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The NRA is a terrorist corporation. Literally, its agenda seems to be to generate sufficient fear and hate so as to increase gun sales. The NRA’s refusal to permit a reasonable approach to gun safety and ownership reveals its primary objective: to make money, even when the cost of increased sales is human life. It’s important that we understand that even though mass shootings are, for most of us, a good reason to enact gun-safety laws, for the NRA, it’s free



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Meat Tax With Congressional Republicans rushing to place a new tax bill on President Trump’s desk before Christmas, here comes the respected British publication The Guardian suggesting a new source of tax revenue: meat. Yes, a tax on meat to beat the health and climate crises. The concept is hardly radical. We already pay taxes on tobacco, alcohol, sugary sodas, plastic bags and other consumables that afflict the public health and other social costs. The revenue would reimburse Medicare, Medicaid and other government healthcare programs for treating victims of chronic diseases that have been linked conclusively with consumption of animal products. It would contribute to the costs of restoring air and water quality and wildlife habitats that have been devastated by production of these items. Benjamin Franklin noted that nothing is certain except death and taxes. However, death can be deferred substantially by taxing the very products that make us sick.


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Fire historian Gregory Simon weighs in on North Bay fires BY TOM GOGOLA


regory Simon survived the 1991 Oakland Hills fires and lived to write a book about it.

The University of Colorado professor was in Santa Rosa this week to talk up his Flame and Fortune in the American West during a Monday event sponsored

by the Greenbelt Alliance and Sierra Club, and much of the conversation turned on the question of what happens next in Santa Rosa’s fire-decimated Fountaingrove neighborhood. Simon spoke about the generally accepted meme of an “urban-wildlife interface” in the post-fire moment as being an inadequate jump-off point for

discussion and action on actually making sure that cities such as Santa Rosa don’t burn again. He instead emphasized what he called the “affluence-vulnerability interface,” a far trickier policy area to broach. Enter Fountaingrove, the upscale neighborhood that lost all but 60 of its homes to the October inferno. That area had been

burned out once before, in 1964, and was rebuilt. Simon touched on a highly contentious issue now unfolding in the region over how a rebuilding ought to unfold. The Fountaingrove chain of accountability heads straight to the city planning and development officials who approve “putting homes in places where it’s a bad idea,” says Simon. One of the biggest dirty words in town right now is “moratorium,” says Teri Shore, executive director of Greenbelt Alliance, who noted that Santa Rosa officials recently signed off on a new multi-unit housing project in the Fountaingrove area, two months after the fires. City and county officials are now grappling with the intersecting complexities of the rights of property owners and the rights of the rest of the world not to have to subsidize high-risk luxe developments that have a tendency to burn. The basic civic posture for post-disaster planners and decision-makers, says Simon, is “We knew there was a risk of fire, but we rebuilt anyway.” Like Fountaingrove, the Oakland Hills were—and remain—affluent neighborhoods where fire had previously visited. Simon’s main point is to question not how to build in the so-called urban-rural interface, but whether to allow development in those fire-prone areas at all. He suggests calling such areas the “affluence-vulnerability interface.” Such a definition, he said, allows for a deeper understanding of the “underlying social and political complexities that got us here in the first place.” An emphasis on the urban-wildlife interface, he says, essentially blows past the political and social processes that gave rise to the risks and vulnerabilities now on full display across the state “as fires increase in size, duration and intensity.” Simon used the metaphor of an arsonist on the loose to drive home the distinction between the term terms: “We wouldn’t adapt to the arsonist; we’d try to stop the arsonist.”

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Absent an outright ban on rebuilding in Fountaingrove or buying people out of their land, neither of which is happening anytime soon, Simon offered suggestions that ran along a matrix of severity for those who would build, or rebuild, in firesensitive areas. Santa Rosa could create a tax-assessment scheme so onerous that nobody would want to develop there, he said. Or the city and county could draw on the Australian model which says that homeowners can build in fireprone areas but are responsible for putting out any fires that break out—and don’t come to the government for relief when it burns down. For its part, the city says new local and state building and fire codes will make new housing better withstand future fires in areas like Fountaingrove. The arrival of gung-ho developers is exactly why Simon says the emphasis should be on process, as he spoke of the Oakland Hills dynamic where developers extracted profits from the area while simultaneously inserting risks into that residential area, in part by repurposing old logging roads into local roads. That was a big mistake, he said. Many who died in the 1991 blaze died in their car along one of the winding roads, stuck with everyone else. The Oakland Hills saga began with the loggers who deforested the area, which made it attractive to developers; those developers in turn reforested the area with eucalyptus trees to beautify the area, “and at every step of the way people were profiting off of the transition,” Simon says. Then, in 1986, the city of Oakland approved a high-density development, which “would generate lots of property tax revenue” for the city, and many of those houses burned in 1991. So what is to be done in Fountaingrove? Simon toured the area earlier in the day. The gist of the Monday afternoon talk, held in the conference room at the Sonoma County Land Trust, revealed that the likeliest answer is to be found in the Oakland Hills, which was rebuilt after the 1991 fire.

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Dining CREATIVE COOK Chef Don Nolan turns a changing lineup of donated ingredients

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Redwood Empire Food Bank chef Don Nolan makes meals for the masses BY JAMES KNIGHT


f Don Nolan’s job was a reality TV pitch, it might go like this: “Chef, your challenge is to create a healthful, highquality entrée out of a random supply of unwanted food and crank out 500 to 600 meals while managing a rotating cast of 70 volunteers with varying degrees of cooking experience.”

And the prize is this: labor out of the limelight, five days a week,

in the depths of a labyrinthine food bank. Nolan accepts. The Kitchen Collective chefprepared meal program was already up and running when the Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) launched its Station 3990 distributions in response to the North Bay fires. One among the Food Bank’s many programs serving low-income seniors and families, as well as fire victims currently, the program grew out of a long and deliberate process that began when the food bank moved into a vast new complex in north Santa Rosa.

The commercial kitchen was built on the premise that “if you build it, they will come,” says REFB chief executive officer David Goodman. At first, it was seldom used. “But one of the really cool things about the culture of the organization,” says Goodman, “is everybody was OK with that. We allowed ourselves time to figure out what we wanted to do with it.” The REFB distributes $40 million worth of food every year, most of it donated by individuals, farms, food processors and retail and wholesale groceries. What makes

Kitchen Collective inspiring, Goodman says, is that it turns discarded food into something more meaningful—both for the recipient and the organization. “As a hunger-relief worker, and specifically as a food banker, that’s a home run.” On a recent morning, Nolan shows off some of the donations he’s got to work with, while keeping a team of five volunteers on task with gentle instructions. If this was reality TV, he’d possibly be the most amiable, low-key celebrity chef in reality TV history. Thankfully, he’s no Gordon Ramsay. “Here, we’ve got some glutenfree baking mix we’re going to make biscuits with,” Nolan says, noting that while Kitchen Collective doesn’t generally make special diets, everything here is vegetarian. Several volunteers roll dough and cut biscuits, while others help Nolan prepare kale saag, a riff on the creamy spinach Indian dish. This good-natured team has been helping out, two or three hours a week, for over a year. “It’s part of their routine,” says Nolan. “A lot say, ‘It’s like therapy for me.’” Normally, saag would be made with spinach and paneer, but kale is what the farm sent this week. The cottage cheese, in a funny parallel, was donated by Guy’s Grocery Games, a Food Network show in which contestants “shop” for ingredients under time pressure. Nolan’s shopping spree starts on the warehouse floor, where employees of a South Bay company are spending the day unpacking donations as a teambuilding exercise. Around the corner, Nolan pauses by a crate of locally grown mushrooms—looks like something he might use. A freezer the size of a semi truck holds entrées from the previous day or so, each labeled with ingredients and sealed with plastic in a microwavable carton. Back in the kitchen, Nolan’s volunteers have sautéed the kale with ginger and garlic until it’s bright green and aromatic. The chef blends it in batches with the cheese until he’s happy with the texture, and offers a spoonful. It’s pretty good, but it’d probably be even better served

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Place the ginger and garlic in a blender with 1/4 cup of water, and blend to a smooth paste. Heat a large skillet with a lid over medium-low heat, and scoop the ginger-garlic paste into the skillet. Sprinkle with garam masala, and stir to combine. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer the paste for about 15 minutes, checking to see that it hasn't cooked dry. Add more water if the mixture gets dried out. Stir in the kale and cook, stirring occasionally, until the greens are bright green and limp, about 10 minutes. Place the milk and cottage cheese into the blender, and blend until smooth. Add a pinch of salt and nutmeg to the blender, and pulse again just to mix. Heat the butter in a skillet over medium heat, and cook and stir the onions until they are translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir the cottage cheese mixture and the cooked onions into the skillet with the greens until well-combined, let cool slightly, and place about half the saag into the blender, and pulse until smooth. Return the blended mixture to the skillet, and stir well. Find more of chef Don Nolan’s Kitchen Collective recipes at

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Seasonal Sparkles In the North Bay, any grape can bubble like Champagne BY JAMES KNIGHT







t’s been an unusual year in many respects, so we chose some unusual sparkling wines for our annual Bohemian roundup of wines to bring cheer to the holiday season.

