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Napa Needs Airbnb

According to the website www.napanow. com/whovisits.html, Napa Valley currently receives 1.7 million overnight visitors each year, and the average length of stay for overnight visitors is 2.9 days. That statistic suggests 4.93 million visitor-nights per year. That’s right: there is a need for almost 5 million overnight rooms each year. Divide that by 365. There is currently

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The Visit Napa Valley website reports that there are about 5,000 overnight rooms in Napa Valley, including B&Bs. When demand for overnight accommodations outstrips supply by about 8,000 units every night, there is absolutely no credibility to the claim that Airbnb is decimating anyone’s tourist hosting business. I am truly embarrassed to have to think that I live in a town that has elected a

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city council that is trying to pimp this lie off onto the community. Vice-Mayor Scott Sedgley proposes making Airbnb into yet another privilege for the rich, by limiting Airbnb rental properties to historic Victorians in the downtown area—all of which just happen to be owned by the rich people that he serves, and who don’t need the money anyway.

City council member Mary Luros proposes perhaps allowing a number of Airbnbs that is effectively equal to zero. But by suggesting a number slightly greater than zero, she can proudly tout how reasonable she is. Councilmember Juliana Inman already makes money off of her own short-term rental. It’s easy to see why she opposes the competition presented by Airbnb. It’s nothing more than simple self-interest. If the city council is going to claim these rentals are disruptive, they need to publish a clear and explicit report of specific incidents that supports this contention. Proscription without proof is bad governance. There is no reason why Airbnb hosts can’t comply with fire inspections and other permitting issues. Homeowners insurance and renters insurance both provide liability coverage for bodily injury to a guest. Read your policy. Renting a spare room is a great way to meet new people. It helps older city residents avoid the isolation that comes from living in an unfriendly town. And it’s a great way to bring young people who have lots of energy but limited financial means into our city. The Napa City Council seems bound and determined to make it impossible to live here unless you’re rich. That is not their charge. If they disallow Airbnb, they clearly are not serving the greater population of this city, and I would hope voters will remember that come election time.

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a “person of interest” in the unsolved disappearance of Eureka teenager Karen Mitchell in 1997. Durst, the subject of the six-part documentary series The Jinx, and whose wife, Kathie Durst, first went missing in 1982 in a case that remains unsolved, was arrested in Louisiana last month just before the climactic episode of the HBO series. He was charged by Louisiana officials on drug and weapons charges which were dropped this past week and by

federal prosecutors for possession of a firearm following a felony conviction. The Bohemian obtained a previously unreleased report from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office detailing Durst’s arrest in May of 1995 (first reported by the Bohemian on March 25) for “driving under the influence” and possession of marijuana just outside of Mendocino. Durst’s presence in— ) 10 and familiarity with—

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City at the hospital bed of his stricken father, who died on May 15, shortly after his eldest son’s visit. Only months prior to his arrest in Mendocino, Durst had purchased an ocean-view home in the rural outpost of Trinidad on the Humboldt coast. His move west came immediately after leaving his position with the Durst Corporation and losing a contentious internal battle with his younger brother, Douglas Durst, for control of the family’s billion-dollar Manhattan real estate empire. Durst lived in his coastal retreat off and on until the killing of Berman in the winter of 2000.

Durst lived a ‘strange vagabond life, using false identities for reasons unknown to anybody.’ In November 1997, 16-yearold Karen Mitchell disappeared after getting into a car with an older male when she left her aunt’s store at a mall in Eureka. According to Matt Birkbeck, author of the bestselling profile, A Deadly Secret: The Bizarre and Chilling Story of Robert Durst (just re-released by Berkeley/ Penguin), Durst—often dressed as a woman—frequented a shoe store owned by Mitchell’s aunt and a homeless shelter at which Mitchell volunteered. Birkbeck also noted that a composite drawing of the suspect last seen with Mitchell bears a striking resemblance to Durst, in particular, the broad wire-rimmed glasses that Durst wore at the time of Mitchell’s disappearance. While officials in Humboldt County have refused to acknowledge the whereabouts

of Durst at the time of Mitchell’s disappearance, Birkbeck told the Bohemian that he has seen credit card records of Durst’s indicating that “Durst arrived in Eureka on the morning of Mitchell’s disappearance.” When Durst was arrested in New Orleans last month, authorities found two copies of Birkbeck’s book in his possession. According to Birkbeck, during Durst’s trial for murder, Durst— based on his reading of Birkbeck’s book—expressed concern to a member of his defense team that he would soon be indicted for the murder of Mitchell. Real estate records obtained by the Bohemian indicate that Durst also owned a pair of properties in San Francisco during the late 1990s and early 2000s. He used dozens of different aliases as he zigzagged across the country, living what Birkbeck characterizes as a “strange vagabond life, using false identities for reasons unknown to anybody.” In 2001, Durst relocated to Galveston, Texas, where in September his neighbor and so-called best friend, Morris Black, was found dismembered in garbage bags that had been dumped into Galveston Bay. Durst, who had also dressed as a woman in Galveston and used the name Dorothy Ciner, was acquitted on first-degree murder charges based on self-defense. Prosecutors believe that Durst flew into the Arcata-Eureka Airport around Dec. 19, 2000, and then drove to Los Angeles to kill Berman. Phone records place Durst in Garberville the following morning, on his way down Highway 101 heading south. A letter, alleged in The Jinx to have been written by Durst which directly links him to Berman’s murder, was mailed on Dec. 23, the day before Berman’s body was discovered. In The Jinx, an irritated Durst asserts that he arrived in Trinidad “long before December 23rd, long before Christmas.” It couldn’t have been that long. According to numerous news sources, Durst was married to his current wife, Debrah Lee Charatan, in Manhattan on December 11.


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gave their new Indian bistro Marigold precisely that. But what does it mean, exactly? A little over a month after Marigold’s opening, it was time to find out. Marigold, located on a busy culinary stretch, is one of those modern, minimalistic Indian restaurants that has only muted music and a couple of painting to signify its ethnicity. A smiling waiter informed us about the special, tandoori rack of lamb, and added that the restaurant is in a trial-and-error period of sorts.

Especially popular daily specials will eventually be added to the menu, while less favorable dishes may get the boot, which gave the whole dinner a fun “is it a keeper or not” angle. The samosa chat appetizer ($5.99) would definitely be staying on the menu. Layers of papadum wafers, chickpeas, potatoes, yogurt and chutney were gone in an instant and left us craving more. The artichoke kulcha ($3.99)— fluffy, naan-like dough stuffed with an artichoke spread—seemed

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

Dry Creek Kitchen American. $$$-$$$$. Refined and contemporary American menu with multicultural influence. Seafood and vegetables reign! Dinner daily; lunch, Fri-Sun. 317 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.431.0330.

Haku Sushi. $-$$. Cleverly named rolls like “Jedi Mind Trick” and “Roll me a Fatty” are as flavorful as they are fun. Lunch and dinner daily. 518 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.541.6359. HopMonk Tavern Pub fare. $$. More than serviceable bar food with a menu that hops the globe. Lunch and dinner daily. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

LoCoco’s Cucina Rustica Italian. $$-$$$. Authentic rustic-style Italian with a touch of Northern California, and a favorite with those in the know. Get the cannoli! Lunch, Tues-Fri; dinner, Tues-Sun. 117 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.2227.

Parish Cafe Cafe. $$. Authentic po’ boy sandwiches elicit the sound of a big brass marching band with every bite. Breakfast favorites include shrimp and grits, but don’t forget the beignets. Breakfast and lunch, Wed-Sun. 60-A Mill St, Healdsburg. 707.431.8474 Pub Republic Pub fare. $-$$. Pub grub from Petaluma’s southernmost tip, featuring Brussels sprout tacos and a hearty selection of brews. Lunch and dinner daily; weekend brunch. 3120

Lakeville Hwy, Petaluma. 707.782.9090.

Real Döner Turkish. $-$$. Casual, cafe-style ordering from a friendly staff. Get the coffee and buibal yuvasi dessert. Lunch and dinner daily. 307 F St, Petaluma. 707.765.9555. Sante California cuisine. $$$. In this world-class spa setting sample Sonoma County-inspired dishes or an elegant traditional brunch. Dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 18140 Sonoma Hwy, Boyes Hot Springs. 707.939.2415.

Sizzling Tandoor Indian. $-$$. Coastal gem offers a great view of the Sonoma Coast. Come for happy hour and stay through dinner. 9960 Hwy 1, Jenner. 707.865.0625. Stark’s Steakhouse Steakhouse. $$$$. Could be the best steak you’ll ever have. “Other than steak” menu changes seasonally. Happy hour, Mon-Sat, 3 to 6. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Fri; dinner, Sat. 521 Adams St, Santa Rosa. 707.546.5100.

Stout Brothers Pub & Restaurant Irish. $$. Atmospheric, if a little faux, but a great ploughman’s lunch. Lunch and dinner daily. 527 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.636.0240.

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

Trattoria Lupo Italian. $$. Reliable home-style Italian cooking. Dinner, TuesSun. 4776 Sonoma Hwy, Santa Rosa. 707.539.0260.

Willi’s Seafood & Raw Bar Seafood. $$. Delicious preparations of the freshest fish and shellfish. Lunch and dinner daily. 403 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.433.9191.

American. $-$$. Comforting Momma-style food like fried green tomatoes, onion meatloaf and homey chickenfried steak with red-eye gravy in a restaurant lined with cookbooks and knickknacks. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, Wed-Sun; breakfast and lunch, Tues. 566 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo. 415.459.6862.

Buckeye Roadhouse American. $$-$$$. A Marin County institution. Delightful food, friendly and seamless service, and a convivial atmosphere. Try one of the many exotic cocktails. Lunch and dinner daily; brunch, SatSun. 15 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley. 415.331.2600.

