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Slanted, Unenchanted Readers: Before you completely buy this very slanted piece of writing, I suggest you get the facts relevant to this proposed cannabis project (“Grow-Site Pain,” Dec. 5). If the county approves this project as submitted or revised, then that is the only binding obligation the applicants have to follow, no matter what they say they are willing to do for the community.

If approved, the permitted changes to Mr. Buck’s property will include structures where there have never been structures on this open agricultural land. They could be extremely close to the West County Trail and homes on the south edge of Graton. It would be a permanent change to how the land can be used. If Mr. Buck decides to sell his property, his promises to the community will not pass on to the new owners, but these changes will. Yes, folks who live in Graton are concerned about changes to our quality of life. A number of us have studied the


application and encouraged others to inform themselves about the potential permitted changes to our community. I am disappointed to find this poor example of journalism in the Bohemian. I have spoken with a number of the FOG members, and none of them were contacted by Mr. Gogola about the issues he raises. It makes me feel that I cannot be confident that what I read in this publication is reliable information.


By Tom Tomorrow

The most important factor about the proposed cannabis grow site and facility in Graton is compatibility with what already exists. The proposal is to cover both fields on both sides of the bike trail with open-air cannabis cultivation, many large green houses, processing buildings, offices and ample parking for employees. The only access to the proposed site is a narrow one lane road through a quiet residential neighborhood. The cannabis facility will require high perimeter fencing, security patrols, surveillance cameras and night lighting. As we all know, cannabis remains a crime magnet. This proposed cannabis grow and facility would be smack-dab along a well-used and well-loved stretch of the bike trail. This section of the bike trail traverses wild fields and wetlands, and is adjacent to the Atascadero Creek. The proposed cannabis grow and facility is not compatible with nature, with a bike trail, or with a residential neighborhood. Jackalope needs to set up shop in an industrial zoned area.


The point of the article, to me, is that we expect unbiased, fair and just representation from our “democratically elected officials,” and it appears that’s not what we’re getting. Our representative should try to fully inform us and create a space for stakeholders in conflict to come together and communicate in a meaningful way. It appears to me that our supervisor has taken a strong position against the applicants, their application and against cannabis in general. But it’s not too late. Collaboration is possible. Let’s make space for that, face to face. I think we can work through a lot of our differences, but not if we just take fixed positions and close ourselves to respectful communication and compromise. This is an opportunity to do that, not to war and treat each other as enemies. We can do this. I have faith. This is the path with the most benefit.

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Bubble Trouble An open letter to Ivanka Trump BY BIANCA MAY


ear Ivanka: I would first like to start by saying I have read your books and think you’re an articulate young lady for the most part, at least when talking about yourself.

I find it to be extremely unprofessional for a president to need his young daughter pandering to him and acting in any official capacity, especially as a self-described unpaid staffer. This relegates you to little more than a glorified intern. Your family has lived in a bubble. Your background as wealthy business people does not make you more more qualified to lead the country; it makes you less qualified. You have no idea what the needs are for working-class people, and it is extremely doubtful you have a clue how to meet those needs. The Trump family does not know the struggles of working-class families and their needs because they’ve never had to consider them. It is highly unlikely you’ve taken time to speak to any of the people who cook your food or clean your toilets. You truly are out-of-touch with any real-world problems or people, and that alone disqualifies all of you from the jobs you currently hold. Finally, from mother to mother, I have to ask why, if you are such an advocate for mothers and women, you have not stated any opinions regarding your father’s choice to exit the Paris Accord, allowing oil, coal and pollutant-creating companies to run amok while not looking at the big picture of climate change. I understand it is scary and inconvenient for those that profit from causing it, but the reality is, global warming does not discriminate. You cannot breathe money. I would use your role as “advisor” to do quite a bit more advocacy in this area. I would then encourage you to take a much-needed step down from your role of “advisor” or in any position in the White House. As a tax-paying citizen of this country, I have not approved it and do not feel you to be qualified. Your father should follow suit in his role for the same reasons. Bianca May is a graduate of Sonoma State University and a self-described feather-ruffler living in Rohnert Park. 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

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They began requiring that their residents carry health coverage or face a state penalty for going without it. Such “individual mandates” aim to replace the federal mandate—perhaps the most controversial but essential part of the Affordable Care Act, often

called Obamacare—that sought to force people to sign up for health insurance or pay a tax penalty. The Republican Congress and the Trump administration have repealed that federal penalty, effective next year. The clock is ticking. Obamacare has led to a record number of Californians having medical coverage. But a new study from the UC Berkeley Labor Center warns that if the state does nothing to counteract the Trump administration’s moves to undermine Obamacare, up to 1 million more Californians could be

without health insurance within the next five years. What’s kept California from enacting its own mandate? Some state Democratic leaders are wary of enacting a state mandate without also making health insurance cheaper for Californians. “Providing subsidies is a better reality for members of our community than providing penalties,” says Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula, a Fresno Democrat who co-chaired the select committee on universal healthcare that conducted town halls

across the state last summer. “It’s the carrot versus the stick.” Sacramento State Sen. Richard Pan, a Democrat who chairs the Senate Health Committee, said the Legislature is focused on keeping the state’s insurance market exchange, known as Covered California, strong. Some 2 million Californians buy health coverage through the exchange, which provides federal subsidies to low-income purchasers. “We are going to do what we can in California to stabilize the insurance market, to do what we can to make health insurance, particularly on Covered California, affordable,” says Pan, who has not yet endorsed any particular remedy. “We are up against a federal administration that is doing the opposite and forcing people to pay higher premiums. “As we look at options, like do we want to do an individual mandate, we also need to recognize part of what is driving that is not only the removal of the federal mandate, but also actions taken to increase insurance premiums,” Pan says. Since the Affordable Care Act was implemented in 2013, the state’s uninsured rate has dropped from 20 percent to 7 percent. Currently 3.4 million Californians are uninsured, undocumented immigrant adults making up the majority of that group. But without more aggressive state intervention to counter Washington’s retreat from the program, an estimated 500,000 to 800,000 more Californians under 65 will be uninsured by 2023, according to the new study from the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. A mandate and state subsidies are among options the Legislature will be exploring to combat the expected exodus from insurance. But both are controversial. An Economist/ YouGov poll found that 66 percent of Americans oppose a mandate. And although a few other states such as Vermont and Massachusetts do offer state subsidies, in California state subsidies could cost up to an estimated $500 million, at a time when an incoming Democratic governor and Democratic supermajorities in the Legislature have promised pricey programs such as universal healthcare and universal preschool.

