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To be clear: I have no stake in the issue of establishing a Marin Energy Authority, although I admit to very strongly favoring the idea. That said, the mailer from the “Common Sense Coalition” opposing the MEA concerns me. Much of it strikes me as inflammatory and baseless, and I’m frankly tired of this kind of civic discourse. The MEA is a novel and intriguing idea, and deserves better. Common Sense’s choice of words like “scheme” instead of “plan” on the mailer implies some nefarious motivation, although none is mentioned or claimed— by anyone. It asks, “Who do you trust: experts or politicians?”—implying that there are no experts in favor, and no politicians opposed. In fact neither is the case, as proven by their own words referring to the towns of Ross, Larkspur, Corte Madera and Novato having chosen to not participate, and by the many experts and consultants the MEA has indeed consulted. It further calls the Marin Independent Journal an “independent voice”; anyone who knows anything about politics in this county might take some issue with that. It calls the MEA a “government run energy bureaucracy.” My reading of the plan is that it would be no more “government run” than the Marin Municipal Water District is “government run”; governments are only being asked whether their municipalities wish to be included, not whether they want to run it. And the word “bureaucracy” is just name calling, code for “really bad,” without saying why it’s bad or what’s bad about it. This strikes me as an inflammatory scare tactic. The mailer includes a quote from Mi-

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hile news of a $10 million Sutter Health grant to support community clinic services in Marin is welcome news for many, Sutter critics remain skeptical of the not-for-profit healthcare corporation and its motives in Marin. Late last month, the Marin Community Foundation (MCF) announced a partnership with Sutter to provide $10 million over five years to increase the availability of healthcare services in the county for residents who are uninsured or have no health insurance. Those residents rely on the county’s network of health clinics for care. They also, like many underinsured and uninsured across the country, often find themselves forced into relying on the emergency room for primary care. The grant will establish the Sutter Health Access to Care Fund. It will be one of MCF’s donor-advised funds. Donors include nonprofit organizations, individuals and for-profit businesses. They consult with the foundation about how funds should be allocated. In the case of the Sutter Health fund, says Thomas Peters, MCF president and CEO, “Sutter is keeping an arm’s-length distance. They want to be advised about potential distribution recipients. But in the end, they were very clear.” What they were clear about is that Peters and the foundation should take responsibility for making final decisions concerning where the fund money goes. After consulting with Sutter, the county

health department and other community health services providers, Peters has the last word on the destination for the funds, which the foundation will distribute in $2 million portions over the five years. “This particular donor specifically asked me to sign off on the plan.” That distinction carries weight because of the history of Sutter in Marin. For more than two decades Sutter and the Marin Healthcare District have been locked in a struggle for control of Marin General Hospital. Back in 1985, the Marin Healthcare District hired Hank Buhrmann as CEO. Buhrmann came to Marin with a reputation as a savvy administrator capable of navigating the turbulent world of healthcare delivery. Stocks were soaring; so were costs for healthcare. Community hospitals across the country were fretting over their finances. To the district, Buhrmann represented the kind of manager who had the business acumen to cope with the financial troubles caused by falling reimbursement rates and uncertain cash-flow charts. Buhrmann proposed that the healthcare district lease the hospital to a new entity called the Marin General Hospital Corporation, which Buhrmann created with the help of attorney Quentin Cook, whom Buhrmann had brought along as attorney for the district. The healthcare district’s elected board voted to lease the hospital to Buhrmann’s new entity. That action, while arguably a 10 >

›› NEWSGRAMS District budget forces Novato school to close This week Novato Unified School District board members reiterated plans to close a middle school in an effort to reduce a $2.8 million budget deficit. No final decision was made on which of the district’s three middle schools might be targeted, but school officials say they can save $200,000 with the closure. Rancho Elementary School is also being discussed as a possible site for closure; the school, centrally located in town, employs a lottery system for enrollment—a system that has been the subject of controversy due to charges of discrimination. In addition to discussing other proposed reductions—including a 5 percent district-wide salary cut to save $2.3 million—the board is scheduled to consider layoffs at its Feb. 23 meeting. Energy consumers reminded to make service decision The Marin Energy Authority has begun sending notices to PG&E customers, reminding them of their choice to “opt out” of its greener-than-PG&E energy program. If customers in the target area choose not to participate in the Marin Clean Energy program, they are being told to contact PG&E. The mailer explains the authority’s alternative energy plans, including the Light Green (25 percent renewable sources) and Deep Green (100 percent renewable sources) options. If consumers prefer to continue with PG&E, they are encouraged to call 866/743-0335 or visit www.pge.com/cca. If consumers want to upgrade their MCE alternative energy plan to Deep Green, they should call 888/632-3674 or visit www.marincleanenergy.info/deepgreen.cfm. New coho salmon protections approved County supervisors approved a set of voluntary recommendations this week meant to protect San Geronimo Valley’s endangered coho salmon population. Further discussion will resume on how to implement the new protective steps while balancing private property rights; the board hopes to develop guidelines and a budget for the plan by summer. One of the features of the plan includes prohibiting new development within 35 feet of a creek bank, as well as limiting construction within 100 feet of the creek. To view a copy of the San Geronimo Valley Salmon Enhancement Plan, visit www.marinwatersheds.org.

Coho salmon numbers have fallen from as high as 400,000 in the 1940s to as low as 10,000 today.

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Episode III: A new hack Editor milks 30-year-old interview for yet another column... by Jason Walsh

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“The Force can have a strong influence on the weakminded” —Obi Wan Kenobi

And so can the Pacific Sun. At least that’s what we discovered following a pair of recent columns revisiting the Sun’s interview with George Lucas from 30 years ago. Reporter Joanne Williams’ 1980 conversation with the then-36-year-old director at his San Anselmo home resulted in a lengthy and revealing Q&A with the notoriously press-shy filmmaker, so we decided to break the 5,000-word interview into multiple parts. In typical Star Wars fashion we pared the interview down into “episodes” and, not wanting to flog a dead bantha, as it were, stopped at two. But apparently Star Wars fans can only digest things in trilogies, and calls for the “third episode” of the interview came pouring in more frequently than a Yoda non sequitur. So here’s our version of blowing up the Death Star a second time—the final, final installment to the 1980 Lucas interview, in which the director discusses his family, becoming a filmmaker and the American Dream: ● ● ● ●

Did you have an unusual childhood growing up in Modesto? Well, a normal childhood. I had my share of traumas and problems but at the same time I enjoyed it quite a bit. My dad used to operate a stationery and office furniture store. He’s retired now. Are you close? Not that close. I get over to Modesto a few times a year. They come over here. They are very proud. I was not the best teenager in the world. My parents—not my mother, mothers never write off their sons—but my father wrote me off. You were a hell raiser? I was a hell raiser. I didn’t do very well in school. My father thought I was going to be an automobile mechanic, and that I wasn’t going to amount to anything. I was racing cars and flunking out of school. And so now they’re proud of me, the fact that I actually went to college and am successful at what I do. When did you decide you weren’t going to be a mechanic, but a film producer? It evolved. I was in a terrible car accident when I was 18 and spent some time in the hospital. The accident was the only thing that got me through high school. All the teachers that were going to flunk me gave me a D, so I

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managed to get my diploma by virtue of the fact that everybody thought I was going to be dead in three weeks anyway. But in the hospital I decided that I was going to college. I got accepted at San Francisco State and my best friend said, “Come to USC with me, we’ll have fun down there.” I asked, “What can I do?” And he said, “They’ve got a great thing called the cinema department, and it’s very easy, anybody can get through it.” I said, “Great,” and applied. Even though you had Ds in high school? I had built up my grades to where I could get accepted. I intended to be an art student, but my father was very much against it. He said, “I’m not going to pay for you to go to an art center, but I’ll pay for you to go to a regular college.” I couldn’t be an art major, that would have upset my father, but cinema, that’s obscure enough, he didn’t know what it was and he didn’t care as long as I wasn’t in the art department. When I got there I got turned on to film, completely captivated. Do you create the special effects in your films or do you rely on others? I know the basics of special effects. I hired a lot of people who are more technically into it. I knew what I wanted in Star Wars, shot by shot, and I knew vaguely how we were going to do it, but on a practical day-to-day level I’m not really that tuned in. There are a thousand little things that are done on every shot. Every sound is created; somebody has to think it up, somebody has to create it and then someone has to cut it at the right place. Then it has to get mixed together. You heard those laser bolts? There’s also the sound of the Millennium Falcon, the sound of the TIE Fighters. With special effects it’s the same thing. Each ship is a model and is shot separately. You use a camera with a computer drive so it repeats the same motion. Then when you put them together they move together. It’s more complicated than an ordinary movie. How did you arrive at the idea for an artistic retreat at Bull Tail Ranch [now Skywalker Ranch]?

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1. Containing a fountain introduced at the 1915 Pan-Pacific International Exposition, what small park on Bridgeway in Sausalito is named for its sister city in Chile? 2. Earlier this month the Pennsylvania groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, saw his shadow. What does this predict? 3. According to the Old Testament story of the great flood, how many animals of each species did Moses take aboard the ark with him? 4. The region of our solar system called the asteroid belt is located between the orbits of what two planets? 5. PICTURED, RIGHT: Here are some of the nominees for this year’s Academy Awards: Name each performer and the film for which each is nominated. 5a. Best Actress 5b. Best Actor 5c. Best Actress 5d. Best Actor 6. Founded by the Phoenicians in the ninth century B.C., the ancient city/state of Carthage became the center of power in the Mediterranean region after the sixth century B.C. In which modern country is Carthage located? 7. This is possibly the shortest summer Olympic team sport. Each of the four periods lasts only eight minutes. Which challenging sport is this? 8. What is the largest island of French Polynesia? 9. This item is sold (not only) in movie theaters; red outsells black 10-1. What is it? 10. Let’s say it takes a bunch of workers 90 days to construct a house. Working at the same rate, how many days would be saved if the number of workers was increased by 25 percent?

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When I first came to Marin in 1969 I was working for Francis Coppola and I suggested to him that this would be a great place to build a studio. He was anxious to get out of L.A. and while we were doing The Rain People we had an operation in Nebraska. We realized that if we could have a film company in Nebraska we could have one anywhere. So we looked around Marin. Is ‘Star Wars’ a morality play? It’s also a psychological tool that children can use to understand the world better and their place in it and how to adjust to that. It’s very basic. It’s where religion came from. Fairy tales, religion, all were designed to teach man the right way to live and give him a moral anchor. Do you believe in good and evil? Yes but, basically, I’m apolitical. My side fascination is anthropology. I’m very interested in cultures and how they work, especially the American culture because I’m

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part of it. I’m very pro-American. I love the system, although I don’t think it works very well. At the same time, I mean, where else could a kid from a little farm town be in the position I’m in, be able to create movies? You know my family came from nowhere, four generations in California and before that a hundred years back in Arkansas and another hundred years in Virginia before the war and that’s it. Nobody knows where we originally came from. Obviously some criminal or somebody who got thrown out of England or France. I truly believe in this country, that you can do anything if you apply yourself. I realize some people are disadvantaged to start with but the biggest disadvantage is the frame of mind you’re in. Anything is possible in this country. ✹ Share your Star Wars memories with Jason at jwalsh@pacificsun.com.

