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Justice at Last? The U.S. Supreme Court rejected Sonoma County’s last ditch appeal to keep Sgt. Erick Gelhuas from facing trial (“Denied,” June 26). The Iraq War veteran has been charged with the wrongful shooting death of 13-year-old Andy Lopez as the boy walked down a neighborhood street with a toy rifle. This is the fourth failed appeal, which has thus far cost the county some 4 million in taxpayer dollars. In a desperate attempt to save face,
Assistant Sonoma County Sheriff Clint Shubel said, “We want to get clarity and guidance from the courts.” Four court decisions against granting immunity to Gelhaus couldn’t be more clear. The U.S. District Court in Oakland, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, a second denial for a rehearing with the Ninth Circuit and now the Supreme Court have all turned down the case. Judge Milan D. Smith of the Ninth Circuit found that “a reasonable jury could find that Gelhaus’ use of deadly force was not objectively reasonable. . . . Andy did
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A jury will see Gelhaus’ videotaped deposition in which he said that Andy “didn’t turn towards me when I shot him.” He also admitted that he doesn’t know if Andy’s gun was ever pointed at him. In a video deposition, Gelhaus is shown replicating Andy’s stance with the toy gun in his left hand and turning to the point when he fired off eight rapid shots in six seconds at the boy. Andy’s rifle was pointing straight down toward the ground. A jury will also hear the testimony of Jeff Westbrook of Santa Rosa who, two months before Andy’s death, was pulled over by Gelhaus for failing to signal a lane change. Gelhaus pulled a gun on Westbrook as he walked up to the car and Westbrook felt so troubled by the officer’s demeanor that he asked, “Sir, is there something wrong with you? “Westbrook later said, “I felt like I was watching somebody I needed to help.” His complaint to Gelhaus’ superior officer was ignored. Most observers agree the county has already lost this case and their best bet will be to keep Gelhaus off the witness stand and settle the case without further delay. Perhaps now the Lopez family will at long last see the light of justice in this unspeakable tragedy.
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ight months after the most destructive wildfire in California history, many Sonoma County residents are still struggling to recover. Long before the Tubbs fire, widening inequality, increasing poverty and the expansion of low-wage work had undermined economic security for low- and middle-income residents. Moreover, building in high-risk areas, one of the major causes of the fire, will continue and increase the risk of another devastating fire.
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s fallout from the Trump administration’s family-separation immigration policy plays out along the Mexican border and around the country, local elected officials are increasingly engaged in an effort to determine the status of undocumented youths currently housed at a handful of Bay Area immigrant detention centers.
One of those centers, the BCFS Health and Human Services facility in Solano County, was sued by the American Civil Liberties Union last August, along with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and numerous federal immigration officials. The Fairfield facility is one of several youth detention centers operated by the San Antonio– based nonprofit company, which this year received $121 million in federal grants to house unaccompanied minors and
other migrants. According to an Open Secrets investigation, $3.9 million of that $121 million was for housing for 18 males in California. According to the Federal Register, in February of this year the company received an addition $15 million in federal funds to help President Trump implement his “zero tolerance” policy for asylum seekers from Central America crossing into the United States through Mexico. The money was earmarked for BCFS to provide an additional 450 beds.
The Fairfield Health and Human Services facility is used to house undocumented immigrant youth from various Central American countries, who, according to the ACLU suit, were mostly rounded up more than 3,000 miles away under the guise of a “gang crackdown.” The ACLU alleges that the male youths were sent to privately owned detention centers and denied immigrant benefits and services because of “flimsy, unreliable and unsubstantiated allegations of gang affiliation.” One youth who wound up at the Fairfield detention center, identified as “F.E.” in court documents, is an El Salvadoran teenage refugee who was living with his mother and step-father on Long Island, N.Y., when he was arrested by local Suffolk County police and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Under the aegis of the federal government’s Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), he was sent to a Virginia detention center, then to the Fairfield facility before finally being transported to an ORR contracted facility in New York. He is one of numerous youth from an immigrant-heavy part of Long Island who were, charges the ACLU, “arrested, denied access to family and legal counsel, transported far away from home and held in jail-like conditions for weeks on end without any process through which they could challenge their confinement or deny gang affiliation.” Earlier this month, U.S. Congressman Mike Thompson attempted to visit an unidentified detention center and was rebuffed by the federal Department of Health and Human Services. Thompson sent a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar, saying that it was “unacceptable that you have denied my request and are doing a bureaucratic shuffle aimed at covering up the tragedies of the president’s policy of separating undocumented families,” as he implored HHS to switch course and provide access. On Monday this week, Thompson and U.S. Rep. Mark DeSaulnier toured an HHS
documents are mainly incident reports from immigrant detention centers around the country, including the Fairfield BCFS facility. The FOIA request spanned several months in 2014 and incident reports from Fairfield indicate that there were several instances of alleged sexual abuse or inappropriate sexual behavior committed by youthful detainees against other detainees. Another incident report states that a Mexican detainee at the Fairfield facility was threatened with a beating by an ICE officer for not signing an English-language document the detainee did not understand. The federal Department of Health and Human Services released the incident reports at Fairfield and other unaccompanied-minor detention centers to Judicial Watch on July 14, 2017. The ACLU filed its lawsuit against Sessions and the BCFS Health and Human Services less than a month later, on Aug. 11, 2017. The focus on California detention centers this month is being undertaken just as a federal judge in California upheld most of the legislative pieces that bolster California’s push to become a so-called sanctuary-state. One of the laws that was upheld was AB 103, which empowers the state to review the federal detention of immigrants in the state. State Sen. Bill Dodd represents Fairfield and says that “the federal government should be doing everything possible to reunite these children with their parents,” and applauded the federal judge’s ruling that prevents ICE officials from detaining immigrants seeking asylum. “The decision vindicates the premise that the state of California shouldn’t be forced to pay for federal immigration enforcement,” he says. “I hope the federal government comes together to adopt thoughtful, humane reform.” Dodd’s office says he doesn’t have all the facts on the Fairfield arrests last week and could not comment.
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The Fairfield BCFS Health and Human Services facility opened in 2009 when Barack Obama was president. During Obama’s presidency, the number of children in the ORR program averaged around 7,500 a year between 2005 and 2011. By 2012, there were about 13,000 youths in the program, and by 2015 there were close to 35,000, according to a recent audit of BCFS undertaken by the HSS Office of Inspector General in 2016. That audit determined that the company’s Texas centers had overbilled the government by more than $600,000. BCFS disputed the results of the audit. In 2010, the state Department of Social Services Care Licensing Division sued to close the privately owned facility, which was the first apparent BCSF youth-detention-center foray into California. The state regulators argued that the facility ran afoul of state laws governing child center regulations. Court documents indicate that the suit stemmed in part from the state charging that BCFS was monitoring detainees’ phone calls, and that the company violated a state regulation which said the youths could not “be locked in any room, building or facility premise at any time.” The state did not prevail in its effort to shut the facility down, and in its response to the suit, BCFS lawyers argued that the state didn’t consider “the unique concerns and issues relating to the children residing at the BCFS facility, such as the criminal history associated with some of the residents and their illegal status.” Anti-immigration organizations took an interest in these facilities before Trump was elected. In 2014, the far-right organization Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the federal Health and Human Services which sought information on numerous detention centers then being utilized to house the undocumented. The FOIA request was completed in 2017, and the
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Dining PAN-TASTIC Long a favorite of festivals and farmers markets, Gerard’s Paella now has
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Finalmente! Gerard’s Paella lands in Santa Rosa
hen I was a senior editor for Make magazine a few years back, the two biggest events of the year were the Maker Faires in New York and San Mateo. If you’ve never been, Maker Faire is part science fair and part Burning Man festival that attracts legions of DIY tech enthusiasts,
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hackers and geeks. There’s nothing like it. My favorite part of the event was the day before it opened, when all the makers were busy setting up their booths and readying various contraptions, experiments and whirligigs. It’s a tradition that the long day of preparation ends with a party featuring cold beer, music and a long line of hungry makers waiting for a plate of Gerard Nebesky’s paella. The Occidental resident,
whose white goatee matches his curly head of hair, has long been a fixture at the two big Maker Faires, where he cooks vast quantities of paella with wooden spoons as big canoe paddles in mammoth pans as big as satellite dishes. I miss those paella parties. Nebesky and his brigade of risotto pans are regulars at various Bay Area festivals and farmers markets, but now the patron of paella has a fixed location in downtown Santa Rosa.
