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Rhapsodies Big Pimpin’ Jay-Z’s new album surveillance tool BY GABE MELINE

ith his new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail (what’s his next one gonna be called—Bill of Rights Ark of the Covenant?), Jay-Z invented a new movement, or at least a new hashtag, which is what movements have been reduced to these days. “#NewRules” was meant to draw attention to the pioneering ways in which one can disrupt the music industry, utilize new channels of information, engage fans on new platforms and sell a million of records in a single day.


Just one catch: you have to be Jay-Z. Two catches, rather: you have to be Jay-Z and also you have to sign a deal with multinational conglomerate Samsung, who, spitting up a molecule-sized portion of their $247 billion in annual revenue, “bought” 1 million copies of Magna Carta Holy Grail in digital form to give away through a free app that Samsung users can download to their phone. The RIAA, who is totally high, decided that this transaction constituted 1 million album sales. Boom! Magna Carta Holy Grail went platinum, all because a huge company spent $5 million out of its marketing budget to align with a rap superstar/walking Wall Street Journal stipple drawing. That the RIAA decided these are legitimate sales is ludicrous, though not surprising, since most of the RIAA’s actions in the past 15 years have been ludicrous anyway. What’s downright insidious is what happened to users who downloaded the free app from Samsung in order to hear Magna Carta Holy Grail on their phone. Forced to accept the app permissions, users were faced with a screen reading: “JAY Z Magna Carta needs access to: Storage, System Tools, Your Location, Network Communication, Phone Calls.” Sound familiar? It should. If you wondered why Samsung only paid $5 per digital copy of Jay-Z’s album, you can add an extra bonus for Universal Records: being able to harvest Samsung users’ personal data—phone calls, location, usernames for social media accounts and, as demanded when the app opened, a login to Facebook and Twitter. That’s not a platinum album—it’s an NSA surveillance system. In related news, Magna Carta Holy Grail is terrible and Jay-Z should have stopped rapping in 1999. Gabe Meline is the editor of this paper. Open Mic is a weekly op/ed feature in the Bohemian. We welcome your contribution. To have your topical essay of 350 words considered for publication, write

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I was in Kinko’s by Peet’s on Fourth Street and I had my big black leather purse on the engineer draftsman table right to the front street window and I took only a few feet to the cash register and back again and my African Colombian medical marijuana was stolen out of my purse of front flap window residue.

It is very clear from the old radio and television programs that creator Fran Striker knew exactly what he was doing when he put all this together. Seeing the trailers for this latest movie was very disappointing. Reading the reviews, including yours, is even worse. I’m afraid to go see a movie that appears to have been made by someone who has no clue about his subject. What a shame.


Humboldt County—JFK.

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Striker’s Vision Exploited I am one of those old folks who remembers the Lone Ranger (“Masked Man(ure),” July 3). I was hoping that, based on the interest in mythology apparent in movies like Avatar, The Matrix and others in recent years, much would be made of the death of John Reid and his resurrection as the Lone Ranger, his silver (magical) bullets, his spirit horse (named Silver, just in case we didn’t notice that the horse was white) and his companion, Tonto. Tonto (“fool”) was not an insult by the way. The wise fool has a very long history in mythologies around the world. The fool has a difficult time functioning socially due to a lack of cultural understanding. But his lack of investment in cultural assumptions allows him to see things that more culturally invested individuals can’t see. The classic example is the child in “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” The fool is usually seen as being closer to nature than the average person—a child, a country bumpkin or, in this case, a Native American.

Good review (“Masked Man(ure),” July 3). Sad to see Depp condemned to repeat his early brilliance as a blockbusterenabling sleepwalker.

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Solomon on Snowden It’s hard for me to understand the thinking of Americans like Edward Snowden and Norman Solomon (“Surveillance State,” June 12). Every open society on earth must secure its existence in the face of continuous attacks from those that favor closed societies and reject civil rights such as freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom to vote—all the rights that make us a parliamentary democracy. Autocratic regimes of left and right—Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Castro, and the current crop of radical Islamist regimes—hate democracy. By shooting reporters and beheading young girls who seek education, the Taliban displays the hatred that enemies of open societies feel for democracy. How does the leader of a democracy


judge just how much surveillance is necessary to secure our existence? We chose Obama to make that judgment. If he errs, I hope it’s on the side of caution. I don’t want to see us successfully overthrown by those who would like to see all the world’s countries become closed societies. Ironically, the places Snowden seeks for asylum have little use for freedom of speech. If they do not shoot or imprison him, it will be for his propaganda value. He and Solomon expect a purity of behavior from our government that they will never find in such closed societies as Ecuador or Russia or China.

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Empty Bottle Facing over $2 million in unpaid debt, BottleRock founders insist they’re the ones getting stiffed BY GABE MELINE


n its first year, Coachella, the hugely popular music festival, lost roughly $800,000.

After bouncing checks, struggling to make good on salaries to employees and begging for patience from unpaid headliners like Rage Against the Machine, Tool and Beck, Coachella’s promotion company Goldenvoice eventually settled

its debts by agreeing to be sold to sports and entertainment behemoth AEG. Such a fate may be the best hope for the debt-ridden BottleRock music festival, which after a smooth, successful first year still owes over $2 million to caterers, stagehands, security and others, according to a series of recent reports. But festival cofounder Bob Vogt insists the debts are caused by an

ongoing dispute with Napa Valley restaurateur Cindy Pawlcyn and her company CP Cooks, which managed BottleRock’s food and drink sales and, according to Vogt, has not provided proper accounting for concessions. Because of the ongoing dispute with CP Cooks, BottleRock has received “zero” from food and drink sales, Vogt says. “Nothing. And any statements to the contrary are false. ) 10

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The California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights (AB 889) may have been vetoed by Gov. Brown last fall, but the battle to extend labor protections to all workers continues. In fact, a new form of the bill is currently making the rounds of the California State Legislature. The end of June saw AB 241, also called the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, passing through the Senate Labor Committee. The bill would mandate overtime pay, meal and rest breaks, uninterrupted sleep provisions (the right to eight hours of sleep for live-in workers), and use of kitchen facilities for food preparation. Unlike the previous iteration, AB 241 does not cover IHSS or DDS workers, close family members of the employer or casual babysitters. The Women’s Action and Solidarity Alliance (ALMAS), out of the Graton Day Labor Center, has been deeply involved in organizing support for the bill. According to organizer Maureen Purtill, the group has “come together to achieve personal and collective goals, and in the pursuit of justice for all domestic workers.” It’s a matter of fairness and equity, Esmeralda Montufar, a domestic worker in Sonoma County and member of ALMAS, told the Bohemian last year. “We’re not given vacation pay, and we’re not given workers’ compensation. As a bare minimum, we want protections on our work and as human beings.” The group holds a fundraiser on July 13 to help ALMAS continue its innovative work in establishing a voice for people who have been historically silenced in America. “Cleaning Up for Justice” happens on Saturday, July 13, at the Community Church of Christ of Sebastopol. 1000 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Sebastopol. Sliding scale, $10–$100. 12pm-3pm. 707.217.2367.—Leilani Clark

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We’ve received zero.” Vogt estimates that CP Cooks owes the festival enough to pay all outstanding debts. “We didn’t lose much our first year. We got stiffed by food and beverage,” he says. “If we had received revenue from that, which is the secondlargest thing from any festival after box office, everybody would have been paid and our charities would have been paid.” While that dispute is worked out by lawyers, numerous employees and organizations are waiting on paychecks. In mid-June, the union representing BottleRock’s stagehands, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 16, filed a grievance for $630,000 in unpaid wages to 142 stagehands that worked the festival, according to a report in the Press Democrat. That kicked off continuing revelations of more debt, reported in the Napa Valley Register and the concert industry site Pollstar, owed to Bauer’s Intelligent Transportation ($524,239), NES West security ($217,000), Landmark event staffing ($166,000), the city of Napa ($106,730) and the Napa Valley Expo itself ($310,938). When asked this week if any of the debts have been paid, Vogt says, “Very little, unfortunately. The laborers are at the top. I’m very close to taking care of that, and that’s the thing that hurts the most—the guys that worked there. It’s painful all around.” Vogt also says that BottleRock is currently looking at a selection of equity partners interested in investing in the festival, which will help settle the debts. “We have choices, and we’re very close,” Vogt says, clarifying that the investors are not bigger concert-promotion companies looking to buy the festival. On June 30, Up & Under Catering in Point Richmond became the latest to come forward about money owed, posting a now-viral letter on

its Facebook page addressed to BottleRock bands, asking that they help spread the word and put pressure on festival organizers to make good on the $190,000 owed for backstage meals. The next day, Jane’s Addiction’s Dave Navarro did just that, tweeting “What’s the latest with Up & Under Payment??? Can we move this along?” Reached by phone this week, Up & Under co-owner Nathan Trivers was rather blunt when asked if he’d been paid. “Hell no,” Trivers says. “Shit, they still fuckin’ owe me the money. I worked my ass off.” Trivers says he hasn’t spoken with Vogt since posting his letter, but says Vogt sent him “a couple text messages” expressing dismay that Trivers made the issue public. “The bottom line is that they created this,” Trivers says. “All I did was feed 8,500 people. All I did was work hard.” Music festivals are no strangers to debt—organizers for both Reggae Rising and the Harmony Festival in recent years have owed outstanding payments—but the $2 million owed by BottleRock reaches first-year Coachella levels, when adjusted for the high inflation of the concert industry in the past 14 years. Vogt says that BottleRock paid all the artists who performed at the festival—over 60 big-name headliners like the Black Keys, Jane’s Addiction, Flaming Lips, Ben Harper, Macklemore, Jackson Browne, Primus and many others. This follows standard practices in the music industry for bands to be paid immediately after their show, or, in many cases, before the band even takes the stage. In the meantime, Vogt says he’s “100 percent serious” about paying everybody. “We didn’t do this frivolously or undercapitalized or any of the misunderstandings that people have,” Vogt says. “We knew exactly where the revenue would come from. We just didn’t get it.”


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S O N OMA CO U N TY Carmen’s Burger Bar American. $. Excellent and innovative burgers with a Mexican flair. Beef comes fresh daily from Pacific Market next door. Lunch and dinner daily; breakfast, Sat-Sun. 1612 Terrace (in Town and Country center), Santa Rosa. 707.579.3663. 90 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.526.1575.

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

Hana Japanese. $$$-$$$$. An oasis of cool tucked away in the atmosphereless Doubletree Hotel complex. Reservations on the weekend a must. Lunch and dinner daily. 101 Golf Course Dr, Rohnert Park. 707.586.0270.

Hang Ah Dim Sum Chinese-dim sum. $. Low prices and good variety make it pleasing. Buffet-style quality and greasiness can be a letdown. Lunch and dinner daily. 2130 Armory Dr, Santa Rosa. 707.576.7873.

La Hacienda Mexican. $$. A family-style Mexican eatery with a Michoacan touch. Lunch and dinner daily. 134 N Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale. 707.894.9365.

