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o Deputy Sheriff Gelhaus, District Attorney Jill Ravitch and members of the law enforcement agencies responsible for the death of my son, on this Thanksgiving:

May the happiness you feel on this special day remain in the memory of every one of you for the rest of your lives. May this day of Thanksgiving be an unforgettable one for all of you, never forgetting my misery and the suffering of my family. Instead of doing their job, the police abuse their power, cruelly killing people as they did with my son Andy Lopez Cruz, an innocent boy who loved this country and was willing to fight for it. The patriotism my son had for this country did him no good. You killed him, you servants of the law, in the worst way. Not even an animal kills in this way; they usually take time to smell their prey before eating it, but you didn’t even give my son time to face you. You murdered him like it was nothing, killed like a bird or raccoon on the side of the road. Do you not wonder how the family is, how we suffer? Do we sleep? Do we eat? Do we cry? Go on and enjoy your dinner while I cry, and my children and their father suffer the grief and pain of not having their brother and son. Remember that you have left much more than an empty chair in this room, and that we no longer can eat, while you meet with all your family members, taking for granted that they are all there with you. Go on, laugh, drink, while I comfort myself by hugging my son’s ashes, which is what you murderers have left me, on this day of happy thanks given. Sujey Lopez is the mother of Andy Lopez, who was shot and killed by deputy Erick Gelhaus on Oct. 22. This letter originally appeared on the Facebook page ‘Justice for Andy Lopez.’ Open Mic is a weekly op/ed feature in the Bohemian. We welcome your contribution. To have your topical essay of 350 words considered for publication, write

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SAY has not been forthcoming with the problems it has at Tamayo Village or those that will be created by its Warrack Hospital solution. Only when their back is to the wall does SAY admit some of their operational problems. Bottom line: they aren’t being honest. If one looks at the concerns, it is not that many Bennett Valley residents don’t want to help those in need; it is that this particular self-serving “solution” creates risk to more people than it serves. For example: police are called when there is a tear in the social contract. SAY’s director of development, Cat Cvengros, told me she doesn’t see anything unreasonable about Tamayo’s 20 police calls a year for 25 beds. My frame of reference is zero calls on my block—many addresses, more people—in over 15 years (two blocks away from Warrack). So if 20 calls is OK for Tamayo Village, by extension SAY’s tolerance is an additional 50 calls at the former Warrack Hospital campus. That means antisocial behaviors rise to the level of police involvement every week. Clearly, SAY’s management doesn’t have the same behavioral standards I do. They are choosing to run their business allowing that much antisocial activity. If you look at SAY’s financials ( you will see their income was $3.2 million in 2002, $3.18 million in 2011, with average year-to-year growth over that period not keeping up with inflation. In order to cover their salaries and benefits of $2.3 million plus other professional fees of $1.5 million (according to 2010 form 990), SAY’s plans for the Warrack “Dream Center” are about increasing their income by being a landlord and providing an outdated product that creates risk to the neighborhood. It costs money to reduce that risk. When I asked SAY’s Ms. Cvengros why don’t they have group homes which give residents solid abilities to succeed in society, instead of an apartment complex with little structure, she said, “Oh, we don’t do that.”

Why not? It is because they are unwilling to pay for the staterequired higher percentage of licensed staff and it is more important to them to have rental income than to drug-test, by providing insufficient services to ADA-protected alcohol- and drug-addicted tenants (very difficult to evict). And it is my choice to not accept a lowering of the social contract.

If the city of Santa Rosa would require a socio-economic impact assessment (SEIA) to quantify the risks by using facts, I might be persuaded to think differently.


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he first thing they do is unscrew half the light bulbs. It’s 4pm, two hours before the diners arrive. A server snaps a photo of the dining room so that everything can be put back together again at the end of the night. They rearrange the tables and dress them with white linens and tea candles.

The windows are opened to freshen up the air, the juicers are replaced with a bread station, and the white wines are chilled. By 6pm, they have transformed Howard’s Station Cafe, the usually bright, bustling egg- and waffleslinging Occidental eatery, into an elegant dining room. The Black Plum Supper Club opens its doors for another Thursday night. Started by chefs Emma Uribe

and Jeremy Whitcomb on Oct. 3, Black Plum is the latest temporary restaurant to pop up on the Sonoma County culinary scene. It’s also evidence of what two ambitious chefs can accomplish with fresh ingredients, a creative vision and a few low-watt bulbs. In some ways, Uribe and Whitcomb are an unlikely pair. A two-time restaurant owner who’s lived in Michigan, New England and Portland, Ore., Whitcomb has logged several years in the kitchen.

He left his native Massachusetts for Sonoma County two years ago, lured by the hyper-seasonal and locally sourced ethos of Northern California’s food scene. A decade younger, Uribe, who was born and raised in Sebastopol, earned a degree in journalism from San Francisco State and then realized that she just wanted to cook. She quickly worked her way up from server to sous chef at Peter Lowell’s by way of an unpaid internship. Whitcomb joined the kitchen in June 2011, and eventually they were promoted to co-executive chefs, sharing a natural command of the kitchen. “Jeremy and I hit it off very quickly,” Uribe tells me. “We have the kind of working relationship that is the culinary equivalent of finishing each other’s sentences. One person will have an idea and the other will play off of that idea until we have a complete dish.” So when they found themselves without jobs this past summer (both had decided, within a six-month span, to move on from Lowell’s), it was only natural that they started tossing around the idea of opening a restaurant. One problem: money. The solution: don’t hunker down. Pop up instead. Uribe approached Chris Martin of Howard’s, whom she’s known since toddlerhood. “He said go for it,” Uribe says, smiling. “It was surprisingly easy.” They recruited good friend and fellow Peter Lowell’s alum Jacque Westermeyer to be their front-of-house manager. The name “Black Plum” hit Whitcomb, suddenly, as if out of a tree. A supper club was born. For almost two months, Black Plum has been popping up at Howard’s on Thursday nights, serving a four-course prix fixe meal ($35) to about 50 guests. Westermeyer handles all reservations and front-end details so that the chefs can simply cook. “You’re allowed the mental space to focus on the food and be really creative when you don’t have to worry about fixing the sink or the dishwasher,” says Uribe of the advantages of their transience. Whitcomb chimes in: “We can be proactive rather than reactive. We


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can plan ahead and keep everyone happy.” On their final evening at Howard’s (the time has come to move on), Uribe and Whitcomb gave a traditional Hanukkah meal a swanky makeover. For the amusebouche, they elevated the classic charoset (a fruit and nut appetizer often eaten at Passover) with a dollop of red wine and cinnamon sorbet atop a tiny bed of walnuts, apples and (the happiest surprise) caramelized onions. Latkes, like people, are only as good as the company they keep. At the Black Plum, they came dressed with horseradish crème fraîche and paired perfectly with a delicate house-cured coho salmon, creamy apple and fennel purée, and a radish and caper relish. While pleasingly savory, the matzo ball soup was a little too schmaltzy for this (admittedly uninitiated) gentile. (My husband, however, finished every last drop). But when the main course arrived, I was glad I’d skipped a few matzo balls: I would have plenty of room for the pastrami-style brisket set in front of me. Brined for three days, smoked for six hours and steamed for another hour, the meat was tender, infused with the heat of black peppercorns, and served with rye bread, pickled cabbage and pearl onion mostarda. Deli counter meets gourmet. For dessert, we ate blintzes straight from heaven: pillowy crêpes stuffed with the freshest ricotta, soaking in damson (aka black) plum preserves with a dusting of powdered sugar. People continued to arrive and warm the room, lingering over bottles of wine as Carla Bruni’s jazzy French vocals kept the mood light and carefree. Even the hand-written check on creamy card-stock was charming. Going underground for the week of Thanksgiving, Black Plum will pop up next at Forchetta Bastoni on Saturday, Dec. 7—and after that, who knows? “You pop up and you pop back down again,” says Whitcomb. “We are open to possibilities,” echoes Uribe, “that’s what makes this fun.”

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S O N O MA CO U N T Y Cafe La Haye CaliforniaFrench. $$-$$$. The very best Sonoma ingredients are married with nouvelle French cooking styles at this comfortable bistro. Dinner, Tues-Sat. 140 E Napa St, Sonoma. 707.935.5994. Dry Creek Kitchen American. $$$-$$$$. Refined and contemporary American menu with multicultural influence. Seafood and vegetables reign! Dinner daily; lunch, Fri-Sun. 317 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.431.0330.

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

Larry Vito’s BBQ Smokehouse Barbecue. $-$$. Southern-style and slow-cooked from a chef who’s worked with Wolfgang Puck and Alice Waters. Zing! 6811 Laguna Park Way, Sebastopol. 707.575.3277.

The Restaurant at Sonoma Mission Inn California cuisine. $$$. In this world-class spa setting sample Sonoma County-inspired dishes or an elegant traditional brunch. Dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 18140 Sonoma Hwy, Boyes Hot Springs. 707.939.2415.

Shiso Asian $$ Extensive modern Asian menu with emphasis on sushi–sashimi, nigiri and specialty rolls– made from local ingredients. Ask for the omakase. Dinner daily. 19161 Hwy 12, Sonoma. 707.933.9331. Sunflower Caffe Cafe. $-$$. Excellent, satisfying food served cafeteria-style. Breakfast and lunch daily.

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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.

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.

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

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

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.

Finnegan’s Marin Pub fare. $$. Irish bar with the traditional stuff. Lunch and dinner daily. 877 Grant Ave, Novato. 415.899.1516.

Fish Seafood. $$-$$$. Incredibly fresh seafood in incredibly relaxed setting overlooking bay. Lunch and dinner daily. (Cash only.) 350 Harbor Dr, Sausalito. 415.331.FISH.