After what seemed like an eternity (I was hungry), he finally opened on Fourth Street last month, where Persona Pizza had its short run. I predict Gerard’s Paella will be there for quite a while. The remodeled space has an understated, modern feel. I love the low orange stools and beautiful wooden tables. There’s a bar with a great lineup of local and Spanish wine and beer, and a separate patio that I’m eyeing for our holiday party. Nebesky inherited the former occupant’s wood burning oven. I’m glad he kept it. The paella dishes are assembled in front of customers as they line up to order, and are finished in the oven to delicious effect. If anything, the paella is even better than I remember it. The rice has a wonderful, toothsome quality. I could taste each grain. I tried the El Pescador ($14), mussels, clams, shrimp and squid made with peas, sweet peppers and inky black arroz negro. The three dollops of aioli were about two too many, but otherwise it’s fantastic and big enough to share. There are also vegetarian and meatier versions. The bocadillos (baguette sandwiches, $8) may be my new go-to lunch. They’re served on soft, freshly baked baguette rolls. I tried the Choripan—thinly sliced chorizo sarta, tetilla cheese and charred kale. Tetilla is a semi-soft cow’s milk cheese from Galicia that’s wonderfully creamy and sweet. It’s great layered with hearty chorizo. The jumble of fat olives on the side is a nice bonus. I was pleased to see a number of classic Spanish tapas. The kitchen serves a respectable patatas bravas (spicy potatoes, $8) that’s just begging for a glass of Estrella Damm lager to go with it. The fried calamari is another beer- or Albariño-friendly snack. Instead of bread flour, they’re battered in chickpea flour and served with smoked paprika-spiked aioli. The gambas al ajillo ($10), five plump prawns sizzled in spicy garlic butter, are worth the ensuing garlic breath—use it to tell your friends about Gerard’s new home. Gerard’s Paella, 701 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.708.8686.
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mericans just don’t celebrate Bastille Day like they do the public holidays (or national heritage-themed festivities, anyway) of a handful of other nations: with a bout of drinking any alcoholic beverage associated with said nation.
Maybe July 14 follows too close on the heels of a beersoaked Fourth, but it’s a missed opportunity for North Coast wineries. As Irish stout is to St. Patrick’s Day, surely such a Frenchthemed holiday would be soused in what most folks think of as numéro un of French wines: Cabernet Sauvignon.
The funny thing about that is, while Cab is king in California, it’s merely in the top five in France, ranking below workaday Carignan and humbled by the reign of Merlot. And while native to Bordeaux, Cab gained its favored status in close concert with the wine-drinking habits of aristocratic Englishmen who were in need of something weedy and tannic with which to continue staining their teeth after taking black tea at four. There’s a line of wine criticism which insists that, since Americans prefer coffee, often with cream and sugar, they fancy their Cabernet with roasted oak, vanillin and sweet fruit flavor. The Educated Guess 2017 North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon ($19.99) offers no contradiction—only roasty, toasty French roast aroma, inky purple marker notes and convincing tannic grip, for a democratic price. Although the producer, an outfit called Roots Run Deep Winery, had to abandon a fully Napa Valley designation this year, the Lake County portion comes to the blend with the good rep of Beckstoffer Vineyards. The wine’s black plum and black-cherry fruit flavors sweeten in the glass, balancing the charred character. If this doesn’t do it for your backyard barbecue guests, then let them drink . . . $400 Napa Cab? Another funny thing about Cabernet in Napa Valley is that it’s most often seen in the company of that trophy blonde, Chardonnay, when its real mate, or rather, maman, back in Bordeaux, is Sauvignon Blanc—a mix-up that probably stems from the lineup at the 1976 Judgment of Paris tasting. Speaking of stems, the Ehlers Estate 2017 St. Helena Sauvignon Blanc ($32) fumes with those pyrazine notes shared by both varietals. Here, it’s evocative less of green pepper than dusty shale, or to some, flint or smoke, like some Loire Sauvignon Blancs. Grapefruit pith and hardly ripe yellow plum flavors might be a bit tart for some tastes, yet if the long finish is bracing, it isn’t bitter. Anyway, this organically farmed, varietal exemplar is best suited for quiet summer evening sipping, not a bout of drinking.
Women help girls in a #MeToo world BY STEPHANIE HILLER ALL TOGETHER NOW Sonoma’s G3: Gather, Grow and Go offers programs to build self-confidence
and wellness in women and girls.
ince #MeToo burst onto the stage this past fall, sexual violence against women has finally achieved the public recognition long overdue a crippling problem, one that has plagued women and girls for decades—maybe centuries. And it’s not going away. But perpetrators are beginning to be held accountable. In May, Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein turned himself into police in New York for sex crimes. Bill Cosby, similarly accused of molesting dozens of women, faces 30 years in prison after his conviction. Still, the National Crime Victimization Survey shows that 99 percent of perpetrators walk free.
“The more high-profile these situations are, the more people will have to open their eyes and ask why this is happening,” says Yesenia Gorbea of Futures Without Violence in San Francisco. “Survivors are able to step forward because they feel they can be heard. It’s a cultural shift we’re seeing. Finally, issues are being talked about, informed by the survivors themselves.”
“#MeToo is fantastic, a huge breakthrough,” says Jan Blalock, chair of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women. “It does bring to light what has been going on. But are people safer? No, but it’s safer to talk about things. “We’re in a very dangerous time,” Blalock continues, “with the internet and easy access to pornography—especially for boys who think this is normal or what girls want. You can order a child to have sex with as easily as ordering a pizza.” But even more dangerous are the trafficking networks that use social media to trap young girls into forced sex work.
