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Astronomical What’s retro about 160 bucks a night for the Astro Motel (“Hip Advisor,” April 10)? I guess they have to keep pace with the Spinster Sisters’ prices.

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Housing for All Sonoma County was already facing an issue with affordable housing before the

October wildfires. Now there needs to be more permanent housing created to ensure families at risk of homelessness. Affordable housing is defined as paying 30 percent or less of the gross monthly household income. Due to the fires, there was a 5 percent loss of housing units, roughly 4,000 homes and around 100 structures in Santa Rosa. Now Sonoma County will need the 4,000 housing units that were taken by the fire, on top of the 17,144 more for affordable rental homes, to meet the needs of the lowest income renters. The average median for a house rose to $639,000 in 2017. Only 26

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Dept. of Corrections Due to a reporting error, the ownership and management teams of the Astro Motel were misstated (“Hip Advisor,” April 10). Liza Hinman is the chef and co-owner of the Spinster Sisters restaurant and part of the team behind the Astro, not Lizzie Simon. And Camille Cannon is no longer general manager of the Astro. Lisa Robbins is general manager of the motel now. The Bohemian regrets the errors.

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POLE POSITIONS The devastation from last year’s fire has many pointing fingers at PG&E’s maintenance of vegetation around its power lines.

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Darius Anderson signs on as PG&E lobbyist as utility seeks to limit wildfire liability BY TOM GOGOLA

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s he sets out to rebuild the North Bay after the October wildfires, Sonoma County developer, newspaper investor and regional Democratic Party power broker Darius Anderson is now lobbying in Sacramento on behalf of Pacific Gas & Electric interests.

According to the California Secretary of State, Anderson’s lobbying firm, Platinum Advisors, was hired by the utility on March 28—just as a Senate bill that’s targeted at PG&E’s fire liability was scheduled to make its way through the committee process. Co-sponsored by North Bay pols Bill Dodd and Mike McGuire, SB 819 sets out to limit the extent to which electric utilities can pass off legal fees and fines to ratepayers.

If signed into law, SB 819 would enhance the state’s current ability to regulate rate hikes; California law already gives the state Public Utilities Commission leverage to “fix the rates and charges for every public utility and requires that those rates and charges be just and reasonable.” The current regulations prohibit gas corporations from “recovering any fine or penalty in any rate approved by the commission,” and SB 819 extends

the prohibition to investor-owned gas and electric corporations such as San Francisco–based PG&E, which provides power to some 16 million California residents and is the dominant investorowned utility in the state. Senate Bill 819 would seem designed to head off the utility’s attempt to convince Sacramento regulators and lawmakers that fallout from the “new normal” of climate change and wildfires shouldn’t fall on the utility, even if its equipment is determined to be a culprit. Two state agencies are investigating the historic blaze that swept through the region last October, and no final official determination has been made about PG&E’s ultimate responsibility for the fires. Sacramento-based PG&E spokesperson Lynsey Paulo says that “PG&E has not taken a position on Senate Bill 819. We’re committed to working with the state to build resiliency into our infrastructure, as we collectively confront the escalating pace and intensity of catastrophic events brought on by climate change. We ask the legislature to take a more holistic view in dealing with this new normal of extreme weather events driven by climate change.” The bill unanimously passed the Senate’s Energy, Utilities and Communications committee last week and was headed for another hearing with the Judiciary Committee this week. Sen. McGuire is a member of the former committee. His office did not respond to a request for comment on Platinum Advisors or Anderson’s new role lobbying for PG&E. Like many elected California officials, McGuire has been a recipient of PG&E campaign funds. The bill was introduced on Jan. 3, and the Senate set last week’s hearing date on March 12. Platinum Advisors was hired by PG&E about two weeks later, but the company won’t say for how much or for how long. “Like many individuals and businesses, PG&E participates in the political process,” says Paulo. “PG&E holds itself to the highest standards of public disclosure and compliance


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As he announced the lawsuit against PG&E in early February, James Gore, chairman of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, told the San Francisco Chronicle that the county sued the company with reluctance, and that PG&E were “great partners” for the county. Gore’s wife, Elizabeth, is chair of the Rebuild Northbay Foundation, whose founder is now lobbying for PG&E’s interests in Sacramento. James Gore did not return a call for comment. Noreen Evans, the Santa Rosa lawyer who lost to the Andersonbacked Lynda Hopkins in the 2016 5th district Sonoma County supervisors race, apparently doesn’t see much in the way of a “good partner” in PG&E. Responding to PG&E’s mid-March superior court pushback to firerelated lawsuits, she told the Press Democrat that “PG&E wants to increase your utility bill to pay for burning your home.” Evans is representing local plaintiffs who are suing the utility. Anderson’s new deal with PG&E comes as the developer has forprofit business before Sonoma County this week through his firm Kenwood Investments. Tuesday the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved

Anderson’s plan to build out his Wing & Barrel Ranch, an uppercrust shooting club in the Sonoma baylands whose splashy plans come complete with a restaurant, a fishing pond, an 18,000-squarefoot clubhouse, and a new 85foot tower nestled among a hay field dotted with 250-foot PG&E towers. As part of an agreement with the county, Kenwood Investments agreed to knock one story off the proposed threestory clubhouse, set aside a couple days a week for hunters of lesser means and cap club membership at 500, including 25 corporate memberships of threepersons each. The proposal was conditionally approved in 2012. According to Wing & Barrel promotional materials, those memberships are $75,000 a year for individuals, and $145,000 for corporations to enjoy the Charlie Palmer menu and premium cigars. Anderson did not respond to an email seeking comment, and a call to Platinum Advisors was not returned. Does PG&E plan to purchase a corporate membership at Anderson’s new venture? Has Wing & Barrel sent its marketing materials to the company’s investors? Paulo did not ) 10

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with applicable laws and regulations.” Platinum Advisors was founded by Anderson, a Sonoma resident who is also a principal investor at the Sonoma Media Group, which owns the Press Democrat and several other publications around the region. He’s also the founder of the Rebuild Northbay Foundation, a nonprofit he created after the fires. It is registered as both a 501(c)3 and 501(c)4, which means that Rebuild Northbay can act as a charitable nonprofit organization and as a lobbying group. The 501(c)(4) designation is for “social welfare organizations,” which can endorse political candidates; 501(c)(3) nonprofits are restricted from influencing legislation and can’t participate in campaign activities for or against candidates. The Rebuild Northbay Foundation’s board members include Steven Malnight, currently a senior vice president at PG&E. According to the Rebuild website, Malnight until recently served as PG&E’s senior vice president for regulatory affairs, “where he oversaw PG&E’s regulatory policy efforts at the national and state levels, including interactions with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).” Paulo did not respond to a follow-up email inquiring about Malnight’s role as a PG&E employee who is also a board member at Rebuild Northbay. The utility has come under intense scrutiny following the wildfires last fall, as state investigators set out to determine what caused the fires that destroyed nearly 9,000 homes and buildings, killed more than 40 people and prompted hundreds of lawsuits against the utility—including a suit by Sonoma County itself. At last count, Sonoma County faced a $2.2 million budget deficit because of the fires, and sued PG&E in February. County Counsel Bruce Goldstein told the Press Democrat that the county hoped to recover between $9 million and $25 million in county funds spent on the cleanup and overtime pay.

