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Thank you, Stett, for your Open Mic (“What Would Trump Do?” July 5). You’ve expressed my own dilemma so beautifully: how to stay informed politically, while also taking care not to ruin my sense of well-being in the process! I love your advising to help myself feel better by caring for others in (greater) need—the opposite of Trumpism.
May I add that mustering compassion and good will for those we so easily disdain (I point to myself)—for Trump, his cabinet, dedicated followers—is not only a worthy spiritual practice, but a wellspring of help and healing for our own selves, and for the community of souls we are all connected to.
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Health (Don’t) Care Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that the vote on the awful GOP health care bill would be postponed until after Independence Day. That is because the GOP doesn’t have enough “yes” vote commitments from members of the party to bring this horrible bill to the Senate floor. As far as I can tell, this Senate plan is not a healthcare bill; it’s a massive transfer of wealth from working people to Wall Street. Twenty-two million Americans would lose their insurance under the Senate bill. The Senate bill taxes working people’s health benefits while cutting taxes for millionaires, billionaires, tycoons and insurance companies, and that’s just wrong! The Senate bill also effectively destroys Medicaid, stripping healthcare from children, disabled people, senior citizens and low-income Americans. Health insurance is more than a policy; it’s peace of mind. It’s knowing your family will be cared for and not having to worry about going broke when you get sick. That’s why I strongly oppose the Senate healthcare bill. The more I learn about it, the less I like. Robbing healthcare from millions of Americans to give yet another tax cut to the rich and powerful is just plain cruel. Our healthcare system needs to be improved—we all agree on that. But this bill would do exactly the opposite, for no other reason than greed. I urge Sens. Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein to vote no on the Senate healthcare bill.
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Although Hersh was a fixture at The New Yorker for years, the magazine refused to publish his Syrian revelations. He had to go all the way to England, where the London Review of Books published his first Syria story. It was instrumental in preventing President Obama from attacking Syria. But the mainstream media portrayed the truth of Assad’s culpability as a “slam dunk.” The London Review of Books paid for Hersh’s second investigation on the April 4, 2017, Khan Sheikhoun “sarin gas attack,” but then declined to print it. This time, Hersh had to go all the way to Germany, where the Welt am Sonntag newspaper ran it. President Trump subsequently launched 59 cruise missiles at the Shayrat Air Base. While many Americans doubted the credibility of the West’s assumptions, mainstream media stories attributed facts to government officials in the United States, Britain, France, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Israel. As the availability and ubiquity of social media has opened up multifarious sources of information, some doubtful, but most not government propaganda, the war waged by the mainstream media intensifies. One cannot imagine President Nixon being toppled if Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein had been blacklisted by all major media outlets in America, as happened with Hersh’s groundbreaking challenge to misinformation, disinformation and omission. This example is only one of many in this age of “fake news” and “alternative facts.” Governments and think tanks are waging an Orwellian war of words, meant to create a language of orthodox ideology and to discredit any exposure of corruption or war crimes and, in the words of media critic Noam Chomsky, to “strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion.” Thus consent is manufactured and the media become the fourth branch of government.
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BEACH CLOSED Sonoma County officials warned the public to avoid contact with the water at Monte Rio Beach, but it didn’t stop these kids from getting wet.
E. coli and coliform contamination close popular Monte Rio beach BY TESS DUNN
t’s become part of summer along the Russian River: the weather warms up, and people flock to the water— only to be warned to stay away because of elevated levels of contamination.
Monte Rio Beach—the popular summer swim-and-sun spot on the
Russian River, better known to locals as Big Rocky—was closed last week due to high levels of bacterial pollution, with E. coli levels briefly registering at four times the state standard. Coliform levels were also 10 percent higher than state and county protocols permit. Both bacterial counts indicate the presence of “fecal waste” in the water.
On Thursday, July 6—following some of the largest crowds ever recorded over the extended Independence Day weekend—the Environmental Health & Safety division of Sonoma County’s Department of Health Services issued a press release saying that it had ordered staff to post “warning-closure signs” at Monte Rio advising the public against
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“swimming, wading or water contact.” “At significant levels, this bacteria could indicate that other disease-causing agents are present,” the press release stated. “Additionally, these pathogens at certain levels can sicken swimmers and others who use the river.” None of the county’s nine other public beaches on the river where weekly sampling occurs—from Cloverdale Park to Johnson Point—were closed. County officials had anticipated that the levels would diminish by the weekend, but follow-up tests indicated no such dissipation. As of Monday afternoon, Sonoma County health officer Karen Milman said that Big Rocky was still closed to swimmers. “Additional test results are still elevated,” Milman said, “so the current recommendations to stay out of the water are the same. “We don’t have a source identified,” Milman added in a phone interview. “It’s complicated, because there is elevated coliform, but the E. coli is going back down. We will update our website when test results come back later in the week.” Don McEnhill, executive director of Russian Riverkeeper, says the source of those high levels could come from a number of places. “Livestock, such as cows, pigs, goats, that are frequently fenced so they have direct access to waterways, could be part of it,” McEnhill speculates. “Dog waste from careless owners, leaking sewer-collection pipes, leaky or malfunctioning septic tanks, illegal dumping, unsanitary homeless camps—though we have more sanitary ones—birds, marine mammals and other wildlife and kids in diapers playing in water” can all contribute. “Grab tests,” such as those conducted by the county, McEnhill adds, “really don’t give a very accurate reading on the state of the river. It’s like shining a flashlight in a dark room for a few seconds where everything is moving. It doesn’t provide
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Dining TASTEMAKER While Chris Cosentino’s San Francisco restaurants showcase offal, Acacia House is more mainstream.
Chef Chris Cosentino brings his winning brand to St. Helena BY FLORA TSAPOVSKY
n Bay Area foodie circles, chef Chris Cosentino doesn’t need an introduction.
The man behind San Francisco’s carnivore temples Incanto and Cockscomb and winner of Bravo TV’s Top Chef Masters, Cosentino is a charismatic star on the local skyline, known for his love of nose-to-tail cooking, cured meats and Italian cuisine.
This summer, Cosentino ventures into wine country. His new Napa County project, with partner Oliver Wharton, is the spacious Acacia House, part of the Las Alcobas resort in St. Helena. While the rest of the resort is earthy browns and grays, Acacia House fronts the property with a white facade, situated in a picturesque building with an appealing front porch.
On a recent warm night, Acacia House is filled with diners taking pictures of each other and the restaurant’s exterior. Inside, the vibe is decidedly relaxed, as guests are led to the main dining area through a bar surrounded by plush sitting areas. The restaurant’s decor and menu strive for a light touch. The dining room is finished in wood and cream colors, and the waiters
wear beige and green uniforms that are part golf fashion, part gardening club. The menu is tidy: two snacks, seven appetizers, eight entrées and no specials on my visit. Acacia House caters to both hotel guests and locals, and there is a conscious effort to appeal to a broad common denominator, with a nice balance of vegetarian options and classic, well-loved entrées like lamb and pork. The seemingly endless supply of excellent housemade breads and whipped butter are easy to love. The bread, multigrain and olive, is so addictive you’ll have to stop yourself before the appetizers arrive. All of this doesn’t mean, however, that Cosentino came to Napa to kick back and tone it down. On the contrary, it seems as if the Napa Valley’s casual, farmto-table aesthetic has brought out a softer, playful side of him, without taking the flavor away. The hamachi crudo appetizer ($18) is a good example. Easily found on dozens of menus across California, crudo, as made at Acacia House, is unexpected and delicious, combining fatty slices of amberjack with cubed strawberries, pink watercress and serrano pepper. Placed on rose reduction sauce and seasoned with flaky sea salt, this is a triumphant starter. The chilled heirloom cantaloupe soup ($14) is refreshing and light, and complements the spiciness of the hamachi well. It’s sprinkled with “jamon snow,” salty flakes of pork fat that play deliciously against the tart and sweet emulsion. A nice touch, although the plate could use a slightly more generous hand of it. The mains include pork schnitzel and Kobe beef ribeye, but it’s tempting to try at least one vegetarian dish. The porcini rigatoni ($26), strongly recommended by our server, is the night’s surprising hit. The sturdy rigatoni incorporates
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Real Champs Is it just sparkling wine, or is it—oohla-la—Champagne? BY JAMES KNIGHT
et them drink Champagne.” Is that what some North Bay wineries are saying by importing French bubbly? Is there no more locally made sparkling wine on hand?
Before we storm the battlements and lob magnums of Sonoma Coast Blanc de Noirs at this elitist coterie, let’s back up and explain what we talk about when we talk about Champagne. While better quality California sparkling wine is made in the traditional Champagne method, “Champagne” is legally defined as coming from a specific region of France. Guess the name of that region—you got it, frère. Confusingly, a new trend finds local wineries importing and selling actual Champagne. We asked a few for samples—and their excuses. AR Lenoble Jordan Cuvée Brut Champagne ($49) This Bordeaux-
inspired California chateau is also the birthplace of local sparkling wine house J Vineyards. But when Judy Jordan decided to sell J, the folks at Jordan huddled to discuss their options. While on vacation in France, winemaker Rob Davis dropped in on an old friend who had worked a harvest at Jordan back in 1980, and now runs a Paris wine bar. Davis asked if he knew any small, quality-driven Champagne houses that would make a good fit with Jordan. “There’s only one person you need to see,” the friend replied, and he called up AR Lenoble. This bubbly, tinted just the slightest cream-rose hue, was the overall favorite of Bohemian tasters for its classic brut aroma and texture. It’s hard to pin down to specific aromas and flavors, but it’s a slice of nectarine, toasty apple and white raspberry or two this side of austere. Not zippy on the finish, it’s elegantly balanced. Buena Vista La Victoire Champagne ($50) What gives, after Jean-Charles Boisset expensively retrofitted the historic 1864 Champagne cellar at Buena Vista? Boisset calls this wine an “ambassador of the FrancoAmerican relationship” in honor of Arpad Haraszthy’s efforts to make California’s first traditional method sparkling after interning in Épernay. Let the roiling, gold-green tinted bubbles settle before tilting the glass noseward to find classic brut aromas of dry straw and slightly musty lees. My favorite for its contrasting lemony zip on the finish, this wine can be bought retail; a $75 version is offered at the tasting room. Claypool Cellars Pachyderm Champagne ($55) Leading the trend for the boutiques, this Sebastopol outfit has access to lots of great Pinot Noir, but the demand for those grapes prices them above reason for sparkling wine, I’m told. This 200-case lot is made for Claypool by a small family operation. The Pachyderm has an appealing nose of fresh scone and brightens the palate with pink grapefruit citrus, sweetening the finish with ripe pear fruit. A softer style, this would go great with cake.
