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1 The Oakland School Board was ridiculed for their controversial 1996 resolution that declared what a language?


2 What sport has the same name as an insect? 3 In his 78-year career,

this artist, one of the world’s most prolific ever, produced more than 150,000 paintings, prints, sculptures and ceramics. Name this artist who died in 1973.

4 What three U.S. state names rhyme with “banana?” 5 Arrange Aristotle, Socrates and Plato in chronological order, earliest first. 6 The Japanese word for ‘unite’ is which of the following: Toyota, Honda, Nissan or Subaru?

7 The Winter Olympic event known as the biathlon comprises what two activities? 8 Name the father and son who featured prominently in the 1987 hit film Wall Street.

9 What type of hot sauce is named for a state in Mexico? 10 Identify the Beatles songs with these lyrics: a. ‘Doesn’t have a point of view/Knows not where he’s going to … ’ b. ‘Words are flowing out/Like endless rain into a paper cup’ c. ‘Though I know I’ll never lose affection/For people and things that went


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The annual Mill Valley Film Festival, an 11-day international cinematic celebration, includes more than 200 films, workshops, panels, master classes, a music series and more.

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The Mill Valley Film festival turns 40 By Mal Karman


he Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF) just turned 40. Want to know how long that is? If you were born the night of the first festival, you could conceivably be a grandparent today. So how did this thing get started? Well, in 1976 ceramic artist and potter Mark Fishkin moved from Ouray, Colorado to Mill Valley and bought the Saturday Night Movie series from locals Ben Myron and Don Taylor. In a way, it was a festival unto itself, except that it lasted only one night and featured only one film—on a Saturday night. Fishkin was shrewd enough to realize that

festivals were becoming important to our culture and there weren’t many of them. He asked himself if there was a need for one, and viewed Mill Valley “as a perfect location to do a festival.” “It looked like nobody worked— writers, painters, filmmakers,” he says. “I just [dove] into the local talent (for content). [Carroll] Ballard, [ John] Korty, [Francis] Coppola, George Lucas, James Broughton, Larry Jordan—I was talking to a lot of different people— [George] Kuchar, Les Blank … and I was learning as I went along.” One of the first people he brought on board, Zoe Elton, MVFF’s

longtime director of programming, recalls thinking, “What’s a film festival?” From a modest beginning, a three-day festival with three tributes and a budget of $11,000, MVFF grew to what it is today— an 11-day international cinematic smorgasbord that includes workshops, panels, master classes, more than 200 films, a virtual reality exhibit, four tributes, a variety of spotlights and a centerpiece film. Tributes honor the career of the recipient—and this year, Sean Penn, Kristin Scott Thomas, Holly Hunter and Todd Haynes will take

a few bows for the work they have accomplished. Each of them is expected to engage the audience in a Q&A session following either the unspooling of career clips or a very recent work. Scott Thomas comes with an Opening Night film, The Darkest Hour, and director Haynes puts up Wonderstruck, based on Brian Selznick’s novel about two children, a boy in 1977 and a girl in 1922, whose stories intersect in New York City. Michelle Williams and Julianne Moore are in the cast. With President Trump playing grade-school level war games with North Korea, war is suddenly breakfast table conversation. Thus,


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woman better than Wilma Mankiller, the first woman ever elected principal chief of the Cherokee Nation. “I see Mankiller as so much more than a biography,” says Sunnyvale producer-director Valerie Red-Horse Mohl. “I believe it actually is a wakeup call for positive social change. Wilma lived her life with the philosophy of ‘GaDugi,’ which translated means ‘in a good way.’ I want people leaving the theater to not accept the current divisiveness of our country and to make efforts to demand our elected leaders return to servant leadership.” First-time filmmaker Michael Rubenstone spent 12 years trekking across the country to unearth the true story of Sly and the Family Stone, and to chronicle how a musical icon fell from grace and disappeared after his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. Reflecting on the time he spent with On the Sly: In Search of the Family Stone, Rubenstone says, “I was drawn to the era, the people and the ’60s dream that Woodstock represented.” [A big hit at the first MVFF, the epic documentary Woodstock is reprised at this festival in all of its rock legends glory.] “And then at 3 in the morning, Sly and the Family Stone took the stage and it blew my mind. Sly was able to raise the level of consciousness—he truly took the audience higher. That’s where my fascination began.” In Horn from the Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story, another underappreciated music star is brought to the present day by an adoring fan. Executive Producer Sandy Warren quotes Maria Muldaur, who, after hearing Butterfield’s electric blues sound, said, “(He) blew our little folkie minds.” San Rafael’s John Anderson, another Butterfield superfan (and scholar), directed and produced this biopic, a portrait of a complex, enigmatic and brilliant musician, who spent several years living in Marin. Spotlights honor up-and-coming entertainers, and we could surely make a case for moving Andrew Garfield to the Tribute category, except that he is young. In Breathe, he plays Robin Cavendish opposite Claire Foy’s Diana in the true story of an adventurous couple whose lives are thrown into chaos after

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on Opening Night the festival offers the aforementioned World War II drama, Darkest Hour, about Winston Churchill’s rise to power and as human counterpoint to the Nazis’ planned invasion of Great Britain. Headlining director Joe Wright’s cast are Gary Oldman, of all people, playing Churchill in a “you-gotta-see-this-performance” and Scott Thomas as his wife Clementine. For those looking for something a dash more lighthearted than war on Opening Night, Wait for Your Laugh follows the 90+-year career of singer-actress Rose Marie (she’s 94), who started as a singer at the age of 3 as Baby Rose Marie. Aided in her career by mobsters Al Capone and Bugsy Siegel, among others, she is best known for her role as a TV writer on The Dick Van Dyke Show. Documentary director Jason Wise held the reins on this one. One of the most unusual films to come along in a while is Loving Vincent, first shot as a live-action film, then frame by frame, painted over in oils in a style resembling Van Gogh’s — 65,000 painted frames by 125 artists. Drawn from meticulous research and inspired by Van Gogh’s masterpieces, subjects and 800 personal letters, this animated film promises to bring viewers closer to the artist in a manner never before even attempted. “ … Because he is so famous, everyone knows a few facts about him,” says co-director Hugh Welchman, “but when you dig into it, it turns out there is so much more to him, he is a very inspiring individual, and frustrating too, because there are so many mysteries still swirling around him.” If we’re going to celebrate the 40th in true bacchanalian style, the fest would do well to place films about wine, women and song on the table. For fans of the sommeliers, Andre: The Voice of Wine (narrated by Ralph Fiennes) tells the tale of a Russian aristocrat and émigré who literally turned California wine from something resembling fermented grape juice to something even the French consider a fine gift. Despite being an experienced producer-director, Mark Tchelistcheff spent 10 years on this project about his great uncle because, he says, “his life story reads like a great novel.” Dr. Zhivago in the wine cellar! Perhaps no one personifies the strong, outspoken, liberated

A big hit at the very first Mill Valley Film Festival .”was the epic documentary ‘Woodstock,’ screening again at this year’s festival.

Robin is felled by polio. Directed by Andy Serkis, who plays Gollum in Lord of the Rings and Caesar in 2017’s War for the Planet of the Apes, the story brings to mind The Theory of Everything. Director Dee Rees brings Mudbound to her Spotlight. The film is about two families—one black, one white—bound together during the Jim Crow era by serving in the military and the hardships of farm life. Her previous film, Pariah, was nominated for seven NAACP Image Awards. This year’s Centerpiece entry, Last Flag Flying, directed by Richard Linklater, is presumably the sequel to The Last Detail. The cast includes Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne and Steve Carell as a trio of once-inseparable pals; but something happened and they stopped speaking. Now Carell’s Doc needs a favor, as his only son has been killed in combat and he is moved to call on his old buddies.

The curtain comes down on the festival with the Closing Night feature Lady Bird, the story of a rebellious senior in Catholic school. It’s directed by Greta Gerwig, who previously co-directed—so in a sense she’s a first-time director. Saoirse Ronan, who snapped up the title role, was born in the Bronx and was an Oscar nominee for Brooklyn. Following the screening of Lady Bird, Gerwig will take the stage for conversation and questions and, like all of the other honorees, will be presented with the MVFF Award. The festival’s campaign to bring women directors to the forefront certainly seems to have taken a foothold. “The goal for our 40th was to have at least 40 percent of this year’s entries from female filmmakers,” Elton says. We came in over 40 percent in every category (World Cinema, US Cinema, Valley of the Docs, filmHood and 5@5 Shorts) without compromising quality.” »8

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Veteran filmmaker Windy Borman’s Mary Janes: The Women of Weed follows a collective of women focused on “making marijuana legal nationwide, reforming the criminal (in) justice system, empowering disenfranchised communities, and giving lifesaving medicine to children and veterans, all while building gender equality into a billion-dollar industry. We call this the Puffragette Movement.” Filmmaker Madeleine Gavin follows a Congolese woman named Jane who becomes a poster child for the City of Joy and victims of sexualized violence in a country perpetually torn apart by war and where laws are few and far between. Jane Goodall’s revolutionary encounters with chimpanzees in Tanzania’s forest in the ’60s is captured in never-before-seen footage in Brett Morgen’s appropriately named documentary Jane. Ripping a story from her family history that could be splattered on today’s front pages is Frances Causey’s The Long Shadow, which tells a tale about her slave-owning ancestors. “My family’s personal connection to slavery made me part of the story,” she says. “(One of my uncles) was a ‘founding father’ and the revolutionary governor of Virginia and was responsible in large part for codifying slavery into American law.” “In some ways, (the festival’s) influence and breadth surprise me,” Elton says. “It’s come from solid commitment, a vision of what film is, and what it can do.” While many festival directors would express astonishment that their brainchild has exploded into an event lasting four decades,” Fishkin says, “I knew from inception that we would have a reach. Commercial films were held over at theaters and there was no place to go for independent film. I had a sense of something important. I knew if I could entertain someone, educate someone, or give a filmmaker a chance to make a buck,

—Mark Fishkin

and benefit the community, we would be successful.” At the Outdoor Art Club in Mill Valley, you can experience what it is like to grow from a seed into a mature tree. The VR exhibit, entitled Tree, is like nothing you’ve seen before. Go see it. Fairfax director James Redford returns with another conscienceraising environmental film, Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution. Redford tries to determine whether the movement toward clean energy will ultimately be squashed by corporations and utilities. “I embark on a colorful personal journey into the dawn of the clean energy era as it creates jobs, turns profits, and makes communities stronger and healthier,” he says. “Today, most Americans understand and accept the reality of climate change. But as disturbing evidence and imagery continues to mount, many of us feel increasingly uncertain about what we, as individuals, can do.” San Francisco filmmakers Richard O’Connell and Annelise Wunderlich pooled their energies to open The Corridor to general audiences. Their film follows a San Francisco Sheriff ’s Department program to help inmates obtain their graduate equivalency degrees. Be warned: Not all students behave. The notes in your program about Kim Swims state that open-water swimmer Kim Chambers was determined to become the first female to cover the 30 miles from the Farallon Islands to the Golden Gate Bridge, despite it being “known for frigid temperatures, swirling currents and the world’s largest great white sharks,” says co-producer and first-time director Kate Webber. The notes in our journal at home indicate that we’d prefer a nice warm bath. The San Francisco filmmaker perceives the open-water swimmers as “adventurers who are squeezing every bit out of life!” That’s what we’re doing at the festival. See you there!Y Mill Valley Film Festival, Oct. 5-15;