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.

Frantoio Italian. $$-$$$.

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

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

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

Sushiholic Japanese. $$$$. A nice addition to the local lineup, with a lengthy and wellcrafted repertoire including uncommon dishes like nabeyaki udon, zaru soba, yosenabe and sea bass teriyaki. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. Rowland Plaza, 112-C Vintage Way, Novato. 415.898.8500. Tommy’s Wok Chinese. $-$$. Tasty and filling Chinese fare without the greasy weighdown. Nice vegetarian selections, too. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat; dinner only,

Sun; closed Tues. 3001 Bridgeway Ave, Sausalito. 415.332.5818.

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

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.

N A PA CO U N TY Ad Hoc American. $$-$$$. Thomas Keller’s quintessential neighborhood restaurant. Prix fixe dinner changes daily. Actually takes reservations. 6476 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.2487. Brannan’s Grill California cuisine. $$-$$$. Creative cuisine in handsome Craftsman setting. Lunch and dinner daily. 1347 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.2233.

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



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On Thursday, Dec.5, Food for Thought holds its 13th annual fundraising effort, Dining Out for Life. The fundraiser is a way for Sonoma County citizens to support the Sonoma County AIDS Food Bank, which provides for people affected by HIV/ AIDS—and it’s as easy as dining out at a local restaurant. Food for Thought currently provides food and nutritional supplements for more than 675 men, women and dependent children of parents with HIV/AIDS. More than onethird of these clients receive delivery service because they are homebound. Thanks to thousands of diners at last year’s Dining Out for Life, Food for Thought raised more than $125,000 to help these very people in need. A total of 85 restaurants will participate in this year’s fundraiser. Most of the restaurants will donate 25 percent of profits, but some are pledging to donate 50 percent of profits, including Agriculture Bar and Kitchen at Dawn Ranch Lodge, Corks at Russian River Vineyards, Forchetta Bastoni, Formosa, JoJo Restaurant and Sushi Bar, K&L Bistro, Tiny Town Cafe and Pastry, Sunshine Coffee Roasters and Trio Restaurant. For a full list of participating eateries, see—Tara Kaveh

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

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

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.

Gott’s Roadside Tray Gourmet Diner. $-$$. Formerly Taylor’ Automatic Refresher. Breakfast, lunch and

dinner daily. 933 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.3486. Also at Oxbow Public Market, 644 First St, Napa. 707.224,6900.

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

Miguel’s MexicanCalifornian. $$. Ultracasual setting and laid-back service belies the delicious kitchen magic within; chilaquiles are legendary. Breakfast,lunch and

dinner daily. 1437 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.6868.

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.

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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S O N OM A CO U N T Y Cotati Corner Fine Wines What a funky college town like Cotati needs in a wine shop is friendly, unpretentious, with a small but unique selection of under $20 wines. And that they have. Thursday tastings. 1818 La Plaza, Ste. 106, Cotati. Open Tuesday–Saturda; tastings, Thursday–Friday, 5���8pm. 707.793.9357.

Envolve Winery One of these days, you’ll forget about the show that made a celebrity of out cofounder Ben Flajnik and just enjoy his broadly appealing Epilogue wines and zippy Envolve Sauvignon Blanc. Wait, who? Girls scream over the rosé. 27 East Napa St., Ste. A, Sonoma. Daily, 11am–6pm. Tasting fee, $5–$15. 707.939.5385.

Hawley Winery Barrelfermented Viognier, kiwistyle Sauvignon Blanc, plus toothsome reds. Winemaker John Hawley helped to grow some of the big-name brands; now his sons have joined him in this small, Dry Creek Valley family business. 36 North St., Healdsburg. Open daily, 11am– 6pm; $5 fee. 707.473.9500. Lambert Bridge Winery On gloomy afternoons, a string of lights and a curl of smoke from the stone chimney make this Dry Creek landmark all the more inviting. Chandelierilluminated redwood cellar is a warm setting to sample meticulously crafted Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Zin and claret. 4085 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Open 10:30am–4:30pm. Tasting fee $10. 707.431.9600.

Topel Winery Hailing from Hopland, Topel offers estategrown Meritage and other wines in this well-appointed tasting room with casement windows open to the street, across from Oakville Grocery. Cedar, chicory, chocolate and brown spice–makes

one hungry for a portobellomushroom-on-focaccia sandwich. 125 Matheson St., Hopland. Open daily, 11am– 7pm. Tasting fees, $5–$12. 707.433.4116.

Vinoteca Vinify Wine Services is like a Russian doll of wineries within wineries making brands for still more clients. It’s in a generic industrial-park location, but with unique, single-vineyard wines from Frostwatch, Baker Lane, Bjornstad, Super Sonoman and others. 3358 Coffey Lane, Ste. C, Santa Rosa. Friday– Sunday 11am–5pm. $10 fee. 707.542.3292.

MARIN CO U N TY Bacchus & Venus A trendy place for beginners and tourists. Great place to learn the basics. 769 Bridgeway, Sausalito. Open daily, noon– 7pm. 415.331.2001.

Point Reyes Vineyards The tasting room features many varietals but the main reason to go is for the sparkling wines. Open Saturday–Sunday, 11am–5pm. 12700 Hwy. 1, Point Reyes. 415.663.1011.

N A PA CO U N TY Brown Estate Vineyards (WC) A beautifully restored and converted stone and redwood barn is the winery and tasting room facility at Brown Estate. And the construction of a 6,500-square-foot subterranean wine cave was completed in 2005. Visitors are currently limited to wine club members by appointment only. 3233 Sage Canyon Road, Napa. 707.963.2435.

Far Niente (WC) Far Niente was founded in 1885 by John Benson, a ’49er of the California Gold Rush and uncle of the famous American

impressionist painter Winslow Homer. The estate boasts beautiful gardens as well as the first modern-built wine caves in North America. 1350 Acacia Drive, Napa. By appointment. 707.944.2861.

Peju Province Vineyards Talented staff, terrific food pairings and fantastic Cab. 8466 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford. Open daily, 10am–6pm. 707.963.3600.

Quixote There is a sense of dignity to the colorful little castle that grows out of the landscape beneath the Stag’s Leap palisades, commensurate with the architect’s humanistic aspirations. 6126 Silverado Trail, Napa. By appointment. 707.944.2659. Robert Sinskey Vineyards In the lofty, barnlike hall–as elegant as a theater, as solid as a ski lodge–visitors can take in the tank room action; at least, the gleaming stainless steel, framed by wood and stonework and brewpub-style chalkboard menus imbues the space with a sense of energetic immediacy. “Gluttonous Flight” pairs savory munchables prepared in the gourmet demonstration kitchen with biodynamically farmed Careros Pinot Noir and Bordeaux varietals. Not to worry: there’s no flight for ascetics offered, so go for it. 6320 Silverado Trail, Napa. Open 10am–4:30pm daily. 707.944.9090.

Round Pond Estate Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc served tableside on the terrace with scrumptious food pairings. Who can’t imagine cozying up next to the big gas-burning hearth, watching the sun set and savoring that Rutherford dusk? 875 Rutherford Road, Rutherford. Tastings by appointment daily, 11am to 4pm. $25. 888.302.2575.

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars (WC) Their three estate-grown Cabs are among the most highly regarded in the world. 5766 Silverado Trail, Napa. By appointment. 707.944.2020.

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mazing that Rincon Valley Cyclery managed to make it in this almost secret spot, tucked away behind a Chevron off Highway 12, for some 20 years. Almost every day since Michael Scalet and Renee Reynolds opened Rincon Valley Wine & Craft Beer in July 2013, someone wanders by, asking hey, where did the bike shop go? And then they say, hey, beer! What would move this soft-spoken pair, who don’t strike one as prototypes of the booze biz, to quit 20-year careers in healthcare and open a small wine and beer shop in wine and beer country, where markets overflow with an abundance of both? “We hit the point where we weren’t happy doing what we’re doing,” says Reynolds. So they asked, “What now?” Scalet, who had lived in the area previously, thought that there was an underserved market in Santa Rosa, despite even places like Whole Foods having a beer tasting tap room. He was right. “Even the beer buyer from Whole Foods comes here,” says Reynolds. On cue, a young couple peek in the door and politely ask if they’re really open. Turns out people can’t get enough craft beer. And brewers can’t make enough. It takes a lot of work, Scalet explains, to track down craft brewers and get highly allocated releases on their shelves. Sometimes it’s just one or two cases, and that’s it. Reynolds and Scalet are assisted by one employee, a beer fan who sought them out—although at first, they were skeptical: “No one can know that much about beer.” The Clown Shoes Mexican chocolate stout that I purchased the other week is certainly gone now. But flights of four beers may be sampled at the tasting bar, generous four-ounce pours each. What’s going on in beer today, it might be asked, that I can’t necessarily find at my local supermarket? Maybe this Belgian-style Gueuze, made by a four-year-process of refermentation. Here’s a Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad ($15.99) and Far West Vlaming ($21.49), a West Flanders–style red ale from Oregon’s Logsdon Farmhouse. Categories may soon be antiquated, says Scalet, as there are Danish brewers now making California-style imperial ales in Belgium. And what to make of To Øl’s “Fuck Art Let’s Dance” ($21.99)? There’s also a fun selection of wine. Hopland’s Rack & Riddle Brut (21.99), for instance, and 2012 Pessó Garnacha ($10.99) from Spain. Often a couple will stop in, one wanting wine, the other beer: they both find happiness. “A huge part of our customers are people who work for wineries,” says Scalet, “especially during harvest. We sold a lot of beer during harvest.” Rincon Valley Wine & Craft Beer, 4927 Sonoma Hwy., Santa Rosa. 707.595.5516.

