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YEAR 56, NO.2 JANUARY 10-16, 2018

Health & Wellness




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This week, letter-writers address both the harassment of men and enlightenment.

No Laughing Matter

Joe Bialek’s commentary in his published letter reeks of misandry [‘Message to Males,’ Dec. 13]. Is Mr. Bialek’s question, “What did you expect to gain from making sexual advances … ” really directed only at men? I have been a victim of sexual harassment both in and outside of where I worked, and it’s a travesty that myself and a high percentage (10 percent, according to a quick Google search) of American men have had to endure that sort of completely unacceptable behavior. The major difference I’ve encountered is people sometimes find it amusing or funny to hear I’ve had this happen to me. I understand that the majority of cases are men harassing women, but really this is no laughing matter and never make assumptions that women are not just as disgusting at times. —Tony Good

Enlightened Beings

I feel most gratified and rewarded by Nadia Silvershine’s warm and positive response to my take on the current explosion of anger by the many women who are finally speaking up and expressing the painful feelings of abuse that they had been “swallowing” for so long

[‘Turn the Page,’ Jan. 3]. Only when people begin to express their true and authentic feelings—rather than hiding and repressing them—can an honest dialogue begin. And even though this dialogue often begins as an angry and painful one, I cannot see that human beings have any hope to transcend our deepest and most destructive divisions until we are courageous enough to open up to others—and to ourselves—with honesty and straightforwardness, rather than with either a superficial politeness or with dishonest scapegoating. I profoundly wish that the thousands of years of humanity’s very violent and ugly past could have been avoided through such frank and sincere understanding. With our whole planet in such constant and increasing danger of being destroyed in an insane exchange of nuclear weapons— and our lives further endangered from the accelerating pace of global warming—my deepest hope is that all of us human beings can finally come to feel and experience each other as the sensitive and potentially enlightened beings that we all really are. Much love and peace, —Rama Kumar


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What is the earth’s largest natural satellite?

The number 1111, in base two, translates to what number in base 10?

4 Which has more members: The British House of Lords or House of Commons?



What five rock stars in the late 1980s formed the super group the Traveling Wilburys?


Both of these actresses won two Academy Awards between 1972 and 1991, and both have initials ‘JF.’ Identify the actresses and their award-winning films.

7 Between April and September, 2017, what did Miami athlete Giancarlo Stanton do 59 times, more than anyone else this year? 8 What travels 186,000 miles in one second? 9 The first African-American woman to win both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open tennis championship did so in 1957 and 1958. Who was she?


Supply a two-word alliterative phrase. For example: Theory of the origin of the universe (Big Bang).

a. Just the opposite b. Empire State Building, unexpected visitor, 1933 c. Container for infant nourishment


BONUS QUESTION: The common name for this beverage in many countries evolves from Ceres, the ancient Roman goddess of agriculture, fertility and motherly relationships. What is it?

▲ Getting your vein poked with a needle is no fun. For the many patients waiting recently at the Kaiser lab in Terra Linda, it became nightmarish. First, the computers went down and the staff scrambled to keep the lab running. Next, a man having his blood drawn began screaming obscenities. Susan, an interfaith minister in Marin who was preparing for her own lab work to be done, watched the hullabaloo unfold. “The entire waiting room tensed up,” she said. All the while, the beautiful phlebotomist wearing red braids remained unruffled and worked to soothe the angry man with her kindness. The situation was defused. “The entire staff in that Kaiser lab deserves recognition for their handling of the potentially chaotic situation,” Susan said. Well done.

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Howard Rachelson invites you to a Trivia Quiz at the Bay Club Marin, in Corte Madera Town Center, on Thursday, January 18 at 6:15pm, and a community Trivia Night fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 7pm, sponsored by the Women of Congregation Rodef Sholom, 200 North San Pedro Rd. in San Rafael. Contact Howard at howard1@triviacafe for questions and information.

▼ Why did Neil cross the road? To get to the middle-aged woman whose vehicle appeared to be broken down in front of Fairfax Lumber & Hardware. The black sports car was stopped in the middle of the street, blocking traffic, and cars were forced to pull around. Neil, a longtime Fairfax resident, approached the car and found the woman on her phone, chattering away. When he asked if he could help, she gestured that she was on the phone. She finally stopped her conversation long enough to say, “This is Fairfax and people won’t mind driving around me.” Taken aback, Neil replied that Fairfax folks are considerate of each other. Still, she stayed put and continued her call. Marin is doomed when the self-entitled invade even Fairfax. —Nikki Silverstein

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Upfront The Cole Memo, which had eased the way for states to enact their own marijuana laws, was rescinded on January 4 by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions drops a bong on California By Tom Gogola


canning the daily headlines for a minute there on New Year’s Day, it looked like the biggest cannabis issues facing California in 2018 would center on some of the unsettled areas of policy that attended the new law that legalized the sale and purchase of recreational pot in the country’s largest and most diverse state. Full legalization, which occurred after a rousing and affirming vote

by Californians via Proposition 64 in 2016, was a moment decades in the making. Possessing up to an ounce of cannabis has been legal in the state since last January. As of New Year’s Day 2018, the new day had indeed fully dawned. The next-day headlines spoke of long lines at places like Peace in Medicine in Sebastopol—but none in Marin County, which has not embraced legalization; they spoke of a cannabis-consuming populace

coming out of the shadows, and they hinted at a growing pro-pot bias even among non-users who were beginning to feel that a bush that springs from God’s green earth ought to be liberated from the grips of a self-defeating federal drug law that bans it outright. The moment of full legalization in California evoked the staying power, and the suasion power, of the classic cannabis-freedom tome, The Emperor Wears No Clothes. The

book came out during the “Just Say No” days of 1985 and underscored the cultural history of hemp and cannabis and their suppression in the United States. It’s a book that’s often cited as the jump-off point for a decades-long push for cannabis access as a civil right. The Emperor Wears No Clothes was and remains the major printed-matter driver for cannabis-legalization efforts in this country. So on New Year’s Day, who could

Now, says Komp, attention shifts to the U.S. Attorneys who occupy or will occupy Department of Justice prosecutors’ chairs in the state. One key post is unoccupied. Just as Sessions was announcing the rescinding of the Cole Memo, the Obama-appointed U.S. Attorney for Northern California, Brian Stretch, announced he was stepping down to join the law firm of Sidley Austin. Pro-pot activists and state leaders were quick to lash out at Sessions, including California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who pledged to fight the anti-pot push from the Trump White House. In a statement, Lori Ajax, chief of California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control, said her office was conferring with Becerra and other states as a new bureaucracy now tangles with a new wrinkle from the feds. “We expect the federal government to respect the rights of states and the votes of millions of people across America, and if they won’t, Congress should act,” Ajax says. “Regardless, we’ll continue to move forward with the state’s regulatory processes covering both medicinal and adult-use cannabis consistent with the will of California’s voters, while defending our state’s laws to the fullest extent.” Republicans in legalized states, such as Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, also vowed to fight the Sessions move which would undo, in that state, a legalization regime that’s brought in billions in new revenues. As the news of Sessions’ slapdown of the Cole Memo seeped out, progressive military veterans chimed in across social media to express their dismay over the lack of empathy for struggling vets, many of whom struggle with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and suicidal depression after their service. In recent years, cannabis has gained therapeutic acceptance among veterans and their caregivers for its various health benefits. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has itself been slow to follow, but did announce a new policy in December that allows VA doctors to at least talk about cannabis therapy, even if they can’t sanction it. “It’s up to the veteran to bring it up,” says Aaron Augustis of the new policy at the VA. Augustis founded the North Bay–based Veterans Cannabis Group (VCG) in 2016

and has been pressuring the VA to embrace cannabis therapies ever since. At the VCG, the emphasis is on “getting healthy, not high,” and the nonprofit has been a leading advocate for cannabis therapies for veterans. On the group’s website, Augustis, its Marin-based founder and a U.S. Army combat veteran, stresses that, “We do not advocate cannabis as a cure-all, but as a medicinal tool that should be incorporated with other healthy tools and lifestyle choices.” Reflecting on Sessions’ revocation of the Cole Memo, Augustis says he’s glad to be in California, where Gov. Brown and Becerra have pledged to stand up for the state law. “We’re not going to follow the Sessions lead, essentially. But you never know, and it’s kind of scary and disturbing that someone so far away can have such a potential impact on something that we’re doing here.” The Sessions move also highlighted the fraught health and wellness of our nation’s judicial system under an administration that has taken a less than friendly posture toward the rule of law and the role of the courts in meting out justice. That concern just got a whole lot more localized with the abrupt departure of U.S. Attorney Stretch. As the deeply Republican Modesto Bee pointed out last week from the heart of the wholesome Central Valley, “Stretch’s decision allows Sessions to appoint an interim U.S. Attorney just as he announced he was rescinding an Obama-era policy that paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in California and other states.” Legalization advocates remain in a wait-and-see mode after the Sessions’ move and hope that Becerra and Ajax will use their offices to ensure a proper and legal rollout of the new law. Komp says she was encouraged by their respective statements that highlighted the necessity of Proposition 64 participants to be in compliance with state law. That, she offered, may make it less likely for a federal crackdown to ensue. “It remains to be seen,” she says. “A lot will be at the discretion of the four district attorneys.” On Monday, the DOJ announced that the First Assistant U.S. Attorney under Stretch, Alex G. Tse, was named acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District. This bud’s for you, Alex.Y

