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Donald Trump’s “Wall” is more than an ugly, spurious obstacle to immigrants. The “Wall” is more than a blackmail payout to government shutdown hostages. The “Wall” is more than another part of Trump’s autocracy. The “Wall” is trump’s search for a missing manhood. The people he hates the most ask: “Donde esta tu machismo?” Alfred Auger, Fairfax

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Despite the recent outbreaks of deadly wildfires both here in California and in other parts of the world, there is still a large number of skeptics and climate-change deniers who are interfering and blocking the desperately needed worldwide effort to arrest the progression of global warming. This sizable group of doubters is headed by the Trump government and the owners of the oil, gas and coal and logging corporations. They are calling for “more studies” and “the gathering of more facts” as a tactic to deny the reality of global warming and to heed the urgent calls from the rest of us to use all necessary measures to stop this growing world crisis. Living in California, I have just experienced firsthand the scary results of these wildfires on the lives of the people here. These fires have exploded out of the control of the local and state fire departments. And they have burned hundreds of fleeing residents alive in the most terrifying destruction of human life. To avoid this increasing global catastrophe from escalating beyond the point of no return, we must stop our decades of delay in fighting and ending global warming. Here is my answer to the climate-change deniers: First, it is not a question of whether or not climate change is going to be confirmed as a real issue. Climate change is an issue right now. And it is quickly becoming a global catastrophe. There is no longer time to “do more studies” and get “all the facts”; a global

movement to stop climate change is desperately needed right now. The time for endless discussions, philosophizing and more lies and coverups from the fossil-fuel and logging corporations is over. Conclusive studies have already been done. Modern science was becoming aware that industrial gases were warming our planet over one hundred years ago. (In fact, even the Greeks, 2,500 years ago, were aware that the world’s climate could be changed by environmental destruction.) By the 1970s, the alarm had gone off. And by 2001, scientists had gathered virtually conclusive evidence of its causes and its effects on our planet’s health. However, the corporate world has made efforts to deny and cover up what is almost a total consensus in the scientific community. When you find your house on fire, do you consult the encyclopedia to read more about the history and causes of fire and its likely effect on human life? Do you start arguing with others in the burning house about who is most to blame? Of course not. You simply alert everyone else in the house and work together to save your lives. And so the entire human race must now stop reading “ancient scriptures” about fires and debating about whether these texts are truly real and actually predict the future. If we hope to survive this impending catastrophe, it is time to stop arguing, procrastinating and daydreaming, and to unite as we have never done before in humankind’s entire history. Rama Kumar, Fairfax


By Nikki Silverstein

Four Marin surfers saved two swimmers caught in high surf and a riptide at Rodeo Beach last Friday afternoon. The dramatic rescue began when the four boys, all high school students, noticed two people beyond the surf line waving their arms and yelling for help. Luckily, the boys are water polo players and members of the Stinson Beach Junior Lifeguard Program, and they knew what to do. Wes Porter, a senior at Redwood High School, and Jack Richardson, a junior at Sir Francis Drake High School, had just finished surfing for the day and were on the beach when they saw the swimmers. They immediately phoned 911. Two surfers in the water, Colby Paine, a senior at Saint Ignatius College Preparatory, and Ray Holmberg, a junior at Drake High School, paddled swiftly toward the pair in distress. “The swimmers appeared to be frightened and out of breath,” said Paine. The surfers reached the swimmers and had them hold on to the surf boards and catch their breath. In the meantime, the boys formulated a plan to get them through the strong surf and back to the beach. They decided to wait for a lull in the waves and paddle their surf boards while the swimmers held onto their ankles and swam at the same time. It worked and the boys delivered the swimmers safely to the beach. This wasn’t a simple feat, considering the size of the surf and rough ocean conditions, according to the Marin County Fire Department. “Without a doubt, these guys should be commended for their heroic efforts today,” said Rick Racich, a Marin County Fire Department engineer. Got a Hero or a Zero? Please send submissions to nikki_silverstein@yahoo.com. Toss roses, hurl stones with more Heroes and Zeroes at pacificsun.com.

Upfront These elephant seals in Pt. Reyes National Seashore loudly bellow at any implication that they shut down the government.

American Hazmat Jared Huffman talks shutdown, Green New Deal, mother-effing impeachment By Tom Gogola

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orth Bay U.S. Congressman Jared Huffman says that by the time the federal government shutdown ends—and, nearly three weeks in, who knows when that will be—they’ll need to deploy hazmat suits at Pt. Reyes National Seashore to clean up the despoiled bathrooms and other facilities. “It’s not an exaggeration,” says Huffman, who visited the park this week and spent last weekend picking up trash in his district, at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, with fellow congressperson Jackie Spiers.

He says the shutdown’s ill impacts have hit the GGNRA, the Redwood National Park in Del Norte and Humboldt counties, and Muir Woods in Marin County. In an interview this week, Huffman shared his views on the shutdown and its local impact, and also gave some insight into the current lay of the land in Washington, where it appears that hazmat suits may also need to be deployed, eventually, to drain the stinky swamp-waters from the White House. He posted a photo on Facebook this week of a “Trump Trash Can” filled with garbage collected in the GGNRA,

and says he and Spiers plan to bring the bins back to Washington with them. “We’re going to take some of that trash to Donald Trump, because it’s his trash,” he says. Huffman’s in an interesting place these days, as a freshman class of Congress has instantly diversified the lower chamber with the nation’s first Muslim American woman representative, its first Native American women representatives, and its first openly bisexual female congresswoman— not to mention the media-savvy, if occasionally fact-challenged, New York firebrand Alexandria »6

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Huffman «5 Ocasio-Cortez. Must be a tough time to be a middle-aged white guy in Congress, no? No. “Our congress is becoming wonderfully representative, and that feels good to me. I’m not defensive of being a straight white male in the Democratic caucus. I think that it’s kind of cool that our caucus has become so diverse. I detect a positive energy around that, and it’s not at all threatening to me.” Huffman predicted in this paper last year that, were the Democrats to win back the House, Donald Trump would leave office around mid-February (which also happens to coincide with Huffman’s birthday on Feb. 18). He says with a laugh that his prediction was only partially based on his birthday wish. “It also has to do with all these other factors that are coming into alignment. There is a great convergence of pressure on Trump. It may not be exactly February, but the time to catch the next bus out of the White House is coming. I’ve still got seven weeks for my prediction to come true.” Huffman was an early proponent of impeachment proceedings against Trump and says he’s never heard a peep from Nancy Pelosi about it. “I just didn’t use the m-f-word,” he says, referencing freshman Detroit congresswoman Rashida Tlaib’s pungent putdown of puny-fingers. “There’s been no pressure from Pelosi to back off from the impeachment stuff,” he says. “We’re all individual members of congress.” Huffman’s an environmentally oriented legislator and is looking forward to a reformed House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, whose proponents have called for limiting committee membership only to members who have never taken money from the fossil-fuel industry. Not a good idea, he says. “It’s not an enforceable or implementable standard,” Huffman says, “though I am sympathetic with the intent.” A no-fossil-fuel standard would, he says, foreclose on any Republican who might want to join the committee, but it also could foreclose on any lawmaker who ever received a contribution from anyone associated with the fossil-fuel industry. This, he explains, is part of the reason Beto O’Rourke’s been getting a bad rap among progressives lately; he ran for Senate in Texas, “where every third person is either working in the fossil-fuel industry or knows someone who is. That’s just Texas.”

Huffman doesn’t have that problem and says anyone who looked into his campaign contributions would have a hard time finding fossilfuel contributions—but adds that the standards being set by the climate activists at the Sunrise Movement also “include individuals that may work directly or indirectly” with a business where fossil-fuel money is at play. Bottom line: Huffman doesn’t want to be denied access to the committee because some guy who happens to work for Chevron is also a supporter of his. He says a “more practical approach” would be to appoint leaders to the committee who “are champions on these issues.” That would include him. “I’m interested in being on the committee.” The congressman is also welcoming the anti-fossil-fuel Green New Deal being championed by Ocasio-Cortez and other progressives. “It’s totally consistent with what I’ve been standing for over the years,” he says. “It could do great things,” he adds, “if we can marry support and enthusiasm with some of the experience we have in the caucus, and maybe apply a set of strategies that actually produce legislation that can move forward.” Closer to home, Huffman recounts his visit to Point Reyes National Seashore where he met with a skeleton crew of “essential” employees continuing to work through the shutdown. “It’s hurting the Parks Service in obvious and less obvious ways,” he says. Point Reyes is a porous park with no entrance fees, and the crowds are still showing up. The obvious impact has already been noted: break out the hazmat suits, those bathrooms are a mess! The less obvious impact, he says, is how the shutdown is turning worker against worker, very Trumpian, as it creates internal friction. He explains that staff at the park told him that workers who were deemed “non-essential” were sent home without pay and resent being called “non-essential.” Workers who were deemed essential are being forced to work without pay and resent that. The shutdown, too, has suspended a contested and ongoing general management upgrade process at the park that’s trying to balance the demands of ranchers against a more wilderness-only approach to park management. Thanks to the shutdown, “there’s a ripple effect that will likely be an even greater delay in getting that done.” Y


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ear not, gentle readers and fans of the Pacific Sun. We have not closed the Trivia Café. We’ve just moved it down the street. As the saying goes, we may be fools, but we’re not morons, and we love Howard’s weekly brain-teasers just as much as the next Marin geek. Trivia Café appears this week on page 18 and moving forward, readers will find it regularly in the back of the paper. Speaking of our foolish ways: Thanks a lot, readers, for all those recent letters you sent complaining about the lack of film capsules the past couple of weeks. We’d really like to blame it on that pesky government shutdown, but actually it was only because our film guy was out of town for the holidays. We swear: they’re back (page 14). If

you’re looking for Richard von Busack’s review of If Beale Street Could Talk—and you should be looking for it—it’s online-only this week at pacificsun.com. We’re also welcoming Charlene Peters into the fold this week as a new food contributor. She writes on the “flexitarian” foodie phenomenon from her long-standing perch as a top-notch food writer (page 16). Finally, we got such a positive response from our 55th anniversary issue from late last year—and we had so much fun putting it together, thanks for playin’ ball, Sammy Hagar!— that we decided to keep going back to those old bound Pacific Sun volumes as an ongoing section in the paper, through 2019 at least, and perhaps for all eternity.

