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Napa’s Last Hope If the wine industry had stuck with agriculture instead of greedily cultivating tourism as well, it might not have to deal with a locals uprising in Napa. The Oak Woodlands Initiative (Measure C) is people-driven, born out of frustration with county supervisors who keep approving more visitors, events and wine production despite locals’ objections about traffic and tourism in their supposedly semi-rural county.

The main opposition to the initiative is from the industry and county officials. No surprise. Aggressive tourism enriches the industry and government coffers. It also crowds the valley, consumes the water and degrades the semi-rural quality of Napa. Faced with a populist uprising, the opposition is fairly frantic. The argument they wrote for the ballot pamphlet was so filled with material misstatements that the court ruled they had to rewrite it and pay $54,000 in court costs as well.

Napa’s strict regulations. It doesn’t mention that enforcement of regulations is a fiction. It relies on—seriously— self-reporting. A few years ago the county did a spot check of 20 wineries: 40 percent were not in compliance with their permits.

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Anyone who has ever trekked through a forest has come upon animals eating animals. Anyone who has ever grown a garden has found one plant trying to destroy its neighbor. Even a potted plant on a window sill tries to block the sun, sometimes from a cutting of its own tissue. I have to conclude that consciousness pervades all living things, and that all living things kill other living things to survive.


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Lest omnivores become an endangered species, someone needs to raise a voice in their favor. I have appointed myself to fulfill this task (with all due modesty and abject, if insincere, humility).

I feel bad for the pig that is butchered for my pork chop, but I love pork and eat it to survive. I feel bad for the carrot that is ripped alive from the ground, cruelly diced up and thrown into boiling water, but I eat it to survive. It’s fine to decide to live solely on meat or solely on vegetables. Humans are omnivores, so we can adapt to almost any kind of diet we choose. I was born at the beginning of the Great Depression. Our diet was very limited, of necessity, to meat and potatoes. But it was all fresh food, usually straight from the farms. Now I have more choices, so I balance fresh vegetables with locally raised pigs and chickens, plus a starch. Still the amount of beef I ate in my youth would send a modern vegan into cardiac arrest just to think about it. This ode to the omnivore is not to start an argument. I respect the choices others make. I’m simply trying to right the balance, lest we omnivores be disdained and demonized. I would, however, be happy to share experiences with any vegetarian who has lived as near to 90 as I have lived and who has my mental clarity and vigor. If you need another 30 or 40 years to get there, I’ll wait to compare notes with you then. Stay healthy!


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May Day! Distress calls from the community BY DAVID JANDA


n recent weeks, we’ve seen many folks take loud and public action against gun violence, unaffordable housing, immigration and calls for ending wars and racism. The callous slashing of summer school classes brought swift passionate action (including a sit-in) at the usually placid Santa Rosa Junior College campus.

At the Hyatt Vineyard Creek in Santa Rosa, the room cleaners, primarily immigrant women, are required to clean 28 rooms per shift (at low pay), when 15 to 18 would be a burdensome enough expectation. They organized and were recognized by Unite Here, which began negotiations last fall with the Hyatt, as well as the Petaluma Sheraton, but these hotels won’t agree to a fair contract. Fair pay for a fair day of work needs to be fought for continually, and this marching season is no exception. The local observation of this year’s May Day (Primero de Mayo) walkout, rally and march returns to its heritage in celebration of working people, organized and not. The event theme is “Workers Struggle Has No Borders” and calls for living wage jobs, rent control, immigration reform, an end to violence and more. May Day attendees will gather at 2pm on May 1 at Roseland Village, 777 Sebastopol Road, and, following a rally, will begin marching at 3:30pm. They’ll stop along the route at the Hyatt, where the unionized workers will give an update on the campaign for a fair contract. Then they’ll all march on to Santa Rosa City Hall. In anticipation of the May Day march, there will be a free showing on April 21 of the movie Walkout. The film dramatizes and offers a bit of historical perspective of the true story of the 1968 student walkouts at five East L.A. schools, seen as one of the founding moments of the Chicano Movement. The film screening is at 6:30pm at the Peace & Justice Center, 467 Sebastopol Ave., Santa Rosa. For more information about the May Day walkout check out David Janda has lived in Sonoma County for 45 years, and has participated in every May Day March since 2006.

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THE LITTLE GUYS The California Growers Association represents mostly small-scale cannabis growers,

farmers who were supposed to be protected by a Proposition 64 acreage cap.

Wait and See CGA may drop its lawsuit over the state’s acreage limit flip-flop BY TOM GOGOLA


lawsuit filed by the California Growers Association against the California Department of Food and Agriculture could be dropped—but only if the state relents on a late-season switcheroo around small-acre grows as it finalizes statewide cannabis regulations.

At issue, says California Growers Association (CGA) executive director Hezekiah Allen, are emergency regulations put into place late last year as the California legalization experiment was approaching the Jan. 1, 2018, moment of retail liberation of cannabis. Part of Proposition 64 stipulated that small growers would be protected against a predicted

onslaught of Big Pot seeking to gobble up acreage and create mega grow sites—and crush small growers in the process. But in November, much to the surprise of the CGA, which represents small growers throughout the state, the Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) stepped in and opened up a regulatory loophole that would allow grow

sites to eclipse a single acre by allowing larger-scale growers to buy up as many one-acre lots as they could. Part of the driver behind any reluctant embrace of Proposition 64 by organizations such as the CGA—which emerged as a lobbyist for the state’s medical cannabis community in 2015—was premised on the inclusion of a five-year window within which none of the “Walmarts of Weed” could come in and dominate the industry with massive fields of herb. Thanks to pressure from a few dozen larger California grow operations, Allen surmises, the CDFA backed away from the tiny-plot pledge to the so-called cottage scale who comprise the backbone of the California cannabis economy. But the CDFA’s Feb. 23 response to the suit, filed by attorneys for the California Department of Justice and the CDFA, does provide a measure of hope for those growers and the CGA. Allen now says the association may drop the suit if the permanent CDFA regulations now being written adhere to the original legalization blueprint first sketched out by Jerry Brown’s pot point person, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. The CGA lawsuit provides a glimpse into high-stakes cannabis brinksmanship over the path forward for a roughly $1.8 billion state cannabis economy—since the CDFA is now arguing that any negative future outcomes proffered by CGA in its lawsuit are purely speculative, given the absence of those very permanent regulations that CDFA is now writing. In its response, which was filed by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, the state argues that contrary to the CGA legal assertions, the CDFA regulations did not “‘eviscerate’ any mandate of Proposition 64.” In its seven-page response, the state goes on to argue that the CGA had made speculative assertions about the CDFA’s

on its side, argues Allen, which includes lots of support from pro-cannabis community groups and media outlets that tuned into the CDFA flip-flop back in November. “The general consensus is that the regulation is wrong and should be changed,” says Allen. One fact working in the CGA’s favor is that there were no public comments filed as the state hashed out the emergency regulations. Now Allen expects a torrent of public comments as the CDFA writes the permanent regulations, and he anticipates most will support the five-year moratorium on mega grows and call for the end of the loophole. With possibly thousands of letters of support for the CGA suit, he says, “it’s going to be a lot harder for them to say no.” So how did this unfortunate turn of events come to pass in the first place? Did Jerry Brown—no fan of cannabis legalization—set out to sabotage the legalization regime? Allen doesn’t think so and believes that “a staff member had a little more jurisdiction than they should have,” and made the controversial call in the absence of public comments on behalf of Gov. Brown. Allen does say that it’s not particularly important to him who flip-flopped on the acreage limits, but he does rest the issue on the governor’s doorstop, “for failing to implement Proposition 64 as voters intended. . . . The closest to a responsible party is the governor’s office,” he says. “That’s where this decision was made.” In its court filing on Feb. 22, which sought to vacate the entire suit, the state noted that regardless of what the emergency regulations allowed, the past is not necessarily prologue. The state says any speculation around CDFA’s rulemaking is wrong: “To the extent [the] plaintiff is inferring that CDFA is approving ‘large’ cultivation operations, CDFA denies such inference.”


