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his year, on the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, I’m wilder about the wilds than I have been for ages.

I grew up feral on the East Coast, hiked, camped and backpacked in mountains and swam the waters of Long Island Sound. When I arrived in the North Bay, I discovered wilds that are often bigger and more rambunctious than the wilds I loved as a boy. I trekked across Sonoma Mountain and in the Mayacamas, the range that divides Sonoma from Napa. I rambled up and down the coast from Point Reyes to Fort Bragg and along creeks and rivers. Those open-air activities put me in touch with my own innate wildness. Most of the time, I went alone or with my brothers, who love hiking. Then, gradually, I joined friends at outdoor events sponsored by the Sonoma and the Napa Land trusts, and by LandPaths, the nonprofit that connects humans to woods, fields and farms. At Jack London State Historical Park, I walked along trails that Jack and his wife, Charmian, hiked, and I felt connected to the historical past. Friends at the Sierra Club, the oldest environmental organization in the nation, tell me that the overwhelming majority of people

who go into the wilds are white, middle-class and aged 40 to 70. They also tell me that if the wilds are to survive and thrive, the demographics will have to change. Fortunately, there are a couple of outstanding Bay Area groups, including Outdoor Afro, that aim to connect African Americans and all people of color to wilderness. Rue Mapp, the founder of the group, believes there’s an inalienable right to nature that’s as essential as civil and human rights, and that all people, no matter their skin color, culture and background, ought to feel at home and comfortable in the wilds. I’m with her. I hope to be with you and you and you, too, on a trail, in a park and on the seashore, and to enjoy the wildness outside and inside. As Henry David Thoreau said ages ago, “In wildness is the preservation of the world.” Jonah Raskin is an author and longtime contributor to the ‘Bohemian.’ His most recent books are ‘Marijuanaland: Dispatches from an American War’ and ‘Field Days: A Year of Farming, Eating and Drinking Wine in California.’ Open Mic is a weekly feature in the ‘Bohemian.’ We welcome your contribution. To have your topical essay of 350 words considered for publication, write

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Oversight Knights Law Enforcement Task Force to push for independent review of police shootings BY NICOLAS GRIZZLE


he Sonoma County Community and Local Law Enforcement Task Force was created in the wake of the killing of 13-year-old Andy Lopez at the hands of a Sonoma County Sheriff’s deputy in October.

The group started meeting in January, and its work quickly underscored some questionable procedures and policies in government—not to mention the slow pace of reform in the aftermath of the shooting. The task force’s main agenda item is to push for the creation of an independent citizen-review body. Officer-involved shooting

deaths in Sonoma County are now investigated by a separate law enforcement agency, whose findings are then reviewed by the Sonoma County Grand Jury. One recent task force meeting contained some eye-opening comments from the grand jury. Volunteer grand jurors told a task-force subcommittee that they didn’t think they were the

best group to investigate such incidents, decrying a lack of diversity (most grand jurors are white, well-off and over the age 60) and small budget ($75,000 annually). “If we have four times the budget to decide whether [the grand jury’s budget] is adequate or not, maybe that’s not the right thing,” says task force member Robert Edmonds. When the Santa Rosa Police Department is investigating an incident involving the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office at the same time the sheriff’s office is investigating an incident involving the police department— as is the situation with the Andy Lopez case—it’s no surprise that the public is clamoring for an independent, transparent review of the shooting. But when the grand jury is unsure whether it’s the right group to investigate the shooting, where’s the civilian review board now that it’s needed? Edmonds pushed for a civilian review board in 2000, when the U.S. Civil Rights Commission recommended one for Sonoma County. It was never created, and Edmonds says he feels like he’s having to reinvent the wheel. “I’m frustrated, but I’m also optimistic,” he says. “The people I see who’ve been chosen as part of the task force are interested in making changes.” The task force includes former and current law enforcement officials and community activists. Member Francisco Vázquez is also on the Community Engagement and Healing Subcommittee. “If we’re going to heal the community, the actual work of the task force won’t be evident for several years to come,” he says. “The best way to heal the community, I think, is to enter into a dialogue with the people who feel the brunt of police actions. I think, historically, Latinos are very justified in feeling that the law has not been giving them equal treatment.” Edmonds says the task force would like to see more public participation—he’s used to seeing the same familiar faces at most meetings. “We haven’t

‘ ‘The best w way ay th he to heal the community is community enter into in nto a to enter dialogue with dialogue people the people w feel feel e the t who b brun t of of police p li brunt actions.’ actions.’ It’s months It’s been nearly nearly ffour our u m onths since since the the 21-member 21-memberr panel’s panel’s first meeting, meeting, which which outlined outlined several several recommendations recommendations it hoped hoped d to give give the the Sonoma Sonoma County Count u y Board Board of Supervisors. Edmonds Supervisors. E dmon o ds is is confident confident the the task task force force will do its part. part. Once Once it makes makes its recommendations, the recommendations, th he county county will solicit input from thee aff affected solicit in put fr om m th ected organizations, organizations, then then report report back back to the the task task fforce, orce, which which will then then return return final final rrecommendations ecommen e dations to the the board board of supervisors. supervisors. “I think our think o ur rreport eport will come very come up with some some v ery good recommendations,” recommendations,” says says Vázquez, Vázquez, “but “but that’s that’s not not going going to mean mean anything anything if they’re t ey’re not th not implemented.” implemented.”

O of View Out A California Californiia court c issued issueed a ruling last last Friday that that would would let public public officials officials shield emails and text messages messaages from from public view— even traffic e if those thoose messages tr affic in official official business. business. The The Sixth District Court of Appeal ruled on a lawsuit against the city r of o San Jose Josse by a citizen who sought access to the personal emails of a thousandss of city workers. The court found found that that messages or emails not held on city city servers servers are are not subject to disclosure disclosu ure under the California California Public Records Reccords Act. Act. The Superior Court’s T Super ior Court ’s decision came c a week weeek after the Bohemian reported r on o text messages sent e Sonoma County between embattled supervisor s super visorr Efren Efren Carrillo Carrillo and Doug former o congressman and Bosco, a former congressman co-owner c of the Pr Press ess Democrat Democrat. Under the court court’s ’s ruling, those text m messages could now be withheld from from public public view. view. The case will next heard by b the California California State State be heard Supreme S eme Court. Supr C The ruling could let officials shield The official official business business fr from om public view, view, simply simply by communicating through through private email em mail or telephone accounts. accounts private The T court noted that it was up to the State State Legislature Legislature to set the rules r on public public disclosure, disclosure, and that it hadn’t hadn’t done d so. County officials offi ficials in Sonoma rreferenced eferenced the case when w they fulfilled the Bohemiann’s Feb. 28 rrequest equest ffor or ccorrespondence cor responddence between CCarrillo arrillo and and Bosco. Boscoo. “W “We We rrecognize ecognnize that the law is ccurrently cur rently unsettled u as to the public’s public ’s right rigght to access documents electronic c contained in the private electr onic files of individuals serving inddividuals ser ving in local ggovernment,” overnment,”” the county wr wrote. ote. It ccited ited City of San Jose v. Superior Courtt and added, “In light of that uuncertainty, uncertaint ty, we have also asked Mr Mr.. CCarrillo arrilloo to . . . pr provide ovide us with any a docum documents ments rresponsive esponsive to your request. request. He He has done so, and we ar aree including those documents her here.” e.” TThe he texts illuminate a close r relationsh ip between CCarrillo arrillo and relationship Bosco andd demonstr demonstrated ated that Bosco hadd worked to influence the PD’s cover ccoverage age of pet issues. —TTom om o Gog Gogola gola The Bohemian Bohemia an started as The Paper Paper in 1978. 1978.

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been doin doing g enough enough community community o utreach to get people peop ple involved,” involved,” outreach h ays. Th sk fforce orce w as just hee ssays. Thee ta task was aapproved pproved to start a Facebook Facebook pag (Sonoma C ounty w as pagee (Sonoma County was hesitant h esitant due to potential poten ntial liability liability issues). issues). A community communit o y forum forum for for the the Community Community Engagement Engagement and and Healing Healing Subcommittee Subcommittee is is scheduled sch heduled for for April April 23 23 at Lawrence Lawrence Cook Cook Middle School. School. Information Inforrmation about about the meetings, the public public m eetings, s including including agendas, agendas, is is aavailable vailablee online online at www.sonoma-coun communitylocallawtaskforce. communitylocallawtaskforce.

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KITCHEN CONFIDENCE Chef Norm Owens keeps the comfort comin’—and he’s quite the cherub.

Think Globally World flavors get the local touch at Hot Box Grill BY JONAH RASKIN


o discover good food it helps to veer from the familiar and take old taste buds into new territory. That’s what I did on a recent Thursday evening at the Hot Box Grill, nestled on Route 12 in Boyes Hot Springs. A local farmer and his wife, an artist, joined me. For two-and-a-half hours, we ate slowly, sipped good wine and talked about food and farming. We could hear one another

without shouting—a real bonus, given the noise level in many restaurants these days. At 34, the Hot Box’s Norm Owens is the youngest of the hotshot chefs in the Valley of the Moon. Born in Maryland and raised in New Hampshire, he attended college in Montana and traveled across Europe and Asia, cooking and eating his way from continent to continent, country to country. His rosy cheeks and infectious smile give the young chef a cherubic air.

“I guess you could call me a rolling stone,” Owens says on a quiet Friday afternoon as the sun streams through the Hot Box windows. “The menu here reflects my global ramblings and the lessons I’ve learned from master chefs, including John McReynolds, Michael Chiarello and a bunch of guys in France who allowed absolutely no screwing around in the kitchen.” Owens shops at the openair Friday market in the town of Sonoma, and, while he

occasionally consults cookbooks, he mostly lets fresh local produce give him the inspiration for dishes he prepares. If he has a golden rule, it’s this: “Don’t mess too much with the ingredients. Let them stand out.” We started with two sides: Brussels sprouts, pancetta, garlic and chile flakes ($6), and duck-fat fries with malt vinegar aioli ($6). If you haven’t eaten duck-fat fries with mayonnaise, you haven’t tasted real fries of the sort I’ve grown to love. The farmer ordered chicken paillard with potatoes, celery root and squash ($18). The artist ordered pot roast with potato pancake and horseradish crème fraîche ($19). I took the Cornish game hen with cornbread pudding, coleslaw and mac ’n’ cheese ($22 half a hen; $38 whole). We shared the dishes and ate steadily. By the end of the evening, there was plenty to take home for supper the next day. The Hot Box lives up to its reputation for serving large portions of comfort food, though it also ought to be known for distinctive flavors. Roasted baby beets come with shaved fennel, grapefruit, feta cheese, toasted pistachios and citrus vinaigrette ($9). The spicy ahi tuna timbale is accompanied by lime and mint cucumbers, chiliinfused sesame oil and ponzu, the popular Japanese sauce ($14). Many of the meat dishes take days to prepare. Owens believes in slow cooking to bring out the fullness of the flavors and to make pork and lamb as tender as can be. There’s also a 32-ounce rib-eye steak that takes 20 to 25 minutes to cook. “It’s cowboy-size,” Owens says. For vegetarians, there’s ricotta gnocchi with crimini mushrooms, shaved Parmesan cheese and kale ($18). One of the kindest chefs around, Owens’ manner means a lot to the staff. “I never yell at anyone in the kitchen,” he says. “Treat your workers right, and they’ll treat you right.” A chef who cares about his workers is a chef worth all the ribeye steak and duck fat in the world.

