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Rhapsodies Get with the Real Why drink ‘craft’ beer from Coors or Anheuser-Busch when we live right here in beer country? BY ELIOTT WHITEHURST


he other day, I was at the thrift store down the road when the woman at the register noticed my T-shirt.

“HenHouse Brewing Company,” she read, with a certain level of interest. “Yeah!” I exclaimed. “They’re in Petaluma. Have you had any of their beer?” “No, I can’t say that I have, but I’m really interested in craft beer. My sons have been turning me on to it. They brought me some Blue Moon a few months ago, and I just can’t stop drinking the stuff.” As a lover of craft beer, this is the type of statement that simultaneously warms and breaks my heart. I can’t count how many times I’ve had someone tell me that they love craft beer and at the same time tell me that their drink of choice is a beverage produced by one of the three companies that own 90 percent of the total national beer market. Blue Moon is a Belgian-style Witbier produced by MillerCoors. It’s gained real notoriety over the last decade or so, becoming one of the more standard “craft” options at any tailgate party, or Chevy’s. Shock Top, which you’ve likely seen crowding the shelf space right at eye level at your local Safeway, is Anheuser-Busch’s answer to Blue Moon. First produced in 2006 when the beer giant noticed that craft beer was starting to steal a fraction of 1 percent of its total market share, it’s another Belgian-style Witbier, produced en masse and marketed as “craft.” I don’t mind that people love Blue Moon or Shock Top. But I mind that MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch continue to dupe the public, while those crafting great beers right in our own backyards take the hit. Living in Northern California, we are literally surrounded by world-class breweries. Please do some research. We all demand quality in what we consume and, around here, we have some of the world’s best beer practically sitting on our table already. “You should try out HenHouse’s Hefeweizen if you get the chance,” I advised the woman at the thrift store. “I think you’ll like it.” “Hefe—what?” she asked. Eliott Whitehurst is a solar-power administrator, musician and beer lover living in Napa. Open Mic is a weekly op/ed feature in the Bohemian. To have your topical essay of 350 words considered for publication, write

Social Media and Privacy

Regarding Andrew Keen’s warnings of the personal costs built into social media (“You Are the Product,” Sept. 11), it should also be noted that the same basic practice has been used by commercial media for decades. You may think of yourself as part of the audience consuming radio, television or even the Bohemian, but in their basic business model, your eyeballs are actually the “product” being sold to advertisers. Yes, the heightened level of online tracking makes Facebook et al. that much creepier (if and when we actually think about it—and I’m glad Keen does), but it’s really just a hightech extension of a long-established paradigm.


love nothing more than to profit on what you give away for free. And, yes, we are essentially social animals and we like to share. But I am more confident that we will find new and better ways to deal with this than what Keen recommends.

For the record, I stopped visiting both the New York Times’ and the Press Democrat’s websites after they started charging. Ever hear of What.CD, Keen? The war over paying for content is already over.


Basically what Keen is saying is that we are sharing too much on social media and paying too high a price without realizing it. I really don’t think charging customers like the two leading newspapers are doing is the answer, but Keen makes some valid points.

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Much research indicates that social media and other mediated communication actually has widened, deepened and varied our interpersonal relationships and communication. Though I would intensely agree we share too much and are often inappropriate, used responsibly and in a focused manner, social media can make and maintain relationships that might otherwise not be possible. All things in moderation, perhaps, instead of such a decisive condemnation.

My wife and I want to thank you for the tickets we won to the George Thorogood concert at the Uptown Theatre in Napa. They came at the right time, for we were so disappointed in the lies and broken promises by the promoter of the Sin City Revival in Las Vegas that we just dropped out of the whole ugly mess. You saved the day! The Thorogood concert in Napa was one of the best-produced live performances we have ever attended, complete with video and light show. The energy and professionalism, along with the rowdy crowd, made it a wonderful gift. Just when we thought things couldn’t get any better, George brought Elvin Bishop out to join him on a couple songs. It was swell!


When the Google sidebar ad thing happened to me for the first time a while back, it was disquieting, disturbing—full of “dis”-es, basically. However, as a musician, I have never and would never buy into that elitist Ayn Rand rubbish—amateurs and professionals, pshah. Yes, there are narcissistic individuals who think they are smarter than everyone else and

The Uptown Theatre is a great venue. There are no bad seats, and no one missed not having a dance floor because the performance was so much fun to watch. Thank you, Bohemian! Thank you, thank you, thank you!



Judo Strategy It’s long been known that Vladimir Putin is quite the judo aficionado. The true judo master strives for the greatest possible advantage from his opponent’s clumsiness and impetuosity. The past few days have revealed, with startling vividness, that Putin is able to apply his sharply honed martial arts instincts to the arena of global diplomacy. Sad to say, our own leaders seem to be confused souls in comparison. So far, because of Putin’s initiatives, Washington, D.C., has had to hold off on its plans to strike Syria with cruise missiles. At least on this one issue, the force of global opinion is with Putin. Obama? He’s more into basketball.


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With a switch in locations, the Sonoma County Book Festival takes on a new look. Unlike previous years, when downtown Santa Rosa closed its streets to become a playground for roaming book lovers, the 2013 festival takes place this week in front of Doyle Library on the Santa Rosa Junior College campus. Dorothy Allison, the Guernevillebased author of cult literary classic Bastard Out of Carolina, headlines the main stage. She’ll be preceded by Helene Wecker, author of The Golem and the Jinni, and Anthony Marra, a Stegner fellow at Stanford University, whose novel A Constellation of Vital Phenomena has brought well-deserved attention to a rising literary talent.

BOTTLED UP Among small brewers who keep their production in-house are Aron and Amy Levin of St. Florian’s in Windsor.

Brew Local

For some ‘regional’ craft brewers, outsourcing a beer’s brewing and bottling remains common BY RACHEL DOVEY


rom Russian River’s iconic redwood to 101 North’s blackand-white freeway sign, craft beer is often marketed as a regional vintage. Small by definition, artisanal malt-masters rely heavily on tasting rooms, pubs and distributors close to home, making for local, tight-knight brew scenes.

At least, that’s the mythology perpetuated by label images like Rogue—depicting balding Oregon homebrewers—and Anderson Valley, with its gorgeous background of Mendocino countryside. But small and hyperlocal don’t always go hand in hand. Take 21st Amendment. Despite its coveted location next to the Giants’ ballpark, and cans displaying the Golden Gate Bridge, most of its hoppy beverages are shipped in

from Minnesota from a brewery called Cold Spring. The company didn’t respond to interview requests for this story, but is hardly deceptive about where its libations are brewed—the info is right on the can. The practice highlights an interesting trend in a marketplace where small is big. Despite the artistic notion of your homebrewing neighbor )8 opening shop on recipes

This year’s panels include “Women in Suspense,” “Sonoma County’s Best Read,” “Morning Food Romp” with Michele Anna Jordan, and Marcy Smothers, out promoting her latest book Snacks: Adventures in Food, Aisle by Aisle. Longforgotten stories about Sonoma County’s past are resurrected in the panel “Biting Off Chunks of Local History,” featuring historian and Press Democrat columnist Gaye LeBaron alongside Arthur Dawson, Marty Griffin and Bohemian editor Gabe Meline. “The Immigrant Experience” finds panelists Wendy Nelson Tokunaga, Aimee Phan and Emilio Gonzalez (pictured) bringing a needed touch of diversity to the day with a discussion on how being a visitor in a foreign land shapes one’s character. A young adult panel, teen poetry slam, children’s program and various exhibitors round out the event. The Sonoma County Book Festival happens on Saturday, Sept. 21, on the Santa Rosa Junior College campus. 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 10am-4pm. Free. —Leilani Clark

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Bottling ( 8 and talent alone, vats and bottling lines do not come cheap. “It’s really, really expensive to put in that kind of equipment,” says Ron Lindenbusch, CMO of Lagunitas. The Petaluma institution has historically brewed, bottled and labeled all of its hoppy suds at its Sonoma County headquarters, but Lagunitas is now opening a second brewery in Chicago to the tune of around $24 million. And loans are often hard to come by for newbies, Lindenbusch says, adding, “You need to be doing enough business to get [the banks] to pay attention.” Thus the initial dilemma of Jeremy Cowan, founder of Shmaltz Brewing Co. The kosher brewery, which boasts the tagline “Delicious Schtick” and plays on Cowan’s Jewish roots with drinks like “He’Brew: The Chosen Beer,” began in 1996, when its founder had $2,000 in his bank account. And he wasn’t a brewer—just a diehard craft beer fan. So he found a local master to make the He’Brew beer he’d been envisioning, and then bottled, labeled and handdistributed it around San Francisco in his grandmother’s car. Since, Shmaltz has continued to engage in what’s known as “contract brewing” through Mendocino Brewing Co. and its subsidiary in upstate New York (Shmaltz was finally able to open a brick-and-mortar brewhouse this summer). Contract brewing is essentially outsourcing, but Cowan would argue that the connotations—at least now—aren’t nearly as negative. “It’s pretty well-documented that in the ’80s and ’90s, contract brewing got a bad reputation from both directions,” he says, speaking of both craft and corporate brewers. But, he adds, “it’s very difficult to run a tiny brewing operation. On the very small side, contract brewing can provide a wonderful opportunity for experimentation without the incredible overhead.” Contract brewing has many shades, from hiring a brew master to develop recipes, to simply using someone else’s equipment, as 21st Amendment reportedly does. In

an interview with the website Serious Eats, founder Shawn O’Sullivan says he goes back to Minnesota monthly to brew the company’s gamut of wheats, seasonal saisons and IPAs, claiming the practice is a little like using a friend’s kitchen to make lasagna.

‘We wanted to own our own stuff. Tony refinanced his house four times.’ But although the practice is slightly more common in the Bay Area where the rent is so damn high, contract brewing only makes up about 1.7 percent of total craft production, according to the Brewers Association. Like Lagunitas, most hopsmiths still do things the old-fashioned way. “We wanted to own our own stuff without any kind of middleman,” says Lindenbusch, adding that the early years were financially tight. “Tony [Magee, Lagunitas founder] refinanced his house four times.” St. Florian’s in Windsor is a smaller Sonoma County candidate brewing and bottling on the DIY. Named for the patron saint of firefighters, the fledgling brewery opened this year after beermaker and Windsor fire captain Aron Levin had been experimenting for years. “This being Sonoma County, we would offer it to our friends who were all wine drinkers,” his business partner and wife, Amy Levin, recalls. Though originally skeptical, she says, they would always hand her back an empty glass. Now the startup has a bottling line and labels to go with its handbrewed suds. “It made more sense for us not to rely on someone else,” she says, echoing Lagunitas. “And we’ll have a higher profit margin in the end.”



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Left Bank French. $$-$$$. Splendid, authentic French cuisine. Lunch and dinner daily. 507 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.927.3331.

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service, very solid wonton soup. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat; dinner, Sun. 3080 Marlowe Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.545.2911.

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Russian River Brewing Co Eclectic. $. Decent pizza

he’s not serving up crispy pork belly or healthy quinoa salads, owner/chef Gray Rollin tours with rock bands like Linkin Park as a personal chef. Lunch and dinner daily. 523 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.526.5787

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

Maguire’s Pub Irish pub. $-$$. Pub food–burgers, fish and chips, hearty salads. Breakfast, Sat-Sun; lunch, Fri-Sun; dinner, Tues-Sun. 145 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.762.9800.

Osake Sushi Bar & Grill Japanese. $$$. Gourmet

$-$$. Excellent, satisfying food served cafeteria-style. Breakfast and lunch daily. 421 First St, Sonoma. 707.996.6645.

Toyo Japanese Grill Japanese. $$$. Well-crafted traditional Japanese with some modern extras like deep-fried mashed potato croquettes with mayo. Lunch and dinner daily. 3082 Marlow Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.527.8871.

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sushi, exotic seasoned seaweed salad, robata grill specialties and premium sakes. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 2446 Patio Ct, Santa Rosa. 707.542.8282.

Californian. $$. Thai meets California, with fresh fruit accents, light herbs and spices, and a great mango-duck summer roll. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner daily. 1444 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.455.0444.

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Frantoio Italian. $$-$$$.

$-$$. Delectable New Havenstyle thin-crust pizzas with fresh ingredients and a dazzling array of toppings. Lunch and dinner daily. 529 First St W, Sonoma. 707.996.4103.

Perennial winner of SF Chron’s “100 Best,” Frantoio also produces all of its own olive oil. Dinner daily. 152 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley. 415.289.5777.

Royal China. Chinese. $$. Smart décor, professional

Robata Grill & Sushi

and excellent brews. Two words: beer bites! Lunch and dinner daily. 725 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.2337.

Standout generous taqueria fare with fresh ingredients daily. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 1079 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.571.7478.

Chelino’s Mexican Restaurant Mexican. $.

tucked-away old-fashioned spot overlooking hidden harbor. Great place for breakfast at a bar, too. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; brunch, SatSun. 15 Harbor St, San Rafael. 415.256.9121. Japanese. $$. Mmm. With thick slices of fresh sashimi, Robata knows how to do it. The rolls are big winners. Lunch, MonFri; dinner daily. 591 Redwood Hwy, Mill Valley. 415.381.8400.

Vietnamese. $. Friendly Vietnamese for all ethnic tastes. Savory, satisfying and filling. Pho can be hit or miss, depending on the meat quality. Lunch and dinner daily. 966 N Dutton Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.566.8910.

