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ARCHITECT OF EMPATHY Legal-observer trainee George Beeler says immigrants are ‘critical to our local economy

and in celebrating the exuberance of the food culture.’

DACA Blues

Sonoma County sings the immigrant song

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ector Jimenez is a 20-year-old sophomore at Santa Rosa Junior College whose parents brought him to the United States from Mexico when he was all of one year old. Like many recent and undocumented immigrants, his parents were flushed out of their Oaxaca home by the negative economic impacts of the ’90s-

era North American Free Trade Agreement. “I’ve been in the Santa Rosa area ever since,” Jimenez says. But if Trump has anything to say about it, he’s facing deportation to a country that’s not his home. Jimenez is one of 800,000 people, about one-fourth of them from California, who face possible deportation after Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program,

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which established a formalized registration system under which Americans like Jimenez could come out of the proverbial shadows and get a Social Security card, a driver’s license and live without fear. Jimenez has a cousin in the same situation, a graduate of Sonoma State University who, “when he got his degree and tried to use it, nobody would hire him because he didn’t have a Social Security number,” Jimenez says.

His cousin graduated when Jimenez was in middle school, “and that’s when I really realized what this meant for me.” He recalls that he “essentially gave up on school—I didn’t ditch it, but I just wasn’t in it mentally because I realized that, ‘what’s the point if, when I graduate, I won’t be able to use my degree anyway?’” But he stayed in school and Obama unveiled DACA while Jimenez was entering high school. Like many youth in that age bracket, he wanted to get his driver’s license but couldn’t. “Luckily, this program came around, and I was excited but also very afraid; it put all of us in a vulnerable position, giving them all of my information that if they wanted to use it against us, there would be no legal consequence. It was a vulnerable and terrifying position to be in, but at the same time I was so excited to get my driver’s license.” Now Jimenez is studying sociology and law at SRJC which, like many schools around the state and country, has become something of a sanctuary school, with about 1,500 undocumented students on the rolls and a dozen or so DACA Dreamers like Jimenez, who works in the schools’ immigrant-resource Dream Center. In response to Trump’s order, the University of California state system has come out in vociferous opposition, and on Monday the state of California itself announced it would sue the administration for its push against the Obama legacy item. The state community college system is yet another of a number of organizations and agencies to come out swinging against the destruction of DACA. Local politicians, from State Sen. Mike McGuire to U.S. Congressman Jared Huffman, have issued blistering take-downs on the rescinded policy over the past week—“un-American,” in Huffman’s words—as Trump has rolled out his latest version of governance-by-blackmail to a compliant GOP Congress. The program, says Jimenez, opened up a future that he couldn’t envision before 2012. Persons who came to the


told that they might not even be able to work.”

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he DACA downer has added urgency to efforts underway to protect undocumented individuals from excessive zealotry at the hands of ICE and the Department of Homeland Security. It’s a hot and dry Saturday afternoon in Petaluma, where about 20 Sonoma County residents have showed up at the Unitarian Universalist church on the west side of town to be trained as legal observers. The Sonoma County Rapid Response Network emerged in the early days of the Trump White House and has so far trained about 800 people to monitor ICE as it goes about its business—often conducted in the shadow of constitutionality, say critics of the agency. Sam Tuttelman is one of those critics. The Petaluma resident lost 95 percent of his family in the Holocaust and has a friendly but forthright delivery as he co-hosts the training meeting for potential legal observers, under the auspices of the Petaluma Rapid Response Network. The network aims to witness, accompany and advocate on behalf of immigrants who might find themselves subject to deportation. When fully up to speed, the network will operate as a sort of alternative emergencyresponse system designed to assist a particularly vulnerable community. Under the emergency protocol, Sonoma County residents who find ICE agents at their front door will call a hotline and connect with a dispatcher who will then send a text message to any legal observers available within a fivemile radius of the raid. The legal observer will get the text message and head to the home, where, as Tuttelman stresses, the job is not to be a hero or intervene, but to

bear witness in the service of the Constitution and due process. George Beeler is one of the trainees and a member of the Unitarian Universalist church. Beeler is a retired architect who grew up on a Kentucky farm and extols the added value of the local immigrant community, which, he says, “is critical to our local economy and in celebrating the exuberance of the food culture” of the North Bay. “This is a country built on immigration,” Beeler adds, “and farming is very hard work that people don’t do unless they have to.” The DACA crackdown, he says, is adding insult to a grievous injury already inflicted on immigrant communities—an intolerance that has itself seeped into the nominally tolerant streets of Petaluma. “It’s just heartbreaking,” Beeler says as he recounts the occasional spotting of Confederate flags in the pleasantly seedstrewn agriculture town, and some of the “hateful rhetoric” that greets immigrants and their supporters in the streets. He also notes that Petaluma has launched an “It Won’t Happen Here,” campaign, riffing on the Sinclair Lewis novel wherein the United States is rendered anew as a totalitarian state. The Lewis book is famous for its observation that when fascism comes to the United States, “it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross.” And yet here we are, ironically enough, in church, where a group of concerned citizens includes first-generation Americans with immigrant parents from various European locales, a Republican military veteran, teachers and a woman who works in a popular local restaurant and says her interactions with undocumented co-workers brought her here today. One attendee spoke of parents who escaped the Bolsheviks. Another spoke of undocumented

‘This is a country built on immigration.’

Irish parents who lived in a prior generation’s shadow world. Said one, “We’re not going to lay down and wait for it.” The observers’ training includes information on the ways ICE agents have found legally questionable workarounds to effectuate their raids. Tuttelman notes that any ICE warrant “has to be signed by a federal judge, but the overwhelming number of warrants are not.” ICE agents have used the “detainer” policy to get around that particular Fourth Amendment due-process concern. That’s the tactic where ICE utilizes local law-enforcement agencies to hold arrestees until they can swoop in with the deportation papers, no warrant needed. And even though ICE agents typically know who they are looking for in most immigration raids, “they can start intimidating other people, asking them to show documents,” Tuttleman says. Or, he says, they mask their participation in raids by wearing generic police vests that don’t identify them as federal agents. Speaking to the dangers inherent in signing up as a legal observer, Tuttelman tells the group that legal observers are encouraged to write a lawyer’s name on their arm in case they, too, get arrested during the raid. But he also stresses that they’re not on the scene to be heroes or to “get in the face of ICE or vent rage or outrage.” The observers are there to do one thing: develop evidence for people facing deportation to demonstrate where ICE is not following its own rules. “In 90 percent of cases, ICE violates people’s rights,” Tuttelman says. The high-tech observer system in the works can’t come soon enough for Sonoma County residents like Hector Jimenez, who faces deportation to a country he doesn’t know—as do his parents. He has two siblings, both American citizens born in this country with significant health issues. “If anything were to happen [to my parents]— the ability for them to stay here is what is keeping my siblings alive.”

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States as children were given the opportunity to register in exchange for a commitment from the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency that they wouldn’t be targeted for deportation. Seemed like a pretty square deal that fixed a longstanding problem. That promise has been taken back, as Trump has broken faith with the essential decency and practicality of DACA, which emerged only after one donothing Congress after another refused to take on immigration “reform,” lately under the Dream Act. Now Trump has called on Congress to pass reform, and if they don’t, he’ll start deporting people whose only crime is something their parents did. The same Trump who pardoned disgraced Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio and issued an executive order banning Muslims from the United States, has now argued that Obama exceeded his authority. “I couldn’t believe it at first,” says Jimenez. “It was angering and frustrating to hear that the reason they were ending it was the rule of law—but they go out and pardon Joe Arpaio? How is this justifiable as well? This individual committed numerous crimes, and you pardon him? How is that just at all?” Through DACA and the politics that pushed it into existence, Jimenez found his way, got interested in organizing and was part of the movement that pressured the Obama administration “so that something would occur. I was motivated and moved by that.” That’s all changed now, says Jimenez, whose work at the SRJC Dream Center puts him in contact with undocumented students. “I’ve noticed the panic within the community—there’s a lot of people coming here who seek comfort, and there’s definitely been a spike in depression and anxiety, which is completely understandable. People who already have all sorts of things going on—they are taking 17-plus [college credit] units, working two jobs and also have to pay rent and on top of that—are now being


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Dining CHEESE TO MEET YOU Keith Adams began his cheese career in Minnesota, but came home to California to pursue his love of British-style cheese.

Cowboy Creamery Old friends make good cheese

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n case you hadn’t noticed, the North Bay’s cheese scene is dominated by women. There’s Jennifer Bice of Redwood Hill Creamery, Sue Conley and Peggy Smith of Cowgirl Creamy, Cindy Callahan of Bellwether Farms, Lisa Gottreich of Bohemian Creamery and Seana Doughty of Bleating Heart, to name a few. But here come the dudes!

