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Oyster Stew with Chipotle Butter Serves 4 as a ďŹ rst course 4 dried chipotle chiles, stemmed and seeded 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro Juice of 1 lime 3 tablespoons olive oil 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 1 cup heavy cream 3 cups half-and-half

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Put the chiles in a small bowl and pour boiling water over them. Let them soak for 20 minutes to soften. Drain and dry the chiles with a paper towel. In a food processor, combine the chiles, lime juice and olive oil and process until smooth. Add 2 tablespoons of the puree to the softened butter and mix until well incorporated. Using a spatula, scrape the contents of the bowl onto a piece of plastic wrap and shape into a log. Twist the ends of the plastic to seal, and refrigerate for 1 hour. In a large saucepan, combine the cream, half-and-half and 1/3 cup of the reserved oyster liquor. Cook over medium heat until the mixture just begins to boil, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the oysters. Season with salt and pepper. To serve, ladle the stew into 4 warmed soup bowls, dividing the oysters evenly. Remove the plastic wrap from the butter. Run a sharp knife under a hot tap and slice four 1/4-inch rounds of butter. Top each bowl with a slice. Swirl gently to distribute melted butter. Serve at once.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;from The Hog Island Oyster Loverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cookbook (Ten Speed Press, 2007) by Jairemarie Pomo ------------------------This recipe is deceptively simple, a sweet to be enjoyed at almost any time of day: breakfast through afternoon coffee to dinner dessert, a ďŹ ne winter staple. It uses ingredients mentioned in the story above, even maple syrup.

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“One of the songs I’ll sing at the show is ‘Santa Claus Goes Straight to the Ghetto,’ by James Brown. That’s our message.” Walden has gathered an ace band and an impressive lineup of gifted singers that include new-jack-swing artist Tevin Campbell (from the Broadway cast of Hairspray), Tony Lindsay

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tackle, I’d be rethinking my temporary enthusiasm for the sport. Still...” “It does look like fun,” I agree, “though I’m not sure I can grunt in slow motion, the way these guys do.” “They do have a way of going uuugggg-hhhh-oooo-aaaa-mmmm-mmmmfound myself kind of wanting to ppppp-hhhhhh,” affirms Bell, uncantake up the sport of rugby,” con- nily re-creating the freaky, slowed-down fesses Rev. Chrisbaritone sounds of manly topher Bell of the Unitarian physical aggression that Universalist Congregation, take place whenever Matt Santa Rosa, sipping a pint Damon and company are of beer after catching an engaged in a ball-kicking afternoon screening of scrum. Along with all of the new sports-and-inspihis other achievements, the ration flick Invictus. In Harvard Divinity School the film, directed by Clint graduate, popular speaker Eastwood, Morgan Freeand tireless North Bay human plays South African man rights advocate—who President Nelson Mandela recently debated another and Matt Damon plays minister in an electrifying rugby hero Francois Pienpublic discussion on sameaar, helping to heal the rasex marriage (Rev. Bell is cial divide in South Africa for it, standing firmly on when the country’s rugby the side of love)—has not team attempts to win the until now revealed his talRugby World Cup. Scenes Henley’s final couplet to Invictus, ‘I ent for making really weird of the wise and humanitar- am the master of my fate/ I am the sounds. “Ooo-aaa-mm ian Mandela making hard captain of my soul,’ has been used uuu-ggg-hhh—mmmfamously by both Nelson Mandela, choices in the early days of and Timothy McVeigh. ppp-hhhh!” he continues, his presidency are intercut as the waitress stands unwith scenes of enormous certainly at the table, sort rugby players knocking the stuffing out of ready to take our order. of each other. “As fun as rugby looks, “Maybe you could start an interfaith though,” Bell remarks, “I suspect that af- rugby league,” I suggest after we’ve orter my first bone-crushing, ear-ripping dered up some bratwurst and calamari.

