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What a Guy! In last week’s “Let It Rest” letter (May 10), the author praises Andy Lopez’s killer for accurately blasting him with seven bullets, missing only once. He congratulates the killer, Deputy Sheriff Erick Gelhaus, for his so-called weapons control, even though, records show, Gelhaus failed to give the 13-year-old the required warning, failed to assess the situation as per his own training and common sense, and negligently, perhaps criminally, mistook

a toy gun for the real thing. Some expert. And then the letter writer congratulates Gelhaus, who is white, for not killing “other children” in the Latino neighborhood. What a guy! Are we supposed to believe that this killer was skilled and brave because he, without hesitation, blew away a kid walking in a field who was nonaggressively carrying a toy gun? Whatever happened to “protect and serve”? A brave officer would have stood his ground and assessed the situation before splattering the park with automatic rifle fire. Why

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is Gelhaus still on the force? Because our county officials value his ability to kill more than they value the life of the child he killed.

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Trump Snatchers Tom, you left out one thing when you were driving through Petaluma listening to Limbaugh (“American Pod,” May 10).

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Petaluma is where Jack Finney, author of the Invasion of the Body Snatchers novel, lived. Jack and his sweet wife were good customers of the “bar with no name” in Sausalito when I owned it from 1959 to 1974. He liked the no name so much that he included finding a no-name in his time-travel novel Time and Again. Power to the time travellers. I think Finney would have agreed that in another time-travelled time, pod people would have been a force against Trumpians.

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Death by Broccoli Mr. Rogawitz’s letter (“Mother’s Milk,” May 10) is another example of the hysterical vegans up in arms over dairy/ poultry/beef/sheep/bollweevils. Get a grip, Larry. Drive around the bucolic Sonoma/Marin countryside. Show me the chains. Show me the “torn” calves. I see newborn calves frolicking with their moms in suitable environs. The calves are separated in due time, but they are not “torn away.” Our local dairymen and women love their animals. Their livelihood depends on healthy, happy animals. They have names for their charges. To equate the huge national dairies with local ones (almost all of them organic) is equivalent to comparing our local producers with Walmart. Fine, Larry, drink your soy-based milk and imbibe the nauseous pseudo-“products” found at Whole Foods. I’ll continue to support my local organic dairies and their products. If you ever see me in a Whole Foods store, I give you permission to summarily execute me—with a limp broccoli stalk, of course.

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olar panels,” says Bruce Rhodes, “are the hottest thing since sliced bread in Africa.” Rhodes, who wears several hats in Sonoma County, heads Santa Rosa’s Arlene Francis Center, but that’s not his primary mission. Rhodes travels to Mali and Senegal several times a year to help villagers go solar. Rhodes’ passion for the solar-panel project in the West African nations strikes a global chord that resonates locally. Rhodes’ commitment helps create energy independence at the village level and serves to “keep the youngsters close to home instead of facing the possibility of leaving, and who knows where they will end up—in a war zone, or somewhere outside the village.” Rhodes is a graduate of New College in the North Bay, and a longstanding champion of the power of solar energy at home and abroad. The solar-panel project is part of a universal, selfsustainability matrix called HIEC (health, income, education and culture). Rhodes partners with the Berkeley-based We Care Solar, a project that brings electricity via “solar suitcases” to assist with birthing babies in villages where the nearest hospitals are hours away. Rhodes also created Drums for Solar to broker agreements with villagers, “to help them become empowered and self-sustaining where they live,” and he’s bringing this message to the Arlene Francis Center on Sunday, May 21, from 5pm to 9pm. Attendees can expect a drum-centric celebration with food, music, videos, dancing and the U.S. premiere of Heritage, a poignant film about village life by a Mali student named Tiorre, who also created the West African Film Festival. Rhodes heads back to Mali in December to beat the drum for global solar awareness and action. Lenita Marie Johnson is a native New Englander and broadcast journalist and writer who lives in Sonoma County and attends Santa Rosa Junior College. Open Mic is a weekly feature in the ‘Bohemian.’ We welcome your contribution. To have your topical essay of 350 words considered for publication, write openmic@bohemian.com.

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DAY IN COURT The May 10 Ninth Circuit Court hearing was prompted by Sonoma County’s appeal for qualified immunity for Sgt. Erick Gelhaus. A lower court previously rejected the request.

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Qualified immunity considered for SCSO officer involved in 2013 shooting of Andy Lopez BY TOM GOGOLA

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n Wednesday, May 10, a threejudge federal appeals panel in Pasadena heard from plaintiff and defendant lawyers in a civil lawsuit centered on the 2013 officerinvolved shooting death of Andy Lopez.

The 37-minute-long proceeding at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit was prompted after attorneys for Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Erick Gelhaus appealed a December decision in U.S. District Court which rejected a summary judgment request for qualified immunity for Gelhaus, who shot Lopez on Oct. 22, 2013, while

the youth was carrying a replica AK-47 on Moorland Avenue in Santa Rosa. The court met to consider the appeal and whether conflicting witness testimony over issues of material fact were in dispute — and if so, whether they should uphold the lower court’s ruling or overturn it. They did not meet to pass judgment on Gelhaus or

Lopez, but to consider whether a jury trial was the appropriate legal venue to sort out the conflicting witness accounts. The main takeaway from the proceeding: Given the arc and tone of the questioning and observations from the judges, a 2–1 vote to reject the appeal and send it back to the district court for trial would not be surprising. Justice Milan Dale Smith, a George W. Bush appointee, said there were six issues of material fact that were contested by witness accounts of the tragedy— including by Gelhaus’ own deposition about the shooting. Smith peppered Gelhaus lawyer Noah Blechman with questions and observations as he highlighted that the lower court had ruled there was “no threat to officer Gelhaus based on where the gun was pointing when Andy turned.” The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office veteran had said “he didn’t know where the gun was pointed” when he used lethal force, Smith said. Blechman countered that the officer had ordered Lopez to drop the gun, and that he instead started to turn toward the officers. “The law allows him to use deadly force,” Blechman said. “They said they saw the gun coming up and around. They don’t have to point the weapon [at the officers]. [Gelhaus] is looking at his sights. He is not looking at the hand or where the gun is pointing.” This was a “harrowing gesture,” Blechman said, and lethal force was justified. Smith and Justice Richard Clifton, also a Bush appointee, both noted the court’s role in the proceeding, given “major conflicted facts” and the absence of a live defendant. Smith did most of the questioning of Blechman while Clifton offered occasional observations and questions directed at Blechman. Given the absence of testimony from Lopez himself, as the court rules on the appeal and considers the conflicting testimony, the judges are bound to consider the


‘There is no license for police to kill teenagers within three seconds. That is not the law.’

Wallace, appointed to the appeals court by Richard Nixon in 1972, asked attorney Gerald Peters to account for the officers’ use of their hailing system to emit a short “chirp” at Lopez, and the order to “drop the gun,” which was not abided. Peters said the officers had never identified themselves or used their public address system to hail the youth. The police were under no obligation to do either, Wallace said, even if it was unfortunate, in retrospect, that they had not done so. “There [were] police around,

and somebody yelled at him, ‘Drop the gun.’” Peters told the judges that Lopez’s casualness in facing the officers indicated that the youth had made no immediate connection that the deputies were chirping at him from across an intersection, 120 feet away. He was shot when the officers were about 40 feet from him. In that situation, Peters said, it would be reasonable to conclude that Andy turned around to see who was yelling at him. Gelhaus ordered him to “Drop the gun” and shot the youth within three seconds of the command. “Andy was never given an opportunity to comply with the order,” Peters said. Blechman argued that qualified immunity was justified and offered a broad array of cases where officers had been justified in the use of deadly force for reaching for a weapon or making a gesture toward one. But, he said, his client’s case was so unique—the potential deadliness of the weapon, the split-second necessity as Lopez faced the officers—that “there’s no case” he could cite to provide a direct precedent. Smith said the case was not unique at all, and that the court saw cases of toy guns and police interacting in tragic cases all the time. “You’re saying this is unique? This is not unique. That’s the problem. . . . There is no license for police to kill teenagers within three seconds. That is not the law.” Blechman said that he agreed with Smith that toy guns are a social problem, but argued that Gelhaus should “not have to pay the price for the social problem of toy guns.” Smith tellingly remarked to the Lopez family lawyer Gerald Peters: “I think you have a very strong case on the facts that you are not arguing.” Peters said he had those facts, but that Judge Wallace’s questions had prevented him from offering them to the court.

