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›› LETTERS We write incomplete sentences if want to, pal... When traffic and fiction collide, the first casualty is good writing [“Freeway Fiction,” Feb. 26]! Admittedly, that 101-word limit on the Freeway Fiction entries stresses writers, but Edward Bulwer-Lytton is it justification for penned the oft-mocked discarding personal opening line, ‘It was a nouns, prepositions, dark and stormy night.’ articles and all the other little amenities that make English readable? Deprived of the cushioning effects thereof, much of your 101 text reads like hitting speed bumps at 60mph. Painful, jarring, and enough to make one spill the cappuccino. So, stop rewarding the bad writers. How about make a rule that you will not award the first three prizes to people who write in incomplete sentences? BTW, what image do you get from this Bulwer-Lyttonesque opening sentence: “Peering out the window, thin orange poles marked the cliff...” Well, I see a car full of animated cartoon orange poles reaching out the window...with Sharpies in hand. But I may have done too much acid in college. C. Van Horn, Sebastopol

This’ll burn their britches! In the midst of the local reportage regarding the plans of reopening a school at the Deer Park School site, a Ross Valley School Board member was quoted waxing poetic over what an “idyllic!” locale it is for a school.

I am certain this exemplifies nothing but romanticism topping out, yet it troubles me profoundly that this is a leader and decisionmaker in our community. Twenty years ago, when our two sons were young, our family was in the thick of the Fairfax-San Anselmo Children’s Center community (a model for the world—thank you to Stan and Ethel Seiderman) and I recollect the issue of firethreat and evacuation came up. Concerns were broached, but the risks were largely hushed up. Deer Park is basically a box canyon. If a wildfire was blazing down Cascade toward Bolinas Road, it would be challenging to imagine 125 kids (16 to 20 infants) trekking up to Five Corners and down to Phoenix Lake and safety. A K-5 school as being proposed might involve more than 200 kids. Then, a few weeks ago the Ross Valley Fire Department stated the hydrant-flow toward the Deer Park School site was substandard and would have to be upgraded for it to become a public school again. The Deer Park School site is idyllic, but no public school should ever be located there.

Hobart Bartshire, Fairfax

Hopefully in this garden, money will grow on trees “Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants, it is the creed of slaves”—Paul Revere, Jr. Someone is trying to start up a communal garden on a church property in Novato. The city forbids it. Not zoned for communal gardening. Reason? Traffic, complaints. Oh. The project was moved to several locations, and the city again gives the yea or nay. Finally, permission is granted to do something as



What was with the Oscars?! A typically lackluster Academy Awards stumped me with one question: what was with Alec Baldwin doing that frowny stare to George Clooney. Obviously it was supposed to be in re... Upfront: Three card trick Any questions about the tactics Pacific Gas and Electric Company will conduct in a marketing campaign against Marin Clean Energy... Marin is full of sh... er, poop! How many times do I have to see shoe-scraped dog poop on the sidewalks of Marin before dog owners start whipping out the baggies they’re supposed to be using. Everyone complai...

Your soapbox is waiting at ›› ordinary as gardening, with the community’s benefit in mind—on city property. The catch: necessity again. Traffic, parking. There must be a driveway allowing 20 cars to park, even though perhaps only six cars are anticipated at any time. The cost? $120,000. The water meter to be installed? $25,000. Necessity calls for further costs, totaling $250,000 just to start a communal gardening project. See how necessity clamps down on our freedom? Now let me make this very clear: The panelists who spoke at the Feb. 25 meeting in Novato about the project were very polite and accepting of the city’s mandates. I, as a concerned citizen, am the one who is objecting. I have a serious problem with this: Do we have to ask the city permission to garden? Will police come to our door and demand that we rip our homegrown produce off the front lawn, because zoning forbids it? What is wrong with people having the—imagine—freedom to plant gardens and to feed each other during such times? Similarly, pools could be turned into communal fish farms. Will the police come to our doors and forbid this too, in dire times, because of zoning? I object to this violation into our private lives, and urge the cities county-wide to reconsider the necessities of today, especially in the current economy. Drina Brooke, Novato

She’s refused all mail delivery since the Nixon administration! Your recent letter writer Marcia Blackman weighed in with a broad-brush comment that our government is “flawed” [“Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny Also Favor Wealth/Egg Redistribution,” March 5]. It comes across as if, when flying on airplanes, she would rather not have the pilot helped by air controllers who work for the Federal Aviation Administration; and perhaps she would prefer a private militia instead of the protection afforded by the Department of Defense. For all we know, she won’t accept any benefits from the Social Security folks on the premise that a little bit of anarchy is more desirable!

Gil Deane, San Anselmo

Cad shack Right on, Amy! Loved your column about Tiger Woods in the Pacific Sun [“Advice Goddess,” March 5]. I don’t dis6 PACIFIC SUN MARCH 12 - MARCH 18, 2010

like him as much now that I understand how men are (all the time!).

Susan Shimm, Forest Knolls

Dear Susan, Thank you so much for writing—and I so appreciate your remark about him (not disliking him as much)...hope I’ve contributed to that by putting the science about the differences between men and women in my column. All the best, Amy

We’re more intimate with the view from below the bars... I enjoyed reading Jason Walsh’s Behind the Sun article about the Serial film [“Marquee Besides, the no name had a Moon,” March strict ‘no pant suits’ dress code. 5]. I had all but forgotten about the movie—and that I had worked on it for a day as an “extra.” It was a beautiful day at a Belvedere Lagoon home and I recall actress Sally Kellerman and comedian Tom Smothers being there (it was an outdoor deck party scene). I also recall seeing Tuesday Weld walking down Fourth Street in San Rafael one day when she wasn’t working. I was a theater actress in those days and there was no shame in doing “extra” work to make a little money. We had a union then, and were paid pretty well. My husband Jack and I also noticed that the bar mentioned in the caption to Tom Cervanek’s drawing from the original The Serial column is not the “no name.” It is the Trident Restaurant bar, which is now Horizons in Sausalito. I worked at the Trident in the ’70s before it closed and I can tell by the woodwork design on the wall in the drawing, and Jack went to the “no name” often, so we are agreed on this.

Louise Wright, Stinson Beach

They do clickin’ right... The other day on television I saw a plussize fashion commercial followed by one for KFC. It must be a conspiracy, far as I can tell.

Craig Whatley, San Rafael

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COM together After design backlash, College tries to put the ‘trust’ back into trustees... by Pe t e r S e i d m a n


ust don’t call it the Gateway Complex. The building proposed for the College of Marin at the corner of College Avenue and Sir Francis Drake Boulevard has a new moniker: the New Academic Center. The name change signals a new effort at the college to engage neighbors in planning a building that, no matter what its name, will be the first thing motorists see of COM as they drive along Sir Francisco Drake toward San Anselmo. The building’s prominent position has created intense debate about its design as well as the process used to choose an architect and proceed into a specific design phase. Kentfield neighbors have been saying they feel left out of the design process, not unusual in Marin. But there is an unusual aspect to the Academic Center process. College administrators say they understand the sentiment among neighbors, and the college has no intention of ignoring the concerns of area residents. That hasn’t done much to tamp criticism from neighbors who object to designs submitted by two architectural firms for the new center, which carries an estimated price tag of $33.6 million. The neighbors have played a role in pushing the college’s board of trustees to postpone choosing one of two firms, finalists in a design competition for the building, which comes in at about 48,000 square feet in its current incarnation. College administrators created the con-

troversy when they acceded to college staff recommendations to plan the Academic Center using a unique process, one that College President Francis White says “has been flipped upside down.” The Academic Center is included in the facilities modernization plan funded with Measure C money, the $249.5 million bond initiative Marin voters approved in 2004 to pay for repairs, renovation and new construction on the Kentfield and Indian Valley campuses. Although plans for Indian Valley have met with their share of criticisms (and support), it’s the new Academic Center building that elicits the most visceral response from neighbors. A science building, a performing arts venue and a fine arts building in Kentfield also are included as part of the Measure C plan. White says that other construction at the Kentfield campus may not have drawn as much scrutiny because those other buildings “are relatively hidden on campus.” The Academic Center, however, will be a public face for the college. And not everyone in the neighborhood likes the look of that face. Some see the process to choose an architect as an exciting approach that can foster creativity and a distinct look for the important corner in the heart of Kentfield. Others have been left confused and skeptical. Instead of first choosing an architect 9 > and then moving to communicate

›› NEWSGRAMS Novato budget goes to the dogs... At a March 6 finance meeting, Novato officials decided not to cut certain programs and services from the city budget— including a whopping (woofing?) $16,000 for the police department’s two canine units. The Margaret Todd Senior Center, which had risked being closed every Sunday, will remain open. Novato Gymnastics Boosters, Lu Sutton Child Care Center and several parks will also continue operation but do stand to lose city funding. The Novato Senior Citizens Club has been instructed to raise roughly $7,500 annually for the senior center; and the girls’ competitive gymnastics team needs to access $15,000 to save its program after the city eliminates its subsidies. One police officer’s salary was saved (by a federal stimulus grant), as well. Former Assemblywoman Mazzoni seeks supe seat The race for San Rafael’s seat on the Board of Supervisors just got more interesting. Former Marin Assemblywoman Kerry Mazzoni announced March 8 that she will challenge incumbent Supervisor Susan Adams (provided Mazzoni files for the election by March 12). Mazzoni has decided to run for the post out of concerns about the Marin Energy Authority—a program she considers economically ill-timed. After seven years on the Novato school board, Mazzoni represented Marin and part of Sonoma as a state assemblywoman from 1994-2000, then served as state education secretary under Gov. Gray Davis until 2003. Currently a lobbyist and campaign consultant, Mazzoni joins competitors Carol Brandt, Craig Yates and Robert Coleman against Adams for her San Rafael post. Longtime Sierra Club president dies Dr. Edgar Wayburn, honorary president of the Sierra Club, died March 5 in San Francisco at age 103. Wayburn served five terms as Sierra Club president. In 1995, he received the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism and in 1999 received the Presidential Medal of Freedom—the nation’s highest civilian honor—for his extraordinary work in wilderness conservation, granted by then-President Bill Clinton. While maintaining a full-time internal medical practice by day, Wayburn pioneered several movements in his spare time, which led to the following environmental landmarks: the expansion of Mount Tamalpais State Park, from 870 acres in 1948 to 6,300 acres by 1972; the designation of Point Reyes National Seashore as the country’s first major municipal national park; the preservation of 80 million acres of parks and wildlands in Alaska; and the creation of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Shorts... Due in part to a $25 million countywide federal Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program grant, Terra Linda will be paving the way for bike lanes near Northgate shopping center this spring...Mi Pueblo Food Center will open at 330 Bellam Blvd. in San Rafael’s Canal neighborhood on March 20. —Samantha Campos

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From the Sun vaults, March 12 - 18, 1965

Ghetto defendants Marinites outraged over state of Marin City, almost do something about it... by Jason Walsh

45 years ago

“[Marin City is] the only community in America where whites and Negroes lived together voluntarily; and that was so, and so wild and joyous a place I’ve

never seen since.” —Jack Kerouac, On the Road, 1951 “No sane black man really wants integration! No sane white man really wants integration!”—Malcolm X, 1965 Marin City’s ‘shopping center,’ 1965.

