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You can’t spell award without ‘war’ The photographs of General David Petraeus with the most grotesque fruit salad plastered over his upper chest are the most absurd photographs of an American military officer I’ve seen. Did the general actually earn these enormous honors? I doubt they are real, or have any meaning, I was a combat member of the 10th Mountain division in World War

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Yesterday I got two large mailers from the Marin Common Sense Coalition urging me to opt out of MEA’s system (green energy?). Of course I will. Every project our government has their fingers in comes in over-budget, late (if it does ever “come in”) and flawed. I figure the green energy will start flowing when the SMART train is rolling down the tracks (never). I voted “no” on the SMART train; unfortunately there’s voters out there who still believe in the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy. However, these Common Sense Coalition people have no common sense. They didn’t put the phone number on the mailer to call to opt out. It’s 866-743-0335.

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The alternative to no alternative is more of the same. The MCE may not be starting off in a place that pleases everyone. But clearly it pleases many people that want a choice. Feel free to keep your current provider, but let those of us who believe in climate change try to do something about it by voting with our wallets. Common sense should tell you that not everyone will be satisfied when there is no choice at all. Craig Flax, Larkspur

Why else would they light their cigars with $100 bills? If PG&E has all this spare cash to spend lobbying against the Marin Energy Authority, why can’t they put some of that excess capital to lowering my energy bills? Obviously, they’ve got money to burn. Martin Blinder, San Anselmo

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Through a scanner, darkly The public indeed faces thorny balancing acts regarding screening and treatment for prostate and breast cancer, as Ronnie Cohen’s story made clear [“Tropic of Cancer,” Feb. 19]. I applaud those doctors who recommend cautious discernment in choosing whether, and how, to treat a given case of prostate cancer or DCIS. Substantial numbers of understandably terrified patients themselves insist on invasive treatment whenever cancer (or even a potentially precancerous condition) is discovered. But many commonly found prostate cancers are local-

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ny questions about the tactics Pacific Gas and Electric Company will conduct in a marketing campaign against Marin Clean Energy are answered in opt-out cards showing up in Marin mailboxes. The irony contained in wordage on the cover of the card should be obvious: “Opting out of the Marin Energy Authority keeps your options open.” How staying with PG&E would keep a customer’s options open never gets explained in the opt-out notice. On the reverse of the mailer, in the first of three bullet points, the mailer says the Marin Energy Authority (MEA) “isn’t asking anyone’s permission” and plans to “automatically take control” of electric supply. The opt-out notice on which that statement is written is part of a mandated process designed to ensure customers get a fair opportunity to stay with PG&E rather than go with Marin Clean Energy, which is the first program for the MEA joint powers agency. The second bullet point states that the Marin Energy Authority doesn’t guarantee lower rates than PG&E. While that may be technically true, Marin Clean Energy has repeatedly pledged to meet or beat PG&E rates while supplying 25 percent renewable power. The bullet point also states that according to “Marin’s own ‘independent assessment’” of the Marin Clean Energy plan, Marin Clean Energy prices could be higher

than PG&E’s rates. That statement ignores the meet-or-beat pledge. That independent assessment refers to a report compiled by MRW & Associates, an Oakland-based energy consultant. Marin’s city managers requested an independent appraisal of the Marin Clean Energy business plan, and the report is one of several independent appraisals, not including scrutiny from the California Public Utilities Commission. In a letter sent to Tiburon’s town manager, MRW stated, “As requested by the Towns and Cities in Marin County, MRW & Associates Inc. (MRW) has reviewed the ‘Marin-California Community Choice Aggregation Businesses Plan’ (Business Plan) prepared by Navigant Consulting, dated April 2008. Overall, we found no fatal flaws in the Business Plan. It creatively proposes a workable path to providing green power to those in Marin who want it while offering rate comparability and predictability to those who need it.” The review, however, did call for a more detailed “quantitative risk analysis.” Along with that call for a more comprehensive technical review of risk, the report states, “We found that the key underlying assumptions made in the Business Plan (e.g., opt-outs, PG&E rates, renewable costs, gas prices, other procurement costs such as firming-up wind power) fall within expected ranges. But the Business Plan does not explore the financial 10 >


Transportation Authority sees green light Buoyed by positive poll results, the board of the Transportation Authority of Marin on Thursday, Feb. 25, approved continuing a plan to place a measure on the November ballot that would ask voters to approve an annual $10 vehicle registration fee. The fee, which would be added to annual registration fees, would generate about $2.4 million a year for local transportation projects. Marin Supervisor Steve Kinsey, chairman of the Transportation Authority of Marin, notes that although $10 a year is a small amount for individuals, the $25 million the fee would generate in a decade could represent a healthy infusion of funds for the local transportation sector, which has been hit hard by state cutbacks and slumping revenue from Measure A, the local quarter-cent sales-tax measure. According to results of the poll, conducted recently by Godbe Research, 65 percent of the 900 respondents indicated some support for the measure; only 30 percent expressed opposition. The measure would need a simple majority to pass. In a second round of questions, after receiving positive and negative information about the measure, 65 percent of the respondents continued to affirm they would vote for the measure; 32 percent said they would vote against it. In that second round, the number of respondents who said they would definitely support the measure increased by 2 percent. Although not statistically significant, the move goes in the right direction for transportation advocates. SB 83, signed into law last year, authorizes local transportation agencies to put a registration fee on local ballots. It caps the fee at $10 a year, and requires an initial expenditure plan, an update and board approval every 10 years. Money from the fee could go to a variety of projects, ranging from road maintenance, street and sidewalk enhancements, to bus service. TAM now will craft an initial expenditure plan and conduct another poll to determine the level of continued voter support.The board could then further refine the plan for distributing funds from the fee. At each step along the road to meeting the August deadline to get measures on the November ballot, the board could drop the idea, but that seems unlikely given the strong initial poll results.—Peter Seidman Supes move ahead with safety building An $83 million public safety building may literally be“going to the dogs,”as county supervisors moved ahead Tuesday with plans to construct a facility at the popular dog park across from the Civic Center. The supes called for design proposals from development firms—yet maintained, via staff report, that a site for the project has not yet been cemented. Still, the county has been salivating over the dog park site for quite some time. Other possible locations on the radar include the lot on the west side of the Civic Center and“pit”parking lot to the south. Off-center locations will be considered as well, said the supes. Santa Venetia’s dog-loving community has loudly barked its opposition to building at the pooch park. Shorts... Hoping to assuage outraged neighbors over the proposed Gateway Project at College of Marin, the county and the college have put $35,000 aside to hire a consulting firm to assess project guidelines and field community input...In an effort to fund the ailing state park system local environmental groups are staging a signature drive to put a measure proposing an $18 vehicle registration fee on the November ballot.—Jason Walsh EXTRA! EXTRA! Post your Marin news at ››



From the Sun vaults, March 7 - 13, 1980

Marquee moon Hollywood to Marin: You’re the Martin Mull of Me Decade America! by Jason Walsh


Marin was standing at the precipice of cultural irrelevance 30 years ago years ago this week. Five years after the Pacific Sun’s “The Serial” column had boogied Marin County into the national spotlight—directly beneath its disco ball—the pale imitations of Mill Valley satirist Cyra McFadden were becoming sadder than a flare-trousered swinger at closing time at the Trident. McFadden’s sharp ear for the colloquial and keen sense of location had turned “The Serial” into Marin’s finest gift to the world since the waterbed (invented by Muir Beach’s Charles Hall in 1967). But following its 197576 run in the Sun—not to mention three separate book publications, the rise to fame of original “Serial” columnist Armistead Maupin and a National News Council-censured NBC TV special mockingly titled I Want It All Now—one would have thought America had seen just about as much of Marin as it would ever want to. And only one thing foreshadows an American phenomenon’s certain plummet over the cliff into the pop culture scrap heap: a Hollywood big screen treatment. It was the first week of March in 1980 and Serial, starring Martin Mull and Tuesday Weld as wannabe Marin scenesters Harvey and Kate Holroyd, had just opened at the Cinema I theater in Corte Madera. “It’ll knock ’em dead in Pittsburgh and Poughkeepsie,” was about the kindest thing Sun editor and publisher Steve McNamara had to say about it in his story, “Celluloid Serial.” “In its Pacific Sun and [book] versions ‘The Serial’ was a devastatingly deft satire on the more hiply ludicrous aspects of Marin,” wrote McNamara...“[But] the typewriter team in Hollywood dumped overboard virtually all of McFadden’s piercing wit and uncanny ear for language. Instead we have a slapstick attack on the ’70s.” [McFadden had originally signed on to write the screenplay, but soon jumped ship. Hence the film’s title Serial, not The Serial.] The annoyed McNamara tallied off a string of the film’s more obvious Magical Marin targets: communes, Moonies, hot tubs, dope smokers, women’s groups, pansy hairdressers, strange religions, multiple marriages, orgies, tantric sex, whale savers, big-shot executives. He went on to quote some of the film’s brilliant turns of dialogue such as, “Single men want to get into your life—as well as your pants!” and “What’s interface? A new word for oral sex?” The Pacific Sun’s longtime film reviewer Irving R. Cohen was even grimmer. “Bad is bad,” he wrote. “But if the tone of this review is aggrieved, it is not because I