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not take a moment to marvel at the somewhat ironic fact that, just as a president was at his most wretchedly naked and exposed— thanks to a blistering new book, Fire and Fury, from journalist Michael Wolff—the sixth largest economy in the world had just thrown cannabis into its commerce mix with very little actual fuss. The naked-truth moment signaling cannabis comeuppance and general acceptance was not to last, as we all now know. On Jan. 4, in a move that was shocking, while not surprising at all, Attorney General Jeff Sessions stepped in and rescinded the Cole Memo. The memorandum, undertaken under President Barack Obama and former U.S. Deputy Attorney General James Cole, eased the way for states like California to enact legal weed regimes without fear of a federal crackdown on peaceful pot people and their plants and extracts. It sought to address a looming schizophrenia between states’ rights under the 10th Amendment of the Constitution, and a federal Controlled Substances Act that equates cannabis with heroin and declares it has no medical value whatsoever. It also sought to highlight that the feds would still take an abiding interest in drug cartels and international drug trafficking, as it directed U.S. Attorneys to focus its prosecutorial discretion in that area and not work to stymie new state laws that legalized or decriminalized pot. The Sessions pushback on legal pot put the overall health and wellness of California’s landmark Proposition 64 into question, and with it, the health and wellness of the state’s millions of cannabis consumers, recreational and medical alike. As the month unfolds, nothing much has happened yet to amplify the Sessions announcement into on-the-ground action, but the tone and tenor of the news reports about cannabis at once shifted to consider the Sessions move and its potential implications. All eyes are now on the four U.S. Attorney’s offices in California, says Ellen Komp, deputy director of Cal NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), who adds that the Cole Memo was a highly useful guide to state policymakers as they set out to create the new regulations that animate the state’s legalization regime.


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Working out gets easier with in-home GYMGUYZ By Flora Tsapovsky


s 2018 rolls in and New Year’s resolutions are practically writing themselves, working out and staying healthy usually still tops everyone’s list. How unfortunate, then, that the beginning of a new year inevitably falls in winter, when lacing up sneakers and heading out the door is the toughest. While gym memberships and platforms like ClassPass are widely available in Marin County and beyond, and even has plenty of running and exercise groups welcoming those who decide to tone, they all require a certain amount of motivation and vigor that can be out of reach. Enter GYMGUYZ, the mobile, we-cometo-you fitness service, which is now serving the area.

Founded in 2008 by Josh York, the brand specializes in in-home personal training for individuals, groups or corporations—which, in the Bay Area’s workers-pleasing tech environment, couldn’t be more relevant. Promising workouts that are customized, convenient and creative, the GYMGUYZ ‘guys’ and women arrive in a signature red van, bringing all of the equipment a client might need. In late 2017, Terra Linda-based Leslie and Brian Dempsey decided to become franchisees and bring the model to Marin, becoming the first West Coast spot. Looking to go back to work after a stay-at-home stint, Brian and Leslie, who were on a ‘fitness journey,’ got connected to a consulting company that introduced them to the idea. “We

thought it’d be great here, because people have more money to invest in their fitness, and people are health-oriented,” Leslie says. Since opening in October 2017, the business has been booming. “There’s a consistent flow of clients coming in, and I just doubled my staff from five trainers to 10,” Leslie says. The holidays and the new year, all bringing in gift certificate purchases and folks determined to pick up fitness, helped. “We’ll even need to get a third vehicle soon. I’ve been in the community for so long, so I feel like a lot of our business now is referral.” How is GYMGUYZ different from a gym or a personal trainer? “We perfected the service of in-home training, with all the resources available, and I’m also choosy about the coaches, on my

end,” Leslie says. “A huge piece of the business is to hold our clients accountable and motivate them—so many people have a gym membership and never go.” When a trainer repeatedly visits a client’s home, she adds, a relationship forms—between the burpees and the crunches, people open up and welcome the coaches into their lives, sharing personal information and cracking jokes. “You can’t do that in a gym,” she says. The Marin County clientele is pretty varied, according to Leslie. “We work with kids, seniors, mothers, cancer survivors, a client who had a stroke and is only looking for some movement. Most are women and most of them are in their late 30s to 40s.” There are also some companies,


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—Leslie Dempsey framework takes the at-home workout to a more professional level, protecting both the client and the trainer from awkward situations and misunderstandings. “In Marin, a lot of clients are aiming to go back to normal lifestyles after injuries or illnesses, or wealthier people who already have a home gym set up are looking to add a trainer to the mix, but my bread and butter are really the people who just want to live a pain-free life.” Recently, the Dempseys were given the “Fastest Ramp Up” award at the annual GYMGUYZ conference for their fast growth, highlighting them among the 21 new franchisees of 2017. “We pride ourselves on running the business with compassion and integrity, and it shines through— that’s important to me and to my coaches, and the clients feel that,” Leslie says. “One of the big reasons we’re doing well is that I focus on relationship-building with clients, with companies—I follow up with them, I know what’s going on in their lives, I’m very available.” As for the workout, the convenience of not having to leave home is key. “I come and leave the house just as I found it, and when you work out at home, it’s way easier to change your lifestyle,” McMahon says. “If you just worked out in your living room, it’s easier to eat a healthy breakfast when you sit at the kitchen [table] and look at the living room; it’s right there—it’s not another place, it’s not ‘tomorrow.’ It’s just little things, just changing your habits, and it works.” No more excuses then.Y GYMGUYZ; 415/448-8100;


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from San Francisco to San Mateo, ranging from IT to construction. Bigge Crane and Rigging, out of San Leandro, is a client, providing its employees with motivating workouts; the apartment complex The Cove at Tiburon, is another. They reached out to GYMGUYZ to host a bootcamp for residents, kids and adults. To start the journey, Leslie visits the home of a client and takes measurements and biometrics, then discusses packages for individual training and personal training, with which a meal plan and a free reassessment arrive. She picks the right coach, and connects them with the client. A discussion of the program and the clients’ needs and expectations follows; then, it’s off to work. “Usually everyone loves their coaches, and it really becomes a relationship—and a lot of people stick with them,” Leslie says. Molly McMahon is a San Rafaelbased personal trainer certified in corrective exercise and TRX, among other things, who joined GYMGUYZ recently. “I like the in-home aspect, since a lot of people I work with don’t go to the gym—it’s not appropriate for them if they’re recovering from an illness, or it’s just too intimidating for them, as everyone’s looking at you in a gym setting,” McMahon says. She describes her directive as seeing her clients moving around painlessly and freely, rather than just losing weight. She decided to join the program for its flexibility and limitless possibilities. “Leslie is able to cultivate the perfect team, and always helps me out if I need a piece of equipment,” McMahon says. On her end, the

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Counting Carbs The ketosis experience By Ari LeVaux


fter a lifetime of undisciplined eating, I finally embarked on my first real diet, just in time for the holidays. Making my dietary choices by gut instinct, it seemed, had resulted in a gut-centric body. Now I’m going after the core of my guts in my belly, the visceral belly fat, the insidious deposits that lurk between your internal organs, and sometimes in them or on them, far beneath the abdominal wall. It’s the fat you can’t squeeze, no matter how wide your grip. And it’s activist fat. The visceral deposits start to act like their own internal organ, even releasing hormones, some of which have been tied to inflammation and disease. As diets go, I didn’t pick an easy one. The ketogenic diet used to be nicknamed the “starvation diet,”

when it was the only known cure for certain neurological diseases. But in fairness, with this diet it only feels like you’re starving, even though the deprivation is real; complete deprivation of carbohydrates, that is, in an effort to get your body into a fat-burning mode called ketosis. Success at fat loss (and keeping it off ) ultimately boils down to finding a diet and exercise routine that you can actually stick to in the long run. The diet itself can be low-carb, high-carb and even carb-agnostic. Ketosis called to me because I felt like I was already halfway there. I knew I could live on bacon and eggs, because sometimes I practically do. So why not cut out the cake and go for it? Literally, ketogenic means “ketone producing,” a reference

to the splitting of fat molecules into ketones, which are similar to sugars in that the cells of our bodies are able to convert both of these molecules into energy, which, in essence switches the cells from sugar- to fat-burning. Being in ketosis is thought to impart so many health benefits that many adherents aren’t even trying to lose weight. You won’t lose weight, in fact, unless you eat fewer calories than you consume. In the first week I actually gained four pounds, before losing it back and then some, once I got the hang of it. Since fat is so dense, you could drink a day’s worth of calories in melted butter, and pretty soon your stomach would be growling. And you can’t go crazy on protein, because if carbs are scarce your liver

would sooner convert excess protein into sugar than break fat into ketones. By limiting protein and fat, the physical size of the material available to fill my belly was getting hard to scrape together, especially since many veggies, like potatoes, carrots, onions and others are high in carbohydrates as well. No roasted roots for me, and a plain bowl of oatmeal would contain my entire daily allotment of carbohydrates. Since I’m not a beer and bread guy, I thought it would be easier. To get your body anywhere near ketosis you have to count them ruthlessly, and counting carbs is as intellectually challenging as it is physically and emotionally demanding. They are everywhere, and the most hardcore practitioners try to keep their daily carb intakes to less than 20 grams per day. A handful of pecans, which are the most kept-friendly nut there is, still delivers about four grams of carbohydrates, or 20 percent of that daily allowance. Ditto for a carrot. The body and belly are feeling better, even if I still find myself wandering around the kitchen wondering what the heck I’m supposed to eat. I had figured out how to stay on the fat-burning diet and still have a full belly. It came down to the one carbohydrate I’m allowed to eat as much of as I wish: Fiber. A catch-all term for any carbohydrate that we can’t digest, fiber, like other carbs, has a way of filling the belly. Unfortunately, lots of high-fiber foods, including many fruits and veggies, also contain sugar and digestible carbohydrates. Finding enough fiber to include in one’s ketogenic diet, then, becomes a necessity. This isn’t a bad thing, because fiber has a long list of beneficial impacts, including the lowering of blood sugar levels, scrubbing your digestive tract and keeping your gut bacteria happy and wellfed. Basically, find yourself some high-fiber veggies that are low on sugars. Leafy greens like spinach, kale, mustard and chicory, as well as lettuce and other leaves. Eat leaves until full, dressed in a high-fat, lowcarb manner, which is hardly a tall order among salad dressings. I’m not saying that anyone should follow me and do what I do. In fact, as a general rule I suggest doing the opposite. But nonetheless, allow me to leave you with a recipe for Eggs in a Forest that anyone will like. Visit for more.Y

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Foods that fall into the ‘superfood’ category, like oatmeal and blueberries, are on the rise.


