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Rhapsodies Bus Boondoggle An open letter to the Golden Gate and Sonoma County transit systems BY JAY CIMO
have relied on your buses ever since they began operation. I have much to say about how they are scheduled, which, without question, does not seem to serve the majority of your riders. In all the years I have been a passenger on your system, I have heard nothing but complaints from my fellow passengers, and they are increasing every year. Most of these complaints are leveled at the total lack of any seeming intelligence behind how the buses are scheduled. It makes everyone wonder how and why the bus company administrators and transportation agencies have created such a futile mess out of what, with a little thought and a modicum of cooperation, should be an easy ﬁx. Many of your riders theorize that these various agencies are paid by the oil companies to purposely sabotage public transit systems in order to discourage ridership. Don’t laugh. It’s a wellknown fact that in the 1940s the oil companies bought out and completely dismantled Los Angeles’ public transit system, which at the time was considered the best in the world. It takes upwards of four-plus hours to get from Sebastopol to west Marin. If I want to catch a bus from west Sonoma County to the SRJC in time for a class that begins at noon, the closest stop to that time is 10:49am. These schedules should be designed with students’ schedules in mind, as there are many who have no choice but to take the bus to school. This lack of connectivity is true even in the case of routes serviced by the same bus company. I doubt that any bus administrators rely on their own service to commute, but if they did, I’m certain the bus lines they use would operate in a timely and functional manner. And don’t even ask me about the “Stupid Train.” What a huge boondoggle that is now and will be when it begins to operate.
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Good to see you promoting water conservation—but not for the farmers’ sake! I won’t take a one-minute shower so Johnny Pinot can make more $100 bottles of wine, but I will to save the ﬁsh and other critters in the ecosystem!
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Balance It Out I liked the article about sex and education (“Sex Is Fun,” Feb. 5), but I’m not happy with the cover. I just wanted to point out that if you look at this cover, you have a girl reading a book that says, “Sex tips for girls,” and the other side says, “I wish she’d do this.” It’s not very equal—it’s really just saying, “Women, you’re still the ones that have to perform correctly in order to have a sexually exciting situation.” Instead, it should have read, “I wish she’d do this, I wish he’d do this” and “Sex tips for boys and girls,” so it could balance out correctly. This is such a hot topic—when you think about the fact that we just had V-Day and the One Billion Rising event, which talks about women and violence, this says that women are still the ones who have to please the men. I’m really hoping you’ll take a serious look at that and think about what’s going to be the catchy phrase and balance it out between men and women.
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Support Children’s Village When I was orphaned at 14, the prospect of foster care and inevitable separation from my siblings was beyond
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For this reason, I admire, support and volunteer for the Children’s Village of Sonoma County. This family-home environment is an alternative to foster care, which often separates siblings and shufﬂes children from home to home. Since opening in 2006, the Children’s Village has housed up to 24 children at a time, most of them siblings. Their primary concern is maintaining stability so children have a smooth transition into adulthood. In fact, with the addition of the Dickinson Center nearby, children who have graduated out of the program will be able to maintain housing and communication with the Children’s Village so long as they maintain employment or pursue education. Recent California legislation has put this wonderful organization on the path to closure this summer. Budget cuts have led to a shortage of children being placed in group homes like ours, and focus has shifted to foster care as the primary model for displaced children. Currently, 16 children are housed and cared for at the Children’s Village. A sudden change in their lives would be devastating.
ANDREA AUSTIN Santa Rosa
Wishful I wish I could tell you that Horatio Alger was alive and well in America, but that’s not the case, and I only have 200 words. I wish I could tell you that there is equality for all, but that’s not the case, and I only have 200 words. I wish I could tell you that our present über-capitalism is not eroding
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SOMOS MIGRANTES Immigration reform continues to inspire huge rallies across the country, but neither Democrats nor Republicans have done much to support the issue.
New study says GOP could win over Latino voters, if they’d stop trying to kick them out of the country BY TOM GOGOLA
o hear political scientist David Selby put it, the Republican Party is blowing it big-time when it comes to corralling the Latino vote—at both the state and national levels. Selby, a visiting instructor at UC Berkeley, has just authored a study that takes a deeply researched dive into Latino voting patterns in Santa Rosa. The study arrives as a national debate over immigration “reform” is yet again unfolding
in Congress—and in the larger context of a shifting American demographic toward greater Latino participation in electoral politics, a trend most political observers have assumed will be of beneﬁt to Democratic candidates for generations to come. Not so fast, says Selby, who argues that Latino cultural conservatives are eager to come home to candidates more in line with their values, but that the anti-immigration GOP policies keeps them in the Democratic camp and will continue to do so until the Republican Party “stops race-baiting on immigration,”
Selby tells the Bohemian. “Latinos,” he says, “are not antiRepublican.” The study revealed an interesting but unsurprising divide in Latino voting patterns: Hispanics overwhelmingly vote for Democratic candidates in local and national elections, but often express viewpoints on “values” issues that are starkly at odds with positions held by the candidates they support. Selby and co-author Kelly Wurtz studied elections and various California propositions going back to 1990. It was no surprise to them that they were able to identify many
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Latinos who express a combination of “economic progressivism with cultural conservatism.” Selby found signiﬁcant support among Latinos for capital punishment, opposition to abortion rights and a bias toward “traditional” marriages. And yet he found that Latinos largely support progressive taxation policies that beneﬁt the needy. Selby notes that the largely Catholic Latino voting bloc trends both pro-life and anti-poverty (just like the new Pope Francis, who is from Argentina). “They care about community,” he says, “in that they care about those who are less welloff, and they care about the unborn.” Selby identiﬁes the “Proposition 187 effect” as the main reason for the apparent split in Latino loyalties. Proposition 187 was a harshly antiimmigrant state initiative from 1994 notable for its elevation of the uncompromising “politics of mean” into the national debate over Hispanic (especially Mexican) immigration to the United States. Its opening salvo of victimized indignation remains a stunning example of how those politics of mean can get elevated into a legitimate purpose, in this case, the denying of social services to undocumented aliens: The people of California ﬁnd and declare as follows: That they have suffered and are suffering economic hardship caused by the presence of illegal aliens in this state. That they have suffered and are suffering personal injury and damage caused by the criminal conduct of illegal aliens in this state. That they have a right to the protection of their government from any person or persons entering this country unlawfully. Therefore, the People of California declare their intention to provide for cooperation between their agencies of state and local government with the federal government, and to establish a system of required notiﬁcation by and between such agencies to prevent illegal aliens in the United States from
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American. $. Classic, fresh diner food in a comfortable diner setting. Ought to be in a movie. Breakfast and lunch daily. 404 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.573.5955. Dierk’s Midtown Cafe, 1422 Fourth St, Santa Rosa.
Hamburger Ranch & Pasta Farm American. $. Old-fashioned, informal mom’n’-pop roadhouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 31195 N Redwood Hwy, Cloverdale. 707.894.5616.
Osake Sushi Bar & Grill Japanese. $$$. Gourmet sushi, exotic seasoned seaweed salad, robata grill specialties and premium sakes. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 2446 Patio Ct, Santa Rosa. 707.542.8282.
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Italian. $$. Reliable home-style Italian cooking. Dinner, TuesSun. 4776 Sonoma Hwy, Santa Rosa. 707.539.0260.
Sizzling Tandoor II Indian. $-$$. Coastal gem offers a great view of the Sonoma Coast. Come for happy hour and stay through dinner. 9960 Hwy 1, Jenner. 707.865.0625.
Thai Orchid Thai. $-$$. Rich Thai food made with crisp, fresh ingredients, reasonably priced. Lunch, Mon-Sat; dinner daily. 1005 Vine St, Healdsburg. 707.433.0515.
Volpi’s Restaurant Italian. $$-$$$$. Festive atmosphere teams with great traditional Italian dishes at one of county’s oldest eateries. Accordion in the speakeasy if you’re lucky. Dinner daily. 124 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.2371.
Washoe House Roadhouse. $$. Since 1859, serving straightforward roadhouse grub and Italian fare. Canned green beans, buffalo burgers, amazingly satisfying pies. The bar alone is worth a trip. Lunch and dinner daily. Stony Point and Roblar roads, Cotati. 707.795.4544.
Willi’s Seafood & Raw Bar Seafood. $$. Delicious preparations of the freshest fish and shellfish. Lunch and dinner daily; dinner, Mon-Sat. 403 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.433.9191.
Willi’s Wine Bar Small plates/wine bar. $$$. Bistro dishes and extensive wine list. A terrific place to dine before a show at the Wells Fargo Center. Lunch, Tues-Sat; dinner daily. 4404 Old Redwood Hwy, Santa Rosa. 707.526.3096.
Yao-Kiku Japanese. $$-$$$. Fresh sushi with ingredients flown in from Japan steals the show in this popular neighborhood restaurant. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 2700 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.578.8180. Zazu Cal-Euro. $$$. Perfectly executed dishes that sing with flavor. Zagat-rated with much of the produce from its own gardens. Dinner, Wed-Sun; brunch, Sun. 3535 Guerneville Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4814.
MARIN CO U N T Y Arigatou Japanese Food to Go Japanese. $. Cheap, delicious and ready to go. Lunch and dinner daily. Miracle
Mile Plaza, 2046 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.453.8990.
Avatar’s Indian-plus. $. Fantastic East-meets-West fusion of Indian, Mexican, Italian and American, with dishes customized to your palate. Lunch and dinner, MonSat. 2656 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.8083.
Bay Thai Thai. $. Fresh Thai food with curries that combine the regions classic sweet and tart elements. Some of the best fried bananas to be found. Lunch and dinner, MonSat; dinner, Sun. (Cash only.) 809 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.458.8845.
Cafe Reyes Pizza. $$. At the end of the main drag in West Marin’s quintessential small town sits a wood-fired oven serving piping pizzas of perfection. Beer and oysters can be had as well. Lunch and dinner, Wed–Sun. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.9493. Casa Mañana Mexican. $. Big burritos a stone’s throw from the perfect picnic spot: Perri Park. The horchata is divine. Lunch and dinner daily. 85 Bolinas Rd, Fairfax. 415.454.2384.