Flashback 30 Years Ago

“Increasingly large sections of Matt Groening’s grey matter are devoted to The Simpsons, an animated TV show that provides a fractured look at suburban life from THIS WEEK the children’s point of view. Created as cartoon shorts last year for The Tracy Ullman Show, a latter-day Carol Burnett Show that airs Sunday night on Fox, the family that brings the beauty of belch contests and ugly-face tournaments to the TV screen not only brought Groening an Emmy nomination last year, but has triggered mumblings from Fox execs about turning The Simpsons into a halfhour TV series.” —Jan. 6, 1989

40Years Ago

“Marin supervisors this week approved a zoning change in the Nicasio Valley which may allow Star Wars director George Lucas to build a film research center on his West THIS WEEK Marin acreage. The zoning amendment also opens the door for future limited commercial use of the county’s ranchlands, while enhancing agricultural activities, according to planning director Marge Macris.” —Jan. 5, 1979

50 Years Ago

“Former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev first made a public point of it; now a Marin Transit District backs him up. Mr. K. in the Bay Area eight years ago, noted THIS WEEK incredulously that most of the commuter autos he saw carried only the driver. The transit district survey indicates that roughly two-thirds of the cars crossing the Golden Gate Bridge in the morning commute hours carry no passengers at all, and that only 5 percent have at least three passengers.” —Jan. 10, 1969

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An older frustrated fisherman once told me, “What takes years to learn takes minutes to copy.” He was surrounded by other boats. For the past thirty years, I have been a very lucky fisherman. I didn’t feel particularly lucky at the time, but in hindsight, I was living the “good old days” and did not recognize it for what it truly was. I had a lot of fun making money catching fish. Having fun and making money do not combine very often. A measure of success in anyone’s life could be how much fun you had getting there. Fishing is a hard way to make a living, or it can be a way to not make a living. Fishing can put you in some of the most beautiful surroundings this world has to offer, or it can put you in places that are so dangerous that you have to be lucky to survive. . . .

The Leviathan Josh Churchman gets in touch with his inner Ishmael

The Cordell Bank

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osh Churchman is a West Marin resident who runs his small commercial fishing boats out of the Bolinas Lagoon and Bodega Bay. He’s 67 and has been fishing his whole life. The Whale That Lit the World (Hidden City Press; $12) is his first book. Here are some excerpts.

The Fishing Disease . . . To this day, whenever I see a new body of water, I wonder what kind of fish might be living in it. I wonder what I could use to catch some of them. My mom taught me not to keep fish I wasn’t planning to eat, but she didn’t kill my love of fish or fishing. Fishermen are a strange breed of people. It is almost like we have some kind of ancient disease. The disease is strikingly different for each individual it infects. For some

it is a freshwater disease that takes a fisherman to rivers and lakes. For others, it involves an ocean. The disease may come on suddenly, later in life, or it may be present at birth and follow the fisherman to his grave. Some people have it strong in their life, and then it just vanishes. Some people can be cured, but not very many. Of all the diseases mankind faces in this world, it is far from the worst affliction someone could encounter. Water is most of what we are, and what is a fish if it is not all about the water? Wondering what lives in that water, and how to catch it, defines a fisherman. Turning it all into a profession is just one of the more advanced symptoms of a deeply infected individual. People who love to fish dream of finding a really good spot and having it to themselves. Secrecy is just one of the many idiosyncrasies

that go along with living with the disease. A close friend will ask you where you caught those fish, and your gut instinct will be to evade without really lying, to minimize and deflect an open, honest answer. It has been said that ninety percent of the fish are caught by ten percent of the fishermen. I do believe that this is true. However, the ten percent is never the same ten percent year after year. Some guys get hot, and then they are not. Some people improve with age, and some do not. People will say fishing is all about luck, but luck is such an elusive creature. Bad luck is just as common as good luck. If you are lucky enough to find an exceptional spot, you would be a fool to show it to very many people. If you discover a technique that has eluded other fishermen in the past, it would be wise to keep it close to your chest.

Cordell Bank, located fifty miles west of San Francisco, is part of an underwater mountain range that sits perched on the edge of the continental shelf. The top of the bank lies 120 feet from the surface. A mile west of that high spot, it drops off the continental shelf to six thousand feet deep. Eleven thousand years ago, the Cordell Bank was oceanfront property. Sea levels have risen 340 feet since then. The Golden Gate Bridge would have been built over an immense river rather than ocean. This ancient river system mave have helped carve the deep Bodega Canyon that bends around the western edge of the Cordell Bank. Westward of the bank is also one of the largest stretches of open ocean on the globe. For over three thousand miles, there is nothing but water until you reach the Aleutian Islands near Japan. Mysterious things live around the Cordell. It is not only fish and birds and whales and dolphins that like this spot. Drifting in a boat, with the engines off, there are shadows under the surface that can’t be clearly seen. More creatures live here than any other place I have ever been. You can’t see what the shadows are, but they are certainly felt in your sensory soul. I often feel I am being watched when I fish the bank, watched by intelligent life forms that are curious about me and why I am there. I sense their demand for a certain amount of respect. I am a visitor, not a local boy.


Call Me Fishmael The first sperm whale I ever saw was also my first white whale spotting. It was one of those “unforgettable” moments. Somehow or somewhere I had placed the existence of a white whale in the “mythical” category. Not true or impossible, just unlikely. It was in the late 1970s, when my boat was still fairly new. I had been venturing farther and farther out looking for new spots to fish. . . . It was one of those clear calm days that do not happen many times during a year of fishing. We had traveled far from shore, and we kept on going further out because the fish would not bite our hooks in all the usual spots. By early afternoon, we were so far out that the curve of the Earth masked the land thirty miles away. We had finally reached a place we call the Buffalo Grounds. It was one of my secret spots located twelve miles west of the Farallon Islands and twenty miles short of the Cordell Bank, along the edge of the continental shelf, due west from San Francisco. We were fishing for a fish commonly called “red snapper,” but most of the kinds we catch are not red. Real red snapper lives in more tropical locations. The fish we seek is a fish that likes rocks and

deep water. The Buffalo Grounds area is loaded with underwater mountains and rocky terrain. It is not surprising that this whale chose this spot to hunt. I don’t know who named this remote spot, but I do know why it got its name. It is the Buffalo Grounds because it is way out west. There are thousands of good fishing spots in this area along the continental shelf of California. This particular spot was once a well-kept secret and an oasis of life on most days. This was not one of those oasis days. The fish were not in the mood to bite our hooks, no matter where we went. There are very few places left in any of the great oceans that man has not plundered. The Buffalo Grounds are not “virgin” by any stretch of the imagination, but by virtue of its remote location and unique topography it remains one of the “secret spots” to this day. It does not appear on any chart. If you are going to bump into something unusual in the ocean, it will probably be at a spot like the Buffalo Grounds. It may be a

secret spot to mankind, but the creatures who live in the area know all about it. On this day, and on most of the days I spend at sea, I was with my friend Kenny. We have fished together for many years, and we have seen a wide variety of marine life in our travels together. Whales and dolphins had always been a highlight for us on any trip offshore. The whale first surfaced a mile or so to the west of us, took a few breaths of air or “blows,” then disappeared. It was a white whale, and I remember feeling excited that there actually were white whales after all. We had no idea what kind of whale it was, but we agree it had been large and it was white. This was a lonely day for our little boat. We had not seen another vessel all day long. No other boats, no dolphins, not many fish, and no other whales; we were thirty miles from the nearest land in a homemade boat. Naturally we were elated to see the first whale, and it was a white one. Things were looking up. The most famous whale of all

time was a white sperm whale like this one. The whale haunted the very soul of another fisherman named Captain Ahab. In the story of Moby Dick, Herman Melville had the whale eventually sinking Ahab’s ship, killing all but one, Ishmael, who lived to tell the tale. But that was just a story, and this was real. . . . We were drifting with the motors off, quiet and peaceful. The view from the deck of a boat that is out past the sight of land is a bit unnerving. All directions are as one, the rolling swells being the only constant reference. The swells passing under the boat are like waves of thought drifting through your mind. At first you see a pattern to both the thoughts and the swell, but patterns shift and uncertainty replaces certainty. Without a compass to guide us home, we would surely circle back upon ourselves, hopelessly lost. Watching for whales is a game of patience. Looking out, you see nothing but sky and water when the whale is down. When they do come up for a breath, it is not for long. They blow out, then take air in, and they are gone again. You can usually tell which direction they are traveling, but that is about all you get. A few minutes later, it resurfaced a half mile away. It was actually more tan than pure white upon closer inspection. When we first saw it, the whale was heading westsouth-west on its way to sunny Hawaii. Now it had changed course. Apparently, this whale had echolocated our little boat. We were the only boat in this vast expanse of the sea and somehow this whale figured out we were there. Instead of heading in the direction of Hawaii, it was now heading right for us. We were going to be checked out. . . . At a quarter mile, Kenny and I could both agree that this was our first sperm whale. The narrow head, the wrinkled skin, the forward slant to its blow, it had all the defining characteristics that distinguish this whale from the rest. It was quite a sight to see it glowing, tannishwhite under the surface of the clear blue green of the Pacific. Kenny is a very patient man. He is tall, has dark hair and eyes, and he can fix anything anywhere at any time. We have fished together for over twenty years and in all that time I have only seen him truly alarmed once. This was not that one »10 time, but it was close.

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It would be ridiculous to try to pretend that these feelings do not exist. It is as though the spot is sacred and protected by the guardians of the deep. I have seen white sharks here that rival, in size, the model they used in the movie Jaws. I have seen several blue whales that might have set world records for size. Eighty or one hundred feet long and weighing two hundred tons each. I saw a white sperm whale at the bank that could have been related to Moby Dick. It is the creatures I haven’t seen that scare me the most. Part of me knows that there are not “mysterious creatures” that lurk in the deep waters, eluding human contact. Part of me hopes there are unseen and intelligent creatures that have avoided human contact. This is another example of a dialectic born at sea: It is a big ocean, and we haven’t seen all there is to see. One thing is for sure, there are creatures out there that can and will eat you. There are whales so big that a flick of their tail would sink my little boat. . . .


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At three hundred yards, it was clear that we were in this whale’s way. It became vividly clear that the size of the whale had increased as the distance between us decreased. We saw that our boat was less than half the size of the whale. Interest had turned to amazement, amazement had turned to alarm. Obviously one of us had to move out of the other’s way. Banging on the side of the boat with our wooden gaffs and yelling at the whale seem like dumb things in retrospect, but so many things we do in life seem dumb when we have had time to think them over. All of this is happening faster than I can tell the story, so there was little time for reflective thinking. Both of us stood there banging on the boat and yelling at that big old white sperm whale as he advanced upon us. The whale was not impressed. At fifty yards, I had a wave of inspiration. Start my motors and prepare for evasive action. My homemade boat is equipped with two powerful outboard motors, and it can literally jump to twenty miles an hour when we are not loaded down with fish. The problem was the fact that our fishing lines were still down and they both had fish on them, and the water was six hundred feet deep. There was no time to reel in the lines. The thought of cutting off my rigs never even entered my mind. I don’t think either of us was concerned for our safety; we were just stunned and amazed. Of all the whales over all the years, not one had ever tried to ram the boat. At twenty yards, the size and majesty of our white whale was very impressive, and the memory has remained clear over the years. The glow of its huge near-white body a few feet under the surface of the sea, no more than twenty yards away, was beauty with a twist. This was a real sea monster. Everything about this whale exuded power. Fearless is an understatement. This whale had no rivals, and it knew it. One slap from this whale’s tail would crush my boat and kill us both. I put the boat in gear and moved out of its way. The whale never turned. It passed the spot where we had been just moments before and began a slow descent into the depths. The glow of its powerful body gradually

diminished, and finally faded away. We never saw it again.