Monti’s Rotisserie & Bar California cuisine. $-$$. Small plates and a few larger entrées with emphasis on house-roasted meats. Lunch and dinner daily. 714 Village Ct, Santa Rosa. 707.568.4404.

Pick’s Drive-In American. $. After 90 years, not much has changed at this old-school burger joint, especially the famous red relish. Lunch daily. 117 S Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale. 707.894.2962.

Russian River Brewing Co Eclectic. $. Decent pizza and excellent brews. Two words: beer bites! Lunch and dinner daily. 725 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.2337.

Sonoma-Meritage Martini California-French. $$$. The menu, which changes daily, is well-rounded with plenty of options, thanks in no small part to the fresh seafood bar. Dinner daily. 165 W Napa St, Sonoma. 707.938.9430.

Tolay Californian. $$-$$$. Sonoma County cuisine is the specialty, with entrees focusing on local wild and farmed foods. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. In the Sheraton Sonoma County, 745 Baywood Drive, Petaluma. 707.283.2900.

Viva Cocolat Dessert. $. After dinner in downtown Petaluma, stopping at this quaint chocolate shop is very nearly required. Open late on weekends; closed Wednesdays. 110 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 707.778.9888.

MARIN CO U N T Y Cafe Reyes Pizza. $$. At the end of the main drag in West Marin’s quintessential small town sits a wood-fired oven serving piping pizzas of perfection. Beer and oysters can be had as well. Lunch and dinner, Wed–Sun. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.9493. Drake’s Beach Cafe Californian. $$-$$$. More dinner party than restaurant, and the food is fresh and amazing. A meal to remember. Lunch, Thurs-Mon. 1 Drake’s Beach Rd, Pt Reyes National Seashore. 415.669.1297.

Insalata’s Mediterranean. $$$. Simple, high-impact dishes of exotic flavors. Lunch and dinner daily. 120 Sir Francis


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

Robata Grill & Sushi Japanese. $$. Mmm. With thick slices of fresh sashimi, Robata knows how to do it. The rolls are big winners. Lunch, MonFri; dinner daily. 591 Redwood Hwy, Mill Valley. 415.381.8400.

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

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Sol Food Puerto Rican. $. Flavorful, authentic and homestyle at this Puerto Rican eatery, which is as hole-in-thewall as they come. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. San Rafael locations: 811 Fourth St. 415.451.4765. 901 & 903 Lincoln Ave. 415.256.8903. Mill Valley location: 401 Miller Ave, Mill Valley.

Sushiholic Japanese. $$$$. A nice addition to the local lineup, with a lengthy and wellcrafted repertoire including uncommon dishes like nabeyaki udon, zaru soba, yosenabe and sea bass teriyaki. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. Rowland Plaza, 112-C Vintage Way, Novato. 415.898.8500. Tommy’s Wok Chinese. $-$$. Tasty and filling Chinese fare without the greasy weigh-down. Nice vegetarian selections, too. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat; dinner only, Sun; closed Tues. 3001 Bridgeway Ave, Sausalito. 415.332.5818. The William Tell House American & Italian. $$. Marin County’s oldest saloon. Casual and jovial atmosphere. Steaks, pasta, chicken and fish all served with soup or salad. ) Lunch and dinner


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

Looking for a place to get a good taco in Rohnert Park? Pretty soon, the correct answer will include the word “casino.” After Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria chairman Greg Sarris championed the Roseland taqueria La Fondita, the other decision makers in the tribe were apparently impressed by the rich, authentic taste of the food, which began as a taco truck in 1996. And how could they not be? Even without the word “delicious” printed in Spanish right on the side of the orange “Elenita” food truck adjacent to the brick-and-mortar restaurant on Sebastopol Road, it’s tough to argue that the food is anything but. Serving tamales, tacos, tortas, elotes and other Mexican specialties in a neighborhood that knows this kind of stuff, Delicias Elenita is the best taco truck in Sonoma County, and my editor says he doesn’t want to hear a peep out of anyone who disagrees. (It’s true.—Ed.) The Reyes’ family’s new restaurant will be in the same food court with upscale restaurants by Martin Yan (who will be opening M.Y. China) and Cyrus’ Douglas Keane (opening a highfalutin chicken shack), as well as mid-priced options like Boathouse Sushi and an ice cream shop featuring Three Twins. You can’t win ’em all, though—there’s also gonna be a Starbucks.—Nicolas Grizzle

N A PA CO U N T Y All Seasons Californian. $$-$$$. A Calistoga institution specializing in fresh, seasonal wine country cuisine. 1400 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.9111.

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

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

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


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Californian. $-$$. Right in the heart of downtown Napa, Carpe Diem’s contemporary and innovative menu includes a variety of seasonal flatbreads, an ostrich burger, the famed short-rib sliders and much more. Over 45 wines by the glass, six draft beers and an impressive reserve wine list round out this warm, inviting space. Dinner daily. 1001 Second St., Napa. 707.224.0800.

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

daily. 1122 Main St, Napa. 707.224.6328.

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

Red Rock Cafe & Backdoor BBQ American. $-$$. Cafe specializing in barbecue and classic diner fare. Messy, delicious. Lunch and dinner daily. 1010 Lincoln Ave, Napa. 707.252.9250.

Redd California cuisine. $$$$$. Rich dishes balanced by subtle flavors and careful yet casual presentation. Brunch

at Redd is exceptional. Lunch, Mon-Sat; dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 6480 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.2222.

Siena California-Tuscan. $$$$. Sophisticated, terroirinformed cooking. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa. 707.251.1900. Zuzu Spanish tapas. $$. Graze your way through a selection of tasty tapas in a lively rustic chic setting with a popular wine bar. Bite-sized Spanish and Latin American specialties include sizzling prawns, Spanish tortilla, and Brazilian style steamed mussels. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner daily. 829 Main St, Napa. 707.224.8555.

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

S O N OM A CO U N T Y Downtown Wine Casual spot with LP records on the turntable and relaxed vibe, founded by surfer-skater turned winemaker. Offers an eclectic range of wines from delicate, Thai-cuisine–inspired Banyan whites to rustic, brambly Hobo reds inspired by the open road. Folk Machine and Branham Estate Wines, too. Don’t skip the refreshingly dry Santa Lucia Highlands Riesling. Ramble on in. 132 Plaza St., Healdsburg. Open Thursday–Monday, 11am to 6pm. Tasting fee, $5. 707.473.0337.

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

Inspiration Vineyards The colorful pastoral depicted on the label does exist, but this small, family-owned labor of love is sensibly located in the Pinecreek Business Park. Stylish tasting room; Chard, Cab and Blanc. 3360 Coffey Lane, Ste. E, Santa Rosa. Daily 11am–4:30pm. $10 tasting fee. 707.237.4980.

Loxton Cellars At Loxton, the shingle of Aussie Chris Loxton, who forewent a career in physics to save space-time in a bottle, Syrah and Shiraz are king. 11466 Dunbar Road, Glen Ellen. By appointment. 707.935.7221.

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

Mill Creek While the historically inspired building is just spinning a decorative wheel, quaint is just a footnote

to quality. All the wines are above average. 1401 Westside Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 10am–4pm. 707.431.2121.

Paradise Ridge Winery A gorgeous, provocative sculpture garden with annually changing exhibits set amid a pygmy forest. Stay for sunset Wednesday evenings April–October. 4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive, Santa Rosa. Open daily, 11am–5:30pm. 707.528.9463. Paradise also offers its food-friendly wines at an accessible little shack in the heart of Sonoma Valley. Try structured clarets from the estate’s high-elevation Rockpile vineyards; do some time with “the Convict” Zinfandel. Open daily, 10am– 5pm. 8860 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. 707.282.9020.

N A PA CO U N T Y Charles Krug Winery Founded 1861, and owned by the Peter Mondavi family since only 1943, Krug is among Napa’s most historic wineries. Taste awardwinning Sauvignon Blanc and reserve Cab in unassuming low building across from the original stone winery. Ask about the Johannesburger Riesling. 2800 Main St., St. Helena. Tasting daily, 10:30am to 5pm. Fees vary; complimentary for “Napa neighbors.” 707.967.2229.

Flora Springs Winery & Vineyards Napa Valley’s latest geotectonic eruption on Highway 29 is a stylish place to explore famous Chardonnay, Meritage blend and winery-exclusive Italian varietals. Hip but not too cool, the 30-year-old family winery surely has a sense of humor as well as sense of place. 677 S. St. Helena Hwy., St. Helena. Open daily, 10am–5pm. Tasting fees, $15–$25. 707.967.8032.

Krupp Brothers Estates The story of Stagecoach Vineyards is of extremes: two miles end-to-

end. One billion pounds of rock extracted. Seventy wineries buy the fruit; the Krupps release 2,000 cases including Black Bart Marsanne. 3265 Soda Canyon Road, Napa. Tours by appointment, $25. 707.260.0514. Tasting at A Dozen Vintners, 3000 Hwy. 29, St. Helena. Daily, 10am-5pm. 707.967.0666.

Robert Sinskey Vineyards In the lofty, barnlike hall–as elegant as a theater, as solid as a ski lodge–visitors can take in the tank room action; at least, the gleaming stainless steel, framed by wood and stonework and brewpub-style chalkboard menus imbues the space with a sense of energetic immediacy. “Gluttonous Flight” pairs savory munchables prepared in the gourmet demonstration kitchen with biodynamically farmed Careros Pinot Noir and Bordeaux varietals. Not to worry: there’s no flight for ascetics offered, so go for it. 6320 Silverado Trail, Napa. Open 10am–4:30pm daily. 707.944.9090.