Copita Tequileria y Comida Mexican. $$. California-inspired preparation of traditional Mexican fare, including spit-roasted chicken, homemade tamales and “eight-hour” carnitas. Some ingredients are sourced from the restaurant’s own organic garden. Lunch and dinner daily. 739 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.331.7400.

Fish Seafood. $$-$$$. Incredibly fresh seafood in incredibly relaxed setting overlooking bay. Lunch and dinner daily. (Cash only.) 350 Harbor Dr, Sausalito. 415.331.FISH.

Hilltop 1892 American. $$-$$$$. Casual dining with panoramic Marin views and a California-cuisine take on such classic fare as steaks, fresh seafood and seasonal greens. Complete with custom cocktails. Lunch and dinner daily; Sunday brunch. 850 Lamont Ave, Novato. 415.893.1892.

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 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.

Poggio Italian. $$-$$$.


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.

N A PA CO U N TY Ad Hoc American. $$-$$$. Thomas Keller’s quintessential neighborhood restaurant. Prix fixe dinner changes daily. Actually takes reservations. 6476 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.2487. Alexis Baking Co Cafe. $-$$. Alexis excels at baked goods and offers killer breakfasts and sensible soup’n’-salad lunches. Breakfast and lunch daily. 1517 Third St, Napa. 707.258.1827.

All Seasons Californian. $$-$$$. A Calistoga institution specializing in fresh, seasonal wine country cuisine. 1400 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.9111.

Angèle Restaurant & Bar French. $$$. Thoroughly French, but not aggressively so. Lunch and dinner daily. 540 Main St, Napa. 707.252.8115.

BarBersQ Barbecue/ California. $-$$. An upscale ’cue joint with a high-end chef and high-end ingredients. Gorgeous chipotle-braised short ribs and pulled pork. Lunch and dinner daily. 3900-D Bel Aire Plaza, Napa. 707.224.6600.

Boonfly Cafe California cuisine. $-$$. Extraordinary food in an extraordinary setting. Perfect pasta and mussels. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 4080 Sonoma Hwy, Napa. 707.299.4900.

Bouchon French. $$$. A Keller brother creation with a distinctly Parisian bistro ambiance, offering French classics. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 6534 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.8037. Bounty Hunter Wine country casual. $$. Wine shop and bistro with maverick moxie

for the wine cowboy. Premium bottles for sale, also. Lunch and dinner daily. 975 First St, Napa. 707.226.3976.

Brannan’s Grill California cuisine. $$-$$$. Creative cuisine in handsome Craftsman setting. Lunch and dinner daily. 1374 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.2233.

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

Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen Eclectic. $$-$$$. As comfortable as it sounds, with a rich and varied melting pot of a menu. Lunch and dinner daily. 1327 Railroad Ave, St Helena. 707.963.1200.

Cole’s Chop House American steakhouse. $$$$$. Handsome, upscale 1950s-era steakhouse serving chophouse classics like dryaged porterhouse steak and Black Angus filet mignon. Wash down the red meat with a “nostalgia” cocktail. Dinner daily. 1122 Main St, Napa. 707.224.6328.

Compadres Rio Grille Western/Mexican. $-$$. Contemporary food and outdoor dining with a Mexican flavor. Located on the river and serving authentic cocktails. Nightly specials and an abiding love of the San Francisco Giants. 505 Lincoln Ave, Napa. Lunch and dinner daily. 707.253.1111.

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.

French Laundry Definitive California Cuisine. $$$$. What else is there to say? Chef Thomas Keller’s institution is among the very best restuarants in the country. 6640 Washington St., Yountville. 707.944.2380.

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

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

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

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

Pizza Azzurro Italian. $. Run by a former Tra Vigne and Lark Creek Inn alum, the pizza is simple and thin, and ranks as some of the best in the North Bay. Lunch and dinner daily. 1260 Main St (at Clinton), Napa. 707.255.5552.

Red Rock Cafe & Backdoor BBQ American. $-$$. Cafe specializing in barbecue and classic diner fare. Messy, delicious. Lunch and dinner daily. 1010 Lincoln Ave, Napa. 707.252.9250.

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Siena California-Tuscan. $$$$. Sophisticated, terroirinformed cooking celebrates the local and seasonal, with electric combinations like sorrel-wrapped ahi tuna puttanesca. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa. 707.251.1900. Zuzu Spanish tapas. $$. Graze your way through a selection of tasty tapas in a lively rustic chic setting with a popular wine bar. Bite-sized Spanish and Latin American specialties include sizzling prawns, Spanish tortilla, and Brazilian style steamed mussels. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner daily. 829 Main St, Napa. 707.224.8555.

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Fogbelt Brewing Company Born from winemaking families, brewers Paul and Remy mix rich flavors and hop-driven beers to form complex and tasty brews. Each release from Fogbelt is named for North Coast Redwood trees, from the Armstrong Stoutchocolaty and balanced- to the Hyperion Red Ale-with roasted malty flavor highlighted by crisp citrus undertones. 1305 Cleveland Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.978.3400. www.fogbeltbrewing.com.

Lagunitas Brewing If you haven’t hit up the beer garden at the North Bay’s most laid-back brewery, waste no time and get down there, preferably on one of the many nights of live music. Sip on a Little Sumpin,’ Hop Stoopid, Hairy Eyeball, Pils . . . you are getting verrrrrryyy thirsty . . . 1280 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. 707.778.8776. www. lagunitas.com.

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Best North Bay brewpub by Bohemian readers in 2011, the time is right to stop in for a handcrafted German lager, bock or summer golden ale at San Rafael’s friendliest beer establishment. 1132 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.456.HOPS. www. brokendrum.com.

101 North Brewing Company A new addition to the North Bay craft beer scene, this brewery’s Heroine IPA has 101 North winning at the beer game just out the gate. Based in Petaluma, put it on your “oneto-watch” list. 1304 Scott St., Ste. D. Petaluma. 707.778.8384. www.101northbeer.com.

Ruth McGowan’s Brew Pub Straight outta Cloverdale, Ruth McGowan’s citrus wheat ale makes summer days fly by just right. During the colder days of winter, try the dry Irish stout. 131 E. First St., Cloverdale. 707.894.9610. www. ruthmcgowansbrewpub.com.

Stumptown Brewery A day on the river isn’t complete without a stop at Guerneville’s best (and only) brewery. Better yet, sip ale on the expansive patio overlooking the Russian River, and let those kayakers do all the work for you. 15045 River Road, Guerneville. 707.869.0705. www. stumptown.com.

Third Street Aleworks Third Street is sometimes overshadowed by a worldrenowned brewery just around the corner, but their Bombay rouge—a malty, drinkable IPA—can hold its own in a roomful of crowded beers. 610 Third St., Santa Rosa. 707.523.3060. www. thirdstreetaleworks.com.

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Moylan’s Brewery & Restaurant At Moylan’s, the M stands for malty. Hit up this Novato landmark for traditional ales that won’t fail the taste test. 15 Rowland Way, Novato. 415.898. HOPS. www.moylans.com.

Pizza Orgasmica & Brewing Company What goes together better than beer and pizza? Not much. Wash down a hefty slice of pepperoni with an Orgasmica kolsch, a cold-aged ale with a crisp, refreshing finish. 812 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.457.BEER. www. pizzaorrgasmica.com.

N A PA CO U N TY Downtown Joe’s Restaurant & Brewery Boasts a brewery built by Chuck Ankeny—the great-grandson of Adolf Hamms—this Napa mainstay has serious historical chops. Try the palate-altering Golden Thistle Very Bitter ale, and prepare to be amazed. 902 Main St., Napa. 707.258.2337. www.downtownjoes.com.

Napa Smith Brewery Brewer Don Barkley was part of the revered New Albion Brewery, America’s first craft brewery since Prohibition, back in 1978. He’s now part of the team creating goldmedal winning IPAs, wheat beers, pilsners and more at Napa Valley’s only production brewery. 1 Executive Way, Napa. 707.254.7167. www. napasmithbrewery.com.

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the Calistoga Inn, this brewery produces an admirable Dugan oatmeal stout that just might replace your next egg-andbacon breakfast. What’s for dinner? Why, a Calistoga porter, of course! 1250 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.4101. www. calistogainn.com.


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he Fed-Ex package delivered to Ben Kinmont’s eponymously named bookshop doesn’t look like much. It’s about the size of large sandwich. Kinmont removes the white plastic sleeve to reveal a manila envelope. Like a Russian doll, underneath that layer is another. Once he takes that off—a colorful wrapping of striped paper—a thin layer of tissue is all that remains. Obviously, someone took pains to bundle up this package. Finally the object was revealed: a stout book with a leathery, almost waxy cover made from stiff vellum. Vellum is made from sheepskin, and is an ancient book-cover material. The book came from a bookseller and friend of Kinmont’s in Madrid. It’s a first edition of Arte de Cozina written by Francisco Martínez Montiño, head chef for King Philip III of Spain. It was published in 1611. That’s right. It’s a 404-year-old cookbook, a piece of art and history you can make dinner from tonight. (To see Kinmont upwrapping the book see this story at Bohemian.com.) There are only three other copies known to exist, two of which are in national libraries in Spain. The price? Twenty-five thousand dollars. “What’s extremely sexy about this book for me is it’s the first edition of a book that went into certainly more than 50 different editions,” says Kinmont. “So to find the first edition of one these few titles is really rare and unusual.”

