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in life once he learns that the government is hiding the fact that the Earth’s crust has “become unstable,” and everyone on the planet is about to die. While vacationing in Yellowstone, where covert geologists have been secretly taking the Earth’s temperature (or something), Cusack ill Durst is ready for the end of encounters a crazy-as-a-loon conspiracy the world. theorist (Woody Harrelson), from whom “Let’s go watch some sh-t blow he acquires a map showing the exact spot up!” says the nationally renowned politi- in China where all of the world’s smartcal satirist and writer, as he arrives for an est and richest people are, unbeknownst afternoon screening of the apocalyptic to everyone else, all meeting up for some blockbuster 2012, pushing his wife, come- kind of massive end-of-the-world escape dian Debi Durst, in plan—spaceships? a wheelchair. An armored “I had a little acciupgrade of dent while we were Noah’s ark? A giant on vacation,” she catapult ready to explains. “I totally launch the world’s messed up my ankle best-and-brightest and had to have to the moon in big, surgery last week. roly-poly lunarSo am I looking forpods? You’ll have ward to watching to see the movie to other people suffind out. fer for a couple of With the last clihours? You bet!” mactic disaster still In 2012, from ringing in our ears disaster-fetishist Woody Harrelson’s ‘acting’ skills were pretty much wasted in (Spoiler alert: The Roland Emmerich role of hygiene-challenged loon. ending involves (Independence Day, a tsunami-riding Godzilla, The Day After Tomorrow), the battleship on a collision course with the world as Hollywood knows it is destroyed peak of Mount Everest!), Will rolls from in a fabulous FX orgy of earthquakes, the theater. eruptions, explosions, gaseous leaks, gro“That Woody Harrelson,” he says, cery store mayhem, tectonic plate shifts, tongue-in-cheek. “He played that completelava flows, plane crashes, tidal waves and and-total whacko so perfectly I almost some really bad driving, on and off the believed...wait...” freeway. In the film, which has grossed “Honey, I don’t think he was acting,” nearly $600 million since its release smiles Debi. before Thanksgiving, John Cusack plays a “Oh, right. This is Woody Harrelson limousine-driving science-fiction writer we’re talking about,” he chuckles. “When who finally starts savoring the good things is he not crazy?”

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Will Durst’s various accomplishments range from popular stand-up gigs, his own radio show and weekly podcasts (www. willdurst.com), a much-buzzed about book (The All-American Sport of Bipartisan Bashing: Common Sense Rantings from a Raging Moderate), a popular weekly newspaper column, a new one-man show (The Lieutenant Governor from the State of Confusion) and even a stint, last year, on Broadway. Debi, an accomplished improv comedian and voice artist, may be less well-known a commodity than her rabblerousing husband, but her accomplishments include participation in one cult-favorite movie masterpiece (she was the voice of the Corpse Kid in Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas) and is the producer of the hugely successful annual San Francisco Comedy Day in the Park, of which she is also the gaudily dressed S.F. Giantsaddicted host. North Bay audiences can catch a double dose of Durst in December, when both Debi and Will are scheduled to perform together in two popular annual shows: Twisted Christmas Live 7 on Dec. 5 in Santa Rosa (www.glasercenter.com), for which I will be serving as the baffled host, and the Big Fat Year End Kiss-Off Comedy Show, performing all over the Bay Area, culminating in one last show on New Year’s Eve at 142 Throckmorton in Mill Valley (www.142throckmortontheatre.org). “What I like about disaster movies,” says Durst, after we’ve located a spot for lunch and are happily munching hamburgers while making sure Debi’s wheelchair doesn’t accidentally roll away, “is mainly the noise. I just like it when things blow up on screen. When they blow up in real life, that’s not so good. When things blow up in real life, governments start acting irrationally. But in movies, it’s always a pretty good time.” “This one had some pretty big noises,” agrees Debi. “Though I’m not so sure Yellowstone Park would have gone up quite like that if it really did erupt.” The eruption, I point out, sounded a lot like a rabid wolf snarling—just really, really loud. “That’s what volcanoes sound like if you’re standing on top of them when they explode,” Debi replies. “Still, all of that flying lava and flaming rock was kind of cool,

The Dursts demonstrate the looks they’d have if ‘Yellowstone Park came flying at [them] in a million flaming bits and pieces.’

for no other reason than to see the look on Woody’s face when all of that stuff came flying at him.” “He looked so peaceful,” observes Will. “If Yellowstone Park came flying at me in a million flaming bits and pieces, I would have had a different look on my face.” He demonstrates a look of rigid, openmouthed shock, with a tinge of terror and just a smidgen of confusion. “I’ve seen that look before,” says Debi. “The last time it lasted through two whole presidential terms.” “I think it’s interesting,” continues Will, “that for a while these kinds of movies were sort of a guilty pleasure. You weren’t supposed to admit that you enjoy watching buildings fall down, or seeing aliens blowing up the White House. But it’s just human nature. We like that stuff, even if it scares us. There’s a reason we slow down at accidents. We don’t want to see it, but then, yeah, we really do. So movies like this, where bad things happen on an epic scale, it’s strangely satisfying. And it’s happening on a big screen, so we know we’re safe, even when all hell is breaking loose. “And that,” he adds, “is why this movie will make a bazillion dollars.” “Even with Woody Harrelson in it,” laughs Debi. “Are you kidding?” Will replies. “Because, Woody Harrelson is in it. After all, he plays a crazy guy who gets creamed by a volcano. Who wouldn’t want to see that?” < Share your Woody Harrelson memories with David at talkpix@ earthlink.net

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Friday December 4—Thursday December 10

Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford

The Paris Opera Ballet does ‘The Nutcracker’ proud in ‘La Danse,’ opening at the Rafael Friday. O Armored A troupe of security experts plans the perfect heist; Matt Dillon and Jean Reno star. O Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans Nicolas Cage plays the title character in Werner Herzog’s gritty study of police department corruption and Coppola family nepotism. O The Blind Side (2:06) Heartwarming story about an African-American boy from the wrong side of the tracks who becomes an All American offensive tackle. Sandra Bullock stars. O Brothers (1:50) Jim Sheridan drama stars Tobey Maguire as a decorated Marine and Jake Gyllenhaal as his ne’er-do-well kid brother. O A Christmas Carol (1:36) Dickens’ beloved slab of figgy pudding gets the 3D Disney treatment as Jim Carrey gives voice to half a dozen different characters (including Ebenezer himself). O La Danse (2:38) Documentarian Frederick Wiseman takes a long and loving look at the Paris Opera Ballet and its troupe of extraordinary dancers. O An Education (1:40) Conundrum: Should pre-Swinging London schoolgirl Carey Mulligan head off to Oxford or pursue the naughty life with a sexy older man? O Everybody’s Fine Aging widower Robert De Niro goes on a cross-country odyssey in search of estranged children Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell. O Fantastic Mr. Fox (1:27) Adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s book concerns a reformed fox who gives into his chickensnatching urges, disgracing himself and his family; Wes Anderson directs the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Bill Murray. O Films of 1909: A Century Ago (2:00) Mary Pickford, Ben Turpin, Max Linder and a host of others star in a collection of vintage dramas, comedies, experimental films and other cinematic effluvia. O Glenn Beck’s Christmas Sweater: A Return to Redemption (2:15) The Fox News pundit presents his ongoing holiday tale of old-fashioned family values. O The Men Who Stare at Goats (1:33) Absurdist political thriller about a real-life U.S. Army paranormal military unit and how its investigations into psychic phenomena were employed to interrogate prisoners at Guantanamo Bay; George Clooney stars.

