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In regard to your “Hero and Zero” column from April 16 in which Debbie C derides Fairfax’s recent rash of vehicular vandalism. Yesterday, I read both the Chronicle and the Pacific Sun. The headlining story on the front of the Chronicle: A man and his father are beaten in broad daylight in downtown Oakland for no apparent reason; the father never regains consciousness and later dies. Inside the Pacific Sun, on the other hand, Debbie C describes life in quaint Fairfax to be “like living in Armageddon” after her new car was keyed and mirrors smashed, among other things. “Not even Oakland has it to this degree,” she is quoted as saying. The juxtaposition of these two stories highlights the most serious problem that Marinites face: lack of perspective. Chelsea Dolan, San Rafael

More false dilemmas than a wardrobe filled with Lycra! In regard to Cindy Ross’s letter criticizing the county funding of bike paths [“If Everyone Can’t Ride Everywhere All the Time—

Why Fund Bikes at All?” April 16]. Well, maybe more people would ride their bicycles more often if there were more bike paths and thus cut down car traffic and pollution. But, using Ms. Ross’s “logic”: Not everyone has the ability to walk, so if everyone can’t walk, why fund sidewalk repair? If not everyone uses a wheelchair or mobility scooter, why make sidewalks safer for them? If we need more parking for cars so that people can park to go to dine and shop, why not take away some of the already too-few bike racks and put in more car parking spaces? If a significant number of cyclists ride through Fairfax and spend their money at various business venues including those that rely on bicycle riders as a large percentage of their customer base, why not fund those businesses to leave town and go somewhere else? If only 10 percent of the population dies from cancer why fund cancer research? If everyone doesn’t profit from oil sales and arms deals, why do we fund those wars with tax dollars that could be used for bike paths, sidewalks and public transportation services? If such a minuscule number of commuters use the bus as means of transportation why fund Golden Gate Transit at all? As someone who commutes by bike, bus and car, I too (just like Ms. Ross) am tired of cyclists who don’t stop at stop signs and don’t ride single file. They make it bad for me in the car or on the bike. But I don’t resent them as much as I do the vastly greater number of law-breaking car drivers who make cycling a dangerous and life-threatening activity.And just because one out of a thousand cyclists has inconvenienced you, it is not grounds to indict all

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Do you want Reagan to replace Grant on the $50 dollar bill? No commentary from me, I’ll just ask the question - How do you feel about Ronald Reagan replacing (Hiram) Ulysses Simpson Grant on the $50 dollar bill? Letter of the Week: Some have questioned that Supervisor Charles McGlashan’s position on paper bags makes no sense as one would assume paper should be biodegradable. This is a reasonable assumpti... Metal bat ban rejected by interscholastic board A proposal submitted by the Marin County Athletic League to ban the use of metal baseball bats was rejected by North Coast Section-part of the California...

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She’s one spoke short of a wheel... In regard to the person who wrote the letter “If Everyone Can’t Ride Everywhere All the Time—Why Fund Bikes at All?” I laugh. I have been riding a bicycle for decades, and I’m glad to say, we bicycle riders are finally getting some traction, so to speak. I’ll bet the person didn’t realize the import of Marc Hershon’s editorial cartoon in the previous Pacific Sun [“Road Rave,” April 9] The cartoon shows a man with an open mouth and a speech balloon with these words: “The SMART trainers, the bike pathers...wish I had time for all that, but I’ve gotta get to work!” and shows him in a convertible car (probably a gas-guzzler too). What are you going to do when there’s no more oil (or it’s severely rationed)? Walk? Ride a horse? I’d bet you’d be grateful for any easing of travel by bicycles then. We are at peak oil already, the only way from here is down. You will not be able to get to work if there’s no gasoline for the car, nor electricity for your workplace...you won’t even have a job. This funding has been worked for by many people here in Marin and across the country, and has been accepted as a necessary prelude to getting people out of their cars. It’s federally funded and, might I say, way overdue. Ever since 1984, I’ve used my bicycle to travel all over: East Bay (via BART trains that were first allowed to carry bicycles back in the ’80s); Sonoma, riding the whole 72 miles in one day from S.F. to Santa Rosa; to San Francisco from Marin and back, 20 miles each way, over the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge. ...From east to west and north to south all over San Francisco, which is about seven-by-seven miles...in heavy traffic, in no traffic, in a hurry, taking my time, etc. You’d better get your bicycle working, and start riding it before you get too old to get yourself in shape. Dalis VanderYacht, Santa Venetia

I pot-shot the sheriff Common sense is not a requirement for public office or government workers. Marin County Sheriff Doyle thinks the

Santa Venetia marijuana club (The Tree of Life) should be shut down because it’s near some schools. Well, it’s next door to the 7-Eleven and they sell tobacco and alcohol...maybe the sheriff should go after them also. Then, of course, there’s the Laundromat right next door; a child can crawl into a dryer and hurt themselves there. Leave us alone sheriff, and go after the scumbags in Marin who really hurt us all. That would be a full-time job and you’d have no time to go after the medical marijuana dispensaries. Marcia Blackman, San Rafael

We hear a similar coyote policy was recently signed into law in Arizona... Typical lifestyle to which Marin cats are accustomed...

I could hardly believe that Cat Mommy in Fairfax wrote that coyotes should be trapped and deported so domestic cats could “continue the lifestyle to which they are accustomed” [“Roadrunner Owners Need Not Be Alarmed,” April 23]. Cats are predators. I have an endless stream of well-fed domestic cats trespassing into my yard to hunt birds. I have often considered trapping them and releasing them in the wild, except that they are such efficient predators that they would ruin any ecosystem in which they are allowed free rein. The answer for cat people is to keep their cats at home with a cat fence in their yard. See websites for Cat Fence-In or DeerBusters for details. This way, Fifi gets some sun and the chance to chase birds that are too dumb to stay away, but protects the rest of the animal world, including coyotes, from their predations. Shannon McCalla, San Rafael

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an especially important question considering that in today’s electronic world, a grand jury report can circulate endlessly around the Internet—and be used for a variety of purposes. Although many people know about grand juries in general terms, most have never served on a grand jury or looked into the process of how those reports are issued. The origin of grand juries is disputed. Some say it goes back to ancient Greece, but according to a Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review study of grand juries, most experts agree that the grand juries serving today have their roots in 12th-century England. Their role back then was decidedly different: A main goal involved supporting the Crown in its effort to push aside church and baronial influence in the criminal court system and usurp more power for the Crown. The current perception that grand juries act as watchdogs to protect citizens arose in the 17th century. The concept came to this country and took root early in its history. The first jury impaneled in the New World assumed its duties in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1635. And in California, the grand jury process is enumerated in the state Constitution: “a grand jury shall be drawn and summoned at least once a year in each county.” Catherine D. McKown is president 10 >

›› NEWSGRAMS Anchor Brewing Co. sold to Novato investors The popular San Francisco microbrewery, Anchor Brewing Co., has been sold to a pair of Novato entrepreneurs, Keith Greggor and Tony Foglio, by longtime owner (and washing machine heir) Fritz Maytag. Around since 1896, the nearbankrupt brewery and distillery was purchased and resurrected in 1965 by Maytag, who is heralded as sparking the revival in artisanal brews and craft-made spirits. Now located on Mariposa St. on Potrero Hill, Anchor Brewing Co. employs 70 people. Greggor and Foglio plan to preserve and expand the iconic brewery and distillery. Metal bat ban rejected by interscholastic board A proposal submitted by the Marin County Athletic League to ban the use of metal baseball bats was rejected by North Coast Section—part of the California Interscholastic Federation—board members this week.The board voted against the proposal largely due to competition equity (it’s late in the season to switch from non-wooden to wooden bats), expense and lack of evidence to support safety claims. MCAL banned metal baseball bats last month after Marin Catholic High School pitcher Gunnar Sandberg was critically injured from a line drive. Despite lack of support from the NCS, the league plans to continue its metal bat-banning efforts next season. Meanwhile, Sandberg is slowly recovering at a rehabilitation center in San Francisco. Bill to fund wetlands restoration Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough, introduced a $1 billion federal bill this week that would fund the restoration of thousands of acres of San Francisco Bay wetlands.The San Francisco Bay Improvement Act of 2010 would fiscally support the cleanup of mercury and PCBs—and provide storm-water filters to deter toxic substances—in bay waters, as well as fund the removal of nonnative plants and animals.The bill, unanimously supported by the Bay Area’s congressional delegation, is awaiting approval by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. If passed, the Environmental Protection Agency would award grants of $100 million a year for wetlands restoration projects over the next decade. Staff reporter Samantha Campos moves on... In other shocking news this week, the Pacific Sun’s Office of Internal Affairs and Mindless Gossip has sadly announced the departure of its ace staff reporter, Samantha Campos. Officials report that Campos—who, for more than two years, has been writing the Sun’s Newsgrams, Hero/Zero, Best Bets and the occasional feature on orbs and Russian princes who make Shrinky Dink art—has accepted a new position in the East Bay, within the exciting and wondrous realm of medical cannabis.“I will be involved in the communications of a consulting company called CannBe that helps businesspeople facilitate a legitimate medical cannabis dispensary, based on the widely revered model of Oakland’s Harborside Health Center,”she said, before wearily dismissing our subsequent pot puns. Although she will be missed here at the headquarters of Who Made the Coffee and What’s for Lunch Today—i.e., the editorial department—she will not be forgotten.“Thanks for everything, Pacific Sun and Marin,” said Campos.“But thanks especially for the drinks you’re buying me later after deadline.” Shorts... Marin City’s Gateway Shopping Center, located at 100 Donahue St., is up for sale.The 182,030-square-foot center—anchored by CVS Pharmacy, Best Buy and Ross, and over 90 percent occupied by other retailers—is expected to sell for around $40 million.—Samantha Campos EXTRA! EXTRA! Post your Marin news at ›› pacificsun.com

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â&#x20AC;şâ&#x20AC;ş UPFRONT < 8 The grand illusion of the Marin chapter of the California Grand Jurorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Association. Not surprisingly, she takes umbrage at attacks on the integrity of the grand jury process. Contesting the conclusions in a grand jury report is fair, she says, but attacking the integrity of grand jurors is not. The Grand Jurorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Association comprises members of current and former grand juries. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our whole purpose is to strengthen the grand jury system.â&#x20AC;? McKown, who served on Marin grand juries in 2004-2005 and 20052006, is a trainer who helps train grand jurors â&#x20AC;&#x153;up and down the state.â&#x20AC;? She stresses that jurors strive to compile â&#x20AC;&#x153;an objective report, and they try to ďŹ nd all the facts. It is a very careful process. Jurors have been highly trained.â&#x20AC;? McKown says that in Marin, jurors receive six days of training in addition to two days of state training, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and they are given a lot of support and resources.â&#x20AC;? The authors of the Loyola study published in 2002, Michael Vittiello and J. Clark Kelso, note that a lack of statewide standards for grand juror training was a problem. The authors also report that in counties where the California Grand Jurors Association provided training, grand jurors recounted that the training made â&#x20AC;&#x153;a difference of daylight and dark.â&#x20AC;? McKown says her organization helps the grand jury from the start of the process by providing an orientation for prospective

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jurors. This year, about 70 people applied to serve on Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current grand jury. Superior Court judges interview each applicant and then winnow the list down to 30 prospective jurors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those 30 names go into a drum, so to speak,â&#x20AC;? says McKown, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and the ďŹ rst 19 are chosen as jurors.â&#x20AC;? The ones not selected become alternates. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are not privy to the processâ&#x20AC;? by which the judges choose those 30 prospective jurors. Looked at from the other side, the process apparently can be rather obtuse. Last year, Jonathan Frieman applied to serve on the grand jury. Frieman, an activist who regularly participates in local elections through independent expenditure committees that he funds to support some candidates and oppose (some say attack) others, says the ďŹ rst round of the process was fairly transparent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;First you ďŹ ll out an application, then you go in for [a screening] interview. They asked about my experience and how did I work with others, about my work historyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and they were especially concerned about whether I could put aside my personal predilections, so to speak, for the greater good of the work.â&#x20AC;? About a month later, Frieman, along with â&#x20AC;&#x153;a bunch of us,â&#x20AC;? went to the Civic Center, where Superior Court judges interviewed each prospective juror. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have the interview, and [the judge]said he thought I would pass on to the next round. But no. I got a letter of rejection. That was it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at that level, after the judges take a look, who knows what happens?â&#x20AC;?

