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Thank ancient China for its Taoist yin/ yang view of reality, whereby apparent dualities in life experience are not onesided/mutually-exclusive/either-or/ independent dualistic opposites but are, rather, bilateral/mutually-inclusive/ both-and/interdependent bipolar complements, e.g., as depicted by the Tai Chi symbol, where bipolarities are each mutually included and latent in their counterparts. Further the Taoist Law of Reversal holds that when one pole of a bipolarity reaches its maximum/extreme/limit, it naturally reverts to its complement, e.g., reflected in the expression, ‘Things may have to get worse before they get better’ and in healing crises when fevers break, depressions finally lift, symptoms remit, etc. … The current developing presidential office legitimizes, models, justifies, parades and tweets distortions, falsehoods, delusions, divisions and drivel, but the gift in all of this is that latent within them is the eventual epiphany of fact, truth, reality, unity and meaningful dialogue. If the pervasive patriarchal mentality, us-them ethos and autocratic ‘leadership’ continue unchecked, they will inevitably reach their maximum, fall of their own excess/weight, reverse to their opposite, herald the demise of governmental patriarchy, autocracy, hierarchy and bureaucracy and open the way to a true and real egalitarian democracy. Our collective consciousness is already being awakened, raised, focused, energized, intensified and mobilized re: the dehumanizing issues of racial, ethnic, religious, social class, gender and sexual identity inequalities. There is some hope! —Raymond Bart Vespe


As a former county resident who is employed in a retail shop within a small southern Marin commercial center, I am compelled to report that Marin motorists are still the worst in global history. As my shop faces a thoroughfare and parking area, I witness auto-based behavior that is Trumpian in its arrogance and mindlessness on a daily basis, and the more expensive the auto, the more idiotic the driver, most of the time. You’d think we’d all know better by now. —Craig J. Corsini

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It’s time we stopped treating Donald Trump as some kind of political phenomenon, and what he truly is. Along with Assad of Syria, Trump is the most dangerous person in the world. Donald Trump has proven in just the past three weeks that he is a sociopath and pathological liar. Not only is he an accomplished liar, but a master of creating fake news (“We’re experiencing the worst murder rate in 47 years”) that his uninformed supporters lap up. There are much darker days ahead. —Alfred Auger

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Upfront The demise of Richard Blum-backed ITT Educational Services follows sanctions from state attorneys general for financial and educational improprieties.

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Feinstein’s hubby, and pension system, take hit in downfall of ITT Educational Services By Peter Byrne


he U.S. Department of Education’s decision in August to ban a troubled for-profit college corporation from taking federal student aid funds made national headlines. But what went largely unnoticed was the damage the move did to the family fortune of a powerful senator, as well as California’s pension system.

The federal action was a fatal blow to ITT Educational Services, Inc. (ITT); left investment banker Richard Blum, husband of Democratic senator Dianne Feinstein, reeling; hurt the Golden State public pension system; and stuck U.S. taxpayers with a half-billion-dollar bill. The dominoes began to fall when the department determined that the Indiana-based chain had not met accreditation standards, prompting

ITT to shut down 129 campuses in 38 states and file for bankruptcy. Thousands of students were cast adrift without the degrees for which they had paid tens of thousands of dollars. Taxpayers are reportedly on the hook for $500 million to cover the government-backed loans that ITT banked before it became insolvent in the wake of the ban. ITT stock is trading at 4 cents, and the

company reports that it is unable to make Securities and Exchange Commission filings due to “lack of resources and personnel.” The demise of ITT followed years of governmental and media investigations that began after the FBI raided its corporate offices in 2004. Several state attorneys general have sanctioned ITT for financial and educational improprieties. The ban on federal funding came out

to ITT in 2010. Following the 2012 Senate investigation, the Department of Education determined that ITT was failing to teach the trade skills necessary to be hired for jobs that recruiters promised. Pressured by its private equity investors, ITT managers were more concerned with generating profits than in educating its student body of mostly lower income workers and veterans, investigators found. Investor profit came at the price of student pain. The Senate investigation reported that ITT used a recruiting technique known as the “pain funnel.” “Recruiters are instructed to ‘poke the pain and remind [prospective students] what things will be like if they do not [enroll],’” the report stated. Military veterans testified that ITT recruiters had told them that “the military was going to pay for everything,” which was not true; many veterans also had to take out private loans, which are still owed even though ITT is out of business. In 2010, more than 40 percent of the value of the publically disclosed assets of Blum Capital Partners was invested in two for-profit college corporations, ITT and Career Education Corporation, also a target of the Senate investigation. Blum Capital Partners liquidated its forprofit college holdings during the past year. The publically disclosed value of the firm’s portfolio, worth more than $3 billion a decade ago, has sunk by 98 percent to $52 million, according to SEC filings in late October 2016. Neither Blum nor Blum Capital Partners responded to multiple telephone calls and emails requesting comment for this story. Taxpayers and students are not the only losers in the ITT debacle. During the past decade, CalPERS, the California public employees’ pension fund, paid Blum Capital Partners several million dollars a year in investment-management fees, and directly invested hundreds of millions of dollars in the firm. Through Blum Capital Partners, CalPERS maintained investments in ITT and the Career Education Corporation which have largely tanked in value. Last year, CalPERS reported a $9 million investment in ITT— now worthless. Such a loss may be chump change for the multibilliondollar CalPERS, but it would buy a lot of senior meals and eyeglasses.Y

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Branded Boutique MILL VALLEY

Celebrating a little more than a year in Mill Valley, Branded Boutique is a multi-brand winner, founded by a female duo; Kannyn January, who lives in San Louis Obispo and owns two other boutiques on the Central Coast, and Natalie Boatright, a resident of nearby San Anselmo. “The downtown area just felt right for our store, since it has a great sense of community and we wanted to be in such a community environment,” says Boatright, who stocks the boutique with fashion-forward brands such as Ulla Johnson, IRO, Mara Hoffman and Raquel Allegra. “We wanted to select brands that were unique to the area; there are so many wonderful lines that had no representation in Marin.” The bright and stylish boutique, skewing a little towards the younger and hipper customer, already has a list of devoted regulars, and some come all the way from San Francisco. Branded Boutique, 118 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley; 415/888-2135. Courtesy of Klozet

From Sausalito’s Klozet to San Rafael’s Viva Diva Boutique, Marin County has everything that a fashionista desires.

Fashion-Forward Local favorites and new boutiques make Marin a shopping destination By Flora Tsapovsky


t’s hard to believe, but spring is almost here, and with it, adorable new trends and a fresh motivation to shop for soon-to-be closet favorites. If in the past Marin residents would make shopping

trips to San Francisco to get smartly dressed, these days it’s quite the opposite. Thanks to an influx of stylish destinations, it is now San Franciscans who drive up north to shop in style.

Over the last few years, a number of new boutiques, led by experienced fashion experts, have joined the ranks of true and tested fashionable institutions, making Marin more shoppable and fashionable than ever. Among them are chic multibrands, a rugged boating emporium, a lifestyle boutique for the whole

Guideboat Co. MILL VALLEY

Guideboat Co. isn’t your typical women’s boutique. Housed since 2013 in the 5,000 square-foot historic Mill Valley Lumber Yard, the store has been a masterpiece of branding, design and atmosphere. In fact, it’s one of the first retailers to revive the now thriving area, which is also home to Ambatalia textiles and Bloomingayles botanicals. Behind the brand, which specializes in small boats, sailing gear and outfits, is Marin local Stephen Gordon, who also happens to be the founder of the very successful Restoration Hardware. You don’t need to love sailing or even know anything about boats to enjoy this store—plenty of shopping awaits those who simply like the rugged, outdoorsy Marin style. Sturdy sweaters, shirts for men and women in boat-appropriate colors, boots and high-quality leather bags are all offered. Guideboat Co., 129 Miller Ave., Mill Valley; 415/888-2871;


Klozet, 30 Princess St., Suite C, Sausalito; 415/331-5598;


TIBURON In Tiburon, Koze is a true local institution—open since 2002 and owned by Darla Fisher, who has seen fashion from every angle. “I worked at all of the points of retail, from manufacturing to wholesale, for Nordstrom and designer Jessica McClintock,” Fisher says. As a long-standing shopping destination, the boutique, she says, “caters both to the tourist and the locals, both Californians and out-ofstate, so our lines have to be interesting enough, and at a friendly price point.” Offerings include top-notch cashmere and denim, with names like Margaret O’Leary, REPEAT, Rails and luxury jewelry brand Chan Luu in the mix. “Marin style has a very relaxed vibe, youthful and modern, and the opposite of Southern California—a bit more refined, not as eclectic,” Fisher says. For spring 2017, she loves texture tassels. “There’s a lot of emphasis on playfulness and texture, more in accessories than in clothes—it’s easier to take a risk with them and create the bohemian look. Our clients adapt

Haven and Nicolette LARKSPUR

Situated across the street from one another, these two relatively new Larkspur boutiques have marked the small town as a worthy shopping destination. Pristine and minimal Haven, the newcomer, caters to the urban, sophisticated side of Marin style, with touches of bohemian glamour. Brands like Antik Batik and Raquel Allegra are styled with Soludos shoes and chic Mar Y Sol bags, and spring 2017 brings even more excitement— designers like Derek Lam and Rachel Comey will join the ranks. Nearby, cozy and longer-running Nicolette offers personal styling and more opportunities to get your hands on desirable brands like Elizabeth and James, Equipment, and the highly covetable line by the Olsen twins, One Teaspoon. Haven, 250A Magnolia Ave., Larkspur; 415/886-8995. Nicolette, 499 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur; 415/927-0226;


SAN ANSELMO In San Anselmo, Blanc serves both as a fashion boutique and a place to gather, mingle and meet fellow fashionistas. Owner Nancy Mayer frequently organizes trunk shows, lectures about dating and finances and other fun events advertised on the shop’s website. The boutique has been open since 2005, and quickly became a local fashion authority. Brands are added seasonally, and currently include denim by Citizens of Humanity, Goldsign and HABITUAL, carefully selected apparel by the likes of Minnie Rose, Nili Lotan, Obakki and Uma Wang and much more. The style is crisp, relaxed and timeless. Blanc, 514 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo; 415/485-0104;


It’s hard to believe, but San Rafael’s beloved Viva Diva, a Fourth Street »10 mainstay, will be 20 this July.



Shopping for Ivanka’s line at Corte Madera’s Nordstrom By Flora Tsapovsky


he Trump administration’s tribulations have offered very little to the average fashionista. That is, until the nationwide giant Nordstrom announced, on February 2, that it was dropping Ivanka Trump’s clothing and shoe line. The move, which Trump said in a tweet was “so unfair,” was reportedly unrelated to politics, but rather to the fact that sales of ‘Ivanka-wear’ plummeted last fiscal year, with the biggest losses taking place in October. The timing On February 2, Nordstrom announced of the decision to drop Ivanka, that it was dropping Ivanka however, was dire, and speculation about the real reason was inevitable. Trump’s clothing and shoe line. On a clear-skied Monday, the Nordstrom at The Village at Corte Madera shopping center was quiet and peaceful, almost impossible to associate with anything Trump. California was generally against the current president, voting overwhelmingly blue and sprouting protest after protest after the election results settled in. Would anyone at an average Marin County Nordstrom care about the big drop in sales of Ivanka’s line? “Do you have any Ivanka Trump apparel?” I asked an unassuming elderly saleswoman in the evening wear department, after a short search online yielded images of black lacy shifts and business-like wrap dresses. The sales rep, who had just complimented my vest, now looked at me with piteous disapproval. “We never had those,” she said, desperately. When I showed her the images on my phone, she recovered her memory. “We hadn’t had the clothes for a while, but try the shoes.” “Trump?” asked another sales rep, smiling faintly. “Maybe some shoes are left; they removed everything with Nordstrom’s new policy.” I asked why and the woman, who had a Russian accent, gave a brave answer. “It’s because of her association with her father, which I think is a stupid business decision.” “No, no,” the first lady chimed in. “I spoke to some managers here and it’s because the sales weren’t doing good.” A groomed, middle-aged shopper overheard the exchange and added, “I wouldn’t buy her stuff anyway, the styles are so severe and uptight!” That shopper refused further comment. Down in the shoe department, I approached a young sales assistant of Filipino heritage, chatting happily to a fellow employee. But once Ivanka’s name came up, the smile was off—the official voice was on. “There will be some shoes on sale, but the sale is only displayed on February 16,” the assistant said. “Would you like me to dig some up from storage for you?” Something tells me that Ivanka herself would not like this option. I politely refused and inquired, with the best poker face I could manage, “What happened?” “The sales weren’t doing so well so we dropped the line, but once she comes up with some better styles we might bring it back,” the girl said, reciting a memorized script. “We’ve had ups and downs with all of our lines.” The response was nearly as uptight as Ivanka’s dresses, and it was nearly impossible to decode her true sentiment. Was she, like the Russian lady upstairs, feeling for Ivanka, a possible victim of a politicized fashion game? Did she vote for Ivanka’s dad or, like many Californians, for the sane alternative? At Nordstrom, the blossoming smell of perfume and the soft music scrambled all options into a pleasant, escapist blur—now, completely Trump-free.Y

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Open since June 2016, Klozet, a hidden alley boutique in Sausalito, is a hub of understated chic and urban style. The store was founded by Ko Ezzell and Christine Caria. Ezzell, a former fashion model and forever fashionista, has managed to exclusively sign more than 50 designers, making the place one of Marin’s prime boutique destinations. The selection includes premium denim brands like Citizens of Humanity and PAIGE as well as names like Frank & Eileen, IRO and Smythe, in addition to a small shoe selection, local jewelry designers and Kai beauty products. Chic framed photography and minimalist design complete the experience. Klozet opened in the summer of 2016. “When I think of Marin style I think of what I like to call comfortable luxe,” Ezzell says. “That can take you from your house in Tahoe to an evening in any city.” Her favorite pick right now is a blush IRO blouse. “The color is on trend this season and the draping is romantic with a bit of edge. I also love anything that can be worn with jeans.”

Koze, 16 Main St., Tiburon; 415/4351916;

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Mill Valley’s Palette Boutique curates a collection that ‘appeals specifically to the women of Marin.’

Owner Amy Anderson started in the business as a retail sales rep, but, in her own words, “I quickly realized that my passion involved creating a space of my own with a true supportive ‘girlfriendy’ environment and racks of sexy contemporary fashion.” Now, she employs two extra ladies to dress and style the local crowd in contemporary, feminine brands like San Francisco-based Amour Vert, Ella Moss and Free People. In terms of Marin style, “the Viva Diva customer in Marin is partial to bohemian, beachy styles paired with a sexy, rocker edge,” Anderson says, “perfect for the girl who craves a relaxed yet sexy wardrobe.” Anderson is a big believer in wearable, practical trends, and always looks for “the best-quality contemporary styles with the biggest bang for their buck.” Her favorite trend for spring 2017? “We are loving everything shoulder this spring! The cold-shoulder and the offshoulder looks are huge this season.” Viva Diva, 1327 Fourth St., San Rafael; 415/256-8380; vivadivaboutique.

