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Even-minded author and occasional Bohemian
contributor Norman Solomon has announced his exploratory run for Congress, and his fundraising is kicking off with none other than Jim Hightower
, the aw-shucks commentator, columnist and personality with a ten-gallon hat and twenty-gallon charisma. Along with former KPFA host Aimee Allison and music by Bruce Barthol, Hightower and Solomon appear on Saturday, April 16, at the French Garden (8050 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol; 1pm; $50) and the Corte Madera Recreation Center (498 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera; 7pm; $50). 415.250.5200.