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The Messenger A soldier gets romantically involved with a woman after informing her that her soldier-husband has been killed, giving audiences an opportunity to rethink the mantra of don’t shoot the messenger. O Ninja Assassin (1:39) A skilled hit man with a heart of gold dodges death in Europe’s glittering capitals, saucy Interpol agent at hand. O Old Dogs Aging bachelors John Travolta and Robin Williams find themselves dealing with a couple of rambunctious 7-year-olds; hilarity ensues. O Pirate Radio (1:55) Eight rogue ’60s-era disc jockeys led by Philip Seymour Hoffman beam rock ’n’ roll at a helpless Britain and inspire an entire generation. O Planet 51 Digitally animated film about an astronaut who lands on a planet of little green people. It’s PG rating is for “mild sci-fi action.” O Precious (1:49) Sundance fave about an African-American teen who deals with illiteracy and a second pregnancy with the help of a Harlem schoolteacher. O Red Cliff (2:28) John Woo’s sumptuous, action-packed historical epic stars Tony Leung in the sweeping tale of two warlords battling the Emperor’s armies c. A.D. 208. O A Serious Man (1:45) A physics professor struggles to become a mensch (despite a wandering wife, a burdensome brother, mendacious colleagues and a couple of unlovely children) in the Coen boys’ latest comedy. O Transylmania (1:32) Wacky comedy about a Transylvanian university with its leather-clad professors, goth curriculum and topless blood-sucking mascots. O The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2:10) The next installment of Stephenie Meyer’s blood-suckin’ roman-fleuve finds Bella Swan enjoying post-vampire succor in the arms of an incipient werewolf. O Twisted Shorts Holiday Film Festival (1:30) Odd, outrageous and generally offthe-wall short subjects by Marin filmmakers look at the Yuletide season in all its myriad manifestations. O 2012 (2:38) Yet another global-cataclysm scenario, this one starring John Cusack, Danny Glover, Thandie Newton and George Segal as the survivors. < O

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›› MOViE TiMES + Star ratings: out of 4 stars 2012 (PG-13) ++ Century Northgate 15: F-M 11:45, 2:15, 3:20, 6:50, 8:30, 10:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:10, 3:30, 6:50, 10:10 A Serious Man (R) ++++ Tiburon Playhouse 3: F 4:30, 7:05, 9:30; Sa 2, 4:30, 7:05, 9:30; Su 2, 4:30, 7:05; M-Th 4:30, 7:05 An Education (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century Regency 6: F 2:20, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10; Sa 11:30, 2:20, 4:50, 7:35, 10:10; Su-W 11:30, 2:20, 4:50, 7:35; Th 11:30, 2:20, 4:50 NArmored (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century Northgate 15: F-M 12:15, 1:15, 2:35, 3:30, 4:50, 5:50, 7, 8, 9:20, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:50, 3, 5:10, 7:20, 9:30 Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (R) ++ Rafael Film Center: F 4:15, 6:45, 9:15; Sa-Su 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, 9:15; M, Th 9:15; Tu-W 6:45, 9:15 The Blind Side (PG-13) ++ Century Larkspur Landing: F 7:15, 10:20; Sa-Su 1, 4:10, 7:15, 10:20; M-Th 6:45, 9:40 Century Northgate 15: 11:40, 1:25, 2:30, 4:15, 5:30, 7:10, 8:25, 10 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:10, 2, 4:50, 7:40, 10:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: F-Sa 1:10, 4, 7, 9:50; Su-Th 1:10, 4, 7 Tiburon Playhouse 3: F 4, 6:55, 9:40; Sa 1:15, 4, 6:55, 9:40; Su 1:15, 4, 6:55; M-Th 4, 6:55 NBrothers (R) (Not Reviewed) Century Larkspur Landing: F 5, 7:45, 10:30; Sa-Su 11:40, 2:20, 5, 7:45, 10:30; M-Th 6:50, 9:25 Century Regency 6: F-Sa 11:05, 1:55, 4:35, 7:25, 10:15; Su-Th 11:05, 1:55, 4:35,

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7:25 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:20, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50, 10:25 Disney’s A Christmas Carol (PG) +++ Century Northgate 15: F-M 11:50, 2:20, 5:05, 7:40, 10:15 Fairfax 5 Theatres: F-Sa 2:30, 4:45, 7:10, 9:30; Su-Th 2:30, 4:45, 7:10 NEverybody’s Fine (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century Regency 6: F-Sa 11:50, 2:25, 5, 7:45, 10:20; Su-Th 11:50, 2:25, 5, 7:45 Fairfax 5 Theatres: F-Sa 2, 4:50, 7:30, 9:45; Su-Th 2, 4:50, 7:30 Fantastic Mr. Fox (PG) ++++ Century Larkspur Landing: F 5:15, 7:30, 9:50; Sa-Su 12:20, 2:40, 5:15, 7:30, 9:50; M-Th 7, 9:15 Century Regency 6: F-Sa 11:35, 2:10, 4:30, 7, 9:40; Su-Th 11:35, 2:10, 4:30, 7 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:40, 2:55, 5:05, 7:15, 9:25 Tiburon Playhouse 3: F 4:15, 7:15, 9:20; Sa 1:30, 4:15, 7:15, 9:20; Su 1:30, 4:15, 7:15; M-Th 4:15, 7:15 NFilms of 1909: A Century Ago (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Rafael Film Center: Su 6:30 Glenn Beck’s ‘The Christmas Sweater’ (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Century Regency 6: Th 8 NLa Danse (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Rafael Film Center: F 4:30, 7:45; Sa-Su 1:15, 4:30, 7:45; M-W 7; Th 7:15 The Men Who Stare At Goats (R) (Not Reviewed) Century Northgate 15: F-M 12, 6:15 The Messenger (R) (Not Reviewed) Rafael Film Center: F-Sa 4, 6:30; Su 3:30; M-Th 6:30 Ninja Assassin (R) (Not Reviewed) Century Northgate 15: 12:05, 1:10, 2:40, 3:40, 5, 6, 7:20, 8:35, 9:55 Cen-

