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Rhapsodies Rinse, Don’t Repeat On mastering the art of the oneminute shower BY TOM GOGOLA
’m staying in a place in the remote coastal hinterlands of Bolinas, legendary for its semireclusive countercultural values and a village for whom thinking globally while acting locally isn’t just a feel-good bumper sticker you see on a Volvo—it’s a rite of passage for any would-be resident. My new landlords gave one admonishment when I moved in: Do not waste water. There is a drought, and the water is getting more expensive by the minute. They are monitoring residents’ water use down to the gallon, and all of us who live in the compound have to scale back our usage next month by about ﬁve gallons. To that end, I’ve mastered the art of the one-minute shower. There’s not much to master: turn on the shower; get in the shower; soap yourself up; rinse yourself off; get out of the shower. Do not rinse and repeat. Do not linger. I’ve always been a guy whose daily shower stood as a kind of Zen retreat in microcosm. I would zone out with my head under the precious hot stream of water while singing that favorite shower song and attempting to get grounded for the day ahead. I have rinsed and repeated, repeatedly. But despite the momentary mindfulness it provides, a luxuriously long, hot shower is utterly indefensible in these drought-afflicted times. Every moment of shower-stall meditation wastes gallons of water that could and should be put to much better use by people whose livelihoods depend on water: the farmers who suffer and worry and take steps to maximize whatever scant ﬂow is coming their way. There’s a saying I’ve always loved that says the key to a happy life lies in our ability to “dance between the raindrops”—but the drought has turned the raindrops proverb on its head. The rain that arrived last week and over the weekend gave a critically needed reprieve to a bone-dry region—so go out and dance in the raindrops with your bottle of Dr. Bronner’s if you really need to extend that shower with an extra rinse-and-repeat. A more natural and responsible Zen bliss will ensue. Tom Gogola is a writer living in Bolinas and a contributing editor to the ‘Bohemian.’ 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 email@example.com.
of life, because we are sexual beings from birth until death?
As a sex educator who believes deeply in the need for parents and caregivers to feel conﬁdent as the primary sexuality educators for their children, I felt the fear-based, alarmist tone of “Teenage Conﬁdential” (Feb. 5) was enough to scare parents, not encourage them.
We all want our kids to be happy and to have healthy, respectful, loving intimate relationships when they grow up. As parents and caregivers, we are our children’s ﬁrst experience of love. This education starts the moment they are born, as they learn about love and trust, as we meet their needs for food, shelter and affection with a loving touch.
Rather than addressing the question posed on the cover, “So why should talking about it with your teens be so difﬁcult?” the article perpetuates the notion that it is difﬁcult and scary, without giving advice as to how to make it less scary.
If we have ongoing age-appropriate conversations with our children about sex and sexuality, including our own, by the time they are teens, it’s all just part of life for them, and there’s nothing to be grossed out about and nothing to be scared of.
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Although I am an admirer of Airial Clark’s work, I don’t agree with her assertion that if she didn’t make a special effort to educate her boys, she would “raise date rapists.” If that were the case, most boys in the world would be date rapists. Nor do I feel terriﬁed or helpless raising my son, as she asserts in her comments we all must feel. On the contrary, I feel conﬁdent and empowered. This is the message I strive to convey to parents. Being the primary sexuality educator for your child is the opportunity to impart your values around sexuality and sexual health to your kids. What I can provide is the education to parents so they have the facts that go along with their personal values. And I encourage parents to take the opportunity to examine their values closely and be open to the possibility that these might change as their children grow and pose new challenges. The article focuses on talking to our kids to keep boys from raping and to keep teens from suffering unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections. Why not encourage parents to talk to their kids about sex, not just because we’re scared of the consequences of not doing it, but because it’s an incredibly important part
For Shame Shame on you for setting up women and girls like this (“Teenage Conﬁdential,” Feb. 5), another notch in your gun of bait-and-switch. How many of the billion boys and men in the world will wave the cover of this issue in the face of 1 billion girls and women as a way to get into their pants? As you note, we “live in a rape culture.” The real problem, as you pointedly failed to mention, is misogyny—lack of respect for women. At least you’re making sexy advertising bucks.
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CROSSROADS Cyclists may no longer need to cut through Oakmont if a proposed bike path is built along Highway 12 from Santa Rosa to Sonoma.
New bike path could create a safer route for cyclists in Valley of the Moon BY JAMES KNIGHT
f a proposed trail linking Santa Rosa with Sonoma is completed, bicyclists and pedestrians will be able to travel through the scenic Valley of the Moon at a safe distance from automobile traffic on Highway 12. But don’t clip in those shoes too readily— it’s a long and winding road from plan to reality. And as yet, there’s no plan.
Between Santa Rosa and Glen Ellen, Sonoma Highway is the only available route for cars, bicycles and the occasional dogged pedestrian alike. Constant, fast-moving traffic and long stretches with little or no shoulder presents cyclists with a teeth-gritting experience at best until the fork at Arnold Drive. “Right now, you’ve only got two options,” says Gary Helfrich, executive director of the Sonoma
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1.5-mile Sonoma Bike Path to Agua Caliente Road was completed in 2001. It’s tempting to already envision the path as it starts at Melita Road east of Santa Rosa, breezes past Oakmont and the contentious Annadel State Park access, and wends through wine country. The trip would take about an hour at a moderate pace. Unlike the Joe Rodota Trail connecting Santa Rosa to Sebastopol, however, the Sonoma Valley bike path is not expected to be a straight shot on an old railroad right-of-way, despite tantalizing vestiges of the abandoned Southern Paciﬁc line. Instead, it’s expected to be mostly built above an aqueduct, on an easement that is held by the Sonoma County Water Agency. That doesn’t mean that the project is shovel-ready, according to Ken Tam, a park planner with Sonoma County Regional Parks. “First things ﬁrst,” he says, “we’ve got to see if this thing is feasible.” Landowners may have built structures on the easement or planted an extra row of grapevines. “Let’s say there’s not enough rightof-way out there, or the property owners are not interested in selling,” Tam hypothesizes. “We wouldn’t be able to do it.” Having only recently left a meeting in which he’d been updated on the plan, Cordel Stillman, deputy chief engineer at the Sonoma County Water Agency, says that while he personally thinks the area could beneﬁt from a cycling route, he is also cautious about the details. “There is an aqueduct that basically parallels Highway 12 for quite a ways,” he offers, “and then takes off and goes cross-country.” The easement only gives the water agency the right to maintain pipes that are in the ground. “It says absolutely nothing about bike paths or access. The fact that we have an easement does not make it any easier to get a bike path in there,” Stillman says. Meanwhile, we’re not likely to hear much more from planners about the proposed route, partly because when it becomes known that a municipality is prepared to pay for a transportation project
‘It’s going to be one of the best trails in the Bay Area when it’s done. It’s going to be great.’
Although the study, which will include community meetings and public workshops, won’t be completed until the end of 2015, Helfrich says getting the grant in the ﬁrst place was probably the hardest part. Funding for construction should be comparatively easy. Still, for cyclists eager to zip freely through the vineyards without worrying about car traffic, it may seem like a frustratingly long time to have to wait. But Helfrich is conﬁdent that it’ll be worth it. “It’s going to be one of the best trails in the Bay Area when it’s done,” he says. “It’s going to be great.”
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The rain blew through the North Bay over the weekend, just days after the California Fish and Game Commission (CFGG) issued emergency rules to shut down the salmon and steelhead trout ﬁshery in parts of the Russian and American rivers. The recent rain won’t undo the droughtprompted closure, but may factor into the commission’s decision on whether it will continue past April 30. On Monday, CFGC deputy executive director Adrianna Shea told the Bohemian the regulations would be in effect “in a few days,” pending an administrative law review. The drought lowered water levels in the rivers to the point where “there are many places where spawning salmon and steelhead can’t migrate to their spawning grounds,” says Jordan Traverso, spokesperson for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), which is charged with enforcing the commission’s rulings. “Recent rain, while good, isn’t enough,” she adds, citing research that “we would need it to rain heavily every other day through the end of May to reach average precipitation.” Still, the recent deluge may (emphasis on may) mitigate against extending the emergency closure beyond April. “As of last week, before the rain, there was concern about having to extend the closure,” Shea says. “We anticipate revisiting the regulations.” Traverso says CDFW director Charlton Bonham will give a recommendation to the commission when it next meets on April 16. In the meantime, Fish and Wildlife will “continue evaluating the streams, ﬂows and migration of the ﬁsh,” Traverso says, “but in order to reverse the decision the commission made, we would have to go through a process that wouldn’t likely open the streams much earlier than the April 30 end date already put into place.”—Tom Gogola
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ﬂoat past crowds into the Vatican, stream through lines into the Duomo and brush past queues at St. Mark’s—though I totally loved that bit. Of course, I’m glad we did for a million reasons not pertaining to long lines, but particularly because one afternoon in Florence, we and our fellow PBS lovers donned clear plastic aprons, washed our hands vigorously and took a cooking lesson from a bright-eyed Italian
wag who taught us how to make fresh pasta from scratch. I have to admit that while standing in that Florentine kitchen, my middle-aged posture was one of a disaffected teen—all studied ennui. My tour companions looked so dumb and old! I hope, I thought, I die-die-die before that happens to me. Then I caught sight of myself in a polished steel refrigerator door. Oh, right. I don’t hope I die, I don’t
hope I die! Turns out, I’m no longer 17. I’m just like them, thrilled to be on a PBS lovers’ tour of Italy about to make pasta. Which happens to be one of the easiest bloody things to do in the world. The trick with pasta, our Italian wag instructed, is to take out the liquid you put in. “Scarsa” is the word he introduced. “Scant.” Put a little in, take most of it out. He poured two cups of yellow semolina ﬂour into a pyramid on the steel table in front of each group. He added one small cup of tepid tap water to each table. “Don’t use it all,” he warned in his excellent English. Scarsa. We each took turns tipping a sacred amount of water into the semolina to gently incorporate. The ﬂour, which is rough like sand, slowly drank it in. “Now you knead,” he said, using his palm to push the water from what was quickly becoming a pliable dough. “Now you rest,” he said with a smile, wrapping the dough in plastic, placing it in that damned mirror-like fridge and instructing us that it was time for wine. There wasn’t a PBS lover among us who didn’t like hearing that command. Arriving home from Italy, Leon and I soon went to the local fancy culinary store. A Wellness 150 hand-cranked pasta machine awaited, red and chic. We brought it home, clamped it onto a table, dusted it with semolina to “clean” it and began our Great Pasta Experiment. Truth be told, it’s not much of an experiment. I haven’t yet tried ravioli or anything folded and tucked or stuffed. But fettuccine? Yes, ma’am. Best of all: homemade pasta is forgiving. Mine always looks like hell when it’s hanging from my fancy store rack and looks like heaven when streamed into a colander after cooking. Plus, no one understands how easy this congregation of ﬂour and water really is. Maybe you have to be middle-aged to enjoy it. Perhaps public television helps. I doubt it. It’s really about scant.