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OLD GUYS RULE Tech entrepreneur Bryan Johnson has invested in a company creating a database of the genomes of people who live past 100.
The Bay Area’s tech elite plan to outlive you— and it’s kind of creepy BY TORI TRUSCHEIT
t 11am on a Sunday morning, I slip into a row of seats in front of a podium with flower bouquets on each side. I’m here to listen to an aging white man talk about the afterlife. A woman in a fancy hat arranges a potluck lunch on a back table. Other attendees, mostly grayhaired, pass around a wicker basket and toss in $20 bills and personal checks.
We aren’t in church. This is godless Silicon Valley. The Humanist Society has welcomed Ralph Merkle, a
Livermore native, to explain cryonics—the process of freezing a recently dead body in “liquid goo,” like Austin Powers—to the weekly Sunday Forum. We all want to know about being re-awoken, or reborn, in the future. Merkle, who has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford and invented what’s called “public key cryptology” in the ’70s, makes his pitch to the audience: hand over $80,000, plus yearly dues, to Alcor, and the Scottsdale, Arizona–based company will freeze your brain, encased in its skull, so that you and your memories can wait out the years until medical nanotechnology is advanced enough to both bring you back from a frozen state as well as fix the
ills that brought on your death in the first place. “You get to make a decision if you want to join the experimental group or the control group,” Merkle says. “The outcome for the control group is known.” Alcor gained infamy in 2002, when the body of baseball legend Ted Williams was flown to the company’s Arizona headquarters, where his head was then severed, frozen and, according to some reports, mistreated. The Humanist Society is an ideal audience for Merkle’s presentation, as its congregants aren’t held back by the tricky business of believing in a soul. Debbie Allen, the perfectly coiffed executive director and secretary of the
national board of the American Humanist Association, considers cryonics a practical tool. “Religion has directed the conversation for thousands of years,” she says. Allen prefers to focus on ethics, and whether cryonics “advances the well-being of the individual or the community.” “Science-fiction,” someone whispers behind me, as Merkle talks about nanorobots of the future. He also notes how respirocytes and microbivores can be “programmed to run around inside a cell and do medically useful things like make you healthy.” As one might expect in a room full of humanists, skepticism runs high during the Q&A portion of the meeting. People are wondering exactly what kind of animals the scientists have used to test the cryonics process (answer: nematodes); when Alcor freezes bodies (after one’s heart stops, if a DNR, or do not resuscitate, order is requested); whether a frozen brain is any good if the rest of the body deteriorates (“Toss it,” Merkle says. “Replacement of everything will be feasible.”); and what happens if Alcor goes bankrupt. “We take that very seriously,” the doctor says. Lunch is served. “Why would he want to preserve somebody like Adolf Trump?” asks Bob Wallace, 93, who ate salad and cubed cheese with his partner, Marge Ottenberg, 91, whom he met at a Humanist Society event. “Obviously, the worst possible people are most likely to want to live forever,” says Arthur Jackson, 86, a retired junior high school teacher. Ottenberg seems more open to the idea of coming back from the dead than her golden-year counterparts. “Whatever works,” she says.
ilicon Valley is the sort of place where people dream about nanorobots fixing our medical disorders. It’s the sort of place where hundreds of millions of dollars are spent chasing that dream. The last five years have seen an investment boom in what’s called “life extension” research. Some
not drowning in fear,” he says. It takes some serious chutzpah to say you’ll extend the human lifespan, and for Johnson, he and his colleagues are venturing where no one has gone before. “Building good technology is an act of exploration, and that it is very difficult for us to imagine the good that might come from any new technology,” Johnson says. “We proceed, as explorers, nonetheless.”
ohnson’s lofty goals are similar in scale to other giant anti-aging investments in Silicon Valley. In 2013, Google created an anti-aging lab called Calico (for “California Life Company”), hiring top scientist Cynthia Kenyon, known for altering DNA in worms to make them live twice as long as they usually do. Calico is not your local university research lab; it has $1.5 billion in the bank and has remained close-lipped about its progress, like a Manhattan Project for life extension. For Google co-founder Sergey Brin, 43, Calico may be another way to attack a more personal health concern: Brin carries a gene that increases his likelihood of contracting Parkinson’s disease and has already invested $50 million in genetic Parkinson’s research, conducted by his ex-wife’s company, 23andMe. Brin said in 2009 that he hoped medicine could “catch up” to cure Parkinson’s before he’s old enough to develop it. That hope is a common thread among health-obsessed tech investors like PayPal founder Peter Thiel, 49. A libertarian and Trump adviser, Thiel is trying to avoid both death and taxes. His foundation hired a medical director, Jason Camm, whose professional goals include increasing his clients’ “prospects for Optimal Health and significant Lifespan Extension.” Like Brin, who swims and drinks green tea to prevent Parkinson’s, Thiel has changed his daily habits to live longer. He’s aiming for 120, so he avoids refined sugar, follows the Paleo diet, drinks red wine and takes human growth hormone, which he believes will keep bones strong and prevent arthritis. Thiel has also expressed personal
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interest in a company called Ambrosia in Monterey, where Dr. Jesse Karmazin is conducting medical trials for a procedure called parabiosis, which gives older people blood plasma transfusions from people between 16 and 25. Karmazin has enrolled more than 70 participants so far, each of whom pays $8,000 for the treatment. Much has been made of Thiel harvesting and receiving injections of young people’s blood, though Karmazin recently denied that Thiel was a client of his. Karmazin doesn’t call himself a utopian, but he does note that his work requires some faith. “There’s always uncertainty about whether it’s going to stand the test of time, whether it’ll work at all,” he says. “That’s especially true in technology, and you have to believe in it.” At the same time, the dystopians of Silicon Valley are preparing for the apocalypse. Reid Hoffman, CEO of LinkedIn, told the New Yorker that he guesses up to 50 percent of tech executives have property in New Zealand, the hot new hub for the end of the world. Steve Huffman, CEO of Reddit, bought multiple motorcycles so he can weave through highway traffic if there’s
a natural disaster and he needs to escape. He also got laser eye surgery so he wouldn’t have to rely on glasses or contacts in a survival scenario. Among the dystopians is Elon Musk, whose brand-new Neuralink company is investigating what Musk calls “neural lace,” a digital layer on top of the brain’s cortex that connects us to computers. Such inventions could eventually lead us to what Google director of engineering Ray Kurzweil calls “technological singularity,” or the time when ever more powerful artificial intelligence will surpass human intelligence, around 2045. Musk is nervous about that day, and part of the reason he wants to colonize Mars through his SpaceX plan is because humans need an escape route in case computers take over—or, perhaps, in case of environmental apocalypse. Musk recently quit two of Donald Trump’s business advisory councils over the president’s decision to leave the Paris climate accords, tweeting, “Climate change is real.” Tech companies as a bloc urged Trump not to leave the Paris agreements; Tim Cook of Apple called him after the announcement to try to get him to change ) 14 his mind, and Mark
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of it is straight-up science, such as the Stanford lab researching blood transfusions in mice to cure Alzheimer’s. Scientists are in a race against time to help as many people as possible, as fast as possible. They’re battling a disease that saw an 89 percent increase in diagnoses between 2000 and 2014; and Alzheimer’s or other dementia is currently the sixth leading cause of death. There are also nontraditional sources of cash flowing into biotech, which was once considered a risky investment. But death itself is the biggest social ill Silicon Valley is trying to solve. We can build apps to keep track of diabetics’ blood glucose levels, to measure how soundly we’re sleeping and to access medical records in an instant, but none of this stops the body from wearing out. Alongside the scientists laying the medical foundation to get us to the nanorobots envisioned by Merkle, techie utopians are looking at other ways to cheat death. A cluster of tech companies are attracting far more funding from Silicon Valley than academia, shifting the research landscape with infusions of cash. Bryan Johnson, an entrepreneur who sold his online payment company to PayPal for $800 million, was the first investor in Craig Venter’s Human Longevity Inc., which aims to create a database of a million human genome sequences, including people who are over 100 years old, by 2020. Oracle founder Larry Ellison, who once said “Death makes me very angry” and is one of the oldest of the life-extension investors at 72, has also invested in Human Longevity. Johnson infused even more cash into the biotech field, investing another $100 million of his own money into the OS Fund in 2014, to “support inventors and scientists who aim to benefit humanity by rewriting the operating systems of life.” Such projects are examples of Silicon Valley’s extreme confidence in its own ability to improve the world. In an email, Johnson describes his work in grandly optimistic terms. “Humanity’s greatest masterpieces have happened when anchored in hope and aspiration,
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Aging ( 13 Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page that leaving Paris would “put our children’s future at risk.” Zuckerberg has been trying for years to knock down four houses to build a residential compound in Palo Alto, that includes a basement structure that sounds like a bunker perfect for hiding the whole family if the world ends.
