocked on Sunday night at a concert in San Francisco have caused at least nine venues, including Hopmonk in Novato, to cancel dates on the born-again folksinger’s upcoming tour. During her show at Yoshi’s, Shocked went on a deliberate tirade condemning gay marriage, supporting Proposition 8 and encouraging the audience to post on Twitter that “Michelle Shocked says ‘God hates fags.’” Many patrons walked out of the show, and Yoshi’s management turned up the lights and pulled the plug. Also pulling the plug as soon as he heard of the incident: Hopmonk owner Dean Beirsch, the first in a series of nightclub owners to do so.

Hotel Petaluma GREEN STUFF Speculative development plans are driving up land prices around the casino to ten times that of four years ago.

The Big Winners Those owning land adjacent to the new Rohnert Park casino sitting on a real estate jackpot BY NICOLAS GRIZZLE

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triking it rich at a casino might seem like a long shot to many, but it’s a reality for landowners adjacent to the gambling palace under construction on Wilfred Avenue just west of Rohnert Park, whose ante consists of signing a name on a title deed.

According to public records, land surrounding the new casino being built by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and financial partner Station Casinos of Las Vegas is now selling for over $1 million per acre—nearly 10 times the going rate of just four years ago—an increase owing to the anticipated traffic and commercial development the casino could bring in the historically rural area.

The 3,000-slot casino and its 5,000-car parking garage broke ground last June. The tribe hopes to be open for business by the end of this year, and after buying almost every available plot of land with a view of the casino, Station Casinos hopes to begin surrounding commercial development soon thereafter. In the meantime, local landowners are heading to the gates and cashing in their chips. ) 18

The Sonoma County Solidarity Network, an offshoot group of Occupy Santa Rosa, is sticking up for evicted tenants of the Hotel Petaluma. One tenant in particular, who has lived at the hotel for 13 years, has tried to negotiate with the building’s new owner to apply her security deposit to her last month’s rent; she has been told that she must relinquish her deposit due to improvements the tenant made to the room. The new owner has plans to renovate the rooms entirely and reopen the hotel as a nightly boutique hotel charging $65–$90 a night. The Solidarity Network is picketing the hotel on Wednesday, March 20, at noon, and holding a public meeting to discuss relocation of tenants—many of whom are on fixed incomes—on Tuesday, March 26, at St. Vincent Church in Petaluma, starting at 6pm. —Gabe Meline

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Betting on Development The city of Rohnert Park is currently forming an area development plan for a shopping center and other retail spaces near the casino. Guess who spent the past six years buying land around the site? Ding! Ding! Ding! That’s right, Station Casinos. And sale prices are still escalating. One purchase showed that $1.13 million was paid for one acre of land on Wilfred Avenue in 2009. In total, the company has spent over $17 million for 20 acres in the adjacent area, an average of about $850,000 per acre. Prices weren’t always so high. In 2005, the tribe paid $100 million for the 254-acre swath of sovereign land, a relative bargain at $393,700 per acre. Only 66 of those acres are being used for the casino—the other 188 will act as a “community separator” to the southwest of the site. (Now-bankrupt financier and developer Clem Carinalli was the principal moneymaker in that deal, along with James Ratto and Dennis Hunter.) Plots are still available, but landowners know they’re sitting on a jackpot. One five-acre parcel a few hundred feet from Wilfred Avenue, on Langner Avenue, is being offered by Century 21 for $5 million. In 2009, the property sold for as little as $255,000.

Government Gets Its Cut Area landowners aren’t the only ones profiting tangentially from the casino. Under terms of a revenue-sharing agreement, Sonoma County will receive at least $9 million annually from the tribe to offset the project’s impacts. That figure could balloon to $38 million if the casino is profitable enough. The city of Rohnert Park has already begun to receive $200 million from the Graton Rancheria tribe over a 20-year period, and the cash-strapped Cotati Rohnert Park Unified School District will receive

$1 million annually, according to the agreement. A five-story Oxford Suites hotel has already been approved for construction two blocks from the casino, which would pitch in another 12 percent hotel tax to the city. The tribe has also agreed to donate $30 million annually to the county for open space projects and up to $8 million to the county’s Indian Health Project and casinoless tribes. Surrounding cities of Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Sebastopol and Cotati will share roughly $417,000 annually for law enforcement duties (Santa Rosa gets $286,923, Petaluma $102,591, Cotati $12,808 and Sebastopol $14,596) and fire districts in the county will split $1 million. Landowners choosing to keep their land may benefit from the casino as well. Last month, the city approved the use of eminent domain to buy land needed to widen Wilfred Avenue to four lanes in order to accommodate the expected traffic for the casino. After some prodding by the city, the tribe is now picking up the $10 million tab for the project. According to recent reports, all but a few of the 22 needed parcels have been acquired. The few holdouts are asking for reappraisal of the land, which would raise its value.

Media Investment One of those holdouts is the Tesconi family, which owns 2.5 acres on Wilfred Avenue, one block from the casino. As disclosed by the Press Democrat, this is the family of Tim Tesconi, a longtime Press Democrat reporter, who is married to current Press Democrat executive editor Catherine Barnett. Their sons have a financial interest in the property. The Press Democrat itself has a stake in the area as well. The paper’s new owners, Sonoma Media Group LLC, own a large property on Redwood Drive, roughly 850 feet from what could be a back entrance to the casino should a Labath Avenue connector be built across Business Park Drive. The property contains the paper’s printing press. Sonoma Media Group’s Darius


Going All In Taking a gamble on a new concept, local organic food company Amy’s Kitchen is opening a “healthy fast food” restaurant on the corner of Redwood Drive and Wilfred Avenue. (McDonald’s is opening a restaurant in the same block.) The federal agreement for the tribe’s land includes four restaurants and an onsite 200-room hotel, which will be constructed by the tribe at a later date. Where will all the casino’s employees live? Down the road, on Labath Avenue, A.G. Spanos Companies is proposing a 244-unit apartment complex on 10 acres at the former Crusher Stadium site, which has been vacant since the stadium was demolished in 2005. The project has already been approved by the planning commission. The company owns two other apartment complexes in Rohnert Park.

The Cooler The cards weren’t always falling in Station Casinos’ favor. The company owns 17 casino properties, mostly in Las Vegas, the largest having a 156,000square-foot gaming floor. It is also part of four tribal casino development or management agreements in California and Michigan. Station Casinos filed for bankruptcy protection in 2009, putting the project in doubt. But the company restructured in 2011, securing $850 million last year to allow the Rohnert Park project to begin construction. A lawsuit is also in the works by Stop the Casino 101, a group led by two residents who live near the site, Chip Worthington and Marilee Montgomery. The suit challenges the legal status of the tribe’s reservation. The organization has previously made claims from challenging the ancestry of tribal leader Greg Sarris’ to the validity of the project’s environmental impact report. The suit has an Aug. 2 trial date in Sonoma County Superior Court. By that time, however, the casino may be nearly complete.

Property Acquisitions by Station Casinos 170 Wilfred Ave., April 2009 $1.13 million; 1 acre

4630 Labath Ave., August 2007 $209,000; 0.25 acres

150 Wilfred Ave., May 2008 $562,000; 0.5 acres

0 Labath Ave., June 2007 $4.1 million; 5 acres

4646 Labath Ave., June 2008 $823,750; 0.25 acres

104 Wilfred Ave., February 2005 $4.1 million; 5 acres

152 Wilfred Ave., February 2008 $1.32 million; 1.5 acres

4647 Dowdell Ave., 2005 $1.2 million; 1.5 acres

186 Wilfred Ave., August 2007 $397,000; 0.5 acres

0 Dowdell Ave., 2005 $2.81 million; 3.5 acres

148 Wilfred Ave., August 2007 $826,139; 1 acre

Source: Sonoma County Assessor’s Office

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Gallery Route One

Petaluma Art & Garden Festival

11101 Hwy. 1, Ste. 101., Point Reyes Station. 415.663.1347.

Art Works Downtown 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.451.8119.

Art on First

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Bodega Seafood Art & Wine Festival www.winecountryfestivals.com

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

Best Movie Theater

Sebastopol Gallery 150 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.829.7200.

Best Museum MARIN

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

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Napa Valley Museum 55 President’s Circle, Yountville. 707.944.0500.

SONOMA

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

Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.454.1222.

SONOMA

Cameo Cinema

Best Ballet Company

1340 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.3946.

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100 Elm St., San Rafael. 415.453.6705.

Petaluma City Ballet

Rialto Cinemas 6868 McKinley St., Sebastopol. 707.525.4840.

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

Napa Valley Ballet Company

85 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.522.0330.

1755 Industrial Way #25, Napa. 707.294.8820.

Summerfield Cinemas

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551 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. 707.533.0719.

Petaluma City Ballet

Best Film Festival

HONORABLE MENTION

MARIN

Mill Valley Film Festival NAPA

Napa Valley Film Festival www.napavalleyfilmfest.org

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Best Outdoor Art Event

NAPA

Roxy Stadium 14

HONORABLE MENTION TIE

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There are few things that would ever make most adults want to be a kid again. But the Bay Area Discovery Museum, your pick for Best Museum in Marin County, is one of them. Designed to supercharge the imagination and creativity of kids, and to tantalize their curiosity about the workings of the planet, the museum is like the world’s best playground, the world’s best science class and the world’s best art studio all rolled into one. Several historical buildings at Fort Baker have been transformed into a complex of different spaces, from the 2.5-acre Lookout Cove—an interactive, outdoor “exploration area” with caves, bridges, boats, trees, nests and spider webs—to the ever changing Discovery Hall, where an interactive exploration of the world’s greatest fairy tales offers opportunities to climb beanstalks and ride in a pumpkin carriage. There’s a theater, two different artsand-crafts studios, a wave workshop display (where kids can use their hands and all their senses to learn about the way the oceans operate) and a giant playground area filled with foam shapes that can be used to construct airplanes, forts, robots . . . whatever a kid can imagine. 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito.—D.T.

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NAPA HONORABLE MENTION

Best Former Army Post With Waterbeds Meant for Toddlers

Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival www.sebastopolfilmfestival.org

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Best Dance Studio MARIN

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Roco Dance & Fitness

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Best Performing Dance Company MARIN

Roco Dance & Fitness 237 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley. 415.388.6786.

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Napa Valley Dance Center 950 Pearl St., Napa. 707.255.2701.

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Annadel Dance & Fitness 4283 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.292.7127.

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Bistro Sabor 1126 First St., Napa. 707.252.0555.

SONOMA

Hopmonk 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.7300. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200. HONORABLE MENTION

      

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KWMR Far West Fest 11431 State Route 1, Ste. 8, Point Reyes Station. 415.663.8068.

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1124 Foster Road, Napa. 707.257.8463.

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Bill Bowker, KRSH 95.9-FM

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Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival www.omegaevents.com HONORABLE MENTION

Petaluma Music Festival www.petalumamusicfestival.org

Best Charity Event MARIN

Marin Human Race www.marinhumanrace.org

NAPA

3565 Standish Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.588.0707.

Auction Napa Valley

HONORABLE MENTION

SONOMA

Brent Farris, KZST 100.1-FM 3392 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.528.4434.

Best Festival MARIN

Marin Art Festival 95 Buena Vista Ave., Mill Valley. 415.388.0151.

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Best Popcorn-Popping Projectionist & Practitioner of Prestidigitation Wrapped each night in shiny ribbons of glistening neon, the gorgeous, 75year-old Sebastiani Theatre has earned its reputation as one of the North Bay’s best movie theaters. Located in downtown Sonoma, the historic art deco movie house is a luminous sight each night, gleaming like a mirage at the edge of the town square—and thanks to the theater’s affable manager, Roger Rhoten, that sense of magic is often quite literal. Because Roger Rhoten is a magician. “I started doing magic in 1974,” says Rhoten, who got hooked when he was given a classic Hocus Pocus Magic Kit at the tender age of 29. “I was old enough,” he allows, “that I could see the cleverness of the minds who thought those tricks up.” The first trick Rhoten mastered was the famous multiplying ball trick. Who among us has not been dazzled at the sight of little spongy balls appearing out of nowhere, duplicating like little red rabbits, sometimes even coughed into existence by a miraculous magician? “That’s a nice piece of magic, the multiplying ball trick,” laughs Rhoten, who observes the time-honored tradition of donning a full tuxedo when performing his magic act. Rhoten can often be seen onstage at the Sebastiani, opening a show with a few feats of legerdemain. And soon he’ll be taking his show on the road, teaming up with local magician-sword swallower Tobias Weinberger for a kind of newfangled traveling medicine show. “We’re building the wagon right now,” he says. “It’s gonna be something, that’s for sure.”476 First St. E., Sonoma.—D.T. )

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Best Front-Porch Free-for-All This may be the last year Napa Porchfest snags your pick for Best Music Festival in Napa, thanks to a little ol’ festival headed to the wine country this May called BottleRock. We’ll be sad to see it go, if that’s the case; the free festival where local musicians play from the porches of historic Napa houses is a rare exhibition of down-hominess in the valley. Last year’s festival and walkabout featured Trio Solea, Residual Sugar, Jetpack Malfunctions and many others, and was well-attended by bikers and music nerds alike. May the Porchfest live on as one of the breezier and more egalitarian offerings of vineyard-land, by far!—R.D.

Best performing Arts Center

HONORABLE MENTION

MARIN

Best Band

Marin Center 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.473.6800.

The Imaginists 461 Sebastopol Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.528.7554.

MARIN

Petty Theft www.pettytheftrocks.com

NAPA

Napa Valley Opera House

NAPA

Deluna

1030 Main St., Napa. 707.226.7372.

www.delunamusic.com

SONOMA

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Wells Fargo Center for the Arts

www.wonderbread5.com

50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Pat Jordan Band

HONORABLE MENTION

Green Music Center 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 866.955.6040.

Best Theater Troupe MARIN

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

NAPA

Napa Valley Playhouse 167 Imola Ave., Napa. 707.255.5483.

SONOMA

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Best Yo Dawg I Heard You Like Stars So I Put Stars Under the Stars So You Can See Stars While You See Stars At Disneyland, tucked into a quiet corner of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, sits the Blue Bayou restaurant, designed to replicate the experience of eating outside under the stars on the back porch of a vast Louisiana mansion. The illusion is remarkable: day or night, the place is kept in the faux darkness of a balmy New Orleans night, with stars shimmering overhead and the faint wisp of clouds in the (totally artificial) sky. Well, here in the North Bay, watching one of Transcendence Theatre Company’s “Broadway Under the Stars” extravaganzas is much the same—only in reverse. For the last two summers, this world-class ensemble of Broadway performers has made its home at Jack London State Park, where, under the direction of Amy Miller, Brad Surosky and Stephan Stubbins, they’ve transformed the ruins of London’s old winery into one of the coolest performance spaces in the North Bay. Technically, the winery ruins—delineated by a large 10-foot-high rock wall running in a massive, windowed square—have no roof anymore. But the illusion created by Transcendence is that the old timber roof is back again, stretching over our heads, that the ranch around us is still bustling, and that Jack London, and all of his dreams, are still alive. It’s an illusion the audience, gathered together on bright summer nights, is more than happy to accept. Jack London State Park, Glen Ellen.—D.T.

