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›› LETTERS Ma’am, this screen ain’t big enough for the both of us...

Raoul Walsh saw 23-year-old prop boy Marion Morrison and hired him as ‘John Wayne’ for the lead in ‘The Big Trail’ (1930).

Well, since it’s quite obvious that your readership takes its cinema geekery very seriously, I must step in and gently correct letter writer Kimberly Clark’s assertion [“But Who Wants to Read 200 Words on ‘Manimal’?” March 2] that White Christmas was the first wide-screen film released. Fox Film Corporation (later 20th Century Fox) introduced a 70mm wide-screen format in 1929 called Fox Grandeur. Most of the Grandeur films no longer survive, but one noteworthy exception is Raoul Walsh’s The Big Trail (1930), in which John Wayne made his first (stalled) bid for big-time stardom. Tom Bertino, San Rafael

Mutton dressed as plan Peter Seidman’s article concerning the One Bay Area plan [“E Pluribus Marin?” March 9] places too much emphasis on

positive outcomes, or that it is a new look. It is the same old presentation of alternatives to how to develop. If one looks at the proposal in historical context it is easy to see that it will not result in reductions of growth, or in reduced car use. The idea that cars produced the basic infrastructure of American cities and that trains can solve the problem is false. The One Bay Area plan is almost exactly that used by [Henry] Huntington over 100 years ago to develop the L.A. Basin with his rail lines that determined community patterns and eventually the urban/suburban sprawl pattern we see today. This story is told in Kevin Starr’s books (especially see Inventing the Dream, 1985). Marvin Fair and Ernest Williams demonstrated the relation between rail and development in their book Economics of Transportation in 1950. If we want to use a proven model to reduce sprawl and car use then we must go to Europe and see that strict limits on building in open space (therefore no more building in Marin) and very high gas taxes to pay for transit (Golden Gate Transit and MTA) is the way. We are cutting back on Golden Gate Transit and MTA and other Bay Area bus services at a time when we should be expanding them. Niccolo Caldararo, Fairfax

Patron of feminism, or base lothario? I join singles event promoter Rich Gosse by inviting Nikki Silverstein [who gave Gosse and his Miss Cougar America contest a zero in the March 9 “Hero&Zero” column] as his guest to the next Cougars party on April 13 at the Hard Rock Cafe on Pier 39.

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TOP POSTINGS THIS WEEK Candidate filing ends--time for a hat count! Here’s a look at who is vying to represent Marin in Congress, the state Assembly and on three Board of Supervisor seats: Read the full story here ... Marin job-growth report changes its story ‘How could we have been so wrong?’ pleads ABAG... Read the full story here

Your soapbox is waiting at ›› pacificsun.com Dubbed the Miss Cougar America Contest & Dance, next month’s event is one of many that Gosse has sponsored with this theme over the last couple of years. Ms. Silverstein unfairly labeled the longtime San Rafael resident a “zero” last week for actually honoring the latest craze—older women interested in men much younger than them. The media attention generated by some of Gosse’s so-called “beauty contests” demonstrates that older women are viewed as sexy by many younger males. Any criticism your singles columnist places upon Gosse is presumptive without having witnessed one of these “pageants” or interviewed any of the winners, who were selected as much for their inner beauty as their outer appearance. Barry Taranto, San Rafael

We find Rush’s lack of carnal knowledge quite relieving... We hear of Rush [Limbaugh] apologizing to the law school student for branding her a “slut” and a “prostitute,” and then there’s a big hoo-hah over whether that is enough. How about...when will he acknowledge he’s an ignoramus on how birth control works? The talk show host during his sexual revolution ‘prime.’ Clearly he insinuated the young woman was having so much sex she couldn’t afford the cost of all those pills. Rush, the pill is not like Viagra. Why doesn’t he know that? He was born in 1951, so he, as a kid, was in his prime during the so-called “sexual revolution.” Yet Rush appears to have no understanding of how the pill works. Meanwhile, millions swear by the “wisdom” this knucklehead spouts over the airwaves each weekday. And this is the 21st century. Hobart Bartshire, Fairfax

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newsprint given to the rants of Marcia Blackman, particularly the letter March 9 [“We Didn’t Know Gravy Paired So Well With Sour Grapes”]. If only Ms. Blackman—and others in Marin, such as the librarian at one of our local city libraries who suggested I was “working the system”—would take off their designer sunglasses long enough to take a clearer look at some of the working poor, they might bite their own “entitled” tongues. A long resident of Marin, my family left the area when I was barely out of high school, leaving me to fend for myself at low-paying retail and service-industry jobs. Disabled by a drunk-driver accident, I have relied for 25 years on the public Health and Human Services Department and other services the county provides, working most of the time, as these programs do not provide enough for basic necessities. Sure, there are some who abuse these programs, but Ms. Blackman is clearly wrong when she states that applicants are approved with a “wink and a nod” to keep the jobs that are provided to the social workers of this county. I myself DO work to survive, as I pay almost 90 percent of a disability “entitlement” to rent what is considered “affordable housing”—the rest is provided by the thrift stores and charities whose agencies clothe and feed me. I will think of Ms Blackman, along with the two-home owning librarian who faulted my efforts to survive, along with those in our lovely county who treat the working poor as mere underlings and servants, when I enjoy the lobster pate I was able to get from the Dollar Tree with my food stamp benefits. Name withheld, San Rafael

But isn’t his ‘talent on loan from God’ technically an entitlement? If Rush Limbaugh is looking for a fifth wife, I think he and Marcia Blackman would be a perfect match. Wendi Kallins, Forest Knolls

We’ve only just baguette Retrospective dietary advice: If only Mama Cass had shared a sandwich with Karen Carpenter, there’d be two singers alive today. Craig Whatley, San Rafael

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Take two labs, call me in the morning Will Marin-Sonoma health lab partnering cure our funding ailments? by Pe te r Se i d m an

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proposal to close Marin County’s public health laboratory and partner with Sonoma County’s lab in a regional program is a real-world reaction to plummeting funds for public health programs. But the proposal goes beyond a dollarsand-cents evaluation of cost benefits. It also represents an opportunity to move beyond a public health paradigm that stretches back to the 19th century and creates a 21st-century healthcare delivery model that can maintain quality outcomes in a holistic system that meets changing needs. “We’re in a state of dynamic flux,” says Larry Meredith, director of the Marin County Health and Human Services Department. “We have to change. We can’t continue doing things the same way we have been because there’s less money and greater need.” Along with the challenge of working with less funding, the way in which that funding is dispersed from federal and state governments presents new opportunities to remake public healthcare. The challenge isn’t unique to public health departments, but the nature of healthcare—public and private—makes it an especially sensitive area. Criticism of the proposal to close the county’s public health lab underlines that sensitivity. While some of the criticism comes, understandably, from public employees who face possible layoffs, other critics

raise issues such as local control—which surface whenever plans surface to regionalize services of any kind. Local control can be a legitimate concern or a rallying cry that triggers a kind of hysterical reaction that prevents cogent consideration. Although most people know what a medical lab does in the way of tests, they’re not as conversant with the functions of a public health lab. California established a board of health in 1870. It wasn’t until 1905 that a diagnostic bacteriological lab opened in the state. All counties must have either a public health lab or be affiliated with one. These labs perform tests that diagnose and track communicable diseases in the environment and in persons who are sick during outbreaks. Flu, mumps and measles are just a few of the illnesses the labs track. They perform tests for hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases and tuberculosis. The labs also test for food- and water-related illness, tick-transmitted illness as well as environmental conditions such as chemical and biological contamination. “For 58 years, the Marin County Public Health Laboratory has provided excellent service to the community,” says Meredith. “We appreciate the work of laboratory staff to protect and serve our community.” The decline in federal and state funding already has squeezed the county’s public 9 > health efforts. Tests on obstetrics and

›› NEWSGRAMS Oscar Challenge results! We threw down the Academy Awards gauntlet and our readers responded courageously—nearly 200 of them. The “challenge,” as you may recall, was to out-predict our on-staff team of Oscar experts regarding the winners at last month’s Academy Awards. Those who did would win tickets for two to the Smith Rafael Film Center. We felt pretty good about correctly guessing the winners of 16 of the 24 Academy Award categories (damn you, Meryl Streep!)—but when the Feb. 26 ceremony ended there were 15 of you who felt even better. Winners will be contacted by email this week; those who have already provided a mailing address will simply receive two movie passes in the mail. The grand prizewinner was Barbara Smith of San Anselmo. For her efforts, she’ll receive a 2012 Gold Star membership to the California Film Institute! This is Barbara’s first Oscar Challenge championship—though she’s been a runner-up every year since we launched the contest. How does she do it?! “I credit my love of film, a little research and a lot of...LUCK!” she says. Huffman outlines 2012 environmental agenda Good things come in threes, says Jared Huffman—and Marin’s state assemblyman is hoping to prove just that with this week’s introduction of a trio of environmental bills aimed at saving state parks, banning coal-tar sealant and preserving coho salmon. Assembly Bill 1589, the California State Parks Stewardship Act, is legislation targeted at budget relief for the parks through state funding guarantees, creation of an “enterprise fund” for installation of modernized fee-collection equipment, selling of state park environmental license plates and annual park passes, and increased transparency as to the Department of Parks and Recreation’s decisions regarding park closures. The Coal Tar Sealant Ban, AB 1704, would prohibit the use of coal-tar pavement sealant. The sealant, according to Huffman’s office, is a carcinogen-laced black liquid spray used on some parking lots and driveways that degrades over time and can lead to chemical runoff into waterways. The bill would ban the sealant beginning in 2013. Finally, AB 1961, the Coho Salmon HELP Act,“expedites the approval of projects designed to provide permanent habitat enhancement for coho salmon,” according to Huffman’s office. The population of the native California fish has plummeted in recent decades due in large part to salmon-unfriendly development practices. Marin job-growth report changes its story As the Bay Area is expected to grow about 1.2 million jobs over the next 30 years, Marin won’t account for much of that boom, according to the latest figures from the Association of Bay Area Governments, which estimates the county’s job growth at 19,000 over that period—a drastic change of tune for ABAG after estimating about 35,000 jobs as recently as last August. Complaints from Marin officials over the earlier jobs number apparently didn’t fall on deaf ears at ABAG, the agency charged with enforcing state-mandated housing numbers based on job/population growth. In a strange case of bottom-up politics, resident/voter outrage in towns such as Novato, Larkspur and Corte Madera over affordable and transit9 > oriented housing mandates resulted in city councils’ outrage over affordable and MARCH 15 - MARCH 22, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 7

›› BEHiND THE SUN

From the Sun vaults March 16-22, 1981

Walk on the wild side Some Marinites will do just about anything to double their wardrobe...

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“Now you’re a prima ballerina on a spring afternoon—change on into the wolfman, howlin’ at the moon—howoooooh!” —the New York Dolls, “Personality Crisis”

“right” on your average suburban housewife...Since I usually only dress up for an hour at a time (I make love with myself) I will often be satisfied just wearing a slip or a bra and panties. years ago Where do you get your clothes? Many T/Vs use mail order catalogs to get their clothes, but I realized long ago that I Marin was a wolf in Cher’s clothing 31 wanted to see what I was buying, and when years ago this week. possible to try on the dress or slip or bra “There may be as many as 3,000 men in the store. What’s amazing is that a fair in the Marin-Sonoma area who choose to number of stores allow you to do this. I dress up in bras, skirts and negligees,” surtell the saleswoman that it’s for me, not my mised Pacific Sun writer Andy Plumb in his girlfriend, and it’s usually no hassle. winter of ’81 cover feature “Transvestites.” How often do you dress? And he ought to know—Andy also went by The past two weeks I’ve been in drag “Andi,” and his story told the behind-theabout twice a day and have spent half my stilettos secrets of Marin’s cross-dressing evenings sleeping in feminine attire, yet in businessmen, tax accountants and happily all of September, I hardly dressed at all. It’s married husbands. But the coup de “bra,” a cyclical thing... so to speak, was when Andy interviewed What are your feelings when “en “Andi” to “get a perspective on transvesfemme”? tism as a day-to-day reality.” (Or, as Andy The most honest answer I can give is, “it’s admitted, to answer the questions he’s most like trying to tell a stranger about rock ’n’ frequently asked in classroom discussions.) roll.” Today, Andy is 60 years old and lives in Do you ever go anywhere when you Greenbrae, spending his days working part- are Andi? time from home, hiking Marin’s hills and Not very often but I have gone to the “playing ‘girl’ once a day for a few hours.” Hyatt Regency in a state of total nervousHe’s also the author of the recently pub- ness...and even strolled around the Marin lished Bootleg Poems, a colCivic Center pond one lection of transgender posummer evening in a long, etry and songs (more on flowing evening gown. It’s that in next week’s local-lit still very scary, especially issue). Since the 1981 interwhen men are “coming view, Andy says he’s drifted on” to me. I’ve learned a more toward having romanlot about that whole aspect tic relationships with men of the sexual game. I do than women (“I was better understand why women at impersonating them than would be pissed at aggresbeing with them,” he says). sive men. He’s also “explored a greater Are you a narcissist? array of femme personas, Certainly. When I stand delved deeper into alternain front of the mirror and tive erotic expressions, and stare at my feminine self, I [has] wondered more about am often in love, but after ‘Andi,’ signing a copy of ‘Bootleg Poems.’ transexualism, as I am not so many years of feeling an exactly a happy camper as a incredible amount of selfguy,” he says. “But I keep returning back to hatred, I’m happy to be narcissistic. I still the identity of Dedicated Transvestite.” feel many of the laws and self-doubts and And if you must know, at presstime guilt that have been with me for 20 years. Andy/Andi was “wearing a black torsolette, Love/hate is a basic part of my relationship classic black girdle with six garters, nylon with myself, with lovers, with my mother stockings, 5-inch spiked heels, long satin-y and the world in general. gloves, and a red satin dress, with a white Have you ever wanted to be a petticoat beneath.” woman? Here are the highlights from Andy’s 1981 If at all, in my most desperate moments. interview with “Andi”: Very seldom. As a child, I didn’t want to be What kind of clothes does Andi wear? a boy or a girl. I didn’t have a gender idenSatin nightgowns, silk dresses, lacy tedtity problem, society did. I wanted to be dies, black stocking attached to a “Maria competitive and play sports and I wanted to Braun” old-fashioned Merry Widow corset. be nurturing and soft and play with dolls. I like soft, sensual, luxurious clothes, but I enjoyed wearing clothes that I could run sometimes I’ll wear a dress that will look around in and get dirty, but I also wanted

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1. Some Tiburon residents are seeing red over a new red sign advertising what business, soon to open in town? 2. Tourists float on gondolas at what Las Vegas hotel? 3. Made from the ink of a cuttlefish found in the English Channel, what type of warmish brown pigment was originally used for printing photographs? 4. What is the four-word title of the current hit film based on a 1974 novel by John le Carre? 5. What is the highest mountain in each of these places? 5a. Japan 5b. Africa 5c. United States 6. Devised by American chemist Wilbur Scoville in 1912, the Scoville scale measures the heat or intensity of what edible object? 7. Pictured, left: Here are some Academy Award winners for Best Supporting Actress: Identify their movies. 7a. 2011 Octavia Spencer 7b. 2006 Jennifer Hudson 7c. 1961 Rita Moreno 7d. 1939 Hattie McDaniel 8a. Scientist Charles Darwin collected a wealth of data on natural selection after visiting what exotic islands in 1835? 8b. Where are these islands? 9. Which black key on the piano keyboard is bounded on its left by a white and a black key, and on the right by a white and a black key? 10. What Bay Area entertainer once said,“Cocaine is God’s way of saying you’re making too much money”? BONUS QUESTION: Co-founder of the London School of Economics in 1895, this Irish playwright is the only person to win both the Nobel Prize in Literature (1925) and an Academy Award, Best Adapted Screenplay, for the 1938 film Pygmalion. Who was he? Send your best trivia question (with your name and hometown) to howard1@triviacafe.com; if your question is used in the ‘Pacific Sun,’ we’ll give you credit!

to wear pretty, frilly, colorful cute clothes in which I didn’t have to prove myself. Did your parents find out? They finally found out when I was 16 and it was very traumatic and heavily guiltinducing for all of us. My dad wanted me to stop, my mom wanted me to see a shrink and I swore I’d worn my last slip, but within a month I was back looking through my mother’s dresser. The thrill was too great, even though the comedown was worse than ever. I was a transvestite, no doubt about it, but a very ambivalent one. What do your parents think now? My mother accepts me in her own liberal way, but she would prefer I was into something that didn’t put me through so many changes. My father asked me two years ago if I was still going through “a phase,” and I had to explain to him that something that I’d been doing for 18 years was more than a phase... How have friends and lovers related to your revealing Andi?