exual abuse is about power, says Caitlin Quinn, communications coordinator at Verity (formerly Women Against Rape), a social service nonprofit in Santa Rosa. “Abusers prey upon people that they perceive as weak in some form or another, with more marginalized identities or with disabilities,” Quinn says. According to a yearlong study by National Public Radio, people with mental or physical disabilities are five to six times more likely to be abused. “It’s an epidemic no one talks about.” The National Sexual Violence Resource Center reports that one in four girls will ) 12
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experience sexual violence before the age of 18. If it’s about power, will empowering girls help keep them safe? G3: Gather, Grow and Go is a Sonoma-based nonprofit for women that “creates experiences to help you leverage your best.” It offers programs for teen girls, and recently has developed programs for mothers with their daughters. The group holds daylong and weekend workshops aimed at “empowering girls to leave with a heightened awareness of who they are and who they want to become,” says co-founder Michelle Dale. But Dale is clear that G3’s programs, which pre-date #MeToo, have not been adapted in response to that movement. Dale is a bright, beaming single mother of two teen girls. She says the workshops take a holistic approach “to reignite the magic inside us that sometimes grows dim,” and encourage wellness to support self-confidence, as well as
recognizing “the power of no.” “We believe the work changes how people look at themselves,” she says. Workshops for teens are designed to address the many challenges girls face. “First and foremost is technology and social media,” says Dale. “It makes girls feel left out, not good enough. Everyone else is doing everything they want to be doing. . . . It also limits your basic face-to-face social skills.” And it also exposes them to the creeping tentacles of traffickers. Dale favors limiting a child’s time on social media, and not only for girls. Perhaps most damaging is “the epidemic of young boys thinking it’s OK to play video games eight hours a day, winning the game by killing each other.” What about their social skills, their ability to feel empathy, she asks. G3 workshops provide “opportunities for girls to feel empowered to stand up and give voice to what they will accept or not.” But they do not address the
issue of sexual assault directly. “We build voice and confidence and sisterhood, and those things work to allow women and girls the courage and support to live strong, live brave and speak their truth and help others to do the same,” Dale writes in an email. Bringing mothers and daughters together for quality time is key. “It allows everybody to slow down to find the connection that brings them closer together. “Your relationship with your mother is very important, maybe the most important one you have.” Quinn seconds that. “Mothers need to do everything they can to talk to their daughters. Sometimes that means being vulnerable. A lot of mothers don’t want to share what violence has happened to them, but that can help a daughter understand her point of view. Lots of women are still blaming themselves for what happened to them.” But for Dmitra Smith, vice
chair of the Sonoma County Commission on Human Rights, it’s not possible to look at this issue without considering intersectionality, the interplay of race, class and gender. “What if Mom is a single mom working several jobs to make ends meet? She may not have time to talk to her daughter,” Smith says. “If you look at the #MeToo movement, that term was coined over 10 years ago by Tarana Burke, a black woman who was largely ignored. For me, as a woman of color, it’s great that so many women are finding their voice, but there’s a sense of frustration at how it took a segment of mostly white women who are affluent to talk about it for it to be receiving the attention that it deserves.” Reports vary, but generally white women and Latinas experience more assault than black women, while Native American women endure the most abuse; and assault by a white man is the most common. “I’m still reminded that women of color, indigenous, undocumented and poor women are systematically sexually and physically abused by law enforcement and incarceration systems who then evaluate themselves and find nothing wrong with their actions,” said Smith. orsening the problem for all women, social media has made the world more dangerous than ever, especially for young women, and it is one of the hardest to combat. “As soon as the police or our advocates have figured out one new lure or app,” says Quinn, “these guys come up with another one.” One example is Snapchat, “an app that teens love to use,” Quinn says. Users can have their location “turned on,” allowing friends and contacts to see where they are. Kids need to know that setting it “public” is risking trouble, Quinn says. Social media has enabled traffickers to make easy contact with vulnerable girls. And
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once they target a young girl— promising her a fabulous career as a model—it may be hard for her to resist. Even harder is for a girl once trafficked to get out. Tiburon’s Shynie Lu, a recent graduate of Sonoma Academy, made a video as a project for the Sonoma County Junior Commission on Human Rights, called Strong Survival. In it, she interviews Maya Babow, who managed to escape from her traffickers after six years. “People ask, why didn’t she leave sooner?” says Lu, “But when you hear her talk about the threats they made, how they would hurt her family, and about withholding food and water from her, she made it clear why she wasn’t able to walk out.” Now an ambassador for Shared Hope International in Marin, Lu helps inform high school students about the danger. So once #MeToo drops off the radar, will perpetrators again find refuge in the surrounding silence? Rates of sexual violence are declining, and continued outcry will certainly help, but empowering girls may not be enough to create the kind of change women rightfully demand. “I was a highly empowered teen,” says Blalock, “an athlete, but I was raped.” Maybe change has to happen on the other end of the spectrum. As Babow says in the film, “We need to stop the demand. If you can stop the demand, there is no need for supply.” Futures Without Violence has started a nationwide program called Coaching Boys into Men, in which male athletic coaches are trained to lead workshops for their teams to deliver the message that is is manly to respect girls. But there do not seem to be many such programs currently in place in local schools. “The onus is on society to see girls and women as equal, intelligent beings worthy of respect rather than objectifying them,” said Blalock. Instead of teaching girls not to get raped, we can teach boys not to rape—soon.
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For Healdsburg-based oil painter Bradford Brenner, art is all about relationships. Describing his process as an attempt to connect himself to the viewer through his paintings, Brenner pairs seemingly disparate elements on his canvases, mixing light and dark colors and exploring abstract forms and a diverse subject matter. This week, art lovers can connect to Brenner’s work and connect with a Zinfandel from the family-owned Wine Guerrilla, which is hosting the “West County Art & Wine” event at its tasting room in Forestville, featuring art, hors d’oeuvres, live music and wine by the glass on Friday, July 13, 6671 Front St., Forestville. 4pm. Free admission. 707.887.7996.
Since 2001, the annual Breastfest Beer Festival has helped low-income women diagnosed with cancer get access to medical treatment and find relief through alternative options. To do this, Breastfest employs the North Bay’s rich bounty of brewers to come together for a day of bottomless beer-tasting, free eats, live music and community support. This year’s breweries includes locals like Marin Brewing Co., Russian River Brewing, Henhouse Brewing, 101 North Brewing, Moonlight Beer & Ale and many others, and proceeds will go to Marin-based breast cancer foundation To Celebrate Life. Saturday, July 14, Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 1pm. $50–$65. thebreastfest.org.
Wise Guys Standup comedian Myq Kaplan (pronounced “Mike”) holds a masters degree in linguistics, which won’t surprise fans of his tightly constructed comedy, which is packed with wordplay and puns that are equally smart and silly. This week, Kaplan is in the North Bay with fellow standup smarty-pants Zach Sherwin, known for the web series Epic Rap Battles of History. The two appear at 8:30pm on Friday, July 13, at the Reel Fish Shop & Grill, 401 Grove St., Sonoma; at 8pm on Saturday, July 14, at Barrel Brothers, 399 Business Park Court, Windsor; and at 7pm on Sunday, July 15, at Griffo Distillery, 1320 Scott St., Petaluma. All shows, $20. Get tickets at myqkaplan.com.
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Bounty of Performance World-class performances, awardwinning cuisine and stunning scenery make the annual Festival Napa Valley the region’s most indulgent cultural celebration. Happening over 10 days, the festival boasts concerts, dining experiences and gala events, including several free performances. On Wednesday, July 18, the festival opens with a series of admission-free chamber music concerts. Hear the “Serenade for Wind Instruments” at the Napa Valley Opera House (1030 Main St., Napa; 5pm). Enjoy a string quartet and sextet at CIA at Copia (500 First St., Napa; 6pm), or attend one of two concerts in St. Helena. For details and passes, visit festivalnapavalley.org.
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Eclectic songwriter Keller Williams takes a deep dive into his wide range of music when he performs on Friday, July 13, at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael. See Clubs & Venues, p19.
MASTER OF PUPPETS Lex Rudd will begin offering classes (not in lion taming) in Forestville next month.
Creature Crafter Puppet and prop maker Lex Rudd connects to community with new studio BY CHARLIE SWANSON
t could be said that Lex Rudd makes dreams come true— or, more precisely, she makes visions a reality. That’s because the longtime Sonoma County resident is a special effects master who specializes in designing and building puppets and props for film, television, theater productions and toy makers.
