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Dear Friend, I wanted to let everyone know what happened while I was in college. It was a moment that changed my life forever. But before I tell you about my experience, I wanted to tell you my story from the start. Let me start by explaining the photo in this letter, I’m the guy in the middle, Dr. Taatjes. You know when I meet people in town and they usually say, “Oh yeah, I know you, you’re Dr. Taatjes. You’ve been in Petaluma for years…” Well, that’s me. Twenty-seven years ago something happened to me that changed my life forever. Let me tell you my story.
I was studying pre-Med in college, in hopes of becoming a medical doctor. Things were looking up, and life was good, until things took a turn for the worse. I began to have terrible back and stomach problems. For a young guy, I felt pretty rotten. My back hurt so badly that I had a hard time even concentrating in class. I was miserable. The medical doctors tried different drugs, but they only made me feel like I was in a “cloud.” I was just not getting better. A friend of mine convinced me to give a chiropractor a try. The chiropractor did an my spine. The adjustment didn’t hurt, it actually felt good. I got relief, and I soon was off all medication. It worked so well that I decided, then and there, to become a chiropractor myself.
Now for my kids, Hayden and Henry. They have been under chiropractic care their entire lives. And, unlike most other kids in their class, they never get the “common” childhood illnesses like ear infections, asthma and allergies. In fact, they have never taken a drug in their lives. And they are now 19 and 21!
It’s strange how life is, because now people come to see me with their back problems and stomach problems. They come to me with their headaches, migraines, chronic pain, neck pain, shoulder/arm pain, whiplash from car accidents, asthma, allergies, numbness in limbs, athletic injuries, just to name a few. If drugs make people well, then those who take the most should be the healthiest, but that simply isn’t the case. With chiropractic
Dr. Taajes with his sons we don’t add anything to the body or take anything from it. We find interference in the nervous system and remove it thus enhancing the healing capacities of the body. We get tremendous results…it really is as simple as that. Here’s what some of my patients had to say:
“I have had a problem with migraines as well as low back pain. Even after seeing doctors and other health professionals, the pains remained. After coming to Dr. Joel, they have helped tremendously. They even take away my migraines. They’re great!” (Judy E.) “I came in pending laser surgery for two herniated discs. Over a few months here the need for surgery subsided, and the pain has subsided to a mild discomfort with occasional morning stiffness. Over all, I feel better visit after visit. It’s a gradual process.” (Jaime O.) Several times a day patients thank me for helping them with their health problems. But I can’t really take the credit. Find out for yourself and benefit from an AMAZING OFFER. Look, it shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg to correct your health. You are going to write a check to someone for your health care expenses, you may as well write one for a lesser amount for chiropractic. When you bring in this
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Please, I hope that there’s no misunderstanding about quality of care just because I have a lower exam fee. You’ll get great care at a great fee. My qualifications… I’m a graduate of Northwestern College of Chiropractic who regularly goes to monthly educational chiropractic seminars. I’ve been entrusted to take care of tiny babies to neighbors that you may know. I just have that low exam fee to help more people who need care.
My associate, Dr. Linzey, and I are ready to see if we can help you. Our office is both friendly and warm and we try our best to make you feel at home. We have a wonderful service, at an exceptional fee. Our office is called REDWOOD CHIROPRACTIC. Our office is located at 937 Lakeville Street, Petaluma, phone number is 707-763-8910. We would love to help you. Call Alex or Wendy today for an appointment. We can help you. Thank you.
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Kudos Come Lately Very belatedly, I want to commend your rant on the American electorate, “Not Ready” (Dec. 30), partly because I agree with it, point by point. But also because I thought it was one of the clearest and most insightful things I’ve read on current politics. I don’t read a hell of a lot and see very little TV news, but I
Before I could get around to writing this, I got hung up reading “Condemned Men Talking” (Jan. 15). That took me a while; because the subject matter is so unpleasant, I set it aside for a bit. Not a fun read, but a fine reporting and writing job on a tough subject.
face masks as protection against tossed feces or other prisoner responses to the reporters’ presence. It wasn’t clear if you wore one or whether a pair of eyeglasses was considered protection enough, if you wear glasses. And I don’t think you reported the general reception by the prisoners. Did anyone throw feces, spit, curse? It seemed worth mentioning one way or another.
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Speaking for the Trees I am feeling pretty angry that our Santa Rosa Council has decided to cut the trees down in downtown. They say the trees need to be cut to make room for more parking and two new streets, which in my humble opinion will create more traffic jams. Was there any plan to even look and see if the trees could be saved? I honestly don’t know. And I don’t need Chris Smith to tell me the plans to revitalize downtown Santa Rosa have been on the agenda for years. But I don’t remember reading about the trees’ need to be cut. If this had been mentioned earlier, I am sure many residents would have voiced our concerns long ago. I will no longer patronize the business merchants who said yes to cutting down the trees.
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The Green Way Southeast Greenway is a great opportunity for open space BY TONY WHITE This could be the pivotal year for the Southeast Greenway Campaign, a community-based effort to convert the Highway 12 right-of-way in Santa Rosa into a two-mile greenway connecting Farmers Lane with Spring Lake. The Southeast Greenway offers a great opportunity to convert vacant land into a valuable resource that will benefit the whole community, providing alternative transportation through bike and pedestrian paths, an educational resource, open space for recreation and community gardens, and a restored natural habitat with three streams, oak woodlands and grasslands. It will also provide an east-west link from Sonoma Valley to the SMART path and to West County trails. Studies show that, besides offering new possibilities for exercise and recreation, similar greenways in other communities are an economic asset, attracting tourists as well as employers seeking quality amenities. Since Caltrans has abandoned plans to extend the freeway and the Santa Rosa City Council voted unanimously to initiate a general plan amendment to rezone the property, there will be public meetings this year to determine the best use of the land, appraisals will be prepared to arrive at a fair price, and efforts will be launched for its transfer to local ownership. The Greenway Campaign was recently awarded a Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance grant from the National Park Service to promote the Greenway story through the media, and completed a very successful fundraising effort this fall. This year’s campaign kicks off with a community event called “Southeast Greenway 2016: The Time Is Now” on Feb. 20, from 10am to noon, at Montgomery High School in Santa Rosa. The meeting will provide an opportunity for members of the community to learn more about the Greenway and how to participate in the planning and fundraising process. David Koehler, the new executive director of Sonoma Land Trust, the Greenway’s fiscal sponsor, will give a talk called “Greenways: Their Power to Connect Us.” Those interested in attending this free event can register at southeastgreenway.org. Tony White is a retired Sonoma State history professor living in Santa Rosa and a volunteer on the Southeast Greenway Campaign. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ILLEGAL USE OF HANDS Contrary to popular belief, big sporting events like the Super Bowl don’t lead to a rash of sex trafficking.
Everyday prostitutes caught up in human-trafficking hysteria around the Super Bowl BY JOHN FLYNN
ex trafficking has become a major focus of Bay Area law-enforcement agencies in recent months. They’ve been especially fretful leading up to the Super Bowl at Santa Clara’s Levi’s Stadium this weekend. The marquee event and human trafficking are connected by widespread predictions that
hordes of cash-flush chauvinists will swarm into town for the costumed war play, then ravish tens of thousands of women and children—brought here against their will—to quell their surging testosterone. The problem is it just isn’t true. Maggie McNeill, an “unretired call girl” and nationally published writer, has been debunking this myth ever since its first rumblings at the 2004 Athens Olympics. At the 2006 World Cup in Germany,
human rights organizations estimated that 40,000 prostitutes would flock to the event. By the time of the 2010 Super Bowl in Miami, the number had stayed the same, except that it was no longer voluntary prostitutes, but captive women and children. “It morphed,” McNeill says. “It became a more and more interesting lie—because force, fraud and coercion are more interesting than voluntary prostitution. Voluntary
prostitution, that’s old hat. It’s known. Nobody cares about that.” The hysteria has led to shortterm prevention efforts. During the 2012 Super Bowl, host city Indianapolis passed harsher sex laws, trained 3,400 people to recognize the signs of human trafficking and distributed 40,000 bars of soap branded with the trafficking hotline number to all area hotels. Authorities made 68 commercial sex arrests; two qualified as human-trafficking cases. During the 2015 Super Bowl, Phoenix law enforcement identified 71 adult prostitutes, arrested 27 sex solicitors and found nine underage sex workers who may or may not have been trafficked. A soon-to-be-released Stanford case study of the last five Super Bowl cities confirms that there is no significant statistical basis for the claim that sex trafficking, or the demand for paid sex, increases around marquee sporting events. The Super Bowl sex-trafficking sirens fly in the face of conventional prostitution economics. Most sex workers build a cache of reliable clients that provide most of their income through steady yearround visits. For the myth to be true, traffickers would have to travel from event to event, board their captives in hotels at inflated rates, advertise to attract dozens of new-in-town customers, then charge less than the local prostitutes to undercut the competition. All while law enforcement is on its most alert status. “It’s just not a viable business model,” McNeill says. “From an economic standpoint, the whole trafficking myth is bogus. It doesn’t make sense.” Plus the market is thin, McNeill says. Road-tripping bros blow their life savings to pack themselves 10 to a room. Many can’t afford paid sex, much less a private space for the deed. And other potential customers are often family men with the whole brood in tow. “What are they going to say? ‘Oh, um, pardon me, Mabel, could you take the kids while I go to see a whore?’ It’s ridiculous,” McNeill says. “Trade shows, that’s where
it’s a completely different situation. The smugglers keep their passport and put them into a situation where they’re being exploited for their labor and they don’t have the freedom to leave.” Authorities are working to develop awareness strategies ahead of Super Bowl 50. Santa Clara County funded and published a 12-minute movie detailing red flags that might signal human trafficking, but the finished product reeks of amateurish iMovie editing and plods along far too slowly for the modern attention span. It has been viewed fewer than 900 times.
‘From an economic standpoint, the whole trafficking myth is bogus.’ But measures like this are considered necessary because trafficking victims cannot identify themselves. In an effort to do something about this concealed crime, California shifted its focus to the sex trafficking of minors and passed Proposition 35 in November 2012. The law beefed up the penalties for sex trafficking, registered the convicted as sex offenders and funneled any funds received from raised fines into law enforcement and victim services. Prosecutors no longer had to prove force, fraud or coercion for survivors under 18, because they’re too young to consent to any form of sex. Following this, anti-trafficking efforts jumped, but as antitrafficking agencies patrol websites linked to prostitution, they sweep up voluntary prostitutes in their nets. In 2013 and 2014, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office arrested five prostitutes total. In 2015, they arrested 31, a more than six-fold increase in half the time.
