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Threet Responds Peter Byrne’s Open Mic (“Threet’s Beat,” March 1) raised the legitimate question of whether the newly created Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach (IOLERO) is worth the money necessary to run it. Of course, these questions were discussed at length in multiple public forums by county officials and community members for over a year, the public largely supported the proposal, and county supervisors approved the model
creating our office. Byrne now again raises this issue, but in a way that distorts the facts we provided him. The IOLERO has a total budget of $527,335. Approximately 75 percent of the budget is made up of salaries and benefits of the agency’s two employees, the director and the administrative coordinator. My salary as director is around $160K, plus benefits, for a total of about $263K in compensation. My assistant’s salary is approximately $63K, plus benefits, for a total of about $122K in compensation. Because the IOLERO
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director is required to be an attorney, the compensation for that position is commensurate with public attorney salaries. In accepting this position, I took a salary cut from the $180,000 I previously received as a deputy city attorney. I did so because I believe this is important work. The remaining $130,000 includes support services and supplies, which account for 25 percent of the budget. More than the refreshments mentioned by Byrne, this covers rents/ utilities, advertising and marketing,
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translation services, professional memberships, conferences (such as the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement), software licenses, business travel, etc. This also includes about $40,000 for the possible relocation of our office, which we have decided against spending in order to preserve continuity of the current location and save money. Byrne asks what you are getting for this money, and focuses on my decision to forgo additional review of the Andy Lopez shooting. I’ll turn to that in a minute. First, lets look at what our office has been doing. When I started last April, I began to set up an entirely new department from scratch, including a work plan, websites, social media, office procedures, audit protocols, hiring an assistant, meetings with stakeholders and outreach to communities. From April until July of 2016, those start-up tasks took all of my time, but by August of last year, we were fully staffed and up and running. So what are our missions? First, we provide independent civilian review of investigations of complaints against sheriff’s deputies. Since August of 2016, we have 25 such investigations in our log, 15 of which have been completed by the sheriff’s office and referred to the IOLERO for review. Of those 15, we have completed eight audits. Three of these audits resulted in recommended changes to sheriff’s policies. In six of them, the IOLERO agreed with the findings of the investigation exonerating the deputy of wrongdoing. In two of them, the IOLERO disagreed with the finding of exonerated. While our office has no authority to impose a contrary finding on a complaint investigation, neither do most civilian oversight agencies in the country. Second, we conduct robust outreach to Sonoma County communities, to bring community feedback back to the Sheriff’s Office and to help explain sheriff’s policies to community members. We also try to bridge gaps where they exist. I’ve had over a hundred meetings and met with many hundreds of community members since last
April, including most recently close to 200 members of the undocumented immigrant community in small settings, hearing their concerns and explaining Sheriffs policies that may affect them. We have an 11-member Community Advisory Council that holds meetings to review policies and recommend changes. Our current focus is on the immigration policies of the sheriff’s office. Both the CAC and I will soon be making formal recommendations for changes in the sheriff’s policies in this area. We will then turn to review other policies, such as body-worn cameras and use of force. The most important opportunity to change law enforcement interactions that the public wants improved is through changes in the policies that guide deputy actions. Byrne correctly states that I declined to review the Lopez shooting but significantly misrepresents my explanation. The IOLERO’s general policy is not to audit completed investigations over one year old, as the statute of limitations has passed on any possible discipline for the deputy for any violation of policy. In addition, the Lopez shooting was independently reviewed by the district attorney and by the U.S. Department of Justice, both of which cleared the deputy of wrongdoing. Finally, the Lopez case is being litigated in federal civil court, where the issue of whether the deputy followed policy is being fully explored by an independent magistrate. Give these multiple reviews, and the passage of the statute of limitations on discipline for the deputy, there is little a review by our office could add at this late juncture. Because there are other investigations currently pending in our log where our review could make a difference, it makes little sense to focus our limited resources on the 2013 Lopez shooting.
Into Darkness “Darkness is good.” This quote is from Steve Bannon, Mr. Trump’s chief strategist and NSC member. The quote further goes on to state, “Dick Cheney, Darth Vader, Satan. That’s power.” Yes, that is power, but to what ends? I don’t know what the future portends, but there is certainly a darkness enveloping our nation. Mr. Trump’s appointees and cabinet choices can easily be substituted one for another. Genuine discussions that invite different opinions are a rare commodity in this administration. Instead, there’s a built-in consensus reflecting a rigid ideology on domestic and foreign policies for a nation and a world that has not existed since the mid-20th century. “The globalists gutted the American working class and created a middle class in Asia,” says Bannon. Globalists! Or was it American banks and businesses, who had merely followed the natural flow of capital to where the biggest bang for the buck could be found, and that had, in Bannon’s own words, “fucked the workers of this country.” Bannon says that there is a new movement emerging, a movement that will last 50 years and that these are times as exciting as the 1930s. I would suggest we read and remember what really happened during those times overseas, when nationalist movements, of which Mr. Bannon is claiming to be a part of now, governed. Another man with aspirations to make his country great again, through fear, intimidation and broken agreements with other countries, offered a regime that would stand a thousand years. Fortunately, it only lasted 12, but millions suffered as a result. Fifty years, Mr. Bannon—I think not!
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SEEING GREEN Passage of a cannabis tax will enable local businesses to get licenced.
Sonoma County cannabis industry faces new challenges after passage of Measure A BY STETT HOLBROOK
onoma County’s cannabis industry was split on support for the cannabis tax Measure A. But its passage last week will help local growers and businesses get the licenses and state permits they need to emerge from the
black market and make good on their investments, says Tawnie Logan, executive director of the Sonoma County Growers Alliance (SCGA), a trade group that opposed the tax. The initial tax rate of up to 5 percent is expected to generate $6.3 million for the county’s regulatory program. If the rate
goes to the maximum 10 percent rate it would bring in $15.6 million. The maximum tax for cottage growers, $1,250 a year, is quite good, Logan says. Getting a business permit and a state license are priorities for anyone with “skin in the game,” she says. “If the tax measure didn’t pass, there would be no
business permits for the industry in Sonoma County.” And that would have meant waiting for the county to place another tax measure on the ballot or looking to the local cannabis industry to muster the approximately $300,000 to do it themselves. Either scenario would have left looking-to-go-legit cannabis businesses in limbo. But now that it’s passed (by 72 percent of the vote), Logan wants to see better and more frequent dialogue with the county and an effort to help the 2,000 growers affected by zoning changes that now prohibit them from cultivation on land zoned rural residential and rural agriculture. “What we really need to address are the thousands of operators that are already here,” she says. “That’s what this whole thing is about. If the county just permits the big players, it’s business as usual for the black market because there’s no access.” She points to a progressive Humboldt County program that gives growers facing similar zoning changes ample time to retire out of the industry, a clear pathway to come into compliance and help with relocation to areas zoned for cannabis production and operations. To help growers who can no longer grow in rural areas, her organization is exploring cooperatives made up of several small growers on one plot of land. But as a result of the zoning changes and the top-end 10 percent tax, some businesses are looking elsewhere, she says. “They’re shopping all the counties.” Santa Rosa, which recently approved an 8 percent cannabis tax on the June 6 ballot, looks better to many businesses, she says, arguing that a 10 percent county tax rate will be too much when state taxes and other fees are factored in. Voters legalized recreational cannabis with the passage of Proposition 64 in November. It keeps large operations out, but that protection ends in five years. While a 10 percent tax rate is too
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want to invite into the world at this moment.” In other words, leave the “Tuck Frump” signage at home, at least for now.
Tuck Frump The Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has hit a few bumps on the road to throwing 24 million people off their insurance by 2026, as the Congressional Budget Office reported this week. Now the California Senate has unsurprisingly chimed in with Resolution 26 which calls on Congress to “reject the ACA repeal unless it’s replaced with a plan that ensures that not one American will lose coverage and that coverage will be more affordable and of higher quality for all Americans.”
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Dining GET YOUR GOAT Goat curry and other Jamaican classics are exemplified in high style at Sebastopol’s Revibe.
Revibe opens North Bay outpost of island cuisine— and they get the jerk right BY STETT HOLBROOK
iven the diversity of the greater Bay Area’s food culture, it’s surprising there are so few Jamaican restaurants, because the food is so good and easy to like.