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respond to a follow-up inquiry which sought to answer these questions. The North Bay fires caused an estimated $9 billion in insured damage, and many residents hold the utility directly responsible for their losses. Numerous press reports have noted that PG&E carries about $800 million in liability insurance. The upshot is that the investor-owned utility may be facing one of the more severe existential crises in its hundred-plus-year history, and issued a statement in January which, even as it didn’t oppose it, argued that SB 819 could not have come at a worse time for the utility or its ratepayers—given its commitment to participating in the state’s climate-change reduction strategies. Since the fires, PG&E has embarked on a vigorous publicrelations campaign to assure ratepayers that it’s on top of its responsibilities to clear vegetation from around power lines. Some suspect the fires began with sparks from wind-whipped power lines that ignited nearby trees. The utility participates in the region’s clean power initiative (Sonoma Clean Power) and has extensive ties in the county, some of which are reflected through its community investment program. In 2015, for example, the utility donated $2,500 to the nonprofit Children’s Museum of Sonoma County; it also displayed a hydroelectric model in the facility as the museum was getting off the ground. Leslie Horak, one of the founding members of the museum, works as a communications specialist with PG&E and manages its college-scholarship program. The museum was not damaged by the October wildfires. As wildfire suits mounted late last year, PG&E put the heavyweight Sacramento lobbying group Capitol Advocacy on its payroll as of Jan. 1 of this year. It added more lobbying firepower with the addition of Platinum Advisors about three months later. Just days after it hired Capitol Advocacy, on Jan. 4, local news

outlets reported that Petaluma resident Katie Kerns Davis was promoted to chief of staff for PG&E chief operating officer Geisha Williams. Davis is a former head of the Petaluma Chamber of Commerce, and her husband, Mike Kerns, is a former Sonoma County Supervisor; her corporate bio notes that in her nine years at PG&E, she had recently “taken part in companywide initiatives on corporate strategy and the strategic response to last fall’s Northern California wildfires.” That strategy appears to be: hold the line at any attempt to hold the company liable for damages in the fires; enhance local partnerships with deeppocket developers; and serve the interests of investors in the process. At the time of the fires, PG&E shares were trading for about $70; by early February, the stock had bottomed out at $38 a share, and has slowly crept back to $45 a share as of late April. The company reported $17.14 billion in revenue in 2017 and announced late last year that it would suspend dividend payouts to investors in 2018, given the uncertainty over its liability for the fires. By the middle of March, the utility had taken its case to court and submitted multiple findings in state superior court pushing back against the mounting lawsuits. At issue for PG&E is the principle of “inverse condemnation,” whereby California says the utility can be held liable for damages from a wildfire, as PG&E argued in a press release on Jan. 3, “even if the utility has followed established inspection and safety rules.” The utility had been negotiating with the state Public Utilities Commission over extant regulations right up until the fires broke out in early October. The commission has historically been taken to task for its too-cozy relationship with the utility and its Wall Street backers, but did announce after the fires that it was launching an investigation of its own and told the utility to preserve all its emails and documents.


Pourin’ Possum The long, scaly tale of Santa Rosa’s newest craft brewery BY JAMES KNIGHT

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n the eve of only their second official week of service, the team at Old Possum Brewing Co. seem in good spirits while making preparations for the week ahead.

“I don’t think we’ll have any shortage of customers,” bar manager Jordan Bothe cheerily says of their hideaway location in a south Santa Rosa business park. An avid microbrew hunter himself, Bothe says he’s already seen repeat customers come back, and bring more friends. Also sanguine, Old Possum’s owner and head brewer, Sandro Tamburin, says, “People feel pleasure in finding these kinds of places.” Besides, he’s got a backup plan—an even more under-

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Fun on Wheels

CampoVelo returns to celebrate eating, drinking and cycling BY STETT HOLBROOK


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CampoVelo is Coachella for cyclists. Held April 27–29, the event is a three-day celebration of food, wine, cycling, music and philanthropy. There are activities for non-cyclists as well. (The Bohemian is a media sponsor of the event.) “It’s really about enjoying being outdoors, whether you’re cycling or going on a hike or doing some yoga,” says co-founder Chris Cosentino, celebrity chef and avid cyclist. “It’s all about community, conviviality and giving back.” For gearheads, the event is stacked with a variety of rides for different skill levels and on different surfaces: road, gravel and dirt. Cosentino’s remarks about giving back is in reference to No Kid Hungry, Chefs Cycle, the Napa Valley Vine Trail and World Bicycle Relief, philanthropic groups that are beneficiaries of CampoVelo’s various fundraising dinners and events. Of course, this being Napa, there will be plenty of opportunities to geek out on wine. Rebekah Wineburg, winemaker for Quintessa, will participate in a panel discussion at one of Saturday’s “Speakeasy Sessions” at the Calistoga Motor Lodge. She’ll be joined by winemakers Steve Matthiasson and Bertus Van Zyl, and Iron Chef America winner Neal Fraser. “[The event] is really interesting to me because of the combination of food, wine and fitness,” Wineburg says. While she’s not a cyclist, Wineburg will lead a hike Saturday up Calistoga’s Oat Hill Mine trail. Saturday. “I really like the connection between healthy lifestyle and food and wine.”

Many of the event’s rides will be led by professional cyclists, Ironman winners and other elite riders. Ted King, a former Tour de France competitor who now lives in Marin County, will lead Friday’s 30-mile gravel-road ride along Lake Hennessey and Saturday’s fast-paced, 73-mile “Espresso Train” ride on the Silverado Trail from Calistoga to Rutherford.

‘It’s like riding in Europe where everybody speaks English.’ “Riding in the Napa Valley is amazing,” says King. “It’s some of the best riding in America.” As a professional cyclist for 10 years pedaling through Europe, King had to forego all the great food and drink the area had to offer in the name of training. Those days are over now. He says CampoVelo matches great cycling and plenty of great food. Saturday also features a race at the Calistoga Speedway patterned after the “Little 500” race depicted in the classic cycling film Breaking Away. Just like in the movie, teams of four will compete on flat-pedal, single-speed bikes. The event will feature food trucks and live music, and proceeds will help the Napa Valley Vine Trail, a nonprofit group working to build

PEDAL POWER CampoVelo caters to riders of all types and abilities.

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a paved bike path from Calistoga to the Vallejo ferry. Cosentino will be on one of the teams competing on the speedway. I knew he had a talent for turning beef heart, tripe and other typically cast-off animal parts into delicious plates of food. I didn’t know he was once a professional mountain biker and solo, 24-hour endurance racer. Chefs are generally a driven, hyperactive bunch who put in extremely long hours to create indulgent experiences. With three restaurants to his name (Cockscomb in San Francisco, Acacia House in St. Helena and the new Jackrabbit in Portland, Ore.), a line of cooking knives, a writing credit for a Wolverine comic book and a Top Chef Masters win, the extreme-mountain-bike-racer thing makes sense. Cosentino rose to fame as the offal-loving chef at the late Incanto, a beloved San Francisco restaurant that put him and lesser cuts of

meat on the map. After the birth of his son 13 years ago, he put the brakes on cycling and focused on his culinary career. But he’s returned to his love for cycling in recent years, and this weekend, Cosentino’s love for bikes and food ride in tandem at CampoVelo. Cosentino lives in San Francisco but rides in Napa Valley regularly with his friend and Napa frame builder Curtis Inglis. “He takes me on all these crazy, amazing road rides,” Cosentino says. “But there’s also riding at Skyline [Wilderness Park] and these gravel rides he takes me on which I don’t even know the names of. I just follow him, and that, to me, is the most fun, that sense of adventure. . . .There’s nothing like it. It’s just incredible. “I like to say [Napa] is like riding in Europe where everybody speaks English.” For more information, visit campovelo.com.