$-$$. Hip downtown eatery features fresh sushi, sashimi, teriyaki, and innovative specials. Lunch and dinner daily. 645 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.569.8588.

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dinner daily; takeout, too. 382 Miller Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.8164.

Joe’s Taco Lounge & Salsaria Mexican. $. Mostly authentic Mexican menu with American standbys. Lunch and

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

Sorella Caffe Italian. $$. The embodiment of Fairfax casual, with delicious, high-quality food that lacks pretension. Dinner, TuesSun. 107 Bolinas Rd, Farifax. 415.258.4520. Station House Cafe American-California. $$. 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.

Tommy’s Wok Chinese. $-$$. Tasty and filling Chinese fare without the greasy weigh-down. Nice vegetarian selections, too. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat; dinner only, Sun; closed Tues. 3001 Bridgeway Ave, Sausalito. 415.332.5818. The William Tell House American & Italian. $$. Marin County’s oldest saloon. Casual and jovial atmosphere. Steaks, pasta, chicken and fish all served with soup or salad. Lunch and dinner daily. 26955 Hwy 1, Tomales. 707.878.2403

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.

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

Bistro Jeanty French. $$$. Rich, homey cuisine. A perfect choice when you can’t get a chance to do your Laundry. Lunch and dinner daily. 6510 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.4870. Carpe Diem Wine Bar Californian. $-$$. Right in the heart of downtown Napa, Carpe Diem’s contemporary and innovative menu includes a variety of seasonal flatbreads, an ostrich burger, the famed short-rib sliders and much more. Over 45 wines by the glass, six draft beers and an impressive reserve wine list round out this warm, inviting space. Dinner daily. 1001 Second St., Napa. 707.224.0800.

Celadon Global comfort food. $$. Relaxed sophistication in intimate neighborhood bistro setting by the creek. Superior wine list. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner daily. 500 Main St, Ste G, Napa. 707.254.9690.

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.

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



Tapped Out Taps is a successful Petaluma restaurant and beer haven, established in 2009. And their new landlord wants them out. “We’re being squeezed out of the space we’re in right now,” says Taps owner Eric Lafranchi. “The [property] owner is making it super difficult.” Since buying the building last year, Terry Andrews has kicked out tenants of the residential hotel upstairs and business owners on the street level, including a record and vitamin store, nail salon and internet marketing company. After Andrews himself called health code inspectors on Taps last month, the craft-beer hotspot started looking for a new space to call home. “It’s not a sanitary issue,” says Lafranchi of the health inspection. “With the volume of food that we put out on a daily basis, the hood system is not keeping up with it.” The health department shut down hot food service earlier this month after a visit during a busy lunch service revealed ventilation issues with the aging equipment, something Lafranchi says his lease places partial responsibility for on the landlord. For now, Taps is still serving cold foods like sandwiches and salads (and beer, of course). When asked why his well-respected hotspot was being “squeezed out,” Lafranchi said he didn’t know. But the Petaluma native wants to relocate in his hometown, even though it may take a few months. “We’re looking for some digs that will appreciate the vibe that we can bring to it,” says Lafranchi. Taps, 205 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 707.763.6700.—Nicolas Grizzle

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

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.

Red Rock Cafe & Backdoor BBQ American.

$-$$. Cafe specializing in barbecue and classic diner fare. Messy, delicious. Lunch and dinner daily. 1010 Lincoln Ave, Napa. 707.252.9250.

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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Lagunitas Brewing If you haven’t hit up the beer garden at the North Bay’s most laid-back brewery, waste no time and get down there, preferably on one of the many nights of live music. Sip on a Little Sumpin,’ Hop Stoopid, Hairy Eyeball, Pils . . . you are getting verrrrrryyy thirsty . . . 1280 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. 707.778.8776. Moonlight Brewing Co. Ater 20 years of brewing some of the most innovative, tasty beers available, Moonlight brewer Brian Hunt is making it easier than ever to get hold of his artisan ales. Set to open this fall, the Moonlight tasting room functions more as a growler fill-up station than a pub, though you can order a pint of Death and Taxes, Twist of Fate or Lunatic Lager while waiting for the tank to be filled. 3350 Coffey Lane, Ste. A, Santa Rosa. 707.528.2537.

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originals on the North Bay craft-beer scene, this familyowned brewery only gets better with age. Most famous for Racer 5, the Healdsburg location offers a surprisingly diverse selection of beers beyond the better-known names. 345 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.433.2337.

Though Fogbelt’s owners Remy Martin and Paul Hawley come from wine families, it’s in beer where their hearts lie. Inspired by barrel aging and fresh, locally sourced ingredients, the Fogbelt taproom features blonde and red ales, IPA and a fresh hop saison using estate hops brewed by Martin, who completed the master brewers program at UC Davis. 1305 Cleveland Ave., Santa Rosa.

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a rest from the hopped-up West Coast ales and try the maltier Irish ales at one of Sonoma County’s oldest breweries. Or just go for it and get a Boneshaker, a big IPA at 8.7 percent ABV—but you may need to take a dunk in the nearby Petaluma River to

Founded by Dean Biersch of Gordon-Biersch, Hopmonk offers house-brewed beers Kellerbiers and Dunkelwiezens, in addition to an impressive rotating list of seasonal craft beers from California and beyond. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

made the leap from the garage to an actual building, this Windsor-based brewery has really taken off. Part of the appeal, beyond delicious beers, is the focus on locally sourced ingredients. 9000-A Windsor Road, Windsor. 707.657.7624.

101 North Brewing Company A new addition to the North Bay craft beer scene, this brewery’s Heroine IPA has 101 North winning at the beer game just out of the gate. Based in Petaluma, put it on your “one to watch� list. 1304 Scott St., Ste. D. Petaluma. 707.778.8384.

Russian River Brewing Co. Home of the most famous and awarded microbrewed beer on the planet, Pliny the Younger. Sorry, you can’t get any till winter. Meanwhile, there’s an entire board of excellent brews. 725 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.2337.

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Sonoma Springs Brewing Co. With a focus on German-style beers (try the Uncle Jack’s kolsch or the Summer Altbier, when available) and California ales, Sonoma Springs Brewing Co. boasts a good-looking lineup of ales. 750 W. Napa St., Sonoma. 707.938.7422. www.

Stumptown Brewery A day on the river isn’t complete without a stop at Guerneville’s best (and only) brewery. Better yet, sip ale on the expansive patio overlooking the Russian River, and let those kayakers do all the work for you. 15045 River Road, Guerneville. 707.869.0705.

Third Street Aleworks Third Street is sometimes overshadowed by a worldrenowned brewery just around the corner, but their Bombay rouge—a malty, drinkable IPA—can hold its own in a roomful of crowded beers. 610 Third St., Santa Rosa. 707.523.3060.

Warped Brewing Co. An offshoot of the popular Barley and Hops Tavern in Occidental, owned by Noah and Mirjam Bolmer, Warped Brewing Company will feature a full-production brewing facility, tasting room and patio. Scheduled to open this fall. 6790 McKinley St. #190, Sebastopol. www.

Woodfour Brewing Co. Another Barlow gem, Woodfour Brewing Company offers a solid lineup of house-brewed drafts. The strongest beer in the bunch, an Imperial saison, comes in at 8.8 percent ABV, making for a flavor-forward farmhouse ale. The Belgian dubbel, at 6.8 percent ABV, is fermented in Russian River Pinot Noir barrels, for that

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M stands for malty. Hit up this Novato landmark for traditional ales that won’t fail the taste test. 15 Rowland Way, Novato. 415.898.HOPS.

Baeltane Brewing Head brewer Alan Atha’s beers are as flavorful as they are creatively titled. The Frog That Ate the World is a West Coast double IPA doused with Nelson Sauvin hops, the Venus in Blue Jeans is a gold-orange Belgian-style ale, and the En Suite saison, with added sage and lemon, provides the perfect accompaniment to a late summer’s eve. 401-B Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato. 415.883.2040.

Broken Drum Brewery & Wood Grill Voted Best North Bay brewpub by Bohemian readers in 2011, the time is right to stop in for a handcrafted German lager, bock or summer golden ale at San Rafael’s friendliest beer establishment. 1132 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.456.HOPS.

Iron Springs Pub & Brewery Epitome of the neighborhood brewpub. Everything, from beer to grub, is made on the premises. Check out the live music Wenesday nights. 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax. 415.485.1005.

Marin Brewing Co. What began as an upstart brewery in the late ’80s has morphed into an institution. Pick up a Mt. Tam pale ale, Tiburon blonde, Stinson Beach peach or San Quentin Breakout stout at the brewery’s Larkspur location, and pair it with classic pub grub, like bangers and mash or meatloaf, off the extensive menu.. 1809 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 415.461.4677. www.

Mill Valley Beerworks If there is a beer heaven, it might look a little like this Mill Valley gem of a spot. An impressive draft list is well stocked with old and new favorites. 173 Throckmorton Ave., Mill

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N A PA CO U N TY Downtown Joe’s Restaurant & Brewery With a brewery built by Chuck Ankeny—the great-grandson of Adolf Hamms—this Napa mainstay has serious historical chops. Try the palate-altering Golden Thistle Very Bitter ale, and prepare to be amazed. 902 Main St., Napa. 707.258.2337.

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Napa Valley Brewing Co. Founded on-site at the Calistoga Inn over 25 years ago, this pioneering brewery serves wheat ale, pilsner, red ale and porter year-round, with seasonal beers including an IPA and an admirable Dugan oatmeal stout that just might replace your next egg-and-bacon breakfast. The byproducts of its seven-barrel brewhouse have won national awards, and brewmaster Brad Smisloff knows just as well as anyone that in a region full of winetasting, there’s nothing like a pint on the patio. 1250 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.4101. www.


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Return Growth Carneros just opened this summer, but this is already its third hop harvest. Brewmaster Jesus Ceja, an exceptionally experienced brewer with 15 years at Anheuser-Busch (and, postmerger, Anheuser-Busch InBev), had been using earlier harvests for his test batches. The brewery launched with five core beers in its lineup—a pilsner, an amber ale, both a regular and black IPA, and (a personal highlight) a Germanstyle Hefeweizen—all of which use some of these estate-grown hops. Carneros’ plants will provide about 30 percent of the brewery’s annual requirement. Carneros currently grows four different varieties of hops: Tomahawk (used for its potent bitterness), Cascade (another American type, renowned for its citrusy flavors and aromatics), plus Hallertau and Saaz (two classic European varieties, more on the spicy-earthy side of the ) 24 spectrum). Beneath the

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Harvest Beer Touring A who’s-who and where-from guide to local wet-hop beers


n line with the annual harvest, many local breweries create special beers made from freshly picked hops. These undried “wet” hops retain volatile flavor and aromatic compounds that would otherwise be lost during the kilning process, taking beers in surprising new directions.

Sonoma County At the brewpub, Russian River Brewing Co. will soon pour its annual HopTime Harvest ale, brewed with 100 percent wet

hops from Hops-Meister farm in Lake County. These hops go from the vine and into the kettle in a few hours. “Yields on this beer are very poor,” relates Russian River’s brewmaster Vinnie Cilurzo, “but the aromas and flavors that come from this beer are like no other. There are so many unique characteristics that come from wet hops.” On land near the outskirts of Sebastopol, Moonlight Brewing’s Brian Hunt grows assertive varieties like Cascade, nugget, Chinook and cluster—the lattermost being descended from one of the oldest hop varieties grown in the United States. (Early cluster varieties figured ) 26

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the same acreage as the preceding year, dropped by nearly 40 percent. The industry would again temporarily recover in the next few years, even seeing a slight uptick in acreage overall. Nineteen fifty-one, however, brought cold weather and lower yields, and the following year’s report read: “Hop producers had a disastrous year. Prices were lower; sixty-five percent of the crop was harvested under [unfavorable terms]; and, in addition, considerable acreage was abandoned. On the other hand, hay growers had an excellent year with good yields and prices.” Hay, sadly, is for horses. Acres once allocated to hop production transitioned to crops of green beans and Fordhook lima beans (the latter proving to be an almost-immediate bust). Others returned to orchards, or grapes. Some of the silenced hop kilns, according to Tomlan, “turned into berry, fruit, or fish dryers.” By 1961, Sonoma County harvest reports ceased mentioning hop operations altogether.

