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The Novato Festival of Art Wine and Music is presented by the Novato Chamber of Commerce and features two days of fun for the entire family. The free festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14 in downtown Novato on Grant Avenue between Redwood Boulevard and Seventh Street. They event is anchored by two two stages at each end. The Seventh Street stage is sponsored by Hopmonk Tavern and features a bevy of local talent including Tim Flannery (wellknown former Giant) and Sean Hayes.

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Some other headliners this year include Petty Theft, Mustache Harbor, Royal Jelly Jive, The Brothers Comatose, Mojo Rising and more. There are more than 200 arts and crafts booths. Children can play in the kids area with a wide assortment of arts projects and games and rides. Locally brewed beer from Moylan’s Brewery is available in commemorative glasses as well as wine tasting for the wine connoisseur. For more information go to www. novatoartwinemusic.com or call 415897-1164.

Bodega Seafood Art & Wine Festival More than a dozen culinary companies come together to offer delicious seafood specialties at the 21th incarnation of this annual event. Four stages of entertainment. The Main Stage features rockin’ blues, jazz, swing, bluegrass and more, and has a large dance floor. The Wine Stage offers more eclectic musical entertainment. The Entertainment Stage showcases jugglers, magicians and other non-musical acts. And this year there is a new stage with chef demos and fruit and vegetable carving. Aug. 29 and 30. 16855 Bodega Hwy. Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm; $15 under 12, free.

California Beer Festival is set for Sat., June 20 from 12:30 to 5 p.m. at Stafford Lake in Novato. It’s summertime fun with special guest Burt the Bear. The national anthem will be sung this year by pop singer Megan Slankard. There will be 70 craft brews on tap with favorites from Lagunitas and Hopmonk, but with also lesser known beers from all over the West Coast. The music lineup includes Wonder Bread 5, Irie Fuse and The Grain. VIP tickets are $70, with general admission at $50 and designated driver tickets for $25. Children 12 and under are free but must be accompanied by a parent. Tickets are available on line at www.CaliforniaBeerFestival.com or at HopMonk Tavern in Novato. 


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he state wants to charge day-use fees at our Sonoma County beaches. County officials object. We should be treating this as a statewide issue because state park day-use fees are pricing people out of parks.

Some in power think parks should operate like a business where funding comes mostly from use fees; others think state parks ought to be run like national parks, for the enjoyment of all. There was a time when more than 75 percent of state park operating funds came from the state’s general fund. Now it’s closer to 20 percent. Camping and day-use fees were very reasonable back in the ’70s and ’80s. Then came budget crunches, and it became all too easy to go after the small departments that either didn’t have much political clout or had weak directors. It takes money to manage, inventory, interpret and protect natural resources, and this money is an obligation of state government. Protecting and preserving the natural and cultural wonders in parks will never be a moneymaker. The state park’s mission is to “provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state’s extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation.” Unfortunately, there’s nothing in there about reasonable fees. There are those in Sacramento who would treat parks as a commodity—something to sell—that not everyone could afford. For many, such as minimum-wage earners, day-use fees are too high. One-third of California workers are “low-wage” earners, making less than $13.63 an hour. Our state parks need to be available to everyone, especially low-wage workers. Parks offer us a sanctuary for recreating our spirits. This is why parks came into being. Yes, free day-use for all would be the best for California citizens, but in the economic and political climate of today, this may be unattainable. What seems more reasonable would be a state park annual day use pass closer in price to the $69 Sonoma County Regional Parks charges, not the $195 that the state charges now. It’s time to change our battle from Sonoma County vs. the state to all citizens vs. the state. Bill Krumbein is a retired State Park ranger and Santa Rosa resident. A longer version of this opinion can be found at Bohemian.com Open Mic is a weekly feature in the ‘Bohemian.’ We welcome your contribution. To have your topical essay of 350 words considered for publication, write openmic@bohemian.com.

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A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD? SB 593 aims to to tighten regulations on short-term rentals like Airbnb.

Short-Term Solution Realtors’ group wants out of vacation rental regs authored by Sen. Mike McGuire BY TOM GOGOLA

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he state’s powerful California Association of Realtors has weighed in on a bill that would regulate the state’s booming short-term vacation rental market. The group has pushed lawmakers to amend SB 593 so that it doesn’t affect its members—but the lobbying organization won’t commit to support the bill if that’s done.

State Sen. Mike McGuire’s bill to regulate the online vacationrental industry has picked up numerous supporters as it has wended through the California legislature this spring. Groups and businesses ranging from the AIDS Housing Alliance to the Service Employees International Union have signed on to the bill, which would regulate the short-term vacation rental industry through new state reporting requirements placed on online rental platforms like Airbnb.

The real estate group has been slow to get on board, and has danced around the issue of whether it supports the bill with amendments or will oppose the bill unless it is amended to their liking. “We oppose unless amended and will be neutral once the amendments are in print,” says the group in a statement. The point is the same despite the hedging over language: the group wants “to exempt real estate licensees from the definition of ‘hosting platform’

as defined by the bill,” says a spokesperson via email. In plain English, that means the real estate group won’t oppose the McGuire bill if its members are excluded from its reach. Under the McGuire bill, Airbnb and other online rental sites would be compelled to provide the state the address of a listing, how many times it has been rented and for how much per night. The bill also provides language for municipalities that prohibit short-term vacation rentals to enforce the ban. A major driver behind the bill is that it would level the playing field so that transient occupancy taxes (TOT) paid by hotels and other established short-term rental outfits would now be collected from anyone who uses sites like Airbnb, HomeAway and VRBO to list a property. “Home-sharing is here to stay,” says McGuire, “and what this bill does is provide cities and counties with what they need to enforce the local laws on the books. ” The Realtor’s group is the lobbying arm for the state’s real estate industry, which has leapt at the short-term rental opportunities afforded by the sharing economy and platforms such as Airbnb. In an interview with the Bohemian earlier this year, a spokesperson said the organization had not taken a position on the McGuire bill, and that “is not something that we are looking at.” They’ve apparently looked at the bill and now say it will oppose SB 593 unless amended to their liking. But, McGuire says that “they are actually in support of the bill. They want equity.” So what gives? McGuire notes that many Realtors already pay TOT and are licensed through the state. “Right now, if you have a Realtor’s license in the state of California,” he says, “you have to abide by the law and that includes paying your taxes. Per the terms of their license, they have to follow federal, state and local laws.” The amendment sought by the Realtor’s association has to be


then renting them out to either large numbers of individuals, or there are loud, rowdy parties, and that has changed the look and feel of our local neighborhoods,” he says. “Those homes that actually have a property management firm associated with it, we’re not hearing a lot from the neighbors because those properties are properly managed.” But what’s good in Sonoma County is not necessarily good in urban areas where the vacationrental economy has pushed affordable housing aside in favor of profit and tourism. Airbnb recently removed numerous properties from its Los Angeles listings managed by property-management firms, given that many of those properties had previously housed long-term residents. “Property management companies have been purchasing hundreds of units and placing them on online vacation rental platforms,” says McGuire by way of agreement. “In cities where this is happening, it’s caused big problems.” In Los Angeles, “Airbnb decided that they didn’t want property managers on the platform,” says Ian McHenry, president of Beyond Pricing, a San Francisco firm that provides price-shopping software for consumers who use short-term vacation rental sites. “That’s a bit scary for the property manager, that they can just cancel the reservation.” McHenry notes that short-term rental platforms like Airbnb are concerned about the McGuire bill because it creates a state tax regime ahead of a locality or city having fully grappled with the vacation-rental boom in its midst. He agrees with the emphasis in McGuire’s bill on TOT accountability, but notes, “The worry from Airbnb and VRBO is, ‘don’t tax ahead of legitimizing us,’” he says. The fear, he says, is that the very data collected by Airbnb on behalf of the state could then be used to stand-up local efforts to get rid of Airbnb. “People are worried that the information is going to be used against them,” he says.

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Stealing People’s Mail It seemed like so much fun when Jello Biafra sang about stealing people’s mail when he was fronting the Dead Kennedys.

We’re gonna steal your mail On a Friday night We’re gonna steal your mail By the pale moonlight! But the crime is serious business—and Sonoma sentenced a young mail-stealer to hard time last Friday. It was the same day that Biafra was in the North Bay for a show with the Guantanamo School of Medicine, at the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma. Coincidence, you say? OK, maybe. Debriefer was flooded with Friday afternoon emails from the Sonoma County District Attorney’s office just as we were gearing up for the holiday—lots of people were going off to prison in advance of the Memorial Day weekend, just as Biafra was hauling up 101 for his Petaluma show. The Sonoma DA offered news of a DUI sentencing and an unlicensedcontractor scam on Craigs List in the mix of releases—but stealing people’s mail, that one jumped out at us. Stealing mail is very illegal. Don’t do it. Santa Rosa’s Teresa Goode probably isn’t humming the Dead Kennedy’s classic today, even if it’s now an official Debriefer earworm we can’t shake, thanks to her crime spree….