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“Honestly, watching this movie, I ger enemy that we must fight together. did have that thought,” Bell laughs. It’s like the Outer Limits or Independence “An interfaith rugby league, where the Day, when the world finally achieves Unitarian Universalists would get to peace, but only by joining forces to pretake on the Catholics or Shomrei Torah vent an alien invasion.” or some other congregation. I wonder “I would like to believe that we can if we could get anyone to play, I wonder come together for other reasons than if an interfaith rugby league would even simply more aggression and fighting,” be possible.” says Bell. “What you are describing is an “Great way to come together,” I note, observable human phenomenon, so if “to set aside differences, demonstrate to we must have an enemy to fight against, others how people with differing views I hope we can come to see climate can move beyond their separateness and change, or inequality, or poverty or a all join in together.” dismal economic future as our common “In one of the more violent organized enemies. On the other hand, I find it a sports known to mankind? Sure, I can see little heartbreaking. that,” says Bell. “The Catholics would get “That’s my problem with Star Trek,” the ball and shout, ‘For the risen Christ! he continues. “It does present a certain Ugh! Oompf!’ as they tried to move the utopian vision—no money, no povball down the pitch, with the Unitarian erty, we don’t fight each other on Earth Universalists fighting for possession, anymore...” all crying, ‘For the worth and dignity of “No religion,” I interject. every person! Cru-u-u-nch! Sma-a-a-sh! “Yes, no religion, to my irritation,” he Hoo-o-o-o-ah!’ Better than a holy war, nods, raising one eyebrow in Spock-like that’s for sure.” emphasis. “In fact, apparIn Invictus—named for ently there is no spirithe powerful poem by Wiltual dimension of human liam Ernest Henley, which existence at all. But what Nelson Mandela recited is it that finally brought daily during his 27-year the planet together? It’s imprisonment in South the need to defeat the evil Africa’s Robben Island— Klingons and Romulans. Eastwood creates a clever We are still fundamentally hybrid of bio-pic and warlike. It seems that if sports flick, using Manthere is no ‘Them,’ then dela’s efforts regarding the there can be no ‘Us.’ That World Cup as an elegant iljust makes me sad. If we lustration of his knack for are ever to solve our probbold, human calculation lems on this planet, we and risk-taking leadership. ‘Ooo-aaa-mm uuu-ggg-hhh,’ said the will have to get over that “I found it to be enjoy- Harvard Divinity School graduate. urge, but it won’t be easy able and inspiring,” says because that urge is so Bell, “even if it was hampered by the usual deep, it’s built right into our bodies.” cliches of the standard come-from-beThe best parts of the movie, we both hind, underdog sports movie, particularly agree, are those that show Nelson Manif you know the outcome already, which I dela in action—negotiating with memdid. Not that the movie would have been bers of his staff eager for retaliation after made if the climax had been the crushyears of apartheid, convincing people to ing defeat of the South African rugby share his view of a united South Africa. team. That would have been a longer “Nelson Mandela,” says Rev. Bell, movie anyway, because then we’d have “is one of those rare people who gives to spend some time seeing how Nelson me faith in all people, who somehow Mandela dealt with that. Lot’s of slowredeems humanity for me. Those immotion shots of the rugby players yelling, ages, where they showed Nelson in his ‘Yaaay...second...plaaaace!’ cell, or breaking rocks out in the yard, “He’s such an inspiring figure,” Bell that was incredibly powerful. If, in such adds, “Nelson Mandela is. You can see conditions, a person can maintain their what he was striving for—and that it humanity—and their faith, and their worked out was really something of a clarity and their dignity—then it shows miracle. There really are no guarantees in us that he was more powerful than the sports, and sometimes the Dream Team prison that held him. He was more powloses, as the 2003 Red Sox can tell you.” erful than racism. He was more powerful “It seems,” I remark, “that humans do than hatred. have a way of setting aside their differ“And that just gives me chills,” Bell ences whenever there is some common adds. “My faith rests in people like Nelenemy to defeat. In the case of the movie, son Mandela, as much as it rests in any it’s the rugby team from New Zealand. In other thing.” < coming together to cheer on the South Share your rugby tales with David at talkpix@earthlink.net. African team, blacks and whites were united, at least to a small degree. It’s an It’s your movie, speak up at old story. We will not stop fighting with ›› pacificsun.com each other until we discover an even bigDECEMBER 18 – DECEMBER 24, 2009 PACIFIC SUN 29


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Orson Welles (Christian McKay) dazzles his fans in ‘Me and Orson Welles.’

O Armored A troupe of security experts plans the perfect heist; Matt Dillon and Jean Reno star. O Avatar James Cameron’s first movie since Titanic employs cutting-edge special effects to tell the story of a disabled vet reborn on a distant planet as an aboriginal warrior. 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 Did You Hear About the Morgans? (1:43) A smug Manhattan couple on the brink of divorce rediscover their love when they’re thrown into a witness protection program and shipped to darkest Wyoming. 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 chicken-snatching urges, disgracing himself and his family; Wes Anderson directs the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Bill Murray. O The Hurt Locker (2:11) A bomb disposal unit in war-torn Baghdad is taken over by a new commander with a dangerously high bravado level.

O In Search of Beethoven (2:18) Documentary examines the life and art of the 18thcentury composer through interviews, insights and performances by some of the world’s outstanding musicians. O Invictus (2:12) True tale of Nelson Mandela’s attempts to bring his country out of the shadow of apartheid with a helping hand from South Africa’s rugby team; Clint Eastwood directs Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. O Me and Orson Welles (1:54) A wannabe actor grows up fast when he lands a role in Orson Welles’ landmark 1937 Broadway production of Julius Caesar and falls under the wünderkind’s larger-than-life spell. O The Metropolitan Opera: Les Contes d’Hoffman (4:10) Catch Offenbach’s majestically musical bio of the amorous German scribe, live from New York in all its high-def big-screen glory. 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. Its 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 The Princess and the Frog (1:35) Disney’s first hand-drawn cartoon in half a decade transports the Grimm fairy tale to New Orleans’ rollicking French Quarter of the 1920s. O The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (1:33) Robin Wright Penn as an unflappable 40something housewife who reexamines her life when her elderly husband moves the two of them into a retirement home; Alan Arkin, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder and Monica Bellucci costar. O The Road (1:59) Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel hits the big screen with Robert Duvall, Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron as three of the few remaining survivors of a global cataclysm. 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 2012 (2:38) Yet another global-cataclysm scenario, this one starring John Cusack, Danny Glover, Thandie Newton and George Segal as the survivors. O Up in the Air (1:49) Jason Reitman’s quirky comedy stars George Clooney as a corporate hatchet man who finds true love with a fellow frequent flyer. <