This summer, Rudd steps out of the shop and into her new Dreams and Visions Puppet & Craft Studio in downtown Forestville, where she’ll display her work and offer a series of crafting and sewing classes starting in August. Born in England, Rudd was a young artist enamored with creatures like those created by Jim Henson in the films Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal. “When I was 16, for Halloween,
my friend and I wanted to make some masks,” remembers Rudd. “Instead of doing papier-mâché or whatever, we thought we’d do it properly, so we bought some clay and some plaster and some latex, and we made these werewolf masks. Ever since then, I’ve loved sculpting and I’ve loved creatures.” In college, Rudd earned a degree in special effects and began working for a U.K. company where she sculpted
dragons for the 2002 film Reign of Fire and created puppets for the 2005 film The Brothers Grimm. Rudd moved to Los Angeles to work on a children’s TV show in 2004, and eventually relocated to the East Bay and then Sonoma County in 2008. In 2014, she appeared on Syfy’s reality competition show Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, where she made monsters on camera along with nine other contestants. Though she was eliminated on the show, Rudd was one of two contestants picked up by the Henson Creature Shop to work as a contractor. “As far as puppets go, they’re the pinnacle, really,” Rudd says. “I just worked on the new Dark Crystal [Netflix series], and I can’t say what, but I got to work on one of the major puppet characters.” While Rudd travels for work, she now wants to establish a presence in the artistic hub of the North Bay. “I absolutely love it here in Sonoma County. I want to get more involved in the community, and am hoping that people start to notice me.” At the Forestville studio, currently open by appointment only, Rudd has assembled a working space, complete with industrial machines and a wall of fabrics, that will also serve as a classroom. The upcoming adultoriented classes will let prospective crafters make their own Billy Goat Gruff puppets, tote bags and more. “If there’s interest, I want to open it up to making professional puppets and get more in-depth,” Rudd says. “I’d also love to get into bigger local projects and cool, weird community art stuff.” Dreams and Visions Puppet & Craft Studio in Forestville is open by appointment only; classes begin Thursday, Aug. 2. For details, visit dreamsandvisionsart.com.
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ne might think that the talents behind Downton Abbey and Phantom of the Opera would be odd choices to make a Broadway musical out of a 2003 movie starring Jack Black.
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One would be correct. School of Rock, now on the San Francisco stop of its national tour, is Julian Fellowes and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s overblown take on that modest film whose charm relied mostly on appreciation of its star. Dewey Finn (Rob Colletti, doing Jack Black–light) has been kicked out of his band, has no visible means of support and is months
behind on the rent due his best friend Ned (Matt Bittner). After receiving an ultimatum from Ned’s girlfriend (Emily Borromeo) to raise the money or get out, he answers a phone call seeking Ned’s services as a substitute teacher. Since subbing obviously requires no skills at all, Dewey decides he can impersonate Ned and make some quick money. It’s off to the toney Horace Green Academy where Dewey takes charge of an elementary class whose students have two things in common: they’re all musically gifted and their parents all ignore them. Why not turn them into a backup band and enter them in a competition? How long can he fool the stern headmistress (Lexie Dorsett Sharp, doing Joan Cusack–light) and bring his plan to fruition? Well, almost to the end of the show’s two hours and 40 minutes, which is about an hour longer than the film took to tell the story, albeit with less music—which isn’t a bad thing. Webber’s score is his least memorable, as may be this entire production. The characters are all stubbornly one-dimensional. Every adult comes off poorly (except, of course, Dewey) with every parent self-absorbed, every educator an idiot and every child a prodigy. The kids are talented musicians—yes, they play their own instruments— but when it comes to acting, not so much. To be fair, they’re onstage a lot, the choreography requires them to jump up and down a great deal, and they spend a fair amount of time moving set pieces. Maybe that’s a lot to ask of a group of preteens. The best parts of the show, beyond the kids’ musical performances, are drawn straight from Mike White’s film script. There are laughs, but kids deserve a better School than this. Rating (out 5 five): ‘School of Rock’ runs Tuesday–Sunday through July 22 at the SHN Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St., San Francisco. Show times vary. $40–$256. 888.746.1799. shnsf.com.
THANKS FOR SHARING Many of the Happys’ songs probe not-so-happy mental-health subjects.
The Happys embrace their emotions on new EP BY CHARLIE SWANSON
uitarist and singer Nick Petty understands the positive impact that music can make on people. Music is one of the ways he pulled himself together after a troubled youth that included depression, addiction and brief incarceration—and music is what he has dedicated himself to sharing with his friends and fans as the frontman of Novatobased pop-punk band the Happys. “I want to be in a band that’s making an impact,” Petty says. “I strive to entertain people and let people know it’s OK to be weird, it’s OK to be different.”
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The 26-year-old Petty first formed the Happys in 2012. Over the years, the band’s membership has moved around, though the lineup solidified in early 2018 with lead guitarist Alex Sanchez, bassist Brett Brazil and drummer Ryan Donahue. Musically, the group draws from ’90s upbeat punk-pop bands like Blink 182 and Sublime, while also delving into heavier territory akin to Nirvana and Tool. Petty also lists influences ranging from Frank Sinatra to Tupac Shakur. That spectrum is represented on the band’s new EP, Bipolar, which came out last month and is available online. Petty doesn’t shy away from talking about mental health on the new EP, which features four songs that open up a dialogue many people still have trouble engaging in. Opening track “Birdy” is about living with depression, while track two, “Cut the Rope,” examines elements in people’s lives that hold them back emotionally. Petty describes the third title track as a love letter to mental health, and the EP’s closer, “Manic,” is about being, well, manic. Despite the subject matter, the tempo on the EP stays pulsing, and the guitars occasionally shred with hints of heavy metal flair in their punky rhythms. “Every day I deal with some serious emotional stuff,” says Petty. “It’s a big issue in the nation and in the world. We know the band is in entertainment, so we’re a group where people can come to be themselves and have fun.” Currently, the Happys are working with artist management guru Rick Bonde—whose résumé includes both Blink 182 and Sublime—at Tahoe Artists Agency, and the band is recording a follow-up full-length album. This month, the Happys take the show on the road with a tour covering Southern California between July 11 and 15. “As a band, we want to look out for people,” Petty says. “We want to show them love and make them feel that they’re not alone.”
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Concerts SONOMA COUNTY Green Music Center Bluegrass & Craft Beer Festival Grammy-winner Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Laurie Lewis and Phoebe Hunt perform alongside tastings from 22 local breweries. Jul 15, 2pm. $25 and up. Green Music Center Weill Hall, 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, 866.955.6040.
Midsummer Mozart Festival Ani Bukujian, principal second violin for the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, leads a program of Mozart’s symphonies and violin concerto, with wine reception. Jul 14, 6:30pm. $65. Buena Vista Winery, 18000 Old Winery Rd, Sonoma. 800.926.1266.
Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks Longtime indie-rock frontman plays off his new album, “Sparkle Hard.” Jul 17, 8:30pm. $20-$23. Mystic Theatre & Music Hall, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.775.6048.
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Mike Farris & the Fortunate Few Critically acclaimed roots and gospel songwriter plays off his highly anticipated forthcoming album, “Silver & Stone.” Jul 13, 9pm. $22-$27. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.
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NAPA COUNTY Festival Napa Valley Chamber Series
Professional and student musicians join together for several lively chamber music concerts to kick-off the performance arts, food and wine festival. Jul 18, 5pm. Free. Napa Valley, various locations, Napa.
Hot Club of Cowtown
Western swing-gypsy jazz trio are equally inspired by the music of Django Reinhardt and traditional Texas hoedowns. Jul 13, 7:30 and 9:30pm. $20-$40. Blue Note Napa, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.603.1258.
Straight No Chaser
Male a cappella group, originally formed over a dozen years ago, has reassembled and reemerged as a phenomenon. Jul 12, 8pm. $60$90. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.