D EBRI EF ER Green Market Although the fever dream of a blown out boutique-cannabis craft scene in the North Bay is likely years off, there’s indica incrementalism afoot in Sacramento toward a full-on tourist-economy embrace of the plant that will connect the cannabis back to its maker. AB 2641, sponsored by Assemblyman Jim Wood, would authorize the Bureau of Cannabis Control to issue a “state temporary event license,” which would give licensed cannabis manufacturers and cultivators the opportunity to sell their wares in retail settings such as county fairs, farmers markets and the like, up to four times a year. The bill’s been embraced by the California Growers Association, which represents small growers in Sacramento, and whose executive director, Hezekiah Allen, says it would build on the success of small-farm retail already underway and “help farmers and consumers maintain a relationship with one another.” These sorts of events were undertaken under the medicalcannabis collective model, which has now been supplanted by the new legalization regime under Proposition 64 and its enabling legislation. Under that model, says Allen, “they could do events that looked like farmers markets that were for adults.” Wood’s bill would expand the opportunity beyond retailers to growers and manufacturers themselves, he says, while not going down the road of an unregulated pop-up pot economy. “It’s cool, its cultural, we’ve always had these events and festivals,” says Allen, whose organization has signed on in support of the bill. Nobody’s come out against it. —Tom Gogola

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emergency regulations, as it denied that the regs would have a “devastating effect on small and medium cannabis businesses, local economies throughout the state, and the environment,” as CGA had argued in its January filing in California Superior Court. In a nutshell: the CDFA is arguing that it shouldn’t be sued for the emergency regulations, since it is now in the process of writing permanent regulations— even though nobody knows what those might be. The CDFA offers no indication in the response as to whether it would honor the original framework of Proposition 64 and re-establish the grow limits that were undone via the emergency regs. “The complaint should be dismissed as not ripe for adjudication,” the state argues, “because the regulations at issue in this action are emergency regulations that will expire, and will be replaced by final regulations, on which CDFA is currently working.” Allen says he’s holding out hope that the CGA might be able to withdraw the suit and says his organization is in a holding pattern awaiting further clues from the CDFA. No trial date has been set. “There is much to discuss with the judge,” he says, reflecting on the CDFA’s response to the suit. There’s a lot in the government’s response that Allen disagrees with, but notes they “made one good point” in highlighting that the regulations were not intended to be permanent. He’s going to hold them to that point, he says. Allen hopefully offers that the “CDFA is saying, ‘Let’s talk about this after we issue our permanent regulations.’” The suggestion, he adds, “is that the agency might offer a different posture, and maybe we’d back off” from the suit. Or maybe it won’t. Until those regulations are released, he says, the CGA is in a holding pattern. The CGA has public opinion

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Whether you’re shopping for a wine that’s organically farmed or one that additionally contains no added sulfites, look to the label: when an organic statement appears on a wine label, it means something.

Frey 2016 Mendocino Pinot Noir ($18) This wine bears the circular, USDA organic seal on the front label, in combination with the words “Organic Wine.” Both vineyard and winery have been certified by third-party agents, and only use substances allowed by the National Organic Program. Notably, the addition of sulfites is prohibited in the wine itself, which may contain up to 10 parts per million (ppm) of naturally occurring sulfites. While a teensy hint of volatile acidity lurking in the background gave this organic wine away for me in a single-blind tasting, it’s not without charm, suggesting wild strawberries dusted with talc. Dropping out in the middle of the palate (this longtime organic stalwart, which depends on wide distribution in natural foods markers, does fine the wine with vegan-friendly clay as a hedge against spoilage), the wine recovers on the firm finish. Rating (out of 5): Benziger 2016 Reserve Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($45) This bears the designation, “Made with organically grown grapes,” in combination with the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) logo on the back label—note, the USDA seal is not allowed. The grapes are farmed organically, and the winery must be certified to process them, but the wine is allowed to contain sulfites up to 100 ppm (the conventional wine limit is 300 ppm). An alluring aroma of strawberries drizzled with raspberry sauce reminds me of cheesecake topping, tempered by a whiff of shale. Tangy, pomegranate flavors gain more appeal with time in the glass. Yangarra 2016 ‘PF’ McLaren Vale Shiraz ($25) The “PF” is for “preservative free,” and, far from oxidized, this burly Shiraz, coming to us from Down Under by way of Jackson Family Wines, shows signs of “reduction,” which is basically the opposite of oxidized. Just a touch of reduction, however, accents the savor of liquefied dried plum with gamey, chocolatey notes. Not fined or filtered, it leaves a chunky residue of organic material in the bottom of the last glass—and a pretty favorable memory of the category, as well.


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Leader of the Brands The Hybrid Creative is the brains behind many of the North Bay’s top cannabis brands BY STETT HOLBROOK


ssuming an aspiring cannabis company can overcome the high hurdles of permits, taxes, distribution, insurance, attorney fees and the other challenges of regulatory compliance, there’s the question of branding. The legal cannabis market is growing

ever more crowded with products—flowers, yes, but also cannabis-infused chocolates, body lotions, pet food, tea, lollipops, oils and more. It’s a veritable bud bazaar, and without a memorable name and consumer-friendly branding, it’s easy for a company to get lost in the marketplace. Or disappear.

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For branding agencies working with cannabis companies, it’s an exciting time. There is no precedent of an industry bursting from the black market onto store shelves. (Alcohol was legal before it was illegal, remember.) As such, there are no rules for design firms. And there is a lot of money. In 2016, California’s legal medical cannabis industry generated $1.8 billion in revenue. The Arcview Group, a cannabis investment and research firm in Oakland, forecasts its value will hit $5.8 billion in the next four years. “One of the big reasons that I’m excited about designing for this industry is that we’re not beholden to history,” said Christopher Simmons, creative director for San Francisco design agency MINE, in an interview with Adobe’s 99U magazine. “If you’re designing liquor packaging or chocolate packaging, you already know what high-end liquor looks like and what bargain chocolate looks like. . . . Pot doesn’t have that yet; it’s too new. We’re like the designers who created computer packaging back in 1985—it’s exciting to be at the forefront, setting a standard that other people will follow.” As cannabis entrepreneurs seek new markets, branding is necessarily evolving beyond

images of pot leaves, dreadlocked skulls and stoner double entendres. “People are getting tired of the High Times, Cheech and Chong stereotypes, and ready to bring brands out with their own ethos and narrative,” says Zack Darling, co-founder of the Hybrid Creative, a Santa Rosa cannabis creative agency. Not that Darling, who grew up on a pot-growing hippie commune in Mendocino County, has anything against Cheech and Chong. He has bobbleheads from the comedy duo in his office and can rattle off lines from all their albums. But the new market isn’t geared toward cannabis comedy fans. It’s focusing on seniors, pet owners, athletes, Lululemon-wearing yoga practitioners and female luxury market niches. “What’s really going to allow the industry to grow are new markets,” says Darling. “It’s not going to come from current pot smokers.” The Hybrid Creative has created childproof packaging, logos and complete brand identities for some 80 cannabis companies, many of them heavyweights in the industry, like AbsoluteXtracts, Korova and Care by Design. The Hybrid Creative spun off from Darling’s ZDCA, which focuses on non-cannabis clients. With the explosive growth of the cannabis industry, ) 14

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to embed their purpose into their brand.

Darling and his team of 12 find themselves at the right place at the right time. Cannabis clients now account for about 70 of the company’s business. The firm has clients in California, Germany, Australia and Canada. “We have a tiger by the tail,” says Darling. “It’s very volatile.” He sees a “brand brawl” for market share in cannabis. “Everybody’s got their foot on the gas pedal.” As a brand strategist, he advises clients to find their “why.” And for him, that means being value- or purpose-driven. “The key to a purpose-driven brand is authenticity,” Darling says. “We believe people don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.” To the extent that cannabis businesses survive, it will be in part by dint of their stories, their values and how they communicate that, says Darling. And that’s where he and his team come in. After finding their “why,” clients work with the firm’s creative director Laurel Gregory

to create the imagery that showcases their mission. I sat down with Gregory and Darling to get the story behind some of the brands they created.

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“White Fox is very much a West County, ‘woo-woo’ brand geared toward women,” Gregory says. The company makes formulations based on spirit animals or totems. The creation of line-drawn spirit animals (whale, stag, crow, owl, hawk) was a natural. “[The owner] was trying to blend the spiritual side with consumer tastes,” says Gregory. While the packaging looks like a female-focused cosmetic brand, Gregory decided to render the images in black-and-white to move the design a little more toward the masculine side to widen the products’ appeal.


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THE WAR ON DROOGS Korova’s iconic cow is inspired by ‘A Clockwork Orange.’

cartridges, has roots in Earth First! and is committed to social justice and change. Twenty percent of sales go to groups “led by those negatively impacted by the war on drugs and mass incarceration. “Gregory began with a cartoonish, playful-looking bird for the company’s logo, but the image was too frivolous for a company with a serious intent. The final version she came up with was a more austere, noblelooking bird in flight that better reflects WildSeed’s mission. The cartridge is housed in a beautiful, embossed flip-top cardboard box.