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include a mechanism for making insurance more attainable. “We don’t want to require people to buy coverage that they can’t afford. And what they can afford may be different in a high-cost-of-living state like California,” says Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access, which advocates for consumers. “That’s why it’s hard to have a conversation about a mandate without affordability assistance.” Under the federal mandate, Americans were compelled to carry health insurance or pay a penalty of $695 per adult or 2.5 percent of household income, whichever is higher, unless insurance costs more than 8 percent of a household’s income. With the repeal of that ultimatum, California is bracing for the biggest dropouts among its residents who have been buying insurance through the subsidized Covered California program. The program projects it could lose 10 to 30 percent of its participants. But the state also expects wider losses, including among the 46 percent of Californians who get insurance through employers, because they also will no longer be required to have it. Even MediCal, the state-paid program for low-income Californians, will lose about 350,000 people, the study estimates, because the lack of a federal mandate may deter people from seeking health coverage at all— meaning they’ll never discover they qualify for Medi-Cal. Last year, the California Legislature considered creating a state mandate as part of budget discussions that included making insurance more affordable, but neither idea made it into the final budget proposal submitted to the governor. Experts and advocates are hopeful that these ideas may gain traction under Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom, who has talked a big game on healthcare and access pledging during his campaign to support single payer and universal coverage. Source: CALmatters. CALmatters is an independent public interest journalism venture covering California state politics and government; a longer version of this article appears at

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Essential Oil Better cooking is only 8,000 pounds of pressure away BY JAMES KNIGHT


ecently, a Napa gourmet food brand called Salute Santé helped me to clear the smoke around a little issue in the kitchen I was having. To wit, it was the smoke in the kitchen.

The culinary skills I picked up making post-collegiate stir-fries have served me well enough. I fry things.

Hash browns. Tofu and rice. Veggie burgers—I even sear the occasional steak. When I want to go all gourmet, I toss some kalamata olives and sundried tomatoes with polenta. And fry that in olive oil. Sure, I’ve heard that fried food is bad, but somewhere along the way I heard extra virgin olive oil is good. I’d be better off using it only as a finishing oil, Salute Santé owners Nanette and Valentin Humer tell me.

The problem isn’t just that oil labeled extra virgin is often unscrupulously stretched with lower quality oils—as a 60 Minutes report detailed—but that it’s not so great when it goes up in smoke. Nobody told me. Did they tell you? Grapeseed oil has a higher “smoke point” at about 485 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the Humers, who have been quietly selling Salute Santé to top chefs for nearly 25 years.

At the office, tucked in a rambling old tannery complex along the Napa River, the Humers show off their accolades from Oprah, who became a fan with her 2016 holiday list of favorite things. Drizzling oil pressed from Chardonnay seeds on goat cheese, Valentin demonstrates that it can be used as a finishing oil, too. Available in 12 other varietals in 200-milliter bottles ($12), it’s a medium green hue, like a fine extra virgin olive oil, and even has a grassy hint on top of a nutty aroma. Grapeseed oil has half the saturated fat of olive oil but 10 times the essential linoleic acid, Humer explains with enthusiasm inflected in his native Austrian accent. Trained as a chef, he worked in kitchens throughout Europe, but didn’t discover this “secret ingredient” until landing in New York and Washington, D.C., in the early ’90s. Collaborating with legendary chefs, including the late Jean-Louis Palladin and Charlie Trotter, Humer launched the brand in 1994 with an oil made by an Italian family that specializes in grapeseed oil. But the goal was always a cold-pressed oil, which means that the oil is extracted from the tiny, dried seeds at a temperature that does not exceed 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Other grapeseed oils are pressed at higher temperatures (expeller pressed), or extracted with chemicals. Humer found a German manufacturer of nut and seed presses that would modify its design to accommodate 8,000 pounds of pressure. In the facility, four machines work 24 hours a day, gently fed by one-ton bags of seeds, through a system that moves seeds at a snail’s pace, and disgorges a tiny drip, drip of fresh oil, and its continuous byproduct, a sort of mega-Tootsie Roll of de-fatted grapeseed that is turned into flour for use in products like chips and bread. Having perfected the method, the Humers turned their Italian supplier on to the technology, and since 2017 their entire production has been coldpressed, preserving the benefits of this oil—a rarity in the market, and an alternative to other seed oil products, of which Humer says, “In my country, it’s machine oil.” Gift sets available at

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ine need not be that last-minute grab, plunked on the sideboard to little notice at the holiday gathering. For the person who complains of having too much stuff, a bottle of wine can be a most thoughtful gift, indeed: it’s all too easy to get rid of. You can even upgrade the gift by adding something that won’t just be taking up space in the garage a year later: experiences and stories.

A gift certificate to a five-course wine and food pairing says more than “I thought of you in the grocery checkout line and grabbed this gift card.” It might even say, “I want you to enjoy a sumptuous Sunday at the Bubble Room at J Vineyards.” The tasting kicks off with bubbly, natch, and if white sturgeon and caviar with a garnish of nasturtium isn’t their thing, vegetarian and other dietary restrictions are welcomed.