In 1964, California voters approved Proposition 14, an amendment to the state Constitution, which effectively made it “the right of any decline to sell, lease or rent any part of his property to such persons he chooses.” And, thanks to the two-years this act was the law of the land, the ghettoization of Marin City was all but complete 45 years ago this week. It was March 1965. John Muir’s evergreens were glistening in the sun, and the Tiburon mariposas bloomed their golden blossoms atop Ring Mountain. In between, things were looking far more black and white. Presenting before the county Board of Supervisors that week, Richard Hahn, chairman of the Task Force on Housing, detailed a statistical indictment of housing segregation in Marin on par with the deepest social-justice crevasses in backwater Mississippi. In a 10-year period, he reported, Marin’s non-white population dropped from 4.46 percent to 3.76 percent, while that same population grew across the entire Bay Area by 3 percent. And of the non-military and non-imprisoned “negroes” living in the county, 2,040 out of 2,312 lived in the “remarkable ghetto” of Marin City. “One can only conclude that if one had intended by some diabolical premeditated design to isolate or eliminate the negroes from Marin could not have

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hoped for a more successful result,” reported the Greenbrae resident. “A result which could vindicate the most extravagant boasts of the most extreme segregationists.” Hahn’s appearance before the supes was part of an effort by the Marin Human Rights Commission to “challenge the public and their elected leaders” to do something to end the near-total housing segregation that “stains the image of Marin.” Historically, Marin City never “developed” like other neighborhoods in the county, it was slapped onto the swamplands north of Sausalito. Created during World War II for Marinship-workforce housing, the dredge-based infrastructure of the makeshift “city” was built for a five-year lifespan—cheap and purposefully disposable. But in the postwar years, as the white workers fled the scene for the fruits of baby boom America, Marin City’s Southern black diaspora—priced out of the county’s postcard pockets—had little choice but to stay put or leave the county for good. Twenty years later many remained trapped in the vicious Catch-22 circle of diminishing wages and hope. The meeting with the county supervisors, according to the Sun’s story, “The Ghetto: An Outrage to Humanity,” was called to test the waters as to whether the board would endorse a legal challenge to the constitutionality of Prop. 14. The motion received enthusiastic support from Supervisor Byron Leydecker, but no second was forthcoming. Supervisor Tom Storer doubted the board should take action that goes against the will of the electorate; Peter Behr questioned whether a legislative branch should try to influence the judicial. Ernest Kettenhofen urged the Human Rights Commission to join the lawsuit, but not the supes. The supervisors instead suggested asking county neighborhood associations and subdividers to voluntarily declare their properties open to families of all races (as Eichler Homes had done). In the meantime, they agreed, Marin City needs a community center and a shopping center. The supes

›› TRiViA CAFÉ 1. Pictured, right: This animal, which spends its entire life at sea, can be seen from Marin County shorelines every winter and spring. What is it? (two- or threeword name, please) 2. For what reason did the United States and 64 other countries boycott the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow? 3a. What 1455 book was the first ever printed using movable, reusable type and who printed it? 3b. In what language was this book written? 4. Pictured, right: Their website changed the world in strange new ways. Give their names and their innovative web business. 5. The two baseball spring training leagues, located in Florida and Arizona, are known by what names? 6. From 1944-1946 the Academy Awards were held at what Chinese theater? 7. Located in Paris, it’s the world’s largest triumphal arch. What is it? 8. Pictured, bottom right: Born in 1951 in San Carlos, California, she attended the San Francisco Art Institute, and made her first full length feature film, The Loveless, in 1982. Sunday she became the first woman ever to win the Academy Award as Best Director. Give her name and her film, which also won the Best Picture award. 9. Which is greater — the pressure in an automobile tire, or the pressure in a bottle of Champagne? 10. Give the last name of these people named Edgar: 10a. American writer who created The Raven; 10b. 19th-century French artist, painter of ballet dancers 10c. American writer, creator of Tarzan BONUS QUESTION: Each of these word groups shares a three-letter word in common. Find each word. a. tennis, television, prepared b. flu, beetle, annoyance c. spinner, exceed, zenith

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then called for a study into the problem. And perhaps even an investigation. “The supervisors are concerned and will, we believe, act further to remove the Ghetto from Marin,” wrote Sun editor and publisher Merrill Grohman in his congratulatory summation of the meeting. “Citizens as of this week are more aware of the enormous extent of our county’s ugliest sin.” Prop. 14 was overturned by the California Supreme Court in 1966, a decision upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court the following year. More than four decades later, Marin City’s population has risen slightly, to around 3,000; more than 2,000 of its residents are minorities. Most of the deleterious Marinship housing was finally razed in the 1970s to make way

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for apartment and condo developments. The town got its community center and a chain-store-dominated shopping center in the 1990s. Thanks to the intense pride and unfathomable resolve of the community, many things have greatly improved in Marin City. But poverty—along with its drug and crime companions—remain. Racial tensions and class resentment are impossible to ignore in Marin City unless, like many in the county, one chooses to ignore Marin City altogether. Jack Kerouac’s “joyous place” still rests, unsettled and tenuous, on the dredged divides of Marin. ✹ Email Jason at

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â&#x20AC;şâ&#x20AC;ş UPFRONT < 7 COM together with stakeholders, including teachers, staff, studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and neighborsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to forge an architectural plan that, through compromise and consensus, results in a building that meets general approval, the college followed the staff recommendation to hold a design competition. Asking architects what they envision for an important corner, given the practical requirements of an administrative building, can lend insight about design philosophy that the public and board members can use to choose a firm to design a specific building. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a creative approach, but it carries pitfalls. In January, trustees were ready to choose one of the two finalists in the design competition: ED2 International of San Francisco or the combined design concept of TLCD of Santa Rosa and Mark Cavagnero Associates of San Francisco. Instead, on a 5-2 vote trustees postponed the decision to a Jan. 19 meeting, reflecting a heightened sense among neighbors that the college was ready to approve a design. But the designs were just the concepts submitted for a design competition, says White, not the actual building. By the time the board took up the issue again in March, trustees had postponed their decision three times

since December, due in large measure to neighbors who remain skeptical about the difference between a design concept and an actual blueprint. Some critics think the concepts expressed in the competition designs reflect a sensibility that would result in a building uncharacteristic of their neighborhood. But college administrators hope that a new outreach effort in the neighborhood can bring the process to consensus. Eva Long, board president, says that when she met with neighbors after the postponements, she heard a clear expression that the district has failed to listen to their concerns. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most of that is real in their perception because they probably came to the board meetings for the last few meetingsâ&#x20AC;? when the two concepts for the corner were up for discussion. It may have seemed, say Long and others at the college, that the school already had chosen what design road to travel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I felt it was important for the board to lead and to say we are sincere about listening to your concerns.â&#x20AC;? Instead of once again postponing a vote to choose an architect, the board approved holding two public workshops to let neighbors ask direct questions of the architects who submitted the two finalist designs. The college hopes the process can soothe some critics who think they have been frozen out of the planning process and others who saw the concept drawings as


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the feedback â&#x20AC;&#x153;at least two weeks before their April 20 meeting. Everything else being equal, they should be prepared to make a decision and select an architect on April 20.â&#x20AC;? Maybe. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think our commitment is to show that we are having an open and thorough dialogue with the neighborhood,â&#x20AC;? says Trustee Diana Conti. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If it looks like there are issues that are going to take longer to address, then I think the process will go longer.â&#x20AC;? Conti says â&#x20AC;&#x153;some really good discussionsâ&#x20AC;? have taken place with neighborhood groups, and she thinks â&#x20AC;&#x153;they are going to be great to work withâ&#x20AC;? in the renewed process. But some of the neighbors, as well as other critics, completely reject a monolithic building on the corner, saying itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s out of character with the neighborhood. Conti acknowledges that there are some who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want any large building on the corner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I also think there are other people who say the college has your needs and we have our needs and there is some middle ground.â&#x20AC;? Conti says the college â&#x20AC;&#x153;has to have something that works academically and financially,â&#x20AC;? but she sees no reason why a new building â&#x20AC;&#x153;canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t meet the needs of the neighbors and is something that blends in with College Avenue.â&#x20AC;? (Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a subject that can mesh with a separate visioning 10 > committee, guided by Supervisor




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mandated, notes White. The contract with any architectural firm the college chooses will state that the firm must reach out to all stakeholders in the final design process.) But, says Bronshvag, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the community might not want a building there at all.â&#x20AC;? While the debate over the aesthetics of the Academic Center has continued, anything the college does to smooth ruffled feathers and engage residents will do little to ease the pain for students that building modernization has caused on campus, says Joan Wieder. She served on the District Modernization Committee, which compiled proposals that would help the district create a modernization proposal. The committee was fashioned to include representation from faculty, students and community members. But, says Wieder, the numbers were stacked so that students and faculty had less-than-equal representation. A result of the slant, she says, is that parking for the fine arts building is too far from the structure. Many art students are older adults, and they must carry heavy supplies and gear. The lack of nearby parking hampers access for them, says Wieder, a retired federal administrative law judge. She also throws barbs at the modernization plan for failing to fully accommodate the disabled, especially during the construction phase. She also has concerns about parking for


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belina Magana’s bright red fingernails scroll across the black screen of her iPhone as she meanders her way through her address book looking for a friend’s phone number. It’s another otherwise dreary winter day in this comfortable Novato home as the 37-year-old award-winning real estate agent is seat-belted into a stationary wheelchair in the dining room. She’s dressed in a yellow-and-white-striped knit sweater, blue jeans and tan snow boots. The family dog, Peaches, snoozes at her feet. Here’s the phone number, Magana says. “Would you like the address, too?” she asks. The simple act of using a cell phone or text-messaging friends is something doctors said Magana would never be able to do again after an attempted murder-suicide in October of 2007 left her a quadriplegic. Magana, who never lost her flare for fashion or wicked sense of humor during those trying months since the horrific shooting, has

routinely defied the odds. Doctors said she’d probably live the rest of her life in a hospital connected to a respirator; she’d not be able to breathe on her own; she’d never walk or move her arms again. They didn’t know Abelina Magana. Today, Magana is raising her three children and has plans to return to her real-estate career, drive a vehicle again and put back together the pieces of her life that were shattered that autumn evening when her husband Abraham shot her more than a dozen times. He left her for dead and then shot himself. “I had to convince the doctors to just give me a chance,” Magana said at a recent interview, as friends sat nearby listening to her story in Spanish. “I’m in a place now where I can talk about it. I have this sense of freedom now. I feel free.” After spending a brief period of time in Arizona near her family, Magana returned to Novato last September. She enrolled her children in Marin schools: Abraham Jr., 16, and