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Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 415.388.1100.

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Uptown Theatre 1350 Third St., Napa. 707.259.0123.

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Hopmonk 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.7300. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200.

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Best Infinite Loop of Endless Boogie Like the fabled village of Brigadoon, rising every 100 years from the Scottish fog, the Healdsburg Plaza hosts a near-mystical community of revelers every summer. Known as Tuesdays in the Plaza, the weekly music/culture/sociological experiment draws hundreds of picnickers and wine-toting gourmands for a 14-week run of concerts, staged on the recently refurbished gazebo. The true spectacle, once the music begins at 6pm, is the massive swarm of people who gather before

the stage to dance, dance, dance. Some of the best moves are demonstrated by the regulars: the Long-Haired-Pony-Tail-Guy, who when the music gets hot, undoes his hair, tossing his mighty tresses backward and forward through the air; the King of the Elves and his Fairy Queen Consort, a hippiedippyish twosome who shake it, shake it, as if they just teleported in from a long-past Grateful Dead concert; the Man-with-No-Bonesin-His-Neck, who dances primarily with his head, bobbing and sidesnapping his bearded face in time to the music. And then there’s the Standing Man, who just . . . stands there . . . in front of the stage . . .


Best Shared Space Between War Vets & Artists Sebastopol VFW Post #3919 has been meeting in their townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Veterans Memorial Building â&#x20AC;&#x153;since it was built,â&#x20AC;? says Commander Harry Marsh. So the group, still 168 members strong, took it in stride when the facility came under new management late last year. In a groundbreaking â&#x20AC;&#x153;win-winâ&#x20AC;? deal with Sonoma County Regional Parks, which owns the aging facility at the eastern edge of Ives Park, it now bears a new identity as the reconfigured home to the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Amid the new art gallery, ceramics studio, performance space and multipurpose classrooms, Post 3913 continues to hold regular meetings in the Fireside Room on the third Tuesday evening of each month (their Ladies Auxiliary gathers in the same space earlier in the afternoon on those same days). At other times, the room is now home to leaderless watercolor painting sessions, music and dance lessons and a variety of other classes. Says Marsh, a man of few words: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We seem to be doing all right.â&#x20AC;? 282 S. High St., Sebastopol.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;B.R.

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itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a stretch to imagine an Indian in the Cupboardâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;type situation playing out in real life. Imagine: The curator heads out for a moment, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the only one in the silent museum. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a sunny day, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in a wide-brimmed hat. A small voice clamors out, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey there, cowboy, how â&#x20AC;&#x2122;bout givinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; me a hand with this here broken wagon wheel?â&#x20AC;? You look down to find a tiny figurine of a manâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or what you thought was a figurineâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;from the 1870 historical diorama pointing a thumb at the miniature wagon behind him. Hey, it could happen. 1311 Washington St., Calistoga.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;N.G.

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Best Place to Summon the Life-Giving Spirit of a Numinous Indian Goddess While Climbing a Ladder Beside a Gently Splashing Waterfall On mighty, majestic Mt. Tamalpais, believed by some to contain the stillgrieving soul of a Miwok maiden, the Dipsea/Steep Ravine Trail leads natureseeking pilgrims through lush, cool forests, past vast views of the Golden Gate Bridge and alongside misty streams and waterfalls. Starting at Pantoll Ranger Station, the journey’s most unexpected element is a 14-rung wooden ladder taking travelers down—or up, if you’re taking the full loop—a short cliff beside an ever-changing waterfall. Of course, the waterfall is at its loudest during the winter months, when this piece of the 3.8-mile loop is the most breathtaking—and slippery. (Watch your step!) There’s something wonderful about climbing a ladder while climbing a mountain. It’s a little scary, even, and that’s not a bad thing. Why else do we pit ourselves against nature, even on a manicured trail maintained by rangers and docents? Nature, in any dose, large or small, is ready and willing to hand out reminders about the shocking fragility of the human species. One wrong step and we’re worm food. Better make every one of the steps count: don’t count your calories, don’t count your pulse rate and don’t count the miles. Just count the number of times you catch your breath at the sheer, simple wonder of being blown away by beauty. Dipsea Trail, Mt. Tamalpais.—D.T.

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Best Way to Center Yourself at 90 Degrees Fahrenheit to Kanye West There are those who do yoga to divine the great forces of Shakti and align the Goddess with the Blue Pearl within, yadda yadda yadda. Then there are those who go to Three Dog Yoga, the fun, down-to-earth spot that earned your pick as Honorable Mention for Best Yoga Studio. Owner Anna Guhin is more likely to bring in a live DJ playing soul 45s during class than to ask students to meditate or pray, and she uses real-world metaphors and an approachable style. Every Friday night is “Power Jam,” set to high-energy music (a recent set included Talib Kweli, Dirty Projectors and Phoenix), and the occasional “Movies on the Mat” night brings classic cinema after class. Particularly well-suited for those trying yoga for the first time, Three Dog is the place where people say “namaste” after class—and then go out for drinks. 2097 Stagecoach Road, Ste. 110, Santa Rosa.—G.M.

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New School Aikido 880 Piner Road, Santa Rosa. 707.571.2013.

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Sonoma Outfitters 145 Third St., Santa Rosa. 707.528.1920. HONORABLE MENTION

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497 Walnut St., Ste. C, Napa. 707.226.5869.

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Best Place to Smell the Leftover Stench of George W. Bush & Thank the Mud That Sullied Him Rising 1,700 feet above the Napa Valley Floor is Howell Mountain, where one can find Las Posadas State Forest, with secret trails, cattle grazing, hawks, owls and other creatures. But there was another memorable creature that visited Las Posadas in 2006, whose essence one hopes hasn’t tarnished the place: George W. Bush. At the time, the now-disgraced president’s sole visit to the Bay Area during his eight-year presidency was big news. Hundreds lined Highway 29 when word got out that W. was lunching at Meadowood Country Club, many in protest. (Some gun-toting local Republicans painted a 20-foot-tall sign that read “W.”) One observer said seeing Bush’s entourage of black limousines weave down the mountain was “like watching a snake.” At Las Posadas, Bush joined the Travis Air Force Base cycling team in a vigorous mountain bike ride. His approval numbers had sunk even lower, his illegal war had dragged on, and he, of all people, stood to benefit from the forest’s solitude. Digging deep into contemplation that day at Las Posadas, he told AP reporter Scott Lindlaw, “Generally, when I ride, it is the one time when I feel alone.” Las Posadas Road, Angwin.—E.G.

Best Way to Learn About the ‘Hole in the Head’ California’s coastline is “a big outdoor museum,” says Coastwalk executive director Una Glass, one that offers a stunning variety of vistas which, remarkably, remain legally (if not topographically) accessible to all who want to savor them. This didn’t just happen, of course, but is the result of an ongoing series of struggles, often pitting a small but determined band of defenders against forces with far

greater resources and influence. The details of these battles are rarely mentioned, however, at the sites themselves. Now, technology allows you to bring that backstory to the scene through the lovingly produced series California Coastal Trail Podcasts, available for free through the Coastwalk website. The five podcasts completed so far reach from Bodega Head south to Orange County’s Crystal Cove, and feature commentary from key players in those historic battles (such as Coastwalk cofounder Bill Kortum), framed by music from Mickey Hart. The other pieces, which average 10 minutes, examine Point Reyes, Santa Monica Beach and the Monterrey County coastline. “We have a tremendous number of ideas for more,” says Glass. “We’re just searching for grant funding to get them off the ground.” And into your ears. www. coastwalk.org/cw-podcasts.—B.R.

Best Hooters Along the Sonoma Coast, the trail from Shell Beach to Pomo Canyon starts out unremarkably enough with a climb up a barren, windblasted hill, while the surf can still be heard noisily licking the rocks and sand clean behind. Craggy perches afford views of the Russian River, while farther on, thick stands of fern threaten to close up the trail as it wends uncertainly along the hillside. Then the trail turns into a dark grove of charismatically twisted cypress—God knows why they’re here, randomly amassed on a northerly fold in the hill, but it’s a little spooky. As if on cue, a watchful owl calls out in low hoots from somewhere in the trees: “Who, who! Who, who!” The trail breaks out into a sunny stretch. Above, fingers of fog reach into the interior hills only to vanish before your eyes. Then, just as suddenly, is a redwood forest. The air itself seems to be holding its breath, the sound of one’s footfall is muffled, but unnaturally close. And then, there it is again, the very same voice calling softly from high in the trees: “Who, who! Who, who!” California State Route 1, one mile south of Goat Rock.—J.K.

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McInnis Park 310 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. 415.473.6387.

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NAPA 2740 Jefferson St., Napa. 707.253.7949.

Howarth Park 630 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3753.

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McInnis Park Golf Center 310 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. 415.492.1800.

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1101 Francisco Blvd., San Rafael. 415.454.3500.

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5585 Newanga Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.539.8092.

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Brotherhood 1240 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.546.0660. HONORABLE MENTION

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

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Bolinas Surf Shop 52 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 415.868.1935.

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Snowdrift

2295 Streblow Drive, Napa. 707.255.4333.

3090 Jefferson St., Napa. 707.255.3509.

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3330 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.528.3673.

17191 Bodega Hwy., Bodega. 707.876.3032.

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Best Farmers Market MARIN

Farmers Market at Marin Civic Center Civic Center Drive, San Rafael. 415.472.6100.

5000 Northgate Mall #135, San Rafael. 415.479.7200.

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Buster’s Southern BBQ

Sebastopol Farm Market

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132 Weeks Way., Sebastopol. 707.522.9305.

BBQ Smokehouse 6811 Laguna Park Way, Sebastopol. 707.575.3277. HONORABLE MENTION

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3448 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.585.2616.

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Laguna Farms 1764 Cooper Road, Sebastopol. 707.823.0823. HONORABLE MENTION

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1207 Foothill Blvd., Calistoga. 707.942.5605.

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140 Bohemian Hwy., Freestone. 707.874.2938.

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50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 707.522.8629.

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Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market

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Phyllis’ Giant Burgers 924 Diablo Ave., Novato. 415.898.8294.

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Carpe Diem Wine Bar 1001 Second St., Napa. 707.224.0800.

651 Airport Blvd., Santa Rosa 707.544.6141.

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Best Bakery

1501 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.546.4016.

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Ponsford’s Place www.ponsfordsplace.com

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Model Bakery 644 First St., Napa. 707.259.1128.

Superburger 10070 Main St., Penngrove. 707.665.9790. HONORABLE MENTION

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Like another pulp-loving Tarantino, Juice Alley owner Justin Tarantino likes to keep some pulp in his juice. The strapping, 29-year-old, fifthgeneration fisherman has eyes as green as the dino kale he presses. “People get angry if we run out of their greens,” he says. Juice Alley, located in the back of Paradise Wine and Spirits in Corte Madera, runs out of produce daily. It’s that fresh. A family operation, Justin employs both his mom and sister, and with business partner, Gota Imashiro, they’ve been cold-pressing juice for six months in their backroom location. A culinary school graduate, Tarantino has grown his own hydroponic leafy greens for eight years, and, remarkably, he doesn’t advertise or use Facebook. “I want my business to be original. It’s not about marketing; it’s about fresh food and knowing that food.” Juice Alley plans to open a second location in downtown Larkspur by the end of March. Juices include green boosters, a dino-kale-based lemonade, beet-based sweet juices and the ever-popular ginger shooter that kicks an antidepressant’s ass any day. Juice Alley juices are coldpressed to extract the juice with the least amount of oxidation; they’re also made in individual batches for each palate that comes to the door. “I want people to be more intimate with what they are eating and how it’s grown,” Tarantino explains. “Raw food and juices are a science.” 5641 Paradise Drive, Corte Madera.—E.G.

Best Vanishing Act See the Pinot? Make sure you all get a good look at it. Touch it. Swirl it. Smell it. It’s genuine, bona fide Russian River Valley Pinot Noir— the very best French clones—no expense spared, made with the time-honored methods of tradition itself and, need I even say it, a passion for wine! Ladies and gentlemen! This Pinot has an alcohol concentration by volume of 16 percent! Young lady, would you not prefer drinking a wine of more delicate composition, as in the civilized nations of Europe? Young man, do you blame the high alcohol levels of our modern age on climate change? No matter! Watch as the offending margin of alcohol in this finished wine

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1880 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.528.3278.

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560 Gravenstein Hwy., Sebastopol. 707.823.7492.

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1321 First St., Napa. 707.252.4228.

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110 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 707.778.9888.

53 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.544.3221.

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151 Petaluma Blvd. S., Petaluma. 707.772.5177.

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Double Rainbow 860 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.457.0803.

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Sacred Chocolate 24 Digital Drive, Novato. 415.883.1311.

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Kollar Chocolates 6525 Washington St., Yountville. 707.738.6750.

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Sonoma Chocolatiers 6988 McKinley St., Sebastopol. 707.829.1181. HONORABLE MENTION

Recherche Du Plaisir 3401 Cleveland Ave., Ste. 9, Santa Rosa. 707.843.3551.

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1099 Vine St., Healdsburg. 707.431.2777.

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SusieCakes 310 Bon Air Center, Greenbrae. 415.461.2253.

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381 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.395.4111.

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1122 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.459.4340.

Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Company 1400 Oak Ave., St. Helena. 707.963.4491. 948 Main St., Napa. 707.224.2233.

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404-A Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.703.4228.

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Best Secret VIP Back Room in Napa Valley In case you haven’t gotten the memo, the middle class is evaporating. Nowhere on the planet is this more apparent than Napa Valley, home of the 1% and those who get to pretend they’re the 1% for the weekend. At Sogni di Dolci in St. Helena, one can find shockingly excellent food for extremely reasonable, I-don’t-want-to-pay-$100-for-dinner prices. Not only does Dolci, as it’s called by locals, offer a damn good panini, but it now represents the 1% with an ironic twist. Yeah, Napa Valley is VIP. So what have they done? Built themselves a small, intimate, Euro-style bistro complete with a back room for a more private dining experience, consisting of four booths, seating up to 16 total, for those VIP moments. Chef Namon File, a Napa Valley native with more than two decades of culinary expertise, along with sous chef Logan Ehrenclou, who joins the team from the Farm at Carneros Inn, whip up Italian-Californian cuisine with gelato, panini and a full espresso bar for all to enjoy. Dolci also serves eight connoisseur and 16 boutique wines, as well as hand-picked Italian wines by the bottle and an impressive selection of bottled beer. Dolci reopens March 25; expect smaller plate portions and reasonable prices. Nighttime dining is under candlelight, but not one that calls for a Benjamin. Live acoustic goodness, jazz and other audio ambiance complete the scene. 1142 Main St., St Helena.—E.G.

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one expect from a transplanted Frenchman? 3883 Airway Drive, Ste. 145, Santa Rosa.—J.R.

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A’Roma Roasters Coffee & Tea

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95 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.576.7765.

