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sk David Lindley, 65, to explain his Stewart, Dolly Parton and Kenny Loggins, ability to master complicated instru- among countless others. He’s fronted the ments and complex traditional musi- red-hot reggae band El Rayo-X. And he’s cal styles after a lifetime of touring, recording teamed up on critically acclaimed world muand caffeine addiction (he once chugged a sic projects with percussionist Wally Ingram, six-pack of Jolt cola during an onstage duel experimental rock guitarist Henry Kaiser that sent a younger punk and others. challenger to the emergenThat’s him leading the cy room with heart palpitwangfest on John Hiatt’s COMING SOON tations), and the legend1988 album Slow Turning, David Lindley performs a ary multi-instrumentalist providing the high vocals solo acoustic concert Satwaxes philosophical. on Jackson Browne’s live urday, Jan. 23, at 8pm, at the Mill Valley Masonic Hall. 19 “Wavy Gravy once said version of “Stay” and Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. my body is a temple of actrading stiletto-sharp $20-$30. 415/389-5072. cumulated error,” he says slide-guitar licks with Ben with a big laugh. “That’s Harper on 2006’s Both one of my favorite quotes.” Sides of the Gun. Caffeine addiction But the session work notwithstanding, Lindley’s reputation as one that made him an industry legend is a low of the world’s most accomplished musicians priority these days. is rock solid. As a member of the 1960s band “The best thing for me is what I’m doing Kaleidoscope, Lindley blazed the trail for one now,” he says during a phone interview of the earliest Middle Eastern music-meetsfrom his home in Southern California. psychedelia experiments. He’s collaborated Those current projects include an as-yeton albums and film scores with Ry Cooder. untitled CD, his first in three years, still in He’s played sessions with Bob Dylan, Bonnie production. “I’ve been working on some of Raitt, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Rod these songs for what seems like an eternity,”

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Lindley, third from left, formed the influential psychedelic band Kaleidoscope in 1966.

he says. “The verses come slowly—you just have to wait. But there comes a time when you know that a verse is finished. You listen to it and say, yup, this one’s ready for the Vatican library.” The tracks will feature Lindley on Hawaiian lap-steel guitar, oud and electric guitars—the sort of world music tinged with rock and reggae that he’s known for. When he’s not in the studio, Lindley spends about three hours a day perfecting his slide technique on the Hawaiian lap guitar and studying the oud, which he calls the hardest instrument he’s ever tried to learn. “I’ve developed new techniques on the Hawaiian guitar that I’ve never heard before,” he says. “It’s amazing that someone at my age can pull that off, and it just gets better and better. “I see the same thing with the oud. My technique is so much better than when I started—leaps and bounds—and a lot of it has to do with how much time you spend doing it and also how your physiology has held up over the years.” That allusion to the stamina required to play a complex Turkish scale on an 11stringed fretless oud is what made Lindley think of that Wavy Gravy quote. But despite all this time and effort spent on mastering technique, the heart of Lindley’s concert performance is no-holdsbarred improvisation. “You start, make it interesting, tie this in with that, and say, well, that’s good,” Lindley says of improvising. “The process is really interesting for the audience because they get to see what’s going on. “But in terms of figuring out where all this comes from, I don’t really know—it just comes out.” < Hum a few bars for Greg at gcahill51@gmail.com Lay down a beat of your own on TownSquare, at

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Catch Chico, Groucho, Harpo and Zeppo in ‘Animal Crackers’ at the Rafael Sunday afternoon with Harpo’s son Bill and Groucho’s pal Dick Cavett in attendance.

O Alive! (1:30) Albanian drama about a young urbanite who returns to his home village and finds himself in the midst of an ancient blood feud. O Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (1:28) Alvin, Simon and Theodore are back, competing with an all-girl chipmunk band and living la vida rodent in general. O Animal Crackers (1:37) The Marx Brothers’ hit Broadway comedy hits the big screen with Harpo, Chico, Zeppo and Groucho (as Capt. Spaulding, the African Explorer) wreaking havoc at a posh Long Island estate. 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 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 The Book of Eli (1:58) A lone warrior wanders postapocalyptic America in search of hope and humanity, felling any hopeless inhumane enemies in his path; Denzel Washington stars. O Broken Embraces (2:08) Pedro Almodovar character study of a man who loses his sight and the love of his life in the same accident and creates a sardonic new identity for himself; Penselope Cruz is around, of course. O Crazy Heart (1:51) Jeff Bridges as a dilapidated country music star who glimpses salvation in the person of Maggie Gyllenhaal. O Daybreakers (1:38) The blood flows like wine when plague transforms the human race into, yep, vampires! 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 Extraordinary Measures (1:46) True story of a corporate climber who joins forces with an unconventional scientist to find a cure for his children’s fatal disease. O The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2:02) Terry Gilliam directs the fantastical tale of a traveling circus where the audience is transported into an alternate universe of

unlimited imagination; Heath Ledger and Johnny Depp star. O It’s Complicated (1:54) Meryl Streep as a happily divorced mother of three who enters into an affair with ex-hubby Alec Baldwin; dashing Steve Martin complicates matters. O Leap Year (1:37) Amy Adams chases hapless boyfriend Matthew Goode to Dublin where, by tradition, a man must accept when a woman proposes marriage on February 29. O Legion (1:44) Finally fed up with us Earthlings, God puts the Apocalypse in motion...but Paul Bettany has other plans. O The Lovely Bones (2:19) The Alice Sebold bestseller hits the big screen with Saorise Ronan as a murdered phantom watching over killer and bereaved family alike; Peter Jackson directs. 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 wunderkind’s larger-than-life spell. O The Metropolitan Opera: Der Rosenkavalier (4:50) Catch Strauss’s comic tale of lust and subterfuge Viennese style in all its high-def big-screen glory. O Mother (2:08) Darkly witty Korean thriller about an herbalist out to solve the murder of a young sexpot. 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 Sherlock Holmes (2:14) The supersleuth is back in the form of a karate-chopping, lascivious Robert Downey Jr.; Jude Law is Dr. Watson. O A Single Man (1:39) A day in the life of a gay man dealing with the death of his partner and, oh yeah, the Cuban Missile Crisis. O The Spy Next Door (1:32) Retired CIA agent Jackie Chan takes on one last mission: protecting his fiancee’s three rambunctious kids from clueless terrorists. O The Tooth Fairy (1:42) Dwayne Johnson as a tough, mean hockey player who atones for his sins by working a week as a tutu’d tooth fairy; Ashley Judd co-stars?!? O A Town Called Panic (1:15) Inventive, surreal stop-motion Belgian comedy about a chaotic day in the life of three plastic toys. 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. O The White Ribbon (2:24) The choristers in a small German village are beset by a series of unexplained (perhaps vindictive?) “accidents.” O Youth in Revolt (1:30) A plaintive high school senior (Michael Cera) does his damnedest to lose his cursed virginity in the wake of his parents’ breakup. < Win free tickets to the Rafael Film Center and check out our searchable movie database at ›› pacificsun.com

