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There I certainly would have stolen one last glance of magnificent Mt. Tamalpais, preserved in large part by local governments and our municipal water district, before entering to rail against having to pay taxes and the odious specter of the government having a hand in providing healthcare for its citizens. Maybe I would have even won the “Draw a Hitler-mustache on Obama” coloring contest! Although I was unable to attend, thanks to the proximity of the government-run waste water treatment facility, I was still able to send my regards. Richard Marshall, Mill Valley

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Flushed with sarcasm I was unable to attend the recent Tea Party in Mill Valley. I had looked forward to hopping in my car, which because of massive government regulation, is fairly clean and safe, driving along our smooth city-maintained streets past the beautiful public library, outstanding public high school and middle school. Then past the struggling private bank where much of my money rests (thank goodness for the bureaucrat or career politician who dreamed up FDIC insurance), and parking at the station of our governmentsponsored heroes—known as police and firefighters—who use government-provided equipment and municipal water to ensure our safety. Then I would have walked across the government-maintained grassy sports field, over that lovely redwood bridge the town built, along the publicly maintained bike path which travels along the ecologically vibrant marsh which was saved by community resources, to the community center itself, which would never have been built without government assistance.


Soon his nose will require own power grid... It’s now clear Marin Clean Energy is by far Marin’s best deal for cleaner, greener power. PG&E’s mouthpiece, Mr. Joe Nation, keeps dodging the truth. His nose must be growing like Pinocchio’s because, contrary to what he’s been claiming, the county and MEA’s board tried their best to work things out with PG&E before the utility walked out of talks. Marin Clean Energy will provide immediately double the renewable power of PG&E’s and MCE will be on track for 100 percent green power later, something PG&E can never match. Countless legal and fiscal peer reviews have verified there is no risk whatever to cities being MCE members. Marin Clean Energy has set rates that will always match or beat PG&E’s. And MCE’s carbon emissions will be progressively lower. Mr. Nation should stop his fibbing and instead dip into PG&E’s $30 million Prop. 16 political slush fund for more worthy community purposes. Edward Mainland, Novato



Feature: ‘They didn’t know Abelina Magana’ Abelina 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. Rea... Hero and Zero All we’re saying is: 485-1234, people, OK? Even in “sleepy” little Marin, 24hour taxis do exist and can be quite cost-effective (in so many ways). Upfront: It’s my Tea Party--and I’ll cry out against Obama if I want to! “I had my Palin sticker torn off my car every time I would park,” he said.“I did not think we would have this kind of gathering in Mill Valley.”

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In bocca al lupo! Thanks for Annie’s article on Tuscan gardens [“Under the Tuscan Thumb,” Feb. 19]. I am in the process of creating a Tuscan garden in my backyard. I would like to know what would grow well in California (South Bay Area). I have already planted lavender, roses and gardenias. Any help that you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Nancy Jammal, South Bay Area

Hi Nancy! Lemon or most citrus should do well in the South Bay, if there is sun. Olive trees, as well, but they can be messy and to get the olives to actually taste like olives takes effort after harvest. All herbs, especially rosemary, salvia and lavender, will thrive. And, as designer Cathy Edger suggested in the article, baccharis, ceanothus or manzanita all can create a beautiful, sustainable space.—Annie Spiegelman

The thin blue whine While on a social, slow, group bike ride on the back route from downtown Tiburon to Blackie’s Pasture, we met a biker going the CSI: Tiburon? other way who said: “Cop at the stop sign!” We arrived and, well hidden behind bushes and trees on a side street, was one of Tiburon’s finest—preventing certain death, or perhaps just taking a nap. I am so glad he could take time out from fighting the notorious Tiburon gangs and preventing rampant street crime to make sure a bunch of 60-year-old bikers wouldn’t run a stop sign without being punished. Luckily, we were all white folks so the cameras on Paradise Drive, as we came into town, would immediately discard our photos. We did, however see a black jogger downtown, and we all wondered if he was lost, or maybe was just a visiting movie star. Recently, a Ross cop (high crime area!) told me—while I was coasting at 10mph the wrong way on San Anselmo’s one-way block of Greenfield at the Hub—that he was going to give me a $200 ticket. Hey, Ross cop: Go back to Ross and take pictures of Sean Penn. Hey, Tiburon cop: Watch out for those black joggers, don’t want

to let them get near your daughters. Marin is so stupid. Carlo V. Gardin, Fairfax

Hey! Whad’ya mean ‘one of the few reasons’?! Thanks Amy Alkon for the column on Tiger Woods [“Advice Goddess,” March 5]. Finally, a non-puritanical American woman! Well, of course, I knew that; after all, your column is about one of the few reasons I read the Pacific Sun. Just so tired of all the ridiculous shock that people have been expressing regarding Tiger. I suppose it’s only because he is also a role model for aspiring young golfers, etc. By now, the American people should be used to dirty scandals—go down all the names of senators and congressmen and you will know what I mean. Also, since when do the Swedes get so weird about their sexual mores and be so judgmental—were they not the ones who started “free love” in the ’60s and ’70s? I guess my point is yours is the only column I’ve read about Tiger Woods which agrees with how I see it! Yay for me... B. Cohen, San Rafael

Dear Belle, Thank you so much for writing. I work so hard to say something worthwhile, stuff that isn’t the first thing that would come into anybody’s head—your email means a lot (as does the fact that you took notice). Many, many thanks.—Amy

Apparently, dogs get the most collars How come the city of Novato has to spend $16,000 a year to keep two police dogs working? Are they eating dinner every night at the Boca Steak house wearing their Tiffany dog collars? Or is it the lavish and generous retirement benefits and pensions the dogs will earn when they’re too old to bite the ass of some burglar? To be clear, the Novato situaMarcia Blackman, San Rafael

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Could be worse, they could’ve misspelled HSAS... Sadly, the Space Cowboy got his facts wrong in his story about the Marin History Museum’s Demolition Dance Party [“Appetite for Demolition,” March 5] and missed a big reporting opportunity. First, Neal Schon was not in attendance. He blew it off due to the disrespect showed when they used his name and band name to promote his son Miles without his approval (and to the disdain of Miles who is working hard to make a name on his own). On top of that they spelled Schon’s name wrong. Pretty lame. The Marin History Museum saw an opportunity to gain publicity from Neal’s name instead of truly backing Miles. Secondly, most of the restaurants who donated food and time were pretty upset by the weak support and display. The food tables were not maintained and no promotional materials or menus were left out for people to take. It basically was free food for the History Museum. Lastly, all the local businesses and artists I talked to that were there were very upset that the museum begged support, donations and free stuff from local Marin folks and businesses, but has chosen to take that money and (over) spend it out of Marin. What a slap in the face. The DJ? From Petaluma. The sound company? From Hercules. The interior designer? From S.F. Same with the architect. Are you telling me that nowhere in Marin can all of these jobs be done? Bananas at Large offered to donate a PA system to the event; they were ignored in lieu of being overcharged by Ultrasound for a PA system too big for that room. (As a sound engineer, I can tell.) This is like a church asking for donations from its congregation, but then buying products from out of the state. How does that support your community? Seems to me the theme of this project should be changed from Marin Music to Marin Money. I’m sure James Hetfield, Narada and the other musicians will be pissed when they find out the hard work they put in to support their community is actually harming the very community it is supposed to support, via bad decisions. Matthew Regeant, San Anselmo

The following response to Matthew’s letter and online comment was posted at www. I am project manager for the Marin History Museum Music Center and Marin Rocks Exhibition. I put the Demo Dance Party

together for MHM and also produced the Metallica concert last September. I see that Matthew has some concerns regarding the event held on Feb. 27 and I hope that I can provide some answers: ● Technically it is correct that Neal Schon did not attend the party. He came by earlier during the sound check to say hello and see Miles. This may be why it was mentioned in the article. Neal had told us previously that he would not be able to attend the party because he would be flying home from London on that day. It also turns out that Feb. 27 is Neal’s birthday and so he already had other plans. ● All of the restaurants who participated in our event indicated to us that they were very happy to be involved and thought the party was great! They are also very excited about the museum coming to Fourth Street and the potential business it will bring to the area. We did place placards next to each of the dishes indicating the restaurant that had provided the food and certainly did our best to keep things tidy. We had a professional catering staff overseeing the tables. People were really digging in! ● Our DJ actually lives in Sebastopol, but has been a Marin institution for over 10 years—producing the Groove Garden event every month at Fairfax Community Church. By the way, he will be playing this Saturday at Toby’s Feed Barn in Point Reyes Station with MC Yogi. Check them out. ● Ultrasound was founded in Marin and now has its warehouse and offices in Hercules. Don Pearson and Ultrasound are an important part of the Marin Rocks story and have been great supporters of the museum. I’ve rarely met two sound engineers who agreed on what is the “right size” sound system (they usually they say bigger is better), but everyone is welcome to their opinion. I do know that the bands were thrilled to be playing through the Meyer Sound Labs system provided by Ultrasound. ● The interior designer...well I’m afraid that was me. I live in Glenwood. ● Our architect has done much of his work in Marin and the Bay Area and maintains an office here. He lives with his family in Boston, so as to be close to the Harvard School of Architecture where he lectures. He has been providing his services to the museum pro bono (but probably wishes that money, in fact, was flowing out of Marin to Boston!) I really encourage Matthew or anyone with questions or comments regarding the Music Center and Marin Rocks to contact Marin History Museum and feel free to ask for me, Alan. It’s a really exciting project and I would be happy to speak to you about it. The Marin History Museum is working hard to create a museum and associated events that represent and serve the community of Marin County and all input is welcome and important to us.—Alan, project manager, Marin Rocks

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Wastewater fight gets murky Is Novato plant-management vote binding—or just helpful advice? by Pe t e r S e i d m a n


hen last we left the once sleepy sanitary district in Novato:

■ A newly elected board member accused his fellow board members of freezing him out of district business. ■ District opponents were calling for a new board election, saying that voters had been disenfranchised in the election that put the new board member in his seat. ■ Opponents of an operating contract with multinational giant Veolia Water North America were gathering signatures on a petition calling for the contract’s nullification. ■ The district was waiting to learn the consequences, if any, of an FBI raid concerning alleged environmental violations. The FBI raid took place last May, when agents seized documents associated with an EPA investigation into alleged environmental violations in the Novato Sanitary District in 2006 and 2007. The date is important to the issue concerning the newly elected board member’s charge that the district was freezing him out of district business. Dennis Welsh was the top vote-getter in the November 2009 election for the three open seats on the board. He was one of three candidates on a slate that opposed the district’s five-year contract with Veolia to operate a new $90 million wastewater plant. The split among district residents is evident in the vote: Although Welsh won the most votes, Mike Di Giorgio, a district

incumbent who supports the contract, came in second. Bill Scott and Dennis Fishwick also campaigned on the slate with Welsh. In a race that turned out to be tighter than tight, Scott came in fourth, just behind third-place finisher and contract supporter Bill Long. (Fishwick finished lower in the pack.) That put Welsh, the lone candidate among the opposition to the contract, on the board, and he was ready to assert his position. But Welsh had been a district employee—he was superintendent of the Novato wastewater plant from 1987 to 2006. He had been interviewed as part of the EPA investigation, and his colleagues on the board voiced concerns that if he were present during discussions about what could end up in court, his presence could compromise the district’s potential case and might present a conflict of interest for him. The rest of the board and the district’s legal counsel suggested that Welsh recuse himself from closed-door discussions about the EPA issue. Welsh resisted and wrote a letter to the district attorney, charging that the board was violating the Ralph M. Brown Act, the state’s open-meeting law. The district attorney, however, decided that no violation took place because when Welsh refused to recuse himself the board 10 > postponed the matter rather than

›› NEWSGRAMS Local jobs, services boosted by $8M fed funds County supervisors voted this week to disperse an $8.3 million federal economic stimulus grant to six Marin agencies to help provide jobs, housing and other need-based services. On top of funding allocated last year, Manpower Inc. will receive $3.3 million in order to help provide 100 jobs for eligible applicants who are parents of a minor; $1.5 million will go to Community Action Marin to provide 40 jobs; Marin City Community Development Corp. will get $1.2 million to help employ 70 people; Marin Housing Authority will receive $961,000 to assist in housing payments for more than 120 families; Adopt A Family will receive $750,000 for housing and emergency services for needy families; and $506,000 will go to Marin Organic to disperse food to six local food pantries.