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Nightmare Scenario May 15 was California Immigrant Day, but tell that to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The latest deportation outrage involves two Jalisco natives caught up in the undocumented sweep carried out by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials in California. Hugo Mejia is a San Rafael resident with no criminal record and long-standing community ties. He’s locked up in an ICE facility awaiting expedited deportation after getting sent there when he reported to a new job at a defense-contractor plant. A Social Security check revealed his non-citizen status; he’s been in the United States for 17 years. “We’re trying to get him some due process,” says North Coast Congressman Jared Huffman. “That’s what is so scary about this one, given all these reassurances that this would be focused on criminals—this puts the lie to that.” Huffman is trying to sort the opaque administration’s dictates. “Even the (Department of Homeland Security) secretary has come into the caucus and given us vague and contradictory statements about what the policies are going to be,” Huffman says. DHS secretary John Kelly hails from an Irish-Catholic background. Fellow Catholic Mejia, a father of three, will likely miss the confirmation of one of his children this weekend. “The real significance of this case beyond the compelling drama that is creating so much support in my district is that if this gentleman can be caught in a sting, summarily arrested and deported without any due process, it’s hard to imagine any undocumented immigrant— that’s 12 million people—being safe,” Huffman says. “That is sort of a nightmare scenario.” —Tom Gogola

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facts as presented in the most favorable light to Lopez. Their job is to determine whether a jury could reasonably decide that Gelhaus violated Lopez’s Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches and seizures. Through his questioning of plaintiff’s lawyer Gerald Peters, John Clifford Wallace appeared to indicate support for the defendant’s argument that Gelhaus acted appropriately and constitutionally under the quickly unfolding circumstances, which involved a replica AK-47 in a neighborhood where Gelhaus said he had encountered real ones.


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histle Meats, the picturesque, three-year-old Petaluma butcher shop, reopened under new ownership last week after a three-week closure. Chef Travis Day replaces owner Molly Best and head charcuterie maker Aaron Gilliam.

“I was working at Cavallo Point in Sausalito as the chef de cuisine, and had just started to settle in when I was approached by Aaron,” says Day, who had worked with Gilliam in the past. “He let me know that the shop was going to be up for sale. Once all the pieces started to fall into place, it really felt like something that I had to do.” Best decided to sell after a drunken driver plowed into the

storefront last year. Day arrives at Thistle with a long résumé as a world traveler and chef. Having traveled to over 20 countries, he spent the last few years of his career in San Francisco, most recently at Oro, a short-lived Mint Plaza restaurant. Other stints include cooking with Jason Fox at Commonwealth and working as a sous chef at Central Kitchen and Salumeria, Mission District

restaurants where Day crafted charcuterie, paté and other meaty creations. Why focus on charcuterie after working as chef de cuisine, the No. 2 man in the kitchen? “I remember the first professional kitchen I walked into, where the chef asked me what station I wanted to work,” Day says. “I told him I wanted to work the grill, thinking that I liked to barbecue and that those skills would come in handy on the grill station.” As he started improving and after he fell in love with cooking meat and making sauces, charcuterie became a natural next step. “Once I became a sous chef,” Day says, “I started to experiment with charcuterie and preserving and fermenting, and that grew into a healthy obsession that followed me from restaurant to restaurant.” Now Day gets to share his obsession on a daily basis. “My goal for the menu is to highlight the meats that we offer in the case in interesting and delicious dishes,” he says. “For example, the green bean salad features our duck confit with goat cheese, Blue Lake beans dressed in whole grain mustard, nicoise olives and pea shoots. Often, charcuterie is rich and fatty, and I like to balance that with fresh, bright ingredients and lemony or acidic vinaigrettes.” As the new owner, Day is dreaming up a mix of Thistle staples and new additions, such as Sunday supper events hosting chefs from the greater Bay Area (a June event will feature a collaboration with San Francisco’s award-winning, vegetable-centric restaurant Lord Stanley); drinks courtesy of beverage director Jenny Schwarz, co-owner of Oakland’s Hopscotch and Sláinte; and sandwiches, salads and soups from chef Kyle Itani, of Hopscotch and Itani Ramen, both located in Oakland. “There’s no one I trust more to assist me in making this business beautiful and efficient,” says Day of bringing collaborators from the East Bay. “Kyle’s grandfather owned a butcher shop in Salinas, and I think it’s amazing that he is carrying on the family tradition. We even have his old scale in the shop.” Thistle Meats, 160 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 707.772.5442.


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t more than 1 million acres, Sonoma County is one of the most ecologically diverse places on the planet. It’s a “biological hotspot,” one of just 25 such areas in the world with a vast—but imperiled—reservoir of plant and animal life. But few of us experience this diversity, if for no other reason than most of it is off-limits.

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via public and private property— and to do it in style with great food and drink at the end of the trail. Meghan Walla-Murphy is an environmental consultant who works with LandPaths, a Santa Rosa nonprofit land-stewardship organization. She grew up in Los Angeles, but now lives in Sonoma County. When locals learn she’s from L.A., they pity her, but she points out that she was the lucky one with access to far more open space in the Santa Monica National Recreation Area. “There’s actually less open space in Sonoma County than where I grew up in L.A. We have to work

to get to places here.” The beauty of TrekSonoma is that it makes some of those inaccessible places accessible. “Not only does it connect people back to the land, but it also brings awareness of the need for contiguous permeable connected habitat,” Walla-Murphy says. Landscapes fragmented by fences, roads and development are detrimental for wildlife, who need unimpeded corridors, she says. The routes TrekSonoma participants travel offer a visceral experience along these wildlife passages. Lee Hackeling, LandPaths’ mission and strategic director, came up with the idea for TrekSonoma in 2008, but the idea was planted earlier. She and


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17 June 3-4 and 10-11, 20 her husband, Craig Anderson, LandPaths’ executive director, took a hut-to-hut trip on their honeymoon in Tuscany in 1999 and later hiked the Annapurna Trail in Nepal. She admits the idea isn’t new, but it was new to Sonoma County. “Why do I have to travel all the way over there to do this,” Hackeling wondered back in 2008. “Why don’t we do it here?” Now in its eighth year, TrekSonoma is expanding with three new routes: a Geyserville to Memorial Beach Russian River trip for 12- to 14-year-old-kids that includes an overnight at Front Porch Farm in Healdsburg; a family-oriented two-day hike from Shell Beach to Willow Creek

Ranch and back; and a “Wooly Weekend” this fall that will follow traditional sheep-herding trails along the San Antonio Creek watershed near Petaluma with stays at local sheep ranches— this is in addition the signature “Bohemian to the Sea” hike, a 20-mile, three-day journey from LandPaths’ Bohemian Ecological Preserve near Monte Rio to Shell Beach. Prices range from $125 for the family trip to $625 for Bohemia to the Sea. Scholarships are available and the LandPaths just did a trek for teens that was underwritten by donors. Will and Julie Parish own a 300acre ranch adjacent to Land Paths’ Bohemia Preserve and happily provide access to ) 14

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TrekSonoma participants. Julie Parish says the existing culture of making land accessible motivated her and her husband to work with LandPaths. “Sharing our land with the public has been a dream,” says parish. “TrekSonoma is a way for us to really participate in that network of community building and provide access. It’s a win for everyone.” For Anderson, the trips are not only the great way to experience Sonoma County in all its diversity, but they offer a means of reconnecting with the land. “The only thing we’re doing that’s original is to reawaken a culture that has a strong relationship of place and works to provide access, to steward and to protect,” Anderson says. “It hasn’t been done here since our forbearers got really excited about the Buick. And that’s what’s killed it.” Time and again, Anderson says he sees conversations and relationships created that he says can only happen on the land.

“Human beings need places to gather that are not self-selected vortexes, like the mall or church, work or a music venue, where you’re mixing with the entire community. Land is the only place that I know provides that.” Meanwhile, the trips are developing a new kind of tourism that goes beyond winetasting, with real benefits for the land. “You have an influx of dollars coming in that are not wanting to see the latest film or restaurant or wineries,” says Anderson, “but people are paying to walk and eat local food that’s grown in a fair way and to see trees that their dollars are helping to protect. That’s pretty powerful.” He and Hackeling have dreams for other routes because there’s still so much to see. “We can’t resist it,” says Hackeling. “I would like someone to be able to walk from Sonoma to Gualala,” says Anderson. “That’s a twohour drive. But it’s a 10-day walk if someone chooses to do it. That would be a really deep immersion into this place.”


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Get wet at these classic North Bay pools Summer is near, but the Russian River is not yet warm enough for splashing, and ocean temperatures are at their lowest of the year. It’s time to seek out a good pool. The Coppola Winery Pool (300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville; pictured at right) offers a welcome to warmer days. The two attractive pools are 3,600 square feet combined. Visiting is logistically challenging, but doable: cabins for four people, including pool passes, lounge chairs, magazines and playing cards, need to be reserved ahead of time, and cost $170 on a weekday, $195 on a weekend. Individual day passes, minus the cushy seating and add-ons, are $35. While the newly refurbished pool at Indian Springs in Calistoga is guests-only, Morton’s Warm Springs (1651 Warm Springs Road, Glen Ellen) is only $12 to get in, which gets you a whole day of family recreation, with two natural mineral pools, picnic and barbecue sites, a baseball field and beach volleyball courts included. For even less, a humble fee of $7, the pool at the Rio Nido Roadhouse (14540 Canyon Two Road, Rio Nido) is an easygoing community affair, offering water aerobic classes and luscious greenery views, plus all the large portions and beer the restaurant offers. A similar community vibe can be found at the slightly more upscale Calistoga Community Pool (1745 Washington St., Calistoga), which was made possible thanks to local crowdfunding in 2009. A $5 fee pays for a straightforward, open-air lap pool, spacious grass lawns and extra-clean changing rooms, the unspoken benefit of a relatively new facility. For those seeking a slightly more luxurious environment (code for fewer kids), there’s the Carneros Inn (4048 Sonoma Hwy., Sonoma). Day-spa guests receive access to areas of the 28-acre property usually reserved for overnight guests. The photogenic turquoise pools and a private cottage to retreat to are part of the deal, as long as you pay the $50 resort fee and book $500 in spa services, a hefty fee that can be divided among two people and spent on massages, facials and more. Not an everyday affair, but a cool treat for sure.—Flora Tsapovsky

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The Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods are packing three different outings along the Sonoma Coast in one day. First, North Bay naturalist Lisa Hug leads a “Birding on the Coast” session, where you can view and learn about our avian friends. Next, kayakers of all skill levels are invited to join Suki Waters, owner of Watertreks Eco-Tours, for “Wildlife Viewing by Kayak.” You can bring your own craft if you want, but you’ve got to pre-register to get on the list. Finally, the stewards hold their second seal-watch volunteer training for anyone interested joining the crew. Saturday, May 20, at Jenner Visitor Center, 10439 Hwy. 1, Jenner. 8am, 9am and 1pm. Prices vary. stewardscr.org.

