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›› LETTERS Has John Gray lost his Marsbles? Regarding Ronnie Cohen’s interview with John Gray about hormone levels in men and women [“Men Are From Mars, John Gray Is From Mill Valley,” ‘Date rape is much more complex than the way feminists Aug. 27]. Horhave portrayed it,’ is one of mones certainly Farrell’s doozies. play a major role in our lives (and our relationships), but hasn’t John Gray ever heard of estrogen? I can’t help but wonder if, perhaps, hanging out with Warren Farrell has warped his testosterone-laden brain. (Do a Google search of Warren to find his “famous” quotes from Penthouse magazine.) With such twisted views of both men and women, I’m afraid that, at least in this case, Mars has a few loose screws. Cindy Ross, Fairfax

tion, as well as being pissed off, is more than likely attributable to the level of entitlement ME Valley residents suppose is their right. Often the Pacific Sun has written about this common phenomenon. Sales associates, retail clerks and restaurant servers within Southern Marin acknowledge the attitude many customers have is unpleasant, dismissive and entitled—whether it is at Mill Valley Market, Whole Foods, Macy’s, Mollie Stone’s, Paradise Market, Banana Republic, Nordy’s La Ginestra, the Buckeye or Denny’s and other retail establishments, as well as restaurants in Mill Valley and the malls. In this economy it has become more difficult to please the consumer. The service workers must deal with these attitudes, probably making $11 an hour in the county, not a living wage, while the entitled ones are rude, inordinately demanding and, no matter how patient and kind one can be, these people want to be first or placed ahead of all others. There are many lovely and kind consumers; however, the population of the special folks creates no goodwill with workers as well as other consumers. Has Diana ever worked as a salesperson or in a restaurant? I wonder... A Southern Marin Resident

First rule of business—the Marin customer is always rude... Regarding the “Hero & Zero” column of Aug. 13 [in which a pet-shop owner was nominated for a zero by a customer named Diana, for ignoring her while carrying on a personal conversation with another customer—when questioned by Diana, he said it “pissed” him off when customers think they can interrupt and that “their problems are more important than everyone else’s”]. It is easy to understand the annoyance of the pet shop owner. Understanding that his frustra-

Egg industry out of frying pan, into fryer It now appears that the owner and feed supplier for Iowa’s giant Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms, associated with the recall of more than 500 million eggs, has a long record of violations. Austin “Jack” DeCoster has paid millions of dollars in fines and restitutions for violations of food safety, worker safety, immigration, sexual harassment, animal cruelty and water pollution laws in Maine, Maryland, New York

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Your soapbox is waiting at ›› pacificsun.com and Iowa. Iowa’s attorney general labeled DeCoster a “habitual violator.” More than 1,500 people have been reported sickened As nature intended. by the DeCoster eggs, but the Centers for Disease Control estimates that the actual number may be as high as 45,000. DeCoster’s lawyer’s admissions that “Contamination is common in poultry operations” and “the notion that eggs will ever be free of salmonella is ludicrous” convinced me that this is indeed an industry-wide problem, and that eggs are not safe to eat. I have found www.vegcooking.com/ vegcooking-eggreplace.asp very helpful in making my transition to an egg-free diet. Patrick Sullivan, Mill Valley

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Jeez, all our school cafeteria sold was Hot Pockets... Lame excuses from the Fairfax Town Council not to let other medical marijuana dispensaries open in Fairfax means they think we’re all a bunch of jerks. “Too close to a daycare center, too close to a place that tutors children, and in a residential neighborhood”...all the dumb excuses they can come up with. In case anyone doesn’t know, the one club now opened—the Marin Alliance— is located on School Street and couldn’t be any closer to a school unless they were selling pot in the cafeteria. Enough of this crap... Would you close down all the drug stores, liquor stores and restaurants with liquor licenses in town to “protect the children”? Or would the Fairfax Town Council just let adults have their rights and stop imposing their fake morality on everyone? Marcia Blackman, San Rafael

It’s about time PG&E got the signal Thanks for Peter Seidman’s fine article [“Attack of the SmartMeters!” Aug. 20]. I am a 30-year resident of Marin County, have owned my own business here for 22

years, and am a successful author. I also get earaches and heart palpitations when using cell phones. When I went to Sprint to discuss options, the agent told me that he gets migraines. Since smart meter technology is approximately 1,000 times stronger in signal and pulsing than cell phone technology, I would be unable to stay in my home were it installed. I would probably be unable to stay in my neighborhood, even if I could “opt out,” because of the network effect that would reach into my home. I hope that we can create an effective opposition to this intrusive, expensive, so-farunreliable, and health-hazardous technology. Those interested in such opposition may: ● log on to EMFSafetyNetwork.org ● contact Christy Sloan at csloan@me.com here in Marin. She can add you to a new listserv if you like. And please spread the word to others...lots of folks are still unaware, and the meters are going in now. ● send a letter to Gov. Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown Julia Ross, Mill Valley

‘Against all enemies’ I support the views expressed in the letter to the editor by Virginia Moore [“Yeah, But We’re Also a Nation of Immigrants,” Aug. 27]. Why are the recent illegal immigrants given the same consideration as past legal immigrants? Is the Pacific Sun racially discriminating in favor of recent racially identifiable immigrants? If that is the case, then that is illegal racial discrimination. All immigrants should be treated equally, and held to the same standards and laws. You cannot pick and choose the immigrants who are required to obey the laws of this nation and identify other racial groups who are excused—by you—from obeying the laws of this nation. When you start racially discriminating, for this group and against that group, where does it stop? Has political correctness replaced obedience of the law? Who establishes that standard? The Pacific Sun? I got my civil rights, too! I support and respect the law, and I have taken an oath to defend this nation, against all enemies, foreign and domestic. How many Pacific Sun readers remember taking that oath? Many, I am sure. Jerome J. Ghigliotti, Jr., Novato

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volcanic debate in Novato has erupted over how the city should meet its affordable housing obligations. As an example of the volatility of the situation, an email to the Pacific Sun (reproduced here anonymously), reads, “It was standing room only at the Planning Commission meeting tonight—most protesting the plan for a...‘roaches nest’ at Wilson and Novato Boulevard, present site of ‘the Square’ shopping center. It was great to feel that much indignation in one room—add a few pitchforks and torches and it could have been angry villagers storming Dr. Frankenstein’s castle.” The term “roaches nest” points to a fear that the city’s affordable housing policies could attract an unwanted element. The email author also wrote, “Novato commissioners are seeking a short-term gain and will pay for it with the long-term destruction of the town. High density subsidized housing means a huge increase in crime and gang activity.” When a few hundred people show up at meetings to talk about a town’s housing element, city officials take note. So do affordablehousing activists. It’s not unusual for Marin residents to react to affordable-housing goals with these familiar debate points: Affordablehousing units are inappropriate for the character of a neighborhood; they will generate an unacceptable level of traffic and problems.

But in Novato, an undercurrent of bigotry, or as some describe it, classism, has entered the discussion. Certainly not all Novato residents who object to plans for more affordable housing have dark motives to prevent an influx of “the others.” But some do. At the city Planning Commission meeting the above email refers to, a Novato resident rose during open time and explained why he believes the city should back a proposal to put affordable housing in the Hanna Ranch commercial project planned for property south of Vintage Oaks, on the east side of Highway 101. “For most people, their home is the greatest investment they make. If you start to put high-density housing near their homes, people are afraid their housing values are going to plummet. If you go out to Hanna Ranch...you would do a lot better.” But the city determined that the Hanna Ranch development is an inappropriate site for affordable housing. In an update on the issue, city Manager Michael Frank writes that the property is isolated on the east side of the freeway, separated from other residential development, schools and parks. “Because of the nearby freeways, Vintage Oaks and wetlands areas, any housing developed there will be forever isolated from other residential areas.” But that’s just what some residents 10 >

›› NEWSGRAMS Death warrant put on ice In a controversial move that many human-rights advocates see as a temporary victory in the fight to abolish the state’s death penalty, Marin County Superior Court Judge Verna Adams this week upheld the 2007 statewide moratorium on executions. The order was made after San Quentin death row inmate Albert Greenwood Brown was handed his death warrant for Sept. 29. Brown was given the death penalty in 1982 for the rape and murder of Riverside teen Susan Jordan. The temporary ban also indefinitely postpones the lethal injection date for Michael Morales, which was set for Oct. 1. Judge Adams asserts that executions will not resume “unless or until” prison officials are told otherwise. Long considered by death-penalty opponents as an inhumane form of execution, lethal injections were banned in California after a death row inmate’s attorney criticized the injection procedures because they were written without public input. Gov. Schwarzenegger has ordered state Attorney General Jerry Brown to appeal the decision. California is one of 36 states that continue to use capital punishment for extreme crimes.—Dani Burlison Water district barely treading water It’s been a perfect storm of troubles at the Marin Municipal Water District, as cool weather, successful conservation efforts and a bad economy have left the MMWD $2.56 million in the red. In a memo sent this week to staff, district General Manager Paul Helliker mapped out MMWD’s financial situation and warned of the draconian steps regarding salaries and benefits the district may have to take to avoid “going into default.” “Options we have include layoffs, furloughs, salary reductions [they were just raised by 3 percent in July], reductions in MMWD contributions for employee retirement costs,” wrote Helliker in the memo. Helliker explained that the successful conservation efforts, along with an unusually cool spring and summer, contributed to the reduction in revenues. Other factors may include foreclosed offices and homes that are no longer using the county’s water supply. Regardless, MMWD is facing some tough decisions to fill its gap. In order to shave off the $2.56 million, continued Helliker, MMWD would “need to lay off approximately 44 people” or to roll back the July 1 salary increase and then grant two furlough days a month for employees throughout the rest of the year.” Helliker said he’s been in frequent contact with worksite organizers and union stewards about the district’s woes.“We all agreed that we are all in this situation together,” he wrote,“and we need to solve this problem collaboratively.”—DB Landfill hearing postponed A courtroom hearing over the Redwood Landfill’s contested environmental impact report has been postponed to the end of September. Judge James R. Ritchie had originally planned to hear oral arguments about the EIR to expand the landfill on Sept. 1, but the date has been pushed back in order to “allow the judge more time to review the suit given the size of the administrative record, the issues involved and the briefs provided,” according to Bruce Baum, co-chair of No Wetlands Landfill Expansion.—staff report EXTRA! EXTRA! Post your Marin news at ›› pacificsun.com

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1. It takes window washers almost two months to clean the 4,000 windows (which pivot 360 degrees so they can be cleaned from the inside) at what San Francisco structure, completed in 1972? 2. Are icebergs fresh or salt water? 3. Last weekend, Japan defeated Hawaii in the final game of what international sports tournament? 4. According to the assassin’s diary, he had originally planned to kidnap Abraham Lincoln, but changed his mind to murder the day before he did the deed.Who was he? 5. The Diary of Anne Frank was written in what city? 6a. The movie Avatar is set on what distant planet? 6b. What blue-colored indigenous people live there? 6c. Pictured below: What actress (whose name begins with Z) played the role of Neytiri, the chief’s daughter who falls in love with the visiting American?

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7. Which 20th-century British prime minister had the longest continuous term of office, 11 years? 8. Invented in 1972, those sporty little foot bags, which kids and soccer players like to kick around, are known by what brand name? 9. What 1968 musical with a one-word title—a boy’s name—won the Academy Award as Best Picture? 10. Andy can swim one length of a pool in 20 seconds; Benji can swim one length in 30 seconds. If each swimmer begins at the same time at opposite ends of the pool, moving toward each other at their normal rate, how long will it be until they meet? BONUS: September is named for the Latin word septem, which means seven...but September is the ninth month. What’s up with that? Howard Rachelson, Marin’s Master of Trivia, invites you to a live Team Trivia Contest every Wednesday at 7:30pm at the Broken Drum in San Rafael. Send your best trivia question (with your name and hometown) to howard1@triviacafe.com; if your question is used in the ‘Pacific Sun,’ we’ll give you credit!

± We’ve run lost wallet stories before, but this may be the best yet. PJ from Tiburon went home with her Home Depot purchases, but left her purse in the store’s shopping cart. Credit cards, checkbook, cell phone and more were gone. PJ called Home Depot, but they didn’t have it—some nice painting contractors did. They also called Home Depot, only to be told no one reported a missing purse. Although the contractors looked through the purse and found PJ’s name, her number is unlisted. They tried numbers in her cell phone, but couldn’t reach anyone. Eventually, PJ called her cell phone and heard a new message: “We’ve been trying to reach you, but don’t have your number. We’ll drop your purse off on our way home this evening.” Our Heroes did just that, politely refusing the offered reward.

