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Rhapsodies The New Bohemians Meet our new starting lineup

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t is an honor to introduce myself as the Bohemian’s new editor, a position that feels like a homecoming and a new beginning.

Most recently, I was a senior editor at Sebastopolbased MAKE magazine. But before coming to MAKE, I was food editor for many years at Metro Silicon Valley, the Bohemian’s sister paper. Previous to that, I was a reporter for various daily and weekly newspapers. In the latter part of my time at Metro, I moved to Sebastopol and wrote for the Bohemian, too, splitting my time between Silicon Valley and the North Bay. It feels good to be back. Since moving here more than three years ago, I’ve developed a real love for the North Bay, and the opportunity to explore the region in the pages of the Bohemian is a thrill and a privilege. I’m the beneficiary of the great job done by my predecessor, Gabe Meline. I’m committed to building on that work and delivering what I hope will be essential reading for North Bay residents and visitors alike. What will that look like? We will break news and deliver compelling investigative stories that hold the powerful accountable. We will reflect what it’s like to live, work, eat and play here, with lively coverage of the region’s most important asset, its people. We will enhance and expand our digital offerings. And we will continue to be the go-to source for event listings, so you don’t miss any of what’s going on. I’m lucky to have a badass staff to help me. Tom Gogola is an award-winning investigative journalist, and was just named the Bohemian’s news editor, a newly created position that reflects our commitment to news. He was the 2013 recipient of the Press Club of New Orleans’ first and second place awards for his reporting on the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office. Over the course of his 25-year career, Tom worked at Connecticut alt weeklies and the Lens, an online investigative website in New Orleans.


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Nicolas Grizzle is our staff writer. He writes about food, music and news with equal aplomb. He grew up in Sonoma County and maintains strong roots here. Calendar editor Charlie Swanson is another Sonoma County local devoted to the North Bay’s music and cultural scene. He spent the past decade writing about music and art, beginning with an internship at the Bohemian in 2006. Defending the King’s English and protecting us from dangling participles is veteran copy editor Gary Brandt. The Northern California–based company we are part of, Metronews, recently expanded its holdings with the purchase of Good Times weekly in Santa Cruz and weeklies in Hollister and Gilroy, which is establishing a wine trail this spring to celebrate its nascent cluster of wineries. What’s that mean for Bohemian readers? It means we’re part of a growing, independently owned, local company committed to communitybased journalism that’s equal parts fearless and fun-loving. Please let me know how we’re doing at Open Mic is a weekly feature in the ‘Bohemian.’ We welcome your contribution. To have your topical essay of 350 words considered for publication, write

Hi, Jello (“Jello-Rama,” April 2]: Remember Frankie and Ripper and Johnny and Brittley, and playing at the Temple Beautiful? Go ahead, say no, I don’t remember either. Blame it on Yuppies and drugs. Jello Biafra always spoke and played his mind out. I’m sure the music put together for this beerguzzlin’ little town blew some ear drums. You brought back great memories. By the way, for Santa Rosans, the Temple Beautiful was the previous stomping grounds for the Rev. Jim Jones. Koolaid!


Be Civil A citizen’s review board will help all concerned (“Oversight Knights,” April 2]. Too bad something as obvious as this is taking so long to implement. The police and sheriff’s departments might be concerned about less automatic rubberstamping of their shootings, but their relations with the community should improve tremendously.


Trauma of War The rise in psychological trauma associated with the war in Iraq and Afghanistan should not surprise experts. The extent of wartime trauma is directly proportional to the type of warfare fought and the experiences encountered. Studies of Vietnam


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Palm Leaves Sebastopol’s Palm Drive Hospital will likely close its doors by April 28 after the hospital’s board of directors voted Monday night, 4–1, to shut down core services at the cash-strapped facility. The board told a crowd of about 250 gathered at the meeting at the Community Church of Sebastopol that it had filed for bankruptcy protection earlier that day. Hospital spokesman Marcus Young says the closure could last from three to six months, and the hospital might reopen as a different type of facility. There are two proposals on the table: “One is a private surgery center that would look to offering some degree of emergency service,” Young says. The other, which Young has less detail about, is “more of a clinic-type operation.”

PURE LAND Ratna Ling has made it clear to its neighbors that the center’s publishing operations are not negotiable.

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Sonoma County revisits Buddhist publishing project in light of ongoing resident complaints BY NICOLAS GRIZZLE


he mission to repopulate the world of Tibetan Buddhist texts begins, in a way, in Cazadero. The Yeshe De Tibetan Text Preservation Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing back sacred texts destroyed by the Chinese takeover of Tibet in 1951. In this modern world, that requires a printing press and major distribution—and there’s the problem, at least for one resident. “We do not oppose Dharma

[Publishing’s] mission; we think it’s a fine thing that they’re doing,” says Cazadero resident Mike Singer. “What we do oppose is where they’re doing the mission.” The 120-acre spiritual retreat, located 10 miles north of Fort Ross, is not the right place for a printing press, he says, because the rural roads aren’t meant to handle shipping trucks making two trips per day. When Dharma Publishing was awarded a use permit in 2012 to operate at a spiritual retreat center in the hills of Cazadero, Singer filed an appeal. He says the

county’s general plan does not allow for such large printing presses in this instance, and lists several violations of the municipal code. The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors met Tuesday to discuss the appeal. (The outcome is available at Under a conditional use permit issued in 2004, Dharma Publishing was allowed to operate an 18,000-square-foot printing press as an ancillary operation to Ratna Ling, a Buddhist retreat center (both fall under the umbrella of Tibetan Nyingma Institute in Berkeley). Singer claims ) 10

Palm Drive is a district hospital funded by taxpayers, which creates a different set of issues than if it was a private hospital. “If you look at the district hospital model across the country, this is the trend that’s happening,” says Young. Competition from Sutter, Memorial and Kaiser hospitals in Santa Rosa have drawn patients from the smaller Palm Drive, which offers fewer services. Palm Drive also has trouble keeping up with new, modern facilities and the equipment in larger, better funded private hospitals. “District hospitals, slowly, over time, cannot compete,” says Young. Palm Drive has seen a 30 percent drop in patients this year versus last. Forty employees were laid off in January, including eight nurses, and the hospital reduced its inpatient beds from 27 to 14. Last month, all employees at the hospital got notices of possible layoffs when the average number of patients per day was seven. So far this month, it’s 4.4. The hospital is taking a $2 million loan from the county to transition the hospital into economic ) 10 The Bohemian started as The Paper in 1978.

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Palm ( 8 viability. The loan was necessary, he says, “in order to bridge to the closure.” Officials said last week the hospital was losing almost $2 million a year. Palm Drive filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection in 2007, when it was losing $500,000 a month and held $3 million in debt. It emerged from bankruptcy in May 2010 after selling bonds to pay off its debt, which by then had grown to $11 million. Less than two years later, in March 2012, the hospital announced it was running a deficit of about $850,000—instead of a projected surplus of $915,000. Doctors and other employees offered suggestions on how to keep the hospital open during Monday’s meeting. “The board left that to be examined as they go through the process over the next few weeks or next few months,” says Young. But he warned it might be too late for some of the suggestions. “It’s a district hospital supported by taxpayers, so there are probably issues of voting that need to be taken into account,” says Young. “That doesn’t mean it can’t happen; it just means it can’t happen within the three-week window.” Asked if the public forum should have been held sooner, Young says the board didn’t foresee the steep drop in patients. “Even if they went into that process a year ago, it would have been a more difficult time to do that. Sometimes you have to get to a more critical point.” Inpatient services at Palm Drive may close on April 21, and the emergency room is slated for shutdown by April 28. An ambulance will be stationed at the hospital for three months to assist emergency patients unaware of the closure. They’ll be transferred to other facilities. If you’ve got a better idea, hospital officials are fielding suggestions from the public at TheFuture@ If you’ve got ideas, let us know at letters@—Nicolas Grizzle




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DARK SPIRITS Wearing black on the outside? (’cause black is how you feel on the inside?) Empire’s your perfect haunt.

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New Napa nightclub is making quite a scene BY JAMES KNIGHT


n my way to Empire Napa recently, I was reminded of a peculiar smell from the spring of 2002.

I was a driver for the Bohemian and delivered the paper along the Napa Valley route. One stop was an old restaurant occupying a prime corner in town, the kind of place where county employees and local business folk meet for lunch hour, year in and year out.