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

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obody visits Napa and says, “Honey, doesn’t this look just like Bordeaux?” Not unless they’re looking at the grapevines with an ampelographer’s eye. Up close, it’s very much like Bordeaux indeed. Here, where the free vintners of the West can grow any grape their heart fancies, unbound by continental traditions and proscriptions, it’s Cabernet Sauvignon followed by Cab, Cab, Cab, Cab—Merlot—Cab, Cab and more Cab. Hey, why stir the pot? The era of experimentation is over. If you don’t know the story about the guy who banked on Napa Valley Beaujolais Nouveau, lost his shirt and was sent packing back to Chicago, his name might ring a bell: Charles Shaw. Enter Chicagoans John and Ellen Benish, who had recently enjoyed a tour of Italy. Simply loved it. When they came to St. Helena, they said—wait for it—isn’t this just like Tuscany? In 1994, they purchased the former estate of—see it coming?—Charles Shaw, and instead of the same-old, actually planted the grapes that thrive in Tuscany, Campania and Umbria. “Sangiovese is a very tough varietal to make,” says winemaker Leo Martinez (pictured), who was promoted after sticking with Benessere for 12 years. Fortunately, he’s got a “spice rack” of nine clones to work with, oak fermenters and an all-gas system that moves wine gently from barrels. To make sure he gets it right, he lives onsite during crush to babysit fermentations, taking their temperatures at 2:30am. The bright, cherry-vanilla lollipop of a 2009 Estate Sangiovese ($32) makes it look easy. The 2011 Carneros Pinot Grigio ($22) sparkles with green-apple glitter; the 2008 Estate Sagrantino ($75) is supple and rare; the pretty, perfumed 2010 Aglianico ($40), a glimpse of what the Romans enjoyed as the legendary falernum, and the 2009 Sorridente ($50) and 2008 Phenomenon ($50) are plush, grippy super-Tuscan-style blends. More fun than your average Napa Zin, the floral 2009 “Black Glass” Estate Zinfandel ($32) is wild raspberry patch in a glass, and the 2010 Holystone-Collins Old Vine Zinfandel ($35), from a neighbor’s vineyard where Benessere parks a red truck with their “Winery Here” sign, a jelly jar full of cherry, plum and raspberry— plus finesse. Don’t look for the iconic gazebo from the “2-Buck” label. It’s gone. As for the Benishes, they jet in for a few weeks each year. Most of the year, it’s just a small, outgoing crew and their dedicated winemaker, left to make a spaghetti Western stand for serious CalItal wine in the heart of Cab country. Benessere Vineyards, 1010 Big Tree Road, St. Helena. Daily, 10am–5pm. Tasting fee, $20. 707.963.5853.


Poor Man’s Whiskey step off the yellow brick road to record a poignant album of Kate Wolf songs.

North Bay Noise A handful of local albums


Note: We get CDs aplenty sent to us here at the ‘Bohemian,’ which usually find their way into these pages throughout the year. This week, while no means a comprehensive coverage of every single local album we’ve received of late, we pull a sampling of the more recent ones that have shown up in our mailbox.

Boo Radley’s House, ‘Eye to I’ Presented in seven “chapters,” Eye to I is a progressively minded metal saga. If Queensryche had made Operation: Mindcrime in 2013 instead of 1988, it still wouldn’t approach the ambitions contained here. With an average length of around eight minutes, each chapter vacillates between calm and storm, giving vocalist Bart Tramer a workout in expressive range over the band’s lock-tight riffs and effects-laden atmosphere. Behind the boards for the recording is legendary engineer and producer Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Sleep, Melvins), so this ain’t no

Garageband mp3—the mix is as strong as Atticus Finch’s courtroom resolve. The final chapter, “Enter the House of I,” is 15 minutes of allover-the-place adventure featuring some of the most dizzying work ever laid down by guitarist Eddie Rogers; it closes a record that’s weirdly perfect for Sunday morning.—G.M.

Poor Man’s Whiskey, ‘Like a River: A Tribute to Kate Wolf’ Banjos and fiddles and bluegrass, oh my! In paying tribute to revered singersongwriter Kate Wolf, Poor Man’s Whiskey deliver a good ole’ fusion of

Southern rock and bluegrass sounds. The fast-paced toetapping fun drives tracks like “Eyes of a Painter” and “Picture Puzzle,” where keeping up with the quick lyrics and faster rhythms can be a challenge. Slowing it down a bit, “Like a River” and “Here in California” offer beautiful arrangements and soft melodies—Wolf’s stock in trade. But mostly, Like a River is quirky, funny and perfectly bluegrass. In “Everybody’s Looking for the Same Thing,” there’s such an abundance of instruments (I swear I heard a kazoo) that absorbing all the sounds and weird noises and yelling is a little overwhelming. All in all, Like a River is worth a listen, and an interesting detour from the band who made playing Dark Side of the Moon in a bluegrass style cool.—A.H.

Anyone lucky enough to have witnessed a rare live performance by Aardvark Ruins—every noisy, branchwaving, spazzcore second of it— should shed any expectations of the band’s other iteration as Secret Cat. Numeral, a seven-song album released in March 2013, is much more about the tightly wound, three-minute pop song than chaos and burbles. Forgive me this ’90s moment, but Secret Cat sounds like a meeting between Mr. Bungle and Ween in the parking lot of a decrepit drive-in theater while Plan 9 from Outer Space plays on a lone, blurry screen and Weezer sells hot dogs at the snack stand. “The Return” is particularly catchy, with a bit of a ’60s space flair laid over a galloping drum beat. Secret Cat went straight-up old-school and released Numeral on cassette (and CD); each one is handpainted, just like halcyon days of yore, and includes a download of the album.—L.C.

Midnight Sun Massive, ‘Who’s Feeling Irie?’ Less accustomed to the recording studio than the live stage, local reggae veterans Midnight Sun Massive nonetheless offer a serviceable facsimile of their crowd-rocking shows on this sunny, breezy, 12-track album, mastered by Blair Hardman at Zone Recording. Beholden to no strict style, the band swerves fluidly between roots reggae, dancehall, rocksteady and ragamuffin rhythms with doses of hip-hop (“Summer Girl,” “U.N.I.T.Y.”), Caribbean (“Amor Amável”) and ’80s pop (“Coming Through”). With liner-note dedications to both Johnny Otis and Adam Yauch, the record also includes the band’s cover of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Goin’ On,” which replaces

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Midnight Sun Massive, ‘Live’

Reggae is best experienced live, in the moment, possibly under a fragrant cloud of good vibrations. All that this entails (you’re on your own with the fragrant cloud) can be found on Midnight Sun Massive’s new album, Live. The 10song collection of live recordings is a response to fans, says the band, who have been seeking a way to take home that irie feeling from the hardworking band’s performances. Recent originals make up most of the album, which includes a few medleys. Covers of “Rivers of Babylon” and “What’s Goin’ On” are rough in spots, as the liner notes point out, but “like most love affairs,” the band says, it’s “always worth it.”—N.G.

J.Kendall, ‘Moving Forward’

On Moving Forward, J.Kendall aims to transcend genres by

blending electro soul, R&B and club sounds. Soulful, smooth rhythms take the spotlight on the Oaklandborn singer’s new album in songs like “What I Want” and “Cloud Ride.” Others, like “J.Kendall,” conjure a hypnotic spell with his calming voice. A female singer enters the picture on “Seconds Minutes,” allowing for a soothing combination of differing tones. When Kendall sticks to R&B, he nails it, and at times sounds a bit John Legend–esque. When he steps into the realm of hip-hop, things just get weird: “All Night Long” breaks out the Auto-Tune, and “Oh!” (featuring N8 the Gr8) shows J.Kendall trying too hard to produce a “club” song. But for the most part, J.Kendall has got it together with some soothing tunes. Sequence your player right, and you won’t be disappointed.—A.H.

guitar and backing vocals from Landpaths executive director Craig Anderson, pedal steel from local whiz Josh Yenne, fiddle from the Brothers Comatose’s Philip Brezina and many others. Produced at Prairie Sun studios, Agraria offers a glimpse of how to successfully channel political passion into art.—L.C.

Dave Haskell Group, ‘Pivot Point’

Dan Imhoff, ‘Agraria’

Most know Dan Imhoff for his work as an author and environmental advocate, writing on issues of biodiversity, farm bills and industrial animal factories. What people might not know is that Imhoff is a lifelong musician, performing both solo and with his band Cahoots. In 2010, after producing a 450-page critique of factory farming, he took a sabbatical to the Berklee College of Music in Boston and took classes in ear training and composition. Agraria features songs written during this musical sojourn. The album is the perfect soundtrack for a summer on a Sonoma County farm, complete with fiddle-fueled songs for a Friday-night barn dance, as well as pensive tunes made for sunsetwatching in an apple orchard. The album features lap steel

Pivot Point, the latest album by jazz guitarist Dave Haskell, is a little strange at first, like a hotel shower. The lack of repetition in rhythm and melody is uncustomary, but after a few minutes, one’s mindset undergoes a complete shift, and the music feels totally normal—like it’s been this way all along. The instrumental numbers are inspired, in particular “For Barack,” but it’s up to the listener to interpret the meaning. Piano, keyboards, bass and drums round out the sound, with guests accompanying the four core members on some tracks. Haskell’s shredding is as delicate as it is powerful, and he also invites guitarist Robben Ford to add his flavor on a couple tracks for a sound more like a duet than a duel.—N.G.

The Ruminators, ‘Call Me Out of Your Mind’ If Warren Zevon had moved to Athens, Ga., in 1985, he’d have made an album like this: smart, emotional and propelled by energy without relying on distorted guitars. Not to say Call Me Out of Your Mind is fast, either—“Something’s Wrong with My Baby” is a beautiful ballad sung by Jennifer Goudeau—but the songs, penned and sung half

the time by frontman Greg Scherer, contain that bubbling-just-underthe-surface substance that’s made the band a Sonoma County favorite since forming in 1989. Recorded by the Last Record Store’s Doug Jayne with guitarist and longtime local engineer Allen Sudduth, and mastered at Prairie Sun, the sonic quality is sharp enough to capture every swampy organ and bass lick in the near-psychedelic “Too Soon to Say” (with tasteful organ by Ron Stinnett) and the classic sound of a hard guitar pickhitting roundwound strings at the beginning of “Drifting in the Wind” and the title track.—G.M.

Spends Quality, ‘Time Peace’

CFO Recordings rose out of the popular Sonicbloom hip-hop collective with the vision of label exec and founding member Spencer Williams, who also MCs under the moniker Spends Quality. On Time Peace, one of a trifecta of albums released by CFO in 2013, Williams raps over smooth, summertime beats produced by Mr. Tay. Keeping with Sonicbloom’s positive hip-hop vibe, this album is the perfect soundtrack for barbecues and lounging by the Russian River, all friends, smiles

Spends Quality, ‘Flight Music’

of Gems is a fitting symbol for a band in transition. On songs like “Feel Like the Only,” the threepiece—featuring John Courage (John Palmer) on guitar and vocals, Francesco Catania on bass and Dan Ford on drums—have left behind dark country music for a bassdriven rock sound that’s more Roxy Music than Lucinda Williams. “It’s Different” takes this new direction all the way to the bank with a deep, winding sax solo that can only be described as “smooth” (or, if you want to go by the band’s Facebook genre, “sad disco”). Gems, give or take a couple of inconsistent moments, only solidifies the group’s standing as one of the North Bay’s biggest talents.—L.C.

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and good intentions. Maybe it’s all that Sonoma County sunshine, but Spends Quality avoids the gritty subject matter of most rap albums in favor of a celebration of love and life. “I ain’t flamboyant, I might blend in” Williams raps on “’Til the Songs Done,” but he’s wrong: this is one of the stand-out releases in the North Bay for 2013.—L.C.

