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s of July 2013, the unemployment rate for youth is 21 percent. It’s rising every year, not only in Sonoma County, but everywhere around the United States. Research that I have conducted reveals a picture of unemployment within Sonoma County specifically within youth ages 18 to 24. I wanted to understand why our youth feel discouraged over the low-wage job opportunities that Sonoma County offers. I conducted a survey of 100 phone interviews and looked at several aspects that may contribute to my hypothesis. I hypothesized that most of the youth in Sonoma County are unemployed, with few jobs being available for 18–24 year olds, and assumed that if an 18–24 year old were offered a job with hourly pay at $8.75, he or she would take it. According to my research, of those between the ages of 18 and 24 who are employed, 28 percent work full-time, 67 percent work part-time and 5 percent are on-call. Twenty-seven percent of youth in this age bracket are in school full-time, while 60 percent are not in school; 58.5 percent of these youths are employed in Sonoma County. The last question I asked in my phone survey was “Do you ever feel discouraged thinking about your job opportunities?” Exactly 50 percent answered yes and 50 percent answered no. After doing more research from the phone surveys, I found that 60 percent of unemployed youth would take a job that paid $8.75 per hour and 40 percent would not. Sixty percent also think our market is discouraging, while 40 percent don’t. Seventy-one percent of youth unemployed in Sonoma County are full-time students, 16 percent of them are part-time students and 13 percent are not in school. Sixty-three percent say they are job searching, while 37 percent are not actively looking. Even though my phone survey results show that more youth are employed in Sonoma County, the unemployment rate is still rising every year. The “discouraged worker” among youth is becoming more evident in the world. Frankie Larios is a student currently studying at SSU. 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 openmic@bohemian.com.

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I live adjacent to Salt Point. The suggestion that the park is somehow overrun with foragers is just absurd—most of them never make it more than a few hundred yards inland from Highway 1, in a park that extends a mile inland and up steep hills (“Capping the Stem,” Dec. 18). Are more and more people discovering it? Absolutely. Is the forest trampled? Hardly. Wild pigs have a much larger and more negative impact on the park (lately) than humans—period. This year, there isn’t much to harvest anyway, as we simply haven’t had enough rain. The idea that other Coastal Sonoma parks should be opened to foraging is brilliant. The larger numbers of people randomly walking the forest will also stem the emergent destructive illegal pot grows on state property as well—something that is a recurring problem in Salt Point (and others) but somehow is not mentioned much in the press.

JAKE BAYLESS Cazadero

Who’s the Jerk Now? It may feel good to call Marty Bennett and the Living Wage Coalition “jerks”, and marginalize Sonoma State University as full of “eggheads,” yet below-the-belt name calling only camouflages the issues they call out attention to. Are not workers in Sonoma County deserving of a living wage of $15 per hour, while the stock market soars, real estate corporations buy and rent out

Anyone who has studied the current state of capitalism and the U.S. economy, knows that corporations and their lobbyists rule this country, living standards of the vast majority suffer as the 1% gets richer and richer, and our environment is for sale to the highest bidder. Thank God for people like Marty and the Living Wage Coalition who wage the lonely fight for the good of all.

TOMAS PHILLIPS Sebastopol

The Art of Hanging in There A lot of people have given up. My father fell off a barn when I was about 13 years old. He cracked his vertebrae and missed about six months of work. There was no unemployment insurance or federal relief money. Everything became very lean as life was put on hold in hopes of better days. By Christmas, my father was getting around on crutches. We had a Christmas tree, but I dared not ask for anything for Christmas. I knew we didn’t have any money. On Christmas Eve, we had a family gathering and we had food to eat. There actually was some exchanging of gifts, and my mother handed me a small wrapped box. I was shocked. I anticipated nothing. Opening the present, I found a simple watch. I would guess it cost $8 to $10 at the most. It might as well have been a Rolex. I was so surprised and couldn’t believe my parents had bought me something for Christmas. I don’t know how they did it. A couple of months later, my father was back to work and times became better as we hung in there and survived difficult times. The Christmas gift is stuck in my head as being one of the all-time best. The gift was simple but great.


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is prohibited from purchasing a firearm. Cyclists can celebrate the passing of the Three Feet for Safety Act, which requires drivers to provide a three-foot buffer zone when passing a cyclist going in the same direction. It goes into effect mid-2014. Drivers who intentionally drive too close to cyclists will face fines starting at $35. After four years of organizing and speaking truth to power in Sacramento, not to mention a tough defeat in 2012, domestic workers finally tasted victory with the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. The bill extends overtime protections to workers who spend a significant amount of time caring for children, the elderly or people with disabilities. This predominantly Latina and female workforce will also be guaranteed state minimum wage. Speaking of minimum wage, as McDonald’s and Walmart workers agitate for a living wage across the nation, on July 1 California will implement a statewide minimum wage hike from $8 to $9 an hour. On Jan. 1, 2016, that number will increase to $10. The California Chamber of Commerce called the bill a “job killer,” but tell that to the family of four trying to survive on the fruits of $8 an hour. This year, across the United States, 68 abortion restrictions became law. California was the only state to actually protect abortion rights in 2014. Assembly Bill 154, authored by Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, allows certified nurse-midwives and specially trained nurse practitioners and physician assistants to perform first-trimester abortion by aspiration (the most common abortion procedure). A study in the American Journal of Public Health found these procedures to be clinically equivalent to procedures performed by a doctor. Currently, women in many rural areas of the state must travel long distances to obtain abortions at

unfamiliar clinics; with the new law, it will be easier for women to access the procedure in their home communities. Also, AB 980 requires the California Building Standards Commission to repeal regulations and sections of the building standards code that treat primary-care clinics differently if they perform abortions. Environmentalists have criticized the governor’s moderate stance on the controversial practice of fracking. Rather than placing a moratorium on the use of hydraulic fracturing to release oil and gas, Brown instead signed a bill that requires the testing of groundwater around fracking sites. Property owners near sites can now get their drinking water independently tested at the well operator’s expense. In addition, oil and gas producers must report where they source their fracking water. (Critics say the measure allows too much leeway for companies to edge around the California Environmental Quality Act, which requires an EIR before the fracking of a well can begin.) As federal immigration reform languishes in congressional gridlock, the governor signed into law the third iteration of the Trust Act, which prohibits local lawenforcement officials from holding undocumented immigrants arrested for low-level crimes past their release eligibility and then handing them over to federal immigration authorities. The law doesn’t apply to anyone who has committed a serious or violent offense or have prior convictions for sex crimes, child abuse or drug trafficking. Another law will allow undocumented immigrants to receive California driver’s licenses. Threatening to report the immigration status of an individual or their family is now considered a form of extortion, thanks to AB 524, a measure authored by Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-San Francisco. In a statement, Brown said, “While Washington waffles on immigration, California’s forging ahead. I’m not waiting.”


