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Rhapsodies SNAP Judgments Dispelling myths of food stamp recipients BY BIANCA MAY
he recent article “Uncovering the Secrets of Food Stamps” from the Los Angeles Times, and reprinted in the local daily, was both informative and disheartening. While the authors do not seem to hold a completely negative view of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients, they do little to dispel falsehoods or offer solutions to the supposed “problems” associated with food-stamp recipients.
The myth that food-stamp recipients are jobless poxes on the system taking advantage of it is just that, a myth. A simple Google search to locate the Cal Fresh website lists one of the requirements to be eligible for food stamps: “Work Requirements: All able-bodied persons (ages 18–49) without dependents must work 20 hours per week (monthly average 80 hours) or participate 20 hours per week in an approved work activity. . . .” Exceptions are only made for the aged or the disabled. The second question brought up—“How much of the SNAP budget is going for fruits and vegetables and how much for soft drinks and snack foods?”—implies that food-stamp recipients are spending on these things. This image is further pushed by the American Medical Association’s suggestion of a ban prohibiting recipients from buying these items. Of course, many who don’t use food stamps are overweight and have poor eating habits. This is an epidemic stretching across all classes. Instead of government restrictions on what drinks people can buy, we should instead ask what can we as a society do to help. Instead of criticizing those whose only option for feeding their families is at the local quick stop, encourage city planners to equitably distribute grocery-store chains around town. Create laws requiring retailers who accept SNAP to have healthy options. Farmers markets can be held year-round, and can easily be put together using local vendors who would likely be just as eager to promote their products. The beneﬁts to this would not stop at the individual, but could help foster a sense of community in cities everywhere. SNAP recipients won’t be helped by more restrictions, but they can be helped by the solutions that we all, as a community, come up with. Bianca May is a graduate of Sonoma State University and self-described feather-ruffler living in Rohnert Park. Open Mic is a weekly op/ed feature in the Bohemian. To have your topical essay of 350 words considered for publication, write email@example.com.
Permanent Shutdown, Now!
Workers of the world, rejoice! Reactionary elements in the federal government of the U.S.A. empire don’t know it, but they are showing us the way forward for humanity! Let’s take it to the next level! Let’s organize a global business shutdown! Among the demands for a strike, we should include: (1) keep the federal government shut down; expand the shutdown to all levels of government; (2) use the public power of eminent domain to seize all property and assets of the “1 percent” and reorganize all economic activity under workers’ control; (3) abolish all labor laws which obstruct the basic human right of all workers to full freedom of association and freedom of expression. Let us hold open public assemblies in all communities worldwide to decide how to dispose of government assets and how to reorganize services. Most of the more than 800,000 workers employed by the U.S. government are being subjected to what amounts to a lockout by their employer. Workers everywhere must show them solidarity. We can do that, and advance the collective interest of all of us, by permanently throwing the dead weight of the governments of the 1 percent into the dustbin of history.
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The Weather Is Nice Because We Feed People Did you ever wonder why we of this county have such nice, easy weather, surely compared to Denver, Colo., or New Orleans? Why do we have such
nice weather year-round? My theory is simple: our county demonstrates feeding the hungry with the Redwood Empire Food Bank, and with many churches donating time, food and material goods for those who have no home, let alone a kitchen.
Our county is blessed with mild weather. Our county is great for seniors. Sonoma County is acting as a poster child for sharing, and having so many healthcare practitioners and facilities. Our great weather is a result of a generous and sharing county setting an example for other counties in California, and the rest of our great and generous nation.
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Who Cares About Beautiful Fields, Anyway? A grant of tax money from the county is being sought by a citizens group to purchase an eight-acre parcel costing $1.5 million that lies adjacent to downtown Forestville to make it open space, meaning that it can never be built on or developed—ever. It’s a complete waste of your tax money. I am opposed to the Forestville open space grant for the following reasons: It eliminates a future tax base that would enable El Molino High and Forestville Elementary to stay in operation. Both are in danger of closing due to declining enrollment.
Itâ€™s out of scale for the town; the entire downtown commercial part of Forestville is less in acreage than this proposed â€œparkâ€? would be. If there is one thing Forestville has plenty of, itâ€™s open space. Why spend your tax money to purchase what is already abundant? The county already owns a parcel in downtown Forestville right next to the eight acres that is under construction as a park at the entrance to the West County Trail. Forestville has more park space than the population utilizes: Forestville Youth Park, Steelhead Beach, Riverfront Regional Park, Sunset River Beach Park, Forestville River Access (formerly Motherâ€™s Beach) West County Regional Trail, Wohler Bridge Park.
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t was 5:45am, and Will Parrish sat on a thin platform 30 feet above the ground. He was exhausted. His plywood perch rested partway up a piece of drilling equipment called a stitcher, which looks like a narrow cell phone tower jutting a hundred feet into the sky. He’d wanted to climb higher—
here, just above the Bobcat arm steadying the metal column, a cherry picker full of armed police could easily bring him down. But climbing even the stitcher’s base had been grueling enough t o make him vomit, mostly because of what the longhaired Ukiah resident carried. Along with his platform, he’d shouldered
a bucket, three gallons of water, a sleeping bag, a tarp, granola bars, an apple and a can of lentil soup. He planned to stay as long as he could. Parrish, a reporter for Mendocino’s Anderson Valley Advertiser, was occupying the stitcher to protest a $300 million extension of Highway 101 known as the Willits Bypass.