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apa Valley is obviously well-known as a food and wine destination, but because it’s flanked by mountains and crossed by winding roads that thread through picturesque vineyards and small towns, it’s also a haven for cyclists—provided you can avoid the weekend traffic jams. This weekend Napa will be jammed with cyclists of all kinds as CampoVelo rolls into the area for its second year.


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The week’s events: a selective guide LARKSPUR

Landmark Film

Based on the bestselling novel by Kent Nerburn, last year’s indie film ‘Neither Wolf Nor Dog’ takes audiences on an eye-opening road trip through Lakota life and culture. The film stars elder Dave Bald Eagle (once called “the world’s most interesting man” by NPR), who was 95 years old during filming but died before its release. After playing at dozens of cinemas for the past year, Neither Wolf Nor Dog debuts in Marin with a weekend of screenings starting Friday, April 27, at Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. Friday, 6:30pm; Saturday, 3:45pm; Sunday, 10:30am. $8–$11. 415.924.5111.

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Free Range Folk

Sonoma County folk outfit the Musers are new to the scene as a trio, though the members are all North Bay musical veterans. Songwriters, vocalists and multi-instrumentalists Megan McLaughlin (Cularan) and Anita Sandwina (Spark & Whisper), along with standup bassist Tom Kuhn, share a tight musical connection on their upbeat acoustic originals, which can be heard on the group’s debut CD. It’s available this weekend when the Musers perform an album-release show alongside fellow folk outfit the Farallons on Friday, April 27, at the Sebastopol Community Center Annex, 425 Morris St., Sebastopol. 8pm. $10. 707.823.1511.

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Local Fling

Nearly two dozen local culinary purveyors get a chance to rub elbows at the Russian River Food & Wine Spring Fling this weekend. Stations of food and wine from the likes of Sonoma Coast-based Flowers Vineyards & Winery and local oyster bar Seaside Metal will line the street, and highlights include bites by noted Guerneville chef Crista Luedtke, owner of Boon restaurant, book signings by Sonoma County chef, cooking instructor and cookbook author Michele Anna Jordan and live music by West County favorites THUGZ. Enjoy the fling on Saturday, April 28, on Main Street in downtown Guerneville. 1–4pm. $30–$50 and up. russianriver.com.

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Pure Art

With an emphasis on emotional expression over figurative representation, abstract art is a long-evolving movement that is increasingly finding a global audience. This week, Sonoma County gets a major dose of today’s hottest artists in the field when ‘Purely Abstract: Visions in Line, Form and Color’ opens in Healdsburg. Artist Jerrold Ballaine and art historian Satri Pencak juried the show, featuring works from over 50 artists, including locals like Sonoma’s Shotsie Gorman and Santa Rosa’s Max DuBois. The exhibit opens with a reception on Saturday, April 28, at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts, 130 Plaza St., Healdsburg. 5pm. Free admission. 707.431.1970.

STARS ARE OUT Rick Springfield caps off a stacked weekend of headlining concerts happening at the Uptown Theatre in Napa, April 26–29. See Clubs & Venues, p21.

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Arts Ideas SIP AND SHOP Katie Bundschu’s retail shop marries wine with locally made crafts and products with stories to tell.

Taking Flight Winetasting is just one of the things to do at Abbot’s Passage BY FLORA TSAPOVSKY

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onoma needs another winetasting room like it needs more wineries. Abbot’s Passage Supply Co. is different. In addition to tastings of blends created under the Abbot’s Passage label, the tasting room serves as a general store as well, offering clothing, grooming products, homedécor items and gifts.

Abbot’s Passage, which opened its doors in December 2017, is Katie Bundschu’s new take on a tasting room, marrying a concept store with small-lot, co-fermented field blends sourced from vineyards within Sonoma. “We wanted to create a different kind of space, an inviting and engaging place where guests and our community could come together and learn something new,” she says. Bundschu is a sixth-generation winemaker from Sonoma’s Gundlach Bundschu Winery. She

joined the family business in 2012. While the family winery’s tasting room is quite traditional, with Abbot’s Passage, Bundschu says she wanted “to honor my family’s longstanding knowledge of Sonoma Valley by showcasing storied vineyards throughout the valley.” Located in an 1886 carriage house, which used to be a hair salon, the shop offers a mix of curated goods and vintage curiosities which, according to Bundschu, “celebrate local craftsmanship, quality and

sustainability.” In the space, the wine taster and shopper can find a rotating selection of apparel, home décor and jewelry from brands such as Filson, Taylor Stitch, Juniper Ridge, K/LLER Collection and Lovely Bird, with an emphasis on Californian brands which Bundschu says cater to the “modern-day adventurer and explorer.” The store is located on the ground floor and the tasting room is tucked away on the second level. The wine and the products, says Abbot Passage’s brand manager and creative strategist Liddy Parlato, are designed to play off each other. “The retail [offerings] allows us to tell a richer story about our wine,” she says. “The brands were chosen according to characteristics our wine carries, such as heritage, limited production, handmade, artisanal, the element of discovery and adventure.” Following the explorer theme, Abbot’s Passage offers monthly workshops such as perfume making, oyster shucking and even lock picking. There are also book talks planned with local authors. Is Parlato worried that shopping and imbibing are canceling each other out? Not really. “When people are here for 45 minutes, we make sure we’re not cannibalizing one experience for the other,” Parlato says. “Some people are intrigued by the products first and then move on to winetasting, and some the other way around.” Abbot’s Passage doesn’t feel like a typical tasting room. It’s more boutique than bottle shop, where wine is part of a larger lifestyle and winetasting plays a supporting act. It will be worth watching to see if other wineries follow suit and adopt a similar approach. Abbott’s Passage Supply Co., 27 E. Napa St., Sonoma. 707.939.3017.


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CAST OF CHARACTERS Stephen

Sondheim’s ‘Into the Woods’ mashes several beloved fairy tales.

Dark Tale

SRJC’s ‘Woods’ succeeds despite challenges BY HARRY DUKE

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he Santa Rosa Junior College theater season ends with a production of James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods. It’s a fairy tale mash-up with elements of “Cinderella,” “Rapunzel,” “Jack and the Beanstalk” and “Little Red Riding Hood” set to a classic Sondheim score. As in the original tales—and unlike most adaptations—things do not end well.

A childless baker (Brett Mollard) and his wife (Katie Smith) make a bargain with a witch (Alanna Weatherby) to lift a family curse and grant their wish for a child.

‘Into the Woods’ runs through May 6 at Maria Carrillo High School Auditorium, 6975 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa. Recommended for ages 12 and above. Thursday–Saturday, 7:30pm; Saturday–Sunday, 1:30pm; $10–$22. 707.527.4307.