tury Rowland Plaza: 12:55, 3:15, 5:35, 7:55, 10:15 Old Dogs (PG) (Not Reviewed) Century Northgate 15: F-M 12:20, 1:20, 2:45, 3:45, 4:55, 5:55, 7:05, 8:10, 9:15, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:25, 2:35, 4:45, 7:05, 9:15 Fairfax 5 Theatres: F-Sa 1:30, 4:30, 7:20, 9:40; Su-Th 1:30, 4:30, 7:20 Pirate Radio (R) +++ Century Regency 6: F-Sa 10:40, 1:30, 4:20, 7:15, 10:05; Su-Th 10:40, 1:30, 4:20, 7:15 CinéArts at Sequoia: F 5, 7:30, 10; Sa 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10; Su 2:30, 5, 7:30; M-Th 5:15, 7:45 Planet 51 (PG) (Not Reviewed) Century Northgate 15: F-M 12:30, 2:55, 5:15, 7:35, 9:50 Lark Theater: F-Sa 3:30, 5:30, 7:30; Su, W 1:30, 3:30, 5:30; M, Tu, Th 3:30, 5:30 Precious: (R) +++1/2 Century Regency 6: F-Sa 10:55, 1:35, 4:15, 7:05, 9:55; Su-Th 10:55, 1:35, 4:15, 7:05 CinéArts at Sequoia: F 4:30, 7, 9:25; Sa 2, 4:30, 7, 9:25; Su 2, 4:30, 7; M-Th 4:45, 7:10 Red Cliff (R) +++ Rafael Film Center: 8:50; Sa 1, 8:50; Su 12:30, 8:50 NTransylmania (R) (Not Reviewed) Century Northgate 15: F-M 12:25, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30, 9:45 The Twilight Saga: New Moon (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century Northgate 15: F-M 11:30, 1:35, 2:25, 4:25, 5:25, 7:15, 8:15, 10:05 Century Rowland Plaza: 11, 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:20 Fairfax 5 Theatres: F-Sa 1:20, 4:15, 7:15, 10:10; Su-Th 1:20, 4:15, 7:15 NTwisted Shorts Holiday Film Festival (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Rafael Film Center: Th 7

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›› THEATERS 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 • 800-326-3264 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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F R I D AY D E C E M B E R 4 — F R I D AY D E C E M B E R 1 1 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar Cherish.” 10th anniversary holiday show. 8pm. $5-17. Marin Center Showcase Theater, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 491-9110. www. mayflowerchorus.org

Highlights from our online community calendar— great things to do this week in Marin...

12/10: Left Coast Chamber Ensemble “Fugues, Fantasy and New Companions.” Works by Britten, Melinda Wagner, Beethoven, Kristin Kuster, Sam Nichols. 8pm $15-20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com

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12/11: MUSAE Women’s Vocal Ensemble

Live music 12/04: Beaufunk and Sista Monica Parker Rancho debut. 8:30pm. $12. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www. ranchonicasio.com 12/04: Pamela Joy 7-10pm. Free. Rickey’s, 250 Entrade Drive, Novato. 883-5952. www.rickeysrestaurant.com

12/04: The Mad Maggies, Renée de La Prade and the Hounds Local accordion rock. 9:30pm. Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. www.themadmaggies.com 12/05: Jonathan Richman Insightful songwriter/guitarist. 8pm $15-18. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com 12/05: Living Proof 10pm. Free. Finnegan’s Marin, 877 Grant Ave., Novato. 899-1516. 12/05: Lydia Pense and Cold Blood 8:30pm. $15. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 12/05: Noelle Hampton “Thin Line” CD release party. 8:30pm. $20-30. Mill Valley Masonic, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 389-5072. www.murphyproductions.com 12/05: Swing Set Part of the free, fireside jazz series. 7pm. Free. Rickey’s, 250 Entrada Dr., Novato. 883-5952. www.rickeysrestaurant.com 12/06: Drew Harrison Rancho Debut. “In the Spirit of Lennon” 7:30pm. $15. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 12/06: Schuster Bay Jazz. 7:30pm. Saylor’s, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512.

12/08: Lorin Rowan and Doug Harmon

Guitar, cello, vocals. 7pm. Free. Panama Hotel, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com

12/09: Teja Gerken, Jeff Titus, Giacomo Fiore Acoustic guitar showcase.The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. www.sleeingladyfairfax.com 12/10: Deborah Winters Jazz. With Jean Michel Hure, guitar 7-10pm Free. Panama Hotel, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com 12/11: Andoni Quartet 7-10pm. No Cover. Taste of Rome, 1001 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 3327660. www.taste-of-rome.com 12/11: Blame Sally 8pm. $25-35. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com 12/11: Geoff Muldaur Blues singer, guitarist. 8pm. $20-25. Eric Schoenberg Guitars, 106 Main St., Tiburon. 789-0846. www.om28.com 12/11: Stompy Jones Yule-tide swing. 8:30pm. $12. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com Fridays: Brian Wallace English Pub music in front of the hearth. 6pm. Pelican Inn, Muir Beach.. www.pelicaninn.com Mondays: Billy D’s Open Mic 9:30pm. Free. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-9910. www.perisbar.com Mondays: Open Mic w/ KC Turner 8-10pm. Free. Finnegan’s Marin, 877 Grant Ave., Novato. 899-1516.

Tuesdays: Dick Fregulia/Steve Webber Duo Jazz. 5-8pm. Free. Sand Dollar Restaurant, Shoreline Hwy., Stinson Beach. 868-0434. Tuesdays: Swing Fever Jazz. 7pm. Panama Hotel, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. www.panamahotel.com Wednesdays: Dave Burns Trio with Sanford Barnett and Naim Satya. Jazz. 6:30pm. Free. Cucina, 510 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 606-7435.

Concerts 12/04-05: Chamber Ensemble Concert Works from Baroque to 20th century. Call 4859460 for program information. 7:30pm. $5-15. College of Marin, 835 College Ave., Kentfield. www.marin.edu

12/04: Craig Jessup Sings Rodgers and Hart “Funny Valentine.” 8pm. $20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org 12/04: Marin Girls Chorus “Moonlight, Candlelight, Music to Celebrate the Season.” 7pm. $15. First Presbyterian Church, 72 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. 785-7917. www.marinchorus.org 12/04: Shakuhachi Flute Concert “Blowing Zen.” John Singer, shakuhachi. 7:30-9pm. $15. Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C St., San Rafael. 457-4191. www.zenflute.com Jeff Titus will be all fingers Dec. 9 at the Sleeping Lady Café.

