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I’m writing in regard to Richard Gould’s DVD-release review of Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story. Gould wrote that Jimmy Carter’s “malaise” speech is “now considered a presidential classic.” By whom? Albert Alioto, San Francisco

The Barnes supremacy ‘Le bonheur de vivre’ (the joy of life) by Henri Matisse in 1905, is among the world-famous works in the Barnes collection.

I’m writing in regard to Renata Polt’s review of The Art of the Steal. My husband and I knew about and wanted to see the Barnes collection for years; finally, two years ago, we were able to see it. We had heard of the controversy surrounding the move over the years and really wanted to see it as Dr. Barnes had intended. I feel very lucky to have seen it.


There is a book, Great French Paintings from the Barnes Foundation, which provides information on Barnes as well as reproductions of many of the works. He was friends with the artist William Glackens in high school and later renewed the friendship due to his interest in the study of art, particularly as it related to education. As early as 1912, Barnes asked Glackens to go to Paris to buy modern paintings for him. Glackens went to meet Leo and Gertrude Stein and saw their collection. Barnes accompanied Glackens to dealers and artists’ studios in New York. So Barnes was involved in collecting earlier than the 1920s. Seeing the collection is well worth it. It is not easy to do, but with advanced planning it is not that difficult. I look forward to seeing the film after reading Renata’s review. Louise Wright, Stinson

Great moments in doc ‘n’ droll Mr. Walsh, thank you for the Behind the Sun article you wrote about me [“Hip to be Scribe,” Feb. 26]. I particularly enjoyed your droll writing style. Eugene Schoenfeld, aka “Dr. Hip,” Sausalito

The bad news burrs Good to hear $25 million will be spent for bicycle improvements in Terra Linda, but disheartening that the thrust will be the modernization of the Northgate Mall roadways, with nothing spent east of 101. The issue in the Northgate Industrial Park area is seriously deferred maintenance. Last fall I kept having flat tires, even though I carefully avoided the star thistle covering the shoulders of the roads and bike paths. But it was burrs growing right up in the cracks of the roadways and bikeways and in the crosswalks. Everywhere.



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Your soapbox is waiting at ›› And now that spring has sprung, it is once more looking like an episode from Life After People in the Paul Drive/Redwood Frontage Road vicinity. And few truly care too much about that reality—I hardly ever see another bicycle in that part of town. So the personaluse motor vehicle prevails once more, and as for the stalwart alternative commuters—“let them have flats!” Hobart Bartshire,Fairfax

[P.S. from Hobart a day after sending the above email: I sent a letter to the editor yesterday about the burrs growing in the roadway in the Northgate Industrial Park area/Paul Drive. Guess what happened this a.m. riding to work. Pretty formidable karma to reckon with, writing a letter. The burrs seem mighty formidable, too.]

Does horrible luck count as a preexisting condition? For years I couldn’t afford health insurance, nor could I find a job with medical benefits. Finally, in August 2008, the school I had been working at for four years offered me a position that would include medical coverage. By the time my HMO benefits kicked in two months later, I got sick...really sick. For about seven months, despite numerous appointments and tests, the HMO doctors still had no idea what was wrong with me, and I was forced to seek outside care. The two (very expensive) private doctors I saw both said they thought I had Lyme disease and related co-infections. However, because the HMO doctors said that was impossible, I had to pay for some pretty expensive treatment and medications out of pocket. By the time April and May 2009 rolled around, I was so sick I literally thought I was dying. I tried to tough it out, but at the end of the school year my employer threatened to fire me if I didn’t accept “re-assignment” to a very part-time position in the fall. After reluctantly doing so, I got laid off altogether. I spent most of the summer hardly able to get out of bed. While I did get reinstated in the fall, I’m only making a little more than I have to pay for COBRA, and I’ve just been told I’m going to get a pink slip again next month. While I’m able to collect partial unemployment benefits, I’m not making nearly enough to cover my medical expenses,

let alone put food on the table for my family. (I’m a divorced single mother. To add insult to injury, my ex not only dropped our son off his health plan, he refuses to pay the full amount of child support he is supposed to.) So my question is: With all the talk about the historic vote on healthcare reform, what’s in it for me? Am I going to be able to keep my insurance? Will I be able to afford to keep going to the doctor? And, if so, will I actually be able to get the treatment and medications I need? Not My Real Name,Fairfax

Red shoes diary I enjoyed the article by Ronnie Cohen [“The Dancer from the Dance,” April 2, about the life and new documentary on Kentfield dance legend Anna Halprin]. She did a great job. Thank you, Anna Halprin

Just like Aesop, but without the morals I’m not a cartoonist, but if I were, imagine the following: A disgruntled fox is looking up at some grapes high on a wall he can’t reach; on the grapes is the caption “Health Care Reform.” On the fox is the caption “Republicans.” In a word balloon the fox is thinking, “They’re probably placebos anyway!” CraigWhatley,San Rafael

›› OOPS! Clarification Accompanying our March 26 Upfront story [“Towns Without Pity”] on Marin’s varying attitudes toward the county’s undocumented workers, an editorial cartoon by digital artist Marc Hershon depicted a fictional south-of-the-border-cuisine shop. In creating his digital cartoons, Hershon draws from a variety of Internet images, and then patches them together to create semi-surreal digital illustrations that lend visual commentary to the weekly Upfront topic. That week, however, the illustration he created wound up bearing a similarity to a real-life restaurant in Marin—one that, quite obviously, had no bearing or relation to the story at hand. So we want to be clear to readers of Marc Hershon’s cartoons that, as they say in the movies, any resemblance to any real person or place is purely unintentional.


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icycle advocates say they’re ready and able to help the SonomaMarin Area Rail Transit District close a $155 million projected shortfall for the rail project planned to run between Marin and Sonoma counties. But that willingness doesn’t mean cycling advocates are ready to let the transportation agency raid bicycle funding. Representatives of the Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC), Transportation Alternatives for Marin and the Sonoma County Bike Coalition delivered a letter to the SMART board urging the agency to think new thoughts. “We understand that due to global economic conditions, SMART is currently projected to have [the $155 million] funding gap,” the letter states, “and that the agency is weighing options for how to proceed with the promise to voters of delivering a train and pathway. Our organizations understand the seriousness of this financial situation and are writing to offer our assistance and recommendations.” Along with the offer of assistance, these groups have underscored their desire to protect money aimed at promoting bike and pedestrian transportation, which they say should not be put at risk because of the rail project’s budget shortfall. Bike advocates have supported and promoted the rail project since its inception. The idea of using a public right of way along the rail line to create a bicycle and pedestrian pathway that would stretch along the route

of the train system from Cloverdale to Larkspur played a significant role in the passage of Measure Q in 2008, says Deb Hubsmith, outreach coordinator of MCBC. Train system proponents in the two counties put sales tax measures on the ballot in 1990, 1998 and 2006—voters rejected all of them. Anti-tax attitudes as well as bad blood between the two counties were responsible in large part for the failures. But the idea of creating transit-oriented development focusing on a multimodal approach gained increasing attention in the North Bay. The goal centers on promoting affordable housing near commercial and transit centers. Transportation advocates and affordable housing proponents championed a commuter rail line between the two counties as a way to introduce a new paradigm into the North Bay through a rail system that eventually could tie into the nation’s rail system. And as part of the multimodal approach, bicycle transportation would be included. When voters approved the 20-year, quarter-cent sales tax in 2008, the stage was set. Then came the economic collapse, which reduced the amount of tax revenue SMART could expect to receive, as well as a decline in its bond revenue. SMART’s funding assumptions from the outset were the problem, say the Sonoma County Taxpayers Association and others in Sonoma and Marin counties who 10 > are anti-tax advocates. The Sonoma

›› NEWSGRAMS Fed funds possibly pave way for bike/ped paths Marin County bicycle and pedestrian projects received a $6 million boost last month as part of a federal bill extending transit programs through the end of the year. The money will contribute to the $25 million received for the county’s “Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program” five years ago. While those earlier funds are being utilized for the improvement and/or addition of bike lanes and pedestrian paths throughout the county, the Board of Supervisors has yet to determine how to allocate the latest $6M. [For more on this, see Peter Seidman’s Upfront story at left.] Sandberg’s condition improving Marin Catholic High School student Gunnar Sandberg—who was in critical condition after being struck in the head by a baseball with a velocity of 100 mph on March 11—has transferred from Marin General Hospital to a rehabilitation hospital in San Francisco this week. The 16-year-old has shown progress since being placed in a chemically induced coma, and is reportedly “very responsive,” according the family’s online journal on For more updates on Gunnar’s condition, visit Whole Foods to open on Earth Day Whole Foods Market will open its doors in Novato at 790 De Long Ave. on Earth Day, April 22. In celebration, the Novato City Hall will screen two food-related films on April 16—What’s On Your Plate? and Nourish—at 6pm. Donations ($5 suggested) will benefit the Environmental Education Council of Marin. And the following day, April 17, the natural grocery chain is hosting a celebration from 6-9pm. For more info, visit www.wholefoodsmarket. com/stores/novato/. Shorts... Target Corp. renewed its application this week for plans to build a retail site at 125 Shoreline Parkway in east San Rafael. If approved by the Planning Commission, the store—the county’s second Target location—is expected to bring in about $675,000 in sales tax revenue for the city...Fairfax will hold a series of community forums during the week of April 19 to discuss the future of the town’s elementary schools. Results of the public meetings will then be considered at the Ross Valley School District board meeting on April 29. —Samantha Campos

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or maintaining swimming pools. (Having to do your own bill collecting is the worst part of this lifestyle, he cautioned.) It’s not a “get-rich-quick” scheme, insisted the author/seafood importer, it’s a “get-freequick” scheme. “I’d be a lot richer if I worked five days a week,” Levinson said. “But I’m having too much fun.” These days, Levinson is still working hard—at hardly working. In 2004, he and his wife Jeannie relocated from San Rafael to Florida to be closer to their grandchildren. (They’ve got 26 of them!) In the meantime they’ve traveled the country in their RV, touring the National Parks system and “missing Marin like crazy.” Levinson, 77, is still giving advice on “economic freedom,” mostly through the “guerrilla marketing” concept he founded in the mid-1980s. Though the term “guerrilla” may conjure images of marketers hiding in bushes waiting to pounce on unsuspecting consumers, Levinson insists it’s merely a reference to unconventional strategies. (Check out www. to learn more about Jay’s “take-no-prisoners approach to marketing.”) He and Jeannie have coauthored several books on marketing, and travel abroad lecturing about the guerrilla technique. Of all the jobs he’s had over the years, he names “giving talks” as his favorite—“it makes me feel like Lady Gaga,” he happily admits—and can’t think of a single one he didn’t like. (Though he “didn’t love” basic training in the Army.) Levinson laughs when he thinks of all the books being written these days about earning thousands of dollars through very little work. “I felt like a pioneer when I first did it,” he says. “And I thought—how long will it take for the world to catch up with this?” Adds Levinson: “I still only work three days a week.” ✹ Share your unconventional marketing strategies with Jason at

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1. Can you name four cities, towns or regions of Marin County whose names begin with “San...”? 2. VISUAL: The earliest written accounts of travels on the Silk Road to China were recorded 700 hundred #2 years ago by which European explorer? Where was he from? 3. Great Slave and Great Bear are two of Canada’s largest ... what? 4. What comedian has hosted Saturday Night Live the most (13 times)? 5. They’re all named Susan! 5a. Popular actress called “sharp, sassy and seriously sexy” 5b. A revolving tray for condiments or food 5c. 19th-century American feminist leader and suf#5d fragist 5d. VISUAL: 1985 film starring Rosanna Arquette and Madonna 6. Identify the three European countries whose soccer teams won the Euro Cup in 2008, 2004 and 2000. 7. Into what greater bodies of water do each of these rivers eventually flow? 7a. Mississippi River 7b. Amazon River 7c. Ganges River 7d. Sacramento River 8. VISUAL: Identify this father and son. What did the father do 189 times in the 1970 baseball season, setting a record that lasted until 2004? (Since then it’s been broken six times!) #8 9a. VISUAL: Which legendary composer of classical music, around 1720, created pieces known as “The Well Tempered #9a Clavier”? 9b. What is a clavier? 10. What is the most distant planet in our solar system visible to the unaided eye? BONUS: In terms of altitude, the world’s three highest capital cities (ranging from 2,640 to 4,000 meters, or 8,600 to 13,000 feet) are all located in the same continent. What are they? Howard Rachelson, Marin’s Master of Trivia, invites you to a live team trivia contest at 7:30pm every Wednesday at the Broken Drum on Fourth Street in San Rafael. Join the quiz—send your Marin factoids to

