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Gone for a Burton Much as I admire Tim Burton I was not impressed by his Alice in Wonderland; in fact, I walked out halfway through it. However, I am impressed, and intend to keep, Pacific Sun’s splendiferous “Alice in Marinland”: a much more creative work of art, and function, that Burton should look at and grieve. George Fulford, Mill Valley

Great plot, but hardly a must read... Congratulations on another great Best of Marin issue [“Alice in Marinland,” March 26], though disappointed no best bookstore category this year. Steve Costa, owner Point Reyes Books

Bet she’d still find Fairfax pretty bizarre I’m writing regarding Peter Seidman’s story from last week [“Towns Without Pity,” March 26]. The “Alice in Wonderland” theme of the issue is perfect for Seidman’s article and its examination of two communities dealing with local laws and illegal immigration. Lewis Carroll’s children’s book is replete with absurd characters and contradictions. So, too, the issue of illegal immigration. While Washington refuses to enforce immigration laws, it tells states and cities it is a federal issue and they mustn’t act. We tell our children to respect the law, but undermine officials who would enforce the law. We discourage trespass, while we hold aloft as heroes those who steal into the country. We expect the Church to act in the nation’s interest, but see one acting against it.

Novato is looking to ensure that public monies go only to citizens and legal aliens. San Rafael wants to make it more comfortable for the largely illegal-alien residents of the Canal area. Alice would feel quite at home in Marin.

lash, oh yeah), bored, negative, complacent, dreamy, distracted, we will forget. Obama listens, and understands. If he screams, he won’t be able to figure out how to pull off government. Thank you to all who get on the phone and help him.

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Ann Nengo, Ross

Those who forget past are doomed to, er... uh... A sticker on a Range Rover in Ross reads: “OOPS”—with two Obama rising suns in the place of the OOs. Ah, the spinmeisters-withintent-to-induce-collective-amnesia. It takes major memory loss to forget. Rush has a problem (OxyContin); wonder if Glenn has that problem too. George Bush was a disaster. Dick Cheney cannot be trusted. A woman got to the top of Hewlett-Packard and another at eBay! But Carly Fiorina was a disaster, and Meg Whitman presided over the hugely lucrative eBay porn sale. John Thain was fired from Bank of America, but who fired him? Why? Wait, who presided over the biggest government spending spree ever? But I will never forget why Barbara Boxer said, “Call me Senator...sir.” Desert spreads, while most in the Middle East live on the edge. Indonesia loses land when water rises. How many Muslims do we want to enrage? Count those wavy fumes in hot city traffic. But Rush, Glenn, patriotic dissent, [RNC creative director] Fred Davis, are banking on this: If we do remember, we might wonder, “Wait a minute, that’s the cool ad that costs so much money, but are those the facts?” But if we are too busy, tired, worried, suspicious, depressed, embarrassed, embraced by the corporate (newly stung by taxes), cowed, wowed by special effects in apocalyptic movies, racist (subliminal back-

At least students will have place to find jobs after graduation... The current plans of the College of Marin board for the Kentfield campus seem ill advised. The idea that building a commercial

center will further education and industry is not supported by history. The Industrial Revolution resulted from learning and experiment, which brought inventions like the steam engine. Silicon Valley came about not by the building of malls but the construction of laboratories. If the board of COM wants to produce prosperity in the future they should be putting their tax dollars into the minds of our young and providing opportunities for retraining and innovation. We already have sufficient empty storefronts in our existing malls in Marin, more will not help. Niccolo Caldararo, Fairfax


OOPS! To borrow from Lewis Carroll, we’ve gotten a “frabjous” amount of positive feedback from readers about this year’s Best of Marin issue, “Alice in Marinland.” [For a genuinely surreal experience, check out our “making of Best of Marin” video at] While the issue—our biggest of the year—and its release went surprisingly smooth, a couple of things fell through the cracks—down the rabbit hole, if you will. First, while we try hard to feature photos of every readers-poll winner, this year a particularly dashing shot of Michael Leonard, of bestmen’s-clothes winner Patrick James Clothiers, and Mario Batz, of best-moving-and-storage winner Johnson & Daly, was left back at the March Hare’s house. Then, in our effort to make room for photos, we held out a couple of non-people-specific winners. But several readers have asked about them so here they are: For the second straight year, Fairfax took the prize for “Best Marin Town (Other than Your Own),” followed by San Anselmo and Mill Valley, respectively. And for the “Biggest Local News Story” of 2009, the installation of Debi Geller Tiburon surveillance cameras finished Nelson first, followed by Marin Clean Energy Staffing vs. PG&E and the state Supreme Court upholding the Prop. 8 gay-marriage ban. And finally (we hope), we botched Lorraine Gauthier Nelson the names of the Best Staffing Agency Staffing winners from Nelson Staffing--that’s Lorraine Gauthier, left, and Debi Geller looking great in the photo on the right. This is definitely something we won’t Staffing at its finest. be mentioning on our curriculum vitae…

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proposal to ban plastic bags in Marin grocery stores and retail outlets is receiving a big boost from a study Green Cities California commissioned as a counterpunch to the American Chemistry Council (ACC), which has been throwing roadblocks in front of bag-ban proposals across the state. The proposal in Marin would institute a ban on plastic bags at checkout counters in grocery stores as well as banning retail businesses from packaging customers’ purchases in plastic bags. The ban, however, would not extend to plastic produce bags in grocery stores, dry-cleaning bags or the bags used in pharmacies—which would violate a federal mandate that ensures health information privacy, including the right to keep those prescription bottles confidential. In an overall effort to discourage the use of single-use bags, the proposal also would place a fee on paper bags, set at 15 cents at this point. Backers of the proposal would like to see each city in Marin, as well as the county, enact a comprehensive bag-ban ordinance that would extend throughout all jurisdictions. A tall order. So far Fairfax is the only town in the county that has banned plastic bags. Fairfax gained that distinction when voters in the town approved a ban on plastic bags in restaurants and retail stores. Before the vote, in 2007, the town council had proposed a plastic bag ban. It wasn’t long before bag manufacturers threatened to sue the town. Plastics manufacturers said Fairfax had violat-

ed the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) rules that call for an environmental impact report. The town could not call for a ban on only plastic bags without assessing the environmental consequences of such an action. A proper review would consider the effects of a ban on plastic and paper bags, biodegradable bags and other bag alternatives, the manufactures said, and the town had done nothing to move in that direction. Conducting an environmental review to meet CEQA guidelines can cost $50,000 to $250,000. Even at the lower amount, a town like Fairfax might find it difficult to muster the funds. That didn’t go unnoticed by the American Chemistry Council and the packaging industry. But Fairfax put the bag-ban issue on the ballot, where it received a 79 percent vote from residents. Going to the ballot also blocked the industry move to require an environmental report. The plastics industry has been fighting moves up and down the state to ban singleuse plastic bags, and the threat of a suit filed against an entity for violating the CEQA guidelines has been a recurring tactic. When the San Jose City Council passed one of the strictest bag bans in the country, it held off full implementation until 2011 for a full legal and environmental review. The San Jose ban, not aimed solely at plastic bags, prohibits grocery stores from offering most plastic and paper bags. The ordinance allows retailers to give out paper bags made with at least 40 percent recycled material 10 >

›› NEWSGRAMS Recent rain fills reservoirs The Marin Municipal Water District is reporting that six of the seven reservoirs in the county have reached 100 percent capacity. The Kent Lake reservoir—the county’s largest—in West Marin is close to full. It’s also a marked improvement over this time last year, when the reservoirs were at 84 percent capacity. Total rainfall for the period of July 1, 2009 to March 30, 2010 is just over 45 inches. Meanwhile, Novato customers may be facing an 11 percent rate hike imposed by North Marin Water District, effective June 1. The latest increase is being attributed partly to reduced sales volume—i.e., conservation—and higher costs for water bought from Sonoma County Water Agency. The board plans to vote on the issue following a May 25 public hearing. County ups fees to avoid cutbacks In an effort to reduce a $20 million deficit without sacrificing public services, Marin County administration is looking to increase fees and taxes. The June 8 election ballot will feature a measure for a $49 library tax, which, if not passed, would result in cut library hours and services, say officials. Fees would be raised for recording legal documents, planning permits and other similar county services, as well as the introduction of new fees for farmers’ market inspections. But the proposed increased fees would only amount to about $1.5 million in raised revenue; supervisors are also considering departmental spending cuts and layoffs. However, supervisors did agree to spend up to $25,000 on a survey to find out if voters would approve a fire tax to support the county’s fire department operations. Plans to increase county park fees are also in the works, pending approval by the Parks and Open Space Commission. Central Marin sewage districts consider consolidation...again The consolidation of sewer districts in central Marin has sparked debate for years. But recently, Ross Valley Sanitary District board members have readdressed the issue by saying they would consider consolidating—provided Corte Madera and San Rafael join as members of the Ross Valley Sanitary District, rather than form a new sewage agency. While the district merger could save ratepayers money, Ross Valley Sanitary officials are hesitant to give up control of their own funds. The district—which includes Ross, Fairfax and San Anselmo—came under attack two years ago for approving an unprecedented rate hike, as well as spending over $2.5 million on new headquarters in San Rafael, $1 million on legal expenses and doling out a $34,000 raise to its general manager. Where candidates and incumbents stand on the consolidation issue could play a role in the June 8 election of the district board. Shorts... The state Department of Fish and Game is granting close to $730,000 to local efforts to help endangered coho salmon. Two grants totaling over $330,000 were awarded to Forest Knolls-based Salmon Protection and Watershed Network; others were given to the Marin County Open Space District, Marin Municipal Water District, Trout Unlimited’s North Bay chapter and the Marin County Department of Public Works.—Samantha Campos

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Traveling man Beloved cartoonist almost names iconic strip after horse sh--?! by Jason Walsh


“Walt Kelly is Pogo, Doonesbury’s a lot like Trudeau and...Charlie Brown’s attitudes to life are much those of Charlie years ago very Schulz,” cartoonist Phil Frank told the Pacific Sun in April of 1980. “Farley is what I wish I was.” Bay Area newspaper readers were just happy to have both mustachioed men around 30 years ago this week. Despite the artist’s alter-ego envy, Frank and his plainly drawn creation shared much in common. Both were nature-loving nice guys in their late 30s. They drove vintage Model A Fords. And each was the softcore-facial-haired voice of reason amidst a community of loons and eccentrics. Farley’s consorts were a commune of credulous bears; Frank’s, Me Decade Sausalitans. There was plenty of room for autobiographical crossover. When Sun feature writer Elizabeth Stewart caught up with Frank for her story “A Cartoonist’s Life of Parody,” the houseboaterhusband and father of two (their boat was named the Ameer) had been pumping out “Travels with Farley” for five years and the strip was appearing in 25 papers throughout the country. Long before Frank turned the strip into its purely local incarnation—Farley and the bears settled in San Francisco in the mid 1980s, with our hero landing a job as a reporter at a Chronicle-style daily—the comic had been a Kerouac-inspired social satire featuring, in Frank’s words, “a Johnny Appleseed character who would travel the country planting ideas instead of trees.” Prior to copping its title from Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley, Frank had planned on

Early in the strip, Farley changed jobs frequently. His work in the parks system was his longest-lasting gig.