The carpets were faded, and a sad bouquet of grease clung to the air like tule fog. I recently rounded that same corner to find a new restaurant, emblazoned with decorative torches, sleek and shiny inside. It teemed with excited young patrons who leaned in to fabulous conversations and pawed away at digital devices. “Napa’s changed a lot in the last five years,” I was told as I sipped a sample of late ’60s Lafite. “It’s changed a lot in the last

two years.” Visitors are younger, shinier, and they fill the streets as they flit from restaurant to bar. And not just wine bars. Cocktail bars. Dance clubs, like this place: “It’s like L.A.” I recall, with a provincial cringe, the long-lost roster of Santa Rosa clubs hailed as the next “just like San Francisco” hotspot: the reverential walls of booze; the ubiquitous white kiddie sofas; the horror. Yet here I am, showing up with cat hair on my sweater. The only thing older than me in here is

the Lafite, and that guy over there. A hostess stood at an entrance backdropped with a painting of a smoke-shrouded city in ruins. “Go on in.” The dining room, part wine-country rustic, part dungeon, leads to the bar, and a bartender greeted me before I was halfway there. It was a quiet night at Empire. Interior decor is by San Francisco designer Michael Brennan. He enjoys the gothic touch: there’s a sparkly black bar, black straws, black pencils with black erasers, and a black Slinky on the black bar. Exotic black ungulate horns grace the “library” room, which is furnished with red velvet booths, perfect for bachelorette parties. Leather “egg chairs” provide a throne for solitary types. Initial reviews of Empire gushed over an overweening menu that has since been scrapped in favor of bar favorites like blue cheese sliders ($10) and mac-and-cheese ($8) with peas and bacon. Filet and frites ($24) was tempting, but the mac was just fine. Signature cocktails include the Boulevardier ($13), a bourbon version of a Negroni served in a tumbler. It’s dry enough to let the spicy 12-year-old Elijah Craig shine through. I visited Empire on “Sketch Wednesday.” There were crayons, pencils, an Etch-a-Sketch and the Slinky. Local artist Penelope painted an oil in the corner, some well-dressed ladies drifted in, and two younger guys sat at the bar, excitedly talking politics: “bifurcation” was tossed about. I am cool with this scene. If you like a crowd, it’s here on Friday and Saturday. Even then, the bartender says the weekend scene features a more mature crowd than the nearest other scene—“You know, that one down the street,” she says. I’ve never hit that place’s dance floor, but I’ll never forget the smell of the carpet. Empire, 1400 First St., Napa. 707.254.8888.

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S O N OMA CO U N TY Arrigoni’s Delicatessen & Cafe Deli. $. A perennial favorite with the downtown lunch crowd. Breakfast and lunch, Mon-Sat. 701 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.1297.

Bistro 29 Bistro. $$-$$$. Get an honestly prepared plate of excellence, reasonably priced, at this veritable palace of crepes. Dinner, Tues-Sat. 620 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.546.2929.

Chinois Asian Bistro Asian. $$. Pan-Asian cuisine done delicious. Happy hour tapas and cocktails weekdays. Dinner daily; lunch, Mon-Fri. 186 Windsor River Rd, Windsor. 707.838.4667.

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

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

seafood, and noodles. Lunch, Mon-Sat; dinner daily. Two locations: 140 Second St, Ste 120, Petaluma. 707.762.6888. Vintage Oaks Shopping Center, Rowland Ave, Novato. 415.892.8838.

Le Bistro French. $$. A tiny space, simple menu, excellent food–and a reasonable price. Dinner, Wed-Sun. 312 Petaluma Blvd S, Petaluma. 707.762.8292.

Russian River Brewing Co Eclectic. $. Decent pizza and excellent brews. Two words: beer bites! Lunch and dinner daily. 725 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.2337.

Spoonbar Regional cuisine. $$. Chef Louis Maldonado’s market-driven menu includes such creative dishes as chickpea-crusted avocado, slow-cooked beef petite tender, and Spanish octopus with bonito brioche, daikon radish, snap peas, and charred japapeno vinigrette. Lunch, Thursday-Monday; dinner daily. 219 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.433.7222.

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.


House of Curry & Grill Indian. $-$$. A Sonoma County institution, and for good reason. Of the more than 100 menu choices, all are worthwhile. Lunch, Mon-Sat; dinner daily. 409 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.579.5999.

Jennie Low’s Chinese. $-$$. Light, healthy, and tasty Cantonese, Mandarin, Hunan, and Szechuan home-style cooking. Great selection, including vegetarian fare,

Bay Thai Thai. $. Fresh Thai food with curries that combine the regions classic sweet and tart elements. Some of the best fried bananas to be found. Lunch and dinner, MonSat; dinner, Sun. (Cash only.) 809 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.458.8845.

Citrus & Spice Thai/ Californian. $$. Thai meets California, with fresh fruit accents, light herbs and spices,


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

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

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Mountain Home Inn American. $$-$$$$. Great summer sandwiches with a view atop Mt Tamalpais. Breakfast, Sat-Sun; lunch and dinner, Wed-Sun. 810 Panoramic Dr, Mill Valley. 415.381.9000.

Nick’s Cove Seafood/ contemporary American. $$$$. Fresh from the bay oysters, upscale seafood, some steaks and a great burger. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 23240 State Route 1, Marshall. 415.663.1033.

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Piatti Italian. $$-$$$.Rustic, seasonal, Italian food. Kidfriendly. Lunch and dinner daily. 625 Redwood Hwy, Mill Valley. 415.380.2525. Robata Grill & Sushi Japanese. $$. Mmm. With thick slices of fresh sashimi, Robata knows how to do it. The rolls are big winners. Lunch, MonFri; dinner daily. 591 Redwood Hwy, Mill Valley. 415.381.8400.

Sol Food Puerto Rican. $. Flavorful, authentic and homestyle at this Puerto Rican eatery, which is as hole-in-thewall as they come. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. San Rafael locations: 811 Fourth St. 415.451.4765. 901 & 903 Lincoln Ave. 415.256.8903. Mill Valley location: 401 Miller Ave, Mill Valley.

Sushi Ran Japanese. $$$$. This beautiful restaurant attracts locals and tourists with its fresh catches. A wide selection of nigiri, depending on what’s fresh. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner, Fri-Sun. 107 Caledonia St, Sausalito. 415.332.3620.

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The William Tell House American & Italian. $$. Marin County’s oldest saloon. Casual and jovial atmosphere. Steaks, pasta, chicken and fish all served with soup or salad. Lunch and dinner daily. 26955 Hwy 1, Tomales. 707.878.2403

Yet Wah Chinese. $$. Can’t go wrong here. Special Dungeness crab dishes for dinner; dim sum for lunch. Lunch and dinner daily. 1238 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.460.9883.

N A PA CO U N T Y All Seasons Californian. $$-$$$. A Calistoga institution specializing in fresh, seasonal wine country cuisine. 1400 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.9111.

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

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Buster’s Barbecue Barbecue. $. A very busy roadside destination–for a reason. It’s the hot sauce, available in two heats: regular and hot. Lunch and dinner daily. 1207 Foothill Blvd, Calistoga. 707.942.5606.

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Meat Your Maker With the closure of Rancho Veal in February, the large agricultural community of the North Bay was left without a slaughterhouse. That is, until Marin Sun Farms owner David Evans stepped in with his plan to save the livelihood of ranchers, including his own, when he bought the Petaluma processing plant on Feb. 28. That plant began operations under its new ownership this week, with a small animal rights protest marking the grand opening. The new owners have been approved to process beef and pork, and say they will be able to process lamb and goats “in the near future,” according to a press release. They’re also aiming for organic certification by the end of the year. This is big news for several farms in the Bay Area that currently have no viable options for organic slaughter. Many, like Bodega’s Salmon Creek Ranch, raise their animals on certified organic land with certified organic feed, but haven’t had access to a certified organic slaughter facility to be able to label their product “Certified Organic” according to USDA standards. It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that Marin Sun bought the facility. In a 2011 Bay Citizen article (which was also printed in the New York Times), Evans was quotes as saying that if Rancho Veal closed, “the alternatives are too far away to be recognizably viable,” and that his “contingency plan” was to purchase the slaughterhouse if it were going under. Looks like the Nostradamus of meat was right on the money.—Nicolas Grizzle

Fumé Bistro & Bar California cuisine. $$$. California bistro fare that nearly always hits the mark. Lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sat-Sun. 4050 Byway E, Napa. 707.257.1999.

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$-$$. Classic hometown diner, specializes in the homemade. Breakfast and lunch daily. 1313 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.1788.

Gott’s Roadside Tray Gourmet Diner. $-$$. Formerly Taylor’ Automatic Refresher. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 933 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.3486.

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Redd California cuisine. $$$$$. Rich dishes balanced by subtle flavors and careful yet casual presentation. Lunch, Mon-Sat; dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 6480 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.2222. Siena California-Tuscan. $$$$. Sophisticated, terroirinformed cooking celebrates the local and seasonal, with electric combinations like sorrel-wrapped ahi tuna

puttanesca. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa. 707.251.1900.

Zuzu Spanish tapas. $$. Graze your way through a selection of tasty tapas in a lively rustic chic setting with a popular wine bar. Bite-sized Spanish and Latin American specialties include sizzling prawns and Brazilian style steamed mussels. Lunch, MonFri; dinner daily. 829 Main St, Napa. 707.224.8555.

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Most reviews by James Knight. Note: Those listings marked ‘WC’ denote wineries with caves. These wineries are usually only open to the public by appointment. Wineries in these listings appear on a rotating basis.

