Pacific Sun Weekly 12.17.2010 - Section 1
Section 1 of the December 17, 2010 edition of the Pacfic Sun Weekly.
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Special thanks to the Tickets: 415/226-0262 842 4th Street San Rafael georgesnightclub.com 6 PACIFIC SUN DECEMBER 17 - DECEMBER 23, 2010 BRANDITECTURE Building Strong Brands >> LETTERS Hurt peoples' feelings--it's what Christmastime is all about! In case anyone cares; I'm in Florida at Hallandale's City Hall in Broward County and they've fully decorated the entire place with Xmas trees, menorahs and other religious decorations in full defiance of separation of church and state and no one seems to be kvetching about it. Good for them. I guess Marin County is too touchy-feely to do anything like that; they don't want to hurt anyone's feelings or make anyone upset. Tough titty; put up those decorations. Marcia Blackman, San Rafael writes Carson. They sprayed from airplanes and tanker trucks in the quarter-acre lots of suburbia--birds, fish and useful insects were killed. "This was done indiscriminately, without notifying landowners or getting their permission." Rachel Carson continued that they "showered down the prescribed DDT in fuel-oil with impartiality." Documentation? See film of children being spray-fogged with DDT in DVD: Not Evil, Just Wrong and James L. Payne's article--(from which I've quoted liberally) "Can Government Save Us From Manmade Disasters?" in the Nov. 2010 edition of the Libertarian magazine, The Freeman, www.thefreemanonline.org. William Oscar, Novato >> TOWNSQUARE TOP POSTINGS THIS WEEK The spy who emailed me... PG&E's `Peeping Ralph' more like Maxwell SmartMeter, as more evidence of William Devereaux's snooping further embarrasses utility Read the full story here ... Immigrant crusader sues Novato Novato gadfly Jerome Ghigliotti is known to rail against the wasted taxpayer money that goes to illegal immigrants. Now he's redirecting a little taxpayer money away from taxp... Your soapbox is waiting at >> pacificsun.com Barbara, "They remind me of Christmas tree lights." Soon it will be Christmastime yearround, off the California coast. Who's going to stop it from happening? Believe in the sanctity of Social Security and Medicare? A number of those in Congress would regard you as a parasite Wall Street greed and callousness caused a financial meltdown in this country; a Republican Congress would vote for less regulation of these sorry pieces of sh- And if "The People" hadn't taken to the streets, Ms. Parks may still be ridin' the back the bus, and Americans still dyin' in Southeast Asia. ('course, who needs Vietnam when Americans can just as easily be killed in senseless and unwinnable wars in Iraq and Afghanistan?) There's a group, Black Merda, which does a song, "Reality (Will Cause Your Fantasy To Die)." Wake up, y'all--hard times comin'. Rick Huber, Novato Crooked rain, crooked rain In her story on Fairfax's fight against PG&E's SmartMeter program ["The Kooks vs. the Peepers," Dec. 3], Ronnie Cohen And look what DDT did to the quotes Fairfax fire ants! Mayor Lew Tremaine saying, "Nobody came and put DDT on your lawn if you didn't want it there." Actually, the facts are that DDT was sprayed on 20 million acres in nine Southern states in 1958 to eradicate fire ants. Rachel Carson in her 1962 book, Silent Spring, documents that the ants were no threat to livestock or crops. Starting in 1957 we were drenched with DDT in Florida after each rain for nine months of each year to control mosquitoes in truck gardens, fish ponds and salt marshes, This Congress is gonna be `merda'... When Congress begins its new session in January: President Obama, who was able to accomplish pretty much nothing with a Democratic Congress, now faces a RepubliBlack Merda is considered by can Congress Come Janumany to have been the first ary, the chairman all-black rock band. of Commerce and Energy, who has absolute power regarding subpoenas, will be either: Joe Barton-- "I'm sorry, BP (tears), Gulf of Mexico and those 11 guys you murdered got in the way of your oil production," or John Shimkus--"god" promised Noah that, after the flood, he would no longer choose to destroy man, or earth; i.e., earth cannot be destroyed by the actions of man, only this "god" or, as Reagan famously said regarding the oil derricks off Santa in Marin. I have spoken personally to the county supervisors and they are not in favor of Target. Why are Target and other big-box stores buying their way into our communities? Their history has shown they locate their stores down corridors and therefore it follows that Corte Madera and Mill Valley would be next on their hit list. Other city councils have seen the light and stamped out Target. All I ask the San Rafael City Council is that you review their business practices and consider how they have affected the environment. Then decide if the promised tax dollars are worth the pain. This is a short-term solution for a long-term problem and is nothing more than tax displacement. It is not new tax revenue! Instead there will be a siphoning off of the existing tax base of San Rafael and surrounding cities. Keep the Marin spirit alive and well! Bill Daniels, owner United Markets Spirit in the material world A response to the San Rafael City Council meeting at which they postponed their decision on a San Rafael Target proposal to Dec. 20: When I first got involved with the fight against Target, I was focusing primarily on San Rafael, San Anselmo and Fairfax. This seems obvious because I support locally owned business and what they add to the spirit of our community. But after tireless research, I am definitely taking another approach and broadening my scope of concern. I dug deep and determined that what I was truly concerned about was the loss of the unique character of Marin. In my extensive research, I have read books and viewed tapes on how devastating big-box stores have been to other communities. I read how Target and WalMart have been a major blight to Northern and Southern California towns and numerous cities in other states. After digesting all this information, I have taken a more intense look at not only our three cities, but at how this Target giant will impact ALL of central and southern Marin. All one has to do is look around at the local shops and stores and know that they are feeling the economic pinch of today's economy. We have lost five grocery stores in our area this month, with more to come if Target and WalMart get another foothold `All things must pass, but the end is not yet...' After reading Jason Walsh's excellent article about bike commuting "Challenge Accepted!" Dec. 10], I feel I have to comment on one aspect of riding that was not mentioned. The sad fact is that the dedicated bike commuter can expect to be scared (dare I say threatened?) by an occasional car driver passing too close and too fast. It's ridiculous too, how so many people insist on passing when it's really not safe, only to wait at the light in another block or two. Perhaps you are one of those impatient drivers. If so, I challenge you to wait behind a cyclist until it is positively no problem to go around-- count the seconds you have to wait. Then start counting the seconds you wait at red lights. Is it really the bikes that are in the way? In fact, if more people would ride, traffic jams would be fewer and those who must drive would actually benefit. In these days of oil spills, carbon footprint and alienation from nature, wouldn't it great if more people would get on their bikes? Steve Cherry, San Rafael Put your stamp on the letters to the editor at >> pacificsun.com DECEMBER 17 - DECEMBER 23, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 7 >> UPFRONT Where's Alto? Is Mill Valley to Corte Madera path the light at the end of the bike-commute tunnel? by Pe t e r S e i d m a n all it the missing jewel in the crown. Proponents of bicycle and pedestrian transportation have pushed hard to create a corridor that will run from Sausalito to Cloverdale. And bicycle advocates saw the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit line, with its program to rehabilitate tracks and track beds, as a perfect opportunity to create a bike and pedestrian path running parallel to the rail line. A bike and pedestrian corridor is part of the SMART plan, and bike advocates in both counties can rightfully pat themselves on the back for playing a key role in getting the SMART quartercent sales tax measure passed. The economic collapse and resulting recession in 2008 hit the proposed rail line's financial forecasts hard. SMART critics have blasted the rail agency and called for a repeal of the sales tax. Their criticisms grew more strident when SMART, coming to grips with a projected revenue shortfall, proposed building a first segment of the rail line that would end in San Rafael instead of the intended southern terminus of Larkspur. Loyal North Bay rail proponents insist that building a railroad is no easy task, financially or physically, and proposed rail systems often face seemingly insurmountable hurdles. But the rewards of a functioning rail system last far into the future, and grappling with current financial C shortfalls can eventually pay dividends. While that debate has raged in the lettersto-the-editor sections of the press in both counties, the issue of the parallel bicycle and pedestrian path has, to a large extent, taken a back seat. Bicycle proponents, including the Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC), have maintained that the support they threw behind passage of the tax measure should ensure that any plan will include the parallel bike and pedestrian path. And while that tug of war has raged, a major obstacle in the plan to create a northsouth bike and pedestrian corridor was cleared with the opening last week of the Cal Park Hill Tunnel. Bicyclists and pedestrians can now use that tunnel to get between the southern end of San Rafael, near Office Depot, and Larkspur, near the Century Larkspur Landing movie theaters. The connection with the Larkspur Ferry Terminal (and eventually a SMART train station) is a goal many have been working toward for years. The tunnel, which cost about $27 million, eventually will allow SMART trains to travel to and from Larkspur, providing a key connection with ferries. Even without the trains, the reopening of the tunnel is a major milestone in the dream of a north-south bike highway that provides riders with a route that keeps them separated from traffic. Bike riders who want to travel south 10 > >> NEWSGRAMS Toxic-tomcat tattler sues Novato water district The North Marin Water District is facing wrongful termination charges, as a former whistle-blowing employee filed suit in Marin Superior Court this week saying he was pushed out of his job for informing police of a co-worker's attempts to poison a colony of feral cats. Lauren Wayne had been a pipe worker for Novato's water district when he told authorities that pipe worker Corey Reed had put antifreeze in the water bowls left out for the cats.The cats were OK, but Reed wasn't so lucky--he was fined $1,500 and sentenced to a year probation after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty. But soon after the pussycat poisoning revelations,Wayne claims he was put on warning for treating fellow staff and managers disrespectfully and eventually fired in 2009.The case comes before the court in May; the suit seeks unspecified damages. Would you like paper or... The Marin County Supervisors are ready to give plastic bags the heave-ho, as the board voted 4-0 in favor of a ban on checkout-counter plastics that could go into effect in early 2012.The board's vote, with Supe Hal Brown absent, would extablish a singleuse plastic-bag ban applying to grocery retailers. Produce bags would be exempt and there would be a 5-cent charge for paper bags.The ban could eventually be broadened to include non-grocery retailers; a Jan. 4 public hearing will further address the issue. Novato council bypasses Dillon-Knutson for mayor Marin'first-ever all-female city council is breaking ground once again.The Novato City Council voted 3-1 Tuesday night to elect Councilwoman Madeline Kellner as the next mayor--passing over its"mayor pro tempore"Carole Dillon-Knutson for mayoral succession for the first time in 17 years. Typically, the mayor pro tem is given his or her turn to serve the largely symbolic position; the Novato mayor has no greater power than other councilmembers, but does preside over council meetings and represents the city at public events.The move was seen by some as a slight against Dillon-Knutson, who accused her fellow councilmembers of violating the Brown Act, the state's open-meetings law. In a statement following the mayoral election, Dillon-Knutson said that Kellner must have been in violation of the Brown Act as it appeared she went"to two members to obtain their vote,"thus instigating a"meeting"that took place behind closed doors. Councilmembers Denise Athas and Jeanne MacLeamy, who had been mayor, said only the two of them had discussed the matter in private, and were not in violation of the public-meeting law.The vote was not meant as a commentary on Dillon-Knutson, they said, but as a show of appreciation for the leadership Kellner has shown since being elected to the council in 2007. Dillon-Knutson has served on the Novato City Council for 15 years; in October she lost her husband, former Novato Sanitary District board member Art Knutson, to a stroke. Chiropractor massaging the truth, say counties The Marin district attorney's office isn't stepping on any cracks to break the devil's back--but it is joining a consumer-protection lawsuit against a sketchy chiropractor whose allegedly false cure-all claims are causing a pain in 11 counties throughout the state. The suit, filed last week in Alameda County Superior Court, alleges that Benjamin Altadonna, a chiropractor based in Danville, sold false and misleading marketing schemes to other chiropractors in the Bay Area and beyond who, in turn, would use his strategies to lure patients into costly treatments. The program promoted a spinal-traction device called the DRX, which he advertised 10 > as having an 86 percent success rate in treating back problems like disc herniation.The 8 PACIFIC SUN DECEMBER 17 - DECEMBER 23, 2010 >> THAT TV GUY by Rick Polito >> TRiViA CAF� by Howard Rachelson FRIDAY, DEC. 17 WALL-E In the future, earth has become uninhabitable and humanity lives aboard luxurious spaceliners where every person's every whim is attended to by intelligent robots. It makes us want to go buy a Hummer and leave it idling with the AC on. When do we get our robot? (2008) ABC Family. 8:30pm. Top 40 Videos of Hawaii Five-0 A vio2010 They still make lent convict escapes videos? VH1.9pm. from prison. How Christmas in Washcome it's never a ington After the nice convict? They midterms, it will be probably want out different this year. too. CBS. 10pm. They 're deck ing TUESDAY, DEC. 21 the halls with your The Christmas money and only Choir A workaholic inviting the richaccountant organest 1 percent. TNT. izes a choir at a 11:15pm. homeless shelter, Find out what happens when you mix brandy with evilLate Show with coming up with casted spells, Tuesday at 8. David Letterman a great version of Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro are "God Rest Ye Hairy Gentlemen." (2008) on the same night, triggering one of those Hallmark Channel. 8pm. tiresome "My Oscar's shinier than your Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Oscar" debates. CBS. 11:35pm. Christmas By the third eggnog, the Beast is just impossible. (1997) Disney Channel. 8pm. Detroit 1-8-7 When a carwash owner is murdered, investigators are looking for a suspect with a motive, a record and a newcar smell. ABC. 10pm WEDNESDAY, DEC. 22 Santa Buddies Talking puppies and Christmas are just about the cutest thing since that time we threw the TV out the window, screaming. (2009) ABC Family. 6pm. Mythbusters Tonight, it's "Holiday Myths," including that one where your mother told you she loves you and your siblings just the same, even if she did buy your sister a bicycle and you got a T-shirt and the box the The remake's gonna look silly next to the 1982 original. bicycle came in. Discovery Channel. 8pm. Saturday at 11:35. THURSDAY, DEC. 23 Rambo This is the newest Rambo, the coming-out-of-retireSATURDAY, DEC. 18 Ten Commandment Rambo. It's ments of the Mafia The first five are just like the earlier the dress code. Discovery Channel. 