Slavery, colonialism and Caribbean trade routes created one of the world’s most eclectic and delicious cuisines. Jamaican food draws from Africa, China,
India, Spain, Britain and the island’s native population. Because of its cosmopolitan influences, Jamaican food tastes familiar, but the amalgam of ingredients and cooking techniques makes it unique. That’s why Sebastopol’s Revibe Cafe and Scoop Bar is a welcome addition to the North Bay. The restaurant occupies what was a Quonset on Healdsburg Avenue next to Peter Lowell’s restaurant. The metal building has been
incorporated into a new structure that includes a dining room, bar and outdoor patio. There’s also a take-out window for excellent, made-from-scratch ice cream. Will Abrams and his Jamaicanborn wife, Eki, opened the restaurant in January after a lengthy remodel. Abrams has a background in nonprofit management, but wanted to try something different and showcase Jamaican food. But he hasn’t left the do-good mission of nonprofits
behind. The restaurant donates a whopping 50 percent of its profits to local nonprofits. Current recipients include the Ceres Project and a teen work program at the Sebastopol Community Center. That seems like a challenging business plan, but Abrams looks at it like paying an investor. Abrams scored with chef Anthony Walters. Walters trained at New York’s Culinary Institute of America, but is from Jamaica’s capital city of Kingston and is steeped in the country’s cuisine. In spite of the restaurant’s laidback vibe and Jamaican food’s humble origins, there is a level of refinement in Walters’ cooking, from the delicately fried leaves of kale atop the ital stew to the complex flavors of the jerk pork and the whiff of pimento wood from the outdoor smoker. For now, there are just small plates ($8.26 each) on the menu. Entrées, breakfast and lunch will be added later. There’s also a latenight menu that starts at 9pm and plans to add a menu of root tonics, traditional Jamaican beverages with purported health properties. The jerk pork is the best I’ve tried. Pork shoulder is smoked for hours and seasoned with a variety of spices and enlivened with fiery Scotch bonnet chili pepper. While the pepper’s heat comes through, it’s far from a one-note dish. The tangy, aromatic flavors of the jerk marinade add up to something special. Ital is the equivalent of kosher for Rastafarians. I always thought it was rather bland given the prohibition on salt, but Revibe’s ital stew, a hearty, coconut milk-based stew made with propeller-shaped dumplings called spinners, is a less strict interpretation and it’s great. Revibe’s goat curry, made from Eki’s family recipe, is outstanding, too. The curry makes it similar to Indian and Thai cuisine and it’s a great choice, even if you think you don’t like goat. You will, and you will like Revibe, too. Revibe Cafe and Scoop Bar, 7365 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol. 707.827.8188.
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The First Amendment and the far-right fringe: a reporter’s (nearly confiscated) notebook BY TOM GOGOLA SEE Y0U ON THE OTHER SIDE In an attempt to bridge the socio-political divide, it’s necessary to seek out
those who views didn’t reflect our own. But it takes two to tango.
he Oath Keepers meeting is about to get going at the Round Table pizzeria in Dublin, Calif., as a handful of members of the far-right, “sovereigncitizen” organization pledge allegiance to the flag, pray to their almighty Christ, declare their oath to the U.S. Constitution—and eat pizza. There are pocket-size copies
of the U.S. Constitution for the taking, as attendees sign in and take their seats at the suburban East Bay strip mall where the chain pizza joint is located. The Oath Keepers’ oath is to the Constitution, and their pledge is to uphold it whenever it is under attack. You can never have too many copies of the Constitution, so I grabbed one and took a table in the back after I identified myself and offered greetings to the organizers. Dublin is a small city just
over the Oakland hills whose population feeds the tech industries in San Jose and Oakland and San Francisco, and Livermore to the east. Wikipedia reports that Dublin is one of the fastest growing cities in the California, fielding a mostly white demographic but with a smattering of Asians and Latinos. There’s a Korean barbecue joint in the strip mall and an Irish bar behind the restaurant where the Budweiser is kept at 31 degrees. This is not your hipster-ale-
quaffing rampart of the squishy North Bay, even if the city council here is a United Nations of multiculturalism compared to Sonoma County’s all-white board of supervisors. There are two Indian-Americans and a female Latino on the Dublin council. I’m over the divide and into the breach in the service of the great old maxim from ’60s, right-wing paragon Barry Goldwater—that extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. I decided to drive across the divide from my adopted
Pizza and Politics In pizza lingo, an “EBA” pizza contains everything but anchovies. For the Oath Keepers, “EBA” translates into everything but anarchism—but with an allowance, it seems, for the authoritarian regime that has just Russia-hacked its way into power. It turns out that the Constitution is what you make of it. It’s long been preached in political science discourse that there’s an ideological vertex where the far right meets the far
left. As a self-identified left-wing libertarian with a serious streak of social Democrat and a raging anarcho-syndicalist spirit, I wanted to perch in that 30 percent or so of agreement that I feel with the Oath Keepers, revel in our implied areas of agreement: government overreach, the surveillance state, Give me liberty or give me death. That sort of stuff. I ordered some chicken wings and grabbed a pitcher of Modelo and took a seat in the back. And let me repeat: I told the organizers exactly who I was, exactly where I was coming from and exactly why I was there. I was not some James O’Keefe–inspired, Veritas-of-the-left gotcha journalist bent on shaming them. I was transparent and enthusiastically so. I wanted to break garlic knots with these folks, badly. I introduced myself, along with another, female first-time Oath Keeper attendee and told the group that I was drawn to it because of its actions during the Ferguson civil unrest from two years ago. Law enforcement wasn’t so psyched about the heavily armed Oath Keepers who showed up to protect property—but AfricanAmerican liquor store owners appreciated that they would put themselves between looters and businesses. That they would also put themselves between Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis and a gay-marriage Supreme Court decision—we’ll just have to agree to disagree about that one. But what can be said of an organization that hands out pocket copies of the U.S. Constitution and then tries to confiscate a reporter’s notebook and demand that the reporter turn off his tape recorder? Hang on for more on that.
Everyone’s a Hero We live in a time where many people, left-to-right, are geared up to put themselves between vulnerable groups and their oppressors. It seems to be the order of the day. In the waning days of the Obama administration, unarmed veterans headed to Standing Rock and stood between native people and South Dakota law enforcement acting on behalf of Big Oil (the Oath Keepers say they were encouraged to stay away). Liberals and progressives wear safety pins to signify transsupport, or go to Facebook and pledge to stand between angry xenophobes and fearful Muslims. I wanted to stand between the Oath Keepers and the Constitution and see which one won out. I had three agendas going into this meeting, and I told the guy at the door what they were as I gave him my business card. As a citizen in Trump’s America, I was curious. As a reporter, I wanted to get a better understanding of the people and their ideas about the Constitution. And as a human being with a strong survival instinct, I wanted some tips on how to properly prepare for the End Times. The Oath Keepers spend a lot of time preparing for natural and manmade disasters—one of the agenda items at the Dublin meeting was to make sure that everyone had a ham radio. The organization seems to crave the arrival of a post-SHHTF (Shit Has Hit the Fan) world, where moral clarity is achieved through the barrel of a gun and where the dominant fantasy is to live a simple life on the order of a Mad Max, eating dog food out of the can and staring into the postapocalyptic landscape, where might makes right. Or, they’re living in a world where an ersatz
‘The pocket Constitution practically opened itself to the page that featured the First Amendment.’
shit has hit the fan—it’s just that nobody knows it yet. The website spends a lot of time worrying about social disorder.
Call to Order The meeting started and the lead organizer played a snippet of a recent video of Trump—the snippet where he had just declared the media to be the enemy of the people. The Oath Keepers offered congratulations to Trump, and in a characteristically Trumpish moment, misspelled it as “congradulations” on a flyer they handed out at the door, but nobody’s perfect. Least of all me, the lefty hothead on a mission. The Oath Keepers worried about what Obama was up to now in his post-presidency, and pledged to track his every move—bad things, no doubt, are on the horizon from Obama. It became pretty obvious, pretty quickly, that there is not a whole lot of worry among these Oath Keepers about Trump’s interactions with the Constitution. In fact . . . In the back there’s a man with an Iraq-Afghanistan veteran’s hat, and he starts talking with another man about the origins of the Nazi Brownshirts. I have no idea why—and really didn’t want to ask—but having just sat through Hitler: A Career, on Netflix, I too was totally up to speed on my Sturmabteilung and Gestapo history and how Hitler killed off all the SA leaders, the populist brownshirts, as he consolidated power in the mid-1930s. What does this history lesson have to do with congratulating Trump for his victory? I ate another hot chicken wing and contemplated the flat, watery pitcher of beer, and looked at the guy’s hat and listened to him and silently thanked Jesus for the calming power of Zoloft. I’ve always had a fascination with right-wing fringe types, but less so now that they are in power. Maybe that’s sort of a “condescending” liberal attitude to have, but these people were a lot more fun to hang out with when they were on the ) 14
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hometown in West Marin, the bubble-within-a-bubble-withina-bubble hippie stronghold of Bolinas. I wanted to bridge the divide and announce myself as the far-left savior who had come to redeem the far-right Oath Keepers from charges of kooky racist conspiracy weirdness, of the heavily armed variety. I introduced myself as a leftwing libertarian and told the organizers, promised them, that I wouldn’t throw them under the bus in my report. The Oath Keepers organization was founded in 2009 by Yale graduate Stewart Rhodes, and set out to put itself between the (supposed) raging unconstitutionality of Barack Obama and the right to bear arms in defense of anything that isn’t Barack Obama or a gun law. Their website is heavy on the military and police badges— including member badges from the California Highway Patrol—as the organization has historically drawn from those ranks. I was curious how the Oath Keepers would be grappling with the onset of Trumpism and its various rolling abridgements of constitutional norms and obscure emolument clauses. Trump, who when he is the recipient of a court ruling against him for a flatly unconstitutional executive order banning Muslims from emigrating to the states, declares the judge to be a “so-called judge.” Trump, who declared the fourth estate to be the enemy of the people. Trump, who believes in a national right-to-conceal-carry gun law.