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²Ê “Stan” believes something is afoot in the city of San Rafael Public Works department. Every day Stan has to walk up Lindaro Street from Andersen to his job on Fourth Street, only to be maddeningly delayed by ill-timed signal lights at Second and Third streets. “No matter how fast or slow I walk,” explains an indignant (and perhaps a little paranoid) Stan, “the light never changes in my favor,” and so he is left waiting in the rain, silently fuming over the obvious bias of the intersections’ embedded “inductive loops” geared only to detect vehicles. “It’s like [the city planners] are against pedestrians.” Poor Stan—everyone knows nobody “walks” in San Rafael...—Samantha Campos


Marin was quitting its day job 30 years ago this week. It was merely four years ago months into the ’80s and already the new decade’s prospects were looking dim. Inflation was skyrocketing, America and Iran were at a stalemate over the hostages and President Carter had just announced a boycott of the Summer Olympics in Moscow. Marinites, meanwhile, were heeding the advice of Dolly Parton and Johnny Paycheck—by taking their 9-to-5 job and shoving it! But, according to the Pacific Sun, one San Rafael resident had “found a way to get out of the rat race without giving up the cheese.” “For the past 10 years,” wrote Sun reporter Linda Xiques, “Jay Levinson has been working three days a week, goofing off the other four, while continuing to rake in $50,000 a year.” He didn’t clip coupons, hadn’t inherited a trust fund and wasn’t “importing powderous substances.” He doesn’t even really have a job, marveled Xiques. What he did have was a new paperback book titled Earning Money Without a Job that could lead others to the promised land of economic freedom for “the modest sum of $4.95.” For the price of a Pet Rock, county residents could have been whiling away their days at the Pac-Man console—with a bottomless pocket of quarters! Levinson’s philosophy was easy (like Sunday morning): Almost anything that can be done full-time can be done part-time—and should be. And it’s better to be a minor factor in many fields than a major factor in one field. When the Sun interviewed him, Levinson was holding down seven jobs—including a mail-order operation, a book-publishing business and writing a syndicated column on “rare real estate.” “I also import smoked salmon,” noted Levinson. The former ad exec saw the light in the early ’70s after moving to California with his wife and daughter. Within a matter of months he’d lost his two biggest advertising clients and realized instead of having two major sources of income, it was safer to have many little ones. Since then, he told the Sun, he’s “become addicted to freedom.” For those just starting out in the nonworking world, “Levinson suggests getting a bucket and squeegee and going into the window washing business.” Other anti-career avenues he recommended included becoming a “plant doctor,” cleaning peoples’ basements of junk and “then heading to the flea market,” or being a freelance bartender at parties. Those with a bit of bank might try knife sharpening




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17 percent of the total capital costs for the $540 million train and pathway proposal which was approved by voters,” the bicycle advocates’ letter states. “To continue as a valued partner with SMART, our organizations pledge to help SMART raise a proportional amount, approximately 17 percent ($26 million), of the $155 million cost overrun through bicycle and pedestrian funding sources. While this funding will take away from the myriad of other bicycle and pedestrian capital needs in Marin and Sonoma counties, we feel that through our long-term partnership, it is appropriate for us to help with the pathway’s proportionate amount of the SMART shortfall.” While those opposed to SMART on philosophical and other grounds debate the cause of the shortfall, the bicycle advocates say they just may have some ideas that could add a new ingredient to the funding recipe. People who say federal funding to plug the shortfall is an unlikely prospect “just are not following what is happening in Washington,” says Hubsmith. “We are advocating for SMART to get ahead of the curve, finish the [federal environmental assessment] and get ready for the big federal dollars that are going to come down for rail and for multimodal projects.” In her role as outreach coordinator for MCBC, Hubsmith travels extensively, including to Washington, D.C., where she is “seeing the changes happening under the Obama administration.” There’s a new way of thinking about transportation in Washington, she

< 8 Riders on the storm organization sent a letter to SMART that echoes similar sentiments raised by SMART critics. “The current financial shortfall facing the SMART board raises questions regarding the credibility of the financial assumptions underlying the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit district 2009 Measure Q Strategic Plan. The plan spans 20 years. Less than one year into the plan, the financial assumptions for the first year missed the mark by a substantial margin.” The Sonoma anti-tax organization is recommending that SMART “engage an outside professional consulting firm to complete an independent evaluation of the plan.” But SMART officials point out that the plan had already undergone independent scrutiny in 2006 and again in 2008. Maybe SMART should have taken into account that “recessions happen,” but few could have predicted the breadth and depth of the 2008 financial debacle and its effect on SMART financing, say SMART officials, who underscore the fact that, despite the budget shortfall, the rail project is proceeding while the agency looks for new sources of funding. In their letter to the SMART board, bicycle advocates reiterated a pledge to help SMART plug the shortfall using funding sources that are just now coming around the bend. “The Measure Q cost estimate for the pathway was $91 million, which represents


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signed on as a co-sponsor to HR 4722, the Active Community Transportation Act. The legislation, if enacted, would create a $2 billion fund available to communities to build bicycle and pedestrian networks. HR 4722 is the next stage in the $25 million Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program, which has funded many transportation projects in Marin. The success of the program here, along with similar results in other test communities across the country, has led to an expansion of a program aimed at promoting multimodal transportation. How big is the change in attitude in Washington? Really big, says Hubsmith. When DOT Secretary Ray LaHood spoke to bike advocates, elected officials and others at the bike summit, he said, “You have a full partner with Ray LaHood.” Shortly after that event, on March 15, he promised a new policy on recommendations and regulations for bike and pedestrian transportation. “It is simply the strongest statement of support for prioritizing bicycling and walking ever to come from a sitting secretary of transportation,” says Hubsmith. “They are basically declaring the end of the highway era in terms of highway expansion. Now is the time to build the railways and the bikeways.” It’s understandable that some will view the secretary’s declarations skeptically, but the possibilities for multimodal transit have never been stronger, including possibilities in the North Bay. In announcing one round of TIGER grants, LaHood 11 >







says, and it’s so new that local agencies are just now getting an inkling of what might be possible under a new administration at the federal Department of Transportation. “It is coming,” says Hubsmith. By completing studies to satisfy National Environmental Policy mandates, SMART can set itself up to qualify for TIGER grants. The federal government has billions of dollars in Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grants, part of which are included in the economic stimulus package. Multimodal projects, including bike and pedestrian projects, are faring well in qualifying for grant money. The program signifies a new direction at the federal level that could mean a big benefit for the North Bay and for the idea of multimodal transit-oriented development. Hubsmith recently returned from Washington, where she and fellow MCBC staffers David Hoffman and Andy Peri attended the 10th annual National Bike Summit. Bicycle advocates have become a potent political force. The approximately 1,500 members of MCBC are connected to other bike coalitions in the Bay Area, the state and in states across the country. The Marin contingent that went to the summit joined other attendees in visiting 425 congressional offices to lobby for bike-related projects. On the day before the big lobbying push, Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma,



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< 10 Riders on the storm said the range of projects-awarded funds demonstrates “the truly multimodal nature of American transportation.” All that is why bike advocates are suggesting that SMART and rail advocates look for funding opportunities embedded in the new federal policies. But the bike advocates also are mindful of protecting their own core sources of funding. Marin County conducted a needs assessment for bike and pedestrian projects and identified a total of about $200 million in needed projects. “The maximum we want to go toward the bike and pedestrian pathway is $26 million,” says Hubsmith. “We don’t want SMART to just mine all the potential money that’s out there for bike and pedestrian” projects in Marin and Sonoma counties. “We are kind of putting a stake in the ground and saying we are willing to help up to this point [$26 million].” But, adds Hubsmith, the bicycle community also is ready and willing to help SMART identify new sources of government funding in the new multimodal transportation paradigm. When news of the finding shortfall started making the rounds, did SMART officials think about carving out a portion of the bike and pedestrian path to help fill the financial gap? No, say SMART officials and bike advocates alike. Hubsmith reiterates that the bike

and pedestrian path played an important role in the passage of Measure Q. The multimodal vision, of a bike and pedestrian path parallel to a train line, along with transit oriented development, drew many voters. SMART officials underscore the importance of the bike and pedestrian path. “It has always been considered an integral part of the project,” says Chris Coursey, SMART community outreach and education manager. “We don’t talk about the bike path as being something separate. We have talked about the possibilities of finding other sources of funding for the bike path, but we are not talking about delaying or cutting the bike path in order to have more money for the rail project. That’s not part of the conversation.” Hubsmith has been asked to testify at a hearing Sen. Barbara Boxer will hold April 14 for the next transportation authorization bill. Hubsmith’s testimony will focus on safety, and she will present information about MCBC’s successful Safe Routes to Schools program. She also will present information about the pilot Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program and the general commitment in Marin to bike transportation. Over the last 10 years, says Hubsmith, bike transportation has increased 118 percent in Marin. During that same time period, collisions between bikes and cars have decreased about 40 percent. “It shows that as you get more people biking, it actually improves safety.” ✹ Contact the writer at

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“Does this little girl live here?” A stranger stood on my doorstep holding the hand of my curly-haired 3-year old daughter, who was naked as a jaybird. “I saw her running down the street in front of my house.” I scooped up my daughter, while thanking the neighbor profusely for bringing her home. As he turned to go, I noted a look of disapproval on his face that said, “bad mother.” We’d just moved from a steep hillside house to a new home with a level play yard and a safe, high fence. Silly me, I thought that now I could take my eyes off my child for, oh, maybe five minutes at a time. I knew little about autism at that point.


n 1971 when my daughter was born, the autism rate was one in every 10,000 births. Today, one out of every 110 babies is born with autism. In the last decade, the rate of autism has increased 20 fold and an estimated 1.5 million individuals in the U.S. are affected. They are usually beautiful babies. Their oddities appear only later, when they may stop talking at 18 months, or resist being

touched or fail to make eye contact. They often develop peculiar behaviors, flap their hands in front of their faces, become fixated on a light switch or washing machine, or echo words said to them with no real comprehension. Today, children with such obvious symptoms are recognized as autistic right away. There are assessment and early intervention programs to help parents understand and work with their child. These children are routed into special education programs and receive social services that follow them into adulthood. But autism is a spectrum disorder, ranging from severe to mild. Some children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are never thoroughly assessed and diagnosed. With deficits in social skills and an inability to plan and manage their lives, they are written off as failures or misfits when they become adults. They are prone to depression and at risk for suicide. Each of these “beautiful babies” grows into an adult with the usual adult

In 1971, one in every 10,000 kids was diagnosed with autism; today it’s one in 110.

needs—a job, a place to live, friends, an independent life. But is that a realistic hope for young adults with autism? Can they ever leave the family home? What happens when their parents die? My 38-year-old daughter has a form of high-functioning autism known as Asperger’s syndrome. Though her intelligence is in the normal range, she has both social and auditory processing deficits. She sometimes misunderstands what’s said to her and gets angry as a result. Like many with Asperger’s, her interests are very narrowly focused; she has good rote memory skills, but difficulty with abstract concepts.

Although capable in many ways, she is stressed by change or responsibility. We’re told she’s “not ready for a competitive work environment,” and deficient in “executive functioning.” The latter is the ability to see a problem, plan a solution and follow through. It’s a skill that’s very necessary for an independent life. As the mother of a special needs “child,” I know a number of other parents who are responsible for their autistic adult children. Some of them qualify for services through the Golden Gate Regional Center, one of 22 regional centers serving individuals with developmental disabilities in California.

About a boy One family’s autism diagnosis changed their lives in more ways than one... Janet Lawson and Dan Swearington began conducting workshops through Autistry Studios in 2008. For Janet and Dan the last few years have been an incredible journey—from working with autistic students to parenting their own autistic child and then to Dan’s late discovery that he too is on the autism spectrum. Lawson, a red-haired therapist with a warm and ready smile, and Swearington, a former astrophysicist of almost boyish charm, seem ideally suited to work with ASD kids. They never set out to do so, however. She studied filmmaking in college; his degrees are in physics and astronomy. Their goals changed when their son was diagnosed “autistic.”