Michael’s Sourdough

Best Breakfast

3095 Kerner Blvd., Ste. H, San Rafael. 415.485.0964.

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42 Digital Drive #8, Novato. 415.883.5110.

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1320 Industrial Drive, Petaluma. 707.789.9711.

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31 Sunnyside Ave., Mill Valley. 415.388.2500.

Boon Fly Cafe 4048 Sonoma Hwy., Napa. 707.299.4870.

SONOMA 3611 Bohemian Hwy., Occidental. 707.874.2838. HONORABLE MENTION

235 Healdsb Healdsburg urg Avenue, Avenue, Healdsburg Healdsbur ug

Dierk’s Parkside Cafe 404 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.573.5955.

5440 State Farm Drive, Rohnert Park. 707.585.9711.

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Giugni’s Deli 1227 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.3421.

SONOMA

Ike’s Place 1780 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.293.9814. HONORABLE MENTION

Mac’s Kosher Style Delicatessen 640 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.707.545.3785.

Best Brunch

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908 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.257.8822.

MARIN

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Sol Food

JoLe 1457 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.5938.

SONOMA

Willowwood Market Cafe 9020 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.0233.

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Angèle 540 Main St., Napa. 707.252.8115.

SONOMA

Hopmonk 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.

Best Diner

HONORABLE MENTION

MARIN

50 E. Washington St., Petaluma. 707.765.9694.

Bubba’s Fine Diner NAPA

224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200.

Dempsey’s

Best Dining After 10pm

Butter Cream Bakery & Diner

MARIN

2297 Jefferson St., Napa. 707.255.6700.

901 & 903 Lincoln Ave., San Rafael. 415.451.4765.

SONOMA 7260 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.8080. HONORABLE MENTION

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Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa

D’s Diner

707.829.8889 707.575.9296 In Downtown 2478 W Third St Sebastopol Santa Rosa thaipotrestaurant.com

811 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.451.4765.

HONORABLE MENTION

566 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 415.459.6862.

Wine Club

Best Outdoor Dining

Sol Food NAPA

Bouchon Bistro 6534 Washington St., Yountville. 707.944.8037.

Mac’s Kosher Style Delicatessen

SONOMA

630 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.3785.

9113 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.7023.

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Victoria Webb

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Ariel dancers swinging from the big top, towering stilt walkers, some guy in a panda suitâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;everything at the Lagunitas Beer Circus has one thing in common: it goes great with a third IPA. Not that anyone really needs it. Watching contortionists pull themselves through brittle-looking hoops on one knee is amazing enough. Seeing a real, honest-to-Thor trapeze swinger flying through the air is also eyepopping. Wandering through a mysterious showroom full of gelatinous blobs in giant pickle jars, strange jaw-bones and tiny stuffed pigs will certainly conjure the wonder and fear of a childhood trip to the carnival on its ownâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the beer is as secondary to the experience as beer can ever be.

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in a small, oddly utilitarian room on Santa Rosa Avenue. Tucked away behind the motel lobby and bus depot/convenience store at the former Days Inn, the new Redâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s may be short on ambiance compared to the old spot, but the quartet of pool tables are well maintained and remain one of the placeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main attractions. Since quietly reopening just before Thanksgiving 2011, the bar has been gradually building a customer base in its new neighborhood. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not too manyâ&#x20AC;? of their old regulars still come

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HONORABLE MENTION

Jackson’s Bar & Oven

MARIN

Best Spot to Dine Solo

901 A St., San Rafael. 415.454.8080.

MARIN

SONOMA

SONOMA

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Second Entrée

Martha’s Old Mexico Gourmet Mexican Restaurant

707-823-4458 Hours: 11:30-3:00 & 5:00-9:00 Closed Tuesdays

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On the Town Square Nicasio

Reservations Advised:

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www.ranchonicasio.com

Grilled Australian Rosemary Leg of Lamb with mint jelly Roasted New York Sirloin with horseradish cream sauce Fresh Eggplant Parmesan • Penne Pesto Pomodoro Vegetable Tart • Roasted Fingerling Potatoes Wild Alaskan Salmon with champagne beurre blanc Spring Vegetables grilled and roasted Nicasio’s Cow Track Ranch Red Merlot Lettuce Salad Farm Fresh Scrambled Eggs Potato Latkes with applesauce and sour cream Norwegian Smoked Salmon with bagels & cream cheese Buttermilk Pancakes Hickory Smoked Bacon & Applewood Sausage Assorted Pastries and Breads Fresh Fruit and Strawberries with crème frâiche Lemon Bars, Double Chocolate Brownies Coffee, Tea, & Hot Chocolate

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3535 Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4814. HONORABLE MENTION

Josh Silvers, Jackson’s Bar, Three Squares Café

7385 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.1077.

135 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.707.545.6900. 205 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.4300.

HONORABLE MENTION

Best Restaurant

9020 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.0233.

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Best Caterer

Terrapin Crossroads

Alta Cuisine

NAPA

1555 S. Novato Blvd., Novato. 415.898.3231.

La Toque

NAPA

1314 McKinstry St., Napa. 707.257.5157.

Piper Johnson Catering

SONOMA

2450 Foot Hill Blvd., Ste. G, Calistoga. 707.942.5432.

Stark’s Steakhouse

SONOMA

HONORABLE MENTION

Park Avenue Catering

Underwood Bar & Grill

591 Mercantile Drive, Cotati. 707.793.9645.

9113 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.7023.

HONORABLE MENTION

Best New Restaurant

MARIN

Preferred Sonoma Caterers 416 East D St., Petaluma. 707.769.7208.

Easter Sunday Buffet

Duskie Estes & John Stewart, Zazu

Peter Lowell’s

Willow Wood Market Cafe

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Thomas Keller

901 & 903 Lincoln Ave., San Rafael. 415.451.4765.

644 First St. Ste. D, Napa. 707.251.6529.

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NAPA 6640 Washington St., Yountville. 707.944.2380.

Oxbow Public Market

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Best Chef

135 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.6900.

100 Yacht Club Drive, San Rafael. 415.524.2773.

521 Adams St., Santa Rosa. 707.546.5100.

Best Server

MARIN

MARIN

224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200.

Elizabeth Berkowitz, Sleeping Lady Cafe

NAPA

23 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.485.1182.

813 Main St., Napa. 707.226.7821.

Hopmonk The Thomas

NAPA

SONOMA

Allison McDow, Carpe Diem Wine Bar

The Spinster Sisters

1001 Second St., Napa. 707.224.0800.

401 South A St., Santa Rosa. 707.528.7100. HONORABLE MENTION

SONOMA

Backyard

Alan Luzmoor, John Ash & Co.

6566 Front St., Forestville. 707.820.8445.

4330 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa. 707.527.7687.

Best Chinese

HONORABLE MENTION

MARIN

Stephanie Monteleone, La Rosa Tequileria & Grille

Yet Wah Classic Chinese Cuisine

500 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.523.3663.

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1012 First St., Napa. 707.226.2809.

117 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.523.2227.

SONOMA

Gary Chuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gourmet Chinese Cuisine 611 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.526.5840. HONORABLE MENTION

Kirin Restaurant 2700 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.525.1957.

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Best Japanese / Sushi Restaurant MARIN

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

La Garage

NAPA

85 Liberty Ship Way, Sausalito. 415.332.5625.

Morimoto Napa

NAPA

SONOMA

Bistro Jeanty

Hana Japanese Restaurant

6510 Washington St., Yountville. 707.944.0103.

SONOMA

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

Chloeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s French Cafe 3883 Airway Drive, Ste. 145, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3095.

Best Indian MARIN

610 Main St., Napa. 707.252.1600.

101 Golf Course Drive, Rohnert Park. 707.586.0270. HONORABLE MENTION

Sushi Tozai 7531 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol. 707.824.9886.

Best Mediterranean MARIN

Insalataâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Lotus Cuisine of India

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

704 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.456.5808.

NAPA

NAPA

1480 First St., Napa. 707.255.5599.

Taste of the Himalayas 376 Soscol Ave., Napa. 707.251.3840.

SONOMA

Sizzling Tandoor

Tarla Mediterranean Grill SONOMA

East West Cafe 128 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.829.2822.

409 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.579.5999.

HONORABLE MENTION

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557 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. 707.546.6142.

Himalayan Tandoori & Curry House

East West Restaurant

969 Gravenstein Hwy. S., Sebastopol. 707.824.1800.

Best Mexican

Best Italian

Taqueria Mi Pueblo

La Toscana

208 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 415.460.1027.

MARIN

3751 Redwood Hwy., San Rafael. 415.492.9100.

NAPA

Oenotri 1425 First St., Napa. 707.252.1022.

MARIN

905 Grant Ave., Novato. 415.878.0122.

NAPA

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that a few hand-painted slides projected by the light of an oil lamp once provided for countless wonderstruck audiences. It’s easier, perhaps, to imagine the gripes: “What’s with kids these days, they’d rather look at these newfangled pictures of dancing bears than a real, honest-toGod dancing bear!” Often portable, sometimes ornate, magic lanterns resemble rude little potbellied stoves, but they were state-of-the-art cinema for more than 200 years, mainly in Europe. One of the world���s finest private collections of magic lanterns is now on display at Inglenook Vineyards, thanks to Francis Ford Coppola’s long association with Danish director Henning Carlsen, who amassed the collection. The few slides included here only hint at the magic that a projectionist would work, such as fading one into the other to create an illusion of movement. Exotic locales and wild animals were favorite topics—here, see a piper playing for dancing dogs; there, see a fellow travel to a land of turbaned, bearded men, and shoot one. Marvel at how cinema has changed over the centuries! 1991 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford.—J.K.

Best Nipple of Venus Gandolf’s magic is in the chocolate. The wizard crafts each piece in a stone dungeon, illuminated only by the light of candles made from enchanted bees. Incantations are uttered to lock the spell inside each piece, a spell that captivates and overwhelms each unsuspecting subject. Upon first taste, one instantly falls in love—with the chocolate. The twist, the secret that nobody must know, is that Gandolf does not make the chocolate. Gandolf is merely the feline puppet master of human chocolatier Guy Daniels, of Gandolf’s Fine Chocolate. This must be one powerful cat,

for the confections created by his minion are divinations of an extraordinary sort, indeed. As legend has it, an unlikely fellowship once set out to return the “Nipple of Venus” truffle to its rightful place inside the melted chocolate volcano of Mount Delicious. But their journey ended abruptly when the chocolate worn around the neck of the more pure of heart, the skinniest of them all, went missing. A smear of brown, sugary substance on his lips signaled the quest had failed, the evil overlords had won, and that’s how the Tea Party was born. Found at farmers markets in Santa Rosa and San Rafael, and at www.gandolfsfinechocolate. com.—N.G.

Best Shhh-Don’tTell Wine Moment Spied at Greystone: Whisked from the darkness of nearby parking lots by luxury coach, swarming up the steps of St. Helena’s venerable Culinary Institute of America and spilling through its gleaming kitchens, attendees at Appellation Trail, the grand tasting event of Flavor! Napa Valley, were eager to get their luxury drink on. One fellow took a final swig from his glass while sauntering up to one quiet table, and diligently, carefully, even, poured out the remainder of the wine and held his glass out to the table’s smiling host, expecting a taste of their no doubt very expensive and very respected Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. When the poor devil realized he’d just backwashed into the decanter of very expensive and very respected Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, he turned apoplectic, recoiling from the table as if to rewind the moment. “Don’t tell anyone,” he pleaded to nobody in particular. The winery’s representative just smiled. Nobody in particular took notes. 2555 Main Street, St. Helena.—J.K.

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Mi Pueblo

Pho Vietnam

108 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 707.769.9066.

711 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa. 707.571.7687.

800 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 707.762.8192.

Best Vegetarian

7384 Commerce Blvd., Cotati. 707.792.4380.

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923 C St., San Rafael. 415.686.3442.

Martha’s Old Mexico

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Best Seafood

610 First St., Napa. 707.251.3757.

MARIN

SONOMA

Fish NAPA

HONORABLE MENTION

Fish Story 790 Main St., Napa. 707.251.5600.

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

Willi’s Seafood & Raw Bar

Best Bartender

403 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.433.9191.

MARIN

The Tides Wharf 800 Hwy. 1, Bodega Bay. 707.875.3652.

Best Thai MARIN

2777 4th Street, Santa Rosa www.flamingoresort.com | 707.523.4745

Gaia’s Garden 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491.

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350 Harbor Drive, Sausalito. 415.331.3474.

SONOMA

Award-Winning Champagne Brunch

Radiance Cuisine

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

NAPA

Nick Hammond, Carpe Diem Wine Bar

My Thai Restaurant

1001 Second St., Napa. 707.224.0800.

1230 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.456.4455.

SONOMA

NAPA

Frank Dice, Underwood Bar & Bistro

Mini Mango Thai Bistro 1408 Clay St., Napa. 707.226.8884.

9113 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.7023.

SONOMA

HONORABLE MENTION

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

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

Best Vietnamese MARIN

Pho Viet Harbor 555 Francisco Blvd. E., San Rafael. 415.455.8063.

NAPA

Bui Bistro

Armand Jabbar, Equus Restaurant & Loungebar 101 Fountaingrove Pkwy., Santa Rosa. 707.566.3177.

Best Bar MARIN

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

NAPA

Redd Wood 6755 Washington St., Yountville. 707.299.5030.

SONOMA

Underwood Bar & Bistro

976 Pearl St., Napa. 707.255.5417.

9113 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.7023.

SONOMA

HONORABLE MENTION

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Stark’s Steakhouse

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

521 Adams St., Santa Rosa. 707.546.5100.

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Silver Peso 450 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 415.924.3448.

NAPA

Pancha’s of Yountville 6764 Washington St., Yountville. 707.944.2125.

SONOMA

Hopmonk 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.7300. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200.

NAPA

HONORABLE MENTION

Napa Smith Brewery

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Ricky’s 250 Entrada Drive, Novato. 415.883.9477.

NAPA

1 Executive Way, Napa. 707.254.7167.

SONOMA

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

Lagunitas Brewing Co. 1280 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. 707.769.4495.

1001 Second St., Napa. 707.224.0800.

Best Microdistillery

SONOMA

NAPA

Carpe Diem Wine Bar Stark’s Steakhouse 521 Adams St., Santa Rosa. 707.546.5100. HONORABLE MENTION

Charbay Winery & Distillery

Forchetta / Bastoni

4001 Spring Mountain Road, St. Helena. 707.963.9327.

6948 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.9500.

SONOMA

Best Cocktails

611 Second St., Petaluma. 707.778.6041.

MARIN

Stillwater Spirits

Buckeye Roadhouse

Best Wine List

15 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley. 415.331.2600.

MARIN

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Goose & Gander

123 Bolinas 123 Bolinas St., Fairfax. 415.488.5123.

1245 Spring St., St. Helena. 707.967.8779.

NAPA

SONOMA

1313 Main

Underwood Bar & Bistro

1313 Main St., Napa. 707.258.1313.

9113 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.7023.