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With surprise, curiosity, interest, indifference, lots of tolerance and very little negative response. I first came out to a College of Marin sociology class and it was much easier than I expected and a great release for me. What’s nice is that people in this area are more open to the “deviant” than the bigot. What about feminists who object to transvestism because it feeds off outdated, reactionary feminine stereotypes? They are so right and so wrong. We are reactionary in a way but we are also very radical, because we are males rejecting masculine stereotypes. Little boys are encouraged when they carry around toy guns and act like little macho cowboys but if those same boys were to dress up and dance around in girl’s clothes they’d be called sissies and pansies. I’m learning to play with the stereotypes and that, to me, is radical. < Tell your story to Jason at jwalsh@pacificsun.com.

< 7 Take two labs, call me in the morning maternity patients represented a significant chunk of the Marin lab’s work. In a healthcare delivery realignment, the county shifted responsibility for OB/GYN patients to community clinics, which saved the county substantial funds while maintaining services for patients. But this eliminated a large number of tests the county lab had been conducting. Because the community clinics can qualify for federal funding not available to the county, the OB/GYN switch made sense. Those services “went from a consumer of local revenues from our county general fund to a consumer of federal revenues set up to support federally qualified health centers,” says Meredith. With the shift in OB/GYN patients, and the introduction of managed Medi-Cal in Marin, the number of tests at the lab went from about 17,000 a year to about 8,000. “The three-year average of operating net loss to the laboratory is approximately $750,000 each year,” according to a county health and human services information sheet. The proposal to use the Sonoma County Public Health Lab would save about $300,000 a year, according to Meredith. But it’s about more than money. “We are looking for ways to maintain quality service in a way that is sustainable,” he says. Reduced funding means public health officials are either searching for ways to do less, not the best option, or developing ways to maintain quality at lower cost. The OB/GYN realignment and the proposal to participate in a regionalized public health lab service are just two examples of the kind of changes under way in the healthcare delivery system. The Affordable Care Act passed by Congress in 2010 is triggering new perspectives across the country. Take medical homes, a team approach to healthcare that creates an integrated delivery of services in a single setting. Although cost is a contributing stimulus to the new approach, an emphasis on health rather than disease is an intrinsic motivator. Keeping people healthy is less expensive than treating disease. A key to the new paradigm in healthcare, and one that Meredith soundly supports, is “collective impact.” The concept is relatively simple, but carries profound implications. Many nonprofit organizations, for example, work to promote health, says Meredith, but they all have their own niche, and often they work in different directions. Collective impact is lost. “Through our prevention hub, we are trying to orchestrate all of these agencies and perspectives so we have a common goal, a common metric, so we all go in the same direction.” A recent proposal to integrate primary care, substance abuse and mental health services is a practical example of the collective impact concept. “These are big themes that are changing the way people stay healthy,” says Meredith. “The lab [proposal] is just one of the latest iterations for us. We have been looking at regionalization for the last few years.” Saving money on lab tests within the county can free money that can go toward emerging needs that go unmet. Programs to aid the homeless and precariously housed, for instance, need

funds. And in the collective impact concept, health rests on housing, education, healthy eating and physical activity. Current lab employees would face layoffs. But public health departments must make tough choices. “The lab is a teaching example of the challenge of change if we are to address the greater good, the greater community need,” says Meredith. The proposal to close the Marin lab would move testing to the Sonoma County lab in Santa Rosa. Although some testing still could take place in Marin, the majority of work would go to Santa Rosa. Dr. Craig Lindquist is the interim public health officer for Marin. He’s satisfied that Sonoma can handle the quantity of tests Marin would send north, even in the event of an outbreak similar to the H1N1 flu outbreak. Part of the vetting of the Sonoma lab included contracting with the director of the Marin General Hospital lab, who also works on national accreditation programs for clinical labs. The Sonoma lab already has been performing tests for Mendocino and Lake counties for about five years. “We also talked with other laboratories that do regional models,” says Lindquist. “I’ve talked to San Joaquin Public Health Lab, which actually performs laboratory functions for eight counties, some as many as 200 miles away. I’ve talked to Napa/Solano,” a regional lab that has been up and running for about 10 years. The response Lindquist encountered when asking about the status of the regional arrangements: “It works.” In addition, he adds, public health labs are licensed and regulated, ensuring competence. Regionalization of clinical labs, Lindquist says, “is the norm in the United States.” That goes for the large commercial labs in Marin, Quest Diagnostic Inc. and LabCorp, which does $2 billion a year in California. When patients get lab tests at LabCorp in Marin, the samples go to San Jose, Sacramento or Los Angeles for testing. “Some of them will end of in Boston,” says Lindquist. Samples from Quest accrue the same kind of frequent-traveler miles. Meredith and Lindquist say concerns raised recently about sending tests to Sonoma County during a disaster are unfounded. Dr. Mark Netherda is the interim public health division director and interim public health division director in Sonoma County. He oversees the lab there, and he agrees with Meredith and Lindquist. “If something happened and Highway 101 went down, the state lab in Richmond is a backup lab. There’s an understanding on a regional level and more broadly of mutual aid. We come to each other’s assistance.” In a catastrophic situation, the types of testing that will be needed are not those performed by public health departments. In the case of an earthquake, blood matching, preparing for surgery and other emergency-room type tests will be needed. Tests that need quick turnaround times can go on a fast track, even when the samples go to Sonoma. And if Marin should need immediate testing, healthcare workers could fly into the county.

< 7 Newsgrams transit-oriented housing mandates, resulting in ABAG adjusting its numbers to appease some towns—Novato, Corte Madera and Larkspur, as it happens. Marin’s overall housing numbers remained about the same as in the August draft— other towns will swallow the units reconfigured from the original report. The Corte Madera Town Council last week voted to drop its membership in ABAG over a perceived lack of control over the ABAG numbers. One senior planner from Solano County, who wished to remain anonymous, voiced frustration over Marin’s complaints about its state-mandated housing allocation. “Corte Madera was assigned 101 total units, regardless of income, over an eight year period—third lowest in Marin,” said the planner, a Marin native.“Even unincorporated Solano was given 158 units—and we’re on wells and septic.” Added the planner:“There was quite a bit of grumbling that all of Marin didn’t get a bigger allocation. Unless something changes drastically, the Marin cities have nothing to complain about.”

Candidate filing ends—time for a hat count! Candidate filings for open seats in the June 5 election ended this week. Here’s a look at who is vying to represent Marin in Congress, the state Assembly and on three Board of Supervisor seats: Representative, 2nd Congressional District Susan Adams, Marin County Supervisor; Brooke Clarke, Ukiah-based businesswoman; Michael Halliwell, retired sociology professor from Cotati; Daniel Roberts, Tiburon investment expert; Norman Solomon, author and media watchdog from Inverness; Jared Huffman, state assemblyman; Larry Fritzlan, Mill Valley narcotics-abuse therapist; Stacey Lawson, San Rafael businesswoman; John Lewallen, Mendocino businessman; Tiffany Renee, Petaluma City Councilwoman; and Dr. William Courtney of Mendocino County. State Assembly Michael Allen, assemblyman from Santa Rosa who recently relocated to Marin and is now considered the incumbent; Connie Wong, Corte Madera real estate agent; Alex Easton-Brown, Inverness sociologist; Marc Levine, San Rafael City Councilman; H. Christian Gunderson, Petaluma chiropractor; Peter Mancus, Sebastopol attorney. Marin County Supervisor (three seats open) District 2 (Ross Valley and parts of San Rafael and Larkspur): Incumbent Katie Rice; David Weinsoff, Fairfax Town Councilman; and Eva Long, College of Marin board member. District 4 (West Marin and parts of central Marin): Steve Kinsey, incumbent; Diane Furst, Corte Madera Town Councilwoman. District 3 (Southern Marin): No one filed to challenge incumbent Kate Sears. Arts Council calls it quits The Marin Arts Council held a members meeting on Feb. 24 in order to “formally dissolve,” according to a post on the council’s Facebook page. Formed in 1994 to coordinate Marin’s plethora of artistic talent under an umbrella organization, the Marin Arts Council had been under fierce financial strain in recent years due in large part to the recession; in October 2011 it cut its artistic director position and in November it announced it would no longer host its main event—the Marin Open Studios. For nearly 18 years the Marin Open Studios has been one of the county’s premier art events—featuring as many as 275 artists from across Marin who each pay between $220 and $375 to take part. Last May’s open studios drew 50,000 visitors. Efforts to save the open studios event have shown promise—thanks to the support of MarinLink, the event is scheduled for the first two weekends in May. To fill the void left by the demise of the Arts Council, a new group calling itself the Loosely Organized Grassroots Band of Marin Artists has announced its formation. According to a LOGBOMA press release, the group “wishes to see a new organization formed that represents all artists and art disciplines. “While no clear mission has been defined at this early stage, LOGBOMA hopes to provide an all-inclusive advocacy program supporting Marin arts, from major art organizations to emerging artists to garage bands,” says the statement. LOGBOMA officials cite a 2011 report conducted by Americans for the Arts estimating that Marin is home to 2,273 arts-related businesses that employ 5,450 people. According to LOGBOMA,“These artists and art-centric businesses represent every form of arts and ‘spend money locally, generate government revenue, and are a cornerstone of tourism and economic development,’ concluded the report. Obviously, the arts in Marin are a force both economically and surely for the cultural enhancement of our community.” The group is looking for feedback about what folks would like to see from a Marin artsadvocacy group. A survey is online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/CN3BKVX. Board of Supes sniffing out cigarette tax The Marin County Board of Supervisors threw its support behind a statewide increase in cigarette taxes this week. The Supes endorsed Proposition 29, the proposal on the June ballot that will ask voters to impose an additional $1 per pack surcharge on tobacco products. The proceeds from the tax would go toward cancer research and smoking-prevention measures. The proposition would also create a nine-member committee charged with distributing the funds. 10 > MARCH 15 - MARCH 22, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 9

< 9 Take two labs, call me in the morning Because the workload at the Marin lab has declined so precipitously, the county can’t afford to keep the current staff level. Sonoma County has only slightly more employees and provides service for three counties, four if Marin enters into an arrangement there. Keeping a Marin lab would mean further employee cuts, and that would mean too few lab workers in the event of a disease outbreak or other critical situation. Sonoma can perform the tests in the same turnaround time as the Marin lab. Getting the sample there takes a relatively inconsequential amount of time for noncritical public health tests. Technology is a key factor in the fastevolving world of medical labs. But the technology and its machines are expensive to buy and maintain. Marin would get the advantage of the cutting-edge technology that Sonoma County can provide—and Marin cannot. Even with the rational argument for regionalization, the proposal sends shivers of caution through some Marin residents who fear the loss of local control and reliance on an outsource model. “Marin has a long history of providing excellent services to the community,” says Lindquist. “While it has hung on to those services, and there’s no question about their quality, what has happened around them are major changes to public funding of those services.” The economic crash is a big reason for public

health officials to look at new models for delivering service. The overall push for healthcare reform is another major driver. “With the changes in healthcare reimbursements, health departments are looking at their services in a new light,” says Lindquist. In addition to determining the best services to provide, departments are focusing on “the best way for the services to be present in the community.” The proposal to move lab testing to Sonoma County will be on the March 27 Board of Supervisors agenda. “As a nurse and healthcare provider, my priority concern is to ensure that whatever direction we take, the protection of our public health is the top priority,” says Supervisor Susan Adams. “Can that be done through regionalization? Perhaps. I think it’s going to be important for [Meredith] and his team to present us with the pros and cons.” Meredith and Lindquist also will attend a public meeting May 20, from 6 to 8pm at the Marin County Office of Education, to present the proposal, answer questions and gather public input. “There are emerging unmet needs in our community that we have to be mindful of,” says Meredith, “and we need to be able to take money saved, maybe from the lab and OB/GYN, and apply it to other areas [such as homelessness and precarious housing] that are clearly inconsistent with the values of Marin.” ✹ Contact the writer at peter@pseidman.com.

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According to a county staff analysis, the initiative would raise more than $700 million in revenue per year. Also backing Prop. 29 are—not surprisingly—the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society and the American Lung Association in California, who say the tax would further discourage people from smoking cigarettes, which have been proven to be cancer-causing. Some taxpayer associations oppose the measure, saying it only adds to the taxpayer-funded bureaucracy. County staff had recommended that the board should support Prop. 29, based on policies established in the county’s 2012 Legislative Plan and feedback from the County Department of Health and Human Services.

