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’m certain there are nearly as many reasons why people volunteer to help others as there are individuals who volunteer. For me, it was learning to cope with my wife’s death. Like many of us, I had become a familiar witness to homeless people living on the streets. Like others, I often chose to ignore their plight or to assuage my conscience and feed my ego by handing them a few dollars and walking on. These people were anonymous and not like me, right? One day, my bereavement counselor handed me a poem written by Molly Fumia. It spoke about that point when one truly enters into sadness, there comes “a precious moment of understanding the absolute value of one human being” and that “you will remember what you have learned, and never allow a single life to be devalued again.” Reading this poem was an epiphany. I knew suddenly that the best way for me to address such devaluation of human life was to work with people who were homeless. A week later, I was volunteering at my first Friday morning breakfast for the homeless. The effects went far beyond providing a bowl of warm oatmeal and a cup of coffee to these folks. I left that morning feeling better than I had for many months. It was a feeling close to the “precious moment of understanding” that Molly Fumia wrote about. Since that day, I have come to know the people on both sides of the table at the homeless breakfasts. I have come to appreciate them as individuals. I have learned that homelessness is a problem as complex as human society, and that there is great wisdom in the old saying that “there but for the grace of God go I.” Thanks to Catholic Charities and the staff and clients whom I interact with every week, I am once again making my life meaningful and happy. John Brundage is a Santa Rosa resident and volunteer for Catholic Charities. 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 openmic@bohemian.com.

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and ask questions later, how are we to feel safe as parents when children are walking home? Everything is backwards these days.

What if everyone was allowed to admit mistakes, even law enforcement officials? What if honesty and humility were considered signs of strength? What if the asking for and giving of forgiveness were met with compassion? What if asking for and giving forgiveness were signs of strength? What if understanding was more important than blame? Might not the aftermath of Andy Lopez’s death have unfolded differently?

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A tough situation. Emotion aside, it’s clear that this is not a case of criminal behavior by the officer, but rather a severe failing of civilians, young and old, being taught how to correctly act when being approached and spoken to by a policeman. Incidents of this sort—miscommunication leading to tragedy—happen constantly, and I really believe a firm understanding of how to respond to an officer would save a lot of heartache.

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I grieve for the family of this young man. This must be a deeper cut to bear, like going through it all over again, I am sure. I am of an age where I remember when the police used to protect and serve. Now many officers see us as easy prey as they hide in cars that are barely recognizable as a police car, a car in the past that was easily recognizable and one you could turn to for help. When officers’ first impulse is to shoot

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Last Straw What a country we live in (“Welcome to Gun County,” Boho Blog July8): In open-carry states, a mostly white group of chubby, Second Amendment “gundamentalists” have taken to carrying actual assault weapons into retail and fast-food outlets with not much pushback from police, while in California, a 13-year-old Latino kid gets shot and killed by police while openly carrying a toy gun in a semi-rough Santa Rosa neighborhood. Meanwhile, there’s a school shooting practically every week— and thus the battle lines are drawn between arming everybody and, gee, how about some sane gun laws? No child is allowed to open-carry. No one in California can own a nonneutered semi-automatic rifle. Opencarry activists usually inform police of their actions beforehand. There is not a school shooting every week, but over 50 percent of gun-homicide victims are African-American. How about constructive policy rather than your anti-NRA “gun laws” that do nothing to help anyone? Talk about drinking the Kool-Aid. Strawman much? If you cared at all about ending gun violence, you would be talking about poverty, the war on drugs, black-onblack crime and the failure of anti-gun policy. But you’re not. You’re repeating talking points that don’t make sense. You’re demonizing your enemies and you’re tugging at the heartstrings of racism in the United States. Unbelievable.

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DEBR IEFER Cop Minders In the aftermath of Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch’s decision not to file charges against sheriff’s deputy Erick Gelhaus for the shooting of Andy Lopez, a task force set up last winter to examine police accountability vowed to push harder for reform, even as one member of the task force said she wasn’t surprised by Ravitch’s move to pass on charging Gelhaus. “Not a lot of people thought it was in the realm of possibility that he would be charged,” says Robert Edmonds, co-chair of the Community and Law Task Force, a citizens’ advisory group established by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors in December.

HOT BUTTON ISSUE The FBI’s closure of MyRedBook has made life tough for sex surrogates seeking referrals.

Sexual Healing Sex surrogates feel the slap of a federal sting BY TOM GOGOLA

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hen FBI agents raided and shut down the MyRedBook. com sex-for-sale website in San Francisco a few weeks ago, thousands of solicitation and masseuse ads quickly disappeared—but so too did numerous ads on the site offering “sex surrogacy” services for men with special needs.

For some men, seeking out sex surrogacy on sites such as MyRedBook is the only option known to them, says a sex surrogate who contacted the Bohemian after the crackdown. The surrogate says the federal sting, along with recent masseuse-parlor busts in Petaluma and an enhanced focus on arresting johns, has the North Bay sex-surrogacy community fearing for its survival. “A lot of guys have no social

skills, and this is the only way that they can get touched by a woman,” says the source who like many sex surrogates works outside state-sanctioned channels of sex therapy and requested anonymity. If prostitution is the world’s oldest profession, then sex surrogacy is perhaps the secondoldest—but one field has nothing to do with the other, says Vena Blanchard, a pioneer in the American sex-surrogacy ) 10

As a criminal matter for the district attorney, the Gelhaus decision turned on use-of-force issues. Yet Edmonds stresses that the task force isn’t out to rewrite the police training handbook, but to broadly account for 56 officer-related fatalities in Sonoma County over the past 15 years and take whatever steps necessary to limit civilian fatalities and build community trust. While some of the 56 victims were shot by officers, others deaths involved suicide and illness while in custody. The task force’s major focus, says Edmonds, is to translate community concerns over policing into “meaningful oversight where people feel like their concerns are addressed.” The task force has until December to come up with recommendations for enhancing police accountability and reviewing options for community policing. Speaking personally, Edmonds says he would like to see ) 10

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Surrogates ( 8 movement at the International Professional Surrogates Association (IPSA), a training and certification organization with offices in San Francisco. A key facet that distinguishes sex surrogacy from prostitution, in the legal sense, says Blanchard, is that “surrogates are not soliciting clients to come to them—they are working with therapists.” Men who use the services of sex surrogates include amputees and guys with other disabilities, 40year-old virgins (hey, it happens) or men who, for whatever reasons, simply cannot develop healthy, intimate relations with women. Married couples will engage in surrogate-partner therapy to help teach men a little more tenderness. The sex-surrogate source who contacted the Bohemian says the value in advertising on places like MyRedBook is that it draws men who may not find their way to sex therapy because they’re intimidated, can’t afford it or don’t know it’s out there. There are several dozen IPSA-certified sex surrogates in the country, and those come to clients via referrals from licensed sex therapists. “Some guys have no other outlet” than to find a sex surrogate, says our source, who adds, “I don’t see any free therapy going on out there.” The source’s concerns about legal exposure may be overblown, says a veteran Bay Area sex therapist. “As far as I know there has been no legal hassle of surrogate partners or their clients in the 30 or so years I’ve been practicing and writing,” says sex-advice therapist Isadora Alman, who writes the popular “Ask Isadora” advice column. The source’s MyRedBook ad, she says, emphasized gentle and healing touch, no fishnet stockings or other sexy lures—contrasted with the salacious sea of some 35,000 ads for escorts and happyending masseuses. “Sex therapists have a hard time forwarding to sex surrogates,” says the source, who has been a professional sex surrogates for decades, she says. “It’s a scary time to have to start scrambling for business.”

Blanchard says sex surrogates were “ill advised” to advertise on sex sites like MyRedBook. Legally speaking, “surrogatepartner therapy doesn’t exist in a gray area,” says Blanchard, thanks in no small measure to State Attorney General Kamala Harris, who, while an Alameda County prosecutor, affirmed the legality of regulated sex therapy, including the use of sex surrogates.

‘If it’s between consensual adults and referred by licensed therapists and doesn’t involve minors, then it’s not illegal.’ Harris told the San Jose Mercury News in 2010: “If it’s between consensual adults and referred by licensed therapists and doesn’t involve minors, then it’s not illegal.” Even then, says Blanchard, “only a teeny, tiny percentage would even be considered ‘sex’ under California law. Most of it is about relaxation, nonsexual touch; it’s about learning how to focus attention on your partner.” “I don’t have a problem with the sex-work industry,” Blanchard adds, “but it’s not at all the same thing as surrogacy.” Mixing the ads, she says, “can be confusing to the public, and possibly to law enforcement, if you start fuzzying the boundaries between them.” Clients in sex-surrogacy programs learn some basic stuff, like how to hug, and Blanchard describes the therapeutic process as a months-long “gentle progression” toward—maybe— actual sex with a surrogate. “You can’t resolve the difficulty if you can’t get close to the behavior,” she says.

