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(This letter is in reference to efforts to change the name of the Dixie School District) Rededicating the school to Mary Dixie neatly resolves the dispute! A Miwok named Mary Dixie has a logical connection to James Miller, founder of the Dixie Schoolhouse. I believe a false narrative was created in 1972 when, hastily, an application was filed for the Dixie Schoolhouse as a landmark, without fully examining the heirlooms and analyzing the history. James Miller had ties to the Gold Country (and not the Confederacy). If you will follow history you will know that Irish people faced discrimination. Prejudices existed for the Irish for their religious beliefs when they first set foot in America. As tensions built, the Irish immigrant men often joined the army to gain acceptance from Americans; others headed West. Eventually, many Irish men were recruited for the Union Army because it more closely aligned with their beliefs. Throughout the Union army, Irishmen and their sons served with distinction. Most Irish came after the potato famine of 1845 to New York, though Miller came much earlier by way of Canada. A native of Wexford Ireland, Miller never served the Union Army, but he accepted a Union Captain into his family. Here is his story. Like other Irish emigrating first to Canada, Miller made his way to America and settled briefly in Missouri, a hotly contested slave border state. Not satisfied with life in Missouri, Miller and his wife Mary Murphy, headed West through Iowa, a Union state, to meet up with the Martin Murphy family and other Murphys, where the family formed a 10-wagon train and eventually merged with a 40-wagon train to Oregon and California. It was an eight-month journey with an overlay at Truckee Lake. Miller eventually made home near Mission San Rafael, which was Mexico at the time. Miller named the Truckee River and Lake after a Miwok/Paiute chief who helped him navigate the region. At Mission San Rafael, Miller met

his wife’s extended relation, Don Timoteo Murphy, defender of the indigenous people. Along with his wealth, James Miller grew his family to 10. The Latin word for “ten” is Decem, the numeral X or Dixie, which coincidentally is also the baptismal name given by missionaries to Miwok-Paiute, such as Mary Dixie, who was born well before the Civil War. As an Irishman, Miller was grateful to the indigenous people and likely aligned with them. It’s highly plausible, as our Miwok historian tells us, that James Miller named the school after Mary Dixie, head of her family. It’s possible the school was named Dixie in honor of Mary Dixie and for his 10 children. The only thing we really know is that the school was named at the cusp of the American Civil War—and in that time the Irish were recruited for Union Army. What’s more, the Union army benefited from the gold rush and Miller would have had much interaction with Union men in his journeys. James Miller’s daughter married Captain John Keys of the Union Army. Given that his family was Union and that James Miller was sympathetic and grateful to indigenous people, we can be certain that he was neither a racist nor a confederate. We can all confidently conclude that the school was named in the Latin “Dixie” and that the surname Dixie (as in Mary Dixie) applies. Mary Dixie was an exemplary person. She was head of household in her triblet of Miwok, and a skilled artisan. We stripped the Miwok of their land. We have no reason now to strip the Miwok of the surname, which is the last vestige of the indigenous people in our parts. A surname does not offend anyone. Only people can offend other people. It’s time to put and end to the nonsense. Rededicate the school to the woman named Mary Dixie! She is the name behind our school. I’m hoping you will now associate the surname with missionaries and not Confederates. —M.C. Nygard Via


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Heroes &Zeroes By Nikki Silverstein

Finally, after months of personal attacks and general misbehavior, the Dixie School District Board of Trustees voted to change the name of the district and Dixie Elementary school. We say better late than never, but this action should have taken place decades ago when it was first suggested in 1997 by Kerry Peirson of Mill Valley. To the three trustees who voted yes, Marnie Glickman, Megan Hutchinson and Brooks Nguyen, hats off to you. A Santa Rosa man, on his way to go hiking in Novato last Sunday morning, made a quick stop at a coffee shop in Cotati, leaving his dog and keys inside the vehicle. When he came out 10 minutes later, his car and 11-year-old pooch Kada had vanished. After flagging down a Cotati police officer and filing a report, James did what anyone would do: he turned to social media to find the beloved mixedbreed who’d been with him since she was three months old. His Facebook post garnered hundreds of shares and comments, but no one had seen her. A break came on Tuesday afternoon when police in Port Orford, Oregon pulled over a woman driving James’ stolen car. Unfortunately, Kada wasn’t with her. Suspect Danielle Lormer, 37, arrested and booked on several charges, said the last time she’d seen the dog was in Santa Rosa. It’s one thing to steal a car, but only an inhumane Zero would put a senior pooch out on the road. Later that evening, James received a call from Marin Humane saying a woman reported she recognized Kada from Facebook and had seen her at the Marin Gateway shopping center. James rushed to Marin City and with the help of a Marin County Sheriff’s deputy searched for her for two hours. Around 1 a.m., Deputy Kevin Guinn spotted her under a bush in a nearby residential area and phoned James, who was still out looking. Kada and James were reunited in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, three days and 37 miles away from where they were last together. We’re happy to report that both man and dog are doing well. Got a Hero or a Zero? Please send submissions to Toss roses, hurl stones with more Heroes and Zeros at ››


The North Bay has been vocal against Sen. Scott Weiner’s housing bill.

Local Controllers Behind the State Senate’s Split-Level Housing Plans By Tom Gogola


t’s the battle of the housing bills. First, there’s SB 50, San Francisco Sen. Scott Weiner’s attempt to end local control over zoning decisions in “transit rich” areas of the state. He proposed a similar bill last year, SB 827, which

was met with various levels of alarm and support among localities and housing activists—but died in committee. Then there’s SB 4, Healdsburg Senator Mike McGuire’s response bill to Weiner’s bill. McGuire says his bill seeks similar aims—to

streamline the process for building high-desnity housing in transit-rich zones by giving the state a bigger hand in local zoning decisions— but of a less draconian nature, given the number and scope of the exemptions in SB 4. McGuire, who helped kill

7 region’s dilemma when it comes to building affordable housing in a region with the highest valued real estate markets in the country that’s also facing a huge population boom in coming years to go along with various natural and man-made disasters. McGuire’s bill would limit the new state zoning mandates to cities and towns with a population greater than 60,000 in a county with fewer than a million people. Marin’s population is 250,000; Sonoma is about 500,000. In McGuire’s district, his bill’s population parameters mean that while Santa Rosa, Petaluma and San Rafael could be subject to new state zoning mandates (and be impelled to approve, for example, three-story mixed-use apartments near SMART stations), smaller cities such as Cloverdale and his own high-end home base of Healdsburg would not. In Healdsburg, home to Sonoma County’s priciest median home value ($888,000, according to the latest Zillow figures), the city council recently gave the green light to an ambitious build-out of an old lumber yard that’s located yards from a proposed SMART station scheduled to arrive in town by 2022. The plan is very Healdsburg to the extent that it cozies up to the tourism industry while making an earnest effort at dealing with its workforce-housing crisis. Replay Healdsburg LLC is a corporation under the umbrella of Vancouver-based developer Replay Destinations, which is mostly in the hotel business. Their public-private plan was approved by the city council and, when fully developed, will include 208 new residential dwellings split between 146 marketrate residencies, 40 multi-family rental units, and 48 “micro units” of 500 square feet or less. The latter represents twice the number of low-income units required under Healdsburg’s zoning code. The Replay plan also calls for a 53-room hotel with a spa, and the company specifically noted in its 2017 proposal to the city that it would “take advantage of . . . the future SMART transit center,” along with providing numerous amenities to the town that include a new park and commercial district. The low and very-low income housing would be managed


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Weiner’s bill last year in the Senate Transportation and Housing committee, put up a trio of housing-related bills this year as he was also elevated by Sen. Majority Leader Toni Atkins to his position as second in charge of the senate Democrats. McGuire emphasizes workforce housing in his legislative package this year and criticized Weiner’s “one-size-fits-all” San Francisco– centric housing bill. McGuire is also seeking a reanimation of the state’s redevelopment program, with the introduction last month of SB 5. That bill aims to ramp up state and regional efforts at building middle and low-income housing. With SB 4, he offers a rejoinder to Weiner’s bill, which has received surprising support from construction trade unions and the construction industry, along with “YIMBY” groups, while being condemned by Marin electeds, Marin Independent Journal columnists, and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Both bills passed through their respective committees earlier this month, with both men refraining from voting on the others’ proposal and pledging to hash out their differences in advance of hearings and committee votes on the bills this week. Critics of Weiner’s proposed SB 827 last year variously accused him of being a “WIMBY” (Wall Street in My Backyard), and for abandoning any pretext of building an affordable-housing component into his bill. He responded with an upgraded bill this year that mandates a 20 percent affordable housing ratio in new housing developments in transit rich zones. The criticisms continue over the bill’s core push to end local control over sensitive zoning issues—even as a broad consortium of developers, housing advocates and unions have supported Weiner’s approach. McGuire’s bill, by contrast, pushes for a 30 percent affordable housing set-aside for new residential projects in transit-rich areas. That’s twice the average in the North Bay, and represents the Highway 101 and SMART train corridor. Cities up and down the line have development projects in the pipeline that, in their own way, underscore the

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Housing «7 by Eden Housing, a Hayward-based supportive housing nonprofit that’s emerged as a go-to agency for private-public partnerships that are simultaneously pro-business and pro–affordable housing. Under McGuire’s bill, Healdsburg, with a population of 12,000, would be exempt from any future statedriven attempts to seize control of local zoning decisions in the downtown area. Meanwhile in Santa Rosa, there’s a SMART station at Railroad Square but an empty former freight train depot lot across the tracks that’s been a hot potato property since the SMART District was created in 2002 and subsequently purchased the land. In the aftermath of the 2017 wildfires, which saw Santa Rosa lose five percent of its housing stock, the property has continued to languish under the weight of known soil contamination and complex issues related to the five acre lot’s extensive title history, according to city documents and published reports on the Santa Rosa snafu. SMART’s been trying to jumpstart trackside development where it’s been flagging—especially in Santa Rosa. According to SMART documents, General Manager Farhoud Mansourian tried to fasttrack a development deal with the Santa Clara–based ROEM Development Corp. in 2018 with a planned high-density development of 321 apartments, including 48 below-market rate units. But, citing title and oil contamination issues, ROEM backed out of the deal early this year. Cornerstone Properties then stepped into the breach and bought the land from the SMART district for $5.4 million. A project plan is pending from Cornerstone. What impact might a McGuireWeiner compromise bill have on Santa Rosa? It’s unclear. Santa Rosa has the highest population in the North Bay, at 175,000, which puts it squarely within the population parameters set by McGuire. But McGuire’s bill also offers exemptions to areas where there’s a high risk of wildfire. Marin County has been especially vociferous in denouncing Weiner’s bill and any legislative attempt to seize control over local zoning decisions. Marin’s been the much-publicized flashpoint for local control over high-density

development along the travel corridor, with its rich “NIMBY” culture of older homeowners who have resisted the renewed rush to develop, met with a new YIMBY push that’s highlighting an outsized cost of living in Marin that’s driven largely by its pricey real estate market. San Rafael has seen several projects in recent years that demonstrate McGuire’s overall point about the “one-size-doesnot-fit-all” approach to residential development. In one pending project, San Rafael and the county have tentatively embraced a publicprivate partnership model that also makes use of support services from the nonprofit Eden Housing. Several years ago, BioMarin and the Whistlestop senior services facility both put forth ambitious redevelopment plans that were approved by city planners in San Rafael, only to have them face the regulatory buzzsaw of the county and the state—not to mention a funding wall for Whistlestop, thanks in part to the end of redevelopment. Last year the entities combined their plans into one new project that would see a new plant for the local pharmaceutical firm, a residential tower for seniors and as well as parks, bikeways and other amenities. That plan is now being reviewed by numerous county departments, and an environmental review is underway. The BiomarinWhistlestop plan serves as a demonstration model for how local control can play out and provide the maximum benefit to all parties— including those who are having a hard time making the rent in Marin. But as the YIMBYs like to point out, Marin County has been very slow to approve new residential developments in the past decade and has exacerbated its own housing crisis through a local control regime that’s heavy on the control. Weiner says his bill is designed to remediate the failings of local control when it comes to upzoning transit-rich areas, and it remains to be seen how or if Wednesdays hearings will address projects in the pipeline. McGuire’s staying mum on the subject. “Nothing to report yet,” says McGuire spokeswoman Kerrie Lindecker. “But more to come on [April 24] when the bills come to [the] Governance and Finance Committee.” Y


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N EW S B R I E FS Wild Bill The Pac Sun’s been tracking Napa Sen. Bill Dodd’s SB 253 since he introduced it early in the legislative session; this week the bill passed a key vote in the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee. Now it’s headed to the Appropriations Committee. SB 253 is a bill of potentially great interest to the farmers and ranchers of Marin, as Dodd’s bill sets out to enhance conservation efforts at California’s 76,000 farms through a set of incentives “and technical assistance that help wildlife and the environment,” the Senator says in statement this week. Dodd introduced his bill, he says, after similar efforts underway took a nosedive in the aftermath of the 2008 economic meltdown and never recovered. He’s looking to reanimate oldfashioned conservation efforts at

the ground level in a $54 billion state agricultural industry that generates $100 billion annually in economic activity. “Good stewardship of rural lands is crucial to the sustainability and economic vitality of our state,” says Dodd in a statement, further noting that his bill would provide assistance to anyone in the ag sector who wants to voluntarily make “wildlife friendly improvements on their land”—including wildlife that swims. Dodd claims his bill would help improve water quality and erosion-control efforts, while also conserving groundwater. The California Association of Resource Conservation Districts is a supporter of SB 253 and its executive director, Karen Buhr, says in a statement that “what’s really important is that farming and ranching have the potential to be part of the solution for climate change, habitat protection and so many of the environmental challenges we face in California.” —Tom Gogola

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The strains between the hip and the straight communities in the San Geronimo Valley have erupted into gunfire and arson. A committee will attempt to cool things off. Shirley's Cafe, a gathering WEEK place for the hips, has been the target of the violence. Co-owner Richard Green said shots have been fired through his windows and somebody tried to burn down the place by setting fire to a trash bin wedged up against the door. At a meeting which drew 200 Valley residents and a score of county officials, the straights gave vent to their anger, some people even applauding when Green mentioned the arson and gunfire. But in the end it was agreed that a committee be formed to get the rival factions together. Supervisor Bud Baar, certainly no friend of long-hairs, said that peace would come only when everybody respected the rights of others. —Newsgram, April 23, 1969

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Synanon likes to sue newspapers. In recent years its bustling legal department has filed suits and/or demands for retraction from coast to coast. Targets have included the Chronicle, the Kansas City Star, WEEK Time magazine, the Pacific Sun and oddly, even the I-J, which often sounds like a Synanon house organ. . . . The Pulitzer citation said the [Point Reyes] Light “ . . . had found evidence of [Synanon] beatings, of hoarding of weapons, of revenge attacks and other legal and extra-legal goings on.” It was coverage of these events which prompted Senator Peter Beher to praise the Light glowingly when he ran into [co-publisher] Dave Mittchell outside the Inverness Store last Thanksgiving. “I told him that considering the quality of your writing, and the risk you are running, somebody ought to nominate you for the Pulitzer Prize,” remembers Beher. —Steve McNamara, April 20, 1979

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was on the phone about a month ago with photographer, artist and West Marinite Aubrey Trinnaman, who’s been doing some really fine photo work for the New York Times of late, including a recent photo essay that featured the cowboy poets of Elko, Nevada. We were trying to sort out a schedule for Aubrey to shoot this year’s Best Of Marin issue, preferably from the top of Mt. Tamalpais and environs. Aubrey let me know that her schedule was pretty free, but that she had a Times photo shoot to take care of in Nicasio before she could fully tune in to the Pacific Sun’s needs. “Oh,” I asked, wondering what the heck the Times was doing in Nicasio, “what’s that photo shoot all about?” Aubrey went on to explain—and I think I got this right—that there’s apparently a subculture of gay men who are also selfdescribed “plushies,” and that they’re focused on plushie attire that makes them look like a bunch of big puppy dogs. They they all get together and have a party in their puppy-wear.