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Willits-based Earthen Farms touts its artisan-curated and -grown biodynamic cannabis, so the brand name “Earthen” is a good fit. But the company wanted to convey a modern, less crunchy aesthetic. Gregory drew on Bauhaus design to create a geometric logo that is clean and modern while still “earth-bound.” The cannabis is packaged in a childproof, recycled composite lid that screws onto a Mason jar. It’s

old-school, ecologically minded and modern all at once.

Korova Edibles Korova, which made its name in cannabis cookies, is one of the industry’s most iconic brands, thanks to its bowler-hatted, threeeyed cow logo. The company has a towering billboard that looks down on motorists on Interstate 680 in Fairfield. Korova’s owners are big fans of A Clockwork Orange: Korova was the name of the infamous “milk bar” that Alex and his droogies frequent, and their cow’s bowler hat and lavishly lashed eye are signature images from the movie. To build on Korova’s popculture irreverence and launch its line of flowers, Darling and company encouraged Korova to commission a street artist to paint a mural at their Oakland headquarters. Each strain now features a different piece of the mural on the jar, and boxes and bags are similarly adorned with elements of the bright street art. In this case, the Ultraviolet is definitely preferred over the ultraviolent.


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4/20 Birthday

4/20 Soundtrack

4/20 Dance Party

4/20 Workshop

Natural Cannabis Company has a lot to celebrate this weekend, as marijuana’s big day also happens to be the Bay Area company’s birthday. This 4/20, Natural Cannabis Company turns 13 years old with a day of special sales and surprise fun at their Santa Rosa dispensary, OganiCann. The party also features the company’s annual “High Art” competition winners announcement. This year’s contest received nearly 5,000 works of art from talented artists in 82 countries, and 20 artists will be recognized on Friday, April 20, at OrganiCann, 301 E. Todd Road, Santa Rosa. 4:20pm. 707.588.8811.

The cannabis company SPARC gets an early start on Record Store Day by teaming with the label Jazz Dispensary to release the first single of the pair’s Private Stock Series of vinyl releases. The single features “Mary Jane” by Bobby Rush on side A and “Fire Eater” by Rusty Bryant on side B, both first released in 1971 and both inspired by cannabis. The vinyl is limited to 500 copies and will only be available on Friday, April 20, at SPARC’s four dispensary locations, including both Peace in Medicine stores, 1061 N. Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa (707.843.3227) and 6771 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol (707.823.4206).

Sonoma County’s newest cannabis dispensary, Solful in Sebastopol, is getting to know the community the best way they know how: they’re throwing a party—a Swim Suit Cosmic Dance Party, to be exact. The shindig encourages partygoers to dress in aquatic or sweat gear, and features modern dance music from across the globe presented by DJ Timoteo Gigante, whose west Sonoma County production company, Love Light Shine, co-hosts the event. Get to know Solful and dance the night away on Saturday, April 21, at the dhyana Center, 186 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 8pm. $20.

Biodynamic farming is great for vegetables, and now farms are adding cannabis to their biodynamic offerings. This week, a panel of experts from Sonoma County Cultivation Group, SPARC, HerbaBuena and Full Circle Pharm discusses ‘The Biodynamic Approach to Cannabis Cultivation,’ including how today’s legal environment impacts cannabis crops and how small farmers can implement biodynamic processes. The panel meets on Sunday, April 22, at Healdsburg Shed, 25 North St., Healdsburg. 1pm. $15. 707.431.7433.

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CELEBRATING NATURE With 4/20 and Earth Day falling on the same weekend, the North Bay is full of green events. See Calendar, p24.

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HORTICULTURAL OASIS Fire surrounded Glen Ellen’s Quarryhill Botanical Garden last year, but somehow the plant preserve emerged unscathed.

Floral Wonders Quarryhill Botanical Garden in bloom just in time for Earth Day BY CHARLIE SWANSON


ach spring at Quarryhill Botanical Garden is a lush display, as the largest collection of wild-sourced Asian plants found in the Sonoma Valley blooms throughout the 25-acre space. This year, six months after wildfires tore through the region, yet inexplicably spared the

gardens, the season’s bloom is a poignant symbol of the North Bay’s regrowth. “It’s an incredible spring already,” says Quarryhill executive director William McNamara. “The garden has really come into its own.” Located northeast of Glen Ellen in the Mayacamas foothills, Quarryhill was founded in 1987 by landowner Jane Davenport Jansen. McNamara was a

landscape contractor at the time, and says he was in the right place at the right time to help develop the garden. He also began leading expeditions to remote locations in Japan, China and throughout Asia to collect seeds to populate the garden. Aside from offering an outdoor oasis of natural beauty, Quarryhill is also a beacon of conservation and education in the North Bay. Each year, thousands of

students get basic botany and garden lessons during half-day educational tours of the garden. All that work was feared lost last October, as the Nuns fire decimated the Sonoma Valley. McNamara was out of town when the fire began, and was told the garden, and his home on the property, were likely gone. “The garden somehow was miraculously spared,” he says. “It came to our fence line, and then the fire stopped. We’re not quite sure why.” McNamara speculates that the garden’s irrigation could have been a factor, and he knows firefighters were at his home from captured security camera footage, but he’s still shocked that the garden survived. “We feel lucky, but it’s hard to feel too lucky when so many people lost everything,” he says. “We were one of the fortunate ones.” After the initial cleanup, Quarryhill welcomed residents to the garden admission-free through the end of 2017, as a gesture to the community, “to have a place they could come to for solace after such a tragedy,” says McNamara. This weekend, Quarryhill offers another chance for the community to see the gardens at an Earth Day celebration and plant sale on April 21. Activities will include arts and crafts, live dance and music performances, exhibits and more. “We tend to only look at things for their utilitarian value, but plants have intrinsic value,” says McNamara. “I want people to see that and appreciate that plants are valuable in their own right.” Quarryhill Botanical Garden celebrates Earth Day on Saturday, April 21, 12841 Sonoma Hwy., Glen Ellen. 11am to 3pm. Free admission; $10 parking (cash only). 707.996.3166.

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t’s a couple of days before the end of WWII, and a no-name Hungarian village is about to celebrate a wedding.

Ferenc Török’s 1945 starts in the household of the groom. He’s the son of the local dignitary, the bald, bespectacled, town clerk István (Péter Rudolf, a vision of Central European pomp). The marriage is a sham. The big man’s son, Árpád (Bence Tasnádi), is aware that his fiancé, Kisrószi (Dóra Sztarenki), loves another man, and she’s only marrying him to get the local drug and notions store as her bride price. There’s another wedding, just as ill-omened, underway. We hear it babbled about on political radio commercials and we see it heralded by a Red Army Jeep full of the occupying Ivans, who harass the locals and mooch the wedding Champagne. A few months away are parliamentary elections, a nuptial that will eventually chain Hungary to the Soviet Union. That’s in the future, and something of a more immediate threat has turned up. A somber pair of Jews, father and son, survivors of the camps, have arrived. They’ve come in from the railroad station, an hour’s walk away. As they wend their way through the town, the village drunk (József Szarvas) makes clear he knows who they might be and how they were dispossessed. 1945’s black-and-white photography starkly contrasts the whiteness of the sun-struck village with the black-clad intruders. It’s a sweltering August day, with the hay already harvested, and the stubble roasting in the sun. Everything is hot and dry, but not quite cut-and-dried, though the characters in this town-without-pity stay pretty much as we see them at first. The fateful year 1945 may seem like the distant past, but this movie is timely. Some Central European politicians are trying to downplay the Holocaust, but this film won’t let them forget. The final, wordless shot of a locomotive’s black smoke alludes to the concentration camp smokestacks that many of these good country people helped to fuel. ‘1945’ opens Friday at Summerfield Cinemas, 551 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. 707.525.8909.

JAMMIN’ Pacific Soundrise bassist Shaun Read lays down some 4/20 licks.

Let’s Roll 4/20 concerts appeal to all tastes



annabis’ big day, 4/20, falls on a Friday night the first year that recreational marijuana use is legal in California. That means there will be a party everywhere you look this weekend, including a surplus of 4/20 concerts of all genres happening in the North Bay. With reggae essentially the official music of cannabis, Sonoma County’s Pacific Soundrise act as this year’s ambassadors of 4/20, headlining a show at HopMonk Tavern in Sebastopol. Made up of twin brothers Spencer and Shaun Read on drums and bass, with Charles Hurley (Herb in Movement) and Skip Hill (Bellyfull) splitting guitar and vocals, the band will play a mix of classic and modern reggae

For a complete list of shows, see Music calendar, p22.