S O N OM A CO U N T Y Christopher Creek The tasting room is a small, woodpaneled anteroom stocked with bins of wine. There are no fountains, Italian tiles or anything not having to do directly with the business of sampling wines made on the premises. Chard and Cab shine. 641 Limerick Lane, Healdsburg. Open daily, 11am–5pm. 707.433.2001.

Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery Pinot meets Pinotage at the edge of the continent. Take the turnoff to Meyers Grade Road and don’t look back. 15725 Meyers Grade Road, Jenner. Open daily, 10am–6pm. Tasting fee, $10. 707.847.3460.

Kamen Estate Wines Key lines from screenwriter Robert Kamen’s features are available on T-shirts, packaged in film cans. Cabernet Sauvignon with intense red fruit flavor over inky tannins. Insert chase scene, destination: 111-B E. Napa St., Sonoma. Monday–Thursday, noon–6pm; Friday–Sunday, 11am–6pm. Tasting fees, $20 and $35. 707.938.7292.

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

Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs (WC) Paul Draper is one of the top five winemakers nationwide. The wines are fabulous and tend to inspire devotion in drinkers. The tasting room is an environmentally conscious structure. 650 Lytton Springs Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 11am–4pm. 707.433.7721.

Simi Winery Pioneered female winemaking by hiring the first female winemaker in the industry. The tastingroom experience is mediocre, but the wine is fantastic and worth the wait. Excellent Chard, Sauvignon Blanc and Cab. 16275 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 707.473.3213.

Stryker Sonoma Vineyards Off-thebeaten-path winery features beautiful views and spectacular wine, the best of which are the reds. 5110 Hwy. 128, Geyserville. Open daily, 10:30am–5pm. 707.433.1944.

Topel Winery Hailing from Hopland, Topel offers estategrown Meritage and other wines in this well-appointed tasting room with casement windows open to the street, across from Oakville Grocery. Cedar, chicory, chocolate and brown spice–makes one hungry for a portobellomushroom-on-focaccia sandwich. 125 Matheson St., Hopland. Open daily, 11am– 7pm. Tasting fees, $5–$12. 707.433.4116.

Viansa Winery Large and filled with crosspromotional products, a deli and a pseudo-Italian marketplace. 25200 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. Open daily, 10am–5pm. 707.935.4700.

N A PA CO U N TY Beringer Vineyards (WC) This historic winery offers some seven daily tours for nominal fees, most of which end gratefully with a glass and a spin through the underground wine-aging tunnels. Open daily, 10am– 6pm (summer hours). 2000 Main St., Napa. 707.963.7115.

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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.

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Patz & Hall In a Napa business park, this highlyregarded brand’s tasting room may look corporate-slick, but the spotlight is on the dirt farmers who make it all happen. Pinot and Chardonnay. 851 Napa Valley Corporate Way, Ste. A, Napa. Wednesday– Sunday, 10am–4pm. Seated tastings 10:30am, 1pm and 3pm. Tasting fee, $20–$40. 707.265.7700.

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Witness this bottle of Lair of the Bear Russian imperial stout by Mammoth Brewing, a 9.5-er, which snags my eye from the shelves of Beercraft, a craft-beer shop with a gorilla of a logo that’s wedged between a dive shop and a performance motorcycle shop—Mammoth Motorsports—on Commerce Boulevard facing fast-moving freeway traffic in Rohnert Park. Screen-printed on a bottle of Lair of the Bear, text says it’s aged in “Heavenly Hills� bourbon barrels. That’s a small typo; the label meant to say “Heaven Hills,� as in Kentucky’s famed Heaven Hills distillery. In February, Beercraft opened a tap room featuring a rotating selection of 12 kegs. Co-owner JT Fenn has to keep alert if he wants to offer the latest and the hoppiest. These days, says Fenn, when distributors call him to offer a limited-release beer, the offer might stand for as few as the next 20 minutes. The rest, he picks up on out-of-market road trips. Recently, Fenn picked up a Battle of the Brews winning beer from north of Chico; then, since he was more or less in the area, he swung by Arcata’s Redwood Curtain Brewing. Brothers JT and Matt Fenn choose which beers to sell, by tasting them in some cases; by rarity and “gut feeling� in many others. The craft-brew scene is, needless to say, a fluid situation. There’s no TV in the taproom, just streaming music—’80s hits not guaranteed. The decor is late-20th-century rec room, with beer signs accenting the French-blue walls. “We’re not deeppockets guys!� says Fenn, pointing out the rustic, $100 bar. And they pass the savings on: Goldfish crackers are free. It’s pretty low-key on a Tuesday evening, but Fridays can be standing-roomonly, regulars attest. Beers are available by three ounces or 12. Currently on tap, Bear Republic’s Tartare Rouge is an American wild ale with a lively, clean effervescence. Anderson Valley’s Horse Tongue Berliner Weiss has aromas of Sweet Tarts, flavors of apple cider vinegar. Moylan’s Lonely Tarts Club Belgian-style sour cherry ale is indeed tart, with a meaty whiff of jerky and oxidized cherry juice. Smooth and agreeable, HenHouse Oyster stout is accented with a light, briny aroma. Later this year, look for Beercraft’s own imperial stout that they’re crafting with Woodfour Brewing. It’ll be aged in used rum barrels, maybe bourbon barrels, too. After drinking the Lair of the Bear imperial stout, I just can’t hang on to the details. Beercraft, 5704 Commerce Blvd., Rohnert Park. Monday– Saturday, 11am–8pm; Sunday, 11am–5pm. 707.206.9440.

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Homeless Front

North Bay voters have a chance to help get vets off the street BY TOM GOGOLA


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work of helping others. Tate was a desk-bound clerk in the storied 82nd Airborne Division when he was deployed to Vietnam in 1969. It was a big surprise, he says, and one that took him 40 years to get over. “They gave me an M16, a clip of ammo, a canteen, and said, ‘Stand over there,’” he recalls. “That’s when reality set in. They told me, if you survive 365 days, you can go home.” Tate survived. He was 17 when he went to Vietnam and 19 when he returned to America. He subsequently bounced around for decades and ticks off the states he passed through over the decades: Maryland, Ohio, Michigan, Colorado, Mississippi, Illinois, Indiana and elsewhere. No matter where he was, Tate says he was haunted by the sound of chopper rotors whenever he heard civilian helicopters stateside. “It kept taking me back,” he says. When he arrived in San Francisco, he says “Little Saigon” was off limits because of the PTSD triggers there. Nowadays, Tate and other vets set up shop outside the Department of Veterans Affairs building in Santa Rosa on weekday mornings to dispense coffee and pastries to veterans. He was hired as a volunteer with the Sonoma Housing Authority board, and he sells baseball caps affixed with military logos to raise money for a local veteran who was grievously injured by an improvised explosive device. “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another,” says Tate as he greets a cross-generational group of vets coming in and out of the VA building on Airport Boulevard. His first piece of advice to returning veterans who need help: “Don’t wait 40 years to get it,” he says with a slight laugh. The second: “The first challenge is housing.” The news is filled with numbing reports about the challenges facing returning vets—challenges that haven’t abated, even as the

post-9-11 wars have wound down. Ghastly rates of suicide and posttraumatic stress disorder among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans remain in the headlines, along with the usual and unfortunate accompaniments to mental illness: alcoholism and drug abuse, crime and violence, family problems and homelessness. “We work hard to say, ‘Look man, you need help,’” says Tate. “These guys are trained to be independent, so we have to say, ‘Hey, that pride—put it in your back pocket. You need help.’” But in a tight economy where the concept of “affordable housing” is less an achievable goal for many than a mocking oxymoron, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have slipped into homelessness even faster than their fellow veterans from the Vietnam conflict. “There have been lots of suicides,” Tate says sadly, “and we want to stop that cycle—and we want to stop the homelessness cycle.” According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, about 20 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans take their own life every day. About 63,000 are homeless. Tate is at the tip of a new post-war effort, spearheaded by President Barack Obama, to end homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015. It’s a laudable goal and a fight worth having. “It’s unrealistic,” says Tate, “but it is offered.” Even if the country’s most recent wars aren’t popular among many Americans—especially the invasion of Iraq—the soldiers themselves have not faced the degree of animosity greeted upon those returning from Vietnam, notes Tate, an African American who grew up in yet another war zone, the notorious Chicago housing projects. “We knew not to expect anything when we got home,” he recalls, “but these guys—they are heroes when they come back.” Tate says doing this work with returning Iraq and Afghanistan vets is how he “started to feel proud to be a Vietnam veteran.” California has set the stage to do its part for homeless vets by