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Casino Bar & Grill California. $. Chef Mark Malicki is a true Sonoma County star, serving up a changing menu of locally sourced, inspired creations. Unpretentious, creative and affordable, Casino is a whispered-about landmark among locals in the know. Dinner nightly. 17000 Bodega Hwy, Bodega. 707.876.3185.
JhanThong BanBua Thai. $-$$. Sophisticated and delicate Thai cuisine. Fresh ingredients, packed with flavor. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Fri; dinner, Sat-Sun. 2400 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.528.8048.
Mai Vietnamese Cuisine Vietnamese. $. Fresh and authentic, with a warm and breezy atmosphere. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Sun. 8492 Gravenstein Hwy (in Apple Valley Plaza), Cotati. 707.665.9628.
Phyllis’ Giant Burgers American. $. Come with a hearty appetite for an oldfashioned patty. Lunch and dinner daily. Four locations: 4910 Sonoma Hwy, Ste B, Santa Rosa. 707.538.4000. 1774 Piner Road #B, Santa Rosa. 707.521.0890. 924 Diablo Ave, Novato. 415.898.8294. 2202 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.456.0866.
Pub Republic Pub fare. $-$$. Pub grub from Petaluma’s southernmost tip, featuring Brussels sprout tacos and a hearty selection of brews. Lunch and dinner daily; weekend brunch. 3120
Lakeville Hwy, Petaluma. 707.782.9090.
Sapporo Japanese. $$. An excellent choice when the sushi urge hits. Lunch and dinner daily. 518 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.575.0631. Speakeasy Tapas-Asian. $-$$. 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. Tolay Californian. $$-$$$. Sonoma County cuisine is the specialty, with entrees focusing on local wild and farmed foods. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. In the Sheraton Sonoma County, 745 Baywood Drive, Petaluma. 707.283.2900.
Tonayan Mexican. $ Truly wonderful Sonoran-style classics at rock-bottom prices. The enormous El Jefe combination can’t be beat. Lunch and dinner daily. 500 Raleys Towne Center, Rohnert Park. 707.588.0893.
West Side Bar & Grill Sports Bar. $$. Home of the almost-famous bacon cheeseburger. Seventeen beers on tap (wine list available). Fourteen flat screen televisions to watch all of the hottest sports events. Two great pool tables. Lunch and dinner daily. 3082 Marlow Rd # B8, Santa Rosa. 707.573.9453.
Yao-Kiku Japanese. $$-$$$. Fresh sushi with ingredients flown in from Japan steals the show in this popular neighborhood restaurant. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 2700 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.578.8180.
MARIN CO U N T Y Arigatou Japanese Food to Go Japanese. $. Cheap, delicious and ready to go. Lunch and dinner daily. Miracle
Benissimo Ristorante & Bar Italian. $$. Hearty and flavorful food in authentic neighborhood-style Italian restaurant. Lunch and dinner daily. 18 Tamalpais Dr, Corte Madera. 415.927.2316.
Cafe Reyes Pizza. $$. At the end of the main drag in West Marin’s quintessential small town sits a wood-fired oven serving piping pizzas of perfection. Beer and oysters can be had as well. Lunch and dinner, Wed–Sun. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.9493.
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Drake’s Beach Cafe Californian. $$-$$$. More dinner party than restaurant, and the food is fresh and amazing. A meal to remember. Lunch, Thurs-Mon. 1 Drake’s Beach Rd, Pt Reyes National Seashore. 415.669.1297.
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Finnegan’s Marin Pub fare. $$. Irish bar with the traditional stuff. Lunch and dinner daily. 877 Grant Ave, Novato. 415.899.1516.
Fish Seafood. $$-$$$. Incredibly fresh seafood in incredibly relaxed setting overlooking bay. Lunch and dinner daily. (Cash only.) 350 Harbor Dr, Sausalito. 415.331.FISH.
Hilltop 1892 American. $$-$$$$. Casual dining with panoramic Marin views and a California-cuisine take on such classic fare as steaks, fresh seafood and seasonal greens. Complete with custom cocktails. Lunch and dinner daily; Sunday brunch. 850 Lamont Ave, Novato. 415.893.1892.
Il Piccolo Caffe Italian. $$. 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. $$$. Simple, high-impact dishes of exotic flavors. Lunch and dinner daily. 120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo. 415.457.7700.
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Iron Springs Pub & Brewery Brewpub. $$. Pub grub gets a pub-cuisine facelift. Lunch, Wed-Sun; dinner daily. 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax. 415.485.1005.
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Flavorful, authentic and homestyle at this Puerto Rican eatery, which is as hole-in-thewall as they come. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. San Rafael locations: 811 Fourth St. 415.451.4765. 901 & 903 Lincoln Ave. 415.256.8903. Mill Valley location: 401 Miller Ave, Mill Valley.
Yet Wah Chinese. $$. Can’t go wrong here. Special Dungeness crab dishes for dinner; dim sum for lunch. Lunch and dinner daily. 1238 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.460.9883.
N A PA CO U N T Y Ad Hoc American. $$-$$$. Thomas Keller’s quintessential neighborhood restaurant. Prix fixe dinner changes daily. Actually takes reservations. 6476 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.2487.
Sorella Caffe Italian. $$. The embodiment of Fairfax casual, with delicious, high-quality food that lacks pretension. Dinner, TuesSun. 107 Bolinas Rd, Farifax. 415.258.4520.
Bistro Jeanty French. $$$. Rich, homey cuisine. A perfect choice when you can’t get a chance to do your Laundry. Lunch and dinner daily. 6510 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.4870.
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Sushi Ran Japanese. $$$$. This beautiful restaurant attracts locals and tourists with its fresh catches. A wide selection of nigiri, depending on what’s fresh. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner, Fri-Sun. 107 Caledonia St, Sausalito. 415.332.3620.
Sushiholic Japanese. $$$$. A nice addition to the local lineup, with a lengthy and wellcrafted repertoire including uncommon dishes like nabeyaki udon, zaru soba, yosenabe and sea bass teriyaki. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. Rowland Plaza, 112-C Vintage Way, Novato. 415.898.8500. Tommy’s Wok Chinese. $-$$. Tasty and filling Chinese fare without the greasy weigh-down. Nice vegetarian selections, too. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat; dinner only, Sun; closed Tues. 3001 Bridgeway Ave, Sausalito. 415.332.5818. The William Tell House American & Italian. $$. Marin County’s oldest saloon. Casual and jovial atmosphere. Steaks, pasta, chicken and fish all served with soup or salad. Lunch and dinner daily. 26955 Hwy 1, Tomales. 707.878.2403
cuisine. $-$$. Extraordinary food in an extraordinary setting. Perfect pasta and mussels. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 4080 Sonoma Hwy, Napa. 707.299.4900.
Bouchon French. $$$. A Keller brother creation with a distinctly Parisian bistro ambiance, offering French classics. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 6534 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.8037. Carpe Diem Wine Bar Californian. $-$$. Right in the heart of downtown Napa, Carpe Diem’s contemporary and innovative menu includes a variety of seasonal flatbreads, an ostrich burger, the famed short-rib sliders and much more. Dinner daily. 1001 Second St., Napa. 707.224.0800.
Cindy Pawlycyn’s Wood Grill & Wine Bar American. $$-$$$. Classic American fare that stays up on current mainstays like crispy pork belly, braised short ribs and crab roll but doesn’t skimp on the burger. Long wine list, kids menu, patio and more. Lunch and dinner, WedSun. 641 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.0700.
a “nostalgia” cocktail. Dinner daily. 1122 Main St, Napa. 707.224.6328.
Compadres Rio Grille Western/Mexican. $-$$. Contemporary food and outdoor dining with a Mexican flavor. Located on the river and serving authentic cocktails. Nightly specials and an abiding love of the San Francisco Giants. 505 Lincoln Ave, Napa. Lunch and dinner daily. 707.253.1111.
French Laundry Definitive California Cuisine. $$$$. What else is there to say? Chef Thomas Keller’s institution is among the very best restuarants in the country. 6640 Washington St., Yountville. 707.944.2380.
Fumé Bistro & Bar California cuisine. $$$. 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.
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American steakhouse. $$$$$. Handsome, upscale 1950s-era steakhouse serving chophouse classics like dryaged porterhouse steak and Black Angus filet mignon. Wash down the red meat with
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.
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.
S O N OM A CO U N T Y Fritz Underground Winery Partly underground tasting room overlooks the hill country north of Dry Creek Valley at this familyowned estate. Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon plus Lost Canyon wines (formerly of Oakland). 24691 Dutcher Creek Road, Cloverdale. Tasting 10:30–4:30 daily; $5 fee. 707.894.3389.
Mercury Geyserville No fee, 20 percent discount for Sonoma County residents and 12-pack wooden crates of mini-jug wine; two turntables, an LP record player–put on your winged shoes, it’s time to party in sleepy Geyserville! Also pickled comestibles, jam, peppers–and pretty good Pinot, Cab, Cab Franc, and Merlot. 20120 Geyserville Ave., Geyserville. Open daily, 11am– 6pm. No fee. 707.857.9870.