Drake’s Beach Cafe Californian. $$-$$$. More dinner party than restaurant, and the food is fresh and amazing. A meal to remember. Lunch, Thurs-Mon. 1 Drake’s Beach Rd, Pt Reyes National Seashore. 415.669.1297.
Finnegan’s Marin Pub fare. $$. Irish bar with the traditional stuff. Lunch and dinner daily. 877 Grant Ave, Novato. 415.899.1516.
Fish Seafood. $$-$$$. Incredibly fresh seafood in incredibly relaxed setting overlooking bay. Lunch and dinner daily. (Cash only.) 350 Harbor Dr, Sausalito. 415.331.FISH.
Fradelizio’s Italian. $$. Locally sourced northern Italian dishes with a Californiacuisine touch. The house red is a custom blend from owner Paul Fradelizio. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch, Sat-Sun. 35 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 415.459.1618.
Frantoio Italian. $$-$$$. Perennial winner of SF Chron’s “100 Best,” Frantoio also produces all of its own olive oil. Dinner daily. 152 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley. 415.289.5777.
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M&G’s Burgers & Beverages American. $. The ultimate in American cuisine. Crispy fries, good burgers and friendly locals chowing down. Lunch and dinner daily. 2017 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. 415.454.0655.
Marin Brewing Co Pub food. $-$$. Excellent soups, salads, pub grub and awardwinning pork-beer sausage. Lunch and dinner daily. 1809 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 415.461.4677.
Mountain Home Inn American. $$-$$$$. Great summer sandwiches with a view atop Mt Tamalpais. Breakfast, Sat-Sun; lunch and dinner, Wed-Sun. 810 Panoramic Dr, Mill Valley. 415.381.9000.
Small Shed Flatbreads Pizza. $$. Slow Food-informed Marin Organics devotee with a cozy, relaxed family atmosphere and no BS approach to great food served simply for a fair price. 17 Madrona St, Mill Valley. Open for lunch and dinner daily. 415.383.4200.
Sol Food Puerto Rican. $. Flavorful, authentic and homestyle at this Puerto Rican eatery, which is as hole-in-thewall as they come. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. San Rafael locations: 811 Fourth St. 415.451.4765. 901 & 903 Lincoln Ave. 415.256.8903. Mill Valley location: 401 Miller Ave, Mill Valley.
Tommy’s Wok Chinese. $-$$. Tasty and filling Chinese fare without the greasy weigh-down. Nice vegetarian selections, too. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat; dinner only, Sun; closed Tues. 3001 Bridgeway Ave, Sausalito. 415.332.5818. The William Tell House American & Italian. $$. Marin County’s oldest saloon. Casual and jovial atmosphere. Steaks, pasta, chicken and fish all served with soup or salad. Lunch and dinner daily. 26955 Hwy 1, Tomales. 707.878.2403
Yet Wah Chinese. $$. Can’t go wrong here. Special Dungeness crab dishes for dinner; dim sum for lunch. Lunch and dinner daily. 1238 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.460.9883.
N A PA CO U N T Y Ad Hoc American. $$-$$$. Thomas Keller’s quintessential neighborhood restaurant. Prix fixe dinner changes daily. Actually takes reservations. 6476 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.2487.
Angèle Restaurant & Bar French. $$$. Thoroughly French, but not aggressively so. Lunch and dinner daily. 540 Main St, Napa. 707.252.8115.
BarBersQ Barbecue/ California. $-$$. An upscale ’cue joint with a high-end chef and high-end ingredients. Gorgeous chipotle-braised short ribs and pulled pork. Lunch and dinner daily. 3900-D Bel Aire Plaza, Napa. 707.224.6600.
Bistro Jeanty French. $$$. Rich, homey cuisine. A perfect choice when you can’t get a chance to do your Laundry. Lunch and dinner daily. 6510 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.4870. Brannan’s Grill California cuisine. $$-$$$. Creative cuisine in handsome Craftsman setting. Lunch and dinner daily. 1347 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.2233.
Buster’s Barbecue Barbecue. $. A very busy roadside destination–for a reason. It’s the hot sauce, available in two heats: regular and hot. And the hot, as the sign says, means “hot!” Lunch and dinner daily. 1207 Foothill Blvd, Calistoga. 707.942.5606.
Carpe Diem Wine Bar Californian. $-$$. Right in the heart of downtown Napa, Carpe Diem’s contemporary and innovative menu includes a variety of seasonal flatbreads, an ostrich burger, the famed short-rib sliders and much more. Over 45 wines by the glass, six draft beers and an impressive reserve wine list round out this warm, inviting space. Dinner daily. 1001 Second St., Napa. 707.224.0800.
Cindy Pawlycyn’s Wood Grill & Wine Bar American. $$-$$$. Classic American fare that stays up on current mainstays but doesn’t skimp on the burger. Long wine list, kids menu, patio and more. Lunch and dinner, WedSun. 641 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.0700.
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Fumé Bistro & Bar California cuisine. $$$. Bistro fare that nearly always hits the mark. Lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sat-Sun. 4050 Byway E, Napa. 707.257.1999.
Gillwoods Cafe Diner. $-$$. Classic hometown diner, specializes in the homemade. Breakfast and lunch daily. 1313 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.1788. Gott’s Roadside Tray Gourmet Diner. $-$$. Formerly Taylor’ Automatic Refresher. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 933 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.3486. Also at Oxbow Public Market, 644 First St, Napa. 707.224,6900.
La Toque Restaurant French-inspired. $$$$. Set in a comfortable elegantly rustic dining room reminiscent of a French lodge, with a stone fireplace centerpiece, La Toque makes for memorable special-occasion dining. The elaborate wine pairing menus are luxuriously inspired. Dinner daily. 1314 McKinstry St, Napa. 707.257.5157.
Siena California-Tuscan. $$$$. Sophisticated, terroirinformed cooking celebrates the local and seasonal, with electric combinations like sorrel-wrapped ahi tuna puttanesca. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa. 707.251.1900. Zuzu Spanish tapas. $$. Graze your way through a selection of tasty tapas in a lively rustic chic setting with a popular wine bar. Bite-sized Spanish and Latin American specialties include sizzling prawns, Spanish tortilla, and Brazilian style steamed mussels. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner daily. 829 Main St, Napa. 707.224.8555.
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Most reviews by James Knight. Note: Those listings marked ‘WC’ denote wineries with caves. These wineries are usually only open to the public by appointment. Wineries in these listings appear on a rotating basis.
SONOMA CO U N TY Arrowood Winery Most of Arrowood’s wine is done in the Bordeaux style of France. 14347 Sonoma Hwy., Glen Ellen. Tasting room open daily, 10am–5pm. 707.935.2600. Forchini Winery Handsome Italianate tasting room, proudly stocked with gold medal-bearing bottles and tributes to winery dogs past and present, a cozy space where conversation strikes up easily among visitors. Papa Nonno TuscanStyle Red. 5141 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Friday–Sunday, 11am–4:30pm. Tasting fee, $10. 707.431.8886.
Marimar Estate A great stop for locals on a Sunday drive. And the Pinot is fantastic. 11400 Graton Road, Sebastopol Open daily, 11am–4pm. 707.823.4365. 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.
Paul Mathew Vineyards Sunny, corner tasting room in downtown Graton offering a singular expression of Valdiguié, progressively deeper and more aromatic Pinot Noir, and cushioned benches to sink into should you become lost in reverie as a result. 9060 Graton Road, Graton. Thursday– Sunday, 10:30am–4:30pm. Tasting fee, $10. 707.865.2505.
Sebastiani The winery is charming and warm, with wines that are mostly straightforward, honest affairs. One of the best picnic areas around. 389 Fourth St. E., Sonoma. Open daily, 10am– 5pm. 707.933.3230.
Seghesio Family Winery Delicious Italian
varietals, many of them brought directly from Italy; excellent Zinfandel. 14730 Grove St., Healdsburg. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 707.433.3579.
Valley of the Moon Winery This winery was once owned by Sen. George Hearst. Perhaps instead of the epochal utterance “Rosebud,” we could dub in “Rosé.” 777 Madrone Road, Glen Ellen. Open daily, 10am–4:30pm. 707.996.6941.
MARIN CO U N TY Bacchus & Venus A trendy place for beginners and tourists. Great place to learn the basics. 769 Bridgeway, Sausalito. Open daily, noon– 7pm. 415.331.2001. Point Reyes Vineyards The tasting room features many varietals but the main reason to go is for the sparkling wines. Open Saturday–Sunday, 11am–5pm. 12700 Hwy. 1, Point Reyes. 415.663.1011.
N A PA CO U N TY Bennett Lane Winery The old trope “beer-drinking NASCAR fans vs. Chardonnaysipping highbrows” runs out of gas at a winery that sponsors an annual NASCAR race and has its own car, emblazoned with grapes. A Roman emperor who appreciated hearty vino as much as a good chariot race inspired Maximus White and Red “feasting wines.” 3340 Hwy. 128, Calistoga. 707.942.6684.
Corison Winery Winemaker Cathy Corison proudly describes herself as a “Cabernet chauvinist.” 987 St. Helena Hwy., St. Helena. By appointment. 707.963.0826.
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Niente was founded in 1885 by John Benson, a ’49er of the California Gold Rush and uncle of the famous American impressionist painter Winslow Homer. The estate boasts beautiful gardens as well as the first modern-built wine caves in North America. 1350 Acacia Drive, Napa. By appointment. 707.944.2861.
Inglenook Vineyard What’s new at Inglenook? Very little. The iconic stone building, robed in green vines, appears exactly as it did in 1890. But that’s news, and all thanks to owner Francis Ford Coppola. Still living up to Gustave Niebaum’s dream of fine wine to rival France, the oncebeloved Inglenook is putting out the goods once again. 1991 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford. Daily, 10am–5pm. Reservations for tour and tasting ($50) recommended; none required for bistro and exhibits. 707.968.1161.
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.