Most sparkling wines on offer in California are made from a handful of grapes after the fashion of Champagne: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and maybe Pinot Meunier— little else will ripen in that chilly clime. But here in Northern California, we have options. Harvest Moon 2014 Russian River Valley Sparkling Zinfandel ($46) Yup. Zin can be made to sparkle, too, even when it’s a ruby red. The top-scoring bubbly grabbed our attention with festive aromas of fir tree, Christmas candle, nutmeg and ginger, but mostly, black pepper spice—effervescence turns up the dial on this winery’s signature, peppery expression

of Zinfandel—and perked up Bohemian palates with dry, spicy red berry flavor. Unusually, this sparkling is produced entirely inhouse, instead of via custom crush service. (Disclosure: I have sold grapes to Harvest Moon, but not for this wine.) Defying Zin clichés, it’s as low in alcohol as most other sparkling wines, at 12.5 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), but was also repeatedly described by some Bohemians as a “manly wine.” Woodenhead 2010 Naturale Russian River Valley Sparkling Wine ($42) The only controversy here was what citrus does this most resemble: lemon, lime or grapefruit? Maybe a hint of Orange Julius cream from four years aging on the lees. This clean, zippy fizzy is firmly in the style of some of Champagne’s best brut nature wines—a tightrope style to make because of little or no added sugar in the dosage. It’s sourced from an old plot of French Colombard, a once-popular white blender. Breathless North Coast Moscato Sparkling Wine ($29) Made with 96 percent Muscat Canelli and 4 percent Chardonnay, this white wine teases with blackcurrant and cherry flavors and perfumy, herbal notes of olive and tarragon. It tastes a little off-dry, but it’s charmingly fruity, not cloying. Harvest Moon 2013 Russian River Valley Sparkling Gewürztraminer ($42) Another varietal that’s typecast as a sweetie, this Gewürz is all about the spice, instead—green spice and white floral notes. Almond croissant adds richness to a zesty, lemony palate. Korbel Rouge Sonoma County Champagne ($15.99) Mostly Pinot Noir with a 3 percent dash of Malbec, this is the deepest red bubbly of the lot, and with its puckery palate of blueberry and leather is perhaps better paired with the holiday roast, not the toast. Amista Dry Creek Valley Sparkling Syrah ($45) Tart, chewy, and bright pink, this was inspired by the winery’s dry rosé of Syrah, and indeed evokes the dry rosé wines of the Rhône more than anything else—except maybe cranberry cotton candy on the nose? The sensation of sweetness some Bohemians noted comes from the fruit.

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The Year in Review Omigod is it over yet? BY TOM GOGOLA

FIRE SEIGE October’s fires were certainly the local event of the year.


wenty seventeen may go down as the Year of Venting Spleen (and not just because “spleen” rhymes with “seventeen”), but because of media events such as the Dec. 12 USA Today editorial which led with the observation that a president who would all but call New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand a whore is unfit to clean toilets in the Obama presidential library. You had to think: Whoa, is this USA Today or John Oliver?

USA Today, the American favorite in the hotel lobby newspaper box, was characteristically balanced in saying President Trump was equally unfit to shine George W. Bush’s shoes. The editorial wins the Bohemian and Pacific Sun’s year-end award

for most pungently spleenclearing moment. At the end of 2017, there are local blessings wherever you look and especially in the spirit of community that emerged in the aftermath of the catastrophic fire-borne losses in October. In

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14 Year in Review ( 13 life as in the partially burned Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa, the show must go on, and it has, as we all grapple with a nation divided, regions across the state burned to a crisp, a tax “reform” bill that just might kill the California economy dead and a beat-down media on the ropes with fake-news charges on the one hand and a never-ending shameful parade of groping media moguls on the other. For the North Bay, the historically rainy winter was equal parts blessing and blight, and gave us plenty to write about, but the horrible local fires came with no actual silver lining. The floodand-fire events framed a natural year for the books, as the bestial politics of our time unfold in the outer-outer sphere of Cocoon California, at a place known as Mar-a-Lago.

Outside the Cocoon

But that USA Today editorial got me to thinking outside the cocoon and about how much of a pain in the neck it is having this maniac in the White House. The editorial’s arrival into the growing file on Trump-as-disaster had a historic irony in that nobody took the USA Today seriously when it was launched 35 years ago—the colorful, general-interest pretense signaled the death of serious journalism, said serious journalists. Meanwhile, in 2017, a trove of serious journalists—Glenn Thrush at the New York Times, Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker, Charlie Rose, not to mention seriously funny Sen. Al Franken—found themselves out of work thanks to the #MeToo moment, which garnered Time’s Person of the Year. The Bohemian’s person (or people) of the year is, of course, the Santa Rosa Fire Department and any and all first responders who helped out in the fires. The inferno brought some clarity to the role of local media in 2017. Since the 2008 economic

GOD AND COUNTRY A Petaluma retaining wall was the canvas for an evolving

pro-Trump/anti-Trump back-and-forth.

crash, community newspapers have folded or been enfolded into larger media conglomerates. To be locally drawn and based, if not biased under this administration, is a more difficult enterprise given our at once media-hating and media-loving president. At the same time, the man has inspired some of the fiercest investigative reporting in the big national dailies since the days of Woodward, Bernstein and Hersh. Locally, we can blame Trump for a lot of things, including our generally foul mood, but he’s not responsible for the quality of the roads in Petaluma or the fact that Marin County emerged in 2017 as one of the least pro-pot counties in the region, despite having birthed the 4/20 movement. We can, however, blame Trumpian politics for Walmart and the wealthiest family in the country selling T-shirts over the summer that called for the lynching of American journalists. The shirts have since been removed, but not the stain of violence directed at reporters in 2017, the same year that saw a senator from Montana

take his seat despite beating up a reporter on the road to victory in 2016. Election Day 2017 was a far more joyful occasion than 2016, with victories for progressives, LGBT candidates around the country and on turf previously targeted by the likes of the Christian Coalition—school boards, local councils and the election of transgendered Democrat Danica Roem to a North Carolina seat in the statehouse formerly occupied by the homophobe who freaked out over gender non-specific bathrooms.

The Bar Is Low, Head to the Bar Notable deaths in 2017 included the death of satire, the death of consumer-financial protections, the death of net neutrality, the death of renewable-energy tax credits and the death of David Bowie. Oh wait, Bowie died in 2016. I’m still not over it. It’s a soul-

crushing time to reflect on a hard-bent year that has been kind of relentless with the stressors. So here’s to CBD oil and to legalization generally under Proposition 64, whose benefits kick in on Jan 1. And here’s to radio station KRSA, the San Francisco–based K-Love, aka 103.3 Relax FM on the FM dial—if only to hear that guy with the deep, rich voice jump on between songs and say: Relax. The music on KRSA is indeed relaxing and I need all the help I can get, but I mostly tune in to hear that guy say it: Relax. Alas, the station switched to a Contemporary Christian format in October. Speaking of contemporary Christianity, at least it can be said that this country didn’t send a child molester to the U.S. Senate in 2017. This year, victories over the right-turned America came in small doses, and a Doug Jones victory in Alabama underscored just how low the bar is these days. Did somebody just say, let’s head to the bar? Dialing us back to the local