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with support from Occidental artist CIVILIANSOUND! and San Francisco’s Stu Tails. In Santa Rosa, the folks at Guitar Player magazine are turning 4/20 into a chance for fundraising by hosting the Play It Forward benefit concert at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. Along with raising money and giving away guitars to musicians affected by last October’s fires, Play It Forward features a rare live performance from Police guitarist Andy Summers and several other acclaimed musicians. Punk-rock stoners will be sure to pop over to the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma this 4/20 for another firerelief benefit featuring longtime pop-punk favorites Tsunami Bomb, the Phenomenauts and others. Originally formed in Petaluma in 1998, Tsunami Bomb toured worldwide before disbanding in 2005, though the band revamped in 2015 and still features their signature dueling female vocals and energetic live sets. Over in Sonoma, folksy stoners will want to take in the selfdescribed “rockadelia” of rootsrock band Achilles Wheel, who play a 4/20 show with acclaimed Americana performer Keith Greeninger at the Reel Fish Shop & Grill. Achilles Wheel will show off new songs from their latest album, Sanctuary. Music lovers who want to put a little pep in their step this 4/20 should head over to the Mystic Theatre in Petaluma for a fiery performance from Portland, Oregon’s genre-defying MarchFourth Marching Band, with local alt-folk band Oddjob Ensemble opening the night. Made up of some 20 brassy, jazzy, funky musicians from all walks of life, MarchFourth has been compared to Cirque du Soleil. For those looking to lounge this 4/20, Napa’s Blue Note Jazz Club is hosting popular swinging soul outfit Royal Jelly Jive, who will record a live album during four shows played over two nights in the intimate club.


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Concerts SONOMA COUNTY Play It Forward

Guitar Player Magazine hosts benefit and guitar giveaway for musicians affected by the North Bay fires with headliner Andy Summers of the Police and many others. Apr 20, 8pm. $55 and up. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Tsunami Bomb

Petaluma’s longtime poppunk outfit headlines a fire relief benefit with the Phenomenauts, Kepi Ghoulie and the Exit Plan. Apr 20, 8pm. $15. The Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

Women in Music Benefit Concert benefits local female musicians with Lydia Pense & Cold Blood, Nina Gerber, Wendy Dewitt, Mandy Brooks, Ismay and others performing. Apr 20, 7pm. $22-$25. Arlene Francis Center, 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa,

MARIN COUNTY Bill Champlin & the WunderGround

Longtime Marin musician’s latest project hosts an album release party for their new album, “Bleeding Secrets.” Apr 21, 8:30pm. $30-$35. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

Narada Michael Walden & Friends

Percussionist and producer leads an evening of live music featuring the hits from his celebrated career. Apr 20, 8pm. $30-$35. Fenix, 919 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.813.5600.

Vince Delgado’s Mideast Tapestry Ensemble

Intimate acoustic concert features classical and folk music from Egypt, Turkey and Persia, plus original compositions. Apr 21, 7:30pm. $20. Sukhasiddi Foundation, 771 Center Blvd, Fairfax. 415.462.0127.

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hits, Simon & Garfunkel songs and cuts from his favorite songwriters in an intimate performance. Apr 21, 8pm. $60-$100. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Napa Valley Youth Symphony’s Red Gala Annual event takes on a New Orleans theme and features renowned trombone and trumpet player Delfeayo Marsalis and Cajun cuisine. Apr 21, 5pm. $25 and up. Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater, 100 California Dr, Yountville. 707.944.9900.

Royal Jelly Jive

Eclectic San Francisco band is recording a live album over the course of four sets in two nights. Apr 20-21, 7:30 and 9:45pm. $15-$30. Blue Note Napa, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.603.1258.

Clubs & Venues SONOMA COUNTY Aqus Cafe

Apr 20, Long & Short. Apr 21, the Front Porch. Apr 22, 2pm, Steve Sanchez’ Vibes & Guitar Duo. Apr 25, bluegrass and old-time music jam. 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.

The Big Easy

Apr 18, Rockville Roadkill Big Band. Apr 19, Awesome Hotcakes. Apr 20, Dead Again with David Gans. Apr 21, Citizen Flanel. Apr 22, Haute Flash Quartet. Apr 24, Black Sheep Brass band. Apr 25, Wednesday Night Big Band. 128 American Alley, Petaluma. 707.776.7163.

Brewsters Beer Garden Apr 19, the Wildcat Mountain Ramblers. Apr 20, Trainwreck Junction. Apr 21, 2 and 6pm, the Patrick Ford Band and Codi Binkley. Apr 22, 3pm, Groove Session. 229 Water St N, Petaluma. 707.981.8330.

Elephant in the Room

Apr 18, Joshua Cook & the Key of Now. Apr 19, the Marshall House Project. Apr 20, Natural Pear. Apr 21, Ants With Egos. Apr 22, 6pm, Steve Pile

Duo. 177-A Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg.

Green Music Center Schroeder Hall

Apr 20, “Early Music Uncorked” with Sonoma Bach. 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, 866.955.6040.

Green Music Center Weill Hall

Apr 18, the Choirs of Sonoma State and San Jose State. Apr 19, Eighth Blackbird. Apr 21, classical piano with Louis Lortie. Apr 22, 3pm, “Apollo’s Fire” with the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra. Apr 24, SRCS Instrumental Showcase. 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, 866.955.6040.

HopMonk Sebastopol Apr 20, Pacific Soundrise with Stu Tails and CivilianSound. Apr 21, 12pm, Beer Blossom Festival with Jason Beard & the Whiskey Family Band and others. Apr 21, 8pm, Poor Man’s Whiskey album release show. Apr 24, open mic. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

HopMonk Sonoma

Apr 20, Frankie Bourne. Apr 21, Jaydub & Dino. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.

Lagunitas Tap Room

Apr 18, Gypsy Trio. Apr 19, Kentucky Street Pioneers. Apr 20, Charles Wheal Band. Apr 21, Just Friends. Apr 22, Roger Bolt & Borderline. Apr 25, Myrtle Lane. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

Apr 22, 3pm, Symphony Pops concert with Storm Large. 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Murphy’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

Apr 20, Sean Carscadden. Apr 21, Peace of G. 464 First St E, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.

Mystic Theatre & Music Hall

Apr 18, Devin the Dude. Apr 20, MarchFourth Marching Band and Oddjob Ensemble. Apr 21, Bebel Gilberto. Apr 22, Kiefer Sutherland. Apr 24, Kinky Friedman. Apr 25, La Santa Cecilia. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.775.6048.

Redwood Cafe

Apr 18, Wild Jane & the Guys. Apr 19, the SoulShine Band. Apr 20, the Rhythm Rangers. Apr 21, THUGZ and Solid Air. Apr 22, old-time fiddle and Irish jam session. Apr 23, open mic with DJ Loisaida. Apr 24, Pop-Up

Jazz Jam with Debra Anderson. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.

Apr 20, Achilles Wheel with Keith Greeninger. Apr 21, Don Carlos. Apr 22, 12pm, jazz brunch with the Peter Welker Sextet and Deborah Winters. 401 Grove St, Sonoma. 707.343.0044.

Rock Star University House of Rock

Apr 21, Rock Candy with the Gray Coats. 3410 Industrial Dr, Santa Rosa. 707.791.3482.

Sonoma Speakeasy

Apr 19, Plan Be. Apr 20, Sonoma Sound Syndicate. Apr 21, Left Coast Syncopators. Apr 22, 5pm, Wildflower Weed. Apr 22, 8:30pm, Sonoma blues jam. Apr 25, Acrosonics. 452 First St E, Ste G, Sonoma. 707.996.1364.

Spancky’s Bar

Apr 20, Profits of Doom album release show with the King Must Die and Aberration. 8201 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.664.0169.

St Vincent de Paul Church Apr 22, 5pm, Dominican Chorale Spring Concert. 35 Liberty St, Petaluma. 707.762.4278.

Twin Oaks Roadhouse

Apr 18, honky-tonk night. Apr 19, Country Line Dancing. Apr 20, Weekend at Bernie’s. Apr 21, Soulbillies. Apr 23, the Blues Defenders pro jam. 5745 Old Redwood Hwy, Penngrove. 707.795.5118.

Whiskey Tip

Apr 19, open vinyl night. Apr 20, Girls Night Out: The Show. Apr 21, Family Room silent disco. Apr 22, 3pm, Sanity Sundays. 1910 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.843.5535.


Apr 21, the Delfonics Revue featuring Greg Hill. Apr 22, Miller Creek Jazz Band- Spring Concert. 919 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.813.5600.

HopMonk Novato

Apr 19, Tempest with MSG and Fantasia SF. Apr 20, Flock of Seagirls with Ann Halen. Apr 21, Domenic Bianco & the SoulShake with Hot Start. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200.

