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FIRE ADAPTED North Bay parks are green after October’s fires. James Knight takes a tour of the aftermath, p15.


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Green Shoots: Local Parks Rebound COVE R STO RY P1 5

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What’s the Plan? Thank you so much for your recent “Natural Remedy” (Nov. 29) article ostensibly about the opportunity for fire-damage bioremediation. I was reminded in the first paragraph of the devastating fire’s “ticking bomb” effect on us all. And then you buoyantly relate the public-private partnership, teams of volunteers, landowners, public agencies and environmental groups that have quickly grown and focused,

like mycelium, on specific actions and solutions. Very inspiring, but tell us what is the plan for citizen participation in the future? I said “ostensibly” because as I read I couldn’t help substitute the failed condition of American democracy also as a “tragic opportunity.” In the last years, the “ticking bomb” has become more apparent. Could we swiftly come together with the same focus among citizens, knowledgeable people and groups? May your article’s last words


“hope to gain rich data about best practices that could be duplicated” be so, at least. But maybe hope is a mistake. Without a plan, hope will drive us all insane.


Fire and Rain So the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors has allocated $400,000 for the Sonoma County Water Agency to

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find some consultant to install 11 stream monitors and 11 rain gauges (“By a Landslide,” Dec. 6)? Why not hire 11 people at $12,121 per rainy season for three years (11 x $12,121 x 3 = $400,000) to install a rain gauge, report on the amounts collected and observe the stream flow in person during the periods that matter? Really! Fear seems to be dictating the response. And plenty of folks are eager to make money out of the disaster. I’ve received numerous letters from lawyers hoping to help me sue PG&E or take on my insurance company. Various “environmental” experts are soliciting for tree removal and landscape restoration. I guess some are going for bigger fish in angling for county payouts. Please, supervisors, take a breath and don’t panic.


Checks and Balances Good to know the politicians are working on behalf of the environment and looking ahead to other potential water-quality and erosion disasters. Let’s hope they engage qualified experts and have some form of checks and balances on efficacy.



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n Dec. 4, the Sebastopol Union School District passed a climate change resolution. The district recognized climate change as a children’s issue and suggested that “all institutions and elected leaders” need to show leadership in addressing it. It also created a committee to recommend ways the district can take further action on climate change. This is possibly the strongest and clearest statement about climate justice and climate action by any K-12 public school board in the nation. As a parent and longtime educator, I am so grateful that the Sebastopol Union School District (SUSD) took this bold and compassionate stand in order to protect current and future students. This resolution strengthens the coherence and moral authority of the district, because silence about climate justice would undermine its mission and core values to educate our youth. School board members are the only elected officials with a singular focus on young people. This makes their voice especially important in the effort to preserve a healthy climate. There are about 10,000 school districts in the nation. If just 10 percent of them followed the SUSD’s lead, it would generate significant public will for science-based climate policies at a national level. Let’s all empower other local school board members to build on the SUSD’s lead. Learn more about the SUSD school board resolution or how you can help empower other school boards to speak up for climate justice by visiting schoolsforclimateaction. To paraphrase the SUSD school board, climate change is neither a partisan nor political issue, but it is a children’s issue. As caring adults, we can all speak up for climate action. An easy step would be to contact your local school board and ask it to pass a climate change resolution similar to the SUSD’s. Park Guthrie is a teacher who lives in Sebastopol. Open Mic is a weekly feature in the ‘Bohemian.’ We welcome your contribution. To have your topical essay of 350 words considered for publication, write


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What’s the story behind the terminology in Santa Rosa’s recovery from the fires? BY STETT HOLBROOK


anta Rosa is a resilient city. It’s also a Resilient City.

In the aftermath of October’s devastating fires, the city adopted an ordinance on Oct. 24 aimed at speeding reconstruction in areas impacted by the disaster. The ordinance created a “Resilient City Combining District” that loops Coffey Park, Fountaingrove, Oakmont, Montecito Heights

and the Round Barn/Highway 101 corridor into a special building zone with a streamlined permitting process and various “resiliency initiatives.” “We are dedicating additional resources to those residents who are trying to rebuild homes lost in the fire,” says Santa Rosa Mayor Chris Coursey. “At its core, our effort is to help the city bounce back from what is an obviously serious blow.”

Toward that end, the city has created a Resilient City Department to oversee building permits, inspections and other functions for those affected by the fires. The city’s Planning Department will handle non–fire related business. The resilient city ordinance waives many fees associated with building permits and inspections and exempts projects from state environmental review, ) 10

DEBR IEFER Haz Matters Local physicians and labor organizers charge that workers cleaning toxic debris sites from the North Bay fires may be—and may have been—inadequately equipped for the task at hand. Invoking the catastrophic 2001 terror attacks in New York City, Dr. Panna Lossy, a family-medicine resident at Sutter Santa Rosa, submitted a letter to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors this week which noted that long-term exposure to toxic materials “can compromise lung function irreversibly and may lead to an increased risk of prostate and thyroid cancer as well as multiple myeloma.” Lossy expressed concern over recent reports about the ashremoval cleanup now underway, where “workers who are cleaning up the toxic debris left by the devastating wildfires may not be provided with adequate protective gear . . . It is important to protect the hardworking crews from long-term consequences they many not be aware of.” A fire-related fact sheet from FEMA stresses that “crews are specifically certified to handle household hazardous waste.” The worker-safety issue was highlighted after KPIX reported Dec. 4 on numerous environmental and safety issues disclosed to the Army Corps of Engineers during the first phase of cleanup. That report focused on work being done by Ashbritt, a Florida-based company, and featured a comment from Santa Rosa Vice Mayor Jack Tibbetts, who attested that he had observed contracted cleanup workers not wearing the proper safety gear. California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal-OSHA) was looking into the charges, reported KPIX..—Tom Gogola

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which can add time and money to projects. The ordinance “exercises the land-use powers of the city to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public which would be put at risk if fire-damaged neighborhoods were not quickly repaired and repopulated.” The ordinance further declares the legislation won’t be detrimental to the public interest because it “will provide a means by which to restore portions of the city damaged by the fires to their previous land uses and intensities, with modifications for compliance with current code and added resiliency.” There’s that word again. “Resiliency” is having a moment in urban-planning circles much like “sustainability,” another buzzword of late. Google searches for “resilient” have never been higher. The term “resilience” appears to have moved from the fringe to the mainstream. Resiliency, however it is defined, is part of growing range of social movements and nonprofit organizations but Santa Rosa’s efforts are not aligned with any one group or organization. “It’s not connected to any particular movement or agenda,” Coursey says. “It’s an aspirational term.” The Rockefeller Foundation launched its 100 Resilient Cities campaign in 2013 to support cities around the world to become more resilient to physical, social and economic risks and challenges. The Transition movement that began in the English town of Totnes in 2006 has become an international network of “transition towns” that aim to become self-sufficient in the face of perceived threats of peak oil, climate change and economic instability. The guiding principle of the movement is building “resilient communities.” “No one was using the term transition or resilience 10 years ago,” says Carolyne Stayton director of Transition US, which is based in Sebastopol. “Over time, a term does get watered down. It’s just the life cycle. That what

happens when something gets more mainstream.” But she’s happy to see the term spread. “It’s great to see it used more in the mainstream. I think it’s a good thing overall.” The organization held a forum on Dec. 12 at the Sebastopol Grange called “Celebrating Resilience” that featured Sebastopol Mayor Una Glass, Post-Carbon Institute fellow Richard Heinberg, and Bob Stilger, author of AfterNow, a book about recovering from the Fukushima disaster. While the event was designed as a festive fundraiser, October’s fires served as a backdrop. “Resilience as a planning

‘Resiliency’ is having a moment in urbanplanning circles. and managing priority for cities is on a meteoric rise, with NGOs, governments, planners, managers, architects, designers, social scientists, ecologists and engineers taking up the resilient agenda,” wrote New School urban ecology professor Timon McPhearson on the Nature of Cities blog in 2014. He cautioned against supplanting the term for sustainability, lest it lock cities into “undesirable trajectories, away from sustainability.” He cites discussion after Superstorm Sandy hit New York and New Jersey to build massive sea gates to protect the region against future storm surges, a huge technical fix with serious ecological side effects. “Resilience needs to be

linked to sustainability so that the resilience we are trying to plan and design for actually helps us more toward desired future sustainable systems,” McPhearson wrote. In addition to “bouncing back,” the definition of resilience refers to the ability of a material (or presumably a city) to resume its original shape or position after being bent or stretched. Santa Rosa’s resilient city ordinance calls for rebuilding to “previous land uses and intensities,” albeit up to new city and state codes. Given that climate scientists predict more wildfires of greater ferocity, should the city resume its original shape? Would that make the city more resilient to future calamities like fires, floods and earthquakes? Coursey says the city is discussing additional measures beyond the ordinance to become more resilient, such as how to exceed building code requirements to meet the state’s 2020 “zero net energy” mandates for new home construction without passing financial burdens to residents. “If we can find funding, we’d like people to build to that code,” he says. David Guhin, Santa Rosa’s director of planning and economic development, says resilience informed the city’s priorities before the fires. He approaches the term on a systemic, citywide basis. “We approach most things with that term in mind,” he says. While the city’s resilient city ordinance is focused on helping residents rebuild, is rebuilding in fire-vulnerable areas like Fountaingrove or Montecito Heights an example of resilience or folly? The new housing and fire codes enacted after homes in those areas were constructed will better prepare newly constructed homes from future calamities, Guhin says. “Codes makes building in those areas more resilient,” he says. “We have to continually look at how we build a sustainable community that understands those potential risks and mitigates them to the best of our ability.”