There’s a whole scene of gay-plushie puppy costumers, Aubrey explained, and her job was to go and shoot it for her next Times assignment. Wait a second . . . “In Nicasio?” I blurted out. “Who knew!” My knowledge of the West Marin rural township did not extend much beyond the Rancho Nicasio music hall. “No, no no—not Nicasio, silly,” Aubrey said. “The shoot is in the Castro.” We had a good laugh. That made a bit more sense. OK, Marin may not have a subculture of flamboyant gay men dressing as puppy dogs and having a party while they do so—and if it did, that would be pretty cool—but it’s still a vibrant and culturally dynamic place full of natural wonder, nurturing souls, outstanding restaurants, tons of top-notch services at your disposal, and a workforce that’s (for the most part) joyfully going about the business of achieving the elusive work-life balance that Californians hold near and dear to their hearts.

And nothing says work-life balance, Marinstyle, than a hike or a drive up to the top of Mt. Tamalpais, the county’s sentinel and spirit guide, and locale for a number of this year’s Best Of photos, all of which were shot by Aubrey. She even “took one for the team” and got herself a parking ticket on top of Tam for the spellbinding twilight shot that graces this page. For her outstanding effort this year, Aubrey gets the Pacfic Sun Best Of award for Best Local Photographer who Danced Between the Incessant Raindrops to Come Up With These Amazing Photographs, While Also Shooting Gay Puppy Plushies for the New York Times, On Deadline. That’s quite an honor and one we don’t hand out lightly. Aubrey’s part of a stellar Best Of team this year that includes the writers Howard Dillon, Jonah Raskin, Nikki Silverstein, Perry Shimon, James Knight, Aiyana Moya, David Templeton, Flor Tsapovsky, Charlie Swanson and . . . —Tom Gogola, News & Features Editor

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hen it comes to arts and culture in Marin County, there’s plenty of opportunities to get out there and shake that thang. Read on as our friends and followers give a shout-out to the Marin Ballet Company, and another declaration of loyalty to the Love2Dance Studio. And, while we may be inclined to declare the top of Mt. Tamalpais the Best Place to Dance in Marin County, our wise and cultured readers have again picked Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Station for top toe-tap honors. Meanwhile, our writers are throwing down the gauntlet for the cultural superiority of what’s being called West Marinicana, a dancehall nation unto itself—read on, get wise, and we’ll see you out on the tiles.

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Best Outdoor Music Venue Rancho Nicasio

Best Performing Arts Company

Marin Theatre Company

Best Performing Dance Company Stapleton School of the Performing Arts

Best Place to Dance

Terrapin Crossroads

Best Theater Company

Marin Theatre Company

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Best of West Marinicana Like California spring’s wildflower super bloom, West Marin is experiencing an explosion of musical talent this year. One of my favorites is Molly McGuire, a multi-talented theater director and musician in West Marin. Molly has created many local productions of musical theater over the years in West Marin, as well as leading summer theater camps for children 8-18 (with an adult chorus of which I am an occasional member). Molly also fosters adult singers through her bi-annual Rock, Pop and Soul shop, backed by a number of prominent local musicians— including guitarists Danny Vitali and Dylan Squires. Molly also helms the jazz group Lida Street with Piro Patton, Michael Bello, Eli Carlton-Pearson—and the amazing Michael Pinkham, world-class drummer and backbeat backbone for many of the other groups in West Marin, including his own jazz trio, the Tom Finch Trio and This Old Earthquake. It’s quite a scene. Then we have the best new small venue for many of these bands, the Murch family’s Gospel Flats in Bolinas. Here among the kale and carrots is a rotating art show, the Coastal Scrubbers playing in the rain, or maybe melancholic male singersongwriter Luke Temple, songwriter/ family man/impresario Jeffrey Manson, Irena Ides’ Rainy Eyes, Kelly McFarlane, Kacey Johanson—you never know. West Marin also boasts the Best Creator of Multi Event Open Air Events in Gabe Korty; the Best Friendly and Fearsome Brooklyn Transplant, Alex Bleecker, of the Freaks and Real Estate, and Nick Aives of the Range of Light Wilderness. Some nights it’s Bleecker and Vitali, Charlie Callahan on drums and others, as the West Marin Grateful Dead Appreciation Society. Other nights, who knows what’s going on

onstage; it’s West Marnicana, love it or leave it. H.D.

Best Way to Forget About the Traffic and Think Great Thoughts You don’t need the traffic man to know that to leave the 101 in Marin during rush hour to explore roadside attractions in San Rafael—is a bad idea. Getting back on the 101 could be hell, which is why many drivers don’t exit the freeway, though they often slow down and take a look at the Marin County Civic Center, which was designed by famed American architect Frank Lloyd Wright shortly before he died in 1959. The main Civic Center building has been named a national and a state historic landmark. It will also soon become a UNESCO World Heritage site. Someone at the United Nations recognized that Wright’s masterpiece marries form to function, and knew that it had to be honored and preserved. Though for a time, the roof leaked and buckets had to be set out and then emptied. The vast complex houses the Hall of Justice, the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, the Exhibit Hall, the Marin County administration building and a public library. To appreciate Wright’s genius, take in the Civic Center from a distance and up close. Admire it from inside and outside. The colors are spectacular and the details are spellbinding. It’s worth a detour, but better to make a day of it. Docents lead tours twice a week. Plus there’s the virtual option. You don’t even have to drive on the 101. Still, the only authentic way to feel the history of the place and to enter Wright’s imagination is to set foot inside the Hall of Justice, where in 1970, a 17-year-old named Jonathan Jackson tried to free his Black Panther brother, »18 George, who was in prison



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in Soledad. A Marin County judge was killed. The guns the younger Jackson used were registered to Angela Davis who went on trial, was found not guilty and went free. That bloody history, and more, seeps through the walls. Go in person and wonder whether Jonathan Jackson was a madman, a martyr or both. Then digWright’s unconventional masterpiece. J.R.

pronto, then try out some of these programs: photography, gardening and computer classes; French, Italian and Spanish conversational groups; and mushroom talks, film screenings and art walks (you can get a card from your local library and use it at any public library in the county). I almost forgot the books. Come on by and grab one, I’ll probably be by the fireplace. N.S.

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Whether I go to a writing class, attend Trivia Night or relax in an oversized chair by the fireplace to read, I make time to visit the Mill Valley Public Library every week. I’m not the only one; the library hosts about a quarter of a million visits annually. Tucked into a redwood stand, the award-winning building offers woodsy views from its floor-toceiling windows. Free classes and events for toddlers through adults run the gamut from a 3D digital modeling workshop to a Grateful Dead lecture to fermentation lessons. My favorite event is Naked Truth, a live, unscripted storytelling event. Think of The Moth performed by your neighbors with the gift of gab. Who knew we had so many talented people in Marin? It’s always a full house, so make your reservations early. Thanks to the library, I visited the De Young and San Francisco MOMA this year. I simply went to the library’s website and checked out free passes. Choose from a variety of museums in Marin, San Francisco and beyond. The Mill Valley Library has free vegetable and plant seed packets, too. Borrow the seeds, plant them, harvest new seeds from the mature plant and donate them back to the library. I might just see whether I have a green thumb this spring. If my selected activities don’t motivate you to get a library card

Raised in San Rafael and now living in Novato, Rebecca Roudman makes her living as a cellist in the Oakland Symphony and the Santa Rosa Symphony. She started playing classical music when she was 7 years old, and after graduating as a music major in college, it was all classical music all the time. “But classical music has never my first love,” she says. “It’s been everything else; blues and bluegrass and rock.” Eight years ago, Roudman took a musical detour in that bluesy direction, teaming with her flutist-turned-guitarist husband Jason Eckl to form Dirty Cello, a crossover smashup of cello strings and stomping blues rhythms that hit a note with Bay Area audiences almost immediately. “There was interest, people though it was kind of cool and kind of weird,” she says. “That’s the kind of people we are.” Soon after forming, Dirty Cello expanded from a duo to a full fourpiece band, and today the group includes bassist Colin Williams, drummer Ben Wallace-Ailsworth and occasionally vocalist and multiinstrumentalist Sandy Lindop. Dirty Cello is now an internationally touring ensemble who regularly sell-out their shows, quite a development for what began as a musical hobby. “It became more than we thought it could be,” says Roudman.

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WRITER’S CHOICE mellow, smooth music, it’s not that,” says Roudman. “They’re going to hear something they haven’t heard before.” –C.S.

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This year is shaping up to be one of the group’s busiest yet. They’re currently preparing to release Bad Ideas Make Great Stories, their second record of 2019 after Bluesy Grass, which came out in January. “It’s a pretty unique record because it’s made from personal stories of all our adventure we’ve been on,” says Roudman. Tales from the road inspire tracks on the new record, like when the band left their drummer in a Budapest airport last summer while on tour. “The airline we were flying on screwed up, and he had to wait for the next flight,” says Roudman. “This was our drummer’s first trip to Europe and he had previously said, ‘Whatever you do, don’t leave me anywhere.’” After a record-release concert at the HopMonk Tavern in Sebastopol, Dirty Cello again goes international, performing in England, Israel and Iceland over the summer. “If people are expecting to see a classically-trained cellist playing

Back in 1978, director George Lucas bought a parcel of land in the hills of Marin. The director was fresh off a little sci-fi opera called Star Wars and was looking for a haven to continue his innovations. Named after the hero of his story, Skywalker Ranch eventually expanded to a 2,000-acre compound that's a world unto itself. After the advent of THX sound technology, the ranch added Skywalker Sound to its world in 1987, housed in the ivy-covered Technical Building and boasting six mixing studios and a world-class scoring stage, capable of housing a 130-piece orchestra. At the center of this dynamic studio space is where you’ll often find Leslie Ann Jones working. The famed audio engineer joined Skywalker Sound in 1997 as the Director of Music Recording and Scoring, and today she oversees and records orchestral scores, mixes film and video elements and produces music albums. Jones grew up immersed in the Los Angeles TV and music scene, daughter of famed percussionist and bandleader Spike Jones and his wife, singer Helen Grayco. In a career that has spanned more than 50 years, Jones has won four Grammy Awards as a recording engineer and she’s worked with everyone from Rosemary Clooney to Kronos Quartet. Earlier this year, Jones was inducted into the Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Hall of Fame at the National Association of Music Merchants (NAAM) show in Los Angeles. Jones was introduced at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony by the legendary Herbie Hancock, who called her a “pioneer” and “one of the best, ever.” We couldn’t agree more. –C.S.

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hile there’s no Best Burger category in our Best of Marin this year—well, that’s because there may be too many contenders of the beef to grapple with in one definitive gesture of greatness. Here’s the special sauce: You’re all winners as far as we’re concerned—from Marin Joe’s, to Phyllis’ Giant Burgers, to the Coast Cafe in West Marin. Basically, you can’t swing a jug of ketchup in these parts without hitting a choice hamburger, made with local beef and topped with local cheese, on a bun that’s so local it practically comes with a zip code of its own. There’s lots more to chew on in this section as well, besides burgers. Read it and eat.

Best Art Inspired Tasting Room

Best Bartender

Madrigal Family Winery

Jeff Burkhart, Buckeye Roadhouse

Best Bakery/Café

Best BBQ

Rustic Bakery

Pig in a Pickle

Best Bar

Best Beach Restaurant

Bungalow 44

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Best Beer Label Iron Springs Pub & Brewery

Best Breakfast Kitchen Sunnyside

Best Brew Pub Iron Springs Pub & Brewery

Best Brunch Half Day Cafe

Best Burger

Phyllis's Giant Burgers


BurritoVille Cafe

Best Business Lunch Il Davide

Best Butcher Shop Belcampo

Best Cafe/ Coffeehouse Coyote Coffee

Best Caterer

Stacy Scott Caterers

Best Cheese Shop Cowgirl Creamery

Best Chef

David Hayden, Il Davide

Best Chinese

DJ Chinese Cuisine

Best Chocolatier

Pick Me Up Chocolate

Best Cocktails Picco

Best Craft Beer Selection In-House Creekside Pizza & Taproom

Best Craft Beer Selection To-Go BeerCraft

Best Craft Brew Event Fairfax Brewfest

Best Craft Canned Beer Moylan's

Best CSA

Table Top Farm

Best Deli

Tagliaferri's Delicatessen

Best Diner

Mill Valley Diner

Best Dining after 10pm Sol Food



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Best Dive Bar Silver Peso

Best Eco-Friendly Winery Heidrun Meadery

Best Farmers' Market

Marin Farmers' Market

Best Food Truck

Banh Mi Zon Vietnamese Gourmet

Best French

Left Bank Brasserie

Best Fried Chicken Bungalow 44

Best Frozen Yogurt

Woody's Yogurt Place

Best Gluten-Free Menu Options Miracle Mile Cafe

Best Happy Hour Hilltop 1892

Best Ice Cream Fairfax Scoop

Best Indian

Lotus Cuisine of India

Best Italian Il Davide

Best Japanese/ Sushi Sushi Ran

Best Latin American Sol Food

Best Local Coffee Roaster

Marin Coffee Roasters

Best Mediterranean Insalata's

Best Mexican Marinitas

Best Micro-brew Marin Brewing Company

Best Natural/ Sustainable Restaurant Cafe del Soul

Best New Restaurant Guesthouse

Best Outdoor Dining Sam's Anchor Cafe

Best Pet-Friendly Restaurant Hopmonk Tavern, Novato


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Best Thai

Best Place for Oysters

Best Vegan Menu

Pizzeria Picco

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Best Vegetarian Cafe del Soul

Best Vietnamese Pho Viet Vietnamese

Best Waterfront Restaurant The Spinnaker

Best Wine

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Best Wine & Food Experience

Mill Valley Wine, Beer and Gourmet Food Tasting

Ali Askin, McInnis Park Club Restaurant

Best Wine Bar

Best Sommelier

Best Wine Event

Best Sports Bar

Best Wine Label

Best Spot to Dine Solo

Best Wine List

Best Tea Shop/Café

Best Winetasting Room

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Sol Food

Wu Wei Tea Temple

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Best Way to Catch a Buzz When the wine folk wax poetic about terroir, they’re usually talking about some special patch of dirt and rocks. It’s a terroir of a more ethereal sort that’s being explored through the beverages made by Heidrun Meadery in Point Reyes Station: the terroir of the air. More to the point, what’s flying through the air. And

that is bees. Bees carrying pollen. To make the raw ingredients for just one bottle of mead, which is a wine fermented from honey instead of sweet grapes or fruit, it requires the untiring efforts of 576 bees, traveling 56,000 miles, to visit 2.25 million flowers. Much of the meadery’s raw material comes in 50-gallon drums and, as delicious as it is, it’s really a byproduct of other agricultural operations around the West Coast and



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Food & Drink WRITER’S CHOICE Hawaii. Without bees, there are no oranges—thus, orange blossom varietal mead. Without bees, no macadamia nuts—thus, macadamia varietal mead. And while you can grow a carrot in the ground in a world without bees, forget about getting a viable seed to grow another one next year—thus, carrot blossom mead from a seed farm in Madras, Oregon. They are also beekeepers at Heidrun, and the most intriguing project is their reserve line of “terroir” meads made with the cooperation of hives located in Bolinas, say, or other parts of Marin and Sonoma counties, each location influencing the final product, which is made just like fine sparkling wine, through its unique combination of native and farmed flowering plants. Without bees, no méthode champenoise–style sparkling mead. J.K.

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Established in 1956, Pier 15 in San Rafael’s historic wharf district is now owned by legendary restaurateur Adrino Orsi, from the famous Ristorante Orsi of San Francisco and Novato. Adrino brings his Italian flair to several pasta dishes offering an array of sauces. Come and taste his father’s Oreste’s “Signature Dish” Seafood Cannelloni. Enjoy beautiful views, classic cocktails, beer, wine and fine cuisine all in San Rafael just off Highway 101 at E. Francisco Blvd.

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Best See-and-beSeen Restaurant The local hunger for a buzzing, it-factor restaurant in Marin is bluntly evident upon entering the Guesthouse on a random weekday. The Kentfield bar is full of decked-out diners, the tables host double dates and family gatherings, and one thing is clear—this is the place to see and be seen. Located on an empty strip across the street from the College of Marin, Guesthouse, from Picco’s Jared Rogers and bartender Dustin Sullivan, has a menu that’s equal parts fun and familiar—mini lobster rolls and rich pastas, a mighty kale salad alongside ahi toast, plus a whole bunch of trendy cocktails. Factor in the minimalist-chic wallpaper and the loud music, and you got a scene. F.T.