Clubs & Venues SONOMA COUNTY Aqus Cafe
Jul 13, Steve Wolf and Mason Holcomb. Jul 15, 2pm, Gary Vogensen & the Ramble Band. 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.
Arlene Francis Center
Jul 13, the Motorvators with Deseos Primitivos and the Quitters. Jul 14, Lee Vandeveer Band with Washington Hill. 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.
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Jul 12, Ellie James. Jul 13, Ricky Ray. Jul 14, Hannah Jern Miller. Jul 15, Brian Francis Baudoin. 3688 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental. 707.874.9037.
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Jul 12, Sour Mash. Jul 13, Anthony Presti & the Tusslers with Blue Radio. Jul 14, Flytrap. Jul 15, Complicated Animals. Jul 17, Witness Protection Trio. Jul 18, Rockville Roadkill Big Band. 128 American Alley, Petaluma. 707.776.7163.
Brewsters Beer Garden Jul 12, the Rusty String Express. Jul 13, Fly by Train. Jul 14, 2 and 6pm, Hot Grubb and Domenic
Bianco & the Soulshake. Jul 15, 3pm, Foxes in the Henhouse. 229 Water St N, Petaluma. 707.981.8330.
Cloverdale Performing Arts Center Jul 14, Two Lions Band. 209 N Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale. 707.829.2214.
Jul 13, 6:30pm, Friday Night Live at the Plaza with Dirty Revival. 122 N Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale. 707.894.4410.
Crooked Goat Brewing Jul 14, 4pm, the 7th Sons. 120 Morris St, Ste 120, Sebastopol. 707.827.3893.
Elephant in the Room Jul 14, Justin Schaefer and the Blind Barbers. Jul 15, 6pm, the Quitters. Jul 17, the Big G Trio. 177-A Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. elephantintheroompub.com.
Jul 14, Orquesta Borinquen. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.
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Jul 13, 5:30pm, Funky Fridays with Gator Nation. 389 Casa Manana Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.833.6288. funkyfridays. info.
Jul 12, DJ Chango B’s birthday. Jul 13, Mystic Roots Band with Dollar $hort. Jul 14, Foreverland. Jul 16, DJ Juan G. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.
Jul 13, Tsonoma Trio. Jul 14, Jaydub and Dino. Jul 15, 1pm, Gary Blackburn. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.
Jul 18, 5pm, “Peacetown” with Big Brother & the Holding Company and THUGZ. Willow Street and Jewell Avenue, Sebastopol. peacetown.org.
Jamison’s Roaring Donkey
Jul 13, Roots Man Project. Jul 14, DJ Ricki. 146 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.772.5478.
Jul 12, 5:30pm, Family Crest. 3565 Standish Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.588.0707.
Jul 17, M Ward with Liz Cooper & the Stampede. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.
Lagunitas Tap Room
Jul 11, Marelle. Jul 12, Third Rail
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
Jul 14, Yolanda del Rio and Beatriz Adriana. 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.
Main Street Bistro
Jul 12, Susan Sutton. Jul 13, Barbara Olney. Jul 14, Wendy DeWitt. Jul 15, Cazadero Jazz Project. 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.
Mystic Theatre & Music Hall
Jul 13, Saved by the ‘90s. Jul 14, Steelin’ Dan. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.775.6048.
Occidental Center for the Arts
Jul 14, Bastille Day concert with Un Deux Trois and La Guinguette. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.874.9392.
The Phoenix Theater Jul 13, rap contest presented by Sellassie. Jul 14, Simple Revenge with Stillfire and Realms of Vision. 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.
Jul 12, Elaine Lucia. Jul 13, Steve Freund and Tracy Rose. Jul 14, the Pulsators. Jul 15, Carlos Herrera Group. 101 Second St, Petaluma. 707.765.4567.
Jul 11, Jamie & Mel. Jul 12, 12pm, Dana Fuchs. Jul 12, 8pm, Un Amour Band. Jul 13, Common Knowledge. Jul 14, Due Zighi Baci. Jul 15, 5pm, Gold Coast Jazz Band. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.
The Reel Fish Shop & Grill
Jul 14, Coffis Brothers & the Mountain Men. 401 Grove St, Sonoma. 707.343.0044.
Rio Nido Roadhouse Jul 14, Pride & Joy. 14540 Canyon 2 Rd, Rio Nido. 707.869.0821.
Rock Star University House of Rock
Jul 14, Pantheon Rococo with Bad Manners. 3410 Industrial Dr, Santa Rosa. 707.791.3482.
Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Jul 15, 2pm, Linda Stonestreet with Roger Bolt and Phil Marshall. 282 S High St, Sebastopol. 707.829.4797.
SOMO Village Event Center
Jul 13, 6pm, Toots & the Maytals and Anthony B with Mike Love and Saritah. 1100 Valley House Dr, Rohnert Park. somoconcerts.com.
Jul 12, King Daddy Murr and Prince of Thieves. Jul 13, Scarlett Letters. Jul 14, VHS Band. Jul 15, Sonoma blues jam. Jul 17, American roots night with Lou Rodriguez and friends. 452 First St E, Ste G, Sonoma. 707.996.1364.
Jul 13, Redwood Soul. 6957 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.634.6390.
Jul 14, Bowie Forever. 19380 Hwy 12, Sonoma. 707.938.7442.
Twin Oaks Roadhouse Jul 12, Levi Lloyd and Alvon Johnson. Jul 13, the Water Brothers Band. Jul 14, the Nickel Slots. Jul 15, 6pm, backyard BBQ with Highway Poets. Jul 18, honky-tonk night. 5745 Old Redwood Hwy, Penngrove. 707.795.5118.
Jul 13, Black Sheep Brass Band. Jul 14, Glacierwolf. Jul 15, 1pm, jazz and art show. Jul 17, the Syllables and friends. 1910 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.843.5535.
Windsor Town Green Jul 12, 6pm, Dana Fuchs. 701 McClelland Dr, Windsor. townofwindsor.com.
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Jul 13, Petty Theft. Jul 14, Tim Bluhm and John Elliott. Jul 15-16, Bob Schneider Band and Travis Linville. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200.
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Jul 11, Lulu & the Rent Party. Jul 12, Seventh Street Band. Jul 13, Scott Guberman Band. Jul 14, Chrissy Lynne Band with Luv Planet. Jul 15, Cascade Canyon Band. 17 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.
Sweetwater Music Hall Jul 11, Scott Pemberton and Dirty Revival. Jul 12, Matt Schofield. Jul 14, the Weight Band with Jeffrey Halford & the Healers. Jul 15, 12pm, Roger McNamee. Jul 15, 8pm, Goodnight, Texas and Amo Amo. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.
Jul 12, Alex Jordan Band. Jul 13, Keller Williams. Jul 14, Lonesome Locomotive. Jul 15, 2pm, Phil Lesh and friends with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. Jul 17, Koolerator. Jul 18, Colonel & the Mermaids. 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael. 415.524.2773.
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Jul 11, tribute to Jimi Hendrix with Guidance Band. Jul 12, Terrie Odabi. Jul 14, Alex Bugnon. Jul 15, Henry Kapono and Johnny Valentine. Jul 17, the Amber Snider Band. Jul 18, Guidance Band album release show. 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.603.1258.
Buster’s Southern Barbecue
Jul 15, 3pm, Rob Watson with Vernon Black. 1207 Foothill Blvd, Calistoga. 707.942.5605.
Ca’ Momi Osteria
Jul 13, Complicated Animals. Jul 14, Pat Hull. 1141 First St, Napa. 707.224.6664.
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Jul 15, 1pm, King Street Giants. 1245 Spring St, St Helena. 707.967.8779.