The cost per person is $125 (most wineries listed here simply sell a gift card that may be used for any merchandise or experience). 707.431.3646. Perched above a dun sweep of the Carneros region, Ram’s Gate Winery warms the soul with blazing fireplaces and a sumptuous small bites program. $130. 707.721.8700. Folks are gaga about socalled wine castles, I’m told, but Castello di Amorosa is the real thing—it’s got a dungeon, you see. And a “Royal” tour option that includes gourmet food pairing. $95. 707.967.6272. The wine and food pairing at St. Francis Winery & Vineyards is like dining in a country manor. Hosted by staff who explain how chef-prepared morsels like cocoainfused tortelli pasta pair with the winery’s Rockpile Cabernet Sauvignon, tastings are a group experience where strangers start to exchange notes as more wine is poured. $85. 707.833.0242. Flying yourself, or just the bottle, across the country? Bring the experience to them about your charmed adventures in wine country: It’s hard to believe there’s no traffic jam at the vintage hamlet of Duncan’s Mills over the season. Among the town’s craft and bauble shops, Sophie’s Cellars stocks hardto-find wines like Radio-Coteau Terra Neuma Pinot Noir. 25179 Hwy. 116. Don’t blink on the long drive up Sage Canyon Road or you’ll miss rustic little Nichelini Winery, hugging the edge of the canyon. 2950 Sage Canyon Road, St. Helena. Dog lovers on the list, drop by Frenchie Winery at Raymond Vineyards, dedicated to a French bulldog. Cute dog labels abound. 849 Zinfandel Lane, St. Helena. Everybody needs something special to uncork and toast the new year, and a trip to Schramsberg is an atmospheric detour through hand-dug wine caves to achieve that end. If you like to stir the political pot at the table, don’t forget to mention that Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs was uncorked during President Richard Nixon’s trip to open up diplomatic and trade relations with China. $70. 707.709.2469.


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Very Legal & Very Cool Emerald Cup promises its biggest blowout yet BY CHARLIE SWANSON


orthern California’s premier cannabis destination for the last 15 years, the Emerald Cup has secured a place in pot history with its respected competition, eclectic entertainment and ever-present commitment to honoring organic, outdoor cannabis.

For the first time, this year’s Emerald Cup, taking place Dec. 15–16 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, is commencing in a state where cannabis is now legal

for all users. While that may sound like a one-way ticket to the biggest pot party on the planet, Emerald Cup founder Tim Blake and his team have found 2018 to be anything but smooth. ) 16

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“It’s been a very challenging legalization,” says Blake. “The state wasn’t ready to give out permits; people were jumping through hoops. For the Cup, we had to spend a lot of time and money on lobbyists and working with the BCC [Bureau of Cannabis Control] to ensure that we could run it the way it’s always been run.” With cannabis being consumed, judged in competition and purchased at the Cup, the organizers had to develop a working relationship with the new state regulators, who Blake says were not yet set up to handle the licensing and regulations required to host an event this size. The Emerald Cup last year hosted around 50,000 attendees, and this year’s cannabis competition has received 500 entries. “Across the board it’s been challenging, whether you’re a dispensary, distribution company, nursery—it has been really something,” says Blake, who estimates that only a few hundred permits for cultivation have been issued for places in Mendocino and Humboldt County, where there are more than 10,000 farmers. After spending much of the year educating the BCC about how the

cannabis is judged, transported, stored, sold and consumed at the Emerald Cup, Blake is grateful to announce that all aspects of the event are still in place. “We had to make them realize this is a critical aspect to our industry,” says Blake. “Not only the Emerald Cup, but all the cannabis events held around the state—small farmers depend on it.” As with every year, the Emerald Cup prides itself on being an organic cannabis competition. This year, the Cup is expanding with new categories for licensed products like edibles, topicals, concentrates and tinctures, and is including a “Personal Use Grower” category, allowing an opportunity for everyone with a talent for growing cannabis to participate. The Cup is also handing out its annual lifetime achievement award, this year honoring music legend and cannabis ambassador Willie Nelson. “Willie epitomizes the cannabis industry, the struggle we’ve gone through the last 50 years,” says Blake. “If there’s ever a person that could be called a true OG, who’s been there and been openly, publicly fighting for us, it would be Willie.”

Another newcomer to the Cup is standup comedian Doug Benson, who co-hosts the entertainment with Cup veteran Ngaio Bealum. Benson has become cannabis’ official comedian ever since he starred in the 2008 documentary Super High Me, where he explored the effects of smoking cannabis for 30 days. Beyond the entertainment, the Cup is stacked with guest speakers like chief of the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation Lori Ajax, director of cultivation science at Steep Hill Lab Lydia Abernethy, industrial hemp consultant Chris Conrad, and a wide swath of lawyers, growers and business developers. Other topics up for discussion include the social-justice aspects of cannabis, regenerative and sustainable farming, spirituality and more. Blake is personally excited to welcome psychedelic researchers and experts to talk about their work in medicinal psychedelics. Under the guise of healing, and with the right methodology, Blake says that psychedelics could be the next frontier in treating depression and mental illness. “The FDA recently approved psilocybin mushrooms research for depression,” says Blake. “It’s a very big topic. Michael Pollan just wrote a best-selling book on it, How to Change Your Mind. And right now we’re coming full circle not only with cannabis, but looking back on how the positive benefits of psychedelics got overlooked by the demonization.” With so much happening, Blake compares the Emerald Cup to the Lollapalooza of cannabis, and the overall experience promises to entertain, educate and inspire the community with a focus on inclusiveness and cooperation. “I’m more excited than ever,” says Blake. “I thought we’d play ourselves out, but here we are in our 15th year, and I feel like, boy, we’re just getting our legs under us.” The Emerald Cup takes off Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15–16, at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. General admission opens 10am each day. $80 and up; 21 or over only.