BY STETT HOLBROOK

Old friends Keith Adams and Rob Hunter teamed up to open William Cofield Cheesemakers in Sebastopol last year. There’s something else that distinguishes the duo, besides their gender: the cheese. “We’re British-inspired cheesemakers,” Adams says. “No one is doing anything like this here.” Seeing that French- and Spanish-style cheeses were pretty well-covered by North Bay cheesemakers, and the fact that Adams is a big fan of English

cheeses and spent time studying under some of England’s master cheesemakers, the choice made practical sense. (Cofield is Adams’ middle name; it sounds more British.) Adams already had a successful career as a cheesemaker for Alemar, a Minnesota-based creamery that makes an acclaimed Camembert–style cheese called Bent River, as well as Brie-style and washed-rind cheeses. Adams became intrigued with British-style cheeses (think Stilton and cheddar), having been

first exposed them as a boy living briefly in England. He decided to move back to his native California to start a new business and approached his old college friend Rob Hunter about a partnership. Hunter is a winemaker for Hunter III and also works as a wine-industry consultant. The creamery and storefront are located in a small, tidy whitetiled space in Sebastopol’s Barlow retail zone. All the creamery’s milk comes from Robert Camozzi’s Willow Creek Jerseys, an organic dairy on Bloomfield Road southwest of Sebastopol. The milk is organic and the cows are pastured-raised. “If you do that, you’re likely to get great milk,” Adams says. And great milk makes great cheese. Adams make three cheeses: a Stilton-style blue cheese called Bodega Blue and a cloth-wrapped cheddar called McKinley (named after the street in the Barlow where the creamery stands) and cheese curds, an ode to Adams’ years in Minnesota, where the salty cheese squiggles are a beloved state-fair snack. Adams says making the Stiltonstyle has been a challenge, but believes he’s finally gotten it right. “This is the first version that has passed muster,” he says, handing me a taste. It’s creamy and pleasingly salty, with the great funky tang that Stilton is known for. McKinley is a hearty cheddar that’s sharp but tempered with mouth-filling creaminess. I’d like this one paired with some tart apple slices. In addition to their own cheese, the shop sells Alemar cheese and local curds from Bleating Heart, Bellwether, Point Reyes Farmstead Creamery, Cypress Groves, Cowgirl and others. William Cofield Cheesemakers will hold a party Oct. 27 at the Barlow that will feature cheese (of course), live music, a roasted whole hog and the Zazu restaurant food truck. Tickets are $75. “We know how to throw a good party,” Adams says. William Cofield Cheesemakers, 6780 McKinley St., Ste. 110, Sebastopol. 707.755.0130. wmcofieldcheese.com.


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hese days I hear a lot of statements that begin with “Things being the way they are now.” A group of west Sonoma County citizens founded Heart & Hammer to do something about things being the way they are. After discussion, the group is taking its first action toward “tangible solutions in our local community that we believe will lead to national healing,” according to group member Ellen Cavalli, who’s also cofounder of Tilted Shed Ciderworks, by launching a fundraiser for Centro Laboral de Graton (CLG)—the Graton Day Labor Center. “This is the first time anyone has taken on raising funds for us,” says CLG executive director Christy Lubin. “We can’t change what’s

going on in Washington, but it’s really beautiful that these women are standing up.” Dr. Loco’s Rockin’ Jalapeño Band headline the event, which is titled “Love and Justice,” and Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Labor and Organizing Network, is the keynote speaker. “He’s always just spot-on in his analysis of the current situation,” Lubin says. The $100-plus ticket price, which includes a sit-down dinner, beer, wine and cider, and the opportunity to bid on auction items and enter a raffle, will be discounted for students and CLG workers. Proceeds will fund the center’s outreach and organizing efforts, including labor-rights education for domestic workers, who often have restricted access to information and support. Love and Justice 2017 at the Shone Farm Pavilion, 7450 Steve Olson Lane, Forestville. Saturday, Oct. 28, 6–10pm. Tickets, $100–$150, or donate a ticket to a low-income community member for $95. Want to break out the bubbly a little sooner in the calendar? Breathless Wines celebrates its tasting room’s first year with a 1920s-themed circus-style party. The team at Breathless, a charitably focused sparkling wine outfit, encourages costumes, and sights include performers and live animals. Ten percent of ticket sales benefit Healdsburg Health Foundation. Cirque du Breathless at Breathless Wines, 499 Moore Lane, Healdsburg. Sunday, Sept. 17, 1–3pm, 4–6pm. $29. 707.395.7300. Harvest starts out with a blessing of the grapes at some wineries, but by October, it may be mostly cursing of the grapes, from what I’ve heard. Bless the animals, instead. While it’s mostly dogs at St. Francis Winery’s annual Blessing of the Animals, I’m told folks bring birds, fish, horses and turtles to receive a blessing from a real, live Catholic priest. Silent auction and raffle proceeds benefit the Sonoma County Humane Society. St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, 100 Pythian Road at Highway 12, Santa Rosa. Oct. 1, 2–5pm. No blessed fee.


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Staging ‘Sideways’ Author Rex Pickett riffs on the premiere of his play, and Pinot

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ex Pickett is tall, funny, brutally honest and unfailingly energetic—even when exhausted and hungry. In conversation, he is passionate and personal, spontaneous and astonishingly selfcritical. He speaks in a stream of short to medium-length proclamations, suggestions and confessions, strung all together like one long sentence that, on occasion, will go on for several uninterrupted minutes.

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Pickett is not humble, exactly. He is on record as saying that Pinot Noir might not be so popular today were it not for him, but he has a habit of being more or less right about such statements. He really is responsible for the popularity of Pinot, though he would add that

Pinot itself has something to do with that. For the record, he’s also responsible for a decline in popularity of Merlot, though he adds that Merlot might itself have something to do with that, too. Pickett is, of course, the author of the novel Sideways, the inspiration for the Oscar) 14


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14 Sideways ( 13 winning 2004 film by Alexander Payne that stars Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church. The film, a road-movie through the wine country of Santa Ynez north of Santa Barbara, follows Miles, a sad-sack writer with a passion for Pinot Noir, and his best-friend, Jack, an aging Hollywood actor with a touch of sex addiction and a hankering to sow some final wild oats before getting married. The film famously allowed Miles to insult Merlot drinkers so hilariously that vast hordes of people stopped drinking the stuff. After following up Sideways with two sequels, Pickett has spent the last several years adapting the original novel into a stage play. After test runs of earlier drafts in Santa Monica, San Diego and London, the completed version is about to receive its world premiere in Santa Rosa, courtesy of Left Edge Theatre and director Argo Thompson, with a mighty assist from actor Ron Severdia, who not only plays Miles in the show, but also had a hand in convincing Left Edge to take a crack at reinventing the play (see Stage, p20). Last month, at the start of rehearsals, Pickett visited the cast and crew for several days, making final suggestions and alterations. During that time, he sat down with me for a nearly two-hour conversation. Here are some of the juiciest moments. THE BOHEMIAN: The Left Edge Theatre production of ‘Sideways’ is being billed as a world premiere, but there have been one or two previous stagings of the play, or some version of the play. I assume this is the latest incarnation of a show that has basically been in various stages of early development until now? REX PICKETT: OK, here’s the story. It’s kind of crazy, because theater is kind of crazy. First of all, yes. This is the world premiere. An earlier version of Sideways was done at the Ruskin Group Theater in Santa Monica in 2012,

in a tiny 50-seat theater, and then another incarnation was done at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2013— a much bigger production. And how’d those productions go? They went great, but I learned a lot. Look, I’ve written novels, but this is my first play, right? And early on, it was a very difficult play. Really funny, but hard to stage. My script had 23 different scenes, with complete set changes between every one. The director of the San Diego version, Des McAnuff, who directed Jersey Boys, said that Sideways was the most difficult nonmusical he’d directed in 38 years. You sound kind proud of that. Well, yes and no. I was trying to make the play feel like the movie, because I know how much people love the movie. It’s a road movie, so I wanted the play to have that same sense of forward momentum and drive. A lot of quick scenes, one after the other, does have a sense of propulsion. Anyway, after La Jolla, I was sort of waiting for the show to maybe go to Broadway. So I’m sitting there waiting and waiting. And Broadway didn’t happen. So I took the play to London last summer, and we had a run of it there at the St. James Theatre. This was still the 23-scene version? Yes. Reviews were good but mixed, and the scene changes were part of the problem. At La Jolla Playhouse, they used rear-screen projection, hot tubs coming up out of the floor, cars driving across the stage. That’s how the scene changes were handled. In London there was a kind of a turntable on the stage, but it’s an old theater, and it didn’t always work. That was a little over a year ago. How did you end up deciding to bring the play to Northern California, and to Left Edge Theatre, another ‘small black box’–type place?

Well, Ron Severdia, who works with Left Edge Theatre, had been tracking the play for several years, writing me all these emails asking when the script of Sideways would be available. And I kept writing Ron back, saying, “It’s tied up. It’s still tied up.” But he kept at it, and I have to say, his determination and the ideas that came with the proposal, were very appealing.