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›› MOViE TiMES + Star ratings: out of 4 stars 2012 (PG-13) ++ Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 11:45, 3:20, 6:50, 10:10 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Tue 2:30, 8 An Education (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 12:15, 2:35, 5:10, 7:40, 10:05 Armored (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 7:30, 9:45 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Tue 12:20, 5:50 Avatar (PG-13) Century Cinema: 11:30, 3:10, 7, 10:35 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 11, 12:10, 2:30, 3:40, 6, 7:05, 9:30, 10:30; 3D showtimes 1:20, 4:50, 8:20 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Tue 11:50, 3:20, 6:45, 10:10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 3:15, 6:30, 9:40 Sat-Wed 12, 3:15, 6:30, 9:40 Thu 12, 3:15, 6:30 Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (R) ++Rafael Film Center: Fri-Sun 4, 8:35 Mon-Wed 8:35 Thu 4 The Blind Side (PG-13) ++ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:15, 10:20 Sat-Sun 1, 4:10, 7:15, 10:20 Mon-Wed 6:50, 9:45 Thu 4:10, 7:15 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 11:05, 1:55, 4:45, 7:35, 10:25 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Tue 11, 1:50, 4:45, 7:40, 10:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:50 Sat-Wed 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:50 Thu 1:30, 4:15, 7 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:55, 9:40 Sat-Wed 1:15, 4, 6:55, 9:40 Thu 1:15, 4, 6:55 Brothers (R) +++ Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Tue 12:15, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50, 10:20 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 2:10, 4:40, 7:20, 9:55 Sat Wed 2:10, 4:40, 7:20, 9:55 Thu 2:10, 4:40, 7:20 NDid You Hear About the Morgans? (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 12, 1:05, 2:25, 3:35, 4:55, 6:15, 7:25, 8:40, 9:55 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Tue 12:10, 2:40, 5:05, 7:30, 10

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Disney’s A Christmas Carol (PG) +++ Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 11:50, 2:15, 4:40, 7:15, 9:35 Everybody’s Fine (PG-13) +++ Century Regency 6: 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10 Thu 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40 Fantastic Mr. Fox (PG)++++ Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 12:30, 2:55, 5:20 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Tue 12:50, 3, 5:10, 7:20, 9:40 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 5:20, 7:30, 9:45 Sat-Sun 1, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:45 Mon-Thu 2:10, 5, 7:40 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 2:35, 5, 7:15, 9:25 Sat-Wed 12:30, 2:35, 5, 7:15, 9:25 Thu 12:30, 2:35, 5, 7:15 NThe Hurt Locker (R) +++1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:30, 10:30 Sat-Sun 1:15, 4:20, 7:30,10:30 Mon-Wed 6:45, 9:40 Thu 4:20, 7:30 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4, 6:50, 9:40 Sat-Sun 1:10, 4, 6:50, 9:40 Mon-Thu 1:40, 4:30, 7:20 NIn Search of Beethoven (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri, Thu 4:30, 7:15 Sat-Sun 1:30, 4:30, 7:15 Mon-Wed 7:15 Invictus (PG-13) +++1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7, 10:10 Sat-Sun 12:45, 3:50, 7, 10:10 Mon-Wed 6:30, 9:30 Thu 3:50, 7 Century Regency 6: Fri-Wed 11, 12:45, 2:10, 3:50, 5:20, 7, 8:30, 10:05 Thu 11, 12:45, 2:10, 3:50, 5:20, 7 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Tue 10:50, 1:45, 4:40, 7:35, 10:25 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4, 6:55, 9:40 Sat-Sun 1:10, 4, 6:55 Mon-Thu 4, 6:55 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 3:50, 6:45, 9:30 Sat-Wed 1, 3:50, 6:45, 9:30 Thu 1, 3:50, 6:45 La Danse (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri, Thu 4:15, 7:30 Sat-Sun 1, 4:15, 7:30 MonWed 7:30 NMe and Orson Welles (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Fri-Wed