Super Duper A rational look at the superfood trend By Andrew Steingrube


n the past decade or so, “superfoods” have become quite trendy, leading to a meteoric rise in demand for previously obscure foods like quinoa, kale and acai berries. Kale production, for instance, increased by 60 percent between 2007 and 2012, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and it is still increasing in popularity, finding its way into everything from chips to pasta sauce to baby food. And even more common foods like oatmeal, salmon and blueberries that also fall into the supposed category of superfood are on the rise. Per capita blueberry

consumption increased by almost 50 percent between 2010 and 2015, according to the North American Blueberry Council. Some new-wave superfoods to watch out for in 2018 include watermelon seeds, tiger nuts and protein powder made from crickets. But is the whole superfoods trend just a vapid, gimmicky concept, or do some foods really deserve to be in Clark Kent’s lunchbox? Kale, seaweed and acai berries get their “super” tag due to high levels of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber. Quinoa and oatmeal are often touted for their combination of protein, energy-sustaining

complex carbohydrates and fiber. And foods like salmon, walnuts and almonds are revered because of their protein content and healthy unsaturated fats like omega-3s. But if the term “superfood” suggests any ability to override other dietary sins, this is far from the case. Most nutrition professionals choose not to use the word at all, and consider the concept overly reductive and misleading. For instance, kale gets a lot more superfood shine than spinach, but they have similar levels of iron, fiber, calories and protein. Blueberries also get more nutritional notoriety than other berries, but raspberries, for instance, contain more

than twice as much fiber and vitamin C. Almonds and walnuts get plenty of superfood love as well, but all nuts are fairly similar nutritionally and are good sources of protein, healthy fats, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Yet another tricky part about superfoods is that the scientific evidence supporting many of their health benefits is often not as robust as one might think. Many studies of human nutrition rely on longitudinal data, where people self-report what they eat over time and then researchers analyze what trends and health outcomes they observe. Not only does data like this rely on selfreporting that is often inaccurate, but it also doesn’t lend itself to cause-andeffect conclusions, making it hard to isolate the impact of a single food. One such study published in 2013 in the journal Circulation looked at dietary data from more than 93,000 middle-aged women, and found that participants who consumed three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries per week (both of which are rich in a type of antioxidant called anthocyanins) had a 32 percent lower risk of heart attack than those who consumed berries once a month or less. But this data does not prove that blueberries and strawberries lower the risk of heart attack, because the finding was only a correlation, and potentially many other dietary and lifestyle factors could have been involved. Many of superfoods’ purported health benefits are also based off studies either done on animals or in vitro. For example, a study published in 2014 in Nature Nanotechnology found that an anticancer protein combined with EGCG (a major antioxidant compound in green tea which is often labeled a superfood) had significantly better cancer-fighting properties than the protein alone. But their experiments were conducted in test tubes and in mice, weakening the strength and scope of the data and requiring more follow-up research. Overall, nutrition experts agree that a healthy diet should be comprised primarily of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, legumes and lean proteins. Basically, all of these foods can be thought of as superfoods because they truly can benefit our health. Good nutrition is the ultimate preventative medicine, and most nutritionists put it simply: Eat a rainbow. If it’s a plant, it’s likely pretty super, and a diverse, plant-filled diet ensures a vast array of nutrients. A healthy diet is about everything one eats and drinks over time, taken in totality.Y

Jan 3-Feb 10

The film ‘Molly’s Game’ is the story of the gambling den operator Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain) and the reparenting she so badly needed.


Wild Card ‘Molly’s Game’: High stakes By Richard von Busack


ecalling “Dude” Lebowski’s habit of laying on the floor and listening to cassette tapes of the sounds of bowling tournaments in the 1998 film The Big Lebowski, one wonders if he’d be a fan of Aaron Sorkin scripts. Debuting as director in Molly’s Game, the eminent screenwriter (Moneyball, etc.) uses Oliver Stone/Martin Scorsese-style visual overload to accompany all of the endless proactive talk. In this film based on her memoir and its aftermath, Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain) is a beautiful woman in peril from the law, because of the ultra-high-stakes gambling parties she ran in Los Angeles and New York. Movie stars, hedge fund managers and Russian mafia rubbed shoulders and lost fortunes, before squealers and the feds ruined the game. Such a woman sounds like a sport. Sorkin won’t have that, laying down several inches of dramatic mortar showing us that compulsion, bad luck and poor parenting resulted in Bloom’s alleged crimes.

Her debonair lawyer Charlie Jaffey (Idris Elba, squandered) tries to wring the truth out of this stubborn client, insistent on her as a victim of circumstances. Molly’s Game has a repellant counterpoint under its magazinecover feminism. It suggests that women are smarter, and that’s why we men have a duty to mold them. Who will crack this brittle woman first—either Jaffey, the lawyer who acts like a shrink or the actual shrink who sired her? If only Molly’s Game allowed Chastain a less bulletproof, more human touch to the role, instead of this all-you-can-stand buffet of Type A, whip-smart dialogue. Sorkin as director shows what an Aaron Sorkin script looks like before someone takes a red marker to it. Below and above everything in Molly’s Game is the dialogue. Except for speculation over whether one of the unidentified celebs at the poker table is supposed to be Tommy Wiseau, there’s not much to the movie but the words.Y


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• New Movies This Week Coco (PG)

By Matthew Stafford

Friday January 12 - Thursday January 18 • All the Money in the World (2:12) True story of John Paul Getty III’s kidnapping and the ransom his billionaire grandfather refuses to pay; Ridley Scott directs Christopher Plummer and Michelle Williams. • Big Sonia (1:33) A 90-something émigré faces her harrowing past as a Holocaust survivor when she’s evicted from her tailor shop after 30 years. • Coco (1:49) Colorful Disney/Pixar cartoon about a Mexican musician’s adventures in the Land of the Dead; Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt and Edward James Olmos provide the vocals. • The Commuter (1:44) Hitchcockian tale of an innocent bystander caught up in a deadly plot aboard a crowded commute train; Liam Neeson stars. • Condorito: La Pelicula! (1:28) The beloved feathered comic strip hero hits the big screen, saving the world (and his goofy pals) from an alien despot. • Darkest Hour (2:05) Gary Oldman delivers a career-defining performance as Winston Churchill, rallying the British citizenry to resist the Nazi menace in the early days of WWII. • The Disaster Artist (1:38) True story of how filmmaker un-extraordinaire Tommy Wiseau created the cult classic The Room, often considered the worst movie ever made; James Franco directs and stars. • The Divine Order (1:37) Period comedy about a Swiss housewife who leads her village’s feminist movement as the country lurches towards women’s suffrage (in 1971!). • Django (1:55) Reda Kateb stars as the legendary 1940s jazz guitarist, wowing crowds in German-occupied Paris while his fellow gypsies face Nazi persecution. • Happy End (1:47) Acerbic look at a wealthy French family and the Moroccan servants who tend to their needs; Jean-Louis Trintignant and Isabelle Huppert star. • Insidious: The Last Key (1:43) Parapsychologist Lin Shaye is back, snooping her way through the spirit world of ghosts, goblins and other spooky types. • In the Fade (1:45) Cannes-winning German thriller about a lone Hamburg widow and the neo-Nazi couple she targets; Diane Kruger stars. • I, Tonya (1:59) Irreverent, darkly comic look at the Tonya Harding saga stars Margot Robbie as the overdriven Olympic skater of yore; Allison Janney co-stars. • Jane (1:30) Documentary examines the life and work of legendary anthropologistenvironmentalist Jane Goodall through never-before-seen National Geographic footage; music by Philip Glass. • Lady Bird (1:33) Greta Gerwig’s breakout comedy stars Laurie Metcalf and Saoirse Ronan as a blue-collar mother and daughter bonding in circa-2002 Sacramento. • Loving Vincent (1:35) Groundbreaking animated film employs Van Gogh’s artworks to explore the artist’s tormented life and death; Jerome Flynn enters the picture as Dr. Gachet. • Mary and the Witch’s Flower (2:05) Hiromasa Yonebayashi anime about a