Robert Sinskey Vineyards In the lofty, barnlike hall–as elegant as a theater, as solid as a ski lodge–visitors can take in the tank room action; at least, the gleaming stainless steel, framed by wood and stonework and brewpub-style chalkboard menus imbues the space with a sense of energetic immediacy. “Gluttonous Flight” pairs savory munchables prepared in the gourmet demonstration kitchen with biodynamically farmed Careros Pinot Noir and Bordeaux varietals. Not to worry: there’s no flight for ascetics offered, so go for it. 6320 Silverado Trail, Napa. Open 10am–4:30pm daily. 707.944.9090.
Amapola Creek wines are worth the climb BY JAMES KNIGHT
n a standard cartoon gag, a mountain-climbing truth seeker strains to pull himself, at last, onto a ledge where sits a wise old guru, and asks a burning question. For instance, “What is the secret . . . to wine?”
“There are no secrets in this industry,” Richard Arrowood says. Looking forward to his 49th harvest in 2014, the life-long Sonoma County winemaker says that he’s pleased to work in a field where peers cooperate more than they compete. Not that he doesn’t have a few stories to tell. Arrowood (pictured with daughter Kerry Arrowood-Cummings) took a summer job during college at Korbel Champagne Cellars in 1965 and was the first winemaker at Chateau St. Jean in 1974, holding that job until 1990. With his wife, Alis, he founded an eponymous winery in 1985, attracting the attention of the thenexpanding Robert Mondavi Corporation in 2000. “Leave him alone,” Arrowood recounts Robert Mondavi telling his business partners while tasting his wines. “Give him everything he needs.” But the corporate owners that subsumed Mondavi peddled Arrowood Winery off to a bankruptcy-bound investment group. When they declined to pay him for his estate grapes, says Arrowood, he took a hike up to his mountain redoubt in the chaparral—taking the wines that he’d made with him. Thus began Amapola Creek, perched on a ledge in the hills above Sonoma. Amapola Creek is a certified organic grower and handler, and says so on the label—unlike many other organic producers (shy much, folks?). The 2012 Belli Vineyards Chardonnay ($45) has aromas of candied nuts, peach and pear, with a Meyer lemon meringue-pie flavor and a finish of flat (in a very good way) Champagne. “Port-like Zin is not my idea of a good time,” Arrowood says, and indeed, his 2010 Monte Rosso Sonoma Valley Zinfandel ($42) finishes with lingering, chewy dryness after sweet notes of jammy, raspberry fruit. Plush yet dry, this Zin is an enigma until I read the technical information and respectfully ask, something to the effect of, “Are you kidding, Mr. Arrowood?” This wine has a pH of 3.12 while boasting 15.5 percent alcohol. That’s correct, he says with a smile. Technical story short, this wine suggests that simplistic slogans about low alcohol being the only path to “balanced” wines may beg reconsideration. The 2010 Cuvée Alis ($48), an estate-grown Syrah and Grenache blend, evokes the perfume of dried red roses and smacks of savorytinged strawberry and licorice. When past masters of Cabernet get serious about blends like this, it’s a good sign for the category. As for Arrowood, he’s happy to be able to focus on what matters to him the most. During harvest, he says, he does more winemaking than paperwork. Amapola Creek, 392 London Way, Sonoma. Tours and tasting by appointment only, 10:30am and 2pm; $25. 707.938.3783.
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s the story goes, some years ago guerrilla artist Banksy was visiting Sonoma with some artist friends who took him to the Epicurean Connection in Sonoma. Sheana Davis, who knew Banksy’s friends, didn’t think much of the hooded young man spray-painting a stencil on the wall in her back room—after all, there are crows and other images painted by local artist Jonny Hirschmugl in the front of the store, so why not give the back a little love? Only later did she ﬁnd out who Banksy was, but instead of fawning over his celebrity she was just excited that an artist had been inspired enough to leave a mark in her shop.
“I didn’t know who he was at the time,” says Davis, taking a moment from ﬁnalizing plans for her 11th annual Sonoma Valley Cheese Conference taking place next week in Sonoma. “He was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and didn’t say much.” Davis’ connection to the famous British street artist is not as unlikely as it may seem to those who know her. She’s a
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does her art collection have to do with cheese? It’s about celebrating a craft and appreciating art. Davis, a chef who trained in New Orleans before moving back to Sonoma, fell in love with cheese and made her own in 2009. Delice de la Vallee was awarded ﬁrst place honors by the American Cheese Society the next year. Davis now spends time nurturing new cheese makers, awarding two scholarships to the conference to a new producer each year. Sometimes the eye-opening
experience helps inﬂuence a decision not to move forward. “Last year, both ended up deciding against starting a cheese company,” she says. It’s Davis’ straightforward, realistic approach that makes the Sonoma Valley Cheese Conference a trendsetter in the industry. Bringing together producers, retailers, inspectors and the cheese-loving public helps create new partnerships and ﬁnd out what works at each phase of the
Second-generation farmer Jennifer Bice of Redwood Hill Farm and Creamery is a gifted cheesemaker who helped start the Sonoma Valley Cheese Conference with Ig Vella and Sheana Davis. “At that time, artisan cheesemaking was small, and we wanted a way to network with colleagues and provide education,” says Bice. In just 11 years, the industry has blossomed trememdously. “[The artisan cheese movement] really started in the ’80s with goat-cheese makers,” says Bice. “California cuisine was up-andcoming, and chefs put it on their menus, giving it exposure and creating a market.” Now there are cheeses made locally from the milk of sheep, cow and even water buffalo, as well as entire magazines about cheese. Bice has been a contributor to this growth with her popular and award-winning goat’s milk cheeses. From the tart, ﬂuffy chèvre to the raw-milk feta, Redwood Hill’s products consistently win medals at the major competitions. In 2013, ﬁve different varieties won gold at both the Sonoma County Harvest Festival and the California State Fair. Not one to rest on her laurels, Bice hinted that some new products are in the pipeline. “We are working on a couple new cheeses, but it’s too early to say.” This year at the conference, she will be on a panel discussing the emergence of the natural food market, and is looking forward to the camaraderie of the gathering.—Brooke Jackson
Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co. The Giacomini Dairy, in the hills above Tomales Bay, has been in operation since 1959. Robert Giacomini is a dairyman with a herd of Holsteins, but it was getting harder to support the business by just producing milk. He had a dream of making cheese, and eventually convinced his four daughters to return to the fold to help get the operation off the ground. In 2000, they launched the Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company and released the ﬁrst blue cheese made in California, Point Reyes Original Blue. The Giacominis will be at the Sonoma Valley Cheese Conference with their awardwinning cheese. “We’re as excited as ever and we can’t wait,” says company spokesperson Jill Giacomini Basch. In 2013, their newest addition, Bay Blue, won a gold SOFI (Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation) award—considered the Oscar of the food industry—as well as a Good Food Award and a third-place ribbon at the American Cheese Society Competition. Their toma, a semi-hard table cheese, won second place there in 2012. Point Reyes Farmstead will be participating on a panel called “Publicity Boot Camp.”—Brooke Jackson
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business. (One year after a session on licensing, many producers ﬁled for trademarks.) And it brings many producers from out of state, too. “We bring a lot of Wisconsin cheeses in because they’re ahead of us and we can only learn from them,” says Davis. There have been many memorable moments in the 11 years of the conference. The ﬁrst year started with a bang—and a pow and a wham and other comicbook adjectives—when ﬁsticuffs broke out between a professor and a raw-milk producer. “We had a brawl,” says Davis. “It was like a punk-rock show.” The professor, who was adamantly opposed to raw milk, unknowingly consumed some
butter made from it. Upon being informed of this, tempers ﬂared and punches were thrown. Since then, however, there has not been as much violence, but there has been love. “We’ve deﬁnitely seen friendships form, relationships form,” says Davis. “We’ve seen people who’ve met [at the conference] and now are married.” The conference can have immediate impacts for local producers. When the Leveroni family’s farm was threatened by eminent domain for a hospital in 2006, “the entire conference went to speak on their behalf at the city council meeting,” says Davis. “It was pretty fun,” she says, adding that Joe Leveroni came back in subsequent years due to popular demand to update his saga. This year, the conference heads
Valley Ford Cheese Co. The Bianchi family has operated Mountain View Jersey Dairy in Valley Ford since the early 1900s. Now, about a hundred years later, with the price of milk plummeting, many dairy operations are going out of business. Fourthgeneration rancher Karen Bianchi-Moreda decided to try her hand at cheesemaking with Valley Ford Cheese Company, and ﬁnds the Sonoma Valley Cheese Conference a helpful networking event. “It’s fantastic,” she says. “I attended my ﬁrst year and sat in the audience. The next year I was on the panel as a new cheesemaker, and have attended since then, meeting all kinds of great people.” Her ﬁrst cheese, Estero Gold, was inspired by an alpine-style version her grandparents used to make; it won a gold medal at the California State Fair in 2012. Next came Estero Gold Reserve, which is aged for 16 months; it won Best of Show in 2012 at the State Fair. Karen’s son, Joe, joined as cheesemaker in 2010 with a freshly minted degree in dairy science from Cal Poly. Together they created a fontina-style cheese called Highway One, which won awards at the State Fair, the Sonoma Harvest Fair and the Cal State Cheese Competition. Karen Bianchi-Moreda is proud that the next generation is getting involved in the family business. “We were able to add a value added product with milk we are already producing and allow a full time position to the ﬁfth generation,” she says. “Doesn’t get any better than that.” —Brooke Jackson
back to its roots at the Sonoma Valley Inn. About 125 invitations were sent out for the intimate event, though the public is welcome to an opening reception and cheese tasting (with mac ’n’ cheese, sake and beer available. too) on Sunday, Feb. 23, at Ramekins Culinary Center. Keynote speakers this year include Judy and Charlie Creighton, owners of a landmark cheese shop in San Francisco, discussing the evolution of the artisan cheese movement with an official from the USDA and two cheese producers from California and Vermont. The conference also features tours, marketing consultations and presentations on leadership skills. Davis not only runs the Epicurean Connection, mentors new businesses and makes sure the
cheese conference goes smoothly, but she’s also an active participant in the conference. Last year, she was so busy planning the event that her own entry in the mac ’n’ cheese competition got misplaced. “How do you lose two hotel pans of mac ’n’ cheese?” she asks. Hopefully, this year’s event will include her own entry, as well as a few fun shenanigans. “There’s the cheese rolling,” she says, “with a ramp and everything. That’s the punk-rock skateboarder in me.” The Sonoma Valley Cheese Conference takes place Sunday, Feb. 23, through Friday, Feb. 28, at various locations in Sonoma. The public is invited to the cheese tasting on Sunday, Feb. 23 at Ramekins Culinary Center. 450 W. Spain St., Sonoma. $55. 1pm. 707.935.7960.