10:50, 1:35, 4:20, 7:10, 10 Thu 10:50, 1:35, 4:20, 7:10 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:15, 7:05, 9:35 Sat-Wed 1:30, 4:15, 7:05, 9:35 Thu 1:30, 4:15, 7:05 NThe Metropolitan Opera: Les Contes d’Hoffman (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Sat 10am CinéArts at Sequoia: Sat 10am Old Dogs (PG) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 12:20, 2:45, 5, 7:20, 9:40 Pirate Radio (R) +++ CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:20, 7, 9:35 Sat-Sun 1:25, 4:20, 7, 9:35 Mon-Thu 1:55, 4:45, 7:30 Planet 51 (PG) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 12:05, 2:40, 5:05 Precious (R) +++1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 7:45, 10:15 The Princess and the Frog (G) +++ Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 11:20, 12:25, 2, 3, 4:30, 5:30, 6:55, 8, 9:20, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Tue 12, 2:20, 4:50, 7:10, 9:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 2:25, 4:45, 7:05, 9:30 Sat-Wed 12:10, 2:25, 4:45, 7:05, 9:30 Thu 12:10, 2:25, 4:45, 7:05 Lark Theater: Fri, Tue, Wed 11:10, 1:20, 3:30, 5:40, 7:45 Sat-Sun 3:30, 5:40, 7:45 Mon 1:20, 3:30, 5:40, 7:45 Thu 11:10, 1:20, 3:30, 5:40 The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (R) ++ Rafael Film Center: 6:30 Sat-Sun 2, 6:30 The Road (R) +++1/2 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 5, 7:45, 10:10 Sat 5, 7:45, 10:10 Sun 2:15, 5, 7:45 Mon-Thu 5, 7:45 The Twilight Saga: New Moon (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 1, 4, 7, 10 Up in the Air (R) +++1/2 Century Regency 6: 11:10, 12:25, 1:55, 3:10, 4:40, 5:55, 7:30, 8:45, 10:15 Thu 11:10, 12:25, 1:55, 3:10, 4:40, 5:55, 7:30

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

›› 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

The Fremantle Symphony Orchestra summons the spirit of Ludwig in ‘In Search of Beethoven.’

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Live music 12/18: Alec Stone Sweet “Clawhammer” guitar. 8pm. $15-20. Eric Schoenberg Guitars, 106 Main St., Tiburon. 789-0846. www.om28.com 12/18: Lauralee Brown and Company Jazz. 7:30pm. Saylor’s, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 12/18: Petty Theft Tom Petty tribute. 8:30pm. $12-15. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 12/18: Tam Jam 2009 Student bands and acts and lasagna dinner. Beer and wine for purchase. Dinner 6pm; music 7pm. 6-9pm. $3-7. Tam Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6393. www.tcsd.us 12/18: The Beautiful Losers “Peace, Love and Xmas Show 2009.” 7:30pm. $10-15. Belrose Theatre, 1415 5th Ave., San Rafael. 606-7435. www.localmusicvibe.com/beautiful-loserspeace-love-xmas-2009 12/18: Tracy Rose Fireside jazz. 7pm. Free. Rickey’s, 250 Entrada, Novato. 883-5952. www. rickeysrestaurant.com 12/19: Annual Holiday Jam Dance Party “Raise the Roof” benefit show for Children Performing Stars of Marin and Narada Michael Walden Foundation. 6:45pm. $50-100. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org 12/19: Eugene Huggins Rock and blues. 7pm. Saylor’s, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 12/19: Shana Morrison Holiday show. 8:30pm. $15. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria

Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 12/20: : Lonestar Retrobates Live western swing on the third Sunday of each month. 3pm. Free. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. www.19broadway.com 12/20: Hot Club of San Francisco Holiday CD release party. 7:30pm. $15. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www. ranchonicasio.com 12/22: Christmas Jug Band Acoustic folkswing jug band. 8pm. $22-37. Mill Valley Masonic Events Center, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 389-5072. www.murphyproductions.com 12/22: LIP-Sticks with Paula Helene Jazz and blues. 7pm. Free. Panama Hotel, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.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.

The Bolinas World Crafts Faire rears its head for the 19th time this weekend.

BEST BET Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle jugabilly! Irreverence and merriment—it’s what they do. Yes, it’s time for the CHRISTMAS JUG BAND—that motley crew of jugabillians and notable Bay Area musicians who, like most great American pioneers, got their start from “a Wild Turkey-inspired momentary lapse of sanity.” And now, four albums and 30 years of fruitcakes later, the Christmas Jug Band is an indisputably unconventional Carol of the bellows. holiday tradition of folk-skiffle-swing jug band merriment from the North Pole to Marin and beyond. Hors d’oeuvres provided by Balboa Cafe. 8pm Dec. 21-22 at Mill Valley Masonic, 19 Corte Madera Ave., downtown Mill Valley. Info and tickets: Call 415/389-5072 or visit online at www.murphyproductions.com.—Samantha Campos Dream Circle will circumnavigate the Bay Area Discovery Museum Dec. 19. 32 PACIFIC SUN DECEMBER 18 – DECEMBER 24, 2009


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 01/16: Fay Wyles Paintings. Free. Studio Green, 232 Sir Frances Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 721-0905. www.studiogreen.com

Through 01/17: Marin Art School presents 2009 Student Show Art of adult students of 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. Not an exhibit open daily. 8-10pm. Free. Redwood Foyer - Marin Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6014. www.marinarts.org

Through 01/30: ‘Devil Digit Finishing School’ Exhibition of contemporary embroidery by Caroline Marcum Dahl. Free. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. www.carolinedahl.com

Through 01/31: Marin Art Festival Call for Artists Now accepting applications for their 14th annual event. Applications can be downloaded from www.marinartfestival.com or by calling 388-0151.Submission deadline Jan. 31. Lagoon Park, Armory Drive, San Rafael. 388-0151. www. marinartfestival.com

Billy D shares the mic every Monday at Peri’s.

