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Thanks, Milkman I was delighted to see your article about Straus Creamery in your latest issue of Bohemian (“Cream Dreams,” Aug. 29). I love to bike the backroads of Sonoma and Marin counties, often on the same roads that milk trucks and other large farm trucks travel on. I have noticed that the drivers of the large Straus milk trucks are always courteous and patient with bikers. This is certainly not true of all drivers on these local roads. As a member of the Petaluma Wheelman bike club and Bike Petaluma, I am

grateful that Straus shows the way in sharing the road. We appreciate having them as neighbors and part of the community. I go out of my way to buy their products.

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Racists Are Sick According to Psychology Today, racism and xenophobia of any kind is a symptom of psychological ill health. People with a stable sense of self

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and strong inner security are not racist, because they have no need to strengthen their sense of self through group identity. Older adults, however, have a tendency to be more prejudiced than their younger counterparts. This is due to the fact that older people grew up in less egalitarian times. There is evidence that normal changes to the brain in late adulthood can lead to greater prejudice. They are more likely than younger adults to rely on stereotypes, and they have more difficulty than younger adults suppressing their stereotypical thoughts.

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They are also more likely to be socially insensitive in a variety of ways. All of these effects only emerge among older adults who show signs of poor frontal lobe functioning. The U.S. Census Bureau says that 85.6 percent of Marin County is white and the majority of those are 65 years and older. Hopefully that majority embraces diversity and inclusion. If not, race relations will automatically improve with the passage of time.

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Foggy Notions For decades Sir Francis Drake researchers have lamented his failure to discover the great and all-weather harbor he’d been looking for, regardless of where he may, or may not have landed in California. Duane Van Dieman (“Drake Detective,” Aug. 15) asserts Drake’s landing was at Strawberry Cove. So how is it Drake failed to see the entire great bay directly in front of him while here? A few fickle fingers of fog days might explain the error, but not the extended stay Drake supposedly made. Further, a current map superimposed over a centuries-old drawing is interesting, but nowhere near conclusive. As for Laura Goldenerg’s decrying the word “discovery” as an insult (Letters, Aug. 22), that’s an insult to logic. A culture halfway around the world with no knowledge of inhabitants here obviously discovered new land never before known to them. Since no known inhabitants were contacted, how can this not be a discovery, much less be an offense? To whom? How? This is typical leftist PC derangement that discovers “racism” under every rock, as it undiscovers and devalues history.

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Editor’s note: Drake’s party did contact native Miwok Indians during their stay. Write to us at letters@bohemian.com.


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My blood brother is an immigrant A beautiful immigrant . . . He’s made of bones, he’s made of blood He’s made of flesh, he’s made of love He’s made of you, he’s made of me Unity! Fear leads to panic, panic leads to pain Pain leads to anger, anger leads to hate . . . Take that Nigel Farange. Take that Marine Le Pen. As I tapped my toes to the song, I got to wondering: where are the great post-Trump anthems? I say post-Trump because being antiTrump isn’t enough. What we need are songs that reject Trump and transcend the stain he’s smeared on America. Like a gangrenous limb, Trump’s supporters and the president himself are symptomatic of a greater sickness. Eminem is a vocal Trump critic, but he mainly lets loose on his Trump-loving fans. That’s not what we need. YG and Nipsey Hussle’s “FDT (Fuck Donald Trump)” is catchy and direct, but doesn’t call us to something better. Loudon Wainwright III makes a clever effort with “I Had a Dream,” but it’s lightweight. I’d like to see the great post-Trump anthem come from the North Bay, a redoubt of staunch Trump opposition and a deep musical talent pool. So how about it North Bay songwriters, who’s got the musical antidote to Trump’s poison? Give us a song to sing as we head to polls Nov. 8. And send it to the Bohemian—we’ll help spread the word. Stett Holbrook is the editor of the ‘Bohemian’ and the ‘Pacific Sun.’ Open Mic is a weekly 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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QUILT OF CONCERN Cleve Jones has sewn together a career in HIV-AIDS and organized-labor activism.

Stitching Dignity Cleve Jones looks out for the union label— civil unions, too BY TOM GOGOLA

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leve Jones is a veteran HIV-AIDS activist perhaps best known for launching the AIDS quilt project in the 1980s, but he’s also been a major player in the regional organized-labor scene through his work with UNITE HERE. Jones will give the keynote speech at an upcoming fundraiser

for North Bay Jobs with Justice on Sept. 7 at the Veterans Memorial Building in Santa Rosa. Jones came into his own as an activist in 1978 over the Briggs Initiative, which would have banned gays and lesbians from teaching in California public schools. “We thought it would pass,” he recalls, “and Harvey Milk was one of the leaders of that campaign [to defeat it].” Milk, the late San Francisco

supervisor, was murdered along with Mayor George Moscone in 1978 by Dan White—who’d resigned as a San Francisco supervisor 16 days earlier. Jones recalls that there was an openly gay teacher in Sonoma County, Lawrence Berner, who taught second grade in the Healdsburg Union Elementary School and was caught up in the anti-gay fervor that came with the Briggs Initiative, sponsored by Orange

County state legislator John Briggs. “He was targeted,” recalls Jones of Berner. The Briggs Initiative failed, but not without a fight and not without a union push from Local 2 of UNITE HERE. Berner went on to sue Briggs for defamation and prevailed in a 1982 ruling. Berner died in 1995. “We were one of the first unions to embrace LGBT people,” Jones now says. “It’s kind of a ‘duh’ because so many gay people work in the hospitality industry.” Jones has been the community and political coordinator with UNITE HERE since 2005. Since then he’s watched as public-sector unions have been hammered by right-wing governors, and most recently through the Supreme Court’s union-busting Janus decision. That’s the bad news. The good news is that even in so-called right-to-work states such as Nevada, private sector unions are on the march. “Everyone is bemoaning the death of the union, but we are growing and we’re growing in the private sector,” Jones says. “UNITE HERE offers a real model for the people who want to fight the Trump regime. This union is doing that. We are black and brown and Native American and LGBT. And we’re winning.” The unionized Graton Casino in Rohnert Park, he adds, is “a good example” of how UNITE HERE has made big inroads in the gaming industry and strengthened labor’s hand at the bargaining table, at least when it comes to the private sector. “Our strongest base of support in the United States is Las Vegas,” Jones says. “The strip is union. We are the reason there is a middle class in Las Vegas and why Nevada is blue, even as Nevada has been a right-to-work state since the 1950s.” The 1950s also represented the last of a “before Stonewall” period in American gay life—a time of rampant and legally encoded homophobia. The country has come a long way since then; Vermont’s Democratic ) 10 party recently endorsed


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knitting his gay-rights activism with union activism. Like many gay men of his generation, Jones watched with growing horror as his friends and fellow gay men died after contracting HIV, beginning in the early 1980s. Following the assassination of Harvey Milk, he was hired by Lt. Gov. Leo McCarthy and was assigned to his healthcare committee. “I started to learn about HIV-AIDS in the first week of June 1981,” he recalls. “By 1985, almost everyone I knew was either dead or dying, and I wanted them to be remembered. I wanted to break through the silence and the bigotry.”

