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Upfront The shed that recently popped up in downtown Bolinas has been accused of blocking the sun, among other things.

Sheds Happen

Locals freak out as strange and unwelcome obelisk appears in downtown Bolinas By Tom Gogola


shed went up two weeks ago in downtown Bolinas, and many people are not happy

about it. The shed was commissioned by the Bolinas resident who owns and lives at 12 Wharf Road, Matt Yerington—whose property includes a strip of driveway and dirt that bisects an open, paved space between

the Bolinas Community Center (BCC) and BoGas. The latter is run by the Bolinas Community Land Trust, which also owns property near the shed. The shed was planted in a strip of dirt that runs up against the property line of the Community Center. It’s a wooden affair, 56 square feet, totally legal by county code, and was designed to stash sports equipment.

I talked to the owner of the shed early this week, and to a bunch of locals, and I interviewed the shed— the real victim in this tale, as far as I’m concerned. Asked about the controversial shed during a brief interview over his fence—where a large great dane growled in the direction of this reporter, the elder child of Yerington declared, “What controversy? We own the land.”

Indeed they do. But the controversy, as numerous locals have attested, is that the owner just up and built the shed without any consultation or discussion with the people who now have to look at it every day, and negotiate its somewhat awkward positioning. It’s worth noting that some five years ago, Yerington installed planters in the lot after a two-year process that included a non-mandatory vote of approval from the BCC. This time around, he didn’t go to the BCC for their blessing, Yerington says. He just wanted to build the shed for his eldest son’s surf boards, and for his youngest son’s bicycles and says time was of the essence. And one shed-opposing resident described the shed in terms usually reserved for a tight array of wallflowers at a dance—a socially awkward shed trying to shim its way into a tight space, with everyone staring and pointing. The poor shed. One shed opponent freely admitted that the issue was something of a tempest in a teapot, but it’s nevertheless a tempest, a bombogenetic cyclone of characteristic small-town activity, a local issue of such excruciatingly small-town concern that it’s all anyone can do but beat every contour of the shed discussion to death, in the hopes that the shed will get the message and go away. “Did anyone break the windows yet?” asked a local in an emporium of natural health. The shed doesn’t appear to have gotten the memo that it is not wanted. Like any newcomer to town, there are local rituals and mores that must be abided by in order to gain acceptance and learn the secret handshake. You don’t just show up and plant yourself in the center of community activity and expect the welcoming committee. Yerington says that he supports the idea of Bolinas as the “Land of No”—and that any change is going to be met with extreme suspicion. But it’s just a shed, he said. A resident called Marin

parking scene! A local was busy finishing the paint job on a beautiful spring morning, as other locals leapt at the chance to throw their hate on the shed, even if anonymously. Yerington says he didn’t go to the BCC or anyone else for approval that he didn’t need, owing to the time-sensitive nature of the shed build-out and its intended uses. His eldest son is a big surfer and is headed off to college in September. Yerington figures he’ll be stashing his boards at the homestead for at least the next four summers, and that if he’d waited for the BCC weigh-in on his plans, it would have taken five years and the entire purpose of the shed would have been rendered null and void by then. He needs the shed now, Yerington says, and adds that he figures on letting locals stash their stuff in it, too. Earlier in the day, the younger Yerington met this reporter at the gate to the family spread and said he didn’t see what the big deal was, and thought it was kind of silly that anyone would write about the shed. It’s just a shed; who cares. People care. The shed, on the other hand, says it is glad for the attention to its plight, though it is suffering from some identity issues and could use a friend right now. During a recent interview with the Pacific Sun, the shed was empty and bereft, and wondered why everyone hated it so much. “I’m just a shed,” it said. “I mean no harm to the locals. It’s not like I’m the CEO of Pinterest or something.” Locals interviewed for this story were uniform in their concern for the shed and its feelings. They’re not holding the shed personally responsible for its rolling outrage against town rituals, and during the interview at the town dock, Yerington was greeted by a few friendly locals who did not appear to be wielding pitchforks. He’s been living in his downtown Bolinas home for seven years and has a 12year history in town. His wife is an artist who teaches at the local school. On Monday morning outside of the People’s Store—where the legendary “Free Box” abuts the Yerington property—the shed was all anyone was talking about, along with the lovely spring weather. “I hope they will come to accept me,” said the shed.Y

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County on Yerington, and he says the county inspector came and said, “What’s the problem?” It’s a private shed on private land that’s not being used for commercial purposes— though during an interview on the town dock on Monday afternoon, Yerington wouldn’t dismiss the possibility down the road. Another long-time local noted that such was the militant spirit of the town, back in the day, that if the shed had been built 10 years ago, locals would have torn it down by now, ripped it out by its roots and sent it running. That local clearly hates the shed. Whatever land rights the owner might rightfully claim, the consensus among numerous interviews with locals is that the shed represents a giant “Eff You” to the town of Bolinas. When the shed appeared, the immediate concern was that it blocked the sun from entering the Bolinas Community Center, where sunshine is desired for yoga classes and the various events that transpire at the town center. At first, the raw wood edifice inspired grousing that it would violate Marin code that requires beautification of new edifices via a paint job. The shed was soon painted in white-and-blue hues that are complementary to the paint job on the BCC, and there’s a neat architectural symmetry to the respective edifices’ peaked roofs. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think they were related. Not so. The shed popped up like a randomly appearing obelisk from the Led Zeppelin album Presence, or like the first scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey, where a bunch of protohumans encounter the outer space obelisk and then figure out how to beat the crap out of other protohumans, with bones. The obelisk was an evolution enhancer, but the Bolinas shed has residents reaching for their own bone weapons. Even still, the shed provided jobs to local builders and painters over the past couple of weeks. And cue the de rigueur jokes about the shed as an example of just the sort of affordable housing we need in Bolinas. As of Monday morning, the shed rumors were flying faster than a 3am Trump tweet-storm. He’s going to build three of them! (Not so, says Yerington, who adds that he heard a rumor that he was going to build five sheds.) He’s going to totally block the sun. He’s going to start another surf shop in town! He’s going to add to an already nightmarish weekend

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Headlands Center for the Arts’ Artist in Residence program, a renowned opportunity for working artists of various mediums, allows creators time and space in the inspiring Marin Headlands.

Reflective Retreat

Headlands Center for the Arts provides artists with resources to push their work forward By Flora Tsapovsky


f you crave the tranquility and inspiration of Headlands Center for the Arts this season, you’ll have to curb your enthusiasm. The center, a longstanding Marin County staple, has been closed for the winter and will remain inaccessible to the public through spring. When it reopens, in summertime, a new area named The Commons will welcome visitors and artists. The redesigned outdoor space between the center’s two main buildings will enable, according to the press release, “more public programming,” and provide a “welcoming space to relax, connect

with art and artists, and enjoy the natural environment.” There’s more to the $1.8 million dollar project than originally meets the eye. Funded by a group of individual supporters and foundations, The Commons will feature newly commissioned, permanent artworks by local, national and international artists, an outdoor amphitheater and a promenade that connects the two main buildings—plus, of course, the location’s famous views. Among the artists selected to create specific elements of The Commons are Chris Kabel, a Dutch

designer based in Rotterdam, and Nathan Lynch, a Bay Area sculptor and performance artist. Additional artists will help with the renovation process itself, led by San Francisco-based Conger, Moss & Guillard Landscape Architecture. While change and progress are welcome forces in the art world (the center has spearheaded not one, but six rehabilitation projects since 1986), the campus has always kept a smidge of austerity and simplicity in its atmosphere, staying true to its military past. Originally home to the Native American Coastal Miwok, then

Spanish and Mexican ranchers, and later Portuguese immigrant dairy farmers, the space was mobilized for military purposes in the 1890s, adding the Fort Barry buildings to its landscape. The area served as an active military center until 1950, and the National Park Service took over in 1972, eventually turning it into an arts center originally named Headlands Arts Center in 1982. Now, it’s the home of events, changing exhibitions, an Affiliate Artists Program, a Graduate Fellowship program and a lively bi-annual Artist in Residence program, running since 1982.

Offering residencies that are generally four-to-10 weeks, studio space, meals prepared by chef Damon Little and housing, travel and living stipends, the residency program is one of the county’s most sought-after gigs—especially given the dreamlike location and the program’s multidisciplinary approach (painters, sculptors, photography, film, video and new media artists are all welcome, as well as nonfiction writers, poets, dancers and musicians). Artists are chosen by panels—comprised of curators, educators, scholars and artists—specific to each discipline. It is the program attendees who will get to witness the renovation in progress, as it will take place on campus this spring. One such attendee, Chicago-based artist Edra Soto, is looking forward to the experience. “I’ve never been to the West Coast,” Soto says. “Colleagues of mine that have attended this residency have the highest regards for it. I’ve been focused in moving my artistic career forward, and Headlands has the reputation of being a place where artists get visited by professionals in the field and engage in significant conversations regarding their art practice.” Born in Puerto Rico, Soto grew up in an urban development in the

San Juan area, spending her early years in a Catholic high school. “Attending church services every morning became influential to my art practice,” she says. “The stage and its symmetry, ideas of hierarchy and the impetus for congregating communities is all dispersed throughout my work.” Soto attended Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico to pursue an undergraduate degree, and then moved to Paris for a year; eventually, she attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for her M.F.A., which she obtained in 2000. Specializing in conceptual art, installations and ‘architectural interventions,’ Soto plans, while attending the Headlands, “to develop a new body of work, create something site-specific while addressing issues that are interesting and personal to me. Hopefully, this is a place where I will be able to find growth, new connections and networks to expand my career’s visibility, inspiration and productivity.” The artist is also looking forward to the weather and the famous Californian vibe. “Considering the great reputation of California’s weather, I am expecting nothing but the best,” she says. Prior to settling in, Soto will be given the opportunity to visit


—Edra Soto her studio on campus. “This will allow me to visualize the space and its surroundings, and basically daydream about the possibilities before heading over to the residency to work,” she says. “My studio will be an open space that welcomes visitors to engage with me while I’m working, so when they told me about this particular aspect of my residency I was absolutely thrilled!” Oakland-based Christopher White has completed the daydreaming stage—he attended the residency last fall, and is happy to reflect on the time spent at Headlands. “The Headlands residency is quite well-known in Bay Area performance circles, and many friends have done it in years past— Jesse Hewit, Erika Chong Shuch, Larry Arrington,” he says. “I had heard wonderful things about the experience and decided that this would be a good time to apply, because it would give me the space to refocus on my art-making practice and slough off some of the sclerotic administrator-brain that had accumulated over the years.” Working as a theater and performance artist, White started his career as a director specializing in new plays and new play development, which led him to “the downtown NYC scene in the late ’90s.” In 2000, he moved to Dublin, Ireland, and immersed himself in European performance theater, following groups like Forced Entertainment and Pan

Pan Theatre in Ireland. A move to Boulder, Colorado followed, and White attended grad school at Naropa University. He was in the first class of an M.F.A. program in “Actor-Created Physical Theater.” “My program moved to London after the first two years and became the London International School of the Performing Arts,” he says. “It’s based in the pedagogy of Jacques Lecoq, a very influential French theater teacher and the training focuses on empowering actors as the primary creative force in creating a piece of theater.” After school, White moved to the Bay Area with two classmates and co-founded Mugwumpin, a performance theater ensemble based in San Francisco. “For 12 years I ran the company, during which time we made many works, both full-length pieces for theater and smaller performance works for non-theater spaces,” he recalls. “All the work is created collaboratively by the ensemble and the pieces are generally non-narrative, preferring to explore thematic and emotional terrain through potent images, spacial dynamics, movement and a protean internal logic.” About a year ago, White took a leave of absence, following a health scare, during which he “continued teaching and redeveloping my own voice as an independent artist, but as someone who derives power and inspiration from collaboration.” White says that the residency allowed him ample time for reading, hiking, thinking and percolating.


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Andria Lo, courtesy of Headlands Center for the Arts

Oakland-based artist Christopher White attended the Headlands Center for the Arts residency last fall.

It is an individual’s journey, but there [are] places like Headlands that understand that aspect of an artist’s professional needs, providing space for engagement, resources and time to develop your work and practice and exposure to their community.

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“Of course, I also had an enormous studio space to work in, and took advantage of that as well,” he says. “I ended up focusing on ways to think deeper about collaboration as a process that I can engage in with the audience, not just with my fellow artists.” While at Headlands, White created a piece called Asking, which he calls “a little bit Quaker meeting, a little bit seance.” For each showing, the artist recruited an audience member and gave him or her a prompt question to elicit a story from their own life, followed by questions from the audience. “The key aspect is that the participant is never seen; instead, a performer wears an earpiece and is channeling the participant’s words in real time, never having heard them before, to the audience,” White says. “It’s a quiet, meditative piece that nonetheless carries a lot of emotional heft, largely because of its simultaneously intimate and mysterious qualities.” According to White, the Headlands residency is a retreat, in the truest sense of the word. “The location is remote; despite its proximity to the city, you feel far from civilization, and you’re surrounded by miles of gorgeous hills and trails and coastline,” he says. “There’s almost no phone

service, and the internet available there is very weak and spotty. It was very valuable because it forced me to get out of ‘go’ mode and shift into a more reflective mental space.” For artists living in the current social climate and economy, such opportunities are fuel. White says that disconnecting, relaxing and carving out space and time allows artists to “connect to the basic root impulses that drive us to work, quieting some of the pressures of deadlines and technology and urban living that insidiously shape our habitual thinking patterns.” Then, there are practicalities and not-to-be-underestimated human connections. “It is an individual’s journey, but there [are] places like Headlands that understand that aspect of an artist’s professional needs, providing space for engagement, resources and time to develop your work and practice and exposure to their community,” Soto says. Soon, the center will welcome her, along with more than 40 other artists from all over the world, to do just that.Y Headlands Center for the Arts, 944 Simmonds Rd., Sausalito; 415/331-2787;

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“You kind of have to experience it to get it,” says actor-singer Lexy Fridell of Transcendence Theatre Company’s ‘Broadway Under the Stars.’


Broadway’s Best Transcendence Theatre Company takes its show on the road By David Templeton


very summer, since 2012, the Transcendence Theatre Company takes over the gorgeous, openair winery ruins at Glen Ellen’s Jack London State Historic Park, for a months-long series of shows succinctly and appropriately called ‘Broadway Under the Stars.’