Bleating Heart Cheese With a ﬂagship cheese named Fat Bottom Girl and a company slogan that reads, “Making seriously good cheeses without taking ourselves too seriously,” Bleating Heart Cheese has arrived on the scene with a playful attitude. Owners Seana Doughty and David Dalton came to cheesemaking as non-farming amateurs, using sheep milk from Barinaga Ranch to make the ﬁrst wheels of Fat Bottom Girl in 2009, which were released to critical acclaim. In the following years, Doughty went on a quest to secure enough sheep milk for her cheesemaking and along the way created Shepherdista (a raw-milk cheese aged two to three months), Shepherdista Crush (the original version soaked in grape pumice) and Ewelicious Blue (a mild and creamy blue cheese). Eventually, she and Dalton purchased a small herd of dairy ewes and partnered with an existing sheep farm to maintain their milk supply, creating Black Oak Dairy. Ewes only produce milk six months of the year, so Bleating Heart cheeses are available on a very limited basis. Doughty speaks at the Sonoma Valley Cheese Conference on the growing pains of a small cheese maker—her talk is called, “No money? No farm? No problem! An Update From a Small but Growing Cheesemaker.”—Brooke Jackson
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Arts Ideas HALLELUJAH Sylvie Simmons learned just about every Leonard Cohen song on ukulele.
After the Man
Writer and musician Sylvie Simmons tunes into Leonard Cohen BY LEILANI CLARK
hen music journalist Sylvie Simmons ﬁrst started writing for Sounds in her homeland of England back in 1977, she probably never imagined that her journey through the world of rock and roll would end up taking her to the Mount Baldy Zen Center, seeking out strands of Leonard Cohen’s life story.
But that’s just one of the many adventures that ensued as the San Francisco–based writer did the legwork for I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen, a 2012 New York Times bestseller. Simmons, who performs on Feb. 22 at the Arlene Francis Center, took up the ukulele because it was so portable (she likens it to a “little puppy” that’s easy to take on the road) and her neighbors had complained that the banjo she’d been playing was too loud. “It’s an expressive and
sweet little instrument,” says the self-professed ambassador of the uke. Simmons will perform a selection of her own “melancholy” songs, some of which appear on her new album. Recorded in Tucson, the album was produced by Howe Gelb, a respected indie musician (most notably as the founder of the band Giant Sand) who adds backing accompaniment. Simmons’ set will also feature a selection of Cohen tunes, part of
a repertoire of songs she learned during the process of working on I’m Your Man. “I must have learned every Cohen song by the end of the book,” she says with a laugh. For her Santa Rosa performance, she’ll be backed by bass player Colleen Browne, who played in the Wronglers with Hardly Strictly Bluegrass founder Warren Hellman. Simmons ﬁrst heard Leonard Cohen in 1968. As a girl growing up in London, she bought a Columbia Records compilation album that happened to feature Cohen’s song “Sisters of Mercy.” Cohen’s “hypnotic and mesmerizing voice” leapt out at her, leading to a lifetime love of the sultry-voiced JewishCanadian’s music. “There was a sense that he knew something, and I was just so drawn to that—the haunting intimacy of his voice,” she says. Simmons insists that though the book comes from a place of deep respect for Cohen, it’s by no means a whitewash. A veteran music journalist who’s written for Creem and Kerrang!, and who currently writes an Americana column for MOJO magazine, Simmons dove into the legwork, ﬂying around the world to meet people and ask questions. The sweat equity shows in the extensive interviews with the many people who inﬂuenced Cohen’s life and songs over his impressive career as not only a singer-songwriter, but as a poet and novelist. “It felt like it took two lifetimes,” she says about the multi-year research process, the seeds of which were planted after Simmons attended Cohen’s comeback tour in 2008 and saw the love and devotion of his millions of fans. “I just saw this wave of love that accompanied him everywhere that he went,” she says. The book would need to be thorough, and
Sylvie Simmons plays a lineup that includes Bermuda Triangle Service and Snow Angel on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Arlene Francis Center. 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 7:30pm. $7. 707.528.3009.
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unlike the Cohen books that came before, she wanted it to focus less on his pop stardom and more on his literary and poetic career. But ďŹ rst Simmons would need the manâ€™s blessing, as this would give her access to the A-list interview sources, the best friends, family members, ex-lovers and artistic colleagues that could really help her unravel the DNA of the Cohen origin story. â€œHe was very gracious and didnâ€™t make any hindrance whatsoever,â€? says Simmons. â€œHe allowed me to interview him at some length and to use materials from his archives. I was totally blessed by his support. He gave it without any conditions. It wasnâ€™t like, â€˜Let me read this and let me change it.â€™â€? With the freedom of literary license, Simmons was able to write an unconventional biography, combining the engaging scenes, descriptions and dialogue found in the best ďŹ ction with a solid, reliable telling of one of the most fascinating people in the music business. Her considerable writing chops developed over a remarkable career writing music pieces and short ďŹ ction (her short story collection, Too Weird for Ziggy, was published by William Burroughsâ€™ Black Cat imprint) are on full display in the Cohen book. And Simmons still looks back fondly on her years writing for Creem (which also featured writing by Lester Bangs) and other magazines of rockâ€™s heyday. â€œAt the time, the music business was exciting and had all this money and desire to send you everywhere,â€? she recalls. â€œIt was a complete golden age of rock writing, and I was so lucky to have been there at the right place and the right time, and to be one of the few women doing it; there werenâ€™t many of us. I havenâ€™t really stopped.â€?
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FROM THE HEART Denise Elia belts ’em out in ‘Annie Get Your Gun.’
Bullseye! ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ hits the mark at Spreckels
BY DAVID TEMPLETON
hit! A hit!” That’s what Buffalo Bill shouts (numerous times) during the epic target-shooting match between champion sharpshooter Frank Butler and upstart country girl Annie Oakley. In the excellent revival of Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun at Spreckels Performing Arts Center, Buffalo Bill could be describing the production itself. The 1946 Wild West romance may not be the best known of Berlin’s work (Holiday Inn, White Christmas), but as directed by Sheri Lee Miller, Annie is easily one of the best musicals to be staged in Rohnert Park since the center came close to being shut down by the city three years ago for budgetary reasons. Spreckels has been on the
rebound of late, with a string of old and new musicals presented by the New Spreckels Theater Company, and Annie Get Your Gun, with sharp musical direction by Janis Wilson, hits an artistic high mark to which future productions will be compared. Blending artistic director Gene Abravaya’s taste for ﬂashy stage spectacle with Miller’s knack for achieving strong, emotionally resonant performances from her actors, Annie is as eyepopping and ear-pleasing as it is exciting, satisfying and fun. Denise Elia gives one of her best-ever performances as Annie Oakley, a plucky newcomer to Buffalo Bill’s traveling Wild West Show. Enamored of the show’s headliner, Frank Butler (a rich Zachary Hasbany), though annoyed by his easily wounded pride, Annie struggles with her desire to show how good she is with a riﬂe in front of this man who can’t wrap his head around being second best to a woman. As Buffalo Bill, Dwayne Stincelli is a hoot, and Tim Setzer is marvelous as Charlie, Bill’s wisecracking manager. Liz Jahren plays Dolly Tate, Frank Butler’s ﬂirtatious, jealous assistant—and Annie’s chief antagonist—and is a hilarious force of nature in the role. Dan Monez brings a mountain of heart to the show as Sitting Bull, Annie’s wise and grounded adopted father, and as the story’s other set of would-be lovers, Winnie Tate (Dolly’s sister) and Tommy Keeler (the show’s halfIndian knife thrower), Brittany Law and Anthony Guzman are charming and sweetly affecting. The set, by Eddy Hansen and Elizabeth Bazzano, features clever break-apart buildings and uses Spreckels’ (often overused) projection system sparingly but quite effectively. A few errant notes didn’t spoil the music, which was consistently marvelous. Rating (out of 5): ++++ ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ runs Thursday– Sunday through Feb. 23 at Spreckels Performing Arts Center. 5409 Snyder St., Rohnert Park. Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday–Saturday, 8pm; 2pm matinees, Saturday–Sunday. $22–$26. 707.588.3400.
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PORTRAIT Director Hirokazu Koreedaâ€™s latest revives an old genre to
explore a fatherâ€™s love.
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â€˜Like Father, Like Sonâ€™ switches up the family drama BY RICHARD VON BUSACK
he switched-baby format has been dormant in ďŹ lm for some time now. One of cinemaâ€™s great living kid-wranglers, director Hirokazu Koreeda, brings the once popular genre to life in the overlong, occasionally poignant Like Father, Like Son.