Che Prasad, ‘Shiva Me Timbers’

Spends Quality, the bearded, earnest-looking rapper behind CFO Recordings, is a happy guy. Flight Music is full of good vibes and counted blessings and even the one track that explores darker material, “Sad Day,” circles a line about positive thinking. His bio touts stages shared with Blackalicious and Lyrics Born, and the comparisons fit—this is a guy who probably doesn’t use the term “conscious” to mean “alive and breathing.” Still, like the rappers he emulates, SQ plays with enough wonky sounds and rhymes to subvert his own wide-eyed sincerity—there are tinny cruising beats reminiscent of Snoop’s L.A. (before he, too, became conscious) and cheesy sax strains that are pure Oakland all-night buffet. In his own words, “Spends Quality mixes soulfulness with intellect in a golden pimp cup.”—R.D.

John Courage and the Great Plains, ‘Gems’ Looking like a Georgia O’ Keeffe painting gone glam, the crystalencrusted cow’s skull on the cover

Don’t be misguided by this album’s cover art, which makes the thing look like a yoga class soundtrack or a DJ Cheb i Sabbah CD. Che Prasad is a San Anselmo–based songwriter and singer in the Americana tradition, evidenced by the opening track “Early Checkout,” a story about dusty parking lots, cheap hotels and life on the road. (“Another Show” continues this type of folklore.) The cover’s four-armed Shiva figure and quasi-Hindi script font likely nod to “Shadows from the East”—the album’s sitar-heavy centerpiece about Prasad’s American mother and Indian father—which contains an unexpected mid-song rap. Prasad’s got an off-kilter sense of humor, that’s for sure, and evokes John Prine’s goofier moments from time to time. He’s also able to alter his voice (see the straight-up Tom Waits impersonation of “Take Me to Confession”) and play just about any instrument.—G.M.

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Sometimes touring is great, sometimes you want to kill the keyboard player BY LEILANI CLARK




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nly once in my life have I threatened to kill someone.

It started at the Launchpad, a dive bar in downtown Albuquerque, on a midsummer nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eve. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d ended up there after almost a month of playing shows across the U.S., with a band that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll call â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Record Tree,â&#x20AC;? to protect the innocent. Four weeks in, the six of us had reached varying levels of hatred for each other brought on by life on the road. Three weeks of highs and lows. Drinking warm beer as the sun came up over the Mississippi

River in Baton Rouge; ďŹ reďŹ&#x201A;ies and Bright Eyes on the porch of a rickety Omaha farmhouse; Digital Undergroundâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;powered dance parties as the van sped down an East Coast highway. But it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t all fun and games. One of my band matesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s call her â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pollyâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;decided to quit smoking weed somewhere around Boston. Polly needed weed. Without the green stuff, her OCD tendencies fully ďŹ&#x201A;owered. There were nearconstant references to her boyfriend back home. Every ďŹ ve minutes it would be, â&#x20AC;&#x153;God, I miss Wayneâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wonder what Wayne is doing right now?â&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;Have I told you how rad Wayne is?â&#x20AC;? Yes, yes and yes! Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m ďŹ ne

as I said something back, Polly turned her wrath on me. “Leilani, you are so selfish,” Polly said, fixing me with her intense, slightly popped out eyes. “You’ve been the most selfish person this whole tour. You only think of yourself.” “Polly, be quiet please,” I said, anger building. Polly’s little head popped up and down from behind the loft seat, like a cranky little bird, pecking away. At this point, I swear I saw red. The pressure cooker exploded. “Be quiet, be quiet, I’m telling you right now!” I spat out, but she wouldn’t stop, and before I could curb the impulse to injure I flung off my seatbelt and lunged towards Polly’s pointy white face. “If you don’t shut up, I’m going to kill you!” I roared like the lion in winter. I bolted toward Polly, hands reaching for her neck. Two of my band mates had to hold me back like the beast I’d become. Polly’s mouth clapped shut. She fell silent. I screamed at Gina to stop the van, and as it slowed, I jumped out and ran down that dark Albuquerque street, trying to get as far away from the van as possible. The roadie and the singer chased me down, finding me in the fetal position on the sidewalk, blubbering, with a broken tree branch in my hand. Not my finest moment. Dear reader, as you might imagine, the story ends badly. Polly got on her phone, while I unfurled myself and booked the next flight to San Diego. We had to cancel Vegas. We drove Polly to the airport, me in the passenger seat, she in the loft, the Gaza Strip between us. Gina refused to speak to me for the rest of the trip. I spent that long drive down the I40 weeping as Cat Power’s Moon Pix played over the stereo. The next day, we stopped at the Grand Canyon, where the drummer bought me a bubblegum ice cream that I ate while staring glumly at the abyss below. Polly and I didn’t speak for months, despite the fact that she lived in the house behind me, and spent the rest of the summer telling people that she didn’t feel safe in my presence. And I was never asked to go on tour again.

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with people trying to get healthy, but seriously, there’s a reason why some people need a marijuana prescription—and without her drug of choice, well, let’s just say the van felt smaller and smaller every day. Before the tour, Polly and I had been good friends. I was her biggest defender, until about Texas, when all of us in the van began to harbor a secret desire for her to disappear into an oil field, never to be seen again. By the time we got to Albuquerque, on the heels of a bust of a show in Denton, we were tired, overheated and sick from subsisting on beer, whiskey, cigarettes and Burger King. Our plan was to get on the road immediately after the sparsely attended show and head toward the Grand Canyon, and then Las Vegas, where we were scheduled to play the following night. One of the few people who came out to see us at the Launchpad was a friendly fellow named Rodney. He invited us out to drink beer and listen to records after our show. Everyone was down—except for Polly and the bass player Gina, who had formed an alliance, which involved doing their makeup together in the dark light of the bar, and from what I remember, braiding each other’s hair. Suddenly the best of friends, they put up a fuss about going to Rodney’s, but in an act of democracy, they were voted down 4–2. About an hour into our impromptu party, Polly ran into the house (she and Gina had stayed in the van in protest), freaked out by a shady character hanging out nearby. She insisted that we leave right then. We gathered ourselves up and said goodbye to Rodney, promising to look him up next time we came to New Mexico. As Gina sat in the driver’s seat, and as I sat in the passenger seat with everyone else piled into the back, Polly started haranguing us before the keys even went into the ignition. “I can’t believe you let us sit out here for that long,” she sneered. “That was fucked up. What’s wrong with you?” Everyone sat silently, taking her abuse. Everyone, except me, because sometimes I don’t know when to keep my mouth zipped. As soon

ODERUS Gwar, once an annual tradition in Sonoma County, now skip town due to radius clauses.

The Dreaded Radius Clause ‘Why don’t any good bands play here, man?’ BY ANNA HECHT


s it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it Godzilla? No, it’s a radius clause! Everybody run for your lives! Aggghhhh! They’re hideous—shield your eyes!

Though you may not hear these exact screams from North Bay music fans, that doesn’t mean they aren’t still wondering, “Why don’t any big name bands ever play in my town?” The answer isn’t very attractive. Radius clauses, those little devils, have been a controlling aspect of the talent-booking business for years, and are the main reason why most big-name bands performing at larger venues like the Fillmore, the Warfield and the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco don’t make the quick drive across the Golden Gate Bridge to play a show at one of the many worthy venues in our region the next night.

A radius clause is a promoter’s requirement in most booking contracts that a band may not perform geographically closer than 60 miles within a timeframe of 60 days before or after the promoter’s show. For example, when Gwar play the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, the band is contractually barred by Regency promoters Goldenvoice from playing the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma one month before or after their San Francisco show. The goal is to get fans within a 60-mile radius to drive to the show, thus maximizing ticket sales for the San Francisco date. Talent buyers in Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties have had to deal with radius clauses firsthand, and they’ll tell you that, overall, they lose out when it comes to booking big acts. Jim Agius of the Phoenix Theater says that most of the time he doesn’t even realize ) 22

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the business going down behind closed doors. “The majority of the time that it affects us,” he says, “we don’t even know about it, because in a lot of the national bookings that I do, the artists or the representatives are planning a routed tour. They’ll look at the map and be like, ‘All right, let’s go here, let’s go here, let’s go here.’ I believe that because of radius clauses, we just don’t get offered anywhere near what we otherwise would.” The Phoenix Theater is not alone. Patrick Malone and Aaron Kayce, talent buyers for Sebastopol’s Hopmonk Tavern and Mill Valley’s Sweetwater Music Hall, respectively, have also felt the sting of being turned down as potential venues for big-name bands. For Kayce, radius clauses are simply a matter of business. “There are some artists that you could book 10 nights in the Bay Area, and they’d sell them all out because they’re that kind of artist,” he says. “But there are others that can’t support that. So at the end of the day, while it can be very frustrating for a talent buyer like myself, I do think it’s a necessary evil.” Malone, though having occasional issues competing against San Francisco, notes that the restrictions affect him when bands play at competing local venues as well. “I generally will be bumped,” he says, “because whoever is booking and promoting that show doesn’t want that band to play within a certain period of time and within a certain mileage because they feel it could compromise and jeopardize their attendance.” Though it seems as if the big city usually wins out against small-town venues, Malone offers a time-tested strategy in working against other talent buyers to secure big bands: “Be ahead of them and try to be quick, basically. When you have an opportunity, just strike fast and try to confirm and lock in dates as soon as possible.” Though neither Malone or Kayce discuss specific occasions in which they have had difficulty

booking in the past due to radius clauses, Agius offers examples. “We did AFI back in 2010, and they had been booked like a month prior to play Live 105’s ‘Not So Silent Night,’” he says. “We still got the show, but Live 105 organizers freaked out that AFI had this other show at a little 700person place in Petaluma, and they made us wait until their show went on sale before we could announce our show,” Agius says.

‘Because of radius clauses, we just don’t get offered anywhere near what we otherwise would.’ Days after speaking on the phone, Agius received an email from the agent for a Southern California band that cited a radius clause for the band’s upcoming show at the Fillmore that blocks out two months of possible dates in Petaluma. All three talent buyers understand that even though the restrictions often work against them when trying to book bigname bands at their venues, radius clauses still have their place in the business. But next time you look up at a venue’s marquee listing the acts who play there Friday night, don’t whine to the venue about all the bands you want to see come up from San Francisco. Take up your complaint with the big-city radiusclause profiteers. As they say, it’s the business.