THE LINEUP Several surprise upsets made this year’s blind tasting a contentious one, with close results.

France vs. Cal Champagne meets sparkling wine in a bubbly battle to the death—or, at least, to the new year! BY JAMES KNIGHT

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et’s have a toast! Ah, but you need something in your glass. Which do you prefer, Champagne or sparkling wine? I’m sorry, is the question quite absurd? It does seem so. Sophisticates all, our readers know that Champagne is a sparkling wine product originating specifically from the better addresses of the Champagne region of France, while “sparkling wine” is from . . . everywhere else. What kind of rube would ask, “What is better, Champagne or domestic sparkling wine?” That would truly

be the height of naiveté— something that, by the sound of it, we also lifted from the French. But that’s exactly what we’re doing in this year’s holiday bubbly special: it’s Champagne vs. California. Because everybody says or thinks “Champagne” first—whether from innocence or insouciance—when they mean an elegant, popping, foaming embodiment of celebration, of winning, of party, of love. Before international convention returned the term to its rightful owners, it escaped into our hearts. And it’s from there that a little voice speaks, raspingly, as if through a tiny flute, when we sip

our home-grown tête de cuvée: Just an also-ran, my friend, is it not? It is no “real Champagne”— who can say I’m crazy? Would your tongue not dance more joyfully, my amusing American friend, if you showered it with the pure luxury that emanates only from the limestone slopes of the Montagne de Reims? Pricing favors the home team—yet adds to our insecurity. Entry-level Champagne starts at about $40, while the local product goes for less than $20, a huge value considering all the bottle-fermenting, riddling and disgorging that each bottle undergoes. Even the top cuvées

are comparable in price with our best still Pinot Noir, of which winemakers are fond of claiming, “The wine makes itself. We leave it alone, hands-off, until bottling. Seventy dollars, please.” With just five Champagnes represented—and no Dom Perignon, darn it—surely this is no pièce de résistance on the topic. Perhaps it’s even, if you want to be a Debbie Downer about it, a tad less than meaningful. But who wants to hear that kind of talk at a party? Pop those corks! Wines were blind-tasted and scored from one to five stars by a group of Bohemian staff. In a few cases, I’ve noted where I disagreed significantly with the group—a truculent lot, hard to please, even on a Friday afternoon with 14 free tastes of fizzy wine. Domestics are listed at official suggested retail price, and are usually available at a discount; Champagnes at approximate list prices from major retailers. Chandon Étoile North Coast Brut ($40) Because “fluffy,” everyone agreed. Fluffy aromas of cake frosting, marzipan, applepie crust lend an inviting nose to this top cuvée from Chandon, founded by Moët-Hennessy and Champagne’s first Napa Valley foothold. It’s both richer and more refined than the brut classic, and while not as lively, earned high marks for easy drinkability. A win for the home team. ++++ Piper-Heidsieck Brut Champagne ($37) Nice yeasty, apple pie crust aromas, and a sort of “correct” Champagne palate. Although a touch sweeter, it’s the better of its Sonoma County doppelgänger in the contest of Piper vs. Piper. ++++ Chandon California Brut Classic ($22) Big upset: Chandon’s standard brut didn’t fare well in past tastings. This is by turns floral, nutty, fruity, with hints of Sweet Tart and a lean, citrusy, salty palate, sporting a lively mousse. It all comes together on a reasonably complex, integrated finish. ++++ Ayala Brut Majeur Champagne ($50) Distinctive nose of ) 12 marzipan, apricot kernel,

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orgeat—sweet, enticing things you might find at a French cafe. The rich palate belies a mere 0.7 percent dosage, while a singular saltiness through the finish hints at melancholy. Bollinger bought and revamped this brand. ++++ Moët & Chandon Brut Imperial Champagne ($40) The bubbly from Epernay was first blended in 1869. Demure whole grain apple bagel, lean lemon and an austere finish. On second tasting, it seemed more balanced and softer on the palate than its betterscoring Napa sister, above, but by then the horse, of course, had left the barn. ++++ Mumm Napa 2006 DVX Brut Napa Valley ($60) Vintage-dated sparkling, held in the embrace of its dead yeasts for several more years, should be the winery’s crème de la crème. This one scores high for spot-on yeasty, “fresh linen” and lemon aromas. One taster says, “The saison of Champagne.” But it’s challengingly tart, with unripe apple and lemon flavors demanding crab cake or ceviche, the sooner the better. The bottle is accessorized with a tiny flute “charm” that can serve as a memento of the evening, perhaps. Or afternoon. Or morning—have some fun. ++++ Mumm Napa Brut Prestige Napa Valley ($22) Fresh, refined, a little salty—reminds me of manzanilla sherry, others of bitter melon and ocean mist. It seems nice. ++++ Piper Sonoma Sonoma County Brut ($17) Mixed reactions: high and low. Bit sulfury at first, piney later, grapefruit citrusy, laundry basket; salty, citrusy finish. I thought for sure, this was French; another taster suggested mimosas. +++ Korbel 2008 Le Premier Russian River Valley Champagne ($25) With all the resources at their disposal, this is the highest historic Korbel dares to aim in vintage-dated sparkling wine— which they’re allowed to call “champagne” after a California appellation prefix. Still, for 25 bucks, it’s dignified: faint aromas

of apple and yeast, aggressively foamy, yet elegant and dry on the finish—like a fine perry cider. (I gave it four stars.) +++ Domaine Carneros by Taittinger 2009 Brut Cuvée ($28) The framboise perfume with toasty accents is exciting, and the hint of slightly volatile apple cider, intriguing. Dry and elegant enough on the palate, “Good New Year Champagne,” says one. (I say four stars.) +++ Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Reserve Champagne ($35) A widely available co-op brand. A fine bead, a creamy, yeasty palate with hints of marzipan, a gentle mousse. Reminiscent of sweet pear juice, yet finishes dry. Nice. Causes some tasters to become obsessed with “fancy cheese.” +++ Schramsberg 2010 North Coast Brut Rosé ($43) Like a little puff of eau de strawberry shortcake, Schramsberg’s Brut Rosé dances in the nose, promising blood oranges, raspberry delight, and all the light, dry, creamy flavor that it indeed delivers. Pale pink, it’s delicate, but packs the right amount of flavor. (I have no idea what it’s doing down here—my score is 4.75, rounded to five stars.) +++ Korbel 2010 Natural Russian River Valley Champagne ($15) Natty K, how can you fail us? The Natural, so-named for its low dosage (0.75 percent, although a brut natural might really prefer zero added sugar), sports musky notes of cream soda, apple cider and, well, moscato, and sort of carries these themes through on the palate. But it’s just not a success. On retasting, I couldn’t find a reason to change my score. +++

Moët & Chandon Rosé Imperial Champagne ($65) A deeper salmon-pink, this delivers deli meat and smoke with red fruit aromas—no wonder, because the blend includes a small percentage of red wine, as does the Schramsberg, but if this is more “serious,” it’s surely less fun. +++ Average domestic score: 3.23. Average Champagne score: 3.29. I’d say that’s too close to call, rematch required.