›› MOViE TiMES A Single Man (R) ++++ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:15, 1:45, 4:15, 7, 9:35 Sun-Tue, Thu 11:15, 1:45, 4:15, 7 Wed 11:15, 1:45 NA Town Called Panic (Not Rated)Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:15, 7, 8:45 Sat-Sun 1:30, 4:15, 7, 8:45 Mon-Wed 7, 8:45 Thu 7 NAlive! (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Thu 9 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (G) Century Northgate 15: 12:20, 2:35, 5:05, 7:20, 9:35 An Education (PG-13) +++ Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 6:45, 9 Sat 2:15, 4:30, 6:45, 9 Sun 6:45, 9 Mon-Wed 6:45, 9 Thu 8:45 NAnimal Crackers (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 2 (Dick Cavett and Bill Marx in person) Avatar (PG-13) +++ Century Cinema: Fri-Wed 11:30, 3:10, 7, 10:35 Thu 11:30, 3:10, 7 Century Northgate 15: 1, 4:35, 8:10; 3D showtimes 11:45, 3:20, 7, 10:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 3:15, 6:30, 9:40 Sat 12, 3:15, 6:30, 9:40 Sun12, 3:15, 6:30 Mon-Thu 3:15, 6:30 The Blind Side (PG-13) ++ Century Northgate 15: 1:05, 4, 6:55, 9:45 The Book of Eli (R) +++ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7, 10 Sat-Sun 1, 4, 7, 10 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:30 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 10:50, 12:10, 1:40, 3, 4:30, 5:50, 7:25, 8:45, 10:15 Sun-Thu 10:50, 12:10, 1:40, 3, 4:30, 5:50, 7:25 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 2:15, 4:55, 7:35, 10:15 Broken Embraces (R) +++ Rafael Film Center: Fri 3:45, 6:30, 9:15 Sat-Sun 1, 3:45, 6:30, 9:15 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:15 Crazy Heart (R) +++ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:05,

N= New Movies This Week 1:55, 4:45, 7:35, 10:20 SunSat, Tue 5:30 Sun 1 Wed Thu 11:05, 1:55, 4:45, 7:35 1:30 Thu 3:45 Daybreakers (R) Century NorthThe Metropolitan Opera: Der gate 15: 11:50, 5:15, 10:30 Rosenkavalier (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Wed 6:30 NExtraordinary Measures (PG) CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed 6:30 Century Larkspur Landing: NMother (2010) (Not Rated) Fri 5:15, 8, 10:30 Sat-Sun Rafael Film Center: Thu 6:30 11:45, 2:30, 5:15, 8, 10:30 Mon-Thu 6:55, 9:30 Century The Princess and the Frog (G) Northgate 15: 11:40, 2:15, +++ Century Northgate 15: 4:50, 7:40, 10:20 Century 11:55, 2:25, 4:55, 7:25, 9:50 Rowland Plaza: 11:45, 2:20, Sherlock Holmes (PG-13) 4:50, 7:20, 9:50 Tiburon +++1/2 Century Northgate Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 7, 9:30 Sat 15: 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15 1:15, 4, 7, 9:30 Sun 1:15, 4, Century Rowland Plaza: 1:05, 7 Mon-Thu 4, 7 4, 6:50, 9:40 Lark Theater: The Imaginarium of Doctor ParFri-Sat, Tue 8 Sun 3:30 nassus (PG-13) +++ Century Wed 3:45 Thu 1:15 Northgate 15: 2:10, 7:45 The Spy Next Door (PG) Century It’s Complicated (R) +++ Northgate 15: 12:10, 2:40, Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:10, 7:35, 9:55 7:20, 10:15 Sat-Sun 1:30, NTooth Fairy (PG) Century 4:30, 7:20, 10:15 Mon-Thu Northgate 15: 11:30, 2, 4:30, 6:30, 9:15 Century Regency 7:05, 9:40 Century Rowland 6: Fri -Sat 10:40, 1:30, 4:20, Plaza: 11:40, 2:10, 4:35, 7, 7:10, 10:05 Sun-Thu 10:40, 9:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri1:30, 4:20, 7:10 Century RowSat 2:10, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Sun land Plaza: 2:30, 7:50 Fairfax 2:10, 4:30, 7 Mon-Thu 2:10, 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 2, 4:40, 4:30, 7 7:15, 9:50 Sun 2, 4:40, 7:15 Up in the Air (R) +++1/2 Mon-Thu 2, 4:40, 7:15 Century Larkspur Landing: Leap Year (PG) 1/2 Century NorthFri 5, 7:40, 10:25 Sat-Sun gate 15: 12, 2:20, 5, 7:30, 10 11:30, 2:20, 5, 7:40, 10:25 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:50, Mon-Thu 6:50, 9:25 Century 5:10, 10:30 Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:25, NLegion (R) Century Northgate 2:05, 4:55, 7:45, 10:25 Sun15: 12:25, 2:50, 5:25, 8, Thu 11:25, 2:05, 4:55, 7:45 10:25 Century Rowland Plaza: Century Rowland Plaza: 12:20, 12:40, 3, 5:20,7:40, 10 2:50, 5:30, 8, 10:25 Fairfax 5 The Lovely Bones (PG-13) ++1/2 Theatres: Fri 2:30, 5:10, 7:35, Century Northgate 15: 11:35, 10 Sat 12:05, 2:30, 5:10, 1:10, 2:30, 4:10, 5:30, 7:10, 7:35, 10 Sun 12:05, 2:30, 8:30, 10:10 Century Rowland 5:10, 7:35 Mon-Thu 2:30, Plaza: 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10 5:10, 7:35 Tiburon Playhouse CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 5:15, 3: Fri 4:15, 6:50, 9:20 Sat 8:15 Sat 2:25, 5:15, 8:15 1:30, 4:15, 6:50, 9:20 Sun Sun 2:45, 5:35, 8:25 Mon1:30, 4:15, 6:50 Mon-Thu Tue, Thu 5:35, 8:25 Wed 4:15, 6:50 3:15 Fairfax 5 Theatres: FriNThe White Ribbon (R) CinéArts Sat 1:15, 4:15, 7:10, 10:05 at Sequoia: Fri 3:30, 6:30, Sun-Thu 1:15, 4:15, 7:10 9:30 Sat 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 3:45, 9:30 Sun 1:45, 4:45, 7:45 6:40, 9:40 Sat 12:50, 3:45, Mon-Thu 4:45, 7:45 6:40, 9:40 Sun 12:50, 3:45, Youth in Revolt (R) +++ 6:40 Mon-Thu 3:45, 6:40 Century Northgate 15: 12:15, Me and Orson Welles (PG-13) 2:45, 5:20, 7:50, 10:05 +++1/2 Lark Theater: Fri-