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The headliner for the event was Dublin mayor David Haubert. He gave a talk. That’s when things started to get interesting because, as if on cue, that’s when one of the Oath Keepers tried to confiscate my reporter’s notebook and demanded that I erase the digital recording of the event. In his presentation, Haubert declared that Dublin would never be a sanctuary city, but a safety city, and after I asked him a couple of questions, one of the organizers rushed to the back of the room and started grabbing at my papers, grabbing at the machine and telling me that it was a private meeting and I had no right to record anything. That was an interesting assertion, and I took issue with it and with the person laying his hands on me. Silly me, I thought we were in a public place, at a meeting that was announced on a public forum, Facebook—and there is a public official standing right there pointing at Oakland and making dark comments about how Dublin isn’t now nor ever will be a sanctuary city, unlike those people over the hill, over the divide. The pocket Constitution practically opened itself to the page that features the First Amendment. I tried to hold my tongue, but Haubert had said that Dreamers should be deported. I stood up and said, nicely, politely—gee, that seems kind of unfair, to deport a person for something their parents did. Haubert said, maybe they’d have to pay a fine. I said, why would you fine those whose parents brought them here when they were three years old, and Haubert shrugged and smiled in the way that Paul Ryan shrugs and smiles when he’s about to throw 24 million people off health insurance, but swears there’s a deeply held principle behind the cruelty.
I turned off the machine—the guy wouldn’t stop grabbing and demanding that I erase the tape—and then a few minutes later said to myself, Ya know what, screw this. And turned it on again.
Bubblebound After the second attempt to get me to stop reporting and recording the meeting, I grabbed my gear and got ready to leave. But first I addressed the group, and the mayor, and chided them for the clarification on the true meaning of my First Amendment rights, through their eyes. The mayor denied he had anything to do with any of that. I took a bathroom break and was leaving and noticed that the the Oath Keepers were all staring at me. So what was I supposed to do? I gave them an admittedly unnecessary Sieg heil! and wondered aloud if they were going to follow me out to the parking lot. I can be a bit obnoxious when people start grabbing at my shit. The main organizer followed me out to the parking and we exchanged regrets and pleasantries. He was genuinely concerned that I’d had such a negative experience. I was frustrated and flummoxed by the attempt to censor a reporter who had announced that he was a reporter. He said, what did you think would happen, you told us you were coming here from West Marin. I said, hey, I just wanted to bridge the divide, or try to. He said, give me a call sometime. I said, maybe I will. I got back into the car and headed back into the bubble, back over the divide. They say there’s a place on the political spectrum where the far left meets the far right, and it’s a wild place filled with kooky souls with strident and freedom-loving ideals. But after this adventure to Dublin, I wasn’t so convinced of Goldwater’s dictum anymore. As I headed west back to the North Bay, I realized that boring, handwringing liberalism in defense of my spiritual well-being is more the ticket these days.
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Spring cleaning is fine, but for many, this is the season to start building and improving the homestead. To that effect, the 29th annual Sonoma County Home & Garden Show offers hundreds of vendors who can help you decide what work to do in and around the house. Special guests include HGTV regulars Clint Harp, seen on Fixer Upper, and Tommy Herren from shows like House Crashers. Other highlights include seminars by designer Monica de la Fuente and a tiny-house giveaway sponsored by the Council on Aging. Friday–Sunday, March 17–19, at Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. $8; kids 12 and under are free. sonomacountyhomeshow.com.
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Has any filmmaker left as indelible a mark on a community as Alfred Hitchcock left on Bodega Bay? Ever since The Birds showcased the seaside community and avian terror, tourists and locals have flocked to the iconic locations to relive the suspense. This year, the Bodega Bay Area Chamber of Commerce celebrates the town’s cinematic history with the fifth annual Hitchcock Film Festival, screening both The Birds and Hitchcock’s Rear Window. Beer, wine, clam chowder from Spud Point and raffle drawings add to the fun, and proceeds benefit Bodega Bay Elementary and Tomales Elementary arts programs. Saturday, March 18, at Bodega Bay Grange Hall, 1370 Bodega Ave., Bodega Bay. 3:30pm. $5–$18. visitbodegabayca.com.
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Last October, the immersive concert film experience Easy Rider Live debuted in the North Bay, featuring a live seven-piece band performing the classic soundtrack to the cult 1969 film directed by Dennis Hopper. If you missed the show last time around, Easy Rider Live is once again roaring into town, showing the movie on the big screen while the talented ensemble plays along, performing songs by Steppenwolf, the Byrds, Jimi Hendrix and others. If that’s not enough, the band plays on after the movie, showcasing more music of the era on Saturday, March 18, at McNear’s Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 8pm. $27; 21 and over. 707.765.2121.
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Last month, local theater company Sonoma Arts Live presented the Tony-winning musical Evita to great acclaim and a sold-out run of performances. For anyone who missed the show, the stars of that staging are appearing one more time in a special benefit concert to support the First Presbyterian Church in Napa. Evita stars Ellen Toscano, who has also spent a decade starring in the hit Beach Blanket Babylon, and Robert Dornaus, who also appeared in Sonoma Arts Live’s production of Cabaret, show off their range of talents when they take the stage this weekend alongside other performers on Sunday, March 19, at First Presbyterian Church, 1333 Third St., Napa. 4pm. $10. 707.224.8693.
KEEP IT CLASSY Sharp-dressed soul man Mayer Hawthorne is one of many popular performers headed to Napa Valley for the annual Yountville Live celebration of music, food and wine. See Events, p24.
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Arts Ideas OPEN UP The enlightening documentary ‘Sacred’ shows a world of faith at the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival.
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Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival marks 10 years, and counting BY CHARLIE SWANSON
ounded in 2007, the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival is the North Bay’s premier showcase of independent documentaries from both international filmmakers and homegrown talent. Randy Hall is one such homegrown talent. Currently the festival director, the Santa Rosa resident’s first experience with the film festival was as a filmmaker. His short documentary
on a Fresno-based raw milk producer, Udderly Direct, was selected and screened at the SDFF in 2013. “It was an amazing experience,” Hall says. “They treat you like family. There’s a focus on hospitality” toward the filmmakers. That welcoming sense of community is big part of what draws filmmakers to the festival, which turns 10 this year and boasts its biggest and most engaging program yet. The festival runs March 23 through 26
at Rialto Cinemas and the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. “The interesting thing about documentary is the way you go about finding the subject,” Hall says. “Sometimes, the story or the subject finds you.” Given that the topics in documentaries are often close to the filmmaker’s heart, Hall explains that the best of them always have an opinion about the subject. “It’s important to understand that while documentaries are nonfiction, they’re not necessarily
journalistic in their approach,” he says. “They are espousing a point of view, and the filmmaker is trying to say something about the world.” To that effect, the SDFF’s opening-night film is 2016’s farreaching Sacred, directed by Academy Award winner Thomas Lennon. Spanning the globe and employing over 40 independent filmmakers, Sacred is a portrait of diverse religious faiths and ceremonies told entirely through visuals, lending an eye to deeply personal beliefs without the use of narration or talking heads. Lennon, who won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short in 2007 as the producer of the AIDS documentary The Blood of Yingzhou District, will be on hand for a post-screening reception on March 23, at the SCA’s Brent Auditorium. Some selections at this year’s festival are personal stories, such as Big Sonia, which follows Holocaust survivor and inspiring public speaker Sonia Warshawski, whose tireless work is threatened when she receives an eviction notice. Other selections tell universal stories through a personal lens, like the 2016 Danish-produced film Les Sauteurs (“Those Who Jump”), about a group of Moroccan youth who attempt to jump the enormous fence system that separates Morocco from a tiny land spit of Spain, and which parallels the current immigration situation with America’s own southern border. Through it all, the SDFF’s commitment to showing truthful films is highlighted quite literally in selections like The Truth Beneath the Ground, which sheds light on the massive armed conflict against Guatemala’s indigenous people that lasted from 1960 to the 1990s, seen
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through testimonials and photographs. One of the big focuses of the SDFF this year is welcoming back filmmakers who’ve previously showed documentaries in past years and pairing their older films with new works to show their progress and range. For example, Brooklyn-based director Eddie Rosenstein is showing three films, starting with his 2008 selection, School Play, in which a grade-school theater production of The Wizard of Oz doubles as a real life coming-ofage drama, and including his most recent, The Freedom to Marry, following Marriage Equality architects and key litigators Evan Wolfson and Mary Bonauto’s fight in the Supreme Court. Like several other filmmakers, Rosenstein will be on hand for his screenings to meet the audience and tell stories. In the 10 years since the SDFF’s founding, Hall says that documentaries have become more popular than ever, and he believes much of it has to do with the current social and political Zeitgeist in this country. “There’s a feeling, especially here in West Sonoma County, that events are hurdling towards some kind of climax,” he says “The world stage is more chaotic than usual, and people are questioning what’s going on. “In that void, in that questioning, documentaries are an opportunity to explore and find out the answers to their questions.” Another factor drawing audiences, Hall points out, is the way documentaries are increasingly crafting their reallife narratives through structures used by fictional films. “Audiences get interested in the person onscreen, but also they get the perspective of that person,” says Hall. “The audience gets to expand their horizons through this personal experience.”
