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For the Trees
Oh, I wistfully hope that, after losing my mate to cancer almost five years ago and being suddenly ready to move forward, I someday find someone like the happy couple who found each other in the beginning of this lovely article (“Old-Fashioned Love,” Feb. 3).
Loans won’t help those who are already having trouble paying their bills; it will only add more debt to the list (Fishing Report, Feb. 4). A disaster declaration is the only thing that would help at this point.
I agree with Mike Shea’s letter (Feb. 3) about cutting the trees in Santa Rosa’s Courthouse Square and turning that pleasant park into a parking lot. I also have decided not to spend any money in downtown Santa Rosa—ever. I canceled a restaurant date there last week and attended a movie in Sebastopol instead of Santa Rosa.
THIS MODERN WORLD
By Tom Tomorrow
One of the reasons we never heard about cutting the trees and the parking lot plans is that Sonoma County has a newspaper that is totally worthless when it comes to informing us about what is going on with the county and city government and the police. This whole county stinks of corruption.
TERRY DIRKS Santa Rosa
I totally agree with Mike Shea who advocates for saving the trees in downtown Santa Rosa. Any person who considers cutting trees in favor of creating more parking space needs to be immediately cut out of a group who is working for preserving the essence of a town. Put the parking elsewhere and create roundabouts. If there is a will, there’s a way! Is the enemy within?
The Four Isms Your readership should know the difference between the four isms. Capitalism is the legal right to invest in stocks, bonds and derivatives, and sell goods and services for a profit. Socialism is when the workers and management own all means of production. Communism is the spiritual ideal of sharing all in common. Communalism is like a living on a kibbutz; everyone shares and lives together and provides common services like communal child care. Communalism shares the most of all the isms. Thanks for educating your readers to know more rather than less.
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Environmental groups and activists in Northern California, a region known for its wines, advocate a moratorium on this herbicide as health concerns mount. Roundup is the world’s most widely used pesticide. Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, was the focus of an informational event at the Sebastopol Grange on Jan. 28. The event was sponsored by the Watertrough Children’s Alliance as a fundraiser for a lawsuit against winemaker Paul Hobbs. Hobbs converted a Sebastopol apple orchard adjacent to schools into a vineyard, putting the health of about 500 children at risk by spraying the herbicide Roundup. The Sierra Club Sonoma Group co-sponsored the evening. Sebastopol mayor Sarah Glade Gurney moderated a panel of the three experts: attorney Jonathan Evans of the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity; organizer Ella Teevan of the Washington, D.C.–based Food & Water Watch; and former Petaluma city council member Tiffany Renée. “Glyphosate has become a pervasive presence in the environment,” said Evans. “Sixty-five percent of water in some countries has traces of it. Exposure can create a number of problems, including liver and kidney damage. It can even change one’s DNA. Our goal is to protect health and keep these products out of the market.” After the state EPA moved to label Roundup as a probable cause of cancer, Monsanto filed a lawsuit against it. The company claimed that its First Amendment rights to free speech were being violated. “We need to become educated consumers and not buy these products,” added Evans. “We need to empower elected officials to act.” Richmond, Calif., banned all pesticides a year ago. Renée advocates similar action in Petaluma. “Glyphosate is a public health threat,” she said. “The many costs are suffered by humans, animals and plants. The benefits are only to a few humans.” The highest use of glyphosate in Sonoma County is for wine grapes. “We need activism,” said Renée. “Eat locally, hopefully organic or biodynamic. Grow part of your own food.”
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FRESHLY PICKED Assemblyman Bill Dodd was named chair of the agricultural committee in December. He is the first committee chair from outside the Central Valley.
Dodd & Country Pro-biz Napa Democrat Bill Dodd is running for State Senate BY TOM GOGOLA
apa State Assemblyman Bill Dodd served as a Napa County Supervisor for 14 years before winning his Assembly seat in 2014. He was named to the Assembly agriculture committee, and in December was picked to be its chairman.
Dodd, a former Republican, is running for State Senate against
former Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada. I met with Dodd at the Oxbow Market in Napa on a recent rainy afternoon. The full interview is online at my Fishing Report blog. The first question to Dodd was about his rise in state politics—and that he’s the firstever Committee on Agriculture chairman who doesn’t hail from the Central Valley. Why him, and why now? Bill Dodd: It’s probably better stated that I’m probably
the first guy from Northern California, maybe north of the Delta, to be the chairman of the ag committee. I haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about it, but I think that they’ve seen in my year in the Assembly that I’m pretty balanced. I have a pretty good ability to balance business interests and environmental interests, and my experience in Napa County, just along those veins, is that I reject the notion that agriculture and
the environment are mutually exclusive entities. I really believe that we’re in big trouble if the environmental community and the agricultural community can’t come together. Because of environmental interests, we have sustainable farming, which has completely taken off. . . . What we should do is celebrate those environmental farmers for the great job that they’ve done and use them as examples of best practices to farmers that have not yet seen the light in some of these areas. Bohemian: What is your view on this notion of “peak wine,” that we’ve got too many vineyards in Napa County and the North Bay? Dodd: When I was working as a county supervisor, we had our general plan, and we worked really hard to try and identify what was left and have some goals—not only on acreage of grapes that could be planted, but also, how many more wineries do we really need, or want. We’ve had big community discussions, even when I was first in office in the early 2000s, on grape-growing. Frankly, Napa County’s got the most stringent agricultural rules of any agricultural region in the world, and my guess is that Sonoma County is a close second. I think that Napa has about 45,000 acres of grapes, and the conventional wisdom says that the industry would be lucky to increase that by 10 percent or another 5,000 acres or so. Now, there are some people who wouldn’t want that at all. But my standpoint is that I think that the erosion control plans that are required, the careful scrutiny of large projects having to have full environmental impact reports, are important to the discussion. Nowhere else are they making them do full environmental impact reports. Bohemian: How do you translate the dynamics on the ground in Napa now that you have statewide authority as chairman of the Committee on Agriculture? Dodd: I think there’s a realization, with climate change being such an important policy discussion in the state of California, that many farmers see
Bohemian: It sounds like what you are saying is it would be great to have a $15 minimum wage, but what’s the point of having it if there isn’t a job to pay the wage? Dodd: I guess I’d say that. But the fact of the matter is that the increased cost of living, and the cost of housing and all of that throughout my district and future Senate district, demands that people get more than the minimum wage. And that’s not lost on me. I will tell you that as a former businessperson for 25 years, that when the unemployment rate goes down, as it has in the stronger counties, I would fully expect that wages will go up because of the demand for high-quality workers and the lack of supply. . . . One thing I want to bring up— you brought up Henry Perea, he was a moderate. The two people that picked me in concert were the Speaker right now, Toni Atkins, and the new one coming in gave his approval, too, Anthony Rendon. They’re both progressive, strong-Democratic-value leaders that know me and work well with me, and know that I have the balance to balance these real important issues. And I’m really appreciative of their confidence. Bohemian: Do you think there’s anything to the idea that undocumented workers are taking jobs from American workers? Dodd: I reject that notion. I don’t think there’s a significant workforce willing to do the type of jobs that our immigrant population—legal or illegal— provides for our economies. . . . I think that a lot of the workforce that we have today, their kids are getting a great opportunity. They are advancing the economy, our local economies which are renowned worldwide, their kids are going to our schools and in many cases excelling, and many times are the first generation in their families to go to college, and they’re not looking to be farm workers in the future. So this issue is not going to go away. We’ve got to have programs that are going to satisfy our need for labor in these agricultural areas. Bohemian: Your opponent in
this race is a supporter of capital punishment. You? Dodd: She is? I am torn between the families of victims and how they would feel about this, particularly violent murders, rape, etc., but I also understand the almost barbaric nature of the death penalty. Certainly that is going to be an issue that I am going to have to work hard on the policy moving forward. I think the other thing is the cost of our prison systems—we used to be the fifth, top five, in the nation in spending per pupil, and at the bottom five in per-prisoner spending. Today, we’re at the top five in prisoner spending and the bottom five in education spending. So that balance has got to be there as well. Bohemian: Last question. Hillary or Bernie? Dodd: You’ve just spent like 45 minutes turning your readers on about me, I hope, and now I’m going to piss ’em off in one breath. [Laughs] No, I am all in with Hillary. Matter of fact, I talked with her while she was in Napa Valley, I had dinner with her in a very small group. And she’s talking about the same things that I am talking about, and our congressman is talking about: schools, education of our kids, jobs and the economy, the environment . . . And the one thing that I was really impressed with was her wanting to change the status quo on mental health in the United States. . . . Bohemian: I think about that famous line from Mario Cuomo, that you campaign in poetry but govern in prose. Are Democrats campaigning in the poetry of Sanders but will eventually accept the prose of Hillary Clinton? Dodd: I think so. That’s not to say, if you go back and listen to Bernie’s stuff, go back to 2000, the 1990s, I don’t know how early he was making those predictions about income inequality, what was going to happen in Iraq. He may not be the next president of the United States, but you’ve got to give him some props for being a very smart public servant. Bohemian: I will make sure that comment makes it into the story. Dodd: [Laughs]
DEBR IEFER Slurry Fine The Sonoma County District Attorney fined an engineering firm and vineyard management company last week for their roles loosing an unknown quantity of slurry into Dry Creek in Healdsburg during a vineyard replanting. Together, the companies were fined $74,500 for two violations from the county Agricultural Commissioner's Office related to the project. According to a statement from District Attorney Jill Ravitch, the ag commish issued a permit in Oct. 2014 "on a project with steep slopes to replant a vineyard," on land owned by Robert Covert and Mary Roy (they were not cited in the civil complaint). That December, a big storm prompted a big landslide on the property, and the ag commissioner found that "plans that would have protected runoff from leaving the property were not followed," and cited the firms. The commissioner’s office then OK-ed stabilization plans to keep the hillside at the site stable, but the firms failed to follow those temporary plans. That earned them a second violation, and a referral to the district attorney. In November 2015, Ravitch filed unlawful business practice and water-pollution charges against the defendants, who later agreed to resolve the case. Along with the fines, each will be subject to a 10-year injunction prohibiting violations of environmental protection laws, according to Ravitch’s office, which meted out the fines thusly: Valdez & Sons Vineyard Management agreed to pay "approximately $50,000 in civil penalties, restitution and costs while Kelder Engineering agreed to pay $24,500 in civil penalties, restitution and costs. Restitution will go to the Russian Riverkeeper for equipment and monitoring of the Dry Creek and Russian River watersheds and to the Sonoma County Fish and Wildlife Propagation Fund. —Tom Gogola The Bohemian started as The Paper in 1978.
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the writing on the wall and are already working with technology to become more sustainable. Case in point, irrigation. The day and age where we are going to floodirrigate our crops I think should have come and gone by now. But it is a huge investment to change this; it doesn’t happen overnight, but I believe that it’s incumbent upon the industry and the market to move them towards solutions to these problems. . . . Bohemian: Your predecessor on the ag committee [former assemblyman Henry Perea] was part of the moderate caucus of the state Democratic Party, and when he left the Assembly, he almost immediately took a job with the pharmaceutical lobby. You’re moving very quickly through governance here—what are your other ambitions beyond elective office? Dodd: It is very, very simple: I intend to serve my eight years, two terms in the state Senate and advance policies that will—we haven’t even talked about education—that will make California a better place for future generations. I have five kids and five grandkids, and I just think that the next generation or two of Californians, if we don’t advance these important policies, in the state, we will not have anywhere near the California that my parents and grandparents left me. Bohemian: What’s your view on the “Fight for $15” minimum wage and how it has played out in the state, locally and nationally? Dodd: I see advancement in the state toward a higher minimum wage. We have to be careful. We represent the entire state of California. And it’s kind of like there’s a tale of two cities, if you will. You have the interior part of the state of California, where the economy has not come back anywhere near as strongly as it has from Sonoma County to San Diego County on the coast. But if you look at the interior counties—from San Bernardino to Modoc County—unemployment is high, businesses are not back and people are suffering. So I think what we’ll see is cities take this on, on a regional basis for the foreseeable future.
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NEW DELHI The avocado chaat and so-called lamb and cheese are two great appetizers.
Inventive Indian Sonoma’s Delhi Belly rises above the typical naanand-curry joint BY FLORA TSAPOVSKY
ining at a new ethnic restaurant can go either way. It may be comforting and familiar or it can take you to places you’ve never been before.
While true to its traditional Indian roots, Delhi Belly Indian Bistro, a new addition to Sonoma’s bursting dining scene, offers a few surprises to make this anything but a typical naan-and-curry joint.