Marin sends layoff notices to 200 school personnel Local school officials sent layoff notices to about 200 of the districts’ teachers, counselors, librarians and nurses this week. Nearly 22,000 California school employees will receive similar job elimination warnings this year because of the state’s $20 billion deficit, leading to a $2 billion loss in education. While Gov. Schwarzenegger insists that funding for education has been protected and not cut, the amount of money guaranteed by the state’s school funding initiative has changed significantly because of Schwarzenegger’s revisions—eliminating sales tax on fuel and substituting it with an excise tax that isn’t eligible for the guarantee, for example. Although the districts’ officials hope in May to rehire many of the educators who receive notices this year, state administrators expect the situation to be similar to last year—when only about 40 percent of the state’s 26,000 school employees were hired back after receiving pink slips. Local Book of the Year nominees announced Finalists have been announced for the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association’s 2010 Book of the Year awards. Congratulations to all of the nominees, many of whom have been featured in the Pacific Sun over the past year, including: The Writing on My Forehead by Nafisa Haji (fiction); The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker (fiction); Righteous Porkchop by Nicolette Hahn Niman (food writing); Ash by Malindo Lo (teen lit); Tamalpais Walking by Tom Killion and Gary Snyder (regional title); and Visions of Marin by Richard Blair and Kathleen Goodwin (regional title). Completed ballots are being accepted from bookstore staff through March 20; winners will be announced in early April. For more info, visit In other local book news, West Marin author Ellery Akers was recently honored in the Juvenile Books Self-Improvement Category in the 2010 Mom’s Choice Award for her novel, Sarah’s Waterfall: A Healing Story About Sexual Abuse. The book also received an award last year in the Teaching and Parenting Resources Category from Skipping Stones magazine. Shorts... Walt Disney Co. announced last week that it will shut down its ImageMovers Digital studio in Novato by year’s end...The 2010 U.S. Census forms start arriving in mailboxes this week, as a way for the government to allocate congressional seats and $400 billion in federal funds. While the Census Bureau expects a two-thirds success rate for mail-backs, it’s estimated that if all U.S. households fill out and return their forms, the government would save $1.5 billion in follow-up visits by census takers. For info, visit —Samantha Campos EXTRA! EXTRA! Post your Marin news at ››



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The Bolinas diaries Jim Carroll tries to avoid drugs by, er...moving to 1970s Bolinas? by Jason Walsh Photo courtesy Mary K. Greer


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A heroin-addicted rent boy was steering clear of his oddball Bolinas neighbors 30 years ago this week. Poet Jim Carroll had left his New York street-hustling days far behind when he packed up a piddling literary grant and ran to the eccentric coastal Marin town to try and kick his smack habit once and for all in the spring of 1974. By 1980, when the Pacific Sun caught up with him for the story “Trying to Survive the Asphalt Jungle,” Carroll was the toast of the underground literary scene and his band had just released one of the most acclaimed albums of the punk-rock era. The one-time school-age hoops star was “nuthin’ but net” once again thanks to finding his muse in Marin. “Kids have all sorts of kid problems, kid adventures and kid fantasies,” wrote Sun reporter Rex Fink, after reading The Basketball Diaries. “So what? They bore me. But along comes Jim Carroll’s jazzed up autobiographical account of his life as a 13-year-old in New York City. Take it from me, it ain’t boring.” Originally published in 1978 by Michael Wolfe’s Tombouctou press in Bolinas, The Basketball Diaries had the national press throbbing over its terse chronicle of jump shots, heroin shots and the man-boy street hustlers of Manhattan. Its brutal prose— ”stoned in nods of black pools with strange insects buzzing”; “all those faces staring at my body f---ing a mouth on its knees”—was like needle pricks in the limp-armed facade of

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Carroll, at his Mesa Road home in the mid ‘70s.

Fonzi-decade malaise. But if Carroll truly had the “best street rap East of Zappa,” as the Sun proclaimed, echoing the sentiments of Rolling Stone magazine, one wouldn’t have guessed from his quiet existence in Bolinas, Marin’s infamous getaway enclave for artists, outlaws and the antisocial avant-garde. “Jim Carroll didn’t mellow into Marin County hot-tub consciousness,” wrote biographer John Milward. “He tended a garden, read and wrote through the day, took long walks with the dogs, and settled down in the evening to three successive newscasts, an occasional chicken TV dinner, a joint, and prime-time television.” Though still in his mid-20s when he arrived in Marin, years of gutter heroin had taken their toll on the lanky writer. Carroll came to defuse his blood of 53rd Street white heat and replace it with daily methadone shakes from a small detox in San Rafael. “I need this place, this small town,” he said of Bolinas. The poet lived in a tiny farmhouse on Mesa Road where he was rarely seen without his faithful cur confidant Jo’mama. Bolinas was known for its raucous weekend nightlife—a mix of hippie poets, renegade easy riders and counterculture clowns—but Carroll shied away from the rough crowds lining Smiley’s. His favored—and infrequent— forays, according to his Mesa Road roommate Mary Greer, were quiet poetry readings or face-in-the-crowd day trips to the Renaissance Faire in Novato. “I’m ready for some precise boredom to wash over me, instigating a life where the choices are mine,” he said about the anonymity of Marin. “I want to write in a room where the view doesn’t change from day to day.” And write he did. While the views from Mesa Road stoically held up their end of the bargain, Carroll culled the journals he’d kept from his days turning tricks for tecata and bared his soul in a prose the Sun described as “purple and black” in a memoir it deemed “poetic beauty.” It took a second printing of Basketball Diaries for the mainstream lit world to agree,

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but by 1980 Jim Carroll was being featured in national magazines like Newsweek and Rolling Stone. At the urging of friend Patti Smith, Carroll then teamed with a Bolinas bar band called Amsterdam and together, as the Jim Carroll Band, they debuted with the album Catholic Boy in 1980; its most famous song, “People Who Died,” was a laundry list of boomer-generation demise—from heroin and suicide to Vietnam and murder. Carroll was suddenly an art-scene celeb; he hung out with Keith Richards, he worked with Andy Warhol. With the low whisper of black tar once again in his ear, Carroll returned to New York. A pair of disappointing follow-up albums got him dropped by his record label; by the mid-’80s his writing was limited to a Basketball Diaries sequel and poetry compilations. Out of the public eye for years, the hermitic poet found himself

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on the defense in 1999 when The Basketball Diaries was charged with inspiring the massacre at Columbine. His frail frame and quivering voice spurred endless rumors that he was back on the needle. “With the dream in front of me again I found that it was quite easy to curse,” he wrote about his addiction, “but so much harder to refuse.” Jim Carroll died in Manhattan last year at age 61. He was found alone, sitting at his writing desk. ✹ Share your Jim Carroll-in-Bolinas memories with Jason at

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< 8 Wastewater fight gets murky meet behind closed doors and exclude Welsh. But the district attorney also found in favor of Welsh, saying that Welsh had no real conďŹ&#x201A;ict of interest that would justify the board excluding him from meetings. Score one for both sides. The sanitary district had been a relatively quiet place until the previous board voted unanimously to approve a contract with Veolia to operate the new wastewater plant. Opposition coalesced, led in part by district residents strongly opposed to what they call privatization. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the buzzword, but the philosophical point is much more complex: Should a public asset be managed by a private entityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a huge multinational private entity at that. Other opponents include a contingent focused on whether the district should, in effect, bargain away the rights and beneďŹ ts of public employees in favor of cost savings. These were among the issues that triggered an opposition group to form and run the three candidates for the board. But thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more. After the election, district opponents asked for a closer look at the vote, which led to a charge that some district voters had been disenfranchised in the November election: A number of residents received ballots without the board election on them, an oversight resulting from omissions on the

voter rolls. Because Bill Long led challenger Bill Scott by just 15 votes, if the opponents could ďŹ nd enough faulty ballots, they might have a chance to put another opposition member on the board. Dotty LeMieux, longtime Marin resident, lawyer and campaign consultant, led the legal charge for the opponents trying to seat Scott. But a Marin Superior Court judge ruled that she and her colleagues did not prove that enough votes would change even if all eligible voters had been presented with an opportunity to ďŹ ll out proper ballots. That left Long in his seat with that 15-vote margin, and it left opposition candidate Scott out of the running. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We thought we had a good shot at it,â&#x20AC;? says LeMieux, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a high standard.â&#x20AC;? LeMieux had been optimistic â&#x20AC;&#x153;because there were so many errorsâ&#x20AC;? on the voter rolls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People were left off in various sections of town for various reasons, and we think there are more people that havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been uncovered.â&#x20AC;? LeMieux says the county registrar of votersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ofďŹ ce told her â&#x20AC;&#x153;an investigation is ongoing.â&#x20AC;? Although the judge rejected the court challenge, adds LeMieux, â&#x20AC;&#x153;whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good about it is that we did bring all this to light.â&#x20AC;? The county now knows errors exist in the procedure to update maps that show who should be on the voter rolls, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and they have to clean up their act.â&#x20AC;? For instance, says LeMieux, the Local Agency Formation Commission â&#x20AC;&#x153;left a whole section of the district off of their

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efits through a 401K(k) plan. Those opposed to the Veolia contract simply donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t trust the corporation to act in the best interests of the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; or the environment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You are putting public resources, services, in the hands of a private entity that is beholden to shareholders, to corporate headquarters whose purpose is to make money,â&#x20AC;? says LeMieux. When Count Henri Simeon founded the Compagnie Generale des Eaux in 1853, he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the new times ahead be certain, sirs, that millions will be allotted to the supply of water, just as millions were allocated to railways previously.â&#x20AC;? Veolia Water proudly proclaims those original intentions on the homepage of its website. Veolia, the French parent company, isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only multinational based in Europe thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s moving around the world in search of likely sites to buy up water supplyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and wastewater treatment plants. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the largest. Veolia, which has several wastewater operations in the Bay Area, including one in Richmond and one in Burlingame, is the target of an extended and highly critical privatization treatise prepared by Food & Water Watch. Veolia had a wastewater contract with Petaluma, but that city decided not to renew on the grounds that it could run its wastewater treatment facility at a lower costâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and retain public control of its public asset. Critics of the Novato deal often mention the Petaluma experience. Novato FLOW, or Friends of Locally Operated Wastewater, held a kickoff campaign event last Friday to begin their anti-Veolia referendum campaign. And what about that FBI raid on sanitary district headquarters? The district still waits to hear what the EPA and FBI intend. â&#x153;š

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beds and gnaw through the padlocks the producers put on their refrigerators. NBC. 8pm. Hitman Another movie based on a video game. We’re still waiting for Hollywood to explore the rich family dynamic of Pac-Man. What was home life like for PacMan Junior with his parents gone all the time? (2007) FX. 8pm. Table for 12 The family goes on their first ski trip. If you have 10 kids, each ski trip means one of them is not going to college. TLC. 10pm.

SATURDAY, MARCH 20 Spring Break 2010 They ’re bringing in the cast of Jersey Shore just to take the level WEDNESDAY, of sophistication up a notch. MTV. 7pm. MARCH 24 Criminal The Nanny Diaries A Minds The team susyoung woman takes pects a rock star may a position as a nanny be involved in a series with a wealthy Manhat- The neglectful parents on another binge, of killings.They can tell tan family and discov- Tuesday at 8. it’s a rock star because ers they are completely every crime scene is cold and dysfunctional. We’re so glad our equipped with a fog machine and strobe parents weren’t really rich. We’re sure it’s lights. CBS. 9pm. just awful. (2007) Lifetime. 9pm. Fly Girls A new reality show follows a gaggle of attractive Virgin America flight attendSUNDAY, MARCH 21 ants. But it’s only a halfGarfield Gets Real hour show so there will Yeah, and as soon as he be no beverage service. gets funny, or at least CW. 9pm. less annoying, we might Is It Possible? This new watch. (2007) Cartoon show examines ideas Network. 7pm. from comic books, movKendra We’ve decided ies and other fantastic we can’t spare the brain fiction. Could you really cells to know who Kendra build an Ironman suit or is. E! 9:30pm. flying robots or a healthJamie Oliver’s Food care bill the Republicans Revolution The celebwould actually vote for? rity chef is on a mission Discovery Channel. 10pm. to improve nutrition in a small West Virginia town where squirrel has THURSDAY, MARCH 25 a whole block in the food Fatal Attractions Exampyramid. ABC.10pm. ining the phenomenon of people owning tigers, More believable than single-payer, lions and other wild cats MONDAY, MARCH 22 Wednesday, 10pm. as pets, a practice that Dancing with the Stars comes with such danThe new field of contestgers as the expense, the risk of attack and ants includes astronaut Buzz Aldrin and buying a backhoe to clean the litter box. Pamela Anderson. One’s been to space and Animal Planet. 7pm. the other has been spaced for decades. Supernatural The dead in a small town rise ABC. 8pm. Spring Break Challenge These are beach- from the grave to seek out their families. It’s unclear whether this is a brain-eating thing themed games and not the real spring or just one of those “you never call, you break challenges like making bail and finding out who Tina is and why her name never write” situations. CW. 9pm. ✹ is tattooed on your ass. MTV. 8pm. Critique That TV Guy at TUESDAY, MARCH 23 The Biggest Loser The contestants get to go home for a visit, see their families, sleep in their own 12 PACIFIC SUN MARCH 19 – MARCH 25, 2010

