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he American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee calls on the Obama administration to exercise restraint and not take military action against Syria. As a civil and human rights organization, the ADC condemns the use of chemical weapons by any entity and agrees that such acts must not be tolerated.

The ADC recognizes the authority and the responsibility of the United Nations Security Council to deal with this violation of international law, and calls on all nations, including the United States, to encourage the Security Council to address this illegal and immoral act. Yet pulling the United States into another needless, purposeless and costly war is not in the best interest of the country or the region. As the conflict in Syria continues, and the death toll rises, we continue our call for a peaceful negotiated resolution, which will allow for a transition to a unified, secular and democratic Syria. This transition must be achieved by respecting the principle of selfdetermination, and must be free of foreign intervention. The ADC supports those working for a peaceful transition of the Arab world to a secular and democratic system, respecting the human rights, freedom of religion and dignity of all. The popular uprisings in a number of Arab countries signify a historic quest for peoples living in these countries to secure protections for their civil rights and civil liberties, and to establish true democracy and the rule of law in their political and legal infrastructures. We believe in the futility of resorting to violence to achieve these objectives and condemn all efforts leading to sectarian or ethnic incitement and civil strife in any Arab country. This shift in Arab domestic politics will inevitably impact U.S. foreign policy in the relationship between these countries and the U.S. We understand that the current conflict in Syria has given rise to a serious humanitarian crisis which has led to hundreds of thousands of refugees, and call on all peoples to ensure that those in immediate need are provided with adequate resources and aid. Again, we ask the Obama administration to refrain from military action against Syria. The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee is a grassroots civil rights organization based in Washington, D.C. Open Mic is a weekly op/ed feature in the Bohemian. We welcome your contribution. To have your topical essay of 350 words considered for publication, write openmic@bohemian.com.

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Inflammatory Writ President Barack Obama has threatened to bomb targets in Syria because Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad has used illegal chemical weapons on civilians. The Peace & Justice Center is taking a stand against military intervention, because we believe that violence begets violence. Others are calling for U.N. verification of the Syrian government’s role in the massacre. We are against bombing even if there is verification. Others are saying that a bombing cannot take place without congressional consent. We are against bombing even if there is congressional consent. Of course, the Peace & Justice Center cares whether President Obama commits the “supreme international crime,” established since Nuremberg, if the United States bombs Syria without U.N. approval. Of course, we

care whether President Obama violates Article 1, Section 8, Clause 11 of the U.S. Constitution. But we also believe firmly that killing always begets more killing.

We also believe that the United States has no moral grounds for this action in light of its use of the atom bomb, Agent Orange, white phosphorous, napalm, depleted uranium, landmines and cluster bombs. In fact, the Uniated States refuses to sign treaties banning some of these weapons. As for chemicals that kill? The Obama adminstration has few objections if they come from fracking, the tar sands, GMOs, chemicals in our food and so many other potentially deadly components of modern industrialized life. In fact, a number of their purveyors hold high positions in that administration. But war itself, chemical weapons or not, is “a moral obscenity.” Though hypocrisy over decades of foreign policy makes it difficult for the United States to be considered an honest broker, we ask President Obama to work to bring all parties— particularly the nations supporting the various factions—to the table to work out a ceasefire. It is time to stop seeing killing as the most viable option. It is time to stop putting U.S. interests over the interests of other people and countries. Say no to military intervention in Syria.

SUSAN LAMONT Peace & Justice Center, Santa Rosa

Have One on Me Here we go again, another wellconnected politician getting special treatment! The second delay in formal charges against Efren Carrillo has all the makings of a backroom deal. Why do you think Carrillo is allowed to run free for six more weeks? His “supporters” (i.e., Doug Bosco, owner of the Press Democrat) likely needed more time to concoct a story, or they’re gathering dirt to smear the victim. Meanwhile, Carrillo shows up to work at the board of supervisors and reads a written statement from paper, claiming that his arrest has nothing to do with his work


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Good Intentions Paving Company In a listing in last week’s Fall Arts issue, we implied that musical genius Brian Wilson would be part of the band when the Beach Boys play at the Wells Fargo Center on Sept. 7. As much as we’d like to see noted Dodgers fan Mike Love patch things up with his former band mate, Brian Wilson is not, in fact, part of the touring group.

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Longtime Press Democrat writer Chris Coursey has announced a run for Santa Rosa City Council. The columnist and public-relations consultant, who was also a reporter for many years, has taken strong stances on transportation and environmental issues, and his columns have generally supported the SMART Train and annexation of Roseland. As a political candidate, he has ceased blogging and writing for the Press Democrat. “After a lot of thought,” he says, “I decided I can contribute more to this city as a council member than I have as a journalist.”

A resident of Santa Rosa for three decades, Coursey says his campaign will focus on infrastructure, particularly on the west side of 101, and city budget transparency, especially with public pensions. Coursey has been dating county supervisor Shirlee Zane for two years.

Another Delay for Carrillo DOOMED TO REPEAT Obama’s request to authorize military action in Syria echoes the hasty Iraq Resolution.

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en years ago, George W. Bush and his henchmen were planning their war against Iraq mere days after 9-11. But conning Congress and the public into invading a country that posed no threat delayed the invasion until March 2003. And where it took Bush a year and a half to pour on enough lies of

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omission, contextual lapses and leaps of logic to gin up an illegal war in the Middle East, our current president did it in a week. Now is a good time to think about some things the American mainstream media is omitting from its coverage—concerns strikingly similar to issues that never got discussed back in 2002 and 2003. 1. “Chemical weapons were

used in Syria,” Secretary of State John Kerry says. Probably. But by whom? Maybe the Syrian army, maybe the rebels. NPR reports that certain chemical-weapons experts maintain the Free Syrian Army “has the experience and perhaps even the launching systems to perpetrate such an attack.” Maybe we should ease off on the cruise missiles before we know which side is guilty. ) 10 2. Assuming the attack

Seven weeks after he was arrested outside a woman’s bedroom window wearing only underwear and socks, county supervisor Efren Carrillo remains uncharged. On Aug. 30, prosecutors delayed for a second time slapping the local politico with an offense, claiming several unnamed documents were still needed. Carrillo has been ordered to return on Oct. 11. After responding to two 911 calls, police stated their belief that the supervisor was attempting sexual assault at 3am on July 13, noting that the woman’s window screen was freshly ripped and that Carrillo seemed drunk at the time. Soon afterward, Carrillo checked himself into rehab, admitting he struggled with binge drinking. Carrillo’s latest blunder comes less than a year after he was arrested for fighting outside a San Diego nightclub. He was never charged.—Rachel Dovey

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f I don’t allow my cooks to play with all the crayons that we have in our coloring box, then what kind of a jerk am I?” Art metaphors, I’m quickly learning, come easily to Ruben Gomez, the new executive chef of Corks. So does humility. “It’s not about me, it’s about us,” Gomez continues. “A kitchen is not something you do alone. My strength is giving the cooks I work with the chance to

play and make mistakes. We all need the opportunity to paint what we want to paint.” After working in some particularly hostile kitchens as a youngster (Gomez recounts the tale of a chef who stabbed cooks in the shoulder with a carving fork by way of greeting), he takes pride in creating an environment of collaboration and appreciation. “Some chefs think they’re the first person to make chocolate chip cookies,” he marvels. “I try to keep my ego out of my cooking.” It’s fitting that Corks, the

restaurant at Russian River Vineyards in Forestville, would have chosen such a down-toearth chef. Housed in a restored 19th-century farmhouse with a redwood-shaded outdoor seating area, Corks exudes homey comfort. Eschewing contrivance, the well-loved acreage is charming and inviting. The resident pooch lurks underfoot. A few flowers are ready for deadheading. Thousands of bats have taken up residence in the old hop kiln with a crumbling staircase, where the vineyard’s wine ages. A couple of 1930s

Chevy pickups (one refurbished, another awaiting its turn) lounge on the property, which slopes downward to some chicken coops and freshly watered vegetable garden. “My cooks know that if something pops up in the ground,” Gomez enthuses of the garden, “then we need to get it on the plate as soon as possible.” A fisherman and mushroom hunter in his spare time, Gomez delights in the forage-friendly nature of Sonoma County, a far cry from his native El Paso, where he got his start breading fish during Lent at a seafood joint. Beginning at the age of 15, Gomez spent nearly two decades working in restaurants—as waiter, dishwasher, bartender, line cook— you name it—while also pursuing his passion for teaching art. But it was Texas, it was the late ’90s, and funding for education, especially art programs, was hard to come by. After moving to San Francisco to attend culinary school, Gomez, like so many of his ilk, was lured north of the Bay by the sheer abundance of locally produced food. “This area is super-saturated with great chefs,” Gomez confesses. “The competition is huge. So we don’t all get to play. Sometimes you have to wait on the sideline.” Though Gomez has enjoyed stints as executive chef at both the Applewood Inn and Iron Horse Vineyards, where he worked for four years, he’s also felt the sting of being let go. “There are no beautiful parting shots when you lose a job,” Gomez laughs. And so he’s also spent years rustling up catering gigs and picking up vacation shifts and working the line, most recently at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel in Santa Rosa. “Being able to work on the line is the most important part of being a chef,” Gomez tells me. “Maybe it was a step down, but sometimes you gotta get humble. You don’t always get a choice about how you make your money.” In characteristically optimistic fashion, Gomez used the experience to refine his Hollandaise sauce and master the art of cooking breakfast for a large volume of people, skills which have come in handy at Corks, where the brunch


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The smoked salmon and asparagus Benedict ($16.75) comes with a generous helping of each, and showcases Gomezâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rich, silky Hollandaise. Another unexpected treat is the smoked chicken tinga salad tostada ($14.50). Inspired by his grandmotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s repurposed leftover Thanksgiving turkey, Gomezâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creamy chilled chicken salad blends notes of citrus and chile that pair well with a side of peach salsa. The simplicity of fresh scones (a basket of three for $5)â&#x20AC;&#x201D;plumped with sweet dried cherries and slivers of almondsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; cannot be beat. Corks is especially delightful in the honeyed light of late summer. Down at the edge of the vineyards, giant sunďŹ&#x201A;owers bow their regal heads. The tasting â&#x20AC;&#x153;roomâ&#x20AC;? (a portable table and chalkboard) is set up in the redwood grove, presided over by a giant unicorn statue whose stained glass horn catches the sunlight. At dusk, diners can watch one of Sonoma Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest bat colonies swoop outside in search of their own dinner. And in the kitchen, chef Ruben Gomez garnishes his plates with fresh-picked red radishes. The artist is at work again.