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By the time he decided to climb a vertical drill in June of 2013, he’d had been covering Caltrans’ proposed diversion through Little Lake’s wetland for months, his detailed, investigative prose growing harsher and more cynical with every new piece he wrote. He’d narrated the ecological devastation it would cause—ﬁlling a wetland, clear-cutting pine groves and drying a seasonal lake. He’d mapped out the politicians involved, traced their funding, found their regulators and uncovered multiple permit violations. He’d supported a twomonth tree sit and watched as 25 squad cars full of armed riot police rolled into the valley to bring three activists down. ByJune, bulldozers had arrived, pines were felled, and part of a hill had been scraped away. And Parrish rarely called the state agency by its name in his weekly installments, referring to it more often as Big Orange—each word bitterly capitalized to imply power that couldn’t be checked. So against a growing background of high-proﬁle journalists who have done the same, Parrish decided to become part of the story he was covering. His resolution to break into a construction site and occupy a stitcher—like Bill McKibben trespassing at Chevron or Glenn Greenwald helping Edward Snowden escape—blurs the ethics of a profession where impartiality has long been the sanctiﬁed norm. And it throws what happened eight days later—when Parrish was arrested, charged with 16 misdemeanors and slapped with a maximum of eight years in jail— into two conﬂicting narratives. On the one hand, he crossed the sand-line from journalist to activist, knowingly trespassed and expected to be charged. On the other, he’d written about enough lawsuits, conﬂicting statistics and regulatory breaches to ﬁll a book; he’d begun to feel that mounting a stitcher was the only option left. Like Greenwald and McKibben, he’d started to see direct action as the logical extension of his role. It was mid-summer, so even at this early hour, the sun hung
“No, we don’t got no gay people on the team. They gotta get up out of here if they do.” The words of 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver during a radio interview last year rightfully prompted media outrage and a stern reprimand from his coach. As a gay man and former NFL cornerback himself, Wade Davis might have some words for Culliver, who is out for the year with a torn ACL (karma?). After retiring, Davis came out and now travels the country speaking out for gay rights. Though the country has yet to see an openly gay athlete in the big four sports (NBA player Jason Collins came out this year, but the free agent hasn’t found a team willing to sign him), advocates like Davis remind us that, like gay marriage, it’s only a matter of time. Davis speaks at the Cooperage at Sonoma State University on Tuesday, Oct. 8. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 7pm. Free. 707.664.2815.
CROSSING OVER After covering CalTrans’ offenses for months, reporter Will Parrish decided to join the battle himself.
over the hills. A dense white mist was thinning in the morning brightness, and Parrish could see the arid dirt patch that surrounded him. It looked like the surface of the moon. Months before, it had been a wetland where ﬁssure-thin creeks cut through marshy reeds. Those waterways had been the source of the valley’s name, Little Lake, because every winter they would ﬂood and pool together in silver sheets that reﬂected the sky. Now, thanks to the tower where Parrish sat, Little Lake would be just a name. Though resting at the moment, the giant blue column was drilling wick drains deep into the ground, where the synthetic channels pulled water from 80 feet of silt. Acres of them had already been installed, and their white tips poked out of the dug-up wetlands in neat rows, folded over black runners so they looked like hundreds of stitched-up wounds. Thirty feet up, Parrish waited to see if he’d be taken down.
he Willits Bypass is a response to the bottleneck that occurs on 101 at the town’s southern end. Local cars and semis carting loads up the coast stall in a long, smoggy line at the town entrance, where 101 has historically passed under a welcome sign that glows neon green at night. From there, the freeway becomes Willits’ main street, complete with intersections and crosswalks. The snarl is a problem, a fact that few dispute. It’s dangerous, and because the highway becomes a surface street lined with restaurants and stores, it can’t be widened. Activists generally say they don’t oppose an alternate route—just the six-mile, $300 million, four-lane one that Caltrans chose. So far, opponents to the project have ﬁled two lawsuits and engaged in multiple direct actions that have resulted in dozens of arrests. Labeling their motivation with the blanket term “environmental” doesn’t go far enough. Certainly ecological
concern has been part of it; as Parrish wrote in an AVA article in January titled “The Insanity of the Willits Bypass,” the freeway’s construction will decimate—or, at the very least, displace—a litany of species. It will devour not only wetlands, he writes, “but oak forests, meadows, native plants, native bunchgrasses, Ponderosa pines groves, Oregon ash groves, habitat for northern spotted owls, habitat for coho salmon, habitat for steelhead trout, habitat for tidewater goby, habitat for Western pond turtles, habitat for peregrine falcons, habitat for yellow warblers, habitat for Point Arena mountain beavers, habitat for red tree voles, habitat for California red-legged frogs, habitat for foothill yellow-legged frogs, habitat for Western snowy plovers, habitat for pale bigeared bats and prime farmland.” Most troubling in a region where dwindling coho are sacred, the project’s environmental impact report states that the booms and blasts of pile driving
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could cause the threatened species’ organs to hemorrhage and explode. But this makes the bypass controversy sound like it’s simply about conservation, which it’s not. If it were, Caltrans’ claim that building a freeway around town could cut carbon emissions by reducing stop-and-go traffic might hold more local weight (though Parrish reported that the construction of this mammoth project would generate 380,000 tons of CO2, “about 90 years’ worth of what Caltrans claims to be saving”). No, the bypass doesn’t threaten only those Mendocino dwellers with wings and gills; it will also massively upend the geography of the Little Lake Valley, which is only about two miles wide and four miles long, and not simply by drying out the wetlands northeast of Willits and aerating the inland region’s namesake; not just by scraping the top off of one hill and even possibly—if parts of the EIR are enacted—exploding a second to use for ﬁll, and not just by leveling pine and oak and ash groves. No, because the freeway will displace all the plants and animals
mentioned above, Caltrans is bound to an enormous mitigation. The state agency has seized roughly 2,000 acres of valley property so it can attempt to move and replant some of the habitats listed—much of it historical cattle ranches and farms. This means that the state agency owns nearly one-third of the valley ﬂoor, and is Little Lake’s largest landowner. In 2012, the Farm Bureau made strange bedfellows with the Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity, Willits Environmental Center and Environmental Protection Information Center in a lawsuit against Caltrans, protesting its monolithic seizure (it accepted a settlement in early 2013). With Willits Economic Localization, a thriving Grange—a center of the California Grange revival—and dozens of generational farms, Little Lake valley is a hub of transitional, back-to-the-land philosophy and subsistence agriculture. For a transportation agency to not only ﬁll the valley’s wetlands but to take away its food production land en masse for a freeway is beyond symbolic, and cuts deeply into regional identity. Amanda Senseman, the 24-yearold who ﬁrst climbed a Ponderosa pine in January to protest under the title “Warbler” wasn’t a zeroSteve Eberhard
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hile protesters blocked Caltrans in March, State Sen. Noreen Evans sent a letter to the state agencyâ€™s director Michael Dougherty about the bypass. â€œ[A]s facts about the selected project become more widely known, opposition is mounting,â€? she wrote. â€œIt is disconcerting when, after all these years, many ranchers, farmers, local business, environmental groups and ordinary citizens agree that the Willits Bypass as it is presently conceived should not be built.â€? Her letter went on to question why the state transportation agency seemed to be putting fourth only two options: a fourlane bypass through the wetlands or nothing? Why not a cheaper two-lane freeway? After all, building those two extra lanes would cost another $80 million. Why not convert a surface street into a separate arterial for vehicles passing through? Doughertyâ€™s answer was polite but ďŹ rm. No other alternative was possible, he explained, due to an interlocking chain of funding and design standards. Only a six-mile, four-lane diversion would work because only it could provide uninterrupted traffic ďŹ‚ow, not just at the projectâ€™s completion, but 20 years in the future. If the project did not accomplish this, it would be considered â€œfunctionally obsolete,â€? which was not permitted by Caltrans regulator, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Evans backed off, but Willits residents did not. Just as the perception of regulatory collapse was causing Parrish to move toward action, it was also driving a handful of activists toward investigation. Local engineer Richard Estabrook wondered what the vague-sounding term â€œfunctionally obsoleteâ€? meant, so he turned to Caltrans
encyclopedic EIR. It referred, he found, to the highwayâ€™s â€œLevel of Serviceâ€? or â€œLOS,â€? a term measuring traffic ďŹ‚ow. Flying down 101 near Cloverdale at 2am would be LOS A, while sitting stalled on 580 behind a collision for hours would be LOS F. The marker that had been decided for the bypass was LOS C.