SONOMA

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Willi’s Wine Bar

Spoonbar 219 Healdsburg. Ave., Healdsburg. 707.433.7222.

Best Brewpub MARIN

Marin Brewing Co.

4404 Old Redwood Hwy., Santa Rosa. 707.526.3096. HONORABLE MENTION

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

1809 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 415.461.4677.

BestWinetasting Room

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Downtown Joe’s Brewery & Restaurant

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725 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.2337.

434 College Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.542.2550.

727 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.542.1890.

345 Healdsburg Ave. Downtown Healdsburg

Russian River Brewing Co.

440 Club Gary’s at the Belvedere

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902 Main St., Napa. 707.258.2337.

207 Corte Madera Ave., Corte Madera. 415.927.9466.


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5584 Silverado Trail, Napa. 707.254.0403.

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Point Reyes Vineyards

Korbel Champagne Cellars 13250 River Road, Guerneville. 707.824.7000. HONORABLE MENTION

12700 Hwy. 1, Pt. Reyes Station. 415.663.1552.

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Del Dotto Vineyards 1055 Atlas Peak Road, Napa. 707.963.2134.

Bella Vineyards & Wine Caves

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9711 W. Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. 707.473.9171.

24625 Chianti Road, Geyserville. 707.857.3562.

Best Sauvignon Blanc NAPA

Honig 850 Rutherford Road, Rutherford. 707.963.5618.

Silver Oak HONORABLE MENTION

A. Rafanelli Winery 4685 W. Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. 707.433.1385.

Best Syrah NAPA

SONOMA

Hess Collection

Hanna Winery

4411 Redwood Road, Napa. 707.255.1144.

5353 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa. 707.575.3371.

SONOMA

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5 Fitch St., Healdsburg. 707.433.3473.

Merry Edwards Wines 2959 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Sebastopol. 707.823.7466.

Best Chardonnay NAPA

Shafer Vineyards 6154 Silverado Trail, Napa. 707.944.2877.

SONOMA

La Crema 235 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.525.6244. HONORABLE MENTION

Balletto Vineyards 5700 Occidental Road, Sebastopol. 707.568.2455.

Best Sparkling Wine MARIN

Point Reyes Vineyards 12700 Hwy. 1, Pt. Reyes Station. 415.663.1011.

NAPA

Longboard Winery HONORABLE MENTION

Kobler Estate 1275 Fourth St., Ste. 732, Santa Rosa. 707.595.5354.

Best Pinot Noir MARIN

Peay Vineyards www.peayvineyards.com

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Rosalynd Winery 901 Enterprise Way, Napa. 707.337.3348.

SONOMA

La Crema 235 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.525.6244. HONORABLE MENTION

Kosta Browne Winery www.kostabrowne.com

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Point Reyes Vineyards 12700 Hwy. 1, Pt. Reyes Station. 415.663.1011.

Schramsberg Vineyards

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1400 Schramsberg Road, Calistoga. 707.942.4558.

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11447 Old Redwood Hwy., Healdsburg. 707.431.5410. HONORABLE MENTION

14730 Grove St., Healdsburg. 707.433.7764.

Korbel Champagne Cellars

HONORABLE MENTION

13250 River Road, Guerneville. 707.824.7316.

1960 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. 707.433.4355.

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ROMANCE Best Resort Hotel Where Two Lovers Can Hide from the Law In the 2001 movie Bandits, Cate Blanchett and Billy Bob Thornton play neurotic lovers who end up camped out in a vintage pink-and-white hotel room. They give each other facials, eat takeout and talk about how much they hate antique furniture. Apparently, you want to be like them. This year, you voted that very iconic hotel from Bandits, the Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa, the Best Staycation in Sonoma County. Unlike the star-crossed fugitives, you can actually go out and do some laps in the pool or order several martinis at the bar. The classic hotel has enough going on, in fact, that you can have a weekend staycation without leaving the property—which, judging from the way Blanchett and Thornton turn out in Bandits, might not be a bad idea. 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.—R.D.

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Nick’s Cove

Nickel Rose

23240 Hwy. 1, Marshall. 415.663.1033.

848 B St., San Rafael. 415.454.5551.

NAPA

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4048 Sonoma Hwy., Napa. 707.299.4900.

Bounty Hunter 975 First St., Napa. 707.226.3976.

230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.

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101 Fountaingrove Pkwy., Santa Rosa. 707.566.3177.

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Acqua Hotel 555 Redwood Hwy., Mill Valley. 415.380.0400.

NAPA

Mount View Hotel & Spa

540 Main St., Napa. 707.252.8115.

1457 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.6877.

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4330 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa. 707.527.7687.

308 Wilson St., Santa Rosa. 707.579.3200.

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Madrona Manor

Hotel Healdsburg

1001 Westside Road, Healdsburg. 707.433.4231.

25 Matheson St., Healdsburg. 707.431.2800.


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Evo Spa

PO Box 90, Rutherford. 707.287.2216.

800 Redwood Hwy., Ste. 216, Mill Valley. 415.383.3223.

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Lavender Hill Spa 1015 Foothill Blvd., Calistoga. 707.942.4495.

SONOMA

Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary

Clementine Eco-Events 101 Margo Lane, Petaluma. 707.290.6723. HONORABLE MENTION

So Eventful 107 North St., Ste. E, Healdsburg. 707.385.9632.

209 Bohemian Hwy., Freestone. 707.823.8231.

Best Bridal Shop

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MARIN

Mermaids Spa

Shadows

115 S. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.823.3535.

Best Lingerie Shop MARIN

Pleasures of the Heart 1310 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.482.9899.

429 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 415.459.0574.

NAPA

Vianett www.vianettbridal.com

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Starlet Bridal & Prom 730 Village Court, Santa Rosa. 707.544.0334.

NAPA

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1424 Second St., Napa. 707.226.2666.

SONOMA

Ma Cherie et Moi 2332 Magowan Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.573.1103. HONORABLE MENTION

Spice 6597 Commerce Blvd., Rohnert Park. 707.588.0525.

621 College Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.545.2772.

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

Best Bridal Beauty Salon NAPA

Flaunt Makeup Artistry www.flauntmakeupartistry.com

Best Erotica Store

SONOMA

MARIN

2560 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.537.7968.

Pleasures of the Heart 1310 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.482.9899.

NAPA

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The Powder Room HONORABLE MENTION

Flaunt Makeup Artistry www.flauntmakeupartistry.com

1424 Second St., Napa. 707.226.2666.

Best Wedding Reception Venue

SONOMA

MARIN

Spice

Falkirk Cultural Center

6597 Commerce Blvd., Rohnert Park. 707.588.0525.

1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 415.485.3328.

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NAPA

Milk & Honey

Churchill Manor

123 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.824.1155.

485 Brown St., Napa. 707.253.7733.

Best Event Planner

Paradise Ridge Winery

MARIN

HONORABLE MENTION

An Affair to Remember

Trentadue Winery

196 Market St., San Rafael. 415.459.6505.

19170 Geyserville Ave., Geyserville. 707.433.3104.

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Best Young Newlyweds Squatting at an Abandoned Mining Camp What better way to woo your sweetheart off her feet than with heavenly views from Mount St. Helena? After all, famed Silverado squatter and scribe Robert Louis Stevenson swept his bride, Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne, off her feet and up the mountain to honeymoon in 1880, where the happy couple squatted in an abandoned bunkhouse on the side of the mountain. From the crest of Highway 29, hike a mile up through the shaded Stevenson Memorial Trail—you’ll find the spot where the Stevensons stayed. A memorial awaits in the form of an open, marble book, marking where the honeymoon hovel once stood. Continue another half mile to see standout views of Calistoga, Napa Valley and the Palisades. Adventurers should carry on another quarter-mile to Bubble Rock (pictured) for some rock-wall scaling sure to ignite a thrill. But for those who endure another four miles up the fire road on a clear day, the top of the northern peak grants 360degree views ranging from snow-capped Sierras and a shimmering Pacific Ocean to downtown San Francisco, Mt. Tam, Mt. Diablo and even Mt. Shasta. If all that doesn’t unlock that loving feeling, break open Stevenson’s Silverado Squatters and read: “[F]rom the summit of the mountain one little snowy wisp of cloud after another kept detaching itself, like smoke from a volcano, and blowing southward in some high stream of air.” Highway 29, mile marker 49.—C.J.

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Santa Rosa’s go-to inspiration point used to be in Fountaingrove, but ever since the nightly collection of parked cars with steamed windows was replaced by a street of large houses on Altruria Drive, the city that loves to kiss has had to make do with shoddy replacements. (The Fifth Street parking garage: not romantic.) Thank goodness for the recently opened Taylor Mountain Regional Park, then, which provides sweeping views of the city below. OK, OK—so you can’t park your dad’s ’57 Chevy up there. But nothing beats sitting on a hillside, being with the girl or boy of your dreams on the top of the world, the problems of the city beneath you reduced to a hill of beans. Hey, hon, look, it’s that first house we lived in. And over there—remember when we got lost on that road together after swimming in the creek that one day? And that Italian place over there? Let’s stay here a while longer . . . Entrance on Kawana Springs Road, Santa Rosa.—G.M.

It might not be the first thing that comes to mind, but the Petrified Forest in Calistoga is one of the most romantic places on earth. Think about it: the former inhabitants of this enchanted land perished and were turned to stone long ago. Their graves were excavated and left uncovered as a reminder to us all that every living being remains, in some form, long after life as we understand it has ceased to exist. The power released by two hearts replaces the transient, living tissue with something greater than the physical world has to offer. Untouchable by outside forces, it survives storms, seismic shifts, the birth of nations and the death of climate. Just because a body dies doesn’t mean love dies with it. The rocks that were trees remind us that over time, love makes us strong enough to endure anything in the world. 4100 Petrified Forest Road, Calistoga.—N.G.

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Best Alternate Reality Where Parenting Is Cool In Fairfax, one can walk into Huda Al-Jamal’s shop Revolution 9 and leave the hippie town immediately. Revolution 9 is a convergence of all things progressive, edgy and hip— and it’s for kids. OK, it’s for adults, too. Here you can buy treasures found in many Japantown stores—erasers, trinkets, a copy of Spirited Away. You might also find a book on Banksy, amazing handpicked jewelry, or a T-shirt Huda designed herself. Local teens endearingly call the store “Rev9.”

Night, where local moms and dads can drop off their child and go to dinner and a movie as Amin leads games and projects in the shop’s backroom. Revolution 9 also makes T-shirts, the latest of which include phrases like “I Freaking Love Science,” “Do Not Meddle in the Affairs of Wizards” and “Never Tickle a Sleeping Dragon.” Visitors can design their own shirts, and Rev9 will make it on their transfer press, in-house.

And while you wait, you can kick back on a velvet vintage couch in the store’s lounge, The focus of the shop is clearly where modern, non-hippie to extract one’s creative self. You tunes are usually playing on the sound system. There’s even a can also see this with the shop’s video game. The annual legitimate student gallery. “The Halloween Fright Room is vision of the shop has always themed differently each year, been the gallery,” Al-Jamal and the spring Mad Hatters Tea explains. Kids present their Party is coming up in April. portfolio to Huda, a painter with degrees from Cal and Is there a reason not to go to Dominican, and hang their Revolution 9? Unless you hate show with a bona fide opening. Star Wars or My Neighbor Friday nights at Rev9 are Game Night hosted by Amin AlJamal, Huda’s son, an artist and student at Drake High School. Amin leads kids in fantasy roleplaying games like Dungeons & Dragons, and also emcees Parent

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Freckles Children’s Boutique 1309 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.1201.

Best Imagination Center MARIN

NAPA

Ruff Dog Daycare & Hotel 49 Enterprise Court, Napa. 707.258.2020.

Discovery Museum

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557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 415.339.3900.

Four Paws Pet Ranch

NAPA

Scientopia Discovery Center

3410 Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa. 707.542.3766. HONORABLE MENTION

Paradise Pet Resort 2120 Bluebell Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.595.3834.

SONOMA

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

Cupcake

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5800 Commerce Blvd., Rohnert Park. 707.206.9000.

Children’s Museum of Sonoma County

Best Pet Groomer

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Fit ’N’ Furry

Environmental Discovery Center

www.fitnfurry.com

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

5930 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.539.2865.

Scoobi-Doo’s Pet Wash

Best Summer Day Camp

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3011-A Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.546.2229.

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3410 Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa. 707.542.3766.

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Camp Wa-Tam 630 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. 707.888.5267. HONORABLE MENTION

YMCA of Sonoma County 1111 College Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.962.9622.

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The Toyworks 531 College Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.209.2099.

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171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato. 415.883.4621.

1343 Main St., Napa. 707.253.1024.

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6940 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.2003. HONORABLE MENTION

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For Paws 69 Bolinas Road, Fairfax. 415.456.4685.

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Fideaux 1312 Main St., St. Helena. 707.967.9935.

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2404 Olivet Road, Santa Rosa. 707.542.2066.

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942 Hartle Court, Napa. 707.253.4382.

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Sonoma Humane Society

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

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

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Redwood Empire Ice Arena

2413 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 415.464.0222.

Marin Humane Society

Four Paws Pet Ranch

557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 415.339.3900.

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452 10th St., Santa Rosa. 707.542.0244. HONORABLE MENTION

4086 Byway E., Napa. 707.226.3979.

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1417 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.457.2219.

3141 Browns Valley Road, Napa. 707.224.1894.

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28 Liberty Ship Way, Ste. 2815, Sausalito. 415.389.5437.

Anew Beginning

852 Grant Ave., Novato. 415.898.4411.

2742 Jefferson St., Napa. 707.226.2727.

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641 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.579.2165.

Five Little Monkeys

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1667 W. Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.546.7147.

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Every winter, the town of Windsor invites local artists to create smallscale Christmas trees inspired by Charles Schulz’s iconic Charlie Brown tree from the television special, and thus, throughout the month of December, the Windsor Green is transformed—presto chango!—into the Charlie Brown Christmas tree lot. Every night, hundreds of people gather to stroll through the grove of trees, and to add some extra spice to the festivities, the city brings in a snow machine. As Christmas music plays and beams of light shine up into the air, artificial snow dances through the sky, floating down to the upraised hands of dancing revelers. Last December, for one brief moment, the real magic happened down where few were looking. Shortly after a heavy rain, the snow machine started up, and the music began. A small toddler, fitted with bright rubber boots, had just discovered that dancing in a blizzard of fake snow is nothing compared to the sheer joy of stepping, splashing and dancing— through a mud puddle. Windsor Town Green, Windsor.—D.T.

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Magicians have to be suave people. Who else can entertain young children, teenagers and adults alike? And with what, a deck of cards? Maybe a rubber ball and some silk hankies? Whether entertaining a classroom of third graders or a room of burly construction workers, 18-yearold North Bay magician Julian Sterling is a seasoned pro who can’t even legally buy a beer yet. Starting at age five with a Lance Burton home magic kit, he started gigging professionally at age 10. This guy is no Gob Bluth; he’s more like David Copperfield with a cooler haircut. The young local illusionist is graced with an air of approachability and a quick smile that says “there’s no need to be afraid”—but remember, magicians always have something up their sleeve. www.magicave.com.—N.G.