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The Country Music Hall of Famer has long been an advocate for the consumption and legalization of marijuana. He’s even got his own recreational cannabis company, Willie’s Reserve. Blake reached out to Nelson for several years about the lifetime achievement award, which has been a feature of the Cup for more than a decade, though, reportedly, Nelson spends the winter in Hawaii. “This year, he’s decided to come back and join us, accept that award,” says Blake. “He also gave us permission to change the name of the award to the Willie Nelson Award, and he’ll be the first recipient of it. I am beyond honored and humbled that Willie and his team would look at the Emerald Cup, vet us out and decide that we’re a class enough act that he would have his name attached to us forever. It’s one of the proudest moments I’ve had with the Cup.” Nelson will be honored during the Cup’s award ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 16. And while he’s not scheduled to perform, his appearance tops the bill of a stacked lineup of music and comedy that’s running all weekend. The Cup’s reputation for partying is legendary, and last year boasted groups like the Roots and the Pimps of Joytime. This year’s headliners include New Orleans legends Dirty Dozen Brass Band making noise on both Saturday and Sunday, veteran gypsy punks Gogol Bordello on Saturday, and hip-hop duo Big Gigantic on Sunday. Other live acts include Nashville-based country singer-songwriter Margo Price, recently nominated for the Grammy for Best New Artist; Brooklyn-based Afrobeat kings Antibalas; Bay Area hip-hop star Lyrics Born; Santa Cruz electronic collective STS9; and many others. The Cup also welcomes actor Jason Mewes and writer-director Kevin Smith, better known as Jay and Silent Bob in Smith’s cult classic films Clerks, Mall Rats, Chasing Amy and others. The hilarious duo have recently taken to podcasting, and their show Jay & Silent Bob Get Old, is ranked No. 1 on iTunes Comedy podcasts. Fans can see them live on stage Saturday telling stories and cracking jokes.

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The week’s events: a selective guide

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LOUD & PROUD The Manhattan Transfer show why they are still one of the world’s greatest and most innovative vocal jazz groups when they perform at Blue Note in Napa, Dec. 13–15. See Clubs & Venues, p24. SONOMA




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Celebrate Joe

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My favorite Christmas-time ghost story is easily ‘A Christmas Carol,’ in which miserly old Ebenezer Scrooge spends a frightful Christmas Eve being terrorized by three ghostly visitors, not to mention the chain-rattling apparition of his dead business partner. While such an experience might drive a lesser man insane, Scrooge instead discovers the joys of the holidays, and this week, Sebastiani Theatre Foundation & Silver Moon Theatre present a live performance of the classic tale full of carolers and cheer Friday through Sunday, Dec. 14–16, at Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St. E., Sonoma. Friday– Saturday, 7pm; Sunday, 2pm. $20; kids 12 and under, $10. 707.996.9756.

Want to feel old? Just think about how beloved Sonoma County indie-rock band the New Trust recently turned 15 years old. The band has made a million friends in their time, and many will be on hand when they play a 15th anniversary concert this week. The trio of bassist Josh Staples, guitarist Sara Sanger and drummer Julia Lancer will be joined by old band mates Michael Richardson and Matthew Izen to play guitars on old songs, and hardcore friends Polar Bears come out of hibernation to open the show on Friday, Dec. 14, at the Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St., Petaluma. 8pm. $10. 707.762.3565.

North Bay musician and family man Joe Clopton left behind a wife and two young children when he unexpectedly died earlier this year. This week, the community comes together to ‘Celebrate the Life of Joe Clopton’ and support his family with a massive party that features live music, laughter and beer, three of Joe’s favorites. Local acts like the Brohemians, Uncle Wiggly and others perform in Joe’s honor, and a raffle and silent auction benefit the Cloptons on Saturday, Dec. 15, at Local Barrel, 490 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 4pm to midnight. Donations welcome. 707.890.5433.

Catalan artist Regina Saura displays a whimsy and boldness in the paintings from her most recent exhibition, ‘Wandering Through Japan,’ which evoke the country’s combination of simplicity and chaos as seen from the streets she’s traveled. Mixing media, the paintings depict landscapes of stunning beauty and cityscapes of intricate detail with a blend of acrylic paints, silkscreen techniques and collage on canvas that incorporate aspects of Saura’s personal life. “Wandering Through Japan” runs through Jan. 15 and opens on Saturday, Dec. 15, at Caldwell Snyder Gallery, 1328 Main St., St. Helena. 4pm. Free. 707.200.5050.

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Arts Ideas PAGE TURNER You got $9 in your pocket, so what’s it gonna be: a cool magazine or a slice of scratchy bread wiped with avocado?

Fit to Print

New North Bay magazine launches locally, thinks globally BY FLORA TSAPOVSKY


raditional glossy magazines may need to reinvent themselves to keep up with the digital demands of our time, but niche magazines are thriving these days—proving the point that print is anything but dead.

Enter Effable, a new local publication featuring artwork,

essays, book and album reviews, photography and more. Effable published its first issue in August, and has a second coming this winter. The magazine’s creators are Chloe Connaughton, 23, who is both a florist and the drummer in a band called Bad Thoughts; and June Vivenzi, 24, a tattooed pie baker. Both women live in Santa Rosa, where Effable is produced. More than anything,

the magazine is the product of a lifelong friendship. “June and I have been making art of various kinds since we were teenagers,” says Connaughton. “We would make little zines with drawings we did, or poetry we wrote, and used our parents’ printers at home and gave them to our friends. We noticed that as we got older, this trend seemed to die out a little bit, and we wanted to revive that.” The two set out to make Effable

a platform for their friends’ art and poetry. “Everyone posts stuff to social media these days, but it’s hard to get your physical art out there into the world when it doesn't have a place to go,” says Connaughton. The first issue included photography by Sarah Foremski, comics by Oakland-based artist Arielle Lehmer, and writing by James Ryall, and presented a carefully curated world reminiscent of magazines like the Australian Frankie and American teen mag Rookie—a mishmash of art, photography, fashion and culture. “For the first issue, we asked pretty much everyone we knew to submit their art,” says Connaughton. “All of our friends are so talented, and it’s really great getting to see a sort of

