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The empire strikes bucks Next time you write about a “nonprofit” organization, maybe you could include salary figures. According to your article about the Lark and Novato theaters The single-screen [“Between the Lark theater’s latest victim. and a Hard Place,” March 4], we the taxpayers are apparently funding some of this expansion of the Bernice Baeza empire. When the Lark enterprise started, the claim was that non-mainstream movies would be featured. That didn’t last very long. Now they are complaining they can’t get the major releases. Some people are working as volunteers, but some others are making big bucks, just like at most so-called nonprofits. Taxpayers are supporting this when schools are laying off teachers and increasing class sizes. David Weinstock, Fairfax

Editor’s note: David asks a valid question about salaries and assets. We checked the Lark’s 2009 tax records and, according to what was filed with the IRS, the Lark Theater finished that year with net assets of $465,170—an increase of about $59,000 from the previous year—and Bernice Baeza’s salary—or “big bucks,” if you prefer—as president and treasurer was $66,000. I think it’s safe to say the education system has little to fear from the Lark.

Thanks so much to Ronnie Cohen for her courageous stand and for writing the article in last week’s Pacific Sun [“Fear and Loading on Andersen Drive,” March 11]. These days of Tea Parties, when some men feel it as their right to show up at coffeehouses carrying a gun, your words are very important. As a European, I just do not understand the importance that guns still have in this country in 2011. How did the NRA become so powerful? I feel a chill reading of the Tiburon women going to the firing range to relax, to volunteer to defend the Second Amendment, and to encourage more memberships to the NRA. The thought of the father taking his 14year-old son to the San Rafael firing range is saddening. Is there no better leisure activity they could share? Guns unfortunately do not kill only people: Since they are now allowed everywhere, even in these magnificent national parks, I fear for the wildlife of wolves, deer, bison and all other species that have an inherent right to share the planet with us. I so agree with your statement: “... and see absolutely no need for the Second Amendment. Why do we need a right to bear arms?” Bravo and thank you again. Beatrice Tocher, San Rafael

If guns are tip of iceberg, are we the Titanic? Without minimizing the tragic impact of the malicious or negligent use of firearms, I think Ronnie Cohen’s story about her introduction to Marin’s gun culture [“Fear and Loading on Andersen Drive”]

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TOP POSTINGS THIS WEEK IRS trying to bogart pot club’s deductions The Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana received sobering news this week when the Internal Revenue Service informed the Fairfax pot dispensary that it’s on the hook for milli... Public parking in Mill Valley I miss the weekend free parking when going to the Sequoia Theater. Ticketed at a meter last week ~ over by 5 minutes. It’s hard to beat the 2 hour limit when the movie is two... Corte Madera gunman unhappy with BofA The incident began a little after 4pm when the 25-year-old entered the bank at 663 Tamalpais Ave., wielding a black handgun

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needs a little perspective: Annual deaths caused by tobacco (440,000!) easily dwarf our national total fatalities from AIDS, auto accidents, firearms, other homicides, suicides, gross hospital errors, virulent staph infections, unanticipated prescription reactions, alcohol abuse, legal drug abuse and illegal drug abuse. Certainly, reducing firearm fatalities is certainly worth doing, but the somber fact is that this problem represents merely the tip of our dismal national mortality iceberg. Bruce Wachtell, Stinson Beach

We weren’t going to print this, but then you ‘dared’ us... Letter writer Claudia Miles, writing about the Marin County District Attorney’s office [“The D.A. After Tomorrow,” March 4], asked, “... since when does the D.A.’s office not prosecute a murderer because it costs too much? Isn’t that their job?” In 2007, I was falsely charged with three felonies by that office and subsequently compelled to “accept” a false misdemeanor conviction (in collusion with the Marin County Public Defender’s office). I am legally deaf. One of the “reasons” I was given against going to trial (and instead “accept” the conviction) is that it would cost the county money to provide realtime captioning (a form of deaf interpretation) for myself as the defendant. I have also been told by more than one local attorney that the Marin County courts “only care about money.” When I asked this same question of Marin County Deputy Public Defender Jose Varela (now the county’s new public defender), his only reply was, “No comment.” In addition to the conspiracy to cover up my mishandled case (and a possible violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act), this is a blatant mockery of justice. I dare you to print this letter. Craig Whatley, San Rafael

Short, yes... not so sure about ‘sweet’ I believe in keeping one’s point short and sweet. In Mr. Fransen’s recent letter [“Hey, We’re ALL Appalled at Images of Former President Bush,” March 11] responding to my past letters about the Tea Party’s use of violent rhetoric in regards to progressives, he could have easily and honestly done this by just saying, “Neither I nor the Tea Party would ever condone the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords. But (secretly) we’re not complaining either.” Kimberly Clark, Greenbrae

The truth about cats and rescue dogs I’m writing regarding Julie Vader’s article on Marinites on the pet-show circuit [“Doggone With the Show,” Feb. 11] and the subsequent reader debate about whether breeding show dogs results in euthanized rescue dogs. There’s another side to the issue regarding breeding versus rescuing dogs—not all “rescue” dogs are worth rescuing. Two weeks ago, our 18-year-old cat was quietly minding its own business lounging in the sun when it was savagely mauled to death by a 100-pound German shepherd. “Rex” was being walked by an individual who had failed both to keep its muzzle on, and to roll up the windows on his car after parking across the street from our cat. The dog-walker later explained that “Rex” was a rescue dog with “issues”—hostile toward other animals— and that he considered it dangerous. We contacted the Humane Society, which sent an officer out to investigate. She left promising to contact the Sausalito owners and report back the outcome of our complaint (we’ve heard nothing to date). My point is not to support breeding, but to question animal rescuers. With so many good homeless pets being euthanized, why “rescue” animals which in any way pose a risk to others? Robert Miltner, Larkspur

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he white-hot debate over affordable housing in Novato may result in increased leeway for local jurisdictions to meet the state requirements that mandate how a city or county can accommodate future housing needs. Assemblyman Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, has been crafting AB 1103, which is expected to be published by the end of this week or next. As late as last week, Huffman said it was still “a work in progress.” Loosening the state mandates to allow for some creativity could be benefit jurisdictions like Novato, where many residents object to planning medium-size and larger affordable-housing projects to meet the state’s housing goals. Buried in the dry language of regional housing needs allocations, general plans and housing elements is the genesis of the incendiary debate that erupted when Novato started to tackle its planning effort to meet state housing requirements. The debate, tinged with blatant bigotry at times, highlighted rational objections to a one-size-fitsall approach the state has taken to allocate responsibility for building housing, affordable and otherwise. The debate reached a crescendo when the city indentified sites that could accommodate new affordable housing. The process took many by surprise, and the vociferous objections took the city by surprise. This

same debate has played out in other towns in Marin, but the tone in Novato was decidedly more hard-edged. Supervisor Judy Arnold, who represents Novato, called Huffman and asked whether he would submit a bill that could “dampen down the rhetoric in Novato” and benefit other jurisdictions in the future. Novato is tackling the issue now, she says, but the county and other towns in Marin and elsewhere deal with the same issues of accepting responsibility to provide new housing while balancing the character of their neighborhoods. “He agreed to do it,” says Arnold. “I am immensely grateful.” Huffman said last week that “the situation and the tone and the impact on the community in Novato was such that in working with Supervisor Arnold I decided that this was something I would try to address.” He met with affordable-housing proponents, the city and those who oppose the state mandates. He underscored a caution to “manage expectations” about what a piece of legislation can accomplish. The initial objections in Novato hit the fan after the city identified several sites on which affordable housing could be built with a density of 30 units per acre. Neighbors said that would change the character of their neighborhoods. (That’s the polite version.) Opponents started bashing the As10 >

›› NEWSGRAMS Grand jury scolds county over homeless shelters Echoing the sentiment that shelter is“a basic human right,”the Marin County Civil Grand Jury this week blasted the county for its sluggishness in implementing a permanent emergency shelter program for Marin’s thousandplus homeless. In its report released March 15 titled“Sheltering the Homeless: A Hole in the Safety Net,”the grand jury called the county homeless policies“misguided and misplaced.”The report stems from a 2009 point-in-time count by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that identified 1,147 people as inadequately unsheltered in Marin—111 of those were families; 169 kids under 15. An additional 1,241 children were labeled at“imminent risk of homelessness.” “Short-term emergency housing, however, currently exists for only 14 homeless families at the Family Emergency Center, operated by the nonprofit Homeward Bound,”continues the report.The grand jury blamed the shelter shortage on a lack of funding—citing the county’s mere 0.13 percent of its annual budget devoted to emergency shelters. In November, the county redirected about half of its shelter funding—or $200,000—toward a new program called Housing First, which moves chronically homeless people directly into permanent housing.The grand jury noted that Housing First will only serve about a dozen individuals its first year—and that funding that program versus funding a permanent emergency shelter“should not be an either/ or proposition.” The report concludes by calling on the county to“renew its commitment”to an emergency shelter program; reorder its funding priorities toward this goal; and partner with “community stakeholders to find appropriate sites so that sufficient emergency shelter options are in place, especially for families.” Corte Madera‘gunman’ unhappy with BofA A Corte Madera man held his hometown Bank of America at gunpoint Monday afternoon, carrying a firearm—eventually revealed to be fake—an anti-capitalist manifesto and, according to police, a big grudge against his bank. The incident began a little after 4pm when Anthony Lee, 24, entered the bank at 663 Tamalpais Ave. wielding what appeared to be a black handgun and asking to speak to the CEO of Bank of America, as well as President Obama. After letting the handful of staff and customers out of the bank, he posted protest notes on the branch windows—meanwhile, police swarmed outside, surrounding the building and positioning sharpshooters at key locations. After an uneventful six-hour standoff with the Twin Cities, San Rafael and Novato police—as well as the California Highway Patrol, the Marin County Sheriff and even the FBI—the man surrendered around 10pm. Authorities have suggested Lee may struggle with mental health problems; he is being held on $1 million bail. Novato middle school students out of limbo Redwood Boulevard will mark the boundary that determines which middle school Novato sixth- seventh- and eighth-graders will attend once Hill Middle School closes at the end of this school year. The decision was made Saturday morning in a unanimous vote by Novato Unified School District trustees, ending months of speculation from families in campus limbo following the announcement earlier this year that Hill would shutter for financial reasons in the dollar-strapped district. Redwood runs north-south, roughly right down the middle of the city of 49,000. Kids on the west side are slated to attend Sinaloa Middle School, located on Vineyard Avenue; kids on the east side will attend San Jose Middle School, located on Sunset Parkway.The split is similar, if 11

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The Pacific Sun was being patronized to 20 years ago this week. Despite shared political years ago leanings and a kindred skepticism about the agenda of the corporate media, the most prominent linguistic scholar in the world couldn’t conceal his disdain for the Pacific Sun in March of 1991. “Uh oh—I think I’ve insulted Noam Chomsky,” confessed reporter Greg Cahill in his intro to that week’s interview with the political dissident/grammarian. The longtime MIT professor and media watchdog was best known outside scholarly circles for his 1988 book, Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Chomsky, 1991. Media—and for speaking to non-geniuses as if they were blithering dunderheads. “I don’t really understand your question,” Chomsky scoffed indignantly following the young writer’s first query. Cahill had just asked the subversive why he felt compelled to speak out about government deception, media manipulation and social injustice. The intellectual responded with an analogy even the Pacific Sun could understand: “Let’s say you saw a starving child and witnessed someone stealing a piece of bread from that child, and you knew that if you went over you could do something about it,” retorted Chomsky, pausing briefly to allow the reporter a moment to catch up. “Well, if one person helps the child and the other doesn’t—which one should you ask about their actions?” Repeated the analytic philosopher: “I don’t understand the question.” Chomsky, 62, was in town to address the College of Marin about the lies behind the just-ended Gulf War with his latest lecture, “Disinformation and the War: The Role of the Media.” He spoke to the Pacific Sun slowly, using the smallest words he could muster. O O O O

You’ve often said that the average American gets fed a propaganda line by the mainstream media. Did they live up to your expectations by submitting to military censorship during the [Gulf] war? It was like a textbook case. Frankly, I think this is one instance in which you could even say the media is responsible for the war. If

they had performed the most minimal function of an independent press, we wouldn’t have been at war. Do you think the Bush administration was hellbent on war? They didn’t even pretend otherwise. You had to be willfully blind not to see it. And it would have been nice for the press to point it out. Instead, when Bush said there would be no negotiations [with Iraq], there were a hundred editorials across the country praising him for his extraordinary efforts of diplomacy—however the only option he left open was war. That’s the kind of behavior you might get in a well-disciplined totalitarian society. In your book Manufacturing Consent you conclude that “power defends itself” and offer a propaganda model as an example of that. It simply points out the obvious truths that any 10-year-old ought to know. There’s a sector of the media—the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and a few others—who set the basic agenda and everybody else more or less conforms to it. I mean, if you’re a newspaper editor in Des Moines, you don’t have the resources to dig out the news; you wait and see what the New York Times is going to say. And what are these agenda-setting media? They are major corporations tied in with even bigger conglomerates like General Electric. And the news product is going to reflect the interests of the corporations. It would be a miracle if it was any other way. For instance, if you’re a reporter and want to write a story about armaments or some international issue and you want to make your life easy, you go to the Pentagon or the State Department or some corporation and they’ll be quite happy to provide you with some glossy, well worked out material telling you exactly what they think and want you to write about. Your editor will love it because it’s probably exactly what he wants, his boss wants, the advertisers want and his golf buddies want. Did you see [conservative columnist] Dorothy Rabinowitz of the Wall Street Journal agreeing with the military spokesman who blasted the press for being “skeptical and prosecuto-

›› TRiViA CAFÉ 1. What West Marin community is named after a city in the Scottish highlands? 2. Whose image is displayed on the face of every British pound note? 3.What is the longest running primetime animated TV show in American TV history? 4. Who was Time magazine’s 2008 Man of the Year? 5. Pictured, right: This American woman, who spent most of her life as a writer and missionary in China, wrote a number of novels and plays, including The Good Earth, and won the 1931 Pulitzer Prize and the 1938 Nobel Prize for literature. Who was she? 6. Two SF Giants and two Oakland A’s sluggers led their leagues in home runs in the 1990s. Who are they? 7.Pictured, right: In this 2007 film comedy, a modernized story of Noah’s ark, God convinces a congressman to build an ark in preparation for a great flood. Name the movie title and lead actor. 8. Was it William Shakespeare or Benjamin Franklin who wrote,“Brevity is the soul of wit”? 9. Pictured, right: French Army officer Alfred Dreyfus and Henri Charriere, author of Papillon, were two of the most famous residents of which penal colony off the coast of French Guiana in South America. 10. What system of measurement begins with the digits 000000 and ends with the digits 235959?