And we got license plates, wedding gifts, tax returns Checks to politicians from real estate firms Money, bills and canceled checks Pretty funny pictures of your kids Stick a stamp on Goode, and say goodbye: According to the release from Assistant District Attorney Joseph Langenbahn, Goode was sentenced to eight years in state prison for plundering multiple mailboxes in the service of the relatively new, but wildly popular crime of identify theft. Seems Ms. Goode was out on bail for previous attempts at identity theft that involved stealing people’s mail, when she was pulled over by police with co-defendant Nikki Sproul, of Rohnert Park, late last year. Sproul, reported Sonoma District Attorney Jill Ravitch’s office, “was in the back seat along with hundreds of pieces of stolen mail inside several bags. Checks, credit cards, bank statements, driver’s licenses, and ID cards for over 100 victims were located, along with mail containing personal identifying information for an additional 70 victims…”

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added to the bill by June 5, and McGuire will file it, he says. Airbnb opposes the bill on privacy grounds: it doesn’t want to hand its customers’ information over to the state without a big fight over privacy concerns. “This proposal could force internet platforms like Airbnb to hand over broad swaths of confidential, personal information to bureaucrats,” reads a company statement. “We look forward to continuing the conversation with the committee, but proposals like SB 593 wrongly disregard consumer privacy.” Airbnb did not respond to requests for additional comment. McGuire says the privacy concern is a “smokescreen” and that anyone who uses the Airbnb platform has already signed their privacy away via the company’s terms of agreement. The real estate industry likes the short-term rental market. A recent story in the national trade publication Realtor Magazine, for example, noted that “sites like Airbnb and VRBO can be good places for agents to ‘park’ a property and earn income while a market rebounds or a buyer surfaces.” The magazine says that the HomeAway platform offers some 350,000 listings from realtors. The Realtors’ association also likes Mike McGuire. According to online records, the CAR contributed $16,750 to McGuire’s campaign through September of last year. That figure easily puts it in the top tier of contributors to the Healdsburg-based freshman senator. McGuire says the genesis for his bill can be found in his fouryear stint as a Sonoma County supervisor. During that time, he says the majority of complaints his office heard about shortterm vacation rentals came from properties where there was an absentee landlord. Most of those, he says, were second homes rented out by their absent owners. McGuire says he never heard complaints about properties that were being managed by realtors or property-management firms. “What you have are a lot of individuals in the Bay Area who are buying a second home and


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HOWDY PARDNER A crew member of ‘Family Ingredients’ captures show host Ed Kenney, left, Sonoma’s Patrick Garcia

and Hawaii’s Kuana Torres Kahele at the Petaluma Adobe.

Aloha on the Range Hawaii’s cowboys trace roots to Petaluma’s Old Adobe and Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo BY DAVID TEMPLETON

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is grin is as wide and warm as a ukulele as Hawaiian singer-songwriter Kuana Torres Kahele steps inside the Rancho Petaluma Adobe at Old Adobe State Park in Petaluma and greets his host: “Hola amigo! Cómo estás, senor!” Patrick Garcia welcomes Kahele to Sonoma County with a hearty

“Aloha!” Garcia is on the board of directors of the Petaluma-Sonoma State Historic Parks Association and maintains a personal connection to the local landmark. Television crew members bustle through what is now the entranceway and museum of the historic Old Adobe. Amid the bustle, Garcia shows Kahele around and points out a painting. It’s a vivid depiction of several vaqueros on horseback: These are Mexican cowboys as they might have looked

while working the ranchero in the early 1800s. That’s when Garcia’s fifthgeneration second cousin, Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, built the adobe and established a major cattle operation here, before the region became part of the United States. The vaqueros are the reason Kahele and company are in Sonoma County. Along with chef Ed Kenney, who has just made his own entrance into the adobe, Kahele and crew are here to shoot an episode of the

award-winning TV show Family Ingredients. Hosted by Kenney, who owns a number of acclaimed restaurants in Hawaii, Family Ingredients offers an entertaining blend of cooking show, travelogue, and genealogical documentary as it traces Hawaiian culinary traditions to their roots. The episode being filmed is all about beef—and there’s a direct link in Hawaii between the cattle and those vaqueros from whom Garcia is descended. At the invitation of King Kamehameha III, a band of Mexican cowboys from this area traveled to Hawaii to teach the islanders riding, roping, and rounding-up skills. The paniolo—as Hawaiian cowboys came to be known—were greatly inspired by the vaqueros. Kahele himself pays tribute in the popular folk song Na Vaqueros, which is sung in Spanish and Hawaiian. Kahele and Kenney are escorted into the courtyard, where Kahele will tell a few stories and sing Na Vaqueros for the cameras. Garcia lingers to tell a few stories of his own, before he suits up in the traditional vaqueros’ costume for his moment in the spotlight. “The Californios, the vaqueros—they were needed to train the local people in Hawaii,” he says “where wild cattle were becoming a big problem. An Englishman had gone there, some years before, and had left a lot of cattle behind. The cattle eventually became pretty wild, and spread out into the different areas of Hawaii. “The vaqueros became very popular in Hawaii,” he continues. For this episode of Family Ingredients, which airs next spring, the producers filmed in Petaluma because the adobe is the best existing example of the type of rancheros the early vaqueros learned their trade at. Family Ingredients sets out to bring a sense of living history to the table, and by connecting Garcia and Kahele onscreen, the episode will highlight the connection that California and Hawaii share. That link continues any time a Hawaiian family throws a steak on the barbecue.


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S O N OMA CO U N TY Dierk’s Parkside Cafe American. $. Classic, fresh diner food in a comfortable diner setting. Ought to be in a movie. Breakfast and lunch daily. 404 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.573.5955. Dierk’s Midtown Cafe, 1422 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.454.2233.

Haku Sushi. $-$$. Cleverly named rolls like “Jedi Mind Trick” and “Roll me a Fatty” are as flavorful as they are fun. Lunch and dinner daily. 518 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.541.6359. Khoom Lanna Thai. $$. Outstanding Thai dishes and seasonal specialties with an authentic cooking style. Fresh ingredients, serene dining room, convenient Railroad Square location. Lunch and dinner daily. 107 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8424.

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

Monti’s Rotisserie & Bar California cuisine. $-$$. Small plates and a few larger entrées with emphasis on house-roasted meats. Lunch and dinner daily. 714 Village Ct, Santa Rosa. 707.568.4404.

Risibisi Italian. $$-$$$. An oasis of urbanity that will transport you to New York, Paris even. The menu keeps freshly seasonal and changes weekly. Lunch and dinner daily. 154 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.766.7600. Russian River Brewing Co Eclectic. $. Decent pizza and excellent brews. Two words: beer bites! Lunch and

dinner daily. 725 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.2337.

Shiso Asian $$ Extensive modern Asian menu with emphasis on sushi–sashimi, nigiri and specialty rolls– made from local ingredients. Ask for the omakase. Dinner daily. 19161 Hwy 12, Sonoma. 707.933.9331. Sushi Tozai Japanese. $$. Spare, clean ambiance and some of the freshest sushi you’ll ever eat. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Sun. 7531 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.9886. Water Street Bistro Eclectic. $$. Homemade soups, salads, sandwiches and entrées. Breakfast and lunch daily. 100 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.763.9563.

MARIN CO U N T Y 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.

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

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.

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.

Left Bank French. $$-$$$. Splendid, authentic French cuisine. Lunch and dinner daily. 507 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.927.3331. Nick’s Cove Seafood/ contemporary American. $$$$. Fresh from the bay oysters, upscale seafood, some steaks and a great burger. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 23240 State Route 1, Marshall. 415.663.1033.

Piatti Italian. $$-$$$.Rustic, seasonal, Italian food. Kidfriendly. Lunch and dinner daily. 625 Redwood Hwy, Mill Valley. 415.380.2525. Pier 15 American. $$. Fun, tucked-away old-fashioned spot overlooking hidden harbor. Great place for breakfast at a bar, too. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; brunch, SatSun. 15 Harbor St, San Rafael. 415.256.9121. Pine Cone Diner Eclectic. $$. 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. Pizzeria Picco Pizza. $-$$. The wood-fired oven keeps things cozy, and the organic ingredients and produce make it all tasty. Lunch and dinner, Sat-Sun; dinner only, Mon-Fri. 316 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. ) 415.945.8900.

