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Editor’s note: Last month’s story on the drought and Big Ag (“Crop Priority,” April 8) didn’t generate too many comments locally but it received a hail of comments when our friends at Metro Silicon Valley posted it on SJInside.com. Here is a sampling. Blaming agriculture for our water crisis is like blaming retirees benefiting from Proposition 13 for our tax problems. Nowhere in this article do I see a

mention of water going for construction, the expansion of housing or the fact that Northern California ships a large amount of water to Los Angeles via the California Aqueduct.

companies like Nestle, who have several wells operating up and down the state.

I guess it’s not politically correct to put the blame on the millions of recent arrivals to California soaking their lawns until the water runs into the street. At least in agriculture a good portion of that runoff makes it back into the water table, instead of flowing over nonpermeable surfaces (concrete, etc.) into the creeks. And let’s not forget

Nature causes droughts. Politicians cause water shortages. For more than 3,000 years, humanity knew how to deal with water shortages.

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eager to transport water to California. Let’s make a deal!

Endangered snail darters, “Hands up, don’t shoot!” and human-caused global warming are just floats in the endless parade of lies dumped on the busy, hard-working American people by the Malthusian elites who have engineered the water shortage. The end game is population control. “Humanity is an invasive species.” Paul Erlich explained it all in The Population Bomb. The Sierra Club wants you to go away. After all, it’s their planet, not yours. And there are way too many of you. The Sierra Clubbers have trust funds. They can drink bottled water. But working people need jobs, and the jobs that working people are paid to do require water. No water. No jobs. No invasive species.

SJOUTSIDETHEBUBBLE The author of this article expresses concern—and rightly so—about the “great unmentionables.” But he’s evidently afraid to mention one unmentionable, and that’s unrestrained immigration, its impact on our population and on the amount of water that’s used. It’s one thing to have a roommate who uses more than his share of water in some gardening project in the backyard. Things can be worked out with such a roommate. It’s a different matter altogether to have a roommate who, without asking, invites his friends to live in your house and use your water, plays dumb when you point it out to him, and hires expensive lawyers and cozies up to the landlord to prevent you from evicting these water-consuming lawbreakers. Agriculture has a legitimate place in California; illegal aliens do not. You want to start pointing fingers at “great unmentionables,” then do the intellectually honest thing and point fingers at all of them.

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The first installment focused on David Kent and the Santa Rosa Table Tennis Club. Last week focused on Sebastopol antiquarian bookseller Ben Kinmont. My vision for these videos is to create a series of three- to five-minute-long documentaries about our North Bay neighbors doing what they love. Like the videos on table tennis and Kinmont, some of the videos will supplement our cover stories and other articles in the Bohemian. These will generally feature the reporter on location introducing the story and the people in it in a loose, unscripted format. Other videos will stand alone as special, web-only content. These will be shot and produced by out videographers as mini documentaries. I’m excited about this new venture, as it opens a whole new avenue of storytelling. We’re diving in head-first. Please check out the videos on Bohemian.com or go straight to our YouTube channel at tinyurl.com/boholife, and please subscribe. There’s not a lot there now, but much more is on the way. In addition to the work we do in-house, I’d love to see short documentaries created by Bohemian readers. We’ll air the best of them on Bohemian.com and on our Facebook page at facebook.com/bohemian. Send them to me at sholbrook@ bohemian.com. See you in the movies! Stett Holbrook is the editor of this paper. We welcome your contribution. To have your topical essay of 350 words considered for publication, write openmic@bohemian.com.

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onoma County leaders like Supervisor Efren Carrillo have made no bones about their opposition to a California State Parks–driven move to charge for beach access at parks up and down the coast. It’s an issue that has roiled North Bay coastal groups and

Cannabiz A bill sponsored by freshly minted State Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg, is one of several cannabis-related bills under consideration in Sacramento this session. It may be the highest quality bud-related bill of the year. As McGuire himself wrote in an Open Mic in these pages last week, Senate Bill 643 would go where others have gone—and failed—and create a single set of state protocols around its multibillion-dollar medical-cannabis industry. Last week, McGuire’s bill cleared the Senate Governance and Finance Committee and now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee for another toke. “On the North Coast, many of the medical marijuana growers are running small family farm operations,” notes McGuire in an April 30 press release (he did not respond to a request for comment). “SB 643 would provide a legal framework for those farmers who want to comply with state and local regulations.

FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE It’s class warfare on the beaches of Sonoma County.

humble beach lovers, especially in coastal Sonoma County, home to numerous beaches managed by the state, and home to a significant number of souls of lesser means looking for some fun and sun in the surf. Carrillo was the county point person who tried to put the brakes on a State Parks proposed $8 parking fee during a California Coastal Commission hearing last month in San Rafael. That

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the Coastal Commission,” says Carrillo, “was specifically around the premise of families of lesser means having to turn around in their cars and not have access to the coast. We are trying to ensure as best we can that there is universal access, particularly for those families that don’t have the means.” Carrillo points to a county report from late last year that identified family incomes as low as $14,000 a year in Rohnert Park. That’s called “living in poverty,” in case there’s any confusion about how far $14k will take you in Sonoma County. But there’s hope, maybe. Carrillo says that since the Coastal Commission vote, State Parks appeared to have gotten a message about the unpopularity of its proposed move, and the promised backlash in the form of class war in the sands, with seething surfers at the vanguard. Carrillo credits the Coastal Commission for committing to a transparent process as it weighed the merits of the state’s argument over jurisdiction. That very transparency may have piqued the conscience, if not the political considerations, of State Parks bureaucrats. They reached out to Carrillo after the meeting to see if there wasn’t a way through the fee fandango. “My understanding is that they didn’t necessarily have to open [the meeting] to the public,” says Carrillo as he recounts the blowby-blow account. “There was a lot of public input and many people who certainly made very, very strong points that supported the county’s position.” Since the vote, Carrillo says, “we’ve been contacted by State Parks to sit down and confer, and I’m certainly open to and receptive to sitting down with them. I can’t tell you with certainty what that means, but they have reached out and we’ve responded.” Carrillo says that in the meantime he’ll reach out to organizations such as Coastwalk California and the Surfrider Foundation to make sure they’re in the loop on further discussions about beach fees. Those organizations have advocated for unencumbered access for all.


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GRANDE AMBITION Carlos Alas Grande plans to expand the Don Julio menu—and your mind along with it.

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classmates and coworkers. Now, at age 25, he sells about 275 of his mom’s pupusas everyday on colorful plates in the restaurant he owns. “When you have them fresh from the grill to the plate, it’s so different,” Alas Grande says. He jokes about how everyone thought they changed the recipe after he and his family opened Don Julio’s Rincon Latin Grill & Pupusas in Rohnert Park. The warm, cheesy pupusas ($2.99) are best topped with

curtido—lightly fermented, seasoned cabbage—and a savory tomato salsa. Each bite is balanced with richness and tanginess, and tied together with earthy Mexican oregano in the curtido. It’s a family tradition that became a family business, a business Alas Grande hopes will enable him to give back to his family. The progression of selling pupusas in foil to selling them on plates wasn’t as easy as it sounds. Opening a restaurant was a gamble for him and his family,

especially after his mother quit her job and, three weeks before they opened, his father, Julio Sanabria, permanently injured his arm in a car accident. But through word of mouth, Don Julio’s has seen a stream of regulars. “It’s honestly what keeps us thriving,” Alas Grande says. After Petaluma musician Kirk Heydt tasted Don Julio’s for the first time, he told the guy on the corner to go and try it. Then he told someone at the gas station. Now he brings his family and tells all of his friends, because he just loves the food. “She’s like an artist,” Heydt says of Evelyn Sanabria. Aside from a variety of pupusas, the menu features Mexican classics, and Alas Grande hopes to expand the menu to include more of Evelyn’s Salvadoran dishes, like tamales wrapped in plantain, torrejas (Salvadoran French toast) and chicharrón—fried pig skin— with yucca root. Sanabria cooks while Alas Grande runs the front and works the business side, but he has bigger plans. He watched his mother cook in Mexican restaurants when he was a child and knows she always wanted her own place. “Five years is my goal, and then I want to retire them, especially after my dad’s accident,” Alas Grande says. “I want to get to the level where she’s at, where she knows how to make everything without even having to measure it out.” He hopes his mom can eventually oversee the restaurant and not have to run the kitchen when he and his younger brother, Cesar, take it over. Alas Grande says that since they opened the restaurant, he’s spending more time with his family, and he loves seeing his mom’s dream come true. “She’ll come home tired, but it’s a different type of tired. We’re doing it for ourselves now,” he says. “That for me is the biggest satisfaction.” Don Julio’s Rincon Latin Grill & Pupusas. 217 Southwest Blvd. Rohnert Park. 707.242.3160.