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rial” of the government in its role in the bombing of the civilian air raid shelter in Baghdad? It’s very much like what happened in the Soviet Union during the Afghan War when the Soviet military high command bitterly attacked the communist-run media—a totalitarian media—for not being patriotic enough because they sometimes described the effect of Soviet bombing on Afghan civilians. No power center is ever going to be satisfied with any degree of servility. If you could go back and talk to Southern slave owners, they would tell you how uppity their slaves were.

head. You can’t do that here, so you’ve got to make sure that the American public doesn’t know anything. Therefore you need a much more sophisticated thought control in a democratic society. In the Soviet-style system, there is a kind of ministry of truth that comes out with the official party line and all the media follows it. Everybody knows it’s bullsh-t and takes for granted that it’s all false. But here you present the image that the press is adversarial—and they love to be attacked as adversarial. What they hate is being told the truth, which is that they serve power.

The man on the street in the Soviet Union seems to know this, yet most Americans are convinced the country has a free press. That’s why I say we have a much better propaganda system. I mean, totalitarian states and dictators are usually pretty stupid. They don’t have to be smart because they hold a truncheon over everybody’s

Why is that more so in the United States than in other democracies? It’s a “freer” country. And you have to be much more careful that nobody knows anything. < Condescend to Jason at jwalsh@pacificsun.com.

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< 8 Loosening the housing screws sociation of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) for issuing housing edicts the community finds objectionable. They asked why the city should accept being pushed into planning for affordable housing at that kind of density. The answer follows a Byzantine path that leads from Sacramento to Novato (and other local jurisdictions) through what are called councils of government, of which ABAG is one. According to the state Department of Housing and Community Development, Marin is part of a metropolitan area that mirrors the federal San Francisco Metropolitan Statistical Area. It also includes Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo and San Francisco. The 30 units per acre that raised the ruckus in Novato comes from a state policy that if a jurisdiction in the metropolitan area with more than 20,000 people (Novato and San Rafael) plan a housing element with a development of at least 30 units per acre, the state will accept the development as a “default density,” which will meet its policy for affordable housing needs. That could be a boon to Novato because a 30unit-per-acre project that meets the default density absolves the city of responsibility for showing the state an analysis of how the city would in fact provide affordable housing in the planned 30-unit development. In other words, it saves local jurisdictions like Novato much time—and money—in the process of creating a housing element that becomes part of a general plan. State law

requires both the element and the plan. If the state categorized Marin as a suburban area instead, the default density in Novato would drop to 20 units per acre. “The designation of metropolitan as opposed to suburban I will try to help with, but this is one where I have to really manage expectations,” says Huffman. “There’s no way I could create some special carve-out for Novato or Marin County. Politically that would not fly with the rest of the state.” But, says Huffman, he has been “exploring a framework that would allow any local government that feels they have been improperly designated metropolitan to make a showing and to make their case. If they can meet certain criteria, they would be able to re-designated. I’m working on that, but I will say it’s an uphill battle.” Huffman has also looked at other areas of housing policy, including credit for transitoriented development and altering the current state policy that allows a city to meet 25 percent of its “fair share” of affordable housing goals by rehabilitating units and converting them to affordable housing. Proponents and local officials say restrictive requirements in that policy make it extremely hard to use it in any meaningful manner. The state also requires at least three units in a development before it will accept the units to be included in a jurisdiction’s housing-need numbers. A Habitat for Humanity home in Novato, for instance, is not currently acceptable as part of the city’s affordable housing requirement.

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ABAG takes the brunt of the attack from local residents who resist a state policy aimed ensuring an adequate regional housing stock for all income groups—the familiar tension between local control and regional planning. But ABAG is just the messenger, although the agency can affect how a community ultimately meets state housing goals. Starting at the top, the California Department of Housing and Community Development mandates that the regional councils of government—ABAG for the nine Bay Area counties—assign housing requirements to local counties and cities. ABAG assigns each an anticipated regional housing need allocation. Sometimes referred to as a “fair share housing allocation,” the numbers derive in large part from state housing policy. How housing numbers are projected involves a variety of modeling tools that include census data and financial information as well as employment statistics, estimated numbers of jobs, households and income for every Bay Area city and county. Based on those projections, ABAG begins allocating how many new housing units will be needed in which communities. Marin Supervisor Susan Adams, vice president of the ABAG board, says at a state meeting during which the housing allocation numbers were being set, she asked to see the formula for coming up with the numbers. The answer involved a look at those data points, but only in part. “Generally, the answer was, ‘Well, we’re expecting growth; we want growth; we want to grow our economy; we want jobs; we want people here; we want houses built to stimulate our economy.’ Even if the numbers didn’t quite match the hard data,” she says that what she heard was, “we are going to project for more. To ABAG’s credit, ABAG has looked at this last deep recession, at the exodus of jobs and people from the region, and [the agency] actually has adjusted the projections downward as a result.” Adams and others want to see the state loosen its policies to give credit to jurisdictions for development and housing now excluded from the fair-share tally. “We can’t count the full array of housing we build, including supportive housing with wraparound services that may not meet the standard unit [description].” The state requires an affordable unit to have a kitchen, for instance. Group-living developments may have a common kitchen for all units on the site, but they still are affordable units. Senior assisted living developments also can be affordable but fail to meet the state’s criteria. “Seniors are leaving their bigger homes to go live in a place where they can get the support they need,” says Adams, “and that also frees up other homes.” The disconnect between the state requirements imposed on local jurisdictions and the desire of those jurisdictions to do it their way raises the question: Is it time to update the now decades-old state housing mandates and regional housing needs policies to allow some creative approaches? ABAG is “going through a housing methodology process right now,” says Adams. The

process could lead to changes in “the formula that looks at jobs and housing and now transportation and climate change. There are a lot of factors.” While Novato is tackling its current housing-needs number using the old parameters, SB 375 and the state’s Sustainable Communities Strategy will inform the next round of housing-needs allocations. The ultimate goal is to coordinate transportation plans and housing strategies as an intertwined entity designed to produce sustainable communities with the least impact on the environment. That means an increasingly closer correlation between transportation and housing than has occurred in the past. And it acknowledges the effect of that correlation on local economies. Toward that end, ABAG and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission are embarking on a joint effort to move down the sustainable communities path. A key element calls for planning within city boundaries to prevent sprawl. That inevitably produces suggestions for higher density development in downtown areas, which many planners favor in lieu of sprawl. Andy Blauvelt is senior project manager at EAH, the nonprofit affordable housing corporation. He points out that spreading affordable housing throughout a city is a laudable goal, but it may be financially unrealistic for developers, especially with the high cost of land in Marin. And spreading affordable housing in small developments might not produce sufficient housing stock. And, says Blauvelt, “every time we go into one of these new housing-need cycles, cities pretty much make the argument” that default densities are unreasonable. Local jurisdictions don’t even have to actually build the housing in their housing elements; they just have to plan for it. But opponents of higher density development, especially affordable development, say that once a site is identified in a housing element, someone will come along and build on it. But if a jurisdiction fails to abide by state housing-needs policy, it could find itself out in the cold when it comes to grants and state government perks—as well as on the wrong side of a lawsuit. That’s what happened to Corte Madera in 1998. Legal Aid of Marin filed suit, leading to the construction of a 79unit affordable-housing development—and a big legal bill for the town. The underlying justification for regional housing-needs numbers, says Blauvelt, is promoting a policy that balances jobs with housing. “All those retail outlets and offices bring people that occupy them and work there. Without affordable housing, you get an incredible carbon footprint.” In addition to following the letter of state housing law, Arnold and Adams both add, cities and counties have a moral obligation to provide affordable housing. < Contact the writer at peter@pseidman.com.

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< 8 NEWSGRAMS slightly modified, to the plan suggested by Fairfield consulting firm Total School Solutions, which the district hired for $27,000 to plot out an attendance strategy. The district will accept applications for intra-district transfers through March 22.

‘Specialist Jake Robert Velloza Post Office’ Soon, when Marinites mail a package in Inverness, they may be USPSing from the“Specialist Jake Robert Velloza Post Office.”On Monday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 793, Rep. Lynn Woolsey’s bill to name the postal facility at 12781 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. after Velloza, the 22-year-old Inverness resident killed in Iraq in 2009. Speaking on the floor of the House,Woolsey urged the Senate to quickly pass the bill and send it to President Obama for approval. “Jake Velloza was a courageous young man with a bright future and big dreams. He exemplified the very best America has to offer,”said Woolsey, a staunch opponent of the war.“By putting his name on a public building in his community, we can ensure that Jake’s legacy of service and sacrifice endures.”Velloza was born in Santa Rosa in 1986, and grew up in Inverness, the son of Bob and Susan Velloza. He enlisted in the Army in 2006 and was serving his second tour in Iraq when he and another soldier were killed in an attack carried out by a pair of gunman—eventually identified as Iraqi soldiers—just north of Baghdad. Great whites twice shy in coastal waters Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water... turns out you’re right, according to a new great white shark count recently conducted off the coast of Marin by U.C. Davis researchers. Scientists involved in the“shark census”were surprised to find only about 200 to 250 of the dorsal-finned beasts scouring the waters between Tomales, Monterey and Bodega bays looking for seals, sea lions and other mammalian main courses. Given the regularity of great white sightings off Stinson and Duxbury Reef—and a dozen attacks since scientists started keeping track in the mid-20th century—marine biologists expected to find—through examining distinct dorsal fin markings—a higher number of chompers in these waters. Critics of the study say it’s impossible to get an accurate count from the researchers’methods—luring sharks to the surface with seal decoys and snapping photos of their exposed dorsal fins—and argue such shark findings have no real teeth. IRS trying to bogart pot club’s deductions The Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana received sobering news last week when the Internal Revenue Service informed the Fairfax pot dispensary that it’s on the hook for millions of dollars in back taxes. Following an audit of the MAMM 2008 and 2009 tax returns, the IRS stamped out all of the alliance’s business-expense deductions, basing its decision on the fact that marijuana is classified as a“schedule 1”controlled substance under federal law. Under the IRS tax code, deductions are not allowed for businesses trafficking controlled substances—even medical marijuana dispensaries.This technicality means dispensaries cannot claim deductions for business purchases, employee hiring, leasing of office space, etc.Though medical marijuana was legalized in 1996 by state ballot initiative Prop. 215, federal law trumps state law. —Jason Walsh

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or the past 25 years, Michael Pollan has been writing books and articles about the places where nature and culture intersect: on our plates, in our farms and gardens and in the human-developed environment. Pollan, 56, is the author of four New York Times best-sellers: Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual; In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto; The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals and The Botany of Desire: A Plant’sEye View of the World. On March 24, he’ll be coming to the Marin Center to speak about The Sun Food Agenda, an inspiring multimedia presentation connecting the dots between food and health (personal as well as environmental), and introducing some of the visionaries who are “resolarizing” the food system. I spoke with him last week to ask him why he’s got his knickers in a twist about the high rates of the so-called Western diseases: obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer, and why he says we shouldn’t eat “food” from gas stations. You’re not the boss of me, Pollan! As soon as I finish this interview I’m off to 7-Eleven for a Purple-for-the-People Slurpee. 14 > by Annie Spiegelman

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You write that we should “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Yet the American mantra seems to be “Eat food-like substances, as much as you can, mostly burgers.” How do we encourage Americans to change dietary course? I think that, as a writer, you do it by making food seem as appealing as possible and that it doesn’t involve sacrifice. That it’s about pleasure. The hard part is the “not too much” part. I try to get them to think about quality instead of quantity. There is a trade-off. It’s more satisfying to eat less of more high-quality foods than eat more of low-quality foods. It’s how cultural change always happens: by storytelling. I try to lead with pleasure instead of finger pointing or lecturing. You lead by putting really good food and good stories in front of people. Then you have a chance of getting them to move on their own instead of changing because a doctor is telling them to eat better or they’re going to die. That’s not for me to do. You’ve said that “When we eat a McDonald’s hamburger, we’re really eating a lot of oil, not only fat, but petroleum.” After the meat industry crucified Oprah, aren’t you afraid to talk about meat? Then I’ll talk about the sun. [Laughing] The Sun Food Agenda is my shorthand for a vision of how to reshape the American food system around the values of health

do you do that? It’s a journey. It’s been a journey for me learning about this issue. I’ve met some of the pioneering visionaries who I will talk about at the Marin Center event.