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MUSICAL STORIES Indigo Girls aim to make music with a personal perspective, not politics.
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s friends and musical partners since the 1980s, folk-rock songwriters Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, one could argue, are no longer Indigo Girls; they are Indigo Women. Not that anyone should expect a name change anytime soon. For in the last 30 years, few bands have remained as consistent as Indigo Girls, who have earned a legion of fans through critically acclaimed albums and heartfelt live performances. This month, they touch down in Santa Rosa for a spirited show at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts on March 23. “We’re like family, really,” says Amy Ray. After 30 years on the road, Indigo Girls continue to
Indigo Girls perform with Lucy Wainwright Roche on Thursday, March 23, at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $39– $49. 707.546.3600.
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make it work by constantly trying new things. For example, the duo is recording a symphony in Boulder later this year, as well as performing with Joan Baez and Mary Chapin Carpenter on the Four Voices tour. “It’s all about switching things up and not doing the same thing over and over again,” Ray says. In addition to hits like “Closer to Fine,” Indigo Girls are also known for championing environmental and social causes, like climate change and the recent Standing Rock showdown in North Dakota. “I feel like we had made a lot of progress environmentally, and it’s being dismantled,” Ray says. “But there’s a chance for states like California to step in and refuse to sacrifice their environment and public health in the name of profits.” In the face of a seemingly hopeless administration, Ray knows that enough people have learned over the years that climate change is real and needs to be addressed. “That doesn’t just go away,” she says. “I’ve been inspired to see all the scientists and people take the situation into their own hands and saying, ‘This stuff can happen inside DC, but it’s not going to happen in my world.’” Yet she also knows that the Republicans who have control— “the ones who are decent and practical and want to do the right thing,” as she puts it—need to stand up. “It’s not about party politics,” she says. “We need every single person–Republican, Democrat, Green Party, Tea Party– to build bridges and have a real dialogue.” Even with their activist spirit, Ray points out that Indigo Girls are not overtly political, but rather tell stories of personal experiences and perspective. “I don’t want to tell people how to think,” she says. “A good story should be something people can find the meaning in.”
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All Female Led Zep Powerhouse
SATURDAY, APRIL 15 ORIGINAL LINEUP
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STEPHEN PEARCY OF RATT
Performing the RATT Hits and more
HOUSE OF ROCK 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY WITH THE RETURN OF
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FRIDAY, JUNE 16 ROCK GUITAR GOD George Lynch
LYNCH MOB “Wicked Sensation”
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San Francisco indie songwriter and frontwoman of the Get Down Stay Down plays a spirited solo show. Mar 16, 6:30pm. $35. Gundlach Bundschu Winery, 2000 Denmark St, Sonoma. 707.938.5277.
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Fully staged tribute to Glenn Miller, Sinatra and the big bands of the ’40s is complete with period costumes and choreography. Mar 19, 2pm. $35-$65. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.
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Americans in Paris
New Century Chamber Orchestra and popular men’s chorus Chanticleer present a musical journey across France. Mar 19, 5pm. $29. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.
Best of Broadway Under the Stars
Transcendence Theater Company presents an extravagant celebration of musical theater classics and current hits, performed by Broadway stars. Mar 18-19. $39 and up. Marin Center’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, 877.424.1414.
Spiritual music pioneer releases his new album, “Roots! Rock! Rama!” with a massive concert event. Mar 18, 8pm. $20-$100. Spirit Rock Meditation Center, 5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Woodacre. 415.488.0164.
NAPA COUNTY Greg Kihn
Bay Area guitar legend appears for a “Stories Beyond the Spotlight” series performance. Mar 19, 7pm. $30-$35. Silo’s, 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.
Mexican rock and folk
institution celebrates 40 years of music. Los Angeles singersongwriter Jonah Smith opens. Mar 18, 8pm. $35-$55. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.
Clubs & Venues SONOMA COUNTY A’Roma Roasters
Mar 18, Blue Groove. 95 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.576.7765.
Annie O’s Music Hall
Mar 16, Thriftworks with iNi and Malarkey. Mar 17, Clear Conscience with Ridgway and Dollar$hort. 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.542.1455.
Mar 17, St Patrick’s Day with Morgan Cochneuer’s Irish music. Mar 18, Two of Us. Mar 19, Whitherward. Mar 22, bluegrass and old time music jam. 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.
Arlene Francis Center Wed, Open Mic. Mar 18, Devil in the Details and We Gave It Hell. 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.
Barley & Hops Tavern
Mar 16, Burnside. Mar 17, St Patty’s Day with Kyle Martin. Mar 18, Miss Moonshine. 3688 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental. 707.874.9037.
The Big Easy
Mar 15, Big Kitty. Mar 16, Polly O’Keary & the Rhythm Method. Mar 17, Royal Jelly Jive and the Oakland Strokes. Mar 18, the doRian Mode. Mar 19, Ammo Box with Clay Bell. Mar 21, Rivertown Skifflers. Mar 22, Wednesday Night Big Band. 128 American Alley, Petaluma. 707.776.4631.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Mar 18-19, “Music of the Night” with Sonoma Valley Chorale. 16280 La Grama, Sonoma, sonomavalleychorale.org.
Mar 19, 6:30pm, CinnaGals spring concert. 3333 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.763.8920.
Corkscrew Wine Bar
Mar 21, North Bay Jazz Guitar
Collective. 100 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.789.0505.
Dry Creek Kitchen
Mar 20, Steve Moon and Jeff Suburu. Mar 21, Greg Hester and Jim Passarell Duo. 317 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.431.0330.
Mar 17, SugarFoot. Mar 18, UB707. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.
Mar 17, Santa Rosa Junior College Chamber Music Series with the Daedalus Quartet. 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.568.5381.
Green Music Center Schroeder Hall
Mar 19, 3pm, Haochen Zhang. 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, 866.955.6040.
Guerneville Library Mar 18, 2pm, Santa Rosa Symphony Duet. 14107 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville. 707.869.9004.
Gundlach Bundschu Winery
Mar 15, 6:30pm, Black Mountain. 2000 Denmark St, Sonoma. 707.938.5277.
Mar 16, New Orleans Suspects. Mar 17, St Patrick’s Day celebration with Tempest. Mar 18, Groove Session and Tony Glaser Band. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.
Mar 17, Aki Kumar and Jon Lawton. Mar 18, Whitherward. Mar 19, Rainbow Girls. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.
Jamison’s Roaring Donkey
Wed, open mic night. Mar 17, St Patrick’s Day with Muchow and friends. 146 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.772.5478.
Mar 17, DJ Green B and DJ Jacques. Mar 18, Sessions. 6957 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2062.
Lagunitas Tap Room
Mar 15, Whitherward. Mar 16, Benyaro. Mar 17, Glenn Delpit. Mar 18, Jimbo Scott. Mar 19, the Stu Tails. Mar 22, the Deer. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.
Main Street Bistro
Mar 16, Susan Sutton. Mar 17, Tomm and Sara Finn. Mar 18, Greg Hester’s birthday jazz jam. Mar 19, Eric Wiley. Mar 21,
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Mac & Potter. 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.
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Mar 17, DJ MGB. Mar 18, Hillbilly Strike Force. Mar 19, George Heagerty. 16246 First St, Guerneville. 707.869.3377.