‘The play is funnier. It’s also a little darker.’ All this time, I have been focused on getting the play into bigger and bigger theaters, but Ron’s thought was, this play should be in a lot of theaters all over the place, that it should be published in a version that is accessible—and not so technically challenging—for theaters large or small to produce. He told me that he and Argo Thompson, the [Left Edge Theatre] director, had an idea to take those 23 scenes and simplify the transitions, without losing a line of dialogue. Let me be clear. I loved the La Jolla production, with all the fancy stagecraft a big, wellfunded theater can do. And the London production, too. They were great. But what I learned from those versions is that the story of Sideways is really about connection, it’s about conversation and dialogue. And that’s what Ron and Argo convinced me of—that to really work, this story should be stripped-down to what makes it great. And that’s the relationship between Miles and Jack. So I thought, “Wow! If we could just start over and rethink this thing, and make it truer to the book than to the movie, then maybe we’ll have something that can be done in theaters all over the world.” This play still takes

you through a week in these guys’ lives, but it does it in a way that we’ve not tried before. So, yes, this is a changed version, a new version, and this is the one that Samuel French will be publishing and making available to regional theaters in the U.S. and beyond. And to be honest, I now believe that this is the version that could end up on Broadway. It’s that good. Though Broadway is pretty congested these days. It’s mostly just shows with famous stars eager to show they can really act, or big splashy musicals. Have you ever considered adapting ‘Sideways’ into a musical? [Long pause] Honestly? Uh, yes. In fact, I’ve already done it. I’ve written the libretto for a musical version of Sideways, including writing the lyrics for all of the songs. And, yes, there’s a song about not liking Merlot. I’m working with a brilliant composer, who’s doing the music. I have no idea if it will ever be staged, but it was something I just had to do. I imagine Miles would say some fairly acerbic and hilarious things if Jack told him they were making a musical out of one of the worst weekends of his life. I might have said those same things once. Actually, I have said those same things. I don’t like musicals, with very few exceptions. And if this ever does happen, I think Sideways: The Musical will be one of those exceptions. Like the nonmusical version, it defies expectations. By the way, I am Miles—you realize that, right? He’s based on me. There’s a lot of truth in the novel. He’s me. More or less. In the movie, Miles is kind of a wine snob, but in the book, not so much, because I’m not really a wine snob. I like wine. I like going to wine tastings, and I wrote the book because I’d been going to wine tastings in Santa Monica. Those people weren’t wine snobs either. I went there because I liked wine, and because it was my only social outlet at the time. Sure, there


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ON THE SET After ‘Sideways’ the movie, Rex Pickett said playing golf in the Santa Ynez Valley became too pricey for him.

would be doctors and lawyers sometimes who’d try to prove they knew more about wine than me, but I mostly ignored them. And the thing is, like me at the time, Miles had no money. I made two feature films in the 1980s and then went through a divorce, and I did not have a lot of expendable money—I still don’t, to tell you the truth, though everyone assumes I’m super-wealthy—so I’d go up to Santa Ynez Valley, to a golf course called La Purisima. It’s now surrounded by Pinot Noir, because of Sideways. I’d go up there for the weekend, and I’d stay at a place called the Windmill Inn, which has now been rebranded as the Sideways Inn. Can they do that? Evidently. I called an intellectual-

property lawyer, and he said, “Sorry, Rex, you can’t own the word ‘sideways.’ It’s now the Sideways Inn.” And I discovered the place and made it famous. I used to be able to go up there and play golf and spend the weekend for next to nothing. And winetasting was free. Now, because of Sideways, the place is overrun with tourists all the time and I can’t afford to go there all that often anymore. How’s that for irony? I’m not saying I’m bitter or anything. I’m really not. But I do find it ironic. The point is, Miles is not a wine snob. Wine country is just where he goes to get away from L.A. It’s a cheap getaway. That’s what it was for me when I was just learning about wine. Most of what Miles knows about wine he got from reading about it, like me.

People come up to me sometimes, especially here in Northern California, and they want to know why Miles didn’t spend his time in Sonoma County or Napa— what some people call “the real wine country”—instead of Santa Ynez. Well, for one obvious reason, Miles lives in L.A. Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez were just closer, and it was a lot more affordable. I’ll be the first to say that when it comes to wine, Sonoma County and Napa County are awesome. I think, in terms of Pinot, Northern California has Burgundy beat. But it’s also way more expensive than Santa Ynez is. Or was, anyway. How different is the play from the movie? The play is funnier. It’s also a little bit darker.

Miles is based on you, you’ve pointed out. Unlike Miles in the book, though, you’ve now had a major literary success. So say a little more about what it is that excites you, Rex Pickett, successful author, about wine. Wine is great. I’m going to sound like Miles, but there are so many identifiable grapes and so many different countries of origin and so many different regions and appellations. It’s subjective, too. I love the subjectivity of wine. And then every year it’s a new deal! And there are wines being cellared and bottled that we won’t know anything about for many more years. Then it could all change again. Wine is a vast world, a vast ocean of mystery—talking like my characters again—and nobody can ever master wine, not really. It’s too big. It’s like literature. You can try to learn everything about it, to read everything and taste everything, but you never will. And that’s OK, because the fun is in trying. The fun is in learning. That’s what I love about wine.

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Here’s the thing. The movie was based on my book. The play is based on the book, but not on the movie. I love the movie. I never get tired of watching it. It’s a very faithful adaptation of the book. I thank Alexander Payne for keeping it so faithful. In another filmmaker’s hands, it could have been two guys doing Jell-O shots in Cabo. But he did make some changes. In the movie, Miles is a schoolteacher. In the novel, he’s an out-of-work screenwriter. In the movie, he’s a bit more of a snob than in the book. In the book, his whole life is filled with dysphoria. He’s divorced, he can’t get published, his friend Jack is . . . well, he’s Jack. What Miles needs in his life is some euphoria, and winetasting is that euphoria. It gives him something poetic he can feel a bit of mastery over. So to answer your question a different way, the difference is that the movie was very faithful to the book, and the play is even more faithful to the book.


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You don’t have to be a farmer to have a hay barrel of fun at the fourth annual Agrarian Games this weekend. The Farmers Guild hosts the event, but it’s open to city slickers and anyone interested in sustainable community agriculture. In addition to a farmers market full of fresh, locally grown and raised fruits, vegetables, meat and more, the day boasts competitions in butter churning, hay bale tossing, watermelon seed spitting and other activities. There’s also live music by the Hubbub Club, Oddjob Ensemble and others, interactive artwork, information booths and family fun on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Petaluma Fairgrounds, 175 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma. Noon to 6pm. $10–$15; kids under five are free. farmersguild.org.

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San Francisco’s Mike Capozzola is a comedy jack-of-all-trades. He’s known at clubs and theaters in the United States and Britain for his sharp but silly standup acts, though he’s also a prolific comedy writer and gifted illustrator and cartoonist whose work has appeared in MAD Magazine, McSweeney’s and other national publications. This weekend, Capozzola puts all of those talents to use in his latest pop-culture mashup, Evil Cyborg Sea Monsters. Mixing fantastical visuals with irreverent humor, Capozzola’s one-man show celebrates and dissects superheroes, secret agents, science-fiction creatures and more on Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Raven Film Center, 415 Center St., Healdsburg. 8pm. $10. 707. 525.8909.

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Home is where the heart is, so it follows that the members of the Sonoma Home Winemakers club put a lot of heart into their homemade wines. The group gets together monthly to taste and evaluate each other’s wines, and this month they let the public in on the fun with the second annual Sonoma Valley Uncorked. Enjoy red, white and rosé wines made by more than 20 members of the club, nibble on bites from local chefs, hear the sounds of songwriter Sean Carscadden and enter silent auctions and raffles featuring premium packages. Sunday, Sept. 17, at Sonoma Veterans Memorial Hall, 126 First St. W., Sonoma. 2–5pm. $40–$50. sonomahomewine.org.

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ALONE TOGETHER AGAIN Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Dave Mason revisits his acclaimed 1970 album ‘Alone Together’ in a new tour hitting Napa’s Uptown Theatre on Sept. 17. See Concerts, p22.

Happiest Food on Earth

North Bay food personality Marcy Smothers blissfully blends culinary knowledge and a warm wit. Previously known as one half of the nationally syndicated radio program Food Guy and Marcy, with chef Guy Fieri, Smothers has lately turned her attention to writing books, and this month she unveils the fascinating retrospective ‘Eat Like Walt: The Wonderful World of Disney Food.’ Smothers covers the delicious side of Disneyland from 1955 to today, highlighting the theme park’s long-running restaurants, secret snack spots and more with a heaping helping of charm. Smothers reads from the new book on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at Copperfield’s Books, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. 7pm. Free. 707.578.8938.

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Hallowed Stage Petaluma’s Mystic Theatre celebrates 25 years of music BY CHARLIE SWANSON

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t’s taken on several names and many purposes in the 106 years it has stood on Petaluma Boulevard, right where the road turns to follow the river’s bend in downtown Petaluma.

Standing as a cultural signpost, the Mystic Theatre is one of the North Bay’s most recognizable sights, with a famous neon

marquee that’s been featured in the film American Graffiti and an art deco interior bursting with a history of entertainment that dates back to the vaudeville era. This year, the Mystic marks 25 years as a live music venue, a run that began in 1992 with partners Jeff and Nancy Harriman and Kenneth O’Donnell, and continues today under the direction of Bay Area company Ineffable Music Group, which

took over management and booking of the Mystic two years ago. Ineffable founder and talent buyer Thomas Cussins first got a taste of the Mystic when artists he managed began playing there. “The vibe felt so special that I started to come to the venue to see shows and started hanging out more and more,” says Cussins, who lives in Oakland. “For me, the default activity

is going to a concert,” Cussins says. “That’s what it’s all about for me, the live experience. And the Mystic has one of the best live experiences I’ve ever experienced.” Given its relatively small size— 550-person capacity—the venue’s intimate atmosphere and up-close stage offer an unparalleled live connection to the artists. “You’re very much in the moment with them,” Cussins says. “You’re right up there in the mix.” The Mystic’s main floor can accommodate standing room or fully seated shows, and the venue’s balcony, accessible by two staircases that curve along the sides, inhabits a perfectly vintage vibe that embodies the venue’s colorful past. When Petaluma pioneer John McNear constructed the theater as part of the McNear Building in 1911, it indeed hosted live entertainment for a time, before being converted into a series of movie houses, at one time even running as a porn theater called the State in the 1970s. In the early ’90s, when the Harrimans and O’Donnell, who were operating McNear’s restaurant next door, acquired the theater, they set it on its current track as a music venue under the name McNear’s Mystic Theatre. “One thing that makes the Mystic special is the history,” says music management and booking veteran Sheila Groves-Tracey, who held shows there for over 15 years. “The fact that it is still a live performance hall 106 years later is pretty amazing! The room just feels really good, it feels welcoming, has great sight lines from everywhere in the house, has a good and professional staff, and musicians love playing there.” Two years ago, when Cussins and Ineffable took over management and booking duties,