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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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Live music 01/22: Jackie Payne and Steve Edmonson Cedricke Dennis group will open this evening of down home, old school blues. 7pm $20-25. Showcase Theater, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. www. marincenter.org 01/22: Lauralee Brown and Company Jazz. 7:30-10:30pm Saylor’s, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 01/22: Mike Dowling Bottleneck blues, swing and ragtime. 8pm $20-25. Schoenberg Guitars, 106 Main St., Tiburon. 789-0846. www.om28.com 01/22: New West Jazz guitar trio. 8-10pm $15-20. Old St. Hilary’s Landmark, 201 Esperanza, Tiburon. 435-1853. www.landmarks-society.org 01/22: Winter Luau with Led Ka’apana and Special Guest Fran Guidry. 8:30pm $20-25. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 01/23: David Lindley Electro-acoustic American folk, blues, and bluegrass traditions. 8pm $20-30. Mill Valley Masonic, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 389-5072. www.murphyproductions.com

01/23: Debra Clawson and Paul Seaward Eclectic acoustic. 7-10pm Saylor’s, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 01/23: Dore Coller and Trio Max Part of the Saturday Session series. 2-4pm Free. Iron Springs Pub, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. www. ironspringspub.com 01/23: John King Jazz piano. 6:30pm $5-15. UUCM, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael. 479-4131. www.uumarin.org

01/23: Johnny Vegas and the High Rollers Rock and soul 8:30pm $12-15. Rancho Nicasio,

1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www. ranchonicasio.com 01/23: Jon Korty and Friends Groove rock. 9pm Peri’s, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. www.perisbar.com 01/24: Birds of Paradise Vocalists Daria, Roberta Donnay and Wendy Waller. 4pm $18-20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org 01/24: Dan and Barry Show In the bar. 4pm Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 01/26: Lauralee Brown and Company Eclectic jazz. 7pm Free. Panama Hotel and Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com 01/28: LIP-Sticks With Paula Helene. Jazz and blues. 7pm Free. Panama Hotel, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com 01/29: Jonathan Korty and Friends Rock. 8:30pm $10. Club 101, 815 W. Francisco, San Rafael. 606-7435. www.localmusicvibe.com 01/29: Natasha James Country songstress. 8:30pm $10-12. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Ranceria Road, Nicasio. www.ranchonicasio.com 01/29: The English Beat Ska. 8pm $25. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org

Concerts 01/28: Left Coast Chamber Ensemble “Harpsichord Redux.” With Katherine Heater, harpsichord. 8pm $15-20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.

The 2 Tone will be thumping next weekend when the English Beat lays down at 142 Throck. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org 01/29: American Bach Soloists Monteverdi’s “Vespers of 1610.” 8pm $18-45. St. Stephen’s Church, 3 Bayview Ave., Belvedere. 621-7900. www.americanbach.org

Through 02/12: Marin Music Chest accepting scholarship applications The Marin Music Chest has launched its annual scholarship program for Marin County students studying classical music. Go to www.marinmusicchest.org for application information. Free. Marin Music Chest, P.O. Box 468, Ross. 892-9731. www.marinmusicchest.org

Dance 01/22: Peking Acrobats. 8pm $25-45. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. www.marincenter.org

01/23: Dholrhythms of Non-Stop Bhangra Indian pop dancing. 8pm $10-20. Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8081. www. marinjcc.org 01/24: RoCo Dance: Students from this studio will perform hip-hop, ballet, modern and jazz. $13-16. Marin Center, Ave. of the Flags, San

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When it comes to social satire, progressive political humor, irreverent insight and sardonic brilliance, comedians MORT SAHL & DICK GREGORY might have a credential or two—two million, if you count laughs—up their sleeves. When he wasn’t busy doing nothing, Sahl was the first humorist on the cover of Time, the first performer to make a comedy album, the first non-musician to win a Grammy; he’s written 18 screenplays, has been under Mort Sahl, above, will join Dick Gregory in a tagcontract at every major TV network and team of hilarity this weekend in Mill Valley. was the first to pioneer live comedy on college campuses. No slouch himself, Gregory was one of the first comedians to successfully perform for both black and white audiences, most notably at Chicago’s Playboy Club in1961, before being seen on national TV and films, selling 10 million copies of his 1964 autobiography and penning more than a dozen books since. A longtime social and political activist, Gregory ran for president of the U.S. in 1968—and yet, despite a vote from Hunter S. Thompson (and 47,096 others), he lost (to Richard Nixon, alas). 8pm Jan. 23 at 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. Tickets and info: www.142throckmortontheatre. org or call 415/383-9600.—Samantha Campos


Rafael. 499-6800. www.rocodance.com. 01/29: Spirit of Uganda: East African music and dance performed by a highly acclaimed youth ensemble. $25-45. Marin Center, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800. www.marincenter.org

Theater/Auditions Through 02/03:‘Wretch Like Me: A Totally Righteous One-Sinner Show’ Local writer David Templeton’s comedic solo show. 7:30pm $15-18. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org Through 02/14:‘The Miser’ The Ross Valley Players presents the comedy by Moliere. 8pm Fri.Sat; 2pm Sun; 7:30pm Thurs. $15-25. Ross Valley Players’ Barn Theatre, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 456-9555. www.rossvalleyplayers.com Through 02/14:‘Sunlight’ Written by Sharr White. Directed by Jasson Minadakis. 8pm Tue, Thur-Sat; Wed 7:30pm; 7pm Sun. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208. www.marintheatre.org

Through 1/30: Margie Belrose in her ‘Tid Bits’ Dinner theatre comedy show with audience + participation. Reservations recommended. 6pm. $20. Belrose Dinner Theatre, 1415 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 454-6422. www.thebelrose.com

Comedy 01/23: Dick Gregory and Mort Sahl Comedy legends. 8pm $38-48. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org