hether climate change destroys California or regular old death arrives before investors have funded a cure, Musk, Zuckerberg and their elite peers have the resources to plan an escape. The question is whether they’re interested in planning anyone else’s. Tony Wyss-Coray, director of the Stanford Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, which is on the forefront of anti-aging research, has seen that conflict up close. “I have been approached by billionaires from L.A. and Texas, and they already have their clinics in the Bahamas or wherever, where they inject themselves with stem cells,” he says. But those billionaires weren’t interested in funding his lab or curing disease for anyone else. “They’re interested in living,” Wyss-Coray says. “They realize quickly they can’t buy this directly from Stanford University.” The line between science and someone’s obsession with mortality is blurry, especially with this much cash flowing. “It’s hard to completely disassociate the influence of wealthy, rich people from what we do,” Wyss-Coray says. Until the recent influx of funding and attention, the anti-aging scientists he knew “were just a bunch of academic geeks” studying worms. He’s interested not in extending life as much as figuring out why certain people can live past 100 years old. “The average person at 60 or 65 starts to suffer from a multitude of age-related diseases— arthritis, heart disease, cognitive decline—that for some reason the centenarians seem to be able to escape from, and that’s what drives many of us in the field.”
But when Thiel is reading one’s research, things get more complicated. Wyss-Coray’s studies on the benefits of parabiosis in mice, for example, form the basis of the Monterey trial that so fascinates Thiel. Wyss-Coray is quick to distance himself from Karmazin. “He cites all our work on his website,” Wyss-Coray says. The first two studies in the “Science” section of the Ambrosia website are from Stanford’s labs, and the first study Karmazin lists about plasma transfusions in mice is Wyss-Coray’s. Many scientists consider clinical trials like Karmazin’s unethical and scientifically unsound, since they require participant payment for unproven treatments, and you can’t charge someone $8,000 for a placebo, so there’s no simultaneous control group. The Ambrosia trial passed an ethical review, but Karmazin acknowledges the criticism. “Some people are opposed to it for ethical reasons,” he says. “That’s understandable, but I still think it’s worth doing, so I’m trying to treat people.” Wyss-Coray is ambivalent about his research being exploited for profit. “You contribute a small piece to knowledge that frequently can be abused by somebody,” he says. “I feel somewhat guilty, but I hope at the same time, we can contribute to maybe having an impact on some diseases, and that will be offset.”
ack under the fluorescent lights at the Humanist Society, Merkle explains that in addition to freezing themselves, people can use Alcor as a bank, putting money aside so that they don’t wake up poor in a hundred years. Future poverty is a common enough concern that Merkle includes it in his presentation. Why would anyone want to live forever if it meant working three jobs to survive? Indeed, people who are struggling to pay rent right now won’t be able to afford to freeze themselves, so anyone waking up from cryogenic sleep will be wealthy, and most of them will be white, just like the bros pioneering biotech startups and building underground bunkers. Indeed,
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about 75 percent of Alcor’s frozen customers are male, and Max More, its CEO, is a libertarian like Thiel. The men who have everything want to keep it all, indefinitely. Income inequality makes life extension the ultimate oligarchical fantasy. A month before Gawker shut down last year, bankrupted by Thiel’s campaign against it, reporter J.K. Trotter mused, “It’s not hard to imagine a Thielist future in which members of the overclass literally purchase the blood of the young poor in order to lead longer, healthier lives than their lesser counterparts can afford.” In Thiel’s libertarian universe, the luckiest people could live forever, feeding on the blood of teh Bay Area’s youthful underclass— Hey there, renters!—and living on extra-governmental barges like the seasteads Thiel dreams about, without paying taxes to help anyone else. Floating cities might be helpful if flooding and erosion destroy the California coastline, as CALmatters’ Julie Cart reported could happen 70 years from now. Taking the scenario a little further, birth would be unnecessary, since no death would mean no one would need to be replaced. That
might make people with wombs a little less than necessary, as well, especially if those barges are populated with the new crop of alt-right dudes who sleep with men because they worship masculinity. Thiel, who is gay, would probably find it preferable to get by without women; he considers date rape as “belated regret” and once blamed women’s voting rights for the eventual demise of democracy. His worldview is the warped conservative version of feminist theorist Donna Haraway’s Cyborg Manifesto, in which she imagined the freedom in a “world without genesis, but maybe also a world without end.” Back in 1984, Hathaway predicted a future where we merged with machines, but warned against letting “racist, male-dominant capitalism” control technology, since hippie progressives are not cheerleading the convergence of humans and machines. It might all sound far-fetched, but Thiel shares an anarcho-capitalist worldview with White House senior adviser Steve Bannon, among the most powerful people in America right now. And the House passed a healthcare law that saves money
where every system can be disrupted for the better and your brain is the one that will unlock a better future—you might be more inclined to stay. That might also be true if you think the universe is a place to conquer, whether via spaceship to Mars à la Musk or through politics like Thiel. But what might the future look like, for those who want (and can afford) to stay? Google’s Kurzweil envisions three medical stages before singularity, starting with our current push to slow aging. Stage two: building on genomic research, including personalized fixes for diseases like cancer. Kurzweil believes we’ll get to the medical nanotechnology that Merkle envisions by the 2030s, which would lead us to the last phase—nanorobots connecting us to “the cloud” in 2045. At that point, avatars of our brains could be loaded into another body. Then we’d live forever. Bodily ailments would be curable and we’d access consciousness from the cloud, but we’d still lose our memories when our physical brains stopped working. A better (and still terrifying) option might be freezing our brains via cryonics and then bringing them back with nanorobots. Kurzweil has signed himself up to be frozen, in case the 90 supplements he takes daily don’t keep him alive. Wyss-Coray has chosen not to go into the meat locker. “I can’t think of any way to connect that to what we’re doing,” he says. “I haven’t signed up for that myself.” Neither have most other people. Cryonics remains unproven, costprohibitive and unusually creepy to the general population, an option for the rich and famous who would need several lifetimes to see their savings run dry. At this rate, they’ll likely outlive us, so we might as well enjoy some refined sugar, pay our taxes and stop fearing the reaper.
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on insurance by letting poor people die faster, moralizing that poor people don’t want to be healthy. Californians may not agree with that law outright, but Silicon Valley’s bootstrappy cult of health is based on the nerds’ association between fitness and brainpower. They’re taking up kiteboarding, tracking steps on Fitbits and eating ketogenic diets during stressful times at startups. It’s not a big jump to life extension for the rich, who deserve to live longer after all that effort. Are the ethics of life-extension technology any different from historical questions of who gets access to medicine? Maybe not. Karmazin hadn’t yet considered the topic before our phone call. “I haven’t had this kind of conversation with anyone yet,” he says. But Karmazin compares his trial to the introduction of antibiotics. “Someone who didn’t have access to antibiotics when they were invented—man, they’d probably be really upset. That’s reasonable.” He foresees similar problems with blood plasma as a cure for aging: “I think it’s going to be unevenly distributed.” Wyss-Coray has serious concerns about that distribution. “We have enough problems in the world already, and I definitely do not want a select group of people to live longer just because they can afford it,” he says. In this country, the richest 1 percent live 15 years longer than the poorest 1 percent, meaning Wyss-Coray’s fear is already our reality. The question is how much worse things can get, and whether a medically assisted longer life will be inaccessible to almost all of us. That’s assuming, of course, that we even want a longer life, or to wake up after a cryogenic sleep. We may value our time on Earth, but not everyone thinks it’s worth it to stick around indefinitely. If your Silicon Valley brain sees the world as a place of obstacles that can always be overcome—
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The week’s events: a selective guide
The North Bay’s long-running experimental theater troupe the Imaginists are putting the (bicycle) pedal to the metal again this summer for their annual bike-powered, bilingual Art Is Medicine Show at several park locations in Santa Rosa. This year’s original production, Stop That Show!, is a topical affair, as President Corn and Sen. Cracker sabotage the Imaginists in order to perform their own “Let’s Make America Pretty Good Again Summertime Extravaganza.” The touring show hits Juilliard Park and Howarth Park this weekend, and kicks off with a fundraiser on Friday, July 14, at 461 Sebastopol Ave., Santa Rosa. 7pm. $5–$100. theimaginists.org.
The spectacular Broadway Under the Stars summer series from Transcendence Theatre welcomes theater lovers of all ages for their upcoming Fantastical Family Night, happening among the ruins of Jack London’s estate for one weekend only. Show up early and indulge in pre-show activities, great food and wines from several local vendors. Then enjoy a show of Broadway classics, Disney musical numbers and more, performed by nearly two dozen nationally touring vocalists and actors, under the canopy of stars on Friday and Saturday, July 14–15, at Jack London State Park, 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. Doors, 5pm; show, 7:30pm. $32 and up. transcendencetheatre.org.
One-Two Punch(lines) S A N TA R O S A
Two of today’s best and best-selling standup comedians are taking the same stage for two nights of laughs. First up, veteran comedian Brian Regan returns to the North Bay to perform his brand of broad, family-friendly comedy that’s made him a favorite on television. The next night, a very different brand of laughs comes from Australian star Jim Jeffries, who’s made his name in the last few years with edgy material and a no-holds-barred approach. Regan appears on Friday, July 14, and Jeffries performs on Saturday, July 15, at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa. 7pm. Prices vary. 707.546.3600.