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Apr 20, MC See and the Reggae Funk All-Stars. Apr 22, 4pm,

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Apr 18, songwriters in the round with Danny Uzi. Apr 19, the Stick Shifts. Apr 20-21, the English Beat with King Schascha and DJ Dr. Wood. Apr 22, 5:30pm, Connie Ducey and the Judy Hall Quartet. Apr 22, 9pm, the hip-hop shop with Harrison Lee. Apr 23, open mic. Apr 24, Eddie Neon blues jam. Apr 25, Joe Gore with Teja Gerken and Erik Smyth. 17 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

No Name Bar

Apr 18, Ash Powell & Post Age. Apr 19, Michael LaMacchia Band. Apr 20, Michael Aragon Quartet. Apr 21, Darryl Rowe. Apr 22, Danny Newman and friends. Apr 23, Kimrea & the Dreamdogs. Apr 24, open mic. Apr 25, Jimi James Band. 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.1392.

Osteria Divino

Apr 18, Smith Dobson Trio. Apr 19, Passion Habanera. Apr 20, Barrio Manouche. Apr 21, James Henry & Company. 37 Caledonia St, Sausalito. 415.331.9355.

Papermill Creek Saloon

Apr 18, OMEN. Apr 19, Cascade Canyon Band. Apr 20, Beso Negro. Apr 21, 5pm, Michael Brown and Amy Gervais. Apr 21, 9pm, Caleb Ford & the Motor City Ramblers. Apr 22, 5pm, the Weissmen. Apr 23, Migrant Pickers. Apr 24, Agents of Change. 1 Castro, Forest Knolls. 415.488.9235.

Rancho Nicasio

Apr 20, the Staehely Brothers. Apr 22, 5pm, Tim Weed and friends. 1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

Sausalito Seahorse

Apr 19, Gini Wilson Trio. Apr 20, Reed Fromer Band. Apr 21, Pizzicali. Apr 22, 4pm, Edgardo y Candela. Mon, DJ GEI. Tues, Noel Jewkes and friends. Wed, Milonga with Marcelo Puig and Seth Asarnow. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito. 415.331.2899.

Sweetwater Music Hall Apr 20, 2Tone Records tribute with Soul Ska and DJ Adam 12. Apr 21, Roy Rogers & Delta Rhythm Kings. Apr 22, 12pm, Roger McNamee solo acoustic. Apr 22, 8pm, Glen

Campbell tribute with Tim Bluhm and others. Apr 23, Grateful Bluegrass Boys. Apr 24, Jesse Colin Young. Apr 25, Vieux Farka Touré acoustic. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.


Terrapin Crossroads

Apr 18, Cochrane McMillan and friends. Apr 19, Abbey Bowed String Quartet. Apr 20, Irie Top 40 Friday with Mark Karan and others. Apr 20, Monophonics. Apr 21, Lonesome Locomotive. Apr 22, Jeremy D’Antonio and friends. Apr 23, Grateful Monday with Ross James and others. Apr 24, the Casual Coalition. Apr 25, Black. 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael. 415.524.2773.


Throckmorton Theatre Apr 18, 12pm, Angela Lee & the Telegraph Quartet. Apr 20, Tim Weed and friends. Apr 21, Tim Kliphuis & Alfonso Ponticelli with Simon Planting. Apr 22, 5pm, Sakura Cello Quintet. Apr 25, 12pm, Tom Rose and Miles Graber. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.


NAPA COUNTY Blue Note Napa

Apr 18, Ryan Keberle & Catharsis. Apr 19, Tony Saunders Band with Vernon Black and Geoff Alpert. Apr 24, Three on a Match. Apr 25, Dave Stryker Trio. 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.603.1258.

Buster’s Southern Barbecue

Apr 22, 3pm, Rob Watson with Vernon Black. 1207 Foothill Blvd, Calistoga. 707.942.5605.

Ca’ Momi Osteria

Apr 20, Latin Nights with DJ Jose Miguel. Apr 21, One Sharp Mind. 1141 First St, Napa. 707.224.6664.

Napa Valley Performing Arts Center

Apr 20, Yolanda Del Rio and Beatriz Adriana. 100 California Dr, Yountville. 707.944.9900.

River Terrace Inn

Apr 20, 5:30pm, Mark Harold. Apr 21, 5:30pm, Karen Shook. 1600 Soscol Ave, Napa. 707.320.9000.


Apr 19, 5pm, Mike Greensill evening jazz. Apr 20, Garage Band 101 for Adults. Apr 21, Lydia Pense & Cold Blood. Apr 22, 5pm, Garage Band 101 for Kids. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

Fri 4⁄20 • Doors 8pm ⁄ $20–$22 • 21+

Soul Ska's tribute to 2Tone Records THU APR 19 FRI APR 20 SAT APR 21 THU APR 26


with special guest DJ Adam 12 Sat 4⁄21 • Doors 7pm ⁄ $25–$30 • All Ages


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Roy Rogers

Roger McNamee of Moonalice (solo) Sun 4⁄22 • Doors 7pm ⁄ $22–$24 • All Ages

A Glen Campbell Birthday Celebration & Tribute Show

feat Tim Bluhm (Mother Hips), Coffis Brothers, San Geronimo, Willy Tea Taylor, Andrew Kahrs Band & More Mon 4⁄23 • Doors 6pm ⁄ $15–$20 • All Ages

Grateful Bluegrass Boys

feat Aaron Redner, James Nash, Isaac

Cantor, Bryan Horne, Ben Jacobs & Special Guests – Kiddo! Benefit with The Mill Valley Middle School Bluegrass Club Tue 4⁄24 • Doors 7pm ⁄ $50–$75 • 21+

Jesse Colin Young (Seated Show) 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley Café 388-1700 | Box Office 388-3850

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The Reel Fish Shop & Grill

Earth Day & Key Tea House One Year Anniversary. Apr 24, Michael Zeligs & Sophia Ocean album release show. 921 C St, San Rafael, 808.428.3233.

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Galleries RECEPTIONS Apr 21

Acumen Wine Gallery, “Vineyard Panorama,” a collection of photographic works of local scenery by KurtInge Eklund. 5:30pm. 1315 First St, Napa. 707.492.8336. Luna Vineyards, “Out of the Dark/Into the Light,” Napa Valley-based artists Lowell Downey and Janna Waldinger exhibit a collection of paintings, sculptures and photographs. 6pm. 2921 Silverado Trail, Napa. 707.255.2474.

Apr 22

Twenty Rows Winery, “Urban Stories,” new works by Napa artist Oscar Aguilar are inspired by photographs taken during his travels to Mexico City. 2pm. 880 Vallejo St, Napa. 707.265.7750.

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SONOMA COUNTY The Art Wall at Shige Sushi

Glass Animals by Bambi Waterman, 2017

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Through Apr 29, “Katie McCann Solo Show,” featuring collage and mixed-media works from the Berkeley-based artist. 8235 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. Tues-Sat, 11:30am to 2pm; Tues-Thurs & Sun, 5:30 to 9pm; Fri-Sat, 5:30 to 9:30pm. 707.795.9753.

Arts Guild of Sonoma

Through Apr 30, “Small But Grand,” featuring art by Sonoma Valley High School and Adele Harrison Middle School students alongside work by Guild members. Reception, Apr 13 at 5pm. 140 E Napa St, Sonoma. Wed-Thurs and SunMon, 11 to 5; Fri-Sat, 11 to 8. 707.996.3115.

Calabi Gallery


Chalk Hill Residency

Through Apr 27, “Bennet Ewing Solo Exhibit,” Sonoma County artist displays intricate driftwood sculptures. 13427 Chalk Hill Rd, Healdsburg.

Dutton-Goldfield Winery

Through Apr 29, “Sandra Rubin Solo Show,” artist depicts figures, landscapes and the occasional still life in expressive, abstract oil paintings. 3100 Gravenstein Hwy N, Sebastopol. Daily, 10am to 4:30pm. 707.827.3600.

The Gallery at Corrick’s

Through Apr 30, “Watercolors of Art Trails,” featuring a selection of Sonoma County watercolor painters. 637 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.546.2424.

Healdsburg Center for the Arts

Through Apr 22, “Sculpture: Refuge + Precipice,” works of sculpture explore these ideas in a juried exhibit. 130 Plaza St, Healdsburg. Daily, 11 to 6. 707.431.1970.

Paul Mahder Gallery

Azar Lawrence Quartet featuring Azar Lawrence | Saxophone Lorca Hart | Drums Gary Brown | Bass Frank Martin | Piano and guest Kasey Knudsen | Saxophone

works by Adela Akers, Alan Azhderian, Joyce Ertel Hulbert and Bambi Waterman. 456 10th St, Santa Rosa. Tues-Sun, 11 to 5. 707.781.7070.