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Velvet Waltz

High times with Built to Spill


y friend Kevin tells me that Doug Martsch is the nicest guy in rock and roll, and I believe him. Previous casual conversations and email exchanges with the guy have confirmed this to be true. Doug Martsch is a sweetheart. And a stoner. Tonight I’m at Slim’s to interview Martsch, Built to Spill’s singersongwriter-guitar god-beardy leader. I’m also here to see this guy I kind of dated, but by “dated” I mean we’ve rolled around on the shore of a lake and the floor of his apartment a couple times. And by “guy,” I mean he’s at least 30. Kevin and I descend the stairs to the unventilated backstage where Doug and the rest of the band are engulfed in a thick cloud of some seriously killer Northern California weed—apparently, their show in Arcata proved fruitful. One of the


band’s three guitarists goes all Snoop Dogg with the bong rips as Doug smiles, offers me beer and asks if we can do the interview later. It’s weird to be almost 40 and backstage with Built to Spill. Almost 20 years ago, I listened to them with a slew of indie-loving dishwashers at Copperfield’s Cafe in downtown Santa Rosa; we’d flip the “closed” sign, lock the doors and blast There’s Nothing Wrong with Love while shouting about upcoming road trips and concerts over the rattle of the boombox. I’m much older now. I’m not wearing a miniskirt or fire engine red lipstick or any of the things that I used to wear backstage at concerts, and this is good, because I obviously don’t look like someone who is here to give blowjobs or handjobs or any other kind of “jobs.” Instead, I am a geek with my water bottle, notebook and recording device in hand, in my mom jeans and T-shirt. At my midlife turning point, I’m not into smoking weed, either. I imagine the whole scene playing out before me—bongs and joints

and bottles of whiskey being slowly passed around the small rooms and hallway with scraggly, longhaired dudes plucking at guitars— mirrors that of a low-budget Phish documentary. “Doug might be too high to do the interview,” says Kevin, his eyes darting around the room as he fidgets with his wristband. Kevin is naturally antsy (and about a million years sober), and as I look at him, I find myself staring at the collar of his shirt for an extended period of time. He looks kind of funny and I wonder if his chest feels all swirly and orange like mine does. I’m sweating now, and getting that weird stoned feeling I remember from my teens and 20s, a sensation of food woven through my teeth and paranoia that I’ve either started my period or peed myself a little. Doug suggests we check out the opening band and glides up the stairs, disappearing into a sea of fans who are presumably too high to recognize him behind his fuzzy beard and half-closed eyes.

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Doug Martsch skips the interview, provides celestial revelation instead.

Kevin and I head outside for fresh air, hoping the cool San Francisco evening will help us sober up from our unintended trip down 420 Lane. Suddenly, I remember the thirtysomething waiting for me out in the crowd. Built to Spill goes on next and I realize, with the heavy weight of defeat and pot-fueled anxiety, that my interview opportunity has slipped by the wayside. I find the thirty-something and kind of hope he’ll kiss me, but I’m worried about my cotton mouth and weed breath, even though I didn’t smoke pot on purpose. Everything feels so complicated. I don’t have earplugs and I’m afraid I’ll have permanent hearing loss from standing up here, so close to the stage, with this drunk thirtysomething who keeps calling me a rock-’n’-roll mom. I might be too old to be at a show on a school night, I think to myself. I need to get home and pack my kids’ lunches. And then Kevin leaves, the thirty-something takes off without kissing me and I stand alone with a Bud Light as the band busts out a Blue Öyster Cult cover. Soon, they’re launching into a rendition of the Smiths’ “How Soon Is Now?” that morphs into a 20-minute jam session with the members of one of the opening bands dispersed throughout the room. I never knew how incredible long-ass guitar riffs could be—but then again, I never get as high as all my fellow audience members who, by the looks of things, are having their minds (and eardrums) completely blown. How is the band playing so flawlessly after all of those bong rips?! Like a true jam-band aficionado, I get super into it, closing my eyes for a few moments in this sea of sweat and hair and bloodshot eyes, forgetting my age, the possibility that I may have peed in my mom jeans and the thirty-something that I’ve let slip away. Nothing matters but this moment. My kids can make their own damn lunches. And I think, as the swirly chest syndrome takes it all in, Holy shit, holy shit, this is the best fucking concert in the world! And I realize that Built to Spill, after all of these years, have still totally got it. And maybe I’m just high, but fuck, dude, I think that maybe I’ve still got it, too.

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‘Shrek’ a highlight of SRT’s summer slate BY DAVID TEMPLETON


hrek, the animated Dreamworks movie, works on many levels at once, both celebrating and subverting our expectations of what a fairy tale—or an animated movie—is supposed to be.

The 2008 Broadway musical by playwright David Lindsay-Abaire (Fuddy Meers, Rabbit Hole) and composer Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie) does something similar, serving up an aggressively entertaining spectacle that simultaneously celebrates and skewers modern theatrical conventions. One minute there’s an aching anthem to the thwarted dreams that define us all, and the next there’s a duet made up mainly of farting and burping. Somehow, it’s all charming and sweet—with a strong social message.

‘Shrek: The Musical’ runs Tuesday– Sunday through July 21 at Burbank Auditorium, Santa Rosa Junior College. 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:30pm; Saturdays at 8pm; 2pm matinees on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. $15–$25. 707.527.4307.

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That’s the magic of Shrek: The Musical, now playing at Santa Rosa’s Summer Repertory Theater. One wouldn’t think the beloved movie, about an ogre who falls for a princess, could adapt to the stage so cleanly. But Shrek: The Musical succeeds in much the same way that Shrek the movie succeeded—by stealing the very best ideas from Disney, and then making fun of everything else, all while presenting a story that honors diversity and encourages self-expression. Crisply and warmly directed by James Newman (artistic director of the SRT program), Shrek fills the enormous Burbank Auditorium with an eye-pleasing army of singing dragons, trash-talking animals and tap-dancing rats. The story, as in the film, follows Shrek (a gruffly charming Joshua Downs), a solitary ogre who is less resigned to his life as an outcast than he claims to be. After reluctantly agreeing to rescue the captive princess Fiona (an excellent Emma Sohlberg), Shrek teams up with a talking donkey (Nick Rashad Burroughs, delightful and energetic) to battle a sexy dragon (Lexi Lyric) and bring Fiona back to the foolish and diminutive Lord Farquaad (Scott Fuss, in a wonderfully over-the-top performance done entirely on his knees). It is Farquaad’s tyrannical edict banishing all fantasy creatures that gives Shrek its underlying “Up with (Weird) People” energy, encapsulated in the rousing acttwo pep rally song “Let Your Freak Flag Fly,” in which the outcast creatures reclaim their lost sense of self-worth. Despite some muffled microphoning and some less-thanarticulated voice work (resulting in the occasional lost line or lyric), this Shrek is a gem. Infectious and heartwarming, it’s a clear example of how social statements can be most effective when served up with style, grace, wit and melody— and a well-timed fart or two. Rating (out of 5): ++++

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he glorious 20 Feet from Stardom is the surprise of the summer. It audits some 60 years of the very best pop music through an unexplored angle: the backup singers who remained unknown while chilling spines around the world.

The singers hereâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Claudia Lennear, Merry Clayton, Darlene Love and the almost tangibly warm Lisa Fischerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;are most frequently heard giving a dose of soul to white headliners (Ă la Lou Reed in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walk on the Wild Sideâ&#x20AC;? handing it off to â&#x20AC;&#x153;the colored girls [who] sing doot, do doot, do doot . . .â&#x20AC;?) When Sinatra wanted to sound like Ray Charles on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Life,â&#x20AC;? he needed the kind of sound the Raylettes provided; when British rockers

like Jimmy Page and Joe Cocker wanted to emulate Mississippians, they needed the same talents that accompanied Ike and Tina Turner. 20 Feet from Stardom begins with a heart-stopping clip from Talking Headsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Stop Making Senseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;with interviewee Lynn Mabry performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Slippery People,â&#x20AC;? calming the jitters in David Byrneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s voice with a wave of faith and hopeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and travels through decades of rock and pop music. Positively exhilarating is the scene where Clayton revisits a certain recording studio. The way Clayton tells the story of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gimme Shelter,â&#x20AC;? itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clear people have been leaning in to hear it for decades: Clayton was pregnant, her hair in curlers under a scarf, when she was called down for a Rolling Stones session in the middle of the night. Soon, she warmed up and wailed: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rape! Murder! Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a shot away. . . .â&#x20AC;? (After leaving the studio, Clayton lost her baby in a miscarriage, and popular legend tends to link the sad event to the emotional power of her performance.) Director Morgan Neville has made documentaries on everyone from Burt Bacharach to Iggy and the Stooges, and the rapport with his subjects is unimpeachable. Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen and Sting are interviewed not as stars but as fans, collaborators and industry insiders baffled by the algebra of success. Talent is not enough, 20 Feet from Stardom says, and selfpromoting force is not enough. These singers never made it as solo artists; and the current studio technology that can make any schlub a singer can also make any schlub a backup singer. If this profession has more past than present, these women are jewels who ďŹ nally get a setting. In a roundabout way, the movie also answers the question: Why, when a song comes on the radio, do we sing the chorus instead of the lead? Because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part of the song. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;20 Feet from Stardomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is playing at Summerfield Cinemas in Santa Rosa.


Center, 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.


JGB keyboardist Melvin Seals joins the veteran folk rockers for this performance. Jul 13, 9:30pm. $18. Hopmonk Sebastopol, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Dead Prez Politically aware rhymes, deft lyricism and strong song concepts from and M-1. Sellassie, DJ Big G and Africali Genre open. Hosted by MC RadioActive. Jul 12, 8:30pm. $25. Aubergine, 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2722.

Friday Night Live Weekly music series in conjunction with farmers market. Jul 12, Hot Buttered Rum. 5:30pm. Free. Cloverdale Plaza, Cloverdale.

Funky Fridays Live music in the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outdoor amphitheater. Proceeds support Sugarloaf. Jul 12, Jaydub & Dino. Fridays, 6:30pm. $10. Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood.

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The Rock Collection

Rockinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Concerts Series Jul 13, Surfinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Safari. Saturdays, noon. Free. Montgomery Village Shopping Center, Village Court, Santa Rosa.

Russian National Orchestra with Thibaubet & Chang Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and violinist Sarah Chang perform Shostakovich, Saint-SaĂŤns and Barber. Jul 16, 6:30pm. $45$85. Green Music Center, 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.

MARIN COUNTY Bayside Jazz with Dan Hicks

Grammy-winning, flatpicking guitarist is a master of his instrument. Jul 11. Lagunitas Tap Room, 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

Singer-songwriter vocalizes jazz standards in his uniquely hip style. Jul 10, 8pm. $12. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

NorBay Awards & 24Hour Band Contest

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Witness the chaos of bands thrown together 24 hours before performing three songs to not just an audience, but a panel of discerning judges. Official NorBay winners announced between acts! Jul 13, 8pm. $5. Arlene Francis

Bluegrass jam band with a rock influence. Jul 13, 7pm. $20-$25. Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts, Osher Marin JCC, 200 No San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.

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hyphy movement to the world. Jul 12, 9pm. $15. 19 Broadway Club, 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

San Francisco Medicine Ball All-star lineup featuring Grammy winner Mads Tolling playing foot-stompin Americana, jazz and R&B. Jul 14, 6:30pm. $10. Fenix, 919 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.813.5600.

Tea Leaf Green San Francisco jam band has been rocking since the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;90s. Jul 12, 7pm. $15-$17. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael.

NAPA COUNTY Festival Del Sole Young Artist Concert Series Jul 17, violinist Benjamin Penzner; Jul 18, soprano Erika Baikoff; Jul 19, pianist Marika Bournaki. Jul 17-19, 11am. Free. Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main St, Napa. 707.255.5445.