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money to build a new wing at the hospital Though the arrangement is not unusual to meet seismic standards. in a healthcare system, critics say the In a recent full-page ad in the San Fran- company has taken the arrangement too cisco Chronicle, Sutter made a pitch to far in Marin. Marin residents in an open letter to the District board member Larry Bedard, community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Looking Back, Together M.D., also calls into question Sutterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve Accomplished So Muchâ&#x20AC;? proclaims lack of a funded depreciation account for the headline. Included in the copy is this Marin General. When the hospital joined statement: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are proud of the signiďŹ cant the Sutter system, Bedard says, about $830 investments made in MGH and this com- million in funded depreciation existed for munity since afďŹ liation and proud of the hospitals in the Sutter system. But all that signiďŹ cant improvements in quality of care money is on the books for Sutter hospitals and clinical offerings. One other than Marin General, example is the Marin Can- â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;When they say leaving the hospital no oncer Institute.â&#x20AC;? the-books money to cover While few would argue they are community depreciation of assets. that providing outstanding focused, they are not.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Bedard called for the cancer care is a bad thing private operating board of (the institute received recthe hospital to halt or at ognition in 2008 from the American Col- least stem the outďŹ&#x201A;ow of funds from Marin lege of Surgeons), the notion that Sutter General. Assemblyman Jared Huffman took has made â&#x20AC;&#x153;signiďŹ cant investmentsâ&#x20AC;? raises note of the situation and asked the private eyebrows among its critics. They still smart board of the hospital for information that from the news that the corporation has would explain how and why its memwithdrawn $120 million in proďŹ ts from bers were making decisions regarding the Marin General since 1995. Sutter trans- healthcare districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interests and Sutterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ferred $49 million in proďŹ ts in 2008, just a interests. The board rebuffed Huffman. year after taking $39 million. The criticism that Sutter could have Some critics say the $10 million Sutter withdrawn less money from Marin Health Access to Care Fund should be General and used it to fund a healthcare named in honor of Marin General, where initiative in Marin has merit. But Martin Sutter has made such a tidy proďŹ t. Sutter Brotman, M.D., president of Sutter Health says it has used that money to beneďŹ t West Bay Region, says thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what Sutother facilities in the 100 California cities ter is doing with its partnership with the and towns in which Sutter provides care. foundation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This grant is part of Sutterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

< 8 Sutter Claus is coming to town smart move to deal with a probable ďŹ nancial crisis for Marin General, triggered harsh opposition from critics who said the deal essentially gave away a public asset and hid its operating procedures from public scrutiny. Through a series of circumstances, Marin General ended up leased to Sutter Health. But a state requirement to seismically upgrade hospitals was the wedge that critics found useful to end the lease arrangement they had decried ever since Buhrmann set up that ďŹ rst deal. Sutter said it would invest the hundreds of millions of dollars needed to upgrade Marin General, but only if the healthcare district would agree to extend the lease, for what critics called in perpetuity. The ďŹ ght continued long and loud, spilling into elections for board seats, rancorous sessions at public board meetings and charges of wrongdoing ďŹ&#x201A;ung by both sides. Sutter and the healthcare district eventually agreed to an early termination of the lease, provided Sutter would no longer be on the hook for the seismic upgrade. Sutter will hand over the keys to Marin General at the end of June. It also means Sutter no longer will have a major acute-care hospital in Marin, although it still has Novato Community Hospital. And the healthcare district will have to raise

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for community health could well continue in Marin, in part because Sutter is turning over Marin General to the healthcare district in a matter of months. “That transition has got to succeed. We really have got to develop a new working relationship with the district.” Marin General has been an important Sutter link in providing community health benefits to Marin residents. Sutter viewed providing care for Medicare and Medi-Cal patients at Marin General as an accepted obligation. “That won’t be our hospital to provide that kind of care in the future. If we are to sustain our commitment to the community we are going to have to do it in a different way.” The Health Access to Care Fund is that different way. There’s little doubt that an infusion of $2 million a year for however long is welcome in the community health services system in Marin. “A vibrant, nonprofit system of accessible healthcare is a critical piece of our county’s overall health system, and this is exactly what the Sutter health initiative will address,” says Larry Meredith, M.D., director of the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services. Peters, who has an extensive background in public health as well as his experience at MCF, says, “When you have a county in which many are struggling and where four of every 10 people do not receive health insurance from their employer, it’s clear that the need for quality, affordable and culturally appropriate healthcare is greater than ever.” While virtually no one, not even Sutter critics, would turn away from the grant money, the critics say it’s an unabashed publicrelations ploy that belies the true intent of the healthcare giant. Sutter has been acquiring property and opening doctors’ offices in the months leading up to the transition of Marin General. “We hope that Sutter’s plans for the development of property will be complementary and not competitive with Marin General

Hospital,” says, Marin Healthcare District CEO Lee Domanico. Brotman makes no bones about intentions. “Sutter is here to stay in Marin.” But, he adds, the company is interested in recruiting doctors and opening ancillary services such as imaging centers and other ambulatory programs that can complement Marin General and the healthcare district. He stresses that Sutter has no intentions “in the foreseeable future” to open an acute-care facility that would compete with Marin General. Sutter doctors and the ambulatory-care programs it brings to Marin should create a symbiotic relationship with Marin General, according to Brotman. Inevitably, the healthcare district will find itself competing with Sutter for some of those same high-profit revenue-producing imaging dollars and ambulatory-care services. Healthcare district board member Jennifer Rienks is candid: “When they say they are community focused, they are not. They have taken a billion dollars out of their hospitals [in the Sutter system] since 1998, and now they are saying they don’t have the money to seismically retrofit according to the [state’s] schedule. They have taken money out of the hospitals and bought physician practices, and property and office buildings and ambulatory care facilities because that’s where they see the money is.” Rienks says Marin General and the healthcare district can compete successfully with Sutter by providing a superior patient experience as well as high-level medical care. “We’re going to have to work hard. Our whole thing will be that it’s time to come back to Marin General. It’s going to be your community hospital. You’re going to get great care. And whatever revenue is generated is going to be reinvested to meet community healthcare needs.” ✹

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am 39 years old and I’ve never been married. And really, I’m OK with that. It’s not that I haven’t thought about it—what woman hasn’t? It’s just that the whole wedded-matrimony thing has never been an imperative for me. Like many women my age, I was encouraged early on to get a good education first; to go after a career I loved, doing something that “mattered,” travel as much as possible and experience the world, pursue relationships that honored my ideals, etc., etc. Basically, in the lofty parlance of my generation, I was taught to “follow my heart.” And apparently, my heart wasn’t too concerned with connubial bliss while I was busy learning, loving, living—and happily stumbling around—my life. That’s a partial lie. For a while I did sort of expect to be standing at the altar by my 30th birthday, in that obnoxious time-lined way we women have of setting unrealistic dates for important and often unreachable life goals. (For instance, I also thought by the time I was 40 that I would have two kids, be the next Jacques Cousteau, Marie Curie and Anais Nin rolled into one, with a Pulitzer and a Nobel and a spot on Oprah’s couch. None of these things have yet happened.) But then, as I noticed more and more of my peers becoming agitated with fulfilling their own matrimonial agenda, I became peeved that such an expectation was so ingrained as to render the rest of one’s life’s pursuits obsolete. After all, it’s about the journey not the destination, right? Well, yes—except when that journey is stopped by border patrol. At least, that’s what happened to Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the 2006 epic bestseller, Eat, Pray, Love— her solo, post-divorce journey to Italy, India and Indonesia that became a kind of thinking-girl’s manifesto for suddenly single women everywhere. Gilbert was in San Rafael last month promoting her follow-up book, Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage. Before taking the stage at Dominican University’s Angelico Hall in front of 500 “like-minded thinkers,” a few of us from the Pacific Sun were invited backstage to meet Gilbert. She showed off her wedding ring to me and my companions, signifying that she did, in fact, marry “that Brazilian guy” from Eat, Pray, Love—a prospect the once-bitten-twiceshy divorcee wouldn’t have considered until immigration authorities got involved. In order to continue their contented coupledom in the U.S., Liz and Felipe underwent the bureaucratic and psychological tumult of being “sentenced to wed.” As she explained to the nearly all-female wcrowd, “The whole book is about my efforts to think and write and consider and contemplate my way through the puzzlements of the institu-

tion of holy wedded matrimony, in order to resolve my aversions and fears of it.” In the book, Gilbert researches and explores the evolution of marriage in an exhaustive study, paying respect to the institution while finding a place for herself in it. And along the way, she uncovers many interesting facts. ●

ONE OF THE most compelling discoveries about the holiness of matrimony is the very, er, unholy aspects of its origin. During the first thousand years of Christianity, church fathers had quite an ambivalent, even hostile, relationship toward the idea of marriage. It was not considered the ideal human state. In fact, married people were ranked slightly above prostitutes and addicts on the stairway to heaven. The Christian church celebrated celibacy; the ideal human state was to live as Christ and his disciples— to literally live like angels. To make matters Because the apocalypse even worse, today’s prospective was coming at any time, ‘Mr. Rights’ don early Christians prepared moutees, fauxthemselves with purity, hawks and plaid. considering all sex abhorrent—even the conjugal kind. Marriage was all about procreation and property taxes and tribalism—everything that Christianity was trying to overthrow. It wasn’t until the year 1200 that the Church made marriage a sacrament. It’s only been in the last few centuries, Gilbert noted, that the Christian church has “utterly inhabited the idea that marriage is the highest and most holy state of being.” “And they’re welcome to that opinion,” she said. “But it’s nice to know that it’s relatively new. Because it helps you kind of keep things in perspective.” As Gilbert stipulates in the book, there have been many reasons for wedlock throughout history. But it wasn’t until more recent times that connubiality became a romantic decision. And with that choice to marry for love came the option to divorce when that love passed—or became something else, something less idealized. “Once the initial madness of desire has passed, and we are faced with each other as dimwitted mortal fools,” ponders Felipe, Gilbert’s soon-to-be-husband, “how is it that any of us find the ability to love and forgive each other at all, much less enduringly?” Hence America’s current 49 percent divorce rate for first marriages—the highest of any country on the planet—according to the National Center for Health Statistics. I believe that figure could be attributed to the near-desperate mania surrounding the “idea” of getting 14 > FEBRUARY 12 - FEBRUARY 18, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 13