Bonerz, Smothers and Mull somewhere in Belvedere, or perhaps a Paramount back lot.

went with great expectations and was disappointed.” The film was shot in multiple county locales including Belvedere Lagoon, Mill Valley’s Lytton Square, Sam’s in Tiburon, the Sausalito houseboats and aboard the Sausalito ferry— though Cohen guessed at least two-thirds of it was done on a Paramount studio back lot. The one laugh the Pacific Sun did get out of the film was its reception in Los Angeles. “At a weekend press screening, the audience at the Westwood Village Theater gave the film a cheering, standing ovation...on Monday, both the Hollywood Reporter and Variety echoed those sentiments with rave reviews of their own,” reported the Sun proudly. Serial wasn’t the first mainstream Hollywood product that attempted to satirize a social movement it didn’t quite grasp. Films like Skidoo and Candy (both from 1968) found the likes of Jackie Gleason, Otto Preminger and Marlon Brando embarrassing themselves in an attempt to send up hippies; while more recently, Warren Beatty tried to milk hiphop for painfully awkward laughs in 1998’s Bulworth. But one might have expected more from a satire of the 1970s starring supposedly hip ’70s comic actors as Mull, Tommy Smothers and Peter Bonerz. Serial’s director was a guy named Bill Pesky. It was his only feature film. It’s currently unavailable on DVD. The other day we asked McNamara if his memories of Serial are as grievous as he originally claimed. “Yep, it was terrible,” he affirms. “All the deft insights in Cyra’s delicious satire had vanished. Instead there was a clunky romp. The people who made the film didn’t have a clue.” McNamara says he’s fully aware that certain parts of Marin are always “ripe for ridicule— but the suits in Manhattan and Hollywood had no idea how to do it.” “Of course I’m biased,” he concedes. “When it came to mocking Marin, the Sun did it best.” ✹


by Howard Rachelson

1. On August 15, 1914, an exposition opened in San Francisco, with buildings extending from the Marina District to the current Palace of Fine Arts.What was the name of this exposition? 2. Born in nearby counties of Germany in February and March of 1685,these two babies, with the initials JSB and GFH, grew up to become two of the most famous composers of classical music.What were their names? 3. The states of Pennsylvania, Massa#6a chusetts, Virginia and Kentucky refer to themselves by what more common name? 4. What four countries won the most medals in the recent Vancouver Winter Olympics? 5. Ironically, one of Abraham Lincoln’s campaign slogans was “The ballot is stronger than the ...” what? 6a. PIctured, above — What plastic piece, included with the original Mr. Potato Head toy (1952), was discontinued in 1987 due to political correctness? 6b. Mr. Potato Head was the first toy ever advertised where? 7a. What actor starred as Batman in the 2008 film, The Dark Knight? 7b. What character did Heath Ledger play in that film? 8a. Pictured, below — Thousands of tourists show up every year in mid-March when what birds return to California’s Mission San Juan Capistrano? 8b. These birds fly to California, 6,000 miles from their winter resting place in what #8a country? 9. Famous advertisement slogans — name the product: 9a. “Betcha can’t eat just one” 9b. “You can’t top the copper top” 9c. “Live in your world, play in ours” 9d. “You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy ...” 10. Find three 4-letter words, which differ in spelling by one letter, that are related to each of these clues: particular location, saliva, rotation BONUS QUESTION: Category ... personal grooming: Around 2000 B.C., the Egyptians mixed powdered pumice stone and wine vinegar, creating the world’s first what? Howard Rachelson, Marin’s Master of Trivia, invites you to a live team trivia contest at 7:30pm every Wednesday at the Broken Drum on Fourth Street in San Rafael. Join the quiz—send your Marin factoids to

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â&#x20AC;şâ&#x20AC;ş UPFRONT < 8 Three card trick outcomes under sets of other equally reasonable estimates for those values. Forecasts for these variables are better expressed in ranges with probabilities of occurrence.â&#x20AC;? The report acknowledges that different results can come from different assumptions, including the PG&E claim that Marin Clean Energy costs could exceed PG&Eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s retail generation costs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While many of the assumptions used by PG&E may be construed as self-serving, it illustrates the point that different assumptions can lead to a radically different outcome.â&#x20AC;? Although MRW issued the report in 2008, the issues contained in it are still alive, as the PG&E opt-out card reveals. Marin electricity customers should prepare for a market battle along the lines of cable systems versus satellite systems. In all probability, PG&E, even after the initial opt-out phase, will engage in an ongoing campaign to poach customers from Marin Clean Energy. Of course, the reverse also holds, as Marin Clean Energy will in all likelihood continue to entice PG&E customers into the local-power fold. The opt-out cardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third bullet point deserves scrutiny. The utility company claims that Marin Clean Energy â&#x20AC;&#x153;isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t promising a more environmentally responsible energy mix,â&#x20AC;? and a full half of the electricity PG&E generates is greenhouse gas-free. That claim is based on the

fact that PG&E generates electricity from massive hydroelectric systems that many environmentalists believe are detrimental. The thrust these days is to dismantle dams not expand their use. The utility also relies on nuclear power to make the greenhouse-gas claim. The hazards associated with nuclear waste and potential emissions are well known and match or exceed the hazards of greenhouse gases. Transporting nuclear waste is an additional problem. In fact, PG&E is generating about 14 percent of its power from renewable sources as deďŹ ned by the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s initiatives to move toward renewable power. Marin Clean Energy will deliver 25 percent out of the gate. A 100 percent renewable option will be available for a 6 percent premium charge. The opt-out notices come from PG&E, not from the Marin Common Sense Coalition, a PG&E front group that held a well-attended meeting in San Rafael last weekend. About 200 people showed up to express their opposition to Marin Clean Energy. A ďŹ&#x201A;ier Common Sense distributed announcing the event screamed â&#x20AC;&#x153;Watch Out. The Marin Energy Authority is mailing notices to launch its government-run bureaucracy.â&#x20AC;? The oppositionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anti-government sentiment is a common thread. The MEA is the administrative agency that counts Marin Clean Energy as its ďŹ rst concrete program. It comprises members appointed from each of the elected bodies in the joint powers agency. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an ar-

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›› UPFRONT < 10 Three card trick no fee. Even in the first few years of Marin Clean Energy, ratepayers can choose to leave and go back to PG&E for a nominal fee of $5, according to Supervisor Charles McGlashan, chairman of the Marin Energy Authority. “That’s the whopping risk to ratepayers: a whole $5.” McGlashan notes that if Marin Clean Energy customers choose to bail and return to PG&E, they must stick with the utility for three years, thanks to a ruling by the state Public Utilities Commission. The financial risk to the general funds of MEA members also has been the focus of criticism, most notably raised in the critical grand jury report. McGlashan uses the example of other joint powers agencies to convince that an effective firewall can exist between the Marin Clean Energy and members of MEA. “Opponents have purposefully made this look terrifying. That’s how monopolies destroy efforts like this: fear, uncertainty and doubt.” Not only does state law prevent going after members of a joint powers agency, he adds, “we use dozens of JPA agencies for everything from general services, streetlights, emergency radio, and nobody’s been sued.” The issue of municipal liability reignited when 11 former Mill Valley mayors wrote a letter to the current council urging a retreat from MEA and Marin Clean Energy. In January, the current council affirmed membership in MEA, and rejected the call from former mayors to bail. City Councilwoman Shawn Marshall, who serves on the MEA board, arranged a meeting last week with former Mill Valley mayors Dennis Fisco and Betsey Cutler to address their concerns, including financial liability. In addition to Marshall, Fisco and Cutler, former mayor Garry Lion (who did not sign onto the letter) and McGlashan were present. It should be noted that in Mill Valley the mayor’s role rotates among councilmembers. It isn’t an elected position. “I think the air was cleared on some key concerns,” says Marshall. “I imagine they may still have a number of concerns, but I think we made progress on clearing away some of the old information that’s been circulating.” “They were able to explain some of their points to us,” says Cutler, “but in terms of changing my mind: no.” Cutler says she understands that the Marin Clean Energy plan includes a firewall between the energy program and individual members of the joint powers agency, but she remains unconvinced that individual members can be kept safe from things such as lawsuits and insurance claims. “I know there’s a firewall. But I don’t believe that it could not be pierced.” Marshall says she will continue to disagree with the former mayors. “I have tremendous respect for the intelligence of all these people. The steps that I have been disappointed with is that they failed to reach out and let us know what their concerns were, what there questions were,