Jul 12, David Ronconi. Jul 13, Highway Poets. 1460 First St, Napa. 707.265.7577.
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Jul 13, Journey Revisited. Jul 14, Poco featuring Rusty Young. Jul 15, 2pm, tribute to Elvis Presley with Jim Anderson & the Rebels. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.
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Gallery Openings SONOMA COUNTY Moshin Vineyards
Jul 14-31, “Peggy Sebera Solo Show,” see the latest works from the established Sonoma County oil painter. Reception, Jul 14 at 5:30pm. 10295 Westside Rd, Healdsburg. Daily, 11am to 4:30pm 707.433.5499.
Upstairs Art Gallery
Jul 11-31, “A Slice of Americana,” plein air painter Cynthia Jackson-Hein displays her collection of scenic, rural oil paintings that invite the viewer to escape. Reception, Jul 14 at 2pm. 306 Center St, Healdsburg. Sun-Thurs, 11 to 6; Fri-Sat, 11 to 9. 707.431.4214.
Jul 13, “Bradford Brenner,” solo exhibit presented by West County Art & Wine includes art, wine and music. Reception, Jul 13 at 4pm. 6671 Front St, Forestville. 707.887.1996.
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Jul 14-Aug 10, “Pieces,” artist John Gibson focuses exclusively on the shape of the ball, using it to explore space in his paintings. Reception, Jul 14 at 4pm. 1328 Main St, St Helena. Open daily, 10 to 6. 415.531.6755.
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Improv for the Fun of It Workshop on improvisational comedy is presented by Silver Moon Theatre. Space is very limited. Jul 14, 10am. $40. The Theater School, 19485 Sonoma Hwy, Sonoma. 707.483.5582.
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Standup stars hit up the North Bay. Jul 13, 8:30pm. $20. The Reel Fish Shop & Grill, 401 Grove St, Sonoma. 707.343.0044. Jul 14, 8pm. $20. Barrel Brothers Brewing, 399 Business Park Ct #506, Windsor. 707.696.9487. Jul 15. Griffo Distillery, 1320 Scott St, Petaluma. 707.879.8755.
Veteran standup comedian takes the stage in Napa. Jul 14, 8pm. $30-$50. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.
Jul 14-Aug 19, “Randy Strong: Glass Master,” see the artist’s groundbreaking glass techniques and one-of-akind veiled sculptures in the spotlight gallery. Reception, Jul 14 at 4pm. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. Wed-Sun, 11 to 4. 707.944.0500.
Comedy Charles Krug Comedy Series
Funnyman Samson Koletkar headlines a night of laughs and wine. Jul 14, 7:30pm. $28. Charles Krug Winery,
Family event featuring artist-led projects by Nimbus Arts and interactive musical sessions. Jul 14, 11am. $5-$10. di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, 5200 Sonoma Hwy, Napa. 707.226.5991.
Havdalah with the Horses
Eleventh annual potluck dinner includes salmon, Shabbat, cowboy songs and a chance to feed and pet the horses and Havdalah. Jul 14, 5pm. Renaissance Healing & Learning Center, 7695 Derby Lane, Cotati.
The Lavender Room
Monthly LGBTQI social gathering includes comedy, winetasting, trivia, dancing, drag shows and more. Jul 13, 7pm. $10. The Laugh Cellar, 5755 Mountain Hawk Way, Santa Rosa. 707.843.3824.
Julia Adam Dance presents immersive experience blending ballet, art, food and nature in West Marin. $200. Through Jul 15. 5pm.Big Mesa Farm. 280 Mesa Rd, Bolinas. juliaadamdance.com.
Histories & Healings
Ninth annual party on the river includes circus acts, art, kids’ activities and several stages of live music featuring John Courage, Arann Harris, the Crux and others. Jul 14, 11am. $5-$15. David Yearsley River Heritage Center, 100 East D St, Petaluma. rivertownrevival. com.
Senior World Hockey Tournament
Take a journey through history with dance, drumming, singing and more. Jul 12. 6:30pm. History Museum of Sonoma County. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa 707.579.1500.
Seventy teams, featuring players aged 40-96, from across the US and Canada play in this 43rd annual tournament. Through Jul 15. Free admission. Snoopy’s Home Ice, 1667 W Steele Ln, Santa Rosa. 707.546.7147.
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The Big Give-Back
Monthly benefit program raises funds for local homeless support groups with live music by Gypsy Trio and a pop-up sample shop. Jul 14, 1pm. Hanna Winery, 9280 Hwy 128, Healdsburg. 800.854.3987.
Civil War Days
Living history reenactment gives visitors the opportunity to interact with soldiers and civilians of the Civil War. Jul 14-15, 9am. $6-$12. Freezeout Canyon, Freezeout Rd, Duncans Mills. civilwardays.net.
Snacks, sweets and summertime wine pair with park games and other fun. Jul 14, 1pm. $65. Veterans Memorial Park, 6465 Washington St, Yountville.
Field Trips Exploring the Intertidal Zone Field Seminar
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of the Sonoma Coast with instructor Karl Menard. Jul 15, 8am. Miwok Beach, 3095 Hwy 1, Bodega Bay. stewardscr.org.
Alexander Valley Film Society hosts an outdoor screening of the recent animated hit. Jul 17, 8pm. Free. Healdsburg Plaza, 217 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.431.3301.
The Princess Bride
Adventurous ‘80s familyfriendly fantasy film plays outdoors at dusk with local food trucks, live music and beer and wine garden. Jul 14, 5pm. $5-$15. Legends at Bennett Valley, 3328 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4111.
Napa Valley Film Festival presents a screening of “American Wrestler,” with actor George Kosturos on hand for Q&A. Jul 12, 6:30pm. $10. Charles Krug Winery, 2800 Main St, St Helena. 707.967.3993.
Animated film based on the Beatles’ music gets a 50th anniversary screening as part of the Vintage Film Series. Jul 16, 7pm. $10. Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St E, Sonoma. 707.996.9756.
Yellow Submarine Sing-Along
Animated film based on the Beatles’ music gets a 50th anniversary restoration and screens in a massive singalong. Jul 16, 7:45pm. $10. Cameo Cinema, 1340 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.9779.
Food & Drink Bastille Day at Chateau St Jean
Fun-filled day of wine tastings celebrates the French holiday. Jul 14, 11am. $5-$20. Chateau St Jean, 8555 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood. 707.833.4134.
Bastille Day at MichelSchlumberger Winery French-inspired food, wine pairings, bocce ball and more. Jul 14, 1pm. $65. MichelSchlumberger Winery. 4155 Wine Creek Rd, Healdsburg. 707.433.7427.
Join Alliance Française de Napa in an outdoor buffet feast and concert from Duo Gadjo with Champagne and pastries. Jul 14, 4pm. $85. Raymond Vineyards, 849 Zinfandel Ln, St Helena. 707.963.3141.
Bastille Day Dinner at Jordan Winery
Epicurean evening celebrates all things French. Jul 14, 5:30pm. $200. Jordan Winery, 1474 Alexander Valley Rd, Healdsburg. 800.654.1213.
Kendall-Jackson’s Farm-to-Table Dinner Series
A wine country culinary experience that can’t be missed. Sat, Jul 14, 5:30pm. $125-$175. Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens, 5007 Fulton Rd, Fulton. 707.576.3810.
La Fiesta de La Paella
Food, flamenco dancing and more mark the second annual event. Jul 14, 6:30pm. Sold-out. Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, 23555 Hwy 121, Sonoma. 707.996.7256.
Lobster & Wine Fest
Annual feast includes lots of lobster and all the fixings. Space is limited, RSVP recommended. Jul 14, 5pm. $125. Rutherford Ranch Winery, 1680 Silverado Trail South, St Helena. 707.968.3200.