little girl’s mystical adventures at a school of magic; Jim Broadbent and Kate Winslet lend voice. • Molly’s Game (2:20) Rat-a-tat Aaron Sorkin repartee-fest tells the true tale of the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game; Jessica Chastain runs the table. • Novitiate (2:03) Soul-searching drama about a decade in the life of a young nun from early-1950s postulant to Vatican II novitiate; Margaret Qualley and Melissa Leo star. • The Opera House (1:48) Documentary employs interviews, music and archival footage to salute New York’s 52-year-old Metropolitan Opera House; Susan Froemke directs. • The Other Side of Hope (1:38) Wry, bittersweet Finnish dramedy about the lucky convergence of a Syrian refugee, a middle-aged salesman and a dilapidated restaurant. • Paddington 2 (1:45) The benevolent bear is back and going all Sherlock in foggy London town; Hugh Grant, Sally Hawkins and Julie Walters are among his posse. • PGS: Intuition Is Your Personal Guidance System (1:23) Bill Bennett documentary explores the nature of that often infallible inner voice with insights from scientists, spiritualists and theologians. • The Post (1:55) True story of The Washington Post’s heroic publication of the Pentagon Papers stars Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee and Meryl Streep as Kay Graham; Steven Spielberg directs. • Present Laughter (2:20) Direct from the Great White Way it’s Noël Coward’s fun-filled farce about an aging, narcissistic matinee idol; Kevin Kline stars. • The Shape of Water (1:59) Otherworldly Guillermo del Toro fairy tale about forbidden secrets, sexual longing and the Cold War; Sally Hawkins stars. • The Square (2:25) Cannes prizewinner about a Swedish art curator whose dedication to social altruism flies out the window when his smartphone is stolen. • Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2:32) Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher return in yet another chapter of the popcorn space opera; Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro co-star. • Sundance Short Film Tour (1:35) Seven short subjects from last year’s fest make up a cinematic smorgasbord of comedies, documentaries and dramas from around the globe. • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (1:55) Raw, wrenching noir comedy stars Frances McDormand as a grieving mother and Woody Harrelson as the small-town cop she sets her sights on. • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (2:06) Classic John Huston adventure flick follows three expat Americans into the Mexican wilderness in search of glittering, dangerous gold; Walter Huston delivers a legendary performance. • Uncle Vanya (3:00) Moscow’s Vakhtangov Theatre presents Chekhov’s timeless tale of dashed dreams, broken illusions and stifled, stifling emotions.

The Commuter (P13)

Condorito: La Pelicula! (PG)

Darkest Hour (PG-13)

The Divine Order (Not Rated) • Django (Not Rated) • Happy End (R)

Insidious: The Last Key (PG-13)

In the Fade (Not Rated)

I, Tonya (R)

Jane (Not Rated) Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (PG-13)

Lady Bird (R)

Loving Vincent (PG-13) • Mary and the Witch’s Flower (PG) Molly’s Game (R)

Murder on the Orient Express (PG-13) • The Opera House (Not Rated) The Other Side of Hope (Not Rated) • Paddington 2 (PG)

Fairfax: Fri-Wed 12:10, 2:30 Northgate: Fri-Wed 11:25, 2, 4:35, 7:10, 9:45 Northgate: Fri-Wed 12:10, 2:45, 5:20, 7:50, 10:30 Rowland: Fri-Wed 11:15, 1:50, 4:30, 7, 9:45 Northgate: Fri-Wed 1, 3:20, 5:35, 7:55, 10:20 (in Spanish with English subtitles) Regency: Fri-Sat 10:30, 1:25, 4:25, 7:20, 10:20; Sun-Thu 10:30, 1:25, 4:25, 7:20 Sequoia: Fri 4, 6:45, 9:30; Sat 1:15, 4, 6:45, 9:30; Sun 1:15, 4, 6:45; Mon, Tue, Thu 4, 6:45; Wed 1:30 Lark: Fri 3:45; Sun 10:50; Tue 6; Thu 3:15 Rafael: Fri-Sat, Mon, Wed-Thu 3:30, 6; Sun 7:30; Tue 6 Rafael: Fri, Wed-Thu 4, 6:15, 8:30; Sat-Mon 1:45, 4, 6:15, 8:30; Tue 6:15, 8:30 Northgate: Fri-Wed 11:50, 2:30, 5:15, 8, 10:35 Rowland: Fri-Wed 12, 2:40, 5:20, 7:50, 10:20 Rafael: Fri, Wed-Thu 4:15, 6:30, 8:45; Sat-Mon 2, 4:15, 6:30, 8:45; Tue 6:30, 8:45 Regency: Fri-Sat 10:20, 1:10, 4:05, 7:10, 10:05; Sun-Thu 10:20, 1:10, 4:05, 7:10 Rafael: Fri-Mon noon Fairfax: Fri-Sat 1, 4:10, 7:05, 9:55; Sun-Wed 1, 4:10, 7:05 Northgate: Fri-Wed 11, 12:45, 1:55, 5, 6:25, 7:45, 10:35; 3D showtime at 3:35 Rowland: Fri-Wed 11, 2:10, 7:40; 3D showtimes at 4:55, 10:30 Playhouse: Fri 4, 6:30, 9:15; Sat 12:30, 4, 6:30, 9:15; Sun-Mon 12:30, 4, 6:30; Tue-Wed 4, 6:30 Regency: Fri-Sat 11:20, 1:50, 4:15, 6:50, 9:15; Sun-Thu 11:20, 1:50, 4:15, 6:50 Lark: Tue 11; Thu 5:15 Fairfax: Thu 7, 8 Fairfax: Fri-Sat 12:15, 3:30, 6:40, 9:50; Sun-Wed 12:15, 3:30, 6:40 Larkspur Landing: Fri, Tue-Wed 6:45, 9:55; Sat-Mon 12:15, 3:30, 6:45, 9:55 Regency: Fri-Sat 12:30, 3:45, 7, 10:10; Sun-Thu 12:30, 3:45, 7 Rowland: Fri-Wed 10, 1:10, 4:15, 7:20, 10:25 Lark: Sat 5:45; Wed 11 Lark: Sat 12:55; Wed 6:30 Regency: Sat 12:55; Wed 12:55, 6:30 Sequoia: Wed 12:55, 6:30 Lark: Fri 10:50; Sun 6:50; Tue 8; Thu 1:10 Northgate: Fri-Wed 11:40, 2:20, 4:55, 7:30, 10:10 Rowland: Fri-Wed 10:30, 1:20, 4, 6:40, 9:30

PGS: Intuition Is Your Personal Guidance System (Not Rated) Pitch Perfect 3 (PG-13) • The Post (PG-13)

Rafael: Sun 5 Northgate: Fri-Wed 12, 2:25, 4:50, 7:25, 9:50 Fairfax: Fri-Sat 1:20, 4:05, 6:50, 9:40; Sun-Wed 1:20, 4:05, 6:50 Northgate: Fri-Wed 10:55, 12:35, 2:15, 3:55, 5:30, 7:15, 8:55, 10:05 Playhouse: Fri 3:45, 7, 9:30; Sat 12:45, 3:45, 7, 9:30; SunMon 12:45, 3:45, 7; Tue-Wed 3:45, 7 Rowland: Fri-Wed 10:15, 1:40, 4:20, 7:30, 10:15 Lark: Thu 7:30 • Present Laughter (Not Rated) Northgate: Fri-Wed 12:30, 2:50, 5:05, 7:35, 10 • Proud Mary (R) The Shape of Water (R) Fairfax: Fri-Sat 12:50, 3:50, 7, 9:50; Sun-Wed 12:50, 3:50, 7 Regency: Fri 10:45, 1:40, 4:40, 7:30, 10:25; Sat 4:40, 7:30, 10:25; Sun, Tue 10:45; Mon, Thu 10:45, 1:40, 4:40, 7:30; Wed 3:35 Star Wars: The Last Jedi (PG-13) Fairfax: Fri-Sat 12, 3:20, 6:40, 9:55; Sun-Wed 12, 3:20, 6:40 Northgate: Fri-Wed 12:20, 3:40, 7, 9:15, 10:20 Playhouse: Fri 3:30, 6:45, 9:55; Sat 12, 3:30, 6:45, 9:55; Sun-Mon 12, 3:30, 6:45; Tue-Wed 3:30, 6:45 Rowland: Fri-Wed 11:45, 3:15, 6:50, 10:10 • Sundance Short Film Tour (Not Rated) Rafael: Fri-Sat, Mon-Thu 8:20 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (R) Lark: Fri 5:50; Sat 8:15; Sun 4:20, 9; Mon 1:30, 8:20; Tue 3:30; Wed 8:50 Regency: Fri-Sat 11:10, 2, 4:50, 7:40, 10:30; Sun-Thu 11:10, 2, 4:50, 7:40 Sequoia: Fri 4:40, 7:15, 9:50; Sat 1:45, 4:40, 7:15, 9:50; Sun 1:45, 4:40, 7:15; Mon-Thu 4:40, 7:15 • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (PG) Regency: Sun, Tue 2, 7 Lark: Sun 1 • Uncle Vanya (Not Rated) Because there were too many movies playing this week to list, we have omitted some of the movie summaries and times for those that have been playing for multiple weeks. We apologize for the inconvenience. Showtimes can change after we go to press. Please call theater to confirm. CinéArts at Marin 101 Caledonia St., Sausalito, 331-0255 CinéArts at Sequoia 25 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley, 388-4862 Cinema 41 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 924-6505 Fairfax 9 Broadway, Fairfax, 453-5444 Lark 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur, 924-5111 Larkspur Landing 500 Larkspur Landing Cir., Larkspur, 461-4849 Northgate 7000 Northgate Dr., San Rafael, 800-326-3264 Playhouse 40 Main St., Tiburon, 435-1234 Rafael Film Center 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael, 454-1222 Regency 80 Smith Ranch Rd., Terra Linda, 479-5050 Rowland 44 Rowland Way, Novato, 800-326-3264


Due to limited space this week, most Sonoma and Napa listings have been cut from the calendar. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Concerts MARIN COUNTY Claremont Trio Mill Valley Chamber Music Society presents the renowned piano-led group featuring special guest violinist Harumi Rhodes. Jan 14, 4pm. $35/ Free for students and youth. Mt Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave, Mill Valley. 415.381.4453. Danny Click & the Hell Yeahs Veteran Marin musician celebrates seven years and 500 shows with his country-rock band. Jan 13, 9pm. $12. HopMonk Novato, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200. Suzanne Santo Frontwoman of Americana duo HoneyHoney performs a solo show with support from rising country folk outfit Mapache. Jan 12, 8pm. $15-$17. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.