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Finnegan’s Marin Pub fare. $$. Irish bar with the traditional stuff. Lunch and dinner daily. 877 Grant Ave, Novato. 415.899.1516.

Fish Seafood. $$-$$$.

S O N OMA CO U N TY Bistro 29 Bistro. $$-$$$. Get an honestly prepared plate of excellence, reasonably priced, at this veritable palace of crepes. Dinner, Tues-Sat. 620 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.546.2929. Chloe’s French Cafe French. $. Hearty French fare, decadent desserts and excellent selection of French and California wines. Breakfast and lunch, Mon-Fri. 3883 Airway Dr, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3095.

French Garden French. $$$-$$$$. The French Garden serves classic French and California cuisine focusing on seasonal and sustainable foods, much of it grown on its own farm; also, a casual bar with small plates. Dinner, Wed-Sun; brunch, Sun. 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.2030.

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. $$. Authentic po’ boy sandwiches elicit the sound of a big brass marching band with every bite. Breakfast favorites include shrimp and grits, but don’t forget the beignets. Breakfast and lunch, Wed-Sun. 60-A Mill St, Healdsburg. 707.431.8474 Saddles Steakhouse. $$$$$$$. A steakhouse in the best American tradition, with top-quality grass-fed beef. Pies are made from fruit trees on restaurant property. Dinner daily. 29 E MacArthur St, Sonoma. 707.933.3191.

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.

Sonoma Chocolatiers Dessert and tea. $. Fine flavors of tea and artisanal chocolates. All chocolates are 62-85 percent Scharffen Berger dark chocolate. Luscious and addictive; vegan options, bold flavors, low sugar, local and organic ingredients. 6988 McKinley St., Sebastopol. 707.829.1181.

Thai Pot Thai. $$. A local favorite for authentic Thai recipes with pad Thai, curries, exotic appetizers and entrées. Lunch and dinner daily. 2478 W Third St, Santa Rosa. 707.575.9296. 6961 Sebastopol Ave (across from West America Bank), Sebastopol. 707.829.8889.

Yao-Kiku Japanese. $$-$$$. Fresh sushi with ingredients flown in from Japan steals the show in this popular neighborhood restaurant. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 2700 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.578.8180.

MARIN CO U N T Y Arigatou Japanese Food to Go Japanese. $. Cheap, delicious and ready to go. Lunch and dinner daily. Miracle Mile Plaza, 2046 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.453.8990.

Avatar’s Indian-plus. $. Fantastic East-meets-West fusion of Indian, Mexican, Italian and American, with dishes customized to your palate. Lunch and dinner, MonSat. 2656 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.8083.

Cafe Reyes Pizza. $$. At the end of the main drag in West Marin’s quintessential

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

Il Piccolo Caffe Italian. $$. Big, ample portions at this premier spot on Sausalito’s spirited waterfront. Breakfast and lunch daily. 660 Bridgeway, Ste 3, Sausalito. 415.289.1195. Insalata’s Mediterranean. $$$. Simple, high-impact dishes of exotic flavors. Lunch and dinner daily. 120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo. 415.457.7700. Iron Springs Pub & Brewery Brewpub. $$. Pub grub gets a pub-cuisine facelift. Lunch, Wed-Sun; dinner daily. 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax. 415.485.1005.

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

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.

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Piatti Italian. $$-$$$.Rustic, seasonal, Italian food. Kidfriendly. Lunch and dinner daily. 625 Redwood Hwy, Mill Valley. 415.380.2525. Pier 15 American. $$. Fun, tucked-away old-fashioned spot overlooking hidden harbor. Great place for breakfast at a bar, too. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily;

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

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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.

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.

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

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The Wurst Possible News The red cabbage nearly fell off my fork when the waiter gave the unbelievable news that Café Europe was calling it a day. After two decades and three different locations in Sonoma County, the popular GermanAustrian restaurant, a heavenly slice of Bavaria that has been run by chef Robert Buchshachermair and host Herbert Zacher, is smoking its last brat, for now. Looking ahead to retirement, chef and host both have marked Mother’s Day as their last in business, though they still hold the lease on their Rincon Valley location for four more years. A new chef and a new concept will be filling the space, but details on the new venture are unclear. What’s known is that the new chef will have huge shoes to step into, as Café Europe has consistently been one of Santa Rosa’s most beloved spots to dine. I’m going to miss that red cabbage and the sauerkraut, the grilled Swiss sausages, the spaetzle, the schnitzel, the sauerbraten and the pork shank, not to mention the liter mugs of Pilsner. I’m going to miss it all! Café Europe is located in the St. Francis shopping center, 104 Calistoga Road, Santa Rosa. Open Wednesday–Saturday, 11:30am–2:30pm, and 4:30–8:45pm; Sunday 4:30–7:45pm. Reservations recommended. 707.538.5255.—Charlie Swanson

rustic dining room, La Toque makes for memorable specialoccasion dining. The elaborate wine pairing menus are luxuriously inspired. Dinner daily. 1314 McKinstry St, Napa. 707.257.5157.

$$$. Rich dishes balanced by subtle flavors and careful yet casual presentation. Brunch at Redd is exceptional. Lunch, Mon-Sat; dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 6480 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.2222.

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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.

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.

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

S O N OM A CO U N T Y David Coffaro Vineyards Coffaro specializes in unique red blends and Zinfandels. Coffaro keeps an online diary of his daily winemaking activities (www.coffaro.com/diary. html). 7485 Dry Creek Road, Geyserville. Appointment only. 707.433.9715.

Frick Winery Tailwagging hospitality team greets visitors at this rustic little bodega that’s anything if not picturesque. Proprietorrun winery specializes in lively Rhône-style blends and varietally bottled Syrah, Viognier; rare Counoise is a special treat. Honest, handmade wines with a sense of place. 23072 Walling Road, Geyserville. Open Saturday– Sunday, noon–4:30pm. 707.857.1980. Hart’s Desire Wines Brash Zinfandel and sensuous Pinot Noir from the label with the come-hither eyes. Brick walls plastered with art, participatory painting, and a jukebox also entertain in this old warehouse shared with Christi Vineyards and J. Keverson Winery. 53 Front St. (Old Roma Station), Healdsburg. Thursday–Monday, 11am– 5pm. Tasting fee $5. 707.433.3097.

Iron Horse Despite the rustic tasting room, Iron Horse produces sparkling wine and Pinots for the elite. A brilliant view for winetasting. 209786 Ross Station Road, Sebastopol. Open daily, 10am–3:30pm. 707.887.1507.

Lasseter Family Winery Thrill to the adventures of Merlot and Alicante B. at the big table. 1 Vintage Lane, Glen Ellen. Daily by appointment only, $25 per person. 707.933.2800.

Old World Winery Meaning, a simpler time when grapes were trodden under bare foot and wine was made

the natural way? Yes. Fun fact: the small, family-owned winery was the original Williams-Selyem location. 850 River Road, Fulton. Thursday– Sunday 11am–5pm or by appointment. Tasting fee $5. 707.578.3148.

Quivira Winery Certified biodynamic producer that promotes creek stewardship and steelhead-salmonhabitat restoration. Dry Creek Zinfandel is a regular favorite; Mourvèdre and other Rhône varietals are outstanding. As the steelhead have lately rediscovered, Quivira is worth returning to year after year. 4900 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 11am–5pm. 800.292.8339.

River Road Vineyards Russian River Pinot for $21 at no-nonsense, solid producer; sparkling, too. 5220 Ross Road, Sebastopol. By appointment only, Monday–Friday. 707.887.8130.

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

Tricycle Wine Partners There’s more to terroir than the dirt that grapevines grow in—there’s the rock the oak for the barrels grows in. 23568 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. In Cornerstone Sonoma. Open daily, 11am–5pm; weekends to 6pm. Tasting fee, $10. 707.255.4929.

MARIN CO U N TY Bacchus & Venus A trendy place for beginners and tourists. Great place to learn the basics. 769 Bridgeway, Sausalito. Open daily, noon– 7pm. 415.331.2001.

Heidrun Meadery This is not your fæder’s mead: flower varietal, regional, méthode champenoise sparkling mead on a farm made for the bees. 11925 Hwy. 1, Point Reyes Station. By appointment only, Monday– Friday. 415.663.9122.

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Point Reyes Vineyards The tasting room features many varietals but the main reason to go is for the sparkling wines. Open Saturday–Sunday, 11am–5pm. 12700 Hwy. 1, Point Reyes. 415.663.1011.

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

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Truchard Vineyards (WC) No matter how attentive you are to the directions, no matter how much you study the quaint, hand-drawn map found online, no matter how vigilantly you watch the street addresses numerically climb along Old Sonoma Road, you will inevitably miss Truchard Vineyards. What follows is a three-point turn on a blind, two-lane road, with a single thought in your head: “This wine had better be worth the insurance deductible.” But with Cabernet this good, it is. 3234 Old Sonoma Road, Napa. By appointment. 707.253.7153.