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< 13 An unmarried woman married, rather than the reality. In Committed, Polish philosopher Zygmunt Bauman explains how we are all trying to force our marriages to “empower without disempowering, enable without disabling, fulfill without burdening.” Gilbert asks if this isn’t perhaps an “unrealistic aspiration.” Her happily married friend Brian clarifies wedded bliss another way: “It’s a paradox, but marriage actually reconciles a lot of paradoxes: freedom with commitment, strength with subordination, wisdom with utter nincompoopery, etc.” But I don’t think that’s exactly what they’re selling at the bridal shop. Marriage—or rather, the act of getting married, aka weddings—is big business. According to the Bridal Association of America, over 2.3 million weddings took place in 2009—that’s up more than 2 percent from the previous year. The average cost for a wedding in 2009 was nearly $31,000—an 11 percent increase from 2008—with a total amounting to almost $72 billion in sales. There are nearly 50 bridal magazines in print and online, including Destination I Do, Here Comes the Guide and WedVert: The Modern Bride’s Guide to a Green Wedding. But they all sell the same thing—long-term commitment? No. Wedding gowns, tuxedos, where to have the ceremony and honeymoon, favors and gifts for the bridal party, flowers, jewelry, music, photography and video, where to have the reception, invitations and thank-you cards, gifts for the bride and groom. All very glamorous, albeit short-lived, stuff. And even contemporary pop culture endorses the institution, latching the luxe onto uxorial. Perhaps the leader of the pro-nuptials pack is multi-Grammy-winning, “bootylicious” recording artist Beyonce Knowles, who sings that today—three decades after feminism fueled independence and women began to dominate boardrooms instead of ironing boards—“all the single ladies” have to caution their men against mistaking the value of material goods over romantic commitment. “Don’t treat me to the things of the world/ I’m not that kind of girl/ Your love is what I prefer, what I deserve.” Further arguing in defense of institutionalized propriety, Ms. Knowles warns, “If you liked it then you shoulda put a ring on it.” Lori Gottlieb, in a March 2008 article titled “Marry Him!” in the Atlantic (which led to her just released book, Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough), accepts “settling” as a valid choice, explaining that even the message of most relationship books these days is that marriage is more important than love. Seemingly advocating the “don’t be too picky” stance, she told writer Sarah Hepola in a Feb. 7, 2010, Salon.com interview: “But even if you’ve found the right partner, life is hard at times, and if I have the choice between going through both the joyful and the hard parts of life by myself or with someone else, I choose with someone else. The right someone else. Not the idealized someone else.” Women everywhere—and many of my friends—wept with glee during the finale of

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AMY ALKON, THE Pacific Sun’s famed “Advice Goddess” columnist and author of I See Rude People: One woman’s battle to beat some manners into impolite society, agrees. “In those movies, Jennifer Aniston is always really unhappy until some guy says he’ll marry her and then everything’s fine and the movie ends,” Alkon says. “I find those movies really upsetting and offensive. It’s like, OK, you got married, but you know, life goes on—you have to use those wedding gifts. And a lot of people just throw them at each other. Marriage is not necessarily a prescription for happiness.” My friend Christine could attest to that. Married for 10 years, she got hitched because “I was young and afraid of being alone.” An art school student at the time, Christine had hoped for a partnership with her husband, whom she considered “open-minded” before they got married. But once the knot was tied, her husband quickly began imposing time restrictions on her—when she could go to the studio, when she should return home—and, much to her chagrin, she scrambled to obey. “Nothing [about marriage] was like how I had expected it.” As is most often the case, one doesn’t have to look far to see where she gleaned those

expectations; her parents have been married for 50 yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x153;and still hate each other.â&#x20AC;? For a while, she thought â&#x20AC;&#x153;thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just what you did.â&#x20AC;? Now a new mom, Christine has recently decided that she needs â&#x20AC;&#x153;better love,â&#x20AC;? meaning that she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to stay married. Although her husband wants to work out their differences, Christine just doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As the institution that almost sent me to an institution,â&#x20AC;? she says, only half-jokingly, â&#x20AC;&#x153;marriage failed me. I failed it. If people want to get married, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great, but I suggest they study hard to know what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting themselves into.â&#x20AC;? Alkon agrees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lead very examined lives a lot of the time,â&#x20AC;? she says. But even when they do, by holding out on marriage until they feel â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right,â&#x20AC;? many people end up alone. But are they regretful? Another artist friend, Roxanne, 50, has never been married, but says she has had a couple of â&#x20AC;&#x153;really goodâ&#x20AC;? long-term relationships. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never felt the need for marriage,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would have considered it. I missed out on having kids. But Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never had to get married, like some women do. Anyway, it makes it easier to leave [if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t].â&#x20AC;? And more of my unmarried friends expressed similar ambivalence. David, 42, an actor-turned-marijuana-dispensary managerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also never been matrimonially inclinedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;says he â&#x20AC;&#x153;got married to other things: my business, my family, activism.â&#x20AC;? When he was younger, David didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe in the institution of marriageâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;his parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; divorce was bitter and he saw how the longevity of his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s subsequent relationship depended largely on a â&#x20AC;&#x153;donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ask, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tellâ&#x20AC;? policy and the unending sacriďŹ ces of his second wife. But age has modiďŹ ed Davidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feelings toward marriage somewhat. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m more agnostic about it. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m into the ritualistic and spiritual components of declaring your love to the world; I like a big party. And it seems to be signifying a very hopeful, new beginning. I like that a lot.â&#x20AC;? Taking a more pragmatic approach, Elan, 38, a musician/business consultant, says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I got married, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d save an extra $40,000 a year in taxes.â&#x20AC;? But Elan insists his reason for having not yet invested in an engagement ring is not because of a fear of commitment, but rather because â&#x20AC;&#x153;I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t found the right woman.â&#x20AC;? If I had a dime for every time I heard that line, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d buy myself a prenup; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably the most common reason given for not getting married among most single men I know. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marriage is supposedly binding, only if both people believe in it and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big ceremony, which enforces accountability,â&#x20AC;? continues Elan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lose-lose situation: The moment that you force somebody into accountability is the moment that they betray that accountability. I think marriage is based these days on â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nostalgic servitude.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; A sense of having to acquiesce to tradition stronger than conventional idealsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;it becomes a modern tradition.â&#x20AC;? And my dear friend Sara, a 31-year-old bartender, is upset that she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the option to marry her live-in girlfriend. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In my early 20s, marriage is something you think

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lassical music is dead, long live classiI tracked him down through his wife, cal music. Marta Montanez Martinez (the widow of the In 2002, shortly after starting my job legendary cellist Pablo Casals), then president as the editor of Strings, a San of the prestigious ManhatAnselmo-based magazine for tan School of Music in New COMING SOON players of bowed stringed inYork. On the phone, Istomin The acclaimed ATOS Trio struments, I had the chance proved gracious, though of Germany will perform to interview Eugene Istomin, formal. He had pedigree. Beethoven, Brahms and one of the greatest pianists of As a younger man, he had Cassado on Sunday, Feb. 21, all time. performed in a string trio at 5pm, at the Mt. Tamalpais Methodist Church, 410 I thought about this rethat included violinist Isaac Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley. cently after reading a deluge Stern and cellist Leonard $25. 800/838-3006. of articles in the Washington Rose. Istomin mentioned Post, the New Yorker and elsethat his pedagogical lineage where about the dwindling extended through his teachaudience for classical music, er Mieczyslaw Horszowski, the pros and cons of prowho had studied with Karol gramming new works and Mikuli, a pupil of Chopin, the fiscal woes facing orchesand Beethoven’s pupil Carl tras big and small. Czerny. I had noticed that Istomin, Istomin thought Yo-Yo 77, was hosting a web chat on Ma was an upstart, devotthe United States Library of ing too much time to such Congress site with cellist Yocrossover projects as the Silk Yo Ma, his longtime friend. Road Ensemble, which Istomin thought diIstomin, the grand old man, on the web! luted the purity of classical music. That intrigued me. We chatted for an hour. He lamented that

Istomin, above, once lamented, ‘Everyone is a consumer of culture today.†We have a plethora of projects to popularize the arts. But the public worships celebrity, not art.’

he was nearing the end of his life (he would succumb to liver cancer the following year) and that he was saddened to see classical music had lost respect in the world. I tried to cheer him up. I told him that I had heard about a major string quartet that had a summer residency on a Navajo reservation, where the string players helped local teens arrange their own heavy metal and hard rock compositions for string quartet. Those arrangements were then performed off the

reservation at a nearby concert hall. The experience left the teens awestruck by the power of string music and it gave audiences a new appreciation for the teens’ music. My point was that this sort of eclecticism shouldn’t be misconstrued as disrespect. After all, Beethoven need not be placed on a pedestal for someone to admire his music or fathom his status as a musical titan. Istomin didn’t buy this argument. Rather, he circled the intellectual wagons, in effect, saying there was no room for eclecticism in the classical music world, not Yo-Yo Ma’s globe-trotting influences, or modern music or anything else. Besides, he said, everyone knows who Shakespeare is, “but that doesn’t mean that most folks actually read those great works.” His sadness was disconcerting. I felt he was wrong, because I knew many teens who listened to hip-hop and the Kronos Quartet. (And who understood that West Side Story is a retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, for that matter.) I still think he’s wrong, despite all those recent obituaries declaring the death of classical music. What has changed is the way fans listen to this music. True, fewer attend live concerts. But studies show that most Americans now get their Mozart fix in their cars, often through an MP3 device loaded with tunes downloaded from the Internet. That’s bad news for symphony orchestras or chamber ensembles struggling to make ends meet by relying on live shows; but it’s good news for those with enough initiative to record and sell their work over the Internet. Yes, we’re witnessing the end of an era, but let’s ask ourselves, what lies over the horizon? Classical music is dead, long live classical music. ✹ Email Greg Cahill at gcahill51@gmail.com. Tune up to the Marin music scene at

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his movie got a 100 percent favorable rating on RottenTomatoes.com,” remarks Pacific Sun music columnist and casual musician Greg Cahill as we depart the theater where we’ve just seen Crazy Heart, the much lauded, Oscar-nominated film in which Jeff Bridges plays a broken down country musician named Bad Blake. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen any film get a hundred percent rating before,” Cahill says. “And I’m not really sure why it got that high a rating. The soundtrack was great, but the story was...” “Unremarkable?” I suggest, filling in Cahill’s conversational pause. “Yeah, exactly. Unremarkable,” he says. “We’ve seen this story before in dozens of movies, and most of them were better. This was Tender Mercies light, and it even had Robert Duvall in it to remind us how much better Tender Mercies was. I did a lot of research on this movie, actually, and I read that the director, who used to be an

actor, spent a lot of time trying to get a Merle Haggard biopic made, and he finally just decided to make this.” This, in the present case, is the story of Bad Blake’s gradual realization that he is a past-his-prime, flat-broke alcoholic, still possessed of the chops to perform, but long since narcotized out of the drive or desire to write new songs. Casually bitter at the fame-and-fortune success of his one-time protege Tommy Sweet (played by unlikely casting choice Colin Farrell), Blake finds himself wanting to be a better man after falling for a much-younger, single-parent music journalist played with scrub-faced eagerness by Maggie Gyllenhaal. (Both Gyllenhaal and Bridges received Oscar nominations for their performances.) “As a music journalist myself,” Cahill comments, “I’m not sure how good a journalist she was. What do you call it when a journalist sleeps with her subject?” “Unethical?” “Highly unethical, I would think,” Cahill laughs. “But she was pretty new to the game, obviously. Maybe she missed that part of the training, the part where they said that having sex with a second-rate country singer is not a good idea, whether or not you are writing a story about him. Sleeping with your subjects is definitely against the rules.”

