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Thanks for publishing the review of the Joni Mitchell concert documentary by Richard von Busack (“Lifesaver,” Jan. 30). Now informed, I will attempt to attend the not-sold-out screening. But one statement by Mr. von Busack is wrong on two different counts—that Joni “was one of two female performers” in 1978’s Last Waltz, by which it appears he meant the movie, not the original concert, which was filmed in 1976 at Winterland. This is not true on several levels. First, there were two post-concert inserts featured in the movie filmed on sound stages. One featured Emmylou Harris, as noted in the review, but the other featured Mavis Staples, albeit not solo, but as the primary lead singer in this joint vocal and instrumental effort between the Staples Singers and the Band. I found Mavis’ rendition of “The Weight” in the movie unforgettable. As for the concert itself, Joni was the only lead female performer, period, an omission of fact that, if mentioned, would have strengthened the author’s point about her status as the most important female popular-music artist of her generation. Finally, I would guess the author didn’t personally attend the Woodstock gathering. Because, as an attendee, I’d say Joni nailed the spirit of the gathering in her song, and thus did not, per the author’s claim, write something “airy-fairy”—at least not in the context of what actually happened there. That not enough folks subsequently lived up to the vision

of a better world which was directly espoused at Woodstock does not seem relevant to the merits of the song. I’d say it still captured the moment very well, and thus was quite good poetry. Art Barton Tiburon

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Heroes &Zeroes By Nikki Silverstein

Two Marin teenage filmmakers are remembering a neglected cemetery in Lucas Valley. Georgia Lee and Mitchell Tanaka learned about the county graveyard from a park ranger and became intrigued with its numbered graves and the longforgotten stories of the dead laid to rest there. More than 280 indigent people were buried in the plots from 1880 through 1963, mostly residents of a nearby poor farm and patients that passed away in the county hospital. The site currently contains no signage, and Lee and Tanaka want Marin to recognize and mark the area with an information placard. To promote their cause, they produced an award-winning documentary, A Silent Legacy, about the cemetery. Watch their fascinating film on YouTube by searching for “A Silent Legacy” and sign their petition at Change.org by searching for “Marin County poor farm.” Bravo, Georgia and Mitchell! This week we bring you yet another chapter in the ongoing saga between bicyclists and hikers on Marin trails. The setting is Mount Burdell Open Space in Novato, and the players are a woman and her dog and a mean man on a bike. The action begins when the off-leash dog barks at the man and the man yells at the woman and the dog. The man then proceeds to get off his bicycle and kick the dog. The woman attempts to stop the violence by pushing the man away from her dog, and the man knocks her to the ground and chokes her. Scary stuff. Once the attack ceases, the man flees in a van, forgetting his bike and personal items. The Marin County Sheriff’s Department responds to the scene, deputies identify a suspect and they locate him the following day in Novato. Although he accuses the hiker of assaulting him, Jeffrey W. Skelton, 63, a Novato transient, is booked into the Marin County Jail on suspicion of assault likely to produce great bodily injury, cruelty to an animal and violation of probation. Fortunately, the woman and her dog are doing fine. Got a Hero or a Zero? Please send submissions to nikki_silverstein@yahoo.com. Toss roses, hurl stones with more Heroes and Zeros at ›› pacificsun.com

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Blackout Ops State grapples with barrage of cyber (and squirrel) attacks on vulnerable electric grid By Julie Hart/CalMatters

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ussians hack Ukraine’s electricity network, turning lights off and on at will, rendering the country’s best tech hands helpless to intervene. North Korea takes over the controls of a South Korean nuclear power plant. Snipers with highvelocity rifles unleash a fusillade on a transmission station near San Jose, inflicting $15 million in damage. It’s not the plot of the latest spy novel. Rather, it’s small sampling of actual attacks, the kind of sabotage against vulnerable energy systems that can cut off power with the click

of a mouse and bring officials to their knees. Experts say energy grids are the new front in cyber-terrorism. Although the wildfires that periodically dominate the news are a serious threat to California’s power supply, cyber-invaders are an around-the-clock danger, trying to penetrate grid security every minute of every day. An all-hands-on-deck battle is being waged against them, and the network that serves nearly 40 million people’s homes, industries and public-safety agencies depends on a successful defense.

Should the grid be hijacked, the entire state could be held hostage, experts say. Can the state prevent what one utility executive likened to “a hostile takeover”? Never has California’s aging electricity infrastructure been more vulnerable, even as the government plans to rely on it more completely with 5 million electric cars and, eventually, to fully operate the world’s fifth largest economy. Moreover, fire and sophisticated hacking aren’t the only risks to the consistent flow of electrical power; the grid can also be undone


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efforts with utility companies. Still, State Sen. Bob Hertzberg, who has an extensive background in the power sector, worries that California is underprepared. “It’s unbelievable, oh my God— there are so many things that can go wrong,” says the Democrat from Van Nuys, who authored a law last year pinpointing threats to the grid from electromagnetic attacks. “Security is a big deal, and it’s become a big deal because we rely on electricity for everything.” The California Independent System Operator, the private company that is the state’s grid overlord, is obsessed with security. A spokeswoman said it has significantly increased investment in cybersecurity in recent years and regularly conducts internal testing. It even relocated its fortress-like facility to cocoon its operations against harm— sited on high ground, away from known seismic faults, close (but not too close) to Sacramento and a highway. Like every utility and power company in the state, the grid operator has marauders at its cyber-gate every minute of every day. “We are always being attacked,” said Mark Rothleder, a CAISO vice president, gazing down at the gymnasium-size control room where electricity supply and demand are constantly monitored. “We have mechanisms in place, but it’s constantly changing. It’s a constantly evolving threat we have to defend against.” Security managers universally seem to adopt a “security through obscurity” approach, not wishing to discuss specific strategies other than to say they are in place. Attacks can come from an unknown source, anywhere in the world. Some hackers gain access to a host system and do nothing more than hide in the figurative bushes, getting to know the lay of the cyber-land and biding time. Malware lurks in dark corners. It can take three to six months to detect a computer breach, according to David Goeckeler, executive vicepresident of San Jose–based CISCO, the computer networking giant with cybersecurity expertise. Just as often, hackers bang on the digital front door, on the offchance it will be mistakenly opened. Goeckeler, speaking at the Stanford energy forum, said saboteurs attempt to hack CISCO’s systems 20 billion times a day. Yes, billion. Such threats have become a priority for the federal government. California utilities participate with those of other states in federal

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by California’s formidable natural forces—wind, earthquakes, floods— and the most humble of creatures. Gnawing squirrels have brought stock trading to a halt more than once by chewing electricity lines and disrupting NASDAQ computers. Rodents also interrupted some operations at Los Angeles International Airport on Thanksgiving Day in 2015, briefly stopping elevators, baggage screening and other functions. A widespread, sustained power outage is frightening to contemplate: no lights, telephone service or charging capacity; no heating or cooling; no computers, working gas pumps or ATMs. “Think of the internet as a weapon of mass destruction,” says former news anchor Ted Koppel, whose book Lights Out explores threats to U.S. electricity grids. The scale of the challenge to keep the lights on was drawn in sharp relief in November at Stanford University, where experts gathered to peer into the energy future. Hint: it’s murky and potentially dark, including ransom schemes and even grid attacks intended to sow chaos ahead of terrorist ground assaults. “Our adversaries are advancing at a rapid clip,” said Sue Gordon, principal deputy director of national intelligence, the federal government’s leading cybersecurity agency and a conference participant. “Within a few years, Russia and China will have the ability to conduct on-demand, localized disruption of service, including of control systems in multiple sectors, simultaneously.” California’s vulnerable electricity infrastructure has the attention of lawmakers in Sacramento. Some have faulted the oversight of safety procedures at power companies, a displeasure that has brought new scrutiny to the Public Utilities Commission, which regulates those businesses. A new state law requires utilities to undertake broader, more aggressive planning for reducing fire risks associated with utility equipment, though regulators say they have neither funding nor technology to comprehensively monitor even the measures companies already have in place. In addition, the state operates two entities tasked with analyzing and addressing potential hacking threats, particularly to critical infrastructure such as power stations and the dams where hydroelectric power is generated, and coordinating their

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In an “era of limits,” it’s time to limit official travel to states that have not ratified the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), the Board of Supervisors reiterated on a split vote this week. Robert Roumiguiere WEEK voted against the renewal motion as “superfluous.” The discussion arose because the supervisors approved a trip to Georgia for the county coroner to attend a conference on forensic science. —Feb. 2–8, 1979 Years For the first time in human history, the female of the species can decide when and if she wants to become pregnant. She can operate on Ago the same sexual basis as the male without having to risk the burden WEEK of an unwanted pregnancy. This is a fact of our time that many individuals seem not to have absorbed.

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tag. For example, a federal judge has proposed that PG&E inspect its entire transmission system—including nearly 100,000 miles of power lines—and make its equipment more fire-safe. The utility balked, saying the work would cost $150 billion. But why expose equipment and circuits to fire danger in the first place? Money. It makes the most financial sense for utilities to traverse California’s steep mountain passes and broad deserts by erecting power towers that march with giant steps across those vast landscapes. And although companies tend to locate power lines underground in new housing tracts, relocating above-ground lines under the earth is expensive—as much as $3 million a mile. In addition, digging new trenches in established neighborhoods and congested areas typically meets local resistance. David Nahai is the former head of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the largest municipal utility in the United States. He said keeping the lights on requires investment, planning and constant vigilance. “You think about natural disaster all the time. You think about fires all the time. It’s an everyday priority,” Nahai said. “That doesn’t mean you can withstand everything that we are vulnerable to.”