Sex worker Maxine Doogan fumes over the increased arrests brought on by anti-trafficking efforts. “A prostitution arrest is a pink slip,” she says. “It forces people to migrate to another area to find work. Any time you’re a worker in the underground economy and you come into a new area, you are at high risk for a violent act—rape, theft, sexual assault. That’s where you start to see the force; fraud and coercion start to happen. Because of the criminalization, you can easily have a volunteer situation and turn it into something that’s involuntary, and you don’t have any recourse, any access to equal protection under the law.” Under California code, anyone who receives any money resulting from the labor of a sex worker can be considered a pimp, a felony charge punishable for up to six years in state prison. “My son, who I was helping through school, would be qualified as a pimp,” says the pimp-free Doogan, who arranges meetings with clients online. “People that we are living with, and who are benefiting from our earnings, in that we contribute our fair share of rent, are pimps. Our landlord is a pimp. Our dry cleaner is a pimp. Everybody is a pimp.” Decriminalizing sex work in the Bay Area is a ways off, considering that San Francisco, a mecca of open-mindedness, failed to pass a measure in 2008. “What decriminalization does is bring sex work out into the open,” says Jerald Mosley, a retired deputy attorney general for California who spoke at a recent hearing. Sex workers could be brought into the anti-trafficking crusade. Instead, this ideological wall has alienated a potentially valuable ally. “They don’t care about me. None of those people ever come to me,” Doogan says. “The prostitute nation is alive and well in the Bay Area. We’re very visible. And they don’t have the respect to call me up and say, ‘I want to save trafficking victims.’ Great. Go save trafficking victims. But you don’t need to do it on my back, and on the back of everyone in my community.”
DEBR IEFER Pay It Forward The Santa Rosa City Council approved a plan Jan. 26 to reunify downtown’s Courthouse Square, ending a months-long battle between downtown businesses and tree lovers over the fate of about three dozen redwood trees on the site. The upshot: some trees will go, but they will not go to waste. The city identified 20 trees, including eight redwoods, that will be removed during the project, which is scheduled to be completed by mid-November this year. The reunification plan creates a public space where Mendocino now runs between Third and Fourth streets. So what will become of the trees once they are removed? Any trunks or roots of redwoods and cedar removed from the site will be shipped off to an ongoing project at Santa Rosa’s Colgan Creek. According to the city, “the logs and root wads will be incorporated into Phase 2 of the Colgan Creek restoration, where the wood will help habitat for fish and birds, and also protect the creek banks.” Last April, the Sonoma County Agricultural and Open Space District awarded a $2.6 million grant to Santa Rosa to restore a 1.3 mile-section of the creek in the southwest part of town, a process that began in 2007. As part of the deal with city, the open space district will retain a conservation easement over that stretch of creek. Redwood agitators at Courthouse Square might take some measure of comfort in the payit-forward plans for Colgan Creek, the restoration of which “will result in a more natural meander and will provide a healthier seasonal creek ecosystem that includes riffles, pools, and native streamside vegetation for a contiguous riparian corridor.”—Tom Gogola
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we make our money. There are expense accounts, so the company is taking care of their food and their lodging. They can take their own money and pay for girls.” The Super Bowl sex rumor helped spawn a moral panic surrounding human trafficking that has become a cottage industry for local law enforcement agencies. In 2014, the California Legislature appropriated $5 million to begin developing “multi-disciplinary protocols” to combat human trafficking; following that, annual funding of $14 million will keep the programs going. These anti-trafficking efforts respond to some truly shocking— though highly questionable— estimates of a worldwide epidemic: 14.2 million people in global labor trafficking, up to 300,000 U.S. children “vulnerable” to sexual exploitation. Citing the disparity between spending and results, sex workers believe that they have become targets under the moral banner of trafficking-prevention to fund politically fashionable law enforcement activities at the expense of marginalized communities. “Cha-ching—it’s money. It’s all about more money, more manpower,” McNeill says. Still, champions of the crackdown cite the Bay Area as among America’s highest risk areas for human trafficking, especially labor trafficking, which is three times more prevalent than sex trafficking worldwide. Our region’s ethnic diversity and proximity to ports means that victims can be moved around without attracting suspicion, especially since most victims are smuggled in from other countries. “What we’ve seen in the majority of those cases is that the victims know their traffickers—family members, a friend, neighbors—from their home country, and are brought here under the pretense that they’re going to have a job, make good money, and so on,” says Perla Flores of Community Solutions, a service provider to human-trafficking survivors in Santa Clara and San Benito counties. “But once they arrive,
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Dining GOING GREEN Wine isn’t the only way to get your antioxidants.
Tea for Two
Healdsburg’s Taste of Tea refreshes body and soul BY FLORA TSAPOVSKY
teahouse in the middle of wine country? Why not.
The Taste of Tea in downtown Healdsburg offers more than just a cup of tea. Owners Donna and Nez Tokugawa initially planned to focus on a business that was 80 percent production and 20 percent retail. But after finding a space on North Street and gauging local interest, they
decided to offer a full-blown teahouse with food offerings. Taste of Teas also features a spa with tea-based treatments. “Healdsburg is really foodiecentric with both locals and visitors, who truly understand the relationship between how and where things grow and how they taste,” says Donna, who believes tea fits perfectly in Sonoma County. “There are a lot of similarities. People love using their winetasting and pairing skills with tea.”
The couple, with help from marketing director and daughter Tai, import teas from Japan, Taiwan and China, and also create their own blends at a facility in Germany. Tea is available by the pot ($6) or cup ($4), or by siphon pot ($7), in which custom blends of tea and spices are extracted in a process involving an alcoholfueled burner. Tea options are many: sencha, jasmine, oolong, puerh, black blends and more. The milky
oolong is creamy and buttery without a drop of dairy. The Kyoto bancha is dry and slightly bitter, with a lasting finish. The emerald “Marteani” ($7), a fun twist on the alcoholic classic, is a delicate mix of matcha, coconut milk and mint syrup. The mixture is shaken like a cocktail and served in small glasses with a mint sugar rim and fresh mint garnish. The food menu, not intended to take center stage, serves, rather, as a light accompaniment to the tea. “As we were building out the space,” says Donna, “we had several people walking by asking for ramen, noodles and Asianinspired healthy choices.” One customer, Doug Provisor of Provisor Vineyard, organized a tasting of Nez Tokugawa’s cooking, and the feedback convinced the couple to add food to the menu: ramen and udon, Japanese curry rice, a variety of rice balls and a couple of noodle and farro salads. I tried the moderately spicy and refreshing green tea, soba noodle salad ($11), with Napa cabbage, mushrooms and a bright miso vinaigrette. It’s a delicate but filling appetizer. The ramen ($12) is served with a fish cake instead of the customary egg, and isn’t as deeply flavored as some I’ve tried, but it pairs well with the tea. The Japanese green-tea roll cake ($3.50), made with matcha powder and filled with whipped cream, is an airy and memorable dessert. The decor is minimal and unassuming, so it might come as a surprise that Taste of Tea also has a “relaxation room” in the back of the shop, where customers can get tea-infused face masks and foot soaks. The Tokugawas have introduced their teas to spas and wellness centers, so they decided to try a tea-based spa of their own. A tea tasting in the softly lit space, followed by a tea foot soak, facial mask and neck wrap goes for $75. “Most people,” says Donna, “don’t want to leave.” Over a cup of tea on a rainy day in Healdsburg, that’s how I felt. Taste of Tea, 109 North St., Healdsburg. 707.431.1995. thetasteoftea.com.
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S O N OMA CO U N TY Brody’s Burgers & Brew American. $. This family restaurant serving (cheap!) beer is not to be confused with a bar. Big burgers made with quality ingredients and a kidfriendly casual dining room. 3135 Cleveland Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.526.4878.
Chloe’s French Cafe.
Cafe. $. Hearty French fare, decadent desserts and excellent selection of French and California wines 3883 Airway Dr, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3095.
Corks American. $$. The
restaurant at Russian River Vineyards sits in a 19thcentury farmhouse, with food equally down-to-earth. Comfort-food favorites are taken up a notch with attention to detail. 5700 Hwy 116, Forestville. 707.887.3344.
El Coqui Puerto Rican. $-$$. Authentic and delicious Puerto Rican home cooking. Chuletas, Pollo al Horno, Jibarito–it’s all delicious. Plan on lunching early, because the place fills up fast. 400 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.542.8868.
Formosa Bistro Asian.
$$. Chinese, Japanese and sushi done tastily and affordably, with no MSG and an accompanying solid vegetarian menu. 799 Gravenstein Hwy S, Sebastopol. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 707.823.6688.
Gravenstein Hwy, Ste M (in the Apple Valley Plaza), Cotati. . 707.793.9300.
Pamposh Indian. $-$$.
Clean, fresh, exciting traditional Indian food. Chicken tikka masala is indescribably good. 52 Mission Circle, Ste 10, Santa Rosa. 707.538.3367.
The Pullman Kitchen American. $$. Distinctive gourmet eatery featuring locally sourced fish, dairy meats and fresh seasonal produce. Expert service. 205 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.4300.
Ricardo’s Restaurant & Bar American. $$-
$$$. A local Bennett Valley neighborhood hangout, where you can enjoy delicious American comfort food. 2700 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.545.7696.
The Spinster Sisters
American. $$-$$$. Always something surprising and delicious on the menu. Go for breakfast! 401 South A St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.7100.
Tai Yuet Lau Chinese. $$.
Atmosphere is nothing to write home about, but the food will bring you back. 941 Golf Course Dr, Rohnert Park. 707.545.2911.
Tides Wharf Seafood. $$. This famous backdrop for Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’ offers an ocean-view for every seat in the house. Fresh seafood straight from the bay. Try the clam chowder. 835 Coast Hwy 1, Bodega Bay. 707.875.3652. Twist Eatery California.
American. $$. A casual hotspot with a great comfort-foodinspired menu in a key Railroad Square location. Get “The Undecided” pizza, with surprise toppings that never disappoint. 135 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.6900.
$$. Quaint little spot in a quaint little town that serves satisfying, homemade plates from fresh ingredients. The pulled pork sandwich and organic beet salad are standouts on this winning menu. 6536 Front St, Forestville. 707.820.8443.
Lynn’s Thai Thai. $$.
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Perfectly executed dishes that sing with flavor. Zagat-rated with much of the produce from its own gardens. 6770 McKinley St, Sebastopol. 707.523.4814.
MARIN CO U N T Y Bay Thai Thai. $. Fresh Thai
food with curries that combine the regions classic sweet and tart elements. Some of the best fried bananas to be found. 809 Fourth St, San Rafael. (Cash only). 415.458.8845.
American. $$-$$$. A Marin County institution. Delightful food, friendly and seamless service, and a convivial atmosphere. Try one of the many exotic cocktails. 15 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley. 415.331.2600.
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Mediterranean. $$. Casual environment supplying dishes with Mediterranean and Italian flair. Pastas and salads seem to be a favorite among regulars. 333 Enfrente Road, Novato. 415.883.9277.
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$$$$. Fresh from the bay oysters, upscale seafood, some steaks and a great burger. 23240 State Route 1, Marshall. 415.663.1033.