Classical in the Valley SONOMA
Valley of the Moon Music Festival co-founders Tanya Tomkins and Eric Zivian know that the best way to hear classical music is to hear it in the style of the times. That’s why their annual festival utilizes authentic period instruments, played by masterful performers in the charming setting of Sonoma Valley. This year’s festival celebrates the life and works of Romantic composer and critic Robert Schumann, with concerts of his music and of works that he championed in his lifetime. The festival’s opening concert, “Deserving of a Laurel Crown,” features selections from Schumann, Chopin and Mozart on Sunday, July 16, at Hanna Boys Center, 17000 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. 4pm. $22–$40. valleyofthemoonmusicfestival.org.
MELANCHOLIA Songwriter Aimee Mann bares her soul onstage when she plays at the Uptown Theatre in Napa on July 13. See Concerts, p21.
FUTURE SO BRIGHT Songwriter, musician and studio co-owner John Courage gets a great tone to tape.
Sonoma County music scene captured on new compilation BY CHARLIE SWANSON
f someone asked you to define the North Bay sound, how would you do it?
That’s the question that songwriter and Gremlintone Studio co-founder John Courage, nonprofit North Bay Hootenanny founder Josh Windmiller and the city of Santa Rosa’s Out There campaign begin to address on the recently released compilation, The Out There Tapes, featuring
new songs by 13 Sonoma County bands. “The big goal with this compilation is to help put Sonoma County on the map as a music center,” Courage says. “A lot of people around here know about the rich music scene, but I think it’s been hard for bands to break through, and I’m hoping to help showcase these bands” to larger audiences. That mission statement aligns with Courage’s hopes for his Gremlintone Studio as well. “To
me, this studio can be a really important tool in defining the ‘Sonoma County’ sound,” he says. Courage formed Gremlintone Studio in 2014 with musician Francesco Catania as an allanalog home studio specializing in cassette recording. Its first major project was a series of cassettes for the Crux, Windmiller’s longtime experimental folk band. Together, Courage and Windmiller conceived of the new compilation in 2015, and with the
Hootenanny’s connection to the local Americana scene through events like the annual Railroad Square Music Festival, the album adopted that genre as its theme. “It seemed like a natural way to progress,” Courage says. The two pitched the idea to Out There Santa Rosa, the city’s outreach program that promotes community gatherings and supports arts-minded projects. The program gave Gremlintone a grant to finance the compilation, which Courage largely put into upgrading his recording gear from four-track to eight-track recorders. The Out There Tapes includes tracks from the Easy Leaves, the Brothers Comatose, David Luning, Sean Hayes, Ashley Allred, Misner & Smith, and the Timothy O’Neil Band among others, including the Crux and Courage himself. The bands recorded their contributions live to Gremlintone’s eight-track machines, giving each song a vibrant, in-the-moment touch. “All the bands sound different, every track sounds different,” Courage says. “I tried not to get in the way too much. I just wanted to capture a cool picture of what they were doing.” From start to finish, The Out There Tapes is an excellent amalgam of Sonoma County music that Courage sees as only the beginning. “We’ve conceptualized a follow-up,” he says. “But, I’m going to let this one get released and simmer and get the feedback from the city on if they're willing to do a volume two that would pull in some more ’outside’ music. I’m always scheming on how to represent the other facets of the Sonoma County music scene.” ‘The Out There Tapes’ is available at local record stores and online at outtheresr.com.
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New works on the rise at local theaters BY DAVID TEMPLETON
he hard truth about running a theater is that, for the most part, companies tend to be just one or two lowperforming shows away from shutting the doors. Popular plays tend to put butts in seats, so it takes real guts to program a new or littleknown show—and something akin to insanity to schedule a world premiere.
Despite this, several local theaters remain committed to new works, and many have announced that premieres will continue to be a part of their upcoming seasons of shows. One small theater— the Guerneville-based Pegasus Theater—has devoted its entire current season to original works. This is cause for celebration, and audience support. Without
new works, especially from young, up-and-coming playwrights, the future of American theater is dim. The best way to assure that theater does not die is for more theaters to take those risks, and to find new and creative ways to sell those new plays to the next generation of theater-goers. Pegasus, which just completed a run of Merlyn Q. Sell’s Tempestuous, a breezy, Russian River homage to Shakespeare’s Tempest, will be presenting a staged-reading of Richard Manley’s new play A Fish Story (July 16 at the Rio Nido Roadhouse). Pegasus then continues its 16-year-run of Tapas (a series of original one-acts), Aug. 11–27 at the Mount Jackson Masonic Lodge, and concludes its season in November with the world premiere of It’s All Relative, a collaborative work by Scott Lummer, Maureen Studer, Jacquelyn Wells and Russell Kaltschmidt. Left Edge Theater in Santa Rosa has announced the world premiere of Sideways, a new stage adaptation of the hilariously dark, Oscar-nominated movie, with a new script written by Rex Pickett (pictured), on whose novel the movie was based. It runs Sept. 8– Oct. 1, kicking off a series of shows that, if not entirely new, will be receiving their Sonoma County premieres. 6th Street Playhouse, which last year presented two world premieres, plans to include a Bay Area premiere this September, though the title and author have not yet been announced. And in Sebastopol, Main Stage West continues its own string of doing at least one premiere a year with the one-woman show Mary Shelley’s Body (Oct. 13–30) (disclosure: I wrote the novella), featuring Sheri Lee Miller as the ghost of Mary Shelley, who authored the groundbreaking Frankenstein. Finally, in December, the Raven Players in Healdsburg, will present the world premiere of Tony Sciullo’s A Vintage Christmas, described as a cross between A Christmas Carol and It’s a Wonderful Life, set in contemporary wine country.
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FEEL THE BYRNE Before Jonathan Demme made ‘Silence of the Lambs,’ he set
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Talking Heads concert doc good as it ever was BY RICHARD VON BUSACK
ne smart comment about the late Jonathan Demme’s 1984 Stop Making Sense, justly described as the greatest rock concert movie made, was critic Blake Goble’s line, “The plot is the performance.” Stop Making Sense is a collage from a series of shows at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood in December 1983. The performance’s plot is about the way call and response works in popular music. The too-thin Mr. Coffee Nerves singer David Byrne has the starch taken out of him by his band, as they grow around him and envelop him. The concert builds from Byrne’s opening solo performance on acoustic guitar and beat box, squawking out “Psycho Killer,” until the show’s end, when the whole gang is out and roaring. Made for the price of a mainstream music video (with money borrowed by the band against their royalties), Stop Making Sense set a new standard in concert films through its simplicity and lack of distracting video effects. A large yet invisible camera crew never dictate the action or go in for the Triumph of the Will exaltation of the rock star. “We wanted the camera to linger so you could get to know the musicians,” said drummer Chris Frantz to Rolling Stone in 2014. A key scene is when back-up singers Edna Holt and Lynn Mabry sprint out of the wings for “Slippery People”—an ’80s anthem if there ever was one. They come in for the response—“He’s all right!”—as Byrne calls out, “Whatsa matter with him?” I saw Stop Making Sense at Burning Man last year, projected on a bed sheet from a ladder-mounted projector, with the dust swirling around. The passersby, looking in curiously, brought out in me the impulse that made me a critic in the first place: the urge to blurt out, “Come see this wonderful movie, good people!”
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hen master percussionist Onye Onyemaechi isn’t leading mystical journeys in the deserts of Morocco or presenting weeklong sessions on the spirituality of drumming in Germany, he leads the dynamic Afrobeat band Onye & the Messengers in the North Bay, where he’s lived for the last 25 years. Known for a dance-inducing repertoire of African rhythms blended with jazz, funk and splashes of reggae, Onye & the Messengers get the crowd moving at the Redwood Cafe in Cotati on July 15. Born in Nigeria, Onyemaechi studied business in Boston, but
ultimately chose a musical life over a corporate one in the early 1980s. “Now my business is to make people happy,” he says.” Onyemaechi moved to the North Bay in 1989 and founded Village Rhythms as a way to present drumming and music in a multitude of educational programs for individuals, businesses, schools and other organizations around the world. Seeing music as a tool for community building and selfempowerment, Onyemaechi often performs at school assemblies and promotes a joy of learning in his youth programs. One of Onyemaechi’s most popular offerings is African Village Celebrations, a public program he brings to libraries and museums throughout Northern California. These 60-minute workshops feature African drumming, dancing, songs and stories presented in their historical and cultural context. Participants learn to value and integrate their own heritage into the experience. In addition to his work with Village Rhythms, Onyemaechi is also a celebrated performing and recording artist, spreading positive values through the rich tradition of Afrobeat from his native Nigeria. “I am inclusive of diversity in all aspects,” Onyemaechi says. “Music is a very powerful medium to bring that message to people all over the world. Music is full of love and kindness; it allows us to be free and de-stress from all our problems.” Made up of several seasoned Bay Area musicians, Onye & the Messengers excel at showcasing not only the technicality of Afrobeat’s polyrhythmic sound, but also the genre’s intuitive and creative flair, and the group expands on that creativity with jazz and world music embellishments. “What I do with the band is to allow them to be free, to be available within their own creative means,” Onyemaechi says, “to let the music speak for itself.” Onye & the Messengers perform on Saturday, July 15, at Redwood Cafe, 8240 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati. 8:30pm. $10–$12. 707.795.7868.
SONOMA COUNTY Sabrina Carpenter
Singer, songwriter and actress takes the stage and performs her teen-centric hit singles, with special guests Alex Aiono and New Hope Club. Jul 16, 7pm. $35-$49. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.