Best Restaurant to Bring the Wall Street Journal to Tears You don’t have to know that ownerchef Christian Caiazzo named

Osteria Stellina after his daughter, whose middle name translates from the Italian into “little star.” Nor do you have to know that star chef Caiazzo worked in restaurants in New York and San Francisco before he settled in West Marin and started to cook exceptional California-Italian food in West Marin. Think oyster pizza prepared with Straus cream from the dairy just up the road, or braised leeks with lemon thyme and mozzarella. Off-season, mid-week is your best bet to grab a table, but even when the place is loaded with tourists, there’s usually room at the front counter, where you can sip Italian reds and California reds. You can’t get more local than the vegetables at Stellina, which come from nearby organic farms and taste like carrots and potatoes are supposed to taste. No wonder The Wall Street Journal broke down and exclaimed that, “Osteria Stellina is a laid-back eatery where the local farmer is king.” The hearty souls who live and work in Point Reyes Station year round don’t have to be told that the food tastes fresh, nurturing and Italian. Some of the older men in town call Caiazzo “capo,” which means “captain” or “boss.” They mean it affectionately. J.R.

Best Media Blintz, er, Blitz You don’t have to work in media to get restaurants and wineries to send seasonal and holiday-themed press releases to your email inbox, but it helps where quantity is concerned. Game of Thrones wine pairing suggestions? Delete. Mother’s Day mimosa events? I’m hitting the button as fast as you can send ’em. But there’s this one joint in Larkspur that, no matter how many emails I’ve deleted, just makes me want to hang on to the next one a little bit longer—the events sound pretty good, and the place, located in the century-plusold Blue Rock Inn building, looks classic: “Left Bank Brasserie »32



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in Larkspur Now Featuring Fondue for Two,” and “Left Bank Brasserie in Larkspur to Host Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration,” and the winning, “Left Bank Brasserie in Larkspur to ‘Celebrate’ Tax Day, April 15 . . . All those who eat or drink are encouraged to exercise their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of Happy Hour.” Indeed, as the gent who’s partly responsible for this blitz informs me, Left Bank Brasserie (which has locations in the South Bay as well as its flagship Marin County restaurant) is a bit more tenacious than many in their event calendar strategy. “I’ve had close to 900 restaurant clients over 32 years,” says Tom Walton, principal and partner at Fortune Public Relations. “They would be close to the top of that list in terms of sustaining that approach to marketing.” Not only does the Brasserie highlight the usual suspects, but also takes advantage of their French angle to promote events like Bastille Day and the Beaujolais Nouveau release. They also put in a word for Administrative Professionals’ Day, or no particular holiday at all, with “Field to Glass” winemaker dinners and the like. While press agent Walton graciously offers a way out of his email list, I’m not ready for that. I’m hungry for more. J.K.

and wavy time fade: “So I came in there one day and I said, ‘Hey Stephen, I actually just bottled my first wine, would you like to taste it?’ And amazingly he said yes. I mean, it’s the last thing most wine merchants want to do is to have a good customer of his come in with some homemade wine and have it be tasted. They’re just so afraid it’s going to be undrinkable—how are they going to be able to hide their reactions? He said sure, and I took it over to Chez Panisse that night, they loved it there, and put it on the wine list.” But the rest wasn’t history yet. Thackery’s wine merchant friend continued: “He said, ‘there’s a critic back east that’s been getting some press recently, I think he’s OK, we should send some to him,’ and I said sure. What’s the guy’s name?” It was Robert Parker of Wine Advocate fame, or infamy, depending on your outlook on wine. “And he said, ‘oh, it was the best Merlot ever made in California, blah blah blah.’ So that’s really what kind of started me off.” J.K.

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Thanks to pioneers like Sue Conley and Peggy Smith, founders of Cowgirl Creamery, it’s been decades since soft-ripened cheeses of a certain quality—call it gourmet, call it artisan, call it what you like, the French call it fromage—have been the sole province of the French. Cheese of a certain aromatic quality—call them stinky if you like—like the creamery’s brine-washed, softripened triple-cream Red Hawk, that’s another thing. Bold though they are, many of the betterknown artisan cheesemakers don’t make too much that’s totally unsafe for the standard American

To be sure, there’s not a lot of competition in Marin County for “best winery,” and less so, “best Merlot,” and even then, the Merlot in question is one bottled a long, long time ago, when Bolinas wine icon Sean Thackrey showed off his new hobby to a friend who ran a wine shop. Cue the harp strings

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WRITER’S CHOICE palate—or so a friend of mine, let’s just say, who doesn’t want to embarrass any particular member of his family, found one year when, having seen the alluring little rounds in the fancy cheese section, tried to trade the usual manufactured goods for tasty artisanal treats on his Christmas wish list. Do forewarn the giftgiver if moved to do the same, or you might find a more ripe than usual Red Hawk banished to the garage for its dubious aroma, with the unhappy explanation: “Sorry, but I think it’s gone bad.” A sample of the award-winning cheese, which is available year-round, is actually quite mild on a recent visit to the Point Reyes Station retail shop and creamery, where I learn that Red Hawk can only be made here. Although the creamery is spotless, it’s just something that’s in the air. Not the aroma— that’s behind the glass viewing window. J.K.

Best CurdHead Quibble, Resolved It’s hard to complain about the variety of locally produced, artisanal cheeses that are now available from Marin County creameries. Yet hardcore curdheads might have one or two quibbles: for one, where’s the gouda at, Jack? After all, a briestyle cheese can be French, or it can be Marin French. Italian-style toma may hail from Tomales. But gouda, the nutty, tangy, rich aged cheese style from the Netherlands, was nowhere to be seen until Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company opened a second production facility in 2018. Cheesemaker Kuba Hemmerling got on Project Gouda when he was hired in 2009. Although Hemmerling is a native of Poland, his apprenticeship in Indianapolis was with a Dutch cheesemaker.

Other projects beckoned along the way to the gouda’s debut. Best known for their original blue cheese, the company expanded their lineup with a toma, a fresh mozzarella and then the awardwinning, mild Bay Blue. Finally, the expansion allows for careful making and aging, now 18 months instead of 24, of the trad-style cheese. “It retains the crystallized proteins, those crunchy flavor pops that are well known in popular, aged gouda,” says co-owner and CMO Jill Giacomini Basch. “It’s like candy; it’s delicious.” J.K.

Best Bagel and Cheese Combo Imagine biting into the perfect bagel; crunchy and shiny on the outside, chewy and pillowy on the inside, with a thin layer of perfect butter on top, knowing said bagel and butter are made right here in Marin. Thanks to Daily Driver, the new (and already best) bagel brand in the area, this experience is now possible. The dreamy bagels and cheese, soon to be part of a new San Francisco bagelry, are the good works of David Jablons and Tamara Hicks, who own the Tomales Toluma Farms and farmstead creamery. Hadley and David Kreitz have developed a wood-fired bagel recipe in addition to churning out European-style butter and cream cheese. The bagels can be found at Acre coffee shops in Petaluma and the General Store in Dillon Beach Resort; the cheeses are available at Good Earth Natural Foods, the Mill Valley Market, Palace Market; and Cowgirl Creamery. F.T.





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t’s true. There are a lot of beautiful people in Marin. Some won the genetic lottery and were born that way, but most got help— and there’s nothing wrong with that. Yes, there are plenty of places for a nip and tuck, but true beauty starts from within. Beauty is a hungry animal that needs good food and that’s why we love the Good Earth. A soak in the tubs at Frogs Hot Tubs will leave you with a radiant glow. Evo Spa’s facials and massages with make you beautiful inside and out while the holistic care at the Preventative Medical Center of Marin will keep you healthy to enjoy all the beauty around you.

Best Acupuncturist Daniel Martin

Best Allergist

Shuman Tam, MD, Asthma & Allergy Clinic of Marin & San Francisco

Best Assisted Living Facility AlmaVia of San Rafael

Best Chiropractor Adamich Chiropractic


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Beauty, Health &Wellness READER’S CHOICE

Best Dentist

Mark A. Michna, DDS

Best Dermatologist Southern Marin Dermatology

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Best Ear, Nose & Throat Physician Romeo C. Agbayani, MD

Best Endodontist

Darron Rishwain, DDS, Marin Endodontics

Best ER Doctor

Cynthia B. Clark, MD

Best Esthetic Dentist BEST:

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Igor Ochev, DDS, EvoSmile

Best Esthetician

Asia Thorpe, Evo Spa

Best Eye Lash Extensions and/or Brow Enhancements Gloss Beauty

Best Facial Evo Spa

Best Family Practitioner

Cheri Forrester, MD

Best Full-Service Beauty Salon Cooper Alley Salon

Best Funeral Home

Keaton's Mortuary, San Rafael

Best General Practice Physician Curtis F. Robinson, MD

Best Hair Salon D&O Salon

Best Heart Surgeon

Joel Sklar, MD, Marin General

Best Holistic Health Center

Preventative Medical Center of Marin

Best Holistic Herbal Shop

Gathering Thyme

Best Holistic Practitioner

Kim Peirano, DACM, Lac, Lion's Heart Wellness

Best Home Health Care Provider

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Fourth Year in a Row! Voted best surgeons in Marin! Dr. Hvistendahl & Dr. Poulos 40 Yrs. + Combined Experience Specializing in Mommy Makeover Body Contouring & QuickLift.

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Best Internal Medicine Physician

Elizabeth Lowe, MD, Tamalpais Internal Medicine, A UCSF Health Clinic

Best Laser Surgery Center

The Laser Center of Marin

Best Lasik Eye Surgery Marin Eyes

Best Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Best Marriage and Family Therapist Morgan C. Howson, LMFT

Best Massage Services Evo spa

Best Midwife

Mary Newberry, CNM, Prima Medical Group

Best Nail Services Lavande

Best Nutritionist

Willie Victor, Essentials for Health

Jennifer Hope Krasner, LCSW


Best Local Hospital

Best Oncologist

Marin General

Nona Cunningham, MD Bobbie Head, MD, Marin Cancer Care »40


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Best Delightful Alternative to an Expensive Spa Treatment One night in the 1960s, Al Garvey decided to build a small hot tub into a tree in his backyard in Fairfax. This redwood hot tub would become legendary, being privy to hundreds of friends who would enjoy a soak after a night of dancing at Garvey’s house. Whether this was the official beginning of the hottub culture Marin County would become famous for is debatable, but regardless hot tubs began to be synonymous with Marin. Since then, hot tubs have morphed from the free-loving, rustic and likely bacteria-ridden soaks into a mandatory accessory of luxury spa experiences. At Frogs Hot Tubs in

Fairfax, however, you can indulge in nostalgia for the 1960’s hot tub experience, this time with lots more sanitation. Frogs Hot Tubs is a public spa facility, with a communal outside hot tub and a cold plunge built on wooden decks, along with two saunas (one for women only) and massages to complete the spa experience. The communal hot tubs and sun deck are clothing optional, and there’s private hot tubs if that’s not your scene. Access to the communal and private hot tubs, which includes access to the saunas, start at an affordable $25. A.M.

Best Grocery Store Reverie Perennial Best Of winner Good Earth has taken up epic if not biblical proportions in my cosmology and could be a winner in multiple

categories. I actually moved to Fairfax to be close to Good Earth almost 10 years ago. I had finished a long trip around the country taking pictures (and observing lesser grocery stores) and wanted to quarantine myself somewhere beautiful to edit them and not have to think about food. I went there two or three times a day for my meals. I feel affection for everyone who works there, but I’ll name a few that are particularly dear to me and make the Good Earth feel like such a special community. You can spot Daniel’s kind eyes from almost anywhere in the store. Then there’s Jessica, sage of the herb section. Miguel’s smile and laughter are infectious. I’m partial to Lucy and Kamala’s sandwiches, but you’d be wise to cultivate your own relationships with these good earthlings. A quick list of my favorite things:

their green river gazpacho, or as my daughter less enthusiastically calls it “swamp soup.” Hovering around the bakery in the evenings waiting for the fresh baguettes to dunk into bowls of their buttery bulk olive oil. The gluten-free pizza crust. The red lentil dahl, the house-made ’krauts, the Good Faith olives from the olive bar, the pakora’d vegetables, the horseradish mayo on ciabatta roast beef sandwich, the house-made corn chips, fresh guacamole, organic pico, etc. Next time you’re in the aisles, close your eyes. Listen to the sweet hum of people grazing, birdsong, inoffensive if not legitimately good music softly scoring the pleasant conversation, “are you going to ecstatic dance tonight?” “I used to be vegan, then paleo and now I’m trying keto.” When you open your eyes, it’s a veritable health food jungle; plants line the sunlight soaked store »42

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Voted Best Psychologist

Barbara I. Sharp, Psy.D.

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Best NonEmbarrassing Loungewear Rough Linen’s beautiful showroom is a little hard to find. Located in an awkward strip mall just under the Richmond Bridge, it’s a treasure box filled with photogenic corners and with great clothes. Designed and manufactured in San Rafael, the brand is a go-to for clothes that have versatility written all over them. Pants loose enough to host a meal in, but presentable enough to run errands in. Roomy dresses that can double as a weekend look or a farmer’s market outfit, tops and tunics in relaxing shades of blue, olive green and oatmeal. The clothes are available online, but for a hands-on experience, it’s best to schedule an appointment at the showroom. F.T.

Best Mommy and Me Shopping Dressing like you’re a child is a bit weird yet adorable. Marin has no shortage of fine children’s stores, but only a few allow the option. If inspiration ever strikes, there’s no better place to do it than Neve and Hawk, the attractive San Anselmo store that both kids and parents love. The selection allows the whole family to match in cute T-shirts with custom prints or matching mom-and-daughter tunics in chic LOCALLY OWNED AND OPERATED IN MARIN FOR OVER 15 YEARS stripes and earthy tones. The store is also a great place for more than shopping. There are wreath-making workshops, gatherings and other Your laser skin care specialistsactivities. Alongside Collective, an organization supporting women’s businesses, is also under the store’s roof. F.T.

Best Staycation Workout Staycations are tricky: you’re going to spend all this money without traveling far away? Where’s the added bonus? Enter the Casa Madrona wellness suite, which makes vacationing in Sausalito a little more sweaty. The new nine rooms emphasize wellness, health and fitness. Bliss offers “smart beds” equipped with sleep track sensors and alarm options. There’s a Fitness on Demand program, offering guests high-quality fitness media and programming with virtual fitness experiences, Vi Sense, an AI trainer that motivates you through your headphones, Muse 2, a multi-sensing brain device that guides meditations and finally, a selection of healthy juices and smoothies from Urban Remedy tailored to the guest’s needs. The idea is a holistic experience that sends you back to reality revitalized and fresh. Hanging out in Sausalito never sounded nicer. F.T.

Best CBD in a Bottle CBD-infused drinks and even olive oils are making strides on the market. So why not stock the fridge with tiny, stylish bottles with 20 mg of CBD to help smooth the day out? Navitas Organics, a superfood and health ingredients company out of Novato, is known for its chia seeds, turmeric and acai. A couple of months ago, they launched a curious line of “superfood shots.” Labelled “Restore,” “Bliss” and “Calm,” the little colorful shots are packed with ingredients like goji berries, hemp oil and curcumin, taste like a healthy juice and add a little something to the daily routine. As with all things CBD, you sip, you feel great, you thank the CBD gods and move on. The Navitas bottles’ main advantage is their compact size, friendly packaging and uncomplicated marketing. F.T.

Beauty, Health &Wellness READER’S CHOICE

Best Ophthalmologist

Best Rehabilitation Center

Best Oral Surgeon

Best Retreat Center

Robert R. Anderson, MD

Dallas H. Hickle, DDS

Best Orthodontist

Serenity Knolls

Spirit Rock Meditation Center

Katie Bales Orthodontics

Best Spa

Best Orthopedic Surgeon

Best Spa/Hot Tub Store

Daniel Solomon, MD

Best Pediatrician Sarabenet Sequeira, MD, Pediatric Alternatives

Best Pharmacy Jacks Drug Store

Best Physical Therapist

Christine Waldron, PT2 Personal Training/ Personal Training

Best Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Yngvar A. Hvistendahl, Plastic Surgery Specialists

Best Psychiatrist

Katharine Ballinger, MD

Best Psychologist

Dr. Barbara Sharp, PhD

Evo Spa

Creative Energy

Best Specialized Mobility Equipment

Golden Years Medical

Best Sports Medicine

Sports Massage Marin

Best Spray Tan Megera de Soleil

Best Urgent Care Center Golden Gate Urgent Care

Best Waxing Studio Lavande

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Fitness & Recreation W here else but Marin County can you summit a 2,572-foot peak, surf a mushy 2-foot wave, cycle along rolling backroads or down challenging singletrack, race over a mountain to the Pacific shore with bare feet and then wind down with some iyengar yoga? Nowhere. With destinations like Mt. Tam, China Camp State Park and the Pacific Ocean and outfitters like Proof Lab and Mike’s Bike you might not be able to do it all in one day, but if you got up really early you could give it a shot.