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iving in a culinary wonderland does have its drawbacks: there are sometimes too many food gifts to choose from. Narrowing it to locally made is one way to thin the herd, but a mind-numbing selection still remains. Here is a path from morning to evening to keep the food lover in your life happy. Start with a doh sant from Santa Rosa’s Our Lady Grace Confections. Actually, get a half dozen. Usually available at farmers markets in the North Bay (get there early, they sell out fast), this is a take on the popular “cronut,” which is a fried croissant coated like a doughnut. It’s a lot of work to make them correctly, but Our Lady

Grace does it right, dipping them in homemade caramel, delicious dark chocolate ganache or adding a generous sprinkle of cinnamon sugar. Double the guilt, yes, but the sweet, fried tastiness makes up for it. Of course, an hour or so later it’s time for midmorning snack: toast and jam. When made with the right ingredients, this is one of the most satisfying of simple pleasures. The Chutneyman, aka Leon Day, has been making sauces, jellies, jams and chutneys for decades. He’s a staple at Marin and Santa Rosa farmers markets, taking curious customers on “flavor journeys” through his remarkable selection. Be careful when he asks, “Do you like spicy?” and be adventurous when the guava coconut lime or chocolate coffee coconut vanilla habanero jelly catches your eye—he’ll give a sample or two of

anything on the table. Toast a slice of seeded bread from Penngrove’s Full Circle Baking Company (10151 Main St., Penngrove; 707.794.9445) and spread the love. At this point, it’s time for protein. Meat protein is the best protein, and meat in tube form is often the best way to get it. Diavola (www.diavolapizzeria. com) specializes in European sausages, with especially wonderful Calabrese, Spanish chorizo and French Toscana offerings. There’s always something new, with chef Franco Dunn pulling out old-school (like, hundreds of years old) recipes for traditional New Year’s dinners, and sometimes, when we’re lucky, rillettes. The latter will be foreign and possibly off-putting to inexperienced diners, but those in the know spread it like meat

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jelly over toast. It lights up the taste buds with rich, meaty flavor that’s unmatched by anything else (because it’s meat that’s been rendered in delicious fat!). There surely must be vegetables in this day of gluttony, but opening a box to find dirty, weird-looking heirloom produce (no matter how delicious it may become when cooked) is like opening that big box under the tree to find a sixpack of wool socks. Yeah, it’s nice, but not exactly a “sexy” gift. Sex up those veggies with a salt box from Napa Style ( This beautiful, five-compartmentlong box is made from acacia wood and comes with five different salt varieties, each of which imparts a different flavor to a healthy veggie dish. Gray sea and Hawaiian red salts are the basic starters, and sundried tomato, citrus rosemary and roasted garlic salts are good enough to be the sole seasoning for asparagus, squash, leeks or a variety of “balanced diet” favorites. Finish the day with a chocolate bar or 10 from Oliver’s Market (www.oliversmarket. com). These new additions bear the Oliver’s name but are made by Le Belge Chocolatier in Napa (761 Skyway Court; 707.258.9200). The bars taste, for the most part, like they should cost twice as much as their modest price tag. A quick check shows Le Belge sells its identical chocolate bars for about that—$4.50. The chocolate is smooth and rich, far superior to Ghirardelli (which costs more) and other comparable products. There are almost a dozen varieties, with highlights being the dark chocolate, espresso dark chocolate and Champagne strawberry—little bits of what seems to be freezedried berries somehow infused with the lightness and essence of Champagne explode with flavor, all coated in a velvet chocolate bath. Get one of every flavor (except sea salt—too salty), then taste them all to find a favorite.—Nicolas Grizzle ) 22

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his week’s issue kicks off a whole month of holiday shopping. We here at the Bohemian aim to inspire your shopping to happen locally, for a variety of reasons. One, it helps the local economy. Two, it sends a message to big-box CEOs who think they can get away with paying employees terribly. Three, chain stores are totally boring, and shopping online is lonely. All through the month leading up to Dec. 25, we’ll be posting testimonials online at to North Bay businesses we love in Sonoma, Napa and Marin counties. Just as we did last year with our 25 Days of Shopping Local project, we’ll feature a different business on our homepage every day. These are absolutely not paid advertisements; they’re simply the types of places that come immediately to our writers’ minds when someone says “Name a local business you can’t live without.” Shopping locally is paramount, and once one realizes just how enjoyable and satisfying it can be, it’s hard to go back to faceless corporate warehouses and online checkout. To help spread the fever, and to give readers an idea of what we’ll be posting online this December, what follows below are capsule versions of a selection of our picks from the inaugural 25 Days of Shopping Local. With your support, we’ll continue this tradition year after year.—Gabe Meline

As used clothing stores go, Pine Grove General Store is delightfully nontrendy. They don’t employ 19-year-olds who wear belt buckles wider than their collective waistline, and they would never sell some God-awful creation made of pleather and fuzz. At Pine Grove, I bought my first pair of nondenim slacks, and my favorite boots. I’ve worn them to interviews and first days of new work and the weddings of longtime friends, who are slipping out of their 20s, just like me. 149 N. Main St., Sebastopol, 707.829.1138.—Rachel Dovey Once, I stood in the aisles of some huge impersonal store full of baby stuff, unable to find anything I needed, unable to find any help, and walked out and drove straight to Wee Three Children’s Store. Finally, a simple, manageable shop with plenty of kids’ clothes and shoes and toys, with a hand-selected inventory.

There’s even a used section, which, if I were president, every children’s store would be required to have. In short, a good little place that I wound up telling all my fellow parents about—and they, with bleary eyes and slurred speech, thanked me. 1007 West College Ave., Santa Rosa, 707.525.9333.—Gabe Meline Pearl Wonderful Clothing in the Napa Valley is an award-winning boutique that’s been discovered by the likes of Kevin Bacon, Sandra Bullock and Reese Witherspoon. Owned by fellow interior decorator Linda Allen, Pearl delivers a fusion of vintage and new style with custom handcrafted furniture, home accessories, gifts and, of course, wonderful clothing. 1219 Main St. #C, St. Helena. 707.963.3236.—Elise Guillot My go-to hardware store is the family-owned Mission Ace on

GIFTS GALORE Keven Brown at Corrick’s, which is gearing up for a centennial.

Highway 12 in Santa Rosa. I don’t know how many curveballs I’ve thrown them over the years, but they always find what I need—after all, the family has been in the hardware business since 1960. Tools, paint, electrical, plumbing, lumber—you name it, they know it, and they’ve even got an expansive garden loft for perusing on weekends, when there are free coffee and doughnuts at the front door. Before you ask, yes, the beautiful old green 1947 Ford truck is still used for deliveries, but no, you can’t drive it. I’ve been asking for 12 years! 4310 Hwy. 12, Santa Rosa, 707.539.7070.—Gabe Meline The one constant in Novato’s Pacheco Plaza has been the service of Clothes Fit Alterations & Amani Men’s Clothing. On a given visit, you might see a bride getting fitted for the big day next to a teenager trying on his first tux behind a dude like me who tore his sweater

again. Amani has risen to every random occasion of mine, like shortening jeans or having a tie loop sewn back. My favorite time is when Amani needs to make room for new inventory. The last time, I picked up two pairs of gorgeous dress shoes for under $50. Come to think of it, how does he make any money? 416 Ignacio Blvd., Novato, 415.883.1850.—David Sason Downtown Santa Rosa has a lot of restaurants, boutiques and luxury stores, but sadly no grocery stores, hardware stores or other necessities that once made up the town core. This new landscape makes the oldschool Asef’s Appliance important enough, but the breadth of knowhow and experience in the long, cluttered space is irreplaceable. If it has moving parts, Asef’s can probably fix it. I can’t remember how many things I’ve had repaired, how many keys I’ve had made or how many vacuum bags or ) 24

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Stroller & Warm Clothes Drive For the fifth consecutive year we will collect strollers in good working order at our branches for The Living Room, which serves homeless or at-risk women & their children. Additionally this year, we are collecting new or lightly used warm winter clothing for the teen & young adult clients of Social Advocates for Youth (S.A.Y). Kindly do what you can. Nov. 15 through Dec. 31.

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24 Locals Only ( 22 belts I’ve found there, but I do know that when the back of my watch fell off, I knew just where to go. 709 Fourth St., Santa Rosa, 707.575.3737.—Gabe Meline It was 1999, and I was single again, driving to my new onebedroom apartment. Might as well learn to cook, I thought, as I pulled into G&G Supermarket. Starting with something easy, I asked an employee for tips about kimchi. Quickly, I learned that everyone working at the store had ideas on cooking, and was happy to help craft my clueless ambition into edible dinners for one on a nightly basis. Those dinners for one are now dinners for three, but they’re still bought at G&G. They’ve got a huge selection, great prices and scads of lesser common items that continue to pique my imagination after 14 years. 1211 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa, 707.546.6877; 701 Sonoma Mountain Pkwy., Petaluma, 707.765.1198. —Gabe Meline For the longest time, I wondered where to get my lawnmower blade sharpened. Everyone I asked said Gardener’s Aid in Roseland. They were friendly. They were funny. They had a showroom full of mowers and weed whackers and trimmers, along with some newspaper clippings about their family in the window and some old stuff tacked to the wall behind the counter. I asked about the blade sharpening. “Seven bucks if you bring it in off the mower,” they said, “$12.50 if you need us to pull it off.” Not only am I headed there as soon as spring is back with a haggard, blunt blade, I’ll be checking out the rest of their inventory, too. 1050 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa, 707.545.7620. —Gabe Meline Since it was founded back in 1988, Bedrock Music has been an oasis for central Marin music lovers caught in the bustle of the Miracle Mile. The greatest contrast with corporate culture was undoubtedly its shift to Bedrock Music and Video a few years ago. Unlike the big, red-slot-

machine-looking thingy at every supermarket in the world, Bedrock has hard-to-find movies. They’ll even give you an extra day or two if you need it, free of charge. Who can watch a whole season of Boardwalk Empire in a weekend, anyway? 2226 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.258.9745.—David Sason