Mar 17, Second Street Band. Mar 18, Rubber Soul. 401 Grove St, Sonoma. 707.343.0044.
Murphy’s Irish Pub
Rio Nido Roadhouse
Mar 17, St Patrick’s Day Bash. Mar 18, Kith and Kin. 464 First St E, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.
Mar 18, Dylan Black Project. 14540 Canyon 2 Rd, Rio Nido. 707.869.0821.
Ruth McGowan’s Brewpub
Mar 16, the Russ Liquid Test with Gladkill. Mar 17, Sam Riggs. Mar 22, Donavon Frankenreiter and Grant-Lee Phillips. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.
Petaluma Historical Library & Museum
Mar 20, Musical Mondays with Kayleen Asbo. 20 Fourth St, Petaluma. 707.778.4398.
Pongo’s Kitchen & Tap Mar 16, Dave Chapman. 701 Sonoma Mountain Pkwy, Petaluma. 707.774.5226.
Mar 17, G Rex with the Yella Pedals. 6590 Commerce Blvd, Rohnert Park. 707.585.1079.
Mar 15, singer-songwriter competition. Mar 16, Disclaimer. Mar 17, 12pm, Janiva Magness. Mar 17, 6pm, St Patrick’s Day Celebration. Mar 18, Luvplanet. Mar 19, 5pm, Gold Coast Jazz Band. Mar 20, 12pm, Jesca Hoop. Mar 20, 8pm, Davina & the Vagabonds.
Mar 18, Wild Green Irish Band. 131 E First St, Cloverdale. 707.894.9610.
Sebastopol Center for the Arts Mar 17, Wayward Winds Quintet. 282 S High St, Sebastopol. 707.829.4797.
Sebastopol Community Center
Mar 19, Dervish. 390 Morris St, Sebastopol. 707.823.1511.
Mar 17, St Patty’s Day with Buck Thrifty. 44F Mill St, Healdsburg. 707.723.7018.
Mar 15, the Acrosonics. Mar 18, Sean Carscadden. 452 First St E, Ste G, Sonoma. 707.996.1364.
Mar 18, Electric Funeral and Falkonner. 8201 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.664.0169.
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Mar 17, “Fifty Shades of Green” with North Bay Cabaret. Mar 18, Family Room silent disco. 1910 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.843.5535.
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Corte Madera Library Mar 16, 7pm, Vince Delgado’s Mid-East Tapestry Ensemble. 707 Meadowsweet Dr, Corte Madera. 707.924.6444.
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Music ( 21 Overcommitments. Mar 18, Top Shelf. Mar 19, 11:30am, Sunday brunch with Rachel Efron. Mar 19, 6:30pm, Farzad Arjmand. Mar 21, King & Ace. Mar 22, pro blues jam. 919 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.813.5600.
Mar 17, NEF. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.
Mar 16, Ciara Rooke and Anna Mar. Mar 17, St Paddy’s Day bash with Yard Songs. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200.
Iron Springs Pub & Brewery
Mar 15, B3B4. Mar 22, Jason Beard & the Whiskey Family Band. 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax. 415.485.1005.
Marin Country Mart
Mar 17, 6pm, Friday Night Jazz with Ami Molinari. 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur.
19 Broadway Club
Mar 15, songwriters in the round with Danny Uzi. Mar 16, Koolwhip with Miracle Mule. Mar 17, Rewind. Mar 18, the Itals with Lumanation. Mar 19, 4pm, Dave Alstrom’s Jazz Society. Mar 19, 8pm, West Armoury Blues Band. Mar 20, open mic. Mar 21, Snowapple. 17 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.
No Name Bar
Mar 15, Fiver Brown and Jon Blach. Mar 16, Michael LaMacchia Band. Mar 17, Michael Aragon Quartet. Mar 18, Harmonic Law. Mar 19, 3pm, Flowtilla. Mar 19, 8:30pm, Migrant Pickers and friends. Mar 20, Kimrea & the Dreamdogs. Mar 21, open mic. Mar 22, Wabi Sabi and friends. 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.1392.
Novato Copperfield’s Books
Mar 18, 6pm, the Christian Foley-Beining Group. 999 Grant Ave, Novato. 415.763.3052.
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Mar 15, Jonathan Poretz. Mar 16, Marcos Sainz Trio. Mar 17, David Jeffrey’s Jazz Fourtet. Mar 18, Walter Earl Trio. Mar 19, J Kevin Durkin with Grant Levin. Mar 21, Adam Shulman. Mar 22, Smith Dobson Trio. 37 Caledonia St, Sausalito. 415.331.9355.
Panama Hotel Restaurant
Mar 15, Arthur Javier. Mar
16, Deborah Winters. Mar 21, Swing Fever. Mar 22, Marianna August. 4 Bayview St, San Rafael. 415.457.3993.
Valley Middle School concert. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.
Peri’s Silver Dollar
Mar 17, Doc Kraft & Company. Mar 18, Bohemian Highway. 679 Sommerville Rd, Sausalito. 415.332.2319.
Mar 15, the Elvis Johnson Soul Revue. Mar 16, the Brian Travis Band. Mar 17, St Patrick’s Day wth Culann’s Hounds. Mar 18, Koolerator. Mar 19, Grateful Sundays. Mar 20, Billy D’s open mic. Mar 21, the Bad Hombres. Mar 22, the New Sneakers. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.
Mar 17, St Patrick’s Day party with Powerglide. Mar 18, Danny Click & the Hell Yeahs. Mar 19, 7pm, Gospel dinner show with the Sons of the Soul Revivers. 1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.
Mar 17, Andoni. Mar 18, Chime Travelers. Mar 19, 13 Strings. 250 Entrada Dr, Novato. 415.883.9477.
Wed, Milonga with Marcelo Puig and Seth Asarnow. Mar 16, Toque Tercero flamenco night. Mar 17, the 7th Sons. Mar 18, benefit for Canal Alliance with Conjunto Karabali. Mar 19, 5pm, Mazacote. Mar 20, open mic with Judy Hall and Andy Dudnick. Mar 21, Noel Jewkes and friends. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito. 415.331.2899.
Smiley’s Schooner Saloon
Mar 16, Whitherward. Mar 17, MKC. Mar 18, the Asteroid No 4 with Loco Tranquilo. Mar 19, Anthony Presti & the Tusslers. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311.
Stinson Beach Community Center
Mar 20, Common Voice Choir. 32 Belvedere Ave, Stinson Beach. 415.868.1444.
Sweetwater Music Hall Mar 16, Wake the Dead. Mar 17, Dead Winter Carpenters and the Last Revel. Mar 18-19, the Airplane Family and Live Dead 69. Mar 20, Crossroads Music School concert. Mar 22, Adrian Belew Power Trio and Saul Zonana. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.
Terrapin Crossroads Mar 17-18, Strangefolk. 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael. 415.524.2773.
Throckmorton Theatre Mar 15, Laurence Juber. Mar 18, Jules Broussard’s 80th birthday concert. Mar 20, Mill
Mar 17, Factor 11. 1026 Machin Ave, Novato. 415.899.9883.
Unity in Marin
Mar 15, Steven Halpern Spring Equinox Sound Healing. 600 Palm Dr, Novato. 415.475.5000.
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Through Mar 15, 7 and 9:30pm, Davina & the Vagabonds. Mar 16-19, Pat Martino Trio. Mar 21, Jealous Zelig. Mar 22, Tommy Igoe Band. 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.603.1258.
Ca’ Momi Osteria
Mar 17, Latin Nights with DJ Jose Miguel. Mar 18, Three on a Match. 1141 First St, Napa. 707.224.6664.
Deco Lounge at Capp Heritage Vineyards
Mar 18, California Zephyr. 1245 First St, Napa. 707.254.1922.
Downtown Joe’s Brewery & Restaurant
Mar 17, St Patrick’s Day with the Sorry Lot. Mar 18, Midnight Harvest. 902 Main St, Napa. 707.258.2337.
First Presbyterian Church of Napa
Mar 19, 4pm, benefit concert with “Evita” stars Ellen Toscano and Robert Dornaus. 1333 Third St, Napa. 707.224.8498.
Lucky Penny Community Arts Center
Mar 18, SonoMusette. 1758 Industrial Way, Napa. 707.266.6305.
Mar 15, David Kelleher. Mar 16, Kith and Kin. Mar 17, Papa Joe & the New Deal. Mar 18, Guitarzilla. Mar 22, Delphi Freeman Trio. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.
Mar 15, Trio Solea. Mar 16, Three on a Match. Mar 17, Nicky DePaola. Mar 18, Juke Joint Band. Mar 19, David Ranconi. Mar 22, Tom Duarte. 1040 Clinton St, Napa. 707.255.6646.
