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Pretty much sums up in a general, all-purpose way our guide to voting next month.


I’ve seen this man at meetings act out of line (“Heroes of Marin,” Oct. 11), with no capacity to contribute anything of substance to hearings and no evidence to back up his views, which are truly non-articulate. What is his work history? Where are his socialjustice credentials, and under what organization? S. Bullock Via So Jim Geraghty—the online bully who challenged an opponent to a cage fight where he would break his legs—is held up as a hero of Marin? The one who called on Gov. Brown to declare a state of emergency because he accused Marinites

of being racist for opposing a flawed rapid high-density growth agenda? This is worse than Trump’s adulation of Korea’s dictator. Going to have to add the Pacific Sun to my comedy news bookmarks. Whatever’s next? Richard Hall Via Kudos to Fishbob. He well deserves the recognition for his good work! Jym Dyer Via

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Do you still have endorsements for the election? Tony Jones Via


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In 1913, Marin County’s first paved road was built along what busy thoroughfare with a flowery name?



Give the baby names for these animals:

a. deer b. horse c. kangaroo 3 Germany borders

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nine countries. List the first four, in alphabetical order.

4 What humorous Shakespeare play from 1594 has a humorous title? 5 Identify this 20-year-old, who in 1967 became the youngest winner ever of

what contest?


Twenty eighteen’s biggest film at the box office has grossed over $700 million since its release in February. Give the colorful title.

7 What two work tools were shown on the flag of the former Soviet Union? 8 What kind of upholstered sofa or footstool is named after the Turkish


9 Identify the two-letter chemical symbols for these elements: a. sodium b. iron c. lead d. silver 10 In his 15-year NBA career, basketball superstar LeBron James has played

on what three teams (include city and team name)?

BONUS QUESTION: What island city of 3 million is considered the oldest continuously inhabited city of the New World, established by Columbus and family in the early 1490s?

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Heroes &Zeroes By Nikki Silverstein

Ken Pontac of Sausalito was not the least bit amused by the “Mexican Man” costume he found at Spirit Halloween store in Marin City. He posted a photo of the costume with the comment, “Tone deaf much?” on his Facebook page. Perhaps it’s a symptom of Trumpism and his rants against the people of Mexico that prompted the store to carry it. We decided to find out by visiting the store and speaking with assistant manager Amari Allison. She took one look at the costume in our hand and without hesitation said, “That isn’t right.” Right on, Amari. We showed her where we found it (the store is huge) and without hesitation she pulled every last one of the racist costumes from the display. What we thought would be a Zero turned into a Hero story. Thank you, Ken and Amari. For years, our tirades about people who don’t clean up after their dogs went unheeded. Now it appears some folks got part of the message, but still aren’t clear on the entire concept. Follow carefully. Pick up your dog’s poop, put it in a bag and discard it in a proper trash receptacle. We don’t want to see excrement, or the bags containing it, in the middle of the scenic trail we’re hiking on. Keep your bags with you. If you have multiple dogs, bring a plastic shopping bag with handles and throw the poopy bags in it. We figured it all out for you. You’re welcome. Got a Hero or a Zero? Please send submissions to Toss roses, hurl stones with more Heroes and Zeros at ››

Upfront One person’s stolen chicken is another’s abused animal.

Cage Match

Sonoma County Farm Bureau to host event targeted at animal-rights activists By Tom Gogola


n late September, the Sonoma County Sheriff ’s Office arrested 58 animalrights protesters who were protesting—and allegedly trespassing and stealing chickens—at McCoy Poultry Services in Petaluma. It was the third such protest this year of regional chicken-and-egg processors

by the animal-rights activists at Direct Action Everywhere (DxE). Days before the animal-rights protest and alleged chicken theft at McCoy, the Sonoma County Farm Bureau announced an upcoming forum called “Beyond the Fence Line,” promoted as an informational session for farmers and ranchers

in the area as they grapple with an uptick in animal-rights activism. The announcement reads: “Are you prepared for an activist targeting your farm, ranch or business? Few are. Don’t wait until you are in an unfortunate situation to realize you don’t have the tools you need to prepare for and manage activists.”

opponents of Proposition 12 include People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Calves raised for veal would be required to have 43 square feet of floor space, and breeding pigs would have 24 square feet of floor space by 2022, under Proposition 12. Still, Proposition 12 is supported by Matt Johnson at DxE, even if the group hasn’t taken a position. He highlights that it’s an improvement over Proposition 2 in that it would increase enforcement activities that are now not being pursued by local agencies. “Sonoma authorities are supposed to be serving the public good,” he says, “but they are very close to the farmers. Prop. 12 gives us hope insofar as the California Department of Food and Agriculture is now the enforcement mechanism,” not local authorities. The same group of protesters has targeted Liberty Duck, Petaluma Farms and McCoy Poultry in recent months, says SCSO spokesman Sgt. Spencer Crum. “It seems to be a continuing problem with this group,” he says. Capt. Naugle says that the animal-rights group that has protested the Petaluma business is indeed characterized by its persistence—but that the late September mass arrest followed an earlier protest where nobody had been arrested. There were several meetings between the SCSO, and other county officials, and the group, between the first and second protests this year, Naugle says. Thanks to those meetings, a recent protest at Poultry Farms was uneventful to the extent that nobody was accused of trespassing or stealing chickens. “They stayed with the agreement,” he says. The peaceful-protest agreement did not hold. The sheriff ’s office got no heads-up from DxE in advance of the September protest at McCoy, Naugle says. As a result, “[t]hey broke they law and were arrested.” DxE has a different take and believes that it is legally obliged, under California’s animal-welfare statute (section 597e of the penal code), to step in and save animals that they believe are being treated cruelly. Direct Action Everywhere member and attorney Jon Frohnmayer says that the substance of the meeting he attended with Sonoma County—which included the County Counsel’s office along with SCSO and the Department of Health—“was our


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Scheduled speakers at the Oct. 29 event include Hannah ThompsonWeeman of the national nonprofit Animal Agriculture Alliance; Mike Weber of Weber Family Farms in Petaluma; local environmental lawyer Tina Wallis; and Sonoma County Sheriff ’s Office (SCSO) Captain Jim Naugle. The event is being held at the Santa Rosa Junior College’s Shone Farm in Forestville; tickets are $20 for Farm Bureau members and $50 for non-members. Everyone’s invited to attend, according to the press release. The rise in animal-rights activism locally arrives as state voters are being asked to vote on Proposition 12 this November. The measure sets out to revise current state law when it comes to regulations around cage-free animals, including calves, breeding pigs and egg hens. Current state law under 2008’s animal-welfare-oriented Proposition 2 says that the animals “must be able to turn around freely, lie down, stand up and fully extend their limbs.” There’s no cage-free mandate in the state of California, even though Proposition 2 originally set out to make California a cage-free state by 2015. Critics of Proposition 12 have pounced on what they call an unseemly agreement between the Washington, D.C.–based Humane Society and hen-egg corporate interests such as the United Egg Producers—not to mention big egg buyers like McDonald’s, which has joined with the popular and politically correct “cage-free” movement in recent years. The state pushed out an anticruelty henhouse measure via Proposition 2 in 2008, and according to its intent, hens were supposed to have been cage-free for three years by now. That didn’t happen, say animal-rights activists from the Humane Farming Association, Friends of Animals, and Californians Against Cruelty, Cages and Fraud. In their rebuttal to Proposition 12, they argue that the “negligent drafting” of Proposition 2 means that “millions of egg-laying hens still suffer in egg-factory cages throughout California”—and will continue to do so at least through 2022, under Proposition 12. Proposition 12, say critics, repeals Proposition 2 and only requires that hens, caged or otherwise, get one square foot of floor space by 2020. The new cage-free date with destiny is now set for 2022. Other notable

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A trial in Marin County Superior Court this week will set the stage for the next round of legal action in an ongoing dispute over the fate of the San Geronimo National Golf Course. Judge Paul Haakenson issued a preliminary injunction in June that blocked a planned sale of the 157-acre golf course to Marin County. On Friday, Oct. 26, the court will rule on whether the golf course along Sir Francis Drake Boulevard is subject to a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review. The county, meanwhile, is in a holding pattern as it seeks to complete a deal to buy the course from a third-party nonprofit, the Trust for Public Land (TPL), and turn it into parkland. Depending on the outcome, the legal challenge to the county’s fast-track plan to take over the golf course is shaping up as a potential triple bogey. The county is currently overseeing a revenue-deficit golf business that will cost it $62,300 in maintenance fees by year’s end; it’s looking at a finding in favor of a CEQA study that could run into the millions of dollars (the county has balked at such an outcome and says a negative ruling could put the kibosh on the whole

plan); and there is the potential that environmental remediation of the golf course could threaten the very creeks the open-space initiative is designed to protect and enhance. Why would the county need to conduct a full environmental review in order to return a golf course that’s been operational since 1961 to a more “natural” state? Fair question. And supporters of the CEQA challenge that there are a bunch of reasons. The course contains an underground garbage pit from a ranch that was dug up in the early 1960s and that has all sorts of paint cans, farm implements, cans of oil and the like; the minerals chromite and mariposite were excavated nearby in the 1960s; fire-hazardous ghost pine trees populate the golf course; artifacts from Native Americans have also been discovered; and there’s an unremediated underground contaminant leak that the California Water Resource Board GeoTracker has an eye on. And then there’s the Back 9, where gold mining occurred during the 1870s—and where, also in the 1960s, cinnabar deposits were “used to construct earthworks on the golf course,” according to an online explainer from the organization San Geronimo Valley Stewards. They are supporting the CEQA review and according to their website, support a continuation of recreational golf in the valley—and further efforts at local creek restoration, too.—Tom Gogola

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presentation of our analysis [of 597e], that any sort of of animal cruelty, even to pigs, chickens and cows, is criminal under California law.” The law, Frohnmayer charges, allows anyone to give food and water to any animal that’s been denied food or water for up to 12 hours. As such, DxE believes that it is legally empowered, if not obligated, to take matters into its own hands when, for example, whistleblowers come forward with damning videos of allegedly suffering animals. No final charges have issued from the Sonoma County District Attorney stemming from the heated September confrontation at McCoy. “My understanding is that we are still reviewing the cases,” says Donna Edwards, media coordinator for Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch. She suggested the Bohemian check in again in a week. Activists arrived at McCoy wearing Tyvek suits, notes Naugle—indicating

an intent to trespass onto the biosecure property. He says eventual charges “may include trespassing, conspiracy to commit burglary [and] . . . conspiracy to steal the chickens.” Naugle says the SCSO’s input at the Oct. 28 Farm Bureau event will be to educate attendees on the balance between activists’ right to protest peacefully and lawfully, and a business’ right to remain free of trespassers—let alone chicken thieves. Direct Action Everywhere has no plans to disrupt the event, but the organization is none too happy about the lineup and what it sees as a consistent failure to appreciate the state’s animal-cruelty law as it intersects with the general public’s right to free allegedly abused animals from wherever they may be living. “They are literally having law enforcement going to the Beyond the Fence Line, but under the law, what we’re doing is justified,” says Johnson. “They are plainly taking sides.” Y

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What, you thought we’d recommend John Cox for governor?

Voter’s Guide, Part One W

elcome to Part One of our Voter’s Guide. We’ll be back next week with more on local measures on the municipal and district ballots in Marin County, and on the various statewide propositions under consideration. —The Pacific Sun Brain Trust

District Measure: Measure W SUPPORT Fourth District Supervisor Dennis Rodoni appears to have staked his political future on a measure in West Marin that would raise the local transient occupancy tax (TOT) paid by hoteliers, innkeepers and short-term renters by 4 percent, to 14 percent. The

rest of the hotels and campsites and short-term residential rentals in Marin County would remain at a 10 percent county TOT tax levied on rentals. The $1.3 million in anticipated annual revenue is earmarked for affordablehousing programs and enhancing firefighting capacity in Marin County. There are good reasons to support Measure W, even if it does highlight the county’s apparent capitulation to the demands and possibilities of a short-term-rental economy now raging in vacation-focused parts of the county. This is a taxation issue now, not a zoning one. The county has not moved to enforce or enhance zoning ordinances targeted at commercial operations in residential neighborhoods. The zoning zealots have a great point, but it’s no reason to oppose W.

And while we’re sympathetic to the “No On W” folks who own small hotels and inns in West Marin— and don’t appreciate that the TOT tweak is also being directed at their businesses and exploited via the advent of short-term home renters (now their main competitors)—it’s a reasonable tax with the right beneficiaries in mind: affordable housing and firefighters. One concern raised by local business owners is whether the hike will scare off visitors to West Marin and/or force hotel owners to raise their rates. We’re pretty sure that a 14 percent TOT— which is also the rate in the great Marin County vacation-feeder of San Francisco—won’t break the bank for small businesses asked to shoulder this particular load. Call us cheeky for saying so.