8pm. films only he WWE Tribute to the Troops Professional wears a truss. wrestlers entertain the troops at a Texas (2008) Spike TV. base. It makes us nostalgic for Bob Hope 7pm. and the Playboy Playmates; mainly the Playmates, really. NBC. 9pm. Saturday Night Live Jeff Bridges hosts tonight's show. They'll surely be lampooning his new "Tron: Legacy" movie, probably by showing clips from the original "Tron." NBC. 11:35pm. SUNDAY DEC. 19 Stuart Little A loving husband and wife adopt a young mouse John Rambo, 64, shuffles into action. Thursday at 7. who talks and wears clothes, thereby saving tens of thousand of dollars in clothes and col- Christmas Unwrapped Exploring the lege costs.This option may not be available in "Science of Christmas." It turns out reinyour area. (1999) Cartoon Network. 7pm. deer really can fly. All you need is a Taser Survivor: Nicaragua Another season of and a catapult. Discovery Channel. 8pm. cutthroat backstabbing comes to a close. It's just like your upcoming holiday weekTune in That TV Guy at email@example.com. end with your family, only with this somebody actually wins. CBS. 8pm. Turn on more TV Guy at >> pacificsun.com MONDAY, DEC. 20 The Sing-Off The winning group is announced tonight. Now they can go back to their regular lives and only cheerily annoy people on a local basis. NBC. 8pm. 1. Pictured, right: In the 1960s, developer Thomas Frouge from Pennsylvania purchased land in Marin 1 County to build Marincello, a city of towers, homes and townhouses, with a mall and a grand hotel, in a location he called "probably the most beautiful in the United States for a new community." Where was it? 2. American kids call him Santa Claus; what do British kids call him? 3. When some letters were added to the name "association football" in the 1880s, the name of what sport was born? 4. For two years during World War I, the bells of London's Big Ben were silenced and the clock face darkened at night to prevent what kind of attacks by whom? 5. The first cafe to open in Paris, Cafe Procope, was established in 1686 primarily to serve what product? 6. Just days before the opening of the Winter Olympics in February 2010, everything was in place, except snow. What city hosted? (P.S.: snow arrived) 7a. Pictured, left: Robert Redford produced and directed 7a the 1994 film Quiz Show about a 1950s TV game-show scandal. What immensely popular trivia quiz show was caught manipulating winners? 7b. Actor Ralph Fiennes played what intellectual college professor, who received answers in advance (but became a national hero)? 7c. Pictured, left:The losing contestant (might have been the winner) was high-IQ Herb Stempel, played by what edgy actor? 8. The Republic of South Africa has three capital cities, one for each branch of government. What are the cities? 9a. Opium, morphine and codeine all come from what plant? 7b 9b. What country produces 80 percent of the world's opium? 10. Each of these word groups is related to a fourth word. Give that word. 10a. Collection, television, prepared (three letters) 10b. Fat animal, locking mechanism, British soul singer (four letters) 10c. Shuffle, bargain, business agreement (four letters) BONUS QUESTION: For what two U.S. holidays each year are the most greeting cards sent? Howard Rachelson sends happiest holiday greetings to all and welcomes the most trivial among you back for live team trivia contests, continuing on Wednesday, Jan. 5, at the Broken Drum in San Rafael. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Answers on page 37 HERO ZERO With our techno addictions, losing an iPad can be a serious matter. Diana Glocker left hers at one of the busiest places on earth--Costco on a Saturday afternoon, two weeks before Christmas. Arriving home in Mill Valley after shopping, she called the store repeatedly. No iPad. The following day, Diana and her daughter headed back to the San Bruno Costco. Unfortunately, the manager had no new information. Enter Diana's 7-year-old daughter, who suggested they ask the employee gathering the shopping carts. Chris Holmes found the iPad the previous evening and had indeed turned it over to management. The trio traipsed to the office and recovered the prized possession. Chris, demonstrating a high degree of integrity, refused a reward. "He's my hero," Diana said. Got a Hero or a Zero? Please send submissions to e-mail email@example.com. Who's the thoughtful person decorating the lone pine tree in a field off 101 at Sir Francis Drake? We have no idea and neither does reader Teresa Meredith. According to Teresa, she enjoyed seeing the tree beautifully adorned over the past few years. Then, a month ago, someone chopped it down. Perhaps it had the deadly, contagious pine pitch canker. Teresa isn't sure, because the tree was never removed from the property, leading her to suspect a Zero as the culprit. The good news is our unidentified designer propped up the tree and decorated it once more, probably for the last time. We'd like to root out the story behind the tree artist and the tree annihilator, so please contact us with any information.-- Nikki Silverstein DECEMBER 17 - DECEMBER 23, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 9 < 8 Newsgrams advertisements also claimed the DRX was an FDA-approved alternative to spinal surgery and was created by NASA. All of these claims were either false or not scientifically substantiated, according to a statement by Marin District Attorney Edward Berberian. "Patients rely upon healthcare professionals to honestly explain the patient's healthcare options,"said Berberian."Soliciting patients through the use of false and deceptive statements and unsubstantiated junk science unlawfully breaches the professional healthcare providerpatient relationship." Added the DA:"Advertising that targets vulnerable individuals who suffer from severe back pain and are desperate for relief, through the use of deceptive and unsubstantiated advertising claims, must be addressed by law enforcement." The suit seeks to award $10 million in restitution to patients duped into purchasing the allegedly worthless treatments. Anyone with further information can call the DA at 415/499-6495. < 8 Where's Alto? of Larkspur face tough going because of the hilly terrain that separates Corte Madera and Mill Valley. Any route between those two towns also takes riders on surface streets that can be dangerous and intimidating to average cyclists on a utilitarian ride (as opposed to the accomplished racers who can zip up and over Mount Tam for fun and excitement). Those utilitarian riders are a target audience bike advocates assiduously try to attract into the two-wheel fraternity. Real-world bike transportation is the goal, not creating newly minted hordes of spandex-clad road racers in matching outfits speeding down streets trying to set new world records. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.) The push behind the north-south bike corridor is aimed at creating a viable alternative to car commuting, whether for work or school, errands or just general transportation. And one of the key elements, according to many bike transportation studies, is that ability to ride a bike separated from traffic--on routes that present as flat a landscape as possible. The Cal Park Hill Tunnel is a major milestone, but bike riders who want to continue south still face that Corte Madera/Mill Valley obstacle. And bike riders in Mill Valley and Sausalito face the same obstacle if they want to ride north to Larkspur Landing. Glittering just out of reach, at least for now, is the southern jewel in the north-south bike corridor crown: the Alto Tunnel. Anti-illegal-immigrant crusader sues city of Novato Novato gadfly Jerome Ghigliotti is known to rail against the wasted taxpayer money that goes to illegal immigrants. Now he's redirecting taxpayer money away from taxpayers himself thanks to a $2.5 million lawsuit he's filed against the city of Novato alleging false arrest, false imprisonment, slander, defamation, malice and more. Ghigliotti's claim stems from an incident at the Novato City Council's Sept. 14 meeting in which the anti-illegal-immigrant crusader turned his back on the council during a time for public comment and launched into one of his frequent anti-illegal-immigrant speeches. He was instructed to either address the council or abandon the podium by then-Mayor Jeanne MacLeamy.When he refused, he was arrested. Charges were not filed by Marin's district attorney. Ghigliotti has long expressed outrage toward the council for not placing an initiative on the ballot that, if approved, would require the city to use the E-verify database before hiring any contract employees for city business. Ghigliotti launched the group behind the initiative, Citizens for Legal Employment and Contracting, with another Novato resident, Rick Oltman--a figure on the national anti-illegal-immigrant scene who, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, has links to right-wing extremists.--Jason Walsh EXTRA! EXTRA! Post your Marin news at >> pacificsun.com It's an old railroad tunnel, about 2,200 feet long, that connects the two towns and could provide bike riders and pedestrians with a safe route that also would cut serious time off a bike trip. It was built in 1884 and remained open until 1971. In 1981 a collapse on the southern end sealed the tunnel, which was stabilized in 1982 with fill material. The middle of the tunnel is clear, or so it is thought. No one has seen its actual condition in years. In June, consultants Alta/Land People released the Mill Valley to Corte Madera Bicycle and Pedestrian Corridor Study. The document, which cost about $225,000, was funded with part of a $25-million federal grant that Marin received as one of four communities in the country to conduct the successful Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program designed to promote transportation alternatives. The Corridor Study looks at three routes between Corte Madera and Mill Valley. Two of the routes, Horse Hill and Camino Alto, take bike riders on steep climbs on surface streets and present them with the daunting challenge of mixing with traffic. The routes offer no separation from cars (that key ingredient in bike transportation programs that promotes increased bike use). The third calls for reopening the Alto Tunnel, which would offer bike riders a safe and separate route between the two towns. 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Nevertheless, when it was released, the study elicited a flood of criticism about the projected cost of reopening the Alto Tunnel. A significant portion of that criticism came from the same quarter that has remained staunchly opposed to SMART. There's no doubt that it will cost to open the tunnel--or to improve the other two routes. According to the study, the Horse Hill route will cost between about $4.4 million and $13.6 million, depending on various layouts and features. The Camino Alto/Corte Madera Avenue route will run somewhere between about $4.6 million and $8.9 million. But reopening the Alto Tunnel will cost between about $46 million and $60 million. Critics say that cost is just too steep. But bike proponents say far-reaching transportation projects usually cost serious money-- look at freeway expansion programs--and where there's a will there's a way to raise nonmotorized transportation money, even if it takes time to wait out the current economic slump. The county and SMART used creative financing to put together funding for the Cal Park Tunnel. And, say bike proponents, the cost estimates for the Alto Tunnel could be much higher than the actual cost of construction because the study includes extremely conservative contingency costs. "No one knows exactly what the cost is," says Deb Hubsmith, advocacy director at MCBC. "The study says between $40 million to $60 million. The $60 million figure includes the approaches and an underpass on East Blithedale that nobody is asking for--and that includes contingencies that are up to 50 percent." MCBC is calling on county supervisors to use some of the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program money to fund geological studies to assess the real condition of the tunnel. "Nobody has actually been inside the tunnel in more than 10 years," says Hubsmith, "and that was only in the northern portion. "It's possible that the condition of the tunnel is better than anticipated in the study, and the Alto Tunnel could end up costing about the same as the Cal Park Tunnel," says Hubsmith. "Nobody knows yet." The county needs to clarify some privateproperty rights issues to determine just who owns the land under the tunnel. MCBC believes the Northwestern Pacific Railroad owns the ends of the tunnel and the county owns the center. But some neighbors who oppose opening the tunnel have a different assessment. "Let's look into it," says Hubsmith. Neighbors also have raised concerns about-- surprise--traffic and noise. This time, however, the concern is about traffic and noise associated not with cars but with bike riders and pedestrians entering and exiting the tunnel. Critics also say it could attract crime and be a magnet for the homeless. Proponents say the experience at the newly opened Cal Park Tunnel can provide a glimpse into whether those concerns are based in reality. What is clearly real is the explosion in bicycle use in recent years. The study includes a conservative forecast that estimates 850,00 riders would use the Alto Tunnel each year. Estimates for the other two routes forecast a substantially lower number of riders. Then the study considers the increasing numbers of bike riders in the county and forecasts a higher estimate based on escalating ridership numbers derived from the federally funded nonmotorized program. "Between 1999 and 2009 the average percent change in bicycle and pedestrian use in the project study area was 81 percent. Assuming this trend continues at the same rate, and that the Alto Tunnel is opened for use in five years, the bicycle and pedestrian use in the study area would be 40.5 percent higher than 2009 levels, or half of the 10-year change." The calculation translates to an esti- mated annual ridership of 1.85 million riders. That astonishing number is put in perspective in the study by considering that it's "based on the assumption that the volume of bicyclists and pedestrians using the Alto Tunnel would be 80 percent of the projected [annual] volumes on the Mill Valley-Sausalito Path (1,650,000) and the Larkspur-Corte Madera Path (660,000)." Proponents say connecting the two paths will provide a road to a future in southern Marin in which bike transportation can become part of daily activity. Building a bike infrastructure should be a commitment embedded in any transportation planning effort right along with road expansion and improve- ments, say proponents. The Marin Countywide Plan, adopted in 2007, set a goal of reaching 20 percent of trips in the county to be made by walking and bicycling by 2020. According to the Transportation Authority of Marin, notes Hubsmith, from 1999 to 2009, bike use on weekdays increased 118 percent across the county. On weekends, bike use increased 125 percent. "We're seeing that [kind of increase] happening all over the United States." Contact the writer at firstname.lastname@example.org. It's your county, speak up at >> pacificsun.com PG&E goes CIA on SmartMeter critics Future spying will be done so more `respectfully,' says utility official by Ronnie Co he n martMeter opponents say a cache of internal emails Pacific Gas and Electric Co. released this week substantiates their fears--that the company employs stealth and deceit to spy on its customers, and that it could recklessly disseminate personal data the wireless meters collect. The emails revealed that a PG&E employee hid and took photographs at an October demonstration against the controversial meters. "This is fun," the employee says in the email. "No one said `espionage' in the job description." The emails also show PG&E employees planning ways to stymie protests. Using a false identity, a former executive signed onto an online discussion group and intercepted a demonstration by moving about 40 employees from Rohnert Park to Napa. In the emails, PG&E employees call customers worried about health harms from SmartMeter radiation "insurgents," "slackers" and--after learning Republicans had joined the picketers-- "cats and dogs living together." "It's unnerving," said Sandi Maurer, founder of the EMF Safety Network. "Instead of speaking with us and meeting with us and providing reliable safety data, they've done all this backhanded, sneaky stuff. "What else are they doing? Have they tapped my phone? Have they bugged my house?" asked Maurer. In November, she noticed that the PG&E executive in charge of the SmartMeter program was pretending to be a guy named Ralph