Kinmont, 51, a thin, softspoken man with graying hair that he tucks behind his ears, is an antiquarian bookseller who specializes in food and wine books from the 15th to the early 19th centuries. Quite the niche. “I think the early books have a more interesting story to tell. Books prior to 1840 were better made.” His knowledge of rare books and gastronomy make him one of the top antiquarian booksellers anywhere. “He’s certainly the best in the world in my opinion,” says Jonathan Hill, a New York–based bookseller who specializes in antiquarian science books. First edition works from Aristotle, Copernicus, Galileo and Newton have passed through his hands. Serious books. Hill was Kinmont’s mentor for 12 years and encouraged Kinmont to open his own bookshop. “I said, ‘You really have a gift to be a firstclass bookseller on your own,’” Hill says. “And he is.” “As a food and wine lover myself, I’ve always been drawn

to Kinmont’s eye,” says Susan Benne, executive director of New York’s Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America. “He has an excellent eye.” Kinmont acknowledges the education he got from Hill. He began by “koshering” books, checking to see if the books were complete and intact. Sometimes, facsimiles of damaged pages are sewn into the binding, dramatically diminishing their value. Kinmont also researched books to confirm what edition they were. Koshering is the heart of dealing in rare books. “That’s how you judge one bookseller next to another, their ability to do that,” he says. When it came time to strike out on his own, Kinmont had to choose a specialty. “In the rare-book world, you must decide, when you leave your mentor, do you burn your bridges or continue to stay close to your mentor.” Rather than sell rare science books and compete with Hill, Kinmont decided to focus on food and wine. “I chose to continue to be close my mentor,” he says. They’re still good friends today. Kinmont notes that it was also important to choose a subject he was excited about, and clearly gastronomy is something that excites him. “Unlike most fields in the rare-book world, when ) 20

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you look at a cookbook, you can actually cook from it,� he says. “There’s something wonderfully accessible about gastronomy and cookery that doesn’t exist in most subjects.� One of Kinmont’s favorite dishes is for a sweet omelet, which he cooks for his children, that he found in a 19thcentury English manuscript. As the rare-book world has become more globalized and specialized over the past 30 years, many bookshops have closed, and it’s now hard for the public to see antiquarian books. Even though few people walk in off the street to buy a $10,000 book on potato cookery, Kinmont says it’s important to have a public face. His shop (“Open by chance and appointment� reads the lettering on the glass front door) is at the Barlow in Sebastopol. However, he’s planning to leave the Barlow in the next six to 12 months because of what he says are continually escalating common area fees at the retail complex. He’ll relocate to a new shop he’s building behind his home on North Main Street. Kinmont was interested in books at an early age. He’s the child of what he calls “hippie parents.� He’s father is a conceptual artist and his mother is a Zen Buddhist and herbologist. He’s always loved rare books.

“You either have a love of rare books or you don’t,� he says. “It’s called bibliophilia.� He got the bug early. When he was a child growing up in Sonoma County, Kinmont was given an early but tattered copy of Robinson Crusoe by a relative. “I always treasured that book and had it around,� he says. As a student in American studies at Pomona College, Kinmont visited Oxford University on an exchange program and discovered the wide world of rare books at the Bodleian Library. He could handle any book he wanted. “It just blew my mind,� he says. “I’d never had that experience before. It was there that I got to develop a sense of what period books I enjoyed, and what it was like to use them.� Like his father, Kinmont is also a conceptual artist whose work has been shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the SFMOMA and many other galleries and museums. His career as a bookseller actually began as an art project. Kinmont is interested in how artists make a living in different economic systems. In a capitalist system, artists sell art in galleries. But, Kinmont says, there are also gift economies, collaborative economies, maintenance economies and others. In 1988, Kinmont created a conceptual art piece called Sometimes a Nicer Sculpture Is to be Able to Provide a Living for Your Family. This “art as idea� was the act of selling books. “The idea of supporting the family as a sculptural act was something that interested me,� Kinmont says. That project continues on— in the form of his bookshop. Kinmont views not only the books, but the shop itself and even the invoices as objets d’art. In addition to koshering books, the other key part of Kinmont’s work involves matching books with collectors and institutions. The relationships he builds with buyers are long-term, and are sometimes taken up by other family members


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at a particular time,â€? says Kinmont. Cookbooks and works on agriculture provide a window into social, political and economic worlds by documenting what people ate, where food came from and how it was produced. And sometimes, Kinmont notes, this is a tough point to sell to older librarians. “They don’t take [gastronomy] seriously,â€? he says. “But if it’s a younger librarian, it’s more likely I don’t need to explain how one can unlock historical issues and ideas when reading a cookbook.â€? Because he sells books to private collectors and institutions, Kinmont’s shop could be anywhere, but he clearly loves Sonoma County. When he’s not in his store, you might ďŹ nd him surďŹ ng at Dillon Beach or Doran Park. You’ll know Kinmont spent the morning in the water when you see his wetsuit hanging on the railing in front of his shop. But given the reverence for good food, wine, beer and coffee in Sonoma County, the location suits his business and passions well. “My subject matter is really about the activities that this area is known for,â€? Kinmont says. “It’s really a very good ďŹ t.â€? Ben Kinmont Bookseller, 6780 Depot St., Sebastopol. 707.829.8715.

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when a collector passes away. “When you’re a bookseller, your role is ďŹ nding the right collector and putting that collector with the right book,â€? he says. In an age of Kindles and digitized texts, a bookstore that sells 400-year-old books isn’t exactly cutting-edge. Kinmont had long complained about “disembodiedâ€? digital texts, and ďŹ nally did something about it by opening his shop. “I really wanted to create the opportunity for the public to come by and see what a 16th-century binding looks like,â€? he says, “or a 19th-century manuscript, to realize that’s there’s the text you are reading, but also a reading that occurs when you look at a book as an object.â€? Indeed, there is a certain thrill that comes from holding a fourcentury-old book. It feels heavier than it actually is. Interest in antique books on food and wine is surging, but Kinmont says the ďŹ eld is still in its infancy. It was only in the 1960s, when academics began to study gastronomy for its social and political meaning, that collectors began seeking out rare books on the subject. Before that, food production wasn’t seen as a subject of much intellectual value. “That evolution in bookselling is, of course, parallel to the evolution of cultural production

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You & Yorn

Since his mouthful of a smash debut album, Musicforthemorningafter, New Jersey singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Pete Yorn has steadily built a reputation as a reflective lyricist and resonating performer. In the last decade he embarked on collaborations with everyone from R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck to actress Scarlett Johansson. Yorn is all on his own this week, spending an evening performing his hits in a special acoustic show as part of his current You & Me tour. Yorn gets intimate on Friday, May 1, at City Winery Napa, 1030 Main St., Napa. 8pm. $30–$35. 707.260.1600.

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New Experience

Nestled in the middle of the Napa Valley, the famed Rutherford appellation is best known for Cabernet Sauvignon grown from rich volcanic deposits and healthy soil. This weekend, several wineries from this premiere region are opening their doors for the inaugural Rutherford Wine Experience. There are several tour options to choose from, and this in-depth look at the region includes acclaimed grape growers offering up tastings, seminars and special lunch and dinner events throughout the weekend. The experience takes place Friday–Sunday, May 1–3, at various locations in the Rutherford Region, Napa Valley. $60 and up. 707.987.9821.

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Life on the Farm

Explore the vibrant local agriculture and get a peek behind the scenes of many of the farms and ranches in Sonoma County during the Blossoms, Bees & Barnyard Babies event. Along the trail you’ll get up close and personal with a variety of animals, from bees to water buffalo. You’ll also get a chance to taste locally produced foods and produce, and see demonstrations of what it takes to keep the farm going. Presented by Farm Trails, this event runs Saturday–Sunday, May 2–3, at various locations throughout Sonoma County. 10am to 4pm. Free. Maps and details at farmtrails.org.

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DIVING IN Indie songwriter Megan Slankard plays HopMonk Sonoma on May 3 in support of her new CD. See Clubs & Venues, p28.

Broadway’s Back

Direct from New York, this ever-popular annual celebration of a century of Broadway musicals returns to the Marin Center with an all-new show. Neil Berg’s 105 Years of Broadway continues its tradition by featuring several of Broadway’s brightest stars, singing hit songs from such classic shows as My Fair Lady in addition to current blockbusters like the Jersey Boys and Wicked. Performers this year include Rob Evan (Les Miserables), Jeannette Bayardelle (Dreamgirls) and Rita Harvey (Phantom of the Opera). Berg leads these phenomenal voices on Sunday, May 3, at Marin Center’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 3pm. $25–$60. 415.473.6800.

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WORD TO THE WATER-WISE You don’t have to kill your lawn, but you do need to be smart about watering.

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Dennis Pittenger speaks about new book, gardening in a drought BY STETT HOLBROOK

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ife, John Lennon sang, happens when you’re busy making plans.

It’s also what happens when a group of 20 authors spend seven years updating the California Master Gardener Handbook. The text was first published 10 years ago and served as the go-to book for the more than 6,000 master gardeners and countless backyard gardeners in California. The new edition has been

significantly updated and revised to make it more reader-friendly and comprehensive. It took so long because each of the 21 chapters had to be peer-reviewed. But now that the 755-page tome is finally out in print and online (for the first time), we find ourselves in a nasty drought. Is a book about planting things and watering them hitting the shelves at exactly the wrong time? Not at all, says Dennis Pittenger, co-author and editor of the book. Pittenger, area horticulturist for

the UC Cooperative Extension in Los Angeles County, is a lifelong Golden State gardener. He points out that drought is common in California. So are floods and fires. But none of those phenomena means gardening has to go. It can actually help alleviate the drought and climbing temperatures. In conjuction with Copperfield’s Books, Pettinger will be appearing at the Seed Bank in Petaluma April 30 to talk about the new book and how North Bay gardeners can cope with the drought. One thing

you should not do is abandon your yard, he says. “I think there’s a lot of potential to save water without totally renovating your landscape,” Pettinger says. Fixing leaks and clogged emitters and correcting overspraying can yield water savings of about 10 percent. Another tip is not to overwater. Obvious, but Pettinger says too often gardeners water their grass with the rest of the yard. Lawn and turf need the most water so should be watered separately. Flowers and woody plants need about 40 to 50 percent less than lawns. And what about lawns? Shouldn’t people who water their lawns be rounded up and locked away? No, says Pittenger. There are several warm-weather varieties of grass like buffalo, Bermuda and St. Augustine that use 20 percent less water than others varieties. The downside is they turn brown in winter. He also recommends letting grass grow as long as possible. Longer grass holds more water. Rock gardens aren’t necessarily a solution. Rather than letting water rush off into the gutter during a storm, a lawn can draw water deep into the soil where it can used. “Grass has benefits, but we don’t need wall-to-wall turf,” Pettinger says. No one knows when this drought will end, but it surely won’t be the state’s last. The time to learn about how to live with it and within our means is now. “The drought is a timely and a timeless topic,” says Pittenger. “It’s a good educatable moment.” Dennis Pittenger speaks at the Seed Bank at 7pm April 30, 199 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. The event is free. For more info, go to www. copperfieldsbooks.com.