Generally, the show features Broadway tunes (and others), performed by an energetic troupe of Broadway performers, staging effervescently inspiring and entertaining shows as the sun sinks and the stars begin to shine. Blending dance, comedy, melody and impressive showmanship,

Transcendence performances frequently pack the place, selling out night after night. “It’s a very special experience,” says actor-singer Lexy Fridell, of Avenue Q and The Pee-Wee Herman Show. Fridell recently moved to Sausalito after years in Sonoma wine country—and a few energetic

stints in Los Angeles and New York. “I’ve performed all over,” she says, “but there’s nothing quite like doing a Transcendence Theatre show.” The giddy group of singers and dancers—under the artistic direction of Amy Miller (a veteran of Broadway’s 42nd Street revival)—is hitting the road and moving indoors, touring the North Bay with a show called ‘Best of Broadway Under the Stars.’ Featuring performers from Wicked, Mary Poppins, The Book of Mormon, Avenue Q and Mamma Mia!, the show comes to the Marin Civic Center on Saturday and Sunday, March 18 and 19. “Transcendence is just really pumped to bring their energy to different parts of the Bay Area,” Fridell says. “People from Marin … people who maybe haven’t had a chance to come up to the park and see one of the outdoor summer shows, maybe this will be their first experience with what a Transcendence Theatre Company, ‘Broadway Under the Stars’ show is all about. “It’s about the energy of creativity, and the beauty of music and the inspiration of people who have a big dream, that want other people to have big dreams too,” she continues. “And we share all of that through some really great, aweinspiring songs—and some really goofy, silly stuff, too.” As per the name, the show will be an array of the best moments from past seasons of ‘Broadway Under the Stars.’ According to Fridell, the Transcendence team is counting on the experience being as addictive for the Marin audiences as it has proven to be for the performers themselves. “Hopefully,” she says, “people will get excited enough to come up to Jack London, and experience one of our outdoor shows, right there under the stars, where it all started.”Y ‘Best of Broadway Under the Stars,’ Saturday, March 18, 7:30pm and Sunday, March 19, 2pm, Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael; $39$69; VIP, $129; 415/473-6800.

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am: My parents are in their 80s and have become much less independent recently. They are in a retirement community in San Rafael and are very lucky to get the care that they do. I recognize that there are many elderly who are not as fortunate and would like to stay in their own homes as long as they can. After my youngest child left for college, I was much more able to start volunteering and giving back to our community. I love being able to help others who appreciate the assistance. We are in an aging world – some day I hope to have the same assistance. Getting to know my clients has been a treat. If I can bring a smile to their day, then that is worth it! I live in Greenbrae. I grew up in Marin, went to Stanford and lived in Palo Alto and then moved back here 20 years ago. You just can’t beat the location! I am 52 and our youngest child recently left for college. I’ve always been very involved in

Vincent: I decided to volunteer because I wanted to better use my free time to help out in the community. My grandparents used to rely on Meals on Wheels in Hayward, so I figured this was a great opportunity to give back. Everyone has been so kind and appreciative during my deliveries. I am also the type of person who spends most their time thinking about eating, and it makes me very happy to help someone else get the food they need. I've lived in Marin my entire life and am currently in Novato for the 24th year. My grandpa was born here and spent his entire life here, my dad was born here, I was born here, and hopefully generations to come will spend their lives in Marin. I am 29 years old and I am studying to go to law school.

Honoring Our Many Volunteers National Volunteer Week is April 23-29 and the Whistlestop Express dedicates this month’s issue to Whistlestop’s invaluable volunteers. Every sitting U.S. president in the past 43 years has issued a proclamation during National Volunteer Week, as have many U.S. mayors and governors. Since then, the original emphasis has widened; the week has become a nationwide effort to urge people to get out and volunteer. Laurie Vermont, Volunteer Manager, reports that Whistlestop has had 212 volunteers over the past year. They provided 18,288 hours of service, equaling $457,200 worth of staff time! She added that Whistlestop had triple the number of new volunteers in January and that trend continued in February. These volunteers help in so many ways: serving meals in the Jackson Café; delivering Meals on Wheels, assisting immigrants with language, job preparation and citizenship issues, teaching classes, helping seniors with income tax returns, driving for CarePool and much more.

Driftwood Women Help Keep Whistlestop Vital By JOHN BOWMAN


he women of Driftwood have been a godsend to Whistlestop. They have believed in the organization and have dedicated all of their efforts to the seniors in Marin. Their impact has been immense.” Those words from Yvonne Roberts, Whistlestop Development and Marketing Director, sum up the relationship between two important Marin nonprofits. Over the course of Whistlestop’s 63 year history, extensive support has come from the community. A critical boost to the organization came in 2000 from Marin Foundation’s Driftwood Unit,

which decided that year to focus its fundraising efforts on supporting Whistlestop. Driftwood contributed $200,000 to Whistlestop that year and since has added approximately $355,000 more, bringing its total contributions to Marin’s oldest senior center to $555,000. The $200,000 grant 17 years ago enabled Whistlestop to update its Jackson Cafe Kitchen. Some of the money also went toward the purchase of vehicles for home delivered meals and transportation.

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hen self-described “little old woman” Maggie Kuhn was forced to retire in 1970, she decided to use her unanticipated free time to found the Gray Panthers, an organization that fights age discrimination and advocates for social and economic justice. Legendary actress and singer Doris Day, now age 90, followed her passion for helping animals well into retirement — since 1971, she has founded four organizations and facilities dedicated to animal help and rescue. Far from letting retirement slow them down, these senior activists used their retirement as a chance to craft a meaningful and rewarding life. Learn more about pursuing a cause and spending time helping others in later years. As a volunteer, retirement can afford you the chance to work on a project or issue that is important to you – simply for the passion of it, rather than for a paycheck. Seniors have a unique set of skills and knowledge to offer as volunteers: a lifetime of experience can help you help others in a myriad of ways, from mentoring and tutoring younger generations, to

providing career guidance, to offering companionship and care. Volunteerism isn’t just beneficial for those being helped – research shows that volunteering confers mental and physical health benefits for those doing the helping. It also fosters positive social and family relationships and contributes to a positive image of seniors as a healthy and vital part of our society. Here are just a handful of reasons volunteer activity is beneficial: 1. It helps bridge the generation gap. Young people are often encouraged to volunteer as a way to broaden their horizons, improve their college prospects, build their resumes and help others while doing it. Seniors who volunteer have a unique opportunity to work with and assist younger generations — and learn from them, too. 2. It helps change the way people think about older adults. By using their talents and skills out in the world in a variety of ways, seniors demonstrate that they are active, involved and essential to a healthy community. 3. It is good for mental health and can help prevent Alzheimer’s. The National Institute on Aging has reported that participating in social leisure activities and meaningful, productive activities such as volunteering may lower the risk of health problems in seniors, including dementia, as well as improving longevity. Being a volunteer can help keep the brain and the body active, which contributes to continuing cognitive health, according to numerous studies. (From Senior Living Blog by Sara Stevenson)

DRIFTWOOD continued from page 3 Driftwood members are pleased with how the partnership between these two Marin organizations has developed. “Since I have been active in the foundation,” said Patty Cerf, “I have seen lots of changes and growth at Whistlestop. The organization is doing quite a bit more now than they were in 2000. I think they do a great job.” She said, “We are proud of our new direction with Whistlestop and the enthusiasm this has brought to our membership and fundraising activities. Since 2000, our efforts have provided funds to remodel the senior activity/dining room, relocate restrooms, and install a complete audio-visual system, providing a warm and inviting environment for seniors and volunteers to enjoy.” Driftwood funds also have been used to repair the roof, install new carpet and install automatic double front doors. Molly Hynes of Tiburon, a member of the Foundation for 15 years and now a sustaining member, was so impressed with Whistlestop that she became a volunteer there and has continued in that role for the past 13 years. Currently, she works in the Jackson Café on Wednesdays and often brings fresh flowers to the restaurant. Susan Hoehler, also of Tiburon, said that Whistlestop does “incredible work,” adding, “It’s been a good partnership.” Susan enjoys having lunch at the Jackson Café and is one of the Driftwood members who has sung at Christmas time and other holidays there.

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rs. Esmaili has always lived with this motto: Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds. She has the longest continual service of any volunteer at Whistlestop – 20 years! She moved from Persia with her husband and two sons to the United States in 1979, shortly after the Iranian revolution. She was an attorney, the 13th woman licensed to practice law in her country. She could have continued practicing law in Marin but after teaching Farsi for a few years, she decided it was more important for her to teach the culture and the language so it would not be lost to the new generations growing up here. In 1997, Mrs. Esmaili was invited to help with a Multicultural program that was beginning at Whistlestop. At first she was offered a paying position, but she decided that volunteering her services would be best for everyone. For the past 20 years, she has been the “go-to” person for almost every Iranian coming to Marin County. She helps with language, citizenship, housing, jobs, and emotional support. She brings everyone to Whistlestop and helps to get them the resources they need. After 34 years, she is teaching the children of the students she had years ago. Her goal is to keep the culture alive with language, dance, music, food, holiday celebrations and traditional practices. Mrs. Esmaili credits Whistlestop CEO Joe O’Hehir with bringing a new purpose and vitality to the Active Aging Center. She said that Whistlestop is now bustling with people, classes and activities. Mrs. Esmaili facilitates ‘She is a true her Persian Support Group every Monday and Wednesday supporter and a morning. Afterwards, they all treasure to our go in to the Jackson Café for lunch. On Saturdays, there are organization.’ more activities for the family, centered around Persian language and culture. Laurie Vermont, Volunteer Manager, said, “Last year, Mrs. Esmaili volunteered 351 hours, equating to $8,775 if we had to pay staff to cover her duties.”


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. Therapy grad students are conducting a special study and a brief survey for older adults 62+ focusing on life experiences and successful aging techniques. Raffle and refreshments provided. Sign up at the Front Desk.

Mixed Media Art Books Thurs, Apr 6 & 13; 10:30am-12pm; 4-week series began 3/23; Fee: $40/$45

Vintage Swiss Elna Sewing Machine Workshop Wed, Apr 19; 1-2pm; No Fee; Facilitator: Nancy Rumsey

Learn how to use this donated vintage Grasshopper Supermatic Swiss Elna sewing machine and then sew on! Sign up at the Front Desk.

Get ready to think outside the book! Create a personally unique art book and journal using mixed media such as altered papers, photos, collage, fabric, and found objects. Call Anna at 415456-9062, ext. 138 with any questions.

SPECIAL EVENTS Spring Fling Luncheon Tues, Apr 11, 11:30am-1:50pm, Fee: $8/$10; $10 day of event; Jackson Café

that pop, and experience how easy it is to mix-n-match outfits. Both men and women will model the outfits. Call Caroline at 415-454-0998 for more information.

Celebrate the Spring equinox with live music and a healthy meal: strawberry salad with poppy seed dressing, BBQ chicken or vegetarian burger, garlic mashed potatoes, and vanilla ice cream for dessert. Spring standard songs performed by the Tina Carella Duo. Advance ticket purchase encouraged to secure discounted price.

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Open Mic Poetry Reading Lunch Thurs, Apr 27; 12-1pm; No Fee; Advance sign-up required to read aloud.


Select an original poem and read it aloud to patrons in the Jackson Café at Whistlestop on Poem in your Pocket Day. Donate your poem and help us create a Whistlestop Poetry Anthology book.

NEW/HIGHLIGHTED CLASSES/WORKSHOPS Step into Spring with Style Tues, Apr 4; 1-2pm; No Fee; Facilitator: Jenny Bailey, CEO, Image & Wardrobe Assistant Learn what styles work for your silhouette, discover new color combinations

Nutrition Bites Workshop Tues, Apr 11; 10-11am; No Fee; Nutrition Coordinator: Sophia Osotio

Bring your nutrition questions to be answered by our in-house nutritionist. Learn about nutrition and enjoy a healthy snack. Call Sophia at 415-4569062, ext. 129 with any questions.

Russian Poetry Day Tues, Apr 18; 1-2pm; No Fee; Facilitator: Anna Ladyzhenskaya

Share your love for the Silver and Gold Century of Russian Poetry native works, recited in Russian, ranging from 1800s by Alexandr Pushkin to 2000s work by Bella Akhmadulina. Call Anna at 415456-9062, ext. 138 for more info.

Resilience and Successful Aging in Place Wed, Apr 5; 11am-12pm, No Fee; Dominican University OT Grad Students Dominican University Occupational

Manicures with Christy Tuesdays, 10am-1pm; No Fee; by appointment only; 415-456-9062

Six appointments each week are honored in the order received. Please call and leave a message either Monday after 5:30pm or Tuesday before 8:30am.


MONTHLY MEETING Thurs, Apr 6 | 10am-12:30pm Where: San Rafael Community Center, Club Rooms Topic: Public Hearing Speakers: Commission on Aging & Aging Adult Services

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.

Jump Start Your Brain Workshop Thurs, Apr 20; 2-3:15pm; Fee: $5

Meg Stiefvater from Pacific Senior Wellness discusses the importance of keeping the mind and body active. Learn tips and specific criteria needed to increase brain health and stave off memory issues. Sign up at the Front Desk.

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 a beverage, fruits and juices. Call Sophia at 415-456-9062, ext. 129 for more info.

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Intro to Computers (Windows) Tuesdays, April 11, 18, 25 & May 2, 10am-12pm (4 classes) Fee: $65 Maximum 8 people Designed for first-time computer users, learn how to start your computer, turn it off, use the mouse and keyboard to perform basic computer tasks, 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 2: Essential Built-in Applications Thursdays, April 20 & 27, 10am12pm (2 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)

iPad/iPhone Basics 3: World of Applications Tuesdays, May 9 & 16, 10am12pm (2 classes)

Fee: $48 Maximum 8 people iPad and iPhone users, come discover the incredible world of applications to help you manage your daily activities and feed your passions! In

this two-week course, we will focus on finding helpful and fun applications to download. Learn how to use apps for shopping, brain training, fitness, Internet radio, stock trackers, games, translation, and travel. Bring your fully charged device, Apple ID and password to class. (For Apple devices only)

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ANDROID Basics 1: Getting to Know Your Device Thursdays, May 18 & 25, 10am12pm (2 classes) Fee: $48 Maximum 8 people In this two-week course for Android products, we guide you through how to make calls, send emails, take pictures, surf the Internet, download music and add applications. This course is for those new to the smart phone/wireless device world. Get one-on-one help and instructional handouts for practice at home. (For Android devices only, including Samsung and LG)

ONGOING Open Lab Every Monday and Wednesday, 10am-12pm; No Fee

Use our PCs to access the Internet. Volunteer staff can help with problems with your laptops and tablets and 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. Contact Whistlestop to add your name to the list, 415-456-9062. When there are enough people for a class, we will contact you with time and date.