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hen you walk into Petaluma’s new Chicken Pharm, the first thing that strikes you is its size: the place is vast, with a big dining room, a patio and an additional seating area consisting of cozy sofas and low tables.

Next to the city’s other recently opened restaurants like the Drawing Board and the Shuckery, Chicken Pharm feels like a food court. Ordering at the counter contributes to this atmosphere, as well as the abundance of communal seating. Its name, borrowed from Petaluma’s poultry-producing past and the history of the building the restaurant occupies (it used to be the Tuttle Drug store).

The chef, however, is local. Adam Mali, a longtime Petaluma resident, is the previous executive chef at Nick’s Cove. His menu is food-court-meets-gourmet, the key ingredient being fried chicken in all its varieties. While the fried chicken sandwich is a trend that has stood the test of time, Chicken Pharm is riffing on it while being careful not to overdo it. Elaborate sandwiches

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Some parks slow to reopen, but fire-adapted ecosystems spring back to life BY JAMES KNIGHT

CYCLE OF LIFE Visitors to local parks burned in October’s fires will be surprised how life has returned.


n the map, it looks bad for Sugarloaf Ridge. Eighty percent of the state park was burned in the Nuns fire, whose ragged 52,894-acre boundary all but engulfs Sugarloaf’s 4,020 acres. The park is closed to the public until further notice.

To get a preview of what visitors might expect to see when this beloved local resource for hikers, campers and stargazers is reopened sometime next year, I meet up with a ranger at the park gate for a tour. Our two-car convoy is soon delayed by a debris-clearing operation in the road. Clad in orange jumpsuits, an inmate work crew supervised by Cal Fire is

loading brush and tree limbs into a truck-mounted chipper. While there’s evidence of burning on both sides of the road, mostly grass and understory burned here, and encouraging glimpses of green can be seen on the other side of the forested canyon. My guide, supervising state park peace officer Robert Pickett, explains that much of the treecutting work in this area has been

done to clear debris that could flood and wash out the Canyon Trail below. The truck moves aside, and it’s a marvel to see the kiosk at the park entrance. There’s the visitor center, intact, as well as key facilities in the campground, although fire crept up to the edge. Not a single picnic table burned, according to Pickett. Further on, Robert Ferguson Observatory still stands under a backdrop of burned chaparral. Colossal, chain-sawed sections of a partially fire-hollowed tree are parked in front of it, plucked from the blighted ravine below

the parking lot. Trees like this have been removed if they could endanger buildings and visitors— one among several reasons the park isn’t slated to open soon. “There are still some sketchy trees out there,” says Pickett. Yet a wooden outhouse in excellent condition is still perched on the edge of the burned area. A bulldozer sits in the meadow, awaiting an unknown task— perhaps restoring dozer cuts made in the land as firebreaks, and now threatening erosion. Beyond, a swath of straw covers a dozer line that’s headed toward the summit of Bald Mountain. ) 16

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The tour continues some distance past the Saturn sign, on the Meadow Trail’s “planet walk,” but stops short of Uranus; the bridge across the creek is more than half burnt out. Mostly made of steel, it will be re-planked. “See those orange spots?” Pickett points to forested slopes of Sugarloaf Ridge to the south. “Those aren’t necessarily trees going through their fall colors.” Picket explains that the fire jumped from here to there along the ridge, leaving a lot of green canopy. It’s altogether not bad for 80 percent burned—but is this area, indeed, part of that 80 percent? like to use the term ‘experienced fire,’” says Melanie Parker, natural resource manager and deputy director at Sonoma County Regional Parks. “Because people expect total devastation, but most of the acres in our parks—and, really, most of the acres in those two fires [Tubbs and Nuns]— were low to moderate severity in nature’s perspective.” Regional parks affected by the fires include the small, multiuse Tom Schopflin Fields, Crane Creek and part of Tolay Lake, as well as Shiloh Ranch and Hood Mountain. Parker’s getting two kinds of phone calls from people: some want to know if the parks are devastated, while others are concerned that the county will do harm through its restoration efforts. After the 1964 Hanley fire, nonnative grasses were seeded and problematic pine trees planted. “Our policy is definitely not to seed grass in burned areas,” Parker reports, “with some very limited exceptions.” Where plants and seeds have been entirely scraped away by bulldozers, the county is seeding native grasses. “You’ll see all the parks regenerating quickly, because they’re adapted to this.” Asked about the visual impact of dozer lines, Parker pauses. “The good news is, our parks helped stop the fires from burning more of our communities.”


Aggressive dozer lines helped to stop fire short of Windsor held the line for Rincon Valley. “The bad news is, yeah, they’re superimpactful,” says Parker. A photo provided by Regional Parks shows a wide swath cut through Hood Mountain’s pygmy forest. “Mindful that we don’t want people to do damage to the parks, or the parks to do damage to the people,” says Parker, Shiloh Ranch should be opened by Christmas, and a partial opening of Hood Mountain can be expected on the Los Alamos Road side later in December. “We’re just turning the corner right now,” she says. “We have been in fire-response mode and erosion-control mode. We know that many people want to get out and volunteer.” Rather than planting trees, volunteers may be tasked with protecting naturally regenerating baby oaks to prevent grazing by deer. Another idea is monitoring stations: hikers could snap photos with smart phones at certain locations, and be part of a postwildfire monitoring system. Asked if people who love certain parks and trails might be moved to tears when they see them, Parker says no. “I think, quite the contrary, people are going to be inspired by what they find in the parks,” she continues. “I think it’s going to be a source of healing for everyone.” The 237-acre Sonoma Valley Regional Park opened over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The parking area is in good condition—perhaps thanks to their good neighbor, a Cal Fire station. Nominally, this park is 100 percent burned, but a stroll down the paved Valley of the Moon trail finds a carpet of green shoots pushing through a light layer of char. Incredibly, every memorial park bench—rest easy, John, Annette and Arlene— remains in place with nary a scorch mark, while Zoe the happy dog’s picnic table now also hosts a solemn memorial in stone to victims of the fires. Higher up on the Woodland Star trail, sporadic stumps indicate where a fire crew located a hollow that continued to smolder, and lacy trails of ash

IM MEMORIAM Sonoma Valley Regional Park is home to a spontaneous memorial to fire victims. .

spill down the hill where the occasional tree burned hot. This trail also offers one of the few available views of the blackened, eastern portion of Trione-Annadel State Park.


rione-Annadel is also now open to the west of Lake Ilsanjo, roughly outlining the area of the park that did not burn. The fire-affected area to the east remains closed, and includes the 30-acre freshwater Ledson Marsh, home to a number of special status species like the California red-legged frog; Sonoma alopecurusa, a federally endangered plant, and the western pond turtle, listed as a California species of special concern. One such turtle got lucky after a string of misfortunes, says Cyndy Shafer, senior environmental scientist for California State Parks Bay Area District. The fire burned the wood covering an old well in this area. While park staff were evaluating the site, they discovered that a turtle had managed to survive the fire, only to fall into the 12-footdeep pit. “State park staff were able to rescue it,” Shafer reports. “At a population level, wildlife

are adapted to fire,” Shafer notes. “You also see, following fire, some unique, fleeting habitat—dead trees provide habit that is really rich for woodpeckers, other birds and insects.” The state currently has no plans for seeding, not even on the dozer lines. Shafer says that experience after the 2013 Morgan fire in Mount Diablo State Park proved instructive. “Once we had done work to repair and re-contour those dozer lines and restore the land form,” says Shafer, “we saw that vegetation comes back really well.”


hen I cycled to the summit of several years ago, I noted some odd-looking plants growing in the burns. Were those weeds, or invasives? Probably not, Shafer tells me. “What you often get is fire-following plants. They are fleeting in abundance. They show up on the landscape every 60 years after a wildfire.” Shafer says that often, impressive spring blooms of wildflowers also follow a burn. “It’s something that people can look forward to, and feel hopeful and optimistic about their parks.”