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At the one-year-old Palette Boutique, owner Tonya Milteer curates a palette of contemporary designers, established and up-and-coming, and some are local. Among the brands, you’ll find Bay Area’s beloved bag brand BAGGU, evercool clothing company BB Dakota, 525 America, GOLDSIGN denim, Level 99 jeans, Splendid and Subtle Luxury. “We curate a mix that appeals specifically to the women of Marin,” says Milteer, who previously owned a women’s boutique in San Francisco. “Local ladies love their pilates and

whole foods, so our pieces tend to have clean lines that highlight and flatter a figure; styles that recognize the trends without being overly trendy.” Knowing her clientele, Milteer mixes in some athleisure as well, carrying beautiful printed yoga pants and soft T-shirts. “As you probably know, the most on-trend style for spring 2017 is the ‘off-shoulder’ blouse,” she says. “Splendid and Ella Moss, two of our most important brands, are shipping two pieces that interpret this trend beautifully.” Stay tuned! Palette Boutique, 34 Sunnyside Ave., Mill Valley; 415/217-9628.

Tumbleweed SAN ANSELMO

A newer addition to San Anselmo’s evolving fashion scene is this smart multi-brand by owner Kasey Gardner, who is assisted by family members to run the business. Unlike most of the boutiques on this list, Tumbleweed, open since October 2016, carries both men’s and women’s clothing, plus a wide array of accessories, lifestyle and grooming objects (think aromatic candles, gentle throws and intriguing ‘beard oil’). Under the slogan ‘roam free,’ the store’s selection is carefree, and every bit Marin. Free People, For Love & Lemons, a brand specializing in delicate sexy lace, casual Wildfox and classic Levi’s are all on hand. Browsing, and choosing the right products is fun in a welcoming, unbuttoned atmosphere—and it helps to know that most brands are from the U.S and specifically California-based.Y Tumbleweed; 570 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo; 415/747-8118;





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Flower Power Baked Blooms offers sweet blossoms By Tanya Henry


hen I first saw a bouquet of cupcakes—aka Baked Blooms—I did a double take. Bright red roses, purple hydrangeas and soft pink-hued camellias all convincingly crafted out of buttercream and wrapped in tissue paper appeared to be a colorful spring arrangement of cut flowers. “I learned how to make these bouquet cakes from a lady in England,” explains San Anselmo resident and mother of three, Sarah Thongnopneua. “I hadn’t seen anything like it here—I kind of have a niche.” The 36-year-old baker, who grew up in England and who filled her first order for the floral-themed cupcakes last May, hadn’t dreamed of becoming a pastry chef. Her culinary training extended no further than working as a line cook and making pastries in a pub. Instead, she received a degree in computer science from the University of Manchester in Northern England, and came to the U.S., where she worked as a project manager for eBay. “When I went out on maternity leave and was later laid off, I wanted to do work that allowed me some

flexibility,” Thongnopneua says. So the busy mother went about filing all of the paperwork necessary to secure a food handler’s certificate and a cottage food license that enabled her to bake out of her home kitchen in San Anselmo. She now offers three different Baked Blooms options—seven-, 14- or 19-cupcake bouquets. She prefers odd numbers, as they create a more realistic-looking bunch. She also avoids “too many crazy flavors and fillings,” and sticks to classic vanilla, chocolate, lemon, almond and coconut. Thongnopneua relies on word-ofmouth and Facebook to advertise her unique cupcakes. “I have orders every day,” she says. Through her elementary-school-aged-children, she also has a large network of parents who become customers and help spread the word. Unsurprisingly, Baked Blooms is a popular choice for weddings. Prices for the celebratory bouquets begin at $45, and the budding business delivers throughout Marin and into San Francisco.Y Baked Blooms; San Anselmo; 415/3785020;

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Twins: Connection, Collaboration, Cooperation


sense of awe and gratitude as a feeling. It feels like e were tickled I felt when I myself was home: safe, nurturing, and when we were blessed with twins a little endlessly supportive. Lisa asked to write over 11 years ago. I tried to is like a mirror for me to this month’s Perspective on capture it in a song, which better see myself and to twins, as this topic is near I call “Breath of Heaven.” strive to and dear to The life lessons continue as be my best our hearts! I watch Adina and Jonah self. We Melissa Groos grow, and it’s truly an honor often finish has a fraternal to witness. each other’s sister, Christa, Twins inspire fascination sentences or and Jennifer and allure for so many. The say things at Golbus has idea of looking like another exactly the an identical person somehow transfixes same time. sister, Lisa, our imaginations. But for Growing and is mother us, being twins is oh so up, people to fraternal much more than having a called it “the twins, Adina Melissa (left) and her twin Christa doppelganger. An intimate Gould sisters and Jonah. connection like no other in stereo.” We sometimes Reflecting on what it means begins in the womb, where start laughing so hard to be twins has helped us twins share space, lifetogether that we have tears appreciate the soul-filling giving resources, and begin streaming down our faces work that Whistlestop a lifelong bond. The twin and can hardly breathe, is doing. bond fascinates and inspires often for several minutes Melissa: My fraternal because of its on end, while twin, Christa, is the deep roots and others in dynamic, creative, and undeniable the room adventurous muse of my power. We look on in life. Three words that best both feel bemusement – describe her are: loving, blessed with because there funny, and true. These this unique was nothing personal attributes guide relationship (at least not her daily in her roles as a in our lives. to their ears) devoted wife, a mother of But here’s that was two teens and two rescue the thing actually funny Greyhounds, a great aunt that is so enough to Jennifer (left) and her twin Lisa to one, an aunt to 15, a exciting for elicit such a sister-in-law, and sister us both as newer members response. to five. She is not only a of the Whistlestop team: When I’m away from terrific twin, but also my the essence of being a twin my twin, I definitely feel soul mate for life. is also at the very core of like there is a part of me Whistlestop's mission – Jennifer: I’m finding it missing, and when we are connection, collaboration, difficult to put into words reunited, I feel so happy how I feel about Lisa. It it’s hard to describe. So, it’s See PERSPECTIVE on page 11 might be best expressed difficult to put words to the

Barbara Feels Blessed Having a Twin Sister By JOHN BOWMAN

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he number of twin births in the U.S. has leapt by about 75% in the past 30 years, according to the National Center for Health statistics. That means that now 1 in 30 babies born is a twin. While this may be a remarkable revelation to most of us, it’s not so surprising to Whistlestop volunteer Barbara Ann Begley and her family. Not only is Barbara a twin – her identical twin sister is Bernadette (Betsy) of San Francisco – their paternal grandmother is an identical twin. Besides that, Barbara’s and Betsy’s two brothers both had fraternal twins, all males! Following is our interview with Barbara for this special Twins issue: Who is older, you or Betsy? I am, by five minutes. But I tell everyone I’m younger.

How did you and Betsy get along as kids? Most of the time we had a ball as sisters and as a family, with the usual sibling rivalries, i.e. clothes, boyfriends, etc., but most of all, keeping our own individual identities. We

Barb (right) and Betsy, age 5 are very similar and very different. Any funny or poignant stories about being twins? Too many to go into now – changing classes, changing dates, buying the same dress for our niece at different times without knowing it. Wearing the same colors to events without checking first and so on.

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Did you usually dress alike? Up until 6th or 7th grade our mother insisted, but then we decided enough was enough. We could have double the wardrobe by dressing differently. Did you have similar interests? If so, which ones? Yes: music, theatre, movies, books, walking, hiking, biking, volunteering, entertaining, and we’re both very social.

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Do you two get along okay? Absolutely. Always have, best friends. Betsy has a wonderful husband, Tim, who shares our birthday, believe it or not!

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What is your volunteer role at Whistlestop? What do you like about it? Working at the Jackson Café as a cashier. I love greeting and interacting with the people who come for lunch, and working with the staff and volunteers. I miss it when I have to be somewhere else. Has Betsy ever volunteered at Whistlestop? No, but she comes for lunch once in a while.

How often do you see each other now? At least once a week, if not more. Anything else you would like to add? I feel very blessed being an identical twin. As a child, it’s like being a celebrity and as an adult people look at you and go “’Wow! There are two of you. How cool!’ It is extremely important, however, to keep your own individual identities, and I think we’ve done that big time!

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Flying Jewelry in San Rafael?


ausalito photographer Richard Pavek got this shot of an Anna’s Hummingbird at the water reclamation ponds in San Rafael. Anna’s are among the most common hummingbirds along the Pacific Coast, yet

they're anything but common in appearance. With their iridescent emerald feathers and sparkling rose-pink throats, they are more like flying jewelry than birds. Though no larger than a ping-pong ball and no heavier

than a nickel, they amaze viewers with their thrilling courtship displays, males climb up to 130 feet into the air and then swoop to the ground with a curious burst of noise that they produce through their tail feathers.

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Keep Learning at WHISTLESTOP

For a full list of classes, check out the calendar at or grab one at the Active Aging Center (930 Tamalpais Ave, San Rafael). Class fees are listed as member/non-member prices. Call 415.456.9062 with questions or to sign up. volunteers who want to give back to their community. Volunteer positions include: CarePool volunteer drivers, Meals on Wheels drivers, Jackson Café lunch servers & cashiers, ESL tutors (no second language required). Call Laurie Vermont, 415456-9067 for info.


citizenship interview and exam. Individual preparation of the N400 citizenship application provided. Call Anna at 415-456-9062, ext. 138 with questions.

Multicultural Bingo for the Health of It Tues, Mar 21, 1-2pm; No Fee; Facilitator: Caroline Remer, (Bilingual English/Spanish) Multicultural Coordinator

Play multicultural bingo every other month for improved health, cognitive abilities, and socialization. Bingo will be translated into Spanish. Call Caroline Remer at 415-454-0998 for more information. Do you have a knitting project that needs to be finished? Are you stuck on a stitch and in need of a little expert guidance? There is an informal knit/crochet group that meets here at Whistlestop on Wednesdays at 1pm. Call the front desk for more details: 415-456-9062.


Write On! Tues, Mar 7; 1-2pm; Fee: $3/$5; Facilitator: Robert-Harry Rovin, published author; sign up at Front Desk

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A creative writing program nurturing well-being through self-expression, using a short guided meditation followed by a timed writing with opportunity to read your writing to the group for only positive reflection.


Luck o’ the Irish Luncheon Thurs, Mar 16, 11:30am-1:50pm, Lunch; 12-12:45pm, Bread & Roses Presents™ Free concert; Fee: $10/$12; Jackson Café

Celebrate your Irish heritage or be Irish for the day! Feast on traditional Irish fare and enjoy live, free music provided by Bread & Roses Presents™, featuring Cormac Gannon and Kyle Alden. Discounted membership price tickets until 5pm March 15 at the Front Desk; $12 day of event.

Be Bold for Change: Collaborative Fashion Show Tues, Mar 7, 12-1pm, Jackson Café; 1:30-2pm, shopping; Fee: regular Café prices/menu

Hospice by the Bay & Whistlestop pair up to honor International Women’s Day through fashion and food. Models showcase fashion trends available for purchase. Call Caroline Remer at 415454-0998 for more information.

Whistlestop Volunteer Fair Thurs, Mar 30, 3:30-5pm; No Fee

Make a difference every day! We are seeking friendly and reliable

The Powerful 3: Music, Movement & Relaxation for Brain Health Tues, Mar 14, 10:45am-12pm; Fee: $3/$5; Facilitator: Kat Downey, author, musician, movement therapist, Reiki practitioner

Therapeutic music, movement & relaxation improve your brain health. Move, express, connect with Kat’s talents, energy and compassion during this workshop. Sign up at the Front Desk.

Citizenship Tutoring for Native Russian Speakers Tues, Mar 14, 11am-12pm; $30 for 6 months; Facilitator: Anna Ladyzhenskaya Receive individual attention while you study and prepare for your

Poetry Writing Thurs, Mar 23; 2-3:30pm; Fee: $5; Facilitator: Stephen Galiani

Poetic forms, with an emphasis on memoir, will be discussed along with time to share, listen to, read, and discuss each other’s poems. Please bring a self-written poem or one of your favorite poems (maximum 40 lines). Sign up at Front Desk.

Mixed Media Art Books Thursdays, 10:45am-12:30pm; Fee: $40/$45 for 4 weeks; begins 3/23; sign up at Front Desk

Get ready to "think outside the book" as you learn how to create personal and expressive pieces of all shapes and sizes. Using mixed media, such as altered papers, photos, collage, fabric, and found objects, you will discover how to create unique art books and journals. Call Anna, 415-456-9062, ext. 138 for info.

Community Breakfast First Friday of each month, 9-10am; Fee: $3/$6; Jackson Café

Drop in for the best deal in town. Join us for a tasty, hot buffet breakfast, which includes beverage, fruits and juices. Call Sophia, 415-456-9062, ext.129 for info.

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Managing Your Photos Tuesdays, March 21 & 28, 10am12pm (2 classes)

Fee: $48 Maximum 8 people In this two-week course, you will learn different ways to preserve your photos, organize them into folders, edit them, back up and print them. Bring your digital cameras, flash drives or whatever you save your photos on and we'll show you how to retrieve them, save in one place, and use software to make the process easy and fun.

Intro to Computers (Windows) Tuesdays, April 11, 18, 25 & May 2, 10am-12pm (4 classes)

Fee: $48 Maximum 8 people In this two-week course, review the basics of using your device and learn how to get the most out of your built-in apps, including Photo editing, iCloud, Calendar, Siri, E-mail, Texting, Facetime, Maps/GPS, and more. We'll show you how to find and install new apps, and how to update, delete and organize your apps for easy access. Bring your fully charged device, Apple ID, and Apple password to class. (For Apple devices only)

OPEN LAB Every Monday and Wednesday, 10am-12pm; No Fee

Use our PCs to access the Internet. Volunteer staff available for advice on problems with your laptops and tablets; they can help you with software applications. Apple assistance is available on Wednesdays from 11am-12pm. We are looking for bridge players who are interested in learning how to play Online Bridge. Call 415456-9062 to add your name to the list. When there are enough people for a class, we will contact you with time and date.