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ppropriately enough for a stage show based on Rex Pickett’s raunchy, gleefully bacchanalian novel Sideways, there is a lot of vino consumed over the course of the stage version’s nearly two-and-a-half-hour running time. In Left Edge Theatre’s world premiere of Pickett’s own adaptation—significantly stripped down from the versions previously seen in London and L.A.—bottles and bottles of wine are uncorked and consumed, each one ceremoniously archived on one of several wall-mounted wine racks hanging here and there across director Argo Thompson’s spare, effective, and highly adaptable set. Sideways, best known for the Oscar-winning film version starring Paul Giamatti and

Thomas Haden Church, tells the doggishly shaggy story of two friends on a weeklong winetasting tour through Southern California’s Santa Ynez valley. Miles (Ron Severdia, trading Giamatti’s high-strung selfhatred for an amiably laconic, soul-crippling fear) is a barely functioning, would-be novelist, part-time wine aficionado and full-time depressive whose fragile self-esteem (what remains of it) is dependent on his latest detective novel being picked up by the publisher currently considering it. As he waits anxiously for word from his agent, Miles acts as tour guide and wine instructor for his amoral, longtime actordirector friend Jack (Chris Ginesi, expertly capturing his character’s delightfully dim, affably caddish attitude), who hopes to commit a few final acts of oat-sowing before his wedding at week’s end. The pair’s path soon crosses with two wine-loving friends. Maya (Maureen O’Neill, excellent), who has turned a bad marriage into a passion for wine-making, clearly likes Miles, enjoying his enological verbosity, while Terra (Jazmine Pierce, all sweetness and steel), a fiery tasting-room party girl, falls hard for Jack, who begins to return the favor. A variety of supporting characters are played by the firstrate team of Kimberly Kalember, Mark Bradbury and Angela Squire. As Pickett’s bittersweet tale progresses through a sometimes hilarious, sometimes moving, sometimes achingly sad series of escalating successes and disasters, Miles and Jack’s friendship, the real theme of this story, is tested again and again. The production’s pace could stand to be picked up a bit, and the final moments of the play feel a bit too tidy. But on the whole, this cleverly faithful, winesoaked journey through hope and disappointment is much more than just quaffable; it’s a road trip well worth taking. Rating (out of 5): ‘Sideways’ runs Thursday–Sunday, through Oct. 1 at Left Edge Theater. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. Friday–Saturday, 8pm; 2pm matinees, Sunday. $15–$27. 707.546.3600.


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long-awaited sophomore album, Chasing Youth, with a concert featuring rock and roll comrades Kingsborough, the John Courage Trio and a surprise guest. The band’s name reflects the members’ passion for playing on the road, though the Highway Poets have spent the last two years largely retooling their sound after the departure of their original drummer. “We basically had a big shock to our system, and slowed down,” Saint James says. When Erde joined the group, they incorporated his classic rock style to their existing sound. “We’ve all become brothers-inarms,” Saint James says. “We kind of created a new band.” Chasing Youth marks a sophisticated leap in performance and production for the fiercely DIY group. Last year, the Highway Poets gathered over $11,000 from fans through an online campaign and used the funds wisely, recording at Frogville Studios in Santa Fe, N.M. Songwriter Frankie Boots introduced Saint James to the space three years ago. “It’s like a studio out of the ’60s,” Saint James says. “We just fell in love.” Utilizing the studio’s vintage gear, the band took an old-school approach to recording the album, which boasts gritty soul-rock infused with horns and keys amid the howling vocals and red-hot guitar hooks. The band is a live wire of electricity on the record, a departure from the folk influences of their previous releases. “Writing the songs, we wanted to make an R&B record in our minds,” Saint James says. Chasing Youth will be available when the Highway Poets headline the Mystic, a longtime dream of the band, who have opened several shows there. “We’ve always cherished the sound in that room,” Saint James says. “As a performer, you can kind of lay into the Mystic—there’s something about the reverb in that room. I feel like I always have a good night there.”


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Concerts SONOMA COUNTY Old Grove Festival

Benefit for Stewards of the Coast & Redwoods features Dead Winter Carpenters and One Grass Two Grass playing under the forest canopy. Sep 16, 4:30pm. $10-$30 and up. Redwood Forest Theater, 17000 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville, oldgrovefestival.org.

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Peacewave Productions presents a spirited dance concert with acclaimed reggae, world and jazz multiinstrumentalist. Sep 16, 8pm. $20-$25. Subud Hall, 234 Hutchins Ave, Sebastopol, shimshai.com.

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Two massively popular reggae acts co-headline a pop-up festival hosted by California Roots, with support from reggae rockers Fortunate Youth and surf pop band Aloha Radio. Sep 15, 6pm. $35. SOMO Village Event Center, 1100 Valley House Dr, Rohnert Park, somoconcerts.com.

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Black Uhuru

First reggae band to win a Grammy Award returns to Marin for an evening of true roots reggae with support from IrieFuse. Sep 16, 9pm. $32-$37. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

ECHO Chamber Orchestra

Intimate and collaborative orchestra performs a program titled “Motion & Stillness” with selections from Bach, Haydn and other classical composers. Sep 17, 7:30pm. $20 donation. First Presbyterian Church of San Anselmo, 72 Kensington Rd, San Anselmo. 415.300.7962.

Los Pinguos

Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and now based in Los Angeles, the Latin folk band grooves with Spanish guitars and upbeat rhythms. Sep 15, 8pm. $20-$35. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

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Sep 17, 2pm, People of Earth. 15000 Sonoma Hwy, Glen Ellen. 707.938.4064.

Brewsters Beer Garden

Fall concert features a fusion chamber orchestra of local musicians exploring classical pieces that embrace the spirit of harvest. Sep 17, 3pm. Free. Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater, 100 California Dr, Yountville. 707.944.9900.

Sep 14, 5pm, Bourbon & Bluegrass with Pacific Drive. Sep 15, 5pm, the Restless Sons. Sep 16, 3pm, the Dylan Black Project. Sep 17, 3pm, Z and the Benders. 229 Water St N, Petaluma. 707.981.8330.

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Sep 16, 4pm, John Pita. Sep 17, 2pm, Dustin Saylor. 20 Matheson Ave, Healdsburg. 707.578.1826.

Hawaiian guitar virtuoso moves between rock, blues, jazz and others genres with a laidback charm. Sep 16, 6pm. $35. The Culinary Institute of America at Copia, 500 First St, Napa. 707.967.2530.

Dave Mason

Legendary British rocker, best known for co-founding the band Traffic, brings his “Alone Together Again” tour to Napa. Sep 17, 8pm. $45-$75. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

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Flamingo Lounge

Sep 15, Soulshine Band. Sep 16, Fusion. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

Forestville Club

Sep 13, Robot Jurassic and the Publiquors. 6250 Front St, Forestville. 707.887.2594.

Geyserville Gun Club Bar & Lounge Sep 16, Something Hot Band. 21025 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville. 707.814.0036.

Green Music Center

Sep 16, Common. 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, 866.955.6040.

Green Music Center Schroeder Hall

Sep 15, Anthony Presti. Sep 16, Chris Lods and friends. 95 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.576.7765.

Sep 14, 6:30pm, Jewish Music Series with Sharon Goldman. 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, 866.955.6040.

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Guerneville Plaza

Sep 13, the Aqus Jazz Project. Sep 15, Riner Scivally Band. Sep 16, David Hamilton Trio. Sep 17, 2pm, Gary Vogensen & the Ramble Band. Sep 20, West Coast Songwriters Competition. 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.

Bear Republic Brew Company Lakeside

Sep 14, 6pm, Bear Republic Brewing Co. Grand Opening with the Rhythm Drivers. 5000 Roberts Lake Rd, Rohnert Park. 707.585.2722.

The Big Easy

Sep 14, 7pm, Rockin’ the River with the Best Intentions. 16201 First St, Guerneville, rockintheriver.org.

Hawkes Tasting Room Sep 16, 4pm, Mr December. 6738 Hwy 128, Healdsburg. 707.433.HAWK.

HopMonk Sebastopol

Sep 14, Blue Summit. Sep 15, Wonderbread 5. Sep 16, Louisiana Love Act with Melvin Seals. Sep 20, Songwriters in the Round. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Sep 14, Nathan Moore & the Whole Other with Brooker D & the Mellow Fellows. Sep 15, Dirty Red Barn album-release show. Sep 16, Life Size Models. Sep 17, Willow & Hound. Sep 20, Detroit Disciples. 128 American Alley, Petaluma. 707.776.7163.

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Sep 16, David Udolf Trio. 25 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.431.2800.

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Sep 15, 6pm, Clay Bell. Sep 15, 8pm, John Lester. Sep 16, 1pm, Greg Lamboy. Sep 16, 8pm, Kyle Williams. Sep 17, 1pm, Nate Lopez. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.

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Sep 16, the Sucker MCs with Denielle Basom. 146 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.772.5478.