Claudia, 15, attend San Marin High. Angel, 12, goes to Sinaloa Middle School. Her days are mostly filled with intense physical therapy sessions and counseling. She has help around the house, but most of the routine tasks fall to the children. She’s learned to use voice recognition software on her computer and is working with weights to develop upper-body strength. Her physical therapy team has gotten her up on a treadmill. ●

THERE’S NO DOUBT in Magana’s mind that she’ll return to work someday, and someday soon. Frank Howard Allen owner Larry Brackett was one of the first to hear of the attack. He’s among the hundreds of people who have kept in close contact with the vivacious Magana. “It’s just unbelievable considering what she’s been through,” Brackett says. “She’s always been so positive. What she’s done doesn’t

surprise me at all. So many people would have been bemoaning their situation. Not Abelina. I have no doubt she’ll be an active member of our sales team again.” Another instrumental friend has been Nancy Rhodes Hanson, a newspaper advertising representative who has become close to Magana and was among a number of people who helped the Magana family transition back to Novato after spending a brief period with relatives in Arizona. “Coming back here means everything to her,” said Hanson, who’s working on a book about Magana’s life, titled Three Candles, From Mexico to Marin: Abelina’s True Story of Success and Survival. “What impresses me about Abelina,” Hanson says, “is that she never lets anything get her down, she just continues to push forward.” Hanson says that Magana will make jokes, like “15 bullets couldn’t shut me up.” But “that’s because she’s so proud and happy to be alive.” Magana’s sense of humor and quiet confidence were on full display in January when Brackett invited her to address more than 400 Frank Howard Allen agents and employees at the company’s annual kickoff event at the Embassy Suites in Terra Linda. “The powerful message she delivered was that you can do anything you put your mind to,” said Frank Howard Allen’s Ronna Somers, who hired Magana in 2002. “She’s defied the doctors. She’s proved there’s nothing you can’t achieve.” “There wasn’t a dry eye in the place,” Hanson said. Magana’s desire to be successful likely developed during her upbringing in a small village in Mexico. She came to the United States in search of the American dream. She found it in the 1990s, purchasing a million dollar Atherton Oaks Drive home as she worked her way up in real estate, helping Spanish-speaking families become homeowners. Her husband also had a successful landscaping business. The marriage began to unravel as domestic violence flourished in the household, Magana says. It all came crashing down Oct. 12, 2007, as Abraham approached her with two handguns, a .38 caliber he had once purchased for her as a birthday present and the other, a .45-caliber weapon. Within seconds, Magana was fighting for her life. She was barely breathing as Novato Fire Department paramedics arrived. She was airlifted to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital and later to the University of California at Davis Medical Center. She endured bouts of pneumonia and a collapsed lung during her lengthy hospitalization. She was on a ventilator for nearly four months. Finally, she was released from the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco and moved to Arizona to live with family. But the excessive heat and being without her friends was too much to endure. One bright spot in rehab, she says, was the day she sat across from Muhammad Ali in a 12 > MARCH 12 – MARCH 18, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 11

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MAGANA, ONE OF 13 children, married in 1992. The couple came to this country a year later. Magana started out cleaning homes and working as a translator in the schools before embarking on her real-estate career. Magana says few people knew what her life was like. Once she regained consciousness in the hospital, Magana wanted to speak out about domestic violence. “I should have left him,” Magana said in another interview. One of the first warning signs was when Abraham pointed a rifle at her, she said. The week before the shooting, Magana had asked him for a divorce.

Help Abelina Magana Checks can be made payable to the NTAF Southwest Spinal Cord Injury Fund. Please note in honor of Abelina Magana and mail to NTAF, 150 N. Radnor Chester Road, Suite F-120, Radnor, PA, 19087. Joanna Frazier can be reached at 415/774-3258. Also, contributions can be made to the Magana Family Fund at any Bank of Marin branch in Marin County. The Novato branch is located at 1450 Grant Ave.

According to Department of Justice statistics, nearly 5.3 million acts of intimatepartner violence occur each year among U.S. women over the age of 18, resulting in 2 million injuries and nearly 1,300 deaths. “What’s interesting is that the community has a responsibility and a role to play in supporting the victim after,” said Novato police Capt. Jennifer Tejada, who authored a newspaper editorial that quoted the alarming domestic violence statistics. “I think Abelina’s story is truly amazing.” Transportation is one of the last hurdles for Magana. A fundraising campaign is under way to purchase a van that would allow her to get around. The cost of a properly outfitted van is between $40,000 and $65,000, friend and fundraiser Joanna Frazier says. An event is being planned for this spring, says Frazier, who produced a flier and has approached the popular television show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition about Magana’s story. “It’s been amazing to watch her journey,” says Frazier, whose husband Kyle formerly worked with Magana. “She really has no fear. Her spirit, her drive. The need is definitely there. The gravity of the situation really weighs on your heart.” Frazier has contacted the National Transplant Assistance Fund, a nonprofit that helps those with transplant needs and catastrophic injuries. The effort will not only help with the purchase of a van but also with home modifications and in-home care necessary for Magana. Through it all, Magana is still looking forward with a positive outlook. “You know when you hear someone complaining about the things in their life, most of them just don’t know how good they have it,” Magana said. “I just want my kids to do well. I’m happy to be home and moving on with my life.” ✹ Contact Joe at

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ILL VALLEY — Al Anolik, a gray-haired Tiburon attorney and lifelong Democrat who turned Republican to support the 2008 McCain-Palin presidential ticket, wanted to drape himself in an American flag for a gathering of the Bay Area Patriots. Unable to find star-spangled clothing locally, he bought a button-down shirt studded with stars and wavy stripes on the Internet. The Tea Party—an unstructured populist uprising that helped elect Republican Scott Brown to Ted Kennedy’s Massachusetts Senate seat and has been working around the clock to block President Obama’s agenda—came to Mill Valley on Sunday. Anolik wore his crisp red, white and blue shirt proudly while he stood near the door of the Mill Valley Community Center and talked to a man sporting a Reagan T-shirt and a National Rifle Association baseball cap. “I had my Palin sticker torn off my car every time I would park,” he said. “I did not think we

Rally organizer Sally Zelikovsky held a ‘humble pie’ baked for Nancy Pelosi. Below, from left, Jerry Leidecker, Dan Hanlow, Al Anolik and Lars Williamson mingled with the crowd.

would have this kind of gathering in Mill Valley.” None of the more than 500 people who paid $5 each to attend the afternoon event—part fair and part pep rally—or the more than 100 turned away for lack of space, had seen so many conservatives assembled together in Marin County in recent memory. An older Republican said it was the largest conservative gathering here since Ronald Reagan was inaugurated president. Marin, after all, is the place former President George Bush Sr. dubbed the home of hot-tubbing liberals. And this is where, only a little more than a year ago, nearly 78 percent of voters cast their ballots to elect Barack Obama president. Sally Zelikovsky, a 48-year-old San Rafael non-practicing attorney and mother of three, threw the party. A hodgepodge of more than 30 conservative, independent, libertarian and Republican groups and candidates set up tables and distributed pamphlets, fliers, buttons and bumper stickers. “Government Run Healthcare Makes Me SICK,” one button read. “Global Warming: Science by Homer Simpson,” read a bumper sticker. “I sleep like a Democrat,” read another. “I lie on one side...then I lie on the other side.” They come together to fight what they perceive as the Democrats’ agenda of supersized government. First and foremost, they have a bone to pick with the president and oppose any healthcare reform bill he might sign. But the focus of their messages can differ. Some zero 14 > MARCH 12 – MARCH 18, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 13

< 13 It’s my Tea Party— in on stopping illegal immigration. Others support school vouchers, building nuclear power plants or drilling for oil off our coasts. Some see global warming as baloney. ●

MANY OF THE Tea Party activists came of age in the turbulent 1960s and 1970s but were not spurred to political action until the bank, auto-industry and mortgage bailouts. They have been gathering supporters and momentum as a social movement since they began working together on a platform of limited government, lower taxes, individual liberty and fiscal responsibility. Last April 15, they PHOTOS BY ROBERT VENTE

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held a series of anti-tax tea parties here and across the nation, giving birth to the Tea Party. In Mill Valley, under a banner of “Faith, Family, Freedom,” American Independents sold miniature apple pies sprouting American flags. Calling them “humble pies,” they said they baked them for one of their favorite targets—Nancy Pelosi—referring to the House Speaker from San Francisco’s use of a pie metaphor about healthcare reform needing to be baked before she could sell it. A tall woman with curly black hair, Zelikovsky wore a bright red T-shirt proclaiming “Join the Tea Party,” with a “Reset 2010” button, a jeweled American flag and a gold Jewish star necklace. She stood behind a flagdraped podium holding a microphone in one hand and a pie flying an American flag in the other and told the audience: “Shame on you Speaker Pelosi. It’s time for you to eat...” The crowd eagerly finished her sentence, shouting back—“Humble pie!” “You’re all having an impact,” Zelikovsky said. “We’d have Obamacare right now if it weren’t for each and every one of you.” Some of the participants in Sunday’s Tea Party described themselves as struggling small-business owners worried that healthcare reform might drain already limited profits. Many live in Marin, though some traveled from San Francisco, Sonoma County, the East Bay and the Peninsula. Some did not want their names in the newspaper for fear exposing their political leanings would cost them clients or jobs.

Some party attendees were predicting bad times ahead for liberals.

Asked his name, a man gathering signatures for a ballot initiative requiring the city of Novato to contract only with firms that verify their workers have documents allowing them to legally work in the U.S. ripped off his name tag. “This is a politically volatile topic,” he said. “If you’re bidding on a job, and you’re known to have political opinions that are unpopular, it can hurt you. “We’re just trying to turn off the jobs magnet that draws illegal immigrants to our city and country in great numbers.” A woman who looked to be in her 70s approached the anti-illegal-immigration table. “They sell fruit by my house,” she said disgustedly with an accent. Asked where she was born, she replied, “I’m Cuban-American.