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Small Wonder A great ride to great vines BY JAMES KNIGHT

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and a brew. Find Morris Street at the east end of the Barlow and take a left. Morris curves west toward the entrance to the West County Regional Trail. Follow the signs at High School Road to pick up the trail. This is a former railroad grade, so it’s not steep, but if a pick-me-up is required after the arduous climb, stop for coffee at Andy’s Produce Market. Turn west at Occidental Road. Just before the next leg of the West County Trail, make a left on little Barlow Lane. It’s a slow, potholelaced but picturesque climb past Taft Street Winery, and vineyards and apple orchards in just about equal measure. Where the road doglegs, there’s a vineyard that’s not quite like the others. At the former Barlow family homestead, once a blackberry farm and apple orchard and now Paul and Kathyrn Sloan’s Small Vines Wines, the Pinot Noir vines are truly pint-sized, planted in rows just four feet wide. Very Burgundian, but also a winning strategy in this Goldridge soil, says Paul Sloan. It’s expensive to farm this way— they imported a French tractor the rows—and that looms above it’s a financial commitment to visit (three-bottle purchase, or $100 per person, by appointment only), so today let’s roll on down the lane, past a side-by-side comparison with a conventionally farmed vineyard, and some amusing sculptural sights as well. The road ends at Mill Station Road: right to choose your own adventure in the Sebastopol Hills; left to reconnect with the West County Trail at Highway 116. Small Vines 2014 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($55) Grown on the other side of the winery and tasting room, which is fashioned from the Barlow’s original apple storage barn, the Chardonnay wows me with its exotic juxtaposition of caramel, toasty butter cookie and spicy, hazelnut liqueur aromas with lean, lively citrus flavor. The Pinot Noir here, too, has fresh intensity, and far from being a vintage on the way out, has plenty of time to age. Good thing the Sloans saved a pallet of 2014, as 2015 is already sold-out—naturally, it was a small crop.


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Lucky Seven New wave of food and drink arriving in Sebastopol BY STETT HOLBROOK

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f good things come in threes, the number seven is even better. That’s how many restaurants and bars have opened or are about to open in Sebastopol’s increasingly interesting food and drink scene.

Mother’s Ruin opened last month in the space formerly occupied by the Lucky Star bar. Mother’s Ruin is a bar, too, that specializes in gin—mother’s ruin. The term comes from England’s late 1700s, when gin consumption was rampant thanks to tax-free

booze and a depressed economy. Too much gin left men impotent and women infertile, i.e. ruined. There’s a great mural on the wall of the bar featuring a reproduction of English artist William Hogarth’s Gin Lane from 1751. The print features a scene of gin-soaked depravity. At the center is a nursing mother who appears to be letting her child fall off her lap into a stairwell as she boozily reaches for a tin of snuff. Hogarth also produced Beer Street at the same time, which depicts a happy scene of upstanding beer drinkers. The images were created to be shown side-by-side as an early public

service announcement—or as beer propaganda, depending on your view. You can contemplate all that while sipping one of the bar’s excellent gin cocktails (try an Alley Cat). While the top-shelf gin shines here, the bar is exceedingly well stocked with other artisanal, premium spirits. The space was thoroughly remodeled and feels more SOMA than Sebastopol with its high ceilings and spare, modern furnishings. If plans for a yet-to-be finalized restaurant next door materialize, patrons will be able to order food as they enjoy their ruination in high style. Across the way at the Barlow, there are five developments in the works. Fern Bar, the latest endeavor from the Lowell’s and Handline clan, is taking shape and aiming for a late November opening. It will be a bar and lounge that features a small plates menu from Lowell’s chef Joe Zobel and

nonalcoholic concoctions and decoctions from Gia Baiocchi, owner of the nearby Nectary. The two businesses will share a kitchen space that will also include a small brewery. That means the Barlow will be home to four breweries once Santa Rosa’s Seismic Brewing Co. opens its taproom there. Seismic is pioneering brewing with waterand energy-saving technology. The company was founded by Christopher Jackson, scion of the Sonoma County winemaking family. He’s going it alone on his beer business. What about cider? Sebastopol’s Golden State Cider is also planning to open a taproom by year’s end. With all that booze, you need to eat something. Kosho has taken over the space that once housed Vignette. No word on when it will open, but chef Jake Rand, formerly of St. Helena’s Two Birds/One Stone, will offer a menu of modern and traditional Japanese food. The Farmer’s Wife, beloved farmers market purveyor of gooey sandwiches, recently signed a lease for a space in the Barlow as well. Looming in the background of the food and drink tsunami is the Hotel Sebastopol, an upscale hotel and restaurant project from the folks behind Healdsburg’s Hotel Healdsburg and h2hotel, Spoonbar and Pizzando that will be sure to raise the city’s profile. Construction is supposed to begin in “late 2018,” but so far there are only weeds on the lot now. For good or ill, Sebastopol looks to be hurtling toward Healdsburgification, and the opening of the hotel may seal the deal.


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Jeff Martin on apples, traffic and running the Muscle Shoals of Sonoma County Describe your perfect day in Sebastopol. I would say a walk downtown, visiting People’s Music, Copperfield’s Books and Milk & Honey on Main Street, and then a stroll over to the Barlow for Village Bakery’s bread or food from Barrio, mingling with the locals. I like that there’s a strong sense of community, people interested in progressive issues. There’s a lot of politics going on, and you’re able to connect to others and work on issues. There are a lot of progressive values about Sebastopol that I like.