Clubs & Venues MARIN Ali Akbar College of Music Jan 13, Manik Khan & Nilan Chaudhuri. 215 West End Ave, San Rafael. 415.454.6372. Fenix Jan 11, Larry Vann & the House Band. Jan 12, Deep Blue Jam with Stephanie Keys. Jan 14, Foni Mitchell. 919 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.813.5600. HopMonk Novato Wed, open mic. Jan 11, Country Line Dancing. Jan 12, Pop Fiction. Jan 14, 1pm, Natural Gas Jazz Band. 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.6200. Iron Springs Pub & Brewery Jan 10, Hopsauce. Jan 17, Soulbillies. 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax. 415.485.1005. 19 Broadway Club Jan 10, Book of Birds. Jan 11, Acoustically Speaking’s Grateful Jam. Jan 12, 5:30pm, No Filler. Jan 12, 9:30pm, TDK. Jan 13, 5:30pm, Blonde Sided. Jan 13, 9:30pm, Sunhunter with Modern Monsters. Jan 14, Los Troubadoux. Jan 15, open mic. Jan 17, songwriters in the round with Danny Uzi. 17 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

Osteria Divino Jan 10, Jonathan Poretz. Jan 11, Jeff Denson’s Open Sky Trio. Jan 12, Barrio Manouche. Jan 13, Ian McArdle Trio. Jan 14, Brian Moran Duo. Jan 16, Ken Cook. Jan 17, J Kevin Durkin. 37 Caledonia St, Sausalito. 415.331.9355. Panama Hotel Restaurant Jan 10, Ricky Ray. Jan 11, Charlie Docherty. Jan 16, Wanda Stafford. Jan 17, Rusty String Express. 4 Bayview St, San Rafael. 415.457.3993.

Trek Winery Jan 13, the Upbeats. 1026 Machin Ave, Novato. 415.899.9883.


Papermill Creek Saloon Jan 12, 5pm, Danny Montana. Jan 13, 5pm, Agents of Change. Jan 13, 9pm, Atilla Viola & the Bakersfield Boys and Sweet Chariot. Jan 14, the Highway One Band. Jan 16, open mic. Jan 17, Judy Radiloff. 1 Castro, Forest Knolls. 415.488.9235.

Art Works Downtown Jan 12-Feb 23, “Color Emotion,” featuring artworks that primarily use color to evoke, express, or contemplate emotion or the narrative. Reception, Jan 12 at 5pm. 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. Tues-Sat, 10 to 5. 415.451.8119.

Peri’s Silver Dollar Jan 11, Mark’s Jam Sammich. Jan 12, Spacerug and House of Mary. Jan 13, Inward Creature. Jan 14, Nightcap Blues Band. Jan 15, open mic. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.9910.

Corte Madera Library Jan 10-Feb 12, “Holiday,” Mia Brown, a painter with a disability displays her dynamic acrylic paintings, created with a brush or stylus attached to a helmet. 707 Meadowsweet Dr, Corte Madera. 707.924.6444.

Rancho Nicasio Jan 12, Hybrid Vigor with David Gans and Terry Haggerty. Jan 13, Buck Nickels & Loose Change. Jan 14, Rowan Brothers Trio. 1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio. 415.662.2219. Sausalito Seahorse Wed, Milonga with Marcelo Puig and Seth Asarnow. Jan 11, Carol Luckerback. Jan 12, Bait & Switch Blues Band. Jan 13, Rolando Morales and Carlos Reyes. Jan 16, Noel Jewkes and friends. 305 Harbor View Dr, Sausalito. 415.331.2899. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon Jan 11, Corey Leiter and RJ Bracchitta. Jan 12, Pat Hull. Jan 14, Erica Sunshine Lee. 41 Wharf Rd, Bolinas. 415.868.1311. Sweetwater Music Hall Jan 11, Orgone and the Humidors. Jan 13, Corduroy with Plush. Jan 14, 5pm, Mad Mama & the Bonafide Few with Noelle Glory & the Guarantees. Jan 15, open mic with Austin DeLone. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850. Terrapin Crossroads Jan 12, San Geronimo. Jan 13, Elliott Peck and Grahame Lesh in the Grate Room. Jan 13, Lake Charlatans. Jan 16, Stu Allen and friends. Jan 17, Colonel & the Mermaids. 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael. 415.524.2773. Throckmorton Theatre Jan 13, Kimrea & the Dreamdogs album release show. Jan 14, 5pm, Sunday Sessions Songwriter’s Circle with Caren Armstrong and friends. 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Marin Art & Garden Center Jan 16-Feb 25, “Presidio Tunnel Tops,” exhibition traces landscape architect Michael Painter’s Presidio Parkway, a nearly complete parkland that will reconnect the Presidio’s waterfront to its historic core. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 415.455.5260. MarinMOCA Jan 13-Feb 25, “InnerScapes” get a glimpse into several artists’ subconscious in this revealing show. Reception, Jan 13 at 5pm. 500 Palm Dr, Novato. Wed-Fri, 11 to 4; Sat-Sun, 11 to 5. 415.506.0137.

Comedy Andrew Norelli Standup comedian has been seen on latenight TV and in comedy clubs around the Bay Area. Jan 12, 7:30pm. $15-$20. Trek Winery, 1026 Machin Ave, Novato. 415.899.9883. StoryNights Hear true tales from comedians and storytellers Omar Qureshi, Heather Gold, David Nguyen, Scott Sanders and Tony Cyprien. Jan 17, 7:30pm. $18. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600. Tuesday Night Live See standup comedians Daniel Kinno, Scott LaRose, Sean McBride and others. Jan 16, 8pm. $17-$27. Throckmorton Theatre,

142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

Dance Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium Jan 13, 4pm, Dancing from City to City, students from Love2Dance perform a variety of dances, including hip-hop, jazz, ballet, tap and more. $19-$25. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.473.6800.

Events Domestic Violence Advocate Training Become an advocate over five day-long sessions, and make a difference in your community. Jan 10. $300. Center for Domestic Peace, 734 A St, San Rafael. 415.457.2464. Second Fridays Art Walk Anchored by Art Works Downtown galleries and artist studios, the art walk links venues throughout downtown San Rafael with receptions and entertainment. Second Fri of every month, 5pm. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.451.8119.

Field Trips Birds of Limantour Estero Follow a trail to see birds foraging with the tide and out on the open water. Jan 14, 10am. Limantour Beach, Pt Reyes National Seashore, Point Reyes Station. Sturgeon Derby Join rangers for this popular annual fishing contest for all ages. Prizes will be awarded for the biggest fish. Jan 13, 9am. McNear’s Beach Park, 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael.

Film Decoding Deepak Tiburon Film Society screens the documentary from filmmaker and journalist Gotham Chopra about his father, spiritual icon Deepak Chopra. Jan 11, 6:30pm. Free. Belvedere-Tiburon Library, 1501 Tiburon Blvd, Tiburon. 415.789.2665. For Your Consideration See a selection of Academy Award submissions from around the world. Through Jan 11. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.1222.


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16 Thu 1⁄11 • Doors 7pm ⁄ $17–$20 • All Ages Orgone + The Humidors Fri 1⁄12 • Doors 8pm ⁄ $15–$17 • All Ages



Suzanne Santo of HONEYHONEY


Sat 1⁄13 • Doors 8pm ⁄ $17–$19 • All Ages


+ Mapache

Corduroy + Plush

– A Pearl Jam Tribute Band – Stone Temple Pilots Tribute

Sun 1⁄14 • Doors 4:30pm ⁄ FREE • All Ages

Mad Mama & the Bona Fide Few + Noelle Glory and The Guarantees Mon 1⁄15 • Doors 7pm ⁄ FREE • All Ages

Open Mic Night with Austin DeLone Thu 1⁄18 • Doors 7pm ⁄ $15–$17 • All Ages

Kuinka + Rainbow Girls

Sat 1⁄20 • Doors 8pm ⁄ $22– $24 • All Ages

Wild Child

A Live Re-Creation of a 1960s Doors Concert

Sun 1⁄21 • Doors 7pm ⁄ $16–$22 • All Ages

The Secret Sisters + Smooth Hound Smith

Wed 1⁄24 • Doors 7:30pm ⁄ $20–$22 • All Ages Mild High Club + Jerry Paper Fri 1/26 & Sat 1⁄27 • Doors 8pm ⁄ $27–$42 • All Ages TWO DAY PASS All Star Band feat Members of The Neville Brothers,

Radiators & Dirty Dozen Brass Band

The New Orleans Suspects feat special guest Eric McFadden 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley Café 388-1700 | Box Office 388-3850

Lunch & Dinner Sat & Sun Brunch

Fireside Dining 7 Days a Week

Din ner & A Show

Vigor Rancho Jan 12 Hybrid David Gans, Debut! Terry Haggerty 8:00 Fri

Nickels & Loose Change Jan 13 Buck Soulful, Original, Country Sat

8:00 / No Cover

Stellar Harmonies 4:00 / No Cover


Jan 26

SAT 1/13 $1215 8PM DOORS / 9PM SHOW 21+







FRI 1/19 $1015 8PM DOORS / 9PM SHOW 21+


Learn about wine and sommeliers in the film ‘Somm,’ accompanied by a talk and a tasting at Diesel Bookstore in Larkspur on January 17.