Marin to party for the Earth—again! Earth Day Marin is spinning around for another salute to the big blue marble—its second annual Earth Day celebration will take place April 21 from 11am to 6pm at the Civic Center Lagoon Park in San Rafael. Global threats from climate change, peak oil and nonbiodegradable plastics didn’t dampen the spirits of last year’s Earth Day Marin crowds—the inaugural event took place at the College of Marin and drew 2,500 attendees and 150 sponsors, according to event producer Hannah Doress. “The goal of the Earth Day Marin Festival is to galvanize the public to take greater action to preserve our environment, our health and our children’s future,” says Doress, a Fairfax resident.“We gather for a fun festival full of music, speakers, workshops, activities for youth and more to celebrate what we’ve achieved, to get inspired about what we can do together, and to connect with the leading resources available to residents of Marin.” This year’s event will feature workshops and talks by such earth-friendly folks as author Andrew Mellen, whose book Unstuff Your Life approaches organizing from a green perspective; Rachel Kaplan, co-author of Urban Homesteading, who will lead a hands-on “urban homestead design lab”; and Sea Stewards director David McGuire, whose work from his Tiburon-based nonprofit has supported legislation to protect shark and turtle species. Also, this year’s festival will present a congressional candidates forum on the environment—expected to attend thus far are Susan Adams, Jared Huffman, Stacey Lawson, Tiffany Renee, Norman Solomon and William Courtney. Kids’ activities include the Marin County Bicycle Coalition’s “bike-a-smoothie” game, where kids make their own smoothie by riding a stationary bike that powers a blender; the eco-kids music of Let’s Go Green and a TeenSpot and Teen Stage provided by the San Geronimo Valley Community Center. For more information, check out www.earthdaymarin.org. Bike coalition throws down the gauntlet It’s time to trade in your lead foot for some Lycra shorts, commuters—the Marin County Bicycle Coalition is accepting applications for its third annual Bike Locally Challenge. The six-month challenge begins in May and is a key part of MCBC’s effort to get more people on bikes and to highlight the many recently opened bicycle facilities in Marin County. This year, the bike coalition will provide new Globe and Specialized bicycles to six novice cyclists and one Yuba Mundo Cargo bike to a family or business in exchange for their pledge to convert from fossil-fuel-burning to calorie-burning commuters, say MCBC officials. Riders receive one-on-one training from a bicycle “mentor” who will teach them basic street skills and help them plan their cycling routes. “I think it’s important to show that there are normal people doing normal activities by bike in Marin, you don’t have to be a hard-core [cyclist],” says Peter Maringolo, a previous Bike Locally Challenge contestant. Interested would-be cyclists can apply online at www.MarinBike.org. Entries will be accepted through April 6.

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Bridge suicides rose in 2011 Suicides from the Golden Gate Bridge spiked in 2011, according to a report from the Bridge Rail Foundation, a group whose expressed goal is the installation of a suicide barrier on the 75-year-old landmark. According to the report, 37 people killed themselves by jumping off the bridge last year—up from 32, 31 and 34 suicides the previous three years, respectively. The report was compiled by former Marin County Coroner Ken Holmes, now a member of the Bridge Rail Foundation, who used reports by the Golden Gate Bridge and the Highway and Transportation districts to arrive at the number. Since some bodies of jumpers are never found, the exact number of bridge suicides is difficult to know, and it is likely higher than reports indicate. The Bridge Rail Foundation is composed of members who, according to www.bridgerail.org, have had “direct experience with bridge suicides,” whether it be knowing a jumper or having encountered them in mental health or public office situations, such as Holmes. Installation of a suicide barrier safety net was approved by the bridge district in 2008; since then the district has been trying to raise the $45 million to pay for it. On its website, the foundation says,“The Bridge Rail Foundation has one simple goal—install the safety net on the Golden Gate Bridge and stop the suicides.”

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rtist and scientist, filmmaker and inventor, curator and researcher, painter and professor, Ken Goldberg is a true Renaissance man. He thinks of himself as a hybrid, equally comfortable in the freewheeling world of the arts as in the precision of the robotics lab. The day I met him, the artist in him had chosen his wardrobe: pink shirt, black blazer, dark jeans and red-and-gray horizontal-striped socks peeking above ankle-high side-buttoned boots. His curly hair was cut short, his sideburns long and sculpted, a soul patch under his lower lip. But I’ve seen pictures of him when he’s more in the Mad Scientist mode. When his hair gets long it resembles the untamed mop that Gene Wilder sported in Young Frankenstein. Topped off with his dark-lensed, round-framed glasses, he could pass for Dr. Strangelove. I interviewed him in his office at UC Berkeley, where he holds professorships in New Media and Industrial Engineering and

Operations Research as well as appointments marker pen and his 8-year-old daughter in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science wrote “I love you Dad.” He also has a and the School of Information. He also has 2-year-old daughter. an appointment in UCSF’s Department of We talked about just a few of his projRadiation and Oncology. ects, one of which has been used by the And that’s just his academic work. His art U.S. State Department for the past year to installations have been gauge public opinion— exhibited in Berkeley, “crowdsourcing,” by Jill K ram e r San Francisco, New Goldberg calls it. He also York, Buenos Aires and talked about current Tokyo. He’s co-written trends in the field of three documentaries in collaboration with robotics. He’s doing a presentation on that his wife, filmmaker Tiffany Shlain. They’re subject at the Rafael Film Center and screencurrently working on two more. He’s been ing a short film about robots—I’m Here by showered with awards and honors in mul- Spike Jonze—on Sunday, March 18, at 7pm. tiple fields. He’s published more than 150 „ „ „ „ technical papers and founded numerous The description of your presentation at research entities. When does he eat? Two paintings created by computers the Rafael Film Center says that in the that Goldberg built hang on the walls of future robots will be more like companhis office. There’s a whiteboard on a third ions than tools. What does that mean? wall where one of his graduate students One of the big trends happening in scribbled mathematical formulas in green robotics right now has to do with robots

and humans cooperating. Co-robots. The model used to be that robots would be purely autonomous. So you could have a factory that was completely robotized, all the humans would be replaced and that would be great because we could all have more leisure time. Nobody talks about that nowadays. With the employment situation and so many people out of work, that’s not a popular idea. But we’re also realizing that the real potential for these systems is not just to replace humans, but to enhance human skills and abilities. In June, Obama announced a National Robotics Initiative, putting out $70 million in new research funds for projects where robots and humans are cooperating. Robots working side-by-side with humans. The area I’m particularly interested in is medical robotics. One big challenge has to do with a cancer therapy called brachytherapy, where you put radioactive seeds inside the body which can kill a tumor or 12> MARCH 16 - MARCH 22, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 11

< 11 Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto a cancerous area but spare the healthy tissue if you position them right. The way itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done now is that surgeons insert these needles into the body, the seeds are placed inside the needle and a plunger will push them into the body. But getting the right positioning is very complex and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where robots come in, because robots are very good at very precise positioning. This technique is commonly used in prostate cancer, where another problem is that the needles sometimes puncture sensitive organs on the way in. So weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been working with doctors at UCSF in the department of radiation and oncology who are some of the best experts in this area in the world. We just did some experiments last week, where the robot can position itself to the desired orientation and angle and then the human guides the needle in. Because humans are very good at sensing very precisely when they encounter something unexpected.

So a human would be able to feel resistance, for example. Yes, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see robots replacing. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also working on another project that gives robots partial autonomy. There are some tasks, like suturing, that are very tedious and routine for the surgeon and add a huge amount of time to the surgery. So our question is, can we have a robot do this part? And the technique that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re developingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and this is brand-new researchâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is to train the robot by observing humans doing it. As an example, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll show you the robot being trained to draw a ďŹ gure eight. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what you get [shows very rough, irregular shape on computer screen].

it both more accurately and much faster. Here it is at 10 times human speed and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s almost as good as what the human would draw. In a surgical context, if we can have a robot do suturing at that kind of speed, the operation would go much fasterâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;so the patient is under anesthesia a shorter time, the operating room gets freed up earlier and everybody wins.

couch for two weeks, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s get it out of here. Another thing you can do is, say the robot checks its databases and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still not sure what this is, you can have the robot contact a human at a call center. And the human can say, OK, send me the picture, tell me what part of the house youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in, and they can help the robot make a decision.

Sounds great. Another project of yours Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to hear about has to do with cloud robotics.

Like calling 911.

With cloud robotics, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re allowing the robot to have access to the cloud, which has huge amounts of data in it. [Pulls up picture of the Roomba, a self-propelled robotic vacuum cleaner, on his computer] So hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Roomba, which is great for sweeping up. But if you want it to do something like picking up around the house, the challenge is how does the robot know if something should go in the garbage or be put in a drawer or where it should go. So letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s say the robot is moving around and it comes across some unknown object. It can take a picture and then go up over the Internet and pull up a description of what it is, what the dimensions are, how valuable it is and so on.

So the robot is actually doing research. Yeah! So maybe it ďŹ nds out itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a cell phone and that should go on somebodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s desk, or if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a candy bar thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been under the

Drawn by a robot being controlled by a human. But we do it multiple times and we adjust the controls and it keeps getting more accurate. Then, once we get it pretty good, we can increase the velocity and we have the robot do it again, a little faster. And we keep doing it and adjusting the controls until the robot learns to do

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So are we ever going to get our personal valets? I wish we had it now, â&#x20AC;&#x2122;cause with a 2- and an 8-year-old, cleaning up is a full-time job. But I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to happen in the near future because the costs are too high. You can go out and buy a robot for $200,000 that can zoom around your house and do things. One of my colleagues has a robot that folds laundry. I can show you a video. [Pulls it up on the screen] This is a commercially available robot that can fold towels. It takes about 30

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Tell me about your Rashomon project [named after the movie where a single incident is seen differently by different witnesses]. This is part of a new initiative here at Cal called Data and Democracy, which is about how new technologies can beneďŹ t democracy. Our Rashomon project has to do with the role that cell phone cameras and social media played in the recent incident at Occupy Davis where the police used pepper spray on the protesters. People saw it on YouTube but the response was mixed. Just like in the Rashomon ďŹ lm, some people were convinced that this is what happened. Others said, I see all this but I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know the full story; I feel Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m getting only part of it. So they essentially rejected all of the footage, saying, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure they werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t provoked.

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But your surgical robot was able to learn to go ten times faster than a human. So theoretically this robot could learn to fold towels much faster.

That it was slanted somehow. Or staged.

Humankind has long anticipated the proliferation of robot companions.

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how do you organize this information visu- insights can be found quickly and visualized. ally? The way we do it on Opinion Space is we Give an example of a question arrange people in terms of their opinions, how from Opinion Space. they respond to questions on a particular topThe most recent question is about how ic. Then we project everybody onto a plane. can social media beneďŹ t K-12 learning. With If we ask questions on ďŹ ve this system, you have different topics, it becomes two continuous sliders a ďŹ ve-dimensional space. COMING SOON that you move along a And everybody is a point. spectrum according to For information about Ken So, based on how much how much you agree or Goldbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s March 18 presyou agree or disagree with disagree. And everybody entation at the Rafael Film ďŹ ve different statements, interacts with each other Center, call 415/454-1222 or youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a point in space. and everybody does a part go to www.caďŹ lm.org. And I might be near you of the work, everybody if I have similar opinions. rates a few other people. Someone with very difSo, as a collective, they ferent opinions might be way over there [in- identify which ideas are the strongest ideas. dicates a point in space farther away]. When you look at all these arrangements of points The State Department has been using you see theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not just deďŹ ned by how liberal this tool for about a year now, right? or conservative they are, which is how a lot Have you been able to see any results? of the rhetoric you hear these days is labeled. One suggestion that came out was Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actually a very crude model of whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for the State Department to work more really going on. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really a spectrum. You closely with the military, to help them be might be surprised by how much you agree more culturally aware. But weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still in with people who have a variety of different the very early stages of this. And the State viewpoints. And we want to encourage people Department is trying a lot of different to start communicating with people outside things. I have to say Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very impressed their own media or their peer group or afďŹ n- to see that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re experimenting as much ity group. Because with the Internet you have as they are. Because in the past, anything so many different outlets, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very nice to have new would have to go through nine layways for people to engage in a substantive way ers of approval just to get tried out. But with people other than the usual suspects. So Hillary Clinton and her staff are actually what we want to do with Opinion Space is al- quite willing to try new things. < low the really good ideas to bubble up, so that

         

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n America we manage to get it all wrong. St. Patrick’s Day, I mean. The Irish saint is celebrated in outrageous ways, most of them involving far too much drink and rowdy scenes. We don’t even get the menu right for March 17! Tons of corned beef and millions of heads of cabbage are cooked and eaten all across this land in a mistaken tribute. While there’s nothing wrong with the comforting food itself, it isn’t what one finds in the Old Country. It definitely isn’t the Irish national dish and would be considered too plain or boring for a holiday meal. To wit: “I just want to put something straight About what should be on your plate. If it’s corned beef you’re makin’ You’re sadly mistaken, That isn’t what Irishmen ate.”—Frances Shilliday, in Good Grief — Not Beef! Pork and lamb are used far more commonly than beef. Cured “bacon” comes in many forms, from lovely breakfast slices to larger pieces, belly and shoulder and loin, added to stews (yes, with cabbage) or simmered, as the center of a meal, sometimes cooked along with a small chicken and vegetables (including small potatoes “in their jackets”). Irish salmon is considered the finest in the world, and shellfish abound. Lamb is a favored entree, especially at this time of year; on St. Paddy’s Day the festive dinner is likely to star roast leg of lamb or a fine lamb stew. Modern Irish cooking has lightened up considerably and those involved in an invigorated food movement value vegetables and fruits and the superior dairy products from the rich, grassy countryside. Because the food industry was never industrialized, supplies remained local, coming from small holdings and village markets, making it easy to shift to the “slow food” philosophy. Perhaps the most famous pioneer of modern Irish culinary arts is Darina Allen, founder of Ballymaloe Cookery School. Its 10-acre organic farm is a destination for students from all over the world. Her goal has been to maintain the purest approach to raising food to use in old and new ways, always respecting the sources. Allen’s followers and peers have earned an international reputation on the food scene. Restaurants now flourish with talented young chefs eager to use the best their country has to offer. A visit to Dublin’s favorite dining spots may lead to discovering dishes like terrine of chicken and ham hocks with Mrs. Beeton’s carrot jam, almonds and pickles (The Pig’s Ear); roasted quail with baby vegetable leaves, Szechuan pepper and thyme sauce (Thornton’s), 16 PACIFIC SUN MARCH 16 - MARCH 22, 2012

or at Aldridge Lodge in Wexford, roasted wild Tipperary venison loin with braised organic beetroot and potato mashed with melted handmade Bluebell goat’s cheese. The horrors of the potato famine in the 1800s and the deprivation of world wars are no longer obvious in the land of St. Patrick. There’s no reason for us to be stuck in the past, either, when we celebrate. If you have already arranged for that corned beef and cabbage dinner for this weekend, use the recipes that follow any time you want a taste of Ireland. Margaret Johnson is a third generation Irish-American who has spent years researching the foods of her ancestral country, writing a number of cookbooks. She is a champion of the fresh new approaches to cooking found today in professional and home kitchens. The first two recipes are from The Irish Pub Cookbook (Chronicle Books). O

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This is the way to make a tempting lamb stew with ingredients that take it beyond the traditional meat/potatoes combination. Johnson recommends serving it with soda bread to soak up the juices.

Mac’s Pub Irish Stew Serves 6 2-1/4 pounds boneless lamb shoulder, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 1 pound lamb neck bones 6 cups homemade chicken stock or canned low-sodium chicken broth mixed with 6 cups boiling water 3 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme 2 bay leaves 2 tablespoons minced fresh herbs such as tarragon, marjoram, rosemary 2 small onions, sliced 2 to 3 stalks celery, thickly sliced 2 leeks (white part only), washed and chopped 4 to 5 carrots, peeled and thickly sliced Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste Minced fresh flat-leaf parsley for garnish

In a stockpot or large saucepan over medium heat, combine the lamb, bones and stock or broth. Bring to a boil; skim off any foam that rises to the top. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 60 to 70 minutes, or until the meat is tender. Add the potatoes, thyme, bay leaves and herbs, return to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 12 to 15 minutes, or until potatoes are nearly tender. Add onions, celery, leeks and carrots and simmer for another 30 minutes. Uncover and cook for 15 or 20 minutes longer, or until vegetables are tender and stock has thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste. To serve, ladle stew into shallow bowls, sprinkle with parsley.