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Sonoma County establish new rules to enhance accountability and transparency in police discipline proceedings. Task force member Amber Twitchell stressed her personal, good-faith view of law enforcement: “I do not believe that there is any intentional wrongdoing at any level of law enforcement in our county,” she writes in an email. “A system for oversight allows for law enforcement to focus on protecting our community and takes them out of the middle of investigations,” she says, adding that the same system “also allows an effective methodology to emerge that can take a hard look at the policies and systems around use of force and make any recommendations that can only make our community more safe.” Task force chairperson Caroline Banuelos also notes that the 20-plus member group, while not charged to focus on useof-force issues, “posed the question to [Sonoma] county counsel in terms of the standard of objective reasonableness being applied in criminal cases. . . . These cases are happening all over the country yet charges are rarely filed. We’re trying to understand—from a legal perspective—why.” As chair, Banuelos says her major role is to make sure that Latino and other concerned voices in Santa Rosa are heard as the task force moves toward recommendations by year’s end. “I want to encourage the public, especially now, to come to our meetings,” she says, “and make their feelings known to the task force about what they think our recommendations should be—and how they believe healing might come about.”—Tom Gogola


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Praise the Lard Fatted Calf makes bacon so good it’s a spiritual experience BY NICOLAS GRIZZLE

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here are tales of a place in Napa where the bacon is legendary and the prosciutto appears for only a few days before it vanishes. Meat seekers from across the land journey to this porcine palace in search of salted secrets of untold power. It is called the Fatted Calf, and the rumors of its power are undeniably true.

Fatted Calf manager Ryan Harris speaks like a sage of meat wisdom, wasting no words and cutting to the very core of why his meat is so delicious. “The most important part of what we do is the sourcing of the pigs,” he says. Their pork comes from Heritage Foods, a co-op of small farms offering heritage breeds from across the country. “Being that they are heritage breeds, they’re pasture-raised and humanely certified. That trumps the locality for us,” says Harris.

The milk-fed pigs have fat with a bright white color and a sweeter flavor than your garden-variety hot. “When you have something that good,” says Harris, “the best thing to do is stay out of the way.” That’s the mantra behind the Fatted Calf’s legendary bacon. “I grew up in Tennessee eating bacon, like, every single day, and I’ve never had bacon this good,” says Harris. “The quality of the pork we use—it’s just the best pigs you can get a hold of.” It doesn’t take a curated cured-

meat palate to know this is special bacon. The $12 per pound price tag is worth it. This bacon is pure. It has no gimmicks, no flavoring agents—it doesn’t even have a label on the package. So when I try it, I already have high expectations. What I thought I knew as bacon has been obliterated. Visually, it’s the perfect ratio of fat to meat, and the thick slices don’t shrink much after cooking, since it’s dry-cured. The smell is ridiculous and every bite explodes like a pig symphony playing Porkovsky’s 1812 Overture in my mouth. It’s so intense I have to stop talking and close my eyes. This is more than just eating—this is a spiritual experience. Many have traveled to unlock the secret of this experience. “Every two weeks we have a ‘stage,’” says Harris, referring to an unpaid intern of the culinary world. “We only take one at a time, and they have to commit to a minimum of two weeks.” As for their cured meats, all are delicious, but the rarest gem is prosciutto. “We make prosciutto; we just cant keep up without he demand,” says Harris. “We’ll have another one pulled in August. We’ll sell out of it in three days, and we won’t have another one for two years.” The company began as a weekly stall at the Berkeley farmers market 11 years ago, and though there are locations in San Francisco, Fatted Calf’s first brickand-mortar store opened in Napa over six years ago. “The popularity of the whole local movement has allowed people to step outside of the supermarket,” says Harris. “When you do that and you find a local butcher, you find things you really like and you tell your friends.” The Fatted Calf now offers a happy hour with drinks, snacks and a wholeanimal butchering demonstration the first Thursday of each month (the next one is Aug. 7) at the Fatted Calf. 644 C First St., Napa. 5:30–7pm. 707.256.2384.


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S O N OMA CO U N TY Epicurean Connection Cafe. $-$$. Extensive local and artisan cheese selection and other gourmet delights in convivial market. Cheese classes taught, too! 122 West Napa St, Sonoma. 707.935.7960.

Gary Chu’s Chinese. $$. Fine Chinese food in elegant setting. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Sun. 611 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.526.5840.

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

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.

Martha’s Old Mexico Mexican. $. Freshly prepared favorites, along with regional house specialties. Lunch and dinner, Wed-Mon; dinner only, Sat-Sun. 305 N Main St, Sebastopol. 707.823.4458.

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.

Pub Republic Pub fare. $-$$. Pub grub from Petaluma’s southernmost tip, featuring Brussels sprout tacos and a hearty selection of brews. Lunch and dinner

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The Red Grape Pizza. $-$$. Delectable New Havenstyle thin-crust pizzas with fresh ingredients and a dazzling array of toppings. Lunch and dinner daily. 529 First St W, Sonoma. 707.996.4103.

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

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Drake’s Beach Cafe Californian. $$-$$$. More dinner party than restaurant, and the food is fresh and amazing. A meal to remember. Lunch, Thurs-Mon. 1 Drake’s Beach Rd, Pt Reyes National Seashore. 415.669.1297.

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.

Iron Springs Pub & Brewery Brewpub. $$. Pub grub gets a pub-cuisine facelift. Lunch, Wed-Sun; dinner daily. 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax. 415.485.1005.

Mountain Home Inn

$-$$. Small plates with a large vegetarian selection and an Asian fusion-leaning menu. And they’re open until 2am! Dinner daily. 139 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.776.4631.

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.

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Thai. $-$$. Lovely ambiance and daily specials showcase authentic Thai flavors. A hidden gem in Santa Rosa’s Montecito neighborhood. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Fri; dinner, Sat. 170 Farmers Lane #8, Santa Rosa. 707.526.3888.

West Side Bar & Grill Sports Bar. $$. Home of the almost-famous bacon cheeseburger. Seventeen beers on tap (wine list available). Fourteen flat screen televisions to watch all of the hottest sports events. Two great pool tables. Lunch and dinner daily. 3082 Marlow Rd # B8, Santa Rosa. 707.573.9453.

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Small Shed Flatbreads Pizza. $$. Slow Food-informed Marin Organics devotee with a cozy, relaxed family atmosphere and no BS approach to great food served simply for a fair price. 17 Madrona St, Mill Valley. Open for lunch and dinner daily. 415.383.4200.

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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.

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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. And the hot, as the sign says, means “hot!” Lunch and dinner daily. 1207 Foothill Blvd, Calistoga. 707.942.5606.

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Fazerrati’s Pizza. $-$$. Great pie, cool brews, the game’s always on. Great place for post-Little League. Lunch and dinner daily. 1517 W Imola Ave, Napa. 707.255.1188.

SMALL BITES

Return of the Pie Man John Sabbatini says he’s done just about everything in his 20 years as a chef and caterer—from a stint at Harry’s Bar to a run as sous chef at the nowclosed Noonan’s in Larkspur. These days he’s working at An Affair to Remember, a big catering outfit in San Rafael—and, praise the Lord and pass the pepperoni, he’s again making pizza in Bolinas. His Pirate Pizza Tuesdays had been on hiatus, but Sabbatini recently returned to the kitchen at the Bolinas Community Center, to the delight of the people of Bolinas (including this writer). “I had a lot of people calling me, asking, ‘Where’s the pizza?’” says Sabbatini, a Marin County native who worked in a Novato pizzeria as a 14-year-old. “It’s good to serve the community,” he says. He serves the community with popular thin-crust pies such as the Island Heat, which features pineapples, pepperoni, garlic and jalapenos. He cranks out up to 40 pies a night and offers it by the slice too. Sabbatini started his business, Barbary Coast Bistro, several years ago with an emphasis on pizza and barbecue. Now he’s exploring a Kickstarter campaign to finance his Barbary Coast Bistro mobile cooking truck—or even a storefront pizza joint in Bolinas. His vision for the truck, he says, includes organic sandwiches and tacos using locally sourced ingredients, along with the pizza. “I’m not looking to go fancy or high-end,” says the 34-year-old. “I’ve done foie gras and filet mignon. Now I’m interested in clean, wholesome, unpretentious food made with good ingredients.”—Tom Gogola

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Gillwoods Cafe Diner. $-$$. Classic hometown diner, specializes in the homemade. Breakfast and lunch daily.

1313 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.1788.

Gott’s Roadside Tray Gourmet Diner. $-$$. Formerly Taylor’ Automatic Refresher. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 933 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.3486. Also at Oxbow Public Market, 644 First St, Napa. 707.224,6900.

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


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Wineries

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.

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Sunday–Thursday, 10am– 4:30pm; Friday–Saturday, 10am–5pm. 707.935.4515.

Annapolis Winery

vineyards were something of a new frontier when James MacPhail set out. Now partnered with Hess Collection, MacPhail makes Pinot to reminisce about with each sip. 851 Magnolia Drive, Healdsburg. By appointment only, Monday–Saturday (opening in the Barlow Center, late 2014). Tasting fee, $10. 707.433.4780.

Decades before the cool Sonoma Coast became hot property, the Scalabrini family quietly planted their vineyards high above the coastal fog. Small, family-run, and a popular wedding spot; the Gewürz sells out fast. 26055 Soda Springs Road, Annapolis. Open daily. 707.886.5460.