The White Barn
Mar 19, 3pm, Georgia Tech Chamber Choir. 2727 Sulphur Springs Ave, St Helena. 707.987.8225.
Arts Events RECEPTIONS Mar 17
Chroma Gallery, “Jacques Bartels: Paintings & Drawings,” solo show from the New York-born, Europeantraveled and now Santa Rosa-based artist. 5pm. 312 South A St, Santa Rosa. 707.293.6051. Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, “Women’s History Month Exhibit,” celebrate pioneering and trailblazing women. 6:30pm. 20 Fourth St, Petaluma. 707.778.4398.
Caldwell Snyder Gallery, “Kenton Nelson Solo Show,” the artist idolizes the ordinary in his illuminating paintings of figures and landscapes. 4pm. 1328 Main St, St Helena. 415.531.6755.
ages. 2060 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. Mon-Fri, 8 to 6; Sat, 9 to 11am. 707.543.3737.
Through Mar 31, “March Art Show,” features several artists in their studios. Reception, Mar 17 at 5pm. 1200 River Rd, Fulton. Sat-Sun, noon to 5pm 707.536.3305.
Jupiter Moon Art & Gifts
Through Mar 20, “Animal Magnetism,” new dog-focused art from Mylette Welch, with a portion of proceeds donated to Sonoma Humane Society. 507 S Main St, Sebastopol. hours vary 707.634.6304.
Petaluma Arts Center
Through Mar 18, “Discovered: Emerging Visual Artists,” five Sonoma County artists are recognized through the fourth annual “Discovered” program, produced by Creative Sonoma and the Petaluma Arts Center. 230 Lakeville St, Petaluma. Tues-Sat, 11 to 5. 707.762.5600.
Red Shoes Gallery
Through Mar 18, “MEOWville,” 30 paintings of 30 cats by Joanie Springer. 1040 Dutton Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.592.4949.
Healdsburg Center for the Arts, “Art of Gastronomy II,” exhibit celebrates the bounty of Sonoma County food and its wine industry in the context of art. 5pm. 130 Plaza St, Healdsburg. 707.431.1970.
Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Occidental Center for the Arts, “The Spring Equinox: When Day and Night Are Equal,” group exhibit honors the significance of the spring equinox with works that express the power and beauty of new beginnings. 4pm. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.874.9392.
Through Mar 26, “A Walk in the Forest,” botanical paintings by Lucy Martin explore beautiful and surprising life forms found in forests. 150 N Main St, Sebastopol. Open daily, 11 to 6. 707.829.7200.
SONOMA COUNTY Finley Community Center
Through Mar 31, “National Arts Program Exhibition,” 14th annual show and competition features local artists of all
Through Mar 26, “Reflections & Shadows,” juried exhibition focuses on the duality of light and dark, and reflections of every kind. 282 S High St, Sebastopol. Tues-Fri, 10 to 4; Sat-Sun, 1 to 4. 707.829.4797.
Through Mar 28, “Dedicated,” four local artists use repurposed materials in numerous ways and methods that focus on community enrichment and beauty. 7140 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. MonTues, 1 to 5 and 6 to 9; WedSat, 1 to 5. 707.823.7691.
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Through Apr 2, “Eye of the Beholder & Graphic Knowledge,” dual exhibits
feature the sculpture and early prints of post-war artist Nathan Oliveira and the prints of Karl Kasten. 551 Broadway, Sonoma. Wed-Sun, 11 to 5. 707.939.SVMA.
MARIN COUNTY Desta Art & Tea Gallery Through Mar 16, “Unbridled Flow,” featuring works by longtime Marin artist Nicholas Coley. 417 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo. Mon-Sat, 10 to 6 415.524.8932.
Fairfax Library Gallery Through Mar 30, “For the Love of Art,” annual group show features oil and acrylic paintings by local artists. Reception, Mar 11 at 3pm. 2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. Mon-Thurs, 10 to 9; Fri, 12-5; Sat, 10 to 6 415.453.8151.
O’Hanlon Center for the Arts
Through Mar 23, “Printmaking: Impressions,” juried show features a diverse selection of works. 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. Tues-Sat, 10 to 2; also by appointment. 415.388.4331.
Robert Allen Fine Art
Through Mar 31, “Works on Paper,” group exhibit features prints, drawings and mixedmedia pieces from several artists. 301 Caledonia St, Sausalito. Mon-Fri, 10 to 5. 415.331.2800.
NAPA COUNTY Markham Vineyards
Through Mar 15, “Blues to Psychedelia,” husband and wife artists Harold and Peggy Francis exhibit two distinct series of paintings. 2812 St Helena Hwy N, St Helena. 707.963.5292.
Comedy Mark Pitta
The veteran standup headlines with up-and-coming talent Steve Ausburne guesting. Mar 18, 8pm. $20-$25. Trek Winery, 1026 Machin Ave, Novato. 415.899.9883.
Trivia & Standup Night Trivia contest is followed by a
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headlining standup set from popular comedian Larry “Bubbles” Brown. Mar 22, 8pm. $3. 19 Broadway Club, 17 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.
Dance Life & Art of Isadora Duncan
Director and solo dancer Lois Flood brings the iconic dancer and revolutionary feminist to dramatic life. Mar 19, 4pm. $15. Occidental Center for the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental 707.874.9392.
Events Climate Action in the North Bay
Meet and learn about the local groups fighting to address and curb climate change Mar 21, 6:30pm. Free. Aqus Cafe, 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.
Food for Thought Volunteer Orientation
Tour the food bank, get information and apply to help provide weekly groceries to men, women and children living with HIV and other illnesses in Sonoma County. Tues, Mar 21, 5:30pm. Food for Thought, 6550 Railroad Ave, Forestville. 707.887.1647.
Marin County Civil Grand Jury Open House
Learn more about independent citizens’ watchdog group that monitors local government, investigates problems and recommends solutions. Mar 15, 2pm. Free. Novato Library, 1720 Novato Blvd, Novato. 415.898.4623. Mar 20, 7pm. Free. Marin YMCA, 1500 Los Gamos Dr, San Rafael. 415.492.9622. Mar 21, 2pm. Free. Bel Marin Keys Community Center, 4 Montego Key, Bel Marin Keys.
Marin Theatre Company 50th Anniversary Gala
Includes a gourmet dinner, live and silent auctions and several MTC artists on hand. Mar 18, 5:30pm. $295. Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 415.388.5208.
Extravaganza aboard the wine train includes gourmet meal, wine, entertainment and
dancing in support of Bay Area LGBT communities. Mar 18. $252 and up. Napa Valley Wine Train, 1275 McKinstry St, Napa. 800.427.4124.
Sonoma County Home & Garden Show Three-day event offers guest speakers and hundreds of exhibitors who can help you with any home improvement projects you have. Mar 17-19. $8. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.545.4200.
St Patrick’s Day Celebration at Toad in the Hole
Traditional bagpipes and music from Lucky Ol’ Bones mix with ales, food and dancing for a daylong party. Mar 17, 12pm. Toad in the Hole Pub, 116 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.544.8623.
St Patrick’s Day Celtic Celebration
Multimedia event includes Celtic and Irish music and dancing, photography, historical storytelling and more. Mar 17, 7:30pm. $20. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 2000 Humboldt St, Santa Rosa.
Ugly Tattoo Contest
Show off your most regrettable tattoos and win a cover up from talented inkmaster Shotsie Gorman in this third annual event. Includes live entertainment and raffle, proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood. Mar 19, 6pm. B&V Whiskey Bar & Grille, 400 First St E, Sonoma. 707.938.7110.
Annual wine, food and music celebration features entertainment from Rodrigo y Gabriela, Five for Fighting, Mayer Hawthorne and others with the valley’s finest restaurants and vintners providing intimate culinary experiences. Mar 16-19. Napa Valley, various locations, Napa, yountvillelive.com.
Film The Birds
Hitchcock’s Bodega Bay-shot classic opens the Rio’s ‘Third Saturdays’ cult and classic film series. Mar 18, 7:30pm. $8. Rio Theater, 20396 Bohemian Hwy, Monte Rio. 707.865.0913.
Cinema & Psyche Watch and discuss six masterful movies with
folklore and fairy-tale motifs. Thurs through Apr 13. $125. Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, cinemaandpsyche. com. Mon, 2pm. through Apr 24. $165. Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael, cinemaandpsyche.com.
CULT Film Series It’s a St Patrick’s Day double feature of monster movies with “Leprechaun” and “Troll” playing back to back. Mar 16, 7pm. $10. Roxy Stadium 14 Cinemas, 85 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.525.8909.
(Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies Documentary explores what causes people to lie and how it drives people apart. Mar 22, 7pm. $10-$12. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.