Cahill, a longtime Bay Area journalist broken-down country singer is a mounwith a special writerly fondness for music tain of metaphor right there. There are (he’s also the editor of Strings magazine), also rules about country-singer movies, plays a number of instruments—and even and one of the rules is, in a movie about a occasionally writes his own songs. washed-up country singer, you have to hit “I wrote a couple of songs, country songs, the metaphors really, really hard. last week,” Cahill says, as we find a seat in “Also, did you notice,” Cahill zigzags, a rain-dampened coffee shop around the “that Bridges seemed miffed during their corner from the theater. “I took a trip to first interview, when Maggie asked if he L.A.,” he explains, was inspired by “and wrote two Lefty Frizzell? He songs while on looked annoyed the road, inspired that she even by listening to knew the name country radio for Lefty Frizzell!” an hour while I “Um, who’s drove. There is Lefty Frizzell?” some good coun“You’re kidtry music out ding me. He was there on the rathe guy who dio, but the rest of wrote ‘The Long it—most of it—is Black Veil’ and a unbelievable crap. bunch of other Unbelievable. So ‘[Crazy Heart] even had Robert Duvall in it to remind us how much great songs,” I wasn’t inspired better Tender Mercies was.’ Cahill patiently by the music so explains. “He much as I was inspired by the 150-miles was great. I think he died in the ’70s. So of exploded truck tires, tumbleweeds and when Maggie knew who he was, I think it dead coyotes.” annoyed Jeff Bridges, this young whipper“So,” I am now curious, “were these songs snapper who actually did her homework. you wrote about dead coyotes?” Though I think that was the only evidence “Yeah. Pretty much.” of her doing any homework at all. What Asked his professional opinion of the was her first question to him? ‘How did tunes sung by Bad Blake in the film, Cahill you first learn music?’ What kind of quesadmits to genuinely liking the songs, which tion is that?” were written by T Bone Burnett and the late “But you liked Bad Blake?” Stephen Bruton. “I liked Jeff “His big breakBridges. He’s always through song at the great. I just watched end,” observes CaThe Big Lebowski hill, “the one with the the other day. Jeff phrase ‘crazy heart’ Bridges, as the Dude, in it, I don’t think it was just incredible. stacked up to the tunes Has he ever been bad that came previously, in anything?” though part of that “He was Bad in was Colin Farrell’s this one.” fault. I think he rushed “In that he played the pace. It wasn’t a guy named Bad? nearly as good as when Right. Sure,” Cahill Jeff Bridges was lying laughs. “But he was on his bed in a haze so good at being pretending to write Bad. What would the thing. have been even bet“I actually love ter though, and I’m country music,” he spoiling the ending continues. “Real coun- Cahill would’ve been a lot happier with the film if it here, is if he’d died. I try music, not the bi- had culminated in lonely, bitter death. was waiting for him zarre crap I was listento die at the end. I ing to last week. I think the music in this wanted that catharsis. But then, he’s just... film was the best thing about it. There’s a still here, and then someone hands him a moment where Bridges talks about how a great big check. That’s the catharsis? Movgreat new country song somehow sounds ies about washed-up country singers who like it’s been around for years. A lot of these win a second shot at redemption should songs had that sound to them. ‘Instant clas- always end with the country singer’s death. sics,’ I think is the phrase.” “If that’s not a rule,” he says, “it should be.” ✹ “So what did the movie lack for you?” Share your Lefty Frizzell memories with David at talkpix@ earthlink.net. I ask. “I wanted more metaphor,” Cahill laughs. “It’s the American West! He’s out It’s your movie, speak up at in his pickup truck, driving from gig to ›› pacificsun.com gig. It was ripe for metaphor, so maybe a FEBRUARY 12 - FEBRUARY 18, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 23

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ere’s the challenge: Select a winner in all 24 categories, and if you can correctly pick more than our on-staff movie experts—we’ll announce our predictions in the March 5 issue—you’ll win tickets for two to a film at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center. That’s right, the esteemed California Film Institute has agreed to reward each and every contestant who bests the Pacific Sun. We are humbled by the confidence—some would call it madness— they have in our film knowledge. But that’s not all! Whoever gets the highest total out of all entries will receive a 2010 Gold Star membership to the California Film Institute, which includes discounts on regular screenings (two $5.50 tickets per membership all year!), exclusive “members-only” screenings, more Rafael Film Center passes, discounts on Mill Valley Film Festival tickets and more. (Pacific Sun employees, contest sponsors and their employees or immediate family are not eligible for entry. Only one entry per person. Deadline for entries is March 3, 5pm).

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›› MOViES

Friday February 12-Thursday February 18

Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (1:28) Alvin, Simon and Theodore are back, competing with an all-girl chipmunk band and living la vida rodent in general. ● 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. ● 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. ● The Book of Eli (1:58) A lone warrior wanders postapocalyptic America in search of hope and humanity, felling any hopeless inhumane enemies in his path; Denzel Washington stars. ● Broken Embraces (2:08) Pedro Almodovar character study of a man who loses his sight and the love of his life in the same accident and creates a sardonic new identity for himself; Penselope Cruz is around, of course. ● Casablanca (1:42) What’s suave, embittered barkeep Humphrey Bogart to do when Nazis, black marketeers and old flame Ingrid Bergman drop by his North African saloon... on the same night? Luckily, Claude Rains is around to put things in perspective. ● Crazy Heart (1:51) Jeff Bridges as a dilapidated country music star who glimpses salvation in the person of Maggie Gyllenhaal. ● Dear John (1:48) Lasse Hallstrom drama about the star-crossed romance between a soldier and a college girl in the wake of 9/11. ● Edge of Darkness (1:56) Grizzled Boston cop Mel Gibson searches for his daughter’s killer and uncovers a web of corporate malfeasance and political corruption. ● 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? ● Fish Tank (2:02) Cannes Film Fest fave about a hip hop-loving teen outcast and her life in a British housing project. ● From Paris with Love (1:35) Two American secret agents team up to stop a terrorist attack in the City of Light. ● The Hurt Locker (2:11) A bomb disposal unit in war-torn Baghdad is taken over by a new commander with a dangerously high bravado level. ● It’s Complicated (1:54) Meryl Streep as a happily divorced mother of three who enters into an affair with ex-hubby Alec Baldwin; dashing Steve Martin complicates matters. ● The Last Station (1:52) Christopher Plummer stars as a dying Leo Tolstoy beset by journalists, disciples and his own conflicted legacy. ● Leap Year (1:37) Amy Adams chases hapless boyfriend Matthew Goode to Dublin where, by tradition, a man must accept when a woman proposes marriage on February 29. ● Legion (1:44) Finally fed up with us ●

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Earthlings, God puts the Apocalypse in motion...but Paul Bettany has other plans. ● Me and Orson Welles (1:54) A wannabe actor grows up fast when he lands a role in Orson Welles’ landmark 1937 Broadway production of Julius Caesar and falls under the wunderkind’s larger-than-life spell. ● Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2:00) Chris Columbus fantasy flick about a schoolboy who finds himself in the middle of a power struggle between a troupe of surly Greek gods. ● Precious (1:49) Sundance fave about an African-American teen dealing with illiteracy and a second pregnancy with the help of a Harlem schoolteacher. ● 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. ● Sherlock Holmes (2:14) The super-sleuth is back in the form of a karate-chopping, lascivious Robert Downey Jr.; Jude Law is Dr. Watson. ● A Single Man (1:39) A day in the life of a gay man dealing with the death of his partner and, oh yeah, the Cuban Missile Crisis. ● South Pacific Sing-Along (2:51) Songs of dames, shampoo, enchanted evenings and Bali H’ai are yours for the crooning at a special audience-participation screening of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s landmark WWII musical. ● The Spy Next Door (1:32) Retired CIA agent Jackie Chan takes on one last mission: protecting his fiancee’s three rambunctious kids from clueless terrorists. ● That Evening Sun (1:49) Hal Holbrook stars as an aging Tennessee farmer taking back his land from interlopers through any means necessary. ● The Tooth Fairy (1:42) Dwayne Johnson as a tough, mean hockey player who atones for his sins by working out the week as a tutu’d tooth fairy; Ashley Judd costars?!? ● 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. ● Valentine’s Day (1:57) Comedy follows a group of budding romantics (Shirley MacLaine, Jessica Alba and Julia Roberts among them) over the course of one particular February 14. ● When in Rome (1:31) Lovelorn Kristen Bell heads for sunny Italy and in no time attracts a bevy of suitors...a few of them fairly normal. ● The White Ribbon (2:24) The choristers in a small German village are beset by a series of unexplained (perhaps vindictive?) “accidents.” ● The Wolfman (2:05) Benicio del Toro IS the haunted, hunted Victorian gentleman whose inner canine is aroused whenever the moon turns full.

›› MOViE TiMES A Single Man (R) ★★★★ Century Northgate 15: 12:05, 2:25, 5, 7:35, 10 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:30, 6:50, 9:25 Sat-Sun 2, 4:30, 6:50, 9:25 Mon 2, 4:30, 6:50 Tue-Thu 4:30, 6:50 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (G) Century Northgate 15: 12:20, 2:35, 4:55 An Education (PG-13) ★★★ Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:30 SatMon 2:15, 4:30, 7, 9:30 TueThu 7, 9:30 Avatar (PG-13) ★★★ Century Cinema: Fri-Wed 11:30, 3:10, 7, 10:35 Thu 11:30, 3:10, 7 Century Northgate 15: 2:15, 8; 3D showtimes at 11:45, 3:20, 7, 10:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 3:15, 6:30, 9:40 Sat-Sun 12, 3:15, 6:30, 9:40 Mon 12, 3:15, 6:30 Tue-Thu 3:15, 6:30 The Blind Side (PG-13) ★★ Century Northgate 15: 1:05, 3:55, 6:55, 9:45 Lark Theater: Fri-Sun 6 Mon 3:30 Tue-Thu 5 The Book of Eli (R) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 1, 4:05, 7:05, 10:10 Broken Embraces (R) ★★★ Rafael Film Center: Fri-Mon 3:45, 9 Tue-Wed 9 ❋ Casablanca (1942) (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 12 (free screening) Crazy Heart (R) ★★★ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sun 11:05, 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:10 Mon-Tue, Thu 11:05, 1:50, 4:40, 7:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 5:10, 7:35, 10 SatSun 2:40, 5:10, 7:35, 10 Mon 2:40, 5:10, 7:35 Tue-Thu 5:10, 7:35 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10 Sat-Sun 11:50, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10 Mon 11:50, 2:30, 5, 7:30 Tue-Thu 2:30, 5, 7:30 Dear John (PG-13) ★★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 7:55, 10:30 Sat-Mon 11:55, 2:30, 5:15, 7:55, 10:30 Tue-Thu 6:50, 9:30 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sun 10:45, 1:35, 4:20, 7:15, 10 MonTue, Thu 10:45, 1:35, 4:20, 7:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:25, 1:55, 4:30, 7:10, 9:40 Edge of Darkness (R) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 1:20, 4:15, 7:20,

