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Rhapsodies Provoking, Pursuing and Profiling A bad verdict, a bad law and a bad outcome in the Trayvon Martin case BY CHRIS WENMOTH

ow can George Zimmerman claim he shot Trayvon Martin in self-defense when, in fact, Trayvon was defending himself from Zimmerman? How can Zimmerman claim he was standing his ground when, in fact, it was Trayvon who was standing his ground? And why was Zimmerman’s version of the events leading up to the shooting accepted as gospel truth without question or investigation? Did they even check for blood on the sidewalk upon which Zimmerman claims to have been beaten?


The fact is, Zimmerman racially profiled Trayvon and wrongly identified him as a possible criminal. He followed Trayvon. He might even have confronted Trayvon and tried to detain him. For all we know, Zimmerman pulled his gun on Trayvon prior to the fight, and that’s what prompted Trayvon to attack him. Regardless, Zimmerman’s actions were those of an aggressor, and his actions provoked the fight that he was losing. But just because he was losing a fight that he started didn’t give him the right to shoot and kill someone. You can’t claim self-defense when you are the aggressor. The jury got it wrong. The prosecutor did a bad job. The judge provided inadequate guidance to a confused jury that wanted to convict for manslaughter. The justice system failed. Again. Chris Wenmoth lives in Santa Rosa. 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

Efren’s Arrest

Thank you for your well-aimed, and even compassionate, response to Efren Carrillo’s arrest and banishment to a rehab center (“Falling Star,” July 17). I’m guessing paying your property taxes late doesn’t look like such a big deal anymore. So now that our “rising star” supervisor has shot himself in his own foot, I’m hoping we will follow Pieter Myers suggestion and join together to find Gov. Brown a replacement who is genuinely interested in serving the fifth district. I have a few good suggestions, so sign me up for the committee. Anybody out there have the governor’s ear?


Thank you very much for your swift and direct countering of the spin machine already well underway. You called it exactly right, and we have now seen the indications that there is far more wrong with this public servant and his ability to represent the interest of hundreds of thousands of people’s well-being—and it matters big-time to the whole county. Your paper is really the biggest weapon we have to counter the propaganda to come, and I believe there is no choice but to use it to its fullest now. I am writing to plead with you to fire back relentlessly week after week with every bolded, featured and countering weapon you’ve got to keep the intelligent and truthful perspective in plain sight. Major issues affecting the whole county for years to come are what is at stake. Even before this, Carrillo had shown his true colors and betrayed many in favor of big money interests. We must not let his white-washers also make a travesty of justice and manipulate, twist or bribe a different outcome for Carrillo than would have resulted for the average Joe.


Boy, do you guys know something we don’t know? I know little about Efren Carrillo, but I found the article by Gabe Meline to be offensive in a seeming rush to harsh judgment. From the subheadline “Efren Carrillo’s most recent arrest” to repeating, in a one page article, that Carrillo was arrested in his underwear and socks, I believe, seven times. Then, the psychoanalysis at the end. Honestly. Fair and balanced? Help me here.


Like the Press Democrat’s recent editorial, Gabe Meline is right to highlight the incident’s alleged facts, for they are too disturbing to ignore or deflect or minimize. How our local political leaders and media respond to these disturbing facts and the issues they raise risks defining their and even our county’s reputation for a long time. I sincerely wish Efren the best with any efforts at recovery, and I expect our local political leaders and media to address the disturbing issues raised when a local elected official is “arrested in his underwear and socks after trying to break into a woman’s bedroom at 3:40 in the morning.” Efren is not the victim. He is the suspect.


As a lifelong resident of Sonoma County and the fifth district, I find Supervisor Carrillo’s behavior reprehensible and unbefitting of a Sonoma County supervisor, or any other public official, for that matter. Putting the outcome of the criminal case aside, the damage is done. Going over to a woman’s home, cutting her window screen, waking her up by disturbing the blinds, then going to the front door, knocking on the door and then running away is an indication of a very serious lack of judgment—or perhaps something even worse. Yet, he continues to blame “his” problems on alcohol, and so do his handlers. They are doing him no favors by continuing to offer up lame excuses which seem to only get progressively


worse every time they open their mouths. Quite frankly, the idiocy of such excuses is an insult to the good citizens of this county. Had his “friends” truly wanted to help him, they would have gotten him help long before this shameful incident rather than waiting until something like this latest fiasco occurred. I’ve read the words “I,” “me,” “I’m,” “him” and “Efren” more times than I can count. But I’m still waiting to read or hear the words “her” and “she.” “I apologize” and “I’m sorry” to the victim would be nice, too. There’s a victim in all this, all right, and “his” name isn’t Efren.



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Despite their best efforts, including accusations of totalitarianism and property-rights infringement, opponents of Plan Bay Area failed to sway a nearly unanimous passing vote on July 18 by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). Jake Mackenzie, a Rohnert Park council member, sits on the MTC and is a member of ABAG’s general assembly. He was at the seven-hour-long meeting where the deciding vote in favor of Plan Bay Area was cast. More than four hours of that meeting were taken up by public comment. “We were being compared to Hitler, Stalin and totalitarian regimes,” says Mackenzie. “Nothing could be further from the truth.”

FILLETS, STEAKS OR WHOLE? Justin Hughes pulls the fresh stuff at G&G Supermarket in Santa Rosa.

Fish Tales

Mid-season salmon to be kept year-round


e’re about halfway through the commercial fishing season for salmon, when quality is high and prices are low for wild, Pacific salmon. This presents an opportunity for savvy shoppers to gather a stash of fish to freeze and subsequently feast on all year long. But doing so requires care and focus. The process includes many steps, all of which have to be done just right—small lapses here and

there can quickly add up to the difference between expensive disappointment and affordable delicacy. The two phases of this endeavor are the purchase and the processing of the fish. I cruise the fish counters and seafood markets until I find fresh fish at a good price, at a fish counter that looks clean and well managed. Next, I ask the manager if it’s possible to buy whole fish, minus the guts and heads. I prefer my fish headless because while I don’t mind some fish head soup now and then, I don’t want to


pay the same price for the heads that I pay for the bodies. But I do want the collar, which is at the end of the fish’s body, right before the head and gills, where the pectoral fins attach on either side. Sometimes called spare ribs of the ocean, collars contain big chunks of rich, succulent flesh. There are several reasons why I prefer whole fish to pre-cut fish. The price per pound is lower, even after accounting for the bones you pay for. More importantly, with whole fish the flesh receives less handling than do fillets, and the flesh remains protected from the air by the skin. This leaves ) 11 the meat in better shape

A group calling itself Citizen Marin chartered a 48-seat shuttle to bring opponents to the meeting at the Oakland Marriott, according to the Marin Independent Journal. Protesters outnumbered those testifying in favor of the plan (“They had made a very deliberate effort by busing people in to have a large number testifying for their point of view,” says Mackenzie), which provides incentives for the building of affordable and highdensity housing—along with increased use of public transportation—in 160 priority development areas as a way of meeting greenhouse-gas-reduction goals for the coming century. Plan Bay Area consists of a series of four-year plans that will be under continuous review, says Mackenzie. “It’s going to be a dynamic situation, and it’s not going to be cast in concrete,” he explains. “It’s not like tablets coming down from some mountain or something like that.” Local control over land-use decisions will still rest with the city and the county, according to Mackenzie. “The opponents claim that we are forcing people to live in high-density housing, high rises and taking away their cars,” he adds. “These are blatant untruths.”—Leilani Clark

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Our selective list of North Bay restaurants is subject to menu, pricing and schedule changes. Call first for confirmation. Restaurants in these listings appear on a rotating basis. For expanded listings, visit COST: $ = Under $12; $$ = $13-$20; $$$ = $21-$26; $$$$ = Over $27

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S O N O MA CO U N T Y Charcuterie French Mediterranean. $$. Intimate bistro has casual European wine-bar feel. Lunch and dinner daily. 335 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.431.7213. Dry Creek Kitchen American. $$$-$$$$. Refined and contemporary American menu with multicultural influence. Seafood and vegetables reign! Dinner daily; lunch, Fri-Sun. 317 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.431.0330.

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Bistro. $$$. Country food with a French passion. Great wine bar, great patio. Lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 110 W Spain St, Sonoma. 707.938.3634.

Gypsy Cafe Diner. $$. Breakfast all day and excellent lunch featuring eggs Benedict, chilaquiles and pulled-pork sandwiches. Friday night dinners feature signature fried chicken, fresh local fish, burgundy pot roast, Diestel turkey meatloaf and organic spinach ravioli. Breakfast and lunch, Wed-Mon; dinner, Fri. 162 N Main St, Sebastopol. 707.861.3825. Highland Dell Lodge German-Californian. $$. Newly renovated, beautiful setting at the Russian River; locals’ nights Mon and Thurs. Dinner, Thurs-Tues; brunch, Sun. 21050 River Blvd, Monte Rio. 707.865.2300.

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

Lynn’s Thai Thai. $$. A taste of real Thailand in convivial atmosphere. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 8492 Gravenstein Hwy, Ste M (in

the Apple Valley Plaza), Cotati. 707.793.9300.

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.

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

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. The Villa Italian. $-$$. Spectacular views, superb service. Seafood, steak, poultry, seasonal specialties, pizza from wood-burning oven, patio dining. Open 7 days a week. 3901 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa 707.528.7755.

American. $. Come with a hearty appetite for an oldfashioned patty. Lunch and dinner daily. Four locations: 4910 Sonoma Hwy, Ste B, Santa Rosa. 707.538.4000. 1774 Piner Road #B, Santa Rosa. 707.521.0890. 924 Diablo Ave, Novato. 415.898.8294. 2202 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.456.0866.

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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.

Italian. $$. Reliable home-style Italian cooking. Dinner, TuesSun. 4776 Sonoma Hwy, Santa Rosa. 707.539.0260.

Speakeasy Tapas-Asian. $-$$. Small plates with a large vegetarian selection and an Asian fusion-leaning menu. And they’re open until 2am! Dinner daily. 139 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.776.4631.

Thai Orchid Thai. $-$$. Rich Thai food made with crisp, fresh ingredients, reasonably priced. Lunch, Mon-Sat; dinner daily. 1005 Vine St, Healdsburg. 707.433.0515. Thai Pot Thai. $$. A local favorite for authentic Thai recipes with pad Thai, curries, exotic appetizers and entrées. Lunch and dinner daily. 2478 W Third St, Santa Rosa. 707.575.9296. 6961 Sebastopol Ave (across from West America Bank), Sebastopol. 707.829.8889.

Thai Taste Restaurant Thai. $-$$. Lovely ambiance and daily specials showcase authentic Thai flavors. A hidden gem in Santa Rosa’s Montecito neighborhood. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Fri; dinner, Sat. 170 Farmers Lane #8, Santa Rosa. 707.526.3888.

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

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

Washoe House Roadhouse. $$. Since 1859, serving straightforward roadhouse grub and Italian fare. Canned green beans, buffalo burgers, amazingly satisfying pies. The bar alone is worth a trip. Lunch and dinner daily. Stony Point and Roblar roads, Cotati. 707.795.4544.

Water Street Bistro Eclectic. $$. Homemade soups, salads, sandwiches and entrées. Breakfast and lunch daily. 100 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.763.9563.

West Side Bar & Grill Sports Bar. $$. Home of the almost-famous bacon cheeseburger. Seventeen beers

Willi’s Seafood & Raw Bar Seafood. $$. Delicious preparations of the freshest fish and shellfish. Lunch and dinner daily; dinner, Mon-Sat. 403 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.433.9191.

Yao-Kiku Japanese. $$-$$$. Fresh sushi with ingredients flown in from Japan steals the show in this popular neighborhood restaurant. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 2700 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.578.8180. Zazu Cal-Euro. $$$. Perfectly executed dishes that sing with flavor. Zagat-rated with much of the produce from its own gardens. Dinner, Wed-Sun; brunch, Sun. 3535 Guerneville Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4814.

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

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

Bay Thai Thai. $. Fresh Thai food with curries that combine the regions classic sweet and tart elements. Some of the best fried bananas to be found. Lunch and dinner, MonSat; dinner, Sun. (Cash only.) 809 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.458.8845.