“There is Sweet Music Here: Western Choral Favorites with a Twist.” Sixth annual holiday concert. 8-9:30pm. $15-20. Old St. Hilary’s Landmark, 201 Esperanza, Tiburon. 435-1853. www.landmarks-society.org

Dance 12/04-06: RoCo Youth Dance Company “Bodylanguage.” Works by choreographers Annie Rosenthal Parr, Daisy Stoloff and Alison De Oliviera. 8pm. $7-12. RoCo Dance, 237 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley. 407-1571. www.rocodance.com The one-and-only Mary Pickford finds new life on screen this weekend in the Rafael Film Center’s ‘Films of 1909’ program.

certs by Candlelight Stephen McKersie conducts holiday music for chamber chorus, string quintet, flute, oboe, harp, organ and piano. 7:30pm. $30-35. Church of Saint Rafael, 1104 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 479-8100. www.marinsymphony.org 12/05: American Christmas Starring Idol Finalists With Alexis Stone Lopez, Amy Davis, Brandon Rogers, Chikezie, Haley Scarnato, Jasmine Trias, Lindsey Cardinale, Nikki McKibbin, Nikko Smith, RJ Helton. 8pm. $29-49. Lincoln Theater Napa Valley, 100 California Dr., Yountville. 707944-1300. www.lincolntheater.org 12/10-12: Mayflower Chorus “Moments To

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12/05-06: Stapleton Ballet’s Nutcracker Original version of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic. Shows at 1 and 5 pm. $18-30. Marin Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium, Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 454-5759. www.stapletonschool.org

Theater/Auditions 12/04-06: ‘Once Upon a Mattress’ Family musical. Dec. 4, 7pm; Dec. 5, 2 and 7 pm; Dec. 6, 2 pm. $4-8. Hall Middle School, 200 Doherty Dr., Larkspur. 945-8978. 12/06:‘Hamlet’ Auditions College of Marin Drama will hold auditions in the Fine Arts Theatre in Kentfield. Prepare a two minute serious Shakespearean monologue, not from “Hamlet.” 7-9pm. Fine Arts Theatre, Corner of Sir Francis Drake Blvd. & Laurel Ave., Kentfield. 485-9555. www.marin.edu

Twisted holidays Not everything about the ChristmaHanu-Kwanza-kah season is all sweetness and light. (If you needed the day after Thanksgiving’s family dinner “to recover,” then you know what we mean!) Hence, the TWISTED SHORTS HOLIDAY FILM FESTIVAL, a cinematic celebration of the outrageous side of the holidays. Presented by North Bay journalist/performer (and Pacific Sun columnist) David Templeton, the David Templeton hosts an evening of perverse evening is also a lighthearted hom- reindeer games Dec. 10 at the Rafael. age to those old late-night hosted TV movie shows, combining live commentary, eerie theremin music (and surprises) with hilariously weird shorts by Bay Area filmmakers, including: Santalicious, in which Santa’s reindeer get to the bottom of his recent weight loss; Morning Echo, in which a boy (who thinks he’s a dog) and girl (who can’t tell the truth) deal with an uncomfortable family secret; Present Tense, an off-the-wall “home movie” in which the annual Christmas-morning gift-swap ritual goes terribly wrong; and more. All proceeds benefit the Marin County Food Bank. 7pm Dec. 10, Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. Info and tickets: www.cafilm.org. —Samantha Campos

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Studio Marin Certified Green Builder's Winter show. 11am-6pm. Free. Dieterich Studio Gallery, 71 Park Road, Fairfax. 302-9862. 12/06-29:‘Paws for Thought’ Allison Levenson, photography. Dec. 6, 5pm. Candelit evening reception with holiday music and poetry, complimentary champagne and goodies. Free. Thomson Hall Gallery, 112 Bulkley Ave., Sausalito. 384-0908. www.AllisonLevenson.com 12/06: First Sunday Open Studios Over 40 working artists, in 3 buildings, will open their doors to public. 11am-4pm. Free. 500 and 501 Palm Drive and 781 Hamilton Parkway, Novato. www.novatoartscenter.org.

12/11-01/10: Marj Burgstahler Stone

Radio on! Jonathan Richman will share his love for the modern world with Mill Valley music lovers on Dec. 12.

12/09:‘Seder’ Playwrigt’s Lab presents a staged reading of a new play by Jonathan Luskin. Directed by VIrginia Reed. 7:30pm $15. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com Through 12/06: 'Boom' Comedy about the end of the world by award-winning Marin native Peter Sinn Nachtrieb. Directed by Ryan Rilette. $20-51. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208. www.marintheatre.org Through 12/06: 'The Miracle Worker' Tony Award-winning play based on the life of Helen Keller. Dec.4-5, 8pm.; Dec. 6, 2pm. 8-10pm. $15-25. Ross Valley Players’ Barn Theatre, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 456-9555 . www.rossvalleyplayers.com

“Present Work/Past Boxes” in the Main Gallery. “West Marin Review 2: Mary Mountcastle Eubank” in the Annex . 11am-5pm. Free. Gallery Route One, 11101 Highway One, Point Reyes. 663-1347. www.galleryrouteone.org 12/11:‘Pictures for an Inquisition’ Charles Ballinger exhibits “revised” masterpieces and traditional paintings. Live music with Jeb Brady Band. Wine and snacks served. 6pm Free. Riley Street Art Center, 1138 Fourth St., San Rafael. 457-2787. www.rileystreet.com

Through 01/02: Clay and Glass Art Exhibition “Out of the Fire: Clay and Glass from the Association of Clay and Glass Artists” presents clay and glass sculpture, as well as functional objects using highly innovative themes and techniques. 5:30-7:30pm. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328.

Through 01/03:‘Picks: New Weaving and Textile Art’ Tamalpais Weavers Guild members showcase varieties of textile manipulation. 9am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871.

Through 01/03: Nina Leva Photography Exhibit “Face of a Child.” Black and white photos.

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Free. Rustic Bakery, 1139 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 302-1017. www.ninaleva.com

12/01-18: Mia Brown Mia uses a head wand to

Through 01/04: Maeve Croghan Exhibit

produce paintings, scarves, bookmarks and cards. 10am-4pm. Free. Casa Allegra Community Services, 35 Mitchell Blvd., Suite 8, San Rafael. 479-2210. www.casaallegra.org

12/04-06: Sausalito Winter Open studios The event kicks off with a preview reception Dec. 4 from 6-9pm.; Sat.-Sun. 11am-6pm. www.sausalitoartists.com Free. Industrial center Building, 480 Gate Five Road, Sausalito. 331-2222. www. icbartists.com

12/04-06: West California Pottery Studio 30th Annual Sale Works from a cooperative studio which produces a wide variety of ceramic art including tableware, vases, wall compositions and sculptures. Refreshments will be served. 10am-4pm. Free. West California Pottery Studio, 1115 West California Ave., Mill Valley, CA 94941. 381-2695. 12/05-27: Abstract Art Show Jarl Forsman and Steve Sekhon, paintings Sat-Sun, 11am-5pm. Free. Bolinas Gallery, 52 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 4804562. www.highvibrationart.com.