Located a few blocks from the Sonoma’s plaza, Delhi Belly is an upscale Indian restaurant with embroidered parasols hanging from the ceiling, a dessert wine menu and a buttoned-up, elegant ambiance. The menu isn’t as vast as most Indian restaurants, and is dotted with appearances of scallops, salmon and other less common ingredients. Service is professional and the kitchen is impressively fast. In spite of
its full capacity, all our food was delivered within 10 minutes. From the appetizer list, the organic avocado chaat ($7) combines avocado, chickpeas, potatoes, pomegranate seeds and wheat crisps with yogurt and tamarind chutney. It’s the exotic cousin of the all-American potato salad. Another original appetizer, simply called lamb and cheese ($9), turned out to be a dense, flavorful lamb kebab stuffed with goat cheese, battered and fried
and then cut on a diagonal and served with a trio of chutneys and sauces. It’s a fun, spicy take on bar food at its best. Also noteworthy is a scallops appetizer ($10) made with cumin, cilantro, lime and topped with roasted peppers. Inspired by the starters, we moved to the entrées. From the humble vegetarian section, the baingan bharta ($13) is a classic Indian dish described on the menu as “tandoor roasted eggplant with hand pounded spices, tomato and yogurt.” It amounted to a gooey, spicy hot spread of eggplant and peas. The eggplant contributed its smokiness, the spices added a familiar Indian kick, and the yogurt added a wonderful richness. It’s excellent, especially when eaten with the generous “assorted bread basket” ($10), chewy paratha, buttery cilantro naan and fragrant onion kulcha. The tandoori mixed grill ($27)— made with juicy chunks of chicken, succulent rosemary-scented lamb, salmon in mint chutney, and, best of all, the cardamom- and cilantroaccented murg malai chicken—is highly recommended. The dish is served on a bed of pickled red onion, a nod to the current obsession with pickling, perhaps. Less traditional entrée choices include the wild salmon marinated in yogurt, garlic, ginger, mint and other spices ($18), and the basil seekh kebab ($16), minced lamb, cheese, garlic and basil. The dessert menu ranges further afield with the carrot pudding ($7). The dish showed up hot in a small coffee mug with condensed milk, shredded carrots and spices. It was hard to classify: an earthy, moist paste, not too rich, and impossible to stop eating. It’s a long way from the customary rice pudding we’ve come to expect at the end of an Indian meal. But then Delhi Belly is not your average Indian restaurant. It’s a culinary destination that invites exploration off the beaten path, especially if you’re willing to cheat on the curry and the tandoori with some new flavors and textures. Delhi Belly Indian Bistro. 522 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.343.1003.
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S O N OMA CO U N TY Brasas Churrascaria & Brewpub Brazilian. $$. An authentic Brazilian food experience with wine, beer and specialty cocktails. 505 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.623.9382.
Chinois Asian Bistro
Chinese. $$. Pan-Asian cuisine done delicious. Happy hour tapas and cocktails weekdays. 186 Windsor River Rd, Windsor. 707.838.4667.
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.
Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant California/
French. $$$$. A splurgeworthy, romantic inn with an extensive wine list and highly polished service. 7871 River Rd, Forestville. 707.887.3300.
Hang Ah Chinese. $. Dim
sum at low prices with a wide variety. 2130 Armory Dr, Santa Rosa. 707.576.7873.
JoJo Sushi Japanese. $-$$.
Hip downtown eatery features fresh sushi, sashimi, teriyaki and innovative specials. 645 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.569.8588.
La Gare French. $$$. Dine in an elegant atmosphere of Old World charm. 208 Wilson St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.4355.
Mateo’s Cocina Latina Mexican. $$. Chef
Mateo Granados served underground Yucatan dinners for months before opening this Healdsburg hotspot, and his craft is reflected in the menu, rife with innovation and local ingredients. 214 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.433.1520.
The Naked Pig American.
$-$$. Local, organic and sustainable vendors are proudly displayed on the door, and the rustic chalkboard menu announces items such as “waffles with Gravenstein apples compote and salted caramel.” 435 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.978.3231.
Peter Lowell’s California. $-$$. Casual, organic cuisine with a healthy twist. Italianinspired cafe, deli, wine bar. All food offered as takeout. 7385 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.1077. SEA Thai Bistro Thai. $$. The dishes of exotic Bangkok come to California with some truly soul-satisfying dishes. 2350 Sonoma Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.528.8333.
Simply Vietnam Vietnamese. $. Friendly Vietnamese for all ethnic tastes. Savory, satisfying and filling. Pho can be hit or miss, depending on the meat quality. 966 N Dutton Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.566.8910.
Speakeasy Fusion. $-$$. Small plates with a large vegetarian selection and an Asian fusion-leaning menu. And they’re open until 2am! 139 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.776.4631. Terrapin Creek Cafe American. $$$. A casual Michelin-star cafe specializing in both local and international comfort foods. Fresh seafood dishes and inventive meat based menu items make for well-rounded fare. If they have the game hen, get it! 1580 Eastshore Road, Bodega Bay. 707.875.2700.
Trattoria Lupo Italian. $$. Reliable home-style Italian cooking. 4776 Sonoma Hwy, Santa Rosa. 707.539.0260. Trio Eclectic. $$. Home cooking using sustainable, seasonal local ingredients. Live music nightly. 16225 Main St, Guerneville. 707.604.7461.
Homey, eclectic food. Come for breakfast! 9020 Graton Rd, Graton. 707.823.0233.
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$$-$$$. Fresh sushi with ingredients flown in from Japan steals the show in this popular neighborhood restaurant. 2700 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.578.8180.
MARIN CO U N T Y Benissimo Ristorante & Bar Italian. $$. Hearty and flavorful food in authentic neighborhood-style Italian restaurant 18 Tamalpais Dr, Corte Madera. 415.927.2316.
Vegetarian. $-$$. Mecca for vegans and raw foodists. Clean, light, refreshing food. 2200 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.824.4652.
Lobster Bisque ~ $9 00 • Half-Dozen Pacific Oysters on the Half Shell ~ $18 00 Mediterranean-Style Roasted Prawns ~ $14 00 Pear, Hazelnut and Point Reyes Blue Cheese Tart ~ $1200 • Baby Lettuce Salad ~ $10 00
Grilled Salmon ~ $30 00 • Seared Diver Scallops ~ $28 00 Saffron Risotto Frutti di Mare ~ $30 00 • Fettuccine Paglia e Fieno alla Papalina ~ $24 00 Grilled Lamb Chops ~ $36 00 • Surf and Turf ~ $44 00
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Crepevine American. $. A casual spot with crepes both of the savory and sweet variety, sandwiches, scrambles, and salads, not to mention a few other categories. Delicious comfort food and a small price 908 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.257.8822. Easy Street Cafe
American. $.Take a gander at the extensive list of Easy Street specials and get a spot by the window to watch Red Hill shoppers wander by 882 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo. 415.453.1984.
Brewpub. $$. Irish bar with the traditional stuff. 877 Grant Ave, Novato. 415.899.1516.
Fish Seafood. $$-$$$. Incredibly fresh seafood in incredibly relaxed setting overlooking bay. (Cash only.) 350 Harbor Dr, Sausalito. 415.331.FISH. Fradelizio’s Italian. $$.
Locally sourced northern Italian dishes with a Californiacuisine touch. The house red is a custom blend from owner Paul Fradelizio. 35 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 415.459.1618.
Frantoio Italian. $$-$$$. Perennial winner of SF Chron’s “100 Best,” Frantoio also produces all of its own olive oil. 152 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley. 415.289.5777.
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Mediterranean. $$. 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.
Pub grub gets a pub-cuisine facelift 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax. 415.485.1005.
Cielito Lindo Mexican. $$. Two words: octopus tacos. If that doesn’t tell you what you need to know about this bright spot on Napa’s dining scene, then try your luck with the bigger dishes like the chile relleno and the pan-roasted halibut—but know that the tacos are the stars here. 1142 Main St., Napa. 707.252.2300.
Jennie Low’s Chinese.
Fazerrati’s Pizza. $-$$.
Iron Springs Pub & Brewery Brewpub. $$.
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$$. Light, healthy, and tasty Cantonese, Mandarin, Hunan, and Szechuan home-style cooking. Great selection, including vegetarian fare, seafood, and noodles. Vintage Oaks Shopping Center, Rowland Ave, Novato. 415.892.8838.
Mountain Home Inn
American. $$$-$$$$. Great summer sandwiches with a view atop Mt Tamalpais 810 Panoramic Dr, Mill Valley. 415.381.9000.
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Phyllis’ Giant Burgers
Hamburgers. $. Come with a hearty appetite for an oldfashioned patty. 924 Diablo Ave, Novato. 415.456.0866. 2202 Fourth St, San Rafael. Lunch and dinner daily. 415.456.0866.
Sol Food Puerto Rican. $.
Flavorful, authentic and homestyle at this Puerto Rican eatery, which is as hole-in-thewall as they come. 401 Miller Ave, Mill Valley. 415.380.1986. 811 Fourth St; 901 Lincoln Ave; 903 Lincoln Ave, San Rafael. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 415.451.4765.
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Italian with organic ingredients and a welcoming, casual atmosphere. 610 First St, Napa. 707.257.4992.
California. $$. A casual, musically influenced ambience with fresh and tasty food. A large menu includes favorites such as huevos rancheros, French toast, chicken and steak sliders and fried apple pie. 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 707.388.1700.
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Pizza. $$. Great Pizzas and pastas are the stock in trade for this Oxbow standout, but the secret weapon are its bignès. Traditional regional
Great pie, cool brews, the game’s always on. Great place for post-Little League. 1517 W Imola Ave, Napa. 707.255.1188.
Definitive California Cuisine. $$$$. What else is there to say? Chef Thomas Keller’s institution is among the very best restuarants in the country. 6640 Washington St., Yountville. 707.944.2380.
Fumé Bistro & Bar
California cuisine. $$$. California bistro fare that nearly always hits the mark. 4050 Byway E, Napa. 707.257.1999.
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.
Mustard’s Grill American. $$$. “Deluxe truck stop classics” include Dungeness crab cakes with chipotle aioli, grilled Laotian quail with cucumber-scallion salad and a bacon-wrapped rabbit roulade. 7399 St. Helena Hwy, Napa. 707.944.2424.
Napa Valley Biscuits
American. $$. 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.
Norman Rose Tavern
American. $$. More than just suds ‘n’ grub–though that’s the name of the happy hour– this old-fashioned hangout with dark wood and rustic touches does pulled-pork nachos, wild boar burgers, osso bucco and crab-potato tots right. 1401 First St, Napa. 707.258.1516.
Gott’s Roadside Tray Gourmet Diner. $-$$.
Pizza Azzurro Italian. $.
JoLe California. $$$. Casual
Italian. $$. 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.
Formerly Taylor’ Automatic Refresher. Famous! 933 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.3486. Also at Oxbow Public Market, 644 First St, Napa. 707.224.6900. familial vibes with adventurous interpretations of already loved dishes. Crab cocktail, pork shoulder, and a burger with truffle-flavored cheese. Maximize your experience by trying the tasting menu. 1457 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.5938.
La Condesa Mexcian.
$$$. Part of a small explosion in upmarket Mexican dining in the region, this attractive location in the old Keller Bros. Meats building on Main Street serves a creative yet accessible menu of regional delights and modern dishes. The zanahoria, the bife lento, the panza de puerco–it’s all very good. 1320 Main St., St. Helena . 707.967.8111.
La Toque Restaurant
French-inspired. $$$$. Set in a comfortable elegantly rustic dining room reminiscent of a French lodge, with a stone
Run by a former Tra Vigne and Lark Creek Inn alum, the pizza is simple and thin, and ranks as some of the best in the North Bay. 1260 Main St (at Clinton), Napa. 707.255.5552.
Tarla Mediterranean Grill Greek/Mediterranean.
$$. Casual and trendy with a variety of Turkish and Greek options for any meal of the day. The lamb burger should not be missed. 1480 First St, Napa. 707.255.5599.
Zuzu Spanish tapas. $$. Graze your way through a selection of tasty tapas in a lively rustic chic setting with a popular wine bar. Bite-sized Spanish and Latin American specialties include sizzling prawns, Spanish tortilla, and Brazilian style steamed mussels. 829 Main St, Napa. 707.224.8555.
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Most reviews by James Knight. Note: Those listings marked ‘WC’ denote wineries with caves. These wineries are usually only open to the public by appointment. Wineries in these listings appear on a rotating basis.
SONOMA COUNTY 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.
Marimar Estate A great stop for locals on a Sunday drive. And the Pinot is fantastic. 11400 Graton Road; and at the Barlow, 6780 McKinley Street, Sebastopol Open daily, 11am–4pm. 707.823.4365. Murphy-Goode Winery Value is a premium. Be sure to try the Brenda Block Cabernet and Fume Blanc. The new tasting room is a classy, low-key experience. 20 Matheson St., Healdsburg. Open daily, 10:30am–5:30pm. 800.499.7644.
Robert Hunter Winery
Healdsburg. Daily, 11am–7pm. Tasting fee, $10. 707.431.8749.
Valdez Family Winery Ulises Valdez toiled in the vineyard of Zinfandel for over 20 years. Rare St. Peter’s Church Zin. 113 Mill St., Healdsburg. Thursday– Sunday, 11am–5pm. Tasting fee, $10. 707.433.3710.