When did you first learn Ian was autistic? Janet: Ian was diagnosed when he was 3 years old. Before that, I didn’t know what was going on with my son, but he was different.... He had a total fascination with hinges, would stare for hours looking at a hinge, or taking a piece of paper and rolling it over the edge of a table. So when the doctor said he was autistic, it made sense to me. Not that it was a happy thing to hear. It was a Friday, and we took the phone off the hook for the weekend, and we cried for two days. We wailed, it was a keening pain. And on Monday morning, Dan went back to work and I Autistry Studios offers four-hour workshops to help high-functioning autistic teens adjust to workplace environments. 12 PACIFIC SUN APRIL 9 - APRIL 15, 2010

recently participated in a special production of The Wizard of Oz. Once he steps off the stage, however, he’s back to being reticent Michael Valcour, locked in by autism. His parents are immensely proud of his accomplishments, but they worry about his life in years to come. Who will provide him companionship, supervision and guidance when they are gone? Where will he find the sheltered privacy he needs? Meanwhile, they devote much of their life to seeking opportunities for him to express himself through music. (The Valcour family email address is “Katie,” at 22, is a slim, rather solemn girl, with a talent for drawing. She has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. Since being fired from her first entry-level job, she has sporadically taken classes at College of Marin. She does OK with one or two classes, but can’t handle a full schedule. Easily stressed or angered, she’s intelligent, but “has no common sense whatsoever,” according to her mother. She can’t keep track of money, makes irrational purchases and is

easily taken advantage of. Her parents hope eventually Katie can find a job that uses her artistic skill, perhaps within a structured, sheltered environment. ●


At 35, “Josh” is a big, strapping guy who is severely autistic and nonverbal. He lives at home with his parents, both highly skilled professionals, who are now retired. Josh has always been in special day programs, often with a one-to-one aide, but for the last eight months, his parents have cared for him 24 /7. Since he sleeps only five hours a night, that means nearly constant attention. They’ve been told there currently is no appropriate day program for Josh. Reluctant to place him in fulltime residential care, his parents aren’t getting the support they need to keep him in their home. Both are exhausted and worried about his future. Michael is an autistic man of 37 with “delayed language processing,” which means the quick pace of conversation is difficult for him. But when he opens his mouth to sing, it’s a different story. His rich baritone soars through complex classical works by Handel or Mozart; or he can strum his guitar and sing an early Bill Withers tune. He has performed at all sorts of fundraising events, and

Karen Kaplan says autism support has come a long way since the 1970s when kids were still being institutionalized for the disorder.

got on the computer and starting researching autism.

Did your career path change at that point? Janet: Absolutely. I was working in San Francisco designing information systems and when Ian was diagnosed, I cut back my hours to half-time, then to no time at all. I spent full-time just teaching him how to talk—and dealing with the schools. Which is a full-time job in itself. Advocating for your child, working with the schools on the best programs for him, it goes on full-time. But that started our journey. From that time on, it changed our life. Dan: Ian was originally diagnosed “low-functioning autistic,” which is the worst diagnosis they give. He had no speech at age 3.... He has outgrown that diagnosis, which in itself is extremely unusual. He’s still autistic, he’s still impaired, but he would no longer be considered “low function.” And he keeps learning and improving.... He’s always done better than we thought he was going to do, but we can’t tell how much better he will be, or how independent he can be.

You bring a wide array of talents to the workshops. Janet: Well, my background is filmmaking. I went to the American Film Institute, worked at Paramount Pictures. But I’m also a programmer and designed information systems. Dan’s background is astrophysics, computer programming, and his major hobby is model building. I also sew and cook, and he builds cars, so between us we can pretty much meet the kids in whatever they want to do. Dan: Again our motivation [for Autistry] has grown out of “oh, my God, what’s Ian going to do?” We could see there are programs for him through high school, but after that? We thought if he’s ever ready for college, it will be when he’s 30, not in his 20s.

THE GOLDEN GATE REGIONAL Center (GGRC) serves people with developmental disabilities in Marin by overseeing and funding local programs and service providers. Individuals with Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism or other serious developmental problems can get help with housing, skills training, social programs and case management. GGRC currently does not serve those with Asperger’s syndrome. GGRC is under tremendous strain these days. The number of autistic clients is rising (statewide, the regional centers are adding thousands of new autism cases each year) at a time when state funding for the developmentally disabled is shrinking. This year’s budget for the state’s regional centers was cut by $334 million. All social programs for the disabled were canceled, and respite hours for parents also were reduced. Speaking of the cuts, Tony Thurmond, who manages GGRC services in Marin, says, “Essentially the state wiped out funding for all social recreation: no camps, no bowling, no friends support groups, no dances, no funding for any program that will help young people explore relationships and friendships.... It’s difficult for families to hear us say we’d like to provide you more services, but due to the state crisis, these things have been cut.” The state also imposed a flat 3 percent reduction in the revenue that programs and direct service providers receive. “That cut is huge for some programs,” says Thurmond. “At least one day program has already closed its doors in Marin County since these changes have been implemented.”

IN A NATIONAL REPORT on the current state of services for adults with autism, the Organization for Autism Research notes “the first wave of what is typically referred to as the autism epidemic is rapidly approaching adulthood. This group represents only the proverbial tip of the iceberg... This is a looming crisis for families and the ill-prepared and underfunded adult service system charged with meeting their needs.” Alarmed by such predictions, government entities, research centers and autism advocates are starting to plan for the future of this growing population. This year, the California Legislature set up regional taskforces throughout the state to survey the needs of those with ASD and to recommend legislation to help them. State Sen. Mark Leno, who heads the SF/Marin Autism Regional Taskforce, invited local autism activists to join taskforce committees on early assessment, training and employment, housing and insurance issues. Nationally, a coalition of autism organizations just held its second National Town Hall meeting in November. The one-day, web-based conference on “Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism” drew hundreds of participants across the country, and was chaired by Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago. The goal was to elicit widespread input and winnow the results into “an actionable public policy agenda.” Autism consultant Karen Kaplan serves on the housing committee of the Regional Taskforce and also participated in the National Town Hall conference. A petite woman of boundless energy, Kaplan has been working with autistic children for 30 years, first as a speech therapist and later as director of two private schools for those with ASD, in Sacramento and Marin. She’s encouraged by the national concern and cooperation 14 >

And, frankly, that’s not terribly different from my profile. I wasn’t ready for college right after high school. I was one of those kids that got fired from all his early jobs and flunked out of college when I first tried to do it. And I didn’t understand why it wasn’t working. My family just thought I was a loser. They wrote me off. I finally worked my way into a job on the assembly line at Hewlett-Packard in Santa Rosa.

How did that lead back to college? Dan: HP would pay for their employees to go to school if they wanted to. I found that if I only took one or two classes at a time, I could ace them. It was a question of how much class time and how many different threads I could maintain. For me, it was two classes A’s, three classes F’s. College counselors did not get this. From their perspective, it should be two classes A’s, three classes B’s, 4 classes, C+, B-. But that’s not how it is for me. ...So [later] at Cal State Northridge, I would take the fluffiest things I could find along with the upper research classes I was taking, to fill out my 12 hours, so I could still get financial aid. The 12-unit requirement to qualify for financial aid as a full-time student is a huge obstacle for most of our kids, because most of them cannot do a 12-unit load. Janet: That’s one of the things we’re going to champion being changed for these kids— because that’s setting them up to fail. They can’t handle four classes at one time.

At what point, Dan, did you begin to wonder if you’re on the autism spectrum? Dan: At that point [in college], I didn’t have any labels on me. Later on [after Ian’s diagnosis] I did some testing and my profile was what would now be called Asperger’s: extremely uneven capabilities on an intelligence test. Huge spikes of high capability, with other spikes of low, retarded capability in other areas. 14 > APRIL 9 - APRIL 15, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 13

that’s developing around autism. “I’ve been in this field since the ’70s, and let me tell you, this wouldn’t have happened then. In the ’70s, parents were still being advised to put their autistic kids in a state hospital. So it’s exciting that we’re all now talking about autism.” Kaplan points to the Marin Autism Collaborative (MAC) as an example of local progress. In 2007, 150 service agency reps and autism advocates in Marin got together to form the collaborative. Facilitated by Lifehouse, an agency that serves the developmentally disabled, the group met to survey the available services in Marin and explore where the gaps exist for those with ASD. One obvious need was better access to information and resources for families dealing with autism. In 2008, MAC created a website,, that’s chock-full of information. Parents can find a directory of autism support groups, specialists and care providers, as well as news and a calendar of upcoming autism events. The MAC committees continue to meet monthly to work on local ASD concerns. ●

TWO NONPROFIT AGENCIES listed on MAC’s resource directory are Lifehouse and Opportunity for Independence. The former primarily offers residential programs and the latter, skills training, but there is some overlap of their services. Lifehouse, which used to be called MARC (Marin Aid for Retarded Citizens), was started in 1954 by a group of parents whose children had Down’s syndrome. Executive Director Nancy Dow Moody says the agency still serves some of those original clients. As a result of the rise in autism, Lifehouse has broadened the focus of its services. Moody explains, “We’ve hired a specialist in autism to work with our staff and train them, because people with

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tions. He also serves on Sen. Leno’s SF/ Marin taskforce. “We’ve got this demographic time bomb ticking away,” he says, “and the community, the regional centers and service providers are all trying to find creative ways to meet the coming needs.” Citing the difficulty of transitioning autistic adults into the workforce, Tarver-Wahlquist mentions an Asperger’s individual who also is on the taskforce. “His story is a common one. He’s very intelligent, very capable and skilled, but due to his disability he functions on a different set of social cues. He often alienates himself from others in the workplace, so he can’t hold down a job.... When asked a question, he’ll offer a very honest but tactless response, so he comes across as being blunt or rude. One thing that needs Lifehouse has two new programs in the works, says director Nancy Dow Moody—a recreation program for teens and a to happen is for employers to realize this is housing complex for adults. a disability and make accommodations for autism learn a little differently than some for the residents. Thus far, she says, Sonoma’s the social deficits that arise out of it.” One issue being discussed by the SF/ of our other clients. We’re trying to gain planning commission has been very recepMarin taskforce, says Tarver-Wahlquist, is more expertise in serving that population tive to the plan. “how can we get the regional centers to exand doing it well.” ● ● ● ● pand their umbrella across the whole auLifehouse currently serves the entire auTHE MAIN FOCUS of Opportunity for tism spectrum, including Asperger’s? That tism spectrum. Some of the most severely disabled live in intermediate care facilities, Independence is independent living and would be a logical and appropriate thing vocational training to do.... Families can which provide assistance with daily living, for adults with dispurchase services showering and eating. At the top of the if they have the spectrum, Lifehouse has some clients with abilities. The agency …the first wave of what is typically provides adult day referred to as the autism epidemic is resources. But unAsperger’s whose parents pay privately for programs and a less the individual case management services. limited residential rapidly approaching adulthood. This has a wealthy family, Moody points with pride to two new there is nothing autism programs Lifehouse has in the works. program. At some group represents only the proverbial of the day pro- tip of the iceberg... This is a looming there for him.” One is a recreation program for teens with grams, clients can Tarver-Wahlquist autism, made possible by a recent grant earn money by do- crisis for families… advises parents of from Autism Speaks, a national advocacy autistic teens to organization. Another is a proposed housing ing piecework for outside companies. A few OFI clients are start early in planning their child’s transicomplex for autistic adults in the town of autistic, but most are not. tion to independent life. When the school Sonoma. An experienced developer, who Matt Tarver-Wahlquist is the director of schedules an Individual Education Plan has an autistic son, wants to build housing OFI day programs. His chief involvement (IEP) meeting on transition, he says, “Be units that will eventually accommodate 16 with autism is through MAC, where he is proactive. Talk to the social worker who individuals with ASD. Once the units are chairman of the subcommittee on transi- knows what services are available and 18 > built, Lifehouse will supply support services

Uneven development is absolutely one of the characteristics of kids on the autism spectrum. They’ll have capabilities where they are very good, often gifted, and other adjacent areas where they are abysmally poor. And if you force kids to spend too much time in the areas where they are poor, they just will not perform well. Janet: And then their self esteem goes down and their peers see them as only failures—and they start getting into trouble, acting out. With our older kids, that can lead to drugs, to suicide. The risk of not helping these kids to develop their talents can be dire. All kinds of things happen to them.