Squid Pro Quo I think I do need sea monsters to believe in. Somewhere in our psyche, there may be the hope, and the fear, that there is life on this planet that is smart and dangerous and elusive, and we haven’t seen it yet. The giant squid is the ultimate lurker. It will see you long before you will see it. I am so glad there is a creature like this, and at the same time, I hope I never see one from the deck of my little boat. It is a sign of intelligence for the squid to have avoided contact with humans? Or is it simply the fact that the squid live in an area that is difficult for humans to visit? Is it a conscious choice or pure luck that they have eluded mankind for hundreds of years? Does the whale eat the giant squid, or does the squid eat the whale? Most squid swim in packs. Do giant squid swim in packs, too? Could a whale defend itself against a group of thirty giant squid? One solitary giant squid is one thing; a school of them is an entirely different scenario. Would the mighty sperm whale stand a chance against [a] pack of two hundred hungry squid? The whale is on a time schedule, and the squid is not. At the end of a dive, the whale needs air, and this is when I would attack a whale if I were a squid. If we can just keep him from reaching the surface, he will weaken quickly. If squid only live four or five years, how do they get enough food to grow to be fifty feet long? Eating a whale would help. Squid have a system that literally grinds up the food they eat before it reaches their stomach. This makes it very hard to analyze the stomach contents. Nobody really knows what the squid are eating. No scientists have ever seen a squid capture a whale, and they probably never will. Does this mean it never happens? ‘The Whale That Lit the World’ is available online at lulu.com. You can also find it at Pt. Reyes Books, the Bolinas Market and elsewhere around the North Bay. Contact the author at josh.churchman@gmail.com.


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THE WEEK’S EVENTS: A SELECTIVE GUIDE

MILL VALLEY

Say Aloha Acclaimed guitarist and longtime Bay Area star Jimmy Dillon is leaving the region to start a new tropical life in Maui. Before he departs, the six-string star is holding one last blowout party in Marin at the Jimmy Dillon Farewell Party, featuring Dillon, his wife, a dancer and artist, and an all-star assortment of the couple’s musical friends. Narada Michael Walden, Jon Korty, Austin de Lone, Dallis Craft, Tracy Blackman, Lorin Rowan and others will send the Dillons off in style on Friday, Jan. 11, at Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 8pm. $24–$27. 415.388.3850.

PETALUMA

Fast Moves Longtime home for local punks and metalheads, the Phoenix Theater hosts a new heavy metal tradition and classic North Bay punk royalty over two nights of rock this week. First, on Jan. 11, the second annual Death Metal Dodgeball blisters with several metal bands onstage and teams dodging balls on the floor for one of the weirdest concert experiences of the year. Then, on Jan. 12, punk originals Victims Family return to the venue to play their innovative music that’s made them a legend of the scene since 1984. 201 Washington St., Petaluma. Friday, 7:30pm ($10–$13), and Saturday, 8pm ($12). 707.762. 2019.

SAUSALITO

Night Sights Families and kids of all ages are invited to partake in a stargazing spectacular this weekend when NatureBridge at Golden Gate hosts the year’s first Moon & Stars Astronomy Night Hike and Campfire at Fort Cronkhite. Using the binoculars provided, as well as a spotting scope and telescopes, you can study the face of the moon and learn more about constellations and the night sky. Even if the weather blocks the view, docents will entertain with stories and discussions of all things astronomy. Saturday, Jan. 12, at 1033 Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito. 5:30pm. $15. Preregistration required. 415.332.5771.

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Recovery Efforts

Beowulf Sheehan

As DNA testing continues to exonerate many men and women wrongly convicted of crimes they never committed, restorative justice is a term that’s becoming commonplace. It’s a concept that former Innocence Project director and journalist Lara Bazelon puts a face to in her new book, Rectify, which concerns the importance of not only exonerating innocent inmates but also reforming the system that wrongly convicted them and healing all those affected. This week, Bazelon holds a reading and conversation with rights advocate James Bell on Sunday, Jan. 13, at Mesa Refuge, 11 Los Reyes Drive, Pt. Reyes Station. 2pm. $20 donation. 415.246.4389. —Charlie Swanson

Veteran folk songwriter Lucy Kaplansky plays off her new album, ‘Everyday Street,’ when she performs solo at HopMonk Tavern in Novato on Jan. 12. See Concerts, p19.


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An origami class brings inmates together as part of the Arts in Corrections program at San Quentin State Prison.

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Expressions of Hope Arts in Corrections program offers refuge for San Quentin inmates By Charlie Swanson

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ife inside San Quentin State Prison can be tedious, monotonous and dangerous. Most of all for long-term or lifetime inmates, it can be hopeless. Yet for incarcerated individuals who participate in the Arts in Corrections program, their outlook on the world is significantly affected. “It was a little piece of heaven at the time,” says Henry Frank, a returned citizen who was incarcerated at San Quentin between 2003 and 2009.

Discovering the program through an open studio event shortly after arriving at San Quentin, Frank took classes in everything from painting to book binding to his personal favorite, block printing, alongside fellow inmates of every race, creed, religion and background. “It was a place where it just didn’t feel like prison in that room,” he says. “The people that were in there, we set our race to the side, or our religious beliefs, political beliefs, any animosity to the side—we were

just artists in there. You weren’t a number. They called you by your name, which is rare inside.” Founded in 1977 as the Prison Arts Project, Arts in Corrections was a statewide program under the Department of Corrections until 2010, when state funding ended. At that time, the program’s dedicated teachers, along with facilitators at the William James Association, revived the current Arts in Corrections program, now administered through the California Arts Council.

“Access to the arts can help a person find a talent and connection to others that they never knew existed,” writes Carol Newborg, program manager for San Quentin Arts in Corrections, in an email. “It helps people change and grow, and often can open the door to education and other programs which help people to work very seriously on themselves, take accountability for their actions, and ultimately be able to return to society and give back,” she adds. This month, the public is invited to see the art coming from the program in the exhibit, “Inside Insights: San Quentin Arts in Corrections,” on view at Marin Center’s Bartolini Gallery. Featuring a wine and cheese reception on Jan. 16, the exhibit showcases some hundred works, including original paintings, prints and sculptures by San Quentin inmates, as well as work from Arts in Corrections instructors, photographs by Peter Merts of inmates participating in classes, works by former San Quentin inmates like Frank, and more. For Frank, the classes were a therapeutic experience that taught him skills like patience and being comfortable asking for help. “That was a huge thing for me,” he says. Frank still makes art today, adding photography and collage to his repertoire. He’s also started his own business, Red Tail Art, that features Native American–inspired works that incorporate Yurok and Pomo designs. For the show, Frank will be showing two pieces, one a fully functioning rattle sculpture in the shape and design of a yellowjacket; the other, an intricately detailed collage of several birds of prey. “Arts in Corrections is not about just giving a person something to do; it’s about giving a person a chance at becoming a better person,” says Frank. “Speaking for myself, and people I’ve spoken to, we had a chance to have our mind quieted, to enjoy the moment and visualize the peace that we want, which let me visualize what I want out of life and start moving towards that.” ‘Inside Insights: San Quentin Arts in Corrections,’ opens with a reception on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Marin Center’s Bartolini Gallery, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 6pm. Free. marincounty.org.


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Elliott Peck moves further from the storm (though not the one apparently brewing in this picture) on her debut solo album.

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Home Again Singer Elliott Peck feels the love of Marin’s music community By Charlie Swanson

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familiar sight and soughtafter voice in the Bay Area music scene, Elliott Peck has already made her mark singing in rock and roll band Midnight North and regularly joining Phil Lesh & the Terrapin Family Band onstage at Terrapin Crossroads. Now the Marin-based Peck strikes gold on her debut as a solo performer, offering a tender and captivating record, Further from the Storm, released last October. This week, Peck throws an album-release party with a show on Jan. 11 at Terrapin Crossroads alongside a cavalcade of local stars. Peck was looking for a change of pace when she relocated to the Bay Area from Chicago in 2005. “I fell in love with the area, the music scene and the weather,” she says. “It now feels like home.” Quickly embraced in the Bay Area for her ability with harmonies, Peck

says she stumbled upon Midnight North bandmate Grahame Lesh in 2012. “Grahame and I have a history of similar influences; we’re both fans of the Band, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and obviously the Grateful Dead,” she says. “We also really enjoy that sound of male-female harmonies.” In late 2017, fellow Marin musician Jason Crosby introduced Peck to Joe Poletto, founder of North Bay label and artist collective Blue Rose Music, and Poletto offered Peck a deal to release her album. She worked alongside Oakland producer Karl Derfler (Tom Waits, Dave Matthews) and recruited a lineup of luminaries like Crosby, Dan Lebowitz, bassist David Hayes (Van Morrison) and others. The result is a tightly constructed and effortlessly melodic collection of tunes. Taking inspirations from the likes of Emmylou Harris, as well as the

blues influence of her upbringing near Chicago, Peck’s sonorous vocals and slight Midwestern drawl shine on songs about traveling, making relationships work and other heartfelt topics. Now that vinyl and CD copies of Further from the Storm are available, Peck is excited to share the record at the upcoming release show, which will encompass two sets of music and feature guests like Phil and Grahame Lesh, Lebowitz, Crosby, Mother Hips members Tim Bluhm and Greg Loiacono and others. “The beauty of the whole message and mantra of Terrapin Crossroads is that it is a community,” says Peck. “To have a place like Terrapin is an incredible source of inspiration and camaraderie.” Elliott Peck performs on Friday, Jan. 11, at Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Drive, San Rafael. 8pm. $22–$25. 415.524.2773.