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Up at the winery, director of hospitality Monica Jones introduces us to co-owner Sharon Crull. Stirring a pot of sauce, Crull explains she’s just helping out the winery chef at the moment. We sink into sofas on the deck while Sharon pours a crisp 2013 Chenin Blanc, yesterday’s underdog white that’s all the rage now as a light, starter wine. But the reason for this Chenin, Crull says, is that Terraces lost the Rutherford source of their favorite aromatic white, Riesling. And now I am perking up. Really? And then what happened? They missed it, so they found a Carneros source in 2013. Out comes a bottle of 2013 Napa Valley Riesling ($30), tropical like ripe Sauvignon Blanc, and just as dry, but elegant with that Riesling acidity. Timm Crull joins us for a taste of the 2009. Oxidized, Timm says, chucking the rest of his pour over the railing. But I like the honey and raisin aromatics—and I like that they’re keeping the faith. A couple from Wisconsin joins the group, and we board an all-terrain vehicle for a tour with Sharon while Timm gets back to his pots and pans. Turns out, he’s the winery chef. “I live for food,” Timm exclaims at one point in the afternoon, adding with a blend of understatement and foodie bravado, “The wine stuff, it’s a beverage—but I live for food.” Highlights of the tour include the stone walls of the property’s original 1885 “ghost winery,” restored block by block, and a balsamic tasting in the stone acetaia, from a series of hobbit-sized barrels imported from Italy. The Crulls are also avid bee keepers, and grow a small cider apple orchard. Then we sit down to langoustine pasta and smoked tri-tip, 2013 Chardonnay ($30), 2012 Petite Sirah ($38) and 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon ($60). The wines are lush and polished, no rough edges here, while the wide-ranging conversation may have surprised the Wisconsinites. Lunch by Timm is not part of the everyday package here, but if you find yourself supping at First Camp in Black Rock City, where Timm has cheffed for several years, you’re in for some good eats. I do believe these are the first Napa Valley winery owners I’ve met who’d rather talk about the Playa than terroir. The Terraces, 1450 Silverado Trail, Rutherford. Daily by appointment only, 10am–4pm. Tasting only, $25; tour and tasting, $45. 707.963.1707.


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Vaclav Smil says, global meat production is one of humanity’s “most environmentally burdensome activities,” fouling groundwater, spewing greenhouse gases and eroding soil at untenable rates. By his estimate, the earth is capable of supporting no more than 220 million tons of annual meat production— meaning we’ve already entered unsustainable territory. If Smil and the many others who share his view are correct, then clearly the problem is serious. And fixing it will mean marshaling the

most innovative thinking to change the way the world consumes and produces protein. Unsurprisingly, several titans of Silicon Valley—where perpetual invention and love of problem-solving meet the profit motive—have been investing heavily in start-ups that aim to do this very thing. They’re all betting big on a food industry sector that saw its sales rise 8 percent between 2010 and 2012, the same year that the U.S. market for fake meat crossed the half-billion-dollar mark. Surprisingly, the chief driver for consumers ) 18


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are dedicated to synthesizing actual flesh from living animal cells without killing any animals. But some experts, Smil included, doubt that “mock meat� will ever be “anything but a marginal choice� for most consumers. With each new iteration, however, the new protein gets closer and closer to looking, cooking and tasting like the real thing. At some point, it will get there. Whether people will actually make the switch, en masse, remains to be seen.

Who’s Behind It Hampton Creek has raised more than $100 million from a loose affiliation of angel investors including Sun Microsystems cofounder Vinod Khosla, twin brothers Ali and Hadi Partovi (who have a knack for picking winners, including Facebook, Zappos and Dropbox) and the Hong Kong–based venture capitalist Li Ka-shing, whose ďŹ rm, Horizons Ventures, also owns sizable stakes in Facebook and Spotify.

Tasting Notes When Wired reporter Kyle VanHemert sampled an omelet made from the company’s scrambled-egg substitute in 2013, he wrote that it was “a little chewy, deďŹ nitely, and oddly tasteless. If it was served to me at a restaurant, I’d send it back; if I encountered it while hungover, I’d probably inhale it without thinking twice.â€? He raved, however, about Just Mayo: “[It] doesn’t just taste normal. It tastes good.â€? Where It Stands Just Mayo can now be found in grocery stores nationwide, from highend markets like Whole Foods to discount chains like Dollar Tree. Another product, Just Cookie Dough, rolled out last fall and is currently available in select Whole Foods. The brand’s scrambled-egg replacement, Just Scramble, is slated to debut later this year.

Beyond Meat What It Makes “Meat is actually just the combination of amino acids, fats, water, carbohydrates and trace minerals,� CEO Ethan Brown says. “These things are available in the plant kingdom.�


Who’s Behind It Early investors included Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates and Twitter cofounders Biz Stone and Evan Williams. Tasting Notes Two years ago, using patented technology licensed from University of Missouri researchers, Beyond Meat rolled out a product that mimicked the stringy texture of cooked chicken. The New York Times’ Mark Bittman observed that it “doesn’t taste much like chicken” on its own, but when it’s wrapped in a tortilla filled with burrito fixings, “you won’t know the difference.” The just-launched Beast Burger, which is said to offer “more protein and iron than beef and more omegas than salmon,” reminded veteran food writer Rowan Jacobsen of “the Salisbury steak of my youth—not exactly something to celebrate, but not terrible, either.” (Touché, Marcel Proust!) Where It Stands The company, which was named one of 2014’s most innovative businesses by Fast Company magazine, had rolled out its fake-chicken strips to all Whole Foods stores by 2013, retailing at about $5.50 for a 12ounce, four-serving package. The Beast Burger became available in Whole Foods this past February.

Impossible Foods What It Makes This Silicon Valley company has embarked on an even more audacious hamburger knockoff: a veggie patty that bleeds (well, sort of bleeds). Founder and former Stanford biochemistry professor Patrick Brown observed that heme, an iron-rich molecule found in blood that gives meat its meaty flavor, can also be found in the roots of plants like legumes. By combining plant proteins like heme with amino acids, vitamins and fats extracted from a blend of vegetables, grains and beans, the Impossible Burger looks and

smells like the real thing while it’s being prepared, according to Evelyn Rusli, a Wall Street Journal reporter who was present at a cooking demo. Who’s Behind It Gates and Khosla (who also have stakes in Beyond Meat and Hampton Creek, respectively) were early investors, as was Google Ventures, the company’s in-house start-up incubator. From them and a handful of others, Brown was able to raise $75 million. Tasting Notes How it looks and smells are both important, to be sure. But when it came to the crucial taste factor, alas, Rusli found late last year that “the burger [didn’t] quite hit the mark”—it just wasn’t juicy enough. (She did have some nice things to say about the texture.) Where It Stands The Impossible Burger isn’t ready just yet for your next barbecue. Its commercial debut will likely be next year, once the company has perfected its recipe and scaled up production. It also needs to bring down the unit cost, which right now is a whopping $20 per patty.

Modern Meadow What It Makes In Brooklyn, Modern Meadow aims to produce animal-free meat from cell tissue, a process called biofabrication. Founded in 2011 by Andras Forgacs, who previously headed up a firm that 3-D prints human tissue for medical purposes, the company is taking cautious baby steps by “applying the latest advances in tissue engineering to culture leather and meat without requiring the raising, slaughtering, and transporting [of] animals.” Who’s Behind It Forgacs received a grant from Breakout Labs, a business incubator funded by PayPal cofounder and venture capitalist Peter Thiel. And last summer, Li Ka-shing’s Horizons Ventures (also a stakeholder in Hampton Creek) invested $10 million in the ) 20

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company, which is now developing lab-grown leather while continuing to improve and refine its cultured meat. (Maybe start with the funny color, guys.) Tasting Notes At last year’s annual reThink Food conference, where Forgacs was handing out the orange-tinted disks of his labgrown meat that he calls “steak chips,” one satisfied taker was reported as saying that the sample “reminds me of beef jerky, but with much better texture. It melts in your mouth.” Another described it, somewhat less rhapsodically, as tasting “like bouillon.” Where It Stands With production costs for individual steak chips coming in at nearly $100, commercial viability is still a ways off. According to Forgacs, cultured meat will take more time, as it will have to overcome greater technical, regulatory and market hurdles.