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Italian $$-$$$. Creative Italian and Mediterranean fare in casual setting, with thoughtful wine list featuring local and Italian wines. Lunch, ThursSat; dinner, Thurs-Mon. 336 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.433.8111.

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Pub Republic Pub fare. $-$$. Pub grub from Petalumaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s southernmost tip, featuring Brussels sprout tacos and a hearty selection of brews. Lunch and dinner daily; weekend brunch. 3120 Lakeville Hwy, Petaluma. 707.782.9090.

$$-$$$. Great flavors and some eclectic dishes at this Santa Rosa institution. 535 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.1171.

Sapporo Japanese. $$. An

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cuisine. $$. All vegetarianfriendly. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 128 N Main St, Sebastopol. 707.829.2822.

$-$$. Small plates with a large vegetarian selection and an Asian fusion-leaning menu. And theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re open until 2am! Dinner daily. 139 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.776.4631.

excellent choice when the sushi urge hits. Lunch and dinner daily. 518 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.575.0631.

Gaiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garden Vegetarian. $. International buffet with simple, homestyle food for just a few bucks, including curry and dahl, enchiladas, eggplant parmesan and homemade bread. Lunch and dinner daily. 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491.

Sushi Tozai Japanese. $$. Spare, clean ambiance and some of the freshest sushi youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ever eat. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Sun. 7531 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.9886.

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Tres Hombres Mexican.

$-$$. Light, healthy, and tasty Cantonese, Mandarin, Hunan, and Szechuan home-style cooking. Great selection, including vegetarian fare, seafood, and noodles. Lunch, Mon-Sat; dinner daily. Two locations: 140 Second St, Ste 120, Petaluma. 707.762.6888. Vintage Oaks Shopping Center, Rowland Ave, Novato. 415.892.8838.

$-$$. Excellent food in Petalumaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theater District, and a fun place to hang before or after a flick. Lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sat-Sun. 151 Petaluma Blvd S, Petaluma. 707.773.4500.

LoCocoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cucina Rustica Italian. $$-$$$.

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sushi, exotic seasoned seaweed salad, robata grill specialties and premium sakes. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 2446 Patio Ct, Santa Rosa. 707.542.8282.

Authentic rustic-style Italian with a touch of Northern California, and a favorite with those in the know. Get the cannoli! Lunch, Tues-Fri; dinner, Tues-Sun. 117 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.2227.

Osake Sushi Bar & Grill Japanese. $$$. Gourmet

West Side Bar & Grill Sports Bar. $$. Home of the almost-famous bacon cheeseburger. Seventeen beers on tap (wine list available). Fourteen flat screen televisions to watch all of the hottest sports events. Two great pool tables. Lunch and dinner daily. 3082 Marlow Rd # B8, Santa Rosa. 707.573.9453.

Yao-Kiku Japanese. $$-$$$. Fresh sushi with ingredients flown in from Japan steals the show in this popular neighborhood

Benissimo Ristorante & Bar Italian. $$. Hearty and flavorful food in authentic neighborhood-style Italian restaurant. Lunch and dinner daily. 18 Tamalpais Dr, Corte Madera. 415.927.2316.

Buckeye Roadhouse American. $$-$$$. A Marin County institution. Delightful food, friendly and seamless service, and a convivial atmosphere. Try one of the many exotic cocktails. Lunch and dinner daily; brunch, SatSun. 15 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley. 415.331.2600.

Citrus & Spice Thai/ Californian. $$. Thai meets California, with fresh fruit accents, light herbs and spices, and a great mango-duck summer roll. Lunch, Mon-Fri; dinner daily. 1444 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.455.0444.

Drakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beach Cafe Californian. $$-$$$. More dinner party than restaurant, and the food is fresh and amazing. A meal to remember. Lunch, Thurs-Mon. 1 Drakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beach Rd, Pt Reyes National Seashore. 415.669.1297.

Hilltop 1892 American. $$-$$$$. Casual dining with panoramic Marin views and a California-cuisine take on such classic fare as steaks, fresh seafood and seasonal greens. Complete with custom cocktails. Lunch and dinner daily; Sunday brunch. 850 Lamont Ave, Novato. 415.893.1892.

Iron Springs Pub & Brewery Brewpub. $$. Pub grub gets a pub-cuisine facelift. Lunch, Wed-Sun; dinner daily. 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax. 415.485.1005.

Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Taco Lounge & Salsaria Mexican. $. Mostly authentic Mexican menu with American standbys. Lunch and dinner daily; takeout, too. 382 Miller Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.8164.

Left Bank French. $$-$$$. Splendid, authentic French cuisine. Lunch and dinner daily. 507 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.927.3331.


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The ultimate in American cuisine. Crispy fries, good burgers and friendly locals chowing down. Lunch and dinner daily. 2017 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. 415.454.0655.

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Piatti Italian. $$-$$$.Rustic, seasonal, Italian food. Kidfriendly. Lunch and dinner daily. 625 Redwood Hwy, Mill Valley. 415.380.2525.

The William Tell House American & Italian. $$. Marin Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest saloon. Casual and jovial atmosphere. Steaks, pasta, chicken and fish all served with soup or salad. Lunch and dinner daily. 26955 Hwy 1, Tomales. 707.878.2403

N A PA CO U N TY Checkers California. $$. Perfect casual spot for dinner before the movie. Try the panĂŠed chicken and butternut squash ravioli. Lunch and dinner daily. 1414 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.9300.

Cindyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Backstreet Kitchen Eclectic. $$-$$$. As comfortable as it sounds, with a rich and varied melting pot of a menu. Lunch and dinner daily. 1327 Railroad Ave, St Helena. 707.963.1200.

Gottâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Roadside Tray Gourmet Diner. $. Formerly Taylorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Automatic Refresher. Lunch and dinner daily. 933 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.3486. Also at Oxbow Public Market, 644 First St, Napa. 707.224,6900.

For many, the most important room in the home is the kitchen. And for some, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also their hands-down favorite room. This week, the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art opens an exhibition thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a gold mine for the latter group. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kitchen Memories: Kathleen Thompson Hill Culinary Collectionâ&#x20AC;? showcases over a thousand gizmos, gadgets, catalogues and cookbooks from the past century or so. Hill, a Sonoma-based culinary writer, is a collector of the estranged bits of cooking ephemera, and this impressive display represents merely a fraction of her collection. No less then 20 different egg beatersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;hand-cranked, of courseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;are on display, and potato mashers of every style imaginable, including wooden mortar and pestle. Several species of graters, mandolin slicers, weird, unsafe-looking toasters and specialized tools are included. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get me started on rolling pinsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;who would have thought there are better ways of flattening dough than a floured-up wine bottle? But apparently there are dozens of better ways. Go figure. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kitchen Memoriesâ&#x20AC;? is on display Sept. 7â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Dec. 1 at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. Hill speaks in conversation with food reporter Elaine Corn Sept. 7 at 2pm. 551 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.939.7862. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Nicolas Grizzle

La Toque Restaurant French-inspired. $$$$. Set in a comfortable elegantly rustic dining room reminiscent of a French lodge, with a stone fireplace centerpiece, La Toque makes for memorable special-occasion dining. The elaborate wine pairing menus are luxuriously inspired. Dinner daily. 1314 McKinstry St, Napa. 707.257.5157.

Miguelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s MexicanCalifornian. $$. Ultracasual setting and laid-back service belies the delicious kitchen magic within; chilaquiles are legendary. Breakfast,lunch and dinner daily. 1437 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.6868.

Pizza Azzurro Italian. $. Run by a former Tra Vigne and Lark Creek Inn alum, the pizza is simple and thin, and ranks as some of the best in the North Bay. Lunch and dinner daily. 1260 Main St (at Clinton), Napa. 707.255.5552.

Red Rock Cafe & Backdoor BBQ American. $-$$. Cafe specializing in barbecue and classic diner fare. Messy, delicious. Lunch and dinner daily. 1010 Lincoln Ave, Napa. 707.252.9250.

Redd California cuisine. $$-

$$$. Rich dishes balanced by subtle flavors and careful yet casual presentation. Brunch at Redd is exceptional. Lunch, Mon-Sat; dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 6480 Washington St, Yountville. 707.944.2222.

Siena California-Tuscan. $$$$. Sophisticated, terroirinformed cooking celebrates the local and seasonal, with electric combinations like sorrel-wrapped ahi tuna puttanesca. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; brunch, Sun. 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa. 707.251.1900.

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Most reviews by James Knight. Note: Those listings marked ‘WC’ denote wineries with caves. These wineries are usually only open to the public by appointment. Wineries in these listings appear on a rotating basis.

SONOMA CO U N T Y Amista Syrah is one versatile grape. There’s red Syrah, Syrah rosé and even sparkling Syrah. That’s about it. Amista’s got them all. 3320 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Daily, 11am–4:30pm. Tasting fee, $10. 707.431.9200. Cartograph Wines From a kayak in Minocqua Lake to the streets of Healdsburg, Alan Baker followed his muse. On-point Pinot Noir, Gewürztraminer with gravitas. 340 Center St., Healdsburg. By appointment; opening noon–6:30pm daily, in fall 2013. 707.955.5836.

Gary Farrell The namesake is gone but the quality remains. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. 10701 Westside Road, Healdsburg. Open daily, 11am–4pm. 707.473.2900.

Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Casual, airy space furnished in whitewashed country French theme, on the road to the coast. Sit down at long tables for tasting or have a picnic. Fogdog Pinot and Ovation Chardonnay will have you applauding. 12747 El Camino Bodega, Freestone. Daily, 11am–5pm. Tasting fee, $15. 707.874.1010.

Repris Wines A new crew reignites a blast from the past at historic Moon Mountain Vineyard. A work in progress with fantastic views. 1700 Moon Mountain Road, Sonoma. By appointment only. 707.931.7701. Stephen & Walker The sign says, um, “cult wines,” but take another look: Local winemakers who have crawled up from the very trenches of the business are offering Howell Mountain Cab, a Pinot Noir triptych, Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, and Muscat Canelli here. 243 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. Daily, 11am–7pm. Tasting fee, $10. 707.431.8749.