Scream for Joy Jazmin Hooijer knew exactly what to do with the bounty of figs delivered straight from the backyard tree to the ice cream cart— caramelize the figs, add a dash of verjus (the tart juice from unripe grapes used for centuries in European and Middle Eastern cooking) and swirl it all up in a mascarpone ice cream. That flavor is just one of the delicious concoctions on Nimble & Finn’s Ice Cream menu after Hooijer, who lives in Cazadero with her family, launched the tiny business in May 2013. Summer flavors range from a bright and tangy lemon verbena and Meyer lemon olive oil with dark chocolate chips to more traditional offerings like blueberry cheesecake, chocolate with salted pretzels and one of the most authentic tasting mint ice creams I’ve ever come across. “I like to take classic flavor profiles and do something new and unusual,” explains Hooijer, as she describes a woodsy, sweet and earthy tasting coriander ice cream with a vanilla base. Made with mainly seasonal, organic and local ingredients, flavors shift on a weekly basis. “We wanted to have a homemade feel, but really nicely homemade and extra delicious,” says Hooijer, a baker who shifted to ice cream after taking time off to raise her two children, now two and four. Her plan is to continue selling at farmers markets while expanding into festivals and private events, with a possible storefront in the future. “Selling ice cream, well, it doesn’t get much happier than that,” she says. “People literally squeal and dance and scream for joy when they see what I have.” Nimble & Finn’s Ice Cream is available at the Occidental Bohemian Farmers Market and West End Farmers Market. 707.217.5885.—Leilani Clark

Benissimo Ristorante & Bar Italian. $$. Hearty and flavorful food in authentic neighborhood-style Italian restaurant. Lunch and dinner daily. 18 Tamalpais Dr, Corte Madera. 415.927.2316.

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

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American. $-$$. Comforting Momma-style food like fried green tomatoes, onion meatloaf and homey chickenfried steak with red-eye gravy in a restaurant lined with cookbooks and knickknacks. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, Wed-Sun; breakfast and lunch, Tues. 566 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo. 415.459.6862.

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


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The ultimate in American cuisine. Crispy fries, good burgers and friendly locals chowing down. Lunch and dinner daily. 2017 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. 415.454.0655.

fare. $$. Irish bar with the traditional stuff. Lunch and dinner daily. 877 Grant Ave, Novato. 415.899.1516. Incredibly fresh seafood in incredibly relaxed setting overlooking bay. Lunch and dinner daily. (Cash only.) 350 Harbor Dr, Sausalito. 415.331.FISH.

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M&Gâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Burgers & Beverages American. $.

Marin Brewing Co Pub food. $-$$. Excellent soups, salads, pub grub and awardwinning pork-beer sausage. Lunch and dinner daily. 1809 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 415.461.4677. Mountain Home Inn

Frantoio Italian. $$-$$$.

Nickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

Hilltop 1892 American. SSanta a n ta Rosa Rosa

Splendid, authentic French cuisine. Lunch and dinner daily. 507 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.927.3331.

Locally sourced northern Italian dishes with a Californiacuisine touch. The house red is a custom blend from owner Paul Fradelizio. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch, Sat-Sun. 35 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 415.459.1618. Perennial winner of SF Chronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;100 Best,â&#x20AC;? Frantoio also produces all of its own olive oil Dinner daily. 152 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley. 415.289.5777.

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authentic Mexican menu with American standbys. Lunch and dinner daily; takeout, too. 382 Miller Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.8164.

Californian. $$-$$$. More dinner party than restaurant, and the food is fresh and amazing. A meal to remember. Lunch, Thurs-Mon. 1 Drakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beach Rd, Pt Reyes National Seashore. 415.669.1297.

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$$-$$$$. Casual dining with panoramic Marin views and a California-cuisine take on such classic fare as steaks, fresh seafood and seasonal greens. Complete with custom cocktails. Lunch and dinner daily; Sunday brunch. 850 Lamont Ave, Novato. 415.893.1892.

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

Pizzeria Picco Pizza. $-$$. The wood-fired oven keeps things cozy, and the organic ingredients and produce make it all tasty. Lunch and dinner, Sat-Sun; dinner only, Mon-Fri. 316 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.945.8900. Poggio Italian. $$-$$$.

$$. Big, ample portions at this premier spot on Sausalitoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spirited waterfront. Breakfast and lunch daily. 660 Bridgeway, Ste 3, Sausalito. 415.289.1195.

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

Insalataâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mediterranean.

Robata Grill & Sushi

Il Piccolo Caffe Italian.

$$$. Simple, high-impact dishes of exotic flavors. Lunch and dinner daily. 120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo. 415.457.7700.

Japanese. $$. Mmm. With thick slices of fresh sashimi, Robata knows how to do it. The rolls are big winners. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner daily.

591 Redwood Hwy, Mill Valley. 415.381.8400.

Salitoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

Small Shed Flatbreads Pizza. $$. Slow Food-informed Marin Organics devotee with a cozy, relaxed family atmosphere and no BS approach to great food served simply for a fair price. 17 Madrona St, Mill Valley. Open for lunch and dinner daily. 415.383.4200.

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. Sorella Caffe Italian. $$. The embodiment of Fairfax casual, with delicious, high-quality food that lacks pretension. Dinner, TuesSun. 107 Bolinas Rd, Farifax. 415.258.4520. Station House Cafe American-California. $$. Innovative menu, fresh local seafood and range-fed meats. Outdoor dining; full bar. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, Thurs-Mon. 11180 State Route 1, Pt Reyes. 415.663.1515.

Sushi Ran Japanese. $$$$. This beautiful restaurant attracts locals and tourists with its fresh catches. A wide selection of nigiri, depending on whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fresh. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner, Fri-Sun. 107 Caledonia St, Sausalito. 415.332.3620. Sushiholic Japanese. $$$$. A nice addition to the local lineup, with a lengthy and wellcrafted repertoire including uncommon dishes like nabeyaki udon, zaru soba, yosenabe and sea bass teriyaki. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. Rowland Plaza, 112-C Vintage Way, Novato. 415.898.8500. Tommyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wok Chinese. $-$$. 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.

$$. Marin County’s oldest saloon. Casual and jovial atmosphere. Steaks, pasta, chicken and fish all served with soup or salad. Lunch and dinner daily. 26955 Hwy 1, Tomales. 707.878.2403

Fumé Bistro & Bar

Bounty Hunter Wine

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

country casual. $$. Wine shop and bistro with maverick moxie for the wine cowboy. Premium bottles for sale, also. Lunch and dinner daily. 975 First St, Napa. 707.266.3976.

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.

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Checkers California. $$.

Ad Hoc American. $$-$$$. Thomas Keller’s quintessential neighborhood restaurant. Prix fixe dinner changes daily. Actually takes reservations. 6476 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.2487.

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

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.

Bistro Jeanty French. $$$. Rich, homey cuisine. A perfect choice when you can’t get a chance to do your Laundry. Lunch and dinner daily. 6510 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.4870.

Boonfly Cafe California cuisine. $-$$. Extraordinary food in an extraordinary setting. Perfect pasta and mussels. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 4080 Sonoma Hwy, Napa. 707.299.4900.

California cuisine. $$-$$$. Creative cuisine in handsome Craftsman setting. Lunch and dinner daily. 1347 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.2233. Perfect casual spot for dinner before the movie. Try the panéed chicken and butternut squash ravioli. Lunch and dinner daily. 1414 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.9300.

Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen Eclectic. $$-$$$. As comfortable as it sounds, with a rich and varied melting pot of a menu. Lunch and dinner daily. 1327 Railroad Ave, St Helena. 707.963.1200.

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

Cole’s Chop House 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.

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

French Laundry Definitive California Cuisine. $$$$. What else is there to say? Chef Thomas Keller’s institution is among the very best restuarants in the country. 6640 Washington St., Yountville. 707.944.2380.


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

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Gott’s Roadside Tray Gourmet Diner. $. Formerly Taylor’ Automatic Refresher. Lunch and dinner daily. 933 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.3486. Also at Oxbow Public Market, 644 First St, Napa. 707.224,6900.

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

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

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

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Bouchon French. $$$. A Keller brother creation with a distinctly Parisian bistro ambiance, offering French classics. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 6534 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.8037.


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

SONOMA CO U N TY Bohème Wines Earthy, balanced Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from an enterprising young winemaker whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s found a home in this redoubt in the redwoods. Also try the Bodega Rancho coolclimate Syrah. 3625 Main St., Occidental. Friday, 3pm to 6pm, Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sunday, noon to 5pm, or by appointment. No fee. 707.874.3218.

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whites, reds, distilled Chardonnay spirits and a refillable one-gallon jug wine with unalloyed lack of wine country airs in this ramshackle warehouse steps away from the West Country Trail, Green Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own Weinwanderweg. Bring your dog; the cat doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mind. 4950 Ross Road, Sebastopol. Open Friday, 1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5pm; Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sunday, 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5pm. No fee. 707.823.1335.

David Coffaro Vineyards Coffaro specializes in unique red blends and Zinfandels. Coffaro keeps an online diary of his daily winemaking activities ( html). 7485 Dry Creek Road, Geyserville. Appointment only. 707.433.9715.

Eric Kent Wine Cellars Nevermind the art of wine, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art on the wine. Limited release Chard, Pinot, Syrah from ad man turned cellar geek. 1014 Hopper Ave., Santa Rosa. Barrel tasting, by appointment only. 707.527.9700.

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tasting room overlooks the hill country north of Dry Creek Valley at this familyowned estate. Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon plus Lost Canyon wines (formerly of Oakland). 24691 Dutcher Creek Road, Cloverdale. Tasting 10:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4:30 daily; $5 fee. 707.894.3389.

Hook & Ladder Having sold the brand to a Burgundian clan, the De Loach family reorganized their operation, and Hook & Ladder is a favorite. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a place where theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll proudly serve up estategrown white Zinfandel. 2134 Olivet Road, Santa Rosa. Open daiy, 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;4:30pm. 707.526.2255. Keller Estate Nestled in rolling hills above the Petaluma River, the winery, designed by a prestigious Mexican architecture firm, was built with stones from Chinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Three Gorges dam project. No crowds, and excellent Pinot, Chard and Syrah. 5875 Lakeville Hwy., Petaluma. Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sunday 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;4pm. $10 fee. Call ahead. 707.765.2117. Locals Tasting Room Locals is a high-concept tasting room offering over 60 wines from nine wineries in varietal flights. Corner of Geyserville Avenue and Highway 128, Geyserville. Open daily, 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;6pm. 707.857.4900.

Mercury Geyserville No fee, 20 percent discount for Sonoma County residents and 12-pack wooden crates of mini-jug wine; two turntables, an LP record playerâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;put on your winged shoes, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to party in sleepy Geyserville! Also pickled comestibles, jam, peppersâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;and pretty good Pinot, Cab, Cab Franc, and Merlot. 20120 Geyserville Ave., Geyserville. Open Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Monday, 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;6pm. No fee. 707.857.9870.

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

Zinfandel. Open daily, 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5pm. 8860 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. 707.282.9020.

Quivira Winery Certified biodynamic producer that promotes creek stewardship and steelhead-salmon-habitat restoration. Dry Creek Zinfandel is a regular favorite; Mourvèdre and other RhĂ´ne varietals are outstanding. As the steelhead have lately rediscovered, Quivira is worth returning to year after year. 4900 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5pm. 800.292.8339.

Robert Rue Vineyard A new wave of Zin specialists helped keep small, old vineyards like this in production. Now, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re making their own; refreshing Sauvignon Blanc, too. 1406 Wood Road, Fulton. Friday to Sunday, 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5pm, or by appointment. Tastings $5. 707.578.1601.

Rued Winery Dry Creek Valley grape growers since 1957, or since 1882 if you count great-great-grandfatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Russian River Valley vineyard. Good folks offer their best product skimmed from 160 acres at comparatively farmstand prices. 3850 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Daily 11am to 4:30pm. $5. 707.433.3261.

Sbragia Family Vineyards Ed Sbragia makes stellar Cab in Zin country. 9990 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5pm. 707.473.2992.

Stonestreet Late wine magnate Jess Jackson took to the hills in a big way. Eight hundred acres, 400 blocks, at elevations up to 2,000 feet. Tasting room is a fewfrills affair, while â&#x20AC;&#x153;mountain excursionsâ&#x20AC;? offer views plus Cab and Chardonnay, plus lunch. 7111 Hwy. 128, Healdsburg. Daily, 11am to 4:30pm. $12, $15 and $25; Mountain excursion, $75. 707.433.9463. Talisman Wine Wineindustry husband-and-wife team play out their passion for Pinot in unassuming warehouse space. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss

Thomas George Estates Pinot pioneer Davis Bynum hung up the hose clamp and sold his estate, but the good wine still flows in remodeled tasting room featuring a long bar and vineyard videos. Russian River Chard, Pinot and Zin; sweet berry flavors and long-lasting finishes. Caves completed for tours in 2010. 8075 Westside Road, Healdsburg. 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5pm, daily. Tasting fee, $5. 707.431.8031.