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Zumba Gold Therapeutic Massage Computer Lab German Language Social Circle Persian Social Group Movement & Music Russian Social Group ESL Classes Whistlesizers Mah Jongg Manicures French Class French Club Spanish Class Senior Circle Computer Lab Therapeutic Massage Persian Social Group Multicultural Senior Program* Beg./Intermediate Ukulele Citizenship Tutoring for Russian-speakers Knitting/Crocheting Group ESL Classes Citizenship Weekly Tutoring Zumba Gold Therapeutic Massage Mixed Media Art Books Whistlesizers Italian 3 Italian 2 Balance Class Weekly B.P./Cholesterol Checks Brown Bag Pantry ACASA Spanish Club Movie Time: Irish Theme Ping-Pong Yoga with Kelly

Drop-in Drop-in Drop-in Drop-in 415-472-6020 415-485-9318 Drop-in 415-454-0998 Drop-in Drop-in 415-456-9062 415-456-9062 Drop-in 415-454-0998 Drop-in Drop-in Drop-in 415-472-6020 415-454-0998 415-456-9062 415-456-9062 x 138 Drop-in 415-454-0998 415-454-0998 Drop-in Drop-in Drop-in Drop-in 3/2-5/4; no class 4/27 3/2-5/4; no class 4/27 Drop-in Drop-in 415-456-9067 Drop-in Drop-in Drop-in; 3/17 & 3/31 Drop-in Drop-in


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Fee: $65 Maximum 8 people Designed for first-time computer users, you will learn how to start your computer and turn it off, use the mouse and keyboard to perform basic computer tasks, use Windows

iPad/iPhone Basics 2: Essential Built-in Applications Thursdays, April 20 & 27, 10am12pm (2 classes)



Fee: $48 Maximum 8 people In this personalized, two-week course, you'll be guided through how to make calls, send emails and texts, download music and add applications. This course is for those new to the iPad and iPhone world. Each session provides one-on-one help and comes with instructional handouts. Bring your charged-up Apple device to class.

components to create and print a document, identify the basic parts of a computer and their use, search the Internet to find information and set up an email account.


iPad/iPhone Basics 1: Getting to Know Your Device Tuesdays, March 7 & 14, 10am12pm (2 classes)

Please view our most recent class schedule at classes/calendar/ or call 415-456-9062 for updates to the schedule.


Pre-registration and payment required. 415-456-9062

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Things That Make Twins Unique From HUFFINGTON POST


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he number of twins in the U.S. is multiplying. According to a 2012 report by the National Center for Health Statistics, their birthrate rose 76 percent from 1980 to 2009. This could be due to the fact that more women over the age of 30 are having children and more are using fertility drugs and assisted reproductive technology, both of which increase the likelihood of multiple gestation. The result? As many as one in 30 babies born in the United States is now a twin. With so many twins among us these days, it’s high time we celebrate some of the most interesting facts about them. Identical twins do not have identical fingerprints. You might think that because identical twins supposedly share almost the same DNA, they must also have identical fingerprints. Well, that’s not true.


Fingerprints are not solely generated based on DNA. When identical twins are conceived, they start out with the same fingerprints, but during weeks six through 13 of pregnancy, as the babies start to move, they each touch the amniotic sac, and unique ridges and lines are formed on each twin’s hand that result in different fingerprints. Mirror image identical twins have reverse asymmetric features. About 25 percent of identical twins develop directly facing each other, meaning they become exact reflections of one another. According to, “they may be right- and left-handed, have birthmarks on opposite sides of their body, or have hair whorls that swirl in opposite directions.” This occurs when the twins split from one fertilized egg more than a week after conception.

CLASSES continued from page 6 Senior Circle Wednesdays, 10-11:30am; No Fee; Volunteer Facilitators from Center for Attitudinal Healing A drop-in, open support group for independent men and women (55+), who give each other the gift of listening in a caring environment, which encourages mutual sharing of older adult experiences – the joys, concerns, and wisdom.

Ping Pong Fridays, 2-4pm; Fee: $2/$4; Instructor: Vivian Malcy

Ping pong is a lively game offering a great weekly social outlet for anyone 60+. Stimulate the brain, improve agility and flexibility, and make new friends.

Movie Times at Whistlestop Fridays, Mar 17 & 31; 2-4pm; No Fee;

Bring a friend. Best Irish movies of all time: Once, Irish musical/Romance (3/17); Leap Year, Romance/Comedy (3/31).


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Weekly blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, and prevention advice is offered by Bright Star Care, a local agency providing home care, caregivers, and medical staffing solutions to families and businesses in Marin, 415-332-3300.

HIGHLIGHTED SUPPORT SERVICES Need Assistance? Multicultural Consultants Can Help By appointment only: Caroline Remer (bilingual Spanish), 415-454-0998; Anna Ladyzhenskaya (bilingual Russian), 415-456-9062 ext. 138; Mrs. Mehrbanoo Esmaili (Farsi), 415-4726020. Whistlestop offers information, resources and referrals to people of all cultures. No fee for consultations; small fee for translation services.

Free Legal Consultation Most Thursdays at Whistlestop and the Mill Valley Community Center. By appointment only: 415-459-6700

Legal Aid of Marin provides free 30-minute legal consultations for Marin County residents who are 60+. Marin lawyers volunteer to give general advice, offer options, explain rights and, if appropriate, refer people to attorneys who have expertise in certain areas of law.

Victim Witness Assistance 2nd & 4th Thurs, 9am-12pm; No Fee

Advocate Yolanda Johnson from the District Attorney’s office answers questions, provides information, and connects you to helpful resources. More information? Call 415-473-6450.

Homeshare and Telephone Reassurance Programs Call for appointment: Leslie Klor: 415-456-9068; No Fee

Homeshare is a free referral service for older adults seeking or offering housing. Telephone Reassurance is trained volunteers calling isolated older adults who need personalized connections.

Volunteer of the Month | By LAURIE VERMONT

Penny Markrack


Whistlestop Marketing Strategist Jennifer Golbus (right) with her twin sister, Lisa, age 5

‘Huevita’ By LISA BRETONES Editor’s note: Please enjoy this whimsical song called “Huevita,” written by Whistlestop Marketing Strategist Jennifer Golbus’ identical twin, Lisa. Jennifer and Lisa call each other Eggie because they came from the same egg in the womb. See if you can spot the 11 different egg references sprinkled throughout the song. ‘Huevita’ Did I ever tell you I admire your firmness? / Stand up to a world that like crazy boils around you / And did I ever thank you for showing me the sunny side? / Well you pick me up, you turn me around, and say that I’m … Scrambled! C’mon, scramble me too / Huevita, you know that I’d do anything for you /So come jump in and we’ll mix into one / Together’s the game you know we’re having some fun Well, did I ever tell you I’ll be there to hold your hand? / On those soft-boiled days when you don’t seem to understand / So don’t you worry, Egg dear, if you’re feeling a little bit fried / Well I’ll pick you up. I’ll

turn you around and say that you’re … Scrambled! C’mon, scramble me too / Huevita, you know that I’d do anything for you / So come jump in and we’ll mix into one / Together’s the game you know we’re having some fun Huevita! Well scrambled, fried, or flipped on your back / Well I don’t care if your shell’s got a crack / ‘Cause you’re my Egg, and I’m your Egg too / So Huevita, you know that I’d do anything for you / Yes, you know that I’d do anything for you! Visit Whistlestop’s YouTube channel or use this URL to listen to ‘Huevita’ online:

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enny, an identical twin and fourth generation San Franciscan, has volunteered throughout her life. Beginning in her tweens, she was a candy striper at San Francisco Children’s Hospital. After graduating from San Francisco State, she quickly started a family and moved Penny (left) and her to Marin to raise her children twin sister, Pam someplace more kid friendly and, most importantly, someplace sunny. Throughout the years while she was raising her four children, Penny continued volunteering for organizations, which meant a lot to her, including two stints as the president of the PTA for her children’s school. When the kids were grown, Penny was happy to go to work. She had a job as a tour guide for school groups from Southern California visiting the Capitol in Sacramento and attractions in San Francisco, like Alcatraz. She then worked for 18 years at a small company providing personal growth and relationship services and seminars for adults. When Penny had the opportunity to retire, she decided to volunteer at Whistlestop in the Jackson Café. She is a regular, volunteering two or three days a week. Last year, when we were between Café coordinators, Penny stepped in and volunteered every day, providing consistency and guidance to the other volunteers. Penny loves the wonderful atmosphere at the Jackson Café. She enjoys working with her fellow volunteers and the staff. Her favorite thing is having the opportunity to meet the people who come in regularly to share a delicious and affordable meal. If you are vigilant and discerning, you can occasionally see Penny’s twin Pam, when she comes to visit her sister. Penny is one of three Jackson Café volunteers who have a twin. Penny’s free time is spent with her five grandchildren and the choral group, Singers Marin. She is looking forward to traveling to Iceland with the singing group, where they will perform in four different venues. Her travel will continue in late spring when Penny will celebrate her oldest granddaughter’s college graduation with a dream trip to Kenya and Tanzania. “Penny brings cheer to all of us in the Jackson Café. Her beautiful smile is always ready to welcome and serve our guests. She will often take the time to chat with those diners who are seeking a little company,” says Sophia Osotio, Nutrition Coordinator.


VOLUNTEER FAIR Make a difference every day! We are seeking friendly and reliable volunteers who want to give back to their community.

Thursday, March 30, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm Whistlestop 930 Tamalpais Ave San Rafael CA 94901

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Volunteer positions include:


• CarePool drivers • Meals on Wheels drivers • Jackson Café lunch servers & cashiers • ESL tutors (no second language required)

For more information contact

Laurie Vermont, Volunteer Program Manager 415.456.9067

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PERSPECTIVE continued from page 2 and cooperation. Twins need each other to thrive, but we are independent beings. Like twins, humans cannot survive alone. Without human connection, we get sick in mind, body and spirit, and we fail to thrive. Without someone else to believe in us when times are tough, we might give up when our miracle is just around the corner. And without someone to share our joy and our sorrows, life wouldn’t be very rich at all. Whistlestop’s core mission is to reach out our hands and provide connection, collaboration, and cooperation for older adults and those with disabilities in our community so they can continue to thrive and love being alive. And so it is with twins, who exhibit the importance and value of connection,

collaboration and cooperation before they even arrive in the world. We have to share resources in the womb: space, blood, oxygen, and food from our mother through our umbilical cords. And although we may have identical DNA (in the case of identical twins), our unique experiences during this time will result in each twin developing slight differences from their genetic "copies.” So twins are an example of concurrent forces, not duplicate ones. The lessons are beautiful, complex, and applicable to the bigger picture of humankind. We need each other to survive; yet we don't need to be the same to cooperate with and help each other thrive in life. And thus it is with Whistlestop.

Driver Marc Enout

Paratransit Driver Enout Typifies Whistlestop Spirit


“I like helping people. My dad calls it stocking up on Karma chips.” March 18 is National Transit Driver Appreciation Day and Whistlestop appreciates Marc and all of its drivers. A typical day for Marc starts early with paperwork before he leaves to pick up kidney dialysis clients. “They are always the first passengers of the day. I either take them to their appointments or pick them up after. Sometimes clients will wind up getting a kidney transplant. I get attached to them and it chips away at me when any of them move on.”

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I could stand for hours, watch you as you sleep The rise and fall of two tiny chests could make a mother weep And I find that I am humbled by the deepest kind of joy Dear God make me worthy of this little girl and boy —from Breath of Heaven, written by Jennifer Golbus for her twins Adina and Jonah, pictured above. Listen to the full song at

ain was pouring on Marc Enout, paratransit driver, as he walked near the Whistlestop building. He greeted a client he knew, a woman with Down Syndrome. She asked if he could give her a ride to the bank. Because policy requires passengers to call ahead, Marc replied, “I can’t do that, but I can walk you over.” He did so, lifting his umbrella over both of their heads. This might not be a typical encounter, but it does typify the spirit of Whistlestop and Marc Enout’s personality. “What do I like about the job? Everything!” he said.



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How to Make a Will That Works

Make a Difference in an Older Adult’s Life!


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ou would be surprised how many people pass away each year without a will, or intestate. Famous figures like musicians Prince, Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix, billionaire Howard Hughes and artist Pablo Picasso died intestate. Whether your estate is large or small, state laws apply when there is no will, and large taxes and fees will likely greatly reduce the value of your estate. It’s always a good idea to get professional, competent legal advice when drawing up or revising your will. Having a sound will can greatly reduce expenses, and the time it takes to settle an estate and help ensure your wishes are carried out. A will is private and the contents do not need to be shared with anyone, even by witnesses. However, at death a will becomes a public document and anyone can request to see it. It is recommended that you discuss your estate plans with close family members to avoid unpleasant surprises and potential challenges to your will later. Following is some general information to consider when planning for the future distribution of your property to family,

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friends and charities. Draw up a list of the people and charities that you wish to provide for in your plans. Write a list of all your assets, including properties, art, jewelry, life insurance, retirement plans, bank accounts, investments, collections, and special items that have important meaning to you. The next step is to consider who you would like to match with these assets. You may want to consider the advantages of setting up a trust if there are young people involved, as a way to reduce taxes, or to relieve a surviving spouse of the challenge of managing investments. You can also consider charitable trusts after family and loved ones have been considered. Whistlestop, in partnership with the Legal Aid of Marin, offers free half hour appointments for Marin seniors during a two-hour window on the first four Thursdays of the month. Appointments can be scheduled through the Information and Referral Office, 415-459-6700. If you would like a free booklet on “How to Make a Will That Works,” or want to learn more about making charitable gifts to Whistlestop, contact Serena D’Arcy-Fisher, CFRE, at, or call 415-456-9062, ext. 114.

Volunteer drivers provide round-trip rides to ambulatory older adults going to the doctor or grocery store. Drivers use their own cars and receive ride requests through email. Drivers can accept or decline the calls. The next CarePool Orientation and Training is on Thursday, March 16 from 3 to 4pm. Email volunteer@whistlestop. org to reserve a seat.

Meals on Wheels Drivers Needed

Meals on Wheels volunteer drivers are needed on Monday, Wednesday or Friday to deliver meals to homebound meal recipients. A valid California Driver’s License and a clear DMV report are needed, as well as a reliable vehicle and current insurance certificate. A minimum of one 2-3 hour weekday shift is required.

Jackson Café Weekday Lunch Servers and Cashiers

The Jackson Café provides a warm and comfortable setting for older adults to eat a nutritious meal at an affordable price. Café volunteers provide friendly greetings, excellent customer service and support social interaction.

Computer Lab Volunteers

A tech-savvy volunteer is needed on Mondays and/or Wednesdays from 10am to 12pm to assist in our open computer lab. Seniors use our PCs or bring their own laptops and tablets for help. Volunteers need to be able to troubleshoot PC computer and Android device problems. To learn more about these opportunities contact Laurie, or 415-456-9067.


Epic Struggle ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ portrays plight of Afghani women By Charles Brousse


aving to produce plays in a grand old palace like A.C.T.’s Geary Theater has always been a mixed blessing. On one hand, like the cathedrals of Europe, its scale is a reminder of how earlier generations honored their cultural heritage. On the other, the building’s vast stage with its high arching proscenium, cried out for plays to match its dimensions—plays that, due to costs and other factors, fell into the category of “they don’t make ’em like that anymore.” The only remedy, never completely satisfying, has been to treat these plays like miniature paintings framed inside a wide matting.