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AMEN TO THAT Cathleen Riddley tries to keep Rotimi Agbabiaka from leaving the flock in ‘Amen Corner.’

Melody Makers

Music moves two Marin County plays BY DAVID TEMPLETON

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wo new Marin County shows, neither a traditional musical, each use music in unexpected ways to tell stories about strong, resilient people battling impossible odds.

In Mona Mansour’s intriguing but unsatisfying The Way West, at Marin Theatre Co., Mom (a forceful Anne Darragh) won’t let anything get her down. Her Fresno home is being foreclosed upon. She has a mysterious illness. But as long as she can pick up a ukulele and sing songs about the early pioneers—survivors who sustained themselves on sheer grit and optimism—she’ll get by. Her daughters aren’t so sure. Manda (Kathryn Zdan), a highearning grant writer, is appalled at her mother’s ambivalence in

the face of looming disaster, and Meesh (Rosie Hallett) is just looking for the next eBay scam to earn a few dollars of her own. Mom’s friend Tress (a marvelous Stacy Ross) has taken what little is left of her friend’s money to invest in a cutting-edge weight-loss business at a local strip mall. From this promising set-up, a rather rocky, rambling story unfolds, one that frustrates as much as it entertains. Like the less fortunate pioneers Mom loves to sing and talk about, this one just doesn’t have what it takes to make it all the way to the end. Rating (out of 5): In James Baldwin’s marvelous Amen Corner (AlterTheater), Gospel music underscores the roiling emotions lurking beneath the surface of a small storefront church in Harlem in 1953. Directed with strong attention to emotional detail by Jeanette Harrison, this production unfolds, with minimal props and set pieces, in a cramped corner of the Body Kinetics health club, lending an appropriate sense of urban place to the story. Sister Margaret (Cathleen Riddley, sensational) is the impassioned shepherd of her flock, leading by example as much as by the fire of her sermons. When her long-estranged jazz-musician husband Luke (Chauncey Roberts) suddenly appears, Margaret fears he might pull their son David (Rotimi Agbabiaka) from God’s path. She never suspects that it’s her congregation, gradually incited by what they’ve learned about their leader’s past, she should be wary of. Insightful and lyrical, with strong supporting performances anchoring the rising drama, The Amen Corner is sensitive, insightful and powerfully moving, and like a good gospel tune, it’s impossible to get out of your head. Rating (out of 5): ‘The Way West’ runs Tuesday–Sunday through May 10 at Marin Theatre Company. Times vary. $30–$58. 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 415.388.5208. ‘The Amen Corner’ runs Tuesday– Sunday through May 17 at Body Kinetics. Times vary. $25–$35. 1001 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.454.2787


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‘Ex Machina’ examines the line between human and machine BY RICHARD VON BUSACK

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he Latin phrase deus ex machina describes a theatrical device in which an actor in the role of a god appears onstage to neatly wrap things up. Alex Garland’s science-fiction film Ex Machina—a masterpiece if ever I’ve seen one—seemingly clips the god from the equation in depicting a bad demiurge in the form of a high-tech tycoon. Nathan (Oscar Isaac) is the founder of Bluebook, named in honor of Wittgenstein’s privately circulated journals on human consciousness. This search engine, with its 94 percent market share, has left Google, Baidu and all the rest in the dust. Nathan lives in what seems like a recycled, eco-friendly boxcar built over a mountain stream. This cyber-lord is attractively brutish, muscled and bearded with a close-cropped head. He has the patronizing assumption of homo-superior status on the simple grounds that he knows how to click a keyboard the right way. And he has that greedy paranoia barely masked as coolness. Far away from the world, Nathan is hiding his insanely great development: artificial intelligence in a human frame. The intelligence is called Ava (Alicia Vikander), and she is as beautiful as she is strange. She’s the most chilling nonhuman I’ve seen since video artist Elizabeth King’s creation in the 1991 clip “What Happened.” Ava is like that toy model in biology class, the Visible Woman, come to life; she has glass limbs, and you can just hear the soft soughing of rotors as she moves. Vikander was a ballerina once, and her movements have just enough stiffness to be unnatural. Mutely, she beseeches for freedom. I’ve read the counter critiques—one critic called this story misogynist, but that misses the point: Ava isn’t a woman. We know why Frankenstein’s monster rampages: he’s alone and hurt and badly treated. Ex Machina hits you: Is there a right way to treat such a creature? Would kindness even matter? ‘Ex Machina’ opens Friday, April 24, at Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley St., Sebastopol. 707.525.4840.

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Speaking by phone from his ranch near San Antonio, the cigar-chomping, tequila-swigging, decidedly nonpolitically correct Jewish-cowboy country star is in the middle of a career renaissance. He is currently wrapping up his first studio album in over three decades, finishing up his latest detective novel and working on a top-secret television project that’s still under development. Friedman will bring some of his new material and shows off a slew of his classic songs when he comes to Sebastopol on May 8. Still, even with all of these projects and his claim to not be running for any office, it’s hard for Friedman to talk anything other than politics.

“I’m going deaf, which I like, because I don’t have to hear all the bullshit of the world,” says Friedman. “I’m just amazed at how lousy the quality of people running for office is. Truly, it is what George Carlin said, the illusion of choice out there politically.” Friedman has long been a politically active figure, especially in Texas, where he made a run for governor as an independent in 2006 with a pro–gay marriage and marijuana decriminalization platform. As a states’ rights advocate, Friedman mourns the homogenization of American culture and political apathy. “You don’t see a person that truly inspires anywhere in office today,” explains Friedman. “We have completely inverted what JFK said he wanted us to do. JFK wanted us all to get into politics, to get involved—it’s what inspired me to join the Peace Corps. And what’s happened today is just the opposite. You have a classless class of people in office today.” Creatively, Friedman credits his current resurgence with a recent tour he did through Europe. “In Germany, I feel like the thinking man’s David Hasselhoff,” Friedman jokes. “I was very inspired by the Germans. That may be the one place on Earth that truly understands me.” Sadly, Friedman’s upcoming show in Sebastopol has recently taken a somber turn. It was originally planned as a birthday celebration for North Bay Live concert booker and promoter Laurie Schaeffer, but news came late Friday, April 24, that Schaeffer passed away unexpectedly after suffering organ failure. Now, Friedman plans to pay tribute to his longtime friend, and the community is coming together to celebrate Schaeffer’s life and remember the passionate, dedicated woman who brought so much great music to the North Bay for so many years. Kinky Friedman performs with openers Greg Abel and Nina Gerber on Friday, May 8, at the Grange Hall, 6000 Sebastopol Ave. (Highway 12), Sebastopol. 7pm. $30–$35. 707.322.0999.


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More KOWS Bell Ball Lester Chambers headlines, and a dozen local bands take the stage in this daylong benefit for KOWS radio, with raffle and auction. May 3, 12pm. $15-$25. HopMonk Sebastopol, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

MARIN COUNTY PaynBirds New trio features Tom Luce of LUCE with Charlie Colin and Rob Hotchkiss, both former founding members of Train. May 3, 8pm. $15-$17. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

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The Boxmasters Billy Bob Thorton’s country roots band comes to Napa for a night of rhythm and soul. May 1, 8pm. $25-$50. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Steve Earle & the Dukes The country and folk storyteller performs with his band in support of “Terraplane,” their latest album. Apr 30, 8pm. $45-$55. City Winery Napa, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.260.1600.

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Annex Wine Bar Thurs-Sat, live music. 865 W Napa St, Sonoma. 707.938.7779.

Arlene Francis Center May 5, Open Didgeridoo Clinic. Wed, Open Mic. 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.

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French Garden May 1, Bear’s Belly. 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.2030.

Green Music Center May 1, Nobuyuki Tsujii. May 2-4, Santa Rosa Symphony: Monumental Mahler. 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, 866.955.6040.

Apr 29, HE3. Apr 30, the Rusty Strings. May 1, Lee Presson & the Nails. May 2, DoRian Mode. May 3, MianoJazz. May 5, American Alley Cats gypsy jazz. May 6, Bruce Gordon and Nicky Otis. 128 American Alley, Petaluma. 707.776.4631.

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Blue Heron Restaurant & Tavern

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May 6, Jacob Green. 25300 Steelhead Blvd, Duncans Mills. 707.865.2261.

Brixx Pizzeria May 2, Dirty Red Barn. 16 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.766.8162.

Burgers & Vine May 1, Adrian Trevino. May 2, DJ Isak. Tues, “Reggae Market” DJ night. 400 First St E, Sonoma. 707.938.7110.

Center for Spiritual Living

Apr 29, Liberation Movement. May 1, Patchy Sanders. May 2, Lost Dog Found. May 4, Monday Night Edutainment. Tues, open mic night. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300. May 1, Sean Carscadden. May 2, Roem Baur. May 3, Megan Slankard and Jeff Campbell. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.

Hotel Healdsburg May 2, Terry Henry Trio with Bob Steele and Bill Moody. 25 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.431.2800.