Stinson Beach

Best Boating Company

Best Bike Route/ Trail

Best Cycling Event

Best Beach

101 Surf Sports

China Camp State Park

Marin Century

Best Bike Shop

Best Gym

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Fitness & Recreation READER’S CHOICE

Best Personal Trainer

Michael Krick, KrickFit

Best Pilates Studio Pilates of Marin

Best Skate Shop Proof Lab

Best Snow Sports Shop

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Old Town Sports

Best Health Club Bay Club Marin

Best Hiking Trail Dipsea

Best Horseback Riding Company Five Brooks Ranch

Best Martial Arts School

Marin Mixed Martial Arts

Best Outdoor Adventure Tour

Best Sports Fishing Charter Company The Salty Lady

Best Surf Shop Proof Lab

Best Swimming Pool Osher Marin JCC

Best Tai Chi/ Qigong Instructor Eli Cohen, Qi with Eli

Best Tennis Club Rolling Hills Club

Marin Outdoor Adventure

Best Water Sports Company

Best Park/Open Space

Best Yoga Studio

China Camp State Park

101 Surf Sports

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Best Supposedly Fun Thing That You Should Totally Do Next Time Instead of Me Truth be told, I was pumped to ride the fourth annual Jensie Gand Fondo on the morning of Sept. 29, 2018. The day began just like the other two rides I attended: the sun not quite breaking in the east, low fog over the hills around Novato’s Stafford Lake Park, the sound of bike wheels spinning and a murmur of riders talking quietly, but excitedly as they prepped for the charity ride that benefits the Marin Bicycle Coalition’s education and community efforts. Headlining the fondo is retired German cyclist Jens Voigt, known everywhere by his nickname, Jensie, and who earned the title “most fun guy in pro cycling.” My buddy and I talked each other into doing “Shut Up Legs,” the full century ride that’s named for Jensie’s trademark saying. That’s 100 miles. No sweat. We did the 70-mile “Presidential” ride twice before, and didn’t even come in quite dead last. The inaugural ride ran into a fine drizzle on the first leg, near Nicasio, but the weather was great after that, and the views high above Stinson Beach is as gorgeous as advertised. This time, after the grueling climb above Alpine Dam, the day was even better—until we reached the clouds at the top of the ridge. No problem—soon we’d be out of the clouds. But after the death-grip-on-the-brakes descent down Panoramic Highway, it became clear that this was actually not just thick fog, but the first stormy day of the rainy season, and it was a sodden slog back to Novato, the sag wagon hazing us, in a friendly way, all the way. What’s worse; to clock in dead last

in the category, or be among those many less sodden riders who took a shortcut and checked out early? I didn’t care, and it seemed that nobody cared about these very late stragglers, until we ran into this one upbeat guy—the Jensie himself, who, marveling aloud at our dogged determination, shared the VIP tent’s pizza and beer with us and chatted a while. So, all I’m saying in the end is, you should totally do this ride next time. J.K.

Best Way to Do the Dipsea Lying Down

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The Dipsea only comes around once this year, and it demands a bit of fortitude, should you wish to participate. No, not the strenuous Dipsea Race in June, but the next release of Marin Brewing Company’s challenging Old Dipsea barleywine-style ale later this year, in the fall. Train for it with Marin Brewing’s flagship Mt. Tam pale ale, then step up to Moylan’s Kiltlifter strong Scotch style ale before you attempt the Dipsea. Long before craft brew drinkers went bonkers for double, then triple IPA with eight to 10 percent alcohol stats, the mellower microbrew movement of the 1980s and 1990s rediscovered barleywine, an intense and higher alcohol version of English ale. Marin Brewing ups the ante with their whiskey barrel-aged barleywine, a beery booze fest with raisin and date sugar aromas that’s nevertheless made smoother on the palate from months-long aging in barrels. It’s a rare bird, because there’s only enough room for a few barrels in the small brewery. Choose a nippy afternoon next fall to enjoy a glass after a brisk climb up the brew’s namesake trail. But only do a second glass if you’ve got somewhere to lie down awhile. J.K.


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Best Training Ground for Bicycle Infantry in Marin Most days, it isn’t hard to keep your cool on a bike ride in the rolling hills of West Marin. The traffic is light on out-of-the-way country lanes like Carmody Road. The farm life and occasional wildlife and even a touch of humor is found when the potholed road abruptly turns smooth, right at the Marin County line sign. But, zig-zagging from one lane to another on the way to

the more popular bike route on Chileno Valley Road, take a turn on Alexander Road, where the sound of the wind in old cypress and eucalyptus windbreaks is interrupted by a bang! A pop! And with a bang and a pop-pop-poppop, the firepower is so intense from dozens of patrons of Circle S Ranch & Outdoor Shooting Range, just downslope from the road, it almost feels hot on the cheek, and is that the scent of gun smoke in the air? Just then, a great, white egret from an adjacent pond flies ever so lazily, slowly over the entire crackling shooting range. Well, that’s one way to get used to keeping calm under fire. J.K.

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veryone knows that Marin is for lovers, and this year’s Best Of Winners in Romance provide local and visiting sweethearts with plenty of opportunities and offerings to share their passions and indulge in their love with no shortage of getaways, candlelit dining and posh stay-cation accommodations throughout the county. Whether you are in the mood to take in the natural beauty of locales like Drakes Estero, an expansive estuary in the Point Reyes National Seashore, or you’re looking to spice things up at Pleasures of the Heart erotic and lingerie shop, we’ve got the best ways to say “I love you” in Marin.

Best Boutique Hotel

Best Erotica Store

Panama Hotel & Restaurant

Pleasures of the Heart

Best Couples Counseling

Pleasures of the Heart

Dr. Rick Scott

Best Lingerie Shop Best Place for Singles to Meet Silver Peso

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Best Romantic Dinner

Best Wedding Event Planner

Best Sex Therapist

Best Wedding Photographer

Jason’s Restaurant Dr. Claudia Six

Best Staycation Cavallo Point

Stacey & Company

Dia Rao Photography

Best Wedding Reception Venue Marin Art & Garden


Best Pearl Of Wisdom From a Windy and Winsome Locale On a sunny day, Drakes Estero looks, feels and sounds the way it looked, felt and sounded to buccaneer Sir Francis Drake, when he arrived on the coast of Marin hundreds of years ago and claimed the territory for England. On the ridge above the estero, Native Americans created “middens,” which are big recycling piles that filled up with the shells of oysters, clams and mussels, a major part of their diet. With your eyes to the ground you might see one. Or go with a Native American guide who knows about middens. There’s also recent history at Drakes Estero. For years, oystermen pulled bivalves out of the waters, some wild and some cultivated. As we all now know, the Department of the Interior put an end to all that several years ago. Gone are the oyster shacks, the trailers and the tourists who sat in the sun and ate the bivalves by the dozen. Sometimes they sat in the cold and the wet, when the estero is unfit for

habitation, except by creatures of the sea. Now sometimes not a single person stands along the shore and watches the waves. It’s so quiet it’s deafening, but still romantic. That’s when I love the estero best, though I also once loved to scarf down Drakes Bay Oysters and chum around with Kevin Lunny, who grew up on a dairy ranch near the coast and who had to shutter his oyster farm and say goodbye to the life he’d led. I miss Kevin and the oysters and I don’t miss them. I can see why the feds evicted Drakes Bay Oyster Company and made the estero look the way it looked, sort of, to Sir Francis Drake and his men who ate oysters and mussels and fraternized with the Native Americans who didn’t mind the fog and the cold. There’s no turning back the hands of time, but at Drakes Estero, time stops and bliss runs riot. There’s nothing more romantic than that, whether you’re on your own or with another. To get there from Point Reyes Station (15.3 miles), take Sir. Francis Drake Boulevard west, then left at Drakes Beach Road and look for the signs. J.R.

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t’s said that family is what you make of it and that’s often the case in Marin County, where community rules but usually not in a cliquey way, and where the various dreamers, escape artists, vagabonds, feral sophisticates, freaks, geeks and outcasts who populate our towns make pick-up family holidays out of affinity, with sides galore and likely some wine, too. Oh, don’t worry, we’ve got plenty of that old-fashioned nuclear family business going out here, too, and lots of doulas, midwives and others to help bring baby into the world, safe and sound. And for some, it’s all about the pets. They’re family, too, and are the recipients of our rolling forgiveness for the occasional lapse in judgment when it comes to lifting a leg in an inappropriate manner. That’s what family is all about, after all—affinity, forgiveness and filial piety.

Best Animal Adoption Center

Marin Humane Society

Best Animal Hospital

Best Baby Gift Store Five Little Monkeys

Best Child Care Center

Miss Sandie's School

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Best Preschool and Best Daycare 5 years in a row!


Best ChildFriendly Restaurant

Terrapin Crossroads

Best Children's Camp Osher Marin JCC

Best Children's Clothing Store Poppy Store

Best Children's Consignment Store



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Best Children's Educational Center

Bay Area Discovery Museum

Best Children's Indoor Sports Center

Novato Gymnastics Center

Best Children's Museum

Bay Area Discovery Museum

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Best College

College of Marin

Best Dog Obedience School Marin Humane

Best Dog Park

Mill Valley Dog Park

Best Hobby Shop Dollhouses, Trains, & More

Best Holistic Veterinary The Country Vet

Best Kennel Alpha Dog

Best Organic Pet Products Pet Cottage

Best Pet Boutique Dogville

Best Pet Day Care Alpha Dog

Best Pet/Feed Store

Woodlands Pet Food & Treats

Best Pet Groomer Doggie Styles

Best Place for a Children's Party Cal-Star Gymnastics



Best Preschool

Best Toy Store

Best Private School

Best Veterinary Services

Miss Sandie’s School

Marin Country Day School

Five Little Monkeys

San Anselmo Animal Hospital

Best Public School Hidden Valley Elementary School


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Best Way to Kick-Start Your Kid’s Activism Streak

Try visiting San Rafael’s Fox & Kit on a rainy weekend, and you won’t need an explanation about its insane popularity. Owners Devin and Kyoko Westberg can often be found there, accepting pleas from adoring parents about how they should franchise and expand. It’s part coffeeshop, part children’s indoor playground, designed with imagination and good taste. Upon entering, comfortable sofas, marble counters and plush pillows welcome tired moms and dads, and a variety of coffee drinks helps to keep them energized. Behind the glass door, a fantasy land of felt and wood can endure any kids’ energy, with nooks, caves and costumes for hours of creative play. Ideal for playdates parents can enjoy, too, Fox & Kit is miles away from your average playground, or from the too-crazy, too-colorful kids gyms that no parent wants. F.T.

There’s been a lot of marching going on in the Bay Area the last few years; marches for women’s rights, for worker’s rights, for immigrants’ rights. There’s been marches for climate change action and marches for social justice causes, marches of protest, marches of remembrance, marches of activism. What do all of these marches have in common? Posters, banners, signs and other displays of artistic empowerment that participants create and hold to send their message in a vibrant and visual way. This time-honored tradition of expression is what inspired Bruce Burtch to produce the annual Youth Poster Contest, open to all middle and high school students in Marin County. The contest gives kids a public platform to speak their mind, and to create a lasting image pertaining to the issues that are important to them. First held in 2017, the »56

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Hidden Valley School 46 Green Valley Court . San Anselmo 415-454-7409 The REAL Mental Health Initiative at Congregation Rodef Sholom is proud to present:

Far From the Tree with Andrew Solomon Tuesday, May 14, 7:00 pm

Drawing from his award- winning book, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children & the Search for Identity, Andrew Solomon will discuss the ways in which families accommodate children with physical, mental and social disabilities and how these unusual situations can be invested with love. Andrew Solomon, Ph.D., is a writer and lecturer on politics, culture and psychology; winner of the National Book Award; and an activist in LGBT rights, mental health, and the arts. Free and open to the public, hosted in the Congregation Rodef Sholom Sanctuary 170 N. San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. For tickets, go to The REAL Mental Health Initiative at Rodef Sholom is supported by the Laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation.

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contest expanded immensely last year, with a 250 percent increase in participation and an evergrowing assortment of community partners. This year’s contest is again finding immense popularity with Marin County kids, and with submissions open until May 10, there’s still time for local students to get in on the action. In addition to the contest, the program has also begun to incorporate free art poster workshops to several Marin schools servicing underserved and at-risk youth. The workshops feature nationally renowned art instructors like artist and designer John Mavroudis, whose work has appeared on the covers of Time and the New Yorker. The workshops also provide free art supplies for the school and for the participating students to take home. These workshops engage Marin youth who might otherwise not have the art instruction and/or art supplies to participate in the contest. Burtch points out that the program is not an art contest; rather it is a messaging contest, aimed at encouraging youth to stand up and change the world through words and images. For more information, visit –C.S.

Best Friends of Man’s Best Friend There are a lot of dog lovers in the North Bay, to be sure, but the folks at San Rafael’s Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) take things to another level. Established in 1942, the school serves clients in the United States and Canada, and is the largest guide-dog training organization in North America. More than an industry-leading guide-dog school, the nonprofit has spent 76 years serving blind or visually impaired clients—free of charge—and has

inspired others around the world to follow their lead. “The reason I came to Guide Dogs for the Blind was because of the power of the human-animal bond and the positive impact that has,” says CEO and president Christine Benninger, who joined the nonprofit four years ago after running the Humane Society of Silicon Valley for nearly two decades. “We’re the power of the humananimal bond on steroids.” Consisting of two 13-acre campuses, one in San Rafael and one in Boring, Ore., Guide Dogs for the Blind breeds 900 puppies a year, and trains and graduates 320 teams of dogs and their clients annually under a rigorous program that has made them worldwide leaders in the field. Last fall, GDB gained international attention once again when it was featured as the subject of the documentary Pick of the Litter, which followed five guide dogs from birth through graduation. GDB continues to make a difference in the lives of the visually impaired and to celebrate the doghuman bond with offerings like the K9 Buddy Program, which matches specially selected dogs to become pets and buddies to children and young adults who are blind or visually impaired and their families, and the ever-popular Camp GDB, which is held for youth ages 14-17 this June at the Oral Hull and Retreat Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Oregon. For anyone interested in knowing more, the best way to start is by attending one of the variety of tours for individuals and groups that GDB offers on a regular basis, and at the puppy graduation ceremonies that are open to the public. For more info, go to guidedogs. com. –C.S.

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he Beach Boys once sang, “Get around, get around, I get around.” Yea, we get around, too, and when we go from town to town as part of our everyday activities, we’re constantly reminded how much Marin has to offer each and every day. Whether you want to experience literary joys at locales like Point Reyes Books, or listen to local congressman Jared Huffman’s podcast, there’s always something to do around here, and we’ve got the scoop on everything from boutique retailers, recycling centers, gift shops, auto mechanics and more that make every day a good one in Marin.

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Best Unintended Consequence of the Dreadful Government Shutdown The 35-day government shutdown that began just before Christmas in December 2018 did not arrive at a particularly convenient time for furloughed federal employees, and it certainly wasn’t a help for wildlife managers at Point Reyes National Seashore, who are tasked each winter with keeping the migrating elephant seal colony safe from human visitors, and vice versa. Team seal saw it otherwise, taking the opportunity to move in on a stretch of sand by the visitor center. It was a celebrated land grab in the media, but not entirely unexpected, according to marine ecologist Sarah Codde. “We knew they were coming to the visitor center any year

now,” says Codde. “We’ve had male elephant seals showing up for many years, two to 10 in a day during breeding season. “It just happened to be the year during the government shutdown,” that a cohort of 75 females moved in. Previously, the seals had been “hazed” to keep them at a safe remove from people who want to get too close, because, as Codde says, “It’s a wild animal—it’s a 5,000 pound animal.” Hazing is standard practice among elephant seal researchers, usually just shaking a big plastic tarp in their direction. It sort of works. “It’s very difficult to haze elephant seals— they aren’t easily bothered by us,” says Codde, who notes that even without the shutdown, the seals may have won sunbathing rights on the beach, anyway. As it was, 55 females gave birth, and the pups were successfully nursed and weaned. By the end of April, most will have followed their parents far out to sea. But there are almost always a few seals hanging »68

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out on the beach below the elephant seal overlook, from which they are best and most safely viewed, throughout the year. The population of these deep-diving marine mammals rebounded in recent decades, thanks to protection by the U.S. and Mexican federal governments, when not shut down. J.K.