For over 25 years, the friendly staff at California Luggage Co. have been sending people to the airport, boarding pass in one hand and quality luggage in the other. Walk in just about any hour of the day and there’s a “personal shopper” experience going on, with a customer’s personal packing and travel habits considered for the ideal luggage option. Local politicos, downtown merchants and journalists know owner Bernie Schwartz as the “silent mayor” of Santa Rosa—he knows everybody and everything— but two generations of customers know him as the best thing that ever happened to their vacation since even before the vacation began. 609 Fourth St., Santa Rosa, 707.528.5799. —Gabe Meline

I’d already picked up a small chocolate cake and candles, but I knew that I needed something

more. Something special. It was, after all, my daughter’s first birthday. As a new dad, I was clueless as to what to get, but knew just where to go: the Toyworks. “Does she have a doll?” the woman asked, plain as day, after I presented my dilemma. Why hadn’t I thought of that? Under $20 later, the Toyworks had me on my way home with an attractive, free wrapping job and a big red ribbon to boot. 531 College Ave., Santa Rosa, 707.526.2099; 6940 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol, 707.829.2003. —Gabe Meline When you get down to it, Fatty’s Threads is probably the best store in all of Sonoma County. Fatty’s carries clothes, books, stereo equipment, tools, appliances, DVDs, bicycles, sporting equipment, art supplies, records, patio furniture, toys and more, but calling it a “junk shop” doesn’t to it justice. Truly a neighborhood hub, it’s also a meet-up place, a treasure hunt and a museum of oddities. Dave Puccetti, the truly friendly ringleader of Fatty’s, acts more like a really great bartender than a store owner—doling out advice, giving opinions when asked and quoting you prices way below what you expected to pay. A full Atari 2600 system, from 1983, with joysticks, adapters and 30 game cartridges for just $25? Yes, it’s that kind of shop. 1290 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa, 707.578.6916.—Gabe Meline When my husband wanted to buy my two-year old, boardobsessed nephew his first skateboard, he headed over to Brotherhood Board Shop in Santa Rosa, where he bought a sweet deck for under $100. Owned by Jon Lohne, a longtime Santa Rosa, Brotherhood is everything that a skateboard shop should be. Stop in to pick up pretty much anything the skateboarder or snowboarder in your life wants and needs. In the summer, the shop brims with kids, young and old, busting out tricks in the parking lot at regularly hosted skate contests. And what’s better than awesome service from people who leave, breathe and eat

skateboarding? 1240 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.546.0660. —Leilani Clark Dear Lord, please do not ever let Corrick’s close. My house is packed with its inventory: Pilot G2 pens, envelopes, Sharpies, legal forms, a stuffed Snuffleupagus puppet . . . I still remember the first thing I ever bought there—a ribbon for my Olympia typewriter—and I will never forget the saleslady’s sympathetic look one Christmas when she told me they were sold out of sweater lint shavers. I love that no one ever quits, that owner Keven Brown is always helpful, and that their back room has one those great old bank safe doors, and that they’re coming up on their 100th anniversary. And like a lot of other Santa Rosans, I always walk in and think to myself, “Maybe someday I’ll buy something from the front half of the store.” 637 Fourth St., Santa Rosa, 707.546.2424. —Gabe Meline

In an age of Netflix and Redbox and Hulu, how does an old-fashioned video rental store like Video Droid survive? Easy: knowing their shit. Often I’ll be looking for something from some forgotten director made in some forgotten year with some forgotten actress, and lo, it shall be waiting for me on the shelf. Or on several occasions, it’ll be ordered for me. “But I’m only going to rent it once,” I protest. “That’s OK. We’ll put it in stock. Someone else will want to watch it, too.” You can’t beat service like that. Video Droid gets two thumbs up. 1462 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.526.3313. —Gabe Meline


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After a few years on hiatus, the Two Gallants have broken their silence with a new album, The Bloom and the Blight. Recovering from a serious van accident, band member Adam Stephens picked up the pen and began to write emotionally poignant lyrics and harmonies; in many ways, the album reflects the duo’s separate journeys during their passage to adulthood in the years apart. The Two Gallants’ guitar and drums fuse together to create roaring and sweeping sounds on Friday, Dec. 6, at Sweetwater Music Hall. 19 Corte Madera Ave., Corte Madera. 9pm. $20–$22. 415.388.1100.

The “poet of the common man,” Merle Haggard grew up in a boxcar in Bakersfield, Calif., and has spent his life singing the working man’s blues. And yet the living legend would rather be referred to by the title “Professor,” having spent his career studying, analyzing and observing the details of life around him, and writing simple lyrics to portray the heart-wrenching truths of any life story— from that of a prisoner on death row to a heartbroken man downing shots at the local bar. With over 50 years in the industry, Haggard performs on Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. 7pm. $80–$90. 707.259.0123.

The home-movie craze of the 1920s and 1930s spread across America, extending to Hollywood stars and directors, who captured private moments in their homes with friends and families and even behind the scenes on set. ‘Hollywood Home Movies’ taps from the private collections of Lucille Ball, Shirley Temple, Humphrey Bogart, Walt Disney and Alfred Hitchcock, compiled to create an entertaining evening of rarely screened footage. The collection of silent home movies is accompanied by pianist Michael Mortilla’s improvised score on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the Rafael Film Center. 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 7pm. $12. 415.454.1222.

They may not be the biggest names, but, hey—they’re super chill. The Super Chill Showcase kicks off a chilly winter with local artists SimonSez, Odd Fella, OZ, Juan and Beano, Unit, Legacy9, D.O., 3rd Degree, the Sandchild and Exacto, whose underground works are worthy of the same stage as artists like Snoop Dog or Mac Dre. If you’re in the mood to check out new, untapped hip-hop talent, kick back and enjoy the bumpin’ beats on Friday, Dec. 6, at the Phoenix Theater. 201 E. Washington St., Petaluma. 8pm. $10–$12. 707.762.3565.

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PROJECTILE MAN The Paradyne adds a new element to ‘Scrooge.’

Light Show Spreckels’ ‘Scrooge’ slides from big screen to small stage BY DAVID TEMPLETON


crooge: The Musical— regardless of whatever else one says about it as a play—has one thing going for it that separates it from all other Christmas Carol adaptations currently running in the North Bay; namely, this production is loaded with what can best be described as “the Spreckels style.”

It is rare for a theater company to establish its own recognizable style that’s all its own. But at the Spreckels Center in Rohnert Park, the New Spreckels Theater Company is definitely building a reputation based on a certain individual visual aesthetic. Beginning with Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical, in the fall of 2011, managing director Gene

Abravaya has been testing out a new theatrical projection system called Paradyne. Developed by Spreckels as a way to provide rapidly changing scenes without having to slide large pieces of scenery on and off the stage every few moments, the system has been effective in the large 550seat Spreckels Theater for such shows as Young Frankenstein and Brigadoon. For Scrooge, with songs and book written by Leslie Bricusse (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), the Paradyne system gets a tryout in the small Condiotti “black box” theater, where the audience is treated (up-close and personal) to a combination of live action, projected background slides, moving pictures and special effects—from floating phantoms over London and stacks of gold rising on the walls to a ghostly talking door knocker and a flickering-flame vision of hell. It takes a little getting used to, and some of the ways the Paradyne is employed here are more distracting than engaging, but the projections do add a unique theme-park element that’s fresh and often clever. Directed by Abravaya, Scrooge— based on the 1970 film starring Albert Finney—makes good use of a cast of local community theater veterans, with the excellent Tim Setzer leading the pack as Ebenezer Scrooge. The old miser’s evolution from skinflint to humanitarian is effectively staged, and the musical numbers, especially the rousing funeral celebration “Thank You Very Much,” are presented with plenty of charm by a slightly uneven but energetic cast. Though the story may be familiar, Scrooge: The Musical— thanks to the catchy tunes and the Paradyne projections—manages to take an old tale and render it new again. Rating (out of 5): ++++ ‘Scrooge: The Musical’ runs Thursday– Sunday, Nov. 29–Dec. 22, at Spreckels Performing Arts Center. 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. Thursday at 7:30pm; Friday–Saturday at 8pm’ 2pm matinees on Saturday and Sunday. $22–$26. 707.588.3400.


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’d thought my feeling about pilgrimages were like that old joke about golf: a good walk, spoiled. But the captivating documentary Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago won me over with its generous balance between the experience of the body and the adventure of the soul. It records one 500-mile trek through the north of Spain to Santiago de Compostela; walkers trace the hills, valleys, monasteries and ancient passes, Roland’s own Roncevaux Pass among them. Couples either draw together or fall apart under the strain of the month-long march. They’re as troubled as Tatiana and Alexis, a devout Catholic and her irreligious brother, or as serene as Wayne and Jack, a pair of elderly Canadian friends. The spiky Sam, a British/ Brazilian lady, seeks to calm her own turmoil through the discipline of this long hike; another woman, Annie, goes through wrenching physical pain to get to the end. The documentary stresses the practicalities of the trip—the nights in snoring dens of travelers, the feet and joints outworn by the trail. One uncredited doctor notes that “the road tells you to slow down.” The film is a clear labor of love for director and producer Lydia B. Smith, who will be in attendance at the film’s opening weekend in Sebastopol. She had gone on the walk by herself after a breakup. When she told her fellow pilgrims that she was a documentarian by trade, they suggested photographing the route. “My response was ‘Not under any circumstances,’” Smith says by phone from her office in Santa Monica. “I felt it was going to be too challenging to accurately reflect what this journey is about.” Of course, she changed her mind. There is Chaucer’s own humanism to be enjoyed here, watching the various lives along their mutual journey. And after seeing the lambently photographed spring rain and wildflowers, you won’t be surprised to hear the film has been a hit in Oregon. ‘Walking the Camino’ opens Friday, Dec. 6, at Rialto Cinemas in Sebastopol. Filmmakers present opening weekend.

