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Rhapsodies The Chosen Spot An ode to West County BY JAMIE PAYNE


est County, you really have it going on. When the sun’s light hits your apple orchards, the towns become lightly perfumed, genuinely sweeter; often it’s beams are softened and obscured by the coastal clouds. You are the only place where I have been greeted, chauffeured and bid adieu by reused material that’s eager to please, tucked away in unfamiliar crevices kissed by the westerlies. The communal sensibility of your inhabitants supports growth and exploration without ever concerning itself with onlookers’ attempt at claiming you were once pigeonholed. I have seen members of your third to last generation meet in a rundown gym, pin apple-shaped nametags on each others’ chests; every so often two would cry in each others arms as together they grew older, week by week. The rest of the crowd offered no response beyond comfortable milling over the worn wooden floor. Your towns are quaint enough to occupy the space between shrunken apples baked into a pie and its top crust. When the sun’s light hits your apple orchards, the towns become lightly perfumed, genuinely sweeter; often its beams are softened and obscured by the coastal clouds. Even the highway that connects your towns totes the name “Bohemian” out of respect for the powerfully unconventional. It contours the sometimes moist (sometimes dry) land scattered with moss rocks and dangles from Sebastopol to Freestone; just a mention will cause locals to immediately recall the taste of the best freshly baked bread they have ever eaten. Keep following it out to the beaches that line our charming span of the Pacific, or pierce the fog veil and wind your way to Occidental among the wise evergreen furs. West County, please continue doing what you have always done. Happy 2014. Jamie Payne is a freelance guitarist and SRJC student whose paintings can be seen at Open Mic is a weekly feature in the ‘Bohemian.’ We welcome your contribution. To have your topical essay of 350 words considered for publication, write

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In your Jacques Brel article (“Jacques and Awe,” Dec. 25), you mistakenly call the fifth anniversary show the 50th. I know, for I was there, seated four rows behind the man himself. He had not come to America in many years as a protest of our aggression in Vietnam. He made an exception this night. Brel sat on the aisle next to Judy Collins, a faithful interpreter of his work. The Village hip and the uptown swells joined at Carnegie Hall to honor the voice of the generation—or as Ms. Collins said, “The world’s greatest performer.” The audience was dotted with elites from the theater and devotees of the show— many of us who had seen the show multiple times. My seven times seeing it was a minor blip. Many had seen the show 20 times or more. The music and lyrics are life-altering.


New Year, New Love Here we are at the time of the year when most people look back and reflect on their lives, experiences, successes, failures, relationships and beliefs. Most are also looking ahead, planning for the coming year—preparing and constructing their goals, purposes and aspirations as the old year draws toward an end. Many people enjoy the comforts and pleasures of reflecting on past accomplishments and experiences with loved ones, sharing meals together, exchanging gifts with one another and generally being thankful for having such people in their lives. This is a time where most individuals really embrace the idea of family and truly slow down just enough to realize what that entails. Past successes don’t always guarantee future successes. Failures don’t always

condemn us to impending doom. Family, however, on whatever level one chooses to acknowledge or experience it, is the heartbeat of everything. It is one thing that will always just “be.”

Love makes the world turn. It is the creative power in the universe. Embrace it and accept it on any and every level during this wonderful time of year, and try to carry those thoughts, intentions and feelings with you throughout the duration of the coming year.


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THE NEW NORMAL Surveillance is everywhere, from private property to the NSA—so why not use it on our police force?

Turning the Lens Studies show that watched cops are polite cops BY RONALD BAILEY


his summer, after a civil suit challenged the New York City Police Department’s notorious program of patting down “suspicious” residents, Judge Shira A. Scheindlin of the Federal District Court in Manhattan imposed an experiment in which officers in precincts with the highest reported rates of stop-and-

frisk activity would be required to wear video cameras for a year. Earlier this year, a 12-month study by Cambridge University researchers revealed that when the city of Rialto, Calif., required its cops to wear cameras, the number of complaints filed against officers fell by 88 percent and the use of force by officers dropped by almost 60 percent. In addition, research suggests that Judge

Scheindlin has made the right call; requiring officers to wear video cameras helps protect citizens’ Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure. For example, a 2004 study in criminology and public policy by criminologists Stephen Mastrofski from George Mason University and Jonathan Gould from American University evaluated direct observations of police searches in a medium-

sized American city. They conservatively estimated that nearly one-third of police searches were performed unconstitutionally, and almost none of those unconstitutional searches came to the attention of the courts. Jay Stanley, a policy analyst with the American Civil Liberties Union, calls police-worn video cameras “a win/win for both the public and the police”—i.e., video recordings help shield officers from false accusations of abuse, as well as protecting the public against police misconduct. Officer-worn video cameras do have the potential to violate the privacy of citizens. After all, the police frequently deal with people who are having one of the worst days of their lives. Police often enter people’s houses to investigate disturbances and disputes. In such cases, video of someone’s metaphorical (or literal) dirty laundry is nobody else’s business. Consequently, Stanley argues that strong rules regarding the retention, use and disclosure of videos from police-worn cameras must be established and enforced. For example, videos should be retained for no more than 30 to 60 days, unless flagged. Of course, if the video contains evidence of a crime, it should be retained just as any other evidence would. Flagging would also occur for any incident involving force or that produces a citizen complaint. With the appropriate privacy protections in place, very little of police-recorded video would ever be retained or viewed. Officers should also be required to notify people that they are being recorded. Some preliminary evidence suggests that both police and citizens behave better when they know that they’re being recorded. Additionally, the police should not have discretion to release any video to the public. For example, departments would be barred from “leaking” videos like that of a drunk Reese Witherspoon being arrested in Atlanta for disorderly conduct after a traffic stop. (For what it’s worth, the Atlanta police department denies releasing the Witherspoon scene.) Besides those legitimate

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Reflection Time The Andy Lopez tragedy has inspired numerous protests in Santa Rosa, with answers and action demanded by an increasingly distressed public. So far, their cries have not been answered; the deputy who shot Lopez, Erick Gelhaus, has even been cleared to return to work. Now a group of women has come together to take their case to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. Calling themselves Women in White, the group plans a protest outside the supervisorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; meeting on Friday, Jan. 7, with posters and mirrors, giving the supervisors a literal interpretation of supervisor Mike McGuireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s statement that this is a time for reďŹ&#x201A;ection. The women plan to ask exactly why the effort to launch a civilian review board in 2000 failed, and to call for such practices to be implemented now.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Nicolas Grizzle

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privacy concerns, what possible objections could there be to requiring every officer to wear a camera? Some contend that since practically every citizen can now record police activity using his phone, police-worn cameras are unnecessary. But some states have made it illegal to record people in public without their consent, and the police are often adamant about enforcing that prohibition when the camera is turned on them. Also, citizen recordings will often be incomplete or misleading. People typically start recording only after an encounter turns aggressive, so the context of what is happening is lost. Wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t police officers resist wearing video cameras? Initially, perhaps. But most patrol officers are now becoming comfortable with dashboard cameras in their cruisers. A 2004 study for the International Association of Chiefs of Police found that in cases where police misconduct was alleged, in-car video evidence exonerated officers 93 percent of the time. The same report further noted that dashboard cameras enhanced officer safety, improved agency accountability, reduced liability, simpliďŹ ed incident review, enhanced new recruit training, improved community perceptions, helped advance case resolution and enhanced officer performance and professionalism. In fact, the Atlanta police officer in the Witherspoon dashcam video comes off as quite professional. He consistently refers to Witherspoon as â&#x20AC;&#x153;maâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;amâ&#x20AC;? and keeps a level tone of voice despite some fairly hilarious provocation. Body-worn cameras will clearly augment all of those objectives. And it will accomplish an important democratic task as well: turning the tables on the functionaries of the surveillance state. It gives citizens better protection against police misconduct and against violations of their constitutional rights. And it protects good cops against unfair accusations.

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MAIN COURSE The lamb shank over polenta at Riviera is exemplary of the restaurant’s approach—simple dishes done right.