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The main sightseeing attraction that I seek while hiking Tomales Point Trail at Point Reyes National Seashore is the tule elk herd. Sure, there’s the ocean, the azure seas, the crashing waves, and all of that—it’s a seashore, after all. Seen plenty of it, never gets old. But to find the bachelor herds of tule elk, the guys with the really big antlers, takes a little more motivation and legwork, further up the trail, as they’re often hidden in a glen, just over a bluff up yonder. It was at the crest of one such bluff up yonder, at a turn in the trail, where I last met coyote, settling down to sun himself on an outcropping of rock not far from the trail. He doesn’t budge as I cautiously step closer, and closer—not leaving the trail, of course. Could this be the first of two potential spirit animals in one day? This park abounds with gifts. Suppose, just this once, coyote looks me in the eye and delivers some . . . you know, animal wisdom, some wild guidance of some kind, just this once? Trying to ignore me, but perhaps sensing my searching eyes, nonchalant coyote half turns his head and says, as best that I can interpret his silent riposte, “Get lost, kid. I ain’t game for no spirit nonsense.” Point taken. J.K.

Best Political Podcast by a Nice Congressman Named Jared Usually podcasts hosted by white male congressmen does little to interest me, a non-white woman, for obvious reasons. That being said, U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman’s ‘Off the Cuff ’ is relevant, accessible and broad-minded. The podcast’s mission is to have easily digestible conversations on local and national issues, and, as the name suggests, get access to an unfiltered Huffman. The podcast brings in state and regional pols and policymakers, but also interviews people outside the political spectrum. One of my favorite episodes interviews Sue Conley of Cowgirl Creamery and Mary Keehn of Cypress Grove Creamery. No one gets smeared, except a bagel, as the cast covers the women’s entry into cheese industry and their overall cheesespirations (the deliciously creamy Humboldt Fog cheese came to Mary Keehn by way of a dream). Huffman eventually asks if being a woman pioneering the cheese industry has presented challenges, to which Keehn responds: “It is definitely the only time when the women’s line for the bathroom is shorter than the men’s.” A more political episode explored the extent to which religion has infiltrated politics and covered interesting historical and legal debate points. Huffman, who publicly declared his atheism a few years ago, was joined by U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, and constitutional and civil rights attorney Andrew Seidel. The three discussed religion in the government and whether there’s too much of it. A.M. »70

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“These new Sloan Waterfree urinals each conserve an average of 40,000 gallons of fresh water each year.” So boasts a very large sign mounted over the attractively oblong objects in five separate men’s restroom areas located within and around the upgraded Marin Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium and Exhibit Hall. As part of the county’s drive to bring more green to the fairgrounds—and, no, not by planting more foliage or fasttracking cannabis licenses—the greater Civic Center sprawl has installed a current total of 23 waterfree wonders, and officials are happily speaking of an estimated

total of 920,000 gallons of water saved every year as they do so. That’s just the beginning of the environmental efforts at the fairgrounds and the fair itself to create the greenest annual summertime agricultural exhibition in the country. Other innovations include a solar-powered carousel, fitted out with more than a thousand energy-saving lights run by a specially designed motor powered by an array of solar panels. There’s a solar powered music stage, another stage powered by biodiesel vegetable oil and a bird-friendly wind turbine that powers exterior lights near the entrance of the fair. D.T.

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the shopping malls. Ever since opening a few months ago at the Marin Country Mart, Sarah Shepard Gallery is enriching the boutique-and-coffee equation with world-class art. Shepard has consulted for Christie’s, worked in business development at Sotheby’s, has done photography, art advisory and now her expertise and eye is solidified at her new gallery. You’ll find Johnna Arnold’s extraterrestrial prints a welcome break from the ordinary. F.T.

Best Two-Part Series on the Manifest Joys of Literacy Part I: One of the last great commons, Marin’s public libraries are intentional public spaces for learning and gathering. I have many favorites throughout the system; some are striking architecturally, like Mill Valley’s redwoods cathedral and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Civic Center branch. Others are intimate little sanctuaries with deep local-author sections. Through the Link Plus and ILL affiliate lending programs, you can track down many unusual and harder to find titles. Each branch offers locally minded programming and exhibitions. Part II: Point Reyes Books has become my favorite local bookstore. New owners Stephen and Molly have brought in a world-class collection of titles, and foot for foot, there is no better selection of relevant and enjoyable reads, and a clear connection to place. Donna Haraway’s collected writings and Fred Moten’s trilogy sit near handwritten paeans to authors like Eliot Weinberger, Maggie Nelson and Mary Ruefle. The other night I packed in to see local author Eric Karpeles read from his new books on Jozef Kapzki, then stayed for stimulating conversation

afterward. In the scary glow of the Amazon age, spaces curated with such care and attention that they facilitate community gatherings are the best. P.S.

Best USS Tempest In a Teapot Self-styled Marin County abolitionists declared a recent victory in their battle to change the name of the Dixie School District to something less “divisive,” after facing off against an alleged Confederacy of Marinites set on maintaining their heritage, honor and the school name. Actually, they said, their defense of Dixie had nothing to do with racism or divisiveness or anything of the sort. The lady after whom the school district was named— was herself named Mary Dixie, and she was a Native American, not to mention an upstanding citizen. And, they added, where were these identity-politics abolitionists in 2016, when the Dixie Chicks joined Bëyonce onstage at the Country Music Awards and sang a song together? Didn’t hear anything about “racism” back then (then again, those Dixie Chicks did make some righteous anti-war comments against the Bush II invasion of Iraq, in 2003, and look where that got ’em). Anyway, the Marin Union of Indignation prevailed and the district will change its name, to an as yet undisclosed moniker and so as not to enjoin the Merrimac and Monitor in further bloody battle in Richardson Bay. In the meantime, martial law has been declared, habeas corpus has been suspended, the governor has fled to Sacramento—but at least everyone’s on the same page when it comes to “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.” Definitely not this year’s elementary school bunnydance graduation tune. T.G.

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arin County is pretty good place to feather your nest. The natural surroundings are certainly part of the appeal, but so is the abundance of inspiration from thoughtful designers, architects, landscapers and other pros dedicated to making your home beautiful. Where else but here can you choose from zero waste environmentally friendly storage at Sausalito’s U-Konserve, high-style furnishings and decor at Mill Valley’s Prevalent Objects and the good folks at the Marin Open Garden Project who will teach you all you need to know to grow your own fruit and vegetables. No wonder Marin is such a great place to call home.

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Best Environmentally Friendly and Totally Chic Containers Plastic is uncool and environmentally friendly storage is all the rage. Sausalito-based U-Konserve is a company that offers just that. Founded by Chance Claxton and Lynn Julian, the company is a leading reusable food and beverage storage products company brand, offering stainless food containers and straws, reusable food wrap and bamboo utensils that are totally guilt-free. As a Certified B Corporation, the brand offers their products online, and the best part? They’re as good looking as they are conscientious. F.T.

Best Green Thumbs The Marin Open Garden Project (MOGP) was founded by Julie Hanft and Hilary Jeffris, environmental enthusiasts who have their green thumbs in multiple Marin County environmental organizations. Hanft is an environmental educator at the afterschool program Marin GreenPlay Camp, while Jeffris has been a volunteer garden teacher at Park School. When they met at the Environmental Forum of Marin’s Sustainable Earth in 2008,

the two developed an organization dedicated to gleaning the excess fruit or vegetables accumulating in backyards. The MOGP sends volunteers to pick any excess fruit or vegetables from your garden for free, or you can bring it to community exchanges and barter for some fresh chard from community members. The MOGP also has amazing resources for all the wannabe gardeners out there; if you want to participate in the gardening experience, but do not have a yard to do so, the organization can offer you a plot of land from a fellow gardener to grow your own fruits and veggies on. The MOGP will also help you build a raised garden plot, and has a tool library for you to borrow or lend gardening tools. A.M.

Best Place to Indulge in the Sin of Envy Once in a while, a store just happens to embody everyone’s perfect idea of a home. This is the case with downtown Mill Valley’s Prevalent Objects. Owned by a couple of Los Angeles dwellers who decided to go for a change of scenery, Floyd and Julia Albee are interior design specialists who treat their gorgeous space as part-showroom, part-store. Ceramics, lighting fixtures, small house goods and the most enviable furniture you’ll ever see—by coveted brands like Mutto and Sun at Six Ten—all align next to each other, creating the brick-and-mortar »80

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Best Way to Reflect on the Vagaries of Post-Capitalism There’s all kinds of places in Marin County where one can buy a sack of wood chips, but it’s one of those products that can—should?—be had for the cost of a few minutes drive and a bit of chip-corralling with the pitchfork into various containers. Or a call to the local tree-service company that’s swimming in chips; they’ll drop off a load, no worries. Chips, chips everywhere—why would anyone ever buy them? And indeed, take a look at the bigger picture: there’s parts out yonder in West Marinicana where you can keep it almost totally free, yearround. Free clothes, free food, free showers, free stuff, free events, a free coast, a free parking space, a free place up the arroyo and under a tarp, free water from a pipe on the side of Highway 1. There’s a lot of freedom, but freedom is not free. Neither are wood chips as I’ve experienced them, as a suburban youth who spent many a spring morn spreading a sack of rich redwood chips among the azaleas. “Father! Alas, we’ve run out of chips!” Time to head back to the nursery. Out here, I’m just blown away by the availability of free wood chips and thought that I had the secret code worked out or something when a wood sign appeared alongside a massive pile of shredded trees. This undisclosed location in West Marin will, on occasion, be the landing site for a truck-load of fresh and fragrant wood chips, redolent of pine or eucalyptus, strewn with needle and stick, and totally free. I keep going back for more. There’s

always another weedy nook to chuck some fresh chips at. Whose idea was this? Bernie Sanders’? If so, I’m a chip off the old block. T.G.

Best Way of Politely Saying, ‘Thanks But We’d Rather Not’ A recent item in the Pt. Reyes Light reported that Cheda’s Garage in Pt. Reyes Station was ending its contract with AAA. This was especially interesting news for a few reasons, as the Light reported. First, the Cheda’s-AAA contract dated back to 1920 and was the oldest ongoing contractual agreement in the United States, and you can read that again and take it to the bank. Second, a lot of people rely on AAA and Cheda’s in West Marin. So, a 99-year contract is terminated and the question is why. Well, the gracious and business-wise folks at Cheda’s weren’t saying why to the Light, so here’s the best piece of semi-informed speculation on the subject you’ll see. Let’s say you’re an old and very established local full-service garage with a single tow truck and a contract that requires you to drive all throughout the lord’s creation dealing with stranded tourists who might, on occasion, be somewhat less than patient when it comes to their need to get back to Palo Alto now. Call us crazy, but who needs that—especially when Cheda’s can instead promptly take care of the friendly local farmer who just snapped an axle on his F150 and needs that truck to bring his produce to market. Post-AAA, It’s nice to see that the Cheda-wagon’s still loaded down with plastic gas jugs—they’ve still got that service, but it looks like they’re keeping it closer to home these days. And remember, it’s always wise to keep a five gallon jug of gas in the shed as part of any home-improvement package for the well-prepared. T.G.










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ou’d think that here in the land of the Grateful Dead and the birthplace of 4/20, Marin County would be more Amsterdam than Mayberry when it comes to cannabis. Proposition 64 (the Adult Use of Marijuana Act) passed with the approval of 57 percent of state voters and 70 percent of Marin County voters. But don’t tell that to county and city officials. The county has taken a decidedly conservative, go slow approach to legalizing pot. Tiburon, Ross, Mill Valley and San Anselmo have probitions on recreational pot shops. Other cities like Larkspur, Corte Madera, San Rafael and Novato have temporary moratoriums in place as they work to create permanent ordinances. Except for the grandfathered (grandmothered) CNC Alliance in Fairfax (se pg. 85), purchasing legal cannabis in Marin County is available by delivery only. And yet the industry thrives. The people have spoken and they’re a-tokin’.

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Best Green Advocate Cannabis dispensaries would not be all over Northern California— and all over the state—if it weren’t for the gumption and grit of Lynnette Shaw, who’s known as “the Queen of Green.” Shaw started the Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana (MAMM) in 1996, the same year that voters approved Prop 215, which ushered in medicinal weed. For years, the U.S. Department of Justice tried to shutter Shaw’s dispensary. Even Bill Clinton got into the act when he was in the White House.

For a time, the feds succeeded in closing down MAMM. Shaw and her lawyers took Clinton to court and won. The little dispensary on School Street in Fairfax came back stronger than ever. It’s still there and so is the Queen of Green. MAMM is also home to WeedRunner, a cannabis delivery service. I attended the grand re-opening of MAMM in 2017. Patients came from all over Marin and Sonoma to celebrate with Shaw and to buy their medicine. There was free food and drink; Shaw herself was radiant. MAMM doesn’t have the best selection, but it’s a legend in the cannabis world. A pilgrimage to the Fairfax

dispensary is a tribute to the Queen of Green and her funky temple that has improved the lives of the sick and the infirm. J.R.

Best Cannabis Gifts for ‘I Don’t Use Cannabis’ Friends CBD is all the rage, but not everyone’s ready for a “calming” tea or an infused chocolate. Consuming CBD products might be still perceived as a big deal by an on-the-fence relative or an uninformed friend, but surely,

everyone loves a good lip balm? Vertly, a Sausalito-based company founded by entrepreneur Claudia Mata, specializes in CBD-infused skincare; a fun, gentle entry into cannabis. A clean-smelling lip balm, a bath salt and a lotion; that’s all there is, but each product is relaxing in a way that’s hard to pinpoint, but really easy to enjoy. Equipped with pristine packaging and helpful info, Vertly products are a great hostess gift, Mother’s Day souvenir or a present for a friend who’s yet to discover the variety behind the trendiest ingredient in decades. F.T.

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The upcoming sixth annual Eat My Heart Out Supper Club is more than a meal; it’s a storytelling experience that pairs food with narratives that whet your appetite for more. This unique storytelling event is a benefit for West Marin Community Radio, KWMR, now celebrating 20 years. Along with five courses of delicious dishes, special guests like KWMR board members Muriel Murch and Richard Dillman, Mark Buell, Mia Johnson, Neshama Franklin and Miguel Kuntz spin tasty tales on Saturday, April 28, at the Peace Barn, 70 Olema Bolinas Rd., Bolinas. 6:30pm. $200.


Garden Necessities If you’ve got a garden, chances are good you’re growing one of the hundreds of varieties of tomatoes out there. And if you’re growing tomatoes, chances are you don’t want to miss this year’s TomatoPalooza tomato market and plant sale, featuring a curated selection of 2,500 tomato starts and tomato experts and Marin master gardeners on hand to answer questions and offer Marin-specific watering and growing tips. The tomato starts go quickly, so early arrival is recommended on Saturday, April 27, at Bon Air Center, 302 Bon Air, Greenbrae. 9am. Free admission.

silent version of Blackmail screening with live music accompaniment from Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra on Monday, April 29, at Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 7pm. $15-$20. 415.454.1222.


Graceful Graphic Novel Jeff Buckley is a name every music fan knows, though is career was encompassed in six turbulent years before his untimely death in 1997. Buckley’s story is told in graphic novel form with the release of Grace: The Jeff Buckley Story. Written by Tiffanie DeBartolo and with art by Pascal Dizin and Lisa Reist, this graphic novel biography uses archival material provided by Jeff’s mother, Mary Guibert. The book gets a release this month with DeBartolo, Guibert and special guests like MC5’s Wayne Kramer and others on Tuesday, April 30, at Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 7:30pm. $20. 415.388.3850. —Charlie Swanson


Pure Cinema Though he’s most famous for his thrillers of the ‘50s and ‘60s, master director Alfred Hitchcock’s career began in the silent era. During the transition to sound in 1929, Hitchcock made his film Blackmail in both silent and sound versions, and it’s cited as the first British talkie. While many critics and fans preferred the silent version when it was released, that cut was unavailable for decades until recently. See the

Los Angeles-based singersongwriter Chris Ayer performs his eclectic pop music as part of “Novato Live” on Saturday, April 27, at Novato City Hall. See clubs & venues, pg. 91.