to try to infiltrate her online discussion group. The executive, William Devereaux, confessed to concocting an alias to covertly monitor local protest groups' online efforts to thwart the $2.2 billion SmartMeter rollout. The senior director of PG&E's SmartMeter program resigned last month, and the company insisted he acted alone. In releasing the emails, PG&E said Devereaux was the only employee to use an alias to gain access to an online group of SmartMeter opponents. But the emails leave no doubt that other PG&E employees also spied on S PG&E customers worried that SmartMeters could sicken people. The California Public Utilities Commission, which regulates PG&E, is investigating the Devereaux affair. Last week, the utility turned over hundreds of pages of documents related to Devereaux's spying to the CPUC. On Monday, PG&E gave a flash drive full of the documents to a couple of Bay Area reporters. The company blacked out all its employees' names, a spokesman said, "out of respect for our employees' privacy." But PG&E failed to show the same respect for SmartMeter opponents whose emails the utility also released because they had become part of its staff's correspondence. "This is tyranny," Maurer said. "They're publishing all the emails exposing our names but protecting their own employees." Ellen Marks, public affairs director of Environmental Health Trust, said she felt violated that PG&E released emails she wrote for a private group. "I am stunned," she said. "Given PG&E's insensitivity about the privacy of those whose conversations they intercepted," Alexander Binik of Fairfax asked, "is the public still supposed to trust the company's discretion about the reams of personal data they will soon have about their customers' daily lives as compiled by their SmartMeters?" Deborah Tavares, a Sebastopol grandmother who has organized Sonoma County Republicans against SmartMeters, called the SmartMeters themselves "a spying program... to gather up information." The CPUC has ordered PG&E to install the meters on all its service area homes and businesses by 2012 in an effort to create a smart, energy-efficient grid. Because the meters read energy usage hourly, they can inform customers' choices about when to, for example, turn off appliances to reduce peak demand. Ironically, green-leaning towns like Fairfax have led the opposition to SmartMeters. Fairfax has demanded a moratorium on SmartMeter installations because of safety, accuracy and privacy concerns. Worried about William Devereaux, aka"Ralph," when he still represented PG&E. a proposed transmitter across the street from the Ross School, the Ross Town Council this week asked PG&E to suspend SmartMeter installations pending a California Council on Science and Technology report scheduled for completion early next year. On Tuesday, about 20 West Marin protesters shut down a San Rafael PG&E billing center for about two hours. Some of the activists have expressed readiness to be arrested. But a PG&E email, apparently referring to contacting police, says: "No coffee and donuts. We will give them the platform they are looking for if we do that." PG&E customers have been reporting headaches, nausea, dizziness and heart palpitations after SmartMeters have been installed at their homes. The CPUC had received more than 2,000 health complaints associated with the new meters as of two weeks ago, spokeswoman Terrie Prosper said. Regarding the Devereaux affair, Prosper said: "It is of serious concern to the CPUC that a senior PG&E official may have been involved in unethical behavior. The allegations of misconduct, if proven to be true, could warrant possibly severe sanctions by the CPUC." David Eisenhauer, a PG&E spokesman, said Devereaux directed a PG&E customeroutreach team member to go to the site of the foiled Rohnert Park protest. Nothing in PG&E's rules and regulations prohibits employees from hiding and taking photographs, Eisenhauer said. But he added: "We're going back and looking at our code of conduct to ensure it's abundantly clear that when employees do that, they do so respectfully, that they're transparent about who they are." Contact Ronnie Cohen at email@example.com. It's your county, speak up at >> pacificsun.com DECEMBER 17 - DECEMBER 23, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 11 RONNIE COHEN n the holiday gift-buying season, purchasing inexpensive and one-of-a-kind stocking stuffers for children often means wading through the heavy corporate screen-to-toy machine that dominates in marketing. From Dora the Explorer-themed bedroom sets to Toy Story 3 action figures, finding those surprising tiny gifts is a challenge not for the faint of heart. Four local children's toy stores, however, have their fingers s on the pulse of the tiny things children want (and may not ot even know it yet). LOCAL ACCLAIM What better way to shop and feel good than to invest in a product that has been locally made and promotes the positive expression of feelings? Marnie Delaney of doodlebug, in San Anselmo, is a big fan of a locally invented toy that has been a huge hit across the nation: Kimochis emotion dolls (kimochi is Japanese for "feelings"). Designed by Marin moms, these little plush dolls come in five different personalities (Cloud, Huggs, Lovey, Bug, Cat) and help children learn about and express their feelings. "These are fabulous dolls," says Delaney, whose window display features a tower of them. "Each has a little pouch where their feelings go. They're made for kids to express themselves, and they've been using them in schools with great success. They just came out with a smaller version of the doll that is a perfect size for a stocking." MOST POPULAR The more legs a creature has, the more likely a child is to be fascinated by it. And what better way to terrify relatives on Christmas morning than with a Hexbug, a "micro-robotic" toy insect that comes in several sizes, the smallest of which is stocking friendly. These battery-operated, colorful (they even glow in the dark) "smart bugs" have antennae sensors. Claire Byars, manager of Five Little Monkeys in Novato, says, "When they run into something or someone they back up because they sense something's there." Jonathan Meyer, owner of A Child's Delight in Corte Madera and San Rafael, scratches his head over the popularity of Silly Bandz, silicone rubber bands that come in a variety of shapes--fruit, princess, animals, etc.--in neon colors, which are typically worn as bracelets. "Kids are wild about these," Meyer says. "That's the current craze. As soon as you put it on your wrist it loses its shape. I guess you have to be under 12 to get t it. I don't get it, but we can't tock." keep them in stock." Not far behind the bands anese are Japanese collectible erasers that come in all different forms: animals, pieces of sushi and more, "all very cute and colorful," says Meyer. "I don't think they erase with them." He suggests that these types of stocking stuffers will cross the gender divide. ra oll o erred gly Dare pref l. An U bug coa Hex mps of lu to GAMES Game have evolved Games board from the big boards of Monopoly and Life. Now, alm every almost major brand-name gam exists game l travel r in a small travel form, great presents for kids who get easily bored in cars, waiting for Eve appointments or during class recesses. Even traditional games like chess and checkers can be found in the diminutive. Also, fun card games from Uno to Apples to Apples fit neatly into a stocking. C CLASSICS CLASSICS Hilary Jeffris of Baby and Kids Company likes to remind parents of the classic stocking stuffers, toys that leave the idea of technology far behind. "What about a harmonica?" Jeffris asks. Kazoos, wooden maracas, hand-held bongo drums and other simple instruments are also a great way to reconnect kids to the basics of music. "You can't go wrong with a deck of cards or a jump rope,"she says. She also recommends tiny books like Maurice Sendak's "Nutshell library," a collection of four mini-books in a little sleev sleeve. "My kids love these; they're just t perfect size the for a stocking." Many stores sell tiny box sets of series books. Delaney also suggests regular-sized pap paperback books, which are slim enough for a stocking, and sh features many popular she Jansen, Katie Kazoo and the wordplay series including Cam Ja n fun involved with Mad Libs. here old-s sch There are also old-school stocking stuffers include ing the Slinky, mini E Etch-A-Sketch drawing boards and uppets. finger puppets. BIG VALUE Despite the tightening of the economic belt this season, Byars says some parents are opting to spend a little more on the stocking stuffer gifts in place of larger presents, to send a message that a gift's value is not in its size. For that reason, Five Little Monkeys has been selling a decent amount of jewelry and watches for kids. This season there are so many inexpensive options for kids, a shopper could easily fill several stockings without breaking the bank. Send season's greetings to Jordan at jordanwritelife@ gmail.com. THE GENDER GAP For those not word ried about gender stereotypes, Byars suggests es a series of boy-friendly ideas including bags bles--which of marbles--which have come a long way in shape and color since the original cat's eyes-- wind-up cars, mini tool kits and jacks. Doodlebug's Delaney says she's seen "Ugly Dolls" catch on, particularly with boys. These soft little dolls are a cross between a monster and fferent a stuffed animal in different colors and levels of ugliness. "They allow for creative interactive play he instead of construction all the time," she says. urses, Girls might enjoy coin purses, small stuffed ncils. animals, stickers and sparkly pencils. Delaney also roidery recommends crafty items like embroidery floss for making friendship bracelets, beading supplies of all rs, kinds and material for lanyards. Stickers, she says, n. have also become craft projects of their own. "Sticker ht kits can turn into cootie-catchers, tiaras, light switch covers and picture frames." ends Mill Valley's Baby and Kids Company recommends art fter supplies for those who are old enough to clean up after themhey selves and appreciate a slightly higher quality item. They sell original stamp kits by Yellow Owl, as well as stencil kits and er. pen and pencil sets, tiny watercolor paints and pads of paper. Another easy hit are the wax-covered string modeling sticks, Wikki Stix, which come in a variety of colors and can be bent and twisted into three-dimensional shapes, but don't leave little hands sticky. Kids will pull out the "happy" emotion when they find Kimochi dolls in their stockings. 12 PACIFIC SUN DECEMBER 17 - DECEMBER 23, 2010 No Waiting at The Redwoods! Available Now: Independent Living One-Bedroom Apartments No Buy-In Fee; Month-to-Month Rentals Engaging Active Lifestyle Comprehensive Care Solutions Contact Tony Williams at 415 383-2741 www.TheRedwoods.org Novato's famous Rombeiro Christmas House These folks are throwing SmartMeters off the charts! Check out what it looks like to spend over $4,000 in one month on PG&E. For the 18th year, the Rombeiros open their home to big-time Christmas decoration connoisseurs. Nightly, 6-10pm, through Jan. 6. 34 Devonshire Dr., A snappy new Christmas album will be available at the Novato. 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Check way to find tempowww.baykidsmurary escape from the seum.org for times shopping madness and registration. $30 and busyness of the includes supplies and Marin County building codes are loosely enforced when season. Unwind, regummy worms are involved. museum entrance. charge and celebrate the longest night Holiday Storytelling of the year. 7pm, Point Reyes Books. Free. at the Civic Center Library 415/663-1542. A sweet and lovely holiday activity for kids of all ages, this event features a reading 12/21 and 12/22: of poet Dylan Thomas' A Child's Christmas Christmas Jug Band in Wales. Dec. 16, 6-7:30pm at the Civic What's more fun Center Library, 3501 Civic Center Dr. #427, than the ChristSan Rafael. Free. 415/507-4048. mas Jug Band? Not much, really. 12/18: Native Tea and Gift Sale at What started as an Marin Museum of American Indians impromptu hooEnjoy tea and cookies while finishing up tenanny of sorts in last-minute holiday shopping for the art lover the 1970s became a on your list. Handmade native jewelry, music seasonal tradition for CDs, art, toys, edibles and more. 12-4pm at bluegrass, jug and genthe Marin Museum of the Native American, eral Appalachian awe2200 Novato Rd., Novato. Free. 415/897-4064. someness right here in Marin County. Y'all should head on down to The Woods for two 12/19 Maria Muldaur's Christmas Show nights of foot-stompin' hootin' and hollerin'. Join Maria Muldaur and the Christmas All ages show, Tuesday, Dec. 21, and 21 and Jazz All-Stars to celebrate the release of Christ- over Wednesday, Dec. 22. 7pm. $12-$25. The mas at the Oasis, a collection of holiday gems, Woods Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., with nary a sappy, overdone or pedestrian Mill Valley. 415/389-6637. 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The DVD features the 90-minute documentary Jimi Hendrix, Voodoo Child, an intimate portrait directed by Bob Smeaton (Beatles Anthology) and told through Hendrix's music and his own words with narration by Bootsy Collins. Tom Ze--perfect for the music lover who has everything. Jimi left this life 40 years ago, but his music and mystique are alive and well. hey're meaty, beaty, big and pricey. Even in the midst of the biggest economic downturn since the Great Depression, record labels continue to churn out lavish multi-disc anthologies, those sought-after repackaged classics that music fans have come to covet simply as "box sets." In its annual gift roundup, The New York Times recently reviewed 35 box sets, several costing hundreds of dollars, noting that "completists with deep pockets can revel in the bounty." That's convenient if you're flush with Bob Dylan. 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Come in for a free taste. 860 Fourth Street Downtown San Rafael 457-0803 Holiday Validations Valid until 12/31/10 PAWN SHOP (415) 721.7296 DECEMBER 17 - DECEMBER 23, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 15 Optique de Fleur invites you to Any complete pair of new Eyeglasses & Sunglasses Includes Frames, Lenses, and Coatings aybe it's too late to order the $795 chocolate tempering machine for your favorite cook or the $461 rectangular mirrored tray for displaying appetizers. Or let's just say you want to pay much less than three figures for a holiday present. The suggestions that follow are all in Marin and none costs more than $50. Now hop to it! Large specialty stores can be confusing to noncooking shoppers. There are stacks and shelves of intimidating merchandise with stratospheric prices and kitchen tools that boggle the mind (sea urchin cutter, anyone?). In Corte Madera Town Center a couple of venues make it worth the hassle of dealing with crowds. One of the best cooks I know nominates Sur La Table and two practical helpers she found there: Cuisinart's 3-cup mini-processor in happy primary colors--a store exclusive-- at $39.95, and a mini angled measuring cup by OXO with measurements that can be read from above, $3.95. At Crate and Barrel, look for a nonstick cookie pan for baking snowflake-shaped cookies (each a different design, of course), $12.95. There are great prices on items for entertaining: appetizer plates (C&B exclusive) in nine smashing hues, $2.95 each, and V-shaped, round-footed sculpted cocktail glasses by Dizzy, $1.95 each. Over at the Village, Pottery Barn has pieces resembling antique silver in its server lineup. SAVE 20% OFF Tyler Florence in Mill Valley has stacks and stacks of mind-boggling stuff for the cook. Formerly Toso Optical 4x Best of Marin Winner! Also featuring Kidspex The latest in tots to teens eyewear fashions. Fleur Nelson Licensed Optician A MARIN COUNTY TRADITION I Bon Appetito! $39, could pass as family heirlooms. For serious cappuccino fans, four huge white cups are $32. Anthropologie is known for its romantic clothing and whimsical household goods. In the home section folkloric designs abound--a colorful 18 > butter dish is $16, and a A sea urchin cutter is a $19 and a four-piece must-have? set of cheese knives, Two spreaders at 16 PACIFIC SUN DECEMBER 17 - DECEMBER 23, 2010 Beauty + Health + Fitness "Best Foreign Auto Repair" --Pacific Sun Maintain Your Factory Warranty $ ESTABLISHED IN 1973 Jack & Valerie Neuhaus 20 OFF! (plus hazard waste fee) Voted Best Auto Repair in the Bay Area Limit one per customer. Valid with coupon. Not valid with any other offer. 