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The lush meadows with their sweeping views that surround the di Rosa art refuge in west Napa are at peak greenery right now, and the center is offering a special guided Art & Nature Hike through them this weekend. This three-mile walk not only shows off di Rosa’s 200-plus acres of land, including an ascent to Milliken Peak, the highest summit in the Carneros region, it also meanders through the art center’s Sculpture Meadow, filled with dozens of art pieces to feast your eyes on. Advance tickets are required, so sign up now to get in on the hike, happening Saturday, May 20, at di Rosa, 5200 Sonoma Hwy., Napa. 10am. 707.226.5991.

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For over a hundred years (104 to be exact), the Mountain Play has offered the most stunning outdoor theater experience of the summer, staging professionally produced shows under the canopy of redwoods that encircle Mount Tamalpias. This year, the always familyfriendly event takes a page from the book of Disney, and presents the musical Beauty and the Beast as it was seen in the ’90s animated film and the new live-action adaptation. Beyond the theatrics, activities like face painting, raffles and post-show entertainment make for a day of fun every Sunday, May 21 to June 18, at the Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre, 3801 Panoramic Hwy., Mill Valley. Gates open at 9am; show is at 2pm. $20–$40. 415.383.1100.

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Back in the day, the work done in the fields and on the ranches of the North Bay was horse-powered, literally. This weekend, the North Coast Draft Horse and Mule Association hosts its annual Plowing Day at the former home of Jack London to give visitors an insight into the history and experience of farming in the 1800s. The family event includes plowing demonstrations and free wagon rides around London’s ranch, and features an array of horses on hand. Blacksmithing, horseshoeing and other throwback practices will also come alive on Sunday, May 21, at Jack London State Park, 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. 10am. Free admission; $10 per vehicle parking. 707.938.5216.

—Charlie Swanson

SUNSET STARS San Francisco restaurateur and ‘Top Chef Masters’ winner Chris Cosentino is one of dozens of guests who take over the gardens and grounds of Cornerstone Sonoma for ‘Sunset’ magazine’s celebration this weekend. See Events, p27.


VENTURE FORTH Go Adventure participants traveled to Catalina Island last summer.

Get Outside Go Adventure goes into the wild

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’m always telling everybody that we’re doing exactly what we said we would do almost 20 years ago,” says Jim Nevill. The co-founder and executive director of Bodega-based nonprofit organization Lifeschool and its flagship program Go Adventure says that, though the mission has evolved and the language has been updated, the

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essence of what they do has not changed since the group formed in 1999. Every summer, Go Adventure leads teenagers from Sonoma County and beyond on customizable wilderness adventures, sans cell phones, to encourage life skills ranging from outdoors experience to building personal relationships. The program’s destinations include many of California’s diverse ecological wonders, from Mount Shasta to Death Valley, as well as

trips that reach as far as Alaska and Costa Rica. “Our program really emphasizes adventure-based learning,” Nevill says. “It’s about having an enriching experience in the outdoors that’s still fun.” Rather than focusing on training kids just to be proficient at specific camping skills, Lifeschool was founded on the idea of passing on skills that can make kids more productive in school and in their personal lives, like communication and

conflict resolution. But that’s not to say kids aren’t learning a ton of outdoor skills. Re-branded as Go Adventure in 2007 due to student suggestions, the organization’s wilderness tours are no mere ropes courses. Expeditions can last as long as 30 days and feature challenging environments. “The learning is hidden in the fun and challenge of the activities,” says Nevill. “You don’t realize the profound changes that can happen to you as you hike up a mountain that you never fathomed getting to the top of. It teaches you something about yourself that you can then apply to your home life.” Nevill grew up on the East Coast and earned a degree in psychology at the University of Dayton in 1995. The first job he was offered out of college was with a Catholic Youth Organization camp in Occidental, where he worked as a counselor and then director before forming Lifeschool. “I believe that good youth workers weave themselves out of the formula as soon as possible,” Nevill says. “Ideally, you’re empowering people with the skills they need to make good calls when you’re not around.” With that state of mind at the forefront of its work, Go Adventure has been recognized as a pioneering force in youth mentorship as well as outdoor fun. Go Adventure’s schedule of group outings run April to October. Ultimately, Nevill wants to encourage parents to see the importance and benefits of the outdoor experience for their children. “I believe the best way to learn real-life hard skills is to go outside and live.” For more information, visit goadventure.org.

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good comedy has no plot, but plenty of funny lines. It has no dead bodies, unless the deceased has a k in his name. And it always ends with a last-minute twist and a big shiny rainbow, literal or figurative. So lectures high-strung Broadway producer Jerry Cobb (Chris Schloemp, hilarious), who’s paid big bucks to a recently successful (but seriously depressed) young playwright named “Nebraska” Jones (Devin McConnell, nailing the character’s aggressively mopey narcissism). Cobb, assisted by his timid but ambitious second-in-command, Charlie (Benjamin Stowe,

animated and entertainingly goofy), is counting on his expensive playwright to produce a modern masterpiece. Thus the title of Rob Caisely’s funny, frisky, frenetic (but woefully overlong) farce A Masterpiece of Comic . . . Timing. Directed with gleeful fury by Craig Miller, Masterpiece—running throughout May in the Studio Theater at 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa—is Caisely’s fourth show, along with Kite’s Book, Happy and Date Night, to run at 6th Street. Caisely’s prolific run in Santa Rosa is the product of a long-term professional association between the Idaho-based playwright and Miller, 6th Street’s artistic director. Masterpiece has a classic, old-school set-up: a sad writer, desperate producers, an exuberantly sexy actress ex-girlfriend (Rose Roberts, hysterical), all trapped in a “luxury” hotel during an Arizona heat wave, with the AC malfunctioning to an absurd degree; there’s underwear weather in the main suite, but blizzard conditions in the bedroom. It’s a simple but sturdy framework on which to hang one-liners, sight gags and general silliness, though not quite sturdy enough to support the play’s somewhat repetitive, 135-minute running time. Most of the best gags are at the expense of show-business types, as when Cobb snarls, “Writers! We need ’em, but we don’t have to like ’em!” or when Nola Hart (the playwright’s dim former fling), naming her choicest professional attributes, purrs, “My talent, my brains, my body—or both!” It’s all very silly and kind of pointless, but despite a script that stretches the gags to the breaking point, Masterpiece—no masterpiece, but plenty of fun— does follow Cobb’s slick formula for comedic success. Right down to the shiny rainbow at the end. Rating (out of 5): ‘A Masterpiece of Comic . . . Timing’ runs weekends through May 28 at 6th Street Playhouse, 52 W. Sixth St., Santa Rosa. Thursday 7:30pm; Friday– Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. $16–$26. 707.523.4185.


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lien: Covenant has sterling production design and an almost regally solemn Jed Kurzel score. It mulls the idea that humans and the hellspawn xenomorphs have a linked destiny. Animated now, as opposed to being acted out by a seven-foot tall stuntman as in the original, the critters come in all sizes and shapes. They’re as lithe as monkeys, chittering, making creaking noses like sprung floorboards. But director Ridley Scott is up to more than retrofitting the origin of the aliens. He contrasts the world of the religiously faithful with those of us who’d prefer to do without celestial help. Religious officer Christopher Oram (Billy Crudup) is peeved about being outnumbered by humanists. There’s a debate about human intentions between a pair of “synthetics” (androids). Michael Fassbender plays both, and if there’s anything particularly good about this movie, it’s the way these two interact in a well-made fight scene. Do the deep-dish ideas get in the way of the gut-busting, or is it the other way around? There’s more monster for the buck than there was in the previous prequel, Prometheus,but the human hosts don’t make an impression. I’ll walk that back. Katherine Waterston makes an impression, a negative one. Her Daniels, a terraformer who just wanted a cabin by a lake on a faraway planet, is widowed right away. Eventually, she gets in the Ripley game, standing in for Sigourney Weaver, and there’s just no substitution. She’s a very wet actress and tragedy is becoming a specialty. She wept frequently in Fantastic Beasts, too. The parts that work best are everyday sci-fi material, though the oddly similar theme in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was far more bracing. Scott has said that he’s a better director in old age. The elder director, and the elder man, can end up judging the human race as damned and worthy of destruction. It’s an argument, but as theme for an entertainment, it’s just plain depressing. ‘Alien: Covenant’ is playing in wide release in the North Bay.