Mad Hatter Tea Party
Take a trip down the rabbit hole for a Mad Hatter-themed tea party. Jul 15, 12pm. $50. Tudor Rose English Tea Room, 733 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.535.2045.
Enjoy assorted house-cured meats and more from the Girl & the Fig. RSVP recommended. Jul 13, 6:30pm. $55. Suite D, 21800 Schellville Rd, Sonoma. 707.933.3667.
Season of Wine & Lavender
The Sonoma Valley estate becomes an ocean of lavender and offers a variety of experiences including winetastings, harvest lunches, celebration dinners and open houses. Book events online now. Through Jul 31. $5-$10 and up. Matanzas Creek Winery, 6097 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa. matanzascreek.com.
Sip & Support
Proceeds from wine and food sales go towards UpValley Family Centers. Jul 18, 4:30pm.
Clif Family Winery, 709 Main St, St Helena. 707.968.0625.
Windsor Chili Cook-Off
Taste up to 100 chili entries and vote for your favorite, with live music, craft beer, local wine and more. Jul 14, 12pm. $25. Windsor Town Green, 701 McClelland Dr, Windsor, townofwindsor.com.
Wine & Dixieland Jazz Festival
Dance to the music of bands like Black Diamond Blue Five and the Jambalaya Big Swing Band with wine, beer and food available. Jul 14, 11am. $45$50. Cline Cellars, 24737 Arnold Dr, Sonoma. 707.940.4025.
For Kids Justin-Siena Comedy Improv Theatre Workshop
Whether your kids are aspiring stars or just want to have fun with new friends, this is the class for them. Through Jul 13, 9am and 1pm. $175. Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater, 100 California Dr, Yountville. 707.944.9900.
Napa Valley Music Associates presents a woodwind and brass instrument music class for ages 11-17. Jul 16-20. $250-$450. Hillside Christian Center, 100 Anderson Rd, Napa. napavalleymusicassociates.org.
New World Ballet Summer Arts Camp
World-class guest artists offer courses in various dance styles, percussion and more to kids ages three and up. Scholarship programs available. Through Jul 21. New World Ballet, 905 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.536.9523.
Summer Wonder Camp Camps for children ages five to eight are designed to be hands-on and full of art, science, exploration and imaginative play. Through Aug 10. $330 per week. Children’s Museum of Sonoma County, 1835 W Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.546.4069.
Lectures Block Printing with Mordants & Natural Dyes Explore the practice of block
printing on textiles to create rich designs using natural color. Jul 14-15, 10am. $250. West County Fiber Arts, 3787 Ross Rd, Sebastopol. 707.827.3315.
Fire Recovery Community Engagement
Workshop gathers public input to shape the Recovery and Resiliency Plan to ensure the safety, livelihoods, and economic prosperity of the residents of Sonoma County. Jul 11, 6pm. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S High St, Sebastopol. 707.829.4797.
Second Saturday Cartoonist
Meet, watch, and talk to Annie Wong, who creates stop-motion animated GIFs, short films and mixed-media illustrations. Jul 14, 1pm. Free with admission. Charles M Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452.
Flaherty. 580 Coombs St, Napa 707.253.4070.
Petaluma Copperfield’s Books
Jul 13, 7pm, “Eat Like Walt: The Wonderful World of Disney Food” with Marcy Smothers. Jul 15, 2pm, “The Princess and the Pitstop” with Tom Angleberger and Dan Santat. 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma 707.762.0563.
Jul 12, 6:30pm, “The Shimmering Face of Evil” with Arlene Balin. Jul 16, 7pm, “My Absolute Darling” with Gabriel Tallent. 130 E Napa St, Sonoma 707.939.1779.
Santa Rosa Copperfield’s Books
Jul 17, 7pm, Hot Summer Nights with Redwood Writers. Jul 18, 7pm, “A Gathering of Secrets” with Linda Castillo. 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa 707.578.8938.
Readings Theater Book Passage
Jul 11, 7pm, “Slow” with Brooke McAlary. Jul 12, 7pm, “Rendezvous with Oblivion” with Thomas Frank. Jul 13, 7pm, “Wisdom Rising” with Lama Tsultrim Allione. Jul 14, 11am, “Mixed” with Arree Chung. Jul 14, 1pm, “Champions of Women’s Soccer” with Ann Killion. Jul 14, 4pm, “Mira’s Way” with Amy Maroney. Jul 14, 7pm, “Help Your Group Thrive” with Ann Steiner. Jul 15, 4pm, “West Marin Review Vol. 8” with various authors. Jul 17, 7pm, “A Gathering of Secrets” with Linda Castillo. Jul 18, 7pm, “Order of the Sacred Earth “ with various contributors. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera 415.927.0960.
Healdsburg Copperfield’s Books
Jul 12, 6:30pm, “The Ensemble” with Aja Gabel, followed by wine reception at Thumbprint Cellars. 106 Matheson St, Healdsburg 707.433.9270.
Jul 14, 2pm, “Modern Guide to Energy Clearing” with Barbara Moore. Jul 17, 7pm, “Napa Noir” with Peter Eichstaedt, in conversation with author Craig Smith. 964 Pearl St, Napa 707.733.3199.
Napa Main Library
Jul 18, 7pm, “Tango Lessons: A Memoir” with Meghan
The Art Is Medicine Show
The Imaginists’ 10th annual bilingual, bicycle-powered summer tour visits several local parks with an all-new show inspired by Homer’s “Odyssey.” See website for details. Through Jul 22. Free. Santa Rosa parks, various locations, Santa Rosa. theimaginists.org.
Broadway Under the Stars: Fantastical Family Night
Transcendence Theatre presents a show filled with Broadway, Disney and everything in between, with pre-show picnic. Jul 13-14, 5pm. $35 and up. Jack London State Park, 2400 London Ranch Rd, Glen Ellen, 877.424.1414.
Cosmos: Planet Home Fairfax Theatre Company’s original production uses special effects, dance and music to tell the story of the universe. Through Jul 21. $10-$20. Fairfax Pavilion, 142 Bolinas Rd, Fairfax. 415.779.8382.
Disney’s Mary Poppins Roustabout Theater’s awardwinning Apprentice Program offers a full-scale production of the musical adventure. Jul 13-15. $16-$26. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.
Flynn Creek Circus
New production, “Adrift,” features incredible stunts and surprising twists. Jul 12-15. $12-$50. Napa County Fairgrounds, 1435 N Oak St, Calistoga. flynncreekcircus. com.
The Old Friends
Valley Players present the gripping drama about old friends on opposing sides of issues surrounding legacy, loyalty and the meaning of happiness. Through Jul 15. $20. Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater, 100 California Dr, Yountville. 707.944.9900.
The Savannah Sipping Society
Ross Valley Players presents a laugh-a-minute comedy about four Southern women trying escape their day-today routines. Jul 12-Aug 12. $22-$27. Barn Theatre, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 415.456.9555.
Shakespeare in Love
Fifth and final season of Shakespeare in the Cannery presents the romantic comedy based on the Academy Award-winning film. Jul 13-Aug 5. $30. Shakespeare in the Cannery, 3 West Third St, Santa Rosa, shakespeareinthecannery.com.
Straight White Men
When Ed and his three adult sons come together to celebrate Christmas, they confront issues about identity and privilege. Through Jul 15. $10-$49. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.5208.