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project’s long-awaited burger. One proclaimed the product “close to meat,” albeit “not as juicy.” The other—in a bit of phrasing that must have made Cultured Beef’s marketing team wince just a little—likened it to “an animal protein cake.” Where It Stands About that burger? It costs roughly $330,000 to produce. According to synthetic biologist Christina Agapakis’ 2012 Discover article, tissue culture is incredibly energy-intensive to maintain. Lab-grown tissue must be “exercised regularly with stretching machinery” to make it resemble meat—both visually and in terms of mouth-feel—and the growth medium required to catalyze the division and growth of cow cells costs about $250 per liter. Even so, Post expects his burgers to reach the consumer marketplace in 10 to 20 years. ince I try to buy my food locally, I don’t typically avail myself of too many online food sources. But I do avail myself—all the time—of online food resources. One of my favorite sites, Civil Eats.com, covers food and ag issues with a critical eye, teasing out the crises of industrial agriculture and spotlighting emerging alternatives. Author-reporter Maryn McKenna has long been my go-to source for the latest on the meat industry’s problem with antibiotics resistance; I was happy to learn that she recently began contributing to National Geographic’s science blog, Phenomena (phenomena. nationalgeographic.com). And to keep abreast of what kinds of trouble the industrial meat giants of Big Ag are getting themselves into, I regularly check in with trade sites like Meatingplace.com and WattAgNet.com.

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YOU WEAR IT WELL Suzy Berry is a little old-fashioned, and that’s all right.

Hip Couture

Sonoma County fashion designer looks forward and back BY FLORA TSAPOVSKY

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n the local landscape of camouflage, baseball caps and flip-flops, a girl with iridescent hair and layers of lace and chiffon may look odd—but this being the North Bay, it’s only odd for a fraction of a second. She quite possibly could be a Burning Man enthusiast, a burlesque queen on a coffee route or simply a colorful character.

In Suzy Berry’s case, she’s a designer with a serious entrepreneurial streak who won’t rest until we all walk the streets of Sonoma County in sexy, dreamy attire. While the region is abundant with quirky folk, people who hand-make their own style are harder to find. Try to name a local designer, and chances are you’ll be thinking of wine makers and chefs instead. Berry is trying to fix that. Berry, 24, grew up in Santa Rosa and “always stood out.” In junior high, she deemed the clothes her

mom bought for her boring and so she started making her own. “I borrowed my grandma’s vintage dresses,” she says in a coy and soft-spoken voice, like a character from season three of Mad Men, “and then started handsewing dresses and wearing them to school. My parents bought me a sewing machine at some point, and my grandma taught me needlepoint.” Some experiments were horrific, says Berry, while others succeeded, though peers rarely

understood her style. “They’d call me ‘Grandma Girl,’” she says, laughing. “They would ask, ‘Are you a teacher or a student?’ Sometimes, I actually pretended I was a teacher. I’d go to the teachers’ lounge, eat the food and use the copy machine.” This rebellious attitude came in handy when Berry decided to turn her hobby into a brand, Dainty Rascal, which started selling clothes on Etsy five years ago. Unlike Project Runway contestants and design students slaving away in New York and London, Berry never sought guidance or mentoring, opting instead for the self-taught route. “I tried to take a private sewing lesson once,” she recalls, “and just ended up disagreeing with everything.” Disregarding patterns or rules, Berry drafts and sews everything by hand in her home studio and sometimes takes beadwork to the beach. Her designs are equally unscripted, heavily inspired by pin-up, burlesque and vintage glamour. “Grandma Girl,” who also wore a bikini to school on a very cold and stormy Hawaii Day, always gravitated toward oldschool allure, charmed by images of Marilyn Monroe and paintings by Polish art deco artist Tamara de Lempicka—“beautiful, curvy women in glamorous dresses.” On Dainty Rascal’s Etsy store site, there is a see-through playsuit, a prom-inspired dress with bows, an evening gown adorned with feathers, a lacy twopiece. Many are one-of-a-kind, and while it’s hard to pinpoint a certain signature style, the range is impressive. Some designs are replicas of famous 1950s dresses, such as Monroe’s dress from The Seven Year Itch; others are dresses Berry created for dates she


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went on after her divorce last year. “My main clientele are brides looking for bridal couture,� Berry says. “I do a pretty good replica of the famous [Marilyn] Monroe crystal dress. Usually women in New York order it, and for some reason, it’s always a 48-hour notice.� “Made to measure� is a slightly more accurate term. Working with a measuring chart, Berry can make a dress for a bride anywhere from Australia to France, while her Etsy store offers ready-made pieces and costumes. Berry often models the creations herself, changing like a chameleon from frame to frame. The photo shoots never skimp on creativity, borrowing generously from the boudoir aesthetic Berry is so comfortable with. For a young designer with a small online store, Berry has enviable poise and conviction, as well as many plans for growing her business. She’s done a photo shoot with big-shot pin-up photographer Shannon Brooke and collaborated with a Sonoma County fashion blogger, AmusedBlog.com, by creating a simple canvass dress worn by the blogger and decorated by a graffiti artist. She also got herself into the next Vintage Expo in Los Angeles, where she hopes to create contacts with boutiques and retailers. This is all straight out of the playbook of savvy national brands. Berry’s biggest dream? “To acquire as much acreage as possible and open a rescue-horse ranch which will be funded by a percentage of my business. I want to have special-release dresses featuring the actual horses printed on them,� she says. Berry owns two horses herself, and her brand’s name, Dainty Rascal, has something to do with the noble animal. “I always considered my favorite horse to be a dainty rascal. He’s beautiful, but so naughty! An untamable spirit, he’s been my inspiration all along.�

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MAKING HIS CASE ‘Witness for the Prosecution’ features a delicious twist at the end.

It’s Murder Christie whodunit plays North Bay—don’t give away the ending BY DAVID TEMPLETON

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he first play I ever acted in was The Mousetrap,” says director and drama teacher Carl Hamilton, when asked about his connection to the work of Agatha Christie. Christie has long been famous for her tightly written whodunits, baffling fans and beguiling critics onstage and on the page. Though Hamilton has been a fan of Christie’s writing since the 1980s, he’s never directed one of her plays. Until now, that is. Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution, which opened last weekend at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, is a production of North Bay Stage Co. According to Hamilton, he waited

for the right Agatha Christie play to be his first. “I think it’s her best play,” he says of the 1953 stage adaptation of Christie’s own 1925 short story, originally titled “Traitor Hands.” No one is saying that’s a great title, but all was forgiven when the play, with its new name, opened in London, where it became a huge hit. The story, set in the courtroom and chambers at London’s Old Bailey, involves a man accused of murdering an old woman. His alibi is his own wife, who suddenly seems a less reliable witness than anyone, especially the accused, could have expected. “It has one of those quirky endings Agatha Christie was famous for,” says Hamilton, “and this play in particular was known for the big surprise at the end.” In fact, to protect the big twist, a credit was added to the end of the movie: “The management of this theater suggests that for the greater entertainment of your friends who have not yet seen the picture, you will not divulge, to anyone, the secret of the ending of Witness for the Prosecution.” “For me, personally, it works as a radio play too,” Hamilton says. “During rehearsals, I liked to just close my eyes and listen to it. If you have good actors, you know it’s working just by listening to their voices.” The resulting production is fairly stripped down, a trademark of Hamilton’s work. “Though it’s set in a courtroom in England, there are no big English lawyer wigs, no English costumes. Each actor is dressed in black with a splash of color to distinguish them. The show is really tight, because the script is tight. There’s no wasted dialogue. “If you close your eyes and listen,” Hamilton says, “it’s awesome.” ‘Witness for the Prosecution’ runs Friday–Sunday through May 17 at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. Times vary. $30–$58. 707.546.3600.


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ROCK AND ROLL NEVER FORGETS ‘Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten’ chronicles the history of Westernized pop music before and after Pol Pot.

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hen we were young, we loved to be modern.”

That line, from Cambodian singer Sieng Vanthy, begins the revealing documentary Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll. Chronicling an era of music, art and prosperity that was nearly wiped from memory, the film offers a fascinating look at a nation largely known for military coups, civil wars and the horrific Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s. Director Jon Pirozzi, who last helmed a documentary that followed world dance band Dengue Fever as they traveled to Cambodia, returns to the culturally rich country again to pay tribute to the musicians who, in the 1960s and ’70s, soaked up music from Europe, America and South America and turned it into their own style, combining traditional Cambodian rhythms with electric guitars. Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten starts by telling the stories of iconic pop stars like Sinn Sisamouth, who in Cambodia was basically the entire Rat Pack rolled into one. Beginning in the late 1950s, Sisamouth and others were opening the country’s ears to a new and largely Westernized sound. The film follows the progression of pop in Cambodia, as performers delved into everything from hard rock to a-go go music. It was not to last. If you know anything of Cambodia’s history, it’s probably the name of Pol Pot. The revolutionary-turned–totalitarian-dictator led the Khmer Rouge and took over the country in 1975. Under Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge emptied the cities, attempted to erase all Western ideas and influence in the country and essentially turned the entire population into a slave state. An estimated 2 million Cambodians were killed between 1975 and 1979. The Khmer Rouge targeted artists, musicians, business owners and intellectuals as enemies of the state. Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten does not shy from this fact, and the second half of the film—where the strength of the survivors and the memories of the lost are celebrated—is as unsettling and somber as the first half is vibrant and alive. ‘Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll’ opens Friday, May 8, at Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley St., Sebastopol. 707.525.4840.