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Ranch Hop Kiln (dating back to 1905) that now serves as the tasting room for HKG Estate Wines in Healdsburg and in the hop yard of the Windsor Historical Society, where hops engendered from 70-plus-year-old Sonoma County bines grow. A few New England states, plus scattered plots in Wisconsin, were the key U.S. hop growers around the mid-1800s, before production (like the population) drifted westward. At the heart of that shift was Northern California, particularly Sacramento and its surroundings, with Sonoma, Mendocino and Yuba counties following suit. Whole families would camp in the fields during harvest. Horsedrawn carts would pass carrying 15-foot stacks of hop bales. For the curious, Tinged with Gold: Hop Culture in the United States by Michael A. Tomlan (kindly lent to me by Moonlight Brewing’s Brian Hunt) has proven to be an exceptional resource on the subject. Tomlan reports: “From 1915 until 1922 California was the leading hop-producing state in the Union, responsible for over 50 [percent] of the total U.S. production in some years; the state’s acreage peaked in 1916.” As to the reason for this ascent, Tomlan writes that “whereas in the East or in England, growers might complain that the crop never fully matured from lack of sunshine, too much rain, or mildew, in California this never seemed to be the case.” Prohibition wasn’t especially kind to U.S. hop growers, obliging them to rely on international markets. California, in particular, took a major acreage hit. Sonoma County was one of a few to recover afterward, peaking with the 1945 harvest, when about 25,000 bales generated $2.6 million. It wouldn’t last for long. A further major setback occurred with the 1948 harvest, which saw an unhelpful triad of hop mildew, aphid infestation and weak market conditions (as highlighted by the Sonoma County Department of Agriculture’s annual harvest report). Production, with basically


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What inspired you to make beer? Who was your mentor? I have always been an artist of some kind; photography, collage, etc. Being able to create a piece of art that can be consumed by the public is the ultimate. Beer is the Palette, Curiosity holds the Glass, Our senses take in the Art. The ability to brew Belgian, French and West Coast Style Ales intrigues me like no others. I have not had a particular ‘person’ as a mentor. However, I believe that books like “Brew Like a Monk” by Stan Hieronymus have led me down the path.

What inspired you to make beer? Who was your mentor? I started brewing at home before I could legally buy beer, but could buy all the ingredients to make it. Soon after, I realized that I could make great beer at a fraction of the cost of my favorite commercial styles. Then, hobby turned to passion, then to obsession and finally into a profession. My mentors are Will Meyers, Todd Mott, and Dan Paquette, but they are all east coast icons, so may not be too familiar.



The Frog That Ate The World Double IPA

What do beer enthusiasts find most exceptional about your beer making process? The enthusiasts find that in their glass, our process of craft brewing in our humble small brewery comes out skillfully executed. What is your most coveted beer, and why? The most coveted beer currently at Baeltane Brewing is our Double IPA, The Frog That Ate The World. It has a very low-profile malt presence with a beautiful hop balance that continues into next year. What is your favorite fall beer and food pairing? My favorite fall beer is our Corsair Dark Strong Ale paired with a Pork Loin with a Corsair reduction. What is your consumer’s best experience with your beer? This is a Yelp review: “Holy Crap, I died and went to heaven! I really love Belgian style beers. They are my favorite. I was even planning a trip to Belgium to try good ones. But now I just saved all that money on airfare and jet lag. The Luminesce Tripel is absolute nectar.” 401 B BEL MARIN KEYS BLVD, NOVATO 415.883.2040


What do beer enthusiasts find most exceptional about your beer making process? The locals, who are by far my biggest critics, would probably say it is the consistency of the house beers. Also quite notable, is the minimal physical footprint of the brewery, and it’s location right in the middle of the patio dining area. It is fairly common to see me running up and down the outside spiral staircase during a busy lunch. Our small seven barrel brew system allows me to use quality ingredients to make fresh, unfiltered beers that are only available here over the bar. What is your most coveted beer, and why? There are a few, but the first that comes to mind is our winter holiday seasonal IPA called the Blitzen. It is a nice, hoppy, higher alcohol beer that people seem to adore. The real fun is listening to everyone’s tales resulting from having a few pints of it! I also make a blackberry pale ale that customers insist I make this time of year. It is unique because it is a pale ale base, over 6% alcohol by volume, and quite dry. It has a fantastic purple hue from the 160+ pounds of real blackberrys. It is on tap now. What is your favorite fall beer and food pairing? As the weather starts to cool down, I tend to like a stronger, more flavorful beer. My first inclination would be to go with my barley wine paired with a rich dessert, like our peanut butter pie. The robust flavors and sweetness from both tend to meld together and allow the subtle complexities of the beer to express themselves more on your pallet. 1250 LINCOLN AVE, CALISTOGA 707.942.4101





What inspired you to make beer? Who was your mentor? I went to college in Portland in the late 80’s when brewpubs were starting to take off. I was already homebrewing in the dorms and after graduating decided to try brewing commercially. I was (and am) extremely fortunate to consider my first brewing boss John Harris (aka Hair Bear), formerly of Full Sail and now opening Ecliptic Brewing in Portland as my mentor.

What inspired you to make beer? Who was your mentor? It started as a mechanical goal to make a homebrew system and then it became to master the system. After mastering the system, it turned from a mechanical to a creative process. Paddy Giffen worked at The Beverage People and I aspired to make beer as good as him. Paddy was the original Brewmaster at Moylan’s.



Bear Republic’s house ales offered year-round

Bear Republic’s house ales offered year-round

What do beer enthusiasts find most exceptional about your beer making process? I constantly hear people comment on the balance of our beer. These days there are so many great “hop bombs” on the market that I think the malt backbone of our beers really sets us apart.

What do beer enthusiasts find most exceptional about your beer making process? I don’t think that people understand it. The moment people start to understand it, they’ll find that it’s very diverse. We make more than just Racer 5, or I.P.A.’s. Our sours and lagers are very approachable.

What is your most coveted beer, and why? I typically do not covet beer and tend to drink it as soon as I get my hands on it. The exception to this has always been Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale. I buy a couple of cases each year when it comes out and pop a couple of bottles when the need arises.

What is your most coveted beer, and why? Bear Republic’s Red Rocket Ale—and that’s what brought me to the dance, homebrewed first!

What is your favorite fall beer and food pairing? My favorite fall beer and food pairing is a chuck roast braised with kimchi and Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy (like our Heritage Ale) pairing with the Wee Heavy. To me this meal really signals the end of summer. This has it all: sweet, sour, spicy, salty. And the malt and the alcohol of the beer really cut through it all, yet compliment at the same time. Yum. What is your consumer’s best experience with your beer? “I had a Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA the other day and it blew me away. LOVE THAT BEER!”



What is your favorite fall beer and food pairing? Heritage, our strong scotch, a loaf of Cousteau’s French Bread, Red Hawk and Highway 1 cheeses, Soprasetta salami, and one of the many local Sonoma County destinations for a great picnic. What is your consumer’s best experience with your beer? “Hands down one of the best brewers in the country… My personal favorite is Peter Brown Tribute Ale, of course Ricardo's Red Rocket is fantastic, as are Racer 5, and the elusive Racer X…”



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What inspired you to make beer? Who was your mentor? I have always loved things that blend art and science. I have worked as a computer programmer, motorcycle mechanic, luthier, theatrical lighting designer, holographer and brewer. Beer is a delightful challenge of both art and science. Brian Hunt of Moonlight Brewing was an amazing influence on me and 15 years later still is. I call him the Dumbledore of Brewing. I still talk with him every week. He even performed my wedding ceremony.

What inspired you to make beer? Who was your mentor? In the early 90s, I discovered home brewing from a neighbor and was immediately hooked. Not only was it craft beer, but it was my craft beer! I have been home brewing ever since.


What do beer enthusiasts find most exceptional about your beer making process? I am mostly known for my knowledge of water chemistry as it applies to brewing. I am the coauthor of a book called Water—A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers published by the Brewer’s Association. I am best known for my IPA and my Porter.

Tantric IPA Hop candy in a glass. Balanced sweetness and bitterness with a floral citrus aroma.

What is your most coveted beer, and why? I am very lucky to have 4 brands that are almost equal in sales. I would say the most talked about is the Tantric IPA or the Double Secret Probation IPA. There are dry and biscuity but not overly bitter.. What is your favorite fall beer and food pairing? Our Tantric IPA with blue cheese. Our Cobb salad makes a great pairing with the Tantric IPA. What is your consumer’s best experience with your beer? “It’s the place where I can go in any mood and leave happy” —Colleen Boak 902 MAIN ST, NAPA 707.258.BEER



What do beer enthusiasts find most exceptional about your beer making process? It's perhaps a little backwards, but since I have no commercial brewing experience I will be attempting to follow the same processes I use as a home brewer. The differences are mainly scale but I imagine I'll learn more about that as I begin.

Porterluma — 5.41% abv, 33.2 bu, 30.4° srm Porters were the first industrialized beers and this Brown Porter is meant to convey the industrial side of an otherwise pastoral Petaluma. British pale and brown malts are complimented with a mixture of English and German hops. Saaz hops working their shift after the British ale yeast make Porterluma a very flavorful and easydrinking ale.

What is your most coveted beer, and why? The beer of mine that other people covet—if the speed at which kegs are emptied at pouring events is any indication—is the Big House Blonde, a Belgian Blonde Ale. It's light, slightly spicy, and a very crisp, refreshing drink. I suspect this will become the flagship beer for the brewery. What is your favorite fall beer and food pairing? My favorite craft beer of mine is the Porterluma, a Brown Porter that I love to serve with brats fresh off the grill. What is your consumer’s best experience with your beer? I once poured six of my beers for 300 people at a holiday party. It may not have been their best experience with my beer, but it was one of my best experiences with my beer and it was the moment I knew I had made the right decision to open a brewery.






What inspired you to make beer? Who was your mentor? I started out as a home-brewer and it was just a hobby gone out of control. I knew from my first batch of beer that I wanted to become a professional brewer. Ken Grossman from Sierra Nevada is, without a doubt, my mentor in brewing quality beer, running a very successful brewery business, and staying true to himself and his family.

What inspired you to make beer? Who was your mentor? Tasting fresh beer was pivotal for me. In the 70's I exclusively drank imported beer—but I drove through Hopland in the summer of 1982 and dropped by the newly opened Mendocino Brewing Company. I was just blown away. I got to know the owners and they really inspired me to start making my own beer.


What do beer enthusiasts find most exceptional about your beer making process? Beer enthusiasts will go to great lengths to seek out our beer. Perhaps it is our dedication to quality that enthusiasts find most exceptional about our process.


Pliny the Elder Brewed with Amarillo, Centennial, CTZ, and Simcoe hops. Well-balanced with malt, hops, and alcohol. Slighty bitter with a fresh hop aroma of floral, citrus, and pine. Best Enjoyed FRESH!

What is your most coveted beer, and why? We seem to have more than one! Our most coveted beers are Pliny the Younger and Beatification, both of which are available for a brief time only once a year. Pliny the Elder is our most sought after beer that we brew on a regular basis. We hope it is because consumers like the taste of these beers!  What is your favorite fall beer and food pairing? My favorite fall beer is our seasonal HopTime Harvest Ale. This is made with 100% fresh wet hops from local Hopsmeister Farm in Clearlake. While many beers pair well with food, I prefer this one on its own to really enjoy its unique and delicate flavors. What is your consumer’s best experience with your beer? We often hear from folks who have traveled very far to try our beer for the first time and were thrilled with the beers as well as their experience at our pub. That's the best we can ask for!

What do beer enthusiasts find most exceptional about your beer making process? Our fans appreciate that I honor a lot of classic styles but I also like to break new ground. I have pretty eclectic brewing interests—which helps. These days I'm putting a big focus on beers with complex malty backbones combined with hefty doses of late addition hops.

What is your most coveted beer, and why? "Taylor Mountain Rye IPA" is a newish beer for us but it is really gaining ground. With Citra, Simcoe, Motueka and Chinook aroma hops it has a nice hop pedigree, but it's really the combination of the hop profile and the right amount of Rye that makes it a standout. What is your favorite fall beer and food pairing? I might get called out on this for calling it a "fall pairing" but I recently paired mesquite grilled tandoori style chicken with our Puddle Jumper Pale Ale, and the complimentary flavors and aromas were really outstanding. What is your consumer’s best experience with your beer? Lots of people come in to the pub thinking they only like one particular beer or style of beer, and whenever you get those people to try something new and love it— that's always the best experience.

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Puddle Jumper Ale A true American Pale Ale, light golden color with clean malt flavors, and the refreshing aroma of Simcoe hops. Medium in body, aromatic, and very hoppy.