before firing such a public shot. To me that is the piece of this that becomes egregious.” The critical grand jury report, which Marin Clean Energy supporters say relies on incomplete information and reaches inaccurate conclusions, set the stage for county treasurer Michael Smith to publicly oppose Marin Clean Energy. The former Mill Valley mayors then sent their letter. Their opposition is based on the points in the original grand jury report. And PG&E is using the grand jury report, Smith’s position and the former mayors’ opposition to craft a bomb-throwing campaign aimed at scaring potential customers away from Marin Clean Energy. The operation is similar to one on the national stage, the corporatism-versus-government debate that’s obliterated by talking points about takeover and reduced choice. Each member of the Marin Energy Authority now is engaged in examining the details of the energy contract the JPA has signed. Mill Valley, for example, “is taking a hard look at contract prices, greenhouse gas emissions, exit fees and risks,” says current Mill Valley Mayor Stephanie MoultonPeters. Municipalities are now choosing whether to actually purchase electricity from Marin Clean Energy. Moulton-Peters says Mill Valley will make the decision in April. Even if the city declines, residents still can go with Marin Clean Energy. And in contrast to the negative campaigning in the anti-Marin Clean Energy event that PG&E operatives held in San Rafael last week, Marin Clean Energy plans to hold a workshop to explore the possibilities of local power. The workshop runs from noon to 2pm on March 15 at the Marin Civic Center, in the Planning Chambers, Room 28. The topic will be net metering. (PG&E in its optout mailing says Marin Clean Energy isn’t offering the kind of ideas that are on the agenda at the workshop.) Net metering allows electricity customers to sell excess power generated at their sites, through solar generation, for example. Under current PUC rules, PG&E customers can sell only enough power to bring their bills to zero. But Marin Clean Energy is looking at options that would allow customers to sell electricity beyond that point, thanks to PUC rules that allow Marin Clean Energy to buy excess power through net metering. It’s just one of the localpower possibilities, say proponents, possibilities that the contract with Shell allows Marin Clean Energy to ease into with reduced financial risk. No matter how people look at Marin Clean Energy, it’s good for the consumer because it creates competition, say local power proponents. “It’s stunning to watch [opponents] working vigorously to destroy competition by defending a monopoly,” says McGlashan. ✹ Contact the writer at It’s your county, speak up at ››


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Being an image of God, yes, maybe—but a machine? Something in me shuts down when I hear that. A machine is made of plastic, iron, or steel. It’s programmed. I am not a machine. But if we change “machine” to “bioplasmic machine” and “programmed”to “conditioned” . . . then the idea that I am a machine seems less strange. But “I” . . . what does “I” mean? What is its referent? I take it to be the unchanging center of all my experience. But if I truly observe, my thoughts-feelings-attitudes change: I am not the “I” that I take myself to be, but many “I”s. So which is the real I? Every World-Time Conditions Heredity, parents, peers, education, society—all condition what we think and feel, who we take ourselves to be. But what about world-time? I don’t think of it as a conditioner. Would I be the same as I am now if I lived in the age of the HunterGatherer? The Agrarian, the Industrial? Today’s Technological age? Like no other world-time, Technology’s powers are so great that the whole world is being transformed, reorganized and remade in Technology’s image. The danger is if we do not awaken to what is real in ourselves, we will become nothing more than barcoded worker-shopper ants, caught in a self-regulating-computerized-roboticized world.… We Already Are What We Most Fear When he first came to the West what was the message of one of the great seminal spiritual figures of the last century? Life is suffering? God is love? No, the time had come that the stark truth had to be told—we already are what we most fear. “We are actual machines,” G. I. Gurdjieff said, “under the power of external influences. . . . It is possible to stop being a machine, but for that it is necessary first of all to know the machine.” The key to how to cease to be a machine and become an image of God— by learning how to separate the functioning of the machine from consciousness—is the sacred and esoteric teaching of The Fourth Way. For those whose aim is to not just physically survive but spiritually survive this Technological world-time, The Fourth Way is the teaching for our time. Seminar GOD, MACHINE & ME March 26–29, Tucson, AZ William Patrick Patterson explores the theme through a special work with the body and breath, guided meditation and dialogue. The seminar is open to all levels of simplicity. No previous experience necessary.


William Patrick Patterson, the founder of Gurdjieff Legacy and editor of The Gurdjieff Journal (est. 1992), is the author of seven books on The Fourth Way. He is also the director-narrator-writer of the award-winning DVD documentary video trilogy The Life & Significance of G. I. Gurdjieff. MARCH 5 – MARCH 11, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 11


ingly at the burned-out Bad Blake for award credibility. Mo’Nique, on the other hand, put the “glee” back into neglect in Precious. Our pick: Mo’Nique

Duel in the Sun

Our picks in the 2nd annual Pacific Sun Oscar Challenge— it’s time to let the free movie tickets fall where they may... Everything E is backwards now, like out there is the true world, and an in here is the dream —Jake Scully in Avatar


COMING SOON Compare your picks with ours at the California Film Institute’s Oscar Night America—watch the awards live in the Rafael’s main theater, win raffle prizes, bid in a silent auction and eat like a star. March 7, doors open at 3:30pm. $55 general; $40 CFI members. Call 415/526-5841 or

lot of people felt just like Jake when Avatar became the front runner for the 82nd Academy A Awards. What reason is there for an even less-substantial remake of Disney’s Pocah Pocahontas to be on the same nominee list of fut future classics as The Hurt Locker, An Ed Education, A Serious Man and District 99? There are about 2 billion reasons, aactually. Few have forgotten the results the last time Cameron had a critically dubious box-office-record breaker released during Academy Awards season—Titanic walked off with 11 Oscars. And the idea of a specialeffects-driven popcorn movie cleaning up at an “artistic achievement” awards ceremony proved no anomaly six years later when The Return of the King won each of the 11 Oscars for which it was nominated. Lesson learned: Avatar may win a few awards this Sunday. But we’ll see. The Hurt Locker and director Kathryn Bigelow could benefit from an Avatar/ James Cameron backlash or the Academy’s new 10-nominee Best Picture list may dilute the pool so much that a dark horse like Up in the Air or An Education can pull off an upset. Below are our predictions for this Sunday’s 82nd Academy Awards. Again, all entries that correctly pick more winners than our on-staff movie experts will win tickets for two to a film at the Rafael Film Center. Whoever gets the highest total out of all entries will receive a 2010 Gold Star membership to the California Film Institute, which includes discounts on regular screenings (two $5.50 tickets per membership all year!), exclusive “members-only” screenings, more Rafael Film Center passes, discounts on Mill Valley Film Festival tickets and more. The entry deadline was March 3 at 5pm—any entries received after that will not be counted.—Jason Walsh

Actor, Leading This comes down to George Clooney playing George Clooney, Colin Firth playing a gay(er) Colin Firth, Morgan Freeman as a misplaced-priorities-defining Nelson Mandela and Jeremy Renner as “Who’s Jeremy Renner...?” We’ll take Jeff Bridges as Kris Kristofferson. ‘Cause freedom’s just another word for nuthin’ left to lose. Our pick: Jeff Bridges

Actor, Supporting Christoph Waltz has won so many awards for his role as the “Jew Hunter” in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds that he may pull off a Nobel and a Pulitzer for it simply through gravitational pull. Too bad, because Woody Harrelson deserves this ever so slightly more for The Messenger. Our pick: Christoph Waltz


They’re calling this “the 1939 of animation” in reference to that famed year that saw more “classics” released than any year before or since. (It’s all relative b.s.; the sound-crazy 1930s was a particularly weak decade for cinema.) Still, we’re not predicting Fantastic Mr. Fox or The Princess and the Frog will be mentioned in the same breath as Waltz With Bashir, Spirited Away or the The Triplets of Belleville—to name a few recent greats— anytime soon. Same can’t be said for Up or Coraline. Our hearts are with Coraline, but our head says, “Pick the one the Academy also nominated for best picture.” Our pick: Up

Actress, Leading It’s moviegoer memory apocrypha that suggests Meryl Streep has won a ton of Oscars. She’s been nominated 16 times, received a supporting actress award for Kramer vs. Kramer in 1979 and her lone lead-actress win in 1982 for Sophie’s Choice. The last time she won an Oscar, two of her 2010 actress-nominee competitors weren’t even born. Will the Academy finally get it through their thick heads that Streep hasn’t already “had her turn”? Our pick: Sandra Bullock

Art Direction Technically speaking, Avatar isn’t a movie that called for impressive art direction, it’s impressive art direction that called for a movie. Our pick: Avatar

Visual Effects This one’s such a lock they only bothered to nominate three films. Our pick: Avatar

Best Picture We wrongly thought no one would pay attention last time a self-important, recordbreaking, special-effects-laden, woodendialogued James Cameron love story came out—and that’s only in reference to the director’s fifth marriage. The Hurt Locker will have its day in film history books of the future; Avatar gets March 7. Fool us once with Titanic, shame on you; fool us a second time with Avatar... Our pick: Avatar

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Actress, Supporting Kind of an off-year for female support. The Up in the Air actresses will cancel each other out, Penelope Cruz won last year and Maggie Gyllenhaal’s moon eyes gazed far too ador-

A tough one, as the Academy has never favored overly digitized, effects-laden films. Still, even without all the blue humanoids and their flying Leonopteryx pals, the views of New Zealand are pretty striking. Our pick: Avatar

the dolphin-butchering scene in The Cove is immediate, damning and singular—meaning Academy members may think their vote can stop it via the publicity of an Oscar. Unfortunately, when it comes to fighting for higherquality food vs. fighting for dorsal-finned members of the family Delphinidae, we think we know where the Academy will line up. Our pick: Food, Inc.