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physical scrapbook of all their talents.” The launch party, which took place at Atlas Coffee in August, showcased art by Cleo Malone of Cast Away Yarn Shop, music by Mercutio and Slow Bloom, and a poetry reading by Adriana Jackson. “We are endlessly inspired by our friends and the artists, bands and makers of Sonoma County,” Connaughton says, “and also by other lady-run magazines and publications like Tom Tom Magazine.” For the second issue, the two invited people to send anonymous diary submissions, suggestions of cool Etsy pages and music samples for reviews. The issue will be heavy on writing and the editors also plan to include a fresh batch of material from musicians, artists and makers. As anticipation grows, readers can get a quick Effable fix in the form of stickers, pins and mugs created by Connaughton and Vivenzi. When placed in the broader context of overpriced avocado toast and “artisanal” paper products, prices for both the magazine and related art are affordable—$9 for the magazine, $8 for a mug. Like the name, the designs are tongue-in-cheek: one mug reads “Whine Country” beside a cringing face; another proclaims “Cup of Mayonnaise,” because— why not. While deeply rooted in the local community, Effable has big ambitions. “Santa Rosa has this rare kind of magic about it, which we love,” says Connaughton. “Everyone is passionate about something, and it’s really exciting to live here.” Having said that, she adds, “We don’t want to limit the magazine to Sonoma County, though. We will of course always accept art from our friends, but we definitely have dreams of reaching a larger audience and expand a bit into the greater Bay Area. “We really want this to take off and be able to showcase more art from more people.”

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Brian Wilson presents The Christmas Album Live Special guests Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin


Lewis Black The Joke’s on US Tour

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doubt any of the tykes attending the 6th Street Playhouse production of Annie have any idea of its origins as a newspaper comic strip which ran for 86 years— but that means nothing to audiences that want to hear “It’s the Hard Knock Life” or “Tomorrow.” Michael Fontaine directs the origin story of how plucky, optimistic Annie (Evelyn Goodwin alternating with Alina Kingwill Peterson) escapes the clutches of the evil Miss Hannigan (Daniela Innocenti Beem) and wins over the heart of “Daddy” Warbucks (Larry Williams) in Depression-era New York. The show has an upbeat message and is generally well-cast, but it’s stodgily directed, is lacking in production value and the music isn’t particularly well executed. Reliable scene-stealer Dani Beem may have met her match in young Grace Martin, who plays Annie’s best friend, Molly. The show really comes alive when they take the stage. Rating (out of 5): HHHHH Spreckels Theatre Company is presenting The Tailor of Gloucester, an original musical based on the children’s book by Beatrix Potter.

Written by local composer-musician Janis Dunson Wilson, with lyrics and book by the late Marcy Telles, it was originally commissioned in 2004 by Petaluma’s Cinnabar Theater for its youth program. The story of an 18th-century English tailor (Craig Bainbridge) who falls ill and is unable to finish the mayor’s fine Christmas Day wedding coat without the help of a few house mice has long been a children’s favorite. There isn’t a lot in this Michael Ross–direction production for the older crowd, other than pondering the anachronisms and story inconsistencies that will fly over most kids’ heads while they enjoy the talking and singing cats and mice. The cast is in good voice, though. There’s really cute work by the kids who play the mice (Francesca and Victoria Antonini, Mario Herrera), and the adults do their best with the threadbare material. HHHHH ‘Annie’ runs through Dec. 22 at 6th Street Playhouse, 52 W. Sixth St. Days and times vary. 707.523.4185. ‘The Tailor of Gloucester’ runs through Dec. 16 at Spreckels Performing Arts Center. 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. Days and times vary. 707.588.3400.

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Beach Boys Brian Wilson and Al Jardine hit the North Bay BY CHARLIE SWANSON


ell, East Coast girls are hip, and the Midwest farmer’s daughter really makes you feel all right, but for over 50 years, America has wished they all could be “California Girls,” thanks to the Beach Boys. Formed by Brian Wilson, with his brothers Dennis and Carl, cousin Mike Love and friend Al Jardine, the Beach Boys invented the so-called California sound in the early ’60s. After decades of personal and professional ups and downs, Wilson is still musically active, and this year he’s performing a holiday tour that sees him teaming with Jardine, ’70s-era Beach Boys guitarist Blondie Chaplin and a full band to perform 1964’s Beach Boys' Christmas Album in its entirety, along with cuts from Wilson’s 2005 solo effort What I Really Want for Christmas and other fan favorites. “It’s great, we all have a good time,” says Wilson of the holiday tour. “I love Christmas.” Wilson makes his only Northern California appearance for the tour on Dec. 22 at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa. Jardine and Wilson first met

in high school in the Southern California town of Hawthorne, and their musical partnership spans six decades. “With Brian, we have a pretty solid bond,” Jardine says. “I have a deep regard for his leadership and his creative mind, which never ceases to amaze me even now. He has the uncanny ability to reinvent the wheel.” At 76 years old, and with a career that has taken on mythical proportions and included periods of reclusiveness and struggles with mental health, Wilson has been semi-regularly touring and writing music for more than a decade. “I haven’t written any songs for a while,” he says, “but I will be soon.” For the upcoming show, Jardine says the band will split the set with classic holiday songs like “White Christmas” and “Auld Lang Syne,” with Jardine taking lead on a few tunes, Chaplin offering his renditions of songs like “Run Rudolph Run” and Wilson singing Beach Boys’ hits like his personal favorite, “California Girls.” Brian Wilson presents ‘The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album’ Live on Saturday, Dec. 22, at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 7pm. $79 and up; VIP meet-and-greet available. 707.546.3600.


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Calendar Concerts SONOMA COUNTY Johnny Rawls With a career spanning more than 50 years, the soul blues guitarist returns to his roots on his 2018 album, “I’m Still Around.” Dec 14, 8:30pm. $10-$25. The Reel Fish Shop & Grill, 401 Grove St, Sonoma. 707.343.0044.

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus Spirited chorus performs “Home for the Holidays” program to benefit Face 2 Face. Dec 16, 5pm. $25 and up. Green Music Center Weill Hall, 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 866.955.6040.

A Very Trebuchet Christmas Indie folk band with a new Christmas album performs annual holiday showcase of Christmas classics and originals with sing-along. Dec 15, 7pm. Free. Petaluma Woman’s Club, 518 B St, Petaluma. 707.762.4271.