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down do wn th thee rrows, ows, s h handfuls andfuls of hops hops disappearing buckets. di sappearring into into b uckets. The The bin es (wit th a b ), aass th ey clim b th bines (with b), they climb thee tr ellises— —via scratchy scratchy h airs an d trellises—via hairs and rrobust obust stems, stem e s, differently differently th an a than true vine vine would—begin would—begin to to sslacken. lacken. W ith luck, luck k, the the pickers pickers will p ull With pull 500 po un nds aagain gain thi ear. pounds thiss y year. R elative to to m ost oth er br eweeries Relative most other breweries gr owing h ops locally, locally, that’s that at’s growing hops huge Com mpared to to ccommercial ommercial huge.. Compared h op-growiing oper ations farth er hop-growing operations farther n orth, however, howeveerr, it’ arely a dr op north, it’ss b barely drop in th buck ket. Though Though North North Bay Baay thee bucket. pr oduction n today today tends tends to to be on a production gent le upswing, upsswing, th ere’s minimal minimal gentle there’s chance of a chance return to to th return thee volume of huge volume Sonoma County’s Countty’s Sonoma heyday. Kilns Kilns are are heyday. expensive (even (even expensive Carneros simply simply Carneros hops in dries its hops the open air, airr, using using the ventilation efforts efforts ventilation instead of a fullinstead op kiln), blown h blown hop an d breweries breweries e aren’t particularly particularly and aren’t in clined to to get into into th hop-growing inclined thee hop-growing b usiness when when th eir focus focus should should be business their on the the final final outcome. outcome. B ut these these ar econdary points. But aree ssecondary E conomicc force, force, both in terms terms of Economic gr apes h e e or ec er onomies-of-scale grapes here economies-of-scale el sewhere, h as sshifted hifted around around elsewhere, has en ormoussly in the the decades decades since. since. enormously On really ccan’t an’t complain complain about about Onee really th litty of hops hops from from llargeargethee qua quality sscale, cale, m ecchanized enterprises enterprises in mechanized th Pacific Northwest, Northwest, n or about about thee Pacific nor th ose ccompanies’ om mpanies’ ccultivation ultivation and and those rresearch esearch h programs, p ograms, w pr hi h iintr hich t oduc d e which introduce eexpressive xpressive n ew v arieties each each year. year. new varieties B ut we’re wee’re b bless ed with a ssurplus urplus of But blessed gr eat local local breweries breweeries that, that, because because great th eir small-scale small-s l cale h arv vests never never see see their harvests a kiln, go all all out out in producing producing wetweeth op beers beers at h arvest, which which aff ord a hop harvest, afford fr eshness an d ar omatic quality qualitty th at freshness and aromatic that on ply doesn’ om dried onee sim simply doesn’tt get fr from h ops. W ee’ve rrounded ounded up aass m an ny aass hops. We’ve many w ould iin n th ar. wee ccould thee sideb sidebar. O On ce a y earr, at le lleast, ast, it i aalmost l ost ffeels lm eel e ls Once year, lik hop o industry industry never never left. likee th thee hop

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heavily in C heavily California’s alifornia’s historical historical production long before pr oduction as as well, well, lon g bef ore thee aadvent thee citruscitrus-heavy th dvent of o th heavy v American varieties Am erican v a arieties ccommon ommon While ttoday.) oday.) Whil le details details weren’t weren’t before press, hope aavailable vailable bef fore pr ess, I h ope Moonlight’s tto o ssee ee M oon nlight’s Homegrown Homegrown thiss y year. aagain gain thi ear. Petaluma’s P etaluma’s small-scale small-scale HenHouse H enHouse Brewing B ewing ccurrently Br urrently partners with Allstar p artners wit th All star Organics Organics down Nicasio grow organic do wn in N icasio to to gr ow or ganic Cascade hops. C ascade h op ps. While they they won’t won’t officially offici ally rrelease eleease a wet-hop wet-hop beer thiss year thi year (an (an n estate estate wet-hop wet-hop ESB E SB and and wet-hop wett-hop pale pale are are slated slated into production tto o go int o pr roduction in 2014), HenHouse doing H enHouse w will be doin g a very very small—like, small—like, one-keg o e-keg small—batch on small—batch of an experimental experim mental wet-hop wet-hop Berliner Berliner Weisse, Weisse, to to be released released at an undisclosed bar Petaluma. undisclossed b ar in P etaluma. (I have have a guess.) gueess.) Omnipresent Omnipresent Lagunitas Lagunitas will be overnighting hops overnightting wet wet h ops from from Washington’s Washington n’s Yakima Yakima region region to to go into into a TBD D wet-hop wet-hop aale. le. The The batch divvied batch will bee di vvied up between between its own TapRoom and various own T apR Room an dv arious wetwethop-focused around hop-focused d ffestivals estivals ar ound the the country. country y. Owner Own ner Tony Tony y Magee Magee also also keeps keeps a small small l garden garden d off hops hops in i the the community community of o Marshall, Marshall, in Marin, Marin, slated slated tto o go into i o a separate int separate rrelease. elease. Also Petaluma, Also in P e luma, Dempsey’s eta Dempsey’s uses hops grown uses h ops gr rown on its biodynamic Ranch biodynamic Red Red Rooster Rooster Ran ch for creating thee 7707 Wet Hop for cr eating th 07 W et e H op pale pale ale, ale, to to be b rreleased eleased around around mid-September. onee of mid-Septem mber. It will be on the the few few local local wet-hop wet-hop beers beers to to be bottled bottled and and aavailable vailable throughout throughout Sonoma County. Sonoma C ount u y. The opened Woodfour The newly newly open ed W o oodfour Brewing local Brewing works works with both a loc al Sebastopol Sebastopol farmer f farm er as as well well as as another County another in Mendocino Mendocino C ounty ffor or its wet-hop needs. Brewer wet-hop n eeds. Br ewer Seth Seth Wood that Woodfour Wood o states statess th at W oodf o our will actually making three actually be m aking two two or thr ee wet-hop beers thee p pub, using wet-hop bee ers ffor or th ub, usin ga single single hop hop ttype ype ffor or eeach. ach. “We “W We plan plan to thee beer beerss aass a w wet-hop to sserve erve th et-hop flight in our our restaurant,” restaurant,” rreports eports Wood, people Wood, o ““so so pe eople can can eexplore xplore the the beers beers side by by side.” side.” These These beers beers should should be released rele e ased around around late late September. September. Heading north, Heading n orth, Ruth McGowan’s McGowan’s Brewpub Brewpub in Cloverdale Cloverdale has has procured procured Sterling Sterling


and an nd Columbus Columbus hops hops from from a local local farmer. faarmer. These These have have gone gone into into a Belgian-style Belgian-style tripel, tripel, Mighty Mighty Shillelagh, Shillel h agh, available available on-site on-site now. now. Healdsburg’s Healdsburg’s Bear Bear Republic Republic b has haas three-quarters th hree-quarters of an aacre cre of citrusy citrussy Cascade and Chinook Cascade an d Chin ook hops hops growing growin w g in n Dry Creek Creek Valley, Valley, managed managed by by the th he Enzenauer Enzenauer family. family. These These will head head into into Grandpa’s Grandpaa’s Homegrown, Homegrown n n, honoring hon o oring Phil Enzenauer Enzenauer for fo or his his commitment Sonoma commitm o ent to to S onoma County Countty hop hop o cultivation. cultivation. Look Look for for this this latest Homegrown lat a est H omegrown rrelease elease in llate ate September, Sept e em mber b r, early early October. October. Old Brewing Old Redwood Redwood Br ewing in Windsor Windsor will brew brew a harvest harvest ale alee using different ussing hops hops from from two two diff erent locations. lo ocations. The The first first is is its fully fully established esstablished hop hop field in southwest southwest Windsor, yields Win i dsorr, which which hi h yield i lds about abo b utt a hundred hu undred pounds pounds annually. annually. The The second, interestingly, by sec e ond, int erestingly, iiss run b y the the Windsor Windsor Historical Historical Society, Society, which which h tends propagated ten e ds a field of hops hops pr opagated e from vines frrom nearly nearly ccentury-old entury-old vin es in i the th he Russian Russian River River Valley. Valley. The The beer b will w be available available to to Old Old Redwood’s Redwoo od’s beer beeer club club members members (around (around midmiidOctober) and O ober) an Oct d in limited limited samples samplees to thee gen general public through to th eral p ublic thr ough the th he brewery’s brewery’s tasting tasting room room in Windsor. Windsor. Santa Santa Rosa’s Rosa’s Fogbelt Fogbelt Brewing Brewin ng Co., produce Co., opening opening soon, soon, will pr oduce a number nu umber of beers beers with hops hops grown grown in n Healdsburg Healdsburg and and Sonoma Sonoma (see (see e sidebar). siidebar).

Marin M Mar in Co County unty While Marin Marin Brewing Brewing doesn’t doesn n’t gr row its o wn h ops or pr oduce grow own hops produce an ny dedicated dedicated fr esh-hop beers, beers,, any fresh-hop br rewmaster Arn Johnson doe es brewmaster Arnee Johnson does pl lan to to h arvest some some S onoma plan harvest Sonoma C ounty hops hops and and add add them them into into County M arin’s ccask-conditioned ask-conditioned IP A. Marin’s IPA. “F For me,” me,” Johnson Johnson rreflects, eflects, “this “thiis is is “For th he best way way to to showcase showcase w et an aand d the wet w hops.” wild hops.”

Napa N ap pa Co County unty Downtown Do wntown J Joe’s oe’s h had ad its H Hay ay R ide Harvest Harvest on tap tap as as of late late Ride A ugust. It’s It’s Joe’s Joe’s seventh seventh year year August. br rewing a wet-hop wet-hop beer r, b ut its brewing beer, but fir rst usin gC alifornia h ops. Th first using California hops. Thee eexact xact source? source? An un disclosed undisclosed fa armer situated situated perhaps perhaps two two hours hours farmer eeast ast of the the br ewery.—K Keen Weaver Weeaver e brewery.—Ken

Pick Pick k of theVine theV Santa S anta Ro R Rosa’s osa’s ’ hop-harvesting hop-harv vesting pioneer, p ioneerr, F Florian lorian Dauenhauer Dauenha auer


ven though ven though large-scale large-scale h hop op pr production o oduction left S onom ma County County long l g ago, lon ago, Santa Santta Rosa Rosa remains remains Sonoma h eadqu uarters ffor or th eering ccompany ompany th at headquarters thee pion pioneering that b uilt th he first aautomated utomated h op-piicking m achine. built the hop-picking machine.

Florian F lorian Dauenhauer, Dauenhauerr, who who moved moved to to S Santa anta Rosa Rosa fr from om W Wisconsin isconsin at age age 14, first first conceived con nceived the the machine machine in 1940 1940 when when workers workers in his his hop h op field went went on n strike. strike. Seventy-three Seventy-three years years later, laterr, the the Dauenhauer Dauenhauer Manufacturing M anufacturing Company Compan ny iiss still run by by Tom Tom Frazer, Frazerr, Dauenhauer’s Dauenhauer’s grandson, gr andson, in S Santa antta R Rosa, osa, with th thee b business’ usiness’ m main ain sservice ervice an and d rretail etail ccenter enter loc located ated in h hop-heavy op-heav vy T Toppenish, oppenish, Wash. Wash. ““Over Over 90 percent percent e of the the hops hops grown grown commercially commercially in the the U.S.A. U.S.A. usee o us our ur equi equipment,” pment, eent ” bo boasts asts F Frazer, razerr, eexplaining xplaining th that at Y Yakima akima is is by b y far the the largest largestt hop-growing hop-growing region region in the the United United States, States, with Oregon’s Or egon’s Willamette Willam mette V Valley alley and and p parts arts of IIdaho daho hosting hosting farm farmss in eexcess xcess of 2,000 acres. acres. “Since “Since the the big price price runup runu up in 2008,” 2008,” says says Frazer, F razerr, “many “many growers growers h have ave been attracted attracted tto ov very ery sm small-scale all-scale h hop op farming farmin g in nontraditional nontrraditional areas areas such such as as Lake Lake County, County, Wisconsin, Wisconsin, Colorado C olorado an and d Mi Michigan.” ichigan.” Frazer F razer has has nothing noth hing but but positive positive things things to to say say about about Sonoma Sonoma County’s C ounty’s brewing brewing scene. scene. “Everyone “Everyone knows knows Vinnie Vin nnie and and Natalie Natalie [[Cilurzo] Cilurzo] at Russian Russsian River River Brewing Brewing an and dT Tony ony [M [[Magee] agee] at Lagunitas. La gunitas. They They truly truly are are leaders leaders in the the craft-brewing craft-b brewing world. world. It’ss really It’ really ccool ooll th that att S Sonoma onoma C County ountty an and d its it cr creative eati tive residents residents id t aree making ar making such such an impression impression on the the minds minds of o craft craft beer enthusiasts.” enthusi asts.” Thee cit Th city y recognized recognized Dauenhauer Dauenhauer b by yn naming aming a n new ew p park ark behin behind d thee fair th fairgrounds grounds D Dauenhauer auenhauer P Park ark (th (thee playground playground iiss sshaped haped lik likee hop h op kiln kilns), s), on th thee former former sit sitee of D Dauenhauer’s auenhauer’s ranch. ranch. B But ut does D Dauenhauer auenhauer sell sell any y equi equipment pment in his his home home county, county, which which once once w was as such such a hop-growing hop-g growing mecca? mecca? “There “There are are no no hops hops commercially commercially gr grown,” own,” ssays ays F Frazer, razerr, ““that that I’m aaware ware of, off, in Sonoma Sonom o a County.” County.” F For or the the smaller smallerr operations operations outlined outlined elsewhere elsewher e e in thi thiss iissue, ssue, hops hops ar aree picked picked by by hand. han nd. But But should should some some enterprising enterprisin s g grower grower decide tto o brin b bring i gb back ack k llarge-scale arge-scale l h hop op pr production oduction d i in i S Sonoma o oma County, on County, th they’ll ey’ll likely likely have have to to call call up the the D Dauenhauer auenhauer M Manufacturing anufacturing C Company. ompany. “Th “Thee hop hop harvester harvest e er is is indispensable,” indispensable,” says says Frazer. Frazer. “There “There is is n no o way way to to be ccommercially om mmercially vi viable able with without out a sig significant gnificant le level vel of m mechanization echanization today.”—Nicolas tod o ay.”—Nicolas Grizzle Grizzle