This technological innovation must underline any discussion of sexual morality. We too soon forget the lessons of the past that often taught that it was the survival of the species that dictated morals, and vice-versa. In the nomadic struggle for existence of Biblical times, a large tribe meant a powerful one; and a populous nation meant more soldiers. Large families were a national asset. Today, they are in grave danger of becoming a national burden. —The Rev. Charles Gompertz, Feb. 7, 1969


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The type of soul-sucking poverty that one can’t see a way out of—drinking coffee to quell hunger because you have to choose between feeding yourself or feeding your kid—can feel like a constantly shifting puzzle, never quite fully constructed and constantly at risk of collapse. Each bit of income, every expense, and each spare moment, is held in a fine balance. Faced with an unexpected expense like a car repair can mean going without meals, losing gas money and therefore missing more desperately needed work shifts, and risking water or electricity being shut off. It can feel like running uphill through mud. In the dark. With

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Though I’d never tell my manager about it, nerve damage in my spine prevented me from gripping a sponge or brush with my right, dominant hand. I’d had scoliosis, a condition that made the spine curve from side to side, since I was a kid, but recently due to the cleaning work it had pinched a nerve that went down to my right arm. . . . My left hand took over whenever the right one got too tired, but in those first months of six-hour days, when I got home I could barely hold a dinner plate or carry a bag of groceries.

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next thing and what you can do to keep the income coming in.” And Land certainly knows a thing or two about scrambling. “As a poor person, I was not accustomed to looking past the month, week, or sometimes hour. I compartmentalized my life in the same way I cleaned every room of every house—left to right, top to bottom,” she writes. As a young mother, Land fled an abusive relationship and found herself and her infant daughter Mia in a homeless shelter. From there she trudged along a rocky maze of transitional housing, community college, countless mounds of paperwork for public assistance like SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, what used to be known as “food stamps”), low-income housing and a stint as a landscaper before arriving in a drafty studio apartment that she paid for by cleaning houses. Land first published a story about her house-cleaning experiences for Vox in 2015. The viral essay, “I Spent 2 Years Cleaning Houses. What I Saw Makes Me Never Want to Be Rich,” eventually led to a proposal for Maid. The book takes a deeper look at the issues addressed in the Vox story, and chronicles Land’s long hours of schlepping mop buckets and cleaning supplies into the homes of relatively wealthy strangers. Land describes the sometimes eerie sense that settles across an empty home that maids visit for deep cleanings. The owners know little to nothing about the cleaners; many didn’t even know Land’s name. She was like a ghost to them. Yet, after spending up to three hours alone in the homes on a regular basis—scrubbing bodily fluids off of bathroom surfaces, tucking sheets into beds and transporting trash to outdoor bins—Land developed an intimate understanding of who the homeowners were and what their lives were like. She knew how much alcohol they drank and where they stashed their cartons of cigarettes. She knew the types of pornographic magazines they preferred. She knew about their physical and mental-health issues from the various prescription pill bottles lined up in medicine cabinets and clustered on bathroom counters. She knew about their

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treating herself and her daughter to a meal at a restaurant on a rare occasion made her feel reckless; allowing herself any time to relax evoked guilt and anxiety. “I think the legislators and the general voting public are obsessed with whether or not poor people work for their benefits, and so I think a lot of the paperwork that’s required is just proving not only how poor you are, but proving how much you do work,” says Land. “Even if you do prove it, you have to prove it even more, on a sometimes monthly basis, and it’s degrading. I don’t think people really understand that part of it either. There’re a lot of things about the system that work against poor people and just make it harder for them.” Land points to the proposed changes to the Farm Bill as an example of increased requirements for SNAP benefits. Although Congress voted for an $867 billion Farm Bill in December, just a week later the Trump administration declared that it would continue seeking more stringent regulations on who can receive SNAP benefits, including increasing work requirements for older workers between ages 49 and 59, and for workers with young children ages 6

to 12. The proposed changes would affect over 1 million households nationwide. The perpetual fear of living with financial instability and working hard—while constantly proving how hard she worked—wasn’t the only thing that weighed on Land. In Maid, she opens up about living in a state of shame for receiving benefits, and the stereotypes and resentment often projected on to poor people, even by friends. She describes people commenting with snide voices, “You’re welcome” when they’d spot her using food stamps at the checkout line. “It seemed like certain members of society looked for opportunities to judge or scold poor people for what they felt we didn’t deserve,” Land writes. “They’d see a person buying fancy meats with an EBT card and use that as evidence for their theory that everyone on food stamps did the same.” For many, the mere idea of public assistance certainly evokes stereotypes and raises questions about who deserves help (and for those that are deemed worthy of help, how much support they deserve also comes into question). And of course, there’s a classist assumption that all moms use their food stamps strictly to buy junk


Land eventually left Washington and completed her English degree at University of Montana’s creative writing program. She continued cleaning houses until her last year in school, when her second daughter was just a baby. Since graduation, her career path has taken an upward swing; in addition to getting Maid published, Land now works as a fulltime writer. She’s been a fellow at Center for Community Change and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, and has published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Guardian, Salon, The Nation and elsewhere. “I felt like I had to hold myself accountable to the degree, and I stubbornly kept myself to that—not that there’s anything wrong with side gigs or having to go back into cleaning,” she says. According to a report issued by the U.S. Census Bureau in September 2018, there are 39.7 million people living in poverty across the country, and based on the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, there are over 900,000 house cleaners nationwide in 2017, earning an

I would hear the same thing again and again: “I don’t know how you do it.” When their husbands went out of town or worked late all the time, they’d say, “I don’t know how you do it,” shaking their heads, and I always tried not to react. I wanted to tell them those hours without your husband aren’t even close to replicating what it is like to be a single parent, but I let them believe it did. Arguing with them would reveal too much about myself, and I was never out to get anyone’s sympathy. Besides, they couldn’t know unless they felt the weight of poverty themselves. The desperation of pushing through because it was the only option. Land says her book is succeeding, in part because “people are more apt to listen to someone who is on the other side and who is a success story, and I cringe at that, because the system is not a successful system.” In a perfect world, Maid would become required reading in schools across the country. In the very least, it should evoke compassion and stir empathy in people who have never walked in Land’s shoes. And hopefully that empathy can lead to big changes in how poor people are treated in America. “I'm really hoping that my book changes the way people think about the lower classes and working classes,” she says, “and I'm hoping it increases their view of humanity, and gives them more compassion. I hope it sets up the stage for more books like mine to come out, from women of color and from more people in the margins. “I think the world should be ready to hear from angry poor people.” Stephanie Land reads from ‘Maid’ at Copperfield’s Books on Friday, Feb. 15, at 7pm (140 Kentucky St., Petaluma; 762.0563), and at Book Passage on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 7pm (51 Tamal Vista

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Sometimes just walking behind a two-parent family on a sidewalk could trigger shame from being alone. I zeroed in on them—dressed in clothes I could never afford, diaper bag carefully packed into an expensive jogger stroller. Those moms could say things that I never could: “Honey, could you take this?” or “Here, can you hold her for a second?” The child could go from one parent’s arms to the other’s.

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average of $11 per hour. Maid takes these impersonal statistics and the topic of income inequality and gives them a face. Her voice represents millions who are attempting to survive on low wages—and reveals the truth of what it’s like for so many single parents struggling to get by, one day at a time:

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food for their kids, which Land— unapologetically—said she did on special occasions. “I used to do that for Christmas. I bought candy with food stamps,” she says. “I used to buy treats for my kid because that was all I could get her. I couldn’t afford to get her a toy or a lot of stuff, but I could buy her a piece of candy with food stamps. To me, I’m giving my child a moment of joy.” In addition to the stress of financial insecurity and the grueling, often degrading experience of scrubbing other people’s toilets that Land addresses in Maid, she offers a glimpse into the isolation she often felt raising Mia alone:

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Sundial NOVATO Blind Tasting

North Bay native Dr. Henry “Hoby” Wedler is a food and beverage sensory expert. He has also been completely blind since birth. The founder and director of the nonprofit Accessible Science is passionate about flavor, and he shares that passion in a unique event, Tasting in the Dark, that invites the public to experience a beertasting as he does. Once the lights go out, visitors will learn how flavor and aroma relate to science while enjoying a slew of delicious beers on Thursday, Feb. 7, at HopMonk Tavern, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 7pm. $55; 21 and over. 415.892.6200.

SAN RAFAEL Dub Master

Forty-five years ago, Grammy-winning reggae pioneer Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry helped usher in the sound of dub music on the landmark album Blackboard Jungle Dub, often considered one of the world’s first dub albums. Scratch, now 82 years young, celebrates the anniversary of the record by performing the 1973 masterpiece live in its entirety for the first time onstage, backed by the Subatomic Sound System, his hybrid band of veteran Jamaican musicians and new-school electronics. Perry performs on Thursday, Feb. 7, at Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Drive, San Rafael. 8pm. $32. 415.524.2773.

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SAUSALITO Nature Art

Artist and activist Linda Colnett juxtaposes mixed-media and digital art techniques with the works of nature in her new solo exhibit, ‘Trees, Paper, Styx.’ The show is a tribute to the products that are derived from trees, such as wood panels and paper, that speaks to the paradox of the benefits humans derive from trees like oxygen, shelter, food, clothing and other materials, versus the devastating impact of deforestation around the world. Join Colnett in an artist’s reception for the show on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 1pm. Free. 415.332.3871.

BOLINAS Community Night

Virtuoso violinist Daniel Hope returns to the Bay Area to perform and lead the New Century Chamber Orchestra in concert on Sunday, Feb. 10, at Osher Marin JCC in San Rafael. See Clubs & Venues, p23.

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Considered by locals as the heart of a heart-filled community, the Bolinas Community Center is a place for those in town to come together for any number of reasons, from yoga classes to dance parties to fundraising affairs. This weekend, the center hosts its own fundraiser, featuring an evening of poetry and music that boasts local talents and communal cheer. Listen to poets like Cark Macki and Cathryn Shea and hear from Bay Area indie-pop act MJoy and veteran power-pop group Minus One on Sunday, Feb. 10, at Bolinas Community Center, 14 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 4pm to 9pm. $10 donation. 415.868.2128. —Charlie Swanson


ARTS

Open Heart New photography exhibit is for lovers By Charlie Swanson

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or much of her career, Diane Epstein was a creativity coach and therapist dealing with matters of the heart and mind. Soon after she moved from San Francisco to Italy in 1995, she added a new passion in fine art photography and created a technique she calls

“fresco photography,” layering superimposed photographs on top of each other, like layers of paint, to create images that resembled the aging Italian paintings she saw. “I call it layered love notes,” says Epstein. “The images evoke a sense of a love of life and all living things.” When her former husband died,

Epstein returned to California in 2015. “I came back to the Bay Area to start afresh, a new chapter in my life,” says Epstein, who now lives in the East Bay. “Actually, it’s been amazing coming back. I didn’t expect that, [making] a whole new life for myself.” In Italy, Epstein’s artistic focus

Meet Diane Epstein at the ‘Art Lovers’ Opening’ on Saturday, Feb. 16, at Room Art Gallery, 86 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. Noon to 3pm. ‘An Untold Love Story’ workshop begins at 1pm. Free. epsteinphotography.com.