Masterful Meal La Riviera’s classic Italian fare does country’s culinary history proud BY NICOLAS GRIZZLE


he menu of La Riviera reads like a beautiful sonnet, for which it has to thank 13th-century Italian poet Giacomo da Lentini: the menu’s composition as a whole would not be the same without each one of its individual lines, and each line would be lost without its place with the others. There’s no deconstruction or molecular gastronomy

going on in the kitchen, just impeccable execution of Italian classics. It’s a tribute to the culinary heritage of Italy to produce such good food by simply doing everything right, with attention to small details. Organic radicchio salad ($9) is a wonderfully balanced starter. A generous portion of deep purple shreds lay like spaghetti, punctuated with bursts of flavor from gorgonzola and fennel, and topped with fresh, thinly sliced

pears and just the right amount of balsamic vinaigrette. The bitterness of the salad isn’t overwhelming, and provides the perfect setting for the sweet and salty accents. The salad makes a good introduction for the spaghetti carbonara ($15), which is rich, creamy and overflowing with perfectly sized chunks of pancetta. If there were such a thing as too much pancetta . . . ah, but there isn’t, so the thought stops there. This is the dish spaghetti was created for, and it’s done justice here. The beautiful fresco in the side dining room is a sight to behold. A

depiction of Italy as viewed from, perhaps, a Tuscan villa, is more thought-provoking and inspiring than any bit of smartphone use in the lulls between courses. An outdoor dining space is decorated with climbing vines and bistro lighting, separated just enough from the main entrance to be romantic but not secluded. Just as the scenery sinks in, the main course arrives. On a recent evening, one special was lamb shank over polenta. Like a good pasta, the extravagance of this dish was its perfect execution. The lamb was rich, not gamey at all, and perfectly tender—not falling off the bone, but melting in the mouth. Polenta served as a wonderful way to soak up the delicious gravy ladled gently over the dish. Hopefully, the roasted rack of lamb ($27) on the daily menu comes from the same supplier. Dessert was the least exciting course, but that doesn’t mean one shouldn’t leave room for it. Classics like lava cake, crème brûlée and tiramisu are all priced at $7, and remind diners why they’re such after-dinner staples with, again, near-flawless execution. The tiramisu was balanced, flavorful and presented beautifully, but the bottom layer of ladyfingers was just a touch oversoaked, while the middle layer wasn’t quite soaked entirely through. Fans will note pasta dishes named after Santa Rosa’s most famous cyclist Levi Leipheimer (spaghetti with sautéed prawns, artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes, garlic olive oil, $15); his wife, Odessa Gunn (ravioli with porcini mushroom and cream or fresh tomato basil, $18); and Levi’s GranFondo (spaghetti with grilled vegetables, garlic, olive oil and dry ricotta, $13)—owner and avid cyclist Giampaolo Pesce is friends with the couple. La Riviera Ristorante has become my first choice for Italian food in Santa Rosa. Though it may be more pricey than casual dining, the quality of the food, atmosphere and service make the experience well worth the money. La Riviera Ristorante, 75 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.579.2682.

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S O N OMA CO U N TY Charcuterie French Mediterranean. $$. Intimate bistro has casual European wine-bar feel. Lunch and dinner daily. 335 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.431.7213.

Dempsey’s Alehouse Gourmet pub fare. $-$$. Popular brewpub and bistro, award-winning handcrafted beers, outdoor dining in summer and pork chops to die for. Lunch and dinner daily. 50 E Washington St, Petaluma. 707.765.9694.

Diavola Italian/Pizza. $$. From the folks of Taverna Santi, with artisan wood-fired pizzas and elaborate antipasti served in a rustic-chic old brick former smokehouse. Lunch and dinner daily. 21021 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville. 707.814.0111.

Forchetta / Bastoni Asian-Italian. $$. Southeast Asian street food served alongside rustic Italian in unique two-in-one restaurant. Heart-warming Italian from Forchetta, while Bastoni’s focuses on Vietnamese and Thai. Lunch and dinner daily. 6948 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.9500.

Gypsy Cafe Diner. $$. Breakfast all day and excellent lunch featuring eggs Benedict, chilaquiles and pulled-pork sandwiches. Friday night dinners feature signature fried chicken, fresh local fish, burgundy pot roast, Diestel turkey meatloaf and organic spinach ravioli. Breakfast and lunch, Wed-Mon; dinner, Fri. 162 N Main St, Sebastopol. 707.861.3825. Healdsburg Bar & Grill American. $-$$ Gourmet burgers and potent cocktails from the owners of Cyrus. It ain’t fancy, but it’s awfully good, with topnotch ingredients and low prices.

Lunch and dinner daily. 245 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.433.3333.

K&L Bistro French. $-$$$. This comfortable restaurant serves fine food with a friendly Sebastopol flair. Zagat-rated, consistently excellent and surprisingly innovative. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat; dinner, Sun. 119 S Main St, Sebastopol. 707.823.6614.

Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. 415.454.0655.

Shige Sushi Japanese.

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.

$-$$. Small space in downtown Cotati has big dreams. Lunch specials in bento format, of course, but try the nigiri for dinner. Lunch, Tues-Fri; dinner, Tues-Sun. 8235 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.9753.

MA R I N CO U N T Y 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.

Hilltop 1892 American.

extensive array of bistro-chic dishes like mild curry lamb, spicy basil prawns and roast duck with steamed lotus buns. Hot and sour soup is stellar. Lunch and dinner daily. 3100 Lakeville Hwy, Petaluma. 707.782.1132.

$$-$$$$. 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.

Mombo’s Pizza Pizza.

Il Piccolo Caffe Italian. $$.

Lily Kai Chinese. $$. An

$. The crust is thin and the toppings eclectic. Delivery. Lunch and dinner daily. 1800 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.528.FAST. 560 Hwy 116 N, Sebastopol. 707.823.7492.

Parish Cafe Cafe. $$. Authentic po’ boy sandwiches elicit the sound of a big brass marching band with every bite. Breakfast favorites include shrimp and grits, but don’t forget the beignets. Breakfast and lunch, Wed-Sun. 60-A Mill St, Healdsburg. 707.431.8474 The Red Grape Pizza. $-$$. Delectable New Havenstyle thin-crust pizzas with fresh ingredients and a dazzling array of toppings. Lunch and dinner daily. 529 First St W, Sonoma. 707.996.4103.

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.

Sapporo Japanese. $$. An excellent choice when the sushi urge hits. Lunch and

Big, ample portions at this premier spot on Sausalito’s spirited waterfront. Breakfast and lunch daily. 660 Bridgeway, Ste 3, Sausalito. 415.289.1195.

Insalata’s Mediterranean. $$$. Simple, high-impact dishes of exotic flavors. Lunch and dinner daily. 120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo. 415.457.7700. Iron Springs Pub & Brewery Brewpub. $$. Pub grub gets a pub-cuisine facelift. Lunch, Wed-Sun; dinner daily. 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax. 415.485.1005.

Joe’s Taco Lounge & Salsaria Mexican. $. Mostly authentic Mexican menu with American standbys. Lunch and dinner daily; takeout, too. 382 Miller Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.8164.

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

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

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.

Pizzeria Picco Pizza. $-$$. The wood-fired oven keeps things cozy, and the organic ingredients and produce make it all tasty. Lunch and dinner, Sat-Sun; dinner only, Mon-Fri. 316 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.945.8900.

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.


Poggio Italian. $$-$$$.

Carpe Diem Wine Bar

Truly transportive food, gives authentic flavor of the Old World. The cheaper way to travel Europe. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 777 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.7771.

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.

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.

Sushi Ran Japanese. $$$$. This beautiful restaurant attracts locals and tourists with its fresh catches. A wide selection of nigiri, depending on what’s fresh. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner, Fri-Sun. 107 Caledonia St, Sausalito. 415.332.3620. Sushiholic Japanese. $$$$. A nice addition to the local lineup, with a lengthy and wellcrafted repertoire including uncommon dishes like nabeyaki udon, zaru soba, yosenabe and sea bass teriyaki. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. Rowland Plaza, 112-C Vintage Way, Novato. 415.898.8500. Tommy’s Wok Chinese. $-$$. Tasty and filling Chinese fare without the greasy weigh-down. Nice vegetarian selections, too. Lunch and

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

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

Miguel’s MexicanCalifornian. $$. Ultracasual setting and laid-back service belies the delicious kitchen magic within; chilaquiles are legendary. Breakfast,lunch and dinner daily. 1437 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.6868.

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

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.



dinner daily. 518 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.575.0631.




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 Bohème Wines Earthy, balanced Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from an enterprising young winemaker who’s found a home in this redoubt in the redwoods. Also try the Bodega Rancho cool-climate Syrah. 3625 Main St., Occidental. Friday, 3pm to 6pm, Saturday– Sunday, noon to 5pm, or by appointment. No fee. 707.874.3218.

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

Hart’s Desire Wines Brash Zinfandel and sensuous Pinot Noir from the label with the come-hither eyes. Brick walls plastered with art, participatory painting, and a jukebox also entertain in this old warehouse shared with Christi Vineyards and J. Keverson Winery. 53 Front St. (Old Roma Station), Healdsburg. Thursday–Monday, 11am– 5pm. Tasting fee $5. 707.433.3097.

Moondance Cellars Dogs, Cabs and cars are the focus; when a supercharged 1965 Corvette is parked in front, the vintner is in the house. Also, Port and Sherry from Sonoma Valley Portworks. 14301 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen. Daily 11am–6pm. $5 tasting fee. 707.938.7550.