‘These guys are trained to be independent, so we have to say, “Hey, that pride — put it in your back pocket.” You need help.’ The original program was created decades ago and stipulates that the loans are for family homes or farms—$400 million would remain untouched for these loans. California voters have to agree to do it, which raises the NIMBYism issue, always at hand in the North Bay. If voters approve it, the referendum would pave the way for building housing for veterans that would include on-site social service programs, the hallmark of the “supportive housing” movement, which takes a page from addiction-therapy models when it strives to “meet people where they are,” even if where they are is poor, addicted and otherwise homeless. The question for North Bay

progressives and others is a thorny one that will play out at the ballot box: Will public support for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans translate into public support for housing that’s not the typical state-run facility for vets? Will support for veterans eclipse concerns about property values? “We have to start somewhere,” says Tate with a chuckle as he grapples the question. “We’ve had developers who wanted to rehab a home for six or seven vets,” he says. Those developers were told, “You can’t do that here.” The traditional model for veterans services in California has been provided at a handful of staterun facilities around the state. One such facility in the North Bay has come under intense fire by state auditors. A recent report from the California auditor blasted the Yountville Veterans Home in Napa County for spending over $650,000 in taxpayer money on highend frivolities of little use to troubled returning veterans; Yountville’s now-former top brass, for example, approved the construction of recreational ziplines and an in-house tavern. All returning veterans deserve respect (and many would argue even a fully stocked bar), but the Yountville audit highlighted a major disconnect in stateprovided services for veterans: the state veterans facilities around California do not meanstest veterans, so returning wounded warriors of limited means aren’t given special consideration when they come on hard times. For those troubled men, a highway underpass in Napa Valley or a tucked-away hillside in Marin may have to do for the night—or for longer. “We’re not going to bring everyone out of the woods, the creeks, the railroad tracks,” says Tate. As he speaks, a man emerges from the rear of the Santa Rosa VA building and gives a wave of hello to Tate. “He’s a wilderness guy,” says Tate. “He lives out behind the VA.” The man gets a cup of coffee and disappears.

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retooling a housing program for them. The state’s putting a referendum measure on the June ballot that would, according to the Sacramento Legislative Analyst’s Office, “sell $600 million in general obligation bonds to fund affordable multifamily housing for low-income and homeless veterans,” from an undersubscribed $1 billion veterans home-loan program. The $600 million would be used to build housing more in line with the needs of modern-day veterans, many of whom are single, male and afflicted with one war-related disorder or another.

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Comedian Anthony Jeselnik might be a sociopath. That’s the only way to explain how the razor-sharp humorist could dare say the things he says on his Comedy Central show, The Jeselnik Offensive, or on his recent comedy album Caligula, or on his many appearances on shows like Comedy Central Roast. Finding the funny in tragic times comes easy to Jeselnik, and the comic brings a red-hot iron poker of mockery to the Green Music Center for a night of skewering satirical insanity. Jeselnik appears on April 10 at the Green Music Center, 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 7pm. $20–$35.


Operation Jazz Operation Jazz is a fixture in the Healdsburg area, a weeklong jazz studies immersion for music students led by pro musicians and capped off by a concert at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts. This year, percussionist and Operation Jazz educator Babatunde Lea leads an ensemble that will perform the music of Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Joining Lea are former Davis saxophonist Azar Lawrence, trombonist Angela Wellman and jazz pianist Frank Martin, among others, all of whom participated in Operation Jazz. Babatunde Lea and friends play April 11, at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts, 130 Plaza St., Healdsburg. 7:30pm. 707.431.1970.


Bloomtown Sebastopol’s Apple Blossom Festival is as American as a particular pie, and this year’s fest, now in its 68th year, celebrates the tradition and funky spirit of the weekend event. Adopting “Red, White & Blues” as the theme, the festival kicks off with a parade down Main Street on Saturday morning, and

continues through Sunday with music from headlining acts like the Gator Nation Band on Saturday and Blues Hall of Famer Joe Louis Walker on Sunday. The Apple Blossom Festival takes place rain or shine April 12–13, at Ives Park (Jewell Avenue and Willow Street) and the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 High St., Sebastopol. 10am–6pm on Saturday; 10am–5pm on Sunday. $5–$10. 707.823.3032.

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Classic Horror As universally known as Dracula and as terrifying as Frankenstein, Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ has been the source of inspiration for a century of adaptations in film, television, theater and comic books. Now the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum presents the 1912 short silent film, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the first known adaptation of the novella and one of the first horror movies in cinema history. The museum’s Allison Fox will be on hand for a discussion of Stevenson’s influence, which includes a look at the Bugs Bunny take on the classic tale. Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, 1490 Library Lane, St. Helena. 7pm. Free. 707.963.3757.

—Charlie Swanson

TALKING BLUES Arlo Guthrie plays the Marin Center’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium on April 13.

LOOKING AHEAD Actor Jared Abrahamson gets an eyeful of our bright future in utopian ‘NEW.’

The Future Is NEW John Harden’s latest short envisions a Sonoma County of the 22nd century BY DAVID TEMPLETON


ohn Harden has spent a lot of time lately thinking about the future. Not his future— the future of humankind. “Imagining possible futures,” says the award-winning Santa Rosa filmmaker, “is the primary job description for the sciencefiction writer.” Citing Star Trek and Blade Runner as influences, Harden— whose short films tend toward

the fanciful and imaginative—has been working to bring his latest filmic vision, NEW, to life. Shot last summer, the sci-fi short is set in a gleaming approximation of Sonoma County in the 22nd century. Harden has been raising money and pulling editing allnighters to get NEW ready for spring and summer film festivals. “That’s what happens with a project like this,” he says. “A lot of it happens up in your head, but then all the rest is just plain hard work.” NEW follows an elderly couple

who are frozen after dying, then brought back to life in the future, in 20-year-old bodies. The couple’s emotions as they react to their second chance at life, in a world they barely recognize, make for a film that’s part science fiction and part love story. Harden elected not to make the future Sonoma County look like most sci-fi films of recent years: dark, smoggy, full of people who live in factories. “Cautionary tales have their place, of course, and I love those

movies,” says Harden, “but I think dystopian views of the future are just a trendy stock solution. It’s not a good trend, because an unvaried diet of dystopias doesn’t warn us, it just points us toward despair.” Harden believes we need the utopias, too. “I think that’s one reason that NEW got [an] endorsement from sci-fi author and futurist David Brin, back when we were launching our first online fundraiser,” says Harden. “He and I are simpatico on that point—which is why my movie shows a lush green future of rolling hills and puffy white clouds.” Harden has had some success with his short films, which include La Vie d’un Chien, another science-fiction labor of love. The film, about a scientist who turns himself into a dog, was wellreceived at the Sci-Fi London Film Festival and won several awards. NEW has been accepted to the 2014 Sci-Fi London Fest, even as Harden puts finishing touches on the film and launches a final crowd-sourcing effort to complete the special effects. Harden says the film is 85 percent of what he’d imagined it would be when he started writing it three years ago. There were compromises and lucky breaks along the way, as artistic decisions took a back seat to financial realities, and Harden had to find creative solutions to unexpected problems. “You can’t predict how a film will come out,” Harden says, “like you can’t really predict the future. But I’m happy with the film.” So much so that he plans to use it as a launching pad toward a feature-length version. How far in the future might that be? “Not too far in the future, I hope,” Harden says with a laugh. “Not too far.” For more information on ‘NEW,’ visit

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Players take ‘Nunsense’ to their theater in Windsor.

Musical Chairs Raven Players expand, NB Stage debuts, NVP hits the road BY DAVID TEMPLETON


unsense . . . is habit forming,â€? sings a chorus of slightly risquĂŠ sisters in Dan Goggin’s popular musical Nunsense, currently playing in Windsor at the brandnew Raven Players Windsor theater. That remark about “habitsâ€? could also apply to a recent habit among North Bay theater companies: changing locations. In the case of the Raven Players, they haven’t abandoned their home base in Healdsburg; they’ve merely added to their ďŹ efdom, acquiring a cinderblock building (formerly a church) right off the Windsor Town Green, where they will be presenting the same

kind of musicals and classics that have made the Raven a local institution. Between the two Raven theaters, the next few months will be packed with shows like Noises Off (opening April 25) and Les MisĂŠrables. Yes, there have been recent performances of those shows at other companies in the area. As to the question of how many repetitions of the same shows the North Bay needs, well, we’re about to learn the answer. Adding to the fun is the brandnew North Bay Stage Company, a split-off from the Raven, which will hold a gala this month, whipping up enthusiasm for its ďŹ rst season of shows, beginning in July with Kander and Ebb’s Cabaret and continuing with A. R. Gurney’s Sylvia. The new company will make its home at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, a deliberately central move for the performers who, as members of the Raven Players, often coveted the audiences of companies a bit less far from Santa Rosa. Meanwhile, the Napa Valley Players are winding up their ďŹ nal season at their longtime home, a charmingly eccentric theater space tucked into a corner of a Napa strip mall. Facing the necessity of expensive renovations, NVP has decided to hit the road, performing in a number of spots around the Napa area. Their ďŹ nal musical will be a show as unstoppable as Nunsense. The Marvelous Wonderettes will signal the end of an era for NVP, as the North Bay theater scene continues its ongoing game of musical chairs. ‘Nunsense’ runs Thursday–Sunday, through April 19 at Raven Theater Windsor. 195 Windsor River Road, Windsor. Thursday–Saturday at 8pm; 2pm matinees on Sundays. $10–$35. 707.433.6335. North Bay Stage Company’s Grand Gala is Thursday, April 24, at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $26. 707.546.3600. ‘The Marvelous Wonderettes’ runs Friday–Sunday, May 16–June 8 at the Napa Valley Playhouse. 1637 Imola Ave., Napa. Friday–Saturday at 8pm; 2pm matinees on Sundays. $10–$22. 707.255.5483.