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

Rating indicates the low to average cost of a full dinner for one person, exclusive of desserts, beverages and tip.

S O N OMA CO U N TY Carmen’s Burger Bar American. $. Excellent and innovative burgers with a Mexican flair. Beef comes fresh daily from Pacific Market next door. Lunch and dinner daily; breakfast, Sat-Sun. 1612 Terrace (in Town and Country center), Santa Rosa. 707.579.3663. 90 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.526.1575.

Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant CaliforniaFrench. $$$$. A splurgeworthy, romantic inn with an extensive wine list and highly polished service. Dinner, ThursMon. 7871 River Rd, Forestville. 707.887.3300.

Hang Ah Dim Sum Chinese-dim sum. $. Low prices and good variety make it pleasing. Buffet-style quality and greasiness can be a letdown. Lunch and dinner daily. 2130 Armory Dr, Santa Rosa. 707.576.7873.

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

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

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.

Madrona Manor Eclectic California cuisine. $$$$. Romantic fine dining in grand

historic landmark mansion. Seasonal menu and superior wine list. Dinner daily. 1001 Westside Rd, Healdsburg. 707.433.4231.

Monti’s Rotisserie & Bar California cuisine. $-$$.

MA R I N 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. $.

Small plates and a few larger entrées with emphasis on house-roasted meats. Lunch and dinner daily. 714 Village Ct, Santa Rosa. 707.568.4404.

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.

Murphy’s Irish Pub

Bubba’s Diner Homestyle

Pub fare. $. Casual, homey place serving no-nonsense pub grub like shepherd’s pie. Lunch and dinner daily. 464 First St E, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.

Peter Lowell’s California. $-$$. Casual, organic cuisine with a healthy twist. Italian-inspired cafe, deli, wine bar. All food offered as takeout. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 7385 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.1077.

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.

Sonoma-Meritage Martini California-French. $$$. The menu, which changes daily, is well-rounded with plenty of options, thanks in no small part to the fresh seafood bar. Dinner daily. 165 W Napa St, Sonoma. 707.938.9430.

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

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

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

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

Comforts Californian. $$. The Chinese chicken salad is beyond rapturous. Excellent celebrity sightings. Eat in or takeout. Breakfast and lunch daily. 335 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo. 415.454.9840.

Spoonbar Regional cuisine.

Copita Tequileria y Comida Mexican. $$.

$$. Chef Louis Maldonado’s market-driven menu includes such creative dishes as chickpea-crusted avocado, slow-cooked beef petite tender, and Spanish octopus with bonito brioche, daikon

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.

dinner daily. 4080 Sonoma Hwy, Napa. 707.299.4900.

Hilltop 1892 American.

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

$$-$$$$. 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.

Robata Grill & Sushi Japanese. $$. Mmm. With thick slices of fresh sashimi, Robata knows how to do it. The rolls are big winners. Lunch, MonFri; dinner daily. 591 Redwood Hwy, Mill Valley. 415.381.8400.

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

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

N A PA CO U N T Y Angèle Restaurant & Bar French. $$$. Thoroughly French, but not aggressively so. Lunch and dinner daily. 540 Main St, Napa. 707.252.8115.

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

Bistro Jeanty French. $$$. Rich, homey cuisine. A perfect choice when you can’t get a chance to do your Laundry. Lunch and dinner daily. 6510 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.4870. Boonfly Cafe California cuisine. $-$$. Extraordinary food in an extraordinary setting. Perfect pasta and mussels. Breakfast, lunch and

Bouchon French. $$$. A

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

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

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.

Brannan’s Grill

Miguel’s Mexican-

California cuisine. $$-$$$. Creative cuisine in handsome Craftsman setting. Lunch and dinner daily. 1347 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.2233.

Californian. $$. 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.

Bounty Hunter Wine

Checkers California. $$. Perfect casual spot for dinner before the movie. Try the panéed chicken and butternut squash ravioli. Lunch and dinner daily. 1414 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.9300.

Compadres Rio Grille Western/Mexican. $-$$. Contemporary food and outdoor dining with a Mexican flavor. Located on the river and serving authentic cocktails. Nightly specials and an abiding love of the San Francisco Giants. 505 Lincoln Ave, Napa. Lunch and dinner daily. 707.253.1111.

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.

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

Pizza Azzurro Italian. $. Run by a former Tra Vigne and Lark Creek Inn alum, the pizza is simple and thin, and ranks as some of the best in the North Bay. Lunch and dinner daily. 1260 Main St (at Clinton), Napa. 707.255.5552.

Red Rock Cafe & Backdoor BBQ American. $-$$. Cafe specializing in barbecue and classic diner fare. Messy, delicious. Lunch and dinner daily. 1010 Lincoln Ave, Napa. 707.252.9250.

Redd California cuisine. $$$$$. Rich dishes balanced by subtle flavors and careful yet casual presentation. Brunch at Redd is exceptional. Lunch, Mon-Sat; dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 6480 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.2222. Siena California-Tuscan. $$$$. Sophisticated, terroirinformed cooking celebrates the local and seasonal, with electric combinations like sorrel-wrapped ahi tuna puttanesca. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa. 707.251.1900. Zuzu Spanish tapas. $$. Graze your way through a selection of tasty tapas in a lively rustic chic setting with a popular wine bar. Bite-sized Spanish and Latin American specialties include sizzling prawns, Spanish tortilla, and Brazilian style steamed mussels. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner daily. 829 Main St, Napa. 707.224.8555.

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Wineries

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 D’Argenzio Winery Much like the family-run, backstreet bodegas of the old country that the decor invokes. Sangiovese, Moscato di Fresco, and Randy Rhoads Cab. 1301 Cleveland Ave., Santa Rosa. Daily 11am–5pm. $10 tasting fee. 707.280.4658.

Graton Ridge Cellars Formerly an apple shed beloved by regular customers who drove up to get juice and apples, this tasting room is clean and contemporary, with a bit of wine country art on the walls, and an apple dessert wine. The apples are not gone after all. 3561 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Sebastopol. Daily, 10am– 4:30pm. $10. 707.823.3040.

Gundlach Bundschu Winery (WC) A fun, casual winery with enjoyable wines. Lots of music events on the grounds in the summer. 2000 Denmark St., Sonoma. Open daily, 11am–5:30pm, June to mid-Oct.; 11am–4:30, mid-Oct. to May . 707.938.5277.