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Soil scientist Stephen Andrews, of UC Berkeley, says the word of our time is not plastic but microbes. Organic farmers nourish the microbial life in the soil, which then feeds the crops—instead of crack-feeding plants with chemicals. Less than 5 percent of farms nationally are operated organically, yet here in Marin we have 52 organic farms producing fruits and vegetables on a large scale. How do we persuade conventional farmers to get on the “compost and mulch” love train? When not eating pizza and nuts, the Long Island native can be found teaching journalism at [Having] organic farmers who U.C. Berkeley. make it work and make a profit Pollan is the most eloquent statement to tips b ’s 2009 bo and sustainability. A more sustainable energy of the sun Not to ased on his ok provide other farmers. We’re starting to see o muc s 64 e mant a h. Mo r food system will be healthier and more with fuel. That’s that happen, but we also need policy stly p a to ‘Eat fo ting lants. od. diversified. We’ll use less fossil fuel and how we’ve made this changes at the federal level. Right ’ we’ll eat more fresh food instead of proextremely productive monoculnow the system is rigged in favor of cessed food. ture. It gives us the fossil fuel fertilizer, the fossil-fuel agriculture. We give subsiequipment, the worldwide shipping and the dies to the biggest monocultures—soy, corn, Why focus on the sun—we can’t eat tools to process things into edible food-like wheat. We need to reconfigure the incentive that. Or... can we? substances. But we can’t count on using 20 to make it friendlier to small-scale, diversiAs I see it, if you stand back far enough, percent of our fossil fuel to feed ourselves, fied farmers. It’s going to take change at every one of the big problems with American not in a system that is solar-based to begin level, including the consumer. We need to agriculture is that it has replaced the with. We need to get back to the sun. How

Naked lunch In spring 2010, British chef Jamie Oliver—of The Naked Chef fame—exposed millions of Americans to the poor eating habits and weight-related illnesses in Huntington, West Virginia, which has the unfortunate distinction of being one of the unhealthiest cities in America. In his show Food Revolution on ABC, viewers watched as families ate only beige foods, school-aged children failed to identify fresh produce and kids opted to eat chicken nuggets over fresh-made food. Beyond the reality-show shock value, Oliver presented the obstacles to healthy eating inherent in the American food system, including social and political opposition, the limitations of school lunch programs and the financial constraints of U.S. families. Oliver is not alone in his quest— and enthusiasm—to transform the national food agenda. Individuals and grassroots organizations in rural and urban areas are on a mission to provide good food to people of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds. Hunger relief organization Feeding America found in its “Hunger in America 2010” study that more than 37 million people, or one in eight Americans, including 14 million children, are fed by food banks each year. This grew an estimated 46 percent from the organization’s 2006 findings, largely due to the economic downturn. But, school-aged children and their families rely on other forms of government aid to supplement their basic nutritional needs. The National School Lunch Program (NSLP), a federally assisted meal program that provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to public schools, has also had to 14 PACIFIC SUN MARCH 18 - MARCH 24, 2011

respond to increased demand. In 2004, 29 million on n children utilized NSLP; in 2009, more than 31 million children relied on the program each school day. School lunches got a boost this past Novem-ber with the passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free ee Kids Act, which will provide more meals and sett healthier nutrition standards in schools. But it iss not without its costs. “In many places, food service is a separate entity ntitty and not part of the school budget,” says Marion n Kalb, K co-director of the National Farm to School Network. wo ork.“It has its own complete budget, and they’re required d to o pay, for example, for rent, for heating and for electric.” In recent years, farm-to-school programs have ve become options for thousands of school districts ctss and food-service programs that want to integrate fres fresh sh fruits and vegetables from local farms or from camcam mpus or community gardens into their menus. Even as school districts try to integrate farmmto-school meal programs, healthy food optionss att home can remain elusive for families. That’s why hy a growing number of community gardens and d farms have sprouted, such as Wilmington College’s e’s ’ Grow Food, Grow Hope project in Ohio. In 2008, the package delivery corporation DHL closed shop, devastating residents of Clinton County, Ohio. More than 8,000 jobs were lost and unemployment rates skyrocketed to 18 percent. Rooted in the success of WWII victory gardens, the Grow Food, Grow

provides 40 community Hope initiative initia garden ga arden plots on the Wilmington College campus to low-income individule ege ca als. Families have access to produce als s. Fam during du uring the growing season as well as opportunities to learn about sustainop pport growing methods. able g Grow Food, Grow Hope boasts an Gr extensive list of projects that promote extens e food including numerous food fo ood access, ac gardens gar rdens throughout the county, demgardens, onstration gar rdens, well-attended youth programs successful farmers market and the and camps, a succe thousands of pounds of produce to donation off thou and banks. various food foo od pantries pa notable One no otable farm-to-school initiative out of Point Reyes Station is that of Marin Organic’s Reyyes Sta Glean Team, Teaam, in which kids come out to local farms to glean unused harvest, which is then g delivered to ne nearby schools. Each week Marin Organic delivers delive a combination of purchased d and glea gleaned organic food to more then aned o 12,000 0 students. stud “The well-being of our society depends “Th wel on the way we grow and produce our food, and on our relationship to our soil and our farmer,” Marin Organic’s outgoing director Helge Hellberg told the Pacific Sun last summer.“We are entering an era of authenticity and transparency—it’s about the whole story.”—Alexandra Gross

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cooking for yourself,â&#x20AC;? you write, â&#x20AC;&#x153;is the only sure way to take back control of your diet from the food scientists and food processors.â&#x20AC;? My favorite cookbooks, lately, are Jesse Ziff Coolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Simply Organic and Organic Marin: Recipes from Land to Table edited by Tim Porter. What are some cookbooks you think Marinites may enjoy? David Tanis, chef at Chez Panisse, I like his books, especially Heart of the Artichoke and Other Kitchen Journeys. Mark Bittmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s books I ďŹ nd really accessible. Judy Rodgersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; The Zuni Cafe Cookbook is excellent, and lately Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been cooking bread out of the Tartine Bread cookbook by Chad Robertson.

linked to diet. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something I plan on talking about at the Marin Center. When you talk to people who have gotten off of the fast-food diet, off of the carbohydrate treadmill, less white ďŹ&#x201A;our and sugar, they feel better and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what keeps them eating real food. The satisfactions of junk foods are really ďŹ&#x201A;eeting. The satisfaction from real food is more durable. One of my rules for kids and for adults is to break the rules every once in a while. The key is to have â&#x20AC;&#x153;special occasionâ&#x20AC;? foods. That phrase should tell you all you need to know. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not foods to eat every day. I recently interviewed Justin Bieber. He said he liked to chill in his downtime and eat Doritos. What is your snack food when you chill with your homies? When I was his age I liked Doritos too. We all go through our stages. My own personal food when I break the rule is pizza. Not that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s necessarily unhealthy. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have wholewheat pizza. I also like nuts a lot. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enjoy potato chips as much as I used to. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re super salty so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve lost my taste for themâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but if Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m watching TV and eating mindlessly I would probably choose nuts.

A scientiďŹ c report by the United Nations came out last week stating that farms that employ agroecological methodsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the concept of applying ecological principles to the production of foodâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;outperform the use of chemical fertilizers in boosting food production. Should the earthworms start partying like rock stars? I also asked him It is happening. when he was going Marin may have been to cut his hair. ahead of the curve, and An Evening with I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any hair so has the West Coast Michael Pollan to cut so thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not as in general, but I see â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Sun Food Agendaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; pressing an issue as it happening around Thursday, March 24, 8pm at the it may be to Justin. the country when I do Marin Veteransâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Memorial Audi[Laughing] public speaking. There torium, 10 Avenue of the Flags at is still a long way to go. Civic Center Drive in San Rafael. You live in the East The movement is still Tickets are $20-$45. Tickets can Bay but youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re origiin its infancy, but the be ordered through the Marin nally from the East fact that this ecoCenter Box OfďŹ ce at 415/499Coast. Has working nomic recession hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t 6800 or www.marincenter.org. in your garden made destroyed organic food Also available are a limyou less of a cynical is a very good sign. It ited number of $75 tickets that New Yorker? could have if â&#x20AC;&#x153;organicâ&#x20AC;? include the performance and a For me gardening is were merely a luxury. private, pre-talk reception with therapeutic, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also the Organic sales are up Michael Pollan to beneďŹ t Marin source of the freshest even in this tough Organic. Tickets to this reception food I get to eat and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy. Consumers are only available through the also beautiful. To me could have given up Marin Center Box OfďŹ ce. itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more beautiful than purchasing organic a perennial border. milk and they havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. The satisfaction for me That suggests this issue is gustatory as well as has legs. aesthetic and therapeutic. You know what? The United States is rated No. 1 in [Laughing] Even when I was a cynical New childhood obesity. But what about Yorker, I loved to garden and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gardened people who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like kids. Why for a long time, so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quite should they care? the antidote. < Obesity is one issue, but health is a bigger issue than obesity. And we all need See how Annieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s organic garden grows at dirtdiva.com. to care. Eating well is its own reward in many ways. Health is about feeling good. Shine your thoughts over â&#x20AC;şâ&#x20AC;ş paciďŹ csun.com There are a great deal of chronic diseases



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unting and gathering are part of of organics, an emphasis on Italian specialmy job. I buy my food at many ties, fair pricing. Mollie Stone’s is a success different places of business, keeping story in Greenbrae and Sausalito (taking a watchful eye on how cooks and diners in over long-lived Petrini’s), huge spaces with Marin shop for themselves. We have a huge its own brands as well as international foods, number of choices here, ranging from tiny big butcher departments, wide product ethnic hideaways to anonymous bargain choices and a thriving takeout business. In warehouses with upscale gourmet venues San Anselmo, Andronico’s maintains its thrown into the mix. reputation for customer service and excel“Buying groceries” can mean something lent, if pricey, stock. as pedestrian as using cents-off coupons at a Then there are the wunderkinds: Trader major chain store to hunting down precious Joe’s, with origins in California, and Whole ingredients for making an exotic Southeast Foods, whose fame and personality took Asian dinner. It might mean knowing that hold in this state. I am not so enchanted with at CVS Pharmacy my favorite whole-wheat them as are their many devoted fans. That sandwich bread is always for sale at half the doesn’t mean that I don’t patronize them—I price charged by big supermarkets or that I do. But I despair at the frenetic atmosphere can find prepared taramasalata at the Per- of TJ’s that begins with Byzantine parking sian market in the Montecito Shopping lots (no matter where the store is situated) Center. I visit establishments far beyond my and the weirdly manic energy of customers own neighborhood, checking out spots like who seem to find it hard to navigate tooGrocery Outsmall aisles. let in Novato Whole Foods where shopis a different pers can save story with its money but shoppers who have to be on drop top dolguard against lars for arguout-of-date ably top-notch products or merchandise. substandard Here again the produce in atmosphere is echoing, imthe problem. personal surSelf-absorbed roundings. foodists can My strangest get on my recent visit was You’ll be smiling too, with Mi Pueblo’s colorful confections. nerves with to the food their entitled section of Target at Vintage Oaks—immacu- attitude as they stalk the latest and the best late, lined with glass refrigerator and freezer of everything. cases and bright lights reminding me of Gourmet-oriented purveyors are the nothing so much as a modern airport. movers and shakers of the moment. Both The loss of “regular” markets in Marin Woodlands Market (Kentfield, with a Tibutowns has become commonplace, leaving ron branch opening at Boardwalk Market’s us with fewer examples of typical homelocation) and Paradise Foods (Corte Madera town stores for our staples and everyday and Novato) are two examples. They profood purchases. Think of how many have vide top goods and services with an eye to closed within the last 10 years, causing real demographics. This means sophisticated problems for those who depended on being prepared-food sections for professionals and able to walk or drive short distances for food. commuters, and first-class in-store butcher Then there were the mergers, with name shops and wine selections. The formula changes: Alpha Beta, Lucky, Albertsons. seems to be working, since the companies Locally owned businesses that managed continue toward great success. to survive have done so by playing to their “Success” is the word that best describes in strengths. Scotty’s Market in Terra Linda very different ways the next two businesses has a loyal following due to its friendly staff I want to mention. I chose to profile them and down-to-earth attitude; it has served its because they represent the past, the future suburban clients well for decades. United and the happy present in Marin. A visit to Markets, with two branches (San Rafael and either of them shows how it can be exciting San Anselmo) has a reputation for giving to hunt and gather in 2011. back to its communities and responding to Since 1929, the Mill Valley Market has the tastes of its customers: extensive selection been one of the anchors of the downtown 18 PACIFIC SUN MARCH 18 - MARCH 24, 2011