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Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the lack of transparency during the selection process that has some grand jury critics concerned. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The grand jury is touted as the good-government oversight body, and yet the people that are selecting the grand jury are themselves immune from investigation, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a real problem,â&#x20AC;? says Kathleen Russell, executive director of the Center for Judicial Excellence, a San Rafael-based organization thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been highly critical of the family court system in the county. The organization played a big role in calling for an investigation into the family court using what Russell says are â&#x20AC;&#x153;costly appointees in contested divorce cases.â&#x20AC;? The state auditor is investigating the issue in Marin and Sacramento counties. Grand juries are charged with oversight of government agencies, and most of the grand juryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work is secret until reports enter the public arena. That secrecy carries intrinsic positives and negatives, as the authors of the Loyola study note: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Critics say some grand juries have abused their power, and speciďŹ c grand juries have gone beyond their jurisdiction. According to critics, grand jury secrecy also contributes to the potential for abuse. While secrecy encourages witnesses to come forward, unsupervised grand jurors [can] go astray.â&#x20AC;? The secrecy in the selection of jurors, when the judges winnow down the names to the 30 that go into the drum, is the part of the process that concerns Russell. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The people who end up getting picked are the yes-men and yes-women of Marin who come to the

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grand jury with a particular political persuasion, shall we say.â&#x20AC;? But McKown defends the process and reiterates that during the orientation and training process, prospective jurors receive instructions that predispositions must not play a role in the grand jury process. The prospective jurors also learn they should expect to spend about ďŹ ve to eight hours a week on grand jury business at the start of service. That time commitment increases to between 25 and 35 hours a week at the end, during report-writing time. At the start of the process, prospective jurors also are asked to ďŹ ll out ďŹ nancial disclosure forms. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That turns a lot of people off; they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to do that.â&#x20AC;? To some extent, the time commitment tends to skew the age of grand jurors to the older end of the spectrum, although McKown says the two grand juries on which she served had â&#x20AC;&#x153;several people under 50 on them.â&#x20AC;? Still, looking at the demographics, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clear that grand jurors must have the availabilityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and the incomeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;in order to offer their service. After the presiding judge appoints a juror to lead the grand jury, the process of choosing subjects and agencies to investigate begins. Each grand jury decides how to organize itself and establish procedures for investigation. No standard process exists. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Each jury can do it its own way,â&#x20AC;? says McKown. That leads some grand jury-watchers to reach the obvious conclusion: All grand juries are not created equal. Subjects for investigation can come from

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used it in the marketing campaign against Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s local-power venture. The conclusions in the grand jury report about Marin Clean Energy are legitimate areas of detail-oriented debate, but the larger issue is how much stock citizens should put in a report about one of the most complicated issues of all time: energy supply and transmission. When prospective jurors apply for spots on a grand jury, they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what issues they will investigate. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tall order to ask an average citizenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;even one with well-above average intelligenceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to investigate the energy supply and transmission market and write an inďŹ&#x201A;uential report. And critics of the grand jury system say issues in the modern world are so complicated, the grand jury concept and execution cannot keep pace. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Investigation is key to everything to writing a good report,â&#x20AC;? says McKown, who adds that the three â&#x20AC;&#x153;basic means of investigationâ&#x20AC;? are interviewing, observation and document research. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have to triangulate all pieces of information through many sources.â&#x20AC;? The ďŹ nished report, she stresses, â&#x20AC;&#x153;cannot be an opinion piece.â&#x20AC;? Maybe not, but as Russell notes, a grand jury report is just that: a report compiled by men and women, not necessarily an incontrovertible truth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A report is a reďŹ&#x201A;ection of the grand jurors assembled.â&#x20AC;? â&#x153;š Contact the writer at peter@pseidman.com.

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Mark Fiore may be the first Pulitzer winner whose career lineage includes both Jonathan Swift and Jay Ward.

The Pulitzer pulpit Fairfax animator can now ‘ridicule public figures’ like all get out! by Ronnie Co he n

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airfax cartoonist Mark Fiore first submitted his animated political comics for a Pulitzer Prize five years ago in what he describes as a passive-aggressive way, knowing full well that his videos would not qualify. Just a few days later, someone from Columbia University, which administers the coveted prizes, called Fiore to say he was ineligible for a Pulitzer because his cartoons appear online only, not in print as required, and would he prefer to have his $50 entry-fee check torn up or returned. Despite having his check destroyed, the self-syndicated cartoonist whose work appears on SFgate.com continued to devote considerable time to putting together entries for the highest honor in American journalism. Two years ago, the Pulitzer Prize administrators opened the competition to onlineonly entrants. Then, a few weeks ago, in what was a shock to Fiore, he won. The Pulitzer gives the 40-year-old liberal satirist the satisfaction of knowing he has unlocked doors for web-based journalists. The prize also comes with $10,000, national media attention and a podium from which Fiore already has scored a free-speech feat. In a turnabout that shows the continued power of an honor formerly wedded to a dying industry, the prize pushed Apple to take a second look at Fiore’s NewsToons iPhone application. In December, Apple rejected Fiore’s so-called app, saying it does what political cartoons do—“ridicules public figures.” In an email, Apple encouraged Fiore to resubmit NewsToons after stripping them of the offending material, such as a caricature of President Obama and the couple who slipped past a sleeping Secret Service to crash a White House party. 12 PACIFIC SUN APRIL 30 - MAY 6, 2010

Fiore had no intention of changing his work but did plan to argue that Apple had a responsibility to air journalistic satire on its platforms, though he had not gotten around to making the argument before winning the Pulitzer. A few days after the win, a writer for the Neiman Journalism Lab reported on the Internet that Apple had rejected the Pulitzer Prize-winner’s app. This was news to Apple CEO Steve Jobs who, it appears, instructed one of his employees to call Fiore and ask him to resubmit. Fiore resubmitted exactly the same application, and now the Apple store sells NewsToons. “I don’t think that would have happened if I hadn’t won the Pulitzer,” says Fiore, who does not own an iPhone and has had to borrow friends’ to try out his app. “It’s a great thing because it’s essentially forced Apple to backpedal on their policy about prohibiting ridiculing public figures.” No stranger to controversy, Fiore—whose NewsToons had shot to Apple’s top spot for a paid news app, as of this writing—plans to use the full weight of his Pulitzer bully pulpit to question what he sees as the computer giant’s misguided policy. On a recent weekday morning, Fiore offers me a seat on a comfortable chocolate brown couch and settles in his stocking feet into a wooden chair in the sunny, sparsely furnished living room of the home he and his wife, environmental consultant Chelsea Donovan, bought on a knoll near downtown Fairfax in September. He says pot growers lived in the house and wrecked the wood floors by overwatering the indoor plants before he and Donovan rescued it. While we talk, Donovan works on putting up the NewsToons app from the adjoining dining room. Slight, with mildly untamed chestnut-

brown hair, Fiore chuckles when he discuss- mal levels of right-wing lunacy, while others es Apple rejecting his cartoons because they need a little help,” she says. “If you waste your time worrying about infant mortality and the mock public figures. His website, www. 22,000 people who die each year because they markfiore.com, advertises the NewsToons don’t have health insurance, you need Rageapp above a red-box warning, which says, Ex so you can get back to worrying about “CAUTION: APP MAY RIDICULE PUBLIC FIGURES!” Fiore mocks not only pub- important things, like socialists infiltrating our great republic. lic figures but everyone and every position “Rage-Ex frees you his comics cover. In from the burdens of a recent Tweet on auditory, mental and his website directconversant strain and ing readers to a PBS treats you to wonNewsHour interview derfully apocalyptic with Fiore, he draws visions of imagined a verbal caricature doomsdays. Rage-Ex. of himself. “Watch Join the mob and for messy desk and leave the burdens of Andy Rooney eyerationality behind.” brows,” he writes. Much of the time His cartoons, Fiore puts into his which run up to twoOne of Fiore’s prize-winning entries, ‘Wall Street Execcartoons goes into minutes long, poke utive Air,’ depicts wealthy CEOs golden-parachuting researching facts supporting fun at global-warming from a plummeting economic aircraft. his point of view. For every naysayers, Tea Partiers, Republicans, Democrats, George W. Bush, the comic, he has a list of 15 to 25 news stories he has read in preparation. People who buy Catholic Church and Obama. Using his own NewsToons can download the background voice, the voices of friends and more recently stories. professional talent, he takes on gun control, “...his biting wit, extensive research and healthcare reform, gay marriage, torture, spyability to distill complex issues set a high staning, war and natural disasters. He painstakdard for an emerging form of commentary,” ingly researches every subject to get his facts the Pulitzer citation for Fiore says. straight but makes no pretense of objectivity. Born and raised in California, Fiore lived He describes himself as “a left-leaning, proin Portola Valley during his high school years, gay-marriage San Franciscan, Catholic, antiwhen he began drawing cartoons. He spent Bush, anti-Nader guy who guts his own fish, summers in Idaho with gun-toting relatives has cut down trees with a chain saw and took who belonged to the National Rifle Associapolitical science classes with Mary Cheney.” tion. The combination of the liberal Bay Area That’s the daughter of Dick—Fiore’s and right-wing Idaho shaped him politically. favorite target. “It was a good mixture,” he says. “You see Having recently recovered from a bout of that even though you might not agree with Dengue fever contracted in Mexico while on someone, they can still be a great person. Even his first vacation in eight years, Fiore says he was working at home in his living room when with Dick Cheney, who I think is probably the closest to evil, it’s so much more fun to an editor to whom he had been trying to sell poke fun at him and to treat him as a flawed his cartoons called to congratulate him on human than the devil incarnate. winning the Pulitzer. It was the first he had “You’ve definitely got to have fun with it, heard about the prize. and at the very least, it’s fostering discussion. Some of the 15 cartoons for which Fiore If there is one thing that my politically mixed won the Pulitzer deal with climate change, San Francisco/Idaho background has taught credit-card reform, the recession, the Wall Street bailout, Obama and California’s budget me, it is the benefit of continuing a discussion even if you don’t agree.” woes. One of the winner strips is set to the After a short stint as a staff cartoontune of “Monster Mash.” “Once our profits ist for the San Jose Mercury News, Fiore have sank,” Fiore’s version of the toe-tapping turned to animation and freelance work in song goes, “we do the Zombie Bank.” the late 1990s. In another of the winning cartoons, Fiore Fiore recalled his newspaper days recently imitates the safety spiel flight attendants when discussing Apple’s initial iPhone app recite before takeoff. “Welcome aboard Wall rejection. “When you ask a political cartoonStreet Executive Air, Flight 2009 with service ist to change something about the political to economic disaster,” a woman announces content of their work, their usual impulse is to as the video shows overweight, grinning do the exact opposite,” he says. “For example, businessmen chewing on fat cigars inside a back when I worked for a newspaper, I was plane equipped with a chandelier. “All losses told by the new publisher to go easier on must be extinguished by passing them onto George W. Bush, which promptly caused me the taxpayer. Tampering with, disabling or to go harder on Bush. destroying our economy is encouraged and “Which, um, led me out the door, where I even rewarded.” happily returned to working for myself.” ✹ Many of Fiore’s comics mimic advertisements. In another from his winning Pulitzer Contact Ronnie Cohen at ronniecohen@comcast.net. entry, a woman who sounds like she could be Watch one of Mark’s cartoons at reading a Prozac ad talks about a drug called ›› pacificsun.com “Rage-Ex.” “Some people are born with nor-