MARIN COUNTY The Airplane Family The late Marty Balin gets a loving tribute from some of his closest friends, including Slick Aguilar, Darby Gould and Peter Kaukonen. Dec 16, 8pm. $42-$45; $69 VIP. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

Holidaze in Hicksville The music of the late Dan Hicks is played by his final band. Dec 14, 8pm. $15-$18. Fenix, 919 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.813.5600.

’Tis the Season: Sing Joy! with Singers Marin A holiday tradition for more than 20 years, this youth and adult choral concert celebrates the season. Dec 16, 4pm. $30-$40; students half price. Marin Center Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.473.6800.

NAPA COUNTY Cosmos Percussion Ensemble Bay Area drumming trio

brings a fusion of AfroCuban, Latin, Funk, Brazilian, African and rock rhythms to the stage, with pre-show workshop. Dec 15, 2pm. $25-$30. Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center, 2277 Napa Vallejo Hwy, Napa. 707.256.7000.

Tower of Power Iconic Bay Area R&B group plays as part of its 50th anniversary tour, with local DJ Henry Duncan opening. Dec 15, 8pm. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

VOENA: Voices of Angels Returning from Carnegie Hall, the children’s choir debuts a holiday story of songs from many traditions. Dec 16, 4pm. $30-$40. JaM Cellars Ballroom at the Margrit Mondavi Theatre, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.880.2300.

Clubs & Venues SONOMA COUNTY Arlene Francis Center Dec 14, Water into Blood album release show with Barren Altar and Halfslug. 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.

Elephant in the Room Dec 13, Monica de Silva and Chad Algar. Dec 14, Ashleigh Flynn & the Riveters album release show. Dec 15, Mike Saliani Band. Dec 16, 6pm, Awesome Hotcakes. 177-A Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg.

Green Music Center Weill Hall Dec 15, “Handel’s Messiah” with American Bach Soloists. 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 866.955.6040.

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Dec 12, Michelle Lambert. Dec 13, Jason Bodlovich. Dec 14, the Hucklebucks. Dec 15, One Grass, Two Grass. Dec 16, Talley Up. Dec 19, Todos Santos. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

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Dec 15, 4pm, Joe Clopton celebration of life with the Brohemians and friends. 490 Mendocino Ave #104, Santa Rosa. 707.890.5433.

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

Dec 16, 3pm, Carlton Senior Living Symphony Pops Concert. 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Mystic Theatre & Music Hall

Dec 15, Poor Man’s Whiskey with Lost Radio Flyers. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.775.6048.

Occidental Center for the Arts

Dec 15, Peppino D’Agostino. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.874.9392.

The Phoenix Theater

Dec 14, the New Trust 15th anniversary show with Polar Bears. Dec 15, the 01experience with From Hell and Energy Alchemist. 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

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Dec 12, Buzzy Martin Holiday Show. Dec 13, Marshall House Project. Dec 14, Pride holiday show with Stephanie Teel Band. Dec 15, Dream Farmers. Dec 16, 5pm, Gold Coast Jazz Band. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868.

Rock Star University House of Rock Dec 14, Sweetleaf. 3410 Industrial Dr, Santa Rosa. 707.791.3482.

Sonoma Speakeasy

Dec 15, La Gente and the Crux. Dec 16, 4pm, Drums for Solar benefit with Zulu Spear. Dec 17, Coop D’Ville. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Dec 13, King Daddy Murr & Prince of Thieves. Dec 14, Ragtag Sullivan. Dec 15, Acoustic Soul. Dec 16, 8:30pm, Sonoma blues jam. Dec 18, Tri Tip Trio. Wed, Acrosonics. 452 First St E, Ste G, Sonoma. 707.996.1364.

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Clementine Darling and Django Moves to Portland. Dec 16, Coyote Slim. 6957 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.634.6390.

Twin Oaks Roadhouse Dec 13, Levi’s Workshop. Dec 14, Road Eleven. Dec 15, the Receders. Dec 17, the Blues Defenders pro jam. Dec 19, honky-tonk night. 5745 Old Redwood Hwy, Penngrove. 707.795.5118.

Whiskey Tip Dec 14, ‘80s night Christmas Edition. Dec 15, Silent Disco. 1910 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.843.5535.

MARIN COUNTY Sweetwater Music Hall Dec 12, A Rat Pack Christmas. Dec 13, Tribute to Jimi Hendrix with Eli Carlton Pearson and friends. Dec 15, 11am, Brunch Show with the Plage Boys. Dec 16, 12pm, Shark Alley Hobos with Chuck Prophet. Dec 17, Christmas Jug Band family night. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

Throckmorton Theatre Dec 12, Throckmorton Chorus’ Winter Concert. Dec 15, Narada Michael Walden’s Annual Holiday Jam. Dec 17, Fath Chamber Players special holiday concert. Dec 19, 12pm, the Nipper Trio. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

NAPA COUNTY Blue Note Napa Dec 12, Holiday Swing Party with Svetlana & the Delancey Five. Dec 13-15, the Manhattan Transfer. Dec 18, Holiday Soiree and Toys for Tots drive with Roem Baur. Dec 19, Barrio Manouche. 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.880.2300.

Gallery Openings SONOMA COUNTY Agent Ink Gallery Dec 14, “Cannabis Americanna,” Sonoma County artist Pat Ryan’s premiere posters and underground art show in collaboration with the Emerald Cup. Reception, Dec 14 at 6pm. 531 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.595.1372.

NAPA COUNTY Caldwell Snyder Gallery Dec 15-Jan 15, “Regina Saura: Wandering Through Japan,” mixed-media works represent the landscapes and aesthetics of Japan. Reception, Dec 15 at 4pm. 1328 Main St, St Helena. Open daily, 10 to 6. 707.200.5050.

$22. Raven Theater, 115 North St, Healdsburg. 707.431.7617.

Winter Spotlight Dance Gala

SRJC dance department presents its second annual performance in the Black Box Theatre on campus. Dec 14-15, 7pm. $10. Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa 1.800.564.SRJC.