Music of Japan
Petaluma pop-folk band headlines an acoustic-minded dinner show that also features the Honey Toads and DdW. Jul 14, 6:30pm. $5. The Big Easy, 128 American Alley, Petaluma. 707.776.7163.
Valley of the Moon Music Festival
Annual festival entirely devoted to Romantic music this year celebrates German composer Robert Schumann and features the nation’s best performers playing on period instruments. Jul 16-30. $20-$40. Hanna Boys Center, 17000 Arnold Dr, Sonoma. valleyofthemoonmusicfestival.org.
Napa Valley Music Associates presents guest musicians Masayuki Koga and Michiyo Koga in an intimate concert setting. Advance tickets recommended. Jul 16, 2pm. $25. Napa Design Center, 605 Coombs St, Napa. 707.252.8671. New Orleans-based big band gets the venue dancing with support from Jamestown Revival. Jul 15, 5pm. $75$205. Robert Mondavi Winery, 7801 St Helena Hwy, Oakville. 707.968.2203.
Clubs & Venues SONOMA COUNTY Brewsters Beer Garden Jul 13, Bluegrass & Bourbon with the Hossettes. Jul 14, T Luke & the Tight Suits. Jul 15, 3pm, Elephant. Jul 16, 3pm, Codi Binkley and friends. 229 Water St N, Petaluma. 707.981.8330.
Jul 14, 5pm, Shelby, Texas. Jul 14, 8pm, Wendy DeWitt. Jul 15, 1pm, Jimbo Scott. Jul 15, 8pm, Akarsha Kumar. Jul 16, 1pm, Craig Corona. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.
Jul 12, 5pm, Tempest and Greenhouse. Jul 19, 5pm, SonoMusette with Nina Gerber and Chris Webster. Willow Street and Jewell Avenue, Sebastopol. peacetown.org.
Jamison’s Roaring Donkey
Jul 14, the Grain with Jason Daniels Band. 146 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.772.5478.
Jul 13, 6pm, Hillstomp and Mudbone. 3565 Standish Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.588.0707.
Jul 18, 4:20pm, BADBADNOTGOOD. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.
Lagunitas Tap Room
Jul 12, the Rhythm Drivers. Jul 13, the Royal Deuces. Jul 14, the Pulsators. Jul 15, Talley Up. Jul 16, David Correa Group. Jul 19, Dirty Bourbon River Show. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.
Main Street Bistro
Symphony Enterprises presents a musical soul food feast featuring jazz, classical and gospel celebrations of music in the African-American culture. Jul 15, 8pm. $20-$30. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.
Dry Creek Vineyard
Jul 12, Geoff White Jazz Duo. Jul 13, Blue Alley Cats. Jul 14, Greg Hester and Vernelle Anders. Jul 15, Levi Lloyd & the 501 Blues Band. Jul 16, Cazadero Jazz Project. Jul 18, Mac & Potter. 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.
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Prolific punk-folk songwriter plays a barbecue cookout concert with support from folk duo Rain & Left. Jul 16, 5pm. $20 and up. HopMonk Novato, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200.
Eclectic ensemble blends pop, soul and roots-rock with elements of funk and gospel. Jul 16, 8pm. $12-$15. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.
NAPA COUNTY Aimee Mann
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Jul 16, the Dixie Giants and the Russian River Ramblers. 3770 Lambert Bridge Rd, Healdsburg. 707.433.1000. Jul 15, Luvplanet. 6250 Front St, Forestville. 707.887.2594.
Jul 15, Derek Irving & His Combo. 21025 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville. 707.814.0036.
Guerneville Community Church
Jul 16, 2pm, Curtis James. 14520 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville. 707.869.2514.
Hawkes Tasting Room Jul 15, 4pm, B & the Hive. 6738 Hwy 128, Healdsburg. 707.433.HAWK.
HopMonk Sebastopol Jul 13, eNegative with the Drought Cult and Jimmy Cramer. Jul 14, Highway Poets and John Courage Trio. Jul 15,
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Jul 13, 5:30pm, Kalimba. Jul 15, 12pm, Funky Dozen. 911 Village Court, Santa Rosa. 707.545.3844.
Jul 14, Saved by the 90s. Jul 15, Ozomatli. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.
Jul 15, 2 and 7pm, the Santa Rosa Redwood Chordsmen barbershop chorus. 3300 Sonoma Ave, Santa Rosa. redwoodchordsmen.org.
Occidental Center for the Arts
Jul 15, 8pm, Bastille Day concert with Un Deux Trois and La Guinguette. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. ) 707.874.9392.
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Jul 14, Oddjob Ensemble. 44F Mill St, Healdsburg. 707.723.7018.
Jul 12, the Acrosonics. Jul 13, King Daddy Murr and Prince of Thieves. Jul 14, 6:30pm, Bruce Gordon. Jul 14, 8pm, New Copasetics. Jul 15, 5:30pm, Full Circle. Jul 15, 8pm, Iko Ya Ya. Jul 16, 5pm, the Fabulous 45s. Jul 19, the Acrosonics. 452 First St E, Ste G, Sonoma. 707.996.1364.
Jul 16, 3:30pm, Dan Martin. 151 Petaluma Blvd, Petaluma, theatre-district.com.
Toad in the Hole Pub Jul 15, John Courage Trio. 116 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.544.8623.
Twin Oaks Roadhouse Jul 13, Levi’s Workshop. Jul 14, Well Known Strangers. Jul 15, the Fabulous BioTones. Jul 16, 3pm, David Thom Invitational Bluegrass Jam. 5745 Old Redwood Hwy, Penngrove. 707.795.5118.
Jul 15, 12pm, Ken Teel. Jul 16, 12pm, Justin Brown. 25200 Arnold Dr, Sonoma. 707.935.4700.
Jul 14, Casa Rasta with DJ Sizzlak & Dinga. 1910 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.843.5535.
Windsor Town Green Jul 13, 6pm, Urban Outlaws.
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MARIN COUNTY City Green
Jul 15, 5pm, Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers. 901 Sherman Ave, Novato, novato. org.
Jul 15, 6pm, Beatles in the Park tribute concert. Sir Francis Drake Blvd and Center Blvd, San Anselmo. 415.258.4640.
Jul 12, pro blues jam with the Dave Matthews Blues Band. Jul 13, JJ Thames & the Violet Revolt. Jul 14, the Bloodstones. Jul 15, Top Shelf. Jul 16, 11:30am, Sunday brunch with Midnight Watch. Jul 19, Pro Blues Jam with the Bobby Young Project. 919 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.813.5600.
Jul 14, Notorious. Jul 15, DW Edwards & Lighting Up the Soul Band. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200.
Iron Springs Pub & Brewery
Jul 12, Howling Coyote Tour. Jul 19, Todos Santos. 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax. 415.485.1005.
Marin Art & Garden Center
Jul 13, 5pm, Zydeco Flames. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 415.455.5260.
Marin Country Mart
Jul 15, 2pm, Howling Coyote Tour. Jul 16, 12:30pm, Folkish Festival with Pacific Standard. 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 415.461.5700.
19 Broadway Club
Jul 12, PB & the Jam. Jul 13, Hunter & the Dirty Jacks. Jul 14, 5:30pm, Damir & Derek. Jul 14, 9pm, Pepa & Edgar with Pasto Seco. Jul 15, 5:30pm, Bayou Noir. Jul 15, 9pm, the Grain with Jason Daniels Band. Jul 16, 4pm, Dave Alstrom’s Jazz Society. Jul 16, 8pm, Void Where Prohibited. 17 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.
Oak Plaza at Northgate
Jul 14, 6pm, Petty Theft. 5800 Northgate Mall, San Rafael.
Osher Marin JCC
Jul 15, 7pm, Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited. 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.
Jul 12, Pedro Rosales Con Quimba. Jul 13, Passion
Habanera. Jul 14, Walter Earl Trio. Jul 15, Ian McArdle Trio. Jul 16, Gabrielle Cavassa. Jul 18, Suzanna Smith. Jul 19, Jonathan Poretz. 37 Caledonia St, Sausalito. 415.331.9355.
Panama Hotel Restaurant
Jul 12, Bob Gordon & the UFOs. Jul 13, C-JAM with Connie Ducey. Jul 18, Wanda Stafford. Jul 19, Vardo. 4 Bayview St, San Rafael. 415.457.3993.
Peri’s Silver Dollar
Jul 12, the New Sneakers. Jul 13, Mark’s Jam Sammich. Jul 14, PSDSP. Jul 15, the Sam Chase. Jul 16, Grateful Sundays. Jul 17, open mic. Jul 18, the Bad Hombres. Jul 19, the Elvis Johnson Soul Revue. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.
Piccolo Pavilio at Menke Park
Jul 16, 5pm, Barbara Nesbitt. Redwood and Corte Madera avenues, Corte Madera. 415.302.1160.
Jul 14, Jerry Hannan. Jul 16, 4pm, BBQ on the lawn with Ruthie Foster Family Band and Volker Strifler. 1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.
Wed, Milonga with Marcelo Puig and Seth Asarnow. Jul 13, the Merlins. Jul 14, Reed Fromer Band. Jul 15, Andre Thierry. Jul 16, 5pm, Mazacote. Jul 17, open mic with Judy Hall and Andy Dudnick. Jul 18, Noel Jewkes and friends. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito. 415.331.2899.
Smiley’s Schooner Saloon
Jul 14, Vandella and Angelica Rockne. Jul 15, Essence. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311.
Second Thursday of every month, DJ Romestallion. Second Friday of every month, DJ Beset. 848 B St, San Rafael. 415.454.5551.