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hat are the roots of a roots music band? In the case of Poor Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Whiskey, admits cofounder and guitar-mandolin player Jason Beard, the core members started off as â&#x20AC;&#x153;a winery/wedding band, so we ended up having to do a lot of covers, old traditional rock and roll tunes, but we would make them bluegrass. We always called that â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;whiskefyingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; things.â&#x20AC;? Fast-forward a few years, and the hard-working â&#x20AC;&#x153;high-octane hootenannyâ&#x20AC;? band applied their old approach to even older material, crafting their string-jam makeover of Pink Floydâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most iconic record. Dark Side of the Moonshine earned Poor Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Whiskey considerable acclaim, but this year, the Santa Rosaâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; based band was ready to tackle something new. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So for a kick,â&#x20AC;? Beard relates, instead of taking a rock album

â&#x20AC;&#x153;and making it bluegrass, we thought weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d take a fairly inďŹ&#x201A;uential album on us, Old & in the Way, and whiskefy that.â&#x20AC;? Old & in the Way (both the group and their lone, eponymous album) was not rock and roll, but as close to true, traditional bluegrass as a band of Bay Area hippiesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one that included David Grisman, Jerry Garcia and Peter Rowanâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;could get. Rather than a full-album re-creation this time, Poor Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Whiskey has concentrated on â&#x20AC;&#x153;a good handfulâ&#x20AC;? of their favorite tracks, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but we deďŹ nitely infused our own energy, doing what we do,â&#x20AC;? Beard asserts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Cactus Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; got a pretty big makeover that becomes a big rock jam. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hobo Songâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; also becomes a much more electric rock tune,â&#x20AC;? he continues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Pig in Penâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; we still do acoustic and bluegrass, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re much more of an old-timey slant on bluegrass, in that we drive a lot of rhythms.â&#x20AC;? Whiskey debuted their customized tribute in a sold-out date at San Franciscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Great American Music Hall, one that came with a twistâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;they were joined at the show by Peter Rowan himself. But when the originator arrived to rehearse a few days before the show, â&#x20AC;&#x153;we already had all the songs arranged how we do them,â&#x20AC;? recalls Jason, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and Peter would start playing, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have to say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;No, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re gonna play â&#x20AC;&#x2122;em like this.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; But it worked well and we had a really great time.â&#x20AC;? Poor Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Whiskey plans to retire the Old & in the Way material after a ďŹ nal pair of NorCal shows this weekend, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re already planning further whiskeďŹ cations. A February date at the Sebastopol Community Center will ďŹ nd the band stretching out in a full night of Allman Brothers material, and Beard hints, without being speciďŹ c, that 2015 will see them cover and adapt another iconic album from a very different artist. Poor Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Whiskey play Friday, Dec. 6, at the Mystic Theatre. 21 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 8:30pm. $18. 707.762.3565.

Concerts SONOMA COUNTY Dragonsmoke New Orleans jazz supergroup with Eric Lindell, Ivan Neville, Stanton Moore and Robert Mercurio. Peter Jackson opens. Dec 7, 9pm. $35. Hopmonk Sebastopol, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Hot Club of San Francisco Gypsy jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt. Presented by the Redwood Arts Council. Dec 8, 4pm. $30. Occidental Center for the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.874.9392.

Kinsey Sicks “Oy Vey in a Manger” features America’s favorite dragapella beauty-shop quartet in this benefit for Congregation Ner Shalom of Cotati. Dec 9, 7:30pm. $30-$50. Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2880.

Poor Man’s Whiskey High-energy bluegrass meets Southern rock. Head for the Hills opens. Dec 6, 8:30pm. $20. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

Santa Rosa Symphony Program features mezzosoprano Christine Brandes in “The Toy Symphony” by Leopold Mozart, and Haydn’s Mass. Dec 7, 8pm, Dec 8, 3pm and Dec 9, 8pm. $20-$75. Green Music Center, 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.

SimonSez Hip-hop show also featuring Odd Fella, OZ, Juan & Beano, Unit, Legacy9, DO, 3rd Degree, the Sandchild, Exacto Dec 6, 8pm. $12. Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

MARIN COUNTY Rita Coolidge Background singer for Ray Charles and the Temptations has won two Grammys. Dec 7, 8pm. $32-$46. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Jay Farrar Formerly of Son Volt, this

songwriter also recorded an acoustic album with Ben Gibbard. James Nash & Bobby Vega open. Dec 9, 8pm. $58$95. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

The House Jacks Pioneering a cappella rock band. Dec 7, 8pm. $22. Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts, Osher Marin JCC, 200 No San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.

Phil Lesh & Friends Grateful Dead bassist with Warren Haynes, Jimmy Herring, John Molo, Jeff Chimenti and Neal Casal. Dec 4-7, 8pm. $79. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael.

Two Gallants Indie duo plays in a wide dynamic range. Dec 6, 9pm. $22. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

NAPA COUNTY Grand Night for Singers Vocalists from around Northern California and beyond take turns onstage. Piano accompaniment by host Richard Evans. First Saturday of every month, 7pm. $15. Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main St, Napa. 707.255.5445.

SONOMA COUNTY Aqus Cafe Dec 6, Acoustimatics. Dec 7, the Rains. Dec 8, Brulee. First Wednesday of every month, Chamber Music. First Thursday of every month, Celtic Night. Second Wednesday of every month, Jazz Jam. 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church Dec 7, Sonoma County Chamber Singers. 1300 St Francis Rd, Santa Rosa.

Dry Creek Kitchen Dec 9, Chris Amberger and Randy Vincent. Dec 10, Susan Sutton and Bill Fouty. 317 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.431.0330.

Flamingo Lounge Dec 6, Jeff Edwins Band. Dec 7, Groove Foundation. Sun, 7pm, salsa with lessons. Tues, Swing Dancing with Lessons. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

Forestville Club Dec 7, CircusMoon. 6250 Front St, Forestville. 707.887.2594.

Glaser Center Dec 6, Ensemble Galilei. 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.568.5381.

Green Music Center Dec 7-9, Santa Rosa Symphony. 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.


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Local reggae group made it big and now returns for a hometown show. Midnight Sun Massive opens. Dec 11, 8pm. $25. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Dec 7, CJ Walen. 1901 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.540.0395.

Merle Haggard The poet of the common man wields a guitar as his pen. Dec 7, 8pm. $80-$90. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Pink Martini Lounge style meets big band sound. Dec 7, 7pm. Sold out. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Rockapella Vocal group presents a holiday show. Dec 5, 8pm. $40-$45. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Hopmonk Sebastopol Dec 4, Lotus Drops. Dec 5, California Honeydrops. Dec 6, Kendra Morris with Binky Griptite. Dec 7, Dragonsmoke. Dec 9, Ras Gilbert. Tues, 7:30pm, open mic night. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Hopmonk Sonoma Dec 6, Wendy Dewitt. Dec 7, the Hellhounds. Wed, Open Mic. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.

Hotel Healdsburg Dec 7, Lee Charlton Trio. 25 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.431.2800.

Lagunitas Tap Room Dec 4, Rosetown Ramblers. Dec 5, Wilson) Hukill. Dec 6,


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Music ( 29 the Big Tamborski. Dec 8, Parlor Tricks. Dec 11, Grandpa Banana. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.


Main Street Station Dec 4, Pocket Canyon Ramblers. Dec 7, Yancie Taylor Trio. Dec 5 and , Dec 10, Susan Sutton. Sun, Kit Mariah’s Open Mic Night. 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.

Mavericks Dec 6, Restless Sons. 397 Aviation Blvd, Santa Rosa. 707.765.2515.

Murphy’s Irish Pub Dec 6, Liz Brown & Adam Traum. Wed, trivia night. Second Tuesday of every month, open mic. 464 First St E, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.

Mystic Theatre Dec 6, Poor Man’s Whiskey, Head for the Hills. Dec 7, Zepparella. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

Phoenix Theater Dec 6, SimonSez, Odd Fella, OZ, Juan & Beano, Unit, Legacy9, DO, 3rd Degree, the Sandchild, Exacto. Dec 7, We Are the Men, Midori & Ezra Boy, Douche Illington, the Illumi-Gnarly, Survival Guide, Commissure, People Parade. Sun, 5pm, rock and blues jam. Mon, 7pm, young people’s AA. Tues, 7pm, Acoustic Americana jam. Wed, 6pm, Jazz jam. 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

Presbyterian Church of the Roses Dec 8, Sonoma County Chamber Singers. 2500 Patio Ct, Santa Rosa.

Redwood Cafe Dec 7, Foxes in the Henhouse. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.

Russian River Brewing Co Dec 7, Moonlight Trio. Dec 8, Petunia & the Vipers. 725 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.BEER.

Ruth McGowan’s Brewpub Dec 6, Haute Flash Quartet. Dec 7, Over Easy. Sun, Evening Jazz with Gary Johnson. 131 E First St, Cloverdale. 707.894.9610.

Sebastopol Center for the Arts Dec 6, Concert Composed for One & Two Pianos. 282 S High St, Sebastopol. 707.829.4797.