Passalacqua Winery Family-run, boasting good reds and Chardonnay as well as a fun wine-aroma kit to train your senses to identify common wine smells. Large deck, garden and vineyard. 3805 Lambert Bridge Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 707.433.5575.

Red Car Wine Co. Lay some track to the “Gateway to Graton” and take your palate on a ride with Boxcar Syrah and Trolley Pinot from Sonoma Coast vineyards. Next stop: Côte-Rôtie on the way to Beaune. 8400 Graton Road, Sebastopol. Open daily, 10am-5pm. Tasting fee $10. 707.829.8500.

Stephen & Walker The sign says, um, “cult wines,” but take another look: Local winemakers who have crawled up from the very trenches of the business are offering Howell Mountain Cab, a Pinot Noir triptych, Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, and Muscat Canelli here. 243 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. Daily, 11am–7pm. Tasting fee, $10. 707.431.8749.

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.

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.

N A PA CO U N TY Adastra Wines To the 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.

Cuvaison Estate Wines (WC) Producing some 65 percent of its product as Chardonnay, Cuvaison has a 22,000-square-foot cave. 4550 Silverado Trail N., Napa. By appointment. 707.942.6266.

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.

Jericho Canyon Vineyard Oh boy, boutique 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.

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

Somerston Wine Co. Ambitious ranch and winery includes utility-vehicle “buggy” rides by appointment. Lonely swans, sheep, and wine, too. 6488 Washington St., Yountville. Daily, 11am–7pm. Tastings $25–$45. Ranch tours by appointment. 707.944.8200.

Sanglier Cellars Syrah-loving Texas transplants find hog heaven in Healdsburg BY JAMES KNIGHT


here are lots of folks who move to the wine country for the lifestyle—at least, the lifestyle that those who can afford to purchase vineyard estates and collect expensive wines enjoy. And there are those locals whose family business it is to farm those vineyard estates and grow the grapes for said dear wines. And then there’s Glenn Alexander, who wasted no time in becoming both kinds of folks at the same time.

Alexander joined Sonoma County’s seeming diaspora of wineloving Texans in 2001 after a running a successful manufacturing business that involved whirlpool baths, says his daughter Chelsea Hawley with a hint of Texas twang. She caught up with the family in 2007. After purchasing a tractor for his eight-acre vineyard, Alexander found himself tooting around his neighbors’ vineyards on request. He then obtained a viticulture certificate from Santa Rosa Junior College and founded Bacchus Vineyard Management, which farms vineyards for such hot-ticket brands as Kosta Browne, Paul Hobbs and Pahlmeyer. Key here is that Alexander uses only grapes that he farms for clients. There’s Pinot and Chard, but the core wines are sourced from Kick Ranch, the sought-after Rhône varietal sensation located in unlikely Rincon Valley. Viognier, Roussanne and Marsanne make up the lovely 2011 Blanc de Tusque ($22). It’s got an oily quality to the palate (“unctuous,” for us wine snobs) with honeyed floral and apricot aromas and a dry, saline finish. Mostly Syrah, the 2010 Rouge du Tusque ($26) jots a note with purple marker on the nose—it says, “exotic, figgy, licorice, plush.” The signature 2009 Boar’s Camp ($45) is a blend of Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault poised between wet stone, blood and blueberry syrup, while aromas like savory herbs, crushed blackberries and raspberries add complexity to the palate-friendly 2009 Kemp Vineyard Syrah ($40). Not too showy, serious but immediately enjoyable, the Sanglier style is a nice addition to the wine country. Lifestyle not included. Sanglier Cellars, 132 Plaza St., Healdsburg. Daily, 11am–6pm; Saturday, 11am–7pm. Winter, closed Wednesdays. Tasting fee, $10. 707.433.6104.


So Long, 2013! A look at the year’s worst, wildest and weirdest of the North Bay BY LEILANI CLARK, NICOLAS GRIZZLE AND GABE MELINE

The Spotted Chihuahua ‘We know that there are public elected officials here today and that you’d better listen. You better start coming over to our side of town over there, and listen to what we have to say. Because now I’ve got what you’ve always had: it’s called money. And listen carefully, each of you. Until you come out and talk to us and listen to us and answer to what happened, I will take my money and run a spotted Chihuahua against you and let it win. And I mean it.’—Greg Sarris, Nov. 3 Citizens! I’m a spotted Chihuahua, and I want your vote. The above quote is from my campaign manager Greg Sarris. You may know him as the chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, which opened a casino in Rohnert Park a few days after

Sarris’ speech announcing my candidacy. (Well, it was supposed to be a speech honoring Andy Lopez at a meeting of the North Bay Organizing Project in conjunction with a tribal donation of $8,000 to his family, but we felt the time was right for a political announcement.) My team and I haven’t yet decided what I’m running for, exactly, but I’m leaning toward county supervisor. Good pay, high reelection rates for incumbents, ability to get into trouble without severe repercussion—it seems like a perfect fit for an ill-tempered, scrappy, undersized perrito like myself. And I hear there might be a good chance at defeating an incumbent pretty soon. Now, I know what you’re thinking: Spotted Chihuahua, you’re adorable and everything, but where do you stand on the issues we care about? What about water conservation, commercial development and paving our

roadways? I can assure you, I will pretend to care about every little thing your heart desires, just so long as I get my treats. Give me a peanut butter crunchie, and I will sing and dance for you all day. —Nicolas Grizzle

Efren’s Underwear “Efren Carrillo got arrested last night. He was drunk and in his socks and underwear.” It was the kind of text that makes you drop the phone and go “Daaaang!” And, like most people do when a public official is caught with their pants down (or missing entirely), I shot back with a joke. “Hey, it’s like the KONY 2012 guy, without the masturbation!” But here are the facts as we know them: Around 3am on July 13, a woman placed two 911 calls after a man rustled the blinds at her bedroom window, and soon after, Carrillo knocked on her front door and ran away. The 32-year-

old Sonoma County supervisor was found in only his socks and underwear, and the screen to the woman’s window was discovered to have been torn. Police believed Carrillo intended to commit sexual assault, and arrested him on suspicion of burglary, prowling and possible sexual assault in West Santa Rosa. The day after the arrest, I tossed around a few Champagne-fueled speculations with a friend. I was convinced Carrillo had ) 14


14 Year in Review ( 13 suffered some sort of mental breakdown, and initially, I empathized with the guy. I spent my ’20s and early ’30s sucking down whiskey drinks, a tendency that led me into “adventures” that might never have passed ethical muster in the light of day. Of course, I wasn’t on the board of supervisors. My friend, on the other hand, thought this was your run-of-themill booty call gone awry. But as facts were revealed, it turned out that this was far from the truth. The young woman barely knew Carrillo, aside from the superficial interaction you might have with a neighbor who lives across the fence, or in this case, across the driveway. Far from a case of buyer’s remorse, this was something way more serious. For most women, an unknown man entering a bedroom window in the early morning hours is the stuff of nightmares. As Carrillo’s charges were reduced to peeking, the calls for his ouster were repeated, but much of the press focused on whether the whole incident would have long-term repercussions for Carrillo’s rising political star. A more crucial question might be: How can the women of Sonoma County feel safe in a community that allows elected leaders to violate the safety of one of his own constituents, whatever Carrillo thought the potential outcome might be of his two-beerin-hand, nearly naked, pre-dawn visit? As Rosanne Darling, the victim’s lawyer told the Bohemian in December, “Nobody’s talking about what this means for the women of this county. What are we willing to accept in 2013, in a place as progressive as Sonoma County?” That’s the question we should be asking ourselves in 2014. —Leilani Clark

Sinking Rock Hey, remember BottleRock? The most promising music festival to ever hit the North Bay, with the most insanely top-notch lineup of bands? Of course you

do, because if you weren’t at the festival itself, you were either stuck listening to your co-workers talk about it all the time, or just plain stuck in its traffic. Or hey! Maybe you’re one of the many people to whom BottleRock owes money. That’s because after five festival days with nearly everything running smoothly, the star-struck promoters paid the bands—and forgot to pay full invoices to the stagehands, the backstage caterer, the portable toilet company, the trash lady, the shuttle bus company, the city of Napa . . . And the list goes on. Even the father of one of the promoters filed suit against his own son to be paid. Ouch. As of late November, a trio of new investors was interested in taking over the festival and paying off its estimated $8.5 million in debt. But between the lawsuits, the bad press, the infighting and the obscene levels of financial mismanagement, who would want to take the chance? Meanwhile, three-day passes for BottleRock 2014 remain for sale on the festival’s website. Our tip: save your $329 until a real lineup is announced.—Gabe Meline