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FRIEND OF THE DEVIL A cover

of a Dead song heard by Bob Weir reenergized Leslie Mendelson’s career.

Return to Love

Leslie Mendelson sings from the heart BY CHARLIE SWANSON

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o the public’s perception, it may appear that Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Leslie Mendelson’s new album, Love & Murder, is her first work in eight years. The truth is much more complicated, and in the face of both professional and personal losses in the last decade, Mendelson has never stopped writing.

“This was a difficult record to make,” she says. After a promising debut in 2009 with Swan Feathers, Mendelson suffered setbacks when she lost a record and management deal. Then her friend and producer Joel Dorn unexpectedly died. “It’s like starting over again,” says Mendelson. She bounced

between London and New York for several years, trying to get a new record off the ground but finding only disappointment, so she shelved her efforts. In 2015, things turned around when producer Mark Howard (Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams) called Mendelson and asked her if she wanted to work together. “I had a lot of songs to choose from. We went through my material and put together the songs that fit best,” she says. “It was definitely darker, because it was an outlet for my frustrations.” Indeed, Love & Murder is a stark collection of melodic folk songs, often featuring Mendelson’s effervescent vocals wafting over simple guitar or piano lines. The album thematically pushes through the songwriter’s pain, reaching a catharsis toward the end, but it’s a heavy journey that unpacks eight years of raw emotion with fearless intensity. Howard heard of Mendelson through her ongoing relationship with the North Bay jam scene that she unwittingly became involved with after meeting the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir. A YouTube promotional clip of Mendelson singing the Grateful Dead’s “Friend of the Devil” made its way to Weir after Mendelson met Justin Kreutzmann, son of Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann in San Francisco after a show. Weir liked the cover so much, he invited Mendelson to play at his TRI Studios in Mill Valley, and the two wound up partnering on a cover of “Blue Bayou” that appears on the new album. “For me, it was a dream,” says Mendelson. “And it just fit perfectly on the record.” Now, with the thrill of seeing the new album come to fruition, Mendelson will play a record release show this month that features songwriter Sunny Ozell opening and special guests like Steve Kimock sitting in with her. “I’ve been playing these songs with a band, so we’ll be rocking,” she says. “We’ll hit all the points.” Leslie Mendelson plays on Tuesday, May 23, at Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 8pm. $17–$19.


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Music Concerts SONOMA COUNTY Blackalicious

Veteran hip-hop duo out of Sacramento headlines, with support from NorBay Music Award-winner Pure Powers. May 20, 9pm. $20. HopMonk Sebastopol, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Sin Peaks

North Bay Cabaret performs a damn fine evening of burlesque, drag, comedy, circus, games, DJs, puppets and more in this David Lynch-themed variety show. May 19, 8pm. $15. Whiskey Tip, 1910 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.843.5535.

Siren

Sonoma County ‘90s punk band reunites and headlines a memorial for Miriam Wilding Hodgman that also features Protected Left, Rush&Attack, Bucc Nyfe and others. May 20, 7pm. $10. Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

JJ Grey & Mofro

BottleRock presents the bluecollared soul man and his grooving band, with Americana act Kuinka opening. May 24, 8pm. $30. JaM Cellars Ballroom at the Margrit Mondavi Theatre, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.880.2300.

Clubs & Venues SONOMA COUNTY A’Roma Roasters

May 20, the Goddamn Band. 95 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.576.7765.

Annie O’s Music Hall May 20, 9pm, Redwood Prophets. 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.542.1455.

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MARIN COUNTY

May 19, the Front Porch. May 20, Teja Gerken with Adam Traum and Pete Madsen. May 21, 2pm, Allen Early. May 24, bluegrass and old time music jam. 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.

El Radio Fantastique

Arlene Francis Center

Eclectic ensemble from west Marin, led by songwriter Giovanni DiMorente, joins forces with gracefully melodic outfit La Libertà in a benefit show for Wise Academy. May 20, 9pm. $15. 19 Broadway Club, 17 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

Wed, Open Mic. May 21, 5pm, Drums for Solar dinner fundraiser. 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.

HAPA

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Hawaiian supergroup headlines a night of island cuisine, cocktails, traditional dance performances and more, celebrating 25 years of the Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts. May 20, 7pm. $32 and up. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.

NAPA COUNTY Brendan James

Troubadour singer-songwriter, whose songs have landed on major television shows and feature films, performs two shows with support from Napa-based duo Imports. May 22, 7 and 9:30pm. $10 and up. Blue Note Napa, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.603.1258.

Barley & Hops Tavern May 18, Hilary Marckx. May 19, Earstu. May 20, Fly by Train. 3688 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental. 707.874.9037.

May 18, 4pm, Third Thursday Festival with Burnside. 6770 McKinley St, Sebastopol. 707.824.5600.

The Big Easy

May 17, Wednesday Night Big Band. May 18, Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Review. May 19, John Courage with Radio Fliers. May 20, the Pulsators. May 21, Bruce Gordon & the Acrosonics. 128 American Alley, Petaluma. 707.776.4631.

Brewsters Beer Garden May 19, 5pm, Sugar Moon. May 20, 3pm, the Stu Tails. May 21, 3pm, the Gypsy Trio. 229 Water Street N, Petaluma. 707.981.8330.

Cellars of Sonoma

May 21, 2pm, Simply Lyrical.

20 Matheson Ave, Healdsburg. 707.578.1826.

Coffee Catz

May 19, 3:30pm, PR Jazz Duo. May 20, 2pm, bluegrass jam. 6761 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.6600.

Flamingo Lounge

May 19, the Rotten Tomatoes. May 20, UB707. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

Geyserville Gun Club Bar & Lounge May 20, Lazyman. 21025 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville. 707.814.0036.

Green Music Center Schroeder Hall May 19-21, “Early Music Uncorked” with Circa 1600. 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, sonomabach.org.

HopMonk Sebastopol

May 17, Songwriters in the Round. May 18, the Magic Beans with the Melts. May 19, Cham with DJ Jacques. May 22, Monday Night Edutainment with DJ Nice Up. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

HopMonk Sonoma

May 19, 5pm, Black Cat Bone. May 19, 8pm, Danny Montana. May 20, 1pm, Jimbo Scott. May 20, 8pm, Aki Kumar and Jon Lawton. May 21, 1pm, Roem Baur. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.

Jamison’s Roaring Donkey

May 20, the Highway Poets. 146 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.772.5478.

Jasper O’Farrell’s

May 18, Heritage Band with Natural Revolution. May 19, DJ Sizzlak and DJ Dinga. 6957 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2062.

Lagunitas Tap Room

May 17, Cave Clove. May 18, Parts & Labor. May 19, the Smiling Iguanas. May 20, Pacific Vibrations. May 21, the Shots. May 24, Henry Hall. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

Main Street Bistro

May 17, Matt Silva and Nikki Otis. May 18, Susan Sutton. May 19, Haute Flash Quartet. May 20, Bad Ass Boots. May 21, Wild Janie Roberts. May 23, Mac & Potter. May 24, Matt Silva and Nikki Otis. 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.

Mc T’s Bullpen

May 19, DJ MGB. May 20, Citizen Flannel. May 21, 4pm, Barbara Olney and friends.


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16246 First St, Guerneville. 707.869.3377.

Murphy’s Irish Pub

May 19, Derek Irving & His Combo. May 20, Dan Martin. 464 First St E, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.

Muscardini Cellars Tasting Room

May 20, 5:30pm, the Jami Jamison Band. 9380 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood. 707.933.9305.

Mystic Theatre

May 19, Jack Ingram and Jamie Lin Wilson. May 20, the Itals with Sol Horizon. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

Occidental Center for the Arts

Redwood Cafe May 17, Irish set dancing. May 18, River City Band. May 19, Rockin’ Johnny Burgin. May 20, the Rhythm Rangers. May 21, 5pm, Gold Coast Jazz Band. May 22, open mic with DJ Loisaida. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.

St Andrew Presbyterian Church

May 20-21, “Folksongs & Spirituals”with Sonoma Valley Chorale. 16290 Arnold Dr, Sonoma. sonomavalleychorale.org.

Twin Oaks Roadhouse

May 20, Twista with Horchata the Choppa and DJ Primo. 130 Stony Point Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.578.1963.

May 20, David M’ore. May 21, 5pm, David Thom Invitational Bluegrass Jam. May 22, the Blues Defenders pro jam. May 23, open mic. 5745 Old Redwood Hwy, Penngrove. 707.795.5118.

Resurrection Parish

Whiskey Tip

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May 21, 3:30pm, Creative Arts Series with Neave Piano Trio. 303 Stony Point Rd, Santa Rosa, creativeartsseries.com.

May 20, Dan Walsh. May 21, 5pm, Claude Bourbon. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.874.9392.

Rio Nido Roadhouse

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Ruth McGowan’s Brewpub

May 20, Bob Dylan tribute with the Thugz. 14540 Canyon 2 Rd, Rio Nido. 707.869.0821.

May 18, A-Plus with Knobody. May 22, the Birthday Party variety show. 1910 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.843.5535.