“Uh-oh.” Sebastopol police officer David Edney knows that’s the usual first reaction when he approaches teens. So he devised a novel program to chip away at the fear and suspicion officers often encounter. These days, Sebastopol patrol officers can exercise some positive reinforcement with the town’s younger citizens. The intent, explains Sgt. David Ginn, is “to reward youth we identify as doing good things,” such as skateboarding teens caught in the act of wearing helmets or youth seen raising the flag outside their school. “At first, they don’t know if they’re going to be in trouble” when the officers single them out, adds Ginn. But when the upshot is a coupon for free pizza, ice cream or movie tickets, for once, these are tickets the recipients are happy to get.—B.R.

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Best Post-Sonogram Pregnancy Perusing If you do your parent-to-be shopping at a chain store, chances are you’ll have to rely on your mother-in-law and/or the internet to tell you what to buy. But if you drag your sweaty, pregnant self over to My Baby News, you’ll get a level of customer service you can’t find anywhere else. Want a stroller demonstration? You got it. Need a show-and-tell of the five different cloth diaper brands and three different kinds of breast pumps? They’ve got you covered. Need to make at least three trips to a clean bathroom that’s easy to find? They have that too! The local store’s attention to detail and personal touch is undoubtedly why you voted them Best Baby Gift Store in Sonoma County. 3011-A Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa, and 921 Lakeville St., Petaluma.—R.D.

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Brandner Veterinary Hospital 347 Lakeville St., Petaluma. 707.762.3549.

1247 Century Court, Santa Rosa. 707.565.7100.

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500 Ragle Road, Sebastopol. 707.823.7262.

Postmore Kennels 753 McClay Road, Novato. 415.897.5892.

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Ruff Dog Daycare & Hotel 49 Enterprise Court, Napa. 707.258.2020.

SONOMA

Ragle Ranch Dog Park HONORABLE MENTION

Rincon Valley Community Dog Park 5108 Badger Road, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3292.

Best Dog Beach

Four Paws Pet Ranch

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3410 Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa. 707.542.3766.

Stinson Beach Highway 1, Stinson Beach. 415.868.0734.

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Olivet Kennel & Dog Training Resort

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2404 Olivet Road, Santa Rosa. 707.542.2066.

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George Walters, DVM

201 Doran Beach Road, Bodega Bay. 702.875.3540.

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Toby’s Feed Barn 11250 Hwy. 1, Pt. Reyes Station. 415.663.1223.

4140 Redwood Hwy., San Rafael. 415.499.8387.

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1700 Yajome St., Napa. 707.252.0316.

Silverado Veterinary Hospital

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2035 Silverado Trail, Napa. 707.224.7953.

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

Wilson’s Feed & Supply Western Farm Center

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Frizelle Enos Feeds

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Are we . . . HOLY CRAP! IT’S DOING IT AGAIN!!!!!! Whoa, Whoa, WHOA! This is so weird. What makes it do this? An optical illusion? Like those magic eye things from the ’90s? But it looks like this is a downhill slope. We came up a hill, and this is the spot where it dips down a little, and then the hill continues upward at the end of this section. But it’s uphill the whole way? What do you mean, obstructed horizon? The hell is that? Can we do it again? Lichau Road, just past the ‘Gracias San Antonio’ gate, Rohnert Park.—N.G.

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OH MY GOD WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON!?!?!?!?!?!? We are going backwards up the hill we just came down. Dude, what the hell is this? There is seriously no way we are going up the hill in neutral. Let me see your feet, let me see the shifter. No way. NO WAY! Are we gonna stop? Can we stop? Is this, like, some kind of backwards gravity thing where we are being pulled some way from, like, the earth’s magnetic core or something? Do microwaves not work here either? This is freaking me out. Just stop the car.

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Oh man, that was nuts. Is this like that house where everything’s slanted but you have to stand tilted to not fall down? Oh, it’s not. What happens when it rains? Does water fall back to the sky from the ground? Do the cows here cluck and the goats go moo and the chickens speak French? This is some Twilight Zone business, man. Are you gonna do it again? Wait, let me drive. I don’t trust you. I think you did something, like nudged the gas pedal or something. OK, right here? OK, it’s in neutral.

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ey, why are we driving up this long, windy road? Are you going to kill me and leave my body for the cows to eat? Hahaha, like that movie, right? But seriously, where are we going? Gravity Hill? Is this, like, where people go to take pictures for those lame wine country calendars with all the vineyards and stuff? I mean, it’s a cool view and all, but seriously, I’m about to throw up if we don’t pull over soon. Wait, what’s this, why are we stopping? Why are you putting the car in neutral?

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When the Copperfield’s Books used annex closed in Sebastopol, West County was left with a void. Then Mockingbird Used Books came along. The used bookseller has a selection of books wide and diverse. In the many times I’ve perused their shelves, I’ve found a coffee-table book on beautiful chickens—fittingly called Beautiful Chickens—a cookbook devoted solely to herbs, a book by David Sedaris about Christmas and a book by his sister, Amy Sedaris, on how to get people to like you by making them food. It’s this eclectic selection, perhaps, that inspired you to award them an honorable mention as Sonoma County Used Bookstore—aided, no doubt, by the relief that another used bookstore saved the day in Sebastopol. 6932 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol.—R.D.

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846 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.721.7296.

204 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 415.457.7166.

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Alice’s Vintage Shop 810 Randolph St., Napa. 707.927.3224.

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Whistlestop Antiques 130 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.542.9474. HONORABLE MENTION

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

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1830 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 415.459.4493.

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LoLo’s Consignment 1120 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.7972.

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Launch 971 Gravenstein Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.3312.

Napa Valley Art Suppplies 3250 California Blvd., Napa. 707.224.2775.

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Best Curse of the Second Empire The great, bombedout hulk of a building looks like something right out of war-torn Berlin, or modern-day Detroit. But this house looms above its neighbors on a pleasant residential street in modern-day Napa Valley—it’s just briefly visible when driving south into town, from Foothill Boulevard. Up close, what is it that’s so familiar about this house? The drooping, mansard roof and long, doleful windows call to mind the Bates House, from Psycho, or the residence of the Addams Family. Built in 1886 by James H. Francis, a local merchant, it was merely the McMansion of its day, but its Second Empire–style seems custom-built to spook. From 1918 it served as the Calistoga Hospital—no, that’s not cackling laughter that you hear in the basement, not “hospital for the insane”—and many residents still living in Calistoga were born there. (On the other side, one can assume that many were the residents who, well . . .)

“An old, compact two-story structure soon will give way to a new, rambling ranch-style building that when finished will be one of Calistoga’s major steps forward since the early 1900s,” crowed the Napa Valley Register. In 1957. Not much has happened since then. Just before the meltdown of 2008, there was some excitement about a proposed “Francis House Inn and Spa.” Today, although listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it stands gutted, a hotel for feral cats, behind three broken columns, like the detritus of some late Ozymandias. Stately 19th-century buildings like this had already become relics, shorthand for horror, by the 1950s. Now, it seems quaint, almost worth saving . . . almost, and we drive on by. Ask not what horrors await the terracotta Tuscan villas of today. 1403 Myrtle St., Calistoga.—J.K.

Best Way to Beat the Drunk Cowboys Everyone’s wondered about the fiberglass horse in front of Doubletree Ranch and Saddle Shop on High School Road. What is its name? What is its breed? Has anyone ever tried to ride it? The answer to questions one and two are: Double Diamond, American Paint Horse. According to Doubletree owner Buzz Bozzini, the fiberglass steed is named

after the ranch’s late stud horse, Double Diamond Sue. The answer to question three is: Of course. Although Buzz and his wife Cookie ordered Double Diamond in the late ’80s to serve as a roadside advertisement to their ranch, which has been operating since 1963, they soon learned that fiberglass horses do not come without drunk cowboys. “Every weekend at two in the morning I’d go out and find the guys coming from Marty’s Top o’ the )

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Mockingbird Used Books 6932 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol. 707.824.0389.

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Bananas at Large 1504 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.457.7600.

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

51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 415.927.0960.

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Best Bunny Out of a Hat . . . Er, Monastery In Calistoga, just paces from where the linenclad, massage-oiled, wine-sipping tourists browse the shops on Lincoln Street, sits a little-known portal to Russia. Perched beside the lazy Napa River on a slice of pristine real estate, Holy Assumption Monastery is proof that heaven, in various forms, does exist on earth. Founded in the 1940s by a group of nuns fleeing their native Russia and China in search of religious freedom, the Orthodox monastery is indeed a sanctuary. But you needn’t wear a habit to seek refuge inside the tiny, dimly lit chapel adorned with gilded icons and rich embroidery—visitors of all stripes are welcome. In a time when church and scandal too often go together like bread and wine, the monastery is a nice reminder that not all sects of Christianity bear the same cross. When my husband and I happened upon the place one spring afternoon, we were given a brief philosophical history lesson and invited to linger on the grounds, abloom with roses, lilies, red hot pokers and clematis climbing up the thatch-roofed bell tower. In addition to 11 nuns and a handful of well-fed cats, a few alliterative animals also call the recently renovated monastery home, including Pulgita the bunny and Pixley the cherry-headed rescue parrot. Perhaps the most stunning creatures are the koi, slicing through the water like fat glittery coins. A few minutes spent sitting next to their rectangular pond beneath the blooming arbor has the same effect as a bottle of Pinot and a soak in a spa. But in this case, we haven’t spent a dime. 1519 Washington St., Calistoga.—J.D.T.

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1899-A Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.525.1963.

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112 E. Washington St., Petaluma. 707.765.0975.

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Artisana

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146 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.829.3036.

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

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Muse Napa Valley 1309 Main St., St Helena. 707.967.9500.

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711 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.526.4766.

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Magpie Consignment 1822 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 415.258.0200.

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Wildcat Vintage Clothing 1210 First St., Napa. 707.224.3162.

SONOMA

Aubergine 755 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 707.827.3460.

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1 Fourth St., Petaluma. 707.762.9276.

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Best Shoe Store

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707 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.542.1855.

Junction Shoes 324 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 415.256.9290.

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529 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.568.4044.

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

Best Home Improvement

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2411 Magowan Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.542.1690. 11 E. Napa St., Sonoma. 707.931.0357. 500 W. Napa St., Sonoma. 707.933.1702.

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Steves Hardware 1370 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.3423.

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4055 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.584.7811.

117 Plaza St., Healdsburg. 707.433.8058.

1360 Broadway Ave., Sonoma. 707.939.8811.

2410 Magowan Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.576.8919.

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Best Appliance / Kitchen Design 333 Third St., Napa. 707.253.2141.

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Pedersen’s Furniture

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Rex Ace Hardware & Country Store 313 B St., Petaluma. 707.762.7355.

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Asien’s Appliance

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1801 Piner Road, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3749.

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

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Gaia Energy Systems 716 College Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.272.8136.

831 B St., San Rafael. 415.456.3939.

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1046 McKinstry St., Napa. 707.294.2066.

12781 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Inverness. 415.669.7195.

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Best Bathroom Trend Back in the 1950s, when men were men and women were not, public restrooms were as segregated as the South. Today, public places (malls, restaurants, interstate rest stops) are reflecting a few realities: Parents often have children of the opposite gender. Men sometimes change diapers. Women sometimes accompany disabled gentlemen into the lavatory. For transgendered folks, the choice between the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room and the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room can be a lose-lose propositionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and in certain parts of the country, a hazardous one. Gradually, we are seeing more gender-neutral variations of the standard restroom. Recently, the Northgate Mall in San Rafael and the Santa Rosa Plaza have installed â&#x20AC;&#x153;Family Restrooms,â&#x20AC;? where adults are not required to rush their

offspring past things they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want them to see. Both malls also have private single-user rooms for either males or females. The classiest local example of this trend is at Healdsburgâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elegantmoderne Spoonbar, where the opulent public restroom is gender inclusive. Yep. Men and women enter through a common doorway, and after using the fully enclosed toilet area of their choice, wash up side-by-side at the gorgeous trough sink, with real cloth towels! Sophisticatedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; and smart. 219 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;D.T.

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The Motorcycle Shop 3383 Airway Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.578.6686.

NAPA

Best Scooter Shop

Jimmy Vasser Toyato & Cheverolet 466 & 583 Soscol Ave., Napa. 707.927.4466.

NAPA

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467 Soscol Ave., Napa. 707.256.3300.

SONOMA

1125 Auto Center Drive, Petaluma. 877.398.1892.

518 College Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.523.2371.

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2875 Corby Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.542.1791.

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

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

Autosport Detailing 1945 Cleveland Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.579.3710.

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2800 Corby Ave., Santa Rosa. 866.272.1397.

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Community Market 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.546.1806.

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

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

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Hydro Depot

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La Morenita Market 2434 Jefferson St., Napa. 707.255.9068.

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Lola’s Market 1680 Petaluma Hill Road, Santa Rosa. 707.757.7579.

13 W. Third St., Santa Rosa. 707.542.3866.

440 Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.577.8846.

5655 Redwood Drive, Rohnert Park. 707.584.2384.

102 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.433.1978.

6731 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.1576.

2750 Old Sonoma Road, Napa. 707.251.5682.

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Santa Rosa Hydroponics 4880 Sonoma Hwy., Santa Rosa. 707.595.1340.

Asia Mart 2481 Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa. 707.542.3513.

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1621 W. Imola Ave., Napa. 707.224.3117.

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1080 Main St., St. Helena. 707.967.8545.

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Shackford’s Kitchen Store

1099 Fourth St., Ste. G, San Rafael. 415.457.2420.

1513 Farmers Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.545.0534.

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1305 Cleveland Ave., Ste. G, Santa Rosa. 707.573.8544.

Tyler Florence Shop

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6525 Washington St., Yountville. 707.531.7053.

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186 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.824.1400.

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1691 N. Gravenstein Hwy., Sebastopol. 707.823.8661.

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Andy’s Produce

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Yo el Rey Roasting and Arthouse

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Amy’s Organic Foods www.amys.com

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Calistoga Smoke Shop 1430 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.3937.

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Peacepipe 622 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.541.7016. 8492 Gravenstein Hwy., Cotati. 707.795.3420.

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Best Handful of NonexistentCreatures Like a game of chess with the element of chance playing a huge factor, Magic: The Gathering is a card game for Dungeons & Dragons aficionados to put their knowledge of mythical, Tolkien-esque worlds to good use. As a former MTG player, I know the value of a 4/4 flying creature and the pain of a well-played effect forcing the discard of my best enchantment before it’s even been played. But I stopped playing in middle school and sold the cards for cheap, apparently just before their value skyrocketed. These collectables are also fun to play, and there are now dozens of versions and variations

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1146 Main St., Napa. 707.251.8468.

1525 Lincoln Ave., Napa. 707.254.7125.

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Brush Salon 105-C Plaza St., Healdsburg. 707.431.1400.

313 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.829.7256.

Elle Lui Salon

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Evo Spa 800 Redwood Hwy., Ste. 216, Mill Valley. 415.383.3223.