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. Foppiano Vineyards Over 100 years old, Foppiano produces wines that can be described as simple but delicious. 12707 Old Redwood Hwy., Healdsburg. Open daily, 10am–4:30pm. 707.433.7272.

Graton Ridge Cellars Formerly an apple shed beloved by regular customers who drove up to get juice and apples, this tasting room is clean and contemporary, with a bit of wine country art on the walls, and an apple dessert wine. The apples are not gone after all. 3561 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Sebastopol. Daily, 10am– 4:30pm. $10. 707.823.3040.

Imagery Estate Winery Results from a 20-year collaboration between winemaker Joe Benziger and artist Bob Nugent. The concept: Commission unique artwork from contemporary artists for each release of often uncommon varietal wines. The wine gets drunk. The art goes on the gallery wall. Not so complicated. Count on the reds and plan to take a stroll down the informative “varietal walk” on the grounds. 14335 Hwy. 12, Glen Ellen. Summer hours,

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Nicholson Ranch (WC) Best known for its Chardonnays and a winery tour from the depths of the caves to the height of the property’s grandmother oak. 4200 Napa Road, Sonoma. Open daily, 11am–6pm; tours by appointment. 707.938.8822. Pellegrini Family Vineyards Why not take Olivet, and find some of the area’s best Pinot Noir and old vine Zinfandel. Family-owned winery offers well-priced Pinot from its Olivet Lane vineyard in the barrel room; local St. George cheese yours for the munching. Tasting appointments can generally be arranged upon sticking one’s head through the cellar door. 4055 West Olivet Road, Santa Rosa. Open 10:30am–4:30pm by appointment. No fee. 707.545.8680.

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

N A PA CO U N TY Cain Think you know about what food to pair with Napa Valley “mountain grown”

Cabernet Sauvignon? How about sake-marinated poached cod in a light broth? Yeah, it is different up here. 3800 Langtry Road, St. Helena. Tour and tasting by appointment only, Monday– Friday, 10am and 11:30am; Saturday, 10am and noon. $35. 707.963.1616.

Flora Springs Winery & Vineyards Napa Valley’s latest geotectonic eruption on Highway 29 is a stylish place to explore famous Chardonnay, Meritage blend and winery-exclusive Italian varietals. Hip but not too cool, the 30-year-old family winery surely has a sense of humor as well as sense of place. 677 S. St. Helena Hwy., St. Helena. Open daily, 10am–5pm. Tasting fees, $15–$25. 707.967.8032.

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.

Quixote There is a sense of dignity to the colorful little castle that grows out of the landscape beneath the Stag’s Leap palisades, commensurate with the architect’s humanistic aspirations. 6126 Silverado Trail, Napa. By appointment. 707.944.2659.

Riesling Rising

Funny meeting a noble grape like you in a place like this BY JAMES KNIGHT

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he more I discover about Riesling—which is worldclass not only in “cool climates” like Alsace and the Rhineland, but also in places like Clare Valley, Australia, where it stands nearly shoulder to shoulder with Shiraz—the less I accept the conventional wisdom about why it’s lost favor in the North Coast. Here are some local surprises: Gustafson 2013 Heritage Tree Vineyard Dry Creek Valley Riesling ($20) A nice, fresh style, smelling of powder-coated Aplets & Cotlets, lightly frozen, with flavors of zippy pineapple and pear. Calder 2013 Napa Valley Riesling ($20) Sour lemon, melon rind with cashew nut, jasmine and Bartlett pear. From a dry-farmed, 50-year-old, half-acre block of Riesling vines in the middle of Cab-isking Rutherford. Refreshing, but I’d like to see one or two more Brix. Trefethen 2013 Oak Knoll District Dry Riesling ($25) Elegant balance of melon-rind bitterness and pear and lime fruit, plus a subtle hint of mineral oil (Riesling may display an aroma similar to diesel fuel—yet strangely attractive—especially after aging). Hailey Trefethen says that this family favorite gets the full treatment: two picks and special yeasts. I’ll bet two years will add to its appeal. Runner-up of the tasting. Imagery Estate 2013 Pine Mountain-Cloverdale Peak Riesling ($24) A light apple rain from the clouds; fitting for this new mountain vineyard, where Malbec is also grown. Faint pear, faint honeysuckle and searing green grape acidity. Chateau St. Jean 2013 Alexander Valley Riesling ($15) Pear candy, flowering vines, lime rind with a bite of white peach. Disciplined palate, fruity and crisp. winemaker Margo Van Staaveren confirms my suspicion that this bottling’s residual sugar has been reduced in recent years. Dutton-Goldfield 2013 Chileno Valley Vineyard Marin County Riesling ($30) The orchard is ripe, but what kind of fruit? Maybe fruit cocktail, the kind in cans, especially that peeled white grape. Both weighty and zingy, with apricot and bitter melon. Weingut Edelweiss 2010 Fence Row Block Napa Carneros Riesling ($17.10) Holy Alsace. This voluptuous, haughty honey is the real deal, displaying a toastiness, mineral oil and lemon marmalade quality that’s miles away from the others. Perhaps it’s unfair to include this with the 2013s, and I couldn’t really taste it blind, as its hue is markedly deeper than the others. Nevertheless, I did not know what to expect from this ingenuously named small project from two industry denizens who wear their hearts on the bottle’s back label. (There’s a tally of how many relationship crises went into the bottle). But they hit it out of the park here. I can recommend all of the above wines, but this one stokes my hope for North Coast Riesling.


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o matter the context—boom, internet or videogame hedgehog—when the word “sonic” comes up, people think of speed.

As for Sonic.net, the Santa Rosa–based internet provider, its growth hasn’t been as fast as others, but it’s picking up steam 20 years after its founding. Sonic is the first company to offer

residential gigabit fiber internet service in California and is expanding into areas outside the North Bay. It survived the dotcom bust of 2001 and has made a name for itself as a champion of internet privacy. Not bad for a company founded by a guy who didn’t finish high school.

Started with a Crime It’s hard to find an internet company that’s been around

as long as Sonic. Dane Jasper and Scott Doty started Sonoma Interconnect, which was later shortened to Sonic, as Santa Rosa Junior College student employees in 1994. The company celebrates its 20th birthday this month. For perspective, how about a timeline: earlier in 1994 Yahoo! had just launched; AOL would come online the following year; Google was four years away from existence; the iMac (1998) wasn’t even a gleam in Steve Jobs’ eye; Napster and the debate of

internet piracy was still five years away; Facebook friends had to wait 10 years before they could be approved; and the ubiquitous video site Youtube was still 11 years prenatal. Sonic found a market before there was a market, banking on the global shift that the internet would bring and getting in on the ground floor on their own terms. Jasper was 21 when he cofounded Sonic. He and Doty were in the SRJC’s ) 18 burgeoning computer

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18 Sonic ( 17 department, “doing things like hooking up a computer lab to the campus network, loading drivers on staff machines so they could connect,” says Jasper. Santa Rosa was also the first community college in the state to offer internet access to students. But even then, internet trolls and identity thieves popped up now and again. “One of the customers was acting rudely” in a chat room, says Jasper, and was cursing at people through text on the screen. “Back then, I guess that was grounds for calling the school hosting the student,” he says with a smile, “back when the internet was a friendlier place.” This particular customer didn’t seem the type who would act in this manner. It was discovered he was really a male high school student. “Through that we learned that accounts had been sold on the black market, so to speak— sort of a primitive identity theft.” says Jasper. “That was really what made me realize there was a commercial interest in internet access.”

High School Dropout At age 16, Jasper was done with high school. “You could take a test for a certificate of high school proficiency,” Jasper says, “so I didn’t graduate. Then I went and worked.” He took retail jobs not unfamiliar to teenagers, at places like RadioShack, Domino’s and Software Etc., all the while maintaining his interest in computers and bulletin board systems (BBS), a kind of primitive internet network popular in the early ’90s. “When I was a kid, I had run bulletin board systems. Then when I was 17, I got a job working for a guy who had an eight-line BBS,” says Jasper. When he was 18, Jasper got a job helping students in SRJC’s computer lab before moving on to installation, mainframe and networking projects. “I’ve known Dane since the ’90s,” says Dale Dougherty,