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o the generation that remembers where they were when JFK was shot, Mort Sahl is a living legend. At the peak of his fame, he occupied that nexus of power and glamour where the Kennedy administration met Hollywood, writing jokes for the president while hobnobbing with the likes of Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe. His art was stand-up comedy, his beat was politics. He’d bound onstage in his trademark V-neck sweater with a rolled-up newspaper that he’d unfurl, read off a headline and start riffing, pointing up the absurdities of the day. His face would register gleeful incredulity, as if to say, can you believe what these lunatics are doing? He’d punctuate his observations with an explosive, staccato laugh. He had fun onstage. At age 82—he turns 83 on May 11—Mort Sahl is still having a ball onstage. Lately he’s been teaming up with another elder statesman of political humor, Dick Gregory, whose bailiwick back in the ‘60s was the civil rights struggle. They’ve done several joint appearances around the country in the last two years, packing the house repeatedly at 142 Throckmorton in Mill Valley. Mort Sahl got his start in San Francisco in 1953 at the hungry i and lived for a time on a houseboat in Sausalito. After a few lean

years, he became a familiar presence on the TV talk shows and comedy formats of the day. In 1960, he landed on the cover of Time. His career took a dive in the late ‘60s, when he immersed himself in the investigation of Kennedy’s assassination conducted by New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison. Convinced of a conspiracy between the CIA and the Pentagon, Sahl’s sense of humor turned sour. When the comedy gigs dried up, he began writing. He published a book, Heartland, in 1976, a free-form collection of musings that range from the funny to the paranoid. He’s worked on a number of screenplays since then. Recently, he taught two courses at Claremont College outside of Los Angeles— one on screenwriting, the other on the Garrison investigation. At the end of last year, he moved back to Marin. He turned up at a screening at the Rafael Film Center of the Marx Brothers movie Animal Crackers that was presented by Harpo’s son Bill Marx and Dick Cavett. Cavett, who had hosted Sahl many times on his old talk show, pointed him out from the stage, saying, “What’s wrong with this picture? We’re up on stage and Mort Sahl, one of America’s greatest comedians, is in the audience!” These days, he’s a regular at Piazza

After decades skewering the powerful and corrupt, the Mill Valley comic has a seat at the legend’s table… by Jill K ram e r

D’Angelo’s, down the street from where he lives in Mill Valley. He sits at a table by the window next to the bar and waves to passersby. I found him there one afternoon in March, nursing an iced cappuccino and wearing one of those trademark red V-necks. He still loves to talk, his pale blue eyes widening. And he still has that instantly recognizable, delighted laugh. ●

You were always considered a darling of the left. So I was amazed to read that in ‘88 you supported [former Reagan administration Secretary of State] Al Haig’s presidential campaign. Yeah, we were very good friends. Very close. Colin Powell once asked him, what have you got in common with Mort? He said, Mort’s in on the joke. [laughs] I loved him. Great guy. Good sense of humor. I don’t hear any humor from this president. Didn’t hear any humor from the other one. Haven’t heard any since Reagan. I read that you also campaigned for W. No. That’s a mistake. I know him. And the old man asked me to help him. Says he has no humor. And I know the old man very well. But I wasn’t in that campaign.

Are you a Republican these days? Or course not. I’m a radical! I was happy in Berkeley! [laughs] So what did you like about Haig politically? I liked the fact that whatever anybody said about him or whatever they did, he’d just incorporate it as another wound. Because he was a combat officer. He was decisive and funny and vulnerable and he was great to me. He really is an example of leadership. He’s the kind of guy you’d follow through the door of the airplane. But I think a worthy examination would be what happened to the Democrats. Because I had great friends there. I started as a writer for Kennedy. I was very close to Gene McCarthy. Adlai Stevenson. And this guy—he reminds me of a professor, which is what he was. You’re talking about Obama. Yeah, this guy sends 100,000 people to Afghanistan. There was an antiwar motion in Congress [in March] from [Rep. Dennis] Kucinich. They got about 40 or 50 votes. The rest all voted for [the war]. That means that it’s exactly the way it was with [President Lyndon B.] Johnson and Vietnam. 14 > APRIL 30 – MAY 6, 2009 PACIFIC SUN 13

< 13 And justice for Sahl... So you think we should pull out of Afghanistan? Yes, It’s absurd. It hasn’t been justified. There’s a big lie involved here. The liberals are a poor substitute for the radicals that are needed. But they’ve diverted everybody. They’re busy with gay marriage and all this irrelevant stuff.

[This interview took place before Pelosi’s healthcare reform victory.] That’s how she got into it. John Burton coached her. Now it’s the art of the compromise. As speaker of the house, don’t you have to compromise? I don’t think so. You don’t get anything done. I don’t think [former Speaker Sam] Rayburn did much compromising. Look at Johnson when he was majority leader. He didn’t compromise. I knew him. He was the kind of guy nobody loved.

Did you like Hillary any better than Obama? No. I just thought she was a maneuverer. She But it’s true, he got looks to me like a things done. woman nobody Oh, boy. I hope to tell loves. That’s a part ya. But I don’t think this of her that’s missing. group is bent on doing Her husband doesn’t anything. Except survivlove her. He’s scared ing. We don’t have a third of her. I think Obama party anymore. The gave her the job of death knell was when the secretary of state just League of Women Voters to torture her. But I said that [Ross] Perot thought for a minute couldn’t do the debates. there that she was goOr [Ralph] Nader. ing to win. The real That’s the death knell. question is, why didn’t There can’t be an idea she? All those books that that’s too dangerous have come out about the to voice in America. campaign, you don’t see The two greatest guys anything about what running last time were ical figures like lit po of really went on. Who dery ke oc m son landed Sahl’s deflating hn Jo d an n Mike Gravel and Ron xo Ni y, cided who’s going to run? Eisenhower, Kenned August of 1960. in e Tim Paul. Then NBC took of r ve co e Who was acceptable to him on th them off the debates. the established order? Gravel was great—he helped McCarthy stop the Vietnam War. They all rallied around her at first. That’s what it looked like. It doesn’t matter Have you ever thought about going because nothing was interrupted. The Pentainto politics? gon has still got all the money and nobody’s No. I’m not cut out for that. I’ve been working. Except in China. around them a lot, though. Isn’t that the result of what W. did, and What got you into show biz? Clinton before him? I just had a yearning. I was around jazz a Yeah. But of course this guy [Obama] lot. And I just thought that comedy could says he’s not going to be like them. He said, innovate a little more than it did. And I hung “Yes I can.” around the joints and got started. But it took a long time. It takes time to turn things around, doesn’t it? In college you majored in city manageWell, I don’t know that he wants to. ment, right? Guantanamo isn’t closed. Now he wants We all do that. We all go to school to keep military trials for the [terrorism] suspects. our parents happy. I had the GI benefits from Well, who’s calling the tune that makes him a long time in the Army. I had an appointvoice it? You know, Winston Churchill said ment to West Point, too. But it wasn’t for me. an elite cabal drives the world. Is that what you think? Oh, sure. What would you do if you were president? Stop bankrupting the country with military expeditions. Who ever heard of closing schools and opening countries? Closing schools—psychoanalytically, that means you don’t believe you have a future! I remember when this guy Schwarzenegger came in, he was going to change everything. Nancy Pelosi isn’t much like her family, either. They were really doers, tough guys. 14 PACIFIC SUN APRIL 30 - MAY 6, 2010

Your dad must have been a pretty conservative guy. I read that he worked for the FBI. Yeah, he did clerical work. But he was a writer. There was a whole dreamer side of him, too. He put an ad in Poetry magazine: “Is there a woman out there who still wants to meet a dreamer?” And my mother answered it. There weren’t any jets then. So she took the train from Montreal to L.A. They were married 72 hours later.

Amazing. How long did they stay together? Forever. Wow! Were they both poets? No, she was just intellectually very curious. She’d go to the library and read all the magazines we couldn’t afford to buy. Then when I began to make some money in show business I staged a kind of rescue operation and brought them back up here. To San Francisco? Sausalito, actually. I was living on a boat over there. Then I got a lot of work outside so I got a house down in Beverly Hills and worked out of L.A. But I was on the road all the time. Most of the guys I started with really didn’t like the loneliness of the road. It’s very lonely. You were married for a long time to a Playboy bunny. Yeah, over 20 years. Thirteen guys in show business married Playmates. She was a Playmate in the magazine. Did you meet her at the Playboy Club? Yeah, in San Francisco. [Hugh] Hefner asked me to open the club for him. So I met her there. Playboy is not the phenomenon it’s supposed to be. But nothing is. Are you still friends with him? Yeah, I saw him a couple of weeks ago. He’s kind of figuring out what to do. I think he’s going to sell the magazine. I don’t think things are going so well, I have to check the stock price. The magazine may be kind of irrelevant now. When it came along, of course, it was a very Protestant culture. And there was a lot of sexual repression. Well, it celebrated an image of the swinging bachelor and the glamorous life that he led, which is no longer in vogue. No. The girls, as smart as they are, kind of painted themselves into a corner when they took up the banner of “who needs it?” Well, we all need it. In the name of equality, the women renounced their superiority. So everybody’s trying to raise kids and nobody’s home. We’re busy trying to get homosexuals married, but nobody else wants to get married. I don’t understand any of that. But this is never probed by any of the comedians. There’s kind of a post-puberty thing with the comedians. They still prefer the company of guys and watching the game. They talk about women like they’re a foreign species. I think we need them. I know I do! Are you married now? No, regrettably. You were married three times, right? Yes. And the last marriage ended when? Pretty recently. And I regret it. It would be really great to have a friend through all this.