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After (PG-13) Amazing Grace (G) • Auntie Mame (NR) Avengers: Endgame (PG-13)

Friday, April 26–Thursday, May 2 After (2:00) Modern-day bodice-ripper about a sweet young thing who falls under the spell of a dark, brooding bad boy; Selma Blair stars. Amazing Grace (1:27) 1972 concert film captures the incomparable Aretha Franklin singing her soul out at LA’s New Temple Missionary Baptist Church. Auntie Mame (2:23) Rosalind Russell re-creates her legendary stage role as a freespirited grade dame raising her nephew to be as life-embracing as she is. Avengers: Endgame (3:02) The Marvel mishegoss climaxes with the still-standing superheroes heading into final battle with a universe-destroying miscreant; Scarlett Johansson stars. Blackmail (1:30) Recently rediscovered silent version of the 1929 thriller about an innocent woman caught up in a classic Hitchcocktail of guilt, sex and murder. Breakthrough (1:30) True tale of a mother’s faith in the recovery of her presumed-dead son; Woody Harrelson narrates. Buddy (1:26) Poignant documentary dovetails between six service dogs and their companions as it explores the age-old bond between person and pooch. The Chaperone (1:48) Sumptuous biopic revels in the early life of Wichita flapper and aborning movie legend Louise Brooks; Haley Lu Richardson stars. The Curse of La Llorona (1:33) The legendary Mexican bogeyperson stalks children and priests in disco-era LA! Diane (1:36) Mary Kay Place delivers a career-defining performance as a selfsacrificing New Englander looking back on her haunted, chaotic life. Doclands Celebrate fantastic documentaries from around the world at four days of forums, festivities and two dozen fiction-free flicks. Dumbo (2:10) Tim Burton’s live-action reboot of the Disney classic about a flying elephant and his circus sidekicks; Alan Arkin, Michael Keaton and Eva Green star. Everybody Knows (2:12) Asghar Farhadi thriller stars Penelope Cruz as a vacationing wife with a missing daughter, an amorous ex and family secrets aplenty. Family (1:23) Social misfit Taylor Schilling has a long and laff-filled night ahead of her when she agrees to babysit her equally geeky niece. Finding Kind (1:18) Documentary examines the chronic epidemic of girlto-girl bullying through insights from educators, psychologists and the girls themselves. Free Solo (1:40) Edge-of-your-seat documentary follows mountaineer Alex Honnold as he attempts to scale Yosemite’s vertiginous El Capitan—without a rope! High Life (1:50) Arty Claire Denis sci-fi flick about the last survivors of a doomed interstellar voyage; Juliette Binoche stars. Hotel Mumbai (2:05) Unrelentingly tense thriller about the 2008 siege of India’s Taj Hotel by a group of terrorists; Dev Patel and Armie Hammer star.

The Invisibles (1:50) Docudrama about four of the 7,000 Jews who lived secretly in Berlin during WWII is enhanced with present-day interviews with the actual survivors. The Intruder (1:42) Suspense thriller about a young married couple and a Napa Valley dream house that comes with an unlisted liability…Dennis Quaid. Iyengar (1:47) Documentary portrait of the renowned yogi looks at how his teachings have enlightened and inspired practitioners around the globe. Kalank (2:45) Romantic epic set in an idyllic town on the verge of Indian independence where two dynasties are threatened by ancient secrets. Klimt and Schiele: Eros and Psyche (1:30) Explore the saucy, striking imagery of Freud’s Vienna in this insightful celebration of Gustav and Egon’s seminal works. Little (1:48) Big takes a backflip as a high-powered executive vacays from the pressures of adulthood when she reverts to her happier, tinier younger self. Long Shot (1:55) Raunchy old-school political rom-com stars Charlize Theron as an overqualified presidential candidate and Seth Rogen as her star-struck, troublemaking speechwriter. Monty Python and the Holy Grail SingAlong (1:31) You’re cordially invited to sing along with John Cleese, Eric Idle and the rest of the gang as they dismember the legend of King Arthur and his musically inclined knights. The Mustang (1:36) A Nevada convict gets a new lease on life when he joins his prison’s wild horse training program; Bruce Dern plays the regulation old-coot trainer. Penguins (1:16) Disney documentary follows a young Antarctic penguin on his difficult quest to nest, mate and start a family. Ramen Shop (1:30) Tasty tale of a young chef who hopes to reconcile age-old animosities between Singapore and Japan by melding the two countries’ signature cuisines. Red Joan (1:41) Judi Dench stars as a retired secret agent running from her troubled, conflicted past; Trevor Nunn directs. Shazam! (2:10) Big/Superman mashup in which a luckless 14-year-old blossoms into a grown-up superhero with totally dope superpowers; Zachary Levi stars. Transit (1:41) Era-hopping German thriller about a Holocaust refugee assuming a dead man’s identity in modern-day Marseille. UglyDolls (1:27) All-embracing, all-inclusive cartoon about the town of Uglyville, a paradise where weird is wonderful and beauty is much more than skin deep. Wild Nights With Emily (1:24) Whimsical period biopic reappraises the life of poet extraordinaire Emily Dickinson as a happy and prolific writer, baker and lover; Molly Shannon stars. Woman at War (1:40) Comic Icelandic fable about a choir director with a secret identity: an eco-saboteur adept with bows, arrows and other Viking-type weapons.

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Buddy (NR) The Chaperone (NR) The Curse of La Llorona (R) Diane (NR) Doclands (NR) Dumbo (PG)

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Northgate: Fri-Wed 9, 11:40, 2:20, 5:10, 7:50, 10:35 Regency: 10, 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7:15, 9:35 daily Lark: Tue 4:30; Thu 6:10 Cinema: Fri-Sat 7am, 3, 7, 11pm, 3D 11am; Sun 6:50am, 2:45, 6:45, 10:45pm, 3D 10:45am; Mon-Thu 10:40, 6:40, 10:40, 3D 2:40 Fairfax: Fri-Sat 11:30, 12, 12:30, 1, 3:15, 3:45, 4:30, 4:45, 5:30, 6:45, 7:30, 8:30, 8:45, 9:30, 10:30; Sun-Wed 11:30, 12, 12:30, 1, 3:15, 3:45, 4:30, 4:45, 5:30, 6:45, 7:30; Thu 11:30, 12, 12:30, 1, 3:15, 3:45, 4:30, 5:30, 6:45, 7:30 Northgate: Fri-Sat 8, 9:40, 10:30, 11:15, 12, 1:40, 2:30, 3:15, 4, 5:40, 6:30, 7:15, 8, 9:40, 10:30, 11:15, 12:01, 3D 8:50, 12:50, 4:50, 8:50; Sun 8, 9:40, 10:30, 11:15, 12, 1:40, 2:30, 3:15, 4, 5:40, 6:30, 7:15, 8, 9:40, 10:30, 11:15, 3D 8:50, 12:50, 4:50, 8:50; Mon-Thu 9:40, 10:30, 11:15, 12, 1:40, 2:30, 3:15, 4, 5:40, 6:30, 7:15, 8, 9:40, 10:30, 11:15, 3D 8:50, 12:50, 4:50, 8:50 Playhouse: Fri 3:15, 3:45, 5, 7, 7:30, 9, 11; Sat 11:30, 12, 1, 3:15, 3:45, 5, 7, 7:30, 9, 11; Sun 11:30, 12, 1, 3:15, 3:45, 5, 7, 7:30; Mon-Wed 3:15, 3:45, 5, 7, 7:30; Thu 3:15, 3:45, 7, 7:30 Regency: Fri-Sun 9:15, 10:40, 6:45, 8:10, 9:25, 10:10, at 2:45; Mon-Thu 9:15, 10:40, 6:45, 9:25, 10:10, 3D 2:45 Rowland: Fri 8:45, 10:45, 11:20, 12:35, 1:50, 2:40, 4:25, 5:40, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 9:30, 10:50, 11:30, 12:05, 3D 10, 3:10, 8:15, 10:20; Sat 7:30, 8:45, 10:45, 11:20, 12:35, 1:50, 2:40, 4:25, 5:40, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 9:30, 10:50, 11:30, 12:05, 3D 10, 3:10, 8:15, 10:20; Sun 7:30, 8:45, 10:45, 11:20, 12:35, 1:50, 2:40, 4:25, 5:40, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 9:30, 11, 3D 10, 3:10, 8:15, 10:20; Mon-Thu 9, 11, 12, 1, 1:50, 3:50, 5, 5:40, 7, 7:40, 9:40, 11, 3D 10, 3, 9 Rafael: Mon 7 Northgate: Fri-Sun 8:10, 11, 1:50, 4:45, 7:40, 10:30; Mon-Wed 11, 1:50, 4:45, 7:40, 10:30 Rafael: Fri-Sun 3:45, 7:45; Mon-Thu 7:45 Rafael: Fri-Sun 3:30, 8; Wed 8 Northgate: Fri-Wed 10, 12:30, 3:05, 5:30, 7:55, 10:25 Rafael: Fri, Wed 6; Sat-Sun 1:30, 6 May 2-5 at the Rafael and the Sequoia; visit Northgate: Fri-Sun 8, 10:45, 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:55; Mon-Thu 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:55 Lark: Fri 8:50; Sat 6; Sun 12:30; Mon 4; Tue 7:30 Regency: Fri-Sat 10:10, 1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40, 10:40; Sun-Thu 10:10, 1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40 Rafael: Tue 6:30 Lark: Sat 8:50; Mon 6:45; Wed 8:45; Thu 4 Sequoia: Fri 4:20, 7, 9:40; Sat 1:40, 4:20, 7, 9:40; Sun 1:40, 4:20, 7; Mon-Thu 4:20, 7 Regency: Fri-Sun 11, 1:50, 4:55; Mon-Tue 11, 1:50, 4:55, 7:50; Wed-Thu 1:50, 4:55, 7:50 Northgate: Thu 7, 9:30 Lark: Fri 6:30; Sat 3:30; Sun 10; Mon 8:50; Wed 4 Rafael: Fri, Mon-Thu 6:15; Sat-Sun 2, 6:15 Northgate: Fri-Wed 9:50pm (in Hindi with English subtitles) Lark: Sat 1; Wed 6:30 Northgate: Fri-Sun 8:25, 11:05, 1:55, 4:40, 7:35, 10:20; MonWed 11:05, 1:55, 4:40, 7:35, 10:20 Playhouse: Thu 7 Lark: Sun 3:30 Regency: 11:40, 2:10, 4:35, 7 daily Sequoia: Fri 4:40, 7:20, 9:45; Sat 1:55, 4:40, 7:20, 9:45; Sun 1:55, 4:40, 7:20; Mon-Thu 4:40, 7:20 Fairfax: 12:15, 2:30 daily Northgate: Fri-Sun 8:15, 10:25, 12:40, 3, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45; Mon-Wed 10:25, 12:40, 3, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45 Rafael: Fri, Mon-Thu 5:45; Sat-Sun 1:45, 5:45 Regency: Fri-Sat 12:20, 2:55, 5:25, 7:55, 10:30; Sun-Thu 12:20, 2:55, 5:25, 7:55

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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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Find someone that looks at you the way Frankie Stornaiuolo looks at Emily Dwyer in ‘Scott & Zelda.’


Fitzgerald’s Game Ross Valley Players get in the head of ‘Great Gatsby’ author By Harry Duke


he venerable Ross Valley Players have a long history of presenting original works to their audiences. In 1984, they initiated the Ross Alternative Works (RAW) program, dedicated to staged readings and full productions of works by Bay Area playwrights. This season brings Scott & Zelda: The Beautiful Fools, running now through April 28. Written by Sausalito resident Lance S. Bellville and directed by Lynn Lohr, it’s a look at the tumultuous relationship of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife

Zelda. It’s not a strict bio piece per se, but a “stream of consciousness” play that takes place in the mind of Fitzgerald. Set in the late 1930’s, we first meet Scott (Frankie Stornaiuolo) in the apartment of his mistress, Hollywood gossip columnist Sheila Graham (Marissa Ellison). The play zips back and forth between the times and places— when he first meets Zelda (Emily Dwyer), their time together in Paris, his friendship with Ernest Hemingway (Izaak Heath), their Long Island residency with nextdoor neighbor Groucho Marx

(Peter Warden), his parenthood of daughter “Scottie” (Charlotte Curtin), and Zelda’s decline due to mental illness. It’s all sort of “book-ended” with comments and exposition from Fitzgerald’s literary agent Harold Ober (Warden again) and editor Max Perkins (Ron Talbot). There’s little depth to the characters and the hopscotching around their lives amounts to a Classics Illustrated approach to their story. Performance-wise, Dwyer does well as Zelda, a fascinating individual who deserves to have her story told (better). Stornaiuolo, who overcame

script deficiencies with his character in the last RVP production, has no such luck here and is given little to do other than resemble Fitzgerald. Among the supporting players, Warden’s agent and Heath’s Hemingway come off best. To paraphrase Fitzgerald’s contemporary Gertrude Stein, when it comes to Scott & Zelda, there’s no there there. ‘Scott & Zelda: The Beautiful Fools’ runs Friday – Sunday through April 28 at the Barn Theatre in the Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. Times vary. $20. 415.883.4498.

Fling Time Guerneville dries up, drinks, and parties on with wines of Paul Mathew By James Knight


abernet Franc isn’t the first varietal I think of for springtime sipping. The spicy, floral white wine called Gewürztraminer—that’s more like it. When samples of both showed up on our doorstep, with a note linking them to a springtime event, it begged for inquiry and a full report. The standard package for Bordeaux-

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style Cab Franc is the French region’s high-shouldered bottle style. So what’s this one doing in a more gently curved (one hates to say, “feminine”) “Burgundy” glass? In France’s Loire Valley, the wonder twins of white and red wine are crisp Chenin Blanc and silky Cabernet Franc. There they get to express their true selves instead of playing referee between Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Paul Mathew Russian River Valley Cabernet Franc ($29) must be the softest, most supple (again, one hates to say, “feminine”) Cabernet Franc I’ve run across in these parts, showing pretty aromas of red licorice, soft leather and warmed olives. It’s the kind of easygoing bistro wine that plays nice, but doesn’t feel cheap. This wine is made in 100 percent stainless steel, “and also made by a guy who predominately makes Pinot Noir,” says Barb Gustafson, coconspirator in Paul Mathew Vineyards with winemaker Mat Gustafson, “so he’s trying to bring up the elegance of the wine, instead of oaking it and making a big, huge, chunky wine.” You can pair this wine with small bites by Boon Eat + Drink, Agriculture Public House, Big Bottom Market, A La Heart Catering and other food vendors at the fourth annual Spring Fling, a benefit for the Guerneville Chamber of Commerce, which could use a little benefit after a soaking wet winter. They’re calling it their coming out party after the floods, says Gustafson. Should the weather warm enough to mandate a splash of spicy white, try Paul Mathew’s Russian River Valley Gewürztraminer ($24). This is no sweet thing, like many wine drinkers expect of Gewürz. The aroma’s just a touch creamy, with accents of rosemary and juniper berry, and it drinks like a spicier Sauvignon Blanc, with zesty, kiwi cocktail acidity for days and a nice and dry finish. For $50 you can bet there’s more wine at the Spring Fling: the seldom-seen Flowers and Wild Hog come down from the mountain, plus Woodenhead, and more. Korbel brings bubbles. The Thugz bring Grateful Dead cover music. And Michelle Anna Jordan brings cookbooks. Bring a thirst and an appetite, and this fling is sprung.

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By Howard Rachelson



Celebrating 20 years since its art deco restoration in 1999, San Rafael’s world-famous Smith Rafael Film Center recently announced their all-time top-grossing films, 1999-2019.


#1 had a numerical title, 2008 (photo shown)


#2 and #3 were related to birds, 2005 and 2003


#4 was a Cuban musical,



The pes, a Roman measure of length, is approximately the same length as what modern unit of measurement?



Listing America’s states by size, #50 (smallest) is Rhode Island; which are #49 and #48?


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Her godmother was Sarah Vaughn and her cousin was Whitney Houston; this singer backed up Ray Charles and Sam Cooke before becoming one of the most successful musical stars of the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s. She’s most famous for her songs written by Burt Bacharach. Who was she?


In the 1890’s the German pharmaceutical company Bayer introduced what two over-thecounter medicine products whose names end with ‘in’?


Also in the 1890’s, numerous teams of female professional athletes, known as “Bloomer Girls,” traveled throughout America competing against local men’s teams, in what sport?


The radius of a circle will have to increase by what percent, in order for its area to double?