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$$. Urban-moderne decor pairs with a locally sourced menu for a must-try highlight on the Fairfax dining scene. Pizza, soups, local cheese and charcuterie, greens and a wine bar, all done well. 123 Bolinas St., Fairfax. 415.488.5123.
Plate Shop Classic
California. $$$. Mediterraneaninflected, Bay Area farm-totable cooking. Don’t be afraid of the excellent rabbit-liver crostini, but the pork chops, chicken and ravioli are good as well. 39 Caledonia St., Sausalito. ) 415.887.9047.
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American. $$$. Gourmet home-style cooking with an emphasis on local and organic ingredients. Fresh soups and salads to start. Chicken, fish, and “cut of the day” grass-fed beef are only some of the entrée options. 738 Main St., St Helena. 707.963.9181.
Gillwoods Cafe Diner. $-$$. Classic hometown diner, specializes in the homemade. 1313 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.1788. 707.253.0409. Goose & Gander
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American. $$. Cozy steakhouse vibes, but with a much more generous menu. Fish, pasta and steak are some of the standard dishes, but the G&G burger should not be overlooked. Interesting charcuterie and cheese lists. 1245 Spring St, St Helena. 707.967.8779.
La Toque Restaurant
French-inspired. $$$$. Set in a comfortable elegantly rustic dining room reminiscent of a French lodge, with a stone fireplace centerpiece, La Toque makes for memorable special-occasion dining. The elaborate wine pairing menus are luxuriously inspired. 1314 McKinstry St, Napa. 707.257.5157.
Morimoto Japanese. SANTA ROSA 707.527.7654 1445 Town & Country Drive SEBASTOPOL 707.829.8101 6760 McKinley St. #150 villagebakerywinecountry.com
$$$$. Upscale meets casual with a wide range of Asianinspired dishes from Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. Cold and hot appetizers, great seafood options, and newcomer dishes such as Tuna Pizza. Perfect for the adventurous eater. 610 Main St, Napa. 707.252.1600.
Barbecue at the Crossroads Heading toward Sonoma from Napa recently I found myself on a rural stretch of road with a powerful hunger and no clear idea where to stop for lunch. Then, like a desert oasis, a colorful sign beckoned me: the Schellville Grill was just ahead. I was saved. The Schellville Grill is exactly the kind of place you want to find at a lonely crossroads, in this case highways 12 and 121. I’ve passed the restaurant a number of times over the years, but never stopped. I was glad to finally satisfy my curiosity—and my appetite. A hulking smoker out front and the whiff of wood smoke told me this roadhouse meant business. Inside, the cash only-restaurant is bright and colorful with loads of photos and Americana bric-a-brac on the walls. The lunch menu offers burgers ($11.95), smoked pork ribs ($16.95), tri-tip ($14.95) and brisket ($18.95) sandwiches and a pulled-pork and grilled-cheese sando ($15.95) they call one of the best in America. It gets my vote. The pork shoulder is smoked for a leisurely 10 hours before it’s shredded into a juicy mound and piled between two slices of toasted sourdough. A gooey layer of cheddar cheese and caramelized, bourbon-napped onions ties it all together. But hoist this sandwich at your own risk. The abundant pork spilled out on the plate and made picking it up without spilling the contents onto my lap difficult. A fork and knife are the best way to approach this stellar sandwich. Schellville Grill, 22900 Broadway Sonoma. 707.996.5151.—Stett Holbrook
Napa Valley Biscuits
American. $$. A very casual diner serving up biscuits and gravy, fried chicken, and chicken and waffle sliders. And they aren’t kidding when they say “sweet tea.” 1502 Main St., Napa. 707.265.8209.
Oenotri Italian. $$$. A casual eatery with the three P’s of Italian: pizza, pasta, and panini. Delicate pizza and pasta dishes, and they butcher
their own meat. These guys do simplicity well. 1425 First St, Napa. 707.252.1022.
Ristorante Allegria Italian. $$. Inside a historic 1916 building lies this Italian restaurant with music, candlelight and a robust menu. Full bar, wine list and special dining in “the Vault”– more romantic than it sounds, believe us. 1026 First St, Napa. 707.254.8006.
SONOMA COUNTY Davis Family Vineyards Friendly, funky
barrel-room bar readily located by wacky recycled sculpture. Handcrafted estate wines, apple brandy to lift the spirits– but the zesty Sauvignon Blanc is from down under. 52 Front St., Healdsburg. Open Thursday–Sunday, 11am–5pm. 707.433.3858.
Fog Crest Vineyard
Brand-new spot for Pinot, Chard and a good view of the Laguna de Santa Rosa area. 7606 Occidental Road, Sebastopol. Open Thursday– Monday, 11am–5pm, December–May; summer, daily. Tasting fee, $10. 707.829.2006.
Gourmet au Bay Seafood takes to wine even better than water. Wine bar and retail shop offers flights served on custom wooden “surfboards,” artisan cheese and cracker plate, and liberal bring-your-own picnic policy. Cold crab cakes and sparkling wine at sunset on the bay? Sounds like a date. 913 Hwy. 1, Bodega. Wine surfing, $8. 707.875.9875. Inspiration Vineyards
The colorful pastoral depicted on the label does exist, but this small, family-owned labor of love is sensibly located in the Pinecreek Business Park. Stylish tasting room; Chard, Cab and Blanc. 3360 Coffey Lane, Ste. E, Santa Rosa. Daily 11am–4:30pm. $10 tasting fee. 707.237.4980.
Mauritson Family Winery Zinfandels are the
hallmark of this fledgling winery. Reserve vintages routinely sell out, including the much sought-after Rockpile Zinfandel. There’s a lot of buzz about wines from the Rockpile Appellation. 2859 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Tasting room open daily, 10am–5pm. 707.431.0804.
Nalle Winery Rising above the vineyards like some
kind of New Age bunker, the rosemary-shrouded winery houses a down-toearth father-and-son team dedicated to low-alcohol Dry Creek Zinfandel. Greeters Lila and Pella present soggy tennis balls. 2385 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Saturdays, noon– 5pm. No fee. 707.433.1040.
Red Car Wine Co. Lay
some track to the “Gateway to Graton” and take your palate on a ride with Boxcar Syrah and Trolley Pinot from Sonoma Coast vineyards. Next stop: Côte-Rôtie on the way to Beaune. 8400 Graton Road, Sebastopol. Open daily, 10am-5pm. Tasting fee $10. 707.829.8500.
Rued Winery Folks been farming grapes here since 1880s; the best bottomland Sauvignon Blanc and benchland Zinfandel and Cabernet skimmed from the family’s 160 acres of grapes is offered at comparatively farmstand prices. 3850 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Open daily 11am–4:30pm. Tasting fee $5. 707.433.3261. Timber Crest Farms
Animal labels abound at Peterson Winery’s expanded tasting room adjacent the cellar. Is that a Jackalope, or is that just the Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel? Also on hand is Papapietro-Perry and the six Family Wineries of Dry Creek. Dashe Cellars crafts mainly powerful Zinfandels and other reds. At Kokomo Winery, it’s about the reds. Also look for Mietz Cellars, Lago di Merlo and Collier Falls. 4791 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Tasting rooms generally open daily from around 11am to 4:30pm. 707.433.0100. 707.431.7568.
NAPA COUNTY 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.
Fantesca Estate & Winery (WC) Set on land
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.
What’s new at Inglenook? Very little. The iconic stone building, robed in green vines, appears exactly as it did in 1890. But that’s news, and all thanks to owner Francis Ford Coppola. Still living up to Gustave Niebaum’s dream of fine wine to rival France, the oncebeloved Inglenook is putting out the goods once again. 1991 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford. Daily, 10am–5pm. Reservations for tour and tasting ($50) recommended; none required for bistro and exhibits. 707.968.1161.
Robert Sinskey Vineyards In the lofty,
barnlike hall–as elegant as a theater, as solid as a ski lodge–visitors can take in the tank room action; at least, the gleaming stainless steel, framed by wood and stonework and brewpubstyle chalkboard menus imbues the space with a sense of energetic immediacy. “Gluttonous Flight” pairs savory munchables prepared in the gourmet demonstration kitchen with biodynamically farmed Carneros Pinot Noir and Bordeaux varietals. Not to worry: there’s no flight for ascetics offered, so go for it. 6320 Silverado Trail, Napa. Open 10am–4:30pm daily. 707.944.9090.
Branded Taken Wines may be complicated, but they’re also available BY JAMES KNIGHT
ow do you stay fun and playful when you’re ready to get serious? That’s the whole trick in wine marketing, as the creators of the Taken Wine Company have learned. But they think they’ve found the right balance, and they’re ready to seduce their millennial peers into a world of affordable and only slightly sassy wines.
All three tiers of Taken Wine fit into a coherent, racy theme. But the brand’s origins weren’t nearly so suggestive, according to cofounder Josh Phelps. The son of a Napa Valley winemaker (no relation to Joseph Phelps Vineyards), Phelps grew up with Carlo Trinchero (of the same Trincheros with the runaway White Zinfandel success) in St. Helena. After college, they reconnected to brainstorm a new wine brand: “We wanted to make a wine that was appropriate to our generation,” Phelps says. “At the time, we were 22, 23 years old. We priced it at $30—in terms of Napa Cab, it’s at the lower end of the spectrum.” Impressively purple-hued in the glass, Taken’s 2013 Napa Valley Red ($30) is a blend of 60 percent Cabernet Sauvignon with 40 percent Merlot. A just-overripe fruit bowl of aromas is detailed with peat smoke and purple marker notes, but it’s Merlot softness that carries the mild palate. The packaging for Taken is more suggestive of Zen than anything else, but originally the name referred to the feeling that all the good brand names were already taken, and, as well, the two friends’ circular path that has taken them back to their roots in Napa. Having recently turned 30, Phelps is on the leading edge of the millennial generation, which he hopes to target with the Taken brand. “Our age group is growing up from college, and they have careers,” says Phelps, “and they’re starting to have disposable income for wine.” Taken’s ideal customers are in their late 20s or early 30s, but not ready to get into the fancy stuff. “Even a $15 price point is not considered cheap,” says Phelps. “I think our wines are perfect for that. You don’t have to speak Italian to say ‘available.’” Available is the duo’s latest project, planned as a “world tour” of varietal wines. They chose Puglia, in the “heel of the boot of Italy,” for their first region because of their Italian heritage. The 2014 Available Pinot Grigio ($13) offers a striking, spicy perfume, like a spritz of lemon verbena. The middle-tier Complicated 2014 Sonoma County Chardonnay ($18) straddles a line between Muscat and caramel, with partial malolactic fermentation adding a creamy tone to the finish. As for the theme: “I will say,” Phelps admits, “people tend to steer away from the Complicated wines at weddings.”
