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n anticipation of the Affordable Care Act, hospitals and insurance companies nationwide have begun to cut back services. In California, Kaiser nurses recently reported that “over the last year, Kaiser has been making it harder for patients to be admitted for hospital care when sick or injured, and is sending patients home when they should still be under hospital care” (National Nurses United, Oct. 2013).

Another key local example is Sutter’s new Santa Rosa hospital, which will have reduced inpatient capacity from its current level. Now we learn that our hospital, Palm Drive, is following suit by reducing the number of beds from 37 to 14 (Press Democrat, Nov. 24). As West County nurses, we wish to express concern over these decisions and ask you to question what a hospital is for? Considering our growing population with its aging demographics, it is vital to reflect on the effects of hospital restructuring. Healthcare experts and hospital officials alike cite many factors in this “national trend”: further drops in Medicare and insurer reimbursements, declining inpatient admissions with increasing outpatient services, and “competition.” They also acknowledge “uncertainty” surrounding Obamacare, so it appears restructuring plans are evolving around unknowns. We question whether the restructuring may be precipitous and how it may impact patient safety. With beds and services reduced, where will we bed the acutely ill? Will decisions in hospital stays be guided by sound clinical judgment over profit? What care can properly be managed in outpatient settings? If beds are prescheduled for surgical patients, what criteria will be used for admissions in remaining beds? Who or what will determine who gets admitted vs. transported, possibly great distances? What exactly do insurers mean when they speak of “more choices” and what do hospitals mean when proclaiming “excellent patient care”? Hoping to raise awareness and promote discourse, we encourage all to ask these same questions. Our choice to work at Palm Drive is driven by our commitment to community, and as community nurses, we are first and foremost patient advocates. We believe equal access to health care is the right of every individual. Debra Hurst, John Finnigan and Andrea Baker are RNs at Palm Drive Hospital in Sebastopol. Open Mic is a weekly op/ed feature in the Bohemian. To have your topical essay of 350 words considered for print, write

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Sujey Lopez’ letter is the most poignant expression of grief that I have seen in print in a very long time (“My Son’s Ashes,” Dec. 4). No matter how you feel about what happened to Andy Lopez, this mother’s words of heartbreak are raw and uncensored. It reminds us of the magnitude of the tragic sense of life. It makes it impossible to shy away from a mother’s rage against the horrifying injustice of the world. Her words implore us to feel the depth of the inexplicable loss, instead of numbing out like we are so often encouraged to do in this culture. Ultimately, her loss is ours, and our ability to understand one another’s hearts may just bring us more compassion and love this holiday. Bless you, Sujey Lopez and family.

them sounds admirable, but it looks like Goodwill’s CEO is getting rich off the labors of the very people Goodwill claims to be helping—most of whom are part-time workers paid $8.50 to $9.50 an hour. How is that different from what forprofit businesses like McDonalds and Walmart do?

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Editor’s note: Goodwill’s CEO is none other than Mark Ihde, who as a former Sonoma County sheriff is also drawing a $69,084 annual pension on top of his current salary.


Exorbitant Salary Your readers might be interested to know that according to their most recent tax return, Goodwill Industries of the Redwood Empire paid its CEO $273,000 in fiscal year 2011–2012. This seems like an exorbitant sum of money for a supposed nonprofit organization to be paying. By comparison, Redwood Empire Food Bank paid its CEO only $137,000—half what Goodwill paid. Worse yet, the Food Bank’s 2011-2012 revenue was twice as much as Goodwill’s—$28 million vs. $15 million. So Goodwill’s CEO made twice as much money for bringing in half as much revenue. Also interesting is that Goodwill’s CEO made only $172,000 in 2010–2011. Why the $100,000 per year pay raise? Goodwill’s mission of providing training and jobs to those who need

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s a “cannabis farmer”—those are his words— and flamboyant marijuana showman, Tim Blake walks a fine line. For the last nine years, between his tending and harvesting of bountiful crops, he’s produced the Emerald Cup, a dog and pony show for Mendocino County’s pot

growers. Now, he’s bringing the Cup from the backwoods to the big city. The Emerald Cup runs Dec. 14–15 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Part cannabis circus, part downhome county fair and part tribal gathering for an industry on the cusp of respectability that still clings to its outlaw trappings, the Cup will bring growers and

fans from around the country for the longest running marijuana competition in the state. Blake and his cohorts aim to give cannabis a near total makeover, even as they’re keen to hold on to venerable pot traditions such as passing a joint and getting stoned. “That’s a God-given right,” Blake tells me from his home in Laytonville. “Now we’ve got to clean up the industry, get rid of polluters and criminals, ) 10


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Other speakers include Dr. Donald Abrams, who has demonstrated the beneďŹ ts of cannabis for cancer patients; Steve de Angelo, owner of Harborside Health Center in Oakland, the biggest pot dispensary in the world; and Dennis Peron, the pot activist who drafted Proposition 215, which ushered in medical marijuana in 1996. Still, the event’s biggest draw has to be the bands: Jefferson Starship, Big Brother and the Holding Company and Canned Heat. For more contemporary sounds, there’s Rebelution, with its mix of rock and reggae, and J Boog, the R&B singer and rapper from Compton.

‘We’re moving away from the maledominated outlaw thing.’ What’s also electrifying about this year’s Emerald Cup aren’t the old-school guys, but the newschool women: reporter Kym Kemp, lawyer Kyndra Miller and Diane Goldstein, a former California police officer who belongs to the pro-legalization organization Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. “At the Cup, we’re moving away from the male-dominated outlaw thing,� Samantha Mikelojewski tells me. “We’re giving a new face to cannabis and illustrating the contributions of women in all aspects of the industry.� John Hurley, manager of the Mighty Quinn, thinks this year’s Emerald Cup marks a milestone for growers, patients and for Santa Rosa, too, as a city with a long marijuana history and very little marijuana transparency. “I’m amazed we haven’t had anything like this before in Sonoma County,� Hurley says from his

sanctuary at the back of the store. “We live in the most liberal area in the most liberal state in the United States, and yet people are still afraid to come out. Paranoia’s a tough habit to break.â€? Born in San Rafael in the 1950s, Hurley smoked his ďŹ rst joint in 1968. He’s watched the marijuana scene morph, as growers have moved from outdoors to indoors and from sunlight to artiďŹ cial light. “Concentrates are the new revolution,â€? he says. “They allow you to take a bulky product and shrink it down, which makes it easier to transport and more convenient for patients to calibrate precise dosage.â€? Hurley and the Mighty Quinn, a major sponsor of the Cup, won’t be hawking concentrates or buds, but they’ll sell pipes, papers and all the paraphernalia. Ellen Komp, deputy director of California NORML, the grandmother of anti-potprohibition organizations, keeps records of famous women who smoke now or who smoked cannabis in the past: Lady Gaga, Anna Hathaway and Lila Leeds, the actress busted with Robert Mitchum in 1948 when she was 20 and whose career went up in smoke. “Women are coming out of the closet, and that takes courage,â€? Komp tells me. “If you’re a mother and you’re arrested for cannabis, you can have your children taken away. But women are beginning to say, ‘I’m a better parent when I smoke pot.’â€? She’ll be at the Cup advocating legalization. Born in Pennsylvania, Komp smoked for the ďŹ rst time in 1976. She’s only recently come out of the closet. “For years, I was advised not to say anything, and I didn’t,â€? she explains. “Then I began to say that I had used it in the past. Now, I’m really out of the closet. I smoke pot medicinally, spiritually and recreationally, and I’m not ashamed.â€? The Emerald Cup runs Saturday– Sunday, Dec. 14–15, at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. Saturday, 11am–midnight; Sunday, 11am–8:30pm. $45–$50 per day; $80–$90 for the weekend. 707.984.9174.