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²ÊThe dogs of Sausalito are being robbed by a diabolical thief. According to the couple that owns the Harbor Shop on the boardwalk in downtown Sausalito, someone absconded with the dog-water dish they keep outside their store. For six years, the pooches that prance down the boardwalk have always had water waiting to wet their whistle. Until last fall, that is, when the first bowl was stolen. Since then, there have been five more incidents, making it a regular rash of recent thefts. Merry from the Harbor Shop is pretty sure someone has a bone to pick with the community’s fine canines, but she can’t figure out why. FYI, Zero, the store has now bolted the bowl to the building with heavy-gauge steel, so we suggest you pursue a more constructive activity. —Nikki Silverstein

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spreading affordable housing throughout a community rather than building relatively high-density developments, which he and others see as segregated housing for low-income residents. “We think it’s morally wrong.� Lehman and others also think that highdensity affordable housing causes increased criminal activity. He points to a 2007 Atlantic Monthly article that received much attention. The author, Hanna Rosin, wrote that a federal program called HOPE VI, or Housing Opportunities for People Everywhere, triggered an increase in crime in suburban Memphis. The idea behind the program focused on dismantling monolithic inner-city public housing projects. Residents in the projects were encouraged, using government housing vouchers, to move to affordable housing outside the inner city. After that happened in Memphis, according to Rosin, crime increased in direct relationship in the locations where residents of affordable projects moved. The conclusion: Closing the inner-city projects simply transferred poverty and crime into suburbs. That conclusion is in large part the basis for the assumption held by some Novato opponents of high-density affordable housing. Ironically, the speaker at the Planning Commission meeting favored a higher density solution—as long as it was isolated from the rest of Novato. But there’s more to the story. A critique of Rosin’s article written by Occidental College’s Peter Dreier and MIT’s Xavier de Souza

< 8 ABAG oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; troubles in Novato prefer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, maybe if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s super-low income,â&#x20AC;? said the gentleman speaking at the Planning Commission meeting, â&#x20AC;&#x153;maybe that would be a good thing that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s isolated. People are worried about what comes from people who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a stake in the community living next door to them, people who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a stake in education, people who may be more inclined to commit crime or have drug use or that type of stuff. We want to preserve the community that we have.â&#x20AC;? Ironically, the idea that isolating affordable housing would be good for a community runs counter to current social science thinking, as well as to the thinking of some Novato residents whose main objections to affordable-housing plans rest on state requirements that result in relatively high-density projects. Harry Lehman is an attorney who lives in Novato. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is not a NIMBY situation at all, at least not from our perspective.â&#x20AC;? Lehman is aligned with just one of a number of groups that has coalesced to enter the affordablehousing debate in Novato. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I mean there are people who have what I call a parcel-centric point of view, but the people I am working with donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t.â&#x20AC;? Lehman says his concern â&#x20AC;&#x153;is density based.â&#x20AC;? He adds that the goal of this group â&#x20AC;&#x153;is not to say we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want people in our backyards. To the exact converse, we do want them in our backyards. What we want is a more atomized approach.â&#x20AC;? Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talking about

Briggs called into question Rosinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assumptions and the way she reached them. A large number of scholars and experts on housing and public policy openly supported the critique. Even two of the principal sources on which Rosin based her conclusions later acknowledged that forces other than housing policies contributed to the crime conclusions in the article. Other critics also point out that complicated social factors affect poverty and crime and social policy, and the Rosin article failed to take those factors into account sufďŹ ciently and prove a causal relationship. But the Atlantic article will continue to support those who believe that, as in Memphis, if Novato creates high-density affordable housing, crime automatically will follow. Lehman says his group is working to compile statistics to show causal relationship. (Affordable-housing advocates say proper screening of applicants and superior management of developments are critical in creating housing that avoids the problems that worry the crime-will-come opponents.) Lehman stresses that he and his group do not oppose affordable housing, but they do view high-density development as immoral, a kind of economic segregation. (But the current model of affordable-housing development favors income diversity, mixing families of different socioeconomic status to prevent strict segregation based on income.) The affordable housing debate detonated in Novato when the city created a list of

possible affordable-housing sites that meet Association of Bay Area Government mandates. ABAG formed in 1961, when a majority of the cities and counties in the Bay Area agreed to join. It was the ďŹ rst council of local governments in the state. The formation was an outgrowth of a call the Bay Area Council made to resurrect a 1946 proposal to empower a regional agency to buy, and operate, the Bay Areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s major airports, seaports and bridges. Local governments took note and began looking at the possibility of creating a countervailing force to advocate for their interests. That led to the birth of ABAG and the current structure of housing projections and mandates, including the number of affordable units a city should build. Each jurisdiction must incorporate ABAG numbers into its housing element, as part of the general plan. Housing elements are the only part of a city or countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s general plan that must receive state certiďŹ cation. If an entity fails to meet housing targets, the state can, for example, withhold grant funding. A city or county that fails to meet housing goals also can be vulnerable to court challenge. ABAG requires a city to create a housing element that includes a Regional Housing Needs Allocation. The number of units in the allocation is ostensibly based on, among other criteria, development of commercial projects, which would increase the need for housing for employees. The allocation also takes into account the momentum of residential development, or the lack of it. The current

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Church court finds gay-marriage reverend guilty— then apologizes profusely for the injustice...

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Presbyterian church court offered After the reading of the verdict and a mixed message to same-gender the commission’s contradictory formal couples last week when it found statement, Rev. Beverly White of Benithe Rev. Janie Spahr guilty of violating cia, who voted in the majority, stood at church law for officiating at the statethe commission table under a cross with sanctioned weddings of gay and lesbian tears in her eyes and told Spahr and the couples in 2008. gay and lesbian couples she married: Annie and Victoria Steinberg-Behrman, of Berkeley. The panel of mostly silver-haired “You know that we love you. Part of for the defense— a cross, a Bible and a ministers and church elders rebuked the Evidence the reason for our decision was for the ‘Book of Order 2009-2011.’ retired lesbian evangelist and simultanelarger church to keep dealing with the ously pronounced their love for her. After issuing the verdict, issue and to hear your voices.” in a written statement read in a makeshift Napa courtroom, The commission could have gone so far as to defrock the the commission said: “We call upon the church to re-examine minister who has devoted her life to securing equal rights for our own fear and ignorance that continues to reject the incluhomosexuals. Instead, it chose the lightest possible punishsiveness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” ment—censure by rebuke—but immediately stayed the disciThe verdict reflects how far Presbyterians have come in ac- plinary measure pending an appeal. Spahr’s defense attorneys cepting same-sex marriage, but also how divided the church said they would appeal. remains over the question. While convicting Spahr, the comThe verdict surprised Spahr and her defense team—Scott mission even apologized on behalf of the church “for the Clark, a recent graduate of the San Francisco Theological harm that has been, Seminary in San Anselmo who practiced and continues to be, law in Alabama and lives with his gay by Ronnie Co he n done...in the name partner in San Rafael, and the Rev. Beverly of Jesus Christ” to the Brewster, a former trial lawyer who serves eight lesbian and two gay couples who as the seminary’s admissions director. Spahr looked shaken testified during a three-day trial about yet maintained her composure and a smile while the panel’s the discrimination leveled against them, moderator read a two-plus page statement. Many of Spahr’s David Hanson, left, and Jeff Owens, who were married their love for one another, Spahr’s heal- friends, relatives and people whose weddings she performed by Spahr, react to the verdict. ing power and their marriages. wept openly. The pastor who recently retired to ● ● ● ● San Francisco from her San Rafael-based CHURCH ELDER JAMES Jones, a Napa attorney who ministry officiated at the marriages of moderated the commission panel, voted with the majority 16 gay and lesbian couples from June to convict Spahr and delivered the verdict. Standing at a through November 2008, when they podium in the social hall of Covenant Presbyterian Church, could legally marry in California. Spahr, 68, said her faith, her conscience and her he read from the decision: “In the reality in which we live today, marriage can be between same-gender as well as ordination vows mandated her to bless The Reverend Janie Spahr. the weddings of these men and women, opposite-gender persons, and we, as a church, need to be able to respond to this reality as Dr. Jane Spahr has done many of them longtime friends. Her with faithfulness and compassion. legal team contended that nothing in church law forbids a “We give thanks for the courageous and heart-rending minister from performing same-sex weddings. testimonies of the married couples who shared with us their The prosecutor—JoAn Blackstone, a retired Mendocino County attorney acting on an anonymous complaint—argued great hurt through the policies of our church.” His silver hair combed neatly and wearing a suit and tie, that a decision in a prior ecclesiastical case against Spahr Jones went on to ask the church appeals courts and the prohibits ministers from marrying lesbians and gays. HoldPresbyterian General Assembly to listen to the pain of the ing court in a Napa church social hall, the Presbytery of the men and women who testified last week and “to do what Redwoods Permanent Judicial Commission said it felt bound Commission member Beverly White listens as the verdict is read; she voted with by the prior decision and voted four to two to convict Spahr of needs to be done to move us as a church forward on this the majority. journey of reconciliation.” violating the church’s constitution and her ordination vows. 12 PACIFIC SUN SEPTEMBER 3 - SEPTEMBER 9, 2010

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of lost souls Spahr embraces commissioner Daniel Christian, of San Rafael; he voted in the minority.

nurse, an occupational therapist, businessmen and ministers talked about coming out to themselves, to their families and to the Presbyterian Church. ●

The defense team—Scott Clark, Spahr and Beverly Brewster—prayed after the decision was read.

“Stunning, isn’t it?” Spahr asked, turning around in her seat at the defense table to face the couples whose marriages were at issue. “We’re going out of here with all of us. It has been my greatest honor to have married you. We know that as oppressive systems change, we need people as magnificent as you to make it change.” The couples who testified earlier in the week waited, prayed and sang with Spahr for two-and-a-half hours that morning while the commission finished writing its decision. After the verdict, they huddled, crying and clasping hands, in a circle, their eyes trained on Spahr. Holding the baby she named for Spahr, the Rev. Curran Reichert of the Congregational Community Church in Tiburon led the group, which included Spahr’s ex-husband The six-member commission and their makeshift court. and his wife, in a solidarity hymn. Sara Taylor, whose Marin County Civic Center marriage to Sherrie Holmes to hear her appeal within the next six months. sparked the complaint that led to the charges, walked out of the According to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, circle saying she was too angry to sing. only the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, “A great wrong has been done to us today,” Spahr said. The the United Church of Christ and Reform and Reconstructionblue-eyed minister wore a necklace of rainbow-colored beads ist Jewish rabbis fully support and endorse same-sex marriagand a peace sign. “You don’t love us if you don’t vote for us. es. Other religions stand all along the spectrum of acceptance, “This is a sad day for the church.” with the Presbyterian Church and its 2.1 million members Holding hands, Spahr led the couples out of the church hall. completely fractured. With five states and Washington, D.C., now recognizOpen to the public and the press, Spahr’s church trial ofing homosexual marriages, clergy of many denominations fered an emotional glimpse into the lives of men and women could be forced, like Spahr, to choose between violating who have been locked out of their churches because of their church rules and the Bible’s directive for inclusiveness. Jean sexual orientation. Each of the 10 couples sat at the witness Southard, a retired Massachusetts Presbyterian minister, table and recounted the pain and humiliating discriminawatched Spahr’s trial with special interest. Southard oftion they have experienced. They also discussed their joy ficiated at the March 2008 legal wedding of two women about being able to legally marry and to have their marriages just outside of Boston. Like Spahr, she was brought up on recorded in church and state record books. And they testicharges. Her Presbytery acquitted her, but an appeals court fied about their dismay that the church had charged their found her guilty of violating the church’s constitution and beloved minister because she performed the ceremonies. An her ordination vows. She expects the church’s highest court accountant, a doctor, an architect, teachers, a lawyer, a retired

THE MOST POIGNANT stories may be the ones that could not be told. Fearing repercussions of publicity, Spahr asked the church commission to withhold the names of four of the same-sex couples she married. Disclosing the names of these still-closeted couples would threaten their jobs and their lives, Spahr said. Seven of the women who testified had completed work in a seminary but either could not be ordained or had not been called to a ministry after revealing their homosexuality. One of the ministers had been brought up on Presbyterian Church charges herself for marrying a lesbian couple. A box of tissues sat on the table, and most of the witnesses needed them to wipe away their tears. Cynthia Martin, a former top executive for Eastman Kodak who lives with her wife in Berkeley, told the church panel that when she was in college and realized she was a lesbian, she had nowhere to turn and felt so much selfhatred that she tried to kill herself. “Marriage for me was like getting to the top of a very steep mountain,” Martin said. Her friends in the audience nodded to say they felt the same way. “It was the top of Mount Everest, and we weren’t alone. There was a whole supporting crowd.” Spahr led the crowd. She was present not just for the weddings but also for every step leading to them. Ministers Reichert and Katie Morrison testified that Spahr stood beside them when they felt forced to leave the Presbyterian Church so they, as out lesbians unable to find a ministry within the church, could work as pastors. They said Spahr was with them for their six years of fertility treatments. And she helped bring Reichert’s reluctant parents into the couple’s life. The night before they married, in a triumph she credited to Spahr, Reichert said her parents joined her and her bride in Spahr’s San Rafael home and blessed their union by cooking ribs. When their daughter was born, Spahr was at the hospital. They named the girl, now 1, Ellis Jane Reichert Morrison. “We named her Jane because we see Janie as a saint,” Morrison said. Why did they want to marry, Rev. Brewster asked Reichert and Morrison, who met while both were studying at the San 14 > Francisco Theological Seminary. “We wanted very SEPTEMBER 3 - SEPTEMBER 9, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 13

much to have our daughter not born out of wedlock,” Morrison replied. Spahr would not marry just anyone. Whether straight or gay, couples whose unions she blessed had to do what the couples called “the homework.” Spahr met with each couple at least once a month for a year to discuss sexuality, spirituality, money and how to have a healthy relationship in a fractured culture. David Hanson, burly and wearing a suit and tie, testified that he and his partner had been together for 14 years when they began meeting with Spahr and thought they knew everything there was to know about each other. But their discussions with Spahr were so illuminating and intimate that Hanson and Jeffrey Owens held hands in the car the whole hour-long ride home from Spahr’s house in San Rafael house to theirs in Santa Rosa. Like all the couples who testified, Hanson and Owens wanted to be married not just in the eyes of the state but also in the eyes of God. While Spahr sat at a table with her two attorneys, prosecutor Blackstone, who in the early 1980s helped start an organization to encourage the Presbyterian Church to be more welcoming of gays and lesbians, sat alone. She put on no witnesses and only occasionally asked a question of the couples who testified. The prosecution case consisted of the charges, a newspaper story about Taylor and Holmes’ Marin County marriage, their signed marriage certificate and Spahr’s report of her activities during the year 2008. Last week’s church trial was Spahr’s third. In 1991, a Rochester Presbyterian church called her to be a pastor. Because by then she was an open lesbian, the call was challenged and the Presbyterian Church’s highest court ruled she could not serve. The church also charged Spahr with violating its laws for officiating at two lesbian marriages in 2004 and 2005. The church’s highest court acquitted Spahr of those charges, saying she did not violate church law because they were not legal marriages. The acquittal was as contradictory as last week’s conviction. In finding Spahr not guilty as charged, the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. General Assembly Permanent Judicial Commission ruled that its ministers “shall not state, imply, or represent that a same-sex ceremony is a marriage.” ●

IRONICALLY, IT IS the language from the church’s highest court’s acquittal of Spahr that prosecutor Blackstone used to argue that Spahr violated her vows and the church constitution when she performed the 2008 weddings. Just a few weeks after the Permanent Judicial Commission acquitted Spahr, the California Supreme Court ruled gay marriage legal. Sara Taylor, who was Spahr’s attorney at the time, immediately asked the commission to clarify its position in light of the change in state law. But the Permanent Judicial Commission refused to hear her plea. Blackstone interpreted the commission’s silence as a continued prohibition against 14 PACIFIC SUN SEPTEMBER 3 - SEPTEMBER 9, 2010

same-gender marriage. Spahr’s attorneys through November 2008, when Proposition argued that the silence left Spahr no choice 8 put a stop to them, have withstood legal but to follow her conscience. challenges. The state Supreme Court has When the California Supreme Court legal- ruled the marriages legal. A federal court ized marriage for same-gender couples, Sara judge recently found Proposition 8 unconTaylor and Sherrie Holmes stood first in line. stitutional. If the judge’s ruling survives an Spahr had watched her friends fall in love and appeal, gays and lesbians will again be able build a life together with their daughter. Taylor to legally marry in California. had worked for four Deborah Krause, years defending Spahr dean of Eden against the first set of Seminary in St. marriage charges. Louis, testified as an During the first expert witness for week in which gays the defense. She said and lesbians could there is no prohibilegally tie the knot, tion against same-sex on June 20, 2008, marriage in scripture. Spahr married Taylor The biblical scholar and Holmes. By then, blasted the church’s the pair had been livhighest court for ing together in Nofailing to respond vato for 18 years and to Spahr’s plea for never imagined they The parable of Jesus healing a cripple on the Sabbath was a clarification of its used by the defense as a metaphor for placing morals above church doctrine.