Why We Get the Town We Get: A Cautionary Tale
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that legalization has not happened yet for most of the state because city and county governments are still working to implement permitting ordinances. Many have no plans for cannabis sales. “The general outlook for the California market is likely to be depressed until things change at the local level,” he says. The new report warns that the costly transition from temporary to annual licenses “may change the landscape” as businesses without sufficient means fade away. License fees range from $1,200 for small growers to $77,000 for the largest cultivation license, and $4,000 to $120,000 for retail operations. The new report also points to an oversupply “ticking time bomb” created by large-scale growers who have ramped up production ahead of retail outlets. “There are a handful of businesses, some rookie and some veteran, seeking to bring some of the state’s largest harvests ever to market,” says the report. “Fortunes may be earned and most certainly will be lost.” On the plus side, the report is bullish on the first legal lightdeprivation crops about to hit the market later this month, followed by sun-grown cannabis by year’s end. “These harvests are marked by some of the richest and most delicate entourages of flavors, aromas and cannabinoids.” Meanwhile, in what may be a case of the cart before the horse, Sen. Mike McGuire and Assemblyman Jim Wood announced last week that the North Coast Regional Office of the Bureau of Cannabis Control is open in Eureka. The office will save North Coast growers and retailers a trip to Sacramento to pay their taxes— cold comfort for the many growers struggling to pay their taxes and stay afloat.
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Astrology For the week of July 11
ARIES (March 21–April 19) Your key theme right now is growth. Let’s dig in and analyze its nuances. 1. Not all growth is good for you. It may stretch you too far too fast—beyond your capacity to integrate and use it. 2. Some growth that is good for you doesn’t feel good to you. It might force you to transcend comforts that are making you stagnant, and that can be painful. 3. Some growth that’s good for you may meet resistance from people close to you; they might prefer you to remain just as you are, and may even experience your growth as a problem. 4. Some growth that isn’t particularly good for you may feel pretty good. For instance, you could enjoy working to improve a capacity or skill that is irrelevant to your long-term goals. 5. Some growth is good for you in some ways, and not so good in other ways. You have to decide if the tradeoff is worth it. 6. Some growth is utterly healthy for you, feels pleasurable and inspires other people. TAURUS (April 20–May 20) You can’t sing
with someone else’s mouth, Taurus. You can’t sit down and settle into a commanding new power spot with someone else’s butt. Capiche? I also want to tell you that it’s best if you don’t try to dream with someone else’s heart, nor should you imagine you can fine-tune your relationship with yourself by pushing someone else to change. But here’s an odd fact: You can enhance your possibility for success by harnessing or borrowing or basking in other people’s luck. Especially in the coming weeks.
GEMINI (May 21–June 20) You wouldn’t attempt to cure a case of hiccups by repeatedly smacking your head against a wall, right? You wouldn’t use an anti-tank rocket launcher to eliminate the mosquito buzzing around your room, and you wouldn’t set your friend’s hair on fire as a punishment for arriving late to your rendezvous at the cafe. So don’t overreact to minor tweaks of fate, my dear Gemini. Don’t overmedicate tiny disturbances. Instead, regard the glitches as learning opportunities. Use them to cultivate more patience, expand your tolerance and strengthen your character. CANCER (June 21–July 22) I pay tribute to your dizzying courage, you wise fool. I stage-whisper “Congratulations!” as you slip away from your hypnotic routine and wander out to the edge of mysterious joy. With a crazy grin of encouragement and my fist pressed against my chest, I salute your efforts to transcend your past. I praise and exalt you for demonstrating that freedom is never permanent but must be reclaimed and reinvented on a regular basis. I cheer you on as you avoid every temptation to repeat yourself, demean yourself and chain yourself. LEO (July 23–August 22) I’m feeling a bit helpless as I watch you messing with that bad but good stuff that is so wrong but right for you. I am rendered equally inert as I observe you playing with the strong but weak stuff that’s interesting but probably irrelevant. I fidget and sigh as I monitor the classy but trashy influence that’s angling for your attention; and the supposedly fast-moving process that’s creeping along so slowly; and the seemingly obvious truth that would offer you a much better lesson if only you would see it for the chewy riddle that it is. What should I do about my predicament? Is there any way I can give you a boost? Maybe the best assistance I can offer is to describe to you what I see. VIRGO (August 23–September 22) Psychologist Paul Ekman has compiled an extensive atlas of how emotions are revealed in our faces. “Smiles are probably the most underrated facial expressions,” he has written, “much more complicated than most people realize. There are dozens of smiles, each differing in appearance and in the message expressed.” I bring this to your attention, Virgo, because your assignment in the coming weeks—should you choose to accept it— is to explore and experiment with your entire repertoire of smiles. I’m confident that life will conspire to help you carry out this task. More than at any time since your birthday in 2015, this is the season for unleashing your smiles. LIBRA (September 23–October 22) Lucky vibes are coalescing in your vicinity. Scouts and recruiters
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are hovering. Helpers, fairy godmothers and future playmates are growing restless waiting for you to ask them for favors. Therefore, I hereby authorize you to be imperious, regal and overflowing with self-respect. I encourage you to seize exactly what you want, not what you’re “supposed” to want. Or else be considerate, appropriate, modest and full of harmonious caution. CUT! CUT! Delete that “be considerate” sentence. The Libra part of me tricked me into saying it. And this is one time when people of the Libra persuasion are allowed to be free from the compulsion to balance and moderate. You have a mandate to be the show, not watch the show.
SCORPIO (October 23–November 21)
Emily Dickinson wrote 1,775 poems—an average of one every week for 34 years. I’d love to see you launch an enduring, deep-rooted project that will require similar amounts of stamina, persistence and dedication. Are you ready to expand your vision of what’s possible for you to accomplish? The current astrological omens suggest that the next two months will be an excellent time to commit yourself to a Great Work that you will give your best to for the rest of your long life!
SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21)
What’s the biggest lie in my life? There are several candidates. Here’s one: I pretend I’m nonchalant about one of my greatest failures; I act as if I’m not distressed by the fact that the music I’ve created has never received the listenership it should have. How about you, Sagittarius? What’s the biggest lie in your life? What’s most false or dishonest or evasive about you? Whatever it is, the immediate future will be a favorable time to transform your relationship with it. You now have extraordinary power to tell yourself liberating truths. Three weeks from now, you could be a more authentic version of yourself than you’ve ever been.
CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19) Now and then you go through phases when you don’t know what you need until you stumble upon it. At times like those, you’re wise not to harbor fixed ideas about what you need or where to hunt for what you need. Metaphorically speaking, a holy grail might show up in a thrift store. An eccentric stranger may provide you with an accidental epiphany at a bus stop or a convenience store. Who knows? A crucial clue may even jump out at you from a spam email or a reality TV show. I suspect that the next two weeks might be one of those odd grace periods for you. AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18) “Reverse psychology” is when you convince people to do what you wish they would do by shrewdly suggesting that they do the opposite of what you wish they would do. “Reverse censorship” is when you write or speak the very words or ideas that you have been forbidden to express. “Reverse cynicism” is acting like it’s chic to express glee, positivity and enthusiasm. “Reverse egotism” is bragging about what you don’t have and can’t do. The coming weeks will be an excellent time to carry out all these reversals, as well as any other constructive or amusing reversals you can dream up. PISCES (February 19–March 20)
Poet Emily Dickinson once revealed to a friend that there was only one Commandment she ever obeyed: “Consider the Lilies.” Japanese novelist Natsume Soseki told his English-speaking students that the proper Japanese translation for “I love you” is Tsuki ga tottemo aoi naa, which literally means “The moon is so blue tonight.” In accordance with current astrological omens, Pisces, I’m advising you to be inspired by Dickinson and Soseki. More than any other time in 2018, your duty in the coming weeks is to be lyrical, sensual, aesthetic, imaginative and festively nonliteral.
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