Art 01/22: Falkirk Exhibition Opening Reception Fri. 5:30-7:30 pm Works by San Rafael artists Patricia Ancona, Kay Russell, and Helen Stanley. 5:30-7:30pm Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328. 01/23-03/07: New Exhibitions “Coyote, Deer and Gold: Karen & Malcolm Whyte Collection of Contemporary American Indian Art in California” “Ilka Hartmann.” Photography. “Marna Clarke.” Coastal Marin artist. Opening reception 3-5pm Sat. 1-5pm Free. Boliasn Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330. www.bolinasmuseum.org Through 01/30:‘For Paint’s Sake’ New paintings by Leslie Allen. Donna Seager Gallery, 851 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-4229. www.donnaseagergallery.com/ Through 01/30:‘Mona and Vincent’ Charles Ballinger’ paintings along with select paintings of Mona and Vincent. Free. The Depot Bookstore and Cafe, 87 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 383-7012. www.depotbookstore.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 Dr., San Rafael. 388-0151.www.marinartfestival.com

Through 02/02:‘Intimate Spaces Third Movement’ Works by “Small Works” juried exhibit winners Gerald Kotler, Katherine Lewis and Brenda Cariati. 11am-6pm Free. elsewhere gallery, 1828 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 747-8696.

Through 02/07:‘Exploring Contemporary Printmaking’ Juried exhibition with Karin Breuer from FAMSF. Free. Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137. www.marinmoca.org

Through 02/07: Samuelle Richardson Exhibit “Alphabet City” Gouache and acrylic paint-

ings. Free. Hamilton Gallery, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137. www.marinmoca.org

Through 02/14: 25th Annual January Juried Exhibit Art critic Kenneth Baker juries this exhibition. 11am-5pm Free. Gallery Route One, 11101 Highway One, Point Reyes. 663-1347. www.galleryrouteone.org

Through 02/26:‘Ebullient: The Art of Harry Cohen’ Paintings. 10am-5pm Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. www.artworksdowntown.org/

Through 02/27: Leah Schwartz Exhibit Retrospective art show. 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 02/28: Linda Larsen Exhibit Landscape oil paintings. 8am-9:30pm Free. Two Bird Cafe, 625 San Geronimo Valley Dr., San Geronimo. www.lindalarsenartist.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

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variety of works by member artists including mixed media, paintings, sculpture and photography. 9am5pm 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

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Talks/Lectures 01/23: Early Childhood Speaker Series “Parenting Your Young Child, Walking the Tightrope: Finding the Balance Between Over-protectiveness and Lack of Boundaries.” With early childhood educator, Cynthia Aldinger and Greenwood early childhood faculty, Marcy Summers and Peggy Rock. 9:30am-noon. Free. Greenwood School, 17 Buena Vista Ave., Mill Valley. 388-0495. www.greenwoodschool.org

01/24: Gaza and the Freedom Marchers Paul Larudee, Ziad Abbas and Norman Solomon will talk about Operation Cast Lead, the siege of Gaza. Gaza Freedom Marchers will talk about their experience and show film footage. 2-4pm $10-15. First Presbyterian Church of San Anselmo, 72 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. 721-0703. www.14friendsofpalestine.org

01/24: Spontaneous Evolution with Steve Bhaerman Discussion with author, humorist, political and cultural commentator Bhaerman (Swami Beyondananda). 6:30pm $5-20. Novato Oaks Inn, 215 Alameda Del Prado, Novato. 650-349-2651. www.tinyurl.com/stevebhaermanRAHM 01/26: Botanical Artist Kristin Jakob Discussion of creative process and techniques involved in the making of botanical prints. 7-8pm Free. Larkspur Library, 400 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 927-5005. www.larkspurlibrary.org

01/26: Conversations with Eco-Innovators “The Wealth of Nature: Integrating Nature’s Real Value in Traditional Economic Systems.” With Cristina Mittermeier, International League of Conservation Photographers. 6:30-7:30pm $15. Cavallo Point, 601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito. 561-3560. www.instituteatgoldengate. org/lectures

01/28: Forgotten Railroads of Marin Coun-

a slide show and lecture focusin on the 1870 San Rafael and San Quentin Railroad, the North Pacific Coast Railroad, and the Fairfax Funicular Railroad. 7-8pm Free. Larkspur Library, Larkspur. 927-5005. www.larkspurlibrary.org 01/28: World Affairs Council Prof. Alex Saragoza talks on “The Mexican Connection: Drugs, Violence, Corruption, and Fear,” as well as the drug trade’s impact on US-Mexican relations. Reservations required. 7:30-9pm $6-9, students free. Dominican University, Creekside Room, 50 Acacia, San Rafael. 293-4600. 01/29: Soulshaping Lecture Using his personal story as inspiration Jeff Brown, author of “Soulshaping: A Journey of Self-Creation,” will discuss how he quit his job, changed his path and transformed his life. 7:30pm Free. Open

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Readings 01/22: Deborah Burnes The author discusses “Look Great, Live Green.” 7pm Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. bookpassage.com 01/23: Bill Raney The author discusses “Letters to Zerky.” 7pm Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 01/23: Dr.William Stewart The surgeon and holistic health pioneer discusses “Deep Medicine.” 2pm Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

BEST BET Guffawing for Guffman, fiending for Fred If you‘re a devotee of Christopher Guest‘s hilarious mockumentaries— including Best in Show, A Mighty Wind and For Your Consideration—then you must also be a fan of Fred Willard. Heís the Emmynominated actor (Everybody Loves Raymond) and Willard, center, with his Guffman cohorts. improvisational mastermind behind the characters of many Guest films, including the unforgettable “Ron Albertson” (Waiting for Guffman). Anyway, he‘ll be here in Marin soon, as he presents and discusses WAITING FOR GUFFMAN: AN AFTERNOON WITH FRED WILLARD—sure to be enlightening and entertaining, for, as Ron Albertson once said,“If there’s an empty space, just fill it with a line, that‘s what I like to do. Even if it‘s from another show.” 2pm Jan. 31 at the Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. Info: Call 415/454-1222 or visit www.cafilm.org.—SC JANUARY 22 – JANUARY 28, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 33


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01/23: Merla Zellerbach The author discusse her novel “Mystery of the Mermaid.” 4pm Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 01/23: Michael Pollan The wildly popular environmental author discusses and signs “Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual.” 10 am. $20 (includes a copy of the book). Book Passage, 1 Ferry Plaza, San Francisco. 927-0960, ext 1 to reserve. 01/24: California Writers Club With Jason Roberts, author of “A Sense of the World: How a Blind Man Became History’s Greatest Traveler.” 2-4pm Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 01/24: James Baraz and Shoshana Alexander The authors talk about “Awakening Joy:

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10 Steps That Will Put You On the Road to Real Happiness.” 2pm Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 01/24: Will Jordan The author talks about his novel “The Incarnation of Catman Billy.” 4pm Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 01/26: Maaza Mengiste The authortalks about her novel “Beneath the Lion’s Gaze.” 7pm Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 01/27: Elizabeth Gilbert The author talks about her new book “Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage.” 7pm $40 (includes a signed book) Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 927-0960, ext 1, to reserve. 01/27: Literary Luncheon Join Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Traveler’s Wife) for lunch as she discusses her new novel “Her Fearful Symmetry.” Lunch catered by Insalata’s Restaurant of San Anselmo. Noon. $50 (includes lunch & a signed copy of the book) Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 01/28: Amy Greene The author talks about her novel “Bloodroot.” 7pm Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. bookpassage.com 01/29: Ethan Watters The journalist presents “Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche.” 7pm Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

Film Events 01/24:‘Animal Crackers’ Join Harpo’s son Bill Marx and Dick Cavett in celebrating the 80th anniversary of the 1930 Marx Brothers classic with a screening and discussion. 2pm Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-1222. www.cafilm.org

01/24:‘Amadeus, ’2002 Special Edition Director’s Cut Celebrate Mozart’s birthday and support the Marin Symphony. Wine reception included. 6:30-10pm $25, Marin Symphony subscribers receive two tickets for the price of one. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 479-8100. www.marinsymphony.org/amadeus.htm 01/25: Monday Night at the Movies “Port Chicago: The Real Story.” Documentary detailing the munitions explosion that killed over 200 African American sailors, ultimately leading to the desegration of the military in 1948. 7:30pm Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 389-4292, x203. www.millvalleylibrary.org 01/28-02/02:‘For Your Consideration’ Oscar submissions from around the world. This is a rare opportunity to view some highly acclaimed works in international cinema, many of which are not yet slated for US distribution. $5.50-10. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-1222. www.cafilm.org 01/28:‘A Woman Under the Influence’ Special screening of John Cassavettes’ Academy Award nominated film. 7-10pm $25. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 459-5999 x 104. www.cipmarin.org

Community Events (Misc.) 01/23: Bay Area Environmental Education Resource Fair Over 70 resources and workshops for educators and parents with a special interest in wildlife, ecology, adventure and environmental education. 10am-4:30pm $8-12. Marin Civic Center, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. (510) 657-4847. www. baeerrfair.org

01/23: History of the Marinship Shipyard In-depth discussion of the history of Marinship Shipyard at Bay Model built by the Bechtel Corporation by the request of President Franklin Roosevelt in March of 1942. Learn about ship built here. 2-3:30pm Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. www.spn.usace. army.mil/bmvc/


01/23:Wedding Faire Find resources for your special day. 1-4pm No Charge St Luke Presbyterian Church, 10 Bayview Dr., San Rafael. 456-0586. and the Marin Peace and Justice Coalition present a forum with panelists Lenny Goldberg, Norman Solomon, Carole Mills, and Jenny Callaway. 6-9pm Free. United Methodist Church, San Rafael, 9 Ross Valley Road, San Rafael. 388-2821. www.mpjc.org 01/28: Cooking Class with Joanne Weir Meet the host of PBS-TVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Joanne Weirâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cooking Classâ&#x20AC;? in this event designed to spice up your winter table. Participants share the full meal together at the end of the class. 6:30-9pm $49. Fresh Starts Cooking School, the Next Key Center, 1385 N. Hamilton Pkwy., Novato. 382-3363 x213. www.cookingschoolsofamerica.com. 01/29: Gem Faire Noon-7pm Fri.; 10am-6pm Sat.; 10am-5pm Sun. Fine jewelry, gems, beads, minerals and more. Classes and demos throughout the weekend. $5. Marin Center Exhibit Hall, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 503-252-8300. www.gemfaire.com Ongoing:White Elephant Flea Market Every Saturday and Sunday buy, bargain and browse vendors gently used items. 8:30am-3pm Free. 1550 Tiburon Blvd. Ste. B, Tiburon. 328-2963. Tuesdays: Mothers Support Group For mothers of babies 4+ months old 11am-12:30pm The Parents Center, 514 Fourth St., San Rafael. 456-5533. www.theparentscenter.com

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by Ly n d a R ay ARIES (March 20 - April 19) The entry of the courageous Sun into your house of humanitarian causes makes you feel like saving the world, which is not cooperating due to the drawn out battle between judgmental Saturn and controlling Pluto. Instead, you can make a difference by focusing on one particular group and doing what you can to help. You may not be able to change the world, but you can chalk one up for whichever good guys you choose. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) Your behavior takes on an erratic quality this week as you go back and forth between being warm and coolly detached. In spite of this, your group of friends is expanding. You feel strongly that you’d like to see and/or learn about more of the world as you open up to experiencing different cultures. Meanwhile, the creative Sun suggests doing something to get yourself noticed. Don’t be shy. This is why they invented YouTube. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) You may think you know your own neighborhood, but this week you are likely to get lost crossing the street. It is wise to let someone else drive due to your current tendency to take shortcuts that don’t take you where you mean to go. However, you do quite well in totally unfamiliar foreign environments for the next few weeks. You’re confused on a local level and brilliant on a global one. Go figure. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) Your lunar ruler in the peaceful and comforting sign of Taurus promises to make this a pleasant weekend. If you’re looking for love, a friend may be responsible for introducing you to someone special, so no hiding away in your shell. After the weekend, the emphasis on logical thinking can be quite difficult for those of you who rely on intuition. Simply replace “I have a hunch” with “after careful analysis” and you’ll fit right in. LEO (July 22 - August 22) As your ruler occupies the progressive sign of Aquarius, you become aware of just how rigid some of your old relationship patterns are. Start dumping some of your unnecessary baggage and you will feel both lighter and happier. As Mars continues to move retrograde in your sign, you are prone to impulsive behavior that you regret almost instantly. Relax. Your pride may be shocked, but your confidence will recover. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) The playful Sun and sociable Venus occupy your house of employment and fitness issues. This could have a pleasurable effect on both going to work and going to work out. It does not, however, indicate a significant amount of progress, since having fun takes the place of focusing on job duties or strengthening your abs. You have plenty of time to get serious later this year. Why not enjoy this while you can? LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) Maybe you think you are not feeling well because you ate too many sweets over the holidays or partied too hard. You are suffering from too much nervous worrying, which is wreaking havoc on your sense of physical well-being. Try to stop obsessing over things you cannot do anything about. The only person who expects you to be perfect is you. Be as nice to yourself as you are to everyone else—your body will respond accordingly. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) As the revealing Sun lights up your psyche it is soul-searching time. You’ll undoubtedly try to avoid exposing your inner feelings, but you might need more than a “Private, Keep Out” sign to keep your secrets safe. Your ruler (mysterious Pluto) does his best to hide your thoughts, but with chatty Mercury in your communication house, revelations continue to escape your lips. This may be a good week to visit your therapist. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) Taking a break is never easy for you enthusiastic fire signs. You’re always afraid you’ll miss something. But now that your ruler (Jupiter) is floating through the mystical waters of Pisces, being constantly fired up is not so important. Meanwhile, the friendly duo of the Sun and Venus bring an opportunity to get to know some neighbors better. Be nice. They might have a 48-inch plasma TV for watching the Super Bowl. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) OK. You’ve had a rough decade. A long-term opposition from chaotic Uranus to your ruler (Saturn) and now a lengthy square from fateful Pluto is more than any mortal being should be asked to bear. If you didn’t already think the weight of the world falls on your shoulders, you think it now. Most of the other signs would expect me to follow this pronouncement with the good news. You know better, don’t you? AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) Since it is your zodiac celebration, let’s focus on the happy events in your chart. Charming Venus is in your sign, enhancing your allure and giving you extra charisma. A positive aspect between Saturn and the Sun can help you attain a career goal this week. On Monday and Tuesday, the intuitive Moon makes sure you are in the right place at the right time to experience romance or create art or both. Feel better now? PISCES (February 18 - March 19) Your imagination is in full gear and your creative visions have great potential. This is your year to take all the opportunities that come within your reach and grab them with both hands. Your talent cannot go anywhere if you do not open the doors for it. Everyone has ambitious Saturn in his or her chart somewhere— even a humble Pisces. < Email Lynda Ray at cosmicclues@gmail.com or check out her website at www.lyndarayastrology.com 38 PACIFIC SUN JANUARY 22 – JANUARY 28, 2010

PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2009122612 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NORTH BAY SPORTS AND SOCIAL CLUB, 301 NORTH AVENUE, #302, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: CRAZY DOG, LLC, 301 NORTH AVENUE, #302, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. 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 4, 2009. (Publication Dates: January 1, 8, 15, 22, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122711 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MONTECITO TRAVEL CENTER, 1304 LAS RAPOSAS ROAD, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: HOOSHANG MOSTOUFI, 1304 LAS RAPOSAS ROAD, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on December 30, 2009. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on December 17, 2009. (Publication Dates: January 1, 8, 15, 22, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2009122781 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as HELIOGIRAFFE, 227 SANTA MARGARITA, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901; LACY T. TAYLOR CONSULTING, 227 SANTA MARGARITA, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: LACY T. TAYLOR, 227 SANTA MARGARITA, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. These businesses are being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on December 29, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 29, 2009. (Publication Dates: January 8, 15, 22, 29, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122717 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LAUREL BURCH ARTWORKS, 300 POPLAR STREET, #9, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941; ROGUE RIVER TRADING COMPANY, 300 POPLAR STREET, #9, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: JUAQUIM BURCH, 300 POPLAR STREET, #9, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on February 10, 2006. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on Deceber 18, 2009. (Publication Dates: January 8, 15, 22, 29, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122835 The following individual is doing business as NATHAN BALLARD COMMUNICATIONS, 938 GREENHILL ROAD, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: NATHAN BALLARD, 938 GREENHILL ROAD, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began 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 January 5, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 8, 15, 22, 29, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122839 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ROMAN GELATO, 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 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 January 5, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 8, 15, 22, 29, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122843 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ARUN THAI RESTAURANT, 385 BEL MARIN KEYS BOULEVARD, NOVATO, CA 94949: ARUN OUNEKLAP, 1506 HEARST AVENUE, BERKELEY, CA 94703; MANISARA CHOKMOWH, 1506 HEARST AVENUE, BERKELEY, CA 94703. 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 January 5, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 8, 15, 22, 29, 2010)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122757 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CK ELECTRIC, 530 ALAMEDA DEL PRADO, SUITE 123, NOVATO, CA 94949: STEPHEN J. KAVANAGH, 54 MANZANITA AVENUE, NOVATO, CA 94945. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 31, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 24, 2009. (Publication Dates: January 15, 22, 29; February 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122840 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DHS TRUCKING, 35 PARK CIRCLE, MARIN CITY, CA 94965: DUANE H. SMITH, 35 PARK CIRCLE, MARIN CITY, 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 January 5, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 15, 22, 29; February 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122857 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as JPJL, 59 SUNRISE AVENUE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: JILL VALENTI, 59 SUNRISE AVENUE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941; PAUL VALENTI, 59 SUNRISE AVENUE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 5, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 6, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 15, 22, 29; February 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122873 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as INTERNATIONAL EXPORT CO., 14 AZALEA DRIVE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: KENNETH L. MACKEY, 14 AZALEA DRIVE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. 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 January 8, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 15, 22, 29; February 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122844 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as APPLIANCE TECHS OF MARIN, 2015 LAS GALLINAS AVENUE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: MICHAEL A. DURAN, 2015 LAS GALLINAS AVENUE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903; NANCY WILLIAMS DURAN, 2015 LAS GALLINAS AVENUE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a husband and wife. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein January 2005. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 5, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 15, 22, 29; February 5, 2010) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304142 The following person(s) has/have abandoned the use of a fictitious business name(s). The information given below is as it appeared on the fictitious business statement that was filed at the Marin County Clerk-Recorder’s Office. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME(S): MILL VALLEY HOTEL, 160 SHORELINE HIGHWAY, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. FILED IN MARIN COUNTY ON: April 5, 2007. UNDER FILE NO. 113091. REGISTRANTâ ™S NAME(S): Mill Valley Hotel, LLC, 125 EAST SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BOULEVARD, SUITE #200, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. THIS BUSINESS WAS CONDUCTED BY a Limited Liability Company. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on January 5, 2010. (Pacific Sun: January 15, 22, 29; February 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122826 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LARKSPUR HOTEL - MILL VALLEY, 160 SHORELINE HIGHWAY, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: MILL VALLEY HOTEL, LLC, 125 EAST SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BOULEVARD, SUITE #200, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by a Limited Liability Company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 6, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 5, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 15, 22, 29; February 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122914 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GREENHOME5, 19 BERNARD STREET, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: KENNETH