First Street Napa Dec 12-15, “Art Responds: The Wine Country Fires,” several North Bay artists contribute to a commemorative exhibit. Reception, Dec 15 at 4pm. 1300 First St, Napa. 707.257.6800.

Comedy Mike Guido The Laugh Cellar and Flamingo Lounge present the nationally recognized comedian. Dec 15, 6pm. $20-$28. Flamingo Lounge, 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

Tuesday Night Live See several headlining standup comedians. Dec 18, 8pm. $17-$27. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Dance Great Russian Nutcracker Moscow Ballet’s brand-new, over-the-top production. Dec 18, 7pm. $34 and up. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa 707.546.3600.

The Nutcracker Napa Regional Dance Company’s 18th annual production features live music by Symphony Napa Valley. Dec 15, 2pm and 7pm; Dec 16, 2pm. $35-$45. Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater, 100 California Dr, Yountville 707.944.9900.

The Nutcracker Santa Rosa Dance Theater presents holiday classic. Dec 14-16. $25-$30. Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park 707.588.3400.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Healdsburg Ballet presents the holiday favorite in a fulllength dance production. Dec 15, 7pm and Dec 16, 2pm. $15-

Events The Emerald Cup

Preeminent outdoor medicinal cannabis competition features over 200 vendors, workshops, guest speakers and live music. Dec 15-16. $80 and up. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa,

Holidays in Yountville The town transforms into a winter wonderland with sparkling lights, live entertainment, art shows, shopping, food and wine tours, carriage rides and more. Through Jan 1, 2019. Downtown Yountville, Washington St, Yountville,

Santa Train

The Wine Train turns into an enchanting holiday experience with hot cocoa, freshly baked cookies, games and sing-alongs. Through Dec 26. $39 and up. Napa Valley Wine Train, 1275 McKinstry St, Napa, 800.427.4124.

Film Deconstructing the Beatles

Explore the music written for the Beatles’ “Magical Mystery Tour” TV show and 1967 LP. Sun, Dec 16, 1pm. $15. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.1222.

Degas: Passion for Perfection

Art film screens as part of Exhibition On Screen series. Dec 15, 4 and 7pm. $10. Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main St, Napa. 707.255.5445.

Horn from the Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story

Film tells the complex story of one of the greatest blues harmonica players of all time. Dec 13, 7pm. Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley St, Sebastopol. 707.525.4840. )


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Innovative documentary explores the universe’s toughest questions. Preregistration required. Dec 13, 7pm. $5-$20. Laguna de Santa Rosa Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.527.9277.

The World Before Your Feet Alexander Valley Film Society screens the film about one man’s journey to walk every block of every street in New York City. Dec 17, 7pm. $10-$12. Raven Film Center. 415 Center St, Healdsburg.

Food & Drink Ackerman Heritage House Christmas Tour & Tea Enjoy Domaine Carneros sparkling wine alongside elegant finger foods and assorted teas served in antique China. Reservations required. Dec 16, 12pm. $70. Ackerman Heritage House, 608 Randolph St, Napa. 707.255.1836.

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Experience the famous story in a live performance with music, carolers and holiday festivities. Dec 14-16. $10-$20. Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St E, Sonoma. 707.996.9756.

After “A Christmas Carol,” Scrooge’s life takes a turn for the romantic in a new musical. Through Dec 16. $20$40. Lucky Penny Community Arts Center, 1758 Industrial Way, Napa. 707.266.6305.

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Spin Off

Petaluma Readers Theatre’s holiday tradition brings Truman Capote’s early story and Dylan Thomas’ prose poem to life. Dec 15-16. $18. Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 20 Fourth St, Petaluma.

The House of Yes

Old-style circus troupe presents a new show, “Yesterday,” with an amazing cast of characters. Through Dec 16. $27-$55. Cornerstone Sonoma, 23570 Arnold Dr, Sonoma.


Heartwarming holiday tragedy is written and directed by David Templeton. Through Dec 15. $20-$25. The Belrose, 1415 Fifth Ave, San Rafael. 415.454.6422.

Students of long running LBC resident theater company brings to life the Dickens holiday classic. Dec 14-16. $16-$26. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.

Making Merry

Sip and snack in a relaxing holiday-themed afternoon. No RSVP required. Dec 15, 1pm. Viansa Winery, 25200 Arnold Dr, Sonoma. 707.935.4700.

Polar Bears

Broadway classic about everyone’s favorite orphan is a family favorite holiday musical. Through Dec 16. $22$35. 6th Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.


Skeletons come out of the closet for a family full of secrets during an eventful Thanksgiving dinner. Through Dec 16. $15-$30. Main Stage West, 104 N Main St, Sebastopol. 707.823.0177.

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Participate in a gingerbread house contest and cookie decorating, with seasonal drinks, festive treats and an appearance by Santa. Dec 12, 5pm. CIA at Greystone, 2555 Main St, St Helena. 707.967.2320. Join in holiday merriment with culinary demonstrations, tastings and classes throughout the day. Dec 15, 10am. Free admission. Healdsburg Shed, 25 North St, Healdsburg. 707.431.7433.


Barbara Lee, in conversation with Lynn Woolsey, hosted by LiteracyWorks and Copperfield’s Books. $30, 680 Sonoma Mountain Pkwy, Petaluma.

Le Cirque de Bohème

Imaginists’ alternate universe finds the average American family navigating new episodes of wackiness, weekly. Through Jan 26, 2019. $5-$20. The Imaginists, 461 Sebastopol Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.528.7554.

The Tailor of Gloucester Delightful family musical, based on the famed Beatrix Potter story, is a holiday treat for all ages. Through Dec 16. $16-$34. Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. 707.588.3400.

Yo Ho Ho: A Pirate’s Christmas It’s up to a little seven yearold girl named Eve to save Christmas for everyone in this musical adventure. Through Dec 16. $12-$25. Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 N Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale. 707.829.2214.

Love, Linda The songs of Cole Porter are interwoven with storytelling by his wife, Linda Lee. Dec 14Jan 13. Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.763.8920.