The Death of a Child Andy Lopez was just another 13-year-old walking through his neighborhood on Moorland Avenue in Santa Rosa, on his way to a friend’s house to return his toy gun. When he heard someone from behind yell to him, he began to turn around to see who it was. Instead, he was pumped full of bullets, killed in plain daylight

by deputy Erick Gelhaus, who continued to shoot after the boy fell to the ground. According to the autopsy, which showed the bullets’ trajectories, Andy Lopez was only halfway turned around before he was shot from behind. According to witnesses, Gelhaus didn’t identify himself as law enforcement. And according to the sheriff’s own time stamp, the whole incident— from radioing in a suspicious person with a gun, to radioing back that shots had been fired— took just 10 seconds. Andy Lopez didn’t have a chance. Marches, vigils and actions have been a weekly occurrence since, and you can’t walk a hundred yards in southwest Santa Rosa without seeing “Justice for Andy” painted on a car window. In other parts of town, though, things aren’t so tumultuous. The Santa Rosa Police Department is as close as ever with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, and is tasked with the “outside” investigation. District Attorney Jill Ravitch is tasked with reviewing that investigation, despite being cozy as can be with Sheriff Steve Freitas—the two spoke at each others’ campaign kickoff events. A nearly all-white, middle-aged grand jury will likely dutifully stamp the results. Lopez’s death caused us all to “have a conversation” in 2013. But with 27 officer-related fatal shootings that have occurred since 2000, and with Gelhaus back at work and likely to be cleared of any wrongdoing, it’s time to stop talking and start acting to change a system that allows such tragedies. At the very least, Ravitch should voluntarily recuse herself from reviewing the investigation of Frietas’ department—a clear political conflict of interest. Better yet would be for the formation of a civilian review board to oversee officer-related shootings, which has long been recommended for Sonoma County and is currently being studied by a task force. If it could stop even one innocent 13-year-old from being killed, it would all be worth it. —Gabe Meline

The Electeds’ Musical Chairs A barrage of political candidacy announcements marked the second half of 2013 as local politicos revved up for an election year. After State Sen. Noreen Evans announced that she would not seek re-election in 2014, Sonoma County Supervisor Mike McGuire launched a bid for her state Legislature seat. (A “leaked” poll of 400 registered North Coast voters shows McGuire with a significant lead over the other two candidates, for whatever that’s worth.) It wasn’t long before potential candidates began vying to take over McGuire’s position. Those entering the fray include James Gore, a former senior official in the Department of Agriculture under President Obama. A Sonoma County native with wine industry ties, the 35-year-old recently moved back to Healdsburg with his wife and daughter, announcing his candidacy soon afterward. Environmentally minded Windsor councilwoman Deborah Fudge will make her third attempt at supervisorial seat, as will lively, rampant Press Democrat commenter Keith Rhinehart, former Healdsburg mayor Pete Foppiano, and Healdsburg city councilman Tom Chambers. In Santa Rosa, former Press Democrat columnist Chris Coursey announced a run for a seat on the Santa Rosa City Council. If he wins, he’ll leave behind a long journalism career for public office, leaving his loyal readers to sigh and cheer at the same time. Shout out to Erin Carlstrom for bringing her new baby to city council meetings

Delicious Gamble

Rohnert Park residents rejoiced this year when the long-awaited casino opened on the outskirts of town. Not because there would finally be a form of entertainment other than miniature golf or theater in the city, but because the $800 million gambling mecca has a top-notch taqueria. The 34,000-square-foot casino is fun and all, but the real draw is La Fondita. The Santa Rosa eatery was hand-picked by tribal chairman Greg Sarris to open another outlet of its popular Roseland restaurants inside the casino. With the incredible response to the opening of a Chipotle restaurant in Rohnert Park (diners sometimes waited upwards of an hour in line), it was obvious that RP residents were in desperate need of a real burrito. Yes, the casino was a source of controversy for over a decade before it was even built, and traffic was terrible on opening day, Nov. 4. But the delicious tortas were worth the wait, as a full parking garage and packed gambling floors littered with drips of crema and guacamole will attest. It’s a mainstay, and even if Amy’s Kitchen does open

a healthy fast-food establishment down the street, it won’t make a dent in La Fondita’s business. A healthy chorizo chimichanga is one that I don’t ever want to meet. And if a strip mall or two opens across the street with a Taco Bell or a Baja Fresh, so be it. Station Casinos bought all the land adjacent to the casino it bankrolled, and it can lease the space to whomever it likes. You know why La Fondita doesn’t give a shit? Because their tacos are the shit—the best little meat bombs a tortilla has ever had the honor of transporting to a mouth. And the elote? That’s no gamble, that’s a sure bet for deliciousness, corn-teeth be damned. Rohnert Park has changed forever, no thanks to the smoky, flashy, loud, moneysucking sensory blitz of the Graton Rancheria Casino, but to the beautiful, rich, spicy carne asada contained within.—Nicolas Grizzle

The Internet Lottery

Out of the thousands of things we post online every year, we’re never completely sure what’s going to capture the imagination of the public at large. But in the case of a mid-July post about a newscast, we at the Bohemian captured eyeballs worldwide. In a post titled “KTVU Reports Asiana Pilots Named ‘Sum Ting Wong,’ ‘Ho Lee Fuk,’” we had the somewhat dubious honor of being first to break the news that KTVU anchors had messed up really, really bad. In just one day, we’d amassed 250,000 views; the post would go on to break the halfmillion mark by the end of the week. What can we say? People all over the world like racist news bloopers.—Gabe Meline


and providing inspiration to working moms everywhere—and a brickbat to the misogynist troll who wrote that Carlstrom should “stay at home with her first child.” This was also the year that the 31-year-old attorney, who’s served less than a year on Santa Rosa City Council, announced that she would run for State Legislature . . . oh wait, no, never mind . . . make that the 10th District assembly seat, currently held by Marc Levine, who last year unseated Michael Allen. Carlstrom hasn’t made the official announcement yet, but maybe this one will stick.—Leilani Clark

The week’s events: a selective guide

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FOLK YEAH Dazzling young quintet We the Folk play Hopmonk in Sebastopol on Jan. 2. See Clubs, p21.





No Lye

Mortal Coil

Sunday Honk

Life in Cuba

Everyone knows that, as a Mediterranean climate, Sonoma County is perfect for growing grapes. But what about that other Mediterranean fruit? We once had many olive farms in the region, since replaced, like the ill-fated Gravenstein apple, by the morebuck-per-pound grape. Enter the Sonoma Valley Olive Festival, which aims to restore the local olive to its throne. While there’s the Blessing of the Olives on Jan. 4 at the Sonoma Mission (11am; free), we direct your attention to olive guru Don Landis and his free workshop on curing olives in the home. Landis shares his personal recipe for “no lye” curing on Sunday, Jan. 5, at Cline Cellars. 24737 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. Free; RSVP to Don Landis ( For more info, visit

It’s a fact: we’re all gonna have to go some time. The thing is, our loved ones have to grapple with our absence. Enter the Death Cafe, an unconventional take on the idea of a support group for those wrestling with the loss of a loved one. As noted in an April 2013 Bohemian feature, participants in the Death Cafe laugh a lot more than they cry, and the whole meeting serves to break the weirdly uncomfortable relationship humans have with something that’s so normal, it’s 100 percent guaranteed. Tea, cake and stories of shuffling off abound when Karen Garber hosts on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at the Sunflower Center. 1435 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. 7pm. Free. 707.792.5300.

We were glad to see a familiar name in this year’s SF Sketchfest lineup with the announcement of a tribute to Mal Sharpe, who with Jim Coyle revolutionized the concept of the man-on-the-street interview in the 1960s and added a touch of the absurd to the already absurdist decade. (It worked in the 1980s, too; you haven’t lived until you’ve heard Sharpe ask Reagan devotees at the Republican National Convention to name their favorite fish.) Like Woody Allen, Sharpe has been seduced by Dixieland, and plays it, properly and suitably, every week in Sausalito. Kick the new year off right, get a $7 ice cream cone and see Sharpe and band rave it up on Sunday, Jan. 5, at the No Name Bar. 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. Free. 3–6pm. 415.332.1392.

Naturally, the stellar music drove the narrative of the award-winning documentary Buena Vista Social Club. But just as important and eye-opening were the many scenes of street life in and around Havana—the cars, dancing, street peddlers, artists and overall culture of the country that’s grown independently for 50 years. Filmmaker Warren Haack became entranced by this culture, and has released a film capturing life in the clubs, bars and streets of Cuba. ‘Santiago Is Santiago’ explores this Afro-Cuban intermingling; it screens on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at the Bay Model Visitor Center. 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 6pm. Free. 415.332.3871.