Advisory Measure Only: Measure X OPPOSE Measure X was prompted by homeowners in Bolinas who say they are sick of people street-camping in town and creating, they say, all sorts of parking and public-safety problems. There’s no denying that the weekend parking situation in town is not helped by the numerous people who have made downtown streets their homes, and it’s true that the occasional street-camper will act out in unpredictable and violent manner, as any resident can tell you. According to the Marin County voter’s guide, Measure X would pave the way for a resolution that would include Brighton Avenue, Park Avenue »10

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state voter’s guide. Whatever his campaign’s reason for withholding a statement, not participating in this most basic of civic activities—helping voters make an informed decision— smacks of a candidate that’s so far ahead in the polls that why bother even indicating that there’s a race at all, competitive or otherwise? Yes, Nate Silver gives Cox a 1 percent chance of defeating Newsom this year, but 1 percent is not zero percent, and we all know how the 1 percent’s been faring under Trump. After 2016, we’re not taking anything for granted, and neither should Newsom. The no-participation posture smacks of the very sense of my-turn entitlement that the Lt. Governor’s detractors tag him with. That’s a posture that may not serve Newsom well in Sacramento. At least Jerry Brown knew how to throw the impudent yahoos of the California right a bone or two on occasion, if not the frackers.

U.S. SENATOR KEVIN DE LEON and Wharf Road in downtown Bolinas as county roads “where there shall be no overnight parking of vehicles, except for automobiles, motorcycles and pickups, between the hours of 11pm and 5am.” This measure is strictly advisory and is being requested by the Bolinas Community Public Utility District, the governing body in town. The measure seeks advice from residents that the utility district would use in making a determination about whether or not to pursue with a full-on parking regulation. It’s highly contested in town, but has the support of Rodoni, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, downtown locals who own homes, and some downtown businesses. Opponents have stressed that the consequences for those who live in their vehicles downtown would be awful. The downtown street-living scene is populated with struggling single mothers, locally raised artists and various free thinkers, freaks, would-be homesteaders—and is also peppered with an admittedly scraggly fringe that will occasionally reek of meth. Some street-campers are residents who were priced out or bailed out from a dwindling market of available rentals—thanks in no small measure to the advent of Airbnb and the changing culture of West Marin. There

isn’t a whole lot of affordable housing available that doesn’t come with four wheels and a scruffy puppy tied to the rear axle. It’s a tough call given the genuine problems raised by supporters of X, which includes excessive water usage downtown and some 18 such permanently parked live-in vehicles, which is a real drag on an already nightmarish weekend parking situation. Still, we’re opposed on the broader principle that struggling people aren’t really the problem here, but a symptom of the affordablehousing problem. And besides, everyone knows what happens to unpopular street signage when and if it should arrive in Bolinas.

Countywide Measure: Measure AA SUPPORT Measure AA is a pretty noncontroversial measure to extend an extant sales tax in the county that’s been in place since 2004 and is designed to raise money to fix the local roads and Highway 101, among a slew of transportationrelated targets for the tax revenue. It’s a half-cent sales tax that provides

$27 million annually to the county’s transportation coffers. The special tax expires on March 31, 2025; Measure AA extends it through 2049. Opponents of Measure AA make a point that’s getting pretty tiresome: all that Measure AA tax money that’s already been raised—and they still haven’t fixed the roads or the potholes in Marin County. Even if anti-tax zealots in Marin County are opposed, the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce, among other pro-biz organizations, is in favor. So are we. The roads are a mess.

Statewide Elections GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOM Well, duh. Did anyone think the oldest continuously published alt-weekly in the United States was going to endorse the Republican John Cox for governor? Cox’s campaign in its entirety seems to be predicated on coaxing road rage from voters over last year’s SB 1, and this year’s Proposition 6, which seeks to repeal it (see below for more). There are, of course, concerns with Newsom. They begin, perhaps petulantly observed on our part, with Newsom’s failure to provide a candidate’s statement to the California

As other wags have observed, Kevin de Leon did not acquit himself in a particularly senatorial manner when he teed-off on longstanding incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein during the Brett Kavanaugh hearing, over Feinstein’s admittedly weird handling of Christine Blasey-Ford’s letter of complaint against the frat-boy judge. Feinstein gets a lot of knocks for her national security hawkishness—she voted in favor of the disastrous 2003 invasion of Iraq—and for being insufficiently confrontational when it comes to the issue of the lunatic in the White House. At last blush, Feinstein’s up by some 10 points in the polls, which indicates that the state’s not as ready to bail out on the senator as its more progressive quadrants would have one believe. But the bottom line is that Feinstein’s been in office way too long, is compromised by her establishment cred and her family millions, and it’s time for a change. Whether de Leon can deliver is a subject for another day, but we’re willing to take the chance.

STATE ASSEMBLY MARC LEVINE Levine’s opponents have described themselves as the more-progressive version of the popular San Rafael state


SECRETARY OF STATE ALEX PADILLA Even if the Pacific Sun were preinclined to support the Democrat Alex Padilla in his race for Secretary of State this year, his opponent, Mark P. Meuser, is worth a shout-out if for no other reason than—wow! Meuser’s entire candidate statement in the state voter’s guide is devoted to one thing and one thing only: scrubbing the voter rolls in California so that there are no dead people, undocumented immigrants or duplicate registrations. “If the rolls remain bloated,” writes Mueser, an attorney with a San Rafael campaign address, “special interests are able to use money and influence to elect bought and paid-for politicians.” Cynical translation: Unless we start throwing as many Democrats off the voter rolls as possible, California Republicans may never emerge from an obscurity of their own extremist, anti-immigrant making. In any other year and under any other federal administration, Meuser’s emphasis on cleaning up the voter rolls might seem reasonable and even necessary. And, hey, it’s part of

the Secretary of State’s job to oversee elections. It’s not the Secretary of State’s job, however, to use his power to sway elections. Meuser’s manifesto smacks of the same sort of flagrant voter suppression efforts undertaken by other secretaries of state around the country who are Republican—i.e., Kansas vote suppressor and Trump patsy Kris Kobach—and who have gleefully championed the worst of the worst when it comes to Trump and his autocratic-incompetent bent. The reality-show president has made a lot of noise about how, were it not for all those illegal voters, he would have taken California in 2016, and he’s pledged to win the popular vote next time around, after losing it by more than 3 million votes to Hillary Clinton—and that was even after the Russian hookers whizzed onto the scene with advice on how to properly rig an election. We’re opposed to any attempt, however gussied in civic duty, to deny people the right to vote under the guise of potential election “fraud” that’s been demonstrated to be a “total and complete lie” by any reasonable person or researcher who’s done the legwork.

Statewide Propositions PROPOSITION 6 OPPOSE C’mon, Republicans, give it a rest already. Proposition 6 aims to revoke 2017’s SB 1, which slapped a new gas tax on gallons purchased and with an eye toward dedicating the annual revenue to fixing the decrepit transportation infrastructure in the state. It’s a totally necessary and reasonable tax on a fossil fuel that ought to be shown the door in any event. But more to the point: back in the old days, elected officials of any party would wear it as badge of honor if their constituents referred to them as, say, Sen. Pothole—it indicated a downand-dirty embrace of constituents’ most pressing, street-level concerns. Nowadays, any mention of a tax is met with road-raging Republicans hell-bent on driving this nation into the ditch—if only until they rescue it by throwing all the immigrants out of the country. Stay tuned for another round of prickly endorsements and observations in next week’s issue.

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assemblyman, as they often note his support from various big business and corporate interests in Sacramento. Still, we’re going with Levine this time around. This choice reminds us of the old days around election day when alternative weeklies were faced with endorsing a mainstream Democratic candidate for president—and instead lurched forth with self-serving editorial jeremiads about how awesome it would be if Ralph Nader were president. As much as we like Levine challenger Dan Monte and appreciate his persistence and keephim-honest critique of Levine, the incumbent has proved to be an accessible and decent fellow—and we were impressed with his efforts on behalf of undocumented children during Trump’s zero-tolerance moment of maximum misanthropy earlier this year, and with his bill targeting sexual-harassing lobbyists signed by Gov. Brown at the end of the legislative session. If nothing else, that’s exactly the kind of legislation that can begin to redeem middleaged white men from their current national status as a rather fraught, if not downright icky, demographic.


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Good Work

Two Marin County nonprofits keep the karma flowing in the right direction By Charlie Swanson and Aiyana Moya Guide Dogs for the Blind There are a lot of dog lovers in the North Bay, to be sure, but the folks at San Rafael’s Guide Dogs for the Blind take things to another level. More than an industry-leading guide-dog school, the nonprofit has spent 76 years serving blind or visually impaired clients—free of charge— and has inspired others around the world to follow their lead. “The reason I came to Guide Dogs for the Blind was because of

the power of the human-animal bond and the positive impact that has,” says CEO and president Christine Benninger, who joined the nonprofit four years ago after running the Humane Society of Silicon Valley for nearly two decades. “We’re the power of the human-animal bond on steroids.” Established in 1942, the school serves clients in the United States and Canada, and is the largest guide-dog training organization in North America. Consisting of two 13-acre campuses, one in San Rafael and one in Boring, Ore. Guide

Dogs for the Blind (GDB) breeds 900 puppies a year, and trains and graduates 320 teams of dogs and their clients annually under a rigorous program that has made them worldwide leaders in the field. “People from all over the world come study our methodologies,” says Benninger. Those methods include positive reinforcement training, a concept pioneered by the Humane Society and adopted by GDB 15 years ago. The first dog-training methods came from the military, where punishment was used as

reinforcement. Not so anymore. Guide Dog for the Blind’s positive reinforcement is so successful, in fact, that the 24-week training cycle has been reduced by half, to a 12-week cycle with an even higher success rate, “because the dog’s spirit is not being broken,” Benninger says. While the training may last only three months, the process for the dogs starts when they’re three days old, when volunteers called “cuddlers” sit with moms and puppies. “Our dogs from the earliest age possible are marking on people,” says Benninger.



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The experience teens get from the North Bay’s Ceres Community Project is applicable across a broad spectrum of fields.

After receiving intensive socialization, the pups are sent to one of 2,000 puppy raisers located in 10 Western states to learn house manners and basic skills like walking on a leash and heeling. They come back to the campus when they’re between 14 and 16 months old, and enter the 12-week training process. Recently, GDB was the subject of the documentary Pick of the Litter, which followed five guide dogs from birth through graduation. Anyone interested in GDB should watch the film, and North Bay residents who want to see some dogs in-person are welcomed to Guide Dogs for the Blind’s public graduation ceremonies. The next one takes place on Oct. 27 at

the San Rafael campus. These public events honor guide dogs who provide for the community, but they also allow clients to meet the committed puppy raisers who cared for their canine heroes. “Guidework is the most complicated of all the types of service work, because guide dogs have to make independent decisions for a person,” says Benninger. “The dog has to evaluate if a command is going to put their person in harm’s way and to disobey that command. That takes a pretty special dog.” Beyond walking their blind or visually impaired person around everyday obstacles like traffic or stairwells, a guide dog’s role in caring

for their person can go much deeper. Benninger tells a story about a client living in a big city whose dog took her to the lobby of her office building rather than the elevators as she had commanded. Once in the lobby, the dog led her to a couch where she began to feel disoriented and immediately had a stroke. She was seen in the lobby and got the medical help she needed. Had she been in the elevator at the time, Benninger says, who knows what help might have arrived. “It speaks to the relationship guide dogs have with their person,” she says. “These teams are pretty remarkable.”—Charlie Swanson Guide Dogs for the Blind Graduation

Ceremony will be unleashed on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 350 Los Ranchitos Road, San Rafael. Tours at 10:30am and noon; ceremony at 1:30pm. Free. 800.295.4050.

Ceres Community Project Ceres Community Project was created by Sebastopol chef Catherine Couch in 2008 and has evolved from one woman helping a friend into an organization that touches the lives of thousands. “A friend of Catherine’s asked if she could teach her teenage daughter how to cook,” says Ceres communications director »14

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Deborah Ramelli. As the story goes, Couch struggled to incorporate a teen with no cooking experience into her catering business, but as Ramelli says with a chuckle, “Catherine does not like to say no.” So Couch devoted one day a week to cooking with the young girl for friends who had been diagnosed with various serious illnesses, cancer among them. “What she noticed was that this teen had not only gained cooking skills but also a sense of pride, accomplishment and empowerment from what she did,” Ramelli says. When Couch saw the effect cooking for sick friends had on the teen, she recognized the potential for blending food, youth and helping those who are struggling with illness. Ceres Community Project was born. The organization, which has branches in San Rafael, Santa Rosa and Sebastopol, operates on several principles, the first being that everything is connected. “When we are considering employing practices, we approach it from a holistic view,” says Ramelli. “For example, organic food: it will have less of a toxic burden on the people who are sick; [it] is important because we are supporting practices we believe in; and it is encouraging a more sustainable planet. We believe all these elements are intertwined.” And the intertwined elements tend to have staying power for those

who embrace them. Families who come through the Ceres Project, says Ramelli, are likely to remain mindful about the food they are buying. “We know from our surveys that many of our clients change their eating habits for the better. So although the food is ephemeral, there is a lasting impact in terms of [families] eating less processed food, less sugar, and cooking more meals from scratch. The same thing goes for teens.” The Ceres Project also has a big influence on the young adults it employs. “Youths come into a community where they have an experience of food,” Ramelli says. “They are involved in the whole process of what it takes to make a meal, from the garden to the kitchen, and then hearing what a difference that single meal makes on a family. They get a bigger understanding of what their role could be in the world.” Ceres’ teens have gone on to work in professional fields across the spectrum. One teen who worked at the project for years credits her criminal law career to a street outreach program Ceres put on. She worked with Ceres on a project that reached out to homeless youth living in a shelter, and provided them with the knowledge on how to make healthful meals on a budget. “Food is the vehicle,” says Ramelli, “but the impact is so much broader.”—Aiyana Moya Y


Haunted House Party

Established in 1851, Smiley’s Saloon in Bolinas has had plenty of opportunities to acquire a few ghosts in its time. Those ghosts better like to get funky, because this Halloween the saloon turns into the Electro Haunted House Party with San Francisco funk and soul stars the Crooked Stuff, who plan on going late into the night with their bumping beats, ghoulish grooves and dance-inducing vibes. DJ Ison will be exorcising several vinyl selections and other frightful fun is in store for those who dare party on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Smiley's Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 9pm. $10. 415.868.1311.