SAT 1/20 $10 8PM DOORS / 9PM SHOW



+ THE MESSENGERS Book your next event with us. Up to 150ppl. Email

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PGS Australian director Bill Bennett will present and discuss the first US screening of his latest film about intuition as the personal guidance system. Jan 10, 7:15pm. $9-$12. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.1222. Somm Wine-centric film screens with tasting and talk by wine specialist Carter Dyer. Jan 17, 6:30pm. Diesel Bookstore, 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 415.785.8177.

Keeping The Living Music Alive

Spectacular 2018 Concert Series! Jan 19 • Fri • 8pm • Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley

Todd Boston “ONE CD Release Concert” A Solo performance by multi-instrumental virtuoso Feb 16 • Fri • 8pm • Freight & Salvage, Berkeley

World Music Pioneer Jai Uttal with José Neto, Prajna Vieira, Ben Leinbach, Michelle Goerlitz

Sundance Short Film Tour On the eve of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, see a program of seven shorts, including two award winners, from last year’s event. Through Jan 11. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415.454.1222.

Food & Drink

Adey Bell “Silver Wheel CD Release Concert” An intimate evening w/“Shadow Shaman” singersongwriter w/ soulful, angelic voice, unreal pianist!

High Lonesome Twang to Lowdown Roots 8:00 / No Cover

Apr 8 • Sun • 7pm • Showcase Theater, Marin Center

For Kids

The B Sharp Blues Band 8:00

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Annie Sampson Band Jan 27 The Rock, Blues, & R&B 8:00 / No Cover Sat


“West Marinicana”

Dance Party 8:00 / No Cover

Jan 20


Off the Grid Food Trucks Eat your way through the largest gathering of mobile food trucks in Marin, listen to live music and take in great views. Sun, Jan 14, 11am. Marin Country Mart, 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 415.461.5700.

Copasetics Jan 19 New Tim Eschliman, Dallis Craft, o ch n Ra t! Sean Allen Fri



FRI 1/12 $1315 8PM DOORS / 9PM SHOW 21+

Jai Uttal “Special Valentine’s Day Concert”

Bros Trio Jan 14 Rowan Chris and Lorin Sun



Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Le Jazz Hot Bring your sweetheart Wednesday night for a romantic evening with live music & fabulous food & drink! Reservations Advised


On the Town Square, Nicasio

Mar 11 • Sun • 7pm • Unity in Marin, Novato

Jami Sieber & Kim Rosen “Only Breath” Merging Poetry and Stunning World-beat Music Mar 25 • Sun • 7pm • Unity in Marin, Novato

R. Carlos Nakai Quartet “Live in Concert” Global Ethnic Grooves w/ Native American flutes

Apr 14 • Sat • 8pm • Showcase Theater, Marin Center

Nina Wise and Vinny Ferraro “Wild Wisdom: SOUL-O”

Fresh Take on Universal Truths: Genius improvisation & Dharma Humor—unpredictable & moving May 12 • Sat • 7:30pm • Marin Center Auditorium

Deva Premal & Miten with Manose “Soul of Mantra Tour All Ages • 415.924.4848 •

Nature for Kids Families can take a winter walk at this beautiful preserve looking for cold weather critters. Jan 15, 10am. Mount Burdell Preserve, San Andreas Dr, Novato.

Lectures Sausalito Woman’s Club Scholarship Recognition Fund Applications

Permanent residents living in the Sausalito or Marin City School District planning to initiate or continue education at an accredited college, graduate school, vocational or art school are eligible to apply. Through Mar 1. Sausalito Woman’s Club, 120 Central Ave, Sausalito. applications. Southern Marin Toastmasters Improve your public speaking skills at the weekly meeting. Wed, 6:45pm. Free. Larkspur Recreation, 240 Doherty Dr, Larkspur, eloquent.

Readings Book Passage Jan 10, 7pm, “The Doha Experiment” with Gary Wasserman. Jan 11, 7pm, “One Nation After Trump” with Thomas Mann. Jan 13, 4pm, “The Amorous Heart” with Marilyn Yalom. Jan 13, 7pm, “The Day You Love Me” with Jay Humphrey. Jan 14, 4pm, “Three Tales from the Archive of Love” with Doreen Stock. Jan 14, 7pm, “The Trail Runner’s Companion” with Sarah Lavender Smith. Jan 15, 7pm, “From the Monastery to the World” with Robert Hass. Jan 16, 7pm, “The Wanted” with Robert Crais. Jan 17, 7pm, “The Gospel According to Father Coffee” with William Vlach. Jan 17, 7pm, “The Largesse of the Sea Maiden” with various authors, a tribute to Denis Johnson. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 415.927.0960. Book Passage By-the-Bay Jan 10, 6pm, “Nobody’s Boy” with Mike Denney. Jan 11, 6pm, “Smashing Mindset” with Selena Bartlett. Jan 13, 1pm, “Bloodstains with Bronte” with Katherine Bolger Hyde. Jan 13, 5pm, “Keeper of the Pond” with Margaret Stawowy. 100 Bay St, Sausalito. 415.339.1300.

Seminars&Workshops To include your seminar or workshop, call 415.485.6700.

SINGLES WANTED! Single & Dissatisfied? Tired of spending weekends and holidays alone? Join with other singles to explore what’s blocking you from fulfillment in your relationships. NINE-WEEK SINGLE’S GROUP. Advance sign-up required; space limited. Groups starting 1/31/18. Also offering: ongoing coed (emotional) INTIMACY GROUPS (married/partnered or single), WOMEN’S GROUP and INDIVIDUAL, FAMILY & COUPLES THERAPY. Central San Rafael. Possible financial assistance (health/flex savings accounts or insurance). Call (415) 453-8117 for more information. Renée Owen, LMFT#35255. GROUP FOR FORMER MEMBERS OF HIGH DEMAND GROUPS OR “CULTS”, “spiritual,” “religious,” “philosophical,” “Eastern,” “Coaching/Improvement,” etc. Safety and trust in discussing experiences and coercive influence in groups and families with leaders who claim special status and who use unethical, manipulative methods to recruit and indoctrinate with increasing demands on personal lives. Facilitated and developed by Colleen Russell, LMFT, CGP, since 2003. GROUP FOR MOTHERLESS DAUGHTERS, women who have lost their mothers through death, illness, separation, or estrangement in childhood, adolescence or adulthood. A safe place to grieve and to explore many influences of mother loss in relationships, parenting, individual goals, trust, etc. Facilitated and developed by Colleen Russell, LMFT, GCP, since 1997. Kentfield. Individual, Couple, Family & Group Therapy. 415785-3513;, New Year, New Job—We of LAUNCH have formed an Employment Agency especially designed for Millennial’s. If you or someone you know age 18 to 30 is struggling to get into, or to return to, the workforce, we can help. We have trained hundreds of clients to find work that is lucrative and rewarding. Workshops and private sessions available. Contact Program Director, Mary Ann Maggiore at for more information. Or text us at 415-577-6627. DIVE DEEP INTO THE HEART SUTRA. Join us for a five week exploration of the Heart Sutra with Sarah Woodard, a senior student of the late Choygam Trungpa Rinpoche. We will explore the history and context of the Heart Sutra through the study of different translations and commentaries handed down over the centuries. The Heart Sutra expresses the Buddha’s ultimate teaching on wisdom and emptiness. All are welcome. No prerequisites or experience required, The class will meet every Thursday at 7 pm for five weeks at Tamalpais Shambhala Center, 734 A Street, San Rafael. The cost is $125,00, or pay what you can. Please check our website for more details at

Community Spanish Language Learning Center In Downtown San Rafael www.spanishindowntown REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Firehouse Community Park Agency calls for bids from qualified Skate park contractors to complete an existing skate park at Mesa Park in Bolinas, CA. Approximately $80,000 has been allocated for this project. For submittal instructions & requirements. Contact:

Mind&Body HYPNOTHERAPY Thea Donnelly, M.A. Hypnosis, Counseling, All Issues. 25 yrs. experience. 415-459-0449. SPIRITUAL COUNSELOR~ Professional Psychic Pat, Licensed Minister, 30 years experience.~ www.divinehealingcenter. org/healings/private

Home Services CLEANING SERVICES All Marin House Cleaning Licensed, Bonded, Insured. Will do Windows. O’felia 415-717-7157. FURNITURE DOCTOR Ph/Fax: 415-383-2697