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f there’s one thing Rhiannon Giddens detests, it’s genres.

Classically trained in opera, Giddens moved on to a whole different style of music when she cofounded the Carolina Chocolate Drops, the Grammy-winning oldtime string band. She plays at City Winery in Napa on May 11. “I hate genres. I know that they’re necessary, but I hate them,” Giddens says with a laugh during a mid-March phone interview. “Americana, what the hell does that mean? I don’t know. It’s American music, that’s all I know. If people want to call it Americana, that’s fine. What I’ve learned is that these labels change and what they mean changes.” Giddens may have to grapple with the genre topic quite a bit now that she has expanded her

musical range by participating in T Bone Burnett’s New Basement Tapes project and releasing her debut solo album, Tomorrow Is My Turn. The common thread running through both projects is producer Burnett, who first saw Giddens perform in 2013 and suggested they work together. He won over Giddens by asking what her ideal project would be. “I had this list of things that didn’t really fit into the Carolina Chocolate Drops,” Giddens says. “I was just setting them aside, thinking about all these incredible women I was inspired by. It was something that had been hibernating for me, so when T-Bone asked me what my dream record would be, I already had a project right here.” The resulting 11 songs on Tomorrow Is My Turn form a tribute to a broad range of female singer-songwriters culled from that dreaded Americana category; Giddens interprets songs by, among others, Dolly Parton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Joan Baez. While working on Giddens’ debut, Burnett invited her to participate in his New Basement Tapes project. She joined Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford and Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes in setting to music previously unreleased lyrics written by Bob Dylan during the time he was recording what became The Basement Tapes with the Band. The project had its challenges, considering that five bandleaders needed to agree on how these songs would sound. But Giddens found the experience rewarding. “It was pretty amazing,” she says, “but it was also very difficult for me. I had to push through a lot of things for myself personally, but that’s where the best art comes, when you’re striving to overcome something. “I think it’s one of the best things that I’ve ever done in terms of the output and what I learned and gained. I think I will be processing that for years to come.” Rhiannon Giddens plays City Winery with Bhi Bhiman on May 11 at 8pm. $25–$35. 1030 Main St., Napa. 707.260.1600.


Concerts Clubs & SONOMA COUNTY Venues Kinky Friedman Country singer and songwriter plays a special celebration of life concert in memory of Laurie Schaeffer, with Greg Abel and Stephen Tamborski opening. May 8, 7pm. $30-$35. Sebastopol Grange Hall, 6000 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.322.0999.

Markus James Popular blues troubadour returns to the North Bay to celebrate the release of his latest album, Head For The Hills. May 8, 9pm. $12. HopMonk Sebastopol, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Saturdazed Music & Arts Festival Featuring live music with Shwayze, Radical Something and New Beat Fund as well as art, gourmet food and a beer garden. May 9, 1pm. $25. Sally Tomatoes, 1100 Valley House Dr, Rohnert Park. 707.665.0260.

MARIN COUNTY Acoustic Guitar Summit Featuring Teja Gerken, Tim Sparks and Matthew Montfort in solo and group performances. May 7, 8pm. $16-$21. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Deana Martin Mother’s Day with Deana Martin is a tribute to Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. May 10, 3pm. $20-$60. Marin Center Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.473.6800.

NAPA COUNTY Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell The pair perform their new album, “The Traveling Kind,� in its entirety. May 8, 8pm. Sold-out/ Waitlist. City Winery Napa, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.260.1600.

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Mon, 11am, Proud Mary’s ukulele jam and lessons. Second Friday of every month, Tom Shader Trio. 2060 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3737.

Flamingo Lounge May 8, Metal Shop. May 9, Hella Good Party Band. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

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May 8, Mike Z and the Benders. May 9, Solid Air. 95 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.576.7765.

May 8, Tone Bent. May 9, Honey B and the Pollinators. 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.2030.

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May 10, Occidental Community Choir. 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.568.5381.

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Aqus Cafe May 7, Celtic music. May 8, Acoustamatics. May 9, Matt Lax and Michael Stadler. May 10, 2pm, jazz cafe. May 13, open jazz jam. 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.

Aventine Glen Ellen May 7, Neverfear. 14301 Arnold Dr, Glen Ellen. 707.934.8911.

Bergamot Alley May 12, Solid Air. 328-A Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.433.8720.

The Big Easy May 6, Bruce Gordon and Nicky Otis. May 7, Left Coast Syncopators. May 9, Black Tie Ball with Stompy Jones. May 10, Elaine Lucia and friends. May 12, Apt Cliche. May 13, HE3. 128 American Alley, Petaluma. 707.776.4631.

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HopMonk Sebastopol May 7, Fort Knox Five. May 9, the Jugtown Pirates. May 11, Monday Night Edutainment. Tues, open mic night. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

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Jamisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Roaring Donkey May 8, Lauren and Lemme (Royal Jelly Jive) with John Cragie and Daniel Steinbock. May 10, Homebrew with Brooke & the Caterpillar. 146 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.772.5478.

Lagunitas Tap Room May 6, JimBo Trout. May 7, Matt Bolton. May 8, Lazyman. May 9, the Pine Needles. May 10, the Last Caravan. May 13, the Littlest Birds. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

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May 6, Greg Hester. May 7, Susan Sutton Jazz Piano. May 8, Bruce Halbohm. May 9, Honey Dippers. May 10, Eddie Neon Band. May 13, Pocket Canyon Ramblers. 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.

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 May 7, Sam Coble. May 8, Deluxe. May 9, Mostly Simply Bluegrass. May 10, Shards of Green. May 12, Sean Carscadden Trio. Second Tuesday of every month, open mic. 464 First St E, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.

Mystic Theatre May 7, Wayne Hancock with Lost Dog Found. May 8, Mariachi Sol de Mexico de José Hernandez. May 10, Incidental Animals. May 13, Luke Wade and David Luning. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

Newman Auditorium May 6, Mads Tolling with the SRJC Jazz Combos. Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.527.4372.

Occidental Center for the Arts Through May 9, 4pm, Occidental Community Choir. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.874.9392.

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

Redwood Cafe May 6, Open Irish set dancing. May 9, KRSH music party. May 10, Irish jam session. May 12, Matt Silva and Nick Otis. May 13, Sound Kitchen. Thurs, Open Mic. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.

Rocker Oysterfeller’s May 10, Lucky Drive Bluegrass Band. 14415 Hwy 1, Valley Ford. 707.876.1983.

Rossi’s 1906 May 8, Chaka Demus and Pliers. May 9, the Zydeco Flames. Thurs, What’s Shakin’ jam session with Roy Blumenfeld, Bruce Gordon and others. 401 Grove St, El Verano. 707.343.0044.

Ruth McGowan’s Brewpub May 8, the Christian FoleyBeining Group. May 9, Don Coffin. Sun, Evening Jazz with Gary Johnson. 131 E First St, Cloverdale. 707.894.9610.

Sally Tomatoes May 8, Poyntlyss Sistars. 1100 Valley House Dr, Rohnert Park. 707.665.0260.

Schroeder Hall at Green Music Center May 9, Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca. May 10, 3pm, Cristina Pato and the Migrations Band. 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, 866.955.6040.

755 After Dark May 8, Strange Days. May 12, MDC with Deathwish. 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2722.

Spancky’s May 8, Hart and Soul. May 9, Miracle Mule. Thurs, 7pm,

Thursday Night Blues Jam. Thurs, 11pm, DJ Selecta Konnex. 8201 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.664.0169.

Tradewinds Tues, Jeremy’s Open Mic. Wed, Sonoma County Blues Society. Thurs, DJ Dave. 8210 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7878.

Twin Oaks Tavern May 6, the Dixie Giants. May 7, Levi’s Workshop with Levi Lloyd. May 8, Hot Grubb. May 9, the Teleblasters. May 10, Blues and BBQ with Ricky Alan Ray. May 11, Blues Defenders Pro Jam. May 13, Old School Country Band. 5745 Old Redwood Hwy, Penngrove. 707.795.5118.

Whiskey Tip May 9, DJ Crisp. 1910 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.843.5535.

Zodiacs May 6, David Thom Bluegrass with the Cherry Pickers. May 8, Groove Session. May 9, Achilles Wheel with the Incubators. May 13, Steep Ravine. 256 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.773.7751.

MARIN COUNTY 142 Throckmorton Theatre May 9, Danny Click and the Hell Yeahs. May 13, Throckapella teen concert. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Fenix May 7, Winterland. May 8, Mojo Rising. May 9, the 85’s. May 10, Cole sings Cole. Wed, Pro blues jam. 919 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.813.5600.