Janet: You know, if there were an organization that was providing the programs we’d like to see for Ian, we’d likely never have got into this. We went in to fill a void. There is no program designed for high-functioning, intelligent, yet socially impaired, or communicatively impaired kids. They aren’t there. Dan: For lower functioning kids, there are programs for them, which grew out of the programs that support Down [syndrome] kids. But for the kids who have some capability, if they’re walking and talking pretty well by the end of high school, everyone figures they can live on their own. So off they go, and then, they exhibit several classic profiles: They go to college, they flunk out.... One of our kids So the Autistry workshops were shaped by your own was accepted at Berkeley and flunked out, and was bewildered by it. knowledge of what it takes to adapt and grow. He didn’t understand how it happened. He was an incredibly bright Dan: What happens now in the workshops is what we consider kid, and he just couldn’t get a handle on it. The impaired social ability pre-vocational. It’s building skills and getting kids socialized to absolutely blocked his path to the normal way kids get help when the workplace. So a lot of the rules that we impose are kind of they’re in school. standard workplace rules. If you’re on the computer, you have The other pattern for these kids is they dive deep into the computo be doing only appropriate things on the computer. The meal ter and cannot be pried loose for anything. So, they’re 20 years old, break is really about getting used to eating with your co-workers they’re hanging out in their bedroom, living at their parents’ house. and learning to have the kind of small talk you’d have at work. Dan’s work with Asperger’s teens helped him recognize his own They will not get a job, don’t want to go to school. That’s another For instance, can they hold a knife and fork properly? I have to symptoms of the disorder. “stuck place” that’s quite common. tell you, about half can and the other half can’t. You put a piece of chicken on their plate and the most amazing things happen in terms of how they get that to Dan, how did your Asperger’s impact your own work life? their mouths. Dan: I was always god-awful at the office politics. When my job got to the level where 18 > that mattered, that was definitely my glass ceiling. I never got very good at that. How is your workshop different from other programs?


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JANET LAWSON, AN innovative therapist who works with autistic teenagers, also serves on the transition committees of both MAC and Sen. Lenoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taskforce. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s known locally for creating a unique vocational training program called Autistry Studios. Lawson, with her husband Dan Swearington and two associates, runs the Autistry program for high-functioning autistic teens and young adults. Currently,

there are four 4-hour workshops for differing age groups each week. The focus is on learning new skills, both practical and social, that will aid them later in the work world. The workshops are designed to be funâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;like a freewheeling arts and crafts programâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but the real aim is for the youngsters to explore different possibilities and discover new skills they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know they could master. In addition to woodworking, ďŹ lmmaking, ďŹ ne arts or graphics, they learn to work alongside others and practice the kind of cooperative â&#x20AC;&#x153;give and takeâ&#x20AC;? necessary to succeed in a job. Midway through every workshop is a sit-down meal, which helps participants develop â&#x20AC;&#x153;lunchroomâ&#x20AC;? manners and the social repartee they often lack. (Full disclosure: My daughter attends an Autistry workshop for older ASD adults.) Lawson says the workshops have proved to be a powerful diagnostic tool for understanding and assessing each studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We really see the executive function deďŹ cits and strengths. Can they plan but not execute? Do they execute with no planning whatsoever?â&#x20AC;? Swearington adds, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re able to push them places they wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go on their own. Get them used to being outside their immediate comfort zone. Because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have to be able to do that in order to work.â&#x20AC;?

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Janet: Dan was director of engineering for Leapfrog [a Bay Area company that designs educational toys and tools]. What was hardest for Dan were the endless meetings. [Dan groans in agreement] Dan: Once I got into a more boss-like stance, I was all right. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d simply have nothing but 30-minute meetings. It was only after Ian was diagnosed that I got a glimmer that perhaps thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what was going on with me. And then I got a lot more comfortable with what I call my â&#x20AC;&#x153;extrovert budget.â&#x20AC;? I have an amount of time when I can be extroverted, and then I really need to be alone after that. And as long as Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not over budget, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m ďŹ ne. Because then itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to think,â&#x20AC;&#x153;OK, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll play to my strengths and try to avoid my weaknesses.â&#x20AC;?Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really what everyone does. But in high school, if they ďŹ nd out youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re bad at something, they make you do more of it. As an adult, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not how it works. [He laughs] There are lots of things Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m bad atâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and I make sure I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do them.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Linda Xiques

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Some of the workshop participants have ďŹ nished high school and are venturing into college classes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We added college support,â&#x20AC;? says Lawson, â&#x20AC;&#x153;because the kids wanted it. We talk about how theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing in school, look over their class schedule, do a little tutoring in math or science if they need it, maybe read a chapter together and talk it over. Whatever they need.â&#x20AC;? The couple was inspired to start the workshops because their own 15-year-old son is autistic. They tried to visualize the kind of help he would need in order to broaden his future. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We went in to ďŹ ll a void,â&#x20AC;? says Lawson â&#x20AC;&#x153;We looked around and there is no program designed for high-functioning, intelligent, yet socially impaired, or communicatively impaired kids. They just arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t there.â&#x20AC;? Autism consultant Kaplan is well aware of the voids and gaps that exist for those with ASD. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Employment? We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have enough jobs for everyone as it is,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The other thing is housing. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have enough housing anywhere, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just about Marin.... To ďŹ ll the gap, we need increased private and public funding for ASD housing projects; we need our real estate people and developers to have incentives for building such housing.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tough economic time for education, too. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to train more teachers, more speech therapists, more occupational therapists, instructional aides,â&#x20AC;? she says. On a hopeful note, she says that Dominican University, which already has a special education credential program, is planning to add a new ASD credential program in the fall. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also important that the wider community knows more about autism, so people with ASD can be accepted and included in recreational activities and community life. Two years ago, Kaplan started a lecture series to educate the public about autism. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know a lot of experts,â&#x20AC;? says Kaplan, â&#x20AC;&#x153;people who have done amazing things, great contributors to the ďŹ eld of autism. I asked them to come here and speak.... This is the second year the series has been going on, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve just ďŹ nished the lineup for the third year. Parents and professionals can come listen to the state-of-the-art current research on ASD.â&#x20AC;? (Lecture dates are listed on the MAC website.) Despite todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gaps, Kaplan manages to remain hopeful about the future for people with ASD. She knows the ďŹ nancial crisis will pass eventually and autism research is ongoing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve watched the world of autism change,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have so much more curriculum and interventions and strategies than we ever had before. So I feel optimistic. We know ASD is treatable, we know that at every level things can get better. Even though thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s this huge number of new cases, we also know a great deal now, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to stop learning.â&#x20AC;? â&#x153;š

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GO TEAM! Proving their hearts are in the right place, the folks at SusieCakes in the Bon Air Shopping Center in Greenbrae are handing out personalized frostingďŹ lled cupcakes as free treats to student athletes (12 and younger) who show up at the bakery in team uniforms. This giveaway lasts through April 30; hours are 10am to 7pm, every day but Sunday. CELEBRANDO LA GRAN APERTURA! Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ rst large Hispanic supermarket has opened at 330 Bellam Blvd., San Rafael. Mi Pueblo took over the site of Circuit City and is attracting shoppers with its selection of ethnic goods as well as regular merchandise. Look for specials like a bag of 24 fresh oysters in the shell with limes and a bottle of hot sauce for $14.99, fresh Mexican cheeses at $3 a pound, four bunches of cilantro for $1 and beautiful Ataulfo mangos at 79 cents each. The market has prepared foods, as well. Hours are 6am to 10pm daily. 415/578-3971. MORE GOOD NEWS Another new food destination is Arizmendi Bakery at 1002 Fourth St., San Rafael. The worker-owned co-op with four branches is famous for hearty baked goods. Its breads are made from a decades-old sourdough starter and pizzas, available from 11:30am through closing, have what are referred to as â&#x20AC;&#x153;creative toppings,â&#x20AC;? not the typical choices made elsewhere. Pizzas may be purchased hot or â&#x20AC;&#x153;light-baked,â&#x20AC;? to be ďŹ nished at home. Ingredients used by Arizmendi are 80-90 percent organic. The Marin venue is in the brick courtyard in the center of town and has three or four tables inside, the same number outside. Hours: Tuesday to Friday 7am to 7pm; Saturday, 8am to 7pm; Sunday, 8am to 4pm. 415/456-4093. CELEBRATE SUSTAINABILITY Clever diners will reserve early for two stylish ways to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. April 18, the West Sonoma setting of Iron Horse Vineyards, with olive trees, organic gardens and acres of grapevines, will showcase Green Valley Goes Blue, a beneďŹ t for ocean conservation (noon to 4pm). Top Sonoma chefs will serve Hog Island oysters, grilled ďŹ sh, local vegetables and bread from WildďŹ&#x201A;ower Bakery; there will be a ďŹ sh taco truck for fun. A walk-around tasting will offer very local wines. Proceeds will go to Monterey Bay Aquarium for its Seafood Watch program and to the National Geographic Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ocean Now initia-


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tive. Cost is $50 per person. Tickets and details:, go to Events...On April 22 (6:30pm), Marche aux Fleurs on Ross Commons will stage a festive Earth Day dinner in its recently updated dining room to beneďŹ t Marin Agricultural Land Trust. The ďŹ ve-course feast honors farmland preservation, a cause close to the hearts of owners Dan and Holly Baker. They create their menus from what is best at local farmers markets, specializing in house-made ingredients whenever possible. Cost of the evening is $55 per person; reserve at 415/925-9200. LIVE LARGE, PAY LESS Saving for taxes? Here are some hints for thriftier restaurant tabs this month: Finneganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, the Novato gastropub, offers free dinners to kids under 12 on Sunday nights from its Little Leprechaun menu (proper food like meatloaf, grilled chicken, ďŹ sh and chips); 877 Grant, 415/899-1516...Head to the Martini Lounge at Marin Steak & Spirits (1010 Northgate Drive, 415/755-6161) for the vanishing custom of free hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres. Drinks are 30 percent off, 5 to 7pm, Monday to Friday...The Cheesecake Factoryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happy hour features $5 cocktails and $5 appetizers 4 to 6pm, Monday to Friday. Those apps are no lightweights. Buffalo Blasts are chicken breast, cheese and sauce stuffed into spiced wrappers and fried, served with bleu cheese dressing and celery sticks. Another item is Fried Macaroni and Cheeseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;deep-fried crumb-coated balls of mac and cheese with marinara sauce. (The Village, Corte Madera; 415/945-0777.) â&#x153;š Contact Pat at

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Stage struck! If music festivals be the food of love—play on... by G r e g Cahill


lvis Costello & the Sugarcanes, the Neville Brothers, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Chris Botti, Joshua Bell, Ravi Coltrane and Jason Moran are among the artists contributing plenty of star power to three recently announced North Bay music festivals. A New Orleans groove is helping to drive the entertainment at the 2010 Sonoma Jazz Plus festival to be held May 21-23 in a large tent located two blocks from the Sonoma Plaza. This year’s roster includes a closing concert featuring Elvis Costello & the Sugarcanes with the Neville Brothers. Also on the bill for the weekend are Crosby, Stills and Nash with jazz singer Lizz Wright; and Earth, Wind and Fire with legendary Latin jazz percussionist Poncho Sanchez opening the show. Proceeds from the festival, in part, benefit local school arts programs. To date, nearly a half-million dollars has been donated to Sonoma schools from the event. Festival details and ticket information are available at From June 4 to 13, the 12th annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival will feature a series of world-class jazz acts in and around various theaters, hotels and wineries.

Critically acclaimed upright bassist and jazz singer Esperanza Spalding, a 25-yearold instructor at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, will kick off the weekend festivities Friday, June 11, at a concert that also features Tacuma King and the Children’s Percussion Workshop. Bassist Charlie Haden will be joined on June 12 by saxophonist Ravi Coltrane (the son of the legendary John Coltrane) and pianist Geri Allen. The closing afternoon concert, at the Rodney Strong Vineyards, will feature pianist Jason Moran and the Bandwagon with guitarist Bill Frisell. Also on the bill are the Gretchen Parlato Group and Dafnis Prieto Quartet with Peter Apfelbaum. Among the other popular programs at the festival, which contributes funds to local schools, is film archivist Mark Cantor’s Jazz Night at the Movies, a June 4 Raven Theater screening that offers rare clips of “Cannonball” Adderley, Stan Getz, Dinah Washington, Max Roach and other jazz legends. For more information, visit The fifth annual Napa Valley Festival del

Clockwise from top left, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Nina Kotova, Ravi Coltrane and Joshua Bell will help make this a jazz festival season to remember.