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to Spahr, delineates the would be allowed to To read the Pew Forum on Religion ruling to supporters. legally wed. & Public Life religious groups’ positions Giddy with exciteposition on sameon same-gender marriage, go to http:// ment, Spahr told the sex marriage in the pewforum.org/Gay-Marriage-and-Hocouple’s daughter aftermath of the mosexuality/Religious-Groups-Officialand about 40 relatives California Supreme Positions-on-Same-Sex-Marriage.aspx. and friends gathered Court ruling. She To read a 2007 Pacific Sun profile on the that sunny day at the called the lack of Rev. Janie Spahr, go to www.pacificsun. Marin Civic Center response “a failure of com/story.php?story_id=1421. that she was marrycourage on the part To read a Pacific Sun story on Sara ing the two women in of the church.” Taylor and Sherrie Holmes’ 2008 wedthe eyes of the church Krause said ding, go to www.pacificsun.com/story. as well as the state. church officers cited php?story_id=2150. “This is such a historthe same biblical text ic moment,” she said. now used to preach “This is a religious against same-gender and a civil ceremony. We want you to know we marriage to preach against second marriages are combining both, which some people get for divorcees in the 1950s. cranky about.” In her closing argument, Blackstone said One Presbyterian Church member got so she did not know whether to laugh or cry cranky about Taylor and Holmes’ wedding when Krause testified about the now-lifted that he urged church officials to investigate church prohibition against marrying people Spahr’s role. A committee of three, including who had been divorced. Blackstone, concluded she violated church law Her first husband, she said, had married by officiating at the ceremony. a barmaid just before shipping out to serve The 16 marriages in question, as well in World War II. “The young lady later went as some 18,000 same-sex marriages back to Minnesota. For purposes of my performed in California from June 2008 church—not Presbyterian—I was not able to

ask my church or my pastor to be involved in blessing my marriage,” she said. Blackstone, who wore her white hair swept up with a braid wrapped around her head, described Spahr as a “dear, longstanding friend.” While waiting for the commission to deliver the verdict, Spahr and her supporters said a prayer for Blackstone: “We know how hard this has been for JoAn, our sister on the path”; and another prayer for Blackstone’s husband, Elliott Blackstone, a San Francisco police sergeant who served as a liaison to the gay and lesbian community and died in 2006. In her closing argument, Blackstone urged the commission to consider what she called the “silent majority,” people who preferred not to testify but who voted for the gay-marriage ban. “There’s certainly great disagreement within our state, and after all, the majority of Californians passed Proposition 8. Our church simply is not ready at this time to make a change in the way our church defines marriage,” Blackstone said. “I would urge you to consider the whole church when you make your ruling. Traditional marriage is being threatened. There are people who indeed can’t bear to see the definition changed. Please consider that silent majority.” Clark, who placed a bronze cross like a paperweight atop his Bible at the defense table, asked the commission to put itself in the story of Mark 3. Jesus enters a synagogue on the Sabbath and sees a man with a withered hand. Would he dare to heal him on the Sabbath? “Jesus says to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand,’ and the man’s healed,” Clark said in his closing argument. “The issue before the court today is where will the church place itself in that story. The church could place itself in the story with those who are silent. The church could place itself in the story and extend healing to a broken community. The church can put itself in the story with and as the man with the shriveled hand.” Then he asked the commission to learn from the courage of the gay and lesbian couples who testified. He reminded them of the testimony of Kathryn Mudie of Novato, a retired nurse who married her partner of 26 years on a meditation path behind Unity Church in Novato. Mudie said she could not believe it when she got a voicemail message from Spahr saying the church had charged her with violating its laws for performing her wedding. “What if the church has something to learn from Kathryn Mudie?” Clark asked. “She had to go back and listen to the message five times. She said, ‘I couldn’t believe it because I know that the Presbyterian Church welcomes everyone.’ How wonderful it is that someone thinks that about us. What Kathryn has suggested to us, what these couples have suggested, what we have experienced in these two days, is a glimpse of what the church can be. “And all we have to do is reach out a hand and say, ‘Yes.’ “ ✹ Contact Ronnie Cohen at ronniecohen@comcast.net.

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hile it may seem like only yesterday when our fair county’s 200,000-plus residents received the announcement of the Pacific Sun’s 2010 Best of Marin winners, it was actually six months ago that the news broke about the year’s finest in food, entertainment, clothing and housewares. But half a year is a long time to store the nearly 100 of our readers’ poll standouts in one’s memory banks, and since the key to any great list is in the checking-it-twice part, we’re offering our 2010 Best of Marin Redux—a comprehensive directory of Marin’s year in excellence. And since the holiday shopping and dining season is just around the corner, we’ve tidied the winners’ list into a more concise size—perfect for clipping out and posting on the fridge. Best of Marin Redux kicks of with our vaunted Hall of Fame, which includes businesses that have won their categories five times consecutively— and are taken out of contention for two years. So cheers to our 2010 winners. And mark your calendars for Best of Marin 2011—voting begins Dec. 27. —Jason Walsh

BEST DAY SPA ----------------------------Stellar Spa

BEST LUMBER/HARDWARE STORE ----------------------------Jackson’s Hardware

26 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera 924.7300

435 DuBois St., San Rafael 454.3740

BEST LANDSCAPE DESIGN ----------------------------Cynthia Egger Landscape Design

BEST PLACE FOR A KID’S PARTY ----------------------------Bay Area Discovery Museum

149 Humboldt St., San Rafael 460.0858

557 McReynolds Rd., Sausalito 339.3900

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★ 2ND YEAR ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ BEST HAIR SALON, MEN AND WOMEN ----------------------------Brewer Phillips Hair Design

BEST DOMESTIC AUTO REPAIR ----------------------------Mellow Motors

1027 C St., San Rafael 485.1437

34 Rich St., Greenbrae 924.2211

BEST TAKEOUT ----------------------------Comforts Cafe

BEST BLINDS/DRAPERIES ----------------------------Shades of Marin

335 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo 454.9840

2070 Fourth St., San Rafael 453.1518

BEST ROOFER ----------------------------DeMello Roofing

BEST JAPANESE RESTAURANT ----------------------------Sushi to Dai For

45 Jordan St., San Rafael 456.0741 BEST PUB/SPORTS BAR ----------------------------Marin Brewing Company

1809 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur 461.4677

816 Fourth St., San Rafael 721.0392 BEST VIDEO STORE ----------------------------Video Droid

215 Shoreline Highway, Mill Valley 382.9315

BEST AUTO DEALER ----------------------------Marin Honda

BEST FRAME SHOP ----------------------------Cheap Pete’s Frame Factory Outlet

5800 Paradise Dr., Corte Madera 924.8990

221 Third St., San Rafael 455.8055

BEST THEATER COMPANY ----------------------------Marin Theatre Company

Our Hall of Fame winners have been Voted the “Best of Marin” by Pacific Sun readers for five consecutive years!!

397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley 388.5200

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San Geronimo Valley Community Center Gala

Under the Stars

A benefit for the San Geronimo Valley Community Center

Saturday, September 11, 2010 5:30-11:00pm Please join us in honoring Gary Giacomini, our Home Grown Hero

BEST AMERICAN RESTAURANT ----------------------------Buckeye Roadhouse

BEST KID-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT ----------------------------Easy Street Cafe

15 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley 331.2600

882 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo 453.1984

BEST BAR/RESTAURANT BAR ----------------------------Finnegan’s

BEST LOCAL WINERY ----------------------------Ross Valley Winery

877 Grant Ave., Novato 899.1516 finnegansmarin. com BEST BREAKFAST ----------------------------Half Day Cafe

848 College Ave., Kentfield 459.0291 BEST BREWPUB/SPORTS BAR ----------------------------Moylan’s Brewery & Restaurant

15 Rowland Way, Novato 898.4677

Come dine and be dazzled at the San Geronimo Golf Course. Savor the finest local cuisine and beverages! Dance the night away to Howie’s Persuation, the Valley’s hottest new R&B band!

Tickets $85 a person Includes all food, beer, and wine

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BEST BURGER ----------------------------Phyllis’ Giant Burgers

2202 4th St., San Rafael, 456.0866; 924 Diablo Ave., Novato 898.8294 BEST BURRITO ----------------------------High Tech Burrito

484 Las Gallinas Ave., San Rafael 526.2188; 2042 Fourth St., San Rafael 485.0214; 118 Strawberry Village, Mill Valley 388.7002; 942 Diablo Ave., Novato 897.8083 BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT ----------------------------Jennie Low’s Chinese Cuisine

120 Vintage Way, Novato 892.8838

Gala Food Sponsors Arti Indian Organic Café Barefoot Café Bock Wines Chance Creek Winery Comfort Café Devils Gulch Ranch Drakes Bay Oyster Co. Fradelizio’s Ristorante Good Earth Natural Foods Farella-Park Vineyards

Girls In The Vineyard Winery Hanna’s Italian Mediterranean Restaurant Hog Island Oyster Farm Iron Springs Pub Jeriko Estate Wines Lilith Vineyards Lotus Cuisine/Café Lotus Matthiasson Wines Osteria Stellina

Robert Sinskey Vineyards San Geronimo Golf Course Selene Wines Sorella Restaurant Sushi to Dai For The Fairfax Scoop Two Bird Café Whole Foods

BEST DELI ----------------------------Comforts

335 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo 454.9840 BEST FRENCH RESTAURANT ----------------------------Left Bank Brasserie

507 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur 927.3331 BEST ICE CREAM/YOGURT ----------------------------Fairfax Scoop

63 Broadway, Fairfax 453.3130 BEST INDEPENDENT COFFEE HOUSE AND BEST BAKERY ----------------------------Emporio Rulli

464 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur 924.7478 1966 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax 454-0123 | genatural.com OPEN EVERYDAY 9AM-9PM

BEST INDIAN RESTAURANT ----------------------------Lotus Cuisine of India

704 Fourth St., San Rafael 456.5808 BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT ----------------------------Il Davide

901 A St., San Rafael 454.8080 BEST JAPANESE RESTAURANT ----------------------------Sushi Ran

107 Caledonia St., Sausalito 332.3620 16 PACIFIC SUN SEPTEMBER 3 - SEPTEMBER 9, 2010

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343 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo 457.5157 BEST MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT/ BEST ROSS VALLEY RESTAURANT ----------------------------Insalata’s Restaurant

120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo 457.7700 BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT ----------------------------Las Camelias

912 Lincoln Ave., San Rafael 453.5850 BEST NEW RESTAURANT ----------------------------Toast

Hamilton Marketplace, Novato 382.1144 BEST NOVATO RESTAURANT ----------------------------Boca Steak

340 Ignacio Blvd., Novato 883.0901 BEST PIZZERIA ----------------------------Mulberry Street Pizza

101 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael 472.7272 BEST SAN RAFAEL RESTAURANT, BEST MEAL UNDER $20 ----------------------------Sol Food

901 Lincoln Ave. and 732 Fourth St., San Rafael 451.4765 BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT ----------------------------Seafood Peddler

100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael 460.6669 BEST SOUTHERN MARIN RESTAURANT ----------------------------Buckeye Roadhouse

15 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley 331.2600 BEST THAI RESTAURANT ----------------------------Thep Lela Thai Restaurant

615 Strawberry Village, Mill Valley 383.3444 BEST TWIN CITIES RESTAURANT ----------------------------Picco

320 Magnolia Ave., Larkpsur 924.0300 BEST WEST MARIN RESTAURANT -----------------------------

23240 Highway 1, Marshall 663.1033 BEST WINE BAR ----------------------------Rick’s Wine Cellar

207 Corte Madera Ave., Corte Madera 927.9466

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Health & Fitness BEST GOLF COURSE ----------------------------San Geronimo Golf Course

5800 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo 488.4030 BEST HEALTH CLUB ----------------------------Osher Marin JCC

200 N San Pedro Rd. San Rafael 444.8000 BEST MARTIAL ARTS ----------------------------Marin Mixed Martial Arts (MarinMMA)

222 GreenďŹ eld Ave., San Anselmo 456.1557 BEST PILATES STUDIO ----------------------------Mill Valley Health Club & Spa

639 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley 380.8787 BEST SPORTS SHOES AND APPAREL ----------------------------Arch Rival

Automotive BEST AUTO BODY REPAIR/DESIGN --------------------------Blakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Auto Body

BEST CAR DEALER ---------------------------Marin Toyota BEST DOMESTIC CAR REPAIR --------------------------Leonardi Automotive

7426 Redwood Blvd., Novato 897.1503 BEST FOREIGN CAR REPAIR --------------------------Neuhaus Service Inc.

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3241 Kerner Blvd., Ste. A, San Rafael 459.0650

BEST SWIMMING POOL ----------------------------Osher Marin JCC

1531 Fourth St., San Rafael 453.2942; 725 Lincoln, San Rafael 258.8569

1295 2nd St. # 201, San Rafael 453.9642

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445 Francisco Blvd. E., San Rafael 460.6800

BEST TIRE SHOP --------------------------Cainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tires

BEST YOGA STUDIO ----------------------------Bikram Yoga San Rafael

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31 Bay St., San Rafael 459.6115; 861 Vallejo Ave., Novato 897.8824

150 Bon Air Center, Greenbrae 461.6588; 206 Strawberry Village, Mill Valley 383.0275

200 N San Pedro Rd. San Rafael, 444.8000

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BEST BEDS AND BEDDING ----------------------------Duxiana Donald Ongaro, Buster, and our first service truck, 1936.