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Cape Cod Fish & Chips Fish and chips. $. A dingy hole in the wall–just like a real chippy! This popular lunch spot offers perfectly cooked fish and chips to eat in or take out. Open daily. 7530 Commerce Blvd, Cotati. 707.792.0982.

Dierk’s Parkside Cafe 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.

Haku Sushi. $-$$. Cleverly named rolls like “Jedi Mind Trick” and “Roll me a Fatty” are as flavorful as they are fun. Lunch and dinner daily. 518 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.541.6359.

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

Mac’s Delicatessen Diner. $. Large selection of Jewish-style sandwiches; excellent cole slaw. Breakfast and lunch, Mon-Sat. 630 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.3785.

Mike’s at the Crossroads Burgers. $. A top contender for best burger in the county. Mike’s will even make you a triple, if you dare. Great beer menu, too. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 7665 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.665.9999.

Mombo’s Pizza Pizza. $. The crust is thin and the toppings eclectic. Delivery. Lunch and dinner daily. 1800 Mendocino Ave,

Santa Rosa. 707.528.FAST. 560 Hwy 116 N, Sebastopol. 707.823.7492.

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.

Parish Cafe Cafe. $$. Authentic po’ boy sandwiches elicit the sound of a big brass marching band with every bite. Breakfast favorites include shrimp and grits, but don’t forget the beignets. Breakfast and lunch, Wed-Sun. 60-A Mill St, Healdsburg. 707.431.8474 Simply Delicious Italian/ Mediterranean. $-$$. Tiny cafe with huge flavors. All dishes are homemade, with lots of organics. Fantastic lasagna, margherita pizza and meatball or chicken parm sandwiches. Dinner, Tues-Sun. 2780 Stony Point Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.579.2083.

Sugo Italian. $-$$. Bang-up fresh food at prices that seem like a steal. Lunch and dinner daily. 5 Petaluma Blvd S, Petaluma. 707.782.9298. Tonayan Mexican. $ Truly wonderful Sonoran-style classics at rock-bottom prices. The enormous El Jefe combination can’t be beat. Lunch and dinner daily. 500 Raleys Towne Center, Rohnert Park. 707.588.0893.

Toyo Japanese Grill Japanese. $$$. Well-crafted traditional Japanese with some modern extras like deep-fried mashed potato croquettes with mayo. Lunch and dinner daily. 3082 Marlow Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.527.8871.

Tres Hombres Mexican. $-$$. Excellent food in Petaluma’s Theater District, and a fun place to hang before or after a flick. Lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sat-Sun. 151 Petaluma Blvd S, Petaluma. 707.773.4500.

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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.

Cheap, delicious and ready to go. Lunch and dinner daily. Miracle Mile Plaza, 2046 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.453.8990.

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.

Il Piccolo Caffe Italian. $$. Big, ample portions at this premier spot on Sausalito’s spirited waterfront. Breakfast and lunch daily. 660 Bridgeway, Ste 3, Sausalito. 415.289.1195. Joe’s Taco Lounge & Salsaria Mexican. $. Mostly authentic Mexican menu with American standbys. Lunch and dinner daily; takeout, too. 382 Miller Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.8164.

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

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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.

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Pine Cone Diner Eclectic. $$. Funky diner meets upscale bistro. Ambitious dishes, like cherry-wood-smoked pork loin with lavender gastrique, and steak au poivre with peppercorn brandy sauce are served in homey atmosphere. Breakfast and lunch daily. Closed Mon. 60 Fourth St, Pt Reyes. 415.663.1536.


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Celadon Global comfort food. $$. Relaxed sophistication in intimate neighborhood bistro setting by the creek. Superior wine list. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner daily. 500 Main St, Ste G, Napa. 707.254.9690.

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Nightly specials and an abiding love of the San Francisco Giants. 505 Lincoln Ave, Napa. Lunch and dinner daily. 707.253.1111.

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

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

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.

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Western/Mexican. $-$$. Contemporary food and outdoor dining with a Mexican flavor. Located on the river and serving authentic cocktails.

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. $$$$. Sophisticated, terroirinformed cooking celebrates the local and seasonal. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa. 707.251.1900. Zuzu Spanish tapas. $$. 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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S O N OM A CO U N T Y Homewood Homewood offers tasting in a small, somewhat disheveled indoor office or an outdoor deck. Indoors is where the tasty black olive and bread samples are, and the folks are lowpressure and friendly. Free tasting, anything you like. 23120 Burndale Road, Sonoma. Open daily, 10am–4pm. 707.996.6935.

Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Casual, airy space furnished in whitewashed country French theme, on the road to the coast. Sit down at long tables for tasting or have a picnic. Fogdog Pinot and Ovation Chardonnay will have you applauding. 12747 El Camino Bodega, Freestone. Daily, 11am–5pm. Tasting fee, $15. 707.874.1010.

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.

Naked Wines An innovative mix of Kickstartertype investing and web marketing: be an “angel,” and get a hefty discount on diverse wines, many made by veteran winemakers seeking a market for their side projects. 8450 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. Open daily, 11am–5pm. Tasting fee, $10. 707.408.0011. Robert Hunter Winery Surprise–fine méthode champenoise sparkling wine hails from the warm “banana belt” of Sonoma Valley. Colorful history of estate once owned by a sugar heiress, and tour of gardens leads to sit-down tasting in far-from-the-crowds setting where visitors with a yen for the intimate rather than glitz find a hidden gem on the wine road less traveled. 15655 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. Tours by appointment only, $25. 707.996.3056.

Sheldon Wines Globetrotting harvest hoboes who caught wine fever like an express train and held on tight. New, industrial Urban Winery Village location; same Rhône-style and offbeat varietals from small, family-run vineyards. 1301 Cleveland Ave., Santa Rosa. Friday–Monday noonish to sixish; fees $5–15. Food carts join Thirsty Thursdays, 4–8pm. 707.865.6755. Tin Barn Vineyards Yes, it is located in a tin barn, of sorts–in the midst of a remote industrial park, home to “Eighth Street wineries.” From allspice to Jolly Rancher, coriander, fresh raspberry, jelly Danish and horsetail to a simply enjoyable claret style quaff, it’s all flavor and no frills in this friendly warehouse winery. 21692 Eighth St. E., Ste. 340, Sonoma. Saturday– Sunday, 11am–4pm. Tasting fee, $6. 707.938.5430.

Wilson Winery Scenic setting and rustic-modern tasting room makes for an atmospheric, recommended visit. Single-vineyard Zinfandels, Cabernet Sauvignons, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Petite Sirah win awards for good reason— namely, even curmudgeons take one sip and turn into believers. 1960 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 11am to 5pm. Tastings are $5; $10 for reserves. 707.433.4355.

N A PA CO U N TY Brown Estate Vineyards (WC) A beautifully restored and converted stone and redwood barn is the winery and tasting room facility at Brown Estate. And the construction of a 6,500-square-foot subterranean wine cave was completed in 2005. Visitors are currently limited to wine club members by appointment only. 3233 Sage Canyon Road, Napa. 707.963.2435.

Constant (WC) Boutique winery specializing in the kind

of Cabernet that makes Wine Spectator drool. 2121 Diamond Mountain Road, Napa. By appointment. 707.942.0707.

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

Tarla Grill, situated in downtown Napa, offers a straightforward yet sophisticated menu of Mediterranean, Greek and Turkish fusion cuisine. Come enjoy cocktails at our full bar or join us for an unforgettable dining experience. Allow us to share this dining and cultural experience with you in a refreshing change of cuisine that will shake up your taste buds.

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.

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

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

St. Supéry Expect to find the tasting room crowded, but St. Supéry features an interesting art gallery with changing exhibitions. 8440 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford. Open daily, 10am– 5pm. 800.942.0809.

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t the end of a lesstraveled lane on the edge of Rutherford, a bluebird rests on a vineyard wire. Sheep bleat under the picholine trees. Guinea fowl peep from the poultry pen. Big, golden labs nuzzle a newborn black lamb with careful curiosity. Manure, hay and the skeletal remains of last year’s grapes fill compost bins four feet high, and haunt the air with earthy aromas. And winery owner Julie Johnson is taking a break from prepping the faded, little red building for a fresh coat of paint—barn-red. A former public-health nurse, Johnson and then-husband John Williams bought the property in 1987 when they were riding a wave of success as co-owners of Frog’s Leap Winery. Despite Rutherford being King Cab country, Johnson has kept eight acres of the original 1971 Zin planting. At first, she turned the grapes over to three winemakers who created three different expressions of the wine; thus, “Tres Sabores.” She began making her own wine after leaving Frog’s Leap in 2000. Partly because she feels that wine tastes better when there are good people in the cellar, but also to help pay for the cellar, Johnson takes in a few custom crush clients. Even the guinea fowl must contribute—during a recent visit, FedEx carted off a box of them, headed for a winemaker dinner in Arizona. The decor and vibe at the garden tasting room here is more “funky country art studio” than “Napa wine country.” When the weather’s fine, picnic table seating is the thing. As eager to talk about pomegranate trees as grapes, Johnson often pops by to encourage visitors to taste a pea shoot from the cover crop or a fresh grape off the organically grown vines. “I probably talk about everything else but the wine,” she says. In season now, the 2013 Farina Vineyard Sonoma Mountain Sauvignon Blanc ($26), a direct and floral wine of lychee, pear and Canary melon, is aged on the lees in stainless steel, making a nicely rounded refresher. Tie-dye on the Zin bottle represents one of the many colors and patterns of duct tape Johnson uses to identify lots of wine in the cellar—leopard print is for “wild” yeast. The 2011 Estate Zinfandel ($38) is toasty, plummy, grapey, big and toothsome, spicy with peppers and Mexican chocolate. Smoky and meaty, with ginger cake spice and composty blackberry fruit, the 2010 Guarino Vineyard Calistoga Petite Sirah ($45) reveals the brooding spirit of last year’s grapes. It wouldn’t be Rutherford without a 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon ($80); it wouldn’t be Tres Sabores without pomegranate-infused golden balsamic vinegar ($22). Tres Sabores, 1620 S. Whitehall Lane, St. Helena. Tours and tasting by appointment only, $25. 707.967.8027.