I came before the revolution. I live here for 51 years.” She refused to give her name or age. But Charlie Betzner, who lives in Mill Valley and drives a UPS truck, was not so shy. He walked up to the table with the petition about illegal workers in Novato and said, “It’s time to seal this border and kick these people out.” He expressed empathy with illegal workers. “They’re poor people. Most of the Hispanic people are nice. They’re good workers,” he said. “I understand.” He reserved his wrath for liberals. “When I express my views, the liberals get so angry, it’s ridiculous,” he said. “They’re only tolerant if you agree with them.” Betzner disagrees politically with most of his neighbors, but having lived in Mill Valley since 1989, he’s accustomed to being a lone voice. “I never saw a president derided like President Bush, and if anyone disagrees with Obama, you’re called a racist,” he said. “We need some civility here.” ●

THE VAST MAJORITY of the Mill Valley attendees were white, but one African-American woman from Pinole, Congressional candidate Virginia Fuller, roused the crowd. “I say enough is enough. Let’s build that fence high and fast,” she said, describing herself as a legal immigrant. “Together we can take America back. She is worth fighting for.” The only other African-American visible in the crowd was Carl Smith, a bald 47- 16 >




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run against Pelosi for her San Francisco Congressional seat, spoke first. “We now have a government that is completely out of control but is intent on controlling every aspect of its citizens’ lives,” she said. Walsh’s campaign literature included more photos of the House Speaker Republicans love to hate than of Walsh herself. Karen Molden lives in Sleepy Hollow and serves on the GOP Central Committee out of Novato. She so wanted Zelikovsky to run for Congress against Democrat Lynn Woolsey that she volunteered to tutor and transport her children to and from school. Not ready to throw her hat in the ring, Zelikovsky has brought Bay Area conservatives, particularly Marin County conservatives, out of the closet and into the political arena. A Democrat for many years, New Jerseyborn Zelikovsky said she found herself turning Republican when she returned from a two-year stay between 1993 and 1995 in Russia. Like Carl Smith, she began to see government programs intended to help people as holding them down. “People rise out of poverty when they’re provided opportunity, as opposed to just throwing money at them,” she said. “In Russia, I saw the vestiges of everybody having the same and the disincentive that is created when people are assigned apartments and jobs. “The fear is that as the government gains more power in our lives, in healthcare, in our schools, in energy, we have less control

of our lives, and we have less freedom. As the government redistributes our wealth and tries to make us all the same, it creates disincentives, and it is depriving people of their hard-earned income. “We saw the government essentially taking over the auto industry. You want your innovation coming from the private industry, not the government. Go to FedEx and then go to the post office, the DMV.” Feeling lonely in her political beliefs in a county where Republicans say their bumper stickers are stolen from their cars, Zelikovsky said she began “collecting” conservatives a few years ago. In 2007, she threw a cocktail party in her San Rafael home, and for a few hours, she was able to freely express her conservative views. One party led to another until she put together Sunday’s. “There are lots of conservatives in Marin,” Zelikovsky said. “Most of them often hide in the shadows. Listen, you lose friends. You would think we had some sort of dread disease.” But Sunday’s Tea Party liberated Zelikovsky and her friends. “It’s just a shot in the arm,” Molden said of the gathering. “The change is coming that’s gonna be the good change.” ✹ For more information on the Bay Area Patriots, go to www. Contact Ronnie Cohen at

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laden with salt, corn syrup and so-called natural ďŹ&#x201A;avors comes from. It comes from the soil. Not from a box. Say what!? The Centers for Disease Control states â&#x20AC;&#x153;the academic success of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s youth is strongly linked with their health.â&#x20AC;? Children who eat well are more likely to perform well and have fewer behavior problems. This outdoor learning, away from sitting at a desk (pretending to look interested), encourages students to explore and problemsolve while also building self-esteem, nourishing their bodies and spirit, and offering them an appreciation for the gifts of the natural world. According to Michelle Ratcliffe, farm-to-school program manager for the Oregon State Department of Agriculture, â&#x20AC;&#x153;School gardens are not a fringe element anymore. I must have received 1,000 calls this past year from people asking me to help them start a school garden or farmto-school program.â&#x20AC;? There are now roughly 4,000 school gardens in California alone. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are other things that are even more important than the academic value of the garden: its effect on our children. In a world full of TVs, video games, online chat rooms and cell phones, the garden has instilled the intrinsic value of caring for our earth and each other,â&#x20AC;? says Calmels. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The friendships and camaraderie built from the hours turning the compost pile, taking soil samples, witnessing heads of broccoli grow from tiny seedlings and learning botanical names cannot be measured. The feeling of self-worth from contributing to such a project as part of a team cannot be tested. Our garden has raised a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;science familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in the classroom. As a teacher, I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ask for anything better than that.â&#x20AC;? â&#x153;š For more on school gardens, visit the California School Garden Network ( Plant a seed with Annie at

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The wind cries Jimi And so does everything else at 40th anniversary of Hendrix’s death By G r e g Cahill


orty years after the mysterious death from his broken home in Seattle to sideman of rock icon Jimi Hendrix, there’s for R&B acts on the club circuit to his breakplenty of buzz when it comes to hon- through performances in swingin’ London. oring the man Rolling Stone has hailed as The book includes speculation that the greatest rock guitarist of all time. Hendrix may have been murdered by his Marin author, lecmanager and the revturer and Hendrix elation that the guiexpert Steve Roby— tarist, often criticized who tried unsucby black militants for cessfully to get into catering to a white the Guinness World audience, was arRecords last fall with rested at an early civil what he hoped would rights sit-in. be the world’s largest Meanwhile, a guitar ensemble playCD of previously ing “Purple Haze”— unreleased studio has a new Hendrix recordings, Valleys of biography headed Neptune, is in stores for bookstore shelves. this week in conjuncBecoming Jimi: From tion with the all-star Southern Crossroads tribute concert to Psychedelic LonExperience Hendrix, don, the Untold Story Hendrix’s recording odysseys took him from Electric which rolls into San of a Musical Genius, Ladyland to the Valleys of Neptune. Francisco Thursday, co-written by Brad March 11. The 12Schreiber, will be released this spring by Da song disc is the initial release from the new Capo Press/Perseus Book. partnership between Sony/Legacy and the The book recounts Hendrix’s odyssey Hendrix estate, which had been mired in

The guitarist died from asphyxiation on Sept. 18, 1970 in the basement of a London hotel.

legal actions with relatives and MCA for nearly a decade. The release launches an ambitious schedule of remastered Hendrix recordings that already have been reissued on several occasions. Valleys of Neptune is billed as “a newly curated album of 12 fully realized studio recordings.” Indeed, these oft-bootlegged tracks are previously unreleased commercially, but some may question that they’re fully realized: The album kicks off with a 1969 version of “Stone Free,” with bassist Billy Cox replacing original Experience member Noel Redding, that sounds more

like a demo than a fleshed-out track. The title track, recorded between 1969 and Hendrix’s death in May of 1970, features Cox, drummer Mitch Mitchell and percussionist Juma Sultan. A 1969 recording of “Hear My Train A Comin’,” which has appeared on several live Hendrix albums, boasts the original Experience lineup. The rest of the tracks, for the most part, feature the original Experience on studio outtakes that include inferior versions of “Fire” and “Red House,” 1967’s bluesy “Mr. Bad Luck” (one of the few originals that Hendrix performed in his pre-Experience days as the frontman of Jimmy James & the Blue Flames) and 1969 recordings of “Sunshine of Your Love” (with percussionist Rocki Dzidzornu), “Lover Man,” “Ships Passing Through the Night” (the blueprint for the similar “Night Bird Flying”), “Lullaby for the Summer” and the intriguing slow blues instrumental “Crying Blue Rain.” Nothing revelatory, but still a strong set of rare Hendrix tracks. As part of the opening wave of releases for the Jimi Hendrix catalog project, Legacy this week also released a deluxe CD/ DVD edition of Axis: Bold As Love, with similar reissues of Are You Experienced?, Electric Ladyland and First Rays of the New Rising Sun to follow (and also available on vinyl). Each expanded edition will feature a bonus DVD with newly created documentaries directed by Grammy winner Bob Smeaton (Beatles Anthology, Festival Express, Beatles: The Studio Recordings). In addition, Smash Hits, Hendrix’s original greatest hits compilation, will be reintroduced and the critically acclaimed Live at Woodstock will be reissued as a standard DVD as well as a Blu-ray disc. Just don’t look for surround sound versions of the Hendrix discs—a Legacy spokesman says that none are in the works. ✹ Share your Jimi Hendrix experiences with Greg at Tune up to the Marin music scene at

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Science and technology have yet to match Stan’s dancing fingers routine from ‘March of the Wooden Soldiers.’

March of the wee laddies They put a man on the moon, but there’s still nothing better than Laurel & Hardy… by D av i d Te m p l e t o n

“I’ve got bad guys in my blood,” he says with a laugh. “So the cavalry has come in, and the good guys are chasing away all the bad guys. Let’s just hope this is one of the stories where the good guys win.” Though the last few days have been scary for all of us, doubly so for my dad, he keeps the jokes coming, even when they are delivave you seen Avatar? You prob- ered in a voice shaky with exhaustion. ably have.” “If this doesn’t work, I guess I’m a dead My dad, 82, propped up in a duck,” he says, adding, “or in my case, a hospital bed in Southern California, unde- dead Scotsman.” niably cheered to The small be chatting with TV that is me after a medical attached to scare that has had a swivelhim hospitalized ing metal for nearly two arm— weeks, has not able to be been to a movie pushed theater in at least forward 10 years. Still, as I and backsit near my dad’s ward, as bedside, periphclose or as erally watching far as need a large machine be—has pumping blood been blarfrom a line in his ing comneck, removing mercials for the pathogens the upcomThe Cavalry arrived just in time for Mr. Templeton. that have left him ing Oscar unable to open telecast, one eye or hold and not a his head up for more than a few hours a commercial flashes by that does not bear day, he’s happy to be talking my language. a shot of Sam Worthington’s blue alien He even describes the medical process he’s face from the 3-D spectacular Avatar. The been undergoing in movie terms. film, of course, will go on to lose the Best

Writer David Templeton tales interesting people to interesting movies in his ongoing quest for the ultimate post-film conversation. This is not a review; rather, it’s a freewheeling, tangential discussion of life, alternative ideas and popular culture.