Concerts 12/20: Singers Marin Holiday Concert “’Tis the Season... Candles and Wishes.” 4pm $20-30. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. www.singersmarin.com

Dance 12/19: Marin Dance Theatre “Sophie and the Enchanted Toy Shop.” 1 and 5pm. $10-33. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. www.marincenter.org

Art Through 12/18: Mia Brown Mia uses a head wand to 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

12/21-03/25: Annual Marin Arts Council Members’ Exhibit Annual art exhibit featuring a variety of works by member artists including mixed media, paintings, sculpture and photography. 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 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: ‘New Exhibitions’ “21st Annual Invitational Mini Show.” Works of more than 85 Bay Area artists no larger than 6x6x6. Sales benefit the museum. Also, “Michael Garlington,” photographs. “Chris Hellman,” watercolors. Noon-5pm. Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330. www.bolinasmuseum.org

Through 01/03: Nina Leva Photography Exhibit “Face of a Child:” Black and white images of surprising moments from children’s calm reflection, exploration and peacefulness. Free. Rustic Bakery, 1139 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 302-1017. www.ninaleva.com

Through 01/04: Maeve Croghan Exhibit 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. 868-0970. www.commonweal.org

Through 01/10: Marj Burgstahler Stone “Present Work/Past Boxes” “West Marin Review 2: The Artists,” with works by John Anderson, Fariba Bogzaran, Angelica Casey, Claudia Chapline, Rich Clarke, Carola De Rooy, Evvy Eisen, Kathleen Goodwin, Margarito Loza, Kurt Lai, Alejandra Macias, Imelda Macias, Raoul Macias, Gale McKee, Maricela Mora, H.D. Mott, Juanita Romo, Igor Sazevich, C.R. Snyder, Nancy Stein and Anne Vitale. In collaboration with Pt Reyes Books. And works by Mary Mountcastle Eubank. Wed.-Mon. 11am-5pm. Free. Gallery Route One, 11101 Highway One, Point Reyes. 663-1347. www.galleryrouteone.org

Through 01/13: Jane Calender Art Exhibit

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. www.spn.usace. army.mil/bmvc/

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

Through 03/04: ImageMovers Digital Employee Art Show “Counterpoint.” Exhibit featuring paintings, drawings, collage and photography. 9am-5pm. Free. Marin Community Foundation, 5 Hamilton Landing # 200, Novato. 448-0362. www.marinarts.org Through 12/27: Abstract Art Show Jarl Forsman and Steve Sekhon, paintings Sat.-Sun. 11am-5pm. Free. Bolinas Gallery, 52 Wharf

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Road, Bolinas. 480-4562. www.highvibrationart. com/Bolinas_Gallery_Show.html Through 12/28: ‘Intimate Spaces’ First annual juried exhibit of small works. Also, works by Bill Dempster, Laura Saunders,others. 11am6pm. elsewhere gallery, 1828 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 747-8696. Through 12/29: ‘Paws for Thought’ Allison Levenson, photography. 9:30am. Free. Thomson Hall Gallery, 112 Bulkley Ave., Sausalito. 384-0908. www.AllisonLevenson.com 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

Film Events 12/19-20: Les Contes d’Hoffman Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher directs a new Metropolitan Opera production of Offenbach’s fictionalized take on the life and loves of writer E.T.A. Hoffmann. Live HD simulcast. 11:30-3pm. $31. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 924-5111. www. larktheater.net 12/21: Monday Night at the Movies Notorious (1946). Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman. 7:30-9pm. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton, Creekside Rm, Mill Valley. 389-4292, x203. www.millvalleylibrary.org

Community Events (Misc.) 12/18: Holiday Ornament Making Class Create a holiday ornament using a variety of

Hookers and naked martial artists THE HANGOVER contains some of the funniest comedy sequences in years— but no one’s really sure if they happened. Unlikely groomsmen Phil, Stu and Alan whisk their best buddy Doug away for a last Vegas weekend of wild bachelorhood, taking the $4,200 a night Villa room and raising a glass to him Whatever happened in Vegas is gonna stay there, whether these guys from the neon-lit roof like it or not. of Caesar’s Palace. And that’s the last thing any one of them can remember. Next morning, while dragging themselves off the floor, they try to piece together clues to the debauchery of the night before—a missing tooth, a chicken, a love doll in the bath and Mike Tyson’s tiger just for starters—and realize through their brain-numbing headaches that the groom’s missing. So begins an odyssey across the seamy sunlit Vegas of Saturday morning in search of their bud, facing down crime lords and corrupt cops, hookers and naked martial artists in a film one reviewer has called “witless, unforgivable regression.” Director Todd Phillips throws away the playbook that calls for deftly balanced dashes of gross-out and uplift, guy bonding and love-interest. These boys are a train wreck. It made a fortune.—Richard Gould