—Gabe Meline

Kevin Berne

WHERE IS HE? MTC’s ‘Waiting for Godot’ tops our theater critic’s 2013 list.

Top Torn Tix 2013 My favorite plays of the year BY DAVID TEMPLETON


f the 70-something plays I see each year, I am asked every December to select 10 that were my favorites. That’s an interesting concept, favorites. My favorite pet of all time was Waldo, a seriously flawed example of canine scrounginess, wholly unexceptional except for one detail: I loved him. I suspect he was no worthier than any other dog, and I’m sure that the experts who judge dog shows would scoff were I to suggest that Waldo deserved to be thought of as the best. But we love what we love. Once a year, I set aside my analysis and simply name the 10 shows that got to me the most, made me laugh the hardest or cry the longest or think the juiciest thoughts. Some of these might truly belong on a list of the best shows of the year (some were awesome!), but that’s another list. These are my own personal, most-loved shows. 1. ‘Waiting for Godot’ (Marin Theater Company) Director Jasson Minadakis took one of the theater’s

most minimalistic plays and stripped it down to almost nothing but the words, then put those words into the mouths of four brilliant actors. Gorgeously staged, it took audiences on a journey of absurdist extremes. Wonderfully done. 2. ‘The Price’ (Cinnabar Theater) A brilliant Charles Siebert almost stole Arthur Miller’s well-crafted drama from his three co-stars, but under the poetic direction of Sheri Lee Miller, actors John Shillington, Madeleine Ashe and Samson Hood (in his best-ever performance) kept stealing it back. 3. ‘The Sound of Music’ (Mountain Play) The Bay Area’s largest stage (atop Mt. Tamalpais) was put to spectacular use in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved classic, from cars and motorcycles driving across massive pivoting sets to the von Trapp family climbing an actual mountain in the rousing and lovely finale. 4. ‘The Shape of Things’ (Main Stage West) It was a strong year for Keith Baker, who rocked as Caliban in Sebastopol Shakespeare Festival’s Tempest but had already

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given one of the year’s best performances in David Lear’s production of Neil LaBute’s social satire about art, love and other forms of emotional manipulation. 5. ‘Red’ (Sixth Street Playhouse) Charlie Siebert again, directed by Craig Miller, paired with actor Ryan Schabach’s in John Logan’s astonishingly good examination of the work and ideas of artist Mark Rothko. 6. ‘This Is Our Youth’ (Main Stage West) Sex. Drugs. Foul language. Toasters. Ken Lonergan’s affectionately fierce story of three rudderless young people, directed Keith Baker, was as shocking as it was entertaining. 7. ‘La Cage aux Folles’ (Cinnabar Theater) Sheri Lee Miller (who directed the above-mentioned Price and The Tempest) scored yet again with a deeply moving, emotionally grounded spin on Harvey Fierstein and Jerry Herman’s hilarious musical. Actors Michael Van Why and Stephen Walsh were wonderfully real. 8. ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (Actors Basement) Directed by Merlyn Q. Sell, this gender-bending presentation of Shakespeare’s tragic romance was cleverly staged on two sides of a window, with scenes performed simultaneously to stunning, sexy and often eyeopening effect. 9. ‘Shrek: The Musical’ and ‘Pirates of Penzance’ (Summer Repertory Theater) SRT’s strongest season in years included two supremely charming shows which worked as a pair (so I’m including them as one). Shrek: The Musical, directed by James Newman, transported the nasty-nice animated film onto the stage with a sly social message about equality and speaking truth to power. Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, directed by Brian J. Marcum, was played with giddy enthusiasm and lighthearted glee. 10. ‘The Spanish Tragedy’ (Marin Shakespeare Company) Thomas Kyd’s seldom-produced play, as directed by Lesley Currier, was a wild ride of a show, alternately violent and funny, poetic and crude, a memorably rip-roaring history lesson that had audiences buzzing from start to finish.




A Sebastopol Community Cultural Center and Cumulus Presents Production Cloud Moss’ 60th birthday

Charity Benefit Concert Saturday, January 25

All proceeds to benefit Redwood Empire Food Bank and Sebastopol Community Cultural Center

Featuring Dave Alvin (trio), Jimmy Lafave (band), Wavy Gravy, Special Guest Nina Gerber, Jim (Mr. Music) & The Corbettes, Teresa Tudury and Analy High School Vocal Ensemble (singing doo-wop) Concert begins at 7pm (6pm doors) includes late night dance set Pre-concert reception 4pm, Center Annex, includes food, entertainment & libations Ticket Prices: Victrola $100 • Gramophone $78 • Vintage $60 Juke Box $45 (reception only) • Vinyl $33.33


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Also Coming Soon Poor Man’s Whiskey (night of Allman Brothers Band music) February 15th Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott – March 1st R. Carlos Nakai with Will Clipman – March 22nd

Celtic Fiddle Festival (featuring Kevin Burke, Christian Lemaître, and André Brunet) – April 11th Greg Brown – April 26th

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Disney’s terrible year in film BY RICHARD VON BUSACK


EPCOT ETHER ‘Escape from Tomorrow’ was the best Disney-related film of 2013.


y favorite films of 2013 include Captain Phillips, Her, Gravity, 12 Years a Slave, Nebraska and The Grandmaster. But the worst film of 2013 was The Lone Ranger.

What a bad year for Disney. Watch them try to burnish their image with the lie-filled Saving Mr. Banks, where they imagineered the story of starchy Brit P. L. Travers (Emma Thompson), author of Mary Poppins, learning to lay back and enjoy market penetration. Cut to The Lone Ranger, a Disney franchise that no one knew how to launch. Who was that movie for? Psychotic kids? And then there was 2013’s Revolt of the Disney girls. Defenders of Spring Breakers (I’m not really one) claim the transgressive qualities of this thang were proved by defecting Disneyites Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens, going down and dirty. (And Spring Breakers came out even before the former Hannah Montana decided to twitch her undernourished hams at that awards show.) But I preferred Randy Moore’s all-out attack on Sleeping Beauty’s castle. Escape from Tomorrow, filmed guerrilla-style inside Disney World and Disneyland without permission, even has a counter on its website ticking off the time until the filmmakers are sued by Disney. Moore added to the encouraging black-and-white revival of 2013: Frances Ha, Much Ado About Nothing, Nebraska and the charcoaland-snow-tinted colors of Inside Llewyn Davis. While proving the viability of monochrome, Moore also snatched his movie out of one of the most heavily monitored places on earth. You’d rather steal chump change from Smaug. My favorite movie of the year was Blue Is the Warmest Color, with its two mesmerizing leads, but I also loved the two unfortunate women facing religious mania (or is it religious solace?) in the Romanian tragedy Beyond the Hills. And the troubled friendship in Frances Ha, and brave Beatrice sticking up for her kinswoman Hero in Joss Whedon’s typically feminist take on Shakespeare in Much Ado About Nothing. It’s the reason why the Bechdel Test means so much as I get older, and why male buddy films mean less to me.

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retty much from the word go, from note one, we do our best to give the audience an action-packed show,” says Reel Big Fish drummer Ryland Steen in a recent phone interview. “These days, you want to leave a show feeling like you’ve been somewhere. We do our best to give them a fun show, that kind of experience, and the music, universally, just makes people go crazy.” For Steen, a native of Lincoln, Neb., playing fast-paced ska-punk was at first a challenge. “Growing up, I had knowledge of reggae music, but I didn’t know anything about original ska, much less the third wave of ska music that Reel Big Fish came out of,” he says. “It took me a couple years before I really felt comfortable.” Reel Big Fish play Jan. 7 at the Phoenix Theater. The band enjoyed a surge in the late 1990s, when groups such as No Doubt and Sublime helped push ska to the forefront of the alternative rock scene. “Sell Out,” the single from the group’s 1996 album Turn the Radio Off, reached number 10 on Billboard’s modern rock chart, and the video saw considerable play on MTV. But the popularity of ska-punk proved brief, and Reel Big Fish never again cracked the upper tier of the rock charts. After 20 years, singer Aaron Barrett is the only remaining original member of the band. Steen will soon mark his eighth year in the band. “They go by in a blur,” he says. “When I first joined the band I thought, ‘I’ll be in it for a year or two.’ Eight years later, I feel really lucky to be in this band and to have it turn into the experience it’s become. “Being able to be on a bus and tour the world six or seven months a year is so great,” Steen continues. “Wherever we go, we seem to have a great group of people to see the show, at every show. Because we’ve toured so much, the band has built its reputation on the live show. We try to bring it every night, and the people always do. We feed off of that.”