MARIN COUNTY Bacchus & Venus A trendy place for beginners and tourists. Great place to learn the basics. 769 Bridgeway, Sausalito. Open daily, noon– 7pm. 415.331.2001. Heidrun Meadery This
is not your fæder’s mead: flower varietal, regional, méthode champenoise sparkling mead on a farm made for the bees. 11925 Hwy. 1, Point Reyes Station. By appointment only, Monday– Friday. 415.663.9122.
Surprise–fine méthode champenoise sparkling wine hails from the warm “banana belt” of Sonoma Valley. Colorful history of estate once owned by a sugar heiress, and tour of gardens leads to sit-down tasting in far-from-the-crowds setting where visitors with a yen for the intimate rather than glitz find a hidden gem on the wine road less traveled. 15655 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. Tours by appointment only, $25. 707.996.3056.
Point Reyes Vineyards
Sanglier Cellars The core
Endearingly offbeat, with a dedicated staff and a collection of goats and dogs roaming freely. 3451 Silverado Trail N., St. Helena. Open daily, 10am– 5pm. 707.963.5783.
wines are sourced from Kick Ranch, the sought-after Rhône varietal sensation. 132 Plaza St., Healdsburg. Open daily, 11am–5pm; Saturday til 7pm. Tasting fee, $10. 707.433.6104.
Stephen & Walker The
sign says, um, “cult wines,” but take another look: Local winemakers who have crawled up from the very trenches of the business are offering Howell Mountain Cab, a Pinot Noir triptych, Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, and Muscat Canelli here. 243 Healdsburg Ave.,
The tasting room features many varietals but the main reason to go is for the sparkling wines. Open Saturday–Sunday, 11am–5pm. 12700 Hwy. 1, Point Reyes. 415.663.1011.
NAPA COUNTY Casa Nuestra Winery
Inspired by Taittinger’s Château de la Marquetterie of Champagne, this house of premium sparkling wine is a hard-to-miss landmark on the Carneros Highway. Enjoy a private Balcony Package for special occasions or taste sparkling and still wines paired with artisan cheese and caviar
with the masses. Luxury bubbly Le Rêve offers a bouquet of hoary yeast and crème brûlée that just slips away like a dream. 1240 Duhig Road (at Highway 12/121), Napa. Wine flights $15; also available by the glass or bottle. Open 10am–5:45pm. 800.716.2788.
Louis M. Martini Winery Before Mondavi,
Martini was the “King of Cab.” Famed Monte Rosso Cab is the key attraction at this traditional tasting room. 254 St. Helena Hwy., St. Helena. Daily, 10am–6pm. Tasting fee, $15– $20. 45-minute tour, $30. 707.968.3362.
Burgundy scion Jean-Charles Boisset has put his stamp on staid Napa producer. See the Theater of Nature, depicting biodynamics; feel the Corridor of the Senses; luxuriate in the members-only Red Room, party in the gold-plated JCB Room; or just taste good Cab in the club-like Crystal Cellar. 849 Zinfandel Lane, St. Helena. Daily, 10am– 4pm. Fees vary. 707.963.3141.
Robert Mondavi Winery Blessed are the
wine tasters at namesake winery of the icon of Napa icons. The smart money takes the tour. 7801 St. Helena Hwy., Napa. Daily, 10am–5pm. Signature Tour, $30; familyfriendly Discovery Tour, $20. 888.766.6328.
Sequoia Grove A diamond in the rough that’s all polished and ready to kick some booty—not that they’re competitive. Once famed, now clawing back, Sequoia Grove offers shaded redwood picnicking—as you might expect—and wines to take notice of. 8338 St. Helena Hwy., Napa. Daily, 10:30am–5pm. Tasting fee, $15–$30. 707.944.2945. Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars (WC) Their three
estate-grown Cabs are among the most highly regarded in the world. 5766 Silverado Trail, Napa. By appointment. 707.944.2020.
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Zinhead Nation ZAP Zinfandel festival takes the party downtown BY JAMES KNIGHT
or Zinfandel fans, this year is a special kind of leap year: although it’s February, you have not missed the annual bacchanal begun by Zinfandel Advocates and Producers in 1991.
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I’m guessing that Super Bowl 50 nudged ZAP’s 25th anniversary event down the calendar from its usual slot in late January. Also unmoored from its longtime home at San Francisco’s Fort Mason, the event has been peripatetic for the last few years, showing up south of Market and at the Presidio. This year, the grand tasting lands front and center at the new Pier 27, with a trade tasting and other events at the Bently Reserve in the Financial District. But is there still some question whether the event has lost its way? Turning to ZAP co-founder Storybook Mountain Vineyards for perspective, I was scandalized to find they will not attend. In the Fort Mason heyday, they were regulars, but the hard-drinking scene wasn’t their cup of claret, says Colleen Williams, second-generation member of this family winery. But they have no sour grapes over the matter— in fact, Williams says she just recently floated the idea of rejoining the festivities. I hope they do, and I hope that red wine lovers give the revamped fest a try. Here are some Zins that I recently tried: D’Argenzio 2012 Old Vine Chalk Hill Zinfandel ($40) Hit pieces on Zin complain of a lack of elegance in its more porty examples. Here’s a wine with aromas of dark, raisined fruit and port-saturated old barrels as if made from oiled teak; the palate runs with candied liqueur and olallieberry wine flavors until landing firmly on a rubbery mat of tannin. There exists good poise that is not without elegance. Storybook Mountain Vineyards 2012 Mayacamas Range Napa Valley Zinfandel ($37.50) Though no Storybook Zin has repeated quite the same, intoxicating level of sweet spice character as the first that I sampled, all echo that with a refrain of anise and cardamom. A singular blend of dried and crisp, fresh cherry aromas reminds me of amarone, while the palate is amicably shared by tart lingonberry and sweet plum jam. Alexander Valley Vineyards 2012 Sin Zin Zinfandel ($20) The winery’s 35th vintage of a hedonistic classic. Classic boysenberry jam, Mexican chocolate and maybe a little jalapeño pepper jelly. Francis Ford Coppola Director’s Cut Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel ($27) There’s nothing same-old about this “typical” Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel—call it “typicité” and some folks will do somersaults. Plush, warm brambleberry fruit doesn’t overheat the palate. ZAP’s Zinfandel Experience 2016, Feb. 25–27. Tickets start at $80 for the Grand Tasting, Saturday, Feb. 27, at Pier 27, the Embarcadero, San Francisco. Information and tickets at zinfandelexperience.com.
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Graton Rancheria helps restore Tolay Lake’s place in American Indian past—and present BY WILL PARRISH FULL CIRCLE A yellow moon rises over Tolay Lake, site of a historic land-restoration project near Petaluma.
n the second day of 2016, I have gathered with Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria tribal councilmembers Lorelle Ross and Gene Buvelot to observe the southern view from the eastern ridge of Sonoma Mountain, about seven miles east of Petaluma. From this world-at-your-feet platform, the smooth blue expanse of San Pablo Bay rises against San Francisco’s Financial District, with Mt. Diablo and Mt. Tamalpais visible on the water’s fringes.
The main object of these indigenous leaders’ attention, however, is a far smaller body of water that historically occupied a 200-acre depression directly beneath the ridge. For thousands of years, this shallow lake, today known as Tolay, was a sacred gathering place for Coast Miwok people—including the ancestors of Ross and Buvelot. The lake had been, as Graton Rancheria shairman Greg Sarris informed me, a Miwok version of Stanford Medical Center: a place of
extraordinary healing power that called together indigenous people from throughout the region now known as the western United States. In the late 1880s, however, an industrious farmer dynamited the southern berm that held back the lake’s water, draining it to San Pablo Bay. The land became gridded and platted with ranches, cutting off the indigenous people’s access to it. This was one in a long line of deadly and devastating insults against the Miwok. When the
Spanish arrived in the late 18th century, they introduced populationdestroying diseases and incarcerated Coast Miwok and other California natives in crowded, disease-ridden labor camps at missions in Petaluma, San Rafael and Sonoma. The Graton Rancheria’s membership, which includes descendants of the Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo linguistic groups, trace their ancestry to only 14 known survivors of Spanish and U.S. colonization. Their combined pre-contact population had been 20,000–30,000. These cultures’ stubborn endurance, however, ensured that their connection with sacred places was not fully severed. Shortly after the Sonoma County Regional Parks department purchased 1,900 acres that includes Tolay Lake in 2005,
the Graton Rancheria tribal council saw an opportunity—and took it. The councilmembers borrowed $500,000 against their future casino and donated it to the county to support the park. In turn, they gained an influential role in determining everything from trail locations to the restoration techniques the county parks department will rely on to restore the area’s streams and vegetation, and the lake itself. For the Graton Rancheria Indians, the healing place of their ancestors has become an important communal gathering area, and a focal point of healing in an altogether more modern sense. “If you don’t have a connection with the land, you’re lost,” says Ross, who has been a tribal councilmember since 1996, when she was 19 years old. ) 16
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16 Sacred Ground ( 15 “Now we have kids in our tribe who are growing up experiencing revitalization and re-engagement with this place their ancestors took care of.” They are not alone. Throughout the North Bay, the North Coast and multiple other regions of California, indigenous people are reclaiming stewardship of ancestral territories from which they were once violently evicted.
Picking Up the Pieces The struggle of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, as with any sovereign entity, has been defined by access to land. A major turning point occurred in 1851–52, when treaty commissioners, sanctioned by Congress, negotiated 18 agreements setting aside roughly 7.5 million acres of California territory as reservations for 500 indigenous nations whose ancestral land base was being overrun by gold miners and land speculators. But the Senate rejected the treaties and ultimately sealed them. The documents were unsealed more than 50 years later. Amid the resulting public outcry, Congress provided a very modest form of redress, passing legislation authorizing the purchase of small tracts of land called “rancherias” on behalf of “the homeless Indians of California.” In the case of the Graton Rancheria Indians, a 15.5-acre rancheria northwest of Sebastopol was set aside for “the homeless Indians of Tomales Bay, Bodega Bay, Sebastopol, and the vicinities thereof.” Before long, even this small vestige of the Graton Indians’ aboriginal territory was stripped away. In 1958, Congress revoked Graton’s federal recognition (and that of 39 other California tribes), auctioned most of the rancheria land and turned the residents out of their homes—part of a larger push to “terminate” Indian reservations and thereby hasten the people’s assimilation into the dominant U.S. society. “We became like the white man: homeless in our own homeland,” Sarris, the Graton Rancheria chairman, explains.
CONNECTED TO THE LAND Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria tribal citizen Soren RedHawk Calzado helps collect tule at Tolay Lake for use in building a ‘tule kotcha,’ or house structure.
Sarris is a man with an impressive résumé. He is a longtime college professor, author, Hollywood producer and screenwriter. He played a key role in his tribe’s restoration to federal status. In 2000, President Bill Clinton signed into law the Graton Rancheria Restoration Act, which Sarris co-authored. Formerly an English professor at UCLA, he is now the endowed chair of Writing and Native American Studies at Sonoma State University—a position funded by the Graton Rancheria itself. That endowment, as with other tribal line items, is largely made possible by the Graton Resort and Casino, an $800 million monolith in Rohnert Park, on the west side of Highway 101, that opened in 2013. Though the casino originally faced an intense backlash from a segment of the local populace, it has earned support from many critics as the tribe’s intentions have become better known. The tribal council agreed to donate $12 million and $9 million in annual revenue,
respectively, to Rohnert Park and Sonoma County to offset its impact on public services. Along with federal grants, the casino underwrites many social services for tribal members, including housing assistance, healthcare, nutrition and health counseling, a cultural resources library, a language preservation program, and more. Sarris says that, in contrast to the hospitality and wine industries, which he says generally exploit their workers, the casino was built and is operated by union employees who earn above living-wage rates. His tribe is also investing in ecologically minded farms that will employ undocumented people and, pending permission from the county, low-risk prisoners at living wages. Amid this larger social justice agenda, the tribe is working to pick up the pieces of a shattered history—a history fundamentally tied to the landscape. Sarris notes that his people’s entire historical land base, including places like
Tolay and the Laguna de Santa Rosa, are akin to their holy text. “Most of the Bible, if you want to use that analogy, has been destroyed—has been burned,” he says. “All we have are shards of the text, bits and pieces of it. Tolay Lake is a place where we can make a start.” Currently, the park is only open for special events. It will likely open to the public in 2017.