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10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:35, 2:25, 5:05, 7:50, 10:30 Fish Tank (Not Rated) ★★★1/2 Rafael Film Center: Fri, Tue, Wed 6:30 Sat-Mon 1:15, 6:30 From Paris with Love (R) ★★ Century Northgate 15: 12:40, 2:55, 5:20, 7:40, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 12, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:20 The Hurt Locker (R) ★★★1/2 Lark Theater: Fri-Sun 8:40 Mon 6 Tue-Thu 7:30 It’s Complicated (R) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 1:30, 6:50 The Last Station (R) ★★1/2 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:25 SatSun 2, 4:30, 7, 9:25 Mon 2, 4:30, 7 Tue-Thu 4:30, 7 Leap Year (PG) 1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:55, 5:40 Legion (R) Century Northgate 15: 4:20, 9:50 Me and Orson Welles (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Lark Theater: Fri-Sun 3:30 Mon 1 Tue-Thu 2:30 ❋ Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (PG) Century Northgate 15: 12, 1:15, 2:45, 4, 5:30, 6:45, 8:15, 9:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:20, 2:10, 4:55, 7:35, 10:15 Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire (R) ★★★1/2 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:40, 9:15 Sat-Sun 1:30, 4, 6:40, 9:15 Mon 1:30, 4, 6:40 Tue-Thu 4, 6:40 The Princess and the Frog (G) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 12:10, 2:30, 4:50 Sherlock Holmes (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 7:15, 10:30 ❋ South Pacific Sing-Along (G) Rafael Film Center: Thu 7 The Spy Next Door (PG) Century Northgate 15: 12:35, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30, 9:40 ❋ That Evening Sun (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:15, 6:45, 9:15 Sat-Mon 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, 9:15 Tue-Thu 6:45, 9:15 Tooth Fairy (PG) Century Northgate 15: 11:50, 2:20, 4:45, 7:10, 9:35 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:05, 2:30, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 2:10, 4:25 Sat-Mon

11:45, 2:10, 4:25 Up in the Air (R) ★★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:30, 10:05 Sat-Mon 11:30, 2:15, 4:50, 7:30, 10:05 Tue -Thu 6:45, 9:25 Century Northgate 15: 7:25, 9:55 Century Rowland Plaza: 6:50, 9:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sun 7, 9:30 Mon-Thu 7 Valentine’s Day (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7, 10 Sat-Mon 1, 4, 7, 10 Tue-Thu 6:30, 9:20 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sun 10:45, 11:45, 1:35, 2:45, 4:30, 5:50, 7:25, 8:55, 10:20 Mon-Tue, Thu 10:45, 11:45, 1:35, 2:45, 4:30, 5:50, 7:25 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:15, 2, 4:45, 7:30, 10:25 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:10, 7:10, 10:05 Sat-Sun 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:05 Mon 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 Tue-Thu 4:30, 7:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10 Sat-Sun 11:30, 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10 Mon 11:30, 2:10, 4:50, 7:30 Tue-Thu 2:10, 4:50, 7:30 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:15, 7, 9:45 Sat-Sun 1:15, 4:15, 7, 9:45 Mon 1:15, 4:15, 7 Tue-Thu 4:15, 7 When in Rome (PG-13) 1/2 Century Northgate 15: 12:30, 3, 5:15, 7:45, 10:05 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 1:50, 4:20 The White Ribbon (R) ★★★★ CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4, 7, 10 Sat-Sun 1, 4, 7, 10 Mon 1:20, 4:20, 7:20 Tue-Thu 4:20, 7:20 The Wolfman (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:35, 10:10 SatMon 11:45, 2:20, 5, 7:35, 10:10 Tue-Thu 7, 9:30 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sun 11:25, 12:40, 2:05, 3:20, 4:45, 6, 7:40, 8:40, 10:15 Mon-Thu, Thu 11:25, 12:40, 2:05, 3:20, 4:45, 6, 7:40 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:45, 10:10 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 3:50, 7:20, 9:55 Sat-Sun 1:20, 3:50, 7:20, 9:55 Mon 1:40, 4:10, 7:40 Tue-Thu 4:10, 7:40 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:05 Sat-Sun 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:05 Mon 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40 Tue-Thu 2:40, 5:10, 7:40

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›› 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

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Live music 02/12: Bautista Latin jazz fusion dance band. 8:30pm. $12. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 02/12: Connie Ducey and Judy Hall Jazz standards. 7:30-10:30pm. Saylor’s, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 02/12: Doc Kraft Dance band. 8:30pm. $5. Presidio Yacht Club, Sausalito. 601-7858 . www.dockraft.com 02/12: Lauralee Brown and Company Jazz. 7-10pm. The Pleasure is Mine, 475 East Strawberry Dr., Mill Valley. 381-6400. www.thepleasureismine.com/ 02/12: Tommy Castro Blues rock. 8:30pm. $20-30. Mill Valley Masonic, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 389-5072. www.murphyproductions.com

02/13: 19th Annual Mardi Gras Mambofest Party With Mike Rinta, Kevin Zuffi, Michael Peloquin, Tim Eschliman, Adam Goodhue, David Somers. Gumbo, jambalaya, oysters. RSVP please. 7:30pm. The Barge, 1 Napa St. at Bridgeway, Sausalito. 707-996-7025. www.rhythmtown-jive.com 02/13: Eugene Shilin Retro classics. 7-10pm. Saylor’s, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 02/13: Maria Mauldar Sings love songs. $28-38. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org 02/13: Tim Hockenberry Early Valentines day show. 8:30-11:30pm. $20-30. Mill Valley Masonic, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 389-5072. www.murphyproductions.com 02/13: Tommy Castro Band Valentine’s weekend show. 8:30pm. $20. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old

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02/13: Valentine’s Dance with Johnny Vegas and the High Rollers Proceeds go to the Gilead House. 7:30-11:30pm. $75. American Legion Hall, 500 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 717-0420. www.gileadhouse.org 02/14: Emily Bonn & The Vivants Honky tonk country Valentine’s day dance. 2-4pm. $10. Presidio Yacht Club, Near Discovery Bay Museum, Sausalito. 332-2319. www.myspace.com/emilybonnmusic

02/14: Have a Heart with the David Nelson Band Valentine's Day jam rock concert dedicated to helping Haiti. 6:30-10pm. $30. Mill Valley Masonic Center, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 389-5072. www.murphyproductions.com 02/14: Mike Lipskin and Dinah Lee Valentine songs. In the Bar. 4pm. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 02/16: Swing Fever Performs N’Awlins music for you on Fat Tuesday. 7-10pm. No cover Panama Hotel, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com 02/17: James Moseley Trio Jazz, blues, R&B with a Mardi Gras twist. 7-10pm. Panama Hotel, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com 02/17 Viper Central Part of the S.F. Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival. Iron Springs Brew Pub, 765 Center, Fairfax. 485-1005 . www.ironspringspub.com. 02/18: Harley White, Sr. Retro classics. 7-10pm. Panama Hotel, 4 Bayview St., San

Sundays: Mal Sharpe’s Dixieland Jazz 3-6pm. No Name Bar, 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1392. Tuesdays: Open mic with Damir. 9-11pm. Free. No Name Bar, 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito.

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02/18: Michael LaMacchia, Lisa Kindred Elaine DempRancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com

11am-1:30pm. Free. Mama’s Royal Cafe, 387 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-2361.

sey and Eugene Huggins, 8:30-11:30pm. N/C No Name Bar, 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1392.

02/19: Big Ben and his Snakeoil Saviors Original western swing. 8:30pm. $10. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 02/19:The Chieftans with Paddy Maloney. 8pm. $20-75. Marin Veteran's Memorial Auditorium, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800. wwww.marincenter.org.

02/19: Pine Hill Haints, Brothers Comatose Part of the San Francisco Old Time and Bluegrass Festival. 9:30pm. $10. Peri’s, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. www.perisbar.com Fridays: Michael Aragon Quartet Jazz. 9pm. No cover. No Name Bar, 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. Mondays: Billy D’s Open Mic Acoustic Open Mic Night. Free. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. www.perisbar.com Saturdays: Fred Nighthawk Jazz piano. 11am. Mama’s Royal Cafe, 387 Miller Ave., Mill Valley,. 388-2361. Sundays: Caroline Dahl Boogie-woogie piano.

Concerts 02/12: Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir Percussion driven, vocal ensemble which explores the rich musical traditions of African American roots music. $20-30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre. org

02/12: Valentine’s Dinner and Concert Tam High Music Dept’s annual fundraising event features dinner and live music by students. 6:30pm. $10-20. Ruby Scott Gym, Tam High, 700 Miller Ave., Mill Valley.

02/13: Sweethearts of the Radio KWMR’s annual benefit concert, this year featuring Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum, Eric & Suzy Thompson, Keith Terry and Evie Ladin, Deep Elem, plus desserts and drinks. 8pm. $25. The Dance Palace, 503 B St., Point Reyes Station. (707) 542-8995. www.kwmr.org 02/14: Baguette Quartette Romantic music and dinner menu. 7:30pm. $15. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 02/14: Golden Gate Brass Quintet Classical masterpieces and Valentine’s Day entertainment for the whole family. Cupid with a tuba! Pre-concert talk, meet musicians afterward. 5pm. $5-15. Music

BEST BET A kiss is still a kiss... Oh, c’mon! What could be more romantic than a free screening of CASABLANCA? Long before the days of a bikinied Kate Hudson and perpetually shirtless Matthew McConaughey entangled in one treasure-hunting, hate-turned-love fiasco after another, uber-cool Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman snarked, smoked and brooded in Morocco as reunited former lovers—alongside Europeans escaping the Nazis during the early days of World War II—in Casablanca. (US 1942) 102 min. The Rafael’s ongoing quarterly series “Everybody’s Classics,” featuring big-screen presentations of classic films offered free to the public, is made possible through the support Bogie and Bergman ‘have Paris’ in a scene from of the Koret Foundation. Tickets will be one of the all-time classics. distributed the day of show on a firstcome, first-served basis. 12pm Feb. 14 at Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael.—Samantha Campos

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reographed version of “Coppelia.” 8pm. $18-65. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800. www.marincenter.org

02/13: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo The all male ensemble performs loving parodies of classical ballet with great technical prowess and impeccable comic timing. $20-$60 Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800. www.marincenter.org

Theater/Auditions 02/12-13:‘These Are Not All My Children.’ Murder mystery dinner theater. 6:30-9:30pm. $25, includes dinner. Tam Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6393. www.tcsd.us

02/15: MTC New Works Series presents ‘Carthage’ By Emily Schwend. Directed by Ryan Rilette. Staged reading. 7pm. Free. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208. www.marintheatre.org

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Sultan of sultry Maria Muldaur, Feb. 13 at 142 Throck. at St. John’s, 14 Lagunitas, Ross. 456-1102. www. stjohnsross.org

02/17: Servino Opera Dinner Anniversary Servino Opera Dinner Night one year anniversary with special guests Robert Ashens, pianist, Ryan Lee Nelson, 10-yr-old soprano, tenor Adam Flowers. Italian Wines by Monte Bianco Imports. 6:30-10:30pm. $85. Servino Ristorante, 9 Main St., Tiburon. 435-2676. www.servino.com

02/19: Yoga Mountain Studio Anniversary Celebration With Urban Nature live world music fusion with tabla beats, desserts and drinks. 8-11pm. $15. Yoga Mountain Studio, 85 Bolinas Rd. #3, Fairfax. 602-3040. www.yogamountainstudio.com