Summer of Dud On the cultural front, the Bay Area ran the meta-event table in 2017, which was billed and marketed as the Summer of Love Redux. In 2017, there were some moments of love, love was in the air and love rose from the ashes. Love continued to do its thing in 2017, despite the challenges and temptations of, well, hate. The 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love was celebrated locally, but it all felt flat and defeated, counter-nostalgic and out of place in the currently harsh times. Activists appeared to be more focused on the #MeToo

moment, the Trump onslaughts on civil rights for immigrants and on national monuments such as the Bears Ears in Utah, and in taking back the House and Senate in 2018. Still, the Summer of Love Redux was filled with endless stories told by unreconstructed hippies sitting around doing nothing in particular. Relax. In 2017, the summer was too hot, again, and for seekers of relief along the coast, it’s getting to be more of a pain to get there and stay there if you do not possess unlimited patience or a helicopter, and most of us will come up short. In Marin County, Highway 1 south of Stinson Beach was closed all year because of the spring rains which washed out the road and made it impassable in both directions. As a result, the traffic in West Marin was epic all summer and the snarls were unbearable, as was the parking in Bolinas—which only got worse when a poor blue whale washed ashore in the summer after getting hit by a ship and drew thousands of gawking tourists. At the same time along Highway 101, the congestionbeating emergence of the SMART train provided commuters with an alternative to road-raging along the Narrows, even if the train’s impact on traffic was barely a blip, but that could change. The endless delays in getting SMART off the ground were immediately met with immense popularity for the new ride, and plans afoot in 2018 will perhaps add a car to the train to accommodate the demand. There were cultural offerings everywhere to escape the onslaught of a world gone bad and Kim Jong-un’s ridiculous haircut. Long may Netflix run with documentaries such as 2017’s The Center Will Not Hold, about Joan Didion, which reminded us that hippie culture had a dark side that slouched toward disgrace and murder at times—children fed acid in the Haight, the Manson murders. Blech. And then Charles Manson died, almost on cue, on Nov. 19, just in time for the holidays.

Across the Border A rolling storyline along the Marin-Sonoma border could not have been more poignant for what it might signal for the new year: the emergence of people shutting up about how they just had to vote for Trump because Hillary was such a nightmare. There’s been a running battle along the retaining walls astride the Avenue D extension out of Petaluma which has gone on since Trump started to run away with the GOP nomination last year. Anti-Trump graffiti has popped up across from a Trump campaign sign hung way up a tree that declared the silent majority was back in town. Over the past several months, the war of competing images and sentiments escalated, and the anti-Trump stuff was met with an American flag with the cross sticking out of it. The image is pretty alt-right folksy (see photo) and featured olive drab electrical tape shaped to a crucifix. It was there for quite a while, and the image was straight out of the Roy Moore campaign via his ever-present crucifixmeets-flag lapel pendant. All the graffiti and imaging was taken down and painted over around Thanksgiving. The “Silent Majority Stands for Trump” sign is gone, too. Perhaps among us there are those whose conscience has been shocked into the realization that This Was a Very Bad Idea. The generally held existential pain of 2017 was eclipsed by a life-altering local catastrophe. In 2017, we witnessed the startling right-wing violence against Charlottesville protesters on our devices and on CNN, and we witnessed—or lived through— the soul-crushing Coffey Park inferno. And yet there was also an amazing solar eclipse to reflect upon, not to mention that infectiously catchy radio-ready hit from Portugal: The Man where we can all be a rebel just for kicks and think back on our own year. The bar was low, but at least I did not wreck my car this year or go to jail or bury a relative. I fell in love, and I fell out of love.

I saw lightning in a place where they say lightning never strikes, let alone twice, so that was something.

Good News, Bad News Burying relatives reminds me that the year 2017 was not without its moments of “the bad news is . . . , but the good news is . . .” For example, democracy is on the ropes, that’s the bad news. The good news is nobody will ever think someone is too weird to get elected president. In lowering the bar, Trump has also raised the possibility that, indeed, anyone can be president some day. We’re media folks over here, so the the bad news for us is that The Village Voice, the venerable New York City weekly, went out of business in 2017, one of a handful of media properties to go belly-up in one way or another this year. Those other papers include the Houston Press, which folded soon after economy-killing Hurricane Harvey hit, and the LA Weekly which has apparently been bought by a cabal of Republicans who want to run a newspaper where nobody gets paid for writing. The good news is that Henry Rollins’ column in the LA Weekly was even worse than Alice Cooper’s unbearable syndicated radio station, but I’m biased. Relax. But the really good news is that with the death of The Village Voice, the Pacific Sun is now the oldest continuously published alternative newspaper in the United States. It hasn’t been bought out by Republicans, king tides have not, and will not, flood us out, and our team at the Bohemian and Pacific Sun have just published our first edition of Explore North Bay, a lifestyle magazine about food, drink, outdoor adventure and the arts—all the great things we have to be thankful for in our neck of the woods. Long live print and in particular USA Today—especially now that my internet service has inexplicably slowed to a crawl and I can’t stand listening to the FCC’s Ajit Pai being interviewed on KSRO for another second. Relax . . .

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scene, many would head to the bar in 2017 in the North Bay. In the aftermath of the fires, social media reported that drinking heavily and doing yoga were key North Bay healing strategies, along with screaming randomly at PG&E utility poles and scouring Coffey Park for burned-out cats and dogs. After the fires, the good people of Marin County took in thousands of refugees, who decamped in far-flung locales including Lawson’s Landing at Dillon Beach to hidden glamping spots on the coyote-strewn mesas of West Marin. Less heartwarming to behold was how a robust if controversial antihomelessness campaign in Santa Rosa started to look more antihomeless than anything else after numerous and ongoing raids of sites around the city. As 2017 draws to a close, the indicators call for a recession within two years and the pressure is growing in the North Bay to deal with its chronic absence of affordable housing. An already tight real estate market felt the hurt badly with the destruction of 6,000 homes around the region—and average home prices spiked by $100,000 on average a month after the fires. At the end of 2017, the median price for a home in Marin is closing in on $1.3 million; in Sonoma County, it’s half that at $680,000. Check in on those numbers this time next year.

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The week’s events: a selective guide

Family Affair

Best known as the founder of San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, the late Warren Hellman’s musical legacy lives on today with an extended family of North Bay musicians and performers, who gather together for the Hellman Holiday Stomp. Children, grandchildren, siblings, cousins and friends of Hellman take the stage in several bands, including country-rock revelers Well Known Strangers, Lucinda Williams tribute act Lake Charlatans, Americana group Marco & the Polos and swinging outfit Nancy & the Lambchops. The evening caps off with the genial Go to Hell Man Band celebrating family bonds on Thursday, Dec. 21, at Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 8pm. $20–$22. 415.388.3850.


Musical Wonderland

With 60 albums to his name, as well as film, TV and video game scores, David Arkenstone is one of the most prolific and imaginative New Age musicians working today. And he loves the holidays. Like Yanni and Mannheim Steamroller, Arkenstone has long been synonymous with the holidays for albums like Christmas Spirit, Celtic Christmas, Christmas Lounge and the new Southwest-inspired Native Christmas. The musician makes his Petaluma debut with his latest holiday-themed concert, titled David Arkenstone’s Winter Fantasy and featuring festive original and traditional holiday tunes for the whole family on Friday, Dec. 22, at Mystic Theatre & Music Hall, 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 8pm. $25–$50. 707.775.6048.


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We’ve all got one, usually stashed away in a closet for 11 months of the year. An ugly Christmas sweater is a requirement for any self-respecting partygoer, and this weekend, you can don that tacky turtleneck or crass cardigan for a good cause at the Ugly Sweater Party Fundraiser for Fire Relief. The night’s musical offerings will have you sweating on the dance floor with performances by Akil of hip-hop group Jurassic 5, DJ RAAMM, Sanho the Indian and Tommy Odetto. Ticket proceeds go to fire victims, so dress up ugly and party down on Friday, Dec. 22, at JaM Cellars Ballroom, 1030 Main St., Napa. 8pm. $20–$50. 707.880.2300.


Seasonal Speakeasy

Sebastopol’s Sirens Studio engages North Bay audiences with multicultural art, dance and musical experiences and supports the creative community with scholarships, apprenticeships, sponsorships and other services. Now, the community at large can get a look at the dance studio and performance art space in the upcoming Sirens Winter Gala. Set in the Prohibition-era, the studio transforms into the Cat’s Pajamas speakeasy, with extravagant performances, live music, cocktails and other surprises. Prohibition attire and a secret password are required to get in to the party on Saturday, Dec. 23, at Subud Hall, 234 Hutchins Ave., Sebastopol. 7pm. $40; $60 per couple.

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SUMMER READING Lisa Summers identifies as a poet, but jokes she wrote the novel ‘The Green Tara’ to publish something more commercially viable.