Tin Barn Vineyards Yes, it is located in a tin barn, of sortsâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;in the midst of a remote industrial park, home to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eighth Street wineries.â&#x20AC;? From allspice to Jolly Rancher, coriander, fresh raspberry, jelly Danish and horsetail to a simply enjoyable claret style quaff, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all flavor and no frills in this friendly warehouse winery. 21692 Eighth St. E., Ste. 340, Sonoma. Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sunday, 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;4pm. Tasting fee, $6. 707.938.5430.

Two Amigos Wines One of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vino Brothersâ&#x20AC;? is a famous television commercial actor, but they look alike in plastic nose and Groucho glasses disguises. Goofy theme and good wine. Vitoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vino Bianco is a rich Roussanne; Guidoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vino Rosso a successful California Sangiovese. 25 E. Napa St., Sonoma. Open daily, 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6pm. 707.799.7946.

Twomey Cellars Framed by the spacious environs, through a massive glass wall, a panoramic $10 million view of the Russian River Valley awaits tasters. 3000 Westside Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 9amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5pm. 800.505.4850. Ty Caton VineyardsMuscardini Cellars Ty Caton is both a hands-in-thedirt winegrower, who planted much of the vineyard himself, and savvy entrepreneur. Michael Muscardini is a neighbor who comes from the building trade and focuses on Italian varietals. 8910 Sonoma Hwy. (in the Kenwood Village Plaza), Kenwood. Open daily, 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6pm. 707.833.0526.

Unti Vineyards Very friendly and casual with an emphasis on young Italianstyle wines. Yum. 4202 Dry

Creek Road, Healdsburg. By appointment. 707.433.5590.

Viansa Winery Large and filled with crosspromotional products, a deli and a pseudo-Italian marketplace. 25200 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. Open daily, 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5pm. 707.935.4700.

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

Wind Gap Wines Onetime vintner of big, opulent Pax Syrah refocuses on coolclimate locales that yield a more savory, European style. 6450 First St., Forestville. By appointment only. 707.887.9100.

Windy Hill Estate Like a riddle bottled up in a mystery, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all but hidden in plain sight above the 101 freewayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cotati Grade. Impressive view; mixed bag of low-alcohol, low-priced Pinots from quirky winery. 1010 W. Railroad Ave., Cotati. Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sunday noonâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5pm. $5 fee. 707.795-3030.

Woodenhead Damn good wine. Pinot, Zinâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;yum, yum, yum. 5700 River Road, Santa Rosa. Open Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Monday, 10:30amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;4:30pm. 707.887.2703.

MARIN CO U N TY Bacchus & Venus A trendy place for beginners and tourists. Great place to learn the basics. 769 Bridgeway, Sausalito. Open daily, noonâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7pm. 415.331.2001. Point Reyes Vineyards The tasting room features many varietals but the main reason to go is for the sparkling wines. Open Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sunday, 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5pm. 12700 Hwy. 1, Point Reyes. 415.663.1011.

Tam Cellars Spacious wine bar quietly distributes

the soul-salve of the ages and, like its soul mate the coffee shop, passes the laptop test. Cheese plates, wine flights and comfortable seating arrangements make a nice place to convene with the companion or flat screen of oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s choice. Wine shop features international, eclectic selection at fair prices. 1803 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. Open Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Wednesday, 4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9pm; Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Saturday, 4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10pm. 415.461.9463.

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the taste test between the Dijon and Pommard clones. 21684 Eighth St., Sonoma. Limited tasting availability, by appointment. 707.996.9050.

N A PA CO U N TY Acacia Vineyard Acclaimed Pinot and Chardonnay; their biggest client is Costco, but the tasting room is a hole-in-the-wall in a drab beige facility. 2750 Las Amigas Road, Napa. Monday through Saturday, 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;4pm; Sunday, noonâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;4pm. $15. 707.226.9991.

Beaulieu Vineyard History in a glassful of dustâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Rutherford dust. Somethingfor-everyone smorgasbord of solid varietal wines, plus library selections of flagship Georges de Latour Cab back to 1970. 1960 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford. Daily, 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5pm. Tastings $15â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$20; Reserve Room, $35. 707.967.5233.

Black Stallion Winery Owned by a pair of Midwest liquor-distribution barons who hired a capable winemaker and envision it to be a retaildestination winery. The wines are quite good. 4089 Silverado Trail, Napa. Open daily, 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5pm. 707.253.1400.

Bouchaine Vineyards Venerable producer of estategrown Burgundian style wine in the rustic wind-scraped hills of Carneros. Pinot Noir and Pinot Meuier with a coolclimate, cherry-skin crispness that nearly crunches in the mouth, and Chardonnay with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;mouth of butter.â&#x20AC;? Patio service in fair weather, cozy hearthside tasting in cooler days; good-humored hospitality throughout. 1075 Buchli Station Road, Napa. Open daily, 10:30amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;4pm; tasting fee $5. 707.252.9065.

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Founded 1861, and owned by the Peter Mondavi family since only 1943, Krug is among Napaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Napa neighbors.â&#x20AC;? 707.967.2229.

Flora Springs Winery & Vineyards Napa Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest geotectonic eruption on Highway 29 is a stylish place to explore famous Chardonnay, Meritage blend and wineryexclusive Italian varietals. Hip but not too cool, the 30-yearold family winery surely has a sense of humor as well as sense of place. 677 S. St. Helena Hwy., St. Helena. Open daily, 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5pm. Tasting fees, $15â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$25. 707.967.8032.

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

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Millennial contingent of multigenerational family winery, once known as Mount St. John, finds success running it old-school: touristy, oldfashioned, and wildly popular. Refreshing GewĂźrztraminer for summer picnics. 5400 Old Sonoma Road, Napa. Daily 10am to 5pm; $5â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$10. 707.255.8864.

Monticello Vineyards Thomas Jefferson had no success growing wine grapes; happily, the Corley family has made a go of it. Although

winetasting is not conducted in the handsome reproduction building itself, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a shaded picnic area adjacent. 4242 Big Ranch Rd., Napa. Open daily, 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;4:30pm. $15. 707.253.2802, ext. 18.

Nichelini Winery Take a joyride in the Napa backcountry and discover this rustic little winery thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been in the family for generations. See the only Roman wine press in the Western Hemisphere. 2950 Sage Canyon Road, St. Helena. Saturday and Sunday, 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5pm. No fee. 707.963.0717.

Olabisi & Trahan Wineries In the fancy heart of downtown Napa, a low-budget â&#x20AC;&#x153;cellarâ&#x20AC;? where wines are shelved, with clever economy, in stacks of wood pallets; vibes are laid-back and real. Carneros Chardonnay and fruity but firm and focused Cab and Merlot from Suisin Valley, Napaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s much less popular stepsister to the east. 974 Franklin St., Napa. Open daily, noonâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5:30pm. Tasting fee, $15. 707.257.7477.

Peju Province Vineyards Talented staff, terrific food pairings and fantastic Cab. 8466 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford. Open daily, 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;6pm. 707.963.3600.

Phifer Pavitt Wines Lots of cowgirl sass but just one wine: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Date Nightâ&#x20AC;? Cabernet Sauvignon. Hale bale seating. 4660 Silverado Trail, Calistoga. By appointment. 707.942.4787. PlumpJack Winery Part of the huge empire in part helmed by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. Syrah, Merlot and more. 620 Oakville Crossroad, Oakville. Open daily, 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4pm. 707.945.1220.

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immediacy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gluttonous Flightâ&#x20AC;? pairs savory munchables prepared in the gourmet demonstration kitchen with biodynamically farmed Careros Pinot Noir and Bordeaux varietals. Not to worry: thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no flight for ascetics offered, so go for it. 6320 Silverado Trail, Napa. Open 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;4:30pm daily. 707.944.9090.

Stony Hill Vineyard In the 1940s, advisers from UC Davis told them, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Under no circumstances plant Chardonnay.â&#x20AC;? 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.

Storybook Mountain Vineyards (WC) Jerry and Sigrid Seps and a few likeminded winemakers founded Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP), through which they continue to proselytize on behalf of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heritage grape.â&#x20AC;? 3835 Hwy. 128, Calistoga. By appointment. 707.942.5310.

Truchard Vineyards (WC) No matter how attentive you are to the directions, no matter how much you study the quaint, hand-drawn map found online, no matter how vigilantly you watch the street addresses numerically climb along Old Sonoma Road, you will inevitably miss Truchard Vineyards. What follows is a three-point turn on a blind, two-lane road, with a single thought in your head: â&#x20AC;&#x153;This wine had better be worth the insurance deductible.â&#x20AC;? But with Cabernet this good, it is. 3234 Old Sonoma Road, Napa. By appointment. 707.253.7153.

of dignity to the colorful little castle that grows out of the landscape beneath the Stagâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Leap palisades, commensurate with the architectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s humanistic aspirations. 6126 Silverado Trail, Napa. By appointment. 707.944.2659.

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barnlike hallâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;as elegant as a theater, as solid as a ski lodgeâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;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

Small, tasting room is essentially a barn with a table near some barrels, but very friendly, with good wines. 2361 Greenwood Ave., Calistoga. Open daily, 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4:30pm. 707.942.6995. Defunct filling station with a mandate: No wines over $25. Well chosen from Napa Valley and beyond, plus half-gallon house jugs for $29.99. 1020-C Foothill Blvd., Calistoga. Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Saturday 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;6:30pm; Sunday to 4:30pm. Tasting fee $5â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$10. 707.942.5332.

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really had no idea about Opus One until the late 1990s, when my Sonoma-centric viticulture instructor derided the way the estate’s petite grapevines were trained low to the ground, as seen in Margaux. They’re roasting in the sun over there, he pointed out—and imagine the back injury!

But later a coworker of mine praised it: “I only drink Cabernet Sauvignon,” the 19-year-old gushed. “Opus One. It’s the best.” Napa hubris or last word in luxury? Intrigued, I made an appointment to see for myself a scant 15 years later. Opus One stands out mainly for not standing out. Half-buried under an earthen mound, crowned by an airy pergola, the look is low-profile, high-style. In a neoclassical courtyard, chamber music plays from disguised speakers in a grove of olive trees. There is no tasting bar—not at first glance. Tour groups meet their guide in the antique-furnished Salon, savoring a pour of entry-level Overture ($80)—which is not, we’re told, made up of inferior lots that didn’t make the Opus One cut—while getting briefed on the story: When Baron Philippe de Rothschild met Robert Mondavi at a trade conference in 1970, he got an idea. Eight years later, the baron, who had transformed Château Mouton Rothschild decades earlier, formed a partnership with California’s upstart wine royalty to make a single, Bordeaux-style estate wine. Today, Opus One maintains sales offices in Bordeaux, Tokyo and Hong Kong, where it enjoys particularly high prestige. Our guide was knowledgeable and flexible—he can talk root stock taxonomy, if that’s what you really want. On the crush floor, fancy-toy viewing includes dual oscillating paddleless destemmers and computerized air-jet grape ejectors. In the mood-lit cellar, perfect, red-striped barrels rest in arcing rows—there are no stacking, honking forklifts in the Opus One sanctum. After all the buildup, I expected an extended sit-down, our guide expounding, and then guests gurgling and enthusing. That’s how these things usually go. But no. We got our pour, thanked the guide, and everybody took a hike. The rooftop patio is a popular spot to drink in the view, while Opus is available by the glass and off-sale in the Partners’ Room below. And? The 2009 Opus One Cabernet Sauvignon ($225) is pretty good—wet cigar, medley of dark fruit, lingering pencil lead aftertaste. And if you want to know if it’s absolutely better than the rest of the high-priced Cabs now sold in this valley, there’s an easy way to find out: just ask the folks confidently smacking down their credit cards for another two cases in the Partners’ Room. Opus One Winery, 7900 St. Helena Hwy., Oakville. 707.944.9442. By appointment daily, 10am–4pm. Tour and tasting, $60–$90; tasting only, $40. 707.944.9442.

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TAKING A BREATHER Like many other North Bay chefs, Mark Miller and Sean Kelly at Underwood work spontaneously to feed their staff.