Sole , a showcase for top jazz and classical artists as well as wine country culinary arts, will take place between July 16 and July 25. The themed programs range from An Evening of Tango (blending the music of nuevo tango originator Astor Piazzolla and the cuisine of Argentina) to a sampling of local pinots and fine chocolates. The entertainment includes a performance

by cellist Nina Kotova with the Russian National Orchestra (with special guest Rita Moreno) and a dance gala featuring the American Ballet Theater principal dancers Maxim Beloserkovsky and Irina Dvorovenko with stars from the Bolshoi and Kirov ballets. Superstar classical violin virtuoso Joshua Bell will make two appearances: July 17 with jazz-pop trumpeter Chris Botti, and on the following afternoon performing the Mendelssohn Double Concerto with classical pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and the Russian National Orchestra. Learn more at ✹ Whistle a tune for Greg at

›› SPiN OF THE WEEK The Way of the World (ANTI-) Mose Allison The wry sage of jazz returns with his first studio album in 12 years. And it’s a beauty! Ignore the awkward novelty tune that opens this gem (“My Brain” sung to the tune of“My Babe”) and skip right to the contagious jungle vibe of“I Know You Didn’t Mean It,”a sly but scathing indictment of people and nations that romp on others to get their viewpoint across. Producer Joe Henry’s sparse arrangements add just the right splash of sax, slide guitar or percussion to Allison’s slightly frail vocals and solid blues piano. At 82, Allison, an occasional visitor to Marin stages, has produced a dozen classic tunes (“My Brain”already is growing on me).—GC

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There ain’t no sanity clause for the brothers in ‘A Night at the Opera,’ widely considered their finest film.

Marx soup Frank Ferrante doesn’t bet his life—he bets Groucho’s! by Davi d Te mp l e ton

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


ctor Frank Ferrante was once approached by a gentleman after a performance of the one-man show “An Evening with Groucho.” In the show, Ferrante plays the infamous comedian Groucho Marx, telling the American Dream story of his rise to stardom. That night, the enthusiastic audience member pointed a finger right at Ferrante, and said, “You’re the guy!” When Ferrante asked what he meant, the man said, “We all grow up dreaming of being like Groucho Marx. You’re the guy who actually gets to be Groucho Marx!” Ferrante knows exactly what he meant. “Guys my age, we all wanted to treat our teachers the way Groucho treated authority figures,” he laughs. “We wanted to deflate our parents the way Groucho deflated people who talked down to him. The Marx Brothers are an icon of bad behavior. They were the Cheech and Chong of the golden age of movies.” Renowned as one of the best Groucho Marx impersonators in the world, Ferrante has traveled the planet with his Groucho show, a tour-de-force theatrical event that was originally developed while Ferrante was a young actor at USC. Next week, on April


17, he brings the show to Marin for a onenight-only performance at the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center in San Rafael. Along with the performance, the JCC is running an exhibit of Groucho Marx artifacts from Ferrante’s own collection, items that belonged to or represented Groucho’s n Thursday, April 15, Ferlife and career. On rante will appear as Groucho to introduce ng of the Marx Brothers a pristine screening classic A Night att the Opera, at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center. a says Ferrante, “is A Night at the Opera, without a doubt one ne of the Marx Brothers’ s. It’s brilliant, and the best-made movies. production values were sensational.” Ferrante, for thee record, has seen A Night at the Opera more than 50 times. While he o be the best of the Marx does consider it to Brothers 13 films, he counts another Marx Brothers classic as his personal favorite. “I’ll take Duck Soupp first,” he says. “And then Horse Feathers. A Night at the Operaa I’d put at number three, for me. It o be may just happen to the Marx Brotherss movie I’ve seen Frank Ferrante is ‘the the most often, guy who actually gets though. I saw it to be Groucho Marx!’ several years ago, back in the ’90s—aa restored version, n at the Orpheum in Los Angeles. Theree

were a thousand other people there, and I think that’s when I finally understood the magnificence of A Night at the Opera. I got chills watching that movie. Even the credits gave me chills, just seeing those words—The Marx Brothers!—up on that big screen. I realized then that watching a DVD in your living room is not the same thing. To really appreciate the Marx Brothers, you have to see them in a movie theater.” Asked if he remembers the first time he saw a Marx Brothers movie, Ferrante laughs. The ice-cream routine from ‘A Day at the Races’ was Fer“Of course I do! I was about 9 years old, rante’s indoctrination into a lifelong obsession. and the movie was A Day at the Races. It was say all the wrong things and do all the wrong 1973 or so, and there was this neighborhood things, it was thrilling. I laughed so hard I kid, a little older than I was. couldn’t catch my breath, He came over and says, ‘You and I didn’t even quite unCOMING SOON have to turn on the TV!’ So I derstand why. But I knew did, and there was that great A Night at the Opera, right then I wanted to grow scene, the Tutsi-Frutsi Ice introduced by Frank Ferrante up to be an actor. Cream scene, where Chico as Groucho Marx, will be “Seeing that film,” Feris trying to hustle Groucho, presented Thursday, April 15, rante adds, “literally changed at the Christopher B. Smith selling him racehorse tips. It my life.” was just hilarious, especially Rafael Film Center, 1118 Ferrante went on to make Fourth St. in San Rafael. Call the offhand little remarks 415/454-1222 or visit www. a study of Groucho, along that Groucho was saying out for tickets and with becoming a student of of the corner of his mouth. information. Frank Fertheater in general. At USC, ‘I’m getting a fine tootsierante’s “An Evening with looking for a way to pursue frootsieing right here!’ That Groucho” will be presented acting while avoiding becomSaturday, April 17, at 8pm, at humor just floored me.” ing a waiter, he developed the the Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. What began that afteridea of doing a show based San Pedro Rd. in San Rafael. noon was a lifelong love of on the life of Groucho Marx. all things Marx Brothers. Visit for He booked the show in a The local TV stations in Los details and tickets. church hall in Los Angeles Angeles helped by showing and, being a young and amthe Marx canon on a fairly bitious fellow, he invited evregular basis. Ferrante made it his goal to see eryone he thought might appreciate the show, all of them. including luminaries such as Lucille Ball, “I remember just being lost in those mov- Groucho’s son and daughter, Roy Riskin (coies,” he says. “I was just exhilarated by the writer of A Night at the Opera)—and most comedy. Everything they did was so wrong! I of them actually showed up. The show was didn’t know what to think. I mean, I’d gone a big success, and afterwards, Groucho’s son to Catholic school. I’d been taught by nuns! To offered to help Ferrante should any other opsee Groucho break all portunities arise for him the rules, to put on the famous glasses and mustache. The result was the show that became “An Evening with Groucho.” “It was insane,” he says. “I’ve gone on to play lots of roles in theaters all over the place, but Groucho has always been that one role I keep coming back to.” ✹ Tell David who’s buried in Grant’s tomb at talkpix@

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‘Greatest’ expectations Ironically titled weepy a cinematic lesson in overstatement Sunday, April 18, 2010 An Afternoon of Poetry & Music featuring local and regional poets & musicians at the Old Mill Park Amphitheatre Free Event 2 to 5PM Sponsored by the Mill Valley Library

An Evening Of Poetry featuring: Diane diPrimaSan Francisco Poet Laureate Nathaniel Mackey2006 National Book Award in Poetry Brenda HillmanNational Award-winning Poet At Angelico Hall, Dominican University Campus 50 Acacia Avenue, San Rafael Co-sponsored by Dominican University, Book Passage, Rebound Books & the Marin Poetry Center. $20 General / $15 Students & Seniors available at Book Passage, Rebound Books and Depot Bookstore or order online at 415.382.8022 or

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he Greatest” is/was Bennett Brewer (Aaron Johnson), a model teenager: kind, athletic, popular, smart. But not smart enough to pull his car out of the middle of a road where he’s parked to tell his girlfriend Rose (An Education’s Carey Mulligan) that he loves her. Less than five minutes into the film, the car is hit by a truck and Bennett is killed. The rest of The Greatest, written and directed by Shana Feste, deals with the way Bennett’s family copes with his death— especially after Rose shows up at their doorstep, announcing that she’s carrying Bennett’s baby, and moves in. There are also flashbacks to the young couple’s romance: They knew each other all through high school, but only dated and had sex that one time. (Rose didn’t think you could get pregnant “the first time”—are today’s teens really still this naive?) The sign of a good math professor is less the logic of his calculations, than the stern look he gives leaning across his desk. Bennett’s mom Grace (Susan Sarandon) obsesses, while dad Allen (Pierce Brosnan) her that he’s had an affair. party in which Allen meets a naked stoner, represses. Younger brother Ryan (Johnny The story’s progress is aided by soapy etc.—are left hanging. Simmons), a self-confessed fu--up and pop songs and guitar muDid I mention that Allen is a college math druggie, is resentful of all sic at key points, such as professor (his scribbles on the blackboard the attention his role modwhen Allen dumps Grace are meaningless, according to my math proOPENING SOON el brother gets, even after into the ocean, after which fessor husband)? That must be how he and The Greatest opens Friday death. Rose, for her part, at the Rafael. See page 31 they kiss in the surf (why Grace, who seems to have no occupation, seems blithely unaffected, for showtimes. does that seem so familcan afford their fabulous, rambling house (in looking forward to the birth iar?). Predictably, Grace an unspecified, vaguely East Coast setting) of the baby. relents, Allen lets it all and their comfy beach house. ✹ The one who isn’t thrilled about the im- out and Ryan admits that he always loved Review our reviews at pending birth is Grace. She’s cold toward his brother. In the meantime, several plot Rose, while Allen becomes (platonically) lines—Ryan’s near-romance with a girl in Reel off your movie reviews on TownSquare at friendly, even confessing to ›› his grief group, a goofy

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In AN EDUCATION, 16-year-old Jenny Mellor (Carey Mulligan) has everything going for her.Top grades in high school have put her on the Oxford track and, barring some disaster, she’ll be headed there in the fall. But temptation comes along in the person of David Goldman (Peter Sarsgaard), a suave older gent who seems to embody everything that’s missing from Jenny’s ordered life: a flashy sports car,West End concerts and clubbing with his magnetic friends, plus buckets of personal charisma. David’s a man with the chutzpah to walk into Jenny’s living room and ask her parents if she can spend Molina and Sarsgaard face off in a pretentious-staring contest. the weekend with him—on the hunch, he knows too well, that the whole family is susceptible to a ticket out of middle-class drear. But is David too good to be true? Emma Thompson and Alfred Molina co-star in a slice of ‘60s England that rings with period detail, from the music and Teddy Boys to the first hesitant steps at racial integration—and for girls like Jenny, a glimmer of life for English women beyond the usual male accessory. Nick Hornby nicely captures that moment in adolescence when a new friend or two can provoke a harsh inspection of the dreams that have sustained us.—Richard Gould


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Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford

‘New American Soldier’ is just one of the entries in this year’s Fairfax Documentary Film Festival.

