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his month Aldersly, the San Rafael retirement community founded in 1921 by Danish immigrants, is celebrating its 88th birthday. I decided to visit with four Aldersly residents who are fellow dirt divas. All of them have tinkered around with soil and plants throughout various stages of their lives. I asked the retirees if they wanted to celebrate the Aldersly anniversary by partying all night in the rose garden and then heading to the beach to watch the sunrise. “C’mon, we’ll make off with the company van. I’ll have you back in time for bocce ball, I promise!” Instead, they invited me in at 11am for gourmet coffee, fancy pound cake and a garden tour of the campus. Each resident has a private patio or a small patch of turf to call his or her own. There’s also a communal greenhouse where the residents grow plants to sell at their annual Danishthemed Tivoli Festival. “In the beginning years here at Aldersly, the landscape was more spread out with fewer buildings,” says Edward Ferroni, lead gardener, who has been watching over this 3-1/2 acre property for the last 25 years. “The staff was small and residents worked in the garden growing their own vegetables and tending their plants.” Today the staff does the greater part of the garden work while residents grow mostly container plantings. The property has two magnificent 90-yearold cedars at its center, a rose garden with over 50 roses and a plethora of 40-year-old liquidambars, eucalyptus, spruce and elm trees spread out around the campus. Outside of Ferroni’s shed-office, nestled under a canopy of trees (an area referred to as “Edwardland”), I met with these four botanical broads to ask them about their love of gardening.

Dirt Diva #1: Kay Corlett Kay Corlett, who is now in the environmentalforum class studying sustainable environments, has gardened in San Anselmo for 45 years. “Our gardening guru was Ernie Munson who was at Sunnyside Nursery. He would come have lunch with us and he would joke about all the plants being his age: old! He was a knowledgeable horticulturist, teacher and friend,” says Kay. Favorite thing to grow: Vegetables, especially tomatoes. Gardening goals: “To get rid of some of the lawn here on campus and plant vegetables. And, to get Marinites to compost! We should be light-years ahead of San Francisco and instead we’re adding more and more to our landfills. If I can work a compost pile at my age, anyone can!” Dirt Diva #2: Ann Krase Ann Krase first gardened at a 100-year-old farmhouse in Ohio and then lived in Los Angeles for 30 years before heading north. “When my husband and I retired we wanted to leave the heat and move somewhere cooler but we didn’t want to shovel any snow! We chose Mendocino,” says Ann. “ We lived in a redwood forest on a hill, looking out at a meadow and the ocean. It was glorious.” Favorite thing to grow: “The gophers ate everything so we decided to build raised beds on the huge deck and grow plants and food up there. Raised beds are so much better because you don’t have to bend over so much! They were wonderful. You can even pull weeds without much bending. That’s a necessity at our age!”

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< 21 The constant gardeners Gardening goals: “I brought a dozen containers with me here to Aldersly and grow whatever I can. I also started taking photographs of plants and local landscapes which I sell in the lobby here and at the Tivoli Festival. They go for $2 apiece. I enjoy making them with the Aldersly Garden Club, which also grows seeds and nurtures plants for the Tivoli Festival.” Dirt Diva #3: HelenClare Cox HelenClare Cox lived in South Pasadena and helped her mother in the garden. She always loved flowers. “My first husband was the assistant director of the Arboretum at the Los Angeles Botanical Garden. We grew a lot of orchids,” says HelenClare. “I never did much with vegetables but I loved flowers.” Favorite thing to grow: “Orchids and succulents. Succulents are very natural for our dry climate.” Garden tip: “I enjoy growing cymbidiums. If they’re not thriving they need more light. I have four or five plants in pots now. They bloom in the early spring. Be patient and even when they look bad, never cut them back.” Garden goal: “To stay away from nurseries! I just love to buy new plants but I’m running out of room. Get me near a nursery and it’s dangerous.” Dirt Diva #4: Esti Oleari Esti Oleari and her four sisters helped their mom garden in a beautiful yard in the San Joaquin area. “Later on, my family settled in the Monterey area. As an adult I

lived in the hills of San Rafael where I did a lot of gardening,” says Esti. “I had a good mix of sun and shade there. I grew wonderful orchids, camellias and fruit trees. I don’t miss the big house half as much as I miss the garden.” Favorite thing to grow: “Camellias and fruit trees. I had so many types of camellias. I would create vases full of camellia blossoms to give away. We were very lucky with camellias. We had some that were 50 years old! We tossed them some fertilizer when we remembered and I watered them and that was that. My husband would prune the almond, cherry and Japanese maple trees in the early spring so I always had beautiful blossoms to put in a vase on the grand piano.” Garden goal: “For you to come back in the spring to photograph my patio! Not in the winter when it’s looking dreary. What were you thinking?” Aldersly marketing director Lisa Uyder regularly finds these residents and other members of the Garden Club pampering their plants when she gives tours of the Aldersly campus. “As if on cue, Anne is always working in her wonderful garden right next to the rose garden,” says Uyder. “Kay’s garden is full of hidden treasures, Esti brightens up the dining room with her magnificent orchids and I’m pretty certain that HelenClare’s garden is done by magic.” Happy 88th birthday, Aldersly. Rock on, dirt divas! <

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“Get up,” he said. “I want you to go home.” Sitting up, she glanced at the clock and saw it was 3am. “Ryan, please tell me what’s wrong.” “You want to know what’s wrong? You. You’re what’s wrong.” “What did I do?” she asked. “You make me feel like I’m stuck in a burning building with you and I want out,” he said. Ten minutes later, Emma was on the treacherous, snowy road out of Tahoe, arriving back in Sausalito just after sunrise. The jerk didn’t even call to see if she made it home safely. Against the counsel of friends, Emma called Ryan for the next two days, but he never picked up. Unable to let it go, on Tuesday she drove to his house in Tam Valley and banged on his door. When he opened it, she barged in, told him he couldn’t treat her like garbage and refused to leave without an explanation. After talking in circles for half an hour, he threw her a bone. Sunday morning, a few hours after Emma left, he went on a hike and met a woman on the trail. They walked together all morning and she allowed him to snap pictures of her at the vista points. This made him happy, because he fancies himself a photographer and found her to be an “exciting subject.” “It was a really good day,” Ryan said. “I had an intellectual conversation with her and I realize it’s what’s missing with us.” Believe me, Emma is no dummy. And, at that moment, she proved it by walking out of his house and slamming the door behind her. Although she still refuses to acknowledge he’s gay, she now agrees he has a double chin. I’m not the Advice Goddess, but I know I’m right about this. If you want to mitigate damages as you disentangle yourself from the woman who loves you, give her a reason. While I advocate for the truth, if you’re so out of touch with your feelings that you can’t figure it out, it’s OK to make up a little white lie about yourself. Just give her closure and the peace of mind that goes along with it. Another tidbit for you: Don’t be a reckless jerk and put her out in the middle of the night, because we gals might put your real name on our Facebook page. < Email: nikki_silverstein@yahoo.com

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the upcoming 75th anniversary of the rocker’s birth in a two-room shotgun shack in East Tupelo, Mississippi. There’s nothing here that any self-respecting rock hound hasn’t heard before: Previous anthologies collected all the singer’s Number One hits or focused on specific periods of his career (rockabilly, film star, etc.). And earlier sets have included previously unreleased alternate takes and rare live tracks. Good Rockin’ Tonight showcases the Elvis that baby boomers grew up with on the turntable, shielded and uncorrupted by the scandal and eccentricities that dogged him outside of the recording studio. The classic early recordings, such as “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Hound Dog,” still sizzle with a snarling sexuality coupled with an ace rockabilly band that delivered ricochet rim shots, slap-back bass and stinging guitar licks. The crooner also reveals a naked vulnerability on his ballads. And while you may argue that some of the mid- to late-Elvis is forgettable, such ’60s and ’70s tracks as “Burning Love,” “Suspicious Minds” and “Polk Salad Annie” are bona fide classics. And there are plenty of surprises, such as his understated bluesy vocal on “The

‘...the image is one thing and the human being is another... it’s very hard to live up to an image’—Elvis Presley, 1972.