As always, Koreeda is capable of subtle, tender moments, but the too-stark contrast between the victimized families oversimpliďŹ es the story. Masaharu Fukuyama plays an essentially stereotypical character: a cold, swaggering, success-chasing Tokyo architect. Heâ€™s pushing the boy he believes is his son hard, right at the beginning of the childâ€™s scholastic care (age six). Meanwhile, down in southern Japan, the architectâ€™s actual son is being raised by a much more easygoing dad, Yudai (Riri Furanki), the tattooed, Hawaiian-shirtwearing proprietor of a funky hardware store. Furankiâ€™s presence proves the Howard Hawks principle that you ought to try to make a comedy out of your story. When you see the sympathy Koreeda has for this happy-go-lucky slob, you wonder why the director bothered opening the ďŹ lm with the workaholic in his blood-freezing modern apartment. Yudai has so much grit that heâ€™s even openly looking forward to the settlement the hospital is going to lay on him for their mistake. Homer Simpson could not be earthier. But, naturally, Yudai is too perfect a character, with no arc to follow, and itâ€™s the architect who needs to rescue his inner child. Thereâ€™s never been a switched-baby melodrama without third-act problems, and this lauded drama is no exception. There are times in the ďŹ lm when youâ€™re certain that Koreeda is as good as Mike Leigh or the Dardenne brothers in dramatizing the banal thought that the human raceâ€™s refusal to acknowledge the familial ties among us worsens the world. This switched-at-birth situation takes on a sad plausibility in those instances, and you wonder what youâ€™d do if it happened to you. â€˜Like Father, Like Sonâ€™ opens soon in the North Bay.
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he ďŹ rst song that Sylvia Tyson wrote became a huge hit, though not for her. â€œYou Were on My Mindâ€? was a Top 40 ďŹ xture for the California group We Five in the fall of 1965, a year after it was ďŹ rst recorded by the author and her musical partner and soon-tobe husband, Ian Tyson.
But other songs by the Canadian duo, billed as Ian & Sylvia, fared better for them. â€œSomeday Soonâ€? and â€œFour Strong Windsâ€? were sizable hits and became widely performed folk standards. The couple went on to enjoy a decadelong career, during which they released a dozen albums, including one as the early country-rock group Great Speckled Bird.
Today, long separated from Ian and living in Toronto, Sylvia continues to perform and write, lately in a whole new direction. Her ďŹ rst novel, Joynerâ€™s Dream, was published in 2011, and she is now â€œabout halfway through the second one,â€? she tells the Bohemian. Still, the new medium required some adjustments. â€œThe essence of songwriting is to put some complicated ideas into very simple language in the space of three to four minutes,â€? she says. â€œAnd the opportunity to expand that was kind of daunting for me. In fact, I kind of overdid it. My ďŹ rst draft was about 400 pages!â€? It was trimmed by a quarter before publication. Her novel, a multigenerational family history spanning more than two centuries, then presented Tyson with another challenge. â€œWhen I was writing the book, I blithely put in original titles everywhere music appeared, and at the end, I realized I had all these titles and no music.â€? So she set about creating some, ultimately recording and releasing a companion CD to go with the book. But distracting her from the sequel, at least temporarily, is a short concert tour that will see her doing a handful of dates in California. In her ďŹ rst visit to the Golden State in some 30 years, Tyson will share the stage with violinist Scarlet Rivera, best known for her work with Bob Dylan, and steel guitarâ€“dobro ace Cindy Cashdollar. The match was suggested by the agent Rivera and Cashdollar share; the three have never played together before. â€œThis is kind of a trial run,â€? Tyson admits. Their shows will rely on Tysonâ€™s songs, both old and new, in arrangements she, Rivera and Cashdollar began working out a few days before rehearsals. Theyâ€™ve only booked ďŹ ve shows, but Tyson says more are a distinct possibility, adding, â€œI think Iâ€™m going to enjoy the hell out of it.â€? Sylvia Tyson, Cindy Cashdollar and Scarlet Rivera appear Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Sebastopol Community Center. 390 Morris St., Sebastopol. 8pm. $25. 707.823.1511.
Concerts SONOMA COUNTY Fred Eaglesmith & the Traveling Steam Show A Fred Eaglesmith gig is more than a concert: it’s a show, standup comedy routine, traveling carnival and oldfashioned honky-tonk all rolled into one. Feb 23, 7pm. $27. Occidental Center for the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.874.9392.
Sylvia Tyson, Cindy Cashdollar & Scarlet Rivera This trio of talented musicians appear for a special one-timeonly performance. Kate Price opens. Feb 22, 8pm. $25. Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris St, Sebastopol. 707.823.1511.
Three Phantoms in Concert This revue combines the Santa Rosa Symphony with Broadway tenors Mark Jacoby, Gary Mauer and Ted Keegan. Each has played the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway. Feb 23, 3pm. $80$37. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.
MARIN COUNTY The Chieftains With 79 albums to their credit, the Chieftains are recognized for bringing traditional Irish music to the world’s attention. Feb 20, 8pm. $50-$20. Marin Center’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.
BB King BB King is one of the most renowned blues musicians of the past 60 years. Feb 26, 8pm. $120-$50. Marin Center’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.
and Marin Symphony orchestra bring exciting classics to life for the third 61st Season Masterworks concert. Feb 23, 3pm and Feb 25, 7:30pm. $70$10. Marin Center’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.
NAPA COUNTY Clint Black An intimate evening with the country music star. Mallary Hope opens. Feb 26, 8pm. $50$65. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.
BB King King of the blues continues his reign. With support by Jamie Commons. Feb 23, 8pm. $95$115. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.
Clubs & Venues SONOMA COUNTY
Feb 21, Richie Blue. Feb 22, the Spyralites. 6250 Front St, Forestville. 707.887.2594.
French Garden Feb 21, Youngblood & Co. Feb 22, Bruce Halbohm & the Blue Jazz Combo. 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.2030.
Green Music Center Feb 21, Eric Cabalo and Friends. Feb 23, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and the Bahia Orchestra Project. 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.
Heritage Public House Feb 22, the Sean Carscadden Trio. Wed, North Bay Blues Jam. 1901 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.540.0395.
Hopmonk Sebastopol Feb 19, DJ Shiftee. Feb 19, John Butler Trio: Free KRSH Concert. Feb 21, Lost Dog Found. Feb 22, Afrofunk Experience. Feb 24, DJ Jacques. Feb 26, Mr Kitt. Mon, Monday Night Edutainment with Jacques & Guac. Tues, 7:30pm, open mic night. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.
Feb 21, Bear’s Belly. Feb 22, Moonlight Rodeo. 89 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.
Feb 21, Jeff Campbell. Feb 22, Roem Baur. Wed, Open Mic. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.
Arlene Francis Center
Feb 21, FoxxyNewport. Feb 22, Sylvie Simmons. Feb 24, the Meatbodies. Wed, Open Mic. 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.
Feb 22, Robb Fisher Trio. 25 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.431.2800.
Feb 22, Vespertine Orchestra. 90 Jesse Lane, Petaluma. 707.322.0009.
Feb 21, Dysphunctional Species. Last Saturday of every month, Good Hip-Hop. 6957 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2062.
Lagunitas Tap Room
Sat, 2pm, bluegrass jam. Mon, 6pm, open mic. Third Friday of every month, 7pm, West Coast Songwriters showcase. 6761 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.6600.
Feb 19, the Big Tamborski. Feb 20, Vickie Guillory. Feb 21, Madrone Brothers. Feb 22, Jinx Jones. Feb 23, Levi Lloyd. Feb 26, Steep Ravine. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.
Clear Heart Gallery
Dry Creek Kitchen Feb 24, Ian Scherer and Steve Froberg. Feb 24, Jim Adams and Tom Shader. 317 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.431.0330.
Jackson Browne’s guitarist returns to Point Reyes. Feb 22, 8pm. $34. Dance Palace, Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.
Beethoven & Tchaikovsky
Feb 22, SugarFoot. Feb 21, the Power House. Sun, 7pm, salsa with lessons. Tues,
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Feb 20, Brooke & the Caterpillar. 122 West Napa St, Sonoma. 707.935.7960.
Main Street Station Thurs, Susan Sutton Jazz Piano. Feb 19, Pocket Canyon Ramblers. Feb 21, Jess Petty. Feb 22, Wendy Dewitt. Sun, Kit Mariah’s Open Mic Night. 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.
Murphy’s Irish Pub Feb 21, the Mosey Boys. Wed, trivia night. 464 First St E, Sonoma. 707.935.0660. )
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Feb 21, Antsy McClain & the Trailer Park Troubadours. Feb 22, Igor & the Red Elvises. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.
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Phoenix Theater Feb 22, Trebuchet. Sun, 5pm, rock and blues jam. Mon, 7pm, young peopleâ€™s AA. Tues, 7pm, Acoustic Americana jam. Wed, 6pm, Jazz jam. 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.
Feb 22, Calluseyed. 6590 Commerce Blvd, Rohnert Park. 707.585.1079.
Feb 21, Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.
Resurrection Parish Feb 23, 3:30pm, Opera Excerpts Through the Ages with Laura Simpson. 303 Stony Point Rd, Santa Rosa.
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Feb 19, Gypsy Trio. Feb 20, Craig Corona. Feb 26, Closet Bakers. 527 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.636.0240.
REVOLVER Feb 22 Revolver plays Meet The Beatles
Feb 21, Oranguhtango. Feb 22, Levi Lloyd & the 501 Band. Feb 26, Elvis & the Flashbacks. Mon, Blues Defenders Pro Jam. Tues, Jeremyâ€™s Open Mic. Thurs, DJ Dave. 8210 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7878.
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â€œA Tribute to Stuff Smithâ€? 5:00 Sat No Travel Necessary! Mar 8 RECKLESS IN VEGAS The Rat Pack Rocks Out 8:30 Sat
â€œAlive and Squeezing Tourâ€? kickoff Mar 15 MAD MAGGIES AND THOSE DARNED ACCORDIANS 8:00
Wed.t'FC thtQN "Cohn inhabits her lyrics in a way that connects earthy with ethereal, and her lilting voice slips into the upper register drawing frequent (and worthy) comparisons to Sarah McLachlan and Joni Mitchell" .â€”Wood & Steel Magazine Doors 7pm / All Ages
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Feb 21, Larry K Potts. Feb 22, David Hamilton. Sun, Evening Jazz with Gary Johnson. 131 E First St, Cloverdale. 707.894.9610.
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Feb 22, the Poyntlyss Sistars. 14540 Canyon 2 Rd, Rio Nido. 707.869.0821.