Sebastopol Community Center Dec 6, Holiday Sing Along. Dec 6, Peacetown Holiday

Sicks Sicks Sicks The Kinsey Sicks tip the scale Combine one part Mel Brooks, one part Mark Twain, shake it up in a beehive hairdo and you’ve got the Kinsey Sicks, a barbershop quartet with a twist. Named after the highest rating on the Kinsey Scale of sexual responses (zero being strictly hetero and six being totally homo), the Kinsey Sicks, a self-proclaimed (and trademarked) “dragapella” group, have 20 years under their garter belts of delivering wild performances. “It’s a roller coaster ride,” says founding member Irwin Keller, rabbi of Cotati’s Congregation Ner Shalom. This week’s show finds Keller performing for the first time locally since moving here, and as he says, “I’m looking forward to seeing exactly how terrified I can be performing as Winnie in front of all the people for whom I am usually Reb Irwin.” Their holiday show, “Oy Vey in a Manger,” features songs like “God Bless Ye Femmy Lesbians,” “I’m Dreaming of a Betty White Christmas” and—not a typo—“Satan Baby.” Says Irwin, “Hey, if Trixie’s willing to sell her soul to the devil for reality TV, then who am I to judge?” The Kinsey Sicks perform Monday, Dec. 9, at SSU’s Evert B. Person Theatre. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. $30–$50. 7:30pm. 707.664.8622.—Nicolas Grizzle

Party. Dec 7, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas. 390 Morris St, Sebastopol. 707.823.1511.

Society: Culture House Sun, Church on Sundays. Wed, North Bay Blues Revue. Thurs, Casa Rasta. First Friday of every month, Neon with DJ Paul Timbermann & guests. 528 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. No phone.

Sonoma State University Dec 9, Kinsey Sicks “Oy Vey in a Manger”. 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2880.

Sprenger’s Tap Room Dec 7, Terry Savastano. 446 B St, Santa ) Rosa. 707.544.8277.


Cumulus Presents & Sebastopol Community Cultural Center

Upcoming Concerts Sebastopol Celtic Festival favorites, the magic of fiddle and cello masters…

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

Saturday, December 7, 8:00 pm

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The one, the only, Mister…

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David Lindley

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First time back since ‘09, from Mali…

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Stark Wine Dec 8, Mark Levine Quartet. 439 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg. 707.431.8023.

Toad in the Hole Pub Dec 7, Elephant. Mon, open mic with Phil the Security Guard. Second Sunday of every month, Ian Scherrer. 116 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.544.8623.

United Church of Cloverdale Dec 6, Sonoma County Chamber Singers. 439 N Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale.

MARIN COUNTY 142 Throckmorton Theatre Dec 5, Buffy Ford Stewart. Dec 6, Deborah Winters & the Peter Welker All-Star Band. Dec 6, Rita Coolidge. Dec 8, Left Coast String Bands. Dec 11, Suzanne Ciani & Paul McCandless. Mon, Open Mic with Derek Smith. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Fenix Dec 6, Gypsy Soul. Wed, Blues Night. 919 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.813.5600.

Sweetwater Music Hall

Dec 6, Thrust. Dec 7, Swoop Unit. Dec 11, Sticky’s Backyard. Mon, acoustic open mic. Tues, John Varn & Tom Odetto. First Wednesday of every month, the Weissmen. Second Sunday of every month, Sexy Sunday: Women Rockers. First Thursday of every month, Burnsy’s Sugar Shack. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.

Dec 4, Crystal Bowersox, Seth Glier. Dec 6, Two Gallants. Dec 7, Blame Sally. Dec 8, Will Hoge, Red Wanting Blue. Dec 9, Jay Farrar. Mon, Open Mic. Every other Wednesday, Wednesday Night Live. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

Rancho Nicasio Dec 6, Jesse Brewster. Dec 7, Johnny Allair & Pete Lind. Dec 8, Tiny Television. Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

Sausalito Seahorse Dec 5, Thea Rose. Dec 6, Buffalo Wedding. Dec 7, James Moseley Band. Dec 8, Rumbache. Sun, salsa class. Tues, Jazz with Noel Jewkes and friends. Wed, Tango with Marcello & Seth. First Wednesday of every month, Tangonero. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito.

Sleeping Lady Dec 6-7, Danny Click & the Hell Yeahs!. Sat, Uke Jam. Sun, 2pm, Irish music. Mon, 8pm, open mic with Simon Costa. Second Wednesday of every month, Finger-Style Guitar Showcase. 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.485.1182.

NAPA COUNTY Lincoln Theater Dec 6, Christmas with the Crawfords. Dec 8, Voena. Dec 11, Air Force Band of the Golden West. 100 California Dr, Yountville. 707.226.8742.

Napa Valley Opera House Dec 5, Rockapella. Dec 7, Pink Martini. Second Tuesday of every month, Cafe Theatre Comedy Series. 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.


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Silo’s Dec 7, Peppino D’Agostino. Dec 8, Mike Greensill Quartet. Wed, 7pm, jam session. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

Uptown Theatre Dec 7, Merle Haggard. Dec 11, Groundation, Midnight Sun Massive. 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

George’s Nightclub Wed, Salsa & Bachata. Dec 6, the Overcommitments. Thurs and Fri, DJ Rick Vegaz. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

Hopmonk Novato Dec 5, Bedrock Radio. Dec 6, Shed Sessions. Dec 7, Johnny Vegas & the High Rollers. Wed, Open Mic. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200.

Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts Dec 7, the House Jacks. Osher Marin JCC, 200 No San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.

19 Broadway Club Dec 4, Kugelplex. Dec 5, Johnny Richter, Sozay. Dec 8, Tom Bowers Blues Band. Mon, 9pm, open mic. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

Panama Hotel Restaurant Dec 4, Joan Getz Quartet. Dec 5, C-JAM. Dec 8, Rusty Spring Express. Dec 10, James Mosley Quartet. Dec 11, Harley White Sr. 4 Bayview St, San Rafael. 415.457.3993.

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Giulia Valle Watch out, Esperanza Spalding—this Barcelona-based female jazz bassist is on the rise. Dec 6 at SFJAZZ Center.

Dwight Yoakam Tucked under that hat are some fine movie roles and 30 times as many good songs. Dec 7 at the Warfield.

Pomplamoose Webster’s definition of “Internet whimsy” brings uber-twee covers in small show. Dec 7 at Swedish American Music Hall.

Mike Stern & Randy Brecker Readers of “Guitar Player” magazine pull at their goatees while musicians noodle. Dec 7-8 at Yoshi’s SF.

Dismemberment Plan Beware the reunion album, but “Emergency & I” should still bring out the diehards. Dec 10 at the Fillmore.

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Arts Events DICKENS Holiday Crafts Fair The 39th annual

jewelry glass art ceramics wreaths fine art wood work and much more December 7, 9am - 5pm December 8, 10am - 4pm Finley Community Center 2060 West College Ave.

Over 70 artists selling handcrafted goods including 20+ new vendors this year! Live entertainment, prizes & food for purchase Ride â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rosie the Trolleyâ&#x20AC;? for FREE to the Luther Burbank Home & Garden Open House

Galleries RECEPTIONS Dec 4 Graton Gallery, â&#x20AC;&#x153;SunDrenched Solitude,â&#x20AC;? watercolors by Sally Baker. 2pm. 9048 Graton Rd, Graton. 707.829.8912.

Dec 6 RiskPress Gallery, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Assemble: Collective Soul,â&#x20AC;? artists who create poetry from the commonplace. 4pm. 7345 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol.

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Gallery Route One, â&#x20AC;&#x153;MixUp,â&#x20AC;? paintings by Will Thoms. 3pm. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1347.

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SONOMA COUNTY Calabi Gallery Through Dec 31, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gallery Group Show.â&#x20AC;? 144 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. Wed-Sun, 11 to 5. 707.781.7070. Persimmon Pudding by Carolyn Lord

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Charles M Schulz Museum Through Feb 3, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Play Things: Toys in Peanuts,â&#x20AC;? a nostalgic journey through popular toys in the Peanuts comic strip. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. Mon-Fri, noon to 5; Sat-Sun, 10 to 5. 707.579.4452.

Finley Community Center Through Dec 19, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Drawing Towards Design,â&#x20AC;? works by architect Obie G Bowman. Through Dec 19, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Student Show,â&#x20AC;? art by SRJC students. 2060 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. Mon-Fri, 8 to 7; Sat, 9 to 1 707.543.3737.

Gallery One Through Dec 31, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Red It Is,â&#x20AC;? Christmas exhibit. 209 Western Ave, Petaluma. 707.778.8277.


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Graton Gallery Dec 4-Jan 4, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sun-Drenched Solitude,â&#x20AC;? watercolors by Sally Baker. 9048 Graton Rd, Graton. Tues-Sun, 10:30 to 6. 707.829.8912.

Healdsburg Center for the Arts

Through Dec 31, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art for the Holidays,â&#x20AC;? works by 25 artists for sale. 130 Plaza St, Healdsburg. Daily, 11 to 6. 707.431.1970.

History Center Through Feb 6, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sculpture Trail,â&#x20AC;? outdoor exhibit with sculptures along Cloverdale Boulevard and Geyserville Avenue changing every nine months. 215 N Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale.

Occidental Center for the Arts Through Jan 5, â&#x20AC;&#x153;OCA Paintings,â&#x20AC;? works by Adam Wolpert, Tony King, Jack Stuppin and Bill Wheeler. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.874.9392.

Redwood Cafe Through Jan 14, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tracing History in Her Art,â&#x20AC;? work by Pat Morgenthaler. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.