This is a horror film so well-crafted that it can tell you the terrifying things it’s going to do and still make you jump when it does them. The essence of the film is whether a brother and a sister can agree on what they’re seeing, right when it is key for their sanity and survival. Kaylie (Karen Gillan) blames an antique mirror for the catastrophe that befell her family, who once lived in a suburban mini-mansion in the golf-course part of the South. She’s traced the history of the mirror to an 18th-century British nobleman, and discovered it has driven dozens to madness, self-mutilation and murder. Kaylie turns her family’s vacant house into a makeshift parapsychological lab, with closed-circuit cameras, laptops and a trap that can break the glass with one flick of a button. “We’re holding a gun to its head,” Kaylie says to estranged brother Tim (Brenton Thwaites), who provides the “there must be some rational explanation” dialogue, though we know better. The mirror beguiles and warps time, forcing brother and sister to rewatch the mental collapse of their father (Rory Cochrane) and the demise of their mother (Katee Sackhoff of Battlestar Galactica). For women, Oculus’ theme of a daughter trying to avoid the fate of her mother might make this a more interesting horror film than most. Sackhoff carries the weight of the film’s pity and perverse sensuality; she’s a housewife/captive, in nightgowns and loose housedresses, but she’s also a strapping, red-haired woman with a Gothic tattoo on one arm. And Gillan’s rapid-fire dialogue and intensity make the daughter a heroine to root for, even if you’re not sure she’s sane. ‘Oculus’ opens Friday, April 11, at Boulevard 14 Cinemas, 200 C St., Petaluma. 707.762.7469.






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SOUTHERN MAN Patterson Hood

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Under the Hood

Drive-By Truckers’ Patterson Hood plays two North Bay shows BY CHARLIE SWANSON


atterson Hood is feeling his age. The singer-songwriter, best known as the founder and frontman of alt-country band Drive-By Truckers, just turned 50 years old, and, as he puts it, “I never thought I’d see that.” Born in Muscle Shoals, Ala., a town known for its landmark recording studios and influential musical history, Hood took to writing songs and starting rock bands at age 14. Forming Drive-By Truckers in 1996, Hood and company kept up a breakneck pace of recording and performing for more than 10 years, but recently took a three-year hiatus to recharge. “We kind of hit the wall there

after the last go-round. We’d been on the road too long,” says Hood. “Taking a break, slowing down— we didn’t have a choice. It was like, ‘If we are going to continue, we’ve got to address this, otherwise it’s just not going to work anymore, and then what am I going to do?’ So we took some time. It saved our band.” Returning to the studio last year newly invigorated, Drive-By Truckers recently released their first album in four years, English Oceans, which peaked at 16 on the Billboard Top 200 last month. The record marks the first time that fellow guitarist Mike Cooley split song-writing duties equally with Hood, who previously dominated the band’s songwriting. “Cooley called me—he called everybody—and made this record happen,” remarks Hood. “That was great for the band, for the record and for our dynamic.” This month, Drive-By Truckers embark on a national and European tour. Leading up to the band’s kick-off show at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley on April 12, Hood is making a few special solo appearances in the North Bay this week, playing at Sweetwater Music Hall on April 10 and the Napa Valley Opera House on April 11. Contrasting with the Drive-By Truckers rowdy alternative country vibe Hood’s solo material consists of quieter, introspective stories of love and loss. He especially looks forward to revisiting material from his last solo release, 2012’s Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance, an album that began life as a semiautobiographical novel about a chaotic time in Hood’s life before shifting into a collection of songs. “The timing worked out, and it’s fun to mix it up, get into the storytelling aspect more,” says Hood. Then, with a laugh, he notes, “It’s also fun to sometimes play a show that, when it’s over, my ears don’t take all day to quit ringing.” Patterson Hood performs April 10 at the Sweetwater Music Hall (8pm; $27– $32; 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley; 415.388.3850) and April 11 at the Napa Valley Opera House (8pm; $15–$25; 1030 Main St., Napa; 707.226.7372).

Concerts SONOMA COUNTY Babatunde Lea & Friends The popular percussionist plays the music of Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Apr 11, 7:30pm. $25. Healdsburg Center for the Arts, 130 Plaza St, Healdsburg. 707.431.1970.

E-40 Vallejo’s finest brings his hyped-up hip-hop back to the Phoenix for another round. Andre Nickatina opens. Apr 12, 8pm. $35. Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

Voices in My Head The men’s chorus performs along with the Davidjohn Quartet in a benefit concert. Apr 12, 7:30pm. $15-$17. Sonoma Valley Women’s Club, 574 First St E, Sonoma. 707.939.6933.

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

Arlo Guthrie Born with a guitar in one hand and a harmonica in the other, Arlo Guthrie confirms the folk tradition his father Woody started. Apr 13, 3pm. $20-$40. Marin Center’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

Taj Mahal The influential blues and roots artist appears in a special solo performance. Apr 16, 8pm. $67-$125. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.



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Apr 12, D’Bunchovus. Apr 13, Gil Gardner Group. Second Wednesday of every month, Jazz Jam. Second Thursday of every month, open mic night. Third Wednesday of every month, West Coast Singer Songwriter Competition. 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.

Bruce Cockburn The celebrated artist is still savvy after 31 albums. Apr 10, 8pm. $35-$45. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

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Apr 12, Temptation with HUGE Large. Wed, Open Mic. 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa, 707.528.3009.

Chrome Lotus Fri, Sat, Live DJs. 501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.843.5643. Every other Thursday, Jazz Duet. Sat, 2pm, bluegrass jam. Mon, 6pm, open mic. 6761 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.6600.

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Apr 12, A Day of Bluegrass. 1313 Spring St, St Helena.

Apr 11, Haute Flash Quartet. Apr 12, Honey B and the Pollinators. Apr 13, Si Kahn. 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.2030.

Green Music Center

Apr 13, Sing-Along Easter Cantata. 14520 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville.

Hopmonk Sebastopol Apr 10, Polyrhythmics. Apr 11, Buck Nickels and Loose Change. Apr 12, Kingsborough. Apr 12, 12pm, Beer Blossom Festival. Apr 16, Psymbionic. Mon, Monday Night Edutainment with Jacques & Guac. Tues, 7:30pm, open mic night. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Hopmonk Sonoma Apr 11, Roem Baur. Apr 12, Loosely Covered. Wed, Open Mic. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.

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Hotel Healdsburg Apr 12, Kevin Fitzsimmons Quartet. 25 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.431.2800.

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Apr 11, Faculty & Student Composers Concert. Apr 12, Seawolf Day Sampler Concert. Apr 13, Deborah Voigt. 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.

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Apr 9, Staggerwing. Apr 10, Lowell Levinger. Apr 11, JimBo Trout. Apr 12, Jinx Jones. Apr 13, Danny Montana. Apr 16, Vintage Grass. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

Occidental Center for the Arts Apr 12, Real Vocal String Quartet. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.874.9392.

Sally Tomatoes Apr 11, Moonalice. Wed, North Bay Blues Jam. 1100 Valley House Dr, Rohnert Park. 707.665.0260.


Apr 16, Trio Ariadne. SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.

Thurs, Dj Tazzy Taz. Thurs, 7pm, Thursday Night Blues Jam. Sat, live music. Wed, Open Mic Comedy. 8201 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.664.0169.

Petaluma Library

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Apr 12, Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble. 100 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma. 707.763.9801.

Phoenix Theater Apr 10, the Business End. Apr 11, DI with the Lincolns. Sun, 5pm, rock and blues jam. Mon, 7pm, young people’s AA. Tues, 7pm, Acoustic Americana jam. Wed, 6pm, Jazz jam. Second Thursday of every month, writers workshops. 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

Quincy’s Apr 11, Nothing to Lose. 6590 Commerce Blvd, Rohnert Park. 707.585.1079.

Redwood Cafe Apr 12, the Bruthas. Thurs, 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.

Rio Nido Roadhouse Apr 12, Captain Paisley. 14540 Canyon 2 Rd, Rio Nido. 707.869.0821.

Ruth McGowan’s Brewpub Apr 11, JP Soden. Apr 12, Manzanita Moon. Sun, Evening Jazz with Gary Johnson. 131 E First St, Cloverdale. 707.894.9610.

Apr 11, Crossroad Drifters Band. 446 B St, Santa Rosa. 707.544.8277.

Stout Brothers Apr 9, Gypsy Trio. Apr 10, Dallas Burrow. Apr 16, Bear’s Belly. 527 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.636.0240.

The Sunflower Center Apr 11, David Casselman and friends. 1435 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.792.5300.