I’ve seen five French movies this week. They seem to understand men and women, but the Americans don’t. They talk about it like it’s a political party or something. The French have come to terms with their humanity, their vulnerability. Look at Edith Piaf. Why did you cry when Judy Garland sang? I’ve never cried when Barbra Streisand sang. And I’m big with music. It’s my favorite thing. Mostly around jazz. That’s where I met all those girls. But that’s romantic music, basically. Who do you listen to these days? Mostly my records. There’s nobody working. I was very close to [jazz pianist] Stan Kenton, [saxophonist] Paul Desmond. I knew all those guys. They were at the Black Hawk when I was at the hungry i. I worked with [pianist Dave] Brubeck last year at Monterey. I emceed. But it was very corporatized. Sponsored by Verizon. And bad music. None of the white musicians talk to the black guys and none of the guys from New York talk to the guys from L.A. It’s all polarized. Your stage style is a lot like jazz. You get up there and just riff. Yeah. And you trust it. They were the first guys to encourage me to do that, to break loose, don’t come prepared. But be totally prepared by your continuing interest and absorption. That must have been pretty scary when you first started out. Yeah, it was awful. And the audience thought it was awful, too. It was a long haul. But when you made it, you were huge. When it broke through, it was OK. But until then, it was grim. It busted through when Time put me on the cover [August 1960]. And then all the work for Kennedy. Then it sort of opened up. I started in ‘53 and then around ‘58, guys started to imitate what I was doing and they started to write about it in magazines. Then the natural heat took over. And you look around now and it’s like it never happened. But that’s revisionist history. Like all the stuff you read about Lenny Bruce. None of it was accurate. They made him into a saint because it served their purpose. He wasn’t preoccupied with telling the truth, he was preoccupied with working. We all were. His trajectory was similar to yours. You became preoccupied with the Kennedy assassination. He became preoccupied with censorship and his trial. Well, he was not very intellectualized. When he tried to be profound it came off as pompous. He’d read those court transcripts. I was with him through all of that. You were a friend of his? Yeah. We were contemporaries and we kind of relied on each other. We worked in that same club in Hollywood for months and months. Nice guy. I think the most gifted guy I worked with was Jonathan Winters. By far. An American original. We worked at the Blue Angel together in ’56.

It seems like you came out of retirement to do these shows with Dick Gregory. I never voluntarily retired. I was doing live dates all the time. And then an agent decided to put us together...because we knew each other and trusted each other. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve known him since the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;60s in Chicago. It was a very segregated town and he was at a black club. And the guy who ran the Playboy Club got the idea to bring him uptown and call him â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Black Mort Sahl.â&#x20AC;? That was the billing. In those days you smoked Camels and drank Jack Daniels on the stage and told jokes. All the political stuff came later. As a performer, Dick is a straight-arrow guy. He doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bring up any threat to the status quo. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a feel-good comedian. Like Bill Cosby. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s safe. The so-called American family values. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand what [comedians are] doing now, anyway. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mostly guys walking up and down and fomenting. Cursing. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re remarkably apolitical. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jon Stewart and Will Durst. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re political. The Daily Show is politically pretty lame, I think. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s standard Clinton liberalism. A lot of mugging and moral superiority to the Republicans. The liberals are predictable. I think when you get up there [as a performer] you express a point of view about it. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean you convert the audience, but the act has to be about something. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been through eight elections and about 11 presidents and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen what it means for America to win a war and to lose a war and how it affected the cultureâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that is, the movies and relationships between men and women. We came out quite damaged out of all this. How have relationships been damaged? Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a 70 percent divorce rate. Nobody believes the dream anymore. I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the price of pushing a democratic country into fascism. You were teaching screenwriting recently at Claremont College, right? For two years I taught screenwriting, I also taught the Garrison investigation. But in the screenwriting class, everybody used a lot of profanity. And I asked why and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d say, for shock value. Well, you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t shock anybody with that. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s banal. Writing is

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f I offer you advice, don’t take it. Even when I sound sure of myself, ignore me. I have the best intentions, and occasionally I’m right; however, when I’m wrong, it’s usually a doozie. I realize some of you will find it hard to believe I’m not all knowing in matters of career, parenting and love. Sadly, it’s true. My bad advice knows no bounds. I give it freely on substantial and trivial affairs. To drive my point home, I will now confess some of the astonishingly poor counsel that has left my lips. Remember 1995? Techies were on the Internet and regular folks were playing around on AOL. That was the year my good friend Cara used my fax machine to send her resume to a new Internet company. “What viable company has a ridiculous name like Yippee?” I asked. “Yahoo!, not Yippee,” Cara replied. “Whatever. The Internet is a fad,” I stated emphatically. My lack of prescience is truly impressive. I’m relieved to report she didn’t listen to me. While I sit here writing this column for my lunch money, Cara is retired, writing checks for luxury vacations. Another time I convinced my friend Eve that she was having Braxton Hicks contractions rather than labor pain. I, of course, never having had a baby, considered myself an expert on the subject. “It’s false labor,” I said. “Do you really want to make your husband come home?” With my guidance, she rested instead of calling her husband or doctor. The paramedics arrived just in time to deliver healthy little Kaitlynn right there in Eve’s bed. In my defense, it was an unusually fast labor. More recently, Fran, my hiking buddy, was the recipient of my unwise counsel. She’s adorable, though she rarely dates. Her problem is that she spends too much time alone in her art studio. “You have to join Match.com,” I told her. “It’s too contrived. I’d like to meet someone spontaneously,” Fran answered. “At 42, you’re out of time for spontaneity,” I said. With no way out from my yenta-ing, Fran posted her profile and a photo of her standing beside her surfboard. Her soul mate was a click away. Within 20 minutes a nice-looking guy sent Fran an email. She wrote back. He responded: I hate computer chatting. Give me your phone number. Though she was hesitant, I cajoled her into giving out her number. Last week, Fran and Ben met in Sausalito. She tried

to ignore his wrinkled, dirty clothes and flip-flops. Instead, she focused on his face. Surprisingly, he wore thick eyeglasses, though he wasn’t sporting them in any of his online photos. Ben suggested Japanese and Fran suggested Sushi Ran, just a block away. Turns out that Ben “hangs there” and didn’t feel like “being seen.” Instead, he led her to a cramped, dark restaurant with no ambience. As they walked, he talked incessantly about his tennis prowess. Trying to be a good conversationalist, she asked him a question about the game. “Since you don’t play, you wouldn’t understand, Sweetie,” Ben said condescendingly. Before sitting down at the table, he surveyed the room. “I used to work with that guy over there,” Ben said, gesturing to a nearby table. “He’s a complete asshole.” Fran realized the man overheard. She smiled empathetically at him. Ben didn’t notice, however she pointed it out. “I don’t care,” Ben said. “He’s an asshole. Hey, order me a Sapporo when the waiter comes. I’m going to the bathroom.” “Ben, have a great night. I’m not going to be here when you get back,” Fran said. “What’s up your butt?” he asked. “I thought you were a laid-back surfer chick.” “I usually am. But you came dressed in clothes you found at the bottom of your hamper, you insulted me and the guy at the next table and you’re acting like an alpha dog,” Fran said. “Bitch,” was Ben’s clever reply. “Actually, that wasn’t bitchy. This is: The next time you’re tempted to post a photo without your shirt on, work out first. Rolls of fat hanging over your shorts—not flattering.” Ben’s former co-worker gave Fran a thumbs-up. She walked out, leaving the real ass standing with his mouth open. Then she called me. “The worst date ever,” Fran said. “Wasn’t even worth putting on makeup.” By the time she finished describing her evening, I made the difficult decision to never again tell someone what to do. If I slip, simply run in the other direction and do the precise opposite of whatever I say. That, my friends, is the best advice I’ve ever given. ✹ Email: nikki_silverstein@yahoo.com

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’m really into lyrics these days,” says had to be great songs,” Banana says. “In my West Marin bluegrass musician opinion, every one of these is the greatest Lowell “Banana” Levinger, who rose song ever—I have a fondness for bluegrass to fame as a member of The Youngbloods. that runs deep within my soul.” “It’s like B.B. King once said of the blues: It’s The album features an ace bluegrass complicated emotion expressed in simple band including Banana (vocals, guitar), terms. I mean, what’s not to like about a lyric David Thom (guitar, mandolin), Chad like, ‘They say you left Manning (fiddle), Artie town this morning—you Rose (dobro) and Paul didn’t tell me goodbye.’ Knight (bass). COMING SOON “Or the humorous It’s his first solo album Grandpa Banana performs note of ‘Her long legs since 1971’s Banana and a free Marin Arts Open looked like trouble as the Bunch at Mid-Mountain Concert, Sunday, May 2, San she sashayed through Ranch. “That’s a little bit Rafael City Plaza, from 6-8pm. 415/459-4440. the door’ [from ‘The of a layover, but it just goes Bigger the Fool (The to show that I’ve put a lot Harder the Fall)’]. of work into this,” he says. “That’s just a great Then he adds with tongue opening line,” he adds with a laugh. planted firmly in cheek: “You know, I’ve The 64-year-old Banana, as he’s known, been working on this every day since then.” has packed his recent bluegrass album I’ll He may joke about his work ethic, but Do Anything for You (released under the Banana is dead serious about his bluegrass name Grandpa Banana) with 15 vignettes and roots music. by Bob Dylan, Ralph Stanley, Kate Wolf He grew up in Santa Rosa listening to and Bill Monroe, among others. R&B, doo-wop and country blues. “When I “The main criterion was that they all was 9 or 10, I used to make pilgrimages on

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the bus to Music City Records on Alcatraz Avenue in Berkeley,” he recalls. “I’d be the only white kid for about 40 square blocks, but I just had to have those records.” At prep school in Pebble Beach, a dorm master turned him onto the music of bluegrass greats Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs—a sound that Levinger expected to despise. “He was fresh out of Harvard

and into folk music—this was right at the crest of the wave that was going to be the big 1960s folk scare,” he says. “He had his parents send the records. We put them on the turntable. In 15 seconds my life had changed. “All I wanted to do from then on was learn to play banjo just like Earl Scruggs.” Banana later landed at Boston University, where he got to experience the “folk scare” firsthand at Cambridge folk clubs frequented by the Charles River Valley Boys, Tom Rush and other young folkies. “They took me under their wings and became my mentors,” he says. “I learned a lot.” It was at BU, where he majored in theater arts, during a stage rehearsal that Levinger acquired the lighthearted sobriquet that would stick for the rest of his life. During the mid-’60s, he teamed up with singer, songwriter and bassist Jesse Colin Young, fellow guitarist Jerry Corbitt and drummer Joe Bauer in The Youngbloods, best known for their Top 40 hit and counterculture anthem “Get Together.” He went on to perform, tour and record with folk singer Mimi Farina, Norton Buffalo & the Knockouts, Zero, Steve Kimock & Friends, the Michael Barclay Blues Band and Barry Melton (or Country Joe & the Fish). These days, he’s performing in the United States and Europe and getting ready to go back into the recording studio for the second time in 40 years. “I’m already working on the next one. It’s going to be called Even Grandpas Get the Blues,” the silver-haired musician says, “and it’s all blues songs or songs with blues in the title or songs that, if you were the protagonist, you’d surely get the blues listening to them.” ✹ Whistle a tune for Greg at gcahill51@gmail.com. Tune up to the Marin music scene at