There’s no such problem in the case of A Thousand Splendid Suns, and the public is obviously responding. A.C.T. recently announced that the company’s standard three-week run has been extended by one day to February 26. That may not sound like much, but it means that more than 1,500 additional seats became available for sale. Suns is a sprawling, threegenerational epic that depicts civilian life, particularly the plight of women, in Afghanistan from the end of the Soviet Union’s 1979-1989 occupation to the advent of Taliban rule in 1996, when the weak U.S.backed government collapsed. It was adapted for the stage by Ursula Rani Sarma from Khaled Hosseini’s

bestselling 2007 novel of the same name and is receiving its American premiere in association with Theatre Calgary (Canada). A.C.T.’s production overcomes the challenge that routinely faces adapters of epic novels by managing to combine a large-scale setting and lengthy passage of time with an intimate focus on its major characters. Most of the action takes place in and around the Afghan capital of Kabul. Interiors are suggested by arched doorframes, a bed, a border control officer’s desk and a few other set units that are brought on and retired as necessary. Above these, a pair of horizontally overlapping cycloramas carry projections of the barren mountains that ring the city under

NOW PLAYING: A Thousand Splendid Suns runs through February 26 at A.C.T.’s Geary Theater, 405 Geary Street, San Francisco; 415/749-2228;

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‘A Thousand Splendid Suns,’ now playing at A.C.T.’s Geary Theater, was adapted for the stage by Ursula Rani Sarma from Khaled Hosseini’s bestselling 2007 novel of the same name.

an everchanging “sky” dominated by a huge oval sun, flanked by a pair of graceful Middle Eastern brushstrokes. The sense of place is further established by designer Robert Wierzel’s atmospheric lighting, Linda Cho’s traditional Afghan costumes and Jake Rodriguez’s sound design, which is hugely enhanced by original music performed live on saw and assorted percussion instruments by David Coulter. With all of these things in place, from the moment the house lights dim, there can be no doubt that we have come a long way from the bustling shoppers and traffic outside in Union Square. Sun’s plot, which closely follows Hosseini’s novel, revolves around two Afghani women who are forced to struggle for survival in a country wracked by war and misogynistic social conventions. Laila (Nadine Malouf) is a well-schooled, attractive girl of 15 when Babi, her father (Barzin Akhavan), decides to take the family to a cousin’s house in Pakistan for safety. As they wait on the street for a taxi, an errant mujahideen rocket aimed at the retreating Soviets strikes them, killing all except Laila. Badly wounded and homeless, after her initial medical treatment, Laila is taken in by their shopkeeper neighbor, Rasheed (Haysam Kadri), who promises to protect her if she will become his second wife. Feeling that she has no choice, and pregnant from a last-minute tryst with a childhood friend, she agrees, only to discover that Rasheed is a tyrant who is given to violent fits of anger if either wife provokes him. The only bright spot in this dreary picture is that she and Mariam (Kate Rigg), wife number one, after initial hostility, forge a sisterhood that ultimately leads to Laila’s liberation—though the price is Mariam’s life. While overly melodramatic at times and occasionally twodimensional in its depiction of most of the male characters as being singleminded exploiters of any women they can coax or bully into subservience, A Thousand Splendid Suns is an exciting theatrical experience. Sensitively staged by A.C.T Artistic Director Carey Perloff, it belongs among the very best of the company’s long list of distinguished productions.Y

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Despite having admirers like Elvis Costello and Tom Waits, the late Dan Hicks, says Surfdog Records owner Dave Kaplan, was criminally underheard in his time.

The subject of ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ is James Baldwin, and an unfinished manuscript.


Telling It ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ illustrates ongoing conflict By Richard von Busack


aoul Peck’s tremendous documentary I Am Not Your Negro shows great intelligence and relevance. Rather than a rehash of the 1960s struggle, it’s a demonstration that the struggle never ended. The subject is James Baldwin, and an unfinished manuscript. Baldwin never got farther than 30 pages into his study of three lives in the civil rights movement. All three of the leaders were martyred, and all were under 40 when they were shot: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Medgar Evers and Malcolm X. All three were Baldwin’s friends. Which didn’t mean that he agreed with their methods, any more than the three agreed with each other. In this unfinished study, Baldwin wrestled with the question of how to proceed, and—in the sidelines—how to deal with the weakness of liberal backbones. Making sure he has a well-filled screen, Peck sometimes cuts nocomment landscapes of the South and the iron grids of elevated trains in the cities. We hear a story of how Baldwin observed scraps of a lynched man’s clothes littering tree branches, as we see the Spanish moss dangling

in a Southern grove. Numerous film clips illustrate Baldwin’s time, and ours: From Gus Van Sant’s Elephant to the silent version of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. In its bricolage about an important writer and his times, I Am Not Your Negro is sometimes a movie about movies, about how the glow of softfocus Technicolor helped whites to hide their eyes. Baldwin scripted what he hoped would be a Billy Dee Williamsstarring version of the life of Malcolm X. Thus, as he writes, Baldwin got the news of the killing of Martin Luther King, Jr. by telephone at the side of a Palm Springs swimming pool. Peck’s smooth time shifts contrast 1960s beatings on the protest line to the uprisings in Ferguson, Missouri. Black martyrs are juxtaposed with photos of dead kids killed by incompetent or malicious cops. A few facts turn up missing, probably because of the muscular brevity of Peck’s film. The film is an education based on the experiences of a man who learned the hard way. As Baldwin said, speaking to whites on the behalf of black people everywhere: “I know more about you than you know about me.”Y


Greatest Licks New album pays tribute to the late Dan Hicks By Charlie Swanson


Bay Area institution for more than 50 years, Dan Hicks was a songwriter of rare caliber. The frontman of the ever-impressive Dan Hick & the Hot Licks was beloved for his catchy, swinging Americana music and renowned for his bawdy, brawling personality. In a career of highs and lows, Hicks did it his way, up until his passing last February at age 74 in his Mill Valley home. Now, longtime admirer and Surfdog Records owner Dave Kaplan is releasing a new compilation album of Hicks’ best work, titled Greatest Licks—I Feel Like Singin’ and featuring 11 tracks from his extensive catalogue. The album includes classic songs like 1969’s “I Scare Myself,” recent tunes like 2009’s “Tangled Tales” and live versions of songs that showcase Hicks’ funny and freewheeling charisma. Kaplan first saw Hicks perform on The Tonight Show in the early ’70s. “Even though it wasn’t traditional hard rock, it was as badass and edgy as anything I’d ever seen,” Kaplan says. The next day, he bought Hicks’ 1971 album, Where’s the Money?, which he still loves today. “In 44 years, it’s never failed me.” Kaplan formed Surfdog Records in 1992, and enjoyed success after signing bands like Sublime. In 2000,

he tracked down the reclusive Hicks and signed him to the label, thus restarting Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks after a lengthy hiatus, and leading to a prolific period of songwriting for the veteran musician. “This was a labor of love,” says album co-producer and Hicks’ longtime engineer Dave Darling, who personally combed through archives for the better part of 2016 to find recordings that perfectly reflected Hicks’ breadth of wit and talent. “I listened to everything, and it was hard to pick out what would go on the record just because there was so much great material.” With Americana music more popular than ever, Darling also says that it’s a great time for people to rediscover Hicks’ pioneering work in the genre, defined by blending folk, swing, rock and jazz elements in his signature sound. “He really was a treasure of an artist,” Kaplan says. “There’s not many like him in terms of the pure authenticity of what he did. I really hope more than anything that more people just hear his music.”Y Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks’ ‘Greatest Licks—I Feel Like Singin’’ is out on vinyl, CD and digital download on Friday, February 24. For more info., visit

• Birdman Live (R)

By Matthew Stafford

Friday February 17 - Thursday February 23 • Birdman Live (1:59) Jazz drummer extraordinaire Antonio Sanchez performs his score for the 2014 Oscar-winner live at the Rafael; Michael Keaton and Naomi Watts star onscreen. • Burlesque: Heart of the Glitter Tribe (1:16) Documentary explores the wild and wonderful world of postmodern burlesque and the exotic personalities who inhabit it. • The Comedian (2:00) Robert DeNiro stars as a spiraling, once-revered standup comic seeking professional redemption; Leslie Mann, Danny DeVito and Charles Grodin lend support. • A Cure for Wellness (2:00) Gore Verbinski psychological thriller about a mysterious spa in the Swiss Alps where the patients get worse, not better. • Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical! (2:25) Filmed performance of the hit musical about a band of turn-of-thecentury New York news-kids who lead a strike against Hearst and Pulitzer. • A Dog’s Purpose (2:00) A sweet-natured pooch learns the meaning of life with a little help from his human cohorts (Dennis Quaid and Peggy Lipton among them). • Fifty Shades Darker (2:00) The S&M sweethearts are back, Christian struggling with his inner demons, Ana with his legion of jealous and conniving exes. • Fist Fight (1:31) High school teacher Ice Cube challenges fellow teacher Charlie Day to after-school fisticuffs, much to the delight of Tracy Morgan and Christina Hendricks. • George Takei’s Allegiance on Broadway (2:30) Direct from New York it’s Takei’s bittersweet musical about his family’s experiences in a WWII internment camp; Lea Salonga co-stars. • Get Out (1:44) Savvy social commentary underscores Jordan Peele’s horror flick about an interracial relationship, white guilt and a scary old house. • The Great Wall (1:44) Chinese superproduction stars Matt Damon as a medieval mercenary who finds himself defending the Great Wall against marauding monsters. • Hacksaw Ridge (2:19) True tale of WWII medic Desmond Doss, a conscientous objector whose valor at Okinawa earned him the Congressional Medal of Honor; Mel Gibson directs. • Hell or High Water (1:42) Two embittered brothers go on a bank-robbing spree … until they come up against aging Texas Ranger Jeff Bridges. • Hidden Figures (2:07) True story of the three African-American women who were the brains behind John Glenn’s launch into orbit in the early ’60s. • I Am Not Your Negro (1:33) Compelling adaptation of an unfinished James Baldwin manuscript about murdered black activists Medger Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. employs archival footage and Baldwin’s vivid prose; Samuel L. Jackson narrates. • La La Land (2:08) Bold, brilliant Hollywood musical circles around the bittersweet romance between a struggling

jazz musician and an aspiring actress; Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star. • The LEGO Batman Movie (1:44) Goofy throwback to the Adam West era upends the Dark Knight concept with plenty of help from vocalists Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson and Ralph Fiennes. • Manchester by the Sea (2:15) Poignant, bittersweet tale of a Boston janitor who returns to his seaside hometown to raise his newly orphaned nephew; Casey Affleck stars. • Moonlight (1:50) Tender, bittersweet drama about a young gay black man’s struggle to define himself and embrace his sexuality. • National Theatre London: Amadeus (3:00) Live from South Bank it’s Peter Shaffer’s vivid take on the rivalry between Viennese court composer Antonio Salieri and rowdy wunderkind Wolfgang A. Mozart. • National Theatre London: Saint Joan (4:00) Bernard Shaw’s gripping dramatization of the life of Joan of Arc stars Gemma Atherton as the timeless martyr, warrior and revolutionary. • New York Dog Film Festival (1:15) Celebrate the human-canine equation at two different mini-fests of animated, narrative and documentary short subjects about dogs and the people who love them. • 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. • Rooted in Peace (1:37) Wide-ranging documentary looks at the steps we humans need to take to heal the planet and the violence within ourselves; Pete Seeger, Desmond Tutu and Deepak Chopra offer insights. • The Salesman (2:05) Gripping Iranian drama about a young couple whose lives are changed when they move into a new apartment with an old tenant still abiding. • Small, Beautifully Moving Parts (1:13) A techie more comfortable with gizmos than people seeks guidance from her humancentric mother when she becomes pregnant. • Split (1:56) James McAvoy battles his evil alter ego with a little help from his 23 other multiple personalities and shrink supreme Betty Buckley. • Things to Come (1:43) Isabelle Huppert stars as a philosophy professor whose crumbling personal life liberates her to explore the next chapter of her existence. • 20th Century Women (1:58) A groovy disco-era landlady/single mom enlists her quirky tenants to help her raise her teenage son; Annette Bening stars. • Wrestling Jerusalem (1:33) Performance artist Aaron Davidman assumes 17 different roles—soldier, farmer, academic et al.—in his personal journey into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, filmed on location.