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-143301. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: TIKAL CONSTRUCTION, 700 22ND ST, RICHMOND, CA 94801: VIDAL MORALES, 700 2ND ST, RICHMOND, CA 94801. The business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on Nov 6, 2017. (Publication Dates: Dec 20, Dec 27 of 2017 and Jan 03, Jan 10, 2018)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017143498. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: SWEET COOKIE TRAVEL, 1038 REDWOOD HWY FRONTAGE RD, STE 1038, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: WILLIAM L GAMBLE, 1038 REDWOOD HWY FRONTAGE RD, STE 1038, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941 . The business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This state-

ment was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on Dec 8, 2017. (Publication Dates: Dec 20, Dec 27 of 2017 and Jan 03, Jan 10, 2018)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-143479. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: BRETANO HOUSE ONE TWO THREE, 675 ROSAL WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: MARILYN FRIES, 613 VENDOLA DR, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. The business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant is renewing filing with changes and is transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on Dec 5, 2017. (Publication Dates: Dec 20, Dec 27 of 2017 and Jan 03, Jan 10, 2018)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-143407. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: PLAYERS GUITARS, 840 B ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JAMES CUCUZZELLA, 1540 3RD ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. 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 Nov 27, 2017. (Publication Dates: Dec 20,

Dec 27 of 2017 and Jan 03, Jan 10, 2018)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017143451. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: J2 INTERIORS, 425 WELLESLEY AVE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: JOHN JOHNSTON, 425 WELLESLEY AVE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. The business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on Dec 1, 2017. (Publication Dates: Dec 27 of 2017 and Jan 03, Jan 10, Jan 17, 2018)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-143502. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: BUILDING SOLUTIONS, 2171 FRANCISCO BLVD E, SUITE C, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901 : THE PERFECT BUILDER, INC., 2171 FRANCISCO BLVD E, SUITE C, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. The business is being conducted by A CORPORATION. Registrant is renewing filing with changes and is transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on Dec 8, 2017. (Publication Dates: Jan 03, Jan 10, Jan 17, and Jan 24, 2018)

NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-143533. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: CONSIDER IT DONE, 336 REDWOOD DRIVE, WOODACRE, CA 94973: CHEYENNE LEVI, 336 REDWOOD DRIVE, WOODACRE, CA 94973. 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 Dec 14, 2017. (Publication Dates: Jan 10, Jan 17, Jan 24, Jan 31 of 2018)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT—File No: 2017-143621. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: TIME FOR COLOR, 1769 GRANT AVE., NOVATO, CA 94947: HANA NUGUSU, 810 LARK CT, 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 Jan 2, 2018. (Publication Dates: Jan 10, Jan 17, Jan 24, Jan 31 of 2018)


Trivia answers «5 1 1996 (can you believe it, 20

years ago?!)

2 The moon 3 15 (that’s 1 eight, 1 four, 1 two, and 1 one, left to right)

4 The House of Lords, with around 800 members (Commons, around 650)

Silence of the Lambs, 1991); Jane Fonda (Coming Home, 1979; Klute, 1972)

7 Hit 59 home runs, leading the major leagues, and was voted the National League’s Most Valuable Player. He’ll join the New York Yankees this season.

5 Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, George

8 Light 9 Althea Gibson 10a. Vice versa b. King Kong c. Baby bottle

6 Jodie Foster (The Accused, 1988;

BONUS ANSWER: Cerveza (Spanish name for beer)

Harrison, Roy Orbison & Jeff Lynne (Electric Light Orchestra). Thanks for the question to Michael Vogel from Mill Valley.

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PublicNotices STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No: CIV 1704675. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner ROSENBLATT filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: ALEXIS SARA ROSENBLATT to ALEXIS SARA ROSE ANGELUCCI. 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: 02/23/2018 AT 09:00 AM, DEPT A. 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: Dec 22, 2017 (Publication Dates: Jan 10, Jan 17, Jan 24, Jan 31 of 2018)

SUMMONS (CITACION JUDICIAL) NOTICE TO DEFENDANT:THE TESTATE AND INTESTATE SUCCESSORS OF JOHN TREWAVAS, DECEASED; THE TESTATE AND INTESTATE SUCCESSORS OF RUTH S. TREWAVAS, DECEASED; and ALL PERSONS UNKNOWN, CLAIMING ANY LEGAL OR EQUITABLE RIGHT, TITLE, ESTATE, OR INTEREST IN THE PROPERTY DESCRIBED IN THE COMPLAINT ADVERSE TO PLAINTIFFS’ TITLE, OR ANY CLOUD ON PLAINTIFFS’ TITLE TO THE PROPERTY sued herein as DOES 1 though 100, inclusive, Exhibit “A All that certain real property situated in the unincorporated area of the County of Marin, State of California and being more particularly described as follows: An unnamed lane 4 feet wide lying between lots 33 and 34 as shown on that certain map entitled, “Map of Camp Tamalpais Homestead Valley Calif. Being a subdivision of Block 12 of Tamalpais Land & Water Co’s Map No. 7” filed for record on November 17, 1908 in Book 3

of Maps at Page 2. A Portion of A.P.N. 047-082-23. YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF: (LO ESTA DEMANDANDO EL DAMANDANTE): DENNIS SCOTT, an individual and AMY SCOTT, an individual. CASE NUMBER: CIV1704469. NOTICE! You have been sued. The court may decide against you without your being heard unless you respond within 30 days. Read the information below. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you. Your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts. Online Self-Help Center ([ selfhelp ] selfhelp), your county law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money, and propertymay be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (, the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www., or by contacting your local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000 or more in a civil case. The court’s lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. jAV/501 Lo han demandado. Sf no responde dentro de 30 dlas, Ia corte puede decidir en su contra sin escuchar su versi6n. Lea Ia informaci6n a cantinuaci6n. Tiene 30 DiAS DE CALENDAR/0 despues de que le entreguen esta citaci6n y papeles legales para presentar una respuesta par escrito en esta corte y hacer que se entregue una capia a! demandante. Una carta a una 1/amada telef6nica nolo protegen. Su respuesta por escrito tiene que estar en farmato legal correcto sf desea que procesen su caso en Ia corte. Es posible que haya un formulario que usted pueda

usar para su respuesta. Puede encontrar estos formularios de Ia corte y mas informaci6n en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California ([ http://www.sucorte. ca.govJ ], en Ia biblioteca de !eyes de su condado a en Ia corte que le quede mas cerca. Sf no puede pagar Ia cuota de presentaci6n, pida af secretario de Ia corte que le de un formulario de exenci6n de pago de cuotas. Sino presenta su respuesta a tiempo, puede perder el caso por incumplimiento y Ia corte le podra quitar su suefdo, dinero y bienes sin mas advertencia. Hay otros requisitos legales. Es recomendable que flame a un abogado inmediatamente. Sino conoce a un abogado, puede llamar a un seNicio de remisi6n a abogados. Sf no puede pagar a un abogado, es posible que cumpla con los requisitos para obtener se!Vicios legales gratuitos de un programa de seNicios legales sin fines de Iuera. Puede encontrar estos grupos sin fines de Iuera en el sitio web de California Legal SeNices, (www.lawhelpcalifornia. orgJ, en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California, {wNw. o poniendose en contacto con Ia corte o el colegio de abogados locales. AVISO: Por ley, Ia corte tiene derecho a reclamar las cuotas y los costas exentos por imponer un gravamen sabre cualquier recuperacf6n de $10,000 6 mas de valor recibida mediante un acuerdo o una concesi6n de arbitraje en un caso de derecho civil. Tiene que pagar el gravamen de Ia corte antes de que Ia corte pueda desechar el caso. The name and address of the court is: (EI nombre y direccion de Ia corte es): Marin County Superior Court 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 113, San Rafael, CA 94913-4988. The name, address, and telephone number of plaintiffs attorney, or plaintiff without an attorney, is: (EI nombre, Ia direcci6n y el numero de teletono del abogado del demandante. o del demandante que no tiene abogado, es): Christopher A. Skelton CSB# 287823, Rifkind Law Group, 100 Drake’s Landing Road, Suite 260, 415.785.7988. Greenbrae, CA 94904. DATE: Dec-5, 2017. James M. Kim/Clerk C. Lucchese/ Deputy (Pub Dates Jan 03, Jan 10, Jan 17, Jan 24 of 2018)


ALEXIS SARA ROSENBLATT to ALEXIS SARA ROSE ANGELUCCI. 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: 02/23/2018 AT 09:00 AM, DEPT A. 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: Dec 22, 2017 (Publication Dates: Jan 10, Jan 17, Jan 24, Jan 31 of 2018)

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No: CIV 1800006. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MISHARY KHALID SAOUD AL-SALEM filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: MISHARY KHALID SAOUD AL-SALEM to MISHARY STEWART SALEM. 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: 02/13/2018 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: Jan 2, 2018 (Publication Dates: Jan 10, Jan 17, Jan 24, Jan 31 of 2018)

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No: CIV 0704690. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner SUSAN CONSTANCE WENDER filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: SUSAN CONSTANCE WENDER to MEIYA SUSAN WENDER. 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: 02/14/2018 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: Dec 27, 2017 (Publication Dates: Jan 10, Jan 17, Jan 24, Jan 31 of 2018)

NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE. NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: SARA WILSON STANDER, nee SARA ANN WILSON; Case No. PR-1800031. filed on Jan 3, 2018. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of SARA WILSON STANDER, SARA ANNE WILSON. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed in the Superior Court of California, County of MARIN

by MATTHEW WILENCHIK. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that MATTHEW WILENCHIK be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. 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: FEB 13, 2018 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, 94901. 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: JOHN STANDER, 64 MARTENS BLVD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901, 925.285.2588. Publication Dates: Jan 10, 17, 24 of 2018)