Jamison’s Roaring Donkey Apr 30, Matt Bolton. May 2, the Grain. 146 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.772.5478.

Apr 29, Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda with the Saraswati Dream Band. 2075 Occidental Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.4543.

Jasper O’Farrell’s

Church of the Incarnation

Lagunitas Tap Room

Apr 30, Levi Lloyd. 6957 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2062.

May 1, North Bay Sinfonietta presents Hidden Classics Brought to Life. 550 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.579.2604.

Apr 29, John Dee Graham. Apr 30, Staggerwing. May 1, Nate Lopez. May 2, Cascada. May 3, Sound of Sirens. May 6, JimBo Trout. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

Coffee Catz

Main Street Station

May 3, Blues and R&B jam. Mon, open mic. Tues, 12pm, peaceful piano hour. 6761 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.6600.

Apr 30, Twin Souls. May 1, Susan Sutton Jazz Combo. May 2, Yancie Taylor. May 3, Janie Roberts. May 6, Greg Hester. 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.

D’Argenzio Winery Apr 30, Luvplanet. 1301 Cleveland Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.280.4658.

Epicurean Connection Apr 29, Nate Dittle. Apr 30, Jacob Green. 122 West Napa St, Sonoma. 707.935.7960.

Finley Community Center Mon, 11am, Proud Mary’s ukulele jam and lessons. First Friday of every month, Larry Broderick Trio. 2060 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3737.

Flamingo Lounge May 1, Feather Witch. May 2, SuperHuey. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

Mc T’s Bullpen Wed, Sun, DJ Prodkt. Tues, Thurs, karaoke with Country Dan. 16246 First St, Guerneville. 707.869.3377.

Murphy’s Irish Pub Apr 30, Timothy O’Neil. May 1, Bottom Feeders Golf Tourny. May 2, Andrew Freeman. May 3, Kristen Pearce and Kyle Martin. May 5, the Hard Traveling Band. 464 First St E, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.

Mystic Theatre May 1, Della Mae. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

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SRJC Jazz Combos. Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.527.4372.

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May 2, 4pm, Occidental Community Choir. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.874.9392.

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Sun, 5pm, rock and blues jam. Tues, 7pm, Acoustic Americana jam. 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

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Apr 29, Open Irish set dancing. May 1, Bohemian Highway. May 2, the Thugz. May 3, 11am, Richard Torres. May 4, open belly night. May 5, Rock Overtime student performance. May 6, Open Irish set dancing. Thurs, Open Mic. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.

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Remy’s Bar & Lounge First Friday of every month, Jay Fresco. 130 Stony Point Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.578.1963.

Rio Nido Roadhouse May 2, Brad’s May MelÊe. May 3, Junk Parlor. 14540 Canyon 2 Rd, Rio Nido. 707.869.0821.

Rocker Oysterfeller’s May 3, Mr December. 4415 Hwy 1, Valley Ford. 707.876.1983.

Rossi’s 1906 Thurs, What’s Shakin’ jam session with Roy Blumenfeld, Bruce Gordon and others. May 1, Ten Foot Tone. May 2, the Bell Bottom Bash with Backtrax and DJ Saucy1. May 3, the Tri Tip Trio. 401 Grove St, El Verano. 707.343.0044.

Ruth McGowan’s Brewpub May 1, Out of the Blue. May 2, Now & Zen. Sun, Evening Jazz with Gary Johnson. 131 E First St, Cloverdale. 707.894.9610.

Sebastopol Center for the Arts May 3, Occidental Community Choir. 282 S High St, Sebastopol. 707.829.4797.

755 After Dark May 1, Secret Cat with Cash Pony and others. 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2722.

Spancky’s May 2, Paulies Garage. Thurs, 7pm, Thursday Night Blues Jam. Thurs, 11pm, DJ Selecta Konnex. 8201 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.664.0169.

SRHS Performing Arts Auditorium May 2, 3pm, SR Symphony’s Preparatory and Repertory

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Stout Brothers Apr 30, the Marshall House Project. 527 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.636.0240.

Tradewinds

Thurs, open mic night. 1415 Fifth Ave, San Rafael. 415.454.6422.

Twin Oaks Tavern

Apr 30, Tom Rhodes. May 1, the Cheeseballs. May 2, the Overcommitments. May 3, Heavy Traffic. May 5, West Coast Songwriters Competition. Wed, Pro blues jam. 919 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.813.5600.

Tues, Common Voice with Tim Weed & Debbie Daly. 503 B St, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.

Fenix

Ghiringhelli Pizzeria Grill & Bar

Apr 30, DJ Enfo and friends. 1910 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.843.5535.

First Sunday of every month, 5pm, Erika Alstrom with Dale Alstrom’s Jazz Society. 1535 South Novato Blvd, Novato. 415.878.4977.

Zodiacs

HopMonk Novato

Apr 29, Taarka. May 2, Lydia Pense & Cold Blood. May 6, David Thom Bluegrass with the Cherry Pickers. 256 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.773.7751.

MARIN COUNTY

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Belrose Theater

Dance Palace

Whiskey Tip

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His Latin Jazz Orchestra. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Tues, Jeremy’s Open Mic. Wed, Sonoma County Blues Society. Thurs, DJ Dave. 8210 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7878. Apr 29, Roadhouse Ramblers. Apr 30, Back in Black open mic night. May 1, HowellDevine. May 2, the Hots. May 3, Blues and BBQ with the Rhythm Drivers. May 4, Blues Defenders Pro Jam. May 6, the Dixie Giants. 5745 Old Redwood Hwy, Penngrove. 707.795.5118.

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Apr 29, open mic night with Skinny Guns. Apr 30, Linda Imperial Band. May 1, Revolver. May 2, the String Rays. May 6, open mic night with Miracle Mule. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200.

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Apr 29, Pacific High. Apr 30, Talley Up. Mon, open mic. 17 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

No Name Bar Apr 29, Saphyre. Apr 30, Joe Tate Island Time. Fri, Michael Aragon Quartet. Mon, Kimrea and Dreamdogs. Tues, open mic. 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.1392.

Osteria Divino Apr 29, J Kevin Durkin. Apr 30, Hippopotamus Trio. 37 Caledonia St, Sausalito. 415.331.9355.

Panama Hotel Restaurant Apr 29, DownLow Duo. Apr 30, C-JAM with Connie Ducey. 4 Bayview St, San Rafael. 415.457.3993.

Periâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Silver Dollar Apr 29, Fitz & Pieces. Apr 30, Dr Mojo. May 1, Chrissy Lynne Band. May 2, Highway Poets. May 3, Kindred. May 6, the Weissmen. Mon, Billy Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s open mic. Tues, Tommy Odetto and Tim Baker. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.

Daughters Rea. Sun, open mic. Mon, reggae. Wed, Larryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s karaoke. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311.

Spitfire Lounge

4, Haunted Summer with Foxtails Brigade. May 5, 6pm, Cinco de Mayo party with Trio Solea. 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.260.1600.

First Friday of every month, Truthlive. Last Thursday of every month, the North Bass DJ night. 848 B St, San Rafael. 415.454.5551.

Downtown Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brewery & Restaurant

Sweetwater Music Hall

Hydro Grill

Apr 30, John Nemeth. May 1, Tainted Love. May 2, Jason Crosby and friends. May 6, Steep Ravine and Patchy Sanders. Mon, Open Mic. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

Terrapin Crossroads Apr 29, Lazyman. Apr 30, San Geronimo. May 5, Cinco de Mayo party with Phil Lesh and friends. 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael. 415.524.2773.

True North Pizza Tues-Sun, live music. 638 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo. 415.453.1238.

NAPA COUNTY

Sun, DJ Aurelio. Wed, open mic. 902 Main St, Napa. 707.258.2337. First Saturday of every month, Always Elvis. Sun, 7pm, Swing Seven. Fri, Sat, blues. 1403 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.9777.

Jarvis Conservatory May 2, Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Grand Night for Singers. 1711 Main St, Napa. 707.255.5445.

Siloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Apr 29, the Last Resort. Apr 30, Mike Annuzzi. May 2, Siloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Idol final four. May 3, Garage Band 101 for Kids. May 6, Syria T Berry. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

Uptown Theatre May 3, Los Lonely Boys. 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

City Winery Napa

Uva Trattoria

Apr 29, Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra. May 1, Pete Yorn. May 3, Andy McKee. May

Apr 29, Tom Duarte. Apr 30, Dan & Margarita. 1040 Clinton St, Napa. 707.255.6646.

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May 1, Lumanation May Day dance party. Fort Baker, Sommerville Rd, Sausalito. 415.332.2319. May 3, 2:30pm, Marin Music Chest Scholarship Winners Concert. 1500 Butterfield Rd, San Anselmo.

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The Lovely Bad Things Hyperactive garage rockers mix hijinks, hooks and popculture obsession. Apr 30 at Great American Music Hall.

Apr 30, Los Flamencos del Pueblo. May 1, La Mixta Criolla featuring Hector Lugo. May 2, James Moseley Band. May 3, Orquesta la Moderna Tradicion. Tues, Jazz with Noel Jewkes and friends. Wed, Tango with Marcello and Seth. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito. 415.331.2899.

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Infectious Brooklyn duo, who played last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s BottleRock, are back with their fun and frenzied energy. May 2 at the Warfield.

Apr 29, Dyllan Hersey and Jon Blach. Apr 30, Scott Nygaard and friends. Sat, Ukulele Jam Session. Sun, 2pm, traditional Irish music jam. Mon, open mic with Simon Costa. 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.485.1182.

Smileyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Schooner Saloon Apr 29, Midnight on the Water. May 1, Pacific High. May 2,

Old-school SF rock band is back with a retrospective of their soulful songs and surging power. May 1 at Slimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s.

The Fresh & Onlys Tim Cohenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adventurous indie band is one of the most consistently fun live bands in the city. May 2 at the Chapel.