459-0650 www.neuhausservice.com The Dealer Alternative for Japanese & Domestic Cars Restore Vibrant Health... Body, Mind and Spirit! Dr. Hauschka 20% Off thru Dec. Spring '1 The Best Lingerie! 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A clothbound spiral book decohandwoven table and kitchen linens while rated with a spoon is handy for keeping personal recipes (color-coded, can be used weavers work on large looms at the rear of the bright gallery. This is where artists from for writing or filing), $28. Get the feel of shopping in Europe in Cedars of Marin, a service organization for downtown San Anselmo. French Nest (500 developmentally disabled persons, sell their San Anselmo Ave.) is filled with antiques creations. The comfy reading area of the cookand new furnishings for atmospheric interiors, and while many are tres cher, it's book section would be reason enough to possible to find affordable items among the recommend heading for the Tyler Florence shop in Mill Valley, especially during basketry, soaps and tablethis hectic ware. The store carries the shopping clever Kitchen Papers line, season. including beautifully printed The colorful Dizzy Stocked glass disposable place mats handy than two bucks. Be is less with for busy hosts--$21 for a set of no two cookies fro low, m antiques, 50. Nearby at 417 San Anselmo Crate and Barrel pa this n ar gourmet food Ave. is Primo Regali, aglow with ever exactly alike. e goods and pricey the colors of Italian ceramics from kitchenware, it tiny cream pitchers to huge tubs is not a place for for the garden. Much of the work bargains. That said, is from world-famous Deruta. Even here are some underwhen it's possible to buy only $50 suggestions: a black iron cookbook stand that actually holds the book open, $29.99; a balloon whisk with a copper handle, $6.95; smoked olive oil (one version flavored with Santa Fe chile), $25; apple/Dijon grilling glaze, $6.50; and a special little treat, Sir Francis Bacon Brittle, $6.95. Make up a basket of exotic ingredients from a Marin ethnic market: Mi Pueblo Food Center, 330 Bellam, for Hispanic goods; Jasmine Market in Montecito Center, Perisan/Middle Eastern; The Spanish Table, Strawberry Village; Malabar Indian Store, 1619 Fourth in San Rafael; and longtime favorite, Asian Market, 5 Mary St., San Rafael, across from Whole Foods. It would be a welcome addition to a serious cook's holiday and you might even learn something yourself, exploring adventurous marketplaces. Surprise Pat at email@example.com. < 16 Foodie Navidad 18 PACIFIC SUN DECEMBER 17 - DECEMBER 23, 2010 NMLS Branch ID#358856 FIRST STOP: VINTAGE OAKS. NEXT STOP: HOLIDAY HAPPINESS. Located off of Rowland Blvd. exit, Highway 101 For more information call (415) 897.9999 www.shopvintageoaks.com Justice Bath & Body Works Claire's Target Ross Sprint Costco Tilly's Gymboree Wild Birds Unlimited Plus 45 more great shops & restaurants DECEMBER 17 - DECEMBER 23, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 19 Vintage Oaks photos by Bob Morris Photography M A R i N R E A L E S TAT E / 102 Attention realtors: To submit your free open home listing for this page and for our online listing map go to >> pacificsun.com, click on Real Estate on the left navigation bar, then scroll to the bottom of our new Real Estate page and click on the open home submission link. Please note that times and dates often change for listed Open Homes. Call the phone number shown on the properties you wish to visit to check for changes prior to visiting the home. 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MasterCard is a registered trademark of MasterCard International Incorporated. This card can be used everywhere Debit MasterCard cards are accepted. STM-10267 WPAW DECEMBER 17 - DECEMBER 23, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 21 >> FOOD & DRiNK COURTESY OF WWW.THEENGLISHKITCHEN.BLOGSPOT.COM Most of all I remember the first Christmas that I was totally alone in my house-- divorcing my husband, my grown-up children married and with their own families. I was having coffee in the kitchen when someone knocked on the door and I opened it to see a neighbor with her young daughter standing in the chilly December air, holding a silvery-wrapped package. When they left I opened it to find a loaf of pumpkin bread, still warm, spicy, soft. I broke off a corner and tasted its sweetness as I finished my coffee. Their generous gesture so brightened my spirits. If you would like to make a gift of food for economy's sake or to engage in a more personal experience of the season, I have put together suggestions for homemade offerings. None of these is difficult to produce and any of them could become part of someone's holiday pleasures, sugary or savory. They are so delicious you may decide to make a gift for yourself. ------------------------There could hardly be an easier cookie than these made with purchased almond paste; they're a specialty of chef Annie Somerville of Greens Restaurant in San Francisco. She says, "Like all macaroons, they're great keepers." Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Melt butter and add Tabasco, Worcestershire and garlic. Heat briefly. Spread pecans on a jelly-roll pan and spoon the seasoned butter over them. Bake 20 to 30 minutes, shaking the pan and stirring often. Serve hot or cold. ------------------------This is not the first time I've shared my mother's recipe, but considering its fan base, it's worth another printing. It stars our new crop dates and rich Brazil nuts, keeps well and may be enjoyed at almost any time of day. Carlotta's Brazil Nut-Date Cake Makes 1 loaf 1 cup boiling water 1 cup chopped dates 1 teaspoon baking soda 3 tablespoons butter or shortening 1 cup sugar 1 egg 1 cup coarsely chopped Brazil nuts 2 cups sifted flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract The word macaroon comes from the Italian `ammaccare,' which means to crush--as in crushed almonds. Almond Macaroons Makes 2 dozen 6 ounces almond paste, about 3/4 cup 1/2 cup sugar, plus more for rolling 1 large egg white Pinch of salt Tastes of Christmas past Gifts of food leave memories to savor forever... by Pat Fu sco S itting by my window watching the rain fall, I recently found myself remembering meaningful Christmases throughout my life: Southern childhood times by the fireplace listening to my father read The Night Before Christmas, teen years in Ohio when it always snowed and my friends and I sold newly felled evergreens in the school-owned forest to keep the nature project alive, my early married life in Greenwich Village in an Italian neighborhood, my children's childhoods when we always played Dylan Thomas's record, A Child's Christmas in Wales. There was tree-cutting in West Marin, our annual Christmas Eve open house in Mill Valley for friends who became surrogate family on the West Coast. None of these memories centered on gifts--but all of them involved food. From my grandmothers' holiday feasts to hot cocoa and homemade cookies in snowy woods to Italian foods in Manhattan and Marin, treats and special dishes played roles in those times. There was sharing among families, exchange among friends. A simple cake my mother baked joined my collection of recipes that includes my in-laws' meatless Christmas Eve pasta; classic Midwestern cookies are as much a part of it as a Georgia fruitcake that is citrusy and sprinkled with coconut. This reminiscence made me think of how touching it is when someone chooses to make a gift of food. My parents used to ship boxes of new season pecans from Georgia each year for my baking. My sister-in-law sent packages of Greek cookies she had learned to bake from her husband's family's recipes. As my daughter grew up she and her friends swapped baked treats like Florentine lace cookies and loaves of dilly bread they perfected in their mothers' kitchens. I now recall jars of huckleberry jam from a friend who spent hours picking tiny berries, pulling off the stems and simmering the fragrant fruit. I can almost smell the dark aroma of porcini gathered by friends in a Mendocino forest and dried before their fireplace. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the almond paste and the sugar together in the bowl of an electric mixer. Add the egg white and the salt and mix until it comes together, 4 to 5 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Use a teaspoon to scoop the dough into balls, about 1/2-inch in diameter. Roll them in sugar, place on a parchment-lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake until puffed and golden, about 10 minutes. ------------------------These never fail to please and they are classic additions to winter party menus in the South. They are irresistible right from the oven and are very, very good at room temperature. Use colorful containers for gift presentation. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a loaf pan and line the bottom with greased paper. In a small bowl, pour water over dates, add soda, set aside to cool. Meanwhile, cream butter and sugar in mixing bowl. Beat in egg. Dredge nuts with one tablespoon of the flour. Mix flour and salt, add gradually to butter/sugar mixture, alternating with date mixture. Beat to mix ingredients well. Stir in nuts and vanilla. Pour into prepared loaf pan. Bake for one hour, or until a straw inserted into center of loaf comes out clean.--Carlotta Moore Sayer (1958) ------------------------Cheese straws, buttery and snappy with sharp cheddar, are fine appetizers to have with drinks. This recipe uses the same sort of dough but it is more easily turned out (no fiddly cutting of narrow strips). These can be presented in a decorative airtight tin; they are best eaten within a couple of days. Cheddar Shortbread Makes about 12 dozen rounds 2-1/4 cups flour 1/8 teaspoon cayenne 1 cup salted butter (2 sticks), chilled and in small pieces 2 cups grated sharp or extra-sharp cheddar 1/2 cup milk 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce Cocktail Pecans Makes 1 pound 6 tablespoons butter 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 garlic clove, finely minced 1 pound pecan halves In a food processor, pulse flour and cayenne to combine. Add butter and pulse until the mixture is like coarse cornmeal, about 10 seconds. Add cheese to the processor; pulse until combined. Transfer mixture to a large bowl. Use a fork to stir in the milk and Worcestershire sauce until well combined. Get out several pieces of parchment 22 PACIFIC SUN DECEMBER 17 - DECEMBER 23, 2010 COURTESY OF WWW.PLAYINGHOUSEBLOG.COM Donate Your Auto Stop by for Some Yummy Mexican Food to Carry Home CI F I C SU N HOURS: Mon-Fri 10:00am - 9:00pm Sat 10:00am - 8:00pm Pickled grapes traditionally use green varietals--ever the rebel, MFK Fisher preferred red... paper. Form mixture into two 1-inchdiameter logs, and wrap in parchment. Put the logs in the refrigerator and chill until very firm (at least one hour). Heat oven to 350. Line two baking sheets with parchment. Remove logs from refrigerator and cut each into 1/4-inchthick rounds. Place rounds on sheets, spaced 1 inch apart. Bake the shortbread until golden, about 12 minutes, rotating baking sheets halfway through baking time. Transfer shortbread to racks to cool. Bake remaining dough. Store in airtight containers. ------------------------This pretty condiment from MFK Fisher can be served with almost any meat, fish or game and it goes well with curries. Serve slightly chilled, drained (remove cinnamon stick). The original recipe used green grapes; Fisher preferred red. Pickled Grapes Wash and stem enough red seedless grapes to make 3 cups. Place them in 3 clean half-pint canning jars. Combine: 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar 1 cup white wine vinegar, or white vinegar 3 three-inch cinnamon sticks Providing safety information and assisting families in bringing kids home safely Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year! We Do Vegan & Gluten Free! from the Lotus Family of Restaurants Bring sugar and vinegar to a boil, stirring well to distribute the sugar. Simmer mixture for five minutes. Pour the syrup over the grapes, placing one cinnamon stick in each jar. Stir, tighten lids and let stand overnight. Next day the grapes will be ready to use, but they will keep for months in the refrigerator. Share holiday goodies with Pat at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cafe Organic Indian Cafe y deliver *FREE airfax in F Find Us On Give us a taste of your thoughts at >> pacificsun.com Anokha Marin Dental Wellness Now A Delta Dental Provider! a progressive state of well-being Marin County's Green Dentist DECEMBER 17 - DECEMBER 23, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 23 PA ic us ts M igh an N di at In S e & Liv urs Th >> ALL iN GOOD TASTE Oh yummy night! 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Sonoma Acres Convalescent Hospital www.sonomaacres.net Private Pay and Long Term Insurance Accepted. 24 PACIFIC SUN DECEMBER 17 - DECEMBER 23, 2010 YES, VIRGINIA... I guess there really is a Santa Claus! Christmas magic is the only explanation I can come up with for the sudden burst of positive energy in Marin's restaurant world. Here are some of the latest developments: Michael Chiarello (Napa chef, writer, TV personality and entrepreneur) is the force behind Tomatina, a justopened casual Italian dining anchor among the food spots in Northgate Mall. With a menu that goes beyond pizza and pasta, it offers a list of piedine (flatbread sandwiches topped with salads), interesting appetizers, heartier entrees (chicken, steak, fish), a children's menu, and beer and wine. It should appeal to families looking beyond the mall's fast-food installations (415/457-3200)...By the time you read this, Charlie Hong Kong should be up and running in Mill Valley in the spot long inhabited by Ino Sushi right off Lytton Square. A "quick service" source for organic Asian street food, this branch of the original Charlie's in Santa Cruz features noodles, soups and rice bowls, sandwiches (including Vietnamese style) and vegan options (415/888-8303)...Another newcomer is Hummingbird Cafe in Fairfax, taking over the site of the old Koffee Klatch at 57 Broadway. A one-woman enterprise managed by owner Michelle Elmore, the tiny space has been completely refurbished and is open for breakfast and lunch daily. Specialties include New Orleans favorites like beignets with coffee, red beans and rice, gumbo and po'boy sandwiches. Dinner service is in the offing (415/457-9866)...At last there is a place that adds Cuban food to the ethnic mix in Marin. Freddy Caamal is now chef at Mikey's, the small restaurant that once housed Jason's at 783 Andersen Drive in San Rafael. Among his island treats are rellenos de papa (a sort of potato fritter stuffed with seasoned ground beef), chicharrones de pollo (fried marinated chicken), various preparations of cassava root and the famous Cuban sandwich (415/454-6453)...MoJay's, at the corner of Fourth and H streets in San Rafael, replaces a former coffee shop familiar to cyclists who frequent the bike shop next door. Appealing to a wider demographic, it has a distinctly Middle Eastern feel with homemade sweets and varieties of shawarma (the Persian wrap sandwich) to enjoy (415/256-2420)...The Cantina in Mill Valley has started lunch service on weekends (from 11:30am, Saturday and Sunday; 415/3811070)...Big news in the north: Coming to the Nave Shopping Center in Novato is a brassy new establishment, replacing the remains of the burned-out DeSilva's Bar & Grille with what the owners hope will become a With all his enterprises, when does chef Michael Chiarello find time to eat a meal? neighborhood fixture. Mike Ghiringhelli, co-owner of Ghiringhelli's Pizzeria in Fairfax, and restaurant veteran Mark Edwards plan to open Ghiringhelli Pizzeria Grill & Bar at the end of December. The completely rebuilt house will have a 50-person staff and the emphasis will be on food, from burgers to multicourse meals. An outdoor eating area at the rear of the building will be open in good weather. FORGET VISIONS OF SUGARPLUMS! What we all want at holiday time are some real sweets made just for the season. Panettone is the traditional Italian sweet bread and Emporio Rulli of Larkspur bakes the quintessential example--but those in the know order pandoro, a variation in the shape of an eight-pointed star. The name originated from the Venetian Christmas custom of a similar bread decorated with real gold leaf. Rulli's version is rich, yeasty and irresistible ($34; 415/9247478)...Another Italian treat is torrone, a nougat candy; Victoria Pastry Co. in Bon Air Center makes it fresh from honey and hazelnuts, in one-pound squares ($16.95, 415/461-3099)...Order 48 hours in advance to secure the popular white coconut cake from Comforts in San Anselmo. Perfect for a winter table, its cream cheese frosting is covered in snowy coconut ($22 for a 6-inch cake, serves six-eight; 415/454-9840)... 