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From Here to Maternity New Anthology from the Write On Mamas BY LEILANI CLARK


he first ninety minutes of the Write On Mamas’ monthly meeting are virtually silent. No writing prompts. No casual talk about the latest, greatest novels. The only sounds in the room are fingers clacking across computer keyboards and pens scratching away on notepads. “It’s a precious 90 minutes,”

says Write On Mamas founding member Janine Kovac, by phone from her home in Oakland. A mother of three, including fouryear-old twins born months premature, Kovac understands the need caregivers and providers have to get away from the daily grind and write. “The goal is to provide fertile soil for parents who are also writers,” says Kovac. “That comes in the form of the meeting that starts with time to write, speakers, our online community that exchanges writing opportunities,

submission opportunities, writing residencies. We also break into small groups to give each feedback on a piece or a grant or proposal.” The group also works to enhance visibility for its 55 members. The Write On Mamas host an evening of readings at LitQuake, the hip and popular literary festival that takes over San Francisco each October. And this month the group releases its first book through its publishing arm, Bittersweet Press. Mamas Write, an anthology

of essays centered on the theme “Why I Write,” was edited by Kovac, Joanne Hartman and Mary Hill, and takes the reader on a moving journey through what it’s like to be a parent who writes and a writer who parents. Launch parties are scheduled for April 27 at Napa Bookmine in Napa and May 4 at Book Passage in Corte Madera. The collection offers a mix of humor and pathos. Lorrie Goldin’s “From Conception to Empty Nest” finds a funny and clever comparison between the

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16 Spring Lit ( 15 development of a writing life and the development of a child, and in “Not Afraid of Words,” Steven Friedman (Write On Mamas is an inclusive group) writes about his need to document the story of his wife Verna’s diagnosis of breast cancer. She died in 2010. The anthology also has a fair share of pathos, including “There Was a Before,” a devastating piece by Teri Stevens about the pre-term birth of her son at 24 weeks. A former marketing director at the Napa Valley Opera house, Stevens lives in Napa and is now a mother

of three. (The piece, excerpted in full, follows.) The anthology has been in the works for more than two years. The process was more challenging than first anticipated, since it was decided early on to include quality prose from everyone “who turned their submissions in on time,” says Kovac. Most contributors signed up for a 10-week online workshop with Kate Hopper, a Minneapolisbased teacher and author who encourages honest writing about what it’s like to be a mom— while combating myths about motherhood that refuse to die. Hopper helped the writers shape

There Was a Before BY TERI STEVENS


here was a before.

I am reminded of it every time my three children and I go to the library to “buy” books. The Treadway and Wigger Funeral Chapel is across the street and a few doors down. The kids don’t even know it’s there. But I do. I was there once before—before we were blessed with a beautiful, healthy, happy son whom we adopted from Guatemala and brought home when he was just six months old, and before we were doubly blessed with twins who were carried to term by my sister because my breast cancer meant that I could not. In other words, before our lives came to appear idyllic to those on the outside looking in, there was great sorrow. I remember being in pain. This was nine years ago. It was a Thursday. I had been in pain for four days. I had gone to the doctor that Monday, but he couldn’t find anything wrong and said that the pain I was experiencing was most likely due to fibroids. Since I was in my 24th week of pregnancy, six months along, he advised me to take Tylenol. I didn’t. I remember thinking that the pain could be caused by Braxton Hicks contractions, about which I had recently read.

At the time, I was the marketing director for the Napa Valley Opera House. Continually on the computer writing press releases, answering emails or putting together one of the many marketing collateral pieces the job required, I would grasp the arm of my chair whenever I felt pain coming on. My husband, Bill, was out of town on business for the week. Since I was feeling so awful, I decided to go to bed early that Thursday night, thinking the pain would subside if I just lay down. It didn’t. I called my doctor at about 9:30pm. “It’s Teri Stevens,” I said into the phone. “I’m in a lot of pain.” I let him know what had been happening since Monday’s office visit—the grasping of the chair, the bending over in pain

their essays, since, as Kovac says, the group tended to be “too nice” to each other. Self-published books can sometimes come across as amateurish, but Mamas Write is polished and profound, and many of the pieces would be comfortable in the pages of established literary journals. “A lot of writing about motherhood is still considered ‘mommy memoir’ or ‘mommy blogging’ and isn’t seen as serious memoir,” says Kovac. “Even the word ‘mother’ is so loaded. There are some in publishing that are just like, ‘We don’t want motherhood stories.’”

Kovac adds that whatever literary space there is for moms tends to be taken up by wellknown writers like Anne Lamott and Ayelet Waldeman. The stigma has led to an ongoing conversation among the Write On Mamas about whether or not “Mamas” should stay in the name. The answer is always a resounding yes, says Kovac. “Isn’t this how we take it back?” asks Kovac. “We’re writing, and we take it seriously; we’re parents, and we take it seriously.”

every now and then when I walked. “Well, if you think it can wait, I can see you in the morning.” He sounded tired. “Or you can go to the emergency room at the Queen, it’s your decision.” I said I’d see him in the morning and hung up. I lay in bed grimacing and thought, I’m going to get premature wrinkles if this continues. I got up to use the restroom, but once there my body felt like pushing, not like urinating. Not a good sign. “Don’t worry little one,” I said to him or her, “it will be OK.” We had chosen not to find out the sex until the birth, but then for some reason the thought “I’m going to name you Jeffrey” crossed my mind. “Don’t worry, Jeffrey, it’s going to be fine. You stay in there,” I coaxed. Maybe by talking, I was trying to calm myself, tell myself it was going to be OK. I knew I had to go to the emergency room, but didn’t think I should drive myself, even though it

was only two miles away. I called 911 and asked them not to use sirens; I didn’t want to wake the neighbors. I was struggling to put on my shoes when the doorbell rang. The fire department arrived first, in a quiet truck, red light flashing a bright circle of alarm in the dark. At the door, a fireman helped me put on my second shoe and then the two men picked me up and carried me down the few small steps to the driveway and put me on a waiting gurney. The ambulance had arrived. I remember tossing my keys at one of the firemen, asking him to lock the front door. There was a light spring rain. It was Feb. 18, 2005. I don’t recall the ambulance ride, but I do remember the bright light of the stark white hospital room they wheeled me into. Someone removed my glasses. I wasn’t there for more than a few minutes when I gave birth to our son. I remember pushing myself up on my elbows in an attempt to see what was happening. “Is he OK, is he breathing?” I asked the doctor and nurse who were moving quickly, talking together in hushed tones, their medical jargon going over my head. Without my glasses, the room was a blur, and all I saw clearly was the look on the face of the ambulance paramedic who turned away from what was happening at the end of the gurney. “Yes, he’s breathing,” someone said, but then he was whisked away to the intensive care unit. I didn’t get to see him. A nurse was cleaning me up

‘I remember the nurses telling me what a beautiful baby he was, that his hair was blonde, like mine. It didn’t look like that when the nurses brought him in to me, since his head had been bruised from the quick delivery; I thought his hair was dark, like his father’s.’

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It was a boy, and he didn’t make it.” Shock on the other end of the line. “What? How?” I looked around the hospital room, unable to believe I was having this conversation. “I was in pain,” I explained through my tears, “I called 911, and I wasn’t in the emergency room for more than a few minutes and I gave birth.” Bill told me he was so sorry and that he would be home as soon as possible and asked to talk to the doctor. I don’t remember what was said. Thankfully, I fell asleep, escaping the reality of what happened for a short time. I remember the nurses telling me what a beautiful baby he was, that his hair was blonde, like mine. It didn’t look like that when the nurses brought him in to me, since his head had been bruised from the quick delivery; I thought his hair was dark, like his father’s. Later, while lying alone in the hospital room, I heard a knock on the door, and an older woman who was some sort of grief counselor came into the room. She sat at the side of the bed and told me she was sorry for my loss. “Don’t lose hope, it will get better,” she said fiercely, as if her tone had the ability to make me believe. “Spring always brings new life after winter.” Usually a polite person, I turned away from her

Local Lit Reviews ‘The Aftermath of Forever: How I Loved and Lost and Found Myself—The Mixtape Diaries’ Summing-up a book of 10 breakups in a couple paragraphs is akin to summing up 10 break-ups in a 155-page book. But for anyone who’s ever suffered a chestimploding break-up, the kind that leaves you on the floor in a puddle of tears, whiskey and absolute despair, The Aftermath of Forever ($12.95; Microcosm Publishing), is a good place to start the healing process. After getting married at age 21, and subsequently divorced a few years later, North Bay native Natalye Childress documents her journey of self-discovery

attempt to comfort me and asked to be left alone. And then Bill was there, crying with me and holding my hand, sorry that he had been away. Before coming to my room, he had met and held our son. What he thought in those moments, I’ll never know. I told Bill I named him Jeffrey, after my cousin who had passed when we were children. Before I was discharged, I asked to see Jeffrey again. Bill thought it might not be a good idea, but I was adamant. I had experienced so many emotions in such a short time: fear that I would give birth, heartbreak that I did too soon, guilt that it was my fault, loss of the child I would never know. I realized I should have been spending time with the one I would never see again. He was so tiny, dressed in baby blue, lying in a small basket. I kissed his cool forehead. So did Bill. Our goodbyes. In the dark months after Jeffrey passed, I never thought I would have a family. These thoughts were compounded when we did get pregnant a few months later, only to lose the pregnancy due to complications. And then I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My whole being was saturated in grief. I am grateful that ultimately I was determined to create a family, and had the support of a loving husband

who was open and willing to pursue other options. Today, I feel that somehow, even though he is gone, Jeffrey was looking out for us. Two years and one day after Jeffrey’s due date, our adopted son, Alex, was born. And then three years and one day after Jeffrey was born and passed, his sisters, Emerson and Mikayla, were born. Which means, strangely enough, that right now I have three children who are all six years old. I watch their heads bob up and down as they peruse the children’s library DVD section. I think about Jeffrey and wonder how different my life would be had he survived. Certainly it would be full and rich. But it would be different. Jeffrey is not here in the physical sense, but through writing about him and the family that resulted from his presence, I am able to make some sense as to why he isn’t here, and to keep the memory of my son Jeffrey Thaddeus Stevens alive. There was a before. But now there is also an amazing and full after.

through her eventual marriage to (this time) the right man. The resulting essays in this collection are accompanied by a mix-tape to describe the experience. The songs lean in the direction of indie-rock and feature Sonoma County standouts the Velvet Teen and the New Trust. The reader is not spared the juicy details of Childress’ Bay Area romances, which lend a voyeuristic feel to Aftermath—similar to a relationship she describes in one of the book’s essays. This is a naughty, logical and well-written collection with a built-in appeal to men and women in their 20s and 30s.—Nicolas Grizzle

released a book of essays written over four years for other publications. Burlison’s readers have been clamoring for a collection of her work in one artfully designed package for a while, and those who haven’t yet experienced the snark, the wit, the perfectly placed profanity of her writing should prepare for an afternoon of fun and empathetic schadenfreude. Largely comprising pieces from Burlison’s McSweeney’s column of the same name, ) 18

‘Dendrophilia and Other Social Taboos: True Stories’ Bohemian contributor Dani Burlison has

Teri Stevens lives in Napa with her husband, son and twin daughters. She is a founding member of the Write On Mamas and serves as the group’s marketing director. This essay was reprinted with permission from the upcoming ‘Mamas Write.’