Lagunitas Amphitheaterette

Sep 19, Nick Waterhouse. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

Lagunitas Tap Room

Sep 13, Vandella. Sep 14, Travis Hayes. Sep 15, the Royal Deuces. Sep 16, Fog Swamp. Sep 17, Blues Rocket. Sep 20, Ragtag Sullivan. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

The Laugh Cellar

Sep 16, 7pm, Dan Martin. Sep 17, 12pm, Americana Sundays with Full Circle. 5755 Mountain Hawk Way, Santa Rosa. 707.282.9319.

Local Barrel

Sep 16, 8pm, eNegative. Sep 17, 5pm, Joe Clopton. 490 Mendocino Ave #104, Santa Rosa. 707.890.5433.

Main Street Bistro

Sep 13, Willie Perez. Sep 15, Haute Flash Quartet. Sep 16, Rhythm Drivers. Sep 17, Geoff White Jazz Trio. Sep 19, Mac & Potter. 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.

Mc T’s Bullpen

Sep 16, River Raid concert. Sep 17, George Heagerty. Sep 18, 5pm, Lithium Jazz. 16246 First St, Guerneville. 707.869.3377.

Montgomery Village Shopping Center

Sep 14, 5:30pm, Kenny Metcalf’s tribute to Elton John. Sep 16, 12pm, Gregory Wolfe’s tribute to Rod Stewart. Sep 17, 1pm, Twang Ditty. 911 Village Court, Santa Rosa. 707.545.3844.

Mystic Theatre

Sep 13, Les Nubians “Up Close & Personal” tour. Sep 14, Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra. Sep 16, the Highway Poets with Kingsborough and John Courage Trio. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

Northwest Regional Library

Sep 16, 2pm, Ancient Future Duet. 150 Coddingtown Center, Santa Rosa. 707.546.2265.

Oliver’s Tavern Off the Green

Sep 15, 11am, Donny Mederos and Levi Lloyd. Sep 16, 4pm, Joe Valley Band. 9230 Old Redwood Hwy, Windsor. 707.687.2050.

Gospel Wise Jim Avett makes his North Bay debut Gospel and folk singer-songwriter Jim Avett is probably best known to contemporary music fans as the father of North Carolina folk-rock siblings the Avett Brothers, Seth and Scott, who often reference his paternal guidance in their song lyrics and in interviews.

“They think a lot more of their daddy than they ought to,” laughs Avett. Despite his demure attitude, Avett is an undeniable influence on his sons, not only in his harmony-rich acoustic music, but also in his work ethic and altruistic approach to creativity. “When you’re trying to be creative, you’re trying to affect people’s lives,” he says. “You’re not trying to make money and be famous—that’ll come well enough. You just have to be the best you can be.” At 70 years old, Avett has seen it all, and has recently added to his career highlights a new album, For His Children and Ours, that he recorded with his sons. The album features traditional gospel and countrygospel songs done in evocative three-part harmony. “I think you can tell how good a person’s life is by how much harmony is in their life,” says Avett. “And I’m not just talking about music.” Jim Avett performs a seated solo show on Thursday, Sept. 21, at the Mystic Theatre & Music Hall. 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 7:30pm. $22. 707.775.6048.—Charlie Swanson

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Sep 16, Used Goods. 131 E First St, Cloverdale. 707.894.9610.

Sonoma Cider

Sep 15, French Oak. 44-F Mill St, Healdsburg. 707.723.7018.

Sonoma Speakeasy

Sep 13, the Acrosonics. Sep 14, King Daddy Murr and Prince of Thieves. Sep 15, 6:30pm, Bruce Gordon. Sep 15, 8pm, Three on a Match. Sep 16, 5:30pm, the Marks Brothers. Sep 16, 8pm, What’s Shakin’? with Roy Blumenfeld. Sep 17, 5pm, Lynne O & the Riots. Sep 18, Brandon Eardley. Sep 19, American Roots Night. Sep 20, the Acrosonics. 452 First St E, Ste G, Sonoma. 707.996.1364.

Spancky’s Bar

Sep 15, Beer Drinkerz & Hell Raiserz. Sep 16, Hexx album release with Skitzo and Fear the Fiasco. 8201 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.664.0169.

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Twin Oaks Roadhouse Sep 14, Levi’s Workshop with Daniel Castro. Sep 15, Rectifier and the Publiquors. Sep 16, the Incubators. Sep 17, 3pm, Invitational Bluegrass Jam. Sep 19, open mic. 5745 Old Redwood Hwy, Penngrove. 707.795.5118.

Viansa Winery

Sep 16, 12pm, Second Line. Sep 17, 12pm, Clay Bell. 25200 Arnold Dr, Sonoma. 707.935.4700.

Whiskey Tip

Sep 15, North Bay Cabaret. Sep 16, Family Room silent disco. 1910 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.843.5535.

MARIN COUNTY Fenix

Sep 13, pro blues jam with Wayne “Guitar” Sanders. Sep 14, Harold Day Experience. Sep 15, Shahyar Ghanbari with Farzad Arjmand. Sep 16, Rebel Rebel. Sep 17, 6:30pm, Honee Parks & Tanjanae. Sep 20, pro

Sep 15, Illeagles. Sep 17, 6pm, Robbie Fulks and Kelly McFarling. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200.

Iron Springs Pub & Brewery

Sep 13, Koolerator. Sep 20, Just Friends. 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax. 415.485.1005.

19 Broadway Club

Sep 14, Hotter Than Helga. Sep 15, 5:30pm, Todos Santos. Sep 15, 9:30pm, Rockskool. Sep 16, Rex Suru & Cherubim Vibes. Sep 17, Dale Alstrom’s Jazz Society. 17 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

No Name Bar

Sep 13, Robert Elmond Stone and friends. Sep 14, Jesse Lee Kincaid Band. Sep 15, Michael Aragon Quartet. Sep 16, Chris Saunders Band. Sep 17, Migrant Pickers and friends. 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.1392.

Old St Hilary’s Landmark

Sep 17, 4pm, “Equilux” autumn concert with Caroluna. 201 Esperanza, Tiburon. 415.435.1853.

Osteria Divino

Sep 13, Jonathan Poretz. Sep 14, Passion Habanera. Sep 15, Nick Culp Trio. Sep 16, Walter Earl Trio. Sep 17, Dan Zemelman Trio. Sep 19, Michael Fecskes. Sep 20, Con Quimba. 37 Caledonia St, Sausalito. 415.331.9355.

Panama Hotel Restaurant

Sep 13, EMK. Sep 14, the Buzz. Sep 19, Ricki Rush. Sep 20, J Kevin Durkin. 4 Bayview St, San Rafael. 415.457.3993.

Peri’s Silver Dollar

Sep 13, the New Sneakers. Sep 14, Mark’s Jam Sammich. Sep 15, Talley Up. Sep 16, Friends on Fire. Sep 17, Grateful Sundays. Sep 19, the Bad Hombres. Sep 20, the Elvis Johnson Soul Revue. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.

Rancho Nicasio

Sep 17, 4pm, BBQ on the Lawn with Soul Ska and Beso Negro. 1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

Sausalito Seahorse

Sep 14, Donna D’Acuti. Sep 15, B Sharp Blues Band. Sep 16, 12:30pm, Lau and friends. Sep 16, 8pm, Sang Matiz. Sep 17, 5pm, Mazacote. Sep 19, Noel Jewkes and friends. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito. 415.331.2899.

Sweetwater Music Hall

Sep 14-15, 8pm, Jamestown Revival. Sold-out. Sep 17, 11am, Window Trio. Sep 17, 8pm, Sinkane. Sep 18, open mic with Austin DeLone. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

Taste of Rome

Sep 16, the 7th Sons. 1000 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.7660.

Throckmorton Theatre Sep 13, 12pm, Matt Venuti. Sep 16, 3pm, Music Beyond Borders with Ian Dogole. Sep 16, 8pm, the Marinfidels. Sep 20, 12pm, Ian Scarfe. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Trek Winery

Sep 15, Amy Wigton. 1026 Machin Ave, Novato. 415.899.9883.

NAPA COUNTY Beringer Vineyards Sep 16, 12:30pm, Brough Brothers. 2000 Main St, St Helena, 866.708.9463.

Blue Note Napa

Sep 13, Johnny Smith. Sep 14, Rainy Eyes. Sep 15, Kyle Eastwood. Sep 16, Royal Jelly Jive. Sep 19, the Maikai Gents. Sep 20-21, Nicolas Bearde. 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.603.1258.

Deco Lounge at Capp Heritage Vineyards Sep 16, Full Chizel. 1245 First St, Napa. 707.254.1922.

Downtown Joe’s Brewery & Restaurant Sep 14, Jimi James. Sep 15, the Mystics. Sep 16, Highwater Blues. Sep 17, DJ Aurelio. 902 Main St, Napa. 707.258.2337.

Goose & Gander

Sep 17, 1pm, San Geronimo. 1245 Spring St, St Helena. 707.967.8779.

River Terrace Inn

Sep 14, Craig Corona. Sep 15, Nate Lopez. Sep 16, Johnny Smith. 1600 Soscol Ave, Napa. 707.320.9000.

Silo’s

Sep 13, Wesla Whitfield & Mike Greensill. Sep 14, Pacific Radio with Serf & James. Sep 15, Fleetwood Mask. Sep 16, Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums with Miss Carmen Getit. Sep 20, Wesla Whitfield & Mike Greensill. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.


Arts Events Finley Community Center, “Short Stories: A Group Exhibition,” Sonoma County artists come together and present new works in a variety of media. 1pm. 2060 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3737.