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irlfriend is sweet; there is no other word for Todd Almond’s musical adaptation of Matthew Sweet’s rock and roll hit of the ’90s, also called Girlfriend. Well, simple is another word for the coming-out while coming-of-age in a small Nebraska community. It is summer after high school and Will (Ryder Bach) has no plans, but lots of dreams. He wants his life to be a musical, and when football hero Mike (Jason Hite) sends him a cassette with what is virtually a love song, then asks him out, the songs come alive. “It’s New Year’s Day,” he exults. Never mind that it is a drive-in movie where both sit frozen on either side of the front seat ‘And I’m never gonna set you free—no, I’m never gonna for an uncomfortable evening. The next date set you free’—Matthew Sweet, ‘Girlfriend’ is a repeat—same movie—same positions. After two weeks, the tension explodes into a extremely motivated. This often comes off wild drag down Main Street, both singing at like melodrama, but in the hands of James the top of their voices. Although the desire is Carpenter as the unrepentant and over-proud palpable, there isn’t even a handshake. This banker who delivers a soliloquy during a goes on throughout the summer until it’s wild snowstorm like a clothed Lear, it works. time for Mike to go off to the university at Carpenter makes his banker human, if not Lincoln. To the great relief of the audience sympathetic. Karen Grassle as his humiliated at BRT, delicately handled consummation and bitter wife, and Karen Lewis as her twin finally happens. Both young actors are appealing and, well, sister and Borkman’s true love, face off in sweet, and both have strong voices for songs overwrought scenes as they fight for posin which, unlike Sweet’s contemporaries, the session of son and nephew, Erhart (Aaron words are clear and their meaning even clearer. Wilton). He rejects both family and Norway It helps to have a band (musical director Ju- (as do so many of Ibsen’s young male leads), and cries out to his mother lie Wolf, Shelley Doty, and aunt, “I want to live my Jean DuSablon and ieela life!” Who can blame him, NOW PLAYING Grant) rocking out bewhen life comes in the shape hind the two. Girlfriend runs through May 16 of bright-haired, sexy older Director Les Waat Berkeley Repertory Theatre, widow/divorcee, Mrs. Wilton 2025 Addison St., Berkeley; ters, an old hand at new (Pamela Gaye Walker). Young 510/647-2929, works, gives full time to musician Frida (Lizzie Calogwww.berkeleyrep.org the silent moments, but ero) is also being taken along John Gabriel Borkman runs makes Sweet’s songs into to the wicked (and exciting) through May 9 at the Aurora concert performances. Continent, and we know she Theatre Company, 2081 AddiJoe Goode’s choreograwill end up destroyed, as will son St., Berkeley; 510/843-4822, phy is understated but be her father, Vilhelm (Jack www.auroratheatre.org. effectively works, as Bach Powell). The collateral damage and Hite dance across will be high; this is inevitable the couch or become in Ibsen’s view. But who can rock stars with air guitars. argue with that, since our own greedy bankers The ending is happy, if puzzling—how did have caused fallout all over the world. we get to this point?—with confetti raining The structure of the play feels dated, with down; it really is New Year’s Day, with Bach each character giving his version of what and Hite joyously singing their song of love— happened. And the actors are operatic, which and their hard-won freedom to love. might work with distance and a proscenium, ● ● ● ● but on Aurora’s more intimate stage, it brings on uncomfortable laughter. John Iacovelli’s enrik Ibsen had a Nordic sensibilset design, along with York Kennedy’s lights, ity; his plays cast a cold eye on social Chris Houston’s sound and Anna R. Oliver’s injustices, whether it’s locked-up costumes, gives the actors a real, if theatrical, women, sins of fathers, environmental rapists world in which to tell Ibsen’s timeless tale of or greedy bankers. These injustices are still love and money, and how too much of either with us, especially greedy bankers, which leads to tragedy. ✹ makes Ibsen’s 1896 play a hot topic in Compare and contrast with Lee at freshleebrady@gmail.com. director Barbara Oliver’s exploration of the fall, and maybe redemption, of John Gabriel Borkman. But Ibsen’s playwriting gift had more to do Break a leg with more theater reviews at ›› pacificsun.com with creating theatrical characters who are

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lint Winston (Noah Miller) is an eternal optimist. “Everything will be all right.” “Everything’s gonna work out.” But you know from the start of Touching Home, Marin native sons (and identical twins) Noah and Logan Miller’s debut film, that for their dad, Charlie, everything is not going to be all right: In the first scene, they’re burying his ashes. And it’s questionable that everything will work out for Clint and twin Lane (Logan Miller), who live and breathe baseball. Lane has just been let go by his minor league ball team, and Clint has flunked out of community college, thus losing his baseball scholarship. Dad Charlie, convincingly played by Ed Harris, is a lifelong alcoholic and gambler. He’s been a poor excuse for a father (no mention is made of a mother), and yet the boys adore him, lending him money that they know they’ll never see again, and visiting him in the pickup truck he calls home. Ed Harris IS Fairfax. Charlie’s an amiable enough old drunk, but it’s hard biographical tidbit will resonate with audiences. to understand why he inspires such loyalty from his But honesty isn’t always the best policy, especially sons, especially after he steals their nest egg. The Millers, who have worked as roofers, bingo when it lacks sufficient drama. And the Miller twins don’t have the acting expericallers and models, were deterence to set themselves apart from mined to make Touching Home NOW PLAYING each other: a missing tooth (Clint) as an homage to their real-life Touching Home is at the and a little mole on the cheek father, on whom Charlie is mod- Rafael. See page 28 for (Lane) are sometimes hard to spot, eled. Improbably, they got fundshowtimes. and the characters’ personalities ing (and raised money on credit aren’t clearly differentiated. cards) to write, direct and perBut there are lovely moments: Lane playform in their own film—and get Oscar nominee ing softball with a group of schoolchildren; the Harris to star. brothers wordlessly grabbing breakfast cereal The film’s other star is West Marin at its bufrom each other. We’ll see what’s next for the colic and luminous best. Miller twins. ✹ Like first-time novelists, too many novice filmmakers take it for granted that every autoReel off your movie reviews on TownSquare at ›› pacificsun.com

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Ben Hollingsworth, Amber Heard, Demi Moore and David Duchovny are absolutely perfect in ‘The Joneses.’

The Back-up Plan (1:38) Artificially inseminated single gal Jennifer Lopez drags her new dreamboat of a boyfriend down the tangled path to childbirth. ● City Island (1:43) Hilarious havoc ensues when a middle-aged wannabe actor introduces his family to his long-lost ex-con son. ● Clash of the Titans (1:58) Liam Neeson IS Zeus in this thunderbolt-limned retelling of the Perseus legend; Ralph Fiennes co-stars as Hades. ● Date Night (1:28) A married couple’s night on the town goes kerblooey when they’re mistaken for a pair of desperadoes on the run from the Mob; Tina Fey and Steve Carell star. ● Death at a Funeral (1:30) Resentments and recriminations are on the menu at a funfilled family funeral; Neil LaBute directs Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan and Danny Glover. ● Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2:00) Familyfriendly comedy looks at a year in the life of a wiseacre 12-year-old. ● Exit Through the Gift Shop (1:27) Challenging prize-winning documentary by and about English graffiti artiste Banksy and his friends and fans. ● Furry Vengeance (1:32) Real estate developer Brendan Fraser has a battle on his hands when a brigade of forest folk wages war against an eco-unfriendly cul-de-sac. ● The Ghost Writer (2:08) Polanski political thriller about a Tony Blair-like former PM and the biographer who learns more about his subject’s ties to the CIA than he ought to; Pierce Brosnan stars. ● The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2:32) Stieg Larsson’s bestseller hits the big screen with Michael Nykvist as a down-and-out newspaperman out to crack a long-forgotten unsolved murder. ● Harry Brown (1:43) Michael Caine as a law-abiding bloke who goes all vigilante when his best friend is murdered. ● Hot Tub Time Machine (1:40) Four lovelorn dudes travel back to 1986 in a magical hot tub and get a second chance at creating their own lives. ● How to Train Your Dragon (1:38) Cartoon about a Viking dragonslayer-intraining who outrages his tribe by befriending one of his fire-breathing foes. ● Iron Man 2 (2:05) Robert Downey Jr. is back as the now-famous superhero inventor, ●

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trying to keep his crime-fighting secrets out of the wrong hands; Don Cheadle and Mickey Rourke co-star. ● The Joneses A Madison Avenue-concocted perfect family is placed in an all-American suburb to shill for their masters. ● Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D Catch the country troubadour in all his threedimensional glory as he tours the country, git-box in hand. ● Kick-Ass (1:57) A comic book-loving nerd takes his obsession to a dangerous new level when he assumes his own superhero persona (sans superpowers) and encounters the violent real world for the first time in his life. ● The Last Song (1:47) Miley Cyrus as a disaffected teen who reconnects with her estranged father through music. ● The Losers (1:38) Six Special Forces ops pursue the mad supervillain who targeted them during a mission in the Bolivian jungle. ● Mayweather vs. Mosley Fight (3:30) Welterweights Floyd Mayweather and Sugar Shane Mosley meet in 12 rounds of pugilistic combat, live from Las Vegas in blood-red high definition. ● The Metropolitan Opera: Armida (4:15) Saucy Renee Fleming stars as Rossini’s sexy sorceress in big-screen high-def glory. ● Mid-August Lunch (1:15) A middleaged Roman finds himself with four elderly women to tend to during the annual Feast of the Assumption. ● La Mission (1:57) San Francisco native Benjamin Bratt stars in an intense family drama about life along 24th Street; brother Peter Bratt directs. ● A Nightmare on Elm Street (1:35) Jackie Earle Haley stars as Freddie Krueger in this remake of the 1984 horror classic. ● Oceans (1:40) The latest underwater cameras capture dazzling glimpses of life beneath the seas; Pierce Brosnan narrates. ● Phish 3D Catch the rambunctious rockers in all their fleshy three-dimensional glory. ● Red Riding Trilogy Dark, haunting threepart epic based on the Yorkshire Ripper serial-killing spree of the 1970s and ’80s; 1974 is 105 minutes, 1980 is 96 minutes and 1983 is 104 minutes long. ● The Secret in Their Eyes (2:07) A retired Argentine criminal investigator confronts his inner demons as he writes a novel based on a rape and murder that took place 30 years earlier. ● The Secret of Kells (1:15) Beautifully rendered animated fantasy about a young artist’s adventures in an enchanted medieval forest. ● The Square (1:56) Modern noir about a doofus everyman, the femme fatale he falls for, her surly mobster husband and a very demanding blackmailer. ● Touching Home (1:57) Local filmmakers Logan and Noah Miller write, direct and act in this memoir of their homeless father and their dreams of baseball stardom; Ed Harris stars. ✹