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SANTA KOZ Saxophonist Dave Koz performs his 20th annual Christmas concert with old friends and vocalist Selina Albright on Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Green Music Center. See Clubs & Venues, p22.


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Yuletide Tunes

Mind Games

Talk of the Town

From the lovable Rudolph the RedNosed Reindeer to the magical Frosty the Snowman, many classic childhood Christmas characters, and the songs that made them famous, debuted in the golden age of the television Christmas special, a bygone annual tradition that featured seasonal songs performed on the air by vintage stars like Judy Garland, Bing Crosby and the Osmonds. This week, local stars Mike Greensill, Sandy Riccardi and Kellie Fuller revisit these retro moments with the Cool Yule Christmas Show, boasting jazzedup renditions of holiday favorites on Thursday, Dec. 14, at the Blue Note Jazz Club, 1030 Main St., Napa. 7:30pm and 9:30pm. $10–$25. 707.603.1258.

Professional hypnotist Allen Gittelson knows that with great power comes great responsibility, meaning he only uses his gift of intuition for good. Wowing audiences with his entertaining and interactive stage shows full of mind reading and other mysterious cerebral feats, Gittelson returns to the North Bay for a pair of spellbinding appearances. First, Gittelson offers a ladies-only night of wonders, on Friday, Dec. 15, then follows it on Saturday, Dec. 16, with a performance for all. The Laugh Cellar, 5755 Mountain Hawk Way, Santa Rosa. Doors at 5pm, show at 7pm, Friday, $35; Saturday, $28. 707.843.3824.

Worth a Thousand Words

San Francisco–based photographer Dick Evans has been all over the world, but his home city is still his favorite canvas for taking eye-popping and intimate photos like the ones in his new book, The Mission. A journey through San Francisco’s working-class Mission District, whose neighborhoods are undergoing the process of gentrification, the book captures the faces and spaces in between the landmarks that reflect everyday struggles and success in the bustling burg. Evans discusses The Mission with a book signing and reception on Saturday, Dec. 16, at di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, 5200 Sonoma Hwy., Napa. 3:30pm. Free. 707.226.5991.

It’s only been open a month, but Healdsburg’s Elephant in the Room is already creating buzz from locals who love the watering hole’s relaxed and welcoming vibe, which includes an outdoor patio featuring live music. Nestled next to Sonoma Cider, the bar is helping turn the town’s Mill Street District into the entertainment district, and this weekend, the patio amps up the fun with local rock ’n’ roll outfit John Courage Trio, currently hard at work on their next LP and offering down-anddirty jams on Friday, Dec. 15, at Elephant in the Room, 177-A Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 8pm. Free. 21 and over.

—Charlie Swanson

THIS OLD PLAYHOUSE This week the Imaginists open their rehearsal for ‘A Shifting Reef’ to the public.

Called Home

The Imaginists near goal of buying their performance space BY CHARLIE SWANSON


or nine years, Santa Rosa’s experimental performing arts group the Imaginists have housed their original dramatic works in the storefront space of 461 Sebastopol Avenue, in the South A Arts District. “This building is very symbolic of the neighborhood,” says Imaginists executive director

Brent Lindsay. “It’s always been a place where you can pass by artists’ studios and their doors are open, and you can inspire one another.” That’s why, when the building’s owners, Mario and Liz Uribe, announced last January that they were selling it, the Imaginists embarked on a mission to buy it themselves. “It was always a conversation on our end saying, ‘If you ever think about selling, please run

it by us first,’” says Lindsay. With performance space a rare commodity, Lindsay knew that losing the lease would make things difficult for the group. When the Uribes put the building up, the Imaginists started a capital campaign to raise the necessary funds to secure the building. They’re almost there. In July, they received a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation for $235,000. The Imaginists were

also approached by the Northern California Community Loan Fund, which has focused on saving art spaces in San Francisco and Oakland. The CCLF offered a short-term bridge loan for the Imaginists to help guarantee close of escrow, which is scheduled for February. “The ways the numbers shake down, the bridge loan is $350,000. Our responsibility was to match that, and with the Hewlett grant, we were a little over $100,000 shy,” Lindsay says. With that incentive, the Imaginists hope to raise the final funds at events like the recent Winterblast. In the wake of the fires, the Imaginists met at their longtime home base, still filled with smoke, and committed to continuing with the plan. “We said, ‘It’s time to plant a tree,’” says Lindsay. “We need to plant a tree right now, so it bears fruit every year for this community that’s going to be healing for a long time. That’s what art does.” This week, the Imaginists invite the community to partake in A Shifting Reef, which opens Dec. 14 with formal rehearsals in a format where audiences can view it as a work-in-progress. Written by Lindsay, and based on his fascination with Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, the new theatrical work tells a humorous and timely story about a rogue vessel of eco-warriors. The play touches on issues of climate change, with a focus on resilience and community strength that has new meaning in the face of the wildfires. The Imaginists present ‘A Shifting Reef’ Dec. 14–16 and 28–29 at 461 Sebastopol Ave., Santa Rosa. 8pm. General admission $5–$15 and up.

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ONE MORE TIME The secret to the 10-year run of the North Bay’s ‘Santaland Diaries’ has been variety.

Best for Last David Yen takes ‘Santaland’ out on high note



ome plays, not surprisingly, get a little old after a decade of repetition. Others, miraculously, get better.

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The key, as evidenced by David Yen’s 10th annual performance of David Sedaris’ Santaland Diaries, at Left Edge Theater, is changing things up from time to time. Adding a fully stocked bar to the set one year, and using it. Adding a playful elfin striptease. Giving the audience silly and inappropriate elf names (Funky Little-Skank, at your service). Encouraging people to stand up, shout out loud and dance in the aisles, all while keeping things mischievously acerbic and politically incorrect. A certified North Bay Christmas

tradition, The Santaland Diaries— adapted by Joe Mantello from Sedaris’ hilarious radio essay—has certainly evolved over the years, even as it’s traveled through seven different venues. Under the playful direction of Argo Thompson, Yen first performed the solo show in 2008, as a pop-up production in a Santa Rosa art gallery. Since then, Yen and Thompson have carried their audience with them, with productions all over the North Bay. And now, for one final run, the show comes to Left Edge Theater, at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. Yes, the final run. After 10 consecutive years of playing a disgruntled, unemployed actor forced to entertain unpleasant children as a holiday elf at NYC’s Macy’s Department Store, Yen has announced he will be hanging up his trademark striped tights and jingle-bell hat once and for all, but not before a last, profanity-laced, alcohol-fueled appearance as the world’s least enthusiastic denizen of the North Pole. I have, to date, seen Yen in five separate productions of The Santaland Diaries. This one, easily, is the best. The script itself still carries a number of notable flaws, including some basic plotlessness, distractingly dated details and a tendency toward mean-spirited, sick-and-twisted humor when sick-and-twisted alone would suffice. Amazingly though, Yen and Thompson have gradually improved the joyously crass script, packing it with additional gags, infusing a surprising amount of depth and even a touch of genuine sweetness. The best part, of course, is just watching Yen at work mixing drinks, dropping F-bombs and wry observations, lip-synching in German and having a blast. Makes sense, right? After a decade, this is a role Yen wears as comfortably and colorfully as those crazy, trademark tights. Rating (out of 5): ‘The Santaland Diaries’ runs through Dec. 23 at Left Edge Theater. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. Friday–Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 5pm. $25–$40. 707.546.3600.

Emily New

GOOD JOB ‘Bohemian’ readers

named Oddjob Ensemble best folk band in the North Bay.

WorkingClass Act Kalei Yamanoha’s accordion shines on new Oddjob release



f there’s a musical job in the North Bay, Kalei Yamanoha is the man to do it. The Sonoma County native is one of the busiest multiinstrumentalists in the region, working as a freelance musician and performing full-time in San Francisco western swing band the Vivants, Santa Rosa chain-rattling folk-punks the Crux and his own instrumental world-folk outfit Oddjob Ensemble. Earlier this year, Bohemian readers bestowed Oddjob Ensemble with the NorBay Music Award for best folk band. Now, Oddjob Ensemble officially unveil their new album, The Silver Sea, with a show on Dec. 22 at HopMonk Tavern in Sebastopol. Though Yamanoha began his musical journey by playing the guitar as a kid, his primary

Oddjob Ensemble perform with Barrio Manouche and Cabbagehead on Friday, Dec. 22, at HopMonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 9pm. $12. 707.829.7300.