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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.


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Poggio Italian. $$-$$$. Truly transportive food, gives authentic flavor of the Old World. The cheaper way to travel Europe. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 777 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.7771. Sushi Ran Japanese. $$$$. This beautiful restaurant attracts locals and tourists with its fresh catches. A wide selection of nigiri, depending on whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fresh. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner, Fri-Sun. 107 Caledonia St, Sausalito. 415.332.3620.

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Yet Wah Chinese. $$. Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go wrong here. Special Dungeness crab dishes for dinner; dim sum for lunch. Lunch and dinner daily. 1238 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.460.9883.

N A PA CO U N T Y Ad Hoc American. $$-$$$. Thomas Kellerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quintessential neighborhood restaurant. Prix fixe dinner changes daily. Actually takes reservations. 6476 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.2487.

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Cafe. $-$$. Alexis excels at baked goods and offers killer breakfasts and sensible soupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;-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

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

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Keller brother creation with a distinctly Parisian bistro ambiance, offering French classics. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 6534 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.8037.

Formerly Taylorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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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La Toque Restaurant

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.

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.

Cindyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

Coleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;nostalgiaâ&#x20AC;? 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.

Fazerratiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pizza. $-$$.

French, but not aggressively so. Lunch and dinner daily. 540 Main St, Napa. 707.252.8115.

Great pie, cool brews, the gameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always on. Great place for post-Little League. Lunch and dinner daily. 1517 W Imola Ave, Napa. 707.255.1188.

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French Laundry

California. $-$$. An upscale â&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

Definitive California Cuisine. $$$$. What else is there to say? Chef Thomas Kellerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s institution is among the very best restuarants in the country. 6640 Washington St., Yountville. 707.944.2380.

Bistro Jeanty French. $$$.

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.

Rich, homey cuisine. A perfect choice when you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get a chance to do your Laundry. Lunch and dinner daily. 6510 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.4870.

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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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.

Redd California cuisine. $$$$$. Rich dishes balanced by subtle flavors and careful yet casual presentation. Brunch at Redd is exceptional. Lunch, Mon-Sat; dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 6480 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.2222. Siena California-Tuscan. $$$$. Sophisticated, terroirinformed cooking celebrates the local and seasonal, with electric combinations like sorrel-wrapped ahi tuna puttanesca. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa. 707.251.1900. Zuzu Spanish tapas. $$. 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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S O N OM A CO U N T Y Bella Vineyards (WC) Specializing in Zinfandel, Bella Vineyards farms three vineyards in Sonoma County: Big River Ranch in Alexander Valley, and the Lily Hill Estate and Belle Canyon in Dry Creek Valley. 9711 W. Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 11am– 4:30pm. 866.572.3552.

Everett Ridge Vineyards & Winery As is the custom at sister winery Esterlina, orange cheese puffs are served for palate cleansing between sips of exclusive Cole Ranch Riesling and big, soft and fruity reds. Plus, inexpensive, solid and sassy “Diablita” rocks screw-capped bottles of Sonoma County Red, White, Pink and Zin. Dandy view can be enjoyed from the tasting room or the patio. 435 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 10am–5pm. Tasting fee, $15. 707.433.1637.

MacLaren Wine Company “Drouthy Neebors” Syrah is the perfect pairing for your “neeps” and “tatties.” 27 E. Napa St., Suite E, Sonoma. Open Thursday noon–5pm; Fri–Sun noon–6pm. Tasting fee, $15. 707.938.7490.

Pangloss New name from Audelssa crew, same rugged mountain Cab, plus Zin and Anderson Valley Pinot. 13750 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen. Tasting room open daily, 10:30am–5pm. 707.933.8565.

Robledo Family Winery Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and “Los Braceros” red blend are highly recommended. 21901 Bonness Road, Sonoma. Open daily, Monday–Saturday, 10am–5pm; Sunday, 11am– 4pm. 707.939.6903.

Sheldon Wines Globetrotting harvest hoboes who caught wine fever like an express train and held on tight. Urban location; Rhône-style and off-beat

varietals. 1301 Cleveland Ave., Santa Rosa. Friday–Monday noonish to sixish; fees $5–15. 707.865.6755.

Stephen & Walker The

Persian theme, Darioush is justly famous for its Bordeaux. 4240 Silverado Trail, Napa. Open daily, 10:30am–5pm. 707.257.2345.

sign says, um, “cult wines,” but take another look: Local winemakers who have crawled up from the very trenches of the business are offering Howell Mountain Cab, a Pinot Noir triptych, Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, and Muscat Canelli here. 243 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. Daily, 11am–7pm. Tasting fee, $10. 707.431.8749.

Fantesca Estate & Winery (WC) Set on land

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Hall Winery (WC) Craig

Aglianico, Nero d’Avola, Barbera! But first, for you, my friend, Prosecco! Espresso, gelato, pizzeria, deli sandwich! If Il postino rides his bicycle straight through the courtyard, don’t be the least bit surprised. 60 Shaw Ave., Kenwood. Marketplace open daily, 10am–5pm. Saturdays and Sundays through harvest, Sonoma Valley Tenors sing from the balcony at 2pm. Tastings $5–$10. 707.833.2300.

and Kathryn Hall specialize in “beefy” wines favored by Robert Parker. Intensely modern art and all things Austrian. 401 St. Helena Hwy. S., St. Helena. Open daily, 10am– 5:30pm. 866.667.HALL..

N A PA CO U N T Y Bouchaine Vineyards Venerable producer of estategrown Burgundian style wine in the rustic wind-scraped hills of Carneros. Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier with a coolclimate, cherry-skin crispness that nearly crunches in the mouth, and Chardonnay with a “mouth of butter.” Patio service in fair weather, cozy hearthside tasting in cooler days; good-humored hospitality throughout. 1075 Buchli Station Road, Napa. Open daily, 10:30am–4:30pm; tasting fee $20–$30. 707.252.9065.

Casa Nuestra Winery Endearingly offbeat, with a dedicated staff and a collection of goats and dogs roaming freely. 3451 Silverado Trail N., St. Helena. Open daily, 10am– 5pm. 707.963.5783.

Darioush Exotic locale, with giant columns and a

that was the dowry gift when Charles Krug married in 1860, this estate winery specializing in Cab features a wine-aging cave built right into the side of Spring Mountain. 2920 Spring Mountain Road, Napa. By appointment. 707.968.9229.

Jericho Canyon Vineyard Oh boy, boutique Napa Cab from celebrity consultant Michel Rolland and high-rollers who used to spend half the year in Hawaii? Well, yeah, but they’re super nice, work hard, and their wines are tops. Cab and Sauv Blanc. 3322 Old Lawley Toll Road, Calistoga. Tour and tasting by appointment only, $30. 707.942.9665.

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

Silver Oak Silver Oak truly is a venerable cult wine, confounding to outsiders who don’t feel the magic. Folks love the Silver Oak; the Silver Oak is good. 915 Oakville Cross Road, Oakville. Monday– Saturday, 9am–5pm; Sunday, 11am–5pm. Tasting fee, $20. 707.942.7022

Bottled Poetry Rockin’ Around Cliff Lede Vineyards BY JAMES KNIGHT

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on’t ask this Canadian about Okanagan Valley wine country. Cliff Lede discovered the better weather and bigger wines of the Napa Valley during a business trip in the 1990s, and I tell you man he’s living there still.

Before founding Cliff Lede Vineyards in 2002, Lede worked in his family’s construction company—I think “magnate” was his job title—and, as captains of industry must, collected Bordeaux. So when he purchased the former S. Anderson Vineyard, he replanted with Cabernet Sauvignon and friends—Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot—with the help of marquee vineyard consultant, David Abreu. Ten years have gotten behind us since Lede built a new winery on the hill behind the tasting room. In the cellar lie oak tanks fashioned after those at Château Latour. The lucky man who gets to play with all of this is winemaker Chris Tynan, who, despite majoring in English, worked his way up in some of Napa’s top cellars. The tasting room feels casual and familiar, all blond wood and sofas—like you’re inside a Pottery Barn catalog. Those guitars on the wall? Lede (rhymes with “lady”) also likes his rock music, as a stroll through the vineyard suggests. Each block is named for a song or album, mostly classic rock, with a few nods to Prince, the Police and Nirvana. Lede’s own hit was naming his flagship wine “Poetry” after the “bottled poetry” quote on the iconic sign that welcomes motorists to Napa Valley. You might blow all your wages for the week on a night’s stay at Lede’s five-room Poetry Inn, located just across the Silverado Trail, but you’re doing Napa right when you greet the morning in an open-air shower the size of a studio apartment. Yes, the rooms are named after famous poets. And yes, Lede’s 2012 Beautiful Generation Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon ($95) goes to 11 in terms of intense cassis fruit and bitter chocolate tannins, but is trending supple. And since Lede bought Breggo Cellars, here’s an oasis of Anderson Valley Pinot, as well—the FEL 2012 Savoy Vineyard Pinot Noir ($65) purrs with dark Anderson Valley fruit and potpourri spice. In the reserve lounge and art gallery, “Backstage,” a retrospective of Grateful Dead poster art runs through July 12, 2014. Backstage is only available by reservation Thursday through Sunday, so if you can’t buy tickets for the estate tour ($75) or reserve tasting ($50), then you need a miracle. Cliff Lede Vineyards, 1473 Yountville Cross Road, Yountville. Open daily, 10am–4pm. Tasting fee, $30; outdoor seating, $40. 707.944.8642.