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sum conservationistâ€”she was a farmer. When I interviewed her in August, she compared the bypass to another monstrosity that has as much to do with rural land rights as it does ecology. â€œThis is our Keystone XL,â€? she said.
â€˜This is an agency that does whatever it wants without any regulation.â€™ In April, Estabrook sent a Freedom of Information Act Request to the FHWA to substantiate whether federal funding for the bypass did, in fact, rest on its Level of Service of designation. In May, he received the following reply: â€œLOS is not determinative of the eligibility for projects for Federalaid funding, given that local conditions may limit the ability of a particular project to achieve a given LOS.â€? In other words, no. â€œFor years, Caltrans has claimed the reason they have to have a four-lane [bypass] is because Federal Highways said so,â€? Estabrook says. â€œIt was a powerful statement, and it was completely false. There was no merit to it, nothing to support it. â€œThis is an agency that does whatever it wants without any regulation,â€? he adds. â€œItâ€™s completely out of control.â€? Caltrans representative Phil Frisbie Jr. says itâ€™s not that simple. While the FHWA doesnâ€™t bind each project to a particular Level of Service, it does bind state and local agencies to ďŹ gure out the most efficient throughway for a given area, and to ) 12
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12 Willits ( 11 work with that. And though that’s a bit less direct than the answer given to Evans, a trail of planning documents does back it up. Somewhat. The original LOS concept can be traced back to a regional transportation plan, which states that traffic ﬂow in Mendocino County should have a baseline of LOS D, not C. The man who wrote this local plan is Phil Dow, the head of the Mendocino Council of Governments. “It means we don’t want traffic to get any worse than that,” Dow says, contesting opponents’ point that this further exempliﬁes mislabeling of facts. Dow and Frisbie Jr. both call the project’s opponents a vocal minority. Both point to the fact that Caltrans has planned a bypass for Willits since the 1950s, and an EIR—with an extensive public process—was certiﬁed in 2006. And Frisbie Jr. paints a picture of near-unanimous support for the four-lane freeway before construction began. He recalls a Caltrans open house in 2007, where, he says 210 people showed up and only two voiced any opposition at all. But public comments in the EIR show a community that’s much more deeply divided, split nearly down the middle between desire for a freeway and desire for a throughway less expensive and ruinous than the one proposed. More recently, a board of supervisors meeting on March 26 featured hours of public comment. Fifty-nine speakers voiced opposition to the bypass. Only one, Phil Dow, spoke up to defend it.
n the pages of the rabblerousing AVA, meanwhile, Parrish was connecting a constellation of dots. A large portion of the project’s funding—$136 million—comes from California’s Proposition 1B, which was passed by voters in 2006 to relieve congested streets. But in 2007, the $177 million that had been favored for Willits by the California Transportation
Commission was pulled to use for more urban areas across the state; the reason given was that Willits, with a population of roughly 5,000, was just too small to justify that much in funding. Planners scrambled for alternatives and came up with some less expensive options, including a two-lane bypass. A county supervisor, John Pinches, was quoted in the Ukiah Daily Journal at the time saying that although it wasn’t the “Cadillac” freeway everyone wanted, it would relieve congestion. The difference between 2007 and 2013, Parrish reported, was Congressman Mike Thompson, who until redistricting took effect in January 2013 represented the region. Thompson, backed heavily by Building Trades Union campaign money, announced in a 2011 press release: “Bringing the Willits Bypass to completion is a top priority.”
The project’s own EIR states that the blasts can cause the organs of Coho salmon to explode. To Parrish, the bypass exempliﬁed a system bound to endless, senseless growth— motivated at its ﬁnancial core to lay concrete, create jobs and pave the last green expanses of the American West. In the IWW-stamped pages of the AVA, his writing utilizes a sharp, macroscopic lens to show regional events in their global context. This was no different. “The Insanity of the Willits Bypass” winds a snaking narrative through history and philosophy, touching on the
B&W Flyers protesting the project recall Mendocino County’s activist heritage.
“freeway construction craze” of the Eisenhower administration, the mass suburbanization that ensued and its terrifying consequences. “Caltrans is a powerful bureaucracy,” he tells me when we speak. “Its bias is toward building the biggest, most expensive project it can.” Dow, mired in planning details for the freeway for decades, says accusations like this are downright conspiratorial. “They come up with all these bits and pieces like ‘Level of Service’ that are technical and they don’t understand,” Dow says of the project’s vocal opponents. “They can think whatever they want. It was all done out in the open.” But a look at the bypass’ core
numbers does reveal a project bound to outdated ﬁgures—ﬁgures that rely on unsubstantiated growth. In the late ’90s, Caltrans projected steady upticks for traffic in California’s northern counties, and used them to plan for the bypass. And yet, Estabrook points out, there’s little to support this. The populations of Mendocino and Humboldt counties have grown very little since this data was gathered—0.3 percent and 0.5 percent per year, respectively— and Willits’ population has actually declined. Meanwhile, traffic counts from Caltrans show that interregional traffic passing through Willits has either stayed ﬂat or declined in the last 10 years. According to a study recorded
arrish has a long history of advocacy journalism, but his work with the bypass blends the two more directly than ever before—covering his wick drain sit in the paper and advocating for the facts he covered weekly. He’s aware that his actions may have harmed his credibility. “For some people, I’ve crossed a line and they have less respect for my written word,” he says.
“But when regulatory, electoral politics fail and special interests control politicians and you have all these alliances that have been dramatically at play with the bypass, then the system isn’t going to do the sane or reasonable thing. Then direct action is the only sane or reasonable thing to do. In this case, writing isn’t enough.”