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Art Museum of Sonoma County, “Unpacked,” exhibit includes contemporary works from private collections in Sonoma and Napa counties. 6pm. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.579.1500. Hammerfriar Gallery, “Bill Shelley & Shelley Spira Burns,” dual exhibit features Shelley’s Berlin-inspired drawings and Burns’ geologically informed stone sculptures. 6pm. 132 Mill St, Ste 101, Healdsburg. 707.473.9600.

Sep 15

Journey Center, “Imaginary Voyage,” local artist Gerald Huth paints the human figure as a means of expression. 5pm. 1601 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. . 707.578.2121.

Galleries SONOMA COUNTY 6th Street Playhouse

Through Sep 24, “Laughing Matters,” juried show curated by Christie Marks has a sense of humor, at the Studio Gallery. 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

Laguna de Santa Rosa Environmental Center, “Form & Color: It’s Wild Out There,” wildlife photographs by Dave Strauss are on display in Heron Hall. 3pm. 900 Sanford Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.527.9277. Marin Country Mart, “Mona Kuhn Solo Show,” International Orange Spa hosts the contemporary artist. 7pm. 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 415.461.5700. Seager Gray Gallery, “Joan Baez: Mischief Makers,” the songwriter, performer and activist shows off her talents in painting with a debut solo show of stunning portraits. 5:30pm. (RSVP required) 108 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.384.8288.

Sep 17

Glaser Center, “Unraveling Threads: The Mexican Indigenous Textile Project,” photographic prints highlight Mexican indigenous people, their customs and textiles. 3pm. 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.568.5381.

Santa Rosa. Tues-Sun, 11 to 5. 707.781.7070.

Charles M Schulz Museum Sep 16-Mar 11, “Mud Pies & Jelly Beans: The Flavor of Peanuts,” new exhibit covers the culinary side of the famous comic strip.2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. Mon-Fri, noon to 5; Sat-Sun, 10 to 5. 707.579.4452.

Chroma Gallery

Through Oct 2, “Celebrate!,” national juried show marks the arts guild’s 40th anniversary. 140 E Napa St, Sonoma. WedThurs and Sun-Mon, 11 to 5; Fri-Sat, 11 to 8. 707.996.3115.

Through Sep 27, “Sightings,” juried photography show aims the lens at life’s often overlooked textures, patterns and juxtapositions. 312 South A St, Santa Rosa. 707.293.6051.

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Through Sep 24, “Gallery Group Show,” featuring Calabi Gallery’s contemporary artists and selections from its vintage collection. 456 10th St,

Through Sep 16, “David Carlson Solo Show,” the artist exhibits large abstract paintings with floral themes. 324 Center St, Healdsburg. 707.433.9081.

Through Oct 23, “Art Trails Preview Show,” get an advanced look at works by participating artists of this year’s Sonoma County Art Trails event. 209 Western Ave, Petaluma. 707.778.8277.

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Through Sep 24, “Anything Goes,” juried exhibition runs concurrently with the annual Cigar Box show. 9048 Graton Rd, Graton. Tues-Sat, 10:30 to 6; Sun, 10:30 to 4. 707.829.8912.

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Healdsburg Center for the Arts

Through Sep 17, “Stories Through Photography,” Erik Castro shows portraits of immigrant labor and John F Martin captures regular folks in elaborate costumes as part of a juried show. 130 Plaza St, Healdsburg. Daily, 11 to 6. 707.431.1970.

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Healdsburg Museum

Through Oct 1, “Destination Healdsburg,” see historical Healdsburg artifacts, stories and photos from before the era of the grape. 221 Matheson St, Healdsburg. Tues-Sun, 11 to 4. 707.431.3325.

Paul Mahder Gallery

Through Sep 17, “Words Matter,” the Bay Area premiere of new paintings by internationally acclaimed artist Wosene Kosrof. 222 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.473.9150.

Petaluma Historical Library & Museum

Through Sep 24, “Portraits of Petaluma Pioneers,” look back in time with visually rich portrait of Petaluma’s residents circa 1850-60. 20 Fourth St, Petaluma. Wed-Sat, 10 to 4; Sun, noon to 3; tours by appointment on Mon-Tues. 707.778.4398.

Russian River Art Gallery

Through Sep 28, “Small Art Works,” members of the gallery co-op show their small pieces. 16357 Main St, Guerneville. Daily, 10 to 6. 707.869.9099.

Senior Wing at Finley

Through Sep 21, “Fun Pun,” artist Sharona “ChaCha” Tracy presents an interactive show of sculptures made from found objects. 2060 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. ) 707.543.3737.

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Through Oct 1, “Albert Paley: Thresholds,” solo show of the modernist metal sculptor features large-scale sculptures, drawings and maquettes. In addition, Paley’s works will be part of a public art installation in downtown Sonoma. 551 Broadway, Sonoma. Wed-Sun, 11 to 5. 707.939.SVMA.

Steele Lane Community Center

Through Oct 5, “Out of the Shadows,” Sonoma County Wellness Art Collaborative hosts a showing of transformative art from individuals on the fringes of our society. 415 Steele Ln, Santa Rosa. Mon-Thurs, 8 to 7; Fri, 8 to 5. 707.543.3282.

University Art Gallery

Through Oct 15, “SSU Art Studio Faculty Exhibition,” 13 members of the art studio faculty are represented. 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 Oct 1, “Reason to Rejoice,” exhibit features award-winning pastel paintings by Debbie Harding. 306 Center St, Healdsburg. Sun-Thurs, 11 to 6; Fri-Sat, 11 to 9. 707.431.4214.

MARIN COUNTY Art Works Downtown

Through Sep 22, “Waking Dreams,” Angelique Benicio’s paintings, sculpture and video evoke the fantasies of Grimm’s fairy tales. 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. Tues-Sat, 10 to 5. 415.451.8119.

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Through Sep 23, “Movement & Reflection,” Point Reyes Station artist Sue Gonzalez paints images of water inspired by Tomales Bay. 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.3871.

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Through Sep 22, “Fantasy & Reality,” oils and mixed-media works by Anne-Marie de Rivera combine European influences and Latin American folklore. 1501 Tiburon Blvd, Tiburon. 415.789.2665.

Falkirk Cultural Center Through Sep 29, “Fall 2017 Juried Exhibition,” see some

of the best artwork from local artists in the beautiful Falkirk Mansion. 1408 Mission Ave, San Rafael. 415.485.3438.

Gallery Route One

Through Sep 24, “Box Show 2017,” fantastical works of art that begin with a plain wooden box are on display in the 18th annual show. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. Wed-Mon, 11 to 5. 415.663.1347.

Marin Community Foundation

Throckmorton Theatre

Through Sep 30, “September Art Exhibit,” mixed-media painter and printmaker Cathy Coe shows in the Theatre Gallery, while artists Ella Cleaveland and Mercer Jackson share the Crescendo Gallery. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

NAPA COUNTY Caldwell Snyder Gallery

Through Sep 22, “Rising Stars,” exhibit includes seven artists who have been awarded an annual grant from the Pirkle Jones Fund. 5 Hamilton Landing, Ste 200, Novato. Open Mon-Fri, 9 to 5.

Through Sep 30, “Regina Saura Solo Show,” the artist displays paintings that are whimsical, bold and sophisticated. 1328 Main St, St Helena. Open daily, 10 to 6. 415.531.6755.

MarinMOCA

Through Oct 15, “Based on a True Story,” exhibition illuminates the hidden stories and connections of Northern California art history spanning the last six decades. 5200 Sonoma Hwy, Napa. Wed-Sun, 10 to 6. 707.226.5991.

Through Oct 8, “2017 Emerging Artists of Northern California,” exhibits diverse works from five talented artists. 500 Palm Dr, Novato. Wed-Fri, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, 11 to 5. 415.506.0137.

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts

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Through Sep 21, “études & impromptus,” member artists Tom and Cayen Robertson display a multitude of mixed media works. 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. Tues-Sat, 10 to 2; also by appointment. 415.388.4331.

Through Sep 30, “Open Studios Napa Valley Preview,” view an original piece of art created by each participating artist in the upcoming open studios tour. 1019 Atlas Peak Rd, Napa. Daily, 10 to 5. 707.257.2350.

Robert Allen Fine Art

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Through Sep 29, “Landscapes: Four Points of View,” group show features works on paper and canvas by Regina Case, Wendy Schwartz, Peter Loftus and Connie Smith Siegel. 301 Caledonia St, Sausalito. MonFri, 10 to 5. 415.331.2800.

Rock Hill Gallery

Through Oct 5, “Marvin Burke Exhibition,” the work of the renowned photographer features exquisite landscapes and hummingbirds. 145 Rock Hill Dr, Tiburon.

Evil Cyborg Sea Monsters

Comedian and cartoonist Mike Capozzola’s multimedia show celebrates superheroes, sci-fi and secret agents. Sep 16, 8pm. $10. Raven Film Center, 415 Center St, Healdsburg707.525.8909.

San Francisco Comedy Competition

San Geronimo Valley Community Center

Enjoy the entire field of amazing talents vying for $15,000 in prize money and untold glory. Sat, Sep 16, 8pm. $30-$50. Marin Center Showcase Theatre, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, 415.499.6800.

Seager Gray Gallery

Events

Through Sep 30, “John Torrey & Joseph Bacon,” two Bay Area artists show new works. 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo. 415.488.8888. Through Oct 1, “Joan Baez: Mischief Makers,” the songwriter, performer and activist shows off her talents in painting with a debut solo show of stunning portraits. Reception, Sep 16 at 5:30pm (RSVP required). 108 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.384.8288.