MARIN COUNTY Ali Akbar College of Music

May 20, New Skye. 131 E First St, Cloverdale. 707.894.9610.

May 20, 7:30pm, North Indian classical music with Tejendra Majumdar and Swapan Chaudhuri. 215 West End Ave, San Rafael. 415.454.6372.

Pongo’s Kitchen & Tap

Sonoma Speakeasy

Falkirk Cultural Center

Ray’s Deli & Tavern

May 17, the Acrosonics. May 18, Plan Be. May 19, Bruce Gordon & the Acrosonics. May 20, 6pm, Full Circle Band. May 20, 8pm, Left Coast Syncopators. 452 First St E, Ste G, Sonoma. 707.996.1364.

May 20, 7pm, Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble. 20 Fourth St, Petaluma. 707.778.4398. May 18, 6:30pm, Two of Us. 701 Sonoma Mountain Pkwy, Petaluma. 707.774.5226. Wed, 6pm, Levi Lloyd and friends. 900 Western Ave, Petaluma. 707.762.9492.

May 18, poetry and music with Brian Laidlaw and Ken Waldman. 1408 Mission Ave, San Rafael. 415.485.3438.

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George’s Nightclub

May 19, Grupo Metamorfosis. May 20, DJ Marlo. May 21, Banda Night. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

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May 18, tribute to Jonathan Stern with the Jungle Studs. May 19, Fleetwood Mask. May 20, Tomas D & the Sundown Gang with Hot Start. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200.

Iron Springs Pub & Brewery

May 17, Fly by Train. May 24, Koolerator. 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax. 415.485.1005.

Marin Center’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium

May 20, Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival National Finals. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.473.6800.

Marin Country Mart

May 19, 6pm, Friday Night Jazz with CROW-tet. May 21, 12:30pm, Folkish Festival with Misner & Smith. 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 415.461.5700.

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May 20, 7pm, Enriching Lives Through Music spring concert. May 21, 5pm, “Young Artists Concert” with Marin Music Chest. 410 Sycamore Ave, Mill Valley. 415.381.4453.

19 Broadway Club

May 17, songwriters in the round with Danny Uzi. May 18, Koolwhip. May 19, 5:30pm, Todos Santos. May 19, 9pm, Magic in the Other with Ancient Baby. May 22, open mic. 17 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

No Name Bar

May 17, Tin Whiskers. May 18, Michael LaMacchia Band. May 19, Michael Aragon Quartet. May 20, Chris Saunders Band. May 21, 3pm, Flowtilla. May 21, 8:30pm, Migrant. May 22, Kimrea & the Dreamdogs.

May 24, No Room for Zeus. 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.1392.

Old St Hilary’s Landmark

May 21, 4pm, “A Child’s Garden” with Musae. 201 Esperanza, Tiburon. 415.435.2567.

Osteria Divino

May 17, Dan Zemelman Trio. May 18, Ami Molinelli. May 19, Lorca Hart Trio. May 20, David Jeffrey’s Jazz Fourtet. May 21, Brian Moran Duo. May 23, Pedro Rosales Con Quimba. May 24, Jonathan Poretz. 37 Caledonia St, Sausalito. 415.331.9355.

Panama Hotel Restaurant

May 17, EMK. May 18, Deborah Winters. May 23, Audrey Moira Shimkas. May 24, the Buzz. 4 Bayview St, San Rafael. 415.457.3993.

Peri’s Silver Dollar

May 17, the Elvis Johnson Soul Revue. May 18, Friends on Fire. May 19, PSDSP. May 20, Crooked. May 21, Grateful Sundays. May 22, open mic. May 23, Fresh Baked Blues. May 24, the New Sneakers. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.

Rancho Nicasio

May 19, Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express. May 21, 5pm, Todos Santos. 1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

Rickey’s

May 19, Lady D. May 20, Tracy Rose Trio. May 21, Chime Travelers. 250 Entrada Dr, Novato. 415.883.9477.

Sausalito Seahorse

Wed, Milonga with Marcelo Puig and Seth Asarnow. May 18, Escencia Latin Jazz. May 19, the 7th Sons. May 20, Changui Majadero. May 21, 5pm, Mazacote. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito. 415.331.2899.

Smiley’s Schooner Saloon

May 18, DJ Samir Neffati. May 19, the Dixie Giants. May 20, Voodoo Switch. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311.

Strawberry Recreation Center

May 21, 4pm, “Our World... Our Future” with Singers Marin’s Vocal Arts Academy. 118 E Strawberry Dr, Mill Valley, singersmarin.org.

Sweetwater Music Hall May 18, Dangermuffin. May 20, Marble Party album release show with Book of Birds. May 21, 6pm, Adrianne

Serna student concert. May 23, Leslie Mendelson album release show. May 24, Bob Dylan’s birthday with Shakey Zimmerman and James Nash. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

Terrapin Crossroads

May 17, Edge of the West with Buddy Cage. May 18, Ross James’ Cosmic Thursday. May 19, Top 40 dance party with the Casual Coalition. May 20, Amendola vs Blades in the Grate Room. May 20, Colonel & the Mermaids with Alex Koford. May 21, 3:30pm, “Stories & Songs” with Phil Lesh & the Camp Terrapin Family Band. May 21, 7:30pm, Midnight North. May 23, Stu Allen and friends. 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael. 415.524.2773.

Throckmorton Theatre May 17, noon, Ian Scarfe and James Jeffe. May 20, Will Champlin & His Band. May 21, Throckmorton Chorus Spring concert. May 24, noon, Patrick Galvin and friends. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Trek Winery

May 19, Blind Date Band. May 20, Amy Wigton. 1026 Machin Ave, Novato. 415.899.9883.

Wu Wei Tea House

May 19, Teja Gerken and Stevie Coyle. 1820 Sir Francis Drake, Fairfax. 415.457.4754.

NAPA COUNTY Blue Note Napa

May 17, Holly Bowling plays Phish & the Grateful Dead. May 18-20, David Benoit Trio. May 21, Tony Saunders Band. May 23, Roem Baur. May 24, Foreign Frontiers. 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.603.1258.

Ca’ Momi Osteria

May 20, Pat Hull. 1141 First St, Napa. 707.224.6664.

Downtown Joe’s Brewery & Restaurant

May 19, Walter Hand & the Blue Hand Band. 902 Main St, Napa. 707.258.2337.

JaM Cellars Ballroom at the Margrit Mondavi Theatre

May 20, VOENA. 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.880.2300.

Silo’s

May 17, David Kelleher. May 18, Band of Lovers with Matt Jaffe. May 19, Journey Revisited. May 20, Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums with Miss Carmen Getit. May 21, the Joe Locke Trio. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.


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Arts Events RECEPTIONS May 18

Sebastopol Center for the Arts, “Art at the Source Preview Exhibition” features work from artists participating in the upcoming Art at the Source open studios weekends. 6pm. 282 S High St, Sebastopol. 707.829.4797.

May 19

City Hall Council Chambers, “Art at the Edge,” works by artists from ArtFlare Gallery. 5pm. 100 Santa Rosa Ave, Ste 10, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3010. Clay Vajgrt Studio Gallery, “Mini Grand Opening celebration,” new studio from artist Clay Vajgrt shows paintings from his “Super Monks” and “Flowing World” series. 4pm. 114 North St, Healdsburg. clayvajgrt.com. Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, “Sculpture Trail,” the northern Sonoma County outdoor art experience celebrates another year of public art. 5:30pm. 209 N Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale. 707.829.2214. Depot Plaza, “Tam High Senior Art Show,” a multimedia showcase of work from 2017 graduating seniors. 4pm. Throckmorton and Miller, Mill Valley. Marin Art & Garden Center, “The Way Home,” tapestries by Sue Weil colorfully conjure places and people. 5pm. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 415.455.5260.

May 20

Druid’s Hall, “Ranches & Rolling Hills,” celebrate Marin’s beauty as seen through the eyes of acclaimed Marin and Oak Group artists in this 20th annual art show. 2pm. malt. org/art-show. 4499 Nicasio Valley Rd, Nicasio. Gallery Route One, “Real / Abstract,” Geraldine LiaBraaten’s photos challenge their subject’s context in the center gallery, with a memorial retrospective of Betty Woolfolk and Andrew Romanoff’s paintings also showing. 3pm. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1347. Healdsburg Center for the Arts, “POP! The Power of Printmaking,” juried exhibition explores the ability of printmakers to express concerns about the world around them and share thoughts, ideas and visions. 5pm. 130 Plaza St, Healdsburg. 707.431.1970. Laguna de Santa Rosa Environmental Center, “FAUNA,” paintings and mosaics by Stacey Schuett display in Heron Hall. 3pm. 900 Sanford Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.527.9277. Paradise Ridge Winery, “Over the Threshold: the Continuum,” recent abstract paintings by Sonoma County artist Bernadette Howard connect life experiences and emotional responses. 2pm. 4545 Thomas Lake Harris Dr, Santa Rosa. 707.528.9463.

Chroma Gallery

Through May 27, “Nature Unbound,” juried exhibit of a wide range of art interprets and reacts to the awesome powers of nature. 312 South A St, Santa Rosa. 707.293.6051.