Through 02/12: Marin Music Chest accepting scholarship applications The Marin Music Chest has launched its annual scholarship program for Marin County students studying classical music. Go to www.marinmusicchest.org for application information. Free. Marin Music Chest, P.O. Box 468, Ross. 892-9731. www.marinmusicchest.org

Dance 02/12: Moscow Festival Ballet Newly cho-

“Crimes and Punishment.” Eight short staged readings. 7:30pm. $15. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org

2/13-21:‘Panto! Musical Fairy Tale Adventure’ Traditional British pantomime and musical entertainment for the whole family. Shows at 11:30am and 2:30pm Sat.-Sun. Feb. 13-21. $15-20, under 4 free. Little Theater, Drake High, 1327 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 479-7191. www.pantomarin.com Through 02/14:‘The Miser’ The Ross Valley Players presents the comedy by Moliere. 8pm. Fri.Sat; 2pm. Sun; 7:30pm. Thurs. $15-25. Ross Valley Players’ Barn Theatre, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 456-9555. www.rossvalleyplayers.com Through 02/14:‘Sunlight’ Written by Sharr White. Directed by Jasson Minadakis. 8pm Fri-Sat; 7pm. Sun. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208. www.marintheatre.org Through 03/07:‘Proof’ Novato Theater Company presents David Auburn’s Pulitzer prize and Tony award winning play. $19-22. Pacheco Playhouse, 484 Ignacio Blvd., Novato. 883-4498. www. pachecoplayhouse.org

Art 02/12-03/09:‘California, Una Decada’ Ronald Alexander Berliner, paintings. “Travels, A Decade.” Charlee Wagner photography. In the Underground Gallery at Art Works Downtown.

The Ross Valley Players’ RAW Winter Festival—a forum for playwrights to test new works before live audiences —takes place Feb. 18 to 21 at the Barn. Reception Feb. 12, 5-8pm. 10am-5pm. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. www.artworksdowntown.org/ 02/12:‘REDception’ Special 2nd Fridays Art Walk in honor of Valentine’s Day. Red food, red drinks, red art. Come dressed in red. 5-8pm. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. www.artworksdowntown.org/

02/12: Preview for Marin Show: ‘Art of the Americas’ Opening night preview offers an early peek at the exhibit and will benefit Homeward Bound of Marin. Browse while enjoying appetizers and wine. 7-9:30pm. Free. Marin Center, 10 Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 382-3363 x211. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/91433 02/13-03/14: ‘Inside Out’ Works from 13 Bay Area abstract artists. Reception: Feb 20, 4-7pm. Tues.-Sun. 11am-4pm Free. MarinMOCA, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137. www. marinmoca.org

02/19-03/28: ‘Gloria Matuszewski: Fields of Time’ and “The Wild Book Show 2010: Rain or Shine.” 11am-5pm. Free. Gallery Route One, 11101 Highway One, Point Reyes. 663-1347. www.galleryrouteone.org

Through 03/03: ‘The Same Place Where Dreams Come From’ New works by Josie Grant and Jane Zich. 11am-6pm. elsewhere gallery, 1828 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 747-8696. www.elsewhere.com

Through 03/04: ImageMovers Digital Employee Art Show “Counterpoint.” Exhibit featuring paintings, drawings, collage and photography. 9am-5pm. Free. Marin Community Foundation, 5 Hamilton Landing # 200, Novato. 448-0362. www.marinarts.org Through 03/07: New Exhibitions “Coyote, Deer and Gold: Karen & Malcolm Whyte Collection of Contemporary American Indian Art in California” “Ilka Hartmann.” Photography. “Marna Clarke.” Coastal Marin artist. 1-5pm. Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330. www.bolinasmuseum.org

Through 03/08: ‘Artists for Awareness: Goes Red’ Benefitting nonprofit fighting heart disease. 4-7pm. Northbay ArtWorks, 7049 Redwood Blvd., Novato. 892-8188. www.northbayartworks.com

juries this exhibition. 11am-5pm. Free. Gallery Route One, 11101 Highway One, Point Reyes. 663-1347. www.galleryrouteone.org

Through 03/25: Annual Marin Arts Council Members’ Exhibit Annual art exhibit

Through 02/27: Leah Schwartz Exhibit

featuring a variety of works by member artists including mixed media, paintings, sculpture and photography. 9am-5pm. Free. Marin County Civic Center, 1st and 3rd Floor Galleries, 3501 Civic Center Dr., Room 329, San Rafael. 499-8350, Ext. 362. www.marinarts.org

Retrospective art show. 9am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. www.spn.usace.army.mil/bmvc

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Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. www.artworksdowntown.org/

Through 02/28: “Black, White, Plus Red” Gallery is open 11am-4pm Mon.-Thurs.; Noon4pm Sat.-Sun. Closed Fri. Marin Society of Artists Gallery, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 454-9561. www.marinsocietyofartists.org

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Landscape oil paintings. 8am-9:30pm. Free. Two Bird Cafe, 625 San Geronimo Valley Dr., San Geronimo. www.lindalarsenartist.com

Through 02/14: 25th Annual January Juried Exhibit Art critic Kenneth Baker

Through 02/26: ‘Ebullient: The Art of Harry Cohen’ Paintings. 10am-5pm. Free. Art

It’s all hearts on deck at the David Nelson Band’s benefit show for Haitian relief on Feb. 14.

Through 02/28: Linda Larsen Exhibit

02/12: ‘Beloved and The Ancestors’ An evening of storytelling and shamanic ritual with Reda Rackley. 7-9pm. $20. Crystal Place, 1930 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 785-7119. www. thecrystalchalice.com/

Through 02/28: ‘A Thousand Years of Southwestern Pottery’ Pottery exhibit. Tra-

02/16: Learning About Bay Area Pumas

ditions born centuries ago still live in this vital art form. Tues.-Sat. Noon-4pm. $5. Marin Museum of the American Indian, 2200 Novato Blvd., Novato. 897-4064. www.marinindian.com

Zara McDonald will share stories, visuals, and the latest updates from the research and conservation efforts of of the Bay Area Puma Project (BAPP). 7:30-8:30pm. Free. Belvedere-Tiburon

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02/19: Dominican and Book Passage Present Stanley Coren â&#x20AC;&#x153;How Dogs Think.â&#x20AC;? Coren discusses scientific insight that helps pet owners understand canine behaviors. Proceeds benefit Dominicanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Psychology Dept. 7pm. $25 (includes a signed book). Dominican University, 50 Acacia Dr., San Rafael. 257-1349. www.dominican.edu 02/19: Peter Hessler The author discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

Film Events 02/14:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Casablancaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Celebrate Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day with a free screening. Tickets will be distributed at the door, starting at 11:30am, first come, first served. Noon. Free. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-1222. www. cafilm.org

Emily Bonn and the Vivants will be connoisseurs of country Feb. 14 at the Presidio Yacht Club.

02/19:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Dancing With Gaiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Screening and Talk Film explores ways to experience the earth

02/18: Michele Wong McSween Chinese New

as your own body, against a backdrop of ancient sacred sites. Gaia Chthon meditation talk after. 7-10pm. $20. Crystal Chalice Store, 1930 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 785-7119. www.gaiadancing.com

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Year Celebration. McSween talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gordon and Lili: Words for Everyday.â&#x20AC;? 10am. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. bookpassage.com

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Join Ranger Bill Cope as he facilitates an in-depth discussion of the history of the Marinship Shipyard at the Bay Model built by the Bechtel Corporation by the request of President Franklin Roosevelt 6-7:30pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. www.spn.usace. army.mil/bmvc/

invasive species and plant native plants. Bring your family! Rain or shine. Please see the website for directions and more information. 9am-3pm. Free. Bolinas Lagoon Preserve, 220 Swift St., Stinson Beach. 8689244. www.egret.org 02/14: Summit Group Ride Join us for a casual, fun group ride every other Saturday. Van leaves the shop at 10:30am Ride location group-dependent. Free saftey check. 10:30am. Free. Summit Bicycles, 1820 Fourth St., San Rafael. 456-4700. www.summitmarin.com

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Day-long workshop focused on opening your heart and creating a lasting symbol of your heartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s desire. 11am-5pm. $75, materials included. 868-1368.

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road down this valley with naturalist David Herlocker to lunch at the beach, looking along the way for bobcats, coyotes and owls. Even though it is still winter, there should also be interesting insects visiting the first flowers of the year. 10am-2pm. Tennessee Valley Trailhead, Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley. 499-3647. www.marinopenspace.org

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PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122931 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as J & J SPA, 807-A FOURTH STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SITU BIYU, 4 ANDREAS COURT, NOVATO, CA 94945. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 14, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 22, 29; February 5, 12, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122881 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NOVATO 76 BRAKES, ALIGNMENT & MUFFLERS, 7417 REDWOOD BOULEVARD, NOVATO, CA 94945: EVER F. GONZALES, 15 ROMAR COURT, APT. D, NOVATO, CA 94945. 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 January 8, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 22, 29; February 5, 12, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122880 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SAN RAFAEL 76 AUTOMOTIVE, 360 THIRD STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: EVER F. GONZALEZ, 15 ROMAR COURT, APT. D, NOVATO, CA 94945. 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 January 8, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 22, 29; February 5, 12, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122859 The following individual is doing business as PELOTON PRODUCTIONS, 680 SUMMIT AVENUE, MILL VALLEY: KRISTI DENTON COHEN, 680 SUMMIT AVENUE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name listed herein in 1998. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on January 7, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 22, 29; February 5, 12, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122871 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as KENSU PRECIOUS, 697 FAWN DRIVE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: KENDRA JAHN, 697 FAWN DRIVE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960; LORENZO VASSALLO, 697 FAWN DRIVE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. 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 January 7, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 22, 29; February 5, 12, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122790 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RED, 8 FOX LANE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: LESLIE HARARI, 8 FOX LANE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. 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 December 30, 2009. (Publication Dates: January 22, 29; February 5, 12, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122956 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MILL VALLEY TOWING, 18 LA GOMA STREET, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: OSCAR VELAZQUEZ, 291 PLAYA DEL REY, 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 January 18, 2005. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 15, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 29; February 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010122819 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as VOYAGER VAULT, 74 DOMINGA AVENUE, FAIRFAX, CA 94903: DALE L.