Every other Wednesday, Dixie Giants. Feb 21, the Blues Defenders. Feb 22, Foxes in the Henhouse. Feb 23, El Dorado Syncapators. Every other Tuesday, Country Night With the Kickâ€™n Country Girls. 5745 Old Redwood Hwy, Penngrove. 707.795.5118.
In the Garage Meatbodies bring their thumping sound to Santa Rosa We thought garage rock faded in the â€™90s along with televised music videos and ďŹ‚annel shirts. But as it turns out, our noisy neighbors never went anywhereâ€”except maybe their own suburban garages or, more likely, the dark basements of run-down Victorians in Oakland. We are in the midst of a garagerock revival, flannel is abundant and the music sounds like sweet cocktails and psychedelia. Meatbodies are a shining example of this aesthetic. The group is coming up from Los Angeles this week to play at the Arlene Francis Center in Santa Rosa before going on tour with garage fuzz rocker Ty Segall. More fast than loud, their reverb-y surf guitar is the kind of music that makes one feel like letting the mind slowly melt into a honey oil haze. Opening is CCR Headcleaner, whose psychedelic guitar solos have been known to guide audiences into a trance before blasting them awake with raw, blistering rock and roll. Theyâ€™re joined by Santa Rosaâ€™s Basement Stares, which features former members of Semi-Evolved Simians and Violation. Meatbodies play with CCR Headcleaner on Monday, Feb. 24, at the Arlene Francis Center. 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 8pm. $6â€“$12 sliding scale. 707.528.3009.â€”Jacquelynne OcaĂąa
Vino di Amore Feb 21, the Hax. 105 N Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale. 707.894.6166.
Whiskey Tip Feb 20, the Voice. Feb 21, Wilson-Hukill Blues Review. Feb 22, Bears Belly.
1910 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa.
Pahinui and Aaron Mahi. Feb 22, Marty Balin. Feb 26, Cyrille Aimee and Diego Figueiredo. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.
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with lessons. 815 W Francisco Blvd, San Rafael. 415.460.0101.
Georgeâ€™s Nightclub Feb 21, Stephanie Teel Band. Wed, Salsa and Bachata. Thurs and Fri, DJ Rick Vegaz. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.
Hopmonk Novato Feb 20, the Mighty Groove. Feb 21, Rick Estrin & the Nightcats. Feb 22, Points North. Wed, Open Mic. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200.
Mt Tamalpais United Methodist Church Feb 23, 5pm, Escher String Quartet. 410 Sycamore Ave, Mill Valley.
19 Broadway Club Feb 19, Kortyâ€™s Hump Jam. Feb 20, Miles Ahead. Feb 21, Zoo Station. Feb 22, Monophonics. Feb 26, Warrior King. Mon, 9pm, open mic. Tues, Bluesday Piano Night. Last Tuesday of every month, Radioactive with Guests. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.
Feb 21, Jenny Kerr. Feb 22, Dan Durkinâ€™s Revolver. Feb 23, Emily Bonn & the Vivants. Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.
Sausalito Seahorse Feb 20, Eugene Huggins Band. Feb 21, Donna Dâ€™acuti. Feb 22, Beautiful Losers. Sun, salsa class. Tues, Jazz with Noel Jewkes and friends. Wed, Tango with Marcello & Seth. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito.
Sleeping Lady Feb 19, Migrant Pickers and Friends. Feb 20, Samurai Wolf. Feb 21, Danny Click. Feb 22, Rhythm Addicts. Feb 23, Tom Finchâ€™s Music Student Showcase. Feb 26, Rory McNamara & Ring of Truth. Sat, Ukulele Jam Session. Sun, 2pm, Irish music. Mon, 8pm, open mic with Simon Costa. 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.485.1182.
Smileyâ€™s Sun, open mic. Mon, reggae. Wed, Larryâ€™s karaoke. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311.
Station House Cafe Feb 23, Dale Polissar Jazz Trio. 11180 State Route 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1515.
Sweetwater Music Hall Feb 19, Romain Virgo, Protoje,
Ikronik and Indiggnation. Feb 21, David Hidalgo Trio . Feb 22, the Fall Risk. Feb 23, Eleni Mandell and Vikesh Kapoor. Feb 25, Mad Mama & the Bonafide Few. Feb 26, Girls + Boys. Mon, Open Mic. Every other Wednesday, Wednesday Night Live. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.
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Feb 20, Richie Barron & Da Mob. Feb 21, Modern Mandolin Quartet. Feb 22, Greg Johnson & Glass Brick Boulevard. Wed, Blues Night. 919 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.813.5600.
Terrapin Crossroads Sat, Go by Ocean. Sun, Midnight North, Chris Hague. Sun, Terrapin Family Band. Wed, Terrapin 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.
NAPA COUNTY Downtown Joeâ€™s Brewery & Restaurant Feb 20, Jeff Fetters. Feb 21, David Moore. Feb 22, Mutha Cover Band. Sun, DJ Night. Wed, Jumpstart. 902 Main St, Napa. 707.258.2337.
Siloâ€™s Feb 20, Syria T Berry. Feb 21, Delbert Bump and Friends. Feb 22, Hair Club for Men. Wed, 7pm, jam session. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.
No Name Bar Mon, Kimrea & Dreamdogs. Feb 19, Doug Nichols. Feb 20, Michael LaMacchia. Feb 22, KC Filson Trio + 1. Feb 23, Saphyre. Feb 26, Katz & Mano Meet the Dragon. Tues, 8:30pm, open mic with Damir. Fri, 9pm, Michael Aragon Quartet. 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.1392.
Osteria Divino Feb 19, Con Quimba. Feb 20, Open Sky. Feb 21, Ken Cook Trio. Feb 22, Open Sky. Feb 23, J Kevin Durkin Trio. Feb 25, Norris Clement. Feb 26, Jonathan Poretz. 37 Caledonia St, Sausalito.
Panama Hotel Restaurant Feb 19, Marianna August. Feb 20, Deborah Winters. Feb 23, Ryan Schaffer & Ian Mcardle. Feb 25, Lorin Rowan. Feb 26, Mike Lassiter. 4 Bayview St, San Rafael. 415.457.3993.
Periâ€™s Silver Dollar Mon, acoustic open mic. Tues, John Varn and Tom Odetto. Third Wednesday of every month, Elvis Johnson Soul Review. Third Thursday of every month, Burnsyâ€™s Sugar Shack. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.
San Franciscoâ€™s City Guide
Manowar The kings of metal play in S.F. as part of their world tour. Feb 20 at the Regency Ballroom.
Omer Avital Quintet Israeli-born jazz composer melds myriad world music elements. Feb 23 at Yoshiâ€™s S.F.
Two Gallants S.F. duo is matured yet still booming and cathartic in their rousing freak folk. Feb 23 at the Independent.
Waters Former Port Oâ€™Brian front man returns with indie rock ensemble. Feb 24 at Brick and Mortar.
Lord Huron Lush L.A. folksters harmonize their hearts out. Feb 25 at the Fillmore.
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Arts Events Galleries SONOMA COUNTY Charles M Schulz Museum
David Hidalgo Trio
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.
Graton Gallery Through Feb 24, â€œInvitational Exhibition,â€? fine art by Northern California painters, printmakers and sculptors. Feb 25-Mar 30, â€œSmall Works Show,â€? juried by Bob Nugent. 9048 Graton Rd, Graton. TuesSun, 10:30 to 6. 707.829.8912.
Hammerfriar Gallery 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.
Healdsburg Center for the Arts
At the Veterans Building 282 South High St. Sebastopol, CA 95472 707.829.4797 www.sebarts.org
Through 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.
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Through Mar 25, â€œOnce Upon a Wetland,â€? art by Ane Carl Rovetta. 900 Sanford Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.527.9277.
Mahoney Library Gallery Through Mar 13, â€œInvestigation of Pen and Ink,â€? features art from Obie Bowman and Ross Grossman. SRJC, 680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway, Petaluma. Mon-Thurs, 8 to 9; Fri, 9 to 1; Sat, 10 to 3. 707.778.3974.
Petaluma Arts Center 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
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 Mar 11, Sandra Jill Anfang presents acrylic paintings and collage. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.
Through Feb 28, paintings by Jeremy Morgan. Through Mar 11, â€œA Moment in Time,â€? featuring the Impressionist work of Dorallen Davis. Through Mar 11, â€œMystic Realms-Seascapes,â€? oceanic imagery by Tim Burns. Through Mar 11, â€œSuper Symmetry,â€? with sculptures, paintings and photography by Russian artist Timur Yusupov. 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. Tues-Sat, 10 to 5. 415.451.8119.
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 Feb 24, â€œThe Poetry of Printing,â€? exhibition that plays with letter forms and old presses in inventive ways. 7345 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol.
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 Feb 20-Apr 4, â€œReady or Not,â€? a teen 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.
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 Through Mar 23, â€œIgor Sazevich: Glancing Backâ€“Stepping Forward,â€? a solo exhibition of the Inverness painter. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. Wed-Mon, 11 to 5. 415.663.1347.
Marin Center Exhibit Hall Feb 21-23, â€œArt of the Americasâ€? celebrates the stunning art and culture of indigenous peoples from North, Central and South America. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.
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
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.
NAPA COUNTY di Rosa Feb 22-Apr 27, “Lost and Found: Elisheva Biernoff and Floris Schönfeld,” exhibits the overlooked and the unfamiliar with fascinating range. 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.
Clean Hit Comedy Show Family-friendly standup starring Nick Hoffman. Feb 22, 7pm. $5. Johnny’s Java, 3080 Marlow Rd, Santa Rosa, 707.526.1332.
Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood The stars of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” make for a hilarious evening of improv comedy. Feb 21, 8pm. $60-$30. Marin Center’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, 415.499.6800.
Comedy Showcase Hosted by Griffin Daley. Feb 23. Fenix, 919 Fourth St, San Rafael, 415.813.5600.
Sam Guttman Comedy, music and storytelling. Feb 22, 2pm. Free. Windsor Library, 9291 Old Redwood Hwy, Windsor, 707.838.1020.