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HIGHLIGHTED SUPPORT SERVICES Energy Assistance Program Wed, Apr 19, 3-4:30pm; No Fee


Zumba Gold Drop-in Therapeutic Massage Drop-in Computer Lab Drop-in German Language Social Circle Drop-in Persian Social Group 415-472-6020 Movement & Music 415-485-9318 Adult Coloring Drop-in Russian Social Group Drop-in ESL Classes 415-454-0998 Whistlesizers Drop-in Mah Jongg Drop-in Manicures 415-456-9062 Citizenship Tutoring for Native Russian Speakers 415-456-9062 x 138 French Class 415-456-9062 French Social Group Drop-in Spanish Class 415-454-0998 Senior Circle Drop-in Computer Lab Drop-in Therapeutic Massage Drop-in Persian Social Group 415-472-6020 Multicultural Senior Program 415-454-0998 Beg./Intermediate Ukulele 415-456-9062 Knitting/Crocheting Group Drop-in ESL Classes 415-454-0998 Citizenship Weekly Tutoring 415-454-0998 Zumba Gold Drop-in Therapeutic Massage Drop-in Mixed Media Art Books Drop-in; started 3/23 Whistlesizers Drop-in Italian 3 3/2-4/27; no class 4/13 Italian 2 3/2-4/27; no class 4/13 Balance Class Drop-in Weekly B.P./Cholesterol Checks Drop-in Brown Bag Pantry 415-456-9067 ACASA Drop-in Spanish Club Drop-in Movie Time: Spring Themes Drop-in; 4/7 & 4/21 Ping-Pong Drop-in Yoga with Kelly Drop-in


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

Ping pong is a lively game offering aerobic exercise that stimulates the hippocampus, the part of the brain that is responsible for allowing us to form and retain long-term facts and events. Have fun while you get healthier.

Movie Times at Whistlestop Select Fridays, Apr 7 & 21; 2-4pm; No Fee; Bring a friend and watch together.

Best holiday Drama/Action movies: Steel Magnolias (4/7), The Ten Commandments (4/21).

NEW/HIGHLIGHTED HEALTH PROGRAMS Medicare 101 Meetings: Can a Medicare Advantage Plan Save you Money? Wed, April 12; 10-11:30am; No Fee; Call Whistlestop to sign up Instructor: Rozan Donals of SCAN Health Plan

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Weekly Blood Pressure, Cholesterol Screenings, and More Fridays, 9:30-11am; No Fee

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.

LIHEAP (Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program) assistance will help reduce your utility bills. Bring a current PG&E bill and a copy of your household's gross monthly income for the last 30 days. Bilingual assistance available. Call Anna at 415-456-9062, ext. 138 with questions.

Need Assistance? Multicultural Consultants Can Help! Anna Ladyzhenskaya (bilingual Russian), 415-456-9062, ext. 138; Mrs. Mehrbanoo Esmaili (Farsi), 415-472-6020.

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 Thursdays, 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 uses trained volunteers to call isolated older adults who need personalized connections.

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hen a fall at home sent Herta McCready to the hospital a couple of years ago, the first thing she did when she was able was to call Whistlestop to apologize for not being able to show up for her volunteer shift the next day. When asked about this dedication, Herta said, “I just love Whistlestop. I don’t do much – Senior Circle in the morning and the front desk in the afternoon – but I get there every Wednesday.” Doesn’t do much? Laurie Vermont, Whistlestop’s Volunteer Manager, would disagree. “Herta adds a deeper dimension to our programs by her dedication, experience and by giving tirelessly of her time to other people, assuring them that we care,” Laurie said. “Her dedication and determination are an inspiration to us all.”

Herta, Whistlestop’s oldest volunteer, will turn 95 in July. Her secret to longevity? “I’m just lucky. It runs in the family. And, I don’t smoke and have used very little alcohol. Also, I was a hiker for a long time. Walking keeps you healthy.” Herta and her family, living in Poland in the 1930s, managed to escape the Holocaust, first going to England and eventually to California. Herta has been volunteering at Whistlestop’s Active Aging Center for four years. Before that, she regularly ate lunch at the Jackson Café with her husband, Kenneth. After he died, she found that Whistlestop filled a big void in her life. Rather than stay at home, she realized her desire to give back by connecting with older adults with similar life experiences. “I have met so many wonderful and interesting people there,” she said. That call she made from the hospital to apologize for missing work at Whistlestop was not a first according to Laurie. She fell and broke her pelvic bone in 2014. “For someone in her 90s, this was no small injury,” Laurie said. “She called requesting that we hold her volunteer position for her while she recovered. We assured her the position was hers whenever she returned. In the meantime, she called every two weeks to give us updates on her progress and to provide an estimated time of return. Herta came back as soon as she could. She is always ready to chat warmly with participants and to point them in the right direction.” Laurie added, “She is totally unique. She is always dressed in her finest and wearing matching jewelry.” Herta sometimes wears a plaid dress in honor of her Scottish husband.


Expressing Gratitude a Team Effort By SERENA D’ARCY-FISHER


Rotary Home Team Steps Up to Help Neighbors

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he Rotary Home Team offers a free service every couple of months for San Rafael seniors and people with disabilities who may have financial or physical challenges in performing small household repairs. Teams of Rotarians replace light bulbs and batteries in smoke alarms, install new CO2 and smoke detectors, unclog drains, silence squeaky doors, reset blown fuses, lightly trim bushes from front doors and perform other small repairs. The service is performed by the Rotary Club of Mission San Rafael and is partnered with Episcopal Senior Communities, Whistlestop, Opportunity for Independence and Marin Center for Independent Living. Leslie Klor of Episcopal Senior

Communities handles phone inquiries and sign-ups and Susanne M. Karch, leader of the Rotary Home Team for Rotary Mission San Rafael, coordinates the Rotarians for the workdays. In a thank-you letter to the workers who volunteer their services, Susanne shared these words: “No one can ever say enough for all you do to help others. Many thanks go to our non-Mission San Rafael Helpers Ivar Olsen from Rotary Club of Ignacio and Bruce Vogen, who is a diehard and exceptional community helper, and Susan Donnelly, past member of Rotary Club of Marin Sunrise. “Nancie and Susanne helped a house-rich and cash-poor woman in San Rafael who needed interior decorating, which we could do, but also needed exterior

euroscience shows that expressing gratitude changes your brain chemistry for the better. When we stop for a moment and think about it, we all have much to be thankful for, from the clean air we breathe to the beautiful nature we are so blessed with, and so much more. Whistlestop has its very own “Gratitude Team,” which includes staff and volunteers who joyfully thank our donors for their gifts. We appreciate all our donors as they enable Whistlestop to provide vital services to seniors and disabled neighbors living in our community. Gratitude Team member Beverly Windle offered her thoughts on volunteering at Whistlestop. “After retiring and having lived in Marin for 36 years, I especially wanted to volunteer with Whistlestop because of the extraordinary support and services the staff provides to older adults and others in our community. So many people I called to thank for donations praised Whistlestop for their programs and were ‘more than happy to donate’ to help their efforts continue. The conversations that the thank you calls elicited were so uplifting and a true measure of the good work Whistlestop is doing.” We are so appreciative of Beverly and all our volunteers for their service in support of our community.

work beyond our scope. Eli and Mike from the Rotary Home Team helped her on weekdays. “Nancie and Susanne also helped a woman who needed simple things like new smoke detector batteries, but the trickiest item was replacing florescent light tubes. “Gayle and Ivar worked on several 'gutter-cleaning' jobs; Bruce and Susan helped several folks in Contempo Marin, who mostly had long lists of picture hanging, squeaky door repair and smoke detector issues. Ivar and Susanne joined forces with Susan and Bruce to finish a Contempo Marin

home of a couple with two 20-something sons, one who just graduated from the police academy. Another long list of this and that needing repair, but the four of them made light work of it. “The finale came when Bruce and Susanne took care of a lovely elderly French woman who, as a Sun Valley renter and repeat Rotary Home Team recipient, is hesitant to call the landlord for the miscellaneous disrepair on his six-unit property. Kudos to Bruce, who has a lighted drill, so he hung curtain rods, fixed a door lock and transplanted and pruned plants.”

13th Annual Healthy Aging Symposium

Thursday, May 4, 2017 9:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m. (Registration:—8:15 a.m.—9:00 a.m.) Embassy Suites Hotel—101 McInnis Parkway, San Rafael


“Intimacy for Healthy Living” Featured Speakers:

Keynote Speaker:

Eric Shapira, D.D.S., M.A., M.H.A. Clinical Gerontologist Aging Mentor Services

Walter M. Bortz III, M.D.

Carol Queen, Ph.D., Staff Sexologist Good Vibrations, San Francisco

Clinical Professor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine

Robert Nations, Board Member Senior Access

Partners  Kaiser Permanente  Marin General Hospital  SCAN Health Plan  Sutter Health  Whistlestop

FEE: $20 (includes lunch)  REGISTRATION DEADLINE: April 27th Pre-registration required. Clip the bottom of this form and mail with check or register at the following website: Event Brite Link - Annual Healthy Aging Symposium

For more information or to inquire about scholarships please call (415) 473-2980. If you are a person with a disability and require this document in an alternate format (example: Braille, Large Print, Audiotape, CD-ROM), you may request an alternate format document by using the contact information below. If you require an accommodation (example: ASL Interpreter, reader, note taker) to participate in any county program, service or activity, you may request an accommodation by calling (415) 473-4381 (Voice) / (415) 473-3232 (TTY) or by e-mail at: not less than four work days in advance of the event.

Marin County Aging & Adult Services Mail registration form to: Marin County Aging & Adult Services Attn: Symposium 10 North San Pedro Road San Rafael, CA 94903


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Balancing Personal, Financial and Philanthropic Goals BY SERENA D’ARCY-FISHER

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id you know that older Americans are leading the way in charitable giving? The leading edge of the baby boomers is now 65. Every day, 10,000 Americans celebrate turning 65! Millions more boomers will reach 65 over the next 15 years. Fortunately, it is possible to balance personal and philanthropic goals thanks to the many options available to charitably minded people. Here are some of those options. 1. Cash – receive a tax deduction for the donated amount. 2. Appreciated stock – receive a tax deduction for the full value of donated stock while avoiding capital gains tax on the appreciated value. 3. Life insurance policies – naming a charity as a beneficiary of a policy that may no longer be needed is a simple way to provide a deferred gift without reducing current assets. 4. IRA charitable rollovers – seniors over 70 and a half years old can make gifts up to $100,000 per year to qualified charities. These distributions are not considered income and count toward annual minimum distribution requirements. 5. Retirement Plan assets (such as an IRA, 401(k)) – Because these income

sources are considered taxable, it is a good idea to use them for making your charitable gifts and leave other nontaxable assets to heirs. 6. Real estate gifts to charity provide immediate tax benefits on the full value of appreciated property and avoid capital gains tax. 7. Collectibles, such as art and jewelry, may be accepted by some charities. The stated value may depend on the amount such items are sold for. 8. Charitable Lead Trusts provide an income to the donor (or designated beneficiary), and after the life time of the donor, the asset is transferred to the charity. 9. Charitable Remainder Trusts or Annuities allow philanthropically minded people to support their favorite charities for a set period of time or even for their lifetime. Ultimately, the asset will be transferred back to the donor’s estate. It’s always a good idea to get professional legal advice when drawing up or revising your will. 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.


Make a Difference in an Older Adult’s Life! Whistlestop CarePool Volunteer Driver Program

Volunteer drivers provide round-trip rides to doctor’s appointments or the grocery store. Using their own cars, drivers receive requests by email and can accept or decline. Volunteers need a reliable car with current insurance certificate, a valid California Driver’s License and a clear background check and DMV report. The next CarePool Orientation and Training is from 3-4pm Thursday, April 20. Email to reserve a seat.

Meals on Wheels Drivers Needed

Meals on Wheels volunteer drivers needed Monday, Wednesday or Friday to deliver meals to homebound meal recipients. A minimum of one 2 to 3-hour weekday shift is required.

Jackson Café Weekday Lunch Servers and Cashiers

The Jackson Café provides a nutritious meal at an affordable price. Café volunteers provide friendly greetings, excellent customer service and support social interaction. Cashier or food service experience is a plus. Lunch hour shifts are Monday-Friday, 10:45am-2pm.

Computer Lab Volunteers

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


Open Minds Berkeley Rep takes on abortion in ‘Roe’ By Charles Brousse


eeks before Berkeley Repertory Theatre (BRT) opened its production of Lisa Loomer’s Roe, a play directed by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Bill Rauch about the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case that established a woman’s constitutional right to a legal abortion, I anticipated that it would be a slam dunk for the prochoice advocates. After all, what could be a more supportive environment than Berkeley, home of the free speech movement and a bastion of progressive liberalism? The downside, if any, would be that Loomer would

be preaching to the choir. Turns out I was wrong. Yes, salient arguments for choice made by characters on stage were greeted with applause, and most of opening night’s full house rose to express their enthusiasm at the end—but it wasn’t the full-throated endorsement I expected. The strangest part was that—without knowing where it came from—I also sensed a troubling undercurrent. In an early January press release, BRT Artistic Director Tony Taccone is quoted as saying, “As the play unfolds, people may be forced to examine their beliefs

about abortion, and it should be interesting to see what happens.” Interesting? How? In a program note that acknowledges Loomer’s challenge of coming up with an “objective account” of events before and after the Roe decision, Taccone writes that the focus on the divergent accounts by her leading characters—lawyer Sarah Weddington and her client, Norma McCorvey (aka Jane Roe)— allows her to move beyond “the conventional wisdom of seeing two different sides of the argument” and instead concentrate on the human impacts of both positions.

NOW PLAYING: Roe runs through April 2 at Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison St., Berkeley; 510/647-2949;

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‘Roe,’ currently being staged by Berkeley Repertory Theatre, follows the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade.

Loomer herself corroborates this goal in an interview and concludes, “Don’t we have to hear from both sides? … If we can open our minds enough to even consider a position that is different from the one we brought into the theatre—that is the beginning of compassion.” The problem with that is that it poses a dangerous moral equivalency, made even more disquieting by the way the two sides are depicted. Weddington (played perhaps a little more stiffly than the role requires by Sarah Jane Agnew) comes across as an ambitious legalist who is more interested in being the youngest female attorney to ever win a Supreme Court case than in the personal welfare of her client. Supporters in the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (NARAL) and the Betty Friedan wing of the feminist movement are similarly more directed toward general legal reform than individual needs. For them, Norma McCorvey, who told her story of having to bear a child after being raped, was only a convenient vehicle for challenging a Texas antiabortion law. Gradually, McCorvey (Sara Bruner, in a bravura performance), becomes disenchanted and ultimately hostile. Yearning to be recognized for who she is, rather than as “Jane Roe,” she eventually betrays her longtime partner and anchor, Connie Gonzales (sympathetically portrayed by Catherine Castellanos) and— attracted by a kindly preacher (Jim Abele) and a lovable young child (Zoe Bishop)—finds warm acceptance and Christian “rebirth” in a local Texas evangelical congregation. She also authors two books, in one of which she claims that all of her testimony in Roe v. Wade that made its way through the court system was based on lies. So, there you have it. Since Weddington published a very different account of the events, we have dueling perspectives dramatized by Loomer. One stresses the decision, and its beneficial impact on women in general; the other centers on the need for compassionate responses to an actual person’s needs. Small wonder that there was unease beneath the liberals’ cheers.Y

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Jai Uttal, who combines kirtan with world beats, says that he was one of the first musicians to blend Indian music into the world music scene.