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"No, it would have just been a musical that wasn't so annoyingly long," she replies. "I think that's why reviewers have given this movie such bad reviews. For a movie critic, it's their job, and they probably resent having to sit in the theater longer than they have to. So even though it wasn't really that bad a film, the fact that it was so long--for no real reason other than that it stars Cher and Christina Aguilera and they needed to give them lots of songs to sing--probably is what made the critics hate it so much. "F Hold it kids, Snow White has to see a mouse about a horse... That's my theory." Good theory. The movie, in which Aguilera plays a bored waitress from the Midwest desperate for a shot as a dancer/singer in the Los Angeles burlesque club owned by Cher, does, after a while, begin to sacrifice story in the interest of parading its stars through a series of YouTube-ready videos. And what story is there has been done a zillion times, from the plucky-nobody-breaking-intoshow-business beginning right down to the evil developer waiting to tear down the club so he can build a sky-rise apartment building. Still, some of those dance numbers, with troupes of scantily clad dancers in throwback costumes ripping through Fosseesque choreography at breakneck speed, are pretty entertaining. And the stars, both young and old, do give off an awful lot of entertaining star power. "Having grown up with the Sonny and Cher Show...," I mention (and for some reason this remark makes de la Prade, 30, laugh), "it was kind of cool to see Cher on-screen, belting out songs like her life depended on it. She's still fun to watch, even though her face doesn't move anymore." "She does always have a very arch expression, doesn't she," agrees my guest, demonstrating her best Cher face with eyebrowraised dexterity. "Hey look, it's Santa!" Being that we just saw the film at the Northgate Mall, and this being Christmastime, it was inevitable that we should encounter Santa Claus, perched on his throne waiting for break time. "I like that Santa always has bodyguards to get him back and forth from the staff restroom," de la Prade observes. "It's like at Disneyland, where the costumed princesses and the seven dwarves and everyone, always have this entourage to escort them when they have to take a break--excuse me! When they have to go have an appointment with Mickey Mouse. That's what they always tell the kids, right?" "Really?" I didn't know this. But it makes sense. Disney princesses would never say, "Pardon me, children, but Snow White has to tinkle. Back in a flash." Instead she says, `Pardon me, but I simply MUST go speak with Mickey Mouse." I sense a new euphemism for "bathroom break" creeping into my life. That Renee de la Prade. She always has been a trendsetter. Best known as a high-energy master of the button accordion, the San Franciscobased de la Prade--whose unmistakably burlesque-ish fashion style (and pink hair) has only added to her popularity--plays with the bands Culann's Hounds (Irishtrad-punk) and Whiskey and Women (similar, only with an all-female vibe). A few years ago, she created the now insanely popular Accordion Babe Album and Pinup Calendar (www.accordionpinupcalendar.com), the annual release of which has become something of a Bay Area event. This season, she is also playing as a solo musician with the multi-state Monsters of Accordion tour, landing in San Francisco for a Dec. 18 gig at Slim's. When Aristotle developed the concept of the `unmoved mover,' he was thinking of Cher. "I like being the one to get to critique that a really strong fashion sensibility as well. The movie," de la Prade says several minutes lat- costumes in this movie were fantastic!" er, after we've ordered some dinner at B.J.'s Aside from the accuracy of the dancers' Brewhouse, "because I have been backstage enthusiasm, de la Prade suggests that the at burlesque shows. I've performed at the movie teetered a little too close to the edge of Hubba Hubba Revue in San Francisco and improbability. Oakland, and I have to say, unlike the danc"There were an awful lot of porcupines ers in this movie, I don't think burlesque to swallow in that movie," she says. "The dancers are making thousand-dollar pay- two contortionist babes, the ones who get checks. With Hubba Hubba, everyone just to dance with the bouncer guy, they were does it bethe only two cause they abwho really look solutely love like burlesque it. But there's dancers. And a parallel I like I said, there like, because were too many in the movie, songs--and those women too many songs did make me with the word believe they burlesque in love what they them. I defido. They totalnitely would ly have a crush have cut the on burlesque, second one, and just love and maybe the being a part third." of it. "What about "Burlesque Renee de la Prade follows in a long line of hip, urban accordionists. the big Cher dancing," she song," I ask, continues, "where she goes "doesn't seem to carry the same sense of for the Golden Globe, all alone on the stage, desperation you'd feel at a strip club. Bursinging her heart out and showing that, even lesque exists less for the audience then for the though her faces doesn't move any more, and performers, I believe." even though she's 64 years old, she still has "So," I suggest, "let's establish a working the stuff to strut." definition of burlesque. How would you "I liked that," de la Prade smiles. "She's define it?" like a great big advertisement for yoga. "A definition of burlesque, in 30 seconds Hey look at me, girls! If you do yoga or less," muses de la Prade. "Burlesque is every day, like me, you can be doing this song-and-dance numbers intended to titillate at the age of 64 too!" fantasies, with an element of showing flesh, Discuss Cher's fabled career with David at firstname.lastname@example.org. but primarily with an element of humor It's your movie, speak up at about the whole thing. There is a strong >> pacificsun.com sense of silliness to burlesque, coupled with DECEMBER 17 - DECEMBER 23, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 27 >> MUSiC Marin-agumma! Another Floyd in Marin, part II... by G r e g Cahill I n one of the more obscure chapters of Marin County's lauded rock history, the British band Pink Floyd--in all its psychedelic glory--performed at Pepperland Auditorium, a small ballroom on East Francisco Boulevard in San Rafael. The date was Oct. 17, 1970, and the band tripped its way through 20-minute versions of "Atom Heart Mother," "A Saucerful of Secrets" and other bona fide psyche classics. Eddie Berman wasn't there. But Berman, then a 15-year-old tucked away in the bedroom of his family home, became a fan that same year listening to those same songs from Pink Floyd's sprawling Ummagumma album on his stereo. "I experienced my first [Pink Floyd] show at a junior college in New York in 1971, where they did `Atom Heart Mother' and other material of that era," Berman says. "The following May, at Carnegie Hall, I saw the band perform an early unfinished version of Dark Side of the Moon, called Eclipse back then, and then saw the finished Dark Side at Radio City Music Hall the week the album came out. "Back then, my life revolved around Pink Floyd, the Dead, the Allman Brothers and Zappa." These days, life for drummer Berman-- who did a long stint during the '80s as a member of the popular Motown dance bands the Zasu Pitts Memorial Orchestra and Big Bang Beat--still revolves around Pink Floyd: He's the timekeeper with House of Floyd, a committed Pink Floyd tribute band. The band is the brainchild of Mark Showalter, a Bay Area singer, keyboardist and saxophonist who worked as a sideman with the Gregg Allman Band. These days, the seven-person roster includes Berman (drums), Showalter (lead vocals, keyboards, sax), his wife, Sheri Showalter (vocals), Pat Potter (guitar), Lou Portela (bass), Joe Bartone (guitar, lapsteel, keyboards, vocals) and Mellissa Harley (vocals and percussion). The shows feature a computer-generated laser light show, a flying pig and film projections. House of Floyd plays everything from early Syd Barrett-era Floyd to more recent David Gilmour material. And it performs entire albums, including Dark `And any fool knows a dog needs a home, a shelter from pigs on the wing'-- Eddie Berman, et al, recreating that live Floyd experience in Big Sur. Side of the Moon and The Wall. But, Berman points out, House of Floyd's real strength is that it endeavors to capture the essence of Floyd's live shows, like that legendary Pepperland concert. "I've been a collector of live recordings [since the '70s], and what I bring to House of Floyd is the aesthetic and recollections of the old Floyd," Berman explains. "While too many know Pink Floyd from the post-Roger Waters era, where the band basically performed a well-rehearsed set night after night, I opened this band's eyes to the days when Pink Floyd experimented, when each show was new and different, even if the songs were the same. We certainly can't have that magic, but we can at least use their live performances as starting points, rather than trying to replicate the studio versions. "It's really too bad that they never released any live material from those early years, because it's very good music. They swung for the fences, not unlike the Allmans and the Dead, sometimes missing, but often scoring big." Journey through the past with Greg at email@example.com. >> READ OF THE WEEK The Beatles vs. the Rolling Stones: Sound Opinions on the Great Rock `n' Roll Rivalry (Voyageur Press) by Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot This was rock's greatest rivalry. Or not.The Beatles were white (think White Album), the Stones were black (as in"Paint It Black"); the Beatles were poppy (except when they weren't), the Stones were bluesy (except when they were poppy); the Beatles were clean-cut (except when they were leatherclad or bearded), the Stones were unkempt and unruly (well, sometimes).The fact is, the Beatles and the Stones were friends and colleagues: For their second single, the Stones recorded the Lennon/McCartney song "I Wanna Be Your Man," the Stones can be heard on the Beatles'"All You Need is Love" and the bands reportedly timed the release of their albums so as not to compete.Yet, the debate rages in the pages of this thoroughly entertaining book from college lecturer Jim DeRogatis and Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot, who stake out their respective positions. 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All Good Things (1:41) A happy newlywed's idyllic life devolves into angst, murder and mayhem when he enters the family business: Manhattan real estate. Black Swan (1:43) Darren Aronofsky's gripping drama about a driven prima ballerina (Natalie Portman) facing an uncertain future. La Boheme (3:00) Angela Gheorghiu stars as Mimi in SFO's production of Puccini's torrid, tragic Left Bank opus. Burlesque (1:59) Christina Aguilera as a small-town girl whose dreams of success are realized on the stage of a seedy yet majestic old burlesque house; mistress of ceremonies Cher offers plenty of jaded wisdom and overthe-top glam. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1:52) The third installment of C.S. Lewis's fantastical epic about three kids and their adventures on the high seas. Fair Game (1:48) Naomi Watts as Valerie Plame, the targeted CIA agent whose husband's investigations into Iraq's nuclear capabilities didn't jibe with the Bush administration's PR plans; Sean Penn costars as hubby-whistleblower Joe Wilson. The Fighter (1:54) Biopic of "Irish" Mickey Ward stars Mark Wahlberg as the streetsmart world champion boxer and Christian Bale as his brother, trainer Dick Eklund. Ghost Bird (1:25) Riveting documentary about the (alleged) 2005 sighting of an extinct woodpecker in a remote Southern bayou and the effect it has on the sleepy hamlet of nearby Brinkley, Ark. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2:28) Sequel to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire finds the edgy Lisbeth Salander in hot water again, this time for the murder of her father. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One The young wizard embarks on a do-or-die mission that will decide his own (predestined?) fate and ease him onto the wobbly shores of manhood to boot. How Do You Know James L. Brooks ensemble comedy about an aging athlete (Reese Witherspoon), her baseball-pitcher boyfriend (Owen Wilson) and the father and son (Jack Nicholson and Paul Rudd) who complicate their lives. I Love You Phillip Morris (1:40) Jim Car rey as an exuberantly uncloseted gay man who turns to a life of crime to spring lover Ewan McGergor from prison. Inside Job (1:48) Gripping documentary about the unbridled capitalism and political hanky panky that led to the worst economic crisis since the 1930s. Love and Other Drugs (1:53) Snarky look at the pharmaceutical industry stars Hank Azaria and Jake Gyllenhaal as competing erection-drug salesmen. Magic Flute for Families (1:15) Kidfriendly abridged version of Mozart's mystical opera features fantastical creatures and easy-to-follow narration. Megamind Cartoon comedy about a genius supervillain whose plans for world domination go awry through boredom and self-interest; Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Brad Pitt and Ben Stiller supply the voices. 127 Hours (1:33) James Franco stars in the true story of a trapped rock climber whose only escape is to amputate his own arm; Danny Boyle directs. The Social Network (2:00) Caustic Aaron Sorkin-David Fincher biopic of computer nerd Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, history's youngest billionaire and "friend" to many (500 million at last count). Tangled (1:32) Disney musical version of the Rapunzel story in which the extensively tressed princess breaks out of her castle with a little help from a wanted bandit, a gang of thugs and an extremely dependable steed. Tosca (12:25) Puccini's torrid tale of triangular titillation is brought to diva-riffic life by the San Francisco Opera. The Tourist (1:43) Innocent abroad Johnny Depp gets more than he bargained for when he hooks up with mysterious stranger Angelina Jolie; Paris and Venice costar. Tron: Legacy Legendary video game genius Jeff Bridges has to fight his way out of the cyberkinetic universe he's been imprisoned within for the past two decades. Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen (1:51) Acclaimed biopic of the 12th century poet/playwright/composer/physician/scientist/nun and her struggles with her German Benedictine order. Yogi Bear The pic-a-nic-lovin' grizzly saves Jellystone Park from real estate developers with a little help from Ranger Smith and, of course, Boo-Boo. 2:15, 3:30, 5:10, 6:30, 7:50, 9:15, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Tue 11, 1:50, 4:40, 7:25, 10:15 Cin�Arts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:50 Sun 1:30, 4:15, 7 Mon-Thu 1:45, 4:30, 7:20 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:15, 7, 9:45 Sat 1:40, 4:15, 7, 9:45 Sun-Thu 1:40, 4:15, 7 Ghost Bird (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 6:30 (filmmaker Scott Crocker in person) The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (R) Rafael Film Center: Fri-Sun 3:30, 8:45 Mon-Wed 8:45 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1 (PG-13) 1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 12:30, 3:50, 7:05 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Tue 1:10, 7:10 How Do You Know (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:45, 10:30 Sat-Sun 11:15, 2:10, 5, 7:45, 10:30 Mon-Tue 6:30, 9:20 Century Regency 6: Fri-Tue 11:45, 1:15, 2:45, 4:15, 5:45, 7:15, 8:45, 10:15 Cin�Arts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:40, 4:25, 7:10, 9:55 Sun 1:40, 4:25, 7:10 Mon-Thu 2, 4:45, 7:30 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:45, 9:25 Sat 1:20, 4, 6:45, 9:25 Sun-Thu 1:20, 4, 6:45 I Love You Phillip Morris (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Tue 11:15, 1:50, 4:25, 7, 9:35 Inside Job (PG-13) 1/2 Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:15, 6:45, 9 Sat 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, 9 Sun 1:45, 4:15 Mon-Wed 6:45, 9 Thu 9 La Boheme (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sat 10am Love & Other Drugs (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Tue 11:05, 4:35, 10:05 Magic Flute for Families (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun noon Megamind (PG) 1/2 Century Showtimes can change after we go to press. Please call theater to confirm schedules. >> THEATERS Cin�Arts at Marin 101 Caledonia St., Sausalito � 331-0255 Cin�Arts 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 Reese Witherspoon and Paul Rudd glam it in `How Do You Know.' DECEMBER 17 � DECEMBER 23, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 31 SUNDiAL] [ Highlights from our online community calendar-- great things to do this week in Marin Check out our Online Community Calendar for more listings, spanning more weeks, with more event information. www.pacificsun.com/sundial F R I D AY D E C E M B E R 1 7 -- F R I D AY D E C E M B E R 2 4 Pacific Sun`s Community Calendar Making joyful noise are the Lighthouse Singers, Saturday in San Rafael. Live music 12/17: Adam Traum Americana acoustic guitar. 