Naked Wines An innovative mix of Kickstartertype investing and web marketing: be an “angel,” and get a hefty discount on diverse wines, many made by veteran winemakers seeking a market for their side projects. 8450 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. Open daily, 11am–5pm. Tasting fee, $10. 707.408.0011.
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.
Rued Winery Folks been farming grapes here since 1880s; the best bottomland Sauvignon Blanc and benchland Zinfandel and Cabernet skimmed from the family’s 160 acres of grapes is offered at comparatively farmstand prices. 3850 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Open daily 11am–4:30pm. Tasting fee $5. 707.433.3261.
Sojourn Cellars Complex but lissome Sonoma Valley Cab is the star at comfortable tasting salon just off the Sonoma Plaza that’s as comfortable as a living room. No need to fear sit-down, appointment-only tastings; just focus on Sojourn’s lawn chair logo and relax. 141 E. Napa St., Sonoma. Complimentary tasting by appointment. 707.938.7212. Thumbprint Cellars Vegan wines named Arousal, Threesome and Four Play; but it all started out innocently enough. Downtown lounge offers curvaceous bar, hookah-den-styled booth, and seasonal nosh. 102 Matheson St., Healdsburg. Open 11am to 6pm Sunday– Thursday, to 7pm Saturday. Tastings $5–$10; with food pairing, $10–$20. 707.433.2393.
VJB Estate Buon giorno! Aglianico, Nero d’Avola, Barbera! But first, for you, my friend, Prosecco! Espresso, gelato, pizzeria, deli sandwich! If Il postino rides his bicycle straight through the courtyard, don’t be the least bit surprised. 60 Shaw Ave., Kenwood. Marketplace open daily, 10am–5pm. Saturdays and Sundays through harvest, Sonoma Valley Tenors sing from the balcony at 2pm. Tastings $5–$10. 707.833.2300.
N A PA CO U N T Y 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.
Casa Nuestra Winery Endearingly offbeat, with a dedicated staff and a collection of goats and dogs roaming freely. 3451 Silverado Trail N.,
St. Helena. Open daily, 10am– 5pm. 707.963.5783.
Folie à Deux A good picnic or party wine, the Ménage à Trois–white, red and rosé–are tasty blends. 3070 N. St. Helena Hwy, St. Helena. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 1.800.473.4454.
Monticello 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.
Patz & Hall In a Napa business park, this highlyregarded brand’s tasting room may look corporate-slick, but the spotlight is on the dirt farmers who make it all happen. Pinot and Chardonnay. 851 Napa Valley Corporate Way, Ste. A, Napa. Wednesday– Sunday, 10am–4pm. Seated tastings 10:30am, 1pm and 3pm. Tasting fee, $20–$40. 707.265.7700.
Sequoia Grove A diamond in the rough that’s all polished and ready to kick some booty—not that they’re competitive. Once famed, now clawing back, Sequoia Grove offers shaded redwood picnicking—as you might expect—and wines to take notice of. 8338 St. Helena Hwy., Napa. Daily, 10:30am–5pm. Tasting fee, $15–$30. 707.944.2945. V. Sattui Though a regular stop on the tourist circuit, it remains charming in the Italian style. With no distribution except via the Net, wines can only be purchased onsite. 1111 White Lane, St. Helena. Open daily, 9am–6pm. 707.963.7774. Vincent Arroyo Winery Small, tasting room is essentially a barn with a table near some barrels, but very friendly, with good wines. 2361 Greenwood Ave., Calistoga. Open daily, 10am– 4:30pm. 707.942.6995.
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Four sparkling wines and one Champagne were tasted sort-ofblind, allowing for different styles of bottles. All of these wines are enjoyable in their own way, and it seems unfair to coldly assign them a point score. So they’re ranked in order of favorites. (Don’t we all do that, anyway?) Chandon 40th Anniversary Cuvée Sonoma County Sparkling Rosé ($40) This was released in 2013 to celebrate the winery’s beginning. Wouldn’t it be a coup to use it to celebrate your own 40th anniversary? Act fast, because it’s a limited production that is nearly sold-out; after it’s gone, there’ll be no use crying for more. It’s a pale, copper-tinged salmon pink, with the finest of bubbles. Aromas of maple syrup, raisins and faint hints of hazelnut may or may not strike one as ideal, but wait for the glazed-fruittopped cheesecake aromas. This wine wins because it’s a little different, a little sensual. Chandon Étoile North Coast Sparkling Rosé ($50) Salmon pink, with strawberry candy and meaty yeast aromas, this has a salty sensuality to it and the aroma of a real pink rose. Roiling mousse, a raspberry palate and a confected, lip-smacking finish. Korbel California Brut Rosé ($12) The hue of a cruel, salmonpink dawn. Aromas of sulfured apricots initially, leading to peach juice flavors and a classic, yeasty note. The Korbel might be a cheap date, but it’s reliable, fun and—who knew?—a little kinky: there’s Sangiovese, Gamay, Zinfandel and Chenin Blanc in the party with Pinot Noir. Piper-Heidsieck Rosé Sauvage Champagne ($60) Deep apricot-pink, with aromas of blood orange and a gassy aspect that blows off after a while to reveal tantalizing aromas of just-crushed Pinot Noir grapes. It’s got hot pink packaging, but its mood is gothic and brooding. Domaine Carneros Cuvée de la Pompadour Carneros Brut Rosé ($36) It’s got the brightest, pinkest hue of the bunch, but there’s not much to report after that. Pink grapefruit aroma, pink grapefruit flavor, some strawberry. It’s creamy and fruity enough— maybe it didn’t rate so high because it’s just so nice and welladjusted and would pair really agreeably with a variety of brunchy cuisine. Sure, it’s not gothic and brooding like the Piper-Heidsieck (see above), but it’ll wait faithfully for you. Is the finish a little bitter? Have a damn bonbon.
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if more rain does not maintain the tributaries. For much of this winter already, the mouth of the river has been blocked entirely by a sandbar, which the torrents of most winters usually knock out. Salmon and steelhead have been largely unable to access the river to spawn. The extreme conditions have raised the stakes both for grape growers, who will need summer irrigation water as well as their frost-protection spray, and conservationists trying to coax coho salmon numbers back to sustainable levels. Relations between the parties are likely to grow hot.
Fish Are Suffering Eric Larson, a biologist with the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife, says that when the Russian River Valley experiences subfreezing temperatures, hundreds of vineyard managers may begin pumping river water at the same time to mist over their vines, causing the river’s level to drop rapidly. Salmon in the system may become stranded, and their nests of fertilized eggs may be exposed to dry air and destroyed. “When the temperatures drop, the grape growers have their eyes on the river, and we have our eyes on them,” Larson says. “We’re all watching the same temperature forecast.” The Russian is not the only river in which salmon and steelhead populations are struggling. “Overall, the Central Coast coho are already looking at extremely reduced numbers, and this drought does not help,” says Stafford Lehr, chief of ﬁsheries with the Department of Fish and Wildlife. South of the Golden Gate in particular, coho streams are liable to remain dry all winter, he says, eliminating an entire year class of ﬁsh. North of San Francisco, watersheds are subject to more rainfall and may be better off. The Eel River, for example, received a tremendous dumping of rainfall this weekend, opening
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up spawning habitat that has been inaccessible for months. But in the Russian River, salmon and steelhead that hatched in the system last year have reportedly mostly vanished, either killed by high temperatures in shallow standing pools of water or eaten by predators. Even the weekend’s rains did not help ﬁsh born last year. To the south, coho salmon have been struggling to enter Lagunitas Creek for weeks. The stream, which runs off the northern slopes of Mount Tamalpais and enters Tomales Bay, once hosted thousands of spawning coho each year, but now sees annual returns of just several dozen ﬁsh. Larson says that last year’s return was poor due to low ﬂows, and 2014’s spawn, he says, could be a failure. On the Russian River, about 400
coho salmon spawned last year. “But we want several thousand,” Larson says. He says that almost two hundred adult coho, ready and willing to spawn, are in the system, along with Chinook salmon and steelhead. Most of the tributaries where they historically lay and fertilize their eggs, however, have been too low for ﬁsh to enter. Last Thursday, the ﬁve-member Fish and Game Commission voted to close coastal rivers to sport ﬁshing. Winter is usually prime time for steelhead ﬁshing, but the ﬁsh are already under extreme stress, and the decision was made to give the steelhead the best chance possible at spawning. “The ﬁsh have been stacked near Duncans Mills, and the bait ﬁshermen and the sea lions were just hammering them,”
says Dave Wiens, a ﬂy ﬁsherman from Novato who supports the emergency closure. “They just didn’t need that extra pressure of being caught.”
Drink Up Protecting every last cubic foot of the Russian River’s water for ﬁsh could produce a sufficient return of spawners this winter, but the action could cost grape growers and winemakers a great deal of their year’s income. Most years, the average Pinot Noir vine produces enough fruit to make about three bottles of wine. But yields will likely be down this year, and some vines could be worth just a few glasses. Loss of early growth to frost kills the most productive shoots of a vine. “That ﬁrst budding is the most fruitful,” explains winemaker Scot Covington
The Storm Wasn’t Enough Peter Baye, a resident of Annapolis and a member of the Friends of the Gualala River, says the weekend’s storm, though “a real gully-washer,” might not have been enough to quench the area’s
thirst. “You can’t get much more than that in one weekend,” he says, “but this won’t much change the current hydrology.” Many vertical feet of earth beneath the surface have slowly dried over the past several years of below-average rainfall, he says. Additionally, the Gualala watershed is under increasingly intensive use by the wine industry. (A new vineyard with a 90-acre-foot reservoir is going in now near Ohlson Ridge.) Tributaries that once contained water all year have reportedly been drying up in the summer, something that didn’t happen in the past. “We’ve had old-timers saying this wasn’t an issue before,” Baye says. “This isn’t happening because of the drought. It’s the growing pressure on the groundwater that feeds into the streams.” Baye says that once grape growers cease watering their vineyards, stream levels rise again. The correlation, he is certain, is no coincidence. “Magically, at the end of the irrigation season, even when it hasn’t rained yet, the rivers bounce back up,” he says. The ridge of high atmospheric pressure over the Paciﬁc Ocean that has been deﬂecting rainmaking weather systems for 14 months has ﬁnally weakened, according to recent satellite images. This Sierra-size barrier of dense air, which pushed storm after storm north of California, was blamed as the cause of the state’s extended drought. Now meteorologists are speculating whether it may be gone for the season and whether winter as usual will proceed. But farmers and naturalists remain cautious. “If these conditions continue through 2014, then people might really start asking, ‘Is this climate change?’” says Johnson. Baye warns that the region is still thirsty even after the drenching Northern California received last weekend. “This was the third January in a row without rain,” he says. “Groundwater is down, wells have gone dry. Eight inches of rain won’t recharge the system.”