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Trouble in paradise A messy situation for perfect couple Skip and Gloria... by N ik k i Silve r ste in


ince we single folks need to keep hope I always wipe the counters. What I don’t do alive that someday we’ll find the right is clean up all the papers and stuff left on the one, I thought we’d check in with counter by someone else.” my friends Gloria and Skip, the practically The honeymoon is over. How could our perfect couple. You may recall that they met ideal couple fall victim to the same relationlater in life, although we’ll never know how ship woes as we flawed humans? late, because she refuses to disclose her age. “Gloria sweeps the floor once a week,” Skip What we do know is that he pursued her, she continues. “Never sweeps the pile up. Just wasn’t interested and then she was. Ever since, leaves it sitting somewhere in the kitchen with they’ve been living blissfully in sin. Except the expectation that the butler will come and when they’re not. clean it up.” They retired from their careers soon after “Who’s the butler?” I ask. they set up house together. Filling their days “Who do you think?” he chuckles. “It’s not with cooking, gardening, entertaining, it Gloria’s fault. She lived alone here for 25 years. seemed they would never tire of each other. She loves little piles. Wherever she takes her That’s why I was stunned when they admit- shoes off is where they lay. It might be in the ted that after three years of spending 24/7 hallway or the kitchen or at the front door, together, they’re kind of getting but it’s never in the closet. Her on each other’s nerves. clothes, too. A little pile here, a Oh, say it isn’t so. Skip and little pile there.” Gloria’s happiness has been my The honeymoon I go in the living room to motivation to keep kissing frogs. verify the piling information. “He Both are kind and considerate, is over. How does it, too,” Gloria answers, not so what could they possibly be could our ideal looking away from Jon Stewart doing to each other to cause this the TV. Shaking my head, I couple fall victim on little ruckus? Perhaps they simply walk back to the kitchen. to the same need a few Xanax. “Skip, how could you both “The Christmas lights outside relationship woes have such different interpretaare still up,” Gloria says. “I say tions of the same thing?” I ask. ‘Skip, please take them down. as we flawed “Welcome to life. Couples I don’t want to nag you.’ But, it humans? squabble about this stuff all the never gets done.” time. I was a marriage and family As a Jew, I’m unfamiliar with counselor and sat in a room the horror of leaving Christmas listening to it for years.” lights up months after the holiWhen Gloria and I say good day. When Skip and I are alone, I night, she tells me not to worry. ask him about it. “I think couples need outside stimulation,” “Those lights could be a beautiful summer Gloria explains. “Otherwise, the relationdecoration,” Skip replies. “I don’t do it to bug ship becomes stale. There’s nothing to talk Gloria. We have a million things to do around about. Skip and I are together all the time, here. Why worry about lights? Anyway, she so he knows everything I’m doing and I only asked me twice.” know everything that’s going on with him.” Sounds reasonable. I trudge back upstairs “So, it’s not a big deal,” I reply. “You’ll work where Gloria’s whipping up a meal that smells through it, right?” wonderful. “Another thing,” she announces. “I “Skip and I have talked and we both realize cook and Skip cleans up, but he really doesn’t. we need to make a change.” He puts the dishes away. He doesn’t clean “No, Gloria. I hate change. Change is bad.” the stove or the sink, or wipe the counters or “Change is uncomfortable, not bad,” she sweep the floor.” answers. “I don’t think straight men know how to I hate to end so abruptly, especially when clean,” I respond. the change they’re planning is drastic, how“Yes, he does, but I have to come in behind ever we’re out of space. Tune in two weeks him and finish up. Of course, I bang things from now to find out if Skip and Gloria around so he knows. It wouldn’t be any fun if continue to be an inspiration to us lonely he didn’t know I was doing it,” she laughs. hearts or if they succumb to the pressures of After dinner, I help Skip in the kitchen, their relationship. ✹ telling him everything Gloria said. (I’m not Email: meddling; I’m merely conducting research for this column.) Offer Nikki some helpful advice on TownSquare at “I do everything you just said,” admits ›› Skip. “Sometimes I get tired. I own that. But,

Schools of lost children New film asks if grade-driven education has any redeeming lessons... by Ronnie Co he n




arin County parents and educators and higher college-entrance exam scores have been flocking to see a movie that than ever to get into schools like UC Berkeley, was not on the Oscar list. An East Bay where more than 50,000 high school seniors lawyer and mother of three school-age chilare vying for one of about 4,000 freshman dren directed and producedRace to Nowhere. spots in the fall. Prompted by her own kids’ struggles and look“It’s like going through the eye of a needle to ing to incite an educational revolution, Vicki get into some of these schools now,” Deborah Abeles has been showing the personal docuStipek, dean of Stanford University’s School of mentary in communities like ours, communiEducation, says in the film. ties where young people say they feel like they ● ● ● ● step on a treadmill in elementary school and EDUCATIONAL EXPERTS IN the film say remain on it through college. getting into college should be a match made In the film, Abeles laments academic derather than a prize won. Local educators conmands on her son and daughters’ time that cur, but with admissions decisions hitting high prevent them from being able to run around school seniors’ inboxes right around now and outside or spend more than 20 minutes a night the accompanying joy and grief, it is hard for with their family. A father bemoans having to some students and their parents to turn away play homework cop. A teacher cries about her from pursuing what for many in Marin looks inability to fix what she perceives as a data-drivlike a trophy. en, grade-obsessed and broken school system. Before month’s end, Teo Pier, an 18-yearStressed-out students complain that they old Marin Academy student, expects to hear sometimes have six hours of homework a night. whether he made the grade for a spot at UC They feel forced to cheat on tests and skimp on Berkeley. The tall, thin, curly-haired senior sleep. They suffer from stomachaches, headwas one of just a handful of students to steal aches and anorexia. They pop pills to concentime away from homework, athletics and other trate and to stay awake. Unable to handle the extracurricular activities to attend a recent stress, one boy drops out. A 13-year-old DanRace to Nowhere screening at his private school ville girl, facing her first less-than-perfect grade, in San Rafael. kills herself. Pier wishes he had seen the film when he Drake High School parent and tutor Torri was a high school freshman because its mesChappell of San Anselmo has been warning sage might have helped him move off the track educators to turn down the pressure on kids sooner. “I did fall into the race to nowhere,” he for years and was thrilled to see a movie that said. “It’s kind of a trap. gives voice to her concerns. “Family and health “Definitely in the past year I’ve realized you are taking a back seat to academic and athshould work hard and do your best, but I want letic rigor,” she said. “Our community protests The hurt lockers: In Marin, students aren’t judged by the content of their character, but by the letterhead of their univerto learn something that doesn’t feel like I’m just loudly and effectively when there is a threat to sity acceptance letters. memorizing it for some crazy standardized test. spray pesticides on our food. Yet it is acceptable Learning for the sake of that test stresses you out and leaves you with nothing in the end.” for our children to give up sleep and time with family in the name of being successful? Abeles and the education experts who speak in the documentary would wholeheartedly “It is absolutely crazy what is going on. If I didn’t know it to be true, I would think I was agree. They say our schools reward a limited and sometimes unhealthy version of fill-in-themaking it up. I have been advocating change for a good decade. I wasn’t getting any traction, bubble test-taking success. They want to broaden the culture’s definitions of success. And they even any professional dialogue. What brought me back into it with fervor is the Race to Nourge a re-examination of a system they believe compels children to forgo sleep as well as time where. I feel it’s a tipping point.” with family and friends, time to explore, time to develop passions and time to be kids. Lindsay Brauner, a strawberry blonde Tamalpais High School senior in the movie, discusses Marin County psychologist and The Price of Privilege author Madeline Levine speaks as one the stress she has experienced since middle school, when she would sometimes stay up until of the experts in the movie. Having counseled Marin adolescents for the past 30 years, she has 1am doing homework. had a front-row seat to the psychological effects and pain of ever-increasing stress on teenagers. “I definitely felt a lot of pressure to have perfect grades. I was really stressed, and all my joints Along with Denise Pope, who founded the Stressed-Out-Students project at Stanford Univerwould swell,” she says in the film, her blue eyes widening to accentuate the point. “I’ve often sity, Levine created Challenge Success—a research-based organization that has been working wondered—why am I doing this? with schools around the nation and in Marin to help develop curriculum that rewards not only “I’m doing this so I can go to college and get a job I like, ultimately so I can be happy. But, if achievement but character, creativity, independence and health. I’m not healthy, none of it really matters.” “We have an opportunity to change the way we conceive of being successful for kids,” Levine Some might argue that Brauner won her race. Today, she attends UC Berkeley—a prize that says in the documentary. “It takes bravery. You’re swimming against the popular culture. 14 > scores of hard-working local high school seniors covet. 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< 13 Schools of lost children “When I went to school a very small number of kids were expected to be really supersmart, and they went on to great colleges. Now every kid is expected to be that way. It’s just not the way it works. We’re ignoring this great group of kids because we’re so focused on this narrow group of high-achieving kids, and we’re trying to turn them all into that.” Local educators say that if Garrison Keillor broadcast A Prairie Home Companion from Marin County—instead of Lake Wobegon, where all the kids are above average—all the kids would be extraordinary. Of course, they are not. But parents, teachers and the kids themselves try to shoehorn a majority into spots reserved for a select minority. “If you’re not a really high-powered student, it’s tough in this community because there are so many children who are so bright and capable,” said Linda Brauner, Lindsay’s mother and a Mill Valley psychologist. After a spate of Mill Valley teen suicides, including two of Lindsay’s friends, Brauner teamed up with local educators to host a series of discussions about adolescent stress. During the discussions, parents, students and teachers began to articulate the problem to which there is no single or simple solution. “In order to have change, the community has to say out loud: This is a problem. That’s exactly what we’re doing right now,” Brauner said. “We’re not saying who’s to

blame. Parents, educators, administrators are standing up and saying we are responsible for making this change.” ●

ABELES SEES THE problem as a national one and interviews students from New York as well as the Bay Area in the movie. The problem can be exacerbated, though, in affluent communities like Marin, where teens’ parents tend to be highly successful. “When you live in a community like we live in, and these kids see where their parents have been and what they have achieved,” Brauner said, “that’s a hard act to follow.” “You want to give your child a better life than you had or at least as good a life as you had, and that’s hard now,” said Jennifer Blake, Marin Academy’s college counseling coordinator. Margie Reis, whose sons attend Redwood High and Hall Middle schools, braved a rainstorm to see Race to Nowhere at the Lark Theater. “Redwood is an overachiever environment,” she said after the screening. “I think this community, Marin County, is a very competitive community—driven— and there’s a lot of pressure to be better than the next.” Reis’ friend, Shannon Di Donato, whose sons also go to Redwood and Hall, nodded agreement. “I think here ‘average’ is a bad word,” she said. “When did a B become a failing grade?” a father asked.

The kids are all bright Stressed out by school, kids? It’s a good thing you’re all geniuses! by Fran M o ll oy


Tam High grad Lindsay Brauner was so stressed about grades it made her physically ill.

Psychologist Levine watched Race to Nowhere for the first time teary-eyed during the sold-out showing at the Larkspur theater. After the screening, she joined Abeles in the front of the auditorium to answer questions. Right off the bat, she urged parents to send their tired kids to bed without doing their homework. “Just stop doing homework,” Levine advised the standing-room-only audience of mostly mothers. “Tell your kids to go to sleep. You are the parents, after all.”

adults living a century ago would today have been considered mentally retarded. Obviously this was not, in reality, what was happening; but Flynn’s findings were very puzzling. “The very fact they occurred creates a crisis of confidence: How could such huge gains be intelligence gains? Either the children of today were far brighter than their parents or...IQ tests were not good measures of intelligence,” Flynn writes nearly a quarter of a century later in his new book that analyzes the conundrum, titled What is Intelligence? Beyond the Flynn Effect. Detractors of IQ tests pounced on Flynn’s research, arguing that it was proof that IQ tests could be dismissed as “merely phrenology updated, a pseudoscience fronting for a host of racist and elitist ideologies that dare not speak their names,” as writer Steven Johnson puts it. Authors such as Stephen Murdoch (IQ: A Smart History of a Failed Idea) and Stephen Jay Gould (The Mismeasure of Man) found in Flynn’s work substantial arguments against the validity of IQ testing. Meanwhile, others—notably Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray— began a controversial debate linking intelligence and race. Herrnstein and Murray’s book The Bell Curve, used Flynn’s research to argue that intelligence was a stronger predictor of factors like wealth and success than socioeconomic status; more contentious were two chapters where they argued that there were enduring racial differences in intelligence. And Flynn was concerned when scholar Arthur Jensen, in The g Factor: The Science of Mental Ability, suggested that the average white-black difference apparent in IQ scores had a biological component.

an it be possible that every generation of humans is more intelligent than the last? Parents of teenagers may shake their heads in disbelief, but there’s a statistical phenomenon that suggests that this is indeed the case. People are—apparently—getting smarter. They call it “The Flynn Effect”; it’s the significant improvement in average IQ scores that has occurred over the course of the 20th century, first described by a New Zealand-based social scientist, Professor James Flynn, in 1984. Flynn compared intelligence-test results from almost 30 countries and found that, in most cases, a notable trend was emerging: Adult IQ scores worldwide had been rising fairly consistently, by about three points each decade, since results were first collected. In steep contrast to popular belief that modernity dulls the intellect, it appears that for some reason, human beings are getting smarter. So will my kids be smarter than me? My teenagers certainly think they are; have they got a point? And then, the cruncher— am I really that much smarter than my own parents? The implications of the Flynn effect are profound. An adult born in the 1930s with an average IQ—that’s 100—may well have kids with IQs of 109, and grandchildren with IQs of 118. But working backwards, today’s typical 21-year-old with an IQ of 100 would have grandparents whose IQ was 82. Going further, the average IQ of the schoolchildren of 1900 would have been around 70; the extrapolation is that most The generational rise in IQ goes a long way toward explaining the increased purchases of Brylcreem and sweater vests.