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901 A St. San Rafael 459.0365 BEST CARPETING/ BEST HARDWOOD FLOORING ----------------------------Rafael Floors

822 Francisco Blvd., San Rafael 456.3656 www.ongaroandsons.com

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BEST FRAME SHOP ----------------------------Frame Crafters Gallery

320 Bon Air Center, Greenbrae 461.7688; 614 Strawberry Village, Mill Valley 383.8793 BEST GIFT SHOP ----------------------------Great Acorn Co., Inc.

800 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo 454.2990 BEST CLEANING SERVICE ----------------------------Molly Maid of Marin

424 Irwin St., San Rafael 578.3627 BEST HAULING ----------------------------Hurricane Hauling

21 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley 383.6695 BEST HOME FURNISHINGS ----------------------------Sunrise Home

631 B St., San Rafael 456.3939 BEST HOME ORGANIZER ----------------------------Changing-Places, Inc.

P.O. Box 629, Sausalito 461.6257

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BEST KITCHEN/ BATH REMODELER ----------------------------Kitchens and More

4178 Redwood Hwy., San Rafael 479.1000 BEST LANDSCAPE DESIGNER ----------------------------Gardens & Gables

21 Joseph Court, San Rafael 499.0331 BEST LUMBER & HARDWARE STORE ----------------------------Fairfax Lumber & Hardware

109 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax 453.4410

BEST MOVING AND STORAGE ----------------------------Johnson & Daly Moving and Storage

110 Belvedere St., San Rafael 491.4444 BEST PAINTING CONTRACTOR ----------------------------Kunst Bros. Painting

76 Belvedere St., San Rafael 456.4044 BEST PAINT STORE ----------------------------Marin Color Service

770 Second St. San Rafael 453.4065; 703 Grant Ave. Novato, 897.9411 BEST PATIO FURNITURE ----------------------------Frellenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Casual and Outdoor

530 Francisco Blvd., W., San Rafael 459.6144 BEST PLACE TO BUY APPLIANCES ----------------------------Martin & Harris Appliances BEST PLUMBER ----------------------------Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell Plumbing

P.O. Box 641, Fairfax 457.8932

BEST HOME ACCESSORIES ----------------------------Summer House

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2158 Fourth St., San Rafael 454.2021

425 Irwin St., San Rafael 456.3407

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BEST RESALE/ CONSIGNMENT SHOP ----------------------------Dove Place Antiques & Consignments

160 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo 453.1490 BEST ROOFER ----------------------------McLeran RooďŹ ng

1945 Francisco Blvd. E., San Rafael 456.7663 BEST SELF-STORAGE ----------------------------Bellam Self Storage

24 Bellam Blvd., San Rafael 454.1983 BEST REAL ESTATE BROKERAGE ----------------------------Frank Howard Allen

10 ofďŹ ces throughout Marin BEST TILE AND STONE ----------------------------Ceramic Tile Design

846 W. Francisco Blvd., San Rafael 485.5180 BEST WINDOWS AND DOORS ----------------------------Window Warehouse

5776 Paradise Dr., Corte Madera 924.8388

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Danville 925.866.6164 1901 - F Camino Ramon Mountain View (650) 964-7212 141 El Camino Real

Corte Madera 415.924.6691 801 Tamalpais Dr.

San Mateo 650.557.8979 1888 S. Norfolk

Saratoga 408.871.8890 600 El Paseo de Saratoga

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BEST BEAUTY SUPPLY COMPANY ----------------------------Marin Beauty Company

BEST DAY SUMMER CAMP ----------------------------Steve & Kateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Camp

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BEST OVERNIGHT SUMMER CAMP ----------------------------Walker Creek Ranch

1700 Marshall-Petaluma Rd., Petaluma 491.6602 BEST PET GROOMER ----------------------------Doggie Styles

401 Miller Ave., Mill Valley 381.1777

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105 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera 945.9221; 35 Mark Dr., San Rafael 499.0739

Green Business BEST BIKE SHOP ---------------------------Mikeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bikes

BEST NURSERY/GARDEN ---------------------------Sloat Garden Center

1580 Lincoln Ave., San Rafael 453.3977; 700 Sir Francis Blvd., KentďŹ eld 454.0262; 657 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley 388.0102; 401 Miller Ave., Mill Valley 388.0365; 2000 Novato Blvd., Novato 897.2169. BEST ORGANIC PRODUCE ---------------------------Marin Farmers Market

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BEST DRY CLEANER ----------------------------Marin Cleaners

BEST GLASSES AND EYEWEAR ----------------------------20/20 Optical

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BEST PLACE FOR A KIDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PARTY ----------------------------Doodlebug

BEST HEALTH FOOD AND BEST BUSINESS THAT PROMOTES GOING GREEN ---------------------------Good Earth Natural Foods

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508 Tamalpais Dr., Corte Madera 927.2862

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120 Strawberry Village, Mill Valley 381.6275; 208 Vintage Way, Novato 892.3600; 417 Third St., San Rafael 454.4500

700 A St., San Rafael 453.5841; 520 Fourth St., San Rafael 454.4792; Cove Shopping Center, 1 BlackďŹ eld Dr., Tiburon 388.6221; 818 College Ave., KentďŹ eld 453.8433

BEST PET STORE ----------------------------Pet Club

641 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo 456.5989

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1127 Fourth St., San Rafael 453.2020; 181 San Marin Dr., Novato 892.2020 BEST HAIR SALON ----------------------------diPietro Todd Salon

250 Camino Alto, Mill Valley 388.0250 BEST JEWELER ----------------------------Stephan-Hill Jewelers

1226 Fourth St., San Rafael 459.5808 BEST LINGERIE ----------------------------Pleasures of the Heart

1310 Fourth St., San Rafael 482.9899 BEST MASSAGE ----------------------------Mill Valley Massage

61 Camino Alto, Suite 102, Mill Valley 381.1855; 1007 C St., San Rafael 460.1855 BEST MENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S CLOTHIER ----------------------------Patrick James Clothiers

306 Strawberry Village Mill Valley 383.2174 BEST NAIL CARE ----------------------------Three Sisters Nails

963 Grand Ave., San Rafael 454.9662

76 San Pablo Ave Suite 200 San Rafael, 472.6100

BEST SHOE STORE ----------------------------Lark Shoes 2239 Larkspur Landing Circle

BEST SOLAR SUPPLIER ---------------------------SolarCraft

Larkspur 461.6226; 890 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. (Red Hill Shopping Center) San Anselmo 258.9954

285-D Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato 382.7717

BEST WOMENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S BOUTIQUE ----------------------------Viva Diva

BEST STAFFING AGENCY ---------------------------Nelson StafďŹ ng

18 Professional Center Pkwy. #2, San Rafael 479.5101

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Arts & Entertainment

Voted the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best of Marinâ&#x20AC;? by Pacific Sun readers

BEST ART GALLERY ---------------------------Donna Seager Gallery

BEST PLACE FOR A WEDDING -------------------------Marin Art and Garden Center

851 Fourth St., San Rafael 454.4229.

30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross 454.1301

BEST ART SUPPLIES ---------------------------Rileystreet Art Supply

BEST PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO ---------------------------Stephanie Mohan Creative Portraiture

1138 Fourth St., San Rafael 457.2787 BEST LIGHTING SHOP ---------------------------Lights of Rafael

4100 Redwood Hwy., San Rafael 472.7292 BEST PLACE TO BUY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS ---------------------------Bananas at Large

1504 Fourth St., San Rafael 457.7600

48 Bolinas Rd., Fairfax 454.2102 BEST PLACE FOR DANCING ----------------------------19 Broadway

17 Broadway, Fairfax 459.1091 BEST RECORD/CD STORE ----------------------------Mill Valley Music

320 Miller Ave., Mill Valley 389.9090

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142 Throckmorton Mill Valley 383.9600

BEST THEATER COMPANY -------------------------The Mountain Play

177 East Blithedale Ave. Mill Valley 383.1100

BEST MOVIE THEATER -------------------------Smith Rafael Film Center

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rick & Bottle’s motto is “simple California cooking.” Its website says it embraces “classic comfort food.” The restaurant’s online menu champions modern twists on our all-time food favorites. Well, we don’t recall many school nights when our moms whipped up duck confit in honey lavender jus with fritto misto on the side—and we certainly never opened our Justice League America lunchboxes to find grilled gruyere and oyster mushroom sandwiches. Which either means our moms were seriously phoning in their “comfort food” duties, or Brick & Bottle is downplaying its With Book Passage right next door, we recommend the ambitions toward sophistication. ‘Hemingway Daiquiri.’ The truth, we imagine, lies somewhere in between. Brick & Bottle uncorked itself about two escaped the kitchen’s infernos—the quality months ago in the old Izzy’s Steaks and Chops of the food was without question. The Dijon space, next to Book Passage, in Corte Madera. herb-infused crust of the halibut, topped Brick has ditched the retro flavor of Izzy’s, but with a tangy arugula aioli, was particularly it’s kept the meat-and-potatoes-and-booze memorable, as was the juicy, and perfectly salty, rotisserie chicken. vibe. (Its lengthy—and imHowever, as the flavors of pressively stocked—bar is BRICK & BOTTLE the meal held up their ends the kind of place at which 55 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte of the bargain, the quantithe “mad men” of SterMadera; 415/924-3366, ties on the plates were a ling Cooper Draper Pryce www.brickandbottle.com. bit of a letdown, leaving would’ve made themselves three of us languishing at home 40 years ago.) in our loin, chastened by Donning the executive the chicken and hardened at our halibut. chef’s hat at Brick & Bottle is Scott Howard, Even with the prices at Brick & Bottle being who impressed a lot of Ross Valley taste buds a few years ago with Fork, though not enough mid-range—most entrees fall between $17 and $21—the sparse portions made the to keep the restaurant from getting pronged meal seem unexpectedly extravagant. The (Fork reinvented itself as Dream Farm about good news is that apportionment is an easy a year-and-a-half ago). Nevertheless, his fix and, generally speaking, if a diner can restaurant resume—or, curriculum vittles— see more of the bottom of her plate than comes with a lot of solid references from the food on it, the kitchen needs to toss on former Fork patrons and, on our recent visit, another spoonful of mashed potatoes—or we could taste why. Brick & Bottle’s tasty Yukon Gold potato We started with a duck confit pizza ($13) puree, as the case may be. and a plate of fritto misto ($9) for the table On our way out, one member of our to share—both promising beginnings to party quipped that Brick & Bottle sounds the meal. The fritter critters included oyster more like a description of a street fight mushroom, fennel and green beans and than a simple purveyor of classic comfort came with a superb aioli for dipping. But the food. And perhaps therein lies Brick & real standout was the pizza, which had an Bottle’s main point of confusion: identity. impressive sweet-savory balance in its duck, caramelized onions and fontina. (To compare It’s got a cool name, a talented chef and good service—but we’ll be damned if we it with another recently opened Neapolitanstyle pizza joint, Brick’s pie was as good as any can say that Brick & Bottle has a distinct personality. The restaurant’s still new, so we’ve tried at Boca’s in Novato.) that may come. But in these economic Our server offered recommendations times of restaurant comings and goings— from the kitchen to our appreciative ears and goings—a cool name and a talented and when it was all said and done plates of chef aren’t necessarily enough. Just ask the scallops ($17), lamb loin ($20), rotisserie former patrons of Fork. ✹ chicken ($17) and Alaskan halibut ($18) joined us in our evening’s reverie. Aside from Tell Jason to put a fork in it at jwalsh@pacificsun.com. a botched specification for the shellfish— Give us a taste of your thoughts at She Who Ordered Scallops asked that they ›› pacificsun.com be seared, but the mushy mollusks somehow

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 9 Rookie Blue The rookie cops get their evaluation reports. At this point the reviews cover adherence to regulations, community relations, performance in crisis and whether or not they remember that the sergeant likes jellyfilled. ABC. 9pm. Nikita The story of a beautiful woman recruited from prison by the government as an elite assassin, La Femme Nikita came out in 1990 and was followed by the Americanized Bridget Fonda version in 1993. Now there is a TV version. The coloring book should be out soon. CW. 9pm. ✹ Critique That TV Guy at letters@pacificsun.com.