John Oliver on his HBO show Verizon, and it’s only available in a Sebastopol resident who Last Week Tonight. 110 cities in California. “It’s good started the nationwide Maker The reaction was set off movement and founded MAKE for Sonic if duopoly providers by the FCC’s announcement magazine and Maker Faire. behave badly,” says Jasper, that it would allow internet “Dane is representative of a small who speaks methodically with service providers to create a independent ISP who’s done pauses just short enough to avoid “fast lane” and a “slow lane” for really well by providing service awkwardness. internet traffic—in other words, and the kinds of support that The majority of Americans to intentionally slow down people need,” he says. “I’m always only have two or fewer choices connection speeds in order to rooting for people like Dane to for broadband internet, and the charge customers and content succeed.” federal government doesn’t providers, like Netflix, more Jasper’s honesty and candor foresee that changing much. money for the same service. “The when speaking about issues The government’s National worry is that service providers get that many other companies dare Broadband Plan website so big that they can dictate the not wade into is admirable. He explains that it sees Sonic as the doesn’t try to hide his exception to the trend: business practices or “Building broadband opinions on issues in networks—especially the industry. And he wireline—requires actually cares about large fixed and his customers beyond sunk investments. just the bottom line. 1994 Sonic.net offers residential internet service Consequently, Jasper was the industry will 1994 Yahoo founded an outspoken probably always critic of the Stop 1995 AOL launches, bringing dialup to the masses have a relatively Online Piracy Act small number of 1998 iMac released, launching Apple’s newest generation (SOPA) two years facilities-based ago, in which the competitors, at least 1998 Google begins, and soon becomes a verb for “internet search” overreaching movie for wireline service.” and music industries 1999 Napster brings internet piracy to dorm rooms But Sonic signs up tried to pass many new customers 2005 Youtube starts delivering daily doses of cat videos legislation allowing who are just fed up for government 2008 Cloud computing era begins with Dropbox and others with the big three’s takedowns of shenanigans. “We’re practically any site an example of how they chose, in order there can be more to curtail piracy. The choices. You wouldn’t terms at which content reaches legislation didn’t pass, thanks to have a neutrality problem if those customers,” says Jasper wide public outcry and opposition you had a hundred Sonics,” in a 2011 TWiT.tv interview with from companies like Sonic, says Jasper. “Availability of Triangulation host Leo Laporte. Google, Microsoft and others. competitive access would solve That could force customers to pay It was apparent that legislators the neutrality problem.” extra on both ends of the internet pushing for SOPA didn’t have pipe. “Isn’t that frustrating?” enough technological knowledge This illustrates the problem to suggest such regulation, In 2011, Sonic fought a sealed with the FCC’s plan: any ISP can Jasper said in a 2012 interview court order to hand over records of choose to slow down or block on TechCrunch with Andrew one of its customers to the federal content from any website it Keen. “I think the answer is to government. Jacob Applebaum, chooses, but can alleviate that make content available fairly and a Sebastopol resident and Sonic congestion if a fee is paid. It’s the broadly.” customer, was involved in the same tactic the mafia uses: “That’s Regarding the current issue Wikileaks case. The fight, which a pretty nice front window you’ve of net neutrality, Jasper himself Sonic lost, made national news after got on your store, there, it would has stayed fairly neutral. “It’s Twitter successfully petitioned to be a shame if, I dunno, someone interesting to see the FCC’s have a similar seal lifted. were to throw a brick through attempt to take on the issues “The orders to us in that case it. We can make sure that never surrounding network neutrality, were, and are, under seal,” says happens if you pay us a protection and they have been a bit clumsy Jasper, “so I’m not permitted to fee.” about it,” he says. “The public comment on that case.” This wouldn’t be a problem has reacted in an unprecedented But even without comment, if there were more than three way to them.” That has, so far, the statement made by Sonic’s nationwide options for internet included hundreds of thousands service. Sonic is one of the action was loud and direct: we of letters, phone calls and emails largest independents outside of care enough about our customers’ to the FCC and a hilarious Comcast/Time Warner, AT&T and skewering by comedic news host privacy to fight federal requests

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in court. For a small company, that kind of statement makes waves, and for the past three years the Electronic Frontier Foundation has honored Sonic with a perfect score, the only ISP to receive such an honor. “We will review every law enforcement order we receive, and we will fight those where it is warranted to do so,” says Jasper. “We have demonstrated a willingness to do that. We are not a refuge for criminals or pirates. My goal is to protect the rights and privacy of my law-abiding customers.” He points to Sonic’s size as a reason why this is possible. “When you’re a large internet access provider and you get 50 orders every day, you just have to minimize your cost of responding to those orders, whereas maybe we get one a week and we have the luxury of having a few moments to take the time and energy to look at each of these things critically.” But as Sonic grows—it’s doubled in size in the past three years, an expansion to more than 200 employees—is that same commitment to privacy scalable? Jasper points to privacy commitments from large companies like Twitter, which

also received a perfect rating from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Google, which has publicly fought government requests for data on its users.

Speed of Growth In his 2012 TechCrunch interview, Jasper is quite candid about his business costs. “Internet transit is effectively too cheap to meter,” with most money going to “the interaction between us and customers,” he says, adding that Sonic spends almost 20 times more on customer care than actual bandwidth. “We make internet access; we make it out of ether. It’s not a natural resource.” And right now, Sonic is focusing on making that internet access a whole lot faster. Here’s a quick history of internet speeds: In 1995, the movie Hackers features a scene where the characters geek out over a 33.6 kilobits per second (kbps) modem in a laptop. In 1998, DSL was introduced over phone lines, with a whopping 1.5 megabits per second (mbps), 45 times faster than that impressive Hackers modem. Sonic and others currently offer speeds up to 20 mbps, 13 times

faster than original DSL, for less than what dialup used to cost. Fiber internet, which is what Sonic has installed in Sebastopol and Brentwood in eastern Contra Costa County, is 1 gigabit per second—50 times faster than the current standard, and 29,250 times faster than the impressive 36.6 kbps from one year after Sonic was founded. Maybe that’s why Jasper has a bronze cast of a cheetah, the fastest land animal, in full stride as one of the few decorations in his office. That, and it looks really cool. Google chose Sonic as the contractor to install the first

Connection Speeds 1995 33.6 kbps is blazing fast 1998 1.5 mbps DSL introduced—goodbye dialup! 2001 Telecom industry crashes because of slow adoption of DSL 2005 Cable internet offering speeds of 20 mbps gains popularity 2010 Google and Sonic install first residential 1 gbps fiber in U.S. 2014 Sonic and Google continue fiber installations in high-density areas

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SPEED IT UP Sonic’s fiber-piped internet is 50 times faster than the current standard. Right now, it’s only available in

residential gigabit fiber service in California for its 2010 pilot program at Stanford University. Fiber is capable of much higher speeds than copper lines. Jasper couldn’t comment much on the project, citing Google’s privacy policies, but called it a “great opportunity.” Last year, Sonic installed gigabit fiber in downtown Sebastopol, where 42 percent of the city’s internet subscribers are Sonic customers, and is expanding this year to the outer reaches of the city. Now it’s onward to Brentwood where Sonic has been digging up the streets and hanging cables in the air for a new fiber infrastructure to be activated later this year. Then it’s on to other cities, possibly Santa Cruz, Berkeley or Ukiah, where Sonic also has a high subscriber rate. Parts of Santa Rosa could be next too, says Jasper. In February, Google identified San Jose as one of nine cities as potential sites for installation of its Google Fiber network. When this news was shared on Sonic’s web forum, Jasper, who comments with some regularity, responded to the idea that it is a “mixed blessing,” since Sonic is currently installing fiber in Brentwood and is looking to explore other cities in California. “The fibering of America is a decade-scale process, and there are plenty of communities to go around,” he writes. “They’ll build one, we’ll build another, etc. It’s a big task, and it makes sense that it will take multiple companies to achieve it.”


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COWBOY MAN Lyle Lovett & His Large Band play July 20 at the Green Music Center. See Concerts, p26.


ENLIGHTENED ART Tashi Dhargyal’s thangka will hang in a Tibetan monastery when complete.

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Tibetan artist takes on five-year task of creating a two-story scroll painting in Sebastopol BY NICOLAS GRIZZLE

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ashi Dhargyal has big dreams—like, 300-square-footcanvas dreams. And he’s making one a reality in his Sebastopol art studio.

At the Tibetan Gallery and Studio in Sebastopol’s Barlow retail district, Tibetan-born Dhargyal takes a rare break from painting to watch a World Cup match. Tibet doesn’t have a team in the tournament, but the nation is

working on one, he says; it’s a long process—much like the 20-foottall traditional Tibetan thangka painting he’s been working on for the past year in the studio, and which will take another four years to complete. “People pay attention to big things,” he says. One of the reasons the thangka master is painting on a large canvas, known as a thanbochi, is to raise awareness of the ancient art form. Dhargyal is the first Tibetan artist to paint a thanbochi outside

of Tibet. “I want people to see this art and learn about it,” he says. A thangka is a Buddhist scroll painting usually featuring a Tibetan Buddhist deity or a mandala. There are six stages to creating a thangka. First, an artist creates the grid, which is based on the height of the central figure’s eye. All other parts of the painting are based on increments of this measurement. It took Dhargyal two months to draw his thanbochi with this grid. Second is shading the sky and

grass with mineral-based paint. The kind Dhargyal uses is hand-ground in India. Then comes the painting of solid colors, which is the stage Dhargyal’s massive masterpiece is in now. Next he will shade in all parts, giving the painting a threedimensional look. After that is outlining the figures. The final steps are what pushes thangka paintings over the top and distinguishes them from cheap imitations. Solder-like gold is melted with animal glue over steam from tea, then painted on as embellishment. Finally, tiny details are etched into the painting with an agate stone. A striking facet of thangka paintings is their standard appearance. There are set measurements laid out in books detailing the art form, and the idea of artists signing their names to their work is relatively new. “This is a totally unique composition, but it is completely correct,” Dhargyal says about his thanbochi. When the thanbochi is completed, it will tour museums before heading to its permanent home in a Tibetan monastery. But in the mean time, it will remain on display in Sebastopol while being being completed. The Sebastopol transplant learned his craft at the Institute of Tibetan Thangka Art in India, which was founded on a request from the Dalai Lama and which has since been turned into a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the art form. The gallery sells pieces from artists at the school, and does not take a commission on the sales. A lecture by Nicholas Egan on the Buddha’s life story illustrated by a 300-year-old thangka from the Dalai Lama’s personal collection takes place at the gallery on Wednesday, July 23. 6770 McKinley St. #130, Sebastopol. 7pm. $20. 707.509.3777.