Picture Oscar to the bomb-squad drama while before looking up again. “You know, The Hurt Locker, but it is notable that, as talking about playing outside. I remember far-removed from the world of movies as another game my brothers and I used to my dad is (his movie-watching relegated play. I don’t know if my dad made it up, mainly to the occasional DVD or cable but he taught it to us. It was called Duck broadcast), Avatar has forced its way into on a Rock. Did you boys ever play Duck his sphere of awareness. on a Rock?” “The story sounds kind of dumb,” he “Not that I can remember.” says. By now, my brother Steve has arrived, “Well, it’s been done before, but not and at the mention of Duck on a Rock, has usually with aliens,” I reply. “Avatar is basi- produced his iPhone. After a few seconds cally Dances with Wolves in space. Visually, of tapping, he reports that Duck on a Rock it’s really beautiful. Floating mountains. was a medieval children’s game that comWeird trees.” bines tag and rock-throwing, as players at“How about that 3-D?” he asks. “Do you tempt to knock one contestant’s rock (the have to wear those little glasses?” duck) from a tree stump by throwing their “Glasses, yeah. The 3-D is actually own rocks at it. Once the duck is knocked pretty amazing,” I reply, “but I personally from the stump, all players rush to snatch found it sort of distracting. I don’t really up their own rocks before someone can think movies need to be in 3-D to be realtag them. istic. I still prefer 2-D.” “You found all of that on your phone?” “That’s what they said about color,” Dad Dad asks. “Well, when we played it, we points out. “Some people liked it when used little beanbags instead of rocks. Duck movies started being filmed in Technicolor, on a Rock.” but there were always those An hour or so later, the who said they liked blackpumping-and-cleaning and-white better. It’s the done for the time being, my same with computers. When dad is still marveling at all everybody first started usthe technological marvels ing personal computers and surrounding him. word processors, there were “Looking at that maalways some people who chine,” he muses, “and didn’t want to give up their Steve’s phone, talking typewriters.” Avatar and DVDs and 3-D A purchasing agent for a movies and video games, major school district, my dad it makes me think of your was the one placing the orgrandfather. I remember ders for those typewriters and one of the last times I saw word processors and laptops him, in 1970 I think it as each new technology re- ‘Laddie’ Templeton, at college gradu- was—just before he passed ation circa 1950; he’d only just been placed the previous one. away. He said, ‘Just think. amazed by the wonders of television. “When was the last time When I was born in Glasyou actually saw a movie in the theater?” gow, there was no electricity, no indoor I ask, studying the various tubes of blood plumbing, no cars, airplanes, no television, and plasma, each its own distinct color, no movies. If we wanted to go somewhere, running out and in as the “good guy” ma- we rode a horse. If we needed to carry somechine hums. thing heavy, we hooked the horse to a cart. “I couldn’t tell you,” he says. “I think it If we needed to see at night, we lit a lamp. was a Western. One of my favorite movWhen we wanted to entertain ourselves, we ies is still March of the Wooden Soldiers, read books, or just told each other stories. with Laurel and Hardy. In that movie, If we wanted to cross the ocean, we took a Laurel and Hardy—do you remember boat. But I’ve just watched a man walk on this?—they fight off the bad guys with the moon. I’ve flown in airplanes. I’ve seen Pee-Wees, little wooden toys that you can the most incredible things. Just imagine what pop up into the air and then whack with a things the wee laddies are going to see in stick. My dad made some of those for my their lives!’ brothers and I—the laddies, he called us; “I just hope,” he says, “that you never forand you and your brothers were always get how amazing all of those cell phones and the wee laddies—and I remember playing 3-D movies are! I’m afraid that most young that. Mom wouldn’t let us play Pee-Wee in people just see them as the next new thing. the house. But they’re a lot more than that. I probably “I still have that movie on tape,” he adds. won’t see Avatar with the 3-D glasses and “Not DVD?” stuff, but I can only imagine what my dad “No, I think it’s on tape. I have all of would think about it. the M.A.S.H. episodes on DVD.” Shaking “He’d love the technology, that technolhis head slowly, Dad continues, “I rememogy can do such things—and he’d still ber when you could only see movies in think it was a miracle.” ✹ the theaters, way before all of these new Talk movies with David at gizmos. Of course, that was also back when kids played outside instead of being It’s your movie, speak up at glued to their video games.” He gets quiet ›› for a few minutes, his eyes closed for a MARCH 12 - MARCH 18, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 25

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Albert Barnes, more concerned with art education than delighting tourists, willed that his collection never be moved from the Lincoln University.

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eople interested in the arts are likely to have move protesterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s placard. SUMMIT ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS heard of the Barnes Foundation, even if most The Art of the Steal focuses on that â&#x20AC;&#x153;theft,â&#x20AC;? and AN UNDERGROUND FILMS PRODUCTION have never had a chance to visit. it does so with passion. Of course there is another â&#x20AC;&#x153;REMEMBER MEâ&#x20AC;? ROBERT PATTINSON Located ďŹ ve miles outside of Philside to the argument, the one that MUSIC adelphia, the foundation was estabclaims that these great works of art BY MARCELO ZARVOS EXECUTIVE lished in 1922 by Albert C. Barnes, OPENING SOON should be shared more widely; but PRODUCERS CAROL CUDDY ROBERT PATTINSON PRODUCED a physician who developed the anthe ďŹ lm doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go into that. The Art of the Steal opens BY NICHOLAS OSBORNE TREVOR ENGELSON tiseptic Argyrol and made a fortune. Friday at the Rafael. See The ďŹ lm also made me wonder: WRITTEN BY WILL FETTERS page 27 for showtimes. After selling his company in the How did Albert Barnes develop his DIRECTED BY ALLEN COULTER late 1920s, Barnes devoted himself taste in art? How did he know to to collecting art and establishing buy the masterpieces and leave the his foundation as an educational venue. In the second-rate? midst of a 12-acre arboretum, he built a gallery to We may need another ďŹ lm. â&#x153;š RememberMe-Movie .com exhibit his collections: French Impressionist, Post- Review our reviews at letters@paciďŹ Impressionist and early Modern paintings; old masters; Asian and African art; Native American Reel off your movie reviews on TownSquare at MOBILE USERS: For Showtimes, Text Message REMEMBER and Your ZIP CODE to 43KIX (43549) textiles and jewelry, and much more. The Impresâ&#x20AC;şâ&#x20AC;ş paciďŹ sionist and Post-Impressionist collection is conSTARTS FRIDAY, MARCH 12 sidered by some to be the ďŹ nest in the world, and CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS FOR THEATERS AND SHOWTIMES includesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;ready?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;181 Renoirs, 69 Cezannes, 59 Matisses, 46 Picassos, 16 Modiglianis. Much of what Barnes acquired was art that the establishmentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the big museums and their patronsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;had scorned and, once those new works became fashionable, Barnes was not eager to share Know your weaver, baby! Chris Rock lays bare the secrets, the allure and the many contradicthem with the public. In his will, he left the entire tions of the black womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;doâ&#x20AC;? in GOOD HAIR, a must-rent thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the most engaging foundation to tiny African-American Lincoln 90 minutes Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve passed watching a documentary. As black girls learn from around age 3,â&#x20AC;&#x153;good University with the proviso that the collection hairâ&#x20AC;? means straight hair, a heat-and-chemical correction of natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan that requires womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s could never be sold, loaned or moved. lifelong vigilance, care and investment to the tune of $9 billion a year, or $1,000 a head. Success Don Argottâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Art of the Steal chronicles hinges on a trusted stylist with â&#x20AC;&#x153;the growing handâ&#x20AC;? and one of two key ingredients: a sodium the battle to break Barnesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; will and move the colhydroxide perm or hair weaveâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the latter a mega-industry in which 80 percent of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lection to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hair is bought by 12 percent of the American population. Rock takes us to the famed Bronner a David-and-Goliath struggle: A handful of art Bros. International Hair Show in Atlanta, then through India by rickshaw to see the tonsuring of lovers, neighbors, journalists, curators and former Barnes students and teachers are arrayed against female religious pilgrims at a templeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;their wavy tresses jetted off to Beverly Hills overnight. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Philadelphia social and artistic establishment. hard to miss the poisonous message directed at black women beneath the glamour.â&#x20AC;&#x153;If your hair Favoring the move are Pennsylvaniaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s governor, is relaxed, white people are relaxed.â&#x20AC;? As Al Sharpton,â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Dalai Lama of hair himself,â&#x20AC;? says,â&#x20AC;&#x153;How Philadelphiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mayor, tourism ofďŹ cials and other are you gonna think right when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re wearing exploitation all the time?â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Richard Gould political power brokers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The greatest theft of art since the Second World Warâ&#x20AC;? proclaims an antiŠ 2010 SUMMIT ENTERTAI NMENT, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.



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Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford

Niels Arestrup and Tahar Rahim in ‘A Prophet,’ opening Friday at the Rafael.

● 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 sociosurreal Victorian fable. ● The Art of the Steal (1:41) Engrossing documentary about the ongoing power struggle over a Philadelphia millionaire’s fabulous collection of Post-Impressionist art. ● 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. ● 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. ● Brooklyn’s Finest (2:13) Don Cheadle, Ellen Barkin and Richard Gere star in Antone Fuqua’s intense police drama. ● 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, mintcondition 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. ● 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 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. ● Green Zone (1:55) Paul Greengrass thriller stars Matt Damon as an Army spook trying to prevent a military flareup in an unstable region. ● 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.