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Then she tried to talk the parents out of their desire to send their children to the nation’s most elite universities. She asked audience members to raise their hands if they had attended an Ivy League college. Nine out of the 250 counted themselves in the select group. Levine said she attended the University of Buffalo. “I think we’ve been absolutely sold a bill of goods,” she said. “People who attend Ivy League schools are not any happier. They don’t make any more money. We’ve devel-

FLYNN WAS DISTURBED by the interpretation that other researchers had attributed to his findings. “Arthur Jensen, a scholar of high repute, actually thought that blacks on average were genetically inferior—which was quite a shock. I should say that Jensen was beyond reproach— he’s certainly not a racist. And so I thought I’d better look into this,” Flynn toldWired magazine. In his new book, Flynn tries to define intelligence and looks

oped a mythology about what kids need to be successful. “They’re missing the time and experience to develop real self-esteem, integrity and the ability to be interested in someone else. If you’re stressed and anxious and working all the time, you can’t attend to these things.” Levine recalled standing outside a Marin Safeway in the 1980s protesting the spraying of the pesticide Alar on apples and compared stress to poisons. “We know this is harming children and just as toxic as spray,” she said. “We need to act just as directly and vehemently when it comes to our children’s mental health.” Abeles said her children have worked harder in middle and high school than she worked in law school. After the Lark Theater screening, she urged parents and teachers to push for change. “It starts in our homes and our classrooms,” she said. “It takes everybody starting to feel more empowered and not just accepting what’s been going on for the past 20 to 30 years and has reached somewhat of an extreme.” In Race to Nowhere, Sara Bennett, who wrote The Case Against Homework, details the modern history of what has become such a burden to high school students that parents say they feel guilty making their kids perform household chores. Stanford’s Pope recently surveyed students at high-achieving Bay Area high schools who reported doing 2.94 hours of homework a night. In 1948, Bennett

says, students spent three to four hours on homework—in a week. “Then there was sputnik,” she says, “and all of a sudden, we were falling behind in the space race.” The homework load took off, but it fell again in the laid-back 1960s. Then, in 1983, the National Commission on Excellence in Education released its report, A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform. It concluded that high school students “should be assigned far more homework than is now the case,” and the number of hours American students had to devote to homework rose. In 2002, after President George W. Bush signed his No Child Left Behind program into law, teachers further ratcheted up homework loads. Following the Marin Academy Race to Nowhere screening, one mother asked: “How did this happen that my husband and I do the dishes? The kids feel they get a free pass from chores because they’re doing homework.” ●

IN HER ROLE as Drake High School’s director of student activities, Kendall Galli defends her school’s homework load. On the other hand, as a mother of a Drake freshman and two White Hill Middle School students, she sometimes feels so guilty when she has finished her work for the day and her children are still doing homework that she pretends to be busy. “We want our kids to not be stressed but still have the pipeline to Harvard,” she said.

for explanations about why it changes over time. By analyzing the results gained by people taking the different segments of each IQ test, he found that the improvement over time varied greatly on different parts of the tests. On basic math and language questions, there was little change in results; but with tests that dealt with more abstract concepts, there was a huge change. Flynn says that over time, IQ tests have increasingly assumed a greater expectation that their subjects can work comfortably with hypothetical situations. “You might be dealing with abstract matrices shapes where you look for a logical progression in the shapes, for example,” he says. And it’s that ability to think in the abstract that has changed significantly over time, he believes: “In 1900, all of the evidence we have was that people were much more grounded in the concrete, they weren’t used to abstract symbols. The main abstract symbols people had at the beginning of the last century were playing cards and musical notation, and that was only for an elite,” he explains. Before 1900, most people in the West received only a few years of education before starting in the labor force; but social change in the beginning of the last century meant that most people soon received a secondary education. Flynn says that this led to an explosion in the arts and cultural activities—and a very big rise in literacy and numeracy levels. Researchers Andrew Leigh and Chris Ryan have recently completed studies suggesting that the literacy and numeracy in students in their early years of junior high school has not improved since the 1960s. In fact, the pair suggests that overall standards may have declined slightly, with the typical teenager in 2003 about a quarter of a grade level behind his or her 1964 counterpart. Andrew Leigh says that he is inclined to attribute much of the enigma of the Flynn effect—which is found in adult tests—to the fact that people in developed nations are staying in school for a longer period of time. “So in the end, the typical adult is a good deal smarter but what we found in our paper is that the closer you get to school-aged kids, particularly when you hold constant educational attainment, there doesn’t seem to be big increases,” Leigh explains. “Someone who has completed 10 years of schooling now doesn’t seem to be much smarter than somebody who completed 10 years of schooling 60 years ago, at least on that narrow dimension for literacy and numeracy that IQ scores typically capture,” he adds. Even in the last two decades, the proportion of teenagers finishing high school at the most senior level has increased significantly, he says. “More education makes you smarter.”

In November, Galli brought Race to time-test children, who are tagged as needing Nowhere to the Drake High gymnasium, “academic intervention” if they cannot read where more than 500 parents, students and by the end of their kindergarten year. educators watched it. “I felt like I opened “They’re identifying kids at risk at 5,” this powder keg,” she said. “The film is so she said. “It’s just ridiculous. When did it all appropriately titled because it’s like you’re a become about measuring learning instead of hamster in one of those balls. You see where inspiring learning? It really started happening you want to go, but you’re stuck behind that after No Child Left Behind.” Plexiglas ball.” Jeff Alonzo of San Anselmo, whose daughSome parents and educators say the pressure ter attends third grade at Brookside Elemenstems mostly from teachers. Others blame par- tary School, looked haggard while listening ents. Others point to to a recent talk about athletic programs and a program to test coaches who expect “Just stop doing homework,” elementary school kids to devote every children’s reading afternoon, in addition Levine advised the standing-room- ability. He said his to their school vaca- only audience of mostly mothers. daughter struggles to tions, to their sports. “Tell your kids to go to sleep. You get through weekly Ditto for theater and timed reading and music programs. Kids are the parents, after all.” math tests. “I want say they feel the most my kid to be excited pressure from other about learning,” he kids, some of whom talk incessantly about said. “Every night, it’s just drilling.” how this or that activity or class looks on colAfter the Marin Academy screening, lege applications. father Steven Birer said he sees pressure from “There’s enough blame to go around,” Galli the universities trickling down to the high said. “The film spotlighted schools and the schools. “The movie is an interesting descrippressure that homework and test prep puts on tion of a problem,” he said. “It’s a top-down students. But parents should not be let off the problem. Unless universities change what hook, nor should athletics.” they’re demanding, the high schools have Tutor and parent Chappell believes we have more demands on them. become a nation addicted to testing, with “We love it here at Marin Academy some teachers convinced they need meanbecause it’s not just about the grade; it’s ingless data to measure learning. Starting about the holistic growth of the child. But, 16 > in kindergarten, she said, teachers begin to that said, my daughter stays up till

Flynn agrees that there has been a decline in the early rises in literacy and numeracy; but even taking into account other factors that influence intelligence (such as smaller families, better nutrition, more education), there is an inexplicable rise in IQ scores across the 20th century. It’s true that since the mid-’50s, those exponential literacy and numeracy increases have stopped, Flynn says; but general cognitive ability has risen significantly, with rapid advances in science thanks to better use of logic and hypothesis. In business, the quality of administration and entrepreneurship has improved, partly fueled by the expansion in university graduates. But Flynn believes that it is the types of mental ability acquired that has made a big difference in IQ scores; we are probably not much more intelligent than our grandparents at all. He points out that increased literacy at a young age doesn’t help children to understand more demanding adult literature like War and Peace with its adult concepts and vocabulary. “I think it’s highly plausible that the huge gains on IQ tests have begun because we live in a world of symbols and we’re much more ready to abstract from the concrete. And if you look at congressional debates over those 50 years, you will find that the level of debate has really risen; and I think that’s because you can’t discuss moral and political questions unless you take hypothetical things seriously,” he says. He argues that the social context of everyday life has become more complex and based more on abstract concepts; and in turn, people have had to learn to think more critically. “You know, we’re definitely more willing to be cognitively challenged in our leisure also,” points out Professor Flynn. “That’s hardly surprising because in 1900, people worked 60 to 80 hour weeks and they didn’t have much energy left in their leisure to do much apart from recuperate.” ●

SINCE IQ TESTS were first administered, society has moved from being primarily agricultural-based through the industrial age and into the information age—where people work primarily with abstract concepts. Perhaps this has improved our ability to perform tasks involving abstract reasoning, he suggests. Writer Steven Johnson has weighed in on this debate with a book titled Everything Bad Is Good for You, which argues that many aspects of popular culture frequently derided by 16 > scholars—like video games, Internet role-playing and television shows—are good MARCH 19 - MARCH 25 PACIFIC SUN 15

< 15 Schools of lost children < 15 The kids are all bright for our cognitive and moral development. Johnson concludes that popular entertainment is increasingly becoming more intellectually demanding. Pop culture today requires strong cognitive work—like making snap decisions in a video game or coming up with a long-term strategy for an Internet role-play or following the complex, multilayered plots of a crime drama show on TV. Even the intellectual “junk-food” equivalent—like reality TV show Survivor or perhaps the cartoon series The Simpsons—requires viewers to concentrate, follow complex plots and have external knowledge of other references made within the television show. Comparing these with shows popular a few decades ago (such as I Love Lucy), Johnson says that we are being forced to work harder to understand and participate in popular culture. Cognitively, humans are now capable of more than they were in past eras. By forcing the brain to keep up with the complex relationships that make up modern television programs or handle the visual puzzles inherent in video games (“whether it’s the spatial geometry of Tetris, the engineering riddles of Myst, or the urban mapping of Grand Theft Auto,” Johnson writes;) humans are developing their cognitive muscles. Johnson’s theories are borne out by Flynn’s ideas. “Our minds have actually changed due to social influences. We’ve developed new habits of mind over that period and I think that’s the most important message in my book,” Flynn says. “So for that reason, it’s not fair to take pre-industrial people living in places like tropical Africa and compare their IQ tests; they haven’t been exposed to modernity,” he says, rebutting the arguments of those who believe in a racial connection with IQ disparities. “If you looked at people in 1900 you’d have said that they can’t take the hypothetical seriously, they can’t detach logic from the concrete, they don’t like to classify the world. They’re hopeless in terms of contributing to a modern society.” He sees signs that IQ gains are slowing markedly in developed countries but believes that increasing modernization will cause these IQ gains to take off in the developing world. Meanwhile, our kids, raised on an intellectual diet of intricate television plots, complex video games and difficult multitasking scenarios, may be very well placed to survive in a world where climate change, environmental decay, energy crises and global unrest have thrown up hugely complex problems for those inheriting the planet to solve. ✹

midnight doing homework.” Students in today’s bulging echoboomer generation will have to compete not only for a limited number of spots in colleges but for spaces in graduate and professional schools as well as jobs. How can parents and teachers prepare them without jeopardizing their well-being? “It’s not a problem you can solve in one miracle, like less homework,” Branson senior Evan Curhan said. “It’s not something you can slap a Band-Aid on and say it will be all better.” Even top students like Curhan, who is going to Dartmouth College in the fall, say they struggle with workload, sleep deprivation and stress. Since he learned in December that he was admitted to Dartmouth, Curhan said he has worried less about his grades and focused more on learning. He has noticed a slight dip in his marks and a significant increase in his grasp of the material. “Now I’m learning because I want to,” he said. The trick is figuring out how to motivate kids to learn while continuing to assess them. “This is just a start,” Abeles said. “For the first time ever these issues are out in the open. People have been afraid to talk about it. We need to create political will. The film is a vehicle, hopefully, for that.” She said she has been invited to screen her documentary at President Barack

Vicki Abeles has been asked to present her documentary at Sidwell Friends, the school attended by President Obama’s daughters.