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1. Pictured, top right : In 1849, what Mexican military general in California (a Bay Area city is named for him) named Marin County after what Coast Miwok Indian chief? 2. Many Chinese food dishes are prepared in a curved metal pan called a what? 3. What is the name of the jet on which the #1 president flies for personal or government business? What about the VP? 4. Pictured at middle right: This award-winning thriller from 2000, about a man with short-term memory loss, told its story in reverse chronological order. What’s the movie title? 5. This region northeast of Turkey has a 2,500year-old history, and is considered the first to adopt Christianity as a national religion. Today it’s an independent country. What is it? 6. Identify the four Los Angeles Lakers who have ever won the NBA Most Valuable Player award. It happened once each decade since the 1970s. 7. What beverage, popular with children as well as adults, originated from the Aztecs in the 15th century? 8. Identify these cities with female names: 8a. Capital of Montana 8b. Pictured at bottom: Capital of Tuscany 8c. Capital and largest city of Prince Edward Island, named in honor of Queen C________ , consort of King George III. 9. America’s two top corn-producing states are neighbors whose names begin with the same letter. What are they? 10. Who were the last three governors of Cali#4 fornia, preceding Arnold the governator? BONUS: In 2004, the American Film Institute released its list of the top 100 songs from U.S. movies. No. 1 on the list was what song from what 1939 movie?


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± Fearing a highway blowout from her two bald tires (and feeling utterly helpless in the face of her lengthy unemployment), “Maret” of Kentfield was moved—and comforted— by the “extremely compassionate” staff at Cain’s Tires in San Rafael. Broke and weeping, Maret went to the shop for advice on how long she could possibly hold out on a new-tire purchase, but instead met the owner Pat, his lovely daughter and a man with kind eyes who enveloped her in a hug and said, “We’ll take care of you.” Now outfitted with a couple of used tires for a price that dried her tears, Maret marvels at the “above and beyond the call of duty” of Cain’s “more than just a business” family.

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calling the strip “Road Apples,” a slang term for horse manure. Wisely going with the more literary name—though by 1980 the Chronicle had shortened it simply to “Farley,” as single-named strips like “Garfield,” “Ziggy” and “Herman” were the fashion of the day— Frank formed his own syndicate and Farley was in his first newspapers by 1975. Still, by the time the Sun’s story ran, “Farley” was only earning enough to supplement Frank’s income in marketing. Though Farley never reached the 200 newspapers Frank estimated he’d need for the strip to fully support his family, the decision to go “local” was what made him a Bay Area institution. Farley’s reporting for the Daily Requirement, and the strip’s riffs on waterfront tourist restaurants, Golden Gate Park, Mayor Willie Brown and the San Francisco Giants placed him in a class by himself for daily ‘toon reportage. Along the way, he created more strips— most notably “The Elderberries” with friend Joe Troise—volunteered for the Sausalito Historical Society, served as an exhibition coordinator for the Bolinas Museum, rode shotgun at the Sausalito Fourth of July Parade and gave name to Farley Bar in Fort Baker. Through it all, he told the Pac Sun, he’d always envied Farley’s ability to wander and meet people. “Farley mirrors my amazement at 20th century America,” he told Stewart. “The overwhelmingness of the system and the problems it creates. I’m fascinated by the subcultures that exist and I want to write about them.” In early 2007, Frank was diagnosed with a brain tumor; he announced his retirement from cartooning that September. According to the Chronicle, Frank once described his idea of luxury as “being on the crest of the Bolinas Ridge and falling asleep on the hillside.” He died Sept. 12 at a friend’s home in Bolinas. The house, noted the Chronicle in its eulogy, had a beautiful view. ✹




Rafael prepaid nearly $350 for scuba lessons and some home-study materials from a Bay Area dive shop. A few days later, his doctor strongly advised Richard not to proceed, due to a pre-existing medical condition. Richard then notified the shop manager and refused delivery of their scuba materials—which, coincidentally, got lost in transit, the scuba shop later told him. Now, neither the USPS carrier nor the shop manager will assume responsibility—or offer a refund of payment—and Richard is left high and dry—landlocked, PADI-less and with a severe case of the wallet “bends.” —Samantha Campos

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â&#x20AC;şâ&#x20AC;ş UPFRONT < 8 Plastic bags fit to be tied? if a fee is charged for them. In Marin, a coalition comprising Green Sangha, EcoMom Alliance, and Teens Turning Green kicked off an effort in December to enact a bag ban that would extend across the entire county. They gathered support from sustainability groups and environmental organizations. County Supervisors Charles McGlashan and Susan Adams were on hand Dec. 19 for a kick-off event that marked the start of a Bring Your Own Bag community education program. McGlashan and Adams and other bag-ban supporters wanted county supervisors and city councils to enact bag bans by Earth Day, April 22. A sour economy and lack of political support slowed the initial effort. But the move toward single-use bag bans has been gaining momentum around the world, and California is no exception. Green Cities California is playing a major role. The organization is a coalition of governmental jurisdictions dedicated to fostering sustainability through collaborative action. Members include Berkeley, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Sacramento, San Diego San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Barbara, Santa Monicaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and the county of Marin. The idea is to share a bestpractices approach taken in each jurisdiction and spread the experiences and lessons learned. Among those lessons is a method to block

the American Chemistry Council tactic of forcing prohibitively expensive environmental reviews of bag bans. Back in 2007, San Francisco passed the ďŹ rst plastic-bag ban in the state. Over in Oakland, Carol Misseldine (married to McGlashan) was the sustainability director for then Mayor Jerry Brown. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought, you know, Oakland should do the same thing,â&#x20AC;? says Misseldine, who now is Green Cities California coordinator and the sustainability coordinator in Mill Valley. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So we also adopted a plasticbag banâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and immediately got sued by the American Chemistry Council. And then every single city, and there have been dozens, that has adopted plastic-bag bans has been sued,â&#x20AC;? or faced with that threat. San Francisco was able to enact its ban unencumbered by legal threat, Misseldine adds, because the ACC didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet â&#x20AC;&#x153;have their act together.â&#x20AC;? San Jose, she says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;negotiatedâ&#x20AC;? with the ACC to keep the ban restricted to grocery stores until completing that cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s environmental impact report. As proposed, the San Jose ban was intended to cover all retail outlets. The foundation of the ACC argument rested on a seemingly reasonable premise: If a city bans plastic bags, the prohibition could result in people using more paper bags, and in several key areas paper bags are worse environmentally than plastic bags. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And we said theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re right,â&#x20AC;? says Misseldine. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the American Chemistry Council thought we would all just go back to plastic bags, which of course is not an option because plastic bags


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In spring 2009, members of Green Cities California lobbied for the statewide master environmental assessment, and the Protection Council accepted the concept. The council found funding, developed guidelines for the assessment and found a consultant to compile the report. But just before the consultant was about to start work, Misseldine learned that, due to the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ nancial deďŹ cit, the MEA was cut from the budget. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was such overwhelming grief in the environmental community because this was going to be our lodestone. This is what we needed.â&#x20AC;? Green Cities then decided to raise the funds on its own for the statewide MEA. Misseldine sent out emails to cities and foundations asking for $5,000 donations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We raised almost $100,000 that way. That paid for the report. It paid for my time. It paid for reproduction of the report. And it may even pay for some support to help develop [individual] EIRs. It is a testament to the cities that they really wanted this to go. It was the easiest fundraising I have done in the 30 years I have been fundraising.â&#x20AC;? ICF Internationalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sacramento ofďŹ ce completed the master assessment, which went public earlier this month. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a ďŹ rst-of-its-kind comprehensive compilation of existing studies on bags aligned within the context of CEQA, which makes it useful in the preparation of local environmental impact reports,â&#x20AC;? says Terry Rivasplata, technical director at ICF, recognized as a leading consulting ďŹ rm on CEQA guidelines. 11 >







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›› UPFRONT < 10 Plastic bags fit to be tied? The master assessment essentially collects existing vetted studies, with an emphasis on product life-cycle studies. Among its findings is that of all types of single-use bags, plastic bags create “the greatest impact on litter.” When San Francisco passed its bag ban, it used supporting research that showed every plastic bag cost the city 17 cents by the time the bag had ended its product cycle. Even for people not so simpatico with marine mammals, the societal costs of disposing of plastic bags sometimes makes an impression. The master assessment also supports the argument that paper bags pose their own hazards. Although paper bags “are recycled at a significantly higher rate” than plastic bags, the paper variety produces “significantly larger greenhouse gas emissions and results in greater atmospheric acidification, water consumption and ozone production than plastic bags.” Biodegradable plastic bags, although more eco-friendly than other plastic bags, pose significant environmental consequences during manufacture, including greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, the bags will degrade only under compostable conditions, meaning that if the bag ends up blowing on the surface or in the marine environment, it has the same impact as other plastic bags. Reusable bags present the least environmental consequence, according to the ICF report. “Assuming the bags are reused at least

a few times, reusable bags have significantly lower environmental impacts, on a per-use basis, than single-use bags. Some of the reviewed [information indicates] that use of the non-woven plastic reusable bag results in particularly large environmental benefits.” Encouraging people to move to reusable is the key. Putting a 15 cent fee on plastic bags dropped use in Ireland by about 90 percent. But in California, AB 2449 prohibits charging for a plastic bag. A fee can be attached to paper bags, thus the proposal to charge 15 cents for them in Marin. AB 2449, which expires in 2013 unless renewed, set up the plastic bag recycling system at grocery stores. The ACC tacked on the plastic bag-fee prohibition. Findings in the environmental assessment already are playing a part in crafting bag bans across the state, including Marin’s effort. A bill in the state Legislature would ban plastic bags and impose a fee of 25 cents on paper bags, but backers of the Marin effort will continue on a parallel local level, not counting on the Legislature to successfully set the bag-ban course. Easing retailers and consumers into the reusable paradigm with as little pain as possible is the key to success. “A lot of countries have already [enacted bag bans],” says Misseldine. “China banned plastic bags.” There’s a bag ban in Australia, in Africa. “It’s not like we’re leading the pack here.” In 2002, the first country in the world to ban plastic bags took action—Bangladesh banned plastic bags because they clogged drains and contributed to flooding.✹ Contact the writer at

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he Presbyterian Church has charged the Rev. Janie Spahr with violating church law for performing 16 same-sex marriages deemed legal in the eyes of the state. The 67-year-old retired minister who has devoted her life to securing equal rights for homosexuals has been down this road before. The church charged her with violating its laws for officiating at the marriages of a New York lesbian couple in 2004 and a Santa Rosa lesbian couple in 2005. But this is the first time the church has charged Spahr with performing state-sanctioned weddings. With five states and Washington, D.C., now recognizing homosexual marriages, ministers like Spahr may be forced to choose between serving their gay and lesbian parishioners and violating church rules. “To have a church prosecute a minister for performing legal marriages is unprecedented,” said Scott Clark, who will defend Spahr at an as-yet unscheduled ecclesiastic trial. “We disagree entirely with the charges that Janie was in any way violating her ordination vows. We believe Rev. Janie Spahr was being as faithful to her ordination vows as ministers can be. Janie was doing what pastors do in celebrating these marriages. We just hope the church will join her in acknowledging the full dignity of these marriages.” Two springs ago, when the California Supreme Court legalized marriage for samegender couples, Spahr’s telephone began ringing off the hook with requests for her to officiate at weddings. Spahr’s close friends, Sara Taylor and Sherrie Holmes, stood first in line. The lesbian minister who holds a place in the Marin 12 PACIFIC SUN APRIL 2 - APRIL 9, 2010