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Old-Fashioned LOVE Before Tinder or Match.com, there was the newspaper personal ad BY MOLLY OLESON
andy De Long contacted the Pacific Sun offices a few months ago in search of something that she had misplaced. She had come from Mill Valley to describe the personal ad that a man named Russ had placed in the Classifieds section of the newspaper in 1975. There was the story of how she had seen the ad, the story of how she had replied to it and the story of how, the following year, she had married Russ.
We were intrigued by her words and her memories, and we wondered what it must have been like to meet someone that way, at a time when carefully chosen words to strangers could hold so much power and meaning. How romantic. And in today’s fastpaced world, how foreign. “Call me
old-fashioned,” she would later say. The way that she talked about her relationship with her husband reminded me of the way that my grandfather, after more than 60 years of marriage, still looked at my grandmother, as though he were seeing her for the very first time. “Isn’t she something?” he’d ask. ) 16
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After all of those years, Sandy De Long was looking for a tangible memento from that time—something to remind her of their correspondence. “I think his ad started out, ‘Does the woman exist who . . . ,’” Sandy recalls recently by phone. “I liked what he was looking for; I liked all of the detail.” She notes that she was just looking at the personals for fun and wasn’t intending to respond. But his ad, full of adjectives—intelligent, independent, sensitive—that described the kind of woman that he hoped to meet, caught her eye. De Long wrote Russ a letter on a Thursday, the day the ad appeared in the paper. He received her letter on Saturday, called her on Sunday and they set a date for Monday. Russ received 37 replies to that ad. She says that she replied in a “résumé style,” outlining her likes and dislikes, and providing her IQ score. She added at the end that she had “freckles, glasses and unkempt hair.” Russ, sharing the land line with his wife, chimes in: “She added it like it was a bad thing, but I happened to love freckles, glasses and unkempt hair.” De Long called her mom in San Francisco and told her that she had replied to a man’s personal ad in the paper. “You did what?!” her mother shouted. “It could be an axe murderer!” “And then this guy in his three-piece suit drives up in his Mercedes to take me out to dinner,” Sandy says with a laugh. It was very clever, she admits, of Russ to put an ad in the paper, asking for replies by mail. “To have someone write to you rather than a phone call . . . because you can tell a lot about a person by their letter.” Following the marriage of Sandy and Russ in October of 1976, the Sun ran an article titled, “Want Ad Romance,” about how the couple had met through the personals. “We’re working on our 40th year,” Sandy says proudly. A treasure trove of microfilm— going back to the early ’60s—at the Mill Valley Library, revealed
the article. It was a glimpse into the dating world of a bygone era—a time when a “sincere, healthy guy” desired the companionship of “an honest, attractive gal.” When a 17-yearold woman, who enjoyed “bike riding, guitar, swimming and real communication,” expressed her need for “some moving, learning, open friends.” A time when a “rare woman” was being sought out—a woman who was strongly in need of “a special man who is intense about life, people, nature, justice, loving, sexuality—in short, a man who has a ‘lust for life.’”
‘It became a happy habit that endured till the turn of the century.’ If you are a ‘lady at tea,’ a ‘cook in the kitchen’ and a tiger overall— and turn on to the above—run don’t walk to the mail box with your letter . . .’ At that time, the Sun, along with other Bay Area newspapers, ran a handful of personal ads (for which people would be charged by the word) per week in the Classifieds section. But in the late ’70s, and through the ’80s and ’90s, Sandy says, “It kind of exploded.” Before long, there were “pages and pages” of people “looking.” “Women looking for men, men looking for women, men looking for men,” Sandy says. “Men looking for ducks . . . Whatever it was, it was in there.” Rosemary Olson, publisher of both the Bohemian and the Pacific Sun, recalls that heyday at the Bohemian. “I hosted ‘Romance Parties,’” she says, “helping most attendees write their ads, many wanting sunset, romantic walks on the beach.” Olson’s favorite party was at a grand home overlooking Hamilton Field in Novato. “We had so many people attend,” she
says, noting that most alternative weeklies had a designated “Personals Specialist” who would handle walk-ins, read letters and hand-input the text for print. “The house was packed with happy Sonoma, Napa and Marin singles.” The Pacific Sun also hosted mixers, where people who placed personal ads in the paper could get in for free. “People had a chance to meet each other, even if they didn’t meet anyone,” says Mal Karman, a Pacific Sun contributor who is quick to relay humorous stories of corresponding with “a beauty of Romanian descent” and a “Goldie Hawn lookalike.” “You’d hear people on the street talking about the Sun’s wacky, often perverse personal ads,” says Sun movie page editor Matt Stafford, who has
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BETWEEN THE LINES Dating before the internet was a simpler time.
been contributing to the paper for years. “In the ’70s, the ads reflected that fun, free, groovy, pre-AIDS, pre-Reagan, pre-tech era when people would hook up with less fear and loathing than they do now. Then it became a happy habit that endured till the turn of the century.” On April 21, 1995, Match.com, claiming to be “#1 in dates, relationships and marriages,” launched, throwing a wrench in the personal-ad business, and opening up a gamut of new possibilities in the world of romance. According to a Pew Research Center study from last year, in the mid-1990s, only 14 percent of American adults were internet users. Today, nearly nine in 10 Americans are online, and online dating sites like OkCupid (free) and eHarmony (costly), along with apps like Tinder (where one can find users nearby) continue to grow in popularity. A 2013 Pew study found that attitudes toward online dating have also changed, with 59 percent of Americans agreeing with the statement, “Online dating is a good way to meet people,” compared to 44 percent in 2005. “I think the personals dwindled in popularity around the same time the internet came along and more or less doomed the newspaper business,” Stafford says. “This also, of course, coincided with a new proclivity for faceless social media.” Judy Orsini, a 63-year-old retired campus planner who lives in Mill Valley, remembers using the Pacific Sun personals in 1998, around the time that online dating was gaining steam. She responded to an ad—“the longest and most informative”—by a man named Roy who described himself as “easy on the eyes.” He was looking for someone to bike, ski and travel with—all interests that she shared. After five years of living together, Judy and Roy married. “I know that when he put the ad up, he had at least half a dozen dates before he met me,” Orsini says. “He told himself he was going to be a gentleman, not a jerk. He wanted to take the time to meet everyone, ) 18
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which I thought was kind of a sweet thing.” Orsini says that the personal ad was the most efficient way to meet someone. “You know when you’re working and busy all the time, and you want to meet people? I wasn’t into the bar scene. I’m not extremely outgoing, so it’s not that easy for me to meet someone on the street or in a store and strike up a conversation.” She didn’t have many single friends at the time. “Not true today!” Most, she says, are looking for love on Match.com. And most of them have had very little luck. “Everybody thought it was going to be the big solution to finding your mate for life,” Orsini says of online dating. “Of course, what I hear all the time is that people lie.” “Times have changed,” she says, wistfully. “I just don’t think that people are as honest as they used to be.” Orsini suspects that when it comes to her friends and family dating online, the low success rate also has something to do with the higher number of people looking online today, versus the number of people who were looking through personal ads at the height of their popularity. With the kind of technology available at our fingertips, singles have more options than ever before for finding love. Does having a gigantic online pool of hopeful romantics mean that everyone eventually finds exactly what, and who, they’re looking for? Not necessarily, says 35-yearold Molly Corbett, a finance and operations manager at Stanford who lives in San Francisco. “[Online dating] is like this endless stream of people,” says Corbett, who first gave it a go in 2007. She’s used it off and on for the past six years. “You just don’t even think of them as people,” she says of the faces that pop up on her device at any given time. “They’re pictures on a screen that you can scroll right through. I think it gives people a license to be flaky.” Corbett has tried Match.com, OkCupid and apps like Tinder, Hinge and Coffee Meets Bagel.
What she’s looking for is fairly straightforward: A committed relationship that leads to marriage and children. “Not necessarily a white picket fence in the ’burbs,” she says, “but just something more traditional.” But what she’s found instead are guys who are not interested in real relationships, and many who “just want to have fun and not grow up.” “I think it’s reached like this fever pitch,” Corbett says of online dating. “When it first came out, it had a stigma to it. People were a little weirded out. Now there’s so much out there, it’s almost like we have to start back at zero, and figure out how to meet people in person. Because it’s just not working.” With the personals, Orsini says, someone had to put the ad in the paper and someone else had to make the phone call. “So right away, there was voice contact.” The first time she spoke to her future husband, she says, they talked for two hours. “I really got a good, strong sense of who he was. Whereas online, people go back and forth with emails and text messages before they ever even talk to each other.” That’s one of the most frustrating parts of meeting people online, Corbett says. What if you spend days, weeks or even months sending messages back and forth to someone, only to find out that the person who you finally meet is not who you thought they were at all? She shares a story about a guy she met online recently who appealed to her because it sounded as though he, too, had become fed up with the online dating environment. “He wrote a whole paragraph about how the online thing was ruining us,” she says, “that it was making people not treat people like actual people. I wrote to him to say, ‘I agree with that. I appreciate you writing that.’ We were trying to set up a time to meet. We picked a day. And then he backed out. He said, ‘I’m sorry, I’m just too skeptical about this whole thing. You really do sound great.’ That’s how he ended it.” Do you think we could ever
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return to the age of personal ads, I ask her, to a simpler time, when people weren’t overwhelmed by endless options? She pauses to think about it. “I just don’t even understand how people meet people in real life,” she says, noting that for many singles, checking devices and meeting people online has become ingrained. “Everyone is just buried in their own little world.” Stafford says that he thinks people in general—especially people under 40—are more fearful of strangers now than they were 20 years ago. “There seems to be a fear of people who aren’t safely contained in a digital device,” he says. Corbett reconsiders my question about a potential resurgence of personal ads, even in our deviceaddicted dating culture. “Maybe,” she says, with a little more hope this time. Personal ads, she says, seemed to “get to the core” of who people were. You didn’t dismiss someone
because you saw a bad picture of them—which is what many people dating online do today. A small flaw, rather than being a reason to swipe or scroll, could be something beautiful. “Everyone’s being so specific about their criteria,” Orsini says of online dating, “that I guess you’re led to believe that the perfect person is out there if you just keep going through all those people.” Does Corbett believe that her perfect match is out there? “Ummm . . . yes,” she replies. “Just because they have to be. Otherwise . . . you know, I don’t want to give up.” Perhaps all that remains of the era of newspaper personal ads is what’s left on microfilm and what’s tucked into photo albums. And the stories, relayed by those who reminisce. “So much of it is about chemistry,” Orsini says. “Until you meet and look into each other’s eyes . . . ” She laughs: “The oldfashioned way.”
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Dedicated to promoting the arts in Napa Valley, the Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater presen ts worldclass arts and music and fost ers arts education, having partnered with the San Francisco Conservatory of Mus ic to bring graduate and post-graduate students to the valley as artists in residence. This week, current artists-in-r esidence and alumni come together for a concert event, ‘For the Love of Mus ic,’ that also features Napa sensati on Marnie Breckenridge. Presenting clas sical and contemporary works, the mus ic comes to the community on Friday, Feb . 5, at Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater, 100 California Drive, Yountville. 7pm. Free; reservations are required. 707.944.9900.