Obama’s daughters’ school. But she wants to wait for her grassroots movement to gather steam first. “I really feel that a shift’s occurring in the last few years,” Linda Brauner said. “When you put out this kind of film in your community, when you have Denise Pope come, there’s no way you can go back.” ✹ For more information on ‘Race to Nowhere,’ go to www. Contact Ronnie Cohen at

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he arrival of the spring equinox could not be more welcome after a long, cold winter. Seasonal change brings a sense of renewal to our lives, one that will be celebrated in three different holidays within the next few weeks. Nowruz begins March 20, a 13-day period of feasts and family gatherings for the Persian New Year; at sundown March 29, Jewish Passover begins and Easter arrives April 4. Customs of all these holidays have their roots in early times when people saw the vernal shift as something mysterious, if not magical: plants emerging where the earth had been barren, light banishing darkness, food supplies increasing. These symbols of fertility and birth were incorporated into formal religions; they survive as cultural traditions. In each of the three celebrations, festive foods reflect those symbols: “first fruits” (new vegetables and herbs), young animals (lamb, kids), milk and its products enriched by fresh grazing. Eggs, always a major symbol, play a central role at this time of year when hens naturally lay prodigiously. At Passover Seders roasted eggs are placed on the ritual table; colorfully decorated eggs are part of the sofreh, a display that is the focal point of the home during Nowruz. In Christian tradition, they have evolved from the hard-cooked eggs long ago exchanged as simple gifts to dyed and artfully designed ones reproduced in edible form or permanent materials from stone to jewels. While not interchangeable, ingredients that make up the feasts of the three holidays are more alike than not. Following periods of fasting, indulgence is encouraged. New tastes and textures are sought, greens harvested

for the first time, eggs used with abandon in sweet and savory ways. In the recipes that follow it can be seen how these favored ancient foods continue to be relished in the 21st century as families and friends gather to usher in a new season. ------------------------From Asia to Macedonia for 3,000 years, Iranians and those of related cultural backgrounds have celebrated Nowruz. This year the UN General Assembly recognized March 20 as International Day of Noruz (an alternate spelling) and there is now increasing awareness of the holiday throughout the world. An essential New Year’s dish is kuku-ye sabzi, a frittata-like omelet in which green herbs symbolize regeneration and the eggs, fertility. There are several methods of making it; I have adapted one that is easier to produce since it is baked rather than flipped over in stovetop cooking. It may be eaten hot or at room temperature as an appetizer or main dish, and it keeps well in the refrigerator for several days. It is often served with yogurt, salad and lavash (soft pita).

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour oil or butter into an 8-inch baking dish lined with parchment paper. Break the eggs into a large bowl. Add baking powder, spices, salt and pepper. Lightly beat in the greens and ďŹ&#x201A;our. Pour the egg mixture into the dish and bake uncovered for 45 to 50 minutes, until the edge is golden brown. To serve the kuku: It may be served directly from the dish, or unmolded on a serving platter. Note: Herbs should be well washed and dried before chopping and measuring. It is easier to use a food processor for chopping. ------------------------Italians enthusiastically celebrate Easter with largesse. The end of Lent brings out the gourmand in everyone as breads and sweetsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;especially chocolatesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and allowed-again meats take over the markets. Gift-ďŹ lled hollow chocolate eggs are a national obsession, small ones ďŹ lled with toys and candies for children, big and bigger ones holding luxury presents like jewelry, watches, tickets for trips and vacations. Each Italian region has its own feast foods, but in all of them itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s predictable to ďŹ nd a meat and cheese baked dish known as pizza rustica. This includes pork in the form of cold cuts or ham, at least two kinds of cheese and lots of eggs. In my in-lawsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; family it was called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Easter pizzaâ&#x20AC;? and the best was made by Zia Emilia. She began by simmering a smoked pork shoulder (picnic ham), then using broth from the pot as liquid in the homemade dough. I have done it that way once or twice but nowadays I purchase pizza dough from a retail sourceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;though I still use homecooked pork (the leftover bone is great for pasta e fagiole later in the week). Emiliaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recipe makes an enormous pizza. I have halved it in this adaptation. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always served at room temperature. I confess to enjoying it at breakfast, lunch, with drinks, and for dinnerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;all wonderful.


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A FULL PLATE So much is happening so fast on the restaurant scene, there’s scarcely room for all the news. March 23 is the date of a seasonal asparagus feast at Marche aux Fleurs in Ross. The fourcourse salute to spring is $39 per person (415/925-9200)...A secret phrase will bring a bargain your way at award-winning Sushi Ran. Ask for the Sausalito Red Elephant Menu to order from a prix-fixe threecourse menu (includes dessert) for $30 per person, Monday through Wednesday nights only (415/332-3620)...Another prix-fixe dinner worth exploring will be featured March 31 and April 21 (5 to 10pm) at Left Bank Brasserie in Larkspur, a French-German Friendship Dinner with a menu of German food (with suggested complementary wine and beer) from German-born chef Sean Canavan. Cost is $34 per person; reserve at 415/927-3331... Not one but two new Italian restaurants have opened recently in Marin. In Novato, the longtime site of Capra’s Italian Village has become Cucina Chianti, a bright and contemporary setting for food familiar and comforting. Co-owners are Mark Robertson and Edward Pizutti; executive chef is Chris Harman, former owner of Capra’s. Hours are 11am to 10pm, Monday to Friday; 4 to 10pm, Saturday and Sunday (7416 Redwood Blvd., 415/878-0314)...The corner restaurant that housed Cinecitta in San Rafael has morphed into Ginolina, an establishment founded by two veterans of another popular bygone dining spot, Salute. Gino LaMotta and Lina Rissotti have created an upscale sophisticated interior for their venue that features a menu that is also a bit sophisticated. It includes touches like linguine with lobster and artichoke, Kurobata pork, organic roast chicken, Angus beef and authentic Neapolitan-style pizza. Ginolina is open daily, 11:30am to 10:30pm (901 B St., 415/258-8590)...Things are heating up at Cafe Gratitude in San Rafael, where once all the foods were raw and cold. The vegetarian mecca has added a selection of cooked Mexican dishes—burritos, nachos, tamales—to its choices (220 Fourth St., 415/578-4928)...Not all news, alas, is positive. Tiburon has lost its adventurous little Cottage Eatery. After remodeling an Ark Row spot into a cozy home for their imaginative Mediterranean cuisine, owners/ chefs Ed Carew and his wife Jennifer Rebman have closed their 2-year-old business. MILK’S LEAP TOWARD IMMORTALITY One of the Bay Area’s most popular food events takes place March 26 to 29

Whisper the words ‘Sausalito Red Elephant Menu’ to your server at Sushi Ran to order from a secret menu; knowing winks are optional.

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Enlighten his fire! Ray Manzarek finds God—and he’s a black blues singer from ChiTown... by G r e g Cahill


ay Manzarek is unfazed. Midway this week at a Mystic Theatre concert with through his meditation about the longtime Marin bluesman Roy Rogers. The transcendent nature of the blues, I’ve show, he says, during a phone interview steered the conversation to the meaning of life. from his Napa ranch, will be an evening of “The purpose of life,” he says without missing “blues and jazz and stories and tranquility... a beat, “is to become enlightened. It’s to attain and roooock ’n’ roll!” cosmic consciousness and to realize that you In addition to Doors songs and his solo are one with the universe. material, Manzarek and “You are God and God Rogers will perform songs COMING SOON is you.” from Ballads Before the Ray Manzarek and Roy And that truth is revealed Rain, their 2008 duo Rogers perform an Evening even in the primal beat of album. of Rock ‘n’ Roll Tales at the Howlin’ Wolf’s classic blues “I came of age listening Mystic Theatre in Petaluma recordings, he adds. to blues radio,” says ManSaturday, March 20, at 8pm. Ma n z a re k — a u t h o r, zarek, 71, who grew up in Country Joe McDonfilmmaker, producer, psythe 1950s on the South ald opens the show. $25. chedelic guru, keyboardist, Side of Chicago, home of a 707/765-2121. songwriter and co-founder gritty urban-blues sound. of the Doors—wants to set “It was absolutely amazthe record straight about ing. I would come home the influence the blues had on the Doors, the from school and turn on the radio, pump a subject of a 1991 Oliver Stone biopic that fo- little iron, do my homework and hear songs cused mostly on singer Jim Morrison’s lusty by Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Dionysian image and portrayed the band as Reed, Magic Sam, Slim Harpo, Bo Diddley— little more than an LSD-fueled support act. music with profound rhythm and depth He’ll discuss the blues, the band, the made by men descended from slaves and Beats and other facets of his life and career singing songs of love, joy and tragic loss.

Manzarek, far left, and Jim Morrison founded the Doors in 1965. Today the 71-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer seeks cosmic consciousness at his home in Napa.

“What could have been better? It opened my ears to what was possible in rhythmic music.” Indeed, one night Manzarek and several underage friends from DePaul University snuck into the South Side blues club Pepper’s Lounge to hear legendary singer and guitarist Muddy Waters. “It was an evening of shamanic transformation,” he says. “I loved it! In the Doors, Manzarek found kindred spirits—especially in fellow UCLA film stu-

dent Morrison and guitarist Robby Krieger— who shared his passion for the blues. “Jim was a big blues man from Florida, listening to the same kind of music,” Manzarek says. “Robby was immersed in bottle-neck country blues. We took all of that and put it into the Doors. That was the heart of the Doors—the Doors were a blues band with literary aspirations.” Manzarek says he knew from the first time the band played together at a friend’s house in Santa Monica that the Doors were “meant to be.” “We played ‘Moonlight Drive.’ I showed Robby the chord changes. He pulled out the bottle-neck slide and slipped “That was the it on his little finger and said, heart of the ‘This sound Doors— might be good the Doors for this kind of a song.’ And then were a blues he played these band with literary snaky guitar aspirations.” lines—he played like a snake! “Morrison loved it! He said, ‘I want that sound on everything we do!’ “I said to Jim, ‘Everything?’ “And he said, ‘Maybe not everything, Ray, but a lot of them gotta have that bottleneck!’ “It all came together right then and there. We smoked a joint, worked on the chord changes, got into the song. And it was transcendent. It was an epiphany. I told the guys, ‘I’ve been playing my whole life, but I’ve never really played music until this moment. Now I understand what it’s all about. Now I understand the Zen moment in time. “You have to capture that,” he adds, “and if you do, then you’ve captured everything there is in music.” ✹ Kick back in Greg’s soul kitchen at Tune up to the Marin music scene at


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for-two winners include (number correct in parenthesis): Paul Markowitz of Greenbrae (18) Barbara Smith of San Anselmo (18) David Eichel of Mill Valley (18) James Thomas of Mill Valley (17) Circe McDonald of San Rafael (17) Paul Jarnagin of Denver (17) Gloria Potter of San Anselmo (17) Mark Galassi of Novato (16) Jean Hampoyan of Mill Valley (16) Stanley Krippner of San Rafael (16) Carol Madigan of Los Angeles (16) Rick Marianetti of San Geronimo (16) Irvin Mulholland of Mill Valley (16) Samuel Gilbert of Concord (16) Timothy Dow of Novato (16) Arlene Rudy of Corte Madera (16) â&#x153;š


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Alice in Wonderland (1:49) Tim Burton directs Christopher Lee, Anne Hathaway, Johnny Depp and a host of others in the latest screen adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s socio-surreal Victorian fable. ● Avatar James Cameron’s first movie since Titanic employs cutting-edge special effects to tell the story of a disabled vet reborn on a distant planet as an aboriginal warrior. ● The Blind Side (2:06) Heartwarming story about an African-American boy from the wrong side of the tracks who becomes an All American offensive tackle. Sandra Bullock stars. ● The Bounty Hunter (1:46) Unlucky bounty hunter Gerard Butler can’t say no when he’s hired to track down bail-jumping ex-wife Jennifer Aniston. ● 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. ● Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2:00) Familyfriendly comedy looks at a year in the life of a wiseacre 12-year-old. ● 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. ● The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2:32) Stieg Larsson’s bestseller hits the big screen with Michael Nykvist as a down-and-out newspaperman out to crack a long-forgotten unsolved murder. ● 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. ● Live! (1:36) Eva Mendes as a jaded TV exec who jacks the ratings with a live Russian Roulette reality game show. ●

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. ● Mother (2:08) Darkly witty Korean thriller about an herbalist out to solve the murder of a young sexpot. ● 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. ● 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. ● Repo Men (1:51) Sci-fi comedy thriller about a futuristic world where trained thugs repossess artificial organs the hard way. ● The Runaways (1:45) Rockin’ biopic of the seminal ’70s all-girl garage band; Kristen Stewart IS Joan Jett. ● 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. ● They Came to Play Van Cliburn’s International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs is the subject of this captivating, music-packed documentary. ● Tiburon International Film Festival The ninth annual fest offers nine glittering days of workshops, seminars, parties, in-person tributes and hundreds of films from around the globe. Call 789-8854 or visit for schedule and showtimes. ✹ ●

›› MOViE TiMES A Prophet (R) ★★★1/2 Rafael Film Center: Fri 4, 7 Sat 1, 4, 7 Sun 1, 4 Mon, Tue, Thu 7 Wed 9 Alice in Wonderland (PG) ★★ Century Cinema: 11:20, 2, 4:35, 7:15, 9:50 Century Northgate 15: 11, 12:25, 1:40, 3:05, 4:30, 5:40, 7:15, 8:20, 10; 3D showtimes at 11:30, 2:15, 4:55, 7:45, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:40, 2:10, 4:45, 7:20, 9:50 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 Avatar (PG-13) ★★★ 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 MonThu 3:15, 6:30 The Blind Side (PG-13) ★★ Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 12:50, 3:55, 7:05, 9:55 Lark Theater: Fri 5:30 Sat-Sun 1:45 Mon, Thu 4:50 Wed 2:15 ❋ The Bounty Hunter (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:50, 10:30 Sat-Sun 11:40, 2:20, 5, 7:50, 10:30 Mon-Thu 6:50, 9:30 Century Northgate 15: 11:25, 1, 2:20, 3:50, 5:10, 6:50, 7:55, 9:25, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:35, 2:15, 4:50, 7:30, 10:05 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 MonThu 2:20, 4:50, 7:20 The Crazies (R) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 10:05 Tue-Thu 11:55, 2:40, 5:15, 7:50, 10:30 ❋ Diary of a Wimpy Kid (PG) Century Northgate 15: 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 12, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:20 The Ghost Writer (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:25, 1, 2:25, 3:55, 5:25, 7:05, 8:25, 10:05 SunThu 11:45, 12:50, 2:35, 3:45, 5:25, 6:50, 8:20 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:45, 7:30, 10:10