Traffic counts from CalTrans show interregional traffic through Willits has stayed flat or declined in the last 10 years. So he did this instead: scaled a giant blue tower, hung a banner, drank some water, ate granola bars, retreated into a sleeping bag when it rained and fasted when his supplies ran low. All menial tasks, but as he would later write in the AVA, they were satisfying. Because of him, only one drill could be used. The valley was being stitched with half as many drains. When he was ﬁnally brought down after 11 days, he was charged with 16 misdemeanors. He requested a juried trial, to start in November. His maximum sentence is eight years. Still, he hasn’t given up. His strategy is bombastic and radical as his prose, putting himself at the center of conﬂict once again. “I want to use the trial as a way to bring more scrutiny to the project,” he says of Caltrans. “I want to be allowed to present evidence against them in court.”
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in 2000, roughly 70 percent of the traffic clogging 101 at Willits’ entrance is locally bound. The bypass will funnel some traffic off the street at its entrance south of this existing bottleneck, but much of it will remain. ABC’s KGO-TV did an in-depth report on this in August, viewing Caltrans traffic cams north of Willits to assess the number of cars traveling through, up the coast. The news team watched the cams for two months. Consistently, they showed cars and trucks speeding by on an almost empty road. In a farcical twist, Redwood Valley resident Julia Frech in July started searching for similar bypass propositions around the state. She found one four-lane diversion in the planning stages for Hinkley, the tiny town west of Barstow made famous by the movie Erin Brockovich. Caltrans projects a high growth rate for the region— which includes the surrounding county—and cites safety factors and delays associated with California State Route-58 passing through town. But the groundwater in Hinkley is contaminated with chromium6—a plume of toxic, cancerous waste dumped by PG&E spreading two and half miles wide. As part of a settlement, PG&E is buying the homes of residents who wish to leave. KQED’s California Report visited the two-street town earlier this year. Homes were boarded up, lawns were dead, and, due to the mass exodus, the local school was about to close. And yet a $100 million bypass is planned. Soon cars will ﬂy down a four-lane freeway through the ﬂat yellow desert, and Hinkley will be gone.
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AT THE HELM Francesco Torre on the Canneti patio with his rosemary focaccia and pork sausage sandwich.
Torre’s Touch Canneti Roadhouse a delicious new stop on Gravenstein Highway BY JESSICA DUR TAYLOR
few years ago, chef Francesco Torre posted his résumé on Craigslist. He was living in his native Tuscany at the time, cooking for some of the most prestigious hotels and wineries in the region. One day he got a call from William Foss, owner of Fish Restaurant in Sausalito. “He told me he wanted to ﬂy
out to Italy to meet me!” Torre, who opened Canneti Roadhouse Italiana in Forestville six months ago, recalls over the phone recently. “It was the funkiest thing that’s ever happened in my life.” His accent, rich as his food, throws me for a second. “Funniest thing?” “No,” he laughs, “funkiest.” Thrown by such an extravagant gesture, Torre offered to ﬂy out to California instead. Though he wound up moving to Martinez a year later, it wasn’t to work for Foss—at least, not yet. After
commanding the kitchen at Tra Vigne Restaurant in Saint Helena, Torre became executive chef at Fish, where he deepened his commitment to sourcing local, sustainable ingredients. In fact, Torre is so serious about quality food that he almost left the industry years before because of the frozen mussels he’d been forced to serve at a touristy Italian hotel. “There were mussels right there on the beach!” he laments. When it came time to open his own restaurant, once again, Foss
set him on his path. “Bill and I were driving down Highway 116 one day,” he explains, “and we passed this ugly red building. It was literally falling apart.” But when he peered into the lovely back garden (site of the former Mosaic), Torre, who restores old motorcycles in his spare time, knew he’d found the right ﬁxerupper. So he rewired the electrical, replaced the windows, exposed some of the original brick, and reﬁnished the custom-made tables by local sculptor Jordy Morgan. The result is stunning. Named after the marshy weeds that grew on the road Torre used to walk to his elementary school, Canneti offers a host of different settings: there’s a bright front room with a giant ﬁreplace and open kitchen, a cozy wine nook laden with bottles for sale, an outdoor deck overhung with wisteria and, for optimum privacy, a handful of two-tops tucked under the ﬁg trees. Given all this, you’d be right to expect Healdsburg prices, a misconception that Torre is eager to correct. Given that it’s hard to describe his food without using superlatives, the prices are pleasantly surprising. In addition to lunch and dinner, Canneti offers a traditional Tuscan tasting menu and an Italian breakfast and brunch. The rosemary focaccia and pork sausage sandwich ($14) hits all the right notes. No dry mouthfuls here. The focaccia, dressed with braised red onions and Meyer lemon mayo, is soft and buttery, almost more like pastry than bread. The creamy, fresh shell pasta is adorned with a generous portion of smoked steelhead and sweet roasted shallots ($14). Bejeweled with ﬁne sugar and served with a shot-glass of crème anglaise, even the usually pedestrian doughnut becomes a sublime dessert ($5). “My goal is not to become rich and famous,” Torre laughs, “even though that would be great. But what I do for a living is to keep my guests happy.” Canneti Roadhouse Italiana, 6675 Front. St., Forestville. 707.887.2232.
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S O N O MA CO U N T Y Arrigoni’s Delicatessen & Cafe Deli. $. A perennial favorite with the downtown lunch crowd. Breakfast and lunch, Mon-Sat. 701 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.1297.
Baci Cafe & Wine Bar Italian $$-$$$. Creative Italian and Mediterranean fare in casual setting, with thoughtful wine list featuring local and Italian wines. Lunch, ThursSat; dinner, Thurs-Mon. 336 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.433.8111.
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Asian-Italian. $$. Southeast Asian street food served alongside rustic Italian in unique two-in-one restaurant. Heart-warming Italian from Forchetta, while Bastoni’s focuses on Vietnamese and Thai. Lunch and dinner daily. 6948 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.9500.
Hang Ah Dim Sum Chinese-dim sum. $. Low prices and good variety make it pleasing. Buffet-style quality and greasiness can be a letdown. Lunch and dinner daily. 2130 Armory Dr, Santa Rosa. 707.576.7873.
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fare. $$. More than serviceable bar food with a menu that hops the globe. Lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sat-Sun. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.
Le Bistro French. $$. A tiny space, simple menu, excellent
dining. Open 7 days a week. 3901 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa 707.528.7755.