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Serpent and Bow creates lingerie with women in mind, not men BY FLORA TSAPOVSKY
s Valentine’s Day clichés go, sexy lingerie ranks right up there with chocolate and roses. But what does lingerie mean to you and your body? That’s a question the romance-obsessed holiday avoids altogether. But not local lingerie designer Rachel Blodgett. Born and raised in Santa Rosa,
Blodgett, 27, says she’s “an artist, providing imagery you can wear.” She studied printmaking and textiles at the California College of Arts in Oakland, and moved to Providence, R.I., after graduation to focus on her drawing and artistic vision. After a turbulent breakup with someone she’d known for a decade, Blodgett, who dabbled in lingerie-making in college, started her own brand, Serpent and Bow. “I took a year of celibacy,”
Blodgett recalls, “and made myself a different garment every month.” For Blodgett, lingerie has nothing to do with cheap romance and seduction. “We’re trained culturally to think of our body in a way that relates to the male gaze and objectifying ourselves, rather than seeing ourselves as a living, spiritual creature,” she says. “Lingerie is a secret clothing layer, like a ritual for yourself, and for me, it’s about manifesting how you want to feel about your body
as an individual versus how you want to be looked at. It’s a rare type of lingerie.” Serpent and Bow couldn’t be further away from the lacy, seethrough bras and underpants of department stores. The cottonspandex briefs are high-waisted and roomy, and the rather loose bralettes are tied on the neck like swimsuit tops. “They’re not meant to be shapewear,” she says. “It’s more about letting your body do what it naturally does while being held.” It’s also largely about the imagery. All garments are handpainted in batik wax then naturally dip-dyed in indigo or seasonal natural dyes like marigold flowers. Moon Cycle, a staple collection sold on Boldgett’s website, features eclipses, women’s figures and mythical images, but a large portion of Serpent and Bow business relies on customized art. “One woman ordered images from her childhood to cover a bralette she wants to wear during childbirth,” says Blodgett, emphasizing the deeply personal aspect of her work. “People are drawn to mythology, plants and other symbols—ancient arts, tarot cards—but also things that seem not that important but we use on a daily basis, like teacups.” In the same way her garments are well considered, Blodgett thinks deeply about relationships, dating and other urgent Valentine’s Day matters. She recently started an adult sex-ed class in Santa Rosa, hosting guest speakers and taking on topics like consent, fertility awareness and transsexuality. “It’s about feeling safe in your body, and knowing we’re all different and need to communicate,” Blodgett says. For more information, visit serpentand-bow.com.
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hort plays are tricky to pull off, but when done well, they can deliver a lot in a small package. With Valentine’s Day looming, two local companies are offering separate showcases of short, comedic plays, all written in the language of love.
In the intimate Studio Theater at 6th Street Playhouse, From Russia with Love is a high-spirited assemblage of shorts by Anton Chekhov. Anchored by two classics of the short-form comic romance— The Bear and A Marriage Proposal—the show elegantly intertwines, in segments directed by Beulah Vega, the text of real love letters from Chekhov (Adam Palafox) to his wife, Olga (Yelena Segal), adding an unexpected dose of tender, heart-warming emotion.
The Bear, directed by Eyan Dean, gives us a grief-stricken widow (Taylor Diffenderfer) whose self-indulgent mourning period—she promises her alarmed servant, Luka (Kathy Ping Rogers), that she’ll never leave her house again—is rudely interrupted by the intrusion of a gruff, blustery businessman (Ryan Severt), who arrives to collect a debt and ends up falling in love—with disastrous and rather funny results, that include a duel by pistols. In A Marriage Proposal, directed by Palafox, a wildly hypochondriac landowner (Matthew Cadigan) attempts to propose to Natalia (Segal), the daughter of his affable neighbor Stepan (Clark Miller). But before he can manage to propose, he keeps being drawn into petty, escalating arguments with his intended. Feisty, physical and farcical in the extreme, these two laugh-inducing one-acts are delivered in a 90-minute package that might make you rethink everything you believed about Chekhov. Evidently, he was a very funny guy, and he sure had a way with a love letter. Rating (out of 5): Then there’s In Love with the 8 x 10, presented by Lucky Penny Productions in Napa. Eight 10-minute shorts culled from over a hundred submissions from around the country, these unevenly acted but generally outstanding shorts include the twisty tale of two nerds on a very rocky date (which features actual rocks), a pair of Labradors discussing the complex etiquette of dog mating, and a lawyer who brings his fiancée to a shrink to learn small talk and gets a lesson in true love. Think of it as the stage equivalent of those candy heart sayings—though with a bit more bite beneath all the sugariness. ‘From Russia with Love’ runs Thursday–Sunday through Feb. 14 in the Studio at 6th Street Playhouse, 52 W. Sixth St., Santa Rosa. $15–$25. 707.523.4185. ‘In Love with the 8 x 10’ runs through Feb. 13 at the Lucky Penny Community Arts Center, 1758 Industrial Way, Napa. $21–$31. 707.266.6305.
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charming memoir of a smelly, prickly old lady, The Lady in the Van, directed by Nicholas Hytner (The History Boys), is based on material performed first as a stage play, then a radio play. Surprisingly, it hasn’t lost any of its keenness as a movie. The story’s writer and subject is Alan Bennett (played by Alex Jennings), a playwright who had his first breakthrough as part of the Beyond the Fringe quartet that paved the way for Monty Python. When Bennett moved in 1973 to Gloucester Crescent in London’s Camden Town, it was a changing district, awaiting the gentry who inhabit it today. Priding themselves on their liberality, the neighbors put up with one Miss Mary Shepherd (Dame Maggie Smith), a transient old lady living in her van. When the parking police tried to run her off, Bennett allowed her to park in his driveway. She would be encamped there for 15 years. The role is so right for Smith that it might be easy to underrate her very tough and touching work here. Mary Shepherd is a strong soul; we never really think of this 80-year-old performer’s fragility until the end of the film, when her character’s `health fails. Bennett, not an enormous fan of the physical world, admires the way the ambulance people and social workers handle this exasperating woman without minding her moods or her smell. He downplays his own ability to stand her bad tendencies, such as Miss Shepherd’s habit of soiling his driveway. It’s bemusing to imagine the army of people in their vans, trucks and campers today, displaced by the obscene rents of the Bay Area, being looked after with the care and dignity demonstrated by the characters in this story. The Lady in the Van wells up with compassion; it never drills for it. ‘The Lady in the Van’ is playing at the Century Regency, 280 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. 415.479.6496
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erformer and composer Billy Stritch is one of New York City’s most sought-after musicians, working with greats like Liza Minnelli and playing everywhere, from piano bars to Broadway, with classic showmanship and a broad musical range. On Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, Stritch joins the Santa Rosa Symphony and guest maestro Michael Berkowitz at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa for an afternoon Symphony Pops concert, “Love Is a Many Splendored Thing,” that features a program of love songs from icons like Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole. “I’ve been into this music since I was really young,” Stritch says. “It was music I really resonated
with and songs that I thought were wonderful.” Growing up in Texas, Stritch was already playing piano by ear at the age of 12, as well as singing at churches and country clubs. At a young age, he dove deep into the music of George Gershwin and Cole Porter. Stritch’s first foray into performing came while attending the University of Houston and forming a jazz vocal trio. That eventually brought him to New York City, where he played Carnegie Hall with legendary singer Mel Tormé. Moving to New York after collage, Stritch made a living playing small supper clubs and bars; he was discovered by Liza Minnelli some 25 years ago. Since then, it’s been a whirlwind of shows on Broadway, at Radio City Music Hall and elsewhere. Stritch still plays the clubs, touring the country in various tribute shows and revues. For the upcoming performance in Santa Rosa, he is looking forward to sharing the stage with longtime friend Michael Berkowitz. “Mike is someone I’ve known many, many years,” Stritch says. Berkowitz and Stritch worked together for years as Minnelli’s band and musical arrangers. “But I haven’t done anything with Berk for two or three years now, so we’re excited about this.” Berkowitz, the longtime Symphony Pops conductor, approached Stritch about this show last year and asked him to suggest a female vocalist who could accompany the concert. Stritch immediately thought of award-winning singer Gabrielle Stravelli. “She’s got a terrific jazz feel, and she’s a lot of fun,” Stritch says. “She’s done things with big bands more than I have. She’s going to work into it perfectly.” Stritch is also looking forward to performing these classic standards with a full symphony. “It’s exciting to do the songs, but what’s just as exciting is to do them in these settings.” Symphony Pops presents ‘Love Is a Many Splendored Thing’ on Sunday, Feb. 14, at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 3pm. $37 and up. 707.546.3600.
Concerts SONOMA COUNTY G Love & Special Sauce
Longtime Philadelphia hip-hop and blues band is back with a new album, “Love Saves the Day,” and those famous eyebrows. Feb 5, 9pm. $30 and up. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.
Widely regarded as country music’s greatest living recording artist, Haggard plays from his 50 years of hits. Feb 10, 8pm. $45-$85. Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.
Pato Banton & the Now Generation British reggae singer, known worldwide for his uplifting positive music, graces the stage with his band for a celebration of Bob Marley. Feb 6, 9pm. $15-$20. Redwood Cafe, 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.
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Phil Lesh’s ensemble also includes Terrapin favorites Stu Allen, Ross James, Grahame Lesh, Alex Koford and Scott Guberman Feb 4, 8pm. $49. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael. 415.524.2773.
alumni artist-in-residence musicians and special guest Marnie Breckenridge perform classic and contemporary works. Reservations required. Feb 5, 7pm. Free. Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater, 100 California Dr, Yountville. 707.944.9900.
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Wed, Calvin Ross. Feb 5, the Mark Larson Band. 865 W Napa St, Sonoma. 707.938.7779.
Annie O’s Music Hall
Sun, 5pm, Sunday Dance Party with the Blues Defenders. Feb 4, Levi Lloyd. Feb 5, Highway Poets with Marshall House Project and Girls & Boys. 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.542.1455.
Arlene Francis Center Tues, Open Didgeridoo Clinic. Wed, Open Mic. 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.
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Feb 4, Mark McDonald. Feb 5, New Skye. Feb 6, Dave Hamilton. 3688 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental. 707.874.9037.
Feb 6, the Americans. 328-A Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.433.8720.
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New Century Chamber Orchestra welcomes British violinist Daniel Hope in an eclectic and personal program of works dedicated to his mentor and friend, Yehudi Menuhin. Feb 7, 5pm. $29$61. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.
Feb 3, Bruce Gordon & the Acrosonics. Feb 4, Sweet Potato 5. Feb 5, the Pulsators. Feb 6, Barrio Manouche and the Oddjob Ensemble. Feb 7, Miano Jazz Trio. Feb 9, 5:30pm, Mardi Gras Day Mambofest with Rhythmtown Jive. Feb 10, Tracy Rose and friends. 128 American Alley, Petaluma. 707.776.4631.