Sweetwater Music Hall
Jul 12, Kanekoa. Jul 13, Hot Club of Cowtown. Jul 14, Super Diamond. Jul 15, the Band of Heathens with Mendonesia. Jul 17, open mic with Austin DeLone. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.
Tennessee Valley Cabin Jul 14, 6:30pm, Rewind. 60 Tennessee Valley Rd, Mill Valley.
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Jul 12, 12pm, noon concert with the Bradeitch-Grove Duo. Jul 14, tribute to Roger Silver with Eric Martin, Miles Schon and friends. Jul 17, Summer Singing Workshop. Jul 19, 12pm, noon concert with Tom Rose and Miles Graber. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.
Jul 15, Amy Wigton. 1026 Machin Ave, Novato. 415.899.9883.
NAPA COUNTY Blue Note Napa
Jul 12, Charged Particles. Jul 13-15, Edwin McCain Acoustic Trio. Jul 19, Orgone. 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.603.1258.
Jul 15, Joshua Bell’s Seasons of Cuba. 1350 Acacia Dr, Napa, festivalnapavalley.org.
Goose & Gander
Jul 16, 1pm, the Good Bad. 1245 Spring St, St Helena. 707.967.8779.
Jul 13, Amber Snider. Jul 14, Serf & James. 1460 First St, Napa. 707.265.7577.
Jul 18, 11am, Bouchaine Young Artist Concert with Havana Chamber Orchestra. Jul 19, 11am, Bouchaine Young Artist Concert with Jiji on classical guitar. 1711 Main St, Napa. 707.255.5445.
Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater
Jul 19, 6pm, André Watts with the Festival Orchestra NAPA and the Volti Chorus. 100 California Dr, Yountville. 707.944.9900.
Jul 13, 6:30pm, Fog City Swampers. 1308 Cedar St, Calistoga. 707.942.2838.
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The NorBays Strike Back Vote for your favorite bands and more now A North Bay tradition more than a decade in the making, the annual NorBays are now open for our 2017 write-in voting. This year, we’ve expanded our voting to include several new genres and musical categories to better represent the broad and diverse array of music in our region.
In addition to longtime categories such as reggae and jazz, our online poll is zeroing in on some of our favorite, though often overlooked genres. So, this year, we’ve got punk in its own league, as well as spots for metal and indie rock. We’re also splitting up the blues and R&B departments, as well as the country and folk listings, hip-hop and electronica groupings to better represent these sounds. Readers will also find new categories to honor local radio disc jockeys, local venues or clubs, open mic events, music festivals and music promoters, because those who support the scene deserve some love, too. Anyone can vote, though we ask that you only vote once. If you’re a band, tell your fans; if you’re a fan, tell your friends. Voting will be available on Bohemian.com through Aug. 7. We’ll announce winners in our Aug. 9 issue. Look for the NorBays icon at Bohemian.com, and cast your votes today.—Charlie Swanson
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Jul 13, Timothy O’Neil. Jul 14, Nate Lopez. Jul 15, Smorgy. 1600 Soscol Ave, Napa. 707.320.9000.
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Papermill Gang. Jul 13, Ross James’ Cosmic Thursday. Jul 14, Top 40 Friday with Mark Karan and friends. Jul 16, 2pm, Electric BBQ with Phil Lesh & the Terrapin Family Band and Achilles Wheel. Jul 17, Grateful Mondays with Scott Law, Grahame Lesh and friends. Jul 18, Stu Allen and friends. Jul 19, the Casual Coalition with Scott Law. 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael. 415.524.2773.
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Arts Events Galleries RECEPTIONS Jul 14
Caldwell Snyder Gallery, “Melissa Chandon & Matt Rogers,” two California artists display in a joint exhibition of recent paintings. 5pm. 1328 Main St, St Helena. 415.531.6755. Marin Society of Artists, “Something Old, Something New,” show celebrates the relationship between the old and new, beginnings and endings and youth and age. 5pm. 1515 Third St, San Rafael. 415.464.9561.
College of Marin Fine Art Gallery, “Breathless,” photographer Polly Steinmetz celebrates life through portraits of ordinary animals in death. 5pm. 835 College Ave, Kentfield. 415.485.9494. Graton Gallery, “Stormy Weather,” politicallycharged paintings by Mylette Welch and sculptures by the late Richard Benbrook resist and protest against today’s toxic political climate. 2pm. 9048 Graton Rd, Graton. 707.829.8912. Sebastopol Gallery, “Birds of a Feather,” wildlife photographer Jim Cyb is featured in a show that also celebrates Sebastopol Gallery’s 10th anniversary. 4pm. 150 N Main St, Sebastopol. 707.829.7200.
SONOMA COUNTY Arts Guild of Sonoma
Through Jul 31, “Arts Guild of Sonoma July Exhibition,” featuring the luminous paintings of Helen Mehl. 140 E
Napa St, Sonoma. Wed-Thurs and Sun-Mon, 11 to 5; Fri-Sat, 11 to 8. 707.996.3115.
Charles M Schulz Museum
show is dedicated to the shades and meanings of the color blue. 282 S High St, Sebastopol. Tues-Fri, 10 to 4; Sat-Sun, 1 to 4. 707.829.4797.
Through Jul 16, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” on the 50th anniversary of the stage show, retrospective exhibit features rare memorabilia from the production’s worldwide history. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. Mon-Fri, noon to 5; Sat-Sun, 10 to 5. 707.579.4452.
Sonoma Community Center
Upstairs Art Gallery
Through Jul 22, “Crossing Boundaries,” paintings, sculpture and photography by Sonoma County and Bay Area artists creates discourse across walls both real and imagined. 312 South A St, Santa Rosa. 707.293.6051.
Finley Community Center
Through Jul 13, “An Exploration in Cloth,” several art quilts from Pointless Sisters display. 2060 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. Mon-Fri, 8 to 6; Sat, 9 to 11am. 707.543.3737.
Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Through Jul 16, “POP! The Power of Printmaking,” juried exhibition explores the ability of printmakers to express concerns about the world around them. 130 Plaza St, Healdsburg. Daily, 11 to 6. 707.431.1970.
Through Jul 30, “(Mostly) Petaluma Portraits,” artist Kathryn Keller shows her largescale charcoal drawings. 405 East D St, Petaluma. 707.778.2238.
Through Jul 30, “Fountains of Blessings,” Maria Crane’s paintings embrace the healing power of water. 1601 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. Mon-Fri, 9 to 5; weekend hours by appointment. 707.578.2121.
Paul Mahder Gallery
Through Jul 15, “And After,” new works by award-winning Sonoma County mixed-media artist Chris Beards displays in the north gallery. 222 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.473.9150.
Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Through Jul 23, “Blue,” juried
Through Jul 16, “Modulation,” glass and clay Artist in Residency Colby Charpentier shows off his latest works. 276 E Napa St, Sonoma. Daily, 7:30am to 11pm. 707.938.4626. Through Jul 30, “Pieces of Me,” Carolyn Wilson’s collage works capture her experience living and traveling in England. 306 Center St, Healdsburg. SunThurs, 11 to 6; Fri-Sat, 11 to 9. 707.431.4214.
MARIN COUNTY O’Hanlon Center for the Arts Through Jul 20, “Abstract Figurative,” group show is juried by Susan Snyder. Through Jul 21, “s+toryprobl=m :: x = blue,” mixed-media artist CK Itamura’s ongoing exploration with defying categorization features an installation of alternative theories of grouping. 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. Tues-Sat, 10 to 2; also by appointment. 415.388.4331.
Robert Allen Fine Art Through Jul 28, “Abstract Works on Canvas & Paper,” group show features Beryl Miller, Michael Moon, Carol Lefkowitz and Jeffrey Long. 301 Caledonia St, Sausalito. Mon-Fri, 10 to 5. 415.331.2800.
NAPA COUNTY Napa Valley Museum Through Jul 16, “iNSiGHT,” see the eye behind the lens in the photography exhibit by MJ Schaer. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. Wed-Sun, 11 to 4. 707.944.0500.
Yo el Rey Roasting Through Jul 30, “Fauna,” watercolors, prints and mixedmedia works from painter Claire Tiwald center on themes of nature and exploration. 1217 Washington St, Calistoga. 707.942.1180.
Comedy Comedy at the Fenix
See standup stars Kirby Shabazz, Ellis Rodriguez, Amy Rodgers and Michael Calvin. Jul 16, 7pm. Fenix, 919 Fourth St, San Rafael, 415.813.5600.
Monthly show features touring and popular Bay Area comedians. Jul 14, 8pm. $10. Redwood Cafe, 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati, 707.795.7868.
The Divorce Monologues
Headlining standup Mark Pitta brings his new show to the North Bay. Jul 15, 8pm. $10-$15. Sally Tomatoes, 1100 Valley House Dr, Rohnert Park, 707.665.0260.
Veteran standup star presents his new show, “Durst Case Scenario,” that mixes the silly and serious with biting satire and perfect comic timing. Jul 15, 7:30pm. $30. Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 N Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale, cloverdaleperformingarts.com.
Outspoken Australian comedian performs as part of his new Unusual Punishment Tour. Jul 15, 7pm. $39 and up. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa, 707.546.3600.
Professor Hoffman’s Hump-day Comedy Circus
Variety show boasts highenergy comedy with several splashes of something extra. Wed, Jul 19, 8pm. $10-$15. 6th Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa, profhoffcomedy.com.
Popular comedian returns with a new batch of family-friendly jokes. Jul 14, 7pm. $47 and up. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa, 707.546.3600.
Sonoma County Comedy Fest
Crushers of Comedy offer three nights of laughs in their brandnew venue. Jul 13-15. Soldout. The Laugh Cellar, 5755 Mountain Hawk Way, Santa Rosa. 707.282.9319.