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Matteo Troncone searches for the secrets of Neapolitan pizza By Tanya Henry


atteo Troncone’s aptly named documentary Arrangiarsi (pizza … and the art of living) takes viewers on an intimate journey from Mill Valley, California through the lively streets of Naples, Italy. Part travelogue and part history lesson, the film, screening at this year’s Mill Valley Film Festival, sets out to uncover the secrets of renowned Neapolitan pizza. But along the way, a hearty dose of self-discovery, along with the art of making something out of nothing— or arrangiarsi—are also explored. As is revealed in the film, Troncone spent five years living in his van, and over a 7 ½-year time span, made multiple trips to Italy. It was during an initial visit to the country that Troncone decided to make a film about pizza, and the place that is widely regarded as the birthplace of the beloved dish. “Everyone told me that I couldn’t do it—that I didn’t know anything about making movies or pizza,”

says the New York native with a twinkle in his eye. Troncone ignored the naysayers and instead fully embraced arrangiarsi. While this film certainly explores much more than pizza, foodies need not worry. Troncone takes a trip to the famous town of San Marzano outside of Naples, where, in order to make a true Neapolitan pizza (Vera Pizza Napoletana), a Roma tomato variety is the only one that can be used. Likewise the film explores how producers of this famous pizza strictly adhere to the use of only the highestquality ingredients, and even take into consideration the water that is necessary to create a perfect dough. Though it’s difficult to resist making comparisons to Eat Pray Love (a male version), there is a buoyancy and vibrant cadence to the film that makes it more a love letter to Naples than a pizza documentary.Y ‘Arrangiarsi (pizza ... and the art of living)’;


Infectious Love ‘Mad Hannans’ documentary captures bond between musical brothers By David Templeton


t’s kind of a brutal story,” Jerry Hannan says. “Brutal, but beautiful.” The Marin County musician is describing Mad Hannans, a new documentary about the legendary folk-rock band fronted by Hannan, with his late brother Sean Hannan on drums. Sean passed away in 2013. His battle with cancer—just as the Hannans began recording a new album following a bitter, yearslong separation—is now a major part of the film, sensitively directed by the Hannans’ longtime friend Martin Shore. Mad Hannans will have its world premiere at the Mill Valley Film

Festival. Considering the enormous popularity of the band in the late ’90s and early 2000s, Hannan expects to see a large number of old fans at each of the movie’s two festival screenings. A concert at the Sweetwater Music Hall, following the film’s debut on Friday, October 6, is already sold out. “Can you believe that?” Hannan says. “The concert is kind of a reunion, a reuniting of people who played with us over the years, along with some special guests. But tickets disappeared as soon as we announced the show. I have people calling me up from all over the country saying, ‘Hey,

I know the show is sold out, but can you get me in?’” Laughing, Hannan adds, “No. No I can’t get you in. I’m lucky I can get in.” Taking a short lunchtime break at his Sausalito music studio, Hannan describes what he’s been working on this morning. He’s recording new material to go with tracks that were left unfinished when Sean passed away. It’s part of the album that he hopes to have completed in time for an end-of-the-year release. “It’s weird, a little, but I’m working on unfinished stuff that my brother played drums on,” Hannan says. “He’d finished recording all of his stuff when he died. For years, I

‘Mad Hannans’; Friday, Oct. 6 and Monday, Oct. 9; Sweetwater music performance, Fri., Oct. 6;

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Local star Jerry Hannan is featured in the film ‘Mad Hannans,’ premiering on Friday, October 6 as part of the 40th annual Mill Valley Film Festival.

couldn’t even listen to it. It made me really sad. But now, it actually makes me happy to hear him playing, to hear him talking before and after the tracks were recorded. It makes me feel close to him, to be finishing this project that we started together, and had such high hopes for.” There is footage, in the film, of those final recording sessions with Sean and Jerry. They were filmed as part of the documentary originally conceived as a brief 12-minute short about the Mad Hannans reuniting and recording a new album. Asked what it was that split the Mad Hannans to begin with, Hannan pauses a moment. “I don’t know; it became impossible to work together, which was a real bummer,” he says. “At first, it was so easy and so fun. The Mad Hannans were just plain fun, because Sean and I had fun together. When people came to see us, it wasn’t just the music, but the whole thing about us being brothers. They liked the love story between us, ’cause that’s what it was. We loved each other, even when we couldn’t stand each other. And that love was infectious.” But Sean had a drinking problem, and according to Hannan, he often became angry, leading to the deterioration of the band. “I was probably too controlling,” Hannan says. “I was part of the problem, I guess. Anyway, we split up. I played with other drummers, who were good, but I missed playing with Sean. He was the best drummer for me to play with, by far. I don’t know if it was a genetics thing, or what, but he and I just clicked together when we were playing.” Eventually, Sean cleaned up, and began sitting in on gigs with his brother. “And then he got a bump in his toe, and it turned out to be cancerous,” Hannan says. Sean’s foot was amputated, but that didn’t stop him. “He always preferred to drum standing up, anyway,” Hannan says with a laugh. But the cancer returned, and a few months later, Sean was dead. “We were on our way to making some amazing things happen, and then we basically get struck by lighting,” Hannan says. “Like I said, it’s a brutal story. It’s a story of heartbreak and loss and brotherhood and love. But it’s great, because it’s a love story, too. And it just happens to have some really great music in it.”Y

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ormed in San Francisco 51 years ago, psychedelic funk legends Sly and the Family Stone broke all the rules and revolutionized soul music, and drummer Greg Errico was there on day one. “It was very exciting—even then, he (Sly Stone) was a very colorful bigger-than-life personality,” says Errico, who played in a band with Stone’s brother Freddie and knew Sly as a radio host in the city before the Family Stone formed. “Literally one night I showed for rehearsal with the group Freddie and I had, and said, ‘Where’s everybody?’ That’s the night we started the new group.” Groundbreaking not only for their genre-bending sound, Sly and the Family Stone was the first major band in America to integrate races and genders, and the group had already solidified their place in rock ’n’ roll history with huge hits and critical acclaim by the time Errico left in 1971. Yet, drugs and a decline in output turned Sly Stone into a recluse nearly 30 years ago. Fast forward to 10 years ago, when first-time filmmaker

Michael Rubenstone set out on a quest to find the reclusive Stone, chronicled in the recently completed documentary, On the Sly, screening at this year’s Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF) on Friday, October 13. Errico and other members of the Family Stone are featured prominently in the film, and the Family Stone will be featured prominently onstage after the screening in a live concert performance at the Sweetwater Music Hall as part of the festival’s music lineup. “It’s wonderful to come back into this and get it going again,” Errico says of the band. “As performers, we’re seeing the power of the music, the wave of what we had originally created, still moving.” Joining the band, which also includes founding saxophonist Jerry Martini, will be Stone and the late Cynthia Robinson’s daughter Phunne Stone. “It’s good to have her,” Errico says. “It’s still a family affair.”Y ‘On the Sly’; visit for film times and info. about the music performance.


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his year, the theme of our annual Best of Marin issue— which celebrates our readers’ county favorites in categories that include Arts & Culture, Fitness & Recreation, Food & Drink, Home Improvement,

Family, Everyday, Romance and Beauty, Health & Wellness—was Carnival. Why? Because it’s easy to celebrate the businesses and places that make Marin such a special place to be. On the pages that follow, we pay tribute again to all of our winners. We hope that as you flip through the pages, you are reminded, like we are, of how lucky we are to be in a stunning place that has so much to offer. We’ve started planning our Best of Marin 2018 issue, so stay tuned for announcements about voting, and get ready to honor your favorite people and places. We can’t wait to see who you choose. In the meantime, don’t put that Carnival mask away. There’s plenty to celebrate. —Molly Oleson, Editor

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125 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.899.9952.

Best Consignment Store

Best Auto Repair



747 Lincoln Ave., San Rafael. 415.457.1688.

Best Body Art Place— Tattoo & Piercing


Best Bookstore—Used REBOUND BOOKSTORE 1611 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.482.0550.

Best Business Bank BANK OF MARIN

10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.473.6400.

Best Performing Dance Company LOVE2DANCE

830 Sweetser Ave., Ste. A, Novato. 415.898.3933.

Best Place to Dance RANCHO NICASIO BAR & RESTAURANT 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

Best Production RENEGADE PRODUCTIONS 101 Joseph Court, San Rafael. 415.250.3617.


Best Antique Shop LAUREL HOUSE ANTIQUES 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 415.454.8472.

Best Art Supply Store

Best Auto Dealer—New TOYOTA MARIN

445 Francisco Blvd. E., San Rafael. 415.521.1382.

Best Auto Dealer—Used TOYOTA MARIN

445 Francisco Blvd. E., San Rafael. 415.521.1382.

Best Visual Artist

Best Auto Detailing



Best Culinary Store DVORSON’S

480 Gate Five Road, Ste. 115, Sausalito. 415.332.5840.

Best Digital Creative Services

Best Car Audio

Best Eco-Conscious Business

1601 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.453.4322.


Best Chamber of Commerce

31 Bay St., San Rafael. 415.459.6115. 861 Vallejo Ave., Novato. 415.897.8824.

Best Credit Union


Best Auto Body Repair BLAKE’S AUTO BODY

1415 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 415.454.6422.


820 Second St., San Rafael. 415.459.2042.


Best Camera/ Photography Store


1138 Fourth Ave., San Rafael. 415.457.2787.

Best Bookstore—New



Best Costume/Festival Apparel Shop



Best Consumer Bank

SPIDER MURPHY’S TATTOO 1006 Lincoln Ave., San Rafael. 415.460.6979.

Best Performing Arts Center

851 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.454.4009.

SAN RAFAEL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 817 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 415.454.4163.

Best Clothing Store— Men’s GENE HILLER MENSWEAR 729 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.3636.

Best Clothing Store— Women’s MAD RAGS FASHIONS 373 Third St., San Rafael. 415.459.7385.

BELLAM SELF STORAGE & BOXES 24 Bellam Blvd., San Rafael. 415.454.1983.

Best Ethnic Market JASMINE MARKET

307 Third St., San Rafael. 415.459.4866.

Best Event Production Services Company EVENT CONSULTING INTERNATIONAL

Best Fashion Jewelry Store MARIN JEWELERS GUILD 1331 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.454.2711.

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Toddler-Elementary Campus 5200 Paradise Drive Corte Madera

Junior High Campus 1 St. Vincent's Drive San Rafael

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Best Fine Jewelry Store JOHANN PAUL JEWELERS 272 Bon Air Center, Greenbrae. 415.461.1866.

Best Florist BLOOMERS OF LARKSPUR 501 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 415.927.7422.

Best Framing Shop FRAME CRAFTERS GALLERY 320 Bon Air Center, Greenbrae. 415.461.7688.

Best Gift Shop COLUMBINE

101 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera. 415.927.8884.


12 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 415.388.3222.

Best Home Audio WORLD OF SOUND

800 Redwood Hwy. Frontage Road, Ste. 218, Mill Valley. 415.383.4343.

Best Home Furnishings SUNRISE HOME

831 B St., San Rafael. 415.456.3939.

Best Hotel/Resort CAVALLO POINT

601 Murray Circle, Sausalito. 415.339.4700.

Best Hydroponic Supply Store MARIN HYDROPONICS

55 Frosty Lane, Novato. 415.233.4104. 721 Francisco Blvd. E., San Rafael. 415.482.8802.


890 Lamont Ave., Ste. 202, Novato. 415.898.3200.

Best Lawyer LAW OFFICES OF DAVID SIMONINI 679 Bridgeway, #2, Sausalito. 415.289.0242.