2969 Jefferson St., Napa. 707.251.9765.

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Spa Solage

Red Nails

755 Silverado Trail, Calistoga. 707.226.0820.

2547 Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa. 707.545.7110.

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Modern Nails

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2700 Yulupa Ave., Ste. 16, Santa Rosa. 707.545.6580.

209 Bohemian Hwy., Freestone. 707.823.8231.

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

Evo Spa 800 Redwood Hwy., Ste. 216, Mill Valley. 415.383.3223.

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Greenhaus European Day Spa

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1300 Pearl St., Napa. 707.257.8837.

601 Murray Circle, Sausalito. 415.339.4700.

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205 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.575.1474.

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Cavallo Point NAPA

718 E. Washington Blvd., Petaluma. 707.526.7453.

Indian Springs Resort & Spa

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1712 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.4913.

Bliss Organic Day Spa 186 N. Main St. #230, Sebastopol. 707.861.3434.

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Kenwood Inn & Spa 10400 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. 707.833.1293. HONORABLE MENTION

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Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa

1295 Second St., Ste. 100, San Rafael. 415.455.8367.

2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

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Peace in Medicine 6771 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol. 707.823.4206.

Ronit Gesundheit, Community Acupuncture of Marin

1061 N. Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.843.3227.

7075 Redwood Blvd., Ste. H, Novato. 415.250.4009.

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Ian McCullough, Sebastopol Family Acupuncture 490 Pitt Ave., Sebastopol. 707.823.4300.

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Lauren Sugarman, LAc, Inner Healing Wisdom 2436 Foothill Blvd., Ste. C, Calistoga. 707.942.3927.

SONOMA

Lorelle Saxena, the Saxena Clinic 633 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.575.4826. HONORABLE MENTION

Sebastopol Family Acuuncture 490 Pitt Ave, Sebastopol. 707.634.1762.

Best Herbal Clinic MARIN

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

NAPA

Ann Irnish, 360 Health & Wellness 1119A Hunt Ave., St. Helena. 707.967.9567.

SONOMA

Farmacopia

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301 E. Todd Road, Santa Rosa. 707.588.8811.

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

NAPA

Wendy Pomerantz, MHP, LAc, PA-C 935 Trancas St., Ste. 4A, Napa. 707.224.1000.

SONOMA

Lily Mazzarella, Farmacopia HONORABLE MENTION

186 N. Main St., Ste. 220, Sebastopol. 707.823.8818.

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James Whittlesey, Whittlesey Natural Health Center

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7075 Redwood Blvd., Ste. E, Novato. 415.898.0889.

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1834 First St., Ste. 3, Napa. 707.257.1011.

Rhea Zimmerman, DC

186 N. Main St., Ste. 220, Sebastopol. 707.823.8818.

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3651 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.544.6975.

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Don Wilson 7250 Redwood Blvd. Ste. 107, Novato. 415.878.0240.

HONORABLE MENTION

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Debbie Hegardt, Century 21 Alliance

MARIN

E. Craig McCurdy, OD

David E. Marcus, M.D. Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center 1128 Sonoma Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.575.1626. HONORABLE MENTION

1730 Novato Blvd., Novato. 415.897.1161.

Francisco Canales, Plastic Surgery Associates

NAPA

4625 Quigg Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.537.2111.

The Eye Works

Best Bank

1880 Sonoma Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.546.8600.

SONOMA

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8911 Lakewood Drive, Ste. 12, Windsor. 707.546.8600.

534 Larkfield Center, Santa Rosa. 707.578.2020.

Charles Wear

Best Esthetic Dentist MARIN

Luisa Ambrosiano, DDS 770 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera. 415.924.2022.

NAPA

Nancy Azizi, DDS 1103 Trancas St., Ste. A, Napa. 707.255.1172.

SONOMA

Sonoma Eyeworks HONORABLE MENTION

Bank of Marin 1101 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.485.2265.

1831 First St., Napa. 707.251.5500.

755 Baywood Drive, Petaluma. 707.658.4444.

MARIN

Robert G. Aycock, MD 575 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Greenbrae. 415.460.7995.

www.summitstatebank.com

HONORABLE MENTION

Best Credit Union

NAPA

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www.redwoodcu.org

Queen of the Valley Hospital

Robert E. Blevans, Blevans & Blevans

Bush & Chaput

1635 First St., Napa. 707.224.5347.

NAPA

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Summit State Bank

Best Laser Surgery Center

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www.marinclinic.org

950 Northgate Drive, San Rafael. 415.457.4497.

SONOMA

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Charlotte H. Huggins

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Redwood Credit Union

MARIN

Best Attorney

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Exchange Bank

98 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.579.1555.

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7300 Healdsburg Ave., Ste. B, Sebastopol. 707.824.4543.

SONOMA

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3910 Princeton Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.546.9882.

Jeffrey Seligson, Wine Country Group

720 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.575.3800.

Walter Tom, Aesthetic Laser & Vein Centers

Lorraine Gock, DDS

HONORABLE MENTION

Empire Optical

NAPA

Sean Wilson, DDS

1057 College Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.577.7777.

MARIN

1328 Pearl St., Napa. 707.254.2020.

HONORABLE MENTION

1775 Lincoln Ave., Napa. 707.258.1042.

1110 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.547.4682.

Bernstein Orthodontics

3835 Cypress Drive #210, Petaluma. 707.559.2166.

Carolyn Roberts, Coldwell Banker

3443 Villa Lane, Ste. 10, Napa. 707.258.6077.

Best Optical Store

8741 Brooks Road S., Windsor. 707.836.8360.

NAPA

John P. Zimmermann, Aesthetic Institute of Napa Valley

Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, St. Joseph Health

SONOMA 2245 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.575.0600.

NAPA

Walter Tom, Aesthetic Laser & Vein Centers

Redwood Credit Union SONOMA

70 Stony Point Road, Ste. G, Santa Rosa. 707.542.8346.

Redwood Credit Union

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David E. Marcus, MD, Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center

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Chris Andrian, Andrian & Gallenson 1100 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.527.9381.

Best Nonprofit MARIN

Homeward Bound of Marin 1835 N. Hamilton Pkwy., Novato. 415.382.3363.

NAPA

Community Action Napa Valley

Community First Credit Union

2310 Laurel St. #1, Napa. 707.253.6100..

www.comfirstcu.org

SONOMA

1128 Sonoma Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.575.1626.

Ceres Community Project

Best Real Estate Agent / Company

7351 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.5833.

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Food for Thought, Sonoma County AIDS Food Bank PO Box 1608, Forestville. 707.887.1647.

1000 Trancas St., Napa. 707.252.4411.

Best Plastic Surgeon

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Kaiser Permanente

Robert G. Aycock, MD

Kathleen Emrey, Frank Howard Allen

401 Bicentennial Way, Santa Rosa. 707.393.4000.

575 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Greenbrae. 415.460.7995.

511 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Greenbrae. 415.925.3278.

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CULTURE

The week’s events: a selective guide

JAZZ ROYALTY Wynton Marsalis appears with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra at the Green Music Center on March 21. S A N TA R O S A

No, Not Lord Voldemort Is HeWhoCannotBeNamed a hardcore wrestling fan? A power rangers enthusiast gone wild? Nope—he’s the punk icon famous for playing in a Mexican wrestling mask and little (sometimes very little) else. As a founder of the Dwarves, known for self-mutilation and onstage sex reenactments, HeWhoCannotBeNamed once even faked his own death—a legendary prank that got the band thrown off their label. Proceed with caution when HeWhoCannotBeNamed plays on Saturday, March 23, at the Russian River Brewing Co. 725 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 8pm. Free. 707.545.BEER.

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When he steps up to play his trumpet, Kermit Ruffins spills passion from every pore. But he spills a little barbecue sauce, too. The New Orleans composer became obsessed with music after hearing a record of his idol Louis Armstrong playing from a jukebox, and since then, Ruffins and his band, the Barbecue Swingers, have become famous for cooking barbecue at their shows between sets. For Ruffins, it’s all about having a good time; as he says, “That’s really the only way I can do it anymore.” See him sport his trademark fedora and winning smile on Sunday, March 24, at the Sweetwater Music Hall. 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 8pm. $20. 415.388.3850.

Paul Reiser loves a good laugh. Starting out in standup, Reiser later moved on to film and television, known best for his roles in My Two Dads and Mad About You. Reiser has also written books and songs—he’s the guy you can thank for having the infinitely catchy Mad About You theme song stuck in your head for five years—but when it comes down to it, out of all of Reiser’s projects, standup comedy is still where he most excels. Hear his sidesplitting humor on Saturday, March 23. Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., Napa. 8pm. $30–$35. 707.226.7372

Provocative undulation was around long before Shakira’s hips decided not to lie—the hunka-hunka-burnin’-love king was the OG who launched generations of pelvic gyration to come. Celebrate the life of the famous butterfly-collared singer at the Napa Valley Elvis Festival. Along with a screening of Wild in the Country, which was largely filmed in Napa Valley, the program also includes a comedy set by Liz Grant, a teleconference with Elvis’ personal jeweler, talks by Elvis’ friends and Elvis songs preformed by Donny Edwards. See some jeweled jumpsuits up close on Saturday, March 23, at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel. 3425 Solano Ave., Napa. 11:30am–6pm. $26. 707.253.8600.

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he person next to you on the bus can tell you that German ďŹ lms are depressing, British ďŹ lms are unintelligible and French ďŹ lms are, on some level, triďŹ&#x201A;ing, nonsensical or too sexy. Am I oversimplifying? I recently saw a wouldbe sophisticated website going on about Jean Vigoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sublime Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Atalante (predating Beasts of the Southern Wild by some 80 years). Baffled by incidents of magical realism, the two master debaters came back to a mantra: â&#x20AC;&#x153;You know, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s French.â&#x20AC;?

And that settled that. Yet the series â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rendez-vous with French Cinema,â&#x20AC;? continuing this week at SummerďŹ eld Cinemas, offers a glimmer of what Petalumaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own Pauline Kael meant when she said that even the best American movies arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t good enough. Patrice LeConte, whose light attitude toward mortality goes at least as far back as The Hairdresserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Husband (1990), takes that attitude all the way to The Suicide Shop (March 21, 7pm), a lovable, witty and macabre animated musical. On a gray Parisian side street, Maison Tuvache (established 1854) has been selling potential suicides ropes, poisons, razors and even samurai swords. (Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not cheap, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but there are no pockets in a shroud . . . or a kimono.â&#x20AC;?) Their motto: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Life a failure? Make death a success!â&#x20AC;? The lady of the place (voiced by Isabelle Spade) is one of those chirpy Parisienne shopkeepers Karin Viard does so well. Her husband, Mishima, is a debonair Gomez Addams look-alike, but tragedy strikes when they have a child whose disgusting zest for life interferes with the family business. Highly recommended to goths, fans of Sweeney Todd and Tim Burton fanciers. Alas, this movie in need of a cult does end on a positive note. What can you do? Dead people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t buy movie tickets. The series also includes Alice Winocourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Augustine (March 20, 7pm), which comes from the casebook of Sigmund Freudâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most important predecessor, Professor Jean-Martin Charcot (Vincent Lindon). And the experimental Rich Is the Wolf (March 24, 1pm) traces the disappearance of a husband and the clues left behind via VHS tapes. A woman watching hours of videotape, struggling to understand what it all means? Sounds like French cinema in a nutshell. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Rendez-vous with French Cinemasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; runs through March 24 at Summerfield Cinemas, 551 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. 707.522.0719. www.summerfieldcinemas.com.


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Nowhere is the tension between past memories and present grief more evident than the albumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sixth track, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Child Star.â&#x20AC;? Horvitz recalls that as young as age four, his younger brother Phillip used to choreograph Broadway-themed dances, working on them for months, memorizing them and then making tickets and programs for his family members. The eightminute piece builds on a ďŹ&#x201A;urry of bright drum and brass lines that, at one point, give way to a rat-tat-tat reminiscent of a marching band. Toward the end of the track, the mood completely changes, with a

The Bill Horvitz Expanded Band appears on Saturday, March 23, at the Glaser Center. 547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 8pm. Suggested donation $20. 707.568.5381.

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HeWhoCannotBeNamed Guitarist from legendary Chicago punk band the Dwarves has penchant for luchador masks. The Connies and the Rinds open. Mar 23, 9pm. Free. Russian River Brewing Co, 725 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.BEER.

Bill Horvitz Huge band playing original avant-garde classical and jazz compositions in memory of his brother. Mar 23, 8pm. $20. Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.568.5381.

Will Kimbrough Songwriter has penned tunes for Jimmy Buffet, Little Feat and others. Mar 22, 8pm. $25-$27. Sebastopol Grange Hall, 6000 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol.

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A Legacy, Bach & Buxtehude Marin Baroque Chamber Choir and period instrument orchestra with maestro Daniel Canosa. Mar 23, 7pm. $7-$35. www.marinbaroque.org. St Vincent’s Chapel, 1 St Vincent’s Dr, San Rafael. 415.497.6634.

Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang Primus frontman and bassist leads slightly folksy, very funky twosome. Mar 20, 7pm. $35. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael.

Midnite Roots reggae from St Croix. Mar 23, 10pm. $25-$30. 19 Broadway Club, 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

Finley Community Center Mar 22, Carl Green. 2060 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3737.

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Mar 22, Crossfire. Mar 23, Poyntlyss Sistars. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

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French Garden Mar 22, Haute Flash Quarter. Mar 23, Gypsy Cafe. 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.2030.

Songwriter penetrates the soul with his voice and acoustic guitar. Mar 21, 8pm. $35. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

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Mar 24, WomenSing. 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.

Showing of “Wild in the Country,” music by Ian FraserThomson and “Elvis,”AKA Donny Edwards, finishes the show. Mar 23, 11:30am. $25. www.napavalleyelvisfestival. com. Napa Valley Marriott Hotel, 3425 Solano Ave, Napa. 415.990.9039.

Clubs & Venues SONOMA COUNTY Aqus Cafe Mar 22, Calm & Chaos. Mar 23, Parlor Tricks. Mar 24, Gary Vogensen’s Jazz Ramble. 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.

Arlene Francis Center Mar 23, Free Peoples, Church, Denim Wedding. 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.

Aubergine Mar 21, the Blackberry Bushes, Jerry Hannan. Mar 22, Flowerbox. Mar 24, Front Country, Steve Pile. 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2722.

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

Burbank Auditorium Mar 27, 7:30pm, Verdi’s Requiem. SRJC, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa.

Christy’s on the Square Mar 21, Frankie Boots & the County Line. Mar 25, Tiny Pyramids, French Reform, Solwave. 96 Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa. 707.528.8565.

Mar 23, Bill Horvitz Expanded Band. 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.568.5381.

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Hopmonk Sebastopol Mar 22, Jelly Bread. Mar 23, Ghosts of Electricity. Mar 25, Fantan Mojah, Zareb, Black Love Sound. Mon, Monday Night Edutainment. Tues, 7:30pm, open mic night. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Hopmonk Sonoma Mar 22, New Skye. Mar 23, Timothy O’Neal & Frankie Boots. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.