Where do you take first-time visitors in Sebastopol? That’s a good question—probably the Sebastopol Plaza on Sunday for the farmers market. There is a lot of good stuff available—local arts and crafts, music—and excellent produce and local organic farmers that show up every Sunday. That’s the place to be. What do you know about Sebastopol that others don’t? For me, it’s the fact that we still have the Gravenstein apple, even with all the vintners, because there’s still a whole collection of people who are keeping the Gravenstein apple alive, grafting and trying to breed more of these heirloom trees. I’ve got about 20 Gravenstein apples on my property, and we open up the studio and give our apples away a few times a year. The other special thing about Sebastopol is the number of talented musicians living within 20 miles. [Studio E] has been called the Muscle Shoals of Sonoma County by various artists because I’ve got this roster of session musicians I can call to come in per the ) 14 artist’s need.

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Knowledge ( 13 If you could change one thing about Sebastopol, what would it be? It would probably be impossible, but it would be incredible if the downtown Sebastopol Main Street and even the Barlow was foot traffic only. The traffic is the problem—I got hit by a car in the crosswalk right in front of Whole Foods because the guy was on his cell phone. It’s a constant issue. If it was just foot traffic on Main Street and around the plaza, it would quiet everything down.

What to Do in Sebastopol Word Temple Poetry Series San Francisco native, acclaimed author and Sonoma County poet laureate emerita (2014–2016) Katherine Hastings regularly showcases the best North Bay and Northern California writers with her Word Temple publishing company, radio show and live reading events. This week, Hastings welcomes three prolific poets to share their work at the Word Temple Poetry Series, taking place at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Brenda Hillman has served on the faculty at Napa Valley College and currently teaches at St. Mary’s College in Moraga. Her latest poetry collection is titled Extra Hidden Life, Among the Days. Stephen Kessler was the editor of The Redwood Coast Review for over a decade. His most recent collection of poems is titled Garage Elegies. David Beckman is a poet and playwright whose works have been produced locally by 6th Street Playhouse, Shakespeare at the Cannery and Pegasus Theatre. Hear all three read on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 282 S. High St., Sebastopol. 7pm. Free. wordtemple.com. Peacetown Sebastopol musician, producer and educator Jim Corbett proudly wears the mantle of Mr. Music when he organizes and hosts the annual summer concert series Peacetown in Sebastopol’s Ives Park. This summer’s lineup has been the biggest and best yet, and this month the series concludes with a grand finale featuring bootstomping bluegrass band Poor Man’s Whiskey. Get in on the positive vibes when Peacetown closes out summer 2018 with Poor Man’s Whiskey on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Ives Park, 7400 Willow St., Sebastopol. 5pm. Free; donations welcome. peacetown.org.

Tawai On the island of Borneo, there still exists a nomadic tribe of hunter-gatherers known as the Penan, who still rely on the forests for survival. In the Penan language, the word “tawai” refers to their connection to the land, which is explored in a new immersive documentary by British filmmaker Bruce Parry. Tawai: A Voice from the Forest chronicles the tribe’s experiences and explores the different ways that humans relate to nature. Praised as visually stunning and emotionally ethereal, Tawai screens in Sebastopol with Parry on hand to speak about his work as an indigenous rights activist and discuss several of the social and environmental issues brought up in the film. Tawai shows one time only on Sunday, Sept. 16, at Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley St., Sebastopol. 7pm. 707.525.4840. Maker Music Festival Chimera Arts Makerspace is Sonoma County’s hub for all things DIY, offering shop space, classes and equipment for the local community of artists, engineers and creatives of all types. This fall, the nonprofit space makes room for the Maker Music Festival, which will feature several DIY music and instrument makers from the area. Whether you craft traditional instruments or experiment with new melodic inventions, you’re invited to sign up to present your idea or product to the public—and a lineup of exhibits, lectures, demonstrations and performances are sure to spark new concepts on Oct. 13, at Chimera Arts facility, 6791 Sebastopol Ave., Ste. 180, Sebastopol. Sign up to show off your musical creation now at chimeraarts.org/mmf. —Charlie Swanson


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SOMO Concerts is packing its solar powered outdoor venue for an end-of-summer lineup of shows this weekend. Bay Area hip-hop staple E-40 brings his flow to SOMO for a concert on Thursday, Sept. 6, with Andre Nickatina and Nef the Pharaoh. California Roots, which hosts reggae-roots bands in the Rebel Music Series, presents J Boog and Collie Buddz with local favorites Sol Horizon on Friday, Sept. 7. Several talented tribute acts round out the weekend in the Ultimate Party on Saturday, Sept. 8, at SOMO Village Event Center, 1100 Valley House Drive, Rohnert Park. Times and costs vary. somoconcerts.com.

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Napa musician Ezekiel Hampton creates improvised, experimental ambient music in his multimedia project Radagast the Brown, influenced by diverse luminaries like Ravi Shankar and Björk. He’s been slowly but surely assembling a catalogue of songs, and this week releases Radagast the Brown’s debut album, If Thy Grace Should Tarry, under the stars at Napa’s Feast It Forward, with gourmet tacos and fine wine on hand. Blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged, but space is limited and RSVP is required to go to the show on Friday, Sept. 7, at 1031 McKinstry St., Napa. 7:30pm. Free. RSVP to ezekiel@feastitforward.com.

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Offering 100 percent “Made in the USA” gifts and art, Hopscotch Gifts & Gallery recently relocated from Glen Ellen to Healdsburg, though the shop still bursts with creative and affordable works to peruse and purchase. The gallery is also marking Sonoma County’s strength and spirit of community one year after 2017’s North Bay fires with a new exhibit, ‘Spirits Rising,’ that features dozens of local artists displaying uplifting art in every conceivable medium. Raise your spirits when the show opens with an artists’ reception on Saturday, Sept. 8, at Hopscotch Gifts & Gallery, 126 Matheson St., Healdsburg. 4pm. Free. 707.431.8861.

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TALES FROM THE ROAD Iconic producer T Bone Burnett shares stories from his life in music and movies on Sunday, Sept. 9, at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa. See Clubs & Venues, p21.