Corned beef and cabbage can be quite tasty—the Irish should try it sometime... O

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From The Brazen Head, one of Dublin’s oldest and most beloved pubs, this recipe for a starter features mussels, an Irish favorite. (It may be doubled for an entree.)

Mussels in Garlic and Guinness Serves 4 as an appetizer 2 pounds fresh mussels, scrubbed, de-bearded, rinsed in cold water 1 shallot, minced 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon minced fresh flat-leaf parsley, plus extra for garnish 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme 1/2 cup Guinness 1/2 cup half-and-half 2 tablespoons unsalted butter Lemon wedges and French bread for serving

Put a stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. When the pot is hot, add mussels and all remaining ingredients and cover immediately. (The mussels will make a sizzling sound.) Cook, stirring once or twice, for 6-8 minutes, or until the mussels open. Discard any that do not open. Divide the mussels among shallow bowls and ladle the broth over them. Sprinkle with parsley and serve with a wedge of lemon and slices of bread.    

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From Ballymaloe Cookery School, this recipe is a modern take on an ancient dessert. It is not the familiar version with a streusel or crumb topping but a more delicate concoction with a delicious difference. The instructions for using American apples instead of Irish native fruit suggest “if possible, combine several varieties such as Granny Smith, McIntosh, and Fuji for a more complex depth of flavor and texture.”

Eli’s Apple Crisp Serves 8 Unsalted butter for preparing baking dish 1-1/2 ounces unsalted butter 2 pounds cooking apples, peeled, cored, cut into 8 wedges 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1-1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla 2 large eggs, room temperature 2-1/2 ounces sugar 8 ounces creme fraiche

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Butter bottom and sides of 10-inch baking dish, set aside. In large frying pan combine butter, apples, lemon juice and half the cinnamon; cook until just soft, about 7 minutes. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon of the vanilla. Transfer apples to baking dish, evening them into single layer with a spatula. In large bowl combine eggs and sugar; whisk until well blended. Add creme fraiche, remaining cinnamon and vanilla. Whisk to blend, pour over apples. Place baking dish in center of oven and bake until top is golden brown, 30-45 minutes. Do not underbake or results will be sloppy rather than crisp. Serve cut into wedges, accompanied by a dollop of creme fraiche. This is best served the day it is made.    

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Note: Soda bread, baked in Bay Area bakeries, is widely available in Marin this week, and interesting types of imported Irish cheese can be found year-round in our markets, fine additions to a St. Patrick’s Day dinner. Above all, do not limit your feasting to what many people end up consuming: “Shamrock sandwiches”— bottles of Guinness. < Contact Pat at patfusco@sonic.net.

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DINNER AND A SHOWâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;OR A DANCE How about dinner and a murder? San Rafael Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s has a new production on the boards, Marin Murder Mysteriesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Remains to be Seen. The interactive staging takes place along with a ďŹ ve-course Italian dinner on at 6:30pm on Fridays April 6, 20 and 27; Saturdays March 17, 24 and 31, April 14. Tickets are $44-$68 and can be reserved by phone, 415/306-1202 or at Brown Paper Tickets. Information: www.marinmurdermysteries.com...Or how about dinner and dancing? The Tavern at Lark Creek sets aside the second Monday of each month for Ballroom & Dining Room, when guests enjoy drinks (6:30pm), dance lessons (7pm) and a three-course dinner that begins at 8. This takes place in the sunroom of the restaurant and the cost is $40 (exclusive of beverages, tax, tips). The next session is swing dancing, so get out the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;30s and â&#x20AC;&#x2122;40s outďŹ ts to wear on April 9; 415/924-7766. A WONDERFUL WEEKEND OF CHEESE Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget the exciting Artisan Cheese Festival that takes place March 2325 at the Sheraton Sonoma County-Petaluma. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event will be bigger and better than ever, bringing visitors from across the country. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a rare opportunity to discover the newest cheeses and see how theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re used in kitchens and restaurants while visiting old favorites as well, meeting cheesemakers and chefs. While many of the seminars and tours are totally booked up, the outdoor public Cheese Tasting and Marketplace is a great way to sample, sip, shop and learn. Visit www.artisancheesefestival.com for details and tickets. IT DOESNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T GET MUCH BETTER Make the most of longer daylight hours by taking advantage of a good deal. Brick & Bottle in Corte Madera features prix-ďŹ xe twilight dinnersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;especially appealing when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s warm enough to sit outsideâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; that include soup, entree and dessert for $25, with $5 glasses of wine. Get there between 5:30 and 6:15pm; 415/924-3366. < Contact Pat at patfusco@sonic.net.

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ifteen years and $120 million after its groundbreaking, the controversial Green Music Center on the Sonoma State University campus has announced a superstar lineup for the inaugural 2012-13 season. Acclaimed classical pianist Lang Lang will headline the Sept. 29 opening at the center’s Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall. Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, violin virtuoso Anne-Sophie Mutter, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, soprano Barbara Cooke, the San Francisco Symphony, Irish mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (under former Santa Rosa Symphony music director Jeffrey Kahane), fiddler Alison Krauss and Union Station, Latin-jazz legend Chucho Valdes, and singer Lila Downs are among the other acts newly announced to appear. According to a press release from the Green Music Center, the inaugural season is made possible, in part, by contributions from the Carolyn and Ed Stolman Fund, established in memory of Carolyn Stolman, a longtime supporter of the center. The beautifully designed venue, fashioned after the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer home at Tanglewood in western Massachusetts, will be the new home to the Santa Rosa Symphony. The back wall of

the shoebox-shaped center can be opened so performers can face out to the terraced lawn area. The center also includes the smaller 250-seat Schroeder’s Recital Hall, sponsored by Jean Schulz, a Santa Rosa resident and widow of “Peanuts” cartoonist Charles M. Schulz. Whether it’s a boon or a boondoggle remains to be seen, but there’s no question that it has the potential to ratchet up the North Bay’s cultural scene. The project, conceived by dot-com magnate and amateur singer Donald Green, who wanted to build a small recital hall, grew to accommodate a symphonic orchestra. The Green Music Center has been the focus of critics who have charged that it amounts to little more than a vanity project for SSU president Rubin Arminana, whose wife served on the board of directors of the Santa Rosa Symphony. According to a 2011 article in the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat, “since the center’s groundbreaking in 1997, projected costs have grown more than tenfold...and faculty critics say it has diverted money and attention from SSU’s academic mission.” Major funding for the center includes $62 million in private donations, the Press-Democrat has reported, including last year’s $12 million gift from the Weills,

Violin virtuoso Anne-Sophie Mutter will try to silence the fiddle-faddle over the Green Music Center this fall.

and about $45 million from taxpayers in the form of California State University funds and educational-bond moneys for construction projects. Banker, financier and philanthropist Sanford Weill is the former chief executive and chairman of Citigroup and a prominent Bay Area arts patron. Faculty and SSU staff had argued that classrooms and other educational facilities added as a concession to critics are unneeded since the neighboring Evert B. Person Theatre already has adequate facili-

ties for music and dramatic arts classes. In a 2011 article, SSU sociology professor Noel Byrne told the Press-Democrat that the project “was a mistake to begin with” but now cannot be undone. “There is no going back,” Byrne said, characterizing a failure to complete the center as a “Pyrrhic outcome” that would benefit no one. He believes the center will not be financially self-supporting and will require continued fundraising efforts by the university’s development office. “I would be happy to be wrong,” Byrne said. Subscriptions go on sale to the general public March 26 following two weeks of advanced sales for donors to the Green Music Center annual fund that began March 12. For detailed schedule and ticket information, visit gmc.sonoma.edu. < Make music for Greg at gcahill51@gmail.com.

›› SPiN OF THE WEEK Pearls—Songs of Goffin and King (Rockingale) Carole King Shortly after Carole King scored her smash hit 1971 album Tapestry, one of the best-selling albums of all time, the singer and songwriter jumped labels, moving to Capitol. A string of duds followed.Then, in 1980, King released this collection of songs penned by her and writing partner Gerry Goffin, songs that had been covered by the Beatles (“Chains”), and big hits for Little Eva (“Locomotion”), Freddie Scott (“Hey Girl”), the Chiffons (“One Fine Day”), to name a few.This enjoyable new reissue shows there’s lots of luster left in these pearls.—GC 18 PACIFIC SUN MARCH 16 - MARCH 22, 2012

›› THAT TV GUY FRIDAY, MARCH 16 Ultimate Fighter Live Sixteen ultimate fighters live in a house. It’s kind of like Big Brother but with bare knuckle fighting, or pretty much exactly like having an actual big brother. FX. 9pm. Lords of Dogtown Actors re-create the skateboarding scene in 1970s Southern California, a time when skateboarding was still about the beauty of the form, carving corners and a soulful take on life that you can now buy at Wal-Mart for $19.95. (2005) MTV. 10pm. World’s Dumbest ... This episode features the “World’s Dumbest Drivers,”including footage not filmed in the Mill Valley Whole Foods parking lot. TruTV. 10:30pm.

›› TRiViA CAFÉ ANSWERS From page 8 by Rick Polito

Beverly Hills Chihuahua II In the sequel, Chloe gives birth to a litter. And, because this is Beverly Hills, she is immediately scheduled for a tummy tuck. (2011) Disney Channel. 8:40pm. TUESDAY, MARCH 20 The Biggest Loser This week, the contestants learn to surf, but the marine mammal rescue squad keeps rolling them back into the ocean. NBC. 8pm. Charlie’s Angels Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu star in this movie remake of the 1970s TV hit about a trio of beautiful women recruited by the reclusive Charlie to solve crimes.The crimes against their gender are left to others to solve. (2000) Oxygen. 8pm. G-Force When the movie about a secret agent guinea pig comes on, you’re allowed to lie to the kids and tell them the cable is out. (2009) Disney Channel. 8:30pm.

1. CVS Pharmacy 2. The Venetian 3. Sepia (which is a fish) 4. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 5a. Mount Fuji 5b. Mount Kilimanjaro 5c. Denali, or Mount McKinley, in Alaska 6. Chili pepper 7a. The Help 7b. Dreamgirls 7c. West Side Story 7d. Gone with the Wind

8a. The Galapagos Islands 8b. In the Pacific Ocean, 520 miles west of Ecuador (to which they belong) 9. G-sharp or A-flat (the middle of the sequence of three black keys) 10. Robin Williams BONUS ANSWER: George Bernard Shaw

SATURDAY, MARCH 17 B.Y.O.B TV This is four hours of home brewers and craf-beer fans.You’ll notice none of the beer is green. KOFY Channel 20. 6pm. The Rock Weapons chemist Nicolas Cage and ex-con Sean Connery set out to defeat a renegade Marine commander who has taken over Alcatraz, threatening to detoWEDNESDAY, nate a nerve-gas MARCH 21 Termibomb on the island nator They’re airing prison and domithis on the country nate the T-shirt and music network, so souvenir concession. Fighting crime, erasing 40 years of women’s liberation. in this version the (1996) Spike TV. 8pm. Tuesday at 8. Terminator drives Die Hard: With a a pickup truck and Vengeance In the third film, the brother of is looking for Sarah Connor and her dog. the terrorist in the first film devises an elabo- (1984) CMTV. 7:30pm. rate revenge against John McClane, threatCouples Therapy Celebrity couples go ening to expose all the plot holes in the first into therapy together. Research indicates two movies. (1995) AMC. 8pm. nothing heals a marriage faster than airing Chasing Leprechauns Irish townsfolk grievances in front of a camera crew and oppose a land developer they believe is then allowing the producers to carefully edit building on land inhabited by leprechauns. it and broadcast it to a national audience. We didn’t even know lepreVH1. 9pm. chauns were an endangered CSI: Crime Scene Investigaspecies. (2012) Hallmark Chantion This week’s murder hapnel. 8pm. pens at a wedding. It’s a rare murder that includes the little SUNDAY, MARCH 18 Celebman on the cake among the rity Apprentice The contestsuspects. CBS. 10pm. ants film videos to promote a new mop design, much like THURSDAY, MARCH 22 Jail the one Donald Trump wears Jails visited tonight include on his head. NBC. 9pm. the Portland City Jail where Cavy-at emptor. Tuesday, 8:30pm. House of Consignment A the inmates can get chai new reality show about a with their hemp bran mufChicago luxury consignment shop.They say fins before the meditation circle. Spike TV. every garment has a “story.”But dry cleaning 7:30pm. and an antiseptic will take out most of them. Jersey Shore This is the reunion special VH1. 9pm. where the cast members share laughs, stories and tips for hiding herpes sores. MTV. MONDAY, MARCH 19 Pablo’s Hippos The 10pm. story of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar is told The Tonight Show Arsenio Hall continthrough the eyes of his pet hippo. Life’s not ues his decades-long humility tour. NBC. easy for a drug kingpin’s hippo.The limos 11:35pm. < are hard to fit into and the gold chains get Critique That TV Guy at letters@pacificsun.com. caught on everything. (2010) Sundance Turn on more TV Guy at Channel. 7:05pm. ›› pacificsun.com MARCH 16 - MARCH 22, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 19

›› MOViES

Friday March 16 -Thursday March 22

Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford

21 Jump Street (1:49) Ever-youthful LA cops Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum go undercover at a local high school and find those old adolescent anxieties as difficult to deal with as the drug ring they’re supposed to be investigating. O Act of Valor (1:41) A team of elite Navy SEALs is dispatched to the Philippines to terminate some especially nasty global-domination scenario with extreme prejudice. O The Artist (1:40) Dazzling Oscar-winning Michel Hazanavicius silent about a Hollywood superstar, a hopeful extra and the life-changing effect the talkie revolution will have on their careers. O Being Flynn (1:42) Nick Flynn’s memoir of his loving mother and his absent, harddrinking, grandiose father hits the big screen with Robert De Niro, Julianne Moore and Paul Dano. O Boy (1:27) The life of a Maori lad in 1980s New Zealand is turned upside down when his long-estranged father reappears, brimming with surprises. O Can U Feel It: The UMF Experience (2:00) Catch Afrojack, Boys Noize, Carl Cox and other top acts direct from UMF Miami, the world’s number-one electronic music fest. O Casablanca (1:42) World-weary saloonkeeper Humphrey Bogart is thrust into global intrigue when ex-gf Ingrid Bergman reenters his life, nasty Nazis at hand; Claude Rains steals the show as Louis the cop. O Casa de Mi Padre (1:24) A down-onits-luck Mexican dynasty overloaded with family dynamics finds itself in the middle of a drug war; Will Ferrell stars. O Chico and Rita (1:34) Sultry, evocative Spanish cartoon follows a decade-long love affair against the spicy backdrop of prerevolutionary Havana and the rise of modern jazz. O Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (1:26) Dr. Seuss’s timeless tale of a likable old grump and his endangered ecosystem comes to the big screen with the voices of Danny DeVito, Betty White and Taylor Swift. O The Forgiveness of Blood (1:49) Gripping Albanian drama about two teens caught up in a potentially lethal centuries-old blood feud. O Friends With Kids (1:47) The last two surviving singles in a circle of breeders decide to have their cake and eat it too by raising a child AND dating other people; Jon Hamm and Megan Fox star. O The Godfather (2:55) Francis Ford Coppola’s epic saga of a Mafia dynasty stars Marlon Brando in the title role and Al Pacino as the good son who tragically and inevitably takes his place. O Gone (1:35) Kidnapping survivor Amanda Seyfried embarks on a race against the clock to find her abducted sister. O Hugo (2:07) Martin Scorsese familyfriendly fantasy about an orphan who makes his home in the fantastical world of a Paris train station; Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen and Christopher Lee costar. O The Hunger Games (2:22) In post-apocalyptic North America a teenage girl fights for her life against a squad of trained assassins on a popular government-sponsored reality show! O