Gather Round the Table

Staff meals at North Bay restaurants offer camaraderie, experimentation— and delicious results BY DANI BURLISON


ehind the scenes at restaurants, who can resist the romance of silver clinking against glass, of ceramic plates coming together of the heat sizzling and rising up around chefs in a kitchen? The popularity of programs like Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations is a testament to kitchen camaraderie, showing us what the act of sharing

food, family-style, consists of: hearty loaves of bread on outdoor tables with jugs of wine and low-hanging olive branches catching the last rays of sun as it dips beyond the Tuscan hills. Or something like that. Along with the instant gratification of tips, staff meals are an added perk of employment in the restaurant industry. Besides filling hungry bellies, these meals provide opportunities for a team to come together like a big,

happy, hard-working (and, let’s face it, sometimes dysfunctional) extended family. Chefs often use the meals to experiment with leftovers, audition potential menu items and provide waiters with knowledge about what, exactly, they are serving. “Staff meal has nuances of function, but at its core, it is the time for the health of a staff to develop,” writes Sonoma County– bred author Marissa Guggiana in her 2011 book Off the Menu: Staff Meals from America’s Top Restaurants. “Like dinner for

many families, it is the only time that everyone is together in an unstructured way.” Jordan Lancer, who as a server at Healdsburg’s Madrona Manor enjoyed many staff meals from the Michelin and Zagat-rated kitchen, echoes the sentiment. “A meal is something to level the playing ground,” he says. “If you all get together, it is a time where you have a chance to laugh about something and have a bonding moment. More than anything, it’s an occasion to bond about that night’s service.”

making ramen. It was something that we’re interested in, but it’s not something we necessarily have on the menu,” he says. “One dish that we make that people really like is called jook, or congee, which is a rice porridge from Asia. We make that a lot. It’s pretty filling and we can put whatever you want in it. Traditionally, it’s made from leftover rice, and it can be made a little spicy, usually with cabbage and a little meat. It’s nice to put a lot of fresh vegetables in it, and if you’re low on meat, you can use eggs. It’s pretty versatile.” “Sometimes the dishes take a long time—up to 40 minutes to prepare one fine dining dish—and it is timed throughout the night, and that comes into play,” says Lancer. But even Michelin-starred servers enjoy the simple things; employees at Madrona Manor enjoy regular off-the-menu items like pizza and burgers and have, on occasion, ordered out for burritos during large catering events. Server Michelle Hansen works the dining rooms of not one but three West County restaurants, where she is offered a wide variety of plates for family meals. “At Hi-Five, Eugene [Birdsall] is constantly experimenting and making all of these incredible dishes, and he just throws one up on the window for us, which is really great,” she says of the Guerneville restaurant. “Sometimes it’s octopus or shishito peppers or whatever he buys fresh that morning. He isn’t even really buying it to put on the menu; he just likes to cook and wants to share it all. “Last night, I had pozole at my other job at [Sebastopol’s] French Garden,” she continues, “and it was to die for. Sometimes they just make a big pot of it and share it with everyone.” Often, chefs want to put all of their ingredients to use, regardless of whether or not they’re called for in the menu. “This one time after a shift, Brandon [Guenther] was cooking something and he had bone marrow and told me I needed to try it,” says Sara Gray of the chef at Rocker Oysterfeller’s in Valley Ford. “The majority of my life I had been a vegetarian and I didn’t think I could eat it, but it was one


FRESH INSPIRATION Ingredients for staff meals often come straight from the garden; Rocker Oysterfeller’s Brandon Guenther tends toward Mexican cuisine after hours.

of the best things, and I just looked at him and said, ‘Are you kidding me? This is insane. I could eat this every night!’ And he said, ‘Well, you can’t because you’d probably have a heart attack and die,’ and we just laughed and kept eating. It was delicious.” “Aside from bone marrow with capers, red onion and Dijon mustard, we run a Mexican restaurant after hours,” says Guenther. “We have done tortas ahogadas—classic pork carnitas sandwiches from Jalisco, and enfrijoladas, which are beans folded up on a lightly fried tortilla with spicy bean sauce and Cotija cheese.” Another specialty dinner that Guenther recently created for his staff consisted of pit-roasted bull head with beer and local mirepoix for tacos de cabeza. Graton’s Underwood Bistro is also known for bringing an international flair to its family meals. Chef Mark Miller visits Thailand as often as twice a year, and his staff has picked up on his Thai specialties. “The other night, [sous chef] Sean Kelly made this really great pork curry with sticky rice, and I swear to God, it tasted like I was in an alleyway in Bangkok eating at some little stand. It was so delicious. All of the flavors were spot on,” says Malicki, who often sits in on family meals with girlfriend Fina Wheeler, a longtime server at Underwood. “I remember Amy Tan wrote

a book about this woman who comes to America from China and works at a Chinese restaurant in the suburbs. She was working there for six months before she ever knew it was a Chinese restaurant. The food was like, what the hell is this? It’s the opposite thing with Mark Miller’s food. If you were blindfolded and didn’t know where you were and you were eating his food, you’d think you were in Thailand.” As far as sticking with a theme or set menu for Underwood’s family meals, Miller and sous chef Sean Kelly work spontaneously with local seasonal ingredients to feed their staff, focusing on Thai and Vietnamese dishes. “It varies,” says Miller. “We can make a quick stir fry or curry or fried rice dishes. We stay creative, so they’re fed well and always happy.” “Staff meals for me are a chance to experiment, so I never necessarily know what it’s going to be until about 9:30 on a Friday night,” says Sean Kelly with a laugh. “Like last night, I made ceviche with pineapple. I had never put pineapple in it before and I thought, ‘Hey, that sounds delicious!’ The staff is usually pretty enthusiastic about the meals, and I really appreciate them trying these new things.” “And I think that as long as you like what you’re doing,” he adds, “it’s always going to be delicious, one way or another.” ) 24

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Mark Malicki, chef at Casino in Bodega, agrees. Though Malicki’s preference is to enjoy a family meal before a dinner shift, he stresses the importance of the staff coming together. “That camaraderie seems to come into play more at the end of the evening. If you’re sitting down and you’re all eating, you review the night and talk about customers, and that is kind of fun,” he says. “But whatever time it is, it’s just great sitting down with everyone, laughing and talking.” But what about the meal itself, you ask? Do waitstaffs get the five-star dining experience they’re required to offer their guests, or are they sent out back with a hodgepodge of leftovers like Little Orphan Annie? Though some servers share stories of mean and withholding chefs who’d often be so frazzled after a long shift that they’d offer nothing more than a plate of old, souring mussels and cold rice or a wilted caesar salad to their servers, word on the street is that in the North Bay, waitstaffs have full and satisfied bellies. “We get lots of barbecue, lots of fried chicken, and it’s pretty delicious,” says Navid Manoochehri of Yountville’s Ad Hoc. “But one of the best things I’ve ever had was lobster fried rice.” Manoochehri adds that Ad Hoc—featured in Come In, We’re Closed, yet another book about staff meals—has its own garden, and the family meals often consist of fresh, seasonal produce with lots of tomatoes, stone fruit and green salads. “We also usually make a big family meal for people’s last day at work. Those are usually very fun and pretty epic endeavors, lots of food, lots of drink,” says Manoochehri. “Sometimes there are dance parties, too.” Madrona Manor chef Jesse Mallgren says that because the restaurant has such a specific menu focusing on small dishes, there isn’t a lot of room for experimentation with family meals, and, as with Ad Hoc, he often relies on what he finds in the garden that day. “For a while, we went on a kick of

Quail Plumped with Kale Nested closer to their goal of subsidizing in Wild Greens Pillaged Within social programs for youth. Reach—it’s nice to see dedicated Thanks to the downtown locavores taking themselves riverfront overhaul and culinary lightly. revival, the city of Napa is no Farther north, in Bodega Bay, longer playing second fiddle to where the fried-fish joints and its quainter neighbors St. Helena windblown foliage and Yountville. don’t change much, Exhibit A: Empire, it’s hard to miss the the new restaurant new spooky-looking and cocktail sign for the Birds lounge located Cafe, perched snugly inside the Andaz between Highway 1 Hotel, Napa’s and the bay across newest (and, from Pelican Plaza. at five stories, Owned by Bodega tallest) overnight Bay native Melissa destination. Freeman, a former The décor is BILLOWING NitroKarma’s ice real estate agent Old World swank, cream is as much fun to order as turned caterer and with antique organ to eat. home-delivery meal pipes backing professional, the cafe the bar, a knight’s serves up all the coastal standards shield, leather-clad walls and an (fish ’n’ chips, clam chowder, fish old-fashioned marble and chrome tacos). Also on offer are slices beverage cart. Live jellyfish bob of deep fried pies, which can be in tall glass tanks that lend a enjoyed with a view of the bay on neon blue hue to the candlelit the large outdoor deck—just watch surroundings. Though the cocktail out for those seagulls! takes center stage (egg whites Santa Rosans, take heart: your and bitters and Germain-Robin (long overdue!) downtown bagel Craft Method Brandy, oh my!), shop has arrived. Again. After small plates are served until 2am closing due to a tragic fire on the on Friday and Saturday nights. corner of Brookwood and Fourth Think roast turkey breast sliders, in 2009, the longtime Sebastopolcauliflower fritters, and a do-itbased favorite Grateful Bagel yourself mashed potato featuring has opened another Santa Rosa seasonal accompaniments. incarnation, this one right smack In another nod to the past, downtown in the former Hot Odalisque Cafe in San Rafael Dog City spot. Pesto pizza bagel? draws its inspiration from a 17thCheck. Morning Bun, the love child century French painting denoting of a croissant and a cinnamon the Ottoman Empire. (Although roll? Check. Your favorite cream the coy, graceful woman depicted cheese? Er . . . last time I popped in, in La Grande Odalisque is a far they were out of both veggie and cry from the historical odalik, a berry, but were more than happy to Turkish female maidservant or improvise with jam. concubine). On the plate, this And speaking of improvisation, translates to an amalgam of what do you get when you partner French, Mediterranean and North up an expert smoothie-maker African flavors in dishes like with a research geek? Why, liquid tagine of lamb and fennel soup. nitrogen ice cream, of course! Appropriately sharing a building Tucked into the unassuming with Art Works Downtown, Dave’s Market on Third Street at the cafe—from the shiny wood Dutton, NitroKarma serves up flooring to the silver coffee trays quick-freezing ice cream with a and geometric-patterned throw conscience. Former social workers pillows—is itself a work of art. Renee and Madeline aim to “create Whether you’re a dedicated good karma through utilizing gourmand or casual nibbler, and happy scoops . . . to empower others whether your taste runs urban chic in their lives.” That’s right, each or rustic harbor, there’s no better scoop of cucumber lime and housetime to try something new. Just be roasted butter pecan brings them sure to leave the right kind of tip. Sara Sanger

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Nearly a decade later, to say that Marinites have embraced the bold brushstrokes and flavors of the Puerto Rican eatery would be a gross understatement. To keep up with her customers’ ravenous appetites over the past decade, owner Marisol “Sol” Hernandez opened two more locations in San Rafael, all within walking distance of each other. So it’s little surprise that Sol

Food recently opened in Mill Valley to great aplomb, including lines out the door and lauds in Sunset magazine. Though tucked into a neutral-hued commercial space, expect the same cheerful pastel doors, drippy foliage, sumptuous island fare, fizzy drinks and warm, friendly service. In another far-flung corner of Marin (where Sir Francis Drake meets Highway 1), the quaint white farmhouse of the Olema Inn has been revamped into the Olema, featuring the new smallplates restaurant Sir and Star. To pair with the taxidermy birds on the dining room walls, why not stomach something just as fowl: the “faux gras,” a mousse made of local duck liver, which the menu warns is “so delicious it should be illegal.” With a playful menu that reads more like cheeky haiku— there’s Marrow in the Bone with an Onion Jam of Tales That Once Wagged Nearby and A Neighbor’s

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It was not always so, this sparkling boom. Long before the gold rush on Napa Valley vineyard real estate began, there was the Gold Rush. As in ’49ers, with bags of gold, whooping it up in old Frisco. Despite the stereotype of a grizzled prospector leading a mule train past your mind’s eye, when the ’49ers partied, they downed enormous quantities of Champagne. Within months, savvy entrepreneurs were looking for ways to supply them from a little closer in. Buena Vista Winery’s Champagne cellars are relics of this era; somewhat later on, the brothers Korbel careershifted from lumber to liquid gold, a success that lasts to this day. After Prohibition, Paul Masson was “fermented in the bottle,” and the little old winemaker

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Meet Hopland’s Rack & Riddle, where most of the area’s small-scale sparkling is made BY JAMES KNIGHT uddenly, sparkling. Have you noticed? In just a few years, the trend in wine country’s tasting rooms has gone from, “Hi, are you here for tasting?” to “Hi, may I offer you a glass of sparkling wine?” (Why, yes, you may indeed.) Unlike many other trends, however—unoaked Chardonnay, say, or chocolates with Cabernet—a single company has made much of this possible.