12/05: Holiday Art Faire And Silent Auction 2pm. Free. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo. 488-8888. www.sgvcc.org

12/05: Muir Beach Quiliters Holiday Arts Fair Enjoy views from the deck while shopping for handmade wares from Muir Beach and Bay Area artists. 11am-6pm. Free. Muir Beach Community Center, 19 Seacape, Muir Beach. 383-6762. www. muirbeach.com/QuiltersFair.

12/05: Rich Street Artists Open Studios Featuring paintings, prints, ceramics, furniture and weavings. Refreshments will be served. 11am-6pm. Free. 28 Rich Street Studios, 28 Rich St., Greenbrae. 454-2823.

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Expressionist Paintings. Mon-Sat. 10am-6pm. Free. Marin Jewelers Guild, 1331 4th St., San Rafael. 868-1425. www.marinjewelersguild.com

Through 01/06: Fine Art Photography Marin Photography Club Exhibit. 2-5pm Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael. 382-0245. www.uumarin.org Through 01/08:‘Movement’ Charles Fox, large scale black and white photographs. 3-5pm. Commonweal, 451 Mesa Road, Bolinas, CA. 868-0970. www.commonweal.org

Through 01/13: Jane Calender Art Exhibit Oil paintings of Marin County & California Coastline. 1-7pm. Free. Ross Valley Winery, 343 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 457-5157. www.janecalender.com.

Through 01/17: Marin Art School presents 2009 Student Show Art of adult students of

showcasing the art works of Kay Russell, Peter Ballinger, Susan Black, Mary Blake, Patricia Lawrence, Lynette Porteous and Liz Schiff. 9am-5pm. Free. Marin County Civic Center, 1st and 3rd Floor Galleries, 3501 Civic Center Dr., Room 329, San Rafael. 499-8350, Ext. 362. www.marinarts.org. Through 12/11: 'The Vast Remainder' Exhibition of figurative paintings by Fairfax based artist Jeffrey Palladini. 6-9pm Free. Sam the Butcher Contemporary Art, 10 Ross Common, Ross. 9021019. www.samthebutcherart.org Through 12/14:‘Hallelujah, Anyway!’ Installation by Nonnie Welch, Jan Davidson, Nomi Schwarzschild. 11am-6pm. Free. Spirit Matters, 12307 S.F. Drake Blvd., Point Reyes. 663-8699. Through 12/31: AWD Small Works Annual Small Works exhibit, featuring works of art under 18 inches. 10am-5pm. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. www.artworksdowntown.org Through 12/31: Jocelyn Knight “Almost abstract” color photography by Jocelyn Knight. 2-5pm. Free. Linda Penzur Gallery, 71 Redhill Ave., San Anselmo. 457-4079. www.jocelynknight.com

Talks/Lectures 12/07: Peace Corps Information Session Watch the Peace Corps video and talk to a recruiter. In honor of World AIDS Day, this information session will include a discussion on how volunteers are confronting the HIV/AIDS pandemic. 6:308pm. Free. San Rafael Public Library, 1100 E Street, San Rafael. 485-3321. 12/07: Trippy Tales from Tinsel Town Celebrity makeup artist and jewelry designer, Jettie van der Tuin, will share her quirky stories from her days in Hollywood as a makeup artist and actress. 7pm. Free. Larkspur Library, 400 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 927-5005. www.larkspurlibrary.org

12/08: Conversations with Eco-Innovators: A Climate for Life With Michael Totten, Chief Advisor for Climate, Energy and Green Technologies, Conservation International. 6:30pm. $15. Cavallo Point, 601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito. 561-3560. www.instituteatgoldengate.org/ lectures

12/08: Conversations with Eco-Innovators: U.S. Policy and Global Climate Change With Lisa Handy, Senior Director U.S. Government Affairs, Conservation International. 6:30pm. $15. Cavallo Point, 601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito. 561-3560.

12/09: Hope for Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation World Affairs Council presents discussion by Turkish and Armenian scholars of negotiations to resume diplomatic relations and reopen the border between their two countries. Reservations required. 7:30-9pm. $6-9. Creekside Room, Dominican University, San Rafael. 293-4600.

the Marin Art School in Novato showcased in this exhibit which can be seen by those attending events at the Marin Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium. 8-10pm. Free. Redwood Foyer - Marin Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6014. www.marinarts.org.

12/10: Conversations with Remarkable Women With author and spiritual activist, Lynne

Through 01/30: Devil Digit Finishing School Exhibition of contemporary embroidery

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by Caroline Marcum Dahl. Free. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. www.carolinedahl.com.

Through 02/28:‘A Thousand Years of Southwestern Pottery’ Pottery exhibit. Traditions born centuries ago still live in this vital art form. Tues-Sat. Noon-4pm. $5. Marin Museum of the American Indian, 2200 Novato Blvd., Novato. 897-4064. www.marinindian.com.

Through 12/10:‘Ripples’- Exhibit Featuring the Power of Water Art exhibit with water themes presented by the Marin Arts Council

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12/04: Rebecca Katz “The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. bookpassage.com 12/05: Shelton Johnson “Gloryland.” Johnson, a U.S. Park Ranger, was featured prominently in Ken Burns’ documentary on the National Parks. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 12/05: Thomas Keller “Ad-Hoc at Home.” Family-style cookbook. 3pm. Free. Book Passage,

51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 12/06: Niko Mayer “Travelin’ Light Is Not for Me: Worries Weigh A Lot.” 2pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

12/06: Rima Barkett and Claudia Pruett “Cooking Dinner: Simple Italian Family Recipes Everyone Can Make.” 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 12/07: Lynne Joiner “Honorable Survivor: Mao’s China, McCarthy’s America and the Persecution of John S. Service.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 12/08: Isabel Allende Spanish Language Event. Isabel Allende talks about “La Isla Bajo El Mar.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 12/08: Jesse Katz “The Opposite Field.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 12/09: Julie Powell “Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession.” 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 12/09: Dr. Neal Birnbaum “The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Arthritis.” Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 12/10: Debra Ollivier “ What French Women Know: About Love, Sex, and Other Matters of the Heart and Mind.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 12/10: Penney Peirce “Frequency: The Power of Personal Vibration.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 12/11: Ben Fong-Torres Fong-Torres talks about “Grateful Dead Scrapbook: The Long, Strange Trip in Stories, Photos, and Memorabilia.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 12/11: Grandparents Tea Join Book Passage president (and grandmother) Elaine Petrocelli and Children’s Book Buyer Susan Kunhardt to talk about their favorite new and classic children’s books. 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

Film Events 12/04: 'An American Coup' From the producers of “Loose Change” asks tough questions about our Democracy and Freedom. 7:30pm. Free. Olney Hall, College of Marin, 835 College Ave., Kentfield. 12/06: A Century Ago: The Films of 1909 Journey back 100 years to 1909 and the continuing development of motion pictures, in this program of short films with live piano accompaniment. 6:30pm. $5.50-10. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-1222. www.cafilm.org