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In 1981 he was valedictorian of the Brookline High School graduating class; in 1985 he graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University. From 19881991, he wrote humor for Saturday Night Live; since 2009, he’s been a late-night TV host. Who is this humorous genius?


The 500-mile long Yalu River forms most of the border between China and what neighboring country?


By the mid-19th century, elephants were being slaughtered at an alarming rate, mainly to keep up with the demand for what objects used in a game? BONUS QUESTION: There are two U.S. states whose three most common last names (surnames) are Hispanic. What two states are these? (data

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Calendar MARIN Danny Click Texas Blues Night Bandleader of the Hell Yeahs plays with several musicians and special guest Shana Morrison. Apr 26, 8pm. $20-$35. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, 415.383.9600. Marin Symphony "Masterworks" season finale concert introduces rising cello star Oliver Herbert. Apr 27, 8pm and Apr 28, 3pm. $25 and up. Marin Center's Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, 415.473.6800.

SONOMA Jackie Ryan Jazz vocalist performs with the Larry Vuckovich Quartet in fundraiser for Bodega Bay Firefighters Association. Apr 27, 5:30 and 8pm. $35-$55. Bodega Harbour Yacht Club, 565 Smith Brothers Rd, Bodega Bay,

Clubs & Venues MARIN Fenix Apr 25, Alpha Rhythm Kings. Apr 26, Southern Soul Survivors. Apr 27, Clyde Street. Apr 28, Miller Creek Jazz Band. 919 Fourth St, San Rafael, 415.813.5600. HopMonk Novato Apr 26, Charley Crockett. Apr 27, Ramblin' Jack Elliott. Sold-out. 224 Vintage Way, Novato, 415.892.6200. Lighthouse Bar & Grill Apr 27, the 7th Sons. 475 E Strawberry Dr, Mill Valley, 415.381.4400. 19 Broadway Nightclub Apr 26, Grateful Bluegrass Boys with Danny & Essence. Apr 27, Don Carlos with DJ Dans One. Apr 28, Rhythms & Rhymes. 17 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax, 415.459.1091. Novato City Hall Apr 27, 6pm, Chris Ayer. 901 Sherman Ave, Novato, 415.899.8900. Open Secret Bookstore Apr 27, Amara Grace. 923 C St, San Rafael, 415.457.4191. Papermill Creek Saloon Apr 26, the Crooked Stuff. Apr 27, Just Friends. Apr 28, Papermill Gang. 1 Castro, Forest Knolls, 415.488.9235. Peri's Silver Dollar Apr 26, Modern Monsters and the Y Axes. Apr 27, Last Chance Family Band and Pride of the North Bank. Apr 28, Chrissy Lynne and friends. 29 Broadway, Fairfax, 415.459.9910. Rancho Nicasio Apr 26, Billy D. Apr 28, 5pm, Paula Frazer

& Tarnation. 1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio, 415.662.2219.

Wed 4⁄24 • Doors 7pm ⁄ $17–20 • All Ages

Wayne "The Train" Hancock

Smiley's Schooner Saloon Apr 26, Just Friends. Apr 27, Los Padres. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas, 415.868.1311.

with Matt Jaffe Thu 4⁄25 • Doors 7pm ⁄ $27–32 • 21+ Tainted Love The Best of the 80’s Live! Sat 4⁄27 • Doors 8pm ⁄ $19–21 • All Ages

Sweetwater Music Hall Apr 25-26, Tainted Love. Apr 27, Polyrhythmics and Sal's Greenhouse. Apr 28, Abbey Road. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley, 415.388.3850.



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Sun 4⁄28 • Doors 6pm ⁄ $24–27 • All Ages Abbey Road Tribute to The Beatles Tue 4⁄30 • Doors 6:30pm ⁄ $18–20 • All Ages

The Tavern on Fourth Apr 26, Keith Waters 4tet. Apr 27, the Gold Souls. 711 Fourth St, San Rafael, 415.454.4044.


Grace: The Jeff Buckley Story A Book Release & Musical Tribute feat Tiffanie DeBartolo (author), Wayne Kramer (MC5), Kyle Nicolaides (Beware of Darkness), Pat Spurgeon (Rogue Wave)+ Mary Guibert (Jeff Buckley's mom) Thu 5⁄2 • Doors 7pm • All Ages & Fri 5⁄3 • Doors 8pm • 21+ ⁄ $30–32

Terrapin Crossroads Apr 25-26, David Nelson Band. Apr 28, Scott Law and friends. 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael, 415.524.2773.

Super Diamond

Throckmorton Theatre Apr 27, Operation Encore Veteran Music Project. Apr 28, 5pm, Sunday pro showcase with Joyce Grant. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, 415.383.9600.

The Neil Diamond Tribute Sun 5⁄5 • Doors 6pm ⁄ $22–27 • All Ages Mr. Jimmy Led Zeppelin Revival Fri 5⁄10 • Doors 8pm ⁄ $20–25 • 21+

Unity in Marin San Geronimo Apr 26-28, Novato Music Association celebrates Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon Chorus spring concert. 600 Palm Dr, Novato, in its entirety with special guests Songs, Science, Celebration 415.475.5000. The Secret Legion of Atropos String Ensemble BANANA SLUG STRING BAND 19DUET Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley


Mystic Theatre & Music Hall Apr 25, Tech N9ne. Apr 26, Chicano Batman with Brainstory. Apr 30, Gungor with the Brilliance and Propaganda. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, 707.775.6048.

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The Phoenix Theater Apr 26, Shelby Ann with Folk Revival and Small Hat. 201 Washington St, Petaluma, 707.762.3565.


Stories, Colors, Dance

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Blue Note Napa SUNDAY, APRIL 28 Apr 25, David Ronconi Band. Apr 26-27, BOLLYWOOD DANCE FUN Keiko Matsui. Apr 30, Road Eleven. 1030FAM I LY FU N featuring MUSIC, DANCE & HANDS-ON ART Family integrative fun with the Main St, Napa, 707.880.2300. ARTmusic ACTIVITY& @ Dance 11am of India SHOW @ 11:30am TICKETS: $10 Snacks Available for Purchase

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MarinMOCA Apr 27-Jun 1, “Altered Book Exhibit,” original book art objects are shown alongside “Body Language” by award-winning artist Kathleen Lack. Reception, Apr 27 at 4pm. 500 Palm Dr, Novato. 415.506.0137.

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KRONOS QUARTET Celebrating people, planet and pure tea

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Comedy Andy Borowitz Best-selling author and comedian appears for his “Make America Not Embarrassing Again” tour. Apr 25, 7:30pm. $35 and up. Marin Center's Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, 415.473.6800. Herstory in the Making Evening of music and comedy features satirical songwriter Kym Trippsmith and actress Sherry Glazer. Apr 26, 7pm.


Hysterically Funny Star of NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me

MAY 11 8 pm


AMERICAN MASTERS Feat. The Marcus Roberts Trio Sunday May 12 @ 3pm

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Lunch & Dinner 7 Days a Week

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May 10, Friday Evening, 7:30 pm


“On the Wings of Mantra” Deva Premal & Miten w/Manose


Marin Memorial Veteran’s Auditorium Concert

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Johnny Allair May 5 Real Rock ‘n Roll 5:00

Mother’ s Day Brunch Buffet

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On the Town Square, Nicasio


Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C St, San Rafael, 415.457.4191.

Improv Marin News Laugh to local Marin news and events acted out by improvisational group. Apr 26-27, 8pm. $10. West End Studio Theatre, 1554 Fourth St, San Rafael,

Events Best of Marin Boxing Amateur boxing event benefits community programs to help Marin City youth. Apr 27, 12:30pm. $25; kids under 10 are free. Tamalpais High School, 700 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, 415.388.3292. Pixie Park Spring Fair Annual fair features games, community booths, food, music, entertainment and more. Apr 28, 10am. $5. Marin Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross, 415.455.5260. Point Reyes Birding & Nature Festival Tenth annual weekend of birdwatching and outdoor fun includes keynote speakers, special youth programs and more. Apr 26-28. Pt Reyes National Seashore, various locations, Point Reyes Station, The Tourist Club Benefit for San Anselmo Open Space features keynote speaker Gareth Loy sharing the history of the old environmental club with long-forgotten images of Mt. Tam. Apr 27, 6:30pm. St John's Episcopal Church, 14 Lagunitas Rd, Ross, 415.456.1102.


Yom HaShoah VeHaGevurah Join Us in Remembrance of the Holocaust and Acts of Courage

Craft Cocktails 18 NorCal Draught Brews Espresso/Cappuccino Happy Hour Mon-Fri 4p-6p

Hear Holocaust Survivors Share Their Personal Stories


Navigate the Night Family night hike explores how humans and animals get around in the dark. Preregistration required. Apr 27, 5:30pm. NatureBridge at Golden Gate, 1033 Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito, Trekking the Model Join a ranger-guided tour of a 1.5-acre hydraulic model of San Francisco Bay. Apr 27, 1:30pm. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito, 415.332.3871.

Food & Drink Cheese & Cocktails Raise a glass to award-winning California cheesemakers at an exclusive afternoon on the farm. Apr 28, 1pm. $125. Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co, 14700 Hwy 1, Point Reyes Station, 800.591.6878.

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Eat My Heart Out Supperclub KWMR community radio fundraising dinner party features special guests telling stories that directly inspire a course of the meal. Apr 27, 6pm. Peace Barn, 70 Olema Bolinas Rd, Bolinas, Headlands Center for the Arts Sunday Supper Seasonal dinner is served family style in the historic, artist-renovated Mess Hall. Apr 28, 6:30pm. $40. Headlands Center for the Arts, 944 Fort Barry, Sausalito, 415.331.2787.

For Kids Bollywood Dance Party for the Family BumbleBee Kids presents Dholrhythms Dance Company in a program. Apr 28, 11am. $10. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael, 415.444.8000. The Music of Bob Marley for Kids Rock and Roll Playhouse presents a family concert. Apr 27, 11am. $17. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley, 415.388.3850.

Lectures Feminist Culture Club Twist on the monthly book club gets together to dissect and discuss the Netflix series “Russian Doll.” Registration required. May 1, 7pm. $8. The Indie Alley, 69 Bolinas Rd, Fairfax, Who Owns Mill Valley’s Creeks? Board Members of Mill Valley StreamKeepers discuss stream ownership and the responsibility to protect them. Apr 25, 1pm. Free. Outdoor Art Club, 1 W Blithedale Ave, Mill Valley, 415.383.2582.

Readings Book Passage Apr 25, 7pm,“Feast Your Eyes” with Myla Goldberg. Apr 26, 7pm,“Driftwood Shacks” with Lloyd Kahn. Apr 27, 4pm,“They All Fall Down” with Rachel Howzell Hall. Apr 28, 1pm, “This Is Not the Life I Ordered” with Jackie Speier and Jan Yanehiro. Apr 29, 7pm,“Falter” with Bill McKibben. Apr 30, 7pm,“Fay Wray and Robert Riskin” with Victoria Riskin. May 1, 7pm,“Women Talking” with Miriam Toews. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera 415.927.0960. Dance Palace Apr 28, 4pm, “Deep Creek” with Pam Houston. 503 B St, Pt Reyes Station 415.663.1075. Sweetwater Music Hall Apr 30, 6:30pm, “Grace: The Jeff Buckley Story” with Tiffanie DeBartolo. $18-$20. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 415.388.3850.

Theater Jazz Theatrical production is adapted from Toni Morrison’s novel. Apr 25-May 19. $25-$39. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, 415.388.5208. Scott & Zelda: The Beautiful Fools American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald mulls over his career and life. Through Apr 28. $20. Ross Valley Players, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross, 415.456.9555.

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FICTITIOUS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS BUSINESS NAME NAME STATEMENT STATEMENT wFICTITIOUS wFICTITIOUS BUSINESS BUSINESS NAME NAME STATEMENT—File STATEMENT—File No: No: 2019-146303. 2019-146303. The The followfollowinging individual(s) individual(s) areare doing doing business: business: BRADLEY BRADLEY REAL REAL ESTATE, ESTATE, 850 850 SIR SIR FRANCIS FRANCIS DRAKE, DRAKE, SAN SAN ANSELMO, ANSELMO, CACA 94960: 94960: MELISSA MELISSA BRADLEY, BRADLEY, 2222 WOODSIDE WOODSIDE WAY WAY #159, #159, ROSS, ROSS, CACA 94957. 94957. This This business business is is being being conducted conducted byby AN AN INDIVIDUAL. INDIVIDUAL. Registrant Registrant will will begin begin transacting transacting business business under under the the fictitious fictitious business business name(s) name(s) listed listed herein. herein. This This statement statement was was filed filed with with the the County County Clerk-Recorder Clerk-Recorder ofof Marin Marin County County onon FEBRUARY FEBRUARY 22,22, 2019. 2019. (Publication (Publication Dates: Dates: April April 3, 3, 10,10, 1717 and and 2424 ofof 2019) 2019) FICTITIOUS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS BUSINESS NAME NAME STATEMENT—File STATEMENT—File No: No: 2019-146333. 2019-146333. The The followfollowinging individual(s) individual(s) areare doing doing business: business: WM WM MEDICAL, MEDICAL, 2020 BURGESS BURGESS CT, CT, SAUSALITO, SAUSALITO, CACA 94965: 94965: WILMA WILMA MARKS, MARKS, 2020 BURGESS BURGESS CT, CT, SAUSALITO, SAUSALITO, CACA 94965. 94965. This This business business is is being being conducted conducted byby AN AN INDIVIDUAL. INDIVIDUAL. Registrant Registrant will will begin begin transacting transacting business business under under the the fictitious fictitious business business name(s) name(s) listed listed herein. herein. This This statement statement was was filed filed with with the the County County Clerk-Recorder Clerk-Recorder ofof

Marin Marin County County onon FEBRUARY FEBRUARY 26,26, 2019. 2019. (Publication (Publication Dates: Dates: April April 3, 3, 10,10, 1717 and and 2424 ofof 2019) 2019) FICTITIOUS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS BUSINESS NAME NAME STATEMENT—File STATEMENT—File No: No: 146434. 146434. The The following following individual(s) individual(s) areare doing doing busibusiness: ness: ENGEL ENGEL + VOELKERS + VOELKERS FAIRFAX, FAIRFAX, 4444 BOLINAS BOLINAS RD, RD, FAIRFAX, FAIRFAX, CACA 94930: 94930: SAN SAN FRANCISCO FRANCISCO REAL REAL ESTATE ESTATE HOLDINGS HOLDINGS INC., INC., 3636 3636 E.E. COAST COAST HIGHWAY, HIGHWAY, CORONA CORONA DEL DEL MAR, MAR, CACA 92625. 92625. This This business business is is being being conducted conducted byby AA CORPORATION. CORPORATION. Registrant Registrant will will begin begin transacting transacting business business under under the the fictitious fictitious business business name(s) name(s) listed listed herein. herein. This This statement statement was was filed filed with with the the County County Clerk-Recorder Clerk-Recorder ofof Marin Marin County County onon MARCH MARCH 12,12, 2019. 2019. (Publication (Publication Dates: Dates: April April 3, 3, 10,10, 1717 and and 2424 ofof 2019) 2019) FICTITIOUS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS BUSINESS NAME NAME STATEMENT—File STATEMENT—File No: No: 146438. 146438. The The following following individual(s) individual(s) areare doing doing busibusiness: ness: ENGEL ENGEL + VOELKERS + VOELKERS MILL MILL VALLEY, VALLEY, 206 206 E.E. BLITHEDALE, BLITHEDALE, MILL MILL VALLEY, VALLEY, CACA 94941: 94941: SAN SAN FRANCISCO FRANCISCO REAL REAL ESTATE ESTATE HOLDINGS HOLDINGS INC., INC., 3636 3636 E.E. COAST COAST HIGHWAY, HIGHWAY, CORONA CORONA DEL DEL MAR, MAR, CACA 92625. 92625. This This busibusiness ness is is being being conducted conducted byby AA CORPORATION. CORPORATION. Registrant Registrant

will begin transacting business will begin transacting business under the fictitious business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder County Clerk-Recorder ofof Marin County MARCH Marin County onon MARCH 12,12, 2019. (Publication Dates: April 2019. (Publication Dates: April and 2019) 3, 3, 10,10, 1717 and 2424 ofof 2019) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File NAME STATEMENT—File No: No: 146502. 146502. The The following following individual(s) individual(s) areare doing doing busibusiness: ness: SHOP SHOP COLMILLO, COLMILLO, COLMILLO, COLMILLO, 2626 HAZEL HAZEL AVE. AVE. APT APT B,B, MILL MILL VALLEY, VALLEY, CACA 94941: 94941: ROBYN ROBYN SUE SUE ANN ANN MILLER, MILLER, 2626 HAZEL HAZEL AVE. AVE. APT APT B,B, MILL MILL VALLEY, VALLEY, CACA 94941. 94941. This This business business is is being being conconducted ducted byby AN AN INDIVIDUAL. INDIVIDUAL. Registrant Registrant will will begin begin transtransacting acting business business under under the the fictitious fictitious business business name(s) name(s) listed listed herein. herein. This This statement statement was was filed filed with with the the County County Clerk-Recorder Clerk-Recorder ofof Marin Marin County County onon MARCH MARCH 20, 20, 2019. 2019. (Publication (Publication Dates: Dates: April April 10,10, 17,17, 24,24, May May 1 of 1 of 2019) 2019) FICTITIOUS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS BUSINESS NAME NAME STATEMENT—File STATEMENT—File No: No: 2019-146599. 2019-146599. The The followfollowinging individual(s) individual(s) areare doing doing business: business: SOLE SOLE PROPERTY PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, MANAGEMENT, 465 465 FAWN FAWN DRIVE, DRIVE, SAN SAN ANSELMO, ANSELMO, CACA 94960: 94960: SOPHIE SOPHIE PAPPAS, PAPPAS, 465 465 FAWN FAWN DRIVE, DRIVE, SAN SAN