Best Locally Made Retail Product BAKED BLOOMS

Best Motorcycle/Scooter Shop MOTOPIA

1121 Francisco Blvd. E., San Rafael. 415.457.1010.

Best Musical Instruments Store THE MAGIC FLUTE

182 Northgate Drive, San Rafael. 415.479.3112.

Best Natural Foods Store GOOD EARTH NATURAL FOODS 720 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 415.454.0123. 201 Flamingo Rd., Mill Valley. 415.383.0123.

Best New Retail Businessâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Opened in 2016 TUMBLEWEED

570 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 415.747.8118.

Best Nonprofit

Marin County Superior Court. 415.444.7020.


Best Law Firm

Best Optical Store



1127 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.453.2020.


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Best Phone Repair 473 Third St., San Rafael. 415.994.7466.


1099 Fourth St., Ste. G, San Rafael. 415.457.2420.


105 Westwood Drive, Novato. 415.846.2412.

Best Record/CD Store

1800 Lincoln Ave., San Rafael. 415.257.8888.



1099 Fourth St., Ste. G, San Rafael. 415.457.2420.

Best Vintage Clothing Store

Best Recycling Center


Best Senior Living Facility THE REDWOODS

40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 415.383.2741.

851 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.454.4009.

Family Best Animal Adoption Center 171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato. 415.883.4621.


Best Animal Hospital

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Best Child Care Center

Best Tow Service REDHILL TOWING & AUTO REPAIR 428 Irwin St., San Rafael. 415.456.8943.

Best Town Other Than Your Own LARKSPUR

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852 Grant Ave., Novato. 415.898.4411.

MISS SANDIE’S SCHOOL 2001 Center Road, Novato. 415.892.2712.

Best Child-Friendly Restaurant

Get a Café dishwasher


419 Irwin St., San Rafael. 415.453.2004.

Best Baby Gift Store

1531 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.453.2942.






Best Senior Services 930 Tamalpais Ave., San Rafael. 415.456.9062.

Best Appliance Repair

1204 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 415.454.4932.

894 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.457.8999.

1050 Andersen Drive, San Rafael. 415.456.2601.

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877 Grant Ave., Novato. 415.899.1516.

Best Children’s Camp OSHER MARIN JCC

200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.

2158 4th St., San Rafael 415-454-2021

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Best Transportation —Taxi/Limo

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Best Children’s Clothing Store CHA CHA CHA

589 Bridgeway, #B, Sausalito. 415.331.7563.

Best Children’s Consignment Store OUTGROWN


835 College Ave., Kentfield. 415.457.8811.

Best Dog Obedience School MARIN HUMANE SOCIETY 171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato. 415.883.4621.

1417 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.457.2219.

Best Dog Park

Best Children’s Educational Center

100 Shaw Drive, San Anselmo. 415.258.4600.


Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 415.339.3900.

Best Children’s Indoor Sports Center NOVATO GYMNASTICS


Best Hobby Shop GAMESCAPE NORTH 1225 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.457.8698.

Best Kennel CANINE & COMPANY 2060 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.858.4567.

950 Seventh St., Novato. 415.899.8279.

Best Pet Boutique

Best Children’s Museum

554 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 415.454.2090.

BAY AREA DISCOVERY MUSEUM Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 415.339.3900.


Best Pet Day Care CANINE & COMPANY 2060 Fourth St., San Rafael.

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TREK is a family owned winery in the heart of Old Town Novato, two blocks off Grant Avenue. All of the wine is produced on site in a unique urban setting.

Best Pet/Feed Store

Best Cycling Event



508 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera. 415.927.2862.

Best Place for a Children’s Party LOVE2DANCE

Best Wine Tasting Room

830 Sweetser Ave., Ste. A, Novato. 415.898.3933.

Best Preschool MISS SANDIE’S SCHOOL 2001 Center Road, Novato. 415.892.2712.


Best Private School K-12

EL AMPARO (Colombia/Venzuela)


5200 Paradise Drive, Corte Madera. 415.924.5388.



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1026 MACHIN AVE., NOVATO 415.899.9883


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Best Used Bookstore Marin!

QUEST (US) Director Santiago Rizzo and actors Lou Diamond Phillips, Betsy Brandt, Dash Mihok and Gregory Kasyan


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Best Public School K -12 REDWOOD HIGH SCHOOL 395 Doherty Dr., Larkspur. 415.924.6200.

Best Toy Store


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FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS 852 Grant Ave., Novato. 415.898.4411.

Best Veterinary Services THE COUNTRY VET

511 Atherton Ave., Novato. 415.897.8380.

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Fitness & Recreation Best Beach STINSON BEACH

Best Bike Route/Trail CHINA CAMP STATE PARK The Biggest Little Bookstore in the Universe

1611 4th Street, San Rafael 415.482.0550


10 Fifer Ave., Corte Madera. 415.348.6377.

Best Health Club BODY KINETICS HEALTH CLUB 1530 Center Road, Novato. 415.895.5965. 1800 Second St., San Rafael. 415.457.2639. 639 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley. 415.380.8787.

Best Hiking Trail DIPSEA

Best Martial Arts School MARIN MIXED MARTIAL ARTS 222 Greenfield Ave., San Anselmo. 415.456.1557.

Best Outdoor Adventure Tour SEA TREK KAYAK

2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.8494.




Best Bike Shop MIKE’S BIKES

245 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 415.707.9912.

Best Pilates Studio PILATES PROWORKS

360 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 415.360.5816.

Best Skate Shop PROOF LAB

244 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley. 415.380.8900.

Best Snow Sports Shop DEMO SPORT

1101 Francisco Blvd. E., San Rafael. 415.454.3500.

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SKIN Adult & Pediatric Dermatology

Dr. Laub voted 2017 Best Dermatologist in Marin It is a privilege to serve our community for over 25 years. Thank you for your support!

Cosmetic & Laser Surgery Treatments Coolsculpting

DAVID A. LAUB, M.D., F.A.A.D. Harvard trained, Nationally Recognized Board Certified Dermatologist

415-381-6661 591 Redwood Hwy., Suite #2210 Mill Valley, CA 94941

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Best Burrito

Best Chef



914-A Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 415.455.9176. 484 Las Gallinas Rd., San Rafael. 415.507.9188. 118 Strawberry Village, Mill Valley. 415.388.7001.


15 Shoreline Hwy., Sausalito. 415.331.2600.

Best Butcher Shop BELCAMPO MEAT CO.

Best Cafe/Coffeehouse MARIN COFFEE ROASTERS 1551 S. Novato Blvd., Novato. 415.892.8373.

Best Surf Shop

Best BBQ



244 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley. 415.380.8900.


1 Larkspur Plaza Drive, Larkspur. 415.924.6226.

Best Yoga Studio YOGAWORKS MILL VALLEY 650 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley. 415.318.7650.

Food & Drink

341 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera. 415.891.3265.

Best Beach Restaurant THE PARKSIDE CAFE

43 Arenal Ave., Stinson Beach. 415.868.1272.

Best Breakfast COMFORTS

335 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 415.454.9840.


Best Bakery/Cafe

1809 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 415.461.4677.


Best Brunch

Best Bar


848 College Ave., Kentfield. 4150.459.0291.


Best Burger

380 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 415.388.6036.

Best Bartender STEVEN SCHAEFER, FLATIRON 724 B St., San Rafael. 415.453.4318.

PHYLLIS’ GIANT BURGERS 8 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley. 415.381.6010. 2202 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.456.0866. 924 Diablo Blvd., Novato. 415.898.8294.

901 A St., San Rafael. 415.454.8080.

Best Chinese JENNIE LOW’S

120 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.8838.

Best Chocolatier PICK ME UP CHOCOLATE 707 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.729.9557.

Best Cocktails FARMSHOP

2233 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 415.755.6700.

Best Craft Brew Event FAIRFAX BREWFEST

466 Ignacio Blvd., Novato. 415.884.9400.

Best CSA

546 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 415.258.9549.


Best Caterer

Best Deli





80 Fourth St., Point Reyes Station. 415.669.9335.

909 Lincoln Ave., San Rafael. 415.456.4886.


200 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley. 415.381.0298.

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Best Happy Hour



901 Lincoln Ave., San Rafael. 415.451.4765.

9 Main St., Tiburon. 415.435.2676.

401 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 415.380.1986.

Best Ice Cream


450 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 415.924.3448.

Best Farmers’ Market MARIN FARMERS’ MARKET

3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael. 415.472.6100.

Best Food Truck JOHNNY DOUGHNUTS 1617 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.450.1866.

Best French LEFT BANK BRASSERIE 507 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 415.927.3331.

Best Frozen Yogurt SWIRL

916 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 415.457.7947.


501 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur



802 Strawberry Village, Mill Valley. 415.383.4881.


Best Indian

Best Spa & Best Spray Tan

LOTUS CUISINE OF INDIA 704 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.456.5808.

Best Italian IL DAVIDE

901 A St., San Rafael. 415.454.8080.

Best Japanese/Sushi

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Voted Best Pet Boutique


Thank you! The Evo Spa Team

215 Strawberry Village, Mill Valley. 415.381.8521.

Best Latin American SOL FOOD

901 Lincoln Ave., San Rafael. 415.451.4765. 401 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 415.380.1986.

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Best Mediterranean INSALATA’S

120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 415.457.7700.


999 Andersen Drive, San Rafael. 415.485.0964. 42 Digital Drive, Novato. 415.883.5110.

Best Seafood FISH

350 Harbor Drive, Sausalito. 415.331.3474.

2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.1512.

Best Server

Best Microbrew



777 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.7771.

765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 415.485.1005.

Best Sommelier

Best Natural/ Sustainable Restaurant



247 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley. 415.388.1852. 1408 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.457.5400.

850 Lamont Ave., Novato. 415.893.1892.

Best Sports Bar FLATIRON

724 B St., San Rafael. 415.453.4318.

Best New Restaurant

Best Spot to Dine Solo



31 Bolinas Road, Fairfax. 415.529.5444.

Best Outdoor Dining SAM’S ANCHOR CAFE

27 Main St., Tiburon. 415.435.4527.

1585 Casa Buena Drive, Corte Madera. 415.924.2081.


Best Pizza

610 Third St., San Rafael. 415.485.1074.


Best Vegetarian

1242 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.455.9777.

Best Place for Oysters


1408 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.457.5400.


Best Vietnamese

Best Restaurant

555 E. Francisco Blvd., Ste. 22, San Rafael. 415.455.8063.

19225 State Route 1, Marshall. 415.663.1339.


17 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 415.388.0741.

Best Restaurant with a View HILLTOP 1892

850 Lamont Ave., Novato. 415.893.1892.



Best Waterfront Restaurant THE SPINNAKER

100 Spinnaker Drive, Sausalito. 415.332.1500.


48 Tamalpais Ave., San Anselmo. 415.806.4944.

Best Wine Bar 1099 Fourth St., Ste. F, San Rafael. 415.259.4939.