Mill Valley residents have been filling their grocery carts at Mill Valley Market since 1929.

community. It remains a Canepa family business as a third generation runs the store (with help from the fourth generation, their sons). A tiny market by current standards, it is reminiscent of old small-town American grocers with its skinny aisles and closely packed shelves. But it is what is on those shelves that counts, and the quality of the products. At first glance the produce section seems too small, but a closer look finds an astonishing variety of carefully arranged fruits and vegetables (constantly replenished). Some of these are from the certified organic garden in Glen Ellen owned by the family, a project started by the late Jim Canepa and expanded by his heirs. There are surprises like exotic dragon fruit or foraged mushrooms and always the first seasonal offerings (spring onions, Rainier cherries, chestnuts) and organics in almost every category. The butcher shop provides old-fashioned service; you may pay a bit more over supermarket prices but you have able help in finding unusual cuts and having them correctly prepped. Special tags designate locally made products like Brickmaiden Bread from Pt. Reyes, Uncle Cody’s Hot Head Sauce (a smoky condiment created by a customer). In recent years the market has increased its selection of prepared foods and deli choices; its cheese selection features regional artisanal options. The wine department allows for leisurely browsing and has a knowledgeable staff—it’s not surprising that the store has sponsored the annual Mill Valley Wine & Gourmet Food Tasting each June for 30 years. According to the U.S. Census data released last week, Marin’s second largest demographic is Latino—15.5 percent. It was high time for a modern comprehensive market to service that community and that’s why the 2010 opening of Mi Pueblo Food Center in San Rafael was such a significant step forward. More than a supermarket, the colorful complex on Bellam Boulevard in San Rafael has become a gathering place for people originally from Mexico and Central

America. There they not only find ingredients for their kitchens at extremely reasonable prices, but also a sense of belonging. Outside the front entrance is a wood-fired grill stand with smoky aromas that seduce customers before they even enter the doors. The interior of Mi Pueblo is designed to resemble a colonial village, with painted walls, ceramic tiling, a taqueria and food court for on-the-spot dining. The bakery is filled with Technicolor sweets (pile a tray with selections, pay the cashier at the end), the meat department has cuts that are ready for cooking, some of them pre-marinated. As for prices, here are a few of last week’s specials: white shrimp, $3.98 per pound; two 10-pound bags of russet potatoes, $5; pasilla chiles, 77 cents per pound, and large pineapples, two for $5. Tres leches cake in the bakery was $1.48 per square, assorted empanadas were two for $1. (Weekly specials are listed in English as well as Spanish online at www.mipueblofoods.com.) Mi Pueblo means employment for many: More than 3,000 applied when it opened. It means even more to smart shoppers from all over the county looking for a unique experience. Small ethnic markets must not be overlooked. Here are sources with authentic ingredients as well as friendly owners who can provide advice and even recipes. At many of these, lower-than-supermarket prices prevail. • Asian Market, 5 Mary St., San Rafael • A.G. Ferrari, Corte Madera Town Center (regional Italian) • Malabar Indian Store, 1619 Fourth St., San Rafael • El Palmar, 1108 Grant Ave. (Mexican) • Jasmine Market, Montecito Center, San Rafael (Persian, Middle Eastern) • The Spanish Table, Strawberry Shopping Center, Mill Valley • Sabor of Spain, 1301 Fourth St., San Rafael Contact Pat at patfusco@sonic.net.

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Next tandoor neighbors Grant Avenue getting crowded with quality curry cuisine by Jason Walsh

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his town ain’t big enough for the both Batika has settled into the compact of us... building that recently housed Portelli Rossi That’s what the gunslingers of the and prior to that, during better economic Old West used to say right before they let their conditions, the plush and pricey Kitchen. six-shooters do the rest of the talking. But in We’ve never been big fans of the single-room the realm of 21st-century restaurant competi- space—partly because the long bench seating tors, there’s no such thing as a gunfight at along the west wall dictates that many diners high noon. It’s more like an a la carte fight at are placed side by side by side, which invarilunchtime. ably turns an intimate dinner This has been the case in for two into a public banquet Novato since earlier in the featuring you, your companBATIKA INDIA BISTRO year when Batika India Bision and multiple strangers 868 Grant Ave., Novato, tro opened practically across you’re bumping elbows with 415/895-5757. Open daithe street on Grant Avenue and listening in on. (The ly, lunch buffet 11:30am from the well-liked Anokha management of Kitchen to 2:30pm; dinner 5 to 9:30pm. Cuisine of India. And not made this worse by really to imply this is a heated distrying to cram in as many pute over territory along the seats as possible—especially lines of say, Kashmir, there is a question as to when it was the hot restaurant on the block whether a town that had gone without an In- after first opening.) Batika, wisely, seems to dian restaurant for more than 15 years up un- have spaced its tables out somewhat, making til 2009, can sufficiently support two of them for some much-needed elbowroom. That within a patthar’s throw of each other. being said, we arrived a bit early on a Saturday Here’s hoping Novato can, because both and landed one of the primo window tables Anokha and now Batika are high-quality in the corner, which made for a comfy, cozy curry houses. and very private meal. The early bird gets the

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Cheddars always prosper Petaluma’s Artisan Cheese Festival—a curdle above the rest! by Pat Fu sco

CHEESEHEADS, UNITE! You do not have to wear silly headgear, but you do have to act fast to secure tickets for the fifth annual Artisan Cheese Festival—it’s coming up next weekend (March 25-27) at the Sheraton Sonoma County-Petaluma. Some of the seminars and workshops, most of them at the professional level, have been sold out, but the popular Marketplace event on Sunday (11am-4pm) is open to the public and draws fans to the big white tent where the action takes place. More than 70 producers will bring their cheeses, joined by vintners and brewers and food producers (including chocolatiers) who will make sure there are plenty of tastes to enjoy. During the day, guests can drop in on cooking demos by cheese-savvy chefs, attend book signings and line up at the wood-fired pizza oven for another snack. Tickets are $45 per person ($25 for those 12-20) and they are available online, along with all the festival details, at www.artisancheesefestival.com... Do your homework before the festival by delving into The Guide to West Coast Cheese by Sasha

Davies (Timber Press, $18.95). She spent an entire summer traveling up and down the coast visiting cheesemakers to learn about 300 handcrafted cheeses described in the paperback book. As a teacher at the Cheese School of California, she writes with authority (and blessed efficiency)... One cheese that didn’t make it into the book—because it wasn’t created yet—is the newest one from Cowgirl Creamery, Wagon Wheel. It is similar to Asiago in flavor and temperament, good for cooking as well as for eating at the end of a meal. It’s in limited production until the cowgirls can find more aging space for the big 22-pound wheels. GETTING THE BREWS Outdoor spring events get off to a fine start March 19 (1-5pm) with the 16th annual Fairfax Brewfest at the Pavilion. Seventeen craft brewers and a cider maker will be pouring their best to enjoy with pub food like sausages and corned beef sandwiches. Irish dancing is highly encouraged, with traditional music by the Gas Men. Admission is $25 in advance,

murgh, as they say. After our server brought papadum and a pair of spicy spreads for the table (a sweet mango chutney and a “hot pickle” mix), we kicked things off with a basket of onion and cheese kulcha (wheat-flour flatbread stuffed with caramelized onions, mozzarella and parmesan; $3.85), a delicious Punjab selection best served with lighter entrees, and a dish of seafood rolls ($5.95) featuring shellfish and peas wrapped in a light and flaky pastry. For entrees we sampled a trio of curries: the methi murgh ($11.95), an underrated chicken dish featuring ground-up cashews; keema mattar ($12.25), a tomato-based curry enlivened by ground lamb; and palak paneer ($10.95), cottage cheese and spinach with mild spices. None of the selections earned a thumbsdown from our ravenous brood—though the mild-tasting paneer earned the least amount of attention from our plate-refreshening spoons (that might’ve been because we tend to order that dish a lot in curry houses). The nut-and-onion infused methi murgh disappeared the quickest—for good reason, its at once sweet-and-savory taste was tantalizing— and the keema mattar’s balance of meaty lamb and acidy tomato and onion was equally stellar. Good marks for the chutneys that came with the meal, as well (not overly vinegary, like in some Indian restaurants). Aside from our issues with the bench seating along the wall, Batika’s interior is warm and cozy—the place literally glows with ambers, reds and deep browns—particularly inviting during these dark and rainy winter

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The word Batika is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘vatika,’ meaning garden.

evenings. Our server was timely and nonintrusive—except when he brought our naan, then he was naan-intrusive!—and even shaved 10 percent off the total bill (an offer still valid as of press time, according to www. batikaindia.com). Batika is a welcome addition to the nowburgeoning curry scene in downtown Novato. Ideally, Novato’s two impressive Indian restaurants wouldn’t be stepping on each other’s toes in such close proximity—but, hopefully, a town of 50,000 won’t find it hard to support a pair of high-quality world-cuisine neighbors. C’mon Novato! Put your masala where your mouth is... < Tikka Jason at jwalsh@pacificsun.com.

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$30 at the door. This is a benefit for the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce. Get tickets at www.fairfaxbrewfest.com. MORE THAN A MEAL—IT’S AN EVENT Revisit the ’40s at Left Bank in Larkspur March 23 when a special Supper Club menu will be featured (5:30-10pm). The staff will be in period attire, the band 77 El Deora will play in the background (7:30-9pm) and the meal will be ’40s Southern in mood: gumbo, glazed stuffed quail with dirty rice, blackeyed peas and collards, with pecan pie and butterscotch ice cream for dessert. Reserve at 415/927-3331 or www.leftbank.com. MARK YOUR CALENDAR Mill Valley’s resurrected Cantina will begin serving lunch every day, starting March 21. Hours are 11:30am-4pm for specials like soup, salad, sandwiches and sizzling fajitas. Expanded outdoor seating on the front and side patios should prove to be a draw when warm weather arrives. 415/381-1070 or www. thecantina.com. WHAT A DEAL A win-win situation has evolved in San Rafael as workers from the culinary arts training program of Homeward Bound of Marin are staffing the kitchen for Jackson Cafe, the dining space at 930 Tamalpais Ave. Weekday lunches are served by Whistlestop, the senior service organization. These are affordable meals that include choices of hot entrees (stuffed

Keep in mind, cheese lovers—your food of choice is essentially curdled milk ravaged by live bacteria.

cabbage, barbecue chicken), sandwiches, soups, etc. Prices are $3.83 for those over 60, $6.57 for younger folk; hours are 11:30am-1:30pm. Everyone is welcome! Details: www. thewhistlestop.org. THE GARDENING GOURMET Everybody’s mama remembers the boozy Galloping Gourmet. Graham Kerr’s present lifestyle is a lot healthier; his latest book, Growing at the Speed of Life, is a paean to cooking from a kitchen garden. He’ll be at Insalata’s March 27 (12:30pm) for a luncheon, part of Book Passage’s Cooks With Books series. Cost is $100 single, $170 for a couple. This includes the meal, wine, tax, tips and a signed copy of the book. Reservations: 415/927-0960. < Contact Pat at patfusco@sonic.net.

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Blows against the birthday cake Paul Kantner celebrates his 70th with several willing volunteers... by G r e g Cahill

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ou never know how music is ship and the other iterations of his bands going to affect people—that’s as well as an all-star lineup of Bay Area what I like about it,” says Rock music legends. and Roll Hall of Famer Paul Kantner, “I usually don’t like birthday events,” he speaking from his North Beach home. says, “but someone put this together and I “It’s like a magical force that you wield, went along with it for obvious reasons. sometimes knowing what you’re doing. “It’s turning out to be quite the little But the emotional effect affair.” that it has on people— Among those myself included—is still scheduled to perCOMING SOON beyond my ken in terms of form are longtime Paul Kantner’s 70th figuring out the wheres and collaborators David Birthday Gala takes place Saturday and Sunday, March the why-fors. Freiberg, Pete Sears, 19 and 20, at 8pm, at the 142 “I don’t know that I want Jack Traylor, Darby Throckmorton Theatre in to figure it out. That might Gould, Slick Aguilar, Mill Valley. Tickets are $45take some of the beauty or Prairie Prince and $125. 415/383-9600. the mystery out of it.” Cathy Richardson Kantner, who turned 70 (Broadway star of this week, has had nearly Love, Janis), and Sam half a century as an influential singer and Andrew, Peter Albin and David Getz of songwriter to contemplate the often dark Big Brother and the Holding Company. beauty of his music. He’ll share his songs Special guests include Barry Sless, who at a two-day career retrospective to be held plays pedal steel and guitar with Phil Lesh this weekend in Mill Valley. The shows will and Friends. reunite Kantner with other members of the Moonalice plus Bo Carper of New MonJefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Star- soon and Aaron Redner of Hot Buttered

Kantner, one of the architects of the ‘San Francisco Sound,’ still resides in Fog City after all these years.