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Movies

• New Movies This Week Aquaman (PG-13)

By Matthew Stafford

Friday, January 11–Thursday, January 17 Ben Is Back (1:42) A recovering drug addict comes home on Christmas Eve for 24 turbulent hours of family dynamics; Julia Roberts stars. Capernaum (2:00) Cannes-winning Lebanese drama about a streetwise, povertyhardened 12-year-old who sues his parents for giving him life. Communion (1:12) Acclaimed documentary immerses itself in the life of a Polish family, particularly that of the 14-year-old daughter, the clan’s premature matriarch. A Dog’s Way Home (1:36) A wayward pooch sets off on a 400-mile journey in search of hearth and home, and hooks up with Ashley Judd, Edward James Olmos and other bipeds along the way. Dragon Ball Super: Broly (1:40) The anime TV hit comes to the big screen as Goku and Vegeta take on the baddest dudes in the universe. Dreaming of a Vetter World (1:17) Documentary focuses on pioneering organic farmer David Vetter and his mission to regenerate our soil and rid our food of pesticides. Escape Room (1:40) Horror-thriller about six schmendricks trapped in a room with the Grim Reaper peeking in the window. Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (2:40) Direct from London’s Apollo Theatre, it’s Tom MacRae’s rambunctious hit musical about a Sheffield misfit who makes it big. The Favourite (1:59) Snarky 18th-century period piece examines the balance-of-power relationship between frail Queen Anne, aidede-camp Lady Sarah Churchill and wannabe royal Abigail Masham; Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone star. Glass (2:09) M. Night Shyamalan’s sequel to Unbreakable and Split stars Bruce Willis as a security guard who uses supernatural powers to track down a criminal with multiple personalities. Green Book (2:10) An African-American classical pianist embarks on a dangerous concert tour through the Kennedy-era South with a bouncer from the Bronx as his chauffeur; Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen star. If Beale Street Could Talk (1:57) James Baldwin’s edgy romance of 1970s Harlem comes to the big screen with KiKi Layne as Tish; Barry Jenkins directs. Liyana (1:17) Eye-filling animation brings to life the vivid, sometimes harrowing, always hopeful stories conjured up by a group of young Swazi orphans. Mary Poppins Returns (2:10) The numinous nanny is back just in time to help the aging Banks family rediscover the joy and wonder of 1930s London; Emily Blunt and Dick Van Dyke star. Mary Queen of Scots (1:52) Saoirse Ronan stars as the willful young regent who took on Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie) in her fight for independence. The Metropolitan Opera: Adriana Lecouvreur (4:00) Diva extraordinaire Anna Netrebko stars as the lovelorn 18thcentury actress in Cilea’s timeless tragedy. Minding the Gap (1:33) Documentary

fashions 12 years of footage into an incisive look at three Illinois buddies as they navigate the shoals from boyhood to adulthood. More than Funny (1:30) Rising comic Michael Jr. stars in a movie that’s part autobiography and part stand-up routine. On the Basis of Sex (2:00) Inspirational biopic stars Felicity Jones as the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg, trying a landmark gender discrimination case before the U.S. Court of Appeals; Mimi Leder directs. Perfectos Desconcidos (1:41) Edgy 21stcentury Mexican dramedy about a spiraling party game in which the players have to read every text they receive—aloud. Petta (2:51) Indian actioner stars Rajinikanth as a deceptively affable hostel warden who gets mixed up with a gang of desperate characters; Karthik Subbaraj writes and directs. Red (1:30) Live filmization of John Logan’s London stage hit stars Alfred Molina as beleaguered abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko. Replicas (1:47) Synthetic biologist Keanu Reeves takes on cops, feds and science herself in his Frankensteinish quest to bring his family back from the dead. Salvador Dali: In Search of Immortality (1:50) Documentary explores the legacy of the surrealist painter and the influential works that have endured beyond his flamboyant persona. Shirkers (1:36) Documentary-cumdetective-story-cum-indie-mash- note about an L.A. novelist who returns to Singapore to rediscover the cult movie she never made. Shoplifters (2:01) Delicate Japanese drama about a family of petty thieves transformed by a homeless urchin. The Silence of Others (1:35) Documentary examines the 40-year reign of fascist dictator Francisco Franco and its survivors’ ongoing struggle against Spain’s state-sponsored collective amnesia. Sundance Short Film Tour (1:33) Seven short subjects from last year’s fest make up a cinematic smorgasbord of comedies, musicals, documentaries and dramas from around the globe. The Tragedy of King Richard the Second (2:30) Direct from London’s Almeida Theatre, it’s Simon Russell Beale as Shakespeare’s vain, foolish, irresponsible regent. The Upside (2:00) Bromantic comedy finds ex-con Kevin Hart striking sparks with paralyzed billionaire Bryan Cranston. Vice (2:12) Edgy political satire examines the Mephistophelean rise to the vice presidency of Dick Cheney; Christian Bale stars with Amy Adams as Lynne, Sam Rockwell as W and Tyler Perry as Colin Powell. Wonders of the Sea 3D (1:40) Join the Cousteau family on a dazzling threedimensional deep dive among the colorful sea creatures of Fiji and the Bahamas; Arnold Schwarzenegger narrates. The World Before Your Feet (1:35) Documentary follows inveterate stroller Matt Green on a walking tour of New York City, whose 8,000 miles of paths, boulevards, beaches and bridges he’s been trodding over the past six years.

At Eternity’s Gate (PG-13) Ben Is Back (R) Bohemian Rhapsody (PG-13) Can You Ever Forgive Me? (R) • Capernaum (NR) • Communion (NR) • A Dog’s Way Home (PG)

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Dragon Ball Super: Broly (PG) Dreaming of a Vetter World (NR)

Escape Room (PG-13)

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (NR) The Favourite (R)

Glass (PG-13)

Green Book (PG-13)

If Beale Street Could Talk (R) Liyana (NR) Mary Poppins Returns (PG)

Mary Queen of Scots (R)

The Metropolitan Opera: Adriana Lecouvreur (NR)

Minding the Gap (NR) The Mule (R)

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On Her Shoulders (NR) On the Basis of Sex (PG-13)

Perfectos Desconocidos (NR)

Petta (NR) Ralph Breaks the Internet (PG) • Red (NR) • Replicas (PG-13) • Salvador Dali: In Search of Immortality (NR) Second Act (PG-13) • Shirkers (NR) Shoplifters (R) • The Silence of Others (NR) Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour (NR) Superman Double Feature (NR) • The Tragedy of King Richard the Second (NR) • The Upside (PG-13) Vice (R)

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Wonders of the Sea 3D (PG) The World Before Your Feet

Northgate: Fri-Wed 10:30, 12:20, 3:40, 5:30, 7:15, 10:30; 3D showtimes at 2, 9 Rowland: Fri-Mon 10:30, 2, 6:30, 9:50 Rafael: 8:30 daily Northgate: Fri-Wed 10:35, 1:10, 3:45, 6:25 Fairfax: Fri-Sat 11:50, 2:50, 6:20, 9:30; Sun-Wed 11:50, 2:50, 6:20; Thu 11:50, 2:50 Rafael: Fri 3:30, 5:45; Sat-Mon 5:45; Wed-Thu 4:30 Rafael: Fri-Mon 8; Wed-Thu 8:30 Rafael: Sat noon Fairfax: Fri-Sat 12:50, 3:45, 6:30, 9:15; Sun-Thu 12:50, 3:45, 6:30 Northgate: Fri-Wed 11:30, 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:05 Rowland: Fri-Mon 10, 12:50, 3:40, 6:40, 9:30 Regency: Wed-Thu 7:30 Rafael: Wed 7 (David Vetter and filmmaker Bonnie Hawthorne in person) Northgate: Fri-Wed 12:05, 2:45, 5:20, 8, 10:35 Rowland: FriMon 10:20, 1:20, 3:50, 6:50, 9:40 Lark: Sat 7:30 Regency: Fri 10:30, 1:25, 4:20, 7:30, 10:15; Sat 4:50, 7:30, 10:15; Sun 4:20, 7:30; Mon-Tue 10:30, 1:25, 4:20, 7:30; Wed 1:25, 4:20; Thu 10:30, 1:25, 4:15 Cinema: Thu 7, 10:10 Fairfax: Thu 7 Northgate: Thu 7:15, 8:50, 10:25, 11:25 Rowland: Thu 7, 10:10 Fairfax: Fri-Sat 12:30, 3:50, 7, 9:45; Sun-Wed 12:30, 3:50, 7; Thu 12:30, 3:50 Larkspur Landing: Fri, Mon-Wed 6:45, 10; SatSun 12:30, 3:45, 6:45, 10 Regency: Fri-Sat 12:50, 3:50, 6:50, 9:45; Sun-Thu 12:50, 3:50, 6:50 Regency: 11:10, 210, 5, 7:50 daily Rafael: Mon noon (free admission; RSVP at eventbrite.com) Fairfax: Fri-Sat 12:40, 3:40, 6:40, 9:40; Sun-Wed 12:40, 3:40, 6:40; Thu 12:40, 3:40 Larkspur Landing: Fri, Mon-Wed 6:30, 9:45; Sat-Sun 12, 3:15, 6:30, 9:45 Northgate: Fri-Wed 12:40, 3:50, 7, 10:10 Rowland: Fri-Mon 10, 1, 4, 7, 10 Regency: Fri-Sat 12:40, 3:45, 7:20, 10:10; Sun-Tue 12:40, 3:45, 7:20; Thu 12:40, 3:40 Lark: Sat 9:55am; Wed 6:30 Regency: Sat 9:55am; Wed 1, 6:30 Sequoia: Sat 9:55am; Wed 6:30 Rafael: Sun 2:15 Northgate: Fri-Wed 10:30, 1:20, 4:20, 7:10, 10 Rowland: FriMon 10:50, 1:40, 4:30, 7:20, 10:20 Rafael: Sat 2 Fairfax: Fri-Sat 12:30, 3:30, 6:45, 9:45; Sun-Thu 12:30, 3:30, 6:45 Larkspur Landing: Fri, Mon-Wed 7:20, 10:10; Sat-Sun 10:50, 1:40, 4:30, 7:20, 10:10 Regency: Fri-Sat 10:25, 1:10, 4, 7:10, 9:55; Sun-Thu 10:25, 1:10, 4, 7:10 Northgate: Fri-Wed 11:45, 2:25, 5, 7:40, 10:20 (in Spanish with English subtitles) Northgate: Fri-Wed 9 (in Tamil with English subtitles) Northgate: Fri-Wed 10:40, 1:40, 4:35, 7:25, 10:15 Rafael: Thu 7 Northgate: Fri-Wed 11:40, 2:20, 5:05, 7:50, 10:30 Lark: Sun 1 Northgate: Fri-Wed 11:55, 2:35, 5:15, 7:55, 10:35 Rafael: Tue 5:30 Rafael: Fri-Sat 3:30, 6; Sun 1, 8; Mon-Wed 6 Rafael: Sun noon Rafael: Fri, Mon-Tue 8:30; Sat 1:30, 8:30 Regency: Sun 12:55 Lark: Thu 6:30 Northgate: Fri-Wed 1, 4, 7:05, 10:10 Rowland: Fri-Mon 10:10,

1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10

Fairfax: Fri-Sat 12, 3:15, 6:40, 9:40; Sun-Wed 12, 3:15, 6:40; Thu 12, 3:15 Regency: 10:40, 1:40, 4:40, 7:40 daily Northgate: Thu 7 (NR) Rafael: Fri-Sun 4:15

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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Torn Tickets: Part One Reviewing 2018’s best plays in the North Bay by Harry Duke

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is the time for “Best of ” lists, so in the spirit of my illustrious predecessor and with a nod to the substantial differences in mounting a musical versus a play, here are my top torn tickets of 2018, Part One, the Plays (in alphabetical order): ‘Blackbird’ (Main Stage West) As dark subject matter goes, this look at a pedophile and his victim is as unsettling a piece of theater as I’ve seen. Under David Lear’s direction, Sharia Pierce and John Shillington acted the hell out of David Harrower’s script that raised a lot of really uncomfortable questions and provided no answers. ‘Buried Child’ (Main Stage West) Elizabeth Craven’s direction of Sam Shepard’s nightmarish look at the crumbling American dream found the right balance between the real and the surreal in this dark, funny, disturbing and heartbreaking show.