12/10: Twisted Shorts Holiday Film Festival Cinematic celebration of the outrageous side of the holidays featuring offbeat comedy shorts by Bay Area filmmakers. Presented by North Bay journalist/performer David Templeton. 7pm $5.50-10. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-1222. www.cafilm.org

12/11-17: Short Films from the 2009 Sundance Film Festival Selected from the 91 short films screened at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, this lively program of ten shorts covers a variety of genres, styles and cultures. Exclusive Bay Area presentation. $5.50-10. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-1222. www.cafilm.org


Community Events (Misc.) Through 12/07: Names Project: AIDS Memorial Quilt Town Center Corte Madera will display panels of the world-renowned memorial quilt. 9am-9pm Free. Town Center Corte Madera, 770 Tamalpais Dr, Corte Madera. 924-2961 . www.shoptowncenter.com 12/04-05: Holly Jolly Jingles Show featuring local talent and Director Van Dyke Roth to begin the holidays. A special candlelight sing-a-long tops off the evening. 7-8:30pm. Free. Tam Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6393. www.tcsd.us. 12/04: Exposure III Marin Youth Center presents an upbeat, lively showcase featuring themulti-disciplinary art by MYC students. 6-8pm. Free. The MYC (Marin Youth Center), 1115 3rd St., San Rafael. 459-6884 ext. 110. www. themyc.org 12/04: Tiburon Holiday Festival Holiday event for the whole family with caroling, gingerbread making and more. 5:30pm. Free. From the fountain on Main Street to end of Historic Upper Ark Row, Tiburon. 435-5633.

12/05-06: Saint Rita Christmas Faire Crafts, seasonal Music,Great Food and Drinks,Kids Crafts,Cards for Soldiers, Canned Food Drive 10am-8pm. Donation. Saint Rita Christmas Faire, 101 Marinda Dr., Fairfax.

12/05: Annual Pet Photos with Santa Your pet's photo taken with Santa in the square by local photographer Allison Levenson. Suggested $15 donation benefits the Marin Humane Society. 11am-2pm. Alphadog, 6 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 384-0908. www.AllisonLevenson.com 12/05: Breakfast with Santa All proceeds donated to Marin Community Food Bank.Reservations recommended by Dec.4. 9-10am. $3-5.

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PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2009122415 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RC TOY SHOP, 5800 NORTHGATE MALL, SUITE C-12, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: ALPTEKIN CAKIRCALI, 830 SARATOGA AVENUE, APT. C-109, SAN JOSE, CA 95129. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 1, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 4, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 13, 20, 27; December 4, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122353 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as A LOVING TOUCH CARE HOME II, 310 GOLDEN HIND PASSAGE, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: EDG HEALTHCARE OF CORTE MADERA, INC., 45 MERIAM DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 28, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 13, 20, 27; December 4, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122404 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ECKERT & ZIEGLER CNL SCIENTIFIC RESOURCES, 24937 AVE TIBBITTS, VALENCIA, CA 91355: ECKERT & ZIEGLER ISOTOPE PRODUCTS, INC., 24937 AVE TIBBITTS, VALENCIA, CA 91355. This business is being conducted by a Corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on July 1, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 3, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 13, 20, 27; December 4, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122219 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SHORELINE TREE & LANDSCAPE SERVICE, 5434 GARVIN AVENUE, RICHMOND, CA 94805: TIM LOWRY, 5434 GARVIN AVENUE, RICHMOND, CA 94805. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein in 1990. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 13, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 13, 20, 27; December 4, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2009122449 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MEDICAL DENTAL CONCEPTS, 15 WOODSIDE WAY, ROSS, CA 94957: PETER F. CHASE, D.D.S., INC., 15 WOODSIDE WAY, ROSS, CA 94957. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 2, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 9, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 13, 20, 27; December 4, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122472 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LITHOS BIO, 383 PINEHILL ROAD, APT. “D”, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: RICK HOLMES, 383 PINEHILL ROAD, APT. “D”, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 12, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 12, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 20, 27; December 4, 11, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122481 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CHARLIE’S MAINTENANCE AND CARPET CLEANING, 125 LARKSPUR STREET, SUITE 206, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CARLOS E. VALENTIN, 128 BARBAREE WAY, TIBURON, CA 94920; TRISHA MORENO, 5229 FRESNO STREET, #”B”, RICHMOND, CA 94804. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 13, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 20, 27; December 4, 11, 2009)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2009122382 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TECH HELP MARIN, 18 GOLDEN HIND PASSAGE, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: JAMES B. JOHNSTONE, 18 GOLDEN HIND PASSAGE, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 30, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 20, 27; December 4, 11, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122344 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as HAPPY NAILS & HAIR, 6 CALIFORNIA AVENUE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: KIM NGOC THI BUI, 5034 SAN PABLO DAM ROAD, #10, EL SOBRANTE, CA 94803. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 27, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 20, 27; December 4, 11, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2009122476 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DOG PLAY AFTERNOON, 807 VIA CASITAS, ROSS, CA 94904: CYNTHIA K. JACKSON, 807 VIA CASITAS, ROSS, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 1, 2009. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on November 12, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 20, 27; December 4, 11, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122335 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as REBOUND BOOKSTORE, 1611 FOURTH STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: TONI PAULETTE LABORI, 1611 FOURTH STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 26, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 20, 27; December 4, 11, 2009) STATEMENT OF WITHDRAWAL OF GENERAL PARTNER. The undersigned hereby certifies that he/she has withdrawn on the date shown as general partner from the conduct of business under said Fictitious Business Name. WITHDRAWAL NUMBER: 201119. DATE OF WITHDRAWAL: October 22, 2009. ORIGINAL FBN NUMBER: 2005106496. ORIGINAL DATE FILED: July 6, 2005. COUNTY WHERE FILED: Marin. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME(S): Rebound Bookstore, 1511 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901. NAME OF WITHDRAWING PARTNER: Joel D. Eis, 251 â œDâ ù Street, San Rafael, CA 94901. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on October 23, 2009. (Pacific Sun: November 20, 27; December 4, 11, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122388 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE JB INTERNATIONAL FUNDS, 495 MILLER AVENUE, SUITE #305, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: THOMAS E. COOPER, 10 RICHMOND ROAD, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 15, 2009. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on November 2, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 20, 27; December 4, 11, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122313 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ECOHOME FOR YOU, 15 EL PAVO REAL CIRCLE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: DIANE RUTH RAMSEY, 15 EL PAVO REAL CIRCLE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on June 1, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 22, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 20, 27; December 4, 11, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122518 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as AUNG MINGALAR, 838 SIR FRANCES DRAKE BOULEVARD, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: NATHAN GEE WONG, 2442 39TH AVENUE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA

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PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 32 94116. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 18, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 27; December 4, 11, 18, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122500-01;02. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WOODLANDS KITCHEN, 735 COLLEGE AVENUE, KENTFIELD, CA 94904; WOODLANDS FLORAL, 735 COLLEGE AVENUE, KENTFIELD, CA 94904.: THE WOODLANDS STORE, INC., 802 COLLEGE AVENUE, SUITE 101, KENTFIELD, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 17, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 27; December 4, 11, 18, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122522 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN PAWS, 300 LINCOLN VILLAGE CIRCLE, #222, LARKSPUR, CA 94939: CHELSEA SCHWARTZ, 300 LINCOLN VILLAGE CIRCLE, #222, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 31, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 19, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 27; December 4, 11, 18, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122516 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ART CENTER II, 11-A BELLE AVENUE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: MARGUERITE C. BROWN, 28 OAK CREST DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 18, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 27; December 4, 11, 18, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122529 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as JECONTE, 727 SPRING STREET, APT. “A”, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: JOSEPH A. CONTE, 727 SPRING STREET, APT. “A”, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 19, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 27; December 4, 11, 18, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122539 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LUMINOUS SKINCARE & BODY WAXING, 935 SIR FRANCES DRAKE BOULEVARD, GREENBRAE, CA 94904: SONIA M. DASILVA COWDREY, 30 VIA BELARDO, #12, GREENBRAE, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 23, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 27; December 4, 11, 18, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2009122543 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ART STEPS, 30 LAURELWOOD COURT, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: HOLLY C. KUHLMAN, 30 LAURELWOOD COURT, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 23, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 27; December 4, 11, 18, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122392 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ARO MACHA CONSTRUCTION, 1745 CLEMENT STREET, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94121: MICHAEL G. KANE, 1745 CLEMENT STREET, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94121. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 1, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 2, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 27; December 4, 11, 18, 2009)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122554 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ALCOS COLONIAL MARKET, 212 TAMALPAIS DRIVE, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: AUGUSTINE T. CHEMPARATHY, 19 RED ARROW COURT, EL SOBRANTE, CA 94803; LYZA AUGUSTINE, 19 RED ARROW COURT, EL SOBRANTE, CA 94803. This business is being conducted by a Husband & Wife. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein in January 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 24, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 27; December 4, 11, 18, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122553 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PALEDL, 20 ESMEYER DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: ERNEST DAVID LINDSTROM, 20 ESMEYER DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903; PEGGY ANN LINDSTROM, 20 ESMEYER DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a Husband & Wife. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on December 1, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 24, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 27; Decmeber 4, 11, 18, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122418 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CAFE ON THE COMMON, 22 ROSS COMMON, ROSS, CA 94957: RANA MADANAT, 965 MAGNOLIA AVENUE, #29, LARKSPUR, CA, 94939. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 4, 2009. (Publication Dates: December 4, 11, 18, 25, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122558 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RALSTON L. WHITE RETREAT FOUNDATION, 2 EL CAPITAN AVENUE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941; RALSTON WHITE RETREAT, 2 EL CAPITAN AVENUE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: RALSTON WHITE RETREAT FOUNDATION, 2 EL CAPITAN AVENUE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 24, 2009. (Publication Dates: December 4, 11, 18, 25, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122544 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ROSE G. KUNTZ DBA STATE FARM INSURANCE, 824 FIFTH AVENUE, SUITE “A”, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ROSE G. KUNTZ DBA STATE FARM INSURANCE, 824 FIFTH AVENUE, SUITE “A”, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 1, 1983. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 23, 2009. (Publication Dates: December 4, 11, 18, 25, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122550 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NORTH BAY HOME SERVICES, 239 KENT AVENUE, KENTFIELD, CA 94904: STRATEGIC VISION AND SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL, 239 KENT AVENUE, KENTFIELD, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on November 24, 2009. (Publication Dates: December 4, 11, 18, 25, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122585 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as HEADS UP, 310 NOVA ALBION WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: SAN RAFAEL PUBLIC EDUCATION FOUNDATION, 310 NOVA ALBION WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a foundation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 1, 2009. (Publication Dates: December 4, 11, 18, 25, 2009)

997 All Other Legals ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 095945. TO ALL

INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MARIO GALLEGOS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: MARIO GALLEGOS to KRISTEN LIMON. 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: January 6, 2010, 8:30 a.m., Dept. H, Room H, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 113, San Rafael, CA, 94913-4988. 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: November 24, 2009 /s/ JOHN A. SUTRO, JR., JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: November 27; December 4, 11, 18, 2009) PUBLIC NOTICE: NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. In accordance with the provisions of the California Business and Professional Code, Division 8, Chapter 10, Section 21707, there being due an unpaid storage charge for which the Terra Linda Mini Storage is entitled to a lien on the goods hereafter described and due notice been given to parties known to claim an interest therein and the time specified in such notice for payment of such having expired, notice is hereby given that these goods will be sold at public auction at TERRA LINDA MINI STORAGE, 4290-B REDWOOD HIGHWAY, SAN RAFAEL, 94903 AT 11:00 A.M., WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2009. The public is invited to attend. Should it be impossible to sell all of the lots on the above date, the sale will be continued to another date as announced by the auctioneer, Duane M. Hines, Bond No. RED 1016142. The following items to be sold consist of household goods and personal effects. Name of owner is followed by lot number. JOHN PETRAN: UNIT #216; JOHN PETRAN: UNIT #325. For additional information call (415) 472-5204, 9:00 am â “ 5:00 pm. (Pacific Sun: November 27; December 4, 2009) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 096038. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner LARRY MARK YOCKEL filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: LARRY MARK YOCKEL to LARS YOCKEL . 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: January 13, 2010, 8:30 a.m., Dept. H, Room H, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 113, San Rafael, CA, 94913-4988. 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: December 1, 2009 /s/ JOHN A. SUTRO, JR., JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: December 4, 11, 18, 25, 2009)