Isis Oasis Mar 22, Mark Growden. 20889 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville.

Jasper O’Farrell’s Mar 23, Clear Conscience. Wed, Brainstorm. 6957 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2062.

Lagunitas Tap Room Mar 20, Grandpa Banana. Mar 21, Foolproof Four. Mar 22, Prisma Trova. Mar 23, Adam Traum. Mar 24, Disorderly House Band. Mar 24, Jason Bodlovich. Mar 27, Rick Swanger. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

Last Day Saloon Mar 20, Elaine Lucia, Jill Cohn, D’Bunchovus. Mar 22, Generation Esmeralda, Tudo Bem. Mar 23, the Chop Tops Henchmen, St Peterbilt. 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.2343.

Main Street Station Mar 20, Pocket Canyon Ramblers. Mar 21, Susan Sutton. Mar 25, Gypsy Cafe. 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.

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

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

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Mar 23, the Connies, the Rinds, He Who Cannot Be Named. 725 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.BEER.

Ruth McGowanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brewpub Mar 22, Larry K Potts. Mar 23, Over Easy. Sun, Evening Jazz with Gary Johnson. 131 E First St, Cloverdale. 707.894.9610.

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

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

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

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Murphyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Irish Pub Mar 21, Tony Gibson. Mar 22, Timothy Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill Band. 464 First St E, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.

Mystic Theatre Mar 26, Lotus, Vibesquad. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

Phoenix Theater Mar 21, River Shiver, the River Monks, Hibbity Bibbity. Mar 22, Our Vinyl Vows, the Nearly Deads, Blaming Johnny, Moura, Ionia, Lakeview Drive, A Hero to Fall. 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

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Fenix Mar 21, Mindy Canter. Mar 22, Swing Fever. Mar 23, Volker Strifler Band. Mar 24, Morris LeGrande. 919 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.813.5600.

George’s Nightclub Thurs and Fri, DJ Rick Vegaz. Mar 22, Dollars for Dajara. Mar 23, Fleetwood Mask. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

Hopmonk Novato Mar 21, Johnny Rawls. Mar 22, Kevin Russell. Mar 23, Soul Union. Mar 29, Michelle Shocked CANCELED. Wed, Open Mic. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415-892-6200.

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Mar 24, Sing, Dance, Play with Marin Girls Chorus. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

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Mar 23, A Legacy, Bach & Buxtehude. 1 St Vincent’s Dr, San Rafael.

NAPA COUNTY Molinari Caffe Thurs, Open Mic. 815 Main St, Napa. 707.927.3623.

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Mar 21, Loafer’s Glory. Mar 24, Mary Jane Lamond & WendyMacIsaac. 1455 E

Mar 21, Leo Kottke. Mar 22, Boz Scaggs. 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Radiant Ruins including works by Mikey Kelly, Erik Shearer, and Marie Shelley

Opening Reception with live music: Saturday March 23 7–9pm

Mar 20, Pep Love. Mar 21, Dogpatch Junction. Mar 22, Tommy Odetto & Graham Lesh. Mar 23, Midnite. Mar 24, Blueshift & the Subjective Perspective. Mar 26, Peach Street. Mar 27, Honor Role. Sat, Sean Hannan & Friends. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

ECHO gallery in Calistoga brings together three local artists interested in dimension, reflection and process.

Fri, 9pm, Michael Aragon Quartet. Sun, 3pm, Mal Sharpe’s Dixieland. 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.1392. Mar 20, Groupo Buongiorno. Mar 21, Eric Markowitz Trio. Mar 22, Belinda Blair. Mar 23, Ken Cook Trio. Mar 26, Chris Huson. Mar 27, Jonathan Poretz. 37 Caledonia St, Sausalito.

Freddie Jackson Yoooou are my laaaa-dyyy! You’re everything I neeeeed and moooooore! Mar 21-22 at Yoshi’s SF.

Wavves Nathan Williams, chill stoner boytoy of Bethany Cosentino from Urban Outfitters. Mar 22 at Bottom of the Hill.

Black Star Brooklyn keeps on taking it as Mos Def & Talib Kweli reunite for a 1998 throwback. Mar 23 at the Fox Theater.

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Mar 20, J Kevin Durkin. Mar 21, Deborah Winters & friends. Mar 24, Ann Brewer. Mar 26, Lorin Rowan. Mar 27, the Phillip Percy Pack. 4 Bayview St, San Rafael. 415.457.3993.

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Mar 21, Spazzy T & the Aardvark Situation. Mar 22, Denim Wedding, Free Peoples. Mar 23, Staggerwing. Mon, reggae. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311.

Mar 20, Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang. Mar 22, Mark Karan’s Buds. Mar 23, Stu Allen & Mookie Siegel. 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael.

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Old-Time Dance to Honky Tonk 4:00 / No Cover Fri The One and Only Mar 29 DANNY UZILEVSKY Original Music 8:00 / No Cover

Mar 20, Jesse Brewster. Mar 21, Kelly Peterson. Mar 22, Fenton Coolfoot & the Right Time. Mar 23, Rhythmatics. Mar 24, Namely Us. 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.485.1182.

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Mar 20, Jeffrey Halford & the Healers with Chris Donohoe. Mar 22, Danny Click & the Hell Yeahs. Mar 23, the Waybacks. Mar 24, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers. Mar 26, Samba Ngo. Mar 27, Roberta Donnay & the Prohibition Mob Band. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

Mar 24, the Big Tamborski. 11180 State Route 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1515.

GUITAR SLINGER LAURIE MORVAN!

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Mar 21, Daria. Mar 22, the Final Touch. Mar 23, Fely Tchaco. Mar 24, Candela. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito.

Sweetwater Music Hall

Mon, Wed-Sun, DJ dance. 848 B St, San Rafael. 415.454.5551.

LEARNING CURVE Mar 22 CD Release Party! 8:00

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Mar 23, Ron Thompson & the Resistors. Mar 24, Emily Bonn & Vivants. Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

Mar 23, I’m the Greatest Future Star. Mar 27, West Coast Songwriter Competition. Wed, 7pm, jam session. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

DIN N E R & A SHOW

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Mar 22, Elliott’s Evil Plan. Mar 23, Droptones. Mar 24, Root Down. Mar 26, the Gravel Spreaders. Mar 27, Dr Mojo. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.

A joke, wrapped in a punchline, inside a wardrobe of spandex and hairspray. Mar 23 at the Regency Ballroom.

Vernon Reid & Co. play “Vivid” in its entirety (everyone knows “Time’s Up” is better) plus extra hits. Mar 27 at the Fillmore.

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RECEPTIONS Mar 23 At 6pm. Grand Hand Gallery, “Vernal Equinox,” paintings by Sandra Juniper Booth and Kim Frances. Reception, Mar 23, 6pm. 1136 Main St, Napa. At 7pm. ECHO Gallery, “Radiant Ruins,” local artists focus on dimension, reflection and process. 1348 A Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.812.2201.

Mar 24 At 3pm. Gallery Route One, Eric Engstrom’s digital photography; “Mars’ Book: Confessions of My Inner Dog,” paintings by Dorothy Nissen; and “The True Cost of Plastic,” mixedmedia installation by Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. Wed-Mon, 11 to 5. 415.663.1347.

Mon-Fri, noon to 5; Sat-Sun, 10 to 5. 707.579.4452.

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. 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 Through Apr 7, “Everything Equine,” horse-themed show benefiting Sonoma County Equine nonprofits. 130 Plaza St, Healdsburg. Daily, 11 to 6. 707.431.1970.

Local Color Gallery

SONOMA COUNTY 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 Through 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 Through Apr 1, “Peanuts Celebrations” highlights 70 original strips which celebrate the major holidays. 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.

Through Apr 21, “Illusions,” distinctive, imaginative, abstract paintings by David Kingwill. 1580 Eastshore Rd, Bodega Bay. Daily, 10 to 5. 707.875.2744.

Occidental Center for the Arts Through May 5, “M for Mystique,” exploring the theme of intrigue. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.874.9392.

Petaluma Arts Center Through Mar 29, “Art Shapes the World,” youth art exhibit. 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 Through May 5, “Juried

Photography Show,” featuring local artists. 132 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. Wed, Thurs and Sun, 11 to 6. Fri-Sat, 11 to 8. 707.775.4ART.

Sebastopol Center for the Arts Through Mar 30, “Gardens and Figures,” paintings by Diane Toso and sculpture by Jonnie Russell. Through Mar 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 Through Mar 31, “Spring Forward,” new work by member artists. 507 David Clayton Rd, Windsor.

Sonoma County Museum 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. Through Jun 2, “Tools as Art,” collection of witty and light-hearted works based on familiar forms. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. Tues-Sun, 11 to 4. 707.579.1500.

University Art Gallery Through Apr 14, “Juried Student Exhibition,” featuring student art. Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. Tues-Fri, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, noon to 4. 707.664.2295.

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 Mar 22-Apr 28, Eric Engstrom’s digital photography of the American landscape. Reception, Mar 24, 3pm. Artist talk, Apr 28, 4pm. Mar 22-Apr 28, “Mars’ Book: Confessions of My Inner Dog,” paintings by Dorothy Nissen. Reception, Mar 24, 3pm. Artist talk, Apr 28, 4pm. Mar 22-Apr 28, “The True Cost of Plastic,” mixedmedia installation by Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang. Reception, Mar 24, 3pm. Artist talk Apr 28, 4pm. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. Wed-Mon, 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 Through Apr 14, “AB/Normal,” works by Dan Herrera, Aron Meynell and Paula Moran that skew the idea of normalcy through surreal and nostalgic narratives. Novato Arts Center, Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Dr, Novato. Wed-Sun, 11 to 4. 415.506.0137.

Art Works Downtown

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts

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

Through Mar 28, “Darkness and Light,” mixed media exploring the relationship between these two oppositional elements. 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. Tues-Sat, 10 to 2; also by appointment. 415.388.4331.

Bolinas Museum

Seager Gray Gallery

Through Apr 27, “Cross Pollination,” Molas and Huipiles from the collection of Sandy Dierks. Artist talk, Apr

Through Mar 31, “Materials Matter,” focus on materials and their interactions. 23 Sunnyside Ave, Mill Valley. Tues-Sat; 11 to

Slow Decay Disintegration takes spotlight in ‘Radiant Ruins’ Dilapidated houses, abandoned buildings and rubble aren’t exactly the first things one thinks of as subjects for “wine country” art—beautiful landscapes and vineyards seem to get all the attention. But this week, the people at ECHO Gallery in Calistoga open an exhibition, “Radiant Ruins,” dwelling on the bright side of decay. The show features works by three artists, including Eric Shearer, who utilizes mixed media such as personal artifacts, drawings and 3-D elements to reference suburban themes and evoke a sense of impermanence. Mikey Kelley composes visual poems out of handcrafted wire drawings and their shadows, and Marie Shelley layers intricate pen-and-ink drawings over transfers of photographs, blending the drawing with the photograph and creating a striking effect. See the work of artists who show no fear at the sight of “condemned” signs at an opening reception with wine and live music on Saturday, March 23, at ECHO Gallery. 1348 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 7–9pm. Free. 707.812.2201.—Taylor May

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 Mar 23-Apr 30, “Radiant Ruins,” local artists focus on dimension, reflection and process. Reception, Mar 23, 7pm. 1348 A Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.812.2201.

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7, 2pm. Through Apr 28, “Of Golden Light,” photographer Patty Mulligan’s prints on glass backed in gold. 48 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. Fri, 1 to 5; Sat-Sun, noon to 5; and by appointment. 415.868.0330.


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paintings by Sandra Juniper Booth and Kim Frances. Reception, Mar 23, 6pm. 1136 Main St, Napa. No phone.

Comedy Funny Frank Frank Oliver is known for using volunteers in his act. Mar 22, 8pm. $15-$20. Aubergine, 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2722.

Paul Reiser “Mad About You” star will likely stick to standup comedy in this one-man set. Ellen Erskine opens. Mar 23, 8pm. $30-$35. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Dance 142 Throckmorton Theatre Mar 22, 8pm, O(H), Liz Casebolt and Joel Smith cross the line between dance and theater. $18-$28. Mar 24, 12, 2 and 4pm, Cafe Coppelia, Original dance production by Theatre Lunatico. Donation. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley 415.383.9600.

Swan Lake Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece presented by Stapleton School of Performing Arts. Mar 23, 1 and 5pm. $20-$32. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael 415.499.6800.

Charles and Helen (Long) Bacigalupi. Mar 21, 6pm. $75. Trentadue Winery, 19170 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville. 707.433.3104.

Spring Break Discovery Days Kids programs include: Mar 26, time capsule memory book; Mar 27, ribbon wind socks. Mar 26, 2pm and Mar 27, 2pm. $7. Napa Valley Museum, 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. 707.944.0500.

Film The Belle of Amherst Taped broadcast of a live one-woman performance, starring Julie Harris as Emily Dickinson, based on her poems, letters and notes. Mar 23, 2pm. Free. Guerneville Library, 14107 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville. 707.869.9004.

Blood Wedding & Suite Flamenca Dance by Teatro Real recorded live in 2011. Mar 23, 7pm. $10. Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main St, Napa. 707.255.5445.

Chronicle of My Mother Period drama about relationship between a selfcentered writer and his aging mother. Mar 24, 2pm. $7. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Film Classics Mar 27, “Wait Until Dark.” 7pm. $8. Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley St, Sebastopol. 707.525.4840.

In Search of Beethoven

Events Bird-a-Thon Event for children to identify as many birds as possible in two hours. Mar 24, 9:30am. $10. Jack London State Park, 2400 London Ranch Rd, Glen Ellen. 707.938.5216.

Cashore Marionettes Puppetry program, “Life in Motion,” series of touching portrayals set to classical music. Presented by Redwood Arts Council. Mar 23, 4 and 8pm. $10-$25. Occidental Center for the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.874.9392.

History Lives Pioneer Award Healdsburg Museum and Historical Society honors

Explore the personality behind the great Romantic composer. Filmmaker Phil Grabsky in conversation afterward. Mar 22, 7:30pm. $10-$15. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.924.5111.

A Place in the Sun This 1951 adaptation of Theodore Dreiser’s “An American Tragedy” garnered six Academy Awards. Mar 26, 7pm. $7. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival Sixth-annual festival showing poignant and beautiful true stories. Times and venues vary. Mar 21-24. $10-$20. 707.829.4797. See full festival schedule and lineup at www.sebastopolfilmfestival.org.

Superstars in Berlin

The Bilingual Belle

Featuring Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann and Erwin Schrott. Mar 24, 1pm. $8-$10. Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St E, Sonoma. 707.996.9756.

SSU and SRJC professor Nora Wilkins leads bilingual discussion on life and works of Emily Dickinson. Mar 27, 7pm. Free. Petaluma Library, 100 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma. 707.763.9801.

Food & Drink Breakaway Cooking with Tea Eric Gower incorporates global tastes with familiar ingredients to create a fresh profile for favorite dishes. Mar 21, 6:30pm. $55. Next Key Center, 1385 N Hamilton Pkwy, Novato. 415.382.3363, ext 211.