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Bay Area photographer Diane Epstein layers multiple exposures to achieve her fresco photography.

was on architectural detail in landscapes and cityscapes as well as what she calls the patina of time, the imperfections that come with passing centuries. Since she’s been back in the Bay Area, she has trained her camera on the region’s natural beauty and become involved in biophilic design, the art of incorporating natural features into interior spaces to encourage serenity, focus and wellbeing. “I’m interested in implementing my works to help transform spaces and create some wellness elements,” says Epstein. “Most people spend 90 percent of their time indoors, and they’re losing the beauty and the healing elements of California if they’re indoors all the time. One of my missions is to bring love into the world, but also to bring in the love of nature.” She shares that love of nature with her new husband, an evolutionary biologist, and the two recently married explorers can often be found at sites like the Point Reyes seashore. This month, Epstein’s work can also be found in Marin at her new exhibit, “An Open Book: Fresco Photography,” showing now at Room Art Gallery in Mill Valley. Epstein’s focus for this show is on three images of books done in her signature style. Two of the images depict ancient books from the Biblioteca Angelica (the Library of Angels), in Rome, with the layered images celebrating the aging textural remnants of ancient storytelling. The third image, “An Open Book” (pictured), shows a book whose blank pages flutter, suggesting a new story yet to be written. On Feb. 16, Epstein will be on hand for the show’s Valentine’sappropriate “Art Lovers’ Opening” reception, in which she will lead a workshop titled “An Untold Love Story,” where participants can bring their own blank books, and find inspiration to write their own stories. “Love is such an important part of my life,” says Epstein. “And my purpose in life is to bring more love into people’s lives. “I see love as a part of everyone’s story.”


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Northern California singer-songwriter Rainy Eyes appears as part of the intimate ‘Sweethearts of the Radio’ concert in West Marin this weekend.

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LIVE MUSIC PERFORMANCE DANCING FOOD COCKTAILS FUN CELTIC JAM BAND FUSION

Love Cats Liven up Valentine’s with these concerts By Charlie Swanson

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Vivaldi – The Four Seasons A familiar works through a new lens

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upid’s big day is coming up, and hearts will be fluttering all week in the North Bay, where a plethora of Valentine’s Day events dominate the calendars through Thursday, Feb. 14. While candlelit dinners and heart-shaped boxes get some folks in the mood, others prefer to put on their dancing shoes and party for Valentine’s Day, and there are several local concerts in the coming days that are sure to conjure up some close encounters of the romantic kind. Music lovers will be feeling the love all week at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, where tribute shows to Bob Marley and Prince commence on Feb. 7 and 8 respectively. Platinum-selling singer Joan Osborne shows her love for Bob Dylan by singing his songs for two already sold-out shows, Feb. 9 and 10. Finally, eclectic guitarist Steve Kimock (Zero) takes over for three

nights of spirited jams featuring several special guests, Feb. 12–14. For couples looking for a more intimate experience, KWMR-West Marin Community Radio presents “Sweethearts of the Radio,” its annual fundraising concert at the Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station this Saturday, Feb. 9. This year’s lineup includes Bolinas acoustic trio LoWatters, singersongwriter Rainy Eyes and fingerstyle guitarist Teja Gerken. On Feb. 14, several Marin venues present their Valentine's events. Rancho Nicasio welcomes Rhumba Bums bandleader Steve Lucky and vocalist Carmen Getit for a special night of dancing. Fenix in San Rafael hosts blues and Gospel star Lady Bianca for a special dinner show. At the Station House in Point Reyes Station, Our Fireside Romance, featuring Oakland duo Larrie and Lisa Noble, share signature harmonies and unique arrangements of classic hits, standards and originals.

Up in Petaluma, the Mystic Theatre gets an early start on the holiday on Saturday, Feb. 9, when it hosts “Whole Lotta Love,” a Led Zeppelin–themed night of rock-’n’-roll burlesque. Set to classic Zep songs performed live by Scarlett Siren & the Howlin’ Tramps, the show boasts several risqué performers from the Bay Area and beyond, such as Sebastopol’s Bella Dukess, Oakland’s Bunny Pistol and Portland, Ore.–based Eva D’Luscious. The show supports charitable group the Russian River Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence with an awesome raffle. In Napa, five-man a cappella sensation Rockapella lights up the Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center on Valentine’s Day for an evening of doo-wop, pop and R&B created without instruments or backing tracks, but with plenty of heart and harmony. For more info on these and other shows, see calendar listings, p23.


FILM

Paths of Glory Peter Jackson takes on the ‘war to end all wars’ By Richard von Busack

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ow well can cinema help us understand something as inconceivable as a war? That’s the problem with the remarkable They Shall Not Grow Old, which arrives a few months too late for the centennial of the Armistice. Peter Jackson, of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, weaves together documentary footage from the 1914–18 war and oral histories by 114 Western Front vets recorded a half-century ago. In a prologue, the New Zealand director explains that he was given great latitude in working with a hundred hours of footage from the Imperial War Museums. It took him and his team four years to digitally cleanse, colorize and adjust the speeds of film from hand-cranked cameras. Footage, underexposed or overexposed to the point of uselessness, now reveals its details. As a result, the front becomes

visible onscreen as it never has before. The jerky black-and-white phantoms, marching in their puttees and tin helmets, now move like human beings and have faces that can be studied. Behind them the poppies are crimson—the flowers, which favor disturbed ground, become a symbol for the war. This will surely irritate some historians, but Jackson created a composite experience of the front. There are no dates, no names of spring offensives or locations, just one long voyage. First the enlisting—the Army took people as young as 16— the training, and the boat to France. Then the marching to the zigzagged trenches, teetering on slippery duckboards over corpse-littered mud deep enough to swallow a man like quicksand. Behind the lines, there’s toil or mild recreation: thin beer, brothels and ball games.

‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ is playing at select theaters.

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Digitally cleansed and colorized footage from WWI shows life on the Western Front in ‘They Shall Not Grow Old.’

Away from the front, the men pose with delight for the cinema camera, displaying captured German spiked helmets, and snuggling with the regimental goat. The old soldiers recall tricks: urine could be used for softening a stiff, ill-fitting army boot, just as soaking a handkerchief with piss could make a quick gas mask before a chlorine shell detonated. Midway through, that new secret weapon arrives, the tank. The images here are clear enough that you can see the names painted on the sides of these oval-shaped steel monsters. At the blowing of a whistle, it’s over the top and into the face of the machine guns, through barbed wire snarled as thick as a blackberry patch. Since film crews didn’t accompany the military charges, Jackson makes up collages from the illustrated newspapers of the time, as the vets tell of what they saw and what they did when they got to the German trenches. He also brings up evocative cartoons by Bruce Bairnsfather, the shell-shocked machine gunner turned humorist, who was important to the British WWI troops as Bill Mauldin’s cartoons were to the American soldiers of WWII. This film is an achievement, but one feels that something is lost in translation, and it’s because of the narration. These old men are great subscribers to British understatement, and are observers of the law that one mustn’t grumble. Naturally, they have pride in enduring, and they have no lingering resentment toward the brave Germans who were just doing their duty. The images are one thing, but the narration lacks the keenness of young contemporary observers such as Robert Graves, Wilfred Owens and Siegfried Sassoon, who wrote of the pointlessness of a war that killed “half the seed of Europe, one by one,” in Owens’ phrase. Any English person will recognize the title from Remembrance Day ceremonies—it’s from Laurence Binyon’s poem “For the Fallen,” asserting that those who die young in battle keep their youth forever. They Shall Not Grow Old helps us understand WWI, the scar between the old world of kings and horses, and our own world of total war and regimentation. It’s invaluable but has little immediacy—a strangely placid look at something that happened so long ago.