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here was a moment last October, in the immediate aftermath of the Tubbs fire, that Santa Rosa’s Luther Burbank Center for the Arts was thought to have been completely lost to the blaze that destroyed thousands of other homes and businesses. While the center’s main theater

ultimately survived the disaster and reopened for events within a month, an estimated 30,000 square feet of the campus was destroyed, including the musicalinstrument lending library and the outdoor sculpture garden. This month, the Luther Burbank Center marks another milestone in its recovery with the reopening of the sculpture garden on Sept. 13 with a new group exhibit, “Harmonies,” that features large-

scale works from three women artists. Curated by Kate Eilertsen and LBC programming director Anita Wiglesworth, “Harmonies” brings a new lyrical sense of nature, movement and light to the garden, whose landscape was entirely decimated along with many old-growth redwood sculptures by artist Bruce Johnson on display last October. “Women are rarely seen in

public art,” Eilertsen says. “I proposed that there were several local female artists that deserved to be seen together.” Formerly the director of the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Eilertsen was approached by the center to curate a show for its garden meant to follow Johnson’s exhibit. She and Wiglesworth visited many artists in the Bay Area and ultimately selected Kati Casida, Catherine Daley and Jann Nunn to display in the show. Daley and Nunn are both North Bay residents, and Casida is based in Berkeley. Each artist has four pieces in the show that boast eclectic ideas and materials. “We titled it ‘Harmonies’ because the sculptures are very different from each other, but they go together very nicely,” Eilertsen says. While the show’s concept and selection process happened before October’s fire, Eilertsen acknowledges that the show has taken on a new meaning over the last 11 months. “It became even more important after the fires to have something lighthearted and beautiful,” she says. Scheduled for a two-year run, “Harmonies” invites the public to experience the garden with fresh eyes. “Something that I love about sculpture is that it looks so different as you walk around it,” Eilertsen says. “You can see the world in such a different way by looking at the same image from a different angle.” All three artists will speak at the opening reception, with food and live music on hand. “It’s a chance to meet the artists,” Eilertsen says, “and see the center coming back to life.” ‘Harmonies’ opens on Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 5pm. Free admission. 707.546.3600.

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Petaluma’s Cinnabar Theater (cinnabartheater.org) transforms itself into Berlin’s Kit Kat Club and bids you willkommen, bienvenue, and welcome to the classic John Kander and Fred Ebb musical Cabaret. Broadway veteran Michael McGurk and Petaluma native Alia Beeton take on the roles that won Joel Grey and Liza Minnelli their Oscars. The Spreckels Theatre Company of Rohnert Park (spreckelsonline.com) opens its season with the multiple Tony

Award–winning Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Fans of the Mark Haddon novel about a young boy on the autism spectrum investigating the death of a neighborhood dog will find that it’s been somewhat reworked for the stage, but Tony voters liked it enough to name it 2015’s Best Play. Sebastopol’s Main Stage West (mainstagewest.com) opens its season with the world premiere of an original comedy by local playwright Bob Duxbury. Savage Wealth examines the impact of the sale of a Lake Tahoe home and the vacant lot next to it on a pair of brothers and their childhood friend. John Shillington directs. Dancing and singing New York “wiseguys” take over Santa Rosa’s 6th Street Playhouse (6thstreetplayhouse.com) as it presents Guys and Dolls. Summer Repertory Theatre artistic director James Newman moves to Railroad Square to helm what has been called “the greatest of all American musicals.” Santa Rosa’s Left Edge Theatre (leftedgetheatre.com) continues to provide North Bay audiences with recently written plays never before seen in the area with the U.S. premiere of a hit British comedy. Dave Simpson’s The Naked Truth involves charity fundraising, female empowerment and pole dancing. Argo Thompson directs a cast that includes former Bohemian theater critic David Templeton. In Guerneville, the Pegasus Theatre Company (pegasustheater. com) presents its 12th annual Tapas: New Short Play Festival. The seven short plays by Northern California playwrights will be the first production overseen by new artistic director Rich Rubin. Healdsburg’s Raven Players (raventheater.org) open with two contemporary dramas that deal with a host of complex issues including war, PTSD, gun violence, politics and religion. Time Stands Still and Church & State will run in repertory. Napa’s Lucky Penny Productions (luckypennynapa.com) invites you Into the Woods, where director James Sasser has apparently added another layer of fun to the musical fairy tale mashup. Plenty of options for the avid theatregoer.


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but I never did a release party,” Garthwaite says. “And I just turned 80, so I decided, OK, I’m going to celebrate the fact that I’m still making music.” Garthwaite’s first release in over a decade, Shine On features 19 tracks that span her songwriting career, including tunes originally written in the 1970s as well as brand-new compositions. “I just don’t stop writing songs, so I had a lot of new stuff to put down,” says Garthwaite, who recorded the album at Sebastopol’s Studio E. Garthwaite’s 45 years living in West Marin is reflected in many of the songs, and all of her tracks feature positive messages, a staple of her songwriting since the beginning. Dating back to her time in Joy of Cooking, who regularly opened for headliners like Van Morrison, the Band and the Grateful Dead at venues like the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, Garthwaite says music was always a joyous experience, “with people dancing because the rhythm was compelling and the lyrics were uplifting—that’s where I like to go with my music,” she says. Garthwaite also uses her music as a teaching tool, leading songwriting workshops such as her annual Women Singing in Circle retreat, where she joins singers like Threshold Choir founder Kate Munger for a weeklong outing in the mountains of New Mexico. “It’s a perfect environment for my songs, a lot of people who come to the retreat need songs of comfort and joy,” she says. This month’s birthday concert will be another joyous experience, as Joy of Cooking bassist David Garthwaite (Terry’s brother) and drummer Fritz Kasten join Garthwaite, along with her favorite guitarist Nina Gerber, Studio E owner Jeff Martin, vocalist Chris Webster and others. “I wanted to have a mix of musicians on the show,” Garthwaite says. “There’s going to be a real feeling of community onstage.” Terry Garthwaite performs on Sunday, Sept. 16, at Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris St., Sebastopol. 4pm. $25–$30; premium seating and album, $60. seb.org.


Concerts SONOMA COUNTY Concert in the Hub The Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County hosts an afternoon of music with Midnight Sun Massive, FunkNRoll, Dream Farmers, the Hubbub Club and others. Sep 8, 12:30pm. Free. La Plaza Park, Old Redwood Highway, Cotati, pjcsoco.org.

Israel Vibration & Roots Radics Positive vibrations emanating from the music of Israel Vibration have been spellbinding audiences, critics and DJs for over three decades. Sep 6, 8pm. $30-$35. Raven Theater, 115 North St, Healdsburg. 707.433.3145.

Lyle Lovett & His Large Band Texas troubadour offers an evening of songs and storytelling, with pre-concert winetasting available. Sep 8, 7:30pm. $25 and up. Green Music Center Weill Hall, 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 866.955.6040.

MARIN COUNTY Sound Summit Herbie Hancock headlines the annual festival with Grace Potter, Bob Weir, Nikki Lane and Con Brio also performing. Sep 8, 11am. $55-$110. Mountain Theatre, Mt Tamalpais State Park, 801 Panoramic Hwy, Mill Valley. soundsummit.net.