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So the bubbles have gone to your head, and you want your own Cuvée Luxury? If you have enough grapes or wine, Hopland’s Rack & Riddle can do it—but deals in minimums of 500 gallons. If you have a reseller’s license, you can purchase as few as 132 cases of shiners. But if you just need a few cases because you’re throwing a big party, wedding, sending out holiday gifts to business clients, or you just like stealing away to your “cellar” to produce wines with labels that read, “from the cellar of J. R. Puffinpride” for dinner guests, there’s Windsor Vineyards. Founded in the way-back by Sonoma County icon Rodney Strong, Windsor Vineyards still offers personalized labels on North Coast appellation bottles of sparkling wine or a set of darling little single-serving, 187-milliliter party favor bottles. (Windsor Vineyards, tasting room at 308-B Center St., Healdsburg. 800.289.9463.) But no. Your head is lousy with bubbles. Mad with mousse. You’re a fermentation warrior and you’re going to do it yourself. It can be done, but first, get some advice. “We help people make champagne all the time,” says the Beverage People’s Nancy Vineyard. The first thing you need to do is make a low alcohol wine, about 19 percent. Then dose it with sugar so that it creates carbonation in the bottle. Unlike homebrewing beer, however, sparkling wine requires two to three times the amount of sugar. “We recommend a little lower pressure than commercially used—for safety and because it will be enough carbonation,” says Vineyard.



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so very expensive that I do not know any grower-producers that are doing all of this themselves,” Kathleen Inman explains. At her property in Santa Rosa, she grows the Pinot Noir for Inman Family Wines “Endless Crush” Brut Rosé Nature, and trucks the grapes up to Hopland. Clients also may bring their finished wine to Rack & Riddle, where their winemakers oversee the tirage and riddling processes. “I believe that people like Norm at Flying Goat and Wes at Clos Pepe, myself and Thomas George are at the leading edge of a ‘grower bubbles/farmers fizz’ trend in California,” Inman says, referring to the slang term for Champagne’s small-scale bubbly phenomenon. They’re quickly being followed by dozens of others. The appeal of vintage-dated, sparkling wines from a grower’s own vineyard is powerful, says Rack & Riddle’s Cynthia Faust. “It makes you feel like you’re a valued customer,” she says, when someone at the tasting room immediately greets visitors with “May I start you with a sparkling?” If they walk out and don’t buy it, there’s no second chance at the supermarket. “These clients are not competing with the mass markets and BevMos of the world,” says Garaventa. “It’s a hand sell.” Indeed—besides traditional Champagne region grapes Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, clients bring in oddballs like Malbec, Grenache, Syrah and Merlot— sparkling Merlot! “The Merlot turned out really nice,” Faust notes. “He was really happy with it.” Cynthia Faust has started her own stylish label, Breathless, with her sisters. Rebecca Faust and Bruce Lundquist, both with experience in the sparkling wine business, co-founded Rack & Riddle in 2007. It’s grown from 5,000 cases to some 75,000 in five years, not including a big contract with Piper Sonoma. The cavernous facility, formerly leased by the Fetzer brand for cold storage, is packed with tanks from 500 to 50,000 gallons, deep canyons of

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& Riddle baseball cap. Attentive fans of Trader Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brand of sparkling wine will note this as the source, where the price ($20) is somewhat more than at the discount market. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our belief that every winery should have a sparkling wine in their portfolio,â&#x20AC;? Garaventa suggests. To that end, Rack & Riddle sells â&#x20AC;&#x153;shiners,â&#x20AC;? ďŹ nished and bottled wines that lack only for a label. Wineries can slap on their own, and voilĂ ! One even won a state fair gold medal with theirs. But deception is not the object. Many clients, having jump-started their sparkling program, return with their own grapes, because, why wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t they? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because bubbly makes people happy,â&#x20AC;? says Garaventa. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bubbly kicks off the party.â&#x20AC;?

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Sipping in the Sun Upcoming food events of note in the North Bay COMPILED BY ANNA HECHT AND NICOLAS GRIZZLE Oysters & Jambalaya: Music & Wine July 27. While viewing a backdrop of valleys and vineyards, enjoy a pairing of wine from Little Vineyards with live music and food by chef Jeff Mall of Healdsburg’s Zin Restaurant. Little Vineyards Family Winery, Glen Ellen. 4–8pm. $65–$75. 707.996.2750. www. Uke-a-Palooza Aug. 2. Oxbow Public Market, along with Judd and Holly Finkelstein of Judd’s Hill Winery, present a special Polynesian evening, which includes a performance by the Maikai Gents. Guests are encouraged to bring their own ukulele and perform. Oxbow Public Market, Napa. 6–9pm. Free. 707.226.6529. www. Lobster Luau Wine Fest Aug. 3. Featuring an extravagant amount of food and wine, the mouthwatering menu includes fresh baguette with drawn butter and whole head garlic, prawns, corn, artichokes, red potatoes, yellow onions and, of course—fresh Maine lobsters!. Judd’s Hill Winery, Napa. 5–8pm. $135. 707.255.2332.

‘Eggs on the River’ Eggfest Aug. 3. Big Green Egg barbecue enthusiasts unite for this egg-tastic event where up to 20 barbecues will be fired up and cooking a variety of food. Guests choose to be a cook or a sampler in the barbecue competition. Stumptown Brewery, Guerneville. 10am–4pm. $20–$35; cooks free. 707.546.3749. www.

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Gravenstein Apple Fair Aug. 10–11. The fair continues its rich history in Sonoma County this year with a fun-filled two days of music, great food, arts and crafts booths, pony rides and don’t forget the contests! An Apple Pie Baking, Pie Eating Contest, Applesauce Drinking Contest and Apple Juggling Contest dominate, with non-apple foods and drinks on hand too. Ragle Ranch Park, Sebastopol. Sat. 10am–6pm. Sun. 10am–5pm. $5–$12. 707.823.7262. www. ‘Short Haul Shanty’ Aug. 13. In this themed dinner, chef Damon Little partners with fisherman Kirk Lombard to prepare a seafood feast of various fish, such as halibut and monkey-faced eel, all caught by Lombard himself within 25 miles of the Golden Gate Bridge and served to the sounds of sea shanties performed by the fisherman and his wife. Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito. 6:30–9:30pm. $35–$45. 415.331.2787. Grape to Glass Aug. 17. The 18th annual celebration kicks off with a tasting reception showcasing more than 50 wineries along with local restaurants and caterers offering wine pairings. Guests can stroll through the park-like setting at Richard’s Grove & Saralee’s Vineyard, view local artists’ work and bid on silent auction items. Following the reception is a delicious barbecue and one of the largest homemade Gravenstein apple pies you’ve ever seen. Richard’s Grove & Saralee’s Vineyard, Windsor. 4pm. $85–$1,000. 707.521.2534. Blues, Brews & BBQ Aug. 24. Napa’s barbecue madness ensues with barbecue chicken, pork, oysters, shrimp and corn, and over 30 microbrews including Lagunitas, New Belgium, Blue Moon, New Castle and more.

Music from AC Myles, Lara Price Blues Band, Terry Hanck Band and Frank Bey and the Anthony Paule Band promises a dancin’ time, and there’s always the Catch The Bounty Hunter Rib Eatin’ contest, in which 10 contestants eat as many ribs as they can in 10 minutes. First and Main streets, Napa. 1–6pm. Free. 707.257.0322. Seafood, Art & Wine Festival Aug. 24–25. The 19th annual festival in Bodega features an abundance of arts and crafts, over a dozen restaurants and caterers with an emphasis on seafood, three stages of entertainment and one large dance floor to show off your moves, kids’ activities, wine and beer tasting and, debuting this year, wine sales. 16855 Bodega Hwy., Bodega. Sat. 10am–6pm. Sun. 10am–5pm. Free–$15. 707.824.8717. www. Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Aug. 30–Sept. 1. Just think: a whole weekend to be classy and sip wine by the vineyards. The weekend begins Friday as guests dance under the stars at Sonoma Starlight at Francis Ford Coppola Winery while listening to Pride & Joy. On Saturday, savor delectable bites paired with wine at Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch. Finally, on Sunday, bid on worldclass wines and experiences at the Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction at Chateau St. Jean. Small-scale lunch and dinner gatherings are ) 32




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also provided for guests wanting more intimate experiences. $85â&#x20AC;&#x201C; $500. 707.935.0803, ext. 1. www. Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival Sept. 28. This event sells out quickly every year, and for good reason. Setting aside the 175 varieties of heirloom tomatoes painstakingly sliced and presented in ascending order from lightest to heaviest ďŹ&#x201A;avor as the centerpiece of the festival, and forgetting about the 50 Bay Area restaurants and food trucks selling unique tomato-inspired creations ranging from tacos to ice cream to gazpacho, and let alone the great live music all day, and disregarding the delicious winetasting in several booths, the real shell-out-the-cash-and-gethere-now aspect of the festival is this: thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good chance youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll meet Guy Fieri, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good chance he will hit on your girlfriend. Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens. 5007 Fulton Rd., Fulton. $95â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$150. 866.287.9818. Sonoma County Harvest Fair Oct. 4-6. This is how the wine country goes on a bender. Three full days of winetasting, with over 150 wineries, and now microbreweries, sampling their wares. Some samples are so limited they might not even

become available for purchase outside of some special club. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s food, of course, and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss the World Championship Grape Stomp. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about local, with winners proudly displaying their award-winning prowess on labels of local food products. Chef demos, winetasting seminars and plenty other gastronomic adventures to keep one busy all weekend long. Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Free admission, tasting pavillion tickets $50. 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. 707.545.4203. Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival Sept. 27â&#x20AC;&#x201C;29. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blending time and tradition since 1897,â&#x20AC;? they say. Whatever that means, it includes three different grape stomps, music by Tainted Love, Train Wreck Junction, Shannon Rider, Buck Ford, California Cowboys, Dginn, Beso Negro and Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Beautiful Day and, this year, 12k and 5k runs through downtown Sonoma and surrounding vineyards. A glowing night parade and a ďŹ reďŹ ghter water ďŹ ght (hopefully featuring Stanley Spadowski) are also highlights of the three-day festival. Being in Sonoma, there will of course be winetasting involved. Sonoma Square, West Napa Street and First Street West, Sonoma. General admission free; opening gala, $85. 707.996.2109.

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Rabbit in a Hat Poof! It’s magic! I’m now among the most talented journalists in the nation. Ha! I wish it worked that easily. Alex Ramon wouldn’t have any problem with this, however, since in his profession of magic, he’s on top right now. Raised in Richmond, Ramon developed a passion for magic at age 13 after learning a few card tricks. He performed at parties and received awards and titles while still in his teens. Soon, Ramon toured worldwide with Disney LIVE! presents “Mickey’s Magic Show,” performed for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey and is now focused on his own Lake Tahoe show, ‘Illusion Fusion.’ Fortunately, Ramon alakazams his way to our neighborhood on Wednesday, July 31, at Marin Center Showcase Theatre. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $25. 7pm. 415.499.6800.


Blue in Green Jazz great Miles Davis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame only seven years ago, though his music has captivated fans for decades. His iconic 1959 quadruple-platinum album Kind of Blue showcased the talents of the famous sextet: Davis, John Coltrane, Jimmy Cobb, Cannonball Adderley, Paul Chambers and Bill Evans. Cobb, a legendary drummer and the last surviving member of this group, headlines a Miles Davis tribute concert this weekend, joined by Larry Vuckovich, Doug Miller, Steve Heckman, Joel Behrman and Andrew Speight. It’s also the last chance to catch the exhibit of his paintings at the Napa Valley Museum. Get ready for some Master Class when the boys come to town on Saturday, July 27, at Lincoln Theater. 100 California Drive, Yountville. $25–$65. 7pm. 707.226.8742.


River Riot The Healdsburg Water Carnival is where you can swim all day, eat good food and see who’ll be first to splash flat on their ass during the floating wine-barrel races! And did we mention that you can float a rubber duckie in an actual competition? The carnival offers all this and more when it sets down at sunny Memorial Beach Saturday for its third-annual fest. Bringing a swimsuit and towel is a must, and activities include a river parade of whimsical floats, the Great American rubber duck dash, delicious food prepared by local food truck chefs, children’s games and live music by Big G and Friends. Carnival proceeds go to Regional Parks and the Rotary Club. Have the sunscreen ready and root for your favorite rubber duckie on Saturday, July 27, at Veterans Memorial Beach. 13839 Old Redwood Hwy., Healdsburg. Free. 11am. 707.565.2041.


Zigaboo in Love Now in its eighth year, the Far West Fest is a no-brainer on the fun scale. Presented by West Marin Youth Programs and KWMR community radio, the festival boasts a musical lineup sure to awaken your funk, bluegrass and rock souls. Performers include Zigaboo Modeliste and the New Aahkesstra, FogDub, John Doe, Paige Anderson & the Fearless Kin, Beso Negro, Asheba and more. Oysters, fresh produce, grass-fed meats and baked goods are on offer, with a fun zone for the kids. Since it’s voted best music festival in Marin County, it’s almost required to attend this party (that is, if you favor music over rubber duckies) on Saturday, July 27, at Love Field. 11171 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Point Reyes Station. $15–$75. 11am. 415.663.8068.