Unti Vineyards Very friendly and casual with an emphasis on young Italianstyle wines. Yum. 4202 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. By appointment. 707.433.5590.

3800 Langtry Road, St. Helena. Tour and tasting by appointment only, Monday– Friday, 10am and 11:30am; Saturday, 10am and noon. $35. 707.963.1616.

Wine Guerrilla Comrade, it brings glory to the revolution to inform you that this artistic, quixotic all-Zinfandel brand now has its own spacious tasting room in downtown Forestville. I’d say that these screw-capped but definitely serious Zins are worthy of cellaring, but that would be so bourgeois. 6671 Front St., Forestville. Daily, 11am–5pm. Tasting fee, $10. 707.887.1996.

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Bacchus & Venus A trendy place for beginners and tourists. Great place to learn the basics. 769 Bridgeway, Sausalito. Open daily, noon– 7pm. 415.331.2001. Point Reyes Vineyards The tasting room features many varietals but the main reason to go is for the sparkling wines. Open Saturday–Sunday, 11am–5pm. 12700 Hwy. 1, Point Reyes. 415.663.1011.

N A PA CO U N TY Beaulieu Vineyard History in a glassful of dust– Rutherford dust. Somethingfor-everyone smorgasbord of solid varietal wines, plus library selections of flagship Georges de Latour Cab back to 1970. 1960 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford. Daily, 10am–5pm. Tastings $15–$20; Reserve Room, $35. 707.967.5233.

Cain Think you know about what food to pair with Napa Valley “mountain grown” Cabernet Sauvignon? How about sake-marinated poached cod in a light broth? Yeah, it is different up here.

winery has a story: this one goes “bow wow wow.” It’s really just a bulldog-themed shed set amid Raymond Vineyard’s biodynamic gardens. While dogs snooze inside their own private wine barrels, or cavort with others in the gated kennel, their humans can keep an eye on them via video link. 849 Zinfandel Lane, St. Helena. Daily, 10am–4pm. Tasting fees vary. 707.963.3141. What’s new at Inglenook? Very little. The iconic stone building, robed in green vines, appears exactly as it did in 1890. But that’s news, and all thanks to owner Francis Ford Coppola. Still living up to Gustave Niebaum’s dream of fine wine to rival France, the oncebeloved Inglenook is putting out the goods once again. 1991 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford. Daily, 10am–5pm. Reservations for tour and tasting ($50) recommended; none required for bistro and exhibits. 707.968.1161.

Opus One Future archaeologists may conclude that this earthen mound located in the center of Napa Valley was intended to inter this society’s finest bottles for the exclusive use of winepharaohs Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Robert Mondavi in their afterlife; meanwhile, it’s available to the teeming masses. 7900 St. Helena Hwy., Oakville. 707.944.9442. By appointment daily, 10am–4pm. Tour and tasting, $60–$90; tasting only, $40. 707.944.9442.

Silver Oak Silver Oak truly is a venerable cult wine, confounding to outsiders who don’t feel the magic. Folks love the Silver Oak; the Silver Oak is good. 915 Oakville Cross Road, Oakville. Monday– Saturday, 9am–5pm; Sunday, 11am–5pm. Tasting fee, $20. 707.942.7022

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verybody knows that Trader Joe’s has the best price on drinkable, cheap wine—the inimitable “Two Buck Chuck.” If you are in the fortunate position of being able to spend $10 or $12, however, the discount retailer’s house-branded “Reserve” wines offer value on a different level. Many are locally made by mid-sized Sonoma and Napa County wineries that sell similar wines for $30 and up. Which wineries? It’s not always easy to tell, but often there’s a wine manager on hand who’s actually tasted the product and can offer shoppers helpful suggestions—unlike almost every other chain supermarket or discounter that you can think of. Not to toot TJ’s horn too much. A recent sampling:

VINTJS Napa Valley Chenin Blanc ($5.99) Like those kitchensink white blends with Gewürztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc and what-all, but drier, this smells floral, sulfurous, with fresh banana, pear and nasturtium. Mixed review? It’s the one I saved to drink after tasting. Chill it, and nuke the frozen vegetable Pad Thai. TJ’s Reserve 2011 Napa Valley Chardonnay ($9.99) Like lemon-scented furniture polish, i.e., expensive oak barrels, with a hint of roasted cashew nut bar snack and apple syrup—but not cloying. One might imagine that it was unloaded on “Joe” because it lacked mid-palate weight, but for $9.99 that’s splitting hairs. Bake a plate of mushroom appetizers and put on a rom-com. TJ’s Grand Reserve 2012 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, Lot #22 ($12.99) There’s a lot more to this than many a “cheap” Pinot. It benefited after being open a day. Toasted oak, allspice, dried raspberry, strawberry conserve and a light finish reminiscent of a Côte de Beaune-Villages. Is the vanilla in front of the weeds, or behind? Is that sarsaparilla or ginseng extract? It has me thinking, anyway, and that’s a job well done. Sip it in reverie and forget to make dinner. TJ’s Reserve 2011 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, Lot #71 ($9.99) Plum and boysenberry syrup drizzled over cheesecake with graham cracker crust? Yes, please. With flavors and tannin knit together like a Merino sweater, and a sticky, lingering finish, this is a standup wine for sitting down and yakking with a friend long into the night. Doctor up a frozen pizza with extra sausage, Romano and broccoli florets, and you’re in business. TJ’s Reserve 2009 Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Lot #72 ($9.99) Leather bomber jacket and gothic fruits meet plain vanilla oak. It’s enduringly tannic, but how many shoppers are going to cellar this wine? Crème de cassis, cocoa powder, blueberry—drink the second day after opening, and it’s juicy enough.


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ew landscapes connote dystopian waste like Richmond’s Chevron refinery. Razor wire circles the 2,900-acre complex—a gray metropolis of rusting train tracks, lake-sized oil drums and charred smokestacks that smolder like giant cigarettes. It’s difficult to look at the site without remembering the 93 air-safety violations the refinery’s been slapped with since 2008, or the black clouds that engulfed the smokestacks when a diesel leak caught fire last August, hospitalizing 15,000 residents who inhaled the vaporized sludge.

In other words, it’s the perfect setting. As fog dissolves into concrete heat on an August morning, 2,000 protesters march down West MacDonald toward the refinery’s

gates. They carry signs echoing other social movements—“Occupy Chevron”—and sing “America the Beautiful” and “We Will Overcome.” From white-haired hippies holding sunflowers to Ohlone tribe members

carrying a giant banner reading “Pissed” to college kids in camo with painted cardboard messages of “Separate Oil and State,” there’s a distinctly moral tenor to the rally. It will end almost too poetically with a massive sit-in in the refinery driveway—where a Chevron flag waves beside the one with stars and stripes—and 210 arrests. Along with protests in Ohio, Washington, D.C., and Utah, this rally’s stark, urgent narrative of good vs. evil is intentional. Cosponsored by environmental nonprofit 350.org, it’s part of a national effort to shift the climate-change debate from partisan gridlock at the congressional top and

do-what-you-can green consumption at the individual bottom. According to founder Bill McKibben—contributor to Rolling Stone and the New Yorker and author of The End of Nature—it’s time to organize, Civil Rights–style. And it’s time to vilify oil conglomerates like Chevron as though they were tobacco companies or Apartheid-era South Africa, divesting from pensions that fund them, getting arrested on their properties and giving the fight against climate change what it so desperately needs: an enemy. McKibben’s approach may sound simplistic, especially to an environmental mainstream that has, for years, preached ) 18

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18 Big Oil ( 17 something equally true: Chevron was not created in a vacuum. After all, the company’s tea-colored, shimmering liquid is filling our SUVs—aren’t we the problem, not them? But McKibben argues that the personal responsibility mantras of hybrid buying and biking, while important, just aren’t enough. They aren’t enough to combat wildfires and hurricanes, ocean rise or carbon flooding the air. They aren’t enough to mandate cap-and-trade laws or encourage solar on a massive scale, even though the technology exists. And they’re no match for the billions of dollars poured into studies and campaign contributions assuring 46 percent of the country that everything is A-OK. And so, perhaps fueled by simple desperation, McKibben’s moral movement is gaining some unlikely support.

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gangly, white-haired college professor from Vermont, McKibben comes off like a doomsday prophet—albeit a humorous one that can back up his claims. “I’ve now, quite unexpectedly for me, been arrested a few times, and it’s not the most fun thing in the world, but it’s not the end of the world, either,” he says to the thousands gathered at the march, right before he walks into Chevron’s driveway and is cuffed and led to an armored car. “The end of the world,” he says, “is the end of the world.” In a political sphere where climate change, if accepted, is usually viewed as a problem that we should prepare for somewhere in the distant, murky future, his words might sound sensationalist at best, run-for-the-hills at worst. But read his detailed, three-decade coverage of continental ice melt and hurricanes like giant whirlpools spinning the warming seas, and his words start to sound sane— especially coupled with his equally detailed, three-decade coverage on why nothing’s being done. One of McKibben’s most widely read pieces—“Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math”— appeared last summer in Rolling Stone. It outlined several things. The