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Concerts Clubs & SONOMA COUNTY Venues Reel Big Fish Skankers wrote the catchy hit, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sell Out.â&#x20AC;? Suburban Legends, the Maxies and Mighty Mongo open. Jan 7, 7:30pm. $20$23. Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

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

SONOMA COUNTY Aqus Cafe First Wednesday of every month, Chamber Music. First Thursday of every month, Celtic Night. Second Wednesday of every month, Jazz Jam. 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.

Arlene Francis Center Jan 5, the Vespertine Orchestra, Miles Wick, Peck the Town Crier, Alex Rather-Taylor. Wed, Open Mic. First Thursday of every month, Jazz & Coffee. 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.

Chrome Lotus Fri, Sat, Live DJs. 501 Mendocino Ave, Santa

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Coffee Catz Mon, 6pm, open mic. Sat, 2pm, bluegrass jam. First Wednesday of every month, Inner Piano Listenings with Jerry Green. 6761 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.6600.

Flamingo Lounge Tues, Swing Dancing with Lessons. Sun, 7pm, salsa with lessons. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

French Garden Jan 3, Organix. Jan 4, Bearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Belly. 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.2030.

Friar Tuckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fri, DJ Mike. Wed, Sat, karaoke. 8201 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.792.9847.

Hopmonk Sebastopol Jan 2, We the Folk. Jan 3, Petty Theft. Jan 8, Ini. Mon, Monday Night Edutainment with Jacques & Guac. Tues, 7:30pm, open mic night. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

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Timothy Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;neil Band. Wed, Open Mic. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.

Inn at the Tides Sat, Maple Profant. Bay View Restaurant. 800 Hwy 1, Bodega Bay. 800.541.7788.

Olive & Vine Cafe Sun, Sunday Supper Club with live music. 14301 Arnold St, Glen Ellen. 707.996.9150.

Phoenix Theater

Jan 1, Moonlight Rodeo. Jan 2, Nick Lopez. Jan 3, Brothers of Siren. Jan 4, Pat Jordan Band. Jan 5, Slowpoke. Jan 8, Junk Parlor. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

Jan 4, the Bruthas. Jan 5, Poetry with Glenn Ingersoll and Alan Bern. Jan 7, Reel Big Fish, Suburban Legends, the Maxies, Mighty Mongo. Mon, 7pm, young peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s AA. Tues, 7pm, Acoustic Americana jam. Wed, 6pm, Jazz jam. Sun, 5pm, rock and blues jam. 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

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Jan 4, Four Shillings Short. Sun, Kit Mariahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Open Mic Night. 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.

Mavericks Jan 3, Cherry Street Gang. 397 Aviation Blvd, Santa Rosa. 707.765.2515.

Mc Tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bullpen Thurs, 9pm, karaoke with Country Dan. Fri, DJ Alexander. 16246 First St, Guerneville. 707.869.3377.

First Tuesday of every month, Rock Overtime. Thurs, Open Mic. First Friday of every month, Dginn. First Sunday of every month, Organix Guitar. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.

Riverside Bistro Fri, Jazz on the River with the Peter Welker Sextet. 54 E Washington St, Petaluma. 707.773.3200.

Thurs, Casa Rasta. First Friday of every month, Neon with DJ Paul Timbermann & guests. Sun, Church on Sundays. 528 Seventh St, Santa Rosa, No phone.

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Fri and Sat, Top 40 DJs hosted by DJ Stevie B. 146 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.782.0592.

Jan 5, San Francisco Institute of Music. Mon, Open Mic with Derek Smith. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

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Jan 2, John Roy Zat. Jan 4, Manzanita Moon. Sun, Evening Jazz with Gary Johnson. 131 E First St, Cloverdale. 707.894.9610.

Jan 4, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Absence of Mercyâ&#x20AC;? with John Burley. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 415.927.0960.

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Wed, Singles and Pairs Square Dance Club. Thurs, Sun, Circles â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;n Squares Dance Club. 1400 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.529.5450. Jan 2, David Thom Band. Jan 3, Sonoma Mountain. Jan 4, Andrew Freeman Band. Wed, trivia night. 464 First St E, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.

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Jan 5, Mario Guarneri. Mon, 8pm, open mic with Simon Costa. Sat, Uke Jam. Sun, 2pm, Irish music. Second Wednesday of every month, Finger-Style Guitar Showcase. 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.485.1182.

Smiley’s Mon, reggae. Wed, Larry’s karaoke. Sun, open mic. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311.

Sweetwater Music Hall Jan 2, Imperial Messenger Service. Jan 4, Crüella, Reckless in Vegas, the Hormones. Mon, Open Mic. Every other Wednesday, Wednesday Night Live. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

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Hydro Grill First Saturday of every month, AlwaysElvis. Sun, 7pm, Swing Seven. Fri, Sat, blues. 1403 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.9777.

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

Pica Pica Maize Kitchen First Friday of every month, salsa dance party. Oxbow Public Market, 610 First St, Napa.

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

Silo’s Wed, 7pm, jam session. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

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Jan 3, Soul Mechanix. Jan 4, the Devil Shakes. Jan 8, Liv Gibson Band. Mon, acoustic open mic. Tues, John Varn & Tom Odetto. First Wednesday of every month, the Weissmen. First Sunday of every month, Blues Jam. First Thursday of every month, Burnsy’s Sugar Shack. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.

Rancho Nicasio Jan 4, the Rhythm Rangers. Jan 5, Caribbean Bleu. Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

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Young Remedy San Francisco’s own comes correct with new album “Twerk Chair.” Jan 2 at Brick & Mortar Music Hall.

Anthony B Pan Afrikanist in the tradition of Marcus Garvey brings conscious reggae alive. Jan 3 at the Independent.

The Easy Leaves A “Western Winter Formal” with the North Bay’s finest acoustic duo. Jan 4 at the Great American Music Hall.

Aceyalone The most tongue-twisting member of Freestyle Fellowship switches up styles. Jan 4 at the New Parish.

Pharoah Sanders Quartet If Coltrane was the father of spiritual jazz, Sanders was the son—and still inspires. Jan 3-5 at Yoshi’s Oakland.

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Galleries RECEPTIONS Jan 7 O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, “Member Show,” featuring sculpture, paintings, photography and more. 6pm. 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.4331.

SONOMA COUNTY Charles M Schulz Museum Through Feb 3, “Play Things: Toys in Peanuts,” a nostalgic journey through popular toys in the Peanuts comic strip. Through Mar 2, “School Projects,” follow the Peanuts gang as they struggle through a typical school year with original comic strips. Through Apr 27, “Starry, Starry Night,” 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.

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.

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.

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

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

Riverfront Art Gallery 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. Fri-Sat, 11 to 8. 707.775.4ART.

Dr, Novato. Wed-Sun, 11 to 4. 415.506.0137.

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts Jan 7-23, “Member Show,” featuring sculpture, paintings, photography and more. 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. Tues-Sat, 10 to 2; also by appointment. 415.388.4331.

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.

MARIN COUNTY Falkirk Cultural Center Through Mar 8, “Artisans,” emerging and internationally known artists. 1408 Mission Ave, San Rafael. 415.485.3438.

Gallery Route One Through Jan 12, “MixUp,” paintings by Will Thoms. Salon, Jan 12, 4pm. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. Wed-Mon, 11 to 5. 415.663.1347.

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

Marin MOCA Through Jan 12, “The Human Experience,” work by Ning Mercer. Novato Arts Center, Hamilton Field, 500 Palm

NAPA COUNTY di Rosa 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.

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.

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

Events Calistoga Art Walk Follow the signs and view art with strolling tour of shops and galleries. First Wed-Thurs of every month, 5-7pm. Free. Downtown Calistoga, Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.225.1003.

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.

‘SADIE’ ‘The Human Experience,’ work by Ning Mercer, is up at Marin MOCA through Jan. 12. See Galleries, this page.

Entrepreneurs’ Happy Hour Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres while socializing with local innovators, service providers and investors. First Tues of every month, 5pm. Free. Sonoma Mountain Business Cluster, 1300 Valley House Dr, Ste 100, Rohnert Park. 707.794.1240.

First Friday Art Show Oct 4, art by Abigail Zimmerman and music by Tom Martin. First Fri of every month. Epicurean Connection, 122 West Napa St, Sonoma. 707.935.7960.

First Friday Art Walk Downtown Guerneville event includes artist receptions and food pairings. First Fri of every month. Free. Sonoma Nesting Company, 16151 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.3434.

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.

Kids Art Classes Arts and crafts for kids during the winter break from school. See for full schedule. Through Jan 3. $32. Charles M Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452.

Low-Cost Physicals Family physicals for adults and children by appointment. Ongoing. $20-$65. Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2880.

Mill Valley Art Walk First Tues monthly, 6 to 8, downtown area galleries and businesses showcase local artists. First Tues of every month, 6-8pm. Free. Downtown Mill Valley, Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley. 415.721.1856.