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career of transforming iconic movie characters into equally iconic stage characters. She won her first Tony as the lead in Thoroughly Modern Millie, the stage adaptation of the 1967 Julie Andrews film, and went on to appear as Jo March in the 2004 musical adaptation of Little Women, the yodeling lab-assistant Inga in Young Frankenstein and the rough-and-tumble Princess Fiona in Shrek: The Musical. She also created the role of actressin-love Janet van de Graaf in The Drowsy Chaperone, and went on to win her second Tony as Reno in the 2011 Broadway revival of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes. On Aug. 1, in a one-night-only concert at Jack London State Park, Foster performs highlights from her Broadway shows, along with songs from her two solo albums. The concert is presented by the Transcendence Theatre Company, which has transformed the old winery ruins at Jack London into one of the hottest spots for live performance in the Bay Area. When Foster learned about the open-air, summertime shows, she quickly signed on for a performance under the stars in wine country. “I’m really looking forward to performing outside,” says Foster, who will be accompanied by her longtime musical director Michael Rafter, and also by actress-singer Megan McGinnis, who played Beth to Foster’s Jo in Little Women. It’s not a long shot to guess they’ll be performing Little Women’s showstopping duet “Some Things Are Meant to Be.” And there may be some surprises, as well. “We’ll be doing some songs that are brand-new to us,” Foster says. “I think it will be a nice, chill evening. Every song has been chosen with great care. Each one is an expression of who I am and how I feel. I would say this is going to be a very personal show.”

“And hopefully,” Foster laughs, “people will still like me.” Foster, who played Michelle on the ABC Family series Bunheads, is best known for her work on Broadway, where she’s made a

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Elegy for a Life ‘Fruitvale Station’ revisits the life and tragic death of Oscar Grant BY RICHARD VON BUSACK


n Fruitvale Station, Bay Area filmmaker Ryan Coogler insists Oscar Grant—shot and killed by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle in 2009—was more than just a thug, and reminds knee-jerkers that being drunk and disorderly isn’t a capital crime.

Michael B. Jordan’s restrained portrayal of Oscar Grant affects even those who don’t want to be manipulated—who want to watch this story with unfogged eyes. Jordan gives us the charisma of the unlucky man from Hayward, a cherished father to his daughter Tatiana (Ariana Neal, a prodigy), someone who wanted to do right so badly that he tattooed the name of his church on his shoulders. But we’re allowed to see the sinner in Grant. We can feel for this young man’s confusion and desperation. We follow him running errands on the last day of his life: bitter coincidence, it was his mother’s birthday. Octavia Spencer’s excellence in this role will dazzle those who remember how good she was in The Help; there’s iron-clad evenness in her voice when she uses the euphemism

“taking your vacations” to describe her son’s period in prison. Coogler has a sharp, clean 90-minute film with no fat on it. But the next level of filmmaking would have counterpointed Grant’s life with the story of Mehserle, played by Kevin Durand. In real life, the Napa-raised, SSU-educated Mehserle’s own wife was ready to give birth any minute—which mirrors Fruitvale Station’s insistence on Grant as a loving father. Moreover, Mehserle had faced an armed passenger earlier that night, and is depicted as horrified after the shooting. I doubt that hardliners who want to believe that a cackling racist executed Grant for fun can be satisfied by the plausible explanation that in the heat of the moment Mehserle drew a gun instead of a taser. But who could blame extremists? Fruitvale Station’s release follows hard on the atrocity of the Travyon Martin case. Coogler sums up Grant’s story with a peaceful demonstration, not the nights of rage; the audience is left with tears instead of easy solutions. It might not help, but I wonder how much it costs to rename a BART station after a person. ‘Fruitvale Station’ opens Friday, July 26, at Summerfield Cinemas.

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Rise Again

Reggae on the River finally comes home



ost people call it “the house that reggae built.” When an arsonist burned down the firehouse that housed the Mateel Community Center in 1983, the Humboldt County nonprofit created the Reggae on the River music festival to help rebuild.

Since, just about every worldclass reggae musician has rolled through the tiny village of Garberville, bringing the venue international prestige. Twentynine years later, and surviving a mess of controversy, the annual reggae festival has come full circle, returning to its original date and site at French’s Camp next weekend. Justin Crellin, the Mateel Community Center’s general manager, has seen the reggae festival hit enormous highs and extreme lows. Over the years, Reggae on the River garnered international publicity, and attendance numbers climbed well

past 25,000 people. With so many other commitments, the Mateel handed over festival operations to the newly formed People’s Productions in 2006. It seemed the perfect solution to maintain the event’s integrity: hiring Mateel associates who had worked on the festival for years. “There was a perceived need to break off the production arm for Reggae on the River so we didn’t lose sight of the work the Mateel was doing,” says Crellin. “At the time, it made sense, but in hindsight we saw some of the negative sides that came along with taking it out of the Mateel office.” The festival was successful that year, but a subsequent lawsuit alleged hundreds of thousands of dollars in missing receipts. Originally calculated to receive over $200,000, the Mateel received a fraction of the $16,000 promised by People Productions. “There was a point in the wake of the controversy and lawsuit where basically our entire crew was laid off,” Crellin says. “We weren’t even sure we were going to be able to keep operating.” To make matters worse, the county issued the event permit to a different landowner who partnered with People Productions to host their own festival, Reggae Rising, on the date Reggae on the River historically took place. People Productions went under in 2009, but the damage was done. For a few years, the Mateel was able to hold the festival as a one-day event up the road in Benbow, but it was lackluster in comparison. After years of working to regain the community’s trust, the Mateel has finally healed the wounds that divided even resident households. This year, at the original French’s Camp location, Reggae on the River is finally coming home. “There have been silver linings that came with the controversy and history,” says Crellin. “We are trying to bring it back to something that’s manageable, that’s reflective of our community, something that’s safe to bring your family to and ultimately makes for a better experience.” Reggae on the River runs Aug. 1–4 at French’s Camp. For full info, see

Concerts SONOMA COUNTY Fort Ross Festival Music by Los Cenzontles, Inna Zhelannaya, Carlos Reyes & the Electric Symphony, Alexander Liapin, Kitka, Su Nu Nu Shinal (Kshaya Pomo Tribe), Northern Rainbow Russian Folklore and others. Jul 27, 10am and Jul 28, 10am. $15. Fort Ross State Historic Park, 19005 Hwy 1, Jenner.

Friday Night Live Jul 26, SambaDĂĄ. 5:30pm. Free. Cloverdale Plaza, Cloverdale.

Funky Fridays Jul 26, Michael Bolivar. 6:30pm. $10. Sugarloaf Ridge, 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood.

J Boog Reggae with Pacific Island flavor. Aaradhna & Hot Rain, WBLK Dancehall Massive & Kimie open. Jul 31, 9pm. $27$30. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

Jazz It Up Concert Series Jul 27, Mixed Emotions. 4pm. Free. Seasons of the Vineyard, 113 Plaza St, Healdsburg. 707.431.2222.

Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.874.9392.

Rockinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Concerts Series Jul 27, Pop Fiction. Noon. Free. Montgomery Village Shopping Center, Santa Rosa.

Maia Sharp Songstress has penned songs for the Dixie Chicks, Bonnie Raitt, Trisha Yearwood and others. Jul 25, 9:30pm. $10. Aubergine, 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2722.

Summer Concert Series Jul 26, We Became Owls, Katie Phillips & the Last Buffalo, Steve Pile Band. 6pm. $20-$25. VML Winery, 4035 Westside Rd., Healdsburg. 707.431.4404.

US Air Force Band of the Golden West Military marches, jazz arrangements, Broadway tunes and patriotic standards. Jul 24, 1pm. Free. Cline Cellars, 24737 Arnold Dr, Sonoma.

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The Dickies Punk pioneers from Los Angeles. Jul 25, 8:30pm. $10$15. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

Far West Fest Music by John Doe, Zigaboo Modeliste & the New Aahkesstra, Lebo and friends, the Sam Chase, Beso Negro, Paige Anderson & the Fearless Kin and Matt Jaffe & the Distractions. Jul 27, 11am. $25$35. Love Field, Highway 1 and Levee Road, Pt Reyes Station.

Summer Music Series Jul 28, Dynamo Jones. 1pm. $8. Elkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lodge, 1312 Mission Ave, San Rafael. 415.721.7661.

NAPA COUNTY Cherish the Ladies Ensemble specializes in Irish music. Jul 27, 8pm. $25-$30. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Hapa Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been called the Simon & Garfunkel of Hawaii. Jul 25, 8pm. $25-$30. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. ) 707.226.7372.




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MartyParty and Ooah produce electronic dance music with a sexy sound. Jul 26, 9pm. $35. Hopmonk Sebastopol, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.




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Jul 24, Michael Bolivar. 5pm. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S High St, Sebastopol. 707.829.4797.


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It’s a family affair for this Pizzarelli, with his brother on bass and wife on the mic. Jul 26, 8pm. $35-$40. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Miles Davis Tribute Legendary jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb, who played on ‘Kind of Blue,’ headlines this concert. Jul 27, 7pm. $25-$65. Lincoln Theater, 100 California Dr, Yountville. 707.226.8742.

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Bergamot Alley Jul 28, Trailer Park Rangers. 328-A Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.433.8720.

Flamingo Lounge Jul 26, Reflex. Jul 27, Jeff Edwins Dance Band. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

French Garden Jul 25, New Skye. Jul 26, Blue Jazz Combo. Jul 27, Out of the Blue. 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.2030.

Gaia’s Garden Jul 24, Celtic Session. Jul 27, Rhythm Rangers. 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491.

Heritage Public House Jul 27, Sally Haggard. 1901 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.540.0395.

Hopmonk Sebastopol Jul 24, Ini, Dr Dylon, Mose. Jul 26, Pantyraid. Jul 27, Alison Harris & the Barn Owls. Jul 29, Kabaka Pyramid. Jul 31,

Inner Space Mickey Hart turns brain waves into sound Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart is pretty far “out there.” The last time he played in town, the global drum master transformed light waves from outer space into musical sound waves. Now, the next frontier Hart has taken on is inner space, the human brain. It sounds like something from a sci-fi flick, but it’s actually not new. Alvin Lucier composed a piece in 1965 called “Music for Solo Performer” in which EEG electrodes on the performer’s head picked up alpha waves—a specific type of brain wave induced by intense concentration—and converted them into electrical energy. Run through amplifiers, speakers and noisemaking devices, the waves became sounds. There’s no telling what Hart’s return appearance at the Raven this week will sound like exactly, except to say that he will wear a hat outfitted with electrodes. Hart’s new album, Superorganism, was made with help from Dr. Adam Gazzaley of UC San Francisco, and proceeds from the tour go to research toward music therapy. Hart plays Thursday, Aug. 1, at the Raven Theater. 115 North St., Healdsburg. 8pm. $30–$35. 707.433.6335.—Nicolas Grizzle

Ill Gates. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Hopmonk Sonoma Jul 26, David Luning. Jul 27, Roem Baur. Jul 28, Rusty String Express. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.

Hotel Healdsburg Jul 27, Noam Lemish Trio. 25 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.431.2. 800.

Lagunitas Tap Room Jul 24, Misner & Smith. Jul

25, Grandpa Banana. Jul 26, Jon Gonzales String Band. Jul 27, David Thom Band. Jul 28, Incubators. Jul 31, Whisky Pills Fiasco. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

Mavericks Jul 28, Kent Stevenson Band. 397 Aviation Blvd, Santa Rosa. 707.765.2515.

Mystic Theatre Jul 27, Antsy McClain & the Trailer Park Troubadours, Dave

Occidental Center for the Arts Jul 26, the People’s King: A Musical Tribute to Bhutan. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.874.9392.

Russian River Brewing Co Jul 27, the Wants, the Mud, the Blood & the Beer. Jul 28, Soulshine Blues. 725 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.BEER.

Ruth McGowan’s Brewpub Jul 27, Dream Farmers. 131 E First St, Cloverdale. 707.894.9610.

Society: Culture House Jul 24, Johnny Tsunami & the Hurricanes. Jul 31, the Honey Dippers. 528 Seventh St, Santa Rosa, No phone.

Sprenger’s Tap Room Jul 27, Kingsborough. 446 B St, Santa Rosa. 707.544.8277.