9pm. Free. Hopmonk Tavern, 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707-935-9100. www.hopmonk.com 12/17: Chrome Johnson 8:30pm. $12-15. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 12/17: Djiin 9:30pm. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. www.sleepingladyfairfax.com 12/17: Elliott's Evil Plan Christmas Jam Family friendly. Also a potluck and gift exchange. Donations will benefit the St. Rita School. 7pm. Donation. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina, Sausalito. www.theevilplan.com 12/17: Lauralee Brown and Company Jazz. 7-10pm. Saylor's Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. www.saylorsrestaurantandbar.com 12/17: Macy Blackman Blues. 7pm. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. www.sausalitoseahorse.com 12/17: Moonlight Rodeo Original Americana/ roots-rock music, featuring songs co-written with Grateful Dead lyricist, Robert Hunter. 9pm. Old Western Saloon, 11201 Hwy. 1, Pt. Reyes Station. 663-1661. 12/17: Narada Michael Walden's 14th Annual Holiday Extravaganza "Celebrating the Spirit of the Holidays." Special guests include Clarence Clemons, Jeanie Tracy, Dale `Satchmo' Powers, Narada Michael Walden Band and Lydia Pense. Proceeds benefit Narada Michael Walden Foundation and 142 Throckmorton's Public Outreach Programs. 8pm. $60-85. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com 12/17: Phillip Percy Williams Jazz vocalist. With Judy Hall, piano. 6:30-9:30pm. Free. McInnis Park Club Restaurant, 350 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. 491-5990. 12/17: The Christmas Jug Band Local favorites return for an annual don't-miss performance. 8:30pm. $20-35. Palm Ballroom, 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael. 389-5072. www.murphyproductions.com 12/17: Wall Street Eight-piece, high-energy dance music. 9:30pm. $12-15. George's Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com 12/18: Doc Kraft Dance Band Dance music. 8:30pm. $5. Presidio Yacht Club, Under the Marin County side of the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito. 601-7858. www.presidioyachtclub.org 12/18: Fishbone 10pm. $18-20. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. www.19broadway.com 12/18: Greyboy Allstars 8pm. $30. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St., Napa. 707-259-0123. www.uptowntheatrenapa.com 12/18: House of Floyd Refined Pink Floyd tribute band. 8pm. $25-30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org 12/18: Revolver 9:30pm. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. www.sleepingladyfairfax.com 12/18: Sweet Honey in the Rock 8pm. $25-100. Palace of Fine Arts Theater, 3301 Lyon St., S.F. 392-4400. www.palaceoffinearts.org 12/18: Tam Jam X-Fest Energetic all-day youth rock festival with local Marin County student bands and special guests. Broadcast live on www.detonelive. com. Door prizes. Food served. 2-10pm. $3-7. Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6393. www.tcsd.us 12/18: The Monophonics Retro funk, soul, R&B. 9pm. $10-15. George's Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com 12/18: Rusty Evans and the Ring of Fire 9:30pm. Peri's, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-9910. www.perisbar.com 12/18: Vinyl 8:30pm. $12-15. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 12/18: New Rising Sons with Boudeeka Rock, dance music. 7-10pm. Taste of Rome, 1001 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-7660. www.taste-ofrome.com 12/19:`Holidays With Friends San Bruno Benefit' With The Radio Players. Proceeds benefit the San Bruno Pipeline Foundation. 9pm. $10. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairax. 459-1091. www.19broadway.com 12/19: Lonestar Retrobates Western swing band. 3-6pm. Free. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 516-1028. ViDEO Bleak house As caretaker to her two younger siblings, 17-year-old Ree Dolly can barely keep afloat. Her mother is an invalid, the kids haven't eaten for days and her father, who just missed his court date, has mortgaged the family property to a bondsman. Neighbors and relatives think his disappearance has to do with his running afoul of the valley's drug trade, but the fear is in their eyes: You don't go around Jennifer Lawrence confides in someone she asking questions in meth-drenched rural can trust. Missouri, where every knock on a backwoods trailer door is a gamble with the reaper. If Ree can't come up with proof of her father's death in a week, she'll lose the house and woods. See WINTER'S BONE for the family values: Jennifer Lawrence gives a harrowing portrait of a young woman on the very edge, whose felt sense of responsibility has her braving the creepiest and most dangerous pits of hell to learn what has to be known. The film's Ozarks setting is an uncanny ringer for parts of Humboldt County, where paranoia and a shadow economy lie at the end of every rural route, ugly sex roles can easily reassert themselves, and each child learns to shoot off of one barrel of a shotgun.--Richard Gould 32 PACIFIC SUN DECEMBER 17 - DECEMBER 23, 2010 12/19: Maria Muldaur's Christmas Show Holiday celebration. Blues/jazz. 7pm. $20-30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org 12/21-22: The Christmas Jug Band Holiday performance. All ages show on Dec. 21. 8-11:45pm. $12-25. The Woods Music Hall at The Masonic, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 3896637. www.woodsmv.com 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com 12/22: Julian Lage Guitar. 8pm. $15-30. Schoenberg Guitars, 106 Main St., Tiburon. www.om28.com 12/22: Rubber Souldiers Beatles tunes with a little Sugar Magnolia. 8pm, Iron Springs Pub, 765 Center, Fairfax. 485-1005. www.ironspringspub.com 12/23: Bob Hill Band 9pm. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. www.sleepingladyfairfax.com 12/23: Cryptical With David Gans "A Very Jerry Christmas." 8pm. $10-15. George's Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com 12/23: Eddie Neon Blues. 7pm. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. www. sausalitoseahorse.com 12/23: LIP-Sticks With Paula Helene. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com 12/23: Lost Cosmonauts Folk and punk. 8pm. $8-12. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 3839600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org 12/23: Wanda Stafford Quartet Dinner jazz. 6-9pm. No cover. Jasons Restaurant, 300 Drakes Landing Road, Greenbrae. 925-0808. 12/24: The Kingdom Travelers Gospel. 6pm. $15-20.Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. www. ranchonicasio.com Concerts 12/18: Lighthouse Singers "Christmas Gospel Music Concert." Ulis Redic, director. 7:30-9:30pm. $5-10. First Methodist Church of San Rafael, 9 Ross Dr., San Rafael. 456-1356 . www.lighthousesingers. org 12/19: Messiah Singalong Dr. Magen Solomon will lead the audience through Handel's classic masterpiece. Susan Soehner, piano. Kay Olsen, soprano; Jennifer Panara, mezzo-soprano; Dan Epstein, tenor and Nathan Kondrat, bass-baritone. Musical scores will be provided. 3pm. $5-23. Dance Palace Community Center, 503 B St., Pt. Reyes Station. 663-1075. www.dancepalace.org. 12/19: SingersMarin "Tis The Season: Global Harmony." A warm holiday concert/sing-along. Youth and adult choral ensembles will perform multi-cultural Christmas works, Hanukkah songs and popular winter standards. 4pm. $15-30. Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 383-3712. www.singersmarin.org 12/21: Lela Roy, Cullen Gray, Cristina Mello 9pm. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. www.sleepingladyfairfax.com 12/21: Mari Mack and Livin' Like Kings "Some Kinda Blues." Bluerose Roadhouse every Tuesday night at the Belrose. 8-10pm. Belrose Theatre, 1415 5th Ave, San Rafael. 332-2755. www.marimackmusic.com 12/21: Noel Jewkes Quartet Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., gate 5, Sausalito. 945-9016. www.sausalitoseahorse.com 12/21: Swing Fever With Bryan Gould. "Irving Berlin and Bing Crosby Invent Christmas." 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel and Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com 12/22: Anna Estrada Jazz, bossa nova and salsa. Dance 12/18: Dance With Sherry "The Tapcracker." 2 and 5:30pm. $24-34. Showcase Theatre, 10 Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. www.mdt.org. 12/18: Marin Dance Theatre "Sophie and the Enchanted Toy Shop."1 and 5 pm. $24-34. Marin Veteran's Memorial Auditorium, 10 Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. www.mdt.org. to 6 pm Tues to Sat. Free. Marin Arts Council Gallery, 906 4th St., San Rafael. 666-2442. www.marinarts.org Through 01/16:`Roadside Distractions' Eric Engstrom, new works. "Into the Deep." Group exhibition with works by Susan Brayton, Pam Fabry, Susan Sasso, Wen-Hui Shen and Ayumi Kie Weissbuch. Artist's Talk 3pm Jan. 9. 11am-5pm. Free. Gallery Route One, 11101 Highway One, Point Reyes Station. 663-1347. www.galleryrouteone.org Through 01/18:`Rock Of Our Ages' Work of three Jewish rock photographers, co-sponsored by Marin Rocks of the Marin History Museum Center. Free. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000. www.marinjcc.org Through 01/19:`Fall 2010 Exhibit' Features new works by Judith Klausenstock, Melissa Adkison, Donna Solin and Bob Justice. Watercolors and pastels are showcased. 11am-4pm weekdays. Free. Gallery 305 at TCSD Office, 305 Bell Lane, Mill Valley. 3886393. www.tcsd.us Lunch & Dinner Sat & Sun Brunch Dinner & a Show Reservations Advised! Theater/Auditions 12/17-19: Ross Valley Players Holiday Variety Show "Holiday Treat." Seasonal variety show with music, dance, holiday classics, singalong and comedy. 8pm. Dec. 17-18; 2pm. Dec. 19. $10-20. Ross Valley Players Barn Theatre, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 456-9555. www.rossvalleyplayers.com 12/17:`A Christmas Carol: The Musical' The Novato Theater Company presents its own family friendly musical adaptation of a holiday classic. 8pm. $10-18. Novato Theater Company Playhouse, 484 Ignacio Blvd., Novato. 883-4498. www.novatotheatercompany.org 12/18-19:`A Christmas Carol' Award-winning actor Ron Severdia portrays more than 40 characters in this dramatic reading of the Charles Dickens' classic. Shows are 8pm Dec. 18 and 2pm Dec. 19. $20-25. Marin Arts Council Gallery, 906 Fourth St., San Rafael. 666-2442. www.marinarts.org Narada Michael Walden's 14th Annual Holiday Extravaganza Celebrating the Spirit of the Holidays! Pink Floyd in the 70's House of Floyd Through 01/23:`Nurturing the Creative Spark' Exhibition of art works by members of the Marin/Golden Gate Chapter of the National League of American Pen Women. Exhibit accessible only during venue events. 7-11pm. Free. Redwood Foyer, Marin Veteran's Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 666-2442. www.marinarts.org Maria Muldaur's Christmas Show Maria Muldaur and band highlighting her collection of hip, rare gems in the Blues & Jazz idioms Through 01/31: Group Photography Exhibition Images from twelve local photographers. 6:30pm. Free. The Image Flow, 401 Miller Ave., Suite F, Mill Valley. 388-3569. www.theimageflow.com Mark Pitta & Friends Stand Up Comedy every Tuesday Through 03/17: Baulines Craft Guild Master Show "Paths in Studio Craft." The celebrated guild, renowned for its apprentice program presents a group show. Reception 4:30pm. Jan. 13. 9am-5pm. Free. Marin Community Foundation, 5 Hamilton Landing # 200, Novato. 666-2442 . www.marinarts.org Comedy 12/22: Steven Pearl High energy original comedy. 8pm. $20. George's Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com Lost Cosmonauts Featuring Nick Bird, Matt Jaffe and Danny Lee 415.662.2219 www.ranchonicasio.com Through 04/30:`Treasures from the Vault' Exhibition celebrating the Museum's 75 years of collecting and caring for artifacts from the local community. 11am-4pm. Free. Marin History Museum, 1125 B St., San Rafael. 454-8538. www.marinhistory.org Through 12/23:`Fall Fashionings' Group show featuring Marin county painters depicting large works influenced by the Fall season. Noon-4pm. Free. Mona Lease Gallery, 39 Greenbrae Boardwalk, Greenbrae. 461-3718. www.monaleasegallery.com Through 12/24: Pastel Landscapes Tim Brody, Northern California landscapes exhibition. Free. Two Bird Cafe, 625 San Gerinimo Dr., San Geronimo. www.twobirdcafe.com Art 12/11 and 18: Introduction to Mandala Drawing With Lillian Sizemore. Beginners welcome. No meditation, art or drawing experience needed. RSVP. 3-5:30pm. $32-40. O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, 616 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 388-4331. 12/19: Painting on Silk After a brief demonstration with Elise Cheval, you will have the opportunity to create your own wearable art using watercolor painting techniques. No formal art skills are necessary. All materials provided. RSVP by Friday, December 17. Noon-3pm. $32-40, $8 materials fee. O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, 616 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 388-4331. www.ohanloncenter.org Music, Dining, Dancing... Fun! BEST MUSIC VENUE 10 YEARS RUNNING DON'T FORGET...WE SERVE FOOD, TOO! THU DEC 16 FRI DEC 17 SAT DEC 18 The Kevin Russell Projekt [ROCK] Through 12/29:`Steps, Lanes and Paths' Skip Sandberg presents photographs celebrating Mill Valley's efforts to reclaim its pedestrian heritage. Free. Mill Valley City Hall, 26 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 383-5236. www.robertsandbergphoto.com Through 12/31:`Local Land' Christin Coy and Richard Lindenberg, local and California landscapes paintings. Free. The Painters Place, 1139 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 461-0351. www.thepaintersplace.com McNear's Dining House "Only 10 miles north of Marin" Wall Street [R&B] Through 01/06:`Drawing from Line to Shadow' The Marin Arts Council presents this exhibition of art works displaying the expressive nature, importance and impact of drawing. 9am-5pm. Free. Marin County Civic Center, 1st and 3rd Floor Galleries, 3501 Civic Center Dr., San Rafael. 666-2442. www.marinarts.org Through 01/07:`A Show of Hands' Handwoven tapestries by Baulines craft guild master member Alex Friedman. 8am-7pm. Free. Marin Cancer Institute, 1350 South Eliseo Dr., Greenbrae. 461-9000 . Through 01/07: AWD Small Works Show Art Works Downtown presents its annual show which features more than 85 affordable pieces. 10am-5pm. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. www.artworksdowntown.org The Monophonics [FUNK] WITH WED DEC 22 Steven Pearl [COMEDY] Through 12/31: Holiday Small Works Show Exhibition of smaller art works for sale. Free. Molinar Gallery, 34 Main St., Tiburon. 261-7888. www.molinarigallery.com FROBECK THU DEC 23 THU DEC 24 CRYPTICAL plus David Gans: A Very Jerry Christmas ["DEAD" TRIBUTE] Through 12/31: Watercolor Exhibition Joanne Cullimore, watercolors. Free. Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 482-2453 . www.dominican.edu No Music Happy Holidays [CLOSED DEC 25] Through 01/07: Contemporary Tapestry Exhibition Alex Friedman, contemporary handwoven tapestries. 8am-7pm. Free. Van Dyke Atium, Marin Cancer Center, 1350 S Eliseo Dr., Greenbrae. 310-2460. www.alexfriedmantapestry.com Readings 12/18: Abby Wasserman The author discusses "Mary Tuthill Lindheim: Art & Inspiration." 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 12/19:`Lust for Justice' Book Event Tony Serra biography. Book reading with author Paulette Frankl and famed criminal defense attorney Serra. 7-9pm. THE WOOD BROTHERS FOR HOLIDAY PARTY RESERVATIONS PLEASE CONTACT TEO AT: TEO@GEORGESNIGHTCLUB.COM 842 4th Street San Rafael, CA 94901 Tickets: (877) 568-2726 www.georgesnightclub.com All shows 21 & over Through 01/08: Small Wonders Holiday Bazaar Shop locally and support local artists at the Marin Arts Council's art exhibit/sale featuring tiny treasures and large luxuries by Marin Artists. 