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12/19-20: 19th Annual Bolinas World Crafts Faire Local and international arts and crafts, traditional Mexican cuisine, world music, christmas cookies, wheel of fortune, and more fun stuff. 10am-6pm. Free. Bolinas Community Center, Downtown Bolinas, Bolinas. 831-747-4540. 12/19: Chanukah Hike and Ritual Enjoy time spent in the subdued light of the natural world on the final day of Chanukah. Event will include a ridge hike, an indoor fireside ritual and a potluck. Reservations required. 4-8pm. $15. San Anselmo. 12/19: Monthly Book Sale Features architecture books, classical CDs and holiday gifts. 9am-4:30pm. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 389-4292, x203. www.millvalleylibrary.org 12/19: Trekking the Model Join a guided tour of the Bay Model, a 1.5-acre operating hydraulic model of the SF Bay and Delta. Watch the tides ebb & flood as you learn how the model of the Bay helps us understand the Bay. 1:30-3pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. www.spn.usace. army.mil/bmvc 12/20: Lydia Ruffin The folk singer performs as part of Macrina Communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s candle lit advent service. 5pm. Free. St. Stephenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church of Belvedere/Tiburon, 3 Bayview Ave., Belvedere. 454-5260. www.macrina.org

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PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement 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 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)

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PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 36 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. 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)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2009122602 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as VERSATILE CONSULTING PARTNERS, LLP, 700 LARKSPUR LANDING CIRCLE, SUITE 199, LARKSPUR, CA 94939; VERSAPAR, LLP, 700 LARKSPUR LANDING CIRCLE, SUITE 199, LARKSPUR, CA 94939; VERSAPAR, 700 LARKSPUR LANDING CIRCLE, SUITE 199, LARKSPUR, CA 94939.: MICHAEL MOJABI, 700 LARKSPUR LANDING CIRCLE, SUITE 199, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by a limited partnership. 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 December 3, 2009. (Publication Dates: December 11, 18, 25, 2009; January 1, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122645 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ACCOUNTABLE COMPUTER SERVICES, 1608-B SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BOULEVARD, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: REGINALD L. JOHNSON, 668 BAMBOO TERRACE, 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 December 9, 2009. (Publication Dates: December 18, 25, 2009; January 1, 8, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2009122615 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as JS CAPITAL, 9 SALEM COVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MARY SUE C. JACKINSKY, 9 SALEM COVE, 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 December 1, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 4, 2009. (Publication Dates: December 18, 25, 2009; January 1, 8, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122640 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ALLIES FOR CHANGE, 1343 GRAND AVENUE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: TERRIE CARPENTER & ASSOC. ING., 1343 GRAND AVENUE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. 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 December 8, 2009. (Publication Dates: December 18, 25, 2009; January 1, 8, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2009122534 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE ORGANIC HOMESTEAD STORE, 28 HARDING DRIVE, NOVATO, CA 94947: ROB KATZ, 28 HARDING DRIVE, NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 25, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 20, 2009. (Publication Dates: December 18, 25, 2009; January 1, 8, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122607 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN SQUARE CLEANERS, 55-C BELLAM BOULEVARD, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: KHAMIS ANTAR, 109 BIRCH WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903; MADLEIN ANTAR, 109 BIRCH WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein in 1993. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 3, 2009. (Publication Dates: December 18, 25, 2009; January 1, 8, 2010) 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. 2009122696 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SALON B, 877 FOURTH STREET, SUITE B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: BULLOCK, BISHLAM A., 1851 SECOND 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 ClerkRecorder of Marin County on December 15, 2009. (Publication Dates: December 18, 25, 2009; January 1, 8, 2010)

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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) 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) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 096250. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner LAWRENCE EDWARD ERSLAND filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: LAWRENCE EDWARD ERSLAND to LORENZO ERSLAND. 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 25, 2010, 8:30 a.m., Dept. J, Room J, 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 14, 2009 /s/ VERNA A. ADAMS, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: December 18, 25, 2009; January 1, 8, 2010)

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Week of December 17-23, 2009

by Ly nd a R ay

spiration that is bound to occur this week, you could change your future for the better. The planets are giving you a new outlook on career possibilities. It’s up to you to follow their lead. Beginning Monday, the spotlighting Sun shines on your reputation. If tempted to linger under the office mistletoe until the right co-worker comes along, don’t.

TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) The only thing you can count on this week is that things do not go as planned. Getting stubborn about it isn’t going to do any good. The planets are insisting on spontaneity, which isn’t easy for you methodical types. But, if you make it through the weekend, you will notice a difference on Monday when the Sun moves into earthy Capricorn. Now you can stop with the “bah, humbug” and start with the “fa la la la la.” GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) OK. While in a sociable mood, you committed yourself to attending a number of holiday events. And now you think you just want to stay home, listen to music and dance by candlelight with your sweetheart. Well, you’re a Gemini. How could you have known how you were going to feel ahead of time? Nevertheless, leave all options open. You could easily change your mind again... CANCER (June 21 - July 21) Are you beginning to feel like a pawn on the huge chessboard of life? It’s time to accept that not all people behave with sensitivity. In spite of this, there are important metaphysical lessons to be learned this week. So, as soon as you have finished decorating the Christmas tree, stringing lights on your porch and planning your holiday menu, you might want to start studying.