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May 8, Lost and Found farewell tour. 1510 Fifth St, San Rafael.

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HopMonk Novato May 6, open mic night with Miracle Mule. May 7, Mercuryville with Sâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Cream and the Lemonhammer. May 8, Miracle Mule. May 9, James Nash and the Nomads. May 13, open mic night with M6. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200.

Marin Center Showcase Theatre May 8-9, Mayflower Chorus: Great American Songbook. May 10, Bodhi Setchko choral ensemble. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

19 Broadway Club May 6, Fenton Coolfoot & the Right Time. May 7, Extra Ordinary Astronauts and Tom Finch Trio. May 8, Galland family benefit with Vinyl and Black Water Gold. May 9, Soul Ska. May 10, 5pm, Sergei Chelakov and friends. May 10, 9pm, Migrant Pickers. May 12, Tam Valley All Stars. May 13, Fighting Smokey Joe. Mon, open mic. 17 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

May 7, Void Where Prohibited. May 8, the Sam Chase. May 9, Black Water Gold. Sun, open mic. Mon, reggae. Wed, Larryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s karaoke. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311.

Studio 55 Marin May 9, Mipso. 1455 E Francisco Blvd, San Rafael. 415.453.3161.

Sweetwater Music Hall May 6, Steep Ravine and Patchy Sanders. May 8, David Bromberg Quintet. May 9, Gurrumul. May 10, the Blondies. May 12, Michaela Anne. May 13, the Green. Mon, Open Mic. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.1100.

Terrapin Crossroads May 6, Terrapin All Stars with the Scottâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. May 7, Cochrane and friends. May 7-8, Incidental Animals. May 9, the Brothers Comatose. May 10, Midnight North. May 11, Grateful Mondays. May 12, Stu Allen and friends. 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael. 415.524.2773.

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Showcase hosted by Shelby Lanterman. May 7, Rivvrs with Anadel. May 9, the David Bromberg Quintet. May 10, 2pm, the Littlest Birds. May 11, KRSH presents Rhiannon Giddens with Bhi Bhiman. May 12, Leftover Dreams. May 13, Nellie McKay. 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.260.1600.

Downtown Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brewery & Restaurant May 9, Jinx Jones and the KingTones. Sun, DJ Aurelio. Wed, open mic. 902 Main St, Napa. 707.258.2337.

River Terrace Inn May 7, Smorgy. May 8, Craig Corona. May 9, Timmy G. 1600 Soscol Ave, Napa. 707.320.9000.

Siloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s May 6, Syria T Berry. May 7, Tommy Hill. May 8, Dirty Cello and the Honeymooners. May 9, Garage Band 101 for Kids. May 13, Mike Greensill jazz. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

Uva Trattoria May 6, Tom Duarte. May 7, Trio Solea. May 8, Jack Pollard and Dan Daniels. May 9, Jackie and friends. May 10, Collaboration. May 13, Bob Castell Blanch. 1040 Clinton St, Napa. 707.255.6646.

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Panama Hotel Restaurant May 6, Charlie Docherty Trio. May 7, Kurt Huget and friends. May 12, Lorin Rowan. May 13, Planet Loop. 4 Bayview St, San Rafael. 415.457.3993.

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May 8, Tommy Odetto. May 9, Detroit Disciples. 1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

Sausalito Seahorse

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Dwight Yoakam Los Rakas Cousins Raka Rich and Raka Dun mix hip-hop, reggae and dancehall for Latin-inspired urban sound. May 8 at Slimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s.

May 7, Judy Hall and Connie Deucey. May 8, Lucky Drive Band. May 9, Rolando Morales & Carlos Reyes Quintet. May 10, 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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Honoring Joni Mitchell, this night features Kris Kristofferson, Joe Jackson and others. May 8 at SFJAZZ Center.

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RECEPTIONS May 7 Occidental Center for the Arts, “Salmon Creek Student Art Show,” budding artists display through the weekend, with works for sale and proceeds going to the students. 6pm. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.874.9392. St Helena Library, “Cuba– Glimpses” photographer Elizabeth Bush shows her vivd and captivating images from her 2014 cultural visit to Cuba. 7pm. 1492 Library Lane, St Helena. 707.963.5244.

May 9 di Rosa, “Tongue-in-Cheek,” group show employ humor as a critical tool to explore complex social themes and illuminate the follies of daily life. 6pm. 5200 Sonoma Hwy, Napa. 707.226.5991. Gallery One, “Art at the Source Showcase,” celebrating 21 years of

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

ArtFlare Gallery Through May 10, “Rites of Spring,” Sonoma Country women’s art group displays in the brand new gallery’s inaugural exhibit. 3840 Finley Ave, bldg 33, Santa Rosa.

Calabi Gallery Through May 30, “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

Art at the Source, this exhibition features painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics and more. 5pm. 209 Western Ave, Petaluma. 707.778.8277. Riverfront Art Gallery, “Wine Country Retrospective,” photographs by Lance Kuehne and Jeff G. Allen. 5pm. 132 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.775.4ART. Seager Gray Gallery, “Art of the Book,” exhibiting handmade artist books, altered books and bookrelated materials. 5:30pm. 108 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. Style A Gallery, “The Best Books Ever Written,” largescale paintings featuring the covers of literature’s finest works . 6pm. 30c Princess St, Sausalito. 415.747.2637.

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.

and others. 132 Mill St, Ste 101, Healdsburg. Tues-Fri, 10 to 6. Sat, 10 to 5. 707.473.9600.

History Museum of Sonoma County Through Jun 8, “Art & Storytelling,” new body map series, based on a communitybased arts initiative, displays large drawings and collages that reflects the personal story of the participant. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. Tues-Sun, 11am to 4pm. 707.579.1500.

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. Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. Tues-Fri, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, noon to 4. 707.664.2295.

MARIN COUNTY 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.

Through Jun 9, “Still Motion,” Spring exhibit featuring paintings and sculptures from Bay Area artists captures life’s serene motions. 417 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo.

Gallery Route One Through Jun 7, “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. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. Wed-Mon, 11 to 5. 415.663.1347.

Headlands Center for the Arts Through Jun 7, “Build It Up/ Break It Down,” multimedia work has been produced by Headlands’ 2014-15 Graduate Fellows during their yearlong residencies. 944 Fort Barry, Sausalito. Sun-Fri, noon to 4. 415.331.2787.

Marin Center Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium 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.

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.

Red Barn Gallery Through Jun 30, “Connections,” women environmental artists encourage care for our habitat. 1 Bear Valley Rd, Pt Reyes Station. 415.464.5125.

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Through Jun 22, “Ain’t Natural,” mixed-media show features Jenny Honnert Abells fantastical images, John Hundt’s collaged landscapes

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

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.

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 Napa Valley Museum 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.

Comedy Anjelah Johnson Comedienne and San Jose native now delights fans everywhere. May 9, 8 and 10:30pm. $35-$60. Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Paula Poundstone The stand up veteran is back in the North Bay delivering wry laughs. May 9, 8pm. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.

Dance Spring Dance Concert

enjoy the music of Dgiin, the Jellyrolls and others while bootlegging crafters offer their wares. Benefits Sonoma County Roller Derby team. May 9, 8pm. $8-$10. 755 After Dark (Aubergine), 755 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2722.

Laguna Open House Take a self-guided nature walk or a guide-led tour of the historic house and barn. Second Sat of every month. Free. Laguna de Santa Rosa Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.527.9277.

Marin Open Studios This well-loved, self-guided art tours event spans two weekends and dozens of studios. Guides available at marinopenstudios.org. Sun, May 10. Marin County, various locations, Marin.

Music Instrument Drive Annual drive supports Wells Fargo Center for the Arts’ Music For School program, an instrument lending library. With concerts by students who benefited from the program. May 9, 11am. Montgomery Village Shopping Center, Village Court, Santa Rosa.

Field Trips Agritourism at Laguna Farm

SoCo Dance Theater, a multigenerational dance company, presents its main stage dance concert. May 7-9. $10-$17. Evert B Person Theater, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.4246.

Farm Tours bring the public to the land to experience firsthand how and where their food is grown. First Thurs of every month, 2pm. through Oct 1. Free. Laguna Farm, 1720 Cooper Rd, Sebastopol.

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Junior College theater, dance and athletics departments present their spring dance show. May 8-10. Burbank Auditorium, SRJC, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa.

Mexico en Bailes Performed by the Ballet Folklorico of Napa. May 9, 7pm. $15. Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main St, Napa 707.255.5445.

Events Flappers & Dappers Speakeasy Don your best Prohibitionera suits and dresses and

Madrone Audubon Society leads a search for returning passerines. May 6, 8:30am. Annadel State Park, Channel Dr, Santa Rosa. 707.546.1812.