Fool,” from the underrated 1970 Elvis Country album. Forget the bloated, drugged and deluded Elvis who sweated profusely on stage and stumbled through his lines at those humiliating Vegas shows. The artist heard on these recordings retained his good humor and vocal chops till the end. Indeed, these tracks are infused with a certain sincerity—such a rare commodity today— that rises above all the cultural baggage that Elvis, the legend, has been forced to

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Fat Pig is not a holiday play, but if the Aurora production extended to 2010 the theater would still be sold out. Even though Neil LaBute’s take on men (weak and craven and too much aware of public opinion) isn’t warm-hearted, audiences walk out knowing they have seen drama at its best. The four actors (Alexandra Creighton, Liliane Klein, Peter Ruocco and Jud Williford) pull us into the small but universal story immediately, and for 100 minutes allow us to completely enter their world. Director Barbara Damashek has cast well and brings forth every nuance of this painful look at how men behave—and how they don’t. Williford’s Tom, who is, in his own words, “needy and shallow,” meets Helen, an attractive, overweight librarian. She makes him happy and encourages him to think he can be better than he is. We hope so, since we’ve seen him indulge in adolescent boy-play with his friend Carter and watched him string along his boss, Jeannie, not because he’s interested, but to keep her off his back. We can see why; Jeannie is a thin, disappointed shark—and her bite is deadly.

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Ruocco’s Carter is manipulative, but he has a moment when he talks about how his mother was embarrassingly fat. That somewhat explains his prejudice against Helen, although when he takes a photo of her and posts it on the office intranet, it is hard to be sympathetic. But Carter is not the villain. Tom is, as he tries to keep Helen hidden from his friends even as the two fall in love. Office scenes full of bitter humor alternate with the couple’s private life, and these set up the choices that Tom will make. There isn’t a lot of suspense because the four actors have let us see both the inside and the outside of their characters. Well, isn’t that what actors do? Not always, and never so well. < Tell Lee to break a leg at freshleebrady@gmail.com.

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Sweet vengeance For Quentin Tarantino, revenge brings out the best in everybody, and the yearning for payback is so strongly felt in INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS that it warps the real-life events of WWII. An all-Jewish hit squadron under the command of Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) gets dropped behind enemy lines to scalp a hundred nat-sies apiece and put quaking fear into the German army. It’s “Kill Adolf” to be sure, with more classic Tarantino dialogue, set pieces and Mexican standoffs than one could possibly hope for. But Tarantino strikes a new and deadly earnest note this time. If Pulp Fiction gave redemption to its killers in new and better lives, the Basterds take a starkly opposing view: Sometimes the bad guys are beyond it. Enemy soldiers not clubbed to death deserve a maiming, preferably on the forehead, to announce who and what they were when the uniforms come off in peacetime. Writer/director Paul Schrader once claimed to be haunted by Tarantino’s worldview, one where all the pieties of ‘70s filmmaking were discarded as irrelevant,“which would mean nothing if he weren’t so good!”The film’s wrenching opener is, for me, the best thing Tarantino has ever done.—Richard Gould

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ittle actually happens in A Single Man, fashion designer Tom Ford’s debut film about a gay British expatriate living in Santa Monica in 1962. And yet everything happens in one day in the life of George Falconer (Colin Firth): grief, love, remembrance, work, fear... Jim (Matthew Goode), George’s longtime lover, has been killed in an accident and Christopher Isherwood dedicated his groundbreaking George sees little reason to continue living. novel to none other than Gore Vidal. But he goes through the motions, teaching at the college where he works, visiting his from a novel by Christopher Isherwood, best friend Charley (Julianne Moore), letting captures not only the pain, both hidden and himself be pursued by a student who wants to overt, of one gay man, but also some of the confide in him, and perhaps more. repressive spirit of the time just before the Much of the film is shot in close-ups and sexual revolution changed everything. Colin Firth, restrained and seemingly cool, beO  O  O O trays passion in subtle ways. The shots of his face when he hears the news of his lover’s death, The San Francisco Silent Film Festival via telephone, should be a lesson in battened- holds its one-day mini-fest on Saturday, Dec. down shock and grief for any 12, at the Castro Theatre. The acting student. Eduard Grau’s OPENING SOON four featured films, each with cinematography is sensual live musical accompaniment, A Single Man opens in without being explicit, and Marin theaters Dec. 18 and include an early film by the Polish-born Abel Korzeniocreators of King Kong; Buster this Friday at the Embarcawski’s musical score—lots of Keaton’s Sherlock Jr.; West of dero Center Cinema in San strings, some piano—is lush Francisco. Call 267-4893 for Zanzibar, an exotic meloshowtimes. but not overpowering. drama by Tod Browning, Being a “single man”—or, director of Freaks; and French as George’s neighbor puts director Abel Gance’s uncut it, “light in his loafers”—in 1962, the era J’accuse, an antiwar drama set during World of bouffant hairdos and the Cuban missile War I. Visit www.silentfilm.org, or phone crisis, was a very different matter than it is 800/838-3006. today, at least in Santa Monica. Ford’s script, Review our reviews at letters@pacificsun.com

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Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford

‘The Princess and the Frog’ opens Friday just about everywhere. O Armored A troupe of security experts plans the perfect heist; Matt Dillon and Jean Reno star. O Avatar James Cameron’s first movie since Titanic employs cutting-edge special effects to tell the story of a disabled vet reborn on a distant planet as an aboriginal warrior. O Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans Nicolas Cage plays the title character in Werner Herzog’s gritty study of police department corruption and Coppola family nepotism. O The Blind Side (2:06) Heartwarming story about an African-American boy from the wrong side of the tracks who becomes an All American offensive tackle. Sandra Bullock stars. O Brothers (1:50) Jim Sheridan drama stars Tobey Maguire as a decorated Marine and Jake Gyllenhaal as his ne’er-do-well kid brother. O A Christmas Carol (1:36) Dickens’ beloved slab of figgy pudding gets the 3D Disney treatment as Jim Carrey gives voice to half a dozen different characters (including Ebenezer himself). O La Danse (2:38) Documentarian Frederick Wiseman takes a long and loving look at the Paris Opera Ballet and its troupe of extraordinary dancers. O An Education (1:40) Conundrum: Should pre-Swinging London schoolgirl Carey Mulligan head off to Oxford or pursue the naughty life with a sexy older man? O Everybody’s Fine Aging widower Robert De Niro goes on a cross-country odyssey in search of estranged children Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell. O Fantastic Mr. Fox (1:27) Adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s book concerns a reformed fox who gives into his chickensnatching urges, disgracing himself and his family; Wes Anderson directs the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Bill Murray. O Inside Doctors Without Borders (2:30) Catch a screening of Living in Emergency, an acclaimed documentary about the humanitarian medical organization, followed by a panel discussion with doctors and journalists. O Invictus (2:12) True tale of Nelson Mandela’s attempts to bring his country out of the shadow of apartheid with a helping