Toad in the Hole Pub Jul 27, Crazy Famous. 116 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.544.8623.

Tradewinds Jul 24, Clean Slate. Jul 26, Blues Defenders. Jul 27, Levi Lloyd & the 501 Band. 8210 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7878.

Osteria Divino Jul 24, Noel Jewkes Duo. Jul 25, Passion Habanera. Jul 26, James Moseley Trio. Jul 27, Ken Cook Trio. Jul 28, Joan Getz Duo. Jul 30, Michael Fecskes. Jul 31, Jonathan Poretz. 37 Caledonia St, Sausalito.

Peri’s Silver Dollar Jul 24, Pickups. Jul 27, Soul Satellites. Jul 28, Red Valley Trappers. Jul 31, (W+T) J2. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.

Rancho Nicasio Jul 26 and 28, Paul Thorn Band. Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

Francisco Blvd, San Rafael. 415.453.3161.

Jul 24, Naive Melodies. Jul 25, Orgone. Jul 26, John Doe with Band, Virgil Shaw. Jul 27, Unauthorized Rolling Stones. Jul 28, the White Album Ensemble. Jul 31, Dead Meadow. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

Terrapin Crossroads Jul 28, Midnight North. Jul 26, Walking Spanish. Jul 27, Shortstack Lightning. Jul 30, Acacia. 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael.

Sausalito Seahorse Jul 25, Curtis Lawson. Jul 26, Doc Kraft. Jul 27, Fely Tchaco. Jul 28, Candela. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito.

Sleeping Lady Jul 26, Fenton Coolfoot & the Right Time. Jul 28, Namely Us. 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.485.1182.

Smiley’s Jul 25, Sponge Cake & the Fluff Ramblers. Jul 26, PSDSP. Jul 27, Black Water Gold. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311.

Studio 55 Marin Jul 27, Run Boy Run. 1455 E

NAPA COUNTY Napa Valley Opera House Jul 25, Hapa. Jul 26, John Pizzarelli Quartet. Jul 27, Cherish the Ladies. 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Silo’s Jul 27, Bay Area Blues Society’s Caravan of All Stars. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

Uptown Theatre Jul 28, the Deadlies. 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

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MARIN COUNTY 142 Throckmorton Theatre Jul 25, Pierre Bensusan. Jul 27, the Belle Sounds. Jul 28, Diego Figueiredo. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Fenix Jul 25, James Moseley Band. Jul 26, Jose Neto. Jul 27, Sugadady. Jul 28, Nancy Northrup. 919 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.813.5600.

George’s Nightclub Jul 26, Stephanie Teel Band. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

Hopmonk Novato Jul 26, IrieFuse. Jul 27, Danny Click & the Hell Yeahs. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200.

19 Broadway Club Jul 25, the Dickies, Extra Ordinary Astronauts. Jul 26, Equipto. Jul 27, Peach Street. Jul 28, the Knights of Malta. Jul 30, All Purpose DJs Reunion. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.


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Gonzalez & the Branded Men. Jul 29, Son Volt, Colonel Ford. Jul 31, J Boog, Aaradhna & Hot Rain. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

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Last time she was in town, at the Fillmore, things did not go well. Jul 25 at the Independent.


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Half-Argentinian and blind from birth, guitarist and composer sings with soul. Jul 25 at SFJAZZ Center.

The Uncluded Unlikely duo of Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson tour for new album, “Hokey Fright.” Jul 26 at Slim’s.

The Cult Band whose singer once replaced Jim Morrison plays 1987 album “Electric” in its entirety. Jul 27 at the Fillmore.

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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. Through Feb 6, “Sculpture Trail,” outdoor exhibit with sculptures along Cloverdale Boulevard and Geyserville Avenue changing every nine months. 215 N Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale.

Calabi Gallery Through Aug 31, “Summer Selection,” new selection of works by gallery artists as well as vintage art. 144 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. Wed-Sun, 11 to 5. 707.781.7070.

Charles M Schulz Museum

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

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.

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Through Sep 15, “Undercover Genius: The Creative Lives of Artists with Disabilities,” curated by Janet Moore and Geri Olson. 230 Lakeville St at East Washington, Petaluma. 707.762.5600.

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.

Gallery One Through Aug 31, “Scapes, Scapes & Scapes,” handcolored photos by Laura Culver and oil scapes by Robin Burgert. 209 Western Ave, Petaluma. 707.778.8277.

Gallery 300 Through Aug 31, “Pieces,” art by Cat Kaufman and Mary Vaughan. 300 South A St,

Through Sep 29, “Black, White, Red,” sculpture show. Cornerstone Place, 23588 Hwy 121, Sonoma. Daily, 10 to 5. 707.933.1300.

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

Petaluma Arts Center

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. 7345 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol. No phone.

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. Wed-Sun, 11 to 5. 707.939.SVMA.

Towers Gallery Through Oct 6, “Hidden Treasures,” variety of styles from local artists. 240 N Cloverdale Blvd, Ste 2, Cloverdale. 707.894.4331.

Upstairs Art Gallery Through Jul 27, “Collage Artist,” pieces by Monica Lee-Boutz. 306 Center Ave (above Levin & Co bookstore), Healdsburg. Sun-Thurs, 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.

Art Works Downtown Through Aug 3, “Light + Boxes,” mixed-media pieces by Dan Caven. Through Aug 3, Loring Doyle presents paintings. Through Aug 3, Mary Macey Butler, San Rafael photographer, displays her work. Through Aug 23, “Transitions,” photographybased imagery from 32 Bay Area artists. 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. Tues-Sat, 10 to 5. ) 415.451.8119.



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

Raven Performing Arts Theater, 115 North St., Healdsburg Sponsored in part by KRSH Radio, Selby Winery, & Bear Republic Brewing Co.


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Through Aug 18, “Margins to Mainstream,” seven contemporary artists with disabilities. Panel discussion, Jul 28, 2pm. 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.


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At 3pm. Gallery Route One, “Box Show,” 150 artists choose from three boxes and create a work of art. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1347.

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Riverfront Art Gallery Through Sep 8, “Juried Fine Art Show,” works from North Bay residents. 132 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. Wed, Thurs and Sun, 11 to 6. Fri-Sat, 11 to 8. 707.775.4ART.


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Through Aug 25, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Birds of the Sierra Nevada,â&#x20AC;? paintings by Keith Hansen. Through Aug 25, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celebrating 30 years,â&#x20AC;? featuring historical pieces from the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s past. Through Aug 25, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Constructed Surfaces,â&#x20AC;? color photographs by Andy Rappaport. Through Aug 25, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Consuelo Kanaga,â&#x20AC;? 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.

Falkirk Cultural Center Through Aug 17, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Splendid Objects,â&#x20AC;? new works by 19 contemporary artists. 1408 Mission Ave, San Rafael. 415.485.3438.

Gallery Route One Jul 26-Sep 8, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Box Show,â&#x20AC;? 150 artists choose from three boxes and create a work of art. Reception, Jul 28, 3pm. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. Wed-Mon, 11 to 5. 415.663.1347.

Marin Community Foundation Through Sep 27, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Breaking Barriers,â&#x20AC;? featuring work by Bay Area artists with disabilities. 5 Hamilton Landing, Ste 200, Novato. Open Mon-Fri, 9 to 5.

Marin MOCA Through Aug 25, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Out of Order,â&#x20AC;? a MarinMOCA member exhibition. Novato Arts Center, Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Dr, Novato. Wed-Sun, 11 to 4. 415.506.0137.

Marin Society of Artists Through Aug 3, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fresh Art,â&#x20AC;? paintings by local artists. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. MonThurs, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, 12 to 4. 415.454.9561.

Osher Marin JCC Through Sep 2, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nurture,â&#x20AC;? 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.


Grand Hand Gallery Through Jul 31, â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Juke Box,â&#x20AC;? photography by Christopher Felver. Through Jul 31, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fruit Juice,â&#x20AC;? work incorporating or inspired by all things fruit. 1136 Main St, Napa. No phone.

Napa Valley Museum Through Jul 28, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Miles Davis,â&#x20AC;? sketches and oil paintings by jazz pioneer Miles Davis. Through Jul 31, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paganini: A Ballet by Rachmaninoff and Fokine,â&#x20AC;? photos, designs and music from the 1939 Russian premiere. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. Tues-Sun, 10am to 4pm. 707.944.0500.

Blackbird of Calistoga Through Aug 31, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vegetable Portraits,â&#x20AC;? photography by Lynn Karlin. 1347 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga.

di Rosa Through Sep 22, â&#x20AC;&#x153;External Combustion,â&#x20AC;? pieces by Sacramento sculptors Nathan Cordero, Julia Couzens, Chris Daubert and Dave Lane. Artist panel discussion, Aug 14, 7pm, $10. Largest collection of contemporary Bay Area art. Tours daily. 5200 Sonoma Hwy, Napa. Wed-Sun, 10am to 6pm 707.226.5991.

ECHO Gallery Through Aug 31, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sum Sum Summer,â&#x20AC;? art by John Casey, Shawn Wisenhunt, Emma Higgens and Kim Ford Kitz. 1348 A Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.812.2201.

Gordon Huether Gallery Through Jul 31, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Norcal Modern,â&#x20AC;? new paintings by Grace Slick. 1465 First St, Napa. 707.255.5954.

Comedy Alex Ramon Magic Show Illusion Fusion Former Ringling Bros ringmaster has made Whoopi Goldberg levitate. Jul 31, 7pm. $25. Marin Center Showcase Theatre, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

Dylan Brody & Will Durst Satirical political comedy at its finest. Jul 27, 6pm. $125. Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 N Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale. 707.829.2214.

Joe Klocek San Francisco native has been on Comedy Central and NBCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last Comic Standing.â&#x20AC;? Kate Willet and Johnny Taylor open. Hosted by Torio Van Grol. Jul 26, 9pm and Jul 27, 7 and 9:30pm. $20. Murphyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Irish Pub, 464 First St E, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.


Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123. He’s still at it, with satire sharp as a prison shiv. Jul 26, 8pm. $30-$40. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Events Community Picnic Live music, food and carnival games. Jul 27, 10am. Free. Marin Rod and Gun Club, 2675 Francisco Blvd E, San Rafael.

Family Wellness Fair

The Pirate Bay Frivolity abounds in ‘Penzance’ Even before Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance begins, two glittering skull-and-crossbone decorations pop to life to tell audience members where the emergency exits are (“Arrrrrrrr!”), making clear that this production by SRJC’s Summer Repertory Theater is decidedly fun. Directed with unrestrained glee by Brian J. Marcum, the 134-year-old show fairly bursts with joyful invention and exuberance as a young, playful cast retells the story of a pirate apprentice (J. Clinton Boylan) torn between his crippling sense of piratical duty and his moral disdain for the institution of piracy. Drew Arisco gives the pirate king a touch of Jack Sparrow spaciness, and Sarah Caroline Billings is charmingly sweet (and strongvoiced) as the lovely Mabel, daughter of the pirate-fearing major-general (Scott Fuss). As the goofball police sergeant, Joshua Downs (who also plays the title character in Summer Rep’s Shrek: The Musical) is an absolute riot, a softhearted teddy bear with wobbly coordination and a team of policemen who couldn’t hurt a fly—and who dance like sleepy toddlers on their way to a nap. The Pirates of Penzance runs through Aug. 7 at the SRJC’s Burbank Auditorium. 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. Dates and times vary. $15–$25. 707.527.4307. —David Templeton

Native Breastfeeding Council honors 1964 Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills and celebrates healthy lifestyles. Jul 27, 9am. Free. Sonoma County Indian Health Project, 144 Stony Point Rd, Santa Rosa.

Healdsburg Water Carnival Day on the river with floating wine barrel races, rubber duck dash, live music and food trucks. Jul 27, 11am. Free. Veterans Memorial Beach, Russian River, Healdsburg.

Heirloom Craft Hub Each evening includes instruction for a specific craft. Last Thurs of every month. $5. Marin History Museum, Boyd Gate House, 1125 B St, San Rafael. 415.454.8538.

Hot Rods & BBQ Presented by Penngrove Social Firemen. Music by Charley Baker. Jul 27, 10am. $5-$15. Penngrove Community Park, 11000 Main St, Penngrove.

Pacific Islander Festival Food, vendors and music by Faith Ako with an appearance by 49er great Jesse Sapolu. Jul 27, 10am. Free. City Center Plaza, 500 City Center Dr, Rohnert Park.

Story Time for Wee Ones Stories and interactive multicultural folktales (some with Spanish) for children age 4 to 7 led by Cynthia Conway. Wed, 11am, through Jul 31. Sonoma County Museum, 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.579.1500.