Birds, Butterflies, Hosts & Late Bloomers A special hike with seasoned naturalist Wendy Dreskin. Registration required. May 9, 10am. Bohemia Ecological Preserve, 8759 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental.

Marin Moonshiners Hike Monthly three-mile hike to experience sunset, moonrise, picnic and spectacular views. Pack your own ) picnic. Second Tues

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Nature Walk Petaluma Wetlands Alliance and Madrone Audubon Society leads a walk. Meet at the first kiosk. May 9, 9am. Shollenberger Park, 1400 Cader Ln, Petaluma. 707.763.3577.

Sunset Social: A Lighthouse Stroll A walk to the lighthouse is followed by wine & appetizers and a breathtaking sunset over the ocean. May 9, 6:30pm. $35-$45. Point Bonita YMCA, 981 Fort Barry, Sausalito. 415.331.9622.

Film 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.

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.

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.

Tracks Screening is followed by a live Skype interview with the film’s real-life subjects Robyn Davison and Rick Smolan. May 13, 7pm. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.1222.

Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.1222.

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Award-winning cheese maker Sheana Davis leads a monthly class that features new cheeses each session. Second Sun of every month, 1pm. $55. Epicurean Connection, 122 West Napa St, Sonoma. 707.935.7960.

Sun, 10am. Sebastopol Plaza, Weeks Way, Sebastopol. 707.522.9305.

Calistoga Farmers Market Sat, 9am. Sharpsteen Museum Plaza, 1235 Washington St, Calistoga.

Corte Madera Farmers Market Year-round. Wed-noon. Town Center, Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera. 415.382.7846. Wednoon. Town Center Corte Madera, 100 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera. 415.382.7846.

Divine Wine & Food Extravaganza Marin School of the Arts fundraiser features world-class wines and cuisine as well as great auction items and special evening entertainment. May 9, 5:30pm. $95. Unity Center, 600 Palm Dr, Novato.

Downtown Napa Farmers Market Tues-Sat, 8am. through Oct 31. Oxbow parking lot, 500 First St, Napa. 707.501.3087.

Downtown San Rafael Farmers Market Thurs, 5:30pm. through Oct 1. Downtown San Rafael, Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.492.8007.

Explore Your Backyard Wine Tourism Day Over 50 wineries, lodgings and restaurants open their doors. Explore vineyards and cellars, chat with winemakers and enjoy a farm to table meal. May 9, 10am. $30. Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River valleys, various locations, Santa Rosa.

Farmers Market at Long Meadow Ranch Fri, 9am and Sat-Sun, 11am. Long Meadow Ranch Winery, 738 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.4555.

Harvest Market Selling local and seasonal fruit, flowers, vegetables and eggs. Sat, 9am. Harvest Market, 19996 Seventh St E, Sonoma. 707.996.0712.

Making Pasta with Flour + Water Learn the craft of pasta making from visiting chef and cookbook author Thomas McNaughton. May 9, 11am. $125 and up. SHED, 25 North St, Healdsburg. 707.431.7433.

Siduri Spring Open House Celebrate all things Pinot in this annual open house event. May 9, 10am. Siduri Winery, 981 Airway Ct, Santa Rosa. 707.578.3882.

St. Helena Farmers Market Fri, 7:30am. through Oct 30. Crane Park, Crane Ave & Grayson Ave, St Helena.

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Sunday San Rafael Farmers Market

Sat, 9am. Marinwood Plaza, Marinwood Ave & Miller Creek Rd, San Rafael. 415.999.5635.

Sun, 8am. Marin Farmers Market, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael. 415.472.6100.

Model Bakery Tasting

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Delicious bites from the acclaimed Model Bakery are paired with Krug Wines. May 9, 12pm. Free. Charles Krug Winery, 2800 Main St, St Helena. 707.967.3993.

Oakmont Certified Farmers Market Sat, 9am. Berger Center, 6575 Oakmont Dr, Santa Rosa. 707.538.7023.

Petaluma East Side Certified Farmers Market Tues, 10am. Petaluma Community Center, 320 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 415.999.5635.

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Beat poet Harold Norse gets his due

The Way Mama Liked It

Poet Harold Norse never reached the fame of some of his contemporaries in the Beat Generation—and all his books are out of print—yet Norse’s influence on the Bay Area’s poetry scene is undeniable.

Prix Fixe dinner from chef Gator is a seasonally inspired five-course menu paired with wine. May 12, 7pm. $55. Fenix, 919 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.813.5600.

Thursday San Rafael Farmers Market Thurs, 8am. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.472.6100.

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Russian River Certified Farmers Market Thurs, 3pm. through Sep 24. Sonoma Nesting Company, 16151 Main St, Guerneville. 707.953.1104.

Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market Sat, 9am and Wed, 9am. Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.522.8629.

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Four weekly screenings are each followed by select wine tastings. Thurs, 7pm. Through May 28. Smith Rafael Film

Sat, 9am. through Nov 7. Healdsburg Farmers Market, North & Vine St, Healdsburg. 707.431.1956.

Sun, 9am. through Dec 13. West End Farmers Market, 817 Donahue St, Santa Rosa. 707.477.8422.

Flying Through Glass

Tues, 3pm. through Nov 24. Shoreline Shopping Center, 219 Shoreline Highway, Mill Valley. 415.382.7846.

Sat, 8:30am and Wed, 8:30am. Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa.

Thurs, 3pm. through Oct 1. Downtown Ross Post Office, Ross Commons & Lagunitas, Ross. 415.382.7846.

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Restore your health and balance with with Rhonda Lee. May 8, 7:30pm. Songbird Community Healing Center, 8297 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.2398.

Home Energy Workshop Presentations by contractors and homeowners on reasons and tips for upgrading your energy efficiency in the home. May 13, 6pm. Windsor Library, 9291 Old Redwood Hwy, Windsor. 707.838.1020.

Imaginary Activism Performance artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña performs his spoken word monologue on the role of the artist beyond the art world. May 6, 7pm. $10. Green Music Center, 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, 866.955.6040.

Norse was born in Brooklyn in 1916 to a Russian Jewish immigrant single mother. He had a gift for language and was inspired by the likes of Walt Whitman and Ezra Pound. A part of the bohemian scene of New York’s 1930s, he wrote poetry and rubbed shoulders with the likes of Tennessee Williams. But it wasn’t until Norse traveled the world in the 1950s and questioned Joe McCarthy’s America that he began to change the face of the poetic landscape in this country, developing an accessible, street-wise vernacular with political and sexual undertones. He settled in San Francisco in the early 1970s and was a fixture in the Bay Area until his death in 2009. Friend and editor Todd Swindell has collected a lifetime of Norse’s poetry for the retrospective collection I Am Going to Fly Through Glass: Selected Poems of Harold Norse, and this weekend, celebrated San Francisco poets Neeli Cherkovski and A. D. Winans will join Swindell in Petaluma to read from the collection and talk about Norse’s life and legacy. I Am Going to Fly Through Glass reading and poets panel takes place on Saturday, May 9, at Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. Free. RSVP for discount book. 1:30pm. 707.782.0228.—Charlie Swanson


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Spanish Speaking Course on Relationship Health Weekly lecture series, in Spanish, is aimed at offering helpful resources and tools to move forward to a safer, healthier, and happier life. Thurs, 4:30pm. through Jun 18. Center for Domestic Peace, 734 A St, San Rafael.

Studio Workshop with Lauren Bartone Get hands-on with Hand Painted Typography. May 9, 12pm. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.451.8119.

Thought Leader Sessions for Innovation & Entrepreneurship With marketing and strategy consultant Dorie Clark and Bruce Burtch in conversation. May 7, 7pm. San Rafael Copperfield’s Books, 850 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.524.2800.

Readings Aqus Cafe May 11, 6:30pm, Much Ado About Nothing, a B.A.R.D.S. reading event. 189 H St, Petaluma 707.778.6060.

Book Passage May 6, 7pm, “Early Warning” with Jane Smiley. May 7, 7pm, “Ghost Image” with Ellen Crosby. May 8, 7pm, “The Last Bookaneer” with Matthew Pearl. May 9, 7pm, “The Utah Prairie Dog” with Elaine Miller Bond. May 11, 7pm, “The Light of the World” with Elizabeth Alexander. May 12, 7pm, San Geronimo Valley School poetry reading. May 13, 7pm, “The Mercy of the Night” with David Corbett. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera 415.927.0960.

Petaluma Copperfield’s Books May 7, 7pm, Brave New Worlds reading event, with fantasy authors Marie Brennan and Mary Robinette Kowal in conversation. May 8, 7pm, “Ultimate Star Wars” with Tricia Barr, Don your Star Wars garb and win prizes. May 9, 1:30pm,

by Gene Abravaya. May 8-24. $16-$26. Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. 707.588.3400.