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of Trione Vineyards in the Alexander Valley. “You can get growth afterward, but it won’t produce as much fruit.” Some growers, it seems, are expecting disastrous crops. Karissa Kruse, president of the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission, says crop insurance is selling rapidly this winter. Meanwhile, other growers anticipating insufficient water for frost protection are planning to use wind machines, which can help mix warmer air above a vineyard with the freezing air at vine level, offsetting any threat to the plants. “I’ve been hearing that rentals for wind machines have quadrupled and sales have doubled,” Kruse says. Even if growers make it through the frost season in good shape, they may face a long, hot summer without irrigation options. Water officials announced at a meeting last week in Cloverdale that even if California received a foot of rain in the next three months—an amount that forecasters say is unlikely—the state’s water supply would still only equal what it was in 1977, the second year of the worst drought in California’s history. Lake Mendocino could even dry up at the current rate. Indeed, with more people now using the state’s water resources, the likelihood of unprecedented damage to the environment and the state’s wine industry is substantial. Randle Johnson, winemaker with the Hess Collection, says his Mount Veeder vineyards rarely experience frost and will survive without water this spring. This summer, though, his vines could suffer. “Our reservoir is at maybe 20 percent, and by July it might be empty,” Johnson says, adding that his hillside vineyards have no wells or groundwater supply.
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ENDLESS JOURNEY New Age composer Kitaro premieres his world tour at the Green Music Center in Rohnert Park Feb. 14.
New Aged Sounds Symphonic collaboration enriches Kitaro’s electronic moods, melodies BY BRUCE ROBINSON
his is my dream,” Kitaro says simply.
He’s speaking of the transformation of some of his most famous electronica melodies into fully orchestrated tone poems. It’s not a new idea, just one that has taken a long time to realize for the Japanese composer, whose elegantly melodic instrumentals helped deﬁne the emerging “New Age” genre beginning in the late 1970s. Although he was encouraged to explore the tonal potential of early synthesizers by Tangerine Dream’s Klaus Schulze, and did so
with great success, he longed for more. “The synthesizer can create strange sounds, but [an] orchestra has its own beauty,” he says. “[From] the beginning of my career, always I’m focused on the actual acoustic sounds.” When director Oliver Stone tapped Kitaro to write the score for his 1993 ﬁlm Heaven and Earth, a large studio orchestra recorded the soundtrack. It was, the composer says, “soooo good. So, little by little, the last 20 years, my music is moving toward the real orchestra.” And now, he adds, “the opportunity of working with the Santa Rosa Symphony, this is my dream.”
For the orchestra, however, it was a surprise. “It just dropped in our lap,” says Alan Silow, the Santa Rosa Symphony’s executive director. An out-of-the-blue call from Sonoma State University music professor Brian Wilson in November introduced the possibility, and when Kitaro’s desired Feb. 14 date turned out to be narrowly available (subscription concerts had long been scheduled for the rest of the weekend), planning accelerated, and the unusual joint performance was announced just a few weeks later. “They didn’t hire us as ‘the band,’” Silow states, “We’re
partners in the whole production.” This concert will include music from Kitaro’s best-known recordings, such as Silk Road, Thinking of You and Kojiki. After this week’s premiere with a scaleddown version of the Santa Rosa Symphony—roughly 40 strong— the program continues with half a dozen other performances, and with other orchestras, in Russia, Eastern Europe and possibly some later dates in Southeast Asia. The show could also tour the United States late this year. Other projects also await Kitaro: a new collaboration with percussionist Mickey Hart and the completion of his ambitious Ku-Kai Project, a series of 88 compositions that incorporate the sounds of the temple bells from the 88 temples that ring Japan’s Shikoku island. He’s written and recorded 39 so far, and expects the remainder to occupy him for four to ﬁve years. But now his priority is to ﬁnalize the set list, complete the orchestrations (with his long-time band leader Stephen Small, who will also conduct) and prepare for the single three-and-a-half-hour rehearsal with the symphony musicians. But even with strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion— and, of course, Kitaro’s own sixpiece electronic band—there’s still one element missing. “I think, still, the voice is the best sounding instrument,” he explains, “so I will do some surprise for the audience this time. “One song I will sing myself.” Kitaro plays with the Santa Rosa Symphony Friday, Feb. 14, at the Green Music Center, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park Expressway and Petaluma Hill Road, Rohnert Park. 8pm. $40–$80 (premier seating with post-concert reception, $250). 707.546.8742.
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ITâ€™S A CONSPIRACY Ilana Niernberger hears the weird truth from Anthony AbatĂŠ in â€˜Yankee Tavern.â€™
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Those are about the only recent conspiracy theories not touched on in Steven Dietzâ€™s 2007 comedydrama Yankee Tavern, directed by Elizabeth Craven and running through Feb. 23 at Main Stage West. Set just a few years after 9-11, Yankee Tavern takes place in the titular New York watering hole, housed in a soon-to-be-demolished building not far from Ground Zero. The nifty set by Paul Gilger sets the tone, suggesting that the Yankee was once a grand
establishment and is now slipping toward decay. Adam (Tyler Costin, a bit onenote and lacking the sense of practiced duplicity suggested in the script) is a grad-school student hanging on to the tavern once owned by his father, who may or may not have killed himself behind the bar. His increasingly tentative ďŹ ancĂŠe, Janet (Ilana Niernberger is ďŹ ne, but a bit too hostile out of the gate) has just discovered that most of Adamâ€™s save-the-date notices have been returned as â€œaddress unknown,â€? and she wants to know why. Meanwhile, they both want to know what to do about the tavernâ€™s resident alcoholic Ray (played with gleefully grounded mania by the ever-brilliant John Craven), who has never met a conspiracy theory he didnâ€™t like. Starbucks is a religious cult. The moon landing was faked. The Olympics are secretly staged by Walt Disney. Yoko Ono was the mastermind of the Bay of Pigs disaster. The 2000 election was riggedâ€”so that Al Gore would have free time to make documentaries about global warming. And the destruction of the Twin Towers was an inside job. Of course. Next to JFKâ€™s assassination, few national tragedies have inspired more conspiracies than this one, and in Dietzâ€™s hands, the intricate, mesmerizing language of conspiracy becomes a kind of paranoid poetry. When a stranger (Anthony AbatĂŠ, nicely creepy) arrives at the tavern, ordering two beers and leaving one untouched, Rayâ€™s enthusiasm for secrets is matched by the strangerâ€™s quiet, menacing suggestions that the real truth behind 9-11 is bigger and scarier than even Ray could imagine. To say more, or to hint at how all of this is connected to Adam and Janet, would be unfair to the audience. Suffice it to say that in Yankee Tavern, the truth is out there. Way, way out there. Rating (out of 5): ++++ â€˜Yankee Tavernâ€™ runs Thursdayâ€“ Sunday, Feb. 7â€“23 at Main Stage West. 106 N. Main St., Sebastopol. Thursdayâ€“ Saturday at 8pm; 5pm matinees Sunday. $15â€“$25. 707.823.0177
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WOMAN OF A CERTAIN AGE Paulina García plays a divorcée falling
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Wild Woman Blues ‘Gloria’ does what American rom-coms cannot BY RICHARD VON BUSACK
ee it now, and see it before the inevitable insufferable American remake. Word will be getting out about Gloria.
There’s usually a good turnout for a ﬁlm about a divorcée going wild—“women of a certain age” never lose the habit of moviegoing. Yet instead of a ﬁlm about a woman’s self-consciousness and shyness, there’s genuine heat in Gloria, in which the inevitable and insufferable is certain to geld. Gloria (Paulina García) is a Santiagoan divorced for 10 years. Out dancing one night, she meets the courtly Rodolfo (Sergio Hernández), an ex–naval officer now running a paintball emporium. Though age has seasoned Gloria’s body, director Sebastián Lelio insists this be a meeting of bodies as well as minds (Gloria’s getting glaucoma and has to keep her glasses on when they tryst). By adding more background details of the lead characters’ lives and throwing in some politics, Gloria, the official Chilean selection for the upcoming Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Film category, does what the standard American rom-com doesn’t. The ﬁlm notes the student unrest current in Chile, and also shows how coolly Gloria’s family welcomes Rodolfo: the Chilean navy committed some of the worst crimes of the fascist regime. Despite Chile’s past, Leilo shows us a culture alive to pleasure. We get the delight of seeing our characters spend a dirty weekend in Viña del Mar and attend a dinner party where an impromptu samba breaks out. And I like the ardor with which Gloria looks at everything: a consoling pisco sour, a man she’s about to husk out of his clothes, even a tiny skeleton marionette wielded by a street performer. Here, we see her get on her knees and stare the puppet down. This is a woman who gets the memento mori joke and has decided not to be amused or afraid. ‘Gloria’ is screening at the Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.454.1222.