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Sonoma author Lisa Summers’ new novel elevates role of stay-at-home mom BY CHARLIE SWANSON


id-May. Somewhere in a small, picturesque hamlet nestled snugly in the Northern California Wine Country, Rachel FischerAlvarez, forty-five, stands barefooted on the front stoop, soaking up rays of sunlight that filter through a half-dead mulberry. “Having dropped the kids off,

washed a sink full of dishes, made the beds, showered (barely), fed and walked the dog, wiped down the toilet seats, fed the much anticipated cat (missing three weeks now), disposed of the science projects in the refrigerator, and answered emails all by nine a.m., the rest of Rachel’s day is an Odyssey.” So begins The Green Tara, the new mystery from Sonoma-based author and poet Lisa Summers. She unveils the book on Thursday,

Dec. 21, at Bump Wine Cellars in Sonoma with a release party that will include a short treading from Summers and a performance of acoustic music from her daughter, Sarah. The Green Tara signifies a new direction in Summers’ writing career, which began with pieces for the Pacific Sun and science articles. Summers went back to college and earned a masters in English from Sonoma State University, and soon after co-

founded the Sonoma Writers’ Workshop, which hosts curated literary events, with friend Daedalus Howell. “You have to remember, I’m raising four kids this whole time too,” says Summers. While she wrote a novel for her thesis at SSU, Summers primarily considers herself a poet, and she’s released two collections; 2013’s Star Thistle: And Other Poems and 2014’s Ogygia. The Green Tara “was an attempt to write something that could be commercially viable,” Summers laughs. More than that, The Green Tara is also her attempt to expand on her poetic perspectives and fully realize a female character, whom she believes is often missing from modern literature. “I think women don’t recognize themselves in a lot of books,” says Summers. Wanting to communicate the everyday struggles of domestic life, Summers’ characterization of Rachel in The Green Tara aims to de-stigmatize the role of the housewife and offer a portrayal of a woman living underpaid and under-recognized. And then Summers adds a bit of mystery. “You have this smart, stay-athome mom who’s buried under this domestic life, and because she’s so invisible, no one would ever assume she would be able to solve this mystery by herself,” says Summers. “But it’s the training of being a mom in a small town that clues her into all these little happenings.” Lisa Summers reads from ‘The Green Tara’ on Thursday, Dec. 21, at Bump Wine Cellars, 521 Broadway, Ste. A, Sonoma. 6pm. Free admission. 707.228.9214.

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UNDER MY SKIN Sinatra fans will

love Cinnibar’s ‘My Way,’ but the rest of us will be left wanting more.

Moon Stuck

Frank Sinatra musical falls short BY DAVID TEMPLETON


n most modern musical revues, much of the drama and emotion springs from the nostalgic hit an audience gets at hearing beloved and familiar old songs.

That’s certainly the case with My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, now playing in a cozy, cabaret setting at Cinnabar Theater. Anyone who feels their pulse quicken at the opening strains of “Fly Me to the Moon,” or for whom the Rat Pack songbook exists as a poignant soundtrack to their lives, will likely be ecstatic from beginning to end. For such folks, there will be plenty of drama in the sweet or sad memories surfacing through the pleasant (but rarely very exciting)

‘My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra’ runs through Dec. 14 at Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. Friday–Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. $25–$45. 707.763.8920.

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performances of Desiree GoyetteBogas, Rocky Blumhagen, Carolyn Bacon and Mark Robinson singing dozens of Sinatra’s most famous songs. Everyone else will probably walk away thinking, “Meh.” My Way, directed by Jennifer King, who certainly creates some pretty stage pictures, is certainly a classy affair, what with its quartet of singers dressed in tuxedos and evening gowns. The band— musical director Cesar Cancino (piano), Jan Martinelli (bass) and Randy Hood (drums)—is easily the best part of the show. They are so much fun to watch and listen to, at times I wished they’d been given a medley of songs to play themselves, sans lyrics. The “script,” if that’s even the right word, is by Todd Olson, who randomly has the cast drop trivia tidbits, about Sinatra’s birth weight, his love of the moon, his various romances and wives. The songs are primarily presented in clusters, delineated by subjects— love, alcohol, aging, various cities, which almost gives the show a glimmer of plot now and then. King gives the cast things to do from time to time—pouring drinks, tipping the pianist, flirting and kissing, even dancing a little—but rarely do they get a chance to break out and have fun, which seems to be missing the point of a show inspired by party animal Frank Sinatra. Still, even at the evening’s frequently soporific pace, there are moments of true pleasure—when a four-part harmony soars, or two singers actually make eye contact and pleasantly remind us what it’s like to fall in love. At such moments, especially for those in the audience who fell in love to a Sinatra tune, My Way reminds us just how exciting a singer Sinatra was. If only this show were as interesting or thrilling as he was. Rating (out of 5):

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‘All the Money in the World’ replays the Getty kidnapping BY RICHARD VON BUSACK


he 1973 J. Paul Getty III kidnapping is a chilling story that left its imprint on late-20th century cinema: the single grisliest detail was borrowed for everything from Blue Velvet to Reservoir Dogs. In Reservoir Dogs, Tarantino swerved the camera away from the ear-trimming scene; here, director Ridley Scott spares us nothing.

Charlie Plummer plays the grandson of the world’s richest man, tripping through what’s left of the La Dolce Vita scene in shapeless hippie clothes. He’s stuffed into a VW van by bumbling Calabrian kidnappers, who demand a $17 million ransom. The elder Getty (Christopher Plummer, a last-minute replacement for the disgraced Kevin Spacey) refuses to pay up. According to this version, the billionaire Getty had both defensible and indefensible motives for his miserliness. Getty the elder had 17 grandchildren, all of whom might turn up kidnapped later if the criminals prospered. Less defensible: only the first million dollars of paid ransom is tax deductible. It’s surprising how toast-dry this story of decadence and crime is. One problem is the difference between the plausible fictionalizations and the implausible ones, including an entire ending chase sequence that’s obviously concocted, as well as comeuppance for the plutocrat cheapskate. As Paul’s grieving mother, Gail, Michelle Williams is feisty but seems to come from nowhere, a character there to demonstrate Williams’ ability to go full lamenting Pietà in five seconds. Despite an exciting near-escape from captivity using fire, Charlie Plummer isn’t much more interesting playing the imprisoned victim. Pauline Kael believed there was never a really great movie about kidnapping—Kurosawa’s High and Low being the exception. All the Money in the World is a poor movie, and all it needed was a bad main performance to sink it. And as Getty’s ex-CIA security chief Fletcher Chase, Mark Wahlberg does the trick. ‘All the Money in the World’ is playing in wide release in the North Bay.

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LOOKOUT Rather than wait on a

new album, the Brothers Comatose are releasing a series of singles.

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Brothers Comatose travel to ‘Joshua Tree’ on new single BY CHARLIE SWANSON


ay Area alt-folk string band Brothers Comatose have never been bound by tradition. After eight years, countless tours and three acclaimed albums, Petaluma natives and brothers Ben and Alex Morrison, and fellow band members Gio Benedetti, Philip Brezina and Ryan Avellone, are changing the formula and putting their efforts into a series of strategically released singles, including the wistful acoustic gem “Joshua Tree,” released this month. “The last record [2016’s City Painted Gold] inspired that a lot,” says Ben Morrison. “Putting out an album is a long process. You’re sitting on music over a year after you’ve recorded it before it’s released, and that just seems so crazy to me.”

Brothers Comatose play Friday and Saturday, Dec 29-30, at Mystic Theatre & Music Hall, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 8:30pm. $22; $42 both days. 707.775.6048.



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Instead of holing up for months to record, mix, master, print, promote and tour behind one set of songs, Brothers Comatose are popping in to studios like Tiny Telephone in San Francisco and recording a single track. Once those songs are mixed, they’re released as soon as possible, one at a time. “It’s mostly to keep us interested and excited,” says Morrison, “because you’re releasing the music while it’s still fresh.” Already, Brothers Comatose have seen the fruits of their labor this year, as their first three singles—“Don’t Make Me Get Up and Go,” “Cedarwood Pines” and “Get Me Home”—became fan favorites in the middle of the band’s Campfire Caravan tour this past summer. “We went places we don’t normally go and would play the new songs,” says Morrison. “And it was cool to see people singing the words along to these songs that had just come out.” The new “Joshua Tree” is a bit of a departure for the normally raucous and rowdy band; it’s a slow-building and intimate song that opens with a finger-picked guitar and Morrison’s resonant baritone voice invoking the national park’s famous sense of serenity. “It’s a magical place, it’s got this beautiful prehistoric vibe to it,” says Morrison. “It’s been a getaway for me.” Speaking of getaways, after Brothers Comatose plays their annual run of pre–New Years Eve shows in Petaluma on Dec. 29–30, the band will travel to China in late January for three weeks as part of a cultural music exchange with the American Music Abroad program, directed by the U.S. State Department. “It’s going to be a mix of shows and educational performances,” says Morrison. “Bringing American music to other parts of the world.”