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Osake Sushi Bar & Grill Japanese. $$$. Gourmet sushi, exotic seasoned seaweed salad, robata grill specialties and premium sakes. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 2446 Patio Ct, Santa Rosa. 707.542.8282.

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Indian. $-$$. Coastal gem offers a great view of the Sonoma Coast. Come for happy hour and stay through dinner. 9960 Hwy 1, Jenner. 707.865.0625.

Thai Orchid Thai. $-$$. Rich Thai food made with crisp, fresh ingredients, reasonably priced. Lunch, Mon-Sat; dinner daily. 1005 Vine St, Healdsburg. 707.433.0515.

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

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

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

Willi’s Wine Bar Small plates/wine bar. $$$. Bistro dishes and extensive wine list. A terrific place to dine before a show at the Wells Fargo Center. Lunch, Tues-Sat; dinner daily. 4404 Old Redwood Hwy, Santa Rosa. 707.526.3096.

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

MARIN CO U N T Y Arigatou Japanese Food to Go Japanese. $. Cheap, delicious and ready to go. Lunch and dinner daily. Miracle

Mile Plaza, 2046 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.453.8990.

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

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

Cafe Reyes Pizza. $$. At the end of the main drag in West Marin’s quintessential small town sits a wood-fired oven serving piping pizzas of perfection. Beer and oysters can be had as well. Lunch and dinner, Wed–Sun. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.9493. Casa Mañana Mexican. $. Big burritos a stone’s throw from the perfect picnic spot: Perri Park. The horchata is divine. Lunch and dinner daily. 85 Bolinas Rd, Fairfax. 415.454.2384.

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. $$-$$$. 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.

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M&G’s Burgers & Beverages American. $. 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.

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

Mountain Home Inn 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.

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.

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

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

N A PA CO U N T Y Ad Hoc American. $$-$$$. Thomas Keller’s quintessential neighborhood restaurant. Prix fixe dinner changes daily. Actually takes reservations. 6476 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.2487. Angèle Restaurant & Bar French. $$$. Thoroughly French, but not aggressively so. Lunch and dinner daily. 540 Main St, Napa. 707.252.8115.

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

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

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

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American. $$-$$$. Classic American fare that stays up on current mainstays 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.


$$-$$$$. 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.

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

Gillwoods Cafe Diner. $-$$. Classic hometown diner, specializes in the homemade. Breakfast and lunch daily. 1313 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.1788. Gott’s Roadside Tray Gourmet Diner. $-$$. 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.

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 Buena Vista “Our future is our past” is the motto at this historic, remodeled and reinvigorated winery, founded 1857. Watch for character actors, taste Buena Vista Vinicultural Society favorites Zinfandel, sparkling wine and cream sherry—and look out for the crocodile. 18000 Old Winery Road, Sonoma. Daily, 10am–5pm. Tasting fee $10, Saturday tour $20. 800.926.1266.

Deerfield Ranch Winery (WC) The finest wine caves this side of the highway. Twenty-thousand-square-foot underground lair is perfect for keeping wine and wine tasters cool on a summer’s day. Watch for giraffes. 10200 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood. Daily 10:30am–4:30pm. Tasting fee $10-$15. 707.833.2270.

Gary Farrell The namesake is gone but the quality remains. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. 10701 Westside Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 11am–4pm. 707.473.2900.

Geyser Peak Winery In the 1990s, the facility was in thrall to Australian overlords the Penfolds, who brought in winemakers Daryl Groom and Mick Shroeter. When their Shiraz won top awards at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair, it was seen as a peak moment in an Aussie invasion. 22281 Chianti Road, Geyserville. Open daily, 10am– 5pm. 800.255.9463

Homewood Homewood offers tasting in a small, somewhat disheveled indoor office or an outdoor deck. Indoors is where the tasty black olive and bread samples are, and the folks are lowpressure and friendly. Free tasting, anything you like. 23120 Burndale Road, Sonoma. Open daily, 10am–4pm. 707.996.6935.

Jordan Vineyard & Winery Fronted by poplars,

wreathed in ivy, robed in privets—à la chateau. Favored by restaurants nationwide, Cab and Chardonnay are served in a sumptuous sitdown tasting with cheese and hors d’oeuvres. How do they peel those little eggs? 1474 Alexander Valley Road, Healdsburg. Tour and tasting, Monday–Saturday, Sundays through October. $20–$30. 800.654.1213.

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International beverage man Sheldon S. “Hack” Wilson built this winery in a Cape Dutch style. Now owned by the Terlato Group, produces distinctive Bordeaux-style wines. 5350 Silverado Trail, Napa. Daily 10am to 5pm. $20–$30. 707.257.2641.

Daily tastings by appointment in a no-nonsense warehouse, and is better known as a celebrated member of the “Pinot posse” by its other moniker, Siduri. 980 Airway Court, Ste. C, Santa Rosa. 707.578.3882.

Portalupi Wine Husbandand-wife team went the distance, selecting Barbera cuttings from the Italian alps: their Barbera was named best in the world. You’ll also find Vermentino, Pinot, and rusticchic two-liter milk jugs of “vino di tavola” in comfortable downtown lounge; wine education classes for groups. 107 North St., Healdsburg. Open daily, 10:30am–7pm. Tasting fee, $5–$12. 707.395.0960.

River Road Vineyards Russian River Pinot for $18 at no-nonsense, solid producer. 5220 Ross Road, Sebastopol. By appointment only, Monday–Friday. 707.887.8130.

Siduri Winery A Pinotheavy slate. 980 Airway Court, Ste. C, Santa Rosa. By appointment. 707.578.3882.

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

stars! Or, a big old horse barn. Here is a Napa winery that’s organic, authentic and makes a wine that pairs great with mammoth. Tasting is conducted on the kitchen table, “the way it used to be.” 2545 Las Amigas Road, Napa. Tour and tasting by appointment, $25. 707.255.4818.

Chimney Rock Winery

Del Dotto Vineyards (WC) Caves lined with Italian marble and ancient tiles, not to mention Venetian chandeliers and mosaic marble floors. They host candle-lit tastings, replete with cheese and chocolate, Friday–Sunday. Opera resonates until 4pm; rock rules after 4pm. 1055 Atlas Peak Road, Napa. By appointment. 707.963.2134.

Fantesca Estate & Winery (WC) Set on land that was the dowry gift when Charles Krug married in 1860, this estate winery specializing in Cab features a wine-aging cave built right into the side of Spring Mountain. 2920 Spring Mountain Road, Napa. By appointment. 707.968.9229.

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

Phifer Pavitt Wines Lots of cowgirl sass but just one wine: “Date Night” Cabernet Sauvignon. Hale bale seating. 4660 Silverado Trail, Calistoga. By appointment. 707.942.4787.