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PublicNotices ANSELMO, CA 94960, PETER PAPPAS, 465 FAWN DRIVE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by A MARRIED COUPLE. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on APRIL 2, 2019. (Publication Dates: April 10, 17, 24, May 1 of 2019) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 146516. The following individual(s) are doing business: J. CHAVEZ GENERAL BUILDING CONTRACTOR INC., 177 CANAL ST APT 1919, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: J. CHAVEZ GENERAL CONTRACTOR INC., 177 CANAL ST APT 1919, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on APRIL 2, 2019. (Publication Dates: April 10, 17, 24, May 1 of 2019) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2019-146597. The following individual(s) are doing business: SUN AUTOMOTIVE, 90 GATE 5 RD, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: ROBERT C COGSWELL, 74 MADRONE PARK CIRCLE, MILL VALLEY CA 94941. 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 APRIL 2, 2019. (Publication Dates: April 10, 17, 24, May 1 of 2019) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2019-146594. The following individual(s) are doing business: DOLL AND DANDY, 67 THROCKMORTON AVE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: PHAM CO. LLC, 67 THROCKMORTON AVE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. 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 APRIL 2, 2019. (Publication Dates: April 10, 17, 24, May 1 of 2019) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2019-146441. The following individual(s) are doing business: MARIN MOMMA, AMERICAN MOMMA, 32 ROSS COMMON SUITE 230, ROSS, CA 94954: MELISSA DAY BRADLEY, 32 ROSS COMMON SUITE 230, ROSS, CA 94954. 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 March 12, 2019. (Publication Dates: April 10, 17, 24, May 1 of 2019) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2019-146504. The following individual(s) are doing business: PRETTY PRETTY PRINCESS, DEVIL’S CANDY, 135 THIRD STREET, SUITE 100, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: 689 CELLARS, LP, 135 THIRD STREET, SUITE 100, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by A LIMITED 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 March 21, 2019. (Publication Dates: April 10, 17, 24, May 1 of 2019) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT— File No: 2019-146598. The fol-lowing individual(s) are doing business: NAKEDSOL.DESIGN, 45 MARQUARD AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SELIN KABAALIOGLU, 45 MARQUARD AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This state-ment was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on APRIL 2, 2019. (Publication Dates: April 10, 17, 24, May 1 of 2019)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 146533. The following individual(s) are doing business: PMQ MCC SAN RAFAEL PHARMACY, 3110 KERNER BLVD, SUITE A, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: PHARMEDQUEST PHARMACY SERVICES, 451 LAMBERT RD, SUITE 208, BREA, CA 92821. This business is being conducted by A CORPORATION. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on MARCH 25, 2019. (Publication Dates: April 10, 17, 24, May 1 of 2019) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT —File No: 146534. The following individual(s) are doing business: PMQ MCC NOVATO PHARMACY, 6100 REDWOOD BLVD, SUITE A, NOVATO, CA 94945: PHARMEDQUEST PHARMACY SERVICES, 451 LAMBERT RD, SUITE 208, BREA, CA 92821. This business is being conducted by A CORPORATION. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on MARCH 25, 2019. (Publication Dates: April 10, 17, 24, May 1 of 2019) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 146559. The following individual(s) are doing business: TORTA LEON BAKING COMPANY, 144 PINE STREET, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: LEON OLSOVI, 144 PINE STREET, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVUDUAL. 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 MARCH 28, 2019. (Publication Dates: April 10, 17, 24, May 1 of 2019) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT FROM USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME—File No: 304873. The following person(s) has/have abandoned the use of a fictitious business name(s). The information given below is as it appeared on the fictitious business

statement that was filed at the Marin County ClerkRecorder’s Office on April 1, 2014, Under File No: 134490. Fictitious Business name(s) BA TRAVEL, 67 LONGWOOD DR, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ELIZABETH GAIL ALBER, 67 LONGWOOD DR, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on MARCH 22, 2019 (Publication Dates: April 10, 17, 24, May 1 2019) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 146699. The following individual(s) are doing business: MOM’S NEW PAD, 7 BROCKTON DRIVE, NOVATO, CA 94949: MILLICENT ANDERSON, 7 BROCKTON DRIVE, NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVUDUAL. 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 APRIL 17, 2019. (Publication Dates: April 24, May 1, 8,15 of 2019) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2019146679. The following individual(s) are doing business: BOOTJACK WOOD FIRED, 17 MADRONA ST, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: MOLINA RESTAURANT LLC, 17 MADRONA ST, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. 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 APRIL 15, 2019. (Publication Dates: April 24, May 1, 8,15 of 2019 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER: CIV 1901123 SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF MARIN TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS 1. Petitioner (name of each): Tay Franklin, has filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: Miles Owings Franklin to Proposed Name: Milo Owings Franklin 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: 5/24/2019, Time: 9:00am, Dept: A, Room: 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: March 22, 2019 Stephen Frecerro Judge of the Superior Court James M Kim Court Executive Officer MARIN COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT By C. Lucchesi, Deputy (April 3, 10, 17, 24 of 2019) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER: CIV 1901250 SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF MARIN TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS 1. Petitioner (name of each): Jazon Amari Basped, has filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: Jazon Amari Basped to Proposed Name: Jazon Amari Polk 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: 5/13/2019, Time: 9:00am, Dept: E. 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: APRIL 2, 2019 Andrew E. Sweet Judge of the Superior Court James M Kim Court Executive Officer MARIN COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT By E. Anderson, Deputy (April 10, 17, 24, May 1 of 2019) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER: CIV 1901413 SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF MARIN TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS 1. Petitioner (name of each): Kelly Lynn Buttolph, has filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: Kelly Lynn Buttolph to Proposed Name: Kelly King 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: 5/30/2019, Time: 9:00am, Dept: E, Room: E. 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: APRIL 12, 2019 Andrew E. Sweet Judge of the Superior Court James M Kim Court Executive Officer MARIN COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT By J. Chen, Deputy (April 17, 24, May 1, 5 of 2019)

By Amy Alkon


I’m a slim woman in my early 40s—successful in my field—and I am always in jeans, a vintage ripped t-shirt, and boots. I mean, always. Granted, I have an extremely expensive handbag and perfectly highlighted blonde hair, and I always wear winged eyeliner. My friends say that going “underdressed” like this is disrespectful and inappropriate for (corporate-type) business meetings. Are they right, or is rocking your own thing no matter what a sign of confidence? (P.S. I’d kill myself before I’d wear a blazer.)—Punk Rock Corporate


There’s actually something to be said for a person who goes into an important business meeting dressed like one of their LinkedIn endorsements is “Aggressive Panhandling.” Sure, to a lot of people, it looks like career suicide in progress. However, research by Harvard Business School’s Francesca Gino suggests that rebelling against norms for business attire can make you come off as higher status than people who dress all junior CEO. Gino ran a number of experiments that led her to this conclusion, but my favorite is from a seminar on negotiations she taught at Harvard to two different groups of bigwigs in business, government and philanthropy. For each session, she dressed in the requisite “business boring”—a dark blue Hugo Boss suit and a white silk blouse. But then, for her second session, she paired this outfit with a pair of red Converse high-tops. As she made her way to the classroom, a few fellow professors did give her the WTF-eye. However, seminar participants, surveyed after each session, guessed that she was higher in status and had a pricier consulting rate when she was wearing the red sneaks. Gino explains that a person who is seen to be deliberately violating workplace wardrobe norms sends a message that they are so powerful that they can shrug off the potential costs of not following convention. Anthropologists and zoologists call this a costly signal: a trait or behavior that’s so wastefully extravagant and/or survival-threatening that only the highestquality, most mojo-rific people or critters could afford to display it. This, in turn, suggests to observers (whether predators or predatory executives) that it’s more likely to be legit—and not false advertising.


I’ve long been a “Shallow Hal,” attracted to women’s youth and physical beauty and less concerned with integrity. Not surprisingly, I keep getting into relationships with women who aren’t very good people. How can I stop being so superficial?—Man With Eyes


It isn’t wrong to initially be looks-driven: “Now, she’s a woman I wanna have sex with!”—as opposed to “Now, she’s a woman I wanna debate on Jeremy Bentham’s views on utilitarianism!” Also, you should no more feel guilty for being drawn to young women than you would for having your taste buds be more “All aboard, baby!” for chocolate cake than for a “burger” made out of broccolini. This preference evolved to solve the “How do I pass on my genes?” problem for our male ancestors. However, it helps to understand what psychologist Daniel Kahneman has explained as our two thinking systems—fast and slow. Our fast system is emotion-driven, rising up automatically, and is often home to toddler-like demands: “Gimme cake!” Our slow system, the home of rational thought, needs to be forced to do its job—examining our impulses and assessing whether it’s wise for us to run with them. In other words, your problem comes from running with your initial impulse without putting it through the Department of Reasoning. Though it’s natural to be led by your eyes, you need to implement a next step—assessing the character of these foxerellas before you turn them into girlfriends. Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon at 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or email @amyalkon on Twitter. Weekly radio show,


For the week of April 24

ARIES (March 21-April 19): In the U.S., the day

after Thanksgiving typically features a spectacular shopping orgy. On “Black Friday,” stores sell their products at steep discounts and consumers spend their money extravagantly. But the creators of the game Cards Against Humanity have consistently satirized the tradition. In 2013, for example, they staged a Black Friday “anti-sale,” for which they raised their prices. The coming weeks will be a favorable time for you to try something similar. Is it possible you're undercharging for your products and services and skills? If so, consider asking for more. Reassess your true worth and seek appropriate rewards.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Whether or not

you believe in magic, magic believes in you right now. Will you take advantage of the fancy gifts it has to offer? I guess it's possible that you're not interested in seeing deeper into the secret hearts of those you care for. Maybe you'll go “ho-hum” when shown how to recognize a half-hidden opportunity that could bring vitalizing changes. And you may think it's not very practical to romance the fire and the water at the same time. But if you're interested, all that good stuff will be available for you. (P.S. To maximize the effects of the magic, believe in it.)

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In 1815, the most ferocious volcanic eruption in human history exploded from Mount Tambora in what's now known as Indonesia. It flung gas and ash all over the planet, causing weird weather for three years. Sunlight dimmed, temperatures plummeted, skies were tumultuous and intense storms proliferated. Yet these conditions ignited the imagination of author Mary Shelley, inspiring her to write what was to become her most notable work, Frankenstein. I suspect that you, too, will ultimately generate at least one productive marvel in response to the unusual events of the coming weeks. CANCER (June 21-July 22): For over 40 years, Cancerian musician Carlos Santana has made music that blends rock and roll with Latin and African rhythms. In the early years, his creations sold well, but by the mid-1980s his commercial success declined. For a decade, he floundered. His fortunes began to improve after a spectacular meditation session. Santana says he was contacted by the archangel Metatron, who told him how to generate material for a new album. The result was Supernatural, which sold 30 million copies and won nine Grammy Awards. I mention this, Cancerian, because I suspect that you could soon experience a more modest but still rousing variation of Santana's visitation. Are you interested? If so, the next seven weeks will be a good time to seek it out—and be very receptive to its possibility. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “Expergefactor” is an old English word that has fallen out of use. In its original sense, it meant something that wakes you up, like an alarm clock or thunderstorm or your partner's snoring. But I want to revive “expergefactor” and expand its meaning. In its new version, it will refer to an exciting possibility or beloved goal that consistently motivates you to spring out of bed in the morning and get your day started. Your expergefactor could be an adventure you're planning or a masterpiece you're working on or a relationship that fills you with curiosity and enchantment. In my astrological opinion, the coming weeks will be an excellent time to identify and fine-tune an expergefactor that will serve you well for a long time. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): We live in a cultural moment when satire, sarcasm, cynicism and irony are prized as supreme emblems of intelligence. If you say that you value sincerity and earnestness, you risk being considered naive and unsophisticated. Nevertheless, the current astrological omens suggest that you will generate good fortune for yourself in the coming weeks by making liberal use of sincerity and earnestness. So please try not to fall into the easy trap of relying on satire, sarcasm, cynicism and irony to express yourself. As much as is practical, be kindly frank

By Rob Brezsny

and compassionately truthful and empathetically genuine. (P.S. It's a strategy that will serve your selfish aims quite well.)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “Most people don't find their creativity,” mourned Libran author Truman Capote. “There are more unsung geniuses that don't even know they have great talent.” If that describes you even a little bit, I'm happy to let you know that you're close to stumbling upon events and insights that could change that. If you respond to the prompts of these unexpected openings, you will rouse a partially dormant aspect of your genius, as well as a half-inert stash of creativity and a semi-latent cache of imaginativity. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Do you know

the word “sfumato”? Its literal meaning in Italian is “smoked.” When used to describe a painting, it refers to blurred borders between objects or fuzzy transitions between areas of different colors. All the forms are soft and hazy. I bring this to your attention because I suspect the coming weeks will be a sfumatolike time for you. You may find it a challenge to make precise distinctions. Future and past may overlap, as well as beginnings and endings. That doesn't have to be a problem as long as you're willing to go with the amorphous flow. In fact, it could even be pleasurable and useful. You might be able to connect with influences from which you've previously been shut off. You could blend your energies together better with people who've been unavailable.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “You have a right to experiment with your life,” declared author Anaïs Nin. I agree. You don't necessarily have to be what you started out to be. You can change your mind about goals that you may at one time have thought were permanent. I suspect you could be at one of these pivot points right now, Sagittarius. Are there any experiments you'd like to try? If so, keep in mind this further counsel from Nin. It's possible “you will make mistakes. And they are right, too.” CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You have

one main task to accomplish in the coming weeks, Capricorn. It'll be simple and natural if you devote yourself to it wholeheartedly. The only way it could possibly become complicated and challenging is if you allow your focus to be diffused by less important matters. Ready for your assignment? It's articulated in this poem by Rupi Kaur: “bloom beautifully / dangerously / loudly / bloom softly / however you need / just bloom.”

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): When the forces of the Roman empire occupied the British Isles from the years 43 to 410, they built 2,000 miles of roads. Their methods were sophisticated. That's why few new roads were built in England until the eighteenth century, and many of the same paths are still visible and available today. In this spirit, and in accordance with astrological omens, I recommend that you make good use of an old system or network in the coming weeks. This is one time when the past has blessings to offer the future. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “I'm not

enigmatic and intriguing enough,” writes a Piscean blogger named RiddleMaster. “I really must work harder. Maybe I'll start wearing ankle-length black leather coats, billowing silk scarves imprinted with alchemical symbols, and wide-brimmed hats. I'll listen to Cambodian folk songs and read rare books in ancient Sanskrit. When someone dares to speak to me, I'll utter cryptic declarations like, 'The prophecies will be fulfilled soon enough.'” I understand RiddleMaster's feelings. You Pisceans need mystery almost as much as you need food. But I believe you should set aside that drive for a few weeks. The time has come for you to show the world who you are with crisp candor.

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