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Week of December 3-9, 2009

by Ly nd a R ay

ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Serious Saturn in your relationship house can sometimes put a damper on your love life. This week, however, the stars are putting the fun back in romance. Plan a couple’s getaway, even if you can’t leave right away. As for the weekend, the urge to express your creativity takes over—it is time to show off your talent. Hmm. Love that poodle cut on your Persian cat. Very unique... TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) Your ruler, pleasure-seeking Venus, moves through the exploratory sign of Sagittarius. Those in an intimate relationship may be craving new adventures in eroticism. The rest of you may enjoy broadening your horizons by taking a class or reading more nonfiction. With both investigative Pluto and curious Mercury encouraging you to learn, you can’t help but feel as if you are becoming cleverer. Smart AND sexy—lucky you. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) After weeks of experiencing many exciting possibilities coming your way, you are about to get bogged down by reality. When the demanding Sun opposes your sign, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by your responsibilities, but obsessing over the endless details is pointless. Since you simultaneously have ambitious Saturn focused on developing your talents, you will ultimately succeed. No second-guessing or self-analysis necessary. It is tough, but NOT impossible. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) Friday is a good day to get your home in shape for the upcoming holidays. You are so efficient that you can unpack your Christmas tree decorations, untangle the lights and even find the gift-wrap bought on sale last January in no time flat. You have another opportunity to excel at domestic organization on Monday— IF you don’t get drawn into a deeply profound discussion with your sweetie. In which case, you may want to save yourself the grief and just buy a new string of holiday lights... LEO (July 22 - August 22) You’re a born romantic, but this weekend you are even mushier than usual. If your sweetie is embarrassed by public displays of affection, do your best to refrain from passionate kissing while riding the mall’s escalator. Speaking of the mall, you are prone to making impulse purchases on Tuesday. Check your bank balance BEFORE you go shopping. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) Your ruler (analytical Mercury) falls under the heavy influences of vengeful Pluto and judgmental Saturn this week. Lighthearted playfulness is probably not an option. On the other hand, if you’re called in to be on a grand jury panel, you’re ready and willing to serve. As for holiday preparation, you’re feeling quite creative about making your home a welcoming environment. We’re all especially impressed with the homemade truffles. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) The friendly Sun and your ruler, captivating Venus, light up your interaction house. This should make it easy to get along with everyone and anyone. Unfortunately, serious Saturn in your sign tends to counteract some of this. You need to draw on your sense of balance as you are aware of both yin and yang energies. Consider this your moment of Zen. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Two extravagant, luxury-loving planets in your money house have you forgetting that the cash you take out of the ATM is actually deducted from your bank account. (I certainly hope I’m on your holiday gift list. I could use a new cashmere jacket in lipstick red.) Meanwhile, catty Mercury is insisting that you personally write out your holiday cards. And, no, you are not allowed to sign them “anonymous.” SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) If you’re freaking out over not having a sweetie for the holidays (or if you’re already in a relationship that’s making you a little crazy), please relax. On Friday you benefit from the wise voice of Saturn telling you how to calmly handle things. Now, since Saturn is occupying your house of friends, it may actually be a pal who’s giving you the good advice. At any rate, consider it a birthday bonus that carries through to Christmas. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) Hedonistic Venus connects with your ruler, realistic Saturn, as the weekend begins. If the holiday season is starting to stress you out, Venus suggests getting a nice long massage—preferably from your sweetie. On Monday, you believe that you are right and everyone else is wrong. Unless you want to end up on the wrong side of Santa’s list, you probably should keep that belief to yourself. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) This is your week for wishing and hoping. The illuminating celestial duo in your house of dreams and goals for your future puts you in touch with what sort of life you truly desire. Meanwhile, feisty Mars has taken over your relationship house. If you’re attached, there’s potential for some high-energy drama between you and your sweetie. If single, consider this a great time to enjoy your freedom. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) As expansive Jupiter moves in closer to your ruler, imaginative Neptune, you become a visionary director of your own life movie. Whatever you envision is likely to transpire, so be careful what you imagine. As for your love life, be wary of temptation via the mate of a pal. A temporary fling isn’t worth damaging a friendship. Besides, the chance of meeting an available lover via your career continues through Christmas. Ho, ho, ho. < Email Lynda Ray at cosmicclues@gmail.com or check out her website at www.lyndarayastrology.com DECEMBER 4 – DECEMBER 10, 2009 PACIFIC SUN 33


›› ADViCE GODDESS® by Amy Alkon

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I have a suggestion for the woman wondering whether her boyfriend really has money or is carrying a million in debt: run a credit check. A friend’s daughter almost married a wonderful guy who turned out to be a gambling addict. After that, my friend started running credit checks on every guy his daughter started getting serious with (she was over 30 at the time). Some of us aren’t the greatest choosers, and talented liars pick partners who can’t or won’t confront them, so a little sleuthing isn’t unreasonable.—Been Bitten

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There are some good liars out there, but even the craftiest can’t hide everything all the time. Something will eventually slip through the cracks. Sometimes, a femur. Remember, Scott Peterson didn’t have a gambling problem. And sure, a credit check would probably pick up on a man who does. Unfortunately, it’s illegal without permission. And since the credit check, and who ordered it, will likely show up on the person’s credit report, what you’re suggesting is like throwing a brick through somebody’s window, but taping your business card to it first. Your friend apparently fails to see the irony in taking the devious approach to helping his daughter avoid the devious. He probably tells himself he’s just protecting his little girl of 30-plus, who he never managed to teach to vet men for herself. He could really mess things up for her, should some nice guy find out Daddy’s been feeling up his finances. Being in a relationship isn’t license to gallop through a person’s privacy. If you’re continually ending up in the arms of con boys, you don’t hire Nancy Drew; you work to change that. Don’t assume you’re a poor chooser. You might be an excellent chooser—excellent at choosing the best partner to replay whatever number Mommie Dearest did on you. But chances are, you’re desperate for love— making you desperate to ignore pesky inconsistencies that scream “That isn’t his yacht, he doesn’t work for the CIA,” and in worst cases, “Get out before somebody has to get you out—by digging between the rose bushes for your remains.” Of course, most bad guys you’ll meet are serial jerks, not serial killers. To avoid them, lose any romantic notions about “love at first sight,” which is really idiocy at first sight: deciding somebody’s “the one” because they have a cute cowlick and broad shoulders and you haven’t had sex for six months. This doesn’t mean looking for love should give way to looking for evidence, just that you should reserve judgment until you’ve had ample time to see somebody’s true character, which comes out in those little moments when they think nobody’s looking. To catch particularly clever cons, Dr. Barbara Oakley, author of Evil Genes, advises talking to “the little people”—a receptionist, the janitor, someone who knows them in passing: people they aren’t trying to win over. You should also meet the medium-sized people—their friends, family and co-workers—and see if you all seem to be talking about the same guy. But, most important, you have to be comfortable enough being alone to want to know who somebody really is—before they steal your heart, then head over to the pawn shop to see what they can get for your iPod and wide-screen TV.

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I have a crush on my neighbor of two years. I don’t rush into dating—I like to get to know a girl so I see we’ll be a good fit. Typically, I end up making more friends than girlfriends. I now see this girl’s everything I’m looking for. Unfortunately, she now has a boyfriend. I don’t want to break anyone up, but I’d still like to say something.—Late

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It is wise not to rush into asking a woman out. At least wait until she turns around so you can see that she’s a woman—one you happen to be attracted to—and not a guy with really pretty hair. Be honest: You’re yet another guy floating what he hopes is a plausibly deniable wimpout—a creative excuse for being too big a weenie to risk rejection. You get to know a girl by dating her. If you don’t like what you get to know on the first date, you don’t ask for a second one. If you must say something now, try this: “Got any cute friends?” Should you meet one, see that you ask her out before you’re so far into the friend zone that you’re French-braiding each other’s hair. < (c), Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. www.advicegoddess.com. Got a problem? E-mail AdviceAmy@aol.com or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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