Events Bastille Day in the Wine Country
Tenth annual Francophile
celebration includes delicious foods, croissant-making and cookie-decorating activities and live music by Due Zighi Bachi. Jul 14. Costeaux French Bakery, 417 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg.
The Body Passion Project Women’s weekend retreat combines art making, movement, drum circle, journaling and sharing in an intimate circle of women. Jul 15-16. Congregation Ner Shalom, 85 La Plaza, Cotati, 707.664.8622.
Sample beer from some of the best California breweries, eat BBQ, listen to live music, win prizes and enjoy an afternoon in the sun while raising money to help low-income women with cancer. Jul 15, 1pm. $40$65. Marin Fairgrounds, Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael.
Civil War Days
Living history reenactment gives visitors the opportunity to interact with soldiers and civilians of the Civil War. Jul 15. $6-$12. Freezeout Canyon, Freezeout Rd, Duncans Mills, civilwardays.net.
Flynn Creek Circus
Acrobats, aerialists and daredevils perform in the classic big-top tradition. Jul 13-16. $12-$27. Marinship Park, Marinship Way, Sausalito, 415.331.3757.
Healdsburg Water Carnival
Spend a day on the river with floating wine barrel races, water slides, rubber duck dash, live music by Rosetown Soul and R&B Revue and more. Jul 15, 11am. Free admission. Veterans Memorial Beach, 13839 Old Redwood Hwy, Healdsburg.
Obon Observance & Odori Celebration
Obon is the special occasion when Buddhists honor their loved ones and express their appreciation with odori, or traditional Japanese dancing. Jul 16, 2pm. Free. Buddhist Temple of Marin, 390 Miller Ave, Mill Valley.
San Rafael Gem Faire
Over 70 vendors offer fine jewelry, precious gemstones, millions of beads, crystals, minerals and much more at manufacturer’s prices. Jul 1416. 503.252.8300. Marin Center Exhibit Hall, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, 415.473.6400.
Film Cities of Light
Tiburon Film Society presents the documentary that takes viewers on a journey into the cultural enlightenment that took place in Europe 1,000 years ago. Jul 13, 6:30pm. Free. Belvedere-Tiburon Library, 1501 Tiburon Blvd, Tiburon, 415.789.2665.
David Lynch: The Art Life
New documentary peeks under the surface of the famed arthouse director’s life and works. Jul 13, 4:15 and 6:30pm. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael, 415.454.1222.
Deconstructing the Beatles
Scott Freiman explores the creation and impact of the classic album “Revolver” by the Beatles. Jul 14-16, 1pm. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael, 415.454.1222.
He Named Me Malal
Inspiring doc on 15-yearold Pakistani, Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by fundamentalists and campaigned for women after she recovered. Jul 13, 7pm. by donation. Peace & Justice Center, 467 Sebastopol Ave, Santa Rosa, 707.575.8902.
The original blockbuster plays on the big screen. Jul 15, 7:30pm. $8. Rio Theater, 20396 Bohemian Hwy, Monte Rio, 707.865.0913.
Documentary on American ballerina Wendy Whelan screens twice. Jul 15, 4 and 7pm. $10. Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main St, Napa, 707.255.5445.
Stars Under the Stars Outdoor Film Festival
Bring a blanket and enjoy wine, food trucks, live music and a screening of “Grease.” Jul 13, 7pm. St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, 100 Pythian Rd, Santa Rosa, 707.538.9463.
Stop Making Sense
Seminal concert film from director Jonathan Demme features the Talking Heads in their prime. Jul 19, 7pm. Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley St, Sebastopol, 707.525.4840.
Wait Until Dark
Audrey Hepburn stars as a blind woman caught in a suspenseful game of cat-and-
Food & Drink The All American BBQ Class teaches you the tricks to making great burgers and hot dogs that will keep friends coming back for more. Jul 16, 10:30am. $85. Cooking School at Cavallo Point, 601 Murray Circle, Sausalito.
AVV Estate Garden Luncheon
A relaxing afternoon on the patio includes a gourmet luncheon accompanied by your favorite AVV wines. Jul 15, 12pm. $55. Alexander Valley Vineyards, 8644 Hwy 128, Healdsburg, 707.433.7209.
Bastille Day Celebration at Left Bank It’s Bastille Day all week, with menu specials, traditional French garb, festive decorations and live music on the weekend. Through Jul 16. Left Bank Brasserie, 507 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, 415.927.3331.
Bastille Day Dinner at Jordan Winery
An evening of all things France includes wine reception and full dinner party. Jul 14, 6:30pm. $200. Jordan Vineyard & Winery, 1474 Alexander Valley Rd, Healdsburg, 800.654.1213.
Flavors of Vietnam: Pho & Beyond
Class touches base on all the Vietnamese cuisine you love to order so you can make it at home. Jul 15, 11am. $85. Cooking School at Cavallo Point, 601 Murray Circle, Sausalito.
Gay Wine Weekend
Three-day Pride celebration features new winemaker dinners, winery tours and events benefiting Face to Face, Sonoma County’s AIDS Network. Jul 14-16. Sonoma Valley wineries, various locations, Kenwood, outinthevineyard.com.
Joseph Jewell Wines 10th Anniversary Celebration
Winemaker dinner featuring a full pig roast and several rare fine wines toast to the winery’s first decade of business. Jul 15,
7:30pm. $150. Joseph Jewell Wines, 6542 Front St, Forestville, 707.975.4927.
Lambert Bridge Chef’s Table Series
Seasonally themed menu of locally grown ingredients is prepared by chef Mateo Granados of Healdsburg’s Mateo’s Cocina and paired with Lambert Bridge wines. Jul 14-16. $125. Lambert Bridge Winery, 4085 Westside Rd, Healdsburg, 707.431.9600.
Larkspur Wine Stroll Sixth annual event pairs local wineries and stores for an evening of winetasting, socializing and shopping. Jul 15, 5pm. $20. Downtown Larkspur, Magnolia Avenue between King and Ward streets, Larkspur.
Magical Mystery Tours
Mysterious tours to magical wineries along the Wine Road includes food pairings and other goodies. Sat, Jul 15. $125. Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River valleys, various locations, Healdsburg, wineroad.com.
Learn about the history of the olive in California and how to make olives edible without lye, then enjoy an oliveinspired lunch and tasting. Pre-registration required. Jul 16, 10am. $90. The Olive Oasis, 7820 Apple Blossom Lane, Sebastopol. olivedon@hotmail. com.
Pitbulls & Cocktails
Have a cocktail and support the Tiny Pitbull dog rescue, with adoptable dogs and a whole lot of fun on hand. Jul 15, 2pm. Jamison’s Roaring Donkey, 146 Kentucky St, Petaluma, 707.772.5478.
Taste of Napa
The region’s diverse culinary and vintner community comes together with 70 wineries, restaurants and food artisans converging for this signature day of food and drinks, happening as part of Festival Napa Valley. Jul 15, 11am. $99 and up. Napa Valley Exposition, 575 Third St, Napa, festivalnapavalley.org.
Zealous About Zinfandel
Wine writer Esther Mobley moderates a panel of winemakers in conversation on Zinfandel in Dry Creek Valley. Jul 15, 10am. $125. Quivira
Vineyards, 4900 W Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg, 707.431.8333.
Readings Book Passage
Jul 12, 12pm, “A House Among the Trees” with Julia Glass. Jul 12, 7pm, “A Paris All Your Own” with Eleanor Brown. Jul 14, 7pm, “The Last Laugh” with Lynn Freed. Jul 15, 11am, “When the Sun Goes Dark” with Andrew Fraknoi. Jul 15, 1pm, “How to Become a Published Author” with Mark Shaw. Jul 15, 4pm, “The Fifth Reflection” with Ellen Kirschman. Jul 15, 4pm, “In an Artist’s Shoes” with Suzanne Siminger. Jul 15, 7pm, “Elena” with Duncan Lloyd. Jul 16, 1pm, “Hum If You Don’t Know the Words” with Bianca Marais. Jul 16, 4pm, “Ordinary Mystic” with Curran Galway. Jul 18, 7pm, “Cravings” with Judy Collins. Jul 19, 7pm, “Quiet Until the Thaw” with Alexandra Fuller. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera 415.927.0960.
Book Passage By-the-Bay
Jul 12, 6pm, “Life on the Dock” with Michael Konrad. Jul 18, 6pm, “The Driver in the Driverless Car” with Alex Salkever. Jul 19, 6pm, literary evening with Tom Centolella, Kathy Evans & Molly Giles. 100 Bay St, Sausalito 415.339.1300.
Cloverdale Performing Arts Center
Jul 13, 7pm, Books on Stage with Carolyn Cooke and Randall Babtkis. 209 N Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale 707.829.2214.
Healdsburg Copperfield’s Books
Jul 17, 7pm, “Hum If You Don’t Know the Words” with Bianca Marais. 106 Matheson St, Healdsburg 707.433.9270.
Petaluma Copperfield’s Books
Jul 14, 7pm, “A House Among the Trees” with Julia Glass. 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma 707.762.0563.
Jul 13, 7pm, “The Last Laugh” with Lynn Freed. Jul 15, 2pm, Colette Gauthier Myles in conversation with Vanessa Yava. Jul 19, 7pm, “Straight Up Food” with Cathy Fisher. 130 E Napa St, Sonoma 707.939.1779.
Santa Rosa Copperfield’s Books
Jul 14, 7pm, “She Sheds” with Erika Kotite. Jul 18, 7pm, Hot Summer Nights with Redwood
Writers. Jul 19, 7pm, “Watch Me Disappear” Janelle Brown. 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. 707.578.8938.