Copenhagen Accord, an agreement signed by world leaders in 2009, set a cap of 2 degrees Celsius average global temperature rise. When the article ran, scientists estimated that industrialization had already caused an average bump of 0.8 degrees, which had by then caused one-third of the Arctic’s summer ice to disappear and made the world’s oceans 30 percent more acidic. That marker was contested by two leading climatologists, James Hansen of NASA and Kerry Emanuel of MIT, who predicted that 2 degrees could churn up wetter, stronger, deadlier hurricanes and obliterate low-lying island nations and most of Africa. But it stuck. And so a “carbon budget”—the amount of CO2 that can still be allowed into the atmosphere before we reach 2 degrees—was set at 565 gigatons, which the global economy will reach in about 15 years, according to many analyses. And the amount of oil and gas reserves that energy companies and countries like Venezuela and Kuwait (which “act like fossil-fuel companies,” McKibben writes) already have right now—that amount would release five times the carbon budget. According to McKibben, those reserves are “figured into share prices, companies are borrowing money against [them], nations are basing their budgets on the presumed returns from their patrimony.” In other words, he says, they want to burn it all. The scariest thing about McKibben’s armageddon is that it’s real. He may be shouting fire, but he’s no outlier. While the exact course that temperature rise will take is difficult to predict, a staggering 95 percent of the scientific community believes that unless we do something soon, we’ll roast. More tidal waves will crunch coastal homes. More Yosemite camp-outs will be replaced with photos of sequoias charred in a pink, dreamlike haze. And as McKibben wrote over 20 years ago in The End of Nature, rising temperatures could be escalated by “feedback loops.” If the arctic disappears, there will be less white stuff reflecting light and heat back into space. And if the arctic tundra goes, there will be a whole

lot less springy, moss-colored vegetation soaking up CO2. And so one thing—like that infamous butterfly wing—can set off a chain reaction in which this whole beautiful, devastated orb dissolves in wind and flames. But McKibben didn’t run for the hills; he took to the streets. In an email interview—he was zipping from rally to rally at the time—I asked when he finally switched from impartial journalist to activist. “Right about the time the Arctic melted in 2007,” he replied. “It [was] pretty clear physics was forcing the pace of the discussion.” He added that 350.org was also created with “the desire to go on offense against the fossil fuel industry, not just playing defense against bad projects. We need people to understand that they are today’s tobacco industry, a set of thoroughly bad actors that we must take on if we’re ever going to get rational policy out of D.C.” But when the fate of cap-andtrade legislation is to litter the Senate floor, when Chevron donates millions to keep republicans in the House and when nearly half of the country is still unconvinced by climatologists near-unanimous statement that, yes, this is manmade—what can 350 do? The only thing they can, say members. Expose the Chevrons of the world, and hope that someone takes notice. And do it everywhere, not just in D.C.

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e’re with our supporters, standing on the side of the political system looking in,” says Jay Carmona, a divestment campaigner with 350.org. “We’re working with the folks who are saying ‘It’s a pretty rigged game.’” The nonprofit aims to be a traditional grassroots organization, empowering individuals instead of political reps. Along with marches like the one in Richmond, it tries to do this through an ambitious website, which is a basically a one-stop-shop for activists in training. Visitors can read the works of NASA climatologists and learn the ins and outs of divesting their schools, churches and city governments from pension funds or endowments in companies

SPREADING THE WORD Bill McKibben believes it’s time to start directing anger over climate change toward Big Oil.

like Chevron or Shell. They can start petitions and sign up for “de-escalation” trainings, where they’ll learn how to politely risk arrest. And they can educate themselves about everything from the Keystone Pipeline to fracking in Delaware to India’s battle with coal. Sonoma County’s chapter mirrors national’s loose structure. “Many of the other organizations around here have a more specific focus,” Gary Pace, one of the cofounders of local 350 says, mentioning the Post Carbon Institute and Climate Protection Campaign. “We’re trying to be a place for someone who reads the paper and gets concerned, and can go to a demonstration or work on divesting or get involved with any of those more specific projects.” The organization’s decentralization, online base and distrust of business-as-usual politics beg a comparison to Occupy. In Richmond, the earlier movement is palpable. A training for those risking arrest takes place before the march at the Bobby Bowens Progressive Center, where posters read “Criminals Wear Suits.” Later, while McKibben is speaking, a 350 volunteer walks around with a clipboard and “99 percent” T-shirt. ) 20


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Big Oil ( 18 It’s pretty clear that many of the players, at least on the local level, are the same. But though Occupy is often caricatured as drifting aimlessly in leaderless decentralization, McKibben believes that parts of its structure (or lack thereof) could actually work for a climate movement. After all, global warming is just so . . . global. It’s difficult to see how all the pieces fit together, difficult to care. As Joey Smith, a teacher at the Santa Rosa Junior College beginning a 350 divestment campaign says, the dry concepts of climate change can seem impersonal. “The numbers have been so incremental, it would be like getting people to be upset about trash in space,” he says, adding that unless you understand how climate change is directly harming people, it can seem as intangible as the weather. “I’m positive 350’s been trying to put a human face on the issue.” Or many regional faces. As McKibben says in Richmond, places where Chevron has been a bad neighbor are everywhere. Global warming may be impersonal, but that black vapor which rose like a mushroom cloud over the bay last year—that’s not. That makes people angry enough to organize, angry enough to march into a driveway and risk arrest.

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line of police in riot gear greets the crowd that walks onto the cement slab bordered by an iron fence. Immediately, they begin pulling sitters to their feet, cuffing them and leading them away. One says that she’s a nurse. “I treated people from the fire last year,” she shouts, as she’s pulled up. Unlikely activists abound, and for many, this is their first arrest. There’s Melody Leppard, a 21-yearold with red hair and a knit hat who admits to being nervous but tells me “petitions and protests just aren’t enough.” There’s Nancy Binzen from Marin, a 64-year-old who’s also never been arrested. There’s Pace—of Sonoma County’s 350—who’s here with his kids. While waiting at the end of the driveway to go forward toward the

police, he says he’s here because getting arrested is something he can actually do. “I’m a family doctor in Sebastopol,” he says. “I’m part of the system.” There’s a short, whitehaired woman who comes forward and announces that she’s “90-anda-half,” to be cuffed along with her grandson. Her shirt reads: “We are greater than fossil fuels.” Not everyone is impressed with the waving sunflowers and chants of “Let the people go, arrest the CEOs.” A photographer covering the arrests—which take hours; there are over 200 people sitting in the driveway—tells me he thinks it’s a waste of time. “This does nothing to convince the people who aren’t already convinced about climate change,” he says, alluding to that 46 percent. “This only makes people feel good.” It’s a fair point. While 350 has so far successfully helped four colleges divest from fossil fuel companies and held rallies all over the country—one in Washington, D.C., attracted 50,000 people—its end goal has to be sweeping political overhaul if it’s serious about keeping oil in the ground. And that has to come in part from an energized voting population, not one that’s deeply split. I overhear one police officer muttering to another, about the crowd: “OK, you’ve made your point.” Another adds, “There could be a triple homicide today, and where would we be?” But with 90-year-olds and 21-yearolds getting arrested, with white people from Marin and Latino labor unions from the East Bay and women and children in hijab, this feels less like some kind of privileged agenda—as environmental causes are so often portrayed, alienating many—and more like a community coming together. It’s a year after the fire. The city is suing Chevron. Even the police chief will later tell reporters, “We don’t work for Chevron. We work for the community.” It feels like there’s a collective enemy. And it feels like a start. 350.org founder Bill McKibben speaks on Sunday, Sept. 15, at Burlingame Hall (252 W. Spain St., Sonoma); Wednesday, Sept. 25 at Dominican University’s Angelico Hall (50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael); and Friday, Oct. 2, at Sonoma Country Day School’s Jackson Theater (4400 Day School Place, Santa Rosa).


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The week’s events: a selective guide

MELON MAN The National Heirloom Exposition brings natural wonders galore; see description, below.

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The History of Thinking

Celebrating painter Mark Perlman’s 25 years at SSU BY GRETCHEN GILES

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that both forbids and beckons examination— hang everywhere. Complemented by delicate sculpture encased in plastic vitrines and serene flower arrangements, there is plenty of work on the walls

by former students. Ready to retire this year from full-time duties as an art professor at Sonoma State University, Perlman characteristically celebrates his students rather than his quarter century of service as he dials down his academic life. The result is an exhibit, “25 Years,

25 Artists: The Painting Students of Mark Perlman,” opening at the SSU Art Gallery on Thursday, Sept. 5. A one-man homage to his own career follows on Nov. 7. Perlman grimaces briefly when a visitor suggests that this autumn is All Mark All the Time. He’d rather focus on the careers he’s helped to foster during his tenure. Thinking over his 25 years at SSU, Perlman tidily chose 25 former students whose dedication and learning arc remain fresh in his memory. “It’s a pretty diverse group,” Perlman says, settling down in his backyard studio, a barnlike structure bristling with works in progress that bears no resemblance to the tranquility of his home. “It wasn’t like I was looking for anything specific. So the work is all over the place: it’s realist, it’s abstract, it’s naïve—and I don’t think it’s an accident that every one of the 25 were probably the hardest working people who were there. They were there when I got there in the morning, they were there when I left at night. Their commitment pushed that.” Not all of them became working artists; Perlman isn’t concerned. Rather, he looked for alumni who impressed him with the changes they underwent as they learned. “I remember when some of them first came in and they were among the worst people in the class,” he laughs. “They were late for everything and not engaged. And then gradually seeing them grown into adults and become committed was so satisfying.” While an undergraduate himself, Perlman was asked by a professor to fill in for two weeks, teaching the class while the teacher mounted an exhibit overseas. Perlman found that what he calls the “translation of ideas” appealed to him enormously. “As I continued in school,


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‘I want enough disturbance as a challenge to offset the expectations, the predictability.’ “I started using wax because I really wanted a contradiction between space and surface to be working,” he says. “I love surface, I love texture; I also love atmosphere and space, and I thought that I could only have one or another. And then I realized that this wax was transparent but also had a materiality to it, and so I thought I’d start working it into the paint.” And while Perlman admired Johns’ and Marden’s work, he would never emulate it. He encourages his students to do the same. “I’ve worked really hard to help them to find out who they really are,” he says. “What their voice is. It would be such a weird coincidence if their voice were the same as mine. “I understand about apprenticeship, but I really think that since the dawn of the 20th century, it really is about the individual road that you have to travel.” ‘25 Years, 25 Artists’ runs Sept. 5– Oct. 13. A free reception is slated for Thursday, Sept. 5, from 4pm to 6pm. SSU Art Gallery, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 707.664.2295.

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as a challenge to offset the expectations, the predictability.” Encaustic wax, a form of sealing the skin of a work that’s been used since the ancient Egyptians, was popularized in the last century by artists Jasper Johns and Brice Marden, but Perlman didn’t know what it was. He just liked it.