tastically edited—who knows? These two Oscars are often split between two films. One of ’em is going to be Avatar. At least one of ’em. Our pick for both Oscars: Avatar

Original Song Rollin’ dice, shootin’ stick, drinkin’ hooch and breakin’ hearts. Now that’s ’70s country. Our pick: “The Weary Kind” from Crazy Heart

Short Film, Animated Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty is our favorite of the bunch, but we’d never bet against Wallace and Gromit (even a year-old Wrong Trousers retread). Our pick: A Matter of Loaf and Death

Short Film, Live Action Costume Design Our belief that “achievement in costume” tends to go to the film that takes place furthest in the past proved true last year with The Duchess. But falling back on that dependable horse this year is a bit tricky since both Bright Star and The Young Victoria take place within a decade of each other in early 19th-century London. That leaves costuming through social class—and Victoria could buy and sell John Keats any day. Our pick: The Young Victoria

Foreign Language Film Documentary Short Always a great category—and almost always unpredictable—this year’s nominees include films about the closing of a GM plant, former Florida Governor Booth Gardner’s dying quest to legalize assisted suicide, a severely crippled Zimbabwean girl with an amazing voice and the political history of 20th-century Berlin seen through the eyes of rabbits. But it’s earthquake season, and minds should be on the astounding tragedy of what happened when a criminally negligent Chinese government built shanty schools on an active fault line. Our pick: China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province

The White Ribbon is the only nominated film to have thus far received nationwide screenings (A Prophet opens this month), so, despite Academy members having been sent DVDs of all the nominees, this is still the film most of them will have seen in time for voting. It won the Golden Globe. There’s an evil-Nazi theme in it too. Our pick: The White Ribbon

The Door is mysterious and tragic, while Miracle Fish has a fresh take on bullying—not to mention a brave empathy for one of its victims (a Columbine-like school killer). But The New Tenants has the most laughs, suspense and dead bodies in the lot. With Short Film, Live Action, you’ve got to go with the guts. Our pick: The New Tenants

Screenplay, Adapted Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire is the only nominee that is actually campaigning for an adapted-screenplay award in its title. Our pick: Precious

Best Directing Only six times since 1948 has the Directors Guild of America not predicted the Academy Award for Best Director. This year’s DGA went to Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker. Our pick: Kathryn Bigelow

Makeup Shatner, Nimoy and the gang haven’t looked this good in years. Our pick: Star Trek

Film Editing The Hurt Locker is going to steal a couple of the technical awards from Avatar and this may be one of them. Maybe. Our pick: Avatar

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These two separate awards are an enigma to most Academy voters—unless you think the winner of best costume design from 1985 knows more about mixing sound than the average schmuck on the red carpet. (It was Phyllis Dalton for Henry V, and no she doesn’t.) So we’ve noticed these two awards tend to go to loud movies—as in sound awards go to films with a lot of sound. Whether it was wonderfully mixed or fan-

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magine you are an animator. Imagine that, in an industry originally dominated by classic handdrawn animation styles, you’ve developed a particular affection for stop-motion animation—always the oddball distant relative of the animation family. And that you’ve devoted your entire career to making movies like The Nightmare Before Christ-



mas, James and the Giant Peach and Monkeybone. Not that you made movies similar to those—you actually made those movies. Imagine that, even after hand-drawn films were supplanted by computer animation, CGI films along the lines of Toy Story, Ice Age and Bolt—making hand-drawn animation the oddball distant relative—you’ve remained devoted to stop-motion animation. Imagine that it’s been nine years since your last feature film, nine years in which no studio has been gutsy enough to make the commitment to stop-motion that you’ve devoted your life to, nine years in which you’ve kept the juices flowing by creating and animating weird underwater animals for Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, and the random short film. Now imagine that finally, finally, you’ve made a new movie. Imagine that it is Coraline, adapted from the freaky little novel by Neil Gaiman. Imagine that Coraline has been released to great acclaim, and has gone on to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature. Imagine how all of that must feel. “It feels nice,” says Tiburon resident Henry Selick, writer and director of Coraline. “It’s really nice, after working so hard for so many years, to finally see hand-made animation getting the recognition it deserves.” Ironically, Coraline isn’t even the only stop-motion film in the running for the little golden man. Also nominated is Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, employing the same kind of take-real-dolls-and-move-them-aroundshooting-each-and-every-tiny-movement-so-that-when-it’s-playedback-the-dolls-seem-to-be-moving-themselves kind of animation that Henry Selick has mastered. In fact, for the first time since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences began giving awards for Best Animated Feature in 2001, the “handmade” films actually outnumber the CGI kind. Though Pixar’s celebrated Up is generally considered the front runner—in part because it was also nominated for Best Picture (only the second animated film ever to be so The director and honored)—many aficionados of animation have the little lady who taken heart that two of the animation nominees are brought stophand-drawn (Disney’s luscious The Princess & the motion back to the box office. Frog and Ireland’s mysterious, under-the-radar The Secret of Kells), and two are stop-motion (that would be Fantastic Mr. Fox and Coraline). Selick, understandably, has been enjoying the congratulations and accolades since the nominations were announced in early February. “Let’s just say I’m not tired of it yet,” he says, speaking on the phone from Universal Studios in Los Angeles (where models and sets from Coraline can be seen in-person by theme-park patrons who line up for the NBC Universal Experience tour). Selick, whose name is often mentioned during industry discussions and online chats about the surging vitality of animated films, agrees that 2009 was an especially rich year for movies employing animated styles. “Those people who are saying that this is the best year ever for animated films, that 2009 is the 1939 of animation, I think they’re right,” Selick says. “We’re seeing an incredible range of styles and techniques. All the major studios that do animation have put out films this year, and then there are the independents putting them out. There were so many good films that weren’t even nominated—Ponyo, the latest film from Hayao Miyazaki, that was a great film. As far as the variety of high-quality films released last year, this is the best year ever. Ever.” The amazing thing about the state of animation is how many films—from edgy efforts like Persepolis and Waltzing With Bashir to off-the-wall art-films like

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As is the process with stop-motion animation, the ‘Coraline’ characters had to be repositioned and photographed for each separate frame of the movie.

the recent French oddity A Town Called Panic—are drawing adult audiences. Even family films like Coraline, rated PG but packed with strong eerie elements (deceased children, button-eyed impostors, graphic close-ups of queasy doll dissection) that have made the film a touchstone for the hip Goth-Squad 20-somethings who tend to hang out at Hot Topic. Asked if this signals the end of the days when animated films were viewed as only appropriate for children, Selick laughs darkly. “Well, I wouldn’t say those ideas are going away quickly,” he remarks, “but the way I see it, I think audiences have always been ready for something good and interesting. It’s the studios that have been slow to take risks, slow to take chances. But with films like Avatar, a major breakthrough in pushing the types of stories that animation can tell, studios are suddenly seeing that they can make money from animated films. James Cameron [the director of Avatar] might say it’s not animation, that it’s ‘motion capture,’ but there is a huge amount of animation in that film. It’s an animated film. And it’s helped out the field of animation at least as much as all of these other animated films released in the last couple of years.” He points to avant-garde filmmakers such as Adam Elliot (Mary and Max, Harvie Krumpet) as evidence that creative work is being done by folks not interested in making the next Walt Disney fairytale. “There are incredible artists making totally powerful, adult stories told through animation,” Selick says. “And they are finding ways to get them in front of people. I’ve been waiting for this, probably my whole life, the moment when artists suddenly have the opportunity to expand their stories beyond just things that are great for kids. It’s not happening overnight, though. It’s still an ongoing process, but it’s one I’m happy to be in the midst of.” As a banner year for animated films, Selick thinks that 2009 may be more of a oneyear blip than the first in a series of similar seasons, in that he doubts there can be the same number of high quality animated films


THROUGH MARCH 28, 2010 For the first time in 30 years, the artifacts Prior to ‘Coraline,’ Selick hadn’t been green-lighted to make a full-length stop-motion feature since 1996’s ‘James and the Giant Peach.’