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hand from South Africa’s rugby team; Clint Eastwood directs Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. O It’s a Gift (1:13) W.C. Fields stars in one of the screen’s greatest comedies, an hour-long panoply of insidious infants, evil-tempered geezers, inanimate objects…and Carl LaFong. O Ninja Assassin (1:39) A skilled hit man with a heart of gold dodges death in Europe’s glittering capitals, saucy Interpol agent at hand. O Old Dogs Aging bachelors John Travolta and Robin Williams find themselves dealing with a couple of rambunctious 7-year-olds; hilarity ensues. O Pirate Radio (1:55) Eight rogue ’60s-era disc jockeys led by Philip Seymour Hoffman beam rock ’n’ roll at a helpless Britain and inspire an entire generation. O Planet 51 Digitally animated film about an astronaut who lands on a planet of little green people. Its PG rating is for “mild sci-fi action.” O Precious (1:49) Sundance fave about an African-American teen who deals with illiteracy and a second pregnancy with the help of a Harlem schoolteacher. O The Princess and the Frog (1:35) Disney’s first hand-drawn cartoon in half a decade transports the Grimm fairy tale to New Orleans’ rollicking French Quarter of the 1920s. O The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (1:33) Robin Wright Penn as an unflappable 40something housewife who reexamines her life when her elderly husband moves the two of them into a retirement home; Alan Arkin, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder and Monica Bellucci costar. O RiffTrax Live: Christmas Shorts Stravaganza! (2:00) The wisecracking robots of Mystery Science Theater 3000 are back, tossing snarky rejoinders at a selection of grade-Z Yuletide short subjects; “Weird Al” Yankovic guest stars! O The Road (1:59) Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel hits the big screen with Robert Duvall, Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron as three of the few remaining survivors of a global cataclysm. O Sniff, the Dog Movie (1:30) Two unemployed British actors find employment at a high-toned San Francisco hotel for canines. O The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2:10) The next installment of Stephenie Meyer’s blood-suckin’ roman-fleuve finds Bella Swan enjoying post-vampire succor in the arms of an incipient werewolf. O 2012 (2:38) Yet another global-cataclysm scenario, this one starring John Cusack, Danny Glover, Thandie Newton and George Segal as the survivors. O Up in the Air (1:49) Jason Reitman’s quirky comedy stars George Clooney as a corporate hatchet man who finds true love with a fellow frequent flyer. < Win free tickets to the Rafael Film Center and check out our searchable movie database at ›› pacificsun.com

›› MOViE TiMES + Star ratings: out of 4 stars 2012 (PG-13) ++Century Northgate 15: 11:45, 3:20, 6:50, 10:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:10, 3:30, 6:50, 10:10 An Education (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 12:15, 2:35, 5:10, 7:35, 9:55 Armored (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 1:15, 2:25, 3:30, 5:50, 7:05, 8, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:50, 3, 5:10, 7:20, 9:40 NAvatar (PG-13) Century Cinema: Thu 11:59pm Century Northgate 15: Thu 11:59pm Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (R) ++ Rafael Film Center: Fri 4, 6:45, 9:15 Sat 1:30, 9:30 Sun 1:30, 4, 6:45, 9:15 Mon 9:15 Tue-Thu 6:45, 9:15 The Blind Side (PG-13) ++ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:15, 10:20 Sat 1, 4:10, 7:15, 10:20 Sun 1, 4:10, 7:15, 10:20 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:40 Century Northgate 15: 11:55, 1:25, 3, 4:15, 6, 7:10, 8:50, 10 Century Rowland Plaza: 11, 1:50, 4:45, 7:40, 10:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:50 Sat 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:50 Sun 1:30, 4:15, 7 Mon-Thu 1:30, 4:15, 7 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:55, 9:40 Sat 1:15, 4, 6:55, 9:40 Sun 1:15, 4, 6:55 Mon-Thu 4, 6:55 Brothers (R) +++ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:10, 7:50, 10:30 Sat 12, 2:35, 5:10, 7:05, 10:30 Sun 12, 2:35, 5:10, 7:05, 10:30 Mon-Thu 6:50, 9:30 Century Regency 6: 11:05, 1:50, 4:30, 7:15, 9:55 Mon 11:05, 1:50, 4:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:20, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50, 10:20 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4, 7:10, 9:40 Sat 1:30, 4, 7:10, 9:40 Sun 1:30, 4, 7:10 Mon-Thu 5, 7:40 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 2:10, 4:40, 7:20, 9:55 Sat 2:10, 4:40, 7:20, 9:55 Sun 2:10, 4:40, 7:20 Mon-Thu 2:10, 4:40, 7:20 Disney’s A Christmas Carol (PG) +++ Century Northgate 15: 11:50, 2:20, 4:50, 7:15, 9:45

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Everybody’s Fine (PG-13)+++ Century Regency 6: 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:15 Wed 12:10, 2:40, 5:10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 2, 4:50, 7:30, 9:45 Sat 2, 4:50, 7:30, 9:45 Sun 2, 4:50, 7:30 Mon-Thu 2, 4:50, 7:30 Fantastic Mr. Fox (PG) ++++ Century Northgate 15: 12:30, 2:55, 5:15, 7:40, 9:50 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:30, 2:40, 5, 7:25, 9:35 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:10, 7:20, 9:30 Sat 1:50, 4:10, 7:20, 9:30 Sun 1:50, 4:10, 7:20 Mon-Thu 5:15, 7:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 2:35, 5, 7:15, 9:25 Sat 2:35, 5, 7:15, 9:25 Sun 12:30, 2:35, 5, 7:15 Mon-Thu 2:35, 5, 7:15 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:15, 7:15, 9:20 Sat 1:30, 4:15, 7:15, 9:20 Sun 1:30, 4:15, 7:15 Mon-Thu 4:15, 7:15 NInside Doctors Without Borders (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Mon 8 CinéArts at Sequoia: Mon 8 NInvictus (PG-13) Century Cinema: 12:30, 3:40, 7, 10 Thu 12:30, 3:40, 7 Century Regency 6: 10:55, 12:45, 2:10, 3:50, 5:20, 7, 8:30, 10:05 Century Rowland Plaza: 10:50, 1:45, 4:40, 7:35, 10:25 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4, 6:55, 9:40 Sat 1:10, 4, 6:55, 9:40 Sun 1:10, 4, 6:55 Mon-Thu 4, 6:55 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 3:50, 6:45, 9:30 Sat 1, 3:50, 6:45, 9:30 Sun 1, 3:50, 6:45 Mon-Thu 3:50, 6:45 NIt’s a Gift (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sat 7:30 (aficionado Terry Zwigoff in person) La Danse (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:15, 7:30 SatSun 1, 4:15, 7:30 Mon-Thu 7:30 Ninja Assassin (R) Century Northgate 15: 12:05, 4:45, 9:25 Old Dogs (PG) Century Northgate 15: 12:10, 2:45, 4:55, 7:20, 9:35 Pirate Radio (R) +++ Century Northgate 15: 7:25, 10:05 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:20, 7, 9:35 Sat 1:40, 4:20, 7, 9:35