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Sonoma County folk trio plays an album-release show for their new LP, “The Silver Sea,” with support from Barrio Manouche and Cabbagehead. Dec 22, 8pm. $12. HopMonk Sebastopol, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

1–4PM / 12PM VIP

• Tastings paired with a special brewery to prepare craft beer inspired dishes • Selections of unique cocktails made from locally sourced ingredients • Craft beer and spirits • World famous Mixologist, Mcson Salicetti prepares and demos his mind-blowing concoctions • Connoisseur ticket holders will enjoy a seated tasting of specially prepared craft beer inspired dishes and live music • Live music in the JaM Cellars Ballroom tasting hall

Spend an evening with the multitalented songwriter, producer and artist, with VIP meet-and-greet package available. Dec 22, 8pm. $45$85. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Ugly Sweater Party Fundraiser for Fire Relief

Lineup includes Akil of Jurassic 5, Tommy Odetto and others, with cuisine from Carneros Inn chef Aaron Meneghelli. Dec 22, 8pm. $20-$50. JaM Cellars Ballroom at the Margrit Mondavi Theatre, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.880.2300.


Dec 22, the Tonewoods. Dec 23, Levi Lloyd. 95 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.576.7765.

Aqus Cafe

Dec 22, Desi & the Mish. Dec 23, Aqus Community’s Annual Holiday Caroling. Dec 27, bluegrass and old time music jam. 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.

The Big Easy

Dec 20, Haute Flash Quartet. Dec 21, the Mighty Groove holiday party with Susan Cooperman. Dec 22, Rockin Johnny Burgin. Dec 23, Jami Jamison Band. Dec 26, Dylan Hayes Big Band. Dec 27, Wednesday Night Big Band. 128 American Alley, Petaluma. 707.776.7163.

B&V Whiskey Bar & Grille

Dec 22, DJ Cal. 400 First St E, Sonoma. 707.938.7110.

Coffee Catz

Dec 22, 1pm, Feedback piano with Jerry Green. Dec 23, 1pm, Irish jam. Dec 24, 2pm, Gypsy jazz jam. 6761 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.6600.

Crooked Goat Brewing Dec 23, 3pm, Viva La Rêve. 120 Morris St, Ste 120, Sebastopol. 707.827.3893.

Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

HopMonk Sonoma

Dec 22, Solid Air. Dec 23, Low Flying Birds. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.

Hotel Healdsburg

Dec 23, the Bennett Friedman Quartet. 25 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.431.2800.

Jamison’s Roaring Donkey

Dec 22, DJ Ricki. Dec 23, Bad Santa Party. 146 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.772.5478.

Lagunitas Tap Room

Dec 20, the Rhythm Rangers. Dec 21, Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88s. Dec 22, the Hessel Road Project. Dec 23, Lil’ Elephant. Dec 24, Gypsy Trio. Dec 27, Lisa Stano. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

The Laugh Cellar

Dec 22, DJ Lori Z. Dec 23, Karaoke Christmas. 5755 Mountain Hawk Way, Santa Rosa. 707.843.3824.

Main Street Bistro

Dec 21, Susan Sutton. Dec 22, Rhythm Drivers. Dec 23, Eric Wiley. Dec 24, Vernelle Anders. Dec 26, Mac & Potter. 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.

Mc T’s Bullpen

Dec 22, DJ MGB. Dec 23, Doggone Ornery. 16246 First St, Guerneville. 707.869.3377.

Mystic Theatre & Music Hall

Dec 22, David Arkenstone’s Winter Fantasy. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.775.6048.

The Phoenix Theater

Dec 23, the Gypsy Trio. 177-A Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg.

Dec 23, Our Vinyl Vows with Pounders and One Armed Joey. 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

Flamingo Lounge

Pongo’s Kitchen & Tap

Elephant in the Room

Dec 22, the Igniters. Dec 23, Matt Applin & the Midnite Band. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

Forestville Club

Dec 23, Lucky ol’ Bones with Sloth & Turtle and Rex Means King. 6250 Front St, Forestville. 707.887.2594.

Guerneville Community Church

Dec 21, 7pm, “A Winter Songfest” with River Choir. 14520 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville. 707.869.3273.

HopMonk Sebastopol Dec 21, Shlump. Dec 23, Bohemian Highway. 230

Dec 21, 6:30pm, Alec Fuhrman’s Christmas Singalong. 701 Sonoma Mountain Pkwy, Petaluma. 707.774.5226.

Ray’s Deli & Tavern

Wed, 6pm, open mic session. Dec 22, Ain’t Misbehavin’. 900 Western Ave, Petaluma. 707.762.9492.

Redwood Cafe

Dec 20, Irish set dancing. Dec 21, Stacey Joy. Dec 22, Irie Rockers. Dec 23, the Sorentinos’ annual holiday show. Dec 27, Pop-Up Jazz Jam with Debra Anderson. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.

Rio Nido Roadhouse

Dec 23, Roadhouse Holiday Party. 14540 Canyon 2 Rd, Rio Nido. 707.869.0821. Dec 22, Analog Us. 44-F Mill St, Healdsburg. 707.723.7018.

Sonoma Speakeasy

Dec 21, Plan Be. Dec 22, Scarlett Letters. Dec 23, Sonoma Sound Syndicate. Dec 26, American roots night with Lou Rodriguez and friends. Dec 27, the Acrosonics. 452 First St E, Ste G, Sonoma. 707.996.1364.

Twin Oaks Roadhouse Dec 21, Country Line Dancing. Dec 22, Jeff Ray & Rok Mob. Dec 23, No Room for Zeus. Dec 26, open mic. 5745 Old Redwood Hwy, Penngrove. 707.795.5118.

Whiskey Tip

Dec 22, New Wave Before X-Mas ‘80s dance party. Dec 23, Merry Thizzmas Party. 1910 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.843.5535.

Osteria Divino

Dec 20, Jonathan Poretz. Dec 21, Jeff Denson’s Open Sky Trio. Dec 22, James Henry & Company. Dec 23, Walter Earl Trio. Dec 24, Ken Cook Trio. Dec 26, Michael Fecskes and Nisha Arunasalam. Dec 27, Noel Jewkes. 37 Caledonia St, Sausalito. 415.331.9355.

Panama Hotel Restaurant

Dec 20, Barbwyre. Dec 21, Deborah Winters. Dec 27, Lorin Rowan. 4 Bayview St, San Rafael. 415.457.3993.

Papermill Creek Saloon

Dec 23, 5pm, Jill & Kevin with Peter Lacques. Dec 23, 9pm, Fairfax Social Club. 1 Castro, Forest Knolls. 415.488.9235.

Peri’s Silver Dollar


Dec 22, Vernon “Ice” Black & the Family Band. Dec 23, Top Shelf holiday show. Sold-out. 919 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.813.5600.

George’s Nightclub

Dec 22, Gran Noche de Reventon. Dec 23, DJ party. Dec 24, Banda Night. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

HopMonk Novato

Dec 21, Last Exit with Sus Six. Dec 22, Metal Shop. Dec 23, Miracle Mule. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200.

Iron Springs Pub & Brewery

Dec 20, Lorin Rowan & Deep Blue Jam. 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax. 415.485.1005.

Marin Country Mart

Dec 22, 5:30pm, Holiday Jazz with Douglas Lee and the Glass Harp Ensemble. 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 415.461.5700.

19 Broadway Club

Dec 20, songwriters in the round with Danny Uzi. Dec 21, Koolwhip. Dec 23, Holiday house party with DJ Pavones. Dec 24, Harrison Lee presents Double O hip-hop shop. Dec 26, Eddie Neon blues jam. Dec 27, Rockin’ Johnny Burgin. 17 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

No Name Bar

Dec 20, Ash Powell and Rob Dietrich. Dec 22, Michael

Dec 20, the Elvis Johnson Soul Revue. Dec 21, Tommy Odetto. Dec 22, Highway Poets. Dec 23, Attila Viola & the Bakersfield Boys. Dec 24, Chrissy Lynne and friends. Dec 26, Fresh Baked Blues. Dec 27, the New Sneakers. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.