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every year. But he believes that the quantity of animated films produced and released by the studios will continue. Most major studios have committed to producing at least one new animated film each year, which is a lot of output. The law of averages suggests that not all of them will be the kind of masterpieces that make up the current Oscar nominee list. “We know that with Pixar, they’re all going to be good, they’re all classics,” Selick chuckles, “but I doubt you’ll see 2009 all over again any time soon. That said, I do think that on average, the quality of the animated films being produced is going to stay reasonably high, because so many people are putting their best efforts into them, and the studios are moreor-less backing them up. The best thing is that the variety will keep expanding in terms of different storytelling styles and techniques.” Many critics are naming Coraline, with its unexpectedly powerful emotions and dazzling visuals, as a film that will one day be seen as an all-time classic of the genre. Asked if 16 >

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ďŹ lm that wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t computer made. And now that 3-D movies are all the rage, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s given me all the more reason to push for more stop-motion 3-D ďŹ lms. As long as Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m doing stop-motion, it makes sense to capture that in 3-D, because one of stop-motionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest strengths is that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all real stuff. These are actual objects being posed, and lit and doused in shadows. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have actual texture,â&#x20AC;? he continues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They existâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and as such they feel more real than other kinds of animation. Stop-motion is the most like live-action of all the animated forms. But the issue will always be how to integrate the 3-D with a story. It has to be part of the story-telling process, for me. Coraline worked out perfectly in those terms. So, you know, that will be the issue. How do I make sure it feels integrated and not just something thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an add-on?â&#x20AC;? Unable to name speciďŹ cs, Selick does confess that he has a few things on the table as a follow-up to Coraline, including an original story of his own, and an adaptation of a popular book. He expects to make an announcement soon after the Oscars. And speaking of the Oscars, pressed to reveal whether he holds out hope for a Coraline upset over Up, Selick remains 100 percent gracious, and a little bit cagey. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very happy to have been nominated,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just getting in this far with this project feels very much like, you know, we got there! We arrived! Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure a very small part of my reptile brain is holding on to a hope of some upset win, but I really donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not disappointed in that. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very, very happy to have been singled out for the nomination, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plenty enough for me and the folks who worked on the ďŹ lm. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But if something weird happens, and they do say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The winner is Coraline, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m deďŹ nitely taking it.â&#x20AC;? â&#x153;š Talk more pics with David at

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â&#x20AC;şâ&#x20AC;ş THAT TV GUY FRIDAY, MARCH 5 Who Do You Think You Are? This new show follows celebrities as they trace their ancestry through genealogical records. It turns out Homer Simpsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lineage goes all the way back to Fred Flintstone, and Justin Timberlake is Fonzieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cousin. NBC. 8pm. Ghost Whisperer Melinda gets a warning about a bomb, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s from a ghost, not a TV critic. CBS.8pm. Dr. Drewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Celebrity Rehab Preparing to leave treatment, the celebrities in recovery write Not Bruce Willisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s steppinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; goodbye letters.You stone. Friday, 10:30pm. can tell which ones are not going to make itâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re writing on the back of pages they stole from Dr. Drewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prescription pad. VH1.8pm. 12 Monkeys Bruce Willis stars in this frightening tale of a man time-traveling to prevent a bleak, diseased future. It was originally titled 13 Monkeys but Mike Nesmith refused to participate. (1995) AMC. 10:30pm.

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all original songs written by bandleader Darren Nelson. The rootsy, Americanaesque blend of guitar and vocal harmonies, catchy lyrics and hook-laden hard rock grooves has already caught the attention of record labels in both Canada and Nashville, as well as an international distributor. Help them celebrate at one of their upcoming shows or pick up your copy at Bedrock Records or Red Devil Music. FYI: They will also play a special benefit for KBT Studios at Peri’s Bar on Thursday, March 11, along with Chrome Johnson and others. And they will play a free show at College of Marin on March 18 at 2pm. Lookin’ for a St. Paddy’s Day party? Look no further than Jerry Hannan’s show in the Palm Ballroom at San Rafael’s Seafood Peddler Wednesday, March 17. His band will include the talented Chris Haugen on mandolin and guitar, Adam Berkowitz on drums and Josh Zucker on bass. Show starts at 7pm. It’ll be a hooley! Also, Marin Local Music hosts the Mad Maggies (Celtic ska) at The Vibe @ Club 101 on Friday, March 19. March LIVE: The incomparable Dave Gleason returns to Rancho Nicasio backed by Sacramento’s stellar Golden Cadillacs on Friday, March 5; Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers play Mill Valley’s Masonic Hall Saturday, March 13; Monophonics play Sebastopol’s HopMonk Tavern along with Raw Deluxe Friday, March 19; The Volker Strifler Band celebrates a CD release at Rancho Nicasio on Saturday, March 27; Devil Makes Three plays Petaluma’s Phoenix Theater March 28. ✹ Got a hot tip for The Beat? Email me at Rawk on! Tune up to the Marin music scene at

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● Academy Awards Night Party Catch the 82nd annual Oscars on the Lark’s big, big screen at an evening of fun, prizes and frabjous food and drink. Prizes for most glam getups. ● Alice in Wonderland (1:49) Tim Burton directs Christopher Lee, Anne Hathaway, Johnny Depp and a host of others in the latest screen adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s socio-surreal Victorian fable. ● 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. ● Banff Mountain Film Festival (2:30) Thrill to the most dazzling and exciting entries from the 2009 alpine-themed film fest. ● Best Picture and Best Director Festival Prepare for the Academy Awards with an all-day marathon of Oscar-nominated movies (Precious at noon, Inglourious Basterds at 2pm, The Hurt Locker at 4:45pm, Avatar at 7:15pm and Up in the Air at 10:05pm). $25 admission. ● 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. ● The Boondock Saints 10th Anniversary Event (2:20) The 1999 crime thriller is back with interviews with director Troy Duffy and his stars. ● Brooklyn’s Finest (2:13) Don Cheadle, Ellen Barkin and Richard Gere star in Antone Fuqua’s intense police drama. ● Children of the Amazon (1:20) Documentarian Denise Zmekhol explores the inner reaches of the Brazilian rain forest and charts the region’s tragic deforestation. ● Cop Out (1:50) Kevin Smith action comedy stars Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan as two New York cops on the trail of a priceless, mint-condition bubblegum card. ● The Cove (1:34) Chilling documentary about a top-secret Japanese installation where mercury-tainted dolphin meat is harvested for human consumption. ● The Crazies (1:41) The upright citizens of an all-American small town go totally wacko when an unspecified toxin turns them into a band of bloodthirsty zealots. ● Crazy Heart (1:51) Jeff Bridges as a dilapidated country music star who glimpses salvation in the person of Maggie Gyllenhaal. ● Dear John (1:48) Lasse Hallstrom drama about the star-crossed romance between a soldier and a college girl in the wake of 9/11. ● 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? ● The Emigrants (3:12) Jan Troell’s Oscarnominated epic stars Max von Sydow and Liv Ullmann as Swedish farmers seeking a new life in the American Midwest. ● The Ghost Writer (2:08) Polanski political thriller about a Tony Blair-like former PM and the biographer who learns more about his subject’s ties to the CIA than he ought to; Pierce Brosnan stars. ● Here Is Your Life (2:49) Jan Troell’s 1966 classic follows an itinerant teenager on a journey of self-discovery across northern Sweden on the eve of WWI. ● 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. ● 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. ● The Last Station (1:52) Christopher Plummer stars as a dying Leo Tolstoy beset by journalists, disciples and his own conflicted legacy. ● The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg (1:34) Oscar-nominated documentary about the Defense Department strategist who leaked the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times and helped bring down the president himself. ● The New Land (3:24) Sequel to The Emigrants finds Ullmann and von Sydow settling in the New World, Indians, Civil War and all. ● North Face (2:01) Fact-based thriller about two mountain climbers’ attempts to scale the formidable Eiger in 1936, a proud Nazi Germany cheering them on. ● Oscar Night America The Rafael hosts the Bay Area’s only Academy-sanctioned Oscar Night event replete with silent auction, fine wines, delectable noshes and the live telecast in dazzling high definition. ● Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts Catch five cartoons from around the world up for this year’s Academy Awards. ● Oscar-Nominated Live-Action Shorts The Academy’s picks for the year’s top five short subjects are on display at the Rafael this week. ● Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2:00) Chris Columbus fantasy flick about a schoolboy who finds himself in the middle of a power struggle between a troupe of surly Greek gods. ● Precious (1:49) Sundance fave about an African-American teen dealing with illiteracy and a second pregnancy with the help of a Harlem schoolteacher. ● 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. ● Shutter Island (2:18) Atmo-rich Martin Scorsese thriller about the misterioso goings-on at a remote island insane asylum; Leo DiCaprio and Max von Sydow star. ● 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. ● Tooth Fairy (1:42) Dwayne Johnson as a tough, mean hockey player who atones for his sins by working out the week as a tutu’d tooth fairy; Ashley Judd costars?!? ● 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. ● Valentine’s Day (1:57) Comedy follows a group of budding romantics (Shirley MacLaine, Jessica Alba and Julia Roberts among them) over the course of one particular February 14. ● The White Ribbon (2:24) The choristers in a small German village are beset by a series of unexplained (perhaps vindictive?) “accidents.” ● The Yellow Handkerchief (1:42) Ex-con William Hurt hits the road with a troubled teenager and her devoted bf in search of a better life. ✹