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‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ (Spreckels Theatre Company) Elijah Pinkham’s revelatory performance as a 15-yearold with an Asperger’s/autism-like condition on a journey of selfdiscovery was the centerpiece of this Elizabeth Craven-directed production. ‘Death of a Salesman’ (Novato Theatre Company; 6th Street Playhouse) It’s a critic’s burden to have to see multiple productions of the same piece within weeks or months of each other, and it’s rare when both productions are superb. Each production had its own strengths and weaknesses, but both had towering lead performances. Joe Winkler (NTC) and Charles Siebert’s takes on Willy Loman were utterly different and totally devastating. ‘Equus’ (6th Street Playhouse) Peter Shaffer’s 1973 play about a boy

and his horse was such a left-field choice for 6th Street to produce that I really didn’t know what to expect. That this very difficult play turned out to be one of the North Bay’s best 2018 productions is a credit to director Lennie Dean and an outstanding ensemble. ‘The Great God Pan’ (Cinnabar Theater) A terrific combination of script, performance and technical and design craft under the direction of Taylor Korobow made this rumination on recovered memory unforgettable. ‘Oslo’ (Marin Theatre Company) While the Oslo Accords have been deemed a failure, MTC’s excellent production of the J. T. Rogers drama about the negotiations that led to them reminded us that humanity is too often the missing element in politics today. Next week: Top Torn Tickets, the Musicals! Y

Tom Rigney & Flambeau Dance Jan 12 Cajun Orkestra 8:00 Party! Sat

GV and the Ramble Band Jan 18 Favorite Songs, Fine Musicians Fri

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Wilde? Child! A flexitarian diet for the new year By Charlene Peters

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y favorite adage is one Julia Child borrowed from 19th-century poet and playwright Oscar Wilde: “Everything in moderation . . . including moderation.” Perhaps good intentions of New Year’s resolutions might endure if we were to abide by Wilde’s

quote. In the spirit of resolving to relinquish a lifestyle of excess, I channeled my inner Julia Child to process her translation of Wilde’s quote into food terms. What I gained was insight into the impetus for the gastronomic term “flexitarian,” one of many labels meant to identify people who thrive to survive on controlled diets.

A rawist, for instance, eats only uncooked, unprocessed foods. I tried out this lifestyle years ago during a holistic detoxification on Vancouver Island in British Columbia at a place called Fresh Start Health Retreat. We ingested regular wheat grass shots and vegetable smoothies for a few days before eating solid, raw, uncooked food. I do admit I’d never felt healthier in my entire adult life. At least for a few months, I continued to incorporate raw foods in my diet, and I didn’t drink a cup of coffee for nearly half a year. The labels are ever-evolving to identify a particular order of eating. Ever hear of a fruitarian? Taking restriction to the extreme, a fruitarian eats only what has

naturally fallen from a plant or tree, or foods harvested from plants without having an impact on regeneration. Which brings us to the freegan—one who eats only what has been thrown away. Need I say more? The list continues: If you’re a true vegan, your diet consists only of plant-based foods, but if you’re an ovo-vegetarian, you can eat eggs. If you’re a lacto-vegetarian, you can eat dairy products ’til the cows come home, and if you’re a lactoovo vegetarian, you enjoy all things dairy and eggs. And then there’s the pescetarian, who may eat fish in addition to plant-based foods. Hail to sashimi bars! The gastronomic term employed


Charlene Peters is a former editor from the Boston area. Since 2015, she has lived in Napa Valley, where she loves to pen food stories. Charlene can be reached at siptripper@gmail.com.

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to accommodate someone who wants to eat healthy without giving up on, well, anything really, is “flexitarian.” Here, my friends, is where the world is your oyster. As a health-conscious individual, you’ll eat a mostly plant-based diet, but in following Child’s borrowed quote, you can eat meat, eggs, fish and dairy in moderation. The semivegetarian flexitarian status allows you to fit within the paradigm of a culture obsessed with labels. But you may, on occasion, eat meat, eggs and fish. Did I mention an occasional glass or two of wine? With the start of every new year, resolutions are made but hardly ever carried through to the end of the year. We seem to be missing a middle ground, without restriction, and this is exactly why living the life of a flexitarian works. The rules of flexitarianism, a close cousin to the Mediterranean diet, are simple: it’s OK to enjoy a good filet of beef now and again, as long as the cow was grass-fed in its lifetime. The middle ground is a good place to start in planning a healthy diet long-term. And with so many vegetarian options on menus, eating healthfully is easy and delicious. Restaurants like Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch in St. Helena serve grass-fed options and sell various cuts of beef and lamb at the ranch’s farmers market booth on weekends. How easy is that? If your goal is to stock your freezer, Tomales’ Stemple Creek sells pasture-to-plate meats online, and also makes them available at Oliver’s Markets in Sonoma and Marin counties, and at Good Earth Natural Foods. While everyone else is restricting their diets and behaviors in the name of New Year’s, my strategy is to embark on a dry January alcohol detox and incorporate the lifestyle of a flexitarian. One “dry” month won’t be difficult, and instead of a rigid diet plan that incorporates the all-or-nothing setup for failure, I choose to step up to the plate and listen to Julia Child. Here’s a sparkling water toast to 2019 and taking everything in moderation—including moderation as a flexitarian and keeper of a semi– New Year’s resolution.

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What three ski areas in the Lake Tahoe region rise to the highest skiable elevations?

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All a-Quiver We’re afraid the actual subhead is simply unprintable By Tom Gogola

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ook, it’s not like you have to use HerbaBuena’s Quiver Sensual Pleasure Cannabis Oil as suggested on the bottle. You don’t have to, as the label says, “massage daily in and around your most private parts to enhance arousal, intercourse and orgasm.” Frankly, I don’t know what would happen if you did that on a daily basis, but the company’s website swears by the product’s sex majick qualities, and who am I to judge? All I can say is that this Ovidian oil is loaded down with pot juice—120mg of THC in a 30ml bottle? That’s the exact opposite of . . . impotent. And, hey, it’s not like I went out and bought this stuff—so don’t get any funny ideas. The affable and engaging Michael Straus—of the Straus family of fine dairy products (and self-described black sheep of the family, he says with a laugh)—came by the office with some sample bottles not long ago, and also gifted the Nugget with a couple of Herba Buena joints: the CBD-rich Harmonize and the whole-flower sativa Rock On. Those cost $$65–$80 for a pack of five. A full bottle of the Quiver will set you back $50. And it’s totes worth it if the critics are right. The oil’s been highlighted as the “Best Intimacy Product” by the San Francisco Chronicle, while The

Cannafornian gives Quiver high marks for sustainability—though they’re not referring to sustaining your slim jim, but rather the eco-friendly manner in which Quiver is conjured. The company’s based in Napa and specializes in biodynamic, sundrenched cannabis that’s as close to an orgasmic certification as you get in the cannabis business. Dangit, organic certification. Where is my mind today? The smokeables were sublime, but the oil was on a different order of special and featured ingredients that were nothing if not Christmasevoking. Strong hints of clove, cinnamon and vanilla lent a sense that you could get a similarly erotic effect by taking a bath in a vat of eggnog, as from this product. Perhaps I am exaggerating. And what “effect” would that be? As noted, there’s no law that says you have to nurture the nether regions with Quiver. I got some great effects by rubbing some of the oil behind my ears and into my scalp. Let’s just say that I rubbed it in, and that I rubbed it in really, really hard. I waited the requisite 20 minutes for the THC to kick in. When it did, I found myself [CENSORING] a [CENSORED] in the [CENSORED] as she [CENSORED] my [CENSORED]—all under the mistletoe, of course. Y

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What 1990s rock band named themselves after the Buddhist concept of enlightenment?

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Whales, dolphins and porpoises all have flukes—which is another name for to what part of their body?

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I’ll name a college or university, you name the state (and name which is shown in the photo):

a. Princeton b. Gonzaga University c. U.S. Air Force Academy d. Vanderbilt University 5 In 2018, two biographical movies were released about this living female

American justice, to great public approval (and possible awards). What are the film titles?

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What’s the most populous city in the Mojave Desert, which stretches over parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona?

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What was the most common first name for U.S. Presidents? You can pause here, reader, I’ll tell you; it was James, shared by which six presidents?

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What new style of music was popularized about 110 years ago by pianist Scott Joplin?

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Some supporters wanted to nominate Donald Trump for next year’s Nobel Peace Prize after his June 12, 2018, summit in Singapore with what world leader?

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From 1862 to 1964, this country of Central America was known as British Honduras, then gained its current name in 1973. What is it? BONUS QUESTION: What country has hosted the Olympic Games, summer or winter, the most? Howard invites you to two great team events this month: Trivia Café at the Terrapin Crossroads on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 6:30pm, and Trivia Night on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 7pm at Congregation Rodef Sholom on North San Pedro Road. (Google “Women of Rodef Sholom Trivia Night 2019” for details.) Contact howard1@triviacafe.com.

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Concerts MARIN

Film George’s Nightclub Jan 11, 89 Tour with San Quinten. Jan 12, DJ Jorge. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262. HopMonk Novato Jan 10, Country Line Dancing. Jan 11, Pop Fiction. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200.

Ramblin’ Jack Elliott American folk legend plays an intimate set of music with opener Victoria George. Jan 13, 7pm. $27-$32. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

Iron Springs Pub & Brewery Jan 16, Yerba Buena Orchestra. 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax. 415.485.1005.

Lucy Kaplansky KC Turner presents the veteran folk singersongwriter performing solo for an intimate seated show. Jan 12, 8pm. $25. HopMonk Novato, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200.

Marin Country Mart Jan 11, 5:30pm, Friday Night Jazz with the Lorca Hart Trio. Jan 13, 12:30pm, Folkish Festival with Blithedale Canyon. 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 415.461.5700.