RiskPress Gallery Dec 6-29, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Assemble: Collective Soul,â&#x20AC;? artists who create poetry from the commonplace. Reception, Dec 6, 4pm. 7345 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol. No phone.

Riverfront Art Gallery Through Jan 5, â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Work,â&#x20AC;? photography by Lance Kuehne. Through Jan 5, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Water, Water Everywhere,â&#x20AC;? photography by Gus and Sharon Feissel. 132 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. Wed, Thurs and Sun, 11 to 6. Fri-Sat, 11 to 8. 707.775.4ART.

Sebastopol Gallery Through Jan 4, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beneath the Surface,â&#x20AC;? art by Bert Kaplan and Rebeca Trevino. Reception, Dec 7, 5pm. 150 N Main St, Sebastopol. Open daily, 11 to 6. 707.829.7200.

Sonoma County Museum Through Jan 12, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Photography in Mexico,â&#x20AC;? from the collection of the SF MOMA. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. Tues-Sun, 11 to 4. 707.579.1500.

University Art Gallery Through Dec 15, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mark Perlman: A 25 Year Survey,â&#x20AC;? pieces by retiring SSU art professor. Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. Tues-Fri,

11 to 4; Sat-Sun, noon to 4. 707.664.2295.

MARIN COUNTY Bolinas Museum Through Dec 29, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Annual Mini Show,â&#x20AC;? featuring a little something different. Through Dec 29, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inspired by Process,â&#x20AC;? works by coastal Marin printmakers. Through Dec 29, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mordançage,â&#x20AC;? photography by Elizabeth Opalenik. 48 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. Fri, 1 to 5; Sat-Sun, noon to 5; and by appointment. 415.868.0330.

Gallery Route One Dec 6-Jan 12, â&#x20AC;&#x153;MixUp,â&#x20AC;? paintings by Will Thoms. Salon, Jan 12, 4pm. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. Wed-Mon, 11 to 5. 415.663.1347.

Marin Community Foundation Through Jan 24, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Transmissions,â&#x20AC;? work by 30 artists from around the country. 5 Hamilton Landing, Ste 200, Novato. Open Mon-Fri, 9 to 5.

Marin Society of Artists Through Dec 14, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winter Holidays & Gifts,â&#x20AC;? small works and handcrafted items. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. MonThurs, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, 12 to 4. 415.454.9561.

NAPA COUNTY di Rosa Through Dec 31, largest collection of contemporary Bay Area art. Tours daily. Through Feb 2, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beatnik Meteors,â&#x20AC;? collaborative sculptures by regional artists. 5200 Sonoma Hwy, Napa. Wed-Sun, 10am to 6pm 707.226.5991.

Downtown Napa Through Jan 1, 2015, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Metamorphosis,â&#x20AC;? outdoor sculpture exhibit with selfguided tour. Main and Third streets, Napa.

Napa Valley Museum Dec 7-29, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wonderful World of Lego,â&#x20AC;? models, MOCs and Lego art of all kinds. Kids (age 5-7) workshop, Dec 11, $20. Kids (age 8-12) workshop, Dec 18, $20. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. Tues-Sun, 10am to 4pm. 707.944.0500.

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Over 70 booths with handcrafted items. Dec 7-8. $2. Finley Community Center, 2060 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3737.


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Latkes and libations rule the day in this eighth annual event. Dec 8, 12pm. $50. Judd’s Hill Winery, 2332 Silverado Trail, Napa. 707.255.2332.

From I Do to I Still Do

Holiday Arts & Crafts Sale Featuring a performance by the Everyone Heart Warming Choir and more. Dec 7, 6pm. Free. Becoming Independent ArtWorks Gallery, 1455 Corporate Center Pkwy, Santa Rosa. 707.524.6634.

Holiday Craft Faire

DAY IN NOVEMBER Former Secret Service agent for JFK Clinton Hill appears Dec. 6 at Book Passage. See Readings, p37.

Ceramic arts and gifts for the season. Dec 7, 10am. Free. Liberty Elementary School, 170 Liberty School Rd, Petaluma. 707.795.4380.

Holiday Crafts Faire Over 35 artists with wares for sale in this 28th annual event. Dec 7-8. Free. Occidental Community Center, 3920 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental.


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Dec 6, 7pm, Posada Navideña, folk culture of Mexico and its unique customs and traditions. $5-$10. 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa 707.546.3600.

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Holiday Extravaganza

Former host of “Lopez Tonight” and star of “The George Lopez Show.” Dec 7, 8pm. $56-$70. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Dance Green Music Center Dec 6, 12pm, Soundscape Project, dance choreographed to natural field recordings and original music. Free. 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.

Marin Center Showcase Theatre Dec 7, 7pm, Holiday Spectacular, presented by Performing Arts Academy of Marin. $14-$18. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael 415.499.6800.

Wells Fargo Center

Art by the Inch Buy a selection of a 100-foot mural and enjoy wine and music by the Great Tortilla Conspiracy. Dec 7, 5pm. Free. Marin MOCA, Novato Arts Center, Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Dr, Novato. 415.506.0137.

Art Sale Party and art sale includes food, wine and music. Dec 6, 5pm. $25. Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, 551 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.939.SVMA.

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Buddy Club Children’s Show

Presented by Stapleton Ballet Dec 7-8, 1and 5pm. $20-$32. Marin Center’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael 415.499.6800.

Juggling genius Daniel DaVinci. Dec 8, 12:30pm. $8. Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts, Osher Marin JCC, 200 No San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.

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Christmas Market

Presented by Santa Rosa Dance Theater. Dec 6-8. Times vary. $20-$25. Spreckels Performing Arts Center,

Over 25 local artists. Dec 7, 10am. Free. Faith Lutheran Church, 19355 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. 707.996.7365.

Locally made crafts and gifts for sale. Dec 7-8, 10am. Free. Dance Palace, Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.

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Pictures with Santa, refreshments, shopping and more. Dec 7, parade of lights, 7pm. Dec 5-7. Free. Downtown Guerneville, Main Street, Guerneville.


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Tour four Santa Rosa homes on the self-driven tour, then shop at the artisan market. Dec 7, 11am. $45. Hilton Sonoma Wine Country, 3555 Round Barn Blvd, Santa Rosa.

Holiday Open House Decorated for the holidays and ready for shoppers. Dec 7-8, 10am. $2. Luther Burbank Home & Gardens, Santa Rosa Avenue at Sonoma Avenue, Santa Rosa. 707.524.5445.

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Exhibit Hall, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

Lighting of the Snowmen Music, dancing, beer and movies mark the eighth annual celebration. Dec 8, 3pm. Free. Cornerstone Sonoma, 23570 Arnold Dr, Sonoma. 707.933.3010.

Miracle on 8th Street Fundraiser for Pets Lifeline includes performances by Stephan Stubbins and Brooke Tansley and a pet fashion show. Dec 8. $125. Lodge at Sonoma, 1325 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.6600.

Repeal Day Party Enjoy cocktails and food in this 1930s-themed fundraiser for the museum. Dec 6, 7pm. $45. Napa Valley Museum, 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. 707.944.0500.

Tree of Remembrance & Candle Lighting Message of hope and remembrance service. Dec 10, 6pm. Free. Eggen & Lance Chapel, 1540 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.545.3747.

Winter Open Studios See artists’ work and more. Dec 7-8, 11am. The ICB Art Studios, 480 Gate Five Road, Sausalito. 415.332.0730.

Zen Fest Handcrafted holiday gifts for sale. Dec 8, 9am. Free. Sebastopol Masonic Lodge, 373 N Main St, Sebastopol.

Film American Jerusalem Documentary about the pioneer Jews of San Francisco. Q&A with producer. Dec 4, 7:30pm. $12-$17. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Hollywood Home Movies Movies from private collections of Hollywood stars. Hosted by Randy Haberkamp and Lynne Kirste of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Dec 11, 7pm. $12. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.1222.

Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago Documentary about Spain’s ancient Camino de Santiago

Conan the Orator Spoken-word with former ‘Talk of the Nation’ host As a fixture at NPR for over 30 years, Neal Conan hosted the syndicated call-in news talk show Talk of the Nation for the last 11 of the show’s 21 years—and then, much to longtime listeners’ disappointment, NPR canceled it early this year. Conan comes to town this week, using his on-air talents to deliver spoken-word pieces with Ensemble Galilei, a Celtic and early music group from the East Coast. The group will play on early instruments while Conan’s spoken word paints details over the rich Irish, Scottish and original music on Friday, Dec. 6, at the Glaser Center. 547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 7:30pm. $20. 707.568.5381. —Nicolas Grizzle

trail. Filmmakers in attendance. Dec 6. Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley St, Sebastopol. 707.525.4840.

Food & Drink Slow by Design Dinner and presentation on the Slow Food movement. Dec 10, 6:30pm. $25. Headlands Center for the Arts, Bldg 944, Fort Barry, Sausalito. 415.331.2787.

¡Viva la Raza with Pancho y Gordito! Pop up dinner with Gordon Drysdale. Dec 6, 7pm. $75. Cibo, 1201 Bridgeway, Sausalito.

Lectures The Atomic Man Donald Hanahan, one of the scientists that knew about the atomic bomb’s development, talks about his life. Dec 7, 1pm. Free. Springfield Place, 101 Ely Blvd S, Petaluma.

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Holiday Wreath Making Make a wreath with natural materials. Dec 7, 10am. $25$35. Sonoma Garden Park, 19990 Seventh St E, Sonoma.

The Holy Universe David Ergo talks about uniting science and spirit. Dec 6, 7:30pm. Donation. Songbird Community Healing Center, 8297 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.2398.