In ‘Kong: Skull Island,’ the mighty Kong confronts a team that has set out to explore an uncharted island in the Pacific.



Spirit Rocked

Mighty King

Jai Uttal creates a divine blend of musical styles By Lily O’Brien

By Richard von Busack


y musical path has been a journey of dichotomies,” says world music artist, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and composer Jai Uttal. Having just completed his 17th CD (one was nominated for a Grammy), Roots, Rock, Rama!, a blend of reggae, jazz, Indian, samba and rock ’n’ roll, Uttal will be celebrating its release with a performance at Spirit Rock Meditation Center on Saturday, March 18. “I feel like it’s an expression of everything I’ve done—50 years of the practice of singing kirtan,” Uttal says of his latest work, by telephone from his Marin home. Uttal grew up in New York, and as a teenager got “deeply turned on” to Appalachian banjo music. During high school, in the ’60s, he was drawn to psychedelic rock— particularly that of Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles. Later, he discovered Indian classical, folk and devotional music, and would jam along on the guitar to recordings by Indian sarode master Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.

Hearing Khan live at a concert in Portland rocked Uttal’s world. “That concert just turned me inside out and blew my mind and blew my heart and everything that I felt that I knew about life and about music just got turned upside down,” he says. In 1969 Uttal moved to the Bay Area and began studying sarode and voice with Khan at the Ali Akbar School of Music. Around 1971, he began playing with a reggae band (on guitar), and eventually formed his own world fusion band, the Pagan Love Orchestra. These days, Uttal divides his time between performing at festivals, running kirtan camps with his wife and leading kirtan workshops at yoga studios-turned-venues all over the country. “We’re going to raise the roof at Spirit Rock,” Uttal says of the upcoming CD release party. “It’s going to be a full-on dancing and singing experience.”Y Jai Uttal, Saturday, March 18, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, 5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Woodacre; 8pm; $20-$100; 415/488-0164;

‘Kong: Skull Island’ an epic stare-down


n 3D IMAX, Kong: Skull Island is a battle of gigantic scowls between Samuel L. Jackson and a 10-story gorilla. It’s an epic stare-down, rivalling the squint-offs of Lee Van Cleef and Clint Eastwood. Jackson shows maximum indomitability as a Vietnam-era officer called Packard, bitter over the course of the war. In 1973, Packard escorts a scientific expedition helmed by Bill Randa (John Goodman) seeking to explore Skull Island and bomb it a little in the name of scientific tests. This cursed isle, ringed by storms, is shunned by all sane mariners. Helicoptering in, Jackson roars out the legend of Icarus over the thunder; his attack force brings ammo, napalm and high-caliber weapons. In their party is a Bondian British mercenary (Tom Hiddleston) and a photojournalist, Mason Weaver. She’s played by Brie Larson, whose attractive brown-eyed melancholy is just right for the part of the lady flirting with the tallest,

darkest leading man in Hollywood. Online, it’s an article of faith that the 2005 Peter Jackson King Kong had crap digital dinosaurs, which misses the point: It also had soul. This one, not so much. Kong is distracted from the romance; he turns his back on Weaver after he rescues her. The witty and energetic director Jordan Vogt-Roberts corrals hallucinatory megafauna, who attack with viscera-splattering violence. One of the surprises is a marooned and cracked old fighter pilot Hank Marlow (John C. Reilly), whose comic relief is positively eloquent. Despite the speed, the epic critterwalloping and the feverish jungle, the movie’s rules wobble. The picky should have fun pointing out the contradictions; we’re told that the gentle, tattooed natives live without theft, and then a second later, that they cut off the hands of thieves. One needs no security system when protected by Kong: “He’s a pretty good king,” Marlow says. “Keeps to himself, mostly.”Y

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All Nighter (R) Beauty and the Beast (PG)

Fri. March 17 - Thu. March 23 • All Nighter (1:26) The intimidating father and nervous ex-boyfriend of a missing woman bond as they spend 24 hours searching L.A. for her; J.K. Simmons and Emile Hirsch star. • Beauty and the Beast (2:03) Live-action remake of the 1991 Disney musical stars Emma Watson as the abducted beauty who finds herself falling for her beastly captor. • Before I Fall (1:39) Groundhog Day without the laughs as perfect teen Zoey Deutsch finds herself reliving a day in the life over and over again and realizes things aren’t as perfect as they seem. • The Belko Experiment (1:28) Whitecollar mayhem ensues when 80 office drones are locked in their skyscraper and forced to indulge in bloody combat. • Bolshoi Ballet: A Contemporary Evening (2:40) Cutting-edge choreographers Hans Van Manen, Sol León, Paul Lightfoot and Alexei Ratmansky make beautiful movement with the Bolshoi’s talented terpsichoreans. • Deconstructing The Beatles: Revolver (1:35) Musicologist Scott Freiman discusses the conception and creation of the Fab Four’s finest album. • 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). • Exhibition On Screen: The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism (1:30) Documentary looks at the turn-ofthe-century painting style and its focus on bucolic Monet-esque gardens. • Get Out (1:44) Savvy social commentary underscores Jordan Peele’s horror flick about an interracial relationship, white guilt and a scary old house. • 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. • Kedi (1:19) Rambling documentary tribute to the beloved free-ranging cats who’ve roamed the streets of Istanbul for thousands of years. • Kong: Skull Island (1:58) Reboot of the 1933 classic stars a giant ape and lovely glimpses of Oahu and Vietnam, but no Fay Wray. • 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 Last Word (1:47) Imperious exec Shirley Maclaine hires fledling writer Amanda Seyfried to write her obit, is appalled at what she’s become and sets out to rewrite her life. • 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. • Logan (2:15) The X-Men’s Wolverine returns as an on-the-skids expat cabbie in post-mutant Mexico; High Jackman stars. • Love and Taxes (1:30) Monologist Josh Kornbluth’s autobiographical rom-com about his struggle to rejoin the system after seven years as a tax-dodging renegade. • Moonlight (1:50) Bittersweet Best Picture Oscar-winner about a young gay black man’s struggle to define himself and embrace his sexuality. • Neruda (1:47) Fanciful biopic finds the great Chilean poet on the run from a tireless flatfoot during the anti-communist hysteria of the 1940s. • Paterson (1:55) Jim Jarmusch dramedy about the quirky romance between a happily content poet-bus driver and his happily ambitious far-seeking wife. • Personal Shopper (1:45) Stylish, spooky tale of an American in Paris who starts receiving sinister text messages after the death of her brother; Kristen Stewart stars. • Power Rangers (2:04) Modern reboot finds a team of typical teens harnessing strange powers to fight crime; Elizabeth Banks co-stars as Rita Repulsa. • Rammstein—Paris (1:38) Immersive concert film captures the über-pop German rock band performing their greatest hits at Paris’s Bercy Arena. • Reservoir Dogs (1:38) Existential Quentin Tarantino shoot-’em-up about a botched jewelry-store heist stars Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi and Lawrence Tierney as the boys in the band. • Revolution: New Art for a New World (1:25) Eye-filling documentary tribute to Kandinsky, Chagall and the other envelopepushing artists of the pre-Stalin Russian avant-garde. • Rock Dog (1:20) Cartoon comedy about a Tibetan mastiff who forsakes his sheepguarding career for the glam life of a rock star; Luke Wilson and Eddie Izzard vocalize. • 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. • The Sense of an Ending (1:48) Longburied secrets resurface and force a recluse to reexamine past decisions and their lifealtering consequences; Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling star. • The Settlers (1:47) In-depth look at the 50-year history of Israeli settlement in the West Bank and its effect on Middle Eastern geopolitics. • Stratford Festival: Macbeth (2:30) Spine-tingling production of the Bard’s tragedy about an 11th century Scottish regal, his devious bride and their murderous reign. • A United Kingdom (1:51) True story about the international repercussions surrounding a 1947 interracial love affair between a London office worker and the king of Botswana; Davd Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike star.

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.

Before I Fall (PG-13) The Belko Experiment (R)

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Bolshoi Ballet: A Contemporary Evening (Not Rated) Deconstructing The Beatles: Revolver (Not Rated) A Dog’s Purpose (PG)

Exhibition On Screen: The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism (Not Rated) Get Out (R) I Am Not Your Negro (PG-13) John Wick: Chapter 2 (R) Kedi (Not Rated) Kong: Skull Island (PG-13)

La La Land (PG-13) Land of Mine (R)

The Last Word (R)

The LEGO Batman Movie (PG) Logan (R)

Love and Taxes (Not Rated)

Moonlight (R) Neruda (R) Paterson (R) • Personal Shopper (R)

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Lark: Mon 6:30 Cinema: Fri-Wed 10, 4, 10; 3D showtimes at 1, 7 Fairfax: Fri-Sat 12:10, 1:10, 2:30, 3:15, 4:05, 5:30, 6:15, 7, 8:30, 9:10, 9:55, 3D showtimes at 1:40, 4:35, 7:30; Sun-Wed 12:10, 1:10, 2:30, 3:15, 4:05, 5:30, 6:15, 7, 3D showtimes at 1:40, 4:35, 7:30 Northgate: Fri-Sat 9:30, 10:20, 12:50, 1:40, 4:10, 7:30, 8:20, 10:40, 3D showtimes at 11:10, 2:30, 5, 5:50, 9:10; Sun-Wed 10:20, 12:50, 1:40, 4:10, 7:30, 8:20, 10:40, 3D showtimes at 11:10, 2:30, 5, 5:50, 9:10 Playhouse: Fri 3, 3:30, 4:30, 6:15, 7, 7:45, 9:15, 9:45; Sat 12, 12:30, 1:15, 3, 3:30, 4:30, 6:15, 7, 7:45, 9:15, 9:45; Sun 12, 12:30, 1:15, 3, 3:30, 4:30, 6:15, 7, 7:45; Mon-Wed 3, 3:30, 4:30, 6:15, 7, 7:45 Rowland: Fri-Wed 10, 1, 4, 7, 10; 3D showtimes at 11:15, 2:15, 5:15, 8:15 Sequoia: Fri-Sat 1:25, 4:20, 9:30, 3D showtime at 7:20; Sun 1:25, 4:20, 3D showtime at 7:20; MonThu 4:20, 3D showtime at 7:20 Northgate: Fri-Wed 11:35, 2, 4:35, 7:10, 9:35 Northgate: Fri-Wed 10:15, 12:35, 3:05, 5:20, 7:35, 9:50 Regency: Sun 12:55 Rafael: Sat-Sun 1 Northgate: Fri-Sat 9:50, 12:20, 2:50, 5:15, 7:50, 10:15; Sun-Wed 12:20, 2:50, 5:15, 7:50, 10:15 Lark: Wed 6:15 Northgate: Fri-Sat 9:45, 12:25, 2:55, 5:30, 8, 10:30; Sun-Wed 12:25, 2:55, 5:30, 8, 10:30 Rowland: Fri-Wed 11:30, 2:20, 5, 7:55, 10:25 Lark: Fri 4; Mon 8:45; Wed 11 Northgate: Fri-Wed 11:05, 1:55, 4:50, 7:45, 10:35 Rafael: Fri-Sat 4:15, 6:15, 8:15; Sun 6:45, 8:45; Mon 8:15; Mon-Thu 6:15, 8:15 Fairfax: Fri-Sat 1:05, 4, 6:50, 9:40; Sun-Wed 1:05, 4, 6:50 Larkspur Landing: Fri, Mon-Wed 7:15, 3D showtime at 10; Sat-Sun 11, 4:30, 7:15, 3D showtimes at 1:45, 10 Northgate: Fri-Sat 9:30, 11, 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10:10, 3D showtimes at 12:15, 3, 5:45, 8:30; Sun-Wed 11, 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10:10, 3D showtimes at 12:15, 3, 5:45, 8:30 Rowland: Fri-Wed 10:15, 1:20, 7:20, 10:10; 3D showtime at 4:20 Larkspur Landing: Fri, Mon-Wed 6:45, 9:45; SatSun 12:30, 3:30, 6:45, 9:45 Regency: Fri-Sat 10:45, 4:15, 9:40; Sun 4:25; Mon-Thu 10:45, 4:15 Regency: Fri-Sat, Mon-Wed 1:45, 7:10; Sun 7:10; Thu 1:45 Regency: Fri-Sat 10:50, 1:40, 4:35, 7:30, 9:45; Sun-Thu 10:50, 1:40, 4:35, 7:30 Rowland: Fri-Wed 10:45, 1:40, 4:10, 7:10, 9:45 Fairfax: Fri-Sat 12:20, 3:30, 6:40, 9:45; Sun-Wed 12:20, 3:30, 6:40 Larkspur Landing: Fri, MonWed 6:30, 9:40; Sat-Sun 12, 3:15, 6:30, 9:40 Northgate: Fri-Sat 9:40, 11:15, 12:55, 2:25, 4:05, 5:35, 7:20, 8:45, 10:30; Sun-Wed 11:15, 12:55, 2:25, 4:05, 5:35, 7:20, 8:45, 10:30 Rowland: FriWed 11, 1:10, 2:30, 4:35, 6, 7:45, 9:15 Rafael: Sun 4:15 (filmmakers Josh and Jacob Kornbluth in person) Regency: Fri-Sat 10:55, 1:30, 4:40, 7:40, 10:15; Sun 10:55, 4:40, 7:40; Mon-Tue 10:55, 1:30, 4:40, 7:40; Wed 10:55, 4:25; Thu 10:55, 1:30, 4:40 Lark: Fri 1:40, Mon 4:10, Thu 1:40 Lark: Fri 6, Sat 9, Mon 11:20, Tue 5, Wed 1 Rafael: Fri 4, 6:30, 8:45; Sat-Sun 1:45, 4, 6:30, 8:45; Mon-Thu 6:30, 8:45 Northgate: Thu 7, 10 Lark: Thu 8:30 Regency: Sun 2; Wed 2, 7 Lark: Sun 4, Thu 6:15 Northgate: Fri-Wed 10:05, 12:30, 7:25,

Power Rangers (PG-13) Rammstein—Paris (Not Rated) Reservoir Dogs (R) Revolution: New Art for a New World (Not Rated) Rock Dog (PG) 2:45, 5:05, 9:40 Regency: Fri-Sat 11:05, 1:55, 4:50, • The Sense of an Ending (PG-13) 7:45, 10:20; Sun-Thu 11:05, 1:55, 4:50, 7:45 Lark: Sat 6:40 • The Settlers (Not Rated) Silence (R) Lark: Sun 8:30, Tue 11:10, Wed 8:15 Lark: Sat 1, Tue 7:30 • Stratford Festival: Macbeth (Not Rated) A United Kingdom (PG-13) Rafael: Fri 3:30, 6, 8:30; Sat-Sun 1, 3:30, 6, 8:30; Mon-Thu 6, 8:30

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 Americans in Paris New Century Chamber Orchestra and popular men’s chorus Chanticleer present a musical journey across France. Mar 19, 5pm. $29. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael, 415.444.8000. Best of Broadway Under the Stars Transcendence Theater Company presents an extravagant celebration of musical theater classics and current hits, performed by Broadway stars. Mar 18-19. $39 and up. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, 877.424.1414. Jai Uttal Spiritual music pioneer releases his new album, “Roots! Rock! Rama!” with a massive concert event. Mar 18, 8pm. $20-$100. Spirit Rock Meditation Center, 5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Woodacre, 415.488.0164.