Dream On Robert Moss describes himself as a dream teacher. The Australian-born novelist,

journalist and independent scholar attributes several near-death experiences in his childhood with setting him on a course to try to understand the mind and developing the practice he calls “active dreaming,” in which dreams are used as guides toward spiritual healing and creativity. This week, Moss is in the North Bay to share his story and his latest book, Mysterious Realities: A Dream Traveler's Tales from the Imaginal Realm, with a reading on Monday, Oct. 29, at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7pm. 415.927.0960.


Keep in Mind Lark Theater brings the most thought-provoking films to Marin through it’s seasonal Mind Reels series, where fascinating films screen with expert guests to illuminate the world around us. This season, Mind Reels returns with a special free presentation of the decent documentary Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind. Offering an intimate and equally funny and heartbreaking look at the iconic comedic force of nature that was Williams, the film boasts in-depth interviews with those who knew him best, and special guest speakers add to the discussion on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. Noon. Free; optional lunch, $10. 415.924.5111.


Die Laughing After the kids get their candy, it’s time for the adults to enjoy a spooky sweet treat this Halloween, and there’s no better place than Throckmorton Theatre’s Ha-Ha-Halloween Comedy Show. See kooky and crazy standup comedy from veteran performers like Mill Valley comedian Mark Pitta, who’s been a mainstay of the Bay Area comedy scene since the 1980s, as well as actor, comedian and Emmy-winning writer Rick Overton and actress and comedy club star Kristi McHugh. Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be handed out on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 8pm. $20–$30. 415.383.9600. —Charlie Swanson

Nashville songman Billy Strings rolls into the North Bay and plays the Mystic Theater in Petaluma on Sunday, Oct. 28. See Clubs & Venues, p26.

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After 25 years, the Mother Hips are still a lean, mean, songwriting machine on their new album, ‘Chorus.’


The Mutation of the Mother Hips

Forward, further and beyond with beloved pioneers of ‘California soul’ By DNA


ocated on the outermost edge of civilization, a world and millennia away from Mesopotamia, California has never stopped evolving. While humanity has trudged ever westward through the rise and fall of empires, cloaked in bearskins, then togas and then Birkenstocks, a small group of modern troubadours have spent their time penning songs for the ages, the Mother Hips.

The band’s story can be found in documentaries like Patrick Murphree’s Stories We Could Tell and Bill DeBlonk’s This Is the Sound, and a coffee-table photo book by Jay Blakesberg, as well as thousands of articles and interviews. In essence it goes like this: In 1990, Chico State students, guitarists and songwriters Tim Bluhm (now a resident of San Anselmo) and Greg Loiacono met, partied and found their voices to be two sides of a coin. They formed the

Mother Hips with Isaac Parsons (bass) and Mike Wofchuck (drums) in 1991. The group’s 1993 freshman album, Back to the Grotto, accompanied by their electrifying live performances, bound them, first and foremost, heart and soul, to the Chico scene. It should be noted that the Chico scene in the early ’90s was, in a word, epic. Newly kegged Sierra Nevada Pale Ale fueled wild bacchanal fraternity parties where the Mother Hips provided the soundtrack,

weaving in and out of the last vestige of true Animal House shenanigans. It was in this cauldron of bubbling, fermenting creation that the Mother Hips materialized. The Mother Hips were adamantly not a hippie band, not a jam band—they were singular and searching for something new to be heard. As Rolling Stone magazine summarized it, “The Mother Hips are divinely inspired by the four great (North) American B’s: the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, the Band and the Beach Boys.” The Mother Hips’ look and attitude shaped their image, but it was craftsmanship and a dedication to songwriting that attracted the attention of Rick Rubin’s American Recordings. The renegade label oversaw the band’s beautiful second and third releases, Part-Timer Goes Full (1995) and Shootout (1996). In the last 25 years, the Mother Hips have released 10 must-be-heard albums that have influence bands who see them as pioneers of a sound dubbed “California soul.” From the

The Siren, Morro Bay, California, March 28

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The Hips enrapt fans at Winters’ Berryessa Brewing Company last month.

Dead Winter Carpenters to the Infamous Stringdusters, there is a legion of bands trekking the road the Mother Hips paved. Their latest album, 2018’s Chorus, fits perfectly in line with all their releases; in fact, it’s an iteration of everything that has come before. It is their most stripped-down effort, an exploration of the decade’s worth of sounds the band has mined, harvested and put through its rock tumbler. While the previous nine albums were the work of Martian mind melds, this latest is the work of rugged individualists—something John Muir might have listened to if he had an iPod while he traversed the redwoods, the jagged coastline and the snowy peaks of Northern California. The world is definitely in a bout of chaos right now, and—if art imitates life—the Mother Hips are mirroring that flux. Changes in the band are coming as quickly as the color of the autumn leaves are mutating. Pushing three decades into their career, the Mother Hips are currently a trio, as the cover of Chorus shows, down to Bluhm, Loiacono and longtime drummer, since 1997, John Hofer. Bassist Scott Thunes, who brought a catalyst of energy to the band over the last few years, is gone.

Longtime friend Jackie Greene played bass for the recording of Chorus, but the position of bass guitar is now in the hands of Brian Rashap, house bassist at Terrapin Crossroads in Marin since 2013. From his early work in a Southern California Grateful Dead cover band called Station EXP to becoming Phil Lesh’s production manager and bass tech on tour, it’s been nothing short of a long, strange trip for Rashap. Steely-eyed co-founder Loiacono is philosophical when it comes to the changes the band endures. “I enjoy playing with different configurations and seeing what new people bring to our songs,” he says. It’s impossible to record an album in a vacuum. Sometimes the music drives the band, and sometimes, as in the case of Chorus, the personal lives of the band members drive the music. It cannot be downplayed that Tim Bluhm’s last three years formed much of the sentiment of this album. A very public divorce with songstress Nicki Bluhm weighs heavily over the album, as does the 2015 extreme-sporting accident that left Bluhm with a shattered right hip, a completely snapped left ankle and other injuries. Every album that came before Chorus was the product of four strong personalities bouncing off

each other’s ideas. Power struggles and dynamics shaped intricate lyrics with lattice-work melodies. Bluhm and Loiacono may seem forever bound to each other musically, but the last several years have found them growing apart. While Loiacono was developing as an artist—going solo, refining his guitar work to a fine sheen, grinding with a number of other bands (Green Leaf Rustlers and the Chris Robinson Band)—Bluhm was trapped in his own body, enduring a recovery process that included over a dozen surgeries, bone infections and other complications. But 2018 has found the Mother Hips in new form, revolving their extensive catalogue into ever-changing set lists to please old and new fans alike. Each step the band takes contributes to their complex, rich story, and as is often noted, it is the journey not the destination that matters. And for the Mother Hips, the journey is ever forward, further and beyond. The Mother Hips play Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 30 and 31, at Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. Doors open, 7pm; show, 8pm. $32 advance; $35 at the door. 415.388.3850.

A quick look at the giant rock lets you know you are in Morro Bay. The Siren is toe-to-toe with revelers out for a wild Saturday night. The crowd is thick, and on this night, frontman Tim Bluhm (out due to an emergency appendectomy) has been replaced with Grateful Dead bassman Phil Lesh’s son, Graham. Jason Crosby is on keys, having filled the bill for a short while when not on the road with Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana or a dozen other bands he tours with. Loiacono steps up as a true band leader, letting each member solo while he keeps things on point.

Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, Denver, Colorado, August 11

A balmy evening in Denver, finds the boys (and a gal) in good spirits. Cervantes is a friendly rock club filled with fans who rarely get to see their favorite band. The front of the stage is easily accessible and nobody is in a crush to watch the antics onstage. Crosby is gone and replaced with Danny Eisenberg, who has been on and off with the band since the old days in Chico. Cake bassist Gabe Nelson is easing into his role as the purveyor of bottom-end notes. Rarely in recent years has the band looked this happy. Saxophonist Scheila Gonzalez blows the lid off the room.

Sierra Nevada Big Room, Chico, California, August 28

The Big Room is jammed with Chico fans who consider themselves the original and best fans. The mood is heavy, as Chico has been under a cloud of smoke from all the fires raging in Northern California. Gabe has been replaced with the genial Brian Rashap, whose enthusiasm for life and love for the music counterbalances his sophomore knowledge of the songs. Gonzalez is gone, Crosby is gone, Nelson is gone, but the enthusiasm of the crowd carries the band.

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Mike the Knife ‘Halloween’: come for the horror, stay for the drama By Richard von Busack


lasher films never seemed particularly frightening, even in their heyday, circa 1975–85, which David Gordon Green’s Halloween tries to commemorate. Like flaunting the silly Satanic emblems of heavy metal, seeing slasher films was a tribal custom— and the deeper you were in the country, the more their paraphernalia repelled bores and evangelicals. John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) featured a killer named Michael Myers, who became the standard of old “Knifey” McKniferson that all later sequels and ripoffs came to use. But the movie was better looking than it needed to be, it had an unsettling keyboard score, and it’s blasé star, Jamie Lee Curtis, possessed a haunting air of trauma, getting viewers into the proper frame

of mind even before the bodies started falling. Curtis’ Laurie Strode always knew Michael Myers would be back. She’s now a 60-ish hermit hiding in a rural fortress. Laurie shrugs off the guilt about how her own daughter, Karen, was taken by protective services when the girl was 12: “If she’s prepared for the horror of this world, I can live with that.” Being stalked by an unkillable maniac is maybe hard to imagine. It’s a little easier to understand the horror of being raised in a bunker by a prepper. Now grown up, Karen ( Judy Greer) is a woman trying to keep everything normal, and failing at the job. It’s clear the white-masked Myers’ last opponent will be Laurie’s granddaughter, Allyson (the promising Andi Matichak). Green (Pineapple Express, Prince Avalanche) isn’t a brilliant pop-up

engineer, but he provides a great deal of texture and a credible idea of how the cycle of violence turns. Myers, nicknamed “the Shape” to make an already abstract threat even more so, is full of the usual contradictions. He lumbers like Frankenstein’s monster and yet he’s faster than the eye can see. Halloween isn’t scary, but, like the film that started it, it is moody. What survives is the malice endemic to the genre. The slasher series is the pessimistic side of an old cinematic pleasure, where, instead of seeing Buster Keaton or 007 bounce back from certain death, we are subjected to an iteration of morbid resurrections featuring the unkillable quality of motiveless, mute, faceless evil. ‘Halloween’ is playing in wide release in the North Bay.

By Matthew Stafford

Friday, October 26 - Thursday, November 1 Aquí y Allá (1:50) Cannes award-winner tells the story of a Mexican laborer who returns to his mountain village and his dream of becoming a musician. Bad Times at the El Royale (2:00) Jeff Bridges, Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson and other lowlifes gather at a rundown Tahoe casino for a night of secrets and lies. Beautiful Boy (1:52) Timothée Chalamet delivers a career-defining performance as a real-life Marin meth addict; Steve Carell costars as his supportive Inverness dad. Bohemian Rhapsody (2:14) Biopic traces the rise, fall and death of singer extraordinaire Freddie Mercury and how his band Queen redefined rock. Camino a Marte (1:35) A young woman with terminal cancer embarks on a lasthurrah road trip to Baja with her best friend. Cielo (1:18) Eye-filling, soul-plumbing documentary revels in the breathtaking beauty of the cosmos as contemplated from Chile’s Atacama Desert. First Man (2:21) Ryan Gosling stars as Neil Armstrong in a first-person account of the seven-year struggle to land a man on the moon. Free Solo (1:40) Edge-of-your-seat documentary follows mountaineer Alex Honnold as he attempts to scale Yosemite’s vertiginous El Capitan—without a rope! Funny Girl: The Musical (2:40) Acclaimed new West End production of the Jule Styne/ Bob Merrill musical stars Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (1:30) Slappy and the rest of the ghoulish gang are back just in time for their favorite holiday. La Gran Promesa (2:00) Decades after kidnapping his daughter and fleeing to Europe, an aging expat returns to Mexico to fulfill a promise. Halloween (1:49) Jamie Lee Curtis is back for a bit of closure with Michael Myers, her bemasked serial-killing nemesis of the 1970s. The Hate U Give (2:12) Acclaimed drama stars Amandla Stenberg as a black teen at a white prep school and the choices she makes after the police shoot her best friend. The House with a Clock in Its Walls (1:05) All heck breaks loose when the new kid in town accidentally awakens the dead as well as co-stars Jack Black and Cate Blanchett. Hunter Killer (2:01) Gerard Butler saves the world as a submarine captain trying to prevent the overthrow of Russia’s president (!). I Am Cuba (2:20) Legendary Soviet tribute to the Castro revolution is a gorgeous fever dream of mambo, bikinis and Molotov cocktails; Mikhail Kalatozov directs. Johnny English Strikes Again (1:28) Rowan Atkinson is back as the bumbling secret agent, taking on a super cyber-villain with gadgets and pratfalls. Life and Nothing More (1:54) Timely, award-winning neorealist drama about a single mother struggling with race, class and poverty in contemporary Florida. Mid90s (1:24) Lively dramedy about a 13-year-old kid and the cool skater dudes who befriend him; Jonah Hill directs.