Food & Drink Celts & Vikings Corned Beef & Cabbage Fundraiser
A program titled “Digging the Vikings: An Archaeological Perspective” accompanies a corned beef and cabbage dinner. Mar 18, 5pm. $8$25. Sons of Norway Hall, 617 W Ninth St, Santa Rosa. 800.838.3006.
Drink for the Dogs
Fourth annual daylong event features traditional Irish folk music, raffle prizes, drink specials and house smoked corned beef, benefitting Green Dog Rescue Project. Mar 17. Free admission. Healdsburg Bar & Grill, 245 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.433.3333.
First Taste Napa
A screening of the film is accompanied by a live sevenpiece band performing the entire soundtrack. Mar 18, 8pm. $27. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.
Over a dozen downtown Napa restaurants showcase their favorite dishes, while 40 wineries pour amidst live entertainment and silent auction. Mar 22, 6pm. $95. The Culinary Institute of America at Copia, 500 First St, Napa. 707.967.2530.
Hitchcock Film Fest
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Fifth annual fest features two films from the master of suspense, “The Birds” and “Rear Window,” with beer, wine, food and raffle. Mar 18, 3:30pm. $5-$18. Bodega Bay Grange, 1370 Bodega Ave, Bodega Bay. 707.875.3616.
Israeli Film Festival Jewish Community Center of Sonoma County presents “Apples from the Desert,” a coming-of-age drama from Israel. Mar 21, 1 and 7:30pm. $10-$13. Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley St, Sebastopol. 707.525.4840.
Medium Cool Film depicts the working world of the 1960s with a mix of fictional storytelling and documentary technique. Followed by a discussion. Mar 15, 6:30pm. Diesel Bookstore, 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 415.785.8177.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show Cult film gets a proper latenight screening with audience participation. Mar 17, 11pm. $10. Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.
Food and wine festival featuring guest chefs includes winemaker workshops, cooking demonstrations and other exclusive activities. Mar 22-26. Culinary Institute of America Greystone Campus, 2555 Main St, St Helena, FlavorNapaValley.com.
‘PULLING UP THE DEW’ Work by artist Jacques Bartels appears in a solo show opening Friday, March 17, at Chroma Gallery. See Receptions, p23. and shepherd’s pie will be served, with an Irish dance troupe performing. A portion of proceeds benefit Healdsburg Education Foundation. Mar 17, 5pm. Spoonbar, 219 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.433.7222.
St Patrick’s Day Fiasco Irish buffet dinner includes soda bread, butter potatoes, mushy peas, corned beef and cabbage. Screening of the Irish classic “The Quiet Man” follows. Mar 17, 4pm. $13. Sally Tomatoes, 1100 Valley House Dr, Rohnert Park. 707.665.0260.
Luck o’ the Irish Luncheon
Taste of Place
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Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium
Traditional Irish food and live music from Cormac Gannon and Kyle Alden. Mar 16, 11:30am. $10-$12. Whistlestop, 930 Tamalpais Ave, San Rafael. 415.456.9062. Taste, sample, mingle and meet the winemakers from 17 wineries in the annual experience. Mar 18-19. $65. Sonoma Valley wineries, various locations, Kenwood. 707.431.1137.
St Patrick’s Day at Goose & Gander
Enjoy corned beef and cabbage, live music by Free Peoples and lots of beer and drink specials. Mar 17, 4pm. Free admission. Goose & Gander, 1245 Spring St, St Helena. 707.967.8779.
St Patrick’s Day at Spoonbar
Irish coffees, festive cocktails
Four-course meal is paired with selections from Freeman Winery. Mar 16, 6:30pm. $115. Healdsburg Shed, 25 North St, Healdsburg. 707.431.7433.
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Spring Break Classes for Kids
Give the kids spring break at the Schulz Museum, with cooking, cartooning, crafts and even ice skating. Mar 17-24. $25 and up. Charles M Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452.
Lectures Climate Change Reality in the Arctic
Photos and stories illuminate about climate change in the Arctic and the effort to create an institute for education and research in Alaska. Mar 22, 7pm. $10. Corte Madera Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Dr, Corte Madera.
Event focused on advancing women in the alcohol industry is sold-out but live-stream tickets are still available. Through Mar 15. $30-$55. Meritage Resort, 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa.
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Spring Break at the Library Week of events for kids include Zumba, Maker classes, puppet shows and more. Mar 17-25. The Sonoma County Library,
Panel discussion on commune life in the 1960s features actor and activist Peter Coyote, KRCB radio host Roland Jacopetti and others. Mar 16, 6pm. $10$15. Art Museum of Sonoma County, 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.579.1500.
Learn the history of the longforgotten San Rafael silent film studio, California Motion Picture Corporation. Mar 20, 10:30am. Corte Madera Library. 707 Meadowsweet Dr, Corte Madera. 707.924.6444.
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Readings Bean Affair
Thurs, Mar 16, 1:30pm, Third Sunday Salon, hosted by Healdsburg Literary Guild. Free. 1270 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg 707.395.0177.
Mar 15, 7pm, Molotov Editions Book Launch, San Francisco publisher presents three authors. Mar 16, 7pm, “In This Grave Hour” with Jacqueline Winspear. Mar 17, 7pm, “A Guided Tour of Hell” with Sam Bercholz. Mar 18, 4pm, “Ocean of Insight” with Heather Lyn Mann. Mar 19, 1pm, “Meatless” with Kristie Middleton. Mar 19, 4pm, “American Enlightenments” with Caroline Winterer. Mar 19, 7pm, “Extreme Measure” with Jessica Nutik Zitter. Mar 21, 1pm, “The Rules Do Not Apply” with Ariel Levy. Mar 21, 7pm, “The New Old Me” with Meredith Maran. Mar 22, 7pm, An Evening with Red Hen Press. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera 415.927.0960.
Book Passage By-the-Bay
Mar 18, 1pm, “Every Wild Heart” with Meg Donohue. 100 Bay St, Sausalito 415.339.1300.
Charles M Schulz Museum
Mar 18, 2pm, Bookshelf Author Series with Lemony Snicket, creator of “A Series of Unfortunate Events” speaks on his work and other despairs. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa 707.579.4452.
Many Rivers Books & Tea Mar 16, 7:30pm, “Stars at Dawn” with Wendy Garling. 130 S Main St, Sebastopol 707.829.8871.
Petaluma Copperfield’s Books
Mar 18, 2pm, “Triangle” with Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen. 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma 707.762.0563.
Santa Rosa Copperfield’s Books
Mar 15, 7pm, “A Piece of the World” with Christina Baker Kline. 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. 707.578.8938.
Sebastopol Copperfield’s Books Mar 18, 7pm, “Healing Civilizations” with Nadim A Shaath. 138 N Main St, Sebastopol 707.823.2618.
The Raven Players go on the road and put on the provocative play about friendship and painting inside a Healdsburg art gallery. Through Mar 18. $10-$25. Paul Mahder Gallery, 222 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.473.9150.
Ross Valley Players present the compassionate comedy about eight lonely people stranded at a diner in the middle of a snowstorm. Through Mar 26. $15-$27. Barn Theatre, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 415.456.9555.
Disney’s Beauty & the Beast
Popular musical is performed by North Bay Rep’s local youth and adult actors. Through Mar 18. $15-$20. San Rafael Community Center, 618 B St, San Rafael. 415.485.3333.
Sonoma Arts Live presents the new pop musical as part of their “Women Who Dare” season. Through Mar 19. $16$33. Sonoma Community Center, 276 E Napa St, Sonoma, 866.710.8942.
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Mar 21, 7pm, “The Forgiveness Book” with D Patrick Miller. Mar 22, 7pm, “On Someone Else’s Nickel” with Tim Ryan. 964 Pearl St, Napa 707.733.3199.
A Little Night Music
Mar 20, 7pm, “TreeGirl” with Julianne Skai Arbor. 923 C St, San Rafael 415.457.4191.
Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical about new romances and second chances is
Curtain Call Theatre present the edge-of-your-seat smash hit. Through Mar 25. $15-$20. Russian River Hall, 20347 Hwy 116, Monte Rio. 707.849.4873.
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The Award-winning musical classic is performed by Throckmorton’s Youth Production. Through Mar 19. $15-$35. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.
Lois Pearlman presents a funny one-woman play about rent-control struggle with Manhattan high-rise developers in the 1980s. Mar 19, 5pm. $10. Gaia’s Garden, 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491.
entrancing entertainment. Through Mar 19. $15-$38. 6th Street Playhouse, 52 West Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.
David Mamet’s controversial new tale of sex, guilt and bold accusations is presented by Left Edge Theatre. Contains adult content. Through Mar 26. $25-$40. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.