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The Iron Lady (1:45) Oscar winner Meryl Streep stars as steely right-wing gamechanging British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; Jim Broadbent is around as good ol’ Denis. O Jeff, Who Lives at Home (1:23) Listless slacker Jason Segel’s search for an ordained life path leads to strangeness, confusion and high comedy; Susan Sarandon costars. O John Carter (1:34) Edgar Rice Burrough’s planet-hopping Virginian makes his umpteenth cinematic appearance with Taylor Kitsch in the starring role and a supporting cast of Martians. O Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (1:34) Dwayne Johnson and his two kids head to a volcano-rocked, creature-infested isle to rescue resident codger Michael Caine. O LA Phil Live: Gustavo Dudamel and Herbie Hancock Celebrate Gershwin (2:15) The Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor joins the jazz legend for an evening of “Embraceable You,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” the “Cuban Overture” and other classics. O Our Robots Ourselves University of California robotics professor Ken Goldberg discusses the new and improved mechanical man with film clips and a screening of the Spike Jonze short “I’m Here.” O Pina 3-D (1:43) Dazzling multidimensional plunge into the cutting-edge choreography of the legendary Pina Bausch; Wim Wenders directs. O Project X (1:28) Three anonymous high schoolers make a name for themselves when they throw a never-to-be-forgotten wingding dripping with booze, sex, drugs and naughty language. O Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (1:52) British fishery expert Ewan MGregor is ordered by the PM to bring angling to the desert at the whim of a Mideast sheik; Lasse Hallström directs. O The Secret World of Arrietty (1:35) Acclaimed Japanese animated version of Mary Norton’s “The Borrowers” about a family of very tiny people who live beneath the floorboards of a suburban home. O A Separation (2:03) Oscar’s Best Foreign Film examines an Iranian family’s slow, steady descent into anger and hopelessness. O Silent House (1:25) Elizabeth Olsen gets locked inside a secluded country home with no contact with the outside world and some kind of encroaching critter making things interesting. O Symphony in Cinema: Cosi Fan Tutti (3:23) Staatskapelle Berlin transforms Mozart’s rich soufflé of an opera into a critically acclaimed hippie musical: Far out! O This Means War (2:00) CIA agents/BFFs Chris Pine and Tom Hardy use all their skills and gadgets to screw each other over in their romantic pursuit of Reese Witherspoon. O A Thousand Words (1:31) Fast-talking Eddie Murphy has to learn to shut up when a mysterious guru curses him with a lifetime stipend of only 1,000 words. O Wanderlust (1:40) Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd ditch their overstressed Manhattan existence for the laid-back life at a clothing-optional backwoods commune. < O

›› MOViE TiMES N21 Jump Street (R) Century Cinema: Fri-Wed 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:40 Thu 1:30, 4:15, 7 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:35, 1, 2:15, 3:45, 5, 6:30, 7:50, 9:15, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:35, 2:15, 5:05, 7:45, 10:30 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1, 4:10, 6:55, 9:40 Sun-Thu 1, 4:10, 6:55 A Separation (PG-13) +++1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 1:25, 4:20, 7:15, 10:10 Sun 7:15 Mon-Wed 1:25, 4:20, 7:15 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:10, 7, 9:50 Sat 1:20, 4:10, 7, 9:50 Sun 7 Mon-Tue 4:10, 7 Thu 4:10 A Thousand Words (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 12:05, 2:35, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50 Act of Valor (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:20, 7:55, 10:30 Sat-Sun 12, 2:40, 5:20, 7:55, 10:30 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:25 Century Northgate 15: FriWed 11:40, 2:30, 5:20, 7:55, 10:35 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 2:10, 4:55, 7:40, 10:25 The Artist (PG-13) +++1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 2:10, 6:55 (on a double bill with “The Iron Lady”) Sun-Tue 2:10, 6:55 (on a double bill with “The Iron Lady”) Thu 2:10 (on a double bill with “The Iron Lady”) Century Rowland Plaza: 11:45, 4:50 (on a double bill with “The Iron Lady”) CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sun 3:15, 7:30 (on a double bill with “The Iron Lady”) Mon-Thu 7:45 (on a double bill with “The Iron Lady”) Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:35 Sat 1:50, 4:30, 7, 9:35 Sun 1:50, 4:30, 7 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7 NBeing Flynn (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15 Sun-Thu 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45 NBoy (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:45, 6:45, 8:45 Sat-Sun 2:30, 4:45, 6:45, 8:45 Mon-Thu 6:45, 8:45 NCan U Feel It: The UMF (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Thu 8 CinéArts at Marin: Thu 8 CinéArts at Sequoia: Thu 8 NCasa de Mi Padre (R) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 12:30, 2:55, 5:05, 7:15, 9:30 NCasablanca (1942) (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Wed 2, 7 CinéArts at Marin: Wed 7 CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed 2, 7 Chico and Rita (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:15, 6:30 Sat 2:15, 4:15, 6:30 Sun 2:15, 4:15 Tue-Thu 6:30 Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (PG) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5; 3D showtimes at 7:25, 9:45 Sat-Sun 12:15, 5; 3D

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showtimes at 2:30, 7:25, 9:45 Mon-Thu 7, 9:15 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:25, 1:55, 4:20, 6:45, 9:10; 3D showtimes at 12:15, 2:45, 5:10, 7:35, 10:05 Century Rowland Plaza: 12, 2:25, 4:40, 7:05, 9:20; 3D showtimes at 1:10, 3:30, 5:50, 8:05, 10:15 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:35; 3D showtimes at 7:15, 9:25 Sat 1:40; 3D showtimes at 4:35, 7:15, 9:25 Sun 1:40; 3D showtimes at 4:35, 7:15 Mon-Tue, Thu 5; 3D showtime at 7:35 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:40, 3:50, 6:10, 8:15; 3D showtimes at 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7, 9:10 Sun-Thu 1:40, 3:50, 6:10; 3D showtimes at 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:45, 7:10, 9:15 Sat 12:40, 2:45, 4:45, 7:10, 9:15 Sun 12:40, 2:45, 4:45, 7:10 Mon-Thu 4:45, 7:10 The Forgiveness of Blood (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri-Sat, Mon-Thu 8:30 Friends With Kids (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 7:45, 10:20 Sat-Sun 11:45, 2:20, 5:15, 7:45, 10:20 Mon-Thu 7:15, 9:50 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:10, 1:50, 4:25, 7:05, 9:45 Sun-Thu 11:10, 1:50, 4:25, 7:05 NThe Godfather (1972) (R) Century Regency 6: Thu 2, 7 CinéArts at Sequoia: Thu 7 Hugo (PG) +++1/2 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:45, 3:40, 6:45, 9:25 Sun 12:45 Mon, Tue, Thu 12:45, 3:40, 6:45 Wed 12:45, 3:40 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:45, 9:25 Sat 1:10, 4, 6:45, 9:25 Sun 1:10, 4, 6:45 Mon-Thu 4, 6:45 NThe Hunger Games (PG-13) Century Cinema: Thu 11:59pm Century Northgate 15: Thu 11:59pm Century Rowland Plaza: Thu 11:59pm CinéArts at Marin: Thu 11:59pm The Iron Lady (PG-13) +++1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12, 4:45, 9:15 (shown on a double bill with “The Artist”) Sun-Tue, Thu 12, 4:45 (shown on a double bill with “The Artist”) Century Rowland Plaza: 2:20, 7:30 (on a double bill with “The Artist”) CinéArts at Marin: Fri 5:20, 9:35 (on a double bill with “The Artist”) Sat 1:05, 5:20, 9:35 (on a double bill with “The Artist”) Sun 1:05, 5:20 (on a double bill with “The Artist”) Mon-Thu 5:35 (on a double bill with “The Artist”) NJeff, Who Lives at Home (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:50, 3:05, 5:20,

7:35, 9:50 Sun-Thu 12:50, 3:05, 5:20, 7:35 John Carter (PG-13) +++ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 10: 3D showtime at 7 Sat-Sun 4, 10: 3D showtimes at 1, 7 Mon-Thu 9:30: 3D showtime at 6:30 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:30, 5:45; 3D showtimes at 12:50, 2:40, 4, 7:05, 8:50, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:25, 2:30; 3D showtimes at 1, 4:10, 5:45, 7:20, 8:55, 10:20 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:05; 3D showtimes at 7, 9:55 Sat 1:15; 3D showtimes at 4:05, 7, 9:55 Sun 3D showtime at 7 Mon-Wed 4:30; 3D showtimes at 7:25 Thu 4:30 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 2, 5, 8; 3D showtimes at 12:35, 3:30, 6:40, 9:30 Sun-Thu 2, 5; 3D showtimes at 12:35, 3:30, 6:40 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (PG) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:50, 4:55, 10; 3D showtimes at 2:20, 7:30 NLA Phil Live: Gustavo Dudamel and Herbie Hancock Celebrate Gershwin (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Sun 2 CinéArts at Marin: Sun 2 CinéArts at Sequoia: Sun 2 NOur Robots Ourselves (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 7 Pina 3D (PG) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:15 Sat-Sun 2, 4:30, 7, 9:15 Mon-Thu 7, 9:15 Project X (R) Century Northgate 15: FriWed 12:35, 3, 5:15, 7:45, 10:10 NSalmon Fishing in the Yemen (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:20, 1:55, 4:40, 7:25, 10 Sun-Thu 11:20, 1:55, 4:40, 7:25 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 5, 7:30, 10 Sat 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10 Sun 2:30, 5, 7:30 Mon-Wed 5, 7:30 Thu 5 The Secret World of Arrietty (G) +++1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:45, 2:10, 4:35, 7, 9:25 Silent House (R) ++1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 1:05, 3:20, 5:35, 8, 10:20 NSymphony in Cinema: Cosi Fan Tutti (Not Rated) Fairfax 6 Theatres: Sun 4 Wed 7 This Means War (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 12:45, 3:25, 5:55, 8:20 Wanderlust (R) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 12:40, 3:15, 5:50, 8:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:05, 2:35, 5, 7:25, 9:55

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

Amr Waked and Ewan McGregor are compleat anglers in ‘Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,’ opening Friday at the Regency and Sequoia.

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

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

F R I D AY M A R C H 1 6 — F R I D AY M A R C H 2 3 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar 03/17: Fado Dinner show with Jesualda Azevedo, Carmencita & David Garcia, Sete Colinas Traditional Portuguese singers and guitar. DInner included. 5-11pm. $45. I.D.E.S.I. of Novato, 901 Sweetser Ave., Novato. 883-7354.

03/17: Ned Endless and the Allnighters Saint Patrick`s Day Bash Classic rock, soul, and funk. Green beer Jameson shwag and corned beef and cabbage. 8:30pm-midnight. No cover. 2AM Club, 380 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 261-3786.

03/17: Rick Bartalini Presents An Evening with Peter Frampton “Frampton Comes Alive!

Live music 03/16: Barry ‘The Fish’ Melton Band, Kathi McDonald Original lead guitarist of Country Joe & the Fish, Melton began his career as a guitarist and singer. Kathi McDonald is a fiery soulful and passionate vocalist. 9pm. $12-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com 03/16: Darleen Langston Langston’s repertoire reflects her love of the Great American Songbook, along with her familiarity with the blues and Tin Pan Alley tradition. 8:15pm. Free. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. www.sausalitoseahorse.com 03/16: Irish Folk Music: Black Brothers “On Stage at the Lark: Celebrate the Irish with Film and Music.” Old Dublin street and music hall songs and historical ballads from the Irish traditions. Includes a lot of up-tempo reels and jigs and more. 8pm. Film only-General $10 Film only Kids 12 and under $7 Music only-General $25 Music only Lark Theater Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia, Larkspur. 924-5111. www.larktheater.net 03/16: Key Lime Pie Classic rock with a Latin twist. 8:30pm.-midnight. $5. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina at Fort Baker, Sausalito. www.presidioyachtclub.org 03/16: Lone Star Retrobates Roadhouse/swing fusion. This a butt scootin’ dance band specializing in authentic West Coast cow jazz. Dinner show, call for reservations. 8-10pm. $10. Rancho Nicasio Restarant

and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 03/16: Lonestar Retrobates Grab your Swing Dancin’ shoes and come on out. All ages show. 8:30pm. $8-10. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 516-1028. www.lonestarretrobates.com 03/16: Manicato Socially conscious lyrics backed by a mixture of salsa, reggae, hip hop and rock. 8:15pm. $10. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. www.sausalitoseahorse.com

03/16: Rusty Evans and the Ring of Fire Rockabilly. 9:30 p.m. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. www.perisbar.com 03/16: Stu Allen and Mars Hotel Jam rock. 9 p.m. $15. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850. www.sweetwatermusichall.com 03/16; The Heart of Chanting Join an evening of chanting from Sanskrit, Sufi, Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, and Goddess traditions. Experience the ancient practice of chanting,enjoying a modern revival. 7:30-9:30pm. $20-25. Spirit Rock Meditation Center, 5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Woodacre, West Marin, Woodacre. 488-0164. www.spiritrock.org 03/17: Danny Click and the Hell Yeah’s Blues. 9pm. $15-18. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com 03/17: Electric Avenue Rock. 8:15pm. $8. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 3312899. www.sausalitoseahorse.com

ViDEO Scion o’ the times

Human ridiculousness always awaits in the wings of an Alexander Payne movie: The absurdity of lost love in adulthood, the goofiness of middle-aged betrayal and the cornball cliche of solitude—all of them are set against Payne’s trademark gorgeous land- Clooney’s turn as a class-A schlemiel scapes, which seem to point their own accus- was rewarded with an Academy Award ing finger at any stage in life’s pageant. THE nomination. DESCENDANTS’ fall ad campaign pretty much gave the story away, but there aren’t any real spoilers to be had in this wonderful film that’s teeming with humanity. George Clooney plays a reluctant Hawaii land baron hoping to keep a semblance of his old family life going in the wake of tragedy. His wife’s coma has left his daughters bereft and acting out big time, while his extended family is starting to get nervous about a pending half-billion-dollar land sale. The last thing he needs is news of his wife’s infidelity. Clooney, a great actor at perpetual war with his looks, loses the battle here. One can’t accept for a minute that a guy with his charisma and world-wisdom could be turned into such an overnight schlemiel. But that’s Payne’s enduring theme—who can keep his dignity while sprinting in flip-flops?—Richard Gould