● The Last Station (1:52) Christopher Plummer stars as a dying Leo Tolstoy beset by journalists, disciples and his own conflicted legacy. ● Mary Poppins (2:20) Oscar winner Julie Andrews as P.L. Travers’ magical nanny, bringing fun and frolic to a stuffy Edwardian household. ● 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. ● Our Family Wedding (1:30) Forest Whitaker and Carlos Mencia as two alpha dads battling over their offsprings’ upcoming nuptials. ● 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. ● A Prophet (2:29) Cannes Grand Prix winner follows a naive young convict’s path to violence, gangsterism and self-reliance. ● Remember Me (1:53) A young couple’s secrets threaten their intense yet tenuous romantic relationship. ● She’s Out of My League (1:44) A doofus security guard can’t believe his luck when a gorgeous babe falls under the spell of his questionable charms. ● Shutter Island (2:18) Atmo-rich Martin Scorsese thriller about the misterioso goingson at a remote island insane asylum; Leo DiCaprio and Max von Sydow star. ● 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 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. ✹

›› MOViE TiMES ❋ A Prophet (R) ★★★1/2 Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 7:30 Sat-Sun 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 Mon-Thu 7:30 Alice in Wonderland (PG) ★★ Century Cinema: 11:20, 2, 4:35, 7:15, 9:50 Century Northgate 15: 11, 12, 1, 1:40, 2:45, 3:45, 4:30, 5:30, 6:30, 7:15, 8:10, 9:15, 10; 3D showtimes at 11:30, 2:15, 5, 7:45, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 12:30, 2, 3, 4:30, 5:30, 7, 8, 9:30, 10:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 2:30, 5, 7:25, 9:50 Sat 12, 2:30, 5, 7:25, 9:50 Sun 12, 2:30, 5, 7:25 Mon-Thu 2:30, 5, 7:25 An Education (PG-13) ★★★ Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:15, 7, 9:15 Sat 1:45, 4:15, 7, 9:15 Sun-Wed 1:45, 4:15, 7 Mon 1:45, 4:15, 7 Thu 4:15, 7 ❋ The Art of the Steal (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4, 6:30, 8:45 Sat-Sun 1:45, 4, 6:30, 8:45 Mon-Thu 6:30, 8:45 Avatar (PG-13) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 12:45, 4:25, 8:05 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 3:15, 6:30, 9:40 Sat 11:50, 3:15, 6:30, 9:40 Sun 11:50, 3:15, 6:30 Mon-Thu 3:15, 6:30 The Blind Side (PG-13) ★★ Century Northgate 15: 1:05, 3:55, 7:05, 9:55 Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 5:30 Mon-Tue 3 Wed 12:40 Brooklyn’s Finest (R) ★★1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:30, 3:45, 7, 10 Sun-Thu 11:10, 2:10, 5:10, 8:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:20 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4, 7, 10 Sat 1, 4, 7, 10 Sun 1, 4, 7 Mon-Thu 4:20, 7:20 Cop Out (R) ★★ Century Northgate 15: 11:05, 4:35, 10:20 The Cove (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Lark Theater: Fri 3:30 Wed-Thu 3:15 The Crazies (R) Century Northgate 15: 11:55, 2:30, 5:15, 7:50, 10:25 Crazy Heart (R) ★★★ Century

= New Movies This Week

Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 7:55, 10:30 Sat-Sun 11:45, 2:30, 5:15, 7:55, 10:30 Mon-Thu 6:50, 9:30 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:10, 1:55, 4:45, 7:35, 10:15 Sun-Thu 11:10, 1:55, 4:45, 7:35 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:10, 7:20, 9:50 Sat 1:20, 4:10, 7:20, 9:50 Sun 1:20, 4:10, 7:20 Mon-Thu 4:40, 7:40 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 10 Sat 11:40, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 10 Sun 11:40, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20 Mon-Thu 2:20, 4:50, 7:20 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:30, 7:10, 9:35 Sat 1:30, 4:30, 7:10, 9:35 Sun-Wed 1:30, 4:30, 7:10 The Ghost Writer (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:20, 12:50, 2:25, 4, 5:20, 7:15, 8:20, 10:05 Sun-Thu 11:20, 12:50, 2:25, 4, 5:20, 7:15, 8:20 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4, 6:45, 9:30 Sat 1:15, 4, 6:45, 9:30 Sun 1:30, 4:15, 7 Mon-Thu 4:15, 7 ❋ Green Zone (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7, 9:50 Sat-Sun 1, 4, 7, 9:50 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:10 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:05, 12:20, 1:50, 3:05, 4:30, 5:50, 7:25, 8:40, 10:10 SunThu 11:05, 12:20, 1:50, 3:05, 4:30, 5:50, 7:25, 8:40 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:40, 2:15, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 2, 4:40, 7:30, 10:10 Sat 11:30, 2, 4:40, 7:30, 10:10 Sun 11:30, 2, 4:40, 7:30 MonThu 2, 4:40, 7:30 The Hurt Locker (R) ★★★1/2 Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 8:10 Sun 6 Mon-Tue 8 Wed- Thu 5:15, 8 The Last Station (R) ★★1/2 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 5, 7:30, 10 Sat 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10 Sun 2:30, 5:10, 7:40 Mon-Thu 5:10, 7:40 ❋ Mary Poppins (G) Lark Theater: Sun 3 The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:15, 6:45, 9 Sat- Sun 2, 4:15, 6:45, 9 Mon, Wed-Thu 6:45,

9 Tue 9:15 ❋ Our Family Wedding (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 12:10, 2:35, 5:05, 7:30, 9:50 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:35, 2:55, 5:20, 7:50, 10:25 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (PG) Century Northgate 15: 11:20, 2, 4:40, 7:25, 10:05 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 1:15 Sat 3 Sun 12:40 Mon-Tue 5:40 Thu 1 ❋ Remember Me (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:20, 10:10 Sat-Sun 1:30, 4:30, 7:20, 10:10 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:25 Century Northgate 15: 11:10, 12:20, 1:45, 3, 4:20, 5:35, 7, 8:15, 9:45 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:15, 1:50, 4:25, 7:10, 9:45 ❋ She’s Out of My League (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:45, 10:20 Sat-Sun 11:40, 2:20, 5, 7:45, 10:20 Mon-Thu 7, 9:30 Century Northgate 15: 11:15, 12:30, 1:50, 2:55, 4:15, 5:25, 6:45, 8, 9:20, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:05 Shutter Island (R) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 12:55, 4, 7:10, 10:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:50, 3:50, 6:50, 9:50 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 3:55, 6:50, 9:40 Sat 1, 3:55, 6:50, 9:40 Sun-Wed 1, 3:55, 6:50 Thu 3:55, 6:50 Tiburon International Film Festival (Not Rated) Tiburon Playhouse 3: Thu tiburonfilmfestival. com Valentine’s Day (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 1:35, 7:35 Tue 1:35 The Yellow Handkerchief (PG-13) CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:20, 7:10, 9:40 Sat 1:10, 4:20, 7:10, 9:40 Sun 1:10, 4:20, 7:10 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:30

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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

Jeremy Renner in Oscar champ ‘The Hurt Locker,’ now playing at the Lark.

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F R I D AY M A R C H 1 2 — F R I D AY M A R C H 1 9 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar The Mad Maggies will plea insanity March 19 at Club 101.

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

Check out our Online Community Calendar for more listings, spanning more weeks with more important event information. ‘‘

Live music 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. 03/13: 25th Monte Carlo Bash With Doc Kraft Band. Fundraiser featuring food, dancing, gambling, live entertainment. 6-11pm. $50. Fireman’s Fund Insurance, 777 San Marin Dr., Novato. 601-7858. 03/13: Jesse Kincaid and New Rising Sons with Boudeeka Sixties Rock and Roll dance party. 8:30pm. $7. Travis Marina/Presidio Yacht Club, Sausalito.

03/13: Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers Diva jazz blues. 8pm. $15-25. Mill Valley Masonic, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 389-5072. 03/13: Petty Theft Tom Petty tribute band. 8:30pm. $12-15. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 03/13: Savanna Blu Northern Califonia bluegrass. 9pm. $10. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. 03/14: Bella Cat Sassy Opening for Sexy Sunday series. 9:30pm. Free. Peri’s, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-9910. 03/14: Joan Getz Quartet Jazz vocalist with drummer Dave Getz, pianist Chris Huson and Gary Lillard on bass. 6:30pm. No cover. Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 03/14: The Cowlicks Alternative Country. In the Bar 5pm. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 03/16: Brindl CD Release Party With special guest Ben Hulan, Mandolin and sets by Rebecca Cross and the Courtney Janes. 21+. No Cover. 9pm. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-9910. Culann’s Hounds will be on the scent at the Bay Area Discovery Museum this Saturday.

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03/16: Swing Fever Celebrates Nat King Cole’s birthday. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 03/17: Ducey, Huget and Klein Vocalist Connie Ducey with Kurt Huget, guitar and Mike Klein, piano. Jazz and blues standards with a St. Pat’s vibe. 7pm. No cover. Panama Hotel Restaurant and Inn, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 03/17: Jerry Hannan and Friends St. Patrick's Day celebration. Free appetizers. $12-20. Palm Ballroom, Seafood Peddler, 100 Yacht Club Way, San Rafael. 460-6669. 03/18: Bello Quintet With Gloria Justen, violin. 7-10:30pm. Free. Cafe DiVino, 37 Caledonia St., Sausalito. 331-9355. 03/18: Deborah Winters With Jean Michel Hure. 7pm. No cover. Panama Hotel, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 03/18: Misner and Smith Folk/Americana duo. 9-11:30pm. Free. Finnegan’s, 877 Grant Ave., Novato. 03/19: Carabean R&B. 9pm. $7. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. 03/19: John Pedersen and Friends An evening of traditional acoustic music from the Emerald Isle. With Fran Kenny, Rita Thies and Dan Byrne. 8-10pm. $15-20. Old St. Hilary’s Landmark, 201 Esperanza, Tiburon. 435-1853. 03/19: Mad Maggies and Miracle Mule Irish, Zydeco, Ska, Polka. 8:30pm. $8-10. Club 101, 815 W. Francisco, San Rafael. 606-7435. Fridays: Michael Aragon Quartet Jazz. 9pm. No cover. No Name Bar, 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito.

Mondays: Kimrea and Friends Jazz. 9-11pm. No Name Bar, 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito.

Sun. and Wed: Family Night with Giovanni Italian and international accordion music. 6-9pm. Free. Ghiringhelli’s Pizzeria, 45 Broadway, Fairfax. 453-7472.

Concerts 03/13: Keola and Moana Beamer A great opportunity to see some authentic hula and instrumental Hawaiian music in an intimate venue. 8pm. $28-30. Dance Palace, Fifth and B Streets, Pt. Reyes Station. 663-1075 03/12-14: Mill Valley Philharmonic “Celebrating Women Composers.” With orchestral works by Fanny Mendelssohn, Amy Beach, Lili Boulanger, Ruth Seeger and Florence Price and Dione Tan. 8pm March 12 and 2pm March 13 at Mt. Tamalpais

United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley; 4pm March 14 at the Mill Valley Community Center, Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 383-8013. www.

03/13: Slavyanka Men’s Russian Chorus “Slavic Highlights.” A cappella choral concert. 7:30-9:30pm. $12-15. First Presbyterian Church, 72 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. 897-6578. www. 03/14: Triskela Celtic Harp Trio Pre-concert lecture: 4:25-4:50pm. Interpretations of traditional Irish tunes and ballads to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. 5-7pm. $5-15. St. John’s Church, 14 Lagunitas Ave., Ross. 456-1102. 03/17: Heart of the Harp Chris Caswell performs a St. Patrick’s Day program on the Celtic harp. 7-9pm. $10-15. Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C St., San Rafael. 457-4191.