Jul 13, 7pm, Why There Are Words, seven authors read on the theme of Portents. $10. 333 Caledonia St, Sausalito 415.331.8272.
Theater The Art Is Medicine Show
The Imaginists’ ninth annual bilingual, bicycle-powered summer tour visits several local parks with the new “Stop That Show!” production that takes the current political moment head-on. Jul 15-23. Free. Santa Rosa parks, various locations, Santa Rosa, theimaginists.org.
SRJC’s Summer Rep Theatre Festival presents the jazzed-up, show-stopping musical sensation. Through Jul 18. $15-$25. Burbank Auditorium, SRJC, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, summerrep.com.
Fantastical Family Night
Transcendence Theatre’s “Broadway Under the Stars” presents this family show filled with Broadway, Disney and everything in between. Jul 14-15. $32 and up. Jack London State Park, 2400 London Ranch Rd, Glen Ellen, 877.424.1414.
A Fish Story
Pegasus Theater Company presents a staged reading of the literate comedy written by Richard Manley on an outdoor stage. Jul 16, 6pm. by donation. Rio Nido Roadhouse, 14540 Canyon 2 Rd, Rio Nido, 707.869.0821.
Sonoma Arts Live continues its season of “women who dare” with the classic vaudevillian musical about the ultimate stage mother. Jul 14-30. $22 and up. Sonoma Community Center, 276 E Napa St, Sonoma, sonomaartslive.org.
The 45th annual Razzle Dazzle Music Revue will offer a songand-dance blast from the past that acts as the Kut-Ups’ final summer season. Through Jul 15. $20. Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park, 707.588.3400.
‘RESIST, PERSIST’ Work by Mylette Welch exhibits in ‘Stormy Weather,’ opening with a reception at Graton Gallery on July 15. See Receptions, adjacent page.
Much Ado About Nothing
Marin Shakespeare Company’s 28th annual summer festival series opens with Shakespeare’s all-ages appropriate romantic comedy. Through Jul 23. $10-$37. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, 890 Belle Ave, Dominican University, San Rafael. marinshakespeare.org.
Once Upon a Magic!
Fairfax Theatre Company presents an interactive adventure in a world of magic and sorcery. Through Jul 22. $10-$20. Fairfax Pavilion, 142 Bolinas Rd, Fairfax, fairfaxtheatrecompany.com.
The Pajama Game
Marin Musical Theatre Company presents the timeless musical brimming with song and dance classics. Jul 13-23. The Playhouse, 27 Kensington Rd, San Anselmo, 415.258.4640.
A Raisin in the Sun
SRJC’s Summer Rep Theatre Festival takes on the inspiring, multi-generational American drama. Through Jul 18. $15$25. Newman Auditorium, SRJC, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, summerrep.com.
Birdbath Theatres presents the absurdist play by Eugene Ionesco about people turning into the titular animal as
a metaphor for society, ideology, crowd mentality and resistance. Through Jul 22. $20-$24. The Belrose, 1415 Fifth Ave, San Rafael, birdbaththeatres.com.
Sing Me a Murder See and sing in the newest dinner show from Get a Clue Productions, a fully functioning karaoke bar with deadly competition. Reservations required. Sat, Jul 15, 7pm. $68. Charlie’s Restaurant, Windsor Golf Club, 1320 19th Hole Dr, Windsor, getaclueproductions. com.
The Wedding Singer Musical comedy is performed by Roustabout Theater’s award-winning apprentice program. Jul 14-16. $16-$26. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa, 707.546.3600.
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ARIES (March 21–April 19) It’s not your birthday, but I feel like you need to get presents. The astrological omens agree with me. In fact, they suggest you should show people this horoscope to motivate them to do the right thing and shower you with practical blessings. And why exactly do you need these rewards? Here’s one reason: Now is a pivotal moment in the development of your own ability to give the unique gifts you have to give. If you receive tangible demonstrations that your contributions are appreciated, you’ll be better able to rise to the next level of your generosity. TAURUS (April 20–May 20)
Other astrologers and fortune-tellers may enjoy scaring the hell out of you, but not me. My job is to keep you apprised of the ways that life aims to help you, educate you and lead you out of your suffering. The truth is, Taurus, that if you look hard enough, there are always seemingly legitimate reasons to be afraid of pretty much everything. But that’s a stupid way to live, especially since there are also always legitimate reasons to be excited about pretty much everything. The coming weeks will be a favorable time to work on retraining yourself to make the latter approach your default tendency. I have rarely seen a better phase than now to replace chronic anxiety with shrewd hope.
GEMINI (May 21–June 20)
At least for the short-range future, benign neglect can be an effective game plan for you. In other words, Gemini, allow inaction to do the job that can’t be accomplished through strenuous action. Stay put. Be patient and cagey and observant. Seek strength in silence and restraint. Let problems heal through the passage of time. Give yourself permission to watch and wait, to reserve judgment and withhold criticism. Why do I suggest this approach? Here’s a secret: Forces that are currently working in the dark and behind the scenes will generate the best possible outcome.
CANCER (June 21–July 22) “Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions,” wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson. “All life is an experiment.” I’d love to see you make that your operative strategy in the coming weeks, Cancerian. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, now is a favorable time to overthrow your habits, rebel against your certainties, and cruise through a series of freewheeling escapades that will change your mind in a hundred different ways. Do you love life enough to ask more questions than you’ve ever asked before? LEO (July 23–August 22) Thank you for contacting
the Center for Epicurean Education. If you need advice on how to help your imagination lose its inhibitions, please press 1. If you’d like guidance on how to run wild in the woods or in the streets without losing your friends or your job, press 2. If you want to learn more about spiritual sex or sensual wisdom, press 3. If you’d like assistance in initiating a rowdy yet focused search for fresh inspiration, press 4. For information about dancing lessons or flying lessons or dancingwhile-flying lessons, press 5. For advice on how to stop making so much sense, press 6.
VIRGO (August 23–September 22) The cereus
cactus grows in the deserts of the southwestern United States. Most of the time it’s scraggly and brittle-looking. But one night of the year, in June or July, it blooms with a fragrant, trumpet-shaped flower. By dawn the creamy white petals close and start to wither. During that brief celebration, the plant’s main pollinator, the sphinx moth, has to discover the marvelous event and come to gather the cactus flower’s pollen. I suspect this scenario has metaphorical resemblances to a task you could benefit from carrying out in the days ahead. Be alert for a sudden, spectacular and rare eruption of beauty that you can feed from and propagate.
LIBRA (September 23–October 22) If I had more room here, I would offer an inspirational PowerPoint presentation designed just for you. In the beginning, I would seize your attention with an evocative image that my marketing department had determined would give you a visceral thrill. (Like maybe a Photoshopped image of you wearing a crown and holding a scepter.) In
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the next part, I would describe various wonderful and beautiful things about you. Then I’d tactfully describe an aspect of your life that’s underdeveloped and could use some work. I’d say, “I’d love for you to be more strategic in promoting your good ideas. I’d love for you to have a well-crafted master plan that will attract the contacts and resources necessary to lift your dream to the next level.”
SCORPIO (October 23–November 21)
I advise you against snorting cocaine, MDMA, heroin or bath salts. But if you do, don’t lay out your lines of powder on a kitchen table or a baby’s diaper-changing counter in a public restroom. Places like those are not exactly sparkly clean, and you could end up propelling contaminants close to your brain. Please observe similar care with any other activity that involves altering your consciousness or changing the way you see the world. Do it in a nurturing location that ensures healthy results. (P.S.: The coming weeks will be a great time to expand your mind if you do it in all-natural ways such as through conversations with interesting people, travel to places that excite your awe, and encounters with provocative teachings.)
SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21) In late 1811 and early 1812, parts of the mighty Mississippi River flowed backward several times. Earthquakes were the cause. Now, more than two centuries later, you Sagittarians have a chance— maybe even a mandate—to accomplish a more modest rendition of what nature did way back then. Do you dare to shift the course of a great, flowing, vital force? I think you should at least consider it. In my opinion, that great, flowing, vital force could benefit from an adjustment that you have the wisdom and luck to understand and accomplish.
CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19) You’re entering into the Uncanny Zone, Capricorn. During your brief journey through this alternate reality, the wind and the dew will be your teachers. Animals will provide special favors. You may experience true fantasies, like being able to sense people’s thoughts and hear the sound of leaves converting sunlight into nourishment. It’s possible you’ll feel the moon tugging at the waters of your body and glimpse visions of the best possible future. Will any of this be of practical use? Yes! More than you can imagine. And not in ways you can imagine yet. AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18) This is one of those rare grace periods when you can slip into a smooth groove without worrying that it will degenerate into a repetitive rut. You’ll feel natural and comfortable as you attend to your duties, not blank or numb. You’ll be entertained and educated by exacting details, not bored by them. I conclude, therefore, that this will be an excellent time to lay the gritty foundation for expansive and productive adventures later this year. If you’ve been hoping to get an advantage over your competitors and diminish the negative influences of people who don’t empathize with you, now is the time. PISCES (February 19–March 20)
“There is a direct correlation between playfulness and intelligence, since the most intelligent animals engage in the greatest amount of playful activities.” So reports the National Geographic. “The reason is simple: Intelligence is the capacity for learning, and to play is to learn.” I suggest you make these thoughts the centerpiece of your life in the coming weeks. You’re in a phase when you have an enhanced capacity to master new tricks. That’s fortunate, because you’re also in a phase when it’s especially crucial for you to learn new tricks. The best way to ensure it all unfolds with maximum grace is to play as much as possible.
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