Sun 1:40, 4:20, 7 Mon-Thu 4:45, 7:20 Planet 51 (PG) Century Northgate 15: 12:25, 2:40, 5 Precious (R) +++1/2 Century Northgate 15: 12, 2:30, 5:05, 7:45, 10:15 NThe Princess and the Frog (G) Century Cinema: 3:20, 5:30, 7:40, 10 Thu 3:20, 5:30, 7:40 Century Northgate 15: 11:30, 12:20, 1:10, 2, 2:50, 3:40, 4:30, 5:20, 6:10, 7, 7:50, 8:40, 9:30, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 12, 2:20, 4:50, 7:10, 9:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 2:25, 4:45, 7:05, 9:30 Sat 2:25, 4:45, 7:05, 9:30 Sun 12:10, 2:25, 4:45, 7:05 Mon-Thu 2:25, 4:45, 7:05 Lark Theater: Fri, Sun 1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40 Sat 11, 1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40 Mon, Tue, Thu 3:20, 5:30, 7:40 Wed 1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40 NThe Private Lives of Pippa Lee (R) ++ Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 7, 9 Sat-Sun 2:15, 4:30, 7, 9 Mon-Thu 7, 9 NRiffTrax Live: Christmas Shorts Stravaganza! (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Wed 8 CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed 8 NThe Road (R) +++1/2 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 5, 7:45, 10:10 Sat 2:15, 5, 7:45, 10:10 Sun 2:15, 5, 7:45 Mon, Wed 5 Tue, Thu 5, 7:45 NSniff, the Dog Movie (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sat 4:15 (filmmakers in person) The Twilight Saga: New Moon (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7, 10 Sat 12:45, 3:50, 7, 10 Sun 12:45, 3:50, 7, 10 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:25 Century Northgate 15: 1:35, 4:25, 7:30, 10:25 Century Rowland Plaza: 1, 4, 7. 9:50 NUp in the Air (R) Century Regency 6: 11:10, 12:25, 1:55, 3:10, 4:40, 5:55, 7:25, 8:45, 10:10

Showtimes can change after we go to press. Please call theater to confirm schedules.

›› THEATERS CinéArts at Marin 101 Caledonia St., Sausalito • 331-0255 CinéArts at Sequoia 25 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley • 388-4862 Cinema 41 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera • 924-6505 Fairfax 9 Broadway, Fairfax • 453-5444 Lark 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur • 924-5111 Larkspur Landing 500 Larkspur Landing Cir., Larkspur • 800-326-3264 Northgate 7000 Northgate Dr., San Rafael • 800-326-3264 Playhouse 40 Main St., Tiburon • 435-1234 Rafael Film Center 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael • 454-1222 Regency 80 Smith Ranch Rd., Terra Linda • 479-5050 Rowland 44 Rowland Way, Novato • 800-326-3264

W.C. Fields and arch-nemesis Baby Leroy co-star in ‘It’s a Gift’ at the Rafael Saturday night.

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Live music 12/11: Andoni Quartet Jazz. 7-10pm Free. Taste of Rome, 1001 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-7660. www. taste-of-rome.com 12/11: Blame Sally Local ladies Americana rock. 8pm $25-35. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com 12/11: English Beat 9pm $25-30. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. www.19broadway.com 12/11: Geoff Muldaur Blues singer, guitarist. 8pm. $20-25. Eric Schoenberg Guitars, 106 Main St., Tiburon. 789-0846. www.om28.com 12/11: Stompy Jones Yule-tide swing. 8:30pm. $12. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 12/11: Nigel Healy Guitar. 7:30pm. Saylor’s, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 12/12: Doc Kraft Dance music. 8:30pm. $5. Presidio Yacht Club, Fort Baker, Sausalito. 601-7858 . www.dockraft.com 12/12: Elizabeth Beckman and Meredith Heller Local, original folk music. 7:30pm $10. Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C St., San Rafael. www. opensecretbookstore.com

12/12: Jackie Payne/Steve Edmonson Blues Band Soul and blues. 8:30pm. $15-25. Mill Valley Masonic Events Center, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 389-5072. www.murphyproductions.com

12/12: Ken Husbands and Suzanna Smith Latin jazz. 7pm. Saylor’s, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 12/12: Lady D Fireside jazz. 7pm. Rickey’s, 250 Entrada, Novato. 883-5952. www.rickeysrestaurant.com 12/12: SEVA Holiday Concert With the Dave Nelson Band, Rowan Brothers, Wavy Gravy, MoonAlice and surprise guests. 7pm $50-100. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com 12/13: Christmas Jug Band Local holi-

day favorite. 6pm $12-30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com 12/13: The Sacred Profanities Rancho debut. In the bar. 4pm. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 12/15: Swing Fever Performs Bing Crosby and songs of Christmas. 7pm. Free. Panama Hotel, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com 12/16: EmK Rock infused solo classical guitar. 7-10pm. Free. Panama Hotel, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com 12/17: Kathrym Keats Show With Joe Venegoni, percussion; Michael Manring, bass; Jeff Oster, flugelhorn and trumpet; Celso Alberti, drums and Kelly Park, piano and vibes. 8pm $20-23. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com 12/17: Wanda Stafford Jazz vocals with Si Perkoff, Hal Solin and Bob Switzer. 7pm. Free. Panama Hotel, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www. panamahotel.com 12/18: Alec Stone Sweet “Clawhammer” guitar. 8pm. $15-20. Eric Schoenberg Guitars, 106 Main St., Tiburon. 789-0846. www.om28.com

12/18: Lauralee Brown and Company Jazz. 7:30pm. Saylor’s, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 12/18: Petty Theft Tom Petty tribute. 8:30pm. $12-15. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 12/18: The Beautiful Losers “Peace, Love and Xmas Show 2009.” 7:30pm. $10-15. Belrose Theatre, 1415 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 606-7435. www.localmusicvibe.com 12/18: Tracy Rose Fireside jazz. 7pm. Free. Rickey’s, 250 Entrada, Novato. 883-5952. www.rickeysrestaurant.com Fridays: Brian Wallace English Pub music in

Kurt Lai’s ‘Beer’—featuring our favorite China Camp watering hole—can be seen as part of the ‘West Marin Review II’ exhibit this month at Gallery Route One. front of the hearth. 6pm. Pelican Inn, Muir Beach. www.pelicaninn.com

510 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 606-7435.