Fulton Crossing

Through May 31, “May Art Show,” several artists open their studios to the public to show their creative work. Reception, May 19 at 5pm. 1200 River Rd, Fulton. Sat-Sun, noon to 5pm 707.536.3305.

Graton Gallery

Through May 28, “Transparency,” group show is all about glass. 9048 Graton Rd, Graton. Tues-Sat, 10:30 to 6; Sun, 10:30 to 4. 707.829.8912.

Mahoney Library Gallery

Through May 31, “Faces of SRJC,” photographs highlight the unique identities, voices and stories of the SRJC community. SRJC, 680 Sonoma Mountain Pkwy, Petaluma. Mon-Thurs, 8 to 9; Fri, 9 to 1; Sat, 10 to 3. 707.778.3974.

Paul Mahder Gallery

Through May 21, “Natural Occurrence,” solo show by artist Barry Masteller features layered paintings that build upon themselves like geological formations. 222 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.473.9150.

Petaluma Arts Center

Through May 20, “theNeuwPolitic,” over 50 artists representing Northern and Central California explore the current political climate as each individual artist envisions it. 230 Lakeville St, Petaluma. Tues-Sat, 11 to 5. 707.762.5600.

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Through May 30, “In Honor of Motherhood,” local nonprofit Better Beginnings hosts a mixedmedia art show dedicated to mom. 3840 Finley Ave, Bldg 33, Santa Rosa. 415.601.5323.

Arts Guild of Sonoma Through May 29, “Small But

Grand,” group show of small works. 140 E Napa St, Sonoma. Wed-Thurs and Sun-Mon, 11 to 5; Fri-Sat, 11 to 8. 707.996.3115.

BackStreet Gallery Through May 28, “A Search for a Road & a Search for Freedom,” artist Kristen Throop collects all six of her various artistic series’ for a deeper exploration. behind 312 South A St, Santa Rosa. Sat-Sun, noon to 5pm and by appointment. 707.568.4204.

Through May 28, “Windows Round Robin,” Sebastopol Gallery celebrates its 10th anniversary with a rotating exhibit of members’ works in the window. 150 N Main St, Sebastopol. Open daily, 11 to 6. 707.829.7200.

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Through Jun 5, “s+oryprobl=m :: alternate route,” installation from mixed-media artist CK Itamura turns fragile objects into emboldened beacons of

ANIMAL ART ‘3 Crows’ is one of several mosaics and paintings exhibiting in

artist Stacey Schuett’s solo show, ‘Fauna,’ opening Saturday, May 20, at the Laguna Environmental Center’s Heron Hall in Santa Rosa. See Receptions, adjacent.

encouragement. 401 South A St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.7100.

University Art Gallery Through May 21, “BFA 2017 Exhibition,” paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking and more is on display. Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. Tues-Fri, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, noon to 4. 707.664.2295.

Upstairs Art Gallery Through May 28, “Dreamscapes,” paintings by Dee Andreini possess ethereal qualities. 306 Center St, Healdsburg. Sun-Thurs, 11 to 6; Fri-Sat, 11 to 9. 707.431.4214.

MARIN COUNTY Art Works Downtown Through Jun 3, “Abstracticum,” San Rafael artist Mark Olson

experiments with color and time in the Underground Gallery, and “Stories to Tell, features art installation by Cynthia Tom in the Founders Gallery. Through Jun 2, “Paper as Voice,” Bay Area artists use innovative techniques, concepts and compositions to feature paper as the prominent “voice” of their work in the 1337 Gallery. 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. Tues-Sat, 10 to 5. 415.451.8119.

Bay Model Visitor Center

Through May 20, “Vanishing Species,” award-winning artist Rita Sklar explores the wonders of nature and the decline of many beautiful creatures. Beverly Mayeri’s art highlighting endangered species also shows. 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.3871.

Corte Madera Library Through Jun 1, “Painting Music & More,” showing of exuberant abstracts by Guillermo Kelly and intimate landscapes by Heidi Hafer. 707 Meadowsweet Dr, Corte Madera. 707.924.6444.

Desta Art & Tea Gallery Through May 18, “East West Rhythmical Harmony,” featuring mixed-media works by modern Chinese and French impressionism expert Anita Wong and acrylics by eclectic California artist Elizabeth Geisler. 417 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo. Mon-Sat, 10 to 6 415.524.8932.

Marin Center Redwood Foyer Gallery Through Jun 2, “Animalia Musicale: A Chorus of Critters,” artist Leslie Lakes paints images of animals over musical score sheets. Proceeds benefit


Enriching Lives through Music. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800. Through May 20, “Altered Book & Book Arts Exhibition,” annual show displays the work of 150 Bay Area artists who reconstruct and rework books into unique pieces of art. 500 Palm Dr, Novato. WedFri, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, 11 to 5. 415.506.0137.

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts

Through May 25, “Luminosity,” artwork by Jeremy Thornton explores light and space in nature. 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. Tues-Sat, 10 to 2; also by appointment. 415.388.4331.

Robert Allen Fine Art

Through May 31, “Landscapes Reimagined,” works on canvas by Amy Donaldson, Beatrice Findlay, William Leidenthal and John Maxon. 301 Caledonia St, Sausalito. Mon-Fri, 10 to 5. 415.331.2800.

The Room Art Gallery

Through May 31, “Modern Masters,” the gallery that houses works by Picasso, Matisse, Dalí and more paints the walls black and display contemporary artists in a significant showing. 86 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. Mon-Fri, 10 to 6; Sat, 10 to 4. 415.380.7940.

San Geronimo Valley Community Center

Through May 21, “Spring Art Show,” local artists of every media exhibit their work. 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo. 415.488.8888.

The Studio Shop

Through May 22, “Alchemy,” artists Dominique Caron and Martine Jardel team up for a two person gallery show. 244 Primrose Rd, Burlingame. MonFri, 10am to 6pm; Sat, 10am to 5:30pm 650.344.1378.

Tricia George Studio & Gallery

Through May 28, “For the Sake of Wildlife,” acrylic and mixed-media artist tunes into the spirituality of local animals and birds. 122 Paul Dr, B1, San Rafael. 415.577.5595.

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Through May 31, “The World of Lady M,” Karen Nagano exhibits pieces from her ongoing body of work, a visual

Napa Valley Museum

Through Jun 11, “Like Mother Like Son,” Napa Valley motherson duo of artists Phoebe and Geoff Ellsworth display in the spotlight gallery. Reception, Jun 10 at 4pm. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. Wed-Sun, 11 to 4. 707.944.0500.

Comedy Steve Hofstetter

A headlining standup set from the comedian and actor, who has been seen on FOX. May 19, 8pm. $20. Sally Tomatoes, 1100 Valley House Dr, Rohnert Park. 707.665.0260.

Dance Broadway Bound

Show features students of Dance with Sherry Studio. May 20, 2pm and 7pm. $12$30. Marin Center Showcase Theatre, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael 415.499.6800.

Messages

Napa Regional Dance Company celebrates 29 years in the Napa Valley. May 20, 7pm. $25. Napa Valley Performing Arts Center, 100 California Dr, Yountville 707.944.9900.

Peter Pan

Teresa Lubarsky’s Healdsburg Ballet presents a full-length story ballet with elements of jazz and hip-hop. May 2021. $17-$22. Raven Theater, 115 North St, Healdsburg 707.433.3145.

Events Altered Books Live Auction

Acquire an original work of art from MarinMOCA’s recent exhibit. May 20, 5pm. MarinMOCA, 500 Palm Dr, Novato. 415.506.0137.

Armed Forces Day Event

Comedian and acclaimed inspirational speaker Michael Pritchard emcees the fundraising event that also features a performance by the Swingin’ Blue Stars of the USS Hornet. May 20, 6pm. $45$50. San Rafael Community

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Democracy Café

Dr Christopher Phillips, founder of the nonprofit Democracy Cafe, speaks and signs books in this engaging appearance. May 19, 7pm. $15. Many Rivers Books & Tea, 130 S Main St, Sebastopol. 707.829.8871.

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representation to her Japanese culture. 580 Coombs St, Napa. Mon-Thurs, 10 to 9; Fri-Sat, 10 to 6. 707.253.4070.

Gala for the Museums of Sonoma County

Roaring Twenties-themed party features a speakeasy atmosphere with live music, casino tables, silent and live auctions and more. May 21, 5:30pm. $175. Vintners Inn Event Center, 4350 Barnes Rd, Santa Rosa.

Jewish Cultural Festival

Annual event is open to the public and features homemade food, live music and lots of activities for kids. May 21, 12pm. Free admission. SOMO Village Event Center, 1400 Valley House Dr, Rohnert Park. 707.795.3550.

Locals’ Day at the Barlow

Jam-packed with discounts, two-for-one-tastings, freebies and other offerings from nearly 30 makers and merchants. Thurs. Barlow Event Center, 6770 McKinley St, Sebastopol. 707.824.5600.

Luther Burbank Rose Parade & Festival

The 123rd annual event celebrates this year with a theme of “Life in Motion” and honors local athletes. May 20, 10am. Free. Courthouse Square, Third Street and Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa. 707.701.3620.

Napa County Watershed Symposium

Daylong conference touches on topics ranging from groundwater resources to climate change. May 24, 8am. $60. JaM Cellars Ballroom at the Margrit Mondavi Theatre, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.880.2300.