Through Apr 28, “March Mélange,” exhibit features a retrospective of multimedia artist Beatrice Benjamin and

Through Apr 30, “Chris Blum & Patrick Duegaw,” pop-culture inspires Blum’s mixed-media dioramas, while Duegaw’s recent paintings fit as an allegory to social anxieties. 222 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.473.9150.

Sebastopol Gallery

Through Apr 30, “Ken Berman & Jeff Watts Exhibit,” two oil painters are featured in the gallery’s windows for the month of April. 150 N Main St, Sebastopol. Open daily, 11 to 6. 707.829.7200.

Sonoma State University Library Art Gallery

Through Apr 20, “Revolutionizing the World?” exhibit examines the Russian Revolution at its centenary. 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.

Upstairs Art Gallery

Through Apr 27, “Paintings from My Travels,” John Warner’s watercolor paintings of coastal landscapes and seascapes are inspired by

the ever changing light and reflections of bodies of water. Reception, Apr 14 at 2pm. 306 Center St, Healdsburg. SunThurs, 11 to 6; Fri-Sat, 11 to 9. 707.431.4214.

Windsor Library

Through Apr 28, “Captured Moments,” group exhibit features photographs by the Santa Rosa Photographic Society. Reception, Apr 18 at 6pm 9291 Old Redwood Hwy, Windsor. Mon-Sat, 1 to 5. 707.838.1020.

NAPA COUNTY Acumen Wine Gallery Through Apr 30, “Vineyard Panorama,” a collection of photographic works of local scenery by Kurt-Inge Eklund. Reception, Apr 21 at 5:30pm. 1315 First St, Napa. 707.492.8336.

Nancy Willis Studio

Apr 21-22, “Conflict Zone,” collaborative series of monotypes from Iraqi immigrants chronicles their daily lives. 1830 Soscol Ave, Napa.

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.

Two Birds/One Stone

Through Apr 30, “Tim Howe Showcase,” contemporary landscape paintings by the internationally recognized artist display throughout the restaurant during the month of April. 3020 St Helena Hwy N, St Helena. 707.302.3777.

Comedy Rachman Blake

Storyteller shares real-life dating stories to hilarious effect in his new show. Apr 20, 7pm. $25. The Laugh Cellar, 5755 Mountain Hawk Way, Santa Rosa. 707.843.3824.

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A Magical Night of Comedy

Comedian Andrew Norelli and magician Frisco Fred team up for laughs and wonders, with catered dinner. Apr 21, 6pm. $125. Congregation Beth Shalom, 1455 Elm St, Napa. 707.253.7305.

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constellations and our own planet. Apr 22. Free admission. Odd Fellows Lodge, 1352 Main St, St Helena, sh-oddfellows. org.

Earth Day at Quarryhill

Eleventh annual event is a family-fun celebration of conservation with arts and crafts, ecological presentations, spring plant sale, music, healthy food and more. Apr 21, 11am. Free admission/$10 parking. Quarryhill Botanical Gardens, 12841 Hwy 12, Glen Ellen. 707.996.3166.

Earth Day Onstage

Annual Earth Day celebration features great food, live performances, local and earthfriendly products and ecofriendly crafts and activities for kids. Apr 21, 12pm. Courthouse Square, Third Street and Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa. 707.701.3620.

Group performs a fusion of hip-hop with Afro-Latin dance styles, with pre-show discussion. Apr 24, 7pm. $25$40. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa 707.546.3600.

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4/20 Day at Sonoma Patient Group

Get deals all day long with demos and a barbecue lunch. Apr 20. Sonoma Patient Group, 2425 Celveland Ave #175, Santa Rosa. 707.526.2800.

Apple Blossom Festival

Annual family tradition features a weekend of art, exhibits, food and live music and includes a parade down Sebastopol’s main street on Saturday morning. Apr 21-22. $10-$12/ Free for kids 10 and under. Ives Park, Willow Street and Jewell Avenue, Sebastopol,

SRJC Career Expo

Students, alumni, high school seniors and community members are encouraged to attend with prepared resumes as if going to a job interview. Apr 25, 10am. Free. Bertolini Student Center, SRJC, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.527.4011.

Chabot Cosmic Ray Planetary Theater

Experience the wonders of the universe as Chabot scientists host programs throughout the day about the stars,

Planetarium show looks at celestial bodies and stars that come out in the summer nights. Fri-Sat through Apr 28. $5-$8. SRJC Planetarium, Lark Hall, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.527.4465. Get up close and personal with farmers who are cultivating environmentally conscious cannabis, see demos and hear tunes from DJ Timoteo Gigante. Apr 20. Solful, 785 Gravenstein Hwy S, Sebastopol. 707.596.9040.

History Becomes Art

St Helena Historical Society hosts a night of new and original art, live music, arisan bites, local wines and fundraising auction. Apr 21, 1pm. $100. The Gallery at Brasswood, 3111 St Helena Hwy North, St. Helena. 707.963.3036.

Natural Cannabis Company Anniversary & 420 Celebration Day of specials, food, and fun marks the company’s 13th birthday and 4/20, with winners of the recent High Art Competition announced. Apr 20. OrganiCann, 301 E Todd Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.588.8811.

Peace in Process

Relax deeply with a morning spiritual event. Sun, 9:30am. By donation. Arlene Francis Center, 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.

Roller Derby

The local Resurrection Roller

Girls go head-to-head with Nor Cal Roller Girls out of Chico in a rolling bout of action. Apr 21, 7pm. $10 and up. Cal Skate, 6100 Commerce Blvd, Rohnert Park.

Snoopy’s Happy Dance

Celebrate the Chinese Year of the Dog by collecting a dancing Snoopy button, enjoying photo ops and by making your own dancing characters in the Education Room. Apr 21, 10am. Free with admission. Charles M Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452.

Women in Music Panel Discussion & Showcase

Weekend dedicated to supporting local female musicians continues with conversation between industry professionals, catered dinner and concert. Apr 21, 3pm. $22-$25. Prairie Sun Recording, Madrone Ave, Cotati,

World Languages Fair Presentations, music, dances, children’s games and more showcases SRJC’s myriad language offerings. Apr 18, 11am. Free. Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, 1.800.564.SRJC.

Film CULT Film Series

Italian director Dario Argento is featured in a double-feature screening of 1980s horror giallo films “Tenebrae” and “Phenomena.” Apr 19, 7pm. $10. Roxy Stadium 14 Cinemas, 85 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.525.8909.

In Search of Haydn

Documentary screens in a benefit for the Santa Rosa Symphony League. Apr 19, 1 and 7pm. $15. Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley St, Sebastopol. 707.525.4840.

LunaFest Napa Valley

Inspiring film festival spotlights nine short films by, for, or about women. Includes pre-show wine reception. Proceeds benefit several local nonprofits. Apr 20, 6:45pm. $20-$55. Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center, 2277 Napa Vallejo Hwy, Napa,

Petaluma Cinema Series

Petaluma Film Alliance presents significant classic

Somebody Feed Phil

Television producer and famous foodie Phil Rosenthal is on hand for a showing of an episode from his new Netflix series. Apr 19, 5pm. $20. Cameo Cinema, 1340 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.9779.

chefs and wineries. Apr 21, 5:30pm. $350 and up. Peacock Gap Country Club, 333 Biscayne Dr, San Rafael. 415.526.5300.

Quaker Tea & Fundraiser

Tenth annual event charms with homemade goodies and its traditional tea menu. Reservations required. Apr 21, 10am-4pm. $25. Friends House, 684 Benicia Dr, Santa Rosa. 707.573.4508.

Raw-Milk Cheese Appreciation Day

Food & Drink

Cheese expert Janet Fletcher hosts a tasting of American cheeses made with unpasteurized milk. Apr 21, 1pm. $65. Healdsburg Shed, 25 North St, Healdsburg. 707.431.7433.

Biodynamic Wine Tasting

Scandinavian Brunch

Walk-around tasting highlights local biodynamic wine producers. Apr 21, 2pm. $35. CIA at Copia, 500 First St, Napa. 707.967.2530.

Cheesemaker Gala

Two Rock, Valley Ford, and WM Cofield serve their delicious cheeses alongside oils and vinegars from Petaluma’s ‘O’ olive oil company and Barber Cellars wines. Apr 20, 6pm. $35. Barber Cellars Tasting Room, 112 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.981.7034.

Earth Day at Benovia

Explore the sustainablyfarmed winery and taste current releases. Reservations recommended. Apr 22, 10am. $20-$40. Benovia Winery, 3339 Hartman Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.526.4441.