Matt & Kim

Folkazoid Multitalented trio from Santiago, Chile, made one of the finest kraut-rock records in years. May 3 at Rickshaw Stop.

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Galleries

Through Jun 7, “Golden Gate Marin Artists Exhibit,” features the wrok of the GGMA group, on display during any performance at VMA. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.473.6800.

RECEPTIONS

to Kara Walker: Picturing the Iconic,” inaugural exhibit features contemporary prints with the theme of the iconic. 505 B St, Santa Rosa. 707.579.1500.

May 1

Calabi Gallery

History Museum of Sonoma County, “Art & Storytelling,” new body map series, based on a community-based arts initiative, displays large drawings and collages that reflects the personal story of the participant. 8pm. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.579.1500.

May 2 ArtFlare Gallery, “Rites of Spring,” Sonoma Country women’s art group displays in the brand new gallery’s inaugural exhibit. 1pm. 3840 Finley Ave, Bldg 33, Santa Rosa.

May 3 Gallery Route One, “Channel Surfing,” Jessica Eastburn’s paintings show how media saturation causes thought disruption and chaos; with works by Jon Kerpel and Geraldine Lia Braaten as well. 3pm. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1347. Hammerfriar Gallery, “Natural,”Through Jun 22, “Natural,” mixed-media show features Jenny Honnert Abell’s fantastical images, John Hundt’s collaged landscapes and others. 6pm. 132 Mill St, Ste 101, Healdsburg. 707.473.9600. Headlands Center for the Arts, “Build It Up/Break It Down,” multimedia work has been produced by Headlands’ 2014-15 Graduate Fellows during their yearlong residencies. Reception, May 3 at noon. 944 Fort Barry, Sausalito. Sun-Fri, noon to 4. 415.331.2787.

SONOMA COUNTY Art Museum of Sonoma County Through May 24, “Andy Warhol

Through May 17, “Spring Selection,” an eclectic mix of gallery artists and vintage works. 456 10th St, Santa Rosa. Tues-Sun, 11 to 5. 707.781.7070.

Chroma Gallery Through May 10, “Shinga Shell: Abstractions,” the up-andcoming artist is the subject of Chroma’s inaugural Emerging Artist series. 312 South A St, Santa Rosa. 707.293.6051.

Finley Community Center Through May 21, “Looking to the Skies,” solo show by Jessica Snowden features acrylic paintings and illustrated prints on the theme of skies. 2060 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. Mon-Fri, 8 to 7; Sat, 9 to 1 707.543.3737.

Graton Gallery Through May 17, “Botanicals and Birds,” Nancy Wheeler Klippert, Elizabeth Peyton and Vi Strain display original drawings of Botanical subjects and colorful local birds. Through May 17, “Musings,” new works by Pamela Powell and Rik Olson, plus guest artists. 9048 Graton Rd, Graton. Tues-Sun, 10:30 to 6. 707.829.8912.

Laguna de Santa Rosa Environmental Center Through Apr 29, “Celebrating the Wild,” artist Molly Eckler exhibits paintings inspired by the wildlife of the Laguna 900 Sanford Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.527.9277.

Occidental Center for the Arts Through May 4, “Rebirth,” local artists working in all media exhibit their interpretation of the theme. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.874.9392.

Riverfront Art Gallery Through May 3, “Showin’ on the River,” Sonoma and Marin artists offer photography, painting and multimedia art. May 6-Jul 5, “Wine Country Retrospective,” photographs by Lance Kuehne and Jeff G. Allen. 132 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma.

Wed, Thurs and Sun, 11 to 6. FriSat, 11 to 8. 707.775.4ART.

Shige Sushi Through May 31, “Suzanne Jacquot: Abstract Painting,” Jacquot’s paintings are notable for their command of composition and expressive use of color. 8235 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. hours vary 707.795.9753.

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art Through May 16, “Shaker Stories,” an exceptional, worldclass collection of Shaker furniture and objects. Through May 17, “Unconventional and Unexpected: Quilts Below the Radar, 1950-2000,” dynamic and vibrant selection of American pieced quilts and quilt tops from the mid to late 20th century. 551 Broadway, Sonoma. Wed-Sun, 11 to 5. 707.939.SVMA.

University Art Gallery Through May 17, “BFA Exhibition 2015,” features the work of 15 students in the Art Department graduating this Spring with their Bachelor of Fine Arts. Reception, Apr 30 at 5pm. Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. Tues-Fri, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, noon to 4. 707.664.2295.

MARIN COUNTY

Marin Center Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium

MarinMOCA Through May 23, “Altered Books and Book Arts,” beloved annual exhibit displays over 200 artists. Through May 23, “Bookworks: San Quentin Prison Arts Project,” art from inmates, used as therapy, is on display in the Ron Collins gallery. Novato Arts Center, Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Dr, Novato. Wed-Sun, 11 to 4. 415.506.0137.

MOS Gallery Through May 10, “Pop Up Gallery Exhibit” a preview of the upcoming Marin Open Studios event, this exhibit features hundreds of artists and guides of the studios. 50 Bon Air Center #302, Greenbrae. Tues-Sun; 11am to 6pm 415.343.5667.

Robert Allen Fine Art Through May 29, “Abstract Landscapes and Cityscapes,” group show features Heather Capen, Nick Coley, Elaine Coombs and others. 301 Caledonia St, Sausalito. 415.331.2800.

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San Geronimo Valley Community Center

Through Apr 30, “Landscapes,” new works by Doug Andelin display the gallery. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Through Apr 30, “Zhaohui Liu and Song Feng Liu,” recent works by to brothers steeped in diverse artistic traditions. 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo. 415.488.8888.

Bolinas Museum Through Jun 14, “40 Years of the Hearsay News,” exhibit includes more than 50,000 pages bound in volumes to peruse. 48 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. Fri, 1 to 5; Sat-Sun, noon to 5; and by appointment. 415.868.0330.

Corte Madera Library Through May 21, “Student Art Show,” artists from Sir Francis Drake High display. 707 Meadowsweet Dr, Corte Madera. 707.924.6444.

Desta Art & Tea Gallery Through Jun 9, “Still Motion,” Spring exhibit featuring paintings and sculptures from

Seager Gray Gallery Through May 3, “Sky, Land & Water,” Carole Pierce’s landscapes are expressive and dramatic renditions. May 5-31, “Art of the Book,” exhibiting handmade artist books, altered books and book-related materials. 108 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley.

Sometimes Books Through May 31, “Spring Open,” artists Carolyn Batchelor, Pamela Blotner, Denis Bold, Claudia Chapline and many others display. Eubank Studio, 11101 Hwy 1 #105, Pt Reyes Station. Sat-Sun, noon to 4 and by appointment. 415.669.1380.

NAPA COUNTY Downtown Napa Through May 1, “Metamorphosis,” outdoor sculpture exhibit with selfguided tour. Main and Third streets, Napa.

Napa Valley Museum Through Apr 30, “Brave Art,” over 100 visual art students will have their best work in exhibition at the Spotlight Gallery. Through Jun 7, “Napa Valley Collects,” honoring the region’s private art collectors. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. Tues-Sun, 10am to 4pm. 707.944.0500.

Events ACLU of Sonoma County Awards Luncheon Honoring local civil rights activists Big Man Howard and Carole Hyams-Howard with the Jack Green Civil Liberties Award. May 3, 12pm. $25$55. Flamingo Resort Hotel, 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

Annual Book Sale Browse thousands of books at bargain prices, and support families in need. May 2-3. St Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1123 Court St, San Rafael.

Beginning and Intermediate Steel Pan Drum Classes Taught by Saint Lucia island native and master player Harry Best. Tues, 7pm. through Jun 9. San Rafael Community Center, 618 B St, San Rafael.

Blossoms, Bees & Barnyard Babies Many farmers open their gates and barn doors to offer a behind-the-scenes peek at life on the farm. RSVP for maps and details. May 2-3. Free. Sonoma County farms, various locations, Sonoma.

Blue Jean Ball Fundraiser Grateful Dead themed night includes cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner and dancing. May 2, 4:30pm. $80. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.

Chow Down Music Jam Local food, beverage and ecoexhibit showcase features live music from the Highway Poets, Royal Jelly Jive and Saffell. May 3, 12pm. Free. Sonoma Mountain

Village Event Center, 1100 Valley House Dr, Rohnert Park.

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Coffee with the Director This is a chance for community members to discuss libraryrelated topics with Sonoma County Library director Brett Lear. Apr 29, 9am. Guerneville Library, 14107 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville. 707.869.9004.

Community Meditation Practice Sitting and walking meditation with free instruction. Followed by tea and snacks. Sun, 9am. Free. Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center, 709 Davis St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.4907.

Cuban Art & Culture Event Two evenings of Cuban culture, featuring an exposition of Female Cuban Art, music, food and dance from the artistic mecca of latin America. Apr 30-May 1, 7pm. $10. Arlene Francis Center, 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.

Earth Craft with Silvia Use the beauty of nature to weave works of art. May 3, 11am. $25. Circle of Hands, 6780 McKinley St, Ste 120, Sebastopol. 707.634.6140.

The Great Russian River Race Expert paddlers will compete in a 15-mile race, starting at the Alexander Valley Bridge. Recreational paddlers will do battle over a five-mile stretch. A 5K run complements the day. May 2, 9am. $45-$120. Healdsburg Veteran’s Memorial Beach, 13839 Old Redwood Hwy, Healdsburg. 707.433.1958.

Horses, Hats & Heroes Benefit for the Ceres Project features food, fun and the sounds of Tommy Thomsen and his Western Swing Band. May 2, 6pm. Sonoma Veterans Memorial Hall, 126 First St W, Sonoma. 707.938.4105.

Independent Bookstore Day The store features a full lineup of events with readings, workshops and other activities. May 2. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 415.927.0960.