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The New Land (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sat 7 North Face (Not Rated) ★★★1/2 Rafael Film Center: Fri, Mon-Thu 8:45 Sat 1:45, 8:45 ❋ Oscar Night America (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 3:30 Oscar-Nominated Live-Action Shorts (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri-Sat 4:15 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (PG) Century Northgate 15: 11:20, 2, 4:40, 7:25, 10:05 Century Rowland Plaza: FriSat, Mon-Thu 11:10, 1:50, 4:35, 7:15, 9:55 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 1:50, 4:25, 7:05, 9:45 Sat 11:10, 1:50, 4:25, 7:05, 9:45 Sun 11:10, 1:50, 4:25, 7:05 Mon-Thu 1:50, 4:25, 7:05 Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire (R) ★★★1/2 Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 5:40 Mon-Wed 5:10 Thu 1:40 The Princess and the Frog (G) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 1:40, 7 Shutter Island (R) ★★★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:15, 10:20 Sat-Sun 12:40, 3:50, 7:15, 10:20 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:50 Century Northgate 15: 11:10, 12:55, 2:20, 4, 5:25, 7:10, 8:30, 10:10 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Sat 10:10, 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10 Mon-Thu 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 4, 7, 9:55 Sat 12:15, 4, 7, 9:55 Sun 12:15, 4, 7 Mon-Thu 4, 7 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 3:55, 6:50, 9:40 Sat 1, 3:55, 6:50, 9:40 Sun 1, 3:55, 6:50 Mon-Thu 3:55, 6:50 The Spy Next Door (PG) Century Northgate 15: 11:25, 4:25, 9:20 Tooth Fairy (PG) Century Northgate 15: 11:50, 2:25, 4:50, 7:20, 9:45 Up in the Air (R) ★★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:40, 10:15 Sat-Sun 11:50, 2:25, 5, 7:40, 10:15 Mon 6:50, 9:25 Valentine’s Day (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:05, 1:50, 4:35, 7:30, 10:25 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Sat 11, 1:45, 4:40, 7:30, 10:15 Mon-Thu 11, 1:45, 4:40, 7:30, 10:15 The White Ribbon (R) ★★★★ CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 4:10, 9:30 Sun 4:10 Mon-Thu 4:40 ❋ The Yellow Handkerchief (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:40, 2:20, 4:55, 7:40, 10:15 Sun-Thu 11:40, 2:20, 4:55, 7:40

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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 03/05: California Honeydrops Roots, blues and jazz. $10. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. 03/05: Dave Gleason and the Golden Cadillacs Country rock. 8:30pm. $10-12. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 03/05: Friday Night Jam Sponsored by Sunnbolt Music. 8:30pm. $5. Presidio Yacht Club, Fort Baker, Sausalito. 332-2319. 03/05: Honeydust CD release party. 9:30pm. $10. Old Western Saloon, 11201 Hwy 1, Pt. Reyes. 464-7735. 03/05: Stephanie Teel Band R&B classics. 8:30pm. $8-10. Club 101, 815 W. Francisco, San Rafael. 606-7435. 03/06: Joan Getz Quartet Jazz vocalist. With Dave Getz, drums; Chris Huson, piano and Gary Lillard, bass. 8-11pm. Free. Divino, 37 Caledonia, Sausalito. 03/06: The Fabulous Bud E Luv Las Vegas meets Nicasio. 8:30pm. $15. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www. 03/06: Whiskey Richards Country, western. 9pm. $10. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. 03/06: Sonic Strut R&B soul revue. 8pm. $15-25. Mill Valley Masonic, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 389-5072. 03/07: Mal Sharpe’s Dixieland Jazz 3-6pm. No Name Bar, 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1392.

03/07 and 10: Family Night with Giovanni Italian and international accordion music. 6-9pm. Free. Ghiringhelli’s Pizzeria, 45 Broadway, Fairfax. 453-7472. 03/07: The Seducers In the bar. 4pm. Rancho Nicasio. 662-2219.

03/09: Lorin Rowan and Jimmy Dillon

Sonic Strut will be walking loudly and confidently into the Mill Valley Masonic on March 6.


Dynamic, don’t miss duo. 7pm. Free. Panama Hotel, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 03/09: Misner and Smith Duo Folk/Americana. 9pm. Free. Peri’s Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway St., Fairfax. 03/11: Andoni Quartet Jazz. 6:30pm. Free. The Pleasure Is Mine, 475 E. Strawberry Dr., Mill Valley. 381-6400. 03/11: Wanda Stafford Trio Vocals. With Si Perkoff, keyboards and Hal Solin, drums. 7pm. No cover. Panama Hotel, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 4573993. 03/12: Learning Curve Annual spring party. 8:30pm. $10. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 03/12: WTJ 2 Americana/Western swing. 9pm. $7. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, Bolinas. 868-1311. www. 03/12: Michael Aragon Quartet Jazz. 9pm. no cover No Name Bar, 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito.

Concerts 03/05: Band of the Irish Guards and Royal Regiment of Scotland Celebrate St. Patrick’s day with two of the most popular British Army bands. The Buckingham Palace regulars will perform bedecked in traditional uniforms. 8 pm. $18-55. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800. www. 03/06: California Redwood Chorale Daniel Canosa, director. Kodaly’s “Missa Brevis” for chorus and organ and works by Rorem, Lauridsen and Gershwin. 8-10pm. $20. St. Stephen’s Church, 3 Bayview Ave., Belvedere. 707-8743770. 03/07: Enso String Quartet Presented by the Mill Valley Chamber Music Society. Featur-

BEST BET Your neighborhood Oscars We like traditions. Especially when the tradition revolves around the fusion of two of our favorite guilty pleasures: gratuitous eating (and drinking) and awards shows. This is California Film Institute’s 16th year presenting OSCAR NIGHT AMERICA, which is apparently the only Bay Area Oscar party officially sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The night kicks off with a screening of Academy Award-nominated shorts, followed by drinks and hors d’oeuvres, then the 82nd Annual Academy Awards live telecast commences from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, including the arrival pre-show in all its best and worst fashion glory—and, of course, in HD. Other goodies will also be handed out (not including the coveted gold man). 3:30pm March 7 at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael.Tickets:Visit or call 415/526-5841.—Samantha Campos


The Enso String Quartet will unsheathe their bows March 7 in Mill Valley.

03/05-14:‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ Marin Youth Performers presents Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical. 7:30pm March 5 and 12; 2pm March 6 -7 and 13-14. $14-18. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 03/11-14:‘Urinetown,The Musical’ San Rafael High School drama department presents the award winning musical. 7:30pm. $12-15. Hayes Theatre, 185 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 246-6997. Through 03/07:‘Proof’ Novato Theater Company presents David Auburn’s Pulitzer prize and Tony award winning play. $19-22. Pacheco Playhouse, 484 Ignacio Blvd., Novato. 883-4498. Humorist Carol Leifer will join gab-man Michael Krasny on March 11 at the Osher Marin JCC.

Art 03/05-30:‘The Way I See It.’ Ellis Heyer, paint-

ing Beethoven, “String Quartet,” op. 18, #1; Ginestera, “Quartet,” #1; Sibelius, “Intimate Voices.” op. 56. 5pm. $10-25. Mount Tam United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley. 381-4453.

03/07: New Century Chamber Orchestra “Serenades and Dances” featuring works by Wolf, Dvorak, Britten, and Bartok, with Brian Thorsett, tenor, and Kevin Rivard, horn. 5pm. $32-54. Half-price discount for patrons aged 30 and under Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 357-1111. 03/12: Mill Valley Philharmonic “Celebrating Women Composers.” With orchestral works by Fanny Mendelssohn, Amy Beach, Lili Boulanger, Ruth Seeger and Florence Price and Dione Tan. 8-10 m. Free. Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley, CA. 383-8013.

Dance Through 06/04: Apply to Dance at the Marin Art Festival Applications available now for the Marin Dance Showcase “Chance to Dance”, held at the Marin Art Festival June 19 and 20. Down load form at Free. Marin Center Fairgrounds, San Rafael. 388-0151 .

ings. Meet the artist at an opening reception on March 5 at 6pm. 11am-6pm. elsewhere gallery, 1828 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. 747-8696.

03/07-28: Marin Society of Artist’s ‘Open Craft and Sculpture’ Juried exhibition. Opening reception 2pm March 7. 11am-4pm. Free. Marin Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 454-9561 .

03/07-29:‘Running Fence-Recycled, a Piece of Art History’ Fiber artworks created from rare historic panels of Christo’s “Running Fence,” of Northern California, 1976. Opening reception March 7, after 9:30am church service. Free. Sausalito Presbyterian Church, 112 Bulkley Ave., Sausalito. 332-3790. 03/07: First Sunday Open Studios Over 40 working artists, in 3 buildings, will open their doors to public. 11-4pm. Free. Novato Arts Center, 501 Palm Drive and 781 Hamilton Parkway, Novato. 883-1066.

03/08-14: Belvedere-Tiburon Library’s Gently Used Art Auction Buy and/or donate gentlyused art to benefit the Library. Preview party, 5-8pm on March 11. Event is from 10am-5pm March12-13 and noon-3pm on March 14. Free. Preview Party, $50. Belvedere-Tiburon Library, 1501 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon. 435-2340.

Through 03/07:‘Coyote, Deer and Gold’ “Karen & Malcolm Whyte Collection of Contemporary American Indian Art in California”“Ilka Hartmann.” Photography. “Marna Clarke.” Coastal Marin

artist. 1-5pm. Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330.

Through 03/08: ‘Artists for Awareness: Goes Red’ Group show benefitting nonprofit fighting heart disease. 4-7pm. Northbay ArtWorks, 7049 Redwood Blvd., Novato. 892-8188.