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Movies

• New Movies This Week •

By Matthew Stafford

Friday, February 1–Thursday, February 7 Alita: Battle Angel (2:02) Robert Rodriguez’s FX-heavy sci-fi thriller about a kickass cyborg amnesiac stars Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly and Mahershala Ali. Anna Karenina: The Musical (2:05) Direct from Moscow, it’s a new musical version of Leo Tolstoy’s epic romance— complete with ice skating. Around India with a Movie Camera (1:12) Vivid documentary explores the British-ruled subcontinent circa 1899–1947 through travelogues, newsreels and home movies from the British Film Institute’s National Archive. The Camp Fire (1:00) Riveting documentary captures the heroic efforts of Paradise resident Stephen Murray, who single-handedly rescued more than 60 senior citizens from November’s inferno. Cold Pursuit (1:58) Darkly comic thriller stars Liam Neeson as yet another dad-turnedrogue vigilante; Emmy Rossum costars. Cold War (1:29) Cannes-winning Polish drama about a hopeless Iron Curtain– cleaved love affair in post-WWII Europe; Pawel Pawlikowski directs. Count Orlov (2:18) Moscow Operetta Theatre presents playwright July Kim’s fresh look at the real-life love affair between Catherine the Great’s aide-de-camp and a conniving young Italian. A Dog’s Way Home (1:36) A wayward pooch sets off on a 400-mile journey in search of hearth and home, and hooks up with Ashley Judd, Edward James Olmos and other bipeds along the way. Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (2:50) Romantic dramedy stars Sonam Kapoor as a young woman torn between family, independence, true love and convenience. Glass (2:09) M. Night Shyamalan’s sequel to Unbreakable and Split stars Bruce Willis as a security guard who uses supernatural powers to track down a criminal with multiple personalities. Green Book (2:10) An African-American classical pianist embarks on a dangerous concert tour through the Kennedy-era South with a bouncer from the Bronx as his chauffeur; Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen star. Happy Death Day 2U (1:40) Sequel to 2017’s horror hommage to Groundhog Day finds Tree Gelbman emerging from a life of reruns into a fearsome fall season. High School 9-1-1 (2:00) Documentary chronicles a year in the life of Connecticut’s Darien EM-Post 53, a 24/7/365 ambulance service run entirely by high school students. If Beale Street Could Talk (1:57) James Baldwin’s edgy romance of 1970s Harlem comes to the big screen with KiKi Layne as Tish; Barry Jenkins directs. Isn’t It Romantic (1:24) Rebel Wilson stars as a chronically cynical New Yorker who suddenly finds herself in a hellish romanticcomedy alternative universe. Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration (2:00) James Taylor, Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris, Diana Krall and a host of others perform Joni Mitchell’s greatest hits at L.A.’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Josh Groban from Madison Square Garden (1:38) Catch the multi-platinum singer-songwriter as he pop-rocks the house with a little help from Idina Menzel, Jennifer Nettles, an orchestra and a choir. The Kid Who Would Be King (2:00) Arthurian update about a suburban kid who discovers Excalibur and uses it to take on Morgana the enchantress with a little help from Merlin the magician (Patrick Stewart). The Metropolitan Opera: Carmen (3:40) Bizet’s sexy saga of a saucy, spirited señorita, live from New York in glorious, big-screen high definition. Miss Bala (1:44) Gina Rodriguez stars as a kickass waif who takes on criminals from both sides of the border. More than Funny (1:30) Rising comic Michael Jr. stars in a movie that’s part autobiography and part stand-up routine. On the Basis of Sex (2:00) Inspirational biopic stars Felicity Jones as the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg, trying a landmark gender discrimination case before the U.S. Court of Appeals; Mimi Leder directs. Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts Catch five cartoons from around the world up for this year’s Academy Awards. Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts Program of five minimalist documentaries on a wide range of subjects with one thing in common: a shot at Academy bling. Oscar-Nominated Live-Action Shorts The Academy’s picks for the year’s top five live-action short subjects screen at the Rafael this week. The Prodigy (1:32) A suburban mom becomes concerned when her little boy starts acting out in a supernatural Satanic sort of way. Shoplifters (2:01) Delicate Japanese drama about a family of petty thieves transformed by a homeless urchin. Stage Russia: Smile Upon Us, Lord (3:10) Moscow’s Vakhtangov Theatre presents Rimas Tumina’s richly comic dream-state of a road trip set in early 20thcentury Eastern Europe. Stan & Ollie (1:38) Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly star in a bittersweet portrait of the movies’ greatest double act at twilight. Sundance Short Film Tour (1:33) Seven short subjects from last year’s fest make up a cinematic smorgasbord of comedies, musicals, documentaries and dramas from around the globe. The Tragedy of King Richard the Second (2:30) Direct from London’s Almeida Theatre, it’s Simon Russell Beale as Shakespeare’s vain, foolish, irresponsible regent. The Upside (2:00) Bromantic comedy finds ex-con Kevin Hart striking sparks with paralyzed billionaire Bryan Cranston. Vice (2:12) Edgy political satire examines the Mephistophelean rise to the vice presidency of Dick Cheney; Christian Bale stars with Amy Adams as Lynne, Sam Rockwell as W and Tyler Perry as Colin Powell. What Men Want (1:57) Sports agent Taraji P. Henson uses her newfound power to read men’s minds to pursue an NBA superstar; Richard Roundtree co-stars!

Alita: Battle Angel (PG-13)

Cinema: Wed 7, 10 Northgate: Wed 7:15, 10:15, 3D showtime at 8:45; Thu 10:15, 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15, 3D showtimes at 11:45, 2:45, 5:45, 8:45 Rowland: Wed 7, 3D showtime at 10; Thu 10:30, 1:30, 7:30, 10:30, 3D showtime at 4:30 Lark: Thu 6 • Anna Karenina: The Musical (NR) • Around India With a Movie Camera (NR) Rafael: Sun 4:15, 6:15 Bohemian Rhapsody (PG-13) Larkspur Landing: Fri, Mon-Wed 6:30; Sat-Sun 12, 6:30 Northgate: Fri, Mon-Tue 12:45, 3:55, 7:10, 10:20; Sat-Sun 3:55, 7:10, 10:20 Rafael: Mon 7 (post-film discussion with filmmaker Nancy • The Camp Fire (NR) Hamilton, subject Stephen Murray and moderator Paul Liberator benefits Butte County relief efforts) Northgate: Fri-Tue 10:35, 1:25, 4:15, 7:15, 10:10 Rowland: Fri• Cold Pursuit (R) Tue 10:40, 1:30, 4:20, 7:10, 10:20 Cold War (NR) Rafael: Fri 4, 6, 8; Sat 1:30, 4, 6, 8; Sun 1:30, 6, 8; Mon-Wed 6, 8; Thu 5 Count Orlov (NR) Lark: Sat 1 A Dog’s Way Home (PG) Northgate: Fri-Tue 11:40, 2:15, 4:50, 7:25, 9:55 Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (NR) Northgate: Fri-Tue 10:10pm (in Hindi with English subtitles) • Exhibition Onscreen: Young Picasso (NR) Lark: Wed 6:30 The Favourite (R) Regency: Fri-Sat 10:35, 1:20, 4:10, 7:10, 9:55; Sun-Thu 10:35, 1:20, 4:10, 7:10 Sequoia: Fri-Sat, Mon-Wed 7:20; Sun 1:30, 7:20 Free Solo (NR) Rafael: Fri-Sat 5:45; Mon-Thu 4:30 Green Book (PG-13) Larkspur Landing: Fri, Mon-Wed 7, 10; Sat-Sun 12:30, 3:45, 7, 10 Regency: 10:45, 1:40, 4:40, 7:40 daily Sequoia: Fri 4:05, 7, 9:55; Sat 1:10, 4:05, 7, 9:55; Sun 1:10, 4:05, 7; Mon-Wed 4:05, 7; Thu 4:05 Northgate: Wed-Thu 12:05, 2:40, 5:15, 7:50, 10:25 • Happy Death Day 2U (PG-13) Rafael: Mon noon (filmmaker Tim Warren in person; free • High School 9-1-1 (NR) admission; RSVP at eventbrite.com) If Beale Street Could Talk (R) Regency: Fri 10:25, 1:10, 4, 7, 9:50; Sat 7, 9:50; Sun, Wed 10:25, 1:10; Mon-Tue 10:25, 1:10, 4, 7; Thu 10:25, 1:10, 4 Northgate: Wed-Thu 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:35, 10 Rowland: Wed• Isn’t It Romantic (PG-13) Thu 10:30, 12:50, 3:10, 5:30, 7:50, 10:20 Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration (NR) Rafael: Tue-Thu 7 (Tue, Wed sold out) • Josh Groban from Madison Square Garden (NR) Lark: Tue 6:30 The Kid Who Would Be King (PG) Northgate: Fri-Tue 10:50, 1:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:35 Rowland: FriTue 10:10, 1, 3:50, 6:40, 9:50 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (PG) Cinema: Fri-Tue 10:45, 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:45; Wed 10:45, 1:30, 4:15 Fairfax: Fri-Sat 12, 3:30, 6:30, 9:15; Sun-Thu 12, 3:30, 6:30 Northgate: Fri-Tue 11, 12:25, 1:50, 3:15, 4:35, 6:10, 7:30, 10:20; 3D showtime at 9pm Playhouse: Fri, Mon-Thu 5, 7:30; Sat-Sun 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30 Rowland: Fri-Tue 10:50, 12:50, 1:40, 4:30, 6:30, 7:20, 10:10; 3D showtimes at 10, 3:40, 9:30 Mary Poppins Returns (PG) Northgate: Fri-Tue 12:55, 4:05, 7:05, 10:05 The Metropolitan Opera: Carmen (NR) Regency: Sat 12:55 Sequoia: Sat 12:55 Miss Bala (PG-13) Northgate: Fri-Tue 11:55, 2:35, 5:15, 7:55, 10:30 Rowland: FriTue 10:20, 1:10, 4:40, 7:30, 10:30 The Notebook (PG-13) Lark: Thu 8:30 (includes Valentine’s Day wine and chocolates)

On the Basis of Sex (PG-13)

On the Waterfront (NR) • Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts (NR) • Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts (NR)

Oscar-Nominated Live

The Prodigy (R)

Action Shorts (NR)

Stan & Ollie (PG) They Shall Not Grow Old (R) The Upside (PG-13) Vice (R) What Men Want (R)

Larkspur Landing: Fri, Mon-Wed 9:30; Sat-Sun 3:15, 9:30 Northgate: Fri, Mon-Tue 10:30, 1:20, 4:20, 7:20; Sat-Sun 10:30, 1:20, 4:10 Sequoia: Fri 4:25, 10:05; Sat 10:05; Sun-Thu 4:25 Lark: Sun 3:30 Rafael: Fri, Mon-Thu 6:15; Sat-Sun 12, 1:45, 6:15 Rafael: Sat-Sun 1 Rafael: Fri-Sun 3:45, 8:15; Mon-Thu 8:15

Northgate: Fri-Tue 12:35, 3, 5:35, 8, 10:30 Rowland: Fri-Tue 11, 1:50, 4:20, 6:50, 9:40 Regency: Fri-Sat 11:40, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 10; Sun-Thu 11:40, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20 Regency: daily at 10:30, 4:30; 3D showtimes at 1:30, 7:30 Northgate: Fri-Tue 1, 4, 7, 10 Rowland: Fri-Tue 10, 1, 4, 7, 10 Regency: Fri-Sat 12:45, 3:45, 6:45, 9:45; Mon-Thu 12:45, 3:45, 6:45 Northgate: Fri-Tue 11:05, 1:55, 4:55, 7:45, 10:35 Rowland: Fri-Wed 10:30, 1:20, 4:10, 7, 10

We have omitted some of the movie summaries and times for those that have been playing for multiple weeks.