Righting Wrongs Because indigenous cultures are inextricably linked to the lands they have historically inhabited, their survival necessarily depends on preserving those lands, which face countless threats at any given time. In California and beyond, contemporary indigenous people are engaged in battles over mineral rights, water rights, federal recognition, honoring of treaties, repatriation or honorable treatment of sacred sites, healthcare, language preservation and much more. In California alone, there are 109 federally recognized tribes and another 78 that are petitioning
would soon find out that her legacy was very much alive. In 1986, seven tribes from Mendocino and Lake counties formed the InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council, with the intent of acquiring a portion of the Georgia-Pacific land for traditional cultural purposes. After co-founding the Sinkyone Council, Priscilla Hunter of the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians (a federally recognized tribe), and numerous others, led a political and fundraising campaign that involved grants and small donations. In 1997, the InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council land trust became the proud owner of 3,900 acres of rugged and beautiful Sinkyone terrain, establishing the first intertribal wilderness park in the United States. The council’s current executive director, Hawk Rosales, notes that the Sinkyone has been a touchstone of a broader social movement, which focuses on restoring land to indigenous stewardship as a means of protecting the land from industrial activity, while also enhancing it through wise human intervention. “We have shown the world that there is a way in which indigenous people can, and will, return to their role of traditional caretakers on the land when given the opportunity,” Rosales says. There are now at least four other indigenous land trusts in California. In Oakland, for instance, the first women-led, urban land trust in the country formed last year. The Maidu Summit Consortium land trust formed in the early aughts on behalf of Mountain Maidu people in the vicinity of Mt. Lassen. The Mountain Maidu got their breakthrough in the wake of the early-2000s Enron scandal, which forced PG&E into bankruptcy. Since the early 1900s, the utility giant had owned title to one of the tribe’s most sacred areas, Humbug Valley, a miraculously undeveloped 2,000acre meadowy area southwest of Lassen. As part of the bankruptcy proceedings, a state judge ordered the utility giant to relinquish thousands of acres it owned to conservation stewards. In a lengthy process, Mountain Maidu traditionalists demonstrated to the court-appointed ) 18 stewardship council their
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the Bureau of Indian Affairs for recognition, often waiting for decades to receive a verdict. Many others do not bother to apply for recognition at all, often viewing it as a waste of energy and resources. Beth Rose Middleton, associate professor in the department of Native American studies at UC Davis, cites several examples of how even indigenous people who lack federal recognition are finding ways to exercise sovereignty over their original territories. Middleton is the author of Trust in the Land: New Directions in Tribal Conservation, which explores conservation partnerships led by California native nations. In contrast to many conservation land trusts, which prioritize species conservation that diminishes human contact with land, she notes that Native American–led projects focus on restoring humans’ historical role as land stewards. Such projects provide a tangible way “to right historical wrongs and provide long-term protection and enhancement of lands and waters we all depend upon,” Middleton says. California’s first-ever indigenous land trust was born out of a figurative and literal battlefield in the “Redwood Wars.” In the 1980s, large corporate timber firms—including Louisiana-Pacific, Georgia-Pacific (now owned by the Koch Brothers) and Maxxam—were in the process of felling most of the largest remaining redwoods and Douglas firs on their private lands along California’s northern coast. People chained themselves to trees in the heart of a roughly 7,000acre parcel Georgia-Pacific was actively logging, located within the ancestral territory of the Sinkyone people. A lawsuit by the Arcatabased Environmental Protection Information Center, the International Indian Treaty Council and other parties halted the logging operation. Those that protected the forest named the largest stand of old redwoods the Sally Bell Grove, after a Sinkyone Indian woman who had survived a massacre of her people as a young girl in the 1860s. At the outset, many of the forest protectors—transplants from urban life and white, for the most part— might easily have viewed Sally Bell as a token of their struggle. They
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worthiness as stewards of their ancestral land. By 2013, the Maidu Summit Consortium had claimed title to the valley from one of the wealthiest and most powerful corporations in the western United States. In 2014, Maidu Summit consortium executive director Kenneth Holbrook, a 40-year-old Mountain Maidu traditionalist with a broad and boyish smile, led me on a tour through Humbug Valley. It is a remarkably beautiful place, featuring a meadow fringed by tall conifers and a soda spring bubbling out of the ground on one end to help form Yellow Creek, a tributary of the upper Feather River. In 1908, Holbrook’s great uncle was murdered by two California game wardens as he fished near there. Roughly a hundred years later, key support for the consortium’s stewardship proposal came from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, which regards Yellow Creek as one of the most promising areas in the state for native salmon restoration. “We’re all hopeful that the song of the salmon will return to this valley under our people’s stewardship,” Holbrook says. “Getting the land is really the first step.” Hawk Rosales says that recognition of indigenous people’s knowledge of tending the land has broad implications for environmentalists in general. “Among various segments of society, I think we now see an increasing interest in restoring a better relationship with nature,” Rosales says. “But without key principles of ancient traditional tribal knowledge, which honor and protect the many complex interrelationships and functions of the natural world, then the wellintended efforts of non-native groups to restore environmental balance will only go so far.”
Indigenous Stewardship Sonoma County Regional Parks has developed a well-regarded process of consulting with local tribes. Its relationship with the Graton
Rancheria in the management of Tolay Lake Regional Park, however, is entirely unique. “I think this collaboration is a testament to Greg [Sarris] and the tribe, and to the great working relationship we’ve had, even prior to the Tolay project,” says Sonoma County Regional Parks director Caryl Hart. Much of that collaboration involves planning out the land’s restoration. A Graton Rancheria tribal citizen named Peter Nelson, a Ph.D. candidate in UC Berkeley’s department of anthropology, is playing a crucial role in that process. Nelson’s dissertation focuses on the history of human use of the Tolay Lake Regional Park land. “I’m basically speaking the language of ecologists and other scientists in support of what the tribe is doing,” Nelson says. The area surrounding Tolay Lake now consists of open grasslands characterized by non-native annual species such as wild oat, which turns golden in the summer. The land is dotted with cow patties. According to Hart, the agricultural heritage of the land will remain a fixture of the park, allowing for limited grazing. At the time of European contact, the area remained green year-round due to the prevalence of perennial bunch grasses, which the cattle later trampled out. Stands of gnarly live oaks occupy only niche habitats on the Tolay Lake Park grounds today, while they were far more abundant 200 years ago, Nelson says. Shrubs that were once prolific, such as California lilac and California coffeeberry, are now entirely absent. A variety of colorful bulbs, like those in the Brodiaea genus (a staple food source that California Indians actively cultivated), are now consigned to marginal areas. This former abundance of vegetation depended on the Coast Miwok people’s tending practices, Nelson says, particularly their careful use of fire. In oak savannahs, fire removes oak leaves and litter, opens up the soil so that plants can grow faster, helps to control harmful insects and diseases, improves wildlife habitat (by, for example, removing brush from around water sources) and recycles nutrients from the litter into the
soil. That resulting cornucopia of plant life, in turn, supports a greater array of wildlife. The lake itself was also actively managed by indigenous people, Gene Buvelot tells me. Again, Nelson’s research reinforces traditional knowledge. He notes that ecologists and geomorphologists have told him that “the land formation of this valley should not naturally hold water, and there is no evidence of landslides, so there must have been a dam constructed by native people in order for there to have been a lake.”
‘You can’t recreate the past, but you can use the knowledge of the past.’ Even after U.S. colonization, the Coast Miwok continued to conduct multi-day ceremonies at the lake. Warren Moorehead’s 1910 book, The Stone Age in North America, refers to a letter from Petaluma ranching pioneer J. B. Lewis: “When I came here in the early [1850s],” Lewis wrote, “there used to be large numbers of Indians who go by my ranch in the fall, down to the creek to catch sturgeon and dry them, and they always went back by the way of [Tolay Lake] and stayed a day or two and had some kind of powwow. After the lagoon was drained, they never came back.”
Restoring What Was When I visited Tolay Lake, the old lakebed—roughly 200 acres in size—held no standing water. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has developed a plan to restore it with the tribe. “You can’t recreate what once was, but you can use the knowledge of the past as a baseline to imagine and create a space that is of the here and now, as a guide into the future,” Ross says. After leaving Tolay Lake Regional
CalTrans) bulldozed to construct the highway. Buvelot’s grandfather, the locally famed Coast Miwok fisherman William Smith, is largely credited with founding the Bodega Bay fishing industry in the early 1900s. He recalls being eight years old when the Highway Department built an extension of Highway 1 through Bodega Bay—and also through some of his people’s ancestral burial grounds—during the 1950s. As the relics of his ancestors were excavated and cast alongside the highway, he and his relatives scurried around shoving them into burlap sacks, hurrying before the bulldozers returned.
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The Honor of Responsibility As with the rest of Tolay Lake Park land, the Sonoma Land Trust’s new addition consists of beautiful rolling meadows. It sits at the crossroads of highways 37 and 121. And like so many parts of the North Bay, it is a place where industrial civilization’s imperative to expand visibly collides with the need to protect the earth from despoliation and greed. A sprawling new vineyard and a winery are slated for development on one side of the land; the Sonoma Raceway lies on the other. Hundreds of cars course past on Highway 121 in the half-hour we spend there. Ross’ life, like Buvelot’s, has paralleled the larger journey of the Graton Rancheria people. Her grandmother was forced to attend an American-Indian boarding school in Sherman Oaks. When the original, Sebastopol-based Graton Rancheria was terminated, their family held onto a one-acre parcel where Ross’ parents raised her in a small cabin. She says the discrimination and racism she grew up with was more subtle than what her parents experienced. “I feel like I get to live through a time when I have the honor of responsibility,” she says. “There’s not a bounty on my head. I’m not forced to stand at the back of the line due to segregation. It’s a different time. It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t take the privilege I have, which is born from the sacrifices of those that came before me, to try to advance our community.”
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Park, Ross and Buvelot led me on an eastern drive along Highway 37, around the base of Sonoma Mountain. Our destination was a 2,100-acre parcel the Sonoma Land Trust is donating as an addition to the park. Highway 37 itself, the “Lakeville Highway,” gets its name from the former town of Lakeville— which was named for Tolay Lake. We stop at the Sears Point marsh on the edge of San Pablo Bay. As Buvelot notes, the area’s indigenous people formerly maintained themselves on sturgeon, Sacramento hitch and bat rays, which they fished out of the tidal marshes. The abundance of fish is a major reason Sonoma County was home to one of the highest concentration of indigenous people in the Western Hemisphere. But the fish’s habitat was largely destroyed by dikes and dams along the bay’s fringes in the early 1900s. Starting in the 1980s, the Bay Institute and other environmental organizations adopted a program to restore 100,000 acres of these tidal wetlands, which has entailed buying the lands and removing the dikes. By 2006, the 1,000-acre Sears Point area was the proverbial “last hole in the doughnut,” the Bay Institute’s Marc Holmes, a wetlandsrestoration expert, tells me. Ironically, Graton Rancheria had purchased an option on the Sears Point property for $4.7 million, using an advance from their Las Vegas–based casino development funder, Station Partners. The tribe was exploring building its casino there. As soon as they learned of the conservation groups’ intention, however, they donated the purchase option to the Sonoma Land Trust. Finally, in October 2015, tribal members joined environmentalists and regulatory officials in a ceremony where the levy was breached, and water once again washed into an area of crucial habitat that had been drained and dried. Buvelot is one of the most respected elders in North Bay Indian country. His memory is filled with landmarks and watersheds of his people’s historical occupancy of this region. On the way to the levy breach site, he points out a former village site, which the California Highway Department (now
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Barrels of Art
Wine Road celebrates 40 years of promoting and hosting Sonoma wine country events with an art show that brings together local artists and businesses. Coordinating with the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Wine Road hosts ‘The Art of Oak,’ an exhibit of 40 used wine barrels transformed into works of art that vary from paintings to furniture. Each barrel is sponsored by a local business, and many have been purchased, though some are still up for grabs. The list is tight for the show’s preview on Feb. 11, but the public is invited to view the art from Friday, Feb. 12, to Sunday, Feb. 14, at DeLoach Vineyards, 1791 Olivet Road, Santa Rosa. 10am to 5pm each day. Winetasting fees apply. 707.526.9111.
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Northern California’s first fair of the year for over a century, the Cloverdale Citrus Fair is a sweet treat for the whole family that features live music, gourmet chefs, winetasting and activities for all ages. Friday is seniors’ day and crowns the annual Citrus Fair Queen. Saturday is parade day, taking the action to the streets of downtown Cloverdale. Saturday and Sunday also feature a musical revue, “Shipwrecked,” performed by the Cabaret Players. Monday, President’s Day, is for the kids, with circus antics, magic and more, capped off by the orange-juicing championships. Fair rides, exhibitors and classic concessions round out the sweet weekend, taking place Friday, Feb. 12, to Monday, Feb. 15, at Cloverdale Fairgrounds, 1 Citrus Fair Drive, Cloverdale. $5–$7 general admission. 707.894.3992.
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They look utterly adorable, but the fact is the harbor seals and other marine mammals at Goat Rock State Beach suffer more from human (and unleashed dog) interaction than anything else. For 30 years, the Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods have monitored and protected those seals under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. With pupping season upon us, the stewards are offering a pinnipeds (seals) presentation and seal-watch training this weekend. First, hear marine ecology expert Sarah Allen speak on the latest news concerning seals and sea lions, then learn how you can help protect them on Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Bodega Bay Fire Station, 510 Hwy. 1, Bodega. Talk ($20), 9am; orientation, 1pm. Registration required. 707.869.9177.