Mondays: Billy D’s Open Mic

Concerts

9:30pm. Free. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-9910. www.perisbar.com Mondays: Open Mic w/ KC Turner 8-10pm. Free. Finnegan’s Marin, 877 Grant Ave., Novato. 899-1516.

12/10-12: Mayflower Chorus “Moments To Cherish.” 10th anniversary holiday show. 8pm. $5-17. Marin Center Showcase Theater, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 491-9110. www. mayflowerchorus.org

Tuesdays: Dick Fregulia/Steve Webber Duo Jazz. 5-8pm. Free. Sand Dollar Restaurant, Shoreline Hwy., Stinson Beach. 868-0434. Wednesdays: Dave Burns Trio with Sanford Barnett and Naim Satya. Jazz. 6:30pm. Free. Cucina,

12/11: MUSAE Women’s Vocal Ensemble “There is Sweet Music Here: Western Choral Favorites with a Twist.” Sixth annual holiday concert. 8-9:30pm. $15-20. Old St. Hilary’s Landmark, 201 Esperanza, Tiburon. 435 1853. www.land 435-1853. www.landmarks-society.org

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Glory to the SEVA FOUNDATION N HOLIDAY PARTY, which brings the David Nelson Band, nd, Moonalice, the Rowan Brothers, Wavy Gravy and surprise guests to the nonprofit’s wintertime fund-raiser. Plus, there’ll be a silent auction on with memorabilia from Wavy Gravy, y, Stanley Mouse, Jim Marshall, Jay Blakesberg, g, the Bill Graham Foundation, the Jerry Garcia cia estate and more. Drinks and treats start at 7pm; m; music goes live at 7:30pm. Dec. 12 at 142 Throckmorton ckmorton Theatre, downtown Mill Valley. Tickets: Call 510/8457382 ext.332 for info. —Samantha mantha Campos The Dave Nelson Band will groove for a good cause at the Seva holiday concert Dec. 12.

College of Marin presents a production of the Tony-winning ‘Paul Sills Story Theatre’ this weekend in Kentfield. DECEMBER 11 – DECEMBER 17, 2009 PACIFIC SUN 35

12/11-01/10: Marj Burgstahler Stone Present Work/Past Boxes “West Marin Review

2-5pm. Free. Linda Penzur Gallery, 71 Redhill Ave., San Anselmo. 457-4079. www.jocelynknight.com

2: The Artists,” with works by Kurt Lai, John Anderson, Fariba Bogzaran, Angelica Casey, Claudia Chapline, Rich Clarke, Carola De Rooy, Evvy Eisen, Kathleen Goodwin, Margarito Loza, Alejandra Macias, Imelda Macias, Raoul Macias, Gale McKee, Maricela Mora, H.D. Mott, Juanita Romo, Igor Sazevich, C.R. Snyder, Nancy Stein and Anne Vitale. In collaboration with Pt Reyes Books. And works by Mary Mountcastle Eubank. Opening reception Dec. 13, 3-5 pm. Wednesday to Monday 11am-5pm. Free. Gallery Route One, 11101 Highway One, Point Reyes. 663-1347. www.galleryrouteone.org 12/11: ‘Pictures for an Inquisition‘ Charles Ballinger exhibits “revised” masterpieces. Exhibit also includes traditional paintings of Europe and nature. Jeb Brady Band will perform. Wine and snacks served. 6pm Free. Riley Street Art Center, 1138 Fourth St., San Rafael. 457-2787. www.rileystreet.com

Through 01/02: Clay and Glass Art Exhibition “Out of the Fire: Clay and Glass from the

showcase varieties of textile manipulation. 9am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. www.spn.usace.army.mil/bmvc/

12/12-13: Holiday Open Studios and Art Bazaar AWD artist’s annual open studios event

Through 01/03: Nina Leva Photography Exhibit “Face of a Child:” Black and white images of

include refreshments, live music, scavenger hunt, kids activities, affordable gifts. 11am-5pm. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. www.artworksdowntown.org/ OpenStudios.html

surprising moments from children’s calm reflection, exploration and peacefulness. Free. Rustic Bakery, 1139 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 302-1017. www.ninaleva.com

12/17-03/04: ImageMovers Digital Employee Art Show “Counterpoint.” Exhibit featuring paintings, drawings, collage and photography. Opening reception Dec. 17, 4:30pm. 9am-5pm. Free. Marin Community Foundation, 5 Hamilton Landing # 200, Novato. 448-0362. www.marinarts.org

Through 12/14: ‘Hallelujah, Anyway!’

Jackie Payne and Steve Edmonson are blues brothers this weekend at the Mill Valley Masonic.

12/12-13: Marin Oratorio Mendelssohn’s

12/17: Sha Sha Higby Workshop Puppetry

“Elijah.” With full orchestra and soloists. Saturday 8pm; Sunday 3pm. $15-20. College of Marin Fine Arts Theater, College and Laurel Ave., Kentfield. www.marinoratorio.org

and movement arts. 6-9pm. O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, 616 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 388-4331. www.shashahigby.com

12/12: Holiday Concert with Peter B. Allen and Chamber Orchestra Composer Peter B. Allen will present a holiday concert for the whole family. The concert will include holiday pieces which blend jazz and classical styles and a holiday sing-along. 7:30-9:30pm. Free. Mt.Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley. 435-1121. www.pbamusic.com

12/12: Triskela Celtic Harp Trio Winter Concert. 7:30pm. $15. St. Stephen’s Church, 3 Bay View Ave., Belvedere. 650-346-7979. www.ststephenschurch.org 12/13: Branson Winter Concert Branson Chorus, Chamber Singers and Orchestra will perform Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalm.” 2pm. Free. Angelico Hall at Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 12/14: Fath Chamber Players Josepha and Philip Fath, Victoria Ehrlich and Roxanne Michaelian joined by special guests Beni Shinohara, Violin; Lawrence Ragent, French Horn and Jenny Douglass, Viola. Works by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Bartok. 7:30pm $10-20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com

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Theater/Auditions 12/11-12: Dylan Thomas ‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’ Reading with Roy Mash, Colm Martin, Joel D. Eis and Deborah Gross. Holiday music, poetry, refreshments and open mic to follow. 8pm $6-8. Rebound Bookstore, 1611 4th St., San Rafael. 482-0550. www.reboundbookstore.com

Art 12/11-01/16: Contemporary Painting Installation: Fay Wyles Opening reception Dec. 11. New works, live jazz with Midnight Flight Quartet. 6:30-9:30pm. Free. Studio Green, 232 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 721-0905. www.studiogreen.com Through 12/18: Mia Brown Mia uses a head wand to produce paintings, scarves, bookmarks, and cards. 10am-4pm. Free. Casa Allegra Community Services, 35 Mitchell Blvd., Suite 8, San Rafael. 479-2210. www.casaallegra.org Through 12/27: Abstract Art Show Jarl Forsman and Steve Sekhon, paintings Saturday and Sunday, 11am-5pm Free. Bolinas Gallery, 52 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 480-4562. www.highvibrationart. com/Bolinas_Gallery_Show.html Through 12/29: ‘Paws for Thought’ Allison Levenson, photography. 9:30am. Free. Thomson Hall Gallery, 112 Bulkley Ave., Sausalito. 384-0908. www.AllisonLevenson.com

Installation by Nonnie Welch, Jan Davidson, Nomi Schwarzschild. 11am-6pm. Free. Spirit Matters, 12307 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Point Reyes. 663-8699. Through 12/31: AWD Small Works Annual Small Works exhibit, featuring works of art under 18 inches. 10am-5pm. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. www.artworksdowntown.org Through 12/31: Jocelyn Knight “Almost abstract” color photography by Jocelyn Knight.