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 Black Waters of Echo’s Pond Horror flick about a diabolical board game that brings out the absolute worst in its seemingly civilized players. ● 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. ● 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. ● City Island (1:43) Hilarious havoc ensues when a middle-aged schlub/wannabe actor introduces his family to his long-lost ex-con son. ● Clash of the Titans (1:58) Liam Neeson IS Zeus in this thunderbolt-limned retelling of the Perseus legend; Ralph Fiennes costars as Hades. ● Date Night (1:28) A married couple’s night on the town goes kerblooey when they’re mistaken for a pair of desperadoes on the run from the Mob; Tina Fey and Steve Carrell star. ● Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2:00) Familyfriendly comedy looks at a year in the life of a wiseacre 12-year-old. ● Fairfax Documentary Film Festival The 11th annual fest features three days of engrossing nonfiction fare. ● 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. ● The Greatest (1:38) A family grieving over the death of their teenaged son faces a new challenge with the arrival of the boy’s pregnant girlfriend. ● 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. ● Kick-Ass (1:57) A comic book-loving nerd takes his obsession to a dangerous new level when he assumes his own superhero persona (sans superpowers) and encounters the violent real world for the first time in his life. ● 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. ● A Night at the Opera (1:32) The Marx Brothers wreak havoc on Margaret Dumont, a very tiny stateroom and “Il Trovatore” in this esteemed comedy classic. ● The Secret of Kells (1:15) Beautifully rendered animated fantasy about a young artist’s adventures in an enchanted medieval forest. ● 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. ● 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 ❋ A Night at the Opera (1935) (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Thu 7 (Groucho interpretive artist Frank Ferrante in person) Alice in Wonderland (PG) ★★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7, 9:40 Sat-Sun 1:30, 4:20, 7, 9:40 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:10 Century Northgate 15: 11:25, 1:55, 4:25, 7:05, 9:45 ❋ The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond (R) Century Northgate 15: 12:20, 2:50, 5:15, 7:50, 10:10 The Bounty Hunter (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:30, 2:20, 5:05, 7:40, 10:20 Chloe (R) ★★1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:40, 2:10, 4:35, 7:10, 9:40 Sun-Thu 11:40, 2:10, 4:35, 7:10 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:50, 7:20, 9:40 Sat-Sun 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:40 Mon-Thu 2:50, 5:10, 7:30 ❋ City Island (PG-13) CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:40, 7:10, 9:45 Sat-Sun 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:45 Mon-Thu 2:30, 4:55, 7:20 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, 5:20, 6:25, 7:25, 8:15, 9:10, 10:05 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Wed 11:30, 12:45, 2, 3:15, 4:30, 5:40, 7, 8:05, 9:30, 10:30 Thu 11:30, 12:45, 2, 3:15, 4:30, 5:40, 7, 8:05, 10:30 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:35 Sat-Sun 2, 4:30, 7, 9:35 Mon-Thu 3, 5:20, 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 Mon-Thu 2:15, 4:45, 7:20 ❋ Date Night (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:45, 8, 10:25 Sat-Sun 1:05, 3:25, 5:45, 8, 10:25 Mon-Thu 7, 9:20 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 10:45, 11:55, 1, 2:15, 3:15, 4:35, 5:30, 6:55, 7:50, 8:15, 10:10 Sun-Thu 11:55, 1, 2:15, 3:15, 4:35, 5:30, 6:55, 7:50 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:40, 3, 5:20, 7:40, 10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 2, 4:40, 7, 9:30 Sat 11:30, 2, 4:40, 7, 9:30 Sun

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11:30, 2, 4:40, 7 Mon-Thu 2, 4:40, 7 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:15, 6:30, 9 Sat 1:45, 4:15, 6:30, 9 Sun 1:45, 4:15, 6:30 Mon-Thu 4:15, 6:30 Diary of a Wimpy Kid (PG) ★★ Century Northgate 15: 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7:15, 9:40 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:30, 2:45, 5, 7:20, 9:50 ❋ Fairfax Documentary Film Festival Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 7:30 Sun 2, 6 The Ghost Writer (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 10:40, 1:40, 4:40, 7:40 Sun-Tue, Thu 1:40, 4:40, 7:40 Wed 11:30, 2:25 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:45, 7:30, 10:10 Sat 2, 4:45, 7:30, 10:10 Sun 2, 4:45, 7:30 Mon-Tue, Thu 4:45, 7:30 Wed 3:15 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 1:50, 4:25 Sat 11:10, 1:50, 4:25 Mon-Thu 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 Mon-Thu 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 ❋ The Greatest (R) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 6:45, 8:50 Sat-Sun 2, 4:30, 6:45, 8:50 Mon-Thu 6:45, 8:50 Green Zone (R) ★★ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:15, 1:55, 4:45, 7:30, 10:15 Sun-Thu 11:15, 1:55, 4:45, 7:30 Greenberg (R) ★★★ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:20, 1:50, 4:30, 7:20, 10 Sun-Thu 11:20, 1:50, 4:30, 7:20 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, 4:55, 7:30, 10 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:50, 3:10, 5:30, 8, 10:25 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:40 Sat 1:30, 4:30, 7, 9:40 Sun 1:30, 4:30, 7 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7 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, 9:50; 3D showtimes at 11:15, 1:45, 4:15, 7, 9:35 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:10, 9:40 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 2:10, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15 Sat 11:20, 2:10, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15 Sun 11:20, 2:10, 4:30, 6:50 Mon-Thu 2:10, 4:30, 6:50 The Hurt Locker (R) ★★★1/2 Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 9:20 ❋ Kick-Ass (R) Century Rowland Plaza: Thu 10pm The Last Song (PG) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:35, 10:15 Sat-Sun 11:35, 2:20, 5, 7:35, 10:15 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:20 Century Northgate 15: 11:05, 12:25, 1:50, 2:55, 4:20, 5:25, 6:55, 7:55, 9:30, 10:25 Wed-Thu 11:05, 1:50, 4:20, 6:55, 9:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:20, 2:50, 5:15, 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 11:50, 2:25, 4:55, 7:10 Mon-Thu 2:25, 4:55, 7:10 The Last Station (R) ★★1/2 Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 7 Sun 3:30, 6 Mon-Wed 7 Thu 4:30, 7 The Metropolitan Opera: Hamlet (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Wed 6:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed 6:30 ❋ The Secret of Kells (Not Rated) ★★★1/2 Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 5:15 Sun 1:45 Mon-Wed 5 Thu 2:45 Shutter Island (R) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 9 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: 1:10, 4:10, 6:55, 9:45 Vincere (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 3:50, 6:30, 9:05 Sat-Sun 1:15, 3:50, 6:30, 9:05 Mon-Wed 6:30, 9:05 Thu 9:20

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

The gorgeous Irish fable ‘The Secret of Kells’ opens Friday at the Lark. APRIL 9 – APRIL 15, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 33


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Live music 04/09: Caribbean R&B Spring Fling Island -style groove rock featuring guitarist Dore Coller. 9pm. $7. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina, Sausalito. 215-7196. 04/09: Cole Tate Band Blues. 9:30pm. Peri’s, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-9910. 04/09: Ed Earley Band Party music. In the bar. 8pm. Rancho Nicasio, 04/09: Jennifer Faust Jazz vocalist/composer. 9pm. Servino Ristorante, 9 Main St., Tiburon. 435-2676. 04/09: Jose Neto Brazilian guitarist. 8-10:30pm. No cover. Whipper Snapper Restaurant, 1613 Fourth St., San Rafael. 256-1818. www.

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. 04/10: Aaron Redner and Friends “City By the Bay” CD release party with members of Hot Buttered Rum, The Waybacks and other local greats. 8:30pm. $20-25. Mill Valey Masonic,

19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 389-5072. 04/10: Doc Kraft Band Dance music. 8:30pm. $5. Presidio Yacht Club, Fort Baker, Sausalito. 601-7858. 04/10: Em K Solo guitar. 7-10pm. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512.

04/10: Jesse Kincaid and New Rising Sons with Boudeeka 60s dance party. 7:30pm. Servino Ristorante, 9 Main St., Tiburon. 435-2676. 04/10: Night at the Opry II With Rusty Evans and his Ring of Fire, Danny Montana and the Bar Association,Alex Call and Holy Cow. $20. 8pm Peri's, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-9910. 04/10: Rupa and the April Fishes 8pm. $23-26. Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000. 04/10: Shana Morrison CD release party. 8:30pm. $15. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 04/11: Compared to What Jazz/Funk. 6-10pm. No cover. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. 04/11: Erika Alstrom CD Release Party with

Alasdair Fraser will prove he’s a man comfortable with the size of his bow, when he joins Natalie Haas in a Scottish fiddle and cello program April 9 at the Dance Palace. Dale Alstrom’s Jazz Society playing classic swing & jazz standards. 1-4pm. Free. 19 Broadway Niteclub, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 04/11: WTJ Featuring Wendy Fitz. In the bar 5pm. Rancho Nicasio. 662-2219.

04/13: Lorin Rowan and Ken Emerson Guitar,vocals with Hawaiian steel/slack key guitar. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel and Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 04/14: Wendy Fitz and Friends With Tim Busch, Jack Pribble and John Molloy. 7:30pm. Free. Iron Springs Pub, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. www. 04/15: Deborah Winters with Cedricke Dennis. Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel and Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993.

04/16-17: Melvin Seals and Cast of Clowns

Poet Raphael Block joins musicians Diana Badger, left, and Moon Mata to perform ‘Songs from a Small Universe’ on April 16 in San Rafael. 34 PACIFIC SUN APRIL 9 – APRIL 15, 2010

With Jeff Pevar (guitarist for Crosby Stills and Nash, Phil and Friends, Jazz is Dead and Ray Charles), Melvin Seals, (organist for the Jerry Garcia Band), Greg Anton, Craig Wright and Damian Erskine (with Les McCann, Peter Erskine, Kai Eckhardt). 8pm. $14-17. HopMonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. (707) 829-7300. www. 04/16: Lauralee Brown & Company Jazz. 7:30pm. Free. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridge-

way, Sausalito. 332-1512. 04/16: Mitch Woods and His Rocket 88s Rock. 8:30pm. $12-15. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 04/16: Peppino D’Agostino The percussive finger-style guitarist was voted Guitar Player Magazine readers’“Best Acoustic Guitarist” in 2007. 8pm. $15-20. Eric Schoenberg Guitars, 106 Main St., Tiburon. 789-0846.

04/16: Prezident Brown and the Wailing Souls Reggae live from Jamaica, mon. 9pm. $20-25. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 04/16: The 85s Monroe Grisman’s band will help to celebrate some special birthdays at this gig. 9pm. $10. The Vibe at Club 101, 815 W. Francisco, San Rafael. 606-7435. Masala Music Mondays With Kukoo G. Singh, tabla and Ben Kunin, sarode. 7pm. No cover. India Palace, 707 Redwood Hwy., Mill Valley. 388-3350. Namely Us Quintet With Connie Ducey, Kurt Huget, Mike Klein, Levi Hooks and Brian Jones. 7-10pm. No cover. Two Bird Restaurant, 625 San Geronimo Valley Dr., San Geronimo. Saturdays: Fred Nighthawk Jazz piano. 11am. Mama’s Royal Cafe, 387 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-2361.

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

Concerts 04/09: Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas Scottish fiddle and cello music program. 8pm. $20-22. Dance Palace Community Center, 503 B St., Point Reyes Station. 04/10-11: Golden Gate Opera Presents Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly.” Sung in Italian. 7:30pm April 10; 2:30pm April 11. $25-35. Marin Showcase Theater, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 339-9546.

living in an apartment, trying to make their way in a complicated world. Check website for performance info. 8pm. $15-25. Ross Valley Players’ Barn Theatre, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 456-9555. Through 05/02: '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.


04/10:Mill Valley Philharmonic Sing-Along

04/09: Caylia Chaiken:‘The Date Whisperer‘

10th season Gala Fundraiser. Sing-Along with a rock band backed by orchestra members. 8pm. $50. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 383-8013. www. 04/11 and 13: Marin Symphony “Magnum Opus and Magnificent Epics.” Alasdair Neale and Edward Abrams conduct a program of works by Barber, Wagner and David Carlson. With Grammy Award Winning soprano Christine Brewer. 7:30pm. $29/$54/$70 (students half price) at 499.6800. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 479-8100. 04/16: American Bach Soloists Jeffrey Thomas directs works by Bach, Handel and Vivaldi. With soloists Johanna Novom, violin; Corey Jamason, harpsichord and soprano Mary Wilson. 8pm. $18-45. St. Stephens Church, 3 Bayview Ave., Belvedere. 621-7900.

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.

Theater/Auditions 04/16-05/02: 'The Little Prince' Fringe Festival of Marin presents a 40-minute adaptation of the beloved St. Exupery children's book. Also on the bill are a number of one-acts and monologues which make for a varied evening of performances. $5-17. 7:30pm Fri-Sat.; 2pm Sun. Meadowlands Hall, Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 673-3131. Through 04/18: 'The Boys Next Door' Comedy about four mentally handicapped men

Art 04/10:‘Connections’ MBIN Spring Art Show. MBIN is a non-profit org that serves adults with Acquired Brain Injury. The show will feature original artwork created by participants of the art therapy program, a book signing and raffle. Noon-4pm. Free. Marin Brain Injury Network, 1132 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 461-6771. 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. Noon-4pm. Free. Mona Lease Gallery, 39 Greenbrae Boardwalk, Greenbrae. 461-3718.