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Oregon native’s self-described “Timber Rock” is a funky and woodsy blend of rock and roll weirdness. Feb 4, 10pm. $12$14. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.1100.
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Feb 6, Third Rail Band. 16 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.766.8162.
B&V Whiskey Bar & Grille
Tues, “Reggae Market” DJ night. 400 First St E, Sonoma. 707.938.7110.
Cellars of Sonoma
Tues, Wavelength. Feb 4, Craig Corona. Feb 5, Ricky Alan Ray.
Mon, open mic. Tues, 12pm, Jerry Green’s Peaceful Piano Hour. 6761 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.6600.
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Feb 6, John Pita. 133 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.578.1826.
Corkscrew Wine Bar Feb 9, Staggerwing. 100 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.789.0505.
Dry Creek Kitchen
Feb 8, Susan Sutton and Piro Patton Duo. Feb 9, Ian Scherer and Steve Froberg Duo. 317 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.431.0330.
Feb 7, 1pm, the Dixie Giants. 3535 Industrial Dr, Santa Rosa. 707.545.6150.
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Mon, 11am, Proud Mary’s ukulele jam and lessons. First Friday of every month, Larry Broderick Trio. 2060 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3737.
Feb 5, Stax City. Feb 6, UB707. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.
Feb 5, Bear’s Belly. Feb 6, Christian Foley-Beining Trio. 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.2030.
Fri, DJ Night. Wed, Sat, karaoke. 8201 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.792.9847.
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Feb 3, Judith Lerner’s Hand Pans. Feb 5, Virgil Elliott. Feb 10, Gaian String Trio. 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491.
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Feb 5, Jesse Hanson. Feb 6, Dan Martin. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.
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Feb 3, JimBo Trout. Feb 4, Ragtag Sullivan. Feb 5, Hessel Road Project. Feb 6, Jimbo Scott. Feb 7, Junk Parlor. Feb 10, the Rosetown Ramblers. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.
Last Record Store
Feb 6, 2pm, Lungs and Limbs. 1899-A Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.525.1963.
First Thursday of every month, 5:30pm, Music for Enjoyment and Pleasure. 402 Moore Ln, Healdsburg. 707.433.9199.
Many Rivers Books & Tea
Feb 5, Lamentatio Orpheo with Dominic Schaner. 130 S Main St, Sebastopol. 707.829.8871.
Mc T’s Bullpen
Mon, Wed, Fri, DJ Miguel. Feb 6, Levi Lloyd. Feb 7, 4pm, Jimi James. Feb 7, 8pm, George Heagerty & Never the Same. 16246 First St, Guerneville. 707.869.3377.
Murphy’s Irish Pub
Feb 5, Deluxe. Feb 6, Andrew Freeman. 464 First St E, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.
Feb 3, Snoop Dogg. Sold-out. Feb 4, the White Buffalo and Alice Drinks the Kool Aid. Feb 6, Young Dubliners. Feb 10, Antsy McClain & the Troub Trio. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.
Feb 5, Earth Crisis and Sworn Vengeance. Feb 6, Hatriot with Water into Blood and the King Must Die. 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.
Feb 7, 5:30pm, Jens Jarvie & the Heart Wide Open. 3880 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental, 203.241.7115.
Thurs, Open Mic. Feb 3, Irish set dancing. Feb 5, D’Bunchovus. Feb 6, 3pm, Shawna Miller student recital. Feb 7, 5pm, Gypsy Kisses. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.
Remy’s Bar & Lounge First Friday of every month,
Jay Fresco. Feb 6, Night Before featuring Bobby V. 130 Stony Point Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.578.1963.
Rio Nido Roadhouse Feb 6, Mardi Gras! with Weekend at Bernie’s. 14540 Canyon 2 Rd, Rio Nido. 707.869.0821.
Feb 4, 6:30pm, Paint Night at Rossi’s. Feb 5, the Cork Pullers acoustic. Feb 6, “Saints & Sinners Ball” with T Luke & the Tight Suits and Dixie Giants. 401 Grove St, Sonoma. 707.343.0044.
Ruth McGowan’s Brewpub
Feb 6, Wine Country Swing. 131 E First St, Cloverdale. 707.894.9610.
Thurs, R&B classics. Fri, Sat, R&B party. Sun, R&B diva night. Tues, New Orleans R&B night. 452 First St E, Ste G, Sonoma. 707.996.1364.
Thurs, 7pm, Thursday Night Blues Jam. Thurs, 11pm, DJ Selecta Konnex. Feb 5, Jackson Stone Band. 8201 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.664.0169.
Toad in the Hole Pub Sun, live music. 116 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.544.8623.
The Tradewinds Bar
Tues, Open Mic. Wed, Sonoma Cody Edison
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Thurs, open mic night. Second Wednesday of every month, Ragtime jam. 1415 Fifth Ave, San Rafael. 415.454.6422.
Benissimo Ristorante & Bar
Thurs, Fri, live music. 18 Tamalpais Dr, Corte Madera. 415.927.2316.
Feb 6, Ruth Gerson. 502 Tamalpais Dr, Corte Madera. 415.927.1060.
Community Congregational Church
Feb 7, 10am, Eve Decker. 145 Rock Hill Dr, Tiburon.
Wed, Pro blues jam. Feb 4, Kymberly Jackson. Feb 5, Kevin Russell Band. Feb 6, the Jean Genies. Feb 7, 11:30am, Jim Pasquel & Sheldon Lee Cowen brunch show. Feb 7, 6:30pm, the Doorslammers. 919 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.813.5600.
Feb 6, DJ Jorge. Feb 7, Mexican Banda. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.
Ghiringhelli Pizzeria Grill & Bar
First Sunday of every month, 5pm, Erika Alstrom with Dale Alstrom’s Jazz Society. 1535 South Novato Blvd, Novato. 415.878.4977.
Feb 3, open mic night with Revenent. Feb 4, Atilla Viola & the Bakersfield Boys. Feb 5, Aqua Nett. Feb 6, IrieFuse with Yeshua & the Hightones. Feb 10, open mic with B Sharp. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200.
JB Piano Company
Feb 4, Dick Fregulia Trio plus Piro Patton. 540 Irwin St, San Rafael. 415.456.9280.
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Mon, open mic. Wed, Walt the Dog. Feb 4, DJ Adam S. Feb 5, First Friday Reggae. Feb 6, New Monsoon. Feb 7, 9pm, Fairfax blues jam. Feb 9, 6pm, the Jeb Brady Band. Feb 9, 8:30pm, the People’s Blues. 17 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.
No Name Bar
Tues, open mic. Feb 5, Michael
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Feb 3, Ricki Rush. Feb 4, Donna D’Acuti. Feb 9, Panama Jazz Trio. Feb 10, DownLow Duo. 4 Bayview St, San Rafael. 415.457.3993.
Papermill Creek Saloon
Feb 6, Bruce Brymer’s Rockit Science. 1 Castro, Forest Knolls. 415.488.9235.
Peri’s Silver Dollar
Mon, Billy D’s open mic. Feb 3, the Weissmen. Feb 4, Burnsy’s Sugar Shack. Feb 5, Swoop Unit. Feb 6, Sucker MC’s. Feb 7, the Milestone. Feb 9, Fresh Baked Blues & Waldo’s Special. Feb 10, the New Sneakers. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.
Feb 5, Jerry Hannan. Feb 6, Volker Strifler Band. 1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.
Mon, Open Mic. Feb 5, Natural Wonder. Feb 7, 11am, the Cork Pullers brunch show. Feb 9, Michael Landau Group. Feb 10, Peter Bradley Adams and Molly Parden. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.1100.
Feb 9, Mardi Gras with Lebo and friends. Feb 10, Lettuce. 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael. 415.524.2773.
Throckmorton Theatre Wed, 12pm, Noon concert series. Feb 7, 5:30pm, Jazz Sundays with Nathan Bickart Trio. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.
NAPA COUNTY Deco Lounge at Capp Heritage Vineyards Sat, live music. 1245 First St, Napa. 707.254.1922.
Downtown Joe’s Brewery & Restaurant
Feb 5, Disrupted Continuum. 14 Bolinas Ave, Fairfax. 415.453.7999.
Tues, the Used Blues Band. Feb 4, Ordinary Sons. Feb 5, Charles Wheal Band. Feb 7, the Special Guests. 902 Main St, Napa. 707.258.2337.
Feb 5, SwingSet. Feb 6, Charles Wheal Band. 250 Entrada Dr, Novato. 415.883.9477.
First Saturday of every month, Always Elvis. 1403 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.9777.
Sausalito Cruising Club
Feb 5, Mardi Gras Mambofest with Rhythmtown-Jive. 300 Napa St, Sausalito.
Tues, Jazz with Noel Jewkes and friends. Wed, Tango with Marcelo Puig and Seth Asarnow. Feb 4, Jason Wright. Feb 5, the 7th Sons. Feb 6, Aquarian Bash & Dance. Feb 7, 5pm, Orquesta la Moderna Tradicion. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito. 415.331.2899.
Smiley’s Schooner Saloon
Sun, open mic. Mon, Epicenter Soundsystem reggaae. Feb 4, Josephine Johnson. Feb 5, McHugh & Devine. Feb 6, Just Friends. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311.
First Thursday of every month, the North Bass DJ night. First Friday of every month, Truthlive. 848 B St, San Rafael. 415.454.5551.
Studio 55 Marin
Feb 5, David Nelson & Eric Thompson. 1455 E Francisco Blvd, San Rafael. 415.453.3161.
Sweetwater Music Hall
Feb 6, It’s a Grand Night for Singers. 1711 Main St, Napa. 707.255.5445.
Thurs, Open Mic. 828 Brown St, Napa. 707.927.3623.
Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater
Feb 6, 7pm, Napa Valley Youth Symphony and Sinfonia. 100 California Dr, Yountville. 707.944.9900.
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Feb 3, Syria T Berry. Feb 4, Shelby Lanterman with Kristen VanDyke and Zak Fennie. Feb 5, Brian Coutch Band. Feb 6, Jackson Stone Band. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.
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Feb 3, Bob Castell Blanch. Feb 4, Trio Solea. Feb 5, Jack Pollard and Dan Daniels. Feb 6, Jackie and friends. Feb 7, Bob Castell Blanch. 1040 Clinton St, Napa. 707.255.6646.
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Arts Events RECEPTIONS Feb 4
Fairfax Library, “For the Love of Art,” group show of oil and acrylic paintings by local artists. 7pm. 2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. 415.453.8092. Robert Allen Fine Art, “Works on Paper,” group exhibit features prints, drawings and mixed media from Susan Adame, Tracey Adams, Aleah Koury and others. 5:30pm. 301 Caledonia St, Sausalito. 415.331.2800.