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Worm Turner On the range with worm farmer Jack Chambers BY STETT HOLBROOK


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WONDER WORM “There is something special going on inside the worms,” says vermiculture expert Rhonda Sherman.

organic dairy manure mixed with straw from West County farms and composts it in steamy piles that reach temperature of 140 degrees or more. Composting kills pathogens and weeds and leaves the manure smelling sweet and earthy. It’s also irresistible to the millions of worms living in the dozen 130-foot-long beds nearby. Red worms eat nearly three times their body weigh each week. Chambers and his crews sprinkle a layer of the compost on of the beds and the worms worm their way up to eat it and turn the reddish-brown compost black. That’s what Chambers and his customers are after—worm compost. In a device of Chambers’ own design, a breaker bar sweeps under the beds to shave off a layer of the material, which has the consistency of fine coffee grinds. The stuff is then sifted and bagged. Farmers, mainly winegrowers at nearby wineries, anxiously seek it out. He produces about 2,000 yards of worm compost each year. “All of our material is spoken for,” he says. “Demand is ahead of supply.” While worm castings add

fertility to the soil in the form of nitrogen, its real value is the boost in vitality it gives to crops. “There is something special going on inside the worms,” says Sherman. “What comes out the other end is teeming with microorganisms. The beauty of vermicompost is it has plant hormones. They have a real effect on seedling emergence and plant growth.” Worm compost helps suppress plant diseases and pests and produce crops with higher yields, she says. As far as farming goes, the worms do most of the work as long as they stay fed and comfortable. They are a hearty worm, but sensitive to temperature extremes. In the summer when temperatures reach 100 degrees, Chambers says the worms climb on top of their beds to cool off en masse. They emit an eerie sound like a million faintly smacking lips. “It is important to realize the power of nature,” says Chambers. “It’s so simple but it’s so complex. If you can mimic and help that along that’s what we’re trying to do. Feed the soil and let the soil feed the plants. That’s what we’re all about.”


CULTURE

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Deserve This

Napa’s own We Are Invisible Monsters possess a youthful passion and nuanced approach to making their emotive, hard-hitting rock. Formed two years ago, they’ve released a string of singles and a debut EP last year, but those were just previews. This week, the band celebrates the release of their first full-length album, What You Deserve, with a show in the heart of their hometown. It’s the perfect primer for a weekend of rock in Napa and a great chance to see an up-and-coming act born and bred in the North Bay. We Are Invisible Monsters perform with opener Alec Lee on Thursday, May 28, at Silo’s, 530 Main St., Napa. 7pm. $5. 707.251.5833.

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To the Bone

Oregon’s Roselit Bone are not messing around. Self-described as “knife-fight music,” the crazy country band sounds like something that would accompany a Quentin Tarantino character stranded in the Texas desert and hell-bent on revenge. The band’s latest album, Blacken & Curl, is a stunning and gothic Western manifesto full of rumbling rhythms and thunderous guitars. Between the ominous pedal steels and forlorn lyrics, Roselit Bone is authentica Americana in all the best ways, and they throw down with fellow Oregonian Will Stenberg and local boy John Courage on Thursday, May 28, at the Arlene Francis Center, 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 8pm. 707.528.3009.

WINDSOR

WANDERLUST World-traveling songwriter Josh Rouse lands in the North Bay on Saturday, May 30, at the Mystic Theatre in Petaluma, see Clubs & Venues, p24.

New Film Fest

Locally created and curated, the inaugural Windsor Independent Film Festival is a grassroots effort aimed at showcasing locally produced and independently made short films. Over the course of two days, the fest presents these short films in six thematic groups. Short documentaries, dramas, comedies, romantic and evocative films are all on the bill offering a wide range of selections that offer feasts for the eyes and thoughtful fare from Sonoma County residents as well as international filmmakers. May 29–30, at the new Raven Theater, 195 Windsor Road, Windsor. $10–$60. www.windsorfest.com.

PENNGROVE

Crush It

Local comedy troupe the Crushers of Comedy are making a name for themselves with fun and funny standup shows around the wine country at unusual venues. Formed in Kenwood, the group brings in comics from around the West Coast to dish out jokes in wine cellars, vineyards and agricultural spots throughout the North Bay. This week, the Crushers will light up the Penngrove Hatchery, the historic building that formerly produced chicken eggs, in a special fundraiser show to benefit Farmers’ Market L.I.F.E., a program that makes locally grown and fresh foods available and affordable for everyone. The Crushers of Comedy smash it up Saturday, May 30, at the Hatchery, 5701 Old Redwood Hwy., Penngrove. 7pm. $35.

—Charlie Swanson

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Arts Ideas BELIEVE IT OR NOT “There’s an end-time war going on, between the dark extraterrestrial forces and the light

extraterrestrial forces,” says E.T. researcher Elizabeth Whitney.

Plan 9.1

Upcoming talk on extraterrestrials promises to cure what’s alien you BY CHARLIE SWANSON

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n Arthur C. Clarke’s 1953 novel Childhood’s End, alien overlords descend upon Earth and peacefully guide humanity into a new era of prosperity and enlightenment.

On the surface it’s a far-fetched idea. Yet more and more we are living in a world where science fiction is becoming science fact, and our understanding of the universe is only getting more fantastical.

Right now, scientists are trying to unlock the mystery of dark matter, SpaceX founder Elon Musk thinks we’re probably living in a virtual reality and this month the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Space Resource Exploration and Utilization Act” because humans are less than a decade from landing on and mining asteroids in our solar system. Amazing as all that is, all these headlines pale in comparison to what North Bay residents Elizabeth Whitney and Dennis Hunt say is in

store. Are you ready? On May 28, they lead a roundtable discussion, “Prepare For Change,” at the Sebastopol Grange, where they’ll offer their views on what they say is an upcoming planet-wide revelation that will upend the global monetary system and expose the truth about extraterrestrials. Finally! Whitney and Hunt come from very different backgrounds. She grew up in the counterculture movement of 1960s Berkeley and practiced civil disobedience; he’s a self-described “straight-laced”

engineer. They found a mutual interest in examining the existential crises that embroil humanity by looking toward the stars. Whitney studied the “harmonic convergence” movement of the 1980s with New Age author Jose Arguelles. From there, her research into meditation and higher states of consciousness propelled her to consider that there are unseen forces at work on Earth. Hunt spent the last decade researching the geopolitical and financial infrastructures that define society. He followed the money and was compelled to find out why the government puts so much effort into what he says is disinformation and secrecy. Enter the man code-named Cobra. He’s the source for the information Whitney and Hunt will share in their presentation. “He’s a very serious person, involved in the resistance movement,” says Whitney in all seriousness. Here’s where things get a little far out. “There’s an end-time war going on, between the dark extraterrestrial forces and the light extraterrestrial forces,” says Whitney. “And our Earth is the center of this war.” “It’s described as a hostage situation,” says Hunt. The theory, presented by Cobra, is that dark alien forces have held this planet under their control for 25,000 years. But fear not: The forces of light are closing in, and Whitney and Hunt are ready to open a dialogue on what they acknowledge is a taboo subject. “This event is about healing the whole planet and everyone in it,” says Hunt. “Part of it is going to be difficult and part of it is going to be wonderful, but we’re all in it together.” “Prepare For Planetary Change” is presented on Thursday, May 28, at the Grange, 6000 Sebastopol Ave/Hwy 12, Sebastopol. 7pm. Free.


LOST BOY ‘Peter Pan’ endures because of its appeal to children and adults.