Vineyards Inn Spanish. $$. Authentic foods from Spain, fresh fish off the fire broiler, extensive tapas, as well as paellas and more. Emphasis on organic. Open for lunch and dinner, Wed-Mon. 8445 Sonoma Hwy. (Highway 12), at Adobe Canyon Road, Kenwood. 707.833.4500.
food–and a reasonable price. Dinner, Wed-Sun. 312 Petaluma Blvd S, Petaluma. 707.762.8292.
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Osake Sushi Bar & Grill Japanese. $$$. Gourmet
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sushi, exotic seasoned seaweed salad, robata grill specialties and premium sakes. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 2446 Patio Ct, Santa Rosa. 707.542.8282.
Papa’s Taverna Greek. $$. Satisfying food in riverside setting. Sun afternoons, Greek dancing. Lunch and dinner, Fri-Sun; lunch, Wed-Thurs. 5688 Lakeville Hwy, Petaluma. 707.769.8545. Ravenous Cafe & Lounge American. $$$$. Returning to its original small, five-table location next to the Raven Theater, this Healdsburg mainstay continues to have inventive menus in a cozy setting. Lunch and dinner; closed Mondays and Tuesdays. 117 North St, Healdsburg. 707.431.1302.
Sea Thai. $$. An oasis of exotic Bangkok with some truly soul-satisfying dishes. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Fri; dinner, Sat. 5000 Petaluma Blvd S. 707.766.6633.
Speakeasy Tapas-Asian. $-$$. Small plates with a large vegetarian selection and an Asian fusion-leaning menu. And they’re open until 2am! Dinner daily. 139 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.776.4631.
Thai Taste Restaurant Thai. $-$$. Lovely ambiance and daily specials showcase authentic Thai flavors. A hidden gem in Santa Rosa’s Montecito neighborhood. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Fri; dinner, Sat. 170 Farmers Lane #8, Santa Rosa. 707.526.3888.
The Villa Italian. $-$$. Spectacular views, superb service. Seafood, steak, poultry, seasonal specialties, pizza from wood-burning oven, patio
Fantastic East-meets-West fusion of Indian, Mexican, Italian and American, with dishes customized to your palate. Lunch and dinner, MonSat. 2656 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.8083.
Bubba’s Diner Homestyle American. $-$$. Comforting Momma-style food like fried green tomatoes, onion meatloaf and homey chickenfried steak with red-eye gravy in a restaurant lined with cookbooks and knickknacks. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, Wed-Sun; breakfast and lunch, Tues. 566 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo. 415.459.6862.
Citrus & Spice Thai/ Californian. $$. Thai meets California, with fresh fruit accents, light herbs and spices, and a great mango-duck summer roll. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner daily. 1444 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.455.0444.
Comforts Californian. $$. The Chinese chicken salad is beyond rapturous. Excellent celebrity sightings. Eat in or takeout. Breakfast and lunch daily. 335 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo. 415.454.9840. Copita Tequileria y Comida Mexican. $$. California-inspired preparation of traditional Mexican fare, including spit-roasted chicken, homemade tamales and “eight-hour” carnitas. Some ingredients are sourced from the restaurant’s own organic garden. Lunch and dinner daily. 739 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.331.7400.
Drake’s Beach Cafe Californian. $$-$$$. More dinner party than restaurant, and the food is fresh and amazing. A meal to remember. Lunch, Thurs-Mon. 1 Drake’s
Beach Rd, Pt Reyes National Seashore. 415.669.1297. fare. $$. Irish bar with the traditional stuff. Lunch and dinner daily. 877 Grant Ave, Novato. 415.899.1516.
Fradelizio’s Italian. $$. Locally sourced northern Italian dishes with a Californiacuisine touch. The house red is a custom blend from owner Paul Fradelizio. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch, Sat-Sun. 35 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 415.459.1618.
Hilltop 1892 American. $$-$$$$. Casual dining with panoramic Marin views and a California-cuisine take on such classic fare as steaks, fresh seafood and seasonal greens. Complete with custom cocktails. Lunch and dinner daily; Sunday brunch. 850 Lamont Ave, Novato. 415.893.1892.
The William Tell House American & Italian. $$. 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. $$. Can’t go wrong here. Special Dungeness crab dishes for dinner; dim sum for lunch. Lunch and dinner daily. 1238 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.460.9883.
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Pier 15 American. $$. Fun, 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.
Ad Hoc American. $$-$$$. Thomas Keller’s quintessential neighborhood restaurant. Prix fixe dinner changes daily. Actually takes reservations. 6476 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.2487.
Poggio Italian. $$-$$$.
Bouchon French. $$$. A Keller brother creation with a distinctly Parisian bistro ambiance, offering French classics. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 6534 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.8037.
Truly transportive food, gives authentic flavor of the Old World. The cheaper way to travel Europe. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 777 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.7771.
Salito’s Crab House Seafood . $$$. Waterfront setting with extensive marine menu plus steak and other American staples. Lunch and dinner daily. 1200 Bridgeway Ave, Sausalito. 415.331.3226.
Small Shed Flatbreads Pizza. $$. Slow Food-informed Marin Organics devotee with a cozy, relaxed family atmosphere and no BS approach to great food served simply for a fair price. 17 Madrona St, Mill Valley. Open for lunch and dinner daily. 415.383.4200.
Sol Food Puerto Rican. $. Flavorful, authentic and homestyle at this Puerto Rican eatery, which is as hole-in-thewall as they come. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. San Rafael locations: 811 Fourth St. 415.451.4765. 901 & 903 Lincoln Ave. 415.256.8903. Mill Valley location: 401 Miller Ave, Mill Valley.
Checkers California. $$. Perfect casual spot for dinner before the movie. Try the panéed chicken and butternut squash ravioli. Lunch and dinner daily. 1414 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.9300.
Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen Eclectic. $$-$$$. As comfortable as it sounds, with a rich and varied melting pot of a menu. Lunch and dinner daily. 1327 Railroad Ave, St Helena. 707.963.1200.
Cindy Pawlycyn’s Wood Grill & Wine Bar American. $$-$$$. Classic American fare that stays up on current mainstays like crispy pork belly, braised short ribs and crab roll but doesn’t skimp on the burger. Long wine list, kids menu, patio and more. Lunch and dinner, WedSun. 641 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.0700.
Compadres Rio Grille Fazerrati’s Pizza. $-$$. Great pie, cool brews, the
game’s always on. Great place for post-Little League. Lunch and dinner daily. 1517 W Imola Ave, Napa. 707.255.1188.