LEO (July 22 - August 22) Your ruler leaves the happy-go-lucky sign of Sagittarius on Monday to enter the status-conscious sign of Capricorn. Accordingly, you go from casual to formal. Most of you have the wardrobe to accommodate this shift. In fact, most of you have the wardrobe to accommodate nearly anything from a trip on a yacht to a week at a monastery. So, I hear that Santa is checking his list, and your name does NOT have “new clothes” next to it.

VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) You may feel irritated, as if dealing with unseen enemies. Mars (planet of aggression) is causing annoyances and frustrations as it pesters for attention in your mystical and meditative house of the unconscious. But because this is “unconscious,” you don’t know WHY you feel picked on. Fortunately, on Monday, the playful Sun enters your house of self-expression, romance and entertainment. Festive at last. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) Why diet during the holidays? You believe you can trim down or eat healthier food? Now? Nobody’s that disciplined. However, if you’re hoping for a new romance, go to the gym or the health food store where surprises await. Just to let you know: Any relationship that begins now probably won’t last long. But it should make it through the end of this year.... SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) If you’ve postponed putting up a Christmas tree until this weekend, you may find it a less than smooth experience—especially if sharing the job with one who has a completely different decorating style. Tying your helper up in holiday lights while you finish the tree is not acceptable. On Monday, the friendly Sun approaches your ruler (Pluto) and lightens your mood. This would be a good time to rethink the black ornaments...

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) Hurry and get all your birthday celebrating completed this weekend, because on Monday, the zodiac spotlight moves on. But, this week does have an upside. Jovial Jupiter (your ruler) and romantic Neptune join energies in your communication house. Right now you can be both witty and flirty simultaneously. Santa may not be impressed, but the rest of us are.

CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) It’s hard for you to keep a secret, thanks to chatty Mercury in your sign and impulsive Mars in your mystery house. What’s the point of wrapping up your gifts if you’re going to tell the recipient what’s inside? May as well use Saran Wrap. As for the weekend, you’re feeling very affectionate. It’s a wonderful time for getting closer to your honey—just in time for your birthday. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) You may think you’re being totally rational and practical, but if you’re really honest with yourself, you’ll admit you’re operating on pure faith at the moment. Idealistic Jupiter and empathetic Neptune are in your sign. This should help you understand the true spirit of giving. Instead of buying presents, give to a good cause in your recipient’s name. You’ll both feel noble and no one will have to exchange anything.

PISCES (February 18 - March 19) Rebellious Uranus is driving through your sign taking the corners on two wheels. You’re along for the ride whether you like it or not—so you may as well let yourself go wild. In any event, you have another week to show Santa that you’re sorry you convinced Rudolph to go out partying with you instead of doing flight training with the other reindeer. I guess now we know why his nose is so much redder than usual... < Email Lynda Ray at cosmicclues@gmail.com or check out her website at www.lyndarayastrology.com DECEMBER 18 – DECEMBER 24, 2009 PACIFIC SUN 37


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My boyfriend of six months revealed that he’s never been faithful to anyone, not even his wife of 10 years, whom he cheated on constantly because he married too young and made himself stay for the kids. Once he divorced, about a year ago, he decided never to lie or cheat again. He said he wants a future with me, wants to be honest about everything and if there’s anything I want to know, I should just ask. I believe in loving someone unconditionally and without judgment, and I have a lot of respect for him for telling me the truth. I’m just not sure if the chance is worth taking: whether he’d be unfaithful and break my heart into a thousand pieces.—Loving Cautiously

PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 37 NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: RICHARD ELVERN MARSH aka SKY SUNLIGHT SAXON. Case No. PR-096180. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of RICHARD ELVERN MARSH aka SKY SUNLIGHT SAXON. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: SABRINA SAXON in the Superior Court of California, County of MARIN. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that SABRINA SAXON 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: January 19, 2010 at 8:30 a.m. in Dept.: L, Room: L, of the Superior Court of California, Marin County, located at Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA. 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 four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing

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In a new relationship, any guy can put his best foot forward, but maybe it takes a guy who really loves you to put his worst foot forward: warning you that you could be waiting for the other shoe to drop—off the side of some other girl’s bed. Of course, he could also be warning you so that if he does cheat, well, you were warned. Commendable as it is that he’s resolved never to lie or cheat again, he’s been divorced a year and seeing you for half that time. That’s a seriously short stretch of never—especially for a guy who’s never been faithful to anyone. And while he talks a remorseful game, he still explains his marital infidelity with the howler “I did it for the children.” Paternal sacrifice is admirable, but more so when working three jobs to keep a roof over the kiddies’ heads is what a father’s been doing—and not a string of bar floozies. While many are quick to blame their cheating on a bum relationship, there seems to be a cheater personality. Researchers Todd Shackelford and David Buss found three personality traits common to people prone to getting some on the side. There’s narcissism—being self-absorbed, self-important, lacking in empathy and predisposed to exploiting others. The other two are low conscientiousness and high “psychoticism,” clinical terms for a personality marked by impulsivity, unreliability and an inability to delay gratification. So...any of this seem familiar? Clearly, the last thing you should be engaging in is “unconditional love.” Sounds beautiful, but that’s love minus discernment, which isn’t love at all, but projectile sentimentality. Seeing whether he’s turned over a new leaf takes ongoing discernment—even beyond the two-year point. On average, that’s how long the happiness high people get from marrying seems to last, according to social psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky. For you two, the hot new thing phase might end sooner or later, but this at least gives you some sort of marker to go by. It’s a good thing and a bad thing, having your relationship front-loaded with news of his zipper management issues. On a positive note, you should be less likely to let monogamy slip into monotony. And, while most couples take for granted that both partners will be on their faithful best behavior, having this out in the open might help him focus on what really matters to him, and how he’ll deal, should temptation slide its hotel room key down the bar.