Napa Copperfield’s Books

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.

May 8, 7pm, “Get the Truth” with Michael Floyd. 3740 Bel Aire Plaza, Napa 707.252.8002.

Healdsburg Copperfield’s Books May 13, 7pm, “Wedding in Provence” with Ellen Sussman, a wine and reading pairing event. 104 Matheson St, Healdsburg 707.433.9270.

Sebastopol Copperfield’s Books May 9, 7pm, “The Beauty” & “Ten Windows” with Jane Hirshfield. 138 N Main St, Sebastopol 707.823.2618.

Napa Bookmine May 9, 2pm, “Smelling Sunshine” with Constance Anderson. Wednesdays, 11am, Read Aloud for the Young’uns!. 964 Pearl St, Napa 707.733.3199.

San Rafael Copperfield’s Books May 13, 7pm, “Educator and the Oligarch” with Anthony Cody. 850 Fourth St, San Rafael 415.524.2800.

Wells Fargo Center for the Arts May 6, 8pm, David Sedaris, America’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.

Theater Crazy for You This classic Gershwin musical abounds with mistaken identities, plot twists, and fabulous dance numbers. May 8-31. $25-$37. Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

Hand to Mouth: A Seed’s Journey from Soil to Plate This world premiere musical, inspired by Michael Pollan’s “Food Rules,” includes original songs and spoken word, vivid interactive video and humor for the whole family. Through May 10. $15-$27. Main Stage West, 104 N Main St, Sebastopol. 707.823.0177.

Mary Poppins The famous nanny lands in Rohnert Park for this dazzling main stage production directed

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In connection with the current exhibit, this talk by an art instructor at San Quentin will offer insights into the project. May 9, 1pm. MarinMOCA, Novato Arts Center, Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Dr, Novato. 415.506.0137.

“I Am Going to Fly Through Glass: Selected Poems of Harold Norse” with Todd Swindell and others. 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma 707.762.0563.

New Voices on the Vine

Quicksand Tango The Raven Players present the world premiere of the new work by local playwright Tony Sciullo. Mature themes. May 8-24. $10$25. Raven Theater Windsor, 195 Windsor River Rd, Windsor.

Seagull College of Marin’s drama department takes on the Chekov-penned tale that is simultaneously funny and tragic. Mature themes. Through May 17. $10-$20. College of Marin Kentfield Campus, 835 College Ave, Kentfield.

Tea Artist and veteran Aaron Hughes leads a performance and discussion over tea that allows us to engage with difficult subjects such as war, dehumanization and love. Limited seating. May 8-23. The Imaginists, 461 Sebastopol Avenue, Santa Rosa. 707.528.7554.

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 Christie’s mystery, about a man wrongly accused of murder, in all its rich tension. Through May 17. $26. Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

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ARIES (March 21–April 19) Benedictine monks observe the Latin motto Laborare est orare. The 19thcentury abbot Maurus Wolter interpreted these words to mean “work is worship” or “work is prayer.” He was trying to impress upon his fellow monks that the work they did was not a grudging distraction from their service to God, but rather at the heart of their devotion. To do their tasks with love was a way to express gratitude for having been blessed with the gift of life. I propose that you experiment with this approach in the coming weeks, even if your version is more secular. What would it be like to feel contentment with and appreciation for the duties you have been allotted? TAURUS (April 20–May 20)

Here’s one of the best things you can do for your mental and physical health: Withdraw your attention from the life that lies behind you, and be excited about the life that stretches ahead of you. Forget about the past, and get wildly inventive as you imagine the interesting future you will create for yourself. Forgive everyone who has offended you, and fantasize about the fun adventures you’ll go on, the inspiring plans you’ll carry out and the invigorating lessons you hope to learn.

GEMINI (May 21–June 20) In the children’s book The Little Engine That Could, a little blue engine volunteers to pull a long chain of train cars up a steep hill, even though it’s not confident it has the power to do so. As it strains to haul the heavy weight, it recites a mantra to give itself hope: “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.” The story ends happily. The little blue engine reaches the top of the hill with its many cars in tow, and is able to glide down the rest of the way. As you deal with your own challenge, Gemini, I recommend that you use an even more forceful incantation. Chant this: “I know I can, I know I can, I know I can.” Here’s a confession: I have taken a vow to foster beauty, truth, love, justice, equality, tolerance, creativity, playfulness and hope. To do this work is one of my life goals. I approach it with the devotion of a monk and the rigor of a warrior. Does that mean I ignore difficulty and suffering and cruelty? Of course not. I’m trying to diminish the power of those problems, so I sure as hell better know a lot about them. On the other hand, my main focus is on redemption and exaltation. I prefer not to describe in detail the world’s poisons, but rather to provide an antidote for them. Even if you don’t normally share my approach, Cancerian, I invite you to try it for the next two weeks. The astrological time is right.

LEO (July 23–August 22) The hill where I take my

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late afternoon hikes is teeming with the six-petaled purple wildflower known as the elegant cluster-lily. Every one of them—and there are hundreds—leans hard in the direction of the sun in the west. Should I deride them as conformists that follow the law of the pack? Should I ridicule them for their blind devotion? Or should I more sensibly regard them as having a healthy instinct to gravitate toward the life-giving light? I’ll go with the latter theory. In that spirit, Leo, I urge you to ignore the opinions of others as you turn strongly toward the sources that provide you with essential nourishment.

VIRGO (August 23–September 22) Am I reading the astrological omens correctly? I hope so. From what I can tell, you have been flying under the radar and over the rainbow. You have been exploiting the loopholes in the big bad system and enjoying some rather daring experiments with liberation. At this point in the adventure, you may be worried that your lucky streak can’t continue much longer. I’m here to tell you that it can. It will. It must. I predict that your detail-loving intelligence will paradoxically guide you to expand your possibilities even further. LIBRA (September 23–October 22) According to the three science fiction films collectively known as The Matrix, we humans suffer from a fundamental delusion. What we think is real life is actually a sophisticated computer simulation. Intelligent machines have created this dream world to keep us in suspended animation while they harvest our energy to fuel their civilization. Now as far as I can tell, this

scenario isn’t literally true. But it is an apt metaphor for how many of us seem to be half-asleep or under a spell, lost in our addiction to the simulated world created by technology. I bring this to your attention, Libra, because now is a favorable time to diminish the hold that the metaphorical matrix has on you. What can you do to at least partially escape your bondage? (Hint: A little more contact with nature could do the trick.)

SCORPIO (October 23–November 21)

In the coming weeks, you may be as alluring and intriguing and tempting as you have been in a long time. I suggest you capitalize on this advantage. Proceed as if you do indeed have the power to attract more of the emotional riches you desire. Assume that are primed to learn new secrets about the arts of intimacy, and that these secrets will make you even smarter and more soulful than you already are. Cultivate your ability to be the kind of trusted ally and imaginative lover who creates successful relationships.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21) Physicist Frank Wilczek won a Nobel Prize for his research into quarks, the tiny particles that compose protons and neutrons. The guy is breathtakingly smart. Here’s one of his operating principles: “If you don’t make mistakes, you’re not working on hard enough problems. And that’s a big mistake.” Let’s enshrine his advice as your meditation, Sagittarius. I think you’re strong enough and brave enough to go hunting for some new super-rich dilemmas. Yes, they may lead you to commit some booboos. But they will also stretch your intelligence beyond its previous limits, giving you a more vigorous understanding of the way the world works. CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19) In 1934, Capricorn baseball player Dizzy Dean was named the Most Valuable Player after winning 30 games. It was a feat that no National League pitcher has repeated ever since. After Dean retired, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Never shy about acknowledging his own prowess, he declared that “if you can do it, it ain’t bragging.” It is in this spirit that I invite you to freely expound on your talents and accomplishments in the coming week. You won’t be boasting. You will simply be providing information. And that will ultimately result in you being offered an interesting new opportunity or two. AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18) There has rarely been a better time than now to refine the art of being your own mommy or daddy. You’re finally ready to take over from the parental voices in your head and assume full responsibility for raising yourself the rest of the way. What do you want to be when you grow up? You may feel a giddy sense of freedom as it becomes clear that the only authority who has the right to answer that question is you.

PISCES (February 19–March 20) The universe has always played tricks on you. Some have been so perplexing that you’ve barely understood the joke. Others have been amusing but not particularly educational. Now I sense a new trend in the works, however. I suspect that the universe’s pranks are becoming more comprehensible. They may have already begun to contain hints of kindness. What’s the meaning of this lovely turn of events? Maybe you have finally discharged a very old karmic debt. It’s also conceivable that your sense of humor has matured so much that you’re able to laugh at some of the crazier plot twists. Here’s another possibility: You are cashing in on the wisdom you were compelled to develop over the years as you dealt with the universe’s tricks.

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