35th Anniversary Tour.” 8 p.m. $49.50-89.50 Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 472-4190. www.marincenter.org 03/17: The Jerry Hannan Band St. Patrick’s Day celebration with local Irish-American singer/ songwriter/actor. 8:30-11pm. $15. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com

03/17: The Tickets Band St. Paddy’s Day Rave-Up Rock & Blues guaranteed to grant you complete absolution from all your sins. Dance your way to salvation. 8:30pm-midnight. $10. The Sausalito Seahorse Restaurant, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. www.sausalitoseahorse.com 03/17: Wahine Moe Moe Kanikapila Wahine Moe Moe (Sleeping Lady) Kanikapila (music jam). Ukulele enthusiasts. Saturdays. 2-4pm. None. Sleeping Lady Cafe, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. www.sleepingladyfairfax.com

03/18: Duets and Rarities with Bonnie Hayes Tim Eschliman Blues, r&b. 5-8pm. Free. Station House Cafe, 11180 State Route One, point reyes station. 663-1515. www.stationhousecafe.com 03/18: Little Feat Rock. 8 p.m. $35-40. Uptown Theatre, Napa. 707-259-0123. www.uptowntheatrenapa.com 03/18: Lonestar Retrobates Western swing band. 3-6pm. Free. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 516-1028. www.19broadway.com 03/18: Mazacote Old school salsa and latin jazz. 3-9pm. $10. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. www.sausalitoseahorse.com 03/18: Tiny Television Jeremy D’ Antonio’s New Original Americana. 5-7pm. No cover. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com

03/18: Tracy Blackman, Lynn Asher, Liz Pisco, Susan Z Also Danny Click, Velvy Appleton, Don Bassey and Adrienne Biggs. Reservations suggested. 7-9pm. Free. Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. www.sleepingladyfairfax.com 03/19: Open Mic at Ghiringhelli Come on down to the lounge and show off what you’ve got. Full bar, late menu, big fun. Check in at 8:30pm. 9-11pm. No cover Ghiringhelli Pizzeria Grill and Bar, 1535 South Novato Blvd., Novato. 878-4977. www.ghiringhellisnovato.com 03/20: KortUzi Danny Uzilevsky & Jonathan Korty host Bay area artists. 9:30 p.m.-1:30am. Free. 19 Broadway, 19 Broadway, Fairfax . www.19broadway. com 03/20: Swing Fever: Nat Cole “Happy Birthday Nat King Cole: Music of the King Cole Trio.” 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www. panamahotel.com 03/21: Kimrea Dreamdog Trio Originals and classic covers. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com

03/21: Marcelo Puig and Seth Asarnof Authentic Argentine tango. 8:15pm. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. www.sausalitoseahorse.com

03/22: Ann Brewer Jazz, blues and r&b standards. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com 03/22: Ray Obiedo Ray Obiedo, guitar; Melecio Magdaluyo, saxophone/flute; Phil Hawkins, drums; Marc Van Wageningen, bass. With special guests from the Carlos Santana Band: Dave K. Mathews, piano; Karl Perrazo, timbales; Jeff Cressman, trombone; Tony Lindsay, vocals. 8:30 p.m. $16-20. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com

Concerts 03/16: Mill Valley Philharmonic “Revisiting the Renaissance: Respighi, Hindemith and Stravinsky.” These composers were influenced by the dance rhythms of the Renaissance and Baroque era. Discover how they broke the rules of those rhythmic and tonal vocabularies to form their own musical languages. 8pm. Free. Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley. 383-0930. www.millvalleyphilharmonic.org

03/16: World Sacred Music Festival Native American, Pakistani, Turkish and Persian music, by Albert Tenaya, Riffat Sultana, Kervan Ensemble and Taneen Sufi Music Ensemble. 7-9:30pm. $20-30. Embassy Suites Hotel, 101 McInnis Pwy., San Rafael. 472-6959. www.ias.org 03/17: Mill Valley Philharmonic “Revisiting the Renaissance: Respighi, Hindemith and Stravinsky.” 4pm. Free. Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Avenue, Mill Valley. 383-0930. www.millvalleyphilharmonic.org

03/17: Sound Healing w/Harpist and Healer Joel Andrews Joel Andrews is a harpist, composer, author and was the pioneer music healer in America. He tours and presents concerts and workshops worldwide. 8-9:15pm. $30 per person / $20 for Seniors & Students (Cash or Check Payable at the Door.) The Spiritual Healing Center, 260 E. Blithedale Ave, Mill Valley. 381-4465. www. thespiritualhealingcenter.org

03/18: Guest Concert Series: Bridge Chamber Virtuosi With Wei He, violin; Yun Jie Liu, viola; Amos Yang, cello. Free parking is available in the nearby Conlan Center lot off Grand Ave. in San Rafael. 3pm. $18, under 18 free. Angelico Hall Theater Dominican University of California, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. www.dominican.edu

03/18: Kyle Coolidge and Chien-Lin Lu Piano. Works by Schumann, Chopin, Beethoven, Scriabin and Ravel. 4 p.m. $10-20. Dance Palace Community Center, 503 B St., Point Reyes. 663-1075. www.dancepalace.org 03/18: Mill Valley Philharmonic “Revisiting the Renaissance: Respighi, Hindemith and Stravinsky.” 2pm. Free. Osher Marin JCC, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 383-0930. www.millvalleyphilharmonic.org 03/18: Russian Chamber Orchestra Schubert: “Rondo for Violin & Orchestra.” Tchaikovsky: “Adagio” from “Souvenir de Florence.” Mozart: “Piano Concerto #11.” 4-6pm. $25 Gen, $20 Sr./St. Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley. 3057658. www.russianchamberorch.com/ 03/18: The Celtic Tenors Matthew Gilsenan, James Nelson and Daryl Simpson. Colm Rogan, music director. 3 p.m. $20-$45. Marin Veterans MARCH 16 - MARCH 22, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 21

Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 472-4190. www.marincenter.org

Dance 03/16: Kopachka Folk Dancers Ethnic dances from the Balkans and beyond. Beginning teaching 7:30-8:00, intermediate teaching 8:00-8:30, dance program 8:30-10:30 then light refreshments. Newcomers always welcome. 7:30-11pm. $7. Scout Hall, 177 E. Blithedale, Mill Valley. 03/18: Nia Jam Marin 2012 The San Francisco Bay Area Nia Teachers are hosting Nia Jam Marin on Sunday, March 18 from 1:30pm –3:30pm. This fun, two-hour Nia workout will feature over 12 Nia teachers from all over the Bay Area. 1:30-3:30pm. $15. Bay West Ballroom, 1133 East Francisco Blvd. Suite D, (2nd Floor), San Rafael. 577-4621. www.niawellness. com/nia_jam_2012 03/20, 22: Dance Fusion Workshop Incorporates modern, jazz, ballet, cardio and strength. Learn coordination, across the floor progressions, musicality, and choreography in a fun and energetic environment. 4-5pm. $15 drop in. Dance Arts Studios, 704 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 459-1020. www.danceartsstudios.com 03/21: International Folk Dance Dances from Serbia, Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Rumania, Israel & more taught by Carol Friedman. Great fun, great music, great company! Beginners, newcomers, drop-ins always welcome. 7-8:15pm. The Dance Palace, 503 B St., Point Reyes Station. 663-9512. www.dancepalace.org 03/22: Dance at Sweat Your Prayers Dance to Ecstatic World Music on beautiful sprung wood dance floor. Join the tribe and let go of stress, worry and tension as you express your most creative self. Beginners welcome. 7-9pm. $15. San Geronimo Community Gym, 1 Lagunitas School Road, , San Geronimo. www.sweatyourprayerssg.com

Theater/Auditions 03/23-04/01:‘A Chorus Line’ With new choreography by Shannon Ainsworth and Corrin Dove. 8pm March 23-24, 30-31; 2pm March 25 and April 1. $7-15. San Marin High School, 15 San Marin Dr., Novato. 898-2121. www.brownpapertickets.com/ event/217632 www.brownpapertickets.com 03/23-04/22:‘Twentieth Century’ Screwball comedy set in art deco glory aboard the historic train the 20th Century Limited. Don’t miss Ken Ludwig’s contemporary version. Showtimes: 7:30pm. Thurs.; 8pm Fri.-Sat.; 2pm Sun. $25 adults; $20 seniors, children: $17, Thursdays The Barn, Marin Art & Garden Center, Sir Francis Drake Blvd. at Lagunitas, Ross. 456-9555. www.rossvalleyplayers.com/raw Through 03/18:‘As You Like It’ As bubbly as a glass of champagne. 8pm March 16-17; 2pm March 17-18. $10-20. Performing Arts Theater, College of Marin, Kentfield. 457-8811. www.marin.edu/departments/performingarts/drama/current-season.html Through 04/15:‘Cabaret’ This lively Kander and Ebb musical, directed by Hector Correa, uses an intimate space where the audience will experience the dark, decadent world of Weimar Berlin. Refreshments available. 8-10:30pm. $25-45. Larkspur Cafe Theatre (American Legion Hall Post 313), 500 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 381-1638 . www.cabaretsf.wordpress.com

Comedy 03/16-17: Marin Murder Mysteries Marin Murder Mysteries continues its dinner theater series at San Rafael Joe’s with another murder mystery installment. This fun, interactive, who-done-it event features a five-course dinner served up with a comical case of murder and mayhem that includes 22 PACIFIC SUN MARCH 16 - MARCH 22, 2012

the audience as key criminal investigators. 6:30pm. $44-$68 San Rafael Joes, 931 Fourth St., San Rafael. 306-1202. www.marinmurdermysteries.com 03/16: Holy City Zoo Hilarious Improv Reunion with Debi Durst, Michael Bossier, Jim Cranna, Judi Nihei, Diane Amos, Chris Pray, Dave Coldren, Michael Berlin, Geoff Bolt, Michael O’Brien and others. 8 p.m. $18-21. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com 03/17: Mort Sahl Social satire, comedy. 8 p.m. $35-45. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com

Art 03/11-30: 21st Annual Marin County High School Art Show Under the supervision of each high school art teacher 12 entries from each school will be chosen. Reception 2-4pm March 11. 11am-4pm. No charge. Marin Society of Artists Gallery, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. shetuff@sbcglobal.net

03/16-18: Belvedere-Tiburon Library’s Gently Used Art Auction Donate your old framed art, photos, prints and art books, then buy yourself some new items at this benefit silent art auction. 10am-5pm Fri.-Sat.; Noon-3pm Sun. Free. Belvedere-Tiburon Library, 1501 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon. 789-2665. www.bel-tib-lib.org 03/23-05/26: Annual Juried Exhibit Falkirk presents its popular Annual Juried exhibit of Marin and Bay Area artists. Juried by Richard Elliott, California College of Arts. All themes, all media. 5:307:30pm. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328. Through 03/26: Christine DeCamp March residency:Paintings, pottery and creating new work on site. Open noon-5pm Thurs.-Mon. Closing reception 2-5pm March 25. Free. Bolinas Gallery, 52 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 663-9646. www.bolinas-gallery.com Through 03/29:‘Fleurs’ Monthly juried exhibition. “Lightward.” Kate Dumont, multi media works. Free. O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, 616 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 388-4331. www.ohanloncenter.org Through 03/31:‘Art in the Gallery’ Marin native Kirk McCabe focuses on the biological diversity in the hills, forests and waters of Marin County. The images in this exhibition are a glimpse into some of these habitats. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

Through 04/01: Eric Engstrom Retrospective, Myong-Ah Rawitscher: Far From Home,The Book of Remembrance and Vickisa Gallery open daily, 11am-5pm. Closed Tues. 11am-5pm. Free. Gallery Route One , 11101 Highway One , Point Reyes Station. 663-1347. www.galleryrouteone.org Through 04/06: Kathleen Lack Paintings. Oils and pastels, specializing in the portrait and the figure. 8am-7 pm. Free. Marin Cancer Institute, 1350 So. Eliseo Dr., Greenbrae. 461-9000.

Through 04/15:‘Indexical Makers: Three Bay Area Contemporary Craft Artists’ Features the work of emerging artists Modesto Covarrubias, Ali Naschke-Messing and Angie Wilson. Free. Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137. www.marinmoca.org Through 04/17: Gallery 305 With fine art photography by Jean Schurtz and a Marin MOCA group show with artists Donna Solin and Colleen Johnson. Gallery is open Mon-Fri. 11am-4pm. Closed holidays. 11am-4pm. Free. TCSD Office , 305 Bell Lane, Mill Valley. 388-6393. www.tcsd.us

Through 04/20:‘Spring and Summer Solistice’ Allegra Printz, new paintings. Also on view; William Leidenthal’s “Natural Phenomena”

series. Free. Cassandra Kersting gallery, 1201-C Bridgeway, Sausalito . 332-0200. www.cassandrakerstinggallery.com

Through 04/25: Allen Wynn: New Sculptures Also: “Group Painting Exhibition.” Featuring new works by Gallery Artists. Reception 5:30-7:30pm March 16. 11am-4pm. Free. Gallery Bergelli, 483 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur. 945-9454. www.bergelli.com Through 04/26: Sylvia Gonzalez Pastel on mono print. No charge. Rock Hill Gallery , 145 Rock Hill Drive, Tiburon. 435-9108. www.ccctiburon.org Through 04/27:‘The Elements’ Juried by SFMOMA Artists Gallery director Maria Medua. Featuring a variety of mediums, art inspired by 4 elements: fire, water, wind, water. 10am-5pm. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. www.artworksdowntown.org Through 04/28:‘Optical Delusions’ Crome Architecture is proud to present the work of Bay Area painter Georgette Osserman who creates vibrant paintings that explore elements of visual movement, color and psychological relationships. Free. Crome Architecture, 905 Fourth St., San Rafael. 453-0700. www.sites.google.com/site/artatcrome/ Through 05/31:‘Muslim Eyes’ Exhibit of secular and religious art by Muslim artists from the Bay Area and beyond. Includes photos, paintings and sculpture. 9am-5pm. Free. Marin Community Foundation, 5 Hamilton Landing, Suite 200, Novato. 464-2500. www.marincf.org/news/events-calendar/ muslim-eyes-exhibit

Talks/Lectures 03/17:‘Plastics 360: Impact and Possibilities’ Informative and inspiring conference exploring the issues of plastic pollution and developments of healthy alternatives. Local authors and leaders will present the latest infomation. 9:30am-4pm. $40 $20 students w/ID St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 3 Bayview Ave. , Belvedere . www.greensangha.org

03/17: Shamanic Feng Shui and Dowsing In The Year of The Dragon Join Barry and Gayla Gordon as they share their special knowledge about Space Clearing, Ghost Stories. Shamanic Feng Shui Is About The Qi, Not The Furniture; How to See with Feng Shui Eyes and more. 1:30-5pm. $7 per person nonmembers; $5 per ASD member Administration Building, Community Room, Town Center Corte Madera, Corte Madera. 564-6419.