If there’s anyone you can trust to be indiscreet about his or her indiscretions, it’s a writer. This weekend, the Sonoma Writers’ Workshop celebrates the long, storied tradition of spilling the beans with a reading event titled Kiss & Tell. Featured writers include authors and Bohemian contributors Jonah Raskin (Marijuanaland) and Daedalus Howell (Quantum Deadline) as well as A. J. Petersen, Stacey Tuel and Lisa Summers. Each contributor will share new original poetry and fiction based on the romantic theme, and after the show, members of the community are invited to share their own themed stories. The telling event happens on Saturday, Feb. 13, at Bump Wine Cellars, 521 Broadway, Ste. A, Sonoma. 7pm. 707.228.9214.
DIGITAL ORGAN Punk-rock prodigy Cameron Carpenter brings his innovative organ music to the Green Music Center on Friday, Feb. 12. See Concert listings, p25.
LUTHIER EXTRAORDINAIRE ‘This is the most exciting time in music that I’ve seen since the late ’60s,’ says John Knutson.
John Knutson has made a life of crafting, playing guitars BY CHARLIE SWANSON
et me show you a couple of instruments to pique your interest,” says John Knutson, reaching for the cases at his feet, “so you can get a feel for what I do.”
Seated in the corner of a noisy Santa Rosa cafe, Knutson pulls out his go-to instrument, a 1940s-style archtop electric/acoustic guitar he calls Nightlife with a smooth black finish. Next, he unveils a Songbird
archtop acoustic mandolin that’s shaped like a small jazz guitar, complete with cutaways in the body, and strums a few notes. Knutson not only plays these instruments as a member of the Susan Comtock Swingtet and his own band, Shake the Blues, he built both by hand from his shop in Forestville. The owner and sole employee at Knutson Luthiery since 1981, the 67-year-old has designed and built over 370 such instruments over the course of his career.
“My whole interest in building was music-based,” Knutson says. He grew up listening to Elvis on the radio and watching Duke Ellington on TV. His first guitar was a Sears acoustic steel string, and Knutson immediately began tinkering with it. After a wood technology class at San Francisco State, he says he’s been eating, drinking and dreaming guitars ever since. “I’ve always designed and built my own instruments from day one,” he says. Knutson’s designs
eventually caught the eye of musicians like bluegrass mandolin legend David Grisman, and ever since, his business has been built solely on word-of-mouth. Today, Knutson’s list of clients includes David Lindley, David Miller, (Asleep at the Wheel), Jimmy Fulbright (Oak Ridge Boys) and Chris Wyse (Mick Jagger, Ozzy Osbourne). His most popular design is the Messenger upright bass, a compact standup that sounds natural either acoustic or electric, and is small enough for traveling musicians to take on a plane. Knutson is seeing a resurgence in the mandolin, spurred by a new brand of Americana. “To me, this is the most exciting time in music that I’ve seen since the late ’60s,” says Knutson. “What’s happening now, what I call porch punk—it’s very exciting because it’s vital. It has a lot of energy and truth and politics. And like the ’60s, it’s being followed by a wave of progressive political energy in a time when it’s greatly needed. In 10 years, nobody will recognize the world we’re in. And that inspires me.” Last year, Knutson assembled his bevy of instruments and recruited Grisman and bassist Bill Fouty to record his debut solo album, Shake the Blues, a collection of 13 original songs, written over Knutson’s lifetime, that highlight his musicianship and finely crafted instruments. Though Knutson admits his production pace is slowing, he’s got no plans to retire from his craft. “I’ll probably die with a chisel in my hand and a smile on my face.”
Knutson plays with the Susan Comstock Swingtet on Saturday, Feb 13, at French Garden, 8050 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol. 7pm. Free. For more info on his guitars, visit knutsonluthiery.com.
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HEARTFELT Helen (Laura Jorgensen), left, and Elsa (Ilana Niernberger) talk it out in ‘The Road to Mecca.’
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Set in a tiny South African community in 1974, Athol Fugard’s three-actor The Road to Mecca, running at Main Stage West, was inspired by the life of Afrikaans artist Helen Martins, but takes fictional flights of fancy as fanciful as the cement sculptures of owls and camels Martins surrounded her house with. Martins (Laura Jorgensen) a lapsed Christian, is feeling the encroaching darkness that first inspired her to fill her yard with such self-made creatures, and to cram her home with
mirrors, mosaics and candles. Frail and uncertain, Helen considers relocating to a churchrun retirement home, a move supported by her one-time minister, Marius (John Craven), who secretly loves her and worries about her soul. Opposing the notion is Martins’ schoolteacher friend Elsa (Ilana Niernberger), a strong supporter of Martins and a fierce opponent of the church, who arrives from the city in a state of deep sadness and barely controlled rage, the reasons for which take most of the play to reveal themselves. The resulting three-way showdown unfolds in gradual waves of emotion, revelation, self-recognition and a sense of heartbreaking and hard-won resolve. The set, designed by director Elizabeth Craven and David Lear, is a marvel. It’s as much a character as everyone else in the play, a marvelous, thoughtful, deeply complex and human examination of the power of light, outside and in. Rating (out of 5): Mirrors are equally prominent in Theresa Rebeck’s one-woman comedy-drama Bad Dates, running at Cinnabar Theater. Starring Jennifer King and directed by Molly Noble, this is a ferociously funny rollercoaster of a show, in which a hard-working New York restaurant manager prepares herself for a series of dates, few of which turn out the way she hopes. Observing her reflection as she tries on an array of outfits, King’s marvelously performed “long night of the soul” includes hilarious descriptions of each date-gone-wrong, as she realizes that finding a person to love won’t happen until she finally figures out what she really wants, and who she really is. ‘Road to Mecca’ runs Thursday– Sunday, through Feb. 21 at Main Stage West. 104 N. Main St., Sebastopol. Thursday–Saturday, 8pm; 5pm matinee, Sunday. $15–$27. 707.823.0177. ‘Bad Dates’ runs through Feb. 21 at Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. Friday–Saturday, 8pm; Sunday matinee, 2pm. $25–$35. 707.763.8920
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here isn’t an aspect of superhero lore that isn’t rubbished by the action-comedy Deadpool. By the lights of this decade’s movie making, that’s a lot of rubbishing.
The nocturnal sacrifice of Batman; the touching shyness of the Thing; Superman’s crushing sense of responsibility—all the noble qualities these movies usually ask us to honor are tossed aside in favor of mindless, speedy sadism. Deadpool is all about the importance of quipping while killing. It’s the kind of movie that comes along when a genre is running out of ideas and patience. Wade (Ryan “the Arch-Bro” Reynolds) was once a violent mercenary, temporarily redeemed from his cruel life by love for a prostitute, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin). Seeking a solution for terminal cancer, Wade is fried in a genetic hyperbaric chamber by a vicious criminal mastermind known as Ajax (Ed Skrein). When the DNA fixing is all done, Wade looks like a pizza. A thoroughly disfigured but nigh immortal vigilante with mutant healing skills, Deadpool claims, “I’m not the hero; I’m the bad guy who fucks up worse guys.” Carrying samurai swords and a pistol, this zany maniac busts heads while breaking the fourth wall, an amazing novelty for those who never saw Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. During his mission, he’s forced into partnership with a (relatively) sane pair: Brianna Hildebrand as the sulky yet explosive Negasonic Teenage Warhead, and the X-Man known as Colossus, a big, oversincere hulk of living chrome. Deadpool is as laughable as it is mean, but it’s strange how one starts to respond to a half-coalesced moment of moral centering, in what’s supposed to be a boring speech by Colossus. What’s so funny about justice and mercy? Director Tim Miller’s frankness about how much of a superhero farrago Deadpool is can be caught from the titles, which literally claim “Starring Some Douchebag” and “Produced by Asshats.” How can you not applaud such truth in advertising? Yet how exactly would they characterize their audience? ‘Deadpool’ opens Feb. 11 in wide release in the North Bay.
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kiffle is as a blend of jazz, blues and roots music dating back to the early 20th century that’s often homemade and improvised. And for musician and bandleader Farmer Dave Scher, it’s also a way of life.
“I think the idea of skiffle and the function it serves in the human story appears again and again in all kinds of cultures,” says Scher by phone from his home in Los Angeles. “There’s something cobbled together, something unpredictable, there’s a certain disregard for propriety that ensures beauty, fun, truth, authenticity and some good sounds.” With that mindset, Scher, a keyboardist whose previous bands include alt-country outfit Beachwood Sparks, formed the
Skiffle Players with indie songwriter Cass McCombs, guitarist Neal Casal (Chris Robinson Brotherhood), bassist Dan Horne and Beachwood Sparks drummer Aaron Sperske. The ensemble’s debut album, Skifflin’, comes out Friday, Feb. 12, and the group performs live in the North Bay on Feb. 15 at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley. “The idea is to work with what you have. It’s not about polish and procedure, it’s scrappy,” says Scher. “It’s a reflection of the human spirit, and the human spirit cannot be bought and sold.” The players were originally assembled in Big Sur as a backing band for McCombs, who’s been a close friend of Scher since 2004. “The vocabulary was good, the camaraderie was good,” says Scher of that initial performance. “We decided to pop into the studio, and we got about two albums worth of stuff in three days. It was like an old car or something—it started right up.” Scher sees that ease with which the band created as the essence of skiffle. Without contrivance, the accomplished musicians each let forth a flow of roots-inspired music that ranges from moody to whimsical. “The guys I’m playing with have a lot of knowledge and really go back with songs and stories from the past,” says Scher. “I’ve learned a lot from them over time.” Pairing that massive collection of recorded tunes into their debut full-length, Skifflin’ is a record that covers a lot of melodic territory, from traditional blues to stark Southern folk and more. Many songs on the album prominently feature a repetitive hook, with McCombs singing sonorously over a weeping lap pedal steel-guitar solo. Other tracks nearly verge on honky-tonk, with barroom pianos and blazing harmonicas. Collected together, Skifflin’ is a satisfying road trip through the Americana landscape. “Skiffle is an open invitation, without limitations,” says Scher. “We cover as much ground as we can, because that’s what makes it so fun—sort of like you’re jumping from one box car to the next.” The Skiffle Players show their stuff on Monday, Feb. 15, at Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 8pm. $22–$25. 415.485.9555.
Concerts Clubs & SONOMA COUNTY Venues Cameron Carpenter & the International Touring Organ Going against classical organ music stereotypes, the young and edgy performer plays futuristic and wild compositions with his custom-built instrument. Feb 12, 7:30pm. $35 and up. Green Music Center, 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, 866.955.6040.
Matisyahu California Roots presents a Valentine’s evening concert with the smooth reggae star. Feb 14, 8:30pm. $30-$35. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.
MARIN COUNTY Love Songs The College of Marin Performing Arts & Drama department presents a fundraising revue directed by Paul Smith and emceed by James Dunn. Feb 13-14. $20. College of Marin Kentfield Campus, 835 College Ave, Kentfield. 415.485.9555.
The Skiffle Players Eclectic roots ensemble features songwriter Cass McCombs and musicians Farmer Dave Scher, Neal Casal, Dan Horne and Aaron Sperske. Feb 15, 8pm. $22-$25. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.1100.
Stanley Jordan A solo performance from the guitar virtuoso, who uses a unique two hand-tapping technique in crafting his jazz fusion. Feb 13, 8pm. $32. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael. 415.524.2773.
NAPA COUNTY Valentine’s Night with Carlos Reyes The world-renowned violinist and harpist plays two romantic sets of music. Feb 14, 6 and 8:30pm. $25. Silo’s, 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.
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Feb 12, Mike Z & the Benders. Feb 13, the Tonewoods. 95 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.576.7765.
Annie O’s Music Hall
Feb 12, BassLov3. Feb 13, “Heartbeats & Bass Valentine’s Eve” with Nico Luminous. 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.542.1455.
Feb 11, Sonoma Strings. Feb 12, Tito & the Harmonic Three. Feb 13, the Bee Rays with Amy Hogan. Feb 14, 2pm, Gary Vogensen’s Sunday Ramble. Feb 17, West Coast Songwriters Competition. 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.
Corkscrew Wine Bar
Feb 12, Stefani Keys. Feb 13, Junk Parlor. 100 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.789.0505.
Dry Creek Kitchen
Feb 15, Greg Hester and Jim Passarell Duo. Feb 16, Noam Lemish and Miles Wick Duo. 317 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.431.0330.
First Congregational United Church of Christ
Feb 13, 2pm, Valentine Cabaret with Evelyn McFadden and others. 2000 Humboldt St, Santa Rosa. 707.318.5417.
Feb 12, SugarFoot. Feb 13, Salsa Band. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.
Feb 12, Mean Girls with Lungs and Limbs and Oddjob Ensemble. 6250 Front St, Forestville. 707.887.2594.
Tues, Open Didgeridoo Clinic. Wed, Open Mic. 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.
Feb 12, the Ruminators. Feb 13, Valentine’s Eve with Susan Comstock Swingtet. 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.2030.
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Feb 12, Jen Tucker. Feb 13, Gypsy Cafe. 3688 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental. 707.874.9037.