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I started to really respect my teachers and to see how they were really serious painters and it wasn’t just like a day job,” he says. “They had these two careers going. The idea of just painting, all day, by myself . . . The social interaction is just really a key element for me. I think I’d go nuts if I had tried to do this and, I don’t know, wait tables.” It’s a safe bet that Perlman would never have to wait tables. His work is collected by a group ranging from the actress Halle Berry to the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., to the Gap’s corporate offices to those at IBM. Rigorously abstract, Perlman’s canvases have an irresistible dynamism to them that encourages the viewer to look and rest and look again. He speaks of the “history of thinking,” one he graphs afresh each time. “While I’m painting,” he says, “I’m painting the moment, I’m trying to stay in the moment, and whatever is occurring to me is what I want in there. I also don’t trust my reaction to the initial marks. Sometimes they look clever or kind of fresh, but I know that I have to have those things historically underneath, and maybe the history will evolve and you’ll see the different layers of time as the painting evolves. That’s the hope.” In fact, Perlman scrapes off almost as much paint as he puts on. “I try to create systems that break down,” he says. “Everything seems to work within a system or code, and once I’m in there, I become very bored with the predictability of the system, and so like breaking that system down to see what evolves out of that.” Within each frame, Perlman says he weighs beauty against awkwardness against destruction, all within the limits of line, form, composition and hue—the traditional constructs of a painting. “I really like destruction,” he smiles. “I like those opposing forces, and I want to seduce myself into loving the painting somehow. Something that’s going to draw me or the viewer to it, but once there, I also want enough disturbance or things that aren’t working quite right to be presented


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he Marin Shakespeare Company has a hit on its hands with the original musical adaptation A Comedy of Errors, by playwright-directors Robert and Lesley Currier. Based on Shakespeare’s rambunctious play (Willy’s version starts with “The” instead of “A”), this adaptation is silly, sexy, fluffy and funny.

The Curriers take the basic plot of the original—along with portions of Shakespeare’s distinctive text—and blend it with wide swaths of fresh dialogue, outrageously tweaked lines and several clever new songs by Leslie Harib, which are employed to replace some of the Bard’s complexly textured exposition and labyrinthine proclamations. Running in repertory with

Shakespeare’s dark romantic comedy All’s Well That Ends Well, the musical version of Errors takes the action originally set in the ancient town of Ephesus and moves it to Texas, transforming the characters into cowboys, rodeo clowns, gun-slinging sheriffs, Wild West madams, Jewish-Indian medicine men and square-dancing town-folk, all of whom burst into song or occasionally pick up instruments to sit in with the onstage orchestra. The story is essentially the same as Shakespeare’s, itself adapted from the works of Plautus. A roadweary stranger (Jack Powell) from the town of Amarillo arrives in Abilene, where, he discovers, people from Amarillo have been outlawed. Sentenced to die, he earns pity from the sad tale of his life. Once married with two identical twin boys, both named Antipholus, he and his wife essentially adopted two other twin boys, both named Dromio, but a terrible sandbar accident on the Mississippi resulted in the stranger’s wife being swept away, along with one infant Antipholus and one infant Dromio. He raised the other pair, who set off years ago to find their brothers, never to return. Given till sundown to find his sons, the stranger is set free. In Abilene, one now-grown Antipholus (an excellent Patrick Russell) and one of the Dromios (a rubbery Jonathan Deline) are reasonably respected members of the community. When the other set of twins stumbles into town (also played by Russell and Deline), an escalating series of mistaken identities, near seductions and disastrous misunderstandings takes place. As staged by the Curriers, the tale is rich with hilarious bits and even a few truly sexy-sweet moments, as the out-of-town twins discover their true histories, and maybe even find love in the process. It’s not quite Shakespeare, but it’s a whole heap of fun. Rating (out of 5): ++++ ‘A Comedy of Errors’ runs Friday– Sunday through Sept. 29 at Forest Meadows Amphitheater, 890 Belle Ave., on the Dominican University campus in San Rafael. Showtimes vary. Tickets $20–$37.50. 415.499.4488.


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AMELIE’S FATE? Audrey Tautou showcases a darker shade of her acting breadth.

After the Courtship Audrey Tautou cold, discontent in ‘Thérèse’ BY RICHARD VON BUSACK

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e get films of nostalgia or films that critique the past, but very few that do the same thing at the same time.

Thérèse is the late Claude Miller’s adaptation of Francois Mauriac’s Thérèse Desqueyroux, filmed some 50 years ago by Georges Franju. Then, Emmanuelle Riva (Amour) played Thérèse, “an Emma Bovary who strikes back,” as Franju said at the time. Eerily, there is a noticeable physical resemblance between Philippe Noiret in the Franju version and the very good Gilles Lellouche, here as Thérèse’s stuffy propertied husband Bernard, whose only indication of his having a heart is persistent angina. It’s the late 1920s. After an unspeakable honeymoon, Thérèse is impregnated. Her discontent grows after the child is born, her restlessness cinematically symbolized in images of forests containing valuable timber owned by their conjoined families—trees as dry as tinder and waiting for the spark of destruction. In the lead role, Audrey Tautou may be a bit old for the virginal early scenes, but, realistically, she’s not a star because of eternal youthfulness. Tautou made the world fall in love with her in Amélie, and then commenced more ambitious work afterward. She’s quite a not-nice female antagonist: mean, grasping, disapproving, with no interest in sex because “my head is too full of ideas.” But this isn’t a desiccated movie; it’s more of a cold-fusion version of Bette Davis in rebellion (Beyond the Forest, with its pines and its blazing kiln, comes to mind). Some have dismissed Thérèse as Masterpiece Theater, and the framing is often televisionistic; it’s likely Thérèse Desqueyroux would never be popular cinematic material, even though it’s more tangy than dusty. But Tautou’s precision lures the viewer. With her impassive black eyes, bobbed hair and air of callousness, Tautou’s real skills show in the transformation, and in her death-warmed-over scenes close to the finale. ‘Thérèse’ opens Friday, Sept. 6, at the Rafael Film Center in San Rafael.

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Recently, some have suggested crowning Bruce â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunpieâ&#x20AC;? Barnes the new king of zydeco music. Now, that would certainly be a shame, because it would restrict him to playing only one type of musicâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; when heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so good at many more. â&#x20AC;&#x153;His music reďŹ&#x201A;ects the whole New Orleans â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;gumboâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; idea of all the cultures colliding,â&#x20AC;? says Sebastopol Cajun-Zydeco Festival chairman Scott Hensey. Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots headline the 18th annual festival this weekend. Sunpieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s versatility includes zydeco, blues, Creole, Caribbean, rock, gospel, jazz and more. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I call it Afro-Louisiana music,â&#x20AC;? he says over the phone. He tells stories, as

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Art in the Park Sep 7, music by Beah Gomers, Strung Together Dulcimer, Gabby LaLa and Blue Devils. Sep 8, music by Don Trotta, Jason Bodlovich and Larry Potts. Sep 7-8, 10am-5pm. Free. Walnut Park, Petaluma Boulevard South and D Street, Petaluma.

The Beach Boys The ironic American surf group. (Note: Brian Wilson not playing.) Sep 7, 8pm. $65-$85. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Busker’s Day Sponsored by 100 Thousand Poets for Change, featured performances by Tony Gibson, Orchid Killers and the Bad Apple String Band. Sep 7, 1pm. Free. Old Courthouse Square, Downtown, Santa Rosa.

Cajun Zydeco Festival Celebration of Naw’lins featuring Sunpie Barnes & the Louisiana Sunspots, Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble, Dwight Carrier & Ro Dogg and Jimmy Breaux & His Band. Sep 7, 11:30am. $25. Ives Park, Willow Street and Jewell Avenue, Sebastopol.

Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks Local country-jazz standby plays CD release show. Sep 7, 8:30pm. $26. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

Jazz Forum Popular concert series features informal sessions and concerts with masters and rising stars. Sep 4, Nick Grinder and Juanma Trujillo; Sep 11, John Fedchock. Wednesdays at 1pm. Free. Green Music Center, 1029, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2122.

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Popular children’s entertainment group still going after 21 years. Sep 5, 6:30pm. $20-$70. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

NAPA COUNTY Grand Night for Singers Vocalists from around Northern California and beyond take turns onstage. Piano accompaniment by host Richard Evans. First Saturday of every month, 7pm. $15. Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main St, Napa. 707.255.5445.

John Hiatt & the Combo Songwriting rocker beloved in Sonoma County has played with everyone from Leo Kottke to Ry Cooder. Drew Holcomb opens. Sep 11, 7pm. $45-$55. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

The Zombies English band behind “Time of the Season” and “She’s Not There.” E Tu Bruce opens. Sep 6, 7pm. $40-$50. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

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Arlene Francis Center Sep 6, Onye & the Messengers.

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Finley Community Center First Friday of every month, Larry Broderick Trio. 2060 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3737.

First Edition Sun, Open Mic Night hosted by Carl and Paul Green. 1420 E Washington Ave, Petaluma. 707.775.3200.

Flamingo Lounge Sep 6, Electric Avenue. Sep 7, B-4 Dawn. Sun, 7pm, salsa with lessons. Tues, Swing Dancing with Lessons. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

French Garden Sep 6, Jimmy Breaux & His Band. 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.2030.

Heritage Public House Sep 7, Grace in the Woods. 1901 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.540.0395.

Hopmonk Sebastopol Sep 4, Brainstorm: Playa Dust Off. Sep 6, Lost Dog Found, the Pine Needles. Sep 7, Midori & Ezra Boy, Kingsbogough, Crazy Famous. Sep 9, DJ Smokey. Sep 11, Knight Riderz, Mose, Dr Dylon. Tues, 7:30pm, open mic night. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

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Thurs, Thugz. 16135 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.3194.

Sunflower Music Series. 1435 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.792.5300.

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Sep 7, Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

Thurs, Casa Rasta. First Friday of every month, Neon with DJ Paul Timbermann & guests. Sun, Church on Sundays. Wed, North Bay Blues Revue. 528 Seventh St, Santa Rosa, No phone.

Wischemann Hall

Sonoma County Museum

142 Throckmorton Theatre

Sep 7, Baby Seal Club. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 707.579.1500.

Sep 6, Danny Click & the Hell Yeahs. Mon, Open Mic with Derek Smith. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Sep 6, SFPD featuring Sabrina Signs, Rule 62, Craig Feenix, Elbyne, Nate Bolt. Sun, 5pm, rock and blues jam. Mon, 7pm, young people’s AA. Tues, 7pm, Acoustic Americana jam. Wed, 6pm, Jazz jam. 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

Redwood Cafe Sep 7, Shawna Miller. Thurs, Open Mic. First Friday of every month, Dginn. Second Sunday of every month, trad Irish. Second Tuesday of every month, 9pm, Barnburners Poetry Slam. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.