Steve Poltz Captivating songwriter offers a night of storytelling, shredding, and spoken word that takes the audience from laughter to tears and back again. Sep 7, 8pm. $25-$30. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael. 415.524.2773.

Summer Stomp Inaugural event from the folks behind Parachute Days features Soul Ska, Beso Negro, LoWatters and others. Sep 8, 1pm. $10-$30. Love Field, 11191 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Pt Reyes Station. parachutedays.com.

NAPA COUNTY Napa Live: Inside & Out

Annual live music crawl includes musicians performing in stores, parks, plazas, patios and throughout Napa’s many venues. Sep 9, 12pm. Free. downtown, Main street and Town Center, Napa, donapa. com.

National Cowboy Music & Poetry Gathering

This year’s fourth annual gathering features Gail Steiger, Stephanie Davis, Amy Auker and Rodney Nelson. Sep 8, 7pm. $20. Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater, 100 California Dr, Yountville. 707.944.9900.

Omar Sosa Quarteto

Pianist and bandleader fuses jazz and his native AfroCuban roots for three nights of versatile artistry. Sep 6-8, 7 and 9pm. $29-$69. Blue Note Napa, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.880.2300.

Clubs & Venues SONOMA COUNTY 2 Tread Brewing Company

Sep 7, Used Goods. 1018 Santa Rosa Plaza, Santa Rosa. 707.327.2822.

Aqus Cafe

Sep 7, the Tonewoods. Sep 8, Dictator Tots. Sep 9, 2pm, Kenneth Roy Berry. Sep 12, Brian Francis Baudoin. 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.

Barley & Hops Tavern Sep 8, Fly by Train. 3688 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental. 707.874.9037.

The Big Easy

Sep 6, Forest Beutel. Sep 7, the Dorian Mode. Sep 8, Spike Sikes and the Awesome Hotcakes. Sep 12, Wednesday Night Big Band. 128 American Alley, Petaluma. 707.776.7163.

Cellars of Sonoma

Sep 9, 2pm, Simon Kinsman. 20 Matheson Ave, Healdsburg. 707.578.1826.

Crooked Goat Brewing Sep 8, 1pm, Key Lime Pie. Sep 9, 3pm, Sean Carscadden. 120 Morris St, Ste 120, Sebastopol. 707.827.3893.

DeLorimier Winery

Sep 7, 6pm, Rock & Roll Rhythm Revue. 2001 Hwy 128, Geyserville. 800.546.7718.

Elephant in the Room Sep 8, Slouching Stars. 177-A Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. elephantintheroompub.com.

Flamingo Lounge

Sep 7, Kimball Hooker. Sep 8, Konsept Party Band. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

Geyser Peak Winery Sep 8, 12:30pm, Joel the Band. 2306 Magnolia Lane, Healdsburg. 707 857-2500.

Geyserville Gun Club Bar & Lounge Sep 8, Dustin Saylor. 21025 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville. 707.814.0036.

HopMonk Sebastopol

Sep 5, Jungle Fire. Sep 7, Junk Parlor with Mickelson and Staggerwing. Sep 8, Pepperland and Bohemian Highway. Sep 10, DJ Smoky and DJ Konnex. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

HopMonk Sonoma

Sep 7, Whitherward. Sep 8, Erica Sunshine Lee. Sep 9, 1pm, David Hamilton. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100.

Hotel Healdsburg

Sep 8, Chris Amberger with Dylan Hayes and Gabe Carpenter. 25 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.431.2800.

Ives Park

Sep 5, 5pm, Peacetown with David Luning and Nick Gravenites. Sep 12, 5pm, Peacetown grand finale with Poor Man’s Whiskey. Willow Street and Jewell Avenue, Sebastopol. peacetown.org.

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Sep 6, Josh Turner. Sep 8, 2 and 7:30pm, In the Mood 1940s musical revue. Sep 9, “On the Road” with T Bone Burnett. 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Main Street Bistro

Sep 6, Susan Sutton. Sep 7, Collaboration Jazz band. Sep 8, Dean Grech Combo. Sep 9, Valtiera Latin Orchestra. 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501.

Montgomery Village Shopping Center

Sep 6, 5:30pm, Foreverland. Sep 8, 12pm, Gregory Wolfe’s tribute to Rod Stewart. Sep 9, 1pm, Jami Jameson Band. 911 Village Court, Santa Rosa. 707.545.3844.

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Nickatina. Sep 7, J Boog and Collie Buddz. Sep 8, Tainted Love with Super Diamond and Petty Theft. 1100 Valley House Dr, Rohnert Park. somoconcerts.com.

Sonoma Speakeasy

Sep 9, Sonoma blues jam. Sep 11, R&B and Zydeco with Bruce Gordon, Tim Eschliman and Lou A Rodriguez. 452 First St E, Ste G, Sonoma. 707.996.1364.

The Star

Sep 6, Jake Levant. Sep 7, Hype It Up with DJ Konnex and DJ Jacalioness. Sep 8, DJ Chalice and Mr Element. Sep 9, American Roots nights. 6957 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.634.6390.

Twin Oaks Roadhouse

Sep 6, Ricardo Peixoto Quintet. Sep 7, Awesome Hotcakes. Sep 8, Burnside. Sep 9, 5pm, Honey B & the Pollinators. 101 Second St, Petaluma. 707.765.4567.

Redwood Cafe

Sep 6, Eki Shola. Sep 8, Stephen Kent with Gabe Harris and Bodhi Setchko. Sep 9, 3pm, Celtic fiddle and Irish jam session. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.

Rodney Strong Vineyards

Sep 9, 5pm, Boz Scaggs. 11455 Old Redwood Hwy, Healdsburg. 707.431.1533.

SOMO Village Event Center

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Beringer Vineyards Sep 8, Ragtag Sullivan Trio. 2000 Main St, St Helena. 866.708.9463.

Blue Note Napa

Sep 5, Blues Masters Showcase with Guidance Band. Sep 10, Milky Chance. Sep 12, Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers. 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.880.2300.

Ca’ Momi Osteria

Sep 8, 11am, Acoustic Soul. Sep 9, 11am, Clay Bell. 25200 Arnold Dr, Sonoma. 707.935.4700.

Sep 7, Latin Night with DJ Jose Miguel. Sep 8, EMÆL. 1141 First St, Napa. 707.224.6664.