Chroma Gallery, “Small Works Show,” ninth annual show features several galleries in the SOFA arts district displaying paintings, sculptures and ceramics no larger than a square foot. 5pm. 312 South A St, Santa Rosa. 707.293.6051. My Daughter the Framer, “Botanicals, Birds & Butterflies,” Sonoma County colored pencil artists Vi Strain, Elizabeth Peyton and Nancy Wheeler Klippert show detailed depictions of nature’s subjects. 5pm. 637 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.542.3599.
Galleries SONOMA COUNTY Art Museum of Sonoma County Through Feb 7, “Inside Magnolia Editions: Collaboration & Innovation,” an experimental collection of renowned works from the topnotch Oakland printmaking company. 505 B St, Santa Rosa. Tues-Sun, 11 to 5. 707.579.1500.
Calabi Gallery Through Feb 6, “Woodblock Prints by Michael McMillan,” the diverse artist’s fine woodwork centers an show that also features works by Douglas Ballou, Mary Jarvis, Sherrie Lovler and others. 456 10th St, Santa Rosa. Tues-Sun, 11 to 5. 707.781.7070.
di Rosa, “Radical Landscapes,” exhibition explores the natural environment through a contemporary lens with works by Bay Area-based artists. 4pm. 5200 Sonoma Hwy, Napa. Wed-Sun, 10 to 6. 707.226.5991. Seager Gray Gallery, “Material Matters,” third annual exploration of the interactions of artists with their materials features several local artists in various media. 5:30pm. 108 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley.
Sausalito Library, “Living on the Anchor,” an exhibit of photographs of Sausalito’s anchor-out community by Bente Marei Stachowske. 5pm. 420 Litho St, Sausalito. 415.289.4121.
The Art Wall at Shige Sushi, “Facets,” collage and paintings by Lisa Beerntsen and Deborah Salomon takes a faceted approach to space. 5:30pm. 8235 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.9753.
City Hall Council Chambers Through Feb 12, “Clark Swarthout Solo Show,” Santa Rosa artist presents an exhibit of intricate and imaginative pen and ink drawings. 100 Santa Rosa Ave, Ste 10, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3010.
Erickson Fine Art Gallery Through Feb 23, “Carlos Perez: Recent Work,” features the Healdsburg artist’s paintings in oil and mixed media exploring portraits and abstraction. 324 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. Thurs-Tues, 11 to 6. 707.431.7073.
Fogbelt Brewing Feb 3-29, “SuperMonks,” images by artist Clay Vajgrt that show the calm and peaceful side of Superheroes. 1305 Cleveland Ave, Santa
Rosa. Wed; 3pm to 9pm, ThursSat; noon to 10pm, Sun; noon to 8pm 707.978.3400.
Through Feb 29, “February Art Show,” Alanna Tillman’s exhibit of acrylic paintings, Craig Janakos’ vintage antiques and art showroom, Robert Redus’ jewelry and new gallery artists Henrik Liisberg, Teri Sloat and Adam Springer are all featured. 1200 River Rd, Fulton. Sat-Sun, noon to 5pm 707.536.3305.
Through Feb 22, “White Plus One,” juried exhibit. 209 Western Ave, Petaluma. 707.778.8277.
Through Feb 28, “Small Works Show,” fifth annual group show is juried by Sandra Speidel and Clark Mitchell. 9048 Graton Rd, Graton. Tues-Sat, 10:30 to 6; Sun, 10:30 to 4. 707.829.8912.
Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Through Feb 7, “Annual Members Exhibition,” show provides a unique opportunity for HCA artist members to exhibit their work free from the restrictions of traditional shows. 130 Plaza St, Healdsburg. Daily, 11 to 6. 707.431.1970.
History Museum of Sonoma County
Through Feb 28, “Journey to Fountaingrove,” exhibit chronicles the life of Japanese national Nagasawa Kanaye, who took over the Fountaingrove estate and made renowned wines in Sonoma County. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. TuesSun, 11 to 4. 707.579.1500.
Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Through Feb 7, “Water Media Exhibit,” paintings from the International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society are on display as part of a traveling show along with a SCA water media show with local talent. 282 S High St, Sebastopol. Tues-Fri, 10 to 4; Sat, 1 to 4. 707.829.4797.
Sonoma Community Center
Through Feb 26, “Andrews Hall Renovation 2013,” Owen Orser presents a photographic tribute to the center’s recent
renovations. 276 E Napa St, Sonoma. Daily, 7:30am to 11pm. 707.938.4626.
MARIN COUNTY Gallery Route One
$65. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.473.6800.
7pm. Free. Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley St, Sebastopol. 707.525.4840.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Through Feb 14, “Aqua,” group show interprets the word aqua in a variety of ways as selected by Susan Snyder, of the Caldwell Snyder Gallery in San Francisco. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. Wed-Mon, 11 to 5. 415.663.1347.
Asian New Year Celebration
Mardi Gras at the Museum
Through Feb 21, “Layers,” group show features MarinMOCA members interpreting the theme in materials or meaning. 500 Palm Dr, Novato. WedFri, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, 11 to 5. 415.506.0137.
O’Hanlon Center for the Arts
Through Feb 18, “Art of Love,” romance is in the air with a group showing of Valentine’s-inspired work. 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. Tues-Sat, 10 to 2; also by appointment. 415.388.4331.
NAPA COUNTY Caldwell Snyder Gallery
Feb 3-29, “Cole Morgan Solo Show,” abstract, playful and enigmatic, the shapes and forms represented in Morgan’s paintings seem to live somewhere between imagination and reality. 1328 Main St, St Helena. Open daily, 10 to 6. 415.531.6755.
Comedy Hanging with Creed
Actor and musician Creed Bratton, best known for his role of “The Office,” shares stories in a musical comedy show at the SSU student center. Feb 3, 7:30pm. Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2880.
Celebrate the Year of the Monkey with delicious Asian cuisine and entertainment from Vietnamese social group. Feb 4, 2:30pm. $5. Whistlestop, 930 Tamalpais Ave, San Rafael.
ArtQuest presents a night of creole cooking, Southern cocktails and live zydeco music. Feb 6, 5:30pm. $75. Art Museum of Sonoma County, 505 B St, Santa Rosa. 707.579.1500.
Mardi Gras Party for Singles
A fun mixer for single professionals includes games and prizes, masks and beads and more with mardi gras merriment. Feb 9, 7pm. $10. Spinnaker, 100 Spinnaker Dr, Sausalito. 415.332.1500.
West Side Stories
Petaluma’s own story-slam event invites you to come to tell or listen to true stories, told on stage without notes. This month’s theme is “It Takes Two to Tango.” Hosted by Dave Pokorny. Feb 3, 7:30pm. $8$10. Sonoma Valley Portworks, 613 Second St, Petaluma. 707.769.5203.
Film The Anthropologist
Dr Susan A Crate presents and discusses this climate change documentary as part of the “Science on Screen” event series. Feb 9, 6:30pm. $8-$12. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.1222.
Best of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
Standup comedian Myles Weber headlines. Feb 7, 8pm. HopMonk Sebastopol, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.
Selections from the most recent SFJFF screens in a fourpart series. Tues, Feb 9, 7pm. $36. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
Romeo & Juliet
Moscow Festival Ballet performs classic piece in time for Valentine’s Day. Feb 5, 8pm. Marin Center’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium. $20-
Indie Lens pop-up screening features the first feature length documentary about the Black Panther Party and its significance to the broader American culture. Feb 8, 1 and
Start with breakfast bites and bubbly by Cindy Pawlcyn, followed by a screening of Audrey Hepburn’s iconic film. Then spend the afternoon shopping downtown St Helena. Feb 6, 11am. $20. Cameo Cinema, 1340 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.3946.
An Evening with Illeana Douglas
The excellent character actor, writer and director shares stories from her career in film and television, read from and sign copies of her memoir “I Blame Dennis Hopper” and show clips from her filmography. Feb 4, 7pm. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.1222.
Keeper of the Beat
The eloquent documentary follows Barbara Borden on her path to being a worldclass percussionist practicing “drumbeat diplomacy.” Q&A and live performance with Borden and Joyce Kouffman follow the film. Feb 6, 7:30pm. $15-$20. Dance Palace, 503 B St, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.
Documentary following South American youth group the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, who turn garbage into musical instruments, screens with a musical performance from local youth beforehand. Feb 8, 6:30pm. $7-$11. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.1222.
Phil Frank’s Secret Sausalito
Frank’s clips explore Sausalito’s lesser known historic sites. Feb 5, 7pm. Sausalito Library, 420 Litho St, Sausalito. 415.289.4121.
Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Program of 11 films is full of breathtaking scenery, inspiring stories, and courageous conservationists. Feb 4, 6:30pm. $20. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.3871.
Food & Drink Alice in Wonderland English Tea Party Enjoy afternoon tea in this
Council Chambers, 420 Litho St, Sausalito. 415.289.4117.
Raphael’s “Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn” is examined in this Illustrated Lecture by museum docent Marsha Holm. Feb 9, 7pm. Free. Corte Madera Library. 707 Meadowsweet Dr, Corte Madera. 707.924.6444.
The USACE: From the Sierras to the Sea
Talk looks back on the history of the US Army Corps of Engineers. Feb 6, 1:30pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.3871.
Feb 5, 7pm, “Where All Light Tends to Go” with David Joy, a “books and brew”’ reading presented by Copperfield’s Books. 146 Kentucky St, Petaluma 707.772.5478.
Occidental Center for the Arts
Feb 5, 7pm, Two Poets in Winter, with former and current Sonoma County Poet Laureates, Mike Tuggle and Iris Jamahl Dunkle. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental 707.874.9392.
Santa Rosa Copperfield’s Books
Feb 10, 7pm, “Pacific Burn” with Barry Lancet. 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa 707.578.8938.
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Feb 3, 7pm, “A New Healing Paradigm” with Keith Braselton. Free. 600 Palm Dr, Novato.
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PEACEFUL KNIGHT Artist Clay Vajgrt’s superheroes turn the action down in ‘SuperMonks’ exhibit, showing at Fogbelt Brewing in Santa Rosa. See Galleries, adjacent page. benefit for Fairfax Theatre Company, with a colorful cast of characters and hot chocolate for the kids. Feb 7, 2pm. $20. Fairfax Women’s Center, 46 Park Rd, Fairfax. 415.302.0659.
Dining with Writers Book Passage presents author Jill Nussinow reading from her book “Vegan Under Pressure” and leading a special dinner. Feb 3, 6:30pm. $95. The Spinster Sisters Restaurant, 401 South A St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.7100.
The Great Sonoma Crab & Wine Fest Sonoma County Farm Bureau presents the 27th annual event, joining together leaders from agricultural and business communities and boasting perhaps the largest crab feed in the Bay Area. RSVP at sonomafb.org. Feb 6, 4pm. $75 and up. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.545.4200.