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Sat 2, 4:45, 7:30, 10:10 Sun 2:15, 5, 7:45 Mon-Thu 5, 7:45 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 ❋ The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 3:30, 6:30, 9:30 Sat 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30 Sun 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 MonThu 7:30 Green Zone (R) ★★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7, 9:50 Sat-Sun 1, 4, 7, 9:50 MonThu 6:30, 9:10 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:15, 12:20, 1:55, 3:05, 4:35, 5:50, 7:20, 8:40, 10:10 Sun-Thu 11:55, 1, 2:40, 3:50, 5:20, 7, 8:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:20, 1:55, 4:30, 7:10, 9:45 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 Mon-Thu 2, 4:40, 7:30 The Hurt Locker (R) ★★★1/2 Lark Theater: Fri 8:10 Sat 4:30 Sun 4:30, 7:15 Mon, Thu 7:30 Tue 3:45 Wed 4:50, 7:30 The Last Station (R) ★★1/2 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:10, 7:10, 9:45 Sat 1:30, 4:10, 7:10, 9:45 Sun 1:30, 4:10, 7:10 Mon-Thu 4:40, 7:20 ❋ Live! (R) Rafael Film Center: Sun 7 (director Bill Guttentag in person) The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:15, 6:45, 9 Sat-Sun 2, 4:15, 6:45, 9 Mon, Tu, Thu 6:45, 9 Wed 6:45 ❋ Mother (2010) (Not Rated) CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:15, 7, 9:45 Sat 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:45 Sun 1:30, 4:15, 7 Mon-Thu 4:15, 7 Our Family Wedding (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:50, 2:35, 5:05, 7:30, 9:50 Century

Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 1:50, 4:20, 6:50, 9:10 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (PG) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 11:20, 2, 4:40, 7:25 Tue-Thu 11:20, 2, 4:40, 7:25, 10:05 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, 6:55, 8:15, 9:45 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:10, 2:45, 5:20, 8, 10:30 ❋ Repo Men (R) Century Northgate 15: 11:40, 2:25, 5, 7:40, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:50, 2:30, 5:05, 7:40, 10:15 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:20, 7, 9:35 Sat 1:40, 4:20, 7, 9:35 Sun 1:40, 4:20, 7 Mon-Thu 5, 7:40 ❋ The Runaways (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:35, 12:40, 2:10, 3:20, 4:45, 6, 7:35, 8:50, 10:15 Sun-Thu 11:50, 1:15, 2:30, 4, 5:15, 7:10, 8 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:30, 7:20, 9:55 Sat 1:50, 4:30, 7:20, 9:55 Sun 1:50, 4:30, 7:20 MonThu 4:50, 7:30 She’s Out of My League (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 7:45, 10:15 Sat-Sun 12, 2:30, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15 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, 10:25 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:30, 3, 5:25, 7:50, 10:20 Shutter Island (R) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 12:55, 4, 7:10, 10:10 ❋ They Came to Play (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Wed 7:30 (pianists Esfir Ross and Ken Iisaka in attendance and performance) ❋ Tiburon International Film Festival (Not Rated) Tiburon Playhouse 3: Call 789-8854 or visit tiburonfilmfestival. com for info

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

›› THEATERS CinéArts at Marin 101 Caledonia St., Sausalito • 331-0255 CinéArts at Sequoia 25 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley • 388-4862 Cinema 41 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera • 924-6505 Fairfax 9 Broadway, Fairfax • 453-5444 Lark 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur • 924-5111 Larkspur Landing 500 Larkspur Landing Cir., Larkspur • 800-326-3264 Northgate 7000 Northgate Dr., San Rafael • 800-326-3264 Playhouse 40 Main St., Tiburon • 435-1234 Rafael Film Center 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael • 454-1222 Regency 80 Smith Ranch Rd., Terra Linda • 479-5050 Rowland 44 Rowland Way, Novato • 800-326-3264

Russia’s ‘Hipsters’ is just one of the marvelous movies showing at the Tiburon International Film Festival this week.

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F R I D AY M A R C H 1 9 — F R I D AY M A R C H 2 6 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar

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 03/19: Carabean R&B. 9pm. $7. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311.

03/19: Jazz Philosophy with James Mosely Dinner jazz followed by dance music. 6:309:30pm. No cover. The Pleasure Is Mine, 475 E. Strawberry Dr., Mill Valley. 381-6400. www.

03/19: Mad Maggies and Miracle Mule Irish, Zydeco, Ska, Polka. 8:30pm. $8-10. Club 101, 815 W. Francisco, San Rafael. 606-7435. 03/19: The Rancho Allstars Dance band. 8:30pm. $12. Rancho Nicasio. 662-2219. www. 03/20: AcoUUstic Cafe Jazz and folk. with singer-songwriter Sandy Geller and guitar duo Elaine and Mike. 6:30-9pm. $5-15. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael. 03/20: Andy y su Orquesta Callao Salsa dance lesson at 8:30pm. Late night dancing. 8:30pm. $15. Seafood Peddler, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 601-3685. 03/20: Blame Sally The eclectic Blame Sally has an original sound that has earned them some well deserved accolades. 8pm. $30. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 389-5072. www. 03/20: Honey Dust Native Marin rock and roll. 9pm. $10. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. 03/20: Moonlight Rodeo Roots-rock and Americana music, featuring original songs co-written with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. 9pm. Old Western Saloon, Pt. Reyes Station. 637-2496. 03/20 Savannah Blu 9pm. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. 03/20: Tom Rigney and Flambeau Cajun big band fun. 8:30pm. $12. Rancho Nicasio. 662-2219. 03/21: Lonestar Retrobates Western swing on the third Sunday of each month. 3pm. Free. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 03/21: The Dan and Barry Show Unplugged entertainment from Petty Theft and Revolver members. In the bar 5pm. Rancho Nicasio. 662-2219. 03/23: EmK Extreme acoustic solo guitar. 7pm. No cover. Panama Hotel, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 03/25: Bluesetta With Joey Covington. Former member of Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship joins this blues band for a special appearance. 9pm. $10. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax,. 898-6564. 03/25: Boogie Woogie Stew With Eldon Brown. 7pm. No cover. Panama Hotel, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 03/26: Audrey Moira Shimkas Trio Vocalist. With Greg Sankovich on keyboard and Lincoln Adler on sax. No cover. Rickey’s, 250 Entrada, Novato. 847-8331. 28 PACIFIC SUN MARCH 19 – MARCH 25, 2010

03/26: The 85s ’80s pop/rock. 8:30pm. $12-15. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 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. Saturdays: Fred Nighthawk Jazz piano. 11am. Mama’s Royal Cafe, 387 Miller Ave., Mill Valley,. 388-2361. Sun. and Wed: Family Night with Giovanni Italian and international accordion music. 6-9pm. Free. Ghiringhelli’s Pizzeria, 45 Broadway, Fairfax. 453-7472.

Sundays: Mal Sharpe’s Dixieland Jazz 3-6pm. No Name Bar, 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1392.

Concerts 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. 03/20: Cyril Pahinui This one will be sold-out quickly, so get a ticket today to see one of Hawaii's slack-key guitar legends in a really intimate venue. $20. 9pm . The Sleeping Lady, 23Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. 03/20: Kiri Te Kanawa Kiri Te Kanawa is one of the world’s most celebrated opera singers. 8-10pm. $25-95. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6398. www. 03/20: Patrick Ball “Carolan’s Farewell to Music.” A one-person musical theater piece conceived and performed by Patrick Ball, and written by Patrick Ball and Peter Glazer interspersed with performances of 14 of Carolan’s tunes played on the rare wire-strung harp. 8pm. $18-20. Dance Palace Community Center, 503 B. St., Point Reyes Station. 663-1075. 03/20: SF Choral Artists “Forecast: Sunny with Song.” A program of works by Britten, Carter, Hindemith, Ives, Poulenc, Puerling, Webern and five world premiere pieces. 8-10pm. $14-30. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 14 Lagunitas Road, Ross. 9795779. 03/21: Les Yeux Noirs Paris-based group performing a mix of gypsy jazz and klezmer rock. 8pm. $23-26. Kanbar Center, Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000. 03/21: Russian Chamber Orchestra Bach birthday celebration performance featuring a piano, choral and double violin concerti as well as Liadov Russian folk songs. 3pm. $18-22. Mt Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley. 664-1760.

Patrick Ball harps on in ‘Carolan’s Farewell to Music,’ in performance March 20 at the Dance Palace.

BEST BET Drink, It was Alice Reppler who said, “We cannot really love anybody without whom we never laugh.” Luckily, comedy mama Deb Campo and her stand-up pals are here to help. LAUGH YOUR WAY TO LOVE: A Comedy Night for Singles is Campo’s way to infuse the sometimes notso-hilarious world of dating with some tension-busting guffaws. Join in the revelry (and romance—or not, no pressure!) as Campo and fellow comics—Joe Nguyen, a Vietnamese Jew and regular at the S.F. Punch Line, and Ali Mafi, a gay Muslim with an ABC daytime talk show Deb Campo loves a good in the works—”playfully attempt to make love connec- joke. tions on stage, much like the Dating Game.” And if you can’t find the humor in the journey to find love, well, then perhaps you should take a cue from Dorothy Parker: “Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song,/ A medley of extemporanea;/ And love is a thing that can never go wrong;/ And I am Marie of Roumania.” (Although singles are encouraged, non-singles are also welcome.) Plus, there’ll be plenty of the ole mix-and-mingle, pre- and post-show. 8pm March 25 at 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. Tickets: Call 415/383-9600 or visit Info:— Samantha Campos


ViDEO Melodrama If CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY isn’t Michael Moore’s magnum opus, it’s certainly his most somber work to date. When he wheels that yellow crime scene tape around the New York Stock Exchange in the film’s final scenes, you’re right there in deadly earnest with him. It’s no surprise that Moore finds the seeds of our present crisis in the go-go days of deregulation under Reagan. But he parts ways with those who would argue for just a better rule book and a scolding. Moore wants us to take a good long look at the fangs that were bared He loves me, he loves me not... by this rupture to our financial system. Huge wealth disparities and the mass evictions that lead to ghost towns like Flint, Mich., are a natural consequence of treating people as commodities, he argues. We shouldn’t be surprised if, say, Wal-Mart secretly takes out thousands of “dead peasant” policies on its employees to pad a quarterly report, or if Congress bails its Wall Street paymasters out of a bind. True to custom, he packs the DVD with extras, including a haunting Chris Hedges interview, and Jimmy Carter’s “malaise” speech, now considered a presidential classic.—Richard Gould 03/21: Tao Lin Piano. Scarlatti, Mozart and Chopin. 4pm. $18-20. Dance Palace Community Center, 503 B. St., Point Reyes Station. 663-1075.

Dance 03/26: Ballet Folklorico de Mexico Amalia Hernandez, choreography. Festive Mexican dance from the Pre-Colombian era, the Hispanic viceroy period, and the popular period of their revolutionary years. 8pm. $20-65. Marin Veteran's Memorial Auditorium, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800. 03/26: Stapleton Ballet “Swan Lake.” Ninety minute condensed version of the full-length balletwith students and professional dancers. $14-20. 7pm March 26-28; 2pm March 27-28. 454-5759."


ing in one apartment, trying to make their way in a complicated and humorous 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. 03/25-04/25: ‘Equivocation’ Goes behind the scenes at the legendary Globe Theatre as King James commissions William Shakespeare to write a play about a thwarted attempt on his life - the infamous Gunpowder Plot. Written by Bill Cain. directed by Jasson Minadakis. See website for schedule. $15-54. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 3885208.