Twin Oaks Tavern Apr 11, the Hots. Apr 12, Blue Diamond Fillups. 5745 Old Redwood Hwy, Penngrove. 707.795.5118.

Vino di Amore Apr 11, Deborah Crooks. 105 N Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale. 707.894.6166.

Whiskey Tip Apr 11, Kingsborough. Apr 12, the Highway Poets. 1910 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa.

Zodiacs Apr 9, Migrant Pickers. Apr 11, Gene Washington and Ironsides. Apr 12, Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real. 256 Petaluma Blvd North, Petaluma. 707.773.7751.

Main Street Station Apr 9, Greg Hester. Apr 12, Wendy Dewitt. Thurs, Susan Sutton Jazz Piano. Sun, Kit Mariah’s Open Mic Night. Mon, Gypsy Cafe. 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.

Murphy’s Irish Pub Apr 10, Dan Martin and Noma Rocksteady. Apr 11, Tommy Thomsen Band. Apr 12, Under the Radar. Apr 13, the Sean Carscadden Trio. Wed, trivia night. Second Saturday of every month, Bluegrass Night. 464 First St E, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.

Mystic Theatre Apr 11, Micky and the Motorcars. Apr 12, Wonderbread 5. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

PIECES OF DIXIE Southern rockers Blackberry Smoke bring lots of hair and beards to the Sweetwater on April 12. See Clubs & Venues, adjacent page.

MARIN COUNTY Angelico Hall

Dance Palace Apr 11, This Old Earthquake. Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.

Fenix Apr 10, RuMoRs. Apr 11, the Purple Ones. Apr 12, Shana Morrison. Apr 13, Kellye Gray. Wed, Blues Night. 919 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.813.5600.

Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nightclub Apr 11, the Miles Schon Band. Wed, Rock and R&B Jam. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

Hopmonk Novato Apr 11, Notorious. Apr 12, AZ/DZ. Wed, Open Mic. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200.

Marin Center Showcase Theatre Apr 12, Messengers of Love. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

Marin Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Veterans Memorial Auditorium Apr 11, Iglesia De Dios Neopentecostes. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

Station House Cafe Apr 13, Left Coast Syncopators. 11180 State Route 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1515.

Sweetwater Music Hall Apr 9, Joe Ely Duo. Apr 10, Patterson Hood. Apr 11, Reckless In Vegas. Apr 12, Blackberry Smoke. Apr 13, Moonalice. Apr 14, Bombino. Apr 15, James Vincent McMorrow. Mon, Open Mic. Every other Wednesday, Wednesday Night Live. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

Terrapin Crossroads Apr 11, Terrapin All-Stars. Apr 12, Go by Ocean. Apr 16, Terrapin Family Band. Fri, 4:20 Happy Hour with live music. Sun, Midnight North. 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael.

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Billcoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Billiards Apr 10, Jeff Fetters. 1234 Third St, Napa. 707.226.7506.

Downtown Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brewery & Restaurant Apr 10, Bat. Apr 11, Levi Lloyd & the 501 Band. Apr 12, Jinx Jones. Sun, DJ Night. Wed, Jumpstart. 902 Main St, Napa. 707.258.2337.

Hydro Grill Sun, 7pm, Swing Seven. Fri, Sat, blues. 1403 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.9777.


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Panama Hotel Restaurant Apr 9, Charlie Docherty. Apr 10, Wanda Stafford. Apr 15, Swing Fever. Apr 16, Audrey Moira Shimkas. 4 Bayview St, San Rafael. 415.457.3993.

Rancho Nicasio Apr 11, Stompy Jones. Apr 12, Revolver. Apr 13, San Geronimo. Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

Sausalito Seahorse Apr 10, College of Marin Big Swing Jazz Band. Apr 11, Hot Rod Jukebox. Apr 12, Mambo Caribe. Sun, live salsa music. Tues, Jazz with Noel Jewkes and friends. Wed, Tango with Marcello and Seth. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito.

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Apr 13, Guest Concert Series. Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave, San Rafael.

Pull. Apr 11, Songbook Night. Apr 12, the Optimystics. Apr 13, Danny Uzilevsky. Apr 16, Rory McNamara and friends. Sat, Ukulele Jam Session. Sun, 2pm, Irish music. Mon, 8pm, open mic with Simon Costa. Second Wednesday of every month, Acoustic Guitar Showcase. 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.485.1182.

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Graton. Tues-Sun, 10:30 to 6. 707.829.8912.

Local Color Gallery

RECEPTIONS Apr 12 Towers Gallery, “California on My Mind,” featuring painter Henry White. 240 North Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale. ThursMon 10am to 7pm. 707.894.4229.

Apr 13 Art by the Bay Weekend Gallery, “Inspired by Books,” presents works by Pamela Paulsrud, Tim Graveson, Zea Morvitz and Camille Esposito– all inspired by books. 3pm. 18856 Hwy 1, Marshall. 415.663.1006.

SONOMA COUNTY Calabi Gallery

Through Apr 18, “The Hell Brewers,” 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.

Occidental Center for the Arts

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Through Apr 27, “Pointless Sisters Quilt Show” 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.874.9392.

Petaluma Arts Center Through Apr 27, “Art Shapes the World,” featuring student artists work, juried by local professional artists. 230 Lakeville St at East Washington, Petaluma. 707.762.5600.

Russian River Art Gallery Through Apr 30, “Tim Dixons” is featured all month. 16357 Main St, Guerneville. Daily, 10 to 6. 707.869.9099.

Sebastopol Center for the Arts Apr 12-May 3, “Ready or Not (Here We Come)” shows emerging teen artists. 282 S High St, Sebastopol. Tues-Fri, 10 to 4; Sat, 1 to 4. 707.829.4797.

Charles M Schulz Museum

Through Apr 26, “From the Shadows, Out” features painter Jeff Watts and photographer Mike Shoys. 150 N Main St, Sebastopol. Open daily, 11 to 6. 707.829.7200.

Fairfax Pavilion Apr 11, 7pm, “Best of Marin” features art from Matt Tasley, Jack Scott, Bac Hoang, Ezra Katz and others. 142 Bolinas Rd, Fairfax.

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Through Apr 14, “Air Bourne & Water Bourne,” featuring the art of Diane Majundar. 1580 Eastshore Rd, Bodega Bay. Daily, 10 to 5. 707.875.2744.

Through Apr 26, “Inaugural Group Exhibition,” celebrates Calabi Gallery’s reopening after relocating from Petaluma to Santa Rosa. 456 Tenth St, Santa Rosa. Tues-Sat, 11 to 5. 707.781.7070.

Through Apr 27, “Starry, Starry Night,” featuring Peanuts characters under the night sky. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. Mon-Fri, noon to 5; Sat-Sun, 10 to 5. 707.579.4452.


Sebastopol Gallery

Through Apr 13, “Emerging Artists of the Bay Area,” featuring five bright new talents. Novato Arts Center, Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Dr, Novato. Wed-Sun, 11 to 4, 415.506.0137.

Marin Society of Artists Gallery Through Apr 26, “Open Craft and Sculpture–Traditional to Cutting Edge,” presents a broad spectrum of three-dimensional media. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. Mon-Thurs, 11am to 4pm; Sat-Sun, noon to 4pm. 415.454.9561.

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts Through Apr 24, “Watercolor: Outside the Lines,” showcasing art that explores the edges of watercolors as a medium. 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. Tues-Sat, 10 to 2; also by appointment. 415.388.4331.

San Geronimo Valley Community Center Through Apr 30, “Mouse and Mot,” displays the works of two modern day legends. 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo. 415.488.8888.

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Through Apr 30, “Kenneth Pelletier Exhibit,” the artist’s oil paintings are on display for the month of April. 1015 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.433.1660.

Through Apr 30, “Engrams,” featuring the work of Claudia Marseille. 23 Sunnyside Ave, Mill Valley. Tues-Sat; 11 to 6. Fri-Sat, 11 to 7; Sun, 12 to 5. 415.384.8288.

Steele Lane Community Center

Through Apr 27, “Mixed Media Invitational,” exhibits by Tracy Bigelow Grisman, Gerald Huth, Joycenew Kelly and Judith Klausenstock. 209 Western Ave, Petaluma. 707.778.8277.

Through Apr 24, “Portrait Project” 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.

Graton Gallery

University Art Gallery

Through May 11, “Out of Our Minds,” featuring works by Susan Ball and Rik Olson, with guest artists Phil Wright, Mayr McLean and Rhen Benson displaying “Pierce Ranch Reflections.” 9048 Graton Rd,

Through Apr 13, “West Coast Ink” 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.

Studio 333 Wednesdays through Apr 9, “Paint and Wine Party,” where local artists host colorful workshops amidst music and wine. $49. 333 Caledonia St, Sausalito. Mon-Sat, 11-5. 415.331.8272.

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.

Comedy The Doug Ferrari Reunion Show Featuring Doug Ferrari, Mark Pitta and musical director Joshua Raoul Brody. Apr 11, 8pm. $18-$23. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, 415.383.9600.