Donelan Family Wines Cult Syrah cellar opens doors, warms up to Pinot BY JAMES KNIGHT


ot at all long after I email about the possibility of an appointment to visit Donelan, I receive a call from Stamford, Conn. Joe Donelan is on the horn, and he talks emphatically for 15 minutes about the project that he has going on in a Santa Rosa warehouse off Coffey Lane. When I meet his winemaker, Joe Nielson, he tells me with deadpan intensity that he’s sharing gospel about the wines they’re making there. After more than a decade in business, it seems like they can’t wait to tell people about it. The story so far: Fans of cult Syrah may recall Pax Wine Cellars, founded in 2000 by East Coast wine collector Joe Donelan and up-and-coming winemaker Pax Mahle. Their high-proof Syrahs received 90-plus scores, but after a litigious parting of ways, in their new ventures the former partners both avow reformation in favor of lower alcohol and cool-climate vineyards. Nielsen has some experience with that, having studied enology and viticulture at Michigan State. He’s got a balanced view on so-called cool-climate Syrah. “It can be savory without being offensive,” he says, adding dryly, “it can be meaty without being roadkill.” Barrel samples are part of the show. A 2012 Bennett Valley Grenache has a promising, pretty aroma of cherry licorice. Block by block, we tour Walker Vine Hill vineyard, going from blueberry s’more to blueberry milkshake. A 2012 Green Valley Viognier has a fine raft of acidity that zips light stone fruit down the tongue, a far cry from some of the syrupy Viognier vandalisms of the past decade. Donelan is also reaching out to consumers by offering Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, candidly describing them as “gateway drugs” to their Syrah. Toasty, sweet cream buttery accents herald the 2012 “Nancie” Chardonnay ($45) and then become shy while the tension between full-malolactic richness and vibrant acidity energizes a palate of none-too-ripe pear under a faint haze of pineapple. Barrel fermented in 20 to 30 percent new French oak, this puts a lot of Chardonnay I’ve been tasting off the supposedly crisper “unoaked” bandwagon to pitiful shame. Savory with olive notes and red cherry and plum fruit, the 12.8 percent alcohol 2010 Kobler Vineyard Green Valley Syrah ($45) may indeed tempt the Pinot drinker Rhôneward, while the dense and tarry 2010 Obsidian Vineyard Knights Valley Syrah ($90) veers from butcher counter to Christmas candle, blood pudding to purple plum, leaving a hint of bay leaf. “Yes, it will be better with time,” says Nielson, “but it also has to be drinkable in its youth.” Not to mention 90-plus scorable. Donelan Family Wines, 3352 Coffey Lane, Santa Rosa. By appointment only, Monday–Saturday. No fee. 707.591.0782.


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into his boisterous, unmistakable laugh nearly a dozen times. And quite frankly, why shouldn’t he be happy? He’s had a show business career that’s spanned more than 50 years, and now Takei has become a royal fixture on social media—with a Facebook page of nearly 5.2 million likes and

a Twitter account of more than 916,000 followers. And while Takei lives to entertain, he’s spent even more of his time and effort fighting for social-justice issues. In his early life, he marched with Dr. Martin Luther King and protested the Vietnam War. In 2005, he came out publicly

as a gay man after spending decades of hiding to preserve his career. Since, he’s led a tireless crusade for marriage equality, marrying the love of his life and partner of more than 25 years, Brad Altman, in 2008. It’s a life he cherishes, but doesn’t take for granted.


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American people. He also became engaged in electoral politics. Shortly after one of his talks with his father, the elder Takei took young George to the Los Angeles headquarters of Adlai Stevenson presidential campaign—“My father was a great admirer of Adlai Stevenson,” says Takei—and signed him up as a volunteer. “Although I supported Stevenson, and he lost,” says Takei. “Then I worked for Jerry Waldie for governor of California, and he lost. Then I supported George Brown for the U.S. Senate, and he lost. So when I was asked by our city councilman Tom Bradley to head up his AsianAmerican committee, I said to him, ‘Are you sure? I have been the curse of loss for so many candidates.’ But finally with Tom Bradley, we won, and he became the first AfricanAmerican mayor for the city of Los Angeles—and the only mayor to serve five terms.” Yet even as Takei tirelessly championed social justice issues while his acting career progressed, he avoided public battles for the very cause that was probably the closest to his heart: LGBT rights and equality. As a young actor working in Hollywood, Takei decided to keep his life as a gay man secret. Today, he matter-of-factly says his decision was “the reality of the times.” “I was deeply involved in the Civil Rights movement,” Takei says. “But when it came to LGBT issues, I was silent throughout the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, because I was pursuing a career as an actor. “In television, you want ratings, in movies, you want box office. And unfortunately at that time, the feeling was you wouldn’t get any of that if you were known as a gay actor. Early in my career, I was a young, no-name actor going up for part after part and getting rejected time and time again because you’re

too tall, too short, too skinny, too fat, too Asian or not Asian enough. To be out as an actor—well, you weren’t really an actor at all because you couldn’t work.” Hiding something so important to his happiness was tough for Takei, who recalls an ever-present fear of being exposed as living a double life. He would be seen in public with female friends at parties and openings one night, while frequenting gay bars the next.


ddly enough, it was another actor who helped him make the decision in 2005 to come out from under that cloak. Both houses of the California Legislature had approved marriage equality legislation, and all it took for ratification was the signature of then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Takei says despite the fact that Schwarzenegger was a Republican, he still expected him to sign the bill. “When he ran, he said he was from Hollywood and he worked with actors who were gays and lesbians—he ‘had friends who were gays and lesbians’—you know, the whole cliché bit,” Takei explains. “And honestly, as a friend, I thought he would sign it. But he was a Republican and his base was the right wing. He vetoed the bill, and we were shattered— disappointed is too mild a word.” When Schwarzenegger refused to sign the bill, people immediately began to protest in the streets against him. Takei and his partner (now husband), Brad, watched the protests unfold on television. “We were raging, too,” he says. “But we were comfortable at home.” Takei and his partner talked it over and decided the time had come for Takei to not only speak out, but speak out “as a gay man.” “We came so close, just one

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signature and this governor vetoed it. If I was going to speak out, then my voice had to be authentic,â&#x20AC;? he recalls. So while he had been out to close friends and family for years, Takei was ďŹ nally out publiclyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and has been a proud, steady voice for marriage equality ever since. Takei doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t dwell on whether or not he should have come out sooner. While he loves his life now, he also loved his life then. But keeping quiet and living a secret life does come with regrets. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love children and I never had children,â&#x20AC;? Takei says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My surrogate children have been my nieces and nephews. My nephew who lives closest to us has children of his own, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s provided us with surrogate grandchildren, and we love them deeply. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But at the airport or traveling, I see the little kiddies and I do wish we could have had those experiences as parents. For example, I never got to get up with them in the middle of the night, and soon my nephew will have the experience of his daughter, who is 14, dating. I do see those experiences romantically, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve lived vicariously through my nephew, and I do envy him those precious times.â&#x20AC;? Despite any regrets, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s obvious to see that George Takei is someone who loves his life as an activist and as an entertainer. He

has managed to reach millions of people from all walks of life through his humorous and topical social media posts. He has also become an extremely effective master of the medium. On a recent morning, for example, Takei shared a photo of a delivery truck with the words: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Driver carries less than $50 cash and is fully naked.â&#x20AC;? Above the photo was Takeiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own commentary: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s some discouragement.â&#x20AC;? Within an hour, the Facebook post received more than 43,500 likes and more than 8,400 shares. On Twitter, it received close to 300 retweets in just 60 minutes. The company who owns the truck would even later post a comment on the post about openings they have for truck drivers. The former Mr. Sulu on Star Trek says heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as surprised by anyone that his online success has caught on like it has, but he thinks he knows why it continues to grow. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really do think the connective glue is humor,â&#x20AC;? says Takei, who appeals to a wide cross-section of fans, even though he may differ from some of them philosophically and politically. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Humor is what binds us all together, regardless of what our politics or phobias are. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We as human beings are all connected by the ludicrousness of life.â&#x20AC;?


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Everyone Loves Willie The last time Willie Nelson was in the Bay Area, he pulled his white van through a huge crowd at Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park, hopped onstage with his beat-up guitar and sang a perfect set of hits to a crowd as diverse as San Francisco used to be. Rednecks, hipsters, tech bros, fluff girls, stoners, parents, babies—everyone loves Willie. Even John Stamos, from TV’s Full House, spontaneously joined the band on bongos, and Bob Weir showed up to sing “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.” In short: there’s no telling what will happen when Willie rolls through on Friday, Dec. 13, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $46–$86. 707.546.3600.