Off to Neverland Peter Pan soars atop Mt. Tam BY DAVID TEMPLETON

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t’s funny how the older we get, the more emotional we become about J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan—the 1911 novel and various stage versions. Upon introduction to Peter Pan, kids love the action and adventure, the fairies, the swordfights and the little flying boy. But Peter Pan was never intended as a story for children alone, as is obvious to anyone caught mentioning a fairy “orgy” or decrying the cruelty and “heartlessness” of children, while reading the book aloud to their kids. Peter Pan is, to a large degree, a psychological and sociological examination of the differences between childhood and adulthood,

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culminating in the observation that each holds benefits and deficits not available to the other. In other words, Peter Pan is a very sad story. Fortunately, it’s also a blast. And in the smart, entertaining, visually inventive, play-drenched production of the 1954 musical adaptation currently playing outdoors atop Mt. Tam as this year’s Mountain Play, there is all of that kid-friendly stuff and plenty of heartstopping emotion to choke up the adults who still remember what it was like to play and pretend like our lives depended on it. Director Michael Schwartz, a Broadway veteran with an eye for spectacle, shows a keen sense of how to use the entire enormous stage area of the Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre, overlooking the San Francisco Bay. On a set resembling a summer camp playground in the woods, pirates, natives and lost boys erupt from all corners of the amphitheater, a crocodile is assembled from spare tires and puppets, shadows dance, an invisible fairy knocks things over and pulls hair, magical animals prowl, trampolines are hopped upon, teeters are tottered, and bright-colored balls are bounced out into the crowd. As Peter, Melissa WolfKlain displays a strong singing voice and a nicely boyish sense of roughand-tumble confidence, making it obvious why Wendy (Erin Ashe) and her brothers John and Michael (Jeremy Kaplan, Claire Lentz) would leave the safety of their beds and follow him to Neverland, where pirates await amongst other dangers. The goofily villainous Captain Hook (a very strong Jeff Wiesen) and his right-hand man Smee (David Yen, hilarious) do a good job of straddling the threatening-vs-comedic nature of their characters. Most importantly, Peter flies, beautifully, thanks to some conspicuous but still magical pulleys and wires. Kids will be happy and older folks will be happy and sad at the same time—because, hey, that’s the magic of Peter Pan.


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Santa Rosa’s Newest Music Festival Is A Hoot BY CHARLIE SWANSON

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s frontman of the Crux and founder of the nonprofit North Bay Hootenanny, Josh Windmiller is a Santa Rosa devotee. He has organized events in the city’s West End and historic Railroad Square for six summers, and has had a hand in everything from the Handcar Regatta to last year’s Wine & Swine. “I know this is where the heart of the city is,” he says. “There’s so much activity and imagination here, and there’s a real desire to have something happen in Railroad Square.” With that in mind, Windmiller unveils the Railroad Square Music

Festival on June 7. It’s his biggest event yet. “I decided I was going to widen the umbrella of the North Bay Hootenanny last year, and this is part of that,” says Windmiller. “I think this festival is important as a flagship event for the organization. It’s a love letter to Santa Rosa, from Santa Rosa.” Windmiller has enlisted an impressive lineup of Bay Area acts that he’s come to know over the years. San Francisco folk sensation the Brothers Comatose headline; they were the first band to sign on and the act that convinced the city and others to work with Windmiller to get the event off the ground. “Festivals are backwards,” says Windmiller. “You need to get the word out and then once there’s buzz you go out and talk to people to partner with.” Windmiller has been buoyed by support he’s gotten from the city of Santa Rosa and sponsors like Oliver’s Market and Lagunitas Brewing Company. Oakland’s T Sisters will be on hand for the show, as will Sam Chase, whom Windmiller describes as the “King of San Francisco.” Other notables include up-and-comer Marty O’Reilly and his Old Soul Orchestra, and local favorites like Frankie Boots & the County Line, the Rainbow Girls and songsmith John Courage. Two stages will be set up around the railroad depot on Wilson Street between Fourth and Fifth streets. A circus tent will also host a variety of acts. Santa Rosa’s grassroots craft fair, the Shop Party, will offer wares from local vendors, and yes, a family area will be set aside for the kids. The festival is free, large crowds are expected, and the streets will be closed around the square: Carpooling and bicycles are mightily encouraged. The Railroad Square Music Festival chugs into town Sunday, June 7, at Fourth and Wilson Streets, Santa Rosa. 11am to 7pm. Free. railroadsquaremusicfestival.com.

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Concerts SONOMA COUNTY Guantanamo Baywatch Portland trio mixes garage rock, groovy punk and surf jams. With Pookie & the Poodlez, the Illumignarly and Decent Criminal opening aa well as a multi-media art show. May 28, 6pm. $8. The Yard, 769 Wilson St, Santa Rosa.

Healdsburg Jazz Festival Varied and innovative week of jazz presents international stars like Eddie Palmieri, Pablo Ziegler and Luciana Souza, as well as Kenny Barron, Benny Green Trio, the Cookers and more. May 29-Jun 7. healdsburgjazzfestival.org. downtown, various locations, Healdsburg.

Trampled by Turtles â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live at Lagunitasâ&#x20AC;? summer concert series begins with a performance by the bluegrass folk band from Minnesota. Jun 1, 4:20pm. Free. Lagunitas Amphitheaterette, 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

Whitesnake Legendary rock band brings â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Purple Tour,â&#x20AC;? featuring their biggest hits, to the North Bay. Jun 2, 8pm. $59-$75. Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

MARIN COUNTY Preservation Hall Jazz Band New Orleans institution has been at it for more than half a century and has featured master players throughout. Jun 1, 8pm. $50-$55. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.1100.

NAPA COUNTY BottleRock Napa Valley The three-day fest is headlined by Imagine Dragons, Robert Plant and No Doubt. Gourmet food and wine highlight the Napa Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest musical event of the year. May 29-31. $129 and up. Napa Valley Exposition, 575 Third St, Napa.

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood BottleRock after-party also features the London Souls. May 30, 10pm. $30. City Winery Napa, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.260.1600.

Los Lobos BottleRock after-party also features the Brothers Comatose. May 29, 10pm. $30. City Winery Napa, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.260.1600.

Clubs & Venues SONOMA COUNTY Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Roma Roasters May 29, Disclaimer. May 30, Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Judith. 95 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.576.7765.

Aqus Cafe May 27, open bluegrass jam. May 28, Jack Murphy and Jim Burke. May 29, Anna May. May 30, Ring of Truth Trio. May 31, 2pm, Vardo. 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.

Arlene Francis Center May 28, Roselit Bone with Will Stenberg and John Courage. Tues, Open Didgeridoo Clinic. Wed, Open Mic. 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.

Mon, 11am, Proud Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ukulele jam and lessons. 2060 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3737.

Flamingo Lounge May 29, Notorious. May 30, Top Secret. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

French Garden May 29, Haute Flash Quartet. May 30, Solid Air. 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.2030.

HopMonk Sebastopol May 28, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Songwriters in the Roundâ&#x20AC;? series. May 30, Danny Click and the Hell Yeahs. May 31, Frobeck. Tues, open mic night. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

HopMonk Sonoma May 29, Wendy DeWitt. May 30, Matt Bolton. May 31, the Mother Hips duo. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.

Hotel Healdsburg May 30, David Udolf Trio with Chris Amberger and Akira Tana. 25 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.431.2800.

Jackson Theater May 30, Jazz and the Music of the Americas: Brazil. May 31, Jazz and the Music of the Americas: Argentina & the Caribbean. Sonoma Country Day School, 4400 Day School Place, Santa Rosa. 707.284.3200.

May 27, HE3. May 28, Second Line. May 29, P-Butta Funk Quartet. May 31, the Fabulous Bio Tones. 128 American Alley, Petaluma. 707.776.4631.

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May 27, Greg Hester. May 28, Susan Sutton Jazz Piano. May 29, Susan Sutton Jazz Combo. May 30, Don Olivet Jazz Trio. Jun 3, Greg Hester. 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.

Burgers & Vine May 30, Prezident Brown with Midnight Sun Massive and Blessed Coast. Tues, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reggae Marketâ&#x20AC;? DJ night. 400 First St E, Sonoma. 707.938.7110.

Christyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on the Square Wed, Casa Rasta. Thurs, Throwback Thursdays with DJ Stevie B. 96 Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa. 707.528.8565.

Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Argenzio Winery May 28, TownLounge and friends. 1301 Cleveland Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.280.4658.

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Occidental Center for the Arts May 31, 5pm, the Amaryllis Trio. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.874.9392.

Paul Mahder Gallery May 29, Ed Reed Quartet plays Coltrane and Hartman. 222 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg.