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amazing what these performers can pull off using a bare stage, very few props (some stools and chairs, notebooks, a bowler hat or two), and no fancy stage effects—though incorporating real horses into a performance of “Fugue for Tinhorns,” from Guys and Dolls, came pretty close to being a special effect. After three full seasons, artistic director Amy Miller demonstrates that she still has plenty of tricks up her sleeve. Though each show follows the same basic road map— 25 or so tunes from Broadway shows performed in different configurations by a company of about 15—the choice of songs and the clever way Miller arranges, interprets and choreographs the numbers just keeps getting better. Of course, repeat audiences are beginning to notice certain “traditions” beginning to evolve, from Miller’s opening recitation of Jack London’s famous “meteor” quote, to the inclusion of one or two non-Broadway songs (things like “Bye Bye Blackbird” and “How Can I Keep from Singing?”) presented in surprising ways—and at least one clever, comedic cameo by co-executive director Brad Surosky. There is also a sense of consistency to the way the everchanging (many of whom takes breaks from Broadway and L.A. careers to perform at Jack London) always includes a few regulars. Stephan Stubbins (the other coexecutive director), with his solidly dramatic performances that swing from hilarious to heartbreaking, is a consistent local favorite, along with the amazing singersongwriter Carrie Manolakis, the superb Lexy Fridell and the always-surprising Leah Sprecher. Though specific shows change titles and tunes throughout the season, one thing can be counted on every time: Broadway Under the Stars is among the North Bay’s best, most entertaining onstage theatrical experiences—inside or outside an actual theater. Rating (out of 5): +++++ ‘Broadway Under the Stars’ runs throughout the summer at Jack London State Park. 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. transcendencetheatre.org.


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GET OFF MY LAWN Michael Douglas plays Oren Smith, a rich jerk in Rob Reiner’s herky-jerky ‘And So It Goes.’

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Director Rob Reiner falters in ‘And So It Goes’ BY RICHARD VON BUSACK

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eeing Michael Douglas, looking healthy enough as high-end real estate agent Oren Smith, is the beauty part of And So It Goes—he seems to have made it through the cancer scare. Yet this film doesn’t do a cast of elders many favors—far less an elderly audience. Michael Andrus’ blatant script, and the startlingly insensitive shifts of mood by director Rob Reiner, keep us detached from Smith’s semi-problems.

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We first see Smith in a blue seersucker suit, driving a white Mercedes convertible in the sailboat-ridden coastal outlands of Connecticut. Like the aging Clint Eastwood, Smith’s first thought is of the sanctity of his lawn: he shoots a rottweiler who is about to foul it right in the butt with a paint gun. But times are changing. Smith is a widower with a tombstone to talk to. Pesky ethnics want to buy his mansion, and his screw-up son is going to jail and leaving behind a granddaughter (Sterling Jerins): “She’s probably Guatemalan,” Smith worries. Taking up residence in an apartment building he owns, Smith gets tangled up with Leah (Diane Keaton), an emotional wreck of a nightclub singer. It’s hard for those of us who’ve been with Keaton since the beginning to evaluate the film fairly. We’ve seen her go from young and ditzy to old and dotty. What does she see in Smith, the opinionated chauvinist, besides his proximity? The gears grind, especially when Reiner tries to leave the gauze behind to treat the plight of Smith’s son. We have, in progression, the rottweiler humping an oversized stuffed animal, a junkie mother wailing for her child, and then a cut to a carnival ride in mid-whirl. And So It Goes is the same rom-com Reiner has been making since When Harry Met Sally. And it still rubs the wrong way. Reiner is not a comedic director recalling a classic style; he’s an insistent matchmaker shoving two characters together.

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This year’s free event boasts no less than a hundred musical acts appearing on 50 stages in the neighborhoods surrounding downtown Napa. This year’s lineup is more eclectic than ever, and in addition to the staple of well-loved local jam bands and acoustic acts on hand will be funk, rock and pop bands from around the North Bay. Maps and schedules are available online at napaporchfest. org, but here are some ideas to get you started: Napa singer-songwriter Kristen Van Dyke performs her folk pop in front of City Winery at 1030 Main St. with surf rock band the Deadlies. Hometown indie rockers the Radio Effect will be playing their melodic, driving and emotive music in front of the Napa Landmarks building at 1219 First St. Hip-hop bassist and lyricist Elwin G. Williams III, aka Darealworldsound, lays down a funky, dynamic groove on the Santos porch on Juarez Street. There is also the swamp blues of Graveyard Boots, the postfolk of Trebuchet, the old-time Appalachian sounds of the Pickle Creek String Band, even the ethereal electro-pop of Napa’s own Magnanimous, all on deck for an afternoon of endless options. The large, picturesque houses that host the music are within walking distance, and bikes are more than welcomed. The city of Napa is co-sponsoring the event this year, assisting in the logistics of street closures and ensuring a safe environment to stroll from house to house. Food trucks, a popular addition last year, will again be on hand at the library, as well as an open stage for impromptu performances. This year the Porchfest folks are interested in spreading the love. Clark and the other founders envision a scenario where other North Bay towns adopt their own porchfest events, and they’re offering help to get them organized. Until then, Napa remains an ideal setting for the communal spirit of this year’s popular event. Napa Porchfest happens on Sunday, July 27, throughout Napa. 1–6pm. Free. Maps and more info at napaporchfest.org.


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Music Concerts SONOMA COUNTY A Grand Night An evening of piano solos from classical to ragtime. Jul 23, 7pm. $12. Andrews Hall, Sonoma Community Center, 276 E Napa St, Sonoma.

Lyle Lovett & His Large Band The stellar storyteller and his talented ensemble perform. Jul 20, 7:30pm. $25-$45. Green Music Center, 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.

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The Fixx performs a “Total Request Live Show” where the fans will get to vote in advance on the set list. Jul 19, 9pm. $34$37. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

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Clubs & Concerts SONOMA COUNTY

Frequency. 16 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.766.8162.

Cloverdale Plaza Jul 18, Mingo Fishtrap. Cloverdale boulevard between First and Second street, Cloverdale.

Cornerstone Sonoma Jul 18, Clay Bell. 23570 Arnold Dr, Sonoma. 707.933.3010.

D’Argenzio Winery Jul 17, Under the Radar. 1301 Cleveland Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.280.4658.

Downtown Guerneville Plaza Jul 17, “Rockin’ the River” with the Poyntlyss Sistars. 16201 First St, Guerneville.

London Ranch Rd, Glen Ellen. 707.938.5216.

Lagunitas Tap Room Jul 16, Royal Dueces. Jul 17, Lee Howard’s Musical Universe. Jul 18, Kathleen Grace and Fleeting Heart. Jul 19, the Sorentinos. Jul 20, Ain’t Misbehavin’. Jul 23, Stony Point. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

Little Vineyards Family Winery Jul 17, 5pm, “Blended Bands” with Hillary Wicht and Clifford Goldmacher. 15188 Sonoma Hwy, Glen Ellen. 707.996.2750.

Live Musicians Co-Op Jul 18, Ska/Reggae Jamz. Jul 19, Suffokate. 925 Piner Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.527.8845.

Long Meadow Ranch Winery Jul 20, Holly Williams. 738 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.4555.

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Jul 18, Keady Phelan. 122 West Napa St, Sonoma. 707.935.7960.

Jul 23, the Hots. 500 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.3663.

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Jul 17, Vernelle Anders. Jul 18, Susan Sutton Jazz Trio. Jul 20, Kit Mariah’s Open Mic Night. Jul 22, Willie Perez. Jul 23, Greg Hester. Mon, Gypsy Cafe. 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.

Jul 18, Mustache Harbor. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

French Garden Jul 18, Haute Flash Quartet. Jul 19, New Skye Band. 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.2030.

Gaia’s Garden Jul 16, Celtic Session. 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491.

Guerneville Library Jul 19, SwingStreet. 14107 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville. 707.869.9004.

Hopmonk Sebastopol Jul 17, Afrolicious. Jul 18, Free Peoples and D’giin. Jul 19, La Mandanga. Jul 20, Marleys Ghost. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Hopmonk Sonoma Jul 18, the Hellhounds. Jul 19, Dan Martin. Jul 20, Craig Corona. Wed, Open Mic. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.