Association of Clay and Glass Artists” presents clay and glass sculpture, as well as functional objects using highly innovative themes and techniques. 5:307:30pm. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328. Through 01/03: ‘New Exhibitions’ “21st Annual Invitational Mini Show.” Works of more than 85 Bay Area artists no larger than 6x6x6. Sales benefit the museum. Also, Michael Garlington, Photographs and Chris Hellman, Watercolors. Noon-5pm. Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330. www.bolinasmuseum.org

Through 01/03: ‘Picks: New Weaving and Textile Art’ Tamalpais Weavers Guild members

Through 01/04: Maeve Croghan Exhibit Expressionist paintings. Monday to Saturday. 10am6pm. Free. Marin Jewelers Guild, 1331 Fourth St., San Rafael. 868-1425. www.marinjewelersguild.com

Through 01/06: Fine Art Photography Marin Photography Club Exhibit. 2-5pm Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael. 382-0245. www.uumarin.org Through 01/08: ‘Movement’ Charles Fox, large scale black and white photographs. 3-5pm. Commonweal, 451 Mesa Road, Bolinas. 868-0970. www. commonweal.org

Through 01/13: Jane Calender Art Exhibit Oil paintings of Marin County & California Coastline. 1-7pm. Free. Ross Valley Winery, 343 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 457-5157. www.janecalender.com

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Silent night... The fifth annual winter event for the SAN FRANCISCO SILENT FILM FESTIVAL features several special guests, including Melissa Cox, granddaughter of Buster Keaton, along with actor/director/writer Frank Buxton, at the 7pm showing of Keaton’s Sherlock Jr. (1924) and the short, The Goat (1921); preservationist Robert Byrne, who will introduce the restoration of Abel Gance’s J’accuse (1919) at 2pm; New York Times best-selling author Mark Vaz will introduce Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness (1927) at 11:30am; and Ron Chaney, great-grandson of Lon Chaney, rounds out the night with Chaney’s West of Zanzibar (1928) at 9:15pm. 11:30am-10:30pm Dec. 12 at the Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., San Francisco. Info: Visit online at www.castrotheatre.com or call ‘Sherlock Jr.’ has popped up on various greatest-movies-of-all-time 415/621-6120.—SC lists, deservedly so.

Marin Veteranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Memorial Auditorium. 8-10pm on performance evenings. Free. Redwood Foyer, Marin Veteranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6014. www.marinarts.org

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Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 12/17: Michele Clarke â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Dreaded Feast: Writers on Enduring the Holidays.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

by Caroline Marcum Dahl. Free. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. www.carolinedahl.com

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Through 01/31: Marin Art Festival Call for Artists Now accepting applications for their 14th annual event. Applications can be downloaded from www.marinartfestival.com or by calling 388-0151.Submission deadline Jan. 31. Lagoon Park, Armory Dr., San Rafael. 388-0151. www.marinartfestival.com

Through 02/28: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A Thousand Years of Southwestern Potteryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Pottery exhibit. Traditions born centuries ago still live in this vital art form. Tue.-Sat. Noon-4pm. $5. Marin Museum of the American Indian, 2200 Novato Blvd., Novato. 8974064. www.marinindian.com

Talks/Lectures 12/15: How to Practice Safe Stress Jacob Roig discusses principles of Dr. John Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why Mars and Venus Collide.â&#x20AC;? 1-2pm. Free. San Rafael City Council Chambers, 1400 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 485-3321.

12/16: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam and Burmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Illustrated program about the latest exhibit at the S.F. Asian Art Museum. 7:308:30pm. Free. Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet Dr., Corte Madera. 924-6444. www.marinlibrary.org/branches/corte-madera/

Readings 12/11: Ben Fong-Torres Fong-Torres talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grateful Dead Scrapbook: The Long, Strange Trip in Stories, Photos, and Memorabilia.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 12/11: Grandparents Tea Join Book Passage president (and grandmother) Elaine Petrocelli and Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Book Buyer Susan Kunhardt to talk about the best new and classic childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s books. 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

12/12: Brigitte Moran and Amelia Spigler Authors discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;North Bay Farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market.â&#x20AC;? 2pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 12/12: Left Coast Writers Launch Wendy Tokunaga talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love In Translation.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

12/13: California Writers Club Holiday Party The Marin branch of the California Writers Club meets monthly at Book Passage. 2-4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 12/15: Andrew Friedman â&#x20AC;&#x153;Knives at Dawn: Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Quest for Culinary Glory at the Legendary Bocuse Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Or Competition.â&#x20AC;? 6pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 12/15: Louise Nelson Dyble â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paying the Toll: Local Power, Regional Politics, and the Golden Gate Bridge.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 12/16: Chris Santella â&#x20AC;&#x153;50 More Places to Play Golf Before You Die.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 12/17: Ethan Russell â&#x20AC;&#x153;Let It Bleed: The Rolling Stones, Altamont, and the End of the Sixties.â&#x20AC;? 7pm.

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Through 01/03: Great Turkey at Corte Madera Town Center Support the Marin Community Food Bank by feeding the Great Turkey with your non-perishable food donations as you shop at the Corte Madera Town Center. Donations support all Marin residents in need. Free. Town Center, Corte Madera. 883-1302.

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94925. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 30, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 20, 27; December 4, 11, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122344 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as HAPPY NAILS & HAIR, 6 CALIFORNIA AVENUE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: KIM NGOC THI BUI, 5034 SAN PABLO DAM ROAD, #10, EL SOBRANTE, CA 94803. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 27, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 20, 27; December 4, 11, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2009122476 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DOG PLAY AFTERNOON, 807 VIA CASITAS, ROSS, CA 94904: CYNTHIA K. JACKSON, 807 VIA CASITAS, ROSS, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 1, 2009. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on November 12, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 20, 27; December 4, 11, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122335 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as REBOUND BOOKSTORE, 1611 FOURTH STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: TONI PAULETTE LABORI, 1611 FOURTH STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 26, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 20, 27; December 4, 11, 2009) STATEMENT OF WITHDRAWAL OF GENERAL PARTNER. The undersigned hereby certifies that he/she has withdrawn on the date shown as general partner from the conduct of business under said Fictitious Business Name. WITHDRAWAL NUMBER: 201119. DATE OF WITHDRAWAL: October 22, 2009. ORIGINAL FBN NUMBER: 2005106496. ORIGINAL DATE FILED: July 6, 2005. COUNTY WHERE FILED: Marin. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME(S): Rebound Bookstore, 1511 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901. NAME OF WITHDRAWING PARTNER: Joel D. Eis, 251 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dâ&#x20AC;? Street, San Rafael, CA 94901. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on October 23, 2009. (Pacific Sun: November 20, 27; December 4, 11, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122388 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE JB INTERNATIONAL FUNDS, 495 MILLER AVENUE, SUITE #305, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: THOMAS E. COOPER, 10 RICHMOND ROAD, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 15, 2009. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on November 2, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 20, 27; December 4, 11, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122313 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ECOHOME FOR YOU, 15 EL PAVO REAL CIRCLE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: DIANE RUTH RAMSEY, 15 EL PAVO REAL CIRCLE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on June 1, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 22, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 20, 27; December 4, 11, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122518 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as AUNG MINGALAR, 838 SIR FRANCES DRAKE BOULEVARD, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: NATHAN GEE WONG, 2442 39TH AVENUE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94116. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 18, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 27; December 4, 11, 18, 2009)