La Toque Restaurant French-inspired. $$$$. Set in a comfortable elegantly rustic dining room reminiscent of a French lodge, with a stone fireplace centerpiece, La Toque makes for memorable special-occasion dining. The elaborate wine pairing menus are luxuriously inspired. Dinner daily. 1314 McKinstry St, Napa. 707.257.5157.
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Miguel’s MexicanCalifornian. $$. Ultracasual setting and laid-back service belies the delicious kitchen magic within; chilaquiles are legendary. Breakfast,lunch and dinner daily. 1437 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.6868.
Pizza Azzurro Italian. $. Run by a former Tra Vigne and Lark Creek Inn alum, the pizza is simple and thin, and ranks as some of the best in the North Bay. Lunch and dinner daily. 1260 Main St (at Clinton), Napa. 707.255.5552.
Red Rock Cafe & Backdoor BBQ American. $-$$. Cafe specializing in barbecue and classic diner fare. Messy, delicious. Lunch and dinner daily. 1010 Lincoln Ave, Napa. 707.252.9250.
Redd California cuisine. $$-$$$. Rich dishes balanced by subtle flavors and careful yet casual presentation. Brunch at Redd is exceptional. Lunch, Mon-Sat; dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 6480 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.2222.
Siena California-Tuscan. $$$$. Sophisticated, terroirinformed cooking celebrates the local and seasonal, with electric combinations like sorrel-wrapped ahi tuna puttanesca. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa. 707.251.1900. Zuzu Spanish tapas. $$. Graze your way through a selection of tasty tapas in a lively rustic chic setting with a popular wine bar. Bite-sized Spanish and Latin American specialties include sizzling prawns, Spanish tortilla, and Brazilian style steamed mussels. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner daily. 829 Main St, Napa. 707.224.8555.
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Most reviews by James Knight. Note: Those listings marked ‘WC’ denote wineries with caves. These wineries are usually only open to the public by appointment. Wineries in these listings appear on a rotating basis.
SONOMA CO U N TY DaVero Sonoma Get lubed with spicy extra virgin from California’s first Tuscan olive trees; rare Sagrantino wine is in a different league. Jams, soaps and balm from the farm, too. 766 Westside Road, Healdsburg. 10am-5pm daily except Tuesday. Nominal fee $15. 707.431.8000. Gamba Vineyards & Winery On Sundays, the vintage vinyl spins and the old vine Zin flows at this highly regarded but off-thebeaten track little cellar. 2912 Woolsey Road, Windsor. By appointment. 707.542.5892.
Martin Ray Focus is on mountain Cab. And continuing the old tradition, folks can pick up a gallon of hearty Round Barn Red for $13. 2191 Laguna Road, Santa Rosa. Summer hours, daily, 11am–5pm. 707.823.2404.
Moondance Cellars Dogs, Cabs and cars are the focus; when a supercharged 1965 Corvette is parked in front, the vintner is in the house. Also, Port and Sherry from Sonoma Valley Portworks. 14301 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen. Daily 11am–6pm. $5 tasting fee. 707.938.7550.
Paul Mathew Vineyards Sunny, corner tasting room in downtown Graton offering a singular expression of Valdiguié, progressively deeper and more aromatic Pinot Noir, and cushioned benches to sink into should you become lost in reverie as a result. 9060 Graton Road, Graton. Thursday– Sunday, 10:30am–4:30pm. Tasting fee, $10. 707.865.2505.
in all the colors of the rainbow. 8339 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Daily 11am to 5pm. No fee. 707.433.4365.
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Rutherford. Daily, 10am–5pm. Tastings $15–$20; Reserve Room, $35. 707.967.5233.
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farming grapes here since 1880s; the best bottomland Sauvignon Blanc and benchland Zinfandel and Cabernet skimmed from the family’s 160 acres of grapes is offered at comparatively farmstand prices. 3850 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Open daily 11am–4:30pm. Tasting fee $5. 707.433.3261.
what food to pair with Napa Valley “mountain grown” Cabernet Sauvignon? How about sake-marinated poached cod in a light broth? Yeah, it is different up here. 3800 Langtry Road, St. Helena. Tour and tasting by appointment only, Monday– Friday, 10am and 11:30am; Saturday, 10am and noon. $35. 707.963.1616.
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served at White House state dinners, Selby Chard has been through several administrations. 215 Center St., Healdsburg. Open daily, 11am–5:30pm. 707.431.1288.
What’s new at Inglenook? Very little. The iconic stone building, robed in green vines, appears exactly as it did in 1890. But that’s news, and all thanks to owner Francis Ford Coppola. Still living up to Gustave Niebaum’s dream of fine wine to rival France, the oncebeloved Inglenook is putting out the goods once again. 1991 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford. Daily, 10am–5pm. Reservations for tour and tasting ($50) recommended; none required for bistro and exhibits. 707.968.1161.
Spann Vineyards Ninety percent of Spann wines are distributed out of state, leaving a little aside for this off-thePlaza tasting room. Malbec, Mourvedre and Mayacamas Cab; the take-home bargain is a $20 blend. Photography gallery adds visual interest. 111 E. Napa St., Sonoma. Open daily, noon–6pm. Tasting fee. 707.933.8343.
Trione Vineyards & Winery One-time owners of Geyser Peak Winery now wear all the different hats that a small winery requires. A popular stop along a well-liked cycling route, where you’re likely to be greeted with a glass of crisp Sauvignon Blanc, or Bubba the bulldog. 19550 Geyserville Ave., Geyserville. Thursday–Sunday, 10am–5pm. Tasting fee, $5–$15. 707.814.8100.
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’70s-den-style room with loads of memorabilia, Emmies and miscellany that the late television great picked up in his travels. Weekends at 11am, greenhouse tour showcases hybridized orchids
History in a glassful of dust– Rutherford dust. Somethingfor-everyone smorgasbord of solid varietal wines, plus library selections of flagship Georges de Latour Cab back to 1970. 1960 St. Helena Hwy.,
Mumm Cuvée Napa Californian-style fizz factory, all barn and no chateau, offers a robust account of how the bubbles get in the bottle. Sparkling winetastings offered on the patio, or take it to the next level in plush love seats on the Oak Terrace. Sparkling red is novel; DVX Brut among the best in the valley. Photography gallery includes Ansel Adams prints and other exhibits. 8445 Silverado Trail, Napa. Open 10am–5pm daily. Tasting $6–$20; Oak Terrace $30. 707.967.7700.
On the Edge A key stop for devotees of the cult to Charbono. 1255 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. Open daily, 10am– 5:30pm. 707.942.7410.