Plant Nursery Work Day Volunteer at the Sonoma Garden Park. Thurs, 9am2pm. Sonoma Ecology Center, 20 E Spain St, Sonoma. 707.996.0712.

Preschool Storytime A lap-sit program for infants, one day to 17 months old, accompanied by a parent or

caregiver. Fri, 10:45am. free. Petaluma Library, 100 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma. 707.763.9801.

Resource Clinic Get info on housing, transit, food stamps and Medi-Cal. Wed, 11am-1pm. Free. Petaluma Health Center, 1301 Southpoint Blvd, Petaluma. 707.559.7500.

Sebastopol Art Walk First Thurs monthly, 6 to 8, downtown area galleries and businesses showcase local artists. First Thurs of every month. Sebastopol Plaza, McKinley St, Sebastopol. 707.874.9462.

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

Teen Health Clinic Thurs, 3:30-6pm. Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

Toddler Storytime High-energy storytime for toddlers 18 months to three years old. Fri, 10am. Free. Petaluma Library,

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

French Garden Farm Tour Join Dan Smith for practical tips on growing your own garden. First Sat of every month. Free. French Garden Farm, 11031 Cherry Ridge Rd, Sebastopol. 707.824.2030.

Film National Theatre London Live in HD Jan 4, “The Habit of Art”; Feb 1, “Coriolanus.” Sat, Jan 4, 1pm. $24-$30. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.924.5111.

Santiago Is Santiago Documentary about Cuban culture. Jan 7, 6pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.3871.

Symphony of the Soil Documentary about listening to the earth. Jan 5, 1pm. $8. Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St E, Sonoma. 707.996.9756.

Food & Drink Civic Center Farmers Market Sun at 10am, “Eat Local 101” provides walking tour with information, cooking advice and ideas inspired by locally grown foods. Year-round. Thurs, 8am-1pm and Sun, 8am-1pm. Marin Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Dr, San Rafael. 800.897.3276.

French Garden Farm Market Enjoy produce from restaurant’s farm, along with

freshly baked breads and pastries from their kitchen. Every Sun, 10 to 2. Free. French Garden, 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.2030.

4, read-along program for ages seven and up. Mon. Belvedere-Tiburon Library, 1501 Tiburon Blvd, Tiburon. 415.789.2665.

Harvest Market

Breakfast with Enzo

Selling local and seasonal fruit, flowers, vegetables and eggs. Sat, 9am-1pm. Harvest Market, 19996 Seventh St E, Sonoma. 707.996.0712.

Bring clapping hands, singing voices, dancing feet and breakfast for weekly family music show. Sun at 10 and 11. Mill Valley Golf Clubhouse, 267 Buena Vista, Mill Valley. 415.652.2474.

Redwood Empire Farmers Market Sat, 8:30am-1pm and Wed, 8:30am-noon. Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa.

Totally Truckin’ Thursdays Four food trucks park in the O’Reilly parking lot, provide you with local goodness and donate 10 percent of sales to a monthly selected nonprofit. Thurs. O’Reilly & Associates, 1005 Gravenstein Hwy N, Sebastopol. 707.827.7190.

West End Wednesdays West End merchants offer wine, coffee and food tastings. Wed, 5-7pm. Free. Downtown Napa, First Street and Town Center, Napa.

Wine 101 First Fri at 5:30 monthly, local food and wine experts lead wine education and food pairing. RSVP. First Fri of every month, 5:30pm. $25-$35. SL Cellars, 9380 Sonoma Hwy, Sonoma. 707.833.5070.

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, “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.

Belvedere-Tiburon Library Mon at 10:30 and 11, songs and fingerplays for kids under two. Wed at 11, toddler storytime; at

Calistoga Library Storytime with “Library Grandparent,” Mon and Thurs at 2:30. Bilingual storytime for ages three and up, second and fourth Wed at 10:30. Ongoing. Free. Calistoga Library, 1108 Myrtle St, Calistoga. 707.942.4833.

Carolyn Parr Nature Center 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.

Central Library Babytime, Tues at 10:15. Storytime for toddlers, Tues at 11. Preschool storytime, Fri at 11. Tues-Fri. Free. Central Library, Third and E streets, Santa Rosa. 707.545.0831.

Children’s Garden 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 to 7. Film club meets Tues at 4. Ongoing. Membership, $5$10 per year. Chops Teen Club, 509 Adams St, Santa Rosa. 707.284.2467.

Cloverdale Library Tues at 10:30, preschool storytime. Ongoing. Cloverdale Library, 401 N Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale. 707.894.5271.

Corte Madera Library Wed at 10 and 11, preschool storytime. Wed, 11am. Corte Madera Library.

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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.

Petaluma Library Tues at 10, storytime for ages three to five; at 3, read to a specially trained dog from PAWS for Healing. Wed at 10, babytime; at 7, evening pajama storytime in Spanish and English. Fri at 10, storytime for toddlers. Sat at 4, parent-child reading group for second- and third-graders. Tues-WedFri. Petaluma Library, 100 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma. 707.763.9801.

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.

St Helena Library Free film series, story and craft time. Tues-Wed-Fri. St Helena Library, 1492 Library Lane, St Helena. 707.963.5244.

Windsor Library Preschool storytime and storytime for babies and toddlers. Tues-Wed. Free. Windsor Library, 9291 Old Redwood Hwy, Windsor. 707.838.1020.

Yountville Library Storytime with “Library Grandparent,” Tues, 3pm. Free. Yountville Library, 6548 Yount St, Yountville. 707.944.1888.

What We’re Reading Copperfield’s Books 2013 Top 10 bestsellers Everyone reads and writes Top 10 lists around this time of year, but how often does one get a peek into what their local region is reading? That’s what Copperfield’s Books does annually by compiling its top-selling books of the year. This year’s list from the company’s local stores is refreshingly free of vampires, tawdry S&M and hunger games; indeed, it’s the most literary-minded list in years. And the top-selling books are: 1. ‘Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife’ by Eben Alexander (pictured above) 2. ‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’ by Neil Gaiman 3. ‘Wild’ by Cheryl Strayed 4. ‘And the Mountains Echoed’ by Khaled Hosseini 5. ‘Beautiful Ruins’ by Jess Walter 6. ‘Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls’ by David Sedaris 7. ‘Where’d You Go Bernadette’ by Maria Semple 8. ‘Flight Behavior’ by Barbara Kingsolver 9. ‘Inferno’ by Dan Brown 10. ‘Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation’ by Michael Pollan —Gabe Meline

Lectures Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group For family members giving care to an elder with Alzhiemer’s or dementia. First Thurs of every

month, 3pm. Rianda House Senior Center, 1475 Main St, St Helena. 707.967.5502.

Ask a Historian Research Advisory Council tackles tough questions

Cancer Support Peer Group Share stories, tips and compassion with fellow cancer patients and survivors. First Thurs of every month. Free. Palm Drive Hospital, 501 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol.

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 A relaxed and safe setting to discuss death. Jan 8, 7pm. The Sunflower Center, 1435 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.792.5300.

Drop-In Meditation Classes for all levels include guided meditation and brief commentary. Kids welcome. Ongoing. $10. Mahakaruna Buddhist Center, 304 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.766.7720.

Free Legal Consultation Half-hour consultations with elder law attorney Janice Sternfeld. First Thurs of every month, 10am-noon. Jewish Family and Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Services, 600 Fifth Ave, San Rafael.

Good Puppy Academics

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.

Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Hanlon Roundtable Continuing parade of experienced artists share thoughts on creative process. All artists welcome. First Tues each month, 4 to 6. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Hanlon Center for the Arts, 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.4331.

Mondays, 9:30am, Storytelling with Phaedra. 189 H St, Petaluma 707.778.6060.

Relax with morning meditation. First Sun of every month, 10:30am. Donation.

Pleasures of the Heart First Monday, womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s salon. Second Monday, coed discussion group. First Mon of every month, 7pm. Pleasures of the Heart, 1310 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.482.9899.

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

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Weekly medicinal gardening clinic with master cultivators explores changing and seasonal topics. Wed. Free. Peace in Medicine, 6771 Sebastopol Ave, Hwy 12, Sebastopol. 707.823.4206.

How to De-bitter Olives Don Landis describes his process. Jan 5, 11am. Free. Cline Cellars, 24737 Arnold Dr, Sonoma. 707.940.4025.

Readings Aqus Cafe

Santa Rosa Stamp Club

Grow Clinic

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.

Jasmine Gold, certified Four Agreements facilitator, shares tools to help parents and teens work together to resolve conflict. First Sat each month at 2. First Sat of every month. $50-$57. Cotati Community Center, 216 E School St, Cotati.