Thibaudet & the Russian National Orchestra Jean-Yves Thibaudet presents Saint-SaĂŤnsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Egyptianâ&#x20AC;? Piano Concerto no 5. Jul 13, 5pm. $45-$75. Lincoln Theater, 100 California Dr, Yountville. 707.226.8742.

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Flamingo Lounge Jul 12, Sugarfoot. Jul 13, B-4 Dawn. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

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Hopmonk Sonoma Jul 12, Duo Youkali. Jul 13, Timothy Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neil Band. Jul 14, Matt Bolton. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.

Lagunitas Tap Room Jul 10, Rusty Evans. Jul 11, David Grier. Jul 12, JimBo Trout. Jul 13, Jeffrey Halford & the Healers. Jul 14, Thieves of Reason. Jul 17, Slowpoke. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

The premise is a little unbelievable: free concerts of big-name bands in a mini amphitheater at a worldclass brewery. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the catch? There isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t one, says Laura Muckenhoupt, music specialist at Lagunitas. Last month saw Les Claypoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Duo de Twang playing a benefit for a fisherman at Lagunitas, and upcoming shows include the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars, Charlie Musselwhite, Vintage Trouble (pictured) and others. No, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no catch, but we warn you: getting in isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always easy. The 325-seat amphitheater fills up so quickly that tickets are required, even for free shows. Lagunitas announces the dates only after the bands themselves do, and tickets are available through the bandsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; own websites. All concerts are on Mondays or Tuesdaysâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; unusual nights to see live music, which Muckenhoupt chalks up to Lagunitas not wanting to compete with other local venues. But still, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gotta be quick and in-theknow for a shot at tickets. A free Del McCoury Band concert in a mini-Greek Theater while drinking normal-priced Lagunitas beers? Yeah, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth it. The Lagunitas Summer Concert Series features a Noise Pop show on Monday, July 29, and the Wheeler Brothers on Tuesday, Aug. 20. Free. See for (slightly more) details. 1280 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. 707.778.8776.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Nicolas Grizzle

Many Rivers Books & Tea Jul 11, Bhavani Judith Tucker and Phil Lawrence with Raphael Block. 130 S Main St, Sebastopol. 707.829.8871.

Mavericks Jul 12, Magic Mike Show. Jul 14, the Fatal Crush, the Grain.

397 Aviation Blvd, Santa Rosa. 707.765.2515.

Murphyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Irish Pub Jul 14, Sean Carscadden. 464 First St E, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.

Occidental Center for the Arts Jul 13, Un Deux Trois, La Guinguette. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.874.9392.

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Redwood Cafe Jul 14, Craig Corona. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.

Russian River Brewing Co Jul 14, A Thousand Years at Sea. 725 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.BEER.

Ruth McGowan’s Brewpub Jul 13, Mike Elders. Jul 13, Mike Elders. 131 E First St, Cloverdale. 707.894.9610.

Society: Culture House Jul 10, Kellythesinger. Jul 17, Soulshine Blues Band. Sun, Church on Sundays. 528 Seventh St, Santa Rosa, No phone.

Studio E Jul 13, Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line. Address provided with tickets, Sebastopol.

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

19 Broadway Club Jul 12, Mistah Fab. Jul 13, Cat McLean & Midnight Transit. Jul 14, Soul Power. Jul 16, DJ True Justice. Jul 17, Bakers Dozen. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

Collection. Jul 13, Hardly Strictly Trad. Jul 14, Cabaret d’Amour. Jul 17, Ian McLagan. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

Terrapin Crossroads Jul 12, Tea Leaf Green. 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael.

Peri’s Silver Dollar Jul 10, Sticky’s Backyard. Jul 12, AZ/DZ, Sabbath Lives. Jul 13, Kelly Peterson Band. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.

Rancho Nicasio Jul 12, Keith Crossan Band. Jul 13, Lonestar Retrobates. Jul 14, Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express, Tiny Television. Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

NAPA COUNTY Downtown Joe’s Brewery & Restaurant Jul 12, Kerouac. Jul 13, Jinx Jones. 902 Main St, Napa. 707.258.2337.

Jul 10, Ethan Varian. Jul 13, Jazzitude. 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.485.1182.

Smiley’s Jul 11, Charlie Docherty Trio. Jul 12, Highway Poets. Jul 13, Chrome Johnson. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311.

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Tradewinds Jul 12, Detroit Disciples. Jul 13, Simply Amazing. Jul 14, Cadillac Phil. Jul 17, Nothing to Lose. 8210 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7878.

MARIN COUNTY 142 Throckmorton Theatre Jul 10, Jeff Moon. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Fenix Jul 12, Top Shelf. Jul 13, Sun Kings. Jul 14, San Francisco Medicine Ball. 919 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.813.5600.

George’s Nightclub Jul 12, Pop Fiction. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

Hopmonk Novato Jul 12, Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings. Jul 13, Volker Strifler. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200.

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Yellowjackets With Jimmy Haslip gone, Felix Pastorius, son of Jaco, steps in on bass. Jul 16-17 at Yoshi’s Oakland.

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Galleries RECEPTIONS Jul 13 At 5pm. Calabi Gallery, “Summer Selection,” works by gallery artists. 144 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.781.7070. At 2pm. Local Color Gallery, “Horizons,” paintings and drawings by Pamela Wallace and Linda Gamble. 1580 Eastshore Rd, Bodega Bay. 707.875.2744. At 4pm. Petaluma Arts Center, “Undercover Genius: The Creative Lives of Artists with Disabilities.” 230 Lakeville St at East Washington, Petaluma. 707.762.5600. At 5pm. Riverfront Art Gallery, “Juried Fine Art Show.” 132 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.775.4ART. At 7pm. di Rosa, “External Combustion,” pieces by Sacramento sculptors Nathan Cordero, Julia Couzens, Chris Daubert and Dave Lane. 5200 Sonoma Hwy, Napa. 707.226.5991. At 6pm. Backstreet Gallery, “Color Fuse,” work by Kate E Black and Suzanne Edminster. 461 Sebastopol Ave, Santa Rosa. At 5pm. RiskPress Gallery, “Words Fall Away,” work by Claude Smith. Reception, Jul 13, 5pm. 7345 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol. At 5pm. Upstairs Art Gallery, “Collage Artist,” pieces by Monica Lee-Boutz. 306 Center Ave, Healdsburg. 707.431.4214.

Jul 14 At 3pm. Laguna de Santa Rosa Center, “Inspired by Nature,” quilted fiber arts. 900 Sanford Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.527.9277.

SONOMA COUNTY Arts Guild of Sonoma Through Jul 30, Carol Larson, new to the gallery, shows her textile art. 140 E Napa St, Sonoma. Wed-Thurs and SunMon, 11 to 5; Fri-Sat, 11 to 8. 707.996.3115.

Backstreet Gallery Through Jul 31, “Color Fuse,” fused glass and abstract paintings by Kate E Black and Suzanne Edminster. Reception, Jul 13, 6pm. 461 Sebastopol Ave, Santa Rosa.

Calabi Gallery Through Jul 13, “Intimate Enigmas,” abstract stone sculptures by Easton. Jul 10Aug 31, “Summer Selection,” new selection of works by gallery artists as well as vintage art. Reception, Jul 13, 5pm. 144 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. Wed-Sun, 11 to 5. 707.781.7070.

Charles M Schulz Museum Through Sep 1, “Art of the Line,” describing Schulz’s process, from the tools he used to the research he undertook. Through Oct 14, “Barking Up the Family Tree,” featuring comic strips with Snoopy’s siblings. Through Oct 27, “Mid-Century Modern,” works of prominent post-war-era decorative, textile and furniture designers. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. Mon-Fri, noon to 5; Sat-Sun, 10 to 5. 707.579.4452.

City Hall Council Chambers Jul 16-Sep 18, “Printmaking,” pieces by Catherine Atkinson. Reception, Jul 19, 5pm. 100 Santa Rosa Ave, Ste 10, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3010.

Finley Community Center Through Aug 8, “Shared Vision,” paintings by Kathy Cia White and Gary Albright. Through Aug 8, “Small Works in Watercolor,” works by the “Friday Afternoon Class” of senior artists. 2060 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. Mon-Fri, 8 to 7; Sat, 9 to 1 707.543.3737.

Gallery of Sea & Heaven Through Aug 10, “Hodge Podge,” mixed-media exhibit by artists from Becoming Independent and the Barracks

Studio. 312 South A St, Santa Rosa. Thurs-Sat, noon to 5 and by appointment. 707.578.9123.

Graton Gallery Through Aug 11, “Summer Songs,” works by Mylette Welsh and Maria-Esther Sund. 9048 Graton Rd, Graton. TuesSun, 10:30 to 6. 707.829.8912.

Hammerfriar Gallery Through Aug 11, “The Summer of 2013,” featuring pieces by Harley, Bill Shelley, Brian Wilson and Hugh Livingston. 132 Mill St, Ste 101, Healdsburg. Tues-Fri, 10 to 6. Sat, 10 to 5. 707.473.9600.

Laguna de Santa Rosa Environmental Center Through Sep 26, “Inspired by Nature,” quilted fiber arts by the Pointless Sisters. Reception, Jul 14, 3pm. 900 Sanford Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.527.9277.

Local Color Gallery Jul 10-Aug 11, “Horizons,” paintings and drawings by Pamela Wallace and Linda Gamble. Reception, Jul 13, 2pm. 1580 Eastshore Rd, Bodega Bay. Daily, 10 to 5. 707.875.2744.

Occidental Center for the Arts Jul 12-Sep 1, “Light and Shadow,” original art. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.874.9392.

Petaluma Arts Center Jul 12-Sep 15, “Undercover Genius: The Creative Lives of Artists with Disabilities,” curated by Janet Moore and Geri Olson. Reception, Jul 13, 4pm. 230 Lakeville St at East Washington, Petaluma. 707.762.5600.

Peter Lowell’s Through Jul 31, “A Day with Goats & Divine Deliciousness,” photos by Ananda Fierro. 7385 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.1077.

Quercia Gallery Through Jul 29, “Our Natures,” paintings, drawings and prints inspired by nature by Sandra Rubin and Alan Johnson. 25193 Hwy 116, Duncans Mills. 707.865.0243.

RiskPress Gallery Through Jul 28, “Words Fall Away,” paintings, drawings and monotypes by Claude Smith. Reception, Jul 13, 5pm.

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Riverfront Art Gallery Jul 10-Sep 8, “Juried Fine Art Show,” works from North Bay residents. Reception, Jul 13, 5pm. 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 Jul 20, “Up, Up & Away,” expressing aspects of flight. 282 S High St, Sebastopol. Tues-Fri, 10 to 4; Sat, 1 to 4. 707.829.4797.

Sonoma County Museum Through Aug 18, “Margins to Mainstream,” seven contemporary artists with disabilities. Through Aug 18, Rodger Warnecke, Oakland artist, displays paintings after a 25-year hiatus from art. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. Tues-Sun, 11 to 4. 707.579.1500.