Best Wine List HILLTOP 1892

850 Lamont Ave., Novato. 415.893.1892.

Best Wine Tasting Room TREK WINERY

1026 Machin Ave., Novato. 415.899.9883.


Beauty, Health & Wellness Best Acupuncturist JENNIFER JACKSON

706 D St., Ste. C, San Rafael. 415.686.6077.

Best Allergist SCHUMAN TAM, MD

1000 S. Eliseo Drive, Ste. 101, Greenbrae. 415.461.8909.

NOVATO BEAUTY SUPPLY 140 Vintage Way, G11, Novato.

Best Chiropractor MARILYN BRITTON, DC

300 Tamal Plaza, Ste. 100, Corte Madera. 415.924.1327.


30 Caledonia St., Sausalito. 415.332.4011.

Best Dermatologist DAVID LAUB, MD

591 Redwood Hwy., Ste. 2210, Mill Valley. 415.381.6661.

Best Ear, Nose & Throat Physician ROMEO AGBAYANI JR., MD 1000 S. Eliseo Drive, Ste. 103, Greenbrae. 415.461.9770.

Best Endodontist DARRON RISHWAIN, DDS 1526 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 415.457.3002.

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Best Beauty Supply Store

Best ER Doctor

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JEFFREY JIM DIETZ, MARIN GENERAL HOSPITAL 250 Bon Air Road, Greenbrae. 415.925.7203.

Best Esthetic Dentist JAMES A. MCDOWELL, DDS 1447 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.453.4720.




Happy Hour Every Weekday Craft Cocktails & Dining with Sweeping Ten Mile Views Traditional Sunday Brunch—Handcrafted Ramos Fizzes

850 LAMONT AVENUE, NOVATO 415.893.1892 •

Best Holistic Herbal Shop GATHERING THYME


Best Holistic Practitioner

Best Eyelash Extensions and/or Brow Enhancements


4340 Redwood Hwy., Ste. A-22, San Rafael. 415.472.2343.

1127 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 415.457.3067.

Best Hospital/Health Care Clinic

Best Facial




Best Internal Medicine Physician

Best Family Practitioner



Best Laser Surgery Center

Best Full-Service Beauty Salon


61 Camino Alto, Ste. 101-B, Mill Valley. 415.384.9857.

619 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley. 415.388.2801.

800 Redwood Hwy. #220, Mill Valley. 415.389.8000.

Best General Practice Physician

23 Reed Blvd., Ste. 120, Mill Valley. 415.795.7000.

770 Tamalpais Drive, Ste. 301, Corte Madera. 415.945.9314.

Best Lasik Eye Surgery MARIN EYES


165 Rowland Way, #207, Novato. 415.892.0111.

Best Hair Salon

Best Licensed Clinical Social Worker


900 E. Eliseo Drive, Ste. 202, Greenbrae. 415.461.3500.

47 Tamal Vista Blvd., Ste. B, Corte Madera. 415.945.8873. Lunch Weekdays: 11:30am-2:30pm Dinner: Sun-Thu 5-9:30pm Fri-Sat 5-10pm

4340 Redwood Hwy., Ste. A-22, San Rafael. 415.472.2343.

1447 Fourth St., Ste. B, San Rafael. 415.524.8693.


610 3rd St San Rafael, CA 94901 415.485.1074


Best Esthetician 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 415.272.8108.

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Best Holistic Health Center

Best Heart Surgeon JOEL SKLAR, MD

2 Bon Air Road, Larkspur. 415.927.0666.


Best Marriage and Family Therapist BENJAMIN RUSSACK, MFT


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I’m Doug, and this is my healing place. On Father’s Day of 2012, Doug McConnell woke up feeling strange. But his dogs were eager to get out, and they all set out for a walk on Corte Madera Ridge. Unfortunately, Doug’s symptoms turned out to be something even fresh air couldn’t cure: a stroke. His wife rushed him to Marin General Hospital – a Certified Stroke Center that delivers advanced, lifesaving care. Doug was diagnosed with a small clot in his brain, and a tiny hole, associated with stroke risk, in his heart. Today, with the help of the experts at Marin General Hospital, Doug and his dogs are back on the trails once more. As the avid outdoorsman puts it, “I went back to the lookout and shouted for joy.” To read more healing stories, visit

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61 Camino Alto, Ste. 102, Mill Valley. 415.381.1855. 1007 C St., San Rafael. 415.460.1855.


Best Nail Services LAVANDE SPA & BOUTIQUE 800 Redwood Hwy. Frontage Road, #803, Mill Valley. 415.388.6699.


100 Drakes Landing Road, #225, Greenbrae. 415.461.7800.

Best Oncologist DR. BOBBIE HEAD

1350 S. Eliseo Drive, #200, Greenbrae. 415.925.5000.

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Best Ophthalmologist ROBERT R. ANDERSON, MD

900 S. Eliseo Drive, #102, Greenbrae. 415.461.8200.

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Best Physical Therapist KATHERINE MANNING, MARIN PHYSICAL THERAPY 165 N. Redwood Drive, Ste. #120, San Rafael. 415.499.0278.

Best Plastic Surgeon STANLEY G. POULOS, MD

350 Bon Air Road, #300, Greenbrae. 415.925.2880.


599 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ste. 102, Greenbrae 415.785.3843.

Best Psychiatrist ADAM NELSON, MD

45 Camino Alto, #200, Mill Valley. 415.460.6710.

Best Psychologist PATRICIA KUNSTENAAR, PHD 163 Miller Ave., Ste. 4, Mill Valley. 415.488.4673.


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Best Spa

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Best Orthodontist


BALES ORTHODONTICS 1713 Novato Blvd., Novato. 415.897.3141.

Best Orthopedic Surgeon MICHAEL J. OECHSEL, MD 18 Bon Air Rd., Larkspur. 415.927.5300.

Best Pediatrician MICHAEL MATSUMOTO, MD 97 San Marin Drive, Novato. 415.899.7414.


121 Tunstead Ave., San Anselmo. 415.454.1451.

800 Redwood Hwy. Frontage Road, #216, Mill Valley. 415.383.3223.

Best Spray Tan EVO SPA

800 Redwood Hwy. Frontage Road, #216, Mill Valley. 415.383.3223.

Best Urgent Care Center GOLDEN GATE URGENT CARE 750 Redwood Hwy., #1204, Mill Valley. 415.384.4778.

Best Urologist R. JAMES YU, MD

1000 S. Eliseo Dr., Ste. 201, Greenbrae. 415.461.4000.

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200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 415.272.8108.

Home Improvement Best Appliance Repair MARTIN & HARRIS APPLIANCES 2158 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.454.2021.

Best Architect CROME ARCHITECTURE 905 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.453.0700.

Best Carpet Cleaning ATLAS WINDOW & CARPET CLEANING 118 Auburn St., San Rafael. 415.256.8321.

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World of Sound 800 Redwood Hwy, #218

Strawberry Village, Mill Valley 415.383.4343

822 Francisco Blvd. W., San Rafael. 415.456.3656.

3095 Kerner Blvd. Ste. K, San Rafael. 415.454.3600.

Best Computer Repair Service MAC REPAIR

7075 Redwood Blvd., Novato. 415.892.0888.

Best Contractor— Residential DNL BUILDERS 707.495.2950.

Best Deck & Fencing CLOUGH CONSTRUCTION 4220 Redwood Hwy., San Rafael. 415.444.5554.


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Best Home Organizer CHANGING PLACES

4340 Redwood Hwy., Ste. F-100, San Rafael. 415.461.6257.

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4178 Redwood Hwy., San Rafael. 415.479.1000.

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19 Digital Drive, Ste. U, Novato. 415.279.9661.

Best Locksmith TRANSBAY SECURITY SERVICE 2018 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.456.3860.

Best Moving & Storage JOHNSON & DALY MOVING & STORAGE 110 Belvedere St., San Rafael. 415.491.4444.

Best Nursery/Garden Center SLOAT GARDEN CENTER

700 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Kentfield. 415.454.0262. 2000 Novato Blvd., Novato. 415.897.2169. 1580 Lincoln Ave., San Rafael. 415.453.3977. 657 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley. 415.388.0102. 401 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 415.388.0365.

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Best Paint Supplier

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5784 Paradise Drive, Corte Madera. 415.924.7321.

Best Painting Contractor GREENLINE PAINTING

40 Ross Ave. #2, San Anselmo. 415.823.4837.


Best Real Estate Brokerage BRADLEY REAL ESTATE 851 Irwin St., San Rafael. 415.459.1010.


3175 Kerner Blvd., Ste. A, San Rafael. 415.455.9933.

Best Window Cleaners SMART WINDOW CLEANING 22 Commercial Blvd., Ste. B, Novato. 415.382.0999.

Romance Best Boutique Hotel PANAMA HOTEL

4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 415.457.3993.

Best Couples Counseling DR. RICK SCOTT

33 Millwood St., #4, Mill Valley. 415.548.2984.

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Best Solar Supplier SOLARCRAFT

8 Digital Drive, Ste. 101, Novato. 415.382.7717.


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Best Romantic Dinner EL PASEO

17 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 415.388.0741.

Best Sex Therapist DR. CLAUDIA SIX

24 Bellam Blvd., San Rafael. 415.454.1983.

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1310 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.482.9899.

Best Lingerie Shop THE LINGERIE SHOPPE 484 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 415.924.0505.

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Located at the “Best Beach” in Marin!

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Breakers Café Breakers Café in Stinson Beach, California offers lunch, dinner and catering in Stinson Beach. We do Private Parties, Birthdays, and Weddings. 3465 Hwy 1 | Stinson Beach, CA. 94970 | Tel: 415-868-2002

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Holistic Flow Signs of the times in West Marin By Tom Gogola


he thunder and lightning storm of September 11 was so unusual for West Marin that people who’ve lived here for 40 years said they had never seen anything like it. Not even close. Maybe a thunderhead here and there, or a waterspout will pop up occasionally in Bolinas Bay. But a sustained, hours-long thunder and lightning show such as unfolded on that day-ofdays? That’s as rare as the slices of Niman Ranch tri-tip beef in a tasty sandwich recently purchased at the new Side Street Kitchen in Point Reyes Station.