11 am 21 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma (707) 765-2121 purchase tix online now! www.mcnears.com DECEMBER 17 - DECEMBER 23, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 33 ViDEO Dream states Thursday, Fridays & Saturdays 9pm-1am Fri Dec. 17 DAVID D'MORE 9pm-1am | Blues Guitar 9pm-1am | Rock 8pm-12am Just a quick, scenic 45 minute drive from Marin! DEC 16 DEC 18 Cancelled JAN 28 JAN 29 FEB 26 MARCH 27 APRIL 7 Sat Dec. 18 DUKE & THE BOYZ Sun Dec. 19 OPEN MIC w/EMMA LEE Mon Dec. 20 MON. NITE LIVE 8pm-12am 8pm-12am 8pm-12am | Reggae, Spin Wed Dec. 22 LARRY'S KARAOKE Thu Dec. 23 MOLLY MAGUIRE smileyssaloon.com myspace.com/smileysschoonersaloon SINCE 1984 LIVE MUSIC 365 nights a year! Every Monday Open Mic-Derek Smith Every Tuesday Uzilevsky-Korty Duo Never has such a fantastically complicated film as INCEPTION come along. Almost every minute of its two-and-a-half hours is filled with explanation, fatal to most movies but desperately needed here; and when you finally come to grips with its four layers of dream within a dream, each with its own perceived sense of time, you'll feel you've earned a Ph.D. Dominic DiCaprio tries to figure it all out, starting from the top in the bathroom. Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is an "extractor" for hire, a master of the art of synchronous snoozing who can learn and steal secrets from the powerful by entering their dreams. But the mind is often aware of an alien consciousness and can send antibodies--are those people looking at you strangely?--and the "kick," or way to jolt oneself back to reality, is all-important. An ultra-high stakes job to break up an energy monopoly promises Cobb the chance to reunite with his kids in the U.S., where he's been a fugitive. But "inception," the planting of an idea that's favorable to a rival, has never been tried--and to do it Cobb and his team will have to take their seed deep, dreaming within dreams. How will he know what's real?-- Richard Gould Free. Depot Bookstore and Cafe, 87 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-2665. www.lustforjustice.net Chris Merlin's Gigantic 40th Birthday w/ Clusterfunk! 3rd Fridays presents: Munga Honourable (Reggae) Fishbone 4th Thursday All I want for Christmas is Hip-hop party Phil Hardgrave & the Continentals COMING SOON: For tickets and more info: www.woodsmv.com Community Events (Misc.) 12/18-19: 20th Annual Bolinas World Craft Faire World cafe, live international music, handmade arts & crafts from Bolinas and around the world. 10-6pm. Free. Bolinas Community Center, Wharf Road, Bolinas. 669-7041. 12/18: Dream Circle Holiday Concert With Tim Cain, Judy Nee (Miss Kitty), Cindy Cohen and Christopher Smith. 11:30am and 1pm. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 339-3900. www.baykidsmuseum.org. 12/18: Make Pine Cone Bird Feeders 1:30-3pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. www. spn.usace. army.mil/bmvc 12/19: Nouzha Evans "Cooper the Compost Worm, The Butterflies are Teasing Me." 3pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 12/18: Native Plants and Wintering Birds Learn about local wintering birds and native plants that can be put in your garden to attract them. 11am-noon. Free. Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, 376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon. 388-2524. www.tiburonaudubon.org 12/20: Lifehouse Holiday Party Celebrate the holiday season with Lifehouse clients, staff, friends and family. Includes lasagna dinner, live music and singing. 5-7pm. $8. San Rafael Community Center, 618 B St., San Rafael. 472-2373. www.lifehouseagency.org Through 12/23: Wrap-a-rama! Holiday cupcakes, warm cider. Bring gifts to get wrapped with natural, local, handmade products. 6-9pm. RooTs Collaborative, 84 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 312-0334. Through 12/31: Big Turkey Help fill up the giant turkey by donating canned food, nonperishable items and toiletries to be distributed by the Marin Food Bank. 9am-9pm. Free. Town Center Corte Madera, Corte Madera. 924-2961. www. shoptowncenter.com 12/19: Mozart's Magic Flute Film for Families One hour movie of the S.F. Opera production for children with a live introduction. For ages 4-12. Noon. Free. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-1222. www. cafilm.org/rfc/films/1481.html TUE DEC. 21 ALL AGES! THE CHRISTMAS JUG BAND WED DEC. 22 21 AND OVER; 12/19: Tim Cain Family Christmas SingAlong 4pm. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there from 2-4pm. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com Think.Shop.Buy. LOCAL THE CHRISTMAS JUG BAND & THE WOODS HOLIDAY PARTY! FRI DEC. 31 NEW YEARS' EVE BASH! THE ROYAL VAGABOND COTILLION! with EL RADIO FANTASTIQUE, CABARET DANCERS AND MUCH MORE! THIS EVENT IS EXPECTED TO SELL OUT! 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Call Today (415) 850-0711 CA DRE License # 01354670 FOR SALE 215 Collectibles & Antiques 2 HANDMADE WROUGHT CANDELAB - $700 IRON FLEXIBLE FLYER SNOW SLEDS $250 PA 628 Graphics/ Webdesign Local � Af forda ble 450 Personal Growth creative coaching TRANSFORMATIONAL COUNSELING Gloria Wilcox 479-HOPE www.gloriawilcox.com OUR NEW CLASSIFIED SECTION fogster.com web+graphic design 156 Alamont Blvd. � Mill Valley WEB + PRINT 220 Computers/ Electronics Roaring 1920's Mob Board Game - $35 425 Health Services EMPLOYMENT 560 Employment Information MOVIE EXTRAS earn up to $150/day to stand in backgrounds of major film. Experience not required. CALL NOW! 1-888-664-0062 (AAN CAN) Web Design & Maintenance Brochures � Business Cards Branding�Marketing Consulting We Work With Your Budget 745 Furniture Repair/Refinish FURNITURE DOCTOR Ph/Fax: 415-383-2697 DR 235 Wanted to Buy Old Motorcycles WANTED! Any make or model, running or not, lost title or basketcase OK. 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Michael Hughes Construction PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125362 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE SHOP AT BAY CLUB MARIN, 220 CORTE MADERA TOWN CENTER, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: WAC RETAIL, LLC., 1 LOMBARD STREET, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94111. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on December 31, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 4, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 26; December 3, 10, 17, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125440 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NEW DEAL LIQUOR LICENSE, 72 STANFORD WAY, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: NEW DEAL MOBILE, LLC., 72 STANFORD WAY, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 15, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 26; December 3, 10, 17, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125474 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as FIBRENEW MARIN-SONOMA, 334 COLEMAN DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: WESTERN WYVERN INC., 334 COLEMAN DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on December 13, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 19, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 26; December 3, 10, 17, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125453 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SNOW WHITE CLEANERS, 915 LOOTENS PL., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ELISA WONG, 100 WATERSIDE CIR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 16, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 26; December 3, 10, 17, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010125434 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TRICURRENTS INTERNATIONAL, 26 LADERMAN LANE, GREENBRAE, CA 94904: DAVID B SHENSON, 26 LADERMAN LANE, GREENBRAE, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 22, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 15, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 26; December 3, 10, 17, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125290 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TRAVELLERS MAILBAG, 3020 BRIDGEWAY #101, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: MAURICE JACKSON UNDERWOOD, 13 TERNERS DRIVE #21, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 20, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 26, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 3, 10, 17, 24, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125514 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as VILLA INN, 1600 LINCOLN AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MARCELLO FONIO, 1600 LINCOLN AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 30, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 3, 10, 17, 24, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125462 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CLS EXECUTIVE SERVICES, 248 LAUREL PLACE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: (415) 297-5258 Jim's Repair Service EXPERT REPAIRS Lic No. 725759 Design � Masonry � Irrigation Colorful Deer Resistant Planting 925-9734 � Free Estimate Pacific Slope Tree Company David Rivera. Lic./Bonded/Insured. 415-258-8568. Appliances Plumbing Electrical Telephone Cable Internet CHONA SOMMERS, 248 LAUREL PLACE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 18, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 10, 17, 24, 31, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125566 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE FIND, 1218 SAN ANSELMO AVE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: TIMOTHY WELDON, 63 YOLANDA DR., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on December 7, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 7, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 10, 17, 24, 31, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125556 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SAN RAFAEL AUTO SALES, 1610 FOURTH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: TUVIA SNITER, 1614 FOURTH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on December 6, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 10, 17, 24, 31, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125549 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MY JUNGLE MATH, 230 REDWOOD AVE., WOODACRE, CA 94973: DOROTHY JEAN COX, 230 REDWOOD AVE., WOODACRE, CA 94973. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 3, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 10, 17, 24, 31, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125536 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DOGS IN THE HOUSE PET SITTING SERVICE, 301 G STREET APT. 5, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CYNTHIA J. PARENTEAU, 301 G STREET APT. 5, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on June 2003. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 2, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 10, 17, 24, 31, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 201025545 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GALLI & GALLI, 700 LARKSPUR LANDING CIRCLE SUITE 234, LARKSPUR, CA 94939: PETER O GALLI, 700 LARKSPUR LANDING CIRCLE SUITE 234, LARKSPUR, CA 94939; FRANK C GALLI, 700 LARKSPUR LANDING CIRCLE SUITE 234, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by a co-partners. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 3, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 10, 17, 24, 31, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125546 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as STEVE FABER, YOUR LOCAL INDEPENDENT CRUISE SPECIALIST, CRUISEONE, 17 ESCALON DRIVE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: STEVEN FABER, 17 ESCALON DRIVE, 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 February 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 3, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 10, 17, 24, 31, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010125437 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ALOJAH DESIGNS, 1385 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: KEALA VANDYCK, 1385 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 15, 2010. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on November 15, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 10, 17, 24, 31, 2010) Small Handyman Jobs 30 Years in Business � Lowest Rates YARD CLEARING Gardening, Hauling, Fire Break, etc. Tree Service Call Patrick 453-8715 48 Woodland Ave., San Anselmo www.jimsrepair.com 767 Movers KIRK'S CARRY ALL MOVERS Moving Marin 1 box at a time since 1989! Lic. & insured (CalT181943). Tel.415-927-3648. Cell: 415-4970742. 415-479-9269 751 General Contracting NOTICE TO READERS >It is illegal for an unlicensed person to perform contracting work on any project valued at $500.00 or more in labor and materials. State law also requires that contractors include their license numbers on all advertising. Check your contractor's status at www.cslb. ca.gov or 800-321-CSLB (2752). Unlicensed persons taking jobs that total less than $500.00 must state in their advertisements that they are not licensed by the Contractors State License Board REAL ESTATE 801 Apartments/ Condos/Studios San Rafael, 1 BR/1 BA - 1225 San Rafael, 2 BR/1.5 BA - $1600 809 Shared Housing/ Rooms ALL AREAS - ROOMMATES.COM. Browse hundreds of online listings with photos and maps. Find your roommate with a click of the mouse! Visit: http:// www.Roommates.com. (AAN CAN) Golden Boys & Girls Terre Linde house share w separate entrance. 786-0282 San Anselmo, Studio - $900/month AFFORDABLE DECKS Free Estimates Tom Daly Construction Kitchens � Baths General Remodels � Additions Carports � Concrete Excellent References Lic. # 593788 3 8 3 .6122 825 Homes/Condos for Sale AFFORDABLE MARIN? I can show you 50 homes under $300,000. Call Cindy@ 415-902-2729 Christine Champion, Broker San Anselmo, 2 BR/1.5 BA - $625,000 Woods Construction Kitchen � Bath � Decks � Fences Remodels/Additions � Concrete 415-999-2752 Lic # 738100 840 Vacation Rentals/Time Shares 6br! MarinVacationHm-Sleeps20-Vu 650/nt-950 850 Acreage/Lots/ Storage LAND LIQUIDATION 20 acres, $0 down, $99/month. Only $12,900. Near growing El Paso, Texas. Guaranteed owner financing, NO CREDIT CHECKS! Money back guarantee. FREE Map/pictures. 866-257-4555 www.sunsetranches.com (AAN CAN) firstname.lastname@example.org 757 Handyman/ Repairs HOME MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR Carpentry � Painting Plumbing � Electrical Honest, Reliable, Quality Work 20 years of experience 860 Housesitting ENGLISH HOUSESITTER Will love your pets, pamper your plants, ease your mind, while you're out of town. Rates negotiable. References available upon request. Long term/short term. Leave message for Jill 415-927-1454 Rendell Bower 457-9204 Lic. #742697 Only a one-liner? Go to fogster.com for more information! 890 Real Estate Wanted Frfx fixer wanted -1 story small FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125498 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PREMIER YORKIE, 568 SEAVER DRIVE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: RYAN DEBATTISTA, 568 SEAVER DRIVE, 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 November 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 24, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 10, 17, 24, 31, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125479 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CALIFORNIA MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION SERVICE, 400 TAMAL PLAZA, SUITE 405, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: JAMES R. PARROTT, 64 MOHAWK AVE., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 22, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 10, 17, 24, 31, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125471 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ONA GALLERY, 27 JORDAN ST. SUITE B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: BRADON STIEG, 27 JORDAN ST. SUITE B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901; SARA STIEG, 27 JORDAN ST. SUITE B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 19, 2010. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on November 19, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 10, 17, 24, 31, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 201025388 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SF WATER TAXI; MARIN WATER TAXI; SAUSALITO WATER TAXI; TIBURON WATER TAXI; NAPA WATER TAXI; WINE COUNTRY WATER TAXI; ANGEL ISLAND WATER TAXI, 83 SAINT THOMAS WAY, TIBURON, CA 94920: JEFF MOSELEY, 83 SAINT THOMAS WAY, TIBURON, CA 94920. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 8, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 10, 17, 24, 31, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125482 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SAPPHIRE BRANDS, 1717 FIFTH AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: VINUM WINE SALES, LLC., 1717 FIFTH AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 22, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 10, 17, 24, 31, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125494 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as VITRUM WINES; VITRUM WINE WORKS; BLACK DIAMOND SPIRITS, 1717 FIFTH AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: VINUM WINE SALES, LLC., 1717 FIFTH AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 29, 2010 . This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 23, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 10, 17, 24, 31, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125319 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as UNITED STUDIOS OF SELF DEFENSE S.R.; Z-ULTIMATE SELF DEFENSE STUDIOS S.R., 4460 REDWOOD HWY SUITES #1-4, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: JORDAN PENMAN, 21 ALMA CT., PETALUMA, CA 94952. 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 October 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 17, 24, 31, 2010; January 7, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125444 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as KAIN ENTERPRISE, 67 CANNON OAK DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: CHRISTOPHER KAIN, 67 CANNON OAK DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on November 16, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 17, 24, 31; January 7, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125602 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as HYPERSAFE, 35 TAMALPAIS AVE. #3, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: RICHARD MOLLENKOPF, 35 TAMALPAIS AVE. #3, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on July 2, 1995. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 10, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 17, 24, 31; January 7, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010125613 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CCMW PARTNERSHIP, 2165 FRANCISCO BLVD. EAST, SUITE G, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CHRISTOPHER D COCHRANE, 865 OCEAN AVE., RICHMOND, CA 94801; DAVID H COCHRANE, 865 OCEAN AVE., RICHMOND, CA 94801; BRIAN MOORE, 1138 INGRAM DR., SONOMA, CA 95476; ELIZABETH WALD, 1138 INGRAM DR., SONOMA, CA 95476. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2008. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 10, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 17, 24, 31; January 7, 2011) 997 All Other Legals ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1005971. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner KAROL RENEE JANSSEN GRINSELL filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: KAROL RENEE JANSSEN GRINSELL to KAROL RENEE JANSSEN. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: December 27, 2010, 8:30 AM, Dept. J, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive #116, San Rafael, CA 94903. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: February 10, 2010 /s/ VERNA A. ADAMS, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: November 26; December 3, 10, 17, 2010) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1006124. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner LESVIA MAZARIEGOS & JOEL MUNOZ filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: LESVIA ORTENCIA MUNOZ to LESVIA ORTENCIA MUNOZ MAZARIEGOS. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: January 3, 2011, 9:00AM, Dept. L, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 113, San Rafael, CA 94903-4988. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: November 19, 2010 /s/ LYNN DURYEE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: December 3, 10, 17, 24, 2010) 36 PACIFIC SUN DECEMBER 17 � DECEMBER 23, 2010 >> TRiViA CAF� page 9 ANSWERS From 1. In the Marin Headlands, with a fabulous view of the Golden Gate. 2. Father Christmas 3. Students at Oxford added "ER" to asSOCiation, and came up with the name soccer 4. German Zeppelins 5. Coffee 6. Vancouver, British Columbia 7a. Twenty-One 7b. Charles Van Doren 7c. John Turturro 8. Pretoria is the administrative capital; Cape Town is the legislative capital; Bloemfontein is home of the judiciary 9a Poppy flower 9b. Afghanistan 10a. Set 10b. Seal 10c. Deal BONUS ANSWER: Christmas, Valentine's Day PET OF THE WEEK Bring home the love! ROARING MARIN Jeepers! It's Best of Marin 2011 and time to crank up the Stutz Bearcat for another trip round the county's finest in food, drink, customer service and entertainment. This year is our salute to the bee's kneesiest decade of them all, the 1920s-- the age of jazz, bathtub gin, and Charleston-crazed It Girls. The decadence of the flapper era is one many Marinites can relate to, as we've come to expect the very best from our restaurants, niteclubs, home improvement centers and beauty supply companies. Our BEST 0F Voter's Guide 2011 ! g Soon omin ting C Vo 171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd, Novato MarinHumaneSociety.org 415-883-4621 Visit pacificsun.com for information on publishing your legal notice. S .c n c sunuom Pac>>ipficific a Beauty + Health + Fitness So never mind the Boardwalk Empire-- come join the Marin Empire. You won't have to speak easy, when talking about who's the Best of Marin. Our last issue featured Marin's Best R esource P re se n Guide T o Bette r te d by th e Living Spring '10 Deadline Dec 27 Want to advertise? For more info call 485-6700 DECEMBER 17 � DECEMBER 23, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 37 >> ADViCE GODDESS� by Amy Alkon >> STARSTREAM by Ly nd a R ay Week of December 16 - 22, 2010 My husband surfs the Internet for porn and pictures of women when he's bored. I want to accept this, but I can't help but feel insecure and betrayed. He doesn't watch porn when I'm home, but if I were gone more often, I think he'd be hopping online. I don't snoop; I just see clues. Yesterday, I returned from a quick errand, and he'd left up a search for "Serena Williams swimsuit photos." Pretty harmless, but it still stabbed me in the heart! He's a deeply caring and sensitive man, and has been willing talk to me about this. He suggested I look at pics of men or porn, and said he wouldn't feel threatened, just happy if I'm feeling good. It still drives me nuts and makes me less sexually giving to know that when I leave my house he's fantasizing about other women.--Trying Q: A: Male brains and female brains have some differences. You can probably count on an amputated hand the number of times a straight man has run up to another and squealed, "Those are, like, the cutest shoes!" In fact, it's a special day if a man happens to take note that another man has feet. If you're like most women, you couldn't care less about Speedo shots of A-Rod or Orlando Bloom, and you'd run past a naked man to get to shoes, a dress or a spot on a bench. A study by sex researcher Meredith Chivers (with electrodes in an area on a woman that only TSA agents, her lover and her gynecologist go) revealed that women are turned on by erotic video, but find footage of a naked guy exercising about as sexually arousing as long, slow pans of the snowcapped Himalayas. Not surprisingly, while Victoria's Secret is a bajillion-dollar global enterprise, the companion sexy undie emporium for men has yet to open its doors. Frankly, Victor's Secret could be communicated on a tiny piece of paper women would give to men: "Wear underwear. Preferably clean." You aren't alone in being with a man who looks at porn. In fact, University of Montreal researchers wanted to compare 20-something men who watch porn with 20-something men who don't, but couldn't find a single guy who hadn't. Researchers Steven M. Platek, Stephan Hamann and others have found that seeing pictures of hot women activates the reward centers in men's brains--the parts of the brain that go "Yeah, baby!" to stuff like drugs, beer and money. In other words, just as your husband doesn't connect on an emotional level with a can of Bud, his surfing the naked women of the Internet is driven by physiological hunger, not sentiment. So, while your brain sees Serena as another woman coming between you, to his brain, she might as well be a big, tennis-playing ham sandwich. There actually is a war between the sexes--one going back millions of years. A cave man could do a cave lady behind a bush and just walk away, no child support, no nothing and still pass on his genes. Consequently, men evolved to have this extremely unsentimental sexuality: getting aroused at the mere sight of a nubile woman. Since women can get pregnant from a single sex act, and since there were few suckier places to be a single mother than 1.8 million years ago on the African savannah, women evolved to care a lot less about a man's looks than his ability and willingness to provide. Although we now have reliable birth control, our genes are extraordinarily slow learners (basically, they're still partying like it's minus 199,999), so these competing sexual strategies remain. As my friend Walter Moore put it, "A guy was complaining to me that women are only attracted to wealthy men. I said, `That's so unfair, because we don't expect them to be wealthy; all we ask is that they look like models.'" Of course you want to believe the fantasy tale--that your guy only has eyes for you--and not know that whenever you run out to CVS, he's browsing page after page of fantasy tail. But, unless he starts showing signs that he's bought a oneway ticket to pornoland, the biggest threat to your relationship isn't his babegazing but your freaking out about it--to the point where you're shutting down between the sheets. Remind yourself that he's just looking at these images because he's biologically and psychologically male. He's with you because he loves you, for the sexy way you brush your hair out of your eyes when you're thinking, for all the ways his life is better and more fun because you're in it. Compare all of that with what he gets from Serena and the rest--the sum total of which fits in the toe of an old tube sock. � Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. www.advicegoddess.com. Got a problem? Email AdviceAmy@aol.com or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405. Worship the goddess--or sacrifice her at the altar on TownSquare at >> pacificsun.com 38 PACIFIC SUN DECEMBER 17 � DECEMBER 23, 2010 ARIES (March 20 - April 19) If you have a journey planned for the holidays, you may find more delays than usual for this time of the year. Mischievous Mercury backs into your travel house on Saturday, wreaking havoc on your schedule. Meanwhile, your ruler (rebellious Mars) may cause the occasional flare-up between you and an authority figure in your life. So, when discussing anything with a police officer, the head honcho at work or dear old Dad, try to stay cool. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) The moon in your sensuous sign on Friday bodes well for experiencing pleasures, whether intimate or culinary in nature. On Saturday, stressful planetary transits knock around your sense of tranquility. If planning to finish up your holiday preparations, allow extra time for frustrating mix-ups and surprises. By Wednesday, the emphasis on your travel house has you hoping that Santa will leave an all-paid tropical vacation package in your stocking. And your sweetie is hoping that trip is for two... GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) You have an action-packed week ahead of you; so make sure you take all your vitamins. On Saturday, you might be asked to choose between spending time with your pals and having fun with your sweetie. While bringing all of them together sounds like a good solution, it probably won't go as planned. Save Sunday for one-on-one activities since a crowd could test your patience. Your innate flexibility will get you through most of Monday, but a late night lunar eclipse in your sign turns you lovey-dovey. Cue the romantic holiday music.... CANCER (June 21 - July 21) Although serious Saturn in your psyche house urges you to stay home alone, the moon in your friendship house on Friday can help you show up for a holiday party or two. Meanwhile, Venus is really hoping for some romantic action this week, so if you don't get mushy, you will truly disappoint the Goddess of Love planet. Tuesday's lunar eclipse may mean a dreamy beginning to the winter solstice. As visions of sugarplums dance through your head... LEO (July 22 - August 22) Your creative efforts could hit a snag this week, so hopefully your tree is already decorated and your homemade gifts are already wrapped. Much of the weekend is rather frantic; so keep a change of clothes in the car for those back-to-back casual and dressy parties. Your ruler leaves the free-spirited sign of Sagittarius to enter the responsible sign of Capricorn on Tuesday. Sadly for Santa, you are now likely to leave him healthy snacks instead of those butter cookies he really loves. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) The weekend starts out on a relaxed note as the moon in tranquil Taurus reminds you that the holidays should be enjoyed instead of endured. Meantime, your ruler (clever Mercury) continues going retrograde, causing possible misunderstandings as well as the occasional malfunctioning gadget. My advice? Forget being a perfectionist this year and have more fun. By Wednesday, the playful sun is lighting up your house of romance and creativity. What a difference this will make when you start filling your sweetie's stocking. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) Now that glum Saturn is smack dab in the middle of your personality house, it isn't very easy to be in a "Ho, ho, ho" sort of mood. Fortunately, on Saturday night, the moon enters the vivacious sign of Gemini and you are ready to deck the halls with mistletoe. It's hard to feel gloomy while you're being kissed. Tuesday's winter solstice puts you in a sentimental mood where you remain for the rest of the holiday season. Fortunately, "It's a Wonderful Life" will be rebroadcast regularly. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) As changeable Mercury backs into the material sector of your chart, you may find yourself returning gifts before you've had a chance to give them away. Unfortunately, this second-guessing will probably not bring a better result and may be a waste of time. The entry of the friendly sun into your house of local interactions on Tuesday makes you quite neighborly. If nothing else, this should move you up a notch on Santa's "nice" list. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) The final weekend of your birthday celebration is filled with surprises. Some are enjoyable; some are simply unexpected and require a flexible attitude. The inclination to reveal your inner feelings on Sunday and Monday could bring you closer to your sweetie, assuming your inner feelings are positive. If not, keep them to yourself. Pushing for a breakup right before the holidays is quite naughty-- and you know what Santa thinks about that. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) You may feel like you're being broadsided by a celestial tackle, but you can still score a touchdown when the moon lights up your house of luck, love and amusement on Friday. OK. Not all the planets are watching out for your best interests. But the ones who are? They have lots of clout. On Sunday and Monday, an emphasis on fitness means avoiding the fudge and champagne at least until your zodiac celebration arrives on Tuesday. Meanwhile, I'm happy to help. Stick a bow on the champagne and send it my way. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) The holidays often put you in touch with important individuals from your past--both good and wicked. You are especially sentimental on Friday, so go ahead and catch up with old friends and lovers. Your current sweetie might not enjoy it, but that's life. Wrap your gifts on Monday when you are creatively inspired to do wild things with ribbons and bows. Your flirtation skills are quite active then as well. 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