Women’s Hall of Fame had watched her friends fall in love and build a life together with their daughter. For four years, Taylor worked as Spahr’s attorney, defending her against the church charges for the 2004 and 2005 marriages. Just a few weeks before the California Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples had a legal right to marry, the highest Presbyterian court cleared Spahr of charges related to the 2004 and 2005 marriages. During the first week in which gays and lesbians could legally tie the knot, on June 20, 2008, Spahr married Taylor and Holmes. By then, the pair had been living together in Novato for 18 years and never imagined they would be allowed to legally wed. Giddy with excitement, Spahr told the couple’s daughter and about 40 relatives and friends gathered that sunny day at the Marin Civic Center that she was marrying the two women in the eyes of the church as well as the state. “This is such a historic moment,” she said. “This is a religious and a civil ceremony. We want you to know we are combining both, which some people get cranky about.” One Presbyterian Church member got so cranky about Taylor and Holmes’ wedding that he urged church officials to investigate Spahr’s role. A committee of three concluded she violated church law by officiating at the ceremony. The church also charged Spahr with presiding over the marriages of a Terra Linda lesbian couple, a Tiburon lesbian couple who are raising five children together, two Tiburon pastors who are mothering an infant and

same-gender couples from New York, Los Angeles, Santa Rosa and the East Bay. “They’re still saying it’s sin,” Taylor said. “Who are other people to judge our relationship and our pastor’s relationship with us?” The 16 marriages in question, as well as some 16,000 same-sex marriages performed in California from June 2008 through November 2008, when Proposition 8 put a stop to them, have withstood legal challenges. The state Supreme Court has pronounced the marriages legal. Ironically, it is the legality of the marriages in question that makes them problematic for the church, according to Joan Blackstone, who is prosecuting the case against Spahr. When the Presbyterian Church’s highest court cleared Spahr of charges related to the 2004 and 2005 marriages, it did so saying that it could not discipline a minister for marrying same-sex couples when same-sex couples could not marry. Blackstone said it was the high church court’s decision in Spahr’s case that rendered the 2008 marriages a violation of church law. The opinion holds that ministers “authorized to perform marriages shall not state, imply, or represent that a same-sex ceremony is a marriage.” Taylor and Clark counter that the church’s constitution does not prohibit homosexual marriage. After the Supreme Court decision, they point out, they asked the church to clarify its position, and the church declined to hear the matter. As a result, Taylor and Clark believe the church cannot stop ministers from performing legal marriages regardless of the genders of the couples. Blackstone, who described Spahr as a friend and a “highly respected and a really beloved minister,” disagrees. “We’ve got a conflict between the law of the church and the law of the state at that time, and it’s only because of the law of the church that it’s a problem,” Blackstone said. “And it’s a big problem.” The Redwoods Presbytery Permanent Judicial Commission will try Spahr on the charges in August or September. Spahr said she welcomes the trial as an opportunity to

preach her gospel—that God loves everyone regardless of sexual preference. “During the trial, you will hear the love stories of 10 or 11 couples,” she said. “Some of these couples have been together 20 years. These are just extraordinary people. You just look down that list of couples and think, oh church, you don’t want to do this. “This is an invitation—again—for the church to see and hear its own people. We are everybody’s family. We are in everybody’s neighborhood, in everybody’s faith community. There is nobody less than and nobody second-class with God, and we shouldn’t be living there. We keep inviting the church to do the right thing—invite your children to a place at the table.” Taylor described the charges as an abuse of power and a political prosecution. “When they use a tool like this to go after a pastor, I think it has a chilling effect on other pastors as to whether they will marry people,” she said. “These are marriages. If the church wanted to say these aren’t marriages, they’ve had five or six years to make a proclamation that these aren’t marriages. But they haven’t done that. Now it’s just inconceivable to me that they would bring charges in this Presbytery against her. So here we go again.” In May 2004, Massachusetts became the first U.S. state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Since then, gays and lesbians can marry in Iowa, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont and Washington, D.C. The Presbyterian Church in Massachusetts charged a Boston minister with marrying a lesbian couple. Taylor defended the minister, who was cleared of the charges after a trial. The Presbytery has appealed. Like California voters, who enacted the gay-marriage ban with a 52 percent vote, the Presbyterian Church’s some 2.3 million U.S. members remain deeply divided over the question of same-sex marriage. ✹ Contact Ronnie Cohen at

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nna Halprin stands in the center of her Kentfield dance studio with 16 dancers splayed around her on the wooden floor. Unlike other dance teachers, the revolutionary choreographer does not demonstrate steps or moves for her students to imitate. She is 89 years old. But it is not old age that prevents the spry dance pioneer from modeling positions. Even as a young teacher, Halprin refused to show her students how to move. Halprin quietly nudges, but never orchestrates the movements of her students, or participants, as she calls them. Her insistence upon allowing the choreography to evolve organically from within the dancers themselves has been part of Halprin’s signature. For most of her life, New York dance critics shunned her as a touchy-feely choreographer who once disrobed on stage. As the iconoclastic teacher prepares to celebrate her 90th birthday, the New York Times took note of a new documentary about her life—Breath Made Visible—and hailed her as “the woman who influenced the influential choreographers.” “It’s hard to overestimate the influence the dancer and choreographer Anna Halprin has had on New York dance, even though she has made a point of staying far from the city,” the March article says. The belated recognition amuses Halprin. “It took them how many years to figure that one out?” she asks, smiling. “Really, it took them 40 years to figure that out. But that’s all right. To tell you the truth, I’ve been doing my explorations and my delving into the depths of the meaning of dance…alone. I’ve appreciated the fact that I’ve had that privilege of not being pressured to prove anything, to be anything, but to be really left alone to make my own discoveries that were meaningful to me, rather than feeling I had to always be producing work that was acceptable. “It took years for my work to become acceptable. Now that I’m approaching 90, I look back on all those years of experi14 PACIFIC SUN APRIL 2 - APRIL 8, 2010

mentation and evolution. I’ve really come to appreciate that Does she ever think about retiring? “What would I retire isolation. Not being in the limelight has given me the space from?” she asks. “I love what I do.” to do things that I felt were not only useful but a reaffirFrom the pool, we see Halprin’s redwood dance deck. mation of the power of dance to educate, to heal, to reach Another of Larry Halprin’s designs, the expansive deck floats people on many different levels, to bring people together, to above the steep hillside and meanders around redwoods. help the children.” When they built it, Halprin says madrone trees shaded the One recent spring day, Halprin invites me into the Kent deck. For unexplained reasons, the madrones died. About 20 Woodlands home her late husband and creative collabora- years ago, they planted the thriving redwoods. tor, world-renowned landscape architect Lawrence Halprin, ● ● ● ● designed on five acres facing Mount Tamalpais soon after CHOREOGRAPHER MERCE CUNNINGHAM, composer World War II. Just beyond the front gate, she points out a bronze relief of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a leftover from John Cage and poets Richard Brautigan and Michael McClure the FDR Memorial, which Larry Halprin designed in Wash- were among countless artists to play on Halprin’s famous ington, D.C. Anna Halprin walks down steps made of rail- dance deck. When her two daughters were growing up, they too danced alongside Halprin on the deck. road ties to a swimming pool set into the Rows of benches built into the hillside alhillside like a sapphire in a ring. COMING SOON low for a small audience. Yoda watches over the pool. Halprin “I just happened to have a place where The 30th annual Planetary says Star Wars creator George Lucas gave we could gather,” Halprin says. “We didn’t Dance will take place at 11am the ancient Jedi master to her husband even have the indoor studio for years. If Sunday, June 6, at Mount after he designed the Letterman Digital it rained, we danced in the rain. If it was Tamalpais State Park. Arts Center in San Francisco’s Presidio. cold, we put our coats on. It was a place we Larry Halprin also designed The Sea could gather and experiment.” Ranch, intended as a utopia at the northWe walk upstairs, into her house and ern tip of Sonoma County, as well as San Francisco’s Embarcadero Plaza and Ghirardelli Square. Hal- through her living room, where she shows off a chair, a prin says her late husband, who died in October at 93, talked bench and an oversized table, each created from a single slab of redwood and made by chain-saw master J.B. Blunk. to Yoda when he swam. Now a grandmother of four adults and a great-grandmoth- Then we go through her kitchen and back outside. Sitting er of an infant, Anna Halprin still swims every morning for an at a table in the backyard, the wiry dancer with curly gray hair and a lined face talks about being Jewish in an antihour starting at 5am. She still teaches two dance movement Semitic world, her 70-year marriage, her cancer, her quest and exploration classes a week—to novices and professionfor social justice, her awe over dance’s transformative power als alike—in her home studio. “I have people who have never and some of her career highlights. danced in their life to some of the most beautiful dancers and Vivacious and in a perpetual state of childlike awe, Halprin performers, and they all dance together,” she says.


our mountain.’ “ wears Old Navy overall jeans on top of a pink Some participants rode a bus to the top of man-tailored shirt with a turquoise bolo the mountain. Others ran to the peak. They tie and wire-rimmed glasses. Except for the stopped at each of the murder sites and left deep wrinkles on her weathered face, nothing offerings. They planted a tree, sang songs, about her appearance hints at her age. Her read poems, told stories and danced. A helienergy seems shocking for an 89-year-old, let copter followed them overhead, and together alone for a woman who underwent radical they hiked down. surgery for intestinal cancer 35 years ago. “There was a very strong sense of comShe discusses the influence of her grandfather, a Hasidic Jew who came from the shtetl, mitment of dedication and a kind of cela small Jewish town in Europe, and spoke no ebration of having reclaimed our voices as a community,” Halprin English. “My grandsays. “And then the father had a long, miracle happened. white beard,” she The killer had been says. “He was the on the loose for two love of my life. He years, and he was apwould dance when prehended a few days he prayed. He looked after the dance. So it like my image of became kind of a little what God is suplegend.” posed to look like. Today, the trailside Hasidic Jews jump up killer, David Carpenand down and throw ter, remains incarcertheir arms up in the ated on San Quentin air, and they form a State Prison’s Death circle for where the Row. Torah was. For 29 years, “He really couldn’t Halprin has led the talk to me. But he “Planetary Dance.” was so affectionate Each year, participants and warm. I used to perform the ritual always sit on his lap, dance. Each year’s and he would kind of dance represents a sing to me in a non- Anna and Larry were married for 70 years; the above photo was taken by the Pacific Sun in 1981. different theme. One verbal way. I really year, it was breast thought he was God, and God was [a] dancer. All my adult life, I’ve cancer, another year AIDS, another violence been searching for a dance that would mean as in the schools. Last year, promise was the much to me, have as much soul and spirit as theme. This year, on June 6, to mark the 30th anniversary and to honor Halprin on the eve his dance meant to him.” of her 90th birthday, the theme will be unA dance that might win that distinction is Halprin’s “Planetary Dance.” The dance began certainties. “But we’re celebrating,” Halprin says. “We’re not looking at it from a morbid in 1981 during a free nine-month workshop point of view but from a place of strength, Anna and Larry Halprin offered to address that we can come together as a community what they saw as the environmental degradaand pray together.” tion of Mount Tamalpais. “The engineers Like her grandfather’s prayers, people were coming in and cementing the creeks around the world simultaneously perform the that led to Mount Tamalpais,” Halprin says. “This was wrong. They were doing it for flood “Planetary Dance.” “It’s like indigenous dancing,” Halprin says. control, but it didn’t work anyway. We were “You do a corn dance so the corn will grow. responding to what was happening to our environment and how can we develop a voice You do dances for your community to make things happen. If you dance because your to be heard.” grandmother has cancer, you’re dancing for As she does in her dance classes, Halprin everyone who has cancer.” had workshop participants draw images in 16 > response to their feelings. People I really thought he kept drawing the DON’T MISS mountain but not Breath Made was God, and God only out of conVisible opens was [a] dancer. cern about polFriday, April 2, lution. They were and runs through terrified about Thursday, April 8, a series of murders dubbed the “trailside at the Rafael Film killings.” During 1980 and 1981, six women Center in San Raand one man were killed on trails in Marin fael. Anna Halprin and Santa Cruz counties. Many of the slain and director Ruedi women had been raped. Gerber will talk to the audience after the “The mountain was closed,” Halprin 4:15pm screening on Sunday, April 4. For says. “We could not walk its trails. It was more information on the documentary, off bounds because of the trailside killer. go to I said to them, ‘Let’s do a dance to reclaim APRIL 2 - APRIL 8, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 15