Flavors of Spring

Garden tours, seasonal bites and California bubbly make for a picturesque way to spend Earth Day. Apr 21. $25. Korbel Champagne Cellars, 13250 River Rd, Guerneville. 707.824.7000.

Fresh Starts Chef Event

Sebastopol chefs Duskie Estes and John Stewart, who operate Zazu Kitchen + Farm, team up with longtime butcher David Budworth to celebrate the pig. Apr 19, 6:30pm. $60. The Key Room, 1385 N Hamilton Pkwy, Novato. 415.382.3363, ext 215.

Great Chefs & Wineries

Rock legend Huey Lewis hosts this year’s gala fundraiser for Marin-based nonprofit Lifehouse, which features more than 50 renowned Bay Area

Enjoy a delicious brunch followed by a program about the long journeys and hardships of Norwgian ancestors coming to America. Apr 21, 12pm. $22. Sons of Norway Hall, 617 W Ninth St, Santa Rosa. 707.579.1080.

Lectures After the Earthquake

Visual presentation by amateur historian Richard Torney shares his family’s involvement in rebuilding after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. Apr 21, 11am. San Anselmo Library, 110 Tunstead Ave, San Anselmo. 415.258.4656.

The Biodynamic Approach to Cannabis Cultivation

An expert panel discusses what it means to be a Biodynamic cannabis grower. Apr 22, 1pm. $15. Healdsburg Shed, 25 North St, Healdsburg. 707.431.7433.

A Dowsers’ Brainwaves

Learn from master dowsers in a pre-recorded panel, with discussion and information presented by researcher Jennabeth Ward. Apr 21, 1:30pm. Community Room, 201 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera.

Essential Oils Class

Learn how to use essential oils to improve your health and add more vibrancy to your life. Sat, 10am. Free. Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.6600.

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.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous

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.

League of Women Voters Candidate Forum

Get info on what the clerk, assessor, recorder and registrar of voters is responsible for. Apr 19, 6pm. Santa Rosa City Hall, 100 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.789.9664.

Leatherback Sea Turtles in the California Current

Presentation covers the biology and ecology of leatherback turtles, the current status of the population, challenges to recovery and the actions we can take to help. Apr 24, 7pm. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.3871.

Protecting our Oceans: Perils & Progress in California

Program addresses threats to our oceans and solutions being implemented in California, focusing on ocean food webs, marine sanctuaries and more. Apr 25, 6:30pm. $10. Marin Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 415.455.5260.

Sailing Ships of SF Bay

Learn about early sailing vessels that made their way in and around the SF Bay Estuary and a bit of maritime history. Apr 21, 1:30pm. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.3871.

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.


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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.

Trombeau: Baroque Lute & Electric Guitar Lutenist, musicologist and composer Dominic Schaner presents a program. Apr 19, 7:30pm. $5. Many Rivers Books & Tea, 130 S Main St, Sebastopol. 707.829.8871.

Vegetable Gardening: Basics & Challenges

Presented by a Marin master gardener. Apr 19, 7pm. Free. Larkspur Library, 400 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.927.5005.

Readings The Astro Lounge at the Astro Motel

Apr 20, 8pm, “The Merry Spinster” with Daniel Mallory Ortberg. 323 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa 707.200.4655.


Book Passage

M.A. Organization Development Ready to make a difference? Guide the redesign of organizational structures, work processes, and governance to develop holistically sound organizations. Info Session Wednesday, May 1 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Rachel Carson Hall 44D, SSU $5 parking pass required in SSU general lots


Healdsburg Shed

Apr 19, 7pm, “Dark Land, Dark Mirror” with Jonah Raskin. $15. 25 North St, Healdsburg 707.431.7433.

Napa Bookmine

Apr 22, 3pm, “The Bunny Poets” with Barbara Toboni. 964 Pearl St, Napa 707.733.3199.

Napa Bookmine at Oxbow

Apr 21, 12pm, “Repertoire: All the Recipes You Need” with Jessica Battilana. 610 First St, Shop 4, Napa. 707.726.6575.

Petaluma Copperfield’s Books

Apr 19, 4pm, “Unicorn Rescue Society” with Adam Gidwitz. Apr 20, 7pm, “Gardening on California’s Coast” with Julie Monson. Apr 24, 4pm, “Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship” with Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes. 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma 707.762.0563.

Readers’ Books

Apr 19, 7pm, “A Strategy For Success” with Marianne Harms. 130 E Napa St, Sonoma 707.939.1779.

Santa Rosa Copperfield’s Books

Apr 19, 7pm, “An American Marriage” with Tayari Jones. Apr 21, 11am, “That Which Doesn’t Kill Us” with Charlie and Linda Bloom. Apr 21, 1pm, “Grow What You Love” with Emily Murphy. Apr 21, 4pm, “What’s Making Our Children Sick?” with Dr Vincanne Adams and Dr Michelle Perro. Apr 21, 5pm, “Russian Roulette” with Michael Isikoff and David Corn. Apr 22, 7pm, “Skyjack” with KJ Howe. Apr 23, 7pm, “The House of Broken Angels” with Luis Urrea. Apr 24, 6:30pm, Marin Poets in the Schools with Terri Glass. Apr 25, 7pm, “Future Presence” with Peter Rubin. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera 415.927.0960.

Apr 25, 7pm, “Cycling the Pacific Coast” with Bill Thorness. 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa 707.578.8938.

Calistoga Copperfield’s Books

2 Brothers Drinking/2 Sisters Drinking

Apr 21, 1pm, “Wine and Place: A Terroir Reader” with John Buechsenstein. 1330 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga 707.942.1616.

CIA at Copia

Apr 21, 3:30pm, “State Bird Provisions: A Cookbook” with Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski. $35. 500 First St, Napa 707.967.2530.

Healdsburg Copperfield’s Books

Apr 22, 2pm, “The Corporation” with TJ English. 106 Matheson St, Healdsburg 707.433.9270.

Sebastopol Copperfield’s Books

Apr 20, 7pm, “Your Guide to Forest Bathing” with M Amos Clifford. 138 N Main St, Sebastopol 707.823.2618.

Thumbprint Cellars

Apr 19, 6:30pm, “Other People’s Houses” with Abbi Waxman, co-hosted by Copperfield’s Books. 102 Matheson St, Healdsburg 707.433.2393.

Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

The Fantasticks

With the record for longest American theatrical run, the musical comes to Novato with timeless classics presented in an inventive fashion. Through Apr 29. $12-$27. Novato Theater Company, 5240 Nave Dr, Novato. 415.883.4498.

The Gumshoe Murders Get a Clue Productions presents a new murdermystery dinner theater show about a 1940s detective caught in a web of deception. Reservations required. Fri, Apr 20, 7pm. $68. Charlie’s Restaurant, Windsor Golf Club, 1320 19th Hole Dr, Windsor,

Into the Woods

Santa Rosa Junior College’s theatre arts department presents the Stephen Sondheim-penned musical fable full of beloved fairytale characters. Apr 20-May 6. $12$22. Maria Carrillo High School, 6975 Montecito Blvd, Santa Rosa. 707.527.4307.

Magic Circle Cycle

In-development collaboration with composer and musician Kalei Yamanoha and the Imaginists continues to evolve into a new hybrid form of storytelling. Thurs, Apr 19, 8pm and Sat, Apr 21, 8pm. $5-$20 and up. The Imaginists, 461 Sebastopol Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.528.7554.

Playback Theatre

Experience a unique form of improvisational theater, where stories or dreams are brought to life on the spot. Apr 21, 7:30pm. $10. Key Tea, 921 C St, San Rafael, 808.428.3233.


Theater Pegasus Theater Company presents a staged reading of the new play written by Camp Meeker resident Stanley Rutherford. Apr 20-21, 7:30pm. donations welcome. Blue Door Gallery, 16359 Main St, Guerveville. 707.865.9878.

Death of a Salesman

Veteran character actor Charles Siebert stars in a new intimate production of the classic drama from playwright Arthur Miller. Through Apr 28. $18$28. Studio Theatre, 6th Street

Sonoma-based actor Jim Jarrett recreates the life of artist Vincent van Gogh in this popular one-man- show. Apr 20-21, 8pm. $15-$30. The White Barn, 2727 Sulphur Springs Ave, St Helena. 707.987.8225.

