San Quentin's Prison University Project
The only program of its kind in California provides inmates with education and self-esteem.
News Briefs for Sonoma, Marin and Napa
Honoring the first Marin soldier to die in Iraq, Napa tackles new sex offender laws and Graton gets fined.
The Byrne Report: Byrne Goes on Hiatus
After 120 columns, Peter gets a book deal and takes a leave of absence.
Masking nutrition the old-fashioned way: in chocolate.
Review: Numero Group's 'Home Schooled: The Sound of Kid Soul'
Disc spotlights the attempts of grade-school children to capitalize on the Jackson 5's 1970 breakthrough success.
Essay: Rise of Rock Writers
Our highly subjective guide to rock's early lyricists.
Preview: Guitar Shorty
When you can look back on a musical history that includes stints with Ray Charles, Sam Cooke and Otis Rush, there isn't much left to prove.
Preview: Joe Preston's Thrones
Stoner metal wunderkind sneaks into Forestville.
Profile: Santi in Geyserville
Authentic, innovative Italian food enlivens the entire town.
Restaurant Review: Ubuntu in Napa
Vegetable-based menu with a dash of yoga is a high-end concept and even good eatin'.
Winery Profile: La Dolce Vita Wine Bar in Petaluma
Perfect spot for a romantic date or serious conversation.
Review: 'Jimmy Carter: Man From Plains'
Jonathan Demme's new documentary follows the ex-president on a book tour.
Review: 'American Gangster'
The rise of a NY druglord offers an urban parallel to 'The Godfather.'
Profile: W. S. Merwin
The great American poet enters his ninth decade going strong.