The Odd Couple Ross Valley Players put on one of Neil Simon’s finest comedies. Through Dec 16. $15-$27. Barn Theatre, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 415.456.9555.

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When you’re prescribed antibiotic pills to fight off infection, you should finish the entire round. If you stop taking the meds partway through because you’re feeling better, you might enable a stronger version of the original infector to get a foothold in your system. This lesson provides an apt metaphor for a process you’re now undergoing. As you seek to purge a certain unhelpful presence in your life, you must follow through to the end. Don’t get lax halfway through. Keep on cleansing yourself and shedding the unwanted influence beyond the time you’re sure you’re free of it.

GEMINI (May 21–June 20) Danish scientist and poet Piet Hein wrote this melancholy meditation: “Losing one glove is painful, but nothing compared to the pain of losing one, throwing away the other, and finding the first one again.” Let his words serve as a helpful warning to you, Gemini. If you lose one of your gloves, don’t immediately get rid of the second. Rather, be patient and await the eventual reappearance of the first. The same principle applies to other things that might temporarily go missing. CANCER (June 21–July 22) Cancer Ian author Elizabeth Gilbert is a soulful observer whose prose entertains and illuminates me. She’s well aware of her own limitations, however. For example, she writes, “Every few years, I think, ‘Maybe now I’m finally smart enough or sophisticated enough to understand Ulysses. So I pick it up and try it again. And by page 10, as always, I’m like, ‘What the hell?’” Gilbert is referring to the renowned 20th-century novel, James Joyce’s masterwork. She just can’t appreciate it. I propose that you make her your inspirational role model in the coming weeks. Now is a favorable time to acknowledge and accept that there are certain good influences and interesting things that you will simply never be able to benefit from. And that’s OK! LEO (July 23–August 22) More than three centuries ago, Dutch immigrants in New York ate a dessert known as the olykoek, or oily cake: sugar-sweetened dough deep-fried in pig fat. It was the forerunner of the modern doughnut. One problem with the otherwise delectable snack was that the center wasn’t always fully cooked. In 1847, a man named Hanson Gregory finally found a solution. Using a pepper shaker, he punched a hole in the middle of the dough, thus launching the shape that has endured until today. I bring this to your attention because I suspect you’re at a comparable turning point. If all goes according to cosmic plan, you will discover a key innovation that makes a pretty good thing even better. VIRGO (August 23–September 22) I can’t believe I’m going to quote pop star Selena Gomez. But according to my analysis of the current astrological omens, her simple, homespun advice could be especially helpful to you in the coming weeks. “Never look back,” she says. “If Cinderella had looked back and picked up the shoe, she would have never found her prince.” Just to be clear, Virgo, I’m not saying you’ll experience an adventure that has a plot akin to the Cinderella fairy tale. But I do expect you will benefit from a “loss” as long as you’re focused on what’s ahead of you rather than what’s behind you. LIBRA (September 23–October 22)

Among the pieces of jewelry worn by superstar Elvis Presley were a Christian cross and a Star of David. “I don’t want to miss out on heaven due to a technicality,” he testified. In that spirit, and in accordance with astrological omens, I urge you, too, to cover all your bases in the coming


weeks. Honor your important influences. Be extra nice to everyone who might have something to offer you in the future. Show your appreciation for those who have helped make you who you are. And be as open-minded and welcoming and multicultural as you can genuinely be. Your motto is “Embrace the rainbow.”

SCORPIO (October 23–November 21)

Are you a gambling addict seeking power over your addiction? If you live in Michigan or Illinois, you can formally blacklist yourself from all casinos. Anytime your resolve wanes and you wander into a casino, you can be arrested and fined for trespassing. I invite you to consider a comparable approach as you work to free yourself from a bad habit or debilitating obsession. Enlist some help in enforcing your desire to refrain. Create an obstruction that will interfere with your ability to act on negative impulses.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21) “What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?” Author John Green asked that question. I confess that I’m not entirely comfortable with it. It’s a bit pushy. I find I’m more likely to do remarkable things if I’m not trying too hard to do remarkable things. Nevertheless, I offer it as one of your key themes for 2019. I suspect you will be so naturally inclined to do remarkable things that you won’t feel pressure to do so. Here’s my only advice: up the ante on your desire to be fully yourself; dream up new ways to give your most important gifts; explore all the possibilities of how you can express your soul’s code with vigor and rigor.

CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19) In the fairy tale “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” the heroine rejects both the options that are too puny and too excessive. She wisely decides that just enough is exactly right. I think she’s a good role model for you. After your time of feeling somewhat deprived, it would be understandable if you were tempted to crave too much and ask for too much and grab too much. It would be understandable, yes, but mistaken. For now, just enough is exactly right. AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18) In 1140, two dynasties were at war in Weinsberg, in what’s now southern Germany. Conrad III, leader of the Hohenstaufen dynasty, laid siege to the castle at Weinsberg, headquarters of the rival Welfs dynasty. Things went badly for the Welfs, and just before Conrad launched a final attack, they surrendered. With a last-minute touch of mercy, Conrad agreed to allow the women of the castle to flee in safety along with whatever possessions they could carry. The women had an ingenious response. They lifted their husbands onto their backs and hauled them away to freedom. Conrad tolerated the trick, saying he would stand by his promise. I foresee a metaphorically comparable opportunity arising for you, Aquarius. It won’t be a life-or-death situation like that of the Welfs, but it will resemble it in that your original thinking can lead you and yours to greater freedom. PISCES (February 19–March 20) The National

Center for Biotechnology Information reported on a 15-year-old boy who had the notion that he could make himself into a superhero. First he arranged to get bitten by many spiders in the hope of acquiring the powers of Spider-Man. That didn’t work. Next, he injected mercury into his skin, theorizing it might give him talents comparable to the Marvel Comics mutant character named Mercury. As you strategize to build your power and clout in 2019, Pisces, I trust you won’t resort to questionable methods like those. You won’t need to! Your intuition should steadily guide you, providing precise information on how to proceed. And it all starts now.

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