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HAVING FELT THE sting of anti-Semitism as a child and young adult, Halprin believes her Jewish roots compelled her to dance not just for artistic and emotional expression but for social justice. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very Jewish,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were the ďŹ rst Jews in Kent Woodlands. You couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t buy property here as a Jew. I met Larry at Hillel, a campus social gathering place for Jews because we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any other place to go. I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even get housing at college. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re discriminated against like No plans to retire. that, it just makes you more stubborn. The Holocaust, of course, was another element classroom. Most of the dancers close their that strengthened my commitment to be eyes. Some dance with the grace of ballerinas. Jewish. I think being Jewish inďŹ&#x201A;uenced my whole philosophy about dance. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a long Others look like they might be acting out a tradition for Jews to ďŹ ght for civil rights. Look scene from One Flew over the Cuckooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nest. Halprin offers the dancers pastel crayons at Passover; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about celebrating freedom. and paper along with the option to draw their I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inbred in our upbringing to have dance, write their dance or continue to dance. social consciousness.â&#x20AC;? In the late 1960s, Halprin choreographed Most draw abstract pictures. One draws a green frog-like creature. and performed a dance They form a circle to adcalled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lunch.â&#x20AC;? Some obmire each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work. servers did not realize they Halprin wheels a were watching the dance skeleton into the circle and until well into it because explains the parts of the the dancers simply turned body on which they have eating lunch into the dance. been focusing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going One observer called Halto go through every part of prin after watching â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lunchâ&#x20AC;? the body,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Of all and asked if she would work the art forms, dance is the with a group of Africanonly one that uses the body American dancers in Watts, the Los Angeles neighbor- Halprinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1960s work with the San Francisco as the instrument. When we do movement ritual, hood still stinging from the Dancersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Workshop abandoned the conitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meant to open you up 1965 riots. Halprin agreed to straints of modern technique, giving birth to the possibilities of the work with the Watts dancers to postmodern dance. body. We will be taking the for a year while at the same body apart and trying to time working with a group of white dancers in understand the mechanics.â&#x20AC;? San Francisco. Privately, Halprin explains that someone After a year, the two groups came together for what Halprin calls a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reconciliation who cannot completely open his or her chestâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and for this she does demonstrate the Dance.â&#x20AC;? opening, lifting her head and neck and archâ&#x20AC;&#x153;We used a real-life situationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the ing backâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;cannot fully feel ecstasy. separation between whites and blacks that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s do a little closure to integrate all of started the riotsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and we used dance as a way to appreciate our diversity but ďŹ nd our us,â&#x20AC;? she suggests. Participants break into circles. One circle runs. Another takes leg-length common humanity.â&#x20AC;? exaggerated steps. The circles fold into other Halprin says such a strong familial feeling circles, and the dance begins to look like the evolved from the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reconciliation Danceâ&#x20AC;? that everyone who participated in it attended hora, a circle dance performed at Jewish ritual celebrations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The hora was done for the same Larry Halprinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memorial service a few reason,â&#x20AC;? Halprin says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;to create community.â&#x20AC;? months ago. They came from Los Angeles, Halprin watches a half-dozen dancers Denver and New York. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how strong holding hands and creeping forward as it was,â&#x20AC;? she says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the feeling of the power of though in slow motion in a mystery. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The dance to transform.â&#x20AC;? group mind always amazes me,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I During a dance class last week, Halprin couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have choreographed that. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so plays discordant New Age recorded music much individuality, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re interconnectthat leads participants to dance sensually. ed. They have total freedom, and yet everyone Some writhe on the ďŹ&#x201A;oor, alone. Halprin has their own place. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a wonderful model directs the improvisation while carefully for an ideal community.â&#x20AC;? â&#x153;š avoiding anything that might be interpreted Contact Ronnie Cohen at as a command. 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Joe’s Taco Lounge

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382 Miller Avenue ● Mill Valley 415/383-8164

150 Bellam Boulevard, Suite 210 San Rafael ● 415/456-0164

I used to live in a dilapidated (and now departed) old apartment house on Una Way in Mill Valley just up the hill from Miller Avenue. Rudolph Valentino and Charlie Deal had occupied the premises before me, but by the time I moved in the place had leaky gas pipes, rampant fleas, the occasional rodent and a whimsical electrical system that shut down if I turned on a light, the TV and the toaster oven at the same time. Happily, Joe’s Taco Lounge was just down the street, always ready to counteract my Dickensian circumstances. There I would swig a beaker of Anchor Steam and chow down on an enormous, juicy steak quesadilla, the wonderful house salad with pumpkin seeds and garlic dressing and whatever was on the dessert menu. Best of all though, was the griddled corn cake, a platter-sized flapjack of polenta, corn kernels and cheese grilled until crunchy on the outside, supple within, then served on a bed of black bean salsa with fresh cilantro strewn on top. The creamy warmth of the polenta and the melted queso blanco, the spicy, earthy richness of the salsa and the piquant zap of the cilantro added up to a metaphysically satisfying treat. All these years later the place still lifts the spirits, the selection of hot sauces as impressive as ever. —Matthew Stafford

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Chic, cosmopolitan sidewalk cafes are charming but when it comes to breakfast, When I’d be home from college give us a classic American diner any day. throughout the 1990s, I’d probably spent We want big, fluffy pancakes that fill the a semester’s worth of S.F. State tuition on plate; strong cups of coffee that never allow Italian Delite sandwiches and fries—I had us to see the bottom; thick patties of hash the Novato shop’s phone number for callbrowns and greasy strips in orders memorized, and of bacon so golden-crisped learned the hard way that if they stand up to a couple you mix up the 9 and the 1 perfectly cooked, over-easy it connected with a domieggs. Despite the name, that’s But an awkward chat natrix out in some apartwhat Le Croissant delivers— ments off Olive Avenue. But fresh, home-style Ameri- now and again with an awkward chat now and cana, affordably priced and Madame Payne was again with Madame Payne in hefty portions—although a small price to pay was a small price to pay for they do provide a plethora Italian Delite’s sandwiches. of pastries, muffins and yes, for Italian Delite’s The chicken (without croissants, in their front dis- sandwiches. hot sauce) was a personal play case. The ambience is favorite—toasted Italian roll cozy and clean, with plenty smacking of a mayonnaiseof windows, a small outside and-oil spread with shredpatio for sunny days and a ded lettuce, mozzarella and comfortable, 10-seat counter where you lean cuts of meat. Other times I’d be into can chat with the amiable waitstaff, the the pastrami, meatball, pizza sandwich, satisfied regulars reading their morning sausage and peppers or Philly cheese steak. paper or survey the hard-working kitchen Whatever you get, a “half ” sandwich will slinging out delicious omelets, mammoth more than fill you; a “whole” is enough for breakfast burritos, burgers, BLTs, Bolo- two. And always order the fries, with a bit gnaise, Bay shrimp salads and bread pud- of hot sauce for dipping. Italian Delite is ding all day long. Open daily for breakfast still cracking the whip on great food after and lunch. more than 20 years on Front Street. As for —Samantha Campos Madame Payne...?—Jason Walsh

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Bay Thai Cuisine 840 Fourth Street ● San Rafael 415/458-8845 With more than a half-dozen Thai— including Thai fusion—restaurants to choose from in downtown San Rafael, it’s easy to overlook tiny Bay Thai Cuisine. This unpretentious eatery—with room for 12-15 people max—boasts big taste and an impressive menu, especially considering the size of the (open) kitchen. It may not be the place for a group gathering, but it is the spot for authentic Thai food that is flavorful and incredibly inexpensive. The array of curry (particular favorites always include pumpkin or winter squash), noodle, stir-fried and sauteed dishes include vegetarian choices along with seafood, poultry (even roasted duck), beef and pork; tom yum soup—with chicken or prawns—is spicy and satisfying. The veggies are always fresh and crisp—and even ordering the same dish (I do, frequently; I’m a sucker for the tasty peanut sauce), the vegetables vary each time. Prefer brown rice? You can have that, too. The friendly staff is accommodating and pleasant, whether you eat in or take out. If you find the cozy space too claustrophobic, fear not—everything is available to go. Only cash is accepted here—but that’s OK, because the meal won’t set you back much.—Carol Inkellis

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for eat-in or takeout orders. During April, 25 percent of Monday night checks at each branch will go to a food bank. There are locations in Strawberry, Montecito Shopping Center and Vintage Oaks...For something different in the world of fondue, Larkspur’s Melting Pot turned to the tropics for its Big Night Out menu. For a limited time the influence of the Pacific Islands will pervade the food choices. This means cheese fondue with Asian flavors, wraps, seafood and grilled meats and dumplings. The dessert fondue is chocolate swirled with red passion fruit-infused white chocolate. 415/461-6358...Chef Peter McNee of Sausalito’s Poggio believes in seasonal celebrations of food and he creates festivals that follow Italian custom. Spring means indulgence in spit-roasted young meats cooked over woodfire: rabbit, suckling pig, game hens and goat. Side dishes of polenta and white beans accompany them in this third annual Allo Spiedo Misto Festa. Apr. 20 to 24, $19 per person. 415/332-7771. ARBOR DAY OBSERVANCE McEvoy Olive Ranch on the Marin-Sonoma border is one of the most popular locales on the list of tours and hikes scheduled by Marin Agricultural Land Trust. With 18,000 organic olive trees planted on more than 500 acres in rolling hills, it is a perfect place to spend time in the spring—even without a tour of the oil-pressing facility—looking over the organic gardens or shopping at its small retail spot for olive-related goods. There is a visit coming up April 30 (9:45am to noon), at $20 per person ($15 for MALT members), and it is smart to register ASAP. Go to www. or call 415/663-1158. ✹ Contact Pat at

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APPETIZING OPTIONS Easter is a time when many families like to dine out and brunches are a lure. Reservation lists fill quickly, but here are a few suggestions for locations whose size and/or service hours allow for more seatings. (Do act right away to avoid disappointment.) Rancho Nicasio goes all out, 10am to 5pm, with a holiday buffet that encompasses all tastes from eggs with sausage and bacon to smoked salmon with potato latkes, fruit- and vegetable-based dishes and salads, leg of lamb and roast sirloin of beef. Cost is $26.95 per person ($22.95 for seniors, $14.95 for those under 10). 415/662-2219...Between 10am and 2pm, the Tavern at Lark Creek will serve an Easter brunch indoors and out, featuring springtime foods (wild nettle soup, salad of baby lettuces and peas, asparagus eggs Benedict) and classics like gravlax and steak and eggs. There will be chocolate eggs for all the young ones. Adults, $38; children, $19. 415/924-7766...On Sausalito’s waterfront, Horizons will serve traditional Easter dishes as well as favorites from its daily brunch, 10am to 2:30pm. It’s hard to compete with the views, but generous omelets (especially the smoked salmon version) hold their own. 415/331-3232...For a touch of Italy, Il Fornaio in Town Center Corte Madera will feature Calabrian holiday dishes along with its regular brunch offerings. Il Fornaio’s fresh breads and pastries are always part of its appeal; classic Easter baked goods will only add to the pleasure. 415/927-4400.