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from the birth, which had happened so fast that I was simply numb. At the time, the thought didn’t cross my mind, though it has many times since: what if I didn’t call 911? I would have had Jeffrey at home, by myself, the outcome of his life in my hands. It would have been the same, but it would have been my fault. My doctor arrived. Someone had called him. “I am sorry, Teri,” he said quietly. “Your son did not make it; his small lungs were not developed enough. Just one more week, and it could have turned out differently.” I didn’t say anything, just cried. I felt deflated, all the hope I had that it would be OK, gone. I remember thinking that just days before I had read in What to Expect When You’re Expecting that babies born after 24 weeks can and do survive. So how could this be? For whatever reason, the pediatrician on call made the decision not to step in and try to save his young life. I didn’t want to call my husband, sleeping in a San Diego hotel room, with this life-altering news; I wanted him to sleep. I told the hospital staff that I would wait until morning. Ultimately, the doctor came in with a phone and gently prompted me to call. “Hi, I’m sorry, I know it’s the middle of the night. I’m at the hospital, something terrible happened. The baby was born early.

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Dendrophilia ($12.95; Petals and Bones) is the perfect waitingroom time killer, especially if you’d like to be thinking about something other than what you’re waiting for. Essays include “It’s not Cannibalism If Nobody Died,” “I’m Dreaming of an Anne Frank Christmas” and “One Settled Comfortably in the Cukoo’s Nest,” and those are just the catchiest titles. The pieces themselves are entertaining and thoughtprovoking—even when those thoughts are “What’s a cuddle party?” or “Where can I get adultsized footie pajamas?” And just this week, Burlison was contacted about optioning it for a television series (which would be perfect for this set of stories).—Nicolas Grizzle ‘Another Way of Seeing: Essays on Transforming Law, Politics and Culture’ Peter Gabel is president of the Arlene Francis Center for Spirit, Art and Politics in Santa Rosa, and an editorat-large at Tikkun, the journal of progressive Jewish thought. Gabel has put together a collection of essays, Another Way of Seeing (Quid Pro Books; $23.99) drawn from Tikkun and elsewhere that highlight his interest in what he describes as the “spiritual dimension of social life—from the desire for things to the desire for love, community, solidarity and connection with others.” Gabel sets out to infuse critical discourse on law and politics with his “spiritual-political way of seeing,” and he engages that rubric in essays that, by turn, take on the Supreme Court’s ruling for George Bush in Bush v. Gore (“by going so far beyond the legitimate limits of constitutional interpretation, the court made transparent what is usually mystified”), to the dust-up over then-candidate Barack Obama’s apparent failure to wear an

American flag lapel pin during a presidential debate. The flag-pin “controversy” was seized upon by the Washington commentariat, left to right, as some kind of a telegraphed signal from Obama about his patriotism and lack thereof. Gabel’s got another way of seeing it: “I like the way Obama sometimes wears the flag pin and sometimes does not,” he writes, “showing respect for the cultural achievements of the historical community that he seeks to represent while resisting any fixed and robotic deference to a false image of community that traps all of us in a painful spiritual isolation.” That really does sound quite painful.—Tom Gogola ‘World of Change’ “Forget your own problems, here’s what poets think is wrong with the world today.” That’s the idea behind World of Change ($20; New Way Media), a new poetry anthology edited by David Madgalene, who brings the best of the North Bay together in one letter-sized book. Contributions come from several Sonoma County poet laureates— and from several others who write about why they wrote their poem for Madgalene’s latest compilation. Topics include social injustice, murderous climate change, money, for-profit organ harvesting and Jack Kerouac. Compared to Madgalene’s own stream-of-consciousness style, the pieces here are more traditional free verse poems, and each has a distinctive voice. Some pages are reminiscent of John Cage’s collection of lectures and writings, Silence, at least in appearance. Care is taken to preserve the line breaks determined by the poets, and other formatting details are honored, such as a memorial to Andy Lopez in the shape of a cross made of asterisks and names of the slain

Get Lit! Upcoming author appearances in the North Bay BY CHARLIE SWANSON


ark Twain once wrote, “To get the right word in the right place is a rare achievement.” We couldn’t agree more. And over the next few months, a host of authors from near and far are scheduled to share their rare achievements at readings throughout the North Bay. Here’s your chance to get right with their words.

Primate ambassador Jane Goodall appears at an already sold-out event at Angelico Hall in San Rafael on April 4. Goodall’s latest, Seeds of Hope, carries with it an enthusiasm and passion that’s perfect for launching an ambitious season of readings such as this. On April 10, Napa Valley College writing professor Iris Jamahl Dunkle shares the poetry of Gold Passage, her new award-winning collection, at Copperfield’s Books in Santa Rosa. The next day, Bay Area poet Gail King reads from her new book, Hello Life, at the Occidental Center for the Arts. The week also includes two appearances from Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants author Ann Brashares, who reads from her latest, The Here and Now, at Book Passage on April 10, and at the Tudor Rose English Tea Room on April 12. No time to take a breath yet, because Sonoma County poet laureate Katherine Hastings reads on April 17 from her works Nighthawks and Cloud Fire at Copperfield’s in Santa Rosa. The 17th also sees Pixar production vice president Jim Morris in conversation with author Ed Catmull, who presents his upcoming book, Creativity, Inc., at Book Passage. The next night, April 18, former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins reads from his new poetry collection Aimless Love, with singer-songwriter Aimee Mann accompanying on acoustic guitar, at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. Book Passage throws down with three popular events running backto-back-to-back. On April 21, photographer Andrew Knapp shares his adventures with his border collie in Find Momo. On April 22, actress and new mom Alicia Silverstone (Clueless, Batman & Robin) talks about her parenting guide The Kind Mama. Then, on April 23, Under the Tuscan Sun author Frances Mayes reads from her memoir Under Magnolia. She hosts a dining event at Spinster Sisters restaurant in Santa Rosa on April 24. And there’s more in store in the coming months, as heavyweights from various fields come to the North Bay to promote their literary offerings. New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff reads from How About Never—Is Never Good for You? on May 1 (Book Passage). Sen. Elizabeth Warren reads from her new book, A Fighting Chance, on May 10 (Angelico Hall). Gourmet magazine editor Ruth Reichl reads from her novel Delicious! on May 20 (Book Passage) and May 21 (Spinster Sisters). Cult film director John Waters (Pink Flamingoes, Crybaby) reads from his hitch-hiking memoir Carsick on June 7 (Book Passage). Finally, outlaw author Tom Robbins reads from his upcoming memoir Tibetan Peach Pie on June 7 (Book Passage) and June 8 (Copperfield’s Books in Sebastopol). And that’s just the tip of the literary iceberg. For full listings, check our weekly Readings calendar. Get lit!

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collection dealing with society’s problems. Are we ever going to fix any of these things? We await Madgalene’s next anthology for an answer.—Nicolas Grizzle

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HOLIDAY IN PORTLANDIA Jello Biafra sees yuppies, yuppies everywhere.


Punk icon Jello Biafra rails against corporate greed and yuppie culture BY CHARLIE SWANSON


ay Area punk legend Jello Biafra made a recent appearance on the Independent Film Channel’s Portlandia, in a sketch where he wakes from a coma to discover that his beloved scene is infested with yuppies. Funny as the sketch was, there’s little to laugh at in the class war now underway in San Francisco, the city that gave rise to the Dead Kennedys in 1978.

“It’s no big secret,” Biafra says, “but we’re under a full, Vladimir Putin–size assault from another generation of ‘dot commies’ trying to take over and gentrify the town and bulldoze out people of lower income, people of color, service workers and, of course, artists and musicians.” In an interview with the Bohemian, Biafra amply demonstrated why he’s considered one of the most eloquent and outspoken voices in music in the last three decades,

and provided insight on how to save culture from the clutches of corporate predators. Biafra heads to the North Bay this week with his Guantanamo School of Medicine, appearing Friday at Santa Rosa’s Arlene Francis Center in support of their second full-length, White People and the Damage Done. But first he has to finish ranting about those San Francisco “dot commies.” “One of the ways they get away with it is that several of these giant tech firms have

started their own bus systems— yuppies only—to ferry their precious drones to and from ‘Silly Clone Valley’ to their playground in the Mission district,” he says. “It means it’s that much easier for people who might otherwise live down there to live here and drive up the rent.” It’s an unsettling trend and one that’s made San Francisco rents among the highest in the world. Biafra connects the dots between corporate interests and their political allies. “The last dotcom holocaust happened when Willie Brown was mayor and his puppet planning commission rubberstamped every last gentrification/ eviction project they could get their hands on,” he says. “And now, the current mayor [Ed Lee] might as well be Willie Brown Mini Me. [Lee] pretty much lets Willie and crew tell him what to do,” says Biafra. “So once again its full speed ahead to wipe out affordable housing and sterilize the town.” Biafra compares today’s social climate to that of his youth—and finds the present scene to be wanting. “The days are different from when somebody like me could come out here, a 19-yearold chasing a dream, find a room and start exploring the city that gave us the Beats and all that great psychedelia,” says Biafra. “But now if people come out chasing that dream at all, they’re more likely to go to Portland— yes, Portlandia—or L.A., or to Oakland.” But Biafra is encouraged by what he saw during the recent Occupy movement. “The Occupy tents are gone, but the spirit lives,” he says. “You don’t have to pitch a tent or get your head cracked at a protest or sit up all night arguing with the moreradical-than-thou about 9-11 conspiracy theories or whatever.

If it’s somebody you know well, you know what’s important to him or her, and you can start with that. And most people, the bottom line is putting food on the table. “It’s all helping people, both children and adults, to grow better bullshit detectors,” he adds. “Its especially important with children, where if they have a strong bullshit detector when they’re a kid, by the time they’re a teenager, the fashion police can’t hurt them as badly. They can say, ‘I don’t need that. I’d rather be myself.’” Still, Biafra understands the realities of the world we live in, and the demands it makes. “We all wind up making some compromises, or we’re going to wind up like Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber. He was pure as the driven snow from being detached from corporate society, but look what happened to him. I don’t think anybody wants to end up so isolated and crazy they wind up sending bombs to people they don’t even know, even making screws by hand, all because they can’t get laid. “There’s got to be a better way, and everybody has to figure that out in life, and as life evolves, so does the individual,” he says. “Sometimes I’m not the most radical person on the block, but I just try to make those decisions based on something I can actually live with and live up to. I try to go as far as I can with what I do without being a jerk about it.” The process of prying the corporate grip from our culture is not an overnight struggle. “It’s brick by brick,” says Biafra. “You know, the big picture looks pretty damn horrible. When you break off a piece of that puzzle and put energy into helping fight a smaller, winnable local battle, that’s where we start to take society back or at least keep the corporate predators further away from the front door by using our pitchforks.” Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine play with Pins of Light, We Are the Men and Jack Attack on April 4, at the Arlene Francis Center, 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 7pm. $15. 707.528.3009.