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FERGALICIOUS Late-night funnyman Craig Ferguson comes to the Uptown Theatre on Dec. 13. See Comedy, p28.


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Boey: Changes Cup artist and comic strip author reflects on growing up in Malaysia BY NICOLAS GRIZZLE


anvas deteriorates. Hundreds of thousands of dollars are often spent restoring single pieces to a fraction of their former glory. But what about a medium that will last thousands of years on its own? With permanent ink? That’s what the artist Boey had in mind when he started touting his doodles—sharpie

drawings on styrofoam cups—as fine art worth hundreds of dollars per piece. Thirty-five-year-old Cheeming Boey (who goes simply by his last name) began drawing on cups in 2006 when, in search of a discarded white canvas, he fished one out of the trash. After someone told the stubborn Malaysian-born artist that nobody would pay real money for a 4 cent polystyrene cup, his determination was only solidified further.

Though some cups have sold for thousands of dollars, Boey admits it hasn’t quite taken off as a new medium. “I don’t sell cups as much,” he offers, “because people can’t accept the fact that it’s disposable.” Yet Boey’s determination is evident in his bestselling graphic novel, When I Was a Kid (Last Gasp; $17.95), released to wide critical acclaim in Malaysia in 2012 and recently released in the United States. It’s drawn in the style of his web comic (, and

meant to be a prequel to the daily journal of his adult life. Boey appears Dec. 13 at the Schulz Museum as part of its “Second Saturday” cartoonist series. One story in When I Was a Kid tells of a 16-year-old Boey refusing to clean out his father’s birdcages. He preferred playing video games to cleaning bird crap. Go figure. When his father asks if that’s all he is going to do with his life, Boey responds as a narrator, “Yes. I became an animator and made games for 13 years, and played video games every day.” Some comics in the book are funny, some are interesting anecdotes of childhood in 1980s Malaysia, but each panel’s charm lies in its honesty and familiarity. Boey’s family plays a large part in the book. His mother is not always happy with the stories he chooses to tell, which, he says, solidifies their quality. “If she doesn’t like it, I really have to write it, because it’s really good,” he says. Constantly seeking his father’s approval as a boy, he says it’s weird to finally have it. “Growing up, I was always very nervous about what I’d do,” says Boey by phone from Oakland. “Now, [my father] tells me he’s proud. I think mentally I’m not ready to accept that yet.” Malaysian newspapers had comics like Family Circus, Hägar the Horrible and, yes, Peanuts, but the jokes from America didn’t always translate to Boey’s culture. Baseball wasn’t popular in Boey’s Malaysia, for example, so much of Peanuts went over his head. But Boey feels his comics are similar to Schulz’s in that they’re about life, and life isn’t always laugh-outloud funny. Boey reads and draws on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Schulz Museum. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 1pm. Free. 707.579.4452.


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Modern theatrics in ‘Amaluna’ and ‘Tristan & Yseult’ BY DAVID TEMPLETON


irque du Soleil, which began rolling out its spectacular road shows 30 years ago, takes the best of a century of circus tradition—highflying athletes, silk-surfing dancers, trapeze-dangling acrobatics—and envelopes the enterprise in an aura of theatricality that takes important elements from the world of the stage. Live music, outrageous sets and a unifying sense of theme and story are layered over the standard circus structure of unconnected acts, and it all strings together like elephants in a parade.

Currently running in the Bay Area are two shows that demonstrate the evolution of that idea. Amaluna, the new show from Cirque du Soleil (running through Jan. 12 at AT&T Park in San Francisco), brings a heightened sense of story and stage-show musicality to Cirque du Soleil’s iconic striped circus tent. Meanwhile, at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the U.K.’s award-winning Kneehigh Theater (The Wild Bride) returns to the Rep with a restaging of the show that made them famous a decade ago. With its gorgeous air-born love scenes and soaring acrobatics, the dazzling Tristan & Yseult demonstrates the influence that Cirque du Soleil has had on the theatrical world, creating a remarkable loop of inspiration from theater to circus and right back to theater. Directed by Kneehigh’s resident visual genius Emma Rice, Tristan & Yseult takes the 1,000-year-old tragic romance and gives it a contemporary spin. As the audience enters, we find a group of hoodied, spectacled men with binoculars (dubbed “the love spotters”) watching us from the spare but evocative set, all platforms and walkways, with one enormous mast jutting up from a round platform near center stage. To the rear, a band plays Roy Orbison’s “Only the Lonely” and other pop tunes of failed romance, as a glowing neon sign proclaims “Club of the Unloved.” The narrator is the band’s lead singer (a marvelous Carly Bawden), working the stage adorned in a ’60s-era outfit with long white gloves (lit majors might guess the significance of this), beginning her story with the apparent death of Tristan (Andrew Durand), then rewinding to the beginning. Tristan is a wandering knight who’s pledged his allegiance to King Mark of Cornwall (Mike Shepherd, working subtly through numerous internal shades and colors). After killing the coarse Irish invader Morhault,

Tristan is sent by King Mark to Ireland, to bring back Morhault’s sister Yseult (Patrycja Kujawska, sexy-sad and magnetic) to be the new queen of Cornwall. With the help of a fateful love potion, and some steamy air-born choreography, Tristan and Yseult fall in love, setting in motion a series of deceptions, betrayals, heartbreaks and tragedies that lead back to the begging, where the woman with white gloves reveals her own connection to the story. Amaluna, though far less plotdriven than Tristan, displays more storyline than most Cirque du Soleil shows. Borrowing elements from Shakespeare’s Tempest, the new spectacle is set on a mysterious island peopled by spirits, animal-people, a lovestruck lizard-man, the powerful sorceress Prospera and her beautiful daughter, Miranda, whose riotous coming-of-age celebration begins the show. Each scene, built around a different demonstration of mindboggling physical skill, carries an element of the story, moving quickly through a mystical storm (powered by some rock-powered tunes played by a strutting band of female musicians), the arrival of shipwrecked mariners, the instant attraction between one of those castaways (called Romeo here) and Miranda, a plot to separate the lovers carried out by the lizard-man who secretly pines for Miranda and the eventual bittersweet conclusion. Stirring and beautiful, Amaluna is one of Cirque du Soleil’s most satisfying shows to date. Ratings (out of five): Amaluna +++++ Tristan & Yseult +++++

‘Amaluna’ runs Tuesday–Sunday through Jan. 12 at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Show times vary. $45–$270. 800.450.1480. ‘Tristan & Yseult’ runs Tuesday–Sunday through Jan. 6 at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025 Addison St., in Berkeley. Show times vary. $29–$99. 510.647.2949.



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SONOMA COUNTY Chanticleer The world’s premiere male vocal group in a holiday program. Dec 17, 6 and 8:30pm. $25-$65. St. Vincent’s Church, 35 Liberty St, Petaluma.

Chris-Mix Acoustic evening with Matt Nathanson, Vicci Martinez from “The Voice” and Parachute. Dec 12, 8pm. $25-$35. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Dave Koz & Friends Get saxy for the holidays with this master of smooth jazz. Dec 17, 8pm. $39-$69. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Handel’s Messiah Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale performs this choral masterpiece. Dec 15, 3pm. $40$85. Green Music Center, 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.

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X Legendary punk band with all original members. The Blasters open. Dec 15, 8:30pm. $36. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

MARIN COUNTY Marin Symphony Holiday Pops Favorite tunes with guest soloists and chorus. Dec 17, 7:30pm. $15-$70. Marin Center’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

Narada Michael Walden Holiday Jam Fundraiser includes the drummer-producer and a host of accomplished musicians. Dec 14, 8pm. $100-$175. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

NAPA COUNTY David Benoit Pianist with band and children’s choir plays “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Dec 13, 8pm. $40. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas show by the popular gospel group. The Easy Leaves open. Dec 14, 7pm. $40. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Groundation 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.