The Metropolitan Opera: La Fanciulla del West (3:45) California’s Wild West comes alive in Puccini’s rousing saga of romance, greed and mayhem. More than Funny (1:30) Rising comic Michael Jr. stars in a movie that’s part autobiography and part stand-up routine. National Theatre London: Allelujah! (1:49) Catch Alan Bennett’s new hit comedy about the bizarre goings-on at a small-town English hospital, direct from the West End in big-screen high definition. National Theatre London: Frankenstein (2:10) Oscar-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle stages a spectacular version of Mary Shelley’s horror classic; Benedict Cumberbatch stars. Night School (1:51) Comedy stars Kevin Hart as the leader of a group of misfits who take adult ed classes to pass the GED. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (1:39) Lasse Hallström reconfigures the holiday classic with Clara discovering a parallel universe of sugarplum fairies, brave soldiers and rambunctious mice; Keira Knightley and Helen Mirren star. The Old Man & the Gun (1:33) Robert Redford’s final film role as a real-life charismatic 70-something bandit; Sissy Spacek and Tom Waits co-star. The Prairie Trilogy (2:00) Three late-’70s documentaries from Rob Nilsson and John Hanson focus on 97-year-old North Dakota labor activist Henry Martinson: Prairie Fire, Rebel Earth and Survivor. Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (1:57) Documentary celebration of the late great comedian features archival footage and insights from Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Martin and David Letterman. Russ Taff: I Still Believe (1:50) Documentary looks at the tumultuous life and career of the gospel music superstar. Sacudete las Penas (1:30) Music-filled Mexican melodrama tells the tall tale of a famous dancer who couldn’t be contained within the walls of a towering penitentiary. The Sisters Brothers (2:00) Twisty revisionist farce of a Western stars John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix as squabbling sibling gunslingers in the 1850s Northwest. ’68 (1:39) San Francisco-set 1987 drama about an immigrant Hungarian family torn apart by the social upheaval of the 1960s; music by Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin and other rockers. Tea with the Dames (1:24) Eavesdrop as theatrical royalty Eileen Atkins, Joan Plowright, Maggie Smith and Judi Dench dish the dirt over crumpets and oolong. Venom (1:52) Tom Hardy as Marvel Comics’ lethal yet enigmatic superhero; Michelle Williams co-stars. Wildlife (1:44) Evocative adaptation of Richard Ford’s novel about a midcentury Montana family falling apart at the seams; Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal star. Wrestling Jerusalem (1:33) Performance artist Aaron Davidman assumes 17 different roles—soldier, farmer, academic, et al.—in his personal journey into the IsraeliPalestinian conflict, filmed on location.

• Aquí y Allá (NR) • Bad Times at the El Royale (R) Beautiful Boy (R)

Rafael: Sat 4:15 (filmmaker Antonio Méndez Esparza in person) Northgate: Fri-Wed 9:40 Rowland: Fri-Sun 11:30, 3:20, 6:50, 10:10 Regency: Fri 11:10, 12:25, 1:50, 3:10, 4:30, 5:50, 7:15, 8:35, 10; Sat 11:10, 1:50, 3:10, 4:30, 5:50, 7:15, 8:35, 10; Sun-Mon, Thu 11:10, 12:25, 1:50, 3:10, 4:30, 5:50, 7:15; Tue-Wed 11:10, 12:25, 1:50, 3:10, 4:30, 7:15 Northgate: Thu 7, 10 Playhouse: Thu 7 Rowland: Thu 7, 10:10 • Bohemian Rhapsody (PG-13) Lark: Fri 7 • Camino a Marte (NR) Lark: Fri 1; Sun 8:45; Mon 12:15; Tue 3:15 • Cielo (NR) Regency: Fri-Sat 11:30, 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:15; Sun, Tue-Thu • Colette (R) 11:30, 2:10, 4:50, 7:30; Mon 11:30, 2:10, 7:30 First Man (PG-13) Fairfax: Fri-Sat 12:15, 3:30, 6:45, 9:55; Sun-Wed 12:15, 3:30, 6:45 Larkspur Landing: Fri, Mon-Wed 6:30, 9:40; Sat-Sun 11:45, 3, 6:30, 9:40 Northgate: Fri-Wed 12:20, 3:40, 7:05, 10:10 Playhouse: Fri 3:45, 6:45, 9:35; Sat 12:45, 3:45, 6:45, 9:35; Sun 12:45, 3:45, 6:45; Mon-Wed 3:45, 6:45 Regency: Fri-Sat 11:20, 2:40, 6:10, 9:25; Sun, Thu 11:20, 2:40, 6:10; Mon-Tue 11:20, 2:40; Wed 6:10 Rowland: Fri-Sun 11:20, 3, 6:40, 10 Free Solo (NR) Rafael: Fri 3:45, 6:15, 8:30; Sat-Sun 1:30, 3:45, 6:15, 8:30; MonThu 6:15, 8:30 Funny Girl: The Musical (NR) Lark: Sat 2 • Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (PG) Northgate: Fri-Wed 12:10, 2:40, 4:55, 7:30, 9:50 Rowland: FriSun 10:30, 12:50, 3:10, 5:30, 7:50, 10:15 • La Gran Promesa (NR) Lark: Sat 7 Halloween (R) Fairfax: Fri-Sat 1:35, 4:15, 7, 9:40; Sun-Wed 1:35, 4:15, 7 Larkspur Landing: Fri, Mon-Wed 7:30, 10:05; Sat-Sun 11:15, 1:55, 4:35, 7:30, 10:05 Northgate: Fri-Wed 11:55, 1:25, 2:30, 4:05, 5:10, 6:40, 7:45, 9:15, 10:20 Playhouse: Fri 4, 7, 9:40; Sat 1, 4, 7, 9:40; Sun 1, 4, 7; Mon-Wed 4, 7 Rowland: Fri-Sun 10:40, 1:20, 4:20, 7:10, 9:50 The Hate U Give (PG-13) Larkspur Landing: Fri, Mon-Wed 6:45, 9:45; Sat-Sun 12, 3:15, 6:45, 9:45 Northgate: Fri-Wed 12:55, 3:55, 7, 10 • The House With a Clock in Its Walls (PG) Northgate: Fri-Wed 11:10, 1:40, 4:15, 6:50 Northgate: Fri-Wed 1, 4:10, 7:10, 10:05 Rowland: Fri-Sun • Hunter Killer (R) 10:30, 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 I Am Cuba (NR) Lark: Sun 4; Mon 8:30; Thu 11 Northgate: Fri-Wed 12:15, 2:35, 5:05, 7:20, 9:35 • Johnny English Strikes Again (PG) Rafael: Fri 3:15, 6, 8:15; Sat 11:30, 1:45, 7:30 (filmmaker • Life and Nothing More (NR) Antonio Méndez Esparza in person at 7:30 show); Sun 11:30, 1:45, 4:15, 8:45; Mon-Thu 6, 8:15 • The Metropolitan Opera: La Fanciulla del West (NR) Lark: Sat 9:55am Regency: Sat 9:55am; Wed 1, 6:30 Sequoia: Sat 9:55am; Wed 6:30 Mid90s (R) Fairfax: Fri-Sat 12:10, 2:40, 4:55, 7:10, 9:30; Sun-Wed 12:10, 2:40, 4:55, 7:10 Northgate: Fri-Wed 12:30, 2:45, 5, 7:15, 9:30 • National Theatre London: Allelujah! (PG-13) Lark: Thu 6:30 National Theatre London: Frankenstein (R) Lark: Sun 1; Wed 3, 6, 9 Regency: Mon 7 Northgate: Fri-Wed 11:15, 2, 4:50, 7:40, 10:25 • Night School (PG-13) Northgate: Thu 7, 9:35 • Nobody’s Fool (R) • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (PG) Northgate: Thu 6, 8:25; 3D showtimes at 7, 9:25 The Old Man & the Gun (PG-13) Regency: Fri-Sat 12:15, 250, 5:15, 7:40, 10:10; Sun-Thu 12:15, 250, 5:15, 7:40 Sequoia: Fri-Sat 2:10, 4:30, 6:50, 10:15; Sun 2:10, 4:30, 6:50; Mon-Tue, Thu 4:30, 6:50; Wed 4 Rafael: Thu 7 (filmmaker Rob Nilsson in person) • The Prairie Trilogy (NR) • Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (NR) Lark: Tue noon (free admission; special guests to be announced) Regency: Tue 7 • Russ Teff: I Still Believe (NR) Sacudete Las Penas (NR) Lark: Sun 11 Northgate: Fri-Wed 1:45, 4:30, 7:25, 10:15 • The Sisters Brothers (R) ’68 (R) Rafael: Sun 6:30 (filmmakers Steven Kovacs, Dale Djerassi and Isabel Maxwell in person) Tea with the Dames (NR) Rafael: Sat-Sun 11:30 Venom (PG-13) Fairfax: Fri-Sat 1:15, 4, 6:50, 9:35; Sun-Wed 1:15, 4, 6:50 Larkspur Landing: Fri, Mon-Wed 7:15, 9:55; Sat-Sun 11, 1:50, 4:30, 7:15, 9:55 Northgate: Fri-Wed 1:35, 4:35, 7:35, 10:30 Rowland: Fri-Sun 11, 1:50, 4:40, 7:20, 10:20 Wildlife (PG-13) Rafael: Fri 3:30, 5:45, 8; Sat-Sun 1:15, 3:30, 5:45, 8; Mon-Thu 5:45, 8; Thu 5 Wrestling Jerusalem (NR) Lark: Fri 2:50; Sat 5:10; Mon 6:30; Tue 5; Wed 10:40 We have omitted some of the movie summaries and times for those that have been playing for multiple weeks.

Showtimes can change after we go to press. Please call theater to confirm. CinéArts Sequoia 25 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley, 388-1190 Century Cinema 41 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 924-6506 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, 491-1314 Playhouse 40 Main St., Tiburon, 435-1251 Rafael Film Center 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael, 454-1222 Regency 80 Smith Ranch Rd., Terra Linda, 479-6496 Rowland 44 Rowland Way, Novato, 898-3385

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Taylor Diffenderfer and Aaron Wilton confront some serious revelations in Cinnabar’s ‘The Great God Pan.’


Dark Journey ‘Great God Pan’ a gripping drama superbly done By Harry Duke


hat was he doing, the great god Pan, / Down in the reeds by the river? / Spreading ruin and scattering ban . . . These opening lines from the Elizabeth Barrett Browning poem “A Musical Instrument” are spoken midway through Amy Herzog’s The Great God Pan, now running in a gripping production directed by Taylor Korobow at Petaluma’s Cinnabar Theater. It’s an 85-minutelong treatise on the power of memory, its oft-foggy character and the ruin that can emerge from the deep recesses of the mind. Frank (Nick Sholley) and Jamie (Aaron Wilton) are childhood

friends who have not seen each other in 25 years. Frank has reached out to Jamie to share some disturbing information: he’s filing a case against his father for sexual abuse, and he wants to know if Jamie has anything he wants to share. Jamie, while insistent that nothing happened, begins to investigate his own past. He speaks to his parents (Richard Pallaziol, Susan Gundunas), who have their own revelation to share, and his old babysitter Polly (Kate Brickley), who is suffering from the onset of dementia but clearly remembers other events from Jamie’s childhood quite differently than he does.

The situation has added stress to an already brittle relationship with his girlfriend and social-worker-intraining Paige (Taylor Diffenderfer), who thinks Jamie’s childhood events may be an explanation for his homophobia, commitment issues and sexual problems. Or are Jamie’s problems a reflection of his upbringing by loving but aloof parents? Or are they just his problems? And what of Frank? Polly remembers him as a liar. He himself says there are events he remembers that he chose not to think about, and things that he didn’t remember until recently. And then there are things recently described to him

that he still doesn’t remember—yet. Even if everything he says is true, was Jamie ever involved? The entire ensemble is superb with Wilton giving a tremendous performance as Jamie, a man whose very structured life is on the verge of collapse as he seeks answers to the questions raised by Frank. Those questions hover over the play like the forest-like set pieces designed by Jon Tracy. Tracy’s set is a terrific physical manifestation of the fluidity of memory, and the cast’s interaction with and manipulation of it is a mesmerizing component of the show. An intriguing story, riveting performances and striking design combine to make a show that, once seen, is not easily forgotten. ‘The Great God Pan’ runs through Oct. 28 at Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. Friday– Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. $15–$50. 707.763.8920.