Peace in Process

Open to all stamp collectors and anyone interested in collecting stamps. First Tues of every month. Free. The Lodge at Paulin Creek, 2375 Range Ave, Santa Rosa. Jan 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Getting Inside the Minds of Animalsâ&#x20AC;? with Jim Sullivan, tracker; Feb 4, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Communicating with Horses Straight From the Heartâ&#x20AC;? with Charlie Raposa. Tues, Jan 7, 7pm. $5. Aqus Cafe, 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.

SELFSudan Nyuol Lueth Tong of Duke University speaks about his anthology of Sudanese fiction and screens a short documentary about the country. Jan 3, 7pm. $10. Arlene Francis Center, 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.

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Enhance the human-canine partnership with Margie Cantwell. Jan 3, 7:30pm. Donation. Songbird Community Healing Center, 8297 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.2398.

Dongping Han tells his life story. Jan 8, 7pm. Free. Peace and Justice Center, 467 Sebastopol Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.575.8902.

month at 7:30 in Creekside Room. First Wed of every month. Free. Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. www.

Barking Dog Roasters First Sat, 5:30 to 7, First Sat monthly at 5:30, UniverSoul poetry and music open mic, hosted by Juanita J Martin. 707.435.1807. 18133 Sonoma Hwy, Sonoma.

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Book Passage Jan 5, 1pm, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Entering the Healing Groundâ&#x20AC;? with Francis Weller. Jan 5, 4pm, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Garland of Loveâ&#x20AC;? with Janine Canan. Jan 5, 7pm, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mountainâ&#x20AC;? with William Carney. Jan 6, 7pm, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where Somebody Waitsâ&#x20AC;? with Margaret Kaufman. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera 415.927.0960.


Hopmonk Sebastopol First Sunday of every month, 8:30pm, North Bay Poetry Slam, Dec 8, Leo Bryant and Jaz Sufi. Free. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol 707.829.7300.

SoCo Coffee First Saturday of every month, Poetry Azul. Free. 707.527.6434. 1015 Fourth St, Santa Rosa.

Theater Bay Area Playback Theatre Improv theater from audience suggestions. Sat, Jan 4, 8pm. $10-$18. Open Secret, 923 C St, San Rafael. 415.457.4191.

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ARIES (March 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;April 19) Deep bronzes and smoky cinnamons and dark chocolates will be your lucky colors in 2014. Mellow mahoganies and resonant russets will work well for you, too. They will all be part of lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conspiracy to get you to slow down, deepen your perspective and slip into the sweetest groove ever. In this spirit, I urge you to nestle and cuddle and caress more than usual in the coming months. If you arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t totally clear on where home is, either in the external world or inside your heart, devote yourself to ďŹ nding it. Hone your emotional intelligence. Explore your roots. On a regular basis, remember your reasons for loving life. Stay in close touch with the sources that feed your wild soul. TAURUS (April 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;May 20) For years, French painter Ă&#x2030;douard Manet and French poet StĂŠphane MallarmĂŠ hung out with each other every day. MallarmĂŠ referred to their relationship as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the most complete friendship.â&#x20AC;? They inďŹ&#x201A;uenced each other to become better artists and human beings. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m guessing that in the coming months, Taurus, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll thrive on that kind of stimulating companionship. Having such regular contact with a likeminded ally might even be an important factor in ripening your intelligence. At the very least, I predict that soulful friendship will be a crucial theme in 2014. You will attract blessings and generate luck for yourself by deepening your ability to cultivate synergistic bonds. GEMINI (May 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;June 20) St. Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Basilica is a very old church in Vatican City. It contains a life-size bronze statue of St. Peter that is at least 700 years old. Over the centuries, countless visitors have paid their respects by kissing and touching the feet of the idol. The metal composing the right foot has been so thoroughly worn down by these gestures that the individual toes have disappeared, leaving a smooth surface. You will have a similar kind of power in 2014, Gemini. Little by little, with your steady affection and relentless devotion, you can transform whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rigid and hard. CANCER (June 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;July 22)

Big rivers donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t travel in straight lines. Their paths are curvy and complicated, with periodic turns and bends. In some places they ďŹ&#x201A;ow faster and in others theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re slower. Their depth and width may vary along the way, too. Your own destiny is like one of those big rivers, Cancerian. In some years, it meanders for long stretches, slowing down as it wanders along a crooked course. It may even get shallower and narrower for a while. But I expect that in 2014, you will be moving more rapidly than usual. You will be traveling a more direct route, and you will be both wide and deep.

LEO (July 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;August 22) â&#x20AC;&#x153;In games, there are rules,â&#x20AC;? writes science ďŹ ction author Kim Stanley Robinson, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but in life, the rules keep changing.â&#x20AC;? This is always true, of course, but I think it will be an especially poignant truth for you between now and your next birthday. During the coming months, you may sometimes feel as if every last law and formula and corollary is mutating. In some cases, the new rules coming into play will be so different from the old rules youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been used to, they may at ďŹ rst be hard to ďŹ gure out. But now hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the happy ending: It may take a while, but you will eventually see that these new rules have an unexpected logic and beauty that will serve your future well. VIRGO (August 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;September 22) I predict that you will commit no major acts of self-sabotage in 2014. Congrats! I also foresee that you will be exceptionally careful not to hurt or damage yourself. Hooray! More good news: You wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be as critical of yourself as you have sometimes been in the past. The judgmental little voice in the back of your head wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be nearly as active. Yay! Even your negative emotions will diminish in frequency and intensity. Hallelujah! Whoopee! Abracadabra! LIBRA (September 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;October 22) The citizens of Iceland love literature, but many are not content to simply read. One out of every 10 Icelanders writes and publishes a book at sometime in his or her life. I know itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unrealistic, but I would love to see at least one in

10 of all my Libra readers do the same in 2014. I think youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ready to make a big statementâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to express yourself in a more complete and dramatic way than ever before. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not ready to write a book, I hope you will attempt an equivalent accomplishment.

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

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m hoping you will ďŹ nd a new teacher or two in 2014, maybe even a mentor. Not a guru who tells you what to do. Not an exploitative â&#x20AC;&#x153;expertâ&#x20AC;? who claims to know whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right for you or a charismatic narcissist who collects adoration. What I wish for you, Scorpio, is that you will connect with wise and humble sources of inspiration . . . with life-long learners who listen well and stimulate you to ask good questions . . . with curious guides who open your eyes to resources you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize you need. In the coming months, you are primed to launch a quest that will keep you busy and excited for years; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love to see you get excellent help in framing that quest.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;December 21) In 2014, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible you will be given a cabbage farm or a petting zoo or some bequest thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not exactly in close alignment with your lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s purpose. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more likely that the legacies and dispensations you receive will be quite useful. The general trend is that allies will make available to you a steady ďŹ&#x201A;ow of useful things. Your ability to attract what you need will be high. In the coming months, I may even have good reason to name you an honorary Scorpio. You might match those Great Manipulatorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; proďŹ ciency at extracting the essence of what you want from every situation. CAPRICORN (December 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;January 19) Would you be interested in a motto that will help set the tone for you in 2014? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a suggestion thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in alignment with the astrological omens. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s from a poem by Margaret Atwood. Try saying this and see if it works for you: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last year I abstained / this year I devour / without guilt / which is also an art.â&#x20AC;? If you choose to make this afďŹ rmation your own, be sure you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget about the fact that devouring without guilt is an artâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a skill that requires craft and sensitivity. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford to get blindly instinctual and greedy in 2014; you shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t compulsively overcompensate for 2013â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deprivations. Be cagey and discerning as you satisfy your voracious hunger. AQUARIUS (January 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;February 18) The coming months will be a good time to meditate on the concepts of happy accidents and benevolent trouble. Go ahead and throw constructive mischief into the mix, too, and maybe even a dose of graceful chaos. Are you game for playing around with so much paradox? Are you willing to entertain the possibility that fate has generous plans for you that are too unexpected to anticipate? Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only one requirement that you have to meet in order to receive your odd gifts in the spirit in which theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be offered: Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to be openminded, eager to learn and ďŹ&#x201A;exible.

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

I think we humans need some new emotions. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true that old standards like sadness, anger, jealousy and fear are as popular as ever. But I would personally love to be able to choose from a greater variety, especially if at least 51 percent of the new crop of emotions were positive or inspiring. Now it so happens that in 2014 you Pisceans will be primed to be pioneers. Your emotional intelligence should be operating at peak levels. Your imagination will be even more fertile than usual. So how about it? Are you ready to generate revolutionary innovations in the art of feeling unique and interesting feelings? To get started, consider these: (1) amused reverence; (2) poignant excitement; (3) tricky sincerity; (4) boisterous empathy.

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