BEST BET A beloved brewhaha

Despite the distraction of prohibition-era cocktails’ resurgence or the increasingly ubiquitous and sophisticated bombast of the wine world, never underestimate the everyman appeal of a frothy-headed pint. Therefore, dear people, we are pleased to announce the timely arrival of the 15th annual FAIRFAX BREWFEST, presented ever-so-appropriately near St. Patrick’s Day by the smarties at Fairfax Chamber of Commerce and Fairfax and beer will go together like peanut buthosted by the always intoxicating Iron ter and jelly, and beer, at this weekend’s Brewfest. Springs Pub & Brewery. Over a dozen local and local-ish microbreweries will represent their finest hops-and-barley concoctions, along with edibles, for those who dare to ruin their good beer buzz with tasty foodstuff. Tom Rigney and Flambeau are providing the tunes; MCBC will provide the valet bike parking. Cheers! 1-5pm March 13 at the Fairfax Pavilion. Tickets and info: Visit online at or call 415/485-5699.— Samantha Campos

Art 03/12: 2nd Fridays Art Walk | San Rafael

It’ll be slavs to the grind at the Russian Chorus performance March 13 in San Anselmo.

Join merchants on Fourth Street on the 2nd Friday of every month. Featuring gallery shows, art receptions, open studios, special performances and more, including a 5-8pm reception at Art Works Downtown. Free. Art Works Downtown, Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. www.artworksdowntown. org/2ndFridays.html

03/12-05/31: Art at the Cheese Factory

It’s the ‘pluck’ of the Irish with the Triskela Celtic Harp Trio this Sunday in Ross.

Theater/Auditions Through 3/14:‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ Marin Youth Performers presents Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical. 7:30pm March 12; 2pm March 13-14. $14-18. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 3839600. 03/11-14:‘Urinetown,The Musical’ San Rafael High School drama department presents the awardwinning musical. 7:30pm. $12-15. Hayes Theatre, 185 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 246-6997. 03/19-04/18: 'The Boys Next Door' Comedy about four mentally handicapped men living together, trying to make their way in a humorously complicated world. Check website for performance info. 8pm. $15-25. Ross Valley Players’ Barn Theatre, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 456-9555. Through 03/20: Hamlet College of Marin Drama Department presents the Shakespeare classic. 7:30pm March 12-13 and 19-20. 1:30pm. March 13-14 and 20-21. $15-15. 485-9385.

Comedy 03/13: Ed Crasnick “The Legends of Self Help Comedy Tour.” 8pm. $20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600

Marin sensation Brindl goes all singer-songwriter on us March 16 at Peri’s.

"Journeys." Juried exhibition of sculpture and paintings. Opening reception with live performance by artist and paper sculptor, Diana Marto, who will present “End-Game.” 2-4pm March 14. 7500 Red Hill Road, Novato/Petaluma. (800) 292-6001 ext. 12. 3/19: Art Benefit for CARE Team Purchase original art by local artists. Fundraising event for CARE Team who help homeless and disabled people of Marin County. 5-8pm. Free. Room Gallery, 1320 Fourth St., San Rafael. 532-5610. Through 03/14:‘Inside Out’ Works from 13 Bay Area abstract artists. Reception: Feb 20, 4-7pm. Tue.Sun. 11am-4pm Free. MarinMOCA, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137.

Through 03/14: Belvedere-Tiburon Library’s Gently Used Art Auction Buy and/or donate gently used art to benefit the Library. 10am5pm March12-13 and noon-3pm on March 14. Free. Belvedere-Tiburon Library, 1501 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon. 435-2340.

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. 9am5pm. Free. Marin County Civic Center, 1st and 3rd Floor Galleries, 3501 Civic Center Dr., Room 329, San Rafael. 499-8350, Ext. 362.

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

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 Thur.-Sun. from 11am-5pm. Artists’ Reception Mar 12, 5-8pm. Free. Artisans Art Gallery, 1002 Court

St., San Rafael. 518-5116.

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

Through 03/29:‘Running Fence-Recycled, a Piece of Art History’ Fiber artworks created from rare historic panels of Christo’s “Running Fence,” of Northern California, 1976. Free. Sausalito Presbyterian Church, 112 Bulkley Ave., Sausalito. 332-3790. Through 03/30:‘The Way I See It.’ Ellis Heyer, paintings. 11am-6pm. elsewhere gallery, 1828 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. 747-8696. Through 05/01: Art Houses of Marin Twentyfive art houses on display in Marin communities for two months leading up to a gala and auction. Free. San Rafael City Hall, San Rafael. 892-5252.

Talks/Lectures 03/15: ‘River of Breath’ author Margot Biestman The author discusses his ideas on how to make shifts in our lives, by embodying our breath as it moves through our body, mind, emotions and spirit. 7-8:30pm. Free. Sausalito City Hall-Council Chambers, 420 Litho St., Sausalito. 289-4121.

03/15: Amish Abstractions: Collected Quilts Judy Cunningham, Museum Docent

for the de Young and Legion of Honor Museums of San Francisco, will give a talk about the Amish Quilts exhibit held now at the de Young Museum. 7-8pm. Free. Larkspur Library, 400 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 927-5005. 03/16: Retirement Rocks Roberta Dillon, College of Marin Instructor and fellow retiree, will talk about retirement as an opportunity of a lifetime. Explore things that give meaning and purpose to life while enjoying freedom from full-time work life. 7-8pm. Free. Larkspur Library, 400 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 927-5005.

Readings 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 03/13: Jacqueline Luckett Left Coast Writers Launch! author talks about her novel “Searching for Tina Turner.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

03/14: Gordon Edgar’s ‘Cheesemonger’ Former punk-rock political activist turned cheesemonger at San Francisco’s Rainbow Grocery Cooperative talks. 5pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

BEST BET Feel the aloha...

In contemporary music and dance, KEOLA AND MOANA BEAMER are widely considered “Hawaii’s First Couple.” The reference is fitting, since multi-Na Hoku Hanohano (Hawaii’s equivalent of the Grammys) award-winning slack key virtuoso Keola—who was also, incidentally, the subject of the 2007 Emmy-winning Ki ho ‘alu (Loosen the Key)—can actually trace his roots back to 15th-century Do the hip-shake thing March 13 at the Hawaiian royalty and no less than five Dance Palace. generations of the islands’ most prominent musical families. His wife, Moana, is an accomplished hula dancer and storyteller; together, the Beamer ‘ohana will soothe your mainlander nerves with a solid dose of aloha that wafts over your senses like plumerias in full bloom on a warm ocean breeze...Seriously, go—you’ll mahalo us later. 8pm March 13 at the Dance Palace, Point Reyes Station. Info and tickets: Call 415/663-1075 or visit online at—SC MARCH 12 – MARCH 18, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 29

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03/14: John Heilemann and Mark Halperin The authors talk about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin and the Race of a Lifetime.â&#x20AC;? 2pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 03/15: Roy Morris, Jr. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lighting Out for the Territory: How Samuel Clemens Became Mark Twain,â&#x20AC;? tells the story of how Clemens went west in 1861, reinvented himself as a writer, and returned as Mark Twain. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 03/17: Margit Liesche Celebrating Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s History Month. Liesche will give an illustrated talk about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hollywood Buzz,â&#x20AC;? a story set at the WWII First Motion Picture Unit. 6:30pm. Free. Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 03/18: Bitting and Leeming Reading The Marin Poetry Center presents poets Michelle Bitting and Jay Leeming. 7:30-9pm. Donations. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission St., San Rafael. 485-3326. 03/18: Danielle Trussoni Trussoni presents her thriller â&#x20AC;&#x153;Angelology.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 03/18: Irving (Yitz) Greenberg Rabbi Greenberg, Ph.D. speaks about the third era in Jewish history. 7:30pm. Marin Osher JCC, San Rafael. 444-8000 . 03/19: Jo Nesbo The author discusses his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Devilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Star.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. 03/19: Stephen Batchelor Batchelor discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Confession of a Buddhist Atheist.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

Film Events 03/15: Monday Night at the Movies â&#x20AC;&#x153;Summer of Love.â&#x20AC;? (1971). 7:30-9pm. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 389-4292, x203. 03/19: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Dancing With Gaiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Screening and Talk Documentary for earth-lovers and lovers, new and ancient ways to experience earth as part of your own body. 7-9pm. $10. Crystal Chalice Store, 1930 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 785-7119.

Healthy soil is the foundation of a healthy garden. Learn to â&#x20AC;&#x153;readâ&#x20AC;? your soil, get your hands dirty by sheet mulching, and learn several methods to compost your garden waste. 9am-noon. Free. Marin Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 945-1512. www.bayfriendlycoalition. org/workshop-reg.php

03/13: The Healing Power of the Harp Harpist Natalie Cox will talk about and demonstrate the healing power of the harp. 2-3pm. Free. Larkspur Library, 400 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 927-5005. 03/17: '27 Dresses' Girls Night Out Get some use from that chartreuse frock your sister made you buy for her wedding. This fundrasing fondue event features a fashion show contest. $30. Melting Pot, 125 E. Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Larkspur. 461-6358.

03/18: Wells Fargo Bank and San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce Community Mixer Come meet the San Anslemo Town Council and mingle with local business leaders. 5:30-7pm. Free. Wells Fargo Bank, 3 Tinstead Ave., San Anselmo. 454-2510.