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PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 32 DERRY, 74 DOMINGA AVENUE, FAIRFAX, CA 94930. 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 January 4, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 29; February 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122893 The following individual is doing business as TAMALPAIS HARDWOOD FLOORS, 1133 EAST FRANCISCO BOULEVARD, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: DERMOT COOGAN, 1133 EAST FRANCISCO BOULEVARD, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name listed herein in 2005. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 11, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 29; February 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123026 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as INSTITUTE FOR ESOGETIC COLORPUNCTURE, 1408 FOURTH STREET, UNIT 21, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ROSEMARY BOURNE, 261 PLAYA DEL REY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein in 2005. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 25, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 29; February 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122965 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TJ’S GYM/CROSSFIT SAN RAFAEL, 2240 FOURTH STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: TJ’S GYM, LLC, 2240 FOURTH STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a limited liability partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein in April 2007. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 19, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 29; February 5,12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122964 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TJ’S GYM/CROSSFIT CORTE MADERA, 200 TAMAL PLAZA, SUITE 514, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: TJ’S GYM, LLC, 2240 FOURTH STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a limited liability partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein in May 2008. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 19, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 29; February 5,12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122966 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TJ’S GYM/CROSSFIT NOVATO, 7427 REDWOOD BOULEVARD, SUITE B, NOVATO, CA 94949: TJ’S GYM NOVATO, LLC, 7427 REDWOOD BOULEVARD, SUITE B, NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. 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 January 19, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 29; February 5,12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123041 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as A & A HOUSE CLEANING SERVICES, 727 MONARCH COURT, RICHMOND, CA 94806: ALEX SANTAMARIA, 727 MONARCH COURT, RICHMOND, CA 94806; ARISBEL MORIN, 727 MONARCH COURT, RICHMOND, CA 94806. This business is being conducted by co-partners. 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 January 25, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 29; February 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122997 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as COACHING COMMITMENTS, 1000 BAYHILLS DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: HEATHER BOWKER, 1000 BAYHILLS DRIVE, 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 December 28, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 21, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 29; February 5, 12, 19, 2010)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010123024 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MONEY TOUCH, 536 D STREET, UNIT B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: TINA N. MARSHALL, 536 D STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on February 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 22, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 29; February 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122986 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as FERNRAY PUBLISHING, 187 WEST BLITHEDALE AVENUE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: ANITA GARNER, 187 WEST BLITHEDALE AVENUE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein in 2004. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 20, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 29; February 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123052 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as I HATE DIRT, 103 LEHMAN LANE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: JUDY KEYDOMINGUEZ, 103 LEHMAN LANE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941; MANUEL DOMINGUEZ, 103 LEHMAN LANE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by a Husband & Wife. 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 January 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 29; February 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123075 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RSVP, RESOURCE SPECIALIST VERY PERSONAL, 426 CEDAR HILL DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: CARLA L. HIMY, 426 CEDAR HILL DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein in 2007. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304143 The following person(s) has/have abandoned the use of a fictitious business name(s). The information given below is as it appeared on the fictitious business statement that was filed at the Marin County Clerk-Recorder’s Office. Fictious Business Name(s): ROBâ ™S HANDYMAN SERVICES, 369-B THIRD STREET, #326, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94904. Filed in Marin County on: March 13, 2008. Under file No.: 2008116565. Registrant’s Name(s): ROBERT ROBBINS, 216 FOSTER AVENUE, KENTFIELD, CA 94904. This business was conducted by an INDIVIDUAL. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on January 5, 2010. (Pacific Sun: February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123084 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE NOISE FARM, 17 ARANA CIRCLE, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: JESSICA LUTHI HERTL, 17 ARANA CIRCLE, SAUSALITO, CA 94965; LUKE LUTHIMORRISON, 56-C MORAY ROAD, LONDON, UK, N43LG; JAY ALAN HERTL, 17 ARANA CIRCLE, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by a Limited Partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 28, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123085 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MOBILE AFFILIATE NETWORK, 17 ARANA CIRCLE, SAUSALITO, CA 95965: JESSICA LUTHI HERTL, 17 ARANA CIRCLE, SAUSALITO, CA 94965; JAY ALAN HERTL, 17 ARANA CIRCLE, SAUSALITO, CA 95965; STUART REED, 51 BRIARS END, WITCHFORD, ELY, UK CB62GB; JOHN GILBERT-JUPP, 74 EAST STREET, GILLINGHAM, KENT, UK ME71EH . This business is being conducted by a Limited Partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 28, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010123077 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ORIGINAL MALO, 431 FIRST STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JORGE SANTANA, 431 FIRST STREET, 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 January 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122933 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SHINING STAR ELECTRIC, 48 BOLINAS ROAD, FAIRFAX, CA 94930: SEAN KEVIN MOHAN, 48 BOLINAS ROAD, FAIRFAX, CA 94930; STEPHANIE MOHAN, 48 BOLINAS ROAD, FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by a Husband and Wife. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein in 1989. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 14, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122955 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ANACELIS SERVICE, LLC, 136 BELLAM BOULEVARD, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MARIA VICTORIA ONTIVEROS, 133 LAURELWOOD DRIVE, NOVATO, CA 94949; ABEL ONTIVEROS, 133 LAURELWOOD DRIVE, NOVATO, CA 94949; ARACELI ONTIVEROS, 133 LAURELWOOD DRIVE, NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by a Limited Liability Company. 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 January 15, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123104 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WHITE GIRAFFE PRODUCTIONS, 387-A WOODSIDE AVENUE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: PHILIP A. HODGES, 387-A WOODSIDE AVENUE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 12, 2005. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 1, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010123078 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CHARITYSTATEREGISTRATION. ORG, 40 HARCOURT, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MP MAY, INC., 40 HARCOURT, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a Corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 27, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122939 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WILMER’S AUTO REPAIR, 1385 EAST FRANCISCO BOULEVARD, SUITE G, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: WUILMER NORBERTO DE LEON DE LEON, 3411 KERNER BOULEVARD, APT. 10, 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 January 14, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123083 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PING’S BODY WORK, 710 C STREET, SUITE #14B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: YAO LIU, 200 CUTLASS DRIVE, #210, NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on February 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123125 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as EMBASSY SUITES - MARIN COUNTY/SAN RAFAEL AND GRILLE 101, 101 MCINNIS PARKWAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: DJONT/EPT LEASING, LLC, 545 EAST JOHN CARPENTER FREEWAY, SUITE 1300, IRVING, TEXAS, 75062. This business is being

STARSTREAM Week of February 11-February 17, 2010 ›› by Ly n d a R ay ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Don’t blame yourself for slipping behind on projects. Your ruler, active Mars, has four more weeks of retrograde motion and full charge ahead isn’t on the agenda. On the other hand, this is a great time for self-reflection. As for Valentine’s Day, you feel romantic as the intimate Moon and sensuous Venus focus on your emotional state. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) Your ruler, hedonistic Venus, brings a high level of pleasure on Sunday and a desire to indulge ALL your senses. A home project that hasn’t been working out comes together Monday when an overlooked solution becomes obvious—like hiring a professional. After all, being frugal is admirable, but being sensible is smart. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) You are feeling rather detached on Friday and Saturday, so you might need coaxing to get in the mood for Valentine’s Day. On Tuesday, you may receive an offer that has great potential for your professional life. The problem is that it may disrupt your personal one. It’s always something, isn’t it? CANCER (June 21 - July 21) Saturday’s new moon in the experimental sign of Aquarius inspires you to come up with a variety of seduction scenarios for Valentine’s Day. Sunday is magical as your ruler (the emotive Moon) merges with both pleasurable Venus and expansive Jupiter. On Tuesday, those with a desire to travel can find the deal of the year. LEO (July 22 - August 22) Four celestial energies in your relationship house on Friday and Saturday bring you endless ideas of how to impress your sweetie or how to meet someone. On Sunday, the erotic duo of the Moon and Venus in your intimacy house promises to make this a Valentine’s Day to remember. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) An assortment of planets in your mate house could make this Valentine’s Day particularly fascinating. You are experiencing a blend of energies from warmly romantic to coolly curious. You aren’t sure if you want to make out or play Scrabble with your sweetie. If you’re looking for love, you can’t decide whether intelligence or humor takes priority. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) Every Valentine’s Day, the expressive Sun is in your house of romance. This week, the combined influences of the mushy Moon and jovial Jupiter on your ruler, hedonistic Venus, shoots you to superstardom on Cupid’s list of great lovers. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) You can make your own chocolate truffles, design your own card and create a romantic environment worthy of Hollywood. Your favorite Valentine is lucky. On the career front, things are not so smooth, as bossy Mars could stir up a power struggle between you and a business associate. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) The dramatic Sun, romantic Neptune and chatty Mercury together in your communication house make sure you know just what words to whisper to your lover for Valentine’s Day. Romance is on the agenda this week as Venus (the goddess of love) has a strong influence on your ruler, idealistic Jupiter. True love—a worthy goal indeed. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) An emphasis on both Neptune and Pisces this week suggests that fantasy has the upper hand. You are starring in your own romantic drama. Perhaps it is all an illusion. Or, perhaps you needed to break free from the ordinary in order to experience the sublime. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) This week looks great for financial gain. Expect a winning lottery ticket in your birthday card. If you are going out for a romantic dinner, go on Tuesday—after you cash in your lottery ticket. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) The emotional Moon, seductive Venus and enthusiastic Jupiter are all in your sign for Valentine’s Day. If you’re currently single, you may want to take up a friend’s offer to play matchmaker. Meanwhile, a co-worker does not have your best interests at heart. ✹ Email Lynda Ray at cosmicclues@gmail.com or check out her website at www.lyndarayastrology.com conducted by a Limited Liability Company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on 12/31/1997. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 1, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123182 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PAINTBALL AT YOUR PLACE, 5093 PARADISE DRIVE, TIBURON, CA 94920: EMPYREAN GROUP, LLC, 5093 PARADISE DRIVE, TIBURON, CA 94920. This business is being conducted by a Limited Liability Company. 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 February 5, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123076 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE WINDOW GUY, 25 CORTE LENOSA, GREENBRAE, CA 94904: BRUCE WRIGHT, 25 CORTE LENOSA, 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 January 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122923 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE FESTIVAL COMPANY/ THE MARIN ART FESTIVAL, 95 BUENA VISTA, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: TYSON UNDERWOOD, 95 BUENA VISTA, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. 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 ClerkRecorder of Marin County on January 13, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010122907 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TEENY TINY TALES, 172 PICNIC AVENUE, #1, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901; KEVIN MICHAEL PRICE PRODUCTIONS, 172 PICNIC AVENUE, #1, SAN RAFAEL,

CA 94901: KEVIN M. PRICE, 172 PICNIC AVENUE, #1, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901-5058. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 4, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 12, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123159 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MASTERPIECE COFFEE, 31-C PAMARON WAY, NOVATO, CA 94949: K & R HOLDINGS, INC., 31-C PAMARON WAY, NOVATO, CA 94949. 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 February 4, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010123213

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My wife has gone baby crazy. She’s demanding I get her pregnant—between screaming, “You’re a horrible person,” “I know why your ex cheated on you” and “You’re a cold and heartless machine.” We’re both 42, and have been married for eight months. Last year, she had a miscarriage. She’s always been difficult, but things have gotten really bad. A counselor we’re seeing deemed her a “loose cannon.” He said we should get our relationship healthy, then consider having a baby, and set up rules for us that my wife ignores. Last time I reminded her we agreed to wait on the baby, she called me “pure evil,” and for the third time, threw her engagement and wedding rings at me and said to sell them. She says if we don’t have a child right away, she’ll hold me responsible. Obviously, the dynamic here isn’t good, but the real problem is she can be amazingly sweet and giving. These extremes really scare me, for our future as a couple and as possible parents.—Shell-Shocked

A:

Should you bring a child into the world with a raging psycho who can occasionally be nice? Um...well...sure...assuming you’ve already struck out with all the crack-addicted prostitutes. (“Aww, look, little feller’s got his daddy’s eyes and his mommy’s hep C.”) While other guys’ wives spend long hours reading self-help books, yours apparently favors how-to guides to totalitarianism (The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Despots?). Now, it is possible some of her behavior traces to some postpartum-type upset; maybe hormones running wild after her miscarriage. Then again, you made it clear in our email exchange that she was rather witchy prepartum. Sure, it’s tough for a woman who sees her eggs on the reduced-forquick-sale rack. But, clearly, there’s something radically wrong here—something that begs for more intervention from a mental health professional than a set of rules. Regarding her ticking clock (with the loose cannon attachment), there are a lot of things you can call a woman who goes off on you like she does, but let’s hope the last thing anybody’ll be calling her is “Mommy.” As for what she calls you, we all get embarrassed by the little names our partners give us when emotion takes over; you know, Booboo, Sweetiepants, Pookie or, in your case, Pure Evil, and Cold and Heartless Machine. You’ve spent so long with an exploding woman—an emotional blackmailer who tries to hell-state you into meeting her demands—that the nasty life has become normal life. In fact, the way you put it (from your hotel room in Stockholm syndrome), the real problem is that she’s “amazingly sweet and giving”—when she isn’t nearly putting your eye out with her rings. It’s fine by me if you want to hang around looking for the good in some woman while she bends silverware with her screams, but you and your wife aren’t just two people making each other miserable. One of you is desperately trying to make a third person. You need to do everything in your power to see that your as-yetunborn child remains unborn. While I’m not usually one to explicitly advise people to end relationships, in your case, let me make this perfectly plain: Get out before she straps you down, hooks up the vacuum cleaner and takes your sperm.

