Napa's upvalley/downvalley divide
Outsiders essentially have no idea, but a largely unspoken rift divides the two ends of the Napa Valley.
The Byrne Report. NORTHCOM's urban operations
The armed forces and local law officers team up with a special spy plane to protect Northern California and collect more personal information about you than you might plausibly believe.
Medicare privatization: Snake oil, anyone?
As dubious Medicare marketing proliferates, let all health insurance buyers beware.
News briefs for Sonoma, Marin and Napa
American Canyon's on-again off-again love affair with Wal-Mart is off again. Also, Comcast rates for the North Bay are climbing and one Marin County woman just can't stay sober long enough to not be arrested.
Ask Sydney: No question too big, too small or too off-the-wall
Should I move to Costa Rica and hope that it's love? How do I make my parents love my girlfriend like they love my brother's? Should the Venezuelan fling move stateside? All questions settled by Sydney.
Review: 'The History Boys'
National Theatre cast and director reprise Allan Bennett's award-winning play about the promises and damage of education.
Review: Joanna Newsom's 'Ys'
Newsom adds a new chapter to the legacy of long songs.
Review: Box sets perfect for Christmas giving
From the Doors to the Byrds to Bob Wills to Coltrane, something for everyone on your holiday list.
Bodega Bay crab fishing
The catch is great this year, so why are area fisherman so glum?
Clark Wolf's Napkin Notes
In praise of the grande-luxe simple life.
Bar review: Ernie's Tin Bar
Use a cell phone, buy the house a round. Ernie's is an old-fashioned pleasure.
Food news: Howard's Cafe in Occidental
Talor Maid Coffee owner and daughter revamp venerable west county eatery.
Restaurant review: Cafe Saint Rose in Santa Rosa
Chef Mark Malicki hits another homer with this sweet small spot of heaven.
Confessions of a Bond fanatic
Using Ian Fleming's character to trace the arc of a failing British Empire.
Stage review: 'Dream House' in Rohnert Park
Elizabeth Fuller's one-woman show finds a mesmerizing way to howl.
Letters to the Editor
December 6-12, 2006.