›› MOViE TiMES ❋ A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) (R) Century Cinema: Fri-Wed 12, 2:25, 4:50, 7:20, 9:45 Thu 12, 2:25, 4:50, 7:20 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:45, 12:50, 2:20, 3:20, 4:40, 5:45, 7, 8:10, 9:25, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:40, 3, 5:20, 7:40, 10:10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 2:40, 5:10, 7:35, 10 Sat 12, 2:40, 5:10, 7:35, 10 Sun 12, 2:40, 5:10, 7:35 Mon-Thu 2:40, 5:10, 7:35 The Back-up Plan (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Fri 11:55, 2:25, 4:55, 7:30, 10 Sun-Thu 11:55, 2:25, 4:55, 7:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:15, 2:55, 5:25, 7:50, 10:20 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 2:30, 5, 7:20, 9:50 Sat 11:40, 2:30, 5, 7:20, 9:50 Sun 11:40, 2:30, 5, 7:20 Mon-Thu 2:30, 5, 7:20 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:40, 9:20 Sat 1:15, 4, 6:40, 9:20 Sun 1:15, 4, 6:40 Mon-Thu 4, 6:40 City Island (PG-13) CinéArts at Marin: Fri 5, 7:30, 9:50 Sat 2:30, 5, 7:30, 9:50 Sun 2:30, 5, 7:30 Mon-Thu 5:15, 7:50 Clash of the Titans (PG-13) ★★ Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:55, 2:40, 5:10, 7:45, 10:20; 3D showtimes at 7:05, 9:50 Date Night (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:30, 8, 10:15 Sat-Sun 12:30, 3, 5:30, 8, 10:15 Mon-Thu 6:50, 9:05 Century Regency 6: Fri 11:10, 1:20, 3:30, 5:45, 8, 10:15 SunThu 11:10, 1:20, 3:30, 5:45, 8 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:30, 2:50, 5, 7:10, 9:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 2, 4:40, 7:10, 9:30 Sat 11:30, 2, 4:40, 7:10, 9:30 Sun 11:30, 4:40, 7:10 Mon-Thu 2, 4:40, 7:10 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:15, 6:30, 9 Sat 1:45, 4:15, 6:30, 9 Sun 1:45, 4:15, 6:30 Mon-Thu 4:15, 6:30 Death At a Funeral (2010) (R) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 12:20, 3, 5:30, 8, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:20, 9:40 Diary of a Wimpy Kid (PG) ★★ Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7:15, 9:35 Exit Through the Gift Shop (R) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:45, 7, 9 SatSun 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9 Mon-Wed

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7, 9 Thu 9 ❋ Furry Vengeance (PG) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 7:45, 10:05 Sat-Sun 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:05 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 12:30, 2:50, 5:05, 7:30, 9:45 Century Rowland Plaza: 12, 2:20, 4:35, 7, 9:20 The Ghost Writer (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Century Regency 6: 11, 1:55, 4:50, 7:50 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 3:50, 6:50, 9:35 Sat 1, 3:50, 6:50, 9:35 Sun 1, 3:50, 6:50 Mon-Thu 3:50, 6:50 The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Not Rated) ★★★★ Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 7:45 Sat-Sun 1, 4:30, 7:45 Mon-Thu 7:30 ❋ Harry Brown (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:05, 2:35, 5:05, 7:40, 10:10 Sun-Thu 12:05, 2:35, 5:05, 7:40 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 5:30, 7:55, 10:10 Sat 12:30, 3, 5:30, 7:55, 10:10 Sun 12:30, 3, 5:30, 7:55 Mon-Thu 5:30, 7:55 Hot Tub Time Machine (R) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 12:05, 2:35, 4:55, 7:35, 10:05 How to Train Your Dragon (PG) ★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:30, 10 Sat-Sun 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10 Mon-Thu 6:30, 8:55 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:50, 12:55, 2:25, 3:30, 4:50, 6:15, 7:20, 8:45, 9:50; 3D showtimes at 11:40, 2, 4:25 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:50, 2:10, 4:30, 6:50, 9:10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 2:10, 4:30 Sat-Sun 11:20, 2:10, 4:30 ❋ Iron Man 2 (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Thu 11:59pm Century Rowland Plaza: Thu 11:59pm Fairfax 5 Theatres: Thu 11:59pm The Joneses (R) ★★ CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:45, 7:15, 9:40 Sat 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:40 Sun 2:15, 4:45, 7:15 Mon-Thu 5, 7:35 Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D (Not Rated) Fairfax 5 Theatres: Sun 2 Kick-Ass (R) ★★★ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:05, 1:50, 4:35, 7:20, 10:05 Sun-Thu 11:05, 1:50, 4:35, 7:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 7:35am, 10:15am, 11:40am, 2:15, 4:55 La Mission (R) ★★★ Century

Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 1, 4:05, 7:10, 10 The Last Song (PG) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 12:25, 2:55, 5:25, 7:55, 10:25 The Losers (PG-13) ★1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 12, 1:30, 2:45, 4, 5:15, 6:30, 7:50, 8:55, 10:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:20, 2:40, 5:10, 7:30, 9:50 ❋ Mayweather vs. Mosley Fight (PG13) Century Regency 6: Sat 6 ❋ The Metropolitan Opera: Armida (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Sat 10am CinéArts at Sequoia: Sat 10am Lark Theater: Sat 10am Sun 11:30am Mid-August Lunch (Not Rated) ★★★1/2 Lark Theater: Fri-Sat, Wed-Thu 4:40, 6:30 Sun-Tue 4:40 Oceans (G) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:10, 9:30 Sat-Sun 12:10, 2:25, 4:45, 7:10, 9:30 Mon-Thu 7, 9:10 Century Northgate 15: FriWed 12:10, 2:15, 4:35, 6:50, 9 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 2:20, 4:35, 6:40, 9 Sat 11:50, 2:20, 4:35, 6:40, 9 Sun 11:50, 2:20, 4:35, 6:40 Mon-Thu 2:20, 4:35, 6:40 ❋ Phish 3D (Not Rated) Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 7, 9:45 SunThu 7 Red Riding Trilogy (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Fri 8:15 (1974) Sat 8:15 (1980) Sun-Mon 6:30 (1974) Tue 6:30 (1980) WedThu 8:15 (1983) The Secret In Their Eyes (R) ★★★ CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri-Sat 4:15, 7, 9:40 Sun 1:30, 4:15, 7, MonThu 4:15, 7 The Secret of Kells (Not Rated) ★★★1/2 Lark Theater: Sat, Wed 3 ❋ The Square (R) CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:30 Sat 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Sun 2, 4:30, 7 Mon-Thu 4:45, 7:20 Touching Home (PG-13) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:15, 6:45, 9:15 Sat 1:15 (Ed Harris and Miller brothers in person), 4:15, 6:45, 9:15 Sun 1:15 (Miller brothers in person), 4:15, 6:45, 9:15 Mon-Wed 6:45 (Miller brothers in person), 9:30 Thu 6:45, 9:30

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

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

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Live music 04/30: Debra Clawson and Paul Robinson Blues and rock. 7:30pm. No cover. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. www.saylorsrestaurantandbar.com 04/30: Natasha James Americana/roots singer songwriter. 8pm. Presidio Yacht Club/Travis Marina, Sausalito. www.presidioyachtclub.org 04/30: Stompy Jones Cool swing. 8:30pm. $12. Rancho Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 05/01: 4 A.D.With Austin de Lone Aram Danesh, Eric McCann and Paul Revelli. Part of the In The Woods Productions’ benefit concert series. 8-11pm. $20-25. Mill Valley Masonic Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 389-6637. www.woodsmv.com

05/01: Connie Ducey, Judy Hall and Mike MacKenzie Jazz trio. 7-10pm. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. www.saylorsrestaurantandbar.com 05/01: New Rising Sons with Lynn Asher and special guest Drew Youngs. 8:30-11:30pm. $7. Presidio Yacht Club/Travis Marina, Sausalito. www.presidioyachtclub.org 05/01: Vinyl Welcome home show. Latin funk, rock. 8:30pm. $12-15. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 05/02: Dale Alstrom’s Jazz Society With Erika Alstrom. 1-4pm. No cover. 19 Broadway Niteclub, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. www.19broadway.com 05/02: The Seducers In the bar. 5pm. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio. com 05/04: Swing Fever Performs songs of Irving Berlin, George & Ira Gershwin. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel and Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San

Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com

05/05: Berkeley Choro Ensemble Brazilian music on Cinco de Mayo. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com 05/06: Ann Brewer With Jorge Castellanos and Larry Dunlap 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel and Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com 05/07: David Grisman Quintet The mandolinist/composer/ “dawg” music creater will perform a blend of stylistic influences including folk, swing, bluegrass, Latin and gypsy jazz. 8pm. $45-55. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org

05/07: Ken Husbands and Suzanna Smith Latin jazz. 7-10pm. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. www.saylorsrestaurantandbar.com 05/07: Kevin Russell Contemporary Blues. 8:30pm. $10-12. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 05/07: The Mehanatones Balkan Band Traditional urban folk and village dance music from the Balkans and Anatolia. Dancing for all levels. 8-11pm. $10, includes light refreshments. Scout Hall, 177 E. Blithedale, Mill Valley. 497-4890.

05/07: Tony Marcus and Paul Anastasio Duo Guitar. Fiddle. Swing standards. 8-10:30pm. $15-20. Eric Schoenberg Guitars, 106 Main St., Tiburon. 789-0846. www.om28.com Fridays: Jose Neto Brazilian guitarist. 8-10:30pm. No cover. Whipper Snapper Restaurant, 1613 Fourth St., San Rafael. 256-1818. www.whipsnap.biz

BEST BET Hot rods and cool tunes

April showers bring...MAY MADNESS? It’s true! The 23rd annual classic car parade—the longest running street rod show in Northern California—is cruisin’ down the main drag of Fourth Street next weekend. And along with hundreds of classic autos, custom hot rods and vintage roadsters on rollin’ display, there’s also a rockin’ street dance with Bay Area And remember, no buggy show is complete without bands like The Eldorados (surf the requisite hoop skirt and parasol. rock), 77 El Deora (alt-country) and Mitch Woods and his Rocket 88s (rock-a-boogie). Parade at 5pm. Noon-6pm May 8 on Fourth Street, downtown San Rafael. Info: Call 720-5591 or visit www.downtownsanrafael.org.—Samantha Campos

Grooving for a good cause this weekend will be 4 A.D., featuring, clockwise from top left, Austin de Lone, Aram Danesh, Paul Revelli and Eric McCann.

Concerts 04/30: Dominican University’s Winifred Baker Chorale “Annual Spring Concert.” Craig Singleton conducts the chorale with the Orchestra of St. Catherine in a program of works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Morten Lauridsen and Mozart. With Joe Bloom, piano. 8pm. $5-10. St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, 1104 5th Ave., San Rafael. 482-3579. www. duwbc.com 04/30: Marin Girls Chorus “Sound of the Waves; Water Songs & Sea Chanteys.” Celebrating their founder and artistic director, Martha Wall, who is retiring after 22 years of dedicated music education. 7-9pm. $7-15. First Presbyterian Church, 72 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. 827-7335. www. marinchorus.org 05/01 and 05/03: Marin Symphony “Straight to the Heart.” Alasdair Neale conducts a performance of works by Brahms,Dvorak and Ranjbaran. Zuill Bailey, cello. 7:30pm. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800. www.marincenter.org

05/01: House Jacks with MYP Teen A Cappella A rock band without instruments, a cappella style. 8pm. $18-25. 142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org 05/02: Marin Music Chest Annual concert featuring student musicians honored with this year’s MMC award scholarships. 2:30pm. Free. San Domenico School, 1500 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo. 479-2314. www.marinmusicchest.org

05/02: Woodwind Quintet and Trio Concert O’Hanlon Center for the Arts presents an afternoon of chamber music. The Presidio Quintet and the Lestat Trio of Mill Valley’s Philharmonic will per-

form works by Max Bruch and Guiseppe Cambini. 3-5pm. $18-20. O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, 616 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 388-4331. www. ohanloncenter.org

Theater/Auditions Through 4/30:‘Some Kind Of Pink Candles for Breakfast’ The Drake Theatre Ensemble presents a musical comedy tribute to the movies of John Hughes by David G. Smith. 7:30pm. $5-8. Little Theater, Drake High School, 1327 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 455-8928.