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Observation No. 1: Gray is too wordy and needs a better editor. Gloria is for hire. Several of us studied his website and watched his videos. We loved the one where he emphatically states that whenever a couple is late for a party, it’s because the woman is upstairs picking out her accessories. Observation No. 2: We’re divided on this one. Some of us observed that Gray’s wife clearly has too many accessories, while Louise noticed that Gray just keeps talking because no one has told him to shut up. Our favorite website find was his Gender Humor section. We were hoping his sexist ideas would turn out to be a comedy routine and we’d all have a big laugh together. Let’s look at one of his jokes of the day: What’s the difference between moms and dads? Moms work at work and work at home, and dads just got to work at work. Observation No. 3: Ba-dum-bum-ching. Gray is in desperate need of new material and we strongly encourage him to call Mark Pitta right away. In Ronnie Cohen’s cover story last week, “Men Are from Mars, John Gray Is from Mill Valley,” she interviewed Gray about gender differences and hormones. He told her that women need to stimulate oxytocin to reduce stress and men have to rest to rebuild their supply of testosterone so they can deal with life’s emergencies. A man rests by sitting on the sofa after work while the woman takes care of the house. You can’t bother the man, because if he has a low testosterone level, then he’ll only be turned on to women he doesn’t know. Observation No. 4: Phew, that was a close one. Anne almost asked her boyfriend to take out the trash, but now she knows that she’d be pushing him right into the arms of the FedEx delivery woman coming up their driveway. Enough. Even though Dr. Gray provides a wealth of material for us hysterical females to write about, my girlfriends and I can’t bear another word of his drivel. If you still want to read one of his books, give me five minutes. I’m racing to the library right now to get rid of them. OK, I’m back and I feel calmer. I’m not sure if it’s because I just stimulated my oxytocin, popped some OxyContin or started thumbing through the Camille Paglia book I just checked out. ✹

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ummer vacation’s technically over but that don’t mean the music has to stop. In fact, this September the North Bay continues to rock and roll harder than ever with some great festivals, club dates and weekly jam sessions. First off, we would like to commend Peri’s Bar in Fairfax for hosting Mark Antonio (The Hold-Outs) and Sierra Simonetta’s engagement party, also known as the “Confident Love Fest,” last Saturday. Not only did Adam Jepson and company set up an additional stage and sound system in their patio, but they also hosted a grand total of seven bands: Pure Cane, The Beautiful Losers, Vintage City, Jonny Kay and the Statics, The HoldOuts, Hustler and 35R—showing once again why local musicians hold the “Best Dive Bar in the North Bay” in such high esteem. Nice work. Make sure to drop by Peri’s on Sept. 10 and 11, as bassist/vocalist Jeb Harrison (Bonnie Hayes Band) presents “Bon Tempe”—he’ll be joined by Bill Nelson on guitar, Scott Kohler on drums, John Albritton on tenor sax, Bob Akers on alto sax/flute and lots of

“twangfest” alumni for two nights of high quality jamming and hamming. Fairfax music notes: The Fairfax Body and Soul Festival will take place Sept. 25 on the village green and will feature Jim Talley (Tres Mojo) and the Fairfax All Stars with members of Tom Finch Group and Big Brother and the Holding Company. Who’s been stopping by the packed Tuesday night jam sessions (Kortuzdays) at 19 Broadway? Jefferson Starship’s Pete Sears, Bonnie Hayes, Austin de Lone and Frank Bohan and Lloyd Meadows from the Zydeco Flames to name a few. Did you know Iron Springs Pub and Brewery features free live music every Wednesday night? What’s happening in Mill Valley? On Sunday, Sept. 5, homegrown groovers Vinyl will headline the third annual Homestead Valley Festival in the meadow at the Homestead Valley Community Center. This free, kid-friendly event from noon to 5pm will also feature the music of ’Til Dawn, Jazz Mavericks and The Nigerian Brothers in addition to great food, beverages and craft booths. In

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The Woods Productions at Masonic Hall in Mill Valley will host two exciting events this month. On Sept. 11, Dan Hicks and Uphill Both Ways will play the Mill Valley Fireman’s Ball Benefit; and then, on Sept. 17, the Pacific Sun and Marin Local Music will celebrate the partnering of their music websites with an 8pm dance party featuring the soul/funk of About Face and R&B with The Wyld Ones. The Sun gave away 100 guest list spots, which were snapped up quickly...Sorry, the FREE GUEST LIST IS FULL! But tickets ($10.99; 21 and over with proper ID only) are available at

http://pacificsun-lmv.eventbrite.com/. Don’t leave it to chance—capacity is limited. The aforementioned Mill Valley keyboardist Austin de Lone’s annual benefit for his son’s foundation (the Richard de Lone Special Housing Project), which is raising money to build a special residential treatment program for those affected by Prader-Willi Syndrome, will be held Oct. 1 at the Great American Music Hall in S.F. and will feature Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe. Tickets (which are going fast) and information can be found online at www.rdshp.org. It looks as though San Rafael will have to wait a bit longer for its much anticipated Fourth Street renaissance. Both George’s and the Marin History Museum’s Marin Rocks exhibit have pushed back their opening dates due to complications. George’s hopes to be open by late September while Marin Rocks is looking to open in the spring of 2011 as they deal with seismic retrofit issues. September live: Americana singer songwriter Fiver Brown plays the Seahorse in Sausalito on Sept. 3; Hot Buttered Rum fiddler Aaron Redner celebrates his solo CD release party at the Connecticut Yankee in S.F. Sept. 16. Two great Sunday BBQs on the Lawn at Rancho Nicasio: Marcia Ball Sept. 12, and a luau with Willie K. Sept. 19. Also on Sept. 19, Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers plus Blue Diamond Fillups play a KWMR benefit at Toby’s Feed Barn in Pt. Reyes Station (4pm show); Tim Hockenberry brings his blueeyed soul to the 142 Throckmorton Theatre on Sept. 18; while locals Blaine Lyon and MC Yogi both play sets at Earthdance Festival in Laytonville Sept. 17-19—check their websites for times. The Beat salutes local rockers HoneyDust as they hit the road for their Northwest Tour 2010! Please visit www.myspace.com/honeydust to see complete tour dates and encourage any and all friends to support their shows! Got a hot tip for The Beat? Email me at marinbeat@gmail.com. Rawk on! Tune up to the Marin music scene at

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t begins as a charming sex farce, with pushed to the wall and, finally, realizes that Marcia Pizzo’s queen and Marvin he has lost it all—his love, his reputation and Greene’s general partying on in Egypt. his manhood. As Greene delivers his painful Denial on the Nile it may be, but Cleopa- confessions, we finally see the hero undertra’s kittenish charms are catnip to the ag- neath the handsome lounge lizard. Pizzo ing tomcat. Director Leslie Schisgall Cur- embodies the description by Enobarbus: rier wisely keeps the tragedy-to-come off “Age cannot wither nor custom stale her inin the wings, and even finite variety.” Along with audiences that know this her faithful handmaidens NOW PLAYING love affair won’t end well Iras (Lori Dorfman) and can delight in the onstage Charmian (Alexandra Antony and Cleopatra runs through Sept. 25 at Forest hijinks of Shakespeare’s Matthew), she wrings Meadows Amphitheatre, Antony and Cleopatra. subtle emotional changes Dominican University, 1475 But not for long. Antthroughout. The actor has Grand Ave., San Rafael; ony’s fellow ruler, Lepidus help from costumer Abra 415/499-4488, www.marin(Julian Lopez-Morillas), Berman, whose colorful shakespeare.org. and the young Octavius designs are varied enough (William Elsman) are havfor a runway show. The ing trouble hanging on to final cape is fantastic, territory conquered by Julius Caesar (who, at reflecting the world that the two lovers could one time, conquered Cleopatra). They want have ruled—if they hadn’t been so busy Antony to come home and make war, not making love. love. Pompey (Matt Franta) is gathering an Currier keeps the alternating scenes of army, plus there is unrest from Sardinia to love and war clean; and, although we hate the Alps. The faithful Enobarbus (a sympa- leaving Pizzo, Dorfman and Matthew as they thetic and compelling Stephen Klum) and play fun games, Lopez-Morillas and Elsman the Soothsayer (a serious Darren Bridgett) bring on a refreshing show of male passion. remind him that, though young, Octavius is The summer comedies, Travesties and not to be toyed with. The love-soaked Antony The Taming of the Shrew, run in repertory says only, “Here is my space, all kingdoms are through Sept. 26, but this production of clay.” Then he sweeps up his queen and car- Antony and Cleopatra announces the end ries her off, and the first act ends in the tri- of summer and the beginning of fall. ✹ umph of love. Act out for Lee at freshleebrady@gmail.com. But it is in the longer second act that the actors get to show their dramatic mettle. Break a leg with more theater reviews at Greene is impressive as his Antony gets ›› pacificsun.com

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›› pacificsun.com ›› TRiViA CAFÉ ANSWERS From page 9 1. Transamerica Pyramid 2. Fresh water; icebergs break off from glaciers. 3. Little League World Series 4. John Wilkes Booth 5. Amsterdam 6a. Pandora 6b. Na’vi 6c. Zoe Saldana 7. Margaret Thatcher 8. Hacky Sack 9. Oliver! 10. 12 seconds. Why? In one second Andy will cover 1/20 of the pool, Benji 1/30, so together they cover 50/600 or 1/12 of the length, therefore it will take 12 seconds to cover the entire pool. BONUS: Before 153 B.C., March was the first month, so September was the seventh month. After 153 B.C., January became the first month. (By the way, July and August were originally named Quintilis and Sextilis.) 30 PACIFIC SUN SEPTEMBER 3 - SEPTEMBER 9, 2010

The fog of Pat Tillman Ferocious linebacker becomes sacrificial lamb to U.S. Army

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ron-jawed and splendidly scenario together. After the muscled, Pat Tillman shooting—inspired by a could have played Super“lust to fight,” according to man. Instead, he married his Mary—Russell and the other high school sweetheart and soldiers were told to keep played in the NFL. A few their mouths shut. months after 9/11, he gave up The family’s persistence led a multimillion-dollar coneventually to a congressional tract and enlisted in the Army hearing, in which figures such Rangers. On April 22, 2007, as then-Secretary of Defense he was killed in Iraq. Donald Rumsfeld “couldn’t Tillman died a hero, proremember” what and when tecting the lives of his budthey had heard about the dies in a sniper ambush, said cover-up. (Rumsfeld had sent the Army. John McCain and Tillman a private letter on his Maria Shriver spoke at the enlistment—the only enlistee memorial service. His death to receive such a letter.) became a recruiting tool for The Tillman Story, narthe armed services. rated by Josh Brolin, reveals But within months, a difPat Tillman to have been ferent story began to emerge. anything but the stereotypiIn fact, the Army now admitcal gung-ho warrior. A 3.8 ted, Tillman had been killed student at Arizona State, by “friendly fire” in the “fog he reportedly read Emerof war.” But Tillman’s family, son and Chomsky; though especially his mother, Mary, he supported the war in felt they were still not getting Afghanistan, he opposed the the truth. Amir Bar-Lev’s (My The Bush administration first made up a story about Iraq war; he was an atheTillman dying in a roadside ambush, but later had to come Kid Could Paint That) dev- clean when investigators sussed that he had been killed by ist. The real Tillman story is astating documentary, The ‘friendly fire.’ one of a serious, dedicated Tillman Story, shows how person who respected his one courageous family and a handful of Pat’s Army commitments (he rejected an NFL offer to get him buddies fought to reveal what actually happened. out of his three-year Army contract early). And of What did happen? The Army sent Mary 3,000 a determined family that wasn’t satisfied with the pages of censored—er, “redacted”—manuscripts. government’s lies and platitudes. The film is both With the help of retired soldier Stan Goff, and distressing and inspiring. ✹ with the testimony of Pat’s Army friends, especially Review our reviews at letters@pacificsun.com. the thoughtful Russell Baer, the family pieced the Reel off your movie reviews on TownSquare at ›› pacificsun.com

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Certain directors have a gift for turning out noble turkeys that point up whole new vistas of possibility for future filmmakers. Paul Verhoeven did it with his spectacular failure to reinvent the Douglas Sirk melodrama in Showgirls, and Gus Van Sant flummoxed audiences with his shot-for-shot color remake of Psycho. Director Steven Soderbergh has scored an equally landmark curiosity with The Informant!, a tonal mash-up of corporate intrigue starring Matt Damon as anti-Bourne geek Mark Whitacre, the real-life exec who ratted out ADM’s price fixing to the FBI in 1992 by wearing a wire. Oddly, Soderbergh couches his fish-out-of-water tale in the sensibility of Someone needs to ‘inform’ him about that mustache. two decades previous, those hilarious ‘70s of bubble-graphic titles, big hair and cornball TV music—keeping his trademark high contrast and harsh white light all the while. The funny-but-not effect is disconcerting in the extreme and finally falls flat, but Soderbergh’s aim I think is quite serious: In a world that refuses to look squarely at corporate greed, he argues, the only way to present the truth of it is through the lens of aw-shucks. What will those wacky multinational corporations do next? With just a little more bite to the satire, he might have achieved greatness.—Richard Gould

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Cary Grant scales Mt. Rushmore in ‘North by Northwest,’ playing at the Rafael absolutely free Sunday at noon.