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Indefinable traits make for great music from Petalumaâ€™s Trebuchet BY NICOLAS GRIZZLE
n a recent Saturday morning, the only denizens in this Petaluma office park are gathered in a conference room with doughnuts and apple juice. The whiteboard in the small conference room shows song titles and chord changes, and the room is cluttered with guitar amps, drums, keyboards, microphones and speakers. Trebuchet are about to get down to business. The four band members are veterans of the Sonoma County music scene. But Trebuchet, arguably the most popular group any of them has been in thus far, sounds nothing like their previous endeavors. So what do they sound like? â€œWe get that a lot,â€? says Lauren Haile, who plays keyboards. â€œI donâ€™t know how to answer that.â€? Guitarist Navid Manoochehri chimes in. Since each member sings on nearly every song of their latest release, Carry On, he suggests maybe a Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young connection, but shakes his head after a second
thought. Itâ€™s Eliott Whitehurst, another guitarist, who makes the analogy they all agree on. â€œYou wanna know what we sound like?â€? he asks. â€œJust search YouTube for â€˜Scott Stapp singing the national anthem at NASCAR.â€™â€? Laughter erupts in the conference room at the comparison to Creedâ€™s lead singer, whose bravado and frat-boy attitude couldnâ€™t be further from Trebuchetâ€™s sound and demeanor. But the question remains unanswered, so the band answers in a song. Rehearsal starts with the a cappella â€œHow Can I Keep from Singingâ€? before launching into â€œLay It Out,â€? a three-minute powerhouse driven by pounding drums and a catchy guitar riff. Haileâ€™s rich alto takes the lead, with the boysâ€™ voices, including that of her husband, Paul Haile, supporting her above and below her vocal range. These are the ďŹ rst two tracks on Carry On. Itâ€™s their second album, and, as one might expect, itâ€™s more mature though less deďŹ nable, as far as genres are concerned. It might end up in the catch-all â€œindieâ€? section at a record store, next to bands like Grizzly Bear,
the Decemberists and Mumford & Sons, or be given a label like â€œpost-folkâ€? or â€œharmonious indieâ€? by trendsetting webzines like Pitchfork. Itâ€™s a total change from the group most of them had previously been in. The long, experimental instrumental songs of Not to Reason Why, a band that included all members of Trebuchet except Whitehurst, are conspicuously absent. â€œWe thought, â€˜Letâ€™s do the complete opposite of that,â€™â€? says Manoochehri. The voices of all four are central parts of Trebuchetâ€™s unique sound, with the band trading off lead vocal duties song by song. The four studied music at Sonoma State University, singing together in choirs for many years. â€œWeâ€™re music nerds,â€? says Lauren Haile. That might explain the wide variety of instruments on Carry On. Drums, acoustic and electric guitars, ukulele, mandolin, banjo, piano, organ, bass and, of course, voice. â€œEliott changes instruments on, like, every song,â€? says Haile. Carry On is rich and dense with texture. Like Brahms or Sufjan Stevens, Trebuchetâ€™s music is thick and layered. This makes parts like the vulnerable ukulele and voice that open the track â€œStay Closeâ€? stand out even more. And for the 30 seconds when it explodes with big drums, guitars, sweeping mandolin and vocals that sound like they were recorded in a concert hall, the song can evoke tears. This is a theme on Carry On. Many songs that start out calmly or delicately turn into all-out singalongs by the last minute or so. â€œThe Endâ€? is one of those singalongs. With a powerful, wordless vocal melody sung in unison, it grabs the audience when played live, and it doesnâ€™t let go. The ending refrain, â€œAnd in the end youâ€™re all alone,â€? is surprisingly cathartic to sing. We canâ€™t predict for the future, it says, but we can at least plan for the worst. And with that, the worst that can happen is we end up being pleasantly surprised. Trebuchet play Saturday, Feb. 22, at Phoenix Theater. 201 Washington St., Petaluma. 8pm. $8. 707.762.3565.
Concerts SONOMA COUNTY Amour, Amour! Love songs to celebrate Valentineâ€™s Day. Wine and chocolates. Tickets to benefit Get on the Bus. Feb 16, 3pm. $35. White Barn, 2727 Sulphur Springs Ave, St Helena. 707.251.8715.
The English Beat New wave and reggae oldschoolers, with Rusty Zinn and his band opening. Feb 14. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.
Poor Manâ€™s Whiskey The band debuts their new show â€œA Tribute to the Allman Brothers Band.â€? Feb 15, 8pm. $23. Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris St, Sebastopol. 707.823.1511.
MARIN COUNTY Elvin Bishop Groundbreaking blues pop artist Elvin Bishop keeps on rockin. Howell Devine opens. Feb 15. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.
Rita New Century Chamber Orchestra begin the New Year with a performance of Gaetano
Donizettiâ€™s rarely performed one-act comic opera, Rita. Feb 16, 5pm. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.
Sammy Hagar & the Wabos Concert for Liza featuring Sammy Hagar & the Wabos, Joe Satriani, Michael Anthony (Van Halen), Jack Blades (Nightranger), plus special guests. Feb 12, 8pm. Sold-out. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.
Clubs & Venues SONOMA COUNTY Andrews Hall Feb 14, the Duhks. Feb 15, Jaime Kyle. Sonoma Community Center, 276 E Napa St, Sonoma.
Aqus Cafe Feb 13, open mic night. Feb 14, Amy Hogan. Feb 15, the Tonewoods. Second Wednesday of every month, Jazz Jam. Third Wednesday of every month, West Coast Singer Songwriter Competition. 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.
Dry Creek Kitchen Feb 17, Chris Amberger and Randy Vincent. Feb 18, Dick
Epicurean Connection Feb 13, Open mic. Feb 16, the Rains. 122 West Napa St, Sonoma. 707.935.7960.
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Flamingo Lounge Feb 14, SugarFoot. Feb 15, Groove Foundation. Sun, 7pm, salsa with lessons. Tues, Swing Dancing with Lessons. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.
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Hopmonk Sebastopol Feb 12, Lafa Taylor. Feb 15, Iriefuse. Feb 17, Warrior King. Feb 19, DJ Shiftee. Feb 19, John Butler Trio: Free KRSH Concert. Mon, Monday Night Edutainment with Jacques & Guac. Tues, 7:30pm, ) open mic night.
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Thur, Feb 13 8:45â€“9:45am; 5:45â€“6:45pm Jazzercise 7:15â€“10pm CIRCLES Nâ€™ SQUARES Square Dance Club Fri, Feb 14 8:40â€“9:45am Jazzercise 7:30â€“10:30pm CALIFORNIA BALLROOM VALENTINE PARTY Sat, Feb 15 8:30â€“9:30am Jazzercise 7â€“11pm Steve Luther hosts a N E TOP 40 DANCE HIPS! W! Sun, Feb 16 8:30â€“9:30am Jazzercise 5â€“9:30pm COUNTRY WESTERN LESSONS AND DANCING Mon, Feb 17 8:45â€“9:45am; 5:45â€“6:45pm Jazzercise 7â€“9:30pm SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING Tues, Feb 18 5:45â€“6:45pm Jazzercise 7:30â€“9pm AFRICAN AND WORLD MUSIC & DANCE with live drummers
Santa Rosaâ€™s Social Hall since 1922
1400 W. College Avenue â€˘ Santa Rosa, CA 707.539.5507 â€˘ www.monroe-hall.com
Hopmonk Sonoma Feb 14, the Welcome Matt. Feb 15, Loosely Covered. Wed, Open Mic. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.
Hotel Healdsburg Feb 15, Len Lyons Trio. 25 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.431.2800.
Jasper Oâ€™Farrellâ€™s Feb 14, DJ Konnex. 6957 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2062.
Lagunitas Tap Room Feb 12, Emily Elbert. Feb 13, Rivereens. Feb 14, Hand Me Down. Feb 15, Parlor Tricks. Feb 16, Jason Bodlovich. Feb 19, the Big Tamborski. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.
Main Street Station Thurs, Susan Sutton Jazz Piano. Feb 14, Brulee. Feb 15, Frankye Kelly. Feb 16, Eddie Neon. Feb 19, Pocket Canyon Ramblers. Sun, Kit Mariahâ€™s Open Mic Night. 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.
WAITING FOR YOU Singer-songwriter Amy Hogan
brings her family along for an intimate performance at Aqus Cafe in Petaluma, Feb. 14. See Clubs & Venues, p23.
Murphyâ€™s Irish Pub Feb 13, Vanguard Jazz Ensemble. Feb 14, Jami Jamison Band. Feb 16, the Sean Carscadden Trio. Feb 15, the Perfect Crime. Wed, trivia night. 464 First St E, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.
Mystic Theatre Feb 13, Junior Brown. Feb 15, Tarrus Riley. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.
Newman Auditorium Feb 16, Gwendolyn Mok. Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.527.4372.
Occidental Center for the Arts Feb 14, Out of the Blue Band. Feb 15, Gould Piano Trio. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.874.9392.
Phoenix Theater Feb 14, Legal Disaster. Feb 15, Arrythmia. Sun, 5pm, rock and blues jam. Mon, 7pm, young peopleâ€™s AA. Tues, 7pm, Acoustic Americana jam. Wed, 6pm, Jazz jam. Second Thursday of every month, writers workshops. 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.
Quincyâ€™s Feb 14, the Steve Sutherby
Band. 6590 Commerce Blvd, Rohnert Park. 707.585.1079.
Redwood Cafe Second Wednesday of every month, Sound Kitchen. Feb 15, the Bruthas. Third Monday of every month, Neil Buckley Octet. Third Wednesday of every month, Prairie Sun. Thurs, Open Mic. Second Friday of every month, J&H Big Band. Third Sunday of every month, Gold Coast Jazz Band. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.
Rio Nido Roadhouse Feb 14, Kurt Wendler. Feb 15, the Pulsators. 14540 Canyon 2 Rd, Rio Nido. 707.869.0821.
Ruth McGowanâ€™s Brewpub Feb 14, PolkaNomics. Feb 15, Over Easy. Sun, Evening Jazz with Gary Johnson. 131 E First St, Cloverdale. 707.894.9610.
Sebastopol Center for the Arts Feb 14, 7:30pm, Images of Music with Laureano Flor and Friends. 282 S High St, Sebastopol. 707.829.4797.
Tradewinds Feb 12, Hibbity Dibbity. Feb 14, Pro Jam Super Session. Feb 15, The Soul Section. Mon, Blues
Defenders Pro Jam. Tues, Jeremyâ€™s Open Mic. Thurs, DJ Dave. 8210 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7878.
Whiskey Tip Feb 13, Tori Bratton. Feb 15, the Easy Leaves. 1910 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa.