Dave Mason Founding member of Traffic is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Dec 15, 8pm. $32. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Oak Ridge Boys Makers of country hits like “Elvira,” “Bobbie Sue” and “American Made.” Dec 12, 7:30pm. $55-$65. Lincoln Theater, 100 California Dr, Yountville. 707.226.8742.

Windham Hill Winter Solstice New-age holiday concert with Barbara Higbie, Lisa Lynne and Liz Story. Dec 14, 8pm. $25. Napa Valley Opera House,

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1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.


Clubs & Venues SONOMA COUNTY Aqus Cafe Dec 13, Lindsay Thomas. Dec 14, Tonewoods. 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.

Arlene Francis Center Dec 15, Christmas, Third Rail, Voodoo Saints. Wed, Open Mic. 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.

Dry Creek Kitchen Dec 16, Jim Adams and Tom Shader. Dec 17, Dick Conte and Steve Webber. 317 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.431.0330.

Flamingo Lounge Dec 13, Groove Foundation. Dec 14, Crossfire. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

HAPPINESS AND CHEER David Benoit does his Snoopy Christmas thing at the Napa Valley Opera House on Dec. 13. See Concerts, adjacent page.

Friar Tuck’s Fri, DJ Mike. Wed, Sat, karaoke. 8201 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.792.9847.

Green Music Center Dec 12, SSU Symphonic & Chamber Wind Ensembles. Dec 15, Handel’s Messiah. 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.

Guerneville Library Dec 14, Greenhouse. 14107 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville. 707.869.9004.

Heritage Public House Dec 14, Kyle Martin Band. 1901 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.540.0395.

Hopmonk Sebastopol Dec 13, Cabaret de Caliente: Twisted Holidays. Dec 14, Pepperland. Mon, Monday Night Edutainment with Jacques & Guac. Dec 18, Wick-It the Instigator. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Hopmonk Sonoma Dec 13, Craig Corona. Dec 14, the No Buenos. Wed, Open Mic. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.

Hotel Healdsburg Dec 14, Robb Fisher Trio. 25 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.431.2800.

Lagunitas Tap Room Dec 11, Grandpa Banana. Dec 12, Rivereens. Dec 13, Jason Bodlovich. Dec 15, Kelly Peterson Trio. Dec 18, Dirty Cello. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

Main Street Station

Santa Rosa. 707.545.BEER.

Dec 18, Pocket Canyon Ramblers. 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.

Ruth McGowan’s Brewpub

Mavericks Dec 13, Pride & Joy. 397 Aviation Blvd, Santa Rosa. 707.765.2515.

Mystic Theatre Dec 15, X, the Blasters. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

Occidental Center for the Arts Dec 15-14, Occidental Community Choir. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.874.9392.

Petaluma Library Dec 14, Duo Giuliani. 100 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma. 707.763.9801.

Phoenix Theater Dec 13, Potential Threat, the Whitetrash Superstars, ZED, Iron Assault. Mon, 7pm, young people’s AA. Tues, 7pm, Acoustic Americana jam. Wed, 6pm, Jazz jam. Sun, 5pm, rock and blues jam. Second Thursday of every month, writers workshops. 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

Redwood Cafe Dec 14, Onye & the Messengers. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.

Russian River Brewing Co Dec 15, P-Butta. 725 Fourth St,

Dec 13, David Hamilton. Dec 14, Sticky Notes. Sun, Evening Jazz with Gary Johnson. 131 E First St, Cloverdale. 707.894.9610.

1030 Main Street in downtown Napa Tickets & Information

Sebastopol Community Center


Dec 13, Jim Hurst & Rob Ickes. 390 Morris St, Sebastopol. 707.823.1511.


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

Sonoma Valley Moose Lodge Dec 14, Christmas Jug Band. 20580 Broadway, Sonoma.


Spancky’s Dec 14, Zed. Thurs, Dj Tazzy Taz. 8201 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.664.0169.

St. Vincent’s Church Dec 17, Chanticleer. 35 Liberty St, Petaluma.



Twin Oaks Tavern Dec 13, the Christmas Jug Band. Dec 14, Joe Valley Band. 5745 Old Redwood Hwy, Penngrove. 707.795.5118.

United Methodist Church Dec 14, Singalong Messiah. 500 N Main St, ) Sebastopol.




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Dec 15, Holiday Pops with the Santa Rosa Symphony. Dec 17, Dave Koz & friends. 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

MARIN COUNTY 142 Throckmorton Theatre Dec 11, Suzanne Ciani & Paul McCandless. Dec 14, Narada Michael Walden Holiday Jam. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Dance Palace Dec 14, Kitka Wintersongs. Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.

Elkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lodge Dec 13, Firewheel. 1312 Mission Ave, San Rafael, 773.755.4700.

Fenix Dec 12, Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic. Dec 14, Ray Obiedo & Mistura Fina. Dec 15, Farzad Arjmad. Dec 17, Nancy Northrup & the Neighbors. 919 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.813.5600.

Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nightclub Dec 13, Cathey Cotten & the Atomic Beat Society. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

Dec 13, Sabbath Lives. Dec 14, Physical Suicide Deterrent System Project. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.

Rancho Nicasio Dec 13, Beso Negro, This Old Earthquake. Dec 14, Shana Morrison. Dec 15, Freddy Clarke. Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

Sausalito Seahorse Dec 12, Ameranouche. Dec 13, Eugene Huggins. Dec 14, Beautiful Losers. Dec 15, Mazacote. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito.

Sleeping Lady Dec 13, Rhythm Addicts. Dec 14, Rahman Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Amato & Tom Finch Band. Dec 18, King & Ace. 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.485.1182.

Station House Cafe Dec 15, Three Elves Named Mo. Third Monday of every month, Blue Monday with Paul Knight. 11180 State Route 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1515.

19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

Terrapin Crossroads Dec 12, Stu Allen Band. Dec 14, Tea Leaf Trio. Dec 15, Midnight North. Wed, Terrapin Family Band Bar Show. 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael.

NAPA COUNTY Lincoln Theater Dec 11, Air Force Band of the Golden West. Dec 12, Oak Ridge Boys. Dec 13, Dirty Cello. 100 California Dr, Yountville. 707.226.8742.

Napa Valley Opera House Dec 12, Terry Bradfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Napa Valley Community Chorus. Dec 13, David Benoit. Dec 14, Windham Hill Winter Solstice. 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Siloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dec 11, Larry Diehl. Dec 13, Darrell Edwards. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

Sweetwater Music Hall

Uptown Theatre

Dec 12-15, Steve Kimock & friends. Dec 16, Philippine Fundraiser. Mon, Open Mic. Every other Wednesday, Wednesday Night Live.

Dec 11, Groundation, Midnight Sun Massive. Dec 14, Blind Boys of Alabama. Dec 15, Dave Mason. 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Hopmonk Novato Dec 14, Sorentinos. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200.

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The Joe Valley Band Tue Dec 17 118'4Â&#x2DC;LhENUGN2/Â&#x2DC;FEx

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Dec 13-14, Mayflower Chorus: Jazz Hot & Cool. Dec 16, Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District Non-Marching Band. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

19 Broadway Club Dec 13, Bryan Kehoe & Black Cat Grave. Dec 14, Ron Kat & Katdelic, Stymie & the Pimp Jones Love Orchestra. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

Panama Hotel Restaurant Dec 11, Harley White Sr. Dec 12, Wanda Stafford. Dec 15, Robin Dubois. Dec 17, Swing Fever. Dec 18, Dale Polissar Trio. 4 Bayview St, San Rafael. 415.457.3993.

Periâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Silver Dollar Dec 11, Stickyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Backyard.

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Lee Ranaldo After a free guitar clinic at Amoeba SF at 5pm, Sonic Youth guitarist plays regular show. Dec 11 at the Chapel.

Jeff Tweedy Remember, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t talk too loud when the Wilco frontman is gracing you with his presence. Dec 11-12 at the Fillmore.

Pere Ubu David Thomas and band still make a ferocious noise from Cleveland, with a danceable edge. Dec 17 at Slimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s.

King Krule Young, British and full of jazz chordsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the best raspyvoiced upstart on the scene. Dec 16-17 at the Independent.

Chance the Rapper Chicago success story visits town on the heels of his phenomenal mixtape, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Acid Rap.â&#x20AC;? Dec 18 at the Regency Ballroom.

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Galleries RECEPTIONS Dec 13 Sonoma County Museum, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Precious Cargo,â&#x20AC;? exhibition of California Indian cradle baskets. 6pm. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.579.1500. Falkirk Cultural Center, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Artisans,â&#x20AC;? emerging and internationally known artists. 5:30pm. 1408 Mission Ave, San Rafael. 415.485.3438.

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.

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. Through Mar 2, â&#x20AC;&#x153;School Projects,â&#x20AC;? follow the Peanuts gang as they struggle through a typical school year with original comic strips. Through Apr 27, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Starry, Starry Night,â&#x20AC;? feautring Peanuts characters under the night sky. 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.

Graton Gallery Through Jan 4, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sun-Drenched Solitude,â&#x20AC;? watercolors by Sally Baker. Through Jan 12, â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Watercolors,â&#x20AC;? paintings by Sally Baker. 9048 Graton Rd,

Graton. Tues-Sun, 10:30 to 6. 707.829.8912.

by Nick Mancillas. 1100 Valley House Dr, Rohnert Park.

Healdsburg Center for the Arts

University Art Gallery

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.

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 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.

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.

Redwood Cafe

Falkirk Cultural Center

Occidental Center for the Arts

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.

Dec 13-Mar 8, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Artisans,â&#x20AC;? emerging and internationally known artists. 1408 Mission Ave, San Rafael. 415.485.3438.

RiskPress Gallery

Through 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.

Through Dec 29, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Assemble: Collective Soul,â&#x20AC;? artists who create poetry from the commonplace. 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. FriSat, 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. 150 N Main St, Sebastopol. Open daily, 11 to 6. 707.829.7200.

Sonoma County Museum Dec 13-Jun 1, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Precious Cargo,â&#x20AC;? exhibition of California Indian cradle baskets. 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.

Sonoma Mountain Village Event Center Through Jan 20, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cardboard Currency,â&#x20AC;? found-art pieces

Wed, Dec 11 10:15amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 12:45pm 7â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10pm

8:45â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9:45am; 5:45â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6:45pm Jazzercise SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE Youth and Family SINGLES & PAIRS Square Dance Club

Thur, Dec 12 8:45â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9:45am; 5:45â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6:45pm Jazzercise 7:15â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10pm CIRCLES Nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; SQUARES Square Dance Club Fri, Dec 13 8:45â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9:45am Jazzercise 7:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10:30pm California Ballroom HOLIDAY POTLUCK PARTY with Nightclub Two-Step lesson Sat, Dec 14 10:30amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 12:30pm 7â&#x20AC;&#x201C;11pm

8:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9:30am Jazzercise SCOTTISH CHALLENGE DANCE with Gary Thomas RAZZMATAZ Christmas Folk Dance party with Bulgarian music

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Wilson-Hukill Blues Review

Mon, Dec 16 8:45â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9:45am; 5:45â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6:45pm Jazzercise 7â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9:25pm SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING

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Tues, Dec 17 8:45â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9:45am Jazzercise 7:30pmâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;9pm AFRICAN AND WORLD MUSIC & DANCE

Gatitas Locas Bake Sale with DJ Rob Cervantes N\[Â&#x203A;;\Z(/

Santa Rosaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Social Hall since 1922 1400 W. College Avenue â&#x20AC;˘ Santa Rosa, CA 707.539.5507 â&#x20AC;˘

Karaoke Night with Smokin Guns Entertainment 1910 SEBASTOPOL RD., SANTA ROSA

Gallery Route One

Marin Community Foundation

Persimmon Pudding by Carolyn Lord

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

Open Wed thru Sun, 11 to 5pm 144 Petaluma Blvd North, Petaluma

Through Dec 14, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winter Holidays & Gifts,â&#x20AC;? small works and handcrafted items. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. Mon-Thurs, 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

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Sat, Dec 21, 7:30pm $ 30

Art, music, dance, food wine & community Must pre-purchase tickets event/520924

A fullsensory journey through the elements that create us!

At the Veterans Building 282 South High St. Sebastopol, CA 95472 707.829.4797


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Holiday Belly Dance

North Bay Belly Dancers feature instructors and students from all over the Bay Area, in a holiday belly dance show at the Sunflower Center! Sponsored by Katherine Wolf and Theresea Jade, both instructors of belly dance in Sebastopol and Santa Rosa



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OINK-O-RAMA Mr. Piggy the art car makes an appearance at the Chimera Creations Carnival on Dec. 14. See Events, below.


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1, 2015, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Metamorphosis,â&#x20AC;? outdoor sculpture exhibit with self-guided tour. Main and Third streets, Napa.

Monday ~ Open Mic Night TONIGH


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Craig Fergusonâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Hot and Grumpy


Sat Dec 14

The Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show Sun Dec 15

Dave Mason Sun Jan 12

Jonny Lang

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Philippine â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bagyoâ&#x20AC;? Fundraiser featuring Members of ALO, Mother Hips, Tea Leaf Green )UL'HF)DPLO\'LVFRXQWĂŁSP 6DW'HF&ORVLQJ1LJKW3DUW\ĂŁSP

Christmas Jug Band with Dave Alvin


Monophonics Annual Soulful Social

Fri Feb 14


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Moonalice Holiday Show

Sat Feb 15

Toad The Wet Sprocket Sun Feb 23

BB King Wed Feb 26


Hot Buttered Rum New Year's Eve Celebration with Vintage Grass

Clint Black


Sat March 8

Imperial Messenger Service

Ani DiFranco Sat March 29

with David Freiberg performs the music of

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1350 Third St, Napa | 707.259.0123

Through Dec 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.


Gene Taylor Blues Band

Boz Scaggs

Sun Feb 9

Napa Valley Museum

CafĂŠ 415.388.1700 | Box Office 415.388.3850

Comedy Comedy Open Mic Third Sun of every month, 8pm. Hopmonk Sebastopol, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Will Durst Political comedianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new show is called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boomeraging: From LSD to OMG.â&#x20AC;? Dec 12, 8pm. $18-$30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Craig Ferguson Scottish comedian is the host of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Late Night with Craig Ferguson.â&#x20AC;? Josh Robert Thompson opens. Dec 13, 8pm. $55-$70. Uptown

Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Tuesday Evening Comedy Mark Pitta hosts ongoing evenings with established comics and up-and-comers. Tues at 8. $15-$20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Dance â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Nutcrackerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by Marin Ballet Dec 14-15, 1 and 5pm. $25$40. Marin Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Veterans Memorial Auditorium. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael 415.499.6800.

Santaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Workshop Napa Valley Ballet presents a visit to Santaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Workshop. Dec 15, 4:30pm. $25. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa 707.226.7372.