Hotel Healdsburg Jul 19, Noam Lemish Trio with Peter Barshay and Alex Aspinal. 25 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.431.2800.

Ives Park Jul 16, Uncle Wiggly and Solid Air. Jul 23, Lost Dog Found. Willow Street and Jewell Avenue, Sebastopol.

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Jul 19, Ian Franklin and Infinite

Jul 17, Acoustic Soul. 2400

Mc T’s Bullpen Jul 18, DJ Samemo. Jul 19, Wiley’s Coyotes. 16246 First St, Guerneville. 707.869.3377.

Murphy’s Irish Pub Jul 18, the Cork Pullers. Jul 22, Kyle Martin Band. 464 First St E, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.

Occidental Center for the Arts Jul 18, Kacey Jones. Jul 19, Bastille Day with Un Deux Trois and La Guinguette. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.542.7143.

Petaluma Library Jul 16, 11am, Thiessen Brothers. 100 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma. 707.763.9801.

Phoenix Theater Jul 19, Suffokate. 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

Quincy’s Jul 18, Z & the Benders. 6590 Commerce Blvd, Rohnert Park. 707.585.1079.

Redwood Cafe Jul 16, Prairie Sun. Jul 18, MidEast Tapestry. Jul 19, Second Line. Jul 20, Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic. Jul 20, 4pm, Gold Coast Jazz Band. Jul 21, Neil Buckley Octet. Jul 23, Mexican Connection with Jose


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North Bay Blues Jam. 1100 Valley House Dr, Rohnert Park. 707.665.0260. Jul 19, 11am, Brave New Music youth ensemble. 25 North St, Healdsburg. 707.431.7433.

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Sonoma-Cutrer Jul 19, the John Santos Sextet. 4401 Slusser Rd, Windsor. 707.237.3489.

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park Alejandro Salazar, Fish Tank

Jul 18, Blacktrax. 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood. 707.833.5712.

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Catalonia, Calif. Spanish folklore on display at the Catalan Festival Located on the Mediterranean coast, Barcelona is the largest city in the Catalonia region of Spain, and it’s filled with world-renowned cultural and musical delights. In that spirit, the Catalan Festival returns this summer for the 22nd year July 19–20 at the Gloria Ferrer Winery in Sonoma. Bringing the flavors and sounds of the beloved Barcelonian boulevard La Rambla, this year’s event offers small plates of creative cuisine and paella, a dish native to eastern Spain. There will also be wine, cocktail demonstrations, live music and Spanish dancing. There’s even a grapestomping competition where teams get to smash and scoop for prizes. The afternoon is especially exciting for the music on tap. Santa Rosa’s Sol Flamenco will perform a traditional Sardana dance, popular in the Catalonia region. San Francisco’s Makrú will play its blend of flamenco, reggae and Cuban music with energetic euphoria, while Geoff Hawkins and Mark Taylor will play Spanish guitar. The Catalan Festival takes place Saturday–Sunday, July 19–20, at the Gloria Ferrer Winery, 23555 Carneros Hwy. (Highway 12), Sonoma. Noon–4pm. $75–$120. 707.996.7256.—Charlie Swanson

Arnulfo. Thurs, Open Mic. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.

Rio Nido Roadhouse Jul 19, the Andy T-Nick Nixon Blues Band. 14540 Canyon 2 Rd, Rio Nido. 707.869.0821.

Ruth McGowan’s Brewpub Jul 19, Greenhouse. Jul 18, live music. Sun, Evening Jazz with Gary Johnson. 131 E First St, Cloverdale. 707.894.9610.

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Tradewinds Jul 16, Ralph Woodson Unplugged. Jul 18, Funktopus. Jul 19, Feral Moon. Mon, Blues Defenders Pro Jam. Tues, Jeremy’s Open Mic. Thurs, DJ Dave. 8210 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7878.

Twin Oaks Tavern Jul 16, Biscuits and Gravy. Jul 17, 5pm, Tommy Rox. Jul 18, Doug Bluhmer and Bohemian Highway. Jul 19, the Rhythm Rangers. Jul 19, 5pm, Sonoma Driftwood. Jul 20, Blues and BBQ with the Blues Defenders. Jul 22, open mic night. Jul 23, Biscuits and Gravy. 5745 Old Redwood Hwy, Penngrove. 707.795.5118.

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Christie Marks Fine Art Gallery 322 Healdsburg Ave., 2nd Floor., Healdsburg, CA 95448 Hours: Thursday – Monday, 1 – 5:30 PM www.christiemarksfineart.com

Vino di Amore Jul 18, Deborah Crooks. 105 N Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale. 707.894.6166.

Whiskey Tip Jul 18, Dysphunctional Species. Jul 19, Big Blu Soul Revue. 1910 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa.

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Jul 17, Karmen Kimble and Alex Lasner. Jul 18, PSDSP. Jul 19, TV Mike & the Scarecrows. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311.

Jul 17, the Sorry Lot. Jul 18, Kerouak. Jul 19, Marshall Law. 902 Main St, Napa. 707.258.2337.

Studio 55 Marin Jul 18, the Faultliners. 1455 E Francisco Blvd, San Rafael. 415.453.3161.

Jul 16, Trio SoleĂĄ. Jul 17, Dan Daniels Trio. Jul 23, Saddlecats Trio. 4048 Sonoma Hwy, Napa. 888.400.9000.

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Jul 20, Jeff Miller & the Wisemen. 1245 Spring St, St Helena. 707.967.8779.

Town Center Corte Madera Jul 20, Black Olive. 100 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera. 415.924.2961.

NAPA COUNTY Beringer Vineyards Jul 20, Jim Senecal. Jul 19, Steel Jam. 2000 Main St., St Helena, 866.708.9463.

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Uva Trattoria Jul 16, Bob Castell Blanch. Jul 17, Tommy Hill & the Rumba Tribe. Jul 18, Nicky DePaola. Jul 19, Juke Joint. Jul 20, Bob Castell Blanch. Jul 23, Tom Duarte. 1040 Clinton St, Napa. 707.255.6646.

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Rancho Nicasio Jul 18, Gary Vogensen. Jul 20, Jerry Hannan Band and San Geronimo. Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

San Geronimo Golf Course Jul 18, the Peter Lind Band. 5800 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo. 415.488.4030.

Sausalito Seahorse Jul 17, Los Flamencos del Pueblo. Jul 18, Rolando Morales and Carlos Reyes. Jul 19, Avance. Jul 20, Mazacote with Louis Romero. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito.

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Christie Marks Fine Art Gallery Through Aug 11, “Alejandro Salazar-Selected Works, 20112014,” expresses the artists unique and abstract figures. 322 Healdsburg Ave, Second Floor, Healdsburg. Thursday Sunday, 1pm to 5:30pm and by appointment. 707.695.1011.

Chroma Gallery Through Aug 3, “The SOFA Show’” a showcase of art, photography and crafts by SOFA district artists. 312 South A St, Santa Rosa. 707.293.6051.

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Through Jul 31, “Eleonore Miller Exhibit” 128 N Main St, Sebastopol. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily 707.829.2822.

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Dutton-Goldfield Winery, “David Meirik Exhibit,” the artist revels in juxtaposition in his mixed materials artwork. 1pm. 3100 Gravenstein Hwy N, Sebastopol. 707.827.3600.

Through Jul 31, “Ships of the Ages,” features model ships built by members of Redwood Empire Model Shipwrights. 2060 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. Mon-Fri, 8 to 7; Sat, 9 to 1 707.543.3737.

Marin Society of Artists Gallery, “Trends and Impressions,” includes a wide range of media in the juried member show. 2pm. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 415.454.9561.

Through Aug 30, “Sonoma Scapes,” collects several artists works in a multi-media show. 209 Western Ave, Petaluma. 707.778.8277.

SONOMA COUNTY BackStreet Gallery Through Jul 26, “Bear,” new solo show from Kristen Throop explores a year spent studying bears. Art Alley off South A St, Santa Rosa. Sat, 11am to 5pm.

Calabi Gallery Through Aug 30, “Summer Selection Exhibition,” showing new works from gallery artists and an inventory of vintage pieces. 456 10th St, Santa Rosa. Tues-Sat, 11 to 5. 707.781.7070.

Charles M Schulz Museum Through Aug 11, “Heartbreak in Peanuts,” over 70 comic strips focusing on lost love. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. Mon-Fri, noon to 5; Sat-Sun, 10 to 5. 707.579.4452.

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Graton Gallery Through Aug 3, “Scenes from the Road,” art by Pam Powell, Linda Ratzlaff and others. 9048 Graton Rd, Graton. TuesSun, 10:30 to 6. 707.829.8912.

Hammerfriar Gallery Jul 19-Sep 7, “Cry, Love Life” exhibits artist Jenny Honnert Abell’s playful collage work. 132 Mill St, Ste 101, Healdsburg. Tues-Fri, 10 to 6. Sat, 10 to 5. 707.473.9600.

High St, Sebastopol. Tues-Fri, 10 to 4; Sat, 1 to 4. 707.829.4797.