Spancky’s Thurs, 9pm, DJ Dray Lopez. 8201 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.664.0169.

Spreckels Performing Arts Center Sep 6, Faith Ako. 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. 707.588.3400.

The Sunflower Center Sep 8, Former Members. Tues,

1030 Main Street

Thurs, DJ Dave. Mon, Donny Maderos’ Pro Jam. Tues, Jeremy’s Open Mic. 8210 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7878.

Ruth McGowan’s Brewpub

Phoenix Theater

707.792 . 530 0

Tradewinds

Sep 9, Gypsy Cafe. Sep 5, Slowpoke. Sep 6, Prisma Trova. Sep 7, Yancie Taylor. Sep 10, Maple Profant. Sep 4, Susan Sutton. 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.

Sep 6, Crosby Tyler. Sep 7, the Julian Trio. Sun, Evening Jazz with Gary Johnson. 131 E First St, Cloverdale. 707.894.9610.

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Wells Fargo Center Sep 5, the Wiggles. Sep 7, the Beach Boys. 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

DREW CAREY

Sep 9, Square Dancing. 465 Morris St, Sebastopol. 707.823.0926.

Featuring Guest BRENDON WALSH

Sat, Sep 14, 7 & 9 PM

MARIN COUNTY

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GLINKA’S RUSLAN AND LYUDMILA

Sep 6, the Old Way. Fifth and B streets, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.

THE HISTORY OF THE AMERICA’S CUP

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Music ( 29 Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nightclub Thurs and Fri, DJ Rick Vegaz. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

Hopmonk Novato Sep 5, the String Rays. Sep 6, Reckless in Vegas. Sep 7, Lonesome Locomotive. Wed, Open Mic. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200.

19 Broadway Club Sep 4, Elliotts Evil Plan. Sep 5, Peck the Town Crier, Jackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; o the Clock, In the Wake. Sep 6, Funkanauts, Cathy Cothen, Elliotts Evil Plan. Sep 7, Fusion Cabaret Back Side. Sep 8, Oranguhtango. Sep 10, Herb in Movement. Sep 11, Soul Discipilz. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

No Name Bar Fri, 9pm, Michael Aragon Quartet. Sun, 3pm, Mal Sharpeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dixieland. Tues, 8:30pm, open mic with Damir. 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.1392.

Old Western Saloon Sep 6, Mike Saliani. Main Street, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1661.

Sleeping Lady Sep 5, Danny Uzilevsky. Sep 6, James Nash & Bobby Vega. Sep 10, Amanda Addleman. Sep 11, Teja Gerken. Sat, Uke Jam. Sun, 2pm, Irish music. Mon, 8pm, open mic with Simon Costa. Second Wednesday of every month, Finger-Style Guitar Showcase. 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.485.1182.

Smileyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sun, open mic. Mon, reggae. Wed, Larryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s karaoke. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311.

Sweetwater Music Hall Sep 4, Achilles Wheel, the Beautiful Losers. Sep 6, Grayson Capps, Lansdale Station. Sep 7, Bill Evansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Soulgrass. Sep 8, Robert Walterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 20th Congress, the Heavy Guilt. Sep 10, the Objections, Dredgetown. Sep 11, Tab Benoit, Kris Lager Band. Mon, Open Mic. Every other Wednesday, Wednesday Night Live. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

Terrapin Crossroads Sep 6, Brokedown in Bakersfield. Fri, 4:20 Happy Hour with live music. Sun, Terrapin Family Band. Tues, American Jubilee. Wed, Terrapin Family Band Bar Show. 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael.

Travis Marina Second Sunday of every month, the Lonestar Retrobates. Fort Baker, Sausalito.

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Sep 6, Charles Wheel Band. Sep 7, Mutha Cover. Sun, DJ Night. Wed, Jumpstart. 902 Main St, Napa. 707.258.2337.

Bill Evans' Soulgrass Kimock, Tim Carbone, & Jeff Pevar

Hydro Grill First Saturday of every month, AlwaysElvis. Sun, 7pm, Swing Seven. Fri, Sat, blues. 1403 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.9777.

Siloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sep 5, Ron Sison. Sep 6, Carpenters Tribute. Sep 7, Revolver. Wed, 7pm, jam session. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

Uptown Theatre Sep 6, the Zombies. Sep 11, John Hiatt & the Combo. 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

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Osteria Divino Sep 11, Jonathan Poretz. 37 Caledonia St, Sausalito.

Panama Hotel Restaurant Sep 4, Dog Bone with John King. Sep 5, C-JAM with Connie Ducey. Sep 10, James Moseley Quartet. Sep 11, Eldon Brown Band. 4 Bayview St, San Rafael. 415.457.3993.

Rancho Nicasio Sep 6, Keith Crossan Band. Sep 7, the Tickets. Sep 8, Butch Whacks & the Glass Packs. Town Square, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

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Terence Blanchard Jazz trumpeter plays with Ravi â&#x20AC;&#x153;Royal Bloodâ&#x20AC;? Coltrane and fearless guitarist Lionel Loueke. Sep 5-8 at SFJAZZ Center.

Periâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Silver Dollar First Wednesday of every month, the Weissmen. Sep 6, Culannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hounds. Sep 7, Honeydust. Mon, acoustic open mic. Tues, John Varn & Tom Odetto. Second Sunday of every month, Sexy Sunday: Women Rockers. First Thursday of every month, Burnsyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sugar Shack. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.

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Great Apes Brian Moss, the brains behind â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jahbreaker,â&#x20AC;? fronts with excellent new album, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thread.â&#x20AC;? Sep 7 at Bottom of the Hill.

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Godspeed You Black Emperor Ear-piercing one second, quiet enough to hear the film projector the next. Sep 9-10 at Great American Music Hall.

Neko Case Sing a song, break your heart, show you how to make borschtâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;what canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t she do? Sep 10 at the Warfield.

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Brewery Tours Daily at 3!

Sausalito Seahorse Sep 5, Freddy Clarke & friends. Sep 6, Lau. Sep 7, Chameleon. Sep 8, Anthony Blea y Su Charange. Sun, salsa class. Tues, Jazz with Noel Jewkes

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Arts Events Galleries RECEPTIONS Sep 5 4pm. University Art Gallery, “25 Years, 25 Artists: The Painting Students of Mark Perlman,” works by SSU art teacher’s best students. Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2295.

Sep 6 6pm. Seager Gray Gallery, “Awake and Away,” paintings, drawings and collages by Jane Hambleton. 23 Sunnyside Ave, Mill Valley. 415.384.8288. 5pm. Gallery One, “Anniversary Exhibit,” works by Clark Mitchell and Olga Storms. 209 Western Ave, Petaluma. 707.778.8277. 6pm. Occidental Center for the Arts, gallery exhibit. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.874.9392. 4pm. Russian River Art Gallery, “Birds of a Feather,” personal interpretations of our feathered friends.

SONOMA COUNTY

16357 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.9099. 6pm. Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, “Kitchen Memories,” culinary art and equipment collection of Kathleen Thompson Hill. Members’ reception. 551 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.939.SVMA.

Sep 7 5pm, Healdsburg Center for the Arts, “Red Dot 2013,” work by Laurent Davidson, Frieda Giolding and Michael Madzo. 130 Plaza St, Healdsburg. 707.431.1970.

Sep 8 2pm. Marin Society of Artists, “Fall Rental Show,” all pieces available to rent. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 415.454.9561. 4pm. Osher Marin JCC, “Street-Light,” oil paintings by Rabbi Lawrence Kushner. 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.

100 Santa Rosa Ave, Ste 10, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3010.

Arts Guild of Sonoma

Corrick’s

Through Sep 23, “Mentor Program & Member Show,” work by Sonoma Valley High School students and guild members. 140 E Napa St, Sonoma. Wed-Thurs and SunMon, 11 to 5; Fri-Sat, 11 to 8. 707.996.3115.

Sep 6, ARTrails preview show; Oct 4, ARTrails kickoff. Free. 637 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.546.2424.

Charles M Schulz Museum

Epicurean Connection Through Oct 6, “Bird & Flower,” poetic paintings by Wu Tianyu. 122 West Napa St, Sonoma. 707.935.7960.

Through Oct 14, “Barking Up the Family Tree,” featuring comic strips with Snoopy’s siblings. Through Oct 27, “Mid-Century Modern,” works of prominent post-war-era decorative, textile and furniture designers. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. Mon-Fri, noon to 5; Sat-Sun, 10 to 5. 707.579.4452.

Finley Community Center

City Hall Council Chambers

Sep 4-13, “Summits,” art by Jessica Martin. 303 Center St, Healdsburg. 11-6 Thursday through Sunday 11-5 Monday

Through Sep 18, “Printmaking,” pieces by Catherine Atkinson.

Through Oct 2, “Saints Misbehavin’,” Byzantine art of saints by Grant Greenwald. Through Oct 2, “Scrap Metal Art,” works by James Selby. 2060 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. Mon-Fri, 8 to 7; Sat, 9 to 1 707.543.3737.

Gallery Lulo

and Wednesday Closed Tuesday 707 433 7533.

Gallery of Sea & Heaven Through Oct 12, “Art Delicious,” work by artists from Becoming Independent and Studios on A. 312 South A St, Santa Rosa. Thurs-Sat, noon to 5 and by appointment. 707.578.9123.

Gallery One Sep 4-Oct 5, “Anniversary Exhibit,” works by Clark Mitchell and Olga Storms. Sep 4-Oct 25, “ARTrails 3D Showcase Exhibit,” sampling of 3D art by local artists. 209 Western Ave, Petaluma. 707.778.8277.

Graton Gallery Through Sep 22, “In Pursuit of Happiness,” new work by Susan Ball and Frances Arnold. 9048 Graton Rd, Graton. TuesSun, 10:30 to 6. 707.829.8912.

Hammerfriar Gallery Through Oct 6, “Sculpture and Works on Paper,” pieces by Jann Nunn. 132 Mill St, Ste 101, Healdsburg. Tues-Fri, 10 to 6. Sat, 10 to 5. 707.473.9600.