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art Through Aug 25, “Akin,” pieces by photographer Nicole Katano and painter Marc Katano. Through Aug 25, “Stand by Me,” photographs by Nicole Katano of the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance. 551 Broadway, Sonoma. WedSun, 11 to 5. 707.939.SVMA.

Towers Gallery Through Oct 6, “Hidden Treasures,” variety of styles from local artists. Reception,

Jul 20, 5pm. 240 N Cloverdale Blvd, Ste 2, Cloverdale. 707.894.4331.

Upstairs Art Gallery Through Jul 27, “Collage Artist,” pieces by Monica Lee-Boutz. Reception, Jul 13, 5pm. 306 Center Ave (above Levin & Co bookstore), Healdsburg. SunThurs, 10 to 6; Fri-Sat, 10 to 9. 707.431.4214.

MARIN COUNTY 142 Throckmorton Theatre Through Jul 31, “Devil Moon,” paintings by Robert Gumpertz. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Bolinas Museum Through Aug 25, “Birds of the Sierra Nevada,” paintings by Keith Hansen. Through Aug 25, “Celebrating 30 years,” featuring historical pieces from the museum’s past. Through Aug 25, “Constructed Surfaces,” color photographs by Andy Rappaport. Through Aug 25, “Consuelo Kanaga,” pieces by the American photographer from the collection of Susie Tompkins Buell. 48 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. Fri, 1 to 5; Sat-Sun, noon to 5; and by appointment. 415.868.0330.

Gallery Bergelli Through Jul 10, “Ten Years of Water,” paintings by Pegan Brooke. 483 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.945.9454.

Gallery Route One Through Jul 21, “GRO Artist Member Exhibition.” Salon, Jul 21, 4pm. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. Wed-Mon, 11 to 5. 415.663.1347.

Marin Community Foundation Through Sep 27, “Breaking Barriers,” featuring work by Bay Area artists with disabilities. 5 Hamilton Landing, Ste 200, Novato. Open Mon-Fri, 9 to 5.

Marin MOCA Through Jul 14, “Summer National Juried Exhibition,” featuring 45 pieces selected from hundreds of entries. Novato Arts Center, Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Dr, Novato. Wed-Sun, 11 to 4. 415.506.0137.

Marin Society of Artists Through Aug 3, “Fresh Art,” paintings by local artists. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. Mon-Thurs, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, 12 to 4. 415.454.9561.

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Through Aug 17, “Splendid Objects,” new works by 19 contemporary artists. 1408 Mission Ave, San Rafael. 415.485.3438.

Through Jul 30, “Viewpoints II,” group show of photographs by O’Hanlon Center members and artists. 616 ) Throckmorton


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Osher Marin JCC Through Sep 2, “Nurture,” photos and stories midlife mothers with their families, written and created by Cyma Shapiro with photos by Shana Sureck and Tracy Cianflone. 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.

NAPA COUNTY di Rosa Jul 13-Sep 22, “External Combustion,” pieces by Sacramento sculptors Nathan Cordero, Julia Couzens, Chris Daubert and Dave Lane. Reception, Jul 13, 7pm. Largest collection of contemporary Bay Area art. Tours daily. 5200 Sonoma Hwy, Napa. Wed-Sun, 10am to 6pm 707.226.5991.

Gordon Huether Gallery

Tues at 8. $15-$20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Myles Webber Bay Area comedian. Jul 12, 8:30pm. $10. Redwood Cafe, 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.

Events Art in the Park Art exhibition and sale, wine and beer tasting, food and live music. Jul 13, 12pm. Free. Armstrong Woods State Reserve, Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville.

Cotati’s 50th Anniversary Celebrate 50 years of incorporation as a city, starting with the Cotati Kids Day Parade at 10am and followed by party in the park. Jul 13, 10am. Free. La Plaza Park, Old Redwood Highway, Cotati.

Duct Tape Mania Craft workshop for teens. Jul 12, 3pm. Free. Windsor Library, 9291 Old Redwood Hwy, Windsor. 707.838.1020.

Grand Hand Gallery

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Napa Valley Museum Through Jul 28, “Miles Davis,” sketches and oil paintings by jazz pioneer Miles Davis. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. Tues-Sun, 10am to 4pm. 707.944.0500.

Comedy Clean Comedy Show Steve Thomas, Eddy Jayson, Heidi Bartlett and Vettie Turner. Hosted by Charlie Adams. Jul 13, 7pm. $5. Johnny’s Java, 3080 Marlow Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.526.1332.

Teen Comedy Improv Learn improv tips and perform in a workshop. Jul 17. Free. Guerneville Library, 14107 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville. 707.869.9004.

Tuesday Evening Comedy Mark Pitta hosts ongoing evenings with established comics and up-and-comers.

Songbird Saturday Sample the classes offered, including acupressure, writing, drumming, nutrition, reiki, yoga and more. Jul 13, 1pm. $10. Songbird Community Healing Center, 8297 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.2398.

Strong Documentary chronicles an athlete’s struggle to defend her champion status as her weightlifting career inches towards its inevitable end. Jul 12, 7pm. $10. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S High St, Sebastopol. 707.829.4797.


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Through Jul 31, “Norcal Modern,” new paintings by Grace Slick. 1465 First St, Napa. 707.255.5954. Through Jul 31, “American Juke Box,” photography by Christopher Felver. Through Jul 31, “Fruit Juice,” work incorporating or inspired by all things fruit. 1136 Main St, Napa.

Fourth and Kentucky streets, Petaluma.

Family dance party with DJs and games, contests, snacks, activity tables, performances and more. Sun, Jul 14, 1pm. $5. Live Musicians Co-Op, 925 Piner Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.527.8845.

Georgetown Tour & BBQ Tour of the George Smith family ranch in Graton, including a Wild West Main Street filled with vintage movie memorabilia. Jul 14, 12pm. $65. Healdsburg Museum, 221 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.431.3325.

Mr Shap Magician and balloon artist for kids. Jul 17, 11am. Free. Petaluma Library, 100 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma. 707.763.9801.

Paws for Love Dogs invited to create a painting for their masters. Jul 14, 11am. $25. Kokomo Winery, 4791 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg. 707.433.0200.

Petaluma Art & Garden Festival Over 140 vendor booths and music by Dylan Chambers & the Midnight Transit, Zebop! and the Grain. Jul 14, 11am. Free. Downtown Petaluma,

Field Trips Laguna Trail Walk Learn what makes the Laguna de Santa Rosa special. Location sent upon registration. Jul 17, 6:30pm. $5. Laguna de Santa Rosa Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.527.9277.

Public Season See one of the most studied great egret nesting sites on the West Coast. Sat-Sun through Jul 14. Free. Martin Griffin Preserve, 4900 Shoreline Hwy 1, Stinson Beach. 415.868.9244.

Film Cosi Fan Tutte Mozart’s opera juggles the comic with the serious. Jul 14, 4pm. $7. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Escape Fire Documentary has been called the heathcare debate’s “Inconvenient Truth.” Jul 16, 7pm. $6-$10. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

Film Night Jul 12, “Footloose.” 8pm. Free. Creek Park, Hub Intersection, Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Anselmo.

The Greenhorns documentary explores the lives of America’s young farming community. Jul 14, 8pm. $10. Long Meadow Ranch Winery, 738 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.4555.

I Am Not a Rock Star Documentary shot over eight years follows the comingof-age journey of concert pianist Marika Bournaki. Director Bobbi Jo Hart in person. Jul 13, 7pm. $10. Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main St, Napa. 707.255.5445.

Jul 15, “Funny Girl.” 7pm. $8. Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St E, Sonoma. 707.996.9756.

Yellow Submarine Celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Beatles’ animated film. Jul 17, 6:30pm. $5. West County Herb Company Annex, 3641 Main St, Occidental. 707.495.4860.

Food & Drink BBQ & Bazaar Enjoy a taste of Japanese culture wiht teriyaki, ikebana, bonsai and taiko. Jul 14, 10am5pm. Free. Enmanji Buddhist Temple, 1200 Gravenstein Hwy S, Sebastopol. 707.823.2252.

Brews & Bites for Bounty Food by Pizza Politana and music by the Highway Poets in this fundraiser for Petaluma Bounty. Jul 16, 5:30pm. $25. Lagunitas Tap Room, 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

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

Dining with Daisies “Chosen Spot” dinner catered by Relish Culinary Adventures. Music by Eric Muhler and Black Top Moon. Jul 13, 5pm. $125. Luther Burbank Home & Gardens, Santa Rosa Avenue at Sonoma Avenue, Santa Rosa. 707.524.5445.

Fairfax Community Farmers Market Offering artisanal foods and locally grown and raised agricultural products. Wed, 4pm. Free. Bolinas Park, 124 Bolinas Rd, Fairfax.

Healdsburg Farmers Market Wed, 4-7pm. Downtown

Here Comes the Boom Sacramento sculptors featured in di Rosa exhibit Some use plastic fruit baskets, some piece together rectangular bits of found materials like wood and photos, some make devices that create stars and some put bird boxes on the ceiling. “External Combustion,” the new exhibit at di Rosa, brings together sculptors with an unseen common thread. What these four sculptors share is a sense of place—they’re all from the Sacramento area. With some steampunk influences here, a little abstract collage work there, it’s tough even to determine a “Northern California” style between them. But the artists’ home region was a major factor in the exhibit, says di Rosa public relations manager Stephanie King. “Di Rosa houses the foremost collection of contemporary Northern California art with nearly 2,000 works by 800 artists,” she says, adding that the preserve has always considered the Sacramento area part of Northern California. When the former director of UC Davis’ Nelson Gallery, Renny Pritikin, was asked to curate an exhibit, he had at his fingertips an intimate knowledge of artists of the Sacramento area. He chose pieces by Nathan Cordero, Julia Couzens, Chris Daubert and Dave Lane to be featured in this exhibit, which resides in the Gatehouse Gallery. “External Combustion” opens with a free reception Saturday, July 13, at di Rosa Preserve and runs through Sept. 22. 5200 Sonoma Hwy., Napa. Reception, 7–9pm. 707.226.5991.—Nicolas Grizzle

Redwood Empire Farmers Market Sat, 8:30am-1pm and Wed, 8:30am-noon. Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa.

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

Wednesday Night Market Food, vendors, produce, live music and activities. Wed, 5pm. through Aug 21. Free. Downtown Santa Rosa, Fourth and B streets, Santa Rosa.

Lectures Fun with Dick & Bob Variety talk show hosted by Dick Bright and Bob Sarlatte. Jul 13, 8pm. $20-$35. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Toby Hemenway Author of “Gaia’s Garden” shows how permaculture design is helping create resilient, regenerative solutions. Jul 11, 5pm. $10-$20. Sunflower Center, 1435 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.792.5300.

Karilee Shames with Lynn Woolsey Author speaks with the former congresswoman. Jul 13, 1pm. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 415.927.0960.