Rafael: Sat 8 (drummer Antonio Sanchez in person accompanying screening) • Burlesque: Heart of the Glitter Tribe (Not Rated) Lark: Tue 6:30 (closed-circuit live interview with dancers and filmmaker Jon Manning follows the show) The Comedian (R) Regency: Fri-Sat 10:25, 1:20, 4:15, 7:10, 9:55; Sun-Wed 10:25, 1:20, 4:15, 7:10; Thu 10:25, 1:20, 4:15 Northgate: Fri-Wed 12:30, 3:45, 7, 10:15 • A Cure for Wellness (R) Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical! (PG) Northgate: Sat 12:55; Wed 7 A Dog’s Purpose (PG) Northgate: Fri-Wed 11:55, 2:30, 5:10, 7:35, 10 Fifty Shades Darker (R) Fairfax: Fri-Sat 1:15, 4:10, 6:55, 9:45; Sun-Wed 1:15, 4:10, 6:55 Larkspur Landing: Fri, Tue-Wed 7:15, 10; Sat-Mon 11, 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10 Northgate: Fri-Wed 12:05, 1:35, 3:05, 4:25, 5:50, 7:15, 8:40, 10:10 Rowland: Fri-Wed 11:20, 2:10, 5, 7:50, 10:40 Northgate: Fri-Wed 12:20, 2:40, 5:05, 7:25, 9:45 Rowland: • Fist Fight (R) Fri-Wed 12:10, 2:45, 5:10, 7:30, 10 • George Takei’s Allegiance on Broadway (PG) Regency: Sun 12:55, 6:30 Northgate: Thu 7, 9:35 • Get Out (R) The Great Wall (PG-13) Larkspur Landing: Fri, Tue-Wed 6:45, 3D showtime at 9:15; Sat-Mon 11:10, 1:40, 6:45; 3D showtimes at 4:15, 9:15 Northgate: Fri-Wed 12:15, 5:15, 7:50; 3D showtimes at 2:45, 10:20 Rowland: Fri-Wed 11:10, 1:45, 7; 3D showtimes at 4:25, 9:45 Hacksaw Ridge (R) Regency: Thu 4 Hell or High Water (R) Regency: Wed 10pm Hidden Figures (PG) Fairfax: Fri-Sat 12, 3:35, 6:40, 9:50; Sun-Wed 12, 3:35, 6:40 Larkspur Landing: Fri, Tue-Wed 7, 9:55; Sat-Mon 1, 4, 7, 9:55 Northgate: Fri-Wed 1:10, 4:05, 7:05, 10:05 Playhouse: Fri 4, 7, 9:45; Sat 1, 4, 7, 9:45; Sun 1, 4, 7; Mon-Wed 4, 7 Regency: Wed 7 Rowland: Fri-Wed 1, 4:15, 7:20, 10:20 I Am Not Your Negro (PG-13) Regency: Fri-Sat, Wed 10:30, 1, 4, 7, 10:25; Sun, Thu 10:30, 1, 4, 7; Mon 10:30, 1, 4, 7, 10:10; Tue 10:30, 1, 4, 7, 10:15 John Wick: Chapter 2 (R) Northgate: Fri-Wed 11, 12:40, 1:55, 3:30, 4:50, 6:20, 7:45, 9:10, 10:35 Rowland: Fri-Wed 11, 1:55, 4:45, 7:40, 10:35 La La Land (PG-13) Fairfax: Fri-Sat 12:10, 3:15, 6:35, 9:35; Sun-Wed 12:10, 3:15, 6:35 Larkspur Landing: Fri, Tue-Wed 6:30, 9:30; SatMon 12, 3:15, 6:30, 9:30 Regency: Fri-Sat 10:20, 1:15, 4:10, 7:30, 10:05; Sun 10:20, 1:15, 4:10, 7:30; Mon 10:20, 1:15, 4:10, 7, 9:55; Tue 10:20, 1:15, 4:10, 7:30, 9:30; Wed 10:20, 1:15, 4:10, 7:30, 9:55; Thu 10:20, 1:15, 4:10 Rowland: FriWed 12:50, 3:55, 7:10, 10:10 The LEGO Batman Movie (PG) Fairfax: Fri-Sat 12:45, 3:45, 6:45, 9:20; Sun-Wed 12:45, 3:45, 6:45 Northgate: Fri, Sun-Tue 11:15, 12:10, 2, 2:55, 4:45, 5:40, 7:30, 8:25, 10:25, 3D showtimes at 1:05, 3:50, 6:35, 9:20; Sat 11:15, 12:10, 2, 2:55, 4:45, 5:40, 7:30, 8:25, 10:25, 3D showtimes at 6:35, 9:20; Wed 11:15, 12:10, 2, 2:55, 4:45, 5:40, 7:30, 8:25, 10:25, 3D showtimes at 1:05, 3:50 Playhouse: Fri 3:30, 6:45, 9:35; Sat 12:30, 3:30, 6:45, 9:35; Sun 12:30, 3:30, 6:45; Mon-Wed 3:30, 6:45 Rowland: Fri-Wed 10:50, 1:30, 2:35, 4:05, 5:20, 6:50, 9:30, 10:30; 3D showtimes at 12, 8 Manchester by the Sea (R) Lark: Fri 11; Sat 9:10; Sun 7:45; Thu 4:20 Regency: Fri-Sat, Mon 11:15, 6:50; Thu 10pm Moonlight (R) Fairfax: Fri-Sat 3:45, 9:45; Sun-Wed 3:45 Lark: Fri 1:50; Tue 4; Wed 2:30 Playhouse: Fri-Sat 3:45, 9:45; Sun-Wed 3:45 Regency: Fri-Sat, Tue-Wed 11:05, 1:45, 4:35, 7:40, 10:15; Sun 11:05, 1:45, 4:35, 7:40; Mon 11:05, 1:45, 4:35, 7:40, 10; Thu 11:05, 1:45, 4:35 National Theatre London: Amadeus (Not Rated) Lark: Sun 1; Wed 7:30 National Theatre London: Saint Joan (Not Rated) Lark: Sat 1; Thu 7:20 Lark: Mon 1 (program #1), 3 (program #2) (a portion of the • New York Dog Film Festival (Not Rated) proceeds benefit the Humane Society) Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts (Not Rated) Rafael: Fri, Sun-Thu 6:15; Sat 8 Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts (Not Rated) Rafael: Sat-Mon noon Oscar-Nominated Live-Action Shorts (Not Rated) Rafael: Fri, Mon 3:30, 8:15; Sat 8:35; Sun, Tue-Thu 8:15 Lark: Sat 4:20 • Rooted in Peace (Not Rated) The Salesman (PG-13) Rafael: Fri, Wed 6, 8:35; Sat 3:15, 6; Sun 3:15, 6, 8:35; Mon 12:45, 3:15, 6, 8:35; Tue, Thu 6 Rafael: Thu 7 (robotics expert Evan Atherton in person) • Small, Beautifully Moving Parts (Not Rated) Things to Come (PG-13) Lark: Fri 6:30; Mon 8; Tue 11; Thu 2 Rafael: Sun 4:15 (actor-writer Aaron Davidman in person) • Wrestling Jerusalem (Not Rated) Because there were too many movies playing this week to list, we have omitted some of the movie summaries and times for those that have been playing for multiple weeks. We apologize for the inconvenience. Showtimes can change after we go to press. Please call theater to confirm. CinéArts at Marin 101 Caledonia St., Sausalito, 331-0255 CinéArts at Sequoia 25 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley, 388-4862 Cinema 41 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 924-6505 Fairfax 9 Broadway, Fairfax, 453-5444 Lark 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur, 924-5111 Larkspur Landing 500 Larkspur Landing Cir., Larkspur, 461-4849 Northgate 7000 Northgate Dr., San Rafael, 800-326-3264 Playhouse 40 Main St., Tiburon, 435-1234 Rafael Film Center 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael, 454-1222 Regency 80 Smith Ranch Rd., Terra Linda, 479-5050 Rowland 44 Rowland Way, Novato, 800-326-3264

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Sundial Concerts MARIN COUNTY Georgetown Day School Choir Acclaimed choir from the Washington, DC, school presents a concert of sacred and secular choral works. Feb 19, 2pm. $20. First Congregational Church of San Rafael, 8 North San Pedro Dr, San Rafael. Mill Valley Music All-Stars The local supergroup celebrates the 40th anniversary of “The Last Waltz,” the Band’s 1976 farewell performance at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, with a blowout show. Feb 18, 8pm. $20-$35. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600. Room of Voices Renowned percussionist and drummer Mingo Lewis, who has played with artists such as Santana and the Tubes, leads his band in a Valentine’s party. Feb 17, 9pm. $10. 19 Broadway Club, 17 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 415.459.1091. We Banjo 3 Four-piece string band weaves rock, country, bluegrass and traditional Irish music. Feb 19, 8pm. $20-$22. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

SONOMA COUNTY Lucero Southern rock and punk veterans play with soul singer Esmé Patterson. Feb 20, 8:30pm. $28. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121. Charlie Musselwhite Local Blues Hall of Famer performs a show benefiting students of Geyserville Unified School District. Folk duo the Easy Leaves open. Feb 17, 7:30pm. $35-$75. Raven Theater, 115 North St, Healdsburg. 707.433.3145. Nots Memphis synth-punk girl group hits up the North Bay with support from San Francisco power trio Terry Malts, Oakland garage rockers Violent Change and local post-punks Columns. Feb 17, 7pm. $10. Atlas Coffee Company, 300 South A St, Santa Rosa. 707.526.1085. Spark & Whisper North Bay folk-rock duo plays album release show for their new record, “Monument,” with Miss Moonshine opening. Feb 18, 8pm. $18. HopMonk Sebastopol, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300.

NAPA COUNTY Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra The acclaimed international musician and his band bridge the sounds of flamenco and reggae with salsa styling and Caribbean rhythms. Feb 16-19, 7 and 9:30pm. $25-$35. Blue Note Napa, 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.603.1258. Jake Shimabukuro The ukulele star continues to redefine his instrument of choice. Feb 18, 8pm. $40$75. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa. 707.259.0123.

Clubs & Venues MARIN COUNTY Ali Akbar College of Music Feb 18, North Indian Classical Music. 215 West End Ave, San Rafael. 415.454.6372. The Belrose Thurs, open mic night. 1415 Fifth Ave, San Rafael. 415.454.6422. Benissimo Ristorante & Bar Feb 16, the Manifesto Duo. 18 Tamalpais Dr, Corte Madera. 415.927.2316. Don Antonio’s Feb 16, 6pm, Frank Sinatra tribute with Ricardo Scales. 114 Main St, Tiburon. 415.435.0400. Fenix Feb 16, Mark Karan and the Jones Gang. Feb 17, 1st Avenue Revue. Feb 18, Next Phase. Feb 19, 6:30pm, Stephanie Teel Band. Feb 22, pro blues jam. 919 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.813.5600. George’s Nightclub Feb 17, Rock and Sonidero. Feb 18, DJ Tony Play. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262. Grazie Restaurant Feb 18, David Correa. 823 Grant Ave, Novato. 415.897.5181. HopMonk Novato Feb 17, Pop Fiction. Feb 18, Dave Monterey. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200. INCAVO Wine Tasting & Collective Feb 17, Damir Stosic. Feb 18, Terry Savastano. 1099 Fourth St, Ste F, San Rafael. 415.259.4939. Iron Springs Pub & Brewery Feb 15, Honeysuckle Roques. Feb 22, Rowan Brothers. 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax. 415.485.1005.

Lighthouse Bar & Grill Feb 18, Key Lime Pie. 475 E Strawberry Dr, Mill Valley. 415.381.4400. Marin Country Mart Feb 17, 5:30pm, Friday Night Jazz with Lorca Hart Trio. 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 19 Broadway Club Feb 15, Overbite. Feb 16, Koolwhip. Feb 17, 5:30pm, Todos Santos. Feb 18, 5:30pm, Mythyx. Feb 18, 9:30pm, Junk Parlor and HowellDevine. Feb 19, 4pm, Erika Alstrom with Dale Alstrom’s Jazz Society. Feb 20, open mic. Feb 22, Shortwave. 17 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 415.459.1091. No Name Bar Feb 15, Festival Speed. Feb 16, Michael LaMacchia Band. Feb 17, Michael Aragon Quartet. Feb 18, Chris Saunders Band. Feb 19, Migrant Pickers and friends. Feb 20, Kimrea & the Dreamdogs. Feb 21, open mic. Feb 22, Marshall Rhodes and friends. 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.1392. Osteria Divino Feb 15, Jonathan Poretz. Feb 16, Marcos Sainz Trio. Feb 17, James Henry & Hands on Fire Band. Feb 18, David Jeffrey’s Jazz Fourtet. Feb 19, Barrio Manouche. Feb 21, Suzanna Smith. Feb 22, Cosmo Alleycats. 37 Caledonia St, Sausalito. 415.331.9355. Panama Hotel Restaurant Feb 15, Panama Jazz Trio. Feb 16, Deborah Winters. Feb 21, Swing Fever. Feb 22, Todos Santos. 4 Bayview St, San Rafael. 415.457.3993. Peri’s Silver Dollar Feb 15, Elvis Johnson’s soul review. Feb 16, Talley Up. Feb 17, Humidors. Feb 18, Crooked. Feb 19, Grateful Sundays. Feb 20, Billy D’s open mic. Feb 21, the Good Guys. Feb 22, the New Sneakers. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910. Rancho Nicasio Feb 17, Stompy Jones. Feb 18, Mustache Harbor. Feb 19, 4pm, Misner & Smith. 1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio. 415.662.2219. Rickey’s Feb 17, Lady D. Feb 18, Blue News. Feb 19, Karen Sudjian. 250 Entrada Dr, Novato. 415.883.9477. Sausalito Seahorse Wed, Milonga with Marcelo Puig and Seth Asarnow. Feb 16, Toque Tercero flamenco night. Feb 17, the 7th Sons. Feb 18, Cabani Jazz Project. Feb 19, 5pm, Mazacote. Feb 21, Noel Jewkes and friends. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito. 415.331.2899. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon Feb 16, DJ Samir Neffati. Feb 17, Second Line’s

CALENDAR Mardi Gras Voodoo Valentine party. Feb 18, Sambada. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311. Spitfire Lounge Third Friday of every month, DJ Jimmy Hits. 848 B St, San Rafael. 415.454.5551. Sweetwater Music Hall Feb 16, Israel Vibration and Lior Ben-Hur. Feb 17, Equipto with Mike Marshall and BPos. Feb 18, Charlie Musselwhite with the Easy Leaves. Feb 20, Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra. Feb 22, Mardi Gras Mambofest. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850. Terrapin Crossroads Feb 15, Danny Click & the Others. Feb 16, Ross James’ Cosmic Thursday. Feb 17, Top 40 Friday dance party. Feb 18, Colonel & the Mermaids with Alex Koford. Feb 19, 3:30pm, “Stories & Songs” with Phil Lesh & the Camp Terrapin Family Band. Feb 19, 7:30pm, Midnight North. Feb 21, Terrapin Family Band. Feb 22, Danny Click & the Others. 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael. 415.524.2773. Throckmorton Theatre Feb 17, Jeff Oster. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600. Trek Winery Feb 17, Factor 11. Feb 18, Rick Kelly. 1026 Machin Ave, Novato. 415.899.9883.

SONOMA COUNTY A’Roma Roasters Feb 18, Riner Scivally and Pete Estabrook. 95 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 707.576.7765. Aqus Cafe Feb 15, West Coast Songwriters Competition. Feb 17, the Bee Rays. Feb 18, Blue Sevin. Feb 19, 2pm, Gary Vogensen’s Sunday Ramble. Feb 22, bluegrass and old time music jam. 189 H St, Petaluma. 707.778.6060. Barley & Hops Tavern Feb 16, the Narwhal Family Experience. Feb 17, Fly by Train. Feb 18, Ian Franklin & Infinite Frequency. 3688 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental. 707.874.9037. The Big Easy Feb 15, MEG. Feb 16, Danny Barnes with One Grass Two Grass. Feb 17, Dusty Green Bones Band. Feb 18, Swamp Thang and the Incubators. Feb 19, D’Bunchovus. Feb 21, Mad Men B3 Organ Trio. Feb 22, Wednesday Night Big Band. 128 American Alley, Petaluma. 707.776.4631. Blue Heron Restaurant & Tavern Feb 21, 6pm, Michael Hantman. 25300 Steelhead Blvd, Duncans Mills. 707.865.2261. Coffee Catz Tues, 12pm, Jerry Green’s Peaceful Piano

Hour. 6761 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.6600.

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Flamingo Lounge Feb 17, SugarFoot. Feb 18, UB707. 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

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Jeff Oster “Live with All-Star Band”

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Geyserville Gun Club Bar & Lounge Feb 18, Two Lions. 21025 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville. 707.814.0036.

Feb 26 • Sunday •1:30pm • $52/$79 Marin Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium

Green Music Center Feb 18, Tetzlaff-Vogt Duo. Feb 19, 3pm, Wu Han with Phillip Setzer and David Finckel. 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, 866.955.6040.

Jennifer Berezan's “Song For All Beings”

Cirque d/Spirit: 100 performers and 2000 friends Jack Kornfield, Bruce Cockburn, Joanna Macy, Patti (Tuck & Patti), Raz Kennedy, Annam Thubten, Melanie Demore, Chris Webster, Nina Wise, Jami Sieber, Naomi Newman

Green Music Center 1029 Feb 15, 1pm, SSU Jazz Forum with John Stowell. Feb 22, 1pm, SSU Jazz Forum with George Young. SSU, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 707.664.2122.