Rickey’s Restaurant & Bar

Dec 22, Kimrea & the Dreamdogs. Dec 23, Tracy Rose Trio. 250 Entrada Dr, Novato. 415.883.9477.

Sausalito Seahorse

Wed, Milonga with Marcelo Puig and Seth Asarnow. Dec 21, Toque Tercero flamenco night. Dec 22, B Sharp Blues Band. Dec 23, 5pm, Salsa holiday party with Julio Bravo y su Orquestra Salsabor. Dec 24, 5pm, Candela with Edgardo Cambon. Dec 26, Noel Jewkes and friends. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito. 415.331.2899.

Smiley’s Schooner Saloon

Dec 21, the Blackwater Ramblers. Dec 22, Love Fyah and 7th Street Band. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311.

Sweetwater Music Hall Dec 21, Hellman holiday stomp with Well Known Strangers and Lake Charlatans. Dec 22, Super Diamond. Dec 23, Matt Jaffe & the Distractions free holiday celebration. Dec 27, ‘Til Dawn a cappella singout with Happenstance. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.


Terrapin Crossroads

Dec 20, Scott Law and friends. Dec 21, Jeremy D’Antonio and friends. Dec 22, Top 40 Friday with Talley Up. Dec 23, “Neil Young Saturday Night” with Ross James and friends. Dec 24, Christmas Eve Jazz with Sean Nelson Trio. Dec 26, the Casual Coalition. Dec 27, Rattlebox. 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael. 415.524.2773.

Throckmorton Theatre Dec 20, 12pm, Tom Rose and Miles Graber. Dec 20, 7pm, “Holiday Swing” with Maria Muldaur and John Jorgenson. Dec 24, 5pm, Kimrea’s Pro Showcase with Derek Evans. Dec 27, 12pm, Patrick Gavlin and Jungeun Kim. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Trek Winery

Dec 23, Drew and Cloe Gasparini. 1026 Machin Ave, Novato. 415.899.9883.

NAPA COUNTY Blue Note Napa

Dec 20, Alvon Johnson: Ambassador of the Blues. Dec 21, the Sextones. Dec 22, Joy & Madness. Dec 23, John Lee Hooker Jr. 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.603.1258.




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Ca’ Momi Osteria

Dec 22, Cloudship. Dec 23, Jealous Zelig. 1141 First St, Napa. 707.224.6664.

Downtown Joe’s Brewery & Restaurant

Lunch & Dinner Sat & Sun Brunch

Din n er & A Show

Dec 21, Salty Dogs. Dec 22, X-Tatic. Dec 23, DJ Aurelio’s Annual Birthday Bash. 902 Main St, Napa. 707.258.2337.

Napa Valley Roasting Company

Fri, jammin’ and java with Jeff Johnson. 948 Main St, Napa. 707.224.2233.

Napkins Bar & Grill

Dec 24, 12pm, acoustic brunch with Doug Houser. 1001 Second St, Napa. 707.927.5333.

River Terrace Inn

Dec 22, Johnny Smith. Dec 23, Syria T Berry. Dec 25, Doug Houser holiday performance. 1600 Soscol Ave, Napa. 707.320.9000.


Dec 20, “A Jazzy Noel” with Mike Greensill. Dec 21, Don Bassey and friends. Dec 22, Fred Lessman & the Backroad Warriors. Dec 23, “A Very Deadlies Christmas” with the Deadlies. Dec 27, Mike Greensill with Bob Kenmotsu. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

Fireside Dining 7 Days a Week DEC 22–24

Crab Feed Weekend Reservations Required- AQ


Gospel Christmas Eve Weekend Dinner Shows The Incredibly Exciting

Sons of The Soul Revivers

Kris Kristofferson

Sat Dec 23, 8pm & Sun Dec 24, 7pm


Dec 29

“West Marinicana”

The Lowatters

High Lonesome Twang to Low Down Dirty Roots 8:00 / No Cover


Annual Faux New Year’s Eve with


“The Beatles Never Sounded So Good!” 8:30 14th Annual New Year’s Eve Party!

Dec 30 The Sun Kings Dec 31

The Zydeco Flames Marin’s Best Party Band 9:00

Vigor Rancho Jan 12 Hybrid David Gans, Debut! Terry Haggerty 8:00 Rancho


3 Doors Down Acoustic Back Porch Jam SUN, JANUARY 28

Whose Live Anyway


Copasetics Jan 19 New Tim Eschliman, Dallis Craft, Sean Allen 8:00 / No Cover Debut!



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On the Town Square, Nicasio


An Evening with Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen


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Sonoma Cider

Aragon Quartet. Dec 23, Michael LaMacchia Band. Dec 26, open mic. Dec 27, SlimJim. 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.1392.

Arts Events

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Dec 22

Gallery Route One, “Contemplating OTHER,” artists Alicia Escott, Linda Guneste and Brigitta Varadi examine how our relationship with animals has altered over time. 3pm. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1347.


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dylan black PRoJect 8pm/Dancing/$10

MidnigHt sun MassiVe 8:30pm/Dancing/$10

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onye & tHe MessengeRs 8pm/Dancing/$15

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Graton Gallery, “From Clayton to Graton,” longtime local artists and old friends Fred Kling and Rik Olson display together. 2pm. 9048 Graton Rd, Graton. 707.829.8912.


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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.


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+

Super Diamond

The Neil Diamond Tribute

Sat 12⁄23 • Doors 6:30pm ⁄ FREE • All Ages

Matt Jaffe & The Distractions FREE Holiday Celebration with

Austin & Caroline de Lone Thu 12⁄28 • Doors 7pm ⁄ 25– 30 •All Ages $


Bonnie Hayes & Mystery Dance Fri, Sat, Sun 12⁄29-31 • Doors 8pm ⁄ $42–$97 • 21+


three night New Years Bash Thu 1⁄4 • Doors 7pm ⁄ $27–$32 • All Ages


feat David Hidalgo of Los Lobos with his sons David Hidalgo Jr. of Social Distortion on drums & Vincent Hidalgo on bass Fri 1⁄5 • Doors 8pm ⁄ $22–$27 • 21+

Mustache Harbor

Sat 1⁄6 • Doors 7pm ⁄ $23–$25 • All Ages

Steelin' Dan

The Music of Steely Dan 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley Café 388-1700 | Box Office 388-3850

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 May 21, “AAUGH! The Language of Peanuts,” explore the familiar expressions and catchphrases found throughout “Peanuts.” Through

Jan 14, “Behind Peanuts: Pigpen,” learn more about the popular character from Charles Schulz’s comic strip through original sketches and memorabilia. Through 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 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.

Downtown Cloverdale Through May 3, “Cloverdale Sculpture Trail,” year-round exhibit of sculptures by local artists includes self-guided audio tours. 101sculpturetrail. com. Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale. All day.

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.

Hammerfriar Gallery

Through Jan 31, “428 Collective,” group of 11 Sonoma County artists brings awareness to innovative and boundary-pushing art being produced in the area. 132 Mill St, Ste 101, Healdsburg. Tues-Fri, 10 to 6. Sat, 10 to 5. 707.473.9600.

Healdsburg 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.

IceHouse Gallery

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.

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.

Redwood Cafe

Through Jan 10, “Generations,” featuring works by five artists from the same family. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. Open daily. 707.795.7868.

Riverfront Art Gallery

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.

Sebastopol Center for the Arts

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.

Sebastopol Gallery

Through Jan 27, “… Creatures Big & Small,” assemblage artist Rebeca Trevino and oils painter Jeff Watts display new works as Sebastopol Gallery celebrates a decade in in the community. 150 N Main St, Sebastopol. Open daily, 11 to 6. 707.829.7200.

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,

West County Museum

MARIN COUNTY Art Works Downtown

Through Dec 23, “Small Works Exhibition,” annual show offers affordable, quality artwork for the holiday giftgiving 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.

Bubble Street Gallery

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.

Marin Community Foundation

Through Jan 12, “Hypercosmos des Songes (Supercosmos of Dreams),” the first major exhibition in the United States for French-born and Marin-based artist Jean-Marc Brugeilles includes over 80 artworks. 5 Hamilton Landing, Ste 200, Novato. Open Mon-Fri, 9 to 5.