Hanzell Vineyards The grand dame of Burgundianstyle Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, since 1957. The site of many California firsts; a visit is a pilgrimage. 18596 Lomita Ave., Sonoma. Tour and tasting by appointment only, $45. 707.996.3860. Kamen Estate Wines Key lines from screenwriter Robert Kamen’s features are available on T-shirts, packaged in film cans. Cabernet Sauvignon with intense red fruit flavor over inky tannins. Insert chase scene, destination: 111-B E. Napa St., Sonoma. Monday–Thursday, noon–6pm; Friday–Sunday, 11am–6pm. Tasting fees, $20 and $35. 707.938.7292.

Landmark Vineyards There’s more to Landmark than Chardonnay. 101 Adobe Canyon Road, Kenwood. Open daily, 10am–4:30pm. 707.833.0053.

Larson Family Winery Barbecue wine alert! 23355 Millerick Road, Sonoma. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 707.938.3031.

Novy Family Winery 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.

Occidental Road Cellars High-end clients like Schramsberg and RadioCoteau buy most of the Prathers’ grapes; just 5 percent are made into their own wine, and at a comparative “grower’s discount.” Chard, Pinot, and cool-climate Syrah at its very best. 2064 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Building 7, Sebastopol. By appointment, Saturday 1–4pm. 707.874.9470.

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

Russian River Vineyards The iconic, Fort Ross–styled building may have bats in the attic, but the remodeled tasting room and restaurant feature crisp, delicious libations and a new menu. Nice Chileno Valley Riesling and Sonoma Coast Syrah. Look for the Bat Blend; proceeds benefit the bats. 5700 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Forestville. 11am to 5pm daily. $5 fee. 707.887.3344.

St. Anne’s Crossing Another Zinfandelic brand from the stable of Ken Wilson. Yawn? No, more like yum. 8450 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. Daily, 11am–5pm. Tasting fee, $10. 707.598.5200.

Sebastiani The winery is charming and warm,

with wines that are mostly straightforward, honest affairs. One of the best picnic areas around. 389 Fourth St. E., Sonoma. Open daily, 10am– 5pm. 707.933.3230.

Tin Barn Vineyards Yes, it is located in a tin barn, of sorts–in the midst of a remote industrial park, home to “Eighth Street wineries.” From allspice to Jolly Rancher, coriander, fresh raspberry, jelly Danish and horsetail to a simply enjoyable claret style quaff, it’s all flavor and no frills in this friendly warehouse winery. 21692 Eighth St. E., Ste. 340, Sonoma. Saturday– Sunday, 11am–4pm. Tasting fee, $6. 707.938.5430.

Twomey Cellars Framed by the spacious environs, through a massive glass wall, a panoramic $10 million view of the Russian River Valley awaits tasters. 3000 Westside Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 9am–5pm. 800.505.4850.

WALT Wines Chardonnay and Pinot specialists Roessler sold their brand to Kathyrn and Craig Hall. The bar is compact, the atmosphere casual, the young fellows running the joint good-humored. Wow, this is Pinot Noir? Yes, toots, this is Pinot Noir. 380 First Street West, Sonoma. Open daily, 11am–6pm. Tasting fee, $10. 707.933.4440.

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.

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.

Cain Think you know about what food to pair with Napa Valley “mountain grown” Cabernet Sauvignon? How about sake-marinated poached cod in a light broth? Yeah, it is different up here. 3800 Langtry Road, St. Helena. Tour and tasting by appointment only, Monday–Friday, 10am and 11:30am; Saturday, 10am and noon. $35. 707.963.1616.

Frog’s Leap Winery A good story is nearly as important as good wine; Frog’s Leap does a neat job on both. As you wind through the vineyard, the frog pond and the rustic 1884 winery, your tour guide finds bottles along the way, like Easter eggs. Dry-farming, who knew, can produce a beverage more thirst-quenching than water. 8815 Conn Creek Road, Rutherford. Daily, 10am–4pm. Tastings, $20; tours Monday– Friday, $20. 707.963.4704.

Napa Cab from celebrity consultant Michel Rolland and high-rollers who used to spend half the year in Hawaii? Well, yeah, but they’re super nice, work hard, and their wines are tops. Cab and Sauv Blanc. 3322 Old Lawley Toll Road, Calistoga. Tour and tasting by appointment only, $30. 707.942.9665.

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

Raymond Vineyards

Monticello Vineyards

Robert Biale Vineyards

Thomas Jefferson had no success growing wine grapes; happily, the Corley family has made a go of it. Although winetasting is not conducted in the handsome reproduction building itself, there’s a shaded picnic area adjacent. 4242 Big Ranch Rd., Napa. Open daily, 10am–4:30pm. $15. 707.253.2802, ext. 18.

Was it the high scores that attracted the horde, or the excellence of the wine? It’s a chicken-and-egg type of question, but “Black Chicken” is neither chicken nor egg; it’s a bottle of Zinfandel. 4038 Big Ranch Road, Napa. By appointment daily, 10am–4pm. Tasting fees $20–$35. 707.257.7555.

Mumm Cuvée Napa

Storybook Mountain Vineyards (WC) Jerry

An intellectual outpost of art and wine housed in the century-old Christian Brother’s winery. Cab is the signature varietal. 4411 Redwood Road, Napa. Open daily, 10am–4pm. 707.255.1144.

Californian-style fizz factory, all barn and no chateau, offers a robust account of how the bubbles get in the bottle. Sparkling winetastings offered on the patio, or take it to the next level in plush love seats on the Oak Terrace. Sparkling red is novel; DVX Brut among the best in the valley. Photography gallery includes Ansel Adams prints and other exhibits. 8445 Silverado Trail, Napa. Open 10am–5pm daily. Tasting $6–$20; Oak Terrace $30. 707.967.7700.

Inglenook Vineyard

Nichelini Winery Take a

Hess Collection Winery

What’s new at Inglenook? Very little. The iconic stone building, robed in green vines, appears exactly as it did in 1890. But that’s news, and all thanks to owner Francis Ford Coppola. Still living up to Gustave Niebaum’s dream of fine wine to rival France, the oncebeloved Inglenook is putting out the goods once again. 1991 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford. Daily, 10am–5pm. Reservations for tour and tasting ($50) recommended; none required for bistro and exhibits. 707.968.1161.