MARIN COUNTY Fenix Feb 13, Bobby Jo Valentine. Feb 14, Will Russ Jr. Feb 15, Mitch Woods & the Delta 88s. Feb 16, Trio Garufa. Wed, Blues Night. 919 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.813.5600.
Georgeâ€™s Nightclub Feb 14, Tony Saunders & the Romancing the Bass Band. Wed, Salsa and Bachata. Thurs and Fri, DJ Rick Vegaz. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.
Hopmonk Novato Feb 15, Sol Horizon. Wed, Open Mic. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200.
19 Broadway Club Feb 12, Charles Neville. Feb 13, Fogdub. Feb 14, the 85â€™s. Feb 15, Breakinâ€™ Bread. Feb 16, Texas Chainsaw Band. Feb 19, Kortyâ€™s Hump Jam. Mon, 9pm, open mic. Tues, Bluesday Piano
open mic. Tues, Bluesday Piano Night. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091. Feb 12, Pat Kane. Feb 13, Lisa Kindred. Feb 15, Chris Saunders. Feb 16, Timothy O’ and friends. Mon, Kimrea & Dreamdogs. Feb 19, Doug Nichols. Tues, 8:30pm, open mic with Damir. Fri, 9pm, Michael Aragon Quartet. 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.1392.
Osher Marin JCC Feb 15, Oliver Mtukudzi & the Black Spirits. 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.
Osteria Divino Feb 12, Jonathan Poretz. Feb 13, Passion Habanera. Feb 14, Deborah Winters. Feb 15, Rob Reich Trio. Feb 16, Marcelo Puig and Seth Asarnow. Feb 18, Michael Fecskes. Feb 19, Con Quimba. 37 Caledonia St, Sausalito.
Panama Hotel Restaurant Feb 12, Dave Getz. Feb 13, Wanda Stafford. Feb 16, Joe Baer Magnant Group. Feb 18, Swing Fever. Feb 19, Marianna August. 4 Bayview St, San Rafael. 415.457.3993.
Family Band, Rusty String Express. Thurs, First Mate Quartet. Fri, 4:20 Happy Hour with live music. Fri, Walking Spanish. 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael.
Station House Cafe Feb 14, Paul Knight & Friends. Feb 16, New Copasetics. Third Monday of every month, Blue Monday with Paul Knight. 11180 State Route 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1515.
Sweetwater Music Hall Feb 13, Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Orion . Feb 14, Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real. Feb 19, Romain Virgo, Protoje, Ikronik and Indiggnation. Mon, Open Mic. Every other Wednesday, Wednesday Night Live. 9 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.
Terrapin Crossroads Feb 13, Songs of Heartbreak with the Terrapin All-Stars. Feb 18, Colonel & the Mermaids. Sat, Go by Ocean. Sun, Midnight North, Chris Hague. Sun, Terrapin Family Band. Wed, Terrapin
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Sun, 2pm, Irish music. Mon, 8pm, open mic with Simon Costa. Second Wednesday of every month, Acoustic Guitar Showcase. Second Thursday of every month, Appleberry Jam’s Guitar Pull. 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.485.1182.
Downtown Joe’s Brewery & Restaurant Feb 14, Levi Lloyd & the 501 Band. Feb 15, Marshall Law Band. Feb 17, the Sorry Lot. Sun, DJ Night. Wed, Jumpstart. 902 Main St, Napa. 707.258.2337.
Lincoln Theater Feb 16, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan. 100 California Dr, Yountville. 707.226.8742.
Silo’s Feb 13, Debra & Her Brad Habit. Feb 14, Cosmos Percussion Orchestra. Feb 15, Street Urchinz and Pion 2 Zion. Feb 16, Tony Monaco and Howard Bell. Wed, 7pm, jam session. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.
Uptown Theatre Feb 14, Citizen Cope. 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.
Peri’s Silver Dollar Mon, acoustic open mic. Tues, John Varn and Tom Odetto. Third Sunday of every month, La Mandanga. Third Wednesday of every month, Elvis Johnson Soul Review. Second Thursday of every month, Mark’s Jam Sammich. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.
Rancho Nicasio Feb 14, The Baguette Quartette. Feb 15, Tom Rigney & Flambeau. Feb 16, The Pete Lind Trio. Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.
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Cecile McLorin Salvant Already a European sensation, Salvant sounds amazing in any language. Feb 13 at SF Jazz Center.
Blackalicious Enduring hip-hop duo still twist tongues and drop beats like no other. Feb 14 at Slim’s.
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Feb 16, Dry Branch Fire Squad. 112 Bulkley, Sausalito.
Funky folk and fun pop songs fronted by the magnetic Thao Nguyen. Feb 14 at the Fillmore.
Sausalito Seahorse Feb 13, College of Marin Big Swing Jazz Band. Feb 14, Rolando Morales Quintet. Feb 15, Passion & Grace. Sun, salsa class. Tues, Jazz with Noel Jewkes and friends. Wed, Tango with Marcello & Seth. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito.
Sleeping Lady Feb 13, Bill Hansell. Feb 15, Helm. Feb 16, Namely Us. Feb 19, Migrant Pickers & Friends. Feb 14, Fenton Coolfoot & the Right Time. Sat, Ukelele Jam Session.
Noah Gunderson Now joined by sister Abbey, Gunderson sounds like a modern-day Leonard Cohen. Feb 18 at Brick & Mortar.
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Arts Events Galleries SONOMA COUNTY Charles M Schulz Museum Through Mar 2, â€œSchool Projects,â€? follow the Peanuts gang as they struggle through a typical school year with original comic strips. Through Apr 27, â€œStarry, Starry Night,â€? featuring Peanuts characters under the night sky. Through Aug 11, â€œHeartbreak in Peanuts,â€? over 70 comic strips focusing on lost love. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. Mon-Fri, noon to 5; Sat-Sun, 10 to 5. 707.579.4452.
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Through Mar 16, â€œForm and Finish,â€? sculptures by Michael Cooper and John de Marchi. Gallery talk, Feb 2, 2pm, $10. Panel discussion, Feb 5, 6:30pm, $10. 230 Lakeville St at East Washington, Petaluma. 707.762.5600.
Petaluma Historical Museum & Library Through Mar 16, â€œItâ€™s All About the Music,â€? featuring tribute to Nelson Mandela. 20 Fourth St, Petaluma. Wed-Sat, 10 to 4; Sun, noon to 3; tours by appointment on Mon-Tues. 707.778.4398.
Through Mar 1, â€œFlasks of Fiction,â€? sculptures by Bella Feldman. 132 Mill St, Ste 101, Healdsburg. Tues-Fri, 10 to 6. Sat, 10 to 5. 707.473.9600.
Through Feb 24, â€œThe Poetry of Printing,â€?exhibition that plays with letter forms and old presses in inventive ways. 7345 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol. No phone.
Feb 12-Mar 9, â€œYoung Artists 2014,â€? an exhibit of student art from 10 local schools, and â€œThose Who Inspire,â€? work by art teacher Sandra Rose Novia. Third Wednesday of every month, 11am, Children of all ages are welcome into the gallery to view the art work and exhibits. Free. 130 Plaza St, Healdsburg. Daily, 11 to 6. 707.431.1970.
Petaluma Arts Center
Through Feb 24, â€œInvitational Exhibition,â€? fine art by Northern California painters, printmakers and sculptors. 9048 Graton Rd, Graton. TuesSun, 10:30 to 6. 707.829.8912.
Healdsburg Center for the Arts
At the Veterans Building 282 South High St. Sebastopol, CA 95472 707.829.4797 www.sebarts.org
Hwy S, Sebastopol. Most Saturdays from 12 to 3 and once a month on Sundays too! 707-477-9442.
Through May 4, â€œSonoma County & the Civil War,â€? artifacts from the 1860s. 221 Matheson St, Healdsburg. TuesSun, 11 to 4. 707.431.3325.
Laguna de Santa Rosa Environmental Center Through Mar 25, â€œOnce Upon a Wetland,â€? art by Ane Carl Rovetta. 900 Sanford Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.527.9277.
Lauri Luck Art Gallery Feb 15-16, 12pm, Pie Eyed Open Studio, a unique pairing of art and pie. Featuring guest artists Marylu Downing and Susan Spencer. Free. 2371 Gravenstein
Through Mar 11, Sandra Jill Anfang presents acrylic paintings and collage. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.
Russian River Art Gallery Through Feb 28, â€œLove Is in the Air,â€? with all the artists at the Russian River Gallery sharing the love. 16357 Main St, Guerneville. Daily, 10 to 6. 707.869.9099.
Sebastopol Center for the Arts Through Feb 14, â€œVessels,â€? juried exhibition. 282 S High St, Sebastopol. Tues-Fri, 10 to 4; Sat, 1 to 4. 707.829.4797.
Sebastopol Gallery Through Mar 1, â€œA Fashion Statement,â€? wearable art. 150 N Main St, Sebastopol. Open daily, 11 to 6. 707.829.7200.
Sonoma County Museum Through May 4, â€œCamellia Has Fallen,â€? the first US exhibit featuring contemporary Korean artistsâ€™ reflections on the Jeju uprising. Through Jun 1, â€œPrecious Cargo,â€? exhibition of California Indian cradle baskets. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. Tues-Sun, 11 to 4. 707.579.1500.
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art Through Mar 2, â€œSite & Sense,â€? the architecture of Aidlin Darling Design. 551 Broadway, Sonoma. Wed-Sun, 11 to 5. 707.939.SVMA.
MARIN COUNTY Art by the Bay Weekend Gallery Through Mar 30, â€œBeyond Geometry,â€? paintings by Jon Langdon. 18856 Hwy 1, Marshall. 415.663.1006.
Art Works Downtown Through Feb 28, paintings by Jeremy Morgan. Closing reception, Feb 14, 5pm. 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. Tues-Sat, 10 to 5. 415.451.8119.
Dance Palace Through Feb 16, â€œBirdhouses and Beyond,â€? hand-made tiny avian homes. Party and auction, Feb 16. Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.
Elsewhere Gallery Through Mar 1, 1828 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. Daily, 11 to 6. 415.526.2855.
Falkirk Cultural Center Through Mar 8, â€œArtisans,â€? emerging and internationally known artists. 1408 Mission Ave, San Rafael. 415.485.3438.