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.


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

Rebound Bookstore

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.

Robert Allen Fine Art Through Jan 31, “Nature Abstracted,” group show features works on canvas by Amy Donaldson, Beatrice Findlay and John Maxon. 301 Caledonia St, Sausalito. Mon-Fri, 10 to 5. 415.331.2800.

Stinson Beach Gallery Through Jan 13, “Collective Awakening,” featuring acrylic and pastel works by Jon Steven Walters and sculptural succulents by Jamie Johnson. 3445 Shoreline Hwy, Stinson Beach. Fri-Sun, Noon to 5pm And by appointment 415.729.4489.

NAPA COUNTY Cliff Lede Vineyards

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 Feb 18, “France Is a Feast,” world-premiere exhibit is a photographic journey of Paul and Julia Child with rarely seen images from Paris in the mid-20th century. Through Jan 7, “Unearthed,” Angwin’s husband and wife team behind NBC Pottery displays one-of-akind 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

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. 888.766.6328.

Sharpsteen Museum

Through Apr 30, “Out of the Attic,” see privately collected antiques, dolls and figurines,


vintage photographs and other memorabilia ranging from 1937 to present. 1311 Washington St, Calistoga. Daily, 11 to 4. 707.942.5911.

Comedy Big Fat Year-End Kiss Off Comedy Show

Wrap up the year with a night of laughs featuring the Bay Area’s best comedians. Dec 26, 8pm. $25. HopMonk Novato, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200.

Tuesday Night Live

See standup comedians Steve Hytner, Pat Griffin, Bob Rubin and Larry “Bubbles” Brown. Dec 26, 8pm. $17-$27. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Dance Alma del Tango Studio

Tuesdays, Lindy Hop & East Coast Swing Dance. Wednesdays, Tango 1 & 2. 167 Tunstead Ave, San Anselmo 415.459.8966.

LOCAL Alternative

Flamingo Lounge

Dec 21, 7pm, Santa Rosa Bachata Night. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa 707.545.8530.

Solstice Dance & Yoga Studio

Dec 21, 7pm, Movement Manifestation, workshop for North Bay women. RSVP requested. $10-$20; free for fire victims. 2450 W Third St, Santa Rosa 707.775.5287.

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Events Art & Solstice

Art Museum of Sonoma County’s party features art for sale and silent auction, live music, winter beverages and more, benefiting the museum’s exhibition and education programs. Dec 21, 5pm. Free. Art Museum of Sonoma County, 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.579.1500.

Calabi Gallery Winter Solstice Celebration Festive evening features art, live music, appetizers and refreshments. ) Dec 21, 5pm. Free.


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Through Apr 1, “Sebastopol Depot Centennial,” Western Sonoma County Historical Society celebrate 100 years since the construction of the depot that served the P&SR Railroad and is now the Society’s headquarters. 261 S Main St, Sebastopol. Thurs-Sun, 1 to 4. 707.829.6711.

fires. 500 Palm Dr, Novato. Wed-Fri, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, 11 to 5. 415.506.0137.

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Sonoma. Wed-Sun, 11 to 5. 707.939.SVMA.


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Calabi Gallery, 456 10th St, Santa Rosa. 707.781.7070.

Gather & Give


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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.

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Info Session

Wednesday, January 10

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Rachel Carson Hall 69, SSU $5 parking pass required in SSU general lots

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,

Locals’ Day at the Barlow

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

Holidays in Yountville


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. SatSun, 11am. through Dec 24. Free. Railroad Square, Fourth and Wilson streets, Santa Rosa.

We bring the world to you

Sebastiani Theatre Holiday Open House Special Holiday Hours December 11-17: December 18-23: December 24: December 25:

open until 7pm open until 8pm open until 3pm CLOSED

Enjoy fabulous holiday decorations created by Susan Bellach, with cookies, hot cider and hot chocolate on hand and a performance by vocalist Sarah Summers. Dec 23, 1pm. Free. Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St E, Sonoma. 707.996.9756.

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Sirens Winter Gala

Thurs, Dec 21, 4pm. $5. di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, 5200 Sonoma Hwy, Napa. 707.226.5991.

Field Trips 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.

Saturday Hikes

Explore the state park in a guided walk. Dec 23, 10am. Free. Jack London State Park, 2400 London Ranch Rd, Glen Ellen. 707.938.5216.

Wednesday Wellness Walks

Join a healing walk through the redwoods. Wed, 10am. Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, 17000 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville,

Film CULT Film Series

It’s a CULT Christmas with 1980’s holiday horror film “Christmas Evil” and 1964’s bizarre “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” screening in a double bill. Dec 21, 7pm. $10. Roxy Stadium 14 Cinemas, 85 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.525.8909.

Family Friendly Films

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.

Sirens Studio throws a glamorous party set in the 1920s, with performances, games, cocktails and more. Prohibition-era attire and a secret password are required. Dec 23, 7pm. $40/$60 per couple. Subud Hall, 234 Hutchins Ave, Sebastopol. 707.823.1986.

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Restored print of the renowned silent film screens with a new score by Adrian Utley and Will Gregory. Thurs, Dec 21, 7pm. Smith Rafael Film Center,

Live music, libations, bites and art activities commence in the art center’s Gatehouse Gallery.

The bookstore gathers shoppers to watch “Home Alone.” Dec 22, 6:45pm. Diesel Bookstore, 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 415.785.8177.

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Food & Drink Bay View Restaurant Holiday Dinner

Bring the family for surf ‘n’ turf offerings and picturesque views. Dec 24. Bay View Restaurant at the Inn at the Tides. 800 Hwy 1, Bodega Bay. 707.875.2751.

Benovia, Bubbles & Bites Series

Enjoy a day complete with food from local chefs, delicious bubbly and amazing views. Fri, Dec 22, 3pm. $30. Benovia Winery, 3339 Hartman Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.526.4441.

Christmas Dinner Celebration at Silverado

Choose between a holiday buffet in the grand ballroom or a three-course dinner in the Grill. Dec 25. Silverado Resort, 1600 Atlas Peak Rd, Napa. 707.257.5495.

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Dinner at FARM Chef Aaron Meneghelli creates a series of elegantly plated dishes to enjoy with loved ones this holiday. Dec 24-25. Carneros Resort & Spa, 4048 Sonoma Hwy, Napa. 888.400.9000.

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Chefs Casey and Patrick Van Voorhis host a modern spin on the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Sunday and a gourmet Christmas feast on Monday. Dec 24-25. $35-$85. Spoonbar, 219 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.433.7222.

Christmas Eve at Barndiva

Full a la carte menu in the restaurant and a prix fixe meal in the Bistro lighten your holiday load. Dec 24. Barndiva, 231 Center St, Healdsburg. 707.431.0100.

Christmas Eve Dinner at John Ash & Co Executive Chef Tom Schmidt prepares festive cuisine and seasonal libations. Dec 24, 5pm. John Ash & Co, Vintners Inn, 4350 Barnes Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.527.7687.

Christmas Eve Dinner at Sonoma Wine Shop Family-style seating brings the community together for a

warm seasonal feast. Dec 24, 5:30pm. $50. Sonoma Wine Shop & La Bodega, 2295 Hwy 116 S, Sebastopol. 707.827.1832.


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Holiday Tea Service

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.

Napa December Culinary Crawl

Do Napa hosts a walking food and wine tour featuring several culinary destinations. Dec 21, 5pm. $40. JaM Cellars, 1460 First St, Napa. 707.265.7577.

Pauper’s Feast

Twenty-seventh annual holiday dinner includes Poor Man’s Beef Wellington, Fried Chicken and a Mexican Fiesta Plate. Dec 21, 5:30pm. $21. Calistoga Inn & Brewery, 1250 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.4101.

Sausalito Gingerbread House Tour & Competition Stroll the shops around Sausalito and view elaborate, festively decorated gingerbread houses galore. Through Dec 31. Downtown Sausalito, Caledonia Street, Sausalito.

Wine & Dine Wednesdays

Weekly three-course offering showcases local wines and music by Michael Hantman. Wed. $36. Spoonbar, 219 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.433.7222.

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Beginner-friendly Vinyasastyle yoga class goes well with drinking fine craft beer. Dec 24, 10:30am. $12. Cooperage Brewing Co, 981 Airway Ct, Santa Rosa. ) 707.293.9787.