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They are tasked with acquiring four items: a cow as white as milk, a cape as red as blood, hair as yellow as corn and a slipper as pure as gold. Their search leads them to cross paths in the woods with the characters from the aforementioned fairy tales, all seeking fulfillment of their own wishes. The first act ends on a happy note as everyone seems to have their wishes granted, but Act II gets dark as the characters’ actions play out. In other words, be careful what you wish for. With the JC’s Burbank Auditorium undergoing renovations, the limitations of the Maria Carrillo High School Auditorium utilized for this production led director Laura Downing-Lee and her design team to get even more inventive than usual. They’ve reached back to the source material and set the show in a library. Scenic designer Peter Crompton loads the stage with oversized books that work as doors and steps. Under the vocal direction of Jody Benecke and musical direction of Justin Pyne and a nine-piece offstage orchestra, the creatively costumed cast do well with the often-challenging Sondheim score. Mollard, Smith and Weatherby lead the talented ensemble, which includes Levi Sterling as Jack, Serena Poggi as Little Red Riding Hood, Ella Park as Cinderella, Shayla Nordby as Rapunzel and Cooper Bennett and Roberto Pérez Kempton as princes who were “raised to be charming, not sincere.” Unfortunately, the openingnight performance was marred by technical difficulties. Erratic microphone work and a failing projection system distracted from the fine work being done onstage. My wish is that they get it all fixed so that audiences can fully enjoy this very entertaining production. Rating (out of 5):


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ARE YOU TALKING TO ME? Yes, Joaquin. We are. And you’re no Robert De Niro.

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Joaquin Phoenix is all fist, no heart in ‘Never Really Here’ BY RICHARD VON BUSACK

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lot parallels between You Were Never Really Here and Taxi Driver are obvious, despite the visual and sonic texture flaunted to obscure the links. This version is more compact, or rather circular: the kind of big-time politician that Travis was stalking in Taxi Driver is now actually involved in pimping out underage girls. In this adaptation of Jonathan Ames’ novel, about a traumatized Marine vet hired to rescue girls sold into sexual slavery, Joe (Joaquin Phoenix) shambles through his vigilante missions. Phoenix is in his wounded Joaquin mode, cryptic, sleepy-eyed and morose, tottering through scenes while he dispatches guards and perverts with a ballpeen hammer. Sounds like juicy material, but in the name of seriousness, director Lynne Ramsay cuts away anything thrilling, or even compelling. It’s a vigilante movie so aestheticized that it loses its energy—knuckle sandwiches with the crusts cut off, served on a doily. Jonny Greenwood’s score thrums away with dissonant strings and industrial roars, but the texture-quest is out of control here. There are one too many shots of the jeweled lights of NYC diffused through a rainy window, like spilled sequins, and a body disposal at a country lake looks like a baptism. One rampage, scored to Rosie and the Originals’ “Angel Baby,” is seen through several night-vision security cameras. The moment of impact is always just off screen or seen in a small corner of the frame. Ramsay could be classified with Nicolas Roeg and John Boorman among U.K. directors who find a transcendental side to violence, and I like a director with a taste for unique, immersive visuals. Yet ultimately we have a better idea about how the bricks in Joe’s mom’s house look than we do of how it was that Joe first curled his hand around the hammer of justice.

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SEND IT Sebastopol’s Burnside celebrate rootsy rock and the art of letter writing at upcoming show.

Pen Pals Burnside pack a mailbox for upcoming tour

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rofessionally, Evan Wiig is an advocate for family farming in the North Bay as executive director of the Farmers Guild. In his free time, he plays music. So it’s no surprise when Wiig says his eclectic rock band, Burnside, began on a farm, where he and others first jammed under the name Whiskey & Circumstance. When half of the band’s members moved north to start their own farm, Wiig reorganized and started anew as Burnside, named for the road he lives on west of Sebastopol. “It was the place we practiced in my living room,” Wiig says. “This new manifestation came about, and now it’s a five-person rock and roll band.” With Wiig on vocals and guitars, the band includes guitarist Nash

Burnside kicks off the ‘Letters to the Heartland’ tour on Saturday, April 28, at the Arlene Francis Center, 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 6pm. $10. burnsidetheband.com.

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Weber, bassist Andros Howes, drummer Jason Berkman and newly added vocalist Jeanna Collet. The band boasts a wide variety of styles, with a dance-inducing assortment of funk, blues, soul and more at their disposal. “We’re omnivores when it comes to music,” says Wiig. “It’s hard to narrow it down.” That diversity is highlighted on Burnside’s newly released album, Perseids, which alternates between funky grooves and roots-rock through its seven up-tempo tracks. “We play such a variety of venues, and we mix up our set list every time,” says Wiig. “For this album, we wanted to showcase that.” This weekend, Burnside embark on a national tour to support the record with a show on April 28 at the Arlene Francis Center. But this isn’t any tour, as the band is packing a mailbox alongside the music gear for a letter-writing adventure they’re calling “Letters to the Heartland.” “Right now, we have so many different avenues for communication, yet it’s really hard to hear one another,” says Wiig. As Facebook commodifies data and Twitter fractures discourse at 280 characters a time, Wiig envisions this tour as a chance for thoughtful dialogue among Americans. On April 28, Burnside will bring postcards, paper and envelopes for attendees to write a letter to a stranger. Throughout the tour, the band will invite those they meet to take a letter and leave a letter. When Burnside return to play the Railroad Square Music Festival on June 10, they will share those letters from the tour. “When you sit down to write a letter, you have to take some time and think about it,” Wiig says. “Letter writing is one of the more pure, intimate opportunities to connect with another human being that exists today.”


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Concerts Clubs & Venues SONOMA COUNTY

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Tibetan Healing Ceremony Lalu, or Tibetan Soul Retrieval and Longlife Ceremony, calls back and restores life force lost through trauma, accidents, abuse, stress or personal loss. Those with loss of energy or interest in life, continual misfortune, illness that does not respond to medical treatment—all are indications that one’s La or life-force may be weak or separated. Lalu reinforces the power of the five elements which are the foundation of our spirit or life force through the use of prayer and ritual offerings. Location: Odd Fellows Hall 195 N. Main Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472 Registration by Apr.30th: $125, $95 low income. At the door: $155, $125 low income.

Talented Sonoma County folk trio release their new album with a show featuring fellow acoustic act the Farallons. Apr 27, 8pm. $10. Sebastopol Community Center Annex, 425 Morris St, Sebastopol. 707.823.1511.

Mavis Staples Prolific soul, R&B and gospel vocalist performs with special guests, rock ‘n’ roll band the Stone Foxes, in a genrecrossing night of music. Apr 27, 8pm. $45-$59. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

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MARIN COUNTY Marin Symphony Superstar cellist, Grammy Award-winner and Marin Symphony artistic ambassador Zuill Bailey is the featured soloist in the Masterworks season finale, “Fantasy.” Apr 29, 3pm and May 1, 7:30pm. $20-$43 and up. Marin Center’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. marinsymphony.org.

NAPA COUNTY Keiko Matsui Internationally acclaimed pianist, composer and social activist has delighted audiences and promoted humanitarian causes for over 30 years. Apr 27-28, 7:30 and 9:30pm. $25-$45. Blue Note Napa, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.603.1258.