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A Cool Buzz Strange parallels discovered between various HUD secretaries and Jeff Spicoli By Tokey McPuffups


okey was sitting by the phone one morning, waiting for the call that never came. The Obamaera Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro was scheduled for a chat about his new book, An Unlikely Journey—but there was no call. Pretty bogus. Tokey was sad that Castro did not call. He left the office and stopped at SPARC for some medicine, and was less sad when he got home. He carried on with the critical task at hand. Having binged through Madam Secretary, next up on Netflix was Designated Survivor, starring Kiefer Sutherland as a HUD secretary who becomes commanderin-chief after conspirators blow up the Capitol. “This is weird,” thought Tokey, “Keif’s a former HUD secretary too?” Tokey was enraptured by the glow of flame as the Capitol dome blazed out, and plowed through most of the first season of the SPARC medicine. Now it was later, much later, and he was about to have a revelation. The dog jumped off the bed and hid. “What if Julian got elected president and gave Joaquin a cabinet post—and made him the designated survivor! He’d be, like, his own designated survivor! Whooa!” Tokey grabbed An Unlikely Journey and found the relevant passage—the virtuesignaling moment.

Here, Castro writes about his college friend Jon: “A Californian in the mold of Jeff Spicoli of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, he always seemed to be holding a beer in one hand and dribbling a basketball with the other. Jon was a lesson in how you can succeed and still be relaxed. After all, he wasn’t smoking weed at the beach—he was at Stanford.” So nobody who graduated Stanford ever smoked weed? Not even Elon Musk? Tokey recalled Spicoli’s views on Jeffersonian Democracy as he thought about Castro’s likely 2020 run for president. “So what Jefferson was saying was, ‘Hey! You know, we left this England place because it was bogus. So if we don’t get some cool rules ourselves, pronto, we’ll just be bogus too.’” “Now that’s a statesmanlike . . . statement,” Tokey thought, and wondered if Marin County resident Sean Penn would return his call if he reached out for further comment. Probably not, but it never hurts to ask. And if it does? They got some good medicine for that kind of pain. Julian Castro appears at Dominican University’s Angelico Hall on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7pm. $40 (includes book). 20 Olive Ave., San Rafael.



















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Just a few short weeks before a plate like this materializes before your very eyes at Flores Corte Madera.


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Scanning the bountiful county for food news you can use By Tom Gogola Masa Plan Flores, San Francisco’s estimable Mexican restaurant, opens its new outpost in the Corte Madera Town Center on Oct. 29. Yummers. The restaurant prides itself on tortillas made by hand daily out of fresh masa, and the menu bespeaks a sensibility geared toward traditional Mexican food. Tortillas are served with entrées that include a mole negro poblano, duck-confit enchiladas and citrus-roasted pork shoulder.

Executive chef Luis Flores—it’s a family affair, this restaurant—is a longtime Marin County resident and says in a statement that the tortillas are the thing: “We get our corn from local farmers and grind it into masa every morning, so it really is a local farm-to-table process.” Other menu standouts that catch our eye include crab tostados and a whole roasted fish—not to mention a slew of swank and contemporary beverages that include mezcal margaritas. And, hey, if you’re reading this on

Oct. 24, know that there’s a soft opening at Flores for dinner service only. Regular hours kick in on the 29th, when this Marin newcomer will be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. There’s talk of a brunch menu being offered as of Nov. 17. Stay tuned for more on that.

Dollar Down West Marin locals have been hitting the social media pretty hard wondering what’s going on with the popular Sand Dollar restaurant

in Stinson Beach. The restaurant is closed to replace a septic system, according to the Sand Dollar website. Our source-in-the-know says it won’t reopen until next spring. That’s a drag. Local residents recall how, back in 2008, the Sand Dollar was a go-to place for locals who wanted a place to celebrate the election of Barack Obama— and folks were jabbering on Next Door this week about whether he place will open on the night of Nov. 6, come hell or high water

Mill Valley Market Watch The Mill Valley Market, in business for 90 years in Marin County, announced earlier this month that it had bought Vintage Wine & Spirits, located at 82 Throckmorton Ave., itself a thriving business for some 80 years. A statement announcing that the two long-standing businesses had merged noted that the sale will ensure that Vintage remains “one of only two independent fine wine and spirit shops in southern Marin, with origins dating back to shortly after Prohibition.” The Mill Valley Market Farm is located in Glen Ellen and delivers fresh produce to the market daily.

World Vegan Day Well, World Vegan Day is coming up on Nov. 1, and the researchers at the personal-finance website WalletHub have run the numbers: the average person can save up to $750 a year by skipping meat. The researchers at WalletHub also figured out the best U.S. cities for vegetarians and vegans, and San Francisco came in fifth on that list, after New York City, Portland Ore., Orlando, Fla., and Seattle. The big town to the south benefits mightily from a robust regional agricultural economy, which translates into San Francisco having the most community supported agricultural programs per square foot of population. One of those is Eatwell, which offers food subscriptions and delivers to Marin County. Other San Francisco CSAs of interest to Marinites include Full Belly Farm and Greenhearts Family Farm, both of which deliver to the county.

Banh Mi Oh My I was talking recently with Jason Faircloth, owner-operator of the

newish Splitrock Tap & Wheel, about his menu, and Faircloth noted that a new dish was on its way: the Vietnamese banh mi sandwich. I’ve been thinking about it ever since. I’m sort of obsessed with this sandwich—the crunchy bread, the fragrant cilantro, the tongue-tickling hot sauce, the grilled meat—so I went to the Split Rock online menu to see if it’s up there, with plans to pop in at some point between now and the end of Western Civilization as we know it, and grab that sammie. Alas, the banh mi is not on the Splitrock online menu, but I found a couple of other wonderfully homey items that are sort of fun to contemplate in an idle and vaguely hungry manner, around lunchtime; i.e., the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, made with Skippy and strawberry jam. That’s a $4 pocket-rocket of quick energy for any bicyclist who happens to come through this cafe-cum-bikeshop in Fairfax. There’s also a $4 grilled-cheese sandwich made with American cheese—hopefully of the individual, plastic-wrapped Kraft variety. Sorry, that’s my suburban middle-class childhood speaking. What I meant to say was, hopefully of the organically rendered and locally sourced variety.

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Sustainable The Sustainable Enterprise Conference, to be held at the Embassy Suites in San Rafael on Oct. 25, is promoted as the biggest annual conference of its kind in Marin County, with 40 speakers, 35 exhibitors and 300 business and community leaders, and students— all gathered to chew the tofu over the many and varied contours of sustainability. Speakers run the gamut from U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman to Autodesk Foundation executive director Joe Speicher. The daylong confab is sponsored by the co-working space VenturePad (the Pacific Sun rents space at VenturePad), and of course they’ll be talking about food; among the numerous topics that hit on sustainability is a planned afternoon session on sustainable agriculture and food systems, wellness and food equity. The event runs from 8am until a 5–7pm reception. Tickets are available up to the day of the event, and they’re promising all sorts of local foods for breakfast, lunch and the reception. Sign us up! Register at Y



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Day of Durell Great vines are an electric-cart ride away in Sonoma Valley By James Knight


he first single-vineyard Syrah that I remember having was a KendallJackson wine from the Durell Vineyard in Sonoma Valley. It was way back in the 1990s, but the silky, sinuous wine proved memorable. Later, I saw that a grapevine nursery was offering a Syrah clone called “Durell.” Must be some special vineyard, right? So I was delighted to accept an invitation to Destination Durell this month, a pilgrimage to the home of the mother vine of a great California Syrah. At the parking area, I hop on an electric cart that whirs toward a low hill topped with vineyard rows. But the tour stops at an oak-shaded grove. This event, hosted by Three Sticks Wines, is more of a wine club party (signing up to the list will also net you an invitation) than the educational tour I’d hoped for. But onward: there’s an educational opportunity at the first winetasting station I visit after slurping a candied splash of Three Sticks 2016 Pinot Blanc ($50) offered at check-in. At the “Durell Zone,” there’s 2016 Durell Vineyard Chardonnay ($55), as crisp and rich as a toasty butter cookie, and 2016 Pinot Noir ($70), which in this vintage is a rich baritone to the tenor of the winery’s Gap’s Crown Pinot Noir ($70). But where’s the Syrah? I ask the guy pouring the wines if he can help. Yes he can, since Rob Harris is director of vineyard operations for the whole outfit owned by venture-capitalist-turnedvintner Bill Price. Harris gives me the bad news about the original Syrah: “It’s no longer with us.” But mourn it not: cuttings from the original vines live on in a block sold to Ram’s Gate Winery by Ellie Phipps Price, who bought it in 1998 with then-husband Bill. The other block of Syrah, sold to Chateau St. Jean for a single-vineyard bottling, is just some more common Syrah, like clone 1, says Harris.

Ah, the plot thickens. Durell’s Syrah originated from a test vine from UC Davis’ Foundation Plant Services (FPS) planted in 1973, then called Shiraz 1 because it came from Australia. Later cuttings got the Durell designation after growers requested it by that name, and it came back to the wine world via FPS as Syrah clone 8. Durell is mainly a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyard, after all, but Three Sticks pays homage to this complicated history with a red field blend of white and red Rhône varieties called Casteñada ($45). A mélange of Syrah, Grenache, Grenache Blanc, Viognier and Marsanne, it’s refreshingly uncomplicated. Find Durell Vineyard wines at Three Sticks Wines, Chateau St. Jean, Ram’s Gate Winery, Dunstan Wines and others.

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Calendar Concerts MARIN Marin Symphony Conductor Alasdair Neale leads the orchestra in new season with”Brilliance,” featuring an all Russian program. Oct 27, 8pm and Oct 28, 3pm. $20-$85. Marin Center Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.473.6800. Rock of Ages Costume party extravaganza features local stars like Mark Karan, David Nelson, Doobie Decibel System and others. Oct 27, 8pm. $30-$45. Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts, Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.

SONOMA Halloween Honky-Tonk Festival The Easy Leaves headline with a full band, and songwriters like Gus Clark, Karl Blau, Ben Morrison and others raise musical spirits. Oct 27, 4pm. $20. Rio Nido Roadhouse, 14540 Canyon 2 Rd, Rio Nido. 707.869.0821. Quantum Cabaret North Bay Cabaret’s Halloween party includes circus, burlesque and variety performances, live bands, DJ dance party and more. Oct 27, 8pm. $20-$30, $200 VIP. Rock Star University House of Rock, 3410 Industrial Dr, Santa Rosa. 707.791.3482.

Clubs & Venues MARIN Ali Akbar College of Music Oct 27, an evening with Manasi Majumdar and Tejendra Majumdar. 215 West End Ave, San Rafael. 415.454.6372. Fenix Oct 25, Elvis Johnson Blues Revue with Derek Evans. Oct 26, About Face. Oct 27, Halloween costume party with the Overcommitments. Oct 28, SF Jazz Quartet. 919 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.813.5600.

7th Sons. 475 E Strawberry Dr, Mill Valley. 415.381.4400. Marin Country Mart Oct 26, 6pm, Paul McCandless and Christian Foley-Beining. 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 415.461.5700. Nick’s Cove Oct 30, Ragtag Sullivan. 23240 Hwy 1, Marshall. 415.663.1033. 19 Broadway Nightclub Oct 24, Turbulence with I-Trinity and Selecta Rebel. Oct 25, the Ring. Oct 26, the Jean Genies and Malice Cooper. Oct 27, Halloween party with Elliot’s Evil Plan and the Bad Thoughts. Oct 28, Rhythms & Rhymes. Oct 30, the Studpuppies. Oct 31, Halloween ex-skavaganza with the Undertakers. 17 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 415.459.1091. No Name Bar Oct 25, Jazzitude. Oct 26, Michael Aragon Quartet. Oct 27, Fuzzy Slippers. Oct 28, Timothy O & Co. Oct 29, Kimrea & the Dreamdogs. Oct 31, Pardon the Interruption. 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.1392. Osteria Divino Oct 25, Smith Dobson Trio. Oct 26, Nathan Bickart Trio. Oct 27, Marcos Sainz Trio. Oct 28, Parker Grant Trio. Oct 30, Ken Cook. Oct 31, Passion Habanera. 37 Caledonia St, Sausalito. 415.331.9355. Panama Hotel Restaurant Oct 24, Lorin Rowan. Oct 25, C-JAM with Connie Ducey. Oct 30, Two Smooth. Oct 31, Rusty String Express. 4 Bayview St, San Rafael. 415.457.3993. Papermill Creek Saloon Oct 26, Sky Blue Band. Oct 27, Michael Brown Band with Amy Gervais. Oct 28, 6pm, Halloween party with the Papermill Gang. 1 Castro, Forest Knolls. 415.488.9235. Peri’s Silver Dollar Oct 25, Mark’s Jam Sammich. Oct 26, Sabbath Lives. Oct 27, HustlerWeen X. Oct 28, Idle Joy. Oct 30, Rockabilly Riot. Oct 31, Poison Ivy Halloween Circus Night. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910. Rancho Nicasio Oct 26, the Pine Needles Duo. Oct 27, the Lucky Losers. Oct 28, 4pm, Tom Finch Trio. 1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

Sweetwater Music Hall Oct 25, Mill Valley friends of Parks & Rec fundraiser with Neon Velvet. Oct 27, 10:30am, Little Folkies Family Band Halloween Concert. Oct 27, 9pm, Keller Williams’ Petty Grass with the Hillbenders. Oct 28, 12pm, Cold & In the Bay. Oct 28, 8pm, Bernard Purdie’s Party with Jason Crosby and others. Oct 29, 6pm, Bandworks Marin Fall Rock Festival. Oct 30, the Mother Hips acoustic. Oct 31, the Mother Hips Rock & Roll Halloween Bash with San Geronimo. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850. Terrapin Crossroads Oct 24, Old Salt Union. Oct 25, the Casual Coalition with Scott Law. Oct 26, a chilling evening with Stu Allen & Mars Hotel. Oct 28, Scott Law and friends. Oct 29, Grateful Monday. Oct 30, OMEN. Oct 31, scary songs with Scott Law and friends. 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael. 415.524.2773. Throckmorton Theatre Oct 28, 5pm, Kimrea’s pro showcase with the Dis ‘n’ Dat Band. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600. Trek Winery Oct 26, Halloween party with Blind Date. 1026 Machin Ave, Novato. 415.899.9883.