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STARSTREAM Week of March 11-March 17, 2010 ›› by Ly nd a R ay ARIES (March 20 - April 19) The planets in your imagination house are a very creative bunch, bringing vivid dreams and exciting visions. Now that your ruler (active Mars) is moving forward again, it is far easier to actually get these daring concepts off the ground. As for St. Patrick’s Day, witty Mercury provides you with enough comic material to ensure that an appreciate audience buys your shots of Irish whiskey. Cheers. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) No matter how tough things are, the Irish had it tougher. Just ask them. St. Patrick’s Day offers a menu to look forward to if you are a corned beef and cabbage fan. You prefer the liquid perks of celebrating Irish lore? The pub tender will be glad to give suggestions. After which, you are likely to be crooning “Danny Boy” to the cab driver as he gets you safely home. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) With assertive Mars in your communication house, you are fearless about saying what you think. However, your ruler (Mercury) is in the sensitive sign of Pisces. Any hint of aggression and the guilt comes pouring in. So, before ordering others around, remember that honey is nearly always more appealing than vinegar—unless you’re putting it on fish & chips. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) Any weekend with a Pisces moon is bound to have a bit of magic. The New Moon phase makes Monday the day to plant the seeds of a dream you have for your future. As for St. Patrick’s Day, curious Mercury joins impulsive Mars in your money house. Gone is your usual caution about spending your cash. But, perhaps you’ll find that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow... LEO (July 22 - August 22) Your ruler, the regal Sun, is caught up in the exciting influence of outrageous Uranus all week—your chance to try new things and break a few rules. Rebellious Mars is moving forward again in your sign, so behaving with wild abandon comes easily. On St. Patrick’s Day, flirty Mercury joins seductive Venus in your travel house. Can’t fly to Dublin? Go dance a jig at an authentic Irish pub. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) Sorry, Virgo. Your work life is not on the agenda—again. Any relationship that begins on Sunday or Monday is worth keeping. If already attached, you find ways of making your connection deeper. If looking for romance, you should discover it easier to find than a four-leaf clover. Yes, Saturn continues to limit your finances. But for your love life, the luck of the Irish is with you. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) You’re feeling unbalanced, with current inclinations at odds with one another; it’s not surprising considering that you have stern Saturn in your sign and lovable Venus in opposition. Your mate doesn’t know whether to give you a hug or run for the hills. Fortunately, you and your sweetie can talk it out on Wednesday when rational Mercury enters your relationship house. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Motivating Mars is finally moving forward in your career house, making professional progress possible. You still have a party happening in your entertainment house and may find it hard to switch gears. Meanwhile, you are emotionally drawn to someone on Monday. It could be a romantic connection or a partner for a creative project. Follow your heart and you just could end up in exactly the right place. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) You are considered the zodiac’s most dedicated explorer. This weekend your home life could be even more exciting than going out on the town. You needn’t be alone; in fact, you probably will find an assortment of folks at your door. Make sure to get some rest Tuesday since you won’t be able to resist going out on St. Patrick’s Day and pretending you’re Irish. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) If you’ve been worried about the endless array of bad news, the New Moon in Pisces can save the day. From Saturday through Monday, you see the potential for change. You are inspired and imaginative. This can easily carry over into St. Patrick’s Day when leprechauns rule and all rainbows lead to pots of gold. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) Emotions cannot be ignored on Thursday and Friday. Expect to react from your heart instead of your head. You are financially clever over the weekend. Pay attention to any hunches you get about creative ways to make money. As for St. Patrick’s Day, you are definitely in a lively mood. Wherever you go, make sure there’s a dance floor. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) The party continues with an extra-added attraction this week: a New Moon in your sign. Not quite as good as a genie in a bottle, but you are encouraged to have a few wishes ready on Monday whether it is your birthday or not. As for St. Patrick’s Day, now we have a holiday that fits well with the sign it falls under. ✹ Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at 34 PACIFIC SUN MARCH 12 – MARCH 18, 2010

PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement 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 transact-

ing 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 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 busi-

ness 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) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123399 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as OPTIMA RELOCATION, 610-A ELDRIDGE COURT, NOVATO, CA 94947: MARIE-HELENE SENHAUX, 610-A ELDRIDGE COURT, NOVATO, CA 94947. 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 12, 19, 26; April 2, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123388 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as XLUCID GRAPHICS, 6 RIVER OAKS CT., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JOHN R. CRIST, 6 RIVER OAKS CT., 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 March 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 1, 2010. (Publication Dates: March 12, 19, 26; April 2, 2010) STATEMENT OF WITHDRAWAL OF GENERAL PARTNER: WITHDRAWAL NUMBER: 201120. The undersigned hereby certifies that he/she has withdrawn on the date shown as general partner from the conduct of business under said Fictitious Business Name: BIG PROMOTER. Date Of Withdrawal: FEBRUARY 16, 2010. Original FBN Number: 2009120607. Original Date Filed: APRIL 21, 2009. County Where Filed: MARIN. Fictitious Business Name(s): BIG PROMOTER, 819 A ST., #36, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Name Of Withdrawing Partner: FELIPE GESUELI, 155 ANDERSON DR., #3106, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. (Pacific Sun: March 12, 19, 26; April 2, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010123351 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GREENTOWEL.ORG, 121 CLORINDA AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JACOB R. WEISS, 121 CLORINDA, 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 23, 2010. (Publication Dates: March 12, 19, 26; April 2, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123295 The following individuals is doing business as MOVING PARTS PRODUCTIONS, INC., 25 SAN CARLOS, B; PO BOX 1323, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: MOVING PARTS PRODUCTIONS, INC., 25 SAN CARLOS, B; PO BOX 1323, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name listed herein on February 10, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 17, 2010. (Publication Dates: March 12, 19, 26; April 2, 2010)

997 All Other Legals STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304156 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


PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 34 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 free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site ( the California Courts Online Self-help Center (www.courinfo. or by contacting your local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000 or more in a civil case. The courtâ ™s lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. AVISO: Lo han demando. Si no responde dentro de 30 dias, la corte puede decidir en su contra sin escucher su version. Lea la informacion a continuacion. Tienne 30 DIAS CALENDARIO despues de que le entreguen esta citacion y papeles legales para presentar una respuesta por escrito en esta corte y hacer que se entregue una copia al demandante. Una carta o una llamada telefonica no lo protegen; su respuesta por escrito tiene que estar en formato legal correcto si desea que procesen su caso en la corte. Es posible que haya un formulario que usted pueda usar para su respuesta. Puede encontrar estos formularios de la corte y mas information en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California ( en

la biblioteca de leyes de su condado o en la corte que le quede mas cerca. Si no puede pagar la cuota de presentacion, pida al secretario de la corte que le de un formulario de exencion de pago de cuotas. Si no presenta su respuesta a tiempo, puede perder el caso por incumplimiento, y la corte le podra quitar su sueldo, dinero y bienes sin mas advertencia. Hay otros requisitos legales. Es recomendable que llame a un abogado immediatamente. Si no conoce a un abogado, puede llamar a un servicio de remision de abogados. Si no puede pagar a un abogado, es posible que cumpla con los resquisitos para obtener servicios legales gratuitos de un programa de servicios legales sin fines de lucro. Puede encontrar estos grupos sin fines de lucro en el sitio web de California Legal Services, (www. en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California. (www.sucorte. o poniendose en contacto con la corte o el colegio de abogados locales. AVISO: Por ley, la corte tiene derecho a reclamar las cuotas y los costos exentos por imponer un gravamen sobre cualquier recuperacié n de $10,000 é más de valor recibida mediante un acuerdo o una concesié n de arbitraje en un caso de derecho civil. Tiene que pagar el gravamen de la corte antes de que la corte pueda desechar el caso. The name and address of the court is: (El nombre y direccion de las corte es) SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF MARIN, UNLIMITED JURISDICTION, P.O. BOX 4988, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94913-4988. The name, address, and telephone number of plaintiff’s attorney is: (El nombre, la direccion y el numero de telefono del abogado del demandante es): Geraldine Armendariz, (S.B.N.: 97196), 760 Market Street, Suite 939, San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 986-0873. Date (Fecha): July 16, 2009 /s/ Kim Turner, Clerk (Secretario): by, S. Bond, Deputy Clerk (Adjunto) (Pacific Sun: February 19, 26; March 5, 12, 2010)

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I’m absolutely appalled by your response to Fatty With A Dream, the woman whose boyfriend hasn’t touched her in over a year because she gained 40 pounds. Contrary to what you wrote, it isn’t unrealistic to expect your boyfriend to be attracted to you after you’ve gained weight. Also, it was absolutely unnecessary to tell her that she has “put on the equivalent of a 5-year-old child” or that she has gone up “a tent size.” I think what needed to be said was this: Dear FWAD, A woman’s sex appeal has more to do with her confidence than her waist size. A woman, no matter what her size, is infinitely more attractive if she truly loves herself and how she looks. If your boyfriend can’t appreciate you as you are, he’s not worth it. Many men find curves on a woman to be highly attractive and desirable. The more you love yourself, the more others will as well!—Voice Of Compassion


It sounds so higher consciousness to say inner beauty is what really matters, but in the real world, you don’t spot somebody at a party and want to rip their clothes off because they look like the type to sweep an old lady’s walk or read to the blind. Because I give advice for the real world, I told this woman the truth: Male sexuality is highly visual, and male lust usually has a weight limit. At a certain point, “more of me to love” becomes “way too much of me to lust after.” Or, in the words of one of my blog commenters: “My sister once asked her husband, ‘Would you still love me if I weighed 400 pounds?’ He replied, ‘From a distance.’” Of course, it’s the height of political incorrectitude to advise a fat woman that she’d be more attractive if she lost weight, or even to call her fat. She’s just “differently weighted,” a “person of width!” And sure, those would be appropriate ways to refer to this woman if her fatness were a birth defect, or if she came down with conjunctive fatty-itis. But, like most people who are fat, she doesn’t have a thyroid condition or “metabolic issues”; she just neglected to close her mouth when her hands were full of Ho Hos. When a woman snacks herself up 40 pounds and her boyfriend’s refusing to touch her, about the last thing she needs to hear is “Confidence is sexy!” Trust me, her girlfriends are already reassuring her, “It’s OK, you have a really pretty face” (while thinking that they’re having a little trouble finding her face in all that fat). It’s easier to say whatever makes somebody feel good in the moment, but that only prolongs their misery. It’s kinder to tell the truth, in stark terms—that the pot they see at the end of their rainbow is actually the kind that flushes. Yes, there are many men who “find curves on a woman to be highly attractive and desirable,” but not a whole lot who feel the same way about folds.


My friends are slobs. They have huge, overflowing recycling piles, several-day-old plates of crusty food in various rooms, heaps of dirty laundry, random nails and screwdrivers across the floor from unfinished projects, and dirt and dead bugs behind small appliances in their kitchen. They also have a newborn baby. Aside from the mess, they’re excellent parents, but if Child Protective Services ever showed up, I’m certain they would take the kid. Should I say something?—Concerned


Just because they’re slobs doesn’t mean they’ll let the kid crawl through a field of rusty nails (on his way to lick all the outlets and get his little fist around Baby’s First Oxycodone). It is possible that their protective parent hard-wiring will fire up, and they’ll make their place more “shabby chic” than “recently ransacked.” In case they don’t, you and a few friends could offer your collective help to “baby-proof” the home (“babyproof” being easier on the ego than “Why not just give the kid a nail gun to play with and be done with it?”) On the bright side, being too clean (I’m talking to you, Purell freaks) might negatively affect a child’s defenses against pathogens. According to behavioral ecologist Marlene Zuk, kids with pets, kids who go barefoot and kids living on farms get sick less and have a lower incidence of allergies and asthma. Unfortunately, researchers have yet to find evidence that snacking on wood glue or teething on a variety of Phillips-head screwdrivers bolsters the immune system. ✹ © Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. Got a problem? E-mail or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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