Torch Songs of World War II Engaging performance features music from the Opus Trio and narration by showman Dan Goodman. Apr 28, 3pm. $21-$30. Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater, 100 California Dr, Yountville. 707.944.9900.

SONOMA COUNTY A’Roma Roasters

Apr 27, Solid Air. Apr 28, Ricky Alan Ray Band. 95 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.576.7765.

Aqus Cafe

Apr 26, Emily Lois. Apr 27, Memory Lane Combo. Apr 28, the Rivertown Trio. Apr 29, 2pm, Two Smooth. 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.

Arlene Francis Center

Apr 27, Milk for the Angry with Jesus & the Dinosaurs and Death n Taxes. Apr 28, “Letters to the Heartland Party” with Burnside and Lightworkers Union. 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.

The Big Easy

Apr 26, the Witness Protection Trio. Apr 27, Fog Holler and Faustina Masigat. Apr 28, Vicious Minds with Lauren Bjelde. Apr 29, Seventh Avenue. May 2, Rockville Roadkill Big Band. 128 American Alley, Petaluma. 707.776.7163.

Cellars of Sonoma

Apr 29, 2pm, Craig Corona. 20 Matheson Ave, Healdsburg. 707.578.1826.

Center for Spiritual Living

Apr 29, 7pm, Kirtan and Chant with Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda. 2075 Occidental Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.4543.

Crooked Goat Brewing Apr 28, 3pm, Dan Martin. 120 Morris St, Ste 120, Sebastopol. 707.827.3893.

Elephant in the Room

Apr 26, Miss Tess & the Talkbacks. Apr 27, Mr December. Apr 28, Crowbot. Apr 29, 6pm, Miss Moonshine. 177-A Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg.

Flamingo Lounge

Apr 27, Project 4 Band. Apr 28, Matt Aplin & the Midnight Band. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

Geyserville Gun Club Bar & Lounge Apr 28, Flyover States. 21025 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville. 707.814.0036.

Green Music Center Weill Hall

Apr 27, Nrityagram Dance Ensemble. Apr 28, Les Violons du Roy Bernard Labadie. Apr 29, 2pm, Sonoma State Symphony Orchestra with Jonathan Dimmock. 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, 866.955.6040.

Gundlach Bundschu Winery

Apr 30, 7pm, Khruangbin with the Mattson 2. 2000 Denmark St, Sonoma. 707.938.5277.

HopMonk Sebastopol

Apr 27, Viva La Rêve with Jon Gonzales and the Real Sarahs. Apr 28, Aceyalone with AZ.Redsmoke and DJ Teluryde. Apr 30, Monday Night Edutainment with Ras Gilbert. May 1, California Kind. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

HopMonk Sonoma

Wed, open mic. Apr 27, Sean Carscadden. Apr 28, Low Flying Birds. Apr 29, 1pm, Margo Cilker. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.

Hotel Healdsburg

Apr 28, Kevin Fitzsimmons Quartet. 25 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.431.2800.

Lagunitas Tap Room

Apr 26, Misner & Smith. Apr 27, Codi Binkley and friends. Apr 28, the M-Tet. Apr 29, Savannah Blu. May 2, Aki Kumar Blues Duo. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

Main Street Bistro

Apr 27, Spyralites. Apr 28, Bad Ass Boots. Apr 29, Vernelle Anders. 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.

Montgomery Village Shopping Center Apr 28, 11:30am, Annie Sampson & Her Band. 911 Village Court, Santa Rosa. 707.545.3844.

Murphy’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

Apr 27, Rivertown Trio. Apr 28, Jesse Lee Kincaid. 464 First St E, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.

Mystic Theatre & Music Hall

Apr 27, the Hots with the Grain. Apr 29, Mipso. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.775.6048.

Occidental Center for the Arts Apr 29, 4pm, T Sisters. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.874.9392.

Pub Republic

Apr 28, Michelle Lambert.


3120 Lakeville Hwy, Petaluma. 707.782.9090.

Redwood Cafe

Key Tea

Apr 28, Lucia Lilikoi. 921 C St, San Rafael, 808.428.3233.

L’Appart Resto

The Reel Fish Shop & Grill

Apr 27, 6pm, Friday Night Jazz with Charged Particles. Apr 29, 12:30pm, Folkish Festival with Joshua Smith. 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 415.461.5700.

Apr 27, West Coast Blues All Stars with Fillmore Slim. Apr 28, the Rowan Brothers. 401 Grove St, Sonoma. 707.343.0044.

Rio Nido Roadhouse

Apr 28, Court ‘n’ Disaster. 14540 Canyon 2 Rd, Rio Nido. 707.869.0821.

Rock Star University House of Rock Apr 27, the Sun Kings. 3410 Industrial Dr, Santa Rosa. 707.791.3482.

Sebastopol Center for the Arts

Apr 28, Ragas of North India with Peter Van Gelder and Indranil Mallick. 282 S High St, Sebastopol. 707.829.4797.

Sonoma Speakeasy

Apr 26, DJ Cal. Apr 27, the Fabulous 453. Apr 28, John Burdick Band. Apr 29, 5pm, Kerry Daly Band. Apr 29, 8pm, Sonoma blues jam. 452 First St E, Ste G, Sonoma. 707.996.1364.

Spancky’s Bar

Apr 27, No Future. 8201 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.664.0169.

Twin Oaks Roadhouse

Apr 26, Levi’s workshop. Apr 27, TSonoma. Apr 28, Jeffry Squid and the Theory. Apr 30, the Blues Defenders pro jam. 5745 Old Redwood Hwy, Penngrove. 707.795.5118.

Whiskey Tip

Apr 27, Sol Horizon. Apr 28, “Double Dutch” soul and disco night. Apr 29, 3pm, Sanity Sundays with Coolio Da “Unda” Dog. 1910 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.843.5535.

MARIN COUNTY Harmonia

Apr 28, Chloe Jean. 2200 Marinship Way, Sausalito. 415.332.1432.

HopMonk Novato

Apr 26, Country Line Dancing. Apr 27, Notorious. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200.

Apr 26, Amanda Addleman and Lee Dynes. 636 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo. 415.256.9884.

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Apr 25, Joe Gore with Teja Gerken and Erik Smyth. Apr 26, Metalachi and Aerocksmith. Apr 27, the Bad Thoughts with the Weissmen and Sunhunter. Apr 28, Michael LaMacchia’s New Music Foundation. Apr 29, 4pm, North Bay All-Stars. May 1, Blues Champions. May 2, Damon LeGall Band. 17 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

No Name Bar

Apr 25, Jimi James Band. Apr 26, Felsen. Apr 27, Michael Aragon Quartet. Apr 28, Chris Saunders Band. Apr 29, Timothy O & Co. Apr 30, Kimrea & the Dreamdogs. 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.1392.

Papermill Creek Saloon

Apr 27, 5pm, Danny Montana. Apr 27, 9pm, the Fairfax Social Club. Apr 28, 5pm, Kelly Peterson. Apr 28, 9pm, Highway Poets. Apr 29, 3pm, Papermill Creek Saloon 50th anniversary with Sky Blue Band and Papermill Gang. 1 Castro, Forest Knolls. 415.488.9235.