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instrument these days is the accordion. He also sits in on banjo and trombone from time to time. “I grew up in Cotati, right across the street from the accordion festival,” says Yamanoha. That early exposure combined with an interest in Eastern European folk music guided him to the squeezebox a decade ago. Yamanoha’s love for the accordion has translated into a part-time job at the Petalumabased Accordion Apocalypse Repair Shop, though his main source of income is playing music as a hired hand both in studio and on the road. Two years ago, he formed Oddjob Ensemble to showcase his own creative work. “It’s my baby project,” says Yamanoha. Writing melodies on the accordion, Yamanoha draws from his diverse musical experiences and the places he’s traveled, while crafting instrumental music around imaginative themes, such as The Silver Sea’s maritime concept. “There’s an underlying storyline with a lot of sea creatures and being on river boats that are taken over by ghosts,” says Yamanoha. While the album is largely instrumental, Yamanoha’s accordion, joined by Ben Weiner’s percussion and Violette Morier’s bass, sounds like it was transported straight from a cabaret in early 20th century France or taken from a sea chantey sung on some ancient galleon. The album’s few tracks with lyrics tell very Lovecraftian-tales of mystery and wonder, and the record’s overall effect is that of a soundtrack to an epic adventure. Like life imitating art, Oddjob Ensemble have just returned from their own adventure, a twomonth tour of the United States that included highlights ranging from busking in the New Orleans’ French Quarter to getting robbed of six bucks in Harlem. In spite of the recent fires, the band is happy to be home.



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John Hiatt & The Goners featuring Sonny Landreth

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Concerts SONOMA COUNTY Holiday Spirits Free Spirits Gospel Choir is joined by vocal trio the Quixotics, with Betty Ann Bruno of Hula Mai performing a holiday hula solo. Dec 17, 7:30pm. $15-$20. Sonoma Community Center, 276 E Napa St, Sonoma. 707.938.4626.

Panto SF Holiday Show Famous British holiday show full of sentiment and bawdy humor previews its new “Sleeping Beauty” performance for North Bay fire survivors before a run in San Francisco. Dec 16, 1pm. Free. Arlene Francis Center, 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.

Windham Hill’s Winter Solstice Acoustic ensemble led by William Ackerman celebrates its 30th anniversary of solstice shows. Dec 15, 7:30pm. $25 and up. Green Music Center Weill Hall, 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, 866.955.6040.

MARIN COUNTY Marin Oratorio The 100-voice chorus and orchestra performs Franz Josef Haydn’s “The Season” with guest soloists Helene Zindarsian, Stephen Cannon and Nikolas Nackley. Dec 16, 7:30pm and Dec 17, 3pm. $15-$20. College of Marin James Dunn Theatre, 835 College Ave, Kentfield. 415.485.9385.

NAPA COUNTY Cool Yule Christmas Show

Local stars Mike Greensill, Sandy Riccardi and Kellie Fuller present a retro mix of humorous and jazzy holiday songs from classic TV specials. Dec 14, 7:30 and 9:30pm. $10$25. Blue Note Napa, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.603.1258.

Franc D’Ambrosio

Vocalist known for playing the Phantom of the Opera sings holiday standards from the American Songbook. Dec 17, 6pm. $40-$45. Silo’s, 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

Tuba Christmas

Part of a worldwide series of concerts, over 50 tuba and euphonium players offer a unique way to enjoy traditional holiday tunes. Dec 16, 2pm. Free. Veteran’s Park, Third and Main streets, Napa.

Clubs & Venues SONOMA COUNTY Annie O’s Music Hall

Dec 14, North Bay toy drive featuring DJ Konnex with DJ Jacalioness and DJ Dinga. Dec 16, Sweet Leaf Annual Xmas Show and fire relief benefit. 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.542.1455.

Aqus Cafe

Dec 15, Mike Saliani Band and Incubators. Dec 16, the Farallons. Dec 17, 2pm, Gary Vogensen & the Ramble Band. 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.


Dec 15, 6pm, “Femme Noir” with Attasalina and Star Blue. 555 Healdsburg Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.303.7372.

Cellars of Sonoma

Dec 17, 2pm, Ricky Alan Ray. 20 Matheson Ave, Healdsburg. 707.578.1826.

Crooked Goat Brewing Dec 16, 3pm, Frederick Nighthawk. 120 Morris St, Ste 120, Sebastopol. 707.827.3893.

Elephant in the Room Dec 15, John Courage Trio. 177-A Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg.

Flamingo Lounge

Dec 15, the Hots. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

Green Music Center Schroeder Hall

Dec 16-17, “Early Music Christmas: Windows to the Soul” with Sonoma Bach. 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, 866.955.6040.

Green Music Center Weill Hall

Dec 16, “Celtic Christmas” with Cherish the Ladies. Dec 17, Dave Koz 20th Anniversary Christmas Concert. 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, 866.955.6040.

HopMonk Sebastopol

Dec 14, Zion I and Pure Powers. Dec 16, Morillo. Dec 18, Monday Night Edutainment with King I-Vier. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

HopMonk Sonoma

Dec 15, Billy Manzik. Dec 16, Wendy DeWitt. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.

Hotel Healdsburg

Dec 16, the Walter Savage Trio. 25 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.431.2800.

Jamison’s Roaring Donkey

KRSH host Bill Bowker MCs, and Angela Strehli Band and Mighty Mike Schermer perform, with door proceeds matched by the venue. Dec 16, 8:30pm. $20. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

Dec 16, Fly by Train. 3688 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental. 707.874.9037.

Dec 15, Matt Bolton. Dec 16, Ghost of California. Dec 17, Laurie Lewis and friends. 146 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.772.5478.

Bergamot Alley

Lagunitas Tap Room

Singers Marin

Dec 13, Sinatra holiday spectacular with Wednesday Night Big Band. Dec 14, Parts & Labor. Dec 15-16, Christmas Jug Band. Dec 17, Adam Miller Sextet. Dec 19, Spiller. Dec 20, Haute Flash Quartet. 128 American Alley, Petaluma. 707.776.7163.

North Bay Fire Relief Benefit

The chorus’ 30th-anniversary performance features Marin native and Nashville star Lockwood Barr. Dec 17, 4pm. $25-$40. Marin Center’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.473.6800.

Barley & Hops Tavern

Dec 15, Bergamot’s Birthday Party. 328-A Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.433.8720.

The Big Easy

Dec 13, Todos Santos. Dec 14, Larry Vann. Dec 15, the Pine Needles. Dec 16, the Smilin’ Iguanas. Dec 17, Talley Up. Dec 20, the Rhythm Rangers. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

Dec 14, “Hip to the Holidays” with Under the Streetlamp. Dec 17, Easton Corbin. Dec 18, Moscow Ballet’s Great

Russian Nutcracker. 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.



Dec 14, Susan Sutton. Dec 15, the Spyralites. Dec 16, Brulee. Dec 17, Haute Flash Quartet. Dec 19, Mac & Potter. 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.

Mc T’s Bullpen

Dec 15, DJ MGB. Dec 16, Stone Peoples Medicine. Dec 17, DJ MGB. Dec 18, 5pm, Lithium Jazz. Dec 18, 9pm, DJ MGB. 16246 First St, Guerneville. 707.869.3377.

Murphy’s Irish Pub

Dec 15, Kith and Kin. 464 First St E, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.

Mystic Theatre & Music Hall

Dec 15, Anuhea with Paula Fuga & Mahi. Dec 16, Roy Rogers. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.775.6048.

The Phoenix Theater Dec 16, Buck Thrifty with Katrina Blackstone and Timothy O’Neil Band. 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

Pongo’s Kitchen & Tap Dec 14, 6:30pm, Hannah Miller. Dec 16, 8:30pm, After Hours piano bar with Frank O’Connor. 701 Sonoma Mountain Pkwy, Petaluma. 707.774.5226.

Rancho Mark West Farm Dec 17, 1pm, “Music to Give You Wings” with Sonoma Chanson. 7125 St Helena Rd, Santa Rosa,

Raven Theater

Dec 15, Speed of Sound concert. Dec 16, Healdsburg Community Band’s Christmas Concert. 115 North St, Healdsburg. 707.433.3145.

The Reel Fish Shop & Grill

Dec 16, Harrison Stafford & the Professor Crew. 401 Grove St, Sonoma. 707.343.0044.