Elliott Peck Singer-songwriter from Midnight North celebrates the release of her debut solo album, “Further from the Storm,” with several special guests. Jan 11, 8pm. $22-$25. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael. 415.524.2773.

Mt Tamalpais United Methodist Church Jan 13, 5pm, Mill Valley Chamber Music Society presents Nikolay Khozyainov. 410 Sycamore Ave, Mill Valley.

SONOMA Johnny Downer Celebration Tenth annual tribute to the late musician includes sets from Free Peoples, Marshall House Project and Bohemian Highway, Jan 13, 7:30pm. $15. HopMonk Sebastopol, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

Santa Rosa Symphony Francesco Lecce-Chong conducts soprano Marie Plette and the orchestra in a program, “Tiers of Heaven,” featuring Mozart, Mahler and more. Jan 12-14. $24 and up. Green Music Center Weill Hall, 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, 866.955.6040.

NAPA Eric Darius Saxophonist, vocalist and composer pushes the boundaries of contemporary jazz during four sets over two nights. Jan 11-12, 7 and 9pm. $29-$59. Blue Note Napa, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.880.2300. Who’s Bad Michael Jackson tribute group presents the king of pop’s biggest hits with his signature moves. Jan 11, 8pm. $20-$35. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Clubs & Venues MARIN Fenix Jan 10, Alpha Rhythm Kings. Jan 11, Clyde Street. 919 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.813.5600.

19 Broadway Nightclub Jan 9, Hollow Down. Jan 10, Night Animals. Jan 11, Westerly. Jan 12, Burning Down the House and DJ Dragonfly. Jan 13, Cascade Canyon Orchestra. Jan 15, the Studpuppies. Jan 16, songwriters night with One Non Blonde. 17 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 415.459.1091. No Name Bar Jan 9, Road Scholars. Jan 10, Jai Josefs Trio. Jan 11, Michael Aragon Quartet. Jan 12, Darryl Rowe. Jan 13, Doug Nichols and friends. Jan 14, Kimrea & the Dreamdogs. Jan 16, Slim Jim. 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.1392. Panama Hotel Restaurant Jan 9, Bryan Gould Trio. Jan 10, Todos Santos. Jan 15, Wanda Stafford. Jan 16, Ricky Ray. 4 Bayview St, San Rafael. 415.457.3993. Papermill Creek Saloon Jan 9, Judy Radiloff. Jan 10, Omen. Jan 11, PSDSP. Jan 13, 6pm, Highway One with Kevin Meade. 1 Castro, Forest Knolls. 415.488.9235. Peri’s Silver Dollar Jan 9, Liquid Green. Jan 10, Mark’s Jam Sammich. Jan 11, Barrio Manouche. Jan 12, El Cajon. Jan 13, Slim Jim’s. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910. Rancho Nicasio Jan 11, Rivertown Trio. Jan 12, Tom Rigney & Flambeau. Jan 13, 4pm, Ray Bonneville and Ritchie Lawrence. 1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio. 415.662.2219. Sausalito Cruising Club Mon, Joe Tate & Blue Monday Band jam session. 300 Napa St, Sausalito. 415.332.9922. Sausalito Seahorse Jan 11, Jamie Clark Band. Jan 12, Reed Fromer Band. Jan 13, 4pm, Julio Bravo & Orquestra Salsabor. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito. 415.331.2899.

Blue Note founders Alfred Lion, left, and Francis Wolff (shown with Dexter Gordon!) get the doc treatment in ‘Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes,’ screening at the Osher Marin JCC’s Best of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.

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Sweetwater Music Hall Jan 10, Moonalice. Jan 11, Jimmy Dillon farewell party. Jan 12, Stealin’ Dan. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

Aqus Cafe Jan 9, Cory Norris. Jan 10, Late for the Train. Jan 11, Dictator Tots. Jan 12, Willow & Hound. Jan 13, 2pm, Alan Early. 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060.

The Tavern on Fourth Jan 11, Roots Man Project. Jan 12, Steady Eddy & the Shakers. 711 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.4044.

Barley & Hops Tavern Jan 11, Awesome Hotcakes. Jan 13, 5pm, Tyler Allen and Steve Sutherby. 3688 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental. 707.874.9037.

Terrapin Crossroads Jan 10, Ross James’ Cosmic Thursday. Jan 12-13, Yonder Mountain String Band. Jan 15, Stu Allen and friends. Jan 16, Colonel & the Mermaids. 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael. 415.524.2773.

Green Music Center Schroeder Hall Jan 11, Sonoma Bach Organ Recital with Anne Lavar. 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, 866.955.6040.

Travis Marina Bar & Grill Jan 13, 3pm, Lonestar Retrobates. 1679 Sommerville Rd, Sausalito. 415.332.2319. Whistlestop Jan 10, 11:30am, Rockin in the New Year featuring Jonny Darlin. 930 Tamalpais Ave, San Rafael. 415.456.9062.

Smiley’s Schooner Saloon Jan 10, Adam Block. Jan 11, Hollow Down. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311.

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Station House Cafe Jan 13, 5pm, Foxes in the Henhouse.

2 Tread Brewing Company Jan 11, Fabulous BioTones.

HopMonk Sebastopol Jan 10, Nappy Roots. Jan 11, ill.Gates. Jan 12, SambaDa. Jan 14, Green Shade Sound and DJ Jacques. Jan 16, Cham & Mad People Gang. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300. HopMonk Sonoma Jan 11, Solid Air. Jan 12, Nate Lopez. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100. Lagunitas Tap Room Jan 9, Dustin Saylor. Jan 10, Rockin’ Round Robin Winner Show. Jan 11, Michael Brown Band. Jan 12, Jinx Jones. Jan 13, Heather Normandale. Jan 16, Mangobus.

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Los Lobos Grammy Award-winning rock band makes its way back to the North Bay. Jan 11-12, 7pm. $55-$99. Raven Theater, 115 North St, Healdsburg. 707.433.3145.

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Main Street Bistro Jan 10, Gilda Solve and Dean Grech. Jan 11, Haute Flash Quartet. Jan 12, Bad Ass Boots. Jan 13, Mac & Potter. 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501. Mystic Theatre & Music Hall Jan 10, Man Man with Locus Pocus. Jan 11, Shwayze. Jan 12, Foreverland. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.775.6048. The Phoenix Theater Jan 12, Victims Family with Nasalrod and Hellbender. 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565. The Star Jan 12, Thought Vomit with the Business End and Bucc Nyfe. 6957 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.634.6390. Twin Oaks Roadhouse Jan 10, Levi’s Workshop. Jan 11, Tsonoma. Jan 12, Silas Fermoy. 5745 Old Redwood Hwy, Penngrove. 707.795.5118.

NAPA Blue Note Napa Jan 10, the Black Market Trust. Jan 13, 11:30am, Sunday brunch with Janice Maxie Reid. Jan 15, Nedy with Miracle Mule. 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.880.2300.

Art Openings Art Works Downtown Jan 11-Feb 22, “Restless Garden,” vivid works from Stephanie Jucker are inspired by childhood memories and natural geometry. Reception, Jan 11 at 5pm. 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. Tues-Sat, 10 to 5. 415.451.8119. Marin Center Bartolini Gallery Jan 10-Mar 28, “Inside Insights,” exhibit showcases some 100 original paintings, prints and sculptures by San Quentin inmates as part of the Arts in Corrections program. Reception, Jan 16 at 6pm. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. marincounty.org. Osher Marin JCC Jan 10-27, “Local Perspectives,” discover the abundance of local talent at Cedars community. Reception, Jan 10 at 7pm. 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.

Comedy 3 For All Three hilarious improvisers hit the stage with no script. Jan 11-12. $28-$43. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Dance Alma del Tango Studio Mondays, 7pm, Learn to Dance Argentine Tango Levels 3 & 4. Wednesdays, 7pm, Learn to Dance Argentine Tango Levels 1 & 2. 167 Tunstead Ave, San Anselmo 415.459.8966. Marin Center Veterans Memorial Auditorium Jan 12, 4pm, Love2Dance Winter

Performance, students perform a variety of dance styles featuring songs from popular artists. $20-$25. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael 415.473.6800. Whistlestop Mon, Jan 14, 2pm, Line Dancing with Dixie James, registration required. $5-$7. 930 Tamalpais Ave, San Rafael 415.456.9062.

Events Second Fridays Art Walk Anchored by Art Works Downtown galleries and artist studios, the art walk links venues throughout downtown San Rafael with receptions and entertainment. Second Fri of every month, 5pm. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.451.8119. The Works Monthly gathering for musicians of all styles and levels covers the compositions of Ali Akbar Khan. RSVP requested. Jan 11, 6:30pm. Free. Ali Akbar College of Music, 215 West End Ave, San Rafael. 415.454.6372.

Field Trips ‘Moon & Stars’ Astronomy Night Hike & Campfire study the face of the moon and learn more about constellations and the night sky in this family outing. Jan 12, 5:30pm. $15. NatureBridge at Golden Gate, 1033 Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito. naturebridge.org/ golden-gate. SPAWN Creek Walk Join Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN) for a guided tour through the Lagunitas Watershed to look for returning coho salmon. Pre-registration required. Sat, Jan 12, noon. $15. Samuel P Taylor State Park, Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Lagunitas. 415.488.9897. Sunrise Tour of Muir Woods See majestic trees and hear the story of the forest. Reservations required. Sun, Jan 13, 7am. Free. Muir Woods Visitor Center, 1 Muir Woods Rd, Mill Valley. 415.388.2596.

Film Best of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival Documentary “Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes” tells the story of label founders Arthur Lion and Frank Wolff, Jewish refugees who came to America in the 1930s and discovered jazz. Jan 16, 7pm. $12-$15. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000. CinemaBites Uplifting documentary “Soufra,” which demonstrates how food can be a conduit for community engagement, screens with Middle eastern cuisine and Napa Valley wines. Jan 14, 5pm. $45. Cameo Cinema, 1340 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.9779. Classic Film Series: Great Scores Series opens with 1952’s “The Bad & the Beautiful” starring Kirk Douglas and scored by David Raskin. Jan 13, 3:30pm. $8. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.924.5111.

Dreaming of a Vetter World Bonnie Hawthorne’s documentary about a visionary Nebraska farm family screens with filmmaker and film subject David Vetter in Q&A. Jan 16, 7pm. $15. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.1222. Liyana Animated debut feature from Swazilandborn director Aaron Kopp screens with filmmaker in Q&A. Jan 14, 12pm. Free. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.1222. Viva España! Fim series focusing on artists and writers of Spain opens with the in-depth 2018 documentary “Salvador Dali: In Search of Immortality.” Sun, Jan 13, 1pm. $10-$15. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.924.5111. Women’s March Documentary about Democracy and human rights includes footage from Santa Rosa’s 2017 women’s march. Jan 10, 6pm. Free. Third Street Cinema Six, 620 Third St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.8770.