● The American (1:43) Professional assassin George Clooney endangers his carefully nurtured anonymity when he stops and smells the roses at an idyllic Italian village. ● Animal Kingdom (1:52) A Melbourne crime family introduces a beloved nephew into the fold while Aussie detective Guy Pearce watches and waits… ● Avatar: Special Edition 3D (2:51) James Cameron milks his megahit dry with 3D effects and additional footage for a whole new generation of ticket-buyers. ● Cairo Time (1:29) Canadian journalist Patricia Clarkson makes an unexpected love connection on a sojourn to the Egyptian metropolis. ● Cats and Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore (1:22) Pooches and pussies unite to stop a fiendish feline with plans for world domination. ● The Concert (1:59) The long-retired conductor of the Bolshoi Orchestra gathers his former musicians together to perform in Paris with a young violin virtuoso. ● Despicable Me A wicked suburban supervillain is waylaid in his plans to steal the moon by three little girls in search of a papa. ● Dinner for Schmucks (1:50) Comedy in which well-meaning buffoon Steve Carell systematically destroys the well-ordered life of yuppie Paul Rudd. ● Eat Pray Love (2:13) Julia Roberts as a woman on the brink who circles the globe in search of meaning, romance and good gelato. ●The Expendables (1:43) Sylvester Stallone directs himself and a cast of aging muscles, including Mickey Rourke, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li and the California governor (as “Trench”) in an action/thriller set in South America. ● Get Low (1:42) Spooky backwoods recluse Robert Duvall invites the local townsfolk (Sissy Spacek and Bill Murray among them) to find out exactly what he’s been hiding from for lo these many years. ● The Girl Who Played with Fire (2:09) Sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo finds edgy computer hacker Lisbeth Salander accused of murder and on the run from the cops. ● Going the Distance (1:49) The summer fling between a San Franciscan and a New

Yorker blossoms into true love despite 3,000 miles’ worth of texts, emails and phone calls. ● Inception Christopher Nolan sci-fi thriller stars Leo DiCaprio as an outlaw adept at the art of stealing thoughts and secrets. ● The Kids Are All Right (1:44) The happy household of gay couple Julianne Moore and Annette Bening is upended when the sperm-donor daddy of their two kids drops by for a visit. ● The Last Exorcism (1:28) A con-artist preacher finds himself performing an honestto-goodness exorcism on a definitely demonic farmer’s daughter. ● Machete (1:45) Robert Rodriguez actioner about a rogue Mexican cop on the run from feds and assassins in the scorching American Southwest. ● Mao’s Last Dancer (1:57) Bruce Beresford biopic of ballerina extraordinaire Li Cunxin, who began her career at age 11 in Madame Mao’s Beijing Dance Academy. ● Mesrine: Killer Instinct (1:53) Biopic of notorious gangster Jacques Mesrine, whose robberies, murders and overall naughtiness made him France’s Public Enemy Number One in the 1960s. ● Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1 (2:14) The Gallic gangster extraordinaire is back, plotting and executing a prison escape, living la vie demimonde and crafting his own gaudy legend. ● Nanny McPhee Returns The awesome au pair is back and better than ever, enlisting an animatronic statue and an agile piglet to inflict a series of life lessons on her unwary charges. ● North by Northwest (2:16) Suave Mad Man Cary Grant is mistaken for a CIA spook, becomes the target of spies and assassins and dodges cropdusters and a saucy femme fatale in Hitchcock’s witty tribute to transcontinental mayhem. ●The Other Guys(1:47) Mismatched detective partners Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg attempt to amuse audiences and solve crimes in New York City. ● Piranha 3D (1:29) Prehistoric razor-toothed fish turn a Spring Break resort town into a human smorgasbord. ● Salt (1:39) CIA agent Angelina Jolie uses all her superspy skills to outwit her fellow spooks when she’s fingered as an enemy counteragent. ● Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (1:53) Righteous dude Michael Cera discovers his new girlfriend comes with a posse of wacky exes who want him out of the picture. ● Soul Kitchen (1:39) German comedy about a Hamburg greasy spoon that becomes a nouvelle cuisine hot spot. ● The Switch (1:41) Wannabe mother Jennifer Aniston impregnates herself with a turkey baster, not knowing that the sperm in question belongs to BFF Jason Bateman. ● Takers (1:47) An ingenious band of modernday outlaws is pursued by hard-bitten lawman Matt Dillon. ● Toy Story 3 (1:32) What’ll happen to everybody’s favorite playthings now that their owner is all grown up and heading off to college? ● Vampires Suck (1:28) Parody of “Twilight” et al. follows the trials and tribulations of a troubled teen with no fangs to call her own.

›› MOViE TiMES The American (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:20, 10 Sat-Mon 11:25, 2, 4:40, 7:20, 10 TueThu 6:50, 9:25 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sun 11:15, 12:25, 1:55, 3:10, 4:45, 5:55, 7:30, 8:55, 10:15 Mon-Tue 11:15, 12:25, 1:55, 3:10, 4:45, 5:55, 7:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sun 2, 4:35, 7:15, 9:50 Mon-Thu 2, 4:35, 7:15 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 7:15, 9:40 Sat-Sun 1:30, 4, 7:15, 9:40 Mon 1:30, 4, 7:15 TueThu 4, 7:15 Animal Kingdom (R) ★★★1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sun 11:05, 1:50, 4:35, 7:20, 10:05 Mon-Tue 11:05, 1:50, 4:35, 7:20 Avatar: Special Edition 3D (PG-13) Century Cinema: 12, 3:45, 7:30 Cairo Time (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:15, 6:15, 8:15 Sat-Mon 1:30, 4:15, 6:15, 8:15 Tue-Thu 6:15, 8:15 Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (PG) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 11:50, 1:55, 4:25 The Concert (PG-13) Lark Theater: Fri, Tue, Wed 5:40, 8 SatMon, Thu 3:20, 5:40, 8 Despicable Me (PG) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 11:25, 1:50, 4:30, 6:55, 9:10 Dinner for Schmucks (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 12:10, 5:05, 10:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 9:40 Eat Pray Love (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:10, 10:15 Sat-Mon 12:40, 3:55, 7:10, 10:15 Tue-Thu 6:45, 9:50 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sun 12:55, 4:05, 7:15, 10:20 Mon-Tue 12:55, 4:05, 7:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:50, 3:50, 6:50, 9:50 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 1:20, 4:25, 7:30 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:10, 7:10 Sat-Mon 1, 4:10, 7:10 The Expendables (R) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 12,

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2:30, 4:55, 7:25, 9:50 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:05 Get Low (PG-13) ★★★ CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sun 2, 4:25, 7, 9:30 Mon-Thu 2:05, 4:45, 7:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sun 1:40, 4:30, 7, 9:35 Mon-Thu 1:40, 4:30, 7 The Girl Who Played with Fire (R) ★★ Rafael Film Center: Fri, Sun 3:45, 6:30, 9:10 Sat, Mon 1, 3:45, 6:30, 9:10 Tue 9:15 Wed-Thu 6:30, 9:10 ❋ Going the Distance (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:30, 10:05 Sat-Mon 11:40, 2:15, 4:50, 7:30, 10:05 Tue-Thu 7, 9:30 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sun 11, 1:40, 4:20, 7, 9:40 Mon-Tue 11, 1:40, 4:20, 7 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:45, 2:15, 4:40, 7:10, 9:40 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:30 Sat-Sun 1:45, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Mon 1:45, 4:30, 7 Tue-Thu 4:30, 7 Inception (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7 Sat-Mon 1, 7 Tue-Thu 6:30 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 7, 10:10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 1:10, 4:15, 7:20 The Kids Are All Right (R) ★★★★ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sun 11:40, 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:45 Mon-Tue 11:40, 2:10, 4:40, 7:10 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sun 2:10, 4:45, 7:30, 10 Mon-Thu 2:20, 5, 7:40 The Last Exorcism (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 12:30, 3, 5:25, 7:35, 9:55 Century Rowland Plaza: 1, 3:20, 5:40, 8, 10:10 ❋ Machete (R) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 11:45, 2:25, 5, 7:30, 10; digital projection showtimes at 1, 3:45, 6:15, 8:50 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:20, 2:50, 5:20, 7:45, 10:10 Mao’s Last Dancer (PG) ★★ CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sun 1:50, 4:35, 7:15, 9:55 Mon-Thu 1:50, 4:30, 7:20

Mesrine: Killer Instinct (R) CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri-Sat 2:30, 5:05, 7:45, 10:10 Sun 2:30, 5:05, 7:45 Mon-Thu 5:05, 7:45 ❋ Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1 (R) CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:40 Sun 1:30, 4:15, 7 Mon-Thu 4:15, 7 Nanny McPhee Returns (PG) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 11:30, 2, 4:35, 7:10, 9:40 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:40, 2:10, 4:45, 7:15 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 1:50, 4:40, 7:10 ❋ North by Northwest (1959) (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun noon (free screening) The Other Guys (PG-13) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:50, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:55 Piranha (R) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 12:50, 3:10, 5:30, 8, 10:25 Salt (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 10:15 Sat-Mon 4:30, 10:15 TueThu 9:45 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 2:45, 7:55 Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 11:55, 2:35, 5:15, 7:50, 10:30 ❋ Soul Kitchen (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 6:45, 8:55 Sat-Mon 2:15, 4:30, 6:45, 8:55 Tue-Thu 6:45, 8:55 The Switch (PG-13) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 12:25, 2:55, 5:20, 7:45, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri 9:45 Sat 9:45 Sun 9:45 Mon 9:45 Tue 9:45 Wed 9:45 Thu 9:45 9:45 Takers (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 11:35, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 10:05 Toy Story 3 (G) ★★★★ Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 11:40, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 Vampires Suck (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 12:05, 2:10, 4:40, 7:05, 9:35

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

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Highlights from our online community calendar— great things to do this week in Marin

Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar Alan Perlman will give his fingers a good workout at Sleeping Lady's Guitar Showcase on Sept. 8.

Check out our Online Community Calendar for more listings, spanning more weeks, with more event information. www.pacificsun.com/sundial

Live music 09/03: Charles Wheal Duo Blues. 7-10pm. Saylor’s, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. www.saylorsrestaurantandbar.com 09/03: Jazz Philosophy 6pm. Wipeout Bar and Grill, Bon Air Shopping Center, Greenbrae. 461-7400. 09/03: Kevin Russell Band Blues. 8:30pm. $12.Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. www. ranchonicasio.com 09/03: Mas Cabeza Latin jazz. 5:30pm. Free. Center Court, Town Center, Corte Madera. www. villageatcortemadera.com. 09/03: Mucho Axé Quartet Latin dance band. 8-11pm. Free. Servinos restaurant, 5 Main St., Tiburon. 482-8251. 09/03: Zulu Spear Afro-beat, world/roots rock. 9pm. Old Western Saloon, 11201 Hwy. 1, Pt. Reyes Station. 663-1661. 09/03:Bob Hill Band 5:30pm. Free. Marin Country Mart, 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 606-7435. www.localmusicvibe.com/ marincountrymart.

09/04: Darryl Anger's Republic of Strings 8pm. Dance Palace, 503 B St., Pt. Reyes Station. 663-1075. www.dancepalace.org 09/04: Doc Kraft Band Dance music. $5. 8:30pm. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina, Fort Baker, Sausalito. 601-7858. www.presidioyachtclub.org 09/04: Jonathan Korty & Friends Ameri-

cana. 9pm. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. 09/04: Mark Simmons Bossa nova guitar. Free. Noon. Bon Air Shopping Center, Greenbrae. www.bonair.com.

09/04: Mindy Cantor and the Eddie Neon Blues Band 9pm. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. www.sausalitoseahorse.com

09/04: Mel Martin Quartet Jazz. 9pm. No Name Bar, 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1392.

09/04: New Rising Sons with Boudeeka 60s dance music. 7pm. Taste of Rome, 1001 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-7660. www.taste-of-rome.com

09/04: Rancho Allstars With Mike Duke 8:30pm. $12. Rancho Nicasio. 662-2219. 09/04: Richie Spice Reggae. 9pm. $18-25. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091.

09/04: Sweetie Pie and the Doughboys 9:30pm. Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. 09/04: Wendy DeWitt Boogie blues. 7-10pm. Saylor’s, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 09/05: Blue the Fluteman With Tod Pickering, guitar and vocals. 2-4pm. Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330. www.bolinasmuseum.org 09/05: Matthew Stewart Jazz. 9-11pm. No Name Bar, 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1392.

09/05: Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings and Jerry Halford and the Healers Blues barbecue on the lawn. 4pm. $20. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com

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Marin poets would like a word... No strangers to spinning tales of the beauty and politics of place and circumstances, longtime Marin poets ROBERT HASS and BRENDA HILLMAN continue to ignite curiosity and awe through new books of poetry. Hass’s latest, The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems, includes Pulitzer Prize-winning favorites along with new works that illustrate the intimate experience of loss. Though they received mixed reviews from literary critics, Hass’s more personal pieces—written after the sudden death of his younger brother—reflect the shock and confusion that often grips us when death enters the scene unannounced, reminding us that poet laureates are human, too. Hillman’s latest collection, Practical Water, provides readers with thoughtful reflections on current political issues and Hillman’s deep connection to the Marin landscape that she calls home, all the while weaving the theme of water throughout the pages. Celebrating the eighth anniversary of Point Reyes Books and benefiting the West Marin Review’s third volume, Hass and Hillman read their latest work Saturday, Sept. 4, at Toby’s Feed Barn, 11250 Highway 1, Pt. Reyes Station. Reception at 6:30pm, reading at 7:30pm. $20. 415/663-1223.—Dani Burlison

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09/05: Taylor Brooks Band 8pm. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. 09/05: Tracyshaun Indie-folk duo. 2-4pm. Free. Town Center Center Court, Tamalpais Dr., Corte Madera. www.shoptowncenter.com

09/06: Petty Theft and Volker Strifler Band Labor Day Weekend barbecue on the lawn. 4pm. $5-15. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. www. ranchonicasio.com

09/07: Swing Fever with Bryan Gould Music of Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer. 7pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com 09/08: Barbwyre Americana, country. 8:30pm. Iron Springs Pub, 765 Center St., Fairfax. 485-1005. 09/08: Gabriel Navarre Group Jazz. 8:30pm. no cover No Name Bar, 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito.

09/08: Teja Gerken, Alan Perlman, Matthew Montfort Guitar showcase. 9pm. Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182.