Rio Nido Roadhouse

Dec 17, THUGZ holiday party. 14540 Canyon 2 Rd, Rio Nido. 707.869.0821.

Rock Star University House of Rock

Dec 16, the Iron Maidens. 3410 Industrial Dr, Santa Rosa. 707.791.3482.

Sonoma Cider

Dec 15, the Vertical Flight Band. 44-F Mill St, Healdsburg. 707.723.7018.

Sonoma Speakeasy

Dec 14, King Daddy Murr and Prince of Thieves. Dec 15, the



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It’s been a beloved Christmastime affair in its native England since the Middle Ages, but the art of panto, influenced by the ancient traditions of pantomime, is not well-known in the States.

Featuring staged musical comedy productions full of ribald humor as well as family-friendly sentiment, one of America’s best panto groups resides in San Francisco and annually presents glamorous shows based on classic tales like “Cinderella” each holiday season. Now in its fourth year, Panto SF is debuting a colorful and outrageous adaptation of “Sleeping Beauty” this Christmas, starring drag legend Peggy L’Eggs as the evil queen Maleficent and featuring silly songs inspired by Bay Area history and iconic periods like the Summer of Love. Before Panto SF runs its production at San Francisco’s Custom Made Theatre near Union Square, the cast comes to the North Bay for a special free preview performance aimed at bringing holiday cheer to families in the community who are healing and rebuilding from the fires. Enjoy the magic of Panto SF on Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Arlene Francis Center, 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 1pm. Free admission.—Charlie Swanson

John Burdick Band. Dec 16, Staggerwing. Dec 17, Sonoma blues jam. Dec 18, Brandon Eardley and Jenni Purcell. Dec 19, American roots night with Lou Rodriguez and friends. 452 First St E, Ste G, Sonoma. 707.996.1364.


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Dec 16, Ann Halen and Tempest. 8201 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.664.0169.

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Little Folkies Family Band Holiday Celebration feat Irena Eide

Sun 12⁄17 • Doors 7pm ⁄ 25– 30 • All Ages $


Country Joe McDonald Last Mill Valley Show (seated) featuring the Electric Music Band

50th Anniversary Show Celebrating Electric Music for the Mind & Body Mon 12⁄18 • Doors 6pm ⁄ $17–$27 • All Ages

The Christmas Jug Band Family Night

Tue 12⁄19 • Doors 7pm ⁄ $24–$27 • All Ages The Christmas Jug Band special guest Bonnie Hayes Thu 12⁄21 • Doors 7:30pm ⁄ $20–$22 • All Ages

Hellman Holiday Stomp

feat The Well Known Strangers, Lake Charlatans, Nancy and the Lambchops + Marco and the Polos Fri 12⁄22 • Doors 8pm ⁄ $30–$32 • 21+

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Twin Oaks Roadhouse Dec 14, Levi’s Workshop. Dec 15, Sharkmouth with Rainbow Girls and Sebastian St James. Dec 16, eNegative. Dec 17, 3pm, bluegrass jam. Dec 19, open mic. 5745 Old Redwood Hwy, Penngrove. 707.795.5118.

Whiskey Tip

Dec 15, Ugly Sweater Party. Dec 16, Family Room silent disco. 1910 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.843.5535.

MARIN COUNTY Ali Akbar College of Music

Dec 16, Mallar Bhattacharya and Benjamin Araki. 215 West End Ave, San Rafael. 415.454.6372.


Dec 15, “Soul Christmas” with Greg Ballad and friends. Dec 16, Reed Fromer Band. Dec 17, Slackers in Paradise holiday show with Ken Emerson and Jim Kimo West. 919 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.813.5600.

HopMonk Novato

Dec 14, Country Line Dancing. Dec 15, Zepparella. Dec 16, Smoke House. Dec 17, Clear Conscience with Crooked. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200.


Iron Springs Pub & Brewery

Dec 13, Iron Springs All-Star Jam. Dec 20, Hopsauce. 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax. 415.485.1005.

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Dec 13, Soulbillies. Dec 14, Agents of Change. Dec 15, Amy Unauthorized. Dec 16, 4pm, Judy Hall Trio. Dec 16, 9:30pm, Koolerator. Dec 17, 4pm, Dale Alstrom’s Jazz Society. Dec 17, 8pm, Sweetie Pie and Doughboy. Dec 18, open mic. Dec 19, Zeena Quinn. Dec 20, songwriters in the round with Danny Uzi. 17 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

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Dec 14, Jesse Lee Kincaid Band. Dec 15, Michael Aragon Quartet. Dec 16, Chris Saunders Band. Dec 17, Migrant Pickers. Dec 18, Kimrea. Dec 19, open mic. Dec 20, Ash Powell and Rob Dietrich. 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.1392.

Osteria Divino

Dec 14, Ian McArdle Trio. Dec

16, Lorca Hart Trio. Dec 17, Con Quimba. Dec 19, Greg Jacobs Duo. Dec 20, Jonathan Poretz. 37 Caledonia St, Sausalito. 415.331.9355.

Panama Hotel Restaurant

Dec 13, the Buzz. Dec 14, Donna D’Acuti. Dec 19, Wanda Stafford. Dec 20, Barbwyre. 4 Bayview St, San Rafael. 415.457.3993.

Peri’s Silver Dollar

Dec 14, Mark’s Jam Sammich. Dec 15, Afroholix. Dec 16, Michael Brown Band. Dec 17, Grateful Sundays. Dec 18, open mic. Dec 19, the Bad Hombres. Dec 20, the Elvis Johnson Soul Revue. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.

Rancho Nicasio

Dec 15, the Rivertown Trio with Julie Bernard. Dec 17, 4pm, Tim Cain’s family Christmas singalong. 1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

Rickey’s Restaurant & Bar

Dec 15, Lady D. Dec 16, Andoni. Dec 17, Chime Travelers. 250 Entrada Dr, Novato. 415.883.9477.

Sausalito Seahorse

Wed, Milonga with Marcelo Puig and Seth Asarnow. Dec 14, Carol Luckerback. Dec 15, MSA Jazz Band. Dec 16, Ciara Rooke Band. Dec 17, 5pm, Mazacote with Louie Romero. Dec 19, Noel Jewkes and friends. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito. 415.331.2899.

Smiley’s Schooner Saloon

Dec 14, Sissy Brown. Dec 15, French Oak. Dec 16, This Old Earthquake. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311.

Sweetwater Music Hall

Dec 14, Allah-Las and Big Light. Dec 16, Zepparella and Lotus Revival. Dec 17, 10:30am, Little Folkies Family Band holiday celebration. Dec 17, 8pm, Country Joe McDonald. Dec 18, the Christmas Jug Band family night. Dec 19, the Christmas Jug Band with Bonnie Hayes. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

Terrapin Crossroads

Dec 13-14, John Kadlecik Band. Dec 15, the Rock Collection. Dec 15, Top 40 Friday with the Rowan Brothers. Dec 17, Mark Karan and Maurice Tani Band. Dec 18, Grateful Monday with Scott Law. Dec 19, Victoria George Band. Dec 20, Scott Law and friends. 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael. 415.524.2773.

Throckmorton Theatre Dec 13, 12pm, Amaranth Quartet. Dec 13, 8pm, Throckmorton Chorus Winter Concert. Dec 14, Buddy Rich birthday tribute with the Tommy Igoe Big Band. Dec 15, “Jingle Balls” holiday show with Tommy Igoe and Sarah Clark. Dec 16, Narada Michael Walden’s 21st annual holiday Jam. Dec 17, 1pm, ELM winter concert. Dec 18, 6pm, Fath Chamber Players special holiday concert. Dec 20, 12pm, Tom Rose and Miles Graber. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Trek Winery

Dec 16, Ain’t Misbehavin’. 1026 Machin Ave, Novato. 415.899.9883.

NAPA COUNTY Blue Note Napa

Dec 13, Sol Horizon. Dec 15-16, “A Special Christmas Performance” with Jessy J. Dec 17, 12:30pm, Gospel brunch with the Jackie Tolbert Gospel Ensemble. Dec 19, Three on a Match. Dec 20, Alvon Johnson: Ambassador of the Blues. 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.603.1258.

Ca’ Momi Osteria

Dec 15, La Notte Latina with DJ Jose Miguel. Dec 16, Miss Moonshine. 1141 First St, Napa. 707.224.6664.

Deco Lounge at Capp Heritage Vineyards Dec 16, Jon Shannon Williams. 1245 First St, Napa. 707.254.1922.