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PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 40 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122500-01;02. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WOODLANDS KITCHEN, 735 COLLEGE AVENUE, KENTFIELD, CA 94904; WOODLANDS FLORAL, 735 COLLEGE AVENUE, KENTFIELD, CA 94904.: THE WOODLANDS STORE, INC., 802 COLLEGE AVENUE, SUITE 101, KENTFIELD, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 17, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 27; December 4, 11, 18, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122522 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN PAWS, 300 LINCOLN VILLAGE CIRCLE, #222, LARKSPUR, CA 94939: CHELSEA SCHWARTZ, 300 LINCOLN VILLAGE CIRCLE, #222, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 31, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 19, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 27; December 4, 11, 18, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122516 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ART CENTER II, 11-A BELLE AVENUE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: MARGUERITE C. BROWN, 28 OAK CREST DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 18, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 27; December 4, 11, 18, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122529 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as JECONTE, 727 SPRING STREET, APT. “A”, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: JOSEPH A. CONTE, 727 SPRING STREET, APT. “A”, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 19, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 27; December 4, 11, 18, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122539 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LUMINOUS SKINCARE & BODY WAXING, 935 SIR FRANCES DRAKE BOULEVARD, GREENBRAE, CA 94904: SONIA M. DASILVA COWDREY, 30 VIA BELARDO, #12, GREENBRAE, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 23, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 27; December 4, 11, 18, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2009122543 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ART STEPS, 30 LAURELWOOD COURT, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: HOLLY C. KUHLMAN, 30 LAURELWOOD COURT, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 23, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 27; December 4, 11, 18, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122418 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CAFE ON THE COMMON, 22 ROSS COMMON, ROSS, CA 94957: RANA MADANAT, 965 MAGNOLIA AVENUE, #29, LARKSPUR, CA, 94939. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 4, 2009. (Publication Dates: December 4, 11, 18, 25, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122392 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ARO MACHA CONSTRUCTION, 1745 CLEMENT STREET, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94121: MICHAEL G. KANE, 1745 CLEMENT STREET, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94121. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under

the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 1, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 2, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 27; December 4, 11, 18, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122554 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ALCOS COLONIAL MARKET, 212 TAMALPAIS DRIVE, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: AUGUSTINE T. CHEMPARATHY, 19 RED ARROW COURT, EL SOBRANTE, CA 94803; LYZA AUGUSTINE, 19 RED ARROW COURT, EL SOBRANTE, CA 94803. This business is being conducted by a Husband & Wife. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein in January 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 24, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 27; December 4, 11, 18, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122553 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PALEDL, 20 ESMEYER DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: ERNEST DAVID LINDSTROM, 20 ESMEYER DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903; PEGGY ANN LINDSTROM, 20 ESMEYER DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a Husband & Wife. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on December 1, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 24, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 27; Decmeber 4, 11, 18, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122558 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RALSTON L. WHITE RETREAT FOUNDATION, 2 EL CAPITAN AVENUE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941; RALSTON WHITE RETREAT, 2 EL CAPITAN AVENUE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: RALSTON WHITE RETREAT FOUNDATION, 2 EL CAPITAN AVENUE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 24, 2009. (Publication Dates: December 4, 11, 18, 25, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122544 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ROSE G. KUNTZ DBA STATE FARM INSURANCE, 824 FIFTH AVENUE, SUITE “A”, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ROSE G. KUNTZ DBA STATE FARM INSURANCE, 824 FIFTH AVENUE, SUITE “A”, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 1, 1983. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 23, 2009. (Publication Dates: December 4, 11, 18, 25, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122550 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NORTH BAY HOME SERVICES, 239 KENT AVENUE, KENTFIELD, CA 94904: STRATEGIC VISION AND SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL, 239 KENT AVENUE, KENTFIELD, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on November 24, 2009. (Publication Dates: December 4, 11, 18, 25, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122585 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as HEADS UP, 310 NOVA ALBION WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: SAN RAFAEL PUBLIC EDUCATION FOUNDATION, 310 NOVA ALBION WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a foundation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 1, 2009. (Publication Dates: December 4, 11, 18, 25, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2009122602 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as VERSATILE CONSULTING PARTNERS, LLP, 700 LARKSPUR LANDING CIRCLE, SUITE 199, LARKSPUR, CA 94939; VERSAPAR, LLP, 700 LARKSPUR LANDING CIRCLE, SUITE 199, LARKSPUR, CA 94939; VERSAPAR, 700 LARKSPUR LANDING CIRCLE, SUITE 199, LARKSPUR, CA 94939.: MICHAEL MOJABI, 700 LARKSPUR LANDING CIRCLE, SUITE 199, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by a limited partnership. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious busi-

ness name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 3, 2009. (Publication Dates: December 11, 18, 25, 2009; January 1, 2010)

997 All Other Legals ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 095945. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MARIO GALLEGOS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: MARIO GALLEGOS to KRISTEN LIMON. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: January 6, 2010, 8:30 a.m., Dept. H, Room H, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 113, San Rafael, CA, 94913-4988. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: November 24, 2009 /s/ JOHN A. SUTRO, JR., JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: November 27; December 4, 11, 18, 2009) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 096038. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner LARRY MARK YOCKEL filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: LARRY MARK YOCKEL to LARS YOCKEL . THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: January 13, 2010, 8:30 a.m., Dept. H, Room H, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 113, San Rafael, CA, 94913-4988. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: December 1, 2009 /s/ JOHN A. SUTRO, JR., JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: December 4, 11, 18, 25, 2009)