The thunder on Sept. 11 was epic. It was so rumbly and strong that you could practically feel the seams of an earthly and sky-bound nature commingle, and it was kind of freaky—scary even. For a while there, it felt as though the seismic fault of the San Andreas that runs up the spine of West Marin had been met with the seam of a temperature gradient emanating from a sky so Blakean, you could practically crash the wedding where heaven and hell got married (it didn’t last). But let’s not dwell on the metaphysical implications of that

unusual and violent West Marin thunderstorm. Let’s instead focus on the painted rooster that adorns the new signage at the Side Street Kitchen, which replaced the old signage from when this place was the Pine Cone Diner, and quite beloved. Above all else, this was the most troubling aspect of the redo of the classic West Marin diner when it closed a couple of years ago to make way for a greater moment of luxe: How to replicate the glory of that old sign, while offering West Marin munchers a new destination restaurant on which to perch yon

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Point Reyes Station’s new Side Street Kitchen features slow-cooked meats, organic veggies, slow-roasted chicken and more.

weary hams after a day traipsing among the tule elk. One fun highlocal aspect of the Side Street is that it’s open from the dead-zone hours of 3-5pm, when everyone in West Marin starts smoking pot and drinking wine instead of working. The sign measures up, and the menu’s a classic of the West Marin genre: Very heavy on the locally sourced, and light on appealing to the sensitivities of vegetarians. A casual slinger of West Marin stereotypes might be moved to assume that this is the land of vegan snowflakes, but it’s not. No offense to vegan snowflakes, who are neither shunned nor indulged but merely loved for their ethical posture, and sold a plate of Big Mesa Farm little gems, minus the chicken add-on. Oh, let’s dwell a little bit since that sign has got me thinking of signs and signifiers and big fires and the history of things and what they mean when they’re gone and replaced. Netflix has recently posted-up a worthy documentary, 16 Acres, that tells the story of the rebuilding of Ground Zero after the catastrophic terror attacks, which pierced everyone’s bubble that terrible day, even the most bubble-bound West Marinite un-eager to grapple with what’s over the hill beyond the Bolinas Ridge. First of all, it’s hotter than hell over the hill. Second, why leave the cool wilds of West Marin if you don’t have to? Third, we’ve got pretty much everything we need right here, except for Costco, cheap gas and a medical cannabis dispensary. We can watch Netflix and listen to the coyotes murder a cow at the same time. The documentary makes the case that what came after the Twin Towers were destroyed is actually pretty darn awesome in its own right, even if those original buildings were uncanny in their brutalist posture along that legendary New York skyline. The new building is sleek by comparison, and solid—built to last. Very comforting. The Netflix doc makes the point that One World Trade Center measures up to what came before. Closer to home, and admittedly on a less horribly poignant and catastrophic scale, that new sign in Pt. Reyes Station also measures up to what came before. Plus, they’ve »42 got some choice rotisserie

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Side Street Kitchen has replaced the Pine Cone Diner in Point Reyes Station.

chicken courtesy of Mary’s. But bear with me—I sat on the Brooklyn Bridge on 9/11 and cried like Walt Whitman. There was a waitress at the Pine Cone who was notoriously cranky, and that just added to the charm of the place. She’s gone. The new owners, who also run the Station House Cafe in town, have hired a bunch of nice young people to tend to the customers, a varied lot on a recent weekday that included obvious out-of-towners along with some friendly faces from the local paddocks. Life in West Marin has a kind of naturally holistic flow when it comes to food and what to do with it, given the implied richness and history which embraces all—from the organic-veg Star Route Farms to the McEvoy Ranch, makers of some of the world’s finest olive oil. Out here the gourmet is the standard, and when they tried to stick a 7-Eleven in Stinson Beach, it didn’t quite work out.

We all engage with the West Marin pantry at different levels of culinary expertise, and I’m a total hack at the burners. But even I can’t seem to blow it with some of this food. At my homefront a recent rack of Niman Ranch ribs was roasted on the stove with a pinch of salt and some olive oil, and when consumed, voraciously, the bones were henceforth split between frozen-for-broth and given to the dogs. Once the dogs have had their way, the bones are thrown on the roof, and the crow with the white wings grabs the bones, which then wind up in front of the house, where the dogs grab them again. Then the bones go back on the roof. This is how we roll in West Marin, with the seasons, and with an eye on the birds at all times. I also like to roll into the 7-Eleven in Petaluma for a sausage and croissant sandwich on weekdays that have the letter “y” in them.

Side Street, by the way, is dogfriendly in the outdoor seating zone, thanks to a friendly state law recently passed that gives Fido the green light to pee on your leg while you eat. Wells-Fargo bank is in the sightline of the outdoor dining area at the Side Street, the only visible blight which gives “predators” a bad name out here in the land of coyotes, bobcats and the occasional murderous trio of pimply methheads from Oregon. As I’ve come to appreciate it, and after watching every last survivalist show available on Netflix, I’ll make the provisional point that West Marin is sort of like Alaska but without the automatic bout of hypothermia, offering a version of achievable self-reliance where a hardy and industrious soul can harvest their water, forage blackberries and mushrooms, catch a lingcod off the Duxbury Reef, shoot a rabbit with a bow and arrow and make a dog coat from the rabbit fur, so that when the dog chases the beef bone, he’s styling. The nights are colder and the days are gloriously bright and warm this time of year in West Marin. The fog has taken a holiday and people are generally speaking, happy. It’s a liminal time in West Marin and the sunset eats at places like the beachfront Siren Canteen in Stinson Beach are all the more special for the late-summer ochretinged sky and balmy breezes that attends a fish taco consumed casually. Head south from the Siren for a naked lunch at Red Rock Beach, if that’s your thang. This is the time of year for building the larder and making a list for the long day’s journey into Costco, “over the hill” in Babylon or back in The Matrix, or however one defines the counter-reality extant in our imaginations and value systems. At the recently opened Eleven Wine Bar Bistro in Bolinas, diners are greeted with a big sign that says “Resist” in front of the place, which has been dishing some high-tone pizzas and luscious oysters among other plates for about a month, across the street from the gas station that charges $5 a gallon for a good cause—housing. It’s the time of year to plan meals, including future meals that will no doubt be ordered at the Side Street Kitchen. That hearty crock of bean cassoulet is awaiting a tender critic of the heart to come along and

pronounce it hearty and rib-sticking good, the perfect comfort food on a cooling West Marin afternoon. For now, that tri-tip sandwich makes for a fine split-able lunch outing with a friend, accompanied by smoked trout and crackers, and a warm bulgur salad a-bob with cubes of sugar beets. Soon the endless West Marin summer will have given way to the endless West Marin spring, which will let you know it has arrived when the wind-lashed rain shows up and never leaves. It’s come to pass that West Marin is a geographic destination as much as it is a state of mind, and the state of mind ought to be jovial, engaged and concerned without getting all mopey about it. Every year something that was here forever is gone tomorrow, only to be replaced by something pretty cool. There’s a regenerative quality to the West Marin life that demands a new coterie of fresh-faced weirdoes who arrive every so often to pepper the pot—the region is bursting with youthful energy and sage wisdom, and it all seems to commingle with a certain kick-back ease of acceptance. It would be easy to mope at the forgotten home-town grub chuckers at the Pine Cone Diner, with its basic plates of egg-with and the burgers and the rest of the bustling memories. But the worn Formica counter is still there and ready to be caressed as one would caress the memory of an old lover who left you for reasons that are still unclear. Hey, we’re a forgiving part of the county. It’s alright baby. A few days after the crazy thunder and lightning, a fire broke out along Sir Francis Drake Boulevard just a quarter-mile or so up the way from where the “Drake” intersects with Highway 1. I was the second person to arrive at the scene of the fire, and it was a kind of scary fire that came up right to the road before the firemen showed up and beat it back. Like a good and engaged citizen, I sat there and took pictures with my dumb phone while the dogs wondered when we would get home to our bones and our crows. The elemental is always at hand in West Marin, driving a stubborn narrative of ‘place’ first, everything else second, and always accompanied by an ever-shifting landscape of local ingredients rendered with love and grit.Y

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the perfect spot


By Matthew Stafford

Friday October 6 - Thursday October 12 • American Assassin (1:51) CIA agents Sanaa Lathan and Michael Keaton team up with a Turkish spy to take down a rogue spook itching to start a war in the Middle East. • American Made (1:55) Rollicking period piece about a cocky airline pilotturned-CIA agent who gets tangled up in the Iran-Contra scandal; Tom Cruise stars. • The Battle of the Sexes (2:01) Lively behind-the-scenes look at the 1973 KingRiggs Battle of the Sexes tennis match/media frenzy stars Emma Stone and Steve Carell. • Blade Runner 2049 (1:57) Harrison Ford is back, resurfacing after 30 years’ AWOL to help midcentury L.A. from devolving into chaos; Ryan Gosling costars. • Brad’s Status (1:41) Suburban dad Ben Stiller questions his comfy, boring life when he reconnects with ridiculously successful college classmates Luke Wilson and Michael Sheen. • Despicable Me 3 (1:36) Gru, Lucy and the kids are back with a new nemesis, a former child star with an uncanny vocal resemblance to Trey Parker. • Flatliners (1:48) Remake of the 1990 horror flick about five med students and their forbidden excursions to the other side; Kiefer Sutherland is back! • Happy Death Day (1:36) Horror variation on Groundhog Day in which a college girl relives the day of her murder until she figures out whodunit. • Home Again (1:37) Romantic comedy stars Reese Witherspoon as a single mom who adopts a new family of roustabout filmmakers and finds love in the process. • IT (2:15) Stephen King horror film about an evil clown’s reign of terror; Bill Skarsgård is Pennywise. • Judwaa 2 (2:20) Separated-at-birth twins reunite in adulthood to save their family from racketeers. • Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2:21) The elite British intelligence agency is back, teaming up with Statesman (its U.S. counterpart) to foil one fiendish plot or another; Elton John stars!

American Assassin (R) American Made (R)

The Battle of the Sexes (PG-13) • Leap! (1:29) Family-friendly cartoon about a young orphan who follows her dream to Paris’ Ballet School of the Opéra; Elle Fanning vocalizes. • The LEGO Ninjago Movie (1:30) A troupe of modern-day ninjas band together to take down an evil warlord; Jackie Chan lends voice and gravitas. • The Metropolitan Opera: Norma (3:30) Sondra Radvanovsky stars in Bellini’s mystical tale of high priestesses, unfaithful lovers and ancient rituals in a darkling Druid forest. • Mill Valley Film Festival The 40th annual cinematic soiree features seminars, workshops, galas, in-person tributes and hundreds of movies from around the world. • Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1:32) The untethered comedy troupe takes on religion, fanaticism and Hollywood epics in their wide-ranging satire of the New Testament. • Mother! (1:55) Darren Aronofsky horror inferno about the lethal nature of love and sacrifice stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Harris, Javier Bardem and Jennifer Lawrence. • The Mountain Between Us (1:52) Kate Winslet and Idris Elba star as the sole survivors of a mountain plane crash who bond on their perilous cross-country trek back to civilization. • My Little Pony: The Movie (1:39) The Mane 8 use the power of friendship to protect Ponyville from harm; Zoe Saldana, Taye Diggs, Liev Schreiber and Kristin Chenoweth provide the voices. • Steve McQueen: An American Icon (2:00) Pastor Greg Laurie’s documentary focuses on the superstar’s late-in-life spiritual journey; Mel Gibson and others discuss. • Victoria & Abdul (1:52) Fanciful look at the unlikely friendship between an Indian clerk and Queen Victoria herself ( Judi Dench, natch).