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The N Next Next Step Ste ep Fogbelt F oogbe g lt Brewing Brewing gC Co. o. sources source c s hops hop ps from fr om Dry Creek Creek and Sonoma Sonooma valleys valleeys


hey m hey may ay both b be ssons ons of win w emakers, winemakers, b ut th at hasn’t hasn’t but that stopped R emy Remy M artin an dP aul H awley Martin and Paul Hawley fr om v enturing in nto th from venturing into thee br ewery yb usinesss. M artin,, brewery business. Martin, w hose fath er h as sserved erved whose father has aass win emaker at F etzer winemaker Fetzer V ineyards ffor or 30 y ears, Vineyards years, gra duated fr om th he UC graduated from the D avis m aster br ewer Davis master brewer pr ogram, while while H awley, program, Hawley, w hose fath er iiss a fformer ormer whose father

winemaker at Kendallwinemaker KendallJ ackson an d ccurrent urrent owner owner Jackson and of H awleey Vineyards, Vineyards, has has Hawley been h om mebrewing ffor or o ver homebrewing over 10 years years with M artin sin ce Martin since th two tra ttraveled veled togeth er thee two together to New New Zealand Zealand to work Z work in win eries. wineries. With W ith a focus focus on locally locally grown h op ps an d locally locally ssourced ourced grown hops and in gredientts, their their F ogbelt ingredients, Fogbelt Br ewing C o. iiss at th orefront Brewing Co. thee fforefront of the the latest latest wave wave in craft craft beer: utili zing h yperlocal in gredients utilizing hyperlocal ingredients

and, aass with win and, wine, e, b barrel-aging arrel-agin ng ffor or depth of flavor. flavor. Th eir BelgianBelg gianTheir st yle W itbier iiss sspiced piced with ffresh fresh style Witbier cil antro an dk affir lim aves cilantro and kaffir limee le leaves gr own right on th emises;; h ops grown thee pr premises; hops ffor or a fresh-hopped fr f eshh hopped d saison saiison ar aree h arvested fr om H awley’s 150 0-vine harvested from Hawley’s 150-vine Dry C reek V alley h op y ard. Creek Valley hop yard. “W Workin o g in win as gi ven us “Working winee h has given a perspective perspective on where where beer is is goin g,” says say ys H awley, aass h p aks pe going,” Hawley, hee sspeaks glo wingly of S onoma C ounty’s glowingly Sonoma County’s ““great” great” aagriculture griculture an d ill usttrious and illustrious hi story aass a h op-growing rregion. eg gion. history hop-growing “T Ten e years years aago, go, n obody cared cared d “Ten nobody aabout bout th ariety of h ops in a beer r, thee v variety hops beer, b ut now now people do,” do,” he he says. says. “The “The but n ext logical logical step step is is to to ccare are about abo b ut next th growing rregion.” egion.” thee growing A ewery hits full Ass th thee br brewery pr oduction in October, Octoberr, th ey’lll production they’ll churn out out a few few hundred hundred gallons gallo ons a m onth on a seven-barrel seven-barrel system, system, e month with a focus focus on four four flagship flagship beers, b s, beer

including a malty, including malty, rroasty oasty In India dia p ale ale ale an d a light t, effervescent effervescent pale and light, Am erican blonde blonde ale. ale. These These are are American prim arily h opped with w Cascade, Cascadee, primarily hopped Chin ook and and magnum magn num hops hops Chinook ssourced ourced fr om Dry Creek Creek as as well well as as from vine h op yard yarrd run b y a Ph.D a 350350-vine hop by Ph.D.. in botan y in Sonoma Sonom ma Valley. Valley. botany E ventually, they’d they’d like like to to Eventually, pr oduce all all of their theiir own own h ops produce hops loc ally, in stead of ssourcing ourcing th em locally, instead them fr om Washington, Washington,, says says Martin. Martin. from “It’ satisfying, because beccause y ou p ut “It’ss satisfying, you put sso o much eff ort int o ta king ccare are of effort into taking th em every every year,” yearr,” he he adds. adds. ““And An A d them it’ it satisfying knowing knowin w gy ou h ave a it’ss satisfying you have lot to to do with the the natural natural pr ocess.” process.” F ogbelt Brewing Brewing Company Compan ny opens opens Fogbelt in early early Oct ober. 130 05 Cle eveland Ave. Ave. October. 1305 Cleveland (f ormerly H eritagee Public Public House), House), (formerly Heritage S anta Rosa. Rosa. www og gbeltbrew Santa —L eilani Clark Clark —Leilani

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Accomplished environmentalist author, journalist and founder of Bill McKibben found himself behind bars in the summer of 2011 after leading a large civil disobedience at the White House in protest of the Keystone XL pipeline. Now he’s ready to talk about what led him there in his new book Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist, which intertwines a Vermont beekeeper with his story of leading a growing social movement. The book also ties together the fossil-fuel industry as a whole and the development of smallscale local answers. With empathy and passion, McKibben draws on why these two aspects are mutually reinforcing and must come handin-hand for success. McKibben speaks about Oil and Honey on

The week’s events: a selective guide

Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Dominican University. 50 Acacia Ave, San Rafael. 7pm. Free. 415.927.0960.


Musical Gumbo If you take everything “cool” and infuse it into a single human being, you get one man: Dr. John. The legendary “Night Tripper” has played with Cher, Van Morrison, Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger—just to name a few. Quite fittingly, Dr. John’s unique musical style doesn’t fit under any one category, but is a type of hybrid voodoo-psychedelic-meets-traditional-New-OrleansR&B-and-funk. Widely considered a living embodiment of the rich musical heritage of New Orleans, Dr. John plays on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. 8pm. $40–$55. 707.259.0123.


He’s No Schmendrik Turned away from the Ron Shulamit Conservatory because he was too small to handle a violin, the three-year-old Itzhak Perlman taught himself on a toy fiddle. Now, of course, he’s one of the greatest musical prodigies of our time. Onstage, Perlman communicates an irresistible joy of making music, while offstage, he is beloved for his charm and humanity, and a recent New Yorker piece uncovered Perlman as a closet comedian in the Borscht Belt tradition. The reigning virtuoso of the violin performs Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Green Music Center. 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 6pm. $55–$125. 866.955.6040.


Blues & Jazz Trivia

CURE FOR PAIN Charlotte Sometimes plays the Sweetwater Music Hall on Sept. 18. See Concerts, p36.

It’s Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival trivia time! 1. Who backed big acts like Joe Cocker, Tina Turner and Richard Marx before a solo career? 2. Who appears unaccredited in the movie Animal House as the bassist of Otis Day and the Knights? 3. Whose name means “to bring forth” in Yoruba? 4. Who produces wine in Napa, but also met and played with Steve Miller when he was just 15? (1. Euge Groove. 2. Robert Cray. 3. Ledisi. 4. Boz Scaggs.) These acts and more serenade the riverside on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21–22, at Johnson’s Beach. 16241 First St., Guerneville. 10am. $50–$80. 949.362.3366.

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Arts Ideas TIMELESS AMERICAN SHAME Creed Bratton’s ‘real-life’ songs come from kids’ birthdays and unemployment lines.

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Another side of Creed Bratton comes to Sweetwater BY RACHEL DOVEY


hey’re both tall and balding, with the kind of devilish good looks made for Hollywood or an Old West wanted ad. But Creed Bratton is not Creed Bratton. One is a mild-mannered actor and guitarist, performing his musical autobiography at Sweetwater Music Hall on Sept. 27. The other is a quality assurance manager on The Office— a former cult leader who sprouts

mung beans in his desk drawer at Dunder Mifflin, steals cash from condolence cards and knows all the best soup kitchens in town. As the actor tells me during a recent phone interview, “If I were really Creed Bratton, I’d be in jail.” Probably so. After all, the fictional Creed Bratton is a former homeless man who once took a photo of a woman using a breast pump and then made it his workplace screensaver. But the real Creed Bratton is much less deviant. He’s done his share of LSD, sure, but he also writes heart-

wrenching songs about love and unemployment with lyrical gems like “there’s parts of my life in every pawn shop in town.” A former member of ’60s charttoppers the Grass Roots, Bratton has released six solo albums to complement his acting career; the latest is a personal medley called Tell Me About It, which rehashes his life in three meditative acts. “People know me as a funny guy from The Office,” he says. “I tell them right away: this is not just a comedy show. It’s lighthearted and

amusing but bittersweet.” There’s “Unemployment Line,” a lilting Dustbowl anthem saturated with timeless American shame. Written in his 40s, after he’d left the Grass Roots, Bratton says the song was inspired when he was out of work, waiting in a line to collect benefits, and saw a woman who looked like an ex. After a moment of panic, he realized it wasn’t her, but the song was born. “I can’t look in the people’s eyes,” Bratton sings to acoustic strumming, “there might be someone here I know.” And although Tell Me About It explores themes that are both heavy and self-aware, the fingerprints of that other Creed Bratton—the manic larcenist with a fondness for snorting coffee grounds—are visible too. For the song “Move to Win,” Bratton made a video in which he crashes a kid’s birthday party dressed like a lunatic mime in an oversized bowtie: he throws a small child in a swimming pool, elopes with a housemaid on a scooter, tosses a piñata on the grill and laughs while he watches it burn. Except it might not actually be him. “Creed saw an ad that a band was needed for this party, and it turned out to be a kid’s birthday party,” Bratton explains to me on the phone. “It seemed like something he would do.” Though the folk master has garnered a new following of “mostly college kids,” thanks to that other Creed, the show in Mill Valley will be a bluesy rumination on lost love that amps-up now and then to channel the Who. It won’t be a live incarnation of the free-lovin’ excon who hates cartwheels and asks of life, forlornly: “If I can’t scuba, then what’s this all been about?” But maybe, just maybe, he’ll make an appearance, too. Creed Bratton plays on Friday, Sept. 27, at the Sweetwater Music Hall. 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 9pm. $27. 415.388.3850.

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CAPTIVATING PANELS On the Historic Downtown Plaza Healdsburg, Sonoma County Saturday, September 28, 2013 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

FREE Admission. Art Exhibit & Sale, Art Activities, Food, Wine/Beer. Music/Entertainment. 707.431.1970

Michele Anna Jordan and Marcy Smothers, What Makes a Good Book Club Pick, Best Read Books, Women in Suspense, The Immigrant Experience and Biting off Chunks of Local History


Mac Barnett, Kathryn Otoshi, Natasha Yim, Janie Havenmeyer, Readers Theater, Storytellers and Puppet Art Theater


Teen Poetry Slam, the Art of the Graphic Novel and Our World and Beyond panel


Writing for Children, Publishing, Telling Your Story, The Writer’s Mary Mackey, Terry Ehret, Q. R. Hand Jr., Arisa White, Mike Tuggle Craft, Getting the Word Out: Twitter, The Best Grammar and many more! Workshop Ever and more!

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Stop by THE TAP ROOM at WHOLE FOODS MARKET CODDINGTOWN for all of your favorite rare, local, and imported brews. The line-up is always changing and the food is always fresh!

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Local theaters celebrate badness BY DAVID TEMPLETON


merican playwright Theresa Rebeck was once asked to explain what her plays, at their heart, were really all about. Rebeck, the author of Hollywood sex-satire The Scene and the post 9-11 surrealist dinner-party farce Omnium Gatherum, replied that her plays were mainly about “betrayal and treason and poor behavior—a lot of poor behavior.” Poor behavior, of course, is at the heart of some of the theater world’s greatest masterpieces. From Tennessee Williams’ volcanic Streetcar Named Desire (running through Sept. 22 at the Raven Theater in Healdsburg) to the cranky and resentful title character in Alfred Uhry’s beloved

Driving Miss Daisy (through Oct. 6 at Pegasus Theater in Rio Nido), playwrights have always produced the juiciest drama from the very worst actions of their fellow human beings. Sometimes, as in the Imaginists’ upcoming bilingual fantasy Real (Oct. 3–19), adapted liberally from Carlo Collodi’s Pinnochio, it is the bad behavior of a society gone wrong that takes the focus, with one central character trying to do the right thing in the face of others’ poor behavior. In a sense, that’s the central dilemma in Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Picture Show (Sept. 20–Oct. 13 at Sixth Street Playhouse), with straight-laced Brad and Janet tempted by the dark side in the castle of the crossdressing, sexually omnivorous Dr. Frankenfurter. In the latter example, of course, the point is that Brad and Janet might benefit from a little taste of badness, while everyone knows that in the original Pinnochio, tasting the forbidden fruits of badness only gets you turned into a donkey. Which brings us back to Theresa Rebeck, whose 2007 Tonynominated comedy Mauritius opens next week at Main Stage West in Sebastopol. Named for an extremely rare postage stamp, the 1847 Blue Mauritius stamp, the play pits a pair of half-sisters (Ilana Niernberger and Nancy Prebilich) against one another, each of them claiming ownership of a stamp collection left to them by their recently deceased mother. The sisters, in turn, are pitted against a trio of shady stamp-collectors (John Craven, Peter Downey and Eric Thompson), who work the angles, Mamet-style, to outplay, outwit and outlast the others in their quest to acquire the collection. Directed by Beth Craven, who demonstrated a knack for onstage poor behavior with last spring’s Exit the King, Mauritius is another sharp example of why, in the theater, people behaving badly can be very, very good. ‘Mauritius’ runs Thursday–Sunday, Sept. 27–Oct. 13, at Main Stage West. 104 N. Main St., Sebastopol. Thursday– Saturday, 8pm; 5pm matinees on Sundays. $15–$25. 415.823.0177.


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Bay Area rapper teams up with a member of Bone Thugs. Sep 21, 8pm. $30. Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St, Petaluma, 707.762.3565.