After Hours Beauty Night

Join a fun night with makeup lessons to achieve a different Hollywood look tailored to your skin tone. Space is limited. Fri, Sep 15, 6:30pm. $45. Mad Mod Shop, 6780 McKinley St #140, Sebastopol. 707.329.6113.


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Art for Life

Help end HIV in Sonoma County with this benefit auction and party that features fine art, food and wine. Sep 16, 2pm. $50 and up. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S High St, Sebastopol707.544.1581.

Chautauqua Revue

Acrobats, dancers, singers and others perform in this 15th annual variety show and revue that’s fun for the whole family. Sep 14-16. Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, 15290 Coleman Valley Rd, Occidental. 707.874.1557.

Circus Vargas

Goggles, gears and gadgets set the stage for the original retro-futuristic production, Steam Cirque, with pre-show kids’ activities. Sep 14-18. $17 and up. Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, 175 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma, circusvargas.com.

Fiesta de Independencia

Celebrate Latino Heritage Month with authentic food, music, games and activities for the entire family. Sep 17, 1pm. Free. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa707.546.3600.

Masters of Illusion

Believe the impossible when America’s largest touring magic show returns to Santa Rosa. Sep 15, 7:30pm. $35-$49. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa707.546.3600.

Music Festival for Brain Health

Lyle Lovett headlines this fundraising affair, which also includes science symposiums and wine tastings. Sep 16. Staglin Family Vineyard, 1570 Bella Oaks Ln, Rutherford, music-festival.org.

Napa Valley Aloha Festival

The Manaleo Hawaiian Cultural Foundation hosts live music and dance, authentic foods and arts and crafts. Sep 16-17. Free. Napa Valley Exposition, 575 Third St, Napa707.418.8588.

Oktoberfest for Seniors

Enjoy a BBQ lunch with a biergarten before heading to the ballroom dance. For ages 50 and over. Sep 15, 11:30am. $10. Finley Community Center, 2060 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3737.

Open Studios Napa Valley

Artists open their doors for this annual event, where self-guided tours around Napa Valley let you discover new and exciting art. Maps and info online at www. artnv.org. Sep 16-17. Free. Napa Artists’ Studios, various locations, Napa, www. OpenStudiosNapaValley.org.

Petaluma Poetry Walk

Meander through the streets of downtown Petaluma and hear an array of local poets reading within various intimate venues. Sep 17. Free. Downtown Petaluma, Fourth and Kentucky Streets, Petaluma, petalumapoetrywalk.org.

Phoenix Pro Wrestling Family-friendly wrestling league returns for a night of exciting action. Sep 15, 8pm. $2-$10. The Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St, Petaluma707.762.3565.

River Raid Party

Annual LGBTQ pool party weekend features BBQ and spa activities. Sep 16-18. The R3 Hotel, 16390 Fourth St, Guerneville 707.869.8399. )

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Sonoma Mountain Zen Center Temple Benefit Fundraiser includes a traditional Omotesenke tea ceremony, live musical performances and a bento box lunch, with proceeds going towards construction of a new temple. Sep 16, 11am. $100/kids free. Sonoma Mountain Zen Center, 6367 Sonoma Mountain Rd, Santa Rosa707.545.8105.

Wine Country Outlaw Showdown Calistoga Speedway hosts a weekend of fast action with Sprint Car races. Sep 15-16, 7pm. Napa County Fairgrounds, 1435 N Oak St, Calistoga707.942.5111.

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Film David Gilmour: Live at Pompeii

REALITY, TRUTH, AND CONSCIOUS LIGHT

Massive concert film features Pink Floyd veteran in an astonishing live event experience. Sep 13, 6:30pm. Summerfield Cinemas, 551 Summerfield Rd, Santa Rosa707.528.4222.

Journey with Robert Thurman in Bhutan

Tiburon Film Society presents an intimate look at Bhutan’s most sacred sites. Sep 14, 6:30pm. Free. BelvedereTiburon Library, 1501 Tiburon Blvd, Tiburon, 415.789.2665.

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Award-winning film about tackling food waste problems screens with a panel discussion featuring local experts. Sep 14, 6pm. Free. Healdsburg Shed, 25 North St, Healdsburg707.431.7433.

of the Vintage Film Series. Sep 18, 7pm. $10. Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St E, Sonoma707.996.9756.

Obit

Acclaimed documentary about “New York Times” writers responsible for crafting obituaries of world-famous figures makes its North Bay premiere. Fri, Sep 15, 7pm and Sun, Sep 17, 4pm. Sonoma Film Institute, Warren Auditorium, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park707.664.2606.

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Sing-Along Moana

Magical Mystery Tours

Join in singing the songs from the Disney movie, with words on the screen. Sep 16, 1 and 4pm. $15. Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center, 2277 Napa Vallejo Hwy, Napa707.256.7500.

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Acclaimed “Star Trek” sequel plays on the big screen. Sep 16, 7:30pm. $8. Rio Theater, 20396 Bohemian Hwy, Monte Rio707.865.0913.

Time to Choose

Film looks at the climate threats and explores the remarkable stories of people changing our world for the better. Executive Producer Jeff Horowitz answers questions post-screening. Sep 15, 6:30pm. $10. Fairfax Women’s Center, 46 Park Rd, Fairfax, marinefm.org.

Written by Mrs Bach

Documentary aims to prove Anna Magdalena Bach, second wife of Johann Sebastian Bach, was the composer or joint composer of some of his most famous works. Sep 16, 7pm. $10. Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main St, Napa707.255.5445.

Mysterious tours to magical wineries along the Wine Road includes food pairings and other goodies. Sat, Sep 16. $125. Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River valleys, various locations, Healdsburg, wineroad.com.

Petaluma River Craft Beer Festival

Several craft breweries from the North Bay are on tap along the Petaluma River, with cider, mead, local food and live music. Sep 16, 1pm. $20-$40. Petaluma Waterfront, Water St, Petaluma.

For Kids Campfire Program

Enjoy short talk, songs and marshmallow roast. Sep 16, 7:30pm. Free. Sonoma State Historic Park, 20 East Spain St, Sonoma707.938.9547.

Fun & Fascination

Hilarious magic show for kids. Sep 16, 1 and 3pm. $12. The Laugh Cellar, 5755 Mountain Hawk Way, Santa Rosa707.282.9319.

Jedi Academy

Food & Drink Bear Republic Cellar Party

Kid’s Night Cookout at the Museum

Final Passages film series screens “Collateral Beauty” with a discussion. Sep 13, 6:30pm. $5-$15. Sebastopol Grange Hall, 6000 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol, finalpassages.org.

M*A*S*H

Harvest of the Heart

Robert Altman’s 1970 comedy about a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital screens as part

Sample several west Sonoma county wines while enjoying local bites and theatrical fun from the Russian River Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Sep 16, 1pm. $75-$125. Barlow Event Center, 6770 McKinley St, Sebastopol707.824.5600.

Program for youth 13-17 focuses on development of mindfulness, peace and justice. Sep 17, 10:30am. Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael, uumarin.org.

Ninth annual party offers preview tastings of Bear Republic’s entries to this year’s Great American Beer Festival, rare beers from off the shelf and food. Sep 17, 2pm. $65. Bear Republic Brewing Company, 345 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg707.433.2337.

Let’s Talk About Death

fair flair and silent and live auctions. Sep 16, 5pm. $150. O’Reilly & Associates, 1005 Gravenstein Hwy N, Sebastopol707.827.7190.

Ceres Community Garden serves a family-style dinner under the stars with country

Kids have the museum all to themselves to cook, create and cartoon. Sep 16, 5pm. $25-$32. Charles M Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa707.579.4452.

Lectures Learning from the Miwok Culture Explore the changing


Poetry Conversation with Robert Hass & Matthew Zapruder

Benefit for the West Marin Review and Tomales Bay Library Association features the former US poet laureate in conversation with the poet and editor. Sep 16, 3pm. $30$50. Point Reyes Presbyterian Church, 11445 Shoreline Hwy, Point Reyes Station, blackmountaincircle.org.

Wake Up Santa Rosa

Panel discussion covers impact of cannabis on Sonoma County from a business perspective. Sep 13, 7am. $40. Vintners Inn Event Center, 4350 Barnes Rd, Santa Rosa707.575.7350.

Wildlife Corridors

Breakfast is served as a panel of speakers dive into the regional and local implications of the topic. Sep 15, 7:30am. $15. The Club at McInnis Park, 350 Smith Ranch Rd, San Rafael, marinconservationleague.org.

Readings Barnes & Noble

Sep 16, 12pm, “Going Towards the Nature Is Going Towards the Health” with Melodie Mcbride. 313 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera 415.927.9016.

Book Passage

Sep 13, 7pm, “The Underground River” with Martha Conway. Sep 14, 7pm, “Sulfur Springs” with William Kent Krueger. Sep 15, 7pm, “Another Kind of Madness” with Stephen Hinshaw. Sep 16, 1pm, “Awakening Through the Nine Bodies” with Phillip Moffitt. Sep 16, 4pm, “Deepa’s Secrets” with Deepa Thomas. Sep 16, 7pm, “Lost Boys” with Darcey Rosenblatt. Sep 17, 4pm, Bette and JJ Lamb with Margaret Lucke in conversation. Sep 18, 7pm, “Jumping at Shadows” with Sasha Abramsky. Sep 19, 5:30pm, “A Mind at Home With Itself” with Byron Katie. Sep 19, 7pm, “The Hidden School” with Dan Millman. Sep 20, 1pm, “The Twelve Mile Straight” with Eleanor Henderson. Sep 20, 7pm, “The Best of Us” with Joyce Maynard. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera 415.927.0960.