Blade Runner 2049 (R)

Brad’s Status (R) Despicable Me 3 (PG) Flatliners (PG-13) • Happy Death Day (PG-13) Home Again (PG-13) IT (R)

Judwaa 2 (Not Rated) Kingsman: The Golden Circle (R)

Leap! (PG) The LEGO Ninjago Movie (PG)

The Metropolitan Opera: Norma (Not Rated)

Mill Valley Film Festival

Monty Python’s Life of Brian (R) Mother! (R) • The Mountain Between Us (PG-13) My Little Pony: The Movie (PG) Steve McQueen: An American Icon (Not Rated) • Victoria & Abdul (PG-13)

45 Northgate: Fri-Wed 11:45, 2:25, 5:05, 7:45, 10:25 Fairfax: Fri-Sat 12:45, 3:50, 7, 9:45; Sun-Wed 12:45, 3:50, 7 Northgate: Fri-Wed 11:15, 12:50, 1:55, 3:30, 4:50, 6:10, 7:35, 8:50, 10:20 Rowland: Fri-Wed 11, 2, 4:45, 7:30, 10:20 Fairfax: Fri-Sat 1, 4, 7:10, 9:50; Sun-Wed 1, 4, 7:10 Playhouse: Fri 3:45, 6:45, 9:30; Sat 12:45, 3:45, 6:45, 9:30; Sun 12:45, 3:45, 6:45; Mon-Wed 3:45, 6:45 Regency: Fri 10:25, 11:40, 1:10, 2:35, 4:15, 5:35, 7:10, 8:40, 10:10; Sat 10:25, 1:10, 2:35, 4:15, 5:35, 7:10, 8:40, 10:10; Sun 10:25, 11, 1:10, 4:15, 5:35, 7:10; Mon-Tue, Thu 10:25, 11:40, 1:10, 2:35, 4:15, 5:35, 7:10; Wed 10:25, 1:10, 4:15, 7:10, 8:40, 10:10 Fairfax: Fri-Sat 12:10, 1:30, 3:45, 5:15, 7:20, 9; Sun-Wed 12:10, 1:30, 3:45, 5:15, 7:20 Larkspur Landing: Fri 7, 3D showtime at 10; Sat-Sun 12:15, 7, 10, 3D showtime at 3:15 Northgate: Fri-Wed 11:05, 12:25, 4, 6:25, 7:30, 10; 3D showtimes at 1:15, 4:55, 8:35 Playhouse: Fri 3:30, 7; Sat-Sun 12, 3:30, 7; Mon-Wed 3:30, 7 Regency: Fri-Sat 11:10, 6:30, 10, 3D showtime at 2:45; Sun-Thu 11:10, 6:30, 3D showtime at 2:45 Rowland: Fri-Wed 11:15, 6:45, 10:30; 3D showtime at 3 Northgate: Fri-Wed 2:45, 7:40 Northgate: Fri-Wed 12:15, 2:35, 5 Northgate: Fri-Wed 11:50, 2:30, 5:20, 7:55, 10:30 Northgate: Thu 7, 9:25 Northgate: Fri-Wed 12:20, 5:15, 10:15 Larkspur Landing: Fri-Sun 6:30, 9:45 Northgate: Fri-Wed 1, 4:05, 7:10, 10:15 Northgate: Fri-Wed 9:15 (in Hindi with English subtitles) Fairfax: Fri-Sat 12, 3:30, 6:50, 9:55; Sun-Mon, Wed 12, 3:30, 6:50; Tue 12, 3:30 Larkspur Landing: Fri 6:45, 10:30; SatSun 12, 3:45, 6:45, 10:30; Mon-Wed 7, 10 Northgate: Fri-Wed 12:30, 3:45, 7, 10:10 Rowland: Fri-Wed 12:30, 3:45, 7, 10:10 Northgate: Fri-Wed 11:55, 2:20, 4:35, 6:55 Fairfax: Fri-Sat 12:05, 2:25, 4:55, 7:15, 9:35; Sun-Wed 12:05, 2:25, 4:55, 7:15 Larkspur Landing: Sat-Sun 1, 4 Northgate: Fri-Wed 11:35, 2:15, 7:25, 9:55; 3D showtime at 4:45 Lark: Sat 9:55am; Wed 6:30 Regency: Sat 9:55am; Wed 1, 6:30 The 40th annual fest takes place October 5-15 at the Cinema, Lark, Larkspur Landing, Rafael and Sequoia; call 383-5256 or visit for schedule Regency: Sun 2; Wed 2, 7 Northgate: Fri-Wed 7:20, 10:25 Northgate: Fri-Wed 11, 1:40, 4:25, 7:05, 10:05 Northgate: Fri-Wed 11:30, 2:10, 4:40, 7:15, 9:50 Rowland: Fri-Wed 10:45, 1:30, 4, 6:30, 9:15 Fairfax: Tue 7 Playhouse: Fri 4, 6:35, 9:15; Sat 1, 4, 6:35, 9:15; Sun 1, 4, 6:35; Mon-Wed 4, 6:35 Regency: Fri-Sat 10:45, 12:15, 1:40, 3:05, 4:30, 5:55, 7:20, 8:55, 10:20; Sun-Tue, Thu 10:45, 12:15, 1:40, 3:05, 4:30, 5:55, 7:20; Wed 10:15, 10:45, 1:40, 4:30, 7:20

Showtimes can change after we go to press. Please call theater to confirm.

'Victoria & Abdul' tells the story of the unlikely friendship between Queen Victoria and an Indian clerk.

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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Concerts MARIN COUNTY 40th Day Pioneering ’80s indie-rock band and guest drummer Tony Morales reunite to benefit Ross Valley School District’s YES Foundation. Oct 8, 6:30pm. $12-$15. Fenix, 919 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.813.5600. Miró Quartet Mill Valley Chamber Music Society presents the internationally acclaimed quartet in the first chamber performance of the society’s 2017-18 season. Oct 8, 5pm. $35/ kids and students free. Mt Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave, Mill Valley, Robert Earl Keen Popular Texas troubadour returns for another night of swinging country rock, with Bay Area Americana band the Well Known Strangers opening. Oct 5, 8pm. $60-$65. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

Clubs & Venues MARIN The Belrose Thurs, open mic night. 1415 Fifth Ave, San Rafael. 415.454.6422. Book Passage Oct 6,5pm,Marin School of the Arts showcase.51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 415.927.0960. Fenix Oct 5, Rewind. Oct 6, “In the Spirit of Lennon” with Drew Harrison. Oct 8, 11:30am, brunch with the Jen Murphy Trio. Oct 10, James Lee Stanley and Bob Lind. Oct 11, pro blues jam. 919 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.813.5600. George’s Nightclub Oct 7, DJ party. Oct 8, Banda Night. 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.226.0262. HopMonk Novato Oct 5, Jonesy and Harmonic Law. Oct 6, Loose with the Truth and Dead Guise. Oct 8, Sol Horizon and Sol Seed. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200. Iron Springs Pub & Brewery Oct 4, Jethro Jeremiah Band. Oct 11, Tom Finch Trio. 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax. 415.485.1005.

Marin Country Mart Oct 6, 6pm, Friday Night Jazz with Masha Campagne. Oct 8, 12:30pm, Folkish Festival with Miracle Mule. 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 415.461.5700. 19 Broadway Club Oct 4, the Damon LeGall Band. Oct 5, Small Change Romeos. Oct 6, 5:30pm, Danny Montana and friends. Oct 6, 9pm, First Friday reggae with Broken Silence Sound System. Oct 7, Mwanza’s birthday bash. Oct 8, 5pm, Jai Josef Trio. Oct 9, open mic. Oct 10, Steven Bates Band. Oct 11, Low Flying Birds. 17 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 415.459.1091. Osher Marin JCC Oct 7, Marin Symphony chamber music concert with Zuill Bailey. 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. 415.479.8100. Panama Hotel Restaurant Oct 4, Kurt Huget and friends. Oct 5, Donna D’Acuti. Oct 10, the Jazz Roots Band. Oct 11, Rivertown Trio. 4 Bayview St, San Rafael. 415.457.3993.

Terrapin Crossroads Oct 4, Rattlebox. Oct 5, Cubensis. Oct 6, “Shelter from the Storm” with Midnight North, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir. Sold-out. Oct 8, 2pm, Fall Family Farm Festival. Oct 9, Grateful Mondays with Shakedown Street Band. 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael. 415.524.2773. Throckmorton Theatre Oct 11, noon concert with Florestan Trio. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

SONOMA Green Music Center Oct 11, the Commanders from the USAF Band of the Golden West and SSU Jazz Orchestra. 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, 866.955.6040. Green Music Center Schroeder Hall Oct 10, Jazz Week Opening Concert. Oct 11, 2pm, Instrumental Repertory Recital. 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, 866.955.6040.

Peri’s Silver Dollar Oct 4, the Weissmen. Oct 5, Tom Finch Trio. Oct 6, Swoop Unit. Oct 7, Afroholix. Oct 8, PB & the Jam. Oct 9, Billy D’s open mic. Oct 10, Fresh Baked Blues. Oct 11, the New Sneakers. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.

Lagunitas Tap Room Oct 4, Z and the Benders. Oct 5, Cave Clove. Oct 6, Firewheel. Oct 7, Second Street Band. Oct 8, Shelby, Texas. Oct 11, Jason Bodlovich. 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

Rancho Nicasio Oct 6, Gary Vogensen & the Ramble Band. Oct 7, King James. Oct 8, 4pm, Kelly Peterson Band. 1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio. 415.662.2219.

Mystic Theatre & Music Hall Oct 5, the Green with Durand Jones & the Indications. Oct 8, Rising Appalachia featuring Gill Landry. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.775.6048.

Sausalito Seahorse Wed, Milonga with Marcelo Puig and Seth Asarnow. Oct 5, Judy Hall Quartet. Oct 6, Black Cat Zydeco. Oct 7, 12:30pm, Lau and friends. Oct 7, 8pm, DJ Neiel. Oct 8, 5pm, Orquesta la Moderna Tradicion and DJ Jose Ruiz. Oct 10, Noel Jewkes and friends. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito. 415.331.2899.


Smiley’s Schooner Saloon Oct 5, Matt Bradford. Oct 6, RKS. Oct 7, Timothy O’Neil Band. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311.


Spitfire Lounge First Thursday of every month, the North Bass DJ night. First Friday of every month, Truthlive. 848 B St, San Rafael. 415.454.5551. Sweetwater Music Hall Oct 6, the Original Mad Hannan Band. Soldout. Oct 7, “From California to Haiti” benefit concert with Glide Singers and special guests. Oct 8, the Wailing Souls. Oct 9, Sarah Jarosz and Brother Roy. Oct 10, celebration of Paul Butterfield with Nick Gravenites Blues Band. Oct 11, B & the Hive. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

Blue Note Napa Oct 4-7, Michael Lington. Oct 8, 12:30pm, Gospel brunch with the Jackie Tolbert Gospel Ensemble. Oct 10, Roem Baur. Oct 11, Davell Crawford. 1030 Main St, Napa. 707.603.1258.

MARIN Community Media Center of Marin Oct 5-Nov 30, “TRANSFRONTERIZA,” photographer John Pike offers a glimpse into the city of Tijuana as guided by members of the transgender community. Reception, Oct 13 at 7pm. 819 A St, San Rafael. 415.721.0636. Desta Art & Tea Gallery Oct 5-Nov 13, “Predicament or Crossroads,”

featuring works by Michael Kerbow, Stephen C Wagner and Robert Cantor that speaks to current affairs. Reception, Oct 6 at 6pm. 417 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo. Mon-Sat, 10 to 6 415.524.8932. Marin Art & Garden Center Oct 6-8, “One Mountain-ONETAM,” Baywood Artists offer over 100 paintings of Mt Tamalpais for sale to help maintain and preserve the beloved peak. Reception, Oct 6 at 5pm. Free admission. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 415.455.5260. Marin Community Foundation Oct 5-Jan 12, “Hypercosmos des Songes (Supercosmos of Dreams),” the first major exhibition in the United States for Frenchborn and Marin-based artist Jean-Marc Brugeilles includes over 80 artworks. Reception, Oct 5 at 5pm. 5 Hamilton Landing, Ste 200, Novato. Open Mon-Fri, 9 to 5. Robert Allen Fine Art Oct 5-Nov 30, “Under, Over & Out,” new works on canvas by Victoria Ryan. Reception, Oct 5 at 5:30pm. 301 Caledonia St, Sausalito. Mon-Fri, 10 to 5. 415.331.2800.