Jericho Canyon Vineyard Oh boy, boutique

Valley was intended to inter this society’s finest bottles for the exclusive use of winepharaohs Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Robert Mondavi in their afterlife; meanwhile, it’s available to the teeming masses. 7900 St. Helena Hwy., Oakville. 707.944.9442. By appointment daily, 10am–4pm. Tour and tasting, $60–$90; tasting only, $40. 707.944.9442.

joyride in the Napa backcountry and discover this rustic little winery that’s been in the family for generations. See the only Roman wine press in the Western Hemisphere. 2950 Sage Canyon Road, St. Helena. Saturday and Sunday, 10am– 5pm. No fee. 707.963.0717.

On the Edge A key stop for devotees of the cult to Charbono. 1255 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. Open daily, 10am– 5:30pm. 707.942.7410.

Opus One Future archaeologists may conclude that this earthen mound located in the center of Napa

Burgundy scion Jean-Charles Boisset has put his stamp on staid Napa producer. See the Theater of Nature, depicting biodynamics; feel the Corridor of the Senses; luxuriate in the members-only Red Room, party in the gold-plated JCB Room; or just taste good Cab in the clublike Crystal Cellar. 849 Zinfandel Lane, St. Helena. Daily, 10am– 4pm. Fees vary. 707.963.3141.

and Sigrid Seps and a few likeminded winemakers founded Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP), through which they continue to proselytize on behalf of “America’s heritage grape.” 3835 Hwy. 128, Calistoga. By appointment. 707.942.5310.

Summers Estate Wines Excellent Merlot and that rarest of beasts, Charbono. Small tasting room and friendly staff. 1171 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga. Open daily, 10am–4:30pm. 707.942.5508.

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


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Celebrate New Year’s Eve fakeafro-wig–style with Wonderbread 5 at the Mystic Theatre in Petaluma ($51–$56). With some crazy antics lined up for the last couple hours of 2013 and the first hour of 2014, the band plays all your favorite and nonfavorite radio hits from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s to ring in the new year. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121. Those hoping to start New Year’s Day with healthy first steps should look no further than Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen. As a part of the national “First Day Hikes” movement sponsored by America’s state parks, the free,

moderately strenuous, eightmile hike begins at 10am through the mixed evergreen forest up to a summit offering sweeping vistas of Sonoma Valley. 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. 707.938.5216. The “Queen of Boogie Woogie,” Wendy Dewitt, plays at Main Street Station in Guerneville ($17–$30). . . . The Thugz play at Redwood Cafe in Cotati’s New Year’s Eve party. . . . Choppin’ Broccoli light up at Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa. . . . “Shotgun Harlot” and ADD/C play the Roadhouse New Year’s Eve party at Spancky’s Bar in Cotati. . . . The Alameda All Stars, a

midnight toast, and favors fill the bill at the Tradewinds in Cotati. . . . The Smokin’ Aces New Year’s Eve party burns into Mavericks in Santa Rosa ($20). . . . The California Ballroom New Year’s Eve dance waltzes the night away at Monroe Hall in Santa Rosa ($15). . . . A Champagne toast and desserts at Cinnabar Theater celebrate the year after the performance of Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris ($55–$65).

MARIN Freefallin’ into 2014 isn’t so hard at the Mill Valley Community Center with Tom Petty cover band Petty

Theft. The night includes opening act Fleetwood Mask, a band that recreates the look and sound of Fleetwood Mac at their peak, a full bar and party favors. Reserved table tickets and standing general admission can be purchased online ($40–$55) or on the day of the show ($45), with proceeds to benefit Mill Valley Recreation’s New Music Program. 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 415. 383.1370. A year-end extravaganza with a lineup of talent brings laughter and dancing along with warm soup, salad, farmer’s bread, Champagne and desert. Danny Click & the Hell Yeahs, Mark Pitta, Junk Parlor and other


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the show along with Gumbo from Hummingbird Cafe, a Champagne toast at midnight and party favors. 19 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. 415.459.0293. Laughs abound at the Fourth Annual New Year’s Eve StandUp Comedy Celebration at the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center in San Rafael ($35). Learn great insights on relationships featuring “the Spouse Whispererâ€? Mark Cordes, laugh with comedian and actress Cathy Ladman (Mad Men), among others and host Bob Alper. The event beneďŹ ts the Ritter House, so bring along canned ) 18 foods, toiletry items,

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at Station House Cafe in Point Reyes ($20–$65). . . . See the Tom Finch Group at the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax. . . . Tim Hockenberry joins the Fenix in San Rafael ($60–$115). . . . The Zydeco Flames play at Rancho Nicasio in Nicasio ($35–$45)

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Long Meadow Ranch Winery & Farmstead in St. Helena celebrates the new year with a special evening featuring executive chef Stephen Barber’s special four-course farm-totable dinner menu paired with delicious wine, festive cocktails and Long Meadow Ranch’s very own Grappa and live music by the Isaac Carter Band. Join the evening’s delicious events at 5pm ($65) with optional wine pairings ($20). 738 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.4555. The Harvest Inn’s New Year’s package with Goose and Gander brings the Rat Pack to St. Helena. It starts with a bottle of sparkling wine, with accommodations in a king-size room with a fireplace, roundtrip transportation to the Rat Pack party and a sparkling wine country breakfast for two on New Year’s Day. 1 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.9463 Castello di Amorosa rings in the new year with a Masquerade Ball. Dress in black attire and Venetian masks for a five-course dinner paired with Castello wines, a sparkling wine toast and a balloon drop at midnight in the Grand Barrel Room of the valley’s most opulent castle ($300). 4045 St. Helena Hwy., Calistoga. 707.967.6272. La Toque’s five-course “Red Tie Dinner” ($195) is a New Year’s delicacy. At the Michelinrated restaurant inside the Westin Verasa, enjoy dinner with full access to the Red Tie Party ($75) at BANK Cafe and Bar, enjoy music, dancing and celebratory Champagne at midnight.1314 McKinstry St., Napa. 707.257.5157.

In downtown Napa, a Gatsbythemed New Year’s Eve party gets swinging at 1313 Main. Wear flapper attire and indulge in wine, cocktails and bites from Lulu’s Kitchen along with jazz music and a midnight Champagne toast ($25–$130). 1313 Main St., Napa. 707.258.1313. Silo’s promises that you will get satisfaction with the Rock ’n’ Roll New Year’s Eve party. Enjoy Champagne, party favors, a dessert buffet and a performance by the Unauthorized Rolling Stones ($100). 530 Main St., Napa. 707.251.5833. Enjoy Silverado Resort and Spa’s New Year’s Eve extravaganza with dancing, party favors,

photo booths, light snacks and a midnight balloon drop ($75). . . . Calistoga New Year’s Eve Bash includes a $50 downtown dining voucher with participating restaurants and a party at the Napa County Fairgrounds Events Center with live music, premium no-host bar, late night munchies, party favors and a midnight toast with Schramsberg ($100). . . . The Meritage Resort and Spa celebrates with a four-course dinner at Sienna, a ballroom party, bites, music and a sparkling wine toast ($125). . . . Wireless headphones pump the live DJ music that only you (and everyone else with headphones in the club) can hear at the Abnormal Formal Silent Disco Party Ball at Bergamot Alley ($60).