Sonoma County Museum Through Aug 17, “Siberia: In the Eyes of Russian Photographers,” spans a century of images from rural and urban Siberia. Through Aug 24, “From Hogarth to Hundertwasser,” features a rich collection of fine art prints dating from the 15th century to the present. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. Tues-Sun, 11 to 4. 707.579.1500.

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art Through Jul 27, “Wall and Ardor,” paintings by William T Wiley in the 21st century. 551 Broadway, Sonoma. Wed-Sun, 11 to 5. 707.939.SVMA.

Steele Lane Community Center Through Aug 21, “Works of Nature,” melds nature photography and handstitched canvas work by Danielle Joy Reynolds. 415 Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. Mon-Thurs, 8 to 7; Fri, 8 to 5. 707.543.3282.

Unity Church of Santa Rosa Through Aug 17, “Risha Arts,” prints and paintings that revolve around themes of transformation and healing. 4857 Old Redwood Hwy, Santa Rosa. 707.542.7729.

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Through Aug 31, “Colors of Summer,” juried art exhibit featuring local artists. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.542.7143.

Through Jul 27, “Chuck Eckart Exhibit,” the painter shows works from his rarely seen Ground Cover Series. 18856 Hwy 1, Marshall. 415.663.1006.

RiskPress Gallery Through Jul 26, “Critters,” exhibiting the work of Jann Aanestad and papier-mache artist Nancy Winn. 7345 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol.

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Through Jul 18, “Bibliophoria III,” in the Galletta Gallery. 282 S

Gallery Route One Through Jul 27, “Open Secrets” is the annual members exhibition, featuring contemporary works from 20 artists. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. Wed-Mon, 11 to 5. 415.663.1347.

MINE Art Gallery Through Aug 3, “New Art Works Worth Seeing” brings together a collection of art that challenges and inspires. 1820 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax.

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts Through Jul 24, “Water,” presents the element in all its forms. 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. Tues-Sat, 10 to 2; also by appointment. 415.388.4331.

San Geronimo Valley Community Center Through Jul 31, “The Paintings of Sarah Spector,” the colorful, avant-garde artist displays. 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo. 415.488.8888.

Seager Gray Gallery Through Jul 30, “Figures in Abstract,” fresh works that free the figure with abstract compositions. 23 Sunnyside Ave, Mill Valley. Tues-Sat; 11 to 6. Fri-Sat, 11 to 7; Sun, 12 to 5. 415.384.8288.

Towers Gallery Through Jul 27, “Bling,” displays stained glass and unique jewelery from local artists. 240 N Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale. Thurs-Mon, 10am to 7pm. 707.894.4229.

Through Jul 25, “Printing the Bay Area,” featuring local artists. 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. TuesSat, 10 to 5. 415.451.8119. Through Aug 15, “Reflections,” presenting ceramic pieces that reflect thoughts and

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Comedy Scott Capurro Thought-provoking SF comedian returns. With Kate Willit opening. Jul 19, 8pm. $20-$30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Funny at the Flower Family friendly standup featuring Nick Hoffman, Steve Lee, and others. Jul 19, 7pm. Free. The Sunflower Center, 1435 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.792.5300.

Dance Festival del Sole Dance Gala Jul 18, 5:30pm. $45-$95.

‘SHAME’ Sebastopol’s Hammerfriar Gallery exhibits

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Lincoln Theater, 100 California Dr, Yountville 707.226.8742.

Move Live on Tour Siblings Julianne and Derek Hough, known from “Dancing with the Stars,” perform. Jul 23, 8pm. $49-$69. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa 707.546.3600.

Events Artsy Dogs Paws for Love and Kokomo Winery present a day of dogs, art, adoption and wine. Jul 19, 11am. Free. Kokomo Winery, 4791 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg. 707.433.0200.

Babes, Beers & Bruises Raffle & Silent Auction Supports the Resurrection Roller Girls. Jul 19, 5pm. $10. Lagunitas Tap Room, 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

Catalan Festival A weekend of Spanish food, wine and live music and flamenco dancing. Jul 19-20, noon. $60-$90. Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, 23555 Hwy 121, Sonoma. 707.996.7256.

Civil War Days The largest reenactment in Northern California features

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Gem Faire Jul 18-20. Marin Center Exhibit Hall, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

Great American Blues & Barbeque Festival Music by Austin de Lone and the JC Smith Band pairs with tasty BBQ in all its glory. Jul 20, 11am. Free. Downtown San Rafael, Fourth St bewteen Lincoln and C St, San Rafael.

Rivertown Revival Community art festival on the river includes parade, local music and food and vendors and artists displaying thier work. Jul 19, 11am. $5-$10. The David Yearsley River Heritage Center, 6 Copeland St, Petaluma. 707 290 6723.

Film John Hubley Animation Showcase Includes several shorts from the celebrated animator and creator of Mr Magoo. Jul 16, 7pm. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.1222.

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The Organic Life Chronicles a year in the life of a young organic farmer working at Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Produce in Sonoma. With filmmaker and farmer in person for discussion. Jul 19, 8pm. $5. SHED, 25 North St, Healdsburg. 707.431.7433.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Plays as part of the Rock Cinema series. Jul 16, 7pm. $5. City Winery Napa, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Video Games: The Movie Documentary follows video games from niche market to billion-dollar industry. Jul 20, 7pm. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.1222.

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Midsummer Garden Tea Wine reception, afternoon tea and silent auction with complimentary tours of the home. Jul 19, 3pm. $50. Luther Burbank Home & Gardens, Santa Rosa Avenue at Sonoma Avenue, Santa Rosa. 707.524.5445.

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Forestville Farmers Market Year-round. Tues, 3pm. Russian River Vineyards, 5700 Hwy 116, Forestville. 707.887.3344.

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Daniel Ari The poet presents a talk entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Toy Box of Techniques for Improving Your Writing.â&#x20AC;? Jul 17, 7pm. $10. Petaluma Community Center, 320 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma.

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Crack the case in an evening of mystery. Jul 19, 6:30pm. $75. Tudor Rose Tea, 733 Fourth St, Santa Rosa.

Naturalist David Herlocker gives an overviewof the many local mammals, from bats to bears. Jul 17, 7pm. Free. Corte Madera Library. 707 Meadowsweet Dr, Corte Madera. 707.924.6444.

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Connect to plants through the music they make. Jul 18, 7:30pm. Songbird Community Healing Center, 8297 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.2398.

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Shuck & Jive Backyard Oyster BBQ Jul 20. Whiskey Tip, 1910 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa.

Tour of Green Goose Tour the small, family-run farm that raises heritage sheep, geese and more with a rotating pasture. Jul 19, 3pm. Free. Green Goose Farm, 2890 Middle Two Rock Rd, Petaluma.

Kay Payne Art lecture series presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art.â&#x20AC;? Jul 19, 2pm. Free. Petaluma Library, 100 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma. 707.763.9801.

Rolinda Stotts Meet the artist and see her demonstrate her art techniques. Jul 19, 1pm. Free. Dennis Rae Fine Art, 1359 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.3350.

Through the Ear to the Heart Instructor Devi Mathieu leads the exploration of the beatufil music of 12th-century Abbess Hildegard von Bingen. Thurs, Jul 17, 7pm. $20. Dance Palace, Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.

Your Unique Spiral Artist and teacher Margot Schaal leads the workshop. Sat, Jul 19, 1pm. $25. Yoga Community, 577 Fifth St W, Sonoma. 707.935.8600.

West End Farmers Market Featuring local farmers, producers, crafters and artisans. Sun, 10am. West End Farmers Market, 817 Donahue St, Santa Rosa.

Windsor Certified Farmers Market Sun, 10am and Thurs, 5pm. Old Downtown Windsor, Market St, Windsor.

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Readings Bean Affair Jul 20, 1:30pm, Healdsburg Literary Guild, Husband-wife team of Poets-Laureate Kevin Gunn and Connie Post are featured this month, with open mic reading. Free. 1270 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg 707.395.0177.

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Healdsburg Copperfield’s Books Jul 16, 7pm, “The Queen of the Tearling” with Erika Johansen. 104 Matheson St, Healdsburg 707.433.9270.

Sebastopol Copperfield’s Books Jul 17, 7pm, “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” with Katy Butler. Jul 22, 7pm, “We the Eaters” with Ellen Gustafson. 138 N Main St, Sebastopol 707.823.2618.

Many Rivers Books & Tea Jul 17, 7:30pm, “Meditations of a Modern Mystic” with Maurine Doerken. 130 S Main St, Sebastopol 707.829.8871.

Napa Bookmine Jul 16, 7pm, “Knit 2, Purl 2, Kill 2 with Erina Bridget Ring. 964 Pearl St, Napa.

Readers’ Books Jul 23, 7pm, Unruly Book Talk With Jude. 130 E Napa St, Sonoma 707.939.1779.

Santa Rosa Central Library Jul 19, 12pm, Redwoods Writers library open mic. 211 E St, Santa Rosa 707.545.0831x539.

Sweetwater Music Hall Jul 19, 3pm, “Legendary Locals of Mill Valley” with Joyce Kleiner. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 415.388.3850.