SONOMA Arlene Francis Center Oct 27, Halloween metalcore show with Simple Revenge and 4199. 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009. The Big Easy Oct 25, Midnight Transit and Timothy O’Neil. Oct 26, Halloween costume party with the King Street Giants. Oct 27, Highway Poets and Deltaphonic. Oct 28, Elwood. Oct 30, Norman Baker. 128 American Alley, Petaluma. 707.776.7163. Congregation Ner Shalom’s New Cotati Cabaret Oct 27, 8pm, “The Monster Mash” with THUGZ. 85 La Plaza, Cotati. 707.664.8622. Elephant in the Room Oct 26, John Courage Trio. Oct 27, 5pm, Anniversary party with Crowbot and Awesome Hotcakes. 177-A Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg.

George’s Nightclub Oct 26, Halloween Party. Oct 27, DJ Jorge. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262.

Sausalito Cruising Club Mon, Joe Tate & Blue Monday Band jam session. 300 Napa St, Sausalito. 415.332.9922.

HopMonk Novato Oct 24, Motopony and Josiah Johnson. Oct 26, the Subdudes. Oct 27, Pride & Joy. Oct 28, 5pm, Hot Buttered Rum. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200.

Green Music Center Schroeder Hall Oct 25, San Francisco Choral Artists. Oct 26, Bel Canto: Voice Faculty Recital. 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, 866.955.6040.

Sausalito Seahorse Oct 25, Toque Tercero flamenco show. Oct 26, the 7th Sons. Oct 27, Julio Bravo & Orquestra Salsabor. Oct 28, 4pm, Candela and DJ Jose Ruiz. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito. 415.331.2899.

Green Music Center Weill Hall Oct 27, Venice Baroque Orchestra. Oct 28, 3pm, Santa Rosa Symphony Family Concert. 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, 866.955.6040.

Iron Springs Pub & Brewery Oct 24, Acoustic Airship. 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax. 415.485.1005. L’Appart Resto Oct 24, Drake High School Jazz Band. Oct 25, Todos Santos. 636 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo. 415.256.9884. Lighthouse Bar & Grill Oct 27, Halloween dance party with the

Smiley’s Schooner Saloon Oct 25, Colly. Oct 26, Magic in the Other. Oct 27, the electro haunted house party with Crooked Stuff. Oct 28, 5pm, Fly by Train. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311.

HopMonk Sebastopol Oct 26, Cirque du Sebastopol with Diego’s Umbrella and Buck-Thrifty. Oct 27, Cirque du Sebastopol with Freq Nasty and Lost Ones. Oct 29, Relic Secure. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Station House Cafe Oct 28, 5pm, Jon Otis. 11180 State Route 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1515.

HopMonk Sonoma Lagunitas Tap Room Oct 26, Jeff Campbell. Oct 27, Charles

Henry Paul. Oct 28, 1pm, Matt Bolton. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100. Oct 24, Matt Lax and friends. Oct 25, Aly Rose Trio. Oct 26, Just Friends. Oct 27, Chris James & the Showdowns. Oct 28, Ragtag Sullivan Trio. Oct 31, the String Rays. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts Oct 27, Intocable. 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600. Mystic Theatre & Music Hall Oct 26, Royal Jelly Jive with Midtown Social. Oct 27, Illeagles and Fleetwood Mask. Oct 28, Billy Strings. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.775.6048. Occidental Center for the Arts Oct 26, “Gram Parsons & Beyond” with Laughing Gravy. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.874.9392. The Phoenix Theater Oct 27, Halloween Covers Show. 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565. The Star Oct 26, black light party with DJ Konnex and friends. Oct 27, “Shine” with DJ Lori Z. Oct 31, Sessions Halloween and anniversary celebration. 6957 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.634.6390. 2 Tread Brewing Company Oct 26, Uncle Wiggly. Oct 27, Halloween party with Hunka Hunka Hula Revue. 1018 Santa Rosa Plaza, Santa Rosa. 707.327.2822.

Art Openings Headlands Center for the Arts Oct 28-Nov 15,“Fall Project Space Exhibition,” see the works of Headlands Center for the Arts resident artists Fiamma Montezemolo and Yaloo. Reception, Oct 28 at 4pm. 944 Fort Barry, Sausalito. Sun-Fri, noon to 4. 415.331.2787. Marin Center Bartolini Gallery Oct 29-Nov 20, “One Place Deeply,” photographer Marty Knapp explores the Greenbridge Trail in this new show. Reception, Nov 1 at 6pm. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael.

Galleries Art Works Downtown Through Nov 9, “Latinx,” celebrating Latin culture and art, this citywide project includes exhibitions and events at Art Works Downtown and various venues in the San Rafael Culture and Arts District. 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. Tues-Sat, 10 to 5. 415.451.8119. Bolinas Museum Through Dec 20, “Cosmic Wonders,” photography exhibit looks at the moon, the stars and the space between. 48 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. Fri, 1 to 5; Sat-Sun, noon to 5; and by appointment. 415.868.0330. Book Passage Through Nov 30, “Tom Killion Residency,” acclaimed Marin artist returns to Book Passage’s gallery for a year-long exhibition of

his original prints and handcrafted books. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. Daily, 9am to 9pm. 415.927.0960.

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Claudia Chapline Gallery Through Oct 28, “Wake-Up! The Political Power of Art and Dreams,” exhibition aims to create dialogue and raise consciousness about US domestic and foreign policy. 3445 Shoreline Hwy, Stinson Beach. Sat-Sun, noon to 5, and by appointment. 415.868.2308.


Corte Madera Library Through Nov 1, “When I Grow Up, I Want to Be...,” local artist Courtney Booker combines portraiture and storytelling to explore imagined lives of the strangers we pass on the street. 707 Meadowsweet Dr, Corte Madera. 707.924.6444. Falkirk Cultural Center Through Oct 25, “Form & Fire: The Alchemy of Clay,” Terra Linda Ceramic Artists present an inspiring exhibit showing dozens of extraordinary and magical pieces. 1408 Mission Ave, San Rafael. 415.485.3438. Gallery Route One Through Nov 11, “Sign Me Up for Treason,” artist Dorothy Nissen’s art creates dialogue with the unconscious, while Point Guild artists show work in the project space and Xander Weaver-Scull’s “Larger Than Life” shows in the annex. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. Wed-Mon, 11 to 5. 415.663.1347. Marin Community Foundation Through Feb 1, “Marin Open Studios 25th Anniversary Exhibition,” featuring several local artists from the popular annual studio tour event. 5 Hamilton Landing, Ste 200, Novato. Open Mon-Fri, 9 to 5. 415.464.2500. Marin Fencing Academy Gallery Through Oct 26, “Children Hold Our Future,” artist and educator Matt Tasley presents a solo exhibit. 827 Fourth St, San Rafael. Mon-Thurs, 3:30pm to 8:30pm; Sat, 9:30am to 4pm 415.713.3087. Marin Society of Artists Through Oct 27, “Ingenuity,” juried sculpture and fine crafts exhibition features a wide variety of media and styles. 1515 Third St, San Rafael. Wed-Sun, Noon to 4pm. 415.464.9561. MarinMOCA Through Nov 11, “The Fourth Wall,” new paintings and sculpture by Zio Ziegler are filled with intricate patterns, vivid color and densely-descriptive subject matter. 500 Palm Dr, Novato. Wed-Fri, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, 11 to 5. 415.506.0137. Osher Marin JCC Through Jan 1, “Sh’ma: Stories in Silk,” handdyed silk artworks by Catherine Stern are inspired by the Torah. 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000. Robert Allen Fine Art Through Nov 30, “Works on Paper,” group show features prints, drawings and mixedmedia works. 301 Caledonia St, Sausalito. Mon-Fri, 10 to 5. 415.331.2800. Throckmorton Theatre Through Oct 28, “Rodney Ewing Solo Exhibit,” artist examines human interactions and cultural conditions in his collage works. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600. Tiburon Town Hall Through Oct 25, “Moments in Time,” Marin

Standup comic and radio talk show host Maureen Langan, whose credits include the recent one-woman show ‘Daughter of a Garbageman,’ headlines a night of laughs Oct. 27 at Trek Winery in Novato. See Comedy, this page. Society of Artists members Joe Grenn and Judith Stern present a dual exhibition. 1505 Tiburon Blvd, Tiburon. Toby’s Gallery Through Oct 28, “Visible/Invisible,” five Bay Area artists show new works. 11250 Hwy 1, Point Reyes Station.

Comedy Will Durst Political satirist presents his “Durst Case Scenario” tour. Oct 28, 7pm. $25. Raven Theater, 115 North St, Healdsburg. 707.433.3145. Allen Gittelson Hilarious mindreader is back with a new show. Oct 26, 7pm. $25. Flamingo Lounge, 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530. Ha-Ha-Halloween Comedy Show Spook-ta-cu-lar evening of standup features Mark Pitta, Rick Overton and Kristi McHugh. Oct 31, 8pm. $20-$30. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600. I Love TV with Parviz Sayyad Legendary Iranian exiled writer, director, producer and actor presents a visual art theatrical stage show. Oct 28, 7pm. $45-$55.

Marin Center Showcase Theatre, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800. Maureen Langan Host on KGO radio’s “Hangin’ with Langan” headlines a standup showcase. Oct 27, 8pm. $20-$25. Trek Winery, 1026 Machin Ave, Novato. 415.899.9883. Night of the Laughing Dead Comedy troupe the Gentlemen Bastards presents a spooky night of laughs. Oct 26, 7:30pm. $15. 6th Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185. Ann Randolph Playwright and comedian is inappropriate in all the right ways. Oct 27, 7:30pm. $20. Deerfield Ranch Winery, 10200 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood. 707.833.2270. Tuesday Night Live See standup comedians Donald Lacy, Mat Alano-Martin, Clara Biji and others. Oct 30, 8pm. $17-$27. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600. Ron White Cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the Blue Collar Comedy Tour comes to the North Bay. Oct 26, 8pm. $66. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600. Oct 27, 7 and 9:30pm. $80-$110. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Dance College of Marin James Dunn Theatre Oct 27, 7:30pm, The Evolution of Hip Hop Dance, presented by College of Marin. 835 College Ave, Kentfield 415.485.9385. Harmonia Oct 27, 8pm, Halloween Masquerade Party, massive costume party features live bands and DJs. 2200 Marinship Way, Sausalito 415.332.1432. Hermann Sons Hall Mon, Oct 29, 7pm, International Folk Dancing, classes with Carol Friedman include folk dances from all over the world. $7; $85 full session. 860 Western Ave, Petaluma 707.762.9962.

Events Acorns to Oaks Weekend retreat is designed to support young leaders ages 20 to 35. Oct 26-28. $100$150. Pt Reyes National Seashore, Bear Valley Road, Olema. CommUnity Gala Multi-ethnic cuisine, community awards, live performances and dancing commemorates the opening of the Multicultural


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Center of Marin. Oct 27, 6pm. $125. Marin Center Exhibit Hall, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.473.6400. Halloween Family Farm Day at Slide Ranch Full day of farm and agricultural activities revolves around the seasonal theme. Oct 27, 10am. $35. Slide Ranch, 2025 Shoreline Hwy, Muir Beach. 415.381.6155. Media Freedom Summit Project Censored hosts an “unconference” that collectively addresses the pitfalls of avid media consumption and promotes the importance of media literacy. Oct 26-27. $125. College of Marin Kentfield Campus, 835 College Ave, Kentfield. 415.457.8811. Powerful Beyond Measure Celebration Help equip the next generation of female social change makers for leadership. Oct 24, 7:30pm. $25. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850. Scream on the Green Novato’s city hall turns into a haunted house on Friday night and features a full carnival on Saturday. Oct 26-27. Free admission. Downtown Novato, Grant Ave, Novato. Thrive Alive Join the community in an interactive program that improves brain wellness and increases longevity through socialization, music and moving. Wed, Oct 24, 1pm. $10-$25. St Columba’s Episcopal Church, 12835 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Inverness. 415.669.1039. Trunk or Treat Enjoy music, activities, magic show and a Day of the Dead celebration while trick-ortreating through decorated car trunks. Oct 26, 4pm. Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 415.383.1370.