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Sep 5, Full Chizel. Sep 8, Zak Fennie. Sep 12, John Vicino. 1450 First St, Napa. 707.687.1234.

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Sep 7, Chappell and Dave Holt with Andrea Van Dyke. Sep 9, 3pm, Duo West featuring Abbie Gabrielson and Sonja Myklebust. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.874.9392.

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Sep 7, Jon Emery. Sep 8, Dan Martin & Noma Rocksteady. 464 First St E, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.

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Sep 7, Craig Caffall. Sep 9, backyard BBQ with Dgiin. Sep 10, the Blues Defenders pro jam. 5745 Old Redwood Hwy, Penngrove. 707.795.5118.

Sep 6, edgy open mic with Star Blue. Sep 7, Roots Man Project. Sep 8, Silas Fermony and Aly Rose Trio. 1910 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.843.5535.

Sep 8, the Zombies. Sep 12, Marcus King Band. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.775.6048.

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Sep 6, 6pm, Beatles Flashback. 701 McClelland Dr, Windsor. townofwindsor.com.

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Sep 5, Willy Porter and Maurice Tani. Sep 6, Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards. Sep 7, Pop Fiction. Sep 8, Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings. Sep 9, 6pm, New Monsoon. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200.

Rancho Nicasio

Sep 7, the Last Call Troubadors. Sep 8, Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums with Miss Carmen Getit. Sep 9, 4pm, BBQ on the Lawn with Danny Click & the Hell Yeahs and Shana Morrison. 1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

Sweetwater Music Hall

Sep 6, Metalachi and Diego’s Umbrella. Sep 7, the New Orleans Suspects. Sep 8, Dr John tribute with several special guests. Sep 9, “Dec My Room” benefit show with Jimmy Dillon Band. Sep 11, Sammy Hagar acoustic benefit for Kiddo. Sep 12, tribute to Jerry Garcia with Jason Sinay.

Sep 9, 3pm, Rob Watson with Vernon Black. 1207 Foothill Blvd, Calistoga. 707.942.5605.

Sep 8, Whitherward. 1245 First St, Napa. 707.254.1922.

Downtown Joe’s Brewery & Restaurant Sep 8, Jinx Jones & the KingTones. 902 Main St, Napa. 707.258.2337.

Feast It Forward

Sep 7, Radagast the Brown album release show. 1031 McKinstry St, Napa. 707.819.2403.

Napa Valley Performing Arts Center Sep 9, 2 and 7pm, In the Mood 1940s musical revue. 100 California Dr, Yountville. 707.944.9900.

River Terrace Inn

Sep 6, Douglas Houser. Sep 7, Kyle Turner. Sep 8, Mark Harold. 1600 Soscol Ave, Napa. 707.320.9000.

Silo’s

Sep 6, Phillip G Smith & the Gentlemen of Jazz. Sep 7, the Rhythm Method 4. Sep 8, Latin Rhythm Boys with Artie Webb. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

Tank Garage Winery

Sep 7, Ash Powell. 1020 Foothill Blvd, Calistoga. 707.942.8265.

Uptown Theatre

Sep 6, Abba: The Concert. Sep 12, the Mavericks. 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.


Arts Events Sep 8-Oct 21, “Figure Study,” the human figure is portrayed realistically, abstractly or symbolically by over 40 artists. Reception, Sept 8 at 5pm. 130 Plaza St, Healdsburg. Daily, 11 to 6. 707.431.1970.

Hopscotch Gifts & Gallery

Sep 7-Oct 14, “Spirits Rising,” over 30 artists offer a positive piece of work to help mark Sonoma County’s strength one year after the fires. Reception, Sept 8 at 4pm. 126 Matheson St, Healdsburg. Daily, 10 to 6. 707.431.8861.

Laguna de Santa Rosa Environmental Center Sep 5-Dec 21, “With Awe & Wonder,” collection of photography by Brenda Tharp is a celebration of nature’s beauty. Reception, Sept 8 at 3pm. 900 Sanford Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.527.9277.

Riverfront Art Gallery

Sep 5-Nov 4, “Riverfront Art Gallery 11th Anniversary Show,” featuring Henry White, Janet McBeen, Stephanie HamiltonOravetz, Marilee Ford and others. Reception, Sept 8 at 5pm. 132 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. Wed, Thurs and Sun, 11 to 6. Fri-Sat, 11 to 8. 707.775.4ART.

Sep 5-30, “Small Works on Paper by Willow LaLandYeilding,” several distinctive works from the local artist display. Reception, Sept 9 at 2pm. 306 Center St,

Sep 5-29, “Open Studios Napa Valley Preview Exhibit,” view an original piece of art created by each participating artist in the upcoming open studios tour. Reception, Sept 7 at 5pm. 1019 Atlas Peak Rd, Napa. Daily, 10 to 5. 707.257.2350.

Comedy Charles Krug Comedy Series

Comedian and actress Helen Hong headlines a night of laughs and wine. Sep 8, 7:30pm. $28. Charles Krug Winery, 2800 Main St, St Helena. 707.967.3993.

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Standup comedian and actress appears at the winery, hosted by the Laugh Cellar. Sep 7, 7pm. $28. St. Anne’s Crossing Winery, 8450 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood. 707.598.5200.

Magic 8 Open Comedy Night

Will you laugh at this open mic? Signs point to yes. Sep 9, 7pm. Whiskey Tip, 1910 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.843.5535.

Punchline Palooza

Summer standup series features monthly shows with headlining comedians. Fri, Sep 7, 8pm. $20. Palooza Gastropub, 8910 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood. 707.833.4000.

San Francisco Standup Comedy Competition

Marin comedy fans can see the entire field of talented contestants recruited from around the country for the 43rd annual event. Sat, Sep 8, 8pm. $30. Marin Center

David Nihill, founder of FunnyBizz, and five world-class storytellers perform 10-minute true stories. Sep 7, 8pm. $15. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Events Arte y Música de la Tierra

SVMA’s annual art night includes Latin music, food and cocktails and art-making activities. Sep 7, 6pm. $35. Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, 551 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.939.SVMA.

As You Are

Brooks Palmer hosts a local talk show that focuses on the lives of the folks in the audience through interviews, music, humor and imagination. Sep 5, 7pm. Free. Sebastopol Library, 7140 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 707.823.7691.

Chautauqua Revue

Acrobats, dancers, singers and others perform in this 16th annual variety show and revue that’s fun for the whole family. Sep 12-15. $25-$40. Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, 15290 Coleman Valley Rd, Occidental. 707.874.1557.