Theater 9 to 5: The Musical SRJC’s 2014 Summer Repertory Theater Festival presents the musical based off the 1980’s movie. Through Aug 9. $18-

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As You Like It Marin Shakespeare Company kicks off its 25th Silver Season with the classic comedy from the Bard. Through Aug 10. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, 890 Belle Ave, Dominican University, San Rafael.

Becky Shaw The painfully hilarious play continues its run, this time in Napa. Jul 18-27. Napa Valley Playhouse, 1637 W Imola Ave, Napa. 707.255.5483.

A Chorus Line SRJC’s 2014 Summer Repertory Theater Festival presents the beloved Broadway musical. Through Aug 9. $18-$25. Burbank Auditorium, SRJC, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.527.4307.

Hamlet’s Orphans A new drama written and directed by Dezi Gallegos. Jul 18-27. Studio Theatre, Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

La Cage aux Folles SRJC’s 2014 Summer Repertory Theater Festival presents the acclaimed comedy musical classic. Through Aug 9. $18$25. Burbank Auditorium, SRJC, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.527.4307.

Les Misérables The epic musical is produced by the Raven Players. Through Jul 20. $25-$30. Raven Theater, 115 North St, Healdsburg. 707.433.3145.

A Man Walk Into a Bar Melodrama with local flavor goes behind the scenes of a local theater group trying to save their beloved home. Through Jul 20. Casino Tavern Theatre, 17150 Bodega Hwy, Bodega.

The Many Faces of Love An evening of one acts presented by Sonoma Stage Works. Through Jul 27. Andrews Hall, Sonoma Community Center, 276 E Napa St, Sonoma.

Menopause the Musical The musical parody is set to classic tunes. Jul 16-17. $39$55. Marin Center’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Bacchus Theater Company presents the comedy outdoors

as part of the Shakespeare on the Greens series. Jul 22-23, 7pm. Oakmont Golf Club, 7025 Oakmont Dr, Santa Rosa.

The Odd Couple SRJC’s 2014 Summer Repertory Theater Festival presents Neil Simon’s seminal comedy about mismatched roommates Oscar and Felix. Through Aug 9. $18-$25. Newman Auditorium, Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.527.4307.

Old Money The Ross Valley Player presents the clever comedy by Wendy Wasserstein. Jul 17-Aug 17. Barn Theatre, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 415.456.9555.

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ARIES (March 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;April 19) â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have complete faith in the continued absurdity of whateverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on,â&#x20AC;? says satirical news commentator Jon Stewart. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a healthy attitude. To do his work, he needs a neverending supply of stories about people doing crazy, corrupt and hypocritical things. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure this subject matter makes him sad and angry. But it also stimulates him to come up with funny ideas that entertain and educate his audienceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and earns him a very good income. I invite you to try his approach, Aries. Have faith that the absurdity you experience can be used to your advantage.

but it took a while for him to launch his career. One of his big breaks came at age 29 when he was sweeping ďŹ&#x201A;oors at a recording studio in Nashville. He managed to meet superstar Johnny Cash, who was working there on an album. A few years later, Kristofferson boldly landed a helicopter in Cashâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s yard to deliver his demo tape. That prompted Cash to get him a breakthrough gig performing at the Newport Folk Festival. I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be surprised if you were able to further your goals with a similar sequence, Libra: luck that puts you in the right place at the right time, followed by some brazen yet charming acts of self-promotion.

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

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

Bananas grow in Iceland, a country that borders the Arctic Ocean. About 700 of the plants thrive in a large greenhouse heated by geothermal energy. They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mature as fast as the bananas in Ecuador or Costa Rica. The low amounts of sunlight mean they require two years to ripen instead of a few months. To me, this entire scenario is a symbol for the work you have ahead of you. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to encourage and oversee growth in a place that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem hospitable in the usual ways, although it is actually just ďŹ ne. And you must be patient, knowing that the process might take a while longer than it would in other circumstances.

GEMINI (May 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;June 20)

While at a cafe, I overheard two people at the next table talking about astrology. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the problem-solvers of the zodiac are Cancers and Capricorns,â&#x20AC;? said a young, moon-faced woman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Agreed,â&#x20AC;? said her companion, an older woman with chiseled features. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And the problem-creators are Scorpios and Geminis.â&#x20AC;? I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help myself: I had to insert myself into their conversation so as to defend you. Leaning over toward their table, I said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Speaking as a professional astrologer, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to say that right now Geminis are at least temporarily the zodiacâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best problem-solvers. Give them a chance to change your minds.â&#x20AC;? The women laughed, and moon-face said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You must be a Gemini.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;No,â&#x20AC;? I replied. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m on a crusade to help Geminis shift their reputations.â&#x20AC;?

CANCER (June 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;July 22)

Mozart debuted his now-famous opera Don Giovanni in Prague on Oct. 29, 1787. It was a major production, featuring an orchestra, a chorus and eight main singers. Yet the composer didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ďŹ nish writing the operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s overture until less than 24 hours before the show. Are you cooking up a similar scenario, Cancerian? I suspect that sometime in the next two weeks you will complete a breakthrough with an inspired, last-minute effort. And the ďŹ nal part of your work may well be its â&#x20AC;&#x153;overtureâ&#x20AC;?; the ďŹ rst part will arrive last. (P.S.: Mozartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Don Giovanni was wellreceived, and I expect your offering will be too.)

LEO (July 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;August 22) â&#x20AC;&#x153;We must learn to bear the pleasures as we have borne the pains,â&#x20AC;? says writer Nikki Giovanni. That will be apt advice for you to keep in mind during the coming months, Leo. You may think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m perverse for suggesting such a thing. Compared to how demanding it was to manage the suffering you experienced in late 2013 and earlier this year, you might assume it will be simple to deal with the ease and awakening that are heading your way. But Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like you to consider the possibility that these blessings will bring their own challenges. For example, you may need to surrender inconveniences and hardships you have gotten used to, almost comfortable with. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conceivable you will have to divest yourself of habits that made sense when you were struggling, but are now becoming counterproductive. VIRGO (August 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;September 22) I would hate for your ďŹ ne mind to become a liability. As much as I admire your native skepticism and analytical intelligence, it would be a shame if they prevented you from getting the full beneďŹ t of the wonders and marvels that are brewing in your vicinity. Your operative motto in the coming days comes from Virgo storyteller Roald Dahl: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe in magic will never ďŹ nd it.â&#x20AC;? Suspend your disbelief, my beautiful friend. Make yourself receptive to the possibility of being amazed. LIBRA (September 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;October 22) Kris Kristofferson is in the Country Music Hall of Fame now,

In her poem â&#x20AC;&#x153;Looking Back,â&#x20AC;? Sarah Brown Weitzman writes that she keeps â&#x20AC;&#x153;trying to understand / how I fell / so short of what I intended / to do with my life.â&#x20AC;? Is there a chance that 30 years from now you might say something similar, Scorpio? If so, take action to ensure that outcome doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come to pass. Judging from the astrological omens, I conclude that the next ten months will be a favorable time to get yourself on track to fulďŹ ll your lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most important goals. Take full advantage!

SAGITTARIUS (November 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;December 21) â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is no such thing as a failed experiment,â&#x20AC;? said author and inventor Buckminster Fuller, â&#x20AC;&#x153;only experiments with unexpected outcomes.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the spirit I advise you to bring to your own explorations in the coming weeks, Sagittarius. Your task is to try out different possibilities to see where they might lead. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be attached to one conclusion or another. Be free of the drive to be proven right. Instead, seek the truth in whatever strange shape it reveals itself. Be eager to learn what you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even realize you needed to know.

CAPRICORN (December 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;January 19) Architects in ancient Rome used concrete to create many durable structures, some of which are still standing. But the recipe for how to make concrete was forgotten for more than a thousand years after the Roman Empire collapsed in the ďŹ fth century. A British engineer ďŹ nally rediscovered the formula in 1756, and today concrete is a prime component in many highways, dams, bridges and buildings. I foresee a similar story unfolding in your life, Capricorn. A valuable secret that you once knew but then lost is on the verge of resurfacing. Be alert for it. AQUARIUS (January 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;February 18) Beginning in 1798, European cartographers who drew maps of West Africa included the Mountains of Kong, a range of peaks that extended more than a thousand miles east and west. It was 90 years before the French explorer Louis Gustave Binger realized that there were no such mountains. All the maps had been wrong, based on faulty information. Binger is known to history as the man who undiscovered the Mountains of Kong. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m appointing him to be your role model in the coming weeks, Aquarius. May he inspire you to expose longrunning delusions, strip away entrenched falsehoods and restore the simple, shining truths.

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

In the simplest, calmest of times, there are two sides to every story. On some occasions, however, the bare minimum is three or more sides. Like now. And that can generate quite a ruckus. Even people who are normally pretty harmonious may slip into conďŹ&#x201A;ict. Fortunately for all concerned, you are currently at the peak of your power to be a unifying force at the hub of the bubbling hubbub. You can be a weaver who takes threads from each of the tales and spins them into a narrative with which everyone can abide. I love it when that happens! For now, your emotional intelligence is the key to collaborative creativity and group solidarity.

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