Comedy Capitol PUNishment Comedians Daniel Humbarger, Caleb Duffy, Shahera Hyatt, Dejan Tyler, DJ Sandhu and Ronn Vigh have a pun tournament. Oct 6, 8pm. $18-$28. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, 415.383.9600. Tuesday Night Live See standup comedians Andrew Norelli, Geechy Guy and others. Oct 10, 8pm. $17-$27. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, 415.383.9600.

Events Afternoon on the Town Community party includes live music from the Mundaze and the Silver Bells Jazz Band, kids entertainment, food and drink specials, giveaways and more. Oct 7, 3pm. Free. Town Center Corte Madera, 100 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera, 415.924.2961. Autumn Auction Support UUCM with silent and live auctions, hors d’oeuvres, music, potluck dinner and more. Oct 7, 5:30pm. Free admission. Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael, 415.479.4131. Fall Clearance Sale Friends of Marin County Library host a three-day sale where you can get used books,


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A Music Celebration in Honor of the Great Blues Pioneer Paul Butterfield


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The French Market Outdoor antique market features vintage, retro and antique furniture, decor, clothing, jewelry, housewares and more. Crepes and live music add to the ambiance. Sun, Oct 8, 9am. Free admission. Marin Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Dr, San Rafael,

Italian Film Festival The fest offers great films, both comedy and drama, from Italy. Sat, Oct 7, 5:30 and 7:45pm. $16/$120 full series. Marin Center Showcase Theatre, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael,

HeadsUp Carnival Every public school in San Rafael comes together for a party featuring food, games, music and mascots. Oct 7, 10:30am. Free. San Rafael High School, 150 Third St, San Rafael, Kirking of the Tartan Celebrating Scottish heritage and culture, the blessing service includes Highland bagpipes, tartan banners and Scottish food and music. Oct 8, 10am. Sausalito Presbyterian Church, 112 Bulkley Ave, Sausalito, Novato City Council Candidates Forum The League of Women Voters of Marin County and the Soroptimist International of Novato sponsor a forum where you can bring your questions and hear from the candidates. Oct 5, 7pm. Free. Novato Unified School District, 1015 Seventh St, Novato. San Anselmo First Friday Several merchants stay open late and offer sales, with live music and drink specials. Fri, Oct 6. Downtown San Anselmo, San Anselmo Avenue, San Anselmo. Spirit of Marin Awards Luncheon Annual event recognizes and celebrates the achievements of local businesses and individuals as chosen by the Marin County Chambers of Commerce. Oct 6, 11:30am. St Vincent’s School, 1 St Vincent Dr, San Rafael, 415.884.5360.

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Love & Wisdom through the Qur’an, the Hadiths & the Bible Series of classes provide a resource for people of all religious backgrounds to deepen their own spiritual practice. RSVP required. Sun, Oct 8, 1pm. $60-$175. Institute for Sufi Studies, 14 Commercial Blvd, Ste 101, Novato, 415.382.7834. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley Café 388-1700 | Box Office 388-3850

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20 Women Changemakers Award-winning television news correspondent Stacey Gualandi and CEO Doniece Sandoval speak about changing the world. Oct 7, 7pm. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, 415.927.0960.

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Book Passage Oct 4, 7pm, “Roots, Radicals & Rockers” with Billy Bragg. Oct 7, 11am, “Yoga for Diabetes” with Rachel Zinman. Oct 7, 1pm, “My Big C: Still Here After All These Years” with Nancy Radin. Oct 8, 4pm, “What Just Happened” with Sara Tolchin. Oct 10, 7pm, “Spiritual Graffiti: Finding My True Path” with MC Yogi. Oct 11, 7pm, “Americana” with Bhu Srinivasan. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera 415.927.0960. Book Passage By-the-Bay Oct 5, 6pm, “Pep Talks for Writers” with Grant Faulkner. Oct 6, 6pm, “Remembering Vera” with Patricia Polacco. Oct 8, 11am, “Zip! Zoom! on a Broom” with Teri Sloat. Oct 10, 7pm, “Having and Keeping” with David Watts, in conversation with Susan Gubernat. Oct 11, 6pm, “A Taste of Paris” with David Downie, in conversation with Kimberley Lovato. 100 Bay St, Sausalito 415.339.1300. Insalata’s Oct 4, noon, “Sweet” with Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh, event includes meal, wine and signed copy of the book. $135. 120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo 415.457.7700.

Novato Copperfield’s Books Oct 6, 7pm, “The Education of a Coroner” with John Bateson, featuring longtime Marin County coroner Ken Holmes. 999 Grant Ave, Novato 415.763.3052. San Rafael Copperfield’s Books Oct 7, 2pm, “The Dance of Caring: A Caregiver’s Guide to Harmony” with Eddie Madril. 850 Fourth St, San Rafael 415.524.2800.

Theater The Best of San Francisco Solo Series Brian Copeland presents the Bay Area’s most beloved solo shows for an exclusive run at Marin Center. Oct 8, 3pm. $258 for the series. Marin Center Showcase Theatre, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, 415.499.6800. Cabaret Ross Valley Players present the rollicking Broadway musical, directed by mountain Play veteran James Dunn. Through Oct 22. $16-$32. Barn Theatre, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross, 415.456.9555. The Little Prince College of Marin drama department presents the heartwarming tale based on the book by Antoine de Saint Exupéry. Oct 6-15. $10-$20. College of Marin James Dunn Theatre, 835 College Ave, Kentfield, 415.485.9385. Thomas & Sally Marin Theatre Company opens its season with the world premiere of award-winning playwright Thomas Bradshaw’s drama about Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, the enslaved woman who mothered six of his children. Through Oct 22. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, 415.388.5208.

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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 Sept 11, 2017. (Publication Dates: Sept 13, Sept 20, Sept 27, Oct 04 of 2017) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-142990. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: ARTI INDIAN ORGANIC NATURAL CAFÉ, 7282 SIR FRANCES DRAKE BLVD, LAGUNITAS, CA 94938: ARTI INDIAN CAFÉ INC, 7282 SIR FRANCES DRAKE BLVD, LAGUNITAS, CA 94938. 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 ClerkRecorder of Marin County on Sept 13, 2017. (Publication Dates: Sept 20, Sept 27, Oct 04, Oct 11 of 2017) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017142993. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: MK ULTRA PRODUCTIONS, 25 TAURUS DRIVE, NOVATO, CA 94947: STEPHEN DOLDEN, 25 TAURUS DRIVE, NOVATO, CA 94947. The business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registration expired more than 40 days ago and is renewing under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on Sept 14, 2017. (Publication Dates: Sept 20, Sept 27, Oct 04, Oct 11 of 2017) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-143007. The fol-

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PublicNotices on Sept 12, 2017. (Publication Dates: Sept 27, Oct 04, Oct 11, OCT 18 of 2017) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-143033. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: FULL STREAM GROUP, 329 BUTTERFIELD ROAD, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: DAWN PATROL INC., 329 BUTTERFIELD ROAD, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. 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 Sept 20, 2017. (Publication Dates: Oct 04, Oct 11, OCT 18, OCT 25 of 2017) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-142991. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: VOYAGE SOCKS, 4306 REDWOOD HWY., SUITE 200, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: DANIEL WEIZMAN, 5 LILAC AVE., KENTFIELD, CA 94904. 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 Sept 13, 2017. (Publication Dates: Oct 04, Oct 11, OCT 18, OCT 25 of 2017) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-142959. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: 01) THE ARTISAN’S REP, 2) MARIN WOMEN AT WORK, 91 GLENSIDE WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: KAREN KILIAN, 649 1ST STREET WEST #18, SONOMA, CA 95476. 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 Sept 08, 2017. (Publication Dates: Oct 04, Oct 11, OCT 18, OCT 25 of 2017)


matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: 10/27/2017 AT 09:00 AM, DEPT: C, ROOM: C Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date of filing: Sept 08, 2017 (Publication Dates: Sept 13, Sept 20, Sept 27, Oct 04 of 2017) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No: CIV 1703075. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner JAVIER FRANCISCO MARTELL, CATHERINE SHEILA LECONTE filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: JAVIER FRANCISCO MARTELL to JAVIER FRANCISCO MARTINEZ, SEBASTIAN GERARD MARTELL to SEBASTIAN GERARD MARTINEZ LECONTE, NICHOLAS JORGE MARTELL to NICHOLAS JORGE MARTINEZ LECONTE. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: 10/13/2017 AT 09:00 AM, DEPT: E, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date of filing: Sept 08, 2017.

(Publication Dates: Sept 20, Sept 27, Oct 04, Oct 11 of 2017) NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: HERMAN JOSEPH BERLANDT; Case No. PR-1703277 filed on SEPTEMBER 06, 2017. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of HERMAN JOSEPH BERLANDT, HERMAN BERLANDT, HERMAN J. BERLANDT. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed in the Superior Court of California, County of MARIN by GENE MARCHI. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that GENE MARCHI be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action). The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: OCTOBER 16, 2017 at 9:00 am. In Dept. J, Superior Court of California, Marin County, located at Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA, 94913. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or A CONTINGENT CREDITOR OF THE DECEDENT, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under Section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California Statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult an attorney knowledgeable in California law. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may

file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. ATTORNEY FOR PETITIONER: LAW OFFICE OF NANCY D. RASCH, 165 SOUTH PARK, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94107. Telephone: 415-440-4947. (Publication Dates: Sept 20, Sept 27, Oct 04 of 2017) Notice Content SUMMONS - FAMILY LAW CASE NUMBER: FL 1702973. NOTICE TO RESPONDENT: ANTONIO VELAZQUEZ. You have been sued. PETITIONER’S NAME: MARILYN ARAGON. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this Summons and Petition are served on you to file a Response (form FL-220 or FL-270) at the court and have a copy served on the petitioner. A letter, phone call or court appearance will not protect you. If you do not file your Response on time, the court may make orders affecting your right to custody of your children. You may also be ordered to pay child support and attorney fees and costs. For legal advice, contact a lawyer immediately. Get help finding a lawyer at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center ([ selfhelp ] selfhelp), at the California Legal Services website http://www., or by contacting your local bar association. NOTICE—THE RESTRAINING ORDERS ON PAGE 2 remains in effect against each parent until the petition is dismissed, a judgment is entered, or the court makes further orders. This order is enforceable anywhere in California by any law enforcement officer who has received or seen a copy of it. FEE WAIVER: If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the clerk for a fee waiver form. The court may order you to pay back all or part of the fees and costs that the court waived for you or the other party. The name and address of the court are: SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORINA, COUNTY OF MARIN, 3501 CIVIC CENTER DRIVE, P.O. BOX 4988, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. The name, address, and telephone number of the petitioner’s attorney, or the petitioner without an attorney, are: MARILYN ARAGON, 1725 MARION AVENUE #M17, NOVATO, CA 94945.Tel:415827-3217. Clerk, by /s/ J.CHEN, Clerk, Marin County Superior Court, By JAMES M.KIM, Deputy. Date: Aug 10, 2017. STANDARD RESTRAINING ORDERS. Starting immediately, you and every other party are restrained from removing from the state, or applying for a passport for, the minor child or children for whom this action seeks to establish a parent- child

relationship or a custody order without the prior written consent of every other party or an order of the court. This restraining order takes effect against the petitioner when he or she files the petition and against the respondent when he or she is personally served with the summons and petition OR when he if she waives and accepts service. This restraining order remains in effect until the judgement is entered, the petition is dismissed, or the court makes other orders. This order is enforceable anywhere in California by any law enforcement officer who has received or seen a copy of it. NOTICE-ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HEALTH INSURANCE: Do you or someone in your household need affordable health insurance? If so, you should apply for Covered California. Covered California can help reduce the cost you pay towards high quality affordable health care. For more information, visit [ http://www.coveredca. com/ ] Or call Covered California at 1-800300-1506. (Publication Dates: Sept 20, Sept 27, Oct 04, Oct 11 of 2017) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No: CIV 1703015. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner CAITLIN DYKSTRA filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: HARVEY JON PRIER to HARVEY JON DYKSTRA, JUSTINE MARIANNE PRIER to JUSTINE MARIANNE DYKSTRA, KATHLEEN FRANCES PRIER to KATHLEEN FRANCES DYKSTRA. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: 10/16/2017 AT 09:00 AM, DEPT: C, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date of filing: Aug 17,