Healdsburg Center for the Arts Sep 7-Oct 5, “Red Dot 2013,” work by Laurent Davidson, Frieda Giolding and Michael Madzo. 130 Plaza St, Healdsburg. Daily, 11 to 6. 707.431.1970.

Laguna de Santa Rosa Environmental Center Through Sep 26, “Inspired by Nature,” quilted fiber arts by the Pointless Sisters. 900 Sanford Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.527.9277.

New Leaf Gallery Through Sep 29, “Black, White, Red,” sculpture show. Cornerstone Place, 23588 Hwy 121, Sonoma. Daily, 10 to 5. 707.933.1300.

Petaluma Arts Center Through Sep 15, “Undercover Genius: The Creative Lives of Artists with Disabilities,” curated by Janet Moore and Geri Olson. 230 Lakeville St at East Washington, Petaluma. 707.762.5600.

Riverfront Art Gallery Through Sep 8, “Juried Fine Art Show,” works from North

Bay residents. Sep 11-Nov 3, “Inspired in France,” paintings and photos by Karen Spratt. Sep 11-Nov 3, “Just Need a Little Love,” paintings by Christine Kierstead. 132 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. Wed, Thurs and Sun, 11 to 6. FriSat, 11 to 8. 707.775.4ART.

Riverfront Art Gallery

School?!” digital abstracts by Suzanne Bean. Through Sep 9, “Mary Macey Butler,” photographs. Through Sep 10, “Hollywood Holograms,” contemporary, postmodern multimedia paintings by Deanna Pedroli. 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. Tues-Sat, 10 to 5. 415.451.8119.

Through Sep 8, “Juried Fine Art Show,” works from North Bay residents. 132 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. Wed, Thurs and Sun, 11 to 6. Fri-Sat, 11 to 8. 707.775.4ART.

Gallery Bergelli

Sebastopol Center for the Arts

Gallery Route One

Through Sep 7, “Monoprints,” pieces by Harry Frank. Through Sep 7, “Not Just Landscapes,” scenery in any style, from cityscapes to nature views. 282 S High St, Sebastopol. Tues-Fri, 10 to 4; Sat, 1 to 4. 707.829.4797.

Sonoma State University Library Art Gallery Through Oct 13, “From Death to Life in Ancient Bahrain,” close-up view of ancient burial grounds. Gallery talk, Sep 18, 4pm. 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art Sep 7-Dec 1, “Kitchen Memories,” culinary art and equipment collection of Kathleen Thompson Hill. Conversation with Elaine Corn, Sep 7, 2pm. 551 Broadway, Sonoma. Wed-Sun, 11 to 5. 707.939.SVMA.

University Art Gallery Sep 5-Oct 13, “25 Years, 25 Artists: The Painting Students of Mark Perlman,” works by SSU art teacher’s best students. Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. Tues-Fri, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, noon to 4. 707.664.2295.

Upstairs Art Gallery Sep 11-30, “Wine Country Art,” paintings by Laura Roney. 306 Center Ave (above Levin & Co bookstore), Healdsburg. SunThurs, 10 to 6; Fri-Sat, 10 to 9. 707.431.4214.

Viva Chocolat Through Sep 25, “The Art of Ricky Watts,” paintings by the local artist. 110 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. Open late on weekends; closed Wednesdays. 707.778.9888.

MARIN COUNTY Art Works Downtown Through Sep 7, “Back to

Through Sep 15, “Summer Group Show,” art by Bryn Craig, Phoebe Brunner and others. 483 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.945.9454. Through Sep 8, “Box Show,” 150 artists choose from three boxes and create a work of art. Closing party and live auction, Sep 8, 3pm. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. Wed-Mon, 11 to 5. 415.663.1347.

Marin Community Foundation Through Sep 27, “Breaking Barriers,” featuring work by Bay Area artists with disabilities. 5 Hamilton Landing, Ste 200, Novato. Open Mon-Fri, 9 to 5.

8am to 3pm, 5:30 to 9pm. 415.488.0528.

NAPA COUNTY di Rosa Through Sep 22, “External Combustion,” pieces by Sacramento sculptors Nathan Cordero, Julia Couzens, Chris Daubert and Dave Lane. Tours daily. 5200 Sonoma Hwy, Napa. Wed-Sun, 10am to 6pm 707.226.5991.

Grand Hand Gallery Through Sep 29, “Presence,” paintings by Michele de la Menardiere and sculptures by John Petrey. 1136 Main St, Napa. No phone.

Napa Valley Museum Through Sep 29, “Date with the Devil,” new work inspired by the legend of Faust. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. Tues-Sun, 10am to 4pm. 707.944.0500.

Dance

Marin MOCA

Person Theater

Through Oct 6, “National Photography Show,” works by Simon Pyle, Chantel Beam, Douglas Ito and others. Juror talk, Sep 21, 6pm. Novato Arts Center, Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Dr, Novato. Wed-Sun, 11 to 4. 415.506.0137.

Sep 6, 7:30pm, AXIS Dance Company, dancers with and without disabilities. $10. SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.

Events

Marin Society of Artists

Art Break Day

Sep 8-Oct 5, “Fall Rental Show,” all pieces available to rent. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. Mon-Thurs, 11 to 4; SatSun, 12 to 4. 415.454.9561.

Make free art and talk about it in public. Sep 6, 9am-5pm. Free. San Rafael City Plaza, Fourth and Court streets, San Rafael.

MINE Art Gallery

Fam Jam

Through Sep 29, “Unframed Freedom,” works by Bob Stang and Sunila Bajracharya. 1820 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax.

Family dance party with DJs and games, contests, snacks, activity tables, performances and more. Tailored to families with children 10 and under. Sun, Sep 8, 1pm. $5. Live Musicians Co-Op, 925 Piner Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.527.8845.

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts Through Sep 26, “Symbols,” abstract and expressionistic mixed-media art works. 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. Tues-Sat, 10 to 2; also by appointment. 415.388.4331.

Seager Gray Gallery

Folk Art Festival Mix of primitive American and contemporary folk art. Sep 7, 10am. $10. Madonna Estate, 5400 Old Sonoma Rd, Napa. 707.255.8864.

Sep 4-29, “Awake and Away,” paintings, drawings and collages by Jane Hambleton. 23 Sunnyside Ave, Mill Valley. Tues-Sat; 11 to 6. Fri-Sat, 11 to 7; Sun, 12 to 5. 415.384.8288.

Garden Art Gala

Two Bird Cafe

Hawaiian Luau

Through Sep 10, “Ripped,” new works by Marcus Uzilevsky. Valley Inn, 625 San Geronimo Dr, San Geronimo. Wed-Sun,

Hawaiian food, entertainment and drinks. Sep 7, 5:30pm. $10$25. Penngrove Community Park, 11000 Main St, Penngrove.

Art auction and artisan pizza in benefit for Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation. Sep 8, 2pm. $75. Vine Hill House, 3601 Vine Hill Rd, Sebastopol.


Grace” with Jordan E Rosenfeld. Sep 8, 4pm, “Equal of the Sun” with Anita Amirrezvani. Sep 8, 7pm, “A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming: Mastering the Art of Oneironautics” with Thomas Peisel. Sep 9, 7pm, “The Gallery of Vanished Husbands” with Natasha Solomons. Sep 10, 7pm, “Stay Up with Me” with Tom Barbash. Sep 11, 5:30pm, “Smarty Marty’s Got Game” with Amy Guitierrez. Sep 11, 7pm, “Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death” with Katy Butler. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera 415.927.0960.

presentation of the Bard’s classic with a Texas twist. Fri-Sun, 8pm. Through Sep 29. $20-$37.50. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, 890 Belle Ave, Dominican University, San Rafael.

Recreate masterpieces in this fun painting class. First Thurs of every month, 6:30pm. $45. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

Santa Rosa Copperfield’s Books

Five different performances relating to Gershwin’s music. Sat, Sep 7, 6pm and Sun, Sep 8, 2pm. $35-$75. White Barn, 2727 Sulphur Springs Ave, St Helena. 707.251.8715.

Burbank Lecture Series

Petaluma Copperfield’s Books

Lectures Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group For family members giving care to an elder with Alzhiemer’s or dementia. First Thurs of every month, 3pm. Rianda House Senior Center, 1475 Main St, St Helena. 707.967.5502.

Art Uncorked

‘DAY DREAM’ An extensive show of work by Jane Hambleton at the Seager Gray Gallery opens with a reception on Sept. 6. See Receptions, adjacent.

ManulFest: Pallas’ Cat Benefit Artists celebrate this lesser known species with music, poetry, puppetry, ritual, fashion, “cattoo,” theater, paintings, tarot, food and more. Sep 7, 12pm. $15-$40. Isis Oasis, 20889 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville.

Napa 9/11 Memorial Dedication Ceremony Public opening of Gordon Huether-designed memorial. Sep 11, 7pm. Free. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

National Heirloom Exposition Giant pumpkins, brilliant speakers, chef demos and more at the “world’s fair” of local food movements. Sep 10-12, 11am-9pm. $10. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.545.4200.

Field Trips Fall Art & Nature Hike Expert guides lead a trek from the Gatehouse Gallery to Milliken Peak, the highest summit in the Carneros region. Sun, Sep 8, 10am. $15. di Rosa,

5200 Sonoma Hwy, Napa. 707.226.5991.

Old Mill Park, Throckmorton and Cascade, Mill Valley.

Heart Walk

Mountainfilm

Walk or run to raise money for heart research. Sep 8, 8:30am. Howarth Park, 630 Summerfield Rd, Santa Rosa.

Sep 4, “The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner,” “E11,” “Treeverse”; Sep 11, “Stranded,” “Berber Turns: Morocco Skiing.” Wed, 7:30pm. $12-$15. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Junior Audubon Enjoy the fall migration of the Vaux’s swifts. Sep 7, 7:15pm. Rio Lindo Academy, 3200 Rio Lindo Ave, Healdsburg.

Public Star Party Three main telescopes plus others set up for viewing. Sep 7, 9pm. $3. Robert Ferguson Observatory, Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood. 707.833.6979.