The Big Easy
Feb 10, Tracy Rose and friends. Feb 11, the Mad Men Organ Trio. Feb 12, the Artists Salon presents Love: a Musical Journey. Feb 13, Just Like Heaven and Debased. Feb 14, Amy Glynn with Rob Evans Quartet. Feb 16, the American Alley Cats. Feb 17, Bruce Gordon & the Acrosonics. 128 American Alley, Petaluma. 707.776.4631.
Feb 13, the Grain. 16 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.766.8162.
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Feb 12, DJ Cal. Feb 13, DJ Isak. 400 First St E, Sonoma. 707.938.7110.
Cellars of Sonoma
Feb 11, Greg Yoder. Feb 12, John Pita. Feb 13, Clay Bell. 133 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.578.1826.
Feb 14, To Rome with Love. 3333 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.763.8920.
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Feb 10, Gaian String Trio. Feb 11, Gypsy jazz jam. Feb 17, El Tocte. 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491.
Green Music Center
Feb 14, 3pm, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra with Susan Graham. 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, 866.955.6040.
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Feb 13, 3pm, Musicians from the Valley of the Moon Music Festival. 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, 866.955.6040.
Hermann Sons Hall
Feb 12, “Una Serata Speciale” with Tatiana Semichastnaya. 860 Western Ave, Petaluma. 707.762.9962.
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Feb 11, Eufórquestra. Feb 12, Pepperland. Feb 14, Whole Lotta Love burlesque night. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.
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Feb 12, David Thom. Feb 13, Hand Me Down. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.
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Jamison’s Roaring Donkey
Feb 12, the Sam Chase & the Untraditional and Marty O’Reilly. Feb 13, Flanelhed and Fantasia. 146 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.772.5478.
Lagunitas Tap Room
Feb 10, the Rosetown Ramblers. Feb 11, One Grass, Two Grass. Feb 12, Growwler. Feb 13, the Heaters. Feb 14, Edge of Town. Feb 17, the Gentlemen Soldiers. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.
Mc T’s Bullpen
Feb 13, 2pm, the River City Band. Feb 14, 4pm, Jhonny Be Good. Feb 14, 8pm, George Heagerty & Never the Same. 16246 First St, Guerneville. 707.869.3377.
Monroe Dance Hall
Feb 13, the Poyntlyss Sistars. 1400 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.529.5450.
Murphy’s Irish Pub
Feb 11, Dave Hamilton and friends. Feb 12, Tony & Dawn. Feb 13, Mostly Simply Bluegrass. 464 First St E, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.
Feb 10, Antsy McClain & the Troub Trio. Feb 12, the English Beat. Feb 13, Wonderbread 5. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.
Petaluma Historical Library & Museum
Feb 14, 3pm, ‘Music Inspired by Love’ Valentine’s Day classical concert. 20 Fourth St, Petaluma. 707.778.4398.
Feb 13, Foxes in the Henhouse. Feb 14, 6pm, Irish jam session. Feb 17, Irish set dancing. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.
Rio Nido Roadhouse
Feb 13, Dgiin. 14540 Canyon 2 Rd, Rio Nido. 707.869.0821.
Feb 11, Paint Night at Rossi’s. Feb 12, Kingsborough acoustic. Feb 13, Lee Presson & the Nails pre-Valentine’s show. Feb 14, the Poyntlyss Sistars Valentine’s Day Party. 401 Grove St, Sonoma. 707.343.0044.
Ruth McGowan’s Brewpub Feb 13, Hilary Marckx.
131 E First St, Cloverdale. 707.894.9610.
Feb 13, 5pm, Valentine’s Gala with the Honey Dippers. 1100 Valley House Dr, Rohnert Park. 707.665.0260.
Sebastopol Community Center
Feb 13, 6:30pm, Peaceroots Alliance Valentine celebration with he Farm Band and the Soulshine Blues Band. 390 Morris St, Sebastopol. 707.874.3176.
The Temple at Hummingbird Hill Nursery
Feb 12, Jens Jarvie & the Heart Wide Open. 1296 Tilton Rd, Sebastopol. 707.829.9225.
The Tradewinds Bar Feb 13, Ocho Osos. 8210 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7878.
Feb 13, Addicted Valentine’s weekend with DJ Crisp and DJ Burt. 1910 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.843.5535.
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
Feb 14, 3pm, Symphony Pops: Love Is a Many Splendored Thing. 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.
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Feb 13, North Indian classical music with Manik Khan and others. 215 West End Ave, San Rafael. 415.454.6372.
Community Congregational Church Feb 12, My Foolish Heart with Carl Oser and Scott DeTurk. 145 Rock Hill Dr, Tiburon.
Feb 13, “Sweethearts of the Radio” KWMR traditional concert. 503 B St, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.
Fairfax Community Church
Saxophone Quartet. 72 Kensington Rd, San Anselmo. 415.456.3713.
Feb 10, open mic with B Sharp. Feb 13, Sara Laine. Feb 14, Cabaret D’Amour with Moana Diamond. Feb 17, open mic with Jimmy Kraft. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200.
19 Broadway Club
Feb 11, Aram Danesh & Austin deLone. Feb 12, Donna Eagle Band with the Rhythm Addicts. Feb 13, Heath De Fount-Haberlin’s Band. Feb 14, Valentine’s Bash. Feb 16, Eddie Neon Band. 17 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.
No Name Bar
Feb 10, Tracy Ruggles. Feb 11, Gail Muldrow Blues Band. Feb 12, Michael Aragon Quartet. Feb 13, No Name Allstars. Feb 14, Doug Nichols and friends. Feb 15, Kimrea & the Dreamdogs. Feb 17, Jimi James Band. 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.1392.
Feb 10, Jonathan Poretz. Feb 11, Jeff Denson’s Open Sky. Feb 12, Hippopotamus Trio. Feb 13, Ken Cook Trio. Feb 14, Passion Habanera. Feb 16, Parker Grant. Feb 17, Noam Lemish Trio. 37 Caledonia St, Sausalito. 415.331.9355.
Panama Hotel Restaurant
Feb 10, DownLow Duo. Feb 11, Wanda Stafford. Feb 16, Swing Fever. Feb 17, Todos Santos. 4 Bayview St, San Rafael. 415.457.3993.
Peri’s Silver Dollar
Mon, Billy D’s open mic. Feb 10, the New Sneakers. Feb 11, Mark’s Jamm Sammich. Feb 12, Afroholix. Feb 13, El Radio Fantastique. Feb 14, Matt Bolton. Feb 16, Fresh Baked Blues & Waldo’s Special. Feb 17, the Elvis Johnson Soul Revue. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.
Presidio Yacht Club
Feb 14, 6:30pm, Valentines benefit dance with the Rhythm Addicts. 2398 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. 415.454.6085.
Feb 13, Festival Speed with Myrtle Lane and Minus Mary. Fort Baker, Sommerville Rd, Sausalito. 415.332.2319.
Feb 11, Miles Ahead. Feb 13, Zebop. Feb 14, 6:30pm, “For the Love of You” with Next Phase. Feb 16, Olivia Davis. 919 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.813.5600.
Feb 12-13, Petty Theft. Feb 14, Valentine’s Day with Le Jazz Hot. 1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.
First Presbyterian Church of San Anselmo
Feb 12, Chime Travelers. Feb 13, Lilan Kane & James Harman. Feb 14, Lady D. 250 Entrada Dr, Novato. 415.883.9477.
Feb 13, 8pm, “Love & Sax” with David Henderson and Premiere
Feb 11, Judy Hall Quartet. Feb 12, Marinfidels. Feb 13, Valentine’s celebration with Roberta Donnay & the Prohibition Mob Band. Feb 14, 5pm, Valentine’s salsa with Julio Bravo y Salsabor. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito. 415.331.2899.
Smiley’s Schooner Saloon
Feb 12, MKC. Feb 13, the Coffis Brothers. Feb 14, Amber Cross. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311.
Sweetwater Music Hall
Feb 10, Peter Bradley Adams and Molly Parden. Feb 11, Jorma Kaukonen. Feb 12, Bob Weir and friends. Sold-out. Feb 13, Matisyahu. Feb 14, Jon Cleary. Feb 16, Griffin House and Sean McConnell. Feb 17, Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.1100.
Feb 10, Brian Rashap and friends. Feb 10, Lettuce. Sold-out. Feb 11, Danny Click & Hanger. Feb 11, Phil Lesh and friends celebrate 1983. Sold-out. Feb 12, Dead Winter Carpenters with Cold & In the Bay. Feb 12, Top 40 Friday with Stu Allen, Scott Law & the Terrapin All-Stars. Feb 13, Anti Valentine’s: Songs of Broken Hearts with the Terrapin All-Stars. Feb 14-15, Phil Lesh and friends. Sold-out. Feb 15, Grateful Mondays with Stu Allen. Feb 16, “Stuesdays” with Stu Allen and friends. Feb 17, the Terrapin Family Band with Elliott Peck. 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael. 415.524.2773.
Unity in Marin
Feb 17, Sound Healing with Rene Jenkins. 600 Palm Dr, Novato.
NAPA COUNTY Downtown Joe’s Brewery & Restaurant Feb 11, Jimmy James. Feb 12, Levi Lloyd & the 501 Blues Band. Feb 13, Jinx Jones. Feb 17, the Sorry Lot. 902 Main St, Napa. 707.258.2337.
Feb 11, JourneyDay and friends. Feb 13, Kellie Fuller and Mike Greensill Duo. Feb 17, Mike Annuzzi. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.
Feb 10, Tom Duarte. Feb 11, Dan
Record Breaking Larry Livermore reads from punk-rock memoir When punk-rock musician and journalist Larry Livermore first adopted the Lookout moniker for a small-run magazine in the early ’80s, punk was still underground. Little did Livermore know the role he would play in bringing the genre into the mainstream—and the hardships that would ensue. Turning the magazine into a record label in 1987, Livermore moved from his base in the mountains of Mendocino County and set up shop in Berkeley, where Lookout Records would become synonymous with the East Bay punk scene that boasted the Gillman Street venue and bands like Operation Ivy. In 1988, Livermore saw a young band by the name of Green Day, at that time going by the name Sweet Children, playing an afternoon show, and signed them to Lookout. After two albums and several EPs, Green Day went on to sell millions of records on major labels. In spite of his successes, Livermore struggled to keep control and ultimately left Lookout in 1997, but he has remained an influential journalist and author documenting the punk scene. Last year, Livermore released his rock and roll memoir, How to Ru(i)n a Record Label, which he reads from on Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Last Record Store, 1899-A Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 2pm. Free. Books available for sale. 707.525.1963.—Charlie Swanson
and Margarita. Feb 13, Party of Three. Feb 14, Tom Duarte. Feb 17, Bob Castell. 1040 Clinton St, Napa. 707.255.6646.
White Barn Feb 13, Mark Taylor’s flamenco Valentine. 2727 Sulphur Springs Ave, St Helena. 707.987.8225.
Arts Events Feb 11
DeLoach Vineyards, “Art of Oak,” featuring 40 used wine barrels turned into works of art by 40 local artists in celebration of Wine Road’s 40th anniversary. 4pm. 1791 Olivet Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.526.9111.
Art Works Downtown, “Climate Change,” several artists open the dialogue on this timely issue with their art. 5pm. “It’s a Beautiful Day for a Watercolor,” special exhibit and art sale features watercolors by Ronald and Suzanne Bean. 5pm. 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.451.8119. 1108 Gallery, “Peer to Peer Tobacco Education Art Exhibit,” presented by Bay Area Community Resources and Community Action Marin. 5pm. 1108 Tamalpais Ave, San Rafael. 415.454.1249. Quercia Gallery, “New Paintings by Inna Talantova,” Soviet Union native now living in the Russian River valley shows her latest plein air paintings. 3pm. 25193 Hwy 116, Duncans Mills. 707.865.0243.
Galleries SONOMA COUNTY Chroma Gallery Through Mar 5, “Small Works Show,” ninth annual show features several galleries in the SOFA arts district displaying works no larger than a square foot. 312 South A St, Santa Rosa. 707.293.6051.
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.
Sebastopol Center for the Arts, “Abstract,” juried show with over 60 works joins sculpture exhibit “Biodiversity: A Closer Look,” and mixed media show from Christie Marks titled “Spellbound: Morocco from Photos to Easel.” 6pm. 282 S High St, Sebastopol. 707.829.4797.
The Back House Gallery at Heebe Jeebe, “Glittersweet,” a show dedicated to the late David Bowie features works with glitter. 7pm. 46 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.773.3222.
Marin Society of Artists, “1515,” celebrating their new location, the society shows works from its talented artist members in a wide range of media. 2pm. 1515 Third St, San Rafael. 415.464.9561. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, “The Floyd Family Traveling Picture Show,” featuring two generations of work from San Geronimo photographers Harlan and Hank Floyd. 4pm. 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo. 415.488.8888.
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 Through Feb 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.
Fulton Crossing Through Feb 29, “February Art Show,” Alanna Tillman’s exhibit of acrylic paintings, Craig
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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 Mar 15, “The Art of Jonnie Chrystal,” Santa Rosa artists displays her wildlife and farm life works. 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. Lunch and dinner, MonSat; lunch and brunch, Sun. 707.544.2491.