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Make a variety of unique, fun and creative gifts to give for the holidays. Dec 23, 9am. $25-$32. Charles M Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452.

Model Train Spectacular Lionel scale-model trains are featured in nostalgic smalltown winter settings. Through Jan 7, 2018. Free. Healdsburg Museum, 221 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.431.3325.

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Kids ages 5 to 8 can enjoy several engaging activities during the holiday school break. Dec 26-Jan 5. $37-$40. Children’s Museum of Sonoma County, 1835 W Steele Ln, Santa Rosa. 707.546.4069.

Lectures Facilitated Women’s Support Group Explore what is holding you back from having the life you desire. Thurs, 6:30pm. Empowering Change, 130 Petaluma Ave Ste 2C, Sebastopol. 707.494.3216.

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Twelve-step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, undereating or bulimia. Sat, 8am. All Saints Lutheran Church, 2 San Marin Dr, Novato, 781.932.6300.

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Two speakers–one from the arts, one not–talk with each other and reveal the connections between art and life. Dec 21, 6:30pm. $18. Petaluma Arts Center, 230 Lakeville St, Petaluma. 707.762.5600.

Live Figure Drawing Class

Open studio event includes live model figure drawing or painting class with no instructor. Fri, 9:30am. $25. Healdsburg Art Atelier, 126 North St, Healdsburg. 707.791.4028.

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Southern Marin Toastmasters

Improve your public speaking skills at the weekly meeting. Wed, 6:45pm. Free. Larkspur Recreation, 240 Doherty Dr, Larkspur, eloquent.

Spiritual Healing

Weekly meeting covers various topics, with meditation and individual healing treatment. Fri, 7pm. Spiritist Society Towards the Light, 1 Simms St, San Rafael. 707.225.5762.

Sunlight Chair Yoga

Learn yoga at all ages and levels of health and mobility. Wed, 12:15pm. BodyVibe Studio, 999 Anderson Dr, Ste 170, San Rafael. 415.689.6428.


“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.

My Way

Musical tribute to Frank Sinatra includes a New Year’s Eve party on Dec 31. Through Jan 14, 2018. $25-$45. Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.763.8920.

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.

Snow White: A Holiday Panto

Dec 21, 6pm, GoodWorld Journeys Info Night with Jenny Yancey and Dan Siegel. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera 415.927.0960.

Musical holiday treat for the whole family is written by Bay Area playwright Tyler Null, with new music by the legendary Ed Bogas. Dec 22-30. $15-$35. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

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Point Reyes Books

Dec 21, 7pm, Winter Solstice poetry reading. Free / donations accepted. 11315 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station 415.663.1542.

The Sitting Room

Third Wednesday of every month, 2pm, Sitting Room book club. 2025 Curtis Dr, Penngrove 707.778.3972.

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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.

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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.

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

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chance to glide out into the frontier. I suggest you pack your bag of tricks. Bring gifts with you, too, just in case you must curry favor in the frontiers where the rules are a bit loose. How are your improvisational instincts? Be sure they’re in top shape. How willing are you to summon spontaneity and deal with unpredictability and try impromptu experiments? I hope you’re very willing. This may sound like a lot of work, but I swear it’ll be in a good cause. If you’re well-prepared as you wander in the borderlands, you’ll score sweet secrets and magic cookies. Here’s more good news: Your explorations will position you well to take advantage of the opportunities that’ll become available throughout 2018.

GEMINI (May 21–June 20) These days, it’s not unusual to see male celebrities who shave their heads. Bruce Willis, Dwayne Johnson, Seal, Tyrese Gibson and Vin Diesel are among them. But in the 20th century, the bare-headed style was rare. One famous case was actor Yul Brynner. By age 30, he’d begun to go bald. In 1951, for his role as the King of Siam in the Broadway play The King and I, he decided to shave off all his hair. From then on, the naked-headed look became his trademark as he plied a successful acting career. So he capitalized on what many in his profession considered a liability. He built his power and success by embracing an apparent disadvantage. I recommend you practice your own version of this strategy in 2018. The coming weeks will be an excellent time to begin.

LEO (July 23–August 22) If you’ve had an unfulfilled curiosity about genealogy or your ancestors or the riddles of your past, 2018 will be a favorable time to investigate. Out-of-touch relatives will be easier to locate than usual. Lost heirlooms, too. You may be able to track down and make use of a neglected legacy. Even family secrets could leak into view—both the awkward and the charming kinds. If you think you have everything figured out about the people you grew up with and the history of where you came from, you’re in for surprises.

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ARIES (March 21–April 19) Your life in the first half of 2018 will be like a psychological boot camp that’s designed to beef up your emotional intelligence. Here’s another way to visualize your oncoming adventures: They will constitute a friendly nudge from the cosmos, pushing you to be energetic and ingenious in creating the kind of partnerships you want for the rest of your long life. As you go through your interesting tests and riddles, be on the lookout for glimpses of what your daily experience could be like in five years if you begin now to deepen your commitment to love and collaboration.

CANCER (June 21–July 22) In the Northern Hemisphere, where 88 percent of the world’s population resides, this is a quiescent time for the natural world. Less sunlight is available, and plants’ metabolisms slow down as photosynthesis diminishes. Deciduous trees lose their leaves, and even many evergreens approach dormancy. And yet in the midst of this stasis, Cancerian, you are beginning to flourish. Gradually at first, but with increasing urgency, you’re embarking on an unprecedented phase of growth. I foresee that 2018 will be your Year of Blossoming.


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Most of us regard our ring fingers as the least important of our digits. What are they good for? Is there any activity for which they’re useful? But our ancestors had a stronger relationship with their fourth fingers. There was a folk belief that a special vein connected the fourth finger on the left hand directly to the heart. That’s why a tradition arose around the wedding ring being worn there. It may have also been a reason why pharmacists regarded their fourth fingers as having an aptitude for discerning useful blends of herbs. I bring this up, Virgo, because I think it’s an apt metaphor for one of 2018’s important themes: a resource you have underestimated or neglected will be especially valuable—and may even redefine your understanding of what’s truly valuable.

LIBRA (September 23–October 22) In fairy tales, characters are often rewarded for their acts of kindness. They may be given magical objects that

Like all of us, you go through mediocre phases when you’re not functioning at peak efficiency. But I suspect that in 2018 you will experience fewer of these blah times. We will see a lot of you at your best. Even more than usual, you’ll be an interesting catalyst who energizes and ripens collaborative projects. You’ll demonstrate why the sweet bracing brightness needs the deep dark depths, and vice versa. You’ll help allies open doors that they can’t open by themselves. The rest of us thank you in advance!

SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21)

The blunt fact is that you can’t be delivered from the old demoralizing pattern that has repeated and repeated itself—until you forgive yourself completely. For that matter, you probably can’t move on to the next chapter of your life story until you compensate yourself for at least some of the unnecessary torment you’ve inflicted on yourself. Now here’s the good news: 2018 will be an excellent time to accomplish these healings.

CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19) In 2018, one of your primary missions will be to practice what you preach, to walk your talk, to be ambitious and masterful in all the ways a soulful human can and should be ambitious and masterful. Live up to your hype in the coming months, Capricorn! Do what you have promised! Stop postponing your dreams! Fulfill the noble expectations you have for yourself! Don’t be shy about using exclamation points to express your visions of what’s right and good and just! AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18) Years ago, when I started my career as a horoscope writer, my editor counseled me, “Always give priority to the Big Three. Romance, money, and power are what people care about most.” After a few months, he was disgruntled to realize that I wrote about how to cultivate psychological health and nourish spiritual aspirations as much as his Big Three. He would have replaced me if he could have found another astrology writer whose spelling and grammar were as good as mine. But his edict traumatized me a bit. Even today, I worry that I don’t provide you with enough help concerning the Big Three. Fortunately, that’s not relevant now, since I can sincerely declare that 2018 will bring you chances to become more powerful by working hard on your psychological health . . . and to grow wealthier by cultivating your spiritual aspirations . . . and to generate more love by being wise and ethical in your quest for money and power. PISCES (February 19–March 20)

What binds you? What keeps you closed down and locked up? I urge you to ponder those questions, Pisces. Once you get useful answers, the next step will be to meditate on how you can undo the binds. Fantasize and brainstorm about the specific actions you can take to unlock and unclose yourself. This project will be excellent preparation for the opportunities that the coming months will make available to you. I’m happy to announce that 2018 will be your personal Year of Liberation.

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