SONOMA COUNTY In the Mood Fully staged tribute to Glenn Miller, Sinatra and the big bands of the ’40s is complete with period costumes and choreography. Mar 19, 2pm. $35-$65. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa, 707.546.3600. Thao Nguyen San Francisco indie songwriter and frontwoman of the Get Down Stay Down plays a spirited solo show. Mar 16, 6:30pm. $35. Gundlach Bundschu Winery, 2000 Denmark St, Sonoma, 707.938.5277.

NAPA COUNTY Greg Kihn Bay Area guitar legend appears for a “Stories Beyond the Spotlight” series performance. Mar 19, 7pm. $30-$35. Silo’s, 530 Main St, Napa, 707.251.5833. Los Lobos Mexican rock and folk institution celebrates 40 years of music. Los Angeles singersongwriter Jonah Smith opens. Mar 18, 8pm. $35-$55. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St, Napa, 707.259.0123.

Clubs & Venues

Tim White and others. 215 West End Ave, San Rafael, 415.454.6372. Angelico Hall Mar 19, 3pm, Tilden Trio. Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave, San Rafael, 415.457.4440. Benissimo Ristorante & Bar Mar 16, the Manifesto Duo. 18 Tamalpais Dr, Corte Madera, 415.927.2316. Corte Madera Library Mar 16, 7pm, Vince Delgado’s Mid-East Tapestry Ensemble. 707 Meadowsweet Dr, Corte Madera, 707.924.6444. Fenix Mar 15, the Bobby Young Project. Mar 16, Bridget Marie & the Soldiers of Love Band. Mar 17, St Patrick’s Day with the Overcommitments. Mar 18, Top Shelf. Mar 19, 11:30am, Sunday brunch with Rachel Efron. Mar 19, 6:30pm, Farzad Arjmand. Mar 21, King & Ace. Mar 22, pro blues jam. 919 Fourth St, San Rafael, 415.813.5600. George’s Nightclub Mar 17, NEF. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael, 415.226.0262. HopMonk Novato Mar 16, Ciara Rooke and Anna Mar. Mar 17, St Paddy’s Day bash with the Yard Dogs. 224 Vintage Way, Novato, 415.892.6200. Iron Springs Pub & Brewery Mar 15, B3B4. Mar 22, Jason Beard & the Whiskey Family Band. 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax, 415.485.1005. Marin Country Mart Mar 17, 6pm, Friday Night Jazz with Ami Molinari. 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 19 Broadway Club Mar 15, songwriters in the round with Danny Uzi. Mar 16, Koolwhip with Miracle Mule. Mar 17, Rewind. Mar 18, the Itals with Lumanation. Mar 19, 4pm, Dave Alstrom’s Jazz Society. Mar 19, 8pm, West Armoury Blues Band. Mar 20, open mic. Mar 21, Snowapple. 17 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax, 415.459.1091. No Name Bar Mar 15, Fiver Brown and Jon Blach. Mar 16, Michael LaMacchia Band. Mar 17, Michael Aragon Quartet. Mar 18, Harmonic Law. Mar 19, 3pm, Flowtilla. Mar 19, 8:30pm, Migrant Pickers and friends. Mar 20, Kimrea & the Dreamdogs. Mar 21, open mic. Mar 22, Wabi Sabi and friends. 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito, 415.332.1392.

Sainz Trio. Mar 17, David Jeffrey’s Jazz Fourtet. Mar 18, Walter Earl Trio. Mar 19, J Kevin Durkin with Grant Levin. Mar 21, Adam Shulman. Mar 22, Smith Dobson Trio. 37 Caledonia St, Sausalito, 415.331.9355. Panama Hotel Restaurant Mar 15, Arthur Javier. Mar 16, Deborah Winters. Mar 21, Swing Fever. Mar 22, Marianna August. 4 Bayview St, San Rafael, 415.457.3993. Peri’s Silver Dollar Mar 15, the Elvis Johnson Soul Revue. Mar 16, the Brian Travis Band. Mar 17, St Patrick’s Day with Culann’s Hounds. Mar 18, Koolerator. Mar 19, Grateful Sundays. Mar 20, Billy D’s open mic. Mar 21, the Bad Hombres. Mar 22, the New Sneakers. 29 Broadway, Fairfax, 415.459.9910. Rancho Nicasio Mar 17, St Patrick’s Day party with Powerglide. Mar 18, Danny Click & the Hell Yeahs. Mar 19, 7pm, Gospel dinner show with the Sons of the Soul Revivers. 1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio, 415.662.2219. Rickey’s Mar 17, Andoni. Mar 18, Chime Travelers. Mar 19, 13 Strings. 250 Entrada Dr, Novato, 415.883.9477. Sausalito Seahorse Wed, Milonga with Marcelo Puig and Seth Asarnow. Mar 16, Toque Tercero flamenco night. Mar 17, the 7th Sons. Mar 18, benefit for Canal Alliance with Conjunto Karabali. Mar 19, 5pm, Mazacote. Mar 20, open mic with Judy Hall and Andy Dudnick. Mar 21, Noel Jewkes and friends. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito, 415.331.2899. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon Mar 16, Whitherward. Mar 17, MKC. Mar 18, the Asteroid No 4 with Loco Tranquilo. Mar 19, Anthony Presti & the Tusslers. 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. Stinson Beach Community Center Mar 20, Common Voice Choir. 32 Belvedere Ave, Stinson Beach, 415.868.1444. Sweetwater Music Hall Mar 16, Wake the Dead. Mar 17, Dead Winter Carpenters and the Last Revel. Mar 18-19, the Airplane Family and Live Dead 69. Mar 20, Crossroads Music School concert. Mar 22, Adrian Belew Power Trio and Saul Zonana. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley, 415.388.3850.


Novato Copperfield’s Books Mar 18, 6pm, the Christian Foley-Beining Group. 999 Grant Ave, Novato, 415.763.3052.

Terrapin Crossroads Mar 17-18, Strangefolk. 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael, 415.524.2773.

Ali Akbar College of Music Mar 18, North Indian classical music with

Osteria Divino Mar 15, Jonathan Poretz. Mar 16, Marcos

Throckmorton Theatre Mar 15, Laurence Juber. Mar 18, Jules

CALENDAR Broussard’s 80th birthday concert. Mar 20, Mill Valley Middle School concert. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, 415.383.9600. Travis Marina Mar 17, Doc Kraft & Company. Mar 18, Bohemian Highway. 679 Sommerville Rd, Sausalito, 415.332.2319. Trek Winery Mar 17, Factor 11. 1026 Machin Ave, Novato, 415.899.9883. Unity in Marin Mar 15, Steven Halpern Spring Equinox Sound Healing. 600 Palm Dr, Novato, 415.475.5000.

SONOMA A’Roma Roasters Mar 18, Blue Groove. 95 Fifth St, Santa Rosa, 707.576.7765. Annie O’s Music Hall Mar 16, Thriftworks with iNi and Malarkey. Mar 17, Clear Conscience with Ridgway and Dollar$hort. 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa, 707.542.1455. Aqus Cafe Mar 17, St Patrick’s Day with Morgan Cochneuer’s Irish music. Mar 18, Two of Us. Mar 19, Whitherward. Mar 22, bluegrass and old time music jam. 189 H St, Petaluma, 707.778.6060. Arlene Francis Center Wed, Open Mic. Mar 18, Devil in the Details and We Gave It Hell. 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa, 707.528.3009. Barley & Hops Tavern Mar 16, Burnside. Mar 17, St Patty’s Day with Kyle Martin. Mar 18, Miss Moonshine. 3688 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental, 707.874.9037. The Big Easy Mar 15, Big Kitty. Mar 16, Polly O’Keary & the Rhythm Method. Mar 17, Royal Jelly Jive and the Oakland Strokes. Mar 18, the doRian Mode. Mar 19, Ammo Box with Clay Bell. Mar 21, Rivertown Skifflers. Mar 22, Wednesday Night Big Band. 128 American Alley, Petaluma, 707.776.4631. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Mar 18-19, “Music of the Night” with Sonoma Valley Chorale. 16280 La Grama, Sonoma, Cinnabar Theater Mar 19, 6:30pm, CinnaGals spring concert. 3333 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, 707.763.8920. Corkscrew Wine Bar Mar 21, North Bay Jazz Guitar Collective. 100 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, 707.789.0505.

Glaser Center Mar 17, Santa Rosa Junior College Chamber Music Series with the Daedalus Quartet. 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, 707.568.5381.


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Green Music Center Schroeder Hall Mar 19, 3pm, Haochen Zhang. 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, 866.955.6040. HopMonk Sebastopol Mar 16, New Orleans Suspects. Mar 17, St Patrick’s Day celebration with Tempest. Mar 18, Groove Session and Tony Glaser Band. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol, 707.829.7300.

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

Jai Uttal Roots, Rock, Rama: CD Release Tina Malia, Ben Leinbach, Jose Neto, Sandy Cressman+

HopMonk Sonoma Mar 17, Aki Kumar and Jon Lawton. Mar 18, Whitherward. Mar 19, Rainbow Girls. 691 Broadway, Sonoma, 707.935.9100. Lagunitas Tap Room Mar 15, Whitherward. Mar 16, Benyaro. Mar 17, Glenn Delpit. Mar 18, Jimbo Scott. Mar 19, the Stu Tails. Mar 22, the Deer. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma, 707.778.8776. Mystic Theatre Mar 16, the Russ Liquid Test with Gladkill. Mar 17, Sam Riggs. Mar 22, Donavon Frankenreiter and Grant-Lee Phillips. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, 707.765.2121. Redwood Cafe Mar 15, singer-songwriter competition. Mar 16, Disclaimer. Mar 17, 12pm, Janiva Magness. Mar 17, 6pm, St Patrick’s Day Celebration. Mar 18, Luvplanet. Mar 19, 5pm, Gold Coast Jazz Band. Mar 20, 12pm, Jesca Hoop. Mar 20, 8pm, Davina & the Vagabonds. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati, 707.795.7868. Sebastopol Center for the Arts Mar 17, Wayward Winds Quintet. 282 S High St, Sebastopol, 707.829.4797. Sonoma Cider Mar 17, St Patty’s Day with Buck Thrifty. 44F Mill St, Healdsburg, 707.723.7018. Sonoma Speakeasy Mar 15, the Acrosonics. Mar 18, Sean Carscadden. 452 First St E, Ste G, Sonoma, 707.996.1364. Spancky’s Bar Mar 18, Electric Funeral and Falkonner. 8201 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati, 707.664.0169.

NAPA Blue Note Napa Through Mar 15, 7 and 9:30pm, Davina & the Vagabonds. Mar 16-19, Pat Martino Trio. Mar 21, Jealous Zelig. Mar 22, Tommy Igoe Band. 1030 Main St, Napa, 707.603.1258. Ca’ Momi Osteria Mar 17, Latin Nights with DJ Jose Miguel. Mar 18, Three on a Match. 1141 First St, Napa, 707.224.6664. Downtown Joe’s Brewery & Restaurant Mar 17, St Patrick’s Day with the Sorry Lot. Mar 18, Midnight Harvest. 902 Main St, Napa, 707.258.2337. First Presbyterian Church of Napa Mar 19, 4pm, benefit concert with “Evita” stars Ellen Toscano and Robert Dornaus. 1333 Third St, Napa, 707.224.8498. Lucky Penny Community Arts Center Mar 18, SonoMusette. 1758 Industrial Way, Napa, 707.266.6305. Silo’s Mar 15, David Kelleher. Mar 16, Kith and Kin.

April 15 • Sat • 8pm • $33.50/$42.50 Showcase Theater at Marin Center San Rafael

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

Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day at HopMonk Tavern in Novato on Friday, March 17 with the Yard Dogs (and special guests), a group that is part of Musicians Against Cancer; proceeds of the show will be donated to the American Lung Association.

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

MaMuse “A Special Evening With” Mar 17, Papa Joe & the New Deal. Mar 18, Guitarzilla. Mar 22, Delphi Freeman Trio. 530 Main St, Napa, 707.251.5833. Uva Trattoria Mar 15, Trio Solea. Mar 16, Three on a Match. Mar 17, Nicky DePaola. Mar 18, Juke Joint Band. Mar 19, David Ranconi. Mar 22, Tom Duarte. 1040 Clinton St, Napa, 707.255.6646. The White Barn Mar 19, 3pm, Georgia Tech Chamber Choir. 2727 Sulphur Springs Ave, St Helena, 707.987.8225.

Art OPENING SONOMA Chroma Gallery Mar 16-Apr 2, “Jacques Bartels: Paintings & Drawings,” solo show from the New Yorkborn, European-traveled and now Santa Rosa-based artist. Reception, Mar 17 at 5pm. 312 South A St, Santa Rosa. 707.293.6051. Gaia’s Garden Mar 16-Apr 30, “Food, Flowers and Beyond,” featuring paintings by Riley Street Art students and instructor Donna DeLaBriandais. 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat; lunch and brunch, Sun. 707.544.2491. Healdsburg Center for the Arts Mar 18-May 14, “Art of Gastronomy II,” exhibit celebrates the bounty of Sonoma County food and its wine industry in the context of art. Reception, Mar 18 at 5pm. 130 Plaza St, Healdsburg. Daily, 11 to 6. 707.431.1970. Occidental Center for the Arts

Mar 18-May 14, “The Spring Equinox: When Day and Night Are Equal,” group exhibit honors the significance of the spring equinox with works that express the power and beauty of new beginnings. Reception, Mar 18 at 4pm. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.874.9392. Petaluma Historical Library & Museum Mar 16-26, “Women’s History Month Exhibit,” celebrate pioneering and trailblazing women. Reception, Mar 17 at 6:30pm. 20 Fourth St, Petaluma. Wed-Sat, 10 to 4; Sun, noon to 3; tours by appointment on Mon-Tues. 707.778.4398.

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NAPA Caldwell Snyder Gallery Mar 17-Apr 30, “Kenton Nelson Solo Show,” the artist idolizes the ordinary in his illuminating paintings of figures and landscapes. Reception, Mar 18 at 4pm. 1328 Main St, St Helena. Open daily, 10 to 6. 415.531.6755.