Gallery Route One Feb 14-Mar 23, â€œIgor Sazevich: Glancing Back-Stepping Forward,â€? a solo exhibition of the Inverness painter. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. WedMon, 11 to 5. 415.663.1347.
Marin MOCA Through Feb 23, â€œRe/Vision,â€? work by members that has undergone revisions. Novato Arts Center, Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Dr, Novato. Wed-Sun, 11 to 4. 415.506.0137.
MINE Art Gallery Through Mar 30, â€œvision/ color/love,â€? works by Nicole Cameron, Richard Dieterich, Sherry Petrini and Nick Wildermuth. 1820 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax.
Oâ€™Hanlon Center for the Arts Through Feb 20, â€œReal and Imagined,â€? mixed media by Deborah Sullivan. 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley.
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LITERARY LEGEND Isabelle Allende reads from her latest novel, ‘Ripper,’ at Copperﬁeld’s Books in Petaluma on Feb. 12. See Readings, p29.
Tues-Sat, 10 to 2; also by appointment. 415.388.4331.
Osher Marin JCC Through Apr 7, “Sacred Words,” interfaith art. 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.
San Geronimo Valley Community Center Through Feb 28, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo. 415.488.8888.
Seager Gray Gallery Through Mar 2, “Andrew Hayes: Volumes,” a tactile exploration of space. 23 Sunnyside Ave, Mill Valley. Tues-Sat; 11 to 6. Fri-Sat, 11 to 7; Sun, 12 to 5. 415.384.8288.
people behind the wine. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. Tues-Sun, 10am to 4pm. 707.944.0500.
Comedy Adult Content Hosted by Helen Pachynski. Second Fri of every month, 9pm. $4. Gaia’s Garden, 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491.
Bill Cosby Bill Cosby is quite simply a national treasure. Feb 15, 8pm. $75-$40. Marin Center’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.
Through Apr 6, “Inherent Vice: This Is Not a Bruce Conner Exhibition,” Will Brown works with Bruce Conner collaborators to make a fluctuating exhibition related to the artist. 5200 Sonoma Hwy, Napa. Wed-Sun, 10am to 6pm 707.226.5991.
Second Thurs of every month, 8pm. $7. Guayakí Maté Bar, 6782 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.6644.
Downtown Napa Through Jan 1, “Metamorphosis,” outdoor sculpture exhibit with selfguided tour. Main and Third streets, Napa.
Molinari Caffe Through Feb 28, “Like/Share: Cell Phone Photography,” images captured with telephone cameras. 815 Main St, Napa. 707.927.3623.
Napa Valley Museum Through Mar 23, “Thinking Outside the Bottle,” exploration of the artistic passions of the
Comedy Open Mic Third Sun of every month, 8pm. Hopmonk Sebastopol, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.
Dan Gabriel Featuring Larry “Bubbles” Brown. Feb 15, 8pm. $20. Trek Winery, 1026 Machin Avenue, Novato, (415) 899-9883.
Heartthrobs of Comedy Sammy Obeid will headline this special Valentine’s Day show featuring alumni from the annual San Francisco Stand-Up Comedy Competition. Feb 14, 8pm. $25. Marin Center’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.
Kathleen Madigan Fresh from the Showtime special “Madigan Again.” Feb 15, 8pm. $32. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.
Bill Maher For the last 17 years, Bill Maher has set the boundaries of where funny political talk can go on American television. Feb 16, 8pm. $90-$50. Marin Center’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.
Stand Up Comedy Second Fri of every month. $10. Redwood Cafe, 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.
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SHIMSHAI with Susana, Eliyahu Sills
Dance Flamingo Lounge Feb 13-16, Santa Rosa Salsa Festival, featuring world-class dancers and 19-piece Latin band Pacific Mambo Orchestra. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa 707.545.8530.
Sacred World Music on Valentine’s Day 7IVZMRKE7TIGMEP Lydia’s Lovin’ Dinner SHIMSHAI concert 8–10:30 Dinner Served 6–9pm $ (MRRIV 'SRGIVXĈ$20 Concert only $ 30 Dinner only
Hopmonk Novato Feb 14, Cabaret D Amour featuring Moana Diamond. 224 Vintage Way, Novato 415.892.6200.
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Feb 14, 6pm, the Martini Brothers, Dance the night away this Valentine’s day. 100 California Dr, Yountville 707.226.8742.
Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club Feb 15, Plan Be, Dance Party benefiting the club. $15. 574 First St East, Sonoma 707.373.0700.
Events A Princess Sweetheart Ball An amazing fairy-tale party for the family. Feb 16, 2pm. $75. Flamingo Resort Hotel, 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.
Chinese New Year Celebration Chinese New Year of the Horse Celebration. Feb 15, 5pm. $25-$10. Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa.
Collage Art Making Workshop Feb 14, 5pm. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.451.8119.
Design Mixer A gathering of design professionals, aficionados, and the aspiring. Bring your business cards Feb 18, 7pm. $10. Aqus Cafe, 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.
Free Admission for Red Haired Girls (and Boys) Feb 14. Charles M Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452.
Galley Tour Discover the art, history and environment of the Napa Valley. Third Sat of every month, 11am. Free. Napa Valley Museum, 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. 707.944.0500.
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.
Give Back Tuesday: A Benefit for Food for Thought drinks, dinner, raffles, and fun.
Center, 900 Sanford Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.527.9277.
The Grand Gesture: Be My (100% Natural) Valentine
Chocolates, flowers and poetry. What else could you need? Feb 14, 5pm. Free. Grand Hand Gallery, 1136 Main St, Napa, No phone.
Marin Scuba Club Meeting Feb 19, 7:30pm. $3-$5. Saylor’s Restaurant, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito.
San Rafael Art Walk Second Fri monthly, 5 to 8, galleries and retailers host artists and artwork, receptions and entertainment. Second Fri of every month, 6-8pm. Downtown San Rafael, Fifth and A streets, San Rafael.
State of the Raven Players Open House New artistic director Steven David Martin shares his vision in this informational gettogether. Feb 13, 5:30pm. Free. Raven Theater, 115 North St, Healdsburg. 707.433.3145.
Teen Health Clinic Thurs, 3:30-6pm. Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.
Valentine’s Day Dinner, Comedy & Dance Feb 14, 7pm. $95. Sally Tomatoes, 1100 Valley House Dr, Rohnert Park. 707.665.0260.
Valentine’s Night at the Museum Feb 14, 5pm. $20-$25. Petaluma Wildlife Museum, 201 Fair St, Petaluma. 707.778.4787.
Voice of the Awakened Heart Experience the healing power of sound, featuring Michael Zeligs and Jens Jarvie. Feb 13, 8pm. $15. Dhyana Center Lofts, 186 N Main St, Sebastopol. 800.796.6863.
Take a journey through all things Olive. Feb 15-16, 11am. Free. Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, 24724 Arnold Dr, Sonoma. 707.931.7575.
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Directed and written by Jeremy Leven. Feb 15, 7pm. $10. Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main St, Napa. 707.255.5445.
The Invisible Peak Hosted by Peter Coyote, and with a musical performance by James Nash of the Waybacks. Feb 13, 7pm. $25-$30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.
Petaluma Film Alliance Spring Cinema Series The new Spring Cinema Series features rarely screened international gems, brand-new award-winning documentaries with directors in conversation, Hollywood classics and some of this year’s top Oscar contenders. Wed through May 14. Carole L Ellis Auditorium, 680 Sonoma Mountain Pkwy, Petaluma. 415.392.5225.
Sonoma Film Institute Feb 14, “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?”; Feb 21, “The Chess Players”; Feb 28, “Anatomy of a Murder.” Fri, 7pm. $5-$7. Sonoma Film Institute, Warren Auditorium, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2606.
Vintage Film Series Feb 17, “Camelot”; Mar 10, “The Rain Man”; Apr 14, “The Maltese Falcon”; May 19, “After the Thin Man”; Jun 16, “The Odd Couple.” Mon, Feb 17, 7pm. $8. Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St E, Sonoma. 707.996.9756.
Willow Winnowing Basket Workshop Led by Charlie Kennard. Examine a variety of California Indian-style basket weaving, and then make a small willow shoot, open-weave basket. Feb 15, 9:30am. $75. Laguna de Santa Rosa Environmental
Food & Drink Cloverdale Citrus Fair The fair boasts music, carnival rides, and exhibitors aplenty. Feb 14-17. $5-$7. Cloverdale Fairgrounds, 1 Citrus Fair Dr, Cloverdale.
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Part of the Black History Month Film Festival. Feb 13, 7pm. Arlene Francis Center, 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.
Whole Lotta Love II Burlesque, belly dance, perfomance, live music, painting and Led Zeppelin. Feb 14. Hopmonk Sebastopol, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.
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Third Sun monthly at 3pm, treat the belly with specialty teas, sandwiches, scones and sweets. RSVP; ages 12 and up. Third Sun of every month, 3pm. $35. Cedar Gables Inn, 486 Coombs St, Napa. 707.224.7969.
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Sebastopol Farmers Market Local produce, meat and artisan goods. Sun, 10am. Sebastopol Plaza, McKinley St, Sebastopol.
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.
Valentine’s Day Wine Wine tasting decadence. Feb 15-16. $15. DuttonGoldfield Winery, 3100 Gravenstein Hwy N, Sebastopol. 707.827.3600.
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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Bottled Poetry Verse-on-demand comes to the North Bay Bread, milk and chocolate can be obtained from the supermarket, but what happens when it’s not the pantry that needs reﬁlling but the heart? That requires a trip to the Poetry Store. “The number one thing people don’t know how to talk about is love,” says Silvi Alcivar (pictured), aka the Poetry Store, who will be writing poems at two Valentine’s Day events in the North Bay this weekend. The San Francisco poet has made a name for herself by popping up with her red Royal typewriter and portable desk at events in the Bay Area to write poems on demand. After a brief interview, she writes, in less than three minutes, a set of words so unexpectedly charged and emotionally penetrating they could even bring tears to Vladimir Putin’s steely eyes. “The most satisfying thing is when people cry because they have joy,” says Alcivar. Her poems are visual, honest and revealing, not to mention beautiful, and their incredibly short gestation period—from conception to birth in about ﬁve minutes—makes them all the more spectacular. She and other artists share their talents Friday, Feb. 14, at the Grand Hand Gallery. 1136 Main St., Napa. 5– 7pm. 707.253.2551. The Poetry Store will also be at St. Supery Estate Winery Friday, Feb. 14 (1–4pm), and Saturday, Feb. 15 (11am– 3pm). 8440 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford. Free. 800.231.9116.—Nicolas Grizzle
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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.