Comedy 03/25:‘Laugh Your Way To Love’ A new adventure in dating, this show is comedy with a twist. Make a love connection with Debbie Campo, Joe Nguyen and Ali Mafi. 8pm. $20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

03/19-04/18: ‘The Boys Next Door’ Comedy about four mentally handicapped men liv-

BEST BET Tiburon takes on the world The ninth annual TIBURON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL continues its grand cultural quest “to provide a greater understanding of the world” this year with over 200 movies and a spotlight on the latest in cinema from Turkey. Aside from the opening gala, there’s a “meet the filmmakers” party (March 19) and a closing night celebration, as well as a panel discussion and much to see from Marin and Bay Area Turkish cinema is in the spotlight at this year’s filmmakers. March 18-26 at the Playhouse Tib Film Fest. Theater, 40 Main St.; and the Corinthian Yacht Club, 43 Main St., Tiburon. For more info and tickets: Call 415/789-8854; visit the box office at 1680 Tiburon Blvd.; online at—SC

03/19: 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. 03/20-04/18:‘Cream-From the Top’ Exhibition featuring new talent from the 2009 graduate art programs around the Bay Area. Artists’ reception March 20, 5-7 pm. 5-7pm. Free. MarinMOCA, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137. 03/26-05/29: Falkirk Juried Exhibition Annual Donna Seager Gallery juried exhibition. Opening reception March 26, 5:30-7:30pm. Artworks in all media by 40 Marin and Bay Area artists. 5:30-7:30pm. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328. 03/26:‘Roman Ruins’ Henrik Kam, photography. Features black-and-white images shot with field-processed Polaroid positive-negative film, during Kam’s trips to Rome and Turkey in 1995 and ‘98. Reception March 26, 6:30pm. Free. Image Flow, 401 Miller Ave., Suite F, Mill Valley. 203-2787. www.

Through 03/25: Annual Marin Arts Council Members’ Exhibit Annual art exhibit featuring a variety of works by member artists including mixed media, paintings, sculpture and photography. 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:‘Fields of Time’ Drawings and paintings. Free. Gallery Route One, 11101 Highway One, Pt. Reyes Station. 883-8415.

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 Thu.-Sun. from 11am-5pm. Artists’ 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 03/31: Library Exhibit “Floating Homes,” photographs. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 331-8989. Through 04/23:‘Mosaics’ Innovative, cuttingedge array of mosaics. Juried by Ted Cohen, featuring works from 40 artists. 10am-5pm. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119.

Through 04/29: Chameleon: Brandon Munley New multimedia creations and illustration. 8:30am-5:30pm. Free. Tiburon Town Hall, 1505 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon. 299-0667. Through 05/01: Art Houses of Marin Twentyfive art houses on display in Marin communities for

It’ll be gunpowder, treason and plot when ‘Equivocation’ opens at Marin Theatre Company next week. two months leading up to a gala and auction. Free. San Rafael City Hall, San Rafael. 892-5252.

Talks/Lectures 03/20: Disney Innovator Don Iwerks Discusses the nodal point camera invented by his legendary father Ub Iworks. $4-7. 3pm.Museum open 10am6pm Mon.-Wed. Walt Disney History Museum, in the Presidio at 104 Montgomery St. 345-6800. www. 03/21: Laughter Yoga Learn the therapeutic benefits of laughter with Monnet Zubieta. 6:309:30pm. $5-20. Novato Oaks Inn, 215 Alameda Del Prado, Novato. (650) 349-2651.

03/23: Conversations with Eco-Innovators “Science to Action: Linking Deep Scientific Research to the Real World.” With Celia Harvey, PhD, Center for Applied Biodiversity Science and Conservation International. 6:30-7:30pm. $15. Cavallo Point, 601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito. 561-3560. www. 03/23: Marin Orchid Society Meeting Ron Parsons will speak on Orchids of North America. answer questions about your orchids, plus a raffle. 6:30-9:30pm. Free. Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. www. 03/25: Armchair Travel Series “In the Footsteps of Van Gogh: Travel Adventure Through History, Stories and Photographs” with teacher/photographer Michael St. James. 7pm. Free. Larkspur Library, 400 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 927-5005.

Wednesdays: Eckhart Tolle and Oprah Discussion on Eckhart’s “A New Earth.” Continuing through March 24. Light refreshments. 6:30-8:30pm. $5. Whistle Stop, 15 Jordan, San Rafael. 456-3341.

Readings 03/19: Jo Nesbo The author discusses his novel “The Devil’s Star.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 03/19: Stephen Batchelor Batchelor discusses “Confession of a Buddhist Atheist.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 03/20: I Surrender Author Chang-rae Lee talks about his novel “The Surrendered. “ 2pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

03/20: Jeff Kahn and Annabelle Gurwitch Real-life married comedy duo, Jeff Kahn & AnnaMARCH 19 – MARCH 25, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 29

BEST BET Womenfolk who folk-rock BLAME SALLY is an all-female folk-rock phenom from San Francisco that has the Chronicle rhapsodizing about their “artful romanticism of Jane Siberry, rich folk harmonies of the Indigo Girls, and the percolating soulfulness of Joy of Cooking.” And, like most folk-chick bands, they’ve also got a lotta heart—Blame Sally recently launched a Breast Cancer Fund Awareness Video Contest, in which fans were invited to create a video It’s Sally’s fault, March 20 at 8pm. for either “Pass the Buddha” or “All Rise,” which were written in response to a band member’s battle with and recovery from breast cancer. (The winning video will be shown at this show.) 8pm March 20 at the Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. Info and tickets: Visit www. or, or call 415/389-5072. —SC

belle Gurwitch, talk about their memoir “You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up: A Love Story.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 03/20: Pragito Dove Dove talks about “Laughter, Tears, Silence: Expressive Meditations to Calm Your Mind and Open Your Heart.” 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 03/21: Rabbi Daniel Kohn “Jewish FAQs: An Internet Rabbi’s Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Judaism.” Co-sponsored by Congregation Gan HaLev. 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 03/21: Search For Oneness Author Rik Pikrell will read and discuss his examination of the concept of self-realization which compares the Western spiritual tradition with the practice of Transcendental Meditation. 7-8:30pm. Free. Transcendental Meditation Programs of Marin, 3 Harbor Dr., Suite 106, Sausalito. 289-1122. 03/21: Tilar Mazzeo and Paul Hawley A talk about “Back Lane Wineries of Napa.” A guide to wineries where you can find excellent handcrafted wines made by on-site proprietors. 2pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.

This weekend’s Aesop smackdowns begin at 1pm.


03/21:David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth The authors talk about “What’s Wrong with My Plant (And How Do I Fix It?): A Visual Guide to Easy Diagnosis and Organic Remedies.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 03/22: Sam Lipsyte The author discusses his novel “The Ask.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 03/23: Devout Exploration Gina Welch talks about “In the Land of the Believers: A Journey to the Heart of Evangelical America.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 03/23: Spirited Children Author of “Raising Your Spirited Child,” Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, talks about “Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles: Secrets to Effective Discipline.” Sponsored by First 5 Marin. 7pm. $15. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 419-3632. 03/24: Drive by Propaganda Author Jack Bowen talks about “If You Can Read This.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

03/25: Michael Chiarello and Marcia Gagliardi Famed Napa chef Chiarello and author of “The Tablehopper’s Guide to Dining and Drinking in San Francisco,” Gagliardi offer tastings and pourings celebrating the flavors of Rome. 7pm. $10-20. Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000 . 03/25: Sam Keen The author discusses “In the Absence of God: Dwelling in the Presence of the Sacred.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage. com 03/26: Katz Cooks Rebecca Katz presents “The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen: Nourishing Big-Flavor Recipes for Cancer Treatment and Recovery.” 6:30pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

Film Events 03/19:‘Dancing With Gaia’ Screening and Talk Documentary for earth-lovers and lovers, new and ancient ways to experience earth as part of your 30 PACIFIC SUN MARCH 19 – MARCH 25, 2010

own body. 7-9pm. $10. Crystal Chalice Store, 1930 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 785-7119. www. 03/22: Monday Night at the Movies “The Last Picture Show.” (1971). 7:30-9pm. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 389-4292, x203. 03/24:‘They Came to Play’ Uplifting film about the International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, hosted by the Van Cliburn Foundation. With pianists Ken Iisaka and Esfir Ross live. 7:30pm. $12-15. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-1222.

Community Events (Misc.)

03/20-03/28:‘Animal vs. Animal: An Aesop’s Fables Mashup’ Written by Steve Yockey. Directed by Josh Costello. Featuring Patrick Jones and Danielle Levin. Shows at 1pm Sat.-Sun. $10-15. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208. 03/20: Caroline Harrison Kids singer-songwriter/guitarist will perform as part of a children’s music series. 11am. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 03/26 and 28: 'Wonderland' A youth musical rendering of the "Alice in Wonderland" story. Preceded by a junior version of "Oliver" opening up the event. 7pm March 26 and 28; 2pm March 28. Mill Valley Golf Course Clubhouse, 280 Buena Vista Ave., Mill Valley. 380-0887.

03/20:‘An Afternoon in Italy’s Gardens’ Landscape Designer Cathy Edger will present slides about Italian Villa Gardens, their history and ideas for Marin’s gardens. 10-11am. Free. Novato Public Library, 1720 Novato Blvd., Novato. 328-7772. www. 03/20: Awakening The Dreamer Pachamama Alliance sponsored symposium with Green Sangha, and the Marin Recycling Center. Includes a tour of the Recycling Center and a vegetarian lunch. 9:30am4pm. $20. Marin Recycling Center, 535 Jacoby St., San Rafael. (510) 532-6574. 03/20: Monthly Book Sale March book sale features best sellers and forgotten gems. 9am-4:30pm. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 389-4292, 203. 03/20: Pushups For Charity Marin Proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Have healthy fun and make a difference. 10-11am. Free, donations. 5 Star Fitness, 647 Irwin St. Suite D, San Rafael. 891-8787. 03/21: Blood Drive Be a Hero. Bring a picture ID. 8am-1pm. St.Patrick’s Church, Across from the Larkspur Fire Dept., Larkspur. 948-5904. www. 03/21: Marin Hunger Walk Join hundreds of neighbors in a festive three-mile walk in downtown San Rafael to raise money to fight hunger, internationally and locally. 2:30-4pm. St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room, 820 B St., San Rafael. 515-6127. www. 03/23: Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day Marin Abused Women’s Services (MAWS) and Ben & Jerry’s are partnering, once again, to raise money and awareness about domestic violence in Marin and to celebrate another anniversary for Ben & Jerry’s. Noon-8 pm. Free, donations accepted. Ben & Jerry’s Bon Air Center, 290 Bon Air Center, Greenbrae. 526-2541. 03/23: Get Ready Mill Valley Class Free 90minute class, sponsored by the Mill Valley and Southern Marin Fire Departments, that teaches you how to prepare your home and family for an emergency. Pre-registration encouraged. 7-9pm. Strawberry Recreation Center, 118 E. Strawberry Dr., Mill Valley. 380-1105.

Kid Stuff 03/19-21:‘Into the Woods Junior’ The Marin Primary and Middle School presents their version of this cockeyed fairy tale where all of your favorite characters meet and mingle onstage. 7:30pm. $10-15. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 924-2608. 03/19: Indian Valley Open Space Exploration Naturalist David Herlocker will teach about the frogs, toads, salamanders, and insects that live in the small ponds, and then hike up to the waterfall looking. 10am-2pm. Indian Valley Open Space Preserve, Meet at the parking area at the west end of Indian Valley College (take Ignacio Blvd all the way to. 499-3647.

Outdoors (Hikes & Bikes) 03/20: Sunset Hike and Dine Four-mile hike featuring a mid-hike break with wine and cheese served overlooking the Pacific. Hike begins and ends at the Mt. Home Inn. 4:30-7:30pm. $15. Mt. Home Inn, Mt. Tamalpais, Mill Valley. 331-0100. www.

Nonprofits/Volunteers Through 06/20: Birdwatchers Needed for Heron Research Project Audubon Canyon Ranch’s Cypress Grove Research Center seeks birders to monitor an assigned heron and egret nesting site with scopes and binoculars from March-June. Contact for detailed information. Free Audubon Canyon Ranch’s Cypress Grove Research Center, Tomales Bay. 663-8203.

03/20: Black and White Masquerade Benefit The Novato Charter School will host this benefit which features a catered dinner with dancing, live music, silent, live and online auctions. 5pm-midnight $80. Osher Marin Jewish Community, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael, San Rafael. 328-6622.

03/20: Habitat Restoration Day on Mt.Tam Watershed Make new friends while battling invasive weeds to restore habitat along Mt. Tam lakeshores. Meet at Lagunitas Picnic Area at the end of Sky Oaks Road, off Bolinas Rd. All volunteers under 18 must bring a signed permission form. 9am-noon. Free. Marin Municipal Water District, Fairfax. 945-1128.

Ongoing: Crisis Intervention Counselor Training Community Violence Solutions is looking for compassionate and commited volunteers who are intested in becoming state certified Sexual Assault Victim Counselors. Training open to women 18 and over. 6-10pm. Free. Community Violence Solutions, 734 A Street, San Rafael. 415-259-2850. Through 06/01: Help Build A Home Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco is rehabilitating two foreclosed homes in Novato and San Rafael to provide affordable housing for local working families. Volunteer the construction site. 9am-4:30pm. Home, 1674 Center Road, Novato. 625-1025.