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.
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. Tues-Sun, 11 to 4. 707.579.1500.
My Daughter the Framer
Through Feb 29, “Botanicals, Birds & Butterflies,” Sonoma County colored-pencil artists Vi Strain, Elizabeth Peyton and Nancy Wheeler Klippert show detailed depictions of nature’s subjects. 637 4th St, Santa Rosa. Daily, 10 to 5:30. 707.542.3599.
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Sonoma Community Center
Through Feb 26, “Andrews Hall Renovation 2013,” Owen Orser presents a photographic tribute to the center’s recent renovations. 276 E
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Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Through Mar 6, “Contemplative Elements,” Sonoma artists Danae Mattes and Frances McCormack split the museum with “Between Nature and Technology” exhibit from New Orleans artists Courtney Egan and David Sullivan. 551 Broadway, Sonoma. Wed-Sun, 11 to 5. 707.939.SVMA.
MARIN COUNTY Bay Model Visitor Center Through Mar 5, “Traces,” San Francisco photographer Elena Sheehan shows her abstract images of rocks and water, shot in Greece and in the San Francisco Bay Area. 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.3871.
Through Feb 28, “For the Love of Art,” group show of oil and acrylic paintings by local artists. 2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. 415.453.8092.
Gallery Route One
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.
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.
Seager Gray Gallery
Through Feb 28, “Material Matters,” third annual exploration of the interactions of artists with their materials features several local artists in various media. 108 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley.
Through Feb 28, “Ellen Litwiller Solo Show,” the artists’
paintings of moons of our Solar System are on display through the month. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.
comedy. Wed, 7pm. through Feb 17. $20/week. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, 415.383.9600.
Zener Schon Contemporary Art
Through Mar 19, “Reconstructed Abstractions of the Urban Experience,” charged exhibition of new paintings and works on paper by Bay Area expressionists Carly Ivan Garcia and Benito Rangel de Maria. 23 Sunnyside Ave, Mill Valley. 415.738.8505.
NAPA COUNTY Caldwell Snyder Gallery Through Feb 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.
Napa Valley Museum
Through Mar 30, “Recognition,” Chris Thorson’s sculpture deceives the eye by mimicking everyday objects, from keys to fruit, that often evade everyday regard. Through Mar 27, “Trashed and Treasured,” features work from Recology’s significant collection of alumni artists. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. Tues-Sun, 10 to 4. 707.944.0500.
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Winner of America’s Funniest People and the Lucky Eagle Comedy Competition headlines a night of standup, with guests Kellen Erskine nad Ellis Scherer. Feb 13, 8pm. $20-$25. Trek Winery, 1026 Machin Ave, Novato, 415.899.9883.
Best of the San Francisco Stand-Up Comedy Competition
The hilarious Don Friesen headlines. Feb 13-14, 8pm. $30. Marin Center Showcase Theatre, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, 415.499.6800.
Follow the Thread
Improv workshops for novice, beginning and experienced actors, improvisers and comedians.Talented and professional educators draw from their cumulative experience as they skillfully blend the crafts of acting, improvisation and sketch
Foundation host a pet adoption event. Feb 13, 11am. Town Center Corte Madera, 100 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera, 415.924.2961.
A rude Valentine’s comedy special with improv group Evil Comedy and standups Chris Ferdinandson and Nate Pena. Mature content. Feb 12, 8pm. $10. Arlene Francis Center, 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa, 707.528.3009.
I Carry Your Heart
Valentine’s Comedy Show
Celebrating all things philosophic and esoteric, Valentine’s themed day features several guest speakers providing insightful and thought provoking presentations on art, healing and meditation. Feb 13, 9am. $48-$58. Scottish Rite Center, 600 Acacia Ln, Santa Rosa, www.rosicrucian.org.
Get a valentine of comedy, music and magic with Mary Carouba, Regina Stoops, Alfred the Magician and special guests. Feb 14, 7:30pm. $10. Gaia’s Garden, 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, 707.544.2491.
Events Art of Love
“Sunday Salon” event includes poetry, music, potluck dinner, dance and art to celebrate love. Feb 14, 5pm. $10-$20. O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, 415.388.4331.
Bay Model Volunteer Orientation Be a part of the Center with several volunteer positions available. Get info at this orientation. Feb 11, 10am. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito, 415.332.3871.
Beginning & Intermediate Ukulele Classes
Come and learn to play the ukulele from teacher Fred Riley or continue learning if you are already playing. Space is limited, registration recommended. Wed, 12:30pm. through Feb 10. $35-$40. Whistlestop, 930 Tamalpais Ave, San Rafael.
Center Literary Cafe
Meeting of poets, writers and artists with rotating speakers and readings. Second Wed of every month, 7pm. Healdsburg Senior Center, 133 Matheson St, Healdsburg.
Cloverdale Citrus Fair Family fun returns to Cloverdale with citrus sculptures, livestock activities and live entertainment. Feb 12-15. $5-$7. Cloverdale Fairgrounds, 1 Citrus Fair Dr, Cloverdale.
Find the One You Love Corte madera and the Milo
Popular Valentine Card making includes, Victorian, pop-up and other surprising designs. Feb 13, 2pm. Free. Napa Valley Museum, 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville, 707.944.0500.
A Mystical Day
Paws for Love Gala
Art done by shelter animals highlights a night of music, drinks and auctions benefiting Paws for Love. Feb 13, 6pm. $40-$50. Finley Community Center, 2060 W College Ave, Santa Rosa, 707.543.3737.
Sonoma County Art Auction
Silent auction featuring art works of Jonny Hirschmugl and Justin Ringlein, with wine tasting and live musical performances by Royal Jelly Jive and Bill Wild. Feb 13, 5pm. $20. Scoggins Wines, 111 Goodwin Ave, Penngrove, (707) 992-5125.
Valentine’s Book Swap
Bring a favorite book that features a love story to swap and be ready to mingle and meet other book lovers. Feb 12, 5:30pm. $12. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, 415.927.0960.
Valentine’s Day Celebration at Marin Country Mart
Festivities for the whole family include sugar cookie decorating, creative reuse art project, old-fashioned photo stand, face painting, pony rides and live music. Feb 13, 9am. Marin Country Mart, 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur.
Field Trips Beads, Baubles & Found Treasures
Rangers provide instruction
in the ancient Viking skill of Nalbinding, a technique similar to knitting or crocheting. Bring a found item like a sea shell and get creative on the beach. Feb 17, 11am. McNear’s Beach Park, Cantera Way, San Rafael, marincountyparks.org.
Led by Madrone Audubon Soicety. Feb 17, 8:30am. Bodega Head, East Shore Road, Bodega Bay, 707.546.1812.
Birds & Botany
Learn about local birds and plants while wandering though 25 acres of the world-famous Asian woodland garden. Feb 13, 10am. $15. Quarryhill Botanical Gardens, 12841 Hwy 12, Glen Ellen.
Birds at Las Gallinas
Get close looks at a variety of waterfowl, plus there are usually plenty of hawks. Feb 11, 10am. Las Gallinas Sanitary District water treatment ponds, 310 Smith Ranch Rd, San Rafael, marincountyparks.org.
Family Nature Hike
Join Sugarloaf Docent Bob Long for an introduction to Sugarloaf Park and its natural wonders. Feb 15, 10am. Free. Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood, 707.833.5712.
Fungi Fun for Kids
Bring the young ones to learn all the weird and wondrous facts of local mushrooms. Registration required. Feb 14, 1pm. Saddle Mountain Preserve, Cleland Ave, Santa Rosa, landpaths.org.
Love & Romance in Nature
Spend Valentine’s Day exploring the amorous adventures of the natural world. Feb 14, 10am. Loma Alta Fire Rd, Lucas Valley Rd W, San Rafael, marincountyparks.org.
Presidents Weekend Stand Up Paddle
Dress up as your favorite U.S. president and enjoy a familyfriendly paddle board race for all ages Feb 13, 8am. McNear’s Beach Park, Cantera Way, San Rafael, marincountyparks.org.
Film Adam’s Rib
The Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn-starring 1949 courtroom drama screens as part of the Vintage Film Series. Feb 15, 7pm. Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St E, Sonoma, 707.996.9756.
Film & First Person History
Screening of the short film “A Regular Bouquet” is followed by a talk by Charles Prickett, who speaks on his experience as a Civil Rights activist in 1960s Mississippi. Feb 11, 7pm. $10. Arlene Francis Center, 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa, 707.528.3009.
Occupy Sonoma County presents this film on GMOs with a discussion. Feb 15, 7pm. residence, 883 Sonoma Ave, Santa Rosa, 707.877.6650.
Petaluma Cinema Series
Petaluma Film Alliance hosts a screening of a recent, criticallyacclaimed film, with preshow lecture and post-show discussion. Wed through May 18. SRJC Petaluma Campus, 680 Sonoma Mtn Pkwy, Petaluma, 707.778.3974.
Food & Drink Almost Valentines’s Spanish Night with Gerard’s Paella
Spice up your Valentine’s weekend with giant paella pans, buckets of ocean-fresh seafood, baskets of farm-fresh vegetables and latin dancing. Proceeds go to local charities. Feb 13, 5:30pm. $20. Odd Fellows Hall, 545 Pacific Ave, Santa Rosa.
Brack Mountain Winemaker Dinner
Get romantic with a savory five course farm-to-table feast paired with eight remarkable wines from The Brack Mountain winery. Feb 12, 6:30pm. $95. Vin Antico Wine Bar, 881 Fourth St, San Rafael, 415.721.0600.
Cheese & Wine Pairing Seminar with Janet Fletcher The author and expert shares her knowledge as she guides you through several pairings of Beringer wine and local artisan cheeses and gives out copies of her new book. Feb 14, 11am. $60-$70. Beringer Vineyards, 2000 Main St, St Helena, 866.708.9463.
Dinner Magic Show
A dinner event with close up illusions and a 3-course dinner of fine food and, of course, a scoop of ice scream. Feb 13,
PULL THE STRINGS ‘King Lear’ gets a fantastical puppet-filled adaptation from
the Independent Eye at the Arlene Francis Center in Santa Rosa on Feb. 13. See Theater, below.
7pm. $49/$95 couple. Shuffle’s Magical Ice Cream Shoppe, 528 Seventh St, Santa Rosa, 707.544.3535.
dinner specials in the spirit of the occasion. Feb 14. Left Bank Brasserie, 507 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, 415.927.3331.
A Feast of the Heart
Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Dinner
The Brian Cline Duo perform music for dancing among the Hess Collection of art, and the menu features Oysters on the half shell, Marinated Dungeness crab salad and Niman Ranch Pork Osso Buco with truffles. Feb 13, 6pm. $150-$185. Hess Collection Winery, 4411 Redwood Rd, Napa, 707.255.1144.
An Olive Odyssey
Don Landis presents an all-things-olive experience that delights all the senses, including olive oil, art, education and more. Feb 1314, 11am. Free. Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, 24724 Arnold Dr, Sonoma, 707.931.7575.
Three Days to Say ‘I Love You’
Spend a romantic weekend dining at John Ash & Co. The regular menu features special dishes on Fri-Sat, then Sunday features a special 3-course prix fixe menu. Feb 12-14. John Ash & Co, Vintners Inn, 4350 Barnes Rd, Santa Rosa, 707.527.7687.
Valentine & Wine
Set the mood with a mouthwatering chocolate fondue fountain, accompanied by succulent treats for dipping and a glass of wine. Feb 14, 12pm. $15/couple. D’Argenzio Winery, 1301 Cleveland Ave, Santa Rosa, 707.280.4658.
Valentine’s Day at Left Bank
Offering brunch, lunch and dinner menus plus à la carte
A delicious and romantic dinner for French-cuisine lovers. Feb 14. $85. French Garden, 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol, 707.824.2030.
Valentine’s Wine & Chocolate
Featuring artisan chocolate delights paired with FerrariCarano and Lazy Creek Vineyards wines. Feb 13-14, 10am. $30. Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery, 8761 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg, 800.831.0381.
Valentine’s Winemaker Dinner
Farm-to-table chef Joe Rueter and winemaker Marc Krafft lead a 5-course journey through the best flavors and pairings that Sonoma County has to offer in early spring. Feb 13, 4pm. $65-$75. Orpheus Wines Tasting Room, 8910 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood, 707.282.9231.
Venetian Carnival Lunch
Celebrate a traditional Italian carnival with delicious Italian food, decorations, entertainment, and a presentation from popular Italian teacher Karen Raccanello and her Italian language students. Feb 11, 11:30am. $10-$12. Whistlestop, 930 Tamalpais Ave, San Rafael.
Wine, Cheese & Chocolate
Get into the month of love
with delicious food and wine pairings in the picturesque Alexander valley. Fri through Feb 28. $35. Hanna Winery, 9280 Hwy 128, Healdsburg, 800.854.3987.
Lectures Oscars: Who Should Have Won
Film critic Jan Wahl talks about the movies and people who should have won, featuring clips from overlooked classics. Feb 12, 7pm. Sausalito Library, 420 Litho St, Sausalito, 415.289.4121.