Rum are the opening acts at Saturday’s show. On Sunday, Big Brother and the Holding Company, with special guests Nicki and Tim Bluhm of the Motherhips and Eric McFadden, will open the show. Kantner, one of the leaders of the ’60s San Francisco music scene, also promises a couple of surprises, “folks who are

coming from strange and distant shores,” he says with a laugh. “We’ll do folk music from the time when we all first started to get together and we’ll play folk music that we’re doing now—acoustic guitar and piano sort of things,” he says. “And, of course, we’ll have a full, big rock ’n’ roll band—I have the best of both worlds. “Basically, it’s all music and music does not get old for me. The adventure that’s involved with making music is what’s critically important to the progress of the music.” At 70, Kantner shows no sign of slowing down. Recently, he’s launched the Windowpane Collective, an impressive series of themed digital-only recordings sold through his website. He’s also composing the score to a Broadway version of his 1970 sci-fi fantasy concept album Blows Against the Empire, the first album to use the Jefferson Starship name (billed as a Kantner solo project, the album featured members of the Airplane, the Grateful Dead, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and Quicksilver Messenger Service). This summer, he’ll take the current lineup of Starship on the road during an extensive tour that will include a date with the Cleveland Youth Symphony.

As part of Jefferson Airplane, Kantner had a hand in writing such classics as ‘Wooden Ships,’ ‘Volunteers’ and ‘We Can Be Together.’

“Music just goes on forever in a variety of forms and I want to keep pursuing it,” says the man who wrote “Crown of Creation.” “If I ever figured it all out, I might be disenchanted for all I know. It’s just not possible to know why art, any art—poetry, painting, music or even architecture for that matter—moves people. “There’s always something in transition there that is incalculable and that moves me to the nth degree every time I play.” < Survive and be alive for Greg at gcahill51@gmail.com. Tune up to the Marin music scene at

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L’age d’ whore Septuagenarian hookers still feeling 69 in Brava’s ‘Oldest Profession’ by Samant ha Campos

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hen we reach a certain age, we tend to think our usefulness to the world is coming to an end. And yet, we become more authentically and unabashedly ourselves the older we get. In this sense, we have more to offer—even as our bodies begin to fail us. In Brava Theater’s production of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel’s The Oldest Profession, five prostitutes in their 70s gather in Central Park to discuss business— and how to keep it going—just prior to Ronald Reagan’s first presidential inauguration. As the ladies lament younger competition, aging clientele and the, uh, stiff economy they’re facing, familial bonds cement their reserve to stick together and survive “in the game.” Just as Vogel’s prostitutes are losing clients Lee Brady (second from right, as Vera) regales her comwith tales from a life of wanton depravity—not a to old age and death, older people in our soci- panions far cry, really, from her annual appearance at the Pac Sun ety lose their employment value and the con- holiday party. tributions they offer to the larger community O O O O with each passing year. The War is hell on women “oldest profession,” while a and who doesn’t know that? NOW PLAYING subversive choice of career Personal horrors of rape and for these characters, could be The Oldest Profession runs murder in civil-war-ravaged through April 9 at the Brava seen as an allegory for how Congo may be far away from extreme the alienation can Theater, 2781 24th St., S.F.; Marin, but they are up-close be when we, especially wom- 415/647-2822, www.brava.org. and personal in Ruined, Ruined runs through April en, age. Yet, at the same time, 10 at Berkeley Rep’s Roda Berkeley Rep’s co-proVogel manages to celebrate Theater, 2015 Addison St., Berduction with the Lorraine the feminine vibrancy, paskeley; 510/647-2949, www. Hansberry Theatre. Salima sion and sexuality that pre- berkeleyrep.org. (Pascale Armand) tells of vails within each woman— being taken by soldiers who perhaps even more so as killed her baby as she planted time passes—despite being encased in an increasingly older body. Director tomatoes. She then served as the troop’s Evren Odcikin enlivens this complex-themed concubine, after which she couldn’t go home yet simply set production by allowing each because of the shame. Josephine (Zainab Jah) actress to inhabit her inner whore and create was the daughter of a tribal chief but he was a fun, theatrical atmosphere with intermittent on the wrong side and she paid for that. Worst cabaret performances, which mark the passing case of all is Sophie (Carla Duren), who was of each character as festive and joyful, instead sexually ruined by a bayonet rape. Despite of overwrought and mournful. Designer Jackie these horrors, playwright Lynn Nottage finds Martinez has crafted an intimate bench setting tender moments and humorous ones in this in the middle of Central Park, with a dimly lit, dark world. All the young women have ended lushly draped, brothel-esque backdrop that up in Mama Nadi’s (Tonye Patanu) brothel, serves as a sort of before- and after-life way sta- presided over by a modern day Mother Courtion for the ladies of the night, accompanied age who refuses to judge the rebels or the by Angela Dwyer’s fantastically sprightly piano government forces destroying her country. Mama just wants to make money off both. playing and narration. The actors—Linda Ayres-Frederick (Edna), Director Liesl Tommy creates the chaos of war Tamar Cohn (Lillian), Patricia Silver (Ursula), on a well-defined set, giving us the feminine warmth that brings in soldiers seeking sex and Cecele Levinson (Mae) and Pacific Sun’s very forgiveness. Overall however, it is only in the own Lee Brady (Vera)—engagingly display quiet moments as the young girls tell their the vulnerability and strength, humanity and stories, or when Sophie sings her plaintive balbrassiness of their working girls with a rather lad, that we get the human drama of women convincing and ever-so charming Southern in war.—Lee Brady < drawl and the wry wit of Vogel’s many socioApplaud Lee at freshleebrady@gmail.com. political one-liners. The Oldest Profession is both funny and touching, heartwarming and heartbreaking, and, as one of the lascivious Comment on this story in TownSquare, at ladies might say, worth every penny. ›› pacificsun.com

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Friday March 18 -Thursday March 24

Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford

William Shimell and Juliet Binoche try to keep it real in ‘Certified Copy,’ opening Friday at the Rafael.

O The Adjustment Bureau (1:39) Senate candidate Matt Damon defies fate to hook up with a hot ballerina…much to Fate’s potentially lethal disapproval. O Battle: Los Angeles (1:56) An invading force of flying saucers finds Earth’s great cities easy pickings…until they meet up with a platoon of LA-based army grunts. O Beastly (1:35) “Beauty and the Beast” revisited as a Manhattan princeling cursed with ugliness seeks true love to restore his former cuteness. O Carbon Nation (1:26) Documentary looks at the escalating climate crisis and what all of us are, can and should be doing about it. O Cedar Rapids (1:26) A hayseed insurance agent finds himself at a no-holds-barred convention in wicked Cedar Rapids…yikes! O Certified Copy (1:46) Two antiques experts adept at discerning the imitation from the authentic embark on a love affair, but is it real or is it Memorex? O The Fighter (1:54) Biopic of “Irish” Mickey Ward stars Mark Wahlberg as the street-smart world champion boxer and Christian Bale as his brother, trainer Dick Eklund. O Garbo the Spy (1:27) Compelling look at master spy Juan Pujol, a WWII double agent who just may’ve saved the world from Nazi domination. O Gnomeo & Juliet (1:24) The Bard’s timeless tale of star-crossed love reconceived as a kids’ cartoon about rival garden statuary. O Hall Pass (1:38) The Farrelly Brothers present another rambunctious sex romp, this one starring Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis as two restless husbands granted a week of freedom by their wives. O I Am (1:18) Documentary follows Hollywood moviemaker Tom Shadyac as he searches for meaning after a life-altering experience. O I Am Number Four (1:44) An alien on the run escapes his pursuers by posing as your typical spooky brainiac American hunk. O Inside Job (1:48) Gripping documentary about the unbridled capitalism and political hanky panky that led to the worst economic crisis since the 1930s.

O Just Go With It (1:50) Adam Sandler enlists buddy Jennifer Aniston to pose as his wife to keep the ladies from getting too clingy…guess what happens. O Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (1:45) Biopic of the 16-year-old Canadian heartthrob features lots of concert footage of our boy in action. O The King’s Speech (1:51) True tale of George VI of England, a reluctant, ill-prepared sovereign who turns to a cutting-edge speech therapist to cure his nervous stutter. O The Last Lions Dazzling doc follows an intrepid lioness as she protects her cubs from an array of daunting enemies. O Limitless (1:45) Failed author Bradley Cooper pops a new wonder drug to coke up his talents and before he knows it he’s a whiz at trigonometry, linguistics, seduction and the stock market…and attracting the attention of cops, gangsters and Robert De Niro. O Lord of the Dance 3D Irish twinkle-toes Michael Flatley and his crew of captivating colleens clog and cavort in three terpsichorean dimensions. O Mars Needs Moms (1:28) Disney cartoon about a plucky 8-year-old who goes after the Martians who kidnapped his mama. O The Metropolitan Opera: Lucia de Lammermoor (4:20) The Met presents Donizetti’s lilting tale of a woman’s descent into madness. O Nora’s Will (1:32) Award-winning Mexican comedy about a confirmed atheist forced to carry out his Jewish ex-wife’s elaborate last rites. O Of Gods and Men (2:00) Fact-based French drama about the tenuous good fellowship between Christian monks living in Morocco and their Muslim neighbors. O Paul (1:44) Snarky “E.T.” update about a wiseass alien who escapes from his New Mexico compound with help from two clueless Brits in a rented RV. O Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune (1:38) Timely look at the seminal sixties folksinger/ activist features concert footage galore plus insights from Pete Seeger, Tom Hayden and Peter Yarrow. O Plastic Planet (1:35) Far-flung, eye-opening look at Earth’s overabundance of plastic and how it’s affecting the health of our bodies as well as our planet. O Rango (1:47) Cartoon comedy about a suburban chameleon who finds himself in the Wild West, grappling with ornery desert critters. O Red Riding Hood (1:49) Saucy, suspenseful postmodern retelling of the vintage fairy tale stars Amanda Seyfried as the picnic-packing scarlet-frocked heroine. O Take Me Home Tonight (1:54) Aimless youth Topher Grace embarks on a wild night of lust, liquor and gettin’ down as adulthood rears its ugly head. O Tiny Furniture (1:38) Laugh-packed, unflinchingly honest film fest fave about a young woman’s post-college trials and tribulations. O Unknown (1:49) Dr. Liam Neeson finds himself stripped of his identity and pursued by ruthless assassins on an otherwise pleasant jaunt to Berlin. O Waste Land (1:38) Oscar-nominated documentary about artist Vik Muniz and the beauties he unearths from a massive Brazilian landfill. <

›› MOViE TiMES The Adjustment Bureau (PG-13) ++1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: 12, 2:40, 5:15, 7:50, 10:30 Century Regency 6: 11:10, 12:35, 1:55, 3:25, 4:50, 6:15, 7:40, 9:05, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:55, 2:35, 5:10, 7:50, 10:20 CinéArts at Marin: 1:30, 4:10, 7, 9:40 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:30, 7, 9:25 Sun-Thu 1:30, 4:30, 7 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:10, 6:40, 9:10 Sat 1:50, 4:10, 6:40, 9:10 Sun 1:50, 4:10, 6:40 Mon-Thu 4:10, 6:40 Battle: Los Angeles (PG-13) +1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:25, 12:30, 2, 3:10, 4:45, 5:55, 7:25, 8:40, 10:05 Century Rowland Plaza: 1, 4, 7, 10 Beastly (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 12:40, 2:55, 5:05, 7:15, 9:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:25, 2:45, 5, 7:15, 9:45 Black Swan (R) +++ Century Regency 6: 11:15, 5 Carbon Nation (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Sun 3 Cedar Rapids (R) +++ Century Regency 6: 12:10, 2:30, 4:45, 7:10 9:25 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:20 Sat 1:40, 4:30, 7, 9:20 Sun 1:40, 4:30, 7 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7 NCertified Copy (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 6:45, 9 Sat-Sun 2:15, 4:30, 6:45, 9 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9 The Fighter (R) ++1/2 Century Northgate 15: 2:40, 7:55 CinéArts at Sequoia: 2:20, 7:30 Garbo the Spy (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sat-Sun 12:30 Gnomeo & Juliet (G) +++ Century Northgate 15: 11:45, 4:25, 8:55; 3D showtimes at 2:10, 6:35 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:10, 2:25, 4:50 Hall Pass (R) +++ Century Northgate 15: 11:50, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:55 I Am (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:15, 6:30, 8:30