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If people want to, they can make a vow to themselves, ‘I am not cooperating with this corporate system anymore. They can’t have me. They can’t have my money. They can’t have my time.’ “I think what happened with Occupy is that it had very widespread sympathy and support. Even the corporate opinion polls bore that out at the time. Even my mother, aged 83, said she thought they were right. So what I think people did was take that spirit and apply it another way.” Biafra lays out some guidance on how to live with less commercial influence. “You give as little money as possible to the corporate chain stores and restaurants. Keep the money in the community’s local businesses and buy as few products from the corporate predators as possible,” explains Biafra. “I mean, does Coca-Cola taste as good as it did when you were a kid? And does something like Coors or Budweiser have any resemblance to decent beer? Some of these things are really easy. “I haven’t eaten at McDonald’s in about 35 years. Have I suffered? No. And this is like drugs or tattoos. The more you do it, the more you want to go further. I thought back then, ‘Hey, if I don’t want to go to McDonald’s, which I never liked anyways, why should I go to Burger King?’ I’ll piss in their pots, but I won’t touch their food.” The singer also highlights the importance of understanding commercial propaganda created by the corporate media. “I don’t think anyone should be allowed to graduate from high school until they pass a class on media literacy,” he says. “Unfortunately, those classes aren’t available. And that’s all by intention. So we have to go one-on-one teaching media literacy ourselves. That doesn’t mean blogging to an echo chamber that already agrees with you. It means eye to eye. “If someone starts spouting Rush Limbaugh BS, don’t just throw up your hands and dismiss them as rednecks or stupid or unreachable. Sit down and talk to them. Don’t argue; communicate.


tiny girl from a famous fairy tale, supernatural messengers eager to bring lovers together and a quartet of string instruments longing to be strummed are the cast of characters on view in the next two weeks, when several North Bay dance companies present vibrant pieces.

ballets, the story of Thumbelina is pretty easy to follow.” A bit less linear but no less imaginative is Strum, a world premiere dance-music collaboration from Sonoma County’s UPside Dance Company and composer Mark Growden. Presented for the first time this weekend at Healdsburg’s stylish new SHED marketplace and performance space, Strum brings out the inner “lives” of inanimate objects. “We created our choreography based on researching different instruments like the violin, flute and cello,” says Tanya Tolmasoff, cofounder, with Kate Ahumada of UPside. “We asked, how would we move if we were these instruments, finding moments that we could be a bow, pluck a string, tune the instrument or hold a note.” The choreography, set to original compositions by Growden—who will be performing with his quartet—even features an homage to the metronome. The SHED show also includes pieces performed to Growden’s “Pillar” and “Caravan.” The program, says Tolmasoff, is a full-sensory experience. “You will get your toe tapping and your heart strings plucked,” she says. Next weekend, at the Marin Civic Center’s Showcase Theater, two other Bay Area companies—Nava Dance Theater and Odissi Vilas: Sacred Dance of India—join forces for an evening of storytelling through the medium of dance. Messengers of Love features solo and group performances—many of them bringing to life Indian myths of love and divine intervention— presented with vivid costumes and athletic choreography. Expect to be inspired and entranced.

In Ballet Califia’s Thumbelina, the diminutive lass with a huge heart springs to life with original choreography by founders Shelley Scott and David McNaughton. Dancing to music by Alexander Glazunov, the dancers range in age from 10 to 22, all performing up-close-and-personal at Ballet Califia’s Cotati dance studio. “For those who are less familiar with ballet,” says Scott, “this is a great one, because unlike some

‘Thumbelina’ runs April 4–6 at Ballet Califia. 368 Blodgett St., Cotati. Friday–Saturday at 8pm; 2:30pm matinees, Saturday–Sunday. $20. 707.570.7682. ‘Strum’ runs April 5–6 at Healdsburg SHED. 25 North St., Healdsburg. Friday–Saturday at 8pm; 2:30pm matinee on Saturday. $15–$20. 707.570.7682. ‘Messengers of Love’ is performed April 12 at the Marin Civic Center Showcase theater. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 5:30pm. $15–$30. 415.473.6800

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MAN IN A UNIFORM Chris Evans wonders what could be more interesting to Scarlett Johansson than his chiseled looks in ‘Captain America.’

America at War

‘Winter Soldier’ balances action with emotion BY RICHARD VON BUSACK


sthmatic stripling Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) yearned to serve in World War II. The Army made a super-soldier out of him. After a battle with the Naziest Nazi of them all, the Red Skull, he was entombed in ice and defrosted after 60 years. International relations are sadly more complicated now than in his day.

The Russo brothers’ Captain America: The Winter Soldier has a seductive argument, suggesting that things began to go drastically wrong in America right after a slightly ďŹ ctionalized version of the Office of Strategic Services’ Operation Paperclip, which brought German scientists to the United States. The national security agency SHIELD is about to launch its Insight Project, the ultimate drone program. Shilling for it is SHIELD director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), working in tandem with presidential liaison Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford). Captain America, already restless at being “Fury’s janitor,â€? is dubious: “I thought the punishment came after the crime.â€? The agency turns out to be riddled with moles. Fury is dealt with; the Captain and agent Natasha Romanoff, the Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson) ee for cover. Help arrives from a Mideast war vet, Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), who has access to a previously unknown technological weapon. The Winter Soldier gets ďŹ lled to the brim with Marvel fodder—but there is breathing room throughout, and the ďŹ lm has a surprising amount of feeling. Chris Evans isn’t a thrilling actor, but he does suggest a little lost guy caught in the strapping body. You end up feeling a bit protective of him. A tasty paranoid strain comes out in this “education of Captain Americaâ€? movie, and it echoes what Redford (far more entertaining here than he is in his civics-lesson movies) did everywhere from Three Days of the Condor to Lions for Lambs. Refusing to be bamboozled by real politik, Captain America abides. In a world of impotent liberals, isn’t it nice to see a nearly omnipotent one?

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Reggae music ďŹ lled the expanse of a river not yet parched by drought, and huge Jamaican ags waved in the breeze as Brown came into view, his gentle smile reecting the early evening light. It was a compelling image. At 6-foot-3, the reggae singer has a striking nature that exudes mindfulness, a characteristic

he is pleased to share with fans stopping him when on the road. And whenever he parts ways with his fans, Brown stands at attention with ďŹ sts pressed together in front of his heart and exclaims, “Towerful!â€? It’s a symbolic gesture Brown that leaves fans shouting, “There goes the Towerman!â€? The underlying philosophy is more than just a handshake. “Towerâ€? stands for “thinking, overstanding, working, enlightening and reasoning.â€? Each word represents a spiritual and pragmatic tool for making one’s way through the chaos and materialism of our fast-paced world. Prezident Brown’s career spans three decades. Often hailed as Jamaica’s best-kept secret, Brown is now working with Kingston producer Rivah Jordan and says he’s been dipping into a pool of artists to collaborate with on an album due this fall. He’s mum on whom he might be teaming up with. Even if he’s keeping his collaborators a secret for now, Brown does wear his political message on his sleeve. His current West Coast tour is called the “NoGMO Tour.â€? “The issue of food is very important to speak on, as an artist,â€? he says via telephone, “for the human beings that might not know or understand what is happening. I am using my platform to raise the awareness of what is happening with food.â€? But what if GMOs are not all bad? “There is no scientiďŹ c proof,â€? says Brown, “but what does that mean? That we should go ahead with this experiment? The population is going to be the experiment. It is big money and the control of proďŹ ts—food being controlled by proďŹ t.â€? Music fans promote food sovereignty when they align with artists like Brown. The solution to GMOs lies with the masses—so dance and be Towerful. Prezident Brown plays with a full band on Friday, April 4, at 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. $15-$20. 415.459.1091.

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Annabella Former member of Bow Wow Wow still stuns in her solo career. Apr 6, 8pm. $15. Hopmonk Sebastopol, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

SONOMA COUNTY A’Roma Roasters Apr 4, Collaboration Jazz Band. 95 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.576.7765.

Jello Biafra & the Guantanamo School of Medicine

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Punk icon returns; with Pins of Light, We Are the Men and Jack Attack supporting. Apr 4, 7pm. $15. Arlene Francis Center, 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.

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David Lunning The American Idol contestant appears in a solo acoustic performance as part of the center’s Showcase Concert Series. Apr 5, 7:30pm. $20$25. Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.568.5381.

MARIN COUNTY Dark Star Orchestra Grateful Dead tribute band surpasses the original Dead in number of shows played. Apr 8-9, 8pm. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael.

Prezident Brown Jamaican star spins. Apr 4. $15-$20. 19 Broadway Club, 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

Randy Couvillon’s Rock Fest Featuring OB/GYN, the Hundred Days, Elephant Listening Project and others. Apr 5, 8pm. $15-$20. Hopmonk Novato, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200.

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

Apr 4, “Images of Spring” choral concert. 550 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.579.2604. Apr 7-8, live jazz. 317 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.431.0330.

Flamingo Lounge Apr 4-5, live music. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

French Garden Apr 4, Da Puna Bruddhas. Apr 5, Bear’s Belly. 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.2030.

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

Gaia’s Garden First Sunday of every month, Jazz Jam. 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491.

Green Music Center Apr 4, Trio Ariadne. Apr 6, Santa Rosa Symphony-Beethoven Lives Upstairs. Apr 6, Trio Navarro. 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.

Hopmonk Sebastopol Apr 2, Robotic Pirate Monkey. Apr 4, the Humidors. Apr 5, Free Peoples. Mon, Monday Night Edutainment with Jacques & Guac. Tues, 7:30pm, open mic night. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Hopmonk Sonoma Apr 4, Keith Andrew. Wed, Open Mic. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.

Hotel Healdsburg Apr 5, Stephanie Ozer Trio. 25 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.431.2800.

Jasper O’Farrell’s Apr 3, Jacob Green. 6957 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2062.

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Apr 9, Greg Hester. Mon, Gypsy Cafe. Thurs, Susan Sutton Jazz Piano. Sun, Kit Mariah’s Open Mic Night. 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.

Mavericks Apr 4, FYI with DJ Enfo and DJ Amen. 397 Aviation Blvd, Santa Rosa. 707.765.2515.