Dave Thomason Featuring Dash Kwiatkowski and Dan Mires. Feb 22. Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St E, Sonoma, 707.935.0660.
Tuesday Night 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.
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 people behind the wine. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. Tues-Sun, 10am to 4pm. 707.944.0500.
Comedy Below the Belt Brandon Revels hosts this evening of standup comedy featuring local talent. Third Fri of every month, 9pm. $10. Jasper O’Farrell’s, 6957 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol, 707.829.2062.
Events Becoming Light Meditation Feb 21. Songbird Community Healing Center, 8297 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati, 707.795.2398.
Black History Month Celebration A tribute to the hidden roots of black music. Feb 22, 6pm. $35. Finley Community Center, 2060 W College Ave, Santa Rosa, 707.543.3737.
Deep Dive: Arts and Science Evenings Third Thurs of every month, 6pm. $30-$35. The Marine Mammal Center, 2000 Bunker Road, Sausalito, 415-289-7341.
and businesses from around the region. Feb 23, 1pm. $10. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa, 707.545.4200.
Marin Scuba Club Meeting Feb 19, 7:30pm. $3-$5. Saylor’s Restaurant, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito.
Marin Singles Convention With Keynote presentation from Francesca Gentille. Feb 21. Servino Ristorante, 9 Main St, Tiburon, 415.435.2676.
Mr Healdsburg Pageant Local lads vie for the crown in this fundraiser for the Raven. Feb 22. $40-$45. Raven Theater, 115 North St, Healdsburg, 707.433.3145.
Open House An invitation to learn about the Grange Hall and the campaign to restore the historic building. Feb 21, 3pm. Free. Grange Hall, 4145 Grange Rd, Santa Rosa.
Riverfront Thursday Nights Wine, dine, shop and play as shops stay open late. Every third Thurs, from 6 to 9. Third Thurs of every month. Free. Riverfront District, Downtown, Napa, 707.251.3726.
San Anselmo Art Walk Third Thurs monthly, 5 to 8; includes changing shows at venues including Ross Valley Winery, 343 San Anselmo Ave, 415.457.5157. Third Thurs of every month, 5:30-8pm.
Field Trips Dogbane Cordage & Stewardship Learn about the important Native American cultural uses of the dogbane plant. Preregistration is required. Feb 22, 12:30pm. Dogbane Preserve, Alba Lane, Santa Rosa.
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Workshop with Lost Coast Culture Machine. Feb 22-23, 11am. Sonoma Community Center, 276 E Napa St, Sonoma, 707.579.2787.
Meet at parking area across from inn for two-hour hike on moderate-to-steep trails with midhike wine and cheese overlooking Pacific Ocean. Last Sat of every month. $15. Mountain Home Inn, 810 Panoramic Dr, Mill Valley, RSVP, 415.331.0100.
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Film The Chess Players Indian director Satyajit Ray’s acerbic comedy of manners. Feb 21, 7pm. $7. Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.
Keeper of the Beat The eloquent documentary follows Barbara Borden on her path to being a worldclass percussionist practicing “drumbeat diplomacy.” Feb 20, 7pm. Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley St, Sebastopol, 707.525.4840.
Manon Lescaut Recorded live from the Chemnitz Opera House, “Manon Lescaut” is Puccini’s first great masterpiece. Feb 22, 7pm. $20. Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main St, Napa, 707.255.5445.
The People’s Advocate: The Life & Times of Charles R Garry Shown along with “Let It Burn: The Coming Destruction of the USA?” as part of the Black History Month Film Festival. Feb 20, 7pm. $5. Arlene Francis Center, 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa, 707.528.3009.
Petaluma Film Alliance Spring Cinema Series The new Spring Cinema Series features a kaleidoscope of rarely screened international gems, brand-new awardwinning 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.
Project Censored: The Movie Screening with live music and Q&A with the filmmakers. Free popcorn! Feb 21, 6:30pm. $10. Occidental Center for the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental, 707.874.9392.
Food & Drink French Garden Farm Market Enjoy produce from restaurant’s farm, along with
Love is in the water at Marine Mammal Center Packed into the Marin Headlands, the Marine Mammal Center is dedicated to all our warm-blooded brethren residing in the oceans, focusing primarily on the seals and sea lions so often spotted lounging on a beach or pier around the bay. While the center does encourage families and kids to take part in the learning, this week the center opens at night just for the grownups, similar to the successful weekly “Nightlife” program at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. The debut Deep Dive event is simply called “Sex and the Sea,” and, really, what better way to inspire adults to care about nature than to talk about sex. The center will open at 6pm, allowing those over 21 to explore the grounds, watch the seals in fading twilight and learn about the mating habits (wink) of the local marine mammals, all with a cocktail in hand and good conversation around every corner. Silvi Alcivar of the Poetry Store types poems on demand, and aphrodisiacs like oysters and chocolate will be on hand to, ahem, set the mood for philosophical conversation starters like “Do seals date?” Deep Dive takes place Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Marine Mammal Center, 2000 Bunker Road, Sausalito. 6pm. Pre-registration is required. $30–$35. 415.289.7330.—Charlie Swanson
freshly baked breads and pastries from their kitchen. Every Sun, 10 to 2. Free. French Garden, 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol, 707.824.2030.
Harvest Market Selling local and seasonal fruit, flowers, vegetables and eggs. Sat, 9am-1pm. Harvest Market, 19996 Seventh St E, Sonoma, 707.996.0712.
Indian Valley Farmers Market Organic farm and garden produce stand where you bring your own bag. Wed, 10am-3pm. College of Marin, Indian Valley Campus, 1800 Ignacio Blvd, Novato, 415.454.4554.
Mushroom Weekend Mushroom soup from Bay Laurel
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Deborah Sullivan. Feb 25-Mar 20, “Red,” is just that–all things red! 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. Tues-Sat, 10 to 2; also by appointment. 415.388.4331.
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Culinary and Pinots to pair it with. Feb 22-23. $20. Dutton-Goldfield Winery, 3100 Gravenstein Hwy N, Sebastopol, 707.827.3600.
Pop Up Dinner Third Fri of every month, 4pm. Gourmet au Bay, 913 Hwy 1, Bodega Bay, 707.875.9875.
Sebastopol Farmers Market Local produce, meat and artisan goods. Sun, 10am. Sebastopol Plaza, McKinley St, Sebastopol.
Shoreline Acres Crab and Pasta Feed Feb 22, 5 and 7pm. $25-$40. Tomales Town Hall, 27150 Hwy 1, Tomales.
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, 5pm. Free. Downtown Napa, First Street and Town Center, Napa.
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.
Breakfast with Enzo 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.
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.
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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.
Lectures Anita Diamant In conversation with Joanne Greene. Feb 19, 7pm. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael, 415.444.8000.
A highly entertaining horn-honking time. Feb 22, 11am. Petaluma Library, 100 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma, 707.763.9801.
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Tues at Sat at 11, storytime for ages three and up. Tues-Sat, 11am. Fairfax Library, 2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax, 415.453.8092.
Family Story Time Thurs. Petaluma Historical Museum & Library, 20 Fourth St, Petaluma, 707.778.4398.
Messy Mucking About Every Saturday, 9:30 to 11:30, toddlers and their parents are invited to a drop-in, free-form art studio to create with paint, ceramics, collage, construction, found objects and feathers. Sat. $15. Nimbus Arts, St Helena Marketplace, Ste 1-B, 3111 St Helena Hwy, St Helena, 707.965.5278.
Museum Mondays Children ages one to five and their families are invited to enjoy storytime, arts, crafts and museum activities. Fourth Mon of every month, 10am. Free-$5. Charles M Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, 707.579.4452.
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Feb 26, 6pm. Free. Sonoma Body Balance, 210 Vallejo St, Ste C, Petaluma, 707.658.2599.
Writers Forum presents these two bestselling authors talking about traditional versus independent publishing. Feb 20, 7pm. Petaluma Community Center, 320 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma.
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.
Debora Spar Part of the “Speak to Me” Lecture Series. Feb 25, 6:30pm. $69. Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley.
Disability Law Clinics CRI staff attorneys answer disability-related legal questions. First come, first served. Last Tues of every month, 10am-2pm. Free. Community Resources for Independence, 1040 Main St, Ste 208, Napa, 707.258.0270.
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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.
Eating for Health Raise your food IQ to boost your health with Dr Ed Bauman. Feb 24, 7pm. Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa.
iPhoneography Workshop All aspects of iPhone photography, presented by Gail Pierce. Feb 26, 6pm. $75. Studio 333, 333 Caledonia St, Sausalito, 415.331.8272.
Jack London & the Wolf House Fire Presented by Jonah Raskin, local author of â€œBurning Down the House: Jack London and the 1913 Wolf House Fire.â€? Feb 22, 2pm. Sebastopol Library, 7140 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol, 707.823.7691.
PRBO Speaker Series Learn about birds and ecology. Every third Thurs, 6:30pm. $10. PRBO Conservation Science, 3820 Cypress Dr #11, Petaluma, 707.781.2555.
Science Buzz Cafe â€œStories of Ancient Rock Artâ€? with Bill Petry. Fourth Tues of every month, 7pm. through Feb 25. $5. Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol, 707.829.6600. Feb 20, â€œThe Role of Mutation in Evolutionâ€? with Philip Harriman, PhD; Mar 6, â€œEntrepreneurs, Money and Crowd Fundingâ€? with Rob Eyer, PhD; Mar 20, â€œGeological History of Planet Earthâ€? with Richard Ely. Third Thurs of every month, 7pm. through Mar 20. $5. French Garden, 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol, 707.824.2030.
$26-$22. Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park, 707.588.3400.
Thinking Like a Naturalist Take your birding and nature study to the next level. Feb 26, 7pm. $8. Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 126 First St W, Sonoma.
Self-styled Parisian lothario Bernard entertains his female cohorts with frequent â€œlayoversâ€? in this 1960s French farce. Thurs-Sat, 8pm and Sun, 2pm. through Mar 9. $15$32. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa, 707.523.4185.