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Chamber music presented by the Redwood Arts Council. Sep 21, 8pm. $10-$30. Occidental Center for the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental, 707.874.9392.

The Fixx New wave group from the ‘80s. Bobby Jo Valentine opens. Sep 20, 9pm. $23. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, 707.765.2121.

Itzhak Perlman One of the greatest violinists of our time, revered throughout the world for his artistry. Sep 21, 6pm. $55-$125. Green Music Center, 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.

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“America’s Got Talent” winner. Bill Carter opens. Sep 20, 7pm. $25. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa, 707.259.0123.

Mezzo-Soprano Denyce Graves and Marnie Breckenridge in program that includes Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite.” Sep 21, 7pm. $15-$60. Lincoln Theater, 100 California Dr, Yountville, 707.226.8742.

Clubs & Venues SONOMA COUNTY Aqus Cafe Sep 18, Brindl. Sep 20, Timothy O’Neill Band. Sep 21, Ironsides.

Sep 22, Gary Vogensen’s. Third Wednesday of every month, West Coast Singer Songwriter Competition. Fourth Wednesday of every month, Bluegrass Jam. 189 H St, Petaluma, 707.778.6060.

Arlene Francis Center Sep 21, Violation, Common War, the Know Nothing, Slandyr, Civilian Assault. Third Thursday of every month, Jazz & Coffee. 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa, 707.528.3009.

Aubergine Sep 19, Lindsey Thomas Project. Sep 20, Tahoes, Steve Sutherby. Sep 21 at 10:30, Dusty Green Bones Band, Apt H. Sep 21 at 7, Uncle Wiggly. Sep 22, Nothing to Lose. 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol, 707.829.2722.

Bergamot Alley Sep 21, the Mad Maggies. 328-A Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, 707.433.8720.

Epicurean Connection Third Thursday of every month, words, strings and wild things open mic. 122 West Napa St, Sonoma, 707.935.7960.

Flamingo Lounge Sep 20, Groove Foundation. Sep 21, Power House. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa, 707.545.8530.

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Juinor Toots Son of Toots from Toots and the Maytals. Sol Seed and Iriefuse open. Sep 19, 9pm. $10-$15. 19 Broadway Club, 19 Broadway, Fairfax, 415.459.1091.

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Sep 22, Hills to Hollers. 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol, 707.824.2030.

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French Garden

Sep 21, Itzhak Perlman. 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.

Live Music Sunday Brunch FREE SHOW with Dirty Cello BLUES/ROCK MASTER:

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Creed Bratton from â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Officeâ&#x20AC;? 19 Corte Madera Ave Mill Valley CafĂŠ 415.388.1700 | Box Office 415.388.3850

Sep 21, Molly Konzen. 1901 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, 707.540.0395.

Hopmonk Sebastopol Sep 18, R/D, Zack Darling, Dr Dylon. Sep 19, BoomBox. Sep 20, Afrolicious. Sep 21, Great Burro 10-Year Anniversary. Sep 23, Everton Blender. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol, 707.829.7300.

Hopmonk Sonoma Sep 20, Muncie. Sep 22, Christopher Lods. 691 Broadway, Sonoma, 707.935.9100.

Hotel Healdsburg Sep 21, Myron Cohen Trio. 25 Matheson St, Healdsburg, 707.431.2800.

Lagunitas Tap Room

Lunch & Dinner Sat & Sun Brunch

Sep 18, Lonesome Heroes. Sep 19, Staggerwing. Sep 20, Dore Coller & Bermudagrass. Sep 21, Gold Diggers. Sep 22, Todos Santos. Sep 25, Mike Compton. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma, 707.778.8776.

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Murphyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Irish Pub Sep 19, David Thom Band. Sep 20, Amy Wigton Band. Sep 21, Perfect Crime. Sep 22, Shards of Green. 464 First St E, Sonoma, 707.935.0660.

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Sep 18, Pocket Canyon Ramblers. Sep 19, Susan Sutton. Sep 20, Frankye Kelly. Sep 21, Wendy DeWitt. Sep 22, Eddie Neon. Sep 23, Gypsy Cafe. Sep 24, Maple Profant. Sep 25, Dag Nabbit. 16280 Main St, Guerneville, 707.869.0501. Sep 20, Karma. 397 Aviation Blvd, Santa Rosa, 707.765.2515.

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Sep 20, the Fixx, Bobby Jo Valentine. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, 707.765.2121.

Texas Ale Robert Earl Keen rollicks through EarleFest It was about 10 years ago that Robert Earl Keen went on a tour sponsored by Shiner Bock. Driving behind him along the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highways was a truck full of the brew, which, per booking contracts, was to be sold by the tourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s venues at the promo price of just $2 per bottle. Needless to say, during â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Road Goes On Foreverâ&#x20AC;? at the end of his show at the Mystic Theatre, the crowd was completely sloshed on cheap Texas beer. Times have changed for the regional, and when Keen headlines EarleFest on Sept. 28, fans can dig his Texas twang without guzzling his Texas brew. Lagunitas is among a local food-and-drink lineup that includes Fork Catering, Rodney Strong, the BBQ Spot and more, and Hopmonk Tavern sponsors a side stage with all-local acts. Of course, the musicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the draw, and the main stage includes fellow Texan Ray Wylie Hubbard (the deft tunesmith behind Jerry Jeff Walkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Up Against the Wall, Redneck Motherâ&#x20AC;?), jaw-dropping guitar wizard Sonny Landreth with dobro phenomenon Cindy Cashdollar, and recent NorBay Awards winners Frankie Boots & the County Line. As for Robert Earl Keen, he might not serenade a crowd as drunk as they were that night 10 years ago, but the characters in his songsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x153;Merry Christmas From the Family,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Corpus Christi Bay,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gringo Honeymoonâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D; never stopped throwinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;em back. Revel in the freedom of cold beer, loud tunes and an open field at EarleFest on Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Earle Baum Center for the Blind. 4539 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa. 11:30am-6pm. $30 advance, $35 door. 707.523.3222.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Gabe Meline

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Sep 21, Andre Nickatina & Krayzie Bone. 201 Washington St, Petaluma, 707.762.3565.

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Redwood Cafe Sep 21, Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Bunchovus. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati, 707.795.7868.

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Michael Grimm -Grimmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fairytale Tour Season 5 Winner Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Got Talent

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An evening with Tainted Love

Sun Oct 6

River Theatre

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

Russian River Brewing Co Sep 22, Madrone Brothers. 725 Fourth St, Santa Rosa, 707.545. BEER.

Ruth McGowanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brewpub Sep 20, John Roy Zat. Sep 21, Lindsay Thomas Project, Jay W Watkins, the Tweeners.. 131 E First St, Cloverdale, 707.894.9610.

Sebastopol Center for the Arts Sep 20, the Farallons. 282 S High St, Sebastopol, 707.829.4797.

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

Tradewinds Sep 18, Bern Man Unplugged. Sep 20, Soul Section. Sep 21, Simply Amazing. 8210 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati, 707.795.7878.

MARIN COUNTY 142 Throckmorton Theatre Sep 20, Two Grand Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Yours. Sep 22, Unfold Ordinary Mind. Mon, Open Mic with Derek Smith. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, 415.383.9600.

Club 101 Wed, 8:20pm, salsa dancing with lessons. 815 W Francisco Blvd, San Rafael, 415.460.0101.

Fenix Sep 18, Michael Grimm. Wed, Blues Night. 919 Fourth St, San Rafael, 415.813.5600.

Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nightclub Sep 20, Wonderbread 5. Thurs and Fri, DJ Rick Vegaz. Third Thursday of every month, SĂŠduction FĂŠroce Deux. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael, 415.226.0262.

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Hopmonk Novato Sep 19, the Jaded. Sep 20, Pepperland. Sep 21, Linda Imperial Band. Wed, Open Mic. 224 Vintage Way, Novato, 415.892.6200.

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

19 Broadway Club Sep 19, Junior Toots, Sol Seed, Iriefuse. Sep 20, Jerry Hannan. Sep 21, the Visibles, Rue66. Sep 22, JT and the Pickups. Sep 24, DJ Zelous, DJ Omatic. Mon, 9pm, open mic. Last Tuesday of every month, Radioactive with Guests. 19 Broadway, Fairfax, 415.459.1091.

No Name Bar Fri, 9pm, Michael Aragon Quartet. Sun, 3pm, Mal Sharpe’s Dixieland. Tues, 8:30pm, open mic with Damir. 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito, 415.332.1392.

Osteria Divino Sep 18, Belinda Blair. Sep 19, Lilan Kane. Sep 21, Denise Perrier. Sep 22, Gypsy Jazz Caravan. Sep 20 and , Sep 24, James Moseley Trio. 37 Caledonia St, Sausalito.



Sep 19, Danielle French, Nichole Da Luz, Jenny Allen. Sep 20, Arizona & the Ramblers. Sep 21, Honeydust. Sun, open mic. Mon, reggae. Wed, Larry’s karaoke. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas, 415.868.1311.

Station House Cafe Sep 22, Dorian Bartley Trio. 11180 State Route 1, Pt Reyes Station, 415.663.1515.

Sweetwater Music Hall Sep 18, Charlotte Sometimes. Sep 20, Tainted Love. Sep 21, Scott Cooper & Jim Lewin. Sep 22, Peter Walsh & friends. Sep 24, Jason Crosby & friends. Mon, Open Mic. Every other Wednesday, Wednesday Night Live. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley, 415.388.3850.

Terrapin Crossroads Sep 21, 8:30pm, Stu Allen & friends. Sep 22, Midnight North. Fri, 4:20 Happy Hour with live music. Sun, Terrapin Family Band. Tues, American Jubilee. Wed, Terrapin Family Band Bar Show. 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael.

Downtown Joe’s Brewery & Restaurant Sun, DJ Night. Wed, Jumpstart. 902 Main St, Napa, 707.258.2337.

Lincoln Theater Sep 21, Symphony Napa Valley Debut and Gala (see Concerts). 100 California Dr, Yountville, 707.226.8742.

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

Rainbow Room Sun, salsa Sundays. Fri, Sat, 10pm, DJ dancing. 806 Fourth St, Napa, 707.252.4471.

Silo’s Sep 19, Leah Woodard. Sep 20, Zach Winningham. Sep 21, Tori Anna & friends. Sep 22, Amanda King. Wed, 7pm, jam session. 530 Main St, Napa, 707.251.5833.

Uptown Theatre Sep 20, Michael Grimm. Sep 21, Dr John. 1350 Third St, Napa, 707.259.0123.

Uva Trattoria Sun, James & Ted. Wed, Gentlemen of Jazz. 1040 Clinton St, Napa, 707.255.6646.

Panama Hotel Restaurant Sep 18, John Hoy Trio. Sep 19, Deborah Winters. Sep 24, Lorin Rowan. Sep 25, EmK. 4 Bayview St, San Rafael, 415.457.3993.

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Sep 20, Flanelhead, Knight Drive, Freight Train. Sep 21, Beso Negro. Sep 25, the Pickups. Mon, acoustic open mic. Tues, John Varn & Tom Odetto. Third Wednesday of every month, Elvis Johnson Soul Review. Third Thursday of every month, Burnsy’s Sugar Shack. 29 Broadway, Fairfax, 415.459.9910.

Rancho Nicasio Sep 20, Barbwyre. Sep 21, Stompy Jones. Sep 22, Tommy Castro & the Painkillers, Deanna Bogart. Town Square, Nicasio, 415.662.2219.

Sausalito Seahorse Sun, salsa class. Tues, Jazz with Noel Jewkes and friends. Wed, Tango with Marcello & Seth. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito.

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Stars Canadian indie pop group features members of Broken Social Scene. Sep 18 at Slim’s.

Color Me Badd Nineties R&B group is responsible for “I Wanna Sex You Up” and, unintentionally, the Lonely Island catalogue. Sep 20 at Yoshi’s Oakland.

The Octopus Project Instrumental rock with electronic and acoustic instruments, including a Theremin. Sep 20 at Cafe du Nord.

Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club Living members of the group that redefined Cuban jazz music. Sep 22 at Davies Symphony Hall.

Jimmy Eat World Alternative rockers bring pop tunes with a tinge of sadness. Sept. 22 at the Warfield.

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Sep 18, Dirty Cello. Sat, Uke Jam. Sun, 2pm, Irish music. Mon, 8pm, open mic with Simon Costa. 23 Broadway, Fairfax, 415.485.1182.

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Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa. 707.527.5377.

Dutton-Goldfield Winery

RECEPTIONS Sep 21 Dutton Goldfield Winery, paintings by Barbara Kelley. 1pm. 3100 Gravenstein Hwy N, Sebastopol. 707.827.3600.

Sep 18-Nov 12, Paintings by Barbara Kelley. 3100 Gravenstein Hwy N, Sebastopol. Daily, 10am– 4:30pm 707.827.3600.

Epicurean Connection Through Oct 6, “Bird & Flower,” poetic paintings by Wu Tianyu. 122 West Napa St, Sonoma. 707.935.7960.

Finley Community Center

SONOMA COUNTY Agrella Art Gallery Through Oct 17, “Tradition of Mayhem,” themes of aggression and hostility in human nature. Gallery is free. Parking fees. SRJC, Doyle Library, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. Mon-Thurs, 10 to 4; Sat 12 to 4. 707.527.4298.