March 12 • Sunday • 7pm •$25 50/$3250 Showcase Theater, Marin Center San Rafael

Kim Rosen & Jami Sieber “Only Breath” An alchemy of Poetry & Music to Melt Your Heart

March 18 • Saturday • 8pm • $30 & up Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre

Green Music Center Schroeder Hall Feb 18, 2pm, North Indian classical singing with Laxmi Tewari. 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, 866.955.6040.

Jai Uttal Roots, Rock, Rama: CD Release A celebratory release concert/dance party where Jai & band performs songs from his spectacular new dbl album April 15 • Sat • 8pm •$33.50/$42.50 Showcase Theater at Marin Center San Rafael

Gundlach Bundschu Winery Feb 17, Chris Robinson Brotherhood. Sold-out. 2000 Denmark St, Sonoma. 707.938.5277. HopMonk Sebastopol Feb 15, Songwriters in the Round. Feb 16, ALO with Rabbit Wilde. Feb 17, Girls & Boys with the Breaking and Sharkmouth. Feb 20, Monday Night Edutainment with SoulMedic. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.7300. HopMonk Sonoma Feb 17, Adam Traum. Feb 18, Smorgy. 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.935.9100. Hotel Healdsburg Feb 18, Carlitos Medrano and friends. 25 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 707.431.2800. Jamison’s Roaring Donkey Wed, open mic night. Feb 18, Midnight Transit with the Adrian Trevino Trio. 146 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.772.5478. Jasper O’Farrell’s Feb 16, Hoodoo. Feb 17, DJ Dinga. Feb 21, Big Kitty. Feb 22, 6pm, open jazz jam. 6957 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2062. Lagunitas Tap Room Feb 15, Roem Baur. Feb 16, Solid Air. Feb 17, Charles Wheal. Feb 18, Second Street Band. Feb 19, Todos Santos. Feb 22, French Oak. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776. Last Record Store Feb 18, 2pm, Oddjob Ensemble. 1899-A Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.525.1963. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts Feb 19, 3pm, Symphony Pops Concert with Ann Hampton Callaway. 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600. Main Street Bistro Feb 16, Susan Sutton. Feb 17, Frankye Kelly. Feb 18, Elena Welch. Feb 19, Levi Lloyd. Feb 21, Mac & Potter. 16280 Main St, Guerneville. 707.869.0501. Many Rivers Books & Tea Feb 16, Amy Michele White and Dominic Schaner. 130 S Main St, Sebastopol. 707.829.8871.

Nina Wise “Wild Women: Soul-O” Theater & Music w/Nina Wise, Pamela Z, Amy X

April 21 • Fri • 8pm •$25 50/$3250 Showcase Theater at Marin Center San Rafael

Grammy Award-winning blues harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite takes the stage on February 18 at the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley.

MaMuse “A Special Evening With” Nature’s Beauty and Magical Music

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Murphy’s Irish Pub Feb 17, Rivertown Trio. Feb 18, Andrew Freeman. 464 First St E, Sonoma. 707.935.0660.

Sonoma Speakeasy Feb 15, the Acrosonics. Feb 16, Plan Be. Feb 17, Junk Parlor. 452 First St E, Ste G, Sonoma. 707.996.1364.

Mystic Theatre Feb 17, the Holdup with Katastro. Feb 18, the Beatles vs the Rolling Stones. Feb 21, Uli Jon Roth. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

Spancky’s Bar Feb 17, the Jackson Stone Band. 8201 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.664.0169.

Occidental Center for the Arts Feb 18, Lucy Kaplansky. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.874.9392. Phoenix Theater Feb 17, Alterbeast with Aenimus and Depths of Hatred. 201 Washington St, Petaluma. 707.762.3565. Quincy’s Feb 17, the Mood and Vintage Crush. 6590 Commerce Blvd, Rohnert Park. 707.585.1079. Redwood Cafe Feb 15, Irish set dancing. Feb 16, Onye & the Messengers. Feb 17, the Beer Scouts. Feb 18, Midnight Sun Massive. Feb 19, 5pm, Gold Coast Jazz Band. Feb 20, open mic with DJ Loisaida. Feb 22, singer-songwriter competition. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 707.795.7868. Rio Nido Roadhouse Feb 18, Weekend at Bernie’s. 14540 Canyon 2 Rd, Rio Nido. 707.869.0821.

Twin Oaks Roadhouse Feb 17, Detroit Disciples. Feb 18, the Restless Sons. Feb 19, David Thom Invitational Bluegrass Jam. 5745 Old Redwood Hwy, Penngrove. 707.795.5118. Whiskey Tip Feb 17, “Furbruary” variety show with North Bay Cabaret. Feb 18, Family Room silent disco. 1910 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.843.5535.




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Rock Star University House of Rock Feb 18, VSquared and Cruella. 3410 Industrial Dr, Santa Rosa.

Deco Lounge at Capp Heritage Vineyards Feb 18, Matt Bradford. 1245 First St, Napa. 707.254.1922.

Ruth McGowan’s Brewpub Feb 18, Court ‘n’ Disaster. 131 E First St, Cloverdale. 707.894.9610.

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Corkscrew Wine Bar Feb 21, North Bay Jazz Guitar Collective. 100 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.789.0505.

Napa Valley Roasting Company Fri, jammin’ and java with Jeffrey McFarland Johnson. 948 Main St, Napa. 707.224.2233.

Civic Center, 10 Ave of the Flags, San Rafael.

RaeSet Feb 17, Friday Night Blues with Gretschkat. Feb 18, 6pm, North Coast Jazz Celebration. Feb 20, jazz lab with Jeff Johnson. Feb 22, Howell Mountain Boys. 3150 B Jefferson St, Napa. 707.666.9028.

Marin Center Through June 2, “Animalia Musicale: A Chorus of Critters,” Artist Leslie Lakes paints images of animals over musical score sheets. A portion of the proceeds benefits Enriching Lives through Music (ELM). Redwood Foyer Gallery, Marin Civic Center, 10 Ave of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.473.6800.

Silo’s Feb 15, Bluewind Jazz Band. Feb 16, Doug Houser. Feb 17, Islands of Black & White. Feb 18, Tony Lindsay’s Soul Soldiers. Feb 19, George Young Quartet. Feb 22, Scott Starr. 530 Main St, Napa. 707.251.5833.

Marin Society of Artists Through Mar 4, “Two of a Kind,” members show explores artistic visions where two works are more than the sum of their parts. 1515 Third St, San Rafael. Wed-Sun, Noon to 4pm. 415.464.9561.

Uncorked at Oxbow Feb 17, Little Buster & the Cincinnati Delta Kings with Miss Ohio. 605 First St, Napa. 707.927.5864.

MarinMOCA Through Feb 19, “Hidden,” juried exhibition featuring the artists of MarinMOCA explores the concept of concealed or disguised imagery. 500 Palm Dr, Novato. Wed-Fri, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, 11 to 5. 415.506.0137.

Uva Trattoria Feb 15, David Ranconi. Feb 16, Three on a Match. Feb 17, Fundz Jazz. Feb 18, Wild Janie Roberts. Feb 19, Duo Gadjo. Feb 22, Tom Duarte. 1040 Clinton St, Napa. 707.255.6646.

Galleries MARIN COUNTY Art Works Downtown Through Mar 4, “Iceland: Blue,” Barbara Bryn Klare’s recent works on paper, inspired by the colors and textures of Iceland, show in the Underground Gallery, while Nathan Durfee’s whimsical pixelated art shows in the Founders’ Gallery. 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. Tues-Sat, 10 to 5. 415.451.8119. Bay Model Visitor Center Through Feb 25, “Fixed Landscapes,” sculptor Brian Andrews works with wood, employing traditional techniques to explore contemporary cultural issues. 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.3871. Belvedere-Tiburon Library Through Mar 9, “Abstract, Figure & Landscape Paintings,” artist Mary Valente displays a wide range of new works in this solo show. 1501 Tiburon Blvd, Tiburon. 415.789.2665. Desta Art & Tea Gallery Through Mar 16, “Unbridled Flow,” featuring works by longtime Marin artist Nicholas Coley. 417 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo. Mon-Sat, 10 to 6. 415.524.8932.


O’Hanlon Center for the Arts Through Feb 23, “Red,” group show features art centered around the striking color. 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. Tues-Sat, 10 to 2; also by appointment. 415.388.4331. Osher Marin JCC Through Mar 10, “Traces of Sepharad,” etchings by New York-based artist Marc Shanker are based on Judeo-Spanish proverbs and densely layered with meaning and cultural connections. 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000. Robert Allen Fine Art Through Mar 31, “Works on Paper,” group exhibit features prints, drawings and mixed-media pieces from several artists. 301 Caledonia St, Sausalito. Mon-Fri, 10 to 5. 415.331.2800.

SONOMA COUNTY The Art Wall at Shige Sushi Through Feb 26, “Sami Lange: Paintings & Drawings,” Lange’s works on paper, created by stitching together detailed drawings, give the appearance of intricate paper quilts. 8235 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. Hours vary. 707.795.9753. Arts Guild of Sonoma Through Feb 27, “Romance Month,” features the artisan jewelry of Nancy Martin. 140 E Napa St, Sonoma. Wed-Thurs and Sun-Mon, 11 to 5; Fri-Sat, 11 to 8. 707.996.3115.

Falkirk Cultural Center Through Feb 25, “High School Arts Mashup,” local high school student poetry and art coordinated through the Arts Mashup exchange program. 1408 Mission Ave, San Rafael. 415.485.3438.

BackStreet Gallery Through Mar 3, “The Art of Resistance,” pop-up show includes powerful new work by 30 local artists, curated by Suzanne Edminster and Adrian Mendoza. Behind 312 South A St, Santa Rosa. Open by appointment. 707.568.4204.

Gallery Route One Through Feb 19, “Beginnings,” juried group show features Northern California artists working in all media. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. Wed-Mon, 11 to 5. 415.663.1347.

Blue Door Gallery Through Feb 26, “Let’s Make Some Love,” hearts abound in this show featuring works by Dianne Neuman and Douglas DeVivo. 16359 Main St, Guerneville. 707.865.9878.

Marin Center Feb 17-19, “American Indian Art Show,” now it its 33rd year, features more than 150 dealers and artists selling both antique and contemporary art including jewelry, textiles, baskets, pottery, sculpture, paintings and more. Opening night gala, Feb 17. Marin

Charles M. Schulz Museum Through Feb 19, “Lucky Dogs & Presidential Pets,” learn more about the lives of presidential pets, and how Snoopy himself handles being elected to high office. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. Mon-Fri, noon to 5; Sat-Sun, 10 to 5. 707.579.4452.

The ‘American Indian Art Show,’ February 17-19 at the Marin Center in San Rafael, features more than 150 dealers and artists selling both antique and contemporary art.

Chroma Gallery Through Mar 11, “Art of the Figure,” art celebrates the timeless tradition of drawing the human figure. 312 South A St, Santa Rosa. 707.293.6051. City Hall Council Chambers Through Mar 9, “Hreint,” the Icelandic word for “pure” centers Santa Rosa photographer Collin Morrow’s new collection of photos from a summer tour of Iceland. 100 Santa Rosa Ave, Ste 10, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3010. Daredevils & Queens Through Mar 12, “Cheryl Alterman Solo Show,” featuring rock ‘n’ roll photography and original oil paintings. 122 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.575.5123. Erickson Fine Art Gallery Through Mar 2, “CANTOS: Songs for the New Year,” abstract paintings in the search for celebratory moments by artist Carol Setterlund. 324 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. Thurs-Tues, 11 to 6. 707.431.7073. Finley Community Center Through Mar 2, “Ed Dechant: Art Through 70 Years,” the Bay Area artist shows off a lifetime of passion and pleasure. Through Mar 31, “National Arts Program Exhibition,” 14th annual show and competition features local artists of all ages. 2060 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. Mon-Fri, 8 to 6; Sat, 9 to 11am. 707.543.3737. Graton Gallery Through Mar 5, “Small Works Show,” sixth annual group show keeps it tiny. 9048

Graton Rd, Graton. Tues-Sat, 10:30 to 6; Sun, 10:30 to 4. 707.829.8912. IceHouse Gallery Through Feb 18, “Mostly Monochrome Group Exhibition,” features over 80 images. 405 East D St, Petaluma. 707.778.2238. Jupiter Moon Art & Gifts Through Mar 20, “Animal Magnetism,” new dog-focused art from Mylette Welch displays, with a portion of proceeds donated to Sonoma Humane Society. 507 S Main St, Sebastopol. Hours vary. 707.634.6304. Laguna de Santa Rosa Environmental Center Through Feb 28, “Birds of the Laguna,” exhibit features local artist Diana Majumdar’s mixed media and encaustic paintings of birds and landscapes of the Laguna de Santa Rosa. 900 Sanford Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.527.9277. Occidental Center for the Arts Through Mar 18, “Onsite,” exhibition of plein air works featuring local artists Charles Beck, Dave Gordon and William Taylor. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.874.9392. Peace & Justice Center Through Feb 26, “Katie Ketchum Solo Show,” Sebastopol artist and songwriter is featured. 467 Sebastopol Ave, Santa Rosa. Mon-Fri, 1 to 4. 707.575.8902. Petaluma Arts Center Through Mar 18, “Discovered: Emerging Visual Artists,” five Sonoma County artists are recognized through the fourth annual

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Riverfront Art Gallery Through Mar 5, “Photoshopped or Not?” Riverfront Gallery co-owner and photographer Lance Kuehne shows new work that concentrates on magnificent and vibrant local landscapes. 132 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. Wed, Thurs and Sun, 11 to 6. FriSat, 11 to 8. 707.775.4ART. Sebastopol Gallery Through Mar 26, “A Walk in the Forest,” botanical paintings by Lucy Martin explores beautiful and surprising life forms found in the forests. 150 N Main St, Sebastopol. Open daily, 11 to 6. 707.829.7200. The Spinster Sisters Restaurant Through Mar 5, “Clark Swarthout Drawings,” Santa Rosa artist presents an exhibit of intricate and imaginative pen and ink drawings. 401 South A St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.7100. West County Museum Through Mar 5, “The Hippies,” memorabilia recreates the environment of rebellion against consumerism and conformity built in the forests of Graton and Occidental in the 1960s and ‘70s. 261 S Main St, Sebastopol. Thurs-Sun, 1 to 4. 707.829.6711.

Comedy Below the Belt Featuring Rudy Ortiz and other standups. Feb 18. Jasper O’Farrell’s, 6957 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 707.829.2062. Kinsasha Comedy Tour Several Bay Area standups and improvisors take the stage. Feb 19, 7pm. $10. Arlene Francis Center, 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009.