Through 03/09: ‘California, Una Decada’ Ronald Alexander Berliner, paintings. “Travels, A Decade.” Charlee Wagner photography. In the Underground Gallery at Art Works Downtown. 10am-5pm. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. Through 03/14: ‘Inside Out’ Works from thirteen Bay Area abstract artists. Reception: Feb 20, 4-7pm. Tues.-Sun. 11am-4pm Free. MarinMOCA, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137. www.

Through 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. 4998350, Ext. 362.

Through 03/27: ‘Impressions of Marin’ Deborah Cushman, new plein air oils. 10am-5pm. Rustic Bakery, 1139 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur.

Through 03/28: ‘Gloria Matuszewski: Fields of Time’ and “The Wild Book Show 2010: Rain or Shine.” 11am-5pm. Free. Gallery Route One, 11101 Highway One, Point Reyes. 663-1347.

Through 03/28: Artisans Member Exhibit Art gallery exhibit and sale. Open Thurs.-Sun. from 11am-5pm. Artists’ Reception Mar 12, 5-8pm. Free. Artisans Art Gallery, 1002 Court St., San Rafael. 518-5116. www.artisansartgallery. com

Talks/Lectures 03/06: Marin Autism Collaborative Annual Meeting With keynote speaker, Dr. David G.

The Mill Valley Philharmonic will give it up for women composers March 12 at the Mt. Tam United Methodist Church.

his experiences and insights, plus a look at how news is reported and its effects on todays society. 8 pm. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800.

03/11: Book Passage and Marin JCC Present Carol Leifer Comedienne/writer in conversation with Michael Krasny. 7pm. $12-32. Marin Osher JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000 .

Readings 03/05: Joe Hill Author (and son of Stephen King) presents his latest supernatural thriller “Horns.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 03/08: Nafisa Haji The author talks about her novel “The Writing on My Forehead.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 03/09: Personalized Healthcare Author Thomas Goetz talks about “The Decision Tree: Taking Control of Your Health in the New Era of Personalized Medicine.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 03/10: Elif Batuman The author discusses “The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 03/11:‘Why There Are Words’ Hear authors Dylan Landis, Leslie Larson, Ransom Stephens and others read works on the theme of “Breaking Away.” 7-9pm. $5. Studio 333, 333 Caledonia St., Sausalito. 331-8272. 03/11: Zoe Fitzgerald Carter Carter discusses her memoir “Imperfect Endings: A Daughter’s Tale of Life and Death.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. 03/12: J. Sydney Jones Jones talks about the latest in his Viennese Mysteries series “Requiem in Vienna.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage. com

Amaral, Ph.D., discussing “Neurobiological and Neuroimmune Approaches to Understanding Autism.” 9am-noon. Free. Marin County Office of Education, 1111 Las Gallinas Ave., San Rafael. 472-2373.

Film Events

03/08 and 11: Marin Speaker Series with Steve Kroft Award winning 60 Minutes corre-

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Support Groups Every Sunday: Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous We are a fellowship of men and women who, through shared experience and mutual support, help each other to recover from the disease of food addiction. 6:30-8pm. Free. Kaiser Permanente San Rafael, 99 Montecillo Rd, Pkg lot A, San Rafael. 897-5103.

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PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123083 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PING’S BODY WORK, 710 C STREET, SUITE #14B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: YAO LIU, 200 CUTLASS DRIVE, #210, NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on February 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123125 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as EMBASSY SUITES - MARIN COUNTY/SAN RAFAEL AND GRILLE 101, 101 MCINNIS PARKWAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: DJONT/EPT LEASING, LLC, 545 EAST JOHN CARPENTER FREEWAY, SUITE 1300, IRVING, TEXAS, 75062. This business is being conducted by a Limited Liability Company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on 12/31/1997. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 1, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123182 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PAINTBALL AT YOUR PLACE, 5093 PARADISE DRIVE, TIBURON, CA 94920: EMPYREAN GROUP, LLC, 5093 PARADISE DRIVE, TIBURON, CA 94920. 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 Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 5, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123076 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE WINDOW GUY, 25 CORTE LENOSA, GREENBRAE, CA 94904: BRUCE WRIGHT, 25 CORTE LENOSA, 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 January 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122923 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE FESTIVAL COMPANY/ THE MARIN ART FESTIVAL, 95 BUENA VISTA, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: TYSON UNDERWOOD, 95 BUENA VISTA, 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 13, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010122907 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TEENY TINY TALES, 172 PICNIC AVENUE, #1, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901; KEVIN MICHAEL PRICE PRODUCTIONS, 172 PICNIC AVENUE, #1, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: KEVIN M. PRICE, 172 PICNIC AVENUE, #1, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901-5058. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 4, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 12, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123159 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MASTERPIECE COFFEE, 31-C PAMARON WAY, NOVATO, CA 94949: K & R HOLDINGS, INC., 31-C PAMARON WAY, NOVATO, CA 94949. 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 February 4, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010123213 The following individual(s) is (are) doing busi-

ness as THE WINDOW WAREHOUSE, 5776 PARADISE DRIVE, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: HEALDSBURG LUMBER COMPANY, INC., 359 HUDSON STREET, HEALDSBURG, CA 95448. This business is being conducted by a corporation. 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 February 9, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123093 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as REDWOOD MEDICAL GROUP, 900 LARKSPUR LANDING CIRCLE, SUITE 200, LARKSPUR, CA 94939: ONE MEDICAL GROUP, INC., 1 EMBARCADERO CENTER, SUITE 2440, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94111. 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 January 29, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123204 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as KEY REAL ESTATE AUCTIONS, 16 CASTLEWOOD DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: BONNIE LEVINE, 16 CASTLEWOOD DRIVE, 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 February 8, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123221 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GREAT BAY SIGNS AND GRAPHICS, 61 LOVELL AVENUE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: ROBERT B. JACKLIN, 61 LOVELL AVENUE, 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 February 9, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123217 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ROYAL FRANKS, 1109 FOURTH STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MOHAMED SHAWA, 2745 HILLVIEW DRIVE, FAIRFIELD, 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 February 9, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123185 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PETER JAMES, 480 GATE 5 ROAD, #230, SAUSALITO, CA 94965; MAKENS, 480 GATE 5 ROAD, #230, SAUSALITO, CA 94965; SAUSALITO PRECIOUS METALS, 480 GATE 5 ROAD, #230, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: LYN MATSON, 480 GATE 5 ROAD, #230, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 18, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 5, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 19, 26; March 5, 12, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123211 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TAQUERIA PUERTO VALLARTA, 85 WOODLAND AVENUE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JOSEFINA SAMPERIO, 2 WARRNER STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. 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 February 9, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 19, 26; March 5, 12, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123282 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as EDEN BUILDING AND DESIGN, 1875 SECOND STREET, UNIT A, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CHRISTOPHER REMMERS, 1875 SECOND STREET, UNIT 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 FEBRUARY 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on FEBRUARY 17, 2010. (Publication Dates: FEBRUARY 26; MARCH 5, 12, 19, 2010)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123247 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CROSS STREET CREATIVE, 9 NEVADA STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SETH QUINBY, 9 NEVADA STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 12, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 26; March 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010123236 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as COLLABORATIVE CONVERSATIONS, 83-B CLARK STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: KENNETH C. HOMER, 83-B CLARK STREET, 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 January 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 10, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 26; March 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123203 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SAILPLANE DESIGN, 4 FRIAR TUCK LANE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901; NIPHA, 4 FRIAR TUCK LANE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SV SITUM, INC., 4 FRIAR TUCK LANE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. These businesses are 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 February 8, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 26; March 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123312 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ARTI INDIAN ORGANIC NATURAL CAFE, 7282 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BOULEVARD, LAGUNITAS, CA 94938: HANSRAJ SINGH HANS, 200 BOLINAS SHERWOOD, APT. 42, FAIRFAX, CA 94930; NOEL FERNANDES, 200 BOLINAS SHERWOOD, APT. 42, FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant(s) will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 15, 2010. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on February 19, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 26; March 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123280 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SMOOTH OPERATIONS, 1100 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BOULEVARD, KENTFIELD, CA 94904: MELANIE ROE KESSLER, 23 SUNNY COVE DRIVE, NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein in February 2007. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 16, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 26; March 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123310 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NEW LEARNING CULTURE - EDUCATIONAL CONSULTING FOR PARENTS & TEACHERS, 38 MARQUARD AVENUE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: GAMPER CARMEN, 38 MARQUARD AVENUE, 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 February 18, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 26; March 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010123348 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ILLUMINA STORY + DESIGN, 2132 BLACKWOOD DRIVE, WALNUT CREEK, CA 94596: LISA COOKE, 2132 BLACKWOOD DRIVE, WALNUT CREEK, CA 94596; SPENCER JAMES NILSEN, 110 TERRACE AVENUE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by co-partners. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on February 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 23, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 26; March 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010123335 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as X-D PUBLISHING, INC., 5 MILLWOOD