Cornhole Tournament

Chandi Hospitality Group and Mountain Mike’s Pizza host the family-friendly competition, with food, cold drinks and live music on hand. Sat, Sep 8, 6pm. $20 per team. Mountain Mike’s Pizza, 4501 Montgomery Dr, Santa Rosa. 707.890.5033.

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Sep 8-30, “Greg Miller: Dream On,” artist’s retro-pop paintings employ nostalgia and irony in their collage aesthetics. Reception, Sept 8 at 4pm. 1328 Main St, St Helena. Open daily, 10 to 6. 415.531.6755.

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Stand Up Paddle tour travels along one of the most secluded areas of the scenic Russian River. Sun, Sep 9, 9am. $79. Wohler Bridge, Wohler and Westside roads, Forestville.

Vineyard Stargazing Experience

Two experienced guides and two powerful telescopes offer guests amazing views of the night sky with wine on hand. Sat, Sep 8, 9pm. $85. Bouchaine Vineyards, 1075 Buchli Station Rd, Napa, 800.252.9065.

Water Bark

Dogs can romp and play off-leash in the swimming lagoon. Sep 8-9, 9am. $5/$30 season pass. Spring Lake Park, 391 Violetti Dr, Santa Rosa, 2018waterbark. brownpapertickets.com.

Film CULT Film Series

Blast off with two insane ‘70s sci-fi gems as “Barbarella: Queen of the Galaxy” and “Zardoz” screen together. Sep 6, 7pm. $10. Third Street Cinema Six, 620 Third St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.8770.

The Groove Is Not Trivial

Cloverdale filmmaker Tommie Dell Smith follows master fiddler Alasdair Fraser’s personal journey in search of self-expression in this dynamic documentary. Sep 8, 1pm. Clover Theater, 121 East First St, Cloverdale. 707.894.6347.

The Leisure Seeker

Final Passages continues its “Let’s Talk About Death” series with a screening of the film starring Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren, followed by discussion. Sep 11, 6:30pm. $5-$15. Sebastopol Grange Hall, 6000 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol.

Movies on the Green

Sit out on the lawn and see this year’s comic book blockbuster “Black Panther.” Sep 7, 7pm. Free. Green Music Center Weill Hall, 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 866.955.6040.

Climbing’s greatest stories and stars are showcased in four new short films. Sep 7, 8pm. $10. Mystic Theatre & Music Hall, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.775.6048.

French film about an author hosting a workshop with several students from varying backgrounds explores the divisions in present-day French society. Fri, Sep 7, 7pm and Sun, Sep 9, 4:30pm. donations welcome; $5 parking. Sonoma Film Institute, Warren Auditorium, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2606.

Food & Drink Broadway at the Vista Fine wine and theater arts come together as a fourcourse menu with aged Verona vintages pairs with performances by Broadway starts Betsy Struxness and Kyle Barisich. Sep 8, 6:30pm. $150. Vista Collina Resort, 850 Bordeaux Way, Napa. 888.965.7090.

Kendall-Jackson’s Farm-to-Table Dinner Series

A wine country culinary experience that can’t be missed. Sat, Sep 8, 5:30pm. $125-$175. Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens, 5007 Fulton Rd, Fulton. 707.576.3810.

Lagunitas Beer Circus Witness death-defying aerialists acts, be amazed by human marvels and laugh at outrageous clowns with live music and beers from Lagunitas and several guest brewers. Sep 8, 12pm. $40. Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, 175 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma. 707.763.8920.

Making Homemade Bacon

Learn how to prepare, cure, smoke, slice and preserve your own homemade bacon with food writer and instructor Karen Solomon. Sep 9, 1pm. $75-$90. Healdsburg Shed, 25 North St, Healdsburg. 707.431.7433.

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Sample preview tastings of Bear Republic’s entries to this year’s Great American Beer Festival, other rare beers from off the shelf and food. Sep 8, 5pm. $40 and up. Bear Republic Brewing Company, 345 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 707.433.2337.

Lectures Protecting Yourself from Wildfires

Join a discussion on the North Bay’s past, present and future as it relates to fire. Sep 8, 11am. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 415.927.0960.

Readings Book Passage

Sep 6, 7pm, “Beginner’s Luck” with Malcolm Terence, in conversation with Peter Coyote. Sep 8, 4pm, “Ode to an Onion” with Alexandria Giardino. Sep 8, 7pm, “Montana Rhapsody” with Susanna Solomon. Sep 9, 1pm, “Dream of Venice in Black and White” with JoAnn Locktov. Sep 9, 4pm, “In the Name of the Children” with Jeffrey Rinek and Marilee Strong. Sep 11, 7pm, “Fly Girls” with Keith O’Brien. Sep 12, 7pm, “Zen in the Age of Anxiety” with Tim Burkett. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera 415.927.0960.

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Sep 8, 2pm, “SEASON: A Year of Wine Country Food, Farming, Family & Friends” with Justin Wangler and Tracey Shepos Cenami. $25. 500 First St, Napa 707.967.2530.

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Sep 9, 2pm, “Japan: The Cookbook” with Nancy Singleton Hachisu. 25 North St, Healdsburg 707.431.7433.

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Sep 8, 4pm, “The Neighborhood” with Erina Bridget Ring. Sep 11, 7pm, “A Train to Nowhere” with Marilyn Campbell. 964 Pearl St, Napa 707.733.3199.

Sep 5, 7pm, “A Rumbling of Women” with Anne Grenn Saldinger and Nancy Levenberg. 580 Coombs St, Napa 707.253.4070.

Sep 7, 7pm, “Earthshine” with Chuck Brickley. donations welcome. 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley 415.388.4331.

Petaluma Copperfield’s Books

Sep 7, 7pm, “Hollywood Dead” with Richard Kadrey. Sep 9, 2pm, “Mac Undercover” with Mac Barnett. 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma 707.762.0563.

Point Reyes Presbyterian Church

Sep 8, 3pm, “Be With” with Forrest Gander, in conversation with Daniel Handler to benefit the West Marin Review. $20. 11445 Shoreline Hwy, Point Reyes Station 415.663.1349.

Readers’ Books

Sep 6, 7pm, “Crush: The Triumph of California Wine” with John Briscoe. 130 E Napa St, Sonoma 707.939.1779.

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Sep 7, 7pm, “Giants: The Global Power Elite” with Peter Phillips. 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa 707.578.8938.