Rancho Nicasio

Apr 27, the LoWatters. Apr 28, Maria Muldaur. Apr 29, 5pm, Leon Bristow and Freeway Frank Bohan. 1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

Sweetwater Music Hall

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Apr 27-28, 8pm, “Feelin’ Good: A Celebration of Song” with Novato Music Association Chorus. 600 Palm Dr, Novato. 415.475.5000.

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Apr 26, Austin Hicks. Apr 29, David Ronconi. 1450 First St, Napa. 707.687.1234.

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Apr 25, Dave Stryker Trio. Apr 26, the M-Tet. May 2, Ben Misterka & Collectivity. 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.603.1258.

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Apr 29, 3pm, Rob Watson and Groovality with Paul Branin. 1207 Foothill Blvd, Calistoga. 707.942.5605.

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Apr 27, Nate Lopez. Apr 28, Laura Weinbach and Anton Patzner. 1141 First St, Napa. 707.224.6664.

Deco Lounge at Capp Heritage Vineyards Apr 28, Jon Shannon Williams. 1245 First St, Napa. 707.254.1922.

JaM Cellars

Apr 26, Zack Fennie. Apr 27, Chris Pierce. 1460 First St, Napa. 707.265.7577.

JaM Cellars Ballroom at the Margrit Mondavi Theatre

Apr 29, 2pm, US Air Force Band of the Golden West Winds. Free. 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.880.2300.

Jarvis Conservatory

Apr 28, Napa Youth Chamber Ensemble. 1711 Main St, Napa. 707.255.5445.

Apr 25, Vieux Farka Touré acoustic. Apr 26, Diego’s Umbrella and Fistful of Scandal. Apr 27, Harvey Mandel with Rudy Colombini & the Unauthorized Rolling Stones. Apr 28, Pink Talking Fish with Magic in the Other. Apr 29, Futurebirds and Whiskerman. Apr 30, Roots Of Creation. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

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Apr 26, Ross James & the Broken Kittens. Apr 27, Top 40 Friday with Talley Up. Apr 28, Jeannette Ferber and friends. Apr 29, Jenny Kerr

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Apr 26, Julius Melendez with Conjunto Seis de Montuno. Apr 27, Jeffrey Halford & the Healers. Apr 28, Forejour. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833. Apr 26, the Charlie Daniels Band. Apr 27, Crystal Bowersox. Apr 28, the Wailers. Apr 29, Rick Springfield. 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

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Band. Apr 30, Stu Allen and friends. May 2, California Kind. 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael. 415.524.2773.


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Apr 28-Jun 3, “Purely Abstract,” several artists share their visions in abstract forms. Reception, Apr 28 at 5pm. 130 Plaza St, Healdsburg. Daily, 11 to 6. 707.431.1970.

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Apr 29, “One Camera, One Lens, One Film, One Filter,” features photographic images of China by Dr Gary S Mintz. Reception, Apr 29 at 2pm. 411 Randolph St, Napa. 707.257.2886.

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Popular improv trio creates hilarious scenes on the spot all weekend. Apr 27-29. $28-$43. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

As You Are

Improvisational sketch show celebrates the wonder of people in our community, hosted by the charming Brooks Palmer. Wed, May 2, 7pm. Free. Sebastopol Library, 7140 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.823.7691.

Drunk vs Stoned: A Comedy Roast Battle Scathing night of laughs features several Bay Area standup stars. Apr 27, 7pm. $28. The Laugh Cellar, 5755 Mountain Hawk Way, Santa Rosa. 707.843.3824.

Farmers’ Market Funny Fest

Inaugural fundraiser for Sonoma’s Tuesday Night Market in the Plaza features hilarious comedians Shanti Charan, Krista Fatka and Zack Chapaloni. Apr 28, 7:30pm. $35. Vintage House, 264 First St E, Sonoma. 707.996.0311.

Scott Capurro

Headlining comedian takes the stage. Apr 28, 8pm. $20$25. Sally Tomatoes, 1100 Valley House Dr, Rohnert Park. 707.665.0260.

Apr 28-Jun 10, “Ship of Dreams,” exhibition surveys the spectrum of artists, poets and visionaries who lived in the decommissioned SS Vallejo ferry boat in Sausalito from 1949 to 1969. “Her View,” a solo retrospective of figure artist Gail Chadell Nanao, also displays. Reception, Apr 28 at 6pm. 551 Broadway, Sonoma. Wed-Sun, 11 to 5. 707.939.SVMA.

Tuesday Night Live

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Art, Sip & Stroll

Apr 26-May 19, “BFA Exhibition 2018,” students receiving a bachelor’s degree in fine arts share their work from the academic year. Reception, Apr 26 at 4pm. Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. Tues-Fri, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, noon to 4. 707.664.2295.

See standup comedians Max Rosenblum, Steven Kravitz, Justin Lockwood and others. May 1, 8pm. $17-$27. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Events Arts in April event features over 40 artists booths, 10 wineries and tasting rooms, live music in the parks and the plaza, and a food truck roundup at Van De Leur Park. Apr 28, 11am. Free admission. Downtown Yountville, Washington St, Yountville, artsipstroll.com.

Arts in April at Flora Springs

Celebrate featured contemporary artists with showcase installations and performances paired with wines from the winery’s artist label series. Sat, Apr 28, 2pm. Free admission. Flora Springs, 677 South St Helena Hwy, St Helena. 707.967.8032.

Big Games for Little Hearts

Play life-size games to benefit the Sarah Anne Foundation help families with critically ill children. Apr 27, 3pm. $5 per play. Courthouse Square, Third Street and Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa. 707.701.3620.

Butter & Egg Days

Spring tradition features a parade and festival full of food and art that this year celebrates 100 years of National Egg Day and honors Petaluma’s history. Apr 28, 10am. Downtown Petaluma, Fourth and Kentucky Streets, Petaluma, petalumadowntown.com.

Campovelo

Hosted by chef Chris Cosentino, the weekend mixes world-class cycling with delectable food, fine wine and other fun gala events. Apr 27-29. $45-$575. Clif Family Winery, 709 Main St, St Helena. campovelo.com.

Day of Mindfulness

One Mind Dharma leads guided meditations, walking practices, discussion and more. Apr 28, 9am. $50. Open Sky Retreat Center, 4500 Bloomfield Rd, Sebastopol. 707.529.1561.

Day on the Green at the Village

A day of art and family activities throughout the Village’s shops and restaurants with live music and dancing. Apr 28, 11am. Free. Montgomery Village Shopping Center, 911 Village Court, Santa Rosa. 707.545.3844.

Graton Community Club Spring Flower Show Annual colorful celebration takes you to New Orleans for a Mardi Gras-theme weekend full of floral arrangements and live music. Apr 27-28. Free admission. Graton Community Club, 8996 Graton Rd, Graton.

Guide Dogs for the Blind Graduation Ceremony

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Popular self-guided tour of Napa Valley homes shows off each home’s unique character and benefits Music in the Vineyards summer festival. Apr 27-28. $70 and up. St Helena Residences, various locations, St Helena, musicinthevineyards.org.

Out There Exposition Santa Rosa’s creative community comes together to revel in the best of local arts, music, food and drinks, and more. Apr 29, 1pm. Free admission. The Corner Store Collective, 575 Ross St, Santa Rosa. 707.292.9580.