Showtimes can change after we go to press. Please call theater to confirm. CinéArts Sequoia 25 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley, 388-1190 Century Cinema 41 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 924-6506 Fairfax 9 Broadway, Fairfax, 453-5444 Lark 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur, 924-5111 Larkspur Landing 500 Larkspur Landing Cir., Larkspur, 461-4849 Northgate 7000 Northgate Dr., San Rafael, 491-1314 Playhouse 40 Main St., Tiburon, 435-1251 Rafael Film Center 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael, 454-1222 Regency 80 Smith Ranch Rd., Terra Linda, 479-6496 Rowland 44 Rowland Way, Novato, 898-3385


19 IrieFuse & Sol Horizon Bob Marley Birthday Celebration Fri 2⁄8 • Doors 8pm ⁄ $28–32 • 21+

The Purple Ones

Insatiable Tribute to Prince Tue 2⁄12 & Wed 2⁄13 & Thu 2⁄14 Doors 7pm ⁄ $40–45 • All Ages

Steve Kimock & Friends

Jeff Chimenti, Reed Mathis, John Kimock + Special Guests

feat

Sun 2⁄17 • Doors 8pm ⁄ $17–20 • 21+

"The finest string band in America" —The Boston Herald

The Crooked Jades

Thu 2⁄21 • Doors 7pm ⁄ $30–35 • All Ages Grammy Winning Blues Legend Bobby Rush (solo seated show)

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Fred Denau

Fri 2⁄22 • Doors 8pm ⁄ $12–15 • All Ages Performing and celebrating the music and magic of the Jerry Garcia Band

Jerry's Middle Finger

Wed 2⁄27 & Thu 2⁄28 • Doors 7pm ⁄ $35–40 All Ages

Jethro Tull's Martin Barre Band

Novato Theater Company attempts to put the ‘fun’ in funeral in its latest production.

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Comic Spoils Dated satire makes for lackluster ‘Loot’ in Novato By Harry Duke

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hen Joe Orton’s Loot opened in Cambridge, England, in 1965, it created such a scandal that the Lord Chamberlain, England’s official theater “censor” until 1968, ordered revisions and deletions before it could run on London’s West End. It’s running now at the Novato Theater Company through Feb. 10. Orton’s look at the savage hypocrisy beneath Britain’s outward aura of propriety may have been shocking for its time, but nowadays it seems quaint to suggest that corruption and brutality might be problems present in a police force or that the pious may not act as such behind closed doors or that two men may be engaged in a sexual relationship. “Friends” Hal (James Gregory) and Dennis (Peter Malmquist) have knocked off the bank next door to the funeral home where Dennis is

employed. Seeking a place to hide the loot, they return to Hal’s home where his late mother lies in state under the watchful eyes of Hal’s father, Mr. McLeavy (Keith Jefferds), and her scheming attending nurse, Fay (Haley Bertelsen). Realizing that a coffin makes a great hiding place, Mrs. McLeavy is soon relocated to an armoire while the loot is stashed in her place. Things get complicated with the arrival of Inspector Truscott ( Johnny DeBernard), ostensibly of the water board, but in reality a less-than-savory police inspector hot on the trail of the bank robbers and maybe a “black widow” killer. Trevor Scott Floyd’s lackluster direction of Orton’s script gives it the look and feel of a lesser Monty Python skit without the necessary comedic pacing. The show, which runs only one hour and 50 minutes (with intermission), feels much longer, though having the actors

speed it up might make the often unintelligible dialogue even less intelligible. While DeBernard certainly has the right idea about pacing, even he tripped over his dialogue in spots. Actor Keith Jefferds has the look and vocal intonations of British satirist/comic actor Peter Cook, which lends some authenticity to the production, but overall the performances are pretty drab. Loot is a distinctly British play that, while it hits on issues that could be considered contemporary, seems awfully dated. That it never hits the heights of absurdity and lunacy required of a successful farce is a double-whammy. ‘Loot’ runs Friday–Sunday through Feb. 10 at the Novato Theater Company, 5420 Nave Drive, Ste. C, Novato. Friday–Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. $21–$27. 415.883.4498. novatotheatercompany.org.

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Tables for Two Luscious Valentine’s Day outings for couples—with a bone thrown in for lovelorn singles By Charlene Peters

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es, dear. It’s that time of year again, when the calendar declares St. Valentine’s Day as the one day the entire population is expected to set the stage for romance. Although the legend of St. Valentine is murky, this sympathetic hero of the Middle Ages was alleged to be the first person to sign off a notecard with “From Your Valentine.” Beyond the notecards, the dozen

red roses and the heart-shaped boxes of candies, there are lots of opportunities to shower affection on your sweetheart. Expressions of appreciation are abuzz with restaurant specials and sweet activities sure to land you a bullseye from Cupid’s arrow. “If you have something sweet to tell her, say it with music, beautiful music,” sang Irving Berlin in his immortal love song. And if you can’t sing—say it with food.

Marin County As a precursor to dinner in Marin County, opt to set sail on the San Francisco Bay with that someone special for Valentine’s Day in Sausalito. Take a beautiful evening sail on the Schooner Freda B on Feb. 14, 4:30–6:45pm ($69 jper person), and cozy up under a blanket as you take in the bay’s most iconic sights—the Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island, Alcatraz

and the sparkling San Francisco skyline. Now that you’ve set the stage for romance, dinner at the Michelinstarred Madcap Marin restaurant in San Anselmo is set to serve up a sweet menu on Valentine’s Day ($135 per person). Take a seat for dinner that begins with a lobster miso shot and evolves to the taste of a Shinjuku oyster with elderflower mignonette, shima aji with blood orange and young ginger,


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Stonington sea scallops with Ossetra caviar and salsify, Onsen tamago with black truffles and lemongrass, roasted Nantes carrots with pistachios, Flannery filet mignon, and a dessert course that features mignardises (sweet pastries). Also in San Anselmo, L’Appart Resto is ready for the lover’s holiday with a prix fixe menu ($80 per person). Along with the regular menu, chef Alex has created a menu that lists lobster gratin with morels and spinach, paired with Laurent-Perrier’s Brut La Cuvée Champagne. Choices continue with herb-crusted roasted rack of lamb served with a butternut squash purée, crosnes (Chinese artichokes) and a black truffle sauce, paired with a 2015 Les Hauts de Lynch-Moussas, Haut Médoc. For those sans sweetheart, there are more options to celebrate love. The EV Lounge in San Anselmo has you covered with a Valentine’s Day Celebration for Singles ($5 per person). The Society for Single Professionals invites you to dress to impress, with unattached adults of all ages looking to connect in the name of romance. In San Rafael, Wine & Design ($90 per couple) offers a signature Valentine’s Day Picasso portrait if you prefer to opt for a fun and hilarious celebration while seated across from your loved one, friend or family member (so that you cannot see each other's canvases). Artists on-site will guide you with shapes and colors to create portraits of each other Picassostyle. You’re not allowed to peek at each other’s pictures until the Big Reveal at the end!

Sonoma County If you’re set to impress your favorite foodie, you’ll want to reserve one of the last spots available for the Valentine’s Day dinner at SingleThread Farm, Restaurant & Inn in Healdsburg ($325 per person). The 11-course dinner at this Michelin three-star restaurant is menu-driven by ingredients secured from the

property’s Alexander Valley farm, local Sonoma ranches, and coastal waters of northern California. In the heart of downtown Healdsburg, Spoonbar—h2hotel’s signature restaurant—offers a sweet and savory four-course Valentine’s Day menu prepared by recently appointed chef Matthew D’Ambrosi ($65 per person). The menu begins with a petite shellfish platter, followed by a butter lettuce endive salad and main choices of Mediterranean branzino with roasted lemon potatoes, garlic beet greens and shaved beets—or Tuscan-style prime ribeye steak. The meal concludes with a warm, flourless chocolate cake paired with chocolate ice cream, wild berries, candied pecans and gold flakes. For those who want to send a truly over-the-top message of love, head to the Rooftop at Harmon Guest House in Healdsburg, the only publicly accessible rooftop bar with a fire pit and views of Fitch Mountain, the Sonoma Hills and downtown Healdsburg. On Feb. 14, an elegant three-course Valentine’s Day menu ($59 per person) begins with several canapés such as warm Dungeness crab cake, chilled prawn cocktail, beau soleil oyster, mignonette and warmed blinis topped with caviar. Lobster risotto is planned as the first course, followed by choices of red-wine-braised prime beef short ribs and mahi-mahi with crispy shiitake mushrooms and scallion salad. Dessert will not disappoint—a warmed Valrhona chocolate “ganache” fondue. If your goal is to take romance up a notch, the best gifts are those that are handmade. Even better, why not forego the cost of a dozen red roses and make your own floral arrangement for your sweetheart? On Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in Petaluma, Angela Faustino of Faustino's Valentine's Succulent & Roses Arrangement Class will be at 101 North Brewery to offer a special class all about building a succulent arrangement with roses.

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Napa County One of the most romantic ways to swoon your special someone is to ride the rail on the Napa Valley Wine Train ($165 and above per person). During a three-hour evening rail tour of vintage Napa Valley, you’ll pass spectacular landscapes on a ride that reflects old-world charm through one of the most romantic places in the world. The tour begins with a glass of sparkling wine, and a multiplecourse dinner is enhanced with a serenade by a strolling violinist. At TORC, a high-energy restaurant in Napa, a four-course Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menu ($115 per person) begins with choices of boar terrine or Ossetra caviar ($250 supplement). Move on with more choices of duck, tagliatelle with truffles, short rib or 28-day dry-aged N.Y. strip steak, and finish with a choice of desserts that include rouzaire affineur with quince jam and pistachio. In downtown Napa, the CIA at Copia is cooking up some fun with the Chef ’s Table Special Edition: Valentine’s Day ($150 per person). In this interactive dinner event, guests will gather around the table in the Napa Valley Vintners Theater demonstration kitchen and watch Culinary Institute of America chefs work their magic as they teach tips and techniques. Guests will enjoy food and beverage pairings, and chocolate truffles, departing with recipes to prepare shareable dishes for two. Farther north in the Napa Valley, tickets are still available for a three-course Sweetheart Dinner at the CIA at Greystone in Saint Helena ($125 per person). This event will take place in the historic barrel room and will showcase the talents of CIA chefs along with live entertainment of Marc Teicholz. Y

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A certain Marin County high school sports team first won the California state championship in 2009, and currently has won the state championship the past four years in a row. What local school, what sport?