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Sat-Sun 2, 4:15, 6:30, 8:30 Mon-Thu 6:30, 8:30 I Am Number Four (PG-13) ++ Century Northgate 15: 12:15, 5:15, 10:10 Inside Job (PG-13) +++1/2 Lark Theater: Fri 5:30 Sat 7 Sun 4:45 Mon-Thu 7:15 Just Go With It (PG-13) +1/2 Century Northgate 15: 1:20, 4:05, 6:50, 9:45 Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (G) Century Northgate 15: 1:05, 7; director’s cut at 4:10, 9:50 The King’s Speech (R) +++1/2 Century Regency 6: 11, 1:45, 4:30, 7:30, 10:15 CinéArts at Marin: 1:40, 4:20, 7:10, 9:55 The Last Lions (PG) Century Regency 6: 11:50, 2:15, 4:40, 7:05, 9:30 NLimitless (PG-13) Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:50, 9:30 Sat 1:30, 4, 6:50, 9:30 Sun 1:30, 4, 6:50 Mon-Thu 4, 6:50 Lord of the Dance 3D (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:35, 2:10, 4:35, 7:20, 9:55 Sun-Thu 11:35, 2:10, 4:35, 7:20 Mars Needs Moms (PG) Century Larkspur Landing: 11:45, 5, 9:30; 3D showtimes at 2:25, 7:15 Century Northgate 15: 11:20, 1:35, 3:55, 6:10, 8:25; 3D showtimes at 12, 2:15, 4:35, 6:45, 9:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 2:15, 7:10; 3D showtimes at 4:45, 9:30, 11:50 Fairfax 5 Theatres: FriSat 12:50, 2:55, 5, 7:05, 9:15 Sun-Thu 12:50, 2:55, 5, 7:05 NThe Metropolitan Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Sat 10am CinéArts at Marin: Sat 10am CinéArts at Sequoia: Sat 10am Lark Theater: Sat 10am Sun 11am Nora’s Will (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sat-Sun 12:15 Of Gods and Men (PG-13)

+++1/2 CinéArts at Sequoia: 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:45 NPaul (R) Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:20, 4:10, 6:50, 9:30 Sun-Thu 1:20, 4:10, 6:50 NPhil Ochs: There But for Fortune (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:45, 7, 9:15 Sat 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:15 Sun 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:15 (Meegan Lee Ochs and filmmaker Kenneth Bowser in person at 4:30 and 7pm shows) Mon-Thu 7, 9:15 NPlastic Planet (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Fri 8 Sat 4:45 MonThu 5 Rango (PG) +++ Century Larkspur Landing: 11:30, 2:10, 4:45, 7:30, 10:10 Century Northgate 15: 11:40, 1, 2:25, 3:40, 5, 6:20, 7:40, 9:05, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:45, 2:20, 4:55, 7:30, 10:05 CinéArts at Marin: 1:50, 4:30, 7:20, 10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1, 3:30, 6:05, 8:40 Sun-Thu 1, 3:30, 6:05 Red Riding Hood (PG-13) +1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: 12:20, 2:55, 5:30, 8, 10:25 Century Northgate 15: 11:30, 12:20, 1:55, 2:45, 4:20, 5:10, 6:45, 7:35, 9:10, 10 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:30, 2:55, 5:20, 7:45, 10:10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:10, 4, 6:40, 9:20 Sun-Thu 1:10, 4, 6:40 Take Me Home Tonight (R) Century Northgate 15: 2:50, 7:45 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:15, 2:40, 5:05, 7:40, 10:15 Tiny Furniture (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Sat 9:15 Sun 7:15 True Grit (PG-13) +++ Century Northgate 15: 12:10, 5:25 CinéArts at Sequoia: 5, 10:10 Unknown (PG-13) ++1/2 Century Regency 6: 2:10, 7:55 Century Rowland Plaza: 7:05, 9:55 Waste Land (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Sat 2:30

Showtimes for the Cinema, Larkspur Landing, Marin, Northgate, Regency, Rowland and Sequoia were unavailable as we went to press. Please visit fandango.com for updates. We regret the inconvenience Showtimes can change after we go to press. Please call theater to confirm schedules.

›› THEATERS CinéArts at Marin 101 Caledonia St., Sausalito • 331-0255 CinéArts at Sequoia 25 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley • 388-4862 Cinema 41 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera • 924-6505 Fairfax 9 Broadway, Fairfax • 453-5444 Lark 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur • 924-5111 Larkspur Landing 500 Larkspur Landing Cir., Larkspur • 461-4849 Northgate 7000 Northgate Dr., San Rafael • 800-326-3264 Playhouse 40 Main St., Tiburon • 435-1234 Rafael Film Center 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael • 454-1222 Regency 80 Smith Ranch Rd., Terra Linda • 479-5050 Rowland 44 Rowland Way, Novato • 800-326-3264

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Live music 03/18: Beautiful Losers,Tres Mojos, Gabby Lala Folk, Electronica and world music. 8pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com 03/18: Cello Joe Cello, beatboxing, looping. 9pm. No cover. Hopmonk Tavern, 691 Broadway, Sonoma. www.hopmonk.com 03/18: Mwanza Furaha Jazz. 6:30-9:30pm. No cover. The Embassy Suites, 101 McInnis Pkwy., San Rafael. 419-5739. 03/18: Tom Rigney and Flambeau Cajun. 8:30pm. $12. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 03/19: Chrome Johnson Americana. 9pm-2am. $10. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 302-8394. 03/19: Doc Kraft Band Dance music. 8:30pm. $5. Seahorse Restaurant, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 601-7858. www.dockraft.com 03/19: Fantasia and Flanelhed Rock. 8:3011pm. Free. Brown’s Binyard, 1019 1st St., Novato. 897-1925. www.marinartists.net 03/19: James Moseley Band Soul. 8:30pm. $15. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. www. ranchonicasio.com 03/19: Jezebel Jazz vocalist. 7-10pm. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. www.saylorsrestaurantandbar.com 03/19: Mwanza Furaha With Kenneth Jackson, piano; Wayne Colyer, sax; Michael J. Ilnicki, drums; Julie Egger, violin; Kurt Huget, guitar; William Vitt, percussion. 7-10pm. $5. Two Bird Café at The Valley Inn, 625 San Geronimo Valley Dr.,

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03/19: Paul Kantner’s 70th Birthday All-Star Gala With founding members of Jefferson Airplane and four decades of Jefferson Starship incarnations. 8-11pm. $45-125. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600 . www.142throckmortontheatre.org 03/19: The Sun Kings Beatles tribute band. 9pm. $17-20. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com

03/20: Lansdale Station with Carlos Reyes, Pete Sears, Barry Sless, Barry Melton, Banana, Ryan Scott Artist Benefit Party for the Judge Murphy Wellness Fund. 6:15pm. $15-20. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com 03/20: Lonestar Retrobates Western swing band. 3-6pm. Free. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 516-1028. 03/20: Paul Thorn Band Original American. 8pm. $27-30. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 03/20: WTJ2 With Wendy Fitz. 5pm. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 03/22: Anna Estrada Jazz, salsa. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com 03/24: Buckaroo Bonet, Moxie Americana. 8pm. $8 George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com 03/24: Lady D Jazz Thursdays. 9pm-midnight. Free. Ghiringhelli’s Novato, 1535 S. Novato Blvd, Novato. 878-4977. www.ghiringhellisnovato.com

taurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. www.saylorsrestaurantandbar.com 03/25: JL Stiles Solo guitar. 8:30-11pm. No cover. Hopmonk Tavern, 691 Broadway, Sonoma. www.hopmonk.com

03/25: Mark Karan and Jemimah Puddleduck Jam. 9pm. $15-30. Palm Ballroom, Seafood Peddler, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 389-5072. www.murphyproductions.com

03/25: The Pulsators,The Sorrentinos Sonoma rockers. 9pm. $10-13. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com 03/25: Windshield Cowboys Rancho debut. 8:30pm. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. www. ranchonicasio.com

03/24: Vikki Lee and The Funny Farmers

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03/19: Ali Akbar College of Music 2011 Winter Concert Series Omar Ali and Ram Kaund-

BEST BET ‘Mayday’ Malone brings a mayday for the oceans Known throughout the 1980s and ‘90s as the beer-slinging Sam Malone on Cheers—and more recently as the awkward, pot-smoking magazine editor on HBO’s Bored to Death—TED DANSON is a consistently comedic presence in the lives of TV fans. Yet, when off the set Danson has a softer, deeper, ocean-lovin’ side and serves as a board member for Oceana, one of the world’s leading ocean conservation organizations. Danson’s voyage into environmental activism is chronicled in his new book, Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do to Save Them—and he’ll The TV star is hoping to turn the tides be on hand this week to present the book and for our endangered oceans. answer questions at Dominican University in San Rafael. Danson, along with Marin-based author, actor and activist Peter Coyote, will discuss the fate of our ever-threatened oceans on Monday, March 21, in Dominican’s Angelico Hall, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. Free; preferred seating with book purchase. 415/927-0960.—Dani Burlison

inya, tabla duet; Gaayatri Kaundinya, vocal; Annette Bauer, sarode; David Aue, tabla; Peter Van Gelder, sitar. 7pm. $12-15. Ali Akbar College of Music, 215 West End Ave., San Rafael. 454-6372. www.aacm.org 03/19: Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus Daniel Earl, director. With Cantiamo Sonoma, California Redwood Chorale, Sonoma County Chamber Singers, The Tangents, SRJC Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, Mostly Motets and the Etude Choir. 7:30pm. Free. Santa Rosa Bible Church, 4575 Badger Road, Santa Rosa. 707-527-4999. www.santarosasymphonicchorus.com

03/19: The Golden Harp of Joel Andrews Healing harp music. 7:30-9pm. $20-30. Spiritual Healing Center, 260 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley. 381-4465. www.innervisionsinc.com 03/23: How Sweet The Sound With Jane Siberry, Barbara Higbie and Linda Tillery. 8pm. $20-23. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600 . www.142throckmortontheatre.org 03/25: Anna Maria Mendieta Harpist Anna Maria Mendieta and Tango del Cielo perform Argentine tango. With tango and flamenco dancers. 8-10pm. $15-20. Old St. Hilary’s Landmark, 201 Esperanza, Tiburon. 435-1853. www.landmarkssociety.org/events/concert_series.php Through 05/02: Winifred Baker Chorale All are welcome to sing Faure’s “Requieum” and Schubert’s “Mass in E Flat” with the chorale. Rehearsals are every Tuesday evening. Performances on April

29 and May 2. 6:30-9:30pm. $30, for music. Angelico Hall, Dominican University, 50 Acacia, San Rafael. 485-3579. www.duwbc.org

Dance 03/16: English Country Dance in Marin Dance spirited,graceful folk dances of the English countryside. Live music, experienced callers, refreshments. No partner needed. Third Wednesdays; 4/20, 5/18, 6/15. 7-9:30pm. $10. San Rafael Community Center, 618 B St., San Rafael. 485-3333. www.cityofsanrafael.org

Theater/Auditions 03/17-04/17:‘Quilters’ Patchwork of stories experienced by a family of pioneer women. See website for showtimes. 8pm. $20-30. Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 456-9555. www.rossvalleyplayers.com 03/18:‘Is Ennybody Home?’ Sheilah Glover returns by popular demand with her witty one-woman show. 8pm. $25-35. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600 . www.142throckmortontheatre.org

03/24-26: Rocky Horror Show Sing-a-Long Transylvania comes to San Domenico! Join the cast for a zany show. 7:30pm March 24-26. 7:30pm. $5-10. San Doemnico School, Hall of the Arts, 1500 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo. 258-1989. www.sandomenico.org 03/24:‘Milagro’ Staged reading of a new play written by Brad Erickson of the Playwrights’ Lab. 7:30pm. $10-20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org 03/25:‘3 For All’ Improvisers Rafe Chase, Stephen Kearin and Tim Orr known for their unique blend of dramatic and humorous, completely improvised scenes. 8-10:30pm. $22-35. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org Through 03/20:‘Detective Story’ By Sidney Kingsley. Directed by James Dunn. 8pm March 11-12 and March 18-19; 2pm March 13, 19-20. $10-20. College of Marin Drama, 835 College Ave., Kentfield. 485-9385. www.marin.edu Through 04/03:‘The Changer’ New piece written and performed by alternative theater icon Robert Ernst about the mortgage crisis, multiple personaliMARCH 18 - MARCH 24, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 25

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Comedy 03/23: John Fox, Mike Bettancort and Friends Part of comedy Wednesdays series. 8pm. $10. Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com

Art 03/25: Falkirkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 Annual Juried Exhibition Opening reception 5:30-7:30pm March 25th.