Peju Province Vineyards Talented staff, terrific food pairings and fantastic Cab. 8466 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford. Open daily, 10am–6pm. 707.963.3600.
Where the wines meet the equines BY JAMES KNIGHT
ne thousand feet above the Napa Valley floor, up past a parched landscape where digger pines scrabble for purchase on the crumbling, rocky slopes above Sage Canyon Road, and down a dusty ranch road in Chiles Valley, sits RustRidge Ranch, where horses graze in open pasture alongside the vineyards, now reddening in the autumn light. Inside the tasting room, a hay barn (furnished nicely enough, with rustic artifacts and a slice of tree over old barrels for a bar), a big yellow dog lies long and flat under a table and the air is still while winemaker Susan Meyer pours a taste of 2011 Sauvignon Blanc ($25) and tells her story in a manner some might like to call laconic. The barrelfermented Blanc is nutty, tingly, and lingers on the tongue for a long time.
Meyer’s family came up from the Peninsula in 1972 not principally to plant grapes—although that was something they did early on. As a child, she loved horses, and her mother, a racing enthusiast in the day, wanted to find land where Meyer could ride one. With the winery in 1985 came the idea to revive the ranch’s thoroughbred operation, and also came Jim Fresquez to train the horses. Affable, quick with a story, Fresquez has had a career so closely identified with California horseracing that he has personal memorabilia from Seabiscuit—and I’m talking about the horse, not the movie. Have the 2010 “Racehorse White” Chardonnay with a movie and with popcorn, herbed but not buttered, because this lean-finishing wine’s got wild, floral, peanut brittle and cream soda notes. There’s something different about Chiles Valley Cab. The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon ($50) is savory, with something like a Chianti get-up-and-go to it. The 2008 Zinfandel ($35) floats cherries like lazy clouds over a palate of black fruit and red candy—fine drink for a winery that’s a slightly remodeled cattle feeding barn, run by just this couple plus an intrepid intern they wrangled all the way from one of the tonier wine bars in Dallas, Texas, all three of them worrying over the press on the day before harvest, followed around the crushpad by two dogs and a cat, as horses look on from their corral. RustRidge Ranch, 2910 Lower Chiles Valley Road, St., Helena. By appointment, 10am–4pm. Tasting fee, $20. Bed and breakfast stays available in a rambling ranch house with wall-to-wall horse decor. 707.965.9353.
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John Adams once remarked about the title of his distinguished piece “Short Ride in a Fast Machine”: “You know how it is when someone asks you to ride in a terriﬁc sports car, and then you wish you hadn’t?” This week, the celebratory opening of the Santa Rosa Symphony’s new season will showcase conductor Bruno Ferrandis clutching the steering wheel, stomping on the gas and white-knuckling Adams’ piece, taking that terriﬁc hot rod out for a spin. Guest violinist Tedi Papavrami plays Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto no. 1, and Shostakovich’s Symphony no. 5 closes the program. Celebrate the Santa Rosa Symphony’s 86th year Saturday–Monday, Oct. 5–7, at the Green Music Center. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. Oct 5 and 7 at 8pm; Oct. 6 at 3pm. $20–$75. 707.546.8742.
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ON TOP OF THE WORLD Proceeds from this year’s Granfondo go to a variety of deserving charities.
Perpetual Motion Levi’s Granfondo continues despite Santa Rosa’s lack of bid for Tour of California BY NICOLAS GRIZZLE
o me, a noncyclist, the idea of paying $100 to ride a bike in a crowded group on extremely steep hills and sharp curves for a hundred miles is my worst nightmare. But after ﬁve years of watching people scramble for the opportunity to ride Levi’s King Ridge Granfondo, I’ve come to understand it as a “thing” that people “like to do.” What nearly anyone can get behind is that the Granfondo
raises funds—an average of $60,000 per year—for Santa Rosa to host the Tour of California, the West Coast equivalent of the Tour de France. Since 2009, Levi’s Granfondo has grown to become a destination event for cyclists from around the country and a boost to local charities—even after a doping scandal rocked the sport and tarnished the legacy of the ride’s namesake, Santa Rosa resident Levi Leipheimer. “Levi is the host, his name is on it,” organizer Greg Fisher explains, “but he’d be the ﬁrst one to tell you it’s about a great day on a bike, and
it’s really wonderful that it can’t be touched.” The initial King Ridge Granfondo had 3,500 participants paying to ride their bikes on an extremely difficult course that, 364 other days of the year, is free. Five years later, the Granfondo is a tourism beacon for the city. With its momentum and a celebrity at the helm, Fisher sees no reason the ride won’t continue, despite Santa Rosa’s decision not to host the Tour of California in 2014. “We have no plans to stop the party,” he says. “There’s no reason to.” Santa Rosa economic
development specialist Raissa de la Rosa explains that “because [the city] did not submit a bid to participate in the Tour for 2014, [it does] not expect to receive any funds from the 2013 Granfondo.” So where will all that cash go? Beneﬁciaries this year include VeloStreet’s Cycling Initiatives Program; Forget Me Not Farm; Community Giving (Rural Schools and Fire Departments); Dempsey Center For Cancer Hope and Healing; and the Pablove Foundation. But BikeMonkey has been doing some charity work of its own: paying to patch potholes on public roads. “The county is having a hard time keeping these roads maintained,” says Fisher, marketing director for Bike Monkey. “But if we have an opportunity to make the cycling in Sonoma County a little safer, we want to do it.” So far, they’ve patched up King Ridge, Sweetwater Springs and other roads, with more work planned. In this process, county and city officials have been more than just responsive, says Fisher: “They ask how they can help.” Fisher is somewhat modest about the charitable impact the Granfondo has had. “We anticipate fundraising to be on track this year,” he says, choosing not to boast about the fact that if his assumption holds true, the ride will have raised over $1 million in its ﬁve years of existence. No matter his past scandals, that’s one thing nobody can take away from Leipheimer. “He’ll ride this thing until his legs fall off,” says Fisher— unwittingly describing both Leipheimer’s dream and my own nightmare in one terrifying notion. Levi’s Granfondo kicks off the morning of Saturday, Oct. 5, at the corner of College Avenue and Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa. A festival with food and live music follows in the afternoon. www.levisgranfondo.com.
SIGHTLINES JoAnn Amos plays a girl going blind in ‘Blur’ at SSU.