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Hometown Blues

Can you imagine if Chuck Prophet were to write an album all about Sebastopol? “Woman down on Main Street, straight from the Whole Foods / Hangin’ with the gluten-free organic shaman dudes / Blues’ll get you woman, ’fore this quiet down goes dark / where no one rides their bike downtown, and there ain’t no place to park / That’s why I’m goin’ to Graton / Start a kombucha company / I’ll use Gravensteins somehow so folks’ll take me seriously.” But alas, Prophet—whose last album was all about San Francisco— merely performs in the town on Saturday, Dec. 28, at Hopmonk Tavern. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 9pm. $20. 707.829.7300.

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Kai in the Sky One of the unexpected perks of the holiday season, as far as nightclubs are concerned, is the return of musicians so dizzyingly talented that they fled for bigger cities—only to return to see family in late December, and pick up a few dates while back home. Kai Devitt-Lee is a jazz guitarist of boggling aptitude who graduated from Healdsburg High School’s jazz program and swiftly made a beeline to New York City, where he now turns heads gigging regularly. He returns to play for friends, family and in-the-know locals on Monday, Dec. 30, as part of the dinner entertainment at Dry Creek Kitchen. 317 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 7–10pm. Three-course dinner, $36. 707.431.0330.

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Family Dinner I have this dream that there’s this huge Italian family, right, and they’re visiting from out of town, and so of course they go to Volpi’s for a massive six-course dinner. Four hours later, they’re so full of vino that they stumble into the Phoenix Theater, only to see Farewell, Nick Wan onstage. Electronic blips and bleeps fill the hall, and the grandfather starts twerking, the mom stage dives, the children get on stage and sing “Hold On, We’re Going Home” and Aunt Peg throws up on Tom Gaffey’s shoes. Hey, it’s the holidays. Anything can happen on Saturday, Dec. 28, at the Phoenix Theater. 201 E. Washington St., Petaluma. 8pm. $8. 707.762.3565.

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Forty Ounces of Funk Man, that Christmas dinner was heavy—turkey, potatoes, stuffing, apple pie. Wasn’t I trying to lose weight? Yeah, yeah, yeah. And there’s always my New Year’s resolution, but I feel like burning some off right now. Plus Sheila’s in town—I think she said something about the Sweetwater. Dance party time! The dirty, dusty-45 funk revival has been riding high, and in the Bay Area, few do the style better than Monophonics. I’ll boogaloo on down and burn off this excess baggage when they play Friday–Saturday, Dec. 27–28, at Sweetwater Music Hall. 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 9pm. $17–$20. 415.388.3850. —Gabe Meline

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many more, including Ray Charles, John Denver, the Kingston Trio, Frank Sinatra, Nina Simone and Andy Williams. Debuting off-Broadway in 1968, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris was a huge and immediate hit. Brel himself attended the show’s 50th anniversary at Carnegie Hall. Now, 45 years after its debut, the contagious musical revue comes to Cinnabar Theater, which kicks off its 2014 season with a New Year’s Eve performance of the show (now sold-out, as Cinnabar’s year-end galas are known to do). “Jacques Brel was a poet of the finest order,” says Lichenstein. “He was a true minstrel, in that he wrote all of his songs himself, and was a consummate performer, very dramatic and theatrical. On the 30th anniversary of his death, all of Europe pretty much shut down to honor Jacques Brel and to celebrate his life. He was a very important figure. Even in France, to this day his music outsells that of Edith Piaf, who is probably better known in America than Brel is.” Yes. Ironically, few in the English-speaking world, aside from students of music and those familiar with French popular culture, have any idea who he was. For many, the stage show was their first contact with the man who had such a profound impact on music all over the Western world. With music direction by guitarist Al Haas and accordionist Robert Lunceford (two members of the popular North Bay French trio, La Guinguette), Lichenstein is excited to be presenting Brel’s music to audiences in the North Bay. “This is just such a fun, uplifting show,” she says. “Brel’s songs had a great deal of humor, though many were a little dark. But it was always that European kind of dark— always with a bit of a wink.” ‘Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris’ runs Friday–Sunday, and New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31–Jan. 19 at Cinnabar Theater. 3333 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. Friday–Saturday at 8pm; 2pm matinees on Sunday. $25– $35. 707.763.8920.


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the myriad Joni Mitchell and John Prine protégés throughout the 1970s, the area has a rich history of quiet, reflective song. Golden fields of autumn on an album cover call to mind the late local songwriter Kate Wolf, but a new self-titled album by Frankie Boots and the County Line has reclaimed the image and updated the evermeandering strains of local folk music, current trends be damned. Boots is an effective singer with just the right dollop of rasp in his inflection; he can be plaintive when required, but excels at bending notes and drawling out vowels for more emotional material. (This is on particular display during “Wolf in Pig’s Clothing,” a minor-key song that lumbers along somewhere between “St. James Infirmary” and “Rain Dogs” and sounds as if it’s sung by a sad, faithless, defrocked preacher.) Live, Frankie Boots and band have a reputation for being upbeat, but as Boots tells me, many of the album’s songs were written after a failed relationship. As such, they span the wreckage, “from the initial sparks, to the inevitable demise, to the self-destruction that comes in its wake and even the personal redemption you find within yourself once the ash settles.” But what makes the album truly shine is the seven-piece band, especially Sally Haggard on vocals, Andrew Hobbs on pedal steel, and Josh Jackson playing trumpet parts reminiscent of Bright Eyes’ “Road to Joy.” The band recorded in Santa Fe, N.M., in an adobe structure in the high desert, working and sleeping around the clock. (“The only thing we had to worry about outside those adobe walls,” Boots tells me, “was a beer run every afternoon.”) Such a tight-knit environment shows on the warm intimacy of the music, as well as the band’s countenance on the album cover—bedecked in all white, looking like a mystic cult. Boots and his band play regularly, and it’s a safe bet they haven’t heard of 95 percent of Sonoma County’s long-lost former singer-songwriters who resonated in the same environs they now inhabit. But they’re pushing our favored local music forward, and they’re among the best doing so.


Concerts SONOMA COUNTY The Brian Setzer Orchestra Big Band on its annual “Christmas Rocks” tour. Dec 26, 8pm. $65-$85. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Brothers Comatose Bluegrass and folk rock group with an exceptionally tall bassist. Jed opens. Dec 27, 9pm. $18. Hopmonk Sebastopol, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Cracker & Camper Van Beethoven Alt-rockers from the ‘90s. Dec 27, 8:30pm. $28. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

Chuck Prophet San Francisco indie rocker has stories to tell and a guitar to guide the path. Dec 28, 9pm. $20. Hopmonk Sebastopol, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

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Dry Creek Kitchen Dec 30, Kai Devitt-Lee and Luke Westbrook. 317 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.431.0330.