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Marin and Bay Area artists in all media. Juried by Virginia Breier. 5:30-7:30pm. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328. www.falkirkculturalcenter.org 03/25: Wall Art for Water Wells Fundraising reception benefitting Epic Faithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Water Wells for India Mission Project to bring clean drinking water to those in need in India. 7-9:30pm. Free. Minna Nix Fine Art, 1215 2nd St., San Rafael. MinnaNix.com

Through 03/26:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Dance, Music and Flowersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Marin Society of Artists juried exhibit of MSA members. 11am-4pm. Marin Society of Artists, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 454-9561. www.marinsocietyofartists.org Through 03/26: Fred Lyon Photographic visual journey through the streets of San Francisco and Sausalito in the 40s-50s as seen through the lens of an S.F. native. 9am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. www.spn. usace.army.mil/bmvc/index.html

Through 03/30: Senior Lunch Group Art Show Group exhibition showcasing watercolors, paintings, pastels and photographs of artists from the SGVCC weekly Senior Lunch. 10am-5pm. Free. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888. www.sgvcc.org Through 03/31:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Living in Greyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Ashley-Jayne Nicolaus, paintings. Free. Nici Gelateria, 17 E Blithsdale, Mill Valley. (510) 692-6774. nocigelato.com Through 04/03:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Beasts and Beautiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Lucy Arnold, watercolor paintings of butterflies, bugs,

fish, frogs as well as mixed media abstracts. 11am-5:30pm. Free. Gallery One, 209 Western Ave., Petaluma. 382-1264. www.petalumagalleryone.com Through 04/07:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Art on the Farmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Thirty-five Marin Arts member artists are showcased in this exhibit and fundraiser. Galleries open 9am-5pm Monday-Friday, except holidays. Free. Marin Civic Center Galleries, 3501 Civic Center Dr., San Rafael. 666-2442. www.marinarts.org Through 04/08:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Old and The Newâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Exhibition of paintings by Melissa Adkison. 8am-7pm. Free. Gail Van Dyke Atrium Gallery, Marin Cancer Institute, 1350 South Eliseo Dr., Greenbrae. 461-9000. www.marincancerinstitute.org Through 04/15:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Paletteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Marin Arts current exhibit, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Palette,â&#x20AC;? features art in various media capturing extraordinary moments in nature by 28 artists. 11am-6pm. Free Marin Arts Gallery, 906 4th Street, San Rafael. 415-666-2442. www.marinarts.org Through 04/17: New Exhibitions â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mithila Women Painters from India.â&#x20AC;? Jack Spencer, photography; Sue Gonzales, paintings. 1-5pm. Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330. www. bolinasmuseum.org Through 04/21: Winter 2011 Exhibit With featured artists Donna Solin, Ronile Valenza, Sharon Sittloh, and Bernard Healey. Open weekdays. 11am4pm. Free. TCSD Office, 305 Bell Lane, Mill Valley. 388-6393. www.tcsd.us Through 04/28: Christopher Olsen Oils on canvas. Tues. -Fri. 11am-5pm. None. Rock Hill Gallery, Community Congregational Church, 145 Rock Hill Dr., Tiburon. 935-9108. www.ccctiburon.org

Through 04/30:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Treasures from the Vaultâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Exhibition celebrating the Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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. marinhistory.org Through 05/02:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Land and Lightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Kay Carlson, oils on canvas. Monday-Tuesday 7am-3pm; Wednesday-Sunday 8am-10pm. Free. Two Bird Cafe, Anthony Miceli Gallery, 625 San Geronimo Valley Dr., San Geronimo. 488-0105. www.twobirdcafe.com

Through 05/30:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;California Landscapesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Robbie Collins, paintings. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.robertwcollins.com Through 4/10:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Deep Structureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; John Ruszel,

Talks/Lectures 03/19-20: Weekend with John Shelby Spong Pre-registration is required. 10am-3pm. $25. Community Congregational Church of Tiburon, 145 Rock Hill Dr., Tiburon,. 435-9108. ccctiburon.org 03/19:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Labyrinth of Timeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Heather Martin discusses her installation of daily sketches that marked a journey of transformation. 4-5:30pm. Free. Marin MoCa. www.marinmoca.org

03/19: 21st Century Parenting for 21st Century Girls Our girls are growing up in a different world from the one we knew at their age. The pressure for social and academic success can cause our daughters to lose sight of whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right. 9:30amnoon $25. Corte Madera Town Center Community Room, 770 Tamalpais Ave Room 201, Corte Madera. 499-6195. www.marinteengirl.org 03/19: Marin Gray Panthers Meeting Mark Squire of the Good Earth Natural and Organic Foods in Fairfax will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Genetically Modified Food: Should We Be Concerned?â&#x20AC;? 1:30-3:30pm. Free. The Redwoods , 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 453-1550. www.theredwoods.org 03/21:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;No, But I Sawed the Bookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; By transforming older books into functional and humorous furniture, Jim Rosenau challenges us to think more deeply about our relationship to printed books. 7-8:30pm. Free. Sausalito City Hall, Council Chambers, 420 Litho St., Sausalito. 289-4121. www. ci.sausalito.ca.us/Index.aspx?page=388

03/21: Ted Danson in conversation with Peter Coyote Emmy Award-winning actor and environmental activist Ted Danson will talk with Peter Coyote about his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oceana: Our Planetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do About Them.â&#x20AC;? 7-10pm. Free. Angelico Hall, Dominican University, 20 Olive Ave., San Rafael. 458-3202. www.bookpassage.com 03/23:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Middle East 2011â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Israeli Avi Melamed, founder of an Arab language website which aims to build a constructive dialogue between Israelis and Arabs, will present his views on the current upheaval. 7-8:30pm. Free. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. www.marinjcc.org 03/23: World Affairs Council Historian David Large relates the failure of multiculturalism in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Germany to problems involving Islam, immigration, and identity. Reservations required. 7:30-9pm. $6-9, students free, Creekside Room, Dominican University, 50 Acacia, San Rafael. 293-4600. www.dominican.edu 03/24: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Shifting Jewish Identitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Osher Marin JCC presents guest lecture and art exhibition with renowned demographer and research professor Steven Cohen. 5:30-9pm. $15-18. Osher Marin JCC, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael. www.marinjcc.org

03/24: An Evening with Michael Pollan â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Sun Food Agenda.â&#x20AC;? The best-selling author will make an appearance offering new insights for this presentation. 8pm. $25-75. Marin Veteransâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags at Civic Center Drive, San Rafael. 499-6800 . www.marincenter.org 03/25: Meet the Author Learn about and enjoy cuisine of Ethiopia with chef/instructor Selome Haileleoul of Cafe Colucci, Oakland. Noon-1pm. Free. Civic Center Library, 3501 Civic Center Dr., Rm 427, San Rafael. 499-6058.

Through 03/26: Environmental Forum of Marin Seminar Series EFM Saturday Seminars are in depth conversations with Marin and Bay Area authoritative and compelling educators, professionals, scientists, business people, planners and policymakers. See website for weekly details. 9am-1pm. $34-50 for each event. Hospice

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Readings 03/19: Cathleen Schine Schine talks about her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Three Weissmanns of Westport.â&#x20AC;? 2pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 03/19: Psalmathon Reverend Christopher Martin leads a marathon reading of all 150 Psalms aloud. 3-9pm. Free. St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 1123 Court St., Duncan Hall, San Rafael. 456-4842. www.stpaulssanrafael.org 03/19: Walter Bortz Dr. Bortz discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Next Medicine: The Science & Civics of Health.â&#x20AC;? 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 03/21: Judith Orloff Orloff discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Emotional Freedom.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. bookpassage.com 03/22: Eleanor Brown the author discusses her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Weird Sisters.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 03/23: Ian Rankin Rankin talks about his thriller â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Complaints.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 03/24: Jacqueline Winspear Winspear presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Lesson in Secrets: A Maisie Dobbs Novel.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. bookpassage.com 03/24: Suze Orman â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Money Class.â&#x20AC;? Orman says itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time for a serious reconsideration of the American Dream-what promise it still holds and how it must be refashioned to fit our lives. 7pm. Free. Dominican University (Angelico Hall), 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 927-0960. www.dominican.edu

Film Events 03/18-20: Fairfax 48hr Short Documentary Film Challenge Filmmakers have 48hrs to produce a 4min documentary. The Challenge is open to everyone, first-time filmmakers encouraged.

Finished films will be shown at the Fairfax Doc Festival. Sign up on website. 7pm. Provide own equipment Fairfix Cafe, 33 Broadway, Fairfax. 446-8584. www.fairfaxdocchallenge.com

03/18: Fairfax Historical Society Movie Night, Films featuring 1950s Marin â&#x20AC;&#x153;Town & Country Clubâ&#x20AC;?; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Emmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Time Machine,â&#x20AC;? 1946 B-17 crash on White Hill; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bronco Billy and the School Mistress,â&#x20AC;? filmed in Fairfax. Sponsored by Fairfax PARC. 8pm. Free. Fairfax Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club, 45 Park Road, Fairfax. 454-7783. 03/22:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Out in the Silenceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; The Mill Valley Public Library is inviting teens to attend a free community screening followed by a Q & A session with filmmakers Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer. 7-9pm. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-4292. www.millvalleylibrary.org

Community Events (Misc.) 03/19: JoAnn and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Maxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;The Ancient Cystal skull Ancient crystal skull from the Mayan Civilization will be in Marin County March 18-20. Includes documentary screening of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Max the Crystal Skull; The Power Revealed.â&#x20AC;? Followed by the story of the crystal skulls, meditation and hands on time with Max and a healing drumming session with Antonio Mystic Bellissimo. 7-9pm. $35. 1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo. www.fourthdimensionhigherawareness.com 03/19: Fairfax Brewfest Traditional live Irish music with the Gas Men, dancing and beer sampling. 1-5pm. $25-30. The Pavilion, Downtown , Fairfax. 485-5699. www.fairfaxbrewfest.com 03/19: Free Drop Off Recycling Electronics, appliances, auto batteries, computers, microwaves, refrigerators, etc... 8am-4pm. Free. 777 San Marin Dr., Novato. www.industrialcartings.com 03/19: Giant Indoor Yard Sale Great stuff at low prices! Housewares, clothing, jewelry, games, toys, collectibles, books, dishes, you name it! Corte Madera Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club fundraiser for scholarships. 9pm3pm. Corte Madera Recreation Center, 498 Tamalpais Avenue, Corte Madera CA 94925. 924-1699. 03/19: Health is Wealth Festival Learn about healthy living from local health and fitness expertswhile enjoying live performing arts, healthy

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GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Any excuse to wear bright green is OK by you, so no matter what your ancestry, St. Patrick’s Day should not be ignored. Don’t worry. Your pals are saving you a seat at the pub. Meanwhile, your hopes and dreams for the future expand this week as the Sun begins to illuminate your way. For the next four weeks, you have confidence that your life is filled with great prospects. A little faith goes a long way. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) Your ruler in the analytical sign of Virgo for St. Patrick’s Day makes you rather skeptical about myths, including driving the snakes out of Ireland and lucky four-leaf clovers. Nevertheless, you shouldn’t turn down an invite to socialize on Thursday or Friday when the Full Moon lights up your house of neighborly interactions. Monday could bring a sudden opportunity to advance your career. Ah, you found a four-leaf clover, didn’t you? LEO (July 22 - August 22) It’s easy to believe in magic when your ruler (the Sun) occupies the fantasy-loving sign of Pisces. Hence your regular appearance in the St. Patrick’s Day parade as a well-dressed leprechaun. On Sunday, when your ruler enters the dynamic sign of Aries, you come out of the dreamy fog you’ve been experiencing and start a new outlook on life. Instead of seeking ways to escape from challenges, you’re bravely pursuing them. You are Leo. Let’s hear you roar. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) Money issues begin to replace relationship ones this week and you are feeling uncertain about the material world. Limiting Saturn is residing in your wealth house, and the next year may not be easy. However, you can use this cycle to learn how to handle your finances and come out ahead in the end. If you don’t have a savings plan in place, you might want to start... LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) The way others relate to you is about to go through some changes; you will have to accept the fact that other people can be strange and surprising. Usually, the beginning of spring puts you in the mood for love and springtime is typically for lovers. This year things are different. While you may be (or fall) in love, you might not stay there for long. In other words, avoid a legal ceremony, please. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) As a fixed sign, you can be resistant to the latest technology. Like it or not, you will be expected to learn more progressive ways of doing things during the next six years. This may mean upgrading your computer, figuring out how to operate your car’s cruise control or installing “smart” appliances in the kitchen. As long as you realize that none of this will actually save you time in the long run, you’ll be fine. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) If you can’t get to Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day, it will come to you. Cool, yes? Meantime, no one gets as blissed out about the first day of spring as you. This year is even more exciting than usual as electrifying Uranus sparks a desire for extra creativity and entertainment. And, while your friends may not approve of wild escapades of the romantic kind, your lover is definitely on-board. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) Those of you who have avoided psychotherapy because of a belief that you are either saner than most people (probably true) or that you have fewer character faults (probably not true), are entering a long cycle of experimentation in regard to your emotional well-being. Whether you seek inner understanding via a paid professional or a new deck of tarot cards is up to you. Nevertheless, seek it you must. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) After years of taking things a bit too personally, you are about to regain some of your objectivity. Your ruler, scientific Uranus, has left the naive and susceptible sign of Pisces to enter the fearlessly direct sign of Aries. This may save you money if you were thinking of taking your Irish friends out for drinks on Thursday. You’ll no longer believe the “I forgot my wallet” excuse—no matter how sexy the accent. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) It’s St. Patrick’s Day and the last weekend of your zodiac celebration. Chances are there might be drinking involved—hopefully not enough so you end up on the bar doing a little Irish jig with your imaginary leprechaun friend. Meanwhile, you continue to have the luck of the Irish when it comes to spontaneous financial opportunities. Don’t throw away any betting slips unless you’re absolutely sure they aren’t winners. < Email Lynda Ray at cosmicclues@gmail.com or check out her website at www.lyndarayastrology.com 30 PACIFIC SUN MARCH 18 – MARCH 24, 2011

PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011125913 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LOMBARDI PROPERTIES, 15 MARLIN AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: STEPHEN D. LOMBARDI, 15 MARLIN AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941; BETTE S. LOMBARDI, 15 MARLIN AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 25, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 25, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 25; March 4, 11, 18, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125864 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SMP TV, 42 WATERBURY LN., NOVATO, CA 94949: SCOTT M. PHELPS, 42 WATERBURY LN., NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 20, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 25; March 4, 11, 18, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126129 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SIEM CAR CARRIERS, 1099 D ST., SUITE 207, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SCC ADMINISTRATION SERVICES LLC, 1099 D ST., SUITE 207, 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 January 21, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 16, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 25; March 4, 11, 18, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126122 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LAUNDRY ROOM; ALL AMERICAN VENDING, 45 BAY ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CAMILLERI ENTERPRISES INC., 45 BAY ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 16, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 25; March 4, 11, 18, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126149 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TOWNE DESIGN, 29 POPLAR AVE., ROSS, CA 94957: ALLISON N. SUTHERLAND, 29 POPLAR AVE., ROSS, CA 94957. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 18, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 25; March 4, 11, 18, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126087 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LINGUA MARIN, 851 IRWIN ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SUSANNE IRWIN, 24 JEWELL ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on February 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 11, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 25; March 4, 11, 18, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011125923 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ZHINU RESOURCES, 67 MARIN BAY PARK COURT, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CHRIS A. SCHAEFER, 67 MARIN BAY PARK COURT, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901; SANDRA M. CHANDLER, 67 MARIN BAY PARK COURT, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 26, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 25; March 4, 11, 18, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126146 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ALL CLEANING SERVICE, 30 COWBARN LN. #11, NOVATO, CA 94947:

WHENDER M. ARRUOLA, 30 COWBARN LN. #11, NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 18, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 25; March 4, 11, 18, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126181 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SRS CUSTOM INTEGRATION, 4136 REDWOOD HWY, SUITE 3, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: SCOTT R. SHEPPARD, 87 ALMOND CT., 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 February 25, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 4, 11, 18, 25, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126179 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LANGUAGE CONNECTS, 949 VIA CASITAS, GREENBRAE, CA 94904: MARTHA SUKOSKI, 949 VIA CASITAS, GREENBRAE, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 1, 2002. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on February 25, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 4, 11, 18, 25, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126095 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ROSS VALLEY HEALTH ALLIANCE, 14 MEDWAY RD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: TIZIANO GRIFONI, 14 MEDWAY RD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960; BRADLEY MOUROUX, 85 BOLINAS RD. #2, FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by an unincorporated association(g) other then a partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on February 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 14, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 4, 11, 18, 25, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126105 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MEDICAL DENTAL GUILD, 1050 NORTHGATE DR. SUITE 250B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: PETER F. CHASE D.D.S., INC., 1050 NORTHGATE DR. SUITE 250B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 15, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 4, 11, 18, 25, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126183 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ANANDA MA, 507 NORTHERN AVE., #22, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: ARIANE WLASAK, 507 NORTHERN AVE., #22, 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 March 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 25, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 4, 11, 18, 25, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126089 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MOUNT TAM MARTIAL ARTS, 655 DEL GANADO RD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: JOHN M REIFSNYDER, 37 REED BLVD. APT #1, 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 11, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 11, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 4, 11, 18, 25, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126193 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ART CREATED EVOLUTION, 9 COLE DR., MARIN CITY, CA 94965: JEANETT EGENLAUF, 9 COLE DR., MARIN CITY, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 28, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 4, 11, 18, 25, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126195 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CORTE MADERA 76, 700 TAMALPAIS DR., CA 94925: BV PETROLEUM INC., 33261

FALCON DR., FREMONT, CA 94555. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 16, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 28, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 4, 11, 18, 25, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126194 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as 4 PARTS DESIGN, 3030 BRIDGEWAY, SUITE 305, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: JD2DHJ, LLC., 3030 BRIDGEWAY, SUITE 305, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. 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 February 28, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 4, 11, 18, 25, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125968 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BSL TRADE, 5800 NORTHGATE MALL, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: AZAMAT TURSUNBAEV, 5800 NORTHGATE MALL, 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 January 31, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 4, 11, 18, 25, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126238 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ESSENCE DAY SPA, 1016 C ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MARY STAWSKI, 256 DONAHUE ST., SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 16, 2006. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 3, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 11, 18, 25; April 1, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126145 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as AINT’T MISBEHAVIN’, 172 PICNIC AVE. UPPER, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: KEVIN M. PRICE, 172 PICNIC AVE. UPPER, 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 February 14, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 18, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 11, 18, 25; April 1, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126239 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MI PRODUCTO FAVORITO, 159 SHENANDOAH PLACE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: VELOSO CORPORATION, 159 SHENANDOAH PLACE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 3, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 11, 18, 25; April 1, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126228 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NOURISH AT HARBOR POINT, 475 E. STRAWBERRY DR., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: THE CLUB AT HARBOR POINT, LLC., 475 E. STRAWBERRY DR., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on April 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 2, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 11, 18, 25; April 1, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126253 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CITY CYCLE OF SAN FRANCISCO, 702 SAN ANSELMO AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: CALI LORIEN LLC., 702 SAN ANSELMO AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 4, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 11, 18, 25; April 1, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126263 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SCAN AUTO, 33 UNIT J HAMILTON

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PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 30 DR., NOVATO, CA 94949: GARRETT MAC GABHANN, 33 ROSSARIO RD., FOREST KNOLLS, C 94933. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 7, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 11, 18, 25; April 1, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126250 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as QUIET TOYS, 21 GREENWOOD COVE DR., TIBURON, CA 94920: LAURIE ANN VAR, 21 GREENWOOD COVE DR., TIBURON, CA 94920. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 4, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 11, 18, 25; April 1, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126191 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as JOLIE, 800 REDWOOD HWY. STE #114, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: WILD AT HEART, 6 ROSEBANK LN., KENTFIELD, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on April 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 28, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 11, 18, 25; April 1, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126321 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DAUTH HOBBIES, 224 GREENFIELD AVE. SUITE 2, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: CARYN GUTHRIE, 206 SOLANO ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 17, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 11, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 18, 25; April 1, 8, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126314 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BC DESIGN PARTNERS, 452 OLD QUARRY RD. NORTH, LARKSPUR, CA 94939: JAMES E. BROWN, 452 OLD QUARRY RD. NORTH, LARKSPUR, CA 94939; ROBERT L. COPANI, 452 OLD QUARRY RD. NORTH, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2004. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 10, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 18, 25; April 1, 8, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126182 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BUZZCUTS.TV, 262 WOODLAND AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: THOMAS P. SCHWEEN, 262 WOODLAND AVE., 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 February 25, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 25, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 18, 25; April 1, 8, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126326 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as A SECOND OPINION, 177 FRUSTUCK AVE., FAIRFAX, CA 94930: JOHN OWENS SERVICES, INC., 177 FRUSTUCK AVE., FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 11, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 11, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 18, 25; April 1, 8, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126298 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as INSIGHT BUILDERS, 3980 GLEN ALBYN DR., SANTA BARBARA, CA 93105: CHARLES EWARD WARNER JR., 3980 GLEN ALBYN DR., SANTA BARBARA, CA 93105. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 9, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 18, 25; April 1, 8, 2011)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126140 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as A SELF STORAGE, 101 RENAISSANCE RD., NOVATO, CA 94945: JOHN E. KENNEY JR., 32 GREENWOOD BAY DR., TIBURON, CA 94920; KH WU KRUEGER, 29 FERN CANYON RD., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 17, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 18, 25; April 1, 8, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126329 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WINE BEST BUYS, 70 HERITAGE DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ROBERT J. COOK, 70 HERITAGE DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 5, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 11, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 18, 25; April 1, 8, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126231 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ROSE FLOWER MASSAGE, 1006 TAMALPAIS AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: YAO Y. CHE, 1006 TAMALPAIS 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 March 2, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 18, 25; April 1, 8, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126226 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ROSE SPA, 247 SHORE LINE HWY #B-6, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: YAO Y. CHE, 247 SHORE LINE HWY #B-6, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 2, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 18, 25; April 1, 8, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126297 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN ALTERNATIVE MOTHERS GROUP, 18 BELLE AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: DANIELA O. OZKAY, 18 BELLE 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 March 9, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 18, 25; April 1, 8, 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 1101025. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner JANE KATHERINE FERGUSON FLOUT filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: JANE KATHERINE FERGUSON FLOUT to JANE FERGUSON FLOUT. 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: April 11, 2011, 9:00AM, Dept. L, Room L, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913-4988. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: February 25, 2011 /s/ LYNN DURYEE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: March 4, 11, 18, 25, 2011) NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES. Date of Filing Application: January 24, 2011. To Whom It May Concern: The Name(s) of Applicant(s) is/are: WOODS MUSIC HALL, LLC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to sell alcoholic beverages at: 19 CORTE MADERA AVE., MILL

VALLEY, CA 94941. Type of license(s) Applied for: ON SALE GENERAL EATING PLACE. (Pacific Sun: March 4, 11, 18, 2011) NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES. Date of Filing Application: FEBRUARY 22, 2011. To Whom It May Concern: The Name(s) of Applicant(s) is/are: JIAN LI. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to sell alcoholic beverages at: 937 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., KENTFIELD, CA 94904. Type of license(s) Applied for: ON SALE BEER AND WINE Eating Place. (Pacific Sun: March 11, 18, 25, 2011) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1101151. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner JORDAN MATTHEW STONE filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: JORDAN MATTHEW STONE to GEORGE WASHINGTON WEAVER JUNIOR. 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: April 29, 2011, 8:30 AM, Dept. K, Room K, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913-4988. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: March 4, 2011 /s/ FAYE D’OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: March 18, 25; April 1, 8, 2011) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1101295. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner GREGORY JOHN KRIEGER filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: GREGORY JOHN KRIEGER to BLESS GREG KRIEGER. 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: April 22, 2011, 8:30 AM, Dept. B, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913-4988. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: March 11, 2011 /s/ ROY O. CHERNUS, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: March 18, 25; April 1, 8, 2011)

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I have an online dating issue. When a man and I are going to have our first phone chat, I set up a specific day and time so we don’t have to play phone tag. This allows me to schedule around it and be prepared and at my computer viewing his profile when we talk. I take the man’s number and call him, because I’m not comfortable giving out mine right away. During my several years of online dating, the percentage of guys who aren’t there at the planned time has been about 90. Many never contact me again, even to explain or apologize. —Feeling Very Stood Up

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A woman can be a little premature in setting up who wears the ball gag in the relationship. Telling somebody he needs to talk to you at a specific time might work fine in business, but because men tend to be wary of controlling women, it’s a risky tactic when you’re vying to maybe become a guy’s girlfriend, not his supervisor. But, here you are, not only setting the call time but informing a guy that he’ll be doing the waiting and you’ll be doing the calling. Very possibly, there’s more in your e-mails that suggest you’re bossy and controlling. If so, for a guy, this can foreshadow a lot of being ordered around by you: “Sit. Stay. Repeat after me, ‘I’d love nothing more than to turn off the playoffs and join you in watching Valerie Bertinelli kill her abusive husband with a shovel in the Lifetime Movie Of The Week.’” The dynamic of Internet dating probably plays a part in your 90 percent no-show rate. Instead of connecting human to human in some chance meeting, it’s the dating equivalent of clicking a box on drugstore.com to add Q-tips to your “basket.” You’re not so much a person as you are a picture of a person, and whether you’ll actually resemble the person pictured remains to be seen. No, you swear, you really are 5-feet 8-inches and 127 pounds... on Mars. (Here on Earth you’re 317—if you weigh yourself first thing and don’t put on socks.) Now, maybe you have a peculiar attraction to rude men, but more than likely, you just need to try something new: Relax a little. Give out your number. Not your home number, connected to your address, but the number to your cell or one of those pay-as-you-go phones that isn’t traceable to you. Should you start getting unwanted calls, put the thing on silent or give it to some wino and tell him to answer it by breathing heavy and asking, “Are you wearing crotchless panties?” Instead of trying to wring every bit of uncertainty out of your life, accept that there might be a little phone tag. When you do get on the phone with a guy, step away from the computer and your spreadsheet of questions. Your goal shouldn’t be vacuuming him for data; it should be having fun getting to know him. If you’re having fun, you’ll be more likely to sound like fun—like the sort of woman who keeps the spark in a relationship (and not by Tasing the guy whenever he’s a little slow to take out the trash).

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The guy I’m dating says it’s “disgusting” and “troubling” that I let my dogs sleep in the bed with us, and he refuses to stay over unless they sleep on the floor. Trust me, this is not a simple matter of buying my dogs a nice dog bed, but a matter of an otherwise great guy not understanding or respecting my relationship with them. (This happened with the last two guys I’ve dated.)— Two-Dog Night

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A guy can respect that your dogs are important to you and still feel that the ideal bedmate isn’t something that spent the evening licking a dead squirrel and then going around sniffing all its friends’ butts. If your priorities are such that you’d kick a great guy out of bed before you’d roust a Great Dane, you’d better understand and accept that you’re narrowing your choice of men. You might consider whether you have some ulterior motive for putting your dogs between you and these guys. It is easier to have a “relationship” when conversation is “Woof,” “Sit” and “Treat?” instead of “So why do you think you have issues with intimacy?” It’s possible you’re just one of those intense dog people, like the woman who had her French poodle’s headstone inscribed “Disappointed by humans, never by my dog.” Well, OK. But, I bet she never had a boyfriend who peed on the rug, chewed her expensive shoes and licked up his own vomit. < © 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.

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