Downtown Joe’s Brewery & Restaurant

Dec 15, the Last Resort. Dec 17, DJ Aurelio. Dec 18, Krampus Fest with Vengince and Skitzo. 902 Main St, Napa. 707.258.2337.

JaM Cellars Ballroom at the Margrit Mondavi Theatre Dec 16, Voena: Voices of the Season. 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.880.2300.

River Terrace Inn

Dec 15, Doug Houser. Dec 16, Smorgy. 1600 Soscol Ave, Napa. 707.320.9000.


Dec 14, Phoenix Rising: Benefit for Napa City Firefighters Charitable Fund. Dec 15, Garage Band 101 for Adults. Dec 16, Kevin Russell’s Cream of Clapton. Dec 20, “A Jazzy Noel” with Mike Greensill. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

Arts Events SONOMA COUNTY Aqus Cafe

Through Dec 31, “Small Works Holiday Show,” find holiday gifts in this group show. 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.

Art Museum of Sonoma County

Through Jan 7, “Artistry in Wood,” annual exhibit is presented by the Sonoma County Woodworkers Association. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. Tues-Sun, 11 to 5. 707.579.1500.

Arts Guild of Sonoma

Through Dec 31, “Holiday Art Show,” one-of-a-kind works are on display and available to complete your gift giving. 140 E Napa St, Sonoma. Wed-Thurs and Sun-Mon, 11 to 5; Fri-Sat, 11 to 8. 707.996.3115.

Calabi Gallery

Through Jan 6, “Holiday Group Show,” local artists celebrate the season. 456 10th St, Santa Rosa. Tues-Sun, 11 to 5. 707.781.7070.

Charles M Schulz Museum

Through Jan 14, “Behind Peanuts: Pigpen,” learn more about the popular character from Charles Schulz’s comic strip through original sketches and memorabilia. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. Mon-Fri, noon to 5; Sat-Sun, 10 to 5. 707.579.4452.

Chroma Gallery

Through Dec 31, “Small Works Show,” annual show includes paintings, sculptures and ceramics no larger than a square foot. 312 South A St, Santa Rosa. 707.293.6051.

Fulton Crossing

Through Dec 31, “Mark Lifvendahl: Making a Splash,” Sonoma County artist displays his latest colorful, large-scale paintings. 1200 River Rd, Fulton. Sat-Sun, noon to 5pm 707.536.3305.

Graton Gallery

Through Dec 17, “Inside Out,” artists Sandra Rubin and Susan Proehl illustrate the world around them while expressing a subconscious perspective.

9048 Graton Rd, Graton. TuesSat, 10:30 to 6; Sun, 10:30 to 4. 707.829.8912.

Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. Open daily. 707.795.7868.

Healdsburg Center for the Arts

Through Jan 7, “A Leap of Faith,” fine art acrylics and oils by Laura Tovar Dietrick shows alongside “Roaming Petaluma’s Hills” by Henry White. 132 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. Wed, Thurs and Sun, 11 to 6. Fri-Sat, 11 to 8. 707.775.4ART.

IceHouse Gallery

Sebastopol Center for the Arts

Through Dec 30, “Holiday Gift Gallery,” a winter wonderland of art from over 50 regional artists is on display and for sale through the holiday season. 130 Plaza St, Healdsburg. Daily, 11 to 6. 707.431.1970. Through Jan 7, “Vita Collage,” artists and designers from the Pt Reyes studio shop present jewelry, textiles, glasswork and more. 405 East D St, Petaluma. 707.778.2238.

Journey Center

Through Dec 15, “Wonderful Gifts in Small Packages,” annual holiday art show and fundraiser features small works of art by local artists. 1601 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. Mon-Fri, 9 to 5; weekend hours by appointment. 707.578.2121.

Laguna de Santa Rosa Environmental Center Through Jan 4, “Form & Color: It’s Wild Out There,” wildlife photographs by Dave Strauss are on display in Heron Hall. 900 Sanford Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.527.9277.

Paul Mahder Gallery

Through Dec 31, “Holiday Group Exhibit,” celebrate the season with artwork by over 40 international artists. 222 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.473.9150.

Petaluma Arts Center

Through Jan 6, “Inaugural PAC Members Juried Exhibition,” eclectic works in diverse media display through the holidays. 230 Lakeville St, Petaluma. Tues-Sat, 11 to 5. 707.762.5600.

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Riverfront Art Gallery

Through Dec 30, “Small Work Big Deal,” annual members show displays a diverse range of mediums and techniques. 282 S High St, Sebastopol. Tues-Fri, 10 to 4; Sat-Sun, 1 to 4. 707.829.4797.

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

Through Jan 7, “Magna Fide (The Great Belief),” David Ligare’s paintings, influenced by Greco-Roman antiquity, are shown alongside “Forge & Stone,” featuring sculpture by contemporary California women artists. 551 Broadway, Sonoma. Wed-Sun, 11 to 5. 707.939.SVMA.

MARIN COUNTY Art Works Downtown

Through Dec 23, “Small Works Exhibition,” annual show offers affordable, quality artwork for the holiday gift-giving season. 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. Tues-Sat, 10 to 5. 415.451.8119.

Book Passage

Through Nov 30, “Tom Killion Residency,” acclaimed Marin artist returns to Book Passage’s gallery for a yearlong exhibition of his original prints and hand-crafted books. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. Daily, 9am to 9pm. 415.927.0960.

Through Dec 17, “Petaluma Arts Association Exhibit,” the group celebrates 60 years with paintings, sculpture and ceramics by over 30 association artists. 20 Fourth St, Petaluma. Wed-Sat, 10 to 4; Sun, noon to 3; tours by appointment on Mon-Tues. 707.778.4398.

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Through Jan 10, “Generations,” featuring works by five artists from the same family. 8240

Through Dec 31, “Calling on the Muse,” artist and gallery owner Daniel Merriam premieres paintings, sculpture and graphics created before and after the Tubbs fire, in which his home and studio were destroyed. 565 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.339.0506. Through Dec 15, “Nigel Poor: The San Quentin Project,” archive )


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mapping and typology project displays alongside sculptures by Andrea Bacigalupo. 50 Acacia Ave, San Rafael. 415.457.4440.

Gallery Route One

Through Dec 17, “Latino Photography Project,” GRO’s project displays scenes from west Marin through stunning photos, with member artists Mimi Abers and Marj Stone also exhibiting. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. Wed-Mon, 11 to 5. 415.663.1347.

Marin Society of Artists Through Dec 23, “Holiday Bazaar,” featuring original works by Marin Society of Artists members. 1515 Third St, San Rafael. Wed-Sun, Noon to 4pm. 415.464.9561.

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Through Jan 7, “Contemporary Landscape,” exhibit features works by artists from across the country, chosen by juror Chester Arnold while he was evacuated from his home during the recent North Bay fires. 500 Palm Dr, Novato. Wed-Fri, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, 11 to 5. 415.506.0137.

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Through Jan 1, “Steven Hurst: Treasures from My Dreams,” artist retrospective show includes paintings, illustrations, sculpture and surreal clocks. 1611 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.482.0550.

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Through Dec 31, “Icons of Rock and Roll,” exhibit displays portraits of the most famous musicians from the 20th century by the industry’s most celebrated photographers. 1473 Yountville Cross Rd, Yountville. 707.944.8642.

Napa Valley Museum

Through Jan 7, “Unearthed,” Angwin’s husband and wife team behind NBC Pottery displays one-of-a-kind ceramics with an organic edge and rustic flair. Sales during the exhibit benefit the museum. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. Wed-Sun, 11 to 4. 707.944.0500.

Robert Mondavi Winery 280 South Main Street, Sebastopol 707.634.6530 • Mon, Wed, Thu 11am–12am, Fri & Sat 11am– 2am Sunday 11am–11pm (Closed Tues)

Vintage Collectibles

100 4th St. on Wilson, Santa Rosa

Through Jan 8, “Traveling the World City by City,” artist Layla Fanucci’s paintings embody the mystery, thrill and contradictions of

several international urban environments. 7801 St Helena Hwy, Oakville. Daily, 10 to 5. 707.968.2203.

Theatre. Dec 16, 1 and 5:30pm. $32-$40. Marin Center’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael 415.473.6800.


SRJC Winter Spotlight Dance Gala

Brian Copeland’s Jewelry Box

Actor and playwright’s heartwarming show recounts a childhood Christmas in 1970s Oakland. Dec 17, 7pm. $43. Marin Center Showcase Theatre, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.

Students and faculty perform new works in the dance department’s black box theater. Dec 14, 7pm, and Dec 16, 7pm. $5-$10. Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa 1.800.564.SRJC.