NO FOOLING Hop to it, as in “Quick like a bunny!” April 1 is Marin Brewing Company’s 21st birthday and the Larkspur Landing establishment is celebrating by offering $2 pints all day, with discounted retail items as well. 415/461-4677... April 1 in France is known as Poisson d’Avril (Fish of April), when kids try to pin paper fishes on one another’s backs, undetected. At Larkspur’s Left Bank Brasserie a special menu (5 to 10pm) features Sugar Creek Ranch steelhead trout from Siskiyou County, which will be a Left Bank staple from now on. Thirty percent of the proceeds that evening will go to the Watershed Project. Sugar Creek Ranch is part of the Clean Fish Alliance. Reservations: 415/927-0960.


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Larkspur, San Rafael & Mill Valley. Programs for entering kindergarten and 1st graders and a program for 2nd to 6th graders. Group games, arts & crafts, sports, science, cooking, water days, karaoke, BBQs, scavenger hunts, bike trips, Legos, photography, Fun Factor, bounce castles, rock walls, face painting and much more. Campers may participate in weekly ďŹ eld trips to places like The Exploratorium, Scandia, Q-Zar and more! Register for any number of days, weeks or for the whole summer at a major discount! Space is limited.

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hen we left off last time, Gloria and Skip were discussing a critical change in their lives. After three years of 24/7 togetherness, their relationship showed signs of strain. I was concerned theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d throw in the towel, which is what I usually do when the going gets tough; however, I should have known that our model couple had a better solution. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t plan to spend every moment together,â&#x20AC;? Gloria says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a function of retiring at the same time and having so many common interests.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were having a great time.â&#x20AC;? Skip adds. As it turns out, the more they were together, the less they had to share. For a while, they still had politics to discuss, but Gloria eventually brought Skip from the dark side into the light of the Democrats. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s left to talk about with someone who sees and hears the same things you do and agrees with you most of the time? Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s close and then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too close. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gloria recognized it ďŹ rst,â&#x20AC;? Skip says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Three years of not working and I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t motivated for anything. I tried getting pumped up to do something, but it lasted about an hour. Gloria saw it and as sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prone to do, she started bugging me. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very proďŹ cient Sicilian bugger. She has a whole family history in that, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another story.â&#x20AC;? I think Gloria must have threatened to put a horse head in his bed, because in no time ďŹ&#x201A;at, even in this poor economy, Skip landed his dream job at a small, family winery. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re an organic winery and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re maintaining the health of the land, grapevines and olive trees,â&#x20AC;? Skip boasts proudly. For him, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just that he loves his new full-time position, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s excited to get up in the morning. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s make it happen,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have responsibilities now. I feel better about myself.â&#x20AC;? If I were Gloria, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be thrilled that I succeeded in getting him out of the house and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d watch Oprah, eat bonbons and scour eBay for bargains every weekday. Since sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a better person than I, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was inspired by President Obama when he put out the call for people to volunteer,â&#x20AC;? she explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I always wanted to, but that gave me the impetus.â&#x20AC;? If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for Gloria, try the elementary school for the developmentally delayed or that environmental organization out in West Marin. (Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to go on record that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in total agreement with her giving her time at the school. The farms in West Marin, one of which raises baby lambs for wool, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not so sure

about. Gloria admits to being somewhat distracted every time she lays eyes on the lambs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I keep thinking about my recipes,â&#x20AC;? she says dreamily.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Personally, I feel as if Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m doing some good,â&#x20AC;? she reveals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Helping children and the environment. No two more important things in the world. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the same as work. It feels more vital.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;OK. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve established that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re both amazing human beings, but whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s different now with your relationship?â&#x20AC;? I ask. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel like weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re newlyweds,â&#x20AC;? Skip answers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have more to talk about. Gloria takes an interest in my work at the winery. She takes pride in what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m doing.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I come home with something to share,â&#x20AC;? Gloria echoes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I tell him what I experienced, how I helped in some little way. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the ďŹ rst thing Skip asks about when weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re back home together. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s being genuine; heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interested and involved in my volunteering.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love to hear what sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doing,â&#x20AC;? says Skip. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fabulous at the school. Gloria knows how to talk to the children and be with them. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intuitive about what they need. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tender and compassionate, but ďŹ rm.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m getting nauseated, Skip.â&#x20AC;? I tease. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the risk of further upsetting your stomach, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to add that this shows me another facet of the diamond that is Gloria.â&#x20AC;? Even Gloria rolls her eyes at him. I steer the conversation back to the problems they were having. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Has your time away from each other cut back on bickering?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well,â&#x20AC;? Gloria laughs, â&#x20AC;&#x153;sometimes youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just too damned tired to argue.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our time together is more valuable,â&#x20AC;? Skip replies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were times when I wanted to be by myself, so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be avoidant. I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t engage with Gloria. Now I look forward to our time together.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re learning more about each other, so weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not focusing on what drives us nuts,â&#x20AC;? Gloria explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And, the more I learn about Skip, the more I like him.â&#x20AC;? Take heed single folks in the suburbsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hope for us lovelorn. Like our practically perfect role models, we can mature and reinvent ourselves. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll let you know when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m ďŹ nished, but in my case, I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to take a while. â&#x153;š Email:

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ast week, Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir dropped by Mill Valley’s 2AM Club to perform five songs with the Healer Trio (Mike Healy, Pat Mundy, Mike Stecher) with special guest keyboardist Jim Talley, as the venerable bar celebrated the end of an era. The “Deuce” will close for two months for remodeling and open under new ownership in May 2010. Weir led the band through five classics then backed them up on their comedy rock anthem “Hippy on the Lawn” as the packed house cheered. Murphy Productions will produce two final shows at Mill Valley’s Masonic Hall in April: Hot Buttered Rum’s Aaron Redner & Friends on April 10 and Mark Karan April 17. Redner is celebrating the release of his solo CD, City by the Bay—which features members of HBR, New Monsoon, the Waybacks, Tea Leaf Green, Vinyl and guitarist Chris Haugen, many of whom will perform that evening. Special thanks go out to Daniel and Erma for all the great music they brought to Southern Marin at that location. FYI, Masonic Hall will be opening as a new music venue called The

Woods in May under the stewardship of Ged Robertson (owner of Mill Valley’s Small Shed Flatbreads). The stage, lighting, kitchen and outdoor area are all being redesigned along with a new sound system. They will feature Open Mic Mondays hosted by Austin de Lone, house-band jams led by Jimmy Dillon on Wednesdays and live music every Friday and Saturday. A portion of every show will benefit a local nonprofit. Keep an eye out for their music calendar, which is sure to have lots of great talent coming to town. College of Marin will host an Earth Day celebration April 24 with music by BCH and the Jawdroppers (featuring members of Zero), Terry and Oona Garthwaite, Dr. Elmo, Donna Eagle, Gideon Bendile (Zulu Spear) and Three At Last. A contemporary folk trio, Three At Last—featuring Velvy Appleton, Anita Sandwina and Ginger Parish—has been garnering wide praise from fans and the music community with their original, vocal-harmony sound. Catch them at Fairfax’s Sleeping Lady Cafe April 2 as they celebrate the release of their new CD, Live at the Freight and Salvage.

Bob Weir, on stage with the Healer Trio, struck a few chords in honor of ‘the Deuce.’

On Saturday, April 10, Danny Montana and his band will host “Night at the Opry II” at Peri’s Bar in Fairfax, a benefit for the music program of the Canal Alliance. Featured music will include the Bar Association, Rusty Evans and Ring of Fire as well as ex-Clover frontman Alex Call and the Holy Cow. Call, best known for penning the hit “867-5309/Jenny,” has been working in Nashville for over 12 years. His return to Marin is preceded by the unfortunate passing of Clover bassist, producer and songwriter John Ciambotti, who died in

Southern California last week of an abdominal aneurysm. Ciambotti was also a highly regarded session player who performed on albums by Carlene Carter, John Prine and the Grammy-award winning Lucinda Williams album Car Wheels on a Gravel Road. Elvis Costello has written an eloquent tribute to Ciambotti on his website and simply says, “There aren’t any more like him.” Red Devil Records in San Rafael will celebrate its 12th anniversary in conjunction with National Record Store Day April 17 with a huge one-day sale. Support your local record store! Marin Local Music hosts The Vibe at Club 101 this Friday, April 2, featuring Lumberyard, a band led by Counting Crows/Sheryl Crow drummer Jim Bogios. 142 Throckmorton presents its seventh “DjangoFest Mill Valley Concert” this Friday, as well, featuring the Gonzalo Bergara Quartet and many others. Bolinas’ This Old Earthquake brings their unique Gram Parsons-inspired sound to Pt. Reyes Station’s Dance Palace on Saturday, April 10. Portal, the new CD by Novato resident Rich Brodsky—aka Atomic Skunk—, has gotten some high praise from none other than Billboard magazine, which calls his album, “Note perfect ambient, full of moody, unusual dreamscape shifts and psychedelic edges.” Check it out at www. April LIVE: Too $hort ducks into 19 Broadway on Friday, April 9; trombonist extraordinaire Ed Earley slides by Rancho Nicasio on Friday, April 9; Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings roll through 142 Throckmorton April 9; Sean Hayes and the Green String Farm Band, featuring Arann Harris, plows into the Mystic April 11; HoneyDust, polishing up a new CD, will be joined by The Stone Foxes at 19 Broadway April 23; and Jai Uttal and friends appear at Marin Center on April 25. ✹ Got a hot tip for THE BEAT? Email me at Rawk on! Tune up to the Marin music scene at