Food & Drink Off the Grid Food Trucks Eat your way through the largest gathering of mobile food trucks in Marin, listen to live music and take in great views. Sun, 11am. Marin Country Mart, 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 415.461.5700.

Lectures Basic Life Story Writing Four-week workshop will getyou working on your memoir. Jan 10, 3pm. $40 and up. Whistlestop, 930 Tamalpais Ave, San Rafael. 415.456.9062. Biomimicry Environmental Forum of Marin presents a talk on nature-inspired solutions of environmental protection. Jan 15, 7pm. $15-$20. Marin Health & Wellness Center, 3240 Kerner Blvd, San Rafael. 415.444.0480. My Life, My Choices Get information on advance care directives from Hospice by the Bay. Tues, Jan 15, 11am. Free. Whistlestop, 930 Tamalpais Ave, San Rafael. 415.456.9062. Wildlife Picture Index Project Come to this training and learn how to contribute to the volunteer project by helping maintain wildlife cameras and processing photos. Jan 12, 1pm. Free. Marin Water District Office, 220 Nellen Ave, Corte Madera. parksconservancy.org. You Can Influence Public Policy Author Joel Blackwell presents a nonpartisan talk on methods to influence elected officials, from city council to Congress. Jan 15, 7pm. Free. Corte Madera Library. 707 Meadowsweet Dr, Corte Madera. 707.924.6444.

Readings Book Passage Jan 12, 1pm, “Feeding a Thousand Souls”

with Vijaya Nagarajan. Jan 12, 4pm, “A Woman’s Guide to Cannabis” with Nikki Furrer. Jan 12, 7pm, “And Then They Were Gone” with Judy Bebelaar and Ron Cabral. Jan 13, 1pm, “Martini Shot” with Clive Rosengren. Jan 14, 7pm, “Rescuing Ladybugs” with Jennifer Skiff. Jan 15, 7pm, “The Book You Were Born to Write” with Kelly Notaras. Jan 16, 7pm, “Jessie” with Regina S Kutchins. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera 415.927.0960. Book Passage By-the-Bay Jan 12, 3pm, “Women, Minorities & Other Extraordinary People” with Dr Barbara Adams and Gloria Dunn-Violin. 100 Bay St, Sausalito 415.339.1300. Mesa Refuge Jan 13, 2pm, “Rectify: The Power of Restorative Justice After Wrongful Conviction” with Lara Bazelon, in conversation with James Bell, presented by Point Reyes Books. $20. 11 Los Reyes Dr, Point Reyes Station mesarefuge.org.

Theater Annie Katia & Company presents the classic ragsto-riches musical featurinf young actors from all over Marin. Jan 10-12. $16-$18. Marin Center Showcase Theatre, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800. How I Learned What I Learned August Wilson’s autobiographical one-man show charts what it means to be a black artist in America. Jan 10-Feb 3. $25-$52. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.5208. Love, Linda The songs of Cole Porter are interwoven with storytelling by his wife, Linda Lee. Through Jan 13. Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.763.8920. Moon Over Buffalo Classic lighthearted farce concerns a struggling acting ensemble desperate to be seen by a famed director. Jan 11-Feb 3. $20$30. 6th Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185. Spin Off Imaginists’ alternate universe finds the average American family navigating new episodes of wackiness, weekly. Through Jan 26. $5-$20. The Imaginists, 461 Sebastopol Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.528.7554. Swallow Three women deal with psychological trauma in this recent Edinburgh Festival Fringe favorite. Jan 11-27. $15-$30. Main Stage West, 104 N Main St, Sebastopol. 707.823.0177.

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 145860. The following individual(s) are doing business: COUNTRY GARDENS BNB, 800 HACIENDA WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: ROBERT E. WARNER, COUNTRY GARDENS BNB, 800 HACIENDA WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. 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 DECEMBER 13, 2018. (Publication Dates: December 19, 26 of 2018, January 2, 9 of 2019) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT - File No: 2018145893. The following individual(s) are doing business: LAND LAW LLP, 1010 B STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CHRISTOPHER A SKELTON, 177 FRUSTUCK AVENUE, FAIRFAX, CA 94930, JENNIE U SKELTON, 177 FRUSTUCK AVENUE, FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by A LIMITED LIABILITY

PARTNERSHIP. 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 DECEMBER 14, 2018. (Publication Dates: December 26 of 2018, January 2, 9, 16 of 2019) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT— File No: 145852. The following individual(s) are doing business: INCA PROMOTIONS TOURS, 855 C ST. SUIT #205, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: IRMA SANTIVANEZ, 855 C ST. #205, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901, WILFREDO MIRANDA, 2525 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD #5, FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by A PARTNERSHIP. 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 DECEMBER 6, 2018. (Publication Dates: JANUARY 9, 16, 23, 30) OTHER NOTICES DV-700 Request to Renew Restraining Order Filed NOV 16 2018 JAMES M. KIM. Court

Executive Officer MARIN COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT By: J. Chen, Deputy Superior Court of California, County of Marin 3501 Civic Center Drive P.O. Box 4988 San Rafael, CA 94913-4988 Case Number: FL 1504408 1. Name of Protected Person: Joan Headrick Your lawyer in this case (if you have one): Name: Matthew C. Mani State Bar No.172629 Firm Name: Mani Law Office Address (If you have a lawyer for this case, give your lawyer’s information. lf you do not have a lawyer and want to keep your home address private, give a different mailing address instead. You do not have to give your telephone, fax, or e-mail.): Address: 24 Professional Center Parkway, Suite 210 City: San Rafael State: CA Zip: 94903 Telephone: (415) 456-7800 Fax: (415) 456-7801 E-Mail Address: [ mailto:mattmanilaw@gmail.com ] mattmanilaw@gmail.com 2. Name of Restrained Person: Julie Headrick Pizzo Describe that person: Sex: Female Ht.: 5’4” Wt.: 130 Race: Caucasian Hair Color: Brown Eye Color: Blue Age: 57 Date of Birth: 05/21/1961 3. I ask the court to renew the Restraining Order

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PublicNotices After Hearing (Form DV -130). A copy of the order is attached. a. The order ends on (date): 01/13/2019 b. The order has been renewed 0 times. c. I want the order to be renewed for 5 years 4. I ask the court to renew the order because: (Check all that apply. Explain why you are afraid of abuse in the future): a. The person in 2. has violated the order (explain what happened and when): In July she came to my assisted living facility, posing as my other daughter, Wanda, to try to get into my room. See, attached declarations. b. I am afraid that the person in 2. will abuse me in the future because: She has not only continued with the behavior that led to this restraining order, she has also tried to circumvent the order, by pretending to be my other daughter. See, attached declarations. I declare under penalty of pe1jury under the laws of the State of California that the information above is true and correct. Date: 11-15-18 Signed: Joan Headrick DV-710 Notice of Hearing to Renew Restraining Order Filed DEC 14 2018 JAMES M. KIM. Court Executive Officer MARIN COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT By: C. Lucchesi, Deputy Superior Court of California, County of Marin 3501 Civic Center Drive P.O. Box 4988 San Rafael, CA 94913-4988 Case Number: FL 1504408 1. Name of Protected Person: Joan Headrick Your lawyer in this case (if you have one): Name: Matthew C. Mani State Bar No.: 172629 Firm Name: Mani Law Office Address (If you have a lawyer for this case, give your lawyer’s information. If you do not have a lawyer and want to keep your home address private, give a different mailing address instead. You do not have to give your telephone, fax, or e-mail.): Address: 24 Professional Center Parkway, Ste. 210 City: San Rafael State: CA Zip: 94903 Telephone:

(415) 456-7800 Fax: (415) 456-7801 E-mail Address: mattmanilaw@gmail.com 2. Name of Restrained Person: Julie Headrick Pizzo Description of restrained person: Sex: Female Height: 5’4” Weight: 130 Hair Color: Brwn Eye Color: Blue Race: Caucasian Age: 57 Date of Birth: 05/21/1961 Mailing Address (if known): 291 Sycamore Ave. City: Mill Valley State: CA Zip: 94941 Relationship to protected person: Daughter 3. Court Hearing The judge has set a court hearing date. The Restraining Order After Hearing (Order of Protection) stays in effect until the expiration date on that order or the end of the hearing below, whichever is later. Hearing Date & Time Date: 1/23/2019 Time: 9:00AM To the person in®: At the hearing, the judge can renew the current restraining order for another five years or permanently. Before the hearing, you can file a response on Form DV -720. You must continue to obey the current restraining orders until the expiration date on the current orders or the hearing date, whichever is later. At the hearing, you can tell the judge why you agree or disagree with the request to renew the orders. If the restraining orders are renewed, you must obey the orders even if you do not attend the hearing. 4. Service and Response To the Person in 1 Someone 18 or over-not you or anyone else protected by the restraining order-must personally “serve” a copy of the following forms on the person in 2 at least days before the hearing. ï DV-700, Request to Renew Restraining Order (file stamped); ï DV-710, Notice of Hearing to Renew Restraining Order (this form); ï DV-720, Response to Request to Renew Restraining Order (blank copy); ï DV-130, the current Restraining Order After Hearing (Order of Protection) that you want

to renew. After the person in 2 has been served, file Form DV 200, Proof of Personal Service, with the court clerk. For help with service, read Form DV-200-INFO, What Is “Proof of Personal Service”? Bring a copy of Form DV -200, Proof of Personal Service, to the court hearing. To the Person in 2 If you want to respond in writing to the request to renew the restraining order, fill out Form DV -720, Response to Request to Renew Restraining Order. File the original with the court, and have someone 18 or over -not you- mail a copy of it to the person in 1 before the hearing. Also file Form DV-250, Proof of Service by Mail, with the court before the hearing. Bring a copy of Form DV-250, Proof of Service by Mail, to the court hearing Date: 12/13/2018 Judicial Officer Beth S. Jordan. (December 19, 26 of 2018, January 2, 9 of 2019) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER: CIV 1804320 SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF MARIN TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS 1. Petitioner (name of each): Lorina Nympha Tomaneng Mendoza, has filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: Lorina Nympha Tomaneng Mendoza to Proposed Name: Lorina Nympha Mendoza Manzanita 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: 2/19/2018, Time: 9:00am, Dept: A. 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: DEC 18, 2018 Andrew E. Sweet Judge of the Superior Court James M Kim Court Executive Officer MARIN COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT By E. Chais, Deputy (December 26 of 2018, January 2, 9, 16 of 2019) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER: CIV 1804345 SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF MARIN TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS 1. Petitioner (name of each): Yolanda Hernandez & Antonio Amador, has filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: Nancy Amador Hernandez *Amador listed as Middle Name to Proposed Name: Nancy Amador Hernandez *Amador listed as last name with Hernandez 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 hear-

ing. NOTICE OF HEARING a. Date: 2/14/2018, Time: 9:00am, Dept: A. 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: DEC 3, 2018 Andrew E. Sweet Judge of the Superior Court James M Kim Court Executive Officer MARIN COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT By E. Chais, Deputy (December 26 of 2018, January 2, 9, 16 of 2019) NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: JOSEPH PHILIP GIOVANINI CASE NO.: PR 1804476 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of: JOSEPH PHILIP GIOVANINI A Petition for~Probate~has been filed by: ANGELA KATHERINE GIOVANINI in the Superior Court of California, County of Marin. The Petition for~Probate~requests that: ANGELA KATHERINE GIOVANINI 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: 2/4/2019, 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: Law Offices of Connie Yi PC 323 Ray Street, Pleasanton, CA 94566 925-484-0888 FILED: DEC, 12 2018 James M. Kim Court Executive Officer MARIN COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT By: E. CHAIS (December 26 2018, January 2, 9 of 2019)