Film Christina Pazsitzky Los Angeles native is a regular on “Chelsea Lately.” Tammy

Pescatelli, Mary Lynn Rajskub and Loni Love also perform. Jul 27, 8pm. $30. Uptown

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Dial M for Murder 3D Ray Milland and Grace Kelly in Hitchcock’s classic, presented in rarely shown original 3D. Jul 25 at 7pm; Jul 28 at 4:15pm and 7pm. Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael.

The Garden Documentary about the 14acre community garden in South Central Los Angeles. Jul 27, 6:30pm. $8-$10. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S High St, Sebastopol. 707.829.4797.

Larger Than Life Opera Jul 27, “the Magic Flute”; Aug 31, “Carmen”; Sep 28, “Hansel and Gretel”; Oct 26, “La Gioconda”; Nov 30, “Die Fledermaus.” Last Sat of every month, 7pm, through Nov 30. $20. Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main St, Napa. 707.255.5445.

Live at the Met Opera Series Jul 27, “Turandot”; Aug 3, “Il Barbiere de Siviglia.” Fri, 10am. through Aug 3. $10-$14. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.924.5111.

Movie Nights Pop-up movie series. Jul 27, “The Hunger Games.” 8pm. Free. Corte Madera Town Center, West side of Highway 101 at Tamalpais exit, Corte Madera. 415.924.2961.

Shift Change Documentary tells stories of employee-owned businesses that competes successfully in today’s economy. Jul 24, 7:30pm. Arlene Francis Center, 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.

Strangers on a Train Hitchcock classic from 1951 with a heart-stopping climax on a rampant carousel. Jul 30, 7pm. $7. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Food & Drink Barrel Tasting Food, wine, cigars, chocolate,

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.

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

Forestville Farmers Market Tues, 3-7pm. Russian River Vineyards, 5700 Hwy 116, Forestville. 707.887.3344.

Grill 116 Grilled foods paired with wine and classic cars on display at participating wineries. See for details. Jul 27, 11am. $35-$45. Taste Route 116, Wineries along Hwy 116, Sebastopol.

Healdsburg Farmers Market Wed, 4-7pm. Downtown Plaza, Healdsburg Avenue and Matheson Street, Healdsburg. Wed-Sat, 9am-noon. Healdsburg Farmers Market, North and Vine streets, Healdsburg. 707.431.1956.

Indian Valley Farmers Market Organic farm and garden produce stand where you bring your own bag. Wed, 10am-3pm. College of Marin, Indian Valley Campus, 1800 Ignacio Blvd, Novato. 415.454.4554.

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

Tam Valley Farmers Market Local artisan food, flowers and crafts. Tues, 3pm. through Aug 27. Shoreline Shopping Center, 219 Shoreline Highway, Mill Valley.

Valley of the Moon Farmers Market Tues, 5:30-8:30pm. through Oct 29. Sonoma Plaza, First St E, Sonoma.

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.

West End Farmers Market The’Little Italy’ neighborhood fills with booths, activities, ice cream, pizza, flowers, honey, Jenn Maly’s hella awesome gluten-free bread and more. Every Sunday, 10am-2pm. Donahue St, near the DeTurk Round Barn, Santa Rosa.

Lectures Ala Ebtekar San Francisco-based painter is the subject of this artist talk presented by KQED Education. Jul 25, 7pm. Free. di Rosa, 5200 Sonoma Hwy, Napa. 707.226.5991.

Impressionists on the Water Series explores art from the 17th Century. Jul 27, 2pm. Free. Petaluma Library, 100 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma. 707.763.9801.

Learn to ’Toon Cartoonist Joe Wos gives hands-on classes on creating a comic strip. Jul 25, 9am and Jul 26, 9am and 1pm. $36. Charles M Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452.

Science Buzz Cafe

Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market

Jul 25, “How Big Is Infinity?” with Roger House. 7pm. $5. French Garden, 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.2030.

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


Sonoma Valley Certified Farmers Market Fri, 9am-12:30pm. Sonoma Plaza, First St E, Sonoma. 707.538.7023.

Book Passage Jul 24, 1pm, “Real Talk for Real Teachers: Advice for Teachers from Rookies to Veterans: No Retreat, No Surrender!”

with Rafe Esquith. Jul 24, 7pm, “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth” with Reza Aslan. Jul 25, 5pm, Ivy Pochoda and Roger Hobbs in conversation with David Corbett. Jul 25, 7:30pm, Joh Lescroart in conversation with Alex Kava. Jul 26, 7:30pm, Charlie Huston in conversation with Kirk Russell. Jul 27, 6pm, “Well-Schooled in Murder” with Elizabeth George. Jul 29, 7pm, “Humboldt: Life on America’s Marijuana Frontier” with Emily Brady. Jul 30, 7pm, “Fin & Lady” with Cathleen Schine. Jul 31, 7pm, “Nine Gradations of Light” with Joesph Zaccardi. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 415.927.0960.

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“Singletrack High”; Aug 17, “The Avengers.” Fri-Sat, 8pm. through Aug 17. Free. Creek Park, Hub Intersection, Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Anselmo.

live music and more. Jul 27-28, noon. $20-$40. Muscardini Cellars Tasting Room, 9380 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood. 707.933.9305.

Santa Rosa Copperfield’s Books Jul 24, 7pm, Redwood Writers Nonfiction Panel. Jul 31, 7pm, Redwood Writers Young Adult & Children’s Panel. 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. 707.578.8938.

Petaluma Copperfield’s Books Jul 31, 6pm, “The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells” with Andrew Sean Greer. 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.762.0563.

Rebound Bookstore Jul 27, 4pm, “Hand to Mouth” with Terry Lucas and Iris Dunkle. 1641 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.482.0550.

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.

The Dixie Swim Club Sassy comedy about friendships between women that last a lifetime. Presented by Ross Valley Players. Thurs, 7:30pm, Fri-Sat, 8pm and Sun, 2pm. through Aug 18. $22$26. Barn Theatre, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 415.456.9555.

Servant of Two Masters 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

BOX SET Gallery Route One’s annual box show

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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.

Tapas New Short Play Festival Eight new short plays from Northern California playwrights focusing on sex, marriage, sex, relationships, death, office squabbling, actors’ egos, and

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ARIES (March 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;April 19) â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have tried in my way to be free,â&#x20AC;? sings Leonard Cohen in his song â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bird on a Wire.â&#x20AC;? In other words, he has done the best he can to liberate himself from his unconscious patterns, bad habits and self-delusions. He hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been perfect in his efforts, but the work he has done has earned him a measure of deliverance from his suffering. I recommend you follow his lead, Aries. Do your best to bring more relief and release into your life. Get rid of things that hold you back. Overthrow a pinched expectation and ignore a so-called limitation or two. By this time next week, I hope you will be able to say sincerely, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have tried in my way to be free.â&#x20AC;? TAURUS (April 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;May 20)

â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm,â&#x20AC;? wrote the novelist Willa Cather. According to my reading of the astrological omens, Taurus, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in a phase of your cycle when storm-learning isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t your priority. The educational experiences you need most will unfold when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re exploring the mysteries of peace and serenity. In fact, I suspect that the deeper you relax, the more likely it is that you will attract life-changing teachingsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;lessons that can transform your life for the better and fuel you for a long time.

GEMINI (May 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;June 20)

Is there a message youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve wanted to deliver for a long time but havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been able to? Are you bursting with thoughts or feelings that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been longing to express but canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ďŹ nd the right way to do so? Have you spent months carrying around a poignant truth that you have felt wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ripe enough to be revealed? If your answer to any of those questions is yes, I believe the time will soon be at hand to make a move. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not impulsive or melodramatic as you initiate your breakthrough communications. For best results, be full of grace and balance.

CANCER (June 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;July 22)

Bees and other insects can see ultraviolet light, which is invisible to humans. When they look at ďŹ&#x201A;owers, they detect designs on the petals that you and I cannot. For example, the evening primrose appears completely yellow to us, but it calls seductively to bees with a ďŹ&#x201A;ashy star pattern at its center. Many of the secret signs that ďŹ&#x201A;owers offer the pollinators are meant to guide them to where the pollen and nectar are. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s use this as our metaphor of the week, Cancerian. I am not predicting that you will be able to perceive a broader spectrum of light. But I do believe you will discern cues and clues that are hidden from most people and that have been imperceptible to you in the past.

LEO (July 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;August 22) â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was six years old when my parents told me that there was a small, dark jewel inside my skull, learning to be me.â&#x20AC;? So said the Leo science ďŹ ction writer Greg Egan in his story â&#x20AC;&#x153;Learning to Be Me.â&#x20AC;? Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretend that you, too, have a small dark jewel inside your skull thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s learning to be you. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good metaphor for what I believe has been happening all these years: You have been gradually mastering the art of being the best Leo you can be. It hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been easy. You werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t born knowing how to be your beautiful, radiant, courageous self, but have had to work hard to activate your potentials. Now youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re moving into an especially critical phase of the process: a time when you have the chance to learn how to love yourself with greater ingenuity. VIRGO (August 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;September 22)

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dear Astrology Guy: Please tell me why I have to work so hardâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;meditate, reďŹ&#x201A;ect, read, analyze, poke, prod, investigateâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to discover truths about myself that must be obvious to others. Why is it so hard for me to see where I need healing and where I need to let go? Why is it such an ordeal to grasp what is interfering with my wholeness when I can quickly pinpoint what other peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s issues are?â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Overworked Virgo. Dear Overworked: Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m happy to report that you Virgos will soon be offered a gush of revelations about who you are, how you can heal and what strategies will best serve your quest to minimize your anxiety. Are you prepared to absorb some intense teachings? For best results, make yourself extra receptive.

LIBRA (September 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;October 22)

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worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best race car teams is McLaren. It wins about 25 percent of the events in which it competes. Its skilled drivers account for much of its success, but its technicians are also pretty sensational. During a pit stop in the middle of a race, they can change all four tires on the car in less than three seconds. Do you have helpers like that, Libra? If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to intensify your efforts to get them. And if you do, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to call on them to give you an extra boost.

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

Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s try an experiment. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s risky, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m hoping you will do it with such ďŹ&#x201A;air that there will be no karmic blowback. What I propose, Scorpio, is that you have fun expressing more conďŹ dence than usual. I invite you to strut a bit, even swagger, as you demonstrate your command over your circumstances. Enjoy acting as if the world is your plaything, as if everyone around you secretly needs you to rise up and be a bigger, bolder version of yourself. The trick, of course, will be to avoid getting puffed up with grandiose delusions. Your challenge is to be more wildly devoted to embodying your soulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s code without lapsing into arrogance.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;December 21) I suspect that you are longing to take a quantum leap of faith, but are also afraid to take that quantum leap of faith. You sense the potential of experiencing a very cool expansion, while at the same time you hesitate to leave your comfort zone and give up your familiar pain. In light of the conďŹ&#x201A;ict, which may not be entirely conscious, I suggest you hold off on making a gigantic quantum leap of faith. Instead, experiment with a few bunny hops of faith. Build up your courage with some playful skips and skitters and bounces that incrementally extend your possibilities.

CAPRICORN (December 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;January 19) Hoaxes exposed! Bluffs called! Secrets revealed! Whitewashes uncovered! Curses banished! Taboos broken! Those are the headlines I expect to see emblazoned in your Book of Life during the coming weeks. Can you handle that many holy disruptions? Will you be able to deal with the stress that might come from having so much raucous success? These are important questions, because if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not up to the challenge, you may scare away the transformations. So steel your resolve, Capricorn. Mobilize your will. Do whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s necessary to harvest the unruly blessings. AQUARIUS (January 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;February 18) The French novelist Gustave Flaubert declared that if you hope to write a book, you should ďŹ rst read 1,500 books. A Roman author named Petronius believed that the imagination does not work at its peak power unless it is inundated with reading material. I suggest you adopt their advice and apply it to your own ďŹ eld, Aquarius. Whatever skill or subject you want to master, expose yourself lavishly to the efforts of other people who have already mastered it. Flood yourself with well-crafted inspiration.

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

Should you be worried that a venomous spider has crawled into your shoe while you were sleeping? Just in case, should you ďŹ&#x201A;ip your shoe upside-down before putting it on each morning? My studied opinion: hell, no. The chances of you being bitten on the foot by a venomous spider lurking in your shoe are even less than the possibility that you will be abducted by an alien who looks like Elvis Presley and forced to sing a karaoke version of Beyonceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Single Ladiesâ&#x20AC;? at an extraterrestrial bar. And if you are going around ďŹ lled with delusional anxieties like that, you will deďŹ nitely interfere with lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current predilection, which is to give you a cleansing respite from your fears as well as immunity from harm.

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