Holiday Belly Dance Dec 13, 6:30pm. Featuring both instructors and students. The Sunflower Center, 1435 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma 707.792.5300.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Nutcrackerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by Moscow Ballet Dec 18-19, 7pm. $28-$102. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark

West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa 707.546.3600.

Events Artisan Boutique Stuff your stockings with locally made arts and crafts. Dec 14-15, 10am. Free. Pleasant Hill Christian School, 1782 Pleasant Hill Rd, Sebastopol.

Cartoonist-inResidence Dec 14, â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I Was a Kidâ&#x20AC;? with Boey. Second Sat of every month. Free. Charles M Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452.

Center Literary Cafe Meeting of poets, writers and artists with rotating speakers and readings. Second Wed of every month, 7-9pm. Healdsburg Senior Center, 133 Matheson St, Healdsburg.

Chimera Creations Carnival Music by the Hubbub Club, Church Marching Band, Lungs and Limbs, the Dixie Giants and others with demonstrations by artists from Chimera art space. Dec 14, 4pm. $10-$15. Arlene Francis Center, 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.

Emerald Cup

Fairfax Craft Faire Local vendors selling sustainably derived crafts and products, live music and snacks. Dec 14, 11am. Free. Fairfax Pavilion, Elsie Lane, Fairfax.

Fibershed Fashion Gala Unveiling of garments that were made by people and from products within a 150 mile radius of San Francisco. Dec 14, 3pm. $40-$100. Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, 24724 Arnold Dr, Sonoma. 707.931.7575.

Game Tournaments Various card and role-playing games including Yu-Gi-Oh, Dungeons and Dragons and Magic: The Gathering. Mon-Thurs-Sun. Outer Planes Comics and Games, 526 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.546.2000.

Gingerbread Doghouse Workshop

Third Sun of every month. $5. Pacific Coast Air Museum, 2330 Airport Blvd, Santa Rosa. 707.575.7900.


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Opposing Media riffs live on this holiday “favorite,” MST3Kstyle. Dec 13, 7:30pm. $12. Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.568.5381.

Shopping and caroling for the holiday season. Dec 14, 4pm. Free. Guerneville Odd Fellows Hall, 16219 First St, Guerneville.

Public Star Party

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Three main telescopes plus others set up for viewing. Second Sat of every month, 9pm. $3. Robert Ferguson Observatory, Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood. 707.833.6979.

San Rafael Art Walk Second Fri monthly, 5 to 8, galleries and retailers host artists and artwork, receptions and entertainment. Second Fri of every month, 6-8pm. Downtown San Rafael, Fifth and A streets, San Rafael.

Gingerbread House Program

Safely observe the sun through a solar telescope. Second Sat of every month-noon. Free. Robert Ferguson Observatory, Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood. 707.833.6979.

Homemade items for sale. Times vary. Dec 13-15. Free. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S High St, Sebastopol. 707.829.4797.

Learning Through Art Gallery-based art engagement program for fourth, fifth and sixth graders. Second Sat of every month, 11am. through Dec 14. Free-$2.50. Program for fourth and fifth graders to visually explore art through their own interpretations. Second Sat of every monthnoon. Napa Valley Museum, 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. 707.944.0500.

Pacific Coast Air Museum Third weekend of every month from 10 to 4, folks are invited to play pilot in a featured aircraft.

Beatnik Meteors Selections from di Rosa’s film collection curated by Paul Clipson with live music by Joshua Churchill. Dec 12, 7pm. $15. di Rosa, 5200 Sonoma Hwy, Napa. 707.226.5991.

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Holiday Ceramics Sale

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Learn about programs offered and participate in workshops. Dec 17, 8:30am. NAMI Sonoma County, 1300 N Dutton Ave, Ste A, Santa Rosa. 707.527.6655.

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Make a delicious doghouse and holiday ornaments. Times vary. Dec 14-15. $32. Charles M Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452.

Kids can make a delicious home and then eat it. Dec 14, 10:30am. Free. Guerneville Library, 14107 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville. 707.869.9004.


Meet up and play a few hands, no partner required. Fri. Napa Senior Center, 1500 Jefferson St, Napa. 707.224.2055.

Solar Viewing

Field Trips Afternoon Community Service Participate in center restoration projects. Third Wed of every month. Richardson Bay Audubon Center, 376 Greenwood Beach Rd, Tiburon. 415.388.2524.

Bird Walk Dec 11, 8:30am. Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility, 3890 Cypress Drive Ave, Petaluma.

Valley of the Moon’s Hidden Gem Guided hike with stunning vistas. RSVP required. Dec 14, 9am. Free. Calabazas Creek Open Space Preserve, available by tour only, Sonoma.

Holiday double feature with “The Snowman.” Dec 16, 7pm. $8. Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St E, Sonoma. 707.996.9756.

A Christmas Story Ralphie Parker, a young boy living in 1940s Indiana, desperately wants a Red Rider BB gun for Christmas. Hilarity ensues. Dec 18, 7pm. $8. Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley St, Sebastopol. 707.525.4840.

Films of 1913 Films from 100 years ago screened on a 1909 handcrank camera. Hosted by Randy Haberkamp of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Dec 12, 7pm. $12. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.1222.

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.

National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage Iconic productions with well known actors from London. Dec 12, 1pm. $24. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.924.5111.

The Nutcracker 3D Ballet by Mariinsky Theatre shown in 3D. Sun, Dec 15, 1:30pm. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.1222.

The Nutcracker Performed by the Mariinsky Theatre. Dec 14, 7pm. $10. Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main St, Napa. 707.255.5445.

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Dinner honoring environmental group. Mendocino County Supervisor Dan Hamburg speaks. Dec 14, 4:30pm. $17. Anderson Hall, Tower Road, Camp Meeker.

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Third Sun monthly at 3, treat the belly with specialty teas, sandwiches, scones and sweets. RSVP; ages 12 and up. Third Sun of every month, 3pm. $35. Cedar Gables Inn, 486 Coombs St, Napa. 707.224.7969.

Every Saturday, 9:30 to 11:30, toddlers and their parents are invited to a drop-in, free-form art studio to create with paint, ceramics, collage, construction, found objects and feathers. Sat. $15. Nimbus Arts, St Helena Marketplace, Ste 1-B, 3111 St Helena Hwy, St Helena. 707.965.5278.

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For Kids American Canyon Library Preschool storytime. Tues, 10:30am. Free. American Canyon Library, 3421 Broadway (Highway 29), American Canyon. 707.644.1136.

Bay Area Discovery Museum Ongoing, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Animal Secrets.â&#x20AC;? Hands-on art, science and theater camps, art studio, tot spot and lookout cove adventure area. Wed-Thurs at 10 and 11, music with Miss Kitty. $5-$6. Fri at 11, aquarium feeding. Ongoing. Admission, $8-$10. Bay Area Discovery Museum, Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds Rd, Sausalito. 415.339.3900.

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Whimsical environments for kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; exploration. Hours: Mon, noon to 4; Tues-Sun, 9 to 5. Ongoing. Free. Cornerstone Sonoma, 23570 Arnold Dr, Sonoma. 707.933.3010.

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Readers of the Pack A chance for new readers to get together. Tues-Sat. Free. Petaluma Library, 100 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma. 707.763.9801.

Rincon Valley Library Saddle Club Children six and up are welcome for horse- and stable-related games and a casual dinner. Fri, 5:30pm. $20. Sunrise Stables, 1098 Lodi Lane, St Helena. 707.333.1509.

Lectures CityZen Evening of sitting meditation, tea and dharma talk. All are welcome. Mon, 7pm. Free. Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.568.5381.

Death Cafe Discuss death to understand life. Thurs, Dec 12, 7pm. Free. The Sunflower Center, 1435 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.792.5300.