09/09: Audrey Moira Shimkas Quartet 7:30pm. Free. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. 09/09: Wanda Stafford Jazz. With Si Perkoff and Hal Solin. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 09/10: David Grier Guitar flatpicker extraordinaire. Limited tickets. Call to reserve. 8-10:30pm. $20-25. Eric Schoenberg Guitars, 106 Main St., Tiburon. 789-0846. www.om28.com 09/10: Dr. Elmo and Wild Blue 5:30pm. Free. Marin Country Mart, 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 606-7435. www.localmusicvibe. com/marincountrymart. 09/10: The Flying Squirrels Rock, funk. 8pm. $15, includes dinner. The Barge, Bridgeway and Napa St., Sausalito. RSVP at 707-996-7025. 09/10: James Moseley Band Rockin' soul. 8:30pm. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. www. ranchonicasio.com. 09/10: Lisa Lindsley Jazz. 7-10pm. Saylor’s, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. www.saylorsrestaurantandbar.com

Theater/Auditions 09/09-10/03:‘In the Red and Brown Water’ Part One of “The Brother/Sister Plays Trilogy.” West Coast Premiere by Tarell Alvin McCraney.Directed by Ryan Rilette. 8pm Sept. 9-11. See website for additional showtimes. $20-53. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208. www.marintheatre.org

09/09-10/03:‘The Philadelphia Story’ Novato Theater Company presents the classic 1939 comic play that made Katherin Hepburn a star. 8pm Thurs.-Sat. 3pm matinee on Sun. $12-22. Novato Theater Company Playhouse, 484 Ignacio Blvd., Novato. 883-4498. www.novatotheatercompany.org Through 09/05:‘Into the Woods’ Performed by Marin Youth Performers. 7:30pm Sept.3-4; 2pm Sept.5 $14-30 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org Through 09/19:‘As You Like It’ Presented by the Curtain Theatre Company. Shows are 2pm Sept. 4-6, Sept. 11-12 and Sept. 18-19. Free. Old Mill Park, 350 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. www. curtaintheatre.org

Through 09/25:‘Antony and Cleopatra’ Love story about a powerful man derailed by the enchantment of a powerful woman. Shows at 4 and 8pm Sept. 5; 5pm Sept. 6. $20-35. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, 1475 Grand Ave., San Rafael. 4594488. www.marinshakespeare.org

Through 09/26:‘The Taming of the Shrew’ Cast off with Marin Shakespeare for a swashbuckling romp for all ages with a “Pirates of the Caribbean” setting. 8pm Sept. 3-4 and Sept. 10; 11am Sept. 10. $20-35. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, 1475 Grand Ave., San Rafael. 499-4488 . www.marinshakespeare. org

Comedy 09/09: Stand Up Comedy Night . 8pm. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 09/10:‘Get Rich Cheating’ Jeff Kreisler’s one- man show based on his satirical how-to book. 8-10pm. $17-20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org

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09/10-11/13: Falkirk Bi-Annual Juried Exhibition Group exhibition of works by Marin and Bay Area artists. Opening reception 5:30-7:30pm Sept. 10. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328. www.falkirkculturalcenter.org 09/10: 2nd Fridays Art Walk | San Rafael Join Art Works Downtown and numerous merchants up and down Fourth St. for art shows, gallery receptions, open studios, refreshments and inspiration. 5-8pm. Free. Various locations, Downtown Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. www.artworksdowntown. org/2ndFridays.html

11am-4pm. Free. 83rd Annual Members Show, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 454-9561. www. marinsocietyofartists.com Through 09/08: Bruce David Exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Beginnings - Journey of the Soul.â&#x20AC;? Features original, hand-pulled serigraphs and limited edition lithographs depicting biblical and Judaic imagery filled with hidden symbolism. Free. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael, 444-8000. www.marinjcc.org Through 09/12:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Box Showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Closing reception 2-3pm Sept. 12. Reputed to be a wild party with a live auction. Bidding starts at 3pm. 11am-5pm. Free. Gallery Route One, 11101 Highway One, Point Reyes Station. 663-1347. www.galleryrouteone.org Through 09/13:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Art of Peaceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 8th annual Sausalito Art Festival exhibit at the Bay Model. Encourages artists to depict the visual impact of peace found in art. 9am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. www.spn.usace. army.mil/bmvc/index.html

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09/08: David Finkel The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Good Soldiers.â&#x20AC;? 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 09/08: Erika Lee and Judy Yung The authors talk about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America.â&#x20AC;? 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 09/08: Women Who Care and Create Terry Laszlo-Gopadze and Contributors discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Spirit of a Woman: Stories to Empower and Inspire,â&#x20AC;? a compilation of stories of female creativity and compassion. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 09/09: Jean Haner The author presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wisdom of Your Childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Face: Discover Your Childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s True Nature with Chinese Face Reading.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 09/09: Why There Are Words Literary Reading â&#x20AC;&#x153;Body Language.â&#x20AC;? Authors Elaine Beale, Katie Crouch, Rachel Howard, Junse Kim, Elizabeth Rosner and K.M. Weaver read from their works. 7-9pm. $5. Studio 333, 333 Caledonia St., Sausalito. www.whytherearewords.wordpress.com 09/10: Linda Watanabe McFerrin Left Coast Writers Launch author talks about her supernatural thriller â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dead Love.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 09/10: William Gibson Gibson presents his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zero History.â&#x20AC;? 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

Film Events 09/03: Film Night in the Park â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sixteen Candles.â&#x20AC;? Popcorn, candy and sodas will be sold. Bring blankets or low chairs. Leave pets at home. 8-10:30pm. Donations appreciated. Creek Park, 400 block of Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 272-2756. www.filmnight.org 09/04: Film Night in the Park Presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Up.â&#x20AC;? This is a great week for film night in the park. This is a definite donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t-miss family film. Popcorn, candy and sodas will be sold. Bring blankets, pillows, backrest and low chairs. 8pm. Donations appreciated. Creek Park, 400 block of Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo. 272-2756. www.filmnight.org

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Through 12/31: Louise A. Boyd Exhibition Learn the history of a local historical gold heiress/ arctic adventurer who was described by press as “T Girl Who Tamed the Arctic.” 11am-4pm. Free. Ma History Museum’s Boyd Gate House, 1125 B St., Sa Rafael. 454-8538. www.marinhistory.org

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Community Events (Misc.) 09/04-06: Sausalito Arts Festival This years event will showcase more than 20,000 works of fine art, live music, food, drinks, fun kids area with live performances by Tim Cain, others. Live music includes the Bangles, the Fixx, Modern English, Dave Mason, the Tubes, Pablo Cruise, Jefferson Starship, Mavis Staples and Sons of Champlin. Sept. 4-5, 10am-6pm; Sept. 6, 10am-5pm. $5-30. Marinship Park, Marinship Way, Sausalito. 331-3757. www.sausalitoartfestival.org 09/04: Cate Conniff Cooking Demo With author of “Seasons in the Wine Country: Recipes From The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone.” 10am. Free. Toby’s Feed Barn, 11250 Highway 1, Point Reyes. 663-1542. www.ptreyesbooks.com 09/04: Triangle Marsh Habitat Restoration Phone for more information. Paradise Dr., across from Ring Mountain, Corte Madera. 383-8688. www.marinaudubon.org

09/05: Homestead Valley Music Festival A great lineup of local favorites in a fun intimate festival setting. Live music scheduled includes Vinyl, ’Til Dawn, The Nigerian Brothers and Jazz Mavericks. 11am-5:30pm. Free. Homestead Valley Community Center, 315 Montford Ave., Mill Valley. www.homesteadfest.org

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09/06: Bolinas Community Labor Day Festival and Barbecue Live music, barbecue, silent auction. Free shuttle and parking at Mesa Park. Downtown Bolinas. 868-2128. www.bocenter.org

09/08: Creating a Positive Work Culture Learn to implement employee recognition, reward and development programs. 8-9am. $25-35. Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co. Visitor’s Pavilion, Rm. 2100A & B, 777 San Marin Dr., Novato. 291-1992. www.nchra.org 09/08: Letting go For Success Learn easy, fun, effective tools of the Sedona Method to release whatever is in your way for abundance, loving relationships, happiness and peace. 7:15-9pm. Free. InnerSource, Greenbrae. 464-9442. www. barbaralovejoy.com

09/09: Slipper Theater with Sha Sha Higby Build fanciful, miniature dancing shoes. Reservations required. 6-9pm. $36-55. O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, 616 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 388-4331. www.ohanloncenter.org 09/10-12: San Rafael Gem Faire Browse and buy quality gems, beads, fossils, minerals and silver. Noon-7pm, Sept. 10; 10am-6pm, Sept 11; 10am-5pm. Sept. 12. $5, weekend pass Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. www.gemfaire.com 09/10: 'Soulcycler' "Words and Images from a 25,811-mile Bicycle Journey Around the World" with writer/ photographer/adventurer Rick Gunn. 7:30pm. $10. Marin Center, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800. www.marincenter.org

Through 09/13: Vendors Needed for Tam Valley Arts and Crafts Fair Be a part of the very successful, annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair, which takes place on Nov 19 & 20. 8:30am-4pm. $50 for 2 days. Tamalpais Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6393. www.tcsd.us

Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. www.millvalleylibrary.org. 09/06: Tot Club Drop-in weekly play/activity group for 3 and younger. 10:30-11:30am. $5-8. 289-4152. 09/07: Fun and Funky Art Weekly drop in a for ages 2-4. $7. Fairfax Community Center, ne to Peri Park, Fairfax. www.fairfaxfocas.com.

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PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124669 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as STEINERT PROPERTIES, 176 MCNEAR DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: WILMA THOMAS, 176 MCNEAR DR., 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 August 4, 2010. (Publication Dates: August 13, 20, 27; September 3, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124662 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ATHOS LIMOUSINE, 346 ROBIN ROAD, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: ATHOS GUSTAVO OLIVEIRA, 346 ROBIN ROAD, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 4, 2010. (Publication Dates: August 13, 20, 27; September 3, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124673 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SHE; SHE ARTISTS, 33 LOVELL AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: SARAH ELIZABETH HYDE, 33 LOVELL AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 4, 2010. (Publication Dates: August 13, 20, 27; September 3, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124685 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MT. TAM MUSIC, 196 EDGEWOOD AVENUE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: RICHARD T. KVISTAD, 196 EDGEWOOD AVENUE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on July 28, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 5, 2010. (Publication Dates: August 13, 20, 27; September 3, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124589 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as STORE VANTAGE, 9 E BLITHEDALE AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: SPOT PET CARE, LLC., 9 E BLITHEDALE AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on July 26, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 26, 2010. (Publication Dates: August 20, 27; September 3, 10, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124709 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as I-FIFTY FOUR ENTERPRISE, 21 MARIAN COURT #2, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: EMELE DOMINIKO, 21 MARIAN COURT #2, 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 August 11, 2010. (Publication Dates: August 20, 27; September 3, 10, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124704 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as OPTIQUE DE FLEUR OPTICIANS, 1526 5TH AVENUE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: FLEUR M. NELSON, 1526 5TH AVENUE, 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 ClerkRecorder of Marin County on August 10, 2010. (Publication Dates: August 20, 27; September 3, 10, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124726 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PHYSICAL FOUNDATIONS, 928 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., KENTFIELD, CA 94904: RICHARD H. LOGIE, 346 CORTE MADERA AVE. APT# 1A, CORTE MADERA,

CA 94925. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 12, 2010. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on August 12, 2010. (Publication Dates: August 20, 27; September 3, 10, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124653 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SPICY BODY JEWELRY (CART 45SF), 5800 NORTHGATE MALL DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: MAHMOUD MUNTASIR, 601 VERNON OAKS DR., ROSEVILLE, CA 95678. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 15, 2010. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on August 2, 2010. (Publication Dates: August 20, 27; September 3, 10, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124631 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ORIGINAL FACE, 300 POPLAR ST. SUITE 7, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: NICO EICHLSEDER, 300 POPLAR ST. SUITE 2, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 29, 2010. (Publication Dates: August 20, 27; September 3, 10, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124602 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARK RICHARDS PHOTOGRAPHY, 61 SUNNYSIDE AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: CORE MEMORY PROJECT CORP., 61 SUNNYSIDE AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 27, 2010. (Publication Dates: August 20, 27; September 3, 10, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124699 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NOR CAL BRAVES, 593 SAUSALITO BLVD., SAUSALITO, CA 94965: PETER WALSH LANGKAMMERER, 593 SAUSALITO BLVD., SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on August 9, 2010. (Publication Dates: August 20, 27; September 3, 10, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124780 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MINI NOTARY, 310 HARBOR DR., SAUSALITO, CA 94965: JANICE L. CALLON, 310 HARBOR DR., SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 19, 2010. (Publication Dates: August 27; September 3, 10, 17, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124766 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as EUPHORIA SPA, 1104 LINCOLN AVE. SUITE 1, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SON SUN SEO, 2005 MISSION ST. #45, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on August 18, 2010. (Publication Dates: August 27; September 3, 10, 17, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124745 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as E3: EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE & EQUITY, 1010 LOOTENS PLACE STE.17, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: FUTURE LEADERS FOR PEACE, 2910 DERBY ST., BERKELEY, CA 94705. 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 August 16, 2010. (Publication Dates: August 27; September 3, 10, 17, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010124784 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as FOXFIRE COMMUNICATIONS, 80 CORTE TOLUCA, GREENBRAE, CA 94904: FOXFIRE CAPITAL, 80 CORTE TOLUCA, GREENBRAE, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant

has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on August 20, 2010. (Publication Dates: August 27; September 3, 10, 17, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124809 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SHROOMIN NEWMANS PHILIN STATION, 139 MONO AVE., FAIRFAX, CA 94930: DANIEL W. MACLENNAN, 139 MONO AVE., FAIRFAX, CA 94930; PHIL NEARY, 139 MONO AVE., FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 23, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 24, 2010. (Publication Dates: August 27; September 3, 10, 17, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010124776 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PRIOLO & CO., 80 THROCKMORTON AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: SUSAN PRIOLO, 11 CRESCENT LANE, FAIRFAX, CA 94930; CARL PRIOLO, 11 CRESCENT LANE, FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 19, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 19, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 3, 10, 17, 24, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124792 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LITTLE MOVEMENTS DAY CARE, 424 WILLIAM AVE., LARKSPUR, CA 94939: ANN LASHELLE-SALVETTI, 424 WILLIAM AVE., LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on December 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 20, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 3, 10, 17, 24, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124790;1-4 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SEQUOIA FILMS;MADRONE POST; PLUTO ENTERTAINMENT; SUNRISE RENTALS, 155 N. REDWOOD DR. #250, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: INDIGO FILMS ENTERTAINMENT GROUP INC., 155 N. REDWOOD DR. #250, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. 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 August 20, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 3, 10, 17, 24, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124705; 1-2 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as KEY PROPERTY; KEY BAY PROPERTY, 700 LARKSPUR LANDING CIRCLE #199, LARKSPUR, CA 94939: BONNIE R. LEVINE, 16 CASTLEWOOD DR., 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 August 10, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 3, 10, 17, 24, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124820 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NOBLE BUILDERS, 233 PRINCE ROYAL DR., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: NOBLE QUAIL CORP., 233 PRINCE ROYAL DR., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925. 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 August 25, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 3, 10, 17, 24, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124819 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ROSS PLUMBING, 233 PRINCE ROYAL DR., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: NOBLE QUAIL CORP., 233 PRINCE ROYAL DR., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925. 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 August 25, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 3, 10, 17, 24, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124837 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CHEZ SUZANNE, 268 PRINCETON AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: SUSAN