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The world’s first lottery was established in 1530 in what city with a woman’s name?

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Who was the first U.S. president representing the Republican Party?

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What spiny-tailed animal can move 20 miles per hour, making it the fastest moving reptile?

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MGM’s roaring lion is encircled by the Latin motto “Ars Gratia Artis,” meaning what, in English?

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What do we call the color-changing product chemists use to detect the amount of acid or bases in a solution?

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In 1936, Victor Hugo Green, a traveler and writer from New York, wrote what guide book to help certain travelers move around the U.S. more comfortably?

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What country is responsible for all of the following: the compass, writing paper, moveable type, mechanical clocks and iron smelting?

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What keyboard symbol can replace “each at” in the following sentence: “six apples each at $1”?

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Calendar MARIN Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry & Subatomic Sound System Grammy-winning dub and reggae pioneer celebrates the 45th anniversary of his album “Blackboard Jungle Dub” by performing it live for the first time on tour. Feb 7, 8pm. $32. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael. 415.524.2773. Sweethearts of the Radio Annual concert features local artists LoWatters, Rainy Eyes and Teja Gerken. Feb 9, 8pm. $30. Dance Palace, 503 B St, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1075.

SONOMA Santa Rosa Symphony Acclaimed symphony’s latest program,“Love Letters,” musically celebrates all kinds of love; romantic, platonic and familiar. Feb 9-11. $24 and up. Green Music Center Weill Hall, 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, 866.955.6040. Swingin’ Utters Old school punk favorites headline a benefit for the Phoenix Theater with support from Western Addiction, the New Trust and others. Feb 9, 8pm. $15. The Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565.

NAPA Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra German-born guitarist performs a stye of acoustic music he describes as “Nouveau Flamenco” that’s inspired by his longtime home of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Feb 7-9. $29-$55. Blue Note Napa, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.880.2300.

Clubs & Venues MARIN Fenix Feb 7, Jeff Oster. Feb 8, the Sun Kings. Feb 9, Nzuri Soul. Feb 10, Ike Willis Project. 919 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.813.5600. Finnegan’s Marin Feb 9, the Gentlemen Soldiers. 877 Grant Ave, Novato. 415.899.1516. HopMonk Novato Feb 9, Notorious. Feb 10, Glen Phillips. Feb 11, North Bay Blue Note Ensemble. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200. Iron Springs Pub & Brewery Feb 6, the Overextended. Feb 13, Tom Finch’s youth showcase. 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax. 415.485.1005. Marin Country Mart Feb 8, 5:30pm, Friday Night Jazz with Dave

Rocha Band. 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 415.461.5700. 19 Broadway Nightclub Feb 6, Bob Marley birthday party with Irie Rockers. Feb 7, Tom Finch Trio. Feb 8, Performing Stars of Marin fundraiser. Feb 9, China Cats with Talley Up. Feb 10, Dr Mojo. Feb 13, the Receders. 17 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 415.459.1091. Osher Marin JCC Feb 9, Wake the Dead. Feb 10, 3pm, New Century Chamber Orchestra. 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000. Osteria Divino Feb 6, Nora Stanley and Nathan Bickart. Feb 7, Passion Habanera. Feb 8, Ana Mandara Duo. Feb 9, Ken Cook Trio. Feb 10, Noah Frank Peri’s Silver Dollar Feb 6, Liquid Green. Feb 7, JZ & the Hillside Stranglers. Feb 8, Ancient Baby. Feb 9, War Cloud and Night Tripper. Feb 10, Brightsilver. Feb 13, the Art Hang. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910. Rancho Nicasio Feb 8-9, Petty Theft. Feb 10, 4pm, Wendy DeWitt and Bruce Gordon. 1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio. 415.662.2219. San Domenico School Feb 10, 3pm, Dvorak at San Domenico: Virtuoso Program Orchestra da Camera concert. 1500 Butterfield Rd, San Anselmo. 415.258.1900. Sausalito Cruising Club Mon, Joe Tate & Blue Monday Band jam session. 300 Napa St, Sausalito. 415.332.9922. Sausalito Seahorse Feb 7, Toque Tercero presents “February Frecuencia” flamenco show. Feb 8, Key Lime Pie. Feb 9, Freddy Clarke & Wobbly World. Feb 10, 4pm, Orquestra Borinquen. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito. 415.331.2899. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon Feb 8, Epicenter Sound System. Feb 9, the Haggards. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311. Station House Cafe Feb 10, 5pm, New Vintage Revelers. 11180 State Route 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1515. Sweetwater Music Hall Feb 7, Bob Marley birthday celebration with IrieFuse and Sol Horizon. Feb 8, the Purple Ones. Feb 9-10, Joan Osborne sings Bob Dylan. Sold-out. Feb 12-14, Steve Kimock and friends. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850. The Tavern on Fourth Feb 8, Roots Man Project. Feb 9, Steady Eddy & the Shakers. 711 Fourth St, San Rafael, 415.454.4044. Terrapin Crossroads Feb 10, North Mississippi Allstars. 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael. 415.524.2773.

SONOMA Green Music Center Weill Hall Feb 8, Joshua Bell. 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, 866.955.6040.

Lagunitas Tap Room Feb 6, Jon Gonzales. Feb 7, Ain’t Misbehavin’. Feb 8, Court n’ Disaster. Feb 9, Blithedale Canyon. Feb 10, Timothy O’Neil. Feb 13, the Beguilers. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776. Mystic Theatre & Music Hall Feb 6, Groundation with Thrive. Feb 7, the Green and Eli Mac. Feb 8, Wonder Bread 5. Feb 9, Whole Lotta Love Led Zeppelin Burlesque. Feb 13, the Expendables with Ballyhoo and Kash’d Out. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.775.6048.

Art Openings Bay Model Visitor Center Feb 6-23, “Trees, Paper, Styx,” Linda Colnett’s art has long been inspired by nature, and in particular trees. Reception, Feb 9 at 1pm. 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.3871. Community Media Center of Marin Feb 8, “Trip-a-Tourium,” exhibit by Bay Area artist Sik.Star features blacklight paintings and mixed media artworks. Reception, Feb 8 at 6pm. 819 A St, San Rafael. 415.721.0636. Gallery Route One Feb 8-Mar 3, “If I Only Had Time to Tell You,” juried show takes on a storytelling theme with works expressing personal, political and fictional tales. Reception, Feb 9 at 3pm. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. Wed-Mon, 11 to 5. 415.663.1347. Marin Center Redwood Foyer Gallery Feb 8-May 31, “Marks In Time,” exhibit celebrates the art form of tattooing with drawings and paintings by tattoo artists, relics of past Marin tattoo parlors and photos of work on skin. Reception, Feb 8 at 7:30pm. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800. Marin Society of Artists Feb 7-Mar 2, “Seeing Colors,” exhibit highlights the splendor and excitement of color in art. Reception, Feb 8 at 5pm. 1515 Third St, San Rafael. Wed-Sun, Noon to 4pm. 415.464.9561. Robert Allen Fine Art Feb 7-Mar 29, “Nature Abstracted,” group exhibit features works on paper and canvas. Reception, Feb 7 at 5:30pm. 301 Caledonia St, Sausalito. Mon-Fri, 10 to 5. 415.331.2800. Youth in Arts Gallery Feb 8-Mar 29, “Rising Stars,” the best Marin County high school artists display their work in this annual show. Reception, Feb 8 at 5pm. 917 C St, San Rafael. 415.457.4878.

Galleries Art Works Downtown Through Feb 22, “Restless Garden,” vivid works from Stephanie Jucker are inspired by childhood memories and natural geometry. Reception, Jan 11 at 5pm. 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. Tues-Sat, 10 to 5. 415.451.8119. Claudia Chapline Gallery Through Feb 26, “Nicole Frazer: Monoprints

& Paintings,” features abstract and visceral works on paper. Reception, Feb 2 at 2pm. 3445 Shoreline Hwy, Stinson Beach. SatSun, noon to 5, and by appointment. 415.868.2308. Madrigal Family Winery Through Feb 27, “Through the Lens,” see photography from Rose Hodges, Mary Serphos and others. Reception, Jan 31 at 6pm. 819 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.729.9549. Marin Center Bartolini Gallery Through Mar 28, “Inside Insights,” exhibit showcases some 100 original paintings, prints and sculptures by San Quentin inmates as part of the Arts in Corrections program. Reception, Jan 16 at 6pm. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. marincounty.org. MarinMOCA Through Feb 24, “Open to Interpretation,” exhibit features works with layers of meaning which aim to start a dialog between artist and viewer. Reception, Jan 5 at 4:30pm. 500 Palm Dr, Novato. Wed-Fri, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, 11 to 5. 415.506.0137. Toby’s Gallery Through Feb 26, “One Place Deeply: Walking the Green Bridge Trail,” see works from photographer Marty Knapp’s daily walks near his Point Reyes Station home. Reception, Feb 2 at 2pm. 11250 Hwy 1, Point Reyes Station.

Comedy MarINSANITY Be a member of the studio audience when Marin TV tapes another episode of its stand-up comedy show. Feb 11, 6:30pm. Community Media Center of Marin, 819 A St, San Rafael. 415.721.0636.

Events Benefit for the Bolinas Community Center Fundraiser features several poets reading, live music by MJoy, Dana Alberts and Minus One, food by Mitra and more. Feb 10, 4pm. Bolinas Community Center, 14 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.2128. Media Mixer Enjoy light refreshments, mingle with CMCM members and discover how you can use this remarkable resource to create videos to air on Marin TV. Feb 6, 7pm. Free. Community Media Center of Marin, 819 A St, San Rafael. 415.721.0636. Race in America: Where We Are & Where We’re Headed Diverse panel of Bay Area agents of change tackle this topic in context of the current political climate and take a look at what lies ahead. Feb 10, 6pm. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 415.927.0960. Second Fridays Art Walk Anchored by Art Works Downtown galleries and artist studios, the art walk links venues throughout downtown San Rafael with receptions and entertainment.