05/02-15:‘The Rhubarb Revue Now in 3-D’ 49th annual community cabaret style, comedy/variety show. Shows May 2; 3pm. May 7-8 and May 14-15 7:30 pm. Bring dinner. Rhubarb treats available. $20. Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill valley. 383-3691 . www.tamvalley.org 05/04-08:‘Carthage’ MTC New Works presents a staged reading of the 2009 David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize winner. By Emily Schwend. 7pm. Free. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208. www.marintheatre.org 05/07-30:‘Owners’ Dark comedy by renowned British playwright Caryl Churchill. $25. AlterTheater Ensemble, 1701 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-2787. www.altertheater.org 05/07: Ascension of the Blues Musical theater experience telling the tale of American blues. 8pm. $30-35. Mill Valley Masonic Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 389-6637. www.woodsmv.com Through 05/02: The Music Man Marilyn Izdebski presents this youth musical theater production. Fri.-Sun. See website for schedule details. San APRIL 30 – MAY 6, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 29

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05/03: Street Painting with Genna Panzarella Panzarella will discuss her experiences as a street painter and the history of street art from ancient to modern times. 7-8pm. Free. Larkspur Library, 400 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 927-5005. www.larkspurlibrary.org

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Fairfax artist will show his works in the space next to the Smith Rafael Film Center which will be open during regular box office hours. Free. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-1222. www.cafilm.org

After a two-year renovation, the Oakland Museum re-opens on May 1. Phil Linhares, chief curator of art, will give an illustrated lecture on how the institution has been re-imagined. 1-2pm. Free. San Rafael City Council Chambers, 1400 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 485-3321.

04/30: RooTs Collaborative Gallery Opening Party Market for handmade art, live music, snacks. 5-8:30pm. Free. RooTs Collaborative, 84 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 254-3626. www. rootscollaborative.com

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05/01-02: Schoonmaker Artists 23rd Annual Open Studios Featuring Fredrick Doar Jarl

04/30: Citizen Soul Paul Rogat Loeb talks

Forsman, Elly Graham, Chris Hurwitz , Lori Margulies, Ben Rea, Steve Sekhon, Vince Va, others. 11am-6pm. Free. 10 Liberty Ship Way, Sausalito. 480-4562. 05/01-05/09: Nancy Cicchetti Oil paintings, monotypes, watercolors and drawings. On display as part of Marin Open Studios 2010. 11am-6pm May 1-2 and May 8-9. Free. Nancyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s studio, 119 Laurel Ave., San Anselmo. 453-6880. www.ncicchetti.com

05/01-06/13:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;H2O: The Watery Medium in Artâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Group exhibtion. Deborah Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Grady, large format photographs John de Lormimier, paintings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Latin Photo Project.â&#x20AC;? From Gallery Route One. Opening reception, 3-5pm May 1. 1-5pm. Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330. www.bolinasmuseum.org

05/01-09: Marin Arts Council Open Studios and Festival Various locations. Check website for all the details about this cool, annual, local event. 11am-6pm. Free. Marin Arts Council, 906 Fourth St., San Rafael. 499-8350. www.marinarts.org 05/01-09: Open Studios Karen Seaver Photography â&#x20AC;&#x153;HOGâ&#x20AC;? series and KMW glass art studios. Part of Marin Open Studios 2010. Free. Seaver Photography Studio, 68 Sotelo Way, Novato, CA 94945. 892-5707. www.PicturePeace.com 05/01-28:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Global Paw Printsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Animals around the globe photographed by Allison Levenson. Reception 6-8pm May 4. Free. Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-4292. www.millvalleylibrary.org

05/01-30: KWMRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 8th Annual Art Exhibit and Auction â&#x20AC;&#x153;Homegrown Radio.â&#x20AC;? Silent fundraising art auction. Opening reception 3-5pm May 1. Closing event 3-5pm May 30. See website for more details. 10am. Free. Tobyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gallery, Main St., Point Reyes Station. 663-8068, ext. 3. www.kwmr.org

05/02-23: Marin Society of Artists 2010 Spring Rental Show Exhibit of artworks for rent. 11am-4pm. Free. 2010 Spring Rental Show, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 454-9561. www.marinsocietyofartists.com 05/02: First Sunday Open Studios Over 40 working artists, in three buildings, will open their doors to public. 11am-4pm. Free. Novato Arts Center, 501 Palm Dr., Novato. 883-1066. www.novatoartscenter.org

Through 06/04: Art of the Automobile Opening reception 6-9pm May 8 after the May Madness downtown parade. 10am-5pm. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. www.artworksdowntown.org/

Talks/Lectures 04/30 Spiritual Evolution and Out of Body Experiences Exploration of possible tools to develop spiritually and to experi-

about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in Challenging Timesâ&#x20AC;? handbook for budding social activists, veteran organizers, and anybody who wants to make a change. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 05/01: Louise Nayer Nayer talks about her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Burned: A Memoir.â&#x20AC;? This book chronicles how a family survived a nightmarish explosion. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

05/01: Sam Barry and Kathi Kamen Goldmark The authors discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Write That Book Already: Inside Advice on Getting Published from Those Who Know.â&#x20AC;? 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 05/02: Alice Waters The local food icon shares techniques from her latest â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the Green Kitchen: Techniques to Learn by Heart.â&#x20AC;? Noon. $125. Left Bank Restaurant, 507 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. www. bookpassage.com 05/02: Dianne Dixon Dixon talks about her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Language of Secrets.â&#x20AC;? 2pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 05/02: Menopause Menace Dr. Ricki Pollycove discusses her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Pocket Idiotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guide to BioIdentical Hormones.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 05/02: Stuart Woods Woods talks about his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lucid Intervals.â&#x20AC;? 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 05/03: Michael Stevens The author discusses his online gaming thriller â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fortuna.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

05/03: Richard Moore Book Release Party with Brenda Hillman Celebrating Mooreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collection of poetry, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Writing the Silences.â&#x20AC;? 7-11pm. Free. The Redwoods, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 383-2741. www.theredwoods.org 05/04: Robert Hass Pulitzer-winning author talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems. 7pm. Preferred seating with book purchase Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 05/05: Emily St. John Mandel Mandel talks about her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Singerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gun.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 05/06: Donner Party Reimagined Gabrielle Burton talks about her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Impatient with Desire.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. bookpassage.com 05/07: Christina Kim The author/LPGA golfer

discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Swinging from My Heels: Confessions of an LPGA Star.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 05/07: Robert Elias Elias talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Empire Strikes Out: How Baseball Sold U.S. Foreign Policy & Promoted the American Way Abroad.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

Community Events (Misc.) 05/01-02: Gala Flower Festival and Plant Sale The Garden Society of Marin hosts a huge plant sale, a â&#x20AC;&#x153;greenâ&#x20AC;? elephant sale of pots, baskets, gardening books, silent auction, lectures and advice from Master Gardeners, and food. 10am-4pm. $3, under 7 free. Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross, CA. 457-2565. www.gardensocietyofmarin.org 05/01: 15th Annual Blue Jean Ball All proceeds benefit ICS, a non-profit agency providing creative solutions to the needs of individuals with disabilities living and working in Marin County. Includes a buffet dinner, silent/live auction and dancing. 5-11pm. $60. Osher Marin JCC, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 455-8481. www.connectics.org

05/01: Go Native - Planting for Pollinators Hands-on workshop. Learn to attract birds, butterflies and beneficial insects with California native plants that provide food, shelter and nesting places for wildlife. 9am-noon. Free. Marin Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 945-1512. www.bayfriendlycoalition.org/workshop-reg.php

05/01: Larner Seeds Spring Open House Tour a demonstration garden of California native plants. Refreshments featuring native edible seeds. Plants, seeds and books for sale. 11am-3:30pm. Free. Larner Seeds, 235 Grove St., Bolinas. 868-9407. www.larnerseeds.com 05/01: Pilates Day in the Park A 60-minute free mat class hosted by Zeina Grifoni of Synergy+ Physical Therapy and Pilates Studio. Refreshments follow class.2-4pm. Free. Creek Park, San Anselmo. 258-8228. www.synergyptpilates.com

05/01: Spring Cleaning Rummage Sale Children and adult clothing, shoes, toys, household goods, sundries. Proceeds benefit the New Village School. 8am-4pm. Free. New Village School, 100 Ebbtide Ave., Sausalito. 717-4516. www.thenewvillageschool.org 05/01:Tam High YouthFest Entertainment for all ages. Proceeds support the UN Millennium Development Goals to reduce world poverty. Youth will learn about solutions and donate to a global issue of choice. 11am-5pm. Free. Mill Valley Depot Plaza, 87 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 847-0206. 05/01:Team Trivia Fundraiser for Haiti Hosted by Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Master of Trivia, Howard Rachelson. Come as a team or individually for a night of fun and fundraising. 7pm-midnight. $20 per person includes food and drink. Rodef Sholom Congregation, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 472-0336. www.triviacafe.com 05/01:Valley Visions Three live bands, barbecue dinner, no-host bar and silent action. Proceeds benefit LEAP, the Lagunitas School District Foundation. 5:30-11pm. $50-60. Dickson Ranch, 182 San Geronimo Valley Dr., Woodacre. 720-0051. http://lagunitas.marin.k12.ca.us 05/01:Vintage Jewelry Show Find a unique Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day gift with more than 30 vendors. 10am5pm. $6. Idessy Hall, 511 Caledonia St., Sausalito. 383-2252. www.goldengateshows.com

05/01:â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shakespearean Idolâ&#x20AC;?Murder Mystery Dinner Interactive murder mystery dinner event hosted by Bob Currier. Cost includes wine, auction and dinner. Benefiting the Marin Shakespeare Company. 6:30-10:30pm. $110. The Seafood Peddlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Palm Ballroom, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 499-4485 . www.marinshakespeare.org