Field Trips Autumn Birds on Bolinas Lagoon Audobon Canyon Ranch guide leads nature walk. Oct 27, 10am. $20. Martin Griffin Preserve, 4900 Shoreline Hwy 1, Stinson Beach. 415.868.9244. Ghost Tour: Shipwrecks of Point Reyes Pay respects at a historic cemetery and travel out to the sites of myriad maritime tragedies. Oct 28, 10am. $40. Pt Reyes National Seashore, Bear Valley Road, Olema. 415.663.1200. Giacomini Wetland Celebration Join a day of hikes, kayaks and presentations highlighting the restored wetlands. Oct 27. Free. Point Reyes National Seashore, 1 Bear Valley Rd, Pt Reyes Station. 415.464.5100. Sunrise Tour of Muir Woods See majestic trees and hear the story of the forest. Reservations required. Oct 28, 7am. Free. Muir Woods Visitor Center, 1 Muir Woods Rd, Mill Valley. 415.388.2596.

Film Jewish Film Festival Annual film screening series returns with films from around the globe. Tues, Oct 30, 7pm. Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley St, Sebastopol. 707.525.4840.

Petaluma Cinema Series John Carpenter’s classic horror film “Halloween” screens with lecture and discussion. Oct 31, 6pm. $5-$6. Carole L Ellis Auditorium, SRJC Petaluma Campus, 680 Sonoma Mountain Pkwy, Petaluma. The Rocky Horror Picture Show Cult film gets a proper late-night screening with audience participation. Oct 26, 11pm. $10. The Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

For Kids Downtown Novato Trick-or-Treat Local business are open for trick-or-treating, and Copperfield’s Books hosts games and activities. Oct 27, 10am. Downtown Novato, Grant Ave, Novato. Downtown San Rafael Trick-or-Treat Festivities include trick-or-treating in the participating downtown shops, free candy bags in City Plaza and live music. Oct 27, 1pm. Downtown San Rafael, Fourth St, San Rafael. Halloween Engineering Challenge Explore, build and create haunted houses, monsters and other creatures using engineering skills. Oct 31, 3:30pm. Marin City Library, 164 Donahue St, Marin City. 415.332.6157. Pirate Halloween Party festive event for kids of all ages. Oct 27, 12 and 3pm. $20 and up. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave, San Rafael. 415.485.3438. Trick-or-Treat at Town Center Corte Madera Receive a complimentary trick-or-treat bag and go around collecting goodies. Oct 28, 12pm. Free. Town Center Corte Madera, 100 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera. 415.924.2961.

Lectures The History of Sausalito Learn how Sausalito changed with the times, rolled with the punches, reinvented itself multiple times and became a quaint slice of Americana. Oct 27, 1:30pm. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.3871. Meditation at Whistlestop Learn how to lower stress levels, reduce anxiety and depression, and restore healthy sleep patterns. Thurs, 3:30pm. $5. Whistlestop, 930 Tamalpais Ave, San Rafael. 415.456.9062. Preventing & Combating Cyberbullying Workshop is led by Microsoft community development specialist Alyssa Surges. Oct 24, 7pm. Corte Madera Library. 707 Meadowsweet Dr, Corte Madera. 707.924.6444. Senior Circle Share the challenges of aging in a safe and supportive environment in partnership with the Center for Attitudinal Healing. Wed, 10am. Free. Whistlestop, 930 Tamalpais Ave, San Rafael. 415.456.9062. Senior Stretch Class Presented by Sunlight Chair Yoga. Free for Silver Sneakers insurance and church members, drop-ins welcome. Wed, 11am. $8. First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael, 1510 Fifth St, San Rafael. 415.689.6428.

Tai Chi Class David Mac Lam teaches classic Yang-style and Taoist-style meditation. Mon, 11am. $8$10. Whistlestop, 930 Tamalpais Ave, San Rafael. 415.456.9062. Wake-Up! The Political Power of Art & Dreams Conversation with journalist Joyce Lynn and North Bay artists explores the power of art to evoke social change. Oct 28, 1pm. Claudia Chapline Gallery, 3445 Shoreline Hwy, Stinson Beach. 415.868.2308.

Readings Angelico Hall Oct 25, 7pm, “An Unlikely Journey” with Julian Castro. $40. Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave, San Rafael 415.457.4440. Book Passage Oct 24, 1pm, “Everything Trump Touches Dies” with Rick Wilson. Oct 24, 7pm, “Bridge of Clay” with Markus Zusak. Oct 25, 7pm, “Virgil Wander” with Leif Enger. Oct 26, 7pm, “Body of Knowledge” with AM Matthews. Oct 27, 1pm, “1,000 Books to Read Before You Die” with James Mustich. Oct 27, 4pm, “In My Father’s House” with Fox Butterfield. Oct 28, 4pm, “The Heart of the Goddess” with Hallie Iglehart Austen. Oct 29, 7pm, “Mysterious Realities” with Robert Moss. Oct 30, 7pm, “Crash Course” with H Bruce Franklin. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera 415.927.0960. Book Passage By-the-Bay Oct 25, 6pm, “Walking Each Other Home” with Mirabai Bush. 100 Bay St, Sausalito 415.339.1300. Commonweal Oct 31, 3pm, “The Haida Gwaii Lesson: A Strategic Playbook for Indigenous Sovereignty” with Mark Dowie. 451 Mesa Rd, Bolinas 415.868.0970. Rebound Bookstore Oct 31, 7pm, Hand to Mouth/WORDS SPOKEN OUT, featuring authors Catharine Clark-Sayles and Robin Lee and open mic. 1611 Fourth St, San Rafael 415.482.0550. San Rafael Copperfield’s Books Oct 26, 6pm, “All Over the Map” with Betsy Mason. 850 Fourth St, San Rafael 415.524.2800.

Theater The Addams Family Musical The creepy and kooky family gets the songand-dance treatment in this hilarious show. Through Oct 28. Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. 707.588.3400. Oct 26-Nov 4. $15-$35. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600. Blithe Spirit A cantankerous novelist is haunted by the ghost of his late wife in this classic comedy. Through Nov 4. $23-$33. Lucky Penny Community Arts Center, 1758 Industrial Way, Napa. 707.266.6305. Count Dracula The classic tale of the ultimate vampire comes to life with unexpected melodramatic humor and surprises.

Through Oct 27. $15-$20. Russian River Hall, 20347 Hwy 116, Monte Rio. 707.524.8739. God of Carnage Two sets of parents try to civilly discuss a problem between their kids, but the night devolves into chaos in this biting comedy. Oct 26-Nov 11. $21-$27. Novato Theater Company, 5240 Nave Dr, Novato. 415.883.4498. Hand to God Left Edge Theatre presents the awardwinning comedy featuring a hand puppet possessed by the devil. Through Nov 11. $25-$40. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600. Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play “The Simpsons” serves as inspiration for this original post-apocalyptic tale that is funny, bleak and bizarre. Oct 31-Nov 4. $10-$17. Evert B. Person Theater, SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.4246. The Night Alive Two run-down characters try to make something more of their lives in this warmly told drama. Through Oct 28. $15-$30. Main Stage West, 104 N Main St, Sebastopol. 707.823.0177. Oslo Catch the West Coast premiere of the smashhit political thriller. Through Oct 28. $10-$25 and up. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.5208. Outside Mullingar Two introverted misfits in rural Ireland take a journey that is heartbreaking, hilarious and deeply moving. Oct 25-Nov 4. $10-$25. Raven Theater, 115 North St, Healdsburg. 707.433.3145. The Rocky Horror Show That sweet transvestite, Dr. Frank-N-furter, and his motley crew return in the original stage musical. Through Nov 3. Studio Theatre, 6th Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185. The Spy Who Killed Me Get a Clue Productions hosts an interactive and humorous murder-mystery dinner theater experience. Sat, Oct 27, 7pm. $68 (includes meal). Charlie’s Restaurant, Windsor Golf Club, 1320 19th Hole Dr, Windsor. Uncle Vanya Birdbath Theatres presents a new, surreal look at Chekhov’s classic tale of provincial Russian life. Oct 26-Nov 18. 415.426.0269. The Belrose, 1415 Fifth Ave, San Rafael. 415.454.6422.

The PACIFIC SUN’s calendar is produced as a service to the community. If you have an item for the calendar, send it to, or mail it to: NORTH BAY BOHEMIAN, 847 Fifth St, Santa Rosa CA 95404. Inclusion of events in the print edition is at the editor’s discretion. Deadline is two weeks prior to desired publication date.

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SINGLE & DISSATISFIED? Tired of spending weekends and holidays alone? Join with other single men and women to explore what’s blocking you from fulfillment in your relationships. Nineweek Single’s Group, OR weekly, ongoing, coed Intimacy Groups or Women’s Group, all starting the week of October 29th. Groups meet on Mon, Tues, & Thurs evenings. Space limited. Also, Individual and Couples sessions. Central San Rafael. For more information, call Renee Owen, LMFT #35255 at 415-453-8117 Especially with the holidays approaching, this safe, supportive/ exploratory on-going group has been extremely helpful… some say “life-changing!” The GROUP FOR MOTHERLESS DAUGHTERS, Women who have lost their mothers through death, illness (including mental illness/narcissism, etc.), separation or abandonment in childhood, adolescence, or adulthood meets alternate Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:00 PM in Kentfield. Women address relevant issues in their lives including loss and grief, relationships, trust (self and others), family of origin, work, parenting (motherless mothers), self-care, and much more. Women gain acknowledgement, validation, and ways in which they’ve coped through difficult times. Contact: Colleen Russell, LMFT, CGP, herself a motherless daughter, who’s developed and facilitated this group since 1997. Phone: 415-785-3513; Email: crussell@; website: Individual, Couple, Family, Group Sessions and Workshops also offered.

Mind&Body HYPNOTHERAPY Thea Donnelly, M.A. Hypnosis, Counseling, All Issues. 25 yrs. experience. 415-459-0449.


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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT— File No: 145450. The following individual(s) are doing business: MARIN TACK AND FEED, 6912 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD, FOREST KNOLLS, CA 94933: JESSICA ANNE LASHBROOK TRUSTEE OF THE JOYCE LASHBROOK TRUST, 277 TAMALPAIS RD, FAIRFAX CA, 94930. This business is being conducted by A TRUST. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on SEPTEMBER 24, 2018. (Publication Dates: October 3, 10, 17, 24 of 2018) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT— File No: 145429. The following individual(s) are doing business: PET PRO, 909 D STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ALBANE A GOGAJ,

4242 MELODY LN., VALLEJO CA, 94591. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on SEPTEMBER 19, 2018. (Publication Dates: October 3, 10, 17, 24 of 2018) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT— File No: 145424. The following individual(s) are doing business: HOLMAN & SNYDER, 140 REDWOOD RD, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: JOHN HOLMAN, 140 REDWOOD RD, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on SEPTEMBER 19, 2018. (Publication Dates:

October 3, 10, 17, 24 of 2018) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT— File No: 145495. The following individual(s) are doing business: ACTIVE AUTO SALES, 399 ENTRADA DR, NOVATO, CA 94949: BECKER, OLAF, 10 RIPLEY LANE, NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on OCTOBER 1, 2018. (Publication Dates: October 3, 10, 17, 24 of 2018) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT— File No: 2018145539. The following individual(s) are doing business: TRADECRAFT ARCHITECTURE, 225 VISTA GRANDE, CA 94904: LEONE B NICHOLAS, 225 VISTA GRANDE, CA

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Magnolia Avenue. The house in the picture is 214 Magnolia in Larkspur. The original photo is hanging at the Larkspur Library.

2 fawn; foal; joey 3 Austria, Belgium, Czech

Republic, Denmark

4 The Comedy of Errors 5 Arnold Schwarzenegger, who

won the Mr. Universe title at age 20.

6 Black Panther 7 Hammer and sickle

8 The ottoman 9 Na; Fe; Pb; Ag 10 Cleveland Cavaliers

(twice), Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers (current) BONUS ANSWER: Santo Domingo, capital of the Dominican Republic, site of the first European settlements in America, home of the first university, first hospital, first cathedral, etc., in the New World.