By Amy Alkon


My husband and I have been married for eight years. We have a 5-yearold son, and we both work full-time. We used to have these amazing crazy sex marathons, but now we’re too tired from our jobs and parenthood. We have sex about once a month, if that. I’m worried that this isn’t healthy for our marriage.—Sex Famine


The good news: You two are still like animals in bed. The bad news: They’re the sort on the road that have been flattened by speeding cars. This is something to try to change, because sex seems to be a kind of gym for a healthy relationship. Clinical psychologist Anik Debrot and her colleagues note that beyond how sex “promotes a stronger and more positive connection” between partners, there’s “strong support” in the research literature for a link between “an active and satisfying sexual life and individual well-being.” Of course, it’s possible that individuals who are happy get it on more often than those who hate their lives and each other. Also, rather obviously, having an orgasm tends to be more day-brightening than, say, having a flat tire. However, when Debrot and her colleagues surveyed couples to narrow down what makes these people having regular sex happier, their results suggested that it wasn’t “merely due to pleasure experienced during sex itself.” It seems it was the affection and loving touch (cuddlywuddlies) in bed that led couples to report increased “positive emotions and well-being”—and not just right afterward but for hours afterward and even into the next day. The researchers found a longer-lasting effect, too: In a survey of 106 couples (all parents with at least one child younger than 8), the more these partners had sex over a 10-day period, the greater their relationship satisfaction six months down the road. My prescription for you? Have sex once a week—a frequency that research by social psychologist Amy Muise finds, for couples, is associated with greater happiness. Also, go easy on yourselves. Consider that some sex is better than, well, “sex marathon or nuthin!” And then, seeing as affection and loving touch—not sexual pleasure—led to the improved mood in individuals and increased relationship satisfaction in couples, basically be handsy and cuddly with each other in daily life. Act loving and you should find yourself feeling loving.


My boyfriend broke up with me last month. We still talk and text almost every day. We’re still connected on social media. We’ve even had dinner twice. I feel better that he’s still in my life, even just as a friend, though we don’t work as a couple. Is this healthy, or am I prolonging some sort of grief I’m going to have to feel down the road?—Clinging


Your approach to a breakup is like having your dog die and then, instead of burying it, having it taxidermied and taking it out for “walks” in a little red wagon. Note the helpful key word—“break”—in breakup. It suggests that when someone tells you, “It’s over!” the thing you say isn’t, “Okey-dokey! See you tomorrow for lunch!” As painful as it is to stare into a boyfriend-shaped void in your life, continued contact is the land of false hopes—fooling you into thinking that nothing’s really changed (save for your relationship status on Facebook). In fact, research by social psychologist David Sbarra finds that contact offline after a breakup amps up feelings of both love and sadness, stalling the healing process. Staying in touch online—or just snooping on your ex’s social media doings—appears to be even worse. For example, social psychologist Tara Marshall found that “engaging in surveillance of the ex-partner’s Facebook page inhibited postbreakup adjustment and growth above and beyond offline contact.” This makes sense—as your brain needs to be retrained to stop pointing you toward your now-ex-boyfriend whenever you need love, attention or comforting. Tell your ex that you need a real break, and stick to it. Block him on social media. Drawbridge up. No contact of any kind—no matter how much you long to hear, “Hey, whatcha up to tonight? How ’bout I come over and slow down your healing process?”Y Worship the goddess—or sacrifice her at the altar at


For the week of January 10

ARIES (March 21-April 19): I’m happy to

inform you that life is giving you permission to be extra demanding in the coming weeks—as long as you’re not petty, brusque or unreasonable. Here are a few examples that will pass the test: “I demand that you join me in getting drunk on the truth;” “I demand to receive rewards commensurate with my contributions;” “I demand that we collaborate to outsmart and escape the karmic conundrums we’ve gotten ourselves mixed up in.” On the other hand, Aries, ultimatums like these are not admissible: “I demand treasure and tribute, you fools;” “I demand the right to cheat in order to get my way;” “I demand that the river flow backwards.”

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Are you

familiar with the phrase “Open Sesame?” In the old folk tale Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, it’s a magical command that the hero uses to open a blocked cave where treasure is hidden. I invite you to try it out. It just may work to give you entrance to an off-limits or previously inaccessible place where you want and need to go. At the very least, speaking those words will put you in a playful, experimental frame of mind as you contemplate the strategies you could use to gain entrance. And that alone may provide just the leverage you need.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): While thumping around the internet, I came across pointed counsel from an anonymous source. “Don’t enter into a long-term connection with someone until you’ve seen them stuck in traffic,” it declared. “Don’t get too deeply involved with them until you’ve witnessed them drunk, waiting for food in a restaurant for entirely too long or searching for their phone or car keys in a panic. Before you say yes to a deeper bond, make sure you see them angry, stressed or scared.” I recommend that you take this advice in the coming weeks. It’ll be a good time to deepen your commitment to people who express their challenging emotions in non-abusive, non-psychotic ways. CANCER (June 21-July 22): My high school history teacher Marjorie Margolies is now Chelsea Clinton’s mother-in-law. She shares two grandchildren with Hillary Clinton. Is that something I should brag about? Does it add to my cachet or my happiness? Will it influence you to love me more? No, nah and nope. In the big scheme of things, it’s mildly interesting but utterly irrelevant. The coming weeks will be a good time for Cancerians like you and me to renounce any desire we might have to capitalize on fake ego points like this. We Crabs should be honing our identity and self-image so they’re free of superficial measures of worth. What’s authentically valuable about you? LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): If I were your mentor or

your guide, I’d declare this the Leo Makeover Season. First, I’d hire a masseuse or masseur to knead you firmly and tenderly. I’d send you to the nutritionist, stylist, dream interpreter, trainer and life coach. I’d brainstorm with the people who know you best to come up with suggestions for how to help free you from your illusions and infuse your daily rhythm with 20 percent more happiness. I’d try to talk you out of continuing your association with anyone or anything that’s no damn good for you. In conclusion, I’d be thorough as I worked to get you unlocked, debugged and retooled.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “It takes an extraordinary person to carry themselves as if they do not live in hell,” says writer D. Bunyavong. In accordance with the astrological omens, I nominate you Virgos to fit that description in the coming weeks. You are, in my estimation, as far away from hell as you’ve been in a long time. If anyone can seduce, coax or compel heaven to come all the way down to Earth for a while, it’s you. Here’s a good way to get the party started: Gaze into the mirror until you spy the eternal part of yourself. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In accordance with the astrological omens, I encourage you to move the furniture around. If you feel inspired, you might even

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want to move some of that old stuff right out the door and haul it to the dump or the thrift store. Hopefully, this will get you in the mood to launch a sweeping purge of anything else that lowers the morale and élan around the house: Dusty mementoes, unflattering mirrors, threadbare rugs, chipped dishes and numbing symbols. The time is ripe, my dear homies, to free your home of deadweight.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): When he was 16 years old and living in New York, Ralph Lifshitz changed his name to Ralph Lauren. That was probably an important factor in his success. Would he have eventually become a famous fashion designer worth $5.8 billion dollars if he had retained a name with “shitz” in it? The rebranding made it easier for clients and customers to take him seriously. With Ralph’s foresight as your inspiration, Scorpio, consider making a change in yourself that will enhance your ability to get what you want. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In 1956, the prolific Spanish poet Juan Ramón Jiménez was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. The award committee praised his “high spirit and artistic purity.” The honor was based on his last 13 books, however, and not on his first two. Water Lilies and Souls of Violet were works he wrote while young and still ripening. As he aged, he grew so embarrassed by their sentimentality that he ultimately tried to track down and eradicate every copy. I bring this to your attention, Sagittarius, because I think it’s a favorable time for you to purge, renounce or atone for anything from your past that you no longer want to be defined by. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Three

centuries ago, Capricorn genius Isaac Newton formulated principles that have ever since been fundamental to scientists’ understanding of the physical universe. He was also a pioneer in mathematics, optics and astronomy. And yet he also expended huge amounts of time and energy on the fruitless attempt to employ alchemy to transform base metals into solid gold. Those efforts may have been interesting to him, but they yielded no lasting benefits. You Capricorns face a comparable split. In 2018, you could bless us with extraordinary gifts or else you could get consumed in projects that aren’t the most productive use of your energy. The coming weeks may be crucial in determining which way you’ll go.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): A rite of passage lies ahead. It could and should usher you into a more soulful way of living. I’m pleased to report that this transition won’t require you to endure torment, confusion or passive-aggressive manipulation. In fact, I suspect that it could turn out to be among the most graceful ordeals you’ve ever experienced—and a prototype for the type of breakthrough that I hope will become standard in the months and years to come. Imagine being able to learn valuable lessons and make crucial transitions without the prod of woe and gloom. Imagine being able to say, as musician PJ Harvey said about herself, “When I’m contented, I’m more open to receiving inspiration. I’m most creative when I feel safe and happy.” PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): The Kalevala is

a 19th century book of poetry that conveys the important mythology and folklore of the Finnish people. It was a wellspring of inspiration for English writer J.R.R. Tolkien as he composed his epic fantasy novel The Lord of the Rings. To enhance his ability to steal ideas from The Kalevala, Tolkien even studied the Finnish language. He said it was like “discovering a complete wine-cellar filled with bottles of an amazing wine of a kind and flavor never tasted before.” According to my reading of the astrological omens, Pisces, in 2018 you will have the potential of discovering a source that’s as rich for you as Finnish and The Kalevala were for Tolkien.Y

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Januray 10-16, 2018


Januray 10-16, 2018