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GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) As this weekend begins, you are experiencing the bottom of your lunar cycle AND your ruler moving backwards. It is not the time to be negotiating details. On Monday, forgo the need to analyze and listen to your intuition instead. Not easy for you rational types, but necessary if you want to make any progress this week. The Moon in group-oriented Aquarius on Cinco de Mayo suggests going out with a crowd. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) Being ruled by the emotionally sensitive Moon does have its ups and downs. Your weekend starts out with a sense of expansion. You are enthusiastic and hopeful about tackling any projects in the works. The clouds roll in on Sunday and Monday and you must face the reality of what was (or was not) accomplished. Cinco de Mayo is a lovely excuse for breaking out of the doldrums. LEO (July 22 - August 22) A playful mood takes over on Friday and Saturday. By Monday, the reality of material needs brings your professional life back into focus. It is, after all, difficult to maintain your lifestyle on a limited budget. On Cinco de Mayo, your current lack of patience is especially obvious. Do the harried waitstaff a favor: Stay home and make your own nachos. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) Even with your ruler (Mercury) moving retrograde, you keep your cool with those who push their views on you. You may still want to hide for the early part of the weekend—the remnants of last week’s war of the worlds makes you skittish. Your levelheaded earthiness returns on Sunday and Monday. If you need to make a solid impression, here is your opportunity. As for Cinco de Mayo, it’s time to take those salsa lessons. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) A desire to communicate may have you spilling secrets this week. Don’t say anything that could come back to haunt you. Spend at least part of the weekend with family—biological or spiritual—if you want to feel understood and appreciated. The loony Moon in your entertainment house for Cinco de Mayo is a good omen for meeting someone amusing. If you are looking for a laugh, visit your local cantina. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) You are halfway between your last birthday and the next one. It’s time to review goals, discard the irrelevant and get moving on those that count. Think of each solar return as a cycle; you must complete the current one before the new one begins in about six months. If you have something important to say to your sweetie, say it on Sunday when your words are both persuasive and meaningful. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) As one who spent a good portion of your life with a “What? Me worry?” attitude, you are likely to be somewhat disappointed by the current state of affairs. Even your ruler, jovial Jupiter, is having a difficult time tuning out the woes of “reality.” For the sake of all the signs, you must reawaken your optimistic humor. Help us, Obi-Wan Kenobi; you’re our only hope. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) Taurus energy is strong, but does not move quickly. Perhaps, then, you haven’t started on the creative projects clamoring to be done. Mercury retrograde may be a handy scapegoat, but the truth is that when the expressive Sun ignites your artistic talents, the muses are speaking to you. So, if you haven’t done it yet, take your first step to producing something real from your imagination. Your future fans are waiting. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) What others consider languidly slow energy while the Sun is in Taurus, you see as stubborn immovability. And the emphasis on possessions runs counter to your belief that as a society we should share instead of personally accumulate. Before writing off the next three weeks, however, try to see the good in this cycle. Taurus brings outdoor festivals, flowers, kittens, Cinco de Mayo and possibly a tequila-fueled phone call with a lover from your past. Enjoy. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) As changeable Uranus gets closer to moving out of your sign, you are tempted to settle back into old ways. But you can’t—you started on this transformational journey in 2003. You are nearly finished with Uranus, but Uranus is not finished with you. Your sensitivity is balanced with objectivity; you can enjoy both nature and technology. Progress has its perks. ✹ Email Lynda Ray at cosmicclues@gmail.com or check out her website at www.lyndarayastrology.com 34 PACIFIC SUN APRIL 30 – MAY 6, 2010

PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123622 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ANCESTRAL VOICE - CENTER FOR INDIGENOUS LIFEWAYS, 108D OLIVA COURT, NOVATO, CA 94947: PHILLIP SCOTT, 108D OLIVA COURT, NOVATO, CA 94947. 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 March 26, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 9, 16, 23, 30, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123677 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SCREENING PARTY, 1 BLACKFIELD DR., #402, TIBURON, CA 94920: SHIFFCO, INC., 1 BLACKFIELD DR., #402, TIBURON, CA 94920. 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 March 31, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 9, 16, 23, 30, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123487 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TEENY TINY TAILS, 15 WOODLAND AVE., SUITE B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901; KEVIN MICHAEL PRICE PRODUCTIONS, 15 WOODLAND AVE., SUITE B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: KEVIN MICHAEL PRICE, 15 WOODLAND AVE., SUITE B, 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 4, 2010. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on March 11, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 9, 16, 23, 30, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010123629 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ONA GALLERY, 27 JORDAN ST., #B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: BRANDON STIEG, 27 JORDAN, #B, 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 March 26, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 26, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 9, 16, 23, 30, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123730 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as VICTORY HOUSE PROPERTIES, 16 FLAMINGO LN., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JONATHAN LIN, 915 FREMONT ST., MENLO PARK, CA 94025. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on April 12, 2010. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on April 5, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 9, 16, 23, 30, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123555 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ABC CARPET CLEANING, 3 PARSONS ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94118: FRANK JAHANI, 3 PARSONS ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94118; HALEH SAMPRES, 3 PARSONS ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94118. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. 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 March 18, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 9, 16, 23, 30, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123742 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as VFL TRADING INTERNATIONAL, 301 LAUREL WAY, APT. 8, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: VINCENT F. KATICS, 301 LAUREL WAY, APT. 8, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name listed herein on May 5, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 7, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 16, 23, 30; May 7, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123720 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RPB PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, 207 SECOND ST., STE. B, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: RPB CONSTRUCTION, INC., 207 SECOND ST., STE. B, SAUSALITO, CA

94965. 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 April 5, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 16, 23, 30; May 7, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010123698 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as HOOK AUDIO, 11 HEARTWOOD COURT, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: HOOK AUDIO, LLC, 11 HEARTWOOD COURT, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on April 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 2, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 16, 23, 30; May 7, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123765 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as IN THE WOODS PRODUCTIONS, 19 CORTE MADERA AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: THE WOODS MUSIC HALL, LLC, 19 CORTE MADERA AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name listed herein on April 8, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 9, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 16, 23, 30; May 7, 2010) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304173 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. Fictitious Business name(s): BODY THERAPHY STUDIO, 1724 LINCOLN AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: December 15, 2006. Under File Nos.: 111805. Registrantâ ™s Name(s): STANLEY YOUNG, 1798 REX ST., SAN MATEO, CA 94403. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on March 23, 2010. (Pacific Sun: April 16, 23, 30, May 7, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123655 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as VIRGINIA CLEANERS II, 61 CAMINO ALTO, UNIT# A, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: SAMJUNG CORPORATION, 1048 ARLINGTON LN., SAN JOSE, CA 95129. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on April 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 30, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 23, 30; May 7, 14, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123837 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WHOLE FOODS MARKET, 790 DELONG AVENUE, NOVATO, CA 94945: WHOLE FOODS MARKET CALIFORNIA, INC., 5980 HORTON STREET, SUITE 200, EMERYVILLE, CA 94608. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on April 22, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 20, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 23, 30; May 7, 14, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123838 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WHOLE FOODS MARKET, 731 E. BLITHEDALE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: WHOLE FOODS MARKET CALIFORNIA, INC., 5980 HORTON STREET, SUITE 200, EMERYVILLE, CA 94608. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on June 9, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 20, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 23, 30; May 7, 14, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123859 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THERESA & JOHNNY’S COMFORT FOOD, 817 FOURTH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: LESLIE BURNSIDE, 1 WELCH ST., 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 2004. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 22, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 30; May 7, 14, 21, 2010)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123860 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE PIE PALACE, 811 FOURTH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: LESLIE BURNSIDE, 1 WELCH ST., 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 April 22, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 30; May 7, 14, 21, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123870 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as OPENING FULLY, 2 GILBERT ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: BELINDA LAUCKE, 2 GILBERT ST., 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 April of 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 23, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 30; May 7, 14, 21, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123812 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as X-GALAXY, 415 HOLCOMB AVE., LARKSPUR, CA 94939: AIWA L. TROUTMAN, 415 HOLCOMB AVE., LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 15, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 30; May 7, 14, 21, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123868 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as 215 BAYVIEW, 215 BAYVIEW ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: 215 BAYVIEW JF, LLC, 215 BAYVIEW ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein in 2008. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 23, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 30; May 7, 14, 21, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123723 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CACTUS METAL DESIGN, 100 MARIN CENTER DR., #58, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: ROBERTO MONTANO, 100 MARIN CENTER DR., #58, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 5, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 30; May 7, 14, 21, 2010)

997 All Other Legals ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1001654. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner WANDA MARIE COOK filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: WANDA MARIE COOK to ZWANDA MARIE BAMAY. 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: June 3, 2010, 8:30 a.m., Dept. 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: April 26, 2010 /s/ JAMES R. RITCHIE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: April 30; May 7, 14, 21, 2010)

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I was extremely offended by your response to the woman whose female friend has a mustache. Your only suggesting ways to get her to remove it was very antifeminist. I have female friends with facial hair. Instead of waxing it, they say, “Screw American standards of beauty. I’m beautiful just the way I am.” Your response could’ve included that option. My girlfriends with facial hair have no problem getting dates with men, and that’s because they’re confident and beautiful. Just please don’t perpetuate misogynistic crap.—Ain’t No Problem With A Little Hair

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If I hated women, I’d tell those looking to date men to grow a big hairy hedge above their lip. Then they’d appeal to the .00001 percent of the American male population who think nothing’s sexier than leaning over to the girl they’re dating and whispering, “I think I should tell you...there’s a little piece of food caught in your mustache.” Oh, what a terrible thing, promoting “American standards of beauty.” Footbinding? Clitoridectomy? Naw, plucking tiny hairs above a woman’s lip. Quick! Somebody start an international human rights organization! “Sorry, can’t go to the Darfur rally. We’re marching for a woman’s right to lip fur.” All together now: “HELL NO! WE WON’T MOW!” While I see the occasional strip of fur bumming a ride on a woman’s lip, you claim to know a veritable parade of women from Mustachia. Methinks you’re telling a fibby—for what you think is a good cause: keeping women feministically correct, and never mind that they’ll likely end up miserable and dateless. Fibby number two? That being a chick with a Fu Manchu is no impediment to getting dates. Right. There are men who’ll date a woman with a stache: the visually impaired, the wildly desperate and college-boy feminists. On a positive note, being a woman with a fur-trimmed lip does solve that age-old problem of getting men to stop addressing conversation to one’s breasts. Take poor Stephanie Mills, the Greenpeace spokeslady who went on TV in Australia. Unfortunately, the loudest thing on screen was her mustache. Mills had much to say about victims of nuclear testing, but she might as well have been farting out “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Now, I’m all for a woman with a mustache making the same money as a man with a mustache. Unfortunately, Congress can’t amend the laws of attraction. A mustache is a really clear male sex characteristic. Women with facial hair tend to have higher testosterone or be aging out of their child-bearing years, while men are hard-wired to go for young, feminine-featured women. Suggesting women who want boyfriends go proudly unpruned is like telling men with moobs to rub glitter on their mancleavage and strut it in low-cut tops. Rather amazingly, you’re suggesting women empower themselves by looking just like men. The reality is, a woman needs a mustache like a fish on a bicycle needs a man. Sure, a woman’s place is wherever she wants it to be, but if she’d like male company, she’d best avoid looking like Gandhi, Saddam, Charles Manson or one of the Village People, and snarling through her stache: “We haven’t come a long way, and don’t call me baby!”

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I’m a white guy with a black beard—growing out of my back. I know many women are grossed out by really hairy guys. Are there measures you recommend for back-hair removal?—Bristly

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When a woman sees you naked, you want her focused on jumping your bones, not on hiring somebody to jump you with a riding lawn mower. There are back shavers that look like big squeegees (the Razorba and the Man-groomer). But, if you have coarse hair, you could end up with razor-sharp stubble—making being naked with you like spooning a lemon zester. Back waxing requires constant maintenance (in your case, probably moving into a spa), plus front waxing to match. The look you should aim for is somewhere between gay male stripper and Borat: think fur reduction over total fur removal. Laser treatment, which works best on those with light skin and dark hair, is probably your ideal bet for long-term back-hair thinning—lasting months or a year, or very possibly, permanently. You’ll still have some growth back there, but from a woman’s perspective, there’s feeling a little body hair and there’s feeling like Dian Fossey making the first peaceful contact with a mountain gorilla. ✹

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