Through 04/25: 19th Annual Marin County High School Art Show Marin County

BEST BET Local farmers, immigrant soldiers and journalistic inmates, oh my! The 11th FAIRFAX DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL kicks off Friday, April 9, with its usual eclectic and “bountiful” mix: local ranchers and agribusiness is explored in Hidden Bounty of Marin: Farm Families in Transition; Frequent Flyer, a look at airport regulars who obsess about collecting frequent flyer miles; three immigrant soldiers pursue U.S. citizenship as they enter Army training and deployment in New American Soldier; and Inside Music lovers will be demolished by ‘The Wrecking Crew’ Story examines the recent revival of The screening on Friday. San Quentin News. Saturday features The Wrecking Crew, showcasing the West Coast studio musicians behind nearly every pop hit in the ‘60s, along with a preview to the “Fairfax Doc Fest Challenge 2010” (also shown on Friday). The winners of the challenge will be screened Sunday. 7:30pm Friday and Saturday; 2pm & 6pm Sunday, April 9-11 at Fairfax Theatre, 9 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. Info: Call 415/460-9760 or visit online at— Samantha Campos

Melvin Seals and his Cast of Clowns will commute in one tiny car to their gig at the HopMonk next week.

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

1940s and ‘50s who gave Sausalito its reputation as an art colony. Hours: Wednesdays and Saturdays 10am-2pm. Free. Sausalito Historical Society, 420 Litho St., Sausalito. 289-4117. www.

“The Organic Manifesto” and “Stone Carvings.” Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. www.


student art exhibition. 11am-4pm. Free. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 454-9561 . 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 04/29: 'From There to Here' Liz Lauter, paintings and textiles. Opening reception 4-7pm April 11. Maurice del Mue Galleries, San Geronio Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. San Geronimo. 488-8888. . Through 04/30: Groucho-Fest Exhibit of Groucho memorabilia from the collection of Frank Ferrante. Free. Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000. 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 05/09: Paula Fava, Pallavi Sharma and Dorothy Nissen “Transitions;” Fava, paintings and photography. “Far From Home: A Travelling Tale.” Pallavi Sharma, recent works. Gallery closed on Tuesdays. 11am-5pm. Free. Gallery Route One, 11101 Highway One, Point Reyes. 663-1347.

Through 05/12: Call for Entries for ‘Private Eyes: Artists’Visions’ 5th Annual National Juried Exhibition. June 19 - July 18. Juried by Andrea Schwartz. Open to all U.S. resident artists 18 and over. Digital entries must be received on or before May 12, 2010. Log onto and follow instructions for entry. MarinMOCA, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137.

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. Through 09/30:‘Artistic Sausalito’ Free exhibit featuring original works by artists from the

04/10: Vacation Home Exchange Velda Hampton will give a presentation on Vacation Home Exchange. She will give tips on how to explore the world and enhance cultural understanding at an affordable price. 3-4pm. Free. Larkspur Library, 400 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 927-5005. 04/13: Life Stories of a Repkong Ngagpa Repkong, Tibet was home to the largest gathering of non-monastic practitioners. Listen to life stories from the 10th lineage holder of the Repkong Ngagpas, Lama Tharchin Rinpoche. 7-9pm. $20. Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C St., San Rafael. 457-4191.

Readings 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: Lisa Lutz Lisa talks about her final installment of the Spellmans detective series “The Spellmans Strike Again.” 6pm. Free. Book Passage at the Ferry Bldg., 1 Ferry Plaza, San Francisco. 835-1020. 04/09: Non-Imaginary Borges Translators Suzanne Jill Levine and Stephen Kessler talk about Borges’ “Poems of the Night: Dual-Language Edition with Parallel Text” and “The 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. 04/10: Benefit for Small Planet Fund Anna Lappé will discuss her latest book, “Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It.” 11am. $10. Ferry Building -- Port Commission Hearing Room, 1 APRIL 9 – APRIL 15, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 35

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Ferry Plaza, San Francisco. www.brownpapertickets. com/event/99891 04/10: Left Coast Writers Launch Kathryn Ridall talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;When the Muse Calls: Poems for the Creative Life.â&#x20AC;? With CB Follett, Becky Foust, Bill Keener, Kirsten Neff, Prartho Sereno & Sara Tolchi. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 04/10: Malena Watrous The author presents her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;If You Follow Me.â&#x20AC;? 2pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. 04/10: Sarah MacLaughlin â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Not To Say.â&#x20AC;? Social worker/ parenting coach MacLaughlin presents a guide for learning to communicate with young kids. 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 04/12: Karl Marlantes The author discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War.â&#x20AC;? 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 04/12: Kirk Boyd The author talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;2048: Humanityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Agreement to Live Together.â&#x20AC;? The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), signed in 1948, promises a social order of justice, equality & freedom. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. 04/13: Rhys Bowen Bowen discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Last Illusion.â&#x20AC;? In her latest series, Rhys follows a brash, fearless Irish immigrant in New York City in the early 20th Century. 6:30pm. Free. Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 04/13: Shakespeare Shocker Charles Beauclerk talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lost Kingdom: The True History of Shakespeare and Elizabeth,â&#x20AC;? which argues that his were political works written by a court insider. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. 04/14: Bite This Book Christopher Moore talks about his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bite Me: A Love Story.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 04/14: Financial Fallout Roger Lowenstein talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;The End of Wall Street.â&#x20AC;? 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 04/14: Katherine Howe Howe talks about her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane.â&#x20AC;? 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 04/14: Marin Poet Margaret Kaufman Poetry

Reading with Kaufman and guest poets. Margaret will read from her book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inheritance.â&#x20AC;? Guest poets will read from the anthology, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Place That Inhabits Us: Poems of the San Francisco Bay Watershed.â&#x20AC;? 7-8pm. Free. Larkspur Library, 400 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 927-5005.

04/15: Benefit for Marin County Free Library Foundation Greg Mortenson presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stones into Schoolsâ&#x20AC;? which recounts his ongoing efforts to establish schools for girls in Afghanistan. 8pm. $35-45. Marin Center, 50 Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800.

04/15: Marin Poetry Center Panel Discussion â&#x20AC;&#x153;Accessibility and Difficulty in Poetry.â&#x20AC;? With panelists: Brenda Hillman, Charles Harper Webb and Matthew Zapruder. 7:30-9pm. Donation. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission St., San Rafael. 485-3326. 04/15: Secret Art of Writing Daniel Alarcon talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Secret Miracle: The Novelistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Handbookâ&#x20AC;? in which contemporary writers engage in a wide-ranging discussion on the art

Violinist Johanna Novom will have a Handel on things next week with the American Bach Soloists.

of writing. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.

04/16: Kathy Kinney and Cindy Ratzlaff Kinney (Mimi Bobeck on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Drew Carey Showâ&#x20AC;?) and Ratzlaff talk about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Queen of Your Own Life.â&#x20AC;? 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 04/16: Poetry and Music With Sonoma County poet Raphael Block and musicians Moon Mata, dulcimer, harmonium, keyboard; Diana Badger, percussion. Celebrating his newest collection, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Songs from a Small Universe.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. $10-15. Ceres Community Project, 1623 Fifth Ave., Bldg D, San Rafael. (707) 824-5875. 04/16: Weird Word Whereabouts Phil Cousineau talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wordcatcher: An Odyssey Into the World of Weird and Wonderful Words.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

04/10: Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium Explore a global vision built on sustainability, spiritual fulfillment and social justice. 1:30-6pm. $15-25. Guzman Hall, Dominican University, 30 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 299-1273.

04/10: Marin Singles Wine Tasting Party Meet new friends who appreciate fine wine! Includes all the wines you can taste from boutique wineries accompanied by appetizers. 7:30pm. $20-30. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Futons, 4100 Redwood Hwy, San Rafael. 507-9962. 04/11: National Library Week Event Celebrate with high tea and a book talk in the historic Carnegie Reading Room. Talk by Liz Froneberger, daughter â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Societyâ&#x20AC;? author. 2-4pm. $10. San Rafael Public Library, 1100 E St., San Rafael. 485-3321.

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04/14-05/26: Learn Irish Music Fearlessly

04/14: Speaking With One Voice for Peace Dialogue on reaching peace in the Middle East with Palestinian and Israeli representatives of OneVoice Movement. Sponsored by The Redwoods and From Here to Peace. Free. 7:15pm. The Redwoods, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 383-2741.

04/15: San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce Community Mixer Come mingle with your peers from Golden Gate Tutoring, Marin Coffee Roasters and Cedarchest. Snack on complimentary food and drinks. 5:30-7pm. Free.

BEST BET Philharmonic rock-out This year, in celebration of its 10th anniversary (and as an annual fundraiser for the award-winning community orchestra), the Mill Valley Philharmonic is inviting you to ROCK OUT WITH THE MILL VALLEY PHILHARMONIC GALA â&#x20AC;&#x153;SING-ALONG.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right, nowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your chance to sing along to some of the greatest hits of the last four decades accompanied by a rock band backed by MVP orchestra members. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a no-host bar, food, an auction and thankfully, projected lyrics (because your cute â&#x20AC;&#x153;improvisationsâ&#x20AC;? only work in the shower). And you might as well go all-out: Costumes are encouraged! Rawk on. 8pm April 10 at 19 Broadway, Fairfax. Info and tickets: Call 415/383-0930 or visit online at â&#x20AC;&#x201D;SC


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The Marin Irish Ceili group, started in 2002 by John Trimble, meets every Wednesday. Every week the group learns a new traditional Irish tune and plays others that have been learned in the past. You do not need to be able to read music or have experience playing Irish music to participate. All traditional Irish acoustic instruments are welcomed along with their players. 7-9pm. Free. St. Isabellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School, 1 Trinity Way, San Rafael. 342-4052.



04/11: 'Keeper of the Beat' Bay Area drummer and educator Barbara Borden is the subject of a biographical film-in-progress being produced by Emmy Award -Winning filmmaker David L. Brown. Celebrate and preview an excerpt of their documentary project at this fundraising event. Reservations are required as space is limited. RSVP to or to (415) 388-8890. 3:30-5:30pm. Mill Valley Golf Clubhouse, 267 Buena Vista Ave., Mill Valley. 04/12: Monday Night at the Movies â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phantom of the Opera.â&#x20AC;? (1925) Starring Lon Chaney as the masked phantom who haunts the Paris Opera House. This is a silent film adaption of the Gaston Leroux novel of the same title. 7:30-9pm. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 389-4292, x203. 04/14:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Garbage Dreamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC; As part of its Turning the Tide program the Institute at Golden Gate will host a public screening and post-film discussion with director and star of this award-winning documentary. 7:30-9pm. $15. Cavallo Point - the Lodge at the Golden Gate, 601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito. 561-3560. turningthetide 04/15:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A Night at the Operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Frank Ferrante will introduce and discuss a special 35mm screening of the Marx Brothers classic. (US 1935) 92 min. 7pm. $5.50-10. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-1222.


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nity Center, 50 Canal St., San Rafael. 847-8540. www. 04/11: Saltwater Fishing Park Rangers will teach kids the basics of salt water fishing. A limited amount of fishing poles, bait, and tackle boxes will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis courtesy of the California Department of Fish and Game’s “Fishing in the City” Program. 9-11am. $8 parking fee Paradise Beach Park, 3450 Paradise Dr., Tiburon. 507.4045.

04/14: Ice Cream Social and Old-Fashioned Cakewalk Proceeds benefit the West Marin Ele-

525 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 454-2510.

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Downtown San Rafael Thursday Evening Market Thursday nights through September.

Bachelor’s Degree Programs for Working Adults You are invited to an Information Session! Tuesday, April 13, 6:00 p.m. Creekside Room, Dominican Campus Earn a bachelor’s degree in: Business • English • Humanities • Psychology Fast and Flex program options available. Call today to receive a free pre-enrollment degree plan.

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Golden Gate Opera will give wings to ‘Madame Butterfly’ this weekend at Marin Center.

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. Through 05/03: Calling all Cars May Madness Classic Car Parade and Rockin’ Street Dance is now accepting applications for their 23rd annual event held Saturday May 8th on Fourth Street in Downtown San Rafael. $40 application fee. Fourth St. Between Lincoln and D, Downtown, San Rafael. 720-5591.