03/21: Marin Scuba Club Monthly Meeting Marin Scuba Club presents Katie Stoyka, “Reef & Rainforest: Images of Malaysia.” 7:30-9pm. $3 for members, $5 for non-members Flatiron Saloon, 724 B St. (at 3rd.), San Rafael. www.marinscuba.org 03/22: Cokie and Steve Roberts “Our Haggadah: Uniting Traditions for Interfaith Families.” New York Times best-selling authors and journalists share their interfaith Passover ideas. Enjoy Hagafen Cellars wine and recipe tastings from book. 7-9pm. $15 members/$20 public. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road , San Rafael. 444-8081. www.marinjcc.org

Readings 03/16: Storytelling Event To honor World Storytelling Day, local authors of stories from the book, “A Collection of Life Stories, ”will read their work. Folk music, beverages and cookies and talk about story writing too. 7-8:30pm. No charge. Fairfax Community Church, 2398 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 454-6085. www.tellourlifestories.com 03/17: Ben Hellwarth Hellwarth discusses “Sealab.” Hellwarth tells the story of how the U.S. Navy program tried to develop the marine equivalent of the space station and why the Navy pulled the plug. 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

03/17: Jeanette Winterson Winterson presents “Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 03/17: Stephen Dau Dau discusses “The Book of Jonas.” 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 03/18: Anacaria Myrrha The author talks about “An Invitation to An Extraordinary Life.” Myrrha offers a process to help us discover our life purpose and then build a structure to support that purpose in the world. 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 03/18: Carol Sheldon The author discusses her psychological mystery “Mother Lode.” Noon. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 03/18: Larry Fritzlan Fritzlan discusses “Intervention on America.” Fritzlan says “1% of America, our elected officials, the special interests who buy them off, and the hyper wealthy are addicted to power and money.” 2pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 03/18: Rebecca Costa The author discusses “Watchman’s Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction.” Costa reveals the four patterns which paralyze innovative thinking and civilization’s ability to solve complex problems. 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 03/19: Aimee Phan Phan presents her novel “The Reeducation of Cherry Truong.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 03/20: Jodi Kantor The author presents “The Obamas.” Kantor takes us inside the White House as the Obamas grapple with their new roles as the first black president and first lady. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 03/21: Daniel Halperin and Craig Timberg Washington Post reporter Timberg and award winning AIDS researcher Halperin tell the surprising story of how Western colonial powers unwittingly sparked the AIDS epidemic and then fanned its rise. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 03/22: Roger Housden Housden talks about “Ten Poems to Say Goodbye.” A goodbye is an opportunity for kindness, for forgiveness, for intimacy, and ultimately for love and a deepening acceptance of life. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

Film Events 03/16: On Stage at the Lark: Celebrate the Irish with Film and Music “Jig.” In this documentary from director Sue Bourne, the selfcontained world of Irish step dance is on full display. Live Irish folk music with the Black Brothers at 8pm. 5:30pm. Film only-General $10 Film only Kids 12 and under $7 Music only-General $25 Music only Lark Theater Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia , Larkspur. 924-5111. www.larktheater.net

03/18:‘Science On Screen: Our Robots Ourselves’ Using film clips and a screening of Spike Jonze’s short film “I’m Here”, Professor Goldberg will present examples of new robots and describe his own research in “superhuman surgery” and “cloud robotics” 7pm. $12 (CFI members $9) Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth S., San Rafael. 454-1222. www.cafilm.org 03/19: Monday Night at the Movies “Buena Vista Social Club.” (1999). This film documents a series of triumphant performances by Cuban Son musicians brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder. Directed by Wim Wenders and filmed in Old

Havana. In Spanish and English. 7:30-9pm. Free. Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 382-9109. www.cityofmillvalley.org 03/21:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;In Search of Haydnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Grabskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biographical account of the life of Haydn is a visual and aural extravaganza, including breath-taking performances by some of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most celebrated and contemporary musicians: 7pm. $10-15. Lark Theater, 549 Magonlia ave, Larkspur. 924-5111. www.larktheater.net

Through 04/21: Building the Bridge: Tales from the Original Golden Gate Bridge Workers Eight minute short film was inspired by original Golden Gate Bridge workers Charlie Heinbockel & Rolf Jensen. Pride in their work is expressed through mesmerizing tales of construction on the bridge. 1-1:30pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 415-332-3871. http:// www.spn.usace.army.mil/bmvc/

Community Events (Misc.) 03/16-18:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Songs of the Soulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; San Rafael 2012 Poetry and Sacred Music Festival On Saturday, Coleman Barks, a famed interpreter of Rumiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s poetry, will be a feature presenter. On Friday night, poets Albert Flynn DeSilver and Renee Owen will be featured with musician Brian Foster. 7pm. Embassy Suites, San Rafael. 472-6959. www.ias.org 03/17: Bay Model Dye Demonstration Dye brings the hydrology to life. See the gyres, conflicting currents, & circulation for a better understanding of how this amazing collection of waterways operates. Bring the Bay Model to life. 1:30-2:30pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 3323871. www.spn.usace.army.mil/bmvc/ 03/17: DIY Garden Irrigation Talk and hands on work with Master Gardeners Glenn Smith and Tony Mekisich. Learn irrigation basics, equipment,

set-up, checking your system before itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to run. Bring gloves. 9-10:30am. $5. Falkirk Greenhouse, 1408 Mission Ave, , San Rafael. 456-3280. 03/17: Fairfax Brewfest 17 th Annual Fairfax Brewfest at the Pavilion in downtown Fairfax. Celebrate St Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s day with unlimited tastings from 20 craft brewers, Celtic music by the Gas Men, pub food. 1-5pm. $25.00 adv $30.00 at door Fairfax Pavilion, Downtown Fairfax, Fairfax. 485-5699. www.fairfaxbrewfest.com 03/17: Marin Artisan Cheese Tasting Join MALT and Slow Food Marin/Petaluma to celebrate St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day with a tasting of Marin artisan spring cheeses paired with local wine and beer. Also tour the Giacomini dairy. 1-4pm. $30 MALT members / $40 non-members The Fork at Giacomini Dairy, Point Reyes Station. 663-1158. www.malt.org 03/17: Monthly Book Sale Friends of the Mill Valley Library March sale features nature, gardening and cookbooks. Plenty of fiction in hard and soft cover in many genres. 9am-4:30pm. Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 382-9109. www.cityofmillvalley.org/index.aspx?page=613 03/17: Stand Up Paddleboard Race Perfect for first-time racers and advanced as well with two courses. $20 gets you entrance and green beer and pizza! 7:30am-1:15pm. $20. 101 Surf Sports, 115 Third St., San Rafael. 524-8492. www.101surfsports.com

03/18 Qigong Fundraiser Class for Dina Gardner Join an important Qigong fundraising class for Dina Gardner. Reverend Dina Gardner is fighting sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. 100% of the donations will go to to Dinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s medical fund. 4-5pm. $10 donation. First Presbyterian Church , 1510 5th Ave., San Rafael. 389-8707. www.danceofqigong.com

03/18: A Season for Nonviolence and Peacemaking Action series will be held on March 18 and April 1, 8:45-9:30am. Free. CCC, 145 Rock Hill Dr., Tiburon. 453-9331.

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Barry â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Fishâ&#x20AC;? Melton Band plus Kathi McDonald

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Danny Click and the Hell Yeahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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MORT SAHL

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SAT MAR 17 8PM

Wild Child

LEFT COAST CHAMBER ENSEMBLE

THURS MAR 22 8PM

[R&R/AMERICANA] THU MAR 22

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Ray Obiedo Group

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An Electrifying 14 Piece Tribute to Michael Jackson - A Live Recreation of a 1960's "The Doors" Concert [ROCK]

Luvplanet

A Hilarious Improv Reunion with Special Guests

The Shoulders of Giants

A GRAND & FINE CELEBRATION SAT

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MAR 24 8PM

Randy Couvillon's Rock Fest For BBQ Frank

DAVID LINDLEY

THURS MAR 29 8PM

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03/18: Green Sangha Marin Chapter Monthly Retreat Green Sangha brings spiritual practice and environmental work together. We meet monthly to meditate, educate and support one another, and plan and perform environmental actions. 10am-1pm. Free - donations gratefully received. Hillarita Apartments Community Room, 100 Neds Way, Tiburon. www.greensangha.org 03/18: Sunday Morning Qi Gong Obtain powerful tools for self healing. You are also invited to stay afterwards for a positive, life-affirming service at 10am. 11:30am-12:30pm. Suggested $10 donation. Corte Madera Rec Center Patio, 498 Tamalpais Dr., Corte Madera,. 389-8707. www.danceofqigong.com 03/19: Pilates Mat Class Using the mind to control your muscles, Pilates is a body conditioning routine that helps to not only build flexibility, but also strength, endurance and coordination. Good for all fitness levels. 6:30-7:30pm. $15, drop in. Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 260-6410. www.millvalleycenter.org 03/20: Brainstormers Pub Trivia Join quizmaster Rick Tosh for a fun and friendly team trivia competition. 8-10pm. Free. Finneganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Marin, 877 Grant Ave., Novato. 899-1516. www.finnegansmarin.com

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03/17: St Partickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day at Marin History Museum Come learn about Irish pioneers while painting a leprechaun mask. You too can be a founding leprechaun for a day. This is a free event. All supplies provided. Noon-3pm. Free. Boyd Gate House, 1125 B St., San Rafael. 454-8538. www.marinhistory.org

03/20: Baby Time! Mother Goose on the Loose Fun filled 30 minute interactive session that uses rhymes, songs, puppets, musical instruments, and more to stimulate the learning process of babies and toddlers. 10:30-11am. Free. San Rafael Public Library, 1100 E Street, San Rafael. 485-3322. www.srpubliclibrary.org/ 03/22: Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Author Mac Barnett Mac Barnett is a mover and shaker in the world of childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s books. Hear this sought-after scribe read from one or more of his books: the Brixton Brothers series, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Guess Again?,â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x153;Extra Yarnâ&#x20AC;? and more. 3:30-4:30pm.

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Outdoors (Hikes & Bikes) 03/16: Baltmore Canyon HIke Adults only, no dogs. This is one of the best places to see a great variety of early blooming wildflowers. Within just a mile of the gate, find an amazing assortment of different habitats. 10am-2pm. Free. Baltimore Canyon Preserve, Crown Rd just past Ridgecrest Dr. MCOSD gate is at the end, Kentfield. 893-9508. www.marincountyparks.org

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03/17: Mt.Tamalpais Habitat Restoration Volunteers will focus on removing French broom from this valuable and beautiful habitat. Removing broom improves habitat for animals, reduces the fuel load and improves views for all of us to enjoy. 9amnoon. Free. Lake Lagunitas Parking Lot, Sky Oaks Road, Fairfax. 945-1128. www.marinwater.org/contr oller?action=menuclick&id=580 03/20: Birds of Bothin Marsh For adults. No animals, except service. Look and listen for year round residents like Clapper Rails and Common Yellowthroats. Also waterfowl thrive in the open water, sandpipers and other shorebirds feast. 10am-1pm. Free. Bothin Marsh, End of Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley. 893-9527. www.marincountyparks.org 03/22: Terra Linda to Loma Alta Hike Check out the brand new 680 Trail. Head up the Terra Linda Ridge Fire Road and hook up with this new route that traverses a sunny south-facing slope. Meet at trailhead on south side of Lucas Valley Road. Bring lunch. 9 miles. Adults only, no dogs. 9am-3pm. Free. Lucas Valley Road across from Mount Muir Ct., San Rafael. 893-9508. www.marincountyparks.org <

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ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Yes, your birthday cycle starts up after the weekend, but the planets are suggesting you get a significant amount of work done before you begin partying. In fact, making money continues to be favored, especially when earned via creative efforts. On Tuesday, the attentiongrabbing Sun moves into your sign, ensuring that you are noticed and appreciated. The paparazzi are everywhere. Smile like the world is watching... TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) Friday’s complementary celestial placements promise to make your day (and night) both lovely and lucky. Pleasure comes in many forms and for those who experience it via food and drink, you may tend to overdo it. Saturday evening is your opportunity to make a useful career connection, so if spending St. Paddy’s Day with potential business associates, be prepared to buy the drinks. After Monday, you are prone to letting your imagination run wild—and that’s not such a bad thing... GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) The merging of your ruler (intellectual Mercury) with electrifying Uranus amps up your brain power. You may have more ideas than you can handle. On Tuesday, the sizzling Sun begins to add drama and creativity, an inspiration to your artistic side. While Gemini is considered a dual sign, the number of facets in a Gemini persona is significantly higher than two. Hence your tendency to change careers, residences, partners, hobbies and opinions on a regular basis. See? You’re simply being you... CANCER (June 21 - July 21) In most instances, your relationships are going smoothly this week. You understand how to speak your mind without using too much aggression, show your pals how much you value their friendship and, last but not least, openly exhibit passion for your sweetie instead of hiding your feelings away. As for St. Patrick’s Day, the Moon is in the rebellious sign of Aquarius—which explains your insistence on eating sushi instead of corned beef and cabbage... LEO (July 22 - August 22) You are experiencing a lunar low over the weekend, a good excuse for canceling band practice in favor of taking a long catnap. Fortunately, if your gig is on Saturday, all you need to know are a few U2 songs and the pub crowd is happy. On Tuesday, your ruler (the Sun) leaves the elusive sign of Pisces to enter the assertive sign of Aries. Goodbye, ambiguity. Hello, certainty. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) Many of you will find this week quite exciting. Others will interpret these unexpected happenings as disruptive. It all depends on your personal point of view. As for the weekend, you are interested in St. Patrick’s Day, simply because you are fascinated by its mythological roots. You like to pretend you’re down-to-earth, but you’re helplessly drawn to magic, mystery and musicians. Good luck with that last one... LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) Due to an emphasis on the incompatible earth element as well as a dynamic configuration opposing your sign, compromise is necessary this week. Fortunately, as mentioned previously, you excel in bending backwards in order to keep the peace. This comes in handy Tuesday when one of your co-workers is likely to melt down. As for St. Patrick’s Day, you’re in a generous mood. If at a pub, the next round is on you. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Your ancient ruler (fiery Mars) and your modern ruler (intense Pluto) are working together this week to enhance your interactions with siblings and pals. While this bodes well for your personal life, your work life is rather rocky due to having retrograde Mercury causing both communication and technical grief on the job. On St. Patrick’s Day, you’re probably happiest at home—throwing barbs at whichever ex-lover’s photo is currently on your dartboard... SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) It’s time to indulge your innovative and creative talents. The combined influences of eclectic Uranus and clever Mercury in your house of self-expression can be quite beneficial if you are performing, writing or designing. Meanwhile, Saturday is St. Patrick’s Day. Any holiday that gives you an excuse to fake an accent and experiment with the habits of other cultures is all right with you. Plus, you’re still determined to find that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, aren’t you? CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) You are definitely getting competing messages from the planets. One moment you’re happy and ready for pleasure; the next, you’re stressed and worried about everything from your emotional well-being to your ability to succeed. Reconciling jovial Jupiter with your ruler, serious Saturn, is a challenge. Fortunately, this week Jupiter has the upper hand. Put away your briefcase and put on a pair of shamrock green shoes. It’s time to learn the Irish jig. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) Your conversations are like celebrity interviews this week as curious Mercury instigates your ruler (excitable Uranus) in your communication house. You have no trouble asking questions, no matter how personal. Meantime, the loony Moon is in your sign over the weekend. Whether you believe in leprechauns or not, you just may find yourself discussing their feasibility over a couple of shots of Irish whiskey at the pub. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) It’s the final weekend of your birthday and a festive one at that. The sociable duo of jolly Jupiter and lovable Venus makes sure your immediate environment is filled with laughter and affection. Even if you are sharing your special day with St. Patrick, you can’t complain. The Moon lights up your house of imagination, making you the best entertainer in the pub. Even the leprechaun trio on stage can’t compete... < Email Lynda Ray at cosmicclues@gmail.com or check out her website at www.lyndarayastrology.com 26 PACIFIC SUN MARCH 16– MARCH 22, 2012