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Kingdom of the wild rumpus Maurice Sendak’s classic 20-pager WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE has finally gotten the $100 million feature treatment—and with Spike Jonze at the helm, lending his uniquely melancholic vision to the fairytale, we’re treated to quite a bit Running time for the film is approximately ‘night more beauty and soul than we usually see in a and day and in and out of weeks and almost over children’s film. Max is now the child of divorce, a year.’ his fork-wielding rampage an acting out against his mother (Catherine Keener), who seems more intent on a visiting boyfriend than him. He���s a hell-raiser and dog-chaser, a vandal and finally a runaway, sailing his flimsy vessel through night and day and in and out of weeks to that famous island of memory. Jonze and co-writer Dave Eggers have fleshed the barebones story into a magical-realist parable of childhood, a time when the world in all its awfulness and neglect is met on the battlefield of play, mostly of the wreck-’em-up variety.There’s not much story here, and for a radical reason: In the kingdom of the wild rumpus, nothing matters but the building of a fort with friends.The 5-year-old I saw the film with sat silent, transfixed, for 104 minutes. (Max Records stars and James Gandolfini voices “Carol,”the Wild Thing he was born to play.)—Richard Gould

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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. ● 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. ● Breath Made Visible (1:20) Transformative dance pioneer/local legend Anna Halprin is the subject of Ruedi Gerber’s inspiring documentary. ● Chloe (1:36) Atom Egoyan sex thriller about a suspicious wife who hires a sultry nymphet to seduce her husband and then tell her all about it. ● Clash of the Titans (1:58) Liam Neeson IS Zeus in this thunderbolt-limned retelling of the Perseus legend; Ralph Fiennes co-stars as Hades. ● Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2:00) Familyfriendly comedy looks at a year in the life of a wiseacre 12-year-old. ● FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1:12) A pristine rain forest Down Under is threatened by its greediest predator, the human beast. ● 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. ● Greenberg (1:47) Lost soul Ben Stiller searches for meaning in his life as he takes on one midlife crisis after another. ● Green Zone (1:55) Paul Greengrass thriller stars Matt Damon as an Army spook trying to prevent a military flareup in an unstable region. ● Hot Tub Time Machine (1:40) Four lovelorn dudes travel back to 1986 in a magical hot tub and get a second chance at creating their own lives. ●


How to Train Your Dragon (1:38) Cartoon about a Viking dragonslayer-intraining who outrages his tribe by befriending one of his fire-breathing foes. ● 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 Song (1:47) Miley Cyrus as a disaffected teen who reconnects with her estranged father through music. ● The Last Station (1:52) Christopher Plummer stars as a dying Leo Tolstoy beset by journalists, disciples and his own conflicted legacy. ● The Metropolitan Opera: Hamlet (3:50) Ambroise Thomas’s operatic interpretation of the Bard’s spooky tragedy is presented live from New York in big-screen high definition. ● Mother (2:08) Darkly witty Korean thriller about an herbalist out to solve the murder of a young sexpot. ● Remember Me (1:53) A young couple’s secrets threaten their intense yet tenuous romantic relationship. ● 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. ● Storm (1:45) Film fest award-winner follows the Hague’s investigation of a Yugoslavian army officer accused of Bosnian genocide. ● Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too? (2:01) Janet Jackson, Cicely Tyson and Lou Gossett costar in TP’s latest contemplation of love and marriage. ● Vincere (2:02) True tale of Benito Mussolini’s discarded mistress and illegitimate son is brought to vivid, operatic life. ✹ ●

›› MOViE TiMES Alice in Wonderland (PG) ★★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7, 9:40 Sat-Sun 1:30, 4:20, 7, 9:40 Mon-Thu 6:55, 9:30 Century Northgate 15: 11::25, 1:55, 4:25, 7:05, 9:45 The Bounty Hunter (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:30, 2:20, 5:10, 7:50, 10:25 ❋ Breath Made Visible (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:45, 7, 8:50 Sat 2, 4:45, 7, 8:50 Sun 2, 4:45 (Anna Halprin and director Ruedi Gerber in person), 7, 8:50 Mon-Thu 7, 8:50 Chloe (R) ★★1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 10:20, 12:40, 3, 5:25, 7:50, 10:15 Sun-Thu 12:40, 3, 5:25, 7:50 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:10, 7:20, 9:40 Sat 1:50, 4:10, 7:20, 9:40 Sun 1:50, 4:10, 7:20 Mon-Thu 4:50, 7:30 ❋ Clash of the Titans (PG-13) Century Cinema: 11:20, 2, 4:40, 7:20, 9:55 Century Northgate 15: 11:10, 12, 12:50, 1:40, 2:40, 3:40, 4:30, 5:25, 6:25, 7:25, 8:15, 9:10, 10:05 Century Rowland Plaza: 10, 11:30, 12:30, 2, 3, 4:30, 5:30, 7, 8, 9:30, 10:30 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4, 7, 9:35 Sat 1:30, 4, 7, 9:35 Sun 1:30, 4, 7 Mon-Thu 5, 7:40 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 2:15, 4:45, 7:20, 10 Sat 11:40, 2:15, 4:45, 7:20, 10 Sun 11:40, 2:15, 4:45, 7:20 MonThu 11:40, 2:15, 4:45, 7:20 Diary of a Wimpy Kid (PG) ★★ Century Northgate 15: 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7:15, 9:40 Century Rowland Plaza: 10:15, 12:35, 2:55, 5:10, 7:40, 9:55 ❋ FernGully: The Last Rainforest (PG) Lark Theater: Fri 4 Sat 11:30 The Ghost Writer (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:20 Sat-Sun 1:35, 7:20 Mon-Thu 6:30 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 10:25, 1:15, 4:05, 7:05, 10 Sun-Thu 1:15, 4:05, 7:05 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:45, 7:30, 10:10 Sat 2, 4:45, 7:30, 10:10 Sun

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2, 4:45, 7:30 Mon-Thu 4:45, 7:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 1:50, 4:25, 7:05, 9:45 Sat 11:10, 1:50, 4:25, 7:05, 9:45 Sun-Thu 11:10, 1:50, 4:25, 7:05 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:45, 9:30 Sat 1:15, 4, 6:45, 9:30 Sun 1:15, 4, 6:45 MonThu 4, 6:45 The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Not Rated) ★★★★ Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:15, 7:30 Sat-Sun 1, 4:15, 7:30 Mon-Thu 7:30 Green Zone (R) ★★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 10:15 SatSun 4:30, 10:15 Mon-Thu 9:25 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11, 1:45, 4:30, 7:20, 10:05 Sun-Thu 1:45, 4:30, 7:20 Greenberg (R) ★★★ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:30, 2:10, 4:50, 7:35, 10:10 Sun-Thu 11:30, 2:10, 4:50, 7:35 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:15, 7, 9:25 Sat 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:25 Sun 1:30, 4:15, 7 Mon-Thu 4:15, 7 Hot Tub Time Machine (R) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 12:05, 2:35, 5:05, 7:35, 10 Century Rowland Plaza: 10:05, 12:25, 2:45, 5:05, 7:20, 9:45 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 2, 4:40, 7, 9:30 Sat 11:30, 2, 4:40, 7, 9:30 Sun-Thu 11:30, 2, 4:40, 7 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:30, 7:15, 9:40 Sat 1:30, 4:30, 7:15, 9:40 Sun 1:30, 4:30, 7:15 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:15 How to Train Your Dragon (PG) ★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:30, 7:55, 10:20 Sat-Sun 12:30, 3, 5:30, 7:55, 10:20 Mon-Thu 6:50, 9:15 Century Northgate 15: 11, 11:50, 12:40, 1:30, 2:25, 3:10, 4, 4:50, 5:40, 6:30, 7:20, 8:10, 9, 9:50; 3D showtimes at 11:15, 1:45, 4:15, 7, 9:35 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:10, 1, 2:30, 3:20, 4:50, 5:40, 7:10, 8:05, 9:40, 10:25 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 2:10, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15 Sat 11:20, 2:10, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15 Sun-Thu 11:20, 2:10, 4:30, 6:50 The Hurt Locker (R) ★★★1/2 Lark

Theater: Fri-Sat 8:30 Sun 7 Thu 7:30 The Last Song (PG) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:40, 10:25 Sat-Sun 11:35, 2:20, 5, 7:40, 10:25 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:20 Century Northgate 15: 11:05, 12:25, 1:50, 3, 4:20, 5:30, 6:55, 8, 9:30, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 9:55, 12:20, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50, 10:20 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 2:25, 4:55, 7:10, 9:40 Sat 11:50, 2:25, 4:55, 7:10, 9:40 Sun-Thu 11:50, 2:25, 4:55, 7:10 The Last Station (R) ★★1/2 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 7:10 Sat-Sun 1:40, 7:10 Mon-Thu 7:20 Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 6 Sun 2:15 Mon-Tue 7 Wed 1:30 Thu 5 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:15, 7, 9:20 Sat 1:45, 4:15, 7, 9:20 Sun 1:45, 4:15, 7 Mon-Thu 4:15, 7 The Metropolitan Opera: Hamlet (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Wed 6:30 Mother (2010) (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 10:45, 4:40, 10:20 Sun-Tue, Thu 11, 4:55 Wed 4:55 Remember Me (PG-13) ★ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 1:50, 7:40 Sun-Thu 2:05, 7:55 The Runaways (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:05, 1:40, 4:20, 7:10, 9:50 Sun-Thu 1:40, 4:20, 7:10 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 4:20, 9:45 Sun 4:20 Mon-Thu 4:40 She’s Out of My League (R) Century Northgate 15: 4:10, 10:10 Shutter Island (R) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 12:55, 7:10 Storm (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Sat 3:40 Sun 4:45 Wed 4 ❋ Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too? (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:20, 2:15, 5, 7:45, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11, 1:45, 4:40, 7:30, 10:15 ❋ Vincere (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 3:50, 6:30, 9:05 Sat-Sun 1:15, 3:50, 6:30, 9:05 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:05

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

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Live music 04/02: Buddy Owen Band Funky blues rock. In the Bar 8pm. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 04/02: Djangofest With the Gonzalo Bergara Quartet, Doug Martin Avatar Ensemble with Annie Staninec and other special guests. 8pm. $25-35. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 04/02: Doc Kraft You are welcome to bring your own wine or beer, as they don’t serve it here. 8:30pm. No cover. Seahorse Bar, 350 Harbor Dr. at Gate 5, Sausalito. 601-7858. 04/02: Friday Night Jam Hosted by Sunbolt Music. 7:30pm. $5. Presidio Yacht Club, Fort Baker, Sausalito. 332-2319. 04/02: Jose Neto Brazilian guitarist. 8-10:30pm. No cover. Whipper Snapper Restaurant, 1613 Fourth St., San Rafael. 256-1818. 04/02: Joy Kills Sorrow With MilkDrive. 8pm. $15. Dance Palace Community Center, 503 B St., Point Reyes Station. 663-1075. 04/02: Paul Robinson and Al Chan Acoustic rock. 7:30-10:30pm. No cover. Saylor’s Restaurant, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. www. 04/02: Three At Last Folk/Americana. 9pm. $10. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 04/03: Antar Blue Band Classic blues. 7pm. Saylor’s, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512.

04/03: Jumbo Trout and the Fish People Bluegrass, ragtime, blues. 9pm. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon and Hotel, 41 Wharf Rd., Bolinas. 8681311. www.myspace/smileysschoonersaloon 04/03: Maria Muldaur Easter eve show. 8:30pm. $15-20. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 04/06: Swing Fever With Ray Loeckle, saxophone. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel and Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 04/07: Compared to What Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel and Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 04/08: Andoni’s Quartet Jazz, Pop, Blues, R&B, and Motown standards. 6:30-9:30pm. No cover. Harbor Point Racquet Club, 475 E. Strawberry Dr., Mill Valley. 381-6400. 04/08: Wanda Stafford Trio With Si Perkoff with Hal Solin. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel and Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 04/09: Cole Tate Band Blues 9:30pm. Peri’s, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-9910.