Anthony Jeselnik The comic has never met a taboo he wasn’t willing to skewer. Apr 10, 7pm. $20-$35. Green Music Center, 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.

Kinsey Sicks Kinsey Sicks are four drag queens performing a cappella comedy. Apr 13, 7:30pm. $25$28. Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris St, Sebastopol, 707.823.1511.

Dance Roads Like Snakes New dance theater piece by Annie Kahane. Apr 11-12. $10$15. Main Stage West, 104 N Main St, Sebastopol.

Spring Dance Concert Over 60 SSU dancers performing new, cutting edge dance works. Apr 11-19. $5. SSU, Evert B Person Theatre, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.

Appalachian Cinderella Tthe classic tale with a twist, presented by the Sonoma Conservatory of Dance. Apr 12-13. 1pm.Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St E, Sonoma 707.996.9756.

Events Apple Blossom Festival

NAPA COUNTY di Rosa Apr 12, 11am, “Slow Art Day” helps discover the joy of art through deeper looking and group discussion. $5-$10.

Parade, exhibits, food and music, with Gator Nation Band and Frobeck on Saturday and Joe Louis Walker and Janiva Magness on Sunday. Apr 12-13. Ives Park, Willow Street and Jewell Avenue, Sebastopol.

Celtic Fiddle Festival The violin in all its globetrotting variations. Apr 11, 8pm. Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris St, Sebastopol, 707.823.1511.

Chakra Balancing & Energy Clearing Apr 15. Songbird Community Healing Center, 8297 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati, 707.795.2398.

CMedia Launch Party Spoken word, live music, burlesque and trapeze. Apr 11. $10-$15. Arlene Francis Center, 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa, 707.528.3009.

Collage Art Making Workshop Apr 11, 5pm. $40. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael, 415.451.8119.

Death Cafe Apr 16, 7pm. The Sunflower Center, 1435 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma, 707.792.5300.

Depth Psychology Work in the World A retreat to explore how to bring the deep self into work in the world. Pre-registration is required. Apr 12, 9am. Free. Cooperage, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, 707.664.2130.

Folk Art Rabbits Workshop Sharpen those spring crafting skills with this workshop. Apr 12, 1pm. $60-$75. Locals, 21023 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville, 707.857.4100.

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Film Bottega Gran Fondo Film Screening Three screenings in support the weekend-long event that promotes sustainable food and cycling. Apr 12, 4pm. $10-$15. Yountville Community Hall, 6516 Washington St, Yountville.

Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde The short 1912 silent film is followed by a brief talk about the history of the Robert Louis Stevenson story by Allison Fox and an open discussion with attendees. Apr 16, 7pm. Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, 1490 Library Lane, St. Helena, 707.963.3757.

Just a Sigh Modern French romance plays as part of the Sonoma Film Institute. Fri, Apr 11, 7pm and Sun, Apr 13, 4pm. Sonoma Film Institute, Warren Auditorium, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, 707.664.2606.

Living Along the Fenceline Documentary tells the story of seven women living alongside US military bases. With discussion by director Gwyn Kirk. Apr 10, 7pm. $7$10. Sonoma County Museum, 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa, 707.579.1500.

Moulin Rouge From the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Apr 12, 7pm. $10. Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main St, Napa, 707.255.5445.

Kate Levinson and Jaune Evans lead writing workshop inspired by a different author each month. Sat, Apr 12, 9am. Free. Pt Reyes Presbyterian Church, 11445 Shoreline Hwy, Pt Reyes Station, 415.663.1349.

Tiburon International Film Festival

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Family Farm Visit SRJC teaching farm hosts a spring farm visit with special activities for the whole family. Apr 12, 11am. Shone Farm, 7450 Steve Olson Lane, Forestville.

Sheep to Sheets: Sonoma County Wool Tour From the pastures to the mill, experience the local wool scene in Sonoma County. Preregistration is required. Apr 12, 11am. Sky Horse Ranch, 13950 Hwy 1, Valley Ford.

The “United Nations” of Film fest returns. For full info, visit Apr 10-18. Playhouse Theater, 40 Main Street, Tiburon, 415.381.4123. “The Maltese Falcon,” the classic 1941 noir starring Humphrey Bogart screens. Mon, Apr 14, 7pm. $8. Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St E, Sonoma, 707.996.9756.

Food & Drink Ebleskiver & Sailing Ships Scandinavian farmers breakfast, with a presentation on the sailing ship era by Norwegian author and


High Tea event presented by Copperfield’s Books. $48. 733 Fourth St, Santa Rosa.

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Apr 10, 7pm, “Frog Music” with Emma Donoghue. Apr 11, 7pm, “The Way to Go” with Kate Ascher. Apr 12, 7pm, “The BlueEyed Girl” with William Goodson. Apr 14, 7pm, “Steal the North” with Heather Brittain Bergstrom. Apr 15, 7pm, “War! What Is It Good For?” with Ian Morris. Apr 16, 7pm, “Here Comes the Night” with Joel Selvin. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera 415.927.0960.

Apr 11, 7pm, Copperfield’s Cooks with Michael Ruhlman. $40. 3682 Bel Aire Plaza, Napa 707.224.6300.

Guided tour of single malts paired with small plates, benefiting the Petaluma Museum Association. Apr 10, 6pm. $60. Petaluma Historical Museum & Library, 20 Fourth St, Petaluma, 707.778.4398.

Tax Weekend Pick up some wines while they pick up the sales tax. Apr 12-13. Dutton-Goldfield Winery, 3100 Gravenstein Hwy N, Sebastopol, 707.827.3600.

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.

Lectures California Indians You Should Know Part of the Tillie Harwick Lecture Series. Apr 12, 1:30pm. California Indian Museum & Cultural Center, 5250 Aero Dr, Santa Rosa, 707.579.3004.

Crossing Stony Ground Hope and renewal in hard times, with activist and teacher Starhawk. Apr 13, 12pm. $55$125. Sebastopol Community Center Annex, 350 Morris St, Sebastopol.

Cesar Millan The star of Nat Geo WILD’s “Leader of the Pack” shares his philosophies and methods, and presents live demos with his dogs. Apr 13, 8pm. $49-$69. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa, 707.546.3600.

Jenn Sterling “From Getting Fired to Writing Hot Best Sellers: One Novelist’s Incredible Journey.” Apr 13, 3pm. $5-$8. Flamingo Resort Hotel, 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa, 707.545.8530.

Brian Zisk Creator of the SF Music Tech and the Future of Money and Technology Summits speaks at Startup Grind. Apr 10, 6pm. $20-$25. San Rafael Corporate Center, 750 Lindaro St, San Rafael.

Santa Rosa Copperfield’s Books Apr 10, 6pm, “Gold Passage” with Iris Jahaml Dunkle. 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa 707.578.8938.

Sebastopol Copperfield’s Books Apr 9, 7pm, “Gulp” with Mary Roach. Apr 15, 4pm, “Also Known as Elvis” with James Howe. 138 N Main St, Sebastopol 707.823.2618.

Left Bank Restaurant Apr 13, 6:30pm, Cooks with Books, “Egg” with Michael Ruhlman. 507 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur 415.927.3331.

Napa Bookmine Apr 16, 7pm, “BASH” with Mike Bartos. 964 Pearl St, Napa.

Occidental Center for the Arts Apr 11, 7pm, “Hello Life” with Gail King. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental 707.874.9392.

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts Apr 13, “Golden State” with Michelle Richmond. 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley 415.388.4331.

Point Reyes Books Apr 10, 7pm, “A Philosophy of Emptiness” with Kay Watson. Second Monday of every month, 7pm, Knit Lit group. Third Tuesday of every month, 7pm, women’s book group. 11315 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station 415.663.1542.

Sebastopol Center for the Arts Apr 10, 7pm, “Your Favorite Poem” hosted by Larry Robinson & Warren Arnold. Second Sunday of every month, 4pm, Westword Salon. $1, 707.829.1549. 282 S High St, Sebastopol.

Tudor Rose Tea Apr 12, 6pm, “The Here and Now” with Ann Brashares,

Theater 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.

BABA by Denmo Ibrahim AlterTheater Ensemble presents a new comedy from celebrated physical performer Denmo Ibrahim. Freedom and family collide when an Egyptian immigrant’s search for the American dream leads his American-born daughter on a quest for home. Sat, 8pm, Sat-Sun, 3pm and Sat-Sun, 8pm. through Apr 27. $25. West End Studio Theatre, 1554 Fourth St, San Rafael, 415.454.2787.

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.

Fences A former Negro League home run king is now a garbage collector trying to come to terms with his disappointment. Apr 15-May 11. $37-$53. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, 415.388.5208.


The Importance of Being Earnest Directed by Michael Tabib, the play features a seasoned cast well-equipped to provide an evening of fun, frolic and joyous laughter. Fri-Sun through Apr 12. $15-$20. Russian River Hall, 20347 Hwy 116, Monte Rio, 707.849.4873.

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.