Pinniped Presentation Ecologist Dr Sarah Allen shares the latest information about harbor seals, sea lions, elephant seals. Followed by a seal watcher orientation. Registration required. Feb 13, 9am. $20. Bodega Bay Fire Station, 510 Hwy 1, Bodega, 707.869.9177.
River Otters Are Back
River Otter Ecology Project director Megan Isadore gives a presentation about how river otters, extirpated from the Bay Area for decades, are back. Feb 13, 3pm. $10. Laguna de Santa Rosa Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Rd, Santa Rosa, 707.527.9277.
See and learn how the tide currents move on San Francisco Bay. Feb 10, 7pm. $15. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito, 415.332.3871.
Feb 10, 7pm, “Succulent Wild Love” with Sark and John Waddell. Feb 12, 7pm, “What is Zen?” with Norman Fisher and Susan Moon. Feb 13, 4pm, “Pacific Burn” with Barry Lancet. Feb 13, 7pm, “Hot Flashes: Sexy Little Stories and Poems” with Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Laurie King. Feb 15, 7pm, “Why We Write About Ourselves” with Meredith Maran. Feb 16, 7pm, “The Forgetting Time” with Sharon Guskin. Feb 17, 7pm, “Breaking Wild” with Diane Les Becquets. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera 415.927.0960.
Feb 13, 7pm, Kiss & Tell, Sonoma writers share poetry and fiction in a Valentine’s showcase. 521 Broadway, Sonoma 707-2289214.
Feb 11, 12:30pm, Book Discussion Group, read “The Accidental Universe” by Alan Lightman and be ready to talk about it. 14107 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville 707.869.9004.
Last Record Store
Feb 13, 2pm, “How to Ruin a Record Label: the Story of Lookout Records” with Larry Livermore. 1899-A Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa 707.525.1963.
Petaluma Copperfield’s Books Feb 12, 7pm, “Stop Being Lonely” with Kira Asatryan. 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma 707.762.0563.
Feb 11, 6:30pm, “Queen Bee” with Catherine Sevenau, Sonoma Valley author launches her new book. Free. 130 E Napa St, Sonoma 707.939.1779.
San Rafael Copperfield’s Books Feb 12, 7pm, Poems of Love with Terri Glass and friends. 850 Fourth St, San Rafael 415.524.2800.
San Rafael Library
Mon, Feb 15, 6:30pm, Great Books Reading Group, read the short story on the libraries website and come ready to talk about it. 1100 E St, San Rafael 415.485.3323.
Santa Rosa Copperfield’s Books Feb 10, 7pm, “Pacific Burn” with Barry Lancet. Feb 12,
Sebastopol Copperfield’s Books Feb 13, 7pm, “Path of the Golden Heart” with Cindy Jarrett. 138 N Main St, Sebastopol 707.823.2618.
The uplifting story about a lonely man and the magical balloon that blows through a window and insists on becoming friends will delight ages 3 and up. Feb 11-13. $10$15. 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.
Heart in the Hood
Bay Area TV, film and stage actor Michael Sommers writes and performs part two of his funny true story about moving
from Vermont to west Oakland. Feb 14, 12:30pm. Free. Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa.
Hick in the Hood
Bay Area TV, film and stage actor Michael Sommers writes and performs this funny true story of a Vermont native moving to west Oakland. Feb 17, 7pm. $10. Presidio Yacht Club, Fort Baker, Sommerville Rd, Sausalito, 415.332.2319.
In Love with the 8x10
Ten-minute play festival is back with a selection of eight new, original, unproduced short plays, and created around the idea of “love” in its many manifestations. Through Feb 13. Lucky Penny Community Arts Center, 1758 Industrial Way, Napa, 707-266-6305.
Into the Woods
Stephen Sondheim’s massively popular musical filled with myriad fantasy characters comes to Sonoma State. Through Feb 14. $5-$17. Evert B. Person Theater, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.
The Independent Eye theatre ensemble’s inspired twoperson vision of William Shakespeare’s play features an array of 30 life-sized, hand and finger puppets. Feb 13, 7:30pm. Arlene Francis Center, 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa, 707.528.3009.
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.
A Real Man
Solo stage show written and performed by headlining comedian Mike Guido is a real-life look at the struggles and surprises that come with raising an autistic daughter. Feb 13, 8pm. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, 415.383.9600.
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Astrology For the week of February 10
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Here’s the good news, Cancerian: Now to study by studying, to run by running, to work by is an excellent to dismantle purge working; in justtime the same way, youorlearn toyour love own by fossilized formulas. loving.” What he says is always true, but it’s especially apropos for you Leos in the Yousonow LEO (July 23–August 22)coming “I wouldweeks. not talk much have specialiftalent learning more love aboutamyself there for were anybody elseabout whom I knew by lovingsaid deeply, andand imaginatively. To add as well,” theexcitedly philosopher naturalist Henry further nuance and inspiration, meditate on this advice David Thoreau. In accordance with your astrological from author Aldous Huxley: “There isn’t any formula constitution, Leo, I authorize you to use thispaying declaration or method. You learn to love by loving—by as your own feel like it. But has I attention andalmost doing any whattime oneyou thereby discovers dobe suggest to done.”that you make an exception to the rule during the next four weeks. In my opinion, it will be VIRGO 23-Sept. 22): “I understanding do not trust people time to focus(Aug. on increasing your of the who don’t andifyet telleffort me, ‘Itakes love you,’” people youlove carethemselves about—even that time said author away Maya from Angelou. concludes: “There is and energy yourShe quest for ultimate selfan African saying careful when a naked knowledge. Don’t which worry: is: YouBecan return to emphasizing person offers you a shirt.” With this in mind, I invite Thoreau’s perspective by the equinox. you to take inventory of the allies and relatives whose relationships are most important to you. well do VIRGO (August 23–September 22) How You are they love the themselves? there of anything you could do entering inquisitiveIsphase your astrological to helpOne them upgrade their love for themselves? If cycle. of the best ways to thrive during the coming their is ask lacking, might than you do tohave protect weeksself-love will be to morewhat questions you yourself fromyou that problem? asked since were five years old. Curiosity and good listening skills will23-Oct. be superpowers shouldme,” LIBRA (Sept. 22): “Onlythat love you interests you strivepainter to activate. now, “and whatImatters is declared Marc For Chagall, am onlymost in contact not what you already know but rather whatseems you need with things that revolve around love.” That like an impossibly high standard. Our daily adventures to find out. It’s a favorable time to gather information bring into proximity with loveless messes all the aboutus riddles and mysteries that have perplexed you for time. hardBetosuper-receptive focus on love toand theextra exclusion of all a longIt’s time. wide-eyed! other concerns. But it’s a worthy goal to strive toward LIBRAideal (September 22)And Poet Chagall’s for short 23–October bursts of time. theBarbara coming canfor beyou used Hambyhappen says thetoRussian word ostyt weeks be a favorable phase to to do
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describe cupsuccess of tea that hot, but you just that. “a Your may is betoo partial, but after dramatic walk to the next room, and return, it is too cool.” A little nonetheless. birdie told me that this may be an apt metaphor for a SCORPIO 23-Nov. “A coward is current situation(Oct. in your life. I21): completely understand incapable exhibiting saidofMahatma “It if you wishofthe tea had love,” lost less its originalGandhi. warmth, is the prerogative of the brave.” That’s my challenge and was exactly the temperature you like, neither to you, Scorpio. In accordance with the astrological burning nor tepid. But that won’t happen unless you currents, I urge you to stoke your uninhibited audacity tryyou to reheat it, which would change taste.of So what so can press onward toward the the frontiers should you way or other, and a compromise intimacy. It’sdo? notOne enough to the be wilder, it’s not will be necessary. want thepotential lukewarm the enough to be freer.Do Toyou fulfill love’s intea theor next hot tea with a different flavor? chapter of your story, you’ve got to be wilder, freer and bolder. SCORPIO (October 23–November 21) Russian writer Ivan Turgenev was a(Nov. Scorpio. Midway through SAGITTARIUS 22-Dec. 21): “It is his first Rudin main character that Dmitrii not lack novel of love, but ,ahis lack of friendship makes Nikolaevich Rudin alludes to a problem that affects unhappy marriages,” said Friedrich Nietzsche. He many Scorpios. “Do want you see thatyour applefortunes tree?” Rudin believed that if you to join with asks a woman companion. “It is broken by the another’s, you should ask yourself whether youweight will and abundance of its ownwith fruit.” Ouch! I want verynext enjoy your conversations this person for the much for you Scorpios to be spared a fate like that 30 years—because that’s what you’ll be doing much of you’re together. you measure up in the time coming weeks. That’s How why do I propose that you to this gold standard, Sagittarius? role does scheme about how you will expressWhat the immense friendship playwill in your romantic creativity that be welling up adventures? in you. Don’t Ifletthere’s your anything lacking, now is ango excellent time to seek lush and succulent output to waste. improvements. Start with yourself, of course. How SAGITTARIUS (Novemberinto 22–December could you infuse more camaraderie the way you21) Asking you Sagittarians toyou be patient may beyour akin skills to express love? What might do to upgrade ordering a bonfire to burn more politely. But it’s my as a conversationalist? duty to inform you of the cosmic tendencies, so I will CAPRICORN (Dec.for 22-Jan. 19): “Love request your forbearance now. How aboutisn’t some something find,” sayspalatable? singer Loretta Lynn. “Love nuances toyou make it more Here’s a quote is something that finds you.” Singer Kylie Minogue from author David G. Allen: “Patience is the calm concurs: “You need a lot of luck to find people with acceptance that things can happen in a different order whom you want to spend your life … love is like than the one you have in mind.“ Novelist Gustave a lottery.” I think these perspectives are at best Flaubert: “Talent is a long patience.“ French playwright misleading, and at worst debilitating. They imply that Moliere: thattoare slowour to grow bear thewith best we have “Trees no power shape relationship fruit.“My Writer Lamott:I say “Hope is a revolutionary love. viewAnne is different. there’s a lot we can do patience.” I’ve saved the who best teach for last, Russian to attract intimate allies us,from stimulate us novelist Némirovsky: “Waiting erotic.“ and fulfillIrène us. Like what? 1. We clarifyiswhat qualities we want in a partner, and we make sure that those CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19) “If qualities arehelp, alsoithealthy 2. in Weany getway freeyou’d of you ask for comes,for butus. not unconscious conditioning that’s at odds with our ever know.” Poet Gary Snyder said that, and now I’m conscious values. 3. We work to transform ourselves passing it on to you, Capricorn. The coming weeks will into lovable collaborators who communicate well. be an excellent time for you to think deeply about the Anything else? What can you do to make sure that love precise kinds of help you would most benefit from— isn’t a lottery? even as you loosen up your expectations about how AQUARIUS 20-Feb. 18): “We have your requests for aid(Jan. might be fulfilled. Be all aggressive the potential to fall in love a thousand timestoinbe our in seeking assistance, but ready and willing lifetime,” Chuck Klosterman. “It’s easy. But there surprisedwrites as it arrives. are certain people you love who do something else; AQUARIUS 20–February 18) For they define how you(January classify what love is supposed a limited only,meet 153 ismaybe your lucky number. to feel liketime ... you’ll four or five ofMauve these and olive arethe your colors of years.” destiny,He theconcludes, platypus is people over span of 80 “A yourlike power and torn burlap mended withalways silk love thisanimal sets the template for what you will thread is your magic texture. I realize that of this love about other people.” I suspect that youallhave may sound odd,met butorit’swill thesoon straight-up truth. The either recently meet such a person, Aquarius. you rhythms are on the of erratic going deeper nature of Or theelse cosmic areverge rather right than ever with analignment ally who you for now. To bebefore in maximum withhave the known irregular aopportunities while. That’s that why are I think that your whatway, happens in the headed you should next six months will put magnificently an enduring stamp on youreven probably make yourself mysterious, relationship with intimacy. to yourself. To quote an old teacher, this might be a good time to (Feb. be “so19-March unpredictable that not even you PISCES 20): Sixteenth-century yourself knows what’s going to happen.” Italian poet Torquato Tasso described one of love’s best blessings.(February He said that your lover reunite PISCES 19–March 20) can In the long-you with “a piece of your soul that you never knew wasas running TV show M*A*S*H* , the character known missing.” You Pisceans in a phasewho when Sidney Freedman was aare psychiatrist didthis hisact best of grace is more possible than usual. The revelatory to nurture the mental health of the soldiers in his care. boon may emerge because of the chemistry stirred He sometimes departed from conventional therapeutic up by a sparkly new affiliation. Or it may arise thanks approaches. In the series finale, he delivered the to a familiar relationship that is entering unfamiliar following speech, which I believe is highly pertinent territory. to your current quest for good mental hygiene: “I told you people something a long time ago, and it’s just as Homework: some inspiration as you pertinent todayWant as it was then. Ladies and gentlemen, compose yourPull romantic invitations? Goonhere: take my advice: down your pants and slide the ice.” http://bit.ly/LoveAd.
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