Science Buzz Cafe Jul 11, “Telomeres: Just the Tip of the Chromosome” with Philip Harriman, PhD. 7pm. $5. French Garden, 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.2030.

Readings 142 Throckmorton Theatre Jul 17, 7:30pm, No Kidding: Women Writers on Bypassing Parenthood. $12-$15. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

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Jul 11, 7pm, “Children of the Jacaranda Tree” with Sahar Delijani. Jul 12, 5:30pm, “Cheese & Beer” with Janet Fletcher, includes cheese and beer tasting $28. Jul 12, 7pm, “Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation” with Aisha Tyler. Jul 13, 4pm, “Indian Winter” with Jane Goldsmith. Jul 13, 7pm, “My Chemical Mountain” with Corina Vacco. Jul 14, 4pm, “Daisy’s Defining Day” with Sandra Bodovitz Feder. Jul 14, 7pm, “Choosing Your Power: Becoming Who You Deserve to Be, at Home and in the World” with Dr Wayne Pernell. Jul 15, 7pm, “Venus in Winter” with Gillian Bagwell. Jul 16, 7pm, “Colorado Mandala” with Brian Francis Heffron. Jul 17, 1pm, “The Wednesday Daughters” with Meg Waite Clayton. Jul 17, 7pm, “The Translator” with Nina Schulyer. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 415.927.0960.

The story of Eva Peron, wife of the Argentine dictator Juan Peron. Directed by John DeGaetano. Fri-Sat, 8pm and Sun, 2pm, through Jul 14. $25$30. Raven Theater, 115 North St, Healdsburg. 707.433.3145.

Santa Rosa Copperfield’s Books Jul 10, 7pm, Redwood Writers Fiction Panel. Jul 11, 7pm, “Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway” with Sara Gran. Jul 12, 7pm, “Unseen” with Karin Slaughter. Jul 17, 7pm, Redwood Writers Author Panel. 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. 707.578.8938.

Petaluma Copperfield’s Books Jul 17, 6pm, “The Wednesday Daughters” with Meg Waite Clayton. 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.762.0563.

Sebastopol Copperfield’s Books Jul 16, 7pm, “A Skeptic’s Guide to the Mind: What Neuroscience Can and Cannot Tell Us about Ourselves” with Dr Robert Burton. 138 N Main St, Sebastopol. 707.823.2618.

Occidental Center for the Arts Jul 12, 7pm, “The Wild New World of Publishing.” 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental 707.874.9392.

Theater Cabaret Experiential Theatre Company presents the beloved musical featuring favorite songs like “Life Is a Cabaret.” Thurs-Sat, 8pm and Sun, 2pm, through Jul 28. $28. Andrews Hall, Sonoma Community Center, 276 E Napa St, Sonoma.


Kitchen Kut-Ups Senior variety show with the theme of “Travelin’ Show.” Thurs, Jul 11, 1pm, Fri, Jul 12, 7:30pm and Sat, Jul 13, 1pm. $16. Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. 707.588.3400.

Les Miserables Emotional story of French orphans presented by Roustabout Theater. Jul 12-14. $16-$26. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Mark & Dre Comedy Show The carnival of chaos is fun for the whole family. Jul 10, 11am. Free. Guerneville Library, 14107 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville. 707.869.9004.

Scapino Saucy, slapstick comedy about a devious valet who helps two pairs of lovers overcome parental opposition. Thurs-Sun, 7:30pm, through Jul 13. $15$30. Redwood Amphitheatre, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross.

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Mayhem erupts when Truffaldino tries to double his wages by serving two masters at once. in this Carlo Goldoni comedy. Thurs-Sun, 7pm, through Jul 28. $7-$20. Ives Park, Willow Street and Jewell Avenue, Sebastopol.

The Spanish Tragedy Marin Shakespeare Company opens summer season with the play credited as the inspiration for “Hamlet.” Sun, 4pm and Fri-Sun, 8pm, through Aug 11. $20-$38. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, 890 Belle Ave, Dominican University, San Rafael.

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ARIES (March 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;April 19) The Space Needle is a tourist attraction in Seattle. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taller than the Washington Monument but shorter than the Eiffel Tower. Near the top of the structure is a circular restaurant that rotates slowly, making one complete turn every 47 minutes. The motor that moves this 125ton mass is small: only 1.5 horsepower. In the coming days, Aries, I foresee you having a metaphorically similar ability. You will be able to wield a great deal of force with a seemingly small and compact â&#x20AC;&#x153;engine.â&#x20AC;? TAURUS (April 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;May 20)

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Astrology â&#x20AC;&#x153;How many years can some people exist before theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re allowed to be free?â&#x20AC;? asked Bob Dylan in one of his most famous songs, written in 1962. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The answer is blowinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in the wind,â&#x20AC;? he concluded. Many people hailed the tune as a civil rights anthem. Thirteen years later, a hippie cowboy named Jerry Jeff Walker released â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pissing in the Wind,â&#x20AC;? a rowdy song that included the line, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The answer is pissing in the wind.â&#x20AC;? It was decidedly less serious than the tune it paid homage to, with Walker suggesting that certain events in his life resembled the act described in the title. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Makinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; the same mistakes, we swore weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d never make again,â&#x20AC;? he crooned. All of this is my way of letting you know, Taurus, that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at a fork. In one direction is a profound, even noble, â&#x20AC;&#x153;blowinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in the windâ&#x20AC;? experience. In the other, it would be like â&#x20AC;&#x153;pissing in the wind.â&#x20AC;? Which do you prefer? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up to you.

GEMINI (May 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;June 20) The Italian artist Duccio di Buoninsegna painted his Madonna and Child sometime around the year 1300. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a compact piece of artâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;just eleven inches high and eight inches wide. Nevertheless, New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Metropolitan Museum paid $45 million for the pleasure of owning it. I propose that we choose this diminutive treasure as your lucky symbol for the next eight to 10 months, Gemini. May it inspire you as you work hard to create a small thing of great value. CANCER (June 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;July 22)

When the comic book hero Superman ďŹ rst appeared on the scene in 1938, he had the power to jump over tall buildings, but he couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ďŹ&#x201A;y. By 1941, he was hovering in mid-air, and sometimes moving around while ďŹ&#x201A;oating. Eventually, he attained the ability to soar long distances, even between stars. Your own destiny may have parallels to Supermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the coming months, Cancerian. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible you will graduate, metaphorically speaking, from taking big leaps to hovering in mid-air. And if you work your butt off to increase your skill, you might progress to the next levelâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the equivalent of full-out ďŹ&#x201A;ightâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;by March 2014.

LEO (July 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;August 22) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never too late to become what you might have been,â&#x20AC;? said novelist George Eliot. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like you to keep that thought in mind throughout the rest of 2013 and beyond, Leo. I trust you will allow its sly encouragement to work its way down into your darkest depths, where it will revive your discouraged hopes and wake up your sleeping powers. Here are the potential facts as I see them: in the next 10 months, you will be in prime time to reclaim the momentum you lost once upon a time . . . to dive back into a beloved project you gave up on . . . and maybe even resuscitate a dream that made your eyes shine when you were younger and more innocent. VIRGO (August 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;September 22) When I ďŹ rst arrived in Santa Cruz some years back, I helped start a new wave-punk band called Mystery Spot. Our ďŹ rst drummer was a guy named Lucky Lehrer. After a few months, our manager decided Lucky wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t good enough and kicked him out of the band. Lucky took it hard, but didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give up. He joined the seminal punk band the Circle Jerks, and went on to have a long and successful career. Flipside magazine even named him the best punk drummer of all time. I suspect, Virgo, that in the next 10 to 12 months you will have a chance to achieve the beginning of some Lucky Lehrerâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;type redemption. In what area of your life would you like to experience it? LIBRA (September 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;October 22) According to my reading of the astrological omens, the next 12 months will be a time when you will have more power than usual to turn your dreams into realities. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll

have extra skill at translating your ideals into practical action. To help make sure you capitalize on this potential, I suggest you adopt this Latin phrase as your motto: a posse ad esse. It means â&#x20AC;&#x153;from being possible to being actual.â&#x20AC;? So why not simply make your motto â&#x20AC;&#x153;from being possible to being actualâ&#x20AC;?? Why bother with the Latin version? Because I think your motto should be exotic and mysteriousâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a kind of magical incantation.

SCORPIO (October 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;November 21)

In 2010, two economics professors from Harvard wrote a paper that became a crucial piece of evidence for the global austerity movement. Politicians used it to justify their assertion that the best way to cure our long-running ďŹ nancial ills is for governments to spend less money. Oddly, no one actually studied the paper to see if it was based on accurate data until April 2013. Then Thomas Herndon, a 28-year-old Ph.D. student at the University of Massachusetts, dived in and discovered fundamental mistakes that largely discredited the professorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; conclusions. I believe you have a similar mojo going for you, Scorpio. Through clear thinking and honest inquiry, you have the power to get at truths everyone else has missed.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;December 21) Breakthrough will probably not arrive wrapped in sweetness and a warm glow, nor is it likely to be catalyzed by a handsome prince or pretty princess. No, Sagittarius. When the breakthrough barges into your life, it may be a bit dingy and dank, and it may be triggered by questionable decisions or weird karma. So in other words, the breakthrough may have resemblances to a breakdown, at least in the beginning. This would actually be a good omenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a sign that your deliverance is nothing like you imagined it would be, and probably much more interesting. CAPRICORN (December 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;January 19)

In a wheat ďŹ eld, a rose is a weedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;even if that rose is voluptuous and vibrant. I want you to promise me that you will work hard to avoid a fate like that in the coming months, Capricorn. Everything depends on you being in the right place at the right time. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your sacred duty to identify the contexts in which you can thrive and then put yourself in those contexts. Please note: the ambiance thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most likely to bring out the best in you is not necessarily located in a high-status situation where everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ambition is amped to the max.

AQUARIUS (January 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;February 18)

Is your soul feeling parched? In your inner world, are you experiencing the equivalent of a drought? If so, maybe you will consider performing a magic ritual that could help get you on track for a cure. Try this: Go outside when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s raining or misting. If your area is going through a dry spell, ďŹ nd a waterfall or highspouting fountain and put yourself in close proximity. Then stand with your legs apart and spread your arms upwards in a gesture of welcome. Turn your face toward the heavens, open up your mouth and drink in the wetness for as long as it takes for your soul to be hydrated again. (In an emergency, frolicking under a sprinkler might also work.)

PISCES (February 19â&#x20AC;&#x201C;March 20)

Igor Stravinsky was a 20th-century composer who experimented with many styles of music, including the avant-garde work The Rite of Spring. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My music is best understood by children and animals,â&#x20AC;? he said. In my vision of your ideal life, Pisces, that will also be true about you in the coming week: you will be best understood by children and animals. Why? Because I think you will achieve your highest potential if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re as wild and free as you dare. You will be fueled by spontaneity and innocence, and care little about what people think of you. Play a lot, Pisces! Be amazingly, blazingly uninhibited.

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