Events The Art & Science of Love Couples workshop offers insights and skills to improve intimacy and friendship in your relationship and manage conflict in a positive way. Feb 18-19. $400 per couple. Acqua Hotel, 555 Redwood Hwy, Mill Valley. 415.380.0400. A Celebration of Copia Culinary Institute of America opens its new Napa location with a fun-filled weekend of wine tastings, activities, classes, book signings, appearances by CIA alumni and more. Feb 18-19. The Culinary Institute of America at Copia, 500 First St, Napa. 707.967.2530. Healthcare in the Trump Era Summit features Rep Jared Huffman, and hospital CEO Luke Tharasri speaking on healthcare needs and solutions, with catered breakfast served. Feb 21, 8am. $50. Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris St, Sebastopol. 707.823.1511. Mardi Gras Madness Live jazz music, masks and beads bring New Orleans to the North Bay. Reservations required. Feb 16, 6:30pm. $20. Petaluma Woman’s Club, 518 B St, Petaluma. 707.762.4271.

One Love Diversity Festival Celebrate diversity through entertainment, food and student services and programs. Feb 15, 11am. Bertolini Student Center, SRJC, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.527.4266. Women’s Cannabis Business Development Workshop Get all the infrastructure required to properly manage a cannabis business. Feb 21, 6pm. $25-$35. The Bric Hive, 5701 Old Redwood Hwy, Penngrove. 707.532.4483.

Field Trips Bird Walk at Hudeman Slough View waterbirds, hawks and more in this Madrone Audubon event. Feb 18, 8:30am. Sonoma County Water Agency, 404 Aviation Blvd, Santa Rosa. Bird Walk in Bodega Bay Search the harbor, adjacent seas and woodlands for birds, including Doran County Park. Led by Madrone Audubon Society. Feb 15, 8:30am. Bodega Bay Harbor, East Shore Rd, Bodega Bay. Birding at Jenner Headlands Explore the coastal preserve with a local avian expert. Feb 18, 10am. Jenner Headlands, Highway 1, Jenner. President’s Day Family Hike Docent-led hike is perfect for all ages. Feb 20, 10am. Free. Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood. 707.833.5712.


films celebrating man’s best friend. Feb 20, 1 and 3pm. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 415.924.5111. Petaluma Film Alliance Spring Cinema Series Featuring recent award-winning favorites and top Oscar contenders as well as classic and local films, with pre-screening lectures and post-film discussions. Wednesdays through May 17. Carole L Ellis Auditorium, 680 Sonoma Mountain Pkwy, Petaluma. 415.392.5225.

Strawbale School at Standing Rock Miguel Elliott of Living Earth Structures shares a film about building a strawbale school at the Sacred Stone camp at Standing Rock. Feb 17, 6:30pm. $5-$10. Arlene Francis Center, 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.528.3009. Wrestling Jerusalem Writer-actor Aaron Davidman presents and discusses his eye-opening journey into the heart of the Israel-Palestine debate. Feb 19, 4pm. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.1222.

Knife Skills Workshop You’ll be slicing and dicing in the kitchen after this class. Feb 19, 1pm. $35. Healdsburg Shed, 25 North St, Healdsburg. 707.431.7433.

Film & Fork Cameo screens McDonald’s bio pic “The Founder” with special guests and decidedly better food on hand at Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen. Feb 20, 5:45pm. $50. Cameo Cinema, 1340 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.9779. NY Dog Film Festival Dogs are welcome to two selections of short

Equipto, Mike Marshall & BPos Sat 2/18 • Doors 7pm • $27–$32

Charlie Musselwhite The Easy Leaves

Sun 2/19 • Doors 7pm • $20–$22

We Banjo 3 Huntertones

Mon 2/20 • Doors 7pm • $38–$44

Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra Wed 2/22 •Doors 7pm / $15–$17

26th Annual Mardi Gras Mambofest: "The Girl Groups and Singers of

New Orleans" with Rhythmtown-Jive and the "K-Girls" (from Big Bang Beat & the Soul Delights) Thu 2/23 • Doors 7pm • $12–$14

Go By Ocean & San Geronimo Fri 2/24 • Doors 8pm / $30–$32

Super Diamond The Neil Diamond Tribute 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley Café 388-1700 | Box Office 388-3850

Aphrodisiac Wine & Dinner Pop-up dinner event keeps the Valentine’s vibes going. Feb 18, 6pm. $130. Longboard Vineyards, 5 Fitch St, Healdsburg. 707.433.3473.

Birdman Live See the acclaimed film with composerdrummer Antonio Sanchez performing his Grammy-winning score live onstage. Feb 18, 2 and 8pm. $60. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.1222.

Farmers & Friends Movie Night Double feature screens two agriculturalfocused films for farmers and fans of farmers. Feb 22, 6:30pm. $5. Healdsburg Shed, 25 North St, Healdsburg. 707.431.7433.

Fri 2/17 • Doors 8pm / $15–$17 Bay Area Hip-Hop Night with

Food & Drink

The Great Grape Study Get acquainted with Spanish and California Tempranillo wines. Feb 16, 5pm. $15. Back Room Wines, 1000 Main St, Napa. 707.226.1378.

Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Composer, musician and Beatles expert Scott Freiman looks at the classic album from multiple angles, exploring the history behind the music. Feb 21, 1 and 7pm. Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley St, Sebastopol. 707.525.4840.

Thu 2/16 • Doors 8pm / $30–$34

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Screenagers Documentary looks at growing up in the digital age. Feb 17, 7pm. $5-$10. Green Music Center Schroeder Hall, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 866.955.6040.

Best of the SF Jewish Film Festival See top selections from last year’s festival. Wed, 7pm. Through Feb 22. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.

CULT Film Series It’s a Valentine’s massacre as “My Bloody Valentine” and “X-Ray” screen back-to-back. Feb 16, 7pm. $10. Roxy Stadium 14 Cinemas, 85 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.525.8909.


Science Uncorked Special guest speakers and happy hour drinks make great chemistry together. Feb 22, 5pm. Gourmet au Bay, 913 Hwy 1, Bodega Bay. 707.875.9875. SF Beer Week: Oregon vs Sonoma County Annual throwdown features 11 Oregon and Sonoma County beers going head-to-head. Through Feb 19. Jamison’s Roaring Donkey, 146 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.772.5478. Taste of Place Special dinner features Arnot-Roberts Wines. Feb 16, 6pm. $115. Healdsburg Shed, 25 North St, Healdsburg. 707.431.7433. Winter in Piedmont Cooking class focuses on the northern Italian region’s dishes, Feb 18, 11am. $85. Sonoma Community Center, 276 East Napa Street, Sonoma. 707.938.4626.

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Devil” with Ian Rankin. 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. 707.578.8938.

Tombstone Tales Learn about historic Sonoma County cemeteries from author and historian Jeremy Nichols. Feb 18, 12pm. Finley Community Center, 2060 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.543.3737.


When Order Meets Chaos Clown workshop is led by Ellen and Steve Levine. Feb 18-19. $200. Mountain Home Studio, 15 Ravine Way, Kentfield. 415.461.5362.

Readings Bay Model Visitor Center Feb 21, 7pm, “Go Deeper: The Seven Ages of Water” with Wallace J Nichols. 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.3871. Book Passage Feb 16, 7pm, “Pachinko” with Min Jin Lee. Feb 17, 7pm, “The Nature Fix” with Florence Williams. Feb 18, 4pm, “The Freedom Broker” with KJ Howe. Feb 19, 4pm, “Rather Be the Devil” with Ian Rankin. Feb 20, 7pm, “History of Wolves” with Emily Fridlund. Feb 21, 7pm, “Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life” with Yiyun Li. Feb 22, 7pm, “The Weight of Him” with Ethel Rohan. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 415.927.0960. Book Passage By-the-Bay Feb 18, 4pm, “Wake Up & Roar” with Eli Jaxon-Bear. Feb 19, 1pm, Dance of Psyche” with Dr Christina Campbell. Feb 21, 6pm, “Profit of Kindness” with Jill Lublin. 100 Bay St, Sausalito.

work and answer questions. Thurs, Feb 16, 6pm. Free. Children’s Museum of Sonoma County, 1835 W Steele Ln, Santa Rosa. 707.546.4069. Teen Double Feature Watch “Hellboy” and “School of Rock” with a pizza party in between. Signup recommended. Feb 21, 3:30pm. Novato Library, 1720 Novato Blvd, Novato. 415.898.4623.

Lectures Bike, Bean & Beyond Sculptor J. Nick Taylor tells the story of inspiration and perspiration behind his Ibis Maximus, one of the most iconic pieces of mountain bike art in the world today. Feb 17, 7pm. $5-$10. Marin Museum of Bicycling, 1966 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. 415.450.8000. Bring Your Own DSLR The workshop shows off the basics of using your DSLR camera to get the best out of your photos. Feb 16, 6:30pm. $50. Community Media Center of Marin, 819 A St, San Rafael.

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Marsha van Broek (left) and Sandy Rubay star in ‘Lettice and Lovage,’ a satirical comedy by Sir Peter Shaffer, playing at the Novato Theater Company through February 19.

Charles M. Schulz Museum Feb 18, 1pm, “Let There Be Laughter” with Michael Krasny. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452. Falkirk Cultural Center Feb 16, 7:30pm, Marin Poetry Center Reading Series. 1408 Mission Ave, San Rafael. 415.485.3438.

Farming 101 Learn how to integrate crops and animals into diversified farms. Feb 21, 3pm. $10. UCCE Sonoma County, 133 Aviation Blvd, Santa Rosa. 707.565.2621.

Jack London State Park Feb 18, 4pm, Jack London Short Story Read Aloud, Jeff Falconer reads and discusses London’s “The Water Baby.” Free. 2400 London Ranch Rd, Glen Ellen. 707.938.5216.

Kitchen Garden Series The series wraps up with a presentation on maintaining healthy and beautiful gardens in any season. Feb 18, 2pm. $125. Healdsburg Shed, 25 North St, Healdsburg. 707.431.7433.

Napa Bookmine at Oxbow Feb 18, 12pm, “The NapaLife Insider’s Guide to Napa Valley” with Paul Franson. Feb 19, 12pm, “The Winemaker” with Richard Peterson. 610 First St, Shop 4, Napa. 707.726.6575.

The Moveable Feast Marin master gardener Toni Gattone talks about growing great edibles in containers. Feb 17, 12pm. Free. Civic Center Library, 3501 Civic Center Dr, San Rafael. 415.473.6058. Organic Modernist Architecture in Santa Rosa & Sonoma County Join architectural historian and photographer Darren Bradley as he gives a presentation on the Central Library’s architectural design. Feb 22, 6pm. Free. Santa Rosa Central Library, 211 E St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.0831. Owls of Marin Learn about the local owls of the Bay Area, their habitats and their hoots and meet live owls up close. Feb 17, 6pm. Marin Art &

Napa Copperfield’s Books Feb 21, 4pm, “Saturdays at Sea” with Jessica Day George. 3740 Bel Aire Plaza, Napa. 707.252.8002. Petaluma Copperfield’s Books Feb 15, 4pm, “Simon Thorn and the Wolf ’s Den” with Aimee Carter. 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.762.0563. Point Reyes Books Feb 15, 7pm, “The Unsettlers” with Mark Sundeen. 11315 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. 415.663.1542. Santa Rosa Copperfield’s Books Feb 15, 7pm, “Journeyman” with Marc Bojanowski. Feb 18, 7pm, “Rather Be the

1776: The Musical Spreckels Theatre Company presents this Tony Award-winning musical that brings history to life as it recalls America’s contentious founding fathers. Through Feb 26. $16-$26. Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. 707.588.3400. Buyer & Cellar A struggling actor in LA takes a job working in the mega-basement of Barbra Streisand in this one-man comedy making its North Bay premiere. Through Feb 19. $10-$26. Studio Theatre, 6th Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185. Lettice & Lovage Comedy about a flamboyant tour guide prone to outrageous embellishment of the history of the English country house where she works. Through Feb 19. $12-$27. Novato Theater Playhouse, 5420 Nave Dr, Novato. 415.883.4498. A Midwinter’s Night Dream Shakespeare fun for the whole family features an abridged version of the playwithin-a-play. Feb 18-19. By donation. Hotel Petaluma, 205 Kentucky St, Petaluma. One Stone Playwright Trevor Allen’s exploration of the genius of Albert Einstein employs an array of multimedia magic, including puppetry and projections, for a dazzling experience. Through Feb 19. $9-$25. Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.763.8920. Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles Live multimedia spectacular takes you on a musical journey through the life and times of the world’s most celebrated band. Feb 15, 7:30pm. $49-$69. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600. Rumors Neil Simon’s comic masterpiece is a tale of how a dinner party goes deliciously awry. Feb 17-26. $12-$22. Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 N Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale. 707.894.3222. The Soap Myth Marin Theatre Company and Marin Academy present a staged reading of the provocative play starring the incomparable Ed Asner and Tovah Feldshuh. Feb 21, 7pm. Free/ ticket required. Marin Academy High School, 1600 Mission Ave, San Rafael. 415.388.5208. A Steady Rain Gripping drama about two police officers and lifelong friends whose accounts of a harrowing case are wildly opposed. Through Feb 19. $15-$30. Main Stage West, 104 N Main St, Sebastopol. 707.823.0177. You Got Older Left Edge Theatre performs the quirky, darkly comic new play about family and illness. Through Feb 19. $25-$40. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.