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winemakers and other wine professionals. Feb 7, 6pm. $150. Left Bank Brasserie, 507 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.927.3331. Fresh Pasta Cooking Class Learn to make pastas that are bursting with flavor and great ingredients. Feb 10, 11am. Cooking School at Cavallo Point, 601 Murray Circle, Sausalito. 415.339.4700. Mindful Eating Discover how to change poor eating habits at this transformative workshop. Feb 13, 7pm. Corte Madera Library. 707 Meadowsweet Dr, Corte Madera. 707.924.6444.

For Kids Origami Valentines For children ages 8 and up. Feb 9, 11am. Corte Madera Library. 707 Meadowsweet Dr, Corte Madera. 707.924.6444.

Book Passage By-the-Bay Feb 6, 6pm, “The No-Self Help Book” with Kate Gustin. 100 Bay St, Sausalito 415.339.1300.

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Marin Art & Garden Center Feb 7, 6pm, “Ground Rules” with Kate Frey, includes wine reception. $15. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross 415.455.5260.

All Things Apple Computer class is for beginner and intermediate Apple users. Feb 12, 1pm. Corte Madera Library. 707 Meadowsweet Dr, Corte Madera. 707.924.6444. Get the Facts About Genetically Modified Foods Learn about risks associated with GMOs from best-selling author Jeffrey M Smith. Feb 7, 1pm. Free. Outdoor Art Club, 1 W Blithedale Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.2582.

Sustainable Fairfax Benefit Enjoy a night of music, dancing, light local fare, food and beverages, silent and live auctions and more celebrating Sustainable Fairfax. Feb 9, 6:30pm. Marin Museum of Bicycling, 1966 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. 415.450.8000. Wildlife Picture Index Project Come to this training and learn how to contribute to the volunteer project by helping maintain wildlife cameras and processing photos. Sat, Feb 9, 1pm. Marin Water District Office, 220 Nellen Ave, Corte Madera. parksconservancy.org.

Field Trips Tamalpa Runners Couples Relay Grab a partner and lace up your running shoes for a quick 2-mile race. Feb 10, 9am. Marin Country Mart,

2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 415.461.5700.

Film Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration Live concert film features several stars of music honoring Joni Mitchell on the occasion of her 75th birthday. Feb 12-13, 7pm. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.1222. Our Man in Havana Classic film starring Alec Guiness combines drama, comedy and thrills. Screens with discussion and snacks. Feb 6, 6pm. donations welcome. Museum of International Propaganda, 1000 Fifth Ave, San Rafael. 415.310.1173.

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Readings Book Passage Feb 6, 7pm, “Deep Creek” with Pam Houston. Feb 7, 7pm, “Habits for Success” with G Brian Benson. Feb 8, 7pm, “High” with David and Nic Sheff. Feb 9, 4pm, “Hazards of Time Travel” with Joyce Carol Oates. Feb 9, 7pm, “A Sleuth in the Summer of Love” with Carol Sheldon. Feb 10, 1pm, “The Snow Clown” with Jeff Raz. Feb 11, 7pm, “Human Rights and Wrongs” with Adrianne Aron. Feb 12, 7pm, “Find Momo Across Europe” with Andrew Knapp. Feb 13, 12:30pm, “The Lost Girls of Paris” with Pam Jenoff. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera 415.927.0960.

Tasting in the Dark Spend an evening with blind sensory expert Dr Hoby Wedler as he guides you through a truly blind tasting experience. Feb 7, 7pm. $55. HopMonk Novato, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200.

Photographer Andrew Knapp and his border collie, Momo, share their latest hide-and-seek travel book, ‘Find Momo Across Europe,’” on Feb. 12 at Book Passage in Corte Madera.

When the Tiger Smoke a Pipe Take a look at Korean art from the 3,000 years in a presentation from the Asian Art Museum. Feb 12, 12pm. San Anselmo Library, 110 Tunstead Ave, San Anselmo. 415.258.4656.

Great Minds Don’t Always Think Alike Steve Silberman upends conventional thinking about autism and suggests a broader model for participation in society for people who think differently. Feb 8, 6pm. $50. Marin Center Showcase Theatre, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800. Parenting Gender Expansive Youth Discussion on parenting and supporting gender creative children features psychologist and author Diane Ehrensaft. Feb 9, 3pm. Corte Madera Library. 707 Meadowsweet Dr, Corte Madera. 707.924.6444. Ship Operations in the Bay Join Captain Craig Thomas of Agile Marine as he provides a better understanding of commercial shipping operations and movements in the Bay. Feb 9, 1pm. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.3871. Tunstead Live Hear riveting Hollywood tales firsthand from longtime television writer and industry pioneer Rita Lakin. Feb 7, 7:30pm. San Anselmo Library, 110 Tunstead Ave, San Anselmo. 415.258.4656. What the Democratic Supermajority Means for California & Marin State Assemblymember Marc Levine discusses the new session of the State Legislature. Feb 6, 11:15am. $35. The Club at McInnis Park, 350 Smith Ranch Rd, San Rafael. 415.492.1800.

Marin Center Veterans Memorial Auditorium Feb 6, 7:30pm, “Cook Like a Pro” with Ina Garten. Sold-out. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael 415.473.6800.

Theater Deathtrap Ingeniously structured play offers gaspinducing thrills and spontaneous laughter. Through Feb 17. $12-$27. Barn Theatre, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 415.456.9555. Impeaching America Satirical stage play by Elizabeth Cady makes its world premiere. Through Feb 24. $20$25. The Belrose, 1415 Fifth Ave, San Rafael. 415.454.6422. Loot Dark comedy dives into the ugly side of the funeral business. Through Feb 10. $15-$27. Novato Theater Company, 5240 Nave Dr, Novato. 415.883.4498. Romeo & Juliet Two casts take on the greatest love story of all time, with professional adults actors in the main cast and teens performing the Saturday matinees. Through Feb 17. $35. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

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SINGLE MEN. Single & Dissatisfied? Tired of spending weekends and holidays alone? Join with single women in this class to explore what’s blocking you and learn how to create more success romantically (or socially). Nine-week Single’s Group STARTS Feb. 19th. Or weekly coed Intimacy Groups and Women’s Groups. Space limited. Advance sign-up required. Also, Individual and Couples sessions. Central San Rafael. For more information, call Renee Owen, LMFT #35255 at 415/453-8117. Right Relationship and Dating Group; Authentic Relationship Group, Essentials for Happiness Project. Highly Effective & Affordable Therapy. Empathy Tool Kit provided. 9 week groups forming now for groups near downtown San Rafael, meet 2 Tuesdays a month/ February through March. International Teacher and Stanford Trained therapist, Ilene Wolf, Licensed MFT for 25 years, Brief Solution Focused Therapist: Shows you the exact practical tools to experience more joy & turn your life into a success story. “I have seen 100s of individual, couples, families and groups, you can feel better starting with a Call for a free 20 minute interview. 415.420.3619 to see if this is right for you. www.ilenewolf.com. Where Dreams Become Possiblities. Initial interview is free for the month of February. Group for Former Members of High Demand Groups or Cults is offered alternate Saturdays, 3:00 - 5:00 PM. This successful, safe, supportive/ explorative group has been running for 15 years. Topics participants address include trauma, loss, recovery issues, relationships; understanding cultic characteristics and “normal” responses; learning new coping skills; disconfirming inaccurate, self-limiting beliefs with better outcomes. Facilitator: Colleen Russell, LMFT, CGP, 25 years’ experience, herself a former member in her early adulthood. Kentfield Office. www.colleenrussellmft.com; email: crussell@colleenrussellmft.com; phone 415-785-3513.

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 145958. The following individual(s) are doing business: B.B SOL HAULING, 1132 FERRIS DRIVE, NOVATO, CA 94945: CARLOS SOLORZANO, 1132 FERRIS DRIVE, NOVATO, CA 94945, NYDIA N. SOLORZANO, 1132 FERRIS DRIVE, NOVATO, CA 94945. 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 Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on DECEMBER 27, 2018. (Publication Dates: January 16, 23, 30 and February 6 of 2019)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2019146048. The following individual(s) are doing business: MUDDY BOOTS AND CONSTRUCTION, 41 DEL ORO LAGOON, NOVATO, CA 94949: LISA G DAVIS, 41 DEL ORO LAGOON, NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on JANUARY 11, 2019. (Publication Dates: January 16, 23, 30 and February 6 of 2019)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 145904. The following individual(s) are doing business: DIMENSIONAL FURNITURE OUTLET, 115 BELLAM BLVD, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: TRI NHU NGUYEN, 2220 HARRINGTON AVE, OAKLAND, CA 94601. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein.

This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on DECEMBER 17, 2018. (Publication Dates: January 16, 23, 30 and February 6 of 2019)

STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT FROM USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME—File No: 304843. 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 16, 2014, Under File No: 2014134594. Fictitious Business name(s) MARIN HEARING CENTER, 45 SAN CLEMENTE DR. STE. D140, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: KIM HOPPIN, 45 SAN CLEMENTE DR. STE. D140, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on Jan 9, 2019 (Publication Dates: Jan 23, 30 and Feb 6, 13 2019)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 146032. The following individual(s) are doing business: MARIN HEARING CENTER, IRON AUDIOLOGY, 45 SAN CLEMENTE DR. STE. D140, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: IRON AUDIOLOGY, INC. 45 SAN CLEMENTE DR. STE. D140, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925. 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 JANUARY 9, 2019. (Publication Dates: January 23, 30 and February 6, 13 of 2019)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 146055. The following individual(s) are doing busi-

ness: ELDON-FORSTER DRAINAGE INSPECTIONS, 701-J DELONG AVE, NOVATO, CA 94945: BAY AREA PROPERTY INSPECTIONS, LLC, 701-J DELONG AVE, NOVATO, CA 94945. 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 JANUARY 14, 2019. (Publication Dates: January 23, 30 and February 6, 13 of 2019)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 146053. The following individual(s) are doing business: ABRAHAM CONSTRUCTION, 33-B TOMASINI CANYON RD, POINT REYES STATION, CA 94956: ABRAHAM GUTIERREZ RAMIREZ, 33-B TOMASINI CANYON RD, POINT REYES STATION, CA 94956. 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 JANUARY 14, 2019. (Publication Dates: January 23, 30 and February 6, 13 of 2019)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 146040. The following individual(s) are doing business: MIA BELLA BOUTIQUE, 151 BELLAM ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MARIA SOLEDAD CORADO, 63 CORTE MESA AV., 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 JANUARY 10, 2019. (Publication Dates: January 23, 30 and February 6, 13 of 2019)