I. BROOKS, 19 BERNARD STREET, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. 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 January 12, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 15, 22, 29; February 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122931 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as J & J SPA, 807-A FOURTH STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SITU BIYU, 4 ANDREAS COURT, NOVATO, CA 94945. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began 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 January 14, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 22, 29; February 5, 12, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122881 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NOVATO 76 BRAKES, ALIGNMENT & MUFFLERS, 7417 REDWOOD BOULEVARD, NOVATO, CA 94945: EVER F. GONZALES, 15 ROMAR COURT, APT. D, NOVATO, CA 94945. 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 January 8, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 22, 29; February 5, 12, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122880 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SAN RAFAEL 76 AUTOMOTIVE, 360 THIRD STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: EVER F. GONZALEZ, 15 ROMAR COURT, APT. D, NOVATO, CA 94945. 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 January 8, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 22, 29; February 5, 12, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122859 The following individual is doing business as PELOTON PRODUCTIONS, 680 SUMMIT AVENUE, MILL VALLEY: KRISTI DENTON COHEN, 680 SUMMIT AVENUE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name listed herein in 1998. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on January 7, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 22, 29; February 5, 12, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122871 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as KENSU PRECIOUS, 697 FAWN DRIVE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: KENDRA JAHN, 697 FAWN DRIVE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960; LORENZO VASSALLO, 697 FAWN DRIVE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. 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 January 7, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 22, 29; February 5, 12, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122790 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RED, 8 FOX LANE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: LESLIE HARARI, 8 FOX LANE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. 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 30, 2009. (Publication Dates: January 22, 29; February 5, 12, 2010)

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 096461. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner JO ANN JAGIELO filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: JO ANN JAGIELO to JOSEPHINE ANN JAGIELO. 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

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PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 38 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: April 12, 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 28, 2009 /s/ VERNA A. ADAMS, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: January 1, 8, 15, 22, 2010) SUMMONS - FAMILY LAW (Citacion Judicial-Derecho de Familia) Case Number (Numero del Caso): FL 09-2260. NOTICE TO RESPONDENT (Aviso al Demandado): MARCELO RAHMEIER: You are being sued. A usted le estan demandando. PETITIONER’S NAME IS (El nombre del demandante es): CANDEE BRIGGS. You have 30 calendar days after this Summons and Petition are served on you to file a Response (form FL-120 or FL-123) at the court and have a copy served on the petitioner. A letter or phone call will not protect you. If you do not file your Response on time, the court may make orders affecting your marriage or domestic partnership, your property, and custody of your children. You may be ordered to pay support and attorney fees and costs. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the clerk for a fee waiver form. If you want legal advice, contact a lawyer immediately. You can get information about finding lawyers at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), at the California Legal Services Web site (www. lawhelpcalifornia.org), or by contacting your local county bar association. (Tiene 30 dð©as corridos después de haber recibido la entrega legal de esta Citacié n y Peticié n para presentar una Respuesta (formulario FL-120 é FL-123) ante la corte y efectuar la entrega legal de una copia al demandante. Una carta o llamada telefé nica no basta para protegerlo. Si no presenta su Respuesta a tiempo, la corte puede dar é rdenes que afecten su matrimonio o pareja de hecho, sus bienes y la custodia de sus hijos. La corte también le puede ordenar que pague manutencié n, y honorarios y costos legales. Si no puede pagar la cuota de presentacié n, pida al secretario un formulario de exencié n de cuotas. Si desea obtener asesoramiento legal, pé ngase en contacto de inmediato con un abogado. Puede obtener informacié n para encontrar a un abogado en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California (www.sucorte. ca.gov), en el sitio Web de los Servicios Legales de California (www.lawhelpcalifornia. org) o poniéndose en contacto con el colegio de abogados de su condado.) NOTICE: The restraining orders on page 2 are effective against both spouses or domestic partners until the petition is dismissed, a judgment is entered, or the court makes further orders. These orders are enforceable anywhere in California by any law enforcement officer who has received or seen a copy of them. (AVISO: Las é rdenes de restriccié n que figuran en la página 2 valen para ambos cé nyuges o pareja de hecho hasta que se despida la peticié n, se emita un fallo o la corte dé otras é rdenes. Cualquier autoridad de la ley que haya recibido o visto una copia de estas é rdenes puede hacerlas acatar en cualquier lugar de California.) NOTE: If a judgment or support order is entered, the court may order you to pay all or part of the fees and costs that the court waived for yourself or for the other party. If this happens, the party ordered to pay fees shall be given notice and an opportunity to request a hearing to set aside the order to pay waived court fees. AVISO: Si se emite un fallo u orden de manutencié n, la corte puede ordenar que usted pague parte de, o todas las cuotas y costos de la corte previa-

mente exentas a peticié n de usted o de la otra parte. Si esto ocurre, la parte ordenada a pagar estas cuotas debe recibir aviso y la oportunidad de solicitar una audiencia para anular la orden de pagar las cuotas exentas. 1. The name and address of the court are (El nombre y direccié n de la corte son): YOLO COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT, YOLO SUPERIOR COURT, 725 COURT STREET, ROOM 103, WOODLAND, CA 95695. 2. The name, address, and telephone number of the petitionerâ ™s attorney, or the petitioner without an attorney, are: (El nombre, direccié n y número de teléfono del abogado del demandante, o del demandante si no tiene abogado, son): CANDEE BRIGGS, 24909 COUNTY ROAD #29, WINTERS, CA 95694; (530) 795-1695. Date (Fecha): December 8, 2009. Deputy (Asistente): James B. Perry by C. LAU. NOTICE TO THE PERSON SERVED: You are served (AVISO A LA PERSONA QUE RECIBIÓ LA ENTREGA: Esta entrega se realiza) as an individual (a usted como individuo.). (Pacific Sun: January 15, 22, 29; February 5, 2010) NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: JUDY ANN LOBREE. Case No. PR-1000166. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of JUDY ANN LOBREE. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: LYNN LOBREE in the Superior Court of California, County of MARIN. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that LYNN LOBREE be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: February 22, 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 section 9100 of the California Probate Code. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: LINDA J. HEADRICK (SBN#: 80171), 33484 ALVARADO NILES ROAD, UNION CITY, CA 94587. (510) 3248567. (Publication Dates: January 22, 29; February 5, 2010) SUMMONS (CITACION JUDICIAL) Case Number (Numero del Caso): PC 20090600 NOTICE TO DEFENDENT (AVISO AL DEMANDADO): STEVEN DANIEL STEIN, SUSIE CORL aka SUSAN CORL, BANK OF AMERICA, AND DOES 1 THROUGH 100, INCLUSIVE: YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF: (LO ESTA DEMANDANDO EL