The Servant of Two Masters
New version of the classic Italian comedy pits madcap servant Truffaldino against masters, mistresses and 27 plates of meatballs. Through Mar 19. $12-$18. Burbank Auditorium, SRJC, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.527.4307.
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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
David Lear directs the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about a middle-aged couple engaged in a battle of wits. Through Mar 19. $15-$30. Main Stage West, 104 N Main St, Sebastopol. 707.823.0177.
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown: The Musical
The beloved characters from “Peanuts” come to life in this revised version of the classic musical about a day in the life of Charlie Brown. Through Mar 19. $15-$25. College of Marin Kentfield Campus, 835 College Ave, Kentfield. 415.457.8811.
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Sex Pots The cannabiscoitus connection BY MICHAEL HAYES
ex. We all want it and more of it. More desire, more frequency and more intensity. Or, for self-deprecating, aging baby boomers like myself, some desire, some frequency and some intensity would be a nice change.
Does cannabis affect sexuality? In reviewing the considerable but nonscientific literature, it appears that for inhibition reduction, anything works, but for a clear aphrodisiac effect, strain matters. A female friend explained it this way, “When I smoke Blue Jay Way, I find myself in sweatpants cleaning the house; when I smoke Purple Kush, I find myself heading to the bedroom leaving a trail of forgotten lingerie.” Thanks for the poetic visual. Gender plays a role as well. A woman named Karyn Wagner has developed a strain specifically for women called Sexxpot. The strain is crossed with Mr. Nice and other unknown strains. Karyn says that smoking Mr. Nice dramatically improved her sex life and implies that it “saved her marriage.” Whether Sexxpot is simply great
marketing and clever branding or is actually a powerful female aphrodisiac is open for debate. Or research. Anyone? There are some downsides to cannabis and sex. Dryness, both oral and vaginal, was mentioned frequently. On the other hand, temporal distortion—the feeling that time has slowed—can be a great psychological boost to those who tend to start and finish before the microwaved popcorn is done. Ding. What are the strains that are frequently reported as great for sex? Let’s look at some of the strains and comments I received: Girl Scout Cookies: “Perfect for lonely nights.” Mentioned only once. Of course it was mentioned only once. Jasmine: “The ultimate mood setter for women.” Three mentions. The powerful aromatics at work here should be bottled and made universally available. Asian Fantasy: “The perfect vacation sex weed.” Duh. Mentioned three times. The sexual effect of this strain may be more related to the suggestive name than any inherent properties. Sour Diesel: “Powerful lustful sex.” Three mentions. And the winner is . . . Grand Daddy Purple: “Extremely strong powerful arousal.” Regarding the name, there are some things better left unsaid. Seven mentions! No other strain was mentioned more than four times. How do the above strains affect sexuality? I think the effect of cannabis on sexuality is less a matter of the cannabinoid content, and more a function of terpenes working synergistically. For reference, the primary terpenes in Grand Daddy Purple are linalool (3.3 percent), alpha-pinene (1.17 percent) and caryophyllene (.91 percent). I know what strain I’m including in this year’s crop. Michael Hayes works for the CBD Guild. Contact him at mhayes339@ comcast.net.
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I hope you will consider buying yourself some early birthday presents. The celebration is weeks away, but you need some prodding, instigative energy now. It’s crucial that you bring a dose of the starting-fresh spirit into the ripening projects you’re working on. Your mood might get overly cautious and serious unless you infuse it with the spunk of an excited beginner. Of course only you know what gifts would provide you with the best impetus, but here are suggestions to stimulate your imagination: a young cactus; a jack-in-the-box; a rock with the word “sprout” written on it; a decorated marble egg; a fox mask; a Photoshopped image of you flying through the air like a superhero.
GEMINI (May 21–June 20) Many Geminis verbalize profusely and acrobatically. They enjoy turning their thoughts into speech, and love to keep social situations lively with the power of their agile tongues. Aquarians and Sagittarians may rival your tribe for the title of the Zodiac’s Best Bullshitters, but I think you’re in the top spot. Having heaped that praise on you, however, I must note that your words don’t always have as much influence as they have entertainment value. You sometimes impress people more than you impact them. But here’s the good news: In the coming weeks, that could change. I suspect your fluency will carry a lot of clout. Your communication skills could sway the course of local history. CANCER (June 21–July 22) Your world is more spacious than it has been in a long time. Congrats! I love the way you have been pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and into the wilder frontier. For your next trick, here’s my suggestion: Anticipate the parts of you that may be inclined to close down again when you don’t feel as brave and free as you do now. Then gently clamp open those very parts. If you calm your fears before they break out, maybe they won’t break out at all. LEO (July 23–August 22) I like rowdy, extravagant longing as much as anyone. I enjoy being possessed by a heedless greed for too much of everything that feels rapturous: delectable food, mysterious sex, engrossing information, liberating intoxication and surprising conversations that keep me guessing and improvising for hours. But I am also a devotee of simple, sweet longing . . . pure, watchful, patient longing . . . open-hearted longing that brims with innocence and curiosity and is driven as much by the urge to bless as to be blessed. That’s the kind I recommend you explore and experiment with in the coming days. VIRGO (August 23–September 22) You know that forbidden fruit you’ve had your eyes on? Maybe it isn’t so forbidden any more. It could even be evolving toward a state where it will be both freely available and downright healthy for you to pluck. But there’s also a possibility that it’s simply a little less risky than it was before. And it may never become a fully viable option. So here’s my advice: Don’t grab and bite into that forbidden fruit yet. Keep monitoring the situation. Be especially attentive to the following questions: Do you crave the forbidden fruit because it would help you flee a dilemma you haven’t mustered the courage to escape from? Or because it would truly be good for you to partake of the forbidden fruit? LIBRA (September 23–October 22) I expect you will get more than your usual share of both sweetness and tartness in the coming days. Sometimes one or the other will be the predominant mode, but on occasion they will converge to deliver a complex brew
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of WOW!-meets-WTF! Imagine chunks of sour apples in your vanilla fudge ripple ice cream. Given this state of affairs, there’s no good reason for you to be blandly kind or boringly polite. Use a saucy attitude to convey your thoughtfulness. Be as provocative as you are tender. Don’t just be nice—be impishly and subversively nice.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “I want to gather
your darkness in my hands, to cup it like water and drink.” So says Jane Hirshfield in her poem “To Drink.” I bet she was addressing a Scorpio. Does any other sign of the zodiac possess a sweet darkness that’s as delicious and gratifying as yours? Yes, it’s true that you also harbor an unappetizing pocket of darkness, just like everyone else. But that sweet kind—the ambrosial, enigmatic, exhilarating stuff—is not only safe to imbibe, but can also be downright healing. In the coming days, I hope you’ll share it generously with worthy recipients.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21)
Saturn has been in your sign steadily since September 2015, and will continue to be there until December 2017. Some traditional astrologers might say you are in a phase of downsizing and self-restraint. They’d encourage you to be extra strict and serious and dutiful. To them, the ringed planet is an exacting taskmaster. There are some grains of truth to this perspective, but I like to emphasize a different tack. I say that if you cooperate with the rigors of Saturn, you’ll be inspired to become more focused and decisive and disciplined as you shed any flighty or reckless tendencies you might have. Yes, Saturn can be adversarial if you ignore its commands to be faithful to your best dreams. But if you respond gamely, it will be your staunch ally.
CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19) Born in the African nation of Burkina Faso, Malidoma Somé is a teacher who writes books and offers workshops to Westerners interested in the spiritual traditions of his tribe. In his native Dagaare language, his first name means “he who befriends the stranger/enemy.” I propose that we make you an honorary malidoma for the next three weeks. It will be a favorable time to forge connections, broker truces, and initiate collaborations with influences you have previous considered foreign or alien. AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18)
Every relationship has problems. No exceptions. In the beginning, all may be calm and bright, but eventually cracks will appear. Here’s the corollary to that rule: every partner is imperfect. Regardless of how cool, kind, attractive or smart they may seem in the early stages, they will eventually unveil their unique flaws and troubles. Does this mean that all togetherness is doomed? That it’s forever impossible to create satisfying unions? The answer is HELL, NO!— especially if you keep the following principles in mind: Choose a partner whose problems are (1) interesting; (2) tolerable; (3) useful in prodding you to grow; (4) all of the above.
PISCES (February 19–March 20)
Would you like some free healing that’s in alignment with cosmic rhythms? Try this experiment. Imagine that you’re planning to write your autobiography. Create an outline that has six chapters. Each of the first three chapters will be about a past experience that helped make you who you are. In each of the last three chapters, you will describe a desirable event that you want to create in the future. I also encourage you to come up with a boisterous title for your tale. Don’t settle for My Life So Far or The Story of My Journey. Make it idiosyncratic and colorful, perhaps even outlandish, like Piscean author Dave Eggers’ Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.
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