Arts Guild of Sonoma Through Sep 23, “Mentor Program & Member Show,” work by Sonoma Valley High School students and guild members. 140 E Napa St, Sonoma. Wed-Thurs and SunMon, 11 to 5; Fri-Sat, 11 to 8. 707.996.3115.

Calabi Gallery Through Sep 30, “Memento Mori,” art relating to themes of life and death. 144 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. Wed-Sun, 11 to 5. 707.781.7070.

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

City Hall Council Chambers Through Sep 18, “Printmaking,” pieces by Catherine Atkinson. Sep 24-Oct 24, “Oil Paintings,” works by Mark Jacobson. 100 Santa Rosa Ave, Ste 10, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3010.

Coddingtown Mall Through Sep 22, “Aqua Areas,” watercolor paintings. Live demonstrations Sat and Sun, 1-4pm. Cleveland Avenue and

Through Oct 2, “Saints Misbehavin’,” Byzantine art of saints by Grant Greenwald. Through Oct 2, “Scrap Metal Art,” works by James Selby. 2060 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. Mon-Fri, 8 to 7; Sat, 9 to 1 707.543.3737.

Gallery of Sea & Heaven Through Oct 12, “Art Delicious,” work by artists from Becoming Independent and Studios on A. 312 South A St, Santa Rosa. Thurs-Sat, noon to 5 and by appointment. 707.578.9123.

Gallery One Through Oct 5, “Anniversary Exhibit,” works by Clark Mitchell and Olga Storms. Through Oct 25, “ARTrails 3D Showcase Exhibit,” sampling of 3D art by local artists. 209 Western Ave, Petaluma. 707.778.8277.

Graton Gallery Through Sep 22, “In Pursuit of Happiness,” new work by Susan Ball and Frances Arnold. 9048 Graton Rd, Graton. TuesSun, 10:30 to 6. 707.829.8912.

Guerneville Library Through Sep 30, “A Celebration of Creativity,” artists of the lower Russian River area. 14107 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville. 707.869.9004.

Hammerfriar Gallery Through Oct 6, “Sculpture and Works on Paper,” pieces by Jann Nunn. 132 Mill St, Ste 101, Healdsburg. Tues-Fri, 10 to 6. Sat, 10 to 5. 707.473.9600.

Healdsburg Center for the Arts Through Oct 5, “Red Dot 2013,” work by Laurent Davidson, Frieda Giolding and Michael Madzo. 130 Plaza St, Healdsburg. Daily, 11 to 6. 707.431.1970.

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts Through Sep 26, “Symbols,” abstract and expressionistic mixed-media art works. 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. Tues-Sat, 10 to 2; also by appointment. 415.388.4331.

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

Osher Marin JCC Through Oct 6, “StreetLight,” oil paintings by Rabbi Lawrence Kushner. 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.

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

New Leaf Gallery 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 Nov 3, “Earth, Wind and Fire,” gallery exhibit. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.874.9392.

Petaluma Historical Museum & Library Sep 18-Nov 2, “Victorian Mourning Customs,” see how our predecessors honored their deceased. 20 Fourth St, Petaluma. Wed-Sat, 10 to 4; Sun, noon to 3; tours by appointment on Mon-Tues. 707.778.4398.

RiskPress Gallery Through Oct 6, “Impressions of India,” photos by Patrick Brinton. 7345 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol. No phone.

Russian River Art Gallery Through Sep 30, “Birds of a Feather,” personal interpretations of our feathered friends. 16357 Main St, Guerneville. Daily, 10 to 6. 707.869.9099.

Sebastopol Center for the Arts Through Oct 19, “ABZ Etcetera,” using letters numbers symbols and characters. Through Oct 19, “Landscape Impressions: En Plein Air,” paintings by Donna DeLaBriandais, and sculptures by Aaron Poovey. 282 S High St, Sebastopol. Tues-Fri, 10 to 4; Sat, 1 to 4. 707.829.4797.

Sonoma County Museum Sep 20-Oct 20, “Artistry in Wood,” Showcase of fine regional craftsmanship. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. Tues-Sun, 11 to 4. 707.579.1500.

Robert Green Fine Arts

‘BABY WITH NECKLACE’ Heidi Endemann is among 11 artists in the provocative, topical exhibit ‘Tradition of Mayhem’ at the SRJC. See adjacent.

Sonoma State University Library Art Gallery Through Oct 13, “From Death to Life in Ancient Bahrain,” close-up view of ancient burial grounds. Gallery talk, Sep 18, 4pm. 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art Through Dec 1, “Delicious Images: Art About Food,” paintings and works on paper by Wayne Thiebaud and Joseph Goldyne. Goldyne in conversation, Oct 24, 7pm. 551 Broadway, Sonoma. WedSun, 11 to 5. 707.939.SVMA.

Steele Lane Community Center Through Oct 10, “AIARE Design Awards Exhibit,” winning entries from the Redwood Empire Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. 415 Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. Mon-Thurs, 8 to 7; Fri, 8 to 5. 707.543.3282.

Art,” paintings by Laura Roney. 306 Center Ave (above Levin & Co bookstore), Healdsburg. Sun-Thurs, 10 to 6; Fri-Sat, 10 to 9. 707.431.4214.

Viva Chocolat Through Sep 25, “The Art of Ricky Watts,” paintings by the local artist. 110 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. Open late on weekends; closed Wednesdays. 707.778.9888.

MARIN COUNTY Art Works Downtown Through Oct 13, “Memento Mori,” art by Eddie Volla and D Young V. 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. Tues-Sat, 10 to 5. 415.451.8119.

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

Towers Gallery

Marin MOCA

Through Oct 6, “Hidden Treasures,” variety of styles from local artists. 2 40 N Cloverdale Blvd, Ste 2, Cloverdale. 707.894.4331.

Through Oct 6, “National Photography Show,” works by Simon Pyle, Chantel Beam, Douglas Ito and others. Juror talk, Sep 21, 6pm. Novato Arts Center, Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Dr, Novato. Wed-Sun, 11 to 4. 415.506.0137.

University Art Gallery Through Oct 13, “25 Years, 25 Artists: The Painting Students of Mark Perlman,” works by SSU art teacher’s best students. Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. Tues-Fri, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, noon to 4. 707.664.2295.

Upstairs Art Gallery Through Sep 30, “Wine Country

Marin Society of Artists

Sep 21-22, “The Pathway Home,” art by war veterans. 154 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. Wed-Sun, 11 to 5, or by appointment. 415.381.8776.

Seager Gray Gallery Through Sep 29, “Awake and Away,” paintings, drawings and collages by Jane Hambleton. 23 Sunnyside Ave, Mill Valley. Tues-Sat; 11 to 6. Fri-Sat, 11 to 7; Sun, 12 to 5. 415.384.8288.

NAPA COUNTY di Rosa Through Sep 22, “External Combustion,” pieces by Sacramento sculptors Nathan Cordero, Julia Couzens, Chris Daubert and Dave Lane. Through Dec 31, largest collection of contemporary Bay Area art. Tours daily. 5200 Sonoma Hwy, Napa. Wed-Sun, 10am to 6pm 707.226.5991.

Grand Hand Gallery Through Sep 29, “Presence,” paintings by Michele de la Menardiere and sculptures by John Petrey. 1136 Main St, Napa. No phone.

Napa Valley Museum Through Sep 29, “Date with the Devil,” new work inspired by the legend of Faust. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. Tues-Sun, 10am to 4pm. 707.944.0500.

Comedy ‘Chicago’ Steve Barkley

Through Oct 5, “Fall Rental Show,” all pieces available to rent. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. Mon-Thurs, 11 to 4; SatSun, 12 to 4. 415.454.9561.

Winner of ABC’s “America’s Funniest People.” David Vanavermaete opens. Sep 19, 8pm. $20. Trek Winery, 1026 Machin Avenue, Novato. 415.899.9883.

MINE Art Gallery

Below the Belt

Through Sep 29, “Unframed Freedom,” works by Bob Stang

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Mexican Heritage Festival Mexican dancers, singers, a puppet show and a salsa contest. Sep 22, 1pm. Free. Healdsburg Plaza, Healdsburg Plaza, Healdsburg.

Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival


Over 140 fine artists from all across the country and offer live music and children’s entertainment. Music by Hot Club of Marin, Dave Getz and others. Sep 21-22, 10am. $5-$10. Old Mill Park, Throckmorton and Cascade, Mill Valley.

Art for Life

Petaluma Palooza

Lomitas SchoolHouse Sep 19, 7pm, Argentine Tango Practica. 2421 Lomitas Ave., Santa Rosa 707-523-4336.

Fundraiser for Face to Face features art, food and wine for sale. Sep 21, 2pm. $75. Mary Agatha Furth Center, 8400 Old Redwood Hwy, Windsor.

Beyond the Book Bash Library fundraiser features Author Mac Barnett, slam poet Chinaka Hodge, musician James Nash and others. Sep 21, 7pm. $150. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Busy Bee Dogs Canines perform stunts. Sep 21, 11am. Free. Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 W Napa St, Sonoma. 707.939.0379.

Community expo showcases the city’s commerce, culture, creativity and caring. Sep 21, 12pm. Free. Petaluma Arts Center, 230 Lakeville St at East Washington, Petaluma. 707.762.5600.

Petaluma Palooza– Community Expo Share info, products and ideas, enter the talent contest or speakers series, get on the soapbox, play a song or give a demonstration. It’s fun for everyone. Sep 21, 12pm. Free. Petaluma Depot Building, 210 Lakeville St, Petaluma. 707.769.0429.

from the Gatehouse Gallery to Milliken Peak, the highest summit in the Carneros region. Sun, Sep 22, 10am. $15. di Rosa, 5200 Sonoma Hwy, Napa. 707.226.5991.

Family Insect Exploration Trek through the creek in search of aquatic bugs. Sep 21, 3pm. Olive Park, 105 Orange St (near Vineyard Creek Hotel), Santa Rosa.

Harvest Moon Hike Adult-focused adventure into the twilight world of moths and other insects. Sep 20, 5:30pm. Bohemia Ecological Preserve, 8759 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental.

Film Culinary Cinema Film series shown on the river deck. Sep 19, “Mostly Martha”; Sep 26, “Kings of Pastry”; Oct 3, “Ingredients: A Documentary Film”; Oct 10, Napa Valley Film Fest short film preview. Thurs through Oct 10. Oxbow Public Market, 610 First St, Napa.

A Fierce Green Fire Documentary about grassroots and global activism spanning 50 years from conservation to climate change. Sep 19, 7pm. Free. Sonoma Valley Grange Hall, 18627 Sonoma Hwy, Boyes Hot Springs.

Duck Derby

Sonoma County Book Festival

If your rubber ducky finishes first, you win $500. Music by Tim Weed and Debbie Daly. Sep 22, 11am. Free. White House Pool Park, Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Pt Reyes Station.

Authors, readers and entertainers come together to celebrate the written word. Sep 21, 10am. Free. Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 1.800.564.SRJC.

Forks Over Knives: The Extended Interviews

Floating Homes Tour

Sukkot Harvest Festival


Check out the famous community and learn about historic changes. Sep 21, 11am. $35-$40. Floating Homes Community, Bridgeway and Gate 6 Road, Sausalito.

Explore decorate, learn and celebrate the ancient harvest festival of Sukkot or “temporary shelters.” Sep 22, 11:30am. Free. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.

Sing along to classic songs during the screening, with lyrics onscreen. Sep 22, 2pm. $10.25. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.924.5111.

Wedding Expo

Rob Lowe stars in this comedic “inside look” at what happens behind closed doors in modern American politics. Sep 21, 7pm. $10. Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main St, Napa. 707.255.5445.

Gatsby Gala Dress in 1920s attire and enjoy dinner, music, dancing, and other spectacles. Sep 21, 5:30pm. $125. McDonald Mansion, 1015 McDonald Ave, Santa Rosa.

Gem Faire So sparkly, so shiny, so affordable! Sep 20-22. Free. Marin Center Exhibit Hall, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

International Talk Like a Pirate Day Learn the finer points of speaking on the high seas.

Over 140 of the top wedding vendors in the Wine Country. Sep 22, 12pm. $12-$15. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Field Trips

Movie’s themes explored in depth. Sep 22, 6pm. Free. Trinity Presbyterian Church, 495 Marin Dr, Novato.

Knife Fight

Mountainfilm Sep 18, “Waste Land,” “Cold”; Sep 25, “Fire on the Mountain,” “Code Red,” “Chasing Water.” $12-$15. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

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of standup comedy featuring local talent. Third Fri of every month, 9pm. $10. Jasper O’Farrell’s, 6957 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2062.

Sep 19, 3:30pm. Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, 1490 Library Lane, St. Helena. 707.963.3757.

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muckraking book turned into a movie. Directors Christopher Oscar and Doug Hecker in person. Sep 18, 6pm. $5-$10. Arlene Francis Center, 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.

Queen of the Sun Documentary about bees and colony collapse. Sep 19, 7pm. $10. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Rialto Classics Sep 25, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” 7pm. $8. Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley St, Sebastopol. 707.525.4840.

Sonoma Film Institute Sep 20, “TRUST: Second Acts in Young Lives.” Fri-Sun, 4 and 7pm. $7. Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.

Food & Drink Cheese Curd Basket Making Learn to make Italian-style fiscelle baskets (cheese strainers) out of juncus. Sep 21, 9am. $65-$75. Laguna de Santa Rosa Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.527.9277.