Matsuri Japanese Arts Festival Showcase of authentic and traditional Japanese music and arts, both martial and visual. May 2, 11:30am. F ree. Juilliard Park, 227 Santa Rosa ) Ave, Santa Rosa.

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May-Pole & Monet A spring celebration at the peak bloom with may-pole fun and a large, shared canvas for communal painting. May 2-3. $2. Russian River Rose Company, 1685 Magnolia Dr, Healdsburg. 707.575.6744.

Petaluma Arts Association Open Studio Tour Your opportunity to see creative and inspiring work in the studios where the artists work, and talk to them in an intimate and casual setting. May 2-3, 11am-6pm. Free. Petaluma Home Studios, various locations, Petaluma. 707.762.2978.

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Full Moon Hike A full moon night is an enchanting way to experience the Preserve. Registration required. May 3, 7pm. Bohemia Ecological Preserve, 8759 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental.

Moonlit Hike Hike by the light of the moon around the 960-acre gem. RSVP required. May 2, 5pm. Saddle Mountain Preserve, Cleland Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.544.7284.

Pine Flat Walk Madrone Audubon Society leads a bird-rich outing. Meet at the bridge east of Hwy 128 and bring a lunch. May 2, 8am. Mayacamas Sanctuary, Pine Flat Rd & Hwy 128, Healdsburg. 707.583.3115.

The trampoline Park opens with a slam dunk competition, dodgeball, food and fun for the whole family. May 2, 9am. Rebounderz Indoor Trampoline Park, 555 Rohnert Park Expressway W, Rohnert Park.

Point Bonita Wildflower Hike

Rock & Rollin’ Car Show & Parade

Preserve Exploration Hike

The longest running car show and parade in Northern California will showcase hundreds of cool vehicles at the 28th annual event. May 2, 12pm. Free. Downtown San Rafael, Fourth St, San Rafael.

Explore the canyons and vistas of the preserve. Registration required. landpaths.org. Fri, May 1, 12:30pm. Bohemia Ecological Preserve, 8759 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental.

Santa Rosa First Friday Art Walk

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All downtown Santa Rosa art galleries and studios will be open with refreshments and music by the First Friday Band in Art Alley. May 1, 5pm. SOFA, South of A, Santa Rosa.

The Shop’s Grand Opening Discover Olema’s curated jewel-box of retail and community space in this weekend-long opening event. May 1-3. The Shop, 9960 Shoreline Hwy 1, Olema. 415350-9898.

Field Trips Dog Hike Hike through the beautiful estates with your furry best friend. Benefits Canine Companions and Sonoma County Humane Society. RSVP Required. Sat, May 2, 9am. $60. Kunde Family Estate,

Explore the Marin Headlands with an experienced naturalist. May 2, 11am. $5-$10. Point Bonita YMCA, 981 Fort Barry, Sausalito. 415.331.9622.

Film Fest Petaluma Short films from around the world show in an all-day event. May 2, 2pm. $10-$25. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

It Happened Here Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane and District Attorney Jill Ravitch introduce the compelling documentary on campus rape culture. May 6, 7pm. Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley St, Sebastopol. 707.525.4840.

FASCINATING Santa Rosa’s Roxy Stadium 14 celebrates Leonard Nimoy and the indelible character he created

in Spock from ‘Star Trek’ in a screening on April 30 of two films from the franchise. See Film, below.

this documentary. Apr 30, 7pm. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.1222.

Remembering Leonard Nimoy CULT movie night pays tribute to the late actor best known as Spock, showing both “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” and “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.” Apr 30, 7pm. $10. Roxy Stadium 14, 85 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa.

Seeds of Time Tells the the powerful story of the worldwide movement to protect seed diversity. May 6, 7pm. $10. SHED, 25 North St, Healdsburg. 707.431.7433.

The American Nurse: Healing America Science on Screen event is followed by a panel discussion. May 6, 7pm. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.1222.

Of Men & War Director Laurent Bécue-Renard takes an intense look into the lives of a group of soldiers in the PTSD therapy program at the Pathway Home in Yountville. May 6, 5:30pm. $25. Lincoln Theater, 100 California Dr, Yountville. 707.944.9900.

The Power of the Heart Author Isabel Allende and film producer Baptist de Pape will participate in a discussion following the screening of

Food & Drink First Friday at Fog Crest Wine, cuisine and community come together for this monthly showcase of Fog Crest wines and a guest gourmet food truck. RSVP requested. Fri, May 1, 5pm. Fog Crest

Vineyard, 7602 Occidental Rd, Sebastopol. 707.829.2006.

Guys Can Cook Too Taste dishes from talented local residents vying for the grand prize award for Amateur Chef. May 2, 4pm. $50-$75. Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris St, Sebastopol. 707.874.3176.

Healing Foods Essentials Advanced Class Make the connection between your health and the food and lifestyle factors that influence it. Thurs, Apr 30, 6pm. $10-$35. Ceres Community Project, 7351 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.8295.

Heirloom Tomato Sale Purchase tomato plants and get advice on making them thrive in your home garden. May 2, 10am. KendallJackson Wine Center, 5007 Fulton Rd, Fulton. 707.576.3810.

Interfaith Breakfast An interfaith celebration during the week of the National Day of Prayer with leaders from the three Abrahamic traditions. May 6, 8am. Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Dr, Tiburon. 415.388.1818.

Dog Rescue Project. 21 and over only. May 2, 2pm. $60. Hyatt Vineyard Creek, 170 Railroad St, Santa Rosa.

tea and dharma talk. All are welcome. Mon, 7pm. Free. Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.568.5381.

Rutherford Wine Experience

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A weekend-long tribute to the regions wines, with several spots to stop at and intimate tastings. May 1-3. $60 and up. Rutherford Appellation Wineries, Napa Valley wine region, Rutherford. 707.987.9821.

Sebastopol Certified Farmers Market Sun, 10am. Sebastopol Plaza, Weeks Way, Sebastopol. 707.522.9305.

Shannon Ridge Winery Dinner Food and Shannon Ridge wines are paired in this inclusive dinner event. Apr 29, 6pm. $96. Left Bank Brasserie, 507 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.927.3331.

Tailwags & Handbags Jean Charles Boisset hosts a ladies luncheon that lets you sip and shop to benefit Pets Lifeline. May 1, 11:30am. $85. Buena Vista Winery, 18000 Old Winery Rd, Sonoma. 707.996.4577, ext 110.

Mad Hatter Twisted Tea Party

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Fantastic and twisted fun with the Transcendence Theater Company. Benefits the Green

CityZen Evening of sitting meditation,

Petaluma Arts Association meeting features Bodega watercolorist Annie Murphy Springer leading a workshop using YUPO paper to create exciting art. May 5, 7pm. Free. United Church of Christ, 825 Middlefield Dr, Petaluma.

Grow Comfortable Senior Seminar Learn how to keep a vibrant garden well into your golden years, without pain or injury. May 2, 11am. Free. Novato Library, 1720 Novato Blvd, Novato. 415.898.4623.

More Qi, More Happiness Wisdom Healing Qigong workshop is dedicated to reducing stress, increasing vitality and renewing your mind-body connection. May 3, 10am. $77-$99. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.

Survive & Thrive Joel Billman, who was paralyzed after a fall on Fitch Mountain, will speak as to his ongoing recovery. Fire and Rescue teams who rescued him will also speak. Apr 29, 7pm. Healdsburg Library, 139 Piper St, Healdsburg. 707.433.3772.


Readings May 4, 6:30pm, Rivertown Poets, featuring Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet and Johanna Ely, followed by open mic. 189 H St, Petaluma 707.778.6060.

Book Passage Apr 29, 7pm, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Gluten-Free Revolutionâ&#x20AC;? with Jax Peters Lowell. Apr 30, 6:30pm, Poets in the Schools, celebrating student poets. May 3, 7pm, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Out of Sight: The Los Angeles Art Scene of the Sixtiesâ&#x20AC;? with William Hackman. May 4, 7pm, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whispering Shadowsâ&#x20AC;? with Jan-Philipp Sendker. May 5, 7pm, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pieces of My Motherâ&#x20AC;? with Melissa Cistaro. May 6, 7pm, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Early Warningâ&#x20AC;? with Jane Smiley. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera 415.927.0960.

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her dignity comes to West Marin for one weekend only. May 1-4. $20. Dance Palace, 503 B St, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.

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Apr 29, 7pm, â&#x20AC;&#x153;D.I.Y. Magic: A Strange and Whimsical Guide to Creativityâ&#x20AC;? with Anthony Alvarado. Wednesdays, 11am, Read Aloud for the Youngâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;uns!. First Friday of every month, 6pm, First Friday Night Write. 964 Pearl St, Napa 707.733.3199.

Exciting lineup of deserving, fully produced new short plays; three brand-new full-length staged readings; and workshops and keynote playwright speakers. Through Jun 7. Studio Theatre, Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

Open Secret Apr 30, 7:30pm, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Smell of Rain on Dustâ&#x20AC;? with Martin Prechtel. $30. 923 C St, San Rafael 415.457.4191.

Petaluma Seed Bank Apr 30, 7pm, â&#x20AC;&#x153;California Master Gardener Handbookâ&#x20AC;? with Dennis Pittenger. 199 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma 707.773.1336.

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Apr 29, 3pm, â&#x20AC;&#x153;On Time: Poems 2005â&#x20AC;&#x201C;2014â&#x20AC;? with Joanne Kyger. May 3, retreat with Diana Beresford-Kroeger. $40. 451 Mesa Rd, Bolinas.

Apr 29, 6:30pm, Hand to Mouth/Words Spoken Out, poems and letters featuring contributors to Changing Harm to Harmony. 1611 Fourth St, San Rafael 415.482.0550.