Phoenix Theater Apr 4, Luminescence. Apr 5, San Quinn and CL Cliff. Mon, 7pm, young people’s AA. Tues, 7pm, Acoustic Americana jam. Wed, 6pm, Jazz jam. Sun, 5pm, rock and blues jam. 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

Quincy’s Apr 4, the Steve Sutherby Band. 6590 Commerce Blvd, Rohnert Park. 707.585.1079.

Redwood Cafe Apr 5, the Sorentinos. Thurs, Open Mic. First Friday of every month, Dginn. Second Tuesday of every month, 9pm, Barnburners Poetry Slam. Second Wednesday of every month, Sound Kitchen. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.

Remy’s Bar & Lounge Apr 5, DJ SHortkut and DJ Lazyboy. 130 Stony Point Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.578.1963.

Rio Nido Roadhouse Apr 5, the Honeydippers. 14540 Canyon 2 Rd, Rio Nido. 707.869.0821.

Ruth McGowan’s Brewpub Apr 4, Steep Ravine. Apr 5, Fiddle Jam. Sun, Evening Jazz with Gary Johnson. 131 E First St, Cloverdale. 707.894.9610.

Sally Tomatoes Apr 4, Jami Jamison Band. Wed, North Bay Blues Jam. 1100 Valley House Dr, Rohnert Park. 707.665.0260.

Sebastopol Center for the Arts Apr 4, Sebastopol Community Band. 282 S High St, Sebastopol. 707.829.4797.

Society: Culture House Thurs, Casa Rasta. First Friday of every month, Neon with DJ Paul Timbermann and guests. Sun, Church on Sundays. 528 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. No phone. )


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Apr 5, DJ Loisaida. 446 B St, Santa Rosa. 707.544.8277.

St Andrew Presbyterian Church Apr 6, “Images of Spring� choral concert. 16290 Arnold Dr, Sonoma.

Stout Brothers Apr 2, Craig Corona. Apr 3, Molly Konzen. Apr 4, Hunter and the Dirty Jacks. Apr 9, Gypsy Trio. 527 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.636.0240.

Toad in the Hole Pub

Simon Costa. Wed, Blues Night. 919 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.813.5600.

George’s Nightclub Apr 4, the Dumb Jacques. Wed, Rock and R&B Jam. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

Hopmonk Novato Apr 3, the 7th Sons with Supernaculum. Apr 4, Honeydust. Apr 7, Bandworks. Wed, Open Mic. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200.

Marin Center’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium

First Sunday of every month, Marshall House Project. 116 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.544.8623.

Apr 6-8, Marin Symphony Chorus: Sacred and Secular. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

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Apr 3, Blues Karaoke with KRSH’s Bill Bowker. Apr 4, Johnny Tsunami. Apr 5, the Vivants and Local Honey Swing Band. Every other Tuesday, Country Night with the Kick’n Country Girls. Every other Wednesday, Dixie Giants. Every other Sunday, Blues and BBQ with the Blues Defenders. 5745 Old Redwood Hwy, Penngrove. 707.795.5118.

Apr 2, Myles Schon. Apr 3, Extra Ordinary Astronauts. Apr 5, Afrolicious. Apr 6, 19 Broadway Good Time Band. Apr 8, Tom Bowers Blues Band. Apr 9, Eamonn Flynn & Swamped. Mon, 9pm, open mic. Tues, Bluesday Piano Night. First Friday of every month, First Fridays with DJ Dans One. First Sunday of every month, 19 Broadway Good Time Band. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

Whiskey Tip Apr 4, Iriefuse. Apr 5, the Grain. 1910 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa.

No Name Bar Mon, Kimrea and Dreamdogs. Tues, 8:30pm, open mic with Damir. Fri, 9pm, Michael Aragon Quartet. 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.1392.

Osher Marin JCC Apr 5, Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir. 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.

Panama Hotel Restaurant Apr 2, Donna D’Acuti. Apr 3, Wendy DeWitt and Kirk Harwood. Apr 6, Ann Brewer. Apr 8, Lorin Rowan. Apr 9, Charlie Docherty. 4 Bayview St, San Rafael. 415.457.3993.

Peri’s Silver Dollar Mon, acoustic open mic. Tues, John Varn and Tom Odetto. First Wednesday of every month, the Weissmen. First Sunday of every month, Blues Jam. First Thursday of every month, Burnsy’s Sugar Shack. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.

Rancho Nicasio Apr 5, It’s a Beautiful Day. Apr 6, Jerry Hannan. Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

Sausalito Seahorse Apr 3, the Mythyx. Apr 4, Charity and the Donors. Apr 5,

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Yoga Community Apr 8, Matt Venuti. 577 Fifth St W, Sonoma. 707.935.8600.

Zodiacs Apr 2, Steep Ravine. Apr 4, the Incubators. Apr 5, Stu Allen and Mars Hotel. Apr 6, Jacob Fred Jazz Odessy. 256 Petaluma Blvd North, Petaluma. 707.773.7751.

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The Cult Influential and controversial, U.K. post punks the Cult are still electric. Apr 3 at Regency Ballroom.

Delta Rae Rock band from Durham, N.C., play a fiery show in support of their new EP. Apr 3 at Great American Music Hall.

Kindred the Family Soul R&B duo Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon capture a neo-soul sound. Apr 4 and 5 at Yoshi’s S.F.

Apr 4, BabĂĄ Ken Okulolo and the Nigerian Brothers. Apr 5, Buffy Ford Stewart. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

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Electro-pop outfit from Portland, Ore., share a love of synths and experimental, improvisational sets. Apr 6 at Rickshaw Stop.

Apr 5, the Bobs. Apr 6, Benefit for All One Ocean. Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.

Fenix Apr 3, Freddy Clarke and Wobbly World. Apr 6, Charity Goodin and Del Sol. Apr 8,

The longtime roots and country superstar remains a steadfast force in music. Apr 5 at the Warfield.

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Apr 3, Kyle Alden and Kathryn Claire. Apr 4, Danny Click and the Hell Yeahs!. Apr 5, Billy Love Express. Apr 6, Tracy Blackman and friends. Mon, 8pm, open mic with Simon Costa. Sat, Ukulele Jam Session. 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.485.1182.







Studio 55 Marin Apr 6, Eliyahu and the Qadim Ensemble. Apr 8, Vandaveer. 1455 E Francisco Blvd, San Rafael. 415.453.3161.

Sweetwater Music Hall Apr 2, the Chop Tops. Apr 4, Melvin Seals and the Jerry Garcia Band. Apr 5, Jeffrey Halford and the Healers. Apr 8, MY AMP Student Showcase. Apr 9, Joe Ely Duo. Mon, Open Mic. Every other Wednesday, Wednesday Night Live. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

Terrapin Crossroads Thurs, San Geronimo. Fri, 4:20 Happy Hour with live music. Sun, Midnight North. 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael.

True North Pizza Tues-Sun, live music. 638 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo. 4154531238.

NAPA COUNTY Billco’s Billiards Apr 3, Later Dayz Band. 1234 Third St, Napa. 707.226.7506.

Downtown Joe’s Brewery & Restaurant Apr 3, Ralph Woodson. Apr 4, Charles Wheal Band. Apr 5, Later Dayz Band. Wed, Jumpstart. Sun, DJ Night. 902 Main St, Napa. 707.258.2337.

Silo’s Apr 3, Robert “Hollywood� Jenkins. Apr 4, Darrell Edwards Heavy Weather Band. Apr 5, the Unauthorized Rolling Stones. Wed, 7pm, jam session. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

Uptown Theatre Apr 4-5, Live in the Vineyard. 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Uva Trattoria Apr 4-5, live music. Every other Sunday, James and Ted. 1040 Clinton St, Napa. 707.255.6646.

Star Eclipse Grateful Dead tribute act surpasses GD in shows played The Grateful Dead played 2,318 official concerts over a 30-year run that started in San Francisco in 1965. That’s pretty impressive. The Dark Star Orchestra—the premier Grateful Dead tribute band—has been together 16 years and will soon surpass the Dead in number of shows played, in about half the time. That’s very impressive. The Orchestra are playing a couple of shows at Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh’s club, Terrapin Station, as a lead-up to a much-anticipated 2,319th show at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. Like the Dead, the Dark Star Orchestra have toured coast-to-coast in an obsessive and nomadic fashion, offering lots of improvisation to fans along the way. The band performs a repertoire of Dead jams and puts together shows that are recreated from the band’s actual set lists. The Orchestra have averaged one show every two-and-a-half nights over those 16 years, and show no signs that they’re crashing anytime soon, or will pour their light into ashes or anything like that (the Orchestra is named after the early Dead tune “Dark Star�). Quantity aside, the Orchestra are renowned among Deadheads for the interpretative and improvisational spirit that captures the Dead concerts that inspire them. The band’s two North Bay appearances at Lesh’s joint mark the eve of their milestone achievement, and we’re wondering if Phil will bake a cake for them. Shall we go, you and I while we can? Through the transitive nightfall of diamonds? Dark Star Orchestra perform shows 2,315 and 2,316 on April 8–9 at Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Drive, San Rafael. $45–$80. 8pm. 415.524.2773. —Charlie Swanson




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Arts Events

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RECEPTIONS Apr 2 Redwood Cafe, â&#x20AC;&#x153;April Exhibit,â&#x20AC;? featuring work of Lillianna Raynor, Rachael Trujillo, Adrian Ruhle and Danielle Demuro. 6pm. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.

Apr 3 Finley Community Center, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fresh Reflections,â&#x20AC;? exhibits works by the Art Heaven group, with special guest Michele Hoting. 5pm. 2060 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3737.

Apr 4 Corrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sonoma County Art Trails April Exhibit,â&#x20AC;? features woodworker Michael Palace and painter Nicole Ours. 5pm. 637 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.546.2424.

Apr 5 Graton Gallery, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Out of Our Minds,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by Susan Ball and Rik Olson, with guest artists Phil Wright, Mayr McLean and Rhen Benson displaying

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Apr 4, 3pm, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Guerneville Art Walk,â&#x20AC;? with showings at Coffee Bazaar, Higher Grounds Coffee and Art House, Big Bottom Market, Dawn Ranch and more. Main Street, Guerneville.

Frank P Doyle Library Fri, Apr 4, 1:45pm, Docent led tour expressing insights and inspirations of artists in the Doyle collection. SRJC, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.527.4614.

Local Color Gallery Through Apr 14, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Air Bourne & Water Bourne,â&#x20AC;? featuring the art of Diane Majundar. 1580 Eastshore Rd, Bodega Bay. Daily, 10 to 5. 707.875.2744.

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

Occidental Center for the Arts Through Apr 27, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pointless Sisters Quilt Showâ&#x20AC;? 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.874.9392.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pierce Ranch Reflections.â&#x20AC;? 2pm. 9048 Graton Rd, Graton. 707.829.8912. MINE Art Gallery, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Core Elements,â&#x20AC;? exhibits sculptures by Richard Dieterich and Jennie Strobel. 5pm. 1820 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. Seager Gray Gallery, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Engrams,â&#x20AC;? featuring the work of Claudia Marseille. 6pm. 23 Sunnyside Ave, Mill Valley. 415.384.8288.