Flamingo Lounge Dec 27, Poyntlyss Sistars. Dec 28, B4 Dawn. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

French Garden Dec 27, Bonnie Brooks & John Simon. Dec 28, Solid Air. 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.2030.

Heritage Public House Dec 28, Lune Sureste. 1901 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.540.0395.

Hopmonk Sebastopol Dec 27, Brothers Comatose, Jed. Dec 28, Chuck Prophet. Dec 29, Zongo Junction. Dec 30, DJ Irie Dole. Dec 31, Afrolicious, Dgiin. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Hopmonk Sonoma Dec 27, Sonoma Mt Band. Dec 28, Vintage Grass. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.

Hotel Healdsburg Dec 28, Jimmy Gallagher Trio. 25 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.431.2800.

Dec 28, World’s Ugliest Dog, Jesse J the Choppa. Last Saturday of every month, Good Hip-Hop. 6957 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2062.

Lagunitas Tap Room Dec 26, Vintage Grass. Dec 27, Timothy O’Neil Band. Dec 28, the Shots. Dec 29, Ain’t Misbehavin’. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

Main Street Station Dec 26, Susan Sutton. Dec 27, Bruce Halbohm. Dec 31, Wendy Dewitt. 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.

Mavericks Dec 27, Stumbleweeds. 397 Aviation Blvd, Santa Rosa. 707.765.2515.

Monroe Dance Hall Dec 31, Ballroom Dance Party. 1400 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.529.5450.

Murphy’s Irish Pub Dec 27, Dan Martin & Noma Rocksteady. 464 First St E, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.

Mystic Theatre Dec 27, Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven. Dec 31, Wonderbread 5. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

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Clubs & Venues SONOMA COUNTY A’Roma Roasters Dec 27, Solid Air. Dec 28, Disclaimer. 95 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.576.7765.

Aqus Cafe Dec 27, Windshield Cowboys. Dec 28, Hillwilliams. Dec 29, Alan Early. 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.

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Family Ties Brothers Comatose play final shows with towering bass man Gio Benedetti Gio Benedetti had a tough decision to make, one familiar to touring dads. He could stay with the popular band heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been with for three years, the Brothers Comatose, and maybe ride the folk revival to the top of the chartsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but it would mean more time away from his young family, who missed him dearly. Tours with Devil Makes Three and Yonder Mountain String Band, two groups on the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collective â&#x20AC;&#x153;band crushâ&#x20AC;? list, were tough to give up. Fun road trips, exciting food (barbecue in South Carolina, pizza in New York) and the â&#x20AC;&#x153;band familyâ&#x20AC;? were tough to give up. But when he returned from a month-long tour in September, his oldest, Stella, asked Mom if Daddy was staying for dinner. Staying home felt like the right choice, affirmed when his second daughter, Emmaline, was born in November. Even though heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happy with his decision, it was still tough. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can prepare for the worst show ever, you can prepare to be international superstars, but you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t prepare for having five guys in a room and one of them is leaving the band,â&#x20AC;? says Benedetti. Catch him in one of his three final shows with the Brothers Comatose on Friday, Dec. 27, at Hopmonk Tavern. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 9pm. $18. 707.829.7300. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Nicolas Grizzle

Dec 26, Brian Setzer Orchestra. 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

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Kenny Washington. Dec 31, Danny Click & the Hell Yeahs, Mark Pitta, Junk Parlor. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Bay Area Discovery Museum Dec 26, Thingamajigs. Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds Rd, Sausalito. 415.339.3900.


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Fenix Dec 26, Darrell Edwards’ Heavy Weather Band. Dec 27, Steve Turre & Terrie Odabi. Dec 28, James Mosley Band. Dec 29, Til Dawn. Dec 31, Tim Hockenberry. Wed, Blues Night. 919 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.813.5600.

George’s Nightclub Dec 27, Los Rakas. Wed, Salsa & Bachata. Thurs and Fri, DJ Rick Vegaz. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

Hopmonk Novato Dec 27, Random Rab, Beli3ver, Zack Darling. Dec 31, Notorious. Wed, Open Mic. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200.

Marin Center Showcase Theatre Dec 31, 9pm, San Francisco Comedy Competition. The best competitors from this year and some alumni from the competition. $35. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

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Peri’s Silver Dollar Dec 27, Rusty Evans & the Ring of Fire. Dec 28, Soul Satellites. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.

Rancho Nicasio Dec 27, Miracle Mule. Dec 28, the Sun Kings. Dec 29, Tender Mercies. Dec 30, Butch Whacks & the Glass Packs. Dec 31, the Zydeco Flames. Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

Sausalito Seahorse Dec 27, Mari Mack & Livin’ Like Kings. Dec 28, Medicine Ball. Dec 29, Pacific Mambo Band. Dec 31, Olive & the Dirty Martinis. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito.

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Smiley’s Dec 26, Eli & Emma. Dec 27, Pinkham’s Jazz Jam. Dec 28, Physical Suicide Deterrent System Project. Mon, reggae. Wed, Larry’s karaoke. Sun, open mic. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311.

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Sleeping Lady Mon, 8pm, open mic with Simon Costa. Sat, Uke Jam. Sun, 2pm, Irish music. 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.485.1182.

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Gallery One Through Dec 31, “Red It Is,” Christmas exhibit. 209 Western Ave, Petaluma. 707.778.8277.

Graton Gallery Through Jan 4, “Sun-Drenched Solitude,” watercolors by Sally Baker. Through Jan 12, “New Watercolors,” paintings by Sally Baker. 9048 Graton Rd, Graton. Tues-Sun, 10:30 to 6. 707.829.8912.

Healdsburg Center for the Arts Through Dec 31, “Art for the Holidays,” works by 25 artists for sale. 130 Plaza St, Healdsburg. Daily, 11 to 6. 707.431.1970.

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

Collective Soul,” artists who create poetry from the commonplace. 7345 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol. No phone.

Jan 12, 4pm. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. Wed-Mon, 11 to 5. 415.663.1347.

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Through Jan 24, “Transmissions,” work by 30 artists from around the country. 5 Hamilton Landing, Ste 200, Novato. Open Mon-Fri, 9 to 5.

Through Jan 5, “New Work,” photography by Lance Kuehne. Through Jan 5, “Water, Water Everywhere,” 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, “Beneath the Surface,” art by Bert Kaplan and Rebeca Trevino. 150 N Main St, Sebastopol. Open daily, 11 to 6. 707.829.7200.