Lisa Brackmann Author talks about techniques for writing crime fiction. Dec 8, 3pm. $8. Flamingo Lounge, 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

Saving America’s Bald Eagle Bald eagles are again nesting locally thanks to restoration efforts. Dec 5, 7pm. $5. Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 126 First St W, Sonoma.

Shadows, Fire, Snow Patricia Albers talks about the life of Italian photographer Tina Modotti. Dec 5, 7pm. $7. Sonoma County Museum, 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.579.1500.

Wild About Mushrooms George Riner and Amy BeberVanzo from the Sonoma County Mycological Association explore the moldy world of fungi. Dec 7, 9am. $25. Bohemia Ecological Preserve, 8759 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental.

Woodblock Printing Holiday Cards Workshop led by artist Joan Hoffmann. Dec 6, 9am. $45. Laguna de Santa Rosa Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.527.9277.

Readings Book Passage Dec 5, 7pm, “Reduced to Joy” with Mark Nepo. Dec 6, 1pm, “Rick Steves’ Iran” with Rick Steves. $12. Dec 6, 6:30pm, “Inheritance” with Malinda Lo. Dec 6, 7pm, “Five Days in November” with Clint Hill &

Fountaingrove Inn Dec 6, 6pm, “The Gods of Guilt” with Michael Connelly, Includes dinner and book. $65. 707578-8938. 101 Fountaingrove Pkwy, Santa Rosa.

Gaia’s Garden Dec 5, 6pm, “Singing Us Home” with Rhea Schnurman. 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa 707.544.2491.

A Christmas Story Will Ralphie Parker get his cherished Red Ryder BB gun? Will he then shoot his eye out? What is Little Orphan Annie’s secret message? Thurs-Sat, 8pm. through Dec 22. $15$32. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

Harvey Elwood P Dowd claims his best friend is an invisible, six-foottall white rabbit named Harvey. Times vary. Thurs-Sun through Dec 15. $13-$26. Barn Theatre, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 415.456.9555.

The Importance of Being Earnest Oscar Wilde’s well-mannered 19th-century farce. Fri-Sat, 8pm and Sat-Sun, 2pm. through Dec 15. $10. Studio Theatre, College of Marin, 835 College Ave, Kentfield.

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David Yen’s take on David Sedaris’ story of a Santaland elf with keen observational skills. Times vary. Thurs-Sat through Dec 15. $15-$25. Main Stage West, 104 N Main St, Sebastopol.


Angelina Ballerina the Musical Based on the animated series, presented by Vital Theatre Company. Dec 4, 6:30pm. $16$21. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Classic musical Christmas tale of a heart of coal turned to gold, with music by Leslie Bricusse. Times vary. ThursSun through Dec 22. $22-$26. Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. 707.588.3400.

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A woman befriends a homeless man and his kitten in this comic-drama. Times vary. Fri-Sun through Dec 22. $15. Pegasus Theater Company, Rio Nido Lodge, Canyon Two Rd, Rio Nido.

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ARIES (March 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;April 19) Sometimes I think too fast and too much. My logic gets sterile. My ideas become jagged and tangled. When this happens, I head off to Turtle Back Hill for a hike through the saltwater marsh. The trail loops around on itself, and I arrive back where I started in about 15 minutes. Sometimes I keep walking, circumambulating four or ďŹ ve times. Going in circles like this seems to help me knit together my fragmented thoughts. Often, by the time Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m ďŹ nished, my mind feels uniďŹ ed. I recommend you ďŹ nd your own version of this ritual, Aries. From what I can tell, you need to get rounder and softer. TAURUS (April 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;May 20)

In the mid-19th century, French art was dominated by the governmentsponsored Salon, whose conservative policies thwarted upcoming new trends like impressionism. One antiauthoritarian painter who rebelled was Camille Pissarro. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What is the best way to further the evolution of French art?â&#x20AC;? he was asked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Burn down the Louvre,â&#x20AC;? he replied. The Louvre, as you may know, was and still is a major art museum in Paris. Judging from your current astrological omens, I surmise that you might want to make a symbolic statement equivalent to Pissarroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time for you to graduate from traditions that no longer feed you so you can freely seek out new teachers and inďŹ&#x201A;uences.

GEMINI (May 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;June 20) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lead us not into temptation, and deliver us from evil,â&#x20AC;? is a request that Christians make of God when they say the Lordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Prayer. If we deďŹ ne â&#x20AC;&#x153;temptationâ&#x20AC;? as an attraction to things that feel good even though theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re bad for you, this part of the prayer is perfectly reasonable. But what if â&#x20AC;&#x153;temptationâ&#x20AC;? is given a different interpretation? What if it means an attraction to something that feels pleasurable and will ultimately be healthy for you even though it initially causes disruptions? I suggest you consider experimenting with this alternative deďŹ nition, Gemini. For now, whatever leads you into temptation could possibly deliver you from evil. CANCER (June 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;July 22)

â&#x20AC;&#x153;You get tragedy where the tree, instead of bending, breaks,â&#x20AC;? said the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. But you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to worry about that outcome, Cancerian. The storm might howl and surge, but it will ultimately pass. And although your tree may bend pretty far, it will not break. Two weeks from now, you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be mourning your losses, but rather celebrating your ďŹ&#x201A;exibility and resilience. Congratulations in advance!

LEO (July 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;August 22) Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a perfect time to start reclaiming some of the superpowers you had when you were a child. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that you say? You didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any superpowers? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not true. Before you entered adolescence, you could see things and know things and feel things that were off-limits, even unknown, to most adults. You possessed a capacity to love the world with wild purity. Your innocence allowed you to be in close touch with the intelligence of animals and the spirits of the ancestors. Nature was so vividly alive to you that you could hear its songs. Smells were more intense. The dreams you had at night were exciting and consoling. Your ability to read peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s real energyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and not be fooled by their social masksâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;was strong. Remember? VIRGO (August 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;September 22) Not all darkness is bad. You know that. Sometimes you need to escape from the bright lights. It can be restorative to sit quietly in the pitch blackness and drink in the mystery of the Great Unknown. The same is true for silence and stillness and aloneness. Now and then youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to retreat into their protective sanctuary. Dreaming big empty thoughts in the tranquil depths can heal you and recharge you. The magic moment has arrived for this kind of rejuvenation, Virgo. LIBRA (September 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;October 22)

In the movie Clueless, the character played by Alicia Silverstone describes someone as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;full-on Monet.â&#x20AC;? What she means is that the person in question is like a painting by the French impressionist artist Claude Monet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From far away, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OK,â&#x20AC;? says Silverstone. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But up close, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a

big old mess.â&#x20AC;? You may still be at the far-away point in your evaluation of a certain situation in your own life, Libra. It appears interesting, even attractive, from a distance. When you draw nearer, though, you may ďŹ nd problems. That doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily mean you should abandon it altogether. Maybe you can ďŹ x the mess so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as engaging up-close as it is from far away.

SCORPIO (October 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;November 21) Your power animal for the coming months is the Bateleur eagle of Africa. In the course of searching for its meals, it covers about 250 square miles every day. It thinks big. It has a spacious scope. I hope you get inspired by its example, Scorpio. In 2014, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love to see you enlarge the territory where you go hunting for what you want. Fate will respond favorably if you expand your ideas about how to gather the best allies and resources. As for this week, I suggest you get very speciďŹ c as you identify the goals you will pursue in the coming months by exploring farther and wider.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;December 21) The standard dictionary says that â&#x20AC;&#x153;righteousâ&#x20AC;? is a word that means virtuous and highly moral. The slang dictionary says that â&#x20AC;&#x153;righteousâ&#x20AC;? describes someone or something thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s absolutely genuine and wonderful. suggests that â&#x20AC;&#x153;righteousâ&#x20AC;? refers to the ultimate version of any type of experience, especially â&#x20AC;&#x153;sins of pleasureâ&#x20AC;? like lust and greed. According to my analysis, the coming week will be jampacked with righteousness for you. Which of the three deďŹ nitions will predominate? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible you will embody and attract all three types.

CAPRICORN (December 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;January 19) In the dreams youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re having at night, Capricorn, I bet youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re traveling through remote landscapes in all kinds of weather. Maybe youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re recreating the voyage of the Polynesian sailors who crossed hundreds of miles of PaciďŹ c Ocean to ďŹ nd Hawaii 1,500 years ago. Or maybe youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hiking through the Darkhad Valley, where the Mongolian steppe meets Siberiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vast forests. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re visiting places where your ancestors lived or youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re migrating to the ďŹ rst human settlement on Mars in the 22nd century. What do dreams like this mean? I think youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to blow your own mind. Your deep self and your higher wisdom are conspiring to ďŹ&#x201A;ood you with new ways of seeing reality. AQUARIUS (January 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;February 18)

It wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be too extreme for you to kiss the ground that has been walked on by people you care about deeply. And it wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be too crazy to give your special allies the best gifts ever or compose love letters to them or demonstrate in dramatic fashion how amazed you are by the beautiful truths about who they really are. This is a unique moment in your cycle, Aquariusâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a time when it is crucial for you to express gratitude, devotion and even reverence for those who have helped you see what it means to be fully alive.

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

In a letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway described his vision of paradise. It would have a trout stream that no one but him was permitted to ďŹ sh in. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d own two houses, one for his wife and children and one for his nine beautiful mistresses. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be a church where he could regularly confess his sins, and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have great seats at an arena where bull ďŹ ghts took place. From my perspective, this is a pretty vulgar version of paradise, but who am I to judge? I suggest you draw inspiration from Hemingway as you come up with your own earthy, gritty, funky fantasy of paradise. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an excellent time for you to get down to earth about your high ideals and dreamy hopes.

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