Apr 6 Marin Society of Artists Gallery, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Open Craft and Sculptureâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Traditional to Cutting Edge,â&#x20AC;? presents a broad spectrum of threedimensional media. 2pm. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 415.454.9561. New Leaf Gallery, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Surfaces,â&#x20AC;? exhibits three sculptorsâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Michael Hannon, Kari Minnick and Pam Morris. Cornerstone Place, 23588 Hwy 121, Sonoma. 707.933.1300.

Petaluma Arts Center Apr 4-27, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art Shapes the World,â&#x20AC;? featuring student artists work, juried by local professional artists. Art Angels of St Vincent receive Community Arts Award Apr 5. 230 Lakeville St at East Washington, Petaluma. 707.762.5600.

Seasons of the Vineyard Apr 6, 1pm, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trunk Show,â&#x20AC;? with artist Pam Corbettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique paintings. 113 Plaza St, Healdsburg. 707.431.2222.

Sebastopol Center for the Arts Through Apr 4, â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the Red,â&#x20AC;? 282 S High St, Sebastopol. Tues-Fri, 10 to 4; Sat, 1 to 4. 707.829.4797.

SOFA Apr 5, 4 and 8pm, the arts district opens its doors for their spring event. Free. South of A, Santa Rosa.

Steele Lane Community Center Through Apr 24, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Portrait

Projectâ&#x20AC;? combines photo and art for portraits by 50 local artists. 415 Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. Mon-Thurs, 8 to 7; Fri, 8 to 5. 707.543.3282.

Towers Gallery Apr 4-Jun 26, â&#x20AC;&#x153;California on My Mind,â&#x20AC;? featuring painter Henry White. 240 North Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale. Thurs-Mon 10am to 7pm. 707.894.4229.

University Art Gallery Through Apr 13, â&#x20AC;&#x153;West Coast Inkâ&#x20AC;? explores printmaking from Seattle to San Diego. Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. Tues-Fri, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, noon to 4. 707.664.2295.

MARIN COUNTY Art by the Bay Weekend Gallery Apr 5-Jun 1, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inspired by Books,â&#x20AC;? presents works by Pamela Paulsrud, Tim Graveson, Zea Morvitz and Camille Espositoâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;all inspired by books. 18856 Hwy 1, Marshall. 415.663.1006.

Art Works Downtown Through Apr 18, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hell Brewers,â&#x20AC;? a peek into the weird world of Dr Flotsam and his carny clan. 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. Tues-Sat, 10 to 5. 415.451.8119.

Marin MOCA Through Apr 13, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Emerging Artists of the Bay Area,â&#x20AC;? featuring five bright new talents. Novato Arts Center, Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Dr, Novato. Wed-Sun, 11 to 4. 415.506.0137.

Osher Marin JCC Through Apr 7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sacred Words,â&#x20AC;? interfaith art. 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.

Studio 333 Wednesdays. through Apr 9, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paint and Wine Party,â&#x20AC;? where local artists host colorful workshops amidst music and wine. $49. 333 Caledonia St, Sausalito. Mon-Sat, 11-5. 415.331.8272.

NAPA COUNTY di Rosa Through Apr 6, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inherent Vice: This Is Not a Bruce Conner Exhibition,â&#x20AC;? Will Brown works with Bruce Conner collaborators to make a fluctuating exhibition related


Gray Gallery’s ‘Engrams’ exhibit through April 30. See Receptions, adjacent page. to the artist. Through Apr 27, “Collection in Focus: Richard Shaw,” features work of the sculptor from the gallery’s collection. Through Apr 27, “Lost and Found: Elisheva Biernoff and Floris Schönfeld,” exhibits the overlooked and the unfamiliar with fascinating range. 5200 Sonoma Hwy, Napa. Wed-Sun, 10am to 6pm 707.226.5991.

Grand Hand Gallery Through Apr 6, “Progressive Window Installation,” features Napa artist Mikey Kelly progressively creating the installation all week, with a celebratory reception, Apr 6 at 3pm. 1136 Main St, Napa.

Comedy Mort Sahl The social satirist performs conversational comedy. Thurs, 7pm. through Apr 24. Free. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Dance Amanacer Flamenco Four multicultural artists share the art of Spanish Flamenco

with music, singing and dance to create an exciting show. Apr 6 at 7:30pm. $25. Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.763.8920.

Awaken the Dreamer Symposium

Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Cloverdale Fiddle Festival

The SF-based ballet company present their latest, with choreographer Alonzo King in a special post-show discussion. Apr 3 at 7:30pm. Free. Evert B Person Theatre, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.

Contests, workshops, and more in an all-day Fiddle Fest. Apr 5, 9am. $19. Cloverdale Fairgrounds, 1 Citrus Fair Dr, Cloverdale.

Earthly Flight

Inspiring speakers and hands-on activities as well as music organic food and fun. Apr 6, 11am. Redwood High School, 395 Doherty Dr, Larkspur.

Spring dance concert is an eclectic array of beauty and passion. Apr 4-12. College of Marin, Kentfield Campus. $10$15. 835 College Ave, Kentfield.

What Just Happened Motion Institute presents a performance by Nina Wise with guest appearance by postmodern dance legend Anna Halprin. Apr 5 at 8pm. $25. Open Secret Bookstore. 923 C St, San Rafael. 415.457.4191.

Events April Chamber Mixer Apr 2, 6pm. Rio Nido Roadhouse, 14540 Canyon 2 Rd, Rio Nido. 707.869.0821.

Apr 5, 12:30pm. $15. The Sunflower Center, 1435 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.792.5300.

Earth Day Marin Festival

Farming 101 Workshop “Basics of Drip Irrigation” is the topic of this month’s workshop. Apr 8, 7pm. Free. Petaluma Seed Bank, 199 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, 417.924.8917.

Jewish Historical Society of Napa Gala Wine and chees reception followed by comedian Jeff Applebaum next door at Cameo Cinemas. Apr 5, 7pm. $50. Caldwell Snyder Gallery, 1328 Main St, St Helena. 415.531.6755. )


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Landscape Painting: Observation & Expression A day-long workshop led by art instructor Marsha Connell. Apr 6. $35. Pepperwood Preserve, 3450 Franz Valley Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.542.2080.

Michael Krasny & Piper Kerman Dinner with the authors to benefit Sebastopol Community Center. Apr 6, 5pm. French Garden, 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.2030.

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Apr 3, 6pm. Napa Valley Museum, 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. 707.944.0500.

Our Journeyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Nuestra Viaje Part of the Napa Valley Oral History Project. Apr 3, 5:30pm. Napa County Historical Society, Goodman Library, 1219 First St, Napa. 707.224.1739.

Waters of the Carribean Dinner and auction benefiting Healdsburg and Geyserville Summer Clubs. Apr 5, 6pm. Villa Chanticleer, 1248 N Fitch Mountain Rd, Healdsburg.

Film Childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pose The top prize winner at the Berlin Film Festival screens as part of the Sonoma Film Institute. Fri, Apr 4, 7pm and Sun, Apr 6, 4pm. Sonoma Film Institute, Warren Auditorium, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2606.

Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Stop Believinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;: Everymanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Journey The documentary follows Arnel Pineda from YouTube sensation to lead singer of the legendary rock band Journey. Apr 4, 8pm. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.924.5111.

El Ray The documentary highlights musiciansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; quest for their roots. Apr 8, 6pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.3871.

Finding the Mother Lode: Italian Immigrants in California With reception before, and filmmakers Gianfranco Norelli and Suma Kurien in discussion after. Apr 6, 4:30pm. $10. Carole L Ellis Auditorium, 680 Sonoma Mountain Pkwy, Petaluma. 415.392.5225.

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Field Trips Cultural History of Sonoma Coast Learn about the cultural history of Sonoma Coast State Park, including the Kashaya Pomo, Russian American Fur Company, ranching families and logging operations. Apr 5, 1pm. Armstrong Volunteer Center, 17000 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville.

Laguna Re-Leaf Day Your visionâ&#x20AC;Ś my resources, dedication and integrityâ&#x20AC;Ś Together, we can catch your dream.

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The annual event not only helps restore the Laguna, it raises funds to continue the work. Apr 5. Laguna de Santa Rosa Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.527.9277.

Wildflower Walk Sun, Apr 6, 10am. Free. Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood.

A Feast for the Senses Traditional Balkan food and choral music and dancing. Apr 5, 5:30pm. $15-$25. Arlene Francis Center, 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.

Fresh Starts Chef Event Chef Joanne Weir presents a Latin-inspired menu. Apr 7, 6:30pm. $55. Next Key Center, 1385 N Hamilton Pkwy, Novato. 415.382.3363, ext 211.

Pick of the Vine Wine-tasting gala benefits Senior Advocacy Center. Apr 5, 6pm. $60-$65. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Spring Forward Pasta Feed Catered by the Pasta King. Apr 6, 2pm. $25-$30. Villa Chanticleer, 1248 N Fitch Mountain Rd, Healdsburg.

Why We Love Paris Three-part class for lovers of Paris, with history and culinary delights. Wed, 7pm. through Apr 16. $110. SRJC Burdo Culinary Arts Center & Bakery, 1670 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.522.2800.

Featuring the San Francisco Opera. Apr 5, 12pm. Cameo Cinema, 1340 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.3946.


Sonoma International Film Festival

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Screenings throughout Sonoma featuring 90 films in five days. For information, visit www. Apr 2-6. Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St E, Sonoma. 707.996.9756.

Same Time, Next Year The 1978 romantic comedy screens as part of the First Friday Film series. Apr 4, 7pm. $5. Charles M Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory The Gene Wilder classic shows as part of the Family Film Series. Apr 6, 3pm. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.924.5111.

Native Magic & Cures Apr 5, 10am. Crane Creek Regional Park, 5000 Pressley Rd, Rohnert Park.

celebrate four years. Apr 5. $20. Dutton-Goldfield Winery, 3100 Gravenstein Hwy N, Sebastopol. 707.827.3600.

Food & Drink Anniversary Party Flights of wine and fruits to

The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Barefoot Contessa,â&#x20AC;? delivers a charming insiderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s view of her world and the pleasures of good food. Includes an interactive Q&A. Apr 2, 8pm. $45-$65. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Lost & Found Artist Talk Artists Elisheva Biernoff and Floris SchĂśnfeld discuss their practices and works currently on view in the current exhibition. Apr 2, 7pm. $5-$10. di Rosa, 5200 Sonoma Hwy, Napa. 707.226.5991.

Masters of Jazz Craig Griffeath explores the work of the centuryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest jazz artists. As part of the Learning Unlimited series. Apr 8, 1pm. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.

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Wheel of the Fungi David Arora brings humor and knowledge in this talk about the mysterious mushroom. Apr 5, 5:30pm. $15-$20. Toby’s Feed Barn, 11250 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1223.