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Apr 30, 7pm, â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the Shadow of Liesâ&#x20AC;? with MA Adler. May 1, 7pm, â&#x20AC;&#x153;As Good as Deadâ&#x20AC;? with Elizabeth Evans. May 2, 7pm, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bone Treeâ&#x20AC;? with Greg Iles. 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa 707.578.8938.

May 6, 8pm, David Sedaris, Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s per-eminent humor writer delivers a sharp wit and incisive social critiques. $45$65. 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa 707.546.3600.

Corte Madera Library

May 2, 11am, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mexican Flavorsâ&#x20AC;? with Hugh Carpenter & Teri Sandison, a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Copperfieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cooksâ&#x20AC;? event. 3682 Bel Aire Plaza, Napa 707.224.6300.

Apr 29, 7pm, Poetry reading with Prartho Sereno, newly appointed Marin County Poet Laureate. 707 Meadowsweet Dr, Corte Madera 707.924.6444.

Dance Palace May 2, 7pm, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Sweetness of the Simple Lifeâ&#x20AC;? with Diana Beresford-Kroeger. $10. 503 B St, Pt Reyes Station 415.663.1075.

French Garden May 3, 5pm, Michael Krasny in conversation with Amy Tan, dinner event features the host of KQEDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Forum and the celebrated author. $150. 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol 707.824.2030.

Jamisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Roaring Donkey May 4, 6pm, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Deception Artistâ&#x20AC;? with Fayette Fox, a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Debut Brewsâ&#x20AC;? event presented by Copperfieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books. 146 Kentucky St, Petaluma 707.772.5478.

Kendall-Jackson Wine Center May 4, 6pm, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Charlie Palmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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Theater Footloose Based on the hit film, this rollicking musical is sure to get the whole town dancing. Through May 3. Burbank Auditorium, SRJC, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa.

Hand to Mouth: A Seedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Journey from Soil to Plate This world premiere musical, inspired by Michael Pollanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Food Rules,â&#x20AC;? includes original songs and spoken word, vivid interactive video and humor for the whole family. Apr 30-May 10. $15-$27. Main Stage West, 104 N Main St, Sebastopol. 707.823.0177.

The Heiress Henry Jamesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; story of a woman who loses her heart and finds

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American Fareâ&#x20AC;? with Charlie Palmer, A garden party with the chef and author, presented by Copperfieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books. $5. 5007 Fulton Rd, Fulton 707.576.3810.

Nunsense: The Mega Musical Benefit for Sonoma Arts Live is a super-sized romp with the nuns and friends. Through May 3. $12-$26. Andrews Hall, Sonoma Community Center, 276 E Napa St, Sonoma. 707.974.1932.

Seagull College of Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drama department takes on the Chekov-penned tale that is simultaneously funny and tragic. Mature themes. May 1-17. $10-$20. College of Marin Kentfield Campus, 835 College Ave, Kentfield.

A Very Potter Musical Join the students of Music to My Ears as they present a comedy satire musical of Harry Potter. Times vary. May 2-3. $20. Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

The Way West Wryly funny and generously tender, this new family drama is told with frontier folk songs and tall tales of pioneers past. Through May 10. $30$51. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.5208.

Witness for the Prosecution North Bay Stage Company captures Agatha Christieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mystery, about a man wrongly accused of murder, in all its rich tension. May 1-17. $26. Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

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BY ROB BREZSNY

For the week of April 29

ARIES (March 21–April 19) Chris Moneymaker was employed as an accountant in Tennessee. On a whim, he paid $39 to enter an online poker tournament. Although he knew a lot about the game, he had never competed professionally. Nevertheless, he won the tournament. As his award, he received no money, but rather an invitation to participate in the annual World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Can you guess the storybook ending? The rookie triumphed over 838 pros, taking home $2.5 million. I don’t foresee anything quite as spectacular for you, Aries, but there may be similar elements in your saga. For example, a modest investment on your part could make you eligible for a chance to earn much more. Here’s another possible plot twist: You could generate luck for yourself by ramping up a skill that has until now been a hobby. TAURUS (April 20–May 20)

eBay is a multibillion-dollar e-commerce business that has been around for almost 20 years. But it had an inauspicious beginning. The first item ever sold on the service was a broken laser pointer. Even though the laser pointer didn’t work, and the seller informed the buyer it didn’t work, it brought in $14.83. This story might be a useful metaphor for your imminent future, Taurus. While I have faith in the vigor of the long-term trends you are or will soon be setting in motion, your initial steps may be a bit iffy.

GEMINI (May 21–June 20) Poetically speaking, it’s time to purify your world of all insanities, profanities and inanities. It’s a perfect moment for that once-ina-blue-moon Scour-a-Thon, when you have a mandate to purge all clunkiness, junkiness and gunkiness from your midst. And as you flush away the unease of your hypocrisies and discrepancies, as you dispense with any tendency you might have to make way too much sense, remember that evil is allergic to laughter. Humor is one of the most effective psychospiritual cleansers ever. CANCER (June 21–July 22)

I was in the checkout line at Whole Foods. The shopper ahead of me had piled her groceries on the conveyor belt, and it was her turn to be rung up. “How are you doing?” she said cheerfully to the cashier, a crabby-looking hipster whom I happened to know is a Cancerian poet and lead singer in a local rock band. “Oh, I am living my dream,” he replied. I guessed he was being sarcastic, although I didn’t know for sure. In any case, I had a flash of intuition that his answer should be your mantra in the coming weeks. It’s time to redouble your commitment to living your dream! Say it 20 times in a row right now: “I am living my dream.”

LEO (July 23–August 22) As I awoke this morning, I remembered the dream I’d just had. In the dream, I had written a horoscope for you. Here’s what it said: “The Kentucky Derby is a famous horse race that takes place on the first Saturday of every May. It’s called ‘The Run for the Roses’ because one of the prizes that goes to the winning horse and jockey is a garland of 554 roses. I suspect that your life may soon bring you an odd treasure like that, Leo. Will it be a good thing, or too much of a good thing? Will it be useful or just kind of weird? Beautiful or a bit ridiculous? The answers to those questions may depend in part on your willingness to adjust your expectations.” VIRGO (August 23–September 22) Don’t calm down. Don’t retreat into your sanctuary and relax into protective comfort. If you have faith and remain committed to the messy experiment you have stirred up, the stress and agitation you’re dealing with will ripen into vitality and excitement. I’m not exaggerating, my dear explorer. You’re on the verge of tapping into the catalytic beauty and rejuvenating truth that lurk beneath the frustration. You’re close to unlocking the deeper ambitions that are trapped inside the surfacelevel wishes. LIBRA (September 23–October 22) American author Stephen Crane wrote his celebrated Civil War novel The Red Badge of Courage in 10 days. Composer George Frideric Handel polished off his famous oratorio Messiah in a mere 24 days, and Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky produced his novel The Gambler in 16 days. On the other hand, Junot Díaz, who won a Pulitzer

Prize for his novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, needed 10 years to finish it. As for you, Libra, I think this is—and should be!—a phase more like Díaz’s than the other three creators’. Go slowly. Be super extra thorough. What you’re working on can’t be rushed.

SCORPIO (October 23–November 21)

In her book A Natural History of the Senses, Diane Ackerman describes a Medieval knight who asked his lady for a strand of her pubic hair: a symbol of her life force. The lady agreed. He placed the talisman in a locket that he wore around his neck, confident that it would protect him and consecrate him in the course of the rough adventures ahead. I recommend that you consider a similar tack in the coming weeks, Scorpio. As you head toward your turning point, arm yourself with a personal blessing from someone you love. Success is most likely if you tincture your fierce determination with magical tenderness.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21) “An escalator can never break,” mused comedian Mitch Hedberg. “It can only become stairs. You should never see an ‘Escalator Temporarily Out Of Order’ sign, just ‘Escalator Is Temporarily Stairs.’” I think a similar principle applies to you, Sagittarius. If we were to try to evaluate your current situation with conventional wisdom, we might say that part of your usual array of capacities is not functioning at its usual level. But if we adopted a perspective like Hedberg’s, we could rightly say that this part of you is simply serving its purpose in a different way. CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19) I’ve got a tough assignment for you. It won’t be easy, but I think you’re ready to do a good job. Here it is: Learn to be totally at home with your body. Figure out what you need to do to feel unconditional love for your physical form. To get started on this noble and sacred task, practice feeling compassion for your so-called imperfections. I also suggest you cast a love spell on yourself every night, using a red candle, a mirror and your favorite creamy beverage. It may also help to go down to the playground and swing on the swings, make loud animal sounds or engage in unusually uninhibited sex. Do you have any other ideas? AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18)

When Aquarian media mogul Oprah Winfrey was born, “Oprah” was not what she was called. Her birth certificate says she is “Orpah,” a name her aunt borrowed from a character who appears in the biblical Book of Ruth. As Oprah grew up, her friends and relatives had trouble pronouncing “Orpah,” and often turned it into “Oprah.” The distorted form eventually stuck. But if I were her, I would consider revisiting that old twist sometime soon, maybe even restoring “Orpah.” For you Aquarians, it’s a favorable time to investigate original intentions or explore primal meanings or play around with the earliest archetypes.

PISCES (February 19–March 20)

What I propose is that you scan your memories and identify everyone who has ever tried to limit your options or dampen your enthusiasm or crush your freedom. Take a piece of paper and write down a list of the times someone insinuated that you will forever be stuck in a shrunken possibility, or made a prediction about what you will supposedly never be capable of, or said you had a problem that was permanently beyond your ability to solve. Once you’ve compiled all the constricting ideas about yourself that other people have tried to saddle you with, burn that piece of paper and declare yourself exempt from their curses. In the days after you do this ritual, all of life will conspire with you to expand your freedom.

Go to REALASTROLOGY.COM to check out Rob Brezsny’s Expanded Weekly Audio Horoscopes and Daily Text Message Horoscopes. Audio horoscopes are also available by phone at 1.877.873.4888 or 1.900.950.7700.

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