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Art Works Downtown Through Apr 8, “Asleep in the Tanning Bed,” Nathan Lynch and Em Meine display abstract 2D and 3D works in 1337 gallery, visual art students tackle identity and ideals in the underground gallery and Jonathan Eden shows enchanted landscapes in the founders’ gallery. 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. Tues-Sat, 10 to 5. 415.451.8119. 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.







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Fairfax Library Gallery Through Mar 30, “For the Love of Art,” annual group show features oil and acrylic paintings by local artists. Reception, Mar 11 at 3pm. 2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. Mon-Thurs, 10 to 9; Fri, noon-5; Sat, 10 to 6. 415.453.8151. Gallery Route One Through Apr 2, “Through Stone,” artist Afton Love’s large-scale drawings of rocky landscapes explores geographic time and our place within it. 11101 Hwy 1, Pt Reyes Station. Wed-Mon, 11 to 5. 415.663.1347. Marin Art & Garden Center Through Apr 16, “Between Nature & Technology,” multimedia artworks by New Orleans-based Courtney Egan and David Sullivan criss-cross the two realms. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 415.455.5260. 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. Marin Society of Artists Through Apr 1, “Atmospheric Wonders,” juried members’ show interprets interactions between earth and sky. 1515 Third St, San Rafael. Wed-Sun, Noon to 4pm. 415.464.9561. MarinMOCA Through Apr 2, “This Is for You,” exhibit by established Bay Area artist Raymond Saunders includes over 50 selected works spanning the past two decades. 500 Palm Dr, Novato. Wed-Fri, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, 11 to 5. 415.506.0137. O’Hanlon Center for the Arts Through Mar 23, “Printmaking: Impressions,” juried show features a diverse selection of works. 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. Tues-Sat, 10 to 2; also by appointment. 415.388.4331. 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. Throckmorton Theatre Through Apr 1, “The Sustainability of Beauty,” Marlene Sinicki’s art is centered on ideals of sustainability as a force to challenge the course of environmental crises. Reception, Mar 25 at 3pm. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600. Tiburon Town Hall Through Apr 30, “The Creative Spark,” the Golden Gate/Marin Artists group shows with unique art, gifts and cards on hand. Reception, Apr 9 at 4pm. 1505 Tiburon Blvd, Tiburon.

SONOMA Art Museum of Sonoma County Through Apr 30, “Outside Voice,” painter Marc Katano debuts his recent series of abstract works, done on massive canvas tarps. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. Tues-Sun, 11 to 5. 707.579.1500. The Art Wall at Shige Sushi

Through Apr 30, “Contemporary Bay Area Photography,” features works by Bob Cornelis, Janis Crystal Lipzin, Michael Maggid, Colin Talcroft and others. 8235 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. Hours vary. 707.795.9753.


Charles M Schulz Museum Through Sep 10, “It Was a Dark and Stormy Night,” explore the theme of writing in Peanuts through original cartoons and family-friendly activities. Through Jul 16, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” on the 50th anniversary of the stage show, this retrospective exhibit features rare memorabilia from the production’s worldwide history. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. Mon-Fri, noon to 5; Sat-Sun, 10 to 5. 707.579.4452. Finley Community Center 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. Gaia’s Garden Mar 16-Apr 30, “Food, Flowers and Beyond,” featuring paintings by Riley Street Art students and instructor Donna DeLaBriandais. 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat; lunch and brunch, Sun. 707.544.2491. Gallery One Through Apr 2, “Spring Invitational,” featured artists include Diana Bradley, Bernard Healey, Isis Hockenos, Donna McGinnis and Alan Plisskin. 209 Western Ave, Petaluma. 707.778.8277. Healdsburg Center for the Arts Third Wednesday of every month, 11am. Children of all ages are welcome into the gallery to view the artwork and exhibits. Free. Mar 18-May 14, “Art of Gastronomy II,” exhibit celebrates the bounty of Sonoma County food and its wine industry in the context of art. Reception, Mar 18 at 5pm. 130 Plaza St, Healdsburg. Daily, 11 to 6. 707.431.1970. History Museum of Sonoma County Through Apr 2, “The Beat Goes On,” exhibit looks back on peace, love and rock ‘n’ roll in the North Bay. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. Tues-Sun, 11 to 4. 707.579.1500. Occidental Center for the Arts Mar 18-May 14, “The Spring Equinox: When Day and Night Are Equal,” group exhibit honors the significance of the spring equinox with works that express the power and beauty of new beginnings. Reception, Mar 18 at 4pm. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.874.9392. Petaluma Arts Center Through Mar 18, “Discovered: Emerging Visual Artists,” five Sonoma County artists are recognized through the fourth annual “Discovered” program, produced by Creative Sonoma and the Petaluma Arts Center. 230 Lakeville St, Petaluma. Tues-Sat, 11 to 5. 707.762.5600. Petaluma Historical Library & Museum Mar 16-26, “Women’s History Month Exhibit,” celebrates pioneering and trailblazing women. Reception, Mar 17 at 6:30pm. 20 Fourth St, Petaluma. Wed-Sat, 10 to 4; Sun, noon to 3; tours by appointment on Mon-Tues. 707.778.4398. Riverfront Art Gallery Through Apr 2, “Showin’ on the River,”

Join national headliner and local favorite funny man Mark Pitta at Trek Winery in Novato on Saturday, March 18.

juried photography show. 132 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. Wed, Thurs and Sun, 11 to 6. FriSat, 11 to 8. 707.775.4ART.


Sebastopol Center for the Arts Through Mar 26, “Reflections & Shadows,” juried exhibition focuses on the duality of light and dark, and reflections of every kind. 282 S High St, Sebastopol. Tues-Fri, 10 to 4; Sat-Sun, 1 to 4. 707.829.4797.

Laughing Tomato Comedy Showcase Local and Bay Area comics, hosted by Tony Sparks. Third Tues of every month, 8pm. Free. Sally Tomatoes, 1100 Valley House Dr, Rohnert Park, 707.665.0260.

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art Through Apr 2, “Eye of the Beholder & Graphic Knowledge,” dual exhibits feature the sculpture and early prints of post-war artist Nathan Oliveira and the prints of Karl Kasten. 551 Broadway, Sonoma. Wed-Sun, 11 to 5. 707.939.SVMA.

NAPA di Rosa Through May 28, “Based on a True Story,” exhibition illuminates the hidden stories and connections of Northern California art history spanning the last six decades. 5200 Sonoma Hwy, Napa. Wed-Sun, 10 to 6. 707.226.5991. Napa Valley Museum Through Apr 30, “Ebb & Flow,” artist Ryan Reynolds visualizes the concept of historical ecology, the interactions between man and nature over time. Through Apr 30, “Embracing Imperfection: Contemporary Expressions of Wabi Sabi,” exhibition explores contemporary artists Adam Chapman, Jim Melchert and Leah Rosenberg through the lens of traditional Japanese aesthetic and philosophy of Wabi Sabi. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. Wed-Sun, 11 to 4. 707.944.0500.

Mort Sahl Sahl takes the stage every week to deliver his legendary, take-no-prisoners wit. Thurs, 7pm. $20. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, 415.383.9600. Mark Pitta The veteran standup headlines with up-andcoming talent Steve Ausburne guesting. Mar 18, 8pm. $20-$25. Trek Winery, 1026 Machin Ave, Novato, 415.899.9883. Trivia & Standup Night Trivia contest is followed by a headlining standup set from popular comedian Larry “Bubbles” Brown. Mar 22, 8pm. $3. 19 Broadway Club, 17 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax, 415.459.1091.

Dance Monroe Dance Hall Mar 17, North Bay Country Dance Society. Mar 18, Red & Black Ball. 1400 W College Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.529.5450. Occidental Center for the Arts Mar 19, 4pm, “The Life & Art of Isadora Duncan,” director and solo dancer Lois Flood brings the iconic dancer and revolutionary feminist to dramatic life. $15. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental. 707.874.9392.

you have. Mar 17-19. $8. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa, 707.545.4200.

Climate Action in the North Bay Meet and learn about the local groups fighting to address and curb climate change Mar 21, 6:30pm. Free. Aqus Cafe, 189 H St, Petaluma, 707.778.6060.

St Patrick’s Day Celebration at Toad in the Hole Traditional bagpipes and music from Lucky Ol’ Bones mix with ales, food and dancing for a daylong party. Mar 17, 12pm. Toad in the Hole Pub, 116 Fifth St, Santa Rosa, 707.544.8623.

Food for Thought Volunteer Orientation Tour the food bank, get information and apply to help provide weekly groceries to men, women and children living with HIV and other illnesses in Sonoma County. Tues, Mar 21, 5:30pm. Food for Thought, 6550 Railroad Ave, Forestville, 707.887.1647. Geography of Hope Conference An inspiring weekend of readings, discussions, and activities deepen an understanding of the relationships between people and place. Mar 17-19. $175-$300. Point Reyes Station, various locations, Point Reyes Station, Gratitude Gathering Celebration includes yoga, meditation, inspirational talks and song. Mar 18, 10am. Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave, San Rafael, Marin County Civil Grand Jury Open House Learn more about this independent citizens’ watchdog group that monitors local government, investigates problems and recommends solutions. Mar 15, 2pm. Free. Novato Library, 1720 Novato Blvd, Novato, 415.898.4623. Mar 20, 7pm. Free. Marin YMCA, 1500 Los Gamos Dr, San Rafael, 415.492.9622. Mar 21, 2pm. Free. Bel Marin Keys Community Center, 4 Montego Key, Bel Marin Keys. Marin Theatre Company 50th Anniversary Gala Includes a gourmet dinner, live and silent auctions and several MTC artists on hand. Mar 18, 5:30pm. $295. Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley, 415.388.5208. Novato Mother’s Club Rummage Sale One-stop shopping for your growing family includes maternity, boys and girls clothes, toys, books and more. Fresh-baked items available for sale. Mar 18, 9am. Free admission. Downtown Novato Recreation Center, 950 Seventh St, Novato, 415-8998200. Open Cockpit Weekend Play pilot in a featured aircraft and learn about its place in aviation history. Through Mar 19. $5. Pacific Coast Air Museum, 2330 Airport Blvd, Santa Rosa, 707.575.7900. Pride Ride Extravaganza aboard the wine train includes gourmet meal, wine, entertainment and dancing in support of Bay Area LGBT communities. Mar 18. $252 and up. Napa Valley Wine Train, 1275 McKinstry St, Napa, 800.427.4124. San Rafael State of the City Dinner Featuring an address by mayor Gary Phillips and an awards ceremony. Mar 16, 5pm. Peacock Gap Country Club, 333 Biscayne Dr, San Rafael. Sonoma County Home & Garden Show Three-day event offers guest speakers and hundreds of exhibitors who can help you with any home improvement projects

St Patrick’s Day Celtic Celebration Multimedia event includes Celtic and Irish music and dancing, photography, historical storytelling and more. Mar 17, 7:30pm. $20. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 2000 Humboldt St, Santa Rosa.

Field Trips Brunch on Bald Mountain Enjoy incredible views and a tasty meal as you take either the strenuous or easy trail up the mountain. Mar 18. $35. Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood, 707.833.5712. First Days of Spring Stroll and see the early signs of the new season. Mar 19, 9am. Bohemia Ecological Preserve, 8759 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental. A Mindful Walk Explore the concept of walking meditation in a relaxed hike. Mar 18, 9:30am. $15. Jack London State Park, 2400 London Ranch Rd, Glen Ellen, 707.938.5216. Pug Sundays A gathering of pugs, pug owners and pug lovers. Third Sun of every month, 9am. Mill Valley Dog Park, Bayfront Park, Mill Valley. Sunset Hike & Dine Great views and complimentary wine make for a memorable evening hike before dinner. Space is limited, RSVP required. Sat, Mar 18, 4pm. $20 plus dinner. Pelican Inn, 10 Pacific Way, Muir Beach, 415.331.0100. Wildflower Walk Floral expert Peter Warner leads a picturesque hike. Mar 18, 9am. $20. Austin Creek State Recreation Area, 17000 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville, 707.869.9177.

Film The Birds Hitchcock’s Bodega Bay-shot classic opens the Rio’s ‘Third Saturdays’ cult and classic film series. Mar 18, 7:30pm. $8. Rio Theater, 20396 Bohemian Hwy, Monte Rio, 707.865.0913. Cinema & Psyche Watch and discuss six masterful movies with folklore and fairy-tale motifs. Thurs through Apr 13. $125. Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, Mon, 2pm. Through Apr 24. $165. Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael, CULT Film Series It’s a St Patrick’s Day double feature of monster movies with “Leprechaun” and “Troll” playing back-to-back. Mar 16, 7pm. $10. Roxy Stadium 14 Cinemas, 85 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa, 707.525.8909.

(Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies Documentary explores what causes people to lie and how it drives people apart. Mar 22, 7pm. $10-$12. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael, 415.444.8000.


Easy Rider Live A screening of the film is accompanied by a live seven-piece band performing the entire soundtrack. Mar 18, 8pm. $27. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, 707.765.2121. Hitchcock Film Fest Fifth annual fest features two films from the master of suspense, “The Birds” and “Rear Window,” with beer, wine, food and raffle. Mar 18, 3:30pm. $5-$18. Bodega Bay Grange, 1370 Bodega Ave, Bodega Bay, 707.875.3616. Israeli Film Festival Jewish Community Center of Sonoma County presents “Apples from the Desert,” a coming-of-age drama from Israel. Mar 21, 1 and 7:30pm. $10-$13. Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley St, Sebastopol, 707.525.4840.

Thu 3 ⁄ 16 • Doors 7pm ⁄ $20–$22

Wake The Dead

Celtic Grateful Dead Jam Band Fri 3 ⁄ 17 • Doors 8pm ⁄ $17–$20

Dead Winter Carpenters with:

The Airplane Family & Live Dead 69 Wed 3 ⁄ 22 • Doors 7pm ⁄ $32–$37

Adrian Belew Power Trio with:

Jackie Greene Band

Tue 3 ⁄ 28 • Doors 7pm ⁄ $17–$20

Davy Knowles

Mon 4 ⁄ 3 • Doors 7pm ⁄ $17–$22

Gaby Moreno

Fri 4 ⁄ 7 & Sat 4⁄8 • Doors 8pm ⁄ $47

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. Wed through May 17. Carole L Ellis Auditorium, 680 Sonoma Mountain Pkwy, Petaluma, 415.392.5225.