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Week of December 10-16, 2009

by Ly nd a R ay

ARIES (March 20 - April 19) The potential for success spurs you to intensify your goals. However, if you are in a relationship, you may find that your sweetie is not being a supportive partner in regard to your career. It’s a difficult situation, but try not to overreact on Sunday when tempers could flare. Eventually, your loved ones will accept your visions for the future. Right now though, you’re on your own. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) A tendency to boss around your family members or roommates could land you in hot water over the weekend. If you don’t tone it down, you may find your stocking empty on Christmas morning. Any recent tension at work starts to lessen on Monday when the generous Sun connects with expansive Jupiter. Hey. Maybe that year-end bonus is not totally out of the picture after all. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Your ruler, logical Mercury, is pulling away from the influence of compulsive Pluto. Although you’re not completely back to being rational, at least you aren’t obsessing over Tiger Woods’ love life. Speaking of love, you and your sweetie are due a little romantic rendezvous, don’t you think? While everyone else is holiday shopping, go find a candlelit cafe. And, if there happens to be a luxurious hotel next door, all the better. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) The Moon in passionate Scorpio over the weekend gives you a break from focusing on work and money as your attention turns to your sweetie. If you’re single, go out on Sunday afternoon and give spontaneous Uranus an opportunity to surprise you with a romantic encounter. Meantime, impulsive Mars is in charge of your holiday shopping. Don’t buy anything that can’t be easily returned. LEO (July 22 - August 22) Usually, you love holiday parties—the glitzier, the better. The lights, the Champagne, the opportunity to dress in your favorite designer wear— it’s all good. This weekend, the moody Moon tries to keep you sitting at home. The Moon, however, is no match for a fiery Sun (your ruler) and is unlikely to succeed in spoiling your plans. You are Leo and “the show must go on.” Bravo. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) Blame it on the holiday season if you like, but you are feeling quite sentimental right now. You want to be around old friends, family (even your rich cousin who likes to brag about his bonus from Goldman Sachs) and perhaps a favorite ex-lover who deserves a second chance. Although creative efforts may have come to an impasse in the last few months, this week your projects are back on track. Maybe you should ask your rich cousin to invest. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) Jovial Jupiter and inspirational Neptune make this a stellar holiday season for you. Have a little faith in your ability to express a generous nature through your talents. You are filled with imaginative ideas for gifts that can’t be bought at the mall. And, now that interest rates are set at 25 percent, who CAN afford to shop? SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) The weekend moon in your passionate sign could provide a lovely opportunity for a new romance. Stop complaining about the holiday crowds and start mingling. Meanwhile, you could be getting a bonus thanks to the planetary alignments between your money house and your career house. Maybe Santa is arriving early this year... SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) Your upcoming year is likely to include the following: an interest in metaphysics, a strong urge to travel and a desire for more romance. As for this week, a new Moon in your sign on Tuesday & Wednesday makes for a perfect time to write down your goals as well as your birthday wishes. Make sure at least one of your wishes is altruistic—you do want to be on Santa’s “nice” list, right?

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CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) The holidays are approaching and your mood is not quite as festive as it should be. You are spending too much energy dealing with career issues and possibly having problems with a control freak. Fortunately, you could be sidetracked by a bit of lusty action on Tuesday. If you can’t skip work, at least arrange a late afternoon rendezvous with your sweetie. Don’t forget to pack the mistletoe. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) Whether you want to go shopping, see a football game, visit a casino or watch a movie, invite a pal to join you. You are luckiest right now when you partner up with a friend. In more good news, things liven up with your sweetie as you both are inclined to turn hot tempers into hot action between the sheets. Talk about a holiday treat… PISCES (February 18 - March 19) Do a bit of exploring this weekend and you may discover a new exciting place (or exotic person). Even if you stay local, all the colorful holiday lights and decorations can make anyplace more fascinating. On Monday, it is back to the grindstone, but by afternoon, getting work done is not as important as going out for happy (holidays) hour. Cin cin! < Email Lynda Ray at cosmicclues@gmail.com or check out her website at www.lyndarayastrology.com DECEMBER 11 – DECEMBER 17, 2009 PACIFIC SUN 41

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I’ve been seeing a guy for six months. It’s frustrating because I initiate our get-togethers, and he returns my calls but rarely calls me, and we’ve only been intimate a few times. He went away for five weeks, and because I missed him, I asked if he’d e-mail a photo. Well, I printed the photo, framed it and placed it on my nightstand. Two weeks after he got back, he came over and noticed the photo, which I left out to see his reaction. He seemed really taken aback. The fact that he didn’t leave, and we ended up having sex, gives me some comfort. But, I’m still worried about his response. Although we don’t see each other regularly like most couples, I’ve got no reason to believe he’s seeing someone else. But, we also haven’t had “The Talk.” Perhaps the photo was a good way to initiate it.—Restless

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If absence makes the heart grow fonder, what would you say a restraining order will do? Seeing the framed photo had to make this guy wonder...where’s this whack job hiding the rest of her obsession kit: the butt of that cigarette he smoked, the fork that once touched his lips, the door handle he pushed entering the hardware store? This is a guy you know about three shades better than the guy who makes your latte at Starbucks. Turning your nightstand into Shrine of the Guy You’re Kinda Sorta Seeing isn’t clever or flattering, it’s creepsville. Don’t kid yourself that it’s a good sign he stuck around—for a guy, sex is like a bag of chips. If it’s in arm’s reach, he’ll help himself to some. There’s an old line, “Chase a man until he catches you,” meaning it’s a woman’s job to flirt, to let a guy know she’s open to him asking her out. And while some guys will tell you they love when women chase them, men tend to devalue women they don’t have to work to get. They might date you, and even get serious with you, but not necessarily because they’re really into you, but because hey, you asked, and why not? To weed these guys out, never do the asking. The most forward sort of thing you should do is maybe tease a guy by leaning in and whispering that he’s hot, then continuing on your way. That’s his cue to chase you—if he’s interested enough—as opposed to lying down to make it easier for you to drag him back to your lair. This advice shouldn’t be news to you because you e-mailed me about this guy six months ago, and I told you he didn’t show enough initiative, and you should drop him. Perhaps I didn’t make myself clear. That was “drop him,” not “drop him off at the photo processing desk at CVS.” You need to pull together a sense of self-worth. If you had it, you’d be looking for evidence a guy has feelings for you, not planting it in your bedroom. Consider this thing blown. Just as it’s easy to creep somebody out but nearly impossible to uncreep them out, you probably can’t make a guy want you after throwing yourself at him. In the future, if you love something, set it free. If it forgets about you until you call to ask it to dinner, have the self-respect to quick-quick put on a foreign accent and blurt out, “Hello, Mahatma? Your goat has been repaired and is ready for pickup.”

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A woman I was dating “couldn’t handle a relationship,” but we later became “friends with benefits,” and ended up growing closer. I’m happy, but want our friendship to be like other friendships: have mutual friends, etc. However, she’s “too embarrassed to explain our relationship to people.” Last week, I told her it’s important for me to feel included in the lives of people in my life. She acted offended and hasn’t spoken to me since.—Distressed

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This girl made it clear how far she was willing to go with you—all the way, just not all the way outside. You agreed to that, then got a glint in your eye and tried to upsell her. She again made it clear that she just wants the basic sex-only plan. It doesn’t matter that having more is important to you. Extending yourself for what’s important to your partner is relationship territory. That’s territory you can get into—that is, if you’re up for the hard work required to find a woman who wants you to take her to fancy restaurants, meet all her friends and bond with her cat before she’ll be ready to use you for sex. <

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