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128823 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SOLAR OTTER, 26A BELLE AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: GEORDIE WHINNERY, 26A BELLE AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on February 14, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 24; March 2, 9, 16, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128818 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NEW EVOLUTION CARPENTRY & CONSTRUCTION, 555 CANAL ST. #5, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MIGUEL SOLIS ANAYA, 555 CANAL ST. #5, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 14, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 24; March 2, 9, 16, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012128482 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as HAWSER MARINE INSURANCE SERVICES, 4040 CIVIC CENTER DR. SUITE 200, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: HAWSER MARINE SERVICES LLC., 27 CENTRAL 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 January 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 4, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 24; March 2, 9, 16, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012128782 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SAFEPLAY PLAYGROUNDS, 955 ADRIAN WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: JOHN S. MANCHIP INC., 955 ADRIAN WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on February 10, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 10, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 24; March 2, 9, 16, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128832 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GLAMOROUS NAILS & SPA II, 747 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: GLAMOROUS NAILS & SPA INC., 1127 REDWOOD BLVD., NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on February 15, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 24; March 2, 9, 16, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128830 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PER TE, 455 MAGNOLIA AVE., LARKSPUR, CA 94939: LABORATORIO ORGANICO LLC., 10 SKYLARK DR. APT. 61, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 15, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 24; March 2, 9, 16, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128730 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RANDOM AMERICA, 69 EDISON AVE., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: GEOFFREY H. TURNER, 69 EDISON AVE., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925; CATHERINE GAMLEN, 1021 PALOMA, BURLINGAME, CA 94010. This business is being conducted by a co-partners. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on February 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 6, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 24; March 2, 9, 16, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128862 The following individual(s) is (are) doing busi-

ness as IRWIN STREET FINANCIAL, 700 IRWIN ST. SUITE 300, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: PINNACLE CAPITAL MORTGAGE CORPORATION, 1620 E. ROSEVILLE PKWY. SUITE 248, ROSEVILLE, CA 95661. 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 21, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 24; March 2, 9, 16, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128776 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TE TIEMPO, 5 HAMILTON LANDING SUITE 100, NOVATO, CA 94949: REPUBLIC OF TEA INC., 5 HAMILTON LANDING SUITE 100, NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 9, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 24; March 2, 9, 16, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012128755 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RCI PARTNERS, 2089 HUCKLEBERRY RD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: RICHARD ROI ROOSE, 2089 HUCKLEBERRY RD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on February 7, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 2, 9, 16, 23, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128827 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN OPEN STUDIOS, 74 DIGITAL DR., NOVATO, CA 94949: DORALLEN DAVIS, 74 DIGITAL DR., NOVATO, CA 94949; KAY CARLSON, 388 VIA CASITAS, GREENBRAE, CA 94904; ALAN PLISSKIN, 67 OAKMONT AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an unincorporated association other then a 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 15, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 2, 9, 16, 23, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128880 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MASSAGE THERAPY CENTER, 880 LAS GALLINAS AVE. #4, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: CALVIN TITLAU LOOK, 230 MUNICH ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94112. 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 22, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 2, 9, 16, 23, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128911 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as INCLINE ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTING, 68 WILLOW AVE., FAIRFAX, CA 94930: THOMAS DALE KIMBALL, 68 WILLOW AVE., FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on February 27, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 27, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 2, 9, 16, 23, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012128949 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SCHIRMER PSYCHOLOGY GROUP, 80 BUENA VISTA AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: TODD SCHIRMER, 80 BUENA VISTA AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 2, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 9, 16, 23, 30, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128925 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LAM’S KITCHEN CHINESE REST., 89 E BLITHEDALE AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: WOON CHUNG LAM, 219 WHEELER AVE., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94134; JING MUI LAM, 438 PRINCETON ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94134. 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 28, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 9, 16, 23, 30, 2012)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128934 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as STOUT HOLDINGS INTERNATIONAL, 72 LAS CASAS DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ERIC STOUT, 72 LAS CASAS DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901; LAWRENCE STOUT, 72 LAS CASAS DR., 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 February 2, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 29, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 9, 16, 23, 30, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012128944 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as STELLA COMPANY; DEMOSTELLAS, 121B OLIVA COURT, NOVATO, CA 94947: JANICE NORDIN, 121B OLIVA COURT, NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on February 25, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 1, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 16, 23, 30; April 6, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128928 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as JELD-WEN-THE PERFECT FIT, 111 SHORELINE PARKWAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JELD-WEN DOOR REPLACEMENT SYSTEMS INC., 3737 LAKEPORT BLVD., KLAMATH FALLS, OR 97601. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on N/A. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on February 29, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 16, 23, 30; April 6, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128991 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as COMMSKILLS GROUP, 24 HOOPER LANE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: TERRY WARD, 24 HOOPER LANE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960 . This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 1, 2006. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 8, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 16, 23, 30; April 6, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129003 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BAY AREA JUNK CAR REMOVAL, 391 MILLER AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: OSCAR T. VELAZQUEZ, 291 PLAYA DEL REY, 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, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 16, 23, 30; April 6, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012128998 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as COOK CONSULTING; COOK ENTERPRISES; COOK COUNSELING, 380 OAK CREST ROAD, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: ROBERT L. COOK, 380 OAK CREST ROAD, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960; MARY ANNE COOK, 380 OAK CREST ROAD, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 1998. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 8, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 16, 23, 30; April 6, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012129010 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LUCID DRUM, 527A MISSION AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JASON K. NORRIS, 527A MISSION 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 March 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 9, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 16, 23, 30; April 6, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129012 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as D3 DESIGN CONCEPTS, 58 CARMELITA AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: DANA DWORIN, 58 CARMELITA AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on N/A. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on March 12, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 16, 23, 30; April 6, 2012)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128811 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as POPLAR STREET STUDIO; BODIES MIND PROGRAM OF STUDY, 301 POPLAR ST. SUITE 8, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: CAROLE AMEND, 100 B MEADOW VALLEY RD., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 13, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 16, 23, 30; April 6, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129007 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SIP BY SIPWARE, 5 HAMILTON LANDING SUITE 100, NOVATO, CA 94949: THE REPUBLIC OF TEA INC., 5 HAMILTON LANDING SUITE 100, NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 9, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 16, 23, 30; April 6, 2012)

997 All Other Legals STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304353 The following person(s) has/have abandoned the use of a fictitious business name(s). The information given below is as it appeared on the fictitious business statement that was filed at the Marin County Clerk-Recorder’s Office. Fictitious Business name(s): REDHILL NAILS AND SPA, 747 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. Filed in Marin County on: April 14, 2009. Under File No: 120536. Registrant’s Name(s): QUYEN N. NGHIEM, 524 HAWK DR., PETALUMA, CA 94954. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on February 15, 2012. (Pacific Sun: February 24; March 2, 9, 16, 2012) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1200756. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner JOHN MILFORD REIFSNYDER filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: JOHN MILFORD REIFSNYDER to JOHN LAVIN. 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 2, 2012, 8:30 AM, Dept. B, Room B, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: February 17, 2012 /s/ ROY CHERNUS, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: February 24; March 2, 9, 16, 2012) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304356 The following person(s) has/have abandoned the use of a fictitious business name(s). The information given below is as it appeared on the fictitious business statement that was filed at the Marin County Clerk-Recorder’s Office. Fictitious Business name(s): MASSAGE THERAPY CENTER, 880 LAS GALLINAS AVE. #4, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. Filed in Marin County on: October 12, 2011. Under File No: 2011127951. Registrant’s Name(s): JIE YAN, 988 FRANKLIN ST. APT 1501, OAKLAND, CA 94607. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on February 22, 2012. (Pacific Sun: March 2, 9, 16, 23, 2012)

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When I got married, I was a slim 6-feet 2-inches, but I’ve gained a lot of weight. My wife gained about 20 pounds but recently lost that and more. I’ve been as high as 265, but I’m now at 238 and losing about a pound a week, which isn’t fast enough for my wife. When I contemplate going on a stricter diet, what comes to mind is feeling angry, tired and hungry at my high-stress job. My wife said that I obviously love food more than her, and that if I won’t lose weight for her, maybe I’ll do it for our boys. She considers me self-centered and narcissistic because I’m not losing enough weight, and I consider her self-centered and narcissistic for framing every argument in terms of what she wants and isn’t getting. What do you think? Does being overweight mean you don’t love your significant other?—Fatso Some women just can’t appreciate their husband’s collections: comic books, shot glasses, broken-down cars, chins. There’s your wife, wagging a carrot stick at you, telling you that if you loved her you’d be surviving on iceberg lettuce sandwiches or going on the Drink Your Own Urine Diet—whatever it takes to drop flab fast. Probably because weight loss seems easier for her, she assumes you’re lazy and self-indulgent. She’s now trying to guilt-ivate you into losing weight (“Picture your children fatherless...Doritobreath”), which is more helpful than voicing the other thing she’s probably thinking: “I don’t want to have sex with you; I want to harpoon you.” Chances are, the problem isn’t that your diet isn’t “strict enough”—as in, you should be sniffing celery sticks instead of eating them—but that you’ve been following the obesity-causing dietary “science” promoted by the government and much of the medical establishment. The “weight loss” diet they advise—high-carb, low-fat—is actually a weight-gain diet. Also, as Dr. Mary Dan Eades, co-author of The Protein Power Lifeplan, writes, “Study after study has shown the low fat diet to be a failure in treating obesity, in solving diabetes, in reducing blood pressure or in decreasing heart disease risk.” Investigative science journalist Gary Taubes spent more than a decade digging through the body of research on diet. As he writes in Why We Get Fat, the evidence shows that it is carbohydrates—from sugar, flour, easily digested starchy vegetables like potatoes, and juice and beer—that cause the insulin secretion that puts on fat. So, if you want to drop pounds—and not just one a week but like they’re stones falling off a truck (a compelling “before and after” of a med school biology researcher who went low-carb: http://freetheanimal.com/2011/03/phd-med-school-biology-researcher-goespaleo-racks-up-70-pound-weight-loss-gets-hot.html)—eat low-carb/high-fat foods like cheeseburgers. Even bacon cheeseburgers. (Just see that you feed the bun to the pigeons.) Unfortunately, it seems your love handles have become resentment handles. Some of the ill will between you may melt away as you lose the gut that Ding Dongs and Mountain Dew built, but it points to a bad pattern. You don’t win marital arguments by clinging to how right you are and how wrong your spouse is; you win by working together to make things as right as you can for both of you (“us first” instead of “me first”). Some problems aren’t solvable, but you’ll be more able to shrug off an impasse if you’re consistently putting yourselves in each other’s place. That’s the spirit that keeps you from striking out in revenge—for example, by insisting you’re on the Zone diet (but not mentioning that it’s the zone from the outermost wall of Dunkin’ Donuts to the outermost wall of Cinnabon). I’m trying to start a relationship with a woman, but I can’t stop thinking about my last girlfriend. I want a family (eventually), so I couldn’t marry her. She already has two children, which is a deal breaker for me, and has other baggage: debt and baby daddy drama. But, we developed a deep love, and I’m having a hard time getting over her.—Stuck It was the best of times, it was the best of times. And it’s called selective remembering. Your mental projector keeps playing this loop of your ex trying on lingerie. There are never any misty shots of the repo man or your ex emerging from the mist to chase the baby daddy with a big cleaver. And where are the little mind movies of her children? Or as you call them, “deal breakers,” not “deal benders.” Keeping this woman as your fantasy girlfriend will be a wedge between you and any woman you’re with in real life. To move on, harness the power of negative thinking. Sure, go ahead and indulge. Take that walk down memory lane with your ex. Just be sure you ask the cameraman to pull out to reveal the stroller you’re pushing with some other guy’s screaming kids in it. <

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HOMEMADE QUICHES

ORGANIC RED BEETS

California Grown. Steam, Slice and Top with Feta and a Raspberry Vinaigrette for a Refreshing Salad.

1

United's Own Open-Faced Pastry Crust Pie with a Savory Custard Filling of Cheese, Meat and Vegetables. Made Fresh in Our Kitchen. Enjoy for a Simple Weeknight Dinner or for a Hearty Weekend Brunch. 9inch ea

$ 48

1298

$

bu

ORGANIC SPRING MIX

Toss with Lemon Juice, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Salt & Pepper for an Easy, Fresh-Tasting Side Salad.

2

Free Range – Natural. Season then Grill or Bake until Temperature Reaches 165º. Serve with Dinner Fries.

Chardonnay

Hints of mango and melon. Rich and creamy while still offering crisp and clean flavors.

$

98

9

Reg.$1398

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San Anselmo 100 Red Hill Ave. 456-1271

pkg

lb

1

$ 98 lb

Fresh and Local Beer LAGUNITAS BREWING CO. A Local Company – Petaluma, CA From their seasonal ales to their consistently good IPA, PILS or Pale Ale. Lagunitas Brewing Co. has gathered a following of beer aficionados! United Markets proudly carries the following varieties: Lagunitas IPA, Pale Ale, Pilsner and Censored.

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San Rafael 515 Third St. 454-8912

998

$

ROCKY JR. WHOLE LEGS

$

lb

Wild Caught Corvina – Previously Frozen. Coat with Butter or Olive Oil. Season then Bake 15-20 minutes at 400º. Serve with Rice Pilaf and Steamed Broccoli.

Now You Can Enjoy Hot, Hearth-Baked Artisan Bread Fresh from Your Oven in Minutes. Perfect for Spur of the Moment Meal Planning. Choose from: Dinner Rolls, Ciabatta Rolls or French Baguette.

328

$ 98

SEA BASS FILLET

LA BREA TAKE 'N BAKE ROLLS

TOAD HOLLOW

Mon-Fri 7:30am-9:00pm Sat & Sun 8:00am-8:00pm Nursery Daily: 9:00am-6:00pm unitedmarkets.com

FINER MEATS & SEAFOOD

DELI, CHEESE & BAKERY

ORGANIC PRODUCE

ITEMS & PRICES IN THIS AD ARE AVAILABLE FROM MARCH 17TH – 25TH All prices subject to change up or down only when our cost changes. We reserve the right to correct printed errors. No sales to dealers or institutions.


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