Sebastopol Center for the Arts

Sep 8, 7pm, Word Temple poetry series with Katherine Hastings and guests. Free. 282 S High St, Sebastopol 707.829.4797.

Theater Broadway Under the Stars Gala Celebration

Transcendence theatre Company closes out their summer season of performances with a weekend of Broadway tunes and popular songs. Sep 7-9. $45 and up. Jack London State Park, 2400 London Ranch Rd, Glen Ellen. 707.938.5216.

Cabaret

Cinnabar Theater opens their 2018-19 season with the infamous musical set in a pre-WWII Germany nighhtclub. Through Sep 23. $25-$40. Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.763.8920.

A Chorus Line

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who’s ever had a dream and put everything on the line to make it come true. Sep 7-30. $18-$30. Novato Theater Company, 5240 Nave Dr, Novato. 415.883.4498.

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Henry IV, Part 1

Curtain Theatre celebrates its 19th summer with one of Shakespeare’s most enduringly popular plays, full of comedy, action and memorable characters. Through Sep 9, 2pm. Free. Old Mill Park, Throckmorton and Cascade, Mill Valley. curtaintheatre.org.

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Into the Woods

One of Stephen Sondheim’s most popular musicals opens the 2018-19 season at Napa’s Lucky Penny Productions. Sep 7-23. $30-$40. Lucky Penny Community Arts Center, 1758 Industrial Way, Napa. 707.266.6305.

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Left Edge Theater opens their season with the uplifting comedy about five women struggling to conquer pole dancing for a breast cancer charity fundraiser. Sep 7-30. $25-$40. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Savage Wealth

Two brothers seeking to sell their inherited lake-view Tahoe home run into several hilarious obstacles in this world premiere comedy. Through Sep 16. $15-$30. Main Stage West, 104 N Main St, Sebastopol. 707.823.0177.

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Do you have any feral qualities lurking deep down inside you? Have you ever felt a mad yearning to communicate using howls and yips instead of words? When you’re alone, do you sometimes dispense with your utensils and scoop the food off your plate with your fingers? Have you dreamed of running through a damp meadow under the full moon for the sheer ecstasy of it? Do you on occasion experience such strong erotic urges that you feel like you could weave your body and soul together with the color green or the sound of a rain-soaked river or the moon rising over the hills? I ask these questions, Taurus, because now is an excellent time to draw on the instinctual wisdom of your feral qualities.

GEMINI (May 21–June 20) “Close some doors today,” writes novelist Paulo Coelho. “Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because they lead you nowhere.” I endorse his advice for your use, Gemini. In my astrological opinion, you’ll be wise to practice the rough but fine art of saying NO. It’s time for you to make crisp decisions about where you belong and where you don’t; about where your future fulfillment is likely to thrive and where it won’t; about which relationships deserve your sage intimacy and which tend to push you in the direction of mediocrity.

LEO (July 23–August 22) I want to make sure that the groove you’re in doesn’t devolve into a rut. So I’ll ask you unexpected questions to spur your imagination in unpredictable directions. Ready? 1. How would you describe the untapped riches in the shadowy part of your personality? 2. Is there a rare object you’d like to own because it would foster your feeling that the world has magic and miracles? 3. Imagine the perfect party you’d love to attend and how it might change your life for the better. 4. What bird most reminds you of yourself? 5. What’s your most evocative and inspiring taboo daydream? 6. In your past, were there ever experiences that made you cry for joy in ways that felt almost orgasmic? How might you attract or induce a catharsis like that sometime soon?

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fugitive or displaced person, and in accordance with current astrological omens, I offer you two quotes by Shire. 1. “I belong deeply to myself.” 2. “Document the moments you feel most in love with yourself—what you’re wearing, who you’re around, what you’re doing. Recreate and repeat.”

SCORPIO (October 23–November 21)

“Once in a while came a moment when everything seemed to have something to say to you.” So says a character in Alice Munro’s short story “Jakarta.” Now I’m using that message as the key theme of your horoscope. Why? Because you’re at the peak of your ability to be reached, to be touched, to be communicated with. You’re willing to be keenly receptive. You’re strong enough to be deeply influenced. Is it because you’re so firmly anchored in your understanding and acceptance of who you are?

SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21) In 1928, novelist Virginia Woolf wrote a letter to her friend Saxon Sidney Turner. “I am reading six books at once, the only way of reading,” she confided, “since one book is only a single unaccompanied note, and to get the full sound, one needs 10 others at the same time.” My usual inclination is to counsel you Sagittarians to focus on one or two important matters rather than on a multitude of semi-important matters. But in accordance with current astrological omens, I’m departing from tradition to suggest you adopt Woolf’s approach to books as your approach to everything. Your life in the coming weeks should be less like an acoustic ballad and more like a symphony for 35 instruments.

CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19) Not many goats can climb trees, but there are daredevils in Morocco that do. They go in quest of the delicious olive-like berries that grow on argan trees. The branches on which they perch may be 30 feet off the ground. I’m naming them as your power creature for the coming weeks. I think you’re ready to ascend higher in search of goodies. You have the soulful agility necessary to transcend your previous level of accomplishment. AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18) From 49–45 B.C., civil war wracked the Roman Republic. Julius Caesar led forces representing the common people against armies fighting for the aristocracy’s interests. In 45 B.C., Caesar brought a contingent of soldiers to Roman territory in North Africa, intent on launching a campaign against the enemy. As the general disembarked from his ship, he accidentally slipped and fell. Thinking fast, he exclaimed, “Africa, I have tight told of you!” and clasped the ground, thus implying he had lowered himself on purpose in a ritual gesture of conquest. In this way, he converted an apparent bad omen into a positive one. And indeed, he won the ensuing battle, which was the turning point that led to ultimate victory and the war’s end. That’s good role modeling for you right now. PISCES (February 19–March 20)

Below are sweet words I’ve borrowed from poets I love. I invite you to use them to communicate with anyone who is primed to become more lyrically intimate with you. The time is right for you to reach out! (1) “You look like a sea of gems.”—Qahar Aasi (2) “I love you with what in me is unfinished.”—Robert Bly (3) “Yours is the light by which my spirit’s born.”—e. e. cummings (4) “Tell me the most exquisite truths you know.”—Barry Hannah (5) “It’s very rare to know you, very strange and wonderful.”—F. Scott Fitzgerald (6) “When you smile like that, you are as beautiful as all my secrets.”— Anne Carson (7) Everything you say is “like a secret voice speaking straight out of my own bones.” —Sylvia Plath

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