Through 3/20: Audubon Canyon Ranch Guide Training Audubon Canyon Ranch Guides training course prepares volunteers to guide nature walks at the Bolinas Lagoon Preserve. Graduates commit to guiding four weekend days during the season for two years. $25. Scholarships available Audubon Canyon Ranch, 220 Swift St., Bolinas. 868-9244. ✹

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STARSTREAM Week of March 18-March 24, 2010 ›› by Ly nd a R ay ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Go ahead and get lots of rest Thursday and Friday when the Moon glides through the sedate sign of Taurus. On Saturday, the season changes from winter to spring and your zodiac celebration officially begins. Add a lively Moon in Gemini to the remainder of the weekend and you can’t sit still. No matter where you are, you’re the life of the party. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) You are domestically enhanced on Thursday and Friday. Spend a bit of time sharpening your cooking skills and you’ll be quite satisfied with the results. On Saturday, the creative Sun joins the planetary gala in your imagination house. Go ahead and start on that screenplay you’ve been musing over. People are still going to the movies no matter how bad things get. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) It is finally springtime. You are now interested in making new friends as well as spending more time with the old ones. Your chart shows a definite inclination to get involved with groups—especially ones that support a worthy cause. Yes, you are now in a socially active humanitarian phase. Whatever or whoever needs saving, you’re ready to help. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) This week starts out with lots of disagreements on Thursday morning. Avoid anyone who thrives on arguments. Friday is smoother, but the remainder of the week forces you to deal with a shift in dynamics as the Sun leaves the sensitive sign of Pisces to enter the aggressive sign of Aries. You are hyperaware of these energies Tuesday and Wednesday when your ruler (the Moon) is out of sync with the heavy-duty planets Saturn and Pluto. LEO (July 22 - August 22) Time to stop daydreaming. Johnny Depp may be in Wonderland, but you are returning to reality. Your ruler (the Sun) leaves the magical sign of Pisces to enter the dynamic sign of Aries on Saturday. This gives you a heightened sense of purpose that works well with the motivating energy of Mars in your sign. This is your week to get things done. All you have to do is control your reckless impulses and get them done safely. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) Although your endeavors may not be bringing in loads of cash at the moment, they are valid projects. You are going through a long and important phase of creative self-expression. Focus on gaining personal satisfaction instead of financial success and you will understand why you are compelled to continue working on something that hasn’t yet made you rich. Notice I said “yet”.... LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) Another week of trying to handle too much in too little time. Everyone wants your attention. You are tempted to run away for the weekend, except that you know you will find it all waiting for you upon your return. You really could use a helping hand. If your mate owes you any favors, this is a good week to collect. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) You are lulled into a false sense of peace Thursday and Friday. By Saturday life is about to require more effort. The demanding Sun enters your house of work, exercise and organization, meaning more time needs to be spent on your job, fitness regime and daily chores. The fun you’re having with romance and creativity isn’t going away. But fitting in eight hours of sleep every night might be. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) No one looks at springtime with as much enthusiasm as you do. It’s like you suddenly have the green light to splash around in mud puddles, dust off your catcher’s mitt and flirt with attractive strangers. Not all your friends will be thrilled with your playful attitude, so make sure you limit those flirtatious encounters to people you don’t know. Trust me on this. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) While some signs look at the beginning of spring as an excuse to lighten their workload and go outside and play, Capricorn is not one of them. You understand that no matter how tempting it is to start slacking off now, you will be better prepared to indulge if you wait a month. This is your opportunity to build a foundation for future fun. Work while it is raining, so you can play when the sun shines. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) Start considering other ways of getting from point A to point B. Within the next year you will enthusiastically embrace alternative means of transportation. This will be your chance to walk the talk (or ride the trip). A used bicycle: $100. A bus, tram or train ticket: $1 to $5 each. Better scenery: $0. More reading time: $0. Freedom from car payments, auto insurance and gas? Priceless. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) Your birthday celebration winds down on Thursday and Friday. Remind anyone who hasn’t yet given you a gift that lottery tickets are particularly welcome this year with Lucky Jupiter in your sign. On Saturday, the extravagant Sun joins hedonistic Venus in your money house. If you don’t win, you should find a way to balance your outgoing cash with some sort of income. Just a thought. ✹ Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at 34 PACIFIC SUN MARCH 19 – MARCH 25, 2010

PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123282 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as EDEN BUILDING AND DESIGN, 1875 SECOND STREET, UNIT A, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CHRISTOPHER REMMERS, 1875 SECOND STREET, UNIT A, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on FEBRUARY 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on FEBRUARY 17, 2010. (Publication Dates: FEBRUARY 26; MARCH 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123247 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CROSS STREET CREATIVE, 9 NEVADA STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SETH QUINBY, 9 NEVADA STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 12, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 26; March 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010123236 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as COLLABORATIVE CONVERSATIONS, 83-B CLARK STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: KENNETH C. HOMER, 83-B CLARK STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 10, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 26; March 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123203 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SAILPLANE DESIGN, 4 FRIAR TUCK LANE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901; NIPHA, 4 FRIAR TUCK LANE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SV SITUM, INC., 4 FRIAR TUCK LANE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. These businesses are being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on February 8, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 26; March 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123312 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ARTI INDIAN ORGANIC NATURAL CAFE, 7282 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BOULEVARD, LAGUNITAS, CA 94938: HANSRAJ SINGH HANS, 200 BOLINAS SHERWOOD, APT. 42, FAIRFAX, CA 94930; NOEL FERNANDES, 200 BOLINAS SHERWOOD, APT. 42, FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant(s) will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 15, 2010. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on February 19, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 26; March 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123280 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SMOOTH OPERATIONS, 1100 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BOULEVARD, KENTFIELD, CA 94904: MELANIE ROE KESSLER, 23 SUNNY COVE DRIVE, NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein in February 2007. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 16, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 26; March 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123310 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NEW LEARNING CULTURE - EDUCATIONAL CONSULTING FOR PARENTS & TEACHERS, 38 MARQUARD AVENUE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: GAMPER CARMEN, 38 MARQUARD AVENUE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on February 18, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 26; March 5, 12, 19, 2010)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010123348 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ILLUMINA STORY + DESIGN, 2132 BLACKWOOD DRIVE, WALNUT CREEK, CA 94596: LISA COOKE, 2132 BLACKWOOD DRIVE, WALNUT CREEK, CA 94596; SPENCER JAMES NILSEN, 110 TERRACE AVENUE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by co-partners. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on February 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 23, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 26; March 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010123335 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as X-D PUBLISHING, INC., 5 MILLWOOD STREET, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: X-D PUBLISHING, INC., 5 MILLWOOD STREET, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on February 22, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 26; March 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123377 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MADDIE’S MUD, 120 MARINWOOD AVENUE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: CARLOS SILVA, 331 ELLEN DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903; ABIGAIL ROBB, 331 ELLEN DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 26, 2010. (Publication Dates: March 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123297 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GRJ DESIGN, 441 LAVERNE AVENUE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941; GAS TOWER STUDIO, 441 LAVERNE AVENUE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: GEORGE REEVE JOLLIFFE, 441 LAVERNE AVENUE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 17, 2010. (Publication Dates: March 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123298 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WHISTLESTOP, 930 TAMALPAIS AVENUE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MARIN SENIOR COORDINATING COUNCIL, INC., 930 TAMALPAIS AVENUE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein in 1954. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 17, 2010. (Publication Dates: March 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123394 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GRAND SPA, 777 GRAND AVENUE, SUITE 203, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ANDREW CHENG, 3222 PROMONTORY CIRCLE, SAN RAMON, CA 94583. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 2, 2010. (Publication Dates: March 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) 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) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010123419 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DEEP BODY PILATES AND REHABILITATION, 28 LAVERNE AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: SHARON L. GALLAGHER, 28 LAVERNE AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 3, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 3, 2010. (Publication Dates: March 19, 26; April 2, 9, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123333 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PREFERRED ELECTRIC & LIGHTING COMPANY, 1945 E. FRANCISCO BLVD., STE. 37, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: COLONIA ELECTRIC, INC., 1945 E. FRANCISCO BLVD., STE. 37, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on February 15, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 22, 2010. (Publication Dates: March 19, 26; April 9, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123493 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MEMO’S RESTAURANTE Y TAQUERIA, 555 E. FRANCISCO BLVD., #20, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ARMANDO SEGURA, 555 E. FRANCISCO BLVD., #20, 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 March 11, 2010. (Publication Dates: March 19, 26; April 2, 9, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123510 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LARRY’S YARD LANDSCAPING, 200 POSADA DEL SOL, #19, NOVATO, CA 94949: JAIME GONZALEZ, 200 POSADA DEL SOL, #19, NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein in 2003. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 15, 2010. (Publication Dates: March 19, 26; April 2, 9, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010123528 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as EQUITY BANCORP, 900 FIFTH AVENUE, SUITE 100, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: EQUITY BANCORP, INC., 900 FIFTH AVENUE, SUITE 100, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to


PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 34 transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 16, 2010. (Publication Dates: March 19, 26; April 2, 9, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123526 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DEHESA FOODS, 15 JUANITA AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: EDWARD LEKWART, 15 JUANITA AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 16, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 16, 2010. (Publication Dates: March 19, 26; April 2, 9, 2010)

997 All Other Legals NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: WYNN WYMAN OLIVER, AKA WYNN OLIVER, WYNN W. OLIVER. Case No. PR-1001328. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or

estate, or both, of WYNN WYMAN OLIVER, AKA WYNN OLIVER, WYNN W. OLIVER. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: JANN M. AANESTAD in the Superior Court of California, County of MARIN. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that JANN M. ANESTAD be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: April 19, 2010 at 8:30 a.m. in Dept.: K, Room: K, of the Superior Court of California, Marin County, located at Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file

written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in section 9100 of the California Probate Code. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: JULIA P. WALD, 1108 FIFTH AVENUE, SUITE 202, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. (415) 482-7555. (Publication Dates: March 19, 26; April 2, 2010).

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I agreed to be in a friend’s wedding, and unfortunately, she had to change the date to the day my boyfriend and I were going to Burning Man. When I told him I’d have to go to her wedding instead, he erupted in anger. He wants me to ask her to change the date, and says he’ll “never forgive me” if I don’t go with him. Now, we were only going to Burning Man together because he couldn’t take the whole week off, so instead of going with his friends, he decided to accompany me midweek. I reminded him that we’ve been to Burning Man six times, and a wedding, presumably, happens once in a lifetime. He called me a hypocrite because I don’t believe in marriage, but will “sacrifice my commitment” to him to celebrate her commitment. He argues with such vehemence, I’m beginning to doubt my own judgment and wonder if he’s right. He’s acted like this before, but it’s become less frequent during our five years together. I don’t want to believe my boyfriend’s a selfish, manipulative ass, so—does he have a point? If not, how do I explain that you don’t abandon your friend on her wedding day to run around naked in the desert?—Upset Bridesmaid


If your boyfriend’s ego were a pimple, it would burst and flood Vermont. He’s actually demanding that the bride rebook the church, the caterer, the florist and the hall, and tell hundreds of her guests to change their plans. Because he needs you there when he accepts his Nobel? No, because he wants to bum a ride with you to go to stand around the desert and watch middleaged men and women flitting about in fairy wings and clown noses, painting daisies around each other’s nipples. It gets better. He’s telling you he’ll “never forgive” you. Because you slept with his brother, his best friend or his brother and his best friend? Nope. Because he might have to pitch in for gas for a ride in some friend-of-a-friend’s van that’s been modified into a giant rubber ducky in a tutu.What your boyfriend’s doing to you is “gaslighting,” which, unfortunately, only sounds like lighting farts on fire. It’s actually insidious emotional abuse that gets its name from the 1944 Ingrid Bergman movie Gaslight, about an heiress whose husband makes small changes around their home (like making their gas-powered lights flicker), then denies anything’s different, making her believe her sanity’s gone off its hinges. In a relationship, writes Dr. Robin Stern in The Gaslight Effect, you’re being gaslighted when somebody relentlessly pressures you to believe the unbelievable and do what you know you shouldn’t. Stern explains that the gaslighter “needs to be right in order to preserve his own sense of self and his sense of having power in the world,” while the gaslightee allows him to bully away her sense of reality and self because she fears losing his love and approval. Of course, in your case, it could have something to do with not wanting to think you’ve wasted five years with “a selfish, manipulative ass.” Just as you don’t have to believe in Santa to take your kid nephew to give his list of demands to some fat stranger in a fake beard, you don’t have to believe in marriage to appreciate what a huge life event it is for your friend. Huge enough that it’s reasonable to “sacrifice” your “commitment” to attend a giant acid-dropping fest in the desert. There are commitments, and then there are commitments, which is why there are bazillions of wedding photographers but few earning thousands of dollars shooting keepsake albums of people who carpool together. Of course, you know all this. Or knew—until Clarence Darrow, as played by a big, soggy-diapered baby, started in on you. Clearly, this is less about a wedding than winning. But, in a healthy relationship, winning sometimes means letting the person you care about get their way. A loving boyfriend might be underthrilled that you’re attending the wedding, but he won’t hammer you about it until you’re not sure who you are or what you think. You either need to refuse to engage when he goes bully on you or refuse to stick around for more. If you do decide to leave, you shouldn’t have to worry about finding a new boyfriend, just about hiring bouncers for the line of guys wanting to date you after hearing the reason behind your breakup: “Yeah, seems my ex just couldn’t handle it when I said, ‘Bummer that I have to get all dressed up and go to this wedding, but you live it up best you can at that paganistic, psychedelic orgy in the desert.’” ✹

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