Petaluma Community Center May 30, “Igniting Hope” Charity Concert with Larry Gatlin. 320 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma.

Phoenix Theater May 29, Baeza with D-Lo. May 30, 35R and Fantasia SF. Tues, 7pm, Acoustic Americana jam. Sun, 5pm, rock and blues jam. 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

Raven Theater May 30-31, Philharmonia Healdsburg: Rach 3. 115 North St, Healdsburg. 707.433.3145.

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Sugarloaf Ridge State Park May 29, Ragtag Sullivan. 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood. 707.833.5712.

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 27, Roadhouse Ramblers. May 28, Black Cat open mic. May 29, Uncle Wiggly. May 30, Stax City. May 31, Blues & BBQ with Eugene Huggins Band. Mon, Blues Defenders Pro Jam. Jun 3, Dallis Craft Band. 5745 Old Redwood Hwy, Penngrove. 707.795.5118.

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

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May 30, Gator Nation. Thurs, What’s Shakin’ jam session. 401 Grove St, El Verano. 707.343.0044.

May 28, Tia Carroll. May 30, Miles Schon Band. May 31, Stephanie Teel Band. Jun 2, Adrianne Serna’s student showcase. Wed, Pro blues jam. 919 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.813.5600.

Sonoma-Cutrer May 31, 11am, Terrie Odabi and Evolution Blues. 4401 Slusser Rd, Windsor. 707.237.3489.

Spancky’s May 29, Humblewolf. May 30, Roadhouse. Thurs, 7pm, Thursday Night Blues Jam. Thurs, 11pm, DJ Selecta Konnex. 8201 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.664.0169.

May 31, 5pm, New Century Chamber Orchestra presents Schubert & Stravinsky. 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000. May 27, Deborah Winters. May 28, Susan Sutton. May 29, Ken Cook Trio. May 30, Jay Sanders Trio. May 31, Joe Warner Trio. 37 Caledonia St, Sausalito. 415.331.9355.

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May 27, Saphyre. May 28, Tree of Frogs. May 30, Darryl Rowe. May 31, 3pm, Flowtilla. May 31, 8:30pm, Shawn Byron. Mon, Kimrea and Dreamdogs. Tues, open mic. Fri, Michael Aragon Quartet. 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.1392.

May 27, the Herbert Bail Orchestra. May 28, Totally Dead. May 30, Annie Sampson Band with Levi Lloyd and the 501 Band. May 31, Gary Vogensen and the Ramble Band. Jun 3, Black Star Safari. 256 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.773.7751.

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May 27, Open Irish set dancing. May 30, Maldito Tango Duo. May 31, 11am, Robby-Neal Gordon. Jun 2, Rock Overtime student performance. Thurs, Open Mic. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.

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May 28, Lumanation. May 29, El Radio Fantastique. May 31, 5pm, Tony Perez & Second Hand Smoke. Mon, open mic. 17 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

May 30, Marble Party with Fighting Smokey Joe. May 31, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

George’s Nightclub Wed, Rock and R&B Jam. Sat, DJ night. Sun, Mexican Banda. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

HopMonk Novato May 27, open mic night with Joel Schick. May 28, Tony Saunders Jam. Jun 3, open mic night with Bobby Jo Valentine. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200.

Marin Center Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium May 27, Celtic Woman. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.473.6800.

19 Broadway Club May 27, J Boog with Hot Rain.

Panama Hotel Restaurant May 27, Amanda Addleman. May 28, C-JAM with Connie Ducey. May 31, Rusty String Express. Jun 2, Swing Fever. Jun 3, John Hoy. 4 Bayview St, San Rafael. 415.457.3993.

Peri’s Silver Dollar May 28, Mark’s Jam Sammich. May 30, Rusty Evans and the Ring of Fire. May 31, Junk Parlor. Mon, Billy D’s open mic. Tues, Tommy Odetto and Tim Baker. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.

Rancho Nicasio May 29, Freddy Clarke. May 30, Junk Parlor with Gold Star Dance Company. May 31, Lorin Rowan’s Caribbean Bleu. 1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

Sausalito Seahorse May 28, Los Troubadoux. May 29, Barrio Manouche. May 30, Boca de Rio Trio. May 31, Orquesta Bembe. Tues, Jazz with Noel Jewkes and friends. Wed, Tango with Marcello and Seth. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito. 415.331.2899.

Sleeping Lady May 27, Jenna Mammina. May 28, Scott Nygaard and friends. May 29, Honeydust. May 30, La Mandanga. May 31, Jazzitude. Mon, open mic with Simon Costa. Sat, Ukulele Jam Session. Sun, 2pm, traditional Irish music jam. 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.485.1182.


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Terrapin Crossroads May 27, Scott Law and friends. May 28, Terrapin All-Stars Celebrate Levon Helm. May 29, Golden Gate Wingmen. May 30, San Geronimo. May 31, Midnight North. Jun 2, Jason Crosby birthday bash. 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael. 415.524.2773.

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Between the drizzle and the flannel, most folks think of Portland in tones of gray, but the truth is that when the sun comes out, those flannels are ditched immediately in favor of tank tops and cut-offs. And in a city of 10,000 bands, no group represents the summer salad days of Portland quite like Guantanamo Baywatch. The trio of surf pop enthusiasts has been tearing it up in the Northwest for years now, but it looks like c2015 is the year they go big. Their newly released LP, Darling… It’s Too Late, is already receiving wide-spread praise, and this week the band kicks off a national tour with a show at The Yard in Santa Rosa on May 28. Darling… It’s Too Late is a brash and irreverent album of throwback surf pop, vintage punk rock and classic garage band aesthetics with a perfect crackle and hum. Listening to the record is like being transported back to a bygone era of turntables and Dick Dale riffs injected with a rowdy concoction of Cramps-style aggression and gritty excitement. This week, Guantanamo Baywatch will rock the Yard as a special send-off for the space that is soon coming down. Joining GB on stage will be Oakland’s own garage surfers Pookie & The Poodlez, local secret surf society the IllumiGnarly and Santa Rosa power punks Decent Criminal. Guantanamo Baywatch perform on Thursday, May 28, at The Yard, 769 Wilson St, Santa Rosa. 6pm. $8-$12. —Charlie Swanson

Smiley’s Schooner Saloon May 29, Steep Ravine. May 30, Frankie Boots and the County Line. Sun, open mic. Mon, reggae. Wed, Larry’s karaoke. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311.

Spitfire Lounge Last Thursday of every month, the North Bass DJ night. 848 B St, San Rafael. 415.454.5551.

Station House Cafe May 31, Jon Otis. 11180 State Route 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1515.

NAPA COUNTY City Winery Napa May 27, Blue Diamond Strings. May 28, Monophonics. May 31, Thrive, MC Radio Active, Pion 2 Zion, Pure Powers and others. Jun 1, Oz Noy Trio with Dave Weckl and James Genus. Jun 2, Two of Us (Beatles tribute band). Jun 3, Mad Noise. 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.260.1600.

Downtown Joe’s Brewery & Restaurant May 28, Jimmy Jones. May 29, Levi Lloyd. Wed, open mic. Sun, DJ Aurelio. 902 Main St, Napa. 707.258.2337.

Goose & Gander May 31, Lonesome Locomotive. 1245 Spring St, St Helena. 707.967.8779.

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

Methode Bubble Bar and Restaurant Fri, Sat, David Ruane. 1400 First St, Napa. 707.254.8888.

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Uva Trattoria May 27, Tom Duarte. May 28, Duo Gadjo. May 29, Jack Pollard and Dan Daniels. May 30, Tony Macaroni Trio. May 31, Bob Castell. Jun 3, Nate Lopez. 1040 Clinton St, Napa. 707.255.6646.

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Arts Events Art SONOMA COUNTY 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 Jun 3-Jul 10, “METAMORPHOSiS: The Art of Change and Rebirth,” group show explores transformative changes in appearance, character or substance, such as the profound changes in our lives. Reception, Jun 5 at 5pm. 312 South A St, Santa Rosa. 707.293.6051.

Cutting Edge Salon Through Jun 30, “Close” showing works from eight young photographers. 7773 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol. 707.823.3307.

EoMega Grove Through Jun 28, “Photography & Jewelry Group Show,” renowned photographer Bo Svenson and master jewelers Joanne Quirino and Dianne Collins display. 7327 Occidental Rd, Sebastopol. Various 707.824.5632.

Erickson Fine Art Gallery Through May 31, “An American Painter,” new works by Joe Draegert accompany a new biography written about the artist. 324 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. Thurs-Tues, 11 to 6. 707.431.7073.