Nunsense! Raven Theater Windsor opens with the tap-dancing variety show. Through Apr 19. $10-$35. Raven Theater Windsor, 195 Windsor River Rd, Windsor.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame Baseball-related vignettes, performed by the Petaluma Readers Theatre. Apr 10-19. $10-$12. Clear Heart Gallery, 90 Jessie Lane, Petaluma, 707.322.0009.

The Vagina Monologues Benefiting local nonprofit, the Powerful Voices Project. Apr 12, 7:30pm. $15-$30. Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, 707.589.9252.

The BOHEMIAN’s calendar is produced as a service to the community. If you have an item for the calendar, send it to calendar@bohemian. com, or mail it to: NORTH BAY BOHEMIAN, 847 Fifth St, Santa Rosa CA 95404. Events costing more than $65 may be withheld. Deadline is two weeks prior to desired publication date.

You Sendin’ DeWolf? Slam poet celebrates CMedia Labs Saying Jamie DeWolf has a way with words isn’t quite right—it’s more like he has his way with words, bending, twisting, breaking and rearranging them to their most expressive positions before jamming them into the ears of audiences around the world. Now he’s coming to Santa Rosa. The great-grandson of L. Ron Hubbard is a crusader against Scientology, citing its “dangerous” belief system and “pyramid scheme”–like components as factors that, he says, destroys people’s lives—including his grandfather’s. He’s also a filmmaker, teacher and actor, not to mention producer of the East Bay variety show Tourettes Without Regrets and NPR’s Snap Judgment. DeWolf highlights an evening of celebration for CMedia Labs, formerly the Community Media Center of the North Bay (kudos on the name change) at the Arlene Francis Center. In addition to DeWolf, there’s music by Church Marching Band and a separate DJ lounge featuring Shifty Shey and Good Hip Hop Monthly, trapeze art by Quenby D. Trapeze, breakdancing by Reprezent Clothing, standup comedy by Lila Cugini, belly dancing by Krysta Cook, comedy and video by Eat the Fish Presents, hip-hop by Pure Powers and storytelling by Chris Chandler. Phew! The C Media Rebirth Party takes place at the Arlene Francis Center on Saturday, April 12, at 8 pm. 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. $12–$20. 707.528.3009.—Nicolas Grizzle

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For the week of April 9

ARIES (March 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;April 19) Freedom is the most important kind of joy you can seek right now. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also the most important subject to study and think about, as well as the most important skill to hone. I advise you to make sure that freedom is ďŹ&#x201A;owing through your brain and welling up in your heart and spiraling through your loins. Write synonyms for â&#x20AC;&#x153;freedomâ&#x20AC;? on your arm with a felt-tip pen: liberation, emancipation, independence, leeway, spaciousness, carte blanche, self-determination, dispensation. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one more tip: connect yourself with people who love and cultivate the same type of freedom you do. TAURUS (April 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;May 20)

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Love Your Messes Week, Taurus. In accordance with the astrological omens, you are authorized to love the hell out of the messes in your lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;from the small, awkward knots of confusion to the big, beautiful heaps of fertile chaos. This is not a time to feel embarrassed or apologize for your messes, not a time to shy away from them or ignore them. On the contrary, you should explore them, celebrate them and even take advantage of them. Whatever else they are, your messes are untapped sources of energy. Learn to love them for the mysterious lessons they keep teaching you. Love them for the courage and willpower they compel you to summon. Love them for the novelty they bring your way and the interesting stories they add to your personal legend.

GEMINI (May 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;June 20) â&#x20AC;&#x153;A snowballâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chance in hellâ&#x20AC;? is an American idiom thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s equivalent to saying â&#x20AC;&#x153;it probably wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happen.â&#x20AC;? After all, a snowball would instantly melt if exposed to the scorching ďŹ res that rage in the underworld. But what if thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an exception to this axiom? Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s call on another American idiom: â&#x20AC;&#x153;when hell freezes over.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another way to say â&#x20AC;&#x153;it probably wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happen.â&#x20AC;? But the truth is that now and then a cold front does indeed sweep through the infernal region, icing its ďŹ&#x201A;ames. When that happens, a snowballâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prospects of surviving there improve dramatically. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exactly what I predict will happen for you in the coming week. CANCER (June 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;July 22)

In 2007, J. K. Rowling ďŹ nished writing the seventh volume of her seven Harry Potter books, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The day it was published, it sold 11 million copies. But Rowling had actually written the ďŹ nal chapter of this last book way back in 1990, when she ďŹ rst conceived the story she was to spend the next 17 years working on. She knew the climax right from the beginning. I foresee a similar theme unfolding for you in the coming weeks, Cancerian. As you plot a project you will be developing for a long time to come, you will have a vision of what it will be when it becomes fully mature.

LEO (July 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;August 22) When you see your shadow, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s usually right next to you. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s there on the ground or ďŹ&#x201A;oor, a fuzzy black shape that follows you around closely. But today I saw my shadow waving back at me from afar. I was standing on top of a hill, and the sunâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rays created a dusky version of me in the meadow way down below. I think this is a useful metaphor for an opportunity thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s available to you. In the coming days, you will be able to view the shadowy, undeveloped parts of your personality as if from a distance. That means you will have more objectivity about them, and thus greater compassion. You can get a calm, clear sense of how they might be mucking with your happiness and how you could transform them. VIRGO (August 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;September 22) â&#x20AC;&#x153;You cannot use butterďŹ&#x201A;y language to communicate with caterpillars,â&#x20AC;? said psychologist Timothy Leary. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good advice for you to keep in mind in the near future. You might want to ďŹ nd a way to carry on constructive dialogues with people who have a hard time understanding you. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not necessarily that they are stupid or resistant to your charms. The problem is that they havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t experienced some of the critical transformations you have. They canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be expected to converse with you in your butterďŹ&#x201A;y language. Are you willing and able to speak caterpillar? LIBRA (September 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;October 22) Are you thinking of linking your fortunes to a new ally? Or deepening your collaboration with a familiar ally?

Have you fantasized about bonding intensely with a source that may be able to give you more of what you want and bring out more of the best in you? These prospects are worth contemplating, Libra. But I suggest you let your connection ripen a bit more before ďŹ nalizing the shift. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not necessarily saying thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a potential problem. I simply suspect that you need further exploration and additional information before you can make the smartest move possible.

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

Saturn has been in the sign of Scorpio since October 2012 and will be there until the end of 2014. (It will make another visit from June to September 2015.) What does that mean? I have a view of Saturn thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s different from many astrologers. They regard it as the planet of limitation, struggle and difďŹ culty. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I think: While Saturn may push you to be extra tough and work super hard, it also inspires you to cut away extraneous desires and home in on your deepest purpose. It motivates you to build strong structures that free you to express yourself with maximum efďŹ ciency and grace.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;December 21) When I took an intermediate painting class in college, our ďŹ rst assignment was to imitate an old master. My choice was the Flemish painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525â&#x20AC;&#x201C;1569). I worked on reproducing his painting The Fight Between Carnival and Lent as precisely as I could. It was tedious and liberating. I invoked Bruegelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spirit and prayed for his guidance. I sank my psyche deeply into his. By the end of the four-week process Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d learned a lot about painting. Given the current astrological omens, Sagittarius, I suggest you try something similar. Pick someone who excels at a way of working or a state of being that you would like to master yourself, and copy that person for a while. For best results, have fun with it. Play! CAPRICORN (December 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;January 19) Capricorn author J. R. R. Tolkien spent 14 years working on The Lord of the Rings. In using a typewriter to produce over 1,200 pages, he relied solely on his two index ďŹ ngers. He never learned the 10-ďŹ nger typing method. I suppose it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter in the end. Presumably, his impediment didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t affect the quality of his work, but only made it harder to accomplish and required him to spend a lot more time. Is there a ďŹ xable limitation on your own ability to achieve your dream, Capricorn? Is there some handicap you could, with effort, overcome? If so, now would be an excellent time to begin. AQUARIUS (January 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;February 18)

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The truthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s superb surprise,â&#x20AC;? wrote poet Emily Dickinson, may be â&#x20AC;&#x153;too bright for our inďŹ rm delight.â&#x20AC;? Sometimes weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to be careful about articulating whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really going on. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The truth must dazzle gradually,â&#x20AC;? she said. If it hits us too fast and hard, it may be difďŹ cult to digest. So did Emily suggest that we should lie and deceive? No. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tell all the truth,â&#x20AC;? she declared, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but tell it slant.â&#x20AC;? This is excellent advice for you in the coming days, Aquarius.

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

Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my report on your progress. You are not struggling to embody a delusional state of perfection as it is imagined by other people. Rather, you are becoming an ever-more soulful version of your idiosyncratic self, evolving slowly but surely. You are not dazedly trudging along a narrow track laid down by thousands of sheep. Instead, you are lively and creative as you bushwhack a path for yourself through the wilderness. To celebrate this ongoing success, Pisces, I suggest you get yourself a new power object that symbolizes your inventive devotion.

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