Readings Angelico Hall Apr 4, 2pm, “Seeds of Hope” with Dr Jane Goodall. Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave, San Rafael.

Aqus Cafe Apr 7, 6:30pm, Rivertown Poets, Featuring poets Patti Trimble and Caroline Goodwin, as well as an open mic. 189 H St, Petaluma 707.778.6060.

Book Passage Apr 2, 7pm, “Solsbury Hill” with Susan Wyler. Apr 3, 7pm, “The Bohemians” with Ben Tarnoff. Apr 4, 6:30pm, “Love Letters to the Dead” with Ava Dellaira. Apr 5, 7pm, “The Halls of Power” with William C Gordon. Apr 6, 4pm, “Shakespeare Insult Generator” with Barry Kraft. Apr 7, 7pm, “The Poison Patriarch” with Mark Shaw. Apr 8, 6:30pm, “Collect Raindrops” with Nikki McClure. Apr 8, 7pm, “Gulp” with Mary Roach. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera 415.927.0960.

Cooking School at Cavallo Point Apr 3, 6:30pm, “Inside the California Food Revolution” with Joyce Goldstein. 601 Murray Circle, Sausalito.

Petaluma Copperfield’s Books Apr 2, 3pm, “Knightly & Son” with Rohan Gavin. Apr 4, 7pm, “Love and Treasure” with Ayelet Waldman. Apr 8, 4pm, “The Klaatu Terminus” and “Horizon” with Pete Hautman and Jenn Reese. 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma 707.762.0563.

Healdsburg Copperfield’s Books Apr 3, 7pm, “May the Stars Drip Down” with Nikki McClure. 104 Matheson St, Healdsburg 707.433.9270.

Sebastopol Copperfield’s Books Apr 8, 7pm, “The Soil Will Save Us” with Kristin Ohlson. Apr 9,

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French theatrical troupe Prospero Miranda stages this remarkable play written by Holocaust survivor Charlette Delbo. Apr 2, 8pm. Free. Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.4177.

Apr 3, 7pm, “Goodnight Nobody” with Ethel Rohan. 964 Pearl St, Napa.

Redwood Cafe Apr 6, 5pm, An Evening of Poetry. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati 707.795.7868.

San Rafael Copperfield’s Books Apr 3, 6pm, “Clean” with David Sheff. Apr 5, 7pm, Poetry Month Reading, Various works with local poets Clair Blotter, Kathy Evans, Terri Glass and Prartho Sereno. 850 Fourth St, San Rafael 415.524.2800.

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All in the Timing Six short comic plays written by David Ives and co-directed by Rachel Custer and Alexis Long. Fri-Sun through Apr 13. $15. Pegasus Theater Company, Rio Nido Lodge, Canyon Two Rd, Rio Nido.

Arms & the Man Presented by the Ross Valley Players, this romantic comedy is packed with wit. Thurs-Sun through Apr 13. $13-$26. Barn Theatre, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 415.456.9555.

Beauty Queen of Leenane Darkly comic tale of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early 40s, and her aging mother. Through Apr 13. $10$25. Studio Theatre, Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

The Book of Matthew This seriocomic plays examines the struggle to keep pursuing one’s dreams after 40. ThursSun through Apr 13. Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. 707.588.3400.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Con men make a living by swindling rich women. Based on 1988 film starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine. Thurs-Sat, 8pm and Sun, 2pm. through Apr 13. $23-$35. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

Fiesty Old Jew Charlie Varon’s acclaimed oneman show takes the audience on a ride with the elderly hitchhiking protagonist. Apr 6, 2pm. $20-$25. Osher Marin JCC, 200

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Stephen Horvat in a comedy musical solo show, as part of the Local Music Restoration Project. Apr 4, 7:30pm. $10. Dance Palace, Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.

Lonesome West Two brothers living alone in their father’s house after his recent death have violent disputes over the most mundane topics. Through Apr 13. $10-$25. Studio Theatre, Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

The Mystery of Irma Vep Outrageously funny play satirizes everything from Hitchcock to the “Mummy’s Curse.” Fri-Sun through Apr 13. $18. Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 N Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale. 707.829.2214.

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ARIES (March 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;April 19)

In his novel The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera says that the brain has â&#x20AC;&#x153;a special area which we might call poetic memory and which records everything that charms or touches us, that makes our lives beautiful.â&#x20AC;? In the coming days, it will be especially important for you to tap into this power spot in your own gray matter, Aries. You need to activate and stir up the feelings of enchantment that are stored there. Doing so will make you fully alert and available for the new delights that will be swirling in your vicinity. The operative principle is like attracts like.

TAURUS (April 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;May 20)

Our ancestors could see the Milky Way Galaxy spread out across the heavens on every clear night. Galileo said it was so bright, it cast a shadow of his body on the ground. But today that glorious spectacle is invisible to us city-dwellers. The sky after sundown is polluted with artiďŹ cial light that hides 90 percent of the 2,000 stars we might otherwise see. If you want to bask in the natural illumination, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to travel to a remote area where the darkness is deeper. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s make that your metaphor, Taurus. Proceed on the hypothesis that a luminous source of beauty is concealed from you. To become aware of it, you must seek out a more profound darkness.

GEMINI (May 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;June 20) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dear Gemini: I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t demand your total attention and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need your unconditional approval. I will never restrict your freedom or push you to explain yourself. All I truly want to do is to warm myself in the glow of your intelligence. Can you accept that? I have this theory that your sparkle is contagiousâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get smarter about how to live my own life if I can simply be in your presence. What do you say? In return, I promise to deepen your appreciation for yourself and show you secrets about how best to wield your inďŹ&#x201A;uence.â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Your Secret Admirer. CANCER (June 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;July 22) The Cancerian artist Rembrandt became one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest painters. It was a struggle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t paint the way they want me to paint,â&#x20AC;? he said about those who questioned his innovative approach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have tried and I have tried very hard, but I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do it. I just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do it!â&#x20AC;? We should be glad the master failed to meet his criticsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; expectations. His workâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique beauty didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get watered down. But there was a price to pay. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That is why I am just a little crazy,â&#x20AC;? Rembrandt concluded. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the moral of the story: to be true to your vision and faithful to your purpose, you may have to deal with being a little crazy. Are you willing to make that trade-off?

LEO (July 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;August 22) The Indian spiritual teacher Nisargadatta Maharaj offered a threestage fable to symbolize oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s progression toward enlightenment. In the ďŹ rst stage, you are inside a cage located in a forest where a tiger prowls. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re protected by the cage, so the tiger canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hurt you. On the other hand, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trapped. In the second stage, the tiger is inside the cage and you roam freely through the forest. The beautiful animal is trapped. In the third stage, the tiger is out of the cage and you have tamed it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your ally and you are riding around on its back. I believe this sequence has resemblances to the story youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be living in the coming months. Right now youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re inside the cage and the tiger is outside. By mid-May, the tiger will be in the cage and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be outside. By your birthday, I expect you to be riding the tiger. VIRGO (August 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;September 22) What is â&#x20AC;&#x153;soul work,â&#x20AC;? anyway? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like when you make an unpredictable gift for someone you love. Or when you bravely identify one of your unripe qualities and resolve to use all your willpower and ingenuity to ripen it. Soul work is when you wade into a party full of rowdy drunks and put your meditation skills to the acid test. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like when you teach yourself not merely to tolerate smoldering ambiguity, but to be amused by it and even thrive on it. Can you think of other examples? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Soul Work Week for you. LIBRA (September 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;October 22) Are you close to anyone who is a catalytic listener? Is there a person who tunes in to what you say with such fervent

receptivity that you get inspired to reveal truths you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize you knew? If so, invite this superstar out to a free lunch or two in the coming days. If not, see if you can ďŹ nd one. Of course, it is always a blessing to have a heart-to-heart talk with a soul friend, but it is even more crucial than usual for you to treat yourself to this luxury now. Hints of lost magic are near the surface of your awareness. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still unconscious, but could emerge into full view during provocative conversations with an empathetic ally.

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

On my blog, I quoted author Ray Bradbury: â&#x20AC;&#x153;You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.â&#x20AC;? I asked my readers what word they would use in place of â&#x20AC;&#x153;writingâ&#x20AC;? to describe how they avoided being destroyed by reality. Popular responses were love, music, whiskey, prayer, dreams, gratitude and yoga. One woman testiďŹ ed that she stayed drunk on sexting, while another said â&#x20AC;&#x153;collecting gargoyles from Medieval cathedrals,â&#x20AC;? and a third claimed her secret was â&#x20AC;&#x153;jumping over hurdles while riding a horse.â&#x20AC;? There was even a rebel who declared she stayed drunk on writing so she could destroy reality. My question is important for you to meditate on, Scorpio. Right now you must do whateverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s necessary to keep from being messed with by reality.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;December 21) Does your mother know what you are up to these days? Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hope not. I doubt if she would fully approve, and that might inhibit your enthusiasm for the experiments you are exploring. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably best to keep your father out of the loop as well, along with other honchos, cynics or loved ones who might be upset if you wander outside of your usual boundaries. And as for those clucking voices in your head, give them milk and cookies, but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pay attention to their cautious advice. You need to be free of the past, free of fearful inďŹ&#x201A;uences and free of the self youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in the process of outgrowing.

CAPRICORN (December 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;January 19) For the foreseeable future, I urge you not to spend much time wrangling with bureaucrats and knowit-alls. Avoid frustrating projects that would require meticulous discipline. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even think about catching up on paperwork or organizing your junk drawer or planning the next ďŹ ve years of your career. Instead, focus on taking long meandering walks to nowhere in particular. Daydream about an epic movie based on your life story. Flirt with being a lazy bum. Play noncompetitive games with unambitious people. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why: good ideas and wise decisions are most likely to percolate as you are lounging around doing nothingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and feeling no guilt for doing nothing. AQUARIUS (January 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;February 18)

Are you waiting? Are you wondering and hoping? Are you calculating whether you are needed, and if so, how much? Do you wish the signs were clearer about how deeply you should commit yourself? Are you on edge as you try to gauge what your exact role is in the grand scheme of things? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m here to deliver a message from the universe about how you should proceed. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a poem by Emily Dickinson: â&#x20AC;&#x153;They might not need me but â&#x20AC;&#x201C; they might â&#x20AC;&#x201C;/ Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll let my Heart be just in sight â&#x20AC;&#x201C; / A smile so small as mine might be / Precisely their necessity -â&#x20AC;?

PISCES (February 19â&#x20AC;&#x201C;March 20) You will soon get a second chance. An opportunity you failed to capitalize on in the past will re-emerge in an even more welcoming guise, and you will snag it this time. You werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ready for it the ďŹ rst time it came around, but you are ready now! Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably a good thing the connection didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happen earlier, because at that time the magic wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fully ripe. But the magic is ripe now!

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