Class Act North Bay colleges launch ambitious shows for fall
BY DAVID TEMPLETON
rees have leaves. Leaves have a shelf life. Once a year, they drop to the lawn and are blown away by gusts of wind or neighbors’ noisy leaf-blowers. During this time of arboreal mayhem, schools open their doors and invite eager young scholars in from the leaf-covered world. When such students are scholars of theater, the boisterous, colorful drama of autumn gets a chance to play out on the stage, where the opportunity for life-changing theater can make for some sensational entertainment for us, the eager audience. This fall, at Sonoma State University, Santa Rosa Junior College, the College of Marin, and Napa Valley College, a vibrant blend of classic and original plays is planned for the next few months—and the yearly change of seasons appears as a character or background in several of these shows.
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At SSU, the theater department kicks things off with playwright Melanie Marnich’s moving and funny Blur (Oct. 17–21). Directed by Jennifer King (hopping over from Napa Valley College, where she’ll be directing Preston Lane and Jonathan Moscone’s Christmas Carol in December), Blur is the comedic drama of a young woman in the summer of her life who discovers she is rapidly going blind. Then, beginning on Halloween, August Strindberg’s fanciful Ghost Sonata (Oct. 31–Nov. 9), directed by Judy Navas, gets the Tim Burton treatment in a production ﬁlled with eerie projections and shadow effects designed to surround and envelope the audience. In a fascinating collaboration between the theater, dance and science departments, SSU will present the succinctly titled Soundscape Project (Nov. 21–24), which uses dance, music and recorded sound to explore the inner world and changing seasons within SSU’s various Sonoma County nature preserves. Over at Santa Rosa Junior College, director John Shillington helms Lisa Loomer’s intensely insightful drama Distracted (Oct. 4–13), about parents coping with their son’s game-changing diagnosis of attention deﬁcit disorder, and their attempts to tame his escalating outrageous behavior. Following it is the epic musical Les Miserables (Nov. 22–Dec. 8), directed by Laura Downing-Lee. It’s classic time at Kentﬁeld’s College of Marin, where W. Allen Taylor leads students through Tennessee Williams’ primal exploration of emotional frailty and deception, A Streetcar Named Desire (Oct. 4–20), followed by director Lisa Morse’s summery staging of Oscar Wilde’s eversunny Importance of Being Earnest (Dec. 6–15). Whatever your artistic inclination, there’s plenty of action on the college stages of the North Bay this fall. Enough, even, to inspire one to take a break from raking leaves.
by Lisa Loomer Directed by John Shillington
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Lost in Space
‘Gravity’ astronomical in beauty, terror BY RICHARD VON BUSACK
t’s sometimes said of Steven Spielberg that he was the ﬁrst director to compose without the thought of a proscenium arch. The exciting new ﬁlm Gravity, by Alfonso Cuarón, seems like the ﬁrst ﬁlm composed without thought of the walls or ceiling. It’s clear that you’re watching a classic: lavish with effects, and yet brutally economical. Gravity begins far above earth, with some studious blandness; George Clooney’s crumbly, comforting voice droning happily as two assistants repair the Hubble telescope. While he’s sweetening up the physician Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), a news ﬂash: an unmanned Russian rocket has hit a satellite, knocking out communications. Like the ﬁrst pieces of falling scree indicating the avalanche to come, a spray of debris comes toward them very fast. Very shortly—the ﬁlm unfolds in real time, in 90 blessed minutes—the survivors are ﬂoating without a ride home and little oxygen. It’s frightening, this gradual building of trouble: the scrabbling at tools that have a mind of their own, with the sausage-ﬁngered gloves of a space suit; the problem of trying to do something gymnastic when pulled in the wrong direction and while wearing a slippery, too-fragile suit. And then there’s the minor problem of reading a control panel written in Mandarin. What we see is solidly, masterfully composed, not the aimless whirling of hyperfast cutting. There always seems to be an axle on Cuarón’s spinning wheel. We see what inﬁnity looks like—we see into it, straight through the skull of a martyred astronaut—so the mention of prayer to appease this horrible void seems particularly weak. Bullock—with her ﬂoating, beautifully made frame, graceful yet gawky—has a line about how “No one ever taught me to pray.” Her character is from a small Illinois town, too—where do you hide from people trying to teach you just that? But all that second-guessing comes later. Most viewers will be too busy kissing the ground when it’s over. ‘Gravity’ opens in wide release on Friday, Oct. 4.
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It makes you wonder what things would have been like if Twitter was around 10 years ago. SORRY / NOT SORRY ‘I’m just not going to take shit from strangers,’ says Maines.
Still Not Making Nice Natalie Maines, 10 years after ‘the Incident’ BY GABE MELINE
en years ago, when Washington, D.C., Republicans weren’t shutting down the government but had instead led us into an illegal war based on misleading information, Natalie Maines changed her life forever. “We do not want this war, this violence,” she said onstage in London, “and we’re ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas.”
After Toby Keith said he’d “bury” her and the Nashville establishment spat her across the country to Southern California, we caught up with Maines, who has a new solo album, Mother, via phone. It’s been 10 years now since ‘the Incident,’ and the ensuing ridiculousness. Is that whole experience the reason we haven’t heard from you in so long?
Not entirely. The main reason is my two boys. I’ve just really tried to delve in to motherhood and do that 100 percent. Here in the Bay Area 10 years ago, people were buying your records without even having heard your music. Did you know there were these pockets of support out there? We felt both sides, for sure. People showed us more support than they ever had, and people showed us more hate than they ever had. But we were deﬁnitely aware of all the positives, and that helped a lot. You’ve mentioned that you went to therapy. Did you send Dick Cheney the bill? Ha! You know, it was less about that whole incident and more just about my needing to do some selfrealization and slow down. And you know, there was guilt about not wanting to do Dixie Chicks for a while. But I would say “the
Oh my God, I so wish it would have been around. It would have been different. I would have just said everything I had to say on Twitter. It’s better when you’re not edited and people can’t manipulate your words or what you’re trying to convey. You can start chasing your tail trying to explain yourself, and I just think things could have been shut down quicker. There was so much out there that we didn’t say. I don’t even think people knew what they were mad about! They were mad because I hate the troops, which was never said and was never a fact. When you ask people what I’d done, that’s what they’d say: I hate our country, and I hate the troops. After this solo tour, you’re going out again with the Dixie Chicks, who I know have wanted you to come out of seclusion. What made you decide to do it? I’ve always been open to touring. It’s recording a new Chicks album that I can’t carve the time out for. We live in different states, and also, it’s just . . . I don’t know, it’s hard to explain the place I’m at. But it just doesn’t feel right for me, musically, right now, as far as creating new music. Natalie Maines plays Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. 8pm. $40. 707.259.0123.
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