Book Passage By-the-Bay

Sep 14, 6pm, Bill Kirsch and Elizabeth Leavy Stroman in conversation. Sep 16, 4pm, “Moondrifter Reverie” with Keith Emmons. Sep 17, 4pm, “Leaning on Thin Air” with Charles Rubin. Sep 19, 6pm, “Bored and Brilliant” with Manoush Zomorodi. Sep 20, 6:30pm, LitWings Event Series. 100 Bay St, Sausalito 415.339.1300.

Cloverdale Performing Arts Center

Sep 14, 7pm, “Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions” with Amy Stewart, followed by wine and cheese reception. $10. 209 N Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale 707.829.2214.

Petaluma Copperfield’s Books

Sep 15, 7pm, “Sourdough” with Robin Sloan. Sep 19, 4pm, “Secret Agents Jack and Max Stalwart” with Elizabeth Singer Hunt. 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma 707.762.0563.

Point Reyes Books

Sep 18, 7pm, “The Age of Perpetual Light” with Josh Weil. Sep 20, 7pm, “A Loving, Faithful Animal” with Josephine Rowe. 11315 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station 415.663.1542.

Santa Rosa Copperfield’s Books

Sep 13, 7pm, “Show Her a Flower, a Bird, a Shadow” with Peg Alford Pursell, in conversation with Stefan Kiesbye. Sep 19, 7pm, “Eat Like Walt: The Wonderful World of Disney Food” with Marcy Smothers. 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. 707.578.8938.

Grace

Main Stage West opens the season with the tragicomedy that explores human assumptions about how God, goodness, faith and causality operate in the cosmic machinery. Through Sep 24. $15-$30. Main Stage West, 104 N Main St, Sebastopol707.823.0177.

Love’s Labour’s Lost

Marin Shakespeare Company’s 28th annual summer festival offers a masterpiece of wordplay set at Oxford at the turn of the century. Through Sep 24. $10-$37. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, 890 Belle Ave, Dominican University, San Rafael, marinshakespeare. org.

Man of La Mancha

Epic musical about Miguel de Cervantes, the playwright of Don Quixote, mixes romance, humor and tragedy. Through Sep 24. $25-$45. Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma707.763.8920.

Rumors

Neil Simon’s classic farce follows four couples who hear wildly different versions of the same event. Through Sep 24. $21-$27. Novato Theater Company, 5240 Nave Dr, Novato, 415.883.4498.

Sing Me a Murder

Theater

See and sing in the newest dinner show from Get a Clue Productions, a fully functioning karaoke bar with deadly competition. Reservations required. Fri, Sep 15, 7pm. $68. Charlie’s Restaurant, Windsor Golf Club, 1320 19th Hole Dr, Windsor, getaclueproductions. com.

Chicago

The Spitfire Grill

Broadway’s classic musical about the legendary city, set in the Roaring Twenties, comes to Napa. Through Sep 24. $28$39. Lucky Penny Community Arts Center, 1758 Industrial Way, Napa707.266.6305.

Sonoma Arts Live presents the mystical small-town musical, directed by Michael Ross. Through Sep 24. $22$43. Sonoma Community Center, 276 E Napa St, Sonoma, sonomaartslive.org.

Constellations

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of legal cannabis distribution in the wake of California’s passage of Proposition 64 last year. State regulations affecting cannabis (both recreational and medicinal) were reviewed, along with the city’s potential policy options. City staff will now make recommendations for a draft ordinance that will be brought to the planning commission and possibly the city council in future months. Brown is optimistic. “The nature of the council has changed,” he says. “The Proposition 64 vote [the Adult Use of Marijuana Act] reawakened the possibility we could get a medical cannabis facility with delivery passed in Sonoma.” Past votes on marijuana regulation reflect the council’s hesitancy on the issue. In 2009, when Brown was mayor, a 2–2 vote on dispensaries kept the prohibition in place. In 2015, the council unanimously voted to uphold its restrictions on marijuana, which left no possibility for a dispensary. Last November, after Proposition 64 passed, the council imposed two 45-day moratoriums on outdoor growing in order to review and revise relevant regulations. “There were good points on both sides,” says Councilmember Madolyn Agrimonti. “It is tough. I think accessibility is one reason for a local dispensary . . . but what came out of it was to continue the moratoria. I’m glad we still have the moratoria, because we still have so many unanswered questions. I’m 50–50 on the dispensary.” Brown believes that the conservative slant of the council does not reflect the populace. He notes that 62 percent of city voters voted in favor of Proposition 64— more than any other city in Sonoma County. “The people of Sonoma are clearly ready for this.”


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of your fate reminds me of the sweet confusion alluded to in Octavio Paz’s poem “Between Going and Staying”: “All is visible and elusive, all is near and can’t be touched.” For another clue to the raw truth of your life right now, I’ll quote the poet William Wordsworth. He spoke of “fleeting moods of shadowy exultation.” Is the aura described by Paz and Wordsworth a problem that you should try to fix? Is it detrimental to your heroic quest? I don’t think do. Just the opposite, really: I hope you can hang out for a while in this pregnant mystery—between the yes and the no, between the dark and the light, between the dream and the reality. It will help you learn what you’ve been too restless to tune in to in the past.

LEO (July 23–August 22) The imminent future will be a favorable time for refurbished models and revived originals. They are likely to be more fun and interesting the second time around. I suspect that this will also be an auspicious phase for substitutes and alternatives. They may even turn out to be better than the so-called real things they replace. So be artful in formulating Plan B and Plan C, Leo. Switching over to backups may ultimately bring out more of the best in you and whisk you toward your ultimate goal in unexpected ways. VIRGO (August 23–September 22) In the coming weeks, you might want to read the last few pages of a book before you decide to actually dive in and devour the whole thing. I also suggest you take what I just said as a useful metaphor to apply in other areas. In general, it might be wise to surmise the probable outcomes of games, adventures and experiments before you get totally involved. Try this fun exercise: Imagine you are a psychic prophet as you evaluate the long-range prospects of any influences that are vying to play a role in your future. LIBRA (September 23–October 22) “Dear Dr. Astrology: I’m feeling lost, but am also feeling very close to finding my new direction. It hurts! It would be so helpful if I could just catch a glimpse of that new direction. I’d be able to better endure the pain and confusion if I could get a tangible sense of the future happiness that my pain and confusion are preparing me for. Can you offer me any free advice?—Lost Libra.” Dear Libra: The pain and confusion come from the dying of the old ways. They need to die a bit more before the

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new direction will reveal itself clearly. I predict that will happen soon—no later than Oct. 1.

SCORPIO (October 23–November 21)

Welcome to “Compose Your Own Oracle,” a special edition of Free Will Astrology. Departing from tradition, I’m temporarily stepping aside so you can have the freedom to write the exact horoscope you want. Normally, you might be in danger of falling victim to presumptuous arrogance if you imagined you could wield complete control over how your destiny unfolds. But in the days ahead, that rule won’t be as unyielding, because cosmic forces will be giving you more slack than usual. Fate and karma, which frequently impel you to act according to patterns that were set in place long ago, are giving you at least a partial respite. To get the maximum benefit out of “Compose Your Own Oracle,” identify three plot developments you’d like to weave into a self-fulfilling prophecy for your immediate future. Then start weaving.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21)

Almost two-thirds of us confess that if we are alone, we might sip milk directly from the carton rather than first pouring it into a glass. Fourteen percent of us have used milk as part of our sexual activities. One out of every five of us admits that we have “borrowed” someone else’s milk from the fridge at work. Most shockingly, 4 percent of us brag that we have blown milk out our noses on purpose. I expect that in the next two weeks, you Sagittarians will exceed all these norms. Not just because you’ll be in the mood to engage in mischievous experiments and playful adventures with milk, but because you’re likely to have a loosey-goosey relationship with almost everything.

CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19) The coming weeks will an excellent time for you to raise funds in support of political prisoners, or to volunteer at a soup kitchen, or to donate blood at a blood bank. In fact, any charitable service you perform for people you don’t know will be excellent for your physical and mental health. You can also generate vivid blessings for yourself by being extra thoughtful, kind and generous toward people you care for. You’re in a phase of your astrological cycle when unselfish acts will yield maximum selfish benefits. AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18) In his novel The Jungle, muckraker Upton Sinclair (1878–1968) exposed the abominable hygiene and working conditions of the meat-packing industry. The uproar that followed led to corrective legislation by the U.S. Congress. Sinclair remained devoted to serving the public good throughout his career. He liked to say that the term “social justice” was inscribed on his heart. Drawing from his inspiration, Aquarius, I suggest you decide what your soul’s main motto is—and imagine that it is written on your heart. Now is a perfect moment time to clarify your life’s purpose, and intensify your commitment to it; to devote even more practical, tender zeal to fulfilling the reason you were born. PISCES (February 19–March 20) You know that

“patch of bothersome weeds” growing right in the middle of your life? Is it really a patch of bothersome weeds? Or is it perhaps a plot of cultivated blooms that once pleased you but has now turned into a puzzling irrelevancy? Or how about this possibility: Is it a chunk of languishing beauty that might flourish and please you again if it were cared for better? Those are excellent questions for you to pose in the coming days, Pisces. According to my interpretation of the astrological omens, it’s time for you to decide on the future of this quizzical presence.

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