Kid Stuff

50 Acacia Avenue San Rafael, California 94901

04/10: 6th Annual Month of the Young Child Celebration The Bay Area Discovery

Club J: Music ~ Wine ~ Dancing

RUPA & THE APRIL FISHES Sat, 4/10 @ 8pm Sexy edgy, cultural-mashing Gypsy swing, tango, Latin alternative, romantic and appealing.

04/10: Enriching Lives Through Music Kids Performance A morning kids music class will

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Museum teams up with early childhood service organizations to honor and celebrate young children and the important people in their lives. Discovery Plaza performances include Mariachi Los Cachorros and Kenny Blacklock and Friends bluegrass band. Discover the joys of "eating a rainbow" of fruits and vegetables with bilingual health educators. Free museum and performance admission today.10am-5pm. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 339-3942. www.


mentary School art program. Free admission. 4-6pm Station House Cafe, Point Reyes Station. 663-1515. 04/16: Deer Park Amble Spring is in full swing and the valleys and hills that surround this park should be full of wildlife. We’ll see if we can find Hidden Meadow, a perfect lunch spot! With naturalist David Herlocker. Meet at the parking area at the end of Porteus Ave (just south of Fairfax on the Fairfax-Bolinas Road). 10am-2pm. 499-3647. 04/16: Sicilian Puppet Theatre Mimmo Cuticchio’s Associazione Figli d’Arte Cuticchio presents “Orlando’s Madness and Astolfo on The Moon.” 8pm. $18-31. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800. 04/16: Sicilian Puppet Theatre Mimmo Cuticchio’s Associazione Figli d’Arte Cuticchio presents “Orlando’s Madness and Astolfo on The Moon.” In the Showcase Theater. 8pm. $18-31. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800.

Outdoors (Hikes & Bikes) Tuesdays: Outdoor Fitness 50+ Exercise outdoors with yoga teacher/fitness coach and walk around Lake Lagunitas. Picnic lunch time follows. 9:45am-1pm. $7. Lake Lagunitas, Fairfax. 456-3341.

Nonprofits/Volunteers 04/10: California Trail Days: Indian Tree Preserve Celebrate this statewide event here in Marin. Willow Tree Stables help to restore the trail on a beautiful oak woodland preserve in Novato. Lunch served at noon. Trail work requires heavy use of hand tools and there is a strenuous hike to the work site. 9am-1pm. Free. Ring Mountain Preserve, Park at Willow Tree Stables (3777 Vineyard Rd, Novato). Trailhead is at the end of Vineyard Rd., Novato. 499-3778.

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

sing and perform on recorders and Orff classroom instruments. Free. 11am. Pickleweed Park Commu-

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Do You Want Help Opening Up Your Own Personal Power? Readings by Michael Psychic and Clairvoyant These Readings are designed to create maximum growth for you! These Readings generate Information & Transmit Light (Shakti) that you feel in your system a few days after the Reading. Michael works in person in San Rafael or by phone. For information: 510-229-9768 and Michael Dales


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PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement 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) 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 busi-

ness 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. 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) 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. 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) 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. 123581 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business 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)


STARSTREAM Week of April 8-April 14, 2010 ›› by Ly nd a R ay ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Another week to celebrate being an Aries. With your ruler (Mars) in the demonstrative sign of Leo, you are rather obviously romantic. Meanwhile, Pluto has started moving retrograde in your career house—and the pressure is less intense. On Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, the New Moon in your sign brings inspiration. Plant the seeds of your desires now and in six months, the crop is ready. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) OK, slowpoke. If you owe the IRS, you have until next Thursday to part with your cash. Procrastinating on this will cost you in penalties, so don’t. In lighter news: One can never have too many friends. This week expansive Jupiter attempts to broaden your circle of pals. The more connections you make now, the more presents you’ll get during your upcoming zodiac celebration. Now you’re on board. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Saturn has gone retrograde and has returned to the critical sign of Virgo. If you haven’t taken care of all your responsibilities, you become aware of any failings. Meanwhile, watch out for potholes—the next month is filled with them. Pay attention or your wheels will be too out of alignment to spin. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) This weekend, there is enough softhearted Pisces energy to make the most sensitive Cancer feel like it is OK to go out and explore. After the weekend, a New Moon in fearless Aries suggests taking the initiative on a career project. Don’t doubt yourself. Think Field of Dreams: “If you build it, they will come.” Unless you’re planning to build a Saturn car dealership. LEO (July 22 - August 22) Don’t even THINK about trying to cheat Uncle Sam this year. Judgmental Saturn has returned to your money house opposing unpredictable Uranus in your tax house. Just pay what you owe and be done with it. Besides, motivating Mars gives you enough energy and willpower to replenish your resources in a short amount of time. Wednesday’s New Moon is the perfect time to start planning a June trip. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) Serious Saturn returns to your sign. Fortunately, this is a much shorter visit than the last one, which lasted two years. Try to go easy on yourself as Saturn is likely to point out shortcomings that no one else notices, and frankly, are simply not important. Ambitious Saturn is good for business, however; so if you’re self-employed, put him to work. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) Now that Saturn is giving you a break, you can focus on what you’re really good at—matchmaking. Whether for yourself or a pal, it’s time to orchestrate a meeting between two people who are made for each other. Yes, worrisome Mercury is focused on the taxman, but what does he know? With your ruler (love-junkie Venus) in your house of intimacy, amour is the number one priority. File an extension and go enjoy yourself. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Take a break from the pursuit of professional success this weekend. The Moon and the planets are calling for you to indulge in a personal life. If you’re already attached, you are experiencing shared desires with your sweetie. If you’re casually dating, you may get an opportunity for something more lasting. After the weekend, the New Moon in action-loving Aries energizes your fitness house. Just in time—swimsuit season is on the way. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) Try to find a way to mix business with pleasure since your chart is getting bombarded with conflicting messages. Spring fever is hard to resist, but stern Saturn will do his best to keep you on a career path. As for the weekend, you should stay home and pamper yourself so that on Monday you can handle those demands of work and play. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) Now that your ruler (responsible Saturn) has returned to the hardworking sign of Virgo, he is once again helping you focus on gaining the knowledge you need to get ahead. The key is to choose the goals that are closest to your heart and concentrate on those. Don’t fall back on the familiar if the familiar puts you to sleep. Cautious Capricorns might get a gold star, but daring Capricorns get the entire universe. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) Yes, it is tax time and stern Saturn is determined to make you follow the rules (a concept that most Aquarians rebel against just for the principle of it). Just do it and get it over with. After the weekend, siblings and other relatives are curious about what you are up to. If you don’t feel like corresponding with them, send them a link to your Facebook page. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) As one who finds it easy to believe life is victimizing you, you probably already know something is amiss. Your lucky Jupiter transit has lost some of its shine. Gloomy Saturn has returned to opposing your sign and he tries to hide Jupiter’s silver linings in some rather thick clouds. It is up to you choose optimism over pessimism, strawberries over lemons, and smiles over frowns. ✹ Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at APRIL 9 – APRIL 15, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 41

›› ADViCE GODDESS® by Amy Alkon


I’m a theater performer, and there’s a tendency among theater people that disturbs me: dreadful over-the-top flirting. I’m a portly, bearded guy pushing 40. At my last show, I was sitting in a seat minding my own business when a young woman in the cast I barely knew came and sat on my lap. I’m straight, so naturally, I enjoyed this. But, when I responded by putting my hand on her knee, she jumped up as if she been electrocuted and ignored me for the rest of the show run. Humiliating. To pre-empt that humiliation, is there a polite time, perhaps when rehearsals begin, to announce I’m not your daddy or Santa Claus, and I’m not gay, so if any of you young ladies come sit on my lap, you might find my hand on your knee. Comport yourselves accordingly.—Miscast


In your defense, it’s not like you’re some chronic knee molester, constantly dropping to all fours in rehearsals—all the better to grope the ingenue’s patella. You were apparently supposed to consider this a sort of static lap dance. (You don’t get to touch the stripper when you’re getting a lap dance—at least not without tossing her a couple extra hundreds.) Of course, in a strip club, the rules are clear. In drama group, it’s harder to differentiate between “I want you” lap-sits and look-but-don’t-touch “I want you to pay homage to hot little me.” There are many ways to communicate, but women who wish to avoid being misunderstood will find the spoken and written word far more effective than the silent language of butt cheeks on a man’s thigh. Let’s be honest: What disturbs you isn’t the “dreadful over-the-top flirting,” but the dreadful leaping up from your lap as if electrocuted. The answer isn’t making pre-emptive announcements—not unless you’re in some race to humiliate yourself before other people can get to it. You just need to act like the kind of guy who’d be dangerous for a girl to tease. For a role model, I suggest the one-eyed, boozing, chain-smoking, gourmet food-hoovering poet/novelist Jim Harrison, who looks and sounds like the product of drunk sex between a pirate and a grizzly. At 73, with his mere presence, he makes young player-dudes seem to have all the sexual mojo of Julie Andrews. (As a woman, you get the sense that if you get too close, he just might grab you with one of his big paws, pop a truffle on you and wash you down with a swig of Spanish wine.) In other words, your problem isn’t that you’ve been humiliated, but that you’re acting humiliated, letting this girliepoo set the tone. Instead of hanging your head and hoping to evaporate, refuse to be shunned by teasing the tease: maybe pointing to your knee and asking if she’d like another ride on her new pony, or grinning and sticking out your hand, fingers wriggling, as if it might get loose and make another run for her leg. This should not only give you your superpowers back, but teach her an important lesson: If you’re over 12, and you plop down on a man’s lap, you aren’t going to be asked what you want for Christmas.


I’m a 38-year-old guy in decent shape, but my prematurely graying hair makes me look much older. Should I try some of that hair dye for men I see at the drugstore?—Color Me Uninformed


Men self-dyeing their graying hair are today’s version of bald men who thought they were fooling people while looking like a small animal dropped off a tree and landed on their head. It’s understandable that you don’t want to look “distinguished at 38”—a word 28-year-old girls use to describe their grandpa. But, what’s worse than going prematurely gray? Going prematurely the color of fresh baby eggplant, like so many do-it-yourself Mr. Clairols. Others go way too dark; for example, light-skinned Jewish guys who end up looking like they hair-robbed Benicio Del Toro. If you must dye, make tracks for the salon. But, consider the look of self-acceptance: seeming comfortable in your own skin (and gray hair). You might call this the other “Just For Men”—just for men who’d rather avoid being the guy who posted in a web forum, “Just for Men hair color turned the skin around my mustace [sic] a reddish purple color. How do I fix this?” ✹ © Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. Got a problem? E-mail or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 37 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123622 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ANCESTRAL VOICE - CENTER FOR INDIGENOUS LIFEWAYS, 108D OLIVA COURT, NOVATO, CA 94947: PHILLIP SCOTT, 108D OLIVA 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 26, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 9, 16, 23, 30, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123677 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SCREENING PARTY, 1 BLACKFIELD DR., #402, TIBURON, CA 94920: SHIFFCO, INC., 1 BLACKFIELD DR., #402, TIBURON, CA 94920. 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 31, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 9, 16, 23, 30, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123487 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TEENY TINY TAILS, 15 WOODLAND AVE., SUITE B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901; KEVIN MICHAEL PRICE PRODUCTIONS, 15 WOODLAND AVE., SUITE B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: KEVIN MICHAEL PRICE, 15 WOODLAND AVE., SUITE B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 4, 2010. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on March 11, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 9, 16, 23, 30, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010123629 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ONA GALLERY, 27 JORDAN ST., #B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: BRANDON STIEG, 27 JORDAN, #B, 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 26, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 26, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 9, 16, 23, 30, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123730 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as VICTORY HOUSE PROPERTIES, 16 FLAMINGO LN., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JONATHAN LIN, 915 FREMONT ST., MENLO PARK, CA 94025. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on April 12, 2010. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on April 5, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 9, 16, 23, 30, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123555 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ABC CARPET CLEANING, 3 PARSONS ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94118: FRANK JAHANI, 3 PARSONS ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94118; HALEH SAMPRES, 3 PARSONS ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94118. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 18, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 9, 16, 23, 30, 2010)

997 All Other Legals 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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