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n the eve of April 20 —a global rite of spring spawned by the mystic Waldos and their quest for the secret garden of cannabinoid splendor— the embrace of legalization has ever so subtly shifted our celebration toward an understanding of the purpose and effect of the endocannabinoid system. This system is the master regulator of human physiology. It turns out there is another system emerging from the primordial ooze, one embraced by half the planet while the rest cower in the grips of mycophobia. I’m referring to the realm of mushrooms. Some mycologists theorize that humans and fungi shared a common ancestry 600 million years ago and that we evolved from them. Besides a 20-minute Phish jam, where exactly do the mycelial and endocannabinoid systems connect? It turns out they do so in two supremely important

areas: immune system function and neurogenesis. Viruses are well versed in the art of manipulating our immune system response to their benefit. As a result of an infection, cytokines, which are signaling molecules that promote inflammatory conditions, are stimulated to cascade in response to this intrusion. These cascades create out-ofcontrol inflammatory situations that result in a viral takeover. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that Cordyceps, a genus of fungi, and cannabidiol (CBD) share similar abilities to down-regulate these cascades, thus promoting antiinflammatory conditions that could hinder the progression of infections. Coupled with this antiinflammatory response, cannabis and certain mushrooms possess immune-stimulating properties that can up-regulate certain immune responses, which can help the body adapt and react accordingly to threats. As for neurological health and well-being, the degradation of the neurological system is the hallmark of aging, overall health decline, traumatic injury, such as repeat concussions, and specific conditions like Alzheimer’s and dementia. Research out of Malaysia shows that Hericium erinaceus, known as the Lion’s Mane mushroom (pictured), possesses erinacines that stimulate nerve growth (neurogenesis) and help rebuild myelin, the sheath that insulates nerve fibers. Pairing with the antioxidant and neuro-protectant properties of CBD and THC could hold promise for mediating neurological damage after trauma and possibly serve as a preventative for neurodegenerative diseases. That’s worth celebrating. Patrick Anderson is lead educator with Project CBD. He will be celebrating 420/Earth Day/Bicycle Day at Emerald Pharms in Hopland from noon to 11pm.


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ARIES (March 21–April 19) In the early history of the automobile, electric engines were more popular and common than gasoline-powered engines. They were less noisy, dirty, smelly and difficult to operate. It’s too bad that thereafter the technology for gasoline cars developed at a faster rate than the technology for electric cars. By the end of the first decade of the 20th century, the petroleum-suckers were in ascendance. They have remained so ever since, playing a significant role in our world’s ongoing environmental degradation. Moral of the story: sometimes the original idea or the early model or the first try is better. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you should consider applying this hypothesis to your current state of affairs. TAURUS (April 20–May 20) The Chesapeake

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Bay is a fertile estuary that teems with life. It’s 200 miles long and holds 18 trillion gallons of water. More than 150 streams and rivers course into its drainage basin. And yet it’s relatively shallow. If you’re six feet tall, you could wade through over a thousand square miles of its mix of fresh and salt water without getting your hat wet. I see this place as an apt metaphor for your life in the coming weeks: an expanse of flowing fecundity that is vast but not so deep that you’ll get overwhelmed.

GEMINI (May 21–June 20) You’ll soon arrive at a pressure-packed turning point. You’ll stand poised at a pivotal twist of fate where you must trust your intuition to reveal the differences between smart risks and careless gambles. Are you willing to let your half-naked emotions show? Will you have the courage to be brazenly loyal to your deepest values? I won’t wish you luck, because how the story evolves will be fueled solely by your determination, not by accident or happenstance. You will know you’re in a good position to solve the Big Riddles if they feel both scary and fun. CANCER (June 21–July 22)

Strong softness is one of your specialties. So are empathetic rigor, creative responsiveness and daring acts of nurturing. Now is a perfect time to summon and express all of these qualities with extra flair. If you do, your influence will exceed its normal quotas. Your ability to heal and inspire your favorite people will be at a peak. So I hereby invite you to explore the frontiers of aggressive receptivity. Wield your courage and power with a fierce vulnerability. Be tenderly sensitive as an antidote to any headstrong lovelessness you encounter.

LEO (July 23–August 22) In 1973, Pink Floyd released the album The Dark Side of the Moon. Since then, it has been on various Billboard charts for over 1,700 weeks, and has sold more than 45 million copies. Judging from the astrological aspects coming to bear on you, Leo, I suspect you could create or produce a beautiful thing with a similar staying power in the next five months. What vitalizing influence would you like to have in your life for at least the next 30 years? VIRGO (August 23–September 22) I beg you to take a break sometime soon. Give yourself permission to indulge in a vacation or recess or sabbatical. Wander away on a leave of absence. Explore the mysteries of a siesta blended with a fiesta. If you don’t grant yourself this favor, I may be forced to bark “Chill out, dammit!” at you until you do. Please don’t misunderstand my intention here. The rest of us appreciate the way you’ve been attending to the complicated details that are too exacting for us. But we can also see that if you don’t ease up, there will soon be diminishing returns. It’s time to return to your studies of relaxing freedom. LIBRA (September 23–October 22) Singersongwriter Roy Orbison achieved great success in the 1960s, charting 22 songs on the Billboard Top 40. But his career declined after that. Years later, in 1986, filmmaker David Lynch asked him for the right to use his tune “In Dreams” for the movie Blue Velvet. Orbison denied the request, but Lynch incorporated the tune anyway. Surprise! Blue Velvet was nominated for an Academy Award and played a big role in reviving Orbison’s fame. Later the singer came to appreciate not only the career boost, but also Lynch’s unusual


aesthetic, testifying that the film gave his song an “otherworldly quality that added a whole new dimension.” Now let’s meditate on how this story might serve as a parable for your life. Was there an opportunity that you once turned down but will benefit from anyway? Or is there a current opportunity that maybe you shouldn’t turn down, even if it seems odd?

SCORPIO (October 23–November 21) You’ve

been to the Land of No Return and back more than anyone. But soon you’ll be visiting a remote enclave in this realm that you’re not very familiar with. I call it the Mother Lode of Sexy Truth. It’s where tender explorers go when they must transform outworn aspects of their approach to partnership and togetherness. On the eve of your quest, shall we conduct an inventory of your capacity to outgrow your habitual assumptions about relationships? No, let’s not. That sounds too stiff and formal. Instead, I’ll simply ask you to strip away any falseness that interferes with vivacious and catalytic intimacy.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21)

In 1824, two British explorers climbed a mountain in southwestern Australia. They were hoping to get a sweeping view of Port Phillip Bay, on which the present-day city of Melbourne is located. But when they reached the top, their view was largely obstructed by trees. Out of perverse spite, they decided to call the peak Mount Disappointment, a name it retains to this day. I suspect you may soon have your own personal version of an adventure that falls short of your expectations. I hope—and also predict—that your experience won’t demoralize you, but will rather mobilize you to attempt a new experiment that ultimately surpasses your original expectations.

CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19) Capricorn rock musician Lemmy Kilmister bragged that he swigged a bottle of Jack Daniel’s whiskey every day from 1975 to 2013. While I admire his dedication to inducing altered states of consciousness, I can’t recommend such a strategy for you. But I will love it if you undertake a more disciplined crusade to escape numbing routines and irrelevant habits in the next four weeks. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you will have a special knack for this practical art. AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18) Germany was one of the big losers of World War I, which ended in 1919. By accepting the terms of the Versailles Treaty, it agreed to pay reparations equivalent to 96,000 tons of gold. Not until 2010, decades after the war, did Germany finally settle its bill and fulfill its obligation. I’m sure your own big, long-running debt is nowhere near as big or as longrunning as that one, Aquarius. But you will nonetheless have reason to be ecstatic when you finally discharge it. And according to my reading of the astrological omens, that could and should happen sometime soon. (P.S.: The “debt” could be emotional or spiritual rather than financial.) PISCES (February 19–March 20)

“I would rather have a drop of luck than a barrel of brains,” said the ancient Greek philosopher Diogenes. Fortunately, that’s not a choice you will have to face in the coming weeks, Pisces. According to my reading of the cosmic signs, your brain will be working with even greater efficiency and ingenuity than it usually does. Meanwhile, a stronger-than-expected flow of luck will be swirling around in your vicinity. One of your main tasks will be to harness your enhanced intelligence to take shrewd advantage of the good fortune.

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After studying environmental studies at Chico State, Annie was inspired to learn more about the intersection of business and sustainability and went on to complete a “Green MBA” in 2014 through Dominican University. Now Annie is Oliver’s first full-time sustainability coordinator. She is passionately working to increase our green efforts and make us a more sustainable company. Thanks Annie! “I believe in the power of example, and although no one is perfect, we can each do a small part to make big positive impacts! Here at Oliver’s we are making big changes one small step at a time – reducing our plastic usage, engaging in more sustainable community activities, offering green products, and so much more! With customer and employee suggestions, we are constantly improving.”

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