Roller Derby Bootcamp Get in on the action and train to be a derby athlete, referee or non-skating official. All skill levels welcomed, gear and skates provided. May 22, 7:30pm. $50. Cal Skate, 6100 Commerce Blvd, Rohnert Park.

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Film

Space Jam

Get into NBA playoff mode as part of the Rio’s “Third Saturdays” cult and classic film series. May 20, 7:30pm. $8. Rio Theater, 20396 Bohemian Hwy, Monte Rio. 707.865.0913.

Sunú

Documentary film about the struggle of indigenous farmers in Mexico against Monsanto is presented by Occupy Sonoma County. May 18, 7pm. by donation. Arlene Francis Center, 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.

Harry & Snowman

Heartwarming film screens with bites and bubbles. Proceeds benefit Sunrise Horse Rescue. May 21, 11:30am. $10$25. Cameo Cinema, 1340 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.9779.

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La Vie en Rose

Documentary on jazz musician Lee Morgan and his wife, Helen, who murdered him in 1972, is presented by Healdsburg Jazz Festival and Alexander Valley Film Society. May 22, 7pm. Raven Film Center. 415 Center St, Healdsburg. 707.823.4410.

The Illusion of Familiarity

Video features sage and author Adi Da Samraj responding to questions about the nature of reality and truth with profundity and humor. May 19, 7pm. by donation. Finley Community Center, 2060 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3737.

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Malachi Roth screens his new film and discusses making a film in ten days for less than ten thousand dollars without a crew. May 19, 6:30pm. Free. Occidental Center for the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.874.9392.

The Other Kids

Bay Area filmmaker Chris Brown presents a screening of his new film that takes an intimate look at the struggles of small-town teens on the verge of high school graduation. May 21, 4:15pm. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.1222.

SEED: The Untold Story Film about Emigdio Ballon, a prominent figure in preserving several disappearing Native American seed varieties, screens with a panel discussion. May 19, 6:30pm. $10. Fairfax Women’s Center, 46 Park Rd, Fairfax.

Dress in pink as the dining destination turns seven years old and celebrates with a rosé tasting, buffet-style meal and live music from Rusty String Express. May 24. $75. L’appart Resto, 636 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo. 415.256.9884.

Lambert Bridge Chef’s Table Series

Vibrant menu of locally grown ingredients prepared by chef Mateo Granados of Mateo’s Cocina is paired with Lambert Bridge wines. May 19-21. $125. Lambert Bridge Winery, 4085 Westside Rd, Healdsburg. 707.431.9600.

Mother-Daughter Tea The traditional afternoon tea event is hosted by and raises funds for the Girl Scouts. May 21. $47 and up. PEP, 951 Petaluma Blvd S, Petaluma.

Rutherford Roundup

Taste wine from over 15 Rutherford wineries, watch wine-barrel-making demonstrations and enjoy music from Bootleg Honey and live art from Penelope Moore. May 20, 1pm. $75. Foley Johnson Winery, 8350 St Helena Hwy, Rutherford. 707. 763.1980.

Sushi Workshop

Learn to make seafood and vegetable sushi at home with Japanese cooking instructor Sonoko Sakai. May 21, 10am. $150. Healdsburg Shed, 25 North St, Healdsburg. 707.431.7433.

Taste of Place

Four-course dinner is paired with wines made from Sonoma County’s oldest

vineyard, Old Hill Ranch. May 18, 6:30pm. $115. Healdsburg Shed, 25 North St, Healdsburg. 707.431.7433.

Top Drink!

Annual cocktail festival features Napa Valley’s best mixologists and raises funds for the museum. May 21, 2pm. $25-$35. Napa Valley Museum, 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. 707.944.0500.

Yoga & Beer

Beginner-friendly Vinyasastyle yoga class goes well with drinking fine craft beer. Sun, May 21, noon. $12. Cooperage Brewing Co, 981 Airway Ct, Santa Rosa. 707.293.9787.

For Kids Saint Anselm Festival of Fun

Fun-filled day delights with over 25 attractions. May 20. Saint Anselm’s School, 40 Belle Ave, San Anselmo.

Lectures Cultural History of the Lower Russian River Learn about the Kashaya Pomo, Russian American Fur Company, ranching families and logging operations of the area. May 21, 1pm. $20. Armstrong Volunteer Center, 17000 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville, stewardscr.org.

David Best

Internationally renowned sculptor tells stories that encourage inquiry and insightful exchanges, and shows his steel “Temple of Remembrance,” completed in the Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation’s artist-inresidence program. May 18, 6pm. $40-$50. Paradise Ridge Winery, 4545 Thomas Lake Harris Dr, Santa Rosa. 707.528.9463.

Iceland: Land of Fire & Ice

Travel talk by Diana Saint James includes images and information. May 22, 10:30am. Corte Madera Library. 707 Meadowsweet Dr, Corte Madera. 707.924.6444.

Introduction to Shamanism

Explore shamanism and the shamanic journey. May 19, 7:30pm. Songbird Community Healing Center,


8297 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.2398.

Meet a Muslim

Panel Discussion with Pacifica KPFA

Hear and speak to new internal developments at KPFA with Bill Crossier, Tracy Rosenberg and others. May 23, 7pm. Community Media Center of Marin, 819 A St, San Rafael. 415.721.0636.

Readings Book Passage

May 17, 7pm, “Sweetbitter” with Stephanie Danler. May 18, 7pm, “The Moon Reminded Me” with Ellen Grace O’Brian. May 19, 7pm, “The Last Gods of Indochine” with Samuel Ferrer. May 20, 1pm, “Succulents” with Robin Stockwell. May 20, 4pm, “The Radium Girls” with Kate Moore. May 21, 1pm, “Behind the Moon” with Madison Smartt Bell. May 21, 4pm, “The Soul of Uncertainty” with Mark Susnow. May 21, 7pm, “My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward” with Mark Lukach. May 22, 7pm, “There Your Heart Lies” with Mary Gordon. May 23, 7pm, “Exceptional America” with Mugambi Jouet. May 24, 7pm, “Crooked” with Cathryn Jakobson Ramin. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera 415.927.0960.

Book Passage By-the-Bay

Tennessee Williams cringe. May 19-Jun 4. $12-$27. Novato Theater Company, 5240 Nave Dr, Novato. 415.883.4498.

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May 22, 5:30pm, “Eternal Frankenstein” with Ross Lockhart, part of the Writing in the Vineyards series. 10295 Westside Rd, Healdsburg 707.433.5499.

Napa Bookmine

May 23, 7pm, “Mask by Mask” with Tyler Kyle. 964 Pearl St, Napa 707.733.3199.

Napa Copperfield’s Books

May 17, 4pm, “Cork Dork” with Bianca Bosker. 3740 Bel Aire Plaza, Napa 707.252.8002.

Novato Copperfield’s Books

May 20, 7pm, the poetry of birds with Terri Glass and others. 999 Grant Ave, Novato 415.763.3052.

Petaluma Copperfield’s Books May 19, 7pm, “Bucket List Adventures” with Annette White. 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma 707.762.0563.

Point Reyes Books

May 20, 7pm, “Tracks Along the Left Coast” with Andrew Schelling. 11315 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station 415.663.1542.

Santa Rosa Copperfield’s Books

May 20, 7pm, “God-Shaped Hole” with Tiffanie DeBartolo. May 23, 6pm, “Fear Runner” with Dale Brandon. 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. 707.578.8938.

Theater

May 18, 7pm, “Cork Dork” with Bianca Bosker. May 20, 4pm, “ Mediterranean Summer” with David Shalleck, includes talk on local sea salts. May 23, 6pm, “Show Her a Flower, a Bird, a Shadow” with Peg Alford Pursell. May 24, 6:30pm, LitWings Event Series. 100 Bay St, Sausalito 415.339.1300.

The Addams Family: The Musical

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Former Governor of Texas Ann Richards is portrayed by veteran Hollywood actress Libby Villari in this intimate and inspiring one-woman-show presented by Sonoma Arts Live. May 17-21. $15-$37. Sonoma Community Center, 276 East Napa Street, Sonoma. 707.938.4626.

May 20, 1pm, “The Knights of Boo’Gar” with Art Roche. May 20, 1pm, “The Knights of Boo’Gar” with Art Roche. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa 707.579.4452.

Flamingo Resort Hotel May 21, 2:30pm, Poetry as Enchantment, Redwood Writers presents Dana Gioia,

Roustabout Theater presents the gleefully macabre Broadway musical about the kooky family. May 19-21. $16$26. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

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The famous jungle hero swings into action in this memorable theater experience for all ages, with music, choreography and high-flying aerial acrobatics. Through May 21. $16-$30. Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. 707.588.3400.

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This program, hosted by Moina Shaiq, aims to answer any questions you may have about your Muslim neighbors. May 23, 2pm. Free. Whistlestop, 930 Tamalpais Ave, San Rafael. 415.456.9062.

poet laureate of California, for a captivating reading. $10. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa 707.545.8530.

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The dark comedy about a revenge plan turned on its head makes its American premiere. May 18-Jun 4. $15-$30. Main Stage West, 104 N Main St, Sebastopol. 707.823.0177.