DEMANDANTE): FIRST AMERICAN TITLE COMPANY. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this Summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you; your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-help Center (www.courtinfo. ca.gov/selfhelp), your county law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (www. lawhelpcalifornia.org) the California Courts Online Self-help Center (www.courinfo.ca.gov/ selfhelp) or by contacting your local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000 or more in a civil case. The courtâ ™s lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. AVISO: Lo han demando. Si no responde dentro de 30 dias, la corte puede decidir en su contra sin escucher su version. Lea la informacion a continuacion. Tienne 30 DIAS CALENDARIO despues de que le entreguen esta citacion y papeles legales para presentar una respuesta por escrito en esta corte y hacer que se entregue una copia al demandante. Una carta o una llamada telefonica no lo protegen; su respuesta por escrito tiene que estar en formato legal correcto si desea que procesen su caso en la corte. Es posible que haya un formulario que usted pueda usar para su respuesta. Puede encontrar estos formularios de la corte y mas information en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California (www.sucorte.ca.gov) en la biblioteca de leyes de su condado o en la corte que le quede mas cerca. Si no puede pagar la cuota de presentacion, pida al secretario de la corte que le de un formulario de exencion de pago de cuotas. Si no presenta su respuesta a tiempo, puede perder el caso por incumplimiento, y la corte le podra quitar su sueldo, dinero y bienes sin mas advertencia. Hay otros requisitos legales. Es recomendable que llame a un abogado immediatamente. Si no conoce a un abogado, puede llamar a un servicio de remision de abogados. Si no puede pagar a un abogado, es posible que cumpla con los resquisitos para obtener servicios legales gratuitos de un programa de servicios legales sin fines de lucro. Puede encontrar estos grupos sin fines de lucro en el sitio web de California Legal Services, (www. lawhelpcalifornia.org) en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California. (www.sucorte. ca.gov) o poniendose en contacto con la corte o el colegio de abogados locales. AVISO: Por ley, la corte tiene derecho a reclamar las cuotas y los costos exentos por imponer un gravamen sobre cualquier recuperacié n de $10,000 é más de valor recibida mediante un acuerdo o una concesié n de arbitraje en un caso de derecho civil. Tiene que pagar el gravamen de la corte antes de que la corte pueda desechar el caso. The name and address of the court is: (El nombre y direccion de las corte es) El Dorado County Superior Court, 3321 Cameron Park Drive, Cameron Park, CA 95682. The name, address, and telephone number of plaintiff’s attorney is: (El nombre, la direccion y el numero de telefono del abogado del demandante es): William E. Barnes, (094791), Law Offices Of William E. Barnes, 1730 â œIâ ù Street, Suite 240, Sacramento, CA 95811-3017 (916) 4414007. Date (Fecha): September 24, 2009 /s/ Clerk (Secretario): by, C. DeRenne, Deputy Clerk (Adjunto) (Pacific Sun: January 22, 29; February 5, 12, 2010)

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I had a disturbing conversation with this older married woman at a party. She asked my boyfriend how long we’ve been together (two years) and he made a crack about how different our apartments are. The moment he was out of earshot, she turned and lectured me that if you don’t live together, you don’t experience “really hating each other,” and that getting through that is “the triumph of true love.” I said I didn’t see it that way, and that we might never live together. She then snapped that perhaps I’ll someday “grow up and have a real relationship!” My boyfriend and I love each other, but don’t see moving in together as an automatic next step. By living separately, are we really missing out on some higher level of relationship?—Naive?

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The course of true love doesn’t always run smooth, but must it really run around the house waving a frying pan and screaming obscenities? People romanticize living in close proximity to other human beings. The truth is, humans are smelly, annoying and leak a lot. They’re often lazy and pick fights over the littlest things. Anybody who’s ever been around another human knows this, but for many, being in a grown-up relationship involves understanding human nature but living in total denial of it: expecting your partner to still look longingly at you when you pick dead skin off your toes and collect it in a little dish. Mrs. Socrates here wears her misery like a Girl Scout badge—whichever one they’d give you for spending decades sitting silently across from your supposedly beloved at Denny’s. The reality? Maybe she’s a little long in the tooth and light in the Botox to compete with the hot young things in bars. Maybe she only feels like somebody as Mrs. Somebody. And chances are, it never occurred to her that there’s an alternative to living like two hens in a pen. But there’s no going back now, only snarling at happy young women at parties that they, too, might someday experience “the triumph of true love.” Which, for her, plays out as “Never go to bed angry. Stay up and try to commit murder-suicide.” Sure, many couples prefer living together, or, in this economy, prefer it to living separately in their cars. And, if you have kids, it’s best if you can say, “Wait till your father gets home” instead of “I’ll give your father a call and see what he’s doing tonight.” If you do end up living together, it helps if you each have a room of your own, where house rules don’t apply—providing you don’t break any marriage vows or fire laws. The reality is, you greet a guy way differently when you’ve had a chance to miss him than when he’s always there missing the toilet. Living apart also means you’re more likely to act like you’re still in the pursuit phase: trying to be witty and interesting and dressing suggestively when he comes over, and not in a way that suggests you’re halfway through cleaning out the garage. As for Mrs. S’s notion that you can hate your way to true love, researcher John Gottman found that expressions of contempt are actually the most poisonous to a relationship. In other words, the path to true love might be a bit of a drive: whatever it takes so your boyfriend isn’t always in your face, doing whatever it is you’d gnaw off your right hand to have him stop doing—like breathing, chewing and having large pores.

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Thanks to your column, I’m a recovering wimp, now asking women out. So, any pointers for first dates? Dinner or drinks? Things to avoid doing or saying?—Girlfriend-Seeking

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For best results, sell yourself like soap. When Procter & Gamble wants you to try a new laundry detergent, they mail you a little packet of the stuff; they don’t throw a two-gallon jug over your fence and kill your dog. Likewise, the point of the first date is seeing if it makes sense to go on a second date, not letting a girl know how ashamed you were when you wet the bed at sleepaway camp. Too much emotional intimacy right away can feel creepy in retrospect. To avoid going into overtime, overspend and overshare, make the first date cheap, local and short. Meet for a drink, for maybe an hour-and-a-half. Have something you have to rush off to afterward. Even if it’s just a conference call at your place. With your hamster listening in on the extension. < (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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