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People always want to make something out of patterns, which sometimes have meaning but often don’t. If, whenever you eat a peanut, you blow up so big somebody tries to stencil Goodyear across your side, then attach a passenger cabin, it’s wise to get checked out for a peanut allergy. But, just because four of your exes reappeared, you can’t make pronouncements about exes in general. If this isn’t a coincidence, you’re either a pushover or a guy who doesn’t end things ugly. (Or, maybe you have a peanut allergy.) These women probably feel they can count on you to mess around without messing things up with the man in their life. If you don’t want late-night therapy calls, get caller ID. Beyond that, what’s the downside? Sure, home invasions are alarming, but maybe complain when the perp’s shoving a gun in your face, not pushed-up, half-naked cleavage. <

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SANTA DELAYED DUE TO BACK PROBLEMS I recently received a call from a friend asking if I would be willing to help his boss. I asked, “Who is in need?” To my delight and surprise, he replied, “Santa Claus! He has thrown out his back, and he can’t get out of bed!” Apparently, Santa has been more stressed this year than ever before. With so many kids to think about and so many presents to carry, he has been rushing from one place to the next and his poor back is suffering. (Sound familiar?)

this?” He replied, “I never felt that I had time to take care of it, and it never hurt so badly that I couldn’t take it.” I understand this attitude well, as I see many people in this situation. I am continually amazed that people understand the idea of regular maintenance on their car, or sleigh, before it breaks down, but often do not take care of their own bodies very well.

I had a feeling something like this might happen. Santa’s back has been troubling him for quite some time. A few years ago, Santa began to have a lot of tension in his neck and shoulders, which moved into more serious pain. Now it’s dif¿cult for him to move his neck. He even feels tingling in his right shoulder. These symptoms have been developing for the last 6-7 years. Santa understands that his health is suffering from working 10-hour days and bearing the burden of maintaining his productivity so he can “keep-up” with the industry.

[Santa arrives] “Greetings Santa! Welcome to the Café of Life! Do not worry; you are in good, safe hands. My highly trained staff and I will get you out of pain and back in your sleigh. We are not only going to get you back in gear in time for the holidays, but we are going to keep you well in the future. First, I am going to do a thorough examination consisting of orthopedic tests and X-rays, if necessary. Then I will ask you several questions…” During the exam, I discovered that his pain was indeed an old problem that has slowly gotten worse. I asked him, “Santa, why did you wait so long to take care of

I work with people who experience such symptoms as anxiety, migraines, neck & back pain, depression, chronic fatigue, sciatica, nerve pain, whiplash, carpal tunnel syndrome, insomnia, sinus problems, athletic injuries, and shoulder pain. The most common culprit for most of these symptoms is stress. Stress affects us physically, emotionally, and chemically. We can experience stress from accidents, falls and other injuries, as well as in our daily lives from our relationships & families, our careers & work environments, etc. At the Café of Life, we offer chiropractic care, core strengthening, and therapeutic massage. Optimal results are achieved when utilizing spinal re-alignment techniques, muscular release, and core strengthening together. Chiropractic is a lifestyle for me. I have been surrounded, coached and raised by a few of the most inÀuential chiropractors in the world. I have been regularly adjusted since I was seven, and I am one of six chiropractors in my family.

I believe, however, that Santa’s pain began after his sleigh accident 15 years ago. He was test riding a new model sleigh and spun out of control, resulting in whiplash. At the time, it didn’t bother him enough to stop what he was doing and take care of himself, but I think that the pain from his old injury has snowballed and now he is out of commission. “Relax,” I said to my friend on the phone, “bring Santa to my of¿ce in half an hour and I will check his spine.” What a great opportunity to explain to Santa that taking care of himself can prevent future crisis!

I am frequently humbled by the awesome power of the body to heal itself. I have witnessed countless people attain, and maintain, incredible results naturally.

You do not have to suffer from poor health or be in excruciating pain to be in better health. As I explained to Santa, taking good care of the spine and the body helps maintain great health and prevent stress related conditions. After identifying that his spine had several misalignments, I told Santa it was time for the healing to begin. I started with a very gentle adjustment, which released some of his muscle tension. I asked Santa’s helpers make time in his busy schedule for him to get regular adjustments, massage (to restore proper motion and function), and core strength training to address that famous belly of his. Santa was delighted to ¿nd out that his health insurance could reimburse all of his treatments with the exception of his co-pay, which I asked him to donate to the toy factory. I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight, “I feel better than ever! Happy holidays to all, and to all a good and pain free night!”

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