Lectures In conversation with Joanne Greene. Feb 19, 7pm. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.
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.
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.
Tea & Talk Slow down and get to know one another with Melody Myrick. Third Sun of every month. Donation. Songbird Community Healing Center, 8297 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.2398.
Grow Clinic 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.
Habitat Map of Sonoma County Mapping the Countywide vegetation locales. Feb 18, 7:30pm. Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa.
Hands-On Wool Felting The Sheep to Shop folks host a family-friendly felting workshop. Feb 16, 1pm. $30. SHED, 25 North St, Healdsburg. 707.431.7433.
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.
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Book Passage Feb 12, 7pm, “Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming” with McKenzie Funk. Feb 13, 7pm, “All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood” with Jennifer Senior. Feb 13, 7pm, “Why We Broke Up” with Daniel Handler. Feb 15, 1pm, “Orphan Train” with Christina Baker Kline. Feb 16, 4pm, “Why Are You So Sad?” with Jason Porter. Feb 17, 7pm, “Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America” with Annie Jacobsen. Feb 18, 7pm, “The Pope and Mussolini” with David Kertzer. Feb 19, 7pm, “Moriarty Returns a Letter: A Baker Street Mystery” with Michael Robertson. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera 415.927.0960.
Santa Rosa Copperfield’s Books Feb 13, 7pm, “Marriage Meetings for Lasting Love” with Marcia Naomi Berger. 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa 707.578.8938.
There are between 100 billion and 400 billion planets orbiting around other stars just in our own galaxy. Mind=blown. Times vary. Fri-Sun through Feb 15. $5-$8. SRJC Planetarium, Lark Hall 2001, 1502 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.527.4465.
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Feb 12, 7pm, “Ripper” with Isabel Allende. Feb 19, 7pm, “The Good Luck of Right Now” with Matthew Quick. 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma 707.762.0563. Feb 14, 8pm, Heart to Heart, Poetry and music to catapult you into love. $15-$25. 923 C St, San Rafael 415.457.4191.
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An Evening of Short Plays Marin OnStage is presenting short stories of women from past ages with a special trio of theatrical heart stoppers in celebration of the holiday. Feb 14-Mar 2. $12-$18. The Little Theater at St. Vincent’s, 1 St Vincent Dr, San Rafael.
Fiddler on the Roof Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the celebrated production. Through Feb 16. $17. Person Theater, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.
Journey’s End West Coast premiere of this World War I drama. Times vary. Fri-Sun through Feb 16. $13-$26. Barn Theatre, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 415.456.9555.
Yankee Tavern This edge-of-your-seat drama, directed by MSW artistic director Elizabeth Craven, is brimming with mystery and intrigue. Through Feb 23. $25. Main Stage West, 104 N Main St, Sebastopol.
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ARIES (March 21â€“April 19) In her TED talk, science writer Mary Roach made it clear that human beings donâ€™t need genital stimulation to experience orgasms. She spoke of a woman who routinely reaches ecstatic climax by having her eyebrows caressed, and another woman who reaches the big O simply by brushing her teeth. Then thereâ€™s the woman who can simply think herself into orgasm, no physical touch necessary. I canâ€™t guarantee that a similar aptitude will suddenly turn on in you, Aries, but the coming days could bring you as close as you have ever been. Right now, youâ€™re a connoisseur of deep pleasureâ€”a blessed bliss master. TAURUS (April 20â€“May 20)
â€œThe fact that someone else loves you doesnâ€™t rescue you from the project of loving yourself,â€? writes blogger Sahaj Kohli. Nothing else rescues you from that quest, either, I would add. Sooner or later, whether itâ€™s now or 20 years in the future, you will have to master this ďŹ ne art. Itâ€™s not enough to merely feel affection for yourself, not enough to seek pleasure and avoid pain. Youâ€™ve got to make extensive investigations to discover what it means to love yourself, you have to develop rigorous plans for how to accomplish it, and you must ďŹ re up a deep commitment as you actually carry out those plans. By the way, the coming weeks will be an excellent time to work on mastering this ďŹ ne art.
GEMINI (May 21â€“June 20) â€œDrunk with my madness, I shouted at him furiously, â€˜Make life beautiful! Make life beautiful!â€™â€? So says a character in a prose poem by Charles Baudelaire. And now, even though I am neither drunk nor furious nor consumed with madness, I am whispering the same command to you. I hope you will respond by embarking on a heroic effort to make life beautiful everywhere you go. The astrological omens suggest that if you do, you will be inundated with practical blessings that are as valuable as money. This will also be an excellent way to drum up the kind of love you crave. CANCER (June 21â€“July 22)
Hereâ€™s what I wish for you during the Valentine season: to be happily in love with an intimate partner who loves you back. If thatâ€™s not feasible, hereâ€™s what I hope: that you are learning provocative lessons about yourself through your growth-inducing relationship with a close ally. And if youâ€™re not blessed with either of those experiences, hereâ€™s a third alternative: that you cherish your fathomless longing for its own sake, feeling wonder and reverence for its wild power, even if itâ€™s unfulďŹ lled.
LEO (July 23â€“August 22) Making eye contact is essential for building potent links with people you care about. It bypasses rational thought, stimulating chemical reactions in your bodies that enhance empathy and intimacy. In practicing the art of love, itâ€™s one of the most potent moves you can make. This Valentine season would be an excellent time for you Leos to explore the frontiers of whatâ€™s possible through prolonged eye contact. Start here: Cultivate a sincere desire to know whatâ€™s simmering inside the souls of your dearest allies. With that as your driving force, your gaze wonâ€™t be clouded by shyness or selfconsciousness. VIRGO (August 23â€“September 22)
â€œI prefer an ecstatic orgasm to a lot of angst,â€? says Filipino artist David Medalla. I hope you consider making that your battle cry during this Valentine season. It would be in rapt harmony with the current cosmic omens. There really is no need for you to get sidelined by anxiety or distracted by stress when the natural remedy is so easily available. In every way you can imagine, Virgo, ďŹ ght off sourness and dourness by engaging in acts of joy and pleasure.
LIBRA (September 23â€“October 22) In her poem â€œImplications of One Plus One,â€? Marge Piercy marvels at the way she and her long-term partner keep ďŹ nding new nuances in their love-making. â€œTen years of ďŹ tting our bodies together / and still they sing wild songs in new keys,â€? she writes. Whatâ€™s their secret? Itâ€™s â€œtiming, chemistry, magic and will and luck.â€? What I wish for you this Valentine season, Libra, is that you will have access to all ďŹ ve of those ingredients as you reinvigorate your relationship to love. More importantlyâ€”based on the
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SCORPIO (October 23â€“November 21)
Jesuit priest Pedro Arrupe touted the practical value of being totally in love. â€œWhat you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything,â€? he said. â€œIt will decide what will get you out of bed in the mornings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, who you know and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.â€? Are you in love, Scorpio? With either a person, a beloved animal, a certain patch of land, your creative work or life itself? If not, thereâ€™s no excuse! Astrologically speaking, itâ€™s an excellent time for you to be stupendously in love with someone or somethingâ€”anything! If you are already in this state, trust your intuition to make it even smarter and ďŹ ner.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22â€“December 21) Borrowing the words of Rumi (translated by Coleman Barks), Iâ€™ve prepared a love note for you to use as your own. Give it to a person whose destiny needs to be woven more closely together with yours: â€œYou are the sky my spirit circles in, the love inside love, the resurrection-place.â€? Would you like even more inspirational words to deliver to your chosen one? I hope so. Be greedy for lyrical bonding. Lust for springy intimacy. Feed your churning yearning. Try saying this, lifted from the book The Last Unicorn: â€œWe are two sides of the same magic.â€? And be sure to say this, paraphrased from Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh: â€œI love you in a way that will always make you feel free.â€?
CAPRICORN (December 22â€“January 19) â€œPeople think a soul mate is your perfect ďŹ t,â€? says author Elizabeth Gilbert. â€œBut a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back. . . . They tear down your walls and smack you awake . . . shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, make you . . . transform your life.â€? Does that sound like the kind of person you want in your life, Capricorn? Or do you prefer someone who likes what you like, appreciates you just as you are and makes your life more secure and comfortable? This Valentine season is a good time to make or renew your commitment to one choice or the other. Whatever you decide, youâ€™re likely to experience it on a richer, deeper level during the next 12 months. AQUARIUS (January 20â€“February 18)
Do you feel oppressed by Valentineâ€™s Day? Maybe youâ€™re single and reject the cultural bias that says being in an intimate relationship is the healthy norm. Or maybe youâ€™re part of a couple but are allergic to the cartoonish caricatures of romance that bombard you during the Valentine marketing assault. If youâ€™d rather consecrate love and intimacy in your own unique way, untainted by the stereotypes ďŹ‚ying around, I invite you to rebel. Make this the year you overthrow the old ways and start a new tradition: Valentineâ€™s Day 2.0. Mock sappy, sentimental expressions of romance even as you carry out futuristic experiments in radically slaphappy love.
PISCES (February 19â€“March 20)
â€œI have come to be fascinated with the messiness of desire,â€? writes novelist Ashley Warlick, â€œwith the ways people ďŹ t themselves together, take themselves apart for each other, for want of each other, for want of some parts of each other.â€? Your assignment, Pisces, is to celebrate the messiness of desire; to not just grudgingly accept it as an inconvenience youâ€™ve got to tolerate, but rather to marvel at it, be amused by it and appreciate it for all the lessons it provides. Your motto this Valentine season could be, â€œI bless the messy largesse of my longing.â€?
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