Paint Rocks!

Inspired by the Kindness Rocks Project, participants can paint rocks to hide far and wide, spreading inspiration and a smile to all who come across them. Apr 29, 1pm. T Barny Gallery & Sculpture Gardens, 4370 Pine Flat Rd, Healdsburg. 707.431.8378.

Pet Adoption Fair

Dogs, cats and rabbits will be available for adoption in a fundraiser for Emily’s Light Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Apr 29, 10am. Free admission. Ragle Ranch Park, 500 Ragle Rd, Sebastopol. 707.823.7262.

The Price Is Right Live

The hit interactive stage show gives eligible individuals the chance to win prizes. Apr 28, 8pm. $35-$49. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Slide Ranch Spring Fling

Day-long celebration features guided hikes, workshops, live music and performances, arts and nature crafts, gardening activities, cooking activities, delicious food and more. Apr 28, 10am. $30-$35; kids two and under are free. Slide Ranch, 2025 Shoreline Hwy, Muir Beach. 415.381.6155.

Texas Hold’Em Fundraiser

Two rotary clubs in Marin are having a high stakes card game fundraiser for a cleft palate surgery mission to Colombia. Buy-in includes dinner and drinks. Apr 29, 5pm. $100. Marinwood Community

and 1953. Apr 29, 2pm. Cameo Cinema, 1340 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.9779.

Film

Neither Wolf Nor Dog

Art & Architecture in Cinema Series screens “Botticelli Inferno,” about how Dante’s vision of Hell influenced European structures. Apr 29, 1pm. $10-$18. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.924.5111.

Blood Road

Documentary follows ultraendurance mountain biker Rebecca Rusch as she pedaled 1,200 miles of the Ho Chi Minh Trail to find where her Air Force pilot father’s plane crashed during the Vietnam War. Apr 26, 7:15pm. $20. Cameo Cinema, 1340 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.9779.

CinemaBites

Filmmakers of the Burgundy winemakers documentary “Les Trois Glorieuses (Three Days of Glory)” are on hand for screening, tasting and discussion. Apr 30, 4:45pm. $45. Cameo Cinema, 1340 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.9779.

Fly Fishing Film Tour

Twlfth annual film fest is presented by Redwood Empire Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Apr 26, 7:30pm. $15. Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley St, Sebastopol. 707.525.4840.

Grace Jones: Bloodlight & Bami

Filmmaker Sophie Fiennes’ musical biography of the famed pop diva screens. Apr 28, 8pm. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.1222.

Great White Hoax

Marin City Health & Wellness Center presents Tim Wise’s documentary on American political leaders of both parties who tap into white anxiety. Apr 26, 6:30pm. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.1222.

In Search of Chopin

Documentary screens in a benefit for the Santa Rosa Symphony League. Apr 26, 1 and 7pm. $15. Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley St, Sebastopol. 707.525.4840.

Lost & Found

Dutch film historian and collector Egbert Barten presents several rarely seen films made between 1909

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Independent Native American film starring elder Dave Bald Eagle, which has enjoyed the longest theatrical run of any US film released in 2017, comes to the North Bay for a limited run. Apr 27, 6:30pm. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.924.5111.

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Beringer Vineyards marks its founding with food and wine tastings, seminars, live music and special guests. Apr 29, 11am. $15-$20. Beringer Vineyards, 2000 Main St, St Helena, 866.708.9463.

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Aw Shucks!

Popular event pairs delicious oyster lunch and live music with newly released Sauvignon Blanc wines. RSVP recommended. Apr 28, 1pm. $85. Provenance Vineyard, 1695 St Helena Hwy, Rutherford. 707.968.3633.

Oysters on the Terrace

Annual dinner features oysters and more from the Shuck Truck and Cousins Maine Lobster, with Sonoma-Cutrer wines and live music from Fleetwood Mask. Apr 28, 5pm. $150. Sonoma-Cutrer, 4401 Slusser Rd, Windsor. 707.237.3489.

Pinot & Paella Fiesta

Latin-infused evening combines prized Pinot Grigio and pre-released Pinot Noir with paella from ZuZu Napa and Flamenco music from Tom Duarte. Apr 28, 5pm. $55. Luna Vineyards, 2921 Silverado Trail, Napa. 707.255.2474.

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Struggling in the Aftermath of the Fire? Recovery counseling is available at no cost for those affected by the North Bay fires. Supportive counselors are ready to provide care for grief, depression, anxiety, trauma. Call for an appointment: 707.579.0465 ext. 227 Lomi Psychotherapy Clinic, serving our community for 30 years.

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Outdoor yoga class is followed by seated dinner by farmer and chef Jack Herron. Apr 27, 6pm. $55. Bowman Cellars, 9010 Graton Rd, Graton. 707.827.3391.

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Dr RK Rhoten’s Magical Medicine Show Fabulous family entertainment includes lots of laughs for all ages. Apr 28-29. $12-$25. Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St E, Sonoma. 707.996.9756.

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“Stinky Cecil in Mudslide Mayhem” author and cartoonist Paige Braddock is on hand for a day of fun activities, reading and more. Apr 28, 1pm. Free for kids, regular admission for adults. Charles M Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452.

Lectures From Earth to Moon & Back Again

Hear stories from the Lunar Analog Studies of the 1960s space program in this presentation with geologist Dr Jane Nielson. Pre-registration required. Apr 26, 7pm. $12. Laguna de Santa Rosa Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.527.9277.

Psychic Medium Suzette Carlyle

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figure in the LBC’s fireside room. Apr 27, 8pm. $40. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Readings Book Passage

Apr 25, 7pm, “Future Presence” with Peter Rubin. Apr 27, 7pm, “The Woman in the Window” with AJ Finn. Apr 28, 1pm, “To Play Again” with Carol Rosenberger. Apr 28, 4pm, “La Dolce Vita University” with Carla Gambescia. Apr 28, 7pm, “Boots on the Ground” with Elizabeth Partridge. Apr 28, 7pm, “Cuban Flavor” with Liza Gershman. Apr 30, 7pm, “The Undertaker’s Daughter” with Sara Blaedel. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera 415.927.0960.

Napa Bookmine

Apr 29, 3pm, Napa Valley Writers open mic. 964 Pearl St, Napa 707.733.3199.

Petaluma Copperfield’s Books

Apr 27, 4pm, “The Great Chicken Escape” with Nikki McClure. Apr 27, 7pm, “Birds of the Photo Ark” with Noah Strycker. 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma 707.762.0563.

Readers’ Books

Apr 26, 7pm, “The Collected Letters of Alan Watts” and “ Zen Odyssey” with Anne Watts, Janica Anderson and Steven Schwartz. 130 E Napa St, Sonoma 707.939.1779.

Santa Rosa C entral Library

Apr 28, 2pm, California Poets student reading. 211 E St, Santa Rosa 707.545.0831.

Santa Rosa Copperfield’s Books

Apr 25, 7pm, “Cycling the Pacific Coast” with Bill Thorness. Apr 27, 7pm, “To Play Again: A Memoir of Musical Survival” with Carol Rosenberger. 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa 707.578.8938.