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Guards at the Taj

As the Taj Mahal is unveiled, childhood friends Humayun and Babur must carry out a task that tests their friendship in this hilarious and heartbreaking fable making its Bay Area premiere. Through May 21. $10$37. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.5208.

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Maple & Vine

Intriguing comedy concerns a community of burned-out professionals and nostalgic suburbanites who collectively turn back the clock to the 1950s. Through May 21. $10$20. College of Marin Kentfield Campus, 835 College Ave, Kentfield. 415.457.8811.

A Masterpiece of Comic…Timing

Bay Area premiere of playwright Robert Caisley’s newest and funniest work to date. Through May 28. Studio Theatre, 6th Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

The Money Shot

Karen and Steve are glamorous movie stars in desperate times in this comedy from Neil LaBute, performed by Left Edge Theatre. May 19-Jun 4. $25$40. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

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ur microbiome, a vast universe of beneficial bacteria within our intestines, is at the center of our ability to process nutrition and energy, ensuring proper and dynamic function of our metabolic systems. In the cases of chronic dysfunction, metabolic disorders, inflammation and a variety of maladies occur. Maintaining homeostasis, the physiological balancing act our bodies perform in relation to internal and external flux, is the overlying function of the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Its role has been discovered to be crucial in regulating immune function, mood and adaptation to stress. Endocannabinoids, cannabis-like molecules produced within the body, as well as phytocannabinoids like the ones found in cannabis, regulate many systems found within the brain and body. There are two distinct endocannabinoid receptor systems: CB1, found in the brain and central nervous system; and CB2, found in organs, immune-system cells and peripheral parts of the body.

Recently, University of Conneticut researchers illuminated a crucial link between the ECS and gut immune-system function. They discovered that capsaicin, the molecule that makes hot peppers hot, stimulates the TRPV1 receptor in the gut. (The TRPV1 receptor system is responsible for the mediation of inflammation, body temperature and the perception of pain.) The result of this stimulation is the production of anandamide, dubbed the “bliss molecule,” an endocannabinoid that functions similarly to its phytocannabinoid counterparts. Anandamide also controls appetite and energy balance. When it’s produced due to TRPV1 stimulation from capsaicin, anandamide subsequently mediates immune-system function, thus providing a crucial homeostatic role. Why is this important? Homeostasis of the immune system in the gut assures that pathogens are responded to accordingly, while nutrients are tolerated and assimilated. A healthy gut can correspond to proper metabolism, immune-system function and overall well-being. Anandamide also stimulates the CB1 receptor in the brain, and, as researchers found, the “results uncover a major conversation between the immune and nervous system.” In short, the ECS is responsible for maintaining homeostasis within the gut, “one of the most fundamental properties of the immune system.” Additionally, cannabidiol, a nonpsychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, helps anandamide stick around longer in our bellies. More anandamide translates into greater ECS health, conveying a greater therapeutic effect upon gut-immune health. Hot pepper starts can be found at nurseries throughout Sonoma County. Patrick Anderson is a lead educator at Project CBD.


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Astrology For the week of May 17

ARIES (March 21–April 19) “A two-year-old kind of like having a blender, but you don’t have a top for it,” said comedian Jerry Seinfeld. Would you like to avoid a scenario like that, Aries? Would you prefer not to see what happens if your life has resemblances to turning on a topless blender that’s full of ingredients? Yes? Then please find the top and put it on! And if you can’t locate the proper top, use a dinner plate or newspaper or pizza box. OK? It’s not too late. Even if the blender is already spewing almond milk and banana fragments and protein powder all over the ceiling. Better late than never! TAURUS (April 20–May 20)

My pregnant friend Myrna is determined to avoid giving birth via caesarean section. She believes that the best way for her son to enter the world is by him doing the hard work of squeezing through the narrow birth canal. That struggle will fortify his willpower and mobilize him to summon equally strenuous efforts in response to future challenges. It’s an interesting theory. I suggest you consider it as you contemplate how you’re going to get yourself reborn.

GEMINI (May 21–June 20)

I invite you to try the following meditation: Picture yourself filling garbage bags with stuff that reminds you of what you used to be and don’t want to be any more. Add anything that feels like decrepit emotional baggage or that serves as a worn-out psychological crutch. When you’ve gathered up all the props and accessories that demoralize you, imagine yourself going to a beach where you build a big bonfire and hurl your mess into the flames. As you dance around the conflagration, exorcise the voices in your head that tell you boring stories about yourself. Sing songs that have as much power to relieve and release you as a spectacular orgasm.

CANCER (June 21–July 22) In normal times, your guardian animal ally might be the turtle, crab, seahorse or manta ray. But in the next three weeks, it’s the cockroach. This unfairly maligned creature is legendary for its power to thrive in virtually any environment, and I think you will have a similar resourcefulness. Like the cockroach, you will do more than merely cope with awkward adventures and complicated transitions; you will flourish. One caution: It’s possible that your adaptability may bother people who are less flexible and enterprising than you. To keep that from being a problem, be empathetic as you help them adapt. (P.S.: Your temporary animal ally is exceptionally wellgroomed. Cockroaches clean themselves as much as cats do.) LEO (July 23–August 22) Lady Jane Grey was crowned Queen of England in July 1553, but she ruled for just nine days before being deposed. I invite you to think back to a time in your own past when victory was short-lived. Maybe you accomplished a gratifying feat after an arduous struggle, only to have it quickly eclipsed by a twist of fate. Perhaps you finally made it into the limelight but then lost your audience to a distracting brouhaha. But here’s the good news: Whatever it was—a temporary triumph? incomplete success? nullified conquest?—you will soon have a chance to find redemption for it. VIRGO (August 23–September 22)

While shopping at a funky yard sale, I found the torn-off cover of a book titled You’re a Genius and I Can Prove It. Sadly, the rest of the book was not available. Later I searched for it in online bookstores, and found it was out of print. That’s unfortunate, because now would be an excellent time for you to peruse a text like this. Why? Because you need specific, detailed evidence of how unique and compelling you are—concrete data that will provide an antidote to your habitual self-doubts and consecrate your growing sense of self-worth. Here’s what I suggest you do: Write an essay entitled “I’m an Interesting Character and Here’s the Proof.”

LIBRA (September 23–October 22)

Leonardo da Vinci wrote a bestiary, an odd little book in which he drew moral conclusions from the behavior of animals. One of his descriptions will be useful for you to contemplate in the near future. It was centered on what he called the “wild ass,” which we might refer to as an

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undomesticated donkey. Leonardo said that this beast, “going to the fountain to drink and finding the water muddy, is never too thirsty to wait until it becomes clear before satisfying himself.” That’s a useful fable to contemplate, Libra. Be patient as you go in search of what’s pure and clean and good for you. (The translation from the Italian is by Oliver Evans.)

SCORPIO (October 23–November 21)

My friend Allie works as a matchmaker. She has an instinctive skill at reading the potential chemistry between people. One of her key strategies is to urge her clients to write mission statements. “What would your ideal marriage look like?” she asks them. Once they have clarified what they want, the process of finding a mate seems to become easier and more fun. In accordance with the astrological omens, Scorpio, I suggest you try this exercise—even if you are already in a committed relationship. It’s an excellent time to get very specific about the inspired togetherness you’re willing to work hard to create.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21) In ancient Greek myth, Tiresias was a prophet who could draw useful revelations by interpreting the singing of birds. Spirits of the dead helped him devise his prognostications, too. He was in constant demand for revelations about the future. But his greatest claim to fame was the fact that a goddess magically transformed him into a woman for seven years. After that, he could speak with authority about how both genders experienced the world. This enhanced his wisdom immeasurably, adding to his oracular power. Are you interested in a less drastic but highly educational lesson, Sagittarius? Would you like to see life from a very different perspective from the one you’re accustomed to? It’s available to you if you want it.

CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19) “You remind me of the parts of myself that I will never have a chance to meet,” writes poet Mariah Gordon-Dyke, addressing a lover. Have you ever felt like saying that to a beloved ally, Capricorn? If so, I have good news: You now have an opportunity to meet and greet parts of yourself that have previously been hidden from you—aspects of your deep soul that up until now you may only have caught glimpses of. Celebrate this homecoming! AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18) I predict that you won’t be bitten by a dog or embarrassed by a stain or pounced on by a lawyer. Nor will you lose your keys or get yelled at by a friend or oversleep for a big appointment. On the contrary! I think you’ll be wise to expect the best. The following events are quite possible: You may be complimented by a person who’s in a position to help you. You could be invited into a place that had previously been offlimits. While eavesdropping, you might pick up a useful clue, and while daydreaming you could recover an important memory you’d lost. Good luck like this is even more likely to sweep into your life if you work on ripening the most immature part of your personality. PISCES (February 19–March 20) Time out. It’s

intermission. Give yourself permission to be spacious and slow. Then, when you’re sweetly empty—this may take a few days—seek out experiences that appeal primarily to your wild and tender heart as opposed to your wild and jumpy mind. Just forget about the theories you believe in and the ideas you regard as central to your philosophy of life. Instead, work on developing brisk new approaches to your relationship with your feelings. Like what? Become more conscious of them, for example. Express gratitude for what they teach you. Boost your trust for their power to reveal what your mind sometimes hides from you.

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