PRIDMORE, 268 PRINCETON AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 27, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 3, 10, 17, 24, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124855 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MICRO-MED SERVICES, 2400 LAS GALLINAS AVE. SUITE 165, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: THOMAS ATTARDI, 2400 LAS GALLINAS AVE. SUITE 165, SAN RAFAEL,

CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 31, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 31, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 3, 10, 17, 24, 2010)

997 All Other Legals STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304211 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): HAIR N JOY, 310 MILLER AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. Filed in Marin County on: September 1, 2005. Under File No: 107083. Registrant’s Name(s): MAI TRAN, 228 ARIAS ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on July 26, 2010. (Pacific Sun: August 13, 20, 27; September 3, 2010) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME

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›› STARSTREAM by Lynda Ray

Week of September 2-September 8, 2010

ARIES (March 20 - April 19) The Moon in the domestically talented sign of Cancer on Saturday and Sunday gives you a head start on the holiday festivities. As upbeat Jupiter remains in your sign through Tuesday, pleasure stays on the menu. But the New Moon in tidy Virgo (on Wednesday) suggests it’s back to the drudge. Sorry. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) Things are going your way this week as the confident Sun and witty Mercury enhance your house of self-expression. You’re projecting an irresistible personality that shows off the romantic, amusing, creative and generous elements of your sign. Enjoy yourself. Meanwhile, Wednesday’s New Moon may bring new love. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) In spite of your ruler (Mercury) moving backward, things are looking good for your holiday weekend. And you’re attracting romantic attention. If attached, your mate is looking at you with new admiration; if you’re looking, you’ve got a knack for being in the right place at the right time. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) Your opposite sign of Capricorn often gets all the credit for having business acumen. But, for a personally run business where understanding the customer or client is key, you are hands-down the best owner/manager/employee available. Remember to believe in your strengths even when times are tough. LEO (July 22 - August 22) Ah, yes. It’s a holiday weekend with the loony Moon heading into your romantic sign. Forget about doing anything that requires a clear head. You continue to have magical experiences close to home, so you might want to stick around and see what’s happening in your own community. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) Between your ruler (mischievous Mercury) in reverse action and nebulous Neptune in your house of daily routines, it’s a wonder you can remember what day it is. Those of you working in financial fields are motivated to excel all week. For the rest of you, the New Moon in your sign on Wednesday is perfect for setting a goal in motion. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) Captivating Venus winds up her stay in your sign this week. Take full advantage of your enhanced attractiveness and sociability by going out as much as possible. Saturday morning holds the promise of a magical or mystical encounter. Wednesday’s New Moon enhances your dream life. Give yourself permission to sleep in. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Although not completely free from stress, your ruler (passionate Pluto) is moving beyond the range of judgmental Saturn. On Wednesday, charming Venus enters your sign, shortly followed by lucky Jupiter entering your romance house. Those of you looking for love are in a sweet position. Your artistic talents are boosted as well. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) Ready for a break? Thanks to the celestial party in your house of friends, it’s playtime. You can let someone else play the responsible role. As for your career, well, don’t worry. Nothing needs your undivided attention. It’s only overlooked details from past projects, and you can take care of these trivial matters blindfolded. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) Friday and Saturday represent the bottom of your lunar cycle. These are not the days to start an ambitious project. On Wednesday, you may receive good news from a female friend. Remember that lottery ticket you bought together last week? That’s probably not what it is about, but good news is always welcome. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) Sociable Venus is hovering at the top of your chart. Networking at the Labor Day gatherings could provide you with an incredible career opportunity. On Wednesday, Jupiter returns to your money house, giving you another chance to increase your financial worth. Feel free to schedule your compensation negotiations now. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) Your ruler (mystical Neptune) connects with romantic Venus on Saturday. You may feel as if you’re being drawn into a cosmic relationship. Meantime, you’re quite spontaneous now that Uranus is back in your sign and excitement is your middle name. Then, on Wednesday, you enter into a cycle of luck with romance, travel or both. ✹ Email Lynda Ray at cosmicclues@gmail.com or check out her website at www.lyndarayastrology.com SEPTEMBER 3 – SEPTEMBER 9, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 37

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ADViCE GODDESS®

by Amy Alkon

Q:

I’ve been dating a guy I really like for a month. He’s been in a long-distance relationship with a woman since last spring. They spend a week together every couple of months, and were off and on for a few years prior. She’s coming to visit for three weeks next month, and afterward they plan to part for good, as she’ll be working in another country. I want to be mature about this, but if he wants a relationship with me (he says he does), I don’t understand this big romantic last hurrah with her. He says it’s unfortunate timing, and he has to have this goodbye fling as it’s been planned for a long time. I’m feeling like the consolation prize and question his level of interest in me. Am I being an unreasonable princess? —Upset

A:

It’s crushing to learn that you aren’t “the one,” just “the one in Kentucky,” a la “Stunned wife discovers husband of 15 years has second wife and family in another state!” Of course, your guy not only told you there was another woman but seems to have stopped just short of giving you a dossier of all her flight times and confirmation numbers. So, what’s next on your agenda, flying into a rage that the cat you adopted refuses to bound to your gate and bark at intruders or railing that a wino uses the $10 you flipped him to buy Boone’s Farm instead of tickets to the art museum? This guy may like you plenty and may make some very relationshippy sounds, but he’s had tickets to Sexapalooza 2010 for quite some time, and he isn’t about to rip them up. You’re gambling he’ll decide you’re so fab that he will, and he’s gambling you’ll decide he’s so fab that you’ll pledge to wait for him and wave a little temporary goodbye: “Good luck! Have fun! Try not to catch anything!” You could give him an ultimatum—either he gets his man-paw out of the longdistance cookie jar or you’re history. If you take this tack, be prepared to walk—and to turn your head and notice, to your disappointment, that nobody’s running after you. Should you decide to just suck it up and do something else (or someone else) while he’s on his three-week sexcation, be prepared to find yourself feeling less than loving and charitable toward him upon his return. Waiting around also sets up a really bad power dynamic—making it clear that you’re OK with being the B Team: You’re on the bench, some other woman’s in the bed and you’re hoping against hope that she’ll sprain something. You want to be mature about this? Great! Admit what you’ve known all along: This guy’s a catch with a catch, and you’re suffering because you’ve been acting like he’s available when he’s only available-ish. In light of that, the wisest approach is probably breaking up now, letting time pass and seeing how you both feel in the future. If you feel like trying again, find out why they called it quits: whether they aren’t compatible on a day-to-day basis, or whether it’s just that Southwest doesn’t fly wherever it is she went to, I dunno, collect yak scat. Sure, you want to be the chosen one, but not because he suddenly finds himself in the mood for a lower carbon footprint and more legroom.

Q:

My boyfriend adopted a beady-eyed pit bull mix three months ago and shows it more affection than he shows me. He talks to it like it understands everything he says, then praises it for not answering. When I said the dog’s clueless silence does not mean agreement, he got mad and consoled “Heather” as if I’d hurt her feelings. He even wants it in our bed.—Barking Mad

A:

If there’s a challenge to your relationship, you expect it to at least come from a member of your own species—one whose lingerie labels read “Victoria’s Secret,” not “PETCO.” Take your boyfriend out for drinks, tell him what’s great about your relationship and see what he has to say when you explain you’re feeling a little hurt that you now seem to come second to a creature that scoots its butt on the rug. It’s possible he has commitment issues and is trying to push you away, or wants to break up but is trying to force you to do the deed. It’s also possible that you’ve discovered who your boyfriend really is—a guy who has deep conversations with his dog. If so, you may decide that there’s a conflict in sensibilities that just can’t be bridged. In that case, I think you know what he’ll say: “Heather says to tell you, ‘Don’t let the doggie door hit you on the way out.’” ✹

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PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 37 File No. 304208 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): JAYNE SALON, 160 EAST BLITHEDALE AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. Filed in Marin County on: March 26, 2008. Under File No: 116699. Registrant’s Name(s): JAYNE WHITTLES, 153 SEQUOIA DR., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on July 19, 2010. (Pacific Sun: August 20, 27; September 3, 10, 2010) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304218 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): EUPHORIA SPA, 1104 LINCOLN AVE. SUITE 1, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: October 1, 2008. Under File No: 2008118722. Registrant’s Name(s): LIU JI CHEN, 202 KENT AVE., KENTFIELD, CA 94904. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on August 18, 2010. (Pacific Sun: August 27; September 3, 10, 17, 2010) PUBLIC NOTICE: NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. SAUSALITO MINI STORAGE according to the provisions of Division 8 of the California Business and Professional Code, Chapter 10, Section 21707(a) hereby gives NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. SAUSALITO MINI STORAGE will conduct a public sale of the contents of the storage units named below, with the contents being sold for lawful money of the United States of America. The Sale is being held to satisfy an OWNER’S LIEN and will be held at: SAUSALITO MINI STORAGE, 415 COLOMA STREET, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. The property will be sold to the highest bidder on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2010 at 11:00AM. Should it be impossible to sell all of the lots on the above date, the sale will be continued to another date as announced by the auctioneer, Duane M. Hines, Bond No. RED 1016142. The property to be sold consists of household goods and personal effects belonging to the occupant(s) identified below. For additional information call: (415) 332-6520, Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Name of owner is followed by lot number: STANLEY HUDSON: UNIT #D-104; TAMARA NACE: UNIT #805; JOHN SAUL: UNIT #222; RODNEY ANDERSON: UNIT #J-17; ROBERT CHRISTMAN: UNIT #D-7; ROBERT CHRISTMAN: UNIT #D-10; STEVE SAYAD: UNIT #169; CONSTANCE WALTERS: UNIT #206. Pacific Sun: (September 3, 10, 2010) SUMMONS AMENDED (CITACION JUDICIAL) Case Number (Numero del Caso): VCU 10-236793 NOTICE TO DEFENDENT (AVISO AL DEMANDADO): L. RYDMAN AND ALL OTHER UNKNOWN PERSONS CLAIMING INTEREST IN REAL PROPERTY DESCRIBED AS “THE EAST 20.38 FEET OF LOT 16 AND THE WEST 36.27 FEET OF LOT 17 IN BLOCK 3 OF VISALIA HOME BUILDER’S NO.2 ADDITION TO THE CITY OF VISALIA, COUNTY OF TULARE AS PER MAP RECORDED IN BOOK 17, PG 32 MAPS, OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF SAID COUNTY.” YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF: (LO ESTA DEMANDANDO EL DEMANDANTE): BRIAN A. DUNN. NOTICE!You have been sued. The court may decide against you without you being heard unless you respond within 30 days. Read the information below. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this Summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you; your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-help Center (www.courtinfo. ca.gov/selfhelp), your county law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (www. lawhelpcalifornia.org) the California Courts Online Self-help Center (www.courinfo.ca.gov/

selfhelp) or by contacting your local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000 or more in a civil case. The court’s lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. AVISO: Lo han demando. Si no responde dentro de 30 dias, la corte puede decidir en su contra sin escucher su version. Lea la informacion a continuacion. Tienne 30 DIAS CALENDARIO despues de que le entreguen esta citacion y papeles legales para presentar una respuesta por escrito en esta corte y hacer que se entregue una copia al demandante. Una carta o una llamada telefonica no lo protegen; su respuesta por escrito tiene que estar en formato legal correcto si desea que procesen su caso en la corte. Es posible que haya un formulario que usted pueda usar para su respuesta. Puede encontrar estos formularios de la corte y mas information en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California (www.sucorte.ca.gov) en la biblioteca de leyes de su condado o en la corte que le quede mas cerca. Si no puede pagar la cuota de presentacion, pida al secretario de la corte que le de un formulario de exencion de pago de cuotas. Si no presenta su respuesta a tiempo, puede perder el caso por incumplimiento, y la corte le podra quitar su sueldo, dinero y bienes sin mas advertencia. Hay otros requisitos legales. Es recomendable que llame a un abogado immediatamente. Si no conoce a un abogado, puede llamar a un servicio de remision de abogados. Si no puede pagar a un abogado, es posible que cumpla con los resquisitos para obtener servicios legales gratuitos de un programa de servicios legales sin fines de lucro. Puede encontrar estos grupos sin fines de lucro en el sitio web de California Legal Services, (www. lawhelpcalifornia.org) en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California. (www.sucorte. ca.gov) o poniendose en contacto con la corte o el colegio de abogados locales. AVISO: Por ley, la corte tiene derecho a reclamar las cuotas y los costos exentos por imponer un gravamen sobre cualquier recuperacion de $10,000 é ma¡s de valor recibida mediante un acuerdo o una concesion de arbitraje en un caso de derecho civil. Tiene que pagar el gravamen de la corte antes de que la corte pueda desechar el caso. The name and address of the court is: (El nombre y direccion de las corte es) TULARE COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT, VISALIA DIVISION, 221 S. MOONEY BLVD., VISALIA, CA 93291. The name, address, and telephone number of plaintiff’s attorney is: (El nombre, la direccion y el numero de telefono del abogado del demandante es): BRIAN A. DUNN, 1510 W. MINERAL KING AVE., VISALIA, CA 93291, TEL (559)936-5163. Date (Fecha): June 25, 2010 /s/ LaRayne Cleek, Clerk, by (Secretario); Samantha Quevedo, Deputy (Adjunto) (Pacific Sun: August 27;

September 3, 10, 17, 2010) NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: THOMAS N. WOOTERS. Case No. PR-1004374. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of THOMAS N. WOOTERS. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: AARON L. IVEY in the Superior Court of California, County of MARIN. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that AARON L. IVEY be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: September 20, 2010 at 8:30 a.m. in Dept: K, Room: K, of the Superior Court of California, Marin County, located at Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in section 9100 of the California Probate Code. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: GREGORY R. BEYER, 3230 RAMOS CIRCLE, SACRAMENTO, CA 95827; (916)369-9760. (Publication Dates: September 3, 10, 17, 2010)

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