Farmer Landy Dinner Five course vegetarian meal and tea. Sep 18. $40. Epicurean Connection, 122 West Napa St, Sonoma. 707.935.7960.

Paws & Pasta Food by the Pasta King. Proceeds benefit Sonoma County Animal Care & Control. Sep 22, 5pm. $50. Richard’s Grove and Saralee’s Vineyard, 3575 Slusser Rd, Windsor.

A Taste of Downtown Local restaurants and merchants offer food and drink samples. Sep 18, 4pm. $20$25. Downtown San Rafael, Fifth and A streets, San Rafael.

Lectures Embody Your Soul Calling Workshop for women seeking to succeed in business. Sep 20, 7:30pm. Donation. Songbird Community Healing Center, 8297 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.2398.

History of Rio Nido Historian John McCarthy presents the riverside town’s unique story. Sep 19, 1pm. Free. Sebastopol Senior Center, 167 High St, Sebastopol. 707.829.2440.

Reality, Truth & Conscious Light A video presentation on the life, teaching and living spiritual presence of Avatar Adi Da Samraj. Sep 21, 7:30pm. $5. Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.568.5381.

Science Buzz Cafe Sep 24, Nova Science: Drones & the NSA film with conversation. Tues, Sep 24, 6:30pm. $5. Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.6600.

Fork It Over Multi-course, family-style sit down dinner by the artisanal merchants at Oxbow. Sep 21, 5pm. $150. Oxbow Public Market, 610 First St, Napa.

Kathryn Hall Release Party Crawfish, zydeco and wine mark the release of a new cabernet. Sep 21. $100. Hall St Helena, 401 St Helena Hwy S, St Helena. 707.967.0700.

Oktoberfest & Car Show Classic American muscle cars and classic German muscle grub. Sep 21, 12pm. Free. Napa Valley Museum, 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. 707.944.0500.

Paella Patio Party Cooking demo and tasting with the Spanish Table. Sep 22, 12pm. $10. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 415.927.0960.

Kizzia. Sep 19, 7pm, Sparring with Beatnik Ghosts (Poetry). Sep 20, 1pm, “Floating City: A Rogue Sociologist Lost and Found in New York’s Underground Economy” with Sudhir Venkatesh. Sep 20, 7pm, “The Cairo Codex” with Linda Lambert. Sep 21, 1pm, “Talking Back to Dr Phil: Alternatives to Mainstream Psychology” with David Bedrick. Sep 21, 4pm, “Extra Love” with Jill Abelson. Sep 21, 7pm, “Killer Weed” with Michael Castleman. Sep 22, 1pm, Celebrate the Writing Life with Constance Hale, presented by the California Writers Club $30. Sep 22, 4pm, “Fast Lane to Faith: A Jet Jockey’s Search for Significance” with Bert Botta. Sep 23, 7pm, “Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco” with Gary Kamiya. Sep 24, 7pm, “Fevered: Why a Hotter Planet Will Hurt Our Health and How We Can Save Ourselves” with Linda Marsa. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera 415.927.0960.

Petaluma Copperfield’s Books Sep 18, 4pm, “United We Spy” with Ally Carter. 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma 707.762.0563.

Healdsburg Copperfield’s Books Sep 19, 7pm, “The President’s Hat” with Antoine Laurain. 104 Matheson St, Healdsburg 707.433.9270.

Sebastopol Copperfield’s Books Sep 24, 7pm, “Talking Back to Dr Phil: Alternatives to Mainstream Psychology” with David Bedrick. 138 N Main St, Sebastopol 707.823.2618.

Petaluma Library

Readings Angelico Hall Sep 25, 7pm, “Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist” with Bill McKibben. Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave, San Rafael.

Aqus Cafe Sep 23, 7pm, “The Holy Universe” with David Christopher. Mondays, 9:30am, Storytelling with Phaedra. 189 H St, Petaluma 707.778.6060.

Book Passage Sep 18, 1pm, “The House in the Sky” with Amanda Lindhout. Sep 18, 7pm, “The Returned” with Jason Mott. Sep 19, 7pm, “Pilgrim’s Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier” with Tom

Sep 21, 2pm, “Professor Moriarty” with Michael Kurland. 100 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma 707.763.9801.

Sebastopol Center for the Arts Sep 21, 7pm, Word Temple Poetry Series with Philip Terman and Iris Jamahl Dunkle. 282 S High St, Sebastopol 707.829.4797.

Theater All’s Well That Ends Well Marin Shakespeare Company presents the Bard’s romantic comedy. Dates and times vary. Fri-Sun through Sep 28. $20-$38. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, 890 Belle Ave,

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Semi-autobiographical story about love and second chances by renowned playwright Neil Simon. Presented by Ross Valley Players. Thurs, 7:30pm, Fri-Sat, 8pm and Sun, 2pm. through Oct 13. $13-$26. Barn Theatre, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 415.456.9555.

A Comedy of Errors Marin Shakespeare Company’s presentation of the Bard’s classic with a Texas twist. Fri-Sun, 8pm. through Sep 29. $20-$37.50. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, 890 Belle Ave, Dominican University, San Rafael.

The Pavilion Hailed as “Our Town” for our time, two former lovers encounter each other at a high-school reunion. Fri-Sat, 8pm and Sun, 2pm. through Sep 22. $25-$35. Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.763.8920.

The Rocky Horror Show The sweet transvestite, Frankenfurter, dances the “Time Warp” in person with his motley crew. Thurs-Sat, 8pm and Sun, 2pm. through Oct 13. $15-$25. Studio Theatre, Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

Spamalot Musical comedy lovingly ripped from the 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” Thurs-Sat, 8pm and Sun, 2pm. through Sep 22. $15$35. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

A Streetcar Named Desire Tennesssee Williams’ classic tale of Blanche Dubois’s steamy showdown with her sister Stella’s husband, Stanley. Fri-Sat, 8pm and Sun, 2pm. through Sep 22. $20-$25. Raven Theater, 115 North St, Healdsburg. 707.433.3145.

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Charming, clever ‘Chapter Two’ at RVP Everyone knows it’s too soon. When recently widowed novelist George (David Shirk) falls for freshly divorced actress Jennie (Kate Fox Marcom), the love-struck twosome (above) believe they’re both ready to heal from their respective losses. But it turns out George is still in the throes of grief, and his impulsive marriage to Jennie is instantly complicated by his emotional instability. In Neil Simon’s brutally autobiographical 1977 play Chapter Two—now running at the Ross Valley Players’ Red Barn Theater—the famously quirky playwright mines his own troubled relationship with actress Marsha Mason, whom he married just two weeks after their first date, soon after the death of his wife Joan. In RVP’s affecting and charming—if a bit pace-challenged production—director James Nelson cleverly emphasizes the notion of two partially lived lives patched into one by dividing the stage into two halves, showing the simultaneous activities which lead to the accidental phone call that links George and Jennie together. The cast is solid, including supporters Johnny DeBernard and Jennifer Reimer. And Marcom, as Jennie, is outstanding. Chapter Two runs Thursday–Sunday through Oct. 13 at the Red Barn Theater. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. Thursday at 7:30pm; Friday–Saturday at 8pm; 2pm matinees on Sundays. $20–$26. 415.456.9555.—David Templeton


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ARIES (March 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;April 19) â&#x20AC;&#x153;If Taylor Swift is going to have six breakups a year,â&#x20AC;? observed comedian Bill Maher, â&#x20AC;&#x153;she needs to write a new song entitled â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Maybe Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Me.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? He was referring to Swiftâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s habit of using her romantic misadventures to stimulate her lyric-writing creativity. With that as your prompt, Aries, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ask you to do some soul-searching about your own intimacy issues. How have you contributed to the problems youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had in getting the love and care you want? What unconscious behavior or conditioned responses have undermined your romantic satisfaction, and what could you do to transform them? The next eight weeks will be prime time to revolutionize your approach to relationships. TAURUS (April 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;May 20) Philosopher Alan Watts used to talk about how the whole world is wiggling all the time. Clouds, trees, sky, water, human beings: everythingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s constantly shimmying and jiggling and waggling. One of our problems, Watts said, is that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re â&#x20AC;&#x153;always trying to straighten things out.â&#x20AC;? We feel nagging urges to deny or cover up or eliminate the wiggling. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Be orderly,â&#x20AC;? we command reality. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Be neat and composed and predictable.â&#x20AC;? But reality never obeys. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s forever doing what it does best: ďŹ&#x201A;ickering and ďŹ&#x201A;uctuating and ďŹ&#x201A;owing. In accordance with astrological omens, Taurus, I encourage you to rebel against any natural tendencies you might have to ďŹ ght the eternal wiggle. Instead, celebrate it. Rejoice in it. Align yourself with it. GEMINI (May 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;June 20) Author Elaine Scarry deďŹ nes â&#x20AC;&#x153;the basic impulse underlying educationâ&#x20AC;? as follows: the â&#x20AC;&#x153;willingness to continually revise oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own location in order to place oneself in the path of beauty.â&#x20AC;? Consider making this your modus operandi in the coming weeks, Gemini. Always be on the lookout for signs that beauty is near. Do research to ďŹ nd out where beauty might be hiding and where beauty is ripening. Learn all you can about what kinds of conditions attract beauty, and then create those conditions. Finally, hang around people who are often surrounded by beauty. This approach will be an excellent way to further your education. CANCER (June 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;July 22)

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LEO (July 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;August 22) Half of a truth is better than no truth at all, right? Wrong! If you latch on to the partially accurate story, you may stop looking for the rest of the story. And then youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re liable to make a premature decision based on insufďŹ cient data. The better alternative is to reject the partially accurate story and be willing to wait around in the dark until the complete revelation comes. That may be uncomfortable for a while. But when the full truth ďŹ nally straggles in, you will be very glad you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t jump to unripe conclusions. VIRGO (August 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;September 22) A Chinese entrepreneur named Nin Nan dreamed up a unique way to generate capital: he sold dead mosquitoes online for a dollar apiece, advertising them as useful for scientiďŹ c research and decoration. Within two days, he received 10,000 orders. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s make him your patron saint and role model for the next few weeks, Virgo. May he inspire you to come up with novel ways to stimulate your cash ďŹ&#x201A;ow. The planetary omens suggest that your originality is more likely than usual to generate concrete rewards. LIBRA (September 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;October 22) â&#x20AC;&#x153;The most important thing is to ďŹ nd out what the most important thing is,â&#x20AC;? wrote Shunryu Suzuki in his book Zen Mind, Beginnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mind. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your assignment for the next

three weeks. Do whatever it takes to ďŹ nd out beyond any doubt what the most important thing is. Meditate naked an hour a day. Go on long walks in the wildest places you know. Convene intense conversations about yourself with the people who know you best. Create and sign a contract with yourself in which you vow to identify the experience you want more than any other experience on earth. No wafďŹ&#x201A;ing allowed, Libra. What is the single most important thing?

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

Sometime in the next nine months you may feel moved to embark on an adventure that will transform the way you understand reality. Maybe you will choose to make a pilgrimage to a sacred sanctuary or wander further away from your familiar comforts than you ever have before. Right now is an excellent time to brainstorm about the possibilities. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel ready to actually begin your quest, at least formulate a master plan for the magic moment when you will be ripe.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;December 21) In the indigenous culture of Hawaii, mana refers to a spiritual power that may abide in people, objects and natural locations. You can acquire more of it by acting with integrity and excellence, but you might lose some of it if your actions are careless or unfocused. For instance, a healer who does a mediocre job of curing her patients could lose the mana that made her a healer in the ďŹ rst place. I believe that similar principles hold true for non-Hawaiians. All of us have an evershifting relationship with the primal life force. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the current state of your own personal supply, Sagittarius? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to make sure youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re taking full advantage of the mana you have been blessed with. Your motto: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Use it or lose it.â&#x20AC;? CAPRICORN (December 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;January 19) Have you been getting enough? I doubt it. I think you should sneak a peek into the hiding place where your insatiable cravings are stored. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re brave enough, also take a look at your impossible demands and your unruly obsessions and your suppressed miracles. Please note: Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not suggesting that you immediately unleash them all; I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean you should impulsively instigate an adventure that could possibly quench your ravenous yearnings. But I do believe you will beneďŹ t from becoming better acquainted with them. You could develop a more honest relationship, which would ultimately make them more trustworthy. AQUARIUS (January 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;February 18)

Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tape your thumbs to your hands and stalk around pretending to be a dinosaur. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t poke three holes in a large plastic garbage bag and wear it as a tunic while imagining that you are a feudal serf in a postapocalyptic, sci-ďŹ dystopia. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use a felt-tip marker to draw corporate logos on your face to show everyone what brands of consumer goods you love. To be clear: I would love you to be extravagantly creative. I hope you will use your imagination in novel ways as you have fun playing with experimental scenarios. But please exercise a modicum of discernment as you wander way outside the box. Be at least 20 percent practical.

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

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are magic,â&#x20AC;? says the poet Marty McConnell. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good advice, Piscesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; not just in regards to your intimate relationships, but about all your other alliances, too. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re seeking a friend or consultant or business partner or jogging companion or new pet, show a preference for those creatures who look at you like maybe you are magic. You always need to be appreciated for the sweet mystery and catalytic mojo you bring to your partnerships, but you especially need that acknowledgment now.

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