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My ex-husband and I were married for 19 years. We’ve been divorced for two, and have two sons, 17 and 20. He married a woman five years older than my oldest son. Amazingly, that’s not my problem. It’s that he calls with the pretense of checking on the boys, then talks about old times, and drama old and new. I realize his wife’s so young that he can’t start conversations with “remember when,” but I need to move on with my life.—Getting Yammered

A:

You, too, need to start a conversation with “Remember when,” as in, “Remember when you divorced me and married that other woman?” He could be delving into the milestones of her life, like where she was when Britney and Justin called it quits. Not surprisingly, he seems to prefer adult conversation with a woman who knows who he is and where he’s been. Inform him, kindly and politely, that from now on, you’ll only talk about the children; that is, the children you gave birth to. He’s made his bed, and tucked a very young woman into it, and it’s time he focused on things they have in common, like how 10 years ago, he was driving carpool and she was riding in one. ✹

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PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 33 File No. 2010123213 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE WINDOW WAREHOUSE, 5776 PARADISE DRIVE, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: HEALDSBURG LUMBER COMPANY, INC., 359 HUDSON STREET, HEALDSBURG, CA 95448. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 9, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123093 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as REDWOOD MEDICAL GROUP, 900 LARKSPUR LANDING CIRCLE, SUITE 200, LARKSPUR, CA 94939: ONE MEDICAL GROUP, INC., 1 EMBARCADERO CENTER, SUITE 2440, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94111. 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 January 29, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123204 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as KEY REAL ESTATE AUCTIONS, 16 CASTLEWOOD DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: BONNIE LEVINE, 16 CASTLEWOOD DRIVE, 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 February 8, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123221 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GREAT BAY SIGNS AND GRAPHICS, 61 LOVELL AVENUE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: ROBERT B. JACKLIN, 61 LOVELL AVENUE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. 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 February 9, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123217 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ROYAL FRANKS, 1109 FOURTH STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MOHAMED SHAWA, 2745 HILLVIEW DRIVE, FAIRFIELD, 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 ClerkRecorder of Marin County on February 9, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010)

997 All Other Legals SUMMONS (CITACION JUDICIAL) Case Number (Numero del Caso): PC 20090600 NOTICE TO DEFENDENT (AVISO AL DEMANDADO): STEVEN DANIEL STEIN, SUSIE CORL aka SUSAN CORL, BANK OF AMERICA, AND DOES 1 THROUGH 100, INCLUSIVE: YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF: (LO ESTA DEMANDANDO EL DEMANDANTE): FIRST AMERICAN TITLE COMPANY. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this Summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you; your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-help Center (www.courtinfo. ca.gov/selfhelp), your county law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (www. lawhelpcalifornia.org) the California Courts Online Self-help Center (www.courinfo.ca.gov/

selfhelp) or by contacting your local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000 or more in a civil case. The courtâ ™s lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. AVISO: Lo han demando. Si no responde dentro de 30 dias, la corte puede decidir en su contra sin escucher su version. Lea la informacion a continuacion. Tienne 30 DIAS CALENDARIO despues de que le entreguen esta citacion y papeles legales para presentar una respuesta por escrito en esta corte y hacer que se entregue una copia al demandante. Una carta o una llamada telefonica no lo protegen; su respuesta por escrito tiene que estar en formato legal correcto si desea que procesen su caso en la corte. Es posible que haya un formulario que usted pueda usar para su respuesta. Puede encontrar estos formularios de la corte y mas information en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California (www.sucorte.ca.gov) en la biblioteca de leyes de su condado o en la corte que le quede mas cerca. Si no puede pagar la cuota de presentacion, pida al secretario de la corte que le de un formulario de exencion de pago de cuotas. Si no presenta su respuesta a tiempo, puede perder el caso por incumplimiento, y la corte le podra quitar su sueldo, dinero y bienes sin mas advertencia. Hay otros requisitos legales. Es recomendable que llame a un abogado immediatamente. Si no conoce a un abogado, puede llamar a un servicio de remision de abogados. Si no puede pagar a un abogado, es posible que cumpla con los resquisitos para obtener servicios legales gratuitos de un programa de servicios legales sin fines de lucro. Puede encontrar estos grupos sin fines de lucro en el sitio web de California Legal Services, (www. lawhelpcalifornia.org) en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California. (www.sucorte. ca.gov) o poniendose en contacto con la corte o el colegio de abogados locales. AVISO: Por ley, la corte tiene derecho a reclamar las cuotas y los costos exentos por imponer un gravamen sobre cualquier recuperacié n de $10,000 é más de valor recibida mediante un acuerdo o una concesié n de arbitraje en un caso de derecho civil. Tiene que pagar el gravamen de la corte antes de que la corte pueda desechar el caso. The name and address of the court is: (El nombre y direccion de las corte es) El Dorado County Superior Court, 3321 Cameron Park Drive, Cameron Park, CA 95682. The name, address, and telephone number of plaintiff’s attorney is: (El nombre, la direccion y el numero de telefono del abogado del demandante es): William E. Barnes, (094791), Law Offices Of William E. Barnes, 1730 â œIâ ù Street, Suite 240, Sacramento, CA 95811-3017 (916) 4414007. Date (Fecha): September 24, 2009 /s/ Clerk (Secretario): by, C. DeRenne, Deputy Clerk (Adjunto) (Pacific Sun: January 22, 29; February 5, 12, 2010) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1000522. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner SCOTT JOSEPH KALECHSTEIN filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: SCOTT JOSEPH KALECHSTEIN to SCOTT KALECHSTEIN GRACE. 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: March 24, 2010, 8:30 a.m., Dept. E, Room E, 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: February 1, 2010 /s/ JAMES R. RITCHIE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: MICHAEL KIRK FARMER. Case No. PR-1000470. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of MICHAEL KIRK FARMER, MICHAEL K. FARMER, MICHAEL FARMER. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: LOTUS FARMER in the Superior Court of California, County of MARIN. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that FRANZA GIFFEN be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: March 8, 2010 at 8:30 a.m. in Dept.: Probate, Room: L, of the Superior

Court of California, Marin County, located at Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in section 9100 of the California Probate Code. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: JULIA P. WALD, 1108 FIFTH AVENUE, SUITE 202, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. (415) 482-7555. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26, 2010) PUBLIC NOTICE: NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. Sausalito Mini Storage according to the provisions of Division 8 of the California Business and Professional Code, Chapter 10, Section 21707(a) hereby gives NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. Sausalito Mini Storage will conduct a public sale of the contents of the storage units named below, with the contents being sold for lawful money of the United States of America. The Sale is being held to satisfy an OWNERâ ™S LIEN and will be held at: SAUSALITO MINI STORAGE, 415 COLOMA STREET, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. The property will be sold to the highest bidder on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2010 at 11:00 AM. Should it be impossible to sell all of the lots on the above date, the sale will be continued to another date as announced by the auctioneer, Duane M. Hines, Bond No. RED 1016142. The property to be sold consists of household goods and personal effects belonging to the occupant(s) identified below. For additional information call: (415) 332-6520, Monday â “ Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Name of owner is followed by lot number: REID ANSWORTH: UNIT #215; SHARON MORTENSON: UNIT #262; DON PRESSON: UNIT #504; SALLY STARRELS: UNIT #YORK-19; THOMAS BENDER: UNIT #157-A; RODNEY ANDERSON: UNIT #J-17; RAY GORDON: UNIT #533; DONNA HICKEY: UNIT #208. Pacific Sun: (February 12, 19, 2010) PUBLIC NOTICE: NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. CORTE MADERA MINI STORAGE according to the provisions of Division 8 of the California Business and Professional Code, Chapter 10, Section 21707(a) hereby gives NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. CORTE MADERA MINI STORAGE will conduct a public sale of the contents of the storage units named below, with the contents being sold for lawful money of the United States of America. The Sale is being held to satisfy an OWNERâ ™S LIEN and will be held at: CORTE MADERA MINI STORAGE, 5776-B PARADISE DRIVE, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925. The property will be sold to the highest bidder on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2010 at 1:30 PM. Should it be impossible to sell all of the lots on the above date, the sale will be continued to another date as announced by the auctioneer, Duane M. Hines, Bond No. RED 1016142. The property to be sold consists of household goods and personal effects belonging to the occupant(s) identified below. For additional information call: (415) 927-1774, Monday â “ Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Name of owner is followed by lot number: BOB WEILAND/TRADELINE: UNIT #806. Pacific Sun: (February 12, 19, 2010) PUBLIC NOTICE: NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. ALL OVER MARIN MINI STORAGE according to the provisions of Division 8 of the California Business and Professional Code, Chapter 10, Section 21707(a) hereby gives NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. ALL OVER MARIN MINI STORAGE will conduct a public sale of the contents of the storage units named below, with the contents being sold for lawful money of the United States of America. The Sale is being held to satisfy an OWNERâ ™S LIEN and will be held at: ALL OVER MARIN MINI STORAGE, 2145 REDWOOD HIGHWAY, LARKSPUR, CA 94904. The property will be sold to the highest bidder on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2010 at 1:00 PM. Should it be impossible to sell all of the lots on the above date, the sale will be continued to another date as announced by the auctioneer, Duane M. Hines, Bond No. RED 1016142. The property to be sold consists of household goods and personal effects belonging to the occupant(s) identified below. For additional information call: (415) 927-1774, Monday â “ Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Name of owner is followed by lot number: DONALD LEBUHN/EVOLUTION FURNITURE COMPANY: UNIT #250; MIKE BENDER: UNIT #402. Pacific Sun: (February 12, 19, 2010)

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