Sonoma County Museum Through Jan 12, “Photography in Mexico,” from the collection of the SF MOMA. Through Jun 1, “Precious Cargo,” exhibition of California Indian cradle baskets. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. Tues-Sun, 11 to 4. 707.579.1500.

Sonoma Mountain Village Event Center Through Jan 20, “Cardboard Currency,” found-art pieces by Nick Mancillas. 1100 Valley House Dr, Rohnert Park.

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art Through Mar 2, “Site & Senses,” the Architecture of Aidlin Darling Design. 551 Broadway, Sonoma. Wed-Sun, 11 to 5. 707.939.SVMA.

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Through Jan 5, “OCA Paintings,” works by Adam Wolpert, Tony King, Jack Stuppin and Bill Wheeler. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.874.9392.

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Through Jan 14, “Tracing History in Her Art,” work by Pat Morgenthaler. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.

Through Mar 8, “Artisans,” emerging and internationally known artists. 1408 Mission Ave, San Rafael. 415.485.3438.

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Osher Marin JCC Through Dec 27, “Survival in Sarajevo,” chronicles whose who provided humanitarian aid during the Bosnian War. 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.

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

Downtown Napa Through Jan 1, 2015, “Metamorphosis,” outdoor sculpture exhibit with selfguided tour. Main and Third streets, Napa.

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

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Comedy Big Fat Year End Comedy Show Featuring Will Durst, Johnny Steele, Debi Durst, Michael Bossier, Mari Magaloni and Arthur Gaus. Jan 1, 8pm. $20$24. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

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Sandy & Richard Riccardi Husband-and-wife cabaret comedy team. Dec 31, 7 and 10pm. $25. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

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

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Food & Drink Free Holiday Dinner Santa distributes toys to kids and warm clothes to all who need them. Dec 25, 1pm. Free. Sebastopol Community Church, 1000 Gravenstein Hwy N, Sebastopol.

For Kids Bay Area Discovery Museum Ongoing, “Animal Secrets.” 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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Learn about Napa County habitats and birds of prey through tours, dioramas, games, hands-on activities and books. Ongoing. Free. Carolyn Parr Nature Center Museum, Westwood Hills Park, 3107 Browns Valley Rd, Napa. 707.255.6465.

Meet at parking area across from inn for two-hour hike on moderate-to-steep trails with midhike wine and cheese overlooking Pacific Ocean. Last Sat of every month. $15. Mountain Home Inn, 810 Panoramic Dr, Mill Valley, RSVP. 415.331.0100.

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Whimsical environments for kids’ exploration. Hours: Mon, noon to 4; Tues-Sun, 9 to 5. Ongoing. Free. Cornerstone Sonoma, 23570 Arnold Dr, Sonoma. 707.933.3010.

Chops Teen Club Hang-out spot for Santa Rosa teens ages 12 to 20 offers art studio and class, open gym, tech lounge, cafe, recording studio and film club. Hours for high schoolers: Mon-Thurs, 3 to 9; Fri, 3 to 11; Sat and school holidays, noon to 11. For middle school kids: Mon-Fri, 3 to 7; Sat and school holidays, noon

Tues at Sat at 11, storytime for ages three and up. Tues-Sat, 11am. Fairfax Library, 2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. 415.453.8092.

Family Story Time Thurs. Petaluma Historical Museum & Library, 20 Fourth St, Petaluma. 707.778.4398.

Messy Mucking About 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.

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

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 Baba Harihar Ramji Babaji of Sonoma Yoga Ashram offers monthly satsang, “Living Fully in Each Moment.” Fourth Thurs at 7. Church of the Oaks, 160 W Sierra Ave, Cotati. 707.996.8915.

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are two ways your fate will be different from Drakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s: First, you will have a big pool of trustworthy allies to call on for help. Second, what you produce wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take nearly as long to get the appreciation it warrants.

SCORPIO (October 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;November 21) Eierlegende Wollmilchsau is a colloquial German term for a mythical pig that lays eggs like a chicken, provides milk like a cow, supplies wool like a sheep and ultimately becomes bacon and pork chops. Metaphorically, it may refer to a fanciful device that performs many functions. Imagine, for instance, a futuristic smart phone that could interpret your dreams, trim your unwanted hair, ďŹ x you a perfect cup of coffee, tell you youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re beautiful in ways you actually believe and cure your little health problems. In the real world, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no such thing, right? Not yet. But thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a chance you will ďŹ nd the next best thing to an Eierlegende Wollmilchsau in 2014.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;December 21) â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t accomplish our love in a single year as the ďŹ&#x201A;owers do,â&#x20AC;? says Rainer Maria Rilke in the Duino Elegies. Do you promise to take that truth into consideration in 2014, Sagittarius? Will you pledge to diligently devote yourself to creating the right conditions for love to ďŹ&#x201A;ourish? In the past, you may not have been fully able to carry out this slow-building marvel; you may not have had quite enough wise perseverance. But you do now. CAPRICORN (December 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;January 19) In 1588, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the ruler of Japan, conďŹ scated the swords, daggers and spears belonging to every citizen. He announced they would be melted down and used to make a giant Buddha statue. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love to see you undertake a comparable transformation in 2014, Capricorn. You shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t completely shed all your anger and pugnacity, of course; a certain amount is valuable, especially when you need to rouse yourself to change situations that need to be changed. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also true that you could beneďŹ t from a reduction in your levels of combativeness. What if you could â&#x20AC;&#x153;melt downâ&#x20AC;? some of your primal rage and use the energy thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s made available to build your personal equivalent of a Buddha icon? AQUARIUS (January 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;February 18) The period between last July and next June is prime time to ďŹ nd or create your dream job. That might mean simply upgrading your existing gig so that it serves you better. Or it could involve you rethinking your relationship with work and going off in quest of a new way to earn a living. So how are you doing on this project, Aquarius? If you are proceeding on schedule, you should be halfway there by now. The goal should be clear, and you should be more disciplined, organized and determined than ever. If for any reason this isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the case, start playing catch-up.

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

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Singing teaches two skills that are essential for any creative process,â&#x20AC;? says author and vocalist Rachel Bagby, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the ability to listen and the ability to be ďŹ&#x201A;exible and spontaneous.â&#x20AC;? I bring this to your attention, Pisces, because 2014 could potentially be a Golden Age for your creativity. It will be a time when you will beneďŹ t even more than usual from exploring and enhancing your imaginative originality. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m encouraging you to sing more than you ever have before. Make a list of your 50 favorite singable songs. Be aggressive about expanding the music you get exposed to, and learn the melodies and lyrics to a lot of new tunes. Cut loose with your vocal stylings whenever you have a chance, and take a vow to propel yourself out of funky moods with the creative energy of your singing.

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