St Helena Library

Apr 26, 6:30pm, Stevenson Poetry Night, open mic highlights Robert Louis Stevenson’s poems. Free. 1492 Library Lane, St Helena 707.963.5244.

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

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. Sat, Apr 28, 7pm. $68. Charlie’s Restaurant, Windsor Golf Club, 1320 19th Hole Dr, Windsor, getaclueproductions.com.

Into the Woods

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

La Cage Aux Folles

Hilarity erupts when two men partnered for better or worse get a bit of both after their son announces his marriage to the daughter of a bigoted, rightwing politician. Apr 27-May 20. $22-$35. 6th Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.

The Miss Firecracker Contest

A small town full of eccentric characters is the setting for this funny and compassionate production about family rivalries and dreams of stardom. Apr 27-May 13. $22$32. Lucky Penny Community Arts Center, 1758 Industrial Way, Napa. 707.266.6305.

Water by the Spoonful

Heartfelt meditation on humanity follows a war veteran returning from Iraq and struggling to find his place in the world. Apr 27-May 13. $10$25. Raven Theater, 115 North St, Healdsburg. 707.433.3145.

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ARIES (March 21–April 19) Imagine you’re one of four porcupines caught in frigid weather. To keep warm, you all have the urge to huddle together and pool your body heat. But whenever you try to get close, you prick each other with your quills. The only solution to that problem is to move away from each other, even though it means you can’t quell your chill as well. This scenario was used by psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud as a parable for the human dilemma. We want to be intimate with each other, Freud said, but we hurt each other when we try. The oft-chosen solution is to be partially intimate—not as close as we would like to be, but only as much as we can bear. Now everything I just said, Aries, is a preface for better news: in the coming weeks, neither your own quills nor those of the people you care about will be as sharp or as long as usual. TAURUS (April 20–May 20) The Simpsons is the longest-running American TV sitcom and animated series. But it had a rough start. In the fall of 1989, when producers staged a private pre-release screening of the first episode, they realized the animation was mediocre. They worked hard to redo it, replacing 70 percent of the original content. After that slow start, the process got easier and the results got better. When the program completes its 30th season in 2019, it will have aired 669 episodes. I don’t know if your own burgeoning project will ultimately have as enduring a presence, Taurus, but I’m pretty sure that, like The Simpsons, it will eventually become better than it is in the early going. Stick with it. GEMINI (May 21–June 20) The coming weeks might be an interesting time to resurrect a frustrated dream you abandoned in a wasteland; or rescue and restore a moldering treasure you stopped taking care of a while back, or revive a faltering commitment you’ve been ignoring for reasons that aren’t very high-minded. Is there a secret joy you’ve been denying yourself without good cause? Renew your relationship with it. Is there a rough prize you received before you were ready to make smart use of it? Maybe you’re finally ready. Are you brave enough to dismantle a bad habit that hampers your self-mastery? I suspect you are. CANCER (June 21–July 22) The Hollywood film industry relies heavily on recycled ideas. In 2014, for example, only one of the 10 top-grossing movies, Interstellar, was not a sequel, remake, reboot or episode in a franchise. In the coming weeks and months, Cancerian, you’ll generate maximum health and wisdom for yourself by being more like Interstellar than like The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Transformers: Age of Extinction, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and the six other top 10 rehashes of 2014. Be original! LEO (July 23–August 22) Long ago, in the land we now call Italy, humans regarded Mars as the divine protector of fields. He was the fertility god who ripened the food crops. Farmers said prayers to him before planting seeds, asking for his blessings. But as the Roman Empire arose, and warriors began to outnumber farmers, the deity who once served as a kind benefactor evolved into a militant champion, even a fierce and belligerent conqueror. In accordance with current astrological omens, Leo, I encourage you to evolve in the opposite direction. Now is an excellent time to transmute aggressiveness and combativeness into fecundity and tenderness. VIRGO (August 23–September 22) You sometimes get superstitious when life is going well. You worry about growing overconfident. You’re afraid that if you enjoy yourself too much, you will anger the gods and jinx your good fortune. Is any of that noise clouding your mood these days? I hope not; it shouldn’t be. The truth, as I see it, is that your intuition is extra-strong and your decision-making is especially adroit. More luck than usual is flowing in your vicinity, and you have an enhanced knack for capitalizing on it. In my estimation, therefore, the coming weeks will be a favorable time to build up your hunger for vivid adventures and bring your fantasies at least one step closer to becoming concrete realities. Whisper the following to yourself as you drop off to sleep each night: “I will allow myself to think bigger and bolder than usual.”

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LIBRA (September 23–October 22) The bad news is that 60 percent of Nevada’s Lake Mead has dried up. The good news—at least for historians, tourists and hikers—is that the Old West town of St. Thomas has re-emerged. It had sunk beneath the water in 1936, when the government built the dam that created the lake. But as the lake has shrunk in recent years, old buildings and roads have reappeared. I foresee a comparable resurfacing in your life, Libra: the return of a lost resource or vanished possibility or departed influence. SCORPIO (October 23–November 21)

I hope the next seven weeks will be a time of renaissance for your most engaging alliances. The astrological omens suggest it can be. Would you like to take advantage of this cosmic invitation? If so, try the following strategies. 1. Arrange for you and each of your close companions to relive the time when you first met. Recall and revitalize the dispensation that originally brought you together. 2. Talk about the influences you’ve had on each other and the ways your relationship has evolved. 3. Fantasize about the inspirations and help you’d like to offer each other in the future. 4. Brainstorm about the benefits your connection has provided and will provide for the rest of the world.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21) Now is one of the rare times when you should be alert for the potential downsides of blessings that usually sustain you. Even the best things in life could require adjustments. Even your most enlightened attitudes and mature beliefs may have pockets of ignorance. So don’t be a prisoner of your own success or a slave of good habits. Your ability to adjust and make corrections will be key to the most interesting kind of progress you can achieve in the coming weeks.

CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19) Capricorn author Simone de Beauvoir was a French feminist and activist. In her book A Transatlantic Love Affair, she made a surprising confession: thanks to the assistance of a new lover, Nelson Algren, she finally had her first orgasm at age 39. Better late than never, right? I suspect that you, too, are currently a good candidate to be transported to a higher octave of pleasure. Even if you’re an old pro at sexual climax, there may be a new level of bliss awaiting you in some other way. Ask for it! Seek it out! Solicit it! AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18) Can you afford to hire someone to do your busy work for a while? If so, do it. If not, see if you can avoid the busy work for a while. In my astrological opinion, you need to deepen and refine your skills at lounging around and doing nothing. The cosmic omens strongly and loudly and energetically suggest that you should be soft and quiet and placid. It’s time for you to recharge your psycho-spiritual batteries as you dream up new approaches to making love, making money and making sweet nonsense. Please say a demure “No, thanks” to the strident demands of the status quo, my dear. Trust the stars in your own eyes. PISCES (February 19–March 20)

I believe it’s a favorable time for you to add a new mentor to your entourage. If you don’t have a mentor, go exploring until you find one. In the next five weeks, you might even consider mustering a host of fresh teachers, guides, trainers, coaches and initiators. My reading of the astrological omens suggests that you’re primed to learn twice as much and twice as fast about every subject that will be important for you during the next two years. Your future educational needs require your full attention.

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