04/09: Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings Rockin’ blues slide guitar. 8pm. $25-35. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

04/09: Tangria Jazz Duo Modern jazz. 7:3010:30pm. Free. Saylor’s Restaurant and Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. Masala Music Mondays With Kukoo G. Singh, tabla and Ben Kunin, sarode. 7pm. No cover. India Palace, 707 Redwood Hwy., Mill Valley. 388-3350. Saturdays: Fred Nighthawk Jazz piano. 11am. Mama’s Royal Cafe, 387 Miller Ave., Mill Valley,. 388-2361.

Theater/Auditions Through 04/18:‘The Boys Next Door‘ Comedy about four mentally handicapped men living 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. Through 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. 388-5208.

Comedy 04/09:‘Caylia Chaiken: The Date Whisperer‘ She’s back and she sees bad dates. Some of them are yours. 8pm. $20. Showcase Theater, Marin Center, 10 Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800.

Art 04/02-05/09: Paula Fava, Pallavi Sharma and Dorothy Nissen “Transitions;” Fava, paintings and photography. “Far From Home: A Travelling Tale.” Pallavi Sharma, recent works. Opening reception 3pm April 4. Gallery closed on Tuesdays. 11am-5pm. Free. Gallery Route One, 11101 Highway One, Point Reyes. 663-1347. www.

04/04-04/25: 19th Annual Marin County High School Art Show Marin county student art exhibition. 11am-4pm. Free. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 454-9561. 04/04: First Sunday Open Studios Over 40 working artists, in 3 buildings, will open their doors to public. 11-4pm. Free. Novato Arts Center, 501 Palm Dr., Novato. 883-1066. www. Groucho-Fest Exhibit of Groucho memorabilia from the collection of Frank Ferrante. Free.

Roy Rogers takes a lickin’ and keeps on pickin’ with the Delta Rhythm Kings April 9 at 142 Throck. Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000. www.

Through 04/18:‘Cream—From the Top’ Exhibition featuring new talent from the 2009 graduate art programs around the Bay Area. 5-7pm. Free. MarinMOCA, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137. 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 04/25:‘Broad Brush’ Works by Nancy Chichetti and Helen Steele. Artist talk/reception on April 7. Noon-4pm. Free. Mona Lease Gallery, 39 Greenbrae Boardwalk, Greenbrae. 461-3718. www.

Through 04/25: Gordon Cook, Luis Delgado and Steve Lewis “A Retrospective of Real Magic,”

BEST BET Fiddling until the cows come home... MILKDRIVE is an acoustic altfolk-progressive string band from Austin, which originated in northern Idaho. Playing music that ranges from bluegrass to swing jazz, MilkDrive’s members have been known to trade duties on guitar, mandolin, fiddle and bass, earning championship titles in various stringed competitions across the country. JOY KILLS SORROW is a Boston-based string band that The overly optimistic Joy Kills Sorrow goes all bluegrass on also ups the ante on traditional us at the Dance Palace. bluegrass with modern folk instrumentation that draws from rock, pop and jazz elements. Band mates have also earned awards for their finger-flying flatpicking and collectively, notes Dirty Linen magazine, the players of Joy Kills Sorrow create “a panorama of sound... both skillful and uplifting,” weaving “aural tapestries that were so vivid that they were almost visual.” 8pm April 2 at The Dance Palace, 503 B St., Point Reyes Station. Info: Visit—Samantha Campos APRIL 2 – APRIL 8, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 31

Sonnets.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 04/09: Tallman Mystery Talk Author Shirley Tallman discusses “Scandal on Rincon Hill: A Sarah Woolson Mystery.” 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

Film Events 04/04: ‘Breath Made Visible‘ The first feature length film about the life and career of American dance pioneer Anna Halprin. Q&A with Reudi Gerber & Anna Halprin will follow the screening. 4:15pm. $5.50-10. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-1222. 04/09-11: 11th Annual Fairfax Documentary Film Festival Highlight includes a short

‘Equivocation’ could be an unequivocal success for Marin Theatre Company. “The Organic Manifesto” and “Stone Carvings.” Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. www.

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 two months leading up to a gala and auction. Free. San Rafael City Hall, San Rafael. 892-5252. Through 05/03:‘Running Fence’ Recycled art exhibition. Free. Sausalito Presbyterian Church, 112 Bulkley Ave., Sausalito. 332-3790.

Through 05/29: Falkirk Juried Exhibition Annual Donna Seager gallery juried exhibition. Artworks in all media by 40 Marin and Bay Area artists. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328.

Talks/Lectures 04/07: American Artists Abroad Kay Payne gives an illustrated talk on the lure of Paris for American artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. This lecture features works by Hopper, Whistler, Prendergast, Hassam, others. 1-2pm. Free. San Rafael City Council Chambers, 1100 E St., San Rafael. 485-3321. 04/07: Artist Conversation With artists Nancy Chichetti and Helen Steele. Part of Mona Lease gallery Brown Bag lunch series. 11:30am-1:30pm. Free. Mona Lease Gallery, 39 Greenbrae Boardwalk, Greenbrae. 461-3718.

dium of current movie reviews. 6pm. Free. Book Passage, 1 Ferry Plaza, San Francisco. 835-1020. 04/07: Dream Travelers Robert Moss talks about “Dreamgates: Exploring the Worlds of Soul, Imagination and Life Beyond Death.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 04/07: Howard Frank Mosher The author presents his lyrical Civil War novel “Walking to Gatlinburg.” 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 04/08: Jacqueline Winspear Winspear discusses the latest installment of her bestselling series “The Mapping of Love and Death: A Maisie Dobbs Novel.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 04/09: Arjia Rinpoche Rinpoche discusses “Surviving the Dragon: A Tibetan Lama’s Account of 40 Years Under Chinese Rule.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 04/09: Non-Imaginary Borges Translators Suzanne Jill Levine and Stephen Kessler talk about Borges’ “Poems of the Night: DualLanguage Edition with Parallel Text” and “The

Readings 04/05: Anchee Min The author discusses her historical novel “Pearl of China.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 04/06: Laura Bell Joint event with Mark Spragg. Laura Bell presents her memoir “Claiming Ground.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. 04/06: Meth Lab Murder Mystery Mark Spragg presents his novel “Bone Fire.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 04/07: Dennis Willis The author discusses “Flick Nation: 2010 Movie Yearbook,” a compen32 PACIFIC SUN APRIL 2 – APRIL 8, 2010

The Fairfax Documentary Film Festival takes up a pitchfork against mega-agribusiness in ‘Hidden Bounty of Marin,’ at right, on April 9, while ‘The Wrecking Crew,’ above, gives a long-overdue ovation to the great studio musicians of ‘60s rock on April 10.

documentary challenge where participants get 48 hours to complete a movie after learning the theme. Friday night kicks off with “Hidden Bounty of Marin: Farm Families in Transition” with “Frequent Flyer,” “New American Soldier, “Inside Story” and Doc Challenge previews. Saturday’s film is “The Wrecking Crew” and Doc Challenge previews. Sunday is Doc Challenge Screening showtime, with judging and awards at 6pm. 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, 2pm and 6pm

Sunday. Fairfax Theater, 9 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. 453-5444

Community Events (Misc.) 04/02: Susan Adams Re-election Kick Off Party For bid on Supervisor Dist 1. Come hear about past and ongoing projects regarding health and safety concerns of Marin residents. 6-8pm. $35, donation. West End Cafe, 1131 4th St., San Rafael. 485-1040. 04/03: Barbeque 101 Pitmaster Class A basic class for the beginner and intermediate BBQ enthusiast. Learn hands on cooking with executive chef Jim Modesitt. Noon-3pm. Free. Barbeques Galore, 620 W. Francisco Blvd., San Rafael. 453-0261. 04/03: Get Ready to Paint Get the scoop about brushes, solvents, mediums, color mixing with take-home exercises. 10am-3pm. $65. Tam District Adult Ed, Sir Francis Drake High School, San Anselmo. 312-9575.

04/03: Long Term Care Coverage Workshop Determine if you need this type of insurance and what specific coverage choices you might want to select or avoid. 10am-noon. $25. Sir Francis Drake High School, 1327 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 945-3730. 04/05 and 08: Ted Koppel Part of the Marin

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Downtown San Rafael Thursday Evening Market Thursday nights through September. Farmers market, food, live music and bouncies. 6-9pm. Free. Downtown San Rafael, 4th St. between Lincoln and B St., San Rafael. 492-8007. Fridays: Eckhart Tolle Techniques Group support in applying Eckhart’s techniques in balancing form and being well in our lives. RSVP to Libby Darda for address. $5 donation. San Anselmo. 456-3341.

Kid Stuff 04/03: Easter Bunny Breakfast Come enjoy breakfast with the Easter Bunny for a good cause. Proceeds benefit the Jeannette Prandi Childen’s Center. 9-10am. $4. Cheesecake Factory, 1736 Redwood Hwy., Corte Madera. 924-8921. www.

04/03: Point Reyes Pond Life Kids Hike Natural ponds are a wonderful place to get familiar with insects, amphibians and other freshwater creatures. Learn all about what you observe in a five-mile round-trip observation walk led by naturalist David Herlocker. 10am-3pm. Meet at the Palomarin trailhead., End of Mesa Road, Bolinas. 499-3647.


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Outdoors (Hikes & Bikes) 04/04: Wildflowers and Waterfalls Ranger and photographer Craig Solin will host a short hike through Cascade Canyon Preserve ending at a sweet waterfall. 10am-noon. Meet at Doc Edgar Park, Cascade Dr. and Hickory Road, Fairfax. 507-2816.