California Artisan Cheese Festival Cheese-making seminars, beer and cheese pairings, tasting competitions and farm tours. Mar 22-24. $35. Sheraton Sonoma County, 745 Baywood Dr, Petaluma.

Dishcrawl Explore Sonoma Square eateries in this tour de cuisine. Mar 26, 7pm. $45. Sonoma Plaza, First St E, Sonoma.

Farm Day Learn about local agriculture with hands-on demonstrations. Mar 21, 9am. Free. Marin Center Exhibit Hall, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

Pawsport Napa Valley Dog-friendly winetasting event. See www.napahumane. org for participating wineries. Mar 22-25. $75. Peju Winery, 8466 St Helena Hwy, Rutherford. 707.963.3600.

Persian Feast Persian New Year feast with traditional cuisine. Mar 20, 6pm. $50. Baci Cafe & Wine Bar, 336 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.433.8111.

Fred Biletnikoff & George Atkinson Raider greats talk about football. Mar 27, 7:30pm. $12$15. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Healing Foods Basics Connect the dots between your health, food, stress, toxins, physical fitness, relaxation and being part of a loving community. Tues, Jan 22, 7:30pm. $15-$35. Ceres Community Project, 7351 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.8295.

Real Life into Fiction Patricia V Davis discusses how to get life events down on paper into fascinating stories. Mar 21, 7pm. $15. Petaluma Community Center, 320 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma.

Science Buzz Cafe Mar 21, “The Real and Financial Economy: The Nature of Exchange” with Daniel Osmer. 6:30pm. $4. Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.6600.

Mark Wangberg Artist book maker talks about his experiences in the book arts world and shows examples of his work. Mar 24, 3:30pm. Free. Marin MOCA, Novato Arts Center, Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Dr, Novato. 415.506.0137.

Women in Aviation Kristin Tague discusses the important and liberating role aviation has had in the lives of women. Mar 21. $10. Marin History Museum History Center Gallery, 1026 Court St, San Rafael.

Spring Equinox Local chefs working with Sprial Foods celebrate the equinox. Mar 24, 3pm. $10. Graton Community Club, 8996 Graton Rd, Graton.

Readings Book Passage

Lectures The Art of Revision Novelist Holly Lynn Payne shows how to revise a manuscript. Mar 24, 2pm. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 415.927.0960.

CRITIC’S CHOICE

Mar 20, 7pm, “The Dark Legacy of Shannara: Bloodfire Quest” with Terry Brooks. Mar 22, 12pm, “A Tale for the Time Being” with Ruth Ozeki, includes lunch and signed book. $55. Mar 23, 11am, “The Hormone Cure” with Sara Gottfried. Mar 23, 1pm, “Where the Peacocks Sing: A Palace, a Prince, and the Search for

Mmm-hmm Local cheese producers spread it on in Petaluma We’ve said it before: we live in the golden age of cheese. The last 15 years have given rise to a curd-based mecca in all three North Bay counties, where dairy cows have long roamed the grassy, coastal hills—and the California Artisan Cheese Festival celebrates this delicious boom. Hosted by the Petaluma Sheraton on March 22–24, the sixth annual nosh-fest features North Bay dairy tours and tastings and a variety of panels by the likes of Oxbow Cheese Market founder Lassa Skinner. Topics covered over the weekend include cheese and beer pairings, macaroni and cheese and, of course, that saucy temptress known as Brie. And while talk is great, what is a cheese festival without the creamy goodness inspiring so much chatter? Plenty of local cheese makers will be onsite offering their wares—Cowgirl Creamery, Bellwether Farms, Redwood Hill Farm—as well as reps from North Coast Brewery, Acorn Winery, Lagunitas and many others. Area chefs will whip up dairy-licious concoctions as well, from Rocker Oysterfeller’s, the Girl and the Fig and Nick’s Cove, among many others. The California Artisan Cheese Festival runs Friday–Sunday, March 22–24, at the Petaluma Sheraton. 745 Baywood Drive, Petaluma. A variety of ticket packages are available at www.artisancheesefestival.com. —Rachel Dovey

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7pm, “The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage: True Tales of Food, Family, and How We Learn to Eat” with Caroline Grant & Lisa Harper. Mar 27, 7pm, “Leaving Everything Most Loved” with Jacqueline Winspear. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 415.927.0960.

Petaluma Copperfield’s Books Mar 20, 7pm, “Code: A Virals Novel” with Kathy & Brendan Reichs. Mar 22, 6pm, Book Club Mixer with Amity Gaige. Mar 27, 7pm, “The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language” with Natalie Goldberg. 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.762.0563.

h2hotel Mar 20, 7pm, “The Drunken Botanist” with Amy Stewart. 219 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.433.7222.

Hotel la Rose Mar 21, 6pm, “A Tale for the Time Being” with Ruth Ozeki, high tea service includes copy of book. $50. 707.578.8938. 308 Wilson St, Santa Rosa.

Northwest Regional Library

Mar 24, 2pm. through Apr 6. $12-$15. Russian River Hall, 20347 Hwy 116, Monte Rio. 707.849.4873.

Disney’s Aladdin Jr Students from Saint John Catholic School bring this show to life. Sat-Sun, 2pm and Fri, Mar 22, 7pm. through Mar 24. $5-$12. Raven Theater, 115 North St, Healdsburg. 707.433.3145.

Enchanted April Romantic comedy set in 1920s London. Two frustrated housewives who take a trip to Italy in hopes of rediscovering themselves. Presented by Ross Valley Players. Thurs, 7:30pm, Fri-Sat, 8pm and Sun, 2pm. through Apr 14. $22-$26. Barn Theatre, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 415.456.9555.

The Fibber McGee & Molly Show Old-time radio dinner theater with this classic comedy program. Mar 24-25, 5:30pm. $15. Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St E, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.

A Heart Greater Than Fear

Mar 20, 11am, “If You Lived in Sam’s Neck” with Nina Tepedino. 150 Coddingtown Center, Santa Rosa. 707.546.2265.

One-woman play by Rosemary Quinn portrays the life of women’s rights pioneer Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Mar 24, 2pm. $15. Occidental Center for the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.874.9392.

Petaluma Library

Improv Invitational

Mar 23, 2pm, “Jonestown Survivor: An Insider’s Look” with Laura Kohl. 100 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma. 707.763.9801.

Bay Area improv troupes compete for points from judges. Every other Fri-Sat, 8pm. through Apr 6. $14. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

Whole Foods Market Mar 23, 1pm, “The Great Meat Cookbook: Everything You Need to Know to Buy and Cook Today’s Meat” with Bruce Aidells. 3682 Bel Aire Plaza, Napa. 707.224.6300.

Theater Almost, Maine As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Fri-Sat, 8pm and Sun, 5pm. through Mar 24. $20. Calistoga Art Center, 1435 North Oak St, Calistoga. 707.942.2278.

Dance with Me Presented by Curtain Call Theatre. Fri-Sat, 8pm and Sun,

In the Mood This 1940s big band theatrical swing dance revue celebrates America’s greatest generation. Mar 21, 3pm. $35-$50. Marin Center’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800. Also playing Mar 23, 3 and 7:30pm. $40-$60. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Ivy & Bean The mischievous second-grade heroines of the New York Times bestselling stories plot their exploits on stage in this lively musical. Sat, Mar 23, 10:30am. $15-$20. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.5208.

Lend Me a Tenor It’s 1934 and the biggest night

in the history of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. But the tenor is drunk! Hillarity ensues. Times vary. Thurs-Sun through Mar 30. $15-$32. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

Astrology

FREE WILL BY ROB BREZSNY

For the week of March 20

Three sisters recollect memories at their mother’s funeral in this comedy. Directed by John Craven. Thurs-Sat, 8pm and Sun, 5pm. through Apr 7. $15-$25. Main Stage West, 104 N Main St, Sebastopol.

ARIES (March 21–April 19) “Nourish beginnings, let us nourish beginnings,” says poet Muriel Rukeyser in her poem “Elegy in Joy.” “Not all things are blest,” she continues, “but the seeds of all things are blest. The blessing is in the seed.” I urge you to adopt this perspective in the coming weeks, Aries. Be extra sweet and tender and reverent toward anything that is just sprouting, toward anything that is awakening, toward anything that invokes the sacredness of right now. “This moment,” sings Rukeyser, “this seed, this wave of the sea, this look, this instant of love.”

The Odyssey

TAURUS (April 20–May 20)

The Memory of Water

Homer’s classic tale presented by Marin Primary & Middle School. Fri, Mar 22, 7pm, Sat, Mar 23, 7pm and Sun, Mar 24, 1pm. $10-$15. Marin Center Showcase Theatre, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

Panache

As you seek more insight on your current situation, consider the possibility that the bad guys may not be as bad as they seem. They might simply be so deeply under the spell of their own pain that they can’t see straight. And as for the good guys, I wonder if they are as purely good as they would like you to imagine. It might be the case that they are at least partially serving their own self-interest, while pretending to be utterly altruistic. If there’s any truth to these speculations, Taurus, you’d be wise to stay uncommitted and undecided for now. Don’t get emotionally riled up, don’t get embroiled in conflict and don’t burn any bridges.

GEMINI (May 21–June 20)

A rich society woman from Scarsdale discovers that a fry cook in Brooklyn has the vanity plate she wants, which reads “Panache.” Fri-Sat, 8pm and Sun, 2pm. through Apr 7. $15. Pegasus Theater Company, Rio Nido Lodge, Canyon Two Rd, Rio Nido.

Here’s your mantra: “I get fresher under pressure.” Say it 10 times right now, and then repeat it in 10-repetition bursts whenever you need a tune-up. What it means is that you stay cool when the contradictions mount and the ambiguities multiply. And more than that, you actually thrive on the commotion. You get smarter amidst the agitation. You become more perceptive and more creative as the shifts swirl faster and harder. Tattoo these words of power on your imagination: “I get fresher under pressure.”

The Price

CANCER (June 21–July 22)

Two estranged brothers meet to dispose of their late father’s belongings in this powerful play. Dates and times vary. Mar 22-Apr 7. $15-$25. Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.763.8920.

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

The Séance A mosaic of personalities struggling against the harsh environment of a literal and spiritual drought. Times vary. Through Mar 30. $10-$17. Ives Hall Studio 76, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.

“Stories happen to those who tell them,” said the ancient Greek historian Thucydides. Modern radio journalist Ira Glass goes even further. “Great stories happen to those who can tell them,” he has said. Let’s make this strategy a centerpiece of your life plan in the weeks ahead, Cancerian. I have a suspicion that you will need firsthand experience of novel, interesting stories. They will provide the precise nourishment necessary to inspire the blooming of your most soulful ambitions. One way to help ensure that the best stories will flow your way is to regale receptive people with transformative tales from your past.

LEO (July 23–August 22) “Dear Rob: I’m spreading the word about Beer Week in your town, and I’d love to see you and your beer-loving readers at some of the events. Any chance you can include some coverage of Beer Week celebrations in your upcoming column?”— Cheers, Patricia. Dear Patricia: I don’t do product placement or other forms of secret advertising in my horoscopes. To allow it would violate the sacred trust I have with my readers, who rely on me to translate the meaning of the cosmic signs without injecting any hidden agendas. It is true that Leos might be prone to imbibing great quantities of beer in the coming week, simply because they’d benefit from lowering their inhibitions, getting in touch with their buried feelings and expanding their consciousness. But to be frank, I’d rather see them do that without the aid of drugs and alcohol. VIRGO (August 23–September 22)

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Hoping to stir up some fun trouble, I posted the following message on my Facebook page: “Don’t judge someone just because they sin differently than you.” A torrent of readers left comments in response. My favorite was from Sue Sims, who said, “Yeah, they might be better at your kind of sin and you might learn something!” That advice is just the kind of healing mischief you need right now, Virgo. It’s a bit ironic, true, but still—take it and run with it. Study the people who have mad skills at pulling off the rousing adventures and daring pleasures and interesting “sins” that you’d like to call your own.

LIBRA (September 23–October 22) The French verb renverser can be translated as “to turn upsidedown” or “to reverse the flow.” The adjectival form is renversant, which means “stunning” or “astonishing.”

I think you may soon have experiences that could be described by those words. There’s a good chance that a dry, impoverished part of your life will get a juicy, fertile infusion. A deficiency you have worried about might get at least half-filled. An inadequacy that makes you feel sad may be bolstered by reinforcements. Alas, there could also be a slight reversal that’s not so gratifying. One of your assets may temporarily become irrelevant. But the trade-off is worth it, Libra. Your gains will outstrip your loss.

SCORPIO (October 23–November 21)

Professor Martyn Poliakoff creates short YouTube videos to help teach the public about chemistry. In one video, he explains why an explanation he gave in a previous video was completely mistaken. “It’s always good for a scientist to be proved wrong,” he confesses cheerfully. Then he moves on to speculate about what the right answer might be. I love humility like that! It’s admirable. It’s also the best way to find out the truth about reality. I hope you will summon a similar attitude in the coming weeks, Scorpio: a generous curiosity that makes you eager to learn something new about stuff you thought you had all figured out.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21) On the one hand, menopausal women are no longer able to bear children. On the other hand, they often overflow with fresh possibilities and creative ideas. More time is available to them because their children have moved out of the house or don’t require as much care. They can begin new careers, focus on their own development and devote more attention to their personal needs. So in one way their fertility dries up; in another way it may awaken and expand. I suspect that whether or not you are menopausal, you are on the cusp of a comparable shift in your fecundity: one door closing, another door swinging open. CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19) The TV reality show Freaky Eaters profiled a woman named Kelly who had eaten nothing but cheesy potatoes for 30 years. Her average intake: eight pounds of potatoes and four cups of cheese per day. “I love cheesy potatoes,” she testified. “They’re stewy, gooey, and just yum-yum-yummy. They’re like crack to me.” I’m a bit concerned that you’re flirting with behavior comparable to hers. Not in regards to cheesy potatoes, of course, but to some other fetish. I will ask you to make sure that you’re not starting to over-specialize. It would be wise to avoid obsessing on a single type of anything. AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18) In the 17th century, polite people referred to mountains as “warts” and “boils on the earth’s complexion.” So says Robert Macfarlane in his book Mountains of the Mind. Annie Dillard describes the peculiar behavior of educated European tourists in the 18th century. When they visited the Alps, she writes in Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, “they deliberately blindfolded their eyes to shield themselves from the evidence of the earth’s horrid irregularity.” Don’t be anything like those dumb sophisticates, Aquarius. When you spy irregularities in the coming weeks, consider the possibility that they are natural and healthy. This will allow you to perceive their useful beauty. PISCES (February 19–March 20) You are not for sale. Remember? Your scruples and ideals and talents cannot be bought off for any amount of money. You will not be cheated out of your birthright and you will not allow your dreams to be stolen. Although it’s true that you may have to temporarily rent your soul from time to time, you will never auction it off for good. I’m sure you know these things, Pisces, but I suspect it’s time to renew your fiery commitment to them.

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