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Meditation Group for Mothers Mindful meditation and sharing experiences for benefit of mothers and their children. Wed, 8:30am. $10. Shambhala Meditation Center, 255 West Napa St, Ste G, Sonoma.

Public Discussion Institute for the Fulfillment of Human Society invites all for public chat on current issues. Third Tues of every month, 7pm. $5. Subud Hall, 234 Hutchins Ave, Sebastopol. 707.793.2188.

Science Buzz Cafe Dec 17, â&#x20AC;&#x153;How Brains Learn to Read: Daring to Failâ&#x20AC;? with Tom Brown. Tues, 6:30pm. through Dec 17. Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.6600.

Spirit & Revolution Rudolph Steinerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teachings on social transformation with Abraham Entin. Thurs, 7pm. Arlene Francis Center, 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.

Tea & Talk Slow down and get to know one another with Melody Myrick. Third Sun of every month. Donation. Songbird Community Healing Center, 8297 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.2398.

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Bean Affair Third Sunday of every month, 2pm, Healdsburg Literary Guild, ongoing program features open mic and a featured literary presenter. Free. 1270 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg 707.395.0177.

Book Passage Dec 11, 7pm, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cultures on the Edgeâ&#x20AC;? with Chris Rainier. Dec 14, 1pm, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blowdrying a Chickenâ&#x20AC;? with Molly Fisk. Dec 15, 1pm, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Seven Secrets of World Class Athletesâ&#x20AC;? with Buddy Biancalana. Dec 15, 4pm, â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroomâ&#x20AC;? with Katrina Fried. Dec 17, 7pm, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Return of the Light: A Political Fable in Which the American People Retake Their Countryâ&#x20AC;? with Michael Goldstein. Dec 18, 7pm, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Burning the Midnight Oilâ&#x20AC;? with Phil Cousineau. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. ) 415.927.0960.


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Studio 333 Second Thursday of every month, 7pm, “Why There Are Words,” reading series presents various writers on a theme. $5. 333 Caledonia St, Sausalito 415.331.8272.

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Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol The traditional holiday story told from another perspective. Times vary. Tues-Sun through Dec 15. $37-$53. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.5208.

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White Christmas Singalong with Broadway songs presented by Roustabout Theater. Times vary. Sat-Sun through Dec 22. $16-$26. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

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ARIES (March 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;April 19) Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president of the United States four times, more often than any other president. We can conclude that he was one of the most popular American leaders ever. And yet he never won a majority of the votes cast by the citizens of his home county in New York. I foresee the possibility of a comparable development in your life. You may be more successful working on the big picture than you are in your immediate situation. It could be easier for you to maneuver when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not dealing with familiar, up-close matters. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outside your circle might be more attracted to your inďŹ&#x201A;uence than whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nearer to home. TAURUS (April 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;May 20)

In 2009, actress Sandra Bullock starred in three ďŹ lms, two of which earned her major recognition. For her performance in All About Steve, she was given a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress. Her work in The Blind Side, on the other hand, won her an Oscar for Best Actress. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m thinking that you may experience a similar paradox in the coming days, Taurus. Some of your efforts might be denigrated, while others are praised. It may even be the case that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re criticized and applauded for the same damn thing. How to respond? Learn from Bullockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s example. She gave gracious acceptance speeches at the award ceremonies for both the Golden Raspberry and the Oscar.

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Are you feeling a bit pinched, parched and prickly? Given the limitations youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had to wrestle with lately, I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be surprised if you were. Even though you have passed some of the sneaky tests and solved some of the itchy riddles youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been compelled to deal with, they have no doubt contributed to the pinched, parched prickliness. Now what can be done to help you recover your verve? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m thinking that all you will have to do is respond smartly to the succulent temptations that life will bring your way in the coming weeks.

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Have you ever situated yourself between two big bonďŹ res on a beach and basked in the primal power? Was there a special moment in your past when you found yourself sitting between two charismatic people you loved and admired, soaking up the life-giving radiance they exuded? Did you ever read a book that ďŹ lled you with exaltation as you listened to music that thrilled your soul? These are the kinds of experiences I hope you seek out in the coming week. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love to see you get nourished stereophonically by rich sources of excitement.

VIRGO (August 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;September 22) Mythically speaking, this would be a propitious time for you to make an offering to the sea goddess. In dreams or meditations or fantasies, I suggest you dive down into the depths, ďŹ nd the supreme feminine power in her natural habitat and give her a special gift. Show her how smart you are in the way you express love, or tell her exactly how you will honor her wisdom in the future. If she is receptive, you may even ask her for a favor. Maybe sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be willing to assist you in accessing the deep feelings that havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been fully available to you. Or perhaps she will teach you how to make conscious the secrets you have been keeping from yourself. LIBRA (September 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;October 22) Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t linger in a doorway, Libra. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t camp out in a threshold or get stuck in the middle of anything. I understand your caution, considering the fact that life is presenting

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

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a rare person who wants to hear what he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to hear,â&#x20AC;? said TV talk show host Dick Cavett. I will love it if you make yourself one of those rare types in the coming week, Scorpio. Can you bring yourself to be receptive to truths that might be disruptive? Are you willing to send out an invitation to the world, asking to be shown revelations that contradict your ďŹ xed theories and foregone conclusions? If you do this hard work, I promise that you will be granted a brainstorm and a breakthrough. You might also be given a new reason to brag.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;December 21) There are pregnant truths I could reveal to you right now that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve decided not to disclose. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re prepared to hear them yet. If I told you what they are, you wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be receptive or able to register their full meaning; you might even misinterpret them. It is possible, however, that you could evolve rather quickly in the next two weeks. So letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s see if I can nudge you in the direction of getting the experiences necessary to become ready. Meditate on what parts of you are immature or underdevelopedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;aspects that may one day be skilled and gracious, but are not yet. I bet that once you identify what needs ripening, you will expedite the ripening. And then you will become ready to welcome the pregnant truths. CAPRICORN (December 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;January 19) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Finifugalâ&#x20AC;? is a rarely used English adjective that I need to invoke in order to provide you with the proper horoscope. It refers to someone who avoids or dislikes endingsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;like a child who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want a bedtime story to conclude, or an adult whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in denial about how itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ nally time to wrap up longunďŹ nished business. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford to be ďŹ nifugal in the coming days, Capricorn. This is the tail end of your cycle. It wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be healthy for you to shun climaxes and denouements. Neither will it be wise to merely tolerate them. Somehow, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to ďŹ nd a way to love and embrace them. (P.S.: Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best strategy for ensuring the slow-motion eruption of vibrant beginnings after your birthday.) AQUARIUS (January 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;February 18) According to 20th-century British author John Cowper Powys, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A bookshop is a dynamite-shed, a drugstore of poisons, a bar of intoxicants, a den of opiates, an island of sirens.â&#x20AC;? He didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean that literally, of course. He was referring to the fact that the words contained in books can inďŹ&#x201A;ame and enthrall the imagination. I think you will be wise to seek out that level of arousal in the coming weeks, Aquarius. Your thoughts need to be aired out and rearranged. Your feelings are crying out for strenuous exercise, including some pure, primal catharses. Do whatever it takes to make sure that happens.

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

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am not fearless,â&#x20AC;? says Mexican journalist and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right advocate Lydia Cacho, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not overtaken by fear. Fear is quite an interesting animal. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like a pet. If you mistreat it, it will bite, but if you understand it and accept it in your house, it might protect you.â&#x20AC;? This is an excellent time to work on transforming your fright reďŹ&#x201A;exes, Pisces. You have just the right kind of power over them: strong and crafty and dynamic, but not grandiose or cocky or delusional. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ready to make your fears serve you, not drain you.

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