2017 (Publication Dates: Sept 06, Sept 13, Sept 20, Sept 27, Oct 04 of 2017) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT FROM USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No: 304790. 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 MARCH 16, 2016, Under File No: 2016-139431. Fictitious Business name(s) MARIN 24/7 LIMOUSINE SERVICE, 8 MIWOK WAY, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: SALIM SURTI, 39 SAN CLEMENTE DRIVE #1094, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925, OGYEN THRINLAY, 8 MIWOK WAY, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on SEPT 26, 2017. (Publication Dates: Oct 04, Oct 11, OCT 18, OCT 25 of 2017) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No: CIV 1703494. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner ANDREW ELLOWAY AND JAMIE SALVO filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: MICHAEL BRANDON SALVO to MICHAEL BRANDON SALVO ELLOWAY. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: 11/08/2017 AT 09:00 AM, DEPT: E, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date of filing: SEPT 21, 2017. (Publication Dates: Oct 04, Oct 11, OCT 18, OCT 25 of 2017)

By Amy Alkon


I am a 32-year-old woman who has never been in a relationship with a man I’m actually attracted to. The men I’ve ended up with really pursued me, and they were all smart, funny and kind, so I thought it was shallow not to date them because I wasn’t that into their looks. Depressingly, each time, I eventually found myself repulsed by the guy and eyeing other men. Of course, that brought things to an end. How important is physical attraction in a relationship?—Lukewarmed


When you’ve got a position to fill—in your life or the workplace—it’s important to bring in somebody who meets the essential requirements. So when the overheating thingy on the nuclear reactor needs fixing, you put out a call for a certified nuclear mechanic; you don’t just go, “OK, whatever” when the nicest mariachi band roadie comes in looking for work. Of course, sexual attraction isn’t everything. But without it, you and another person are best suited for a relationship like “friends,” “neighbors” or “people who give each other a friendly wave in the carport.” Experimental psychologist Gurit Birnbaum finds evidence from across social psychology and evolutionary psychology that the “sexual system” (sexual desire) and the “attachment system” (emotional bonding) work together. In fact, she explains, it seems sexual desire “has been ‘exploited’ by evolutionary processes” to promote enduring emotional bonds between partners. It’s important to find somebody you have serious hots for from the start, because maintaining a sex crush on your partner is actually vital throughout the relationship stages. Birnbaum explains that sexual desire motivates partners to keep “investing resources” in each other and the relationship—beyond sexytime. Additionally, after the initial hottity-hots die down, still wanting to get it on with your partner seems to provide a “buffer” for poor communication skills and lessthan-desirable personality traits, such as emotional instability. So, no, you wouldn’t be “shallow” to date only men you’re attracted to. You’d be doing the wise (and kind) thing: Keeping yourself from yet another doomed relationship with some nice but meh guy where the sweet nothings you whisper are along the lines of, “Please don’t touch me unless it’s medically necessary.”


My boyfriend broke up with me five months ago. When I’m going to sleep at night, I find myself mentally writing him hate letters, detailing what’s wrong with him. (He’s a coward, selfish, petty, etc.) I’m relieved that I’m not crying over him anymore, but I wonder whether I’m making things worse with this nightly litany of his shortcomings.—Still Mad


There are relaxation tapes that repeat a word or statement to help you go to sleep, but “I hate you … I hate you … I hope you fall in a manhole and drown in the sewer” isn’t one I’ve seen in the catalog. Psychologists call what you’ve been doing “ruminating”—a form of over-think that involves obsessively replaying events, problems or feelings. The term comes from a yicky place—a cow’s rumen, a stomach area where it partially digests food, only to throw it up so it can re-chew the food again. Yum, huh? The late psychologist Susan Nolen-Hoeksema found that rumination can lead to depression—probably because it’s like being on a hamster wheel of hopelessness. However, the hopelessness comes not from reflecting on your feelings or problems but from doing it pointlessly—that is, rerunning those events and feelings and generating only frown lines, not insight. Healthy reflection on the past involves making it mean something for the future—turning the unfortunate events of, say, an ill-advised relationship into a guide for a wiser course in your next one. So, for example, when you find yourself venting about this guy, stop and turn the lens on yourself. Take responsibility for how you might have seen or done things differently. To get off the beddy-bye rage train, just keep redirecting your thoughts to the positive—people and things in your life you’re grateful for and ideas for moving forward. Sure, guys you date will probably ask why you and your ex broke up, but a few words should suffice. Nobody wants to see you cast a glance at the clock and pull a huge parchment scroll from your purse.Y Worship the goddess—or sacrifice her at the altar at


For the week of October 4

ARIES (March 21-April 19): You wouldn’t

expect a 5-year-old child to paint a facsimile of Picasso’s Guernica or sing Puccini’s opera, La Bohème. Similarly, you shouldn’t fault your companions and yourself for not being perfect masters of the art of intimate relationships. In fact, most of us are amateurs. We may have taken countless classes in math, science, literature and history, but have never had a single lesson from teachers whose area of expertise is the hard work required to create a healthy partnership. I mention this, Aries, because the next seven weeks will be an excellent time for you to remedy this deficiency. Homework assignments: What can you do to build your emotional intelligence? How can you learn more about the art of creating vigorous togetherness?

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In accordance

with the astrological omens, I invite you to slow down and create a wealth of spacious serenity. Use an unhurried, step-by-step approach to soothe yourself. With a glint in your eye and a lilt in your voice, say sweet things to yourself. In a spirit of play and amusement, pet and pamper yourself as you would a beloved animal. Can you handle that much self-love, Taurus? I think you can. It’s high time for you to be a genius of relaxation, attending tenderly to all of the little details that make you feel at ease and in love with the world.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “If an angel were to tell us something of his philosophies, I do believe some of his propositions would sound like 2 x 2 = 13.” So said the German scientist Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-1799). Now maybe you don’t believe in the existence of angels, and so you imagine that his idea doesn’t apply to you. But I’m here to tell you that an influence equivalent to an angel will soon appear in your vicinity. Maybe it’ll be a numinous figure in your dreams, a charismatic person you admire, a vivid memory resurrected in an unexpected form or a bright fantasy springing to life. And that “angel” will present a proposition that sounds like 2 x 2 = 13. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Unless you have an off-road vehicle, you can’t drive directly from North America to South America. The Pan-American Highway stretches from Prudhoe Bay in Northern Alaska to Ushuaia, Argentina—a distance of about 19,000 miles—except for a 100-mile patch of swampy rainforest in Panama. I’d like to call your attention to a comparable break in continuity that affects your own inner terrain, Cancerian—a grey area where two important areas of your life remain unlinked. The coming weeks will be a favorable time to close the gap. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Based in Korea, Samsung is a world leader in selling smartphones and other information technology. But it didn’t start out that way. In its original form, back in 1938, it primarily sold noodles and dried fish. By 1954, it had expanded into wool manufacturing. More than three decades after its launch as a company, it further diversified, adding electronics to its repertoire. According to my reading of the astrological omens, the next 10 months should be an excellent time for you to do the equivalent of branching out from noodles and dried fish to electronics. And the coming six weeks will be quite favorable for formulating your plans and planting your seeds.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In my opinion, you’re not quite ready to launch full-tilt into the rebuilding phase. You still have a bit more work to do on tearing down the old stuff that’s in the way of where the new stuff will go. So I recommend that you put an “Under Construction” sign outside your door, preferably with flashing yellow lights. This should provide you with protection from those who don’t understand the complexity of the process you’re engaged in. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You’re a good candidate for the following roles: 1. A skeptical optimist who is both discerning and open-minded; 2. A robust truth-teller who specializes in interesting truths; 3. A charming extremist who’s capable of solving stubborn riddles; 4. A smooth operator who

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keeps everyone calm even as you initiate big changes; 5. An enlightened game-player who reforms or avoids games that abuse beauty’s power.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Actress and author Carrie Fisher wrote three autobiographies. Speed skating Olympics star Apolo Anton Ohno published his autobiography at age 20. The rascal occultist Aleister Crowley produced an “autohagiography.” To understand that odd term, keep in mind that “hagiography” is an account of the life of a saint, so adding “auto” means it’s the biography of a saint penned by the saint himself. I’m bringing up these fun facts in hopes of encouraging you to ruminate at length on your life story. If you don’t have time to write a whole book, please take a few hours to remember in detail the gloriously twisty path you have trod from birth until now. According to my reading of the astrological omens, the best way to heal what needs to be healed is to steep yourself in a detailed meditation on the history of your mysterious destiny. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): If you go to the Historical Museum of the Palatinate in Germany, you will see a jug of wine that was bottled in 1687. In accordance with astrological omens, Sagittarius, I suggest that you find a metaphorical version of this vintage beverage—and then metaphorically drink it! In my opinion, it’s time for you to partake of a pleasure that has been patiently waiting for you to enjoy it. The moment is ripe for you to try an experience that you’ve postponed, to call in favors that have been owed to you, and to finally do fun things that you’ve been saving for the right occasion. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): If a latenight TV talk show called and asked me to be a guest, I’d say no. If People magazine wanted to do a story on me, I’d decline. What good is fame like that? It might briefly puff up my ego, but it wouldn’t enhance my ability to create useful oracles for you. The notoriety that would come my way might even distract me from doing what I love to do. So I prefer to remain an anonymous celebrity, as I am now, addressing your deep self with my deep self. My messages are more valuable to you if I remain an enigmatic ally instead of just another cartoony media personality. By the way, I suspect that you’ll soon face a comparable question. Your choice will be between what’s flashy and what’s authentic; between feeding your ego and feeding your soul. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): A Canadian guy named Harold Hackett likes to put messages in bottles that he throws out into the Atlantic Ocean from his home on Prince Edward Island. Since he started in 1996, he has dispatched more than 5,000 missives into the unknown, asking the strangers who might find them to write back to him. To his delight, he has received more than 3,000 responses from as far away as Russia, Scotland and West Africa. I suspect that if you launch a comparable mission sometime soon, Aquarius, your success rate wouldn’t be quite that high, but still good. What long-range inquiries or invitations might you send out in the direction of the frontier? PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “Intensify” is one of your words of power these days. So are “fortify,” “reinforce” and “buttress.” Anything you do to intensify your devotion and focus will be rewarded by an intensification of life’s gifts to you. As you take steps to fortify your sense of security and stability, you will activate dormant reserves of resilience. If you reinforce your connections with reliable allies, you will set in motion forces that will ultimately bring you help that you didn’t even know you needed. If you buttress the bridge that links your past and future, you will ensure that your old way of making magic will energize your new way.Y Homework: Want to enjoy my books, music and videos without spending any money? Visit

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