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Book Passage Feb 19, 7pm, â€œMoriarty Returns a Letter: A Baker Street Mysteryâ€? with Michael Robertson. Feb 21, 7pm, â€œGood Cop, Bad Daughterâ€? with Karen Lynch. Feb 22, 4pm, â€œQueen Sugarâ€? with Natalie Baszile. Feb 23, 7pm, â€œGetting Things Off My Chest: A Survivorâ€™s Guide to Staying Fearless and Fabulous in the Face of Breast Cancerâ€? with Melanie Young. Feb 25, 7pm, â€œI Shall Be Near to Youâ€? with Erin Lindsay McCabe. Feb 26, 7pm, â€œ Sex After . . .: Women Share How Intimacy Changes as Life Changesâ€? with Iris Krasnow. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera 415.927.0960.
Petaluma Copperfieldâ€™s Books Feb 19, 7pm, â€œThe Good Luck of Right Nowâ€? with Matthew Quick. Feb 24, 7pm, â€œMoth and Sparkâ€? with Anne Leonard. 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma 707.762.0563.
Habitat Books Third Wednesday of every month, 6:30pm, poetry reading series. $5 donation. 205 Second St, Sausalito 415.331.3344.
Petaluma Library Feb 22, 11am, Meet the Author: Robin Chapman, KRON TV reporter-turned-author Robin Chapman talks about her book â€œCalifornia Apricots: The Lost Orchards of Silicon Valley.â€? Free. 100 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma 707.763.9801.
San Rafael Copperfieldâ€™s Books Feb 24, 7pm, â€œThe Secret of Raven Pointâ€? with Jennifer Vanderbes. 850 Fourth Street, San Rafael 415.524.2800.
Get your science on. Tues, Feb 25, 5:30pm. Gourmet au Bay, 913 Hwy 1, Bodega Bay, 707.875.9875.
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Volunteer group of attorneys, financial specialists and mental-health professionals offer four-hour workshops on divorce. Last Sat of every month, 9am. $45. Family Service Agency, 555 Northgate Dr, San Rafael, 415.492.9444.
Empathic World. Feb 22, 1pm. $50. Point Reyes Presbyterian Church, 11445 Shoreline Hwy, Pt Reyes Station, 415.663.1349.
Marin OnStage is presenting short stories of women from past ages with a special trio of theatrical heart stoppers in celebration of the holiday. Through Mar 2. $12-$18. The Little Theater at St. Vincentâ€™s, 1 St Vincent Dr, San Rafael.
Lasso of Truth World premiere of this story detailing the origin of Wonder Woman through her creator, William Moulton Marston. Times vary. Tues-Sun through Mar 16. $37-$53. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, 415.388.5208.
Readerâ€™s Theatre One act plays directed by Richard Edwards include: â€œWandaâ€™s Visitâ€? by Christopher Durang; â€œCrab Cakesâ€? by Joan Lipken; â€œLife Sandwich of the Almost Old: A Play About Becoming Well Agedâ€? by Sashana Kane Procter; â€œLet Us Now Praise Famous Menâ€? by James Agee. Wed, Feb 26, 7pm. Free. Guerneville Library, 14107 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville, 707.869.9004. Brought to life by Dallas Childrenâ€™s Theatre Company. Feb 21, 6:30pm. $17. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa, 707.546.3600.
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ARIES (March 21â€“April 19) A woman from New Mexico wrote to tell me that after reading my horoscopes for three years in the Santa Fe Reporter, she had decided to stop. â€œI changed my beliefs,â€? she said. â€œI no longer resonate with your philosophy.â€? On the one hand, I was sad that I had lost a reader. On the other hand, I admired her for being able to transform her beliefs, and also for taking practical action to enforce her shift in perspective. Thatâ€™s the kind of purposeful metamorphosis I recommend for you, Aries. What ideas are you ready to shed? What theories no longer explain the nature of life to your satisfaction? Be ruthless in cutting away the thoughts that no longer work for you. TAURUS (April 20â€“May 20)
In Arthurian legend, Camelot was the castle where King Arthur held court and ruled his kingdom. It housed the Round Table, where Arthurâ€™s knights congregated for important events. Until recently, I had always imagined that the table was relatively small and the number of knights few. But then I discovered that several old stories say there was enough room for 150 knights. It wasnâ€™t an exclusive, elitist group. I suspect you will experience a similar evolution, Taurus. You may be wishing you could become part of a certain circle, but assume itâ€™s too exclusive or selective to welcome you as a member. I suspect itâ€™s more receptive and inclusive than you think.
GEMINI (May 21â€“June 20) The renowned Lakota medicine man Sitting Bull (1831â€“1890) wasnâ€™t born with that name. For the ďŹ rst years of his life he was known as Jumping Badger. His father renamed him when he was a teenager after he demonstrated exceptional courage in battle. Iâ€™d like to see you consider a similar transition in the coming months, Gemini. Youâ€™re due to add some gravitas to your approach. The tides of destiny are calling you to move more deliberately and take greater care with the details. Are you willing to experiment with being solid and stable? The more willing you are to assume added responsibility, the more interesting that responsibility is likely to be. CANCER (June 21â€“July 22) The English noun â€œofďŹ ngâ€? refers to the farthest reach of the ocean that is still visible as you stand on the beach. Itâ€™s a good symbol for something that is at a distance from you and yet still within view. I suggest that you take a long thoughtful look at the metaphorical ofďŹ ng thatâ€™s visible from where you stand. Youâ€™ll be wise to identify whatâ€™s looming for you in the future so you can start working to ensure you will get the best possible version of it.
LEO (July 23â€“August 22) A large plaster Buddha statue was housed at a modest temple in Bangkok, Thailand, from 1935 to 1955. No one knew its age or origins. In May of 1955, workers were struggling to move the heavy 10-foot icon to a new building on the temple grounds when it accidentally broke free of the ropes that secured it. As it hit the ground, a chunk of plaster fell off, revealing a sheen of gold beneath. Religious leaders authorized the removal of the remaining plaster surface. Hidden inside was a solid gold Buddha that is today worth $250 million dollars. Research later revealed that the plaster had been applied by 18th-century monks to prevent the statue from being looted. I foresee a comparable sequence unfolding in the coming weeks for you, Leo. What will it take to free a valuable resource thatâ€™s concealed within a cheap veneer? VIRGO (August 23â€“September 22) Holistic health teacher Deepak Chopra suggests that we all periodically make this statement: â€œEvery decision I make is a choice between a grievance and a miracle. I relinquish all regrets, grievances and resentments, and choose the miracle.â€? Is that too New Age for you, Virgo? I hope you can drop any prejudices you might have about it and simply make it your own. Itâ€™s the precise formula you need to spin this weekâ€™s events in the right directionâ€”working for you rather than against you. LIBRA (September 23â€“October 22) In the savannas of Africa, waterholes are crucial for life. During the rainy season, there are enough to go around for every animal species to drink and bathe
in comfortably. But the dry season shrinks the size and number of the waterholes. The impala may have to share with the hippopotamus, the giraffe with the warthog. Letâ€™s use this as a metaphor to speculate about your future. Iâ€™m guessing that the dry season will soon be arriving in your part of the world. The waterholes may dwindle. But that could ultimately prove to be a lucky development, because it will bring you into contact with interesting life forms you might not have otherwise met. Unexpected new alliances could emerge.
SCORPIO (October 23â€“November 21)
In his book The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human, literary scholar Jonathan Gottschall muses on the crucial role that imagination plays in our lives. â€œ[The] average daydream is about 14 seconds long and [we] have about two thousand of them per day,â€? he says. â€œIn other words, we spend about half of our waking hoursâ€”one-third of our lives on earthâ€” spinning fantasies.â€? I bring this to your attention, Scorpio, because you are entering a phase when your daydreams can serve you well. Theyâ€™re more likely than usual to be creative, productive, and useful. Monitor them closely.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22â€“December 21) The Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich wrote his Symphony no. 8 in a mere two months during the summer of 1943. He worked on it in an old henhouse on a former chicken farm. The location helped relax him, allowing him to work with extra intensity. I wish you could ďŹ nd a retreat like that for yourself sometime soon, Sagittarius. I think you would beneďŹ t from going off by yourself to a sanctuary and having some nice long talks with your ancestors, the spirits of nature, and your deepest self. If thatâ€™s not practical right now, what would be the next best thing you could do?
CAPRICORN (December 22â€“January 19) Is there one simple thing you could do to bring a bit more freedom into your life? An elegant rebellion against an oppressive circumstance? A compassionate breakaway from a poignant encumbrance? A ďŹ‚ash of unpredictable behavior that would help you escape a puzzling compromise? Iâ€™m not talking about a huge, dramatic move that would completely sever you from all of your burdens and limitations. Iâ€™m imagining a small step you could take to get a taste of spaciousness and a hint of greater ďŹ‚uidity. Thatâ€™s your assignment in the coming week. AQUARIUS (January 20â€“February 18) There are 15,074 lakes in Wisconsin, but more than 9,000 of them have never been ofďŹ cially named. Thatâ€™s strange to me. In my view, everything is worthy of the love that is bestowed by giving it a name. I have named every tree and bush in my yard, as well as each egret that frequents the creek ďŹ‚owing by my house. I understand that at the Findhorn community in northern Scotland, people even give names to their cars and toasters and washing machines. According to researchers in the U.K., cows that have names are happier: they produce more milk. Your assignment, Aquarius, is to name at least some of the unnamed things in your world. Itâ€™s an excellent time to cultivate a closer, warmer personal relationship with absolutely everything.
PISCES (February 19â€“March 20)
From 2010 to 2012, Eric Garcetti worked as an actor on the TV cop shows The Closer and its spin-off series Major Crimes. He played the mayor of Los Angeles. Then in 2013, he ran for the ofďŹ ce of L.A.â€™s mayor in real life, and won. It was a spectacular example of Kurt Vonnegutâ€™s suggestion that we tend to become what we pretend to be. Your assignment Pisces, is to make good use of this principle. I invite you to experiment with pretending to be the person you would like to turn into.
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