Finley Community Center May 28-Jul 16, “A Course Neither Bitter Nor False,” Kristen Throop’s paintings use cows, bears and repetitive song lyrics to find the humor of life in suburbia. Reception, May 28 at 5pm. 2060 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. Mon-Fri, 8 to 7; Sat, 9 to 1 707.543.3737.

Gallery One Through Jun 10, “Art at the Source Showcase,” celebrating 21 years of Art at the Source, this exhibition features painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics and more. 209 Western Ave, Petaluma. 707.778.8277.

Graton Gallery Through Jun 28, “three,” oil, glass and pastels from Sandra Rubin, Carla Sarvis, E Ryder Sutton plus guests. Reception, May 30 at 2pm. 9048 Graton Rd, Graton. Tues-Sun, 10:30 to 6. 707.829.8912.

Hammerfriar Gallery Through Jun 22, “Ain’t Natural,” mixed-media show features Jenny Honnert Abells fantastical images, John Hundt’s collage landscapes and others. 132 Mill St, Ste 101, Healdsburg. Tues-Fri, 10 to 6. Sat, 10 to 5. 707.473.9600.

watercolors by members of Marin County Watercolor Society, celebrating 45 years. Reception, Jun 6 at 10am. 707 Meadowsweet Dr, Corte Madera. 707.924.6444.

Desta Art & Tea Gallery 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, “Under Pressure,” curated exhibit features printmaking in modern times. 130 Plaza St, Healdsburg. Daily, 11 to 6. 707.431.1970.

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.

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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.

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.

Healdsburg Center for the Arts

Orpheus Wines Tasting Room May 28-Jun 28, “Fine Lines,” an exhibit of steel and wire sculptures by Steve Lohman. Reception, May 28 at 5pm. 8910 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood. 707.282.9231.

MARIN COUNTY 142 Throckmorton Theatre Jun 1-30, “Legends & Superstars,” Dan Dion presents a career’s worth of his photos of celebrities and Bay Area venues. Reception, Jun 1 at 6pm. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

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.

Marin Community Foundation May 27-Sep 25, “Black Artists on Art,” legacy exhibition features over 40 African American fine artists, spanning three generations. Reception, May 27 at 4:30pm. 5 Hamilton Landing, Ste 200, Novato. Open Mon-Fri, 9 to 5.

MarinMOCA May 30-Jul 5, “Summer National Juried Exhibition,” artist from around the country display. Reception, Jun 6 at 5pm. Novato Arts Center, Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Dr, Novato. Wed-Sun, 11 to 4, 415.506.0137.

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.

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SHADES OF BLUE Broadway actress Lexy Fridell returns to her hometown for the

Fresh Paint Fundraiser on May 31 at Sonoma Valley Museum of Arts Annual Gala. 551 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.939.SVMA. mixed media tribute to Spring in California. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. Mon-Thurs, 11am to 4pm; Sat-Sun, noon to 4pm. 415.454.9561..

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 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.

St Helena Library Through May 31, “Cuba– Glimpses” photographer Elizabeth Bush shows her vivd and captivating images from her 2014 cultural visit to Cuba. 1492 Library Lane, St Helena. 707.963.5244.

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Through May 31, “The Best Books Ever Written,” largescale paintings featuring the covers of literature’s finest works. 30c Princess St, Sausalito. open daily, hours vary. 415.747.2637.

Ongoing, mixed-media work of 57 artists in two Napa locations. 1398 First St, Napa. 707.265.9050.

Toby’s Gallery May 29-Jun 24, “Tree Peoples,” works by GRO’s ‘Artists in the Schools’ program tackles the question, what do trees and people have in common? Reception, Jun 7 at 1pm. 11250 Hwy 1, Point Reyes Station.

NAPA COUNTY di Rosa Through Jul 19, “Tongue-inCheek,” group show employ humor as a critical tool to explore complex social themes and illuminate the follies of daily life. 5200 Sonoma Hwy, Napa. Wed-Sun, 10am to 6pm. 707.226.5991.

Ca’Toga Galleria D’Arte Ongoing, murals, ceramics and wood sculptures by Carlo Marchiori. 1206 Cedar St, Calistoga. Thurs-Mon, 11 to 6. 707.942.3900.

Caldwell Snyder Gallery Ongoing, 1328 Main St, St Helena. Open daily, 10 to 6. 415.531.6755.

Christopher Hill Gallery Ongoing, contemporary modern painting of 20th and 21st centuries. 1235 Main St, St Helena. Sun-Mon and WedThurs, 10 to 5:30; Fri-Sat, 10 to 7:30. 707.963.0272.

Cheek,” group show employ humor as a critical tool to explore complex social themes and illuminate the follies of daily life. 5200 Sonoma Hwy, Napa. WedSun, 10am to 6pm. 707.226.5991.

Gallery 1870 Ongoing, works by various artists, currently highlighting Robert Bissell, Susana Scarborough, Eric Christensen and others. 6525 Washington St, Yountville. 800.322.1870.

Gordon Gallery Ongoing, original landscape paintings and limited-edition prints by Steven Gordon. 6484 Washington St, Yountville. Wed-Sun, 10:30 to 5:30. 707.944.0823.

Graeser Winery Ongoing, “Inside/Outside,” steel sculpture by Homer Johnson. 255 Petrified Forest Rd, Calistoga. Daily, 10 to 5. 707.942.4437.

Hess Collection Winery Ongoing, outstanding private collection featuring work by Franz Gertsch, Robert Motherwell and other modern masters. 4411 Redwood Rd, Napa. Daily, 10am to 5:30pm 707.255.1144.

I Wolk Gallery Ongoing, contemporary sculpture, painting and mixed media. 1354 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.8800 or 707.963.9922.

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Ongoing, group exhibit of paintings and sculpture. 1316 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. Mon-Sat, 10 to 5. Sun, 11-4. 707.942.0585.

Napa County Historical Society Gallery Ongoing, Goodman Library, 1219 First St, Napa. 707.224.1739.

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.

Quent Cordair Fine Arts Ongoing, paintings, prints and sculpture. 1301 First St, Napa. Open Wed-Mon, 10:30 to 5:30, and by appointment. 707.255.2242.

Sharpsteen Museum Ongoing, dioramas depicting 1860s life at Brannan Hot Springs Resort, stagecoach, restored cottage and Disney producer Ben Sharpsteen’s Oscar. $3 donation. 1311 Washington St, Calistoga. Daily, 11 to 4. 707.942.5911.

Silverado Museum Ongoing, tribute to Robert Louis Stevenson includes original letters, manuscripts, photographs and memorabilia. 1490 Library Lane, St Helena. Tues-Sun, noon to 4. 707.963.3757.

Crushers of Comedy SF-based comedienne Yayne Abeba appears with Kevin Camia and others in a fundraiser for Farmers’ Market L.I.F.E. food program. May 30, 7pm. $35. The Hatchery, 5701 Old Redwood Hwy, Penngrove, 415.350.6433.

Laughing Tomato Comedy Showcase

St Supery Winery Ongoing, 8440 St Helena Hwy, Rutherford. 707.963.4507.

Comedy Comedy Night Queenie T T headlines a night of laughs. Every other Thurs, 7pm. Bui Bistro, 976 Pearl St, Napa, 707.225.5417.

Comedy Showcase Last Sun of every month.

Finnish American Home Association Wednesdays, 5:30pm, African dance and drum workshop, all ages and skill levels are welcome to move and groove with Sandor Diabankouezi, world-class Congolese master drummer. $15. 191 W Verano Ave, Sonoma.

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Mort Sahl

Mondays, 7pm. through Aug 3, Summer Folk Dancing, all are welcome to get together for weekly dances that explore worldly styles from Serbia, Turkey, Israel and others. $5. 860 Western Ave, Petaluma 707.762.9962.

Social Satire from Sahl. Thurs. $15-$20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, 415.383.9600.

Open Mic Comedy Wed. Spancky’s, 8201 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati, 707.664.0169.

Juan Carlos Stand Up Show Carlos hosts a night of comedy with Edsel Mac and others appearing. May 30, 8pm. $5. Christy’s on the Square, 96 Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa, 707.528.8565.

Tuesday Night Comedy Mark Pitta hosts ongoing evenings with established comics and up-and-comers. $15-$20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, 415.383.9600.

Dance

Tuesdays, swing dancing with lessons. Sundays, 7pm, salsa with lessons. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa 707.545.8530.