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By Amy Alkon

Q:

I’m seeing so many women on Instagram who’ve had themselves made over to be super-hot through cosmetic surgery and injectable fillers. They all have the same face—with big, luscious lips and huge doll-like eyes. In every shot, they’re in full makeup—crazy eyeliner, tons of contouring. Do guys actually like this plastic Barbie look? Are guys cool with cosmetic surgery in general?—Curious

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If only these women of Instagram were honest in their photo credits: “Hair by Luigi. Makeup by Annabelle. Face by Dow Corning.” Countless men insist that they prefer “the natural look,” yet they never go “Wow . . . gorgeous!” when you sashay toward them with a face full of unconcealed pimples. Helpfully, zoologist John R. Krebs and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins explain that “living organisms” can easily be tricked by crude fakes—fakes that bear only the itsy-bitsiest resemblance to the organisms’ real life stimuli. They give the example of what I call “Popsicle birdie”—how “a black-headed gull will show its normal aggressive response to a stuffed gull’s head mounted on a stick, with no body.” Guess what, fellow humans: We shouldn’t be too quick to feel superior to our friends with beaks, gills and tails. Krebs and Dawkins note that a man can get “sexually aroused” by a mere photo of a naked woman. Of course, he knows it isn’t an actual woman, but the photo “has enough visual stimuli in common with the real thing to have a similar effect on his physiology.” Though it’s unlikely that women getting their faces remade in Klonedashianesque ways are versed in anthropology, the enhancements they’re having done align with the female facial features that anthropologists like Douglas Jones have found are attractive to men across cultures. These are “neotenous” features—meaning somewhat baby-like ones—like big eyes, full lips, a small jaw and chin, and clear skin. These features are basically evolution’s billboard, advertising a highly desirable interior—meaning that they are cues to health and fertility. However, though men evolved to prioritize looks in a woman, it’s obviously not all they value, especially when they’re hoping to get into a relationship. So these cosmetically and surgically redeveloped features may catch a man’s eye, but then, mentally, he may take a step back: “Oh, wait—she’s gotten all this work done.” And beyond how we all tend to feel threatened and even angered by fakery, many men see a woman’s extensive re-mod as a red flag, reflecting less-than-healthy psychology—an empty interior hidden behind a fancy paint job and a new, um, deck. Research by Cari Goetz that I cited in a recent column finds that women with an overtly sexual look are generally not seen as long-term mating material by men. Though that research explored what women wore—scanty attire—it’s possible that women who wear a pile of makeup, with an overtly sexual look, would trigger the same reaction in men: basically, thumbs-up for a hookup or regular sex sessions, but not so much on introducing Mom to a woman who looks as if her work uniform is sequin nipple tassels. However, there’s a counterpoint to all of this. Consider that it’s now possible, through medical innovation, to survive many diseases and conditions that were usually fatal. We don’t expect people with diseases to do what’s “natural”—suffer terribly and die. Maybe we’re a little too harsh on women who jump ahead in the beauty hierarchy through cosmetic procedures. (After all, we don’t knock men for using Rogaine, those little blue pills or deodorant.) Additionally, maybe stigmatizing any sort of line-jumping stops discussion of the need for restraint in beauty upgrading. As I see it, the most successful “work” is the sort we don’t notice—women who look like themselves, only, uh, “better rested” or something. Ultimately, if a woman invites a man to meet her closest relatives, he isn’t at a loss for whether she’s asking him to a family reunion or to hit the aisle in Home Depot where they sell that expandable foam insulation stuff that people spray into their walls. Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon at 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or email adviceamy@aol.com. @amyalkon on Twitter. Weekly radio show, blogtalkradio.com/amyalkon

Astrology

For the week of February 6

ARIES (March 21-April 19) Climbing

mountains has been a popular adventure since the 19th century, but there are still many peaks around the world that no one has ever ascended. They include the 24,591-foot-high Muchu Chhish in Pakistan, 23,691-foot Karjiang South in Tibet and 12,600-foot Sauyr Zhotasy on the border of China and Kazakhstan. If there are any Aries mountaineers reading this horoscope who have been dreaming about conquering an unclimbed peak, 2019 will be a great time to do it, and now would be a perfect moment to plan or launch your quest. As for the rest of you Aries, what’s your personal equivalent of reaching the top of an unclimbed peak?

TAURUS (April 20–May 20) Eminem’s song

“Lose Yourself ” was a featured track in the movie 8 Mile, and it won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2003. The creator himself was not present at the Oscar ceremony to accept his award, however. He was so convinced his song would lose that he stayed home. At the moment that presenter Barbra Streisand announced Eminem’s triumph, he was asleep in front of the TV with his daughter, who was watching cartoons. In contrast to him, I hope you will be fully available and on the scene for the recognition or acknowledgment that should be coming your way sometime soon.

GEMINI (May 21–June 20) While enjoying its leisure time, the peregrine falcon glides around at 50 miles per hour. But when it’s motivated by the desire to eat, it may swoop and dart at a velocity of 220 miles per hour. Amazing! In accordance with your astrological omens, Gemini, I propose that we make the peregrine falcon your spirit creature for the next three weeks. I suspect you will have extraordinary speed and agility and focus whenever you’re hunting for exactly what you want. So here’s a crucial question: what exactly do you want? CANCER (June 21–July 22) Now and then the sun shines and rain falls at the same time. The meteorological name for the phenomenon is “sunshower,” but folklore provides other terms. Hawaiians may call it “liquid sunshine” or “ghost rain.” Speakers of the Tangkhul language in India imagine it as “the wedding of a human and spirit.” Whatever you might prefer to call it, Cancerian, I suspect that the foreseeable future will bring you delightful paradoxes in a similar vein. And in my opinion, that will be very lucky for you, since you’ll be in the right frame of mind and spirit to thrive amidst just such situations. LEO (July 23–August 22) A study by the

Fidelity financial services company revealed that in 43 percent of all couples, neither partner has an accurate knowledge of how much money the other partner earns. Meanwhile, research by the National Institute of Health concludes that among heterosexual couples, 36 percent of husbands misperceive how frequently their wives have orgasms. I bring this to your attention in order to sharpen your focus on how crucial it is to communicate clearly with your closest allies. I mean, it’s rarely a good idea to be ignorant about what’s going on with those close to you, but it’ll be an especially bad idea during the next six weeks.

VIRGO (August 23–September 22) Torre Mayor is one of the tallest skyscrapers in Mexico City. When workers finished its construction in 2003, it was one of the world’s most earthquake-proof buildings, designed to hold steady during an 8.5-level temblor. Over the course of 2019, Virgo, I’d love to see you erect the metaphorical equivalent of that unshakable structure in your own life. The astrological omens suggest that doing so is quite possible. And the coming weeks will be an excellent time to launch that project or intensify your efforts to manifest it. LIBRA (September 23–October 22)

Multitalented Libran singer and actor Donald Glover uses the name of Childish Gambino when he performs his music. How did he select that alias? He used an online random name generator created

By Rob Brezsny

by the rap group Wu-Tang Clan. I tried the same generator and got “Fearless Warlock” as my new moniker. You might want to try it yourself, Libra. The coming weeks will be an excellent time to add layers to your identity and expand your persona and mutate your self-image. The generator is here: tinyurl.com/ yournewname. (P.S.: If you don’t like the first one you’re offered, keep trying until you get one you like.)

SCORPIO (October 23–November 21)

Leonardo da Vinci’s painting Salvator Mundi sold for $450 million in 2017. Just 12 years earlier, an art collector had bought it for $10,000. Why did its value increase so extravagantly? Because in 2005, no one was sure it was an authentic da Vinci painting. It was damaged and had been covered with other layers of paint that hid the original image. After extensive efforts at restoration, the truth about it emerged. I foresee the possibility of a comparable, if less dramatic, development in your life during the next ten months, Scorpio. Your work to rehabilitate or renovate an underestimated resource could bring big dividends.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21) We can behold colors because of specialized cells in our eyes called cones. Most of us have three types of cones, but a few rare people have four. This enables them to see far more hues than the rest of us. Are you a tetrachromat, a person with super-vision? Whether you are or not, I suspect you will have extra powerful perceptual capacities in the coming weeks. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you will be able to see more than you usually do. The world will seem brighter and deeper and more vivid. I urge you to deploy your temporary superpower to maximum advantage. CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19)

There are two kinds of minor, boring tasks. One is when you’re attending to a detail that’s not in service to a higher purpose, like scouring a permanent stain on a part of the kitchen counter that no one ever sees; the other is when you’re attending to a detail that is a crucial step in the process of fulfilling an important goal, like downloading a software update so your computer works better and you can raise your efficiency levels as you pursue a pet project. The coming weeks will be an excellent time to keep this distinction in mind as you focus on the minor, boring little tasks that are crucial steps in the process of eventually fulfilling an important goal.

AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18) Before comedian Robin Williams was famous, he spontaneously sat on his own head when he auditioned for the role of the extraterrestrial immigrant Mork, the hero of the TV sitcom Mork and Mindy. The casting director was impressed with Williams’ odd but amusing gesture, and hired him immediately. If you’re presented with an opportunity sometime soon, I encourage you to be inspired by the comedian’s ingenuity. What might you do to cinch your audition, to make a splashy first impression, to convince interested parties that you’re the right person? PISCES (February 19–March 20) Twitter

wit Notorious Debi Hope advises us, “Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low selfesteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assho––s.” That’s wise counsel for you to keep in mind during the next three weeks. Let me add a few corollaries. First, stave off any temptation you might have to believe that others know what’s good for you better than you do. Second, figure out what everyone thinks of you and aggressively liberate yourself from their opinions. Third, if anyone even hints at not giving you the respect you deserve, banish them for at least three weeks.

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

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