STARSTREAM Week of March 4-March 10, 2010 ›› by Ly nd a R ay ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Asking an Aries to be patient is like asking the rain to hold off until the dog has been walked. Your progress continues to drag, but at least it is moving. The weekend Moon in upbeat Sagittarius gives you a philosophical outlook on life. And, by Monday, hedonistic Venus in your sign suggests lounging around in your silk p.j.’s until your ruler (Mars) regains his feisty spirit on Wednesday. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) You are encouraged to stop defending your own financial security and start thinking about those who are worse off than you are. The hunker-down-and-protect-your-own brings isolation. When your ruler (Venus) moves into Aries on Saturday, she wants you to be a hero. Put on a cape and start rescuing. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Giving you any type of bad news is never a good idea. Perhaps it is because you cannot separate your head from your heart. So, let’s just skip right over to Sunday when you are filled with optimism. Admittedly, you probably won’t be as thrilled with Monday and Tuesday, but hang in there. Wednesday is a winner—relatively. Please come out from under the covers. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) All those lovely planets in your travel house and you still haven’t left for a trip? Well, at least you’ve started an online conversation with an exotic foreigner, right? Not that either? You want to be reassured about money— but, to paraphrase John and Paul, “money can’t buy you love.” Priorities, Cancer. Time to start setting some. LEO (July 22 - August 22) You’re not quite ready to discover the secret of a happy life and your career path isn’t your focus right now either. It is the final week of Mars moving backwards through your sign. You simply can’t commit to anything except possibly your fitness regime, so let’s discuss that. You can completely transform your body and your health during this next decade. Yes, that is a long time. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) As your ruler (nervous Mercury) enters the celestial zone currently occupied by “What? Me worry?” Jupiter, the tendency this week is to see the humor in nearly any situation. Meanwhile, on Saturday, seductive Venus enters your intimacy house. If you don’t have an abundant supply of clean sheets, load the washer. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) It’s always interesting when your ruler (Venus, director of relationships) moves into fiery Aries. Suddenly you are fascinated by a challenge. Connecting with someone who is rational and well balanced is no longer the answer to your dreams—you crave adventure and drama. If your sweetie is reading this with you, perhaps you can volunteer for the fire department together... SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) There is nothing wrong with using your imagination to make money. Most successful people are doing just that, although it is true that con artists (and many politicians) use their creativity for selfish reasons. Right now you are simply brimming over with visionary talent. You need to find a person or an organization that will reward you for this. There WILL be quite a few openings in Congress this year... SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) Sociable Venus enters your house of entertainment on Saturday. This gives you the opportunity to move out of the past and have some fun in the right here and now. Of course, if you want to upgrade one of those previous lovers from past tense to present tense, go right ahead. Recycling, after all, is the P.C. way to go. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) Some of you are ahead of the curve when it comes to advancing your career in the Internet age. Others have been mailing out the same old resume on 24 lb. bond paper with a linen finish. This week you all get the message. It’s not about where you worked or attended school. It’s about visionary concepts—how to explain them and how to share them. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) The expressive Sun shines a light on your ruler (Uranus) who has been wandering around in the mystical sign of Pisces. Even the most scientific Aquarian’s intuitive powers have become quite developed over the last five to eight years. Hence your ability to 1) win at poker, 2) avoid roadblocks and 3) always get in the fastest moving line at the bank. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) Another birthday week, another reason to dance naked in your living room. How could you NOT be in a festive mood with all those life-of-the-party planets in your sign? It might be fun to put on some clothes and go out—unless you already have someone special coming over, in which case you should shut the blinds; oh, and don’t dance too close to the birthday candles. ✹ Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at MARCH 5 – MARCH 11, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 33

›› ADViCE GODDESS® by Amy Alkon


I love how you write about the evolutionary psychology driving us, like your recent bit on how women across cultures prioritize money and mojo in men. So, what do you think about the Tiger Woods scandal? Was this just a man being true to his genes? Or is there more to it than that, since most other men aren’t running around to the extent he was?—Curious George


People are speculating that Tiger has a “sex addiction,” when all the ordinary guy can usually be accused of is a porn addiction. What separates the sex addicts from the porn addicts? Being rich enough to get the girls in 3-D. You’ll hear people sneer that gay men are promiscuous. And they are. All men are. Unfortunately for straight guys, women’s timeline for putting out is typically three dates, not three minutes or whenever the stall is free, whichever comes first. Men evolved to want sexual variety far more than women do. Evolutionary psychologists Alan S. Miller and Satoshi Kanazawa write in Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters that a man who has sex with 1,000 women in a year can potentially produce 1,000 children. “In sharp contrast, if a woman has sex with 1,000 men in a year, she can have only one child (barring a multiple birth).” In other words, “there’s little reproductive benefit for women in seeking lots of sex partners,” while, as my blog commenter “sterling” put it, “Men like sex the same as women like shoes. No matter how many cool shoes you already have, you want different shoes.” So, Tiger’s really no different from Henry the Eighth or Fred, the fifth guy on the left. Henry had to practice what could be called “rolling monogamy”— beheading one wife before marrying the next. Fred might cheat with the occasional cocktail waitress—if he gets really, really lucky. But, beyond being a bazillionaire, a golf virtuoso and boyishly handsome, Tiger’s famous. Really, really famous. And even just being borderline famous seems to be a wildly potent aphrodisiac (after all, women chase Gary Coleman). It isn’t wrong for a guy to want his sex life to be all “I love a parade”; he just needs to figure that out before he marries the nice Swedish woman and makes babies with her. George Clooney, for one, sets a good example. If media reports are correct, he tells the ladies he isn’t the committing kind, and when it’s over with Francesca he moves on to Elisabetta—with no need for apologies before the international press and his mom. Is there a lesson in this? There is, for the ladies. Women who marry rich, powerful men should recognize that there’s a strong temptation for those men to cheat—especially during the horndog 20s and early 30s. Women can ignore this if they want, or tell themselves their love will make the difference. Or, they can decide the homes, the cars, the yachts and annual trips to the cheating husband section of the diamond mine are compensation enough.


Since many marriages fail, what do you think of the idea that wedding gifts should only be given after the two-year mark, to celebrate a couple making it past the “honeymoon stage.”—The Realist


Don’t stop there, Mr. Realist. Avoid giving Christmas presents to family members in high-risk occupations: “No iPod for you, electrical line worker!” Keep tabs on friends with unhealthy habits: “Oh, wait, you’re smoking again? Gimme back that sweater.” Wedding invitations generally say something like “Come celebrate Don and Donna’s happy day,” not “Take the risk that your investment in their marriage will be a lasting one.” Pragmatism is wise if you’re getting a new transmission, but in certain areas of life, it’s plain ugly. Could you maybe do the warm, generous thing, and extend your good wishes in the form of a toaster? Even if they end up hating each other, it may still come in handy (maybe one can throw it out the window at the other). If you’re just cheap, and prefer never to be invited to another wedding, give the happy couple a beautifully wrapped package with a note inside: “If you don’t hate each other in two years, call me and I’ll buy you a lead-crystal turtle.” ✹

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PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 33 STREET, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: X-D PUBLISHING, INC., 5 MILLWOOD STREET, 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 ClerkRecorder of Marin County on February 22, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 26; March 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123377 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MADDIE’S MUD, 120 MARINWOOD AVENUE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: CARLOS SILVA, 331 ELLEN DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903; ABIGAIL ROBB, 331 ELLEN DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. 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 February 26, 2010. (Publication Dates: March 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123297 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GRJ DESIGN, 441 LAVERNE AVENUE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941; GAS TOWER STUDIO, 441 LAVERNE AVENUE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: GEORGE REEVE JOLLIFFE, 441 LAVERNE AVENUE, 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 February 17, 2010. (Publication Dates: March 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123298 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WHISTLESTOP, 930 TAMALPAIS AVENUE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MARIN SENIOR COORDINATING COUNCIL, INC., 930 TAMALPAIS AVENUE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein in 1954. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 17, 2010. (Publication Dates: March 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123394 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GRAND SPA, 777 GRAND AVENUE, SUITE 203, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ANDREW CHENG, 3222 PROMONTORY CIRCLE, SAN RAMON, CA 94583. 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 March 2, 2010. (Publication Dates: March 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010)


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. Fictious Business name(s): BUDGET BLINDS OF NORTH BAY, 1612 GRANT AVENUE, NOVATO, CA 94945. Filed in Marin County on: October 27, 2008. Under File No.: 118921. Registrantâ ™s Name(s): ROBERT K. RAMERS, 1165 MIDWAY COURT, NOVATO, CA 94947. This business was conducted by: an INDIVIDUAL. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on February 11, 2010. (Pacific Sun: February 19, 26; March 5, 12, 2010) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1000704. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner JANE PECKHAM filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: JANE E. PECKHAM to JAIME PECKHAM. 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: March 25, 2010, 8:30 a.m., Dept. E, 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: February 10, 2010 /s/ JAMES R. RITCHIE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: February 19, 26; March 5, 12, 2010) SUMMONS (CITACION JUDICIAL) Case Number (Numero del Caso): CIV 093568 NOTICE TO DEFENDENT (AVISO AL DEMANDADO): ENAAM DABBAS, AND DOES I THROUGH X, INCLUSIVE: YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF: (LO ESTA DEMANDANDO EL DEMANDANTE): DOUGLAS MACCALLUM. 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 (, 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

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