Food & Drink Celts & Vikings Corned Beef & Cabbage Fundraiser A program titled “Digging the Vikings: An Archaeological Perspective” accompanies a corned beef and cabbage dinner. Mar 18, 5pm. $8-$25. Sons of Norway Hall, 617 W Ninth St, Santa Rosa, 800.838.3006. Flavor! Napa Valley Food and wine festival featuring guest chefs includes winemaker workshops, cooking demonstrations and other exclusive activities. Mar 22-26. Culinary Institute of America Greystone Campus, 2555 Main St, St Helena,


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Lunch & Dinner Sat & Sun Brunch

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New Riders of the Purple Sage and Special Guest Bobby Black 8:30


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Southern Soul Food Menu 7:00

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St Patrick’s Day at Goose & Gander Enjoy corned beef and cabbage, live music by Free Peoples and lots of beer and drink specials. Mar 17, 4pm. Free admission. Goose & Gander, 1245 Spring St, St Helena, 707.967.8779.



The Funkin Truth

Leo Nocentelli of the Meters with

Special Guest

Luck o’ the Irish Luncheon Traditional Irish food and live music from Cormac Gannon and Kyle Alden. Mar 16, 11:30am. $10-$12. Whistlestop, 930 Tamalpais Ave, San Rafael, 415.456.9062.

St Patrick’s Day at Spoonbar Irish coffees, festive cocktails and shepherd’s pie will be served, with an Irish dance troupe performing. A portion

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3 ⁄ 24–3⁄26 +3⁄30–4⁄1 • Doors 7pm ⁄ $40–$45 6 NIGHT RESIDENCY

Medium Cool Film depicts the working world of the 1960s with a mix of fictional storytelling and documentary technique. Followed by a discussion. Mar 15, 6:30pm. Diesel Bookstore, 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur, 415.785.8177.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Cult film gets a proper late-night screening with audience participation. Mar 17, 11pm. $10. Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St, Petaluma, 707.762.3565.

The Last Revel

Sat 3 ⁄ 18 Sun 3⁄19 • 2 Shows ⁄ Doors 6 & 7 ⁄ $42–$9969 PAUL KANTNER BDAY CELEBRATION

Duke Ellington, Count Basie 8:30

Bonn & The Vivants Mar 26 Emily Old Time Swing to Honky Tonk 5:00 / No Cover



Mar 31 & Apr 1 Tommy Castro

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Yes We Can! Professional planners, designers and housing developers discuss new sustainable and affordable housing options. Mar 18, 9am. $10-$15. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito, 415.332.3871.

Readings Book Passage Mar 15, 7pm, Molotov Editions Book Launch, San Francisco publisher presents three authors. Mar 16, 7pm, “In This Grave Hour” with Jacqueline Winspear. Mar 17, 7pm, “A Guided Tour of Hell” with Sam Bercholz. Mar 18, 4pm, “Ocean of Insight” with Heather Lyn Mann. Mar 19, 1pm, “Meatless” with Kristie Middleton. Mar 19, 4pm, “American Enlightenments” with Caroline Winterer. Mar 19, 7pm, “Extreme Measure” with Jessica Nutik Zitter. Mar 21, 1pm, “The Rules Do Not Apply” with Ariel Levy. Mar 21, 7pm, “The New Old Me” with Meredith Maran. Mar 22, 7pm, An Evening with Red Hen Press. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 415.927.0960. Book Passage By-the-Bay Mar 18, 1pm, “Every Wild Heart” with Meg Donohue. 100 Bay St, Sausalito. 415.339.1300.

Celebrate Marin Theatre Company’s 50th Anniversary at a gala that includes dinner, live entertainment, a silent auction and more on Saturday, March 18 at the Mill Valley Community Center.

of proceeds benefit Healdsburg Education Foundation. Mar 17, 5pm. Spoonbar, 219 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, 707.433.7222. St Patrick’s Day Fiasco Irish buffet dinner includes soda bread, butter potatoes, mushy peas, corned beef and cabbage. Screening of the Irish classic “The Quiet Man” follows. Mar 17, 4pm. $13. Sally Tomatoes, 1100 Valley House Dr, Rohnert Park, 707.665.0260. Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium Event focused on advancing women in the alcohol industry is sold-out but live-stream tickets are still available. Through Mar 15. $30$55. Meritage Resort, 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa.

Lectures Arabic Calligraphy Workshop Learn the background of Arabic calligraphy, including history, instruments and techniques. Mar 18, 2pm. Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet Dr, Corte Madera, 707.924.6444. Body Ensouled, Enacted & Entranced Two-day workshop with Daria Halprin explores creativity through physical expression. Mar 18-19. $220. Mountain Home Studio, 15 Ravine Way, Kentfield, 415.461.5362. Climate Change Reality in the Arctic Photos and stories illuminate about climate change in the Arctic and the effort to create an institute for education and research in Alaska. Mar 22, 7pm. $10. Corte Madera Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Dr, Corte Madera.

The Creative and Abundant Artist A discussion on the business side of being an artist is led by Shelley Rugg. Mar 16, 6pm. Aqus Cafe, 189 H St, Petaluma, 707.778.6060. Living In Common Panel discussion on commune life in the 1960s features actor and activist Peter Coyote, KRCB radio host Roland Jacopetti and others. Mar 16, 6pm. $10-$15. Art Museum of Sonoma County, 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa, 707.579.1500. The Power of Writing Access sources of self-healing, and wisdom through writing prompts. Sat, 10:30am. Through Apr 8. Sonoma West Medical Center, 501 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol, 707.799.3660. Silent Movies Made in San Rafael Learn the history of the long-forgotten San Rafael silent film studio, California Motion Picture Corporation. Mar 20, 10:30am. Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet Dr, Corte Madera, 707.924.6444. The Silk Road Learn about the ancient routes that led to globalization, Mar 21, 7pm. Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet Dr, Corte Madera, 707.924.6444. Surviving Silver Divorce Talk is aimed at helping both parties benefit. Mar 21, 6pm. $35. Redwood High School, 395 Doherty Dr, Larkspur. Writers Forum Learn about the various writing conferences in northern California and find out which ones are right for you. Mar 16, 6pm. Free. Petaluma Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma, 707.762.0563.

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Charles M Schulz Museum Mar 18, 2pm, Bookshelf Author Series with Lemony Snicket, creator of “A Series of Unfortunate Events” speaks on his work and other despairs. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452. Open Secret Mar 20, 7pm, “TreeGirl” with Julianne Skai Arbor. 923 C St, San Rafael. 415.457.4191. Petaluma Copperfield’s Books Mar 18, 2pm, “Triangle” with Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen. 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 707.762.0563. Rebound Bookstore Mar 16, 7pm, teen open mic. 1611 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.482.0550. Santa Rosa Copperfield’s Books Mar 15, 7pm, “A Piece of the World” with Christina Baker Kline. 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. 707.578.8938. Sebastopol Copperfield’s Books Mar 18, 7pm, “Healing Civilizations” with Nadim A Shaath. 138 N Main St, Sebastopol. 707.823.2618.

Theater Art The Raven Players go on the road and put on the provocative play about friendship and painting inside a Healdsburg art gallery. Through Mar 18. $10-$25. Paul Mahder Gallery, 222 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, 707.473.9150. Bus Stop Ross Valley Players present the compassionate comedy about eight lonely people stranded at a diner in the middle of a snowstorm. Through Mar 26. $15-$27. Barn Theatre, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross, 415.456.9555. Disney’s Beauty & the Beast Popular musical is performed by North Bay Rep’s local youth and adult actors. Through Mar 18. $15-$20. San Rafael Community Center, 618 B St, San Rafael, 415.485.3333. Emma! Sonoma Arts Live presents the new pop musical as part of their “Women Who Dare”

season. Through Mar 19. $16-$33. Sonoma Community Center, 276 E Napa St, Sonoma, 866.710.8942. Last of the Red Hot Tenants Lois Pearlman presents a funny one-woman play about a rent-control struggle with Manhattan high-rise developers in the 1980s. Mar 19, 5pm. $10. Gaia’s Garden, 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, 707.544.2491. A Little Night Music Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical about new romances and second chances is entrancing entertainment. Through Mar 19. $15-$38. 6th Street Playhouse, 52 West Sixth St, Santa Rosa, 707.523.4185. Murder Mistaken Curtain Call Theatre present the edgeof-your-seat smash hit. Through Mar 25. $15-$20. Russian River Hall, 20347 Hwy 116, Monte Rio, 707.849.4873. Oliver! The Award-winning musical classic is performed by Throckmorton’s Youth Production. Through Mar 19. $15-$35. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, 415.383.9600. peerless Dark comedy twist on Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” is directed by New York-based theater veteran Margot Bordelon, who directed the play’s world premiere in 2015. Through Apr 2. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, 415.388.5208. Race David Mamet’s controversial new tale of sex, guilt and bold accusations is presented by Left Edge Theatre. Contains adult content. Through Mar 26. $25-$40. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa, 707.546.3600. The Servant of Two Masters New version of the classic Italian comedy pits madcap servant Truffaldino against masters, mistresses and 27 plates of meatballs. Through Mar 19. $12-$18. Burbank Auditorium, SRJC, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, 707.527.4307. The Sugar Bean Sisters The quirky comedy involves romance, murder and alien abduction. Mar 17-Apr 9. $16-$26. Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park, 707.588.3400. A View from the Bridge North Bay Stage Company presents Arthur Miller’s Tony Award-winning play about the middle class, immigrants and family secrets. Mar 17-Apr 2. $28. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa, 707.546.3600. Visiting Mr Green Moving from comedy to drama, this intimate play centers on two men forced into each other’s company. Mar 17-Apr 2. Studio Theatre, 6th Street Playhouse, 52 W Sixth St, Santa Rosa, 707.523.4185. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? David Lear directs the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about a middle-aged couple engaged in a battle of wits. Through Mar 19. $15-$30. Main Stage West, 104 N Main St, Sebastopol, 707.823.0177. You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown: The Musical The beloved characters from “Peanuts” come to life in this revised version of the classic musical about a day in the life of Charlie Brown. Through Mar 19. $15-$25. College of Marin Kentfield Campus, 835 College Ave, Kentfield, 415.457.8811.

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WOMEN’S GROUP: Group for spiritually-oriented women to explore, reflect & uncover blocks to experiencing more good in your life. Find new direction and support for life transitions. A place to process & grow. To explore challenges in relationship, dating, health, work, finances, friendships, parenting, caregiving, aging & more. Limited space. Also, starting week of 03/20 : ongoing, coed (emotional) INTIMACY GROUPS (partnered or single); 9-week coed SINGLES GROUP. Also INDIVIDUAL, FAMILY & COUPLES THERAPY. Central San Rafael. Possible financial assistance (health/flex savings accounts or insurance). Call (415) 453-8117 for more information. Renée Owen, LMFT#35255. Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Center cordially invites you to its weekly Open House, held each Tuesday at 7:00 PM at 734 A Street, San Rafael. Meditation instruction, guest speakers, videos and audio recordings of talks by Pema Chodron and other teachers are offered, followed by light refreshments and discussion.

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PublicNotices FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-141564. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT SOLUTIONS, 316 MESA VERDE WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: LUIS LUCIANO, 316 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 09, 2017. (Publication Dates: Feb 22, Mar 1, Mar 8, Mar 15 of 2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-141601. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: LUCAS VALLEY CLEANERS, 4460 REDWOOD HWY #17, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: LINDA CHEON, 2500 DEER VALLEY RD #127, 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 14, 2017. (Publication Dates: Feb 22, Mar 1, Mar 8, Mar 15 of 2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-141501. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: MARTY’S WINDOW CLEANING SERVICES, 90 NORTH AVE #1D, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: 1) HENRY MARTINEZ, 90 NORTH AVE #1D, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903 2) JULIA MARTINEZ, 90 NORTH AVE #1D, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. 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 FEB 01, 2017. (Publication Dates: Feb 22, Mar 1, Mar 8, Mar 15 of 2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-141478. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: CHRIS THEOFEL INNOVATIONS, 1464 GRAND AVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: PANACHE KITCHEN INNOVATIONS, INC., 1464 GRAND 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 30, 2017. (Publication Dates: Feb 22, Mar 1, Mar 8, Mar 15 of 2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-141629. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: TWENTY-FOUR SEVEN PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, 3 CLUB VIEW DR, NOVATO, CA 94949: SUE GILLIAM, 3 CLUB VIEW DR, NOVATO, CA 94949. 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-

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STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT FROM USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No: 304750. The following person(s) has/have abandoned the use of a fictitious business name(s). The information given below is as it appeared on the fictitious business statement that was filed at the Marin County Clerk-Recorder’s Office on April 10, 2014, Under File No: 2014134564. Fictitious Business name(s) HOUSE OF BAGELS, 640 4TH STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: HAY YOU, 175 VISTA DEL MAR, SAN RAFAEL,CA 94901.This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on Feb 10, 2017 (Publication Dates: Feb 22, Mar 1, Mar 8, Mar 15 of 2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-141549. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: MARIN BUILDING SUPPLY, 170 PAUL DR, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: DOLLY WINGALE, 535 ATHERTON AVE, NOVATO, CA 94945.The business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant is renewing filing with changes under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on FEB 07, 2017. (Publication Dates: Mar 1, Mar 8, Mar 15, Mar 22 of 2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017141624. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: MARIN WEIGHT LOSS & WELLNESS, 400 PROFESSIONAL CENTER DR, NOVATO, CA 94947: WELLNESS WHEEL LLC, 16 MADRONE PARK CIRCLE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. The business is being conducted by LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. 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 FEB 16, 2017. (Publication Dates: Mar 1, Mar 8, Mar 15, Mar 22 of 2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017141658. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: IDEAGEO, 310A BONITA ST, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: CRAIG A LANGBEIN, 310 A BONITA ST, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. 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 23, 2017. (Publication Dates: Mar 1, Mar 8, Mar 15, Mar 22 of 2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-141660. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: MACH 5 PAINTING, 1048 7TH ST #1, NOVATO, CA 94945: 1) EFREN AVILA, 1048 7TH ST #1, NOVATO, CA 94945; 2) DANY ELIZARDO GONZALEZ PEREZ, 240 CANAL ST, APT B7, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. The business is being conducted by A GENERAL PARTNERSHIP. Registrant will begin transacting business under

the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on FEB 23, 2017. (Publication Dates: Mar 1, Mar 8, Mar 15, Mar 22 of 2017)

renewing 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: Mar 8, Mar 15, Mar 22, Mar 29 of 2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT——File No: 2017-141582. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: MCKURDY PREMIUM COFFEE, 277 WOODLAND AVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ZAID AL KURDI, 277 WOODLAND AVE, 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 ClerkRecorder of Marin County on FEB 10, 2017. (Publication Dates: Mar 1, Mar 8, Mar 15, Mar 22 of 2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-141583. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: 1) CHRISTINE YVETTE COLLECTIONS 2) CYC, 743 TAMARACK DR, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: CHRISTINE YVETTE BONACCOLTA, 743 TAMARACK DR, 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 10, 2017. (Publication Dates: Mar 8, Mar 15, Mar 22, Mar 29 of 2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-141485. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: BLUE WOMEN RED COUNTRY, 305 SAN ANSELMO AVENUE, SUITE 301, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: JACK SUSKI, 305 SAN ANSELMO AVENUE, SUITE 301, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. 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 31, 2017. (Publication Dates: Mar 1, Mar 8, Mar 15, Mar 22 of 2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017141693. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: FACILITATED RESOLUTION, 93 ROLLINGWOOD DR, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CYNTHIA C POULOS, 93 ROLLINGWOOD DR, 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 ClerkRecorder of Marin County on FEB 28, 2017. (Publication Dates: Mar 8, Mar 15, Mar 22, Mar 29 of 2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-141636. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: KEY TEA, 921 C STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CHRISTIEN ELLAURI, 131 ARROYO RD, LAGUNITAS, CA 94938. The business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. 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 ClerkRecorder of Marin County on FEB 21, 2017. (Publication Dates: Mar 8, Mar 15, Mar 22, Mar 29 of 2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-141586. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: PAPER PUNK, 21 CORTE MADERA AVE #1, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: LO-RES LABS LLC, 21 CORTE MADERA AVE #1, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. The business is being conducted by LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. Registration expired more than 40 days ago and is