Hermann Sons Hall

Marin Center Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium May 29-30, 8pm, Rendezvous, Presented by the Don’t Quit Your Day Job Dancers. $28. May 31, 4 and 7pm, RoCo Dance On Stage, Unique youth dance experience features dozens of performers. $20. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael 415.473.6800.

Meridian Sports Club Monthly, last Fri at 7, Elemental Dance, Constantine Darling leads conscious movement dance using earth’s alchemy followed by sound healing. $15-$20, 415.454.2490. 1001 Fourth St, San Rafael.

Monroe Dance Hall

May 30, 5 and 8pm, Burlesque Dinner Show. $50. 128 American Alley, Petaluma 707.776.4631.

May 29, DJ Steve Luther. May 30, Challenge Contra Dance. Mondays, Scottish Country Dancing. Tuesdays, Razzmataz folk dance club. Wednesdays, Singles and Pairs Square Dance Club. Thursdays, Circles ‘n Squares Dance Club. Sundays, Country-Western dancing and lessons. 1400 W College Ave, Santa Rosa 707.529.5450.

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Murphy’s Irish Pub

Belrose Theater Sundays, 4pm, Argentine Dance. 1415 Fifth Ave, San Rafael 415.454.6422.

The Big Easy

Wednesdays, 8:20pm, salsa dancing with lessons. 815 W Francisco Blvd, San Rafael 415.460.0101.

May 28, 7pm, belly dancing. 464 First St E, Sonoma 707.935.0660.

Dance Palace

Jun 1, open belly night. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati 707.795.7868.

First Wednesday of every month, 6pm, First Wednesday Line Dancing, with Carol Friedman. Wednesdays, 6pm, Women’s Collaborative Dance. $5 / $15 per month. 503 B St, Pt Reyes Station 415.663.1075.

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Fridays, Friday Night Swing. 3535 Industrial Dr, Santa Rosa 707.545.6150.

Local and Bay Area comics, hosted by Tony Sparks. First Tues of every month, 8pm. Free. Sally Tomatoes, 1100 Valley House Dr, Rohnert Park, 707.665.0260.

St Helena Library Through May 31, “Cuba– Glimpses” photographer Elizabeth Bush shows her vivd and captivating images from her 2014 cultural visit to Cuba. 1492 Library Lane, St Helena. 707.963.5244.

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BY ROB BREZSNY

For the week of May 27

ARIES (March 21–April 19) Keith Moon played drums for the rock band the Who. He was once voted the second-greatest drummer in history. But his erratic behavior, often provoked by drugs or alcohol, sometimes interfered with his abilities. In 1973, the Who was doing a live concert near San Francisco when the horse tranquilizer that Moon had taken earlier caused him to pass out. The band appealed to the audience for help. “Can anybody play the drums?” asked guitarist Pete Townshend. “I mean somebody good?” A 19-yearold amateur drummer named Scot Halpin volunteered. He played well enough to finish the show. I suspect that sometime soon, Aries, you may also get an unexpected opportunity to play the role of a substitute. Be ready! TAURUS (April 20–May 20) The weta is a very large insect whose habitat is New Zealand. It looks like a robotic grasshopper, with giant black eyes on a long red face, enlarged hind legs bearing spikes and floppy, oversized antennae. The native Maori people call it “the god of the ugly things.” Please note that this is a term of respect. The weta’s title is not “the most monstrous of the ugly things” or “the worst” or “the scariest” or “the most worthless of the ugly things.” Rather, the Maori say it’s the god—the highest, the best, the most glorious. I suspect that in the coming days, Taurus, you will have a close encounter with your own version of a “god of ugly things.” Doesn’t it deserve your love and welcome?

GEMINI (May 21–June 20) You have successfully made the transition from brooding caterpillar to social butterfly. Soon you will be in your full, fluttery glory, never lingering too long with one thought, one friend or one identity. Some heavy-duty, level-headed stalwarts might wish you would be more earthy and anchored, but I don’t share their concern. At least for now, having a long attention span is overrated. You have entered the fidgety, inquisitive part of your cycle, when flitting and flirting and flickering make perfect sense. CANCER (June 21–July 22)

Only one fear is worthy of you. Only one fear is real enough and important enough to awaken and activate the numb part of your intelligence. So for now, I suggest that you retire all lesser fears. Stuff them in a garbage bag and hide them in a closet. Then put on your brave champion face, gather the allies and resources you need and go forth into glorious battle. Wrestle with your one fear. Reason with it. If necessary, use guile and trickery to gain an advantage. Call on divine inspiration and be a wickedly good truth-teller. And this is crucial: Use your fear to awaken and activate the numb part of your intelligence.

LEO (July 23–August 22) In the coming nights, try to see your shadow as it’s cast on the ground by the moon. Not by the sun, mind you. Look for the shadow that’s made by the light of the moon. It might sound farfetched, but I suspect this experience will have a potent impact on your subconscious mind. It may jostle loose secrets that you have been hiding from yourself. I bet it will give you access to emotions and intuitions you have been repressing. It could also help you realize that some of the deep, dark stuff you wrestle with is not bad and scary, but rather fertile and fascinating. VIRGO (August 23–September 22) The ancient Greek statesman Demosthenes was regarded as a supremely skilled orator. His speeches were so powerful that he was compared to a “blazing thunderbolt.” And yet as a youngster he spoke awkwardly. His voice was weak and his enunciation weird. To transform himself, he took drastic measures. He put pebbles in his mouth to force himself to formulate his words with great care. He recited poems as he ran up and down hills. At the beach, he learned to outshout the pounding surf. Take inspiration from him, Virgo. Now would be an excellent time for you to plan and launch strenuous efforts that will enable you to eventually accomplish one of your long-range goals. LIBRA (September 23–October 22) Long-distance flirtations may soon be just around the corner or across the street. Remote possibilities are taking short cuts as they head your way. I swear the far horizon

and the lucky stars seem closer than usual. Is it all a mirage? Some of it may be, but at least a part of it is very real. If you want to be ready to seize the surprising opportunities that show up in your vicinity, I suggest you make yourself as innocent and expansive as possible. Drop any jaded attitudes you may be harboring. Let the future know that you are prepared to receive a flood of beauty, truth and help.

SCORPIO (October 23–November 21)

I suspect that marriages of convenience will begin to wither away unless they evolve into bonds of affection. Connections that have been fed primarily on fun and games must acquire more ballast. In fact, I recommend that you reevaluate all your contracts and agreements. How are they working for you? Do they still serve the purpose you want them to? Is it time to acknowledge that they have transformed and need to be reconfigured? As you take inventory, be both toughminded and compassionate.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21) Petrarch was an influential 14th-century Italian poet whose main work was Song Book. It’s a collection of 366 poems, most of which are dedicated to Laura, the woman he loved. For 40 years he churned out testaments of longing and appreciation for her, despite the fact that he and she never spent time together. She was married to another man, and was wrapped up in raising her 11 children. Should we judge Petrarch harshly for choosing a muse who was so unavailable? I don’t. Muse-choosing is a mysterious and sacred process that transcends logic. I’m bringing the subject to your attention because you’re entering a new phase in your relationship with muses. It’s either time to choose a new one (or two?) or else adjust your bonds with your current muses.

CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19) “The soul moves in circles,” said the ancient Greek philosopher Plotinus. Modern psychologist James Hillman agreed, and added this thought: “Hence our lives are not moving straight ahead; instead, hovering, wavering, returning, renewing, repeating.” I bring this to your attention, Capricorn, because you’re now in an extra-intense phase of winding and rambling. This is a good thing! You are spiraling back to get another look at interesting teachings you didn’t master the first time around. You are building on past efforts that weren’t strong enough. Your words of power are crooked, gyrate, curvy, labyrinthine and corkscrew. AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18)

It’s no coincidence that your libido and your mojo are booming at the same time. Your libido is in the midst of a deep, hearty awakening, which is generating a surplus of potent, super-fine mojo. And your surplus of potent, super-fine mojo is in turn inciting your libido’s even deeper, heartier awakening. There may be times in the coming week when you feel like you are living with a wild animal. As long as you keep the creature well-fed and well-stroked, it should provide you with lots of vigorous, even boisterous fun.

PISCES (February 19–March 20)

“I always arrive late at the office, but I make up for it by leaving early,” quipped 19th-century English author Charles Lamb. I invite you to adopt that breezy, lazy attitude in the coming weeks. It’s high time for you to slip into a very comfortable, laidback mood . . . to give yourself a lot of slack, explore the mysteries of dreamy indolence, and quiet down the chirpy voices in your head. Even if you can’t literally call in sick to your job and spend a few days wandering free, do everything you can to claim as much low-pressure, unhurried spaciousness as possible.

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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