Water Bark Dogs can romp and play offleash in the swimming lagoon. Sep 7-8, 9:30am-6pm. $5. Spring Lake Park, 391 Violetti Dr, Santa Rosa. 707.527.4465.

Film

Napa Valley Dreams: From Soil to Soul Film about Napa Valley, its people and the profound effect each has on the other. Sep 7, 5pm. Cameo Cinema, 1340 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.3946.

Ruslan & Lyudmila Glinka’s magical masterpiece performed by the Kirov Opera. Sep 8, 4pm. $7. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Sonoma Film Institute Sep 6, “Portrait of Jason.” $7. Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.

Coen Brothers’ story of life, love and bowling. Sep 6, 7pm. $7. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.226.7372.

Food & Drink

Film Night

Dinner at the Ranch

Sep 6, “The Lorax.” 8pm. Free.

Dinner by chef Bob Hurley,

The Big Lebowski

Sep 11, Susan Hatch describes gardening with bulbs; Oct 9, Tour of Juilliard Park and the Church of One Tree with Bill Montgomery. Second Wed of every month. through Oct 9. $10. Luther Burbank Experiment Farm, 7781 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.9492.

Licensed to Illustrate Cartoonists Michael Aushenker and Rafael Navarro talk about creating comics based on popular properties. Sep 8, 1pm. Charles M Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452.

Science Buzz Cafe Sep 5, “Sustainable Agriculture: An Oxymoron?” with Toby Hemenway, author. 7pm. $5. French Garden, 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.824.2030.

Readings Book Passage Sep 4, 7pm, “I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen” with Sylvie Simmons. Sep 5, 1pm, “Letters to Pope Francis” with Matthew Fox. Sep 5, 7pm, “The Gravity of Birds,” with Tracy Guzeman. Sep 6, 7pm, “The Lake House,” with Marci Nault. Sep 7, 1pm, “Thread loves Paper: Contemporary Artist Books” with Emily Marks. Sep 7, 4pm, “The Spine of the Continent: The Most Ambitious Wildlife Conservation Project Ever Undertaken” with Mary Ellen Hanibal. Sep 7, 7pm, “Cut These Words into My Stone: Ancient Greek Epitaphs” with Michael Wolfe. Sep 8, 1pm, “Forged in

Sep 8, “I’d Know You Anywhere My Love” with Nancy Tillman. 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa 707.578.8938.

Sep 4, 7pm, “Visiting Tom: A Man, a Highway and the Road to Roughneck Grace” with Christopher Moore, in conversation with author Michael Perry. Sep 6, 7pm, “Kill City Blues” with Richard Kadrey. Sep 10, “Count the Monkeys” with Mac Barnett. 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma 707.762.0563.

Future Creatures Deep thoughts about how our creations shape our world make up this puppet show featuring shadow, trash and costume puppetry. Sep 6-7, 8pm. $10-$20. Imaginists Theatre Collective, 461 Sebastopol Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.528.7554.

Gershwin Gala

Good People Tony award-winning play about a South Boston single mother asking for help makes its Bay Area premiere. Times vary. Tues-Sun through Sep 15. $37-$53. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.5208.

The Pavilion

Sep 5, 7pm, “Smoke Signals” with Martin Lee. 138 N Main St, Sebastopol 707.823.2618.

Hailed as “Our Town” for our time, two former lovers encounter each other at a high-school reunion. Fri-Sat, 8pm and Sun, 2pm. Through Sep 22. $25-$35. Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.763.8920.

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ARIES (March 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;April 19) â&#x20AC;&#x153;No regrets? Really?â&#x20AC;? asks author Richard Power. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have regrets. They are sacred to me. They inform my character. They bear witness to my evolution. Glimpses of lost love and treasure are held inside of them; like small beautiful creatures suspended in amber.â&#x20AC;? I think you can see where this horoscope is going, Aries. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to suggest you do what Power advises: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do not avoid your regrets. Embrace them. Listen to their stories. Hold them to your heart when you want to remember the price you paid to become who you truly are.â&#x20AC;? (Find more by Richard Power here: tinyurl.com/RichardPower.) TAURUS (April 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;May 20) Urbandictionary. com says that the newly coined word â&#x20AC;&#x153;orgasnomâ&#x20AC;? is what you call the ecstatic feelings you have as you eat especially delectable food. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s derived, of course, from the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;orgasm.â&#x20AC;? According to my reading of the astrological omens, you are in an excellent position to have a number of orgasmic-like breakthroughs in the coming week. Orgasnoms are certainly among them, but also orgasaurals, orgasights and orgasversationsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; in other words, deep thrills resulting from blissful sounds, rapturous visions and exciting conversations. I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be surprised if you also experience several other kinds of beautiful delirium. GEMINI (May 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;June 20) If you were about to run in a long-distance race, you wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t eat a dozen doughnuts. Right? If you were planning to leave your native land and spend a year living in Ethiopia, you wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t immerse yourself in learning how to speak Chinese in the month before you departed. Right? In that spirit, I hope youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be smart about the preparations you make in the coming weeks. This will be a time to prime yourself for the adventures in self-expression that will bloom in late September and the month of October. What is it you want to create at that time? What would you like to show the world about yourself? CANCER (June 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;July 22) The Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the land. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the foundation of the most politically powerful nation on the planet. And yet when it originally went into effect in 1789 it was only 4,543 words longâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;about three times the length of this horoscope column. The Bill of Rights, enacted in 1791, added a mere 462 words. By contrast, Indiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Constitution is 117,000 words, more than 20 times longer. If you create a new master plan for yourself in the coming months, Cancerianâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as I hope you willâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a compact version like Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will be exactly right. You need diamond-like lucidity, not sprawling guesswork.

LEO (July 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;August 22) There are two scientiďŹ c terms for tickling. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Knismesisâ&#x20AC;? refers to a soft, feathery touch that may be mildly pleasurable. It can be used to display adoring tenderness. The heavier, deeper kind of tickling is called â&#x20AC;&#x153;gargalesis.â&#x20AC;? If playfully applied to sensitive parts of the anatomy, it can provoke fun and laughter. Given the current planetary alignments, Leo, I conclude that both of these will be rich metaphors for you in the coming days. I suggest that you be extra alert for opportunities to symbolically tickle and be tickled. (P.S. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a useful allegory: if you do the knismesis thing beneath the snout of a great white shark, you can hypnotize it.) VIRGO (August 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;September 22) In his â&#x20AC;&#x153;Song of the Open Road,â&#x20AC;? Walt Whitman wrote some lyrics that I hope will provide you with just the right spark. Even if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not embarking on a literal journey along a big wide highway, my guess is that you are at least going to do the metaphorical equivalent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Henceforth I ask not good fortuneâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;I myself am good fortune,â&#x20AC;? said Uncle Walt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing. Strong and content, I travel the open road.â&#x20AC;? LIBRA (September 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;October 22) Mystical poet St. John of the Cross (1542â&#x20AC;&#x201C;1591) was one of Spainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest writers. But not all of his work came easily. When he was 35, a rival religious group imprisoned him for his mildly heretical ideas. He spent the next nine months in a 10-by-6-foot jail cell, where he was starved, beaten and tortured. It was there that he composed his most renowned poem, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spiritual

Canticle.â&#x20AC;? Does that provide you with any inspiration, Libra? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll make a wild guess and speculate that maybe youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in a tough situation yourself right now. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not even one percent as tough as St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, though. If he could squeeze some brilliance out of his predicament, you can, too.

SCORPIO (October 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;November 21) The American naturalist John Burroughs (1837â&#x20AC;&#x201C;1921) traveled widely and wrote 23 books. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I still ďŹ nd each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think,â&#x20AC;? he testiďŹ ed, â&#x20AC;&#x153;all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.â&#x20AC;? Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s make that longing for abundance serve as your rallying cry during the next two weeks, Scorpio. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you have a cosmic mandate to push to the limitsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and sometimes beyondâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as you satisfy your quest to be, see and do everything you love to be, see and do.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;December 21) Punk icon Henry Rollins did an interview with Marilyn Manson, rock and rollâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s master of the grotesque. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on YouTube. The comments section beneath the video are rife with spite and bile directed toward Manson, driving one fan to defend her hero. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love Marilyn Manson so much that I could puke rainbows,â&#x20AC;? she testiďŹ ed. I think you will need to tap into that kind of love in the coming days, Sagittarius: ďŹ erce, intense and devotional, and yet also playful, funny and exhilarating. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily have to puke rainbows, however. Maybe you could merely spit them. CAPRICORN (December 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;January 19) If you want to know a secret, I talk less crazy to you Capricorns than I do to the other signs. I tone down my wild-eyed, goddess-drunk shape-shifting a bit. I rarely exhort you to don an animal costume and dance with the fairy folk in the woods, and I think the last time I suggested that you fall in love with an alien, angel or deity was . . . never. So whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my problem? Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you feel taboo urges and illicit impulses now and then? Isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it true that, like everyone else, you periodically need to slip away from your habitual grooves and tamper with the conventional wisdom? Of course you do. Which is why I hereby repeal my excessive caution. Get out there, Capricorn, and be as uninhibited as you dare. AQUARIUS (January 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;February 18) Germanyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum Ostwall displayed a conceptual installation by the artist Martin Kippenberger. Valued at $1.1 million, it was called When It Starts Dripping from the Ceiling. Part of it was composed of a rubber tub that was painted to appear as if it had once held dirty rainwater. One night while the museum was closed, a new janitor came in to tidy up the premises. While performing her tasks, she scrubbed the rubber tub until it was â&#x20AC;&#x153;clean,â&#x20AC;? thereby damaging the art. Let this be a cautionary tale, Aquarius. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important for you to appreciate and learn from the messy stuff in your lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;even admire its artistryâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and not just assume it all needs to be scoured and disinfected.

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In her novel White Oleander, Janet Fitch suggests that beauty is something to be used â&#x20AC;&#x153;like a hammer or a key.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your assignment, Pisces. Find practical ways to make your beauty work for you. For example, invoke it to help you win friends and inďŹ&#x201A;uence people. Put it into action to drum up new opportunities and hunt down provocative invitations. And donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell me you possess insufďŹ cient beauty to accomplish these things. I guarantee you that you have more than enough. To understand why Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so sure, you may have to shed some ugly deďŹ nitions of beauty youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve unconsciously absorbed from our warped culture.

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