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017141672. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: 1) LINCOLN ENGINEERING 2) LINCOLN TECHNOLOGY COMMUNICATIONS, 402 JEWELL ST, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JAMES P. HARRISON, 402 JEWELL ST, 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 ClerkRecorder of Marin County on FEB 24, 2017. (Publication Dates: Mar 8, Mar 15, Mar 22, Mar 29 of 2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-141554. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: ANTIGUAS CAFÉ RESTAURANT, 703 3RD ST, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MARGARITO PEREZ, 27 WOODLAND AVE #4, 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 07, 2017. (Publication Dates: Mar 8, Mar 15, Mar 22, Mar 29 of 2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017141711. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: SERENITY THROUGH HYPNOSIS, 100 PROFESSIONAL CENTER DR, STE #112, NOVATO, CA 94947: KELLY GERHARDT, 1587 SO. NOVATO BLVD, APT # 208, NOVATO, CA 94947. The business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. 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 ClerkRecorder of Marin County on MARCH 02, 2017. (Publication Dates: Mar 8, Mar 15, Mar 22, Mar 29 of 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-141716. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: LOCAL SPICERY, 80 MAIN STREET, SUITE F, TIBURON, CA 94920: SPICERY LLC, 17467 NORLENE WAY, GRASS VALLEY, CA 95949. The business is being conducted

by LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. 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 Mar 03, 2017. (Publication Dates: Mar 8, Mar 15, Mar 22, Mar 29 of 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-141546. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: MARIN REPUBLIC CONSTRUCTION, 95 JACKSON DR, NOVATO, CA 94947: CESAR H COVARRUBIAS, 95 JACKSON DR, NOVATO, CA 94947. 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 FEB 07, 2017. (Publication Dates: Mar 8, Mar 15, Mar 22, Mar 29 of 2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017141708. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: 1) HERITAGE CAPITAL, 2) INCONCERT FINANCIAL GROUP, 6333 POTRERO AVENUE, EL CERRITO, CA 94530: TRUENOTE INVESTMENT ADVISORS, INC., 1407 OAKLAND BOULEVARD STE 108, WALNUT CREEK, CA 94596. 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 MAR 02, 2017. (Publication Dates: Mar 15, Mar 22, Mar 29, Apr 05 of 2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-141689. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: SHIRO KUMA SUSHI, 1518 FOURTH ST, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: 1) YASUO SHIGEYOSHI, 103 ALBION CT, NOVATO, CA 94947, 2) KHARANPORN WONGPANYA, 103 ALBION CT, NOVATO, CA 94947. The business is being conducted by A GENERAL PARTNERSHIP. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on FEB 27, 2017. (Publication Dates: Mar 15, Mar 22, Mar 29, Apr 05 of 2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-141715. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: AVIAN ARTS, 220 DRAKES VIEW DRIVE, INVERNESS, CA 94937: DEAN L WOERNER, 220 DRAKES VIEW DRIVE, INVERNESS, CA 94937. 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 MAR 3, 2017. (Publication Dates: Mar 15, Mar 22, Mar 29, Apr 05 of 2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-141596. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: SILVEIRA RANCHES, 4579 REDWOOD HIGHWAY, SAN

RAFAEL, CA 94903: SILVEIRA SAN RAFAEL RANCH, LLC, 140 BLACKSTONE DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. The business is being conducted by 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 FEB 14, 2017. (Publication Dates: Mar 15, Mar 22, Mar 29, Apr 05 of 2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-141705. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: SOS ELECTRIC, 674 BAMBOO TERRACE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: SILVEIRA ENTERPRISE INC., 674 BAMBOO TERRACE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. The business is being conducted by A CORPORATION. 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 Mar 02, 2017. (Publication Dates: Mar 15, Mar 22, Mar 29, Apr 05 of 2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-141757. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: EYEDESIGNS OPTOMETRY. 1436 4TH ST, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: RONALD S. GARCIA, 15 EL CASTILLO, ORINDA, CA 94563. 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 MAR 10, 2017. (Publication Dates: Mar 15, Mar 22, Mar 29, Apr 05 of 2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-141733. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: BLISS CLEANING SERVICE, 10 PLAZA LOMA, NOVATO, CA 94947: MARIA MARGARITA DANIEL, 10 PLAZA LOMA, NOVATO, CA 94947. 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 MAR 07, 2017. (Publication Dates: Mar 15, Mar 22, Mar 29, Apr 05 of 2017)

Catch the Buzz!

By Amy Alkon


My problem is that I’ll go on one or two dates with a girl and then get the whole, “I just wanna be friends.” And they really mean that. They want me to do lunch and go shopping and talk on the phone about their guy problems. How can I nicely tell these girls, “I don't want to hurt your feelings, but no, I'm not going to be your friend—and I especially don’t want to hear about your new guy”? I guess the problem boils down to the fact that I don't want to make a woman mad.—Frustrated


Over and over, you hear the same thing—basically, “Sorry … we have to turn down your application for CEO, but we’d love to have you as our parking attendant.” By the way, your first problem is that you’re wrong about what your problem is. It isn’t how to TELL a woman you aren’t up for the role of pet eunuch. It’s how to BE the man holding her in his arms instead of the one holding her purse while she’s exploring her options in the tampon section. Consider what the ladies tend to want—whether the ladies are hermit crabs or humans. Evolutionary biologist Robert Trivers’ theory of “parental investment” explains that in species that provide continuing care for their young after they’re born, females have evolved to go for “dominant” males. Dominance translates to being more able to “provide protection and material support.” However, the term “dominant” is a little … uh … unrefined. Women aren’t looking to be dragged off into the sunset by some thug. Social psychologist Jerry M. Burger and one of his students, Mica Cosby, took a nuanced look at dominance and found that women overwhelmingly want a man who is “confident” and “assertive” as their ideal date or romantic partner. And though most also want a man who’s “sensitive” and “easygoing,” none—NOT ONE—of the 118 women they surveyed wanted a man who is “submissive.” Chances are, “submissive” is exactly how you’re coming off. Your pleaserboy bottom line—“I don’t want to make a woman mad”—suggests a hunger for women’s approval. Unfortunately, that won’t get you out of the friend zone. What will is self-respect—and the assertiveness that comes out of it. When you sacrifice your needs, it should be because you feel good about doing something nice—not because you’re dreaming of a day when your, “Well, hellooo, gorgeous!” won’t be followed by, “Thanks! And I seriously appreciate your watching Senor Fluffyface while I’m on my date.”


I’m a 40-something woman, living with my 50-something male partner. Our relationship is slightly open, in that every Tuesday, we each go out separately and “do whatever with whomever.” I have lived up to my part of this, but I recently discovered that my partner has not. On Tuesdays, he stays home by himself. Beyond being irritated that he’s effectively been lying, I feel weird being the only one doing the open relationship thing. How do I get him to live up to our agreement?—Poly-Annoyed


There’s no fun like mandated fun. What’s next, holding him at gunpoint and demanding that he enjoy miniature golf ? Chances are, his lying and your feeling “weird” that things aren’t all even-steven in the sexual snacking domain come out of the same place—the evolution of cooperation and the sense of fairness that fostered it. We evolved to get all freaked out about imbalances—even when they’re in our favor—explain population biologist Sarah Brosnan and primatologist Frans de Waal. In fact, we are driven to equalize things “to our own detriment.” Understanding the likely evolutionary psychology behind your feeling upset could help you focus on why your partner is saying (a silent) “Nope!” to the sex buffet. My guess? He loves you and wants you to have what you need. And he doesn’t want you to feel uncomfortable about going out and getting it—even if the only taboo things he’s doing in bed are allowing the dog on it and clipping his fingernails and letting them ricochet around the room.Y Worship the goddess—or sacrifice her at the altar at


For the week of March 15

ARIES (March 21-April 19): The more

unselfish and compassionate you are in the coming weeks, the more likely it is you will get exactly what you need. Here are four ways that can be true: 1. If you’re kind to people, they will want to be kind to you in return. 2. Taking good care of others will bolster their ability to take good care of you. 3. If you’re less obsessed with I-me-mine, you will magically dissolve psychic blocks that have prevented certain folks from giving you all they are inclined to give you. 4. Attending to others’ healing will teach you valuable lessons in how to heal yourself—and how to get the healing you yearn for from others.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): I hope you

will consider buying yourself some early birthday presents. The celebration is weeks away, but you need some prodding, instigative energy now. It’s crucial that you bring a dose of the starting-fresh spirit into the ripening projects you’re working on. Your mood might get overly cautious and serious unless you infuse it with the spunk of an excited beginner. Of course only you know what gifts would provide you with the best impetus, but here are suggestions to stimulate your imagination: A young cactus; a jack-in-the-box; a rock with the word “sprout” written on it; a decorated marble egg; a fox mask; a Photoshopped image of you flying through the air like a superhero.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Many Geminis verbalize profusely and acrobatically. They enjoy turning their thoughts into speech, and love to keep social situations lively with the power of their agile tongues. Aquarians and Sagittarians may rival your tribe for the title of The Zodiac’s Best Bullshitters, but I think you’re in the top spot. Having heaped that praise on you, however, I must note that your words don’t always have as much influence as they have entertainment value. You sometimes impress people more than you impact them. But here’s the good news: In the coming weeks, that could change. I suspect your fluency will carry a lot of clout. Your communication skills could sway the course of local history. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Your world is more spacious than it has been in a long time. Congrats! I love the way you have been pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and into the wilder frontier. For your next trick, here’s my suggestion: Anticipate the parts of you that may be inclined to close down again when you don’t feel as brave and free as you do now. Then gently clamp open those very parts. If you calm your fears before they break out, maybe they won’t break out at all. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): I like rowdy, extravagant longing as much as anyone. I enjoy being possessed by a heedless greed for too much of everything that feels rapturous: Delectable food, mysterious sex, engrossing information, liberating intoxication and surprising conversations that keep me guessing and improvising for hours. But I am also a devotee of simple, sweet longing … pure, watchful, patient longing … open-hearted longing that brims with innocence and curiosity and is driven as much by the urge to bless as to be blessed. That’s the kind I recommend you explore and experiment with in the coming days. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): You know that

forbidden fruit you’ve had your eyes on? Maybe it isn’t so forbidden anymore. It could even be evolving toward a state where it will be both freely available and downright healthy for you to pluck. But there’s also a possibility that it’s simply a little less risky than it was before. And it may never become a fully viable option. So here’s my advice: Don’t grab and bite into that forbidden fruit yet. Keep monitoring the situation. Be especially attentive to the following questions: Do you crave the forbidden fruit because it would help you flee a dilemma you haven’t mustered the courage to escape from? Or because it would truly be good for you to partake of the forbidden fruit?

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): I expect you will

get more than your usual share of both sweetness and tartness in the coming days. Sometimes one or

By Rob Brezsny

the other will be the predominant mode, but on occasion they will converge to deliver a complex brew of WOW!-meets-WTF! Imagine chunks of sour apples in your vanilla fudge ripple ice cream. Given this state of affairs, there’s no good reason for you to be blandly kind or boringly polite. Use a saucy attitude to convey your thoughtfulness. Be as provocative as you are tender. Don’t just be nice—be impishly and subversively nice.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “I want to gather your darkness in my hands, to cup it like water and drink.” So says Jane Hirshfield in her poem “To Drink.” I bet she was addressing a Scorpio. Does any other sign of the zodiac possess a sweet darkness that’s as delicious and gratifying as yours? Yes, it’s true that you also harbor an unappetizing pocket of darkness, just like everyone else. But that sweet kind—the ambrosial, enigmatic, exhilarating stuff— is not only safe to imbibe, but can also be downright healing. In the coming days, I hope you’ll share it generously with worthy recipients. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Saturn

has been in your sign steadily since September 2015, and will continue to be there until December 2017. Some traditional astrologers might say that you are in a phase of downsizing and self-restraint. They’d encourage you to be extra strict and serious and dutiful. To them, the ringed planet is an exacting taskmaster. There are some grains of truth in this perspective, but I like to emphasize a different tack. I say that if you cooperate with the rigors of Saturn, you’ll be inspired to become more focused and decisive and disciplined as you shed any flighty or reckless tendencies you might have. Yes, Saturn can be adversarial if you ignore its commands to be faithful to your best dreams. But if you respond gamely, it will be your staunch ally.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Born in

the African nation of Burkina Faso, Malidoma Somé is a teacher who writes books and offers workshops to Westerners interested in the spiritual traditions of his tribe. In his native Dagaare language, his first name means “he who befriends the stranger/ enemy.” I propose that we make you an honorary “Malidoma” for the next three weeks. It will be a favorable time to forge connections, broker truces and initiate collaborations with influences that you have previously considered foreign or alien.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): EVERY relationship has problems. No exceptions. In the beginning, all may be calm and bright, but eventually cracks will appear. Here’s the corollary to that rule: EVERY partner is imperfect. Regardless of how cool, kind, attractive or smart they may seem in the early stages, they will eventually unveil their unique flaws and troubles. Does this mean that all togetherness is doomed? That it’s forever impossible to create satisfying unions? The answer is HELL, NO!—especially if you keep the following principles in mind: Choose a partner whose problems are: 1. Interesting; 2. Tolerable; 3. Useful in prodding you to grow; 4. All of the above. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Would you like some free healing that’s in alignment with cosmic rhythms? Try this experiment: Imagine that you’re planning to write your autobiography. Create an outline that has six chapters. Each of the first three chapters will be about a past experience that helped make you who you are. In each of the last three chapters, you will describe a desirable event that you want to create in the future. I also encourage you to come up with a boisterous title for your tale. Don’t settle for My Life So Far or The Story of My Journey. Make it idiosyncratic and colorful, perhaps even outlandish, like Piscean author Dave Eggers’ A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.Y What are the main dreams that you want to accomplish by 2025? Testify at

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