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Champion Tony Gemignani teams up with Lagunitas Brewing Company for an afternoon of food and brews. First Sun of every month, 1pm. through May 1. $25 and up. Tony’s of North Beach at The Graton Casino, 630 Park Court, Rohnert Park, 586-0777.
Sausalito’s Souper Bowl of Clam Chowder Ten downtown Sausalito restaurants square off in this chowder challenge, and you can taste them all. Feb 4, 2pm. $10. Downtown Sausalito, Caledonia Street, Sausalito.
Third Anniversary Party St Florian’s Brewery celebrates three years of beers with a fun party featuring food trucks, live music and their excellent craft brews. Feb 6, 12pm. St. Florian’s Brewery, 7704A Bell Rd, Windsor. 707.838.BREW.
Veggie Sushi Love Learn how to make beautiful vegetarian sushi rolls with local ingredients, and yes, you’ll get to eat them too. Feb 4, 7pm. Free. Mill Valley Library, 375
Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.389.4292.
Wine Tish Winetastings and Jewish studies go together in this event hosted by Congregation Ner Shalom. Space is limited. Feb 6, 2pm. Orpheus Wines Tasting Room, 8910 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood. 707.282.9231.
Lectures The Havana Highway: Rum, Cars & Cigars Second small-group photography workshop taking place in Cuba is led by exhibitor Stuart Schwartz and Jock McDonald. Feb 10-16. $7450. The Image Flow, 401 Miller Ave, Ste. A, Mill Valley. 415.388.3569.
A Noël Coward Soiree Evening of wit, humor, music and laughter celebrating playwright and actor Noël Coward, presented by NPR critic Peter Robinson. Feb 4, 7pm. Sausalito City Hall-
Feb 3, 7pm, “Let the People Rule” with Geoffrey Cowan. Feb 4, 7pm, “The Lovers” with Rod Nordland. Feb 5, 7pm, “When We Fight, We Win” with Greg Jobin-Leeds. Feb 6, 11am, “The Longest Night” with Andria Williams. Feb 6, 1pm, “Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist” with Sunil Yapa. Feb 6, 4pm, “Ultimate Immunity” with Elson Haas and Sondra Barrett. Feb 6, 7pm, “Unfinished” with William C. Gordon. Feb 7, 11:30am, “Cockatoo, Too” with Bethanie Murguia. Feb 8, 7pm, “The Blue Line” with Ingrid Betancourt. Feb 9, 7pm, “Girl Behind the Door” with John Brooks. Feb 10, 7pm, “Succulent Wild Love” with Sark and John Waddell. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera 415.927.0960.
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Feb 5, 7pm, “The Money Anxiety Cure” with Koorosh Ostowari. Free. 2075 Occidental Rd, Santa Rosa 707.546.4543.
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Feb 4, 6:30pm, The Authors Forum, four Northern California writers engage in panel discussion and Q&A session. 1226 Salvador Ave, Napa.
Feb 6, 2 and 7pm, Rumi’s Caravan, mystic poetry accompanied by live music. $25-$35. 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa 707.568.5381.
Jennifer King stars in this charming and slyly sweet one-woman play involving the Romanian mob, a Buddhist rainstorm and lots of shoes. Feb 5-21. $9-$25. Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.763.8920.
Brighton Beach Memoirs
The Raven presents part one of Neil Simon’s autobiographical trilogy, a bittersweet memoir that nostalgically captures the life of a struggling Jewish household in 1930s Brooklyn. Through Feb 14. $10-$25. Raven Theater, 115 North St, Healdsburg. 707.433.3145.
A Cajun Midsummer Night’s Dream
Novato Theater Company transports Puck to the Bayou in this spicy rendition of Shakespeare’s fantastical comedy, adapted and directed by Clay David. Through Feb 21. $12-$27. Novato Theater Playhouse, 5420 Nave Dr, Novato. 415.883.4498.
From Russia with Love
The Comedies of Anton Chekhov are explored in this light-hearted love letter to theater. Through Feb 14. $10$25. Studio Theatre, 6th Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.
Gem of the Ocean
Playwright August Wilson’s penultimate work in his 10-
play century cycle dramatizing the African-American experience in the 20th century is directed by New York City-based performer Daniel Alexander Jones. Through Feb 14. $10-$58. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.5208.
Into the Woods Stephen Sondheim’s massively popular musical filled with myriad fantasy characters comes to Sonoma State. Feb 4-14. $5-$17. Evert B. Person Theater, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.
Murder in the House of Horrors Mystery dinner theatre production looks to the audience to solve the case. Fri-Sat, 6:30pm. through Feb 13. $30. Tam Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave, Mill Valley.
Oh No There’s Men on the Land One-woman-show from San Francisco comedian and performer Karen Ripley takes the audience on a wild ride through her mishaps, adventures, and self-discovery in 1970s Berkeley. Feb 6, 7:30pm. $10-$20. Graton Community Club, 8996 Graton Rd, Graton.
The Road to Mecca Written by South Africa’s premiere playwright, Athol Fugard, this story of a widow who creates her own “Mecca” through art and sculpture is a stirring and loving tale of humanity. Feb 5-21. $15-$25. Main Stage West, 104 N Main St, Sebastopol. 707.823.0177.
The Taming of Katy Lou The Spreckels youth in arts program’s winter performance is an old west retelling of Shakespeare’s comedy. the Taming of the Shrew. Feb 5-7. $16-$26. Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. 707.588.3400.
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Docent lecture looks at one of the defining figures of modernism. Feb 9, 2pm. Sausalito City Hall-Council Chambers, 420 Litho St, Sausalito. 415.289.4117.
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word “quaintrelle” refers to a woman who treats her life as a work of art. She is passionate about cultivating beauty and pleasure and wit in everything she is and does. But she’s not a narcissistic socialite. She’s not a snooty slave to elitist notions of style. Her aim is higher and sweeter: to be an impeccable, well-crafted fount of inspiration and blessings. I propose that we resuscitate and tinker with this term, and make it available to you. In 2016, you Tauruses of all genders will be inclined to incorporate elements of the quaintrelle, and you will also be skilled at doing so. If you have not yet dived in to this fun work, start now!
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irregular. That’s because the influences that unbalance you will be the same influences that tickle your fancy and charge your batteries and ring your bell and sizzle your bacon.
SCORPIO (October 23–November 21) The
African Association was a 19th-century British group dedicated to exploring West Africa. Its members hoped to remedy Europeans’ ignorance about the area’s geography. In one of the association’s most ambitious projects, it commissioned an adventurer named Henry Nicholls to discover the origin and to chart the course of the legendary Niger River. Nicholls and his crew set out by ship in their quest, traveling north up a river that emptied into the Gulf of Guinea. They didn’t realize, and never figured out, that they were already on the Niger River. I’m wondering if there’s a comparable situation going on in your life, Scorpio. You may be looking for something that you have already found.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21)
Richard P. Feynman was a brilliant physicist who won a Nobel Prize in 1965 for his pioneering work in quantum electrodynamics. He also played the bongo drums and was a competent artist. But excessive pride was not a problem for him. “I’m smart enough to know that I’m dumb,” he testified. “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself—and you are the easiest person to fool.” I suggest you adopt him as your role model for the next two weeks, Sagittarius. All of us need periodic reminders that we’ve got a lot to learn, and this is your time. Be extra vigilant in protecting yourself from your own misinformation and misdirection.
Many Cancerians harbor a chronic ache of melancholy about what they’re missing. The unavailable experience in question could be an adventure they wish they were having or an absent ally they long to be near or a goal they wish they had time to pursue. That’s the bad news. The good news is that you can harness the chronic ache. In fact, it’s your birthright as a Cancerian to do so. If you summon the willpower to pull yourself up out of the melancholy, you can turn its mild poison into a fuel that drives you to get at least some of what you’ve been missing. Now is a favorable time to do just that.
CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19) Food connoisseur Anthony Bourdain has a TV show that enables him to travel the globe indulging in his love of exotic cuisine. He takes his sensual delights seriously. In Charleston, S.C., he was ecstatic to experience the flavorful bliss of soft-shell crab with lemon pasta and shaved bottarga. “Frankly,” he told his dining companion, “I’d slit my best friend’s throat for this.” Bourdain was exaggerating for comic effect, but I’m concerned you may actually feel that strongly about the gratifications that are almost within your grasp. I have no problem with you getting superintense in pursuit of your enjoyment. But please stop short of taking extreme measures. You know why.
LEO (July 23–August 22) How will the next chapter of your story unfold? I suspect there are two possible scenarios. In one version, the abundance of choices overwhelms you. You get bogged down in an exciting but debilitating muddle, and become frazzled, frenetic, and overwrought. In the other possible scenario, you navigate your way through the lavish freedom with finesse. Your intuition reveals exactly how to make good use of the fertile contradictions. You’re crafty, adaptable and effective. So which way will you go? How will the tale unfold? I think it’s completely up to you. Blind fate will have little to do with it. For best results, all you have to do is stay in close touch with the shining vision of what you really want.
AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18) You may sometimes be drawn to people or places or ideas long before they can give you their gifts. Although you sense their potential value, you might have to ripen before you’ll be ready to receive their full bounty. Here’s how author Elias Canetti expressed it: “There are books, that one has for 20 years without reading them, that one always keeps at hand, yet one carefully refrains from reading even a complete sentence. Then after 20 years, there comes a moment when suddenly, as though under a high compulsion, one cannot help taking in such a book from beginning to end, at one sitting: it is like a revelation.” I foresee a comparable transition happening for you, Aquarius.
VIRGO (August 23–September 22) “To hell with my suffering,” wrote Arthur Rimbaud in his poem “May Banners.” I suggest you make that your mantra for now. Anytime you feel a sour thought impinging on your perceptions, say, “To hell with my suffering.” And then immediately follow it up with an expostulation from another Rimbaud poem, “It’s all too beautiful.” Be ruthless about this, Virgo. If you sense an imminent outbreak of pettiness or if a critical voice in your head blurts out a curse or if a pesky ghost nags you, simply say, “To hell with my suffering,” and then, “It’s all too beautiful.” In this way, you can take advantage of the fact that you now have more power over your emotional pain than usual.
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LIBRA (September 23–October 22) “I like people who unbalance me,” says Irish writer Colum McCann. Normally I wouldn’t dream of encouraging you to make the same declaration, Libra. My instinct is to help you do everything necessary to maintain harmony. But now is one of those rare times when you can thrive on what happens when you become a bit tilted or uneven or
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Tower of Pisa is eight stories high, including its belfry, and tilts sideways at a four-degree angle. When builders started construction back in 1173, they laid a weak foundation in unstable soil, and the building has never stood straight since then. And yet it is the most lucrative tourist attraction in the city of Pisa, and one of the top 10 in Italy. Its flaw is the source of its fame and glory. What’s the equivalent in your world, Pisces? Now is a favorable time to take new or extra advantage of something you consider imperfect or blemished.
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