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PublicNotices 94904. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on OCTOBER 8, 2018. (Publication Dates: October 10, 17, 24, 31 of 2018) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT— File No: 145537. The following individual(s) are doing business: LISTMASTERS HANDYMAN SERVICES, 132 GREENFIELD AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: STEPHANIE L. MCNAIR, 132 GREENFIELD AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on OCTOBER 8, 2018. (Publication Dates: October 10, 17, 24, 31 of 2018) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT— File No: 145494. The following individual(s) are doing business: ZZ HAIR STUDIO, 1113 4TH ST, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: IZILDA ALMEIDA PRADO, 71 ROGUE MORALS ST APT 1, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941, EZIEDA CAMELO SILVEIRA, 536 TAMALPAIS DR, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925. This business is being conducted by COPARTNERS. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious busi-

ness name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on OCTOBER 1, 2018. (Publication Dates: October 10, 17, 24, 31 of 2018) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT— File No: 2018145496. The following individual(s) are doing business: PREVALENT PROJECTS, 61 THROCKMORTON AVE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: REGULAR DESIGN, INC., 61 THROCKMORTON AVE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by A CORPORATION. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on OCTOBER 1, 2018. (Publication Dates: October 10, 17, 24, 31 of 2018) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT— File No: 145503. The following individual(s) are doing business: FARMACARY, 420 CANAL STREET APT 6, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: STEVEN SINGLETON, 420 CANAL STREET APT 6, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on OCTOBER 3, 2018. (Publication Dates: October 17, 24, 31 and November 7 of 2018)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT— File No: 145586. The following individual(s) are doing business: ALL MARIN ELECTRIC, ALLMARINELECTRIC. COM, 8 BROOKLINE DR, NOVATO, CA 94949: ALEXEY BYCHKOV, 8 BROOKLINE DR, NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by A CORPORATION. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on OCTOBER 16, 2018. (Publication Dates: October 24, 31 and November 7, 14 of 2018) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT— File No: 145553. The following individual(s) are doing business: ANGEL ISLAND TRAM TOURS AND CATERED EVENTS, ANGEL ISLAND STATE PARK, TIBURON, CA 94820: URBAN PARK CONCESSIONAIRES, 2150 MAIN STREET, RED BLUFF, CA 96020. This business is being conducted by A CORPORATION. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on OCTOBER 11, 2018. (Publication Dates: October 24, 31 and November 7, 14 of 2018) OTHER NOTICES ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER: CIV 1803657 SUPERIOR COURT

OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF MARIN TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS 1. Petitioner (name of each): Marianne Claire Atterbury Bernard, has filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: Marianne Claire Atterbury Bernard to Proposed Name: Claire Atterbury Bernard Miller 2. 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 a. Date: 12/3/2018, Time: 9:00am, Dept: B, Room: B. The address of the court is same as noted above; 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. 3.a. 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 Pacific Sun, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin. DATED: OCT 11, 2018 Roy O. Chernus Judge of the Superior Court James M Kim Court Executive Officer MARIN COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT By C Lucchesi, Deputy (October 17, 24, 31, and November 7 of 2018)

NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: ROSEMARY THERESA BOCK CASE NO.: PR 1802115 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of: ROSEMARY THERESA BOCK A Petition for~Probate~has been filed by: MICHAEL BOCK in the Superior Court of California, County of Marin. The Petition for~Probate~requests that: HOLGER SIEGWART be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A hearing on the petition will be held in this court as follows: Date: JULY 30, 2018, Time: 9:00AM, Dept.: J, Room: Address of court: 3501 Civic Center Drive, PO Box 4988, San Rafael, CA 94913-4988. If you object to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance

may be in person or by your attorney. If you are a creditor or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58(b) of the California~Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California~ Probate~ Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. You may examine the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in~Probate~Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: HOLGER SIGWART, ESQ., SIEGWART GERMAN AMERICAN LAW, 1799 Bayshore Highway, Suite 150, Burlingame, CA, 94010 (650) 2599670 FILED: Jun 19, 2018 James M. Kim Court Executive Officer MARIN COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT By: R Smith, Deputy No. 1171 (October 24, 31, November 7 2018)

By Amy Alkon


My friends tease me, saying that I’m such an obnoxious jerk, but amazingly, everybody seems to love me. Somebody said it’s because I have charisma— like a rock star/movie star quality. Honestly, I don’t think that highly of myself. I’m interesting-looking, outgoing, funny and relatively talented in what I do. What is charisma exactly, and can people create it?—Weirdly Beloved Woman


There are certain people throughout history that you just know had charisma. Moses, for example: “Hey, fellow Jews, just follow right behind me as I take a jog into the sea.” Charisma is the Pied Piper of personality traits—a mix of personal magnetism, likability and powerful presence that leads people to flock to and follow a person who has it. This can have creepy and even deadly results when the charismatic person is a cult leader, but evolutionary researchers Allen Grabo and Mark van Vugt believe that charisma evolved to be a cooperation booster. Their research suggests it is a “credible signal of a person’s ability” to inspire a group of people to unite behind him or her so they can collectively solve some problem that would stump them individually. Looks are an element of charisma. Being tall, good-looking and physically stronger than your peers, as well as appearing healthy, are correlated with charisma, note Grabo and van Vugt. That said, though it’s helpful to be a ringer for Gisele Bündchen, you can more closely resemble a hamburger bun in a bikini and still be mad charismatic. Accordingly, their research suggests that having striking or unusual features—for instance, “Abraham Lincoln’s elongated face or Rasputin’s piercing eyes”—may amp up charisma “as a result of their attention-grabbing ability.” The good news for anyone who lacks height, hots or eyes that burn a hole in people is that how a person acts appears to be the main driver of charisma. And though some people are naturally (that is, genetically) more charismatic through their set of personality traits, there are charismatic behaviors that anybody can learn and practice, or, perhaps in your case, engage in more often. The behaviors that drive charisma are those that reflect a combination of “high power and high warmth,” explains business coach Olivia Fox Cabane in her research-based book The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism. Most people probably believe that charisma comes simply out of speaking powerfully—Martin Luther King-ing it rather than mumbling their message. Actually, listening powerfully— tapping into how somebody’s feeling, engaging with it emotionally and empathizing—is essential to having charisma. Connecting in this way drives what people experience as warmth, which Cabane sums up as “goodwill”—the sense that another person cares about them and their well-being. And, sorry, but you can’t just fake the look of someone who’s listening. You might think you’re hiding inattentiveness, but little bits of your body language will always sell you out. Charismatic body language comes out of the antithesis of nervousness: being comfortable in your skin, having a sort of high-powered calm. That’s reflected in slower speech (rather than squirrel-like chit-chattering), the confidence to take pauses while speaking and breathing from your diaphragm instead of taking shallow gulps of air. Slower, expansive body movements are another mark of the charismatic, in contrast with the herky-jerkyness of the perpetually uneasy—those who always seem on the verge of making a run for it. However, there’s a caveat to all of this walking and talking advice: If you’re insecure and self-loathing, you can’t just plaster some alpha-girl body language on top of that. Not credibly, anyway. You’ve got to put in the work to fix your foundation. Finally, consider that it takes a strong person to be open about his or her weaknesses and failures. Counterintuitive, I know. But people don’t relate to greatness. They relate to other people who show how human and imperfect they are. Cabane explains that “drawing attention to your vulnerabilities” ultimately enhances your power. In other words, instead of always working hard to look good, you’ll amp up your charisma by making intermittent efforts to look bad—like by confessing, “I’m socially awkward. Always have been. I’m really bad at leaving conversations at parties, to the point where I wish a meteorite would crash through the ceiling so I could make my escape.” Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon at 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or email @amyalkon on Twitter. Weekly radio show,


For the week of October 24

ARIES (March 21–April 19) In her poem

“Shedding Skin,” Harryette Mullen compares her own transformation to the action a snake periodically carries out to renew itself. Since you now have an excellent opportunity to undertake your own molting process, you may find her thoughts helpful. (I’ve rendered them in prose for easier reading.) “Pulling out of the old scarred skin—old rough thing I don’t need now—I strip off, slip out of, leave behind. Shedding toughness, peeling layers down to vulnerable stuff. And I’m blinking off old eyelids for a new way of seeing. By the rock I rub against, I’m going to be tender again.” Halloween costume suggestion: snake sloughing its skin.

TAURUS (April 20–May 20) “Only the young and stupid are confident about sex and romance,” says 49-year-old author Elizabeth Gilbert, who has written extensively about those subjects. I agree with her. I’ve devoted myself to studying the mysteries of love for many years, yet still feel like a rookie. Even if you are smarter about these matters than Gilbert and I, Taurus, I urge you to adopt a humble and curious attitude during the next few weeks. The cosmos has prepared some interesting lessons for you, and the best way to take advantage is to be eagerly receptive and openminded. Halloween costume suggestion: sex researcher, love explorer, intimacy experimenter. GEMINI (May 21–June 20) “My way of learning is to heave a wild and unpredictable monkey wrench into the machinery,” wrote Gemini author Dashiell Hammett. But I recommend that you use his approach very rarely, and only when other learning methods aren’t working. Most of the time, your best strategy for getting the lessons you need is to put lubricating oil into the machinery, not a monkey wrench. That’ll be especially true in the coming weeks. I suggest that you turn the machinery off for a while as you add the oil and do some maintenance. Halloween costume suggestion: repair person; computer techie; machine whisperer. CANCER (June 21–July 22) The great Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman was a Cancerian, like you and me. One of the factors contributing to his success was that he put his demons to good use “by harnessing them to his chariot.” He also testified that he gained control over his demons by taking long walks after breakfast. “Demons don’t like fresh air,” he said. “They prefer it if you stay in bed with cold feet.” I suspect that now would be an excellent time to adopt his advice. Halloween costume suggestion: walk your demon on a leash, or make it into a puppet, or harness it to your chariot. LEO (July 23–August 22) Throughout the

Halloween season, I encourage you to fantasize extensively about what your dream home would look like and feel like if you had all the money necessary to create it. What colors would you paint the walls? Would you have carpets or hardwood floors? What would be your perfect lighting, furniture and décor? As you gazed out your windows, what views would you see? Would there be nature nearby or urban hotspots? Would you have an office or music room or art studio? Have fun imagining the sanctuary that would bring out the best in you. Halloween costume suggestion: the ultimate homebody.

VIRGO (August 23–September 22) “Extraordinary things are always hiding in places people never think to look,” writes novelist Jodi Picoult. That’s crucial for you to meditate on during the coming weeks. Why? Because your superpower is going to be the ability to find extraordinary things that are hiding in places where people have almost never thought to look. You can do both yourself and those you care for a big favor by focusing your intensity on this task. Halloween costume suggestions: sleuth, treasure hunter, private eye, Sherlock Holmes. LIBRA (September 23–October 22) “There is

a season for wildness and a season for settledness, and this is neither. This season is about becoming.” Author Shauna Niequist wrote that. In accordance with the astrological omens, I endorse her perspective as true and

By Rob Brezsny

useful for you. You’ve zipped through your time of fertile chaos, conjuring up fresh possibilities. When January arrives, you’ll be ready to work on stability and security. But for now, your assignment is to blossom. Halloween costume suggestions: beautiful creature hatching from an egg; strong sprout cracking out of a seed.

SCORPIO (October 23–November 21) “He

believed in magic,” writes author Michael Chabon about a character in his novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. “Not in the so-called magic of candles, pentagrams, and bat wings,” nor “dowsing rods, séances, weeping statues, werewolves, wonders, or miracles.” Then what kind? Chabon says it’s the “impersonal magic of life,” like coincidences and portents that reveal their meanings in retrospect. I bring this to your attention, Scorpio, because now is a favorable time to call on the specific kind of magic that you regard as real and helpful. What kind of magic is that? Halloween costume suggestion: magician, witch, wizard.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22– December 21) “If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.” Sagittarian author Jane Austen wrote that in her novel Northanger Abbey, and now I’m passing her message on to you, slightly altered. My version is, “If adventures will not befall Sagittarian people of any age or gender in their own neighborhood, they must seek them abroad.” And where exactly is “abroad”? The dictionary says it might mean a foreign country, or it could simply mean outside or in another place. I’d like to extend the meaning further to include anywhere outside your known and familiar world. Halloween costume suggestion: traveler on a pilgrimage or explorer on a holy quest. CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19)

PR executives at a beer company offered to pay me a lot of money if I would sneak a product placement ad into your horoscope. They asked me to pretend there was a viable astrological reason to recommend that you imbibe their product in abundance. But the truth is, the actual planetary omens suggest the opposite. You should not in fact be lounging around in a haze of intoxication. You should instead be working hard to drum up support for your labor of love or your favorite cause. Very Important People will be more available to you than usual, and you’ll be wise to seek their input. Halloween costume suggestion: the Ultimate Fundraiser; Networker of the Year; Chief Hobnobber.

AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18) “What kind of idea are you?” asks author Salmon Rushdie. “Are you the kind that compromises, does deals, accommodates itself, aims to find a niche, to survive; or are you the cussed, bloody-minded, ramrod-backed type of damnfool notion that would rather break than sway with the breeze?” I pose this question to you, Aquarius, because I think you could be an effective version of either idea in the coming weeks. If you’re the latter—the cussed, damnfool notion—you may change your world in dramatic ways. Halloween costume suggestions: revolutionary; crusader; agitator; rabble-rouser. PISCES (February 19–March 20) “There

is no beauty without some strangeness,” wrote Edgar Allen Poe. Fashion designer Rei Kawakubo ventured further, declaring, “Strangeness is a necessary ingredient in beauty.” She also added another nuance to her definition: “For something to be beautiful, it doesn’t have to be pretty.” I’ll offer you one more seed for thought: wabi-sabi. It’s a Japanese term that refers to a kind of beauty that’s imperfect, transitory and incomplete. I bring these clues to your attention, Pisces, because now is an excellent time to refine and clarify your own notion of beauty—and re-commit yourself to embodying it. Halloween costume suggestion: the embodiment of your definition of beauty.

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