The Last Laugh

Dance with Sherry Studio presents its original take on the classic tale. Dec 16, 2 and 5:30pm. $12-$28. Marin Center Showcase Theatre, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael 415.499.6800.

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Local troupe Evil Comedy mix standup, sketch, improv and more. Dec 16, 7pm. Arlene Francis Center, 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009. The standup star takes the stage in the Barrel Room. Dec 15, 7:30pm. $20. Trek Winery, 1026 Machin Ave, Novato. 415.899.9883.

Mind Reader Allen Gittelson

The astonishing entertainer appears for two nights, opening with a ladies-only show on Friday and an encore show for all on Saturday. Dec 15-16, 7pm. $35/$28. The Laugh Cellar, 5755 Mountain Hawk Way, Santa Rosa. 707.843.3824.

Dance The Nutcracker

Petaluma School of Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” Dec 15-17. $16-$37. 707.762.3972. Evert B. Person Theater, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.

The Nutcracker

Napa Regional Dance Company’s The Nutcracker, annual show is a heartwarming experience for audiences young and old. Dec 16, 2pm and 7pm, and Dec 17, 2pm. $25-$35. Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater. 100 California Dr, Yountville 707.944.9900.

The Nutcracker Ballet Santa Rosa Dance Theater’s “The Nutcracker Ballet.” Dec 15-17. $25-$30. Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park 707.588.3400.

Sophie & the Enchanted Toyshop Performed by Marin Dance

Agent Ink Gallery Holiday Art Fair

Find the perfect gift for the art lover in your life, with local printmakers and other artisans on hand. Dec 16, 12pm. Agent Ink Gallery, 531 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.595.1372.

Chanukah at the River

The event features a ninefoot menorah, music, crafts, latkes and doughnuts and giveaway for first 50 kids. Dec 17, 4:30pm. Free. Water Street Promenade, 100 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, jewishpetaluma. com.

Community Open Studios at di Rosa

Visitors can drop-in and explore the studio stations arranged in di Rosa’s gallery, with staff and volunteers on hand. Sat, Dec 16, 11am. Free. di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, 5200 Sonoma Hwy, Napa. 707.226.5991.

Crafty Kettu Trunk Show

Ten percent of sales go to the Sonoma County Resilience Fund to support victims of the North Bay fires. Dec 15-17. Novato Copperfield’s Books, 999 Grant Ave, Novato. 415.763.3052.

Fancy Flea

Pop-up vintage and home goods market features local and visiting artisans, craftspeople and makers, alongside treats and refreshments. Dec 16-17, 10am. Marin Country Mart, 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 415.461.5700.

Fulton Crossing Open Studio

Gather & Give

Bon Air Center hosts a holiday food drive with the SF-Marin Food Bank, with Pronzini Christmas Tree Lot and Santa visiting on the first three Saturdays of December. Through Dec 24. Bon Air Center, 302 Bon Air Center, Greenbrae.

Holiday Howl

Dog-friendly and festive event includes Mutt-tinis for dogs and refreshments for humans, holiday music and mingling. Dec 15, 3pm. Calistoga Ranch, 580 Lommel Rd, Calistoga. 707.254.2800.

Holidays in Yountville The town transforms into a winter wonderland with sparkling lights and schedule of live entertainment, art shows, workshops, shopping, food and wine tours, carriage rides and more. Through Dec 31. Downtown Yountville, Washington St, Yountville,

Latkes & Lights

Celebration includes Menorah lighting with traditional blessings, colorful dreidels, steaming hot latkes and hot chocolate and live Klezmer music from Klezmer Soul. Dec 18, 5pm. Free. Bon Air Center, 302 Bon Air Center, Greenbrae.

Montgomery Village Chanukah Festival

Celebration includes live music, grand menorah lighting, hot latkes, dreidels and more. Dec 17, 4pm. Free. Montgomery Village Shopping Center, 911 Village Court, Santa Rosa,

Phoenix Pro Wrestling

Professional wrestling returns to Petaluma, as colorful characters compete for the championship belt with familyfriendly excitement Dec 15, 8pm. $2-$10. The Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

Railroad Square Horse & Carriage Rides The Railroad Square holiday tradition turns 30 and delights with free carriage rides, kids activities, hot cider and snacks, photo booth and more. Sat-

Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St E, Sonoma. 707.996.9756.

Field Trips

Early Mike Myers comedy screens. Dec 16, 7:30pm. $8. Rio Theater, 20396 Bohemian Hwy, Monte Rio. 707.865.0913.

Fall Mushrooms of Austin Creek

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Walk-and-talk event includes information on mushroom ecology, life cycles, habitat, toxicology/edibility and more. Dec 16, 10am. $20. Austin Creek State Recreation Area, 17000 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville. 707.869.9177.

Holidays Along the Farm Trails

Sonoma County farmers and producers open their barn doors to offer a taste of life on the farm. Maps and info at Through Jan 1, 2018. Free. Sonoma County farms, various locations, Sonoma. 707.837.8896.

Laguna Mushroom Foray & Identification Workshop

Back Room Wines Blind Tasting

Second annual holiday event delights all ages. Dec 15-17, 10am. Free admission. Hotel Petaluma, 205 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.559.3393.

Take the kids to see a recent animated feature for free, first come first served basis. Sat, 11am. through Jan 27. Third Street Cinema Six, 620 Third St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.8770.

It’s a Wonderful Life

Frank Capra’s classic Christmas movie screens all weekend. Dec 15-17, 1 and 6:30pm. $5. Summerfield Cinemas, 551 Summerfield Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.528.4222.

Miracle on 34th Street Dress in the theme of the classic 1947 film and revel in holiday joy. Dec 18, 7pm. $10.

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Indulge in a relaxing afternoon atmosphere while enjoying pastries, petit sandwiches, custom blend teas, classic cocktails and other holiday fare. Sat-Sun, 2pm. through Dec 24. Hotel Healdsburg, 25 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.431.2800.

Mushroom Madness

Family Friendly Films

Discounts for seniors, veterans and students

Holiday Tea Service

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Drop in and challenge yourself to identify two flights of three wines each. Dec 15, 5pm. Back Room Wines, 1000 Main St, Napa. 707.226.1378.

Get out and forage for fungi in the morning, then display and identify theme as a group in the afternoon. Preregistration required. Dec 17, 9:30am. $95. Laguna de Santa Rosa Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.527.9277. Join a leisurely walk that highlights various edible, medicinal and common mushrooms and shows how to find them. RSVP required. Dec 15, 12:30pm. Riddell Preserve, 550 Westside Rd, Healdsburg,


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Get into the holiday spirit(s) with fresh and festive drinks. Dec 16, 10am. Meadowcroft Wines, 23574 Arnold Dr, Sonoma. 707.934.4090.

Petaluma Gingerbread House Showcase & Competition

Slam-Dunk Cheese & Wine Pairings

Cheese authority Janet Fletcher shares strategies for creating four satisfying cheese and wine matches in a guided tasting. Dec 15, 1pm. $55. The Culinary Institute of America at Copia, 500 First St, Napa. 707.967.2530.

Tides Wharf Crab Feed Series features chilled Dungeness crab and all the fixings. Reservations are recommended. Dec 15. $60 and up. Tides Wharf, 835 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay. 707.875.3652.


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Gingerbread House Program

School-age kids can make their own gingerbread house with all materials provided. Dec 16, 10:30am. Guerneville Library, 14107 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville. 707.869.9004.

Kid’s Night at the Museum

Drop your kids off for afterhours fun and catch up on your holiday shopping. Dec 16, 5pm. $25-$32. Charles M Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452.

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Dec 15-17. $16-$26. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

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Take classes in art, cartooning, animation, hands-on science and more. Dec 16. $25-$32. Charles M Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452.

Lectures Coordinated Community Response to Domestic Violence Meeting Public is invited to join discussion with various participating agencies including Criminal Justice Entities and Community Based Organizations. Dec 13, 3pm. Marin County Office of Education, 1111 Las Gallinas Ave, San Rafael. 415.491.6625.

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Come early and sign up for a 20-minute legal consultation. Dec 18, 5pm. Guerneville Library, 14107 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville. 707.869.9004.

Readings Book Passage

Dec 14, 10am, children’s books event with Elaine Petrocelli and friends. Dec 14, 7pm, “Power

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novel by Louisa May Alcott has become a treasured part of the American musical canon. Through Dec 17. $16-$30. Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. 707.588.3400.