By Amy Alkon

Q:

My friend just joined a dating site for elite creative professionals. Unfortunately, it grabs your age from Facebook, so you can’t shave off years. At 50, she’s outside of most men’s search parameters—even older men’s. What gives?—Concerned

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Aging is especially unkind to straight women on dating sites. At a certain point (usually age 46 on), women find their options narrowed to men who wear jewelry—the kind that sends the message, “I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up!” A study by psychologist Jan Antfolk and his colleagues looked at sex differences in the preferred age of romantic partners. They found, as have other researchers, that “women are interested in same-aged to somewhat older men” throughout their lives. Men, on the other hand, “show a tendency to be sexually interested in women in their mid-twenties,” a preference that emerges in their teen years and (sorry, ladies!) remains consistent as men age. And age. And age. Men’s continuing attraction to twenty-something women makes evolutionary sense, as, the researchers note, “the highest fertility” in women “has been estimated to occur in the mid-twenties.” However, when older men are asked to think practically, women more similar in age have a shot. Unfortunately, the online dating world is not exactly fertile ground for practicality and realism. It isn’t that men aging into the grandpa zone could necessarily get the twenty-something chickies; but their mere presence may provide what’s called an “anchoring effect.” Psychologists Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman found that a person’s “initial exposure” (to a particular price, for example) “serves as a reference point and influences subsequent judgments about value.” Accordingly, in online dating, I suspect there’s a reference point that gets set—and it is 22 and bombshellicious. Putting this in a less depressing way: in seeking male partners, context matters. Your friend will have more interest from men when she’s in a room where the female competition is limited in number and is around her age. She might have better luck in online dating at a site specifically for older people. Sites that aren’t for the over-50 crowd are likely to be a continuing disappointment—along the lines of “Hmm . . . could it be that I accidentally set my preferences to ‘wants to die alone in an avalanche of her own cats’?!”

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I’m a single chick in my early 30s, and I’m having financial difficulties. I got laid off, and, depressingly, it’s really hard to find work. Though I want to talk to my friends about it, I’m afraid they’d think I was trying to borrow money, so I’ve been keeping to myself.—Unemployed

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When you’ve been unemployed for a while, it becomes awkward to propose get-togethers: “Hey, wanna go out on Friday night for a glass of air?” However, avoiding your friends is probably making things worse—or at least keeping you from feeling better—because social relationships seem to buffer stress, including stress from one’s currently grim “socioeconomic status.” This term, explains social psychologist Emily D. Hooker, refers to “an individual’s relative rank in society based on their income, education and employment.” Hooker notes that lower socioeconomic status—whether measured by such things as income and occupational prestige or mere perception of one’s own status—is associated with higher mortality and poorer health. (Great, huh? You’re not only short on cash, you’re being rushed into an urn.) But there’s good news from Hooker’s research. When participants were exposed to social stress in a lab situation, those who perceived themselves to have lower socioeconomic status but felt they had social support from others in their lives had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. As for you, guess what: People who care about you want to know what’s going on with you. Ask your friends to join you in activities that don’t cost money, like gallery openings, and they’ll get that you’re just looking for company, not moocher-tunities. You really can have both the support and fun of friendship and a bank account that resembles one of those shells of a building in the Old West with a few tumbleweeds blowing through it. Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon at 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or email adviceamy@aol.com. @amyalkon on Twitter. Weekly radio show, blogtalkradio.com/amyalkon

Astrology

For the week of January 9

ARIES (March 21–April 19) Computer-generated

special effects used in the 1993 film Jurassic Park may seem modest to us now. But at the time they were revolutionary. Inspired by the new possibilities revealed, filmmakers like Stanley Kubrick, George Lucas and Peter Jackson launched new projects they had previously thought to be beyond their ability to create. In 2019, I urge you to go in quest of your personal equivalent of Jurassic Park’s pioneering breakthroughs. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you may be able to find help and resources that enable you to get more serious about seemingly unfeasible or impractical dreams.

TAURUS (April 20–May 20) I’m a big

proponent of authenticity. I almost always advise you to be yourself with bold candor and unapologetic panache. Speak the truth about your deepest values and clearest perceptions. Be an expert about what really moves you, and devote yourself passionately to your relationships with what really moves you. But there is one exception to this approach. Sometimes it’s wise to employ the “fake it until you make it” strategy: to pretend you are what you want to be with such conviction that you ultimately become what you want to be. I suspect now is one of those times for you.

GEMINI (May 21–June 20) The students’ dining hall at Michigan State University serves gobs of mayonnaise. But in late 2016, a problem arose when 1,250 gallons of the stuff became rancid. Rather than simply throw it away, the school’s Sustainability Officer came up with a brilliant solution: load it into a machine called an anaerobic digester, which turns biodegradable waste into energy. Problem solved! I recommend you regard this story as a metaphor for your own use. Is there anything in your life that has begun to decay or lose its usefulness? If so, can you convert it into a source of power? CANCER (June 21–July 22) If you grow vegetables, fruits and grains on an acre of land, you can feed 12 people. If you use that acre to raise meat-producing animals, you’ll feed at most four people. But to produce the meat, you’ll need at least four times more water and 20 times more electric power than you would if you grew the plants. I offer this as a useful metaphor for you to consider in the coming months. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you should prioritize efficiency and value. What will provide you with the most bang for your bucks? What’s the wisest use of your resources? LEO (July 23–August 22) Modern kids don’t

spend much time playing outside. They have fun in natural environments only half as often as their parents did while growing up. In fact, the average child spends less time in the open air than prison inmates. And today’s unjailed adults get even less exposure to the elements. But I hope you will avoid that fate in 2019. According to my astrological estimates, you need to allocate more than the usual amount of time to feeling the sun and wind and sky. Not just because it’s key to your physical health, but also because many of your best ideas and decisions are likely to emerge while you’re outdoors.

VIRGO (August 23–September 22) NASA

landed its robotic explorer Opportunity on Mars in January of 2004. The craft’s mission, which was supposed to last for 92 days, began by taking photos and collecting soil samples. More than 14 years later, the hardy machine was still in operation, continuing to send data back to Earth. It far outlived its designed lifespan. I foresee you being able to generate a comparable marvel in 2019, Virgo: a stalwart resource or influence or situation that will have more staying power than you could imagine. What could it be?

LIBRA (September 23–October 22) In 1557,

Welsh mathematician Robert Recorde invented the equals sign—“=”. Historical records don’t tell us when he was born, so we don’t know his astrological sign. But I’m guessing he was a Libra. Is

By Rob Brezsny

there any tribe more skillful at finding correlations, establishing equivalencies, and creating reciprocity? In all the zodiac, who is best at crafting righteous proportions and uniting apparent opposites? Who is the genius of balance? In the coming months, my friend, I suspect you will be even more adept at these fine arts than you usually are.

SCORPIO (October 23–November 21)

There’s a modest, one-story office building at 1209 N. Orange St. in Wilmington, Del. More than 285,000 businesses from all over the U.S. claim it as their address. Why? Because the state of Delaware has advantageous tax laws that enable those businesses to save massive amounts of money. Other buildings in Delaware house thousands of additional corporations. It’s all legal. No one gets in trouble for it. I bring this to your attention in the hope of inspiring you to hunt for comparable situations: ethical loopholes and workarounds that will provide you with extra benefits and advantages.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21) People in the Solomon Islands buy many goods and services with regular currency, but also use other symbols of worth to pay for important cultural events like staging weddings and settling disputes and expressing apologies. These alternate forms of currency include the teeth of flying foxes, which are the local species of bat. In that spirit, and in accordance with current astrological omens, I’d love to see you expand your sense of what constitutes your wealth. In addition to material possessions and funds in the bank, what else makes you valuable? In what other ways do you measure your potency, your vitality, your merit? It’s a favorable time to take inventory. CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19)

In 1984, singer-songwriter John Fogerty released a new album whose lead single was “The Old Man Down the Road.” It sold well. But trouble arose soon afterward when Fogerty’s former record company sued him in court, claiming he stole the idea for the new song from “Run Through the Jungle,” a 1970 tune he’d written and recorded with Creedence Clearwater Revival. The legal process took a while, but he was ultimately vindicated. No, the courts declared, he didn’t plagiarize himself, even though there were some similarities between the two songs. In this spirit, I authorize you to borrow from a good thing you did in the past as you create a new good thing in the future.

AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18) Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book is a collection of fables that take place in India. Three movies have been made based on it. All of them portray the giant talking snake named Kaa as an adversary to the hero Mowgli. But in Kipling’s original stories, Kaa is a benevolent ally and teacher. I bring this to your attention to provide context for a certain situation in your life. Is there an influence with a metaphorical resemblance to Kaa: misinterpreted by some people, but actually quite supportive and nourishing to you? If so, I suggest you intensify your appreciation for it. PISCES (February 19–March 20) Virginia

Woolf thought that her Piscean lover Vita SackvilleWest was a decent writer, but a bit too fluid and effortless. Self-expression was so natural to Sackville-West that she didn’t work hard enough to hone her craft and discipline her flow. In a letter, Woolf wrote, “I think there are odder, deeper, more angular thoughts in your mind than you have yet let come out.” I invite you to meditate on the possibility that Woolf ’s advice might be useful in 2019. Is there anything in your skill set that comes so easily that you haven’t fully ripened it? If so, develop it with more focused intention.

Go to realastrology.com to check out Rob Brezsny’s Expanded Weekly Audio Horoscopes and Daily Text Message Horoscopes. Audio horoscopes are also available by phone at 1.877.873.4888 or 1.800.350.7700.

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