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PublicNotices FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-141350. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: DEVELOPMENTAL RHYTHMS, 925 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD, KENTFIELD, CA 94904: PIERRE BRENNAN, 5 CREST RD, FAIRFAX, CA 94930. The business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registration expired more than 40 days ago and is renewing under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on Jan 10, 2017. (Publication Dates: Jan 25, Feb 1, Feb 8, Feb 15 of 2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-141347. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: 1) M11, 2) M SQUARED, 420 OCEANA DR, DILLON BEACH, CA 94929: MTOO, LLC, 420 OCEANA DR, DILLON BEACH, CA 94929.The 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 Jan 10, 2017. (Publication Dates: Jan 25, Feb 1, Feb 8, Feb 15 of 2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-141358. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: 1) MEALS OF MARIN 2) MARIN MEALS ON WHEELS 3) CAREPOOL 4) JACKSON CAFÉ, 930 TAMALPAIS AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MARIN SENIOR COORDINATING COUNCIL DBA WHISTLESTOP, 930 TAMALPAIS AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. The 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 Jan 11, 2017. (Publication Dates: Jan 25, Feb 1, Feb 8, Feb 15 of 2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-141373. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: 1) MARA FLOWERS 2) FRANGIPANI, 1203 4TH STREET, SAN RAFAEL CA 94901: MARA CHIANDOTTO, 5 IKE COURT, NOVATO, CA 94945. The 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 ClerkRecorder of Marin County on Jan 12, 2017. (Publication Dates: Jan 25, Feb 1, Feb 8, Feb 15 of 2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-141396. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: MARINWOOD PROFESSIONAL CENTER, LLC; 2400 GALLINAS AVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: THE DIAS GROUP,LLC; 280 MILLER CREEK RD, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. The 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 Jan 17, 2017. (Publication Dates: Jan 25, Feb 1, Feb 8, Feb 15 of 2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-141424. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: CENTER FOR BALANCE, 712 D ST, SUITE G, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: WILLIAM T. CAREY, 220 MARINDA DR, FAIRFAX, CA 94930. The 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 Jan 20, 2017. (Publication Dates: Jan 25, Feb 1, Feb 8, Feb 15 of 2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—FFile No: 2017-141437 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: OCEANS WAX STUDIO, 1206 THIRD STREET, SUITE 1, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CECELIA R. STRAWN, 256 RICHARDSON DRIVE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. The 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 Jan 23, 2017. (Publication Dates: Feb 1, Feb 8, Feb 15, Feb 22 of 2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-141385. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: MONTARE, 55 NELSON AVE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: TODD GRAHAM WYNNE-PARRY, 55 NELSON AVE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. The business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registration expired more than 40 days ago and is renewing under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on Jan 13, 2017. (Publication Dates: Feb 1, Feb 8, Feb 15, Feb 22 of 2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-141465. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: F.J. DRYWALL, 612 CHANSLOR AVENUE, RICHMOND, CA 94801: FRANCISCO JAVIER PENUNURI NAVARRO, 612 CHANSLOR AVENUE, RICHMOND, CA 94801. The 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 Jan 27, 2017. (Publication Dates: Feb 1, Feb 8, Feb 15, Feb 22 of 2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017141515. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: XANADU ENTERTAINMENT, 15 INDIAN ROAD, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: 1) CYNTHIA PEPPER, 15 INDIAN ROAD, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903 2) MELINDA DARLINGTON-BACH, 31 MANZANITA AVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. The business is being conducted by CO-PARTNERS. 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 FEB 02, 2017. (Publication Dates: Feb 8, Feb 15, Feb 22, Mar 1 of 2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-141522. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: WOMEN ACTIVIST TOPS,

1 CHANNING WAY, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: 4TH HORSE FITNESS, INC, 1 CHANNING WAY, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. The 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 FEB 02, 2017. (Publication Dates: Feb 8, Feb 15, Feb 22, Mar 1 of 2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-141345. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: 1) PRESTON POINT LAMB 2) PRESTON POINT FARM 3 ) MARIN MEAT COMPANY 4) POZZI RANCH 5) MARIN LAMB 6) PRESTON POINT RANCH 7) POZZI RANCH TRUCKING 8) PRESTON POINT, 1775 DILLON BEACH ROAD, TOMALES, CA 94971: 1) MARTIN POZZI, 851 CLEVELAND LANE, PETALUMA, CA 94952 2) SALLY POZZI, 851 CLEVELAND LANE, PETALUMA, CA 94952.The business is being conducted by 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 Jan 09, 2017. (Publication Dates: Feb 8, Feb 15, Feb 22, Mar 1 of 2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-141520. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: HOUSE OF BAGELS, 640 4TH STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: PAOLAY LENG, 175 VISTA DEL MAR, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. The 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 FEB 02, 2017. (Publication Dates: Feb 15, Feb 22, Mar 1, Mar 8 of 2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-141539. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: 1) SIDECAR 2) TEMPEST, 1560 4TH STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: GESSIKA RYAN McCANN, 320 MESA VERDE WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. The 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 FEB 06, 2017. (Publication Dates: Feb 15, Feb 22, Mar 1, Mar 8 of 2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-141558. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: 1) AKASHIC INDUSTRIES 2) AKASHIC BOOKS & RECORDS, 6 SCHOOL ST, STE 240, FAIRFAX, CA 94930: JASON WITHERSPOON, 132 TAMALPAIS RD, FAIRFAX, CA 94930. The 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 FEB 08, 2017. (Publication Dates: Feb 15, Feb 22, Mar 1, Mar 8 of 2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-141588. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: CREATIVE CUSTOM PAINTING, 1323 LINCOLN AVE #1, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: 1) LEONCIO

ESPINOZA ORDOÑEZ, 1323 LINCOLN AVE # 1, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901; 2) OLIVA ZARRO BAUTISTA, 1323 LINCOLN AVE # 1, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. The business is being conducted by MARRIED COUPLE. Registrant is renewing filing with changes and is transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on FEB 10, 2017. (Publication Dates: Feb 15, Feb 22, Mar 1, Mar 8 of 2017)

OTHER NOTICES ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No: CIV 1700151. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner ALISON KEANY GALLO filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: ALISON KEANY GALLO to HUNTER BENNETT. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: 03/06/2017 AT 09:00 AM, DEPT L, ROOM L, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date of filing: JAN 17, 2017. (Publication Dates: Feb 1, Feb 8, Feb 15, Feb 22 of 2017)

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No: CIV 1700269. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner SHIRIN MICHELLE MOYNIHAN filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: SHIRIN MICHELLE MOYNIHAN to SHERRY MICHELLE MOYNIHAN. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: 03/07/2017 AT 08:30 AM, ROOM B, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date of filing: JAN 24, 2017. (Publication Dates: Feb 1, Feb 8, Feb 15, Feb 22 of 2017)

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No: CIV 1700369. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner ANGELA RATTO CHECK filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: ANGELA RATTO CHECK to ANGELA BETH RATTO. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be

heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: 04/04/2017 AT 09:00 AM, DEPT B, ROOM B, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date of filing: JAN 31, 2017. (Publication Dates: Feb 8, Feb 15, Feb 22, Mar 1 of 2017)

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No: CIV 1700349. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner JUAN VELASQUEZ HERNANDEZ & MARIA PEREZ HERNANDEZ filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: AIDA MARGARTIA VELASQUEZ PEREZ to AIDA SOPHIA VELASQUEZ PEREZ. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: 04/04/2017 AT 09:00 AM, DEPT B, ROOM B, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date of filing: JAN 30, 2017. (Publication Dates: Feb 8, Feb 15, Feb 22, Mar 1 of 2017)



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I really appreciated your recent column about people who go through with getting married when they know deep down that they’re making a mistake. I’m reminded of the common societal admonishment against being a “quitter.” There’s this notion that you’re some kind of loser if you quit anything—even when logic tells you that you should bow out. This sort of absurd anti-logic is used (with the “marriage takes work” notion) to intimidate people into remaining in marriages that are total failures, which prolongs everyone’s suffering.—Been There


Ideally, “till death do us part” doesn’t lead to daydreams involving a shovel and a tarp. Granted, there are people in miserable marriages who stay together— sometimes because they believe that a man with horns and a tail would end up chasing them around with a flaming pitchfork if they split up and married somebody else. Others, in humdrum but not ugly or toxic marriages, stay together, admirably, for their kids’ sake. But many unhappy couples, with no pitter-pattering little feet but the schnauzer’s, don’t split up or are seriously slow to do it out of this notion that quitting is for losers. I’m not suggesting that couples should scurry off to divorce court at the first sight of a cloud on the marital horizon. But there’s a cost-benefit analysis to be done. Couples need to consider whether it’s actually possible to work to make their marriage succeed or whether that would take their being two totally different and actually compatible people. As for what “succeeding” in marriage means, let’s be honest: In modern society, we have a luxury we never did before—marrying for love and happiness. Marriage historian Stephanie Coontz points out that for “thousands of years”— until the late 18th century—“marriage was more about property and politics than personal satisfaction.” Two people would get “betrothed” to each other as a way of brokering peace between nations or getting the money to keep land in the family (“marriage is between a man and a potato farm”). Research by psychologist Elliot Aronson finds that we are prone to “selfjustification”—believing whatever puts us in the best light. In other words, we are natural-born spin doctors, driven to protect both our ego and our public persona. Enter psychological tool “self-compassion”—basically, when you’re going through a hard time, treating yourself as kindly as you’d treat someone else who’s struggling. Psychologist Kristin Neff, who studies self-compassion, finds that an essential element of this is seeing your “common humanity”—meaning viewing yourself as part of a whole population of flawed, fallible humans. This might help you look charitably on the concept of the “starter marriage.” This is a first marriage for a very young couple without kids or many assets that ends in divorce in five years or less. (These are people who went into marriage not knowing themselves or their partner all that well and not really understanding what marriage requires.) Still, older people, upon hearing about this newfangled “get out of jail free” card, will often grumble the marital version of, “When I was your age, I crawled 20 miles to school over broken glass!” But consider that this “starter marriage” concept is actually very helpful—right in line with the notion from self-compassion that you’re not alone in making mistakes. Understanding this can help you view your failures less as shameful embarrassments and more as learning experiences. Seeing failures in this more compassionate, positive light could also help you be a bit faster to admit when you’ve screwed up so you can move on. This is certainly preferable to just sitting there glumly mired in your bad choices like a little kid who peed his pants—and has to stay in those wet pants for the next 50 years, at which point somebody will throw him a big anniversary party to celebrate.Y Worship the goddess—or sacrifice her at the altar at

For the week of February 15

ARIES (March 21-April 19): By my estimates, 72 percent of you Aries are in unusually good moods. The world seems friendlier, more cooperative. Fifty-six percent of you feel more in love with life than you have in a long time. You may even imagine that the birds and trees and stars are flirting with you. I’m also guessing that 14 percent of you are weaving in and out of being absurdly, deliriously happy, sometimes without any apparent explanation. As a result of your generosity of spirit, you may be the recipient of seemingly impossible rewards like free money or toasted ice cream or unconditional tenderness. And I bet that at least 10 percent of you are experiencing all of the above. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): I am launching

a campaign to undo obsolete stereotypes about you Bulls. There are still backwards astrologers out there who perpetrate the lie that many of you are stingy, stolid, stubborn slowpokes. As an antidote, I plan to heighten everyone’s awareness of your sensual, soulful sweetness, your tastefully pragmatic sensitivity and your diligent, dynamic productivity. That should be easy in the coming weeks, since you’ll be at the height of your ability to express those superpowers. Luckily, people will also have an enhanced capacity to appreciate you for who you really are. It will be a favorable time to clarify and strengthen your reputation.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Will Giovanni surreptitiously replace Allesandra’s birth control pills with placebos? Will Camille take a hidden crowbar to her rendezvous with the blackmailer? Will Josie steal Jose’s diary and sell it on eBay? Given the current astrological omens, you may have an unconscious attraction to soap opera-type events like those. The glamour of melodrama is tempting you. But I’m hoping and predicting that you will express the cosmic currents in less toxic ways. Maybe you’ll hear a searing but healing confession after midnight in the pouring rain, for instance. Perhaps you’ll break an outworn taboo with ingenious grace, forge a fertile link with a reformed rascal or recover a lost memory in a dusty basement. CANCER (June 21-July 22): All naturallyoccurring matter on Earth is composed of 92 basic elements arranged in various combinations. Since some of these appear in trace amounts, they took a long time for humans to discover. In the 18th and 19th centuries, chemists were exuberant when they tracked down seven of the 92 in a single location: An underground mine on the Swedish island of Ytterby. That small place was a mother lode. I’m predicting a metaphorically similar experience for you, Cancerian: New access to a concentrated source that will yield much illumination. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The next four weeks will

be an excellent time to upgrade your understanding of the important characters in your life. In fact, I suspect that you will generate good fortune and meaningful synchronicities whenever you seek greater insight into anyone who affects you. Get to know people better, Leo! If there are intriguing acquaintances who pique your curiosity, find out more about them. Study the oddballs you’re allergic to with the intention to discern their hidden workings. In general, practice being objective as you improve your skill at reading human nature.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In 1787, English captain Arthur Phillip led an eight-month naval expedition to the southeastern part of the continent now known as Australia. Upon arrival, he claimed the land for England, despite the fact that 250,000 Aboriginal people were living there, just as their ancestors had for 2,000 generations. Two hundred years later, an Aboriginal activist named Burnum Burnum planted the Aboriginal flag on the White Cliffs of Dover, claiming England for his people. I encourage you to make a comparably artful or symbolic act like Burnum’s sometime soon, Virgo—a ritual or gesture to assert your sovereignty, evoke a well-deserved reversal or express your unconquerable spirit.

By Rob Brezsny

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The ancient Roman rhetorician Quintilian authored a 12-volume textbook on the art of oratory. As ample as it was, it could have been longer. “Erasure is as important as writing,” he said. According to my reading of the astrological omens, that counsel should be a rewarding and even exciting theme for you in the coming weeks. For the long-term health of your labor of love or your masterpiece, you should focus for a while on what to edit out of it. How could you improve it by making it shorter and more concise? SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Do you know

about the long-running kids’ show Sesame Street? Are you familiar with Big Bird, the talking 8-foot-tall yellow canary who’s one of the main characters? I hope so, because your horoscope is built around them. In the Sesame Street episode called “Don’t Eat the Pictures,” Big Bird solves a riddle that frees a 4,000-year-old Egyptian prince from an ancient curse. I think this vignette can serve as a model for your own liberation. How? You can finally outwit and outmaneuver a very old problem with the help of some playful, even childlike energy. Don’t assume that you’ve got to be relentlessly serious and dour in order to shed the ancient burden. In fact, just the opposite is true. Trust blithe and rowdy spirits.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Your lessons in communication are reaching a climax. Here are five tips to help you do well on your “final exam:” 1. Focus more on listening for what you need to know rather than on expressing what you already know. 2. Keep white lies and convenient deceptions to a bare minimum. 3. Tell the truth as strong and free as you dare, but always—if possible—with shrewd kindness. 4. You are more likely to help your cause if you spread bright, shiny gossip instead of the grubby kind. 5. Experiment with being unpredictable; try to infuse your transmissions with unexpected information and turns of phrase. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): The

meaning of the Latin phrase crambe repetita is “cabbage reheated, twice-cooked.” I urge you to avoid partaking of such a dish in the coming weeks, both literally and figuratively. If you’re truly hungry for cooked cabbage, eat it fresh. Likewise, if you have a ravenous appetite for stories, revelations, entertainment and information—which I suspect that you will—don’t accept the warmed-over, recycled variety. Insist on the brisk, crisp stuff that excites your curiosity and appeals to your sense of wonder.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Here’s your mantra for the next three weeks: “I know what I want, and I know how to glide it into my life.” Say this out loud 11 times right after you wake up each morning, and 11 more times before lunch, and 11 more times at bedtime. “I know what I want, and I know how to glide it into my life.” Whenever you do this little chant, summon an upflow of smiling confidence—a serene certainty that no matter how long the magic might take, it will ultimately work. “I know what I want, and I know how to glide it into my life.” Don’t let any little voice in your head undermine your link to this simple truth. Lift your heart to the highest source of vitality you can imagine. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “We cannot

simply sit and stare at our wounds forever,” writes Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami. “We must stand up and move on to the next action.” That’s your slightly scolding but ultimately inspirational advice, Pisces. According to my astrological analysis, you have done heroic work to identify and investigate your suffering. You have summoned a tremendous amount of intelligence in order to understand it and further the healing. But right now it’s time to turn your focus to other matters. Like what? How about rebirth?Y

Homework: Imagine that you have timetraveled to one of your favorite places in the year 2020. What do you see? I’m at

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Astrology FREE WILL


February 15-21, 2017

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