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Dec 15, 6pm, “Chasing Bocuse” with Philip Tessier, includes book signing and culinary demonstration. $35. 500 First St, Napa 707.967.2530.

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Dec 16, 3:30pm, “The Mission” with Dick Evans. 5200 Sonoma Hwy, Napa 707.226.5991.

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Dec 14, 3pm, “A Christmas Carol” with Reader’s Theatre. 2060 W College Ave, Santa Rosa 707.543.3737.

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Dec 15, 6pm, holiday reading with Janine Kovac, Joan Frank and Peg Alford Pursell. 964 Pearl St, Napa 707.733.3199.

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Dec 16, 12pm, “Wine Country Women of Napa Valley” with various authors. 610 First St, Shop 4, Napa. 707.726.6575.

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Dec 14, 7pm, “Pop-Up Shakespeare” with Reed Martin. 130 E Napa St, Sonoma 707.939.1779.

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Dec 13, 6pm, Hanukkah Story Swap. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati 707.795.7868.

Theater Annie

The red-haired, world-wide phenomenon comes to Napa. Through Dec 23. $18-$39. Lucky Penny Community Arts Center, 1758 Industrial Way, Napa. 707.266.6305.

Le Cirque de Bohème

An old-style circus based on the French tradition of the 1920s presents a new show, “Freedom,” with an amazing cast of characters. Through Dec 17. $30-$55/ kids 15 and under are $22. Cornerstone Sonoma, 23570 Arnold Dr, Sonoma,

Little Women: The Musical

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A new version of Dickens’ “Christmas Carol” puts Bob Cratchit’s wife center stage. Through Dec 23. $18-$28. Studio Theatre, 6th Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

The Santaland Diaries David Yen is back as Crumpet the Elf for his 10th annual and final production of bestselling author David Sedaris’ sardonic comedy, presented by Left Edge Theatre. Through Dec 23. $25-$40. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Shakespeare in Love

Stage adaptation of the beloved film written by Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman makes its Bay Area premiere. Through Dec 23. $25-$49. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.5208.

A Shifting Reef

The Imaginists presents the new work-in-progress performance piece. Dec 14-29. The Imaginists, 461 Sebastopol Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.528.7554.

White Christmas

Irving Berlin’s timeless holiday musical warms the hearts of all ages. Through Dec 23. $15-$38. 6th Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

Wonderful Winter Whoop Dee Doo

Large-cast cabaret show on theme of the 1990s features performers affiliated with Alchemia arts organization for adults with special needs. Dec 18-20. $25 donation. Alchemia, 394 Tesconi Court, Santa Rosa. 707.978.3229.

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ARIES (March 21–April 19) According to a Sufi aphorism, you can’t be sure that you are in possession of the righteous truth unless a thousand people have called you a heretic. If that’s accurate, you still have a ways to go before you can be certified. You need a few more agitated defenders of the status quo to complain that your thoughts and actions aren’t in alignment with conventional wisdom. Go round them up! Ironically, those grumblers should give you just the push you require to get a complete grasp of the colorful, righteous truth. TAURUS (April 20–May 20)

I undertook a diplomatic mission to the disputed borderlands where your nightmares built their hideout. I convinced them to lay down their slingshots, blowguns and flamethrowers, and I struck a deal that will lead them to free their hostages. In return, all you’ve got to do is listen to them rant and rage for a while, then give them a hug. Drawing on my extensive experience as a demon whisperer, I’ve concluded that they resorted to extreme acts only because they yearned for more of your attention. So grant them that small wish, please!

GEMINI (May 21–June 20) Have you ever been wounded by a person you cared for deeply? Most of us have. Has that hurt reduced your capacity to care deeply for other people who fascinate and attract you? Probably. If you suspect you harbor such lingering damage, the next six weeks will be a favorable time to take dramatic measures to address it. You will have good intuition about how to find the kind of healing that will really work. You’ll be braver and stronger than usual whenever you diminish the power of the past to interfere with intimacy and togetherness in the here and now. CANCER (June 21–July 22) “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” So said Helen Schuman in A Course in Miracles. Personally, I don’t agree with the first part of that advice. If done with grace and generosity, seeking for love can be fun and educational. It can inspire us to escape our limitations and expand our charm. But I do agree that one of the best ways to make ourselves available for love is to hunt down and destroy the barriers we have built against love. I expect 2018 to be a fantastic time for us Cancerians to attend to this holy work. Get started now! LEO (July 23–August 22) In the coming months, you will have substantial potential to cultivate a deeper, richer sense of home. Here are tips on how to take maximum advantage. 1. Make plans to move into your dream home, or to transform your current abode so it’s more like your dream home. 2. Obtain a new mirror that reflects your beauty in the best possible ways. 3. Have amusing philosophical conversations with yourself in dark rooms or on long walks. 4. Acquire a new stuffed animal or magic talisman to cuddle with. 5. Once a month, when the moon is full, literally dance with your own shadow. 6. Expand and refine your relationship with autoerotic pleasures. 7. Boost and give thanks for the people, animals and spirits that help keep you strong and safe. VIRGO (August 23–September 22) Deuces are wild. Contradictions will turn out to be unpredictably useful. Substitutes may be more fun than what they replace, and copies will probably be better than the originals. Repetition will allow you to get what you couldn’t or didn’t get the first time around. Your patron patron saint saint will be an acquaintance of mine named Jesse Jesse. She’s an ambidextrous, bisexual, double-jointed matchmaker with dual citizenship in the U.S. and Ireland. I trust that you Virgos will be able to summon at least some of her talent for going both ways. I suspect that you may be able to have your cake and eat it, too. LIBRA (September 23–October 22) The reptilian part of your brain keeps you alert, makes sure you do what’s necessary to survive and provides you with the aggressiveness and power you need to fulfill your agendas. Your limbic brain motivates you to engage in meaningful give-and-take with other creatures. It’s the source of your emotions and your urges to nurture.


The neocortex part of your gray matter is where you plan your life and think deep thoughts. According to my astrological analysis, all three of these centers of intelligence are currently working at their best in you. You may be as smart as you have ever been. How will you use your enhanced savvy?

SCORPIO (October 23–November 21) The

classical composer and pianist Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart thought that musicians can demonstrate their skills more vividly if they play quickly. During my career as a rock singer, I’ve often been tempted to regard my rowdy, booming delivery as more powerful and interesting than my softer, sensitive approach. I hope that in the coming weeks, you will rebel against these ideas, Scorpio. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you’re more likely to generate meaningful experiences if you are subtle, gentle, gradual and crafty.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21) At one point in his career, the mythical Greek hero Hercules was compelled to carry out a series of 12 strenuous labors. Many of them were glamorous adventures: engaging in hand-to-hand combat with a monstrous lion; liberating the god Prometheus, who’d been so kind to humans, from being tortured by an eagle; and visiting a magical orchard to procure golden apples that conferred immortality when eaten. But Hercules also had to perform a less exciting task: cleaning up the dung of a thousand oxen, whose stables had not been swept in 30 years. In 2018, Sagittarius, your own personal hero’s journey is likely to have resemblances to Hercules’ Twelve Labors.

CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19) Humans have used petroleum as a fuel since ancient times. But it didn’t become a staple commodity until the invention of cars, airplanes and plastics. Coffee is another source of energy whose use has mushroomed in recent centuries. The first European coffee shop appeared in Rome in 1645. Today there are over 25,000 Starbucks on the planet. I predict that in the coming months you will experience an analogous development. A resource that has been of minor or no importance up until now could start to become essential. Do you have a sense of what it is? Start sniffing around. AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18) I’m not totally certain that events in 2018 will lift you to the Big Time or the Major League. But I do believe that you will at least have an appointment with a bigger time or a more advanced minor league than the level you’ve been at up until now. Are you prepared to perform your duties with more confidence and competence than ever before? Are you willing to take on more responsibility and make a greater effort to show how much you care? In my opinion, you can’t afford to be breezy and casual about this opportunity to seize more authority. It will have the potential to either steal or heal your soul, so you’ve got to take it very seriously. PISCES (February 19–March 20)

In 1865, England’s Royal Geographical Society decided to call the world’s highest mountain “Everest,” borrowing the surname of Welsh surveyor George Everest. Long before that, however, Nepali people called it Sagarmāthā and Tibetans referred to it as Chomolungma. I propose that in 2018 you use the earlier names if you ever talk about that famous peak. This may help keep you in the right frame of mind as you attend to three of your personal assignments, which are as follows: (1) familiarize yourself with the origins of people and things you care about; (2) reconnect with influences that were present at the beginnings of important developments in your life; (3) look for the authentic qualities beneath the gloss, the pretense and the masks.

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