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PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement 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 2, 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 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) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123537 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as COCINA YUCATECA, 783 ANDERSON DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SANG K. LEE, 15 AARON DR., NOVATO, CA 94949. 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 17, 2010. (Publication Dates: March 26; April 2, 9, 16, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123536 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as QUEST, 673 BRIDGEWAY, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: HOOSHANG SEDAGHATFAR, 243 REED BLVD., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941; SAEED SEDAGHATFAR, 243 REED BLVD., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on May 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 17, 2010. (Publication Dates: March 26; April 2, 9, 16, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123522 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as FALAFEL HUT RESTURANT, 1115 FOURTH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MOHAMED MOSLAM SHAWA, 2745 HILLVIEW DR., FAIRFIELD, CA 94534. 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 15, 2010. (Publication Dates: March 26; April 2, 9, 16, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123596 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as YARDPODS, 265 SUMMIT AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: 2XM, LLC, 265 SUMMIT AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 24, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 2010) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304169 The following person(s) has/have abandoned the use of a fictitious business name(s). The information given below is as it appeared on the fictitious business statement that was filed

at the Marin County Clerk-Recorder’s Office. Fictitious Business name(s): MK SALON, 6 CALIFORNIA AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: 7/17/2008; 8/21/2008; 9/22/2008. Under File Nos.: 117940; 118289; 118289. Registrantâ ™s Name(s): MAURO O. PEREGRINO, JR., 2437 21st AVE., OAKLAND, CA 94606. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on March 18, 2010. (Pacific Sun: March 26; April 2, 9, 16, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010123551 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as JCB LEASING, 1946 CASTLE DRIVE, PETALUMA, CA 94954; JCB COMPANY, 1946 CASTLE DRIVE, PETALUMA, CA 94954: DAWN STANLEY, 1946 CASTLE DRIVE, PETALUMA, CA 94954. These businesses are 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 18, 2010. (Publication Dates: March 26; April 2,9, 16, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010123440 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as YUM, 73 THROCKMORTON AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: DONALD EDWARD WEBB, 73 THROCKMORTON AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 5, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 5, 2010. (Publication Dates: March 26; April 2, 9, 16, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123498 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SWAGGER SOUND, 7 ASH AVE., KENTFIELD, CA 94904: SEAN THOMAS CARNEY, 7 ASH AVE., KENTFIELD, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 12, 2010. (Publication Dates: March 26; April 2, 9, 16, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123518 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as AAA CUSTOM UPHOLSTERY, 17.5 FRANCES STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ISMAIL ERDOGAN, 17.5 FRANCES STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 15, 2010. (Publication Dates: March 26; April 2, 9, 16, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123553 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MINDFUL HOME, 45 ALHAMBRA CIRCLE, FAIRFAX, CA 94930: PJS ADVENTURES, 45 ALHAMBRA CIRCLE, FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 18, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010123573 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as A-1 MOBILE NOTARY SERVICE, 32 ROWE RANCH DR., NOVATO, CA 94949: JULIE MILLER, 32 ROWE RANCH DR., NOVATO, CA 94949. 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 March 22, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123597 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as UNCLE WING RESTAURANT, 905-907 B STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: XIAO LING LI, 150 11TH ST., APT. 6, OAKLAND, CA 94607. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on April 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 25, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123581 The following individual(s) is (are) doing busi-


STARSTREAM Week of April 1-April 7, 2010 ›› by Ly n d a R ay ARIES (March 20 - April 19) The Moon in the sporty sign of Sagittarius over the weekend complements your chart. Whatever your activity, you are feeling enthusiastic and lucky. Meanwhile, a cooperative effort between Venus and Pluto enhances your chances of obtaining something (or someone) you desire. This is your decade to succeed. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) For the next three weeks you are moving up the social ladder. Spend time with your family on Easter and try not to beg your niece for her chocolate bunny. Then, from Monday, start making plans to go out and mingle. Right now you are charming and witty. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) To get the best out of this weekend, spend time doing something creative with your sweetie. Collaboration can be key to getting noticed for your imaginative ideas. On Tuesday, your ruler (clever Mercury) gets a psychic boost from Pluto. Play your hunches, listen to your heart and watch for signs. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) Thursday is April Fool’s Day, but the Moon in perceptive Scorpio ensures that you cannot be duped—except possibly by a sexy stranger. Meanwhile, the sociable duo of chatty Mercury and charming Venus in your friendship house makes this a nice week for get-togethers of all kinds. Whether an Easter brunch, a stroll in the park, or a visit to a controversial art exhibit, a group activity brings pleasure.... LEO (July 22 - August 22) Having fiery Mars in your sign for such an extended time requires a significant amount of energy. Add to this the inclination to rush into any project without regard for the consequences and there is a chance of burnout. Hopefully a kind family member will provide you with an Easter basket filled with expensive imported chocolates. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) In the event you are decorating Easter eggs, you take it very seriously. Am I right? Those who prefer their pastured hardboiled eggs in an arugula salad may meet up with an attractive health nut on Monday. With spontaneous Uranus and lucky Jupiter in your relationship house, anything could happen. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) You have a serious case of spring fever this week. Actually it is Pluto-inspired lust. Tone it down over the weekend—on Tuesday, your passion intensifies. Take the day off. If you are looking for work, stop for the day. Those without a lover may want to buy sale-priced chocolate bunnies and hope that the endorphin theory is true. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Mighty Mars is here to help you maintain the motivation to make your mark on the world. If you are happy in your career choice, now is the time to show off your accomplishments. If you are unappreciated on the job, now is the time to establish a new way of making a living—one in which you are your own boss. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) As one who tends to know a little about everything, you can no doubt teach the guests at brunch about the pagan origins of certain springtime festivities. Whether the guests will be entertained or offended remains to be seen. (Tact is not your strong suit.) After Easter, the big news is ambitious Saturn returning to your career house on Wednesday. Just when you thought you could relax and forget about being a professional... CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) If you find yourself perusing your photo albums or reading old correspondence, you do have a reason. The emphasis on your house of memories makes you a bit mushier than usual. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, passionate Pluto comes to a standstill in your sign, adding an extra dose of charisma to those of you who were born in December. No wonder your ex-lovers are stopping by. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) You continue to find ways of making your home more comfortable. Meanwhile, the long challenging transit of Mars depletes your energy and makes you overly sensitive to anyone disagreeing with you. If you’re going to spend Easter with a Leo, make sure you sit at opposite ends of the table. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) With both the Moon and the Sun in fire signs over the weekend, you need some time alone to rejuvenate your spirit, but you won’t get it. Your friends and lovers are determined to celebrate the holiday with you and they don’t notice that you’re looking for an escape route. Life improves on Monday when the Moon enters the placid sign of Taurus for a few days. Bid your pals farewell and enjoy the remnants of your Easter goodies. ✹

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›› ADViCE GODDESS® by Amy Alkon


I’ve been seeing this guy for over two years. Although we spend lots of time together, we don’t have a committed relationship. We’ve been off and on throughout this entire two-year “complexship,” as I call it. Normally, we’re fine until I start asking about us being more to each other. He then picks a fight and disappears. Out of the blue the other day, he told me I deserved more and said he didn’t want to waste my time or make me miss out on somebody who could give me what I want. I told him I’m fine, and that I’m dating other people (I am). Still, I’m not sure why he brought it up if he didn’t want to commit to me. I truly love him, and have since the moment we met. Do you think he’ll ever be ready, or am I his “temp” till he finds someone permanent for the job?—Stuck


You’re about three blocks past “way too pathetic” when the stuff your girlfriends got sick of telling you—“Dump him! He’s just using you! You deserve better!”—is coming from the guy you “deserve better” than. Amazingly, you take this as a sign he’s ready to commit, rather than the obvious—his guilt so overtook his self-interest that he’s like the buzzard feeling sorry for the road kill: “How ’bout I just have a few pecks of your hindquarters and then be on my way?” Not surprisingly, you need to fancy up two years of hanging around not getting what you want by calling this a “complexship.” It isn’t complex in the slightest: You want a relationship with him; he doesn’t want one with you, but he’ll continue seeing you on what I call the Bag of Chips Principle, as in, if there’s a bag of chips within a man’s reach, he’ll probably help himself to some. To many, your situation might seem like a simple case of “He’s just not that into you.” And since you’d probably see a flicker of hope while blindfolded and being lowered head-first into a pitch-dark cesspool, let me make this perfectly clear: No, he’s not. But, there’s such a thing as readiness for a relationship. Finding the right person isn’t enough. You have to have the right person at the right time. It’s possible your guy hasn’t been ready for anything serious with anyone. Instead of accepting that he can’t give you what you want and waving goodbye, you most likely sealed the deal that he’ll never be ready for you by being all over him like ants on potato salad. (Men don’t want what comes easy to them, with the exception of “FREE BEER!”) But, wait, there are mitigating circumstances here! You “truly love him!” Great— the universal excuse women give for doing something utterly stupid and self-destructive with a man. For a change of pace, show a little love for yourself. Take that old advice “If you love something, set it free.” If it comes back to you, and comes back to you, and comes back to you, and still won’t give you what you want, set it free again, and change the locks.

PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 37 ness as BUTTERFLY SPA, 1724 LINCOLN AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: XUAN GOA, 11 MAJESTIC AVENUE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94112. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on April 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 23, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123641 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SIMKINS CUSTOM BUILDING COMPANY, 27 CLAY COURT, NOVATO, CA 94949: CHRISTOPHER WILLIAM SIMKINS, 27 CLAY COURT, NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein in June 2004. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 29, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 2010) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304168 The following person(s) has/have abandoned the use of a fictitious business name(s). The information given below is as it appeared on the fictitious business statement that was filed at the Marin County Clerk-Recorder’s Office. Fictitious Business name(s): REDWOOD MEDICAL GROUP, 900 LARKSPUR LANDING CIRCLE, SUITE 200, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. Filed in Marin County on: January 29, 2010. Under File No.: 123093. Registrantâ ™s Name(s): ONE MEDICAL GROUP, INC., ONE EMBARCADERO CENTER, SUITE 2440, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94111. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on March 16, 2010. (Pacific Sun: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123580 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TURNSTILE ADVERTISING, 21 TAMAL VISTA BLVD., SUITE 135, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: THE LATINO GROUP, 21 TAMAL VISTA BLVD., SUITE 135, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925. 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 March 23, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123618 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NOVATO YOUTH VOLLEYBALL ASSOCIATION, 105 MICHELE CIRCLE, NOVATO, CA 94947: KATHLEEN LUCEY, 105 MICHELE CIRCLE, NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on

March 29, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 26, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 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). NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: DOROTHY P. KELLY, aka DOROTHY PAIGE KELLY, aka DOROTHY KELLY, aka DOROTHY RITA KELLY, aka DOROTHY R. KELLY. Case No. PR-1001378. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors and persons who may otherwise

be interested in the will or estate, or both, of DOROTHY P. KELLY, aka DOROTHY PAIGE KELLY, aka DOROTHY KELLY, aka DOROTHY RITA KELLY, aka DOROTHY R. KELLY. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: PETER JOHN KELLY and KEVIN FRANCIS KELLY in the Superior Court of California, County of MARIN. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that PETER JOHN KELLY and KEVIN FRANCIS KELLY be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: April 26, 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: TAMARA M. POLLEY, SBN 151738, GIANELLI, POLLEY & HADELL, 27 SOUTH SHEPHERD STREET, SUITE â œAâ ù; PO BOX 458, SONORA, CA 95370, (209) 5332233. (Publication Dates: March 26; April 2, 9, 2010)

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A man sitting next to me on a long flight really opened up to me, and I ended up sharing stuff I never tell anyone. He asked for my number, but I never heard from him. How does someone connect with you so amazingly, then walk away from you like you’re any other stranger on the plane?—Seat 13D


Welcome to the One-Flight Stand: Two total strangers, thrown together by airline seat assignment algorithms, sharing their deepest secrets over those little bags of pretzels and blankets that haven’t been washed since the Wright brothers took off. With somebody you’ll never see again, you can feel safe revealing stuff you’d only tell your closest confidant. And then, because you’ve treated them like a close confidant, they can start to feel like one. (Never mind that you can’t remember if it’s “Brad” or “Bruce.”) Some seatmates continue their relationship down the jetway, but most have broken up by the time they hit the terminal. As they’re getting off the plane, there’s that blast of outdoor air—real life hitting them, along with the realization that there’s no graceful way to fit 13D into theirs. Or, maybe they realize they got drunk on anonymity, and feel dirty for exposing way too much of themselves to a stranger. If you can’t stand the post-flight chill, wear protection: an eye mask or iPod headphones. If you’re willing to risk it, there’s always that possibility